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  1. Human papillomavirus type 16 entry: retrograde cell surface transport along actin-rich protrusions.

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    Mario Schelhaas

    Full Text Available The lateral mobility of individual, incoming human papillomavirus type 16 pseudoviruses (PsV bound to live HeLa cells was studied by single particle tracking using fluorescence video microscopy. The trajectories were computationally analyzed in terms of diffusion rate and mode of motion as described by the moment scaling spectrum. Four distinct modes of mobility were seen: confined movement in small zones (30-60 nm in diameter, confined movement with a slow drift, fast random motion with transient confinement, and linear, directed movement for long distances. The directed movement was most prominent on actin-rich cell protrusions such as filopodia or retraction fibres, where the rate was similar to that measured for actin retrograde flow. It was, moreover, sensitive to perturbants of actin retrograde flow such as cytochalasin D, jasplakinolide, and blebbistatin. We found that transport along actin protrusions significantly enhanced HPV-16 infection in sparse tissue culture, cells suggesting a role for in vivo infection of basal keratinocytes during wound healing.

  2. Lgr4 and Lgr5 drive the formation of long actin-rich cytoneme-like membrane protrusions

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    Snyder, Joshua C.; Rochelle, Lauren K.; Marion, Sébastien; Lyerly, H. Kim; Barak, Larry S.; Caron, Marc G.

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Embryonic development and adult tissue homeostasis require precise information exchange between cells and their microenvironment to coordinate cell behavior. A specialized class of ultra-long actin-rich filopodia, termed cytonemes, provides one mechanism for this spatiotemporal regulation of extracellular cues. We provide here a mechanism whereby the stem-cell marker Lgr5, and its family member Lgr4, promote the formation of cytonemes. Lgr4- and Lgr5-induced cytonemes exceed lengths of 80 µm, are generated through stabilization of nascent filopodia from an underlying lamellipodial-like network and functionally provide a pipeline for the transit of signaling effectors. As proof-of-principle, we demonstrate that Lgr5-induced cytonemes act as conduits for cell signaling by demonstrating that the actin motor and filopodial cargo carrier protein myosin X (Myo10) and the G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling effector β-arrestin-2 (Arrb2) transit into cytonemes. This work delineates a biological function for Lgr4 and Lgr5 and provides the rationale to fully investigate Lgr4 and Lgr5 function and cytonemes in mammalian stem cell and cancer stem cell behavior. PMID:25653388

  3. ADAM12 localizes with c-Src to actin-rich structures at the cell periphery and regulates Src kinase activity

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    Stautz, Dorte; Sanjay, Archana; Hansen, Matilde Thye;

    2010-01-01

    to enhance Src kinase activity in response to external signals, such as integrin engagement. Thus, we suggest that activated c-Src binds, phosphorylates, and redistributes ADAM12-L to specific sites at the cell periphery, which may in turn promote signalling mechanisms regulating cellular processes...... partners and signalling proteins. We demonstrate here a c-Src-dependent redistribution of ADAM12-L from perinuclear areas to actin-rich Src-positive structures at the cell periphery, and identified two separate c-Src binding sites in the cytoplasmic tail of ADAM12-L that interact with the SH3 domain of c......-Src with different binding affinities. The association between ADAM12-L and c-Src is transient, but greatly stabilized when the c-Src kinase activity is disrupted. In agreement with this observation, kinase-active forms of c-Src induce ADAM12-L tyrosine phosphorylation. Interestingly, ADAM12-L was also found...

  4. Heating of Micro-protrusions in Accelerating Structures

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    Keser, A C; Nusinovich, G S; Kashyn, D G; Jensen, K L

    2013-01-01

    The thermal and field emission of electrons from protrusions on metal surfaces is a possible limiting factor on the performance and operation of high-gradient room temperature accelerator structures. We present here the results of extensive numerical simulations of electrical and thermal behavior of protrusions. We unify the thermal and field emission in the same numerical framework, describe bounds for the emission current and geometric enhancement, then we calculate the Nottingham and Joule heating terms and solve the heat equation to characterize the thermal evolution of emitters under RF electric field. Our findings suggest that, heating is entirely due to the Nottingham effect, that thermal runaway scenarios are not likely, and that high RF frequency causes smaller swings in temperature and cooler tips. We build a phenomenological model to account for the effect of space charge and show that space charge eliminates the possibility of tip melting, although near melting temperatures reached.

  5. Mechanisms of leading edge protrusion in interstitial migration

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    Wilson, Kerry; Lewalle, Alexandre; Fritzsche, Marco; Thorogate, Richard; Duke, Tom; Charras, Guillaume

    2013-01-01

    While the molecular and biophysical mechanisms underlying cell protrusion on two-dimensional substrates are well understood, our knowledge of the actin structures driving protrusion in three-dimensional environments is poor, despite relevance to inflammation, development and cancer. Here we report that, during chemotactic migration through microchannels with 5 μm × 5 μm cross-sections, HL60 neutrophil-like cells assemble an actin-rich slab filling the whole channel cross-section at their front. This leading edge comprises two distinct F-actin networks: an adherent network that polymerizes perpendicular to cell-wall interfaces and a ‘free’ network that grows from the free membrane at the cell front. Each network is polymerized by a distinct nucleator and, due to their geometrical arrangement, the networks interact mechanically. On the basis of our experimental data, we propose that, during interstitial migration, medial growth of the adherent network compresses the free network preventing its retrograde movement and enabling new polymerization to be converted into forward protrusion. PMID:24305616

  6. Role of rf electric and magnetic fields in heating of micro-protrusions in accelerating structures

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    Nusinovich, Gregory S

    2011-01-01

    It is known that high-gradient operation in metallic accelerating structures causes significant deterioration of structure surfaces that, in turn, greatly increases the probability of microwave breakdown. At the same time, the physical reason for this deterioration so far is not well understood. In the present paper, the role of two effects is analyzed, viz. (a) the microwave heating caused by penetration of the rf magnetic field into microprotrusion of a radius on the order of the skin depth and (b) the Joule heating caused by the field emitted current, i.e. the effect of the rf electric field magnified by a sharp protrusion. Corresponding expressions for the power densities of both effects are derived and the criterion for evaluating the dominance of one of these two is formulated. This criterion is analyzed and illustrated by the discussion of an example with parameters typical for recent experiments at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) National Accelerator Laboratory.

  7. Role of Nottingham and Thomson effects in heating of micro-protrusion in high-gradient accelerating structures

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    Keser, Aydin; Nusinovich, Gregory; Kashyn, Dmytro; Antonsen, Thomas

    2012-10-01

    It is widely accepted that one of the reasons for appearance of the RF breakdown which limits operation of high-gradient accelerating structures is the electron dark current [1]. This field emitted current, usually considered as a precursor of the breakdown, can be emitted from apexes of micro-protrusions on a structure surface. Therefore field and thermal processes in such protrusions deserve careful studies [2, 3]. The goal of our first study [3] was to analyze 2D process of RF field penetration inside protrusion of a metal with finite conductivity and to study corresponding Joule heating. In the current study, it is found that space charges can have a stabilizing effect on the electric field. We include a modification of the 1D model described in [4]. Moreover, we include into consideration, first, the Nottingham effect which may significantly change the protrusion heating. We also investigate the interplay between high temperature gradients and electric fields (Thomson heating).[4pt] [1] Wang and Loew, SLAC PUB 7684 October 1997.[0pt] [2] K.L. Jensen, Y.Y. Lau, D.W. Feldman, P.G. O'Shea, Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 11, 081001(2008).[0pt] [3] Kashyn et al, AAC-2010.[0pt] [4] K.L. Jensen, J. LEbowitz, Y.Y. LAu, J. Luginsland, Journal of Applied Physics 111, 054917(2012).

  8. Device for cutting protrusions

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    Bzorgi, Fariborz M.

    2011-07-05

    An apparatus for clipping a protrusion of material is provided. The protrusion may, for example, be a bolt head, a nut, a rivet, a weld bead, or a temporary assembly alignment tab protruding from a substrate surface of assembled components. The apparatus typically includes a cleaver having a cleaving edge and a cutting blade having a cutting edge. Generally, a mounting structure configured to confine the cleaver and the cutting blade and permit a range of relative movement between the cleaving edge and the cutting edge is provided. Also typically included is a power device coupled to the cutting blade. The power device is configured to move the cutting edge toward the cleaving edge. In some embodiments the power device is activated by a momentary switch. A retraction device is also generally provided, where the retraction device is configured to move the cutting edge away from the cleaving edge.

  9. Infantile perianal protrusion.

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    Ferrari, Bruno; Taliercio, Vanina; Luna, Paula; Eugenia, Maria; Larralde, Margarita

    2014-12-14

    Infantile perianal protrusion is characterized by a skin fold located in the perianal area. It is a relatively recent reported condition and affects both infants and prepubertal children with a clear female predominance. Three types are recognized: constitutional/congenital, acquired, and associated with lichen sclerosus et atrophicus. We report eleven new cases, three of whom have the defect in locations that have been reported only once before. We would like to increase the awareness of this condition to avoid erroneous diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

  10. F-actin-rich contractile endothelial pores prevent vascular leakage during leukocyte diapedesis through local RhoA signalling.

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    Heemskerk, Niels; Schimmel, Lilian; Oort, Chantal; van Rijssel, Jos; Yin, Taofei; Ma, Bin; van Unen, Jakobus; Pitter, Bettina; Huveneers, Stephan; Goedhart, Joachim; Wu, Yi; Montanez, Eloi; Woodfin, Abigail; van Buul, Jaap D

    2016-01-27

    During immune surveillance and inflammation, leukocytes exit the vasculature through transient openings in the endothelium without causing plasma leakage. However, the exact mechanisms behind this intriguing phenomenon are still unknown. Here we report that maintenance of endothelial barrier integrity during leukocyte diapedesis requires local endothelial RhoA cycling. Endothelial RhoA depletion in vitro or Rho inhibition in vivo provokes neutrophil-induced vascular leakage that manifests during the physical movement of neutrophils through the endothelial layer. Local RhoA activation initiates the formation of contractile F-actin structures that surround emigrating neutrophils. These structures that surround neutrophil-induced endothelial pores prevent plasma leakage through actomyosin-based pore confinement. Mechanistically, we found that the initiation of RhoA activity involves ICAM-1 and the Rho GEFs Ect2 and LARG. In addition, regulation of actomyosin-based endothelial pore confinement involves ROCK2b, but not ROCK1. Thus, endothelial cells assemble RhoA-controlled contractile F-actin structures around endothelial pores that prevent vascular leakage during leukocyte extravasation.

  11. The impact of development and sensory deprivation on dendritic protrusions in the mouse barrel cortex.

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    Chen, Chia-Chien; Bajnath, Adesh; Brumberg, Joshua C

    2015-06-01

    Dendritic protrusions (spines and filopodia) are structural indicators of synapses that have been linked to neuronal learning and memory through their morphological alterations induced by development and experienced-dependent activities. Although previous studies have demonstrated that depriving sensory experience leads to structural changes in neocortical organization, the more subtle effects on dendritic protrusions remain unclear, mostly due to focus on only one specific cell type and/or age of manipulation. Here, we show that sensory deprivation induced by whisker trimming influences the dendritic protrusions of basilar dendrites located in thalamocortical recipient lamina (IV and VI) of the mouse barrel cortex in a layer-specific manner. Following 1 month of whisker trimming after birth, the density of dendritic protrusions increased in layer IV, but decreased in layer VI. Whisker regrowth for 1 month returned protrusion densities to comparable level of age-matched controls in layer VI, but not in layer IV. In adults, chronic sensory deprivation led to an increase in protrusion densities in layer IV, but not in layer VI. In addition, chronic pharmacological blockade of N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) increased protrusion density in both layers IV and VI, which returned to the control level after 1 month of drug withdrawal. Our data reveal that different cortical layers respond to chronic sensory deprivation in different ways, with more pronounced effects during developmental critical periods than adulthood. We also show that chronically blocking NMDARs activity during developmental critical period also influences the protrusion density and morphology in the cerebral cortex.

  12. Morphological features of bimaxillary protrusion in Saudis.

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    Aldrees, Abdullah M; Shamlan, Manal A

    2010-05-01

    To analyze the pre-treatment cephalometric features in Saudi adults with bimaxillary protrusion and to develop cephalometric standards to clarify the overall presentation of this malocclusion for clinicians. A descriptive retrospective study was designed in which lateral cephalometric radiographs of 60 individuals with Class I skeletal and dental relationship and decreased interincisal angle were collected between June 2007 and December 2008 at the Orthodontic Clinic, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Radiographs were studied and compared to those of 60 individuals with similar skeletal and dental relationships, but with normal interincisal angle. The measurements were calculated electronically using Dolphin software. The data were analyzed using the t-test. Saudi individuals with bimaxillary protrusion had a vertical skeletal pattern that is similar to that of the control group, however, they demonstrated increased procumbency of the upper and lower lips. Comparing females to males with bimaxillary protrusion revealed significant increase in male lip thickness. On the other hand, no significant difference was detected in the amount of lip protrusion between males and females. Saudi subjects with bimaxillary protrusion demonstrated distinctive soft tissue features when compared to the control group and to other ethnic groups with bimaxillary protrusion.

  13. Transanal protrusion of intussusceptions in children

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    Ezomike Uchechukwu Obiora

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The aim of the following study is to report our management experience and outcome of transanal protrusion of intussusceptions. Patients and Methods: Retrospective analysis of all cases of intussusceptions protruding through the anal opening from January 2008 to June 2013. Results: Of 62 cases of intussusceptions, transanal protrusion occurred in 10 patients (16% anal protrusion rate with a male:female ratio of 2:3. They were aged 4-96 months (mean 22.6 ± 30.7, median 7.5 months. Six were infants while four were above 1 year. Duration of symptoms ranged from 2 to 14 days (mean 5.9 days ± 3.4 with only two patients presenting within 48 h. Clinical features included vomiting (100%, abdominal pains (100%, bloody mucoid stool (100%, abdominal distension (90%, and palpable left iliac fossa mass (70%. Three patients had preceding diarrhoea (30% and two had preceding upper respiratory tract infection (20%. Duration of hospital stay ranged from 5 to 23 days (mean 12 days ± 5.6. Findings at surgery included seven ileocolic and two colocolic intussusceptions (one patient died before surgery. Operative procedures were right hemicolectomy (5, operative manual reduction (3, left hemicolectomy (1 giving a 67% bowel resection rate. One patient died giving a 10% mortality rate. Conclusion: Transanal protrusion occurred more in females and is associated with late presentation, older age, high bowel resection rate, and high mortality.

  14. Conservative treatment of abdominal stab wounds with omental protrusion

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    Duus, B R; Damm, P; Jensen, F U

    1987-01-01

    Two cases of abdominal stab wounds with omental protrusion treated conservatively are presented. Omental protrusion in a patient without signs of shock or peritoneal irritation is not an absolute indication for explorative laparotomy.......Two cases of abdominal stab wounds with omental protrusion treated conservatively are presented. Omental protrusion in a patient without signs of shock or peritoneal irritation is not an absolute indication for explorative laparotomy....

  15. Numerical Investigation of Non-Newtonian Flow and Heat Transfer Characteristics in Rectangular Tubes with Protrusions

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    Yonghui Xie

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Flow characteristics and heat transfer performances in rectangular tubes with protrusions are numerically investigated in this paper. The thermal heat transfer enhancement of composite structures and flow resistance reduction of non-Newtonian fluid are taken advantage of to obtain a better thermal performance. Protrusion channels coupled with different CMC concentration solutions are studied, and the results are compared with that of smooth channels with water flow. The comprehensive influence of turbulence effects, structural effects, and secondary flow effects on the CMC’s flow in protrusion tubes is extensively investigated. The results indicate that the variation of flow resistance parameters of shear-thinning power-law fluid often shows a nonmonotonic trend, which is different from that of water. It can be concluded that protrusion structure can effectively enhance the heat transfer of CMC solution with low pressure penalty in specific cases. Moreover, for a specific protrusion structure and a fixed flow velocity, there exists an optimal solution concentration showing the best thermal performance.

  16. Lipid protrusions membrane softness, and enzymatic activity

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    Jensen, Morten Østergaard; Høyrup, P.; Callisen, T.H.;

    2004-01-01

    The activity of phospholipase A(2) on lipid bilayers displays a characteristic lag burst behavior that has previously been shown to reflect the physical properties of the substrate. It has remained unclear which underlying molecular mechanism is responsible for this phenomenon. We propose here...... that protrusions of single lipid molecules out of the bilayer plane could provide such a mechanism. The proposal is supported by a combination of atomic-scale molecular dynamics simulations, theory, and experiments that have been performed in order to investigate the relationship between on the one side lipid...... protrusion modes and mechanical softness of phospholipid bilayers and on the other side the activity of enzymes acting on lipid bilayers composed of different unsaturated lipids. Specifically, our experiments show a correlation between the bilayer bending rigidity and the apparent Arrhenius activation energy...

  17. Local protrusions formed on Si(111) surface by surface melting and solidification under applied tensile stress

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    Nishimura, T.; Tomitori, M.

    2016-09-01

    The surface structure and composition of Si(111) was modified, by heating it to 1300 °C in ultrahigh vacuum under an external tensile stress. A stress of approximately 1 GPa was applied, by pressing on the center of the rear side of the sample. This process produced two protrusions of approximately 100 μm in height, to the left and right of the center. Scanning Auger electron spectroscopy revealed Fe, Cr, Ni, and C impurities at the top of one protrusion, and C at the top of the other. These impurities likely diffused into the tops of the protrusions during heating, and segregated to the local surface during cooling when the protrusions formed. The protrusion formation mechanism is discussed. Their formation was related to non-uniform surface temperature, electromigration, piezoresistivity, freezing-point depression due to surface alloying with the impurities, and volume expansion during solidification from surface melting. These findings provide a perspective on controlling surface structures and compositions using heat and stress to induce self-assembly.

  18. Lipid tail protrusion in simulations predicts fusogenic activity of influenza fusion peptide mutants and conformational models.

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    Per Larsson

    Full Text Available Fusion peptides from influenza hemagglutinin act on membranes to promote membrane fusion, but the mechanism by which they do so remains unknown. Recent theoretical work has suggested that contact of protruding lipid tails may be an important feature of the transition state for membrane fusion. If this is so, then influenza fusion peptides would be expected to promote tail protrusion in proportion to the ability of the corresponding full-length hemagglutinin to drive lipid mixing in fusion assays. We have performed molecular dynamics simulations of influenza fusion peptides in lipid bilayers, comparing the X-31 influenza strain against a series of N-terminal mutants. As hypothesized, the probability of lipid tail protrusion correlates well with the lipid mixing rate induced by each mutant. This supports the conclusion that tail protrusion is important to the transition state for fusion. Furthermore, it suggests that tail protrusion can be used to examine how fusion peptides might interact with membranes to promote fusion. Previous models for native influenza fusion peptide structure in membranes include a kinked helix, a straight helix, and a helical hairpin. Our simulations visit each of these conformations. Thus, the free energy differences between each are likely low enough that specifics of the membrane environment and peptide construct may be sufficient to modulate the equilibrium between them. However, the kinked helix promotes lipid tail protrusion in our simulations much more strongly than the other two structures. We therefore predict that the kinked helix is the most fusogenic of these three conformations.

  19. An RNAi Screen for Genes Involved in Nanoscale Protrusion Formation on Corneal Lens in Drosophila melanogaster.

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    Minami, Ryunosuke; Sato, Chiaki; Yamahama, Yumi; Kubo, Hideo; Hariyama, Takahiko; Kimura, Ken-Ichi

    2016-12-01

    The "moth-eye" structure, which is observed on the surface of corneal lens in several insects, supports anti-reflective and self-cleaning functions due to nanoscale protrusions known as corneal nipples. Although the morphology and function of the "moth-eye" structure, are relatively well studied, the mechanism of protrusion formation from cell-secreted substances is unknown. In Drosophila melanogaster, a compound eye consists of approximately 800 facets, the surface of which is formed by the corneal lens with nanoscale protrusions. In the present study, we sought to identify genes involved in "moth-eye" structure, formation in order to elucidate the developmental mechanism of the protrusions in Drosophila. We re-examined the aberrant patterns in classical glossy-eye mutants by scanning electron microscope and classified the aberrant patterns into groups. Next, we screened genes encoding putative structural cuticular proteins and genes involved in cuticular formation using eye specific RNAi silencing methods combined with the Gal4/UAS expression system. We identified 12 of 100 candidate genes, such as cuticular proteins family genes (Cuticular protein 23B and Cuticular protein 49Ah), cuticle secretion-related genes (Syntaxin 1A and Sec61 ββ subunit), ecdysone signaling and biosynthesis-related genes (Ecdysone receptor, Blimp-1, and shroud), and genes involved in cell polarity/cell architecture (Actin 5C, shotgun, armadillo, discs large1, and coracle). Although some of the genes we identified may affect corneal protrusion formation indirectly through general patterning defects in eye formation, these initial findings have encouraged us to more systematically explore the precise mechanisms underlying the formation of nanoscale protrusions in Drosophila.

  20. Podosome Force Generation Machinery: A Local Balance between Protrusion at the Core and Traction at the Ring.

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    Bouissou, Anaïs; Proag, Amsha; Bourg, Nicolas; Pingris, Karine; Cabriel, Clément; Balor, Stéphanie; Mangeat, Thomas; Thibault, Christophe; Vieu, Christophe; Dupuis, Guillaume; Fort, Emmanuel; Lévêque-Fort, Sandrine; Maridonneau-Parini, Isabelle; Poincloux, Renaud

    2017-04-25

    Determining how cells generate and transduce mechanical forces at the nanoscale is a major technical challenge for the understanding of numerous physiological and pathological processes. Podosomes are submicrometer cell structures with a columnar F-actin core surrounded by a ring of adhesion proteins, which possess the singular ability to protrude into and probe the extracellular matrix. Using protrusion force microscopy, we have previously shown that single podosomes produce local nanoscale protrusions on the extracellular environment. However, how cellular forces are distributed to allow this protruding mechanism is still unknown. To investigate the molecular machinery of protrusion force generation, we performed mechanical simulations and developed quantitative image analyses of nanoscale architectural and mechanical measurements. First, in silico modeling showed that the deformations of the substrate made by podosomes require protrusion forces to be balanced by local traction forces at the immediate core periphery where the adhesion ring is located. Second, we showed that three-ring proteins are required for actin polymerization and protrusion force generation. Third, using DONALD, a 3D nanoscopy technique that provides 20 nm isotropic localization precision, we related force generation to the molecular extension of talin within the podosome ring, which requires vinculin and paxillin, indicating that the ring sustains mechanical tension. Our work demonstrates that the ring is a site of tension, balancing protrusion at the core. This local coupling of opposing forces forms the basis of protrusion and reveals the podosome as a nanoscale autonomous force generator.

  1. Short Lives with Long-Lasting Effects: Filopodia Protrusions in Neuronal Branching Morphogenesis.

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    George Leondaritis

    Full Text Available The branching behaviors of both dendrites and axons are part of a neuronal maturation process initiated by the generation of small and transient membrane protrusions. These are highly dynamic, actin-enriched structures, collectively called filopodia, which can mature in neurons to form stable branches. Consequently, the generation of filopodia protrusions is crucial during the formation of neuronal circuits and involves the precise control of an interplay between the plasma membrane and actin dynamics. In this issue of PLOS Biology, Hou and colleagues identify a Ca2+/CaM-dependent molecular machinery in dendrites that ensures proper targeting of branch formation by activation of the actin nucleator Cobl.

  2. Potassium-chloride cotransporter 3 interacts with Vav2 to synchronize the cell volume decrease response with cell protrusion dynamics.

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    Adèle Salin-Cantegrel

    Full Text Available Loss-of-function of the potassium-chloride cotransporter 3 (KCC3 causes hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy with agenesis of the corpus callosum (HMSN/ACC, a severe neurodegenerative disease associated with defective midline crossing of commissural axons in the brain. Conversely, KCC3 over-expression in breast, ovarian and cervical cancer is associated with enhanced tumor cell malignancy and invasiveness. We identified a highly conserved proline-rich sequence within the C-terminus of the cotransporter which when mutated leads to loss of the KCC3-dependent regulatory volume decrease (RVD response in Xenopus Laevis oocytes. Using SH3 domain arrays, we found that this poly-proline motif is a binding site for SH3-domain containing proteins in vitro. This approach identified the guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF Vav2 as a candidate partner for KCC3. KCC3/Vav2 physical interaction was confirmed using GST-pull down assays and immuno-based experiments. In cultured cervical cancer cells, KCC3 co-localized with the active form of Vav2 in swelling-induced actin-rich protruding sites and within lamellipodia of spreading and migrating cells. These data provide evidence of a molecular and functional link between the potassium-chloride co-transporters and the Rho GTPase-dependent actin remodeling machinery in RVD, cell spreading and cell protrusion dynamics, thus providing new insights into KCC3's involvement in cancer cell malignancy and in corpus callosum agenesis in HMSN/ACC.

  3. Infantile Perineal Protrusion in Two Monochorionic Twins

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    Paola Cavicchioli

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Case Report - Two female monochorionic-monoamniotic twins showed the same kind of infantile perineal protrusion (IPP at birth. Lesions in both twins progressively healed until resolution in 6 weeks' time; none of the twins have manifested, till date, alvus disturbances. Discussion and Literature Review - A literature review numbers approximately 100 reports of IPP. This condition has been classically classified into three categories: congenital/familiar (i.e., female sex, positive parental history of IPP, acquired (mainly due to constipation, and associated with lichen sclerosus et atrophicus. Conclusions and Final Remarks - This case report describes, for the first time, the presence of IPP in monochorionic-monoamniotic twins, supporting the existence of hereditary/genetic factors in the developing of this condition.

  4. Preferential control of basal dendritic protrusions by EphB2.

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    Matthew S Kayser

    Full Text Available The flow of information between neurons in many neural circuits is controlled by a highly specialized site of cell-cell contact known as a synapse. A number of molecules have been identified that are involved in central nervous system synapse development, but knowledge is limited regarding whether these cues direct organization of specific synapse types or on particular regions of individual neurons. Glutamate is the primary excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain, and the majority of glutamatergic synapses occur on mushroom-shaped protrusions called dendritic spines. Changes in the morphology of these structures are associated with long-lasting modulation of synaptic strength thought to underlie learning and memory, and can be abnormal in neuropsychiatric disease. Here, we use rat cortical slice cultures to examine how a previously-described synaptogenic molecule, the EphB2 receptor tyrosine kinase, regulates dendritic protrusion morphology in specific regions of the dendritic arbor in cortical pyramidal neurons. We find that alterations in EphB2 signaling can bidirectionally control protrusion length, and knockdown of EphB2 expression levels reduces the number of dendritic spines and filopodia. Expression of wild-type or dominant negative EphB2 reveals that EphB2 preferentially regulates dendritic protrusion structure in basal dendrites. Our findings suggest that EphB2 may act to specify synapse formation in a particular subcellular region of cortical pyramidal neurons.

  5. A novel multilayer immunoisolating encapsulation system overcoming protrusion of cells

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    Bhujbal, Swapnil V.; de Haan, Bart; Niclou, Simone P.; de Vos, Paul

    2014-01-01

    Application of alginate-microencapsulated therapeutic cells is a promising approach for diseases that require a local and constant supply of therapeutic molecules. However most conventional alginate microencapsulation systems are associated with low mechanical stability and protrusion of cells which

  6. Influence of bimaxillary protrusion on the perception of smile esthetics

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    Almutairi, Terki K.; AlBarakati, Sahar F.; Aldrees, Abdullah M.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: To evaluate the impact of bimaxillary protrusion on smile esthetics as perceived by dental professionals and laypersons. Methods: One hundred and fifty evaluators, equally distributed into their respective panels (orthodontists, general dentists, and laypersons), participated in this cross-sectional study conducted in April to December 2012 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The patient sample consisted of 14 female patients divided equally into 2 groups: bimaxillary protrusion patients, an...

