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  1. SPS driven lithium differential diffusion in NASICON-like structures

    Perez-Estebanez, M.; Peiteado, M.; Caballero, A. C.; Palomares, F. J.; Nygren, M.; Isasi Marin, J.

    2016-05-01

    Samples of nominal composition Li{sub 1}.3Fe{sub 0}.3Ti{sub 1}.7(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} with a NASICON-type crystal structure, can be sintered up to 95% of the theoretical density at only 600 degree centigrade using spark plasma sintering, SPS. The final pellets however show different colouration in their upper and lower faces, being the upper face white and the lower one pink. The analysis of both surfaces by XPS shows a higher concentration of lithium on the white upper face, as a consequence of the polar diffusion of ions from the positive to the negative rams during SPS. On the other hand the study by XRD and SEM shows the formation of an extra phase in the upper face with nominal composition LiOPO{sub 4}. A change in the cell parameters of the original NASICON structure is also observed, confirming the diffusion of lithium ions. (Author)

  2. Synthesis of NASICON-type structured NaTi2(PO4)3-graphene nanocomposite as an anode for aqueous rechargeable Na-ion batteries

    Pang, Gang; Yuan, Changzhou; Nie, Ping; Ding, Bing; Zhu, Jiajia; Zhang, Xiaogang

    2014-05-01

    A new solvothermal strategy combined with calcination has been developed to synthesize NaTi2(PO4)3-graphene nanocomposites. X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were performed to characterize their microstructures and morphologies. It was found that NASICON-type structured NaTi2(PO4)3 nanoparticles with highly crystallinity were homogeneously anchored on the surface of conducting graphene nanosheets, forming a two-dimensional hybrid nanoarchitecture. A possible growth mechanism was also discussed based on time-dependent experiments. When used as anode materials for Na-ion batteries, the nanocomposites exhibited excellent electrochemical performance with high-rate capability and excellent cycling stability in 1 M Na2SO4 aqueous electrolyte. The electrode delivered high specific capacities of 110, 85, 65, 40 mA h g-1 at 2, 5, 10 and 20 C, respectively, and still retained 90% of the initial capacity after 100 cycles at 2 C.A new solvothermal strategy combined with calcination has been developed to synthesize NaTi2(PO4)3-graphene nanocomposites. X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were performed to characterize their microstructures and morphologies. It was found that NASICON-type structured NaTi2(PO4)3 nanoparticles with highly crystallinity were homogeneously anchored on the surface of conducting graphene nanosheets, forming a two-dimensional hybrid nanoarchitecture. A possible growth mechanism was also discussed based on time-dependent experiments. When used as anode materials for Na-ion batteries, the nanocomposites exhibited excellent electrochemical performance with high-rate capability and excellent cycling stability in 1 M Na2SO4 aqueous electrolyte. The electrode delivered high specific capacities of 110, 85, 65, 40 mA h g-1 at 2, 5, 10 and 20 C, respectively, and still retained

  3. Photocatalytic activity of glass ceramics containing Nasicon-type crystals

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Glass ceramics containing Nasicon-type crystals were prepared. ► The glass ceramics showed photocatalytic activity under UV irradiation. ► Higher activity was observed in the MgTi4(PO4)6- and CaTi4(PO4)6-containing glass ceramics. -- Abstract: Glass ceramics were prepared by heat-treating MO–TiO2–P2O5 (M = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) and R2O–TiO2–P2O5–SiO2 (R = Li, Na and K) glasses, and their photocatalytic activity was investigated. The crystalline phases precipitated in the glasses were only Nasicon-type crystals, MTi4(PO4)6 or RTi2(PO4)3. Decomposition experiments of both methylene blue (MB) and acetaldehyde showed that the glass ceramics exhibited effective photocatalytic activity. The activity did not depend on the radius of the M2+ or R+ ion, and higher activity was observed in the MgTi4(PO4)6 and CaTi4(PO4)6 precipitated glass ceramics.

  4. Caustic Recycle from Hanford Tank Waste Using Large Area NaSICON Structures (LANS)

    Fountain, Matthew S.; Sevigny, Gary J.; Balagopal, S.; Bhavaraju, S.

    2009-03-31

    This report presents the results of a 5-day test of an electrochemical bench-scale apparatus using a proprietary (NAS-GY) material formulation of a (Na) Super Ion Conductor (NaSICON) membrane in a Large Area NaSICON Structures (LANS) configuration. The primary objectives of this work were to assess system performance, membrane seal integrity, and material degradation while removing Na from Group 5 and 6 tank waste from the Hanford Site.

  5. A systematic study of Nasicon-type Li-i + XMXTi2 _ x(PO4)(3) (M: Cr, Al, Fe) by neutron diffraction and impedance spectroscopy

    Pérez-Estébanez, Marta; Isasi-Marín, J.; Többens, D. M.; Rivera-Calzada, A.; León, C.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 266, 15 November (2014), s. 1-8. ISSN 0167-2738 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LO1219 Keywords : nasicon-type structure * neutron diffraction * ionic conductivity * occupation factor Subject RIV: AL - Art, Architecture, Cultural Heritage Impact factor: 2.561, year: 2014 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01672738/266

  6. Infrared and Raman spectroscopic studies of glasses with NASICON-type chemistry

    K J Rao; K C Sobha; Sundeep Kumar

    2001-10-01

    Structures of NASICON glasses of the general formula AB2(PO4)3, where A = Li, Na or K and B = Fe, Ga, Ti, V or Nb, have been investigated using vibrational (IR and Raman) spectroscopies. Phosphate species appear to establish an equilibrium via a disproportionation reaction involving a dynamical bond-switching mechanism where both charge and bonds are conserved. B ions in the system acquire different coordinations to oxygens. Alkali ions cause absorptions due to cage vibrations. All the observed spectroscopic features are consistent with speciation involving disproportionation reactions.

  7. High lithium-ion conducting NASICON-type Li1+xAlxGeyTi2-x-y(PO4)3 solid electrolyte

    Shang eXuefu; Hiroyoshi eNemori; Shigehi eMitsuoka; Peng eXu; Masaki eMatsui; Yasuo eTakeda; Osamu eYamamoto; Nobuyuki eImanishi

    2016-01-01

    A water-stable solid electrolyte is a key material without which aqueous lithium-air batteries could not be operated. In this study, we have examined the electrical conductivity and mechanical properties of a water-stable lithium ion conducting solid electrolyte, Li1+xAlxGeyTi2-x-y(PO4)3 with the NASICON-type structure, as a function of the Al and Ge content. Li1+xAlxGeyTi2-x-y(PO4)3 was synthesized by the conventional solid-state reaction method. The highest lithium-ion conductivity of 1.0×1...

  8. High lithium-ion conducting NASICON-type Li1+xAlxGeyTi2-x-y(PO43 solid electrolyte

    Shang eXuefu

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available A water-stable solid electrolyte is a key material without which aqueous lithium-air batteries could not be operated. In this study, we have examined the electrical conductivity and mechanical properties of a water-stable lithium ion conducting solid electrolyte, Li1+xAlxGeyTi2-x-y(PO43 with the NASICON-type structure, as a function of the Al and Ge content. Li1+xAlxGeyTi2-x-y(PO43 was synthesized by the conventional solid-state reaction method. The highest lithium-ion conductivity of 1.0×10-3 S cm-1 at 25 °C and the highest three-point bending strength of 90 N mm-2 at room temperature were observed for a pellet of Li1.45Al0.45Ge0.2Ti1.35(PO43 sintered at 900 °C.

  9. Lithium mobility in the NASICON-type compound LiTi2(PO4)3 by nuclear magnetic resonance and impedance spectroscopies

    Lithium mobility in LiTi2(PO4)3 has been followed by 7Li NMR and impedance spectroscopies. From this analysis, three stages have been distinguished. (1) Below 230 K, lithium occupies preferentially the octahedral M1 sites of the NASICON structure. (2) Between 230 and 330 K, a low correlated and thermally activated lithium motion, with Ea = 0.47 eV, is operating, as deduced from both techniques. (3) Above 330 K, the activation energy decreases and a more extended lithium ionic motion is established. As the lithium mobility increases, progressive occupation of the eight-coordinated M2 sites is deduced from NMR data. (author)

  10. Hydrothermal synthesis, structure and characterization of new NASICON related potassium iron (III) pyrophosphate

    G S Gopalakrishna; B H Doreswamy; M J Mahesh; M Mahendra; M A Sridhar; J Shashidhara Prasad; K G Ashamanjari

    2005-02-01

    A new potassium iron (III) pyrophosphate was synthesized by hydrothermal technique and characterized by X-ray studies. The compound crystallizes in a monoclinic space group, 21/, with cell parameters, = 7.365(2) Å, = 10.017(2) Å, = 8.214(1) Å, = 106.50(1)° and = 4. The structure has tunnel-type cavities and are congenial for ion transportation through them. The compound exhibits moderate thermal stability.

  11. Ion conductivity of nasicon ceramics

    The Nasiconss,Na1+XZr2SiXP3-XO12 o , X , 3, includes some of the best solid state sodium conductors known today. Compositions in the interval 1.6 , X , 2.6 show conductivities comparable to the best β double-prime-alumina ceramics. It is well known that the ion conductivity of β-alumina is strongly dependent on the texture of the ceramic. Here a similar behavior is reported for Nasicon ceramics. Ceramics of the bulk composition Na2.94Zr1.49Si2.20P0.80O10.85 were prepared by a gel method. The final ceramics consist of Nasicon crystals with x = 2.14 and a glass phase. The grain size and texture of the ceramics were controlled by varying the thermal history of the gel based raw materials and the sintering conditions. The room temperature resistivity of the resulting ceramics varies from 3.65*103 ohm cm to 1.23*103 ohm cm. Using the temperature comparison method and estimates of the area of grain boundaries in the ceramics, the resistivity of the Nasicon phase is estimated to be 225 ohm cm at 25 degrees C. B2O3- or Al2O3-doping of the glass bearing Nasicon ceramic lower the room temperature resistivity by a factor 2 to 5. The dopants do not substitute into the Nasicon phase in substantial amounts

  12. NASICON-Structured NaTi2(PO4)3@C Nanocomposite as the Low Operation-Voltage Anode Material for High-Performance Sodium-Ion Batteries.

    Wang, Dongxue; Liu, Qiang; Chen, Chaoji; Li, Malin; Meng, Xing; Bie, Xiaofei; Wei, Yingjin; Huang, Yunhui; Du, Fei; Wang, Chunzhong; Chen, Gang

    2016-01-27

    NASICON-type structured NaTi2(PO4)3 (NTP) has attracted wide attention as a promising anode material for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs), whereas it still suffer from poor rate capability and cycle stability due to the low electronic conductivity. Herein, the architecture, NTP nanoparticles embedded in the mesoporous carbon matrix, is designed and realized by a facile sol-gel method. Different than the commonly employed potentials of 1.5-3.0 V, the Na(+) storage performance is examined at low operation voltages between 0.01 and 3.0 V. The electrode demonstrates an improved capacity of 208 mAh g(-1), one of the highest capacities in the state-of-the-art titanium-based anode materials. Besides the high working plateau at 2.1 V, another one is observed at approximately 0.4 V for the first time due to further reduction of Ti(3+) to Ti(2+). Remarkably, the anode exhibits superior rate capability, whose capacity and corresponding capacity retention reach 56 mAh g(-1) and 68%, respectively, over 10000 cycles under the high current density of 20 C rate (4 A g(-1)). Worthy of note is that the electrode shows negligible capacity loss as the current densities increase from 50 to 100 C, which enables NTP@C nanocomposite as the prospective anode of SIBs with ultrahigh power density. PMID:26720111

  13. Synthesis, structure and characterisation of Fe0.50Ti2(PO4)3: A new material with Nasicon-like structure

    A new iron titanyl phosphate Fe0.50Ti2(PO4)3 was synthesized by both solid-state reaction and Cu2+-Fe2+ ion exchange method. The material was then characterized by X-ray diffraction, Mossbauer, magnetic susceptibility measurements and optical absorption. The crystal structure of the compound was refined, using X-ray powder diffraction data, by the Rietveld profile method; it crystallizes in the rhombohedral system, space group R3-bar, with a=8.511(1)A and c=20.985(3)A, V=1316.45(3)A3 and Z=6. The structure, which is compared to that of Mn0.50Ti2(PO4)3 is built up from [TiO6] octahedra and [PO4] tetrahedra which are linked by corner sharing along the c-axis. Fe2+ cations are located in half of the antiprism MI sites and are orderly distributed with vacancies within the two possible positions of the MI sites of R3-bar. These results were supported by the Mossbauer studies that showed the presence of one Fe2+ site in the high spin state (t2g4eg2). The Curie-Weiss-type behavior is observed in the magnetic susceptibility. Diffuse reflectance spectrum indicates the presence of octahedrally coordinated Fe2+ ions

  14. Li mobility in Nasicon-type materials LiM2(PO4)3, M = Ge, Ti, Sn, Zr and Hf, followed by 7Li NMR spectroscopy.

    Arbi, K; París, M A; Sanz, J

    2011-10-21

    Lithium mobility in LiM(2)(PO(4))(3) compounds, M = Ge and Sn, has been investigated by (7)Li Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and deduced information compared with that reported previously in Ti, Zr and Hf members of the series in the temperature range 100-500 K. From the analysis of (7)Li NMR quadrupole interactions (C(Q) and η parameters), spin-spin T(2)(-1) and spin-lattice T(1)(-1) relaxation rates, structural sites occupancy and mobility of lithium have been deduced. Below 250 K, Li ions are preferentially located at M(1) sites in rhombohedral phases, but occupy intermediate M(12) sites between M(1) and M(2) sites in triclinic ones. In high-temperature rhombohedral phases, a superionic state is achieved when residence times at M(1) and M(12) sites become similar and correlation effects on Li motion decrease. This state can be obtained by large order-disorder transformations in rhombohedral phases or by sharp first order transitions in triclinic ones. The presence of two relaxation mechanisms in T(1)(-1) plots of rhombohedral phases has been associated with departures of conductivity from the Arrhenius behavior. Long term mobility of lithium is discussed in terms of the cation vacancy distribution along conduction paths. PMID:21897945

  15. NASICON-related Na3.4Mn0.4Fe1.6(PO43

    Nikolay S. Slobodyanik

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The solid solution, sodium [iron(III/manganese(II] tris(orthophosphate, Na3.4Mn0.4Fe1.6(PO43, was obtained using a flux method. Its crystal structure is related to that of NASICON-type compounds. The [(Mn/Fe2(PO43] framework is built up from an (Mn/FeO6 octahedron (site symmetry 3., with a mixed Mn/Fe occupancy, and a PO4 tetrahedron (site symmetry .2. The Na+ cations are distributed over two partially occupied sites in the cavities of the framework. One Na+ cation (site symmetry -3. is surrounded by six O atoms, whereas the other Na+ cation (site symmetry .2 is surrounded by eight O atoms.

  16. Phase Stability and Ionic Conductivity of NASICON-Like Phases in ScPO4-Na3PO4-Li3PO4 Ternary System

    2006-01-01

    Phase formation in ternary system of complex Sc, Na and Li phosphates was studied at 950 ℃ and synthesis of new phases of definite composition was carried out. Obtained specimens were investigated with X-ray powder diffraction, infrared and impedance spectroscopy. Compositions of fields of homogeneity with NASICON-like structure were discovered. Temperature dependency of ionic conductivity was measured.

  17. Highly conducting divalent Mg2+ cation solid electrolytes with well-ordered three-dimensional network structure

    Tamura, Shinji; Yamane, Megumi; Hoshino, Yasunori; Imanaka, Nobuhito

    2016-03-01

    A three-dimensionally well-ordered NASICON-type Mg2+ cation conductor, (MgxHf1-x)4/(4-2x)Nb(PO4)3, was firstly developed by partial substitution of lower valent Mg2+ cation onto the Hf4+ sites in a HfNb(PO4)3 solid to realize high Mg2+ cation conductivity even at moderate temperatures. Due to the formation of well-ordered NASICON-type structure, both the high Mg2+ cation conductivity below 450 °C and the low activation energy for Mg2+ cation migration was successfully realized for the (Mg0.1Hf0.9)4/3.8Nb(PO4)3 solid. Pure Mg2+ cation conduction in the NASICON-type (Mg0.1Hf0.9)4/3.8Nb(PO4)3 solid was directly and quantitatively demonstrated by means of two kinds of dc electrolysis.

  18. Improving NASICON Sinterability through Crystallization under High Frequency Electrical Fields

    Ilya eLisenker

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The effect of high frequency (HF electric fields on the crystallization and sintering rates of a lithium aluminum germanium phosphate (LAGP ion conducting ceramic was investigated. LAGP with the nominal composition Li1.5Al0.5Ge1.5(PO43 was crystallized and sintered, both conventionally and under effect of electrical field. Electrical field application, of 300V/cm at 1MHz, produced up to a 40% improvement in sintering rate of LAGP that was crystallized and sintered under the HF field. Heat sink effect of the electrodes appears to arrest thermal runaway and subsequent flash behavior. Sintered pellets were characterized using XRD, SEM, TEM and EIS to compare conventionally and field sintered processes. The as-sintered structure appears largely unaffected by the field as the sintering curves tend to converge beyond initial stages of sintering. Differences in densities and microstructure after 1 hour of sintering were minor with measured sintering strains of 31% vs. 26% with and without field, respectively . Ionic conductivity of the sintered pellets was evaluated and no deterioration due to the use of HF field was noted, though capacitance of grain boundaries due to secondary phases was significantly increased.

  19. Caustic Recycle from Hanford Tank Waste Using NaSICON Ceramic Membrane Salt Splitting Process

    Fountain, Matthew S.; Kurath, Dean E.; Sevigny, Gary J.; Poloski, Adam P.; Pendleton, J.; Balagopal, S.; Quist, M.; Clay, D.

    2009-02-20

    A family of inorganic ceramic materials, called sodium (Na) Super Ion Conductors (NaSICON), has been studied at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to investigate their ability to separate sodium from radioactively contaminated sodium salt solutions for treating U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) tank wastes. Ceramatec Inc. developed and fabricated a membrane containing a proprietary NAS-GY material formulation that was electrochemically tested in a bench-scale apparatus with both a simulant and a radioactive tank-waste solution to determine the membrane performance when removing sodium from DOE tank wastes. Implementing this sodium separation process can result in significant cost savings by reducing the disposal volume of low-activity wastes and by producing a NaOH feedstock product for recycle into waste treatment processes such as sludge leaching, regenerating ion exchange resins, inhibiting corrosion in carbon-steel tanks, or retrieving tank wastes.

  20. Abstract Machine for Typed Feature Structures

    Wintner, Shuly; Francez, Nissim

    1995-01-01

    This paper describes an abstract machine for linguistic formalisms that are based on typed feature structures, such as HPSG. The core design of the abstract machine is given in detail, including the compilation process from a high-level language to the abstract machine language and the implementation of the abstract instructions. The machine's engine supports the unification of typed, possibly cyclic, feature structures. A separate module deals with control structures and instructions to acco...

  1. Extraordinary electronic properties in uncommon structure types

    Ali, Mazhar Nawaz

    In this thesis I present the results of explorations into several uncommon structure types. In Chapter 1 I go through the underlying idea of how we search for new compounds with exotic properties in solid state chemistry. The ideas of exploring uncommon structure types, building up from the simple to the complex, using chemical intuition and thinking by analogy are discussed. Also, the history and basic concepts of superconductivity, Dirac semimetals, and magnetoresistance are briefly reviewed. In chapter 2, the 1s-InTaS2 structural family is introduced along with the discovery of a new member of the family, Ag0:79VS2; the synthesis, structure, and physical properties of two different polymorphs of the material are detailed. Also in this chapter, we report the observation of superconductivity in another 1s structure, PbTaSe2. This material is especially interesting due to it being very heavy (resulting in very strong spin orbit coulping (SOC)), layered, and noncentrosymmetric. Electronic structure calculations reveal the presence of a bulk 3D Dirac cone (very similar to graphene) that is gapped by SOC originating from the hexagonal Pb layer. In Chapter 3 we show the re-investigation of the crystal structure of the 3D Dirac semimetal, Cd3As2. It is found to be centrosymmetric, rather than noncentrosymmetric, and as such all bands are spin degenerate and there is a 4-fold degenerate bulk Dirac point at the Fermi level, making Cd3As2 a 3D electronic analog to graphene. Also, for the first time, scanning tunneling microscopy experiments identify a 2x2 surface reconstruction in what we identify as the (112) cleavage plane of single crystals; needle crystals grow with a [110] long axis direction. Lastly, in chapter 4 we report the discovery of "titanic" (sadly dubbed ⪉rge, nonsaturating" by Nature editors and given the acronym XMR) magnetoresistance (MR) in the non-magnetic, noncentrosymmetric, layered transition metal dichalcogenide WTe2; over 13 million% at 0.53 K in

  2. Preparación cristaloquímica y comportamiento eléctrico de electrolitos sólidos de estequiometría NASICON

    Maldonado Manso, María Pilar

    2004-01-01

    En el presente trabajo se ha llevado a cabo la preparación y la caracterización estructural y eléctrica de varias series de materiales de estequiometría NASICON, sistema ampliamente conocido por sus propiedades conductoras y adecuadas prestaciones en el campo de los electrolitos sólidos. Las síntesis se han realizado, en general, en estado sólido por el método cerámico, caracterizándose los compuestos obtenidos empleando muy diversas técnicas como difracción de rayos-X y/o neut...

  3. Interference enhanced thermoelectricity in quinoid type structures

    Strange, M., E-mail: strange@chem.ku.dk; Solomon, G. C. [Nano-Science Center and Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 5, 2100 Copenhagen Ø (Denmark); Seldenthuis, J. S.; Verzijl, C. J. O.; Thijssen, J. M. [Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, 2628 CJ Delft (Netherlands)

    2015-02-28

    Quantum interference (QI) effects in molecular junctions may be used to obtain large thermoelectric responses. We study the electrical conductance G and the thermoelectric response of a series of molecules featuring a quinoid core using density functional theory, as well as a semi-empirical interacting model Hamiltonian describing the π-system of the molecule which we treat in the GW approximation. Molecules with a quinoid type structure are shown to have two distinct destructive QI features close to the frontier orbital energies. These manifest themselves as two dips in the transmission, that remain separated, even when either electron donating or withdrawing side groups are added. We find that the position of the dips in the transmission and the frontier molecular levels can be chemically controlled by varying the electron donating or withdrawing character of the side groups as well as the conjugation length inside the molecule. This feature results in a very high thermoelectric power factor S{sup 2}G and figure of merit ZT, where S is the Seebeck coefficient, making quinoid type molecules potential candidates for efficient thermoelectric devices.

  4. Study on lithium/air secondary batteries - Stability of NASICON-type lithium ion conducting glass-ceramics with water

    Hasegawa, Satoshi; Imanishi, Nobuyuki; Zhang, Tao; Xie, Jian; Hirano, Atsushi; Takeda, Yasuo; Yamamoto, Osamu [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Mie University, 1577 Kurimamachiya-cho, Tsu, Mie 514-8507 (Japan)

    2009-04-01

    The water stability of the fast lithium ion conducting glass-ceramic electrolyte, Li{sub 1+x+y}Al{sub x}Ti{sub 2-x}Si{sub y}P{sub 3-y}O{sub 12} (LATP), has been examined in distilled water, and aqueous solutions of LiNO{sub 3}, LiCl, LiOH, and HCl. This glass-ceramics are stable in aqueous LiNO{sub 3} and aqueous LiCl, and unstable in aqueous 0.1 M HCl and 1 M LiOH. In distilled water, the electrical conductivity slightly increases as a function of immersion time in water. The Li-Al/Li{sub 3-x}PO{sub 4-y}N{sub y}/LATP/aqueous 1 M LiCl/Pt cell, where lithium phosphors oxynitrides Li{sub 3-x}PO{sub 4-y}N{sub y} (LiPON) are used to protect the direct reaction of Li and LATP, shows a stable open circuit voltage (OCV) of 3.64 V at 25 C, and no cell resistance change for 1 week. Lithium phosphors oxynitride is effectively used as a protective layer to suppress the reaction between the LATP and Li metal. The water-stable Li/LiPON/LATP system can be used in Li/air secondary batteries with the air electrode containing water. (author)

  5. Synthesis, crystal structure and vibrational spectra of Sr0.5Zr2(AsO4)3

    Jrifi, A.; El Jazouli, Abdelaziz; Chaminade, Jean-Pierre; Couzi, Michel

    2009-01-01

    Sr0.5Zr2(AsO4)3 arsenate was prepared and structurally characterized by powder X-ray diffraction and by Raman and infrared spectroscopies. Its structure, which belongs to the Nasicon-type family, was refined by the Rietveld method in the R-3 space group, from X-ray powder diffraction data. The hexagonal unit-cell parameters were determined to be ah=8.965(2)  Å, ch=23.955(6)  Å, V=1667.43(6)  Å3, and Z=6. The structure is formed by an ionic three-dimensional network of AsO4 tetrahedra and ZrO6...

  6. Synthesis of nano structured particles for Li-ion cathodic and anodic materials obtained by spray pyrolysis

    The development of the nano technology has contributed to improve the electrochemical properties in rechargeable batteries. The Spray Pyrolysis method allows to obtain nano structured materials with spherical morphology, narrow particle size distribution and compositional homogeneity. Nano structured particles have been prepared in this work to be used as anodic and cathodic materials in lithium-ion batteries. Among the cathodic materials, the Na-Si-Con (Li3Fe2(PO4)3) structure and the olivine (LiFePO4) phases have been synthesised. The Na-Si-Con iron phosphate favours the accommodation of the ion host, the diffusion and thermal stability. The olivine structure has an open three-dimensional network, favourable for hosting Lithium ions. The characterization by X ray diffraction, electron microscopy (scanning and transmission) and electron diffraction have allowed to identify a mix of crystalline phases of LiFePO4 (Olivine) and Li3Fe2(PO4)3 (Na-Si-Con). Thermal treatments produce porous particles. The tryphilite phase (olivine) appears after a thermal treatment at 800 degree centigrade/12h. Electrochemical results confirm the presence of the Na-Si-Con and olivine phases. Among the materials for being used as anode, the titanium oxides have been classified as good candidates as lithium ion host. The synthesis results in different experimental conditions for obtaining spherical and nano structured titanium oxide particles are presented. (Author)

  7. Parameterized type expansion in the feature structure formalism TDL

    Schäfer, Ulrich

    1995-01-01

    Over the last few years, unification-based grammar formalisms have become the predominant paradigm in natural language processing systems because of their monotonicity, declarativeness, and reversibility. From the viewpoint of computer science, typed feature structures can be seen as data structures that allow representation of linguistic knowledge in a uniform fashion. Type expansion is an operation that makes the constraints on a typed feature structure explicit and determines their satisfi...

  8. New structure type of Lu5Ni19B6

    The powder method was used to investigate Lu5-Ni19B6 structure belonging to a new type: sp. g. P6/mmm, a=0.4943(1), c=1.7161(9) nm, N=30 (R=0.120). The L45Ni19B6 structure is a new representative of the homologous series based on CaCu5 and CeCo3B2 types; its elementary cell contains two layers of CaCu5 type structure and three layers of CeCo3B2 type structure. Structure of the new L45Ni19B6 type belongs to the class of structures with trigonal-prismatic coordination of smallest atoms

  9. Types and Functions of Coastal Structures

    Burcharth, H. F.; A. Hughes, Steven

    2003-01-01

    Coastal structures are used in coastal defence schemes with the objective of preventing shoreline erosion and flooding of the hinterland. Other objectives include sheltering of harbour basins and harbour entrances against waves, stabilization of navigation channels at inlets, and protection of...

  10. Hodge-type structures as link invariants

    Borodzik, Maciej; Nemethi, Andras

    2010-01-01

    Based on some analogies with the Hodge theory of isolated hypersurface singularities, we define Hodge-type numerical invariants (called H-numbers) of any, not necessarily algebraic, link in $S^3$. They contain the same information as the (normalized) real Seifert matrix. We study their basic properties, we express the Tristram-Levine signatures and the higher order Alexander polynomial in terms of them. Motivated by singularity theory, we also introduce the spectrum of the link (determined fr...

  11. Structure sensitive properties of KTP-type crystals

    2001-01-01

    Adding various dopants during the growth of the parent KTiOPO4 (KTP) crystal has given rise to an extensive series of KTP-type crystals. The doped KTP or KTP-type crystals often have very subtle structural variations from pure KTP crystals. As a result of these structural changes the KTP-type crystals often exhibit different physical properties, which may be referred to as structure sensitive properties. It is possible to fine-tune the nonlinear optical properties of KTP crystals through doping. This results in a broad range of applications for KTP-type crystals.

  12. Comments on structural types of toroidal carbon nanotubes

    Chuang, Chern; Jin, Bih-Yaw

    2012-01-01

    We clarify the relationships between the eight structural types of toroidal carbon nanotubes (TCNTs), which can be identified as the eight corners of a cube of structural transformation. The four families with Dnh symmetry can be related by rim rotations, and the same is true for those with Dnd symmetries. These two sets are then connected by horizontal shiftings, thereby completing the cube. Moreover, we further point out that there are five more highly symmetric Dnh structural types that can be derived from performing the generalized Stone-Wales transformatoin on certain TCNTs with Dnh structural types.

  13. Bloch-Floquet type waves in periodic ferromagnetic layered structure

    Danoyan Z.N.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The Bloch-Floquet type waves existence and propagation in ferromagnetic periodic layered structure are investigated. The dispersion equation obtained and investigated. It is shown that the waves spectrum contains forbidden zones.

  14. Types of Structural Unemployment in the United Kingdom.

    Hart, Peter E.

    1990-01-01

    Assesses the extent of the following types of structural unemployment in the United Kingdom: technological change, skills mismatch, geographical mismatch, demographic shifts, institutional rigidity, unemployability, and capital restructuring. Concludes that measurement is difficult and the types create segmented labor markets that obstruct the…

  15. PROVIDING SERVICEABILITY OF STRUCTURAL BEARING TYPES FOR ROADWAY BRIDGES

    R. I. Polyuga

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available In the article the description of structural bearing types for roadway bridges and their classification is given. Special attention is paid to effective bearings with elastomeric materials – rubber, pot, spherical ones. Characteristic defects of structural bearings and demands of serviceability are noticed.

  16. Stochastic Fatigue Analysis of Jacket Type Offshore Structures

    Sigurdsson, Gudfinnur

    In this paper, a stochastic reliability assessment for jacket type offshore structures subjected to wave loads in deep water environments is outlined. In the reliability assessment, structural and loading uncertainties are taken into account by means of some stochastic variables. To estimate...

  17. Structures of the lovozerite type - a quantitative investigation

    The structure of lovozerite is derived from perovskite. For 24 members of the lovozerite family an aristotype is postulated. The method of quantitative comparison using the concept of mappings is applied to the lovozerite family using the aristotype as a 'structural unit'. The method is extended to relationships of symmetry-type II, i.e. the derived structure and the aristotype have only a common subgroup, the remaining non-common symmetry of the derived structure is used as 'distribution' symmetry for the structural unit. The numerical results are discussed in detail. (orig.)

  18. Structural determination of wild-type lactose permease

    Guan, Lan; Mirza, Osman; Verner, Gillian; Iwata, So; Kaback, H. Ronald

    2007-01-01

    Here we describe an x-ray structure of wild-type lactose permease (LacY) from Escherichia coli determined by manipulating phospholipid content during crystallization. The structure exhibits the same global fold as the previous x-ray structures of a mutant that binds sugar but cannot catalyze translocation across the membrane. LacY is organized into two six-helix bundles with twofold pseudosymmetry separated by a large interior hydrophilic cavity open only to the cytoplasmic side and containin...

  19. A Quasi-Type-1 Phase-Locked Loop Structure

    Golestan, Saeed; Fernandez, Francisco Daniel Freijedo; Vidal, Ana;

    2014-01-01

    -error in the presence of frequency drifts. To overcome this drawback of type-1 PLLs, and at the same time, to achieve a fast dynamic response and high filtering capability, a modified PLL structure is proposed in this letter. The proposed PLL has a similar structure to a type-1 PLL, but from the control......The grid voltage phase and frequency are crucial information in control of most grid connected power electronic based equipment. Most often, a phase-locked loop (PLL) is employed for this purpose. A PLL is a closed-loop feedback control system that the phase of its output signal is related to the...... phase of its input signal. Arguably, the simplest PLL is a type-1 PLL. The type-1 PLLs are characterized by having only one integrator in their control loop and therefore having a high stability margin. However, they suffer from a serious drawback: they cannot achieve zero average steady-state phase...

  20. A genetic and computational approach to structurally classify neuronal types

    Sümbül, Uygar; Song, Sen; McCulloch, Kyle; Becker, Michael; Lin, Bin; Sanes, Joshua R.; Masland, Richard H.; Seung, H. Sebastian

    2014-01-01

    The importance of cell types in understanding brain function is widely appreciated but only a tiny fraction of neuronal diversity has been catalogued. Here, we exploit recent progress in genetic definition of cell types in an objective structural approach to neuronal classification. The approach is based on highly accurate quantification of dendritic arbor position relative to neurites of other cells. We test the method on a population of 363 mouse retinal ganglion cells. For each cell, we de...

  1. Magnetic Structure of Rapidly Rotating FK Comae-Type Coronae

    Cohen, O.; Drake, J. J.; Kashyap, V. L.; Korhonen, H.; Elstner, D.; Gombosi, T. I.

    2010-01-01

    We present a three-dimensional simulation of the corona of an FK Com-type rapidly rotating G giant using a magnetohydrodynamic model that was originally developed for the solar corona in order to capture the more realistic, non-potential coronal structure. We drive the simulation with surface maps for the radial magnetic field obtained from a stellar dynamo model of the FK Com system. This enables us to obtain the coronal structure for different field topologies representing different periods...

  2. Structural-communicative types of the perplexed echo question

    VOROBYOVA ELENA N.

    2015-01-01

    Modern linguistics has shown us that the language is not limited to questions with the standard semantics of interrogation. Among the interrogative sentences used in the secondary functions one can find inquiries with additional emotional colourings. Perplexity is the closest emotional evaluative meaning, accompanying the interrogative semantics of a question. In the paper, one of the structural-communicative types of the perplexed question (an echo question) is considered. Two structural typ...

  3. Structure Stability of Ⅰ-Type Carbon Nanotube Junctions

    夏丹; 袁喆; 李家明

    2002-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes with junctions may play an important role in future ‘nanoelectronics' and future ‘nano devices'.In particular, junctions constructed with metal and semiconducting nanotubes have potential applications. Basedon the orthogonal tight-binding molecular dynamics method, we present our study of the structure stability ofI-type carbon nanotube junctions.

  4. Crystal structure of clathrates of Hofmann dma-type

    Seven new clathrates Cd(DMA)2Ni(CN)4·xG (x=1, G=aniline, 2,3-xylidine, 2,4-xylidine, 2,5-xylidine, 2,6-xylidine, 3,5-xylidine, and x=2, G=2,4,6-trimethylaniline) of Hofmann type are synthesized by amine substitution for dimethylamine (DMA). On the base of x-ray diffraction data it is shown that geometry of guest molecule in cage-like hollow determines the structure of the host and crystal structure of clathrates. Two-dimension metallocomplex of the host of studied clathrates is characterized by elastic folded structure appearing as a result of angular deformation of bond between Cd atoms and host cyanide bridge. Guest molecule orientation is fixed by hydrogen bond. Structural elasticity of the host complex directs to differences in crystal structure of clathrates formed and to considerable variety of incorporated guests

  5. Interspecies radioimmunoassay for the major structural proteins of primate type-D retroviruses

    A competition radioimmunoassay has been developed in which type-D retroviruses from three primate species compete. The assay utilizes the major structural protein (36,000 daltons) of the endogenous squirrel monkey retrovirus and antisera directed against the major structural protein (27,000 daltons) of the Mason-Pfizer monkey virus isolated from rhesus monkeys. Purified preparations of both viruses grown in heterologous cells, as well as extracts of heterologous cells infected with squirrel monkey retrovirus or Mason-Pfizer monkey virus, compete completely in the assay. Addition of an endogenous virus of the langur monkey also results in complete blocking. No blocking in the assay is observed with type-C baboon viruses, woolly monkey virus, and gibbon virus. Various other type-C and type-B viruses also showed no reactivity. An interspecies assay has thus been developed that recognizes the type-D retroviruses from both Old World monkey (rhesus and langur) and New World monkey (squirrel) species

  6. The Gd14Ag51 structure type and its relation to some complex amalgam structures

    Highlights: • The Gd14Ag51 structure type has been revisited on the basis of single crystal diffraction data. • Symmetry analysis from electron density and TEM shows the space group P6/m to be true. • Gd14Ag51 shows good metallic behaviour. • Structure relations to alkali, alkaline-earth and rare-earth metal amalgams can be established. • Complexity values for the RE14Ag51 structure family were calculated. - Abstract: A plethora of binary and ternary intermetallic compounds has been assigned to the Gd14Ag51 structure type, crystallising in the hexagonal system (space group P6/m, a = 1264.30(18) pm, c = 933.58(11) pm for Gd14Ag51). Starting in the late 1960s, much work has been invested in the structural elucidation of these crystal structures. However, reliable single crystal data are scarce, and most structure type assignments have been performed merely on the basis of powder data. We have redetermined four representatives of the binary RE14Ag51 structure type (RE = Y, Ce, Gd, Tb) with modern high-precision single crystal X-ray methods. The assignment of the Gd14Ag51 structure type to space group P6/m was additionally verified by careful analysis of high resolution transmission electron micrographs. We emphasise the close relation of the Gd14Ag51 structure type to the structures of some recently described amalgams of similar composition focussing on disorder phenomena and structural complexity. Furthermore, we provide detailed information on synthesis as well as electrical and magnetic properties for Gd14Ag51, the parent compound of this structure family

  7. Atomic structures of icosahedral phases of type F and dislocations

    The object of this thesis is the study of atomic structures of icosahedral phases of type F and their dislocations. In this study, we have first built a prototypical structure that describes the already known F type icosahedral phases. In order to check it we synthesized some of the new compositions predicted by this model. This synthesis led to the discovery of two new quasi-periodical phases of the stoichiometry Al66,08Cu21,35Mn8,29Fe4,28. One of these phases is icosahedral (metastable) of type F and the other one is decagonal (stable). A F-IQC phase is present on these compounds that have a different composition with respect to the ones already studied for the system (Al,Pd,Fe). Globally, these experimental results on new icosahedral phases allowed to prove the viability of the model: on the three samples of new composition, two of them have shown the existence of icosahedral phases of type F and the third one has given a decagonal phase, in relation of canonical orientation with the icosahedral metastable phase (10-fold axis parallel with 5-fold axis). Using this reliable model, we have been able to introduce dislocations. We could thus provide the geometry of dislocations (outside the dislocation core) at atomic scale for F-IQC phases. On this structure we have also identified the distributions of phasons and given some elements of answer for the global dislocations moves. (author)

  8. Equipment and building structures ageing management for WWER type NPPs

    This report presents the working group 'Equipment and building structures ageing management for WWER type NPPs' activities. The analysis of experience in ageing management, recommendations for regulatory guidelines on ageing management, investigation of case studies, definition suitable communication channels among regulators for ageing related data are given. Analyses of water chemistry, inspection data (safety margins criteria), plugging criteria, volume and time of ECT implementation in all WWER countries are presented. The results of Working group activity show that it is advisable to concentrate efforts on: set up the permanent communication channel among regulators, collection of regulatory criteria for WWER type NPP key components based on understanding of ageing mechanisms and data collection

  9. NEW TYPE OF VIBRATION STRUCTURE OF VERTICAL DYNAMIC BALANCING MACHINE

    Li Dinggen; Cao Jiguang; Chen Chuanyao; Wang Junwen

    2004-01-01

    A new type of vibration structure of vertical dynamic balancing machine is designed, which is based on the analysis for swing frame of a traditional vertical dynamic balancing machine. The static unbalance and couple unbalance can be separated effectively by using the new machine with the new swing frame. By building the dynamics model, the advantages of the new structure are discussed in detail. The modal and harmonic response are analyzed by using the ANSYS7.0. By comparing the finite element modal analysis with the experimental modal analysis, the natural frequencies and vibration modes are found out. There are many spring boards in the new swing frame. Their stiffness is different and assort with each other. Furthermore, there are three sensors on the measurement points. Therefore, the new dynamic balancing machine can measure the static unbalance and couple unbalance directly, and the influence between them is faint. The new structure has the function of belt-strain compensation to improve the measurement precision. The practical result indicates that the new vertical dynamic balancing machine is suitable for inertial measurement of flying objects, and can overcome the shortcomings of traditional double-plane vertical dynamic balancing machines. The vertical dynamic balancing machine with the new vibration structure can be widely used in the future applications. The modeling and analysis of the new vibration structure provide theoretic instruction and practical experience for designing new type of vertical dynamic balancing machines. Based on the design principles such as stiffness-matching, frequency-adjacence and strain-compensation and so on, various new type of vibration structures can be designed.

  10. Effects of structure type on viscoelastic properties of geosynthetics

    I.I. Loginova

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This work presents a study on tensile properties of geosynthetic materials. There were investigated six samples of geofabrics and geogrids with different structures including woven geotextile fabrics, nonwoven geotextile fabrics, warp-knitted geogrids and extruded geogrid. The study determined tensile properties of geosynthetics including tensile strength, strain at the maximum load and tensile load at a specified strain. The authors carried out creep and relaxation tests. It was found that the structure type significantly affects viscoelastic properties of geosynthetics materials. The article presents some results of numerous tests, which may be used to pre-select geosynthetics materials.

  11. Magnetic mirror structure for testing shell-type quadrupole coils

    Andreev, N.; Barzi, E.; Bossert, R.; Chlachidze, G.; Kashikhin, V.S.; Kashikhin, V.V.; Lamm, M.J.; Nobrega, F.; Novitski, I.; Tartaglia, N.; Turrioni, D.; /Fermilab

    2009-10-01

    This paper presents magnetic and mechanical designs and analyses of the quadrupole mirror structure to test single shell-type quadrupole coils. Several quadrupole coils made of different Nb{sub 3}Sn strands, cable insulation and pole materials were tested using this structure at 4.5 and 1.9 K. The coils were instrumented with voltage taps, spot heaters, temperature sensors and strain gauges to study their mechanical and thermal properties and quench performance. The results of the quadrupole mirror model assembly and test are reported and discussed.

  12. New compounds with YCrB4-type structure

    This paper investigates part of the Yb- Fe, Co, Ni -B ternary systems to obtain borides with YCrB4-type structure. Compact Yb of 99.94 mass % purity and precompacted powders of finely crystalline boron, Fe, Co, or Ni were fused in an electric-arc furnace in an atmosphere of purified argon. The results of x-ray phase-shift analysis showed that borides with YCrB4-type structure were formed in 11 of the studied systems. The obtained values of the unit-cell parameters for the compounds YbCoB4, YbFeB4, and YbNiB4 are inscribed smoothly in the curve of the change of unit-cell parameters and volumes of RMB4 compounds, which indicates a trivalent state of the ytterbium atoms in these borides

  13. Seismic vulnerability of historical arch type bridge structures in Italy

    Qadir Bhatti, Abdul

    2009-01-01

    Italy is located on a earthquake prone area and old bridges were desinged without any seismic provision. In the years (2009), tremors were felt in Italy due to the strong earthquakes at Abruzzo, which highlight the earthquake threat to Italy. This study focuses on seismic vulnerability of arch type masonry bridge structures in Italy, designed primarily for gravity loads, when they are subjected to earthquakes. A case study has been carried out for the vulnerability study for a ...

  14. Numerical Simulation of Pool Boiling from Reentrant Type Structured Surfaces

    Dietl, Jochen

    2015-01-01

    Enhancement of heat transfer in pool boiling can be achieved by employing a structured surface. So called reentrant type surfaces, consisting of subsurface tunnels connected through pores with the pool, were found to strongly improve the performance of heat exchanger tubes. Although employed since decades, several of the processes within the tunnel are not understood and the presented models are not able to predict the different boiling modes. With the rapid development of numerical method...

  15. Structure of a Kunitz-type potato cathepsin D inhibitor

    Guo, J.; Erskine, P. T.; Coker, A. R.; Wood, S. P.; Cooper, J. B.; Mareš, Michael; Baudyš, Miroslav

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 192, č. 3 (2015), s. 554-560. ISSN 1047-8477 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA15-18929S; GA MŠk LO1302 Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : potato cathepsin D inhibitor * Kunitz-type protease inhibitor * protein X-ray structure * reactive-site loop * docking Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 3.231, year: 2014

  16. Babel Fortran 2003 Binding for Structured Data Types

    Muszala, S; Epperly, T; Wang, N

    2008-05-02

    Babel is a tool aimed at the high-performance computing community that addresses the need for mixing programming languages (Java, Python, C, C++, Fortran 90, FORTRAN 77) in order to leverage the specific benefits of those languages. Scientific codes often rely on structured data types (structs, derived data types) to encapsulate data, and Babel has been lacking in this type of support until recently. We present a new language binding that focuses on their interoperability of C/C++ with Fortran 2003. The new binding builds on the existing Fortran 90 infrastructure by using the iso-c-binding module defined in the Fortran 2003 standard as the basis for C/C++ interoperability. We present the technical approach for the new binding and discuss our initial experiences in applying the binding in FACETS (Framework Application for Core-Edge Transport Simulations) to integrate C++ with legacy Fortran codes.

  17. Population structure and minimum core genome typing of Legionella pneumophila.

    Qin, Tian; Zhang, Wen; Liu, Wenbin; Zhou, Haijian; Ren, Hongyu; Shao, Zhujun; Lan, Ruiting; Xu, Jianguo

    2016-01-01

    Legionella pneumophila is an important human pathogen causing Legionnaires' disease. In this study, whole genome sequencing (WGS) was used to study the characteristics and population structure of L. pneumophila strains. We sequenced and compared 53 isolates of L. pneumophila covering different serogroups and sequence-based typing (SBT) types (STs). We found that 1,896 single-copy orthologous genes were shared by all isolates and were defined as the minimum core genome (MCG) of L. pneumophila. A total of 323,224 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were identified among the 53 strains. After excluding 314,059 SNPs which were likely to be results of recombination, the remaining 9,165 SNPs were referred to as MCG SNPs. Population Structure analysis based on MCG divided the 53 L. pneumophila into nine MCG groups. The within-group distances were much smaller than the between-group distances, indicating considerable divergence between MCG groups. MCG groups were also supplied by phylogenetic analysis and may be considered as robust taxonomic units within L. pneumophila. Among the nine MCG groups, eight showed high intracellular growth ability while one showed low intracellular growth ability. Furthermore, MCG typing also showed high resolution in subtyping ST1 strains. The results obtained in this study provided significant insights into the evolution, population structure and pathogenicity of L. pneumophila. PMID:26888563

  18. The Three-Dimensional Structural Basis of Type II Hyperprolinemia

    Srivastava, Dhiraj; Singh, Ranjan K.; Moxley, Michael A.; Henzl, Michael T.; Becker, Donald F.; Tanner, John J. (UNL); (UMC)

    2012-08-31

    Type II hyperprolinemia is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by a deficiency in {Delta}{sup 1}-pyrroline-5-carboxylate dehydrogenase (P5CDH; also known as ALDH4A1), the aldehyde dehydrogenase that catalyzes the oxidation of glutamate semialdehyde to glutamate. Here, we report the first structure of human P5CDH (HsP5CDH) and investigate the impact of the hyperprolinemia-associated mutation of Ser352 to Leu on the structure and catalytic properties of the enzyme. The 2. 5-{angstrom}-resolution crystal structure of HsP5CDH was determined using experimental phasing. Structures of the mutant enzymes S352A (2.4 {angstrom}) and S352L (2.85 {angstrom}) were determined to elucidate the structural consequences of altering Ser352. Structures of the 93% identical mouse P5CDH complexed with sulfate ion (1.3 {angstrom} resolution), glutamate (1.5 {angstrom}), and NAD{sup +} (1.5 {angstrom}) were determined to obtain high-resolution views of the active site. Together, the structures show that Ser352 occupies a hydrophilic pocket and is connected via water-mediated hydrogen bonds to catalytic Cys348. Mutation of Ser352 to Leu is shown to abolish catalytic activity and eliminate NAD{sup +} binding. Analysis of the S352A mutant shows that these functional defects are caused by the introduction of the nonpolar Leu352 side chain rather than the removal of the Ser352 hydroxyl. The S352L structure shows that the mutation induces a dramatic 8-{angstrom} rearrangement of the catalytic loop. Because of this conformational change, Ser349 is not positioned to interact with the aldehyde substrate, conserved Glu447 is no longer poised to bind NAD{sup +}, and Cys348 faces the wrong direction for nucleophilic attack. These structural alterations render the enzyme inactive.

  19. The Structure of Workaholism and Types of Workaholic

    Malinowska Diana

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study presented was to verify empirically a conception of workaholism as a multidimensional syndrome. The study also investigated the notion of ‘functional’ and ‘dysfunctional’ types of workaholic, on the basis of the participants’ cognitive evaluations of their quality of life. The research group comprised Polish managers who had graduated with, or were studying to attain, a Master’s degree in Business Administration. The 137 participants completed a set of questionnaires that were based on five different research tools. Confirmatory factor analysis supported the theory that workaholism has a three-dimensional structure that includes behavioural, cognitive, and affective dimensions. Using cluster analysis, three types of worker were identified, two of which represented types of workaholic with different scores for the dimensions of workaholism and for aspects of quality of life. The research demonstrated that workaholism is a three-dimensional construct. It enabled the integration of different perspectives and also confirmed that dysfunctional and functional types of workaholic exist. Furthermore, this paper provides practical insights about workaholism for practitioners of human resources that can be used in the selection and evaluation of employees.

  20. Structural analysis of a new type lightweight optical mirror blank

    Li, Yeping; Cui, Xiangqun; Hu, Ningsheng

    2010-07-01

    To reduce the cost and increase the feasibility of the astronomical optical telescope, modern large optical telescope is normally required to be as light as possible. Therefore lightweight mirror is always pursued by large telescopes development. In this paper, a new type lightweight optical mirror blank, the evaluation of its technical feasibility and the reduction of cost are introduced. For the purpose of applying active optics with this lightweight mirror blank, the structural analysis, thermal analysis and optical performance simulation by the finite element method have been presented.

  1. Structure and organization of heteromeric AMPA-type glutamate receptors.

    Herguedas, Beatriz; García-Nafría, Javier; Cais, Ondrej; Fernández-Leiro, Rafael; Krieger, James; Ho, Hinze; Greger, Ingo H

    2016-04-29

    AMPA-type glutamate receptors (AMPARs), which are central mediators of rapid neurotransmission and synaptic plasticity, predominantly exist as heteromers of the subunits GluA1 to GluA4. Here we report the first AMPAR heteromer structures, which deviate substantially from existing GluA2 homomer structures. Crystal structures of the GluA2/3 and GluA2/4 N-terminal domains reveal a novel compact conformation with an alternating arrangement of the four subunits around a central axis. This organization is confirmed by cysteine cross-linking in full-length receptors, and it permitted us to determine the structure of an intact GluA2/3 receptor by cryogenic electron microscopy. Two models in the ligand-free state, at resolutions of 8.25 and 10.3 angstroms, exhibit substantial vertical compression and close associations between domain layers, reminiscent of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors. Model 1 resembles a resting state and model 2 a desensitized state, thus providing snapshots of gating transitions in the nominal absence of ligand. Our data reveal organizational features of heteromeric AMPARs and provide a framework to decipher AMPAR architecture and signaling. PMID:26966189

  2. Narrowband frequency-drift structures in solar type IV bursts

    Nishimura, Yukio; Ono, Takayuki; Tsuchiya, Fuminori; Misawa, Hiroaki; Kumamoto, Atsushi; Katoh, Yuto; Masuda, Satoshi; Miyoshi, Yoshizumi

    2013-12-01

    We have established the Zao Solar Radiospectrograph (ZSR), a new solar radio observation system, at the Zao observatory of Tohoku University, Japan. We observed narrowband fine structures with type IV bursts with ZSR on 2 and 3 November 2008. The observed fine structures are similar to fiber bursts in terms of the drift rates and the existence of emission and absorption stripes. Statistical analysis of the drift rates, however, shows that the observed fine structures are different from the ordinary fiber bursts as regards the sense and the magnitude of their drift rates. First, the observed drift rates include both positive and negative rates, whereas ordinary fiber bursts are usually characterized by negative drift rates. Second, the absolute values of the observed drift rates are tens of MHz s-1, whereas the typical drift rate of fiber bursts at 325 MHz is approximately -9 MHz s-1. In addition, all fine structures analyzed have narrow emission bands of less than 17 MHz. We also show that the observed narrowband emission features with drift rates of approximately 40 MHz s-1 can be interpreted as the propagation of whistler-mode waves, which is the same process as that underlying fiber bursts.

  3. The Importance of Disk Structure in Stalling Type I Migration

    Kretke, Katherine A

    2012-01-01

    As planets form they tidally interact with their natal disks. Though the tidal perturbation induced by Earth and super-Earth mass planets is generally too weak to significantly modify the structure of the disk, the interaction is potentially strong enough to cause the planets to undergo rapid type I migration. This physical process may provide a source of short-period super-Earths, though it may also pose a challenge to the emergence and retention of cores on long-period orbits with sufficient mass to evolve into gas giants. Previous numerical simulations have shown that the type I migration rate sensitively depends upon the circumstellar disk's properties, particularly the temperature and surface density gradients. Here, we derive these structure parameters for 1) a self-consistent viscous-disk model based on a constant \\alpha-prescription, 2) an irradiated disk model that takes into account heating due to the absorption of stellar photons, and 3) a layered-accretion disk model with variable \\alpha-parameter...

  4. Bismuth zinc vanadate, BiZn2VO6: New crystal structure type and electronic structure

    We report a combined experimental and computational study of the crystal structure and electronic properties of bismuth zinc vanadate, BiZn2VO6, known for its visible light photocatalytic activity. The crystal structure has been solved from laboratory powder X-ray diffraction data using the repeated minimisations from random starting values method. BiZn2VO6 adopts a new structure type, based on the following building blocks: corner- and edge-sharing ZnO4 tetrahedra, ZnO6 octahedra and VO4 tetrahedra, and Bi2O12 dimers. It is the only known member of the BiM2AO6 (M=Pb, Ca, Cd, Mn, Zn, Mg, Cu; A=V, P, As) family which does not appear to be structurally closely related to others. The electronic structure of BiZn2VO6, calculated by DFT methods, shows that it is an indirect gap semiconductor with a calculated band gap of 1.6 eV, which compares favourably to the experimentally measured value of 2.4 eV. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of BiZn2VO6, a new structure type in the BiM2AO6 (M=Mg, Ca, Cd, Cu, Pb, Mn, Zn; A=V, P, As) family. - Highlights: • Structure solution from PXRD data by repeated minimisations from random starting values. • New structure type in the BiM2AO6 (M=Pb, Ca, Cd, Mn, Zn, Mg, Cu; A=V, P, As) family. • Electronic structure calculation

  5. Structural trends in off stoichiometric chalcopyrite type compound semiconductors

    Energy supply is one of the most controversial topics that are currently discussed in our global community. Most of the energy delivered to the customer today has its origin in fossil and nuclear power plants. Indefinable risks and the radioactive waste repository problem of the latter as well as the global scarcity of fossil resources cause the renewable energies to grow more and more important for achieving sustainability. The main renewable energy sources are wind power, hydroelectric power and solar energy. On the photovoltaic (PV) market different materials are competing as part of different kinds of technologies, with the largest contribution still coming from wafer based crystalline silicon solar cells (95 %). Until now thin film solar cells only contribute a small portion to the whole PV market, but large capacities are under construction. Thin film photovoltaic shows a number of advantages in comparison to wafer based crystalline silicon PV. Among these material usage and production cost reduction are two prominent examples. The type of PV materials, which are analyzed in this work, are high potential compounds that are widely used as absorber layer in thin film solar cells. These are compound semiconductors of the type CuBIIICVI2 (BIII = In, Ga and CVI = Se, S). Several years of research have already gone into understanding the efficiency limiting factors for solar cell devices fabricated from this compound. Most of the studies concerning electronic defects are done by spectroscopic methods mostly performed using thin films from different kinds of synthesis, without any real knowledge regarding the structural origin of these defects. This work shows a systematic fundamental structural study of intrinsic point defects that are present within the material at various compositions in CuBIIICVI2 compound semiconductors. The study is done on reference powder samples with well determined chemical composition and using advanced diffraction techniques, such as

  6. Structural Characterization of Novel Pseudomonas aeruginosa Type IV Pilins

    Nguyen, Y.; Jackson, S; Aidoo, F; Junop, M; Burrows, L

    2010-01-01

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa type IV pili, composed of PilA subunits, are used for attachment and twitching motility on surfaces. P. aeruginosa strains express one of five phylogenetically distinct PilA proteins, four of which are associated with accessory proteins that are involved either in pilin posttranslational modification or in modulation of pilus retraction dynamics. Full understanding of pilin diversity is crucial for the development of a broadly protective pilus-based vaccine. Here, we report the 1.6-{angstrom} X-ray crystal structure of an N-terminally truncated form of the novel PilA from strain Pa110594 (group V), which represents the first non-group II pilin structure solved. Although it maintains the typical T4a pilin fold, with a long N-terminal {alpha}-helix and four-stranded antiparallel {beta}-sheet connected to the C-terminus by a disulfide-bonded loop, the presence of an extra helix in the {alpha}{beta}-loop and a disulfide-bonded loop with helical character gives the structure T4b pilin characteristics. Despite the presence of T4b features, the structure of PilA from strain Pa110594 is most similar to the Neisseria gonorrhoeae pilin and is also predicted to assemble into a fiber similar to the GC pilus, based on our comparative pilus modeling. Interactions between surface-exposed areas of the pilin are suggested to contribute to pilus fiber stability. The non-synonymous sequence changes between group III and V pilins are clustered in the same surface-exposed areas, possibly having an effect on accessory protein interactions. However, based on our high-confidence model of group III PilA{sub PA14}, compensatory changes allow for maintenance of a similar shape.

  7. Gradient type optimization methods for electronic structure calculations

    Zhang, Xin; Wen, Zaiwen; Zhou, Aihui

    2013-01-01

    The density functional theory (DFT) in electronic structure calculations can be formulated as either a nonlinear eigenvalue or direct minimization problem. The most widely used approach for solving the former is the so-called self-consistent field (SCF) iteration. A common observation is that the convergence of SCF is not clear theoretically while approaches with convergence guarantee for solving the latter are often not competitive to SCF numerically. In this paper, we study gradient type methods for solving the direct minimization problem by constructing new iterations along the gradient on the Stiefel manifold. Global convergence (i.e., convergence to a stationary point from any initial solution) as well as local convergence rate follows from the standard theory for optimization on manifold directly. A major computational advantage is that the computation of linear eigenvalue problems is no longer needed. The main costs of our approaches arise from the assembling of the total energy functional and its grad...

  8. Structure of the atmosphere of late-type stars

    A method of calculation of model atmospheres of late-type stars is described. The model atmospheres have been constructed for effective temperature Tsub(e)=2500, 3000, 3500, 4000, 4500 and 5785 K at solar chemical composition and surface gravities log g = 0.0, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 based on LTE and a plane-parallel horizontally homogeneous structure. Opacity due to H, H- and H2- was taken into account. The equation of state includes 10 metals and H2, H2- and H2+ molecules. The results are compared with those published elsewhere. A satisfactory agreement is obtained for Tsub(e) > 3000 K

  9. Electronic structure of p type Delta doped systems

    We summarize of the results obtained for the electronic structure of quantum wells that consist in an atomic layer doped with impurities of p type. The calculations are made within the frame worth of the wrapper function approach to independent bands and with potentials of Hartree. We study the cases reported experimentally (Be in GaAs and B in Si). We present the levels of energy, the wave functions and the rate of the electronic population between the different subbands, as well as the dependence of these magnitudes with the density of impurities in the layer. The participation of the bans of heavy holes is analysed, light and split-off band in the total electronic population. The effect of the temperature is discussed and we give a possible qualitative explanation of the experimental optical properties. (Author)

  10. Perovskite-type oxides - Oxygen electrocatalysis and bulk structure

    Carbonio, R. E.; Fierro, C.; Tryk, D.; Scherson, D.; Yeager, E.

    1988-01-01

    Perovskite type oxides were considered for use as oxygen reduction and generation electrocatalysts in alkaline electrolytes. Perovskite stability and electrocatalytic activity are studied along with possible relationships of the latter with the bulk solid state properties. A series of compounds of the type LaFe(x)Ni1(-x)O3 was used as a model system to gain information on the possible relationships between surface catalytic activity and bulk structure. Hydrogen peroxide decomposition rate constants were measured for these compounds. Ex situ Mossbauer effect spectroscopy (MES), and magnetic susceptibility measurements were used to study the solid state properties. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to examine the surface. MES has indicated the presence of a paramagnetic to magnetically ordered phase transition for values of x between 0.4 and 0.5. A correlation was found between the values of the MES isomer shift and the catalytic activity for peroxide decomposition. Thus, the catalytic activity can be correlated to the d-electron density for the transition metal cations.

  11. Magnetic Structure of Rapidly Rotating FK Comae-Type Coronae

    Cohen, O; Kashyap, V L; Korhonen, H; Elstner, D; Gombosi, T I

    2010-01-01

    We present a three-dimensional simulation of the corona of an FK Com-type rapidly rotating G giant using a magnetohydrodynamic model that was originally developed for the solar corona in order to capture the more realistic, non-potential coronal structure. We drive the simulation with surface maps for the radial magnetic field obtained from a stellar dynamo model of the FK Com system. This enables us to obtain the coronal structure for different field topologies representing different periods of time. We find that the corona of such an FK Com-like star, including the large scale coronal loops, is dominated by a strong toroidal component of the magnetic field. This is a result of part of the field being dragged by the radial outflow, while the other part remains attached to the rapidly rotating stellar surface. This tangling of the magnetic field,in addition to a reduction in the radial flow component, leads to a flattening of the gas density profile with distance in the inner part of the corona. The three-dim...

  12. Type IIA orientifolds on SU(2)-structure manifolds

    We investigate the possible supersymmetry-preserving orientifold projections of type IIA string theory on a six-dimensional background with SU(2)-structure. We find two categories of projections which preserve half of the low-energy supersymmetry, reducing the effective theory from an N=4 supergravity theory, to an N=2 supergravity. For these two cases, we impose the projection on the low-energy spectrum and reduce the effective N=4 supergravity action accordingly. We can identify the resulting gauged N=2 supergravity theory and bring the action into canonical form. We compute the scalar moduli spaces and characterize the gauged symmetries in terms of the geometry of these moduli spaces. Due to their origin in N=4 supergravity, which is a highly constrained theory, the moduli spaces are of a very simple form. We find that, for suitable background manifolds, isometries in all scalar sectors can become gauged. The obtained gaugings share many features with those of N=2 supergravities obtained previously from other G-structure compactifications. (orig.)