  7. A protrusion can "eclipse" looping of a long self-avoiding chain

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    Pollak, Yaroslav; Amit, Roee

    2016-01-01

    We simulate long self-avoiding chains using a weighted-biased sampling Monte-Carlo algorithm, and compute the probabilities for chain looping with and without a protrusion. We find that a protrusion near one of the chain's termini reduces the probability of looping, even for chains much longer than the protrusion-chain-terminus distance. This effect increases with protrusion size, and decreases with protrusion-terminus distance. We model the simulated results theoretically by considering how the protrusion "eclipses" the chain terminus closer to the protrusion from the more distant chain terminus. This eclipse mechanism has implications for understanding the regulatory role of proteins bound to DNA.

  8. Influence of bimaxillary protrusion on the perception of smile esthetics.

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    Almutairi, Terki K; Albarakati, Sahar F; Aldrees, Abdullah M

    2015-01-01

    To evaluate the impact of bimaxillary protrusion on smile esthetics as perceived by dental professionals and laypersons. One hundred and fifty evaluators, equally distributed into their respective panels (orthodontists, general dentists, and laypersons), participated in this cross-sectional study conducted in April to December 2012 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The patient sample consisted of 14 female patients divided equally into 2 groups: bimaxillary protrusion patients, and patients who have had 4-premolar extraction treatment. Two standardized photographs (frontal and three-quarter close-up smile views), and a lateral cephalogram were taken for each patient. The evaluators were asked to rate the attractiveness of each photo according to a 100-mm visual analog scale. These esthetic ratings were correlated with the patients' cephalometric measurements. The bimaxillary protrusion group was rated significantly as less attractive than the treatment group by each evaluator panel. Panel comparison showed that laypeople were less receptive of bimaxillary protrusion than dental professionals. Frontal and three-quarter views of the same smiles were not similarly rated for esthetic perceptions. Correlational analysis revealed that the dentoalveolar measurement with the highest significant negative correlation to the smile esthetics was the upper incisors to palatal plane (U1-PP) angle. Patients with bimaxillary protrusion were found to be less attractive than patients who were treated for the condition. This was especially evident among the laypersons. An increase in the upper incisor inclination, as well as a decrease in the interincisal angle compounds the bimaxillary effect. 

  9. Traffic jams and shocks of molecular motors inside cellular protrusions.

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    Pinkoviezky, I; Gov, N S

    2014-05-01

    Molecular motors are involved in key transport processes inside actin-based cellular protrusions. The motors carry cargo proteins to the protrusion tip which participate in regulating the actin polymerization and play a key role in facilitating the growth and formation of such protrusions. It is observed that the motors accumulate at the tips of cellular protrusions and form aggregates that are found to drift towards the protrusion base at the rate of actin treadmilling. We present a one-dimensional driven lattice model, where motors become inactive after delivering their cargo at the tip, or by loosing their cargo to a cargoless neighbor. The results suggest that the experimental observations may be explained by the formation of traffic jams that form at the tip. The model is solved using a novel application of mean-field and shock analysis. We find a new class of shocks that undergo intermittent collapses. Extensions with attachment and detachment events and relevance to experiments are briefly described.

  10. A delta-catenin signaling pathway leading to dendritic protrusions.

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    Abu-Elneel, Kawther; Ochiishi, Tomoyo; Medina, Miguel; Remedi, Monica; Gastaldi, Laura; Caceres, Alfredo; Kosik, Kenneth S

    2008-11-21

    Delta-catenin is a synaptic adherens junction protein pivotally positioned to serve as a signaling sensor and integrator. Expression of delta-catenin induces filopodia-like protrusions in neurons. Here we show that the small GTPases of the Rho family act coordinately as downstream effectors of delta-catenin. A dominant negative Rac prevented delta-catenin-induced protrusions, and Cdc42 activity was dramatically increased by delta-catenin expression. A kinase dead LIMK (LIM kinase) and a mutant Cofilin also prevented delta-catenin-induced protrusions. To link the effects of delta-catenin to a physiological pathway, we noted that (S)-3,5-dihydroxyphenylglycine (DHPG) activation of metabotropic glutamate receptors induced dendritic protrusions that are very similar to those induced by delta-catenin. Furthermore, delta-catenin RNA-mediated interference can block the induction of dendritic protrusions by DHPG. Interestingly, DHPG dissociated PSD-95 and N-cadherin from the delta-catenin complex, increased the association of delta-catenin with Cortactin, and induced the phosphorylation of delta-catenin within the sites that bind to these protein partners.

  11. Traffic Jams and Shocks of Molecular Motors inside Cellular Protrusions

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    Pinkoviezky, Itai

    2013-01-01

    Molecular motors are involved in key transport processes inside actin-based cellular protrusions. The motors carry cargo proteins to the protrusion tip which participate in regulating the actin polymerization, and play a key role in facilitating the growth and formation of such protrusions. It is observed that the motors accumulate at the tips of cellular protrusions, and in addition form aggregates that are found to drift towards the protrusion base at the rate of actin treadmilling. We present a one-dimensional driven lattice model, where motors become inactive after delivering their cargo at the tip, or by loosing their cargo to a cargo-less neighbor. The results suggest that the experimental observations may be explained by the formation of traffic jams that form at the tip. The model is solved using a novel application of mean-field and shock analysis. We find a new class of shocks that undergo intermittent collapses, and on average do not obey the Rankine-Hugoniot relation.

  12. Par3/Bazooka and phosphoinositides regulate actin protrusion formation during Drosophila dorsal closure and wound healing.

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    Pickering, Karen; Alves-Silva, Juliana; Goberdhan, Deborah; Millard, Tom H

    2013-02-01

    Effective wound closure mechanisms are essential for maintenance of epithelial structure and function. The repair of wounded epithelia is primarily driven by the cells bordering the wound, which become motile after wounding, forming dynamic actin protrusions along the wound edge. The molecular mechanisms that trigger wound edge cells to become motile following tissue damage are not well understood. Using wound healing and dorsal closure in Drosophila, we identify a direct molecular link between changes in cell-cell adhesion at epithelial edges and induction of actin protrusion formation. We find that the scaffolding protein Par3/Bazooka and the lipid phosphatase Pten are specifically lost from cell-cell junctions at epithelial edges. This results in a localized accumulation of phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate (PIP3), which promotes the formation of actin protrusions along the epithelial edge. Depleting PIP3 results in defective epithelial closure during both dorsal closure and wound healing. These data reveal a novel mechanism that directly couples loss of epithelial integrity to activation of epithelial closure.

  13. Formation of Combined Surface Features of Protrusion Array and Wrinkles atop Shape-Memory Polymer

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    Sun, L.; Zhao, Y.; Huang, W. M.; Tong, T. H.

    We demonstrate a simple and cost-effective approach to realize two combined surface features of different scales together, namely submillimeter-sized protrusion array and microwrinkles, atop a polystyrene shape-memory polymer. Two different types of protrusions, namely flat-top protrusion and crown-shaped protrusion, were studied. The array of protrusions was produced by the Indentation-Polishing-Heating (IPH) process. Compactly packed steel balls were used for making array of indents. A thin gold layer was sputter deposited atop the polymer surface right after polishing. After heating for shape recovery, array of protrusions with wrinkles on the top due to the buckling of gold layer was produced.

  14. Subperitoneal approach in revision arthroplasty for acetabular component protrusion: Analysis of practices within the French Hip and Knee Society (SFHG).

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    Gouin, F; Crenn, V; Tabutin, J

    2017-02-01

    The complications related to revision for acetabular component protrusion with material migrating into the intrapelvic region remain rare but potentially serious. Today, the literature reports no epidemiological data on the subperitoneal approach (SPA) in revision total hip arthroplasty (RTHA) for protrusion. Therefore we conducted a retrospective study on a large revision arthroplasty database to answer the following questions: (1) What is the frequency of this approach in this population? (2) What are the factors related to this procedure? (3) Is morbidity and mortality of the SPA higher than for an isolated conventional approach? Major protrusions with material in the superomedial quadrant (SMQ) have a higher probability of being operated using a SPA. This multicenter retrospective study included 260 cases of THA with endopelvic protrusion of material at least 15mm inside the Kohler line. The degree of protrusion was assessed on the AP pelvic X-ray with the construction of the SMQ. The reason for the subperitoneal approach, the duration of surgery, and the preoperative exams were also collected. Nineteen procedures out of the 260 RTHAs included (7.8%) had a SPA in addition to the approach for the revision THA. The frequency of the SPA varied among centers (range: 1.7-50%). In four cases, the SPA was indicted to care for a vascular complication identified preoperatively. For one patient, the SPA was indicated intraoperatively. The other indications were either to extract the implant (n=7) or prevent a potential intraoperative assault of neurovascular structures (n=9). The cases presenting major protrusion on the AP X-ray with material in the SMQ were more often operated through the SPA (12/19; 63.2%) than cases with no SMQ involvement (4/241; 1.7%) (P0.05). Despite the limitations related to the retrospective and multicenter design of this study, to our knowledge it is the only one that examines SPA procedures within the context of severe material protrusion with

  15. Field emission study from an array of hierarchical micro protrusions on stainless steel surface generated by femtosecond pulsed laser irradiation

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    Singh, A. K.; Suryawanshi, Sachin R.; More, M. A.; Basu, S.; Sinha, Sucharita

    2017-02-01

    This paper reports our results on femtosecond (fs) pulsed laser induced surface micro/nano structuring of stainless steel 304 (SS 304) samples and their characterization in terms of surface morphology, formed material phases on laser irradiation and field emission studies. Our investigations reveal that nearly uniform and dense array of hierarchical micro-protrusions (density: ∼5.6 × 105 protrusions/cm2) is formed upon laser treatment. Typical tip diameters of the generated protrusions are in the range of 2-5 μm and these protrusions are covered with submicron sized features. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) analysis of the laser irradiated sample surface has shown formation mainly of iron oxides and cementite (Fe3C) phases in the treated region. These laser micro-structured samples have shown good field emission properties such as low turn on field (∼4.1 V/μm), high macroscopic field enhancement factor (1830) and stable field emission current under ultra high vacuum conditions.

  16. Effect of shape of protrusions and roughness on the hydrophilicity of a surface

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    Chowdhury, Sheelan Sengupta; Pandey, Prithvi Raj; Kumar, Rajnish; Roy, Sudip

    2017-10-01

    We have investigated wetting of model rough surfaces made up of hydrophilic triangular and hexagonal pillars (protrusions). The surface roughnesses are altered by varying the area of the rough surface, the height of the pillars, and the surface interactions to the water. We have established a correlation between structure i.e., the shape of a pillar, which actually depends on the number of edges (due to shape), and the wetting phenomena. We have found that surface with higher number of edges repels water at lower roughness value. We explain the correlation by analyzing the variation of interactions energy components and density profiles of water on the structured surfaces.

  17. Is orthodontics an option in the management of bimaxillary protrusion?

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    Dawjee, S M; Becker, P J; Hlongwa, P

    2010-10-01

    Successful orthodontic treatment is based on a clear perception by the clinician of a patient's facial preference and treatment needs. Bimaxillary protrusion is a normal facial trait seen in the Black population and the most acceptable bimaxillary facial profile in a sample of Black subjects was determined by Beukes et al in 2007. Variations from this ideal profile may require extractions as part of orthodontic treatment in order to attain the ideal. The objective of this study was to determine whether Black subjects with bimaxillary protrusion would want to change their facial profile to the ideal and at what financial cost. A sample of 586 school learners and 321 university students were presented with four silhouetted profiles of varying degrees of bimaxillary protrusion. One of the silhouette profiles represented the ideal and treatment procedures required to achieve this ideal were explained to the sample. They were then requested to answer a questionnaire that would assist in identifying their perception of their own profile and their desire to change their appearance. The ideal silhouette was confirmed to be the most attractive (91.51%) and the sample felt that any severe deviations from this ideal profile should be treated. The financial cost of treatment was found to be a concern, as more subjects (62.84%) would undergo the required treatment if it were free. Many subjects (43.55%) would be prepared to pay for the necessary treatment to achieve the ideal profile. Females were found to be more definite in their decision making, reflecting a greater awareness about their aesthetic appearance than their male counterparts. Findings from this study can serve as an essential tool to assist both orthodontists and maxillofacial surgeons in the treatment planning and management of Black patients with bimaxillary protrusion.

  18. Carotid artery protrusion and dehiscence in patients with acromegaly.

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    Sasagawa, Yasuo; Tachibana, Osamu; Doai, Mariko; Hayashi, Yasuhiko; Tonami, Hisao; Iizuka, Hideaki; Nakada, Mitsutoshi

    2016-10-01

    Acromegaly is a systemic disease which causes multiple bony alterations. Some authors reported that acromegalic patients have risk factors for an intraoperative vascular injury due to the specific anatomical features of their sphenoid sinus. The objective of our study was to analyze the anatomic characteristics of sphenoid sinus in acromegalic patients compared with controls, by evaluation of computed tomography (CT) findings. We examined 45 acromegalic (acromegaly group) and 45 non-acromegalic patients (control group) with pituitary adenomas who were matched for sex, age, height, tumor size, and cavernous sinus invasion (Knosp grade). Preoperative CT of the pituitary region including the sphenoid sinus was used to evaluate the following anatomic characteristics: type of sphenoid sinus (sellar or pre-sellar/conchal); intrasphenoid septa (non/single or multiple); carotid artery protrusion; carotid artery dehiscence; intercarotid distance. Sixteen acromegalic patients (35.5 %) and 6 controls (13.3 %) had carotid artery protrusion. Additionally, 10 acromegalic patients (22.2 %) and 3 controls (6.6 %) had carotid artery dehiscence. Carotid artery protrusion and dehiscence were more frequent in the acromegaly group than in control group (p = 0.013 and 0.035, respectively). Other anatomic characteristics (type of sphenoid sinus, intrasphenoid septa, and intracarotid distance) showed no significant differences between acromegaly and control groups. Our study suggests that carotid artery protrusion and dehiscence occur more frequently among acromegalic patients, compared with non-acromegalic patients. It is important for surgeons to be aware of these anatomic variations to avoid vital complications, such as carotid injuries, during surgery.

  19. Clostridium difficile toxin CDT induces formation of microtubule-based protrusions and increases adherence of bacteria.

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    Carsten Schwan

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Clostridium difficile causes antibiotic-associated diarrhea and pseudomembranous colitis by production of the Rho GTPase-glucosylating toxins A and B. Recently emerging hypervirulent Clostridium difficile strains additionally produce the binary ADP-ribosyltransferase toxin CDT (Clostridium difficile transferase, which ADP-ribosylates actin and inhibits actin polymerization. Thus far, the role of CDT as a virulence factor is not understood. Here we report by using time-lapse- and immunofluorescence microscopy that CDT and other binary actin-ADP-ribosylating toxins, including Clostridium botulinum C2 toxin and Clostridium perfringens iota toxin, induce redistribution of microtubules and formation of long (up to >150 microm microtubule-based protrusions at the surface of intestinal epithelial cells. The toxins increase the length of decoration of microtubule plus-ends by EB1/3, CLIP-170 and CLIP-115 proteins and cause redistribution of the capture proteins CLASP2 and ACF7 from microtubules at the cell cortex into the cell interior. The CDT-induced microtubule protrusions form a dense meshwork at the cell surface, which wrap and embed bacterial cells, thereby largely increasing the adherence of Clostridia. The study describes a novel type of microtubule structure caused by less efficient microtubule capture and offers a new perspective for the pathogenetic role of CDT and other binary actin-ADP-ribosylating toxins in host-pathogen interactions.

  20. ELECTROACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT OF 176 CASES OF LUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISC PROTRUSION

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    LI Lanmin

    2002-01-01

    In the present paper, 176 cases of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion are treated with electroacupuncture (EA) and topical heat irradiation. Local tender-point is used as the main acupoint, combined with Tunzhong, Tiaoyue, Weizhong (BL 40) and Yanglingquan (GB 34). The treatment is conducted once daily, with 15 sessions being a therapeutic course. Following treatment, of 176 cases, 46 (26. 1%) are cured, 90 (51. 1%) have prominent improvement, 35 (19.8%) have amelioration and 5 (2.8%) have no apparent changes, with a total effective rate of 97.0%.

  1. Dizziness due to intravestibular protrusion of prosthesis after stapedectomy

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    Suheil Artul

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of 37 year-old female with severe dizziness for the past six months whose past medical history revealed stapedectomy due to otosclerosis two years prior to visiting our hospital. Coronal high resolution computed tomography reconstruction showed the protrusion of a metallic device “peosthesis”, which had been used to replace the stape bone, to the vestibule of inner ear. The patient was re-operated for revision and replacing the prosthesis with good clinical outcome. 

  2. [Two Cases of Ruptured Cerebral Aneurysm Complicated with Delayed Coil Protrusion after Coil Embolization].

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    Furukawa, Takashi; Ogata, Atsushi; Ebashi, Ryo; Takase, Yukinori; Masuoka, Jun; Kawashima, Masatou; Abe, Tatsuya

    2016-07-01

    We report two cases of delayed coil protrusion after coil embolization for ruptured cerebral aneurysms. Case 1:An 82-year-old woman with a subarachnoid hemorrhage due to a ruptured small anterior communicating artery aneurysm underwent successful coil embolization. Eighteen days after the procedure, coil protrusion from the aneurysm into the right anterior cerebral artery was observed without any symptoms. Further coil protrusion did not develop after 28 days. Case 2:A 78-year-old woman with a subarachnoid hemorrhage due to a ruptured small left middle cerebral artery aneurysm underwent successful coil embolization. Twenty days after the procedure, coil protrusion from the aneurysm into the left middle cerebral artery was observed, with a transient ischemic attack. Further coil protrusion did not develop. Both patients recovered with antithrombotic treatment. Even though delayed coil protrusion after coil embolization is rare, it should be recognized as a long-term complication of coil embolization for cerebral aneurysms.

  3. Effects of plasma membrane cholesterol level and cytoskeleton F-actin on cell protrusion mechanics.

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    Nima Khatibzadeh

    Full Text Available Protrusions are deformations that form at the surface of living cells during biological activities such as cell migration. Using combined optical tweezers and fluorescent microscopy, we quantified the mechanical properties of protrusions in adherent human embryonic kidney cells in response to application of an external force at the cell surface. The mechanical properties of protrusions were analyzed by obtaining the associated force-length plots during protrusion formation, and force relaxation at constant length. Protrusion mechanics were interpretable by a standard linear solid (Kelvin model, consisting of two stiffness parameters, k0 and k1 (with k0>k1, and a viscous coefficient. While both stiffness parameters contribute to the time-dependant mechanical behavior of the protrusions, k0 and k1 in particular dominated the early and late stages of the protrusion formation and elongation process, respectively. Lowering the membrane cholesterol content by 25% increased the k0 stiffness by 74%, and shortened the protrusion length by almost half. Enhancement of membrane cholesterol content by nearly two-fold increased the protrusion length by 30%, and decreased the k0 stiffness by nearly two-and-half-fold as compared with control cells. Cytoskeleton integrity was found to make a major contribution to protrusion mechanics as evidenced by the effects of F-actin disruption on the resulting mechanical parameters. Viscoelastic behavior of protrusions was further characterized by hysteresis and force relaxation after formation. The results of this study elucidate the coordination of plasma membrane composition and cytoskeleton during protrusion formation.

  4. Protrusion of the Rod Electrode in the Electrospinning Process

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    Jan Valtera

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper focuses on the influence of the protrusion of the rod electrode on critical voltage in the DC electrospinning process. On the testing and industrial DC electrospinning devices, electrodes of any kind are extended towards the counter electrode. This provides the maximal, that is, supercritical, electric field intensity on the spinning-electrode orifice that is found to be higher than on the other supplementary parts. The principal study and experiments with basic apparatus were carried out and presented by Taylor in 1966. This study is focused on the arrangement closely related to the design of the real electrospinning device with respect to the safety and technological aspects. Results of the carried out experiments of the rod spinning-electrode are compared with the electrostatic simulation and analytical calculation. The presented effect of the electrode protrusion on the potential difference and the critical field strength introduces valuable information for the designers of electrospinning machines as well as for the setting up of the optimal technological parameters for producing modern nonwoven textile products.

  5. Self-assembly of colloids with liquid protrusions.

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    Kraft, Daniela J; Vlug, Wessel S; van Kats, Carlos M; van Blaaderen, Alfons; Imhof, Arnout; Kegel, Willem K

    2009-01-28

    A facile and flexible synthesis for colloidal molecules with well-controlled shape and tunable patchiness is presented. Cross-linked polystyrene spheres with a liquid protrusion were found to assemble into colloidal molecules by coalescence of the liquid protrusions. Similarly, cross-linked poly(methyl methacrylate) particles carrying a wetting layer assembled into colloidal molecules by coalescence of the wetting layer. Driven by surface energy, a liquid droplet on which the solid spheres are attached is formed. Subsequent polymerization of the liquid yields a wide variety of colloidal molecules as well as colloidosomes with tunable patchiness. Precise control over the topology of the particles has been achieved by changing the amount and nature of the swelling monomer as well as the wetting angle between the liquid and the seed particles. The overall cluster size can be controlled by the seed size as well as the swelling ratio. Use of different swelling monomers and/or particles allows for chemical diversity of the patches and the center. For low swelling ratios assemblies of small numbers of seeds resemble clusters that minimize the second moment of the mass distribution. Assemblies comprised of a large number of colloids are similar to colloidosomes exhibiting elastic strain relief by scar formation.

  6. Treatment of Protrusion of the Lumbar Intervertebral Disc by Massotherapy

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    2001-01-01

    @@Clinically, there is a higher incidence of protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc. It can cause a terrible pain. The author has treated 66 cases by massotherapy, who were confirmatively diagnosed as having protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc by X-ray film and computer-aided tomography, with satisfactory results as reported in the following. Clinical Data Among the 66 cases in this series, 49 were male and 17 female, ranging in age from 26 to 59 years, averaging 36.2 years. All the patients had got lumbago and unilateral ischialgia, with the left side affected in 37 cases and the right side in 29 cases. The leg pain radiating to lateral malleolus was found in 28 cases, to dorsum of the foot in 24 cases, and to the toes in 14 cases. Intermittent claudication was present in 22 cases, numbness of the affected foot in 16 cases, pain exacerbated when coughing in 35 cases, scoliosis in 21 cases, and positive Lasegue's sign in 48 cases.

  7. The Rise of Jaw Protrusion in Spiny-Rayed Fishes Closes the Gap on Elusive Prey.

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    Bellwood, David R; Goatley, Christopher H R; Bellwood, Orpha; Delbarre, Daniel J; Friedman, Matt

    2015-10-19

    Jaw protrusion is one of the most important innovations in vertebrate feeding over the last 400 million years [1, 2]. Protrusion enables a fish to rapidly decrease the distance between itself and its prey [2, 3]. We assessed the evolution and functional implications of jaw protrusion in teleost fish assemblages from shallow coastal seas since the Cretaceous. By examining extant teleost fishes, we identified a robust morphological predictor of jaw protrusion that enabled us to predict the extent of jaw protrusion in fossil fishes. Our analyses revealed increases in both average and maximum jaw protrusion over the last 100 million years, with a progressive increase in the potential impact of fish predation on elusive prey. Over this period, the increase in jaw protrusion was initially driven by a taxonomic restructuring of fish assemblages, with an increase in the proportion of spiny-rayed fishes (Acanthomorpha), followed by an increase in the extent of protrusion within this clade. By increasing the ability of fishes to catch elusive prey [2, 4], jaw protrusion is likely to have fundamentally changed the nature of predator-prey interactions and may have contributed to the success of the spiny-rayed fishes, the dominant fish clade in modern oceans [5].

  8. Infantil perineal protrusion er et harmløst fund med flere differentialdiagnoser

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    Haastrup, Maija Dalgaard; Bygum, Anette

    2011-01-01

    Among girls the frequency of infantile perineal protrusion (IPP) is 13%. The skin-coloured protrusion is thought to represent a congenital weakness in the perineum and usually resolves spontaneously. We report a case of a 13 year-old girl who for nine years had been examined and treated for haemo......Among girls the frequency of infantile perineal protrusion (IPP) is 13%. The skin-coloured protrusion is thought to represent a congenital weakness in the perineum and usually resolves spontaneously. We report a case of a 13 year-old girl who for nine years had been examined and treated...

  9. Generic Transport Mechanisms for Molecular Traffic in Cellular Protrusions

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    Graf, Isabella R.; Frey, Erwin

    2017-03-01

    Transport of molecular motors along protein filaments in a half-closed geometry is a common feature of biologically relevant processes in cellular protrusions. Using a lattice-gas model we study how the interplay between active and diffusive transport and mass conservation leads to localized domain walls and tip localization of the motors. We identify a mechanism for task sharing between the active motors (maintaining a gradient) and the diffusive motion (transport to the tip), which ensures that energy consumption is low and motor exchange mostly happens at the tip. These features are attributed to strong nearest-neighbor correlations that lead to a strong reduction of active currents, which we calculate analytically using an exact moment identity, and might prove useful for the understanding of correlations and active transport also in more elaborate systems.

  10. Cellular blebs: pressure-driven, axisymmetric, membrane protrusions

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    Woolley, Thomas E.

    2013-07-16

    Blebs are cellular protrusions that are used by cells for multiple purposes including locomotion. A mechanical model for the problem of pressure-driven blebs based on force and moment balances of an axisymmetric shell model is proposed. The formation of a bleb is initiated by weakening the shell over a small region, and the deformation of the cellular membrane from the cortex is obtained during inflation. However, simply weakening the shell leads to an area increase of more than 4 %, which is physically unrealistic. Thus, the model is extended to include a reconfiguration process that allows large blebs to form with small increases in area. It is observed that both geometric and biomechanical constraints are important in this process. In particular, it is shown that although blebs are driven by a pressure difference across the cellular membrane, it is not the limiting factor in determining bleb size. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

  11. Membrane Protrusion Coarsening and Nanotubulation within Giant Unilamellar Vesicles

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    Węgrzyn, Ilona

    2011-11-16

    Hydrophobic side groups on a stimuli-responsive polymer, encapsulated within a single giant unilamellar vesicle, enable membrane attachment during compartment formation at elevated temperatures. We thermally modulated the vesicle through implementation of an IR laser via an optical fiber, enabling localized directed heating. Polymer-membrane interactions were monitored using confocal imaging techniques as subsequent membrane protrusions occurred and lipid nanotubes formed in response to the polymer hydrogel contraction. These nanotubes, bridging the vesicle membrane to the contracting hydrogel, were retained on the surface of the polymer compartment, where they were transformed into smaller vesicles in a process reminiscent of cellular endocytosis. This development of a synthetic vesicle system containing a stimuli-responsive polymer could lead to a new platform for studying inter/intramembrane transport through lipid nanotubes. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  12. Treatment of Protrusion of the Lumbar Intervertebral Disc by TCM Massage

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    2002-01-01

    @@ Protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc is a common disorder frequently encountered in clinic. With TCM massage and the maneuver of manual reduction, we have treated 82 cases of protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc, with satisfactory therapeutic results reported in the following.

  13. Genioglossus and intrinsic electromyographic activities in impeded and unimpeded protrusion tasks.

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    Pittman, Lora J; Bailey, E Fiona

    2009-01-01

    Eight muscles invest the human tongue: four extrinsic muscles have external origins and insert into the tongue body and four intrinsic muscles originate and terminate within the tongue. Previously, we noted minimal activation of the genioglossus tongue muscle during impeded protrusion tasks (i.e., having subjects push the tongue against a force transducer), suggesting that other muscles play a role in the production of tongue force. Accordingly, we sought to characterize genioglossus tongue muscle activities during impeded and unimpeded protrusion tasks (i.e., having subjects slowly and smoothly move the tongue out of their mouth). Electromyographic (EMG) and single motor-unit potentials of the extrinsic genioglossus muscle were recorded with tungsten microelectrodes and EMG activities of intrinsic tongue muscles were recorded with hook-wire electrodes inserted into the anterior tongue body. Tongue position was detected by an isotonic transducer coupled to the tongue tip. Protrusive force was detected by a force transducer attached to a rigid bar. Genioglossus and intrinsic tongue muscles were simultaneously active in both impeded and unimpeded protrusion tasks. Genioglossus whole muscle EMG and single motor-unit activities changed faithfully as a function of tongue position, with increased discharge associated with protrusion and decreased discharge associated with retraction back to the rest position. In contrast, during the impeded protrusion task drive the genioglossus muscle remained constant as protrusion force increased. Conversely, intrinsic tongue muscle activities appropriately followed changes in both tongue position and force. Importantly, we observed significantly higher levels of intrinsic muscle activity in the impeded protrusion task. These observations suggest that protrusion of the human tongue requires activation of the genioglossus and intrinsic protrudor muscles, with the former more important for establishing anterior-posterior tongue location

  14. The epithelia of the protrusible tongue of Eurycea longicauda guttolineata (Hoolbrook 1838) (Urodela: Plethodontidae).

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    Opolka, Alfred; Effing, Ute; Wistuba, Joachim; Clemen, Günter

    2003-02-01

    In this study the lingual and sublingual glands, the lingual stem and the epithelial surface of the protrusible secondary tongue were investigated by light, scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The quality of the secretions of the epithelia was characterized histochemically. The lingual epithelium is formed by superficial (pavement) and goblet cells and at the margin of the tongue pad are also regions covered by ciliated cells. On the dorsal part of the tongue there are goblet cells of type A with mainly acidic secretions and of type B containing neutral secretions. Most of the goblet cells on the ventral side of the tongue (hypoglottis) show a strong alcian blue/PAS positive reaction (type I) and some produce neutral secretions (type II). The glandular cells of the lingual gland react positively to alcian blue and PAS in the apical region of the gland. In contrast there is only alcian blue-positive staining in the basal part of the gland. The size and complexity of the inclusion bodies of the secretory granules increase in a basal direction. In addition, there are ciliated cells in the glandular epithelium. Although the epithelium of the lingual stem is thin, it is double-layered. The cell types observed in this region are identical to those of the ventral part of the protrusible tongue. At the margin of the sublingual gland are trough-like structures. In the center, tubular parts are observed. The cells of this gland are stain strongly with alcian blue (pH 1.0) mainly in the basal part of the gland. The results of this are compared to the tongue pad and the lingual gland of Salamandra salamandra and Ambystoma mexicanum.

  15. Morphological change of self-organized protrusions of fluoropolymer surface by ion beam irradiation

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    Kitamura (Ogawa), Akane; Kobayashi, Tomohiro; Satoh, Takahiro; Koka, Masashi; Kamiya, Tomihiro; Suzuki, Akihiro; Terai, Takayuki

    2013-07-01

    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) are typical fluoropolymers displaying several desirable technological properties such as electrical insulation and high chemical resistance. When their surfaces are irradiated with ion beams, dense micro-protrusions formed after the emergence and spread of micropores across the entire irradiated area, allowing culture cells to spread on the top of the protrusions. In this study, we investigate the morphological changes introduced in the fluoropolymer surfaces by ion beams as the energy of the beams is increased. When an FEP sample was irradiated with a nitrogen ion beam with an energy of less than 350 keV at 1.0 μA/cm2, protrusions were formed with a density between 2 × 107/cm2 and 2 × 108/cm2. However, at energies higher than 350 keV, the protrusions became sparse, and the density dropped to 5 × 102/cm2. Protrusions appeared sporadically during irradiation at high energies, and the top of the protrusions appeared as spots inside the sample, which were difficult to etch and became elongated as the erosion of the surface progressed. Erosion was caused by sputtering of FEP molecules and evaporation at notably elevated temperatures on the surface. Analysis based on attenuated total reflectance/Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy showed the presence of Cdbnd C bonds as well as -COOH, -Cdbnd O, and -OH bonds on all irradiated samples. Their concentration on the surface densely covered with micro-protrusions was higher than that on the surface with sparse protrusions after irradiation at energies exceeding 350 keV. Thus, we determined a suitable range for the ion energy for creating FEP surfaces densely covered with protrusions.

  16. Morphological change of self-organized protrusions of fluoropolymer surface by ion beam irradiation

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    Kitamura, Akane, E-mail: ogawa.akane@jaea.go.jp [Department of Advanced Radiation Technology, Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki-machi, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Kobayashi, Tomohiro [Advanced Science Institute, RIKEN, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako-shi, Saitama 350-0198 (Japan); Satoh, Takahiro; Koka, Masashi; Kamiya, Tomihiro [Department of Advanced Radiation Technology, Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki-machi, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Suzuki, Akihiro; Terai, Takayuki [Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan)

    2013-07-15

    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) are typical fluoropolymers displaying several desirable technological properties such as electrical insulation and high chemical resistance. When their surfaces are irradiated with ion beams, dense micro-protrusions formed after the emergence and spread of micropores across the entire irradiated area, allowing culture cells to spread on the top of the protrusions. In this study, we investigate the morphological changes introduced in the fluoropolymer surfaces by ion beams as the energy of the beams is increased. When an FEP sample was irradiated with a nitrogen ion beam with an energy of less than 350 keV at 1.0 μA/cm{sup 2}, protrusions were formed with a density between 2 × 10{sup 7}/cm{sup 2} and 2 × 10{sup 8}/cm{sup 2}. However, at energies higher than 350 keV, the protrusions became sparse, and the density dropped to 5 × 10{sup 2}/cm{sup 2}. Protrusions appeared sporadically during irradiation at high energies, and the top of the protrusions appeared as spots inside the sample, which were difficult to etch and became elongated as the erosion of the surface progressed. Erosion was caused by sputtering of FEP molecules and evaporation at notably elevated temperatures on the surface. Analysis based on attenuated total reflectance/Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy showed the presence of C=C bonds as well as –COOH, –C=O, and –OH bonds on all irradiated samples. Their concentration on the surface densely covered with micro-protrusions was higher than that on the surface with sparse protrusions after irradiation at energies exceeding 350 keV. Thus, we determined a suitable range for the ion energy for creating FEP surfaces densely covered with protrusions.

  17. PAOO technique for the bimaxillary protrusion: Perio-ortho interrelationship.

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    Bhat, Subraya G; Singh, Vishal; Bhat, Mahalinga K

    2012-10-01

    An increasing number of adult patients have been seeking orthodontic treatment, and a short treatment time has been a recurring request. To meet their expectations, a number of innovative techniques have been developed to accelerate orthodontic tooth movement. Significant acceleration in orthodontic tooth movement has been extensively reported following a combination of selective alveolar decortication and bone grafting surgery with the latter being responsible for the increased scope of tooth movement and the long-term improvement of the periodontium. Six patients who have been diagnosed as class I malocclusion with bimaxillary protrusion were selected. A modified corticotomy procedure was carried out The active orthodontic treatment was begun within 1 week after surgery and follow up. All the patients reported the minmalpain and mild swelling 2 days following the surgical procedure. The mean treatment time for these patients was 17.4 months, with the distalization of the canines being mostly completed in 8.5 months. Periodontallyaccelerated osteogenicsorthodontic tooth movement procedure or selective alveolar decortications or corticotomy approach is one of the surgical techniques developed to reduce the time for orthodontic treatment. This newer approach is leading to short orthodontic treatment time and great patient acceptance.

  18. Muscular hydrostat mechanism for lip protrusion in speech

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    Murano, Emi Z.; Stone, Maureen; Honda, Kiyoshi

    2005-09-01

    The lip is an organ consisting mostly of muscle similar to the tongue. While the tongue is known as a muscular hydrostat, it is unclear whether the lip is also. In this paper the muscular hydrostat issue was explored from the anatomical and functional point of view using high-resolution static MRI (hr-MRI 0.125 mm/pixel) and tagged-cineMRI (t-MRI). A 3-D reconstruction of the lips and its muscles was obtained from hr-MRI during sustained vowels /i/ and /u/. The muscular geometry of the orbicularis oris, mentalis, and depressor labii inferior muscles were superimposed onto the principal strains that depicts compression and expansion of the internal tissue obtained from t-MRI. It is shown that (1) orbicularis oris muscle shape can predict both the borderline of glabrous and hairy skin and the manner in which the lips are protruded; (2) the lips volume is almost identical for both speech tasks; and (3) direction and intensity of compression of orbicularis oris and mentalis muscle bundles imply the role of these muscles in the protrusion appearance. These results indicate that the muscular architecture and volume preserving characteristics of the lips are consistent with a muscular hydrostat. [This work was supported by NIH (USA) and NiCT (Japan).

  19. MRI Analysis of Morphological Structure in Protrusion of cervical Disc under Different Directions of Traction%不同牵引方向对颈椎间盘突出症形态结构影响的MRI影像学分析

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    刘世文; 宋洪臣; 赵国库

    2001-01-01

    目的:比较不同牵引方向对颈椎间盘突出症(PCD)的颈椎形态结构的影响。方法:借助MRI影像扫描分析不同牵引方向对突出间盘的运动、脊髓受压指数、椎间隙的变化及伴有变性病例的影响。结果:各种牵引方向对间盘突出的作用是不同的,屈曲牵引使间盘部分还纳最为明显;脊髓受压指数在屈伸方向牵引最低;伸展牵引时间盘突出缩小组的后缘椎间隙减小明显;屈曲牵引时间盘缩小组与无变化组的后缘变化差异不大,两种牵引方向对前缘影响均无差异;各种方向牵引伴有变性者的形态变化不明显。结论:PCD改变了正常椎关节的微细形态结构,对常规牵引方向的规律宜灵活运用;脊髓受压指数比间盘突出大小更能反映脊髓受损的实质;牵引对伴有变性者影响可能不大。%Objective The purpose of this study was to compare the functional and morphological changes in the cervical spine with protrusion of cervical disc (PCD) under different directions of traction. Methods MRI scanning was used to study the effect of different directions of traction on the movement of protrusive disc,compression index of spinal cord and changes of intervetebral space,as well as the cases with degeneration. Results Differences were found in the effect of different directions of traction. Most significant partial reduction of the protrusive disc was experienced in flexion traction. Both flexion and extension traction caused significant decrease in the index of compression of spinal cord. Extension traction caused marked narrowing of the posterior intervertebral space in the group with decreased disc size,while no difference between the groups with and without decreased disc size when given flexion traction. There was no difference in the anterior intervertebral space between the two directions of traction. No morphological change was observed in cases with degeneration using

  20. EDL configuration on a dissimilarly charged protrusion array via double Fourier series and perturbation method.

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    Lin, Sung-Hwa; Hsu, Jyh-Ping; Tseng, Shiojenn; Kuo, Yung-Chih; Liu, Bo-Tau

    2011-11-01

    In this study, through the extension of an one-dimensional, dissimilarly charged protrusions surface model set up in our previous work, a novel dissimilarly charged protrusion array (DCPA) model immersed in an electrolyte solution, which could simulate realistically both the surface morphology and the surface charged condition profoundly concerned on a biological cell membrane, or on the surface of a micro-scale, modified particle used in biomedical engineering and water treatment, is proposed. Considering the condition of small protrusions, the electrical potential field due to the electrical double layer (EDL) on DCPA model is solved semi-analytically using both the double Fourier series and the perturbation method. The analysis from the numerical result reveals that, a small, dissimilarly charged protrusion can lead to a steep variation in the local EDL configuration, especially compared with that in the condition when the charged surface is taken roughly as a flat surface using a lumped, mean surface charge density.

  1. Formation of Mitochondrial Outer Membrane Derived Protrusions and Vesicles in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Akihiro Yamashita

    Full Text Available Mitochondria are dynamic organelles that have inner and outer membranes. In plants, the inner membrane has been well studied but relatively little is known about the outer membrane. Here we report that Arabidopsis cells have mitochondrial outer membrane-derived structures, some of which protrude from the main body of mitochondria (mitochondrial outer-membrane protrusions; MOPs, while others form vesicle-like structures without a matrix marker. The latter vesicle-like structures are similar to some mammalian MDVs (mitochondrial-derived vesicles. Live imaging demonstrated that a plant MDV budded off from the tip of a MOP. MDVs were also observed in the drp3a drp3b double mutant, indicating that they could be formed without the mitochondrial fission factors DRP3A and DRP3B. Double staining studies showed that the MDVs were not peroxisomes, endosomes, Golgi apparatus or trans-Golgi network (TGN. The numbers of MDVs and MOPs increased in senescent leaves and after dark treatment. Together, these results suggest that MDVs and MOPs are related to leaf senescence.

  2. Formation of Mitochondrial Outer Membrane Derived Protrusions and Vesicles in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Yamashita, Akihiro; Fujimoto, Masaru; Katayama, Kenta; Yamaoka, Shohei; Tsutsumi, Nobuhiro; Arimura, Shin-Ichi

    2016-01-01

    Mitochondria are dynamic organelles that have inner and outer membranes. In plants, the inner membrane has been well studied but relatively little is known about the outer membrane. Here we report that Arabidopsis cells have mitochondrial outer membrane-derived structures, some of which protrude from the main body of mitochondria (mitochondrial outer-membrane protrusions; MOPs), while others form vesicle-like structures without a matrix marker. The latter vesicle-like structures are similar to some mammalian MDVs (mitochondrial-derived vesicles). Live imaging demonstrated that a plant MDV budded off from the tip of a MOP. MDVs were also observed in the drp3a drp3b double mutant, indicating that they could be formed without the mitochondrial fission factors DRP3A and DRP3B. Double staining studies showed that the MDVs were not peroxisomes, endosomes, Golgi apparatus or trans-Golgi network (TGN). The numbers of MDVs and MOPs increased in senescent leaves and after dark treatment. Together, these results suggest that MDVs and MOPs are related to leaf senescence.

  3. Skeletal anchorage for orthodontic correction of severe maxillary protrusion after previous orthodontic treatment.

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    Tanaka, Eiji; Nishi-Sasaki, Akiko; Hasegawa, Takuro; Nishio, Clarice; Kawai, Nobuhiko; Tanne, Kazuo

    2008-01-01

    The correction of a severe maxillary protrusion in an adult by distal movement of the maxillary molars has been one of the most difficult biomechanical problems in orthodontics. This article reports on the treatment of an adult case of severe maxillary protrusion and a large overjet treated with a skeletal anchorage system. A female patient, age 22 years and 3 months, complained of the difficulty of lip closure due to severe maxillary protrusion with a gummy smile. Overjet and overbite were +7.6 mm and -0.9 mm, respectively. She had a history of orthodontic treatment in which her maxillary first premolars were extracted. In order to conduct distal movement of the maxillary molars, anchor plates were placed in the zygomatic process. After achieving a Class I molar relationship, retraction and intrusion of the maxillary incisors were performed. After a 2-year treatment, an acceptable occlusion was achieved with a Class I molar relationship. Her convex facial profile with upper lip protrusion was considerably improved, and the lips showed less tension in lip closure. After a 2-year retention period, an acceptable occlusion was maintained without recurrence of maxillary protrusion, indicating a stability of the occlusion. The result of this treatment indicated that skeletal anchorage is of great importance as a remedy for achieving intrusion and retraction of the maxillary incisors in cases of severe maxillary protrusion with a patient who had previous orthodontic treatment.

  4. The actin regulators Enabled and Diaphanous direct distinct protrusive behaviors in different tissues during Drosophila development.

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    Nowotarski, Stephanie H; McKeon, Natalie; Moser, Rachel J; Peifer, Mark

    2014-10-15

    Actin-based protrusions are important for signaling and migration during development and homeostasis. Defining how different tissues in vivo craft diverse protrusive behaviors using the same genomic toolkit of actin regulators is a current challenge. The actin elongation factors Diaphanous and Enabled both promote barbed-end actin polymerization and can stimulate filopodia in cultured cells. However, redundancy in mammals and Diaphanous' role in cytokinesis limited analysis of whether and how they regulate protrusions during development. We used two tissues driving Drosophila dorsal closure--migratory leading-edge (LE) and nonmigratory amnioserosal (AS) cells--as models to define how cells shape distinct protrusions during morphogenesis. We found that nonmigratory AS cells produce filopodia that are morphologically and dynamically distinct from those of LE cells. We hypothesized that differing Enabled and/or Diaphanous activity drives these differences. Combining gain- and loss-of-function with quantitative approaches revealed that Diaphanous and Enabled each regulate filopodial behavior in vivo and defined a quantitative "fingerprint"--the protrusive profile--which our data suggest is characteristic of each actin regulator. Our data suggest that LE protrusiveness is primarily Enabled driven, whereas Diaphanous plays the primary role in the AS, and reveal each has roles in dorsal closure, but its robustness ensures timely completion in their absence.

  5. Biomechanical implications of excessive endograft protrusion into the aortic arch after thoracic endovascular repair.

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    Rinaudo, Antonino; Raffa, Giuseppe Maria; Scardulla, Francesco; Pilato, Michele; Scardulla, Cesare; Pasta, Salvatore

    2015-11-01

    Endografts placed in the aorta for thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) may determine malappositioning to the lesser curvature of the aortic wall, thus resulting in a devastating complication known as endograft collapse. This premature device failure commonly occurs in young individuals after TEVAR for traumatic aortic injuries as a result of applications outside the physical conditions for which the endograft was designed. In this study, an experimentally-calibrated fluid-structure interaction (FSI) model was developed to assess the hemodynamic and stress/strain distributions acting on the excessive protrusion extension (PE) of endografts deployed in four young patients underwent TEVAR. Endograft infolding was experimentally measured for different hemodynamic scenarios by perfusion testing and then used to numerically calibrate the mechanical behavior of endograft PE. Results evinced that the extent of endograft can severely alter the hemodynamic and structural loads exerted on the endograft PE. Specifically, PE determined a physiological aortic coarctation into the aortic arch characterized by a helical flow in the distal descending aorta. High device displacement and transmural pressure across the stent-graft wall were found for a PE longer than 21 mm. Finally, marked intramural stress and principal strain distributions on the protruded segment of the endograft wall may suggest failure due to material fatigue. These critical parameters may contribute to the endograft collapse observed clinically and can be used to design new devices more suitable for young individuals to be treated with an endoprosthesis for TEVAR of blunt traumatic aortic injuries.

  6. Matrix metalloproteinases regulate the formation of dendritic spine head protrusions during chemically induced long-term potentiation.

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    Zsuzsanna Szepesi

    Full Text Available Dendritic spines are are small membranous protrusions that extend from neuronal dendrites and harbor the majority of excitatory synapses. Increasing evidence has shown that matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs, a family of extracellularly acting and Zn(2+-dependent endopeptidases, are able to rapidly modulate dendritic spine morphology. Spine head protrusions (SHPs are filopodia-like processes that extend from the dendritic spine head, representing a form of postsynaptic structural remodeling in response to altered neuronal activity. Herein, we show that chemically induced long-term potentiation (cLTP in dissociated hippocampal cultures upregulates MMP-9 activity that controls the formation of SHPs. Blocking of MMPs activity or microtubule dynamics abolishes the emergence of SHPs. In addition, autoactive recombinant MMP-9, promotes the formation of SHPs in organotypic hippocampal slices. Furthermore, spines with SHPs gained postsynaptic α-amino-3-hydroxyl-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid (AMPA receptors upon cLTP and the synaptic delivery of AMPA receptors was controlled by MMPs. The present results strongly imply that MMP-9 is functionally involved in the formation of SHPs and the control of postsynaptic receptor distribution upon cLTP.

  7. The Dorsal Mesenchymal Protrusion and the Pathogenesis of Atrioventricular Septal Defects

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    Burns, Tara; Yang, Yanping; Hiriart, Emilye; Wessels, Andy

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    Congenital heart malformations are the most common type of defects found at birth. About 1% of infants are born with one or more heart defect on a yearly basis. Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) causes more deaths in the first year of life than any other congenital abnormality, and each year, nearly twice as many children die in the United States from CHD as from all forms of childhood cancers combined. Atrioventricular septal defects (AVSD) are congenital heart malformations affecting approximately 1 in 2000 live births. Babies born with an AVSD often require surgical intervention shortly after birth. However, even after successful surgery, these individuals typically have to deal with lifelong complications with the most common being a leaky mitral valve. In recent years the understanding of the molecular etiology and morphological mechanisms associated with the pathogenesis of AVSDs has significantly changed. Specifically, these studies have linked abnormal development of the Dorsal Mesenchymal Protrusion (DMP), a Second Heart Field-derived structure, to the development of this congenital defect. In this review we will be discuss some of the latest insights into the role of the DMP in the normal formation of the atrioventricular septal complex and in the pathogenesis of AVSDs. PMID:28133602

  8. Self-organization of waves and pulse trains by molecular motors in cellular protrusions.

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    Yochelis, A; Ebrahim, S; Millis, B; Cui, R; Kachar, B; Naoz, M; Gov, N S

    2015-09-03

    Actin-based cellular protrusions are an ubiquitous feature of cells, performing a variety of critical functions ranging from cell-cell communication to cell motility. The formation and maintenance of these protrusions relies on the transport of proteins via myosin motors, to the protrusion tip. While tip-directed motion leads to accumulation of motors (and their molecular cargo) at the protrusion tip, it is observed that motors also form rearward moving, periodic and isolated aggregates. The origins and mechanisms of these aggregates, and whether they are important for the recycling of motors, remain open puzzles. Motivated by novel myosin-XV experiments, a mass conserving reaction-diffusion-advection model is proposed. The model incorporates a non-linear cooperative interaction between motors, which converts them between an active and an inactive state. Specifically, the type of aggregate formed (traveling waves or pulse-trains) is linked to the kinetics of motors at the protrusion tip which is introduced by a boundary condition. These pattern selection mechanisms are found not only to qualitatively agree with empirical observations but open new vistas to the transport phenomena by molecular motors in general.

  9. WASP family members and formin proteins coordinate regulation of cell protrusions in carcinoma cells.

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    Sarmiento, Corina; Wang, Weigang; Dovas, Athanassios; Yamaguchi, Hideki; Sidani, Mazen; El-Sibai, Mirvat; Desmarais, Vera; Holman, Holly A; Kitchen, Susan; Backer, Jonathan M; Alberts, Art; Condeelis, John

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    We examined the role of the actin nucleation promoters neural Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (N-WASP) and WAVE2 in cell protrusion in response to epidermal growth factor (EGF), a key regulator in carcinoma cell invasion. We found that WAVE2 knockdown (KD) suppresses lamellipod formation and increases filopod formation, whereas N-WASP KD has no effect. However, simultaneous KD of both proteins results in the formation of large jagged protrusions with lamellar properties and increased filopod formation. This suggests that another actin nucleation activity is at work in carcinoma cells in response to EGF. A mammalian Diaphanous-related formin, mDia1, localizes at the jagged protrusions in double KD cells. Constitutively active mDia1 recapitulated the phenotype, whereas inhibition of mDia1 blocked the formation of these protrusions. Increased RhoA activity, which stimulates mDia1 nucleation, was observed in the N-WASP/WAVE2 KD cells and was shown to be required for the N-WASP/WAVE2 KD phenotype. These data show that coordinate regulation between the WASP family and mDia proteins controls the balance between lamellar and lamellipodial protrusion activity.

  10. Effects of colchicine or demecolcine on cytoplasmic protrusions and assisted enucleation of golden hamster oocytes.

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    Wang, Lingyan; Jiang, Han; Su, Li; Tang, Bo; Li, Dexue; Li, Ziyi

    2009-12-01

    To establish experimental protocols for cloning golden hamsters, optimal concentrations of colchicine and demecolcine were determined for inducing cytoplasmic protrusion (containing chromosomes) and assisting enucleation of their oocytes. Denuded oocytes at different ages were treated with 2.5-10 microg/ml of colchicine for 1-4h or 0.02-0.6 microg/ml of demecolcine for 15-60 min. Cytoplasmic protrusions of oocytes were removed with a micromanipulation pipette. The results show that: 1) at 13.5-18h post-hCG injection, approximately 90% of oocytes treated for with 10 microg/ml of colchicine formed cytoplasmic protrusions, and in some oocytes enucleation occurred; 2) when treated with 0.4 microg/ml of demecolcine for 1h, cytoplasmic protrusions 13.5-18h post-hCG treatment were present in almost all oocytes; 3) after the protrusions induced by either treatment had been removed, the assisted enucleation rate was >80%, whereas it was approximately 32% with blind enucleation.

  11. Treatment of Class II malocclusion with bialveolar protrusion by means of unusual extractions and anchorage mini-implant

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    Jong-Moon Chae

    2012-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Patients with dental Class II bialveolar protrusion are generally treated by extracting the four first premolars or two first and two second premolars, and retracting the anterior teeth. This case report describes the treatment of an adult patient with bialveolar protrusion, a Class II canine and molar relationship, and lip protrusion. METHODS: In this patient, the maxillary right second molar (1.7) had to be extracted due to extensive caries. To create sufficient space to retra...

  12. Unique Asymmetric Protrusion of Nerve Cord in the Amphioxus, Branchiostoma belcheri

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    Nozaki, Masumi; Terakado, Kiyoshi; Kubokawa, Kaoru

    The amphioxus is the only surviving prevertebrate segmented chordate. In this animal Hatschek's pit has long been regarded as a putative homologue of the adenohypophysis because of the presence of secretory granules and immunoreactive cells to vertebrate gonadotrophic hormone in this organ. We found that the nerve cord extends a protrusion to the pit along the right side of the notochord. Furthermore, secretory granules were found not only in the pit but also in the protrusion of the nerve cord. These results suggest that Hatschek's pit and the nerve protrusion are homologous to the adenohypophysis and neurohypophysis, respectively. We believe that this is an evidence for the presence of the neuroendocrine link between the central nervous system and Hatschek's pit in the amphioxus.

  13. Bimaxillary protrusion with masseter muscle hypertrophy treated with titanium screw anchorage and masseter surgical reduction.

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    Hashimoto, Takashi; Kuroda, Shingo; Kamioka, Hiroshi; Mishima, Katsuaki; Sugahara, Toshio; Takano-Yamamoto, Teruko

    2009-04-01

    This case report describes the treatment of a patient with bimaxillary protrusion and masseter muscle hypertrophy. At age 21 years 7 months, this woman had temporomandibular disorder (TMD) symptoms, severe bimaxillary protrusion, and a prominent mandibular angle with facial asymmetry. After an attempt to alleviate the TMD symptoms with occlusal splint stabilization, portions of the masseter muscle and the mandible were surgically removed. Titanium screws were placed bilaterally in both arches, and a retraction force was applied. After active treatment for 38 months, the convexity of the facial profile with lip protrusion was improved remarkably, and good occlusion was achieved. The prominent mandibular angle with facial asymmetry was improved as a result of the surgical reduction of the masseter muscle and the modeling ostectomy near the masseteric tuberosity. The TMD symptoms disappeared, and the jaw movement pattern became normal. Therefore, our results suggest that this combination treatment would be useful for masseter muscle hypertrophy for morphologic and functional problems.

  14. Treatment of 116 Cases of Cervical Intervertebral Disc Protrusion by Tuina

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    WANG Guang-zong; XIAO Yuan-chun

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To observe the clinical efficacy of uplifting massage therapy in the treatment of cervical intervertebral disc protrusion and study the effectiveness of this massage therapy for cervical intervertebral disc protrusion. Methods: 116 subjects were randomized into two groups: treatment group in which 60 cases were treated by uplifting massage therapy and conventional massage, and control group in which 56 cases were treated by simple conventional massage. Results: After 1-2 courses of treatment, the total effective rate was 95.0% in treatment group and 80.4% in control group; the former rate was higher than the latter one(P<0.05).Conclusion: The uplifting massage therapy combined with conventional massage has better effects than simple conventional massage in the treatment of cervical intervertebral disc protrusion.