  13. Galaxy clusters, type Ia supernovae and the fine structure constant

    Holanda, R F L; Colaço, L R; Alcaniz, J S; Landau, S J

    2016-01-01

    As is well known, measurements of the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect can be combined with observations of the X-ray surface brightness of galaxy clusters to estimate the angular diameter distance to these structures. In this paper, we show that this technique depends on the fine structure constant, $\\alpha$. Therefore, if $\\alpha$ is a time-dependent quantity, e.g., $\\alpha=\\alpha_0 \\phi(z)$, where $\\phi$ is a function of redshift, we argue that current data do not provide the real angular diameter distance, $D_{\\rm{A}}(z)$, to the cluster but instead $D_A^{data}(z) = \\phi(z)^2 D_{\\rm{A}}(z)$. We use this result to derive constraints on a possible variation of $\\alpha$ for a class of dilaton runaway models considering a sample of 25 measurements of $D_A^{data}(z)$ in redshift range $0.023 < z < 0.784$ and estimates of $D_{\\rm{A}}(z)$ from current type Ia supernovae observations. We find no significant indication of variation of $\\alpha$ with the present data.

  14. Type IIA orientifolds on SU(2)-structure manifolds

    Danckaert, Thomas

    2010-11-15

    We investigate the possible supersymmetry-preserving orientifold projections of type IIA string theory on a six-dimensional background with SU(2)-structure. We find two categories of projections which preserve half of the low-energy supersymmetry, reducing the effective theory from an N=4 supergravity theory, to an N=2 supergravity. For these two cases, we impose the projection on the low-energy spectrum and reduce the effective N=4 supergravity action accordingly. We can identify the resulting gauged N=2 supergravity theory and bring the action into canonical form. We compute the scalar moduli spaces and characterize the gauged symmetries in terms of the geometry of these moduli spaces. Due to their origin in N=4 supergravity, which is a highly constrained theory, the moduli spaces are of a very simple form. We find that, for suitable background manifolds, isometries in all scalar sectors can become gauged. The obtained gaugings share many features with those of N=2 supergravities obtained previously from other G-structure compactifications. (orig.)

  15. Structural controls of shihongtan sandstone-type uranium deposit in the southwestern turpan-hami basin

    Through studying the structural evolution, structural characteristics of Shihongtan sandstone-type uranium deposit, it is found that there are three types of structural controls on Shihongtan sandstone-type uranium deposit on the Aiding structural slope, namely, the uranium sources, types of the sedimentary formation of target horizons and the mineralization epochs are controlled by the structural evolution of the basin; the mineralization area are controlled by the structural slope units; the distribution of uranium ore bodies is controlled by the second order structures on the structural slope. (authors)

  16. Structural health monitoring of PC structures with novel types of distributed sensors

    Yang, Caiqian; Wu, Zhishen; Zhang, Yufeng

    2010-04-01

    In this paper, the structural health monitoring of a pre-stressed concrete (PC) structure based on two types of distributed sensing techniques is addressed. The sensing elements are Brillouin scattering-based fiber optic sensors (FOSs) and HCFRP (hybrid carbon fiber reinforced polymer) sensors composed of three types of carbon tows. Both types of sensors are characterized by a broad-based and distributed sensing function. The HCFRP sensors are bonded on PC tendon, steel reinforcing bar, and embedded in tensile and compressive concrete sides with epoxy resins and putties. The FOSs are embedded in the tensile and compressive concrete sides where the HCFRP sensors are embedded as well. The distributed sensors are arranged to detect and monitor the initiation and propagation of cracks, yielding of steel reinforcements and corrosion of PC tendons. The experimental investigations demonstrate that the initiation and location of cracks, yielding of steel reinforcements, corrosion of PC tendons and structural health of PC structures can be effectively detected and monitored with such kinds of distributed sensing systems.

  17. Structural trends in off stoichiometric chalcopyrite type compound semiconductors

    Stephan, Christiane

    2011-03-15

    Energy supply is one of the most controversial topics that are currently discussed in our global community. Most of the energy delivered to the customer today has its origin in fossil and nuclear power plants. Indefinable risks and the radioactive waste repository problem of the latter as well as the global scarcity of fossil resources cause the renewable energies to grow more and more important for achieving sustainability. The main renewable energy sources are wind power, hydroelectric power and solar energy. On the photovoltaic (PV) market different materials are competing as part of different kinds of technologies, with the largest contribution still coming from wafer based crystalline silicon solar cells (95 %). Until now thin film solar cells only contribute a small portion to the whole PV market, but large capacities are under construction. Thin film photovoltaic shows a number of advantages in comparison to wafer based crystalline silicon PV. Among these material usage and production cost reduction are two prominent examples. The type of PV materials, which are analyzed in this work, are high potential compounds that are widely used as absorber layer in thin film solar cells. These are compound semiconductors of the type CuB{sup III}C{sup VI}{sub 2} (B{sup III} = In, Ga and C{sup VI} = Se, S). Several years of research have already gone into understanding the efficiency limiting factors for solar cell devices fabricated from this compound. Most of the studies concerning electronic defects are done by spectroscopic methods mostly performed using thin films from different kinds of synthesis, without any real knowledge regarding the structural origin of these defects. This work shows a systematic fundamental structural study of intrinsic point defects that are present within the material at various compositions in CuB{sup III}C{sup VI}{sub 2} compound semiconductors. The study is done on reference powder samples with well determined chemical composition and

  18. Synthetic collagen heterotrimers: structural mimics of wild-type and mutant collagen type I.

    Gauba, Varun; Hartgerink, Jeffrey D

    2008-06-11

    Collagen type I is an AAB heterotrimer assembled from two alpha1 chains and one alpha2 chain. Missense mutations in either of these chains that substitute a glycine residue in the ubiquitous X-Y-Gly repeat with a bulky amino acid leads to osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) of varying severity. These mutations have been studied in the past using collagen-like peptide homotrimers as a model system. However, homotrimers, which by definition will contain glycine mutations in all the three chains, do not accurately mimic the mutations in their native form and result in an exaggerated effect on stability and folding. In this article, we report the design of a novel model system based upon collagen-like heterotrimers that can mimic the glycine mutations present in either the alpha1 or alpha2 chains of type I collagen. This design utilizes an electrostatic recognition motif in three chains that can force the interaction of any three peptides, including AAA (all same), AAB (two same and one different), or ABC (all different) triple helices. Therefore, the component peptides can be designed in such a way that glycine mutations are present in zero, one, two, or all three chains of the triple helix. With this design, we for the first time report collagen mutants containing one or two glycine substitutions with structures relevant to native forms of OI. Furthermore, we demonstrate the difference in thermal stability and refolding half-life times between triple helices that vary only in the frequency of glycine mutations at a particular position. PMID:18481852

  19. Observations of the structure of Type IIIb radio bursts

    The authors have observed short duration, narrow band Type IIIb radio bursts that occur just before the onset of a normal Type III burst. These observations were made with a multichannel radiometer with a center frequency of 25 MHz, time constant of 10 milliseconds and frequency resolution of 100 KHz. The average half power duration of a typical element of a Type III burst was determined. It was found to be very similar to the time profile of a normal Type III burst, i.e., sharp rise and exponential type decay. (Auth.)

  20. Seismic verification methods for structures and equipment of VVER-type and RBMK-type NPPs (summary of experiences)

    The main verification methods for structures and equipment of already existing VVER-type and RBMK-type NPPs are briefly described. The following aspects are discussed: fundamental seismic safety assessment principles for VVER/RBMK-type NPPs (seismic safety assessment procedure, typical work plan for seismic safety assessment of existing NPPs, SMA (HCLPF) calculations, modified GIP (GIP-VVER) procedure, similarity of VVER/RBMK equipment to that included in the SQUG databases and seismic interactions

  1. Dipole ordering, ionic conductivity, and cold nuclear fusion: Three types of cation mobility in the orthophosphates KTiOPO4 Na3M2(PO4)3 (M=Sc,Fe,Cr), NaTh2(PO4)3, KD2PO4, and related compounds

    As shown in earlier studies, crystals whose structures contain closely located positions statistically occupied by metal cations (split positions) may exhibit anomalies in physical properties, such as ferroelectric (FE) or antiferroelectric (AFE) ordering, superionic conduction (SIC), low thermal expansion coefficients, ultrarapid nuclear relaxation, etc. For example, splitting of Na positions lead to Fe ordering in low-temperature structures of Na3Sc2(PO4)3 and NaTh2(PO4)3 and to AFE ordering in Na3Zr2Si2PO12 (stoichiometric NASICON - one of the best three-dimensional superionic conductors). The coexistance of two types of split cation positions in KFeFPO4 was reported by Belokoeneva et al.; later, these splittings were shown to be accompanied by FE and AFE ordering. In this paper, the authors report an attempt to establish inter-relations between various physical phenomena related to cation mobility. They discuss three manifestations of cation mobility in orthophosphates with split cation positions: dipole ordering of both FE and AFE types, superionic conduction, and cold nuclear fusion (CNF)

  2. Well-formedness and typing rules for UML Composite Structures

    Dragomir, Iulia; Ober, Iulian

    2010-01-01

    Starting from version 2.0, UML introduced hierarchical composite structures, which are an expressive way of defining complex software architectures, but which have a very loosely defined semantics in the standard. In this paper we propose a set of consistency rules that disambiguate the meaning of UML composite structures. Our primary goal was to have an operational model of composite structures for the OMEGA UML profile, an executable profile dedicated to the formal specification and validat...

  3. Types of personality motivation structure of women who are acquiring higher education in psychology

    TETIANA PARTYKO

    2013-01-01

    The article deals with the results of empirical research on the types of personality motivation structure of women who are acquiring higher education in psychology. Two types have been singled out: expressive and impulsive. The expressive type comprises two components: ideal motivation aimed at life necessities, general activity and social utility, and real motivation aimed at comfort, social status and communication. In the structure of the impulsive type there are three components: real mot...

  4. New insights into structure and function of type I collagen

    Xiong, Xin

    2008-01-01

    Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in mammalians and strongly conserved throughout evolution. It constitutes one third of the human proteome and comprises three-quarters of the dry weight of human skin. It is widely accepted as a major structural component in animal body such as in bones, cartilage and skins. More and more studies have shown that, in addition to the structural function, collagens can induce or regulate many cellular functions and processes such as cell differentiat...

  5. Soil/structure interactions of eastern US type earthquakes

    This paper presents analyses and conclusions pertaining to the earthquake motions felt at Virgil C. Summer, Perry and Krsko nuclear power plants. Consideration is given to promote an improved understanding of these events, describe common characteristics, assess damage potential, and recommend operating procedures for similar future events. An easy-to-follow analytical investigation is performed to describe how the earthquakes recorded at Krsko may be influenced by soil/structure interaction including a few parametric studies to account for uncertainties in the soil properties. These consist of variations in the shear and compressional wave velocities and variations in the seismic wave environment in the form of arbitrarily oriented body waves or Rayleigh waves. The analysis takes into account nonlinearity of the soil material, radiation and hysteretic damping, ground-water table level, structural embedment, and structure/structure interaction. The analysis is based on state-of-the-art computer software, elaborate analysis techniques and simpler engineering approximations. Results of analysis show clear evidence of soil/structure interaction, nonlinear softening of the soil material and encouraging qualitative and quantitative agreement with the recorded measurements. The structural response motions display high rocking mode

  6. Structural and evolutionary relationships of "AT-less" type I polyketide synthase ketosynthases

    Lohman, Jeremy; Ma, Ming; Osipiuk, Jerzy; Nocek, Boguslaw; Kim, Youngchang; Chang, Changsoo; Cuff, Marianne E.; Mack, Jamey; Bigelow, Lance; Li, Hui; Endres, Michael; Babnigg, Gyorgy; Joachimiak, Andrzej; Phillips, George N.; Shen, B G

    2015-10-13

    Acyltransferase (AT)-less type I polyketide synthases (PKSs) break the type I PKS paradigm. They lack the integrated AT domains within their modules and instead use a discrete AT that acts in trans, whereas a type I PKS module minimally contains AT, acyl carrier protein (ACP), and ketosynthase (KS) domains. Structures of canonical type I PKS KS-AT didomains reveal structured linkers that connect the two domains. AT-less type I PKS KSs have remnants of these linkers, which have been hypothesized to be AT docking domains. Natural products produced by AT-less type I PKSs are very complex because of an increased representation of unique modifying domains. AT-less type I PKS KSs possess substrate specificity and fall into phylogenetic clades that correlate with their substrates, whereas canonical type I PKS KSs are monophyletic. We have solved crystal structures of seven AT-less type I PKS KS domains that represent various sequence clusters, revealing insight into the large structural and subtle amino acid residue differences that lead to unique active site topologies and substrate specificities. One set of structures represents a larger group of KS domains from both canonical and AT-less type I PKSs that accept amino acid-containing substrates. One structure has a partial AT-domain, revealing the structural consequences of a type I PKS KS evolving into an AT-less type I PKS KS. These structures highlight the structural diversity within the AT-less type I PKS KS family, and most important, provide a unique opportunity to study the molecular evolution of substrate specificity within the type I PKSs.

  7. Well-formedness and typing rules for UML Composite Structures

    Dragomir, Iulia

    2010-01-01

    Starting from version 2.0, UML introduced hierarchical composite structures, which are an expressive way of defining complex software architectures, but which have a very loosely defined semantics in the standard. In this paper we propose a set of consistency rules that disambiguate the meaning of UML composite structures. Our primary goal was to have an operational model of composite structures for the OMEGA UML profile, an executable profile dedicated to the formal specification and validation of real-time systems, developed in a past project to which we contributed. However, the rules and principles stated here are applicable to other hierarchical component models based on the same concepts, such as SysML. The presented ruleset is supported by an OCL formalization which is described in this report. This formalization was applied on different complex models for the evaluation and validation of the proposed principles.

  8. A New Type Method for the Structured Variational Inequalities Problem

    Chengjiang Yin

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we present an algorithm for solving the structured variational inequality problem, and prove the global convergence of the new method without carrying out any line search technique, and the global R-convergence rate are also given under the suitable conditions.

  9. Reciprocal transformations and local Hamiltonian structures of hydrodynamic type systems

    Abenda, Simonetta

    2008-01-01

    We start from a hyperbolic DN hydrodynamic type system of dimension $n$ which possesses Riemann invariants and we settle the necessary conditions on the conservation laws in the reciprocal transformation so that, after such a transformation of the independent variables, one of the metrics associated to the initial system be flat. We prove the following statement: let $n\\ge 3$ in the case of reciprocal transformations of a single independent variable or $n\\ge 5$ in the case of transformations ...

  10. The Structure of Workaholism and Types of Workaholic

    Malinowska Diana; Tokarz Aleksandra

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the study presented was to verify empirically a conception of workaholism as a multidimensional syndrome. The study also investigated the notion of ‘functional’ and ‘dysfunctional’ types of workaholic, on the basis of the participants’ cognitive evaluations of their quality of life. The research group comprised Polish managers who had graduated with, or were studying to attain, a Master’s degree in Business Administration. The 137 participants completed a set of questionnaires that...

  11. The Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure type and its relation to some complex amalgam structures

    Tambornino, Frank; Sappl, Jonathan; Hoch, Constantin, E-mail: constantin.hoch@cup.uni-muenchen.de

    2015-01-05

    Highlights: • The Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure type has been revisited on the basis of single crystal diffraction data. • Symmetry analysis from electron density and TEM shows the space group P6/m to be true. • Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} shows good metallic behaviour. • Structure relations to alkali, alkaline-earth and rare-earth metal amalgams can be established. • Complexity values for the RE{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure family were calculated. - Abstract: A plethora of binary and ternary intermetallic compounds has been assigned to the Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure type, crystallising in the hexagonal system (space group P6/m, a = 1264.30(18) pm, c = 933.58(11) pm for Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51}). Starting in the late 1960s, much work has been invested in the structural elucidation of these crystal structures. However, reliable single crystal data are scarce, and most structure type assignments have been performed merely on the basis of powder data. We have redetermined four representatives of the binary RE{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure type (RE = Y, Ce, Gd, Tb) with modern high-precision single crystal X-ray methods. The assignment of the Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure type to space group P6/m was additionally verified by careful analysis of high resolution transmission electron micrographs. We emphasise the close relation of the Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure type to the structures of some recently described amalgams of similar composition focussing on disorder phenomena and structural complexity. Furthermore, we provide detailed information on synthesis as well as electrical and magnetic properties for Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51}, the parent compound of this structure family.

  12. A Type-Theoretic Approach to Structural Resolution

    Fu, Peng; Komendantskaya, Ekaterina

    2015-01-01

    Structural resolution (or S-resolution) is a newly proposed alternative to SLD-resolution that allows a systematic separation of derivations into term-matching and unification steps. Productive logic programs are those for which term-matching reduction on any query must terminate. For productive programs with coinductive meaning, finite term-rewriting reductions can be seen as measures of observation in an infinite derivation. Ability of handling corecursion in a productive way is an attracti...

  13. The structural stability of wild-type horse prion protein.

    Zhang, Jiapu

    2011-10-01

    Prion diseases (e.g. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), variant CJD (vCJD), Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker syndrome (GSS), Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI) and Kuru in humans, scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or 'mad-cow' disease) and chronic wasting disease (CWD) in cattles) are invariably fatal and highly infectious neurodegenerative diseases affecting humans and animals. However, by now there have not been some effective therapeutic approaches or medications to treat all these prion diseases. Rabbits, dogs, and horses are the only mammalian species reported to be resistant to infection from prion diseases isolated from other species. Recently, the β2-α2 loop has been reported to contribute to their protein structural stabilities. The author has found that rabbit prion protein has a strong salt bridge ASP177-ARG163 (like a taut bow string) keeping this loop linked. This paper confirms that this salt bridge also contributes to the structural stability of horse prion protein. Thus, the region of β2-α2 loop might be a potential drug target region. Besides this very important salt bridge, other four important salt bridges GLU196-ARG156-HIS187, ARG156-ASP202 and GLU211-HIS177 are also found to greatly contribute to the structural stability of horse prion protein. Rich databases of salt bridges, hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic contacts for horse prion protein can be found in this paper. PMID:21875155

  14. Profiling of N-Type Dopants in Silicon Based Structures

    Hovorka, Miloš; Mika, Filip; Frank, Luděk; Mikulík, P.

    Brno: ISI AS CR, 2009 - (Pokorná, Z.; Mika, F.), s. 14 ISBN 978-80-254-4535-8. [CJCS’09 - Czech-Japan-China Cooperative Symposium on Nanostructure of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology /4./. Brno (CZ), 10.08.2009-14.08.2009] R&D Projects: GA ČR GP102/09/P543; GA AV ČR IAA100650803 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20650511 Keywords : n-type substrate * SEM * PEEM * doping levels Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  15. Atlas of fine structures of dynamic spectra of solar type IV-dm and some type II radio bursts

    The author presents an atlas of spectral fine structures of solar radio bursts of types IV and II around 1 m wavelength, as obtained with a multichannel spectrograph at Dwingeloo. The structures form largely a collection of observations of these events during late 1968 through 1974, thus covering almost entirely the declining branch of solar cycle 20. The spectrograph has an extra enhanced contrast output with properties quite different from those of the commonly used swept frequency spectrographs. The corresponding instrumental characteristics and effects are discussed. A classification of fine structures and an analysis of their statistical properties and of those of the pertinent radio events are also given. (Auth.)

  16. Fire Protection in Various Types of Wooden Structures

    Gašpercová Stanislava

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Design of new modern systems for low energy efficient construction in a passive, zero standard or energy-autonomous buildings, as well as the increased popularity of solid wood construction means intervention into the very structure of its statics, building physics, but also fire properties. Some prototype design solutions are not verified whether the tests, by good computational analysis or verification of long-term use of the building. In the context of changing standards in building design, new approaches are needed. If in wooden buildings the potential risk of fire is higher than other buildings, we need special methods, materials and practical skills.

  17. Fire Protection in Various Types of Wooden Structures

    Gašpercová, Stanislava; Makovická Osvaldová, Linda

    2015-05-01

    Design of new modern systems for low energy efficient construction in a passive, zero standard or energy-autonomous buildings, as well as the increased popularity of solid wood construction means intervention into the very structure of its statics, building physics, but also fire properties. Some prototype design solutions are not verified whether the tests, by good computational analysis or verification of long-term use of the building. In the context of changing standards in building design, new approaches are needed. If in wooden buildings the potential risk of fire is higher than other buildings, we need special methods, materials and practical skills.

  18. Response of Dome-enclosed Box-type Structure to Underwater Explosion

    O. R. Nandagopan; Sameer Abdul Azeez; C. G. Nandakumar

    2013-01-01

    In the development of underwater sensor systems, the sensor arrays are configured for different shapes like cylindrical, rectangular and spherical depending on the requirement. The rectangular shaped box–type structure discussed here has both top and bottom ends open. Flanges stiffen the top and bottom ends, and gussets are used to connect the flanges with the structure. In this paper, the box-type structure is subjected to non-contact underwater explosion in a shock tank to study the peak fr...

  19. Structural Analysis of Botulinum Neurotoxin Type G Receptor Binding

    Schmitt, John; Karalewitz, Andrew; Benefield, Desire A.; Mushrush, Darren J.; Pruitt, Rory N.; Spiller, Benjamin W.; Barbieri, Joseph T.; Lacy, D. Borden (Vanderbilt); (MCW)

    2010-10-19

    Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) binds peripheral neurons at the neuromuscular junction through a dual-receptor mechanism that includes interactions with ganglioside and protein receptors. The receptor identities vary depending on BoNT serotype (A-G). BoNT/B and BoNT/G bind the luminal domains of synaptotagmin I and II, homologous synaptic vesicle proteins. We observe conditions under which BoNT/B binds both Syt isoforms, but BoNT/G binds only SytI. Both serotypes bind ganglioside G{sub T1b}. The BoNT/G receptor-binding domain crystal structure provides a context for examining these binding interactions and a platform for understanding the physiological relevance of different Syt receptor isoforms in vivo.

  20. Ion-conduction mechanisms in NaSICON-type membranes for energy storage and utilization

    McDaniel, Anthony H. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM (United States); Ihlefeld, Jon F. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM (United States); Bartelt, Norman Charles [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-10-01

    Next generation metal-ion conducting membranes are key to developing energy storage and utilization technologies like batteries and fuel ce lls. Sodium super-ionic conductors (aka NaSICON) are a class of compounds with AM 1 M 2 (PO 4 ) 3 stoichiometry where the choice of "A" and "M" cation varies widely. This report, which de scribes substitutional derivatives of NZP (NaZr 2 P 3 O 12 ), summarizes the accomplishments of a Laboratory D irected Research and Development (LDRD) project to analyze transport mec hanisms using a combination of in situ studies of structure, composition, and bonding, com bined with first principles theory and modeling. We developed an experimental platform and applied methods, such as synchrotron- based X-ray spectroscopies, to probe the electronic structure of compositionally well-controlled NaSICON films while in operation ( i.e ., conducting Na ions exposed to oxygen or water va por atmospheres). First principles theory and modeling were used to interpret the experimental observations and develop an enhanced understanding of atomistic processes that give rise to, and affect, ion conduction.

  1. Structure and Dynamics of Early-Type Galaxies

    Tremblay, Joseph Benoi T.

    1997-06-01

    We present several data-based studies of the dynamics and morphology of early-type galaxies, with an emphasis on the distribution of dark matter. In the first study (Chapter 2), we attempt to map the distribution of dark matter around the giant elliptical galaxy M87 using the velocities of 43 globular clusters reported by Mould et al. (AJ, 99, 1823 (1990)). Assuming spherical symmetry in configuration and velocity space, we find a most likely, power-law dependence of dark matter density on radius of p(r) ∝ r-1.8, where the exponent lies between 0.2 and 3.0 with 99% confidence. We estimate that a sample of roughly 200 velocities would be required to determine the mass-density exponent to a precision of ±0.5. In the second part of the thesis (Chapters 3 and 4), we present the results of a study of the galaxy pair NGC 3384 (SB0)/NGC 3379 (E1) in the Leo I group using the Rutgers Fabry-Perot interferometer. We measured the velocities of 148 planetary nebulae around the two galaxies from the Doppler-shifted (OIII) emission line. The planetary nebula system in NGC 3384 exhibits an orderly rotation field aligned with the photometric axes of the galaxy. The mass of NGC 3384 is infered to be 1.6 x 1011 M⊙ within our last data point at 13 kpc. In the case of NGC 3379, no significant rotation of the planetary nebula system was detected. The mass of NGC 3379 is estimated to be 3 x 1011 M⊙ within 9 kpc, assuming a spherical, isotropic distribution of nebulae. The third part of the thesis (Chapters 5 and 6) consists of a fully nonparametric study of the distribution of elliptical galaxy intrinsic shapes. If elliptical galaxies of all intrinsic luminosities are considered as a single group, the frequency function of intrinsic shapes is found to be inconsistent with the axisymmetric hypothesis at the 99% level. However, many triaxial shape distributions can be found that reproduce the data. If elliptical galaxies are segregated according to intrinsic luminosity, we find a

  2. The differentiation of amnestic type MCI from the non-amnestic types by structural MRI

    Gábor eCsukly

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: While amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI and non-amnestic mild cognitive impairment (naMCI are theoretically different entities, only a few investigations studied the structural brain differences between these subtypes of mild cognitive impairment. The aim of the study was to find the structural differences between aMCI and naMCI, and to replicate previous findings on the differentiation between aMCI and healthy controls.Methods: Altogether 62 aMCI, naMCI, and healthy control subjects were included into the study based on the Petersen criteria. All patients underwent a routine brain MR examination, and a detailed neuropsychological examination.Results: The sizes of the hippocampus, the entorhinal cortex and the amygdala were decreased in aMCI relative to naMCI and to controls. Furthermore the cortical thickness of the entorhinal cortex, the fusiform gyrus, the precuneus and the isthmus of the cingulate gyrus were significantly decreased in aMCI relative to naMCI and healthy controls. The largest differences relative to controls were detected for the volume of the hippocampus (18% decrease vs. controls and the cortical thickness (20% decrease vs. controls of the entorhinal cortex: 1.6 and 1.4 in terms of Cohen’s d. Only the volume of the precuneus were decreased in the naMCI group (5% decrease compared to the control subjects: 0.9 in terms of Cohen’s d. Significant between group differences were also found in the neuropsychological test results: a decreased anterograde, retrograde memory, and category fluency performance was detected in the aMCI group relative to controls and naMCI subjects. Subjects with naMCI showed decreased letter fluency relative to controls, while both MCI groups showed decreased executive functioning relative to controls as measured by the Trail Making test part B. Memory performance in the aMCI group and in the entire sample correlated with the thickness of the entorhinal cortex and with the volume

  3. Vertical and Horizontal Vegetation Structure across Natural and Modified Habitat Types at Mount Kilimanjaro.

    Rutten, Gemma; Ensslin, Andreas; Hemp, Andreas; Fischer, Markus

    2015-01-01

    In most habitats, vegetation provides the main structure of the environment. This complexity can facilitate biodiversity and ecosystem services. Therefore, measures of vegetation structure can serve as indicators in ecosystem management. However, many structural measures are laborious and require expert knowledge. Here, we used consistent and convenient measures to assess vegetation structure over an exceptionally broad elevation gradient of 866-4550 m above sea level at Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Additionally, we compared (human)-modified habitats, including maize fields, traditionally managed home gardens, grasslands, commercial coffee farms and logged and burned forests with natural habitats along this elevation gradient. We distinguished vertical and horizontal vegetation structure to account for habitat complexity and heterogeneity. Vertical vegetation structure (assessed as number, width and density of vegetation layers, maximum canopy height, leaf area index and vegetation cover) displayed a unimodal elevation pattern, peaking at intermediate elevations in montane forests, whereas horizontal structure (assessed as coefficient of variation of number, width and density of vegetation layers, maximum canopy height, leaf area index and vegetation cover) was lowest at intermediate altitudes. Overall, vertical structure was consistently lower in modified than in natural habitat types, whereas horizontal structure was inconsistently different in modified than in natural habitat types, depending on the specific structural measure and habitat type. Our study shows how vertical and horizontal vegetation structure can be assessed efficiently in various habitat types in tropical mountain regions, and we suggest to apply this as a tool for informing future biodiversity and ecosystem service studies. PMID:26406985

  4. New series of triple molybdates AgA3R(MoO4)5 (A=Mg, R=Cr, Fe; A=Mn, R=Al, Cr, Fe, Sc, In) with framework structures and mobile silver ion sublattices

    Kotova, Irina Yu.; Solodovnikov, Sergey F.; Solodovnikova, Zoya A.; Belov, Dmitry A.; Stefanovich, Sergey Yu.; Savina, Aleksandra A.; Khaikina, Elena G.

    2016-06-01

    Triple molybdates AgA3R(MoO4)5 (A=Mg, R=Cr, Fe; A=Mn, R=Al, Cr, Fe, Sc, In) of the NaMg3In(MoO4)5 type were synthesized and single crystals of AgMg3R(MoO4)5 (R=Cr, Fe) were grown. In their structures, the MoO4 tetrahedra, pairs and trimers of edge-shared (Mg, R)O6 octahedra are connected by common vertices to form a 3D framework. Large framework cavities involve Ag+ cations disordered on three nearby positions with CN=3+1 or 4+1. Alternating (Mg, R)O6 octahedra and MoO4 tetrahedra in the framework form quadrangular windows penetrable for Ag+ at elevated temperatures. Above 653-673 K, the newly obtained molybdates demonstrate abrupt reduction of the activation energy to 0.4-0.6 eV. At 773 K, AgMg3Al(MoO4)5 shows electric conductivity 2.5·10-2 S/cm and Ea=0.39 eV compatible with characteristics of the best ionic conductors of the NASICON type.

  5. The structure of the follistatin:activin complex reveals antagonism of both type I and type II receptor binding

    Thompson, T.B.; Lerch, T.F.; Cook, R.W.; Woodruff, T.K.; Jardetzky, T.S. (NWU)

    2010-03-08

    TGF-{beta} ligands stimulate diverse cellular differentiation and growth responses by signaling through type I and II receptors. Ligand antagonists, such as follistatin, block signaling and are essential regulators of physiological responses. Here we report the structure of activin A, a TGF-{beta} ligand, bound to the high-affinity antagonist follistatin. Two follistatin molecules encircle activin, neutralizing the ligand by burying one-third of its residues and its receptor binding sites. Previous studies have suggested that type I receptor binding would not be blocked by follistatin, but the crystal structure reveals that the follistatin N-terminal domain has an unexpected fold that mimics a universal type I receptor motif and occupies this receptor binding site. The formation of follistatin:BMP:type I receptor complexes can be explained by the stoichiometric and geometric arrangement of the activin:follistatin complex. The mode of ligand binding by follistatin has important implications for its ability to neutralize homo- and heterodimeric ligands of this growth factor family.

  6. Photovoltaic properties of ZnO nanorods/p-type Si heterojunction structures

    Rafal Pietruszka

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Selected properties of photovoltaic (PV structures based on n-type zinc oxide nanorods grown by a low temperature hydrothermal method on p-type silicon substrates (100 are investigated. PV structures were covered with thin films of Al doped ZnO grown by atomic layer deposition acting as transparent electrodes. The investigated PV structures differ in terms of the shapes and densities of their nanorods. The best response is observed for the structure containing closely-spaced nanorods, which show light conversion efficiency of 3.6%.

  7. Ultralight X-type lattice sandwich structure(I):Concept,fabrication and experimental characterization

    ZHANG QianCheng; HAN YunJie; CHEN ChangQing; LU TianJian

    2009-01-01

    A new type of ultra-lightweight metallic lattice structure(named as the X-type structure)is reported.This periodic structure was formed by two groups of staggered struts in the traditional pyramid structure,and fabricated by folding expanded metal sheet along rows of offset nodes and then brazing the folded structure(as the core)with top and bottom facesheets to form sandwich panels.The out-ofplane compressive and shear properties of the X-type lattice sandwich structure were investigated experimentally and compared to those of the sandwich having a pyramidal truss core.It is found that the formation of the 2-dimensional staggered nodes can effectively make the X-type structure more resistant to inelastic and plastic buckling under both compression and shear loading than the pyramidal lattice truss.Obtained results show that the compressive and shear peak strengths of the X-type lattice structure are about 30% higher than those of the pyramidal lattice truss having the same relative density.

  8. Some Relationships Between Psychological Structure, Educational Beliefs, and Teaching Strategies in Three Types of Teacher Trainees.

    Nier, Charles J.

    This study investigated systematic relationships among teacher personality types (Ambitious, Conscientious, and Indulgent), preservice educational beliefs, and intern classroom practices. The investigation traced the theoretical and empirical linkage from personality structure though educational ideology and finally to perceptions of teacher…

  9. Life Comparative Analysis of Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions of Different Building Structural Frame Types

    Sangyong Kim; Joon-Ho Moon; Yoonseok Shin; Gwang-Hee Kim; Deok-Seok Seo

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this research is to quantitatively measure and compare the environmental load and construction cost of different structural frame types. Construction cost also accounts for the costs of CO2 emissions of input materials. The choice of structural frame type is a major consideration in construction, as this element represents about 33% of total building construction costs. In this research, four constructed buildings were analyzed, with these having either reinforced concrete (R...

  10. The infrared spectrum and structure of the type I complex of silver and DNA.

    DiRico, D E; Keller, P B; Hartman, K. A.

    1985-01-01

    Infrared spectroscopy was used to study films of the type I complex of Ag+ and DNA as a function of hydration with the following conclusions. Ag+ binds to guanine residues but not to cytosine or thymine residues. Cytosine becomes protonated as Ag+ binds to guanine. (These conclusions confirm previous models.) The type I complex remains in the B family of structures with slight modifications of the sugar-phosphate geometry. This modified B structure remains stable at lower values of hydration ...

  11. Molecular dynamics of folding of secondary structures in Go-type models of proteins

    Hoang, Trinh Xuan; Cieplak, Marek

    1999-01-01

    We consider six different secondary structures of proteins and construct two types of Go-type off-lattice models: with the steric constraints and without. The basic aminoacid-aminoacid potential is Lennard Jones for the native contacts and a soft repulsion for the non-native contacts. The interactions are chosen to make the target secondary structure be the native state of the system. We provide a thorough equilibrium and kinetic characterization of the sequences through the molecular dynamic...

  12. Effect of heat treatment conditions on the structure and mechanical properties of DP-type steel

    J. Adamczyk

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the paper is to determine the influence of the initial structure and heat treatment conditions on mechanical properties of DP-type steel.Design/methodology/approach: The heat treatment of the low-carbon steel in order to obtain a DP-type structure of desirable ferrite and martensite fractions was realized. In order to investigate the structure light and transmission electron microscopy methods were used. Mechanical properties were determined by means of tensile test.Findings: It was found that a different initial structure influences essentially the martensite morphology in a final DP-type structure. It can occur as a network, fine fibres or islands in a ferritic matrix of high dislocation density in the vicinity of diffusionless transformation products of austenite. The best mechanical properties (UTS=800MPa, YS0.2=520MPa, TEl=20%, UEl=16% has a steel with the martensite in a form of fine fibres.Research limitations/implications: Continuation of the investigations in the field of using the thermomechanical processing to obtain a DP-type steel is foreseen.Practical implications: The established heat treatment conditions can be useful at manufacturing DP-type sheets of high strength and ductile properties and a good suitability for metalforming operations.Originality/value: The relationship between the initial structure and martensite morphology in DP-type steels was specified.

  13. Structure and fluid evolution of Yili basin and their relation to sandstone type uranium mineralization

    Based on the summary of strata and structure distribution of Yili basin, the relation of structure and fluid evolution to sandstone type ur alum mineraliation are analyzed. It is found that uranium mineralization in Yili basin experienced ore hosting space forming, pre-alteration of hosting space, hosting space alteration and uranium formation stages. (authors)

  14. Best Entry Points for Structured Document Retrieval - Part II: Types, Usage and Effectiveness

    Reid, Jane; Lalmas, Mounia; Finesilver, Karen; Hertzum, Morten

    2006-01-01

    structured documents. This paper examines the concept of best entry points, which are document components from which the user can browse to obtain optimal access to relevant document components. It investigates at the types of best entry points in structured document retrieval, and their usage and...... effectiveness in real information search tasks....

  15. Paired structures, imprecision types and two-level knowledge representation by means of opposites

    Rodríguez, J. Tinguaro; Franco de los Ríos, Camilo; Gómez, Daniel;

    2016-01-01

    to evaluate the verification of the former. We study this issue by means of the consideration of different paired structures at each level. We also pay attention at how different types of fuzziness may be introduced in these paired structures to model imprecision and lack of knowledge. As a...

  16. The N=4 effective action of type IIA supergravity compactified on SU(2)-structure manifolds

    Danckaert, Thomas; Martínez-Pedrera, Danny; Spanjaard, Bastiaan; Triendl, Hagen

    2011-01-01

    We study compactifications of type IIA supergravity on six-dimensional manifolds with SU(2) structure and compute the low-energy effective action in terms of the non-trivial intrinsic torsion. The consistency with gauged N=4 supergravity is established and the gauge group is determined. Depending on the structure of the intrinsic torsion, antisymmetric tensor fields can become massive.

  17. Dance Class Structure Affects Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior: A Study of Seven Dance Types

    Lopez Castillo, Maria A.; Carlson, Jordan A.; Cain, Kelli L.; Bonilla, Edith A.; Chuang, Emmeline; Elder, John P.; Sallis, James F.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: The study aims were to determine: (a) how class structure varies by dance type, (b) how moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and sedentary behavior vary by dance class segments, and (c) how class structure relates to total MVPA in dance classes. Method: Participants were 291 boys and girls ages 5 to 18 years old enrolled in 58…

  18. Response of Dome-enclosed Box-type Structure to Underwater Explosion

    O. R. Nandagopan

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available In the development of underwater sensor systems, the sensor arrays are configured for different shapes like cylindrical, rectangular and spherical depending on the requirement. The rectangular shaped box–type structure discussed here has both top and bottom ends open. Flanges stiffen the top and bottom ends, and gussets are used to connect the flanges with the structure. In this paper, the box-type structure is subjected to non-contact underwater explosion in a shock tank to study the peak free field pressure on the structure. To simulate the actual conditions, the structure is placed in free flooded area and covered with a dome. The free-field peak pressure on the dome and structure are plotted with time. The measured pressure curves are in agreement with the empirical predictions reported in literature. It is concluded that around 85 per cent of the shock impulse acting on the dome is transmitted to the box-type structure. The dome and box-type structure withstood the explosive load, thereby validating their design.Defence Science Journal, 2013, 63(4, pp.381-385, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.63.2130

  19. Response of Dome-enclosed Box-type Structure to Underwater Explosion

    O.R. Nandagopan

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available In the development of underwater sensor systems, the sensor arrays are configured for different shapes like cylindrical, rectangular and spherical depending on the requirement. The rectangular shaped box–type structure discussed here has both top and bottom ends open. Flanges stiffen the top and bottom ends, and gussets are used to connect the flanges with the structure. In this paper, the box-type structure is subjected to non-contact underwater explosion in a shock tank to study the peak free field pressure on the structure. To simulate the actual conditions, the structure is placed in free flooded area and covered with a dome. The free-field peak pressure on the dome and structure are plotted with time. The measured pressure curves are in agreement with the empirical predictions reported in literature. It is concluded that around 85 per cent of the shock impulse acting on the dome is transmitted to the box-type structure. The dome and box-type structure withstood the explosive load, thereby validating their design.

  20. Bismuth zinc vanadate, BiZn{sub 2}VO{sub 6}: New crystal structure type and electronic structure

    Eliziario Nunes, Sayonara [Department of Chemistry, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom); Department of Materials Engineering, Federal University of São Carlos, 13565-905 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Wang, Chun-Hai; So, Karwei; Evans, John S.O. [Department of Chemistry, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom); Evans, Ivana Radosavljević, E-mail: ivana.radosavljevic@durham.ac.uk [Department of Chemistry, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom)

    2015-02-15

    We report a combined experimental and computational study of the crystal structure and electronic properties of bismuth zinc vanadate, BiZn{sub 2}VO{sub 6}, known for its visible light photocatalytic activity. The crystal structure has been solved from laboratory powder X-ray diffraction data using the repeated minimisations from random starting values method. BiZn{sub 2}VO{sub 6} adopts a new structure type, based on the following building blocks: corner- and edge-sharing ZnO{sub 4} tetrahedra, ZnO{sub 6} octahedra and VO{sub 4} tetrahedra, and Bi{sub 2}O{sub 12} dimers. It is the only known member of the BiM{sub 2}AO{sub 6} (M=Pb, Ca, Cd, Mn, Zn, Mg, Cu; A=V, P, As) family which does not appear to be structurally closely related to others. The electronic structure of BiZn{sub 2}VO{sub 6}, calculated by DFT methods, shows that it is an indirect gap semiconductor with a calculated band gap of 1.6 eV, which compares favourably to the experimentally measured value of 2.4 eV. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of BiZn{sub 2}VO{sub 6}, a new structure type in the BiM{sub 2}AO{sub 6} (M=Mg, Ca, Cd, Cu, Pb, Mn, Zn; A=V, P, As) family. - Highlights: • Structure solution from PXRD data by repeated minimisations from random starting values. • New structure type in the BiM{sub 2}AO{sub 6} (M=Pb, Ca, Cd, Mn, Zn, Mg, Cu; A=V, P, As) family. • Electronic structure calculation.

  1. An Algorithmic Structuration of a Type System for an Orthogonal Object/Relational Model

    Benabbou, Amel; Amghar, Youssef

    2010-01-01

    Date and Darwen have proposed a theory of types, the latter forms the basis of a detailed presentation of a panoply of simple and complex types. However, this proposal has not been structured in a formal system. Specifically, Date and Darwen haven't indicated the formalism of the type system that corresponds to the type theory established. In this paper, we propose a pseudo-algorithmic and grammatical description of a system of types for Date and Darwen's model. Our type system is supposed take into account null values; for such intention, we introduce a particular type noted #, which expresses one or more occurrences of incomplete information in a database. Our algebraic grammar describes in detail the complete specification of an inheritance model and the subryping relation induced, thus the different definitions of related concepts.

  2. Structural properties of the zircon- and scheelite-type phases of YVO4 at high pressure

    Wang, X.; Loa, I.; Syassen, K.; Hanfland, M.; Ferrand, B.

    2004-08-01

    The laser host material yttrium orthovanadate YVO4 with a tetragonal zircon-type structure has been studied by angle-dispersive powder x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell up to 26GPa (T=300K) . In situ diffraction confirms that the compound undergoes a nonreversible transformation to a scheelite-type structure at a pressure of 8.5GPa . The equations of state of the zircon and scheelite phases and changes in internal structural parameters are reported. The effect of pressure on the distorted tetrahedral and dodecahedral coordinations of the V and Y ions, respectively, is discussed.

  3. Of the crystal chemistry of Ruddlesden-Porter type structures in high Tc ceramic superconductors

    This paper reports on atomistic computer simulation employed to examine the energetics and crystal chemistry of some Ruddlesden-Popper type oxide superconductors. Similar structural patterns have been noticed in the superconducting oxides. The formation of Ruddlesden-Popper type layers (alternating slabs of rocksalt and perovskite structures) is similar in many respects to that seen in the system Sr-Ti-O. However, there are some significant differences, for example, the rocksalt and perovskite blocks in the new superconducting compounds are not necessarily electrically neutral unlike in the Sr-Ti-O system and this may well lead to significant differences in their structural chemistry

  4. Damage identification in shear-type structures using a proper orthogonal decomposition approach

    Wang, Dansheng; Xiang, Wei; Zeng, Peng; Zhu, Hongping

    2015-10-01

    Proper orthogonal modes (POMs) obtained through proper orthogonal decomposition (POD), as a statistical pattern analysis technique, have been physically demonstrated to represent the dominant structure of the dynamic response data in previous study. In this paper, a novel POMs-based damage identification approach for shear-type buildings is developed. First, POMs of acceleration dynamic response of a shear-type building under Gauss White Noise (GWN) ground motion are obtained using singular value decomposition; then, the dominant POMs of acceleration response are used to identify the damage locations and severities through particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm. This proposed approach is applied to two three-story shear-type buildings in numerical simulation and a three-story shear-type frame in experimental study. The results demonstrate that the locations and severities of structural damage in shear-type buildings can be effectively identified by using the proposed method.

  5. Development, characteristics and comparative structural analysis of tensegrity type cable domes

    Nenadović Aleksandra

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Tensegrity type cable domes are three-dimensional structural configurations, prestressed inside the perimeter compression ring, in which the continuous tension throughout the roof structure is made by continuous tension cables and discontinuous compression struts. These kinds of structures can be formed like spatially triangulated networks or like networks nontriangulated in space. This paper examines some effects of network geometry on the behaviour and structural efficiency of tensegrity type cable domes. In this paper the roof cover is considered non-interactive with the supporting structure, unlike rigidly clad tensegrity type cable domes. Since the main bearing elements of tensegrity type cable domes are prestressed cables, they show non-linear load deformation and rely upon geometric stiffness. A geometrically non-linear analysis of non-triangulated and triangulated structures for different load conditions was conducted employing a computer program based on the perturbation theory. The incrementally-iterative procedure, with an approximation of the stiffness matrix by combining the elastic and geometric stiffness matrix, allows detection of structural instabilities.

  6. Distinctive structure in dynamic spectra of type V solar radio bursts

    Bakunin, L.M.; Markeev, A.K.; Fomichev, V.V.; Chertok, I.M.

    1979-05-01

    Observations of type V solar radio bursts obtained with a 45--90 MHz radio spectrograph at the Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism are discussed. The dynamic spectra of type V events are highly diversified and complex. Categories of bursts are discriminated, depending on the behavior of the radiation at the leading and trailing edges. Various types of fine structure are encountered in the dynamic spectra of many bursts. An analysis is made of type V bursts that distinctly exhibit radio emission at the frequencies of the fundamental and the second harmonic.

  7. Variations of Structural Components: Specific Intercultural Differences in Facial Morphology, Skin Type, and Structures

    McKnight, Aisha; Momoh, Adeyiza O.; Bullocks, Jamal M.

    2009-01-01

    Analysis of the differences in facial morphology and skin structure and tone among ethnic groups within the realm of plastic surgery is relevant due to the increasing number of ethnic individuals seeking cosmetic surgery. Previous classifications of ideal facial morphologic characteristics have been revised and challenged over the years to accurately reflect the differences in facial structure that are aesthetically pleasing to individuals of differing ethnic groups. The traditional neoclassi...

  8. An Integrated Structural Strength Analysis Method for Spar Type Floating Wind Turbine

    胡志强; 刘毅; 王晋

    2016-01-01

    An integrated structural strength analysis method for a Spar type floating wind turbine is proposed in this paper, and technical issues related to turbine structure modeling and stress combination are also addressed. The NREL-5MW “Hywind” Spar type wind turbine is adopted as study object. Time-domain dynamic coupled simulations are performed by a fully-coupled aero-hydro-servo-elastic tool, FAST, on the purpose of obtaining the dynamic characteristics of the floating wind turbine, and determining parameters for design load cases of finite element calculation. Then design load cases are identified, and finite element analyses are performed for these design load cases. The structural stresses due to wave-induced loads and wind-induced loads are calculated, and then combined to assess the structural strength of the floating wind turbine. The feasibility of the proposed structural strength analysis method for floating wind turbines is then validated.

  9. An integrated structural strength analysis method for Spar type floating wind turbine

    Hu, Zhi-qiang; Liu, Yi; Wang, Jin

    2016-04-01

    An integrated structural strength analysis method for a Spar type floating wind turbine is proposed in this paper, and technical issues related to turbine structure modeling and stress combination are also addressed. The NREL-5MW "Hywind" Spar type wind turbine is adopted as study object. Time-domain dynamic coupled simulations are performed by a fully-coupled aero-hydro-servo-elastic tool, FAST, on the purpose of obtaining the dynamic characteristics of the floating wind turbine, and determining parameters for design load cases of finite element calculation. Then design load cases are identified, and finite element analyses are performed for these design load cases. The structural stresses due to wave-induced loads and wind-induced loads are calculated, and then combined to assess the structural strength of the floating wind turbine. The feasibility of the proposed structural strength analysis method for floating wind turbines is then validated.

  10. Life Comparative Analysis of Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions of Different Building Structural Frame Types

    Sangyong Kim

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this research is to quantitatively measure and compare the environmental load and construction cost of different structural frame types. Construction cost also accounts for the costs of CO2 emissions of input materials. The choice of structural frame type is a major consideration in construction, as this element represents about 33% of total building construction costs. In this research, four constructed buildings were analyzed, with these having either reinforced concrete (RC or steel (S structures. An input-output framework analysis was used to measure energy consumption and CO2 emissions of input materials for each structural frame type. In addition, the CO2 emissions cost was measured using the trading price of CO2 emissions on the International Commodity Exchange. This research revealed that both energy consumption and CO2 emissions were, on average, 26% lower with the RC structure than with the S structure, and the construction costs (including the CO2 emissions cost of the RC structure were about 9.8% lower, compared to the S structure. This research provides insights through which the construction industry will be able to respond to the carbon market, which is expected to continue to grow in the future.

  11. Life comparative analysis of energy consumption and CO₂ emissions of different building structural frame types.

    Kim, Sangyong; Moon, Joon-Ho; Shin, Yoonseok; Kim, Gwang-Hee; Seo, Deok-Seok

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this research is to quantitatively measure and compare the environmental load and construction cost of different structural frame types. Construction cost also accounts for the costs of CO₂ emissions of input materials. The choice of structural frame type is a major consideration in construction, as this element represents about 33% of total building construction costs. In this research, four constructed buildings were analyzed, with these having either reinforced concrete (RC) or steel (S) structures. An input-output framework analysis was used to measure energy consumption and CO₂ emissions of input materials for each structural frame type. In addition, the CO₂ emissions cost was measured using the trading price of CO₂ emissions on the International Commodity Exchange. This research revealed that both energy consumption and CO₂ emissions were, on average, 26% lower with the RC structure than with the S structure, and the construction costs (including the CO₂ emissions cost) of the RC structure were about 9.8% lower, compared to the S structure. This research provides insights through which the construction industry will be able to respond to the carbon market, which is expected to continue to grow in the future. PMID:24227998

  12. The Types of Argument Structure Used by Hillary Clinton in the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate

    Anggie Angeline

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This qualitative research was conducted to examine the types of argument structure by Hillary Clinton in part one of the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate since Hillary, who had a great deal of experiences in political parties, was supposed to be able to construct convincing arguments that had good argument structures. The theories used to analyze were Bierman and Assali’s (1996, King’s (n.d. and Stanlick’s (2003. The findings showed that there were five types of argument structure used: serial, linked, convergent, divergent, and hybrid argument structures. The linked argument structure was the argument structure used the most frequently in Hillary’s utterances in the debate, while the divergent was the least one. Thus, it could be concluded that Hillary’s speech in the Presidential Debate was quite interesting since she could combine all the five types of argument structure, though the frequency of using them was not the same and it seems that linked argument structure was the most effective strategy for her in arguing about the politic, economy, and social issues.

  13. Cryo-EM structures of two bovine adenovirus type 3 intermediates

    Adenoviruses (Ads) infect hosts from all vertebrate species and have been investigated as vaccine vectors. We report here near-atomic structures of two bovine Ad type 3 (BAd3) intermediates obtained by cryo-electron microscopy. A comparison between the two intermediate structures reveals that the differences are localized in the fivefold vertex region, while their facet structures are identical. The overall facet structure of BAd3 exhibits a similar structure to human Ads; however, BAd3 protein IX has a unique conformation. Mass spectrometry and cryo-electron tomography analyses indicate that one intermediate structure represents the stage during DNA encapsidation, whilst the other intermediate structure represents a later stage. These results also suggest that cleavage of precursor protein VI occurs during, rather than after, the DNA encapsidation process. Overall, our results provide insights into the mechanism of Ad assembly, and allow the first structural comparison between human and nonhuman Ads at backbone level. - Highlights: • First structure of bovine adenovirus type 3. • Some channels are located at the vertex of intermediate during DNA encapsidation. • Protein IX exhibits a unique conformation of trimeric coiled–coiled structure. • Cleavage of precursor protein VI occurs during the DNA encapsidation process

  14. Cryo-EM structures of two bovine adenovirus type 3 intermediates

    Cheng, Lingpeng; Huang, Xiaoxing; Li, Xiaomin [National Laboratory of Biomacromolecules, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101 (China); Xiong, Wei [State Key Laboratory of Virology, College of Life Sciences, Wuhan University, Luo-jia-shan, Wuhan, Hubei 430072 (China); Sun, Wei; Yang, Chongwen; Zhang, Kai; Wang, Ying [National Laboratory of Biomacromolecules, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101 (China); Liu, Hongrong [College of Physics and Information Science, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, Hunan 410081 (China); Huang, Xiaojun; Ji, Gang; Sun, Fei [National Laboratory of Biomacromolecules, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101 (China); Zheng, Congyi, E-mail: cctcc202@whu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Virology, College of Life Sciences, Wuhan University, Luo-jia-shan, Wuhan, Hubei 430072 (China); Zhu, Ping, E-mail: zhup@ibp.ac.cn [National Laboratory of Biomacromolecules, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101 (China)

    2014-02-15

    Adenoviruses (Ads) infect hosts from all vertebrate species and have been investigated as vaccine vectors. We report here near-atomic structures of two bovine Ad type 3 (BAd3) intermediates obtained by cryo-electron microscopy. A comparison between the two intermediate structures reveals that the differences are localized in the fivefold vertex region, while their facet structures are identical. The overall facet structure of BAd3 exhibits a similar structure to human Ads; however, BAd3 protein IX has a unique conformation. Mass spectrometry and cryo-electron tomography analyses indicate that one intermediate structure represents the stage during DNA encapsidation, whilst the other intermediate structure represents a later stage. These results also suggest that cleavage of precursor protein VI occurs during, rather than after, the DNA encapsidation process. Overall, our results provide insights into the mechanism of Ad assembly, and allow the first structural comparison between human and nonhuman Ads at backbone level. - Highlights: • First structure of bovine adenovirus type 3. • Some channels are located at the vertex of intermediate during DNA encapsidation. • Protein IX exhibits a unique conformation of trimeric coiled–coiled structure. • Cleavage of precursor protein VI occurs during the DNA encapsidation process.

  15. An efficient algorithm for planar drawing of RNA structures with pseudoknots of any type.

    Byun, Yanga; Han, Kyungsook

    2016-06-01

    An RNA pseudoknot is a tertiary structural element in which bases of a loop pair with complementary bases are outside the loop. A drawing of RNA secondary structures is a tree, but a drawing of RNA pseudoknots is a graph that has an inner cycle within a pseudoknot and possibly outer cycles formed between the pseudoknot and other structural elements. Visualizing a large-scale RNA structure with pseudoknots as a planar drawing is challenging because a planar drawing of an RNA structure requires both pseudoknots and an entire structure enclosing the pseudoknots to be embedded into a plane without overlapping or crossing. This paper presents an efficient heuristic algorithm for visualizing a pseudoknotted RNA structure as a planar drawing. The algorithm consists of several parts for finding crossing stems and page mapping the stems, for the layout of stem-loops and pseudoknots, and for overlap detection between structural elements and resolving it. Unlike previous algorithms, our algorithm generates a planar drawing for a large RNA structure with pseudoknots of any type and provides a bracket view of the structure. It generates a compact and aesthetic structure graph for a large pseudoknotted RNA structure in O([Formula: see text]) time, where n is the number of stems of the RNA structure. PMID:26932273

  16. Ultralight X-type lattice sandwich structure (Ⅱ): Micromechanics modeling and finite element analysis

    ZHANG QianCheng; CHEN AiPing; CHEN ChangQing; LU TianJian

    2009-01-01

    The methods of homogenization and finite elements are employed to predict the effective elastic con-stants and stress-strain responses of a new type of lattice structure, the X-structure proposed by the authors in a companion paper. It is shown that in most cases the predictions by the equivalent ho-mogenization theory agree well with the experimental and 3-dimensional finite element calculated re-sults. The theoretical and numerical study supports the argument that the X-structure is superior to the pyramid lattice structure in terms of mechanical strength.

  17. Ultralight X-type lattice sandwich structure (Ⅱ):Micromechanics modeling and finite element analysis

    2009-01-01

    The methods of homogenization and finite elements are employed to predict the effective elastic constants and stress-strain responses of a new type of lattice structure,the X-structure proposed by the authors in a companion paper. It is shown that in most cases the predictions by the equivalent homogenization theory agree well with the experimental and 3-dimensional finite element calculated results. The theoretical and numerical study supports the argument that the X-structure is superior to the pyramid lattice structure in terms of mechanical strength.

  18. Response of Box-Type Structures Under Internal-Blast Loading

    WANG Zhongqi; WU Jianguo; BAI Chunhua; LU Yong

    2006-01-01

    The tests of box-type structures under internal-blast loading are carried out.Then a numerical analysis of the test structures is done using a fully coupled numerical finite element model.The break-up process of the structure is simulated.The failure modes of the simulated structure agree well with the experimental results.The effects of the size of the reinforcing bars and the detailing of connections among the rebars in the concrete on the throw velocity of the fragments are discussed.

  19. Determination of a new structure type in the Sc–Fe–Ge–Sn system

    Highlights: ► A new structure type with the composition Sc4Fe5Ge6.10(3)Sn1.47(2). ► Crystallizes in the space group Immm (No. 71, oI144). ► Sample obtained using a reactive Sn flux. ► Electronic structure calculations indicate polar intermetallic bonding network. - Abstract: A new structure type has been discovered in the system Sc–Fe–Ge–Sn by employing Sn as a flux medium. According to single crystal X-ray diffraction, the new structure has a composition of Sc4Fe5Ge6.10(3)Sn1.47(2) and crystallizes in the space group Immm (No. 71, oI144) with lattice parameters of a = 5.230(1) Å, b = 13.467(3) Å, and c = 30.003(6) Å. The structure is composed of square anti-prismatic clusters that are condensed into zig-zag chains along the [0 1 0] direction. These chains are further condensed through a split Sn/Ge position, forming a three-dimensional network. Magnetization measurements indicate an antiferromagnetic phase transition near 240 K. Electronic structure calculations identified the most favorable bonding network in this new system. Using crystal orbital Hamilton population (COHP) curves and their integrated values (ICOHP), a polar intermetallic bonding network involving Sc–Ge as well as Fe–Sn and Fe–Ge contacts can be assigned to this new structure type.

  20. Structure and Composition of Protein Bodies from Wild-Type and High-Lysine Barley Endosperm

    Ingversen, J.

    1975-01-01

    granular component. Particles with the same structure were present in the protein body preparation from the mutant, where, however, the granular component was the most prominent. Amino-acid composition and SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of the proteins from the protein body preparation revealed......-polyacrylamidegel electrophoresis. Sections through pellets of isolated protein bodies from both the mutant and the wild type revealed protein body structures corresponding with those observed in sections through the intact starchy endosperms. The majority of the wild-type protein bodies was homogeneous spheres accompanied with a...

  1. Equivalent linearization method for limit cycle flutter analysis of plate-type structure in axial flow

    The responses and limit cycle flutter of a plate-type structure with cubic stiffness in viscous flow were studied. The continuous system was dispersed by utilizing Galerkin Method. The equivalent linearization concept was performed to predict the ranges of limit cycle flutter velocities. The coupled map of flutter amplitude-equivalent linear stiffness-critical velocity was used to analyze the stability of limit cycle flutter. The theoretical results agree well with the results of numerical integration, which indicates that the equivalent linearization concept is available to the analysis of limit cycle flutter of plate-type structure. (authors)

  2. Direct observation and structural characterization of natural and metal ion-exchanged HEU-type zeolites

    Filippousi, Maria; Turner, Stuart; Katsikini, Maria; Pinakidou, Fani; Zamboulis, Demetris; Pavlidou, Eleni; Tendeloo, van, G.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract: The atomic structure of natural HEU-type zeolite and two ion-exchanged variants of the zeolite, Ag+ (Ag-HEU) and Zn2+ (Zn-HEU) ion exchanged HEU-type zeolites, are investigated using advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques in combination with X-ray powder diffraction and X-ray absorption fine structure measurements. In both ion-exchanged materials, loading of the natural HEU zeolite is confirmed. Using low-voltage, aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy a...

  3. Can a half-metallic zincblende-type structure be stabilized via epitaxy?

    ZHAO, YU-JUN; Zunger, Alex

    2004-01-01

    The need for spin-injectors having the same zincblende-type crystal structure as conventional semiconductor substrates has created significant interests in theoretical predictions of possible metastable ``half-metallic'' zincblende ferromagnets, which are normally more stable in other structure-types, e.g., NiAs. Such predictions were based in the past on differences $\\Delta_{\\rm bulk}$ in the total-energies of the respective {\\em bulk} crystal forms (zincblende and NiAs). We show here that t...

  4. From Proteomics to Structural Studies of Cytosolic/Mitochondrial-Type Thioredoxin Systems in Barley Seeds

    Shahpiri, Azar; Svensson, Birte; Finnie, Christine

    2009-01-01

    for Trx, indicating that Trx plays a key role in several aspects of cell metabolism. In contrast to other organisms, plants contain multiple forms of Trx that are classified based on their primary structures and sub-cellular localization. The reduction of cytosolic and mitochondrial types of Trx is...... dependent on NADPH and catalyzed by NADPH-dependent thioredoxin reductase (NTR). In barley, two isoforms each of Trx and NTR have been identified and investigated using proteomics, gene expression, and structural studies. This review outlines the diverse roles suggested for cytosolic/mitochondrial-type Trx...

  5. The indentification of Jueluotage V-type structure in Xinjiang and its orderness

    Based on the interpretation of satellite image and field checking in Jueluotage area, Xinjiang, it is thought that the sublatitudinal arc fault zones have been formed since Mesozoic through the evolution of the NWW-trending and NEE-trending faults occurring in pre-Mesozoic time. These three sets of faults comprise the Jueluotage 'V-type structure' formed by the NW-trending structural stress field and drastically activated since Neocene. The Jueluotage V-type structure is expressed in time as an ordered process, and in space as an ordered arrangement and an ordered evolution direction, and characterizes the Information Ordered Series (IOS) of the evolution process of fault structure. (authors)

  6. A Study of the Types of Organizational Structure in Venezuelan University Institutes

    Rafael Antonio Pertuz Belloso

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed at identifying the type of organizational structure of Venezuelan university institutes. It is a field investigation of a descriptive nature with a non-experimental transactional field design. We worked with a population sample consisting of a director, assistant directors, academic assistant directors and eighty-eight teachers from technological institutes in Cabimas and Maracaibo in Venezuela. A survey, in the form of a questionnaire, was used as the data collection technique, which included 24 items, validated by 5 experts, with Cronbach Alpha reliability of 0.93. The data analysis technique utilized was the percentage frequency distribution. The results indicated the coexistence of bureaucratic structural typologies; departmental and simple. An implementation of a structural migration strategy to the implementation of a matrix-type structure is recommended.