  15. Investigating cytoskeletal function in chloroplast protrusion formation in the arctic-alpine plant Oxyria digyna.

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    Holzinger, A; Wasteneys, G O; Lütz, C

    2007-05-01

    Arctic and alpine plants like Oxyria digyna have to face enhanced environmental stress. This study compared leaves from Oxyria digyna collected in the Arctic at Svalbard (78 degrees N) and in the Austrian Alps (47 degrees N) at cellular, subcellular, and ultrastructural levels. Oxyria digyna plants collected in Svalbard had significantly thicker leaves than the samples collected in the Austrian Alps. This difference was generated by increased thickness of the palisade and spongy mesophyll layers in the arctic plants, while epidermal cells had no significant size differences between the two habitats. A characteristic feature of arctic, alpine, and cultivated samples was the occurrence of broad stroma-filled chloroplast protrusions, 2 - 5 microm broad and up to 5 microm long. Chloroplast protrusions were in close spatial contact with other organelles including mitochondria and microbodies. Mitochondria were also present in invaginations of the chloroplasts. A dense network of cortical microtubules found in the mesophyll cells suggested a potential role for microtubules in the formation and function of chloroplast protrusions. No direct interactions between microtubules and chloroplasts, however, were observed and disruption of the microtubule arrays with the anti-microtubule agent oryzalin at 5 - 10 microM did not alter the appearance or dynamics of chloroplast protrusions. These observations suggest that, in contrast to studies on stromule formation in Nicotiana, microtubules are not involved in the formation and morphology of chloroplast protrusions in Oxyria digyna. The actin microfilament-disrupting drug latrunculin B (5 - 10 microM for 2 h) arrested cytoplasmic streaming and altered the cytoplasmic integrity of mesophyll cells. However, at the ultrastructural level, stroma-containing, thylakoid-free areas were still visible, mostly at the concave sides of the chloroplasts. As chloroplast protrusions were frequently found to be mitochondria-associated in Oxyria

  16. Agenesis of mandibular second premolar in patient with dental bimaxillary protrusion.

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    Tavares, Carlos Alberto Estevanell

    2017-01-01

    The present study reports the treatment carried out in a patient with mandibular second premolar agenesis associated with early loss of a deciduous second molar, deep overbite, severe overjet and dentoalveolar bimaxillary protrusion, which led to lip incompetence and a convex facial profile. The main objectives of this treatment were: to eliminate the spaces in mandibular arch, correct overbite, as well as eliminate bimaxillary protrusion and lip incompetence, thus leading to a balanced profile. The case was presented to the Brazilian Board of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (BBO) as part of the requirements to obtain the title of BBO diplomate.

  17. FMNL2 drives actin-based protrusion and migration downstream of Cdc42

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    Block, Jennifer; Breitsprecher, Dennis; Kühn, Sonja;

    2012-01-01

    Cell migration entails protrusion of lamellipodia, densely packed networks of actin filaments at the cell front. Filaments are generated by nucleation, likely mediated by Arp2/3 complex and its activator Scar/WAVE. It is unclear whether formins contribute to lamellipodial actin filament nucleation...... ends generated by Arp2/3-mediated branching are captured and efficiently elongated by the formin. Consistent with these biochemical properties, RNAi-mediated silencing of FMNL2 expression decreases the rate of lamellipodia protrusion and, accordingly, the efficiency of cell migration. Our data...

  18. TREATMENT OF 29 CASES OF LUMBAR INTERVETEBRAL DISC PROTRUSION WITH GINGER-SEPARATED MOXIBUSTION

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    ZHAO Lixin; LI Wanting

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To observe the effect of ginger-separated moxibustion for treatment of lumbar intervertebrai disc prolapse. Methods: 29 Iumbar intervertebral disc protrusion patients including 21 males and 8 females were treated with ginger-separated moxibustion of Ashi-point and Jiaji (EX-B 2 , the affected region), 5 - 6 cones every time, once every other day, continuously for 5 times. Then the therapeutic effect was analyzed. Results: After treatment, of the 29 cases, 23(79.3% ) were cured, and the rest 6(20.7% ) experienced improvement. Conclusion: Ginger-separated moxibustion is fairly effective and safe in treatment of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion.

  19. Report of a Class I bimaxillary dental protrusion case with extraction of first premolars treated with Clarity™ SL MBT appliances

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Bimaxillary protrusion cases are common in orthodontic practice. For the best facial outcome, the biomechanics can often be challenging. A class I bimaxillary protrusion case is presented below illustrating the careful application of extractions and bracket prescription. The case highlights how self-ligating brackets and high precision bracket positioning can reduce the need for additional anchorage.

  20. Dynamic contact with friction of an ultra-low flying head-disk interface with thermal protrusion

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    Vakis, A.I.; Lee, S.-C.; Polycarpou, A.A.

    2009-01-01

    A dynamic two-degree-of-freedom contact with friction model of the head-disk interface (HDI) is presented accounting for slider thermal protrusion and its influence on the HDI dynamics. Using this model, which includes roughness, the applied power to the thermal protrusion is calculated that leads t

  1. Correlation between objective and subjective evaluation of profile in bimaxillary protrusion patients after orthodontic treatment.

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    Huang, Yi-Ping; Li, Wei-ran

    2015-07-01

    To correlate the objective cephalometric measurements with subjective facial esthetics in patients with bimaxillary protrusion. The sample consisted of 60 Asian-Chinese patients with bimaxillary protrusion who met the inclusion criteria. The facial esthetics of posttreatment profile and the change of profile on standardized lateral photographs were rated by a panel of 10 orthodontists and a panel of 10 lay persons with bimaxillary protrusion. All of the pretreatment and posttreatment cephalograms were digitized and traced. Twenty-five cephalometric measurements were constructed and analyzed. Correlations between the subjective facial esthetic scores and each cephalometric measurement were evaluated. The cephalometric measurements correlated with the facial esthetic scores of posttreatment profile given by the orthodontist and the lay persons were basically the same. For the evaluation of posttreatment profile in bimaxillary protrusion patients, the upper and lower lip to E-line, upper and lower incisor tip to AP plane, Pg-NB distance, mentolabial angle, and sulcus depth correlated significantly with the esthetic score. For the evaluation of profile change during orthodontic treatment, retraction of upper incisor relative to AP plane or the perpendicular line through sella (line Y), change of upper incisor inclination, change of mentolabial sulcus depth, and retraction of lips relative to E-line were correlated positively with the esthetic value. Cephalometric measurements of lip position, incisor position, and chin morphology were key parameters correlated to facial esthetics.

  2. Observation of a Ag protrusion on a Ag2S island using a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Takeo Ohno

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A silver sulfide (Ag2S island as an ionic conductor in resistive switching memories was formed and a protrusion of silver from the Ag2S formed by an electrochemical reaction was observed using a scanning tunneling microscope.

  3. Effects of tongue position and lung volume on voluntary maximal tongue protrusion force in humans.

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    Saboisky, Julian P; Luu, Billy L; Butler, Jane E; Gandevia, Simon C

    2015-01-15

    Maximal voluntary protrusion force of the human tongue has not been examined in positions beyond the incisors or at different lung volumes. Tongue force was recorded with the tongue tip at eight positions relative to the incisors (12 and 4mm protrusion, neutral and 4, 12, 16, 24 and 32mm retraction) at functional residual capacity (FRC), total lung capacity (TLC) and residual volume (RV) in 15 healthy subjects. Maximal force occurred between 12mm and 32mm retraction (median 16mm). Maximum force at FRC was reproducible at the optimal tongue position across sessions (P=0.68). Across all positions at FRC the average force was highest at 24mm retraction (28.3±5.3N, mean±95% CI) and lowest at 12mm protrusion (49.1±4.6% maximum; Ptongue positions, maximal force was on average 9.3% lower at FRC than TLC and RV (range: 4.5-12.7% maximum, P<0.05). Retracted positions produce higher-force protrusions with a small effect of lung volume.

  4. Effect of Tongue Exercise on Protrusive Force and Muscle Fiber Area in Aging Rats

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    Connor, Nadine P.; Russell, John A.; Wang, Hao; Jackson, Michelle A.; Mann, Laura; Kluender, Keith

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: Age-related changes in tongue function may contribute to dysphagia in elderly people. The authors' purpose was to investigate whether aged rats that have undergone tongue exercise would manifest increased protrusive tongue forces and increased genioglossus (GG) muscle fiber cross-sectional areas. Method: Forty-eight young adult,…

  5. Imitation of Tongue Protrusion in Human Neonates: Specificity of the Response in a Large Sample

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    Nagy, Emese; Pilling, Karen; Orvos, Hajnalka; Molnar, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Although a large body of evidence has accumulated on the young human infant's ability to imitate, the phenomenon has failed to gain unanimous acceptance. Imitation of tongue protrusion, the most tested gesture to date, was examined in a sample of 115 newborns in the first 5 days of life in 3 seating positions. An ethologically based…

  6. Neutron reflectivity of supported membranes incorporating terminally anchored polymers: Protrusions vs. blisters

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    Fragneto, Giovanna; Halperin, Avraham; Klösgen-Buchkremer, Beate Maria

    2013-01-01

    was characterized by w 1/2 , the width at half-height of the scattering length density profile. The inner headgroup layer was essentially unperturbed while w 1/2 of the outer layer increased significantly. This suggests that the anchored PEG chains give rise to headgroup protrusions rather than to blister...

  7. Numerical investigation of heat transfer performance of synthetic jet impingement onto dimpled/protrusioned surface

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    Zhang Di

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Dynamic mesh methods and user defined functions are adopted and the shear stress transport k-ω turbulent model has been used in the numerical investigation of heat transfer performance of synthetic jet impingement onto dimple/protrusioned surface. The results show that the local time-averaged Nusselt number of the dimpled/protrusioned target surface tends to be much closer with that of flat cases with increasing of frequency. The heat transfer performance gets better when frequency increases. The area-averaged time-averaged Nusselt number of protrusioned target surface is the most close to that of flat cases when f = 320 Hz while it is the smallest among the synthetic jet cases in dimpled target surface. The heat transfer enhancement performance of synthetic jet is 30 times better than that of natural convection. The time-averaged Nusselt number of stagnation point in the protrusioned target surface is higher than that of flat target surface while it is lower in the dimpled surface than that of flat surface no matter in the synthetic jet, steady jet or natural convection cases. Meanwhile, the timeaveraged Nusselt number of stagnation point in the synthetic jet cases increases with the increasing of frequency. It is worth pointing out that the time-averaged Nusselt number of stagnation point is lower than that of steady cases when the frequency is low. However, it shows a bit higher than that of steady cases when f = 320 Hz.

  8. Theoretical model for cellular shapes driven by protrusive and adhesive forces.

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    Doron Kabaso

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The forces that arise from the actin cytoskeleton play a crucial role in determining the cell shape. These include protrusive forces due to actin polymerization and adhesion to the external matrix. We present here a theoretical model for the cellular shapes resulting from the feedback between the membrane shape and the forces acting on the membrane, mediated by curvature-sensitive membrane complexes of a convex shape. In previous theoretical studies we have investigated the regimes of linear instability where spontaneous formation of cellular protrusions is initiated. Here we calculate the evolution of a two dimensional cell contour beyond the linear regime and determine the final steady-state shapes arising within the model. We find that shapes driven by adhesion or by actin polymerization (lamellipodia have very different morphologies, as observed in cells. Furthermore, we find that as the strength of the protrusive forces diminish, the system approaches a stabilization of a periodic pattern of protrusions. This result can provide an explanation for a number of puzzling experimental observations regarding cellular shape dependence on the properties of the extra-cellular matrix.

  9. Extraction treatment of an adult patient with severe bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion using microscrew anchorage

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    OUYANG Li; ZHOU Yan-heng; FU Min-kui; DING Peng

    2007-01-01

    @@ Bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion is one of the most prevalent malocclusion in Asian population,1 Traditionally, orthodontic treatment often involves the extraction of four first premolars2 and demands the least amount of anchorage loss, therefore headgear used to be an unavoid- able fate of these patients.

  10. Neutron reflectivity of supported membranes incorporating terminally anchored polymers: Protrusions vs. blisters

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    Fragneto, Giovanna; Halperin, Avraham; Klösgen-Buchkremer, Beate Maria;

    2013-01-01

    was characterized by w 1/2 , the width at half-height of the scattering length density profile. The inner headgroup layer was essentially unperturbed while w 1/2 of the outer layer increased significantly. This suggests that the anchored PEG chains give rise to headgroup protrusions rather than to blister...

  11. ERK reinforces actin polymerization to power persistent edge protrusion during motility.

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    Mendoza, Michelle C; Vilela, Marco; Juarez, Jesus E; Blenis, John; Danuser, Gaudenz

    2015-05-19

    Cells move through perpetual protrusion and retraction cycles at the leading edge. These cycles are coordinated with substrate adhesion and retraction of the cell rear. We tracked spatial and temporal fluctuations in the molecular activities of individual moving cells to elucidate how extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling controlled the dynamics of protrusion and retraction cycles. ERK is activated by many cell surface receptors, and we found that ERK signaling specifically reinforced cellular protrusions so that they translated into rapid, sustained forward motion of the leading edge. Using quantitative fluorescent speckle microscopy and cross-correlation analysis, we showed that ERK controlled the rate and timing of actin polymerization by promoting the recruitment of the actin nucleator Arp2/3 to the leading edge. These findings support a model in which surges in ERK activity induced by extracellular cues enhance Arp2/3-mediated actin polymerization to generate protrusion power phases with enough force to counteract increasing membrane tension and to promote sustained motility.

  12. Effect of Tongue Exercise on Protrusive Force and Muscle Fiber Area in Aging Rats

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    Connor, Nadine P.; Russell, John A.; Wang, Hao; Jackson, Michelle A.; Mann, Laura; Kluender, Keith

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: Age-related changes in tongue function may contribute to dysphagia in elderly people. The authors' purpose was to investigate whether aged rats that have undergone tongue exercise would manifest increased protrusive tongue forces and increased genioglossus (GG) muscle fiber cross-sectional areas. Method: Forty-eight young adult,…

  13. Measurements of the Curvature of Protrusions/Retrusions on Migrating Recrystallization Boundaries

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    Zhang, Yubin; Godfrey, A.; Juul Jensen, Dorte

    2009-01-01

    in thickness. The results reveal that the values calculated by both these methods are reasonable when compared with the stored energy measured by differential scanning calorimetry. The relationship between protrusions and the average stored energy density in the deformed matrix is also investigated...

  14. Measurements of the Curvature of Protrusions/Retrusions on Migrating Recrystallization Boundaries

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    Zhang, Yubin; Godfrey, A.; Juul Jensen, Dorte

    2009-01-01

    in thickness. The results reveal that the values calculated by both these methods are reasonable when compared with the stored energy measured by differential scanning calorimetry. The relationship between protrusions and the average stored energy density in the deformed matrix is also investigated...

  15. Direct Observation of the Formation of Liquid Protrusions on Polymer Colloids and their Coalescence

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    Peng, B.; van Blaaderen, A.; Imhof, A.

    2013-01-01

    Monodisperse nonspherical poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) particles where a central core particle had grown two extra “lobes”, or protrusions, placed opposite each other were successfully synthesized by swelling and subsequent polymerization of cross-linked PMMA spheres with methyl methacrylate an

  16. Prominin-2 expression increases protrusions, decreases caveolae and inhibits Cdc42 dependent fluid phase endocytosis

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    Singh, Raman Deep, E-mail: Takhter.Ramandeep@mayo.edu; Schroeder, Andreas S.; Scheffer, Luana; Holicky, Eileen L.; Wheatley, Christine L.; Marks, David L., E-mail: Marks.david@mayo.edu; Pagano, Richard E.

    2013-05-10

    Highlights: •Prominin-2 expression induced protrusions that co-localized with lipid raft markers. •Prominin-2 expression decreased caveolae, caveolar endocytosis and increased pCav1. •Prominin-2 expression inhibited fluid phase endocytosis by inactivation of Cdc42. •These endocytic effects can be reversed by adding exogenous cholesterol. •Caveolin1 knockdown restored fluid phase endocytosis in Prominin2 expressing cells. -- Abstract: Background: Membrane protrusions play important roles in biological processes such as cell adhesion, wound healing, migration, and sensing of the external environment. Cell protrusions are a subtype of membrane microdomains composed of cholesterol and sphingolipids, and can be disrupted by cholesterol depletion. Prominins are pentaspan membrane proteins that bind cholesterol and localize to plasma membrane (PM) protrusions. Prominin-1 is of great interest as a marker for stem and cancer cells, while Prominin-2 (Prom2) is reportedly restricted to epithelial cells. Aim: To characterize the effects of Prom-2 expression on PM microdomain organization. Methods: Prom2-fluorescent protein was transfected in human skin fibroblasts (HSF) and Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells for PM raft and endocytic studies. Caveolae at PM were visualized using transmission electron microscopy. Cdc42 activation was measured and caveolin-1 knockdown was performed using siRNAs. Results: Prom2 expression in HSF and CHO cells caused extensive Prom2-positive protrusions that co-localized with lipid raft markers. Prom2 expression significantly decreased caveolae at the PM, reduced caveolar endocytosis and increased caveolin-1 phosphorylation. Prom2 expression also inhibited Cdc42-dependent fluid phase endocytosis via decreased Cdc42 activation. Effects on endocytosis were reversed by addition of cholesterol. Knockdown of caveolin-1 by siRNA restored Cdc42 dependent fluid phase endocytosis in Prom2-expressing cells. Conclusions: Prom2 protrusions primarily

  17. Effect of microscale protrusions on local fluid flow and mass transport in the presence of forced convection

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    Matzen, Gehard W. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    1997-01-01

    Three-dimensional creeping flow around single, axisymmetric protrusions is studied numerically using the boundary-integral technique. Emphasis is placed upon cylindrical protrusions on plane walls for various height-to-radius (h-to-a) aspect ratios, but cones and sections of spheres protruding from plane walls are also briefly examined. The presented items include shear-stress distributions, shear-stress contours, extents of the fluid-flow disturbance, total forces and torques on the cylinders, streamlines, and skin-friction lines. Also included is a discussion of flow topology around axisymmetric geometries. No flow reversal is observed for cylindrical protrusions with aspect ratios greater than 2.4 to 2.6. At higher aspect ratios, the fluid tends to be swept around cylindrical protrusions with little vertical motion. At lower aspect ratios, the strength of the recirculation increases, and the recirculation region becomes wider in the transverse direction and narrower in the flow direction. Also, the recirculation pattern begins to resemble the closed streamline patterns in two-dimensional flow over square ridges. However, unlike two-dimensional flow, closed streamline patterns are not observed. For arbitrary axisymmetric geometries, the extent of the fluid-flow disturbance can be estimated with the total force that is exerted on the protrusion. When the same force is exerted on protrusions with different aspect ratios, the protrusion with the higher aspect ratio tends to have a greater disturbance in the flow direction and a smaller disturbance in the transverse direction. The total force exerted on cylindrical protrusions with rounded corners is only slightly lower than the total force exerted on cylindrical protrusions with sharp corners.

  18. Unusual treatment of bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion via miniscrews and molar extraction.

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    Al-Fraidi, Ahmad; Afify, Ahmed R

    2012-04-01

    This case report describes the treatment of a Saudi female patient, aged 13 years 8 months at the start of treatment, with a Class I bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion and extracted maxillary first molars. Miniscrews were placed bilaterally in the interdental space between both the upper and the lower posterior teeth. The treatment plan consisted of extraction of both lower first permanent molars, distalization of upper and lower premolars using miniscrews followed by en masse retraction of the upper and lower six anterior teeth. The active treatment period was 2 years 8 months. Arch retention was done using upper wrap-around retainer and lower fixed 3-3 retainer. The use of miniscrews helped to resolve the bimaxillary protrusion regardless of extraction pattern used.

  19. Sudden progression of lumbar disk protrusion during vertebral axial decompression traction therapy.

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    Deen, H Gordon; Rizzo, Thomas D; Fenton, Douglas S

    2003-12-01

    Vertebral axial decompression (VAX-D) is a form of spinal traction that is widely promoted as an effective and safe treatment of degenerated and herniated lumbar intervertebral disks. Information targeted at the general public emphasizes that the treatment is completely risk-free. We describe a patient with a large lumbar disk protrusion who experienced sudden, severe exacerbation of radicular pain during a VAX-D therapy session. Follow-up magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar region showed marked enlargement of the disk protrusion, and urgent microdiskectomy was required. To our knowledge, this is the first reported complication of VAX-D therapy. This case shows that VAX-D therapy has the potential to cause sudden deterioration requiring urgent surgical intervention.

  20. [Coblation of nucleus pulposus in treatment of military men's lumbar disc protrusions].

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    Manukovskiĭ, V A; Badalov, V I; Tiulikov, K V; Korostelev, K E

    2012-06-01

    Mini-invasive surgery is used more often for the treatment of spinal disc herniations today. Coblation is one of such contemporary methods. The aim of our investigation was to evaluate results of percutaneous disc nucleoplasty using coblation. 35 patients with disc protrusions diagnosed by MRI underwent operations using this method. We used Visual Analogue Pain Scale, took into account time of painless sitting, standing and walking position, and also patients' satisfaction to assess the immediate results of treatment and short-time outcomes. It was noted the better immediate results in group of operated patients in comparison with the non-operated group. It was obvious either on the table or the day after operation. There were 84 and 93% of good results in 3 months and in 1 year after operation, respectively. Coblation is definitely modern and effective way to treat disc protrusions with different types, sizes, and may be used in lumbar spine wherever.

  1. TREATMENT OF 29 CASES OF LUMBAR INTERVETEBRAL DISC PROTRUSION WITH GINGER—SEPARATED MOXIBUSTION

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    赵立新; 李万婷

    2002-01-01

    Objective:To observe the effect of ginger-separated moxibustion for treatment of lumbar intervertepral disc prolapse.Methods:29 lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion patients including 21 males and 8 temales were treated with ginger-separated moxibustion of Ashi-point and Jiaji(EX-B 2,.the affected region),5-6 cones every time,once every other day,continuously for 5 times,Then the therapeutic effect was analyzed.Results:After treatment,of the 29 cases,23(79.3%) were cured,and the rest 6(20.7%)experienced improvement.Conclusion:Ginger-separated moxibustion is farily effective and safe in treatment of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion.

  2. Human Newborns Match Tongue Protrusion of Disembodied Human and Robotic Mouths

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    Soussignan, Robert; Courtial, Alexis; Canet, Pierre; Danon-Apter, Gisele; Nadel, Jacqueline

    2011-01-01

    No evidence had been provided so far of newborns' capacity to give a matching response to 2D stimuli. We report evidence from 18 newborns who were presented with three types of stimuli on a 2D screen. The stimuli were video-recorded displays of tongue protrusion shown by: (a) a human face, (b) a human tongue from a disembodied mouth, and (c) an…

  3. Genioglossus and Intrinsic Electromyographic Activities in Impeded and Unimpeded Protrusion Tasks

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    2008-01-01

    Eight muscles invest the human tongue: four extrinsic muscles have external origins and insert into the tongue body and four intrinsic muscles originate and terminate within the tongue. Previously, we noted minimal activation of the genioglossus tongue muscle during impeded protrusion tasks (i.e., having subjects push the tongue against a force transducer), suggesting that other muscles play a role in the production of tongue force. Accordingly, we sought to characterize genioglossus tongue m...

  4. Case Reports of Angle Class II Maxillary Protrusion With Upper Premolar Extraction

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    水本, 恭史; 小川, 康; 岡藤, 範正; 栗原, 三郎

    2000-01-01

    We report two cases of Angle Class II maxillary protrusion with upper premolar extraction, considering differences of skeletal pattern, denture pattern, diagnosis, treat planning and treatment result between these cases. One case demonstrated favorable mandibular growth during the treatment, helping correction of maxillary and mandibular discrepancy, but the other showed only minimal mandibular growth because of her age, necessitating anterior incisal changes to reduce her large overjet. Post...

  5. [Effects of articulating paper on mandibular paths in lateral and protrusive excursions].

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    Mori, T; Kawaguchi, T; Katto, K; Kano, N; Takeuchi, K; Tanaka, K; Usami, H; Naka, Y; Asakura, Y

    1989-12-01

    Mandibular movements in 7 normal dentulous subjects during lateral and protrusive excursions were studied to investigate the effects of the clinical use of articulating paper on mandibular paths. Mandibular movements with or without the intraoral articulating paper (thickness: 35 microns) were detected as the lower incisal point displacement and were recorded three-dimensionally with the Selspot system. The date displayed on the X-Y chart recorder on the selected plane were analyzed quantitatively. 1. The paths of the mandible differed between the outward (from the intercuspal position) and the return (backward to the intercuspal position) movements. In lateral excursions the return path tended to be antero-inferior to the outward path, whereas in protrusive excursions the former tended to be dextro-inferior to the latter. 2. In lateral excursions the return path tended to be less stable than the outward path. In protrusive excursions no significant difference was found between the two paths. 3. In lateral excursions, 21-34% of the movements performed using the articulating paper deviated from the normal paths made without using the paper, and in the case of protrusive excursions, deviation was found in 21-50%. At or near the intercuspal position, the return path showed a greater deviation than the outward path. Near the edge-to-edge position, however, the relationship between these two path was reversed. 4. It is suggested that, when the articulating paper is used, the directions of the movement should be taken into account and sufficient care should be paid in occlusal adjustment because the range of functional movement may be overestimated.

  6. Effect of large incisor retraction on upper airway morphology in adult bimaxillary protrusion patients.

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    Chen, Yu; Hong, Liu; Wang, Chun-ling; Zhang, Shi-jie; Cao, Cong; Wei, Fulan; Lv, Tao; Zhang, Fan; Liu, Dong-xu

    2012-11-01

    To evaluate, using multislice computed tomography (MSCT), the morphologic changes in the upper airway after large incisor retraction in adult bimaxillary protrusion patients. Thirty adult patients with bimaxillary protrusion had four first premolars extracted, and then miniscrews were placed to provide anchorage. A CT scan was performed before incisor retraction and again posttreatment. Three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of the pre- (T1) and post- (T2) CT data was used to assess for morphological changes of the upper airway. A paired t-test was used to compare changes from T1 to T2. The relationship among the three variables (upper incisor retraction amount, upper airway size, and hyoid position) was analyzed by Pearson correlation coefficient. The amounts of upper incisor retraction at the incisal edge and apex were 7.64 ± 1.68 mm and 3.91 ± 2.10 mm, respectively. The hyoid was retracted 2.96 ± 0.54 mm and 9.87 ± 2.92 mm, respectively, in the horizontal and vertical directions. No significant difference was observed in the mean cross-sectional area of the nasopharynx (P > .05) between T1 and T2, while significant differences between T1 and T2 were found in the mean cross-sectional areas of the palatopharynx, glossopharynx, and hypopharynx (P bimaxillary protrusion patients.

  7. Friction-induced nanofabrication method to produce protrusive nanostructures on quartz

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    Song, Chenfei; Li, Xiaoying; Yu, Bingjun; Dong, Hanshan; Qian, Linmao; Zhou, Zhongrong

    2011-12-01

    In this paper, a new friction-induced nanofabrication method is presented to fabricate protrusive nanostructures on quartz surfaces through scratching a diamond tip under given normal loads. The nanostructures, such as nanodots, nanolines, surface mesas and nanowords, can be produced on the target surface by programming the tip traces according to the demanded patterns. The height of these nanostructures increases with the increase of the number of scratching cycles or the normal load. Transmission electron microscope observations indicated that the lattice distortion and dislocations induced by the mechanical interaction may have played a dominating role in the formation of the protrusive nanostructures on quartz surfaces. Further analysis reveals that during scratching, a contact pressure ranged from 0.4 P y to P y ( P y is the critical yield pressure of quartz) is apt to produce protuberant nanostructures on quartz under the given experimental conditions. Finally, it is of great interest to find that the protrusive nanostructures can be selectively dissolved in 20% KOH solution. Since the nanowords can be easily 'written' by friction-induced fabrication and 'erased' through selective etching on a quartz surface, this friction-induced method opens up new opportunities for future nanofabrication.

  8. Autosomal recessive mental retardation syndrome with anterior maxillary protrusion and strabismus: MRAMS syndrome.

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    Basel-Vanagaite, Lina; Rainshtein, Limor; Inbar, Dov; Gothelf, Doron; Hennekam, Raoul; Straussberg, Rachel

    2007-08-01

    We report on a family in whom the combination of mental retardation (MR), anterior maxillary protrusion, and strabismus segregates. The healthy, consanguineous parents (first cousins) of Israeli-Arab descent had 11 children, 7 of whom (5 girls) were affected. They all had severe MR. Six of the seven had anterior maxillary protrusion with vertical maxillary excess, open bite, and prominent crowded teeth. None of the sibs with normal intelligence had jaw or dental anomalies. The child with MR but without a jaw anomaly was somewhat less severely retarded, had seizures and severe psychosis, which may point to his having a separate disorder. Biochemical and neurological studies, including brain MRI and standard cytogenetic studies, yielded normal results; fragile X was excluded, no subtelomeric rearrangements were detectable, and X-inactivation studies in the mother showed random inactivation. We have been unable to find a similar disorder in the literature, and suggest that this is a hitherto unreported autosomal recessive disorder, which we propose to name MRAMS (mental retardation, anterior maxillary protrusion, and strabismus).

  9. Friction-induced nanofabrication method to produce protrusive nanostructures on quartz

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    Li Xiaoying

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this paper, a new friction-induced nanofabrication method is presented to fabricate protrusive nanostructures on quartz surfaces through scratching a diamond tip under given normal loads. The nanostructures, such as nanodots, nanolines, surface mesas and nanowords, can be produced on the target surface by programming the tip traces according to the demanded patterns. The height of these nanostructures increases with the increase of the number of scratching cycles or the normal load. Transmission electron microscope observations indicated that the lattice distortion and dislocations induced by the mechanical interaction may have played a dominating role in the formation of the protrusive nanostructures on quartz surfaces. Further analysis reveals that during scratching, a contact pressure ranged from 0.4Py to Py (Py is the critical yield pressure of quartz is apt to produce protuberant nanostructures on quartz under the given experimental conditions. Finally, it is of great interest to find that the protrusive nanostructures can be selectively dissolved in 20% KOH solution. Since the nanowords can be easily 'written' by friction-induced fabrication and 'erased' through selective etching on a quartz surface, this friction-induced method opens up new opportunities for future nanofabrication.

  10. A clinico-radiographic analysis of sagittal condylar guidance determined by protrusive interocclusal registration and panoramic radiographic images in humans

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    Krishna Prasad, D.; Namrata Shah; Chethan Hegde

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the correlation between sagittal condylar guidance obtained by protrusive interocclusal records and panoramic radiograph tracing methods in human dentulous subjects. Materials and Methods: The sagittal condylar guidance was determined in 75 dentulous subjects by protrusive interocclusal records using Aluwax through a face bow transfer (HANAU™ Spring Bow, Whip Mix Corporation, USA) to a semi-adjustable articulator (HANAU™ Wide-Vue Articulator, Whip Mix Corporation, USA). I...

  11. The Correction of Bimaxillary Protrusion Experience%双颌前突的矫治体会

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    胥宏; 袁晓蓉; 吴萍

    2016-01-01

    [AbstractPurpose]:Exploration of Treatment methods and results for different degree of Bimaxillary protrusion and Orthodontics. Methords:For mild Bimaxillary protrusion during Permanent Dentition or narrow Upper and lower dental arch and Moderate protrusion patients who refused to tooth extraction,the methord of RPE and Push back molars has been respectively used to adduct the upper and lower incisor after acquiring adequate space. For the Mild cases of protrusion who require for higher aesthetic and Moderate and severe bimaxillary protrusion,the method of extraction has been used to adduct the upper and lower incisor after acquiring adequate space. Results:In the follow up observation from 1.7 years to 4.5 years,there were 7 recurrences with different degree in 19 Non-extraction cases after corretation,and there were 2 recurrences because of non-wearing retainer in 61extraction cases. Conclusion:Extraction cases were inlow recurrence rate because of giving a more generous space to Bimaxillarey protrusion.It is an effective treatment measure expacially for Moderate and severe bimaxillary protrusion.%目的:探索不同程度的双颌前突口腔正畸的治疗方法与效果。方法:对于恒牙期双颌轻度前突或上下牙弓狭窄以及中度前突但拒绝拔牙的患者,我们分别采用扩弓,推磨牙向后等方法获得足够的间隙后,内收上下切牙。对于美观要求较高的轻度前突病例以及中、重度双颌前突病例我们采用拔牙的方法,利用拔牙后所产生的间隙,内收上下切牙。结果:在矫治结束后,追踪观察1.7~4.5年,19例非拔牙病例中有7例出现不同程度的复发。61例拔牙病例中,仅2例因没有按规定戴保持器而复发。结论:拔牙病例因给予双颌前突较为宽松的间隙,故复发的机率较低。特别是对于中、重度双颌前突者是一种行之有效的治疗方法。

  12. [Treatment of adult bimaxillary arch protrusion with micro-implant anchorage].

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    Chen, Cheng; Zhang, Xiao-Rong

    2015-02-01

    In this study, micro-implants were used in 15 adult patients with mild and moderate bimaxillary arch protrusion or crowding. Cephalometric analysis was used to analyze hard and soft-tissues change before and after treatment, with the aim to investigate the effects of treatment on adult bimaxillary arch protrusion with micro-implant anchorage. Fifteen adult patients with mild and moderate bimaxillary arch protrusion were selected in this study. Micro-implants were inserted into the zygomaticoalveolar ridge of maxilla and the external oblique line of mandible. A NiTi coil spring was attached to the micro-implant to drag the whole upper and lower dentition for distal movement. Cephalometrics were taken before and after treatment, and the changes of soft and hard-tissue profile were studied. SPSS13.0 software package was used to analyze the data. (1)Sixty micro-implants remained stable.(2)SNA, SNB had no significant changes (P>0.05), and the relationship between the maxilla and the mandible did not change significantly. U1/NA, U1-NA, L1/NB, L1-NB and U1/L1 changes in hard tissue had significant difference in cephalometric measurement (P<0.05). The upper and lower anterior teeth were more retrusive, and the tipping of incisor decreased significantly.(3)Cephalometric analysis showed that lateral appearance improved and soft tissue cephalometric-related measurements such as Cm-Sn-UL,LL-B'-Pos increased significantly (P<0.01). (4)Molars and incisors acquired distal movement. Micro-implant can provide not only excellent skeletal anchorage but also a novel way to distalize the whole dentition efficiently.

  13. A mechanism of leading-edge protrusion in the absence of Arp2/3 complex.

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    Suraneni, Praveen; Fogelson, Ben; Rubinstein, Boris; Noguera, Philippe; Volkmann, Niels; Hanein, Dorit; Mogilner, Alex; Li, Rong

    2015-03-01

    Cells employ protrusive leading edges to navigate and promote their migration in diverse physiological environments. Classical models of leading-edge protrusion rely on a treadmilling dendritic actin network that undergoes continuous assembly nucleated by the Arp2/3 complex, forming ruffling lamellipodia. Recent work demonstrated, however, that, in the absence of the Arp2/3 complex, fibroblast cells adopt a leading edge with filopodia-like protrusions (FLPs) and maintain an ability to move, albeit with altered responses to different environmental signals. We show that formin-family actin nucleators are required for the extension of FLPs but are insufficient to produce a continuous leading edge in fibroblasts lacking Arp2/3 complex. Myosin II is concentrated in arc-like regions of the leading edge in between FLPs, and its activity is required for coordinated advancement of these regions with formin-generated FLPs. We propose that actomyosin contraction acting against membrane tension advances the web of arcs between FLPs. Predictions of this model are verified experimentally. The dependence of myosin II in leading-edge advancement helps explain the previously reported defect in directional movement in the Arpc3-null fibroblasts. We provide further evidence that this defect is cell autonomous during chemotaxis. © 2015 Suraneni et al. This article is distributed by The American Society for Cell Biology under license from the author(s). Two months after publication it is available to the public under an Attribution–Noncommercial–Share Alike 3.0 Unported Creative Commons License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0).

  14. EFFECT OF INTRAVESICAL PROSTATIC PROTRUSION (IVPP ON LOWER URINARY TRACT FUNCTION AND MANAGEMENT

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    Rajaraman T

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    Full Text Available AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To correlate Intravesical Prostatic Protrusion (IVPP with International Prostate Symptoms Score (IPSS, Quality of Life Index (QOL, Uroflowmetry, Post Void Urine (PVR and Pressure Flow Study (PFS and to assess whether the presence and increasing grades of Intravesical prostatic protrusion are directly correlated with the severity of Bladder outlet obstruction due to Benign prostatic hypertrophy. MATERIALS AND METHODS Non-randomized prospective cohort study, conducted in Department of Urology, Govt. Stanley Hospital, from June 2012 to June 2015, on a sample of 100 patients with IVPP. IVPP was correlated with IPSS, Quality of life index, Uroflowmetry, Effects of drug therapy, Response to surgical therapy. Response of patients with Intravesical prostatic protrusion of same grade to surgical therapy and drug therapy are compared to decide which modality of management is best. RESULTS The incidence of IVPP in patients presenting with LUTS due to BPH is 1 in 5. Majority present with grade 2 IVPP. The increasing grades of IVPP are significantly directly correlated with IPSS score, Q-max and Post void residual. Statistical analysis showed IVPP to correlate significantly with BOO. TURP showed a very good and significant mean decrease of IPSS and Q-max, whereas those who had medical treatment showed only a mean decrease of 2 in IPSS score and 1 in Q-max. CONCLUSION The increasing grades of IVPP are significantly directly correlated with IPSS score max and Post void residual. IVPP have a very good positive and negative predictive value and also a good accuracy rate in comparison with all other parameters in predicting the BOO. The surgical intervention statistically proved to be superior to medical treatment in IVPP patients.

  15. Treatment of dental and skeletal bimaxillary protrusion in patient with Angle Class I malocclusion

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    Claudio José Ramos

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In the orthodontic clinic, skeletal and dental bimaxillary protrusion is presented frequently as one of the factors leading patients to seek orthodontic treatment, mainly due to the esthetic involvement it has. The patient of this article illustrates this situation, being deeply uncomfortable with her esthetic appearance, due to the excessive upper incisors exposure and problems with lip sealing. This case was presented to the Brazilian Board of Orthodontics and Facial Orthopedics (BBO, as part of the requisites to become a BBO Diplomate.

  16. Domain wall pinning and potential landscapes created by constrictions and protrusions in ferromagnetic nanowires

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    Petit, Dorothée; Jausovec, Ana-Vanessa; Read, Dan; Cowburn, Russell P.

    2008-06-01

    The potential experienced by transverse domain walls (TDWs) in the vicinity of asymmetric constrictions or protrusions in thin Permalloy nanowires is probed using spatially resolved magneto-optical Kerr effect measurements. Both types of traps are found to act as pinning centers for DWs. The strength of pinning is found to depend on the trap type as well as on the chirality of the incoming DW; both types of traps are seen to act either as potential wells or potential barriers, also depending on the chirality of the DW. Micromagnetic simulations have been performed that are in good qualitative agreement with the experimental results.

  17. Clinical Experience on Treatment of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Protrusion by Traditional Manual Techniques plus Electric Acupuncture

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    LIANG Hao-wen; WU Fang; YANG Wan-zhang; ZHANG Min; HUANG Guo-qi

    2007-01-01

    52 cases of the patients with L4-S1 intervertebral disc protrusion were first treated by traditional Tuina manual techniques, including the rolling method, pressing method,oblique-plucking method and shaking method, and then treated by electric acupuncture on Shenshu (BL 23), Yaoyangguan (GV 3), Dachangshu (BL 25), Xiaochangshu (BL 27),Mingmen (GV 4) and Shangliao (BL 31). After 7-28 sessions of the treatments, the results showed cure in 40 cases, remarkable effect in 8 cases, effect in 3 cases, failure in 1 case, and the total effective rate in 98.1%.

  18. Direct RNA sequencing mediated identification of mRNA localized in protrusions of human MDA-MB-231 metastatic breast cancer cells

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    Jakobsen, Kristine Raaby; Sørensen, Emilie; Brøndum, Karin Kathrine;

    2013-01-01

    Background Protrusions of cancer cells conferrers a vital function for cell migration and metastasis. Protein and RNA localization mechanisms have been extensively examined and shown to play pivotal roles for the functional presence of specific protein components in cancer cell protrusions. Methods...... To describe genome wide RNA localized in protrusions of the metastatic human breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231 we used Boyden chamber based methodology followed by direct mRNA sequencing. Results In the hereby identified group of protrusion localized mRNA some previously were described to be localized...... exemplified by mRNA for Ras-Related protein 13 (RAB13) and p0071 (Plakophilin-4/PKP4). For other transcripts, exemplified by mRNA for SH3PXD2A/TKS5 and PPFIA1/Liprin-α1, only the corresponding proteins previously were described to have protrusion localization. Finally, a cohort of MDA-MB-231 protrusion...

  19. Activity of superior head of human lateral pterygoid increases with increases in contralateral and protrusive jaw displacement.

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    Bhutada, Manish K; Phanachet, Intira; Whittle, Terry; Peck, Chris C; Murray, Greg M

    2007-08-01

    The hypothesis was that the superior head of human lateral pterygoid muscle (SHLP) plays a similar role in jaw movement as the inferior head of human lateral pterygoid muscle (IHLP). The aims were to determine the functional properties of SHLP single motor units (SMUs) and root mean square activity (RMS) of the SHLP during contralateral and protrusive jaw movement tasks and to compare these features with those identified previously for the IHLP. In 22 human subjects, SMUs were recorded intramuscularly from computer tomography-verified sites within the SHLP during standardized contralateral and protrusive jaw movement tasks recorded by a jaw-tracking device. Of the 50 SMUs discriminated, 39 were active during contralateral and 29 during protrusive jaw movements. The firing rates and RMS of the SHLP motor units increased with an increase in jaw displacement. The RMS activity across the entire trial during contralateral jaw movement was significantly greater than that during protrusion. Similarly to conclusions previously identified for the IHLP, the data are consistent with an important role for the SHLP in the control of contralateral and protrusive jaw movements. The similarities in SHLP and IHLP functional properties support the proposal that both heads should be regarded as a system of fibers acting as one muscle.

  20. Fluxes of water through aquaporin 9 weaken membrane-cytoskeleton anchorage and promote formation of membrane protrusions.

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    Thommie Karlsson

    Full Text Available All modes of cell migration require rapid rearrangements of cell shape, allowing the cell to navigate within narrow spaces in an extracellular matrix. Thus, a highly flexible membrane and a dynamic cytoskeleton are crucial for rapid cell migration. Cytoskeleton dynamics and tension also play instrumental roles in the formation of different specialized cell membrane protrusions, viz. lamellipodia, filopodia, and membrane blebs. The flux of water through membrane-anchored water channels, known as aquaporins (AQPs has recently been implicated in the regulation of cell motility, and here we provide novel evidence for the role of AQP9 in the development of various forms of membrane protrusion. Using multiple imaging techniques and cellular models we show that: (i AQP9 induced and accumulated in filopodia, (ii AQP9-associated filopodial extensions preceded actin polymerization, which was in turn crucial for their stability and dynamics, and (iii minute, local reductions in osmolarity immediately initiated small dynamic bleb-like protrusions, the size of which correlated with the reduction in osmotic pressure. Based on this, we present a model for AQP9-induced membrane protrusion, where the interplay of water fluxes through AQP9 and actin dynamics regulate the cellular protrusive and motile activity of cells.

  1. Space closure with loop mechanics for treatment of bimaxillary protrusion: a case report.

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    Sanjay, N; Rajesh, R N G; Scindia, Rajat; Ajith, Sreedevi D

    2015-05-01

    This case report intends to highlight the space closure with tear drop loop mechanics for bimaxillary protrusion. Loops can be fabricated in a sectional or full arch wire, and closing loops are usually used in loop mechanics for extraction space closure. The major advantage of loop mechanics is the lack of friction between the bracket and arch wire during space closure. An adult patient with bimaxillary protrusion reported to the clinic. The patient was treated successfully by maximum retraction of maxillary and mandibular anterior teeth after extraction of all first premolars. Space closure was begun using a moment differential between posterior and anterior segments created by a Tear drop loop. Anterior teeth were moved with bodily movement, and no anchorage loss of the posterior segments was seen using a Tear drop loop spring. A stable result with normal over jet and overbite was achieved with retraction of maxillary and mandibular anterior teeth. With a Tear drop loop, individual biomechanical responses can be achieved, and it is possible to calculate force magnitude for every patient.

  2. Predicting outcome of trial of voiding without catheter in acute urinary retention with intravesical prostatic protrusion.

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    Syazarina Sharis, Osman; Zulkifli, Md Zainuddin; Hamzaini, Abdul Hamid

    2013-01-01

    Acute urinary retention (AUR) is one of the most serious complications of benign prostatic hypertrophy. This study was done to predict the outcome of trial of voiding without catheter (TWOC) in patients with AUR with intravesical prostatic protrusion (IPP) detected on transabdominal ultrasound. Other factors such as prostatic volume and patient's age were also assessed. Patients with a first episode of AUR secondary to benign prostatic hypertrophy were assessed with ultrasound following bladder catheterization. The IPP was measured and graded (grade 1 is 5 mm or less, grade 2 is 5-10 mm and grade 3 is more than 10 mm). Success of TWOC was then correlated with the degree of IPP. A total of 32 patients with AUR were included in the study. Patients with grade 3 IPP were found to have a significant failure rate compared to grade 1 (P = 0.022) and grade 2 (P = 0.041). Intravesical prostatic protrusion is a useful predictor of success of TWOC in patients with AUR. Patients with grade 3 IPP on ultrasound would benefit from TWOC and warrant earlier definitive surgical treatment.

  3. New perspective on Herbst therapy for skeletal Class II malocclusions: a proposal for maxillary protrusion management.

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    Filho, Leopoldino Capelozza; Siqueira, Danilo Furquim; de Castro, Renata Cristina Faria Ribeiro; An, Tien-Li; Cardoso, Mauricio de Almeida

    2012-01-01

    Angle Class II malocclusions may present morphologic deviations originated from the maxilla, mandible, or both. Since its reintroduction by Pancherz, the Herbst appliance has demonstrated effectiveness in the management of patients with mandibular deficiency. Because of the intermaxillary anchorage, the action of mandibular advancement provokes simultaneous reaction of maxillary restriction, similar to high-pull headgear. This aimed of this report is to compare two cases treated in two phases. In the first interceptive phase, the transverse problem was corrected by rapid maxillary expansion, which was followed by a Herbst appliance for mandibular advancement; in the second corrective phase, the cases were finished with fixed appliances. Although Herbst appliances were used in both patients, one patient with maxillary protrusion and another with mandibular deficiency, their use targeted different types of skeletal discrepancies. This difference allowed for the comparison of treatment effects, and although both patients had their malocclusion corrected, it seems reasonable to conclude that the final outcome was more favorable for the patient with maxillary protrusion.

  4. Treatment of Angle Class I Malocclusion with Severe Bimaxillary Protrusion using Miniscrew Implants and Periodontal Ligament Distraction

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    K C Prabhat

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion is common in Asian population. In this patient with procumbent upper and lower lips, excessive lip strain, proclined and protruded maxillary and mandibular incisors with vertical growth pattern, an acceptable treatment result, was achieved with 4-first-premolar extractions. This case report is presented with the aim, to describe the treatment approach for bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion using miniscrew implants for anchorage in upper arch and periodontal ligament distraction for canine retraction in lower arch and then retraction of incisors into the newly formed bone distal to lateral incisor. Treatment was completed in 18 months. The patient profile was improved, with reduction in lip procumbency, decrease in lip eversion and protrusion, and decrease mentalis strain. Dentally, the interincisal angulation improved significantly because both the maxillary and mandibular incisors were uprighted after space closer.

  5. Optimal measurement for "posterolateral protrusion" of the vertebral artery at the craniovertebral junction using computed tomography angiography

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    Junichi Ohya

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Among extraosseous abnormalities of the vertebral artery (VA at the craniovertebral junction (CVJ, available evidence regarding "posterolateral protrusion," the VA running distant from the groove over the superior surface of the posterior arch of the atlas, is limited. The purpose of this study was to determine the optimal measurement to indicate posterolateral protrusion of the VA. Materials and Methods: Computed tomography angiography (CTA images of 40 consecutive patients with cervical disease were reviewed. Ultimately, 66 arteries were included in this study. Five parameters predicted to indicate posterolateral protrusion of the VA were defined (A-E and measured by two surgeons twice over a 2-week interval. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC were used to examine intra-observer reproducibility and inter-observer reliability. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC curve analysis was performed to determine the most optimal parameter to predict posterolateral protrusion of the VA. Results: Excellent inter-observer reliability and intra-observer reproducibility were obtained for all parameters (ICC = 0.87-0.99. Among them, parameter A, defined as the maximal length from the outer surface of the VA to the outer surface of the posterior arch of the atlas, was most accurately described posterolateral protrusion of the VA. The optimal cut-off value of parameter A obtained with ROC curves was 8.3 mm (sensitivity 97.5%, specificity 100%. Conclusions: The measurement in this study can quantitatively evaluate the posterolateral protrusion of the VA. Before posterior surgery at the CVJ, pre-operative CTA can help surgeons detect anomalous VA and reduce the risk of intra-operative VA injury.

  6. Effect of retraction of anterior teeth on pharyngeal airway and hyoid bone position in Class I bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion.

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    Bhatia, S; Jayan, B; Chopra, S S

    2016-12-01

    To test the hypothesis that the retraction of anterior teeth has no effect on the dimensions of pharyngeal airway and to evaluate the retraction of anterior teeth on each parameter of pharyngeal airway. Twenty-two adult patients of Class I bimaxillary protrusion requiring first premolar extractions with maximum anchorage requirements were selected. The pharyngeal airway and dentofacial parameters of the patients were compared using pre- and post-treatment lateral cephalograms with the help of Student's paired t-test (P bimaxillary protrusive adult patients.

  7. An Innovative Treatment Approach with Atypical Orthodontic Extraction Pattern in Bimaxillary Protrusion Case

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    Anil Miglani

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This case report describes the treatment of a 23-year-old female with severe bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion and missing left mandibular first molar. Her chief concern was significant facial convexity. Generally treatment plan of such cases involves extraction of first premolars but absence of first molar complicates situation with problem of space management, anchorage requirement and post-treatment occlusion. This case report introduces thought provoking treatment approach of selecting atypical teeth for orthodontic extraction without compromising the quality of treatment outcomes. However, three first bicuspids were extracted while the mandibular left second premolar was distalized into the missing molar space and used as an abutment for replacement of the missing first molar by prosthesis. Despite the unusual asymmetric extraction of teeth, superimposition of the pretreatment and post-treatment cephalometric tracings shows excellent treatment outcomes and reduction of facial convexity by maximum retraction of the anterior teeth.

  8. Exclusion and Hierarchy of Time Scales Lead to Spatial Segregation of Molecular Motors in Cellular Protrusions

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    Pinkoviezky, I.; Gov, N. S.

    2017-01-01

    Molecular motors that carry cargo along biopolymer filaments within cells play a crucial role in the functioning of the cell. In particular, these motors are essential for the formation and maintenance of the cellular protrusions that play key roles in motility and specific functionalities, such as the stereocilia in hair cells. Typically, there are several species of motors, carrying different cargos, that share the same track. Furthermore, it was observed that in the mature stereocilia, the different motors occupy well-segregated bands as a function of distance from the tip. We use a totally asymmetric exclusion process model with two- and three-motor species, to study the conditions that give rise to such spatial patterns. We find that the well-segregated bands appear for motors with a strong hierarchy of attachment or detachment rates. This is a striking example of pattern formation in nonequilibrium, low-dimensional systems.

  9. Evaluating the Upset Protrusion Joining (UPJ) Method to Join magnesium Castings to Dissimilar Metals

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    Logan, Stephen D. [FCA US LLC

    2015-08-19

    This presentation discusses advantages and best practices for incorporating magnesium in automotive component applications to achieve substantial mass reduction, as well as some of the key challenges with respect to joining, coating, and galvanic corrosion, before providing an introduction and status update of the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Defense jointly sponsored Upset Protrusion Joining (UPJ) process development and evaluation project. This update includes sharing performance results of a benchmark evaluation of the self-pierce riveting (SPR) process for joining dissimilar magnesium (Mg) to aluminum (Al) materials in four unique coating configurations before introducing the UPJ concept and comparing performance results of the joints made with the UPJ process to those made with the SPR process.

  10. Successful treatment of Class II malocclusion with bidental protrusion using standard edgewise prescription

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    Mohd Ayaz

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This case report deals with the successful orthodontic treatment of a 14-year-old female patient having Class II malocclusion with bidental protrusion using standard edgewise prescription. She reported with forwardly placed upper front teeth and difficulty in closing lips. She had prognathic maxilla, retrognathic mandible, and full cusp Class II molar and canine relation bilaterally with overjet of 7 mm. She was in cervical vertebrae maturation indicator Stage IV. The case was treated by fixed extraction mechanotherapy. Interarch Class II mechanics was used to retract the upper incisor and to mesialize the lower molars. Simultaneously, Class I mechanics was used to upright lower incisors. Tip back bend, curve of Spee, and extra palatal root torque were incorporated in upper archwire to maintain molars in upright position and prevent extrusion and deepening of bite, respectively. There was satisfactory improvement in facial profile at the end of 24 months. After a follow-up of 6 months, occlusion was stable.

  11. Severe bidentoalveolar protrusion treated with orthodontic microimplant-dependent en-masse retraction.

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    Chung, Kyu-Rhim; Nelson, Gerald; Kim, Seong-Hun; Kook, Yoon-Ah

    2007-07-01

    This article describes the orthodontic treatment of a 14.5-year-old girl with severe bidentoalveolar protrusion. Specially designed sandblasted, large-grit, acid-etched (SLA) orthodontic microimplants (C-implants, Cimplant Co, Seoul, Korea) were placed in the alveolar bone in all 4 quadrants to provide anchorage for en-masse retraction without the help of banded or bonded molars. Successful retraction was achieved. The mandibular dentition was detailed by using conventional orthodontic appliances during the finishing stage. The osseointegration potential of these microimplants allows them to resist rotational force moments and control 3-dimensional movements of the anterior teeth during retraction. Facial esthetics improved for the patient, fullness of the upper and lower lips was reduced, and the interdental relationship was corrected. Biomechanical considerations, efficacy, and potential complications of the treatment technique are discussed.

  12. Comparison of intraoperative blood loss between four different surgical procedures in the treatment of bimaxillary protrusion.