  7. Ce2Ir5B2, a new structure type of ternary borides

    The crystal structure of a new ternary boride Ce2Ir5B2, space group R3-bar m, a=5.477(2) A, c=31.518(5) A, Z=6, V=818.79 A, was refined down to R=0.0484, wR2=0.1211 from single crystal X-ray diffraction data. This is the first representative of a new structure type of intermetallic compounds (an ordered variant of the binary Er2Co7 compound). The structure of Ce2Ir5B2 is the stacking variant of the MgCu2- and CeCo3B2-type slabs and belongs to the structural series with the general formula R2+nM4+3nX2n (n=2)

  8. Experimental component Mode Synthesis Applied to the Solar Array Type Structure

    Komatsu, Keiji; Sano, Masaaki; SANBONGI, Shigeo; Takashi Kai; TODA, Susumu; 小松, 敬治; 佐野, 政明; 三本木, 茂夫; 甲斐, 高志; 戸田, 勧

    1988-01-01

    A component mode synthesis technique based on experimentally determined modal parameters is presented in this paper. The test structure is a solar array type plate, which is divided into three parts, and four flexible connective parts. In the synthesis, the measured modes are approximated in polynomials to produce rotational degrees of freedom. The results sythesized are in good agreement with the test results obtained from a combined structure.

  9. Structure-function studies of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 matrix protein, p17.

    Cannon, P M; Matthews, S.; Clark, N.; Byles, E D; Iourin, O; Hockley, D J; Kingsman, S M; Kingsman, A J

    1997-01-01

    The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) matrix protein, p17, plays important roles in both the early and late stages of the viral life cycle. Using our previously determined solution structure of p17, we have undertaken a rational mutagenesis program aimed at mapping structure-function relationships within the molecule. Amino acids hypothesized to be important for p17 function were mutated and examined for effect in an infectious proviral clone of HIV-1. In parallel, we analyzed by nu...

  10. Insect-inspired wing actuation structures based on ring-type resonators

    Bolsman, C.T.; Goosen, J.F.L.; Van Keulen, F.

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we illustrate and study the opportunities of resonant ring type structures as wing actuation mechanisms for a flapping wing Micro Air Vehicle (MAV). Various design alternatives are presented and studied based on computational and physical models. Insects provide an excellent source of inspiration for the development of the wing actuation mechanisms for flapping wing MAVs. The insect thorax is a structure which in essence provides a mechanism to couple the wing muscles to the wi...

  11. Structure and evolutionary origin of Ca(2+-dependent herring type II antifreeze protein.

    Yang Liu

    Full Text Available In order to survive under extremely cold environments, many organisms produce antifreeze proteins (AFPs. AFPs inhibit the growth of ice crystals and protect organisms from freezing damage. Fish AFPs can be classified into five distinct types based on their structures. Here we report the structure of herring AFP (hAFP, a Ca(2+-dependent fish type II AFP. It exhibits a fold similar to the C-type (Ca(2+-dependent lectins with unique ice-binding features. The 1.7 A crystal structure of hAFP with bound Ca(2+ and site-directed mutagenesis reveal an ice-binding site consisting of Thr96, Thr98 and Ca(2+-coordinating residues Asp94 and Glu99, which initiate hAFP adsorption onto the [10-10] prism plane of the ice lattice. The hAFP-ice interaction is further strengthened by the bound Ca(2+ through the coordination with a water molecule of the ice lattice. This Ca(2+-coordinated ice-binding mechanism is distinct from previously proposed mechanisms for other AFPs. However, phylogenetic analysis suggests that all type II AFPs evolved from the common ancestor and developed different ice-binding modes. We clarify the evolutionary relationship of type II AFPs to sugar-binding lectins.

  12. Type III polyketide synthase repertoire in Zingiberaceae: computational insights into the sequence, structure and evolution.

    Mallika, Vijayanathan; Aiswarya, Girija; Gincy, Paily Thottathil; Remakanthan, Appukuttan; Soniya, Eppurathu Vasudevan

    2016-07-01

    Zingiberaceae or 'ginger family' is the largest family in the order 'Zingiberales' with more than 1300 species in 52 genera, which are mostly distributed throughout Asia, tropical Africa and the native regions of America with their maximum diversity in Southeast Asia. Many of the members are important spice, medicinal or ornamental plants including ginger, turmeric, cardamom and kaempferia. These plants are distinguished for the highly valuable metabolic products, which are synthesised through phenylpropanoid pathway, where type III polyketide synthase is the key enzyme. In our present study, we used sequence, structural and evolutionary approaches to scrutinise the type III polyketide synthase (PKS) repertoire encoded in the Zingiberaceae family. Highly conserved amino acid residues in the sequence alignment and phylogram suggested strong relationships between the type III PKS members of Zingiberaceae. Sequence and structural level investigation of type III PKSs showed a small number of variations in the substrate binding pocket, leading to functional divergence among these PKS members. Molecular evolutionary studies indicate that type III PKSs within Zingiberaceae evolved under strong purifying selection pressure, and positive selections were rarely detected in the family. Structural modelling and protein-small molecule interaction studies on Zingiber officinale PKS 'a representative from Zingiberaceae' suggested that the protein is comparatively stable without much disorder and exhibited wide substrate acceptance. PMID:27138283

  13. THE SLACS SURVEY. VIII. THE RELATION BETWEEN ENVIRONMENT AND INTERNAL STRUCTURE OF EARLY-TYPE GALAXIES

    Treu, Tommaso; Gavazzi, Raphael; Gorecki, Alexia; Marshall, Philip J.; Koopmans, Leon V. E.; Bolton, Adam S.; Moustakas, Leonidas A.; Burles, Scott

    2009-01-01

    We study the relation between the internal structure of early-type galaxies and their environment using 70 strong gravitational lenses from the SLACS Survey. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) database is used to determine two measures of overdensity of galaxies around each lens-the projected numbe

  14. Expressibility of the logic SOF on classes of structures of bounded FO types

    Grosso, Alejandro; Turull Torres, José María

    2012-01-01

    We introduce a new property for classes of structures (or relational database instances), that we call bounded FO types. Then we prove that on such classes the expressive power of SOF collapses to rst order logic FO. As a consequence of this we prove that SOF is strictly included in SO.

  15. Tate twists of Hodge structures arising from abelian varieties of type IV

    Abdulali, Salman

    2012-01-01

    We show that certain abelian varieties A have the property that for every Hodge structure V in the cohomology of A, every effective Tate twist of V occurs in the cohomology of some abelian variety. We deduce the general Hodge conjecture for certain non-simple abelian varieties of type IV.

  16. Structure cristalline de type alluaudite KNa5Mn3(MoO46

    Chahira Bouzidi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The new phase potassium pentasodium trimanganese hexakis(molybdate, KNa5Mn3Mo6O24, has been synthesized using solid-state methods. The structure is composed of M2O10 (M = Mn, Na dimers and MoO4 tetrahedra (point group symmetry 2 sharing corners and forming layers parallel to (100, which are linked via common corners of another type of MO4 tetrahedra, forming a three-dimensional structure with two types of large channels along [001] in which two types of Na+ cations (one with site symmetry 2, one with -1 and K+ cations (site symmetry 2, half-occupation are located. Mn2+ and the third type of Na+ cations are located at the same site M with occupancies of 0.75 and 0.25, respectively. A comparative structural description is provided between the structure of the title compound and those of the related phases Cu1.35Fe3(PO43 and NaAgFeMn2(PO43.

  17. Hamiltonian structure for a class of parametric coupled systems of the Korteweg-de Vries type

    We obtain from a lagrangian action describing a class of coupled parametric systems of KdV type its hamiltonian structure. The Poisson algebra arises from second class constraints of the theory and the use of Dirac brackets. The coupled system has relevant applications in physics

  18. Insect-inspired wing actuation structures based on ring-type resonators

    Bolsman, C.T.; Goosen, J.F.L.; Van Keulen, F.

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we illustrate and study the opportunities of resonant ring type structures as wing actuation mechanisms for a flapping wing Micro Air Vehicle (MAV). Various design alternatives are presented and studied based on computational and physical models. Insects provide an excellent source of

  19. Structure and Composition of Protein Bodies from Wild-Type and High-Lysine Barley Endosperm

    Ingversen, J.

    1975-01-01

    Protein bodies were isolated from 13 and 28 day old endosperms of barley mutant 1508 and its wild type, Bomi barley. The fine structure of the isolated protein bodies was determined by electron microscopy, and the proteins present in the preparations characterized by amino-acid analysis and SDS-p...

  20. Pre-adsorbed type-I collagen structure-dependent changes in osteoblastic phenotype

    Type-I collagen is the most abundant extracellular matrix in bones and modulates various functions of osteoblasts. We prepared two different structures of type-I collagen on tissue culture grade polystylene (TCPS) surfaces, one is feltwork structure of filamentous molecules from acid solutions (ACs) and the other is network structure of fibrils from neutral solutions (NCs), to examine effects of the structures on the maturation process of osteoblast-like cells. No significant differences of cell proliferation were observed between TCPS and ACs, but NCs delayed the proliferation. In initial cell attachment, the cells on ACs had tense lamellipodia with sharp tips, while those on NCs had loose lamellipodia. No detectable differences in levels of expressed integrin α2- and α5-subunits were observed between the structures. Although the matrix mineralization in NCs was also delayed in comparison with TCPS and ACs, fully mineralized levels in NCs were the same as those of TCPS and ACs. In addition, although we examined the effects of densities of pre-adsorbed collagen molecules on osteoblast maturation, the effects were less serious than those of the structures. This study suggests that the structures of collagen affect proliferation and mineralization of osteoblast-like cells

  1. Catalytic oxidation of methanol on Pt/X (X = CaTP, NaTP electrodes in sulfuric acid solution

    Said Benmokhtar

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we report the synthesis and characterization of electrodes based on NASICON type phosphates. The study of the electrochemical oxidation of methanol at ambient temperature on electrodes based on NASICON type Ca0,5Ti2(PO43 (CaTP and Na5Ti(PO43 (NaTP compared to that of the platinum electrode model has been conducted by cyclic voltammetry in acidic medium. The results showed a significant increase of current density on the electro oxidation of methanol on the material developed based NASICON structure CaTP, cons deactivation of the electro oxidation is observed the closed structure type NaTP.

  2. Vector-type four-quark interaction and its impact on QCD phase structure

    Effects of the vector-type four-quark interaction on QCD phase structure are investigated in the imaginary chemical potential (μ) region, by using the Polyakov-loop extended Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model with the extended Z3 symmetry. We clarify analytically the Roberge-Weiss periodicity and symmetry properties of various quantities under the existence of a vector-type four-quark interaction. In the imaginary μ region, the chiral condensate and the quark-number density are sensitive to the strength of the interaction. Based on this result, we propose a possibility to determine the strength of the vector-type interaction, which largely affects QCD phase structure in the real μ region, by comparing the results of lattice simulations and effective model calculations in the imaginary μ region.

  3. Perturbation method of analyzing mode localization of asymmetrical plate-type structure in incompressible flows

    The dynamical characteristics of a simple two-span parallel flat plate-type model vibrating in incompressible water are studied here. The assumption mode method is used to form the motion equation of the structure. By using a second order perturbation method, the great emphasis is focused on the influences of the asymmetrical parameter of the structure, the deviation of length and stiffness of the torsional spring on the degrees of mode localization of the structure. The results show that the second method can be applied to predict the dynamical characteristics of the structure accurately. The influences of the coupling effect of the fluid on the phenomena of the two piece beams' mode localization are different. The asymmetrical parameter of length is the main factor that leads to the behaviors of mode localization of the structure. The deviation of stiffness of the torsional spring, too, has significant influences on the phenomena of mode localization

  4. Croatian banking sector research: relationship between ownership structure, concentration, owners’ type and bank performance

    Igor Tomičić

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Banks are important financial intermediaries of any national economy, and corporate governance has an important role in banking sector; especially due to processes of the globalization and the internationalization, and also because of the sensitivity of the activities between the interest groups. The objective of this paper is to examine the relationship between ownership structure, concentration, owners’ type and bank performance. The authors made a research of banks' ownership structure using publicly available data. Using statistical tools authors discovered relationships between bank ownership structure and bank performance indicators (average asset, total asset, average equity, profit (loss before taxes, profit (loss after taxes, ROAA, ROAE. Further they discuss the relationships between ownership structure and a number of consequences for the bank performance. The authors discovered significant correlation between bank ownership structure and performance indicators variables that are described in the paper.

  5. Structural characterization of outer membrane components of the type IV pili system in pathogenic Neisseria.

    Samta Jain

    Full Text Available Structures of the type IV pili secretin complexes from Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria meningitidis, embedded in outer membranes were investigated by transmission electron microscopy. Single particle averaging revealed additional domains not observed previously. Secretin complexes of N. gonorrhoeae showed a double ring structure with a 14-15-fold symmetry in the central ring, and a 14-fold symmetry of the peripheral ring with 7 spikes protruding. In secretin complexes of N. meningitidis, the spikes were absent and the peripheral ring was partly or completely lacking. When present, it had a 19-fold symmetry. The structures of the complexes in several pil mutants were determined. Structures obtained from the pilC1/C2 adhesin and the pilW minor pilin deletion strains were similar to wild-type, whereas deletion of the homologue of N. meningitidis PilW resulted in the absence of secretin structures. Remarkably, the pilE pilin subunit and pilP lipoprotein deletion mutants showed a change in the symmetry of the peripheral ring from 14 to 19 and loss of spikes. The pilF ATPase mutant also lost the spikes, but maintained 14-fold symmetry. These results show that secretin complexes contain previously unidentified large and flexible extra domains with a probable role in stabilization or assembly of type IV pili.

  6. Insights into the Mechanism of Type I Dehydroquinate Dehydratases from Structures of Reaction Intermediates

    Light, Samuel H.; Minasov, George; Shuvalova, Ludmilla; Duban, Mark-Eugene; Caffrey, Michael; Anderson, Wayne F.; Lavie, Arnon (NWU); (UIC)

    2012-02-27

    The biosynthetic shikimate pathway consists of seven enzymes that catalyze sequential reactions to generate chorismate, a critical branch point in the synthesis of the aromatic amino acids. The third enzyme in the pathway, dehydroquinate dehydratase (DHQD), catalyzes the dehydration of 3-dehydroquinate to 3-dehydroshikimate. We present three crystal structures of the type I DHQD from the intestinal pathogens Clostridium difficile and Salmonella enterica. Structures of the enzyme with substrate and covalent pre- and post-dehydration reaction intermediates provide snapshots of successive steps along the type I DHQD-catalyzed reaction coordinate. These structures reveal that the position of the substrate within the active site does not appreciably change upon Schiff base formation. The intermediate state structures reveal a reaction state-dependent behavior of His-143 in which the residue adopts a conformation proximal to the site of catalytic dehydration only when the leaving group is present. We speculate that His-143 is likely to assume differing catalytic roles in each of its observed conformations. One conformation of His-143 positions the residue for the formation/hydrolysis of the covalent Schiff base intermediates, whereas the other conformation positions the residue for a role in the catalytic dehydration event. The fact that the shikimate pathway is absent from humans makes the enzymes of the pathway potential targets for the development of non-toxic antimicrobials. The structures and mechanistic insight presented here may inform the design of type I DHQD enzyme inhibitors.

  7. Investigation into possible geometrical configurations for scissor-type deployable structures using expandable bars

    Lee, Daniel Sang-Hoon; Jia, Wenwen; Cai, Jianguo;

    2015-01-01

    The current paper describes a spin-off investigation from the initially published international research project [1] [2] , which is looking into the design and development of single-meridian grid deployable structure. As a part of the collaborative international project between South Korea (Proje...... geometrical configurations of the structure in 2D space Investigation into possible geometrical configurations for scissor-type deployable structures using expandable bars....... of the expandable bars for creation of dynamic three-dimensional (3D) space using scissor-type deployable system. The research starts with the detail design and prototype construction of the expandable bars in collaboration between the Royal Danish Academy, School of Architecture in Denmark and School of Civil...

  8. Hydrogen position, hydrogen bonding and hydroxide dynamics in the Cd(OH)Cl structure type

    Complete text of publication follows. The crystal structure of Cd(OH)Cl is already known since the single-crystal and powder diffraction investigations by Hoard and Grenko (1). It crystallizes in its own structure type which is intimately related to the layer structures of cadmium hydroxide and cadmium chloride. Although the isotypic structures of Ca(OH)Cl (2) and Sr(OH)Cl (3) have been examined, the hydrogen position of this structure type, however, is not yet completely clear. We performed single crystal diffraction of Cd(OH)Cl on a modern κ-CCD diffractometer, TOF neutron powder diffraction experiments with an annular cylindrical sample of Cd(OD)Cl, temperature dependent 2H-NMR-spectroscopy and quantum mechanical calculations to reinvestigate the crystal structure with full information about H-position, H-bonding and hydroxide dynamics. The results show that the hydrogen position is near a three-fold axis, that only small angle liberations occur and the amount of hydrogen bonding can be neglected. (author)

  9. Production of fine structures in type III solar radio bursts due to turbulent density profiles

    Magnetic reconnection events in the corona release energetic electron beams along open field lines, and the beams generate radio emission at multiples of the electron plasma frequency fp to produce type III solar radio bursts. Type III bursts often exhibit irregularities in the form of flux modulations with frequency and/or local temporal advances and delays, and a type IIIb burst represents the extreme case where a type III burst is fragmented into a chain of narrowband features called striae. Remote and in situ spacecraft measurements have shown that density turbulence is ubiquitous in the corona and solar wind, and often exhibits a Kolmogorov power spectrum. In this work, we numerically investigate the effects of one-dimensional macroscopic density turbulence (along the beam direction) on the behavior of type III bursts, and find that this turbulence produces stria-like fine structures in the dynamic spectra of both fp and 2 fp radiation. Spectral and temporal fine structures in the predicted type III emission are produced by variations in the scattering path lengths and group speeds of radio emission, and in the locations and sizes of emitting volumes. Moderate turbulence levels yield flux enhancements with much broader half-power bandwidths in fp than 2 fp emission, possibly explaining the often observed type IIIb-III harmonic pairs as being where intensifications in 2 fp radiation are not resolved observationally. Larger turbulence levels producing trough-peak regions in the plasma density profile may lead to broader, resolvable intensifications in 2 fp radiation, which may account for the type IIIb-IIIb pairs that are sometimes observed.

  10. Impact of varying soil structure on transport processes in different diagnostic horizons of three soil types.

    Kodesová, Radka; Vignozzi, Nadia; Rohosková, Marcela; Hájková, Tereza; Kocárek, Martin; Pagliai, Marcello; Kozák, Josef; Simůnek, Jirka

    2009-02-16

    When soil structure varies in different soil types and the horizons of these soil types, it has a significant impact on water flow and contaminant transport in soils. This paper focuses on the effect of soil structure variations on the transport of pesticides in the soil above the water table. Transport of a pesticide (chlorotoluron) initially applied on soil columns taken from various horizons of three different soil types (Haplic Luvisol, Greyic Phaeozem and Haplic Cambisol) was studied using two scenarios of ponding infiltration. The highest infiltration rate and pesticide mobility were observed for the Bt(1) horizon of Haplic Luvisol that exhibited a well-developed prismatic structure. The lowest infiltration rate was measured for the Bw horizon of Haplic Cambisol, which had a poorly developed soil structure and a low fraction of large capillary pores and gravitational pores. Water infiltration rates were reduced during the experiments by a soil structure breakdown, swelling of clay and/or air entrapped in soil samples. The largest soil structure breakdown and infiltration decrease was observed for the Ap horizon of Haplic Luvisol due to the low aggregate stability of the initially well-aggregated soil. Single-porosity and dual-permeability (with matrix and macropore domains) flow models in HYDRUS-1D were used to estimate soil hydraulic parameters via numerical inversion using data from the first infiltration experiment. A fraction of the macropore domain in the dual-permeability model was estimated using the micro-morphological images. Final soil hydraulic parameters determined using the single-porosity and dual-permeability models were subsequently used to optimize solute transport parameters. To improve numerical inversion results, the two-site sorption model was also applied. Although structural changes observed during the experiment affected water flow and solute transport, the dual-permeability model together with the two-site sorption model proved to be

  11. The structure of the R^8 term in type IIB string theory

    Basu, Anirban

    2013-01-01

    Based on the structure of the on-shell linearized superspace of type IIB supergravity, we argue that there is a non--BPS 16 derivative interaction in the effective action of type IIB string theory of the form (t_8 t_8 R^4)^2, which we call the R^8 interaction. It lies in the same supermultiplet as the G^8 R^4 interaction. Using the KLT relation, we analyse the structure of the tree level eight graviton scattering amplitude in the type IIB theory, which leads to the R^8 interaction at the linearized level. This involves an analysis of color ordered multi-gluon disc amplitudes in the type I theory, which shows an intricate pole structure and transcendentality consistent with various other interactions. Considerations of S-duality show that the R^8 interaction receives non-analytic contributions in the string coupling at one and two loops. Apart from receiving perturbative contributions, we show that the R^8 interaction receives a non-vanishing contribution in the one D-instanton-anti-instanton background at lea...

  12. The structure of the R8 term in type IIB string theory

    Based on the structure of the on-shell linearized superspace of type IIB supergravity, we argue that there is a non-BPS 16 derivative interaction in the effective action of type IIB string theory of the form (t8t8R4)2, which we call the R8 interaction. It lies in the same supermultiplet as the G8R4 interaction. Using the Kawai–Lewellen–Tye relation, we analyze the structure of the tree level eight-graviton scattering amplitude in the type IIB theory, which leads to the R8 interaction at the linearized level. This involves an analysis of color-ordered multi-gluon disc amplitudes in the type I theory, which shows an intricate pole structure and transcendentality consistent with various other interactions. Considerations of S-duality show that the R8 interaction receives non-analytic contributions in the string coupling at one and two loops. Apart from receiving perturbative contributions, we show that the R8 interaction receives a non-vanishing contribution in the one D-instanton-anti-instanton background at leading order in the weak coupling expansion. (paper)

  13. High-pressure structural investigation of several zircon-type orthovanadates

    Errandonea, D.; Lacomba-Perales, R.; Ruiz-Fuertes, J.; Segura, A.; Achary, S. N.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2009-05-01

    Room temperature angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction measurements on zircon-type EuVO4 , LuVO4 , and ScVO4 were performed up to 27 GPa. In all the three compounds we found evidence of a pressure-induced structural phase transformation from zircon to a scheelite-type structure. The onset of the transition is near 8 GPa, but the transition is sluggish and low-pressure and high-pressure phases coexist in a pressure range of about 10 GPa. In EuVO4 and LuVO4 a second transition to a M -fergusonite-type phase was found near 21 GPa. The equations of state for the zircon and scheelite phases are also determined. Among the three studied compounds, we found that ScVO4 is less compressible than EuVO4 and LuVO4 , being the most incompressible orthovanadate studied to date. The sequence of structural transitions and compressibilities are discussed in comparison with other zircon-type oxides.

  14. In-vineyard population structure of 'Candidatus Phytoplasma solani' using multilocus sequence typing analysis.

    Murolo, Sergio; Romanazzi, Gianfranco

    2015-04-01

    'Candidatus Phytoplasma solani' is a phytoplasma of the stolbur group (16SrXII subgroup A) that is associated with 'Bois noir' and causes heavy damage to the quality and quantity of grapevine yields in several European countries, and particularly in the Mediterranean area. Analysis of 'Ca. P. solani' genetic diversity was carried out for strains infecting a cv. 'Chardonnay' vineyard, through multilocus sequence typing analysis for the vmp1, stamp and secY genes. Several types per gene were detected: seven out of 20 types for vmp1, six out of 17 for stamp, and four out of 16 for secY. High correlations were seen among the vmp1, stamp and secY typing with the tuf typing. However, no correlations were seen among the tuf and vmp1 types and the Bois noir severity in the surveyed grapevines. Grouping the 'Ca. P. solani' sequences on the basis of their origins (i.e., study vineyard, Italian regions, Euro-Mediterranean countries), dN/dS ratio analysis revealed overall positive selection for stamp (3.99, P=0.019) and vmp1 (2.28, P=0.001). For secY, the dN/dS ratio was 1.02 (P=0.841), showing neutral selection across this gene. Using analysis of the nucleotide sequencing by a Bayesian approach, we determined the population structure of 'Ca. P. solani', which appears to be structured in 3, 5 and 6 subpopulations, according to the secY, stamp and vmp1 genes, respectively. The high genetic diversity of 'Ca. P. solani' from a single vineyard reflects the population structure across wider geographical scales. This information is useful to trace inoculum source and movement of pathogen strains at the local level and over long distances. PMID:25660034

  15. Solution structure of monomeric BsaL, the type III secretion needle protein of Burkholderia pseudomallei.

    Zhang, Lingling; Wang, Yu; Picking, Wendy L; Picking, William D; De Guzman, Roberto N

    2006-06-01

    Many gram-negative bacteria that are important human pathogens possess type III secretion systems as part of their required virulence factor repertoire. During the establishment of infection, these pathogens coordinately assemble greater than 20 different proteins into a macromolecular structure that spans the bacterial inner and outer membranes and, in many respects, resembles and functions like a syringe. This type III secretion apparatus (TTSA) is used to inject proteins into a host cell's membrane and cytoplasm to subvert normal cellular processes. The external portion of the TTSA is a needle that is composed of a single type of protein that is polymerized in a helical fashion to form an elongated tube with a central channel of 2-3 nm in diameter. TTSA needle proteins from a variety of bacterial pathogens share sequence conservation; however, no atomic structure for any TTSA needle protein is yet available. Here, we report the structure of a TTSA needle protein called BsaL from Burkholderia pseudomallei determined by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The central part of the protein assumes a helix-turn-helix core domain with two well-defined alpha-helices that are joined by an ordered, four-residue linker. This forms a two-helix bundle that is stabilized by interhelix hydrophobic contacts. Residues that flank this presumably exposed core region are not completely disordered, but adopt a partial helical conformation. The atomic structure of BsaL and its sequence homology with other TTSA needle proteins suggest potentially unique structural dynamics that could be linked with a universal mechanism for control of type III secretion in diverse gram-negative bacterial pathogens. PMID:16631790

  16. Precision photonic band structure calculation of Abrikosov periodic lattice in type-II superconductors

    We have performed a numerical solution for band structure of an Abrikosov vortex lattice in type-II superconductors forming a periodic array in two dimensions for applications of incorporating the photonic crystals concept into superconducting materials with possibilities for optical electronics. The implemented numerical method is based on the extensive numerical solution of the Ginzburg-Landau equation for calculating the parameters of the two-fluid model and obtaining the band structure from the permittivity, which depends on the above parameters and the frequency. This is while the characteristics of such crystals highly vary with an externally applied static normal magnetic field, leading to nonlinear behavior of the band structure, which also has nonlinear dependence on the temperature. The similar analysis for every arbitrary lattice structure is also possible to be developed by this approach as presented in this work. We also present some examples and discuss the results

  17. Structure function relationship in P-type ATPases : a biophysical approach

    Apell, Hans-Jürgen

    2003-01-01

    P-type ATPases are a large family of membrane proteins that perform active ion transport across biological membranes. In these proteins the energy-providing ATP hydrolysis is coupled to ion-transport that builds up or maintains the electrochemical potential gradients of one or two ion species across the membrane. P-type ATPases are found in virtually all eukaryotic cells and also in bacteria, and they are transporters of a broad variety of ions. So far, a crystal structure with atomic resolut...

  18. THE INFLUENCES OF THE SLAB DISCONTINUITIES ON THE INTERNAL FORCES, AT FRAME TYPE REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURES

    Mehmet TERZİ

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available To resist earthquake forces in a confidential manner is one of the fundamental requirements of the structural system design of buildings. The main principles of Earthquake-resistant design of buildings have the symetric plan and regular configuration of the structural system. Regular buildings are easier in application, for designing, dimensioning of structural elements and much more economic for consruction cost. Also, the results of the structural system analysis of regular buildings represent the behaviour of the real structure. For these reasons, regular buildings are prefered for the best building design and analysis. Vertical and horizontal discontinuities in building structures, instant stiffness changes and variation of mass distribution are negative states, display good seismic behaviour. The buildings having irregularities in plan and in elevation are accepted as non-regular buildings. In practise, non-regular buildings are not economic in construction cast, lead to stress concentrations hazardous to the structure and causing erroneous application. If the basic methods of structural analysis for regular buildings are applied to non-regular buildings the effects of irregularities must be considered. Analysis of the regular frame type structural systems according to The Turkish earthquake code is performed on a lineer elastic model assuming different cavity ratios of the floor slab by using SAP2000 Structural Analysis Programme applying simplified modal response spectrum analysis methods. Numerical results of the internal forces of the elements of the structural system are obtained and compared for two different casses in one case the floor diaphragms are sufficiently rigid in their plane, in the other case unsuffiently rigid in their plane.

  19. Identify Structural Flaw Location and Type with an Inverse Algorithm of Resonance Inspection

    Xu, Wei; Lai, Canhai; Sun, Xin

    2015-10-20

    To evaluate the fitness-for-service of a structural component and to quantify its remaining useful life, aging and service-induced structural flaws must be quantitatively determined in service or during scheduled maintenance shutdowns. Resonance inspection (RI), a non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technique, distinguishes the anomalous parts from the good parts based on changes in the natural frequency spectra. Known for its numerous advantages, i.e., low inspection cost, high testing speed, and broad applicability to complex structures, RI has been widely used in the automobile industry for quality inspection. However, compared to other contemporary direct visualization-based NDE methods, a more widespread application of RI faces a fundamental challenge because such technology is unable to quantify the flaw details, e.g. location, dimensions, and types. In this study, the applicability of a maximum correlation-based inverse RI algorithm developed by the authors is further studied for various flaw cases. It is demonstrated that a variety of common structural flaws, i.e. stiffness degradation, voids, and cracks, can be accurately retrieved by this algorithm even when multiple different types of flaws coexist. The quantitative relations between the damage identification results and the flaw characteristics are also developed to assist the evaluation of the actual state of health of the engineering structures.

  20. Structure of the Myotonic Dystrophy Type 2 RNA and Designed Small Molecules That Reduce Toxicity

    Childs-Disney, Jessica L.; Yildirim, Ilyas; Park, HaJeung; Lohman, Jeremy R.; Guan, Lirui; Tran, Van Tuan; Sarkar, Partha; Schatz, George C.; Disney, Matthew D.

    2013-01-01

    Myotonic dystrophy type 2 (DM2) is an untreatable neuromuscular disorder caused by a r(CCUG) expansion (r(CCUG)exp) that folds into an extended hairpin with periodically repeating 2×2 nucleotide internal loops (5’CCUG/3’GUCC). We designed multivalent compounds that improve DM2-associated defects using information about RNA-small molecule interactions. We also report the first crystal structure of r(CCUG)exp refined to 2.35 Å. Structural analysis of the three 5’CCUG/3’GUCC repeat internal loop...

  1. Development of new type passive autocatalytic recombiner. Part 2. Proposal of conceptual structure

    A new type passive autocatalytic recombiner to mitigate released hydrogen gas at the accident of nuclear power plants and related facilities has been developed. In order to realize easy and anywhere installation, this new recombiner has advanced automotive catalysts with features such as light and small, high durability, and high performance. Downsizing and light-weighting of recombiner has been conducted with thermal hydraulic and structural analysis incorporating an automotive catalyst model and its characterization results obtained through experiments. Thermal hydraulic and structural analysis show PAR concept proposed is feasible for hydrogen mitigation in nuclear power plants and related facilities. (author)

  2. Crystal structure of a copper-transporting PIB-type ATPase

    Gourdon, Pontus Emanuel; Liu, Xiang-Yu; Skjørringe, Tina; Morth, J Preben; Møller, Lisbeth Birk; Pedersen, Bjørn Panyella; Nissen, Poul

    2011-01-01

    Heavy-metal homeostasis and detoxification is crucial for cell viability. P-type ATPases of the class IB (PIB) are essential in these processes, actively extruding heavy metals from the cytoplasm of cells. Here we present the structure of a PIB-ATPase, a Legionella pneumophila CopA Cu(+)-ATPase, in...... a copper-free form, as determined by X-ray crystallography at 3.2 Å resolution. The structure indicates a three-stage copper transport pathway involving several conserved residues. A PIB-specific transmembrane helix kinks at a double-glycine motif displaying an amphipathic helix that lines a...

  3. Determination of height of transfer unit at hydrogen isotopic distillation on B7 type structured packing

    Due to the low pressure drop which that the structured packing introduces it is often used in the case of distillations under vacuum and of the mixture separation when the desired component is present in very low concentration, for example the water, hydrogen and oxygen isotopic distillation. The paper presents a model for the determination of height of transfer unit at hydrogen isotopic distillation plant with structured B7 type packing. The values of HTU calculated with the analogy model between the heat, momentum and mass transfer are compared with the experimental data. (authors)

  4. Height of transfer unit determination at hydrogen isotopic distillation on structured packing, B7 type

    Due to the low pressure drop that it introduces, the structured packing is often used in the case of distillations under vacuum and of the mixture separation when the desired component is founded in very low concentration, for example the water, hydrogen and oxygen isotopic distillation. The paper presents a model for the determination of height of transfer unit at hydrogen isotopic distillation plant with structured B7 type packing. The values of the height of a transfer unit (HTU) calculated with the analogy model between the heat, momentum and mass transfer are compared with the experimental data

  5. Height of transfer unit determination at hydrogen isotopic distillation on B7 type structured packing

    Due to the low pressure drop that it introduces, the structured packing is often used in the case of distillation under vacuum and of the mixture separation when the desired component is found in very low concentration, for example the water, hydrogen and oxygen isotopic distillation. The paper presents a model for the determination of height of transfer unit at hydrogen isotopic distillation plant with structured B7 type packing. The values of HTU calculated with the analogy model between the heat, momentum and mass transfer are compared with the experimental data. (authors)

  6. Family Structure Types and Adequate Utilization of Antenatal Care in Kenya.

    Owili, Patrick Opiyo; Muga, Miriam Adoyo; Chou, Yiing-Jenq; Hsu, Yi-Hsin Elsa; Huang, Nicole; Chien, Li-Yin

    2016-01-01

    Features of the health care delivery system may not be the only expounding factors of adequate utilization of antenatal care among women. Other social factors such as the family structure and its environment contribute toward pregnant women's utilization of antenatal care. An understanding of how women in different family structure types and social groups use basic maternal health services is important toward developing and implementing maternal health care policy in the post-Millennium Development Goal era, especially in the sub-Saharan Africa where maternal mortality still remains high. PMID:27214674

  7. New transition metal oxide fluorides with ReO3-type structure

    The new niobium oxide fluorides MNbO2F4 [M = (Cr, Fe)], CrNb2O4F5, and Fe2Nb3O6F9 were prepared by treatment of chromium or iron nitrate with Nb-containing hydrofluoric acid solutions. Crystal structures were investigated by means of X-ray powder diffraction. All new compounds can be structurally refined in the cubic ReO3-type. The iron niobium oxide fluorides are reddish orange, and chromium containing phases exhibit a light green color. The niobium atoms are in the highest formal oxidation state.

  8. Structure of the minor pseudopilin XcpW from the Pseudomonas aeruginosa type II secretion system

    Franz, Laura P.; Douzi, Badreddine; Durand, Eric; Dyer, David H.; Voulhouxd, Romé; Forest, Katrina T. (CNRS-UMR); (CNRS-CRMD); (UW)

    2012-01-13

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa utilizes the type II secretion machinery to transport virulence factors through the outer membrane into the extracellular space. Five proteins in the type II secretion system share sequence homology with pilin subunits of type IV pili and are called the pseudopilins. The major pseudopilin X{sub cp}T{sub G} assembles into an intraperiplasmic pilus and is thought to act in a piston-like manner to push substrates through an outer membrane secretin. The other four minor pseudopilins, X{sub cp}U{sub H}, X{sub cp}V{sub I}, X{sub cp}W{sub J} and X{sub cp}X{sub K}, play less well defined roles in pseudopilus formation. It was recently discovered that these four minor pseudopilins form a quaternary complex that is presumed to initiate the formation of the pseudopilus and to localize to its tip. Here, the structure of X{sub cp}W{sub J} was refined to 1.85 {angstrom} resolution. The structure revealed the type IVa pilin fold with an embellished variable antiparallel {beta}-sheet as also found in the X{sub cp}W{sub J} homologue enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli G{sub sp}J{sub W} and the X{sub cp}U{sub H} homologue Vibrio cholerae E{sub ps}U{sub H}. It is proposed that the exposed surface of this sheet may cradle the long N-terminal 1 helix of another pseudopilin. The final 31 amino acids of the X{sub cp}W{sub J} structure are instrinsically disordered. Deletion of this unstructured region of X{sub cp}W{sub J} did not prevent type II secretion in vivo.

  9. Godunov type method on non-structured meshes for three-dimensional moving boundary problems

    Nkonga, Boniface; Guillard, Hervé

    1993-01-01

    This paper presents a numerical method for the computation of compressible flows in domains whose boundaries move in a well defined predictable manner. The method uses the space-time formulations by Godunov while the discretization is conducted on non-structured tetrahedral meshes, using Roe's approximate Riemann solver, an implicit time stepping and a MUSCL-type interpolation. The computation of the geometrical parameters required to take into account the movement of the boundaries is descri...

  10. A Crack Identification Method For Beam Type Structures Subject To Moving Vehicle Using Particle Swarm Optimization

    GÖKDAĞ, Hakan

    2013-01-01

    In this work a crack identification method for beam type structures under moving vehicle is proposed. The basic of the method is to formulate damage detection as an inverse problem, and solve for damage locations and extents. To this end, an objective function is defined based on the difference of damaged beam dynamic response and the response calculated by the mathematical model of the beam. The optimization problem is solved through a popular evolutionary algorithm, i.e. the particle swarm ...

  11. Surface states and bulk electronic structure in the candidate type-II Weyl semimetal WTe2

    Bruno, F. Y.; Tamai, A.; Wu, Q. S.; Cucchi, I.; Barreteau, C.; A. de la Torre; Walker, S. McKeown; Riccò, S; Wang, Z.; Kim, T K; Hoesch, M.; Shi, M. (Mimi); Plumb, N. C.; Giannini, E; Soluyanov, A. A.

    2016-01-01

    We report angle-resolved photoemission experiments identifying an arc-like surface state connecting the bulk electron and hole pockets of the candidate type-II Weyl semimetal WTe2. This surface state can be isolated clearly on one of two distinct surface terminations observed experimentally, which we associate with the in-equivalent top and bottom surfaces of the non-centrosymmetric crystal structure. We further use the identification of the two different surfaces to clarify the number of bul...

  12. A Structural Approach to Assessing Innovation: Construct Development of Innovation Locus, Type, and Characteristics

    Hubert Gatignon; Michael L. Tushman; Wendy Smith; Philip Anderson

    2002-01-01

    We take a structural approach to assessing innovation. We develop a comprehensive set of measures to assess an innovation's locus, type, and characteristics. We find that the concepts of competence destroying and competence enhancing are composed of two distinct constructs that, although correlated, separately characterize an innovation: new competence acquisition and competence enhancement/destruction. We develop scales to measure these constructs and show that new competence acquisition and...

  13. Multilocus Sequence Typing Analysis of Staphylococcus lugdunensis Implies a Clonal Population Structure

    Chassain, Benoît; Lemée, Ludovic; Didi, Jennifer; Thiberge, Jean-Michel; Brisse, Sylvain; Pons, Jean-Louis; Pestel-Caron, Martine

    2012-01-01

    Staphylococcus lugdunensis is recognized as one of the major pathogenic species within the genus Staphylococcus, even though it belongs to the coagulase-negative group. A multilocus sequence typing (MLST) scheme was developed to study the genetic relationships and population structure of 87 S. lugdunensis isolates from various clinical and geographic sources by DNA sequence analysis of seven housekeeping genes (aroE, dat, ddl, gmk, ldh, recA, and yqiL). The number of alleles ranged from four ...

  14. The Structure of Parental Involvement and Relations to Disease Management for Youth with Type 1 Diabetes

    Palmer, Debra L.; Osborn, Peter; King, Pamela S.; Berg, Cynthia A.; Butler, Jorie; Butner, Jonathan; Horton, Dwayne; Wiebe, Deborah J.

    2010-01-01

    Objective To test structural models of parental involvement in type 1 diabetes and to examine associations of parental involvement with adherence and metabolic control. Methods Two hundred and fifty-two young adolescents (10–14 years) completed reports of adherence and parents’ involvement: acceptance, independence encouragement, communication, general and diabetes-specific monitoring, frequency of help, and intrusive support. HbA1c values came from medical records. Results A model of relatio...

  15. GP3 is a structural component of the PRRSV type II (US) virion

    Glycoprotein 3 (GP3) is a highly glycosylated PRRSV envelope protein which has been reported as being present in the virions of PRRSV type I, while missing in the type II PRRSV (US) virions. We herein present evidence that GP3 is indeed incorporated in the virus particles of a North American strain of PRRSV (FL12), at a density that is consistent with the minor structural role assigned to GP3 in members of the Arterivirus genus. Two 15aa peptides corresponding to two different immunodominant linear epitopes of GP3 derived from the North American strain of PRRSV (FL12) were used as antigen to generate a rabbit monospecific antiserum to this protein. The specificity of this anti-GP3 antiserum was confirmed by radioimmunoprecipitation (RIP) assay using BHK-21 cells transfected with GP3 expressing plasmid, MARC-145 cells infected with FL12 PRRSV, as well as by confocal microscopy on PRRSV-infected MARC-145 cells. To test if GP3 is a structural component of the virion, 35S-labelled PRRSV virions were pelleted through a 30% sucrose cushion, followed by a second round of purification on a sucrose gradient (20-60%). Virions were detected in specific gradient fractions by radioactive counts and further confirmed by viral infectivity assay in MARC 145 cells. The GP3 was detected in gradient fractions containing purified virions by RIP using anti-GP3 antiserum. Predictably, the GP3 was less abundant in purified virions than other major structural envelope proteins such as GP5 and M. Further evidence of the presence of GP3 at the level of PRRSV FL12 envelope was obtained by immunogold staining of purified virions from the supernatant of infected cells with anti-GP3 antiserum. Taken together, these results indicate that GP3 is a minor structural component of the PRRSV type II (FL12 strain) virion, as had been previously described for PRRSV type I.

  16. How similar is the stellar structure of low-mass late-type galaxies to that of early-type dwarfs?

    Janz, Joachim; Laine, Jarkko; Salo, Heikki; Lisker, Thorsten

    2016-01-01

    We analyse structural decompositions of 500 late-type galaxies (Hubble $T$-type $\\ge 6$) from the Spitzer Survey of Stellar Structure in Galaxies (S$^4$G), spanning a stellar mass range of about $10^7$ to a few times $10^{10}$ M$_\\odot$. Their decomposition parameters are compared with those of the early-type dwarfs in the Virgo cluster from Janz et al. They have morphological similarities, including the fact that the fraction of simple one-component galaxies in both samples increases towards lower galaxy masses. We find that in the late-type two-component galaxies both the inner and outer structures are by a factor of two larger than those in the early-type dwarfs, for the same stellar mass of the component. While dividing the late-type galaxies to low and high density environmental bins, it is noticeable that both the inner and outer components of late types in the high local galaxy density bin are smaller, and lie closer in size to those of the early-type dwarfs. This suggests that, although structural dif...

  17. Community structure and regeneration types of Betula dahurica forest in Badaling forest center of Beijing

    Zhang Yong; Zheng Zhi-hua; Zhang Zhi-xiang

    2007-01-01

    Using plant community analysis methods, we analyzed the floristic characteristics, species composition, community structure, population structure, and spatial distribution patterns of a Betula dahurica forest on the "1238" mountain of Badaling in Beijing, China. The results show that: 1) There are 33 plant species in the B. dahurica community, including 18 woody plant species. The B. dahurica forest is a monodominant community with 75.9% dominance. 2) Based on diameter at breast height (DBH)size class distribution, the population structure of B. dahurica and Acer mono-two heliophyllous and pioneer tree species is cascade-type, with both in an increasing stage. The population structure of Tilia mandshurica and T. mongolica, two shade-tolerant tree species, is inverse-J type, and they have more young seedling individuals and regenerate more stably. They are associated species of the pioneer tree species. The population structure of Quercus mongolica, as the associated species of climax species in the community, is sporadic, and its regeneration is fluctuating and random. Fraxinus rhynchophylla is a shade-tolerant tree species which has a unibar population structure and climax characteristics of pioneer tree species. The relative frequency of young seedlings reached 0.4.3) The dominant species B. dahurica is still in an increasing stage, and the regeneration of other species is steady or partly influences the community, putting the community in the pioneer species stage. From the population structure and distribution frequency ofF. rhynchophylla, the B. dahurica forest will approach to a climax state in the future.

  18. Complex structure of type VI peptidoglycan muramidase effector and a cognate immunity protein

    The structure of the Tse3–Tsi3 complex associated with the bacterial type VI secretion system of P. aeruginosa has been solved and refined at 1.9 Å resolution. The structural basis of the recognition of the muramidase effector and its inactivation by its cognate immunity protein is revealed. The type VI secretion system (T6SS) is a bacterial protein-export machine that is capable of delivering virulence effectors between Gram-negative bacteria. The T6SS of Pseudomonas aeruginosa transports two lytic enzymes, Tse1 and Tse3, to degrade cell-wall peptidoglycan in the periplasm of rival bacteria that are competing for niches via amidase and muramidase activities, respectively. Two cognate immunity proteins, Tsi1 and Tsi3, are produced by the bacterium to inactivate the two antibacterial effectors, thereby protecting its siblings from self-intoxication. Recently, Tse1–Tsi1 has been structurally characterized. Here, the structure of the Tse3–Tsi3 complex is reported at 1.9 Å resolution. The results reveal that Tse3 contains a C-terminal catalytic domain that adopts a soluble lytic transglycosylase (SLT) fold in which three calcium-binding sites were surprisingly observed close to the catalytic Glu residue. The electrostatic properties of the substrate-binding groove are also distinctive from those of known structures with a similar fold. All of these features imply that a unique catalytic mechanism is utilized by Tse3 in cleaving glycosidic bonds. Tsi3 comprises a single domain showing a β-sandwich architecture that is reminiscent of the immunoglobulin fold. Three loops of Tsi3 insert deeply into the groove of Tse3 and completely occlude its active site, which forms the structural basis of Tse3 inactivation. This work is the first crystallographic report describing the three-dimensional structure of the Tse3–Tsi3 effector–immunity pair

  19. Microcrystalline-Silicon-Oxide-Based N-Type Reflector Structure in Micromorph Tandem Solar Cells

    Chiung-Nan Li

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available N-type microcrystalline silicon oxide thin films (n-c-SiO:H have been deposited by VHF-PECVD (40 MHz with reactant gas mixtures of CO2/SiH4 and H2. N-c-SiO thin films exhibiting low refractive index value (n600nm∼2, and medium/high conductivity (≧10−9 S/cm are suitable to be used as an “n-type reflector” in micromorph tandem solar cells. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM results show that microstructures of n-c-SiO:H thin films contain nanocrystalline Si particles, which are randomly embedded in the a-SiO matrix. This specific microstructure provides n-c-SiO:H thin films excellent optoelectronic properties; therefore, n-c-SiO:H thin films are appropriate candidates for “n-type reflector” structures in Si tandem solar cells.

  20. Fine and superfine structure of Decameter-Hectometer type II burst on 2011 June 7

    Dorovskyy, V V; Konovalenko, A A; Brazhenko, A I; Panchenko, M; Poedts, S; Mykhaylov, V A

    2015-01-01

    The characteristics of the type II bursts with herringbone structure observed both by ground based radio telescopes (UTR-2, URAN-2) and spaceborn spectrometers (STEREO A-B) are discussed. The burst was recorded on 7 June, 2011 in the frequency band 3--33~MHz. It was characterized by extremely rich fine structure. The statistical analysis of more than 300 herringbone sub-bursts constituting the burst was performed separately for the positively (reverse) and negatively (forward) drifting sub-bursts. The sense and the degree of circular polarization of the herringbone sub-bursts were measured in the respectively wide frequency band (16--32~MHz). A second order fine frequency structure of the herringbone sub-bursts was firstly observed and processed. Using STEREO COR1 (A,B) and SOHO LASCO C2 images the direction and radial speed of the CME responsible for the studied type II burst were determined. The possible location of the type II burst source on the flank of the shock was found.

  1. Damage identification in beam type structures based on statistical moment using a two step method

    Wang, Dansheng; Xiang, Wei; Zhu, Hongping

    2014-02-01

    This paper defines a novel damage index-strain statistical moment, and formulates the fourth strain statistical moment (FSSM) of beam-type structures under white noise excitation. Based on this newly defined strain statistical moment index and the least square optimization algorithm, a two-step damage identification method is proposed. This two-step method is operated like this: first use the difference curves of FSSMs before and after damage to locate damage elements; then for those identified damage elements, employ the model updating method based on the least square algorithm to assess their damage severity. Numerical studies on a simply supported beam and a two-span continuous beam are performed and the study results show that the newly defined index is effective to locate damages, even when the noise intensity is as high as 15 percent. Integrating with the least square-based model updating technique, the damage severities of beam-type structures can also be determined quantitatively. In this way, the proposed two-step method is verified and found to be capable of identifying damage positions and severities of beam-type structures and insensitive to measurement noise.

  2. Decomposition of Spinel-Type Nickel Chromium Indium Sulfides—X-Ray Powder Structure Determination

    Lutz, H. D.; Kringe, Ch.; Mohn, K.; Stingl, Th.

    1998-03-01

    The phase diagram of the quaternary system NiCr 2S 4-NiIn 2S 4-Cr 2S 3-In 2S 3has been studied at 873 and 1223 K by X-ray powder structure determination of quenched samples. At high temperatures, spinel-type Ni y(Cr 2-2 xIn 2 x) 1- yS 3-2 ysolid solutions are formed in a large range of composition ( y: 0-0.5, x: 0.3-1). At temperatures below 1183 K, these solid solutions decompose to Cr-rich and In-rich spinel-type sulfides, whereby nickel is enriched in the Cr-rich compounds. The decomposition of the spinel-type sulfides is greatly retarded, even at temperatures about 900 K, due to both thermodynamic and kinetic reasons. The cation distribution established corresponds to a site preference as Cr 3+>Ni 2+>In 3+at the octahedral 16d site and □ (vacancies)>In 3+>Ni 2+at the tetrahedral 8a site of the spinel structure. The metal-sulfur distances of the solid solutions refined are compared with those calculated from characteristic metal-sulfur distances in close-packed structures, taking into account the site occupation established. For the respective indium-sulfur distances, the following improved values are recommended: In tet-S=247.1 pm; In oct-S=260.6 pm.

  3. Excitonic transitions in highly efficient (GaIn)As/Ga(AsSb) type-II quantum-well structures

    The excitonic transitions of the type-II (GaIn)As/Ga(AsSb) gain medium of a “W”-laser structure are characterized experimentally by modulation spectroscopy and analyzed using microscopic quantum theory. On the basis of the very good agreement between the measured and calculated photoreflectivity, the type-I or type-II character of the observable excitonic transitions is identified. Whereas the energetically lowest three transitions exhibit type-II character, the subsequent energetically higher transitions possess type-I character with much stronger dipole moments. Despite the type-II character, the quantum-well structure exhibits a bright luminescence

  4. Structural and Morphometric Comparison of Lower Incisors in PACAP-Deficient and Wild-Type Mice.

    Sandor, B; Fintor, K; Reglodi, D; Fulop, D B; Helyes, Z; Szanto, I; Nagy, P; Hashimoto, H; Tamas, A

    2016-06-01

    Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a neuropeptide with widespread distribution. PACAP plays an important role in the development of the nervous system, it has a trophic and protective effect, and it is also implicated in the regulation of various physiological functions. Teeth are originated from the mesenchyme of the neural crest and the ectoderm of the first branchial arch, suggesting similarities with the development of the nervous system. Earlier PACAP-immunoreactive fibers have been found in the odontoblastic and subodontoblastic layers of the dental pulp. Our previous examinations have shown that PACAP deficiency causes alterations in the morphology and structure of the developing molars of 7-day-old mice. In our present study, morphometric and structural comparison was performed on the incisors of 1-year-old wild-type and PACAP-deficient mice. Hard tissue density measurements and morphometric comparison were carried out on the mandibles and the lower incisors with micro-CT. For structural examination, Raman microscopy was applied on frontal thin sections of the mandible. With micro-CT morphometrical measurements, the size of the incisors and the relative volume of the pulp to dentin were significantly smaller in the PACAP-deficient group compared to the wild-type animals. The density of calcium hydroxyapatite in the dentin was reduced in the PACAP-deficient mice. No structural differences could be observed in the enamel with Raman microscopy. Significant differences were found in the dentin of PACAP-deficient mice with Raman microscopy, where increased carbonate/phosphate ratio indicates higher intracrystalline disordering. The evaluation of amide III bands in the dentin revealed higher structural diversity in wild-type mice. Based upon our present and previous results, it is obvious that PACAP plays an important role in tooth development with the regulation of morphogenesis, dentin, and enamel mineralization. Further studies are

  5. Molecular dynamics studies on the structural stability of wild-type dog prion protein.

    Zhang, Jiapu; Liu, David D W

    2011-06-01

    Prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseases, Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome, Fatal Familial Insomnia, Kuru in humans, scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (or 'mad-cow' disease) and chronic wasting disease in cattle are invariably fatal and highly infectious neurodegenerative diseases affecting humans and animals. However, by now there have not been some effective therapeutic approaches to treat all these prion diseases. In 2008, canine mammals including dogs (canis familials) were the first time academically reported to be resistant to prion diseases (Vaccine 26: 2601-2614 (2008)). Thus, it is very worth studying the molecular structures of dog prion protein to obtain insights into the immunity of dogs to prion diseases. This paper studies the molecular structural dynamics of wild-type dog prion protein. The comparison analyses with rabbit prion protein show that the dog prion protein has stable molecular structures whether under neutral or low pH environments. We also find that the salt bridges such as D177-R163 contribute to the structural stability of wild-type rabbit prion protein under neutral pH environment. PMID:21469747

  6. Rh3B2-x, new structure type of binary borides with triclinic symmetry

    New binary compound Rh3B2-x, x=0.167 crystallizing with its own structure type has been observed from the as cast alloys. The compound has a limited thermal stability range: it was found to decompose after annealing at 800oC for 20 days. The crystal structure was investigated by X-ray diffraction from two single crystals using different techniques: CAD-4 automatic diffractometer, a=5.470(2), b=6.816(3), c=9.068(4), α=110.74(3), β=94.81(3), γ=90.44(2), 107 refined parameters, R1=0.0418, wR2=0.1087 for 1223 reflections with I>2σ(Io), and BRUKER SMART AXS, a=5.483(4), b=6.818(6), c=9.072 (7), a=110.78(1), b=94.73(1), g=90.46(1), 107 refined parameters, R1=0.0401, wR2=0.0959 for 943 reflections with I>2σ(Io). The Rh3B2-x, structure (space group P1-bar , Pearson symbol aP30-1) is the first representative of structures with triclinic symmetry among binary borides and contains three different types of boron-boron aggregation: isolated boron atoms, B-B pairs and B6 chain fragments

  7. Mushroom-type structures with the wires connected through diodes: Theory and applications

    Forouzmand, Ali; Kaipa, Chandra S. R.; Yakovlev, Alexander B.

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, we establish a general formalism to quantify the interaction of electromagnetic waves with mushroom-type structures (high impedance surface and bi-layer) with diodes inserted along the direction of the wires. The analysis is carried out using the nonlocal homogenization model for the mushroom structure with the generalized additional boundary conditions at the connection of the wires to diodes. We calculate numerically the magnitude and phase of the reflected/transmitted fields in the presence of an ideal and realistic PIN diodes. It is observed that the reflection/transmission characteristics of the mushroom-type structures can be controlled by tuning the working states of the integrated PIN diodes. We realize a structure with a multi-diode switch to minimize the undesired transmission for a particular incident angle. In addition, a dual-band subwavelength imaging lens is designed based on the resonant amplification of evanescent waves, wherein the operating frequency can be tuned by changing the states of the PIN diodes. The analytical results are verified with the full-wave electromagnetic solver CST Microwave Studio, showing a good agreement.

  8. Sloshing and fluid-structure interaction in a 400-MWe pool-type advanced fast reactor

    This paper describes the seismic analysis of a 400-MWe advanced fast reactor under 0.3 g SSE ground excitation. Two types of analyses are performed - the sloshing analysis and the fluid-structure interaction analysis. In the sloshing analysis, the sloshing frequency and wave patterns are calculated. The maximum wave height and the sloshing forces exerted on the submerged components and the primary tank are evaluated. In the fluid-structure interaction analysis, the maximum horizontal acceleration for the reactor core and the relative displacement between the reactor core and UIS are examined. The fluid-coupling phenomena between various components are investigated. Seismic stresses at critical areas are examined. The results obtained from this study are very useful to the design of the advanced reactors. Meanwhile, the computer code FLUSTR-ANL has proved to be a useful analytical tool for assessing the complicated seismic fluid-structure interactions and sloshing in the fast reactor systems. 10 refs., 25 figs

  9. Superconductivity in layered ZrP2-x Se x with PbFCl-type structure

    Ishida, Shigeyuki; Fujihisa, Hiroshi; Hase, Izumi; Yanagi, Yousuke; Kawashima, Kenji; Oka, Kunihiko; Gotoh, Yoshito; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki; Iyo, Akira; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Kito, Hijiri

    2016-05-01

    We performed a systematic study of the crystal structure, physical properties, and electronic structure of PbFCl-type ZrP2-x Se x (0.3 ≤ x ≤ 0.9). We successfully synthesized single-phase polycrystalline samples for the Se substitution range of 0.4 ≤ x ≤ 0.8. The crystal structure of the compound is characterized by the alternate stacking of a two-dimensional P square net and a Zr-(P1-x Se x ) network. ZrP2-x Se x exhibits a dome-like superconductivity phase diagram and has a maximum superconducting transition temperature (T c) of 6.3 K for x ≈ 0.6. Resistivity and Hall measurements indicated that electron-phonon scattering plays a dominant role and that electron-type carriers dominate charge transport. Specific heat measurements confirmed that ZrP2-x Se x exhibits bulk superconductivity. Further, the value of the specific heat jump at T c (ΔC/γT c ≈ 1.35) is in keeping with the BCS weak-coupling model. These facts suggest a rather conventional pairing mechanism in ZrP2-x Se x . The x dependence of T c can be explained on the basis of the density of states (DOS) for x ≤ 0.7, whereas the decrease in T c with an increase in the DOS for x = 0.8 needs further investigation. One possible reason for the suppression of superconductivity is that the PbFCl-type structure becomes unstable for x ≥ 0.8. The results of electronic structure calculations agree reasonably well with those of the experimental observations, suggesting that the Zrd band plays a primary role in determining the physical properties. Further, the calculations predict a significant change in the Fermi-surface topology for x ≥ 0.8 this is a probable reason for the decrease in T c as well as the instability of the PbFCl-type structure.

  10. Synthesis and crystal structures of C24-epimeric 20(R)-ocotillol-type saponins.

    Xu, Yang Rong; Yang, Jing Jing; Liu, Juan; Hou, Gui Ge; Meng, Qing Guo

    2016-06-01

    Ocotillol-type saponins have a wide spectrum of biological activities. Previous studies indicated that the configuration at the C24 position may be responsible for their stereoselectivity in pharmacological action and pharmacokinetics. Natural ocotillol-type saponins share a 20(S)-form but it has been found that the 20(R)-stereoisomers have different pharmacological effects. The semisynthesis of 20(R)-ocotillol-type saponins has not been reported and it is therefore worthwhile clarifying their crystal structures. Two C24 epimeric 20(R)-ocotillol-type saponins, namely (20R,24S)-20,24-epoxydammarane-3β,12β,25-triol, C30H52O4, (III), and (20R,24R)-20,24-epoxydammarane-3β,12β,25-triol monohydrate, C30H52O4·H2O, (IV), were synthesized, and their structures were elucidated by spectral studies and finally confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The (Me)C-O-C-C(OH) torsion angle of (III) is 146.41 (14)°, whereas the corresponding torsion angle of (IV) is -146.4 (7)°, indicating a different conformation at the C24 position. The crystal stacking in (III) generates an R4(4)(8) motif, through which the molecules are linked into a one-dimensional double chain. The chains are linked via nonclassical C-H...O hydrogen bonds into a two-dimensional network, and further stacked into a three-dimensional structure. In contrast to (III), epimer (IV) crystallizes as a hydrate, in which the water molecules act as hydrogen-bond donors linking one-dimensional chains into a two-dimensional network through intermolecular O-H...O hydrogen bonds. The hydrogen-bonded chains extend helically along the crystallographic a axis and generate a C4(4)(8) motif. PMID:27256698

  11. Structure and age-dependent development of the turkey liver: a comparative study of a highly selected meat-type and a wild-type turkey line.

    Hünigen, Hana; Mainzer, Kathleen; Hirschberg, Ruth M; Custodis, Pia; Gemeinhardt, Ole; Al Masri, Salah; Richardson, Kenneth C; Hafez, Hafez Mohamed; Plendl, Johanna

    2016-04-01

    In this study the macroscopic and microscopic structure of the liver of a fast growing, meat-type turkey line (British United turkeys BUT Big 6, n=25) and a wild-type turkey line (Wild Canadian turkey, n=48) were compared at the age of 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20 wk. Because the growth plates of long bones were still detectable in the 20-week-old wild-type turkeys, indicating immaturity, a group of 8 wild-type turkeys at the age of 24 wk was included in the original scope of the study. Over the term of the study, the body and liver weights of birds from the meat-type turkey line increased at a faster rate than those of the wild-type turkey line. However, the relative liver weight of the meat-type turkeys declined (from 2.7 to 0.9%) to a greater extent than that of the wild-type turkeys (from 2.8 to 1.9%), suggesting a mismatch in development between muscle weights and liver weights of the meat-type turkeys. Signs of high levels of fat storage in the liver were detected in both lines but were greater in the wild-type turkey line, suggesting a better feed conversion by the extreme-genotype birds i.e., meat-type birds. For the first time, this study presents morphologic data on the structure and arrangement of the lymphatic tissue within the healthy turkey liver, describing two different types of lymphatic aggregations within the liver parenchyma, i.e., aggregations with and without fibrous capsules. Despite differences during development, both adult meat-type and adult wild-type turkeys had similar numbers of lymphatic aggregations. PMID:26908884

  12. Cybernetic preductoon of AB2Ge2 composition germanides with ThCr2Si2 type crystal structure

    The prediction of AB2Ge2 composition ternary compounds with a crystalline structure of the ThCr2Si2 type has been accomplished using the training computer. The predicting table fragment containing the greatest number of forcasted phases has been given. General regularities of formation of compounds with the ThCr2Si2 type crystalline structure have been discussed

  13. Thermoelectric properties and micro-structure characteristics of annealed N-type bismuth telluride thin film

    N-type bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) thermoelectric thin films were deposited by co-sputtering simple substance Te and Bi targets. The deposited films were annealed under various temperatures. The composition ratio, micro-structure and thermoelectric properties of the prepared films were systematically investigated by energy dispersive spectrometer, X-ray diffraction, four-probe method and Seebeck coefficient measurement system. When the annealing temperature is 400 °C, the stoichiometric N-type Bi2Te3 film is achieved, which has a maximum thermoelectric power factor of 0.821 × 10−3 W m−1 K−2. Furthermore, the dependence of Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and power factor of the stoichiometric N-type Bi2Te3 film annealed at film 400 °C on the applied temperature ranging from 25 °C to 315 °C was investigated. The results show that a highest power factor of 3.288 × 10−3 W m−1 K−2 is obtained at the applied temperature of 275 °C. The structural and thermoelectric properties of the deposited bismuth telluride thin films are greatly improved by annealing and the Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and power factor increase with the applied temperature rising, which are helpful and could be guidance for preparing the high-performance thin film thermoelectric materials for thermoelectric application.

  14. Structure of the Type IVa Major Pilin from the Electrically Conductive Bacterial Nanowires of Geobacter sulfurreducens

    Reardon, Patrick N.; Mueller, Karl T.

    2013-10-11

    Several species of bacteria are capable of reducing insoluble metal oxides as well as other extracellular electron acceptors. These bacteria play a critical role in the cycling of minerals in subsurface environments, sediments, and groundwater. In some species of bacteria, such as Geobacter sulfurreducens, the transport of electrons is facilitated by filamentous fibers that are referred to as bacterial nanowires. These nanowires belong to the type IVa family of pilin proteins and are mainly comprised of one subunit protein, PilA. Here, we report the high resolution solution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) structure of the PilA protein from G. sulfurreducens determined in detergent micelles. The protein is over 85% α-helical and exhibits similar architecture to the N-terminal regions of other non-conductive type IVa pilins. The detergent micelle interacts with the first 21 amino acids of the protein, indicating that this region likely associates with the bacterial inner membrane prior to fiber formation. A model of the G. sulfurreducens pilus fiber is proposed based on docking of this structure into the fiber model of the type IVa pilin from Neisseria gonorrhoeae. This model provides insight into the organization of aromatic amino acids that are important for electrical conduction.

  15. Spectral structures and their generation mechanisms for solar radio type-I bursts

    The fine spectral structures of solar radio type-I bursts were observed by the solar radio telescope AMATERAS. The spectral characteristics, such as the peak flux, duration, and bandwidth, of the individual burst elements were satisfactorily detected by the highly resolved spectral data of AMATERAS with the burst detection algorithm that is improved in this study. The peak flux of the type-I bursts followed a power-law distribution with a spectral index of 2.9-3.3, whereas their duration and bandwidth were distributed more exponentially. There were almost no correlations between the peak flux, duration, and bandwidth. That means there was no similarity in the shapes of the burst spectral structures. We defined the growth rate of a burst as the ratio between its peak flux and duration. There was a strong correlation between the growth rate and peak flux. These results suggest that the free energy of type-I bursts that is originally generated by nonthermal electrons is modulated in the subsequent stages of the generation of nonthermal electrons, such as plasma wave generation, radio wave emissions, and propagation. The variation of the timescale of the growth rate is significantly larger than that of the coronal environments. These results can be explained by the situation wherein the source region may have the inhomogeneity of an ambient plasma environment, such as the boundary of open and closed field lines, and the superposition of entire emitted bursts was observed by the spectrometer.

  16. Physcomitrella HMGA-type proteins display structural differences compared to their higher plant counterparts

    High mobility group (HMG) proteins of the HMGA family are chromatin-associated proteins that act as architectural factors in nucleoprotein structures involved in gene transcription. To date, HMGA-type proteins have been studied in various higher plant species, but not in lower plants. We have identified two HMGA-type proteins, HMGA1 and HMGA2, encoded in the genome of the moss model Physcomitrella patens. Compared to higher plant HMGA proteins, the two Physcomitrella proteins display some structural differences. Thus, the moss HMGA proteins have six (rather than four) AT-hook DNA-binding motifs and their N-terminal domain lacks similarity to linker histone H1. HMGA2 is expressed in moss protonema and it localises to the cell nucleus. Typical of HMGA proteins, HMGA2 interacts preferentially with A/T-rich DNA, when compared with G/C-rich DNA. In cotransformation assays in Physcomitrella protoplasts, HMGA2 stimulated reporter gene expression. In summary, our data show that functional HMGA-type proteins occur in Physcomitrella

  17. The spectra of type IIB flux compactifications at large complex structure

    Brodie, Callum; Marsh, M. C. David

    2016-01-01

    We compute the spectra of the Hessian matrix, H, and the matrix M that governs the critical point equation of the low-energy effective supergravity, as a function of the complex structure and axio-dilaton moduli space in type IIB flux compactifications at large complex structure. We find both spectra analytically in an h - 1,2 + 3 real-dimensional subspace of the moduli space, and show that they exhibit a universal structure with highly degenerate eigenvalues, independently of the choice of flux, the details of the compactification geometry, and the number of complex structure moduli. In this subspace, the spectrum of the Hessian matrix contains no tachyons, but there are also no critical points. We show numerically that the spectra of H and M remain highly peaked over a large fraction of the sampled moduli space of explicit Calabi-Yau compactifications with 2 to 5 complex structure moduli. In these models, the scale of the supersymmetric contribution to the scalar masses is strongly linearly correlated with the value of the superpotential over almost the entire moduli space, with particularly strong correlations arising for g s string theory landscape.

  18. The Spectra of Type IIB Flux Compactifications at Large Complex Structure

    Brodie, Callum

    2015-01-01

    We compute the spectra of the Hessian matrix, ${\\cal H}$, and the matrix ${\\cal M}$ that governs the critical point equation of the low-energy effective supergravity, as a function of the complex structure and axio-dilaton moduli space in type IIB flux compactifications at large complex structure. We find both spectra analytically in an $h^{1,2}_-+3$ real-dimensional subspace of the moduli space, and show that they exhibit a universal structure with highly degenerate eigenvalues, independently of the choice of flux, the details of the compactification geometry, and the number of complex structure moduli. In this subspace, the spectrum of the Hessian matrix contains no tachyons, but there are also no critical points. We show numerically that the spectra of ${\\cal H}$ and ${\\cal M}$ remain highly peaked over a large fraction of the sampled moduli space of explicit Calabi-Yau compactifications with 2 to 5 complex structure moduli. In these models, the scale of the supersymmetric contribution to the scalar masses...

  19. Structural and bioinformatic characterization of an Acinetobacter baumannii type II carrier protein

    The high-resolution crystal structure of a free-standing carrier protein from Acinetobacter baumannii that belongs to a larger NRPS-containing operon, encoded by the ABBFA-003406–ABBFA-003399 genes of A. baumannii strain AB307-0294, that has been implicated in A. baumannii motility, quorum sensing and biofilm formation, is presented. Microorganisms produce a variety of natural products via secondary metabolic biosynthetic pathways. Two of these types of synthetic systems, the nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs) and polyketide synthases (PKSs), use large modular enzymes containing multiple catalytic domains in a single protein. These multidomain enzymes use an integrated carrier protein domain to transport the growing, covalently bound natural product to the neighboring catalytic domains for each step in the synthesis. Interestingly, some PKS and NRPS clusters contain free-standing domains that interact intermolecularly with other proteins. Being expressed outside the architecture of a multi-domain protein, these so-called type II proteins present challenges to understand the precise role they play. Additional structures of individual and multi-domain components of the NRPS enzymes will therefore provide a better understanding of the features that govern the domain interactions in these interesting enzyme systems. The high-resolution crystal structure of a free-standing carrier protein from Acinetobacter baumannii that belongs to a larger NRPS-containing operon, encoded by the ABBFA-003406–ABBFA-003399 genes of A. baumannii strain AB307-0294, that has been implicated in A. baumannii motility, quorum sensing and biofilm formation, is presented here. Comparison with the closest structural homologs of other carrier proteins identifies the requirements for a conserved glycine residue and additional important sequence and structural requirements within the regions that interact with partner proteins

  20. Structural and bioinformatic characterization of an Acinetobacter baumannii type II carrier protein

    Allen, C. Leigh; Gulick, Andrew M., E-mail: gulick@hwi.buffalo.edu [University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14203 (United States)

    2014-06-01

    The high-resolution crystal structure of a free-standing carrier protein from Acinetobacter baumannii that belongs to a larger NRPS-containing operon, encoded by the ABBFA-003406–ABBFA-003399 genes of A. baumannii strain AB307-0294, that has been implicated in A. baumannii motility, quorum sensing and biofilm formation, is presented. Microorganisms produce a variety of natural products via secondary metabolic biosynthetic pathways. Two of these types of synthetic systems, the nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs) and polyketide synthases (PKSs), use large modular enzymes containing multiple catalytic domains in a single protein. These multidomain enzymes use an integrated carrier protein domain to transport the growing, covalently bound natural product to the neighboring catalytic domains for each step in the synthesis. Interestingly, some PKS and NRPS clusters contain free-standing domains that interact intermolecularly with other proteins. Being expressed outside the architecture of a multi-domain protein, these so-called type II proteins present challenges to understand the precise role they play. Additional structures of individual and multi-domain components of the NRPS enzymes will therefore provide a better understanding of the features that govern the domain interactions in these interesting enzyme systems. The high-resolution crystal structure of a free-standing carrier protein from Acinetobacter baumannii that belongs to a larger NRPS-containing operon, encoded by the ABBFA-003406–ABBFA-003399 genes of A. baumannii strain AB307-0294, that has been implicated in A. baumannii motility, quorum sensing and biofilm formation, is presented here. Comparison with the closest structural homologs of other carrier proteins identifies the requirements for a conserved glycine residue and additional important sequence and structural requirements within the regions that interact with partner proteins.

  1. Crystal structure of a novel cysteinless plant Kunitz-type protease inhibitor

    Bauhinia bauhinioides Cruzipain Inhibitor (BbCI) is a cysteine protease inhibitor highly homologous to plant Kunitz-type inhibitors. However, in contrast to classical Kunitz family inhibitors it lacks cysteine residues and therefore disulfide bridges. BbCI is also distinct in the ability to inactivate enzymes belonging to two different classes, cysteine and serine proteases. Besides inhibiting the cysteine protease cruzipain, BbCI also inhibits cathepsin L and the serine proteases HNE (human neutrophil elastase) and PPE (porcine pancreatic elastase). Monoclinic crystals of the recombinant inhibitor that diffract to 1.7 A resolution were obtained using hanging drop method by vapor diffusion at 18 oC. The refined structure shows the conservative β-trefoil fold features of the Kunitz inhibitors. In BbCI, one of the two characteristic S-S bonds is replaced by the water-mediated interaction between Tyr125 and Gly132. In this work we explore the structural differences between Kunitz-type inhibitors and analyze the essential interactions that maintain the protein structural stability preserving its biological function

  2. Prediction algorithm for amino acid types with their secondary structure in proteins (PLATON) using chemical shifts

    Labudde, D.; Leitner, D.; Krueger, M.; Oschkinat, H. [Forschungsinstitut fuer Molekulare Pharmakologie (Germany)], E-mail: oschkinat@fmp-berlin.de

    2003-01-15

    The algorithm PLATON is able to assign sets of chemical shifts derived from a single residue to amino acid types with its secondary structure (amino acid species). A subsequent ranking procedure using optionally two different penalty functions yields predictions for possible amino acid species for the given set of chemical shifts. This was demonstrated in the case of the {alpha}-spectrin SH3 domain and applied to 9 further protein data sets taken from the BioMagRes database. A database consisting of reference chemical shift patterns (reference CSPs) was generated from assigned chemical shifts of proteins with known 3D-structure. This reference CSP database is used in our approach for extracting distributions of amino acid types with their most likely secondary structure elements (namely {alpha}-helix, {beta}-sheet, and coil) for single amino acids by comparison with query CSPs. Results obtained for the 10 investigated proteins indicates that the percentage of correct amino acid species in the first three positions in the ranking list, ranges from 71.4% to 93.2% for the more favorable penalty function. Where only the top result of the ranking list for these 10 proteins is considered, 36.5% to 83.1% of the amino acid species are correctly predicted. The main advantage of our approach, over other methods that rely on average chemical shift values is the ability to increase database content by incorporating newly derived CSPs, and therefore to improve PLATON's performance over time.

  3. From Proteomics to Structural Studies of Cytosolic/Mitochondrial-Type Thioredoxin Systems in Barley Seeds

    Azar Shahpiri; Birte Svensson; Christine Finnie

    2009-01-01

    Thioredoxins (Trx) are ubiquitous proteins that participate in thiol disulfide reactions via two active site cysteine residues,allowing Trx to reduce disulfide bonds in target proteins.Recent progress in proteome analysis has resulted in identification of a wide range of potential target proteins for Trx,indicating that Trx plays a key role in several aspects of cell metabolism.In contrast to other organisms,plants contain multiple forms of Trx that are classified based on their primary structures and sub-cellular localization.The reduction of cytosolic and mitochondrial types of Trx is dependenl on NADPH and catalyzed by NADPH-dependent thioredoxin reductase (NTR).In barley,two isoforms each of Trx and NTR have been identified and investigated using proteomics,gene expression,and structural studies.This review outlines the diverse roles suggested for cytosolic/mitochondrial-type Trx systems in cereal seeds and summarizes the current knowl-edge of the barley system including recent data on function,regulation,interactions,and structure.Directions for future research are discussed.

  4. Prediction algorithm for amino acid types with their secondary structure in proteins (PLATON) using chemical shifts

    The algorithm PLATON is able to assign sets of chemical shifts derived from a single residue to amino acid types with its secondary structure (amino acid species). A subsequent ranking procedure using optionally two different penalty functions yields predictions for possible amino acid species for the given set of chemical shifts. This was demonstrated in the case of the α-spectrin SH3 domain and applied to 9 further protein data sets taken from the BioMagRes database. A database consisting of reference chemical shift patterns (reference CSPs) was generated from assigned chemical shifts of proteins with known 3D-structure. This reference CSP database is used in our approach for extracting distributions of amino acid types with their most likely secondary structure elements (namely α-helix, β-sheet, and coil) for single amino acids by comparison with query CSPs. Results obtained for the 10 investigated proteins indicates that the percentage of correct amino acid species in the first three positions in the ranking list, ranges from 71.4% to 93.2% for the more favorable penalty function. Where only the top result of the ranking list for these 10 proteins is considered, 36.5% to 83.1% of the amino acid species are correctly predicted. The main advantage of our approach, over other methods that rely on average chemical shift values is the ability to increase database content by incorporating newly derived CSPs, and therefore to improve PLATON's performance over time

  5. Dynamical structure of solar radio burst type III as evidence of energy of solar flares

    Hamidi, Zety Sharizat Binti

    2013-11-01

    Observations of low frequency solar type III radio bursts associated with the ejection of plasma oscillations localized disturbance is due to excitation atoms in the plasma frequency incoherent radiations play a dominant role at the meter and decimeter wavelengths. Here, we report the results of the dynamical structure of solar flare type III that occurred on 9th March 2012 at National Space Centre, Sg Lang, Selangor, Malaysia by using the CALLISTO system. These bursts are associated with solar flare type M6 which suddenly ejected in the active region AR 1429 starting at 03:32 UT and ending at 05:00 UT with the peak at 04:12 UT. The observation showed an initial strong burst occurred due to strong signal at the beginning of the phase. We also found that both solar burst and flares tend to be a numerous on the same day and probability of chance coincidence is high. It is clearly seen that an impulsive lace burst was detected at 4:24 UT and it is more plausible that the energies are confined to the top of the loop when we compared with X-ray results. Associated with this event was type II with velocities 1285 km/s and type IV radio sweeps along with a full halo Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) first seen in SOHO/LASCO C2 imagery at 09/0426 Z. We concluded that the significance of study solar burst type III lies in the fact that the emission at decimetric wavelength comes from the role of magnetic field in active region that may provide the key to the energy release mechanism in a flare.

  6. Numerical analysis of the discharge structures in non-equilibrium disk type MHD generator

    Discharge structures in the channel of a non-equilibrium disk type MHD generator have been studied by two-dimensional dynamic numerical analysis. (1) In the disk type Hall generator, discharge in the channel is non-uniform due to plasma ionization instability. (2) At low magnetic inductions, the discharge is non-uniform due to incomplete plasma seed ionization. At high magnetic inductions, it becomes uniform due to the complete seed ionization. (3) As compared with the linear channel Faraday generator, the disk channel Hall generator with internally short-circuited Faraday current is capable of high-efficiency plasma heating and so of suppressing the plasma ionization instability at low magnetic induction. (4) With decrease of the load resistance, the electron temperature lowers and also the electron density. (Mori, K.)

  7. ETUDE ET MODELISATION DU COMPORTEMENT ELASTIQUE D'UNE STRUCTURE SANDWICH DE TYPE CARTON ONDULE

    Allaoui, S.; Aboura, Z.; Benzeggagh, M.L.

    2003-01-01

    Le but de cette étude est de déterminer les propriétés homogénéisées d'une structure sandwich de type carton ondulé. La démarche adoptée est double. Elle aborde le problème d'une part, d'un point de vue expérimental en mettent au point une procédure adaptée à ce type de matériaux. Et d'autre part, elle établit un modèle analytique capable de prédire les propriétés élastiques dans le plan en fonction des paramètres structuraux. Les résultats obtenus corrélés à l'expérience ont donné satisfacti...

  8. Structure and mechanism of Zn2+-transporting P-type ATPases

    Wang, Kaituo; Sitsel, Oleg; Meloni, Gabriele; Autzen, Henriette Elisabeth; Andersson, Magnus; Klymchuk, Tetyana; Nielsen, Anna Marie; Rees, Douglas C; Nissen, Poul; Gourdon, Pontus

    2014-01-01

    , respectively. The structures reveal a similar fold to Cu+-ATPases, with an amphipathic helix at the membrane interface. A conserved electronegative funnel connects this region to the intramembranous high-affinity ion-binding site and may promote specific uptake of cellular Zn2+ ions by the transporter. The E2P...... extracellular release pathway that resemble PII-type ATPases such as the sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase4, 5 (SERCA) and Na+, K+-ATPase6. These findings considerably increase our understanding of zinc transport in cells and represent new possibilities for biotechnology and biomedicine.......Zinc is an essential micronutrient for all living organisms. It is required for signalling and proper functioning of a range of proteins involved in, for example, DNA binding and enzymatic catalysis1. In prokaryotes and photosynthetic eukaryotes, Zn2+-transporting P-type ATPases of class IB (Znt...

  9. Structural Characterization of Lignin in Wild-type versus COMT Down-regulated Switchgrass

    ArthurRagauskas

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study examined the chemical structural characteristics of cellulolytic enzyme lignin isolated from switchgrass focusing on comparisons between wild-type control and caffeic acid 3-O-methyltransferase (COMT down-regulated transgenic line. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR techniques including 13C, 31P, and two-dimensional 13C-1H heteronuclear single quantum coherence (HSQC as well as gel permeation chromatography (GPC were employed. Compared to the wild-type, the COMT down-regulated transgenic switchgrass lignin demonstrated a decrease in syringyl (S: guaiacyl (G ratio and p-coumarate:ferulate ratio, an increase in relative abundance of phenylcoumaran unit, and a comparable content of total free phenolic OH groups along with formation of benzodioxane unit. In addition, COMT down-regulation had no significant effects on the lignin molecular weights during its biosynthesis process.

  10. Function and Evolutionary Origin of Unicellular Camera-Type Eye Structure

    Hayakawa, Shiho

    2015-03-03

    The ocelloid is an extraordinary eyespot organelle found only in the dinoflagellate family Warnowiaceae. It contains retina- and lens-like structures called the retinal body and the hyalosome. The ocelloid has been an evolutionary enigma because of its remarkable resemblance to the multicellular camera-type eye. To determine if the ocelloid is functionally photoreceptive, we investigated the warnowiid dinoflagellate Erythropsidinium. Here, we show that the morphology of the retinal body changed depending on different illumination conditions and the hyalosome manifests the refractile nature. Identifying a rhodopsin gene fragment in Erythropsidinium ESTs that is expressed in the retinal body by in situ hybridization, we also show that ocelloids are actually light sensitive photoreceptors. The rhodopsin gene identified is most closely related to bacterial rhodopsins. Taken together, we suggest that the ocelloid is an intracellular camera-type eye, which might be originated from endosymbiotic origin. © 2015 Hayakawa et al.

  11. Mechanical adaptability of the Bouligand-type structure in natural dermal armour.

    Zimmermann, Elizabeth A; Gludovatz, Bernd; Schaible, Eric; Dave, Neil K N; Yang, Wen; Meyers, Marc A; Ritchie, Robert O

    2013-01-01

    Arapaima gigas, a fresh water fish found in the Amazon Basin, resist predation by piranhas through the strength and toughness of their scales, which act as natural dermal armour. Arapaima scales consist of a hard, mineralized outer shell surrounding a more ductile core. This core region is composed of aligned mineralized collagen fibrils arranged in distinct lamellae. Here we show how the Bouligand-type (twisted plywood) arrangement of collagen fibril lamellae has a key role in developing their unique protective properties, by using in situ synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering during mechanical tensile tests to observe deformation mechanisms in the fibrils. Specifically, the Bouligand-type structure allows the lamellae to reorient in response to the loading environment; remarkably, most lamellae reorient towards the tensile axis and deform in tension through stretching/sliding mechanisms, whereas other lamellae sympathetically rotate away from the tensile axis and compress, thereby enhancing the scale's ductility and toughness to prevent fracture. PMID:24129554

  12. Local equivalent welding element to predict the welding deformations of plate-type structures

    2008-01-01

    Considering the Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) of welding joint, the residual strain be-haviors of material under constraint and temperature circulation, as well as the activating mechanism of welding process, this paper addresses a new type welding element for numerical simulation of welding deformation, which is called the LEWE (the local equivalent welding element). This element can describe the basic char-acteristics of welded seam: the local position points of inherent strain, the equiva-lent size, the bending radius (or bending angle) from inherent strain, etc. It could be used to predict the welding deformation of plate-type structure. The comparisons between the computed deflection of welded plate and its experiment measurement are present. The results showed that the LEWE possesses a potential to simulate the deformation of welding process high-efficiently and precisely.

  13. Structural and magnetic Properties of TbZn-substituted calcium barium M-type nano-structured hexa-ferrites

    Highlights: • Tb–Zn substituted Ca0.5Ba0.5Fe12O19 samples exhibit single magnetoplumbite phase. • Lattice parameters a and c have increasing values. • Coercivity can be tuned at lower substitution level • Crystallites size was found in the range 18–25 nm by TEM and by Scherrer formula. • These hexa-ferrites are suitable for microwave devices and magnetic recording media. -- Abstract: Effect of TbZn substitution on the structural and magnetic properties of Ca0.5Ba0.5−xTbxZnyFe12−yO19, (x = 0.00–0.10; y = 0.00–1.00) ferrites prepared by sol–gel auto combustion is reported. The synthesized samples were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Vibrating Sample magnetometery. The X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed single phase M-type hexa-ferrite structure. The lattice parameters were found to increase as TbZn contents increases, which is attributed to the ionic sizes of the implicated cations. The TbZn seems to be completely soluble in the lattice. The results of scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy shows that the grain size decreases with increase of TbZn substitution. The coercivity values (1277–2025 Oe) of all samples lies in the range of M-type hexa-ferrite and indicate that an increase of anisotropy was achieved by substitution of TbZn, while the size of nanoparticles was drastically reduced between 18 and 25 nm. The increased anisotropy and fine particle size are useful for many applications, such as improving signal noise ratio of recording devices

  14. Effect of culture conditions on the structure of Streptococcus pneumoniae type 19A(57) capsular polysaccharide.

    Lee, C.J.; Fraser, B A; Boykins, R A; Li, J P

    1987-01-01

    The structural modifications and immunochemical activities of several Streptococcus pneumoniae type 19A polysaccharide (PS) preparations have been studied by sugar compositional analysis and immunodiffusion. The 19A PS preparations Lab-A-1 and Lab-A-3 and one PS isolated from 19A strain OB contained fucose (Fuc) and galactose (Gal) in addition to rhamnose (Rha) and glucose (Glc). In contrast, 19A PSs Lab-A-2 and Lab-B contained only Rha and Glc. Despite their different sugar compositions, the...

  15. Hilbert space structures on the solution space of Klein-Gordon-type evolution equations

    We use the theory of pseudo-Hermitian operators to address the problem of the construction and classification of positive-definite invariant inner-products on the space of solutions of a Klein-Gordon-type evolution equation. This involves dealing with the peculiarities of formulating a unitary quantum dynamics in a Hilbert space with a time-dependent inner product. We apply our general results to obtain possible Hilbert space structures on the solution space of the equation of motion for a classical simple harmonic oscillator, a free Klein-Gordon equation and the Wheeler-DeWitt equation for the FRW-massive-real-scalar-field models

  16. Nuclear Structure and the Fate of Core Collapse (Type II) Supernova

    Gai, Moshe

    2014-01-01

    For a long time Gerry Brown and his collaborator Hans Bethe considered the question of the final fate of a core collapse (Type II) supernova. Recalling ideas from nuclear structure on Kaon condensate and a soft equation of state of the dense nuclear matter they concluded that progenitor stars with mass as low a 17-18M$_\\odot$ (including supernova 1987A) could collapse to a small mass black hole with a mass just beyond 1.5M$_\\odot$, the upper bound they derive for a neutron star. We discuss an...

  17. DG-FEM solution for nonlinear wave-structure interaction using Boussinesq-type equations

    Engsig-Karup, Allan Peter; Hesthaven, Jan; Bingham, Harry B.; Warburton, T.

    2008-01-01

    equations in complex and curvilinear geometries which amends the application range of previous numerical models that have been based on structured Cartesian grids. The Boussinesq method provides the basis for the accurate description of fully nonlinear and dispersive water waves in both shallow and deep......We present a high-order nodal Discontinuous Galerkin Finite Element Method (DG-FEM) solution based on a set of highly accurate Boussinesq-type equations for solving general water-wave problems in complex geometries. A nodal DG-FEM is used for the spatial discretization to solve the Boussinesq...

  18. Physicochemical and structural characteristics of HEU-type zeolitic tuff treated by hydrochloric acid

    MAGDALENA TOMASEVIC-CANOVIC

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available Samples of natural HEU-type zeolites – clinoptilolite-Ca, from the Novakovici deposit (near Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina were treated with the hydrochloric acid of various concentrations (from 10-3 M to 2 M. Zeolitic tuffs before and after the acid treatment were examined using IR, XRPD, and chemical analyses. The changes in the crystal structure of acid treated samples showed a significant reduction in the crystallinity of zeolitic tuffs (60–70 %, which were effected by hydrochloric acid with concentrations of 1 M and above.

  19. Cation states of iron in complicated oxides with various derivative type of structure from perovskite

    Full text:The following oxides have been investigated: ortho ferrites (OF) LnFe2/3Mo1/3O3 (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd), and oxygen-deficient perovskites with various structure types Pr4BaCu4FeOl3-δ (δ = 0, 0.5, type 4-1-5), Ln8-ySryCu8-xFexO20 (Ln = La, Nd, Pr, y=1.6-4, x = 1.6-3, type 8-8-20) and YBa2yLayCu3-xFexO7-δ, Y1yCayBa2-yLayCu3-xFexO7-δ (y = 0.25, 0.5, x = 0.06, 0.12, δ≅ 0.05, type 1-2-3). All investigated compounds are given by Institute of Chemistry of Ural branch of RAS (Ekaterinburg, G.V. Bazuev's laboratory). The Moessbauer spectroscopy on an isotope 57Fe was the basic method of researches. At some stages of researches as an additional method also X-ray analysis has been used. All considered types of perovskite-related structures are characterized by the general attribute of relationship - presence of layers, packages or skeletons from connected by tops octahedrons MeO6 (in our case Me = Cu, Fe, Mo) or their rests as pyramids MeO5, squares MeO4 and dumbbells MeO2 in oxygen-deficient compounds. The selection of samples (sequence of their research) was made so, that each subsequent structure row has the bigger 'deficiency' of oxygen in recalculation on an elementary cell of ideal perovskite (formula unit ABX3, where A, B -cations, X - anion): 1) ABX3 (OF); 2) A5B5X15-2=5xABX2.6 (4-1-5); 3) A8B8X24-4 = 8xABX2.5 (8-8-20); 4) A3B3X9-2 = 3xABX2.3 (1-2-3). The carried out studies show: 1) magnetic ordering of iron cations (at room temperature) in all researched oxides with the structures derivative from perovskite arises only in octahedral positions; It can be explained by the fact, that the increase in oxygen deficiency results in break of chains Fe-O-Fe through which there is an exchange interaction; 2) in OF and 4-1-5 oxides iron is only as Fe3+ in oxygen-deficient compounds of type 8-8-20 and 1-2-3 - in mixed valent state Fe3+ -Fe4+; i.e. to growth of deficiency of structural anions there is a displacement of a valent state of iron ions from '+3' to '+4

  20. Structural basis of asymmetry in the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 reverse transcriptase heterodimer.

    J. Wang; Smerdon, S J; J. Jäger; Kohlstaedt, L A; Rice, P A; Friedman, J M; Steitz, T. A.

    1994-01-01

    The reverse transcriptase from human immunodeficiency virus type 1 is a heterodimer consisting of one 66-kDa and one 51-kDa subunit. The p66 subunit contains both a polymerase and an RNase H domain; proteolytic cleavage of p66 removes the RNase H domain to yield the p51 subunit. Although the polymerase domain of p66 folds into an open, extended structure containing a large active-site cleft, that of p51 is closed and compact. The connection subdomain, which lies between the polymerase and RNa...

  1. Impact of model structure and parameterization on Penman-Monteith type evaporation models

    Ershadi, A.

    2015-04-12

    The impact of model structure and parameterization on the estimation of evaporation is investigated across a range of Penman-Monteith type models. To examine the role of model structure on flux retrievals, three different retrieval schemes are compared. The schemes include a traditional single-source Penman-Monteith model (Monteith, 1965), a two-layer model based on Shuttleworth and Wallace (1985) and a three-source model based on Mu et al. (2011). To assess the impact of parameterization choice on model performance, a number of commonly used formulations for aerodynamic and surface resistances were substituted into the different formulations. Model response to these changes was evaluated against data from twenty globally distributed FLUXNET towers, representing a cross-section of biomes that include grassland, cropland, shrubland, evergreen needleleaf forest and deciduous broadleaf forest. Scenarios based on 14 different combinations of model structure and parameterization were ranked based on their mean value of Nash-Sutcliffe Efficiency. Results illustrated considerable variability in model performance both within and between biome types. Indeed, no single model consistently outperformed any other when considered across all biomes. For instance, in grassland and shrubland sites, the single-source Penman-Monteith model performed the best. In croplands it was the three-source Mu model, while for evergreen needleleaf and deciduous broadleaf forests, the Shuttleworth-Wallace model rated highest. Interestingly, these top ranked scenarios all shared the simple lookup-table based surface resistance parameterization of Mu et al. (2011), while a more complex Jarvis multiplicative method for surface resistance produced lower ranked simulations. The highly ranked scenarios mostly employed a version of the Thom (1975) formulation for aerodynamic resistance that incorporated dynamic values of roughness parameters. This was true for all cases except over deciduous broadleaf

  2. Structure Design and Optimization of a New Type of Subsea Pipeline Connector

    XJaoming Hu; Liquan Wang; Yong Liu; Rubo Ge; Lei Tan; Chuangye Fu; Zongliang Wei

    2012-01-01

    The basic configuration of a new type of subsea pipeline connector was proposed based on the press-fitting principle,and a parametric fmite element model was created using APDL language in ANSYS.Combining the finite element model and optimization technology,the dimension optimization aiming at obtaining the minimum loading force and the optimum sealing performance was designed by the zero order optimization method.Experiments of the optimized connector were canied out.The results indicate that the optimum structural design significantly improved the indicators of the minimum loading force and sealing performance of the connector.

  3. Ternary borides with CeNi12B6 type structure

    The well-known LnNi12B6 and ∼ LnNi12B7 (Ln-Y, La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd) and prepared for the first time LnNi12B6(Ln-Tb, Dy) borides are proved to possess the rhombic structure of CeNi12B6 type. The parameters of the elementary cells for all compounds are determined. Continuous change in the parameters points to the three-valent state of rare earth atoms

  4. Reducing democratic type II supergravity on SU(3) x SU(3) structures

    Cassani, Davide

    2008-01-01

    Type II supergravity on backgrounds admitting SU(3) x SU(3) structure and general fluxes is considered. Using the generalized geometry formalism, we study dimensional reductions leading to N=2 gauged supergravity in four dimensions, possibly with tensor multiplets. In particular, a geometric formula for the full N=2 scalar potential is given. Then we implement a truncation ansatz, and derive the complete N=2 bosonic action. While the NSNS contribution is obtained via a direct dimensional reduction, the contribution of the RR sector is computed starting from the democratic formulation and demanding consistency with the reduced equations of motion.

  5. Labyrinth-type domain structure of heteroepitaxial SrMnO2.5 film

    Kobayashi, Shunsuke; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Yamamoto, Takahisa

    2013-06-01

    SrMnO2.5 films grown on SrTiO3 and LSAT substrates were prepared and oxygen vacancies in the films were directly confirmed by annular bright-field imaging in a scanning transmission electron microscope. The SrMnO2.5 films show a unique maze like pattern of domains, i.e., a labyrinth-type domain structure, that arises from relaxation of strain induced by lattice mismatches. The behavior of the domain widths is explained by the geometrical relationship for estimating of the average distance of misfit dislocations. We present useful principles for controlling the domain structures with a view to potential practical applications.

  6. Heterotic and type II orientifold compactifications on SU(3) structure manifolds

    We study the four-dimensional N=1 effective theories of generic SU(3) structure compactifications in the presence of background fluxes. For heterotic and type IIA/B orientifold theories, the N=1 characteristic data are determined by a Kaluza-Klein reduction of the fermionic actions. The Kaehler potentials, superpotentials and the D-terms are entirely encoded by geometrical data of the internal manifold. The background flux and the intrinsic torsion of the SU(3) structure manifold, gives rise to contributions to the four-dimensional F-terms. The corresponding superpotentials generalize the Gukov-Vafa-Witten superpotential. For the heterotic compactification, the four-dimensional fermionic supersymmetry variations, as well as the conditions on supersymmetric vacua, are determined. The Yukawa couplings of the theory turn out to be similar to their Calabi-Yau counterparts. (Orig.)

  7. Prediction, conservation analysis, and structural characterization of mammalian mucin-type O-glycosylation sites

    Julenius, Karin; Mølgaard, Anne; Gupta, Ramneek;

    2005-01-01

    experimentally investigated with regard to glycosylation status. From O-GLYCBASE a total of 86 mammalian proteins experimentally investigated for in vivo O-GalNAc sites were extracted. Mammalian protein homolog comparisons showed that a glycosylated serine or threonine is less likely to be precisely conserved...... than a nonglycosylated one. The Protein Data Bank was analyzed for structural information, and 12 glycosylated structures were obtained. All positive sites were found in coil or turn regions. A method for predicting the location for mucin-type glycosylation sites was trained using a neural network...... approach. The best overall network used as input amino acid composition, averaged surface accessibility predictions together with substitution matrix profile encoding of the sequence. To improve prediction on isolated (single) sites, networks were trained on isolated sites only. The final method combines...

  8. Prediction, conservation analysis, and structural characterization of mammalian mucin-type O-glycosylation sites

    Julenius, Karin; Mølgaard, Anne; Gupta, Ramneek;

    2004-01-01

    experimentally investigated with regard to glycosylation status. From O-GLYCBASE a total of 86 mammalian proteins experimentally investigated for in vivo O-GalNAc sites were extracted. Mammalian protein homolog comparisons showed that a glycosylated serine or threonine is less likely to be precisely conserved...... than a nonglycosylated one. The Protein Data Bank was analyzed for structural information, and 12 glycosylated structures were obtained. All positive sites were found in coil or turn regions. A method for predicting the location for mucin-type glycosylation sites was trained using a neural network...... approach. The best overall network used as input amino acid composition, averaged surface accessibility predictions together with substitution matrix profile encoding of the sequence. To improve prediction on isolated (single) sites, networks were trained on isolated sites only. The final method combines...

  9. Heterotic and type II orientifold compactifications on SU(3) structure manifolds

    Benmachiche, I.

    2006-07-15

    We study the four-dimensional N=1 effective theories of generic SU(3) structure compactifications in the presence of background fluxes. For heterotic and type IIA/B orientifold theories, the N=1 characteristic data are determined by a Kaluza-Klein reduction of the fermionic actions. The Kaehler potentials, superpotentials and the D-terms are entirely encoded by geometrical data of the internal manifold. The background flux and the intrinsic torsion of the SU(3) structure manifold, gives rise to contributions to the four-dimensional F-terms. The corresponding superpotentials generalize the Gukov-Vafa-Witten superpotential. For the heterotic compactification, the four-dimensional fermionic supersymmetry variations, as well as the conditions on supersymmetric vacua, are determined. The Yukawa couplings of the theory turn out to be similar to their Calabi-Yau counterparts. (Orig.)

  10. Synthetic ether type lubricants - structure and properties; Synthetische Etheroele - Struktur und Eigenschaften

    Fahl, J. [Fuchs DEA Schmierstoffe GmbH und Co. KG, Hamburg (Germany). Forschung und Entwicklung Kaeltemaschinenoele

    2000-08-01

    In almost all areas of lubrication use of synthetic lubricants increase. Polyether type oils are characterized by exceptional tribological behaviour and are used as basefluids for heavy duty and special lubricants. This paper describes chemical structures of polyalkylene glycols (PAG), polyphenyl ethers (PPE), perfluoropolyethers (PFPE), polyvinyl ethers (PVE) and reports on investigations of physical properties with respect to refrigeration compressor applications. It could be shown molecular structure greatly influences refrigerant solubility. (orig.) [German] Polyether zeichnen sich unter anderem durch ihre hervorragenden tribologischen Eigenschaften aus und werden seit Jahren als Basiskomponenten fuer Hochleistungs- und Spezialschmierstoffe verwendet. In dieser Uebersicht wird der chemische Aufbau unterschiedlicher Typen von Etheroelen beschrieben. Dazu wurden die physikalischen Eigenschaften im Hinblick auf eine moegliche Verwendung als Grundkomponenten zur Formulierung von Kaeltemaschinenoelen untersucht. Dabei hat sich gezeigt, dass die chemische Struktur grossen Einfluss auf das Loeslichkeitsverhalten mit dem Kaeltemittel R 134a besitzt. (orig.)

  11. Thermal and thermal stress analysis of a pool type LMFBR deck structure

    The thermal capabilities of the ANSYS code were used to construct a thermal model of a pool type LMFBR system. This model included the primary tank of hot sodium covered by the concrete deck. Included in the geometry were the pump, heat exchanger, and control rod penetrations, and the metallic insulation underneath the concrete. The model included radiation and conduction of heat from the hot sodium to the concrete deck, and the cooling of the concrete via water pipes embedded in it. Thermal stresses are calculated within the code for the various plate and shell steel elements used in the code to represent different parts of the structure. This study provides a basis for studying the effect of insulation and coolant in the design of the deck structure

  12. High frequency characteristics and modelling of p-type 6H-silicon carbide MOS structures

    Fernández, J.; Godignon, P.; Berberich, S.; Rebollo, J.; Brezeanu, G.; Millán, J.

    1996-09-01

    This paper presents the high frequency electrical characteristics and modelling of Al/SiO 2/ p-type 6HSiC structures. The oxide was thermally grown under dry conditions. Capacitance and conductance vs bias and frequency measurements have been performed in daylight and exposing the capacitors to u.v. light. The experimental Cm- Vg and Gm- Vg characteristics show hysteresis effects, which are more important when the samples are exposed to 254 nm u.v. light. This behaviour can be explained in terms of interface traps. The MOS structure modelling is based on an interface trap model in which the interface trap levels are considered to be continuously distributed in the SiC bandgap and only charge exchange between interface trap levels and the SiC bands is allowed. From this formulation and from the Gm- f characteristics, the interface state density and the interface trap time constant have been determined.

  13. Electronic structure and optical properties of a new type of semiconductor material:graphene monoxide

    Yang Gui; Zhang Yufeng; Yan Xunwang

    2013-01-01

    The electronic and optical properties of graphene monoxide,a new type of semiconductor material,are theoretically studied by first-principles density functional theory.The calculated band structure shows that graphene monoxide is a semiconductor with a direct band gap of 0.95 eV.The density of states of graphene monoxide and the partial density of states for C and O are given to understand the electronic structure.In addition,we calculate the optical properties of graphene monoxide,including the complex dielectric function,absorption coefficient,complex refractive index,loss-function,reflectivity and conductivity.These results provide a physical basis for potential application in optoelectronic devices.

  14. Creep deformation and rupture behavior of type 304/308 stainless steel structural weldments

    McAfee, W.J.; Richardson, M.; Sartory, W.K.

    1977-05-12

    The creep deformation and rupture of type 304/308 stainless steel structural weldments at 593/sup 0/C (1100/sup 0/F) was experimentally investigated to study the comparative behavior of the base metal and weld metal constituents. The tests were conducted in support of ORNL's program to develop high-temperature structural design methods applicable to liquid-metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) system components that operate in the creep range. The specimens used were thin-walled, right circular cylinders capped with either flat or hemispherical heads and tested under internal gas pressure. Circumferential welds were located in different regions of the cylinder or head and, with one exception, were geometrically duplicated by all base metal regions in companion specimens. Results are presented on the comparative deformation and rupture behavior of selected points in the base metal and weldment regions of the different specimens and on the overall surface strains for selected specimens.

  15. New transition metal oxide fluorides with ReO{sub 3}-type structure

    Nakhal, Suliman; Lerch, Martin [Technische Universitaet Berlin (Germany). Inst. fuer Chemie

    2016-08-01

    The new niobium oxide fluorides MNbO{sub 2}F{sub 4} [M = (Cr, Fe)], CrNb{sub 2}O{sub 4}F{sub 5}, and Fe{sub 2}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 6}F{sub 9} were prepared by treatment of chromium or iron nitrate with Nb-containing hydrofluoric acid solutions. Crystal structures were investigated by means of X-ray powder diffraction. All new compounds can be structurally refined in the cubic ReO{sub 3}-type. The iron niobium oxide fluorides are reddish orange, and chromium containing phases exhibit a light green color. The niobium atoms are in the highest formal oxidation state.

  16. Relationships between NDVI, canopy structure, and photosynthesis in three California vegetation types

    In a range of plant species from three Californian vegetation types, we examined the widely used ''normalized difference vegetation index'' (NDVI) and ''simple ratio'' (SR) as indicators of canopy structure, light absorption, and photosynthetic activity. These indices, which are derived from canopy reflectance in the red and near-infrared wavebands, highlighted phenological differences between evergreen and deciduous canopies. They were poor indicators of total canopy biomass due to the varying abundance of non-green standing biomass in these vegetation types. However, in sparse canopies (leaf area index (LAI) apprxeq 0-2), NDVI was a sensitive indicator of canopy structure and chemical content (green biomass, green leaf area index, chlorophyll content, and foliar nitrogen content). At higher canopy green LAI values ( gt 2; typical of dense shrubs and trees), NDVI was relatively insensitive to changes in canopy structure. Compared to SR, NDVI was better correlated with indicators of canopy structure and chemical content, but was equivalent to the logarithm of SR. In agreement with theoretical expectations, both NDVI and SR exhibited near-linear correlations with fractional PAR intercepted by green leaves over a wide range of canopy densities. Maximum daily photosynthetic rates were positively correlated with NDVI and SR in annual grassland and semideciduous shrubs where canopy development and photosynthetic activity were in synchrony. The indices were also correlated with peak springtime canopy photosynthetic rates in evergreens. However, over most of the year, these indices were poor predictors of photosynthetic performance in evergreen species due to seasonal reductions in photosynthetic radiation-use efficiency that occurred without substantial declines in canopy greenness. Our results support the use of these vegetation indices as remote indicators of PAR absorption, and thus potential photosynthetic activity, even in

  17. Structural and functional cardiac changes in myotonic dystrophy type 1: a cardiovascular magnetic resonance study

    Hermans Mieke CE

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (MD1 is a neuromuscular disorder with potential involvement of the heart and increased risk of sudden death. Considering the importance of cardiomyopathy as a predictor of prognosis, we aimed to systematically evaluate and describe structural and functional cardiac alterations in patients with MD1. Methods Eighty MD1 patients underwent physical examination, electrocardiography (ECG, echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR. Blood samples were taken for determination of NT-proBNP plasma levels and CTG repeat length. Results Functional and structural abnormalities were detected in 35 patients (44%. Left ventricular systolic dysfunction was found in 20 cases, left ventricular dilatation in 7 patients, and left ventricular hypertrophy in 6 patients. Myocardial fibrosis was seen in 10 patients (12.5%. In general, patients had low left ventricular mass indexes. Right ventricular involvement was uncommon and only seen together with left ventricular abnormalities. Functional or structural cardiac involvement was associated with age (p = 0.04, male gender (p Conclusions CMR can be useful to detect early structural and functional myocardial abnormalities in patients with MD1. Myocardial involvement is strongly associated with conduction abnormalities, but a normal ECG does not exclude myocardial alterations. These findings lend support to the hypothesis that MD1 patients have a complex cardiac phenotype, including both myocardial and conduction system alteration.

  18. Temperature dependence of the local structure and lattice dynamics of wurtzite-type ZnO

    Temperature-dependent (10–300 K) Zn K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra of polycrystalline wurtzite-type ZnO were analyzed using ab initio multiple-scattering theory and taking into account anisotropy of the crystallographic structure and thermal disorder. We employed two different simulation approaches: classical molecular dynamics (MD) and reverse Monte Carlo coupled with an evolutionary algorithm (RMC/EA method). The accuracy of several force-field models, which are commonly used in the MD simulations of bulk and nanostructured ZnO, was tested based on a comparison between the experimental and simulated Zn K-edge EXAFS spectra. It was found that available force-field models fail to describe accurately many-atom distribution functions. A more accurate solution was obtained with the RMC/EA method, which allowed us also to resolve the non-equivalent groups of atoms in the first two coordination shells around the absorbing Zn atom and to follow the changes of structural parameters as the temperature varied. It was found that upon increasing temperature the structure of ZnO becomes more anisotropic due to the increase of internal parameter u of the oxygen Wyckoff position (2b) and related Zn0–O2 distances

  19. Structure and transport properties of ethylcellulose membranes with different types and granulation of magnetic powder

    Krasowska, Monika; Strzelewicz, Anna; Rybak, Aleksandra; Dudek, Gabriela; Cieśla, Michał

    2016-06-01

    Structure and transport properties of ethylcellulose membranes with dispersed magnetic powder were investigated. The study mainly focused on diffusion, which is one of the transport mechanisms. The transport properties depend on many parameters like: polymeric matrix used, type of powder, its amount and granulation. The structure of the pattern formed by magnetic particles in the membrane matrix was studied. Description of the system was based on the phenomenological and molecular (random walk on a fractal lattice) approaches. Two parameters were calculated: the fractal dimension of random walk dw, and the fractal dimension of membrane structure df. The knowledge of both parameters made it possible to use the generalized equation of diffusion on the fractal structure obtained by Metzler et al. The research was carried out to determine the influence of magnetic powder granulation on the transport properties. The results showed that the random walk within the membranes of the smallest magnetic powder granulation was of the most subdiffusive character. Detailed investigation and quantitative description of gas transport through the membranes enables designing the membranes to be used in air oxygen enrichment.

  20. Structure of a microsporidian methionine aminopeptidase type 2 complexed with fumagillin and TNP-470

    Alvarado, J.; Nemkal, A; Sauder, J; Russell, M; Akiyoshi, D; Shi, W; Almo, S; Weiss, L

    2009-01-01

    Microsporidia are protists that have been reported to cause infections in both vertebrates and invertebrates. They have emerged as human pathogens particularly in patients that are immunosuppressed and cases of gastrointestinal infection, encephalitis, keratitis, sinusitis, myositis and disseminated infection are well described in the literature. While benzimidazoles are active against many species of microsporidia, these drugs do not have significant activity against Enterocytozoon bieneusi. Fumagillin and its analogues have been demonstrated to have activity in vitro and in animal models of microsporidiosis and human infections due to E. bieneusi. Fumagillin and its analogues inhibit methionine aminopeptidase type 2. Encephalitozoon cuniculi MetAP2 (EcMetAP2) was cloned and expressed as an active enzyme using a baculovirus system. The crystal structure of EcMetAP2 was determined with and without the bound inhibitors fumagillin and TNP-470. This structure classifies EcMetAP2 as a member of the MetAP2c family. The EcMetAP2 structure was used to generate a homology model of the E. bieneusi MetAP2. Comparison of microsporidian MetAP2 structures with human MetAP2 provides insights into the design of inhibitors that might exhibit specificity for microsporidian MetAP2.

  1. UNIFIED CONTROL STRUCTURE OF MULTI-TYPE INTERIOR PERMANENT MAGNET MOTOR

    M. NORHISAM

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the control strategy structure to extract the speed torque characteristic for the newly designed three phase Multi Type Interior Permanent Magnet Motor. The proposed structure with the driving circuits exhibit the performance of torque characteristics of the stepper motor and brushless motor with independent coil winding per phase especially used as an in-wheel motor in agricultural applications. Brushless Direct Current motors exhibit characteristics of generating high torque at high speed while the Permanent Magnet Stepper motors has characteristic of generating high torque at low speed. The typical characteristics of the above two are integrated in the proposed structure with a complex control structure that handle the switching complexity and speed control in real time. Thus, a specially designed driving system is essential to drive and control this special motor. The evaluation of the motor mechanical characteristics when applying load torque is also presented. The result determines the practical torque range applicable for each motor configuration and as combined machine.

  2. Structure-function studies of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 matrix protein, p17.

    Cannon, P M; Matthews, S; Clark, N; Byles, E D; Iourin, O; Hockley, D J; Kingsman, S M; Kingsman, A J

    1997-05-01

    The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) matrix protein, p17, plays important roles in both the early and late stages of the viral life cycle. Using our previously determined solution structure of p17, we have undertaken a rational mutagenesis program aimed at mapping structure-function relationships within the molecule. Amino acids hypothesized to be important for p17 function were mutated and examined for effect in an infectious proviral clone of HIV-1. In parallel, we analyzed by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy the structure of recombinant p17 protein containing such substitutions. These analyses identified three classes of mutants that were defective in viral replication: (i) proteins containing substitutions at internal residues that grossly distorted the structure of recombinant p17 and prevented viral particle formation, (ii) mutations at putative p17 trimer interfaces that allowed correct folding of recombinant protein but produced virus that was defective in particle assembly, and (iii) substitution of basic residues in helix A that caused some relocation of virus assembly to intracellular locations and produced normally budded virions that were completely noninfectious. PMID:9094619

  3. Shear strength in corner region of reinforced concrete duct type structures to be embedded in soil

    Reinforced concrete ducts for accommodating emergency cooling water pipes are generally embedded in soil. The structures is classified as one of the most important structures in terms of earthquake resistant design. During a strong earthquake it is subjected to shear deformations in concerted movement with surrounding soil. The comer regions of the duct should be designed against shear with moment combined. However, the complicated stress conditions in the region render the design more intricate in comparison with the case of simple determinate RC beam type structures. With the above situation in mind an experimental study was conducted, in which prototype as well as one half scale models representing the stress conditions in the region of interest were loaded and brought to failure in shear. The cross section of the prototype test model without shear reinforcements was 60 (height) x 30cm (width), and the tensile reinforcement ratio was 2.58%. The following results were obtained within the limit of the experimental study. (1) The shear capacity predicted by Japanese Design Code for linear RC members over-estimated the experimental ones with a considerably large safety margin of 4.4-5.0. (2) An improved design procedure to be applied to the specific structure was proposed, which gave a reasonable safety factor against shear failure of 1.7-2.0. (3) Combined smeared and discrete cracking model was utilized to simulate the shear failure mechanism, which could realistically pursue experimental behaviors. (author)

  4. The solar type protostar IRAS16293-2422: new constraints on the physical structure

    Crimier, Nicolas; Maret, Sebastien; Bottinelli, Sandrine; Caux, Emmanuel; Kahane, Claudine; Lis, Dariusz C; Olofsson, Johan

    2010-01-01

    Context: The low mass protostar IRAS16293-2422 is a prototype Class 0 source with respect to the studies of the chemical structure during the initial phases of life of Solar type stars. Aims: In order to derive an accurate chemical structure, a precise determination of the source physical structure is required. The scope of the present work is the derivation of the structure of IRAS16293-2422. Methods: We have re-analyzed all available continuum data (single dish and interferometric, from millimeter to MIR) to derive accurate density and dust temperature profiles. Using ISO observations of water, we have also reconstructed the gas temperature profile. Results: Our analysis shows that the envelope surrounding IRAS16293-2422 is well described by the Shu "inside-out" collapsing envelope model or a single power-law density profile with index equal to 1.8. In contrast to some previous studies, our analysis does not show evidence of a large (>/- 800 AU in diameter) cavity. Conclusions: Although IRAS16293-2422 is a ...

  5. Thermoelectric and transport properties of sintered n-type K8Ba16Ga40Sn96 with type-II clathrate structure

    This clathrate had a maximum dimensionless figure-of-merit, ZT, of 0.93 at 637 K, which was slightly higher than that of 0.83 for the sintered type-VIII clathrate Ba8Ga16Sn30. We investigated the high-temperature thermoelectric properties, transport properties, electronic structures, and thermal stabilities of the clathrates. The type-II clathrate was found to be superior to the type-VIII clathrate as a thermoelectric material; it had a high thermal stability and melting point, 859 K, high mobility, 141 cm2V−1s−1 at 300 K, because of its low inertial mass, and low high-temperature lattice thermal conductivity, approximately 4 mW cm−1K−1, resulting from a larger unit cell and weaker bipolar thermal conduction. We discuss these properties in terms of the electronic structure and the differences between the two types of clathrate.

  6. Growth of rectangular hollow tube crystals with rutile-type structure in supercritical fluids

    Super critical fluids are well known as suitable solvents for dissolution and extraction processes, because it exhibits extreme high solubility and reactivity. However further experimental development using supercritical fluid would offer new insight in material science, especially the synthesis and crystal growth of novel materials. We report the successful growth of single crystals with the rutile-type structure (TiO2, Co-doped TiO2, SiO2, GeO2 and SnO2) in supercritical fluids (water or oxygen) using a laser heated diamond-anvil cell up to a pressure of 7 GPa. The resultant product showed the rectangular hollow tube morphology, a several tens of microns in length and a wall thickness of less than 500 nm. TEM analyses demonstrated that this rectangular hollow tube single crystals were surrounded by the {110} faces and grown along the [001] direction. The preferential growth of {110} faces is consistent with the lowest surface energy of {110} faces of the rutile-type structure. In addition, the rapid cooling rate in LHDAC and high solubility of supercritical fluids also play an important role for the formation of the rectangular hollow tube. The details of the synthesis procedure, characterization and growth mechanism are discussed in this paper.

  7. Hamiltonian Structures and Integrability for a Discrete Coupled KdV-Type Equation Hierarchy

    ZHAO Hai-Qiong; ZHU Zuo-Nong; ZHANG Jing-Li

    2011-01-01

    @@ Coupled Korteweg-de Vries(KdV) systems have many important physical applications.By considering a 4 × 4spectral problem,we derive a discrete coupled KdV-type equation hierarchy.Our hierarchy includes the coupled Volterra system proposed by Lou et al.(e-print arXiv:0711.0420) as the first member which is a discrete version of the coupled KdV equation.We also investigate the integrability in the Liouville sense and the multi-Hamiltonian structures for the obtained hierarchy.%Coupled Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) systems have many important physical applications.By considering a 4 × 4 spectral problem, we derive a discrete coupled KdV-type equation hierarchy.Our hierarchy includes the coupled Volterra system proposed by Lou et al.(e-print arXiv: 0711.0420) as the first member which is a discrete version of the coupled KdV equation.We also investigate the integrability in the Liouville sense and the multi-Hamiltonian structures for the obtained hierarchy.

  8. Nuclear structure and the fate of core collapse (Type II) supernova

    For a long time Gerry Brown and his collaborator Hans Bethe considered the question of the final fate of a core collapse (Type II) supernova. Recalling ideas from nuclear structure on Kaon condensate and a soft equation of state of the dense nuclear matter they concluded that progenitor stars with mass as low as 17–18M⊙ (including supernova 1987A) could collapse to a small mass black hole with a mass just beyond 1.5M⊙, the upper bound they derive for a neutron star. We discuss another nuclear structure effect that determines the carbon to oxygen ratio (C/O) at the end of helium burning. This ratio also determines the fate of a Type II supernova with a carbon rich progenitor star producing a neutron star and oxygen rich collapsing to a black hole. While the C/O ratio is one of the most important nuclear inputs to stellar evolution it is still not known with sufficient accuracy. We discuss future efforts to measure with gamma-beam and TPC detector of the 12C(α,γ)16O reaction that determines the C/O ratio in stellar helium burning

  9. Growth of rectangular hollow tube crystals with rutile-type structure in supercritical fluids

    Niwa, K.; Ikegaya, H.; Taguchi, T.; Muto, S.; Tokunaga, T.; Hasegawa, M.

    2014-05-01

    Super critical fluids are well known as suitable solvents for dissolution and extraction processes, because it exhibits extreme high solubility and reactivity. However further experimental development using supercritical fluid would offer new insight in material science, especially the synthesis and crystal growth of novel materials. We report the successful growth of single crystals with the rutile-type structure (TiO2, Co-doped TiO2, SiO2, GeO2 and SnO2) in supercritical fluids (water or oxygen) using a laser heated diamond-anvil cell up to a pressure of 7 GPa. The resultant product showed the rectangular hollow tube morphology, a several tens of microns in length and a wall thickness of less than 500 nm. TEM analyses demonstrated that this rectangular hollow tube single crystals were surrounded by the {110} faces and grown along the [001] direction. The preferential growth of {110} faces is consistent with the lowest surface energy of {110} faces of the rutile-type structure. In addition, the rapid cooling rate in LHDAC and high solubility of supercritical fluids also play an important role for the formation of the rectangular hollow tube. The details of the synthesis procedure, characterization and growth mechanism are discussed in this paper.

  10. Nuclear Structure and the Fate of Core Collapse (Type II) Supernova

    Gai, Moshe

    2014-01-01

    For a long time Gerry Brown and his collaborator Hans Bethe considered the question of the final fate of a core collapse (Type II) supernova. Recalling ideas from nuclear structure on Kaon condensate and a soft equation of state of the dense nuclear matter they concluded that progenitor stars with mass as low a 17-18M$_\\odot$ (including supernova 1987A) could collapse to a small mass black hole with a mass just beyond 1.5M$_\\odot$, the upper bound they derive for a neutron star. We discuss another nuclear structure effect that determines the carbon to oxygen ratio (C/O) at the end of helium burning. This ratio also determines the fate of a Type II supernova with a carbon rich progenitor star producing a neutron star and oxygen rich collapsing to a black hole. While the C/O ratio is one of the most important nuclear input to stellar evolution it is still not known with sufficient accuracy. We discuss future efforts to measure with gamma-beam and TPC detector the 12C(a,g)16O reaction that determines the C/O rat...

  11. Types of structural chromosome aberrations and their incidences in human spermatozoa X-irradiated in vitro

    The authors studied the effects of in vitro X-irradiation on human sperm chromosomes, using our interspecific in vitro fertilization system between human spermatozoa and zona-free hamster oocytes. 28 semen samples from 5 healthy men were exposed to 0.23, 0.45, 0.91 and 1.82 Gy of X-rays. Totals of 2098 and 2862 spermatozoa were karyotyped in the control and the irradiated groups, respectively. The indicence of spermatozoa with X-ray-induced structural chromosome aberrations (Y) increased linearly with increasing dosage (D), being best expressed by the equation, Y = 0.08 + 34.52 D. The incidence of breakage-type aberrations was moe than 9 times higher than that of exchange-type aberrations. Both of them showed linear dose-dependent increases, which were expressed by the regression lines, Y = -0.014 + 0.478 D and Y -0.010 + 0.057 D, respectively. The incidence of chromosome-ltype aberrations was about 6 times higher than that of chromatid-type aberrations. Their dose-dependent increases were expressed by the regression lines, Y = -0.015 + 0.462 D and Y = -0.006 + 0.079 D, respectively. These results are discussed in relation to the previous data obtained with γ-rays. The repair mechanism of X-ray-induced sperm DNA lesions is also discussed. (author). 21 refs.; 4 figs.; 4 tabs

  12. Characteristics of sandwich-type structural elements built of advanced composite materials from three dimensional fabrics

    Castejón, L.

    1997-12-01

    Full Text Available Sandwich-type structures have proved to be alternatives of great success for several fields of application, and specially in the building sector. This is due to their outstanding properties of .specific rigidity and strength against bending loads and other range of advantages like fatigue and impact resistance, attainment of flat and smooth surfaces, high electric and thermal insulation, design versatility and some others. However, traditional sandwich structures present problems like their tendency towards delamination, stress concentrations in bores or screwed Joints, and pre resistance. These problems are alleviated thanks to the use of new sandwich structures built using three dimensional structures of advanced composite materials, maintaining the present advantages for more traditional sandwich structures. At this rate, these new structures can be applied in several areas where conventional sandwich structures used to be like walls, partitions, floor and ceiling structures, domes, vaults and dwellings, but with greater success.