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    Tseng, Yu-Chuan; Ting, Chun-Chan; Kao, Yu-Hsun; Chen, Chun-Ming

    2017-01-01

    This study was aimed at investigating the correlation between intraoperative blood loss and operation-related factors in the treatment of bimaxillary protrusion with four different procedures. Ninety-four patients were separated into the following four surgical groups: group 1: anterior subapical osteotomy of the maxilla (ASO Mx) + bilateral parasymphyseal osteotomy of the mandible (BPsO Md) + genioplasty (GeP); group 2: ASO Mx + BPsO Md; group 3: ASO Mx + ASO Md + GeP; and group 4: ASO Mx + ASO Md. Patient- and operation-related factors (age, intraoperative blood loss, operation time, and preoperative and postoperative blood parameters) were compared among the four groups. The mean operation time and intraoperative blood loss were 438.7 minutes and 369.9 mL in group 1; 432.5 minutes and 356.5 mL in group 2; 393.3 minutes and 387.3 mL in group 3; and 353.5 minutes and 289.5 mL in group 4. Intergroup differences in intraoperative blood loss were not significant. A significant correlation between intraoperative blood loss and operation time was found in group 4 but not in the other groups. No significant differences in blood loss were found among the four different surgical procedures in the treatment of bimaxillary protrusion. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Plasmonic nano-protrusions: hierarchical nanostructures for single-molecule Raman spectroscopy

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    Basuray, Sagnik; Pathak, Avinash; Bok, Sangho; Chen, Biyan; Hamm, Steven C.; Mathai, Cherian J.; Guha, Suchismita; Gangopadhyay, Keshab; Gangopadhyay, Shubhra

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    Classical methods for enhancing the electromagnetic field from substrates for spectroscopic applications, such as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), have involved the generation of hotspots through directed self-assembly of nanoparticles or by patterning nanoscale features using expensive nanolithography techniques. A novel large-area, cost-effective soft lithographic technique involving glancing angle deposition (GLAD) of silver on polymer gratings is reported here. This method produces hierarchical nanostructures with high enhancement factors capable of analyzing single-molecule SERS. The uniform ordered and patterned nanostructures provide extraordinary field enhancements that serve as excitatory hotspots and are herein interrogated by SERS. The high spatial homogeneity of the Raman signal and signal enhancement over a large area from a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of 2-naphthalenethiol demonstrated the uniformity of the hotspots. The enhancement was shown to have a critical dependence on the underlying nanostructure via the surface energy landscape and GLAD angles for a fixed deposition thickness, as evidenced by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy surface analysis of the substrate. The nanostructured surface leads to an extremely concentrated electromagnetic field at sharp nanoscale peaks, here referred to as ‘nano-protrusions’, due to the coupling of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) with localized SPR. These nano-protrusions act as hotspots which provide Raman enhancement factors as high as 108 over a comparable SAM on silver. Comparison of our substrate with the commercial substrate Klarite™ shows higher signal enhancement and minimal signal variation with hotspot spatial distribution. By using the proper plasmon resonance angle corresponding to the laser source wavelength, further enhancement in signal intensity can be achieved. Single-molecule Raman spectra for rhodamine 6G are obtained from the best SERS substrate (a

  14. Cortico-muscular synchronization by proprioceptive afferents from the tongue muscles during isometric tongue protrusion.

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    Maezawa, Hitoshi; Mima, Tatsuya; Yazawa, Shogo; Matsuhashi, Masao; Shiraishi, Hideaki; Funahashi, Makoto

    2016-03-01

    Tongue movements contribute to oral functions including swallowing, vocalizing, and breathing. Fine tongue movements are regulated through efferent and afferent connections between the cortex and tongue. It has been demonstrated that cortico-muscular coherence (CMC) is reflected at two frequency bands during isometric tongue protrusions: the beta (β) band at 15-35Hz and the low-frequency band at 2-10Hz. The CMC at the β band (β-CMC) reflects motor commands from the primary motor cortex (M1) to the tongue muscles through hypoglossal motoneuron pools. However, the generator mechanism of the CMC at the low-frequency band (low-CMC) remains unknown. Here, we evaluated the mechanism of low-CMC during isometric tongue protrusion using magnetoencephalography (MEG). Somatosensory evoked fields (SEFs) were also recorded following electrical tongue stimulation. Significant low-CMC and β-CMC were observed over both hemispheres for each side of the tongue. Time-domain analysis showed that the MEG signal followed the electromyography signal for low-CMC, which was contrary to the finding that the MEG signal preceded the electromyography signal for β-CMC. The mean conduction time from the tongue to the cortex was not significantly different between the low-CMC (mean, 80.9ms) and SEFs (mean, 71.1ms). The cortical sources of low-CMC were located significantly posterior (mean, 10.1mm) to the sources of β-CMC in M1, but were in the same area as tongue SEFs in the primary somatosensory cortex (S1). These results reveal that the low-CMC may be driven by proprioceptive afferents from the tongue muscles to S1, and that the oscillatory interaction was derived from each side of the tongue to both hemispheres. Oscillatory proprioceptive feedback from the tongue muscles may aid in the coordination of sophisticated tongue movements in humans.

  15. Effects of tongue-hold swallows on suprahyoid muscle activation according to the relative tongue protrusion length: a preliminary study.

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    Oh, Jong-Chi

    2016-01-01

    Tongue-hold swallow (THS) is a therapeutic maneuver used to increase the posterior pharyngeal wall motion during swallowing. This maneuver has also been reported to result in increased activation of the suprahyoid muscles. The hypothesis of this study was that the degree of suprahyoid muscle activation would depend on the tongue protrusion-length. The aim of this study was to investigate the activation levels of the suprahyoid muscles by surface electromyography (sEMG) while performing the THS maneuver at three tongue-protrusion lengths. Suprahyoid muscle activity during THSs was recorded in 25 adult volunteers (17 women and 8 men; age range 20-38 years). To record the activity of the suprahyoid muscles while the participants performed the maneuver, surface wireless EMG electrodes separated by a distance of 1 cm were placed on the skin on both sides of the midline under the chin. Each activity was recorded three times. Data analysis was performed by repeated-measures analysis of variance. Our results revealed that participants exhibited greater electrical activity during THS with 2/3rd or maximal tongue protrusion as compared to THS with 1/3rd tongue protrusion (p ≤ 0.001). To maximize the therapeutic effect of the THS maneuver, it is advised to protrude the tongue maximally as long as swallowing is possible.

  16. Effects of an oral appliance with different mandibular protrusion positions at a constant vertical dimension on obstructive sleep apnea

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    Aarab, G.; Lobbezoo, F.; Hamburger, H.L.; Naeije, M.

    2010-01-01

    The aim of the study was to assess the influence of four mandibular protrusion positions, at a constant vertical dimension, on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Seventeen OSA patients (49.2 ± 8.5 years) received an adjustable mandibular advancement device (MAD). The patients underwent four polysomnogra

  17. Cancer-associated mutations in the protrusion-targeting region of p190RhoGAP impact tumor cell migration.

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    Binamé, Fabien; Bidaud-Meynard, Aurélien; Magnan, Laure; Piquet, Léo; Montibus, Bertille; Chabadel, Anne; Saltel, Frédéric; Lagrée, Valérie; Moreau, Violaine

    2016-09-26

    Spatiotemporal regulation of RhoGTPases such as RhoA is required at the cell leading edge to achieve cell migration. p190RhoGAP (p190A) is the main negative regulator of RhoA and localizes to membrane protrusions, where its GTPase-activating protein (GAP) activity is required for directional migration. In this study, we investigated the molecular processes responsible for p190A targeting to actin protrusions. By analyzing the subcellular localization of truncated versions of p190A in hepatocellular carcinoma cells, we identified a novel functional p190A domain: the protrusion localization sequence (PLS) necessary and sufficient for p190A targeting to leading edges. Interestingly, the PLS is also required for the negative regulation of p190A RhoGAP activity. Further, we show that the F-actin binding protein cortactin binds the PLS and is required for p190A targeting to protrusions. Lastly, we demonstrate that cancer-associated mutations in PLS affect p190A localization and function, as well as tumor cell migration. Altogether, our data unveil a new mechanism of regulation of p190A in migrating tumor cells.

  18. Improved MR imaging of the cervical spine, 2; Study of disk protrusion in the cervical spine in flexion-versus-extension views

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    Tanno, Munehiko; Kyomasu, Yoshinori; Nakayama, Masafumi (Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital, Tokyo (Japan)) (and others)

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    Comparative study of incidence of disk protrusion was performed on the basis of MR imaging in a state of flexion versus extension. The results showed that the incidnece of disk protrusion at each disk level was generally higher on the extension images than on the flexion images at the corresponding levels. The degree of difference in the incidence of the disk protrusion on flexion and extension was the greatest at the mid-cervical level spine. Based on the results with respect to features of the cervical spine in extension and flexion, it appears that the difference in incidence of disk protrusion is probably caused by movement in response to bending of the cervical spine. These results may provide information concerning the dynamic of cervical disks and may partly explain cases in which patients have symptoms of cervical myelopathy and/or radiculopathy but have no disk protrusion on images in the neutral position. (author).

  19. Evaluating the Upset Protrusion Joining (UPJ) Method to Join Magnesium Castings to Dissimilar Metals

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    Logan, Stephen [FCA US LLC

    2016-02-24

    This presentation discusses advantages and best practices for incorporating magnesium in automotive component applications to achieve substantial mass reduction, as well as some of the key challenges with respect to joining, coating, and galvanic corrosion, before providing an introduction and status update of the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Defense jointly sponsored Upset Protrusion Joining (UPJ) process development and evaluation project. This update includes sharing performance results of a benchmark evaluation of the self-pierce riveting (SPR) process for joining dissimilar magnesium (Mg) to aluminum (Al) materials in four unique coating configurations before introducing the UPJ concept and comparing performance results of the joints made with the UPJ process to those made with the SPR process. Key results presented include: • The benchmark SPR process can produce good joints in the MgAM60B-Al 6013 joint configuration with minimal cracking in the Mg coupons if the rivet is inserted from the Mg side into the Al side. • Numerous bare Mg to bare Al joints made with the SPR process separated after only 6-wks of accelerated corrosion testing due to fracture of the rivet as a result of hydrogen embrittlement • For the same joint configurations, UPJ demonstrated substantially higher pre-corrosion joint strengths and post-corrosion joint strengths, primarily because of the larger diameter protrusion compared to smaller SPR rivet diameter and reduced degradation due to accelerated corrosion exposure • As with the SPR process, numerous bare Mg to bare Al joints made with the UPJ process also separated after 6-wks of accelerated corrosion testing, but unlike the SPR experience, the UPJ joints experienced degradation of the boss and head because of galvanic corrosion of the Mg casting, not hydrogen embrittlement of the steel rivet. • In the configuration where both the Mg and Al were pretreated with Alodine 5200 prior to joining and the complete

  20. Supported lipid bilayer nanosystems: stabilization by undulatory-protrusion forces and destabilization by lipid bridging.

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    Savarala, Sushma; Monson, Frederick; Ilies, Marc A; Wunder, Stephanie L

    2011-05-17

    Control of the stabilization/destabilization of supported lipid bilayers (SLBs) on nanoparticles is important for promotion of their organized assembly and for their use as delivery vehicles. At the same time, understanding the mechanism of these processes can yield insight into nanoparticle-cell interactions and nanoparticle toxicity. In this study, the suspension/precipitation process of zwitterionic lipid/SiO(2) nanosystems was analyzed as a function of ionic strength and as a function of the ratio of lipid/SiO(2) surface areas, at pH = 7.6. Salt is necessary to induce supported lipid bilayer (SLB) formation for zwitterionic lipids on silica (SiO(2)) (Seantier, B.; Kasemo, B., Influence of Mono- and Divalent Ions on the Formation of Supported Phospholipid Bilayers via Vesicle Adsorption. Langmuir 2009, 25 (10), 5767-5772). However, for zwitterionic SLBs on SiO(2) nanoparticles, addition of salt can cause precipitation of the SLBs, due to electrostatic shielding by both the lipid and the salt and to the suppression of thermal undulation/protrusion repulsive forces for lipids on solid surfaces. At ionic strengths that cause precipitation of SLBs, it was found that addition of excess SUVs, at ratios where there were equal populations of SUVs and SLBs, restored the undulation/protrusion repulsive forces and restabilized the suspensions. We suggest that SUVs separate SLBs in the suspension, as observed by TEM, and that SLB-SLB interactions are replaced by SLB-SUV interactions. Decreasing the relative amount of lipid, to the extent that there was less lipid available than the amount required for complete bilayer coverage of the SiO(2), resulted in precipitation of the nanosystem by a process of nanoparticle lipid bridging. For this case, we postulate a process in which lipid bilayer patches on one nanoparticle collide with bare silica patches on another SiO(2) nanoparticle, forming a single bilayer bridge between them. TEM data confirmed these findings, thus

  1. Horizontal and vertical changes in anchor molars after extractions in bimaxillary protrusion cases

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    Pratik Chandra

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate changes in the anchor molar position (horizontal, vertical after retraction in bimaxillary protrusion maximum anchorage cases. Materials and Methods: Thirty patients requiring maximum anchorage after extraction of the first premolars were selected for this study. The second molars were banded in both arches along with trans-palatal arch in the maxillary arch and lingual arch in the mandibular arch. En mass retraction was done using sliding mechanics. Horizontal and vertical positions of the anchor first molars were evaluated cephalometrically before and after orthodontic retraction. Results: In the horizontal plane, maxillary first molars showed net mesial movement of 1.72 mm, and there was a statistical difference between the pre- and post-values (P < 0.001. The mandibular molars showed a net horizontal movement of 2.26 mm, and there was a statistically significant difference between the pre- and post-values (P < 0.001. In the vertical plane, there was vertical movement of the maxillary anchor molars by a net value of 0.95 mm which was statistically significant (P < 0.001. The mandibular anchor molars moved vertically by a net value of 0.45 mm. This difference was statistically not significant. Conclusion: There was anchorage loss seen in both the planes (horizontal, vertical of the maxillary anchor molars. In the mandibular anchor molars, there was anchorage loss seen only in the horizontal plane. No anchorage loss was seen in the vertical plane.

  2. The use of mini-implants in en masse retraction for the treatment of bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion

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    Aljhani, Ali; Zawawi, Khalid H.

    2009-01-01

    This case report describes the treatment of a 22-year-old girl who had incompetent lips with severe bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion. The treatment of choice for such patients is usually extraction of four first premolars and retraction of the anterior teeth. To maintain the extraction space, maximum anchorage is required. Mini-implants were used to provide maximum anchorage for obtaining a good facial profile. PMID:24151405

  3. Significant intravesical prostatic protrusion and prostatic calcification predict unfavorable outcomes of medical treatment for male lower urinary tract symptoms

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    Chia-Hao Kuei; Chun-Hou Liao; Bing-Juin Chiang

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the impact of intravesical prostatic protrusion (IPP) and prostatic calcification on medical treatment for male lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Materials and methods: Men over the age of 40 years with total International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) ≥ 8 were recruited from January to August 2013. The maximal flow rate, postvoiding residual (PVR) urine volume, total prostate volume (TPV), transitional zone volume (TZV), transitional zone index (TZI), and grades ...

  4. Differences of treatment outcomes between self-ligating brackets with microimplant and headgear anchorages in adults with bimaxillary protrusion.

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    Chen, Mu; Li, Zheng-Ming; Liu, Xue; Cai, Bin; Wang, Da-Wei; Feng, Zhi-Cai

    2015-04-01

    Our aim was to determine differences between the outcomes of treatment using microimplant anchorage compared with headgear anchorage in adult patients with bimaxillary protrusion treated with self-ligating brackets. Thirty-one adult orthodontic patients (13 men, 18 women; age, 25.87 ± 3.37 years) who were diagnosed with bimaxillary protrusion were selected. All patients were treated with self-ligating brackets and maximum anchorage after extraction of 4 first premolars. Group 1 received microimplant anchorage, and group 2 received headgear. Lateral cephalometric radiographs were obtained before and after treatment. Differences in the skeletal and dental parameters between and within groups were analyzed. No significant difference was observed in the mean treatment times between the groups (21.93 ± 3.10 vs 23.88 ± 2.68 months). There was no significant difference in skeletal measurements before or after treatment in patients who received microimplant anchorage. Patients who received headgear anchorage had an increase of the mandibular plane angle. The microimplant anchorage group had greater anterior tooth retraction and less maxillary molar mesialization than did the headgear group. In both the anteroposterior and vertical directions, microimplant anchorage achieved better control than did the traditional headgear appliance during the treatment of bimaxillary protrusion. Copyright © 2015 American Association of Orthodontists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Comparative evaluation of anchorage reinforcement between orthodontic implants and conventional anchorage in orthodontic management of bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion.

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    Chopra, S S; Mukherjee, Manish; Mitra, Rajat; Kochar, Gagan Deep; Kadu, Abhijeet

    2017-04-01

    Increased upper lip procumbency is commonly associated with maxillary dentoalveolar protrusion with the major goal of reducing maxillary dentoalveolar protrusion. The treatment plan usually includes extraction of the maxillary first premolars, followed by retraction of anterior teeth with maximum anchorage. Dental implants have been widely accepted as successful adjuncts for obtaining maximum anchorage in orthodontic treatment. 50 subjects between the ages of 13 and 17 years having bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion were included in the study. The patients were divided into two groups. Both groups received treatment with 0.022″ MBT prescription preadjusted edgewise appliance system. In addition, subjects of Group 'I' received the Nance button and lingual arch as anchorage reinforcement in the upper and lower arches, respectively. Subjects of Group 'II' received self-drilling titanium OI for anchorage reinforcement. Significant retraction was achieved in all cases with good vertical control. Anchor loss was observed in both groups. Anchor loss was much higher in Group I compared to Group II, and an intergroup comparison for anchor loss was highly significant. Implants as anchorage, for en masse retraction, can be incorporated into orthodontic practice. The use of orthodontic implants for anchorage is a viable alternative to conventional molar anchorage.

  6. [Evaluation of alveolar bone defects on anterior region in patients with bimaxillary protrusion by using cone-beam CT].

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    Zhou, Lin; Li, Wei-ran

    2015-06-18

    To investigate the alveolar bone defects of anterior alveolar bone in patients with bimaxillary protrusion by using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). The samples consisted of 50 patients with bimaxillary protrusion, who were assigned to the teenage group[20 cases, (13.1±1.0) years] and adult group[30 cases, (22.9±4.2) years]. The adult group included 9 hypo-divergent, 11 normo-divergent and 10 hyper-divergent patients. The images were obtained by using NewTom VG CBCT and the alveolar defects were evaluated. The ratio of the patients had alveolar bone defects was 94.00%. Meanwhile, the defects were associated with 38.60% of all the teeth. Most defects occurred on labial alveolar bone (98.66%); fenestration was found more in the maxillary alveolar region and dehiscence occurred more in the mandible. The dehiscences (3.06%) and defects prevalence (30.13%) of the teenage group were significant lower than those of the adult group (11.73% vs. 42.46%), P0.05). The hypo-divergent group had lower fenestrations prevalence (22.22%) than the normo-divergent (33.84%) and hyper-divergent groups (37.50%), Pbimaxillary protrusion before orthodontic treatment. The prevalence of defects is affected by age and vertical-growth type.

  7. Severe unilateral scissor bite and bimaxillary protrusion treated by horseshoe Le Fort I osteotomy combined with mid-alveolar osteotomy.

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    Shimazaki, Kazuo; Otsubo, Kunihiko; Yonemitsu, Ikuo; Kimizuka, Sachiko; Omura, Susumu; Ono, Takashi

    2014-03-01

    This report describes an orthognathic surgical case employing horseshoe Le Fort I osteotomy (HLFO) combined with mid-alveolar osteotomy and bilateral sagittal split ramus osteotomy (BSSRO) for a patient with severe unilateral scissor bite and bimaxillary protrusion. A female patient (aged 26 years, 2 months) presented with a chief complaint of dysmasesis caused by scissor bite on the right side. The clinical examination revealed difficulty in lip closure and a convex profile. Overerupted right maxillary premolars and molars and lingual tipping of the right mandibular premolars and molars were indicated before treatment. After 3 months of presurgical orthodontic treatment, two-jaw surgery involving a combination of HLFO with mid-alveolar osteotomy and BSSRO was performed. A good interdigitation in the right side was established by superior-posterior-medial movement of the dento-alveolar segment of the maxilla. Next, both the maxilla and mandible were moved superiorly and posteriorly to correct the improper lip protrusion, thereby improving the patient's profile. Our results suggest that this new orthognathic surgery technique-achieved by combining HLFO with mid-alveolar osteotomy and BSSRO-is effective for adult patients exhibiting severe unilateral scissor bite and bimaxillary protrusion.

  8. Genomic and pathogenic analysis of a Muscovy duck parvovirus strain causing short beak and dwarfism syndrome without tongue protrusion.

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    Fu, Qiuling; Huang, Yu; Wan, Chunhe; Fu, Guanghua; Qi, Baomin; Cheng, Longfei; Shi, Shaohua; Chen, Hongmei; Liu, Rongchang; Chen, Zhenhai

    2017-07-12

    In 2008, clinical cases of short beak and dwarfism syndrome (SBDS) caused by Muscovy duck parvovirus (MDPV) infection were found in mule duck and Taiwan white duck farms in Fujian, China. A MDPV LH strain causing duck SBDS without tongue protrusion was isolated in this study. Phylogenetic analysis show that the MDPV LH strain was clustered together with other MDPV strains, but divergent from GPV isolates. Two major fragment deletions were found in the inverted terminal repeats (ITR) of MDPV LH similar to the ones in the ITR of MDPV GX5, YY and SAAS-SHNH strains. To investigate the pathogenicity of the MDPV LH strain, virus infection of young mule ducks was performed. The infected ducks showed SBDS symptoms including retard growth and shorten beaks without tongue protrusion. Atrophy of thymus, spleen and bursa of Fabricius was identified in the infected ducks. The results show that MDPV LH strain is moderately pathogenic to mule duck, leading to occurrence of SBDS. As far as we know, it is the first study showing that SBDS without tongue protrusion, and atrophy of thymus, spleen and bursa of Fabricius possibly associated with immunosuppression were found in the MDPV-infected ducks. The established duck-MDPV-SBDS system will help us to further work on the virus pathogenesis and develop efficacious vaccine against MDPV infection. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  9. Comparison between prostate volume and intravesical prostatic protrusion in detecting bladder outlet obstruction due to benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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    Hossain, A K M S; Alam, A K M K; Habib, A K M K; Rashid, M M; Rahman, H; Islam, A K M A; Jahan, M U

    2012-04-01

    The objectives of this study were to determine and compare the correlation of intravesical prostatic protrusion (IPP) and prostate volume (PV) with bladder outlet obstruction (BOO). This study was conducted in the department of urology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka, Bangladesh, between July 2009 to September 2010. Fifty benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) patients were included in the study. Their evaluation consisted of history along with International Prostate Symptoms Score (IPSS), digital rectal examination (DRE), transabdominal ultrasonography to measure prostate volume, intravesical prostatic protrusion & post voidal residual (PVR) urine and pressure-flow studies to detect bladder outflow obstruction (BOO). Statistical analysis included Unpaired 't' test, Chi-square test and Spearman's Rank correlation test. Receiver Operator Characteristic (ROC) curves were used to compare the correlation of PV and IPP with BOO. Mean prostate volume was significantly larger in bladder outlet obstructed patients (PProstate volume & intravesical prostatic protrusion measured through transabdominal ultrasonography are noninvasive and accessible method that significantly correlates with bladder outlet obstruction in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia and the correlation of IPP is much more stronger than that of prostate volume.

  10. A randomized optical coherence tomography study of coronary stent strut coverage and luminal protrusion with rapamycin-eluting stents.

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    Moore, Philip; Barlis, Peter; Spiro, Jonathan; Ghimire, Gopal; Roughton, Michael; Di Mario, Carlo; Wallis, William; Ilsley, Charles; Mitchell, Andrew; Mason, Mark; Kharbanda, Rajesh; Vincent, Peter; Sherwin, Spencer; Dalby, Miles

    2009-05-01

    We used optical coherence tomography, which has a resolution of Translumina, Hechingen, Germany) to examine neointimal thickness, stent strut coverage, and protrusion at 90 days. Twenty-four patients (n = 12 for each group) underwent stent deployment and invasive follow-up at 90 days with optical coherence tomography. The primary end point was binary stent strut coverage. Coprimary end points were neointimal thickness and stent strut luminal protrusion. No patient had angiographic restenosis. For polymer-coated and nonpolymer rapamycin-eluting stents, respectively, mean (SD), neointimal thickness was 77.2 (25.6) microm versus 191.2 (86.7) mum (p 10% of struts being uncovered. High-resolution imaging allowed development of the concept of the protrusion index, and >25% of struts protruded into the vessel lumen with the polymer-coated rapamycin-eluting stent compared with <5% with the nonpolymer rapamycin-eluting stent. These findings may have important implications for the risk of stent thrombosis and, therefore, future stent design. (An optical coherence tomography study to determine stent coverage in polymer coated versus bare metal rapamycin eluting stents. ORCA 1, from the Optimal Revascularization of the Coronary Arteries group; ISRCTN42475919).

  11. Computational fluid dynamics simulation of the upper airway response to large incisor retraction in adult class I bimaxillary protrusion patients

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    Zheng, Zhe; Liu, Hong; Xu, Qi; Wu, Wei; Du, Liling; Chen, Hong; Zhang, Yiwen; Liu, Dongxu

    2017-04-01

    The changes of the upper airway after large retraction of the incisors in adult class I bimaxillary protrusion patients were assessed mainly focused on the anatomic variation and ignored the functional changes. This study aimed to investigate the changes of the upper airway in adult class I bimaxillary protrusion patients after extraction treatment using the functional images based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD). CFD was implemented after 3D reconstruction based on the CBCT of 30 patients who have completed extraction treatment. After treatment, pressure drop in the minimum area, oropharynx, and hypopharynx increased significantly. The minimum pressure and the maximum velocity mainly located in the hypopharynx in pre-treatment while they mostly occured in the oropharynx after treatment. Statistically significant correlation between pressure drop and anatomic parameters, pressure drop and treatment outcomes was found. No statistical significance changes in pressure drop and volume of nasopharynx was found. This study suggested that the risk of pharyngeal collapsing become higher after extraction treatment with maximum anchorage in bimaxillary protrusion adult patients. Those adverse changes should be taken into consideration especially for high-risk patients to avoid undesired weakening of the respiratory function in clinical treatment.

  12. Physiotherapy of postoperation of lumbar disc protrusion%腰椎间盘突出症术后的理疗康复

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    孙艳霞

    2002-01-01

    Background:The common treatment of lumbar disc protrusion is operation.After the extirpation of intervertebral disc,patients always need processes of plerosis and healing and always have edema of nerve root and aseptic inflammation.

  13. Evaluation of condylar inclination of dentulous subjects determined by axiograph and to compare with manual programming of articulators using protrusive interocclusal record

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    Prasad, Krishna D.; Manoj Shetty; Chandy, Binoj K.

    2015-01-01

    Aims: To determine the average condylar inclination using ultrasonic axiograph; to determine the average condylar inclination using protrusive interocclusal bite records; to compare whether there is any marked difference in the values obtained by these techniques. Settings and Design: This clinical study compares the mean horizontal condylar inclination of the ultrasonic axiograph (Axioquick system) and the manual programming using protrusive interocclusal records. Materials and Methods: The ...

  14. Treatment of Class II malocclusion with bialveolar protrusion by means of unusual extractions and anchorage mini-implant

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    Jong-Moon Chae

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Patients with dental Class II bialveolar protrusion are generally treated by extracting the four first premolars or two first and two second premolars, and retracting the anterior teeth. This case report describes the treatment of an adult patient with bialveolar protrusion, a Class II canine and molar relationship, and lip protrusion. METHODS: In this patient, the maxillary right second molar (1.7 had to be extracted due to extensive caries. To create sufficient space to retract the anterior teeth, the maxillary right posterior teeth were distalized with a maxillary posterior mini-implant (1.2~1.3 mm in diameter, 10 mm long, which was placed into the maxillary tuberosity area and allowed an en masse retraction of the maxillary anterior teeth. RESULTS: Overall, mini-implant can provide anchorage to produce a good facial profile even without additional premolar extraction in cases of dental Class II bialveolar protrusion with the hopeless second molar. CONCLUSION: The total treatment period was 42 months and the results were acceptable for 34 months after debonding.INTRODUÇÃO: os pacientes com Classe II e biprotrusão alveolar são, geralmente, tratados com extração de quatro primeiros pré-molares ou dois primeiros e dois segundos pré-molares, e retração dos dentes anteriores. Este relato de caso descreve o tratamento de um paciente adulto com biprotrusão alveolar, relação de caninos e de molares em Classe II e protrusão labial. MÉTODOS: nesse paciente, o segundo molar superior direito precisou ser extraído devido a cáries extensas. Para criar espaço suficiente para retração dos dentes anteriores, os dentes posterossuperiores direitos foram distalizados com um mini-implante posterossuperior (1,2 ~ 1,3mm de diâmetro, 10mm de comprimento, que foi colocado na área da tuberosidade maxilar e permitiu uma retração em massa dos dentes anteriores. RESULTADOS: em geral, mini-implantes podem fornecer ancoragem para

  15. Modeling the Excess Cell Surface Stored in a Complex Morphology of Bleb-Like Protrusions

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    Wessler, Timothy; Yang, Xiaofeng; Chen, Alex; Roach, Nathan; Elston, Timothy C.; Wang, Qi; Jacobson, Ken; Forest, M. Gregory

    2016-01-01

    Cells transition from spread to rounded morphologies in diverse physiological contexts including mitosis and mesenchymal-to-amoeboid transitions. When these drastic shape changes occur rapidly, cell volume and surface area are approximately conserved. Consequently, the rounded cells are suddenly presented with a several-fold excess of cell surface whose area far exceeds that of a smooth sphere enclosing the cell volume. This excess is stored in a population of bleb-like protrusions (BLiPs), whose size distribution is shown by electron micrographs to be skewed. We introduce three complementary models of rounded cell morphologies with a prescribed excess surface area. A 2D Hamiltonian model provides a mechanistic description of how discrete attachment points between the cell surface and cortex together with surface bending energy can generate a morphology that satisfies a prescribed excess area and BLiP number density. A 3D random seed-and-growth model simulates efficient packing of BLiPs over a primary rounded shape, demonstrating a pathway for skewed BLiP size distributions that recapitulate 3D morphologies. Finally, a phase field model (2D and 3D) posits energy-based constitutive laws for the cell membrane, nematic F-actin cortex, interior cytosol, and external aqueous medium. The cell surface is equipped with a spontaneous curvature function, a proxy for the cell surface-cortex couple, that is a priori unknown, which the model “learns” from the thin section transmission electron micrograph image (2D) or the “seed and growth” model image (3D). Converged phase field simulations predict self-consistent amplitudes and spatial localization of pressure and stress throughout the cell for any posited stationary morphology target and cell compartment constitutive properties. The models form a general framework for future studies of cell morphological dynamics in a variety of biological contexts. PMID:27015526

  16. Modeling the Excess Cell Surface Stored in a Complex Morphology of Bleb-Like Protrusions.

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    Maryna Kapustina

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Cells transition from spread to rounded morphologies in diverse physiological contexts including mitosis and mesenchymal-to-amoeboid transitions. When these drastic shape changes occur rapidly, cell volume and surface area are approximately conserved. Consequently, the rounded cells are suddenly presented with a several-fold excess of cell surface whose area far exceeds that of a smooth sphere enclosing the cell volume. This excess is stored in a population of bleb-like protrusions (BLiPs, whose size distribution is shown by electron micrographs to be skewed. We introduce three complementary models of rounded cell morphologies with a prescribed excess surface area. A 2D Hamiltonian model provides a mechanistic description of how discrete attachment points between the cell surface and cortex together with surface bending energy can generate a morphology that satisfies a prescribed excess area and BLiP number density. A 3D random seed-and-growth model simulates efficient packing of BLiPs over a primary rounded shape, demonstrating a pathway for skewed BLiP size distributions that recapitulate 3D morphologies. Finally, a phase field model (2D and 3D posits energy-based constitutive laws for the cell membrane, nematic F-actin cortex, interior cytosol, and external aqueous medium. The cell surface is equipped with a spontaneous curvature function, a proxy for the cell surface-cortex couple, that is a priori unknown, which the model "learns" from the thin section transmission electron micrograph image (2D or the "seed and growth" model image (3D. Converged phase field simulations predict self-consistent amplitudes and spatial localization of pressure and stress throughout the cell for any posited stationary morphology target and cell compartment constitutive properties. The models form a general framework for future studies of cell morphological dynamics in a variety of biological contexts.

  17. Comparison of Mallampati test with lower jaw protrusion maneuver in predicting difficult laryngoscopy and intubation

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    Muhammad Irfan Ul Haq

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    Full Text Available Background: Failure to maintain a patent airway is one of the commonest causes of anesthesia-related morbidity and mortality. Many protocols, algorithms, and different combinations of tested methods for airway assessment have been developed to predict difficult laryngoscopy and intubation. The reported incidence of a difficult intubation varies from 1.5% to 13%. The objective of this study was to compare Mallampati test (MT with lower jaw protrusion (LJP maneuver in predicting difficult laryngoscopy and intubation. Materials and Methods: Seven hundred and sixty patients were included in the study. All the patients underwent MT and LJP maneuver for their airway assessment. After a standardized technique of induction of anesthesia, primary anesthetist performed laryngoscopy and graded it according to the grades described by Cormack and Lehane. Sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, and positive predictive value (PPV and negative predictive value (NPV were calculated for both these tests with 95% confidence interval (CI using conventional laryngoscopy as gold standard. Area under curve was also calculated for both, MT and LJP maneuver. A P < 0.05 was taken as significant. Results: LJP maneuver had higher sensitivity (95.9% vs. 27.1%, NPV (98.7% vs. 82.0%, and accuracy (90.1% vs. 80.3% when compared to MT in predicting difficult laryngoscopy and intubation. Both tests, however, had similar specificity and PPV. There was marked difference in the positive and negative likelihood ratio between LJP and MT. Similarly, the area under the curve favored LJP maneuver over MT. Conclusion: The results of this study show that LJP maneuver is a better test to predict difficult laryngoscopy and tracheal intubation. We recommend the addition of this maneuver to the routine preoperative evaluation of airway.

  18. A clinico-radiographic analysis of sagittal condylar guidance determined by protrusive interocclusal registration and panoramic radiographic images in humans

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    D Krishna Prasad

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate the correlation between sagittal condylar guidance obtained by protrusive interocclusal records and panoramic radiograph tracing methods in human dentulous subjects. Materials and Methods: The sagittal condylar guidance was determined in 75 dentulous subjects by protrusive interocclusal records using Aluwax through a face bow transfer (HANAU™ Spring Bow, Whip Mix Corporation, USA to a semi-adjustable articulator (HANAU™ Wide-Vue Articulator, Whip Mix Corporation, USA. In the same subjects, the sagittal outline of the articular eminence and glenoid fossa was traced in panoramic radiographs. The sagittal condylar path inclination was constructed by joining the heights of curvature in the glenoid fossa and the corresponding articular eminence. This was then related to the constructed Frankfurt′s horizontal plane to determine the radiographic angle of sagittal condylar guidance. Results: A strong positive correlation existed between right and left condylar guidance by the protrusive interocclusal method (P 0.000 and similarly by the radiographic method (P 0.013. The mean difference between the condylar guidance obtained using both methods were 1.97° for the right side and 3.18° for the left side. This difference between the values by the two methods was found to be highly significant for the right (P 0.003 and left side (P 0.000, respectively. The sagittal condylar guidance obtained from both methods showed a significant positive correlation on right (P 0.000 and left side (P 0.015, respectively. Conclusion: Panoramic radiographic tracings of the sagittal condylar path guidance may be made relative to the Frankfurt′s horizontal reference plane and the resulting condylar guidance angles used to set the condylar guide settings of semi-adjustable articulators.

  19. Distalization of the maxillary and mandibular dentitions with miniscrew anchorage in a patient with moderate Class I bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion.

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    Chen, Gui; Teng, Fei; Xu, Tian-Min

    2016-03-01

    This case report describes the treatment of a 25-year-old woman with a skeletal Class I pattern and moderate bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion. The orthodontic treatment included distal movement of her maxillary and mandibular dentitions using 1-stage miniscrews. The total active treatment time was about 12 months. Her tooth alignment and profile were significantly improved by the orthodontic treatment. The 2-year posttreatment records show a stable occlusion and satisfactory facial esthetics. Copyright © 2016 American Association of Orthodontists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Direct Laryngoscopy and Endotracheal Intubation Complicated by Anterior Tracheal Laceration Secondary to Protrusion of Preloaded Endotracheal Tube Stylet.

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    Warner, Matthew A; Fox, Jonathan F

    2016-02-15

    Tracheal wall disruption is a rare complication of endotracheal intubation, typically occurring in the posterior (membranous) trachea lacking cartilaginous support. We present the case of a 68-year-old man who developed an anterior tracheal tear after routine endotracheal intubation, most likely occurring secondary to protrusion of a factory-preloaded stylet beyond the distal orifice of the endotracheal tube. Tracheal disruption should be considered in any patient with subcutaneous emphysema and respiratory distress after tracheal extubation and confirmed with bronchoscopy. Conservative management may be appropriate for those with small tears, hemodynamic stability, and the ability to isolate the tear from positive pressure ventilation.

  1. Series of spinal balance therapy in treatment of 196 cases of protrusion of intervertebral disc%脊柱系列平衡疗法治疗椎间盘突出症196例

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    高维亮; 米宏义; 任秀琴; 任秀琴

    2002-01-01

    @@ Background:Protrusion of intervertebral disc was a clinical syndrom resulted from intervertevral disc degeneration, fibrous ring rupture,protrusion of pulpiform nucleus that stimulate and compresses nerve root,and comprehensive conservative therapy was often adopted.In this group of data,196 cases of protrusion of intervertebral disc treated by series of spinal balance therapy were collected from January 2000 to December 2001.

  2. Gingival Zenith Positions and Levels of Maxillary Anterior Dentition in Cases of Bimaxillary Protrusion: A Morphometric Analysis.

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    Gowd, Snigdha; Shankar, T; Chatterjee, Suravi; Mohanty, Pritam; Sahoo, Nivedita; Baratam, Srinivas

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    To investigate the two clinical parameters, such as gingival zenith positions (GZPs) and gingival zenith levels (GZLs), of maxillary anterior dentition in bimaxillary protrusion cases and collate it with severiety of crown inclination. Gingival zenith position and GZL in 40 healthy patients (29 females and 11 males) with an average age of 21.5 years were assessed. Inclusion criteria involved absence of periodontal diseases, Angle's class I molar relationship, and upper anterior proclination within 25 to 45° based on Steiner's analysis; exclusion criteria included spacing, crowding, anterior restoration and teeth with incisor attrition or rotation. The GZP was evaluated using digital calipers from voxel-based morphometry (VBM), and GZL was assessed from the tangent drawn from GZP of central incisor and canines to the linear vertical distance of GZP of lateral incisor. All the central incisors showed a GZP distal to VBM with a mean average of 1 mm. Severe proclination between 40 and 45° showed a statistically significant variation. Lateral incisors displayed a mean of 0.5 mm deviation of GZP from the vertically bisected midline. In 80% of canine population, GZP was centralized. We conclude that the degree of proclination of maxillary anterior dentition was correlated to the gingival contour in bimaxillary cases. The investigation revealed that there is a variation in the location of GZP as the severity of proclination increases. This study highlights the importance of microesthetics in fixed orthodontic treatment. The gingival contour should be unaltered while retraction during management of bimaxillary protrusion.

  3. En masse retraction versus two-step retraction of anterior teeth in extraction treatment of bimaxillary protrusion.

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    Felemban, Nayef H; Al-Sulaimani, Fahad F; Murshid, Zuhair A; Hassan, Ali H

    2013-01-01

    In the present report, two techniques of space closure; two-step anterior teeth retraction (TSR) and en masse retraction (ER) were used in two adult patients who had bimaxillary protrusion and were treated with four premolar extractions and fixed orthodontic appliance therapy. Both patients had a Class I dental malocclusion and the same chief complaint, which is protrusive lips. Anterior teeth were retracted by two-step retraction; canine sliding followed by retraction of incisors with T-loop archwire in the first patient and by en masse retraction using Beta titanium alloy T-loop archwire in the second case. At the end of treatment, good balance and harmony of lips was achieved with maintenance of Class I relationships. The outcome of treatment was similar in the two patients with similar anchorage control. ER can be an acceptable alternative to the TSR during space closure since it is esthetically more acceptable. However, it requires accurate bending and positioning of the T-loop.

  4. Treatment of 96 Cases of Prolapse of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc of Posterior Protrusion Type by the Comprehensive Therapy

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    LIU Kong-jiang; LU Jian-hu; SONG Ling

    2004-01-01

    选择腰椎间盘突出症后凸型患者96例,随机分为观察组50例和对照组46例,观察组采用针刺牵引推拿综合治疗,对照组仅用针刺治疗,对患者治疗后进行疗效评定.治疗组和对照组治疗后的疗效有显著差异(P<0.05).综合治疗腰椎间盘突出症后凸型疗效确切,方法简便,具有一定的临床指导意义.%s: Ninety-six cases of prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc of posterior protrusion type were divided randomly into observation group including 50 cases and control group including 46 cases.Patients in observation group were treated with combined use of acupuncture, traction and Tuina, and patients in control group were only treated with acupuncture. After treatment, the significant difference was found between the observation group and control group in therapeutic affect. The comprehensive therapy is definitely effective and simple in the treatment of prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc of posterior protrusion type, which has guiding significance to the clinical practice.

  5. Single-Tooth Osteotomy Combined Wide Linear Corticotomy Under Local Anesthesia for Correcting Anterior Protrusion With Ectopically Erupted Canine.

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    Iskenderoglu, Nur Serife; Choi, Byung-Joon; Seo, Kyung Won; Lee, Yeon-Ji; Lee, Baek-Soo; Kim, Seong-Hun

    2017-01-01

    This article presents the alternative surgical treatments of both anterior protrusion by carrying out retraction on mandibular anterior fragment, meanwhile applying retraction force on maxilla anterior teeth and ectopically erupted canine with using platelet-rich fibrin (PRF). Anterior segmental osteotomy was combined with linear corticotomy under local anesthesia. The correction of right ectopic canine was achieved through 2 stages. First, dento-osseous osteotomy on palatal side was performed. Then second osteotomy with immediate manual repositioning of the canine with concomitant first premolar extraction was enhanced with PRF, which was prepared by centrifuging patient's blood, applied into buccal side of high canine during osteotomy. Mandibular retraction was accomplished by anterior segmental osteotomy. Single-tooth osteotomy is a more effective surgical method for ankylosed or ectopically erupted tooth in orthodontic treatment. It can reduce the total orthodontic treatment time and root resorption, 1 common complication. Significant improved bone formation was seen with the addition of PRF on noncritical size defects in the animal model. It is reasonable to think that PRF can promote bone regeneration. So early bone formation also can reduce the complication such as postoperative infection. As an alternative to anterior protrusion and ectopically erupted canine treatment, segmental osteotomy and corticotomy combined platelet-rich plasma can enhance orthodontic treatment outcome.

  6. Comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation nursing of protrusion of lumbar intervertebral discs%腰椎间盘突出症的综合治疗与康复护理

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    程利萍

    2003-01-01

    @@ INTRODUCTION Comprehensive treatment by drug, manipulation reduction, attacking avital point on patients with protrusion can achieve satisfying clinicaleffects combined with rehabilitation nursing.

  7. On TCM Therapy for Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Protrusion%腰椎间盘突出症的中医药治疗概述

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    张海清; 赵继荣; 陈文

    2012-01-01

    Curative effects of internal treatment, external treatment, traction, massage, small needle-knife in treating lumbar Intervertebral disc protrusion were summarized through analyzing related literature of TCM in treating lumbar Intervertebral disc protrusion, therefore to illustrate the effectiveness of TCM in treating lumbar Intervertebral disc protrusion.%通过分析中医药治疗腰椎间盘突出症的相关文献,就中药内治法、中药外治法、牵引、推拿、小针刀等方法治疗腰椎间盘突出症的临床疗效进行概述,进一步说明中医药在治疗腰椎间盘突出症的有效性.

  8. AN EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF PRESSURE AND CAVITATION CHARACTERISTICS OF HIGH VELOCITY FLOW OVER A CYLINDRICAL PROTRUSION IN THE PRESENCE AND ABSENCE OF AERATION

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    DONG Zhi-yong; LIU Zhi-ping; WU Yi-hong; ZHANG Dong

    2008-01-01

    This article experimentally investigated the pressure and cavitation characteristics of high velocity flow over a surface irregularity with and without aeration in a non-circulating water tunnel system. The surface irregularity is a cylindrical protrusion made of stainless steel of 6 mm diameter and 2 mm height. Pressures with and without aeration were measured with MPX400D pressure transducers and real-timely acquired by a SINOCERA YE6263 data acquisition system. Variations in flow regimes with and without aeration were observed. Pressure profiles and their variations with air concentration upper and lower cylindrical protrusion on the invert and obvert walls were determined. Variations of cavitation number with air concentration lower cylindrical protrusion were analyzed. Also, cavitation numbers in the presence and absence of aeration were compared.

  9. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition stimulates human cancer cells to extend microtubule-based invasive protrusions and suppresses cell growth in collagen gel.

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    Jun Oyanagi

    Full Text Available Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT is a crucial event in tumor invasion and metastasis. However, most of past EMT studies have been conducted in the conventional two-dimensional (2D monolayer culture. Therefore, it remains unclear what invasive phenotypes are acquired by EMT-induced cancer cells. To address this point, we attempted to characterize EMT cells in more physiological, three-dimensional (3D collagen gel culture. EMT was induced by treating three human carcinoma cell lines (A549, Panc-1 and MKN-1 with TGF-ß. The TGF-ß treatment stimulated these cells to overexpress the invasion markers laminin γ2 and MT1-MMP in 2D culture, in addition to the induction of well-known morphological change and EMT marker expression. EMT induction enhanced cell motility and adhesiveness to fibronectin and collagen in 2D culture. Although EMT cells showed comparable cell growth to control cells in 2D culture, their growth rates were extremely suppressed in soft agar and collagen gel cultures. Most characteristically, EMT-induced cancer cells commonly and markedly extended invasive protrusions in collagen gel. These protrusions were mainly supported by microtubules rather than actin cytoskeleton. Snail-introduced, stable EMT cells showed similar protrusions in 3D conditions without TGF-ß. Moreover, these protrusions were suppressed by colchicine or inhibitors of heat shock protein 90 (HSP-90 and protein phosphatase 2A. However, MMP inhibitors did not suppress the protrusion formation. These data suggest that EMT enhances tumor cell infiltration into interstitial stroma by extending microtubule-based protrusions and suppressing cell growth. The elevated cell adhesion to fibronectin and collagen and high cell motility also seem important for the tumor invasion.

  10. Rehabilitation treatment after operation for lower back interveterbral disc protrusion%腰椎间盘突出症术后的康复治疗

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    2001-01-01

    @@Background: Most operation treating the lower back interveterbral disc protrusion apply posterior vertebral lamina fenestration an half vertebral lamina removing or vertebral lamina removing, the vertebral tube was opened and the nucleus pulposus was removed, while all these methods caused weakened spinal column stability. Satisfactory treating results may be gained with the horizontal and vertical chiseling and reserved replanting of vertebral lamina designed according to biodynamic principles. Objective: To discuss the treating effects of reserved replanting of vertebral lamina and rehabilitation treatment after operation in lower back intervertebral disc protrusion. Unit:Second People's Hospital of Ningxia.

  11. Intraoral Vertical Ramus Osteotomy Improved the Stomatognathic Function in an Elderly Patient with Mandibular Protrusion:A Case Report

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    Ishihara,Yoshihito

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available This article reports the successful surgical-orthodontic treatment of an elderly patient with dentofacial deformity and signs and symptoms of temporomandibular disorder (TMD. The patient was a 63-year-old woman with a concave profile due to mandibular protrusion. To correct skeletal deformities, the mandible was posteriorly repositioned by employing intraoral vertical ramus osteotomy (IVRO following presurgical orthodontic treatment. After active treatment for 31 months, the facial profile was significantly improved and satisfactory occlusion was achieved. In addition, TMD symptoms of clicking sounds on the left side and difficulty in mouth opening were resolved. Regarding the findings of magnetic resonance imaging, anterior disc displacement in the opening phase was improved in the temporomandibular joint on the left side. Furthermore, stomatognathic functions were also improved without any aggravation of age-related problems. In conclusion, surgical repositioning of the mandible using IVRO leads to both morphological and functional improvements even in elderly patients.

  12. SUMMARY OF RESEARCHES ON THE TREATMENT OF PROTRUSION OF LUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISC BY "SHE-BIE" OINTMENT-PARTITION MOXIBUSTION

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    蒋松鹤; 郁引飞; 叶天申

    2003-01-01

    In the present paper the authors sum up their research results about "She-Bie" (black-tail snake-ground beetle) Ointment-partition moxibustion for treatment of Iumbar intervertebral disc protrusion (LIDP). Animal ex-perirments showed that when used externally, "She-Bie" Ointment had striking anti-infllammation and pain-relief actionsbut had no irritant and no allergic effects to the skin. In the treatment of mild type of LIDP, "She-Bie" Ointment parti-tion moxibustion could work well in improving clinical symptoms; and in the treatment of moderate type of LIDP, itcould be used as a supplementary measure and raise the excellent and good rates of the therapeutic effect further. Forthis reason, "She-Bie" Ointment partition moxibustion deserves being Popularized in clinical treatment of LIDP.

  13. A quantitative description of the extension and retraction of surface protrusions in spreading 3T3 mouse fibroblasts.

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    Albrecht-Buehler, G; Lancaster, R M

    1976-11-01

    We suggest a method of quantitating the motile actions of surface protrusions in spreading animal cells in culture. Its basis is the determination of the percentage of freshly plated cells which produce particle-free areas around them on a gold particle-coated glass cover slip within 50 min. Studying 3T3 cells with this assay, we found that the presence of Na+, K+, Cl-, and Mg++ or Ca++ in a neutral or slightly alkaline phosphate or bicarbonate buffered solution is sufficient to support the optimal particle removal by the cells for at least 50 min. Two metabolic inhibitors, 2,4-dinitrophenol and Na-azide, inhibit the particle removal. If D-glucose is added along with the inhibitors, particle removal can be restored, whereas the addition of three glucose analogues which are generally believed to be nonmetabolizable cannot restore the activity. Serum is not required for the mechanism(s) of the motile actions of surface protrusions in spreading 3T3 cells. However, it contains components which can neutralize the inhibitory actions of bovine serum albumin and several amino acids, particularly L-cystine or L-cystein and L-methionine. Furthermore, serum codetermines which of the major surface extension, filopodia, lamellipodia, or lobopodia, is predominantly active. We found three distinct classes of extracellular conditions under which the active surface projections are predominantly either lamellipodia, (sheetlike projections), lobopodia (blebs), or filopodia (microspikes). The quantitated dependencies on temperature, pH and the inhibition by cytochalasin B or the particle removal are very similar in all three cases. Preventing the cells from anchoring themselves for 15-20 min before plating in serum-free medium seems to stimulate particle removal threefold.

  14. Tetraspanin CD82 inhibits protrusion and retraction in cell movement by attenuating the plasma membrane-dependent actin organization.

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    Wei M Liu

    Full Text Available To determine how tetraspanin KAI1/CD82, a tumor metastasis suppressor, inhibits cell migration, we assessed which cellular events critical for motility are altered by KAI1/CD82 and how KAI1/CD82 regulates these events. We found that KAI1/CD82-expressing cells typically exhibited elongated cellular tails and diminished lamellipodia. Live imaging demonstrated that the polarized protrusion and retraction of the plasma membrane became deficient upon KAI1/CD82 expression. The deficiency in developing these motility-related cellular events was caused by poor formations of actin cortical network and stress fiber and by aberrant dynamics in actin organization. Rac1 activity was reduced by KAI1/CD82, consistent with the diminution of lamellipodia and actin cortical network; while the growth factor-stimulated RhoA activity was blocked by KAI1/CD82, consistent with the loss of stress fiber and attenuation in cellular retraction. Upon KAI1/CD82 expression, Rac effector cofilin was not enriched at the cell periphery to facilitate lamellipodia formation while Rho kinase exhibited a significantly lower activity leading to less retraction. Phosphatidylinositol 4, 5-biphosphate, which initiates actin polymerization from the plasma membrane, became less detectable at the cell periphery in KAI1/CD82-expressing cells. Moreover, KAI1/CD82-induced phenotypes likely resulted from the suppression of multiple signaling pathways such as integrin and growth factor signaling. In summary, at the cellular level KAI1/CD82 inhibited polarized protrusion and retraction events by disrupting actin reorganization; at the molecular level, KAI1/CD82 deregulated Rac1, RhoA, and their effectors cofilin and Rho kinase by perturbing the plasma membrane lipids.

  15. Neural tube closure in Xenopus laevis involves medial migration, directed protrusive activity, cell intercalation and convergent extension.

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    Davidson, L A; Keller, R E

    1999-10-01

    We have characterized the cell movements and prospective cell identities as neural folds fuse during neural tube formation in Xenopus laevis. A newly developed whole-mount, two-color fluorescent RNA in situ hybridization method, visualized with confocal microscopy, shows that the dorsal neural tube gene xpax3 and the neural-crest-specific gene xslug are expressed far lateral to the medial site of neural fold fusion and that expression moves medially after fusion. To determine whether cell movements or dynamic changes in gene expression are responsible, we used low-light videomicroscopy followed by fluorescent in situ and confocal microscopy. These methods revealed that populations of prospective neural crest and dorsal neural tube cells near the lateral margin of the neural plate at the start of neurulation move to the dorsal midline using distinctive forms of motility. Before fold fusion, superficial neural cells apically contract, roll the neural plate into a trough and appear to pull the superficial epidermal cell sheet medially. After neural fold fusion, lateral deep neural cells move medially by radially intercalating between other neural cells using two types of motility. The neural crest cells migrate as individual cells toward the dorsal midline using medially directed monopolar protrusions. These movements combine the two lateral populations of neural crest into a single medial population that form the roof of the neural tube. The remaining cells of the dorsal neural tube extend protrusions both medially and laterally bringing about radial intercalation of deep and superficial cells to form a single-cell-layered, pseudostratified neural tube. While ours is the first description of medially directed cell migration during neural fold fusion and re-establishment of the neural tube, these complex cell behaviors may be involved during cavitation of the zebrafish neural keel and secondary neurulation in the posterior axis of chicken and mouse.

  16. Training for motor function after removal of nucleus pulposus in protrusion of lumbar intervertebral discs%腰椎间盘突出症髓核摘除术后运动功能训练

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    王媛

    2003-01-01

    @@ INTRODUCIION Protrusion of lumbar intervertebral discs is a kind of disease causedby protrusion of nucleus pulposus to vertebral canal due to degen-eration and rupture of lumbar intervertebral discs and stimulationand compression on neighboring nerve roots. Therapeutic effects afteroperation has a direct relationship with postoperative rehabilitationnursing.