    Las estructuras tipo sándwich han demostrado ser alternativas de gran éxito para diversos campos de aplicación y, en concreto, en el sector de la construcción, listo es gracias a sus excelentes propiedades de rigidez y resistencia específica frente a cargas de flexión y otra larga lista de ventajas, a la que pertenecen, por ejemplo, su buena resistencia a fatiga, resistencia al impacto, obtención de superficies lisas y suaves, elevado aislamiento térmico y eléctrico, versatilidad de diseño y otras. Sin embargo, las estructuras sándwich, tradicionales presentan una problemática consistente en su tendencia a la delaminación, concentraciones de tensiones ¿aparecidas ante la existencia de agujeros o uniones atornilladas y resistencia al fuego. Estos problemas son pifiados gracias a la aplicación de estructuras novedosas tipo sándwich, construidas a partir de tejidos tridimensionales de materiales

  13. Crystal structure of a monomeric thiolase-like protein type 1 (TLP1 from Mycobacterium smegmatis.

    Neelanjana Janardan

    Full Text Available An analysis of the Mycobacterium smegmatis genome suggests that it codes for several thiolases and thiolase-like proteins. Thiolases are an important family of enzymes that are involved in fatty acid metabolism. They occur as either dimers or tetramers. Thiolases catalyze the Claisen condensation of two acetyl-Coenzyme A molecules in the synthetic direction and the thiolytic cleavage of 3-ketoacyl-Coenzyme A molecules in the degradative direction. Some of the M. smegmatis genes have been annotated as thiolases of the poorly characterized SCP2-thiolase subfamily. The mammalian SCP2-thiolase consists of an N-terminal thiolase domain followed by an additional C-terminal domain called sterol carrier protein-2 or SCP2. The M. smegmatis protein selected in the present study, referred to here as the thiolase-like protein type 1 (MsTLP1, has been biochemically and structurally characterized. Unlike classical thiolases, MsTLP1 is a monomer in solution. Its structure has been determined at 2.7 Å resolution by the single wavelength anomalous dispersion method. The structure of the protomer confirms that the N-terminal domain has the thiolase fold. An extra C-terminal domain is indeed observed. Interestingly, it consists of six β-strands forming an anti-parallel β-barrel which is completely different from the expected SCP2-fold. Detailed sequence and structural comparisons with thiolases show that the residues known to be essential for catalysis are not conserved in MsTLP1. Consistent with this observation, activity measurements show that MsTLP1 does not catalyze the thiolase reaction. This is the first structural report of a monomeric thiolase-like protein from any organism. These studies show that MsTLP1 belongs to a new group of thiolase related proteins of unknown function.

  14. Structures and properties of ThCr2Si2-type superconductors and related materials

    Work on this thesis started in 2008, only a few months after the discovery of superconductivity in doped BaFe2As2. The first goal at that time was the investigation of further compounds crystallizing in the ThCr2Si2-type structure with respect to phase transitions, magnetic properties and possible superconductivity. One candidate that seemed to be very similar to BaFe2As2 because of its structural phase transitions, was SrRh2As2. However, a closer look revealed a more complicated and challenging structural chemistry. The first two chapters of this work are devoted to the study and solution of the intriguing crystallographic problems of the three SrRh2As2 phases and the characterization of further ternary rhodium arsenides. Furthermore, high quality single crystals of Ba1-xKxFe2As2 were synthesized and single crystals as well as powder samples of Ba1-xKxFe2As2 were investigated with synchrotron X-ray diffraction methods as described in chapters 5 and 6. Finally, the last part of this thesis concentrates on the question which effects of doping are actually responsible for the occurrence of superconductivity in BaFe2As2. Is the superconductivity induced by the alteration of charge in the FeAs4/4-layer, by the disorder introduced by doping, or by the structural changes? To help elucidate this issue, several substitution series of 122-iron arsenides were prepared and the influence of hole and electron or charge and isoelectronic doping on superconductivity, magnetic and structural properties and their mutual relationship was studied (chapters 7,8,9 and 10).

  15. Optimization of chemical structure of Schottky-type selection diode for crossbar resistive memory.

    Kim, Gun Hwan; Lee, Jong Ho; Jeon, Woojin; Song, Seul Ji; Seok, Jun Yeong; Yoon, Jung Ho; Yoon, Kyung Jean; Park, Tae Joo; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2012-10-24

    The electrical performances of Pt/TiO(2)/Ti/Pt stacked Schottky-type diode (SD) was systematically examined, and this performance is dependent on the chemical structures of the each layer and their interfaces. The Ti layers containing a tolerable amount of oxygen showed metallic electrical conduction characteristics, which was confirmed by sheet resistance measurement with elevating the temperature, transmission line measurement (TLM), and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) analysis. However, the chemical structure of SD stack and resulting electrical properties were crucially affected by the dissolved oxygen concentration in the Ti layers. The lower oxidation potential of the Ti layer with initially higher oxygen concentration suppressed the oxygen deficiency of the overlying TiO(2) layer induced by consumption of the oxygen from TiO(2) layer. This structure results in the lower reverse current of SDs without significant degradation of forward-state current. Conductive atomic force microscopy (CAFM) analysis showed the current conduction through the local conduction paths in the presented SDs, which guarantees a sufficient forward-current density as a selection device for highly integrated crossbar array resistive memory. PMID:22999222

  16. Experimentally derived structural constraints for amyloid fibrils of wild-type transthyretin.

    Bateman, David A; Tycko, Robert; Wickner, Reed B

    2011-11-16

    Transthyretin (TTR) is a largely β-sheet serum protein responsible for transporting thyroxine and vitamin A. TTR is found in amyloid deposits of patients with senile systemic amyloidosis. TTR mutants lead to familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and familial amyloid cardiomyopathy, with an earlier age of onset. Studies of amyloid fibrils of familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy mutant TTR suggest a structure similar to the native state with only a simple opening of a β-strand-loop-strand region exposing the two main β-sheets of the protein for fibril elongation. However, we find that the wild-type TTR sequence forms amyloid fibrils that are considerably different from the previously suggested amyloid structure. Using protease digestion with mass spectrometry, we observe the amyloid core to be primarily composed of the C-terminal region, starting around residue 50. Solid-state NMR measurements prove that TTR differs from other pathological amyloids in not having an in-register parallel β-sheet architecture. We also find that the TTR amyloid is incapable of binding thyroxine as monitored by either isothermal calorimetry or 1,8-anilinonaphthalene sulfonate competition. Taken together, our experiments are consistent with a significantly different configuration of the β-sheets compared to the previously suggested structure. PMID:22098747

  17. Structure of a bacterial type III secretion system in contact with a host membrane in situ

    Nans, Andrea; Kudryashev, Mikhail; Saibil, Helen R.; Hayward, Richard D.

    2015-12-01

    Many bacterial pathogens of animals and plants use a conserved type III secretion system (T3SS) to inject virulence effector proteins directly into eukaryotic cells to subvert host functions. Contact with host membranes is critical for T3SS activation, yet little is known about T3SS architecture in this state or the conformational changes that drive effector translocation. Here we use cryo-electron tomography and sub-tomogram averaging to derive the intact structure of the primordial Chlamydia trachomatis T3SS in the presence and absence of host membrane contact. Comparison of the averaged structures demonstrates a marked compaction of the basal body (4 nm) occurs when the needle tip contacts the host cell membrane. This compaction is coupled to a stabilization of the cytosolic sorting platform-ATPase. Our findings reveal the first structure of a bacterial T3SS from a major human pathogen engaged with a eukaryotic host, and reveal striking `pump-action' conformational changes that underpin effector injection.

  18. Crystallographic structure of porcine adenovirus type 4 fiber head and galectin domains.

    Guardado-Calvo, Pablo; Muñoz, Eva M; Llamas-Saiz, Antonio L; Fox, Gavin C; Kahn, Richard; Curiel, David T; Glasgow, Joel N; van Raaij, Mark J

    2010-10-01

    Adenovirus isolate NADC-1, a strain of porcine adenovirus type 4, has a fiber containing an N-terminal virus attachment region, shaft and head domains, and a C-terminal galectin domain connected to the head by an RGD-containing sequence. The crystal structure of the head domain is similar to previously solved adenovirus fiber head domains, but specific residues for binding the coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor (CAR), CD46, or sialic acid are not conserved. The structure of the galectin domain reveals an interaction interface between its two carbohydrate recognition domains, locating both sugar binding sites face to face. Sequence evidence suggests other tandem-repeat galectins have the same arrangement. We show that the galectin domain binds carbohydrates containing lactose and N-acetyl-lactosamine units, and we present structures of the galectin domain with lactose, N-acetyl-lactosamine, 3-aminopropyl-lacto-N-neotetraose, and 2-aminoethyl-tri(N-acetyl-lactosamine), confirming the domain as a bona fide galectin domain. PMID:20686025

  19. First-Principles Study of Electronic Structure of Type I Hybrid Carbon-Silicon Clathrates

    Chan, Kwai S.; Peng, Xihong

    2016-08-01

    A new class of type I hybrid carbon-silicon clathrates has been designed using computational methods by substituting some of the Si atoms in the silicon clathrate framework with carbon atoms. In this work, the electronic structure of hybrid carbon-silicon clathrates with and without alkaline or alkaline-earth metal guest atoms has been computed within the density functional theory framework. The theoretical calculations indicate that a small number of carbon substitutions in the Si46 framework slightly reduces the density of states (DOS) near the band edge and narrows the bandgap of carbon-silicon clathrates. Weak hybridization of the conduction band occurs when alkaline metal (Li, Na, K) atoms are inserted into the structure, while strong hybridization of the conduction band occurs when alkaline-earth metal (Mg, Ca, Ba) atoms are inserted into the hybrid structure. Empty C y Si46- y clathrates within the composition range of 2 ≤ y ≤ 15 can be tuned to exhibit indirect bandgaps of 1.5 eV or less, and may be considered as potential electronic materials.

  20. Oxidative dehydrogenation of isobutyl alcohol over different structure type of zeolites

    Full text: Partial heterogen-catalytic of aliphatic alcohols is perspective method for production of important oxygen-containing compounds. Numerous of the literature data testify that the different mixed oxides of metals show the relatively high catalytic activity in the reactions of oxidation of aliphatic alcohols. Until recently however little attention had been given to the possibility of using of the modified zeolites for promoting these reactions. The present paper is devoted to oxidative dehydrogenation of isobutyl alcohol in the presence of molecular oxygen over different structure type of synthetical (A, X, Y, ZSM-5) and natural zeolites modified by cations of transition elements (Cu2+, Sn2+, Ni2+, Co2+, Fe2+ and Pd2+) for the purpose of selection of an active catalyst for production of corresponding aldehyde. For making of active catalyst on the first stage the study was carried out ever mono- and on the second stage over bimethalzeolite catalysts. It has been established that for each of zeolite has there optimum concentration of transition element cation in the dependence of structure of zeolites. It has been found that, the mono metallic catalysts on the basis of synthetical zeolites more active in this reaction than catalysts on the basis of natural zeolites. Introduction of second metal cation (Pd2+) into structure of mono metallic catalyst leaded considerable increasing of conversion of alcohol and selectivity of the process and stability of operation of catalysts

  1. Structure and genetic content of the megaplasmids of neurotoxigenic clostridium butyricum type E strains from Italy.

    Angelo Iacobino

    Full Text Available We determined the genetic maps of the megaplasmids of six neutoroxigenic Clostridium butyricum type E strains from Italy using molecular and bioinformatics techniques. The megaplasmids are circular, not linear as we had previously proposed. The differently-sized megaplasmids share a genetic region that includes structural, metabolic and regulatory genes. In addition, we found that a 168 kb genetic region is present only in the larger megaplasmids of two tested strains, whereas it is absent from the smaller megaplasmids of the four remaining strains. The genetic region unique to the larger megaplasmids contains, among other features, a locus for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR and CRISPR associated (cas genes, i.e. a bacterial adaptive immune system providing sequence-specific protection from invading genetic elements. Some CRISPR spacer sequences of the neurotoxigenic C. butyricum type E strains showed homology to prophage, phage and plasmid sequences from closely related clostridia species or from distant species, all sharing the intestinal habitat, suggesting that the CRISPR locus might be involved in the microorganism adaptation to the human or animal intestinal environment. Besides, we report here that each of four distinct CRISPR spacers partially matched DNA sequences of different prophages and phages, at identical nucleotide locations. This suggests that, at least in neurotoxigenic C. butyricum type E, the CRISPR locus is potentially able to recognize the same conserved DNA sequence of different invading genetic elements, besides targeting sequences unique to previously encountered invading DNA, as currently predicted for a CRISPR locus. Thus, the results of this study introduce the possibility that CRISPR loci can provide resistance to a wider range of invading DNA elements than previously appreciated. Whether it is more advantageous for the peculiar neurotoxigenic C. butyricum type E strains to maintain

  2. Structural basis for promiscuous PAM recognition in type I-E Cascade from E. coli.

    Hayes, Robert P; Xiao, Yibei; Ding, Fran; van Erp, Paul B G; Rajashankar, Kanagalaghatta; Bailey, Scott; Wiedenheft, Blake; Ke, Ailong

    2016-02-25

    Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPRs) and the cas (CRISPR-associated) operon form an RNA-based adaptive immune system against foreign genetic elements in prokaryotes. Type I accounts for 95% of CRISPR systems, and has been used to control gene expression and cell fate. During CRISPR RNA (crRNA)-guided interference, Cascade (CRISPR-associated complex for antiviral defence) facilitates the crRNA-guided invasion of double-stranded DNA for complementary base-pairing with the target DNA strand while displacing the non-target strand, forming an R-loop. Cas3, which has nuclease and helicase activities, is subsequently recruited to degrade two DNA strands. A protospacer adjacent motif (PAM) sequence flanking target DNA is crucial for self versus foreign discrimination. Here we present the 2.45 Å crystal structure of Escherichia coli Cascade bound to a foreign double-stranded DNA target. The 5'-ATG PAM is recognized in duplex form, from the minor groove side, by three structural features in the Cascade Cse1 subunit. The promiscuity inherent to minor groove DNA recognition rationalizes the observation that a single Cascade complex can respond to several distinct PAM sequences. Optimal PAM recognition coincides with wedge insertion, initiating directional target DNA strand unwinding to allow segmented base-pairing with crRNA. The non-target strand is guided along a parallel path 25 Å apart, and the R-loop structure is further stabilized by locking this strand behind the Cse2 dimer. These observations provide the structural basis for understanding the PAM-dependent directional R-loop formation process. PMID:26863189

  3. Brain structural changes and their correlation with vascular disease in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients: a voxel-based morphometric study

    Wang, Chunxia; Fu, Kailiang; Liu, Huaijun; Xing, Fei; Zhang, Songyun

    2014-01-01

    Voxel-based morphometry has been used in the study of alterations in brain structure in type 1 diabetes mellitus patients. These changes are associated with clinical indices. The age at onset, pathogenesis, and treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus are different from those for type 2 diabetes mellitus. Thus, type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus may have different impacts on brain structure. Only a few studies of the alterations in brain structure in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients using voxe...

  4. Evidence for alternative quaternary structure in a bacterial Type III secretion system chaperone

    Barta, Michael L.; Zhang, Lingling; Picking, Wendy L.; Geisbrecht, Brian V. (UMKC); (OKLU)

    2010-10-05

    Type III secretion systems are a common virulence mechanism in many Gram-negative bacterial pathogens. These systems use a nanomachine resembling a molecular needle and syringe to provide an energized conduit for the translocation of effector proteins from the bacterial cytoplasm to the host cell cytoplasm for the benefit of the pathogen. Prior to translocation specialized chaperones maintain proper effector protein conformation. The class II chaperone, Invasion plasmid gene (Ipg) C, stabilizes two pore forming translocator proteins. IpgC exists as a functional dimer to facilitate the mutually exclusive binding of both translocators. In this study, we present the 3.3 {angstrom} crystal structure of an amino-terminally truncated form (residues 10-155, denoted IpgC10-155) of the class II chaperone IpgC from Shigella flexneri. Our structure demonstrates an alternative quaternary arrangement to that previously described for a carboxy-terminally truncated variant of IpgC (IpgC{sup 1-151}). Specifically, we observe a rotationally-symmetric 'head-to-head' dimerization interface that is far more similar to that previously described for SycD from Yersinia enterocolitica than to IpgC1-151. The IpgC structure presented here displays major differences in the amino terminal region, where extended coil-like structures are seen, as opposed to the short, ordered alpha helices and asymmetric dimerization interface seen within IpgC{sup 1-151}. Despite these differences, however, both modes of dimerization support chaperone activity, as judged by a copurification assay with a recombinant form of the translocator protein, IpaB. Conclusions: From primary to quaternary structure, these results presented here suggest that a symmetric dimerization interface is conserved across bacterial class II chaperones. In light of previous data which have described the structure and function of asymmetric dimerization, our results raise the possibility that class II chaperones may

  5. Evidence for alternative quaternary structure in a bacterial Type III secretion system chaperone

    Picking Wendy L

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Type III secretion systems are a common virulence mechanism in many Gram-negative bacterial pathogens. These systems use a nanomachine resembling a molecular needle and syringe to provide an energized conduit for the translocation of effector proteins from the bacterial cytoplasm to the host cell cytoplasm for the benefit of the pathogen. Prior to translocation specialized chaperones maintain proper effector protein conformation. The class II chaperone, Invasion plasmid gene (Ipg C, stabilizes two pore forming translocator proteins. IpgC exists as a functional dimer to facilitate the mutually exclusive binding of both translocators. Results In this study, we present the 3.3 Å crystal structure of an amino-terminally truncated form (residues 10-155, denoted IpgC10-155 of the class II chaperone IpgC from Shigella flexneri. Our structure demonstrates an alternative quaternary arrangement to that previously described for a carboxy-terminally truncated variant of IpgC (IpgC1-151. Specifically, we observe a rotationally-symmetric "head-to- head" dimerization interface that is far more similar to that previously described for SycD from Yersinia enterocolitica than to IpgC1-151. The IpgC structure presented here displays major differences in the amino terminal region, where extended coil-like structures are seen, as opposed to the short, ordered alpha helices and asymmetric dimerization interface seen within IpgC1-151. Despite these differences, however, both modes of dimerization support chaperone activity, as judged by a copurification assay with a recombinant form of the translocator protein, IpaB. Conclusions From primary to quaternary structure, these results presented here suggest that a symmetric dimerization interface is conserved across bacterial class II chaperones. In light of previous data which have described the structure and function of asymmetric dimerization, our results raise the possibility that class II

  6. Genetic-Structural relations in some types of spanish uranium deposits

    On the spanish hercynian areas there are different types of uraniferous deposits, which may be classified in the following groups: Group I, high temperature magmatic deposits, Group II, low temperature veins and Group III supergenic deposits, generated by weathering of the former ones or by lixiviation of the intra granitic uranium. The deposits belonging to Group I are founding the hercynian ge anticlinal; those of Groups II and III, chiefly in the eugeosyncline. The explanation suggested for these genetic-structural relationships assumes that, in the ge anticlinal, uranium would migrate from the dioritic magmas to form and high temperature deposits. In the eugeosyncline, a large fraction of the uranium would migrate towards more differentiated granites, in which it might partially remain or from which it might have been finally concentrated in the epithermal veins or by later tectonic actions. The Group III deposits ar more frequent in the eugeosyncline, due to the greater abundance of more differentiated intrusive rocks. (Author) 16 refs

  7. The effectiveness of structured personal care of type 2 diabetes on recurrent outcomes

    Lundström, Hanna Maria; Siersma, Volkert Dirk; Nielsen, Anni Brit Sternhagen; Brodersen, John; Reventlow, Susanne; Andersen, Per Kragh; Olivarius, Niels

    2014-01-01

    effect on the rate of any of the outcomes, including MI (HR 0.89, 95% CI 0.76, 1.05) and any diabetes-related endpoint (HR 0.98, 95% CI 0.87, 1.09). CONCLUSIONS/INTERPRETATION: In the DCGP study, a smaller proportion of patients who received structured care experienced a first occurrence of MI or any......Abstract AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The estimation of effect size in clinical trials commonly disregards recurrent outcomes. We investigated the effectiveness of a complex intervention on recurrent outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: In the Diabetes Care in General Practice (DCGP) randomised...... diabetes-related endpoint. However, for all outcomes, the HR for a second event showed a statistically non-significant tendency to be increased. We estimated a combined HR for all marginal failure times, regardless of whether they were first, second or later events. This showed that the intervention had no...

  8. Nanoscale calibration of n-type ZnO staircase structures by scanning capacitance microscopy

    Wang, L.; Laurent, J.; Chauveau, J. M.; Sallet, V.; Jomard, F.; Brémond, G.

    2015-11-01

    Cross-sectional scanning capacitance microscopy (SCM) was performed on n-type ZnO multi-layer structures homoepitaxially grown by molecular beam epitaxy method. Highly contrasted SCM signals were obtained between the ZnO layers with different Ga densities. Through comparison with dopant depth profiles from secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurement, it is demonstrated that SCM is able to distinguish carrier concentrations at all levels of the samples (from 2 × 1017 cm-3 to 3 × 1020 cm-3). The good agreement of the results from the two techniques indicates that SCM can be a useful tool for two dimensional carrier profiling at nanoscale for ZnO nanostructure development. As an example, residual carrier concentration inside the non-intentionally doped buffer layer was estimated to be around 2 × 1016 cm-3 through calibration analysis.

  9. Lexicographical structuring: the number and types of fields, data distribution, searching and data presentation

    Bergenholtz, Henning; Pedersen, Heidi Agerbo

    2015-01-01

    This contribution will not describe the structure in existing dictionaries. Instead, it will focus on the decisions that lexicographers make when they draw up the concept for and carry out the production of one or more new dictionaries, or when they consider making changes in the data presentation...... data, but for other fields it will require long considerations as there are several distribution options with different outcomes of varying usefulness. A second type of lexicographical decision to be made by the lexicographer is the predefined searching, which involves in what order searches are to be...... made in the different database fields and how these searches should result in a certain presentation of fields in the dictionary. An essential part of the argumentation in this contribution is based on the distinction between polyfunctional and monofunctional dictionaries. Most printed dictionaries are...

  10. OMP-type Algorithm with Structured Sparsity Patterns for Multipath Radar Signals

    Rebafka, Tabea; Charbit, Maurice

    2011-01-01

    A transmitted, unknown radar signal is observed at the receiver through more than one path in additive noise. The aim is to recover the waveform of the intercepted signal and to simultaneously estimate the direction of arrival (DOA). We propose an approach exploiting the parsimonious time-frequency representation of the signal by applying a new OMP-type algorithm for structured sparsity patterns. An important issue is the scalability of the proposed algorithm since high-dimensional models shall be used for radar signals. Monte-Carlo simulations for modulated signals illustrate the good performance of the method even for low signal-to-noise ratios and a gain of 20 dB for the DOA estimation compared to some elementary method.

  11. Constraining Dark Energy with Type Ia Supernovae and Large-Scale Structure

    Measurements of the distances to type Ia supernovae have produced strong evidence that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating, implying the existence of a nearly uniform component of dark energy with negative pressure. We show that constraints to this mysterious component based upon large-scale structure nicely complement the SN Ia data, and that together they require ΩX=ρX/ρcrit element-of(0.6,thinsp0.7) and w=pX/ρX<-0.6 (95% C.L.), for the favored flat Universe. Other cosmological data support this conclusion. The simplest explanation, a cosmological constant, is consistent with this, while some of the other possibilities are not. copyright 1999 The American Physical Society

  12. New cadmium and rare-earth metal molybdates with scheelite-type structure

    New cadmium and rare-earth metal molybdates with the formula Cd0.25RE0.50MoO4 (RE = Pr, Nd, Sm-Dy) were synthesized by the solid-state reaction of CdMoO4 with corresponding RE2(MoO4)3. The obtained compounds crystallize in the scheelite-type structure. They were characterized here by XRD, DTA-TG, IR and EPR methods. The Cd0.25RE0.50MoO4 compounds showed solubility in CdMoO4 forming the CdxRE2-2x(MoO4)3-2x (0.50 3+ ions content, that Gd3+ ions can be located at sites of octahedral symmetry, and both temperature and gadolinium content have an influence on local magnetic interaction and relaxation processes of Gd3+ ions.

  13. Structural Analysis and Improved Design of the Gearbox Casing of a Certain Type of Tracked Vehicle

    ZHANG Xue-sheng; JIA Xiao-ping; CHEN Ya-ning; YU Kui-long

    2011-01-01

    Loads on a gearbox casing of a certain type of tracked vehicle were calculated according to the engine's full load characteristic curve and the worst load condition where the gearbox operated while the tracked vehicle was running, and then stiffness and strength of the casing were analyzed by means of Patran/Nastran software. After a- nalysis, it was found that the casing satisfied the Mises ' yield condition; however, the stress distribution was hetero- geneous, and stresses near the bearing saddle bores of the casing were higher while those in other regions were much less than the allowable stress. For this reason, thicknesses of the casing wall on bearing assembling holes needed in- creasing, while those in other places can decrease. After much structural improving and re-analysis, the optimal casing design was found, and its weight decreased by 5% ; the casing still satisfied the Mises yield criterion and the stress distribution was more homogeneous.

  14. Measuring Mangrove Type, Structure And Carbon Storage With UAVSAR And ALOS/PALSAR Data

    Fatoyinbo, T. E.; Cornforth, W.; Pinto, N.; Simard, M.; Pettorelli, N.

    2011-12-01

    Mangrove forests provide a great number of ecosystem services ranging from shoreline protection (e.g. against erosion, tsunamis and storms), nutrient cycling, fisheries production, building materials and habitat. Mangrove forests have been shown to store very large amounts of Carbon, both above and belowground, with storage capacities even greater than tropical rainforests. But as a result of their location and economic value, they are among the most rapidly changing landscapes in the World. Mangrove extent is limited 1) in total extent to tidally influenced coastal areas and 2) to tropical and subtropical regions. This can lead to difficulties mapping mangrove type (such as degraded vs non degraded, scrub vs tall, dense vs sparse) because of cloud cover and limited access to high-resolution optical data. To accurately quantify the effect of land use and climate change on tropical wetland ecosystems, we must develop effective mapping methodologies that take into account not only extent, but also the structure and health of the ecosystem. This must be done by including Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data. In this research, we used L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar data from the ALOS/PALSAR and UAVSAR instruments over selected sites in the Americas (Sierpe, Costa Rica and Everglades, Florida)and Asia (Sundarbans). In particular, we used the SAR data in combination with other remotely sensed data and field data to 1) map mangrove extent 2) determine mangrove type, health and adjascent land use, and 3) estimate aboveground biomass and carbon storage for entire mangrove systems. We used different classification methodologies such as polarimetric decomposition, unsupervised classification and image segmentation to map mangrove type. Because of the high resolution of the radar data, and its ability to interact with forest volume, we are able to identify mangrove zones and differentiate between mangroves and other forests/land uses. We also integrated InSAR data (SRTM

  15. Radiation damage structure in irradiated and annealed 440 WWER-Type reactor pressure vessel steels

    A review of irradiation damages in WWER-type RPV steels based on conventional Transmission Electron Microscopy investigations in a power reactor and a research reactor, is presented; the samples consist in Cr-Mo-V ferritic steel (15Kh2MFA type). The visible part of radiation-induced defects consists of very fine vanadium carbide precipitates, small dislocation loops and black dots (presumably corresponding to clusters and particle embryos formed from vacancies and solute-atoms (vanadium, copper, phosphorus) and carbon associated with vanadium. Radiation-induced defects are concentrated at dislocation substructure during irradiation in a power reactor, revealing the role of radiation-enhanced diffusion in damage structure forming process. Contrarily, the distribution of defects resulting from annealing of specimens irradiated in the research reactor is pre-determined by an homogenous distribution of radiation-induced defects prior to annealing. Increasing the number of re-irradiation and annealing cycles, the amount of dislocation loops among all defects seems to be growing. Simultaneously, the dislocation substructure recovers considerably. (authors). 14 refs., 11 figs., 3 tabs

  16. Direct metal micropatterning on needle-type structures towards bioimpedance and chemical sensing applications

    Direct metal patterning methods, such as screen printing, inkjet printing and gravure/flexography printing, are widely used to form electrodes or interconnections for printed electronic devices due to their inexpensive, simple and rapid fabrication as compared to vacuum-based conventional metallization processes. Here, we present direct metal patterning by modified screen printing on the curved surface of needle-type rod structures (i.e. rods with radius of ρ < 1 mm). We achieved various microscale patterns such as straight lines, zigzag lines, wavy lines and alphabetic words with a minimum width of 70 µm on the surface of the rod. Also, four pairs of line patterns were printed on the single rod for electrical interconnection. Printed patterns on the surface of the rod were used as electrodes for the control of a light emission diode (LED) as well as the real-time electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of electrolyte solutions and solid objects by the rod insertion. Furthermore, needles with multiple pairs of microelectrodes were used to measure the electrical impedance of biological samples such as fat and muscle tissues of porcine meat. In addition, a needle-type probe sensor with gas sensing capability was demonstrated by using a needle with printed Ag electrodes and Pd thin films. (paper)

  17. Structural characterization and immunostimulating activity of a levan-type fructan from Curcuma kwangsiensis.

    Dong, Cai-Xia; Zhang, Li-Jiao; Xu, Rong; Zhang, Gong; Zhou, Ying-Biao; Han, Xiao-Qiang; Zhang, Ying; Sun, Yuan-Xia

    2015-01-01

    A fructan designated as CKNP with apparent molecular weight of 5.3kD was isolated from the hot water extract of Curcuma kwangsiensis through a combination of ion-exchange chromatography on DEAE 650M and gel filtration on Superdex G-200. CKNP was characterized by chemical derivatization as well as HPLC, GC, and GC-MS technologies. Structural studies revealed that CKNP is composed predominately of fructose (96.8%) and a small amount of glucose (3.2%) with a degree of polymerization (DP) of 30-31. It was deduced to be a levan-type fructan containing a backbone composed of (2→6)-linked β-d-Fruf residues and single β-d-Fruf residues as side chains branched at the O-1 position along the backbone. Preliminary in vitro bioactive tests on RAW 264.7 murine macrophage cells revealed that the levan-type fructan from C. kwangsiensis shows significant immunostimulating activity based on its ability to stimulate macrophage proliferation and enhance phagocytosis. PMID:25783019

  18. Ce3+ incorporated structural and magnetic properties of M type barium hexaferrites

    M type barium hexaferrites BaCexFe12−xO19 (0≤x≤0.3) (BCFO) were synthesized by the sol–gel auto combination method. Optimum annealing temperature of hexagonal phase was determined by using the TGA analysis. The annealing temperature form the TGA is 1000 °C samples annealed 1000 °C for 5 h to produce M type hexaferrites. X-ray diffraction data run to full Prof Program (Winploter 2010) pattern indicate that samples are single phase hexagonal structure with space group P63/mmc. Lattice parameter ‘a’ and ‘c’ increase with increase in Ce content x. Results of field emission scanning electron microscope show that the grains are regular hexagonal platelets with sizes from 0.3 to 1.4 μm. It is observed that from M–H curve value of the saturation magnetization and coercivity decreases with increasing x. Curie temperature from magnetization with temperature plot is found to decrease with Ce3+ substitution x due to decreases in magnetic interaction. - Highlights: • Ce3+ substituted Ba hexaferrites. • Increased coercivity with Ce3+ substitution. • Decrease in saturation magnetization and Curie temperature

  19. Direct metal micropatterning on needle-type structures towards bioimpedance and chemical sensing applications

    Kim, Sanghyeok; Park, Jae-ho; Kang, Kyungnam; Park, Chong-Ook; Park, Inkyu

    2015-01-01

    Direct metal patterning methods, such as screen printing, inkjet printing and gravure/flexography printing, are widely used to form electrodes or interconnections for printed electronic devices due to their inexpensive, simple and rapid fabrication as compared to vacuum-based conventional metallization processes. Here, we present direct metal patterning by modified screen printing on the curved surface of needle-type rod structures (i.e. rods with radius of ρ < 1 mm). We achieved various microscale patterns such as straight lines, zigzag lines, wavy lines and alphabetic words with a minimum width of 70 µm on the surface of the rod. Also, four pairs of line patterns were printed on the single rod for electrical interconnection. Printed patterns on the surface of the rod were used as electrodes for the control of a light emission diode (LED) as well as the real-time electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of electrolyte solutions and solid objects by the rod insertion. Furthermore, needles with multiple pairs of microelectrodes were used to measure the electrical impedance of biological samples such as fat and muscle tissues of porcine meat. In addition, a needle-type probe sensor with gas sensing capability was demonstrated by using a needle with printed Ag electrodes and Pd thin films.

  20. Polyester type polyHIPE scaffolds with an interconnected porous structure for cartilage regeneration.

    Naranda, Jakob; Sušec, Maja; Maver, Uroš; Gradišnik, Lidija; Gorenjak, Mario; Vukasović, Andreja; Ivković, Alan; Rupnik, Marjan Slak; Vogrin, Matjaž; Krajnc, Peter

    2016-01-01

    Development of artificial materials for the facilitation of cartilage regeneration remains an important challenge in orthopedic practice. Our study investigates the potential for neocartilage formation within a synthetic polyester scaffold based on the polymerization of high internal phase emulsions. The fabrication of polyHIPE polymer (PHP) was specifically tailored to produce a highly porous (85%) structure with the primary pore size in the range of 50-170 μm for cartilage tissue engineering. The resulting PHP scaffold was proven biocompatible with human articular chondrocytes and viable cells were observed within the materials as evaluated using the Live/Dead assay and histological analysis. Chondrocytes with round nuclei were organized into multicellular layers on the PHP surface and were observed to grow approximately 300 μm into the scaffold interior. The accumulation of collagen type 2 was detected using immunohistochemistry and chondrogenic specific genes were expressed with favorable collagen type 2 to 1 ratio. In addition, PHP samples are biodegradable and their baseline mechanical properties are similar to those of native cartilage, which enhance chondrocyte cell growth and proliferation. PMID:27340110

  1. Geographical and Temporal Structures of Legionella pneumophila Sequence Types in Comunitat Valenciana (Spain), 1998 to 2013

    Sánchez-Busó, Leonor; Coscollà, Mireia; Palero, Ferran; Camaró, María Luisa; Gimeno, Ana; Moreno, Pilar; Escribano, Isabel; López Perezagua, María Mar; Colomina, Javier; Vanaclocha, Herme

    2015-01-01

    Legionella pneumophila is an accidental human pathogen associated with aerosol formation in water-related sources. High recombination rates make Legionella populations genetically diverse, and nearly 2,000 different sequence types (STs) have been described to date for this environmental pathogen. The spatial distribution of STs is extremely heterogeneous, with some variants being present worldwide and others being detected at only a local scale. Similarly, some STs have been associated with disease outbreaks, such as ST578 or ST23. Spain is among the European countries with the highest incidences of reported legionellosis cases, and specifically, Comunitat Valenciana (CV) is the second most affected area in the country. In this work, we aimed at studying the overall diversity of Legionella pneumophila populations found in the period from 1998 to 2013 in 79 localities encompassing 23 regions within CV. To do so, we performed sequence-based typing (SBT) on 1,088 L. pneumophila strains detected in the area from both environmental and clinical sources. A comparison with the genetic structuring detected in a global data set that included 20 European and 7 non-European countries was performed. Our results reveal a level of diversity in CV that can be considered representative of the diversity found in other countries worldwide. PMID:26231651

  2. Woody species composition, diversity and structure of riparian forests of four watercourses types in Burkina Faso

    Oumarou Sambaré; Fidèle Bognounou; Rüdiger Wittig; Adjima Thiombiano

    2011-01-01

    Riparian forests are classified as endangered ecosystems in general, particularly in sahelian countries like Burkina Faso because of human-induced alterations and civil engineering works. The modification of this important habitat is continuing, with little attention being paid to the ecological or human consequences of these changes. The objective of this study is to describe the variation of woody species diversity and dynamic in riparian forests on different type of watercourse banks along phytogeographical gradient in Burkina Faso. All woody species were systematically measured in 90 sample plots with sides of 50 m × 20 m.Density, dominance, frequency and species and family importance values were computed to characterize the species composition. Different diversity indices were calculated to examine the heterogeneity of riparian forests. A total of 196 species representing 139 genera and 51 families were recorded in the overall riparian forests. The species richness of individuals with dbh ≥ 5cm increased significantly from the North to the South along the phytogeographical gradient and varied significantly between the different types of riparian forests. Similarity in tree species composition between riparian forests was low, which indicates high beta diversity and reflects differences in habitat conditions and topography.The structural characteristics varied significantly along the phytogeographical gradient and between the different types of riparian forests.The diameter class distribution of trees in all riparian forests showed a reverse “J” shaped curve except riparian forest of stream indicating vegetation dominated by juvenile individuals. Considering the ecological importance of riparian forest, there is a need to delineate and classify them along watercourses throughout the country.

  3. Analysis of the population structure of Anaplasma phagocytophilum using multilocus sequence typing.

    Huhn, Christian; Winter, Christina; Wolfsperger, Timo; Wüppenhorst, Nicole; Strašek Smrdel, Katja; Skuballa, Jasmin; Pfäffle, Miriam; Petney, Trevor; Silaghi, Cornelia; Dyachenko, Viktor; Pantchev, Nikola; Straubinger, Reinhard K; Schaarschmidt-Kiener, Daniel; Ganter, Martin; Aardema, Matthew L; von Loewenich, Friederike D

    2014-01-01

    Anaplasma phagocytophilum is a Gram-negative obligate intracellular bacterium that replicates in neutrophils. It is transmitted via tick-bite and causes febrile disease in humans and animals. Human granulocytic anaplasmosis is regarded as an emerging infectious disease in North America, Europe and Asia. However, although increasingly detected, it is still rare in Europe. Clinically apparent A. phagocytophilum infections in animals are mainly found in horses, dogs, cats, sheep and cattle. Evidence from cross-infection experiments that A. phagocytophilum isolates of distinct host origin are not uniformly infectious for heterologous hosts has led to several approaches of molecular strain characterization. Unfortunately, the results of these studies are not always easily comparable, because different gene regions and fragment lengths were investigated. Multilocus sequence typing is a widely accepted method for molecular characterization of bacteria. We here provide for the first time a universal typing method that is easily transferable between different laboratories. We validated our approach on an unprecedented large data set of almost 400 A. phagocytophilum strains from humans and animals mostly from Europe. The typability was 74% (284/383). One major clonal complex containing 177 strains was detected. However, 54% (49/90) of the sequence types were not part of a clonal complex indicating that the population structure of A. phagocytophilum is probably semiclonal. All strains from humans, dogs and horses from Europe belonged to the same clonal complex. As canine and equine granulocytic anaplasmosis occurs frequently in Europe, human granulocytic anaplasmosis is likely to be underdiagnosed in Europe. Further, wild boars and hedgehogs may serve as reservoir hosts of the disease in humans and domestic animals in Europe, because their strains belonged to the same clonal complex. In contrast, as they were only distantly related, roe deer, voles and shrews are unlikely to

  4. Structure of the myotonic dystrophy type 2 RNA and designed small molecules that reduce toxicity.

    Childs-Disney, Jessica L; Yildirim, Ilyas; Park, HaJeung; Lohman, Jeremy R; Guan, Lirui; Tran, Tuan; Sarkar, Partha; Schatz, George C; Disney, Matthew D

    2014-02-21

    Myotonic dystrophy type 2 (DM2) is an incurable neuromuscular disorder caused by a r(CCUG) expansion (r(CCUG)(exp)) that folds into an extended hairpin with periodically repeating 2×2 nucleotide internal loops (5'CCUG/3'GUCC). We designed multivalent compounds that improve DM2-associated defects using information about RNA-small molecule interactions. We also report the first crystal structure of r(CCUG) repeats refined to 2.35 Å. Structural analysis of the three 5'CCUG/3'GUCC repeat internal loops (L) reveals that the CU pairs in L1 are each stabilized by one hydrogen bond and a water-mediated hydrogen bond, while CU pairs in L2 and L3 are stabilized by two hydrogen bonds. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations reveal that the CU pairs are dynamic and stabilized by Na(+) and water molecules. MD simulations of the binding of the small molecule to r(CCUG) repeats reveal that the lowest free energy binding mode occurs via the major groove, in which one C residue is unstacked and the cross-strand nucleotides are displaced. Moreover, we modeled the binding of our dimeric compound to two 5'CCUG/3'GUCC motifs, which shows that the scaffold on which the RNA-binding modules are displayed provides an optimal distance to span two adjacent loops. PMID:24341895

  5. The Russian oil industry re-structuration: towards the emergence of western type enterprises?

    Locatelli, C

    1999-01-01

    The Russian oil industry has undergone fundamental changes since the collapse of the Soviet Empire and its bureaucratic administrative structure, dominated by its various Branch Ministries. The monopoly in the Soviet oil industry has now been replaced by a number of ''oil companies'', some of which are very powerful, the best known of them being Lukoil. These ''joint stock companies'' are the product of a reform aimed essentially at implanting, out of all the numerous organisational arrangements developed in the West, the model of the vertically integrated private firm. Beyond the legal reforms in the Russian oil industry sector, however, the nature of the organisational model that has actually emerged in Russia begs several questions. Many entities, which are complex and highly diversified, are involved in this industry. There are, of course, the many private structures in which the banks sometimes carry a considerable amount of weight. There are also some vertically integrated organisations, but the degree of integration is variable and their method of centralization is based on a specific form of economic logic. It should not be considered, however, that these actors are similar to capitalist-type private enterprises, whose behaviour is regulated by the demands of international competition. Reform of property rights has not been sufficient to create true private enterprise in Russia. (author)

  6. Structural controls on Carlin-type gold mineralization in the gold bar district, Eureka County, Nevada

    Yigit, O.; Nelson, E.P.; Hitzman, M.W.; Hofstra, A.H.

    2003-01-01

    The Gold Bar district in the southern Roberts Mountains, 48 km northwest of Eureka, Nevada, contains one main deposit (Gold Bar), five satellite deposits, and other resources. Approximately 0.5 Moz of gold have been recovered from a resource of 1,639,000 oz of gold in Carlin-type gold deposits in lower plate, miogeoclinal carbonate rocks below the Roberts Mountains thrust. Host rocks are unit 2 of the Upper Member of the Devonian Denay Formation and the Bartine Member of the McColley Canyon Formation. Spatial and temporal relations between structures and gold mineralization indicate that both pre-Tertiary and Tertiary structures were important controls on gold mineralization. Gold mineralization occurs primarily along high-angle Tertiary normal faults, some of which are reactivated reverse faults of Paleozoic or Mesozoic age. Most deposits are localized at the intersection of northwest- and northeast-striking faults. Alteration includes decalcification, and to a lesser extent, silicification along high-angle faults. Jasperoid (pervasive silicification), which formed along most faults and in some strata-bound zones, accounts for a small portion of the ore in every deposit. In the Gold Canyon deposit, a high-grade jasperoid pipe formed along a Tertiary normal fault which was localized along a zone of overturned fault-propagation folds and thrust faults of Paleozoic or Mesozoic age.

  7. Structural and Magnetic Properties of Type-M Barium Ferrite - Thermoplastic Natural Rubber Nano composites

    Structural and magnetic properties of type-M barium ferrite (BaFe12O19) nanoparticles (∼ 20 nm) embedded in non-magnetic thermoplastic natural rubber (TPNR) matrices were investigated. The TPNR matrices were prepared from high density polyethylene (HDPE) and natural rubber (NR) in the weight ratios of 80:20 and 60:40, respectively, with 10 wt % of NR in the form of liquid natural rubber (LNR) which act as a comparabilities. BaFe12O19 - filled nano composites with 2 - 12 wt % BaFe12O19 ferrite were prepared using a melt- blending technique. Magnetic hysteresis was measured using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) in a maximum field of 10 kOe at room temperature (25 degree Celsius). The saturation magnetisation (MS), remanence (MR) and coercivity (Hc) were derived from the hysteresis loops. The results show that the structural and magnetic properties of nano composites depend on both the ferrite content and the composition of the natural rubber or plastic in the nano composites. All the nano composites exhibit an exchange bias-like phenomenon resulting from the exchange coupling of spins at the interface between the core ferrimagnetic region and the disordered surface region of the nanoparticles. (author)

  8. Structural and phase transformations in the low-temperature annealed amorphous “finemet”-type microwires

    Tcherdyntsev, V.V., E-mail: vvch08@yandex.ru [National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Moscow 119049 (Russian Federation); Aleev, A.A. [SSC RF Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow 117218 (Russian Federation); Churyukanova, M.N.; Kaloshkin, S.D. [National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Moscow 119049 (Russian Federation); Medvedeva, E.V. [Institute of Electrophysics, Ural Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Yekaterinburg 620016 (Russian Federation); Korchuganova, O.A. [SSC RF Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow 117218 (Russian Federation); Zhukova, V. [Dpto. de Fns. Mater., UPV/EHU, San Sebastian 20018 (Spain); Zhukov, A.P. [Dpto. de Fns. Mater., UPV/EHU, San Sebastian 20018 (Spain); IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, 48011 Bilbao (Spain)

    2014-02-15

    Highlights: • Structure and magnetic properties evolution at heating of amorphous microwires was studied. • Relaxation processes in the amorphous phase correlate with an increase in Curie temperature. • Curie temperature change can not be stabilized by a prolonged exposure at pre-crystallization temperatures. • Tomographic atom probe microscopy supports the formation of α-Fe phase precipitations enriched in Si. -- Abstract: Finemet-type glass-coated microwires with amorphous and nanocrystalline structure have been investigated. The relaxation and crystallization processes at heating of amorphous alloy have been studied by DSC method. We observed that the relaxation processes in the amorphous phase correlate with an increasing of the Curie temperature. Additionally a prolonged exposure of the samples below the crystallization temperatures does not stabilize the Curie temperature change. An investigation by the tomographic atom probe microscopy supports the formation of precipitations, probably α-Fe phase, as a result of low-temperature annealing (400 °C, 5 min). We found that the observed nano-sized areas were enriched in silicon.

  9. Structural and phase transformations in the low-temperature annealed amorphous “finemet”-type microwires

    Highlights: • Structure and magnetic properties evolution at heating of amorphous microwires was studied. • Relaxation processes in the amorphous phase correlate with an increase in Curie temperature. • Curie temperature change can not be stabilized by a prolonged exposure at pre-crystallization temperatures. • Tomographic atom probe microscopy supports the formation of α-Fe phase precipitations enriched in Si. -- Abstract: Finemet-type glass-coated microwires with amorphous and nanocrystalline structure have been investigated. The relaxation and crystallization processes at heating of amorphous alloy have been studied by DSC method. We observed that the relaxation processes in the amorphous phase correlate with an increasing of the Curie temperature. Additionally a prolonged exposure of the samples below the crystallization temperatures does not stabilize the Curie temperature change. An investigation by the tomographic atom probe microscopy supports the formation of precipitations, probably α-Fe phase, as a result of low-temperature annealing (400 °C, 5 min). We found that the observed nano-sized areas were enriched in silicon

  10. Structural characterization of ribosome recruitment and translocation by type IV IRES.

    Murray, Jason; Savva, Christos G; Shin, Byung-Sik; Dever, Thomas E; Ramakrishnan, V; Fernández, Israel S

    2016-01-01

    Viral mRNA sequences with a type IV IRES are able to initiate translation without any host initiation factors. Initial recruitment of the small ribosomal subunit as well as two translocation steps before the first peptidyl transfer are essential for the initiation of translation by these mRNAs. Using electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM) we have structurally characterized at high resolution how the Cricket Paralysis Virus Internal Ribosomal Entry Site (CrPV-IRES) binds the small ribosomal subunit (40S) and the translocation intermediate stabilized by elongation factor 2 (eEF2). The CrPV-IRES restricts tvhe otherwise flexible 40S head to a conformation compatible with binding the large ribosomal subunit (60S). Once the 60S is recruited, the binary CrPV-IRES/80S complex oscillates between canonical and rotated states (Fernández et al., 2014; Koh et al., 2014), as seen for pre-translocation complexes with tRNAs. Elongation factor eEF2 with a GTP analog stabilizes the ribosome-IRES complex in a rotated state with an extra ~3 degrees of rotation. Key residues in domain IV of eEF2 interact with pseudoknot I (PKI) of the CrPV-IRES stabilizing it in a conformation reminiscent of a hybrid tRNA state. The structure explains how diphthamide, a eukaryotic and archaeal specific post-translational modification of a histidine residue of eEF2, is involved in translocation. PMID:27159451

  11. Ion beam irradiation effects in strontium zirconium phosphate with NZP-structure type

    Ceramics with the sodium zirconium phosphate or NZP type structure have potential as nuclear waste form and inert matrix materials. For both applications the material will be subjected to self-radiation damage from α-decay of the incorporated actinides. In this study, ion-beam irradiation using Au- and He-ions has been used to simulate the consequences of α-decay and the effects of irradiation on the structural and macroscopic properties (density and hardness) have been investigated. Irradiation by Au-ions resulted in a significant volume contraction of ∼7%, a reduction in hardness of ∼30% and a loss in long-range order at fluences above 1014 Au-ions/cm2. In contrast, little effect on the material properties was noted for samples irradiated with He-ions up to a fluence of 1017 ions/cm2. Thermal annealing was investigated for the highest fluence Au-ion irradiated sample and significant decomposition was observed

  12. Durability improvement assessment in different high strength bacterial structural concrete grades against different types of acids

    Ramin Andalib; M Zaimi Abd Majid; A Keyvanfar; Amirreza Talaiekhozan; Mohd Warid Hussin; A Shafaghat; Rosli Mohd Zin; Chew Tin Lee; Mohammad Ali Fulazzaky; Hasrul Haidar Ismail

    2014-12-01

    This paper provides an insight into a new biotechnological method based on calcite precipitation for achieving high strength bio-concrete durability. It is very clear that mineral precipitation has the potential to enhance construction material resistance towards degradation procedures. The appropriate microbial cell concentration (30 * 105 cells/ml) was introduced onto different structural concrete grades (40, 45 and 50 MPa) by mixing water. In order to study the durability of structural concrete against aggressive agents, specimens were immersed in different types of acids solution (5% H2SO4 and HCl) to compare their effects on 60th, 90th and 120th day. In general, sulphuric acid and hydrochloric acid are known to be the most aggressive natural threats from industrial waters which can penetrate concrete to transfer the soluble calcium salts away from the cement matrix. The experimental results demonstrated that bio-concrete has less weight and strength losses when compared to the ordinary Portland cement concrete without microorganism. It was also found that maximum compressive strength and weight loss occurred during H2SO4 acid immersion as compared to HCl immersion. The density and uniformity of bio-concrete were examined using ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV) test. Microstructure chemical analysis was also quantified by energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) to justify the durability improvement in bacterial concrete. It was observed that less sulphur and chloride were noticed in bacterial concrete against H2SO4 and HCl, respectively in comparison to the ordinary Portland cement concrete due to calcite deposition.

  13. The Russian oil industry re-structuration: towards the emergence of western type enterprises?

    The Russian oil industry has undergone fundamental changes since the collapse of the Soviet Empire and its bureaucratic administrative structure, dominated by its various Branch Ministries. The monopoly in the Soviet oil industry has now been replaced by a number of ''oil companies'', some of which are very powerful, the best known of them being Lukoil. These ''joint stock companies'' are the product of a reform aimed essentially at implanting, out of all the numerous organisational arrangements developed in the West, the model of the vertically integrated private firm. Beyond the legal reforms in the Russian oil industry sector, however, the nature of the organisational model that has actually emerged in Russia begs several questions. Many entities, which are complex and highly diversified, are involved in this industry. There are, of course, the many private structures in which the banks sometimes carry a considerable amount of weight. There are also some vertically integrated organisations, but the degree of integration is variable and their method of centralization is based on a specific form of economic logic. It should not be considered, however, that these actors are similar to capitalist-type private enterprises, whose behaviour is regulated by the demands of international competition. Reform of property rights has not been sufficient to create true private enterprise in Russia. (author)

  14. On the modular structure of the genus-one Type II superstring low energy expansion

    D'Hoker, Eric; Vanhove, Pierre

    2015-01-01

    The analytic contribution to the low energy expansion of Type II string amplitudes at genus-one is a power series in space-time derivatives with coefficients that are determined by integrals of modular functions over the complex structure modulus of the world-sheet torus. These modular functions are associated with world-sheet vacuum Feynman diagrams and given by multiple sums over the discrete momenta on the torus. In this paper we exhibit exact differential and algebraic relations for a certain infinite class of such modular functions by showing that they satisfy Laplace eigenvalue equations with inhomogeneous terms that are polynomial in non-holomorphic Eisenstein series. Furthermore, we argue that the set of modular functions that contribute to the coefficients of interactions up to order D**10 R*4 are linear sums of functions in this class and quadratic polynomials in Eisenstein series and odd Riemann zeta values. Integration over the complex structure results in coefficients of the low energy expansion ...

  15. On the modular structure of the genus-one Type II superstring low energy expansion

    D'Hoker, Eric; Green, Michael B.; Vanhove, Pierre

    2015-08-01

    The analytic contribution to the low energy expansion of Type II string amplitudes at genus-one is a power series in space-time derivatives with coefficients that are determined by integrals of modular functions over the complex structure modulus of the world-sheet torus. These modular functions are associated with world-sheet vacuum Feynman diagrams and given by multiple sums over the discrete momenta on the torus. In this paper we exhibit exact differential and algebraic relations for a certain infinite class of such modular functions by showing that they satisfy Laplace eigenvalue equations with inhomogeneous terms that are polynomial in non-holomorphic Eisenstein series. Furthermore, we argue that the set of modular functions that contribute to the coefficients of interactions up to order are linear sums of functions in this class and quadratic polynomials in Eisenstein series and odd Riemann zeta values. Integration over the complex structure results in coefficients of the low energy expansion that are rational numbers multiplying monomials in odd Riemann zeta values.

  16. Structure, process, and outcomes of care in a telemonitoring program for patients with type 2 diabetes

    Nocella JM

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Jill M Nocella,1 Victoria Vaughan Dickson,2 Charles M Cleland,2 Gail D’Eramo Melkus2 1Department of Nursing, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, 2College of Nursing, New York University, New York, NY, USA Background: Using Donabedian's structure-process-outcomes (SPO framework, this descriptive, exploratory study examined the structure of a telemonitoring program in a population of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D, the process of nurse–patient telephonic interactions, and patients’ clinical outcomes. Methods: Secondary data analysis was conducted using data from 581 patients who participated in a home telemonitoring program for 12 months. Three point-biserial and six Pearson correlations were estimated to determine how patient demographics related to clinical characteristics. Mixed model regressions were conducted predicting hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c, systolic blood pressure (SBP, and diastolic blood pressure (DBP levels at 6, 9, and 12 months based on the frequency of contact in the earlier 3 months. Analysis of variances were conducted to assess if the frequency of contact was significantly different by change in HbA1c levels from 3 to 6, 6 to 9, and 9 to 12 months. Results: Significant negative correlations were found between age and HbA1c (r=–0.10, P=0.015 and DBP (r=–0.16, P<0.001, a significant positive correlation was found between age and SBP (r=0.15, P=0.001. A significant correlation was found between sex and DBP (rpb=–0.11, P=0.015; female participants had lower DBP levels than males. Frequency of contact was not related to the change in clinical outcomes. However, the frequency of contact for the time period 3 to 6 months was associated with change in HbA1c for the 6- to 9- month period and frequency of contact during the 6- to 9- month period was associated with change in HbA1c from 9 to 12 months. Conclusion: Examination of the SPO measures in the telemonitoring environment assisted in understanding the effectiveness

  17. A strategic analysis of the development of structural materials for proto-type reactors for fusion

    Structural Materials Research and Development Subcommittee of Nuclear Materials Committee in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute had made a study to propose a strategy how to expedite the research and development of structural materials for fusion reactors. This study was carried out along with the interim report of the Development of Structural Materials in Fusion Reactors proposed by Planning and Promotion Subcommittee of Fusion Council as well as with the Third Phase Basic Program of Fusion Research and Development settled by the Atomic Energy Commission. The present report was published to publicize the results of analyses of this study. In this report we focused mostly on the development of structural materials of blankets for tritium breeding because it is considered to be the most difficult task in the materials development due to severe conditions imposing on the blankets. We selected three candidate materials, namely, reduced low activation ferritic/ martensitic steel, SiC/SiC composites and Vanadium alloys, and elucidate the conditions in which these materials would be used as well as the design requirements for each material. Based on these conditions and requirements, we described the present status and the key issues of each material. For the development of the structural materials for the blankets, the keenest issue is the improvement and evaluation of radiation integrity and stability. Therefore, the necessity of radiation facilities, especially accelerator-type neutron sources with near fusion energy spectra was described. In addition the usage of fission reactors as irradiation facilities was also emphasized. In the processing of this reviewing we categorized reduced low activation ferritic/martensitic steel as advanced material, and SiC/SiC composites and Vanadium alloys as next-generation advanced material from the present status of developmental maturity. A periodical check and review in order to take the future progress in the development of

  18. Effects of mutations on the structure and function of silkworm type 1 acetylcholinesterase.

    Wang, B B; Li, F C; Xu, K Z; Ni, M; Hu, J S; Tian, J H; Li, Y Y; Shen, W D; Li, B

    2016-05-01

    AChE is the target of organophosphate (OP) and carbamate (CB) pesticides, and mutations in the gene can significantly reduce insects' sensitivity to these pesticides. Bombyx mori is highly sensitive to pesticides. To investigate the effects of mutations on AChE1 structure and function, we used a prokaryotic system to express B.mori wild type AChE1 (wAChE1) and mutant AChE1 (mAChE1) in this study. Active AChE1 proteins were obtained after refolding and purification, and wAChE1 and mAChE1 had similar activities. After incubation with 10(-6)M physostigmine and 10(-3)mg/mL phoxim, the remaining enzyme activity of mAChE1 was 4.42% and 8.86% higher than that of wAChE1's, respectively. Three-dimensional analysis of mutation AChE1 (mAChE1) revealed that the Ser and Ala side chains extended toward the central part of S285 with distances of just 2.80Å and 3.68Å, respectively, which changed the spatial structure of the active center and reduced its sensitivity to pesticides. These results indicated that the mutations altered the 3D structure of AChE1, which may affect the binding of physostigmine and phoxim to the serine residue at the active center, leading to reduced sensitivity. Our study helps understand the relationship between AChE1 mutations and pesticide resistance and provides a new direction for the cultivation of new pesticide-resistant varieties of B.mori. PMID:27017875

  19. An area-efficient topology for VLSI implementation of Viterbi decoders and other shuffle-exchange type structures

    Sparsø, Jens; Jørgensen, Henrik Nordtorp; Paaske, Erik; Pedersen, Steen; Rübner-Petersen, Torben

    1991-01-01

    A topology for single-chip implementation of computing structures based on shuffle-exchange (SE)-type interconnection networks is presented. The topology is suited for structures with a small number of processing elements (i.e. 32-128) whose area cannot be neglected compared to the area required...

  20. Structures and free energy landscapes of the A53T mutant-type α-synuclein protein and impact of A53T mutation on the structures of the wild-type α-synuclein protein with dynamics.

    Coskuner, Orkid; Wise-Scira, Olivia

    2013-07-17

    The A53T genetic missense mutation of the wild-type α-synuclein (αS) protein was initially identified in Greek and Italian families with familial Parkinson's disease. Detailed understanding of the structures and the changes induced in the wild-type αS structure by the A53T mutation, as well as establishing the direct relationships between the rapid conformational changes and free energy landscapes of these intrinsically disordered fibrillogenic proteins, helps to enhance our fundamental knowledge and to gain insights into the pathogenic mechanism of Parkinson's disease. We employed extensive parallel tempering molecular dynamics simulations along with thermodynamic calculations to determine the secondary and tertiary structural properties as well as the conformational free energy surfaces of the wild-type and A53T mutant-type αS proteins in an aqueous solution medium using both implicit and explicit water models. The confined aqueous volume effect in the simulations of disordered proteins using an explicit model for water is addressed for a model disordered protein. We also assessed the stabilities of the residual secondary structure component interconversions in αS based on free energy calculations at the atomic level with dynamics using our recently developed theoretical strategy. To the best of our knowledge, this study presents the first detailed comparison of the structural properties linked directly to the conformational free energy landscapes of the monomeric wild-type and A53T mutant-type α-synuclein proteins in an aqueous solution environment. Results demonstrate that the β-sheet structure is significantly more altered than the helical structure upon A53T mutation of the monomeric wild-type αS protein in aqueous solution. The β-sheet content close to the mutation site in the N-terminal region is more abundant while the non-amyloid-β component (NAC) and C-terminal regions show a decrease in β-sheet abundance upon A53T mutation. Obtained results

  1. Monazite-type ceramics for conditioning of minor actinides. Structural characterization and properties

    Babelot, Carole

    2013-07-01

    . Structural and morphological characteristics (using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM)) combined with physical and thermal properties of samples (using thermogravimetry, differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC) and dilatometry) are realized in order to study the behavior of monazite-type powder and pellets. The access to short-range-order spectroscopy (time resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLFS) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS)) permits to understand the structure of ceramic waste forms at the molecular level. La-monazite matrices being doped with Eu (III) (as a non-radioactive chemical homologue for Am (III)) and Cm (III), TRLFS is used to explore the local structural environment of Eu and Cm within the monazite crystal structure. Eu (III) and Cm (III) are substituted on the La site of LaPO{sub 4}. The single site of Cm (III) is found in four slightly different environments which is assumed to be due to a difference in the four La sites within a LaPO4 unit cell. Structural parameters of the Eu (III) species were also analyzed by EXAFS. The nearest neighbors of Eu (III) are modeled as 9.5 oxygen atoms (N{sub O1} = 4 at r(EuO1) = 2.37 Aa, N{sub O2} = 4 at r(Eu-O2) = 2.53 Aa, and N{sub O3} = 1.5 at r(Eu-O3) = 2.83 Aa). An essential parameter that describes the stability of the host phases is their dissolution rate obtained under conditions of relevance for final repositories. In this context, a set-up is developed and tested on crushed pellets. Normalized weight losses of lanthanumphosphates and europium-doped lanthanum-phosphates, measured in acidic media at 90 C, are interpreted and compared against the previous findings from the literature. The normalized dissolution rate for La and Eu within (La, Eu)PO{sub 4} is between 1.10{sup -5} and 1.10{sup -4} g.m{sup -2}.d{sup -1}, whereas the rate of Na, Cs and Sr in phosphate glass at room temperature in deionized water is about 1.10{sup -2} g.m{sup -2}.d{sup -1}. Another

  2. Monazite-type ceramics for conditioning of minor actinides. Structural characterization and properties

    The minor actinides (MA) neptunium, americium, and curium are mainly responsible for the long-term radiotoxicity of the High Active Waste (HAW) generated during the nuclear power operation. If these long-lived radionuclides are removed from the HAW by partitioning and converted by neutron fission (transmutation) into shorter-lived or stable elements, the remaining waste loses most of its long-term radiotoxicity. Thus, partitioning and transmutation (P and T) are considered as attractive options for reducing the burden on geological disposals. As an alternative, these separated MA can also be conditioned (P and C strategy) in specifically adapted ceramics to ensure their safe final disposal over long periods. At the moment, spent fuel elements are foreseen either for direct disposal in deep geological repositories or for reprocessing. The highly active liquid waste that is produced during reprocessing is conditioned industrially using a vitrification process before final disposal. Although the widely used borosilicate glasses meet most of the specifications needed, ceramic host matrices appear to be even more suitable in terms of resistance to corrosion. The development of new materials based on tailor-made highly specific ceramics with extremely stable behavior would make it possible to improve the final storage of long-lived high-level radiotoxic waste. In the framework of this PhD research project, monazite-type ceramics were chosen as promising host matrices for the conditioning of trivalent actinides. The focus on the monazite-type ceramics is justified by their properties such as high chemical durability. REPO4 ceramics are named monazite for RE = La - Gd (monoclinic symmetry) and xenotime for RE = Tb - Lu and Y (tetragonal symmetry). The objective of this study is to contribute to the understanding of the alteration behavior of such ceramics under the repository conditions. REPO4 (with RE = La, Eu) is prepared by hydrothermal synthesis at 200 C. Structural

  3. Non-degenerate homogeneous $\\epsilon$-K\\"ahler and $\\epsilon$-quaternion K\\"ahler structures of linear type

    Luján, Ignacio; Swann, Andrew

    2013-01-01

    We study the class of non-degenerate homogeneous structures of linear type in the pseudo-K\\"ahler, para-K\\"ahler, pseudo-quaternion K\\"ahler and para-quaternion K\\"ahler cases. We show that these structures characterize spaces of constant holomorphic, para-holomorphic, quaternion and para-quaternion sectional curvature respectively. In addition the corresponding homogeneous models are computed, exhibiting the relation between these kind of structures and the incompleteness of the metric.

  4. The type I error rate for in vivo Comet assay data when the hierarchical structure is disregarded

    Hansen, Merete Kjær; Kulahci, Murat

    2014-01-01

    The Comet assay is a sensitive technique for detection of DNA strand breaks. The experimental design of in vivo Comet assay studies are often hierarchically structured, which should be reWected in the statistical analysis. However, the hierarchical structure sometimes seems to be disregarded, and this imposes considerable impact on the type I error rate. This study aims to demonstrate the implications that result from disregarding the hierarchical structure. DiUerent combinations of the facto...

  5. Crystal structures of cristobalite-type and coesite-type PON redetermined on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction data.

    Bykov, Maxim; Bykova, Elena; Dyadkin, Vadim; Baumann, Dominik; Schnick, Wolfgang; Dubrovinsky, Leonid; Dubrovinskaia, Natalia

    2015-11-01

    Hitherto, phospho-rus oxonitride (PON) could not be obtained in the form of single crystals and only powder diffraction experiments were feasible for structure studies. In the present work we have synthesized two polymorphs of phospho-rus oxonitride, cristobalite-type (cri-PON) and coesite-type (coe-PON), in the form of single crystals and reinvestigated their crystal structures by means of in house and synchrotron single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal structures of cri-PON and coe-PON are built from PO2N2 tetra-hedral units, each with a statistical distribution of oxygen and nitro-gen atoms. The crystal structure of the coe-PON phase has the space group C2/c with seven atomic sites in the asymmetric unit [two P and three (N,O) sites on general positions, one (N,O) site on an inversion centre and one (N,O) site on a twofold rotation axis], while the cri-PON phase possesses tetra-gonal I-42d symmetry with two independent atoms in the asymmetric unit [the P atom on a fourfold inversion axis and the (N,O) site on a twofold rotation axis]. In comparison with previous structure determinations from powder data, all atoms were refined with anisotropic displacement parameters, leading to higher precision in terms of bond lengths and angles. PMID:26594502

  6. The Structure-Function Relationships of Complement Receptor Type 2 (CR2; CD21).

    Hannan, Jonathan Paul

    2016-01-01

    Human complement receptor type 2 (CR2; CD21) is a surface-associated glycoprotein which binds to a variety of endogenous ligands, including the complement component C3 fragments iC3b, C3dg and C3d, the low-affinity IgE receptor CD23, and the type I cytokine, interferon-alpha. CR2 links the innate complement-mediated immune response to pathogens and foreign antigens with the adaptive immune response by binding to C3d that is covalently attached to targets, and which results in a cell signalling phenomenon that lowers the threshold for B cell activation. Variations or deletions of the CR2 gene in humans, or the Cr2 gene in mice associate with a variety of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. A number of infectious agents including Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and prions also bind to CR2 either directly or indirectly by means of C3d-targeted immune complexes. In this review we discuss the interactions that CR2 undertakes with its best characterized ligands C3d, CD23 and the EBV gp350/220 envelope protein. To date only a single physiologically relevant complex of CR2 with one of its ligands, C3d, has been elucidated. By contrast, the interactions with CD23 and EBV gp350/220, while being important from physiologic and disease-associated standpoints, respectively, are only incompletely understood. A detailed knowledge of the structure-function relationships that CR2 undergoes with its ligands is necessary to understand the implications of using recombinant CR2 in therapeutic or imaging agents, or alternatively targeting CR2 to down-regulate the antibody mediated immune response in cases of autoimmunity. PMID:26916158

  7. Effects of Row-Spacing on Canopy Structure and Yield in Different Plant Type Rice Cultivars

    Zhao Hai-xin; Wang Xiao-xue; Guo Zhen-hua; Huang Xiao-qun; Liu Hua-long

    2012-01-01

    Two japonica rice varieties, Longjing 20 (more tillers and curved panicle type, MCP) and Longjing 21 (few tillers and half erect panicle type, FEP), were used to study the effects of row-spacing on canopy structure, morphological characteristics and yield. The results showed that the percentage of productive tiller reduced first, and increased afterwards as row-spacing increasing. The relationship between row spacing and the percentage of productive tiller fitted a quadratic regression. The effects of row spacing on leaf area index (LAI) at later tillering stage and the highest stem number per square meter also followed a quadratic regression relationship with increasing first and then reducing. The effects of row-spacing on primary branch were larger than the secondary branch in Longjing 20. However, the trend in Longjing 21 was opposite. The relationship between row spacing and seed setting rate of the secondary branch or panicle was negatively correlated. An extreme significant negative correlation was obtained between seed setting rate of secondary branch in Longjing 20. There was no significant positive correlation between row-spacing and yield in Longjing 20 (R2=0.68). However, the negative correlation between row-spacing and yield of Longjing 21 was extremely significant (R2=–0.96**). The canopy structure of MCP was more sensitive to row-spacing. The positive correlation between row spacing and the length of the flag leaf (R2=0.89**), the width of the flag leaf (R2=0.85*), the length of the last internode (R2=0.85*), the length of the last 2nd internode (R2=0.96**) or the length of the panicle (R2=0.91**) was significant or extremely significant in Longjing 20, but not in Longjing 21. The wider row-spacing promoted the accumulation of the dry matter of panicle, stem and leaf and the yield formation in MCP. The best row-spacing in Longjing 20 was 30 cm. For Longjing 21, the narrower row-spacing was better. The best row-spacing of it was 21 cm. These results

  8. Effect of annealing temperature on the structural, photoluminescence and magnetic properties of sol-gel derived Magnetoplumbite-type (M-type) hexagonal strontium ferrite

    Magnetoplumbite-type (M-type) hexagonal strontium ferrite particles were synthesized via sol-gel technique employing ethylene glycol as the gel precursor at two different calcination temperatures (800 and 1000 deg. C). Structural properties were systematically investigated via X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), photoluminescence spectrophotometry and superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer. XRD results showed that the sample synthesized at 1000 deg. C was of single-phase with a space group of P63/mmc and lattice cell parameter values of a=5.882 A and c=23.048 A. EDS confirmed the composition of strontium ferrite calcined at 1000 deg. C being mainly of M-type SrFe12O19 with HRTEM micrographs confirming the ferrites exhibiting M-type long range ordering along the c-axis of the crystal structure. The photoluminescence (PL) property of strontium ferrite was examined at excitation wavelengths of 260 and 270 nm with significant PL emission peaks centered at 350 nm being detected. Strontium ferrite annealed at higher temperature (1000 deg. C) was found to have grown into larger particle size, having higher content of oxygen vacancies and exhibited 83-85% more intense PL. Both the as-prepared strontium ferrites exhibited significant oxygen vacancies defect structures, which were verified via TGA. Higher calcination temperature turned strontium ferrite into a softer ferrite. - Highlights: → High annealing temperature produced M-type ferrite with higher oxygen vacancies. → Photoluminescence intensity is proportional to the existence of oxygen vacancies. → XRD data showed cell contraction well suited to the change of oxygen vacancies. → Shift in hysteresis loop due to defect-induced exchange bias was observed.

  9. Effect of annealing temperature on the structural, photoluminescence and magnetic properties of sol-gel derived Magnetoplumbite-type (M-type) hexagonal strontium ferrite

    Teh, Geok Bee, E-mail: sharonteh2009@gmail.com [Division of Bioscience and Chemistry, School of Arts and Science, Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Jalan Genting Kelang, 53300 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Wong, Yat Choy [Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, PO Box 218, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 (Australia); Tilley, Richard D. [School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, MacDiarmid Institute of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington (New Zealand)

    2011-09-15

    Magnetoplumbite-type (M-type) hexagonal strontium ferrite particles were synthesized via sol-gel technique employing ethylene glycol as the gel precursor at two different calcination temperatures (800 and 1000 deg. C). Structural properties were systematically investigated via X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), photoluminescence spectrophotometry and superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer. XRD results showed that the sample synthesized at 1000 deg. C was of single-phase with a space group of P6{sub 3}/mmc and lattice cell parameter values of a=5.882 A and c=23.048 A. EDS confirmed the composition of strontium ferrite calcined at 1000 deg. C being mainly of M-type SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} with HRTEM micrographs confirming the ferrites exhibiting M-type long range ordering along the c-axis of the crystal structure. The photoluminescence (PL) property of strontium ferrite was examined at excitation wavelengths of 260 and 270 nm with significant PL emission peaks centered at 350 nm being detected. Strontium ferrite annealed at higher temperature (1000 deg. C) was found to have grown into larger particle size, having higher content of oxygen vacancies and exhibited 83-85% more intense PL. Both the as-prepared strontium ferrites exhibited significant oxygen vacancies defect structures, which were verified via TGA. Higher calcination temperature turned strontium ferrite into a softer ferrite. - Highlights: > High annealing temperature produced M-type ferrite with higher oxygen vacancies. > Photoluminescence intensity is proportional to the existence of oxygen vacancies. > XRD data showed cell contraction well suited to the change of oxygen vacancies. > Shift in hysteresis loop due to defect-induced exchange bias was observed.

  10. The detailed crystal and electronic structures of the cotunnite-type ZrO2

    Zhang, Yan; Duan, Li; Ji, Vincent

    2016-07-01

    The detailed crystal and orbital-decomposed electronic structures of cotunnite-type ZrO2 have been investigated by using the first-principles projector augmented wave (PAW) potential within the generalized gradient approximation as well as taking into account on-site Coulomb repulsive interaction (GGA+U). The optimized structure shows that the OI and OII anions are surrounded by an arbitrary tetrahedron of four Zr cations and an arbitrary pentahedron of five Zr cations, respectively, in turn, the Zr cation is surrounded by an arbitrary tetrakaidecahedron formed by nine oxygen ligands. Although one more Zr cation is coordinated to OII, the larger bond lengths between OII and its adjacent five Zr cations (dOII-Zr) than those between OI and its adjacent four Zr cations (dOI-Zr) makes density of states (DOS) of s and three p (px , py and pz) states of the OII anion driving down in lower energy region and driving up in higher energy region. No crystal-field splitting is observed between three p (px , py and pz) states of anions OI and OII (between three p (px , py and pz) states and five d (dxy , dyz , dxz , dz2 and dx2-y2) states of cation Zr) is resulted from the arrangements of the surrounding cations (anions) do not have any symmetry. The additional covalent character upon Zr-O ionic bonds is attributed to the hybridization of itinerant Zr(5s) and less filled Zr(4d) states to the separated O(2s) and O(2p) states.

  11. Structural characterization of ribosome recruitment and translocation by type IV IRES

    Murray, Jason; Savva, Christos G; Shin, Byung-Sik; Dever, Thomas E; Ramakrishnan, V; Fernández, Israel S

    2016-01-01

    Viral mRNA sequences with a type IV IRES are able to initiate translation without any host initiation factors. Initial recruitment of the small ribosomal subunit as well as two translocation steps before the first peptidyl transfer are essential for the initiation of translation by these mRNAs. Using electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM) we have structurally characterized at high resolution how the Cricket Paralysis Virus Internal Ribosomal Entry Site (CrPV-IRES) binds the small ribosomal subunit (40S) and the translocation intermediate stabilized by elongation factor 2 (eEF2). The CrPV-IRES restricts tvhe otherwise flexible 40S head to a conformation compatible with binding the large ribosomal subunit (60S). Once the 60S is recruited, the binary CrPV-IRES/80S complex oscillates between canonical and rotated states (Fernández et al., 2014; Koh et al., 2014), as seen for pre-translocation complexes with tRNAs. Elongation factor eEF2 with a GTP analog stabilizes the ribosome-IRES complex in a rotated state with an extra ~3 degrees of rotation. Key residues in domain IV of eEF2 interact with pseudoknot I (PKI) of the CrPV-IRES stabilizing it in a conformation reminiscent of a hybrid tRNA state. The structure explains how diphthamide, a eukaryotic and archaeal specific post-translational modification of a histidine residue of eEF2, is involved in translocation. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.13567.001 PMID:27159451

  12. Structural and magnetic properties of Ca-substituted barium W-type hexagonal hexaferrites

    A series of W-type hexagonal ferrites with the composition Ba1−xCaxCo2Fe16O27 (x=0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5) were synthesized using a sol–gel method. The effects of doping on structural and magnetic properties are studied by X-ray diffraction, thermal analyzer, scanning electron microscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer and vector network analyzer, respectively. The X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the samples belong to the W-type hexagonal ferrite. The lattice constants a and c decreases as Ca contents increases. The grains exhibit well defined hexagonal shape. The saturation magnetization and the intrinsic coercive force increases with the increase of the Ca substitution amount. The real part of complex permittivity (ε′) and imaginary part (ε″) increase with more addition of Ca2+ amount. The imaginary part of complex permittivity (μ′) increases and the real part (μ′′) goes down after Ca2+ is doped. Furthermore, the Ca2+ ions doped in the ferrite improved microwave absorbency. - Highlights: • Various Ba1−xCaxCo2Fe16O27 (x=0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5) ferrites are W-type phase with a space group of p63/mmc and no any extra peak were observed in the powder XRD patterns.The lattice constants a and c decrease as Ca contents increases. • Three weight loss steps corresponding to one sharp exothermic peak have been observed in the TG curve. • The shape and diameters of most the grains remains almost independent of Ca2+ substitution by scanning electron microscopy. • The saturation magnetization and the intrinsic coercive force increases with the increase of the Ca substitution amount. • The real part of complex permittivity (ε′) and imaginary part (ε″) increase with more addition of Ca2+ amount. The imaginary part of complex permittivity (μ′) increases and the real part (μ′′) goes down after Ca2+ is doped. Furthermore, the Ca2+ ions doped in the ferrite improved microwave absorbency

  13. Structural and magnetic properties of Ca-substituted barium W-type hexagonal hexaferrites

    Huang, Kai [Engineering Technology Research Center of Magnetic Materials, Anhui Province, School of Physics & Materials Science, Anhui University, Hefei 230601 (China); Department of Mathmatic and Physics, Anhui Jianzhu University, Hefei 230601 (China); Liu, Xiansong, E-mail: xiansongliu@ahu.edu.cn [Engineering Technology Research Center of Magnetic Materials, Anhui Province, School of Physics & Materials Science, Anhui University, Hefei 230601 (China); Feng, Shuangjiu; Zhang, Zhanjun [Engineering Technology Research Center of Magnetic Materials, Anhui Province, School of Physics & Materials Science, Anhui University, Hefei 230601 (China); Yu, Jiangying [Department of Mathmatic and Physics, Anhui Jianzhu University, Hefei 230601 (China); Niu, Xiaofei; Lv, Farui; Huang, Xing [Engineering Technology Research Center of Magnetic Materials, Anhui Province, School of Physics & Materials Science, Anhui University, Hefei 230601 (China)

    2015-04-01

    A series of W-type hexagonal ferrites with the composition Ba{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}Co{sub 2}Fe{sub 16}O{sub 27} (x=0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5) were synthesized using a sol–gel method. The effects of doping on structural and magnetic properties are studied by X-ray diffraction, thermal analyzer, scanning electron microscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer and vector network analyzer, respectively. The X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the samples belong to the W-type hexagonal ferrite. The lattice constants a and c decreases as Ca contents increases. The grains exhibit well defined hexagonal shape. The saturation magnetization and the intrinsic coercive force increases with the increase of the Ca substitution amount. The real part of complex permittivity (ε′) and imaginary part (ε″) increase with more addition of Ca{sup 2+} amount. The imaginary part of complex permittivity (μ′) increases and the real part (μ′′) goes down after Ca{sup 2+} is doped. Furthermore, the Ca{sup 2+} ions doped in the ferrite improved microwave absorbency. - Highlights: • Various Ba{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}Co{sub 2}Fe{sub 16}O{sub 27} (x=0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5) ferrites are W-type phase with a space group of p63/mmc and no any extra peak were observed in the powder XRD patterns.The lattice constants a and c decrease as Ca contents increases. • Three weight loss steps corresponding to one sharp exothermic peak have been observed in the TG curve. • The shape and diameters of most the grains remains almost independent of Ca{sup 2+} substitution by scanning electron microscopy. • The saturation magnetization and the intrinsic coercive force increases with the increase of the Ca substitution amount. • The real part of complex permittivity (ε′) and imaginary part (ε″) increase with more addition of Ca{sup 2+} amount. The imaginary part of complex permittivity (μ′) increases and the real part (μ′′) goes down after Ca{sup 2+} is doped. Furthermore, the Ca{sup 2

  14. Composite growth model applied to human oral and pharyngeal structures and identifying the contribution of growth types.

    Wang, Yuan; Chung, Moo K; Vorperian, Houri K

    2013-11-13

    The growth patterns of different anatomic structures in the human body vary in terms of growth amount over time, growth rate and growth periods. The oral and pharyngeal structures, also known as vocal tract structures, are housed in the craniofacial complex where the cranium/brain follows a distinct neural growth pattern, and the face follows a distinct somatic or skeletal growth pattern. Thus, it is reasonable to expect the oral and pharyngeal structures to follow a combined or mixed growth pattern. Existing parametric growth models are limited in that they are mainly focused on modeling one particular type of growth pattern. In this paper, we propose a novel composite growth model using neural and somatic baseline curves to fit the combined growth pattern of select vocal tract structures. The method can also determine the overall percent contribution of each of the growth types. PMID:24226094

  15. Synthesis and crystal structures of novel LaOAgS-type alkaline earth – Zinc, manganese, and cadmium fluoride pnictides

    Charkin, Dmitri O., E-mail: charkin@inorg.chem.msu.ru; Urmanov, Arthur V.; Plokhikh, Igor V.; Korshunov, Alexander D.; Kuznetsov, Alexey N.; Kazakov, Sergey M.

    2014-02-05

    Highlights: • Sight new alkaline earth – Mn, Zn, Cd fluoride pnictides were prepared. • All new compounds adopt the LaOAgS structure type. • Bond distances in their structures are transferable within 2–3%. • Very close similarities are observed in structural chemistry of LaOAgS- and HfCuSi{sub 2}-type compounds of Mn, Cu, Zn, Ag, and Cd. -- Abstract: Systematic studies of the LaOAgS-type compounds among alkaline earth – Zn/Cd/Mn fluoride pnictides revealed the existence of new representatives SrFMnP, SrFMnAs, SrFMnSb, SrFZnAs, SrFZnSb, BaFZnAs, BaFCdP, and BaFCdAs. Similar to rare-earth oxide compounds and contrary to isolobal chalcogenides of Cu/Ag, not all possible compositions could be realized. No compound of the structure type is formed for calcium; strontium forms fluoride pnictides only with zinc and manganese, while for barium, new representatives are also formed with cadmium. This trend, which possibly has a geometrical origin, is corroborated by quantum chemical calculations. Formation of NdOZnP-type compounds also was not observed suggesting the structure to be characteristic only for rare earth – zinc oxide phosphides.

  16. Crystal structures of the ionic conductors Bi46M8O89 (M=P, V) related to the fluorite-type structure

    The crystal structures of the two oxides Bi46M8O89 (M=P, V) have been solved from single crystals X-ray data at room temperature. Bi46P8O89 crystallizes in the monoclinic symmetry (space group C2/m) with the cell parameters a=19.6073(4)A, b=11.4181(4)A, c=21.1119(4)A and β=112.14(3)o. The symmetry of Bi46V8O89 is also monoclinic but the space group is P21/c with the unit-cell parameters: a=20.0100(4)A, b=11.6445(4)A, c=20.4136(4)A and β=107.27(3)o. Both structures derive from an oxygen deficient fluorite-type structure where the Bi and M cations (M=P, V) are ordered in the framework. The structures are characterised by isolated MO4 tetrahedra (M=P, V) which contradicts the previous results. The difference between the two structures is only due to a different order of the M atoms (M=P, V) in the fluorite-type superstructure. It will be shown that some oxygen sites are partially occupied in both structures which can explain the ion conduction properties of these phases. A structural building principle will be proposed that can explain the large domain of solid solution related to the fluorite-type observed in both systems

  17. Structure and function of invertebrate Kazal-type serine proteinase inhibitors.

    Rimphanitchayakit, Vichien; Tassanakajon, Anchalee

    2010-04-01

    Proteinases and proteinase inhibitors are involved in several biological and physiological processes in all multicellular organisms. The proteinase inhibitors function as modulators for controlling the extent of deleterious proteinase activity. The Kazal-type proteinase inhibitors (KPIs) in family I1 are among the well-known families of proteinase inhibitors, widely found in mammals, avian and a variety of invertebrates. Like those classical KPIs, the invertebrate KPIs can be single or multiple domain proteins containing one or more Kazal inhibitory domains linked together by peptide spacers of variable length. All invertebrate Kazal domains of about 40-60 amino acids in length share a common structure which is dictated by six conserved cysteine residues forming three intra-domain disulfide cross-links despite the variability of amino acid sequences between the half-cystines. Invertebrate KPIs are strong inhibitors as shown by their extremely high association constant of 10(7)-10(13)M(-1). The inhibitory specificity of a Kazal domain varies widely with a different reactive P(1) amino acid. Different invertebrate KPI domains may arise from gene duplication but several KPI proteins can also be derived from alternative splicing. The invertebrate KPIs function as anticoagulants in blood-sucking animals such as leech, mosquitoes and ticks. Several KPIs are likely involved in protecting host from microbial proteinases while some from the parasitic protozoa help protecting the parasites from the host digestive proteinase enzymes. Silk moths produce KPIs to protect their cocoon from predators and microbial destruction. PMID:19995574

  18. Physical properties of new cerium palladium phosphide with C6Cr23-type structure

    T. Abe

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We have found that a cerium palladium phosphide crystallizes into a C6Cr23-type structure with atomic disorder. Prepared polycrystalline samples show a homogeneity range in the ternary Ce–Pd–P phase diagram. The physical properties of the highest-quality sample of Ce2.4Pd20.7P5.9 were investigated by measuring the magnetization, electrical resistivity and specific heat. No pronounced phase transition was observed down to 0.5 K. The Kondo screening of localized 4f electrons in metallic Ce2.4Pd20.7P5.9 appears to be weaker than that in the isostructural compounds of Ce3Pd20Si6 and Ce3Pd20Ge6. By a comparative study of Ce2.4Pd20.7P5.9 and Ce3Pd20X6 (X = Si, Ge, the competition between the Kondo temperature and ordering temperatures including the quadrupolar ordering temperature is briefly discussed.

  19. Structure and Kinematics of Early-Type Galaxies from Integral-Field Spectroscopy

    Cappellari, Michele

    2016-01-01

    Observations of galaxy isophotes, longs-slit kinematics and high-resolution photometry suggested a possible dichotomy between two distinct classes of E galaxies. But these methods are expensive for large galaxy samples. Instead, integral-field spectroscopic can efficiently recognize the shape, dynamics and stellar population of complete samples of early-type galaxies (ETGs). These studies showed that the two main classes, the fast and slow rotators, can be separated using stellar kinematics. We showed there is a dichotomy in the dynamics of the two classes. The slow rotators are weakly triaxial and dominate above $M_{\\rm crit}\\approx2\\times10^{11} M_\\odot$. Below $M_{\\rm crit}$, the structure of fast rotators parallels that of spiral galaxies. There is a smooth sequence along which, the metals content, the enhancement in $\\alpha$-elements, and the "weight" of the stellar initial mass function, all increase with the CENTRAL mass density slope, or bulge mass fraction, while the molecular gas fraction correspond...

  20. Structure-activity relationship of a u-type antimicrobial microemulsion system.

    Hui Zhang

    Full Text Available The structure-activity relationship of a U-type antimicrobial microemulsion system containing glycerol monolaurate and ethanol at a 1∶1 mass ratio as oil phase and Tween 20 as surfactant were investigated along a water dilution line at a ratio of 80∶20 mass% surfactant/oil phase, based on a pseudo-ternary phase diagram. The differential scanning calorimetry results showed that in the region of up to 33% water, all water molecules are confined to the hydrophilic core of the reverse micelles, leading to the formation of w/o microemulsion. As the water content increases, the water gains mobility, and transforms into bicontinuous in the region of 33-39% water, and finally the microemulsion become o/w in the region of above 39% water. The microstructure characterization was confirmed by the dynamic light scattering measurements and freeze-fracture transmission electron microscope observation. The antimicrobial activity assay using kinetics of killing analysis demonstrated that the microemulsions in w/o regions exhibited relatively high antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus due to the antimicrobial oil phase as the continuous phase, while the antimicrobial activity started to decrease when the microemulsions entered the bicontinuous region, and decreased rapidly as the water content increased in the o/w region, as a result of the dilution of antimicrobial oil droplets in the aqueous continuous phase.

  1. Depleted cores, multi-component fits, and structural parameter relations for luminous early-type galaxies

    Dullo, Bililign T

    2013-01-01

    New surface brightness profiles from 26 early-type galaxies with partially depleted cores have been extracted from the full radial extent of Hubble Space Telescope images, giving us a total sample of 31 such core-Sersic galaxies. We have carefully quantified the radial stellar distributions of the elliptical galaxies using the core-Sersic model whereas for the lenticular galaxies a core-Sersic bulge plus an exponential disc model gives the best representation. We additionally caution about the excessive use of multiple Sersic functions for decomposing galaxies. The structural parameters obtained from our fitted models are used to update several `central' as well as `global' galaxy scaling relations. We find near-linear relations between the break radius R_b and the spheroid luminosity L such that R_b ~ L^(1.13 +/- 0.13), and with the supermassive black hole mass M_BH such that R_b ~ M_BH^(0.83+/- 0.21). This is internally consistent with the notion that major, dry mergers add the stellar and black hole mass i...

  2. The structural and optical properties of type III human collagen biosynthetic corneal substitutes.

    Hayes, Sally; Lewis, Phillip; Islam, M Mirazul; Doutch, James; Sorensen, Thomas; White, Tomas; Griffith, May; Meek, Keith M

    2015-10-01

    The structural and optical properties of clinically biocompatible, cell-free hydrogels comprised of synthetically cross-linked and moulded recombinant human collagen type III (RHCIII) with and without the incorporation of 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) were assessed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray scattering, spectroscopy and refractometry. These findings were examined alongside similarly obtained data from 21 human donor corneas. TEM demonstrated the presence of loosely bundled aggregates of fine collagen filaments within both RHCIII and RHCIII-MPC implants, which X-ray scattering showed to lack D-banding and be preferentially aligned in a uniaxial orientation throughout. This arrangement differs from the predominantly biaxial alignment of collagen fibrils that exists in the human cornea. By virtue of their high water content (90%), very fine collagen filaments (2-9 nm) and lack of cells, the collagen hydrogels were found to transmit almost all incident light in the visible spectrum. They also transmitted a large proportion of UV light compared to the cornea which acts as an effective UV filter. Patients implanted with these hydrogels should be cautious about UV exposure prior to regrowth of the epithelium and in-growth of corneal cells into the implants. PMID:26159106

  3. Why type SA316 stainless steel might not work for the ITER structure

    While several alternatives exist, the current reference alloy for the first wall of the International Tokamak Experimental Reactor (ITER) is solution-annealed Type 316 stainless steel. The first wall will be a welded structure and is expected to operate under the following conditions: (1) neutron exposures in the range of 10 to 50 displacements per atom (dpa) with transmutant helium and hydrogen levels of ∼ 13 and 50 appm/dpa, respectively; (2) maximum primary stress levels of one-third the ultimate or two-thirds the yield stress; (3) water cooling and wall temperatures from ∼ 90 to 350 C; significant through-wall temperature gradients and large (three times primary) secondary stresses; and (4) 2 to 6 x 104 loading cycles at a total strain amplitude of 0.4% when the vessel is unirradiated during the physics phase and 0.2% during irradiation in the technology phase. The authors have recently reviewed the existing irradiation data base for 300-series stainless steels for irradiation and test temperatures in the range of interest for ITER. Based on this assessment, it is believed there are several potential advantages of cold-worked relative to solution-annealed steels for this environment

  4. Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Chiroptical Studies of Bidentate Salen-Type Lanthanide (III) Complexes.

    Berardozzi, Roberto; Pescitelli, Gennaro; Di Pietro, Sebastiano; Resta, Claudio; Ballistreri, Francesco P; Pappalardo, Andrea; Tomaselli, Gaetano A; Di Bari, Lorenzo

    2015-12-01

    The salen-type ligand prepared with (R,R) diphenylethan-1,2-diamine and salicylaldehyde provides stable and inert complexes KLnL2 upon simple reaction with lanthanide halides or pseudohalides LnX3 (Ln = Tb(3+) -Lu(3+) ; X = Cl(-) or TfO(-) ) of its potassium salt. All the complexes were completely characterized through nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), electronic circular dichroism (ECD) in the UV and some (Er(3+) , Tm(3+) , Yb(3+) ) also with Near-IR ECD (NIR-ECD) and luminescence (Tb(3+) , Tm(3+) ). Careful analysis of the NMR shifts demonstrated that the complexes are isostructural in solution and afforded an accurate geometry. This was further confirmed by means of Density Functional Theory (DFT) optimization of the Lu(3+) complex, and by comparing the ligand-centered experimental and time-dependent TD-DFT computed UV-ECD spectra. As final validation, we used the NIR-ECD spectrum of the Yb(3+) derivative calculated by means of Richardson's equations. The excellent match between calculated and experimental ECD spectra confirm the quality of the NMR structure. PMID:26422601

  5. Modeling and simulation of a Stewart platform type parallel structure robot

    Lim, Gee Kwang; Freeman, Robert A.; Tesar, Delbert

    1989-01-01

    The kinematics and dynamics of a Stewart Platform type parallel structure robot (NASA's Dynamic Docking Test System) were modeled using the method of kinematic influence coefficients (KIC) and isomorphic transformations of system dependence from one set of generalized coordinates to another. By specifying the end-effector (platform) time trajectory, the required generalized input forces which would theoretically yield the desired motion were determined. It was found that the relationship between the platform motion and the actuators motion was nonlinear. In addition, the contribution to the total generalized forces, required at the actuators, from the acceleration related terms were found to be more significant than the velocity related terms. Hence, the curve representing the total required actuator force generally resembled the curve for the acceleration related force. Another observation revealed that the acceleration related effective inertia matrix I sub dd had the tendency to decouple, with the elements on the main diagonal of I sub dd being larger than the off-diagonal elements, while the velocity related inertia power array P sub ddd did not show such tendency. This tendency results in the acceleration related force curve of a given actuator resembling the acceleration profile of that particular actuator. Furthermore, it was indicated that the effective inertia matrix for the legs is more decoupled than that for the platform. These observations provide essential information for further research to develop an effective control strategy for real-time control of the Dynamic Docking Test System.

  6. Structural basis for the recognition of complex-type biantennary oligosaccharides by Pterocarpus angolensis lectin.

    Buts, Lieven; Garcia-Pino, Abel; Imberty, Anne; Amiot, Nicolas; Boons, Geert-Jan; Beeckmans, Sonia; Versées, Wim; Wyns, Lode; Loris, Remy

    2006-06-01

    The crystal structure of Pterocarpus angolensis lectin is determined in its ligand-free state, in complex with the fucosylated biantennary complex type decasaccharide NA2F, and in complex with a series of smaller oligosaccharide constituents of NA2F. These results together with thermodynamic binding data indicate that the complete oligosaccharide binding site of the lectin consists of five subsites allowing the specific recognition of the pentasaccharide GlcNAc beta(1-2)Man alpha(1-3)[GlcNAc beta(1-2)Man alpha(1-6)]Man. The mannose on the 1-6 arm occupies the monosaccharide binding site while the GlcNAc residue on this arm occupies a subsite that is almost identical to that of concanavalin A (con A). The core mannose and the GlcNAc beta(1-2)Man moiety on the 1-3 arm on the other hand occupy a series of subsites distinct from those of con A. PMID:16704415

  7. Nanoscale calibration of n-type ZnO staircase structures by scanning capacitance microscopy

    Wang, L., E-mail: lin.wang@insa-lyon.fr; Laurent, J.; Brémond, G. [Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon (INL), Université de Lyon, CNRS UMR 5270, INSA Lyon, 7 Avenue Jean Capelle, 69621 Villeurbanne (France); Chauveau, J. M. [Centre de Recherche sur l' Hétéro-Epitaxie et ses Applications (CRHEA), CNRS UPR10, rue Bernard Grégory, 06560 Valbonne Sophia Antipolis (France); Physics Department, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS), Parc Valrose, 06103 Nice (France); Sallet, V.; Jomard, F. [Groupe d' étude de la matière condensée (GEMaC), CNRS - Université de Versailles St Quentin en Yvelines, Université Paris-Saclay, 45 Avenue des Etats Unis, 78035 Versailles (France)

    2015-11-09

    Cross-sectional scanning capacitance microscopy (SCM) was performed on n-type ZnO multi-layer structures homoepitaxially grown by molecular beam epitaxy method. Highly contrasted SCM signals were obtained between the ZnO layers with different Ga densities. Through comparison with dopant depth profiles from secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurement, it is demonstrated that SCM is able to distinguish carrier concentrations at all levels of the samples (from 2 × 10{sup 17 }cm{sup −3} to 3 × 10{sup 20 }cm{sup −3}). The good agreement of the results from the two techniques indicates that SCM can be a useful tool for two dimensional carrier profiling at nanoscale for ZnO nanostructure development. As an example, residual carrier concentration inside the non-intentionally doped buffer layer was estimated to be around 2 × 10{sup 16 }cm{sup −3} through calibration analysis.

  8. Space group of the trirutile type structure of Li2MoF6

    Dilithium molybdenum hexafluoride, Li2MoF6, tetragonal, Mr = 223.83, a 4.6863 (7), c = 9.191 (2) A, V = 201.8 (2) A3, Dx = 3.683 Mg m-3, λ(Mo Kα) = 0.71069 A, F(000) = 206, single crystal refinement to R = 0.057 in space group P42/m21/n2/m based on 371 structure factors measured on a diffractometer by Brunton [(1971). Mater. Res. Bull. 6, 555] who preferred in his refinement of the same data space group P42212. Refinements in space groups P42, P42212 and P42/m21/n2/m show that Li2MoF6 crystallizes in the most highly symmetric of these space groups and is, therefore, isostructural with the aristotypic trirutile type. The decision for space group P42/m21/n2/m is based on the shape and orientation of the displacement ellipsoid of the F(1) atom and on the extremely high R value of the reflections not obeying the extinction condition of the n glide in space group P42212. The importance of the weak reflections in deciding a centrosymmetric-non-centrosymmetric space-group ambiguity is emphasized. (orig.)

  9. A cross-sectional structured survey of patients receiving botulinum toxin type A treatment for blepharospasm.

    Fezza, John; Burns, John; Woodward, Julie; Truong, Daniel; Hedges, Thomas; Verma, Amit

    2016-08-15

    To characterize satisfaction with current standard-of-care botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNT/A) treatment for blepharospasm, we performed a cross-sectional, structured survey in subjects with blepharospasm who had received ≥2 BoNT/A cycles. Subjects were interviewed immediately before re-injection to evaluate treatment satisfaction, time course of treatment effects, preferred injection intervals, Jankovic Rating Scale (JRS), and Blepharospasm Disability Index (BSDI). Subjects' (n=114) last treatment was onabotulinumtoxinA (n=78), incobotulinumtoxinA (n=35), or abobotulinumtoxinA (n=1). The most frequent injection interval was 12weeks (46.5% subjects); 30.7% had an interval >12weeks. The main rationale for interval choice was "to maintain treatment efficacy" (44.7%). However, 36.6% reported that treatment effects usually declined within 8weeks; 69.6% within 10weeks. JRS and BSDI scores indicated re-emergence of symptoms before re-injection, with 70.2% and 73.7% of subjects reporting difficulties to drive and read, respectively. Overall, treatment satisfaction was high, but declined at the end of the cycle. Many subjects (52.3%) would prefer an injection interval of <12weeks; 30.6% of <10weeks. In conclusion, the survey results indicate that blepharospasm symptoms, such as difficulties to drive and read, re-emerge at the end of a BoNT treatment cycle and that flexible, individualized treatment intervals may improve treatment satisfaction and outcomes. PMID:27423565

  10. Resistance of structure and antigenic determinations of native hexon of type 1 adenovirus to protease

    Kiseleva, E.K.; Khil' ko, S.N.; Grigor' ev, V.G.; Dyachenko, N.S.; Vantsak, N.P.; Tikhonenko, T.I.

    1987-02-10

    Native hexon capsomers (trimers) of human type 1 adenovirus (Ad hl) were labeled with /sup 125/I and subjected to cleavage by trypsin, chymotrypsin, and papain. The hydrolysis of the hexon of Ad 1 by these enzymes is limited and in each case a set of relatively large fragments, which are not cleaved during prolonged hydrolysis, is formed. The degree of hydrolysis of the Ad hl hexon increases in the order trypsin < chymotrypsin < papain, the molecular weight of the largest fragments constituting 80,000, 40,000, and 32,000, respectively. At a decreased temperature all the large fragments of the hydrolysates obtained are confined in aggregates (the cores of the hexon), similar in structure to the original hexon trimers, the papain core of the Ad hl hexon being the most stable during electrophoresis in polyacrylamide gel and the chymotrypsin core being the least. A radioimmunoprecipitation analysis showed that denatured fragments of the tryptic, chymotryptic, and papain hydrolysates do not possess antigenic activity.

  11. Resistance of structure and antigenic determinations of native hexon of type 1 adenovirus to protease

    Native hexon capsomers (trimers) of human type 1 adenovirus (Ad hl) were labeled with 125I and subjected to cleavage by trypsin, chymotrypsin, and papain. The hydrolysis of the hexon of Ad 1 by these enzymes is limited and in each case a set of relatively large fragments, which are not cleaved during prolonged hydrolysis, is formed. The degree of hydrolysis of the Ad hl hexon increases in the order trypsin < chymotrypsin < papain, the molecular weight of the largest fragments constituting 80,000, 40,000, and 32,000, respectively. At a decreased temperature all the large fragments of the hydrolysates obtained are confined in aggregates (the cores of the hexon), similar in structure to the original hexon trimers, the papain core of the Ad hl hexon being the most stable during electrophoresis in polyacrylamide gel and the chymotrypsin core being the least. A radioimmunoprecipitation analysis showed that denatured fragments of the tryptic, chymotryptic, and papain hydrolysates do not possess antigenic activity

  12. An Experimental Study of the Low-cost MEMS-type Seismometer for Structural Health Monitoring

    Yin, RenCheng; Wu, Yih-Min; Hsu, Ting-Yu

    2016-04-01

    The Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) research group at National Taiwan University (NTU) and a technology company have been developing a Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) type of accelerometer named Palert designed for EEW purpose. The main advantage of Palert is that it is a relatively low-cost seismometer. On the other hand, due to the high price of commercial hardware of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems, the application of SHM to buildings is limited. Therefore, the low price of Palert devices makes it affordable to general purpose application and would lead to popularization of SHM for buildings. This study serves as a pre-study for this purpose and the feasibility for SHM application for Palert is also verified. In order to monitor the health of the building, the method proposed by Nakata et al. is used to estimate fundamental normal-mode frequency of a steel building in the laboratory of the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE). The results show that the Palert is reliable to measure the building's response for the most of the normal buildings with less than ten stories. The fundamental normal-mode frequencies estimated using the Palert are quite comparable to the ones estimated using the high-performance accelerometers and data acquisition system. The Palert illustrates the possibility to be used to monitor the health of a building but further studies are still necessary.

  13. Structural characterization and anti-tumor effects of an inulin-type fructan from Atractylodes chinensis.

    Xu, Jing; Chen, Dan; Liu, Chang; Wu, Xiong-Zhi; Dong, Cai-Xia; Zhou, Jing

    2016-01-01

    A fructan (ACPS-1) with a molecular weight of 11.2 kDa was isolated from Atractylodes chinensis rhizome and characterized by chemical derivatization, HPLC, GC-MS, FT-IR, and NMR. Structural analyses revealed that ACPS-1 is predominately composed of fructose and a small amount of glucose and a polymerization degree of about 53. The fructan was deduced to be an inulin-type fructan containing a linear backbone composed of (2→1)-linked β-d-Fruf residues. The in vitro antitumor activity of ACPS-1 was evaluated on four human cancer cell lines, including a cervical cancer cell line (Hela), two liver hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines (HepG2 and 7721), and an ovarian carcinoma cell line (Skov3). Results showed that ACPS-1 could significantly inhibit Hela, HepG2, and 7721 cell proliferation, especially HepG2, for which the fructan showed a proliferative inhibition rate as high as 87.40%. This result suggests that ACPS-1 may have anticancer potentiality against hepatocellular carcinoma and warrants further investigation. PMID:26522246

  14. Reciprocal transformations and local Hamiltonian structures of hydrodynamic-type systems

    We start from a hyperbolic Dubrovin and Novikov (DN) hydrodynamic-type system of dimension n which possesses Riemann invariants and we settle the necessary conditions on the conservation laws in the reciprocal transformation so that, after such a transformation of the independent variables, one of the metrics associated with the initial system is flat. We prove the following statement: let n ≥ 3 in the case of reciprocal transformations of a single independent variable or n ≥ 5 in the case of transformations of both the independent variables; then the reciprocal metric may be flat only if the conservation laws in the transformation are linear combinations of the canonical densities of conservation laws, i.e. the Casimirs, the momentum and the Hamiltonian densities associated with the Hamiltonian operator for the initial metric. Then, we restrict ourselves to the case in which the initial metric is either flat or of constant curvature and we classify the reciprocal transformations of one or both the independent variables so that the reciprocal metric is flat. Such characterization has an interesting geometric interpretation: the hypersurfaces of two diagonalizable DN systems of dimension n ≥ 5 are Lie equivalent if and only if the corresponding local Hamiltonian structures are related by a canonical reciprocal transformation

  15. Structure and evolution of low-mass W UMa type systems -- II. with angular momentum loss

    Li, L; Zhang, F

    2004-01-01

    In a preceding paper, using Eggleton's evolution code we have discussed the structure and evolution of low-mass W UMa type contact binaries without angular momentum loss (AML). The models exhibit cyclic behavior about a state of marginal contact on a thermal time-scale. Part of the time of each cycle is spent in contact and part in a semi-detached state. According to observations, W UMa systems suffer AML. We present the models of low-mass contact binaries with AML due to gravitational wave radiation (GR) or magnetic stellar wind (MSW) are presented. We find that gravitational radiation cannot prevent the cyclic evolution of W UMa systems, and the effect of gravitational radiation on the cyclic behavior of contact binary evolution is almost negligible. We also find that the most likely AML mechanism for W UMa systems is magnetic braking, and that magnetic braking effects can increase the period of the cyclic evolution, and shorten the fraction of the time spent in the poor thermal contact state. If W UMa star...

  16. Precision measurements of large scale structure with future type Ia supernova surveys

    Type Ia supernovae are currently the best known standard candles at cosmological distances. In addition to providing a powerful probe of dark energy they are an ideal source of information about the peculiar velocity field of the local universe. Even with the very small number of supernovae presently available it has been possible to measure the dipole and quadrupole of the local velocity field out to z∼0.025. With future continuous all-sky surveys like the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project the luminosity distances of tens of thousands of nearby supernovae will be measured accurately. This will allow for a determination of the local velocity structure of the universe as a function of redshift with unprecedented accuracy, provided the redshifts of the host galaxies are known. Using catalogues of mock surveys we estimate that future low redshift supernova surveys will be able to probe σ8 to a precision of roughly 5% at 95% C.L. This is comparable to the precision in future galaxy and weak lensing surveys, and with a relatively modest observational effort it will provide a crucial cross-check on future measurements of the matter power spectrum

  17. Precision measurements of large scale structure with future type Ia supernova surveys

    Hannestad, Steen; Haugbolle, Troels; Thomsen, Bjarne, E-mail: sth@phys.au.dk, E-mail: haugboel@phys.au.dk, E-mail: bt@phys.au.dk [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Aarhus, Ny Munkegade, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark)

    2008-02-15

    Type Ia supernovae are currently the best known standard candles at cosmological distances. In addition to providing a powerful probe of dark energy they are an ideal source of information about the peculiar velocity field of the local universe. Even with the very small number of supernovae presently available it has been possible to measure the dipole and quadrupole of the local velocity field out to z{approx}0.025. With future continuous all-sky surveys like the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project the luminosity distances of tens of thousands of nearby supernovae will be measured accurately. This will allow for a determination of the local velocity structure of the universe as a function of redshift with unprecedented accuracy, provided the redshifts of the host galaxies are known. Using catalogues of mock surveys we estimate that future low redshift supernova surveys will be able to probe {sigma}{sub 8} to a precision of roughly 5% at 95% C.L. This is comparable to the precision in future galaxy and weak lensing surveys, and with a relatively modest observational effort it will provide a crucial cross-check on future measurements of the matter power spectrum.

  18. Synthesis, structure and applications of [cis-dioxomolybdenum(VI)-(ONO)] type complexes

    Rajan Deepan Chakravarthy; Dillip Kumar Chand

    2011-03-01

    Oxo-molybdenum chemistry is of great interest since such units are found in the active sites of a majority of molybdo-enzymes. In order to mimic the biological systems, a number of oxo-molybdenum complexes have been synthesised and studied. This review describes synthesis, structure and applications of oxomolybdenum complexes particularly cis-MoO2(L)(D) where L stands for a dianionic tridentate ONO ligand and D for a donor solvent molecule/monodentate ligand. The ligand moieties are derived from Schiff base, hydrazide Schiff base and other related tridentate ligands L(H)2. The coordination geometry around the Mo center in these complexes can be best described as a distorted octahedron in which the ONO-tridentate ligand occupies meridional position with two anionic oxygen donors mutually trans and are cis to the oxygen centers of the cis-dioxo group. Mostly the applications of cis-MoO2-(ONO) type complexes seen in literature are oxo transfer reactions like epoxidation, sulfoxidation and phosphine oxidation reactions.

  19. On the cosmology of type IIA compactifications on SU(3)-structure manifolds

    Caviezel, Claudio; Koerber, Paul; Körs, Simon; Lüst, Dieter; Wrase, Timm; Zagermann, Marco

    2009-04-01

    We study cosmological properties of type IIA compactifications on orientifolds of SU(3)-structure manifolds with non-vanishing geometric flux. These compactifications give rise to effective 4D Script N = 1 supergravity theories that do not fall under some recently-proven no-go theorems against de Sitter vacua and slow-roll inflation. Focusing on a well-understood class of models based on coset spaces, however, we can use a refined no-go theorem that rules out de Sitter vacua and slow-roll inflation in all but one case. The refined no-go theorem uses the dilaton and a specific linear combination of the Kähler moduli, which is different from the overall volume modulus. It puts a lower bound on the first slow-roll parameter: epsilon >= 2. The only case not ruled out is the manifold SU(2) × SU(2), for which we indeed find critical points with epsilon numerically zero. However, all the points we could find have a tachyon corresponding to an eta-parameter η lesssim -2.4.

  20. Structure and properties of rhombohedral CePd3Ga8: A variant of the cubic parent compound with BaHg11 structure type

    Single crystals of a new intermetallic gallide, R-CePd3Ga8, have been synthesized from excess molten gallium. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction reveals that R-CePd3Ga8 crystallizes in the R-3m space group with a=b=c=8.4903(10) Å and α=β=γ=89.993(17). R-CePd3Ga8 is a variant of the cubic BaHg11 structure type with three structural units: a Ce-centered polyhedron, a distorted cube of Pd2Ga6 and a Pd-centered cuboctahedron. The distortions of these units are compared to undistorted analogous units in intermetallic compounds with BaHg11 structure type. Field and temperature-dependent magnetization measurements on R-CePd3Ga8 reveal a paramagnetic material with strong antiferromagnetic correlations and a magnetization consistent with Ce3+. Electrical resistance measurements indicate Kondo behavior between localized Ce3+ magnetic moments. - Graphical Abstract: Single crystals of CePd3Ga8 have been synthesized from Ga flux. This new compound is the first rhombohedral variant of the cubic BaHg11 structure type. Highlights: ▶ Single crystals of CePd3Ga8 were synthesized from gallium flux. ▶ CePd3Ga8 is the first rhombohedral variant of the cubic BaHg11 structure type. ▶ Paramagnetic with antiferromagnetic correlations. ▶ Magnetization consistent with Ce3+.

  1. Crystal structure of Legionella DotD: insights into the relationship between type IVB and type II/III secretion systems.

    Noboru Nakano

    Full Text Available The Dot/Icm type IVB secretion system (T4BSS is a pivotal determinant of Legionella pneumophila pathogenesis. L. pneumophila translocate more than 100 effector proteins into host cytoplasm using Dot/Icm T4BSS, modulating host cellular functions to establish a replicative niche within host cells. The T4BSS core complex spanning the inner and outer membranes is thought to be made up of at least five proteins: DotC, DotD, DotF, DotG and DotH. DotH is the outer membrane protein; its targeting depends on lipoproteins DotC and DotD. However, the core complex structure and assembly mechanism are still unknown. Here, we report the crystal structure of DotD at 2.0 Å resolution. The structure of DotD is distinct from that of VirB7, the outer membrane lipoprotein of the type IVA secretion system. In contrast, the C-terminal domain of DotD is remarkably similar to the N-terminal subdomain of secretins, the integral outer membrane proteins that form substrate conduits for the type II and the type III secretion systems (T2SS and T3SS. A short β-segment in the otherwise disordered N-terminal region, located on the hydrophobic cleft of the C-terminal domain, is essential for outer membrane targeting of DotH and Dot/Icm T4BSS core complex formation. These findings uncover an intriguing link between T4BSS and T2SS/T3SS.

  2. Crystal structures of type III{sub H} NAD-dependent D-3-phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase from two thermophiles

    Kumar, S.M. [Department of Studies in Physics, University of Mysore, Mysore 570 006 (India); Pampa, K.J. [Department of Studies in Microbiology, University of Mysore, Mysore 570 006 (India); Manjula, M. [Department of Studies in Physics, University of Mysore, Mysore 570 006 (India); Hemantha Kumar, G. [Department of Studies in Computer Science, University of Mysore, Mysore 570 006 (India); Kunishima, Naoki [Advanced Protein Crystallography Research Group, RIKEN SPring-8 Center, Harima Institute, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Lokanath, N.K., E-mail: lokanath@physics.uni-mysore.ac.in [Department of Studies in Physics, University of Mysore, Mysore 570 006 (India)

    2014-08-15

    Highlights: • Determined the crystal structures of PGDH from two thermophiles. • Monomer is composed of nucleotide binding domain and substrate binding domain. • Crystal structures of type III{sub H} PGDH. - Abstract: In the L-Serine biosynthesis, D-3-phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase (PGDH) catalyzes the inter-conversion of D-3-phosphoglycerate to phosphohydroxypyruvate. PGDH belongs to 2-hydroxyacid dehydrogenases family. We have determined the crystal structures of PGDH from Sulfolobus tokodaii (StPGDH) and Pyrococcus horikoshii (PhPGDH) using X-ray diffraction to resolution of 1.77 Å and 1.95 Å, respectively. The PGDH protomer from both species exhibits identical structures, consisting of substrate binding domain and nucleotide binding domain. The residues and water molecules interacting with the NAD are identified. The catalytic triad residues Glu-His-Arg are highly conserved. The residues involved in the dimer interface and the structural features responsible for thermostability are evaluated. Overall, structures of PGDHs with two domains and histidine at the active site are categorized as type III{sub H} and such PGDHs structures having this type are reported for the first time.

  3. Evaluation of seismic performance and effectiveness of multiple slim-type damper system for seismic response control of building structures.

    Kim, David; Sung, Eun Hee; Park, Kwan-Soon; Park, Jaegyun

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the evaluation of seismic performance and cost-effectiveness of a multiple slim-type damper system developed for the vibration control of earthquake excited buildings. The multiple slim-type damper (MSD) that consists of several small slim-type dampers and linkage units can control damping capacity easily by changing the number of small dampers. To evaluate the performance of the MSD, dynamic loading tests are performed with three slim-type dampers manufactured at a real scale. Numerical simulations are also carried out by nonlinear time history analysis with a ten-story earthquake excited building structure. The seismic performance and cost-effectiveness of the MSD system are investigated according to the various installation configurations of the MSD system. From the results of numerical simulation and cost-effectiveness evaluation, it is shown that combinations of the MSD systems can effectively improve the seismic performance of earthquake excited building structures. PMID:25301387

  4. Phytoplankton community structure in local water types at a coastal site in north-western Bay of Bengal.

    Baliarsingh, S K; Srichandan, Suchismita; Lotliker, Aneesh A; Sahu, K C; Srinivasa Kumar, T

    2016-07-01

    A comprehensive analysis on seasonal distribution of phytoplankton community structure and their interaction with environmental variables was carried out in two local water types (type 1  30 m isobath) at a coastal site in north-western Bay of Bengal. Phytoplankton community was represented by 211 taxa (146 marine, 37 fresh, 2 brackish, 20 marine-fresh, and 6 marine-brackish-fresh) belonging to seven major groups including 45 potential bloom forming and 22 potential toxin producing species. The seasonal variability depicted enrichment of phytoplankton during pre-monsoon in both water types. Total phytoplankton abundance pattern observed with inter-annual shift during monsoon and post-monsoon period at both water types. In both water types, diatom predominance was observed in terms of species richness and abundance comprising of centric (82 sp.) and pennate (58 sp.) forms. Pennate diatoms, Thalassiothrix longissima and Skeletonema costatum preponderated in both the water types. The diatom abundance was higher in type 1 in comparison to type 2. In general, SiO4 found to fuel growth of the dominant phytoplankton group, diatom in both the water types despite comparative lower concentration of other macronutrients in type 2. PMID:27334343

  5. Riemann type algebraic structures and their differential-algebraic integrability analysis

    Prykarpatsky A.K.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The differential-algebraic approach to studying the Lax type integrability of generalized Riemann type equations is devised. The differentiations and the associated invariant differential ideals are analyzed in detail. The approach is also applied to studying the Lax type integrability of the well known Korteweg-de Vries dynamical system.

  6. Structure and properties of HS6-5-2 type HSS manufactured by different P/M methods

    G. Matula; L.A. Dobrzański; Herranz, G.; Varez, A.; B. Levenfeld; Torralba, J. M.

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: It has been demonstrated in the paper structure and properties of of high speed-steel HS6-5-2 type manufactured by different method of powder metallurgy.Design/methodology/approach: Light microscope, SEM, image analysis, hardness tests, density examination, transverse rupture strength tests, analysis of chemical composition by LECO apparatus.Findings: Basing on the investigations of the HS6-5-2 type high-speed steels reinforced with ceramics particles fabricated with Powder Met...

  7. Differential Effects of Diet-Induced Dyslipidemia and Hyperglycemia on Mesenteric Resistance Artery Structure and Function in Type 2 Diabetes

    Sachidanandam, Kamakshi; Hutchinson, Jim R.; Elgebaly, Mostafa M.; Mezzetti, Erin M; Wang, Mong-Heng; Ergul, Adviye

    2008-01-01

    Type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia oftentimes present in combination. However, the relative roles of diabetes and diet-induced dyslipidemia in mediating changes in vascular structure, mechanics, and function are poorly understood. Our hypothesis was that addition of a high-fat diet would exacerbate small artery remodeling, compliance, and vascular dysfunction in type 2 diabetes. Vascular remodeling indices [media/lumen (M/L) ratio, collagen abundance and turnover, and ma...

  8. Coder and decoder of fractal signals of comb-type structure

    Politanskyi R. L.

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The article presents a coder and decoder of fractal signals of comb-type structure (FSCS based on microcontrollers (MC. The coder and decoder consist of identical control modules, while their managed modules have different schematic constructions. The control module performs forming or recognition of signals, and also carries out the function of information exchange with a computer. The basic element of the control module is a PIC18F2550 microcontroller from MicroChip. The coder of the system forms fractal signals of a given order according to the information bits coming from the computer. Samples of the calculated values of the amplitudes of elementary rectangular pulses that constitute the structure of fractal pulses are stored in the memory of the microcontroller as a table. Minimum bit capacity of the DAC necessary for the generation of FSCS of fourth order is four bits. The operation algorithm, "wired" into the controller of the program, provides for encoding of the transmitted information by two-bit symbols. Recognition of the start of transmission of each byte in communication channel is performed by the transmission of the timing signal. In a decoder the microcontroller carries out reception and decoding of the received fractal signals which are then transmitted to the computer. The developed algorithm of the program for the microcontroller of the decoder is carried out by determination of order of fractal impulse after the value of sum of amplitudes of elementary impulses, constituents fractal signal. The programs for coder and decoder are written in "C". In the most critical places of the program influencing on the fast-acting of chart “assembler” insertions are done. The blocks of the coder and decoder were connected with a coaxial 10 meters long cable with an impendance of 75 Ohm. The signals generated by the developed coder of FSCS, were studied using a digital oscillograph. On the basis of the obtained spectrums, it is possible

  9. Exact combined traveling wave solutions and multi-symplectic structure of the variant Boussinesq-Whitham-Broer-Kaup type equations

    Yang, Xiao-Feng; Deng, Zi-Chen; Li, Qing-Jun; Wei, Yi

    2016-07-01

    The homogeneous balance of undetermined coefficients method (HBUCM) is firstly proposed to construct not only the exact traveling wave solutions, three-wave solutions, homoclinic solutions, N-soliton solutions, but also multi-symplectic structures of some nonlinear partial differential equations (NLPDEs). By applying the proposed method to the variant Boussinesq equations (VBEs), the exact combined traveling wave solutions and a multi-symplectic structure of the VBEs are obtained directly. Then, the definition and a multi-symplectic structure of the variant Boussinesq-Whitham-Broer-Kaup type equations (VBWBKTEs) which can degenerate to the VBEs, the Whitham-Broer-Kaup equations (WBKEs) and the Broer-Kaup equations (BKEs) are given in the multi-symplectic sense. The HBUCM is also a standard and computable method, which can be generalized to obtain the exact solutions and multi-symplectic structures for some types of NLPDEs.

  10. Play types, structural history and distribution of Middle Buntsandstein gas fields in NW Germany. Observations and their genetic interpretation

    Baerle, C.; Kuehn, M.; Sommer, J. [Wintershall Holding AG, Erdoelwerke Barnstorf (Germany); Clever, B. [Wintershall Noordzee B.V., Rijswijk (Netherlands); Karnin, W.D.; Gast, R.

    2008-10-23

    The Middle Buntsandstein is one of the most important gas reservoirs in the northwestern German area. So far, nearly 100 billion cubic meter gas could be proven in 26 gas fields. The authors of the contribution under consideration report on play type, structural history and distribution of Middle Buntsandstein gas fields in northwestern Germany. The Buntsandstein structures consist of a tectonic-halokinetic structural floor with the three types inversion play, late halogenetic play and early halogenetic play. The development of the Buntsandstein fields depends of the timing of the structural formation and the presence of migration windows. Beside classical migration windows in the Zechstein salina, the internal ranges of the Permian basin require an existence of disturbances which enable a migration of the carbon-generated gases by the second barrier.

  11. Structural study of perovskite-type ferroelectric oxides by high-energy synchrotron radiation powder diffraction

    A large Deby-Scherrer camera equipped with imaging plate as a detector was installed at the BL02B2 line in SPring-8. The coordinate, thermal vibration and charge density distribution of atoms can be accurately determined by analyzing high-energy synchrotron radiation powder diffraction data using the maximum entropy method /Rietveld method. Perovskite-type dielectric oxides are classified by the tolerance factor t; t>1, ferroelectrics and t3 (ferroelectric, t=1.03) and PbZrO3 (antiferroelectric, t=0.97) have been investigated in association with phase transitions. Two distinctive structural features, that is, disordered Pb atom and anisotropic charge density distribution around O atom, are observed only in the cubic phase of PbZrO3. These features can be clue to understanding why PbZrO3 shows antiferroelectric phase transition. Nonvolatile memory devices are important computer components. To realize a practical ferroelectric random access memories (FRAMs), the thin film should satisfy following criteria; large remnant polarization and reliable polarization-cycling characteristics. Bi-perovskite layered ferroelectric compounds have been proposed to overcome the fatigue problem. From the study of electron charge density distribution in layered ferroelectrics Bi4Ti3O12(BiT) and Bi3.25La0.75Ti3O12(BLT), it is shown that the chemical bonding of BiT is established between Bi-O in perovskite layer only along the a axis, whereas BLT exhibits isotropic chemical bonding of Bi/La-O with a high electron density both along the a and b axes. High endurance to polarization fatigue reported for BLT is suggested to originate from the stabilization of oxygen in the perovskite layer due to the isotropic chemical bonding of Bi/La-O. (Y.K.)

  12. Crystal structure of two new bifunctional nonsubstrate type thrombin inhibitors complexed with human alpha-thrombin.

    Féthière, J.; Tsuda, Y.; Coulombe, R.; Konishi, Y.; Cygler, M.

    1996-01-01

    The crystal structures of two new thrombin inhibitors, P498 and P500, complexed with human alpha-thrombin have been determined at 2.0 A resolution and refined to crystallographic R-factors of 0.170 and 0.169, respectively. These compounds, with picomolar binding constants, belong to a family of potent bifunctional inhibitors that bind thrombin at two remote sites: the active site and the fibrinogen recognition exosite (FRE). The inhibitors incorporate a nonsubstrate type active site binding fragment: Dansyl-Arg-(D)Pipecolic acid (Dns-Arg-(D)Pip), reminiscent of the active-site directed inhibitors MD-805 and MQPA, rendering them resistant to thrombin-induced hydrolysis. The FRE binding fragment of these inhibitors corresponds to the hirudin55-65 sequence. They differ in the chemical nature of the nonpeptidyl linker bridging these two functional activities. In both cases, the active site binding fragment is well defined in the electron density. The DnsH1, ArgH2, and (D)PipH3 groups occupy the S3, S1, and S2 subsites of thrombin, respectively, in a way similar to that observed in the thrombin-MQPA complexes. Binding in the active site of thrombin is characterized by numerous van der Waals contacts and ring-ring system interactions. Unlike in the substrate-like inhibitors, ArgH2 enters the S1 specificity pocket from the P2 position and adopts a bent conformation to make an hydrogen bond to the carboxylate of Asp189. In this noncanonical position, its carbonyl points away from the oxyanion hole, which is now occupied by well-ordered solvent molecules. The linkers fit in the groove extending from the active site to the FRE. The C-terminal fragments of both inhibitors bind in the same way as analogous FRE binding elements in previously described complexes. PMID:8762149

  13. Complete {sup 1}H and {sup 13}C NMR structural assignments for a group of four goyazensolide-type furanoheliangolides

    Soares, Ana Carolina Ferreira; Silva, Aline Nazare; Matos, Priscilla Mendonca; Silva, Eder Henrique da; Heleno, Vladimir Constantino Gomes [Universidade de Franca, Franca, SP (Brazil). Nucleo de Pesquisas em Ciencias Exatas e Tecnologicas; Lopes, Norberto Peporine; Lopes, Joao Luis Callegari [Universidade de Sao Paulo (FCFRP/USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Ciencias Farmaceuticas de Ribeirao Preto. Dept. de Quimica e Fisica; Sass, Daiane Cristina, E-mail: vheleno_05@yahoo.com.br [Universidade de Sao Paulo (FFCLRP/USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Filosofia, Ciencias e Letras de Ribeirao Preto. Dept. de Quimica

    2012-07-01

    Four goyazensolide-type sesquiterpene lactones - lychnofolide, centratherin, goyazensolide and goyazensolide acetate - were thoroughly studied by NMR experimental techniques. {sup 1}H NMR, {sup 13}C NMR {l_brace}{sup 1}H{r_brace}, COSY, HMQC, HMBC, J-res. and NOE experiments were performed to provide the needed structural information. Complete and unequivocal assignment, including the determination of all multiplicities, was obtained for each structure and the data collections are presented in tables (author)

  14. Territorial system of education as a structure of holding type: questions of estimation of administrative body effectiveness

    Ivanov, Mikhail

    2013-01-01

    Paper presents the analytical observation of articles dedicated to using the methodology of complicated multi-elements organizational systems for the estimation of effectiveness of territorial production structures. It made a conclusion about isomorphism of territorial system of formation of multi-elements territory dispersed predication structure of holding type. The boards of introduce methodologies and indicators to measure effectiveness in such business spheres as development of indica...

  15. Structural and Process Features in Three Types of Child Care for Children from High and Low Income Families

    Dowsett, Chantelle J.; Huston, Aletha C.; Imes, Amy E.

    2008-01-01

    We use observations from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD) to compare structural and process characteristics of child care centers, family child care homes (nonrelative care in a home setting) and care by relatives for 2, 3- and 4 ½-year-old children. Type of care differences in structural and caregiver characteristics were consistent across ages: centers had higher child-to-adult ratios and bigger groups; centers had caregivers with better education, more tra...

  16. Crystal structures of the trimeric human immunodeficiency virus type 1 matrix protein: implications for membrane association and assembly.

    Hill, C. P.; Worthylake, D; Bancroft, D P; Christensen, A. M.; Sundquist, W. I.

    1996-01-01

    The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) matrix protein forms a structural shell associated with the inner viral membrane and performs other essential functions throughout the viral life cycle. The crystal structure of the HIV-1 matrix protein, determined at 2.3 angstrom resolution, reveals that individual matrix molecules are composed of five major helices capped by a three-stranded mixed beta-sheet. Unexpectedly, the protein assembles into a trimer in three different crystal lattices...

  17. Complete 1H and 13C NMR structural assignments for a group of four goyazensolide-type furanoheliangolides

    Four goyazensolide-type sesquiterpene lactones - lychnofolide, centratherin, goyazensolide and goyazensolide acetate - were thoroughly studied by NMR experimental techniques. 1H NMR, 13C NMR {1H}, COSY, HMQC, HMBC, J-res. and NOE experiments were performed to provide the needed structural information. Complete and unequivocal assignment, including the determination of all multiplicities, was obtained for each structure and the data collections are presented in tables (author)

  18. Quantitative differences in adhesiveness of type 1 fimbriated Escherichia coli due to structural differences in fimH genes.

    Sokurenko, E V; Courtney, H S; Maslow, J; Siitonen, A.; Hasty, D L

    1995-01-01

    Type 1 fimbriae are heteropolymeric surface organelles responsible for the D-mannose-sensitive (MS) adhesion of Escherichia coli. We recently reported that variation of receptor specificity of type 1 fimbriae can result solely from minor alterations in the structure of the gene for the FimH adhesin subunit. To further study the relationship between allelic variation of the fimH gene and adhesive properties of type 1 fimbriae, the fimH genes from five additional strains were cloned and used to...

  19. Intermetallic cerium compounds with ordered U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} type structure

    Poettgen, R.; Fugmann, A.; Hoffmann, R.-D.; Rodewald, U.C.; Niepmann, D. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Anorganisch-Chemisches Inst.

    2000-02-01

    New intermetallic cerium compounds Ce{sub 2}T{sub 2}Mg (T = Ni, Cu, Pd), Ce{sub 2}T{sub 2}Cd (T = Pd, Pt, Au), and Ce{sub 2}T{sub 2}Pb (T = Pt, Au) were prepared by reaction of the elements in sealed tantalum tubes in a high-frequency furnace. Most Ce{sub 2}T{sub 2}X (X = Mg, Cd, Pb) compounds are stable after annealing at about 1000 K, while Ce{sub 2}Pd{sub 2}Mg is obtained as single phase only after melting and quenching. A thermal treatment at about 1000 K leads to decomposition in CePdMg and CePd. The eight compounds were investigated by X-ray diffraction both as powders and single crystals, and most structures were refined from single crystal data. They adopt an ordered U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} type structure with space group P4/mbm: a = 759.6(1), c = 376.71(9) pm, wR2 = 0.0562, 294 F{sup 2} values, 12 parameters for Ce{sub 2}Ni{sub 2}Mg, a = 787.41(9), c = 387.23(7) pm, wR2 = 0.0438, 222 F{sup 2} values, 12 parameters for Ce{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}Mg, a = 777.14(8), c = 400.03(7) pm, wR2 = 0.0276, 221 F{sup 2} values, 13 parameters for Ce{sub 2}Pd{sub 2.03}Mg{sub 0.97}, a = 777.90(6), c = 393.28(6) pm, wR2 = 0.0360, 317 F{sup 2} values, 12 parameters for Ce{sub 2}Pd{sub 2}Cd, and a = 779.90(7), c = 389.97(7) pm, wR2 = 0.0453, 315 F{sup 2} values, 12 parameters for Ce{sub 2}Pt{sub 2}Cd. Refinement of the occupancy parameters revealed full occupancy for most sites. A mixed palladium/magnesium (97% Mg / 3% Pd) occupancy was observed only for the 2a site of Ce{sub 2}Pd{sub 2.03}Mg{sub 0.97}, indicating a small homogeneity range for this compound. Ce{sub 2}Au{sub 2}Cd (a = 804.93(7), c = 393.36(6) pm) and the plumbides Ce{sub 2}Pt{sub 2}Pb (a = 794.63(7), c = 381.50(6) pm) and Ce{sub 2}Au{sub 2}Pb (a = 810.70(7), c = 394.85(7) pm) were characterized through their Guinier powder data. The structures of the Ce{sub 2}T{sub 2}X compounds can be interpreted as an intergrowth of distorted AlB{sub 2} and CsCl related slabs of compositions CeT{sub 2} and CeX. The course of the lattice

  20. A structure for quasars under the scope of polarisation I. The UV/optical polarisation dichotomy of type-1 and type-2 AGN

    Marin, F

    2013-01-01

    We present UV/optical spectropolarimetric modelling of the phenomenologically-based structure for quasars proposed by Elvis (2000). In this first paper of a series, we explore the continuum polarisation emerging from radiatively accelerated and bent winds that were vertically launched from the accretion disc in an active galactic nucleus (AGN). We simulate the radiative transfer occurring in Thomson scattering and dust extinction media over a range of morphological parameters and optical depths of the wind. We demonstrate that the wind geometry proposed by Elvis with a phenomenologically-derived bending angle of theta = 60deg still underestimates the observed optical polarisation percentage of type-1 and type-2 AGN and does not yet reproduce the expected dichotomy of the polarisation position angle. To recover the observed polarisation properties, a smaller bending angle and some amount of dust shielding in the equatorial region should be considered. A two-phase outflow is found to generate both the observed ...

  1. Vertical and horizontal vegetation structure across natural and modified habitat types at Mount Kilimanjaro

    Rutten, Gemma; Ensslin, Andreas; Hemp, Andreas; Fischer, Markus; Silva, Lucas C. R.

    2015-01-01

    In most habitats, vegetation provides the main structure of the environment. This complexity can facilitate biodiversity and ecosystem services. Therefore, measures of vegetation structure can serve as indicators in ecosystem management. However, many structural measures are laborious and require expert knowledge. Here, we used consistent and convenient measures to assess vegetation structure over an exceptionally broad elevation gradient of 866–4550m above sea level at Mount Kilimanjaro, Tan...

  2. Structural chemistry of A2MX4 compounds (X = O, F) with isolated tetrahedral anions: search for the densest structure types.

    Nalbandyan, Vladimir; Novikova, Anastasiya

    2012-06-01

    The packing density of various structures is important not only for understanding and the prediction of high-pressure phase transitions, but also because of its reported correlation with thermodynamic stability. Plotting the cube root of formula volume against the cation radii (R) for nine morphotropic series with isolated tetrahedral anions, A(2)MO(4) (M = Si, Ge, S, Se, Cr, Mn, Mo, W) and A(2)BeF(4), permits the comparison of packing densities for 13 structure types (about 80 individual compounds and several solid solutions) stable at (or near) ambient temperature. The spinel type is the densest. The next densest types are those of K(2)MoO(4), Tl(2)CrO(4), β-Ca(2)SiO(4), β-K(2)SO(4), Ag(2)CrO(4) and Sr(2)GeO(4). In three series (M = Ge, Mo, W) the densest type comes with somewhat intermediate values of R, and not the largest, in contrast to the classical homology rule. Another contradiction with traditional views is that some of the densest phases have abnormally low overall binding energies. The correlation between packing density and coordination number (CN) is better when CN of A counts entire MX(4) groups rather than individual X atoms; many, but not all, A(2)MX(4) structures have binary A(2)M analogues (of course, A and M are not necessarily the same in these structure types). The most frequent arrangement of A around M is of the Ni(2)In type: a (distorted) pentacapped trigonal prism. PMID:22610673

  3. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic property of ilmenite-type FeGeO{sub 3}

    Nakatsuka, Daisuke, E-mail: dns421305@s.okayama-u.ac.jp [Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University, Tsushiuma-naka 3-1-1, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Yoshino, Takashi [Institute for Study of the Earth' s Interior, Okayama University, Misasa, Tottori 682-0193 (Japan); Kano, Jun; Hashimoto, Hideki; Nakanishi, Makoto; Takada, Jun; Fujii, Tatsuo [Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University, Tsushiuma-naka 3-1-1, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan)

    2013-02-15

    We synthesized well-crystallized ilmenite-type FeGeO{sub 3} to investigate its structural and magnetic properties. Ilmenite-type FeGeO{sub 3} were synthesized by high-pressure synthesis technique using a Kawai-type multi-anvil apparatus. Their structural and magnetic properties were examined by XRD analysis with Rietveld refinement, transmission electron microscopy, Moessbauer spectroscopy and SQUID-magnetization measurements. The subsequent annealing after the high-pressure synthesis was effective to improve the crystallinity of the ilmenite-type FeGeO{sub 3}. The primary particle size of ilmenite-type FeGeO{sub 3} was {approx}15 nm. Some particles seemed to be covered with non- or poorly crystalline phase even after the annealing, and others showed a lamellar microstructure parallel to the (0 0 1) plane. Theilmenite-type FeGeO{sub 3} showed typical antiferromagnetic behavior with the Neel temperature of 79 K. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structure, transmission electron micrograph and temperature dependent susceptibility of ilmenite-type FeGeO{sub 3}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ilmenite-type FeGeO{sub 3}, a novel polymorphism of FeGeO{sub 3} was successfully synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It was synthesized by using high pressure technique at 23.5 GPa at 500 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Subsequent annealing in vacuum was effective to improve the crystallinity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Its primary particle size was {approx}15 nm, and some grains had lamellar microstructure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It showed typical antiferromagnetic behavior with the Neel temperature of 79 K.

  4. Structured exercise interventions for type 2 diabetes mellitus: Strength of current evidence

    Mohammed Ejas Hussain

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Exercise, along with medical nutrition therapy and pharmacological interventions, is an important component in the clinical management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D. Current clinical guidelines on type 2 diabetes provide no detailed information on the modalities of effective exercise intervention in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Both endurance and resistance types of exercise seem to be equally effective in improving metabolic control in patients with type 2 diabetes. Determining the best method of providing exercise is clinically relevant to this population. This paper reviews the epidemiology of diabetes and problems of physical function associated with type 2 diabetes and discuss the benefits of exercise therapy on the parameters of glycemic control and function in type 2 diabetes patients, with special reference to Asian Indians. Based on the currently available literature, it is concluded that type 2 diabetes patients should be encouraged to participate in specifically designed exercise intervention programs. Attention should be paid to the avoidance of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal deconditioning. More clinical research is warranted to establish the efficacy of different dosages of exercise intervention in a holistic approach for type 2 diabetes subpopulations within different stages of the disease and various levels of co-morbidity.

  5. Thermal-rheological structure of the lithosphere beneath two types of basins in eastern and western China

    王良书; 李成; 刘福田; 李华; 卢华复; 刘绍文

    2000-01-01

    After calculating thermal-rheological properties of the lithosphere in the Northern Jiangsu basin, the Bohaiwan basin as well as the Jiyang depression in the east and Tarim basin in the west of China, this paper analyzes the relationship between thermal-rheological structures and tectonic evolution of the two types of basins. The results show that the thermal-rheoiogical structures of the lithosphere directly reflect the dynamic processes. Under different dynamic environments, the style of basin formation and the differences in basin evolution are closely related to the dynamic properties of the lithosphere indicated by thermal-rheological structures.

  6. Call types of Bigg's killer whales (Orcinus orca) in western Alaska: Using vocal dialects to assess population structure

    Sharpe, Deborah Lynn

    Apex predators are important indicators of ecosystem health, but little is known about the population structure of Bigg's killer whales ( Orcinus orca; i.e. 'transient' ecotype) in western Alaska. Currently, all Bigg's killer whales in western Alaska are ascribed to a single broad stock for management under the US Marine Mammal Protection Act. However, recent nuclear microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA analyses indicate that this stock is likely comprised of genetically distinct sub-populations. In accordance with what is known about killer whale vocal dialects in other locations, I sought to evaluate Bigg's killer whale population structure by examining the spatial distribution of group-specific call types in western Alaska. Digital audio recordings were collected from 33 encounters with Bigg's killer whales throughout the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands in the summers of 2001-2007 and 2009-2010. Recorded calls were perceptually classified into discrete types and then quantitatively described using 12 structural and time-frequency measures. Resulting call categories were objectively validated using a random forest approach. A total of 36 call types and subtypes were identified across the entire study area, and regional patterns of call type usage revealed three distinct dialects, each of which corresponding to proposed genetic delineations. I suggest that at least three acoustically and genetically distinct subpopulations are present in western Alaska, and put forth an initial catalog for this area describing the regional vocal repertoires of Bigg's killer whale call types.

  7. Structure and properties of α-NaFeO{sub 2}-type ternary sodium iridates

    Baroudi, Kristen, E-mail: kbaroudi@princeton.edu [Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States); Yim, Cindi [Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States); Wu, Hui [NIST Center for Neutron Research, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-6102 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2115 (United States); Huang, Qingzhen [NIST Center for Neutron Research, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-6102 (United States); Roudebush, John H. [Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States); Vavilova, Eugenia [Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research IFW, Dresden (Germany); Zavoisky Physical Technical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Kazan (Russian Federation); Grafe, Hans-Joachim; Kataev, Vladislav [Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research IFW, Dresden (Germany); Buechner, Bernd [Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research IFW, Dresden (Germany); Institut für Festkörperphysik, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden (Germany); Ji, Huiwen [Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States); Kuo, Changyang; Hu, Zhiwei; Pi, Tun-Wen [Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Nöthnitzer Straße 40, 01187 Dresden (Germany); Pao, Chiwen; Lee, Jyhfu [National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Hsinchu 30076, Taiwan, ROC (China); Mikhailova, Daria; Hao Tjeng, Liu [Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Nöthnitzer Straße 40, 01187 Dresden (Germany); Cava, R.J. [Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States)

    2014-02-15

    The synthesis, structure, and elementary magnetic and electronic properties are reported for layered compounds of the type Na{sub 3−x}MIr{sub 2}O{sub 6} and Na{sub 3−x}M{sub 2}IrO{sub 6}, where M is a transition metal from the 3d series (M=Zn, Cu, Ni, Co, Fe and Mn). The rhombohedral structures, in space group R−3m, were determined by refinement of neutron and synchrotron powder diffraction data. No clear evidence for long range 2:1 or 1:2 honeycomb-like M/Ir ordering was found in the neutron powder diffraction patterns except in the case of M=Zn, and thus in general the compounds are best designated as sodium deficient α-NaFeO{sub 2}-type phases with formulas Na{sub 1−x}M{sub 1/3}Ir{sub 2/3}O{sub 2} or Na{sub 1−x}M{sub 2/3}Ir{sub 1/3}O{sub 2}. Synchrotron powder diffraction patterns indicate that several of the compounds likely have honeycomb in-plane metal–iridium ordering with disordered stacking of the layers. All the compounds are sodium deficient under our synthetic conditions and are black and insulating. Weiss constants derived from magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate that Na{sub 0.62}Mn{sub 0.61}Ir{sub 0.39}O{sub 2}, Na{sub 0.80}Fe{sub 2/3}Ir{sub 1/3}O{sub 2}, Na{sub 0.92}Ni{sub 1/3}Ir{sub 2/3}O{sub 2}, Na{sub 0.86}Cu{sub 1/3}Ir{sub 2/3}O{sub 2}, and Na{sub 0.89}Zn{sub 1/3}Ir{sub 2/3}O{sub 2} display dominant antiferromagnetic interactions. For Na{sub 0.90}Co{sub 1/3}Ir{sub 2/3}O{sub 2} the dominant magnetic interactions at low temperature are ferromagnetic while at high temperatures they are antiferromagnetic; there is also a change in the effective moment. Low temperature specific heat measurements (to 2 K) on Na{sub 0.92}Ni{sub 1/3}Ir{sub 2/3}O{sub 2} indicate the presence of a broad magnetic ordering transition. X-ray absorption spectroscopy shows that iridium is at or close to the 4+ oxidation state in all compounds. {sup 23}Na nuclear magnetic resonance measurements comparing Na{sub 2}IrO{sub 3} to Na{sub 0.92}Ni{sub 1/3}Ir

  8. Hβ photometry of northern intermediate galactic latitude early-type stars and galactic structure away from the plane

    Photoelectric Hβ photometry is presented for 255 early-type stars at intermediate galactic latitudes. Absolute magnitudes and distances are derived for the more luminous stars. Those with Msub(v) =< -2.5 and at distances of up to 1 kpc from the galactic plane, may follow spiral structure in the plane. (author)

  9. Conceptual design study of Pebble Bed Type High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor with annular core structure

    This report presents the Conceptual Design Study of Pebble Bed Type High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor with Annular Core Structure. From this study, it is made clear that the thermal power of the Pebble Bed Type Reactor can be increased to 500MW through introducing the annular core structure without losing the inherent safe characteristics (in the coolant depressurization accident, the fuel temperature does not exceed the temperature where the fuel defect begins.) This thermal power is two times higher than the inherent safe Pebble Bed Type High temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (MHTGR) designed in West Germany. From this result, it is foreseen that the ratio of the plant cost to the reactor power is reduced and the economy of the plant operation is improved. The reactor performances e.g. fuel burnup and fuel temperature are maintained in same level of the MHTGR. (author)

  10. Multi-virulence-locus sequence typing of Staphylococcus lugdunensis generates results consistent with a clonal population structure and is reliable for epidemiological typing.

    Didi, Jennifer; Lemée, Ludovic; Gibert, Laure; Pons, Jean-Louis; Pestel-Caron, Martine

    2014-10-01

    Staphylococcus lugdunensis is an emergent virulent coagulase-negative staphylococcus responsible for severe infections similar to those caused by Staphylococcus aureus. To understand its potentially pathogenic capacity and have further detailed knowledge of the molecular traits of this organism, 93 isolates from various geographic origins were analyzed by multi-virulence-locus sequence typing (MVLST), targeting seven known or putative virulence-associated loci (atlLR2, atlLR3, hlb, isdJ, SLUG_09050, SLUG_16930, and vwbl). The polymorphisms of the putative virulence-associated loci were moderate and comparable to those of the housekeeping genes analyzed by multilocus sequence typing (MLST). However, the MVLST scheme generated 43 virulence types (VTs) compared to 20 sequence types (STs) based on MLST, indicating that MVLST was significantly more discriminating (Simpson's index [D], 0.943). No hypervirulent lineage or cluster specific to carriage strains was defined. The results of multilocus sequence analysis of known and putative virulence-associated loci are consistent with a clonal population structure for S. lugdunensis, suggesting a coevolution of these genes with housekeeping genes. Indeed, the nonsynonymous to synonymous evolutionary substitutions (dN/dS) ratio, the Tajima's D test, and Single-likelihood ancestor counting (SLAC) analysis suggest that all virulence-associated loci were under negative selection, even atlLR2 (AtlL protein) and SLUG_16930 (FbpA homologue), for which the dN/dS ratios were higher. In addition, this analysis of virulence-associated loci allowed us to propose a trilocus sequence typing scheme based on the intragenic regions of atlLR3, isdJ, and SLUG_16930, which is more discriminant than MLST for studying short-term epidemiology and further characterizing the lineages of the rare but highly pathogenic S. lugdunensis. PMID:25078912

  11. Sibling Structure and Parental Sex-Typing of Children's Household Tasks.

    Brody, Charles J.; Steelman, Lala Carr

    1985-01-01

    Tests whether an increase in number of sons in the family decreases the sex-typing of traditionally female tasks and whether an increase in the number of daughters increases sex-typing of traditionally female chores. Examines the reverse pattern for male chores. Results support the hypotheses for the female-specific tasks. (BH)

  12. Effects of Family Structure Type and Stability on Children's Academic Performance Trajectories

    Sun, Yongmin; Li, Yuanzhang

    2011-01-01

    Using five waves of panel data from 8,008 children in the ECLS-K, the current study compared children's academic performance growth curves from kindergarten through fifth grade among three types of nondisrupted and three types of disrupted families. The analyses found that children in nondisrupted two-biological-parent and nondisrupted stepparent…

  13. Structural and magnetic properties of Cu-V substituted M-type barium hexaferrites

    Mahmood, Sami H.; Awadallah, Ahmad; Maswadeh, Yazan; Bsoul, Ibrahim

    2015-10-01

    In search of magnetic materials with improved magnetic characteristics for practical applications, M-type barium hexaferrites with Fe3+ ions partially substituted by a mixture of Cu and V ions were prepared by ball milling and sintering at 1200° C. The structural analyses of the prepared BaFe12-2xCuxVxO19 samples (x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4) revealed the presence of BaM phase, in addition to α-Fe2O3, Ba3V2O8, and BaFe2O4 nonmagnetic phases which evolved as x increased. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging demonstrated the presence of different phases in the substituted samples, and a general trend of particle-size growth with increasing x. Energy dispersive spectroscopy was used to examine the local stoichiometry of the samples, and confirmed the different phases identified by XRD analysis. The saturation magnetization was found to be high for low substitution level (72 emu/g for the sample with x = 0.1 sintered for 2 h, and 65 emu/g for the sample sintered for 10 h), while it decreased significantly with increasing the substitution level. The coercivity (Hc) for the samples sintered for 2 h was found to decrease sharply with increasing x, even at low substitution levels (x < 0.2), where it decreased from about 3.5 kOe for the un-substituted sample down to about 1.6 kOe for the sample with x = 0.1, and down to below 0.3 kOe at higher substitution levels. The coercivity of the sample with x = 0.1 sintered for 10 h reduced further, down to about 677 Oe, demonstrating properties demanded for magnetic recording applications. Further, washing with HCl was found to remove some of the nonmagnetic phases, and increase the yield of the BaM phase.

  14. Structural Stability of Riemann Solutions for a Multiphase Kinematic Conservation Law Model that Changes Type.

    Vinod, Vaidyanath

    We consider a model for 2-way traffic flow introduced by Bick and Newell in 1960 (2). The model problem is: p_{t} + (pu)_{x } = 0; quad q_{t} + (qv)_ {x} = 0.eqno(0.1)Here p and q are the densities of cars in the two directions of flow and u and v are the respective velocities in the p and q directions; a choice suggested in (2) is u = 1 - p - beta q, v = -1 + q + beta p.. In this model, beta is a measure of the interaction between the two directions of flow. For the problem to be physically feasible, we require 0=0, q=0, and -1 + q + beta p>=0.. When beta = 0, there is no interaction between the two directions of flow and then the system (0.1) reduces to a system of scalar equation for which the Riemann problem (Cauchy problem) to (0.1) with initial data of the form: U(x,0) = cases{{U_0,quad x 0} cr}has a unique solution in the class of Lax entropy or admissible wave solutions. In this case, there is an open set of initial states (U_0, U_1) for which the solution exhibits the phenomenon of 'overlapping rarefaction waves'. These waves occupy the same position in the physical plane and they are stable. When beta>0, for the same initial values U_0 and U_1, these overlapping rarefaction solutions disappear due to the presence of an elliptic region. For these states, we introduce a new shock solution which we term a critical shock (this is qualitatively similar to a Buckley-Leverett shock). The strength of the shock goes to zero as beta tends to zero; and this solution approaches the overlapping wave solution. The main result of this thesis is that these constructed solutions are structurally stable as beta approaches zero (that is, the elliptic region shrinks to a line); and that they converge strongly in L^1. The construction might prove useful in solving other problems that change type, for example models for three-phase flow in porous media (1) or compressible two-phase flow (19). In this dissertation, we present the stability result for one new case, which

  15. Simplified Structure of Ducted Darrieus-Type Hydro Turbine with Narrow Intake for Extra-low Head Hydropower Utilization

    Matsushita, Daisuke; Okuma, Kusuo; Watanabe, Satoshi; Furukawa, Akinori

    A ducted Darrieus-type hydro turbine has been proposed for extra-low head hydropower utilization of total head less than 2m, where development is almost not done in the commercial base. Though the efficiency of Darrieus-type turbine, which is cross flow type, is not so high as conventional type, the Darrieus-type has a cost-advantage due to the simple structure. By installing a narrow intake at upstream of the runner, the efficiency becomes higher than normal intake that a width of which is the same as one of runner section. In the case of normal intake, the casing clearance between the runner pitch circle and the side-wall at the runner section becomes the influential factor which deteriorates the efficiency. On the other hand, in the case of narrow intake, it is possible to keep efficiency high, based on the fact that the distorting flow to the clearance is prevented. In the present paper, the effects of narrow intake and draft tube on turbine performance are experimentally examined and the design guideline of simplified structure for ducted Darrieus-type turbine with narrow intake is proposed.

  16. Structural Elucidation of α-Cyclodextrin-Succinic Acid Pseudo Dodecahydrate: Expanding the Packing Types of α-Cyclodextrin Inclusion Complexes

    Sofiane Saouane

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports a new packing type of α-cyclodextrin inclusion complexes, obtained here with succinic acid under low-temperature crystallization conditions. The structure of the 1:1 complex is characterized by heavy disorder of the guest, the solvent, and part of the host. The crystal packing belongs to the known channel-type structure; the basic structural unit is composed of cyclodextrin trimers, as opposed to the known isolated molecular or dimeric constructs, packed along the c-axis. Each trimer is made of crystallographically independent molecules assembled in a stacked vase-like cluster. A multi-temperature single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals the presence of dynamic disorder.

  17. Novel RZn2Ga2 (R = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm) intermetallic compounds with BaAl4-type structure

    Research highlights: → Intermetallic RZn2Ga2 (R = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm) compounds crystallize in tetragonal BaAl4-type structure. → Unit cell volume of all gallides gradually decreases along the R series, just in agreement with the so-called lanthanide contraction mechanism. → The Pr-, Nd- and Sm-based compounds order antiferromagnetically at low temperatures with likely contribution of some ferromagnetic components. - Abstract: Novel RZn2Ga2 intermetallics with R = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm have been synthesized and characterized with regards to their crystal structures and magnetic properties. The compounds form with a tetragonal structure of the BaAl4 type (space group I4/mmm). Except for LaZn2Ga2, they exhibit localised magnetism due to the presence of magnetic moments on the respective trivalent rare earth ions. The Pr-, Nd- and Sm-based compounds order antiferromagnetically at low temperatures with likely contribution of some ferromagnetic components.

  18. A structure for quasars under the scope of polarization - I. The UV/optical polarization dichotomy of type-1 and type-2 AGN

    Marin, F.; Goosmann, R. W.

    2013-12-01

    We present ultraviolet/optical spectropolarimetric modelling of the phenomenologically based structure for quasars proposed by Elvis (2000). In this first paper of a series, we explore the continuum polarization emerging from radiatively accelerated and bent winds that were vertically launched from the accretion disc in an active galactic nucleus (AGN). We simulate the radiative transfer occurring in Thomson scattering and dust extinction media over a range of morphological parameters and optical depths of the wind. We demonstrate that the wind geometry proposed by Elvis with a phenomenologically derived bending angle of θ = 60° still underestimates the observed optical polarization percentage of type-1 and type-2 AGN and does not yet reproduce the expected dichotomy of the polarization position angle. To recover the observed polarization properties, a smaller bending angle and some amount of dust shielding in the equatorial region should be considered. A two-phase outflow is found to generate both the observed polarization dichotomy and acceptable levels of polarization degree if the wind has a bending angle θ = 45°, and the conical shells have a half-opening angle of 3° < δθ < 10°. The absorbing dust column at the wind base should be in the range 1 < τdust ≤ 4 (τ being integrated over 2000-8000 Å). Straightforward observational tests from spectropolarimetry and from determining the number density of different AGN types can be performed to further constrain the wind geometry.

  19. Structure-function studies of the mammalian peroxisomal multifunctional enzyme type 2 (MFE-2)

    Haapalainen, A. (Antti)

    2002-01-01

    Abstract Mammalian peroxisomes contain two parallel multifunctional enzymes (MFE), MFE type 1 and MFE type 2 (MFE-2), which are responsible for the degradation of fatty acids. They both catalyze the second and third reactions of the β-oxidation pathway, but through reciprocal stereochemical courses. MFE-2 possesses (2E)-enoyl-CoA hydratase-2 and (3R)-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase activities. In addition, the carboxy-terminal part is similar to the sterol carrier protein type 2 (SCP-2). ...

  20. Expression and characterization of P-type ATPases for structural studies

    Chintalapati, Sivaram Chandra

    2007-01-01

    Two types of proteins transport ions across the membrane – ion channels and ion pumps. Ion pumps transport ions against their electrochemical gradient by co-transporting another ion or a substrate molecule through a concentration gradient or by coupling this process to an energy source like ATP. Those that couple ATP hydrolysis to ion transport are called ion motive ATPases and can be classified as ‘V’, ‘F’ and ‘P’ types. In this thesis, two sub-classes of P-type ATPases, PIIIA and PIB were s...

  1. Insight into the secondary structure of chloramphenicol acetyltransferase type I — computer analysis and FT-IR spectroscopic characterization of the protein structure

    Andreeva, A. E.; Karamancheva, I. R.

    2001-05-01

    The secondary structure of chloramphenicol O-acetyltransferase type I (CAT I) and an N-terminal deleted mutant has been studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The analysis of the amide I band of different samples (KBr, hydrated films and buffer solution) by Fourier self-deconvolution followed by a curve fitting was performed. The spectroscopic data have been utilized to determine the α-helix and β-structure % contents, which depend strongly on the protein sample preparation. Furthermore, the secondary structure of the enzyme-inhibitor Crystal Violet complex was analyzed. The observed difference in the secondary structural contents suggests that some conformational changes of the enzyme are induced by the inhibitor after binding.

  2. Melanins: Skin Pigments and Much More—Types, Structural Models, Biological Functions, and Formation Routes

    Solano, F.

    2014-01-01

    This review presents a general view of all types of melanin in all types of organisms. Melanin is frequently considered just an animal cutaneous pigment and is treated separately from similar fungal or bacterial pigments. Similarities concerning the phenol precursors and common patterns in the formation routes are discussed. All melanins are formed in a first enzymatically-controlled phase, generally a phenolase, and a second phase characterized by an uncontrolled polymerization of the oxidiz...

  3. CgNa, a type I toxin from the giant Caribbean sea anemone Condylactis gigantea shows structural similarities to both type I and II toxins, as well as distinctive structural and functional properties

    Salceda, Emilio; Pérez-Castells, Javier; López-Méndez, Blanca; Garateix, Anoland; Salazar, Hector; López, Omar; Aneiros, Abel; Ständker, Ludger; Béress, Lászlo; Forssmann, Wolf Georg; Soto, Enrique; Jiménez-Barbero, Jesús; Giménez-Gallego, Guillermo

    2007-01-01

    Abstract CgNa is a toxin from the sea anemone Condylactis gigantea that is comprised of 47-residues. The structure of CgNa, solved by 1}H NMR spectroscopy, is somewhat atypical, displaying significant homologies to both type I and II anemonae toxins, as well as a considerable number of exceptions to what are considered as canonical structural elements of this group of toxins, and that are thought to be essential for their activity. Furthermore, unique residues in CgNa define a cha...

  4. Differential progression of structural and functional alterations in distinct retinal ganglion cell types in a mouse model of glaucoma.

    Della Santina, Luca; Inman, Denise M; Lupien, Caroline B; Horner, Philip J; Wong, Rachel O L

    2013-10-30

    Intraocular pressure (IOP) elevation is a principal risk factor for glaucoma. Using a microbead injection technique to chronically raise IOP for 15 or 30 d in mice, we identified the early changes in visual response properties of different types of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and correlated these changes with neuronal morphology before cell death. Microbead-injected eyes showed reduced optokinetic tracking as well as cell death. In such eyes, multielectrode array recordings revealed that four RGC types show diverse alterations in their light responses upon IOP elevation. OFF-transient RGCs exhibited a more rapid decline in both structural and functional organizations compared with other RGCs. In contrast, although the light-evoked responses of OFF-sustained RGCs were perturbed, the dendritic arbor of this cell type remained intact. ON-transient and ON-sustained RGCs had normal functional receptive field sizes but their spontaneous and light-evoked firing rates were reduced. ON- and OFF-sustained RGCs lost excitatory synapses across an otherwise structurally normal dendritic arbor. Together, our observations indicate that there are changes in spontaneous activity and light-evoked responses in RGCs before detectable dendritic loss. However, when dendrites retract, we found corresponding changes in receptive field center size. Importantly, the effects of IOP elevation are not uniformly manifested in the structure and function of diverse RGC populations, nor are distinct RGC types perturbed within the same time-frame by such a challenge. PMID:24174678

  5. Effect of preparation conditions on fractal structure and phase transformations in the synthesis of nanoscale M-type barium hexaferrite

    The conditions of the synthesis of carbonate-hydroxide precursors (pH of FeOOH precipitation and heat treatment regimes) were studied in terms of their effect on the fractal structure and physical-chemical properties of precursors. Phase transformations which occur during the synthesis of nanosize M-type barium hexaferrite (BHF) were studied as well. The first structural level of precursors' aggregation for mass fractals, the correlation between fractal dimension and precursors' activity during the synthesis of BHF were determined. Synthesis parameters for the precursors with the optimal fractal structure were determined. These data permit an enhancement of the filtration coefficient of the precipitates by a factor of 4-5, obtaining substantial decrease in the temperature required for synthesis of a single-phase BHF, and monodispersed plate-like nanoparticles (60 nm diameter) with the shape anisotropy and good magnetic characteristics (saturation magnetization (Ms)=68,7 emu/g and coercitivity (Hc)=5440 Oe). - Highlights: → The nanosize M-type BHF obtained by precipitation of hydroxicarbonates technique. → Optimal fractal structure of a precursor for nanosize M-type BHF has been determined. → The precursor precipitated at pH 4.3 allows getting monodisperse particles of BHF.

  6. Pyrosequencing-Based Assessment of Bacterial Community Structure Along Different Management Types in German Forest and Grassland Soils

    Nacke, Heiko; Thürmer, Andrea; Wollherr, Antje; Will, Christiane; Hodac, Ladislav; Herold, Nadine; Schöning, Ingo; Schrumpf, Marion; Daniel, Rolf

    2011-01-01

    Background Soil bacteria are important drivers for nearly all biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial ecosystems and participate in most nutrient transformations in soil. In contrast to the importance of soil bacteria for ecosystem functioning, we understand little how different management types affect the soil bacterial community composition. Methodology/Principal Findings We used pyrosequencing-based analysis of the V2-V3 16S rRNA gene region to identify changes in bacterial diversity and community structure in nine forest and nine grassland soils from the Schwäbische Alb that covered six different management types. The dataset comprised 598,962 sequences that were affiliated to the domain Bacteria. The number of classified sequences per sample ranged from 23,515 to 39,259. Bacterial diversity was more phylum rich in grassland soils than in forest soils. The dominant taxonomic groups across all samples (>1% of all sequences) were Acidobacteria, Alphaproteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Betaproteobacteria, Deltaproteobacteria, Gammaproteobacteria, and Firmicutes. Significant variations in relative abundances of bacterial phyla and proteobacterial classes, including Actinobacteria, Firmicutes, Verrucomicrobia, Cyanobacteria, Gemmatimonadetes and Alphaproteobacteria, between the land use types forest and grassland were observed. At the genus level, significant differences were also recorded for the dominant genera Phenylobacter, Bacillus, Kribbella, Streptomyces, Agromyces, and Defluviicoccus. In addition, soil bacterial community structure showed significant differences between beech and spruce forest soils. The relative abundances of bacterial groups at different taxonomic levels correlated with soil pH, but little or no relationships to management type and other soil properties were found. Conclusions/Significance Soil bacterial community composition and diversity of the six analyzed management types showed significant differences between the land use types grassland

  7. Pyrosequencing-based assessment of bacterial community structure along different management types in German forest and grassland soils.

    Heiko Nacke

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Soil bacteria are important drivers for nearly all biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial ecosystems and participate in most nutrient transformations in soil. In contrast to the importance of soil bacteria for ecosystem functioning, we understand little how different management types affect the soil bacterial community composition. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We used pyrosequencing-based analysis of the V2-V3 16S rRNA gene region to identify changes in bacterial diversity and community structure in nine forest and nine grassland soils from the Schwäbische Alb that covered six different management types. The dataset comprised 598,962 sequences that were affiliated to the domain Bacteria. The number of classified sequences per sample ranged from 23,515 to 39,259. Bacterial diversity was more phylum rich in grassland soils than in forest soils. The dominant taxonomic groups across all samples (>1% of all sequences were Acidobacteria, Alphaproteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Betaproteobacteria, Deltaproteobacteria, Gammaproteobacteria, and Firmicutes. Significant variations in relative abundances of bacterial phyla and proteobacterial classes, including Actinobacteria, Firmicutes, Verrucomicrobia, Cyanobacteria, Gemmatimonadetes and Alphaproteobacteria, between the land use types forest and grassland were observed. At the genus level, significant differences were also recorded for the dominant genera Phenylobacter, Bacillus, Kribbella, Streptomyces, Agromyces, and Defluviicoccus. In addition, soil bacterial community structure showed significant differences between beech and spruce forest soils. The relative abundances of bacterial groups at different taxonomic levels correlated with soil pH, but little or no relationships to management type and other soil properties were found. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Soil bacterial community composition and diversity of the six analyzed management types showed significant differences between the land

  8. Magnetic field structure in single late-type giants: β Ceti in 2010-2012

    Tsvetkova, S.; Petit, P.; Aurière, M.; Konstantinova-Antova, R.; Wade, G. A.; Charbonnel, C.; Decressin, T.; Bogdanovski, R.

    2013-08-01

    Aims: We study the behavior of the magnetic field and the line activity indicators of the single late-type giant β Ceti. Using spectropolarimetric data, we aim to reconstruct the magnetic field structure on the star's surface and to present the first magnetic maps for β Ceti. Methods: The data were obtained using two spectropolarimeters - Narval at the Bernard Lyot Télescope, Pic du Midi, France, and ESPaDOnS at CFHT, Hawaii. Thirty-eight circularly-polarized spectra have been collected in the period June 2010-January 2012. The least square deconvolution method was applied for extracting high signal-to-noise ratio line profiles, from which we measured the surface-averaged longitudinal magnetic field Bl. Chromospheric activity indicators CaII K, Hα, CaII IR (854.2 nm), and radial velocity were simultaneously measured, and their variability was analyzed along with the behavior of Bl. The Zeeman Doppler imaging (ZDI) inversion technique was employed for reconstructing the large-scale magnetic field and two magnetic maps of β Ceti are presented for two periods (June 2010-December 2010 and June 2011-January 2012). Results: The Bl stays with a same positive polarity for the whole observational period and shows significant variations in the interval 0.1-8.2 G. The behavior of the line activity indicators is in good agreement with the Bl variations. Searching for periodic signals in the Stokes V time series, we found a possible rotation period of 215 days. The two ZDI maps show a mainly axisymmetric and poloidal magnetic topology and a simple surface magnetic field configuration dominated by a dipole. Little evolution is observed between the two maps, in spite of a 1 yr interval between both subsets. We also use state-of-the-art stellar evolution models to constrain the evolutionary status of β Ceti. We derive a mass of 3.5 M⊙ and propose that this star is already in the central helium-burning phase. Conclusions: Considering all our results and the evolutionary

  9. Cachar tropical semi–evergreen forest type of Northeast India: status of species diversity, distribution and population structure

    Koushik Majumdar; B. K. Datta

    2015-01-01

    Conservation of threatened species in most cases is difficult because of incomplete knowledge about their actual distribution, population and habitat ecology. Quantitative vegetation inventory was applied to analyse phytosociological structure of Cachar tropical semi-evergreen forest type in Northeast India, which is consider as a rare forest sub-type. Total 9, 500 by 10m (0.5 ha) sized line transects were laid in Tripura. Overall 3,391 individuals of woody species were measured in 4.5 ha ana...

  10. Structural models of the human copper P-type ATPases ATP7A and ATP7B

    Gourdon, Pontus Emanuel; Sitsel, Oleg; Karlsen, Jesper Lykkegaard;

    2012-01-01

    The human copper exporters ATP7A and ATP7B contain domains common to all P-type ATPases as well as class-specific features such as six sequential heavy-metal binding domains (HMBD1-HMBD6) and a type-specific constellation of transmembrane helices. Despite the medical significance of ATP7A and ATP7B...... Legionella pneumophila. The models and sequence analyses show that the domains and residues involved in the catalytic phosphorylation events and copper transfer are highly conserved. In addition, there are only minor differences in the core structures of the two human proteins and the bacterial template...

  11. Influence of Low-Alloy Cast Steel Modification on Primary Structure Refinement, Type and Shape of Non-Metallic Inclusions

    Bartocha D.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In the article there are presented methods and results of investigation which main aim were determination of influence of melting technology (gas extraction, vacuum refining, slag refining and extraction, deoxidation and degassing and type of used modifiers on the type and shape of non-metallic inclusions and the primary structure refining. Low alloy cast steel melted in laboratory conditions, in an inductive furnace was investigated. Additions of FeNb, FeV, FeTi and FeZr modifiers were applied. The contents of oxygen and nitrogen in obtained cast steel were determined.

  12. MWW-type titanosilicate synthesis, structural modification and catalytic applications to green oxidations

    Wu, Peng; Xu, Le; Liu, Yueming; He, Mingyuan

    2013-01-01

    This book provides a comprehensive review of a new generation of selective oxidation titanosilicate catalysts with the MWW topology (Ti-MWW) based on the research achievements of the past 12 years. It gives an overview of the synthesis, structure modification and catalytic properties of Ti-MWW. Ti-MWW can readily be prepared by means of direct hydrothermal synthesis with crystallization-supporting agents, using dual-structure-directing agents and a dry-gel conversion technique. It also can be post-synthesized through unique reversible structure transformation and liquid-phase isomorphous subst

  13. Pt-B System Revisited: Pt2B, a New Structure Type of Binary Borides. Ternary WAl12-Type Derivative Borides.

    Sologub, Oksana; Salamakha, Leonid; Rogl, Peter; Stöger, Berthold; Bauer, Ernst; Bernardi, Johannes; Giester, Gerald; Waas, Monika; Svagera, Robert

    2015-11-16

    On the basis of a detailed study applying X-ray single-crystal and powder diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and scanning electron microscopy analysis, it was possible to resolve existing uncertainties in the Pt-rich section (≥65 atom % Pt) of the binary Pt-B phase diagram above 600 °C. The formation of a unique structure has been observed for Pt2B [X-ray single-crystal data: space group C2/m, a = 1.62717(11) nm, b = 0.32788(2) nm, c = 0.44200(3) nm, β = 104.401(4)°, RF2 = 0.030]. Within the homogeneity range of "Pt3B", X-ray powder diffraction phase analysis prompted two structural modifications as a function of temperature. The crystal structure of "hT-Pt3B" complies with the hitherto reported structure of anti-MoS2 [space group P63/mmc, a = 0.279377(2) nm, c = 1.04895(1) nm, RF = 0.075, RI = 0.090]. The structure of the new "[Formula: see text]T-Pt3B" is still unknown. The formation of previously reported Pt∼4B has not been confirmed from binary samples. Exploration of the Pt-rich section of the Pt-Cu-B system at 600 °C revealed a new ternary compound, Pt12CuB6-y [X-ray single-crystal data: space group Im3̅, a = 0.75790(2) nm, y = 3, RF2 = 0.0129], which exhibits the filled WAl12-type structure accommodating boron in the interstitial trigonal-prismatic site 12e. The isotypic platinum-aluminum-boride was synthesized and studied. The solubility of copper in binary platinum borides has been found to attain ∼7 atom % Cu for Pt2B but to be insignificant for "[Formula: see text]T-Pt3B". The architecture of the new Pt2B structure combines puckered layers of boron-filled and empty [Pt6] octahedra (anti-CaCl2-type fragment) alternating along the x axis with a double layer of boron-semifilled [Pt6] trigonal prisms interbedded with a layer of empty tetrahedra and tetragonal pyramids (B-deficient α-T[Formula: see text]I fragment). Assuming boron vacancies ordering (space group R3), the Pt12CuB6-y structure exhibits serpentine-like columns of edge

  14. Structural studies on a non toxic homologue of type II RIPs from bitter gourd: Molecular basis of non toxicity, conformational selection and glycan structure

    Thyageshwar Chandran; Alok Sharma; M Vijayan

    2015-12-01

    The structures of nine independent crystals of bitter gourd seed lectin (BGSL), a non-toxic homologue of type II RIPS, and its sugar complexes have been determined. The four-chain, two-fold symmetric, protein is made up of two identical two-chain modules, each consisting of a catalytic chain and a lectin chain, connected by a disulphide bridge. The lectin chain is made up of two domains. Each domain carries a carbohydrate binding site in type II RIPS of known structure. BGSL has a sugar binding site only on one domain, thus impairing its interaction at the cell surface. The adenine binding site in the catalytic chain is defective. Thus, defects in sugar binding as well as adenine binding appear to contribute to the non-toxicity of the lectin. The plasticity of the molecule is mainly caused by the presence of two possible well defined conformations of a surface loop in the lectin chain. One of them is chosen in the sugar complexes, in a case of conformational selection, as the chosen conformation facilitates an additional interaction with the sugar, involving an arginyl residue in the loop. The -glycosylation of the lectin involves a plant-specific glycan while that in toxic type H RIPS of known structure involves a glycan which is animal as well as plant specific.

  15. Response Analyses of Tuned Mass Dampers to Structures Exposed to Vortex Loading of Simiu-Scanlan Type

    Andersen, Lars; Birch, N. W.; Hansen, A. H.;

    2001-01-01

    Vortex-induced loads on slender one-dimensional structures vibrating at lock-in conditions consist of a self-induced part in phase with the velocity of the structure in addition to an additive, almost harmonially varying component representing the same type of load as the vortex-induced force on ...... damping control of the Rio-Niterói steel girder bridge, Rio de Janeiro, which is occasionally severely exposed to vortex-induced vibrations.......Vortex-induced loads on slender one-dimensional structures vibrating at lock-in conditions consist of a self-induced part in phase with the velocity of the structure in addition to an additive, almost harmonially varying component representing the same type of load as the vortex-induced force on a...... fixed cylinder. Simiu and Scanlan (1996 Wind Effects on Structures. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc.) have proposed a widely used model for the self-induced part of the load based on a van der Pol oscillator. The aim of this paper is to investigate the optimal design of tuned mass dampers for such a...

  16. History or ecology? Substrate type as a major driver of patial genetic structure in Alpine plants

    Alvarez, Nadir; Thiel-Egenter, Conny; Tribsch, Andreas; Holderegger, Rolf; Manel, Stéphanie; Schönswetter, Peter; Taberlet, Pierre; Brodbeck, Sabine; Gaudeul, Myriam; Gielly, Ludovic; Küpfer, Philippe; Mansion, Guilhem; Negrini, Riccardo; Paun, Ovidiu; Pellecchia, Marco

    2009-01-01

    Climatic history and ecology are considered the most important factors moulding the spatial pattern of genetic diversity. With the advent of molecular markers, species' historical fates have been widely explored. However, it has remained speculative what role ecological factors have played in shaping spatial genetic structures within species. With an unprecedented, dense large-scale sampling and genome-screening, we tested how ecological factors have influenced the spatial genetic structures ...

  17. Type and structure of time-like singularities in general relativity theory

    A method is proposed which permits one to deterMine whether a time-like singularity refers to a point, linear or some other type of gravitational field singularity. It is shown that in the general theory of relativity an altogether different type of source may be possible which does not have any analogs in finite curvature space. An analysis is made of a number of solutions containing time-like singularities whose type varies depending on the sign of the functions involved in the solutions. The form of the solution near simple linear sources and of generalized anisotropic solutions is determined more accurately. The space-time described by the γ-metric is investigated completely and the form of the metric near the ends and at singular points of linear Weyl singularities is found

  18. Effect of sintering temperature on structural property of X-type barium-zinc hexaferrites

    Kagdi, Amrin; Solanki, Neha; Jotania, Rajshree B.

    2016-05-01

    X-type Barium-Zinc hexaferrite powder with chemical composition Ba2Zn2Fe28O46 has been prepared using citrate gel auto combustion technique. The combusted powder waspre-heated at 550 °C for 4 hours followed by final calcinations of 1100 °C and 1250 °C for 5 hoursrespectively. Prepared hexaferrite samples were characterizedusingdifferent instrumental techniques such as FTIR and XRD. XRD analysis of the sample calcined at 1250 °C revealed formation of mono phase of X-type hexaferrite; while the sample calcined at 1100 °C shows multiphases of M, W and X-type hexaferrites. FTIR spectra of both samples show stretching of metal-oxide bands.

  19. Differences in the number of antennal sensory structures of males of three honey bee types

    STORT A. C.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available The number of sensilla campaniformia and sensilla coeloconica + sensilla ampullacea of flagellomeres 2 to 11 of the antennae of three types of males (Italian, African and Africanized was determined by scanning electron microscopy. Comparison of the three male types showed that Italian males did not differ from African males in number of sensilla coeloconica + sensilla ampullacea and that both differed from Africanized males in terms of flagellomere 11. With respect to flagellomeres 3 and 10, Italian males were similar to Africanized males and both differed from African males. No differences between the three male types were detected in the other flagellomeres. In relation to the number of sensilla campaniformia Italian males differed of the African and Africanized males with respect to flagellomere 11.

  20. Structure of the C-terminal head domain of the fowl adenovirus type 1 short fibre

    There are more than 100 known adenovirus serotypes, including 50 human serotypes. They can infect all 5 major vertebrate classes but only Aviadenovirus infecting birds and Mastadenovirus infecting mammals have been well studied. CELO (chicken embryo lethal orphan) adenovirus is responsible for mild respiratory pathologies in birds. Most studies on CELO virus have focussed on its genome sequence and organisation whereas the structural work on CELO proteins has only recently started. Contrary to most adenoviruses, the vertices of CELO virus reveal pentons with two fibres of different lengths. The distal parts (or head) of those fibres are involved in cellular receptor binding. Here we have determined the atomic structure of the short-fibre head of CELO (amino acids 201-410) at 2.0 A resolution. Despite low sequence identity, this structure is conserved compared to the other adenovirus fibre heads. We have used the existing CELO long-fibre head structure and the one we show here for a structure-based alignment of 11 known adenovirus fibre heads which was subsequently used for the construction of an evolutionary tree. Both the fibre head sequence and structural alignments suggest that enteric human group F adenovirus 41 (short fibre) is closer to the CELO fibre heads than the canine CAdV-2 fibre head, that lies closer to the human virus fibre heads

  1. Electronic structure of type-I superlattices: AlAs/GaAs (100), Ge/GaAs (100)

    The electronic structure of AlAs/GaAs(100), and Ge/GaAs(100) is calculated within the empirical tight-binding formalism. Bulk band structures of Ge, AlAs, and GaAs are also calculated along with those of A1As/A1As(100), GaAs/GaAs(100), and Ge/Ge(100). The results show that the empirical tight-binding approach is practical and useful in describing thin slabbed type-I superlattices. (author)

  2. An effective Skyrme-type interaction for the calculation of nuclear structures of the whole mass table

    The Hartree-Fock-Bogolyubov formalism is extended for 3 body interactions and applied to spherical nuclei. The structure of the proposed extension of the Skyrme-type interaction is given, together with the analytical expression of the corresponding Hartree-Fock differential equation. The Skyrme-force parameters are modified in order to be able to reproduce the ground state properties. The problem of the spin-stability of the proposed interaction is treated. The Skyrme-interaction is applied as particle-hole interaction and saturation properties are studied. Structure of the charge, neutron density distributions and changes introduced by adding protons or neutrons are treated. (MDC)

  3. Investigation into phase composition and fine structure of type Sm(Co, Cu, Fe, Zr)sub(7. 4) magnets

    Reznichenko, K.N.; Savich, A.N.; Samartseva, G.P.; Andreeva, A.V.

    The structure and phase composition of the sintered Sm(Cosub(0.67)Fesub(0.21)Cusub(0.10)Zrsub(.0.013))sub(7.4) alloy after homogenization (at 1180 and 1190 deg C) and ageing (at 800-400 deg C) are studied by the methods of microstructural, electronoscopic, X-ray and microsound analyses. It is stated that phase precipitations along the grain boundaries belong in both cases to the 2:17 type compound with the composition slightly differing from the matrix. Cellular decomposition having coarse nature in the homogenized and more fine - in the aged state is observed in the alloy structure.

  4. Prediction of protein secondary structure based on residue pair types and conformational states using dynamic programming algorithm.

    Sadeghi, Mehdi; Parto, Sahar; Arab, Shahriar; Ranjbar, Bijan

    2005-06-20

    We have used a statistical approach for protein secondary structure prediction based on information theory and simultaneously taking into consideration pairwise residue types and conformational states. Since the prediction of residue secondary structure by one residue window sliding make ambiguity in state prediction, we used a dynamic programming algorithm to find the path with maximum score. A score system for residue pairs in particular conformations is derived for adjacent neighbors up to ten residue apart in sequence. The three state overall per-residue accuracy, Q3, of this method in a jackknife test with dataset created from PDBSELECT is more than 70%. PMID:15936021

  5. Dowel-type fastener connections in timber structures subjected to short-term loading

    Lauritzen Jensen, J.

    with dowel-type fastener connections. A Finite-Element approach has been adopted. An element has been developed for modelling a plane group of dowel-type fasteners, taking due account of the material and geometric non-linearities, and two different elements have been developed for modelling gap closure...... and contact pressure. All elements developed are compatible with conventional beam elements. An arc-length technique has been adopted for solving the non-linear equilibirum equations in order to take full account of strain softening effects....

  6. Structure-function studies of the peroxisomal multifunctional enzyme type 2 (MFE-2)

    Ylianttila, M. (Mari)

    2005-01-01

    Abstract Multifunctional enzyme type 2 (MFE-2) catalyses the second and the third reactions in the eukaryotic peroxisomal β-oxidation cycle, which degrades fatty acids by removing a two-carbon unit per each cycle. In addition to the 2-enoyl-CoA hydratase 2 and (3R)-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase activities, mammalian MFE-2 has also a sterol carrier protein type 2-like (SCP-2L) domain. In contrast, yeast MFE-2 has two (3R)-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenases, one 2-enoyl-CoA hydratase 2 and no SC...

  7. X-ray inspection of composite materials for aircraft structures using detectors of Medipix type

    This work presents an overview of promising X-ray imaging techniques employed for non-destructive defectoscopy inspections of composite materials intended for the Aircraft industry. The major emphasis is placed on non-tomographic imaging techniques which do not require demanding spatial and time measurement conditions. Imaging methods for defects visualisation, delamination detection and porosity measurement of various composite materials such as carbon fibre reinforced polymers and honeycomb sendwiches are proposed. We make use of the new large area WidePix X-ray imaging camera assembled from up to 100 edgeless Medipix type detectors which is highly suitable for this type of measurements

  8. A non-normal Fefferman-type construction of split-signature conformal structures admitting twistor spinors

    Hammerl, Matthias

    2011-01-01

    We treat a non-normal Fefferman-type construction based on an inclusion $\\SL(n+1)\\embed\\Spin(n+1,n+1)$. The construction associates a split signature $(n,n)$-conformal spin structure to a projective structure of dimension $n$. For $n\\geq 3$ the induced conformal Cartan connection is shown to be normal if and only if it is flat. The main technical work of this article consists in showing that in the non-flat case the normalised conformal Cartan connection still allows a parallel (pure) spin-tractor and thus a corresponding (pure) twistor spinor on the conformal space. The Fefferman-type construction presented here is an alternative approach to study a construction of Dunajski-Tod

  9. Crash-Induced Vibration and Safety Assessment of Breakaway-Type Post Structures Made of High Anticorrosion Steels

    Sang-Youl Lee

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This study deals with car crash effects and passenger safety assessment of post structures with breakaway types using high performance steel materials. To disperse the impact force when a car crashes into a post, the post could be designed with a breakaway feature. In this study, we used a new high anticorrosion steel for the development of advanced breakaways. Based on the improved Cowper-Symonds model, specific physical properties to the high anticorrosion steel were determined. In particular, the complex mechanism of breakaways was studied using various parameters. The parametric studies are focused on the various effects of car crash on the structural performance and passenger safety of breakaway-type posts. The combined effects of using different steel materials on the dynamic behavers are also investigated.

  10. On the prolongation structures of Petrov type III vacuum spacetime equations

    Ifidon, E. O.

    2009-01-01

    The universal covering symmetry algebra of the Robinson-Trautman equations of Petrov Type III is shown to include the infinite-dimensional affine Kac-Moody algebra A_1 as a prolongation algebra. This algebra has slower growth than the contragradient algebra K_2 obtained previously for this equation.

  11. Structure of the C-type lectin carbohydrate recognition domain of human tetranectin

    Kastrup, J S; Nielsen, B B; Rasmussen, H;

    1998-01-01

    Tetranectin (TN) is a C-type lectin involved in fibrinolysis, being the only endogenous ligand known to bind specifically to the kringle 4 domain of plasminogen. TN was originally isolated from plasma, but shows a wide tissue distribution. Furthermore, TN has been found in the extracellular matrix...

  12. Structural Evolution of Early-type Galaxies to z=2.5 in CANDELS

    Chang, Yu-Yen; Rix, Hans-Walter; Holden, Bradford; Bell, Eric F; McGrath, Elizabeth J; Wuyts, Stijn; Häußler, Boris; Barden, Marco; Faber, S M; Mozena, Mark; Ferguson, Henry C; Guo, Yicheng; Galametz, Audrey; Grogin, Norman A; Kocevski, Dale D; Koekemoer, Anton M; Dekel, Avishai; Huang, Kuang-Han; Hathi, Nimish P; Donley, Jennifer

    2013-01-01

    Projected axis ratio measurements of 880 early-type galaxies at redshifts 11 early-type galaxies show a variety of intrinsic shapes; even at a fixed mass, the projected axis ratio distributions cannot be explained by random projection of a set of galaxies with very similar intrinsic shapes. However, a two-population model for the intrinsic shapes, consisting of a triaxial, fairly round population, combined with a flat (c/a~0.3) oblate population, adequately describes the projected axis ratio distributions of both present-day and z>1 early-type galaxies. We find that the proportion of oblate vs. triaxial galaxies depends both on the galaxies stellar mass, and - at a given mass - on redshift. For present-day and z1 this trend is much weaker over the mass range explored here (10^101, compared to 0.20+-0.02 at z~0.1. In contrast, the oblate fraction among low-mass early-type galaxies (log(M*/M_sun)1 to 0.72+-0.06 at z=0. [Abridged

  13. Structural Evolution of Early-type Galaxies to z=2.5 in CANDELS

    Chang, Yu-Yen; van der Wel, A.; Rix, H.; CANDELS Collaboration

    2014-01-01

    Projected axis ratio measurements of 880 early-type galaxies at redshifts 1 1 early-type galaxies show a variety of intrinsic shapes; even at a fixed mass, the projected axis ratio distributions cannot be explained by the random projection of a set of galaxies with very similar intrinsic shapes. However, a two-population model for the intrinsic shapes, consisting of a triaxial, fairly round population, combined with a flat (c/a ~ 0.3) oblate population, adequately describes the projected axis ratio distributions of both present-day and z > 1 early-type galaxies. However, the oblate fraction among massive (M* ~ 10^11 Msun) objects was much higher in the past: 0.59 ± 0.10 at z > 1, compared to 0.20 ± 0.02 at z ~ 0.1. When combined with previous findings that the number density and sizes of early-type galaxies substantially increase over the same redshift range, this can be explained by the gradual emergence of merger-produced elliptical galaxies, at the expense of the destruction of pre-existing disks that were common among their high-redshift progenitors.

  14. Crystal structure of the phosphate-binding protein (PBP-1) of an ABC-type phosphate transporter from Clostridium perfringens

    Gonzalez, Daniel; Richez, Magali; Bergonzi, Celine; Chabriere, Eric; Elias, Mikael

    2014-01-01

    Phosphate limitation is an important environmental stress that affects the metabolism of various organisms and, in particular, can trigger the virulence of numerous bacterial pathogens. Clostridium perfringens, a human pathogen, is one of the most common causes of enteritis necroticans, gas gangrene and food poisoning. Here, we focused on the high affinity phosphate-binding protein (PBP-1) of an ABC-type transporter, responsible for cellular phosphate uptake. We report the crystal structure (...

  15. Quantum states of charge carriers and longitudinal conductivity in double periodic n-type semiconductor lattice structures in electric field

    Quantum states of charge carriers in double periodic semiconductor superlattices of n-type quantum dots with Rashba spin–orbit coupling in an electron gas have been calculated in the one-electron approximation in the presence of mutually perpendicular electric and magnetic fields. For these structures in weak constant electric field, the solution to the quasi-classical kinetic Boltzmann equation shows that the states of carriers in magnetic Landau minibands with negative differential conductivity are possible

  16. SMS crew station (C and D panels and forward structures). CEI part 1: Detail specification, type 1 data

    1976-01-01

    Established are the requirements for performance, design, test and qualification of one type of equipment identified as SMS C&D panels and forward structures. This CEI is used to provide all hardware and wiring necessary for the C&D panels to be properly interfaced with the computer complex/signal conversion equipment (SCE), crew station, and software requirements as defined in other CEI specifications.

  17. A Stage-Structured Predator-Prey System with Impulsive Effect and Holling Type-II Functional Response

    Ling Shu WANG; Rui XU; Guang Hui FENG

    2011-01-01

    A stage-structured predator-prey system with impulsive effect and Holling type-II functional response is investigated.By the Floquet theory and small amplitude perturbation skills,it is proved that there exists a global stable pest-eradication periodic solution when the impulsive period is less than some critical values.Further,the conditions for the permanence of system are established.Numerical simulations are carried out to illustrate the impulsive effect on the dynamics of the system.

  18. Crash-Induced Vibration and Safety Assessment of Breakaway-Type Post Structures Made of High Anticorrosion Steels

    Lee, Sang-Youl

    2016-01-01

    This study deals with car crash effects and passenger safety assessment of post structures with breakaway types using high performance steel materials. To disperse the impact force when a car crashes into a post, the post could be designed with a breakaway feature. In this study, we used a new high anticorrosion steel for the development of advanced breakaways. Based on the improved Cowper-Symonds model, specific physical properties to the high anticorrosion steel were determined. In particul...

  19. Reliability-Based Earthquake Design of Jacket-Type Offshore Platforms Considering Pile-Soil-Structure Interaction

    Behrouz Asgarian; Hossein Agheshlui

    2009-01-01

    There are plenty of uncertainties in environmental condition of ocean and also in platform element capacities. Reliability-based method could consider these uncertainties. A reliability-based earthquake design method was used to determine the earthquake LRFD parameters for two conventional, steel, pile-supported (template-type) offshore platforms located in the Persian Gulf. The pile-soil-structure interaction, the buckling and postbuckling behavior of the braces were considered. Two steel pl...

  20. Structural stability and electrical properties of AlB2-type MnB2 under high pressure

    The structural stability and electrical properties of AlB2-type MnB2 were studied based on high pressure angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction, in situ electrical resistivity measured in a diamond anvil cell (DAC) and first-principles calculations under high pressure. The x-ray diffraction results show that the structure of AlB2-type MnB2 remains stable up to 42.6 GPa. From the equation of state of MnB2, we obtained a bulk modulus value of 169.9±3.7 GPa with a fixed pressure derivative of 4, which indicates that AlB2-type MnB2 is a hard and incompressible material. The electrical resistance undergoes a transition at about 19.3 GPa, which can be explained by a transition of manganese 3d electrons from localization to delocalization under high pressure. (condensed matter: structural, mechanical, and thermal properties)

  1. Vegetation types, dominant compositions, woody plant diversity and stand structure in Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary of Northeast India.

    Majumdar, Koushik; Datta, B K

    2015-03-01

    Present study was carried out to assess the vegetation types, diversity and phytosociological status of woody plants in Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary of Tripura, Northeast India. Vegetation data was derived by 25 line transects (10 m wide and 500 m length, each 0.5 ha size). All woody species at >10 cm gbh (Girth at Breast Height) within each plots were measured and counted. A total of six forest types were classified by cluster analysis using Importance Value Index (IVI) of 289 woody species. Species diversity, forest structure and woody community associations were evaluated and discussed. One way ANOVA revealed significant differences in all species diversity measures and stand structure along the forest types. Distribution of stem density at ten different gbh classes showed reverse J-shaped curves. Population status of woody plants was also examined through grouping of all individuals into four population age stages viz. sapling ( or = 30 - 120 - 210 cm gbh) and old (> or =210 cm). To observe dominant composition and species population trend, IVI of top ten dominant species from all forest types were tabulated. The present study suggested that Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary is an important habitat in Tripura from floristic point of view and it should be conserved on priority basis for remaining wildlife endurances and monitor for forest livelihoods products for sustainable biodiversity conservation in this region. PMID:25895264

  2. Structural plasticity and in vivo activity of Cas1 from the type I-F CRISPR-Cas system.

    Wilkinson, Max E; Nakatani, Yoshio; Staals, Raymond H J; Kieper, Sebastian N; Opel-Reading, Helen K; McKenzie, Rebecca E; Fineran, Peter C; Krause, Kurt L

    2016-04-15

    CRISPR-Cas systems are adaptive immune systems in prokaryotes that provide protection against viruses and other foreign DNA. In the adaptation stage, foreign DNA is integrated into CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat) arrays as new spacers. These spacers are used in the interference stage to guide effector CRISPR associated (Cas) protein(s) to target complementary foreign invading DNA. Cas1 is the integrase enzyme that is central to the catalysis of spacer integration. There are many diverse types of CRISPR-Cas systems, including type I-F systems, which are typified by a unique Cas1-Cas2-3 adaptation complex. In the present study we characterize the Cas1 protein of the potato phytopathogen Pectobacterium atrosepticum, an important model organism for understanding spacer acquisition in type I-F CRISPR-Cas systems. We demonstrate by mutagenesis that Cas1 is essential for adaptation in vivo and requires a conserved aspartic acid residue. By X-ray crystallography, we show that although P. atrosepticum Cas1 adopts a fold conserved among other Cas1 proteins, it possesses remarkable asymmetry as a result of structural plasticity. In particular, we resolve for the first time a flexible, asymmetric loop that may be unique to type I-F Cas1 proteins, and we discuss the implications of these structural features for DNA binding and enzymatic activity. PMID:26929403

  3. Fluid-Structure Interaction for Coolant Flow in Research-type Nuclear Reactors

    Curtis, Franklin G [ORNL; Ekici, Kivanc [ORNL; Freels, James D [ORNL

    2011-01-01

    The High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is scheduled to undergo a conversion of the fuel used and this proposed change requires an extensive analysis of the flow through the reactor core. The core consists of 540 very thin and long fuel plates through which the coolant (water) flows at a very high rate. Therefore, the design and the flow conditions make the plates prone to dynamic and static deflections, which may result in flow blockage and structural failure which in turn may cause core damage. To investigate the coolant flow between fuel plates and associated structural deflections, the Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) module in COMSOL will be used. Flow induced flutter and static deflections will be examined. To verify the FSI module, a test case of a cylinder in crossflow, with vortex induced vibrations was performed and validated.

  4. Dynamic structural analysis of a head assembly for a large loop-type LMFBR

    An investigation is presented on the dynamic structural response of the primary vessel's head closure to slug impact loadings generated from a 1000 MJ source term. The reference reactor considered was designed in a loop configuration. The head structure consisted of a deck and a triple rotatable plug assembly. Two designs were considered for the deck structure: a reference design and an alternate design. The reference deck was designed as a single flat annular plate. For the alternate design, the deck plate was reinforced by adding an extender cylinder with a flange and flanged webs between the deck-plate and cylinder. The investigation showed that the reference design cannot maintain containment integrity when subjected to slug loading generated by a 1000 MJ source term. It was determined that the head deformed excessively

  5. Structure of Glycerol Dehydratase Reactivase: A New Type of Molecular Chaperone

    Liao, Der-Ing; Reiss, Lisa; Turner, Jr., Ivan; Dotson, Garry (Dupont)

    2010-03-08

    The function of glycerol dehydratase (GDH) reactivase is to remove damaged coenzyme B{sub 12} from GDH that has suffered mechanism-based inactivation. The structure of GDH reactivase from Klebsiella pneumoniae was determined at 2.4 {angstrom} resolution by the single isomorphous replacement with anomalous signal (SIR/AS) method. Each tetramer contains two elongated 63 kDa {alpha} subunits and two globular 14 kDa {beta} subunits. The {alpha} subunit contains structural features resembling both GroEL and Hsp70 groups of chaperones, and it appears chaperone like in its interactions with ATP. The fold of the {beta} subunit resembles that of the {beta} subunit of glycerol dehydratase, except that it lacks some coenzyme B12 binding elements. A hypothesis for the reactivation mechanism of reactivase is proposed based on these structural features.

  6. Design of an Improved Type Rotary Inductive Coupling Structure for Rotatable Contactless Power Transfer System

    Lee Jia-You

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper is aimed at analyzing the rotary inductive coupling structure of contactless rotary transformer. The main feature of the proposed rotatable contactless power transfer system is which winding is coaxial-interlayered for improving the magnetic coupling capability. There is no ferrite core used in the secondary-side of the rotary inductive coupling structure, this helps to ease the exerted force that is stress by the secondary-side on spindle. In order to verify the feasibility of the proposed contactless power transfer system for rotary applications, an inductive powered rotary machinery and the control system have been integrated. The experimental results show that the maximum power transfer efficiency of the proposed rotary inductive coupling structure is about 94.8%. The maximum output power received in the load end is 1030 W with transmission efficiency of 88%.

  7. Bifurcation structure of the C-type period-doubling transition

    Laugesen, Jakob Lund; Mosekilde, Erik; Zhusubaliyev, Zhanybai T.

    2012-01-01

    The period-doubling transition to chaos along the edge of an Arnold tongue is known to display unusual organization and scaling behavior (Kuznetsov et al. (2005) [7]). It is also known that forced period-doubling systems may be associated with the appearance of so-called period-doubled tori...... (Arneodo et al. (1983) [15]). Using the Rössler system as an example, we present a detailed analysis of the bifurcation structure associated with the forcing of a three-dimensional period-doubling system. We explain how this structure is related to the recently discovered phenomenon of multi-layered tori...

  8. Synthesis, phase stability, structural and physical properties of 11-type iron chalcogenides

    Rößler, Sahana; Koz, Cevriye; Wirth, Steffen; Schwarz, Ulrich

    2016-01-01

    This article reviews recent experimental investigations on two binary Fe-chalcogenides: FeSe and Fe$_{1+y}$Te. The main focus is on synthesis, single crystal growth, chemical composition, as well as on the effect of excess iron on structural, magnetic, and transport properties of these materials. The structurally simplest Fe-based superconductor Fe$_{1+x}$Se with a critical temperature $T_c \\approx$ 8.5 K undergoes a tetragonal to orthorhombic phase transition at a temperature $T_s \\approx$ 8...

  9. Early Type Galaxies and Structural Parameters from ESO Public Survey KiDS

    Roy, N.; Napolitano, N. R.; La Barbera, F.; Tortora, C.; Getman, F.; Radovich, M.; Capaccioli, M.

    The Kilo Degree survey (KiDS) is a large-scale optical imaging survey carried out with the VLT Survey Telescope (VST), which is the ideal tool for galaxy evolution studies. We expect to observe millions of galaxies for which we extract the structural parameters in four wavebands (u, g, r and i). This sample will represent the largest dataset with measured structural parameters up to a redshift z = 0. 5. In this paper we will introduce the sample, and describe the 2D fitting procedure using the 2DPHOT environment and the validation of the parameters with an external catalog.

  10. Early type galaxies and structural parameters from ESO public survey KiDS

    Roy, N; La Barbera, F; Tortora, C; Getman, F; Radovich, M; Capaccioli, M

    2015-01-01

    The Kilo Degree survey (KiDS) is a large-scale optical imaging survey carried out with the VLT Survey Telescope (VST), which is the ideal tool for galaxy evolution studies. We expect to observe millions of galaxies for which we extract the structural parameters in four wavebands (u, g, r and i). This sample will represent the largest dataset with measured structural parameters up to a redshift $z=0.5$. In this paper we will introduce the sample, and describe the 2D fitting procedure using the 2DPHOT environment and the validation of the parameters with an external catalog.

  11. Three-dimensional structure of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 matrix protein.

    Massiah, M A; Starich, M R; Paschall, C; Summers, M F; Christensen, A M; Sundquist, W I

    1994-11-25

    The HIV-1 matrix protein forms an icosahedral shell associated with the inner membrane of the mature virus. Genetic analyses have indicated that the protein performs important functions throughout the viral life-cycle, including anchoring the transmembrane envelope protein on the surface of the virus, assisting in viral penetration, transporting the proviral integration complex across the nuclear envelope, and localizing the assembling virion to the cell membrane. We now report the three-dimensional structure of recombinant HIV-1 matrix protein, determined at high resolution by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods. The HIV-1 matrix protein is the first retroviral matrix protein to be characterized structurally and only the fourth HIV-1 protein of known structure. NMR signal assignments required recently developed triple-resonance (1H, 13C, 15N) NMR methodologies because signals for 91% of 132 assigned H alpha protons and 74% of the 129 assignable backbone amide protons resonate within chemical shift ranges of 0.8 p.p.m. and 1 p.p.m., respectively. A total of 636 nuclear Overhauser effect-derived distance restraints were employed for distance geometry-based structure calculations, affording an average of 13.0 NMR-derived distance restraints per residue for the experimentally constrained amino acids. An ensemble of 25 refined distance geometry structures with penalties (sum of the squares of the distance violations) of 0.32 A2 or less and individual distance violations under 0.06 A was generated; best-fit superposition of ordered backbone heavy atoms relative to mean atom positions afforded root-mean-square deviations of 0.50 (+/- 0.08) A. The folded HIV-1 matrix protein structure is composed of five alpha-helices, a short 3(10) helical stretch, and a three-strand mixed beta-sheet. Helices I to III and the 3(10) helix pack about a central helix (IV) to form a compact globular domain that is capped by the beta-sheet. The C-terminal helix (helix V) projects away

  12. Hencky-type discrete model for pantographic structures: numerical comparison with second gradient continuum models

    Turco, Emilio; dell'Isola, Francesco; Cazzani, Antonio; Rizzi, Nicola Luigi

    2016-08-01

    Hencky (Über die angenäherte Lösung von Stabilitätsproblemen im Raum mittels der elastischen Gelenkkette. Ph.D. thesis, Engelmann, 1921) proposed a discrete model for elasticae by introducing rigid bars and rotational springs. Hencky (Proc R Soc Lond A Math Phys Eng Sci 472(2185), 2016) approach has been introduced to heuristically motivate the need of second gradient continua. Here, we present a novel numerical code implementing directly the discrete Hencky-type model which is robust enough to solve the problem of the determination of equilibrium configurations in the large deformation and displacement regimes. We apply this model to study some potentially applicable problems, and we compare its performances with those of the second gradient continuum model. The numerical evidence presented supports the conjecture that Hencky-type converges to second gradient model.

  13. Structure refinement of monoclinic 12-layer TaNi3 with β-NbPt3 type. New crystallographic descriptions of this type and of the Nb3Rh5 type based on smaller unit cells

    The atom arrangements in the β-NbPt3 and Nb3Rh5 [=(Nb0.75Rh0.25)Rh] structures can be described with unit cells having only one third of the original volumes. β-NbPt3: mP16, P21/m, a=4.870, b=5.537, c=9.268 A, β=100.62 deg. Nb3Rh5: mP6, P2/m, a=4.772, b=2.806, c=6.949 A, β=103.76 deg. According to the new description (Nb0.75Rh0.25)Rh is isotypic to LiSn. Structure refinement of 12-layer TaNi3 with β-NbPt3 type, Mr=357.078, mP16, P21/m - f2e4, a=4.5319 (6), b=5.1253 (8), c=8.632 (1) A, β=100.79 (1) deg, V=196.96 (4) A3, Z=4, Dx=12.038 Mg m-3, λ(MoKα)=0.71073 A, μ=82.661 mm-1, F(000)=628, T=300 K, R=0.068, wR=0.062 for 309 contributing unique reflections. The new description of the structure type is confirmed. (orig.)

  14. A New Type of Photoelectric Response in a Double Barrier Structure with a Wide Quantum Well

    ZHOU Xia; ZHENG Hou-Zhi

    2005-01-01

    @@ We have calculated the photoelectric response in a specially designed double barrier structure. It has been verified that a transfer of the internal photovoltaic effect in the quantum well to the tunnelling transport through above-barrier quasibound states of the emitter barrier may give rise to a remarkable photocurrent.

  15. Bifurcation and Post-Critical Flutter -Type Random Vibrations of Slender Structures

    Náprstek, Jiří

    Notre Dame : Notre Dame University, 2000 - (Spencer, B.), s. 2000-2006 [Probabilistic Mechanics Conference ASCE /8./. Notre Dame (US), 24.07.2000-26.07.2000] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA103/99/0122; GA ČR GA103/99/0756 Keywords : slender structures, aeroelastic stability, Lyapunov function. Subject RIV: JN - Civil Engineering

  16. Rondorfite-type structure — XPS and UV–vis study

    Dulski, M., E-mail: mateusz.dulski@smcebi.edu.pl [Institute of Material Science, University of Silesia, 75 Pułku Piechoty 1a, 41-500 Chorzow (Poland); A.Chelkowski Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, Uniwersytecka 4, 40-007 Katowice (Poland); Bilewska, K., E-mail: kbilewska@us.edu.pl [A.Chelkowski Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, Uniwersytecka 4, 40-007 Katowice (Poland); Silesian Center for Education and Interdisciplinary Research, 75 Pułku Piechoty 1a, 41-500 Chorzow (Poland); Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals, Sowińskiego 5, 44-100 Gliwice (Poland); Wojtyniak, M., E-mail: marcin.wojtyniak@us.edu.pl [Institute of Material Science, University of Silesia, 75 Pułku Piechoty 1a, 41-500 Chorzow (Poland); Silesian Center for Education and Interdisciplinary Research, 75 Pułku Piechoty 1a, 41-500 Chorzow (Poland); Szade, J., E-mail: jacek.szade@us.edu.pl [A.Chelkowski Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, Uniwersytecka 4, 40-007 Katowice (Poland); Silesian Center for Education and Interdisciplinary Research, 75 Pułku Piechoty 1a, 41-500 Chorzow (Poland); Kusz, J., E-mail: joachim.kusz@us.edu.pl [A.Chelkowski Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, Uniwersytecka 4, 40-007 Katowice (Poland); Nowak, A., E-mail: ana.maria.nowak@gmail.com [A.Chelkowski Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, Uniwersytecka 4, 40-007 Katowice (Poland); Silesian Center for Education and Interdisciplinary Research, 75 Pułku Piechoty 1a, 41-500 Chorzow (Poland); Wrzalik, R., E-mail: roman.wrzalik@us.edu.pl [A.Chelkowski Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, Uniwersytecka 4, 40-007 Katowice (Poland); Silesian Center for Education and Interdisciplinary Research, 75 Pułku Piechoty 1a, 41-500 Chorzow (Poland); and others

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Structural and spectroscopic characterization of chlorosilicate mineral, rondorfite. • Characterization of main photoemission lines and valence band spectra. • The study of color origin’s using UV–vis spectroscopy. • Analysis of structural changes in context of origin of natural fluorescence. • Discussion of a new application possibilities of analyzed mineral - Abstract: This paper focuses on X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron and UV–vis spectroscopy of two different (green, orange) rondorfite samples. The differences in the sample color originate from various O/Cl ratios. The orange color was found to be related either to the isomorphic substitution of Fe{sup 3+}/Al{sup 3+} for Mg{sup 2+}, the presence of atypical [MgO{sub 4}] tetrahedrons in crystal structure or electronegativity of the sample. The tetrahedron is known to be very prone to accumulation of impurities and substitute atoms. Moreover, the XPS data showed tetrahedrally coordinated Mg{sup 2+} and isomorphic substitution of Al{sup 3+}/Fe{sup 3+} for Mg{sup 2+}, which influences local disordering and the point defects density and distribution. Non-equilibrium chlorine positions inside the crystal cages as well as Ca-Cl bonds have also been found. The XPS measurements as a function of temperature indicate occurrence of a structural transformation at about 770 K which is accompanied by a rotation of silicate tetrahedra within magnesiosilicate pentamer and luminescence disappearance.

  17. Rondorfite-type structure — XPS and UV–vis study

    Highlights: • Structural and spectroscopic characterization of chlorosilicate mineral, rondorfite. • Characterization of main photoemission lines and valence band spectra. • The study of color origin’s using UV–vis spectroscopy. • Analysis of structural changes in context of origin of natural fluorescence. • Discussion of a new application possibilities of analyzed mineral - Abstract: This paper focuses on X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron and UV–vis spectroscopy of two different (green, orange) rondorfite samples. The differences in the sample color originate from various O/Cl ratios. The orange color was found to be related either to the isomorphic substitution of Fe3+/Al3+ for Mg2+, the presence of atypical [MgO4] tetrahedrons in crystal structure or electronegativity of the sample. The tetrahedron is known to be very prone to accumulation of impurities and substitute atoms. Moreover, the XPS data showed tetrahedrally coordinated Mg2+ and isomorphic substitution of Al3+/Fe3+ for Mg2+, which influences local disordering and the point defects density and distribution. Non-equilibrium chlorine positions inside the crystal cages as well as Ca-Cl bonds have also been found. The XPS measurements as a function of temperature indicate occurrence of a structural transformation at about 770 K which is accompanied by a rotation of silicate tetrahedra within magnesiosilicate pentamer and luminescence disappearance

  18. The structural, electronic and dynamic properties of the L12- type Co3Ti alloy

    The structural, electronic and dynamic properties of the cubic Co3Ti alloy in L12 structure have been investigated using a pseudopotential plane wave (PP-PW) method within the generalized gradient approximation proposed by Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof (GGA-PBE). The structural properties, including the lattice constant, the bulk modulus and its pressure derivative agree reasonably with the previous results. The density of state (DOS), projected density of state (PDOS) and electronic band structure are also reported. The DOS shows that Co3Ti alloy has a metallic character since the energy bands cross the Fermi level. The density of states at Fermi level mainly comes from the Co-3d states. Phonon dispersion curves and their corresponding total densities of states were obtained using a linear response in the framework of the density functional perturbation theory. All computed phonon frequencies are no imaginer and thus, Co3Ti alloy is dynamically stable. The zone center phonon modes have been founded to be 9.307, 9.626 and 13.891 THz for Co3Ti

  19. Seismic Experimental Study on New-Type Composite Exterior Wallboard with Integrated Structural Function and Insulation

    Shaochun Ma; Nan Jiang

    2015-01-01

    In order to evaluate the seismic performance of new-type composite exterior wallboard, a total of six exterior and interior wallboards were incorporated in the experiment of seismic performance. Seismic performance such as the stress process, damage mode, hysteresis and skeleton curve, load-carrying and ductility coefficient, damping and energy dissipation, stiffness degradation as well as material strain of the exterior wallboards were analyzed with emphasis and compared with interior wallbo...

  20. Haemophilus influenzae Type b Carriage and Novel Bacterial Population Structure among Children in Urban Kathmandu, Nepal▿

    Williams, E. J.; Lewis, J.; John, T.; Hoe, J. C.; Yu, L.; Dongol, S.; Kelly, D. F.; Griffiths, D. T.; Shah, A; Limbu, B.; Pradhan, R.; Mawas, F.; Shrestha, S.; Thorson, S.; Werno, A. M.

    2011-01-01

    Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) is a major cause of invasive bacterial infection in children that can be prevented by a vaccine, but there is still uncertainty about its relative importance in Asia. This study investigated the age-specific prevalence of Hib carriage and its molecular epidemiology in carriage and disease in Nepal. Oropharyngeal swabs were collected from children in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 3 different settings: a hospital outpatient department (OPD), schools, and children's ...

  1. Structural insight into negative DNA supercoiling by DNA gyrase, a bacterial type 2A DNA topoisomerase

    Papillon, Julie; Ménétret, Jean-François; Batisse, Claire; Hélye, Reynald; Schultz, Patrick; Potier, Noëlle; Lamour, Valérie

    2013-01-01

    Type 2A DNA topoisomerases (Topo2A) remodel DNA topology during replication, transcription and chromosome segregation. These multisubunit enzymes catalyze the transport of a double-stranded DNA through a transient break formed in another duplex. The bacterial DNA gyrase, a target for broad-spectrum antibiotics, is the sole Topo2A enzyme able to introduce negative supercoils. We reveal here for the first time the architecture of the full-length Thermus thermophilus DNA gyrase alone and in a cl...

  2. A Typeful Characterization of Multiparty Structured Conversations Based on Binary Sessions

    Caires, Luís; Pérez, Jorge A.

    2014-01-01

    Relating the specification of the global communication behavior of a distributed system and the specifications of the local communication behavior of each of its nodes/peers (e.g., to check if the former is realizable by the latter under some safety and/or liveness conditions) is a challenging problem addressed in many relevant scenarios. In the context of networked software services, a widespread programming language-based approach relies on global specifications defined by session types or ...

  3. Structural and functional characterization of a novel type of ligand-independent RXR-USP receptor

    Iwema, Thomas; Billas, Isabelle ML; Beck, Yannick; Bonneton, François; Nierengarten, Hélène; Chaumot, Arnaud; Richards, Geoff; Laudet, Vincent; Moras, Dino

    2007-01-01

    Retinoid X receptor (RXR) and Ultraspiracle (USP) play a central role as ubiquitous heterodimerization partners of many nuclear receptors. While it has long been accepted that a wide range of ligands can activate vertebrate/mollusc RXRs, the existence and necessity of specific endogenous ligands activating RXR-USP in vivo is still matter of intense debate. Here we report the existence of a novel type of RXR-USP with a ligand-independent functional conformation. Our studies involved Tribolium ...

  4. Structural Properties of Group B Streptococcal Type III Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccines That Influence Immunogenicity and Efficacy

    Wessels, Michael R.; Paoletti, Lawrence C.; Guttormsen, Hilde-Kari; Michon, Francis; D’Ambra, Anello J.; Kasper, Dennis L.

    1998-01-01

    In this study, we tested the hypothesis that the immunogenicity and protective efficacy of polysaccharide-protein conjugate vaccines are influenced by three variables: (i) molecular size of the conjugate, (ii) molecular size of the polysaccharide used for conjugation, and (iii) extent of polysaccharide-to-protein cross-linking. Type III group B Streptococcus capsular polysaccharide was linked by reductive amination at multiple sites to tetanus toxoid to create a polysaccharide-protein conjuga...

  5. Biochemical and structural analysis of F-type ATP synthases and its subcomplexes

    Matthies, Doreen

    2013-01-01

    ATP synthases are multi-subunit membrane enzymes, which utilize the energy stored in a transmembrane electrochemical ion gradient to produce adenosine-5´-triphosphate (ATP), the universal energy carrier in biological systems. Research on these important enzymes goes back more than 50 years and has produced innumerable studies. The F-type ATP synthase consists of two functionally distinct, but tightly coupled subcomplexes, the water-soluble F1 and the membrane-embedded Fo complex. In its simpl...

  6. On the structure of linearized gravity on vacuum spacetimes of Petrov type D

    Aksteiner, Steffen; Bäckdahl, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we prove a new identity for linearized gravity on vacuum spacetimes of Petrov type D. The new identity yields a covariant version of the Teukolsky-Starobinsky identities for linearized gravity, which in addition to the two classical identities for the extreme linearized Weyl scalars includes three additional equations. By analogy with the spin-1 case, we expect the new identity to be relevant in deriving new conservation laws for linearized gravity.

  7. Place Of Hunting Tourism In The Structure Of Modern Tourism Types

    Ioan Petroman

    2015-01-01

    From an economic and socialpoint of view, hunting tourism has two sub-categories: resident hunting andtourism hunting (for the travellers who travel long distances to participate inhunting). Tourism hunting covers six types of tourism: subsistence indigenoushunting, traditional hunting, commercial hunting, recreational-sport hunting,integrated hunting, and optimum level game maintenance hunting. Huntingtourists should be classified into three distinct categories: large gamehunting tourists (f...

  8. Crystal structure of the TSP-1 type 1 repeats : a novel layered fold and its biological implication.

    Tan, K.; Duquette, M.; Liu, J.; Dong, Y.; Zhang, R.; Joachimiak, A.; Lawler, J.; Wang, J.; Dana-Farber Cancer Inst.; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Harvard Medical School

    2002-10-01

    Thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1) contains three type 1 repeats (TSRs), which mediate cell attachment, glycosaminoglycan binding, inhibition of angiogenesis, activation of TGF{beta}, and inhibition of matrix metalloproteinases. The crystal structure of the TSRs reported in this article reveals a novel, antiparallel, three-stranded fold that consists of alternating stacked layers of tryptophan and arginine residues from respective strands, capped by disulfide bonds on each end. The front face of the TSR contains a right-handed spiral, positively charged groove that might be the 'recognition' face, mediating interactions with various ligands. This is the first high-resolution crystal structure of a TSR domain that provides a prototypic architecture for structural and functional exploration of the diverse members of the TSR superfamily.

  9. In situ environment rather than substrate type dictates microbial community structure of biofilms in a cold seep system

    Lee, O.O.

    2014-01-08

    Using microscopic and molecular techniques combined with computational analysis, this study examined the structure and composition of microbial communities in biofilms that formed on different artificial substrates in a brine pool and on a seep vent of a cold seep in the Red Sea to test our hypothesis that initiation of the biofilm formation and spreading mode of microbial structures differs between the cold seep and the other aquatic environments. Biofilms on different substrates at two deployment sites differed morphologically, with the vent biofilms having higher microbial abundance and better structural features than the pool biofilms. Microbes in the pool biofilms were more taxonomically diverse and mainly composed of various sulfate-reducing bacteria whereas the vent biofilms were exclusively dominated by sulfur-oxidizing Thiomicrospira. These results suggest that the redox environments at the deployment sites might have exerted a strong selection on microbes in the biofilms at two sites whereas the types of substrates had limited effects on the biofilm development.

  10. Investigations of nanoreactors on the basis of p-type porous silicon: Electron structure and phase composition

    Lenshin, A.S. [Voronezh State University, Solid State Physics and Nanostructures Department, Universitetskaya pl. 1, Voronezh 394006 (Russian Federation); Kashkarov, V.M., E-mail: kash@phys.vsu.ru [Voronezh State University, Solid State Physics and Nanostructures Department, Universitetskaya pl. 1, Voronezh 394006 (Russian Federation); Spivak, Yu. M. [SPbGETU ' LETI' , Department of Microelectronics (Russian Federation); Moshnikov, V.A., E-mail: vamoshnikov@mail.ru [SPbGETU ' LETI' , Department of Microelectronics (Russian Federation)

    2012-08-15

    Investigations of the electron structure and phase composition of the surface layers in porous silicon with a developed system of nanopores were made with the use of ultrasoft X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The samples of porous silicon were obtained on the substrates with p-type conductivity under different modes of electrochemical etching. Porous surface layer represents a system of weakly connected pores oriented mainly perpendicular to the surface of silicon wafer. The mean transverse pore dimension is of {approx}50 nm. Silicon dioxide and sub-oxide were found in porous layer. We assume that these phases cover pores surface thus providing a possibility of the use of the structures as nanoreactors. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanoporous silicon layers were obtained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A system of weakly connected pores was detected. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electron structure and phase composition of the surface layers in porous silicon were investigated.

  11. Investigations of nanoreactors on the basis of p-type porous silicon: Electron structure and phase composition

    Investigations of the electron structure and phase composition of the surface layers in porous silicon with a developed system of nanopores were made with the use of ultrasoft X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The samples of porous silicon were obtained on the substrates with p-type conductivity under different modes of electrochemical etching. Porous surface layer represents a system of weakly connected pores oriented mainly perpendicular to the surface of silicon wafer. The mean transverse pore dimension is of ∼50 nm. Silicon dioxide and sub-oxide were found in porous layer. We assume that these phases cover pores surface thus providing a possibility of the use of the structures as nanoreactors. -- Highlights: ► Nanoporous silicon layers were obtained. ► A system of weakly connected pores was detected. ► Electron structure and phase composition of the surface layers in porous silicon were investigated.

  12. Design and Fabrication of 3D-Structured Contactless Capacitive-Type Detector for Capillary Electrophoresis Microchip

    Using simple and reliable microfabrication techniques, this study develops a capillary electrophoresis (CE) microchip with 3-dimensional-structured (3D-structured) contactless capacitive detector electrodes mounted parallel to the separation channel. The offchannel electrodes are deposited by Au sputtering and patterned using a standard 'lift-off' process. A vacuum fusion bonding process is employed to seal the lower substrate containing the microchannels and electrodes to an upper glass cover plate. The variation in the capacitance between the electrodes in the side channels is measured as different samples and ions pass through the detection region of the CE separation channel. Samples of Rhodamine B and a commercial sports drink are mixed in different buffer solutions and successfully separated and detected using the developed device. The 3D-structured contactless capacitive-type detection device has microscale dimensions and provides a valuable contribution to the realization of the lab-on-a-chip concept

  13. Structural Mechanism for Light-driven Transport by a New Type of Chloride Ion Pump, Nonlabens marinus Rhodopsin-3.

    Hosaka, Toshiaki; Yoshizawa, Susumu; Nakajima, Yu; Ohsawa, Noboru; Hato, Masakatsu; DeLong, Edward F; Kogure, Kazuhiro; Yokoyama, Shigeyuki; Kimura-Someya, Tomomi; Iwasaki, Wataru; Shirouzu, Mikako

    2016-08-19

    The light-driven inward chloride ion-pumping rhodopsin Nonlabens marinus rhodopsin-3 (NM-R3), from a marine flavobacterium, belongs to a phylogenetic lineage distinct from the halorhodopsins known as archaeal inward chloride ion-pumping rhodopsins. NM-R3 and halorhodopsin have distinct motif sequences that are important for chloride ion binding and transport. In this study, we present the crystal structure of a new type of light-driven chloride ion pump, NM-R3, at 1.58 Å resolution. The structure revealed the chloride ion translocation pathway and showed that a single chloride ion resides near the Schiff base. The overall structure, chloride ion-binding site, and translocation pathway of NM-R3 are different from those of halorhodopsin. Unexpectedly, this NM-R3 structure is similar to the crystal structure of the light-driven outward sodium ion pump, Krokinobacter eikastus rhodopsin 2. Structural and mutational analyses of NM-R3 revealed that most of the important amino acid residues for chloride ion pumping exist in the ion influx region, located on the extracellular side of NM-R3. In contrast, on the opposite side, the cytoplasmic regions of K. eikastus rhodopsin 2 were reportedly important for sodium ion pumping. These results provide new insight into ion selection mechanisms in ion pumping rhodopsins, in which the ion influx regions of both the inward and outward pumps are important for their ion selectivities. PMID:27365396

  14. Thermoelectric characteristics of Pt-silicide/silicon multi-layer structured p-type silicon

    Electric and thermoelectric properties of silicide/silicon multi-layer structured devices were investigated with the variation of silicide/silicon heterojunction numbers from 3 to 12 layers. For the fabrication of silicide/silicon multi-layered structure, platinum and silicon layers are repeatedly sputtered on the (100) silicon bulk substrate and rapid thermal annealing is carried out for the silicidation. The manufactured devices show ohmic current–voltage (I–V) characteristics. The Seebeck coefficient of bulk Si is evaluated as 195.8 ± 15.3 μV/K at 300 K, whereas the 12 layered silicide/silicon multi-layer structured device is evaluated as 201.8 ± 9.1 μV/K. As the temperature increases to 400 K, the Seebeck coefficient increases to 237.2 ± 4.7 μV/K and 277.0 ± 1.1 μV/K for bulk and 12 layered devices, respectively. The increase of Seebeck coefficient in multi-layered structure is mainly attributed to the electron filtering effect due to the Schottky barrier at Pt-silicide/silicon interface. At 400 K, the thermal conductivity is reduced by about half of magnitude compared to bulk in multi-layered device which shows the efficient suppression of phonon propagation by using Pt-silicide/silicon hetero-junctions. - Highlights: • Silicide/silicon multi-layer structured is proposed for thermoelectric devices. • Electric and thermoelectric properties with the number of layer are investigated. • An increase of Seebeck coefficient is mainly attributed the Schottky barrier. • Phonon propagation is suppressed with the existence of Schottky barrier. • Thermal conductivity is reduced due to the suppression of phonon propagation

  15. Structure and functioning of Mediterranean lagoon fish assemblages: A key for the identification of water body types

    Franco, Anita; Franzoi, Piero; Torricelli, Patrizia

    2008-09-01

    Knowledge on the structure and functioning variability of transitional water fish assemblages may help in finding out the main descriptors for identifying different water body types for which specific biological reference conditions can be reliably derived. Fish assemblages from 19 Mediterranean lagoons were therefore investigated by evaluating the variability of their structure and functioning, and by relating it to the lagoons' environmental features. Fish assemblage structure was measured by its species richness. Functioning was measured by categorizing fish species into functional categories (or guilds) according to their use of lagoon habitat, feeding and reproduction, and by defining the functional structure of fish assemblages as the relative number of species per guild in each lagoon. Mediterranean lagoons' fish assemblages were found to be more similar to each other in their functional structure than in the taxonomical composition, thus confirming a shared functional role of these environments for biological communities. Lagoon local features, such as the lagoon area, its habitat heterogeneity and average salinity, significantly affected the total species richness and the different use that fish make of the lagoon environment, hence playing a primary role in the assessment of these water body types. Latitude also influenced the variability of fish assemblages in the Mediterranean lagoons investigated, with particular regard to their functioning as feeding and reproductive grounds for fish. These results are compared with previous studies and, although this limited the investigation to structural aspects only, were found to confirm in part the previous results and also added new insights about the key factors affecting the functioning of transitional water systems.

  16. STRUCTURAL EVOLUTION OF EARLY-TYPE GALAXIES TO z = 2.5 IN CANDELS

    Chang, Yu-Yen; Van der Wel, Arjen; Rix, Hans-Walter [Max-Planck Institut fuer Astronomie, Koenigstuhl 17, D-69117 Heidelberg (Germany); Holden, Bradford; Faber, S. M.; Mozena, Mark; Guo Yicheng; Kocevski, Dale D. [UCO/Lick Observatory, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (United States); Bell, Eric F. [Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan, 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); McGrath, Elizabeth J. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Colby College, Waterville, ME 04901 (United States); Wuyts, Stijn [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik, Postfach 1312, Giessenbachstr., D-85741 Garching (Germany); Haeussler, Boris [Schools of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom); Barden, Marco [Institute of Astro- and Particle Physics, University of Innsbruck, Technikerstrasse 25, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria); Ferguson, Henry C.; Grogin, Norman A.; Koekemoer, Anton M.; Huang, Kuang-Han [Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States); Galametz, Audrey [INAF-Osservatorio di Roma, Via Frascati 33, I-00040 Monteporzio (Italy); Dekel, Avishai [Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem 91904 (Israel); Hathi, Nimish P., E-mail: chang@mpia.de [Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science, Pasadena, CA (United States); and others

    2013-08-20

    Projected axis ratio measurements of 880 early-type galaxies at redshifts 1 < z < 2.5 selected from CANDELS are used to reconstruct and model their intrinsic shapes. The sample is selected on the basis of multiple rest-frame colors to reflect low star-formation activity. We demonstrate that these galaxies as an ensemble are dust-poor and transparent and therefore likely have smooth light profiles, similar to visually classified early-type galaxies. Similar to their present-day counterparts, the z > 1 early-type galaxies show a variety of intrinsic shapes; even at a fixed mass, the projected axis ratio distributions cannot be explained by the random projection of a set of galaxies with very similar intrinsic shapes. However, a two-population model for the intrinsic shapes, consisting of a triaxial, fairly round population, combined with a flat (c/a {approx} 0.3) oblate population, adequately describes the projected axis ratio distributions of both present-day and z > 1 early-type galaxies. We find that the proportion of oblate versus triaxial galaxies depends both on the galaxies' stellar mass, and-at a given mass-on redshift. For present-day and z < 1 early-type galaxies the oblate fraction strongly depends on galaxy mass. At z > 1, this trend is much weaker over the mass range explored here (10{sup 10} < M{sub *}/M{sub Sun} < 10{sup 11}), because the oblate fraction among massive (M{sub *} {approx} 10{sup 11} M{sub Sun }) was much higher in the past: 0.59 {+-} 0.10 at z > 1, compared to 0.20 {+-} 0.02 at z {approx} 0.1. When combined with previous findings that the number density and sizes of early-type galaxies substantially increase over the same redshift range, this can be explained by the gradual emergence of merger-produced elliptical galaxies, at the expense of the destruction of pre-existing disks that were common among their high-redshift progenitors. In contrast, the oblate fraction among low-mass early-type galaxies (log (M{sub *}/M{sub Sun }) < 10

  17. Effective exchange constant and electronic structure of pseudo-gap-type L10-MnPd alloys

    The electrical resistivity, magnetic and low-temperature specific heat measurements, and theoretical calculations for L10-type MnPd alloy system were carried out in a wide range of composition from 40 to 60% Pd. In the present antiferromagnetic alloy system, the highest Neel temperature TN was observed in the vicinity of 53% Pd concentration, deviating from the equiatomic concentration. This behavior was also conformed by the theoretical calculations for the effective exchange constant J0 which gives the value of TN. In the temperature dependence of electrical resistivity for the L10-type MnPd alloys, a characteristic behavior of a hump just below TN was observed, which is associated with the pseudo-gap-type antiferromagnets. In addition, the value of the electronic specific heat coefficient γe is significantly small below 1 mJ mol-1K-2 above K-2 above 50% Pd, reflecting the very low density of states at the Fermi energy EF. The linear relation between the magnetic moment and the Pauling valence has been confirmed in the L10-type Mn alloy systems, together with that of other Mn alloy systems. The present several results strongly imply that the characteristic electronic structure with the pseudo-gap and the Pauling valence (PV) associated with the covalent bonding state is closely interrelated in the L10-type Mn alloy systems. (author)

  18. EVIDENCE FOR TUBULAR MATING STRUCTURES INDUCED IN EACH MATING TYPE OF HETEROTHALLIC GONIUM PECTORALE (VOLVOCALES, CHLOROPHYTA)(1).

    Mogi, Yuko; Hamaji, Takashi; Suzuki, Masahiro; Ferris, Patrick; Mori, Toshiyuki; Kabeya, Yukihiro; Miyagishima, Shin-Ya; Nozaki, Hisayoshi

    2012-06-01

    Gametes were induced separately in cultures of each mating type of the heterothallic, isogamous colonial volvocalean Gonium pectorale O. F. Müll. to examine the tubular mating structure (TMS) of both mating types plus and minus (plus and minus), referred to as "bilateral mating papillae." Addition of dibutyryl cyclic adenosine monophosphate (DcAMP or db-cAMP) and 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine (IBMX) to approximately 3-week-old cultures of each mating type induced immediate release of naked gametes from the cell walls. Both plus and minus gametes formed a TMS in the anterior region of the protoplasts. Accumulation of actin was visualized by antibody staining in the TMS of both mating types as occurs in the TMS (fertilization tubule) of the plus gametes of the unicellular volvocalean Chlamydomonas reinhardtii P. A. Dang. Induction of naked gametes with a TMS in each mating type will be useful for future cell biological and evolutionary studies of the isogametes of colonial volvocalean algae. PMID:27011083

  19. Analysis of the response behaviour of structures subjected to damaging pulse-type ground motions

    The presence of long period pulses in near-fault records can be considered as an important factor in causing damage due to the transmission of large energy amounts to the structures in a very short time. Under such circumstances high energy dissipation demands usually occur, which are likely to concentrate in the weakest parts of the structure. From the study of the response of nonlinear oscillators, the effects of these distinctive long period pulses, derived from records obtained during recent earthquakes, have been assessed by means of: 1) synthetic parameters directly derived from the strong ground motion records, such as peak ground acceleration, peak ground velocity, incremental velocity, and 2) elastic and inelastic spectra of input energy, hysteretic energy, displacement, strength. The results indicate that long duration pulses strongly affects the inelastic response, with very high energy and drift demands which may be several times larger than the limit values specified by the majority of codes. (authors)

  20. Phase Behavior and Crystal Structure of Perovskite-Type Rare Earth Complex Oxides

    2006-01-01

    Several compounds of rare earth complex oxides containing manganese and titanium were synthesized in Ar, and their crystal structures were analyzed by powder X-ray diffraction data and Rietveld method. Structures of A0.67Ln0.33Mn0.33Ti0.67O3 (A=Ca or Sr and Ln=rare earth) were found to have orthorhombic symmetry with the space group Pnma, and their interatomic distances and bond angles were obtained. This space group was also derived from electron microscopic study. Electrical conductivity of Ca0.67Ln0.33Mn0.33Ti0.67O3 for several rare earth elements showed a semiconducting property with the activation energy of 0.4 eV. Some of these compounds of the strontium system show the antiferromagnetic properties below 10 K.

  1. Surface structure and energy of B2 type intermetallic compound NiAl

    The surface structure and energies for 22 surfaces of NiAl, an ordered intermetallic compound of B2 structure, have been studied by using embedded atom method. The results show that, for alternating Ni and Al surfaces with odd numbers of the sum of their three Miller indices, the energy difference between the Ni terminated surface and Al terminated surface increase linearly with increasing the interlayer distance. So from surface energy minimization, the Al terminated surface is favorable for each alternating Ni and Al surface. This is in agreement with experimental results. However, the energy of the (1 1 0) surface belonged to the other kind of the surface consisted of stoichiometric atomic layers and with even numbers of the sum of their three Miller indices, is the lowest in all two kinds of the surfaces. Therefore the (1 1 0) texture of NiAl appears mostly in the experiments

  2. Experimentally Derived Structural Constraints for Amyloid Fibrils of Wild-Type Transthyretin

    Bateman, David A.; Tycko, Robert; Wickner, Reed B.

    2011-01-01

    Transthyretin (TTR) is a largely β-sheet serum protein responsible for transporting thyroxine and vitamin A. TTR is found in amyloid deposits of patients with senile systemic amyloidosis. TTR mutants lead to familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and familial amyloid cardiomyopathy, with an earlier age of onset. Studies of amyloid fibrils of familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy mutant TTR suggest a structure similar to the native state with only a simple opening of a β-strand-loop-strand region e...

  3. REDUCTION IN STRESSED STATE OF STRENGTHENING COATINGS VIA USING A DISCRETE STRUCTURE OF ISLAND TYPE

    Solovykh, Ye.; Кіровоградський національний технічний університет

    2013-01-01

    In order to improve the quality of coatings, a novel principle for deposition of strengthening coatings with high thermomechanical properties has been developed at Pysarenko Institute for Problems of Strength NAS of Ukraine (IPS). It consists in replacing a conventional continuous layer with a discontinuous mosaic-discrete structure. Realization of this principle in fabrication of coatings has permitted an increase in their adhesion and corrosion stability thanks to restriction of maximal str...

  4. Impact of type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome on myocardial structure and microvasculature of men with coronary artery disease

    Yii Michael

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome are associated with impaired diastolic function and increased heart failure risk. Animal models and autopsy studies of diabetic patients implicate myocardial fibrosis, cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, altered myocardial microvascular structure and advanced glycation end-products (AGEs in the pathogenesis of diabetic cardiomyopathy. We investigated whether type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome are associated with altered myocardial structure, microvasculature, and expression of AGEs and receptor for AGEs (RAGE in men with coronary artery disease. Methods We performed histological analysis of left ventricular biopsies from 13 control, 10 diabetic and 23 metabolic syndrome men undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery who did not have heart failure or atrial fibrillation, had not received loop diuretic therapy, and did not have evidence of previous myocardial infarction. Results All three patient groups had similar extent of coronary artery disease and clinical characteristics, apart from differences in metabolic parameters. Diabetic and metabolic syndrome patients had higher pulmonary capillary wedge pressure than controls, and diabetic patients had reduced mitral diastolic peak velocity of the septal mitral annulus (E', consistent with impaired diastolic function. Neither diabetic nor metabolic syndrome patients had increased myocardial interstitial fibrosis (picrosirius red, or increased immunostaining for collagen I and III, the AGE Nε-(carboxymethyllysine, or RAGE. Cardiomyocyte width, capillary length density, diffusion radius, and arteriolar dimensions did not differ between the three patient groups, whereas diabetic and metabolic syndrome patients had reduced perivascular fibrosis. Conclusions Impaired diastolic function of type 2 diabetic and metabolic syndrome patients was not dependent on increased myocardial fibrosis, cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, alteration of the

  5. Dynamic structural analysis of a head assembly for a large loop-type LMFBR

    An investigation is presented here on the dynamic structural response of the primary vessel's head closure to slug impact loadings generated from a 1000 MJ source term. The reference reactor considered was designed in a loop configuration. The head structure consisted of a deck and a triple rotatable plug assembly. Two designs were considered for the deck structure: a reference design and an alternate design. The reference deck was designed as a single flat annular plate. For the alternate design, the deck plate was reinforced by adding an extender cylinder with a flange and flanged webs between the deck-plate and cylinder. This investigation showed that the reference design cannot maintain containment integrity when subjected to slug loading generated by a 1000 MJ source term. It was determined that the head deformed excessively. The excessive deformation would, at least, permanently disengage the HCDA seals. More importantly, however, it appears that the entire TRP assembly would be disengaged from the deck creating a large opening for sodium expulsion. With regard to the alternate design, the computations indicated that the deck deformations were acceptable and that no sodium expulsion would occur at the deck-plug juncture

  6. Structural requirements of the major protective antibody to Haemophilus influenzae type b

    Hougs, L; Juul, L; Svejgaard, A;

    1999-01-01

    Protective antibodies to the important childhood pathogen Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) are directed against the capsular polysaccharide (HibCP). Most of the antibody is encoded by a well-defined set of ("canonical") immunoglobulin genes, including the Vkappa A2 gene, and expresses an...... by the A2c gene but not by the highly homologous sister gene, A18b, corresponding to the demonstrated usage of A2c but not of A18b in vivo. Similarly, only Jkappa1 and Jkappa3, which predominate in the response in vivo, were able to facilitate binding in vitro. These findings suggest that the...

  7. Structural and mechanical behaviour of TRIP-type microalloyed steel in hot-working conditions

    A. Grajcar

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the paper is to investigate the influence of various deformation conditions on microstructure evolution and flow curves of TRIP-type steel.Design/methodology/approach: In order to determine the influence of MX-type interstitial phases on limiting the grain growth of primary austenite, samples were quenched in water from a temperature range, from 900 to 1200°C. Determination of processes controlling strain hardening was carried out in compression test using Gleeble 3800 simulator. The σ-ε curves were defined in a temperature range from 850 to 1150°C, for 0.1, 1 and 10s-1 of strain rate. To determine the progress of recrystallization samples were isothermally held for up to 60 s at 900 and 1000°C.Findings: Profitable impact of TiN and NbC particles on austenite grain growth limitation is present up to 1050°C. The values of flow stress are equal from 120 to 270 MPa. The steel is characterized by quite high values of deformation, εmax=0.4-0.65, corresponding to maximum stress on σ-ε curves. Beneficial grain refinement of primary austenite microstructure can be obtained due to static recrystallization. In temperature of 1000°C, t0.5 is equal 35 s and elongates to 43 s after decreasing deformation temperature to 900°C. The σ-ε curves obtained during multi-stage compression tests confirmed that a process controlling the strain hardening is a dynamical recovery.Research limitations/implications: To design hot-rolling conditions, the analysis of the primary austenite microstructure evolution during successive deformation cycles should be carried out.Practical implications: The obtained precipitation kinetics of MX-type phases and σ-ε curves are useful in determining hot-rolling conditions ensuring the fine-grained microstructure of primary austenite.Originality/value: The determined true stress–true strain curves were obtained for the TRIP-type microalloyed steel containing decreased Si concentration.

  8. Structural studies on the enzymatic units of the peroxisomal multifunctional enzyme type 2 (MFE-2)

    Koski, K.

    2004-01-01

    Abstract Multifunctional enzyme type 2 (MFE-2) is a peroxisomal enzyme participating in the breakdown of fatty acids in eukaryotes. Depending on the organism, MFE-2 is composed of two to four functional units, out of which the two enzymatic ones, 2-enoyl-coenzyme A (CoA) hydratase 2 and (3R)-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase, are found in the all MFE-2s. These units are responsible for the catalysis of the second and third steps of the peroxisomal β-oxidation of various CoA thioesters of fatty...

  9. Structure and pathogenicity of antibodies specific for citrullinated collagen type II in experimental arthritis

    Uysal, Hüseyin; Bockermann, Robert; Nandakumar, Kutty S;

    2009-01-01

    Antibodies to citrulline-modified proteins have a high diagnostic value in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, their biological role in disease development is still unclear. To obtain insight into this question, a panel of mouse monoclonal antibodies was generated against a major triple helical...... collagen type II (CII) epitope (position 359-369; ARGLTGRPGDA) with or without arginines modified by citrullination. These antibodies bind cartilage and synovial tissue, and mediate arthritis in mice. Detection of citrullinated CII from RA patients' synovial fluid demonstrates that cartilage-derived CII is...

  10. LHD type proton-boron reactor and the control of its peripheral potential structure

    An advanced Large Helical Device (LHD) type proton-boron reactor, in which the minority protons are heated by ICRF, is proposed. The ratio of the fusion power to the RF input power is evaluated. Numerical computation of particle orbits shows that the ICRF of LHD can accelerate protons in the p-11 B fusion relevant energy. Numerical results also show that the LHD magnetic configuration can confine the high energy 4He well. An active peripheral potential control method and an active 4He ash exhaust scheme are discussed. (author)

  11. Ductility and structural transformations in Kh20N40 type commercial alloys

    Investigations for revealing and explaining reasons for appearing regions of decreased ductility in commercial Fe-Cr-Ni-base alloys of Kh20N40 type during short-term tensile tests at 20-900 deg C are conducted. It is shown that alloying with molybdenum as well as decrease of content of harmful impurities including interstitials of carbon and nitrogen permit to remove undesirable decrease of ductility both in the range of moderate (300-400 deg C) and increased (600-900 deg C) temperatures

  12. Vitamin D, carotid intima-media thickness and bone structure in patients with type 2 diabetes

    K., Winckler; L., Tarnow; L., Lundby-Christensen; T.P., Almdal; N., Wiinberg; Eiken, P; T.W., Boesgaard; S.S., Lund; H., Perrild; T., Krarup; O., Snorgaard; B., Gade-Rasmussen; S., Madsbad; M., Roder; B., Thorsteinsson; E.R., Mathiesen; T., Jensen; H., Vestergaard; O., Pedersen; C., Hedetoft; L., Breum; E., Duun; S.B., Sneppen; B., Hemmingsen; C., Gluud; J., Wetterslev; A., Vaag

    2015-01-01

    Despite aggressive treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors individuals with type 2 diabetes (T2D) still have increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The primary aim of this study was to examine the cross-sectional association between total (25-hydroxy vitamin D (25...... diabetes 12+/-6 years), including 294 patients (71%) treated with insulin. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and arterial stiffness (carotid artery distensibility coefficient (DC) and Young's elastic modulus (YEM)) were measured by ultrasound scan as indicators of CVD. Bone health was assessed by bone...

  13. Éléments finis de type coques volumiques pour la simulation des structures minces

    Trinh, Vuong-Dieu; ABED-MERAIM, Farid; Combescure, Alain

    2013-01-01

    Ce travail concerne le développement d’une nouvelle famille d’éléments finis (EF) de type coques volumiques quadratiques. Deux éléments seront présentés, un hexaèdre à vingt nœuds et un prisme à quinze nœuds, qui sont formulés à partir d’une approche purement tridimensionnelle. La performance de ces éléments sera montrée à travers l’analyse de problèmes structuraux variés.

  14. Nanometric solid solutions of the fluorite and perovskite type crystal structures: Synthesis and properties

    Snežana Bošković

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a short review of our results on the synthesis of nanosized CeO2, CaMnO3 and BaCeO3 solid solutions are presented. The nanopowders were prepared by two innovative methods: self propagating room temperature synthesis (SPRT and modified glycine/nitrate procedure (MGNP. Different types of solid solutions with rare earth dopants in concentrations ranging from 0–0.25 mol% were synthesized. The reactions forming solid solutions were studied. In addition, the characteristics of prepared nanopowders, phenomena during sintering and the properties of sintered samples are discussed.

  15. Kinematical structure of the circumstellar environments of galactic B[e]-type stars

    Zickgraf, F J

    2003-01-01

    High resolution line profiles are presented for selected forbidden and permitted emission lines of a sample of galactic B[e]-type stars. The spectral resolution corresponds to 5-7 km/s with the exception of some line profiles which were observed with a resolution of 9-13 km/s. All Ha profiles are characterized by a narrow split or single emission component with a width of about 150-250 km/s (FWHM) and broad wings with a full width of ~1000-2000 km/s. The Ha profiles can be classified into three groups: double-peaked profiles representing the majority, single-peaked emission-line profiles, and normal P Cygni-type profiles. The forbidden lines exhibit in most cases double-peaked profiles. The split forbidden line profiles have peak separations of as little as 10 km/s. The ratio of violet to red emission peak intensities, V/R, is predominantly smaller or equal to 1. Theoretical profiles were calculated for the optically thin case. A latitude-dependent stellar wind with a radial expansion and a velocity decreasin...

  16. Structural, electrical and magnetic study of Nd-Ni substituted W-type Hexaferrite

    Khan, Imran; Sadiq, Imran; Ali, Irshad; Rana, Mazhar-Ud-Din; Najam-Ul-Haq, Muhammad; Shah, Afzal; Shakir, Imran; Naeem Ashiq, Muhammad

    2016-01-01

    A series of Nd-Ni substituted W-type hexaferrites with composition Sr1-xNdxCo2NiyFe16-yO27 (where x=0.0, 0.025, 0.050, 0.075, 0.1 and y=0.0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1) has been prepared by the chemical co-precipitation method. The effect of rare earth Nd substitution at strontium site while Ni at iron site on microstructure, electrical and magnetic properties has been investigated. All the XRD patterns of the synthesized materials show single W-type hexagonal phase without any other intermediate phases. SEM images show that the particles are homogeneous and hexagonal platelet-like shape. DC electrical resistivity measurements were carried out in temperature range of 298-673 K showing metal-to-semiconductor transition when doped with Nd-Ni. The magnetic properties such as saturation magnetization, remanence, squareness ratio and coercivity were calculated from hysteresis loops and were observed to increase with the increase in Nd-Ni concentration up to a certain substitution level which is beneficial for high density recording media.

  17. Assessment of autogenous Type 410S stainless steel welds in replacement steam generator tube support structures

    To eliminate fretting wear caused by flow-induced vibration in recirculating steam generators, tubes are separated from each other by tube support lattice bars. In the U-bend portion of the tube bundle, rows of tubes are separated by fan bars that radiate from collector bars located in the straight-leg portion of the steam generator. The replacement steam generators constructed by Babcock ampersand Wilcox International use Type 410S stainless steel with a specified maximum hardness of Rb 95 for tube support lattice bars, collector bars, and fan bars. An autogenous weld is used to join the fan bar to the collector bar. Corrosion tests were conducted to assess the stress corrosion cracking (SCC) susceptibility of welded type 410S stainless steel. These tests included constant-extension-rate (CERT) tests and long-term immersion tests on 410S in various welded and heat-treated conditions. The results of this test program demonstrate that, when highly stressed, the as-welded 410S weld joints are susceptible to SCC in steam generator environments. However, highly stressed 410S autogenous welds given a post-weld heat treatment were not susceptible to SCC even under faulted steam generator operating conditions

  18. Structural basis for the endoribonuclease activity of the type III-A CRISPR-associated protein Csm6

    Niewoehner, Ole; Jinek, Martin

    2016-01-01

    Prokaryotic CRISPR–Cas systems provide an RNA-guided mechanism for genome defense against mobile genetic elements such as viruses and plasmids. In type III-A CRISPR–Cas systems, the RNA-guided multisubunit Csm effector complex targets both single-stranded RNAs and double-stranded DNAs. In addition to the Csm complex, efficient anti-plasmid immunity mediated by type III-A systems also requires the CRISPR-associated protein Csm6. Here we report the crystal structure of Csm6 from Thermus thermophilus and show that the protein is a ssRNA-specific endoribonuclease. The structure reveals a dimeric architecture generated by interactions involving the N-terminal CARF and C-terminal HEPN domains. HEPN domain dimerization leads to the formation of a composite ribonuclease active site. Consistently, mutations of invariant active site residues impair catalytic activity in vitro. We further show that the ribonuclease activity of Csm6 is conserved across orthologs, suggesting that it plays an important functional role in CRISPR–Cas systems. The dimer interface of the CARF domains features a conserved electropositive pocket that may function as a ligand-binding site for allosteric control of ribonuclease activity. Altogether, our work suggests that Csm6 proteins provide an auxiliary RNA-targeting interference mechanism in type III-A CRISPR–Cas systems that operates in conjunction with the RNA- and DNA-targeting endonuclease activities of the Csm effector complex. PMID:26763118

  19. Early-type dwarf galaxies with multicomponent stellar structure: Are they remnants of disc galaxies strongly transformed by their environment?

    Aguerri, J Alfonso L

    2016-01-01

    The surface brightness distribution of $\\sim$30-40$\\%$ of the early-type dwarf galaxies with $-18 \\leq M_{B} \\leq -15$ in the Virgo and the Coma clusters is fitted by models that include two structural components (S\\`ersic + exponential) as for bright disc galaxies.The goal of the present study is to determine whether early-type dwarf galaxies with a two-component stellar structure in the Virgo and the Coma clusters are low-luminosity copies of bright disc galaxies or are the remnants of bright galaxies strongly transformed by cluster environmental effects.I analysed the location of bright disc galaxies and early-type dwarfs in the $r_{b,e}/h$- $n$ plane. The location in this plane of the two-component dwarf galaxies was compared with the remnants of tidally disrupted disc galaxies reported by numerical simulations. Bright unbarred disc galaxies show a strong correlation in the $r_{b,e}/h$-$n$ plane. Galaxies with larger S\\`ersic shape parameters show a higher $r_{b,e}/h$ ratio. In contrast, two-component ear...

  20. A Scenario for the Fine Structures of Solar Type IIIb Radio Bursts Based on the Electron Cyclotron Maser Emission

    Wang, C B

    2015-01-01

    A scenario based on the electron cyclotron maser emission is proposed for the fine structures of solar radio emission in the present discussion. It is suggested that under certain conditions modulation of the ratio between the plasma frequency and electron gyro-frequency by ultra low frequency waves, which is a key parameter for excitation of the electron cyclotron maser instability, may lead to the intermittent emission of radio waves. As an example, the explanation of the observed fine-structure components in the solar type IIIb burst is discussed in detail. Three primary issues of the type IIIb bursts are addressed: 1) what is the physical mechanism that results in the intermittent emission elements that form a chain in the dynamic spectrum of type IIIb bursts, 2) what causes the split pair (or double stria) and the triple stria, 3) why in the events of fundamental-harmonic pair emission there is only IIIb-III, but IIIb-IIIb or III-IIIb cases are very rarely observed.