  17. Automatic Prompting and Positive Attention to Reduce Tongue Protrusion and Head Tilting by Two Adults with Severe to Profound Intellectual Disabilities

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    Lancioni, Giulio E.; Singh, Nirbhay N.; O'Reilly, Mark F.; Sigafoos, Jeff; Didden, Robert; Pichierri, Sabrina

    2010-01-01

    This study assessed a simple behavioral strategy for reducing stereotypic tongue protrusion and forward head tilting displayed by a woman and a man with severe to profound intellectual disabilities. The strategy involved (a) auditory prompting (i.e., verbal encouragements to keep the tongue in the mouth or the head upright) delivered automatically…

  18. Evaluation of condylar inclination of dentulous subjects determined by axiograph and to compare with manual programming of articulators using protrusive interocclusal record

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    Krishna D Prasad

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    Full Text Available Aims: To determine the average condylar inclination using ultrasonic axiograph; to determine the average condylar inclination using protrusive interocclusal bite records; to compare whether there is any marked difference in the values obtained by these techniques. Settings and Design: This clinical study compares the mean horizontal condylar inclination of the ultrasonic axiograph (Axioquick system and the manual programming using protrusive interocclusal records. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted on a group of 30 subjects reporting to Department of Prosthodontics. Axioquick software system of SAM III (School Articulator Munich fully-adjustable articulator was used, and interocclusal recording of condylar inclination is the manual method used in semi-adjustable articulators using Aluwax. The condylar inclination of the articulator was adjusted and set using protrusive interocclusal record. Statistical Analysis: The horizontal condylar inclination values of both methods were collected, and the mean of right and left condylar inclination was compared using paired t-test. Results: A statistically significant difference exists between Axioquick system and the manual method of programming articulator with protrusive interocclusal records (P ≤ 0.001. Conclusions: Within the limitations of the present study, the following conclusions were drawn: The average condylar inclination by axiograph is 42.125°. The average condylar inclination by interocclusal record is 33.25°. Comparison of both values shows a difference of 8.88° ± 4.03° that showed a significant difference (P < 0.001.

  19. Automatic Prompting and Positive Attention to Reduce Tongue Protrusion and Head Tilting by Two Adults With Severe to Profound Intellectual Disabilities

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    Lancioni, G.E.; Singh, N.N.; O'Reilly, M.F.; Sigafoos, J.; Didden, H.C.M.; Pichierri, S.

    2010-01-01

    This study assessed a simple behavioral strategy for reducing stereotypic tongue protrusion and forward head tilting displayed by a woman and a man with severe to profound intellectual disabilities. The strategy involved (a) auditory prompting (i.e., verbal encouragements to keep the tongue in the m

  20. Evaluation of condylar inclination of dentulous subjects determined by axiograph and to compare with manual programming of articulators using protrusive interocclusal record

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    Prasad, Krishna D.; Shetty, Manoj; Chandy, Binoj K.

    2015-01-01

    Aims: To determine the average condylar inclination using ultrasonic axiograph; to determine the average condylar inclination using protrusive interocclusal bite records; to compare whether there is any marked difference in the values obtained by these techniques. Settings and Design: This clinical study compares the mean horizontal condylar inclination of the ultrasonic axiograph (Axioquick system) and the manual programming using protrusive interocclusal records. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted on a group of 30 subjects reporting to Department of Prosthodontics. Axioquick software system of SAM III (School Articulator Munich) fully-adjustable articulator was used, and interocclusal recording of condylar inclination is the manual method used in semi-adjustable articulators using Aluwax. The condylar inclination of the articulator was adjusted and set using protrusive interocclusal record. Statistical Analysis: The horizontal condylar inclination values of both methods were collected, and the mean of right and left condylar inclination was compared using paired t-test. Results: A statistically significant difference exists between Axioquick system and the manual method of programming articulator with protrusive interocclusal records (P ≤ 0.001). Conclusions: Within the limitations of the present study, the following conclusions were drawn: The average condylar inclination by axiograph is 42.125°. The average condylar inclination by interocclusal record is 33.25°. Comparison of both values shows a difference of 8.88° ± 4.03° that showed a significant difference (P < 0.001). PMID:26321837

  1. CT检查在牵引治疗腰椎间盘突出症中的评估作用%Evaluation function of CT examination to traction therapy to lumbar disc protrusion

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    丁长伟; 刘丽君; 林楠; 王天君

    2002-01-01

    Objective To investigate whether there is morphological change at intervertebral disc after traction therapy to lumbar disc protrusion. Methods We observed 58 lumbar disc protrusion cases diagnosed by CT and treated with traction therapy with CT again, and compared morphological change of intervertebral disc on CT image before and after treatment. Result Effective rate of traction therapy to lumbar disc protrusion was 84.48% , there was no apparent difference in degree of lumbar disc protrusion, anterior posterior diameter of vertebral canal and lateral crypt width between before and after treatment. Conclusion Traction can relieve effectively clinical symptoms of lumbar disc protrusion, but can't make great change in shape of protruded intervertebral disc.

  2. Protruding structures on caterpillars are controlled by ectopic Wnt1 expression.

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    Mina Edayoshi

    Full Text Available Spine-like or protruding structures, which may be aposematic for predators, are often observed in multiple segments of lepidopteran larvae (caterpillars. For example, the larvae of the Chinese wheel butterfly, Byasa alcinous, display many protrusions on their backs as a warning that they are toxic. Although these protrusions are formed by an integument lined with single-layered epidermal cells, the molecular mechanisms underlying their formation have remained unclear. In this study, we focused on a spontaneous mutant of the silkworm, Bombyx mori, Knobbed, which shows similar protrusions to B. alcinous and demonstrates that Wnt1 plays a crucial role in the formation of protrusion structures. Using both transgene expression and RNAi-based knockdown approaches, we showed that Wnt1 designates the position where epidermal cells excessively proliferate, leading to the generation of knobbed structures. Furthermore, in the B. alcinous larvae, Wnt1 was also specifically expressed in association with the protrusions. Our results suggest that Wnt1 plays a role in the formation of protrusions on the larval body, and is conserved broadly among diverse species in Lepidoptera.

  3. Tratamento da má oclusão de Classe II, divisão 1 de Angle, com protrusão maxilar utilizando-se recursos ortopédicos Class II, division 1, with maxillar protrusion's treatment employing orthopedic approachs

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    Carla Maria Melleiro Gimenez

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: o presente trabalho tem o propósito de apresentar uma revisão da literatura acerca do tratamento da má oclusão de Classe II, divisão 1 de Angle, tendo a protrusão maxilar como o principal componente dessa má oclusão, durante a fase de crescimento e desenvolvimento craniofacial. Serão apresentadas as características de cada um desses aparelhos, os seus componentes, a forma adequada de utilização, os seus mecanismos de ação e, principalmente, os seus efeitos em todo o complexo dentofacial. CONCLUSÃO: nos casos em que se verifica apenas a protrusão maxilar, sem envolvimento mandibular, e se faz necessário o controle vertical, pode ser indicado o AEB, conjugado ao aparelho removível derivado do aparelho preconizado por Thurow. Já nas situações de combinação da protrusão maxilar com a retrusão mandibular, uma opção de tratamento é o ativador combinado à ancoragem extrabucal.AIM: The purpose of this research is to review the literature about the treatment of Class II, division 1 malocclusion with maxillary protrusion, during the growth and development period. This review addresses the characteristics of these appliances, their components, correct use, action mechanisms, and mainly their consequences in dentofacial complex. CONCLUSIONS: In patients with maxillary protrusion and with no mandibular component, it may be indicated the use of a maxillary splint similar to the one suggested by Thurow. However, in patients with maxillary protrusion and mandibular retrusion, it may be indicated an activator associated with extra oral anchorage.

  4. Lumbar disc protrusion therapy by combination drug administration in epidural space%硬膜外腔联合用药治疗腰椎间盘突出症

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    尹美华; 杨德荣; 许晶; 马玉清

    2003-01-01

    @@ BACKGROUND: Lumbar disc protrusion was a syndrome dueto degeneration of disc, disruption of fibrous tings and protrusion ofnucleus pulposus and stimulation of cauda equina. It was the mostcommon cause of leg and back pain. it had a high incidence rate andthe patients suffered too greatly to normal work and life. Afternon-operative therapy, symptoms of most patients disappeared orrelieved. Only 10% to 15% of the patients needed operation. Re-cently, combination drug administration in epidural space were usedin lumbar disc protrusion therapy with a highly successful rate andhttle danger.

  5. Quantitative and qualitative assessment of anchorage loss during en-masse retraction with indirectly loaded miniscrews in patients with bimaxillary protrusion.

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    Monga, Nitika; Kharbanda, Om Prakash; Samrit, Vilas

    2016-08-01

    This study provides vital insight in assessing anchorage loss when miniscrews are indirectly loaded. The study sample comprised 18 patients with bimaxillary protrusion (14 girls, 4 boys; mean age, 17.3 ± 4.6 years) selected from a database of 89 patients treated with miniscrews. All subjects who were selected required extraction of all first premolars and maximum anchorage. After initial leveling and aligning, miniscrews were placed between the first molar and the second premolar in all 4 quadrants and loaded by the indirect method at 3 weeks after placement with 200-g nickel-titanium alloy closed-coil springs for en-masse retraction. Mean treatment duration was 29.7 ± 6.8 months. Pretreatment and posttreatment lateral cephalograms were analyzed to measure the amount of anchorage loss, incisor retraction, and the incisors' angular change in reference to the pterygoid vertical reference line and were evaluated by the structural superimposition method. The ratio of incisor retraction to molar protraction was 4.2 in the maxilla and 4.7 in the mandible. The first molars showed mean extrusion of 0.20 mm in the maxilla and 0.57 mm in the mandible; these were statistically insignificant. The mean angular change of the first molars was -2.43° in the maxilla and -0.03° in the mandible. The mean anchorage loss in reference to the pterygoid vertical was 1.3 mm in the maxilla and 1.1 mm in the mandible; these were statistically significant. Structural superimpositions showed mean change in molar position of 0.83 mm in the maxilla and 0.87 mm in the mandible, and 5.77 mm in the maxillary incisor and 5.43 mm in the mandibular incisor. These results were compared with the direct anchorage method reported in the literature. Indirect miniscrew anchorage can be a viable alternative to direct anchorage. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  6. Clinical value of intravesical prostatic protrusion in the evaluation and management of prostatic and other lower urinary tract diseases

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    Darab Mehraban

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Intravesical prostatic protrusion (IPP has emerged as a new prostatic morphometric parameter of significance to aid the clinicians in various aspects of managing the patients with some diseases of the lower urinary tract and the prostate. These include but may not be limited to its role in such conditions as: bladder outlet obstruction, trial without catheter, medical treatment effect, progression of lower urinary tract symptoms related to benign prostatic hypertrophy (LUTS/BPH, risk factor for bladder stone in BPH, overactive bladder, prostate carcinoma, and early urinary continence recovery after laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. In this review, I will try to summarize the different researchers' efforts on the potential practical application of this clinical tool. Technology is ever evolving to help us in the diagnosis and management of our patients. However, we as clinicians should contemplate their cost and possible suffering for the patient by wise and judicious utilization based on our clinical experience and tools. IPP seems to be one such promising clinical tool.

  7. Tongue diagnosis:relationship between sublingual tongue morphology in three tongue protrusion angles and menstrual clinical symptoms

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    Tim Hideaki Tanaka

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE:The morphological and color characteristics of the tongue sublingual veins (SLVs) can manifest differently within the subjects, depending on the way their tongue is curled upward. This study was conducted in order to investigate the clinical relevancy of tongue SLV diagnosis in relation to menstrual clinical symptoms (pain, clots, heavy, and scanty), using three different inspection procedures (IP1, IP2, and IP3). METHODS: Three-hundred and seventy-seven female patients were asked to stick out their tongues in three speciifc ways which were intended to create different tongue protrusion angles. The SLV parameters for thickness (TK), length (LE), color (CL), shape (SP), and nodules (ND) were then evaluated. RESULTS: According to the results of the Waldχ2 test, IP1 provides the best model for pain (R2 = 0.155), IP3 for clots (R2 = 0.437), IP2 for heavy (R2 = 0.268), and scanty (R2 = 0.192). Abnormal SLV diagnostic parameters were most strongly associated with the clinical symptom of clots (R2= 0.492). CONCLUSION: While the study showed the relations between tongue SLV features and menstrual clinical symptoms, as wel it showed that IP2 was the best overal predictor for the symptomatic indexes used in this study, and using one particular SLV inspection procedure may not be sufifcient. The application of a particular inspection method alone may cause under- or over-estimation of SLV abnormalities.

  8. Drosophila Dachsous and Fat polarize actin-based protrusions over a restricted domain of the embryonic denticle field.

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    Lawlor, Kynan T; Ly, Daniel C; DiNardo, Stephen

    2013-11-15

    Atypical cadherins Dachsous (Ds) and Fat coordinate the establishment of planar polarity, essential for the patterning of complex tissues and organs. The precise mechanisms by which this system acts, particularly in cases where Ds and Fat act independently of the 'core' frizzled system, are still the subject of investigation. Examining the deployment of the Ds-Fat system in different tissues of the model organism Drosophila, has provided insights into the general mechanisms by which polarity is established and propagated to coordinate outcomes across a field of cells. The Drosophila embryonic epidermis provides a simple model epithelia where the establishment of polarity can be observed from start to finish, and in the absence of proliferation, over a fixed number of cells. Using the asymmetric placement of f-actin during denticle assembly as a read-out of polarity, we examine the requirement for Ds and Fat in establishing polarity across the denticle field. Comparing detailed phenotypic analysis with steady state protein enrichment revealed a spatially restricted requirement for the Ds-Fat system within the posterior denticle field. Ectopic Ds signaling provides evidence for a model whereby Ds acts to asymmetrically enrich Fat in a neighboring cell, in turn polarizing the cell to specify the position of the actin-based protrusions at the cell cortex.

  9. Interference of wedge-shaped protrusions on the faces of a Griffith crack in biaxial stress. Final report

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    Boulet, J.A.M. [Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States)

    1992-04-01

    An initial investigation of the influence of protrusion interference on the fracture toughness required to prevent unstable propagation of a Griffith crack in a brittle material is described. The interference is caused by relative shear displacement of the crack faces when subjected to remote biaxial stress with neither principal stress parallel to the crack. It is shown that for room temperature cracks smaller than about one centimeter in silicon carbide, or about one millimeter in silicon nitride, the presence of interference changes the fracture stress. A mathematical model based on linear elasticity solutions and including multiple interference sites at arbitrarily specified positions on the crack is presented. Computations of the change in required fracture toughness and its dependence on wedge geometry (size and vertex angle), applied stresses (orientation and magnitude), and location of the interference site are discussed. Results indicate that a single interference site has only a slight effect on required toughness. However, the influence of interference increases monotonically with the number of interference sites. The two-dimensional model described herein is not accurate when the interference sites are closely spaced.

  10. Bimaxillary protrusion with an atrophic alveolar defect: orthodontics, autogenous chin-block graft, soft tissue augmentation, and an implant.

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    Chiu, Grace S C; Chang, Chris H N; Roberts, W Eugene

    2015-01-01

    Bimaxillary protrusion in a 28-year-old woman was complicated by multiple missing, restoratively compromised, or hopeless teeth. The maxillary right central incisor had a history of avulsion and replantation that subsequently evolved into generalized external root resorption with Class III mobility and severe loss of the supporting periodontium. This complex malocclusion had a discrepancy index of 21, and 8 additional points were scored for the atrophic dental implant site (maxillary right central incisor). The comprehensive treatment plan included extraction of 4 teeth (both maxillary first premolars, the maxillary right central incisor, and the mandibular right first molar), orthodontic closure of all spaces except for the future implant site (maxillary right central incisor), augmentation of the alveolar defect with an autogenous chin-block graft, enhancement of the gingival biotype with a connective tissue graft, and an implant-supported prosthesis. Orthodontists must understand the limitations of bone grafts. Augmented alveolar defects are slow to completely turn over to living bone, so they are usually good sites for implants but respond poorly to orthodontic space closure. However, postsurgical orthodontic treatment is often indicated to optimally finish the esthetic zone before placing the final prosthesis. The latter was effectively performed for this patient, resulting in a total treatment time of about 36 months for comprehensive interdisciplinary care. An excellent functional and esthetic result was achieved.

  11. High density infill in cracks and protrusions from the articular calcified cartilage in osteoarthritis in standardbred horse carpal bones.

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    Laverty, Sheila; Lacourt, Mathieu; Gao, Chan; Henderson, Janet E; Boyde, Alan

    2015-04-28

    We studied changes in articular calcified cartilage (ACC) and subchondral bone (SCB) in the third carpal bones (C3) of Standardbred racehorses with naturally-occurring repetitive loading-induced osteoarthritis (OA). Two osteochondral cores were harvested from dorsal sites from each of 15 post-mortem C3 and classified as control or as showing early or advanced OA changes from visual inspection. We re-examined X-ray micro-computed tomography (µCT) image sets for the presence of high-density mineral infill (HDMI) in ACC cracks and possible high-density mineralized protrusions (HDMP) from the ACC mineralizing (tidemark) front (MF) into hyaline articular cartilage (HAC). We hypothesized and we show that 20-µm µCT resolution in 10-mm diameter samples is sufficient to detect HDMI and HDMP: these are lost upon tissue decalcification for routine paraffin wax histology owing to their predominant mineral content. The findings show that µCT is sufficient to discover HDMI and HDMP, which were seen in 2/10 controls, 6/9 early OA and 8/10 advanced OA cases. This is the first report of HDMI and HDMP in the equine carpus and in the Standardbred breed and the first to rely solely on µCT. HDMP are a candidate cause for mechanical tissue destruction in OA.

  12. High Density Infill in Cracks and Protrusions from the Articular Calcified Cartilage in Osteoarthritis in Standardbred Horse Carpal Bones

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    Sheila Laverty

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available We studied changes in articular calcified cartilage (ACC and subchondral bone (SCB in the third carpal bones (C3 of Standardbred racehorses with naturally-occurring repetitive loading-induced osteoarthritis (OA. Two osteochondral cores were harvested from dorsal sites from each of 15 post-mortem C3 and classified as control or as showing early or advanced OA changes from visual inspection. We re-examined X-ray micro-computed tomography (µCT image sets for the presence of high-density mineral infill (HDMI in ACC cracks and possible high-density mineralized protrusions (HDMP from the ACC mineralizing (tidemark front (MF into hyaline articular cartilage (HAC. We hypothesized and we show that 20-µm µCT resolution in 10-mm diameter samples is sufficient to detect HDMI and HDMP: these are lost upon tissue decalcification for routine paraffin wax histology owing to their predominant mineral content. The findings show that µCT is sufficient to discover HDMI and HDMP, which were seen in 2/10 controls, 6/9 early OA and 8/10 advanced OA cases. This is the first report of HDMI and HDMP in the equine carpus and in the Standardbred breed and the first to rely solely on µCT. HDMP are a candidate cause for mechanical tissue destruction in OA.

  13. Method for Measuring the Distribution of Adhesion Forces on Continuous Nanoscale Protrusions Using Carbon Nanofiber Tip on a Scanning Probe Microscope Cantilever.

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    Shimoi, Norihiro; Abe, Daisuke

    2015-07-01

    The adhesion force on surfaces has received attention in numerous scientific and technological fields, including catalysis, thin-film growth, and tribology. Many applications require knowledge of the strength of these forces as a function of position in three dimensions, but until now such information has only been theoretically proposed. Here, we demonstrate an approach based on scanning probe microscopy that can obtain such data and be used to image the three-dimensional surface force field of continuous nanoscale protrusions. We present adhesion force maps with nanometer and nanonewton resolution that allow detailed characterization of the interaction between a surface and a thin carbon nanofiber (CNF) rod synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) at the end of a tip on a scanning probe microscope cantilever in three dimensions. In these maps, the positions of all continuous nanoscale protrusions are identified and the differences in the adhesive forces among limited areas at inequivalent sites are quantified.

  14. Comparative analysis of sagittal condylar guidance by protrusive interocclusal records with panoramic and lateral cephalogram radiographs in dentulous population: A clinico-radiographic study

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    Girish Galagali

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: This study highlighted on the correlation between protrusive interocclusal records and the lateral cephalogram radiograph tracings which were more positively related than the panoramic radiograph. The values of lateral cephalogram radiograph tracings are closer as separate radiographs for left and right side were taken, causing the amount and quality of image distortion less. Lateral cephalogram radiograph may be taken as an important tool to rely on for recording the Sagittal condylar guidance angle.

  15. T-Stenting-and-Small-Protrusion Technique for Bifurcation Stenoses After End-to-Side Anastomosis of Transplant Renal Artery and External Iliac Artery: Report of Two Cases

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    Chen, Yong, E-mail: cheny102@163.com; Ye, Peng, E-mail: thomas19871223@163.com [Southern Medical University, Department of Interventional Radiology, Nanfang Hospital (China); Jiang, Wen-jin, E-mail: 18653501187@163.com [Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital (China); Ma, Shuo-yi, E-mail: mazelong123456789@126.com; Zhao, Jian-bo, E-mail: zhaojianbohgl@163.com; Zeng, Qing-le, E-mail: doctorzengqingle@126.com [Southern Medical University, Department of Interventional Radiology, Nanfang Hospital (China)

    2015-10-15

    Bifurcation stenoses after end-to-side anastomosis of transplant renal artery (TRA) and external iliac artery (EIA), including stenoses at the anastomosis and the iliac artery proximal to the TRA, are rare. In the present article, we report two successfully managed cases of bifurcation stenoses after end-to-side anastomosis of the TRA and EIA using the technique of T-stenting and small protrusion (TAP stenting)

  16. Assessment of the impact of tongue size in patients with bimaxillary protrusion.

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    Adesina, Bola Ayodele; Otuyemi, Olayinka Donald; Kolawole, Kikelomo Adebanke; Adeyemi, Abigail Tokunbo

    2013-06-01

    Tongue size, posture and pressure are considered to have significant influences on the positioning of dentoalveolar structures. Based on the equilibrium theory, forward resting posture of the tongue with light force and long duration could have both a horizontal and vertical effect on teeth. Bimaxillary proclination, a malocclusion trait often seen in African descents with multifactorial etiological factors, could well be related to tongue dimensions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between tongue dimensions and bimaxillary proclination patients. One hundred selected lateral cephalometric radiographs of consecutive orthodontic patients who met the study criteria were divided into study (bimaxillary proclination with interincisal angle [I/I]bimaxillary proclination group were higher than those in the control group except for tongue proportion. These differences were statistically significant for tongue thickness, tongue length and intermaxillary space length (P bimaxillary proclination and a normal interincisal relationship (P > 0.05). None of the variables (tongue thickness, tongue length, intermaxillary space length, tongue area and percentage tongue proportion) could be used as predictors for interincisal relationship. Tongue length, thickness and intermaxillary space length were significantly different between the bimaxillary and normal subjects. However, none of the measured tongue variables could be used as a predictor for incisor relationship. Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  17. Systematic analysis of clinical outcomes of anterior maxillary and mandibular subapical osteotomy with preoperative modeling in the treatment of bimaxillary protrusion.

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    Xie, Fang; Teng, Li; Jin, Xiaolei; Zheng, Jinlong; Xu, Jiajie; Lu, Jianjian; Zhang, Chao; Xu, Meibang; Zeng, Haifeng; Li, Shuyuan; Sun, Xuejian

    2013-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the changes in teeth and hard tissues after preoperative modeling and bimaxillary anterior subapical osteotomy for the treatment of bimaxillary protrusion. Cephalometric analysis was used to evaluate the aesthetic effects and occlusal relationships obtained. The subjects included 19 women and 1 man (aged 19-41 years; average, 29 years) with bimaxillary protrusion who underwent anterior subapical osteotomy of both the maxilla and mandible, with simultaneous genioplasty, if required. Based on a preoperative computer-aided manufacturing/design-assisted and model surgical design and an occlusal guide plate, new occlusal relationships were established for the patients. In addition, the preoperative and postoperative cephalometric radiographs were systematically analyzed. In all patients, the surgical incisions underwent primary healing, with no infection or osteonecrosis. Significant differences were observed in the preoperative and postoperative values of all hard tissue and teeth parameters, except for SGn-FH degrees and Co-MP. The most obvious significant differences were seen in L1-OP°, Id-Pog-Go°, IIA°, U1E-Apog, L1E-Apog, U1E-NA, and L1-NA° (P bimaxillary protrusion with satisfactory postoperative occlusal relationship and facial aesthetic appearance and minimal postoperative complications.

  18. Effect of comprehensive rehabilitation treatment on protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc%综合康复疗法对腰椎间盘突出症的作用

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    陈淑娥

    2003-01-01

    @@ BACKGROUND:Conservative therapy is very important in treatment of lumbar protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc and symptoms can be alleviated or disappear in most patients by physical therapy,traction and other comprehensive methods.

  19. [Morphometric evaluation of changes in the alveolar bone of adolescents with bimaxillary protrusion via cone beam computed tomography].

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    Yinghong, Liu; Zeyuan, Zhou; Kui, Zhao; Caomin, Tang; Jun, Wang

    2016-02-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the morphometric changes in the alveolar bone of the maxillary and mandibular anterior regions after retraction in adolescents. The sample size comprised 30 adolescent patients with class 1 bimaxillary protrusion (12 males and 18 females, age: 12-18 years old) and were treated by extracting four first pre-molars. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) was performed 1 month before and 1 month after the retraction. For each maxillary and mandibular anterior tooth, the labial and palatal alveolar plates at cervical 1/3, middle 1/3, and apical 1/3 levels for bone thickness changes during the retraction of the maxillary and mandibular anterior regions were checked. The movements of cervical 1/3, middle 1/3, and apical 1/3 levels of the maxillary central incisor were measured. Statistical analyses were performed with SPSS 16.0. For the adolescents, alveolar bone thickness increased on the labial side and decreased on the palatal side. The alveolar bone thicknesses of cervical 1/3 and middle 1/3 of maxillary central incisor, cervical 1/3 and apical 1/3 of maxillary lateral incisor, middle 1/3 of mandibular central incisor, apical 1/3 of mandibular lateral incisor, and middle 1/3 and apical 1/3 of mandibular canine all increased after retraction. By contrast, the alveolar bone thickness of the apical 1/3 of maxillary canine and the cervical 1/3 of mandibular canine decreased after retraction. No statistically significant difference was observed in other region. During retraction, a controlled tipping movement occur in adolescents. After retraction, the alveolar bone thickness of the labial side increase, whereas that of the palatal side decrease. Moreover, the thicknesses of major areas in the alveolar bone significantly increase.

  20. FMC46, a cell protrusion-associated leukocyte adhesion molecule-1 epitope on human lymphocytes and thymocytes.

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    Pilarski, L M; Turley, E A; Shaw, A R; Gallatin, W M; Laderoute, M P; Gillitzer, R; Beckman, I G; Zola, H

    1991-07-01

    In this report, we describe a 76-kDa glycoprotein recognized by mAb FMC46 that, by virtue of its concentration on cell protrusions involved in motility, may be important in lymphoid cell locomotion. FMC46 detects an epitope of the leukocyte adhesion molecule-1 (LAM-1), a member of the selecting family (LAM-1, Endothelial Leukocyte Adhesion Molecular-1 (ELAM-1), and Granule Membrane Protein-140 (GMP-140), that is expressed on LAM-1-transfected cell lines, is a glycosylation epitope based on its loss after culture in tunicamycin, and is closely related to the LAM-1.2 epitope. FMC46 is expressed at high density on the majority of CD45RA+ and CD45RO+ peripheral blood T cells (60 to 70%) and on a subset of thymocytes that includes the multinegative CD3- CD4- CD8- progenitor cells (100% FMC46hi) and the CD45R0- presumptive thymic generative lineage (70% FMC46hi). It appears at reduced density and frequency on CD45RA- thymocytes (50% FMC46lo), comprised mainly of death-committed thymocytes. Among thymic subsets defined by expression of CD4 and/or CD8, FMC46 is expressed at high density predominantly on a subset of single-positive cells and not on double-positive cells. These results suggest a fundamental role for LAM-1 in thymic development, with a high density preferentially expressed on cells involved in thymic generative processes and a low density on cells progressing to intrathymic death. A major subset of peripheral blood B cells and thymic B cells also express FMC46. Immunohistochemistry on frozen sections indicated strong staining in splenic follicles and around blood vessels, staining of the thymic medulla and subcapsular areas, and staining of the mantle zone of germinal centers of the lymph node. FMC46+ lymphocytes accumulated along high endothelial venules in the lymph node. On locomoting multinegative thymocytes, FMC46 is concentrated on the leading tip of extended processes, on pseudopods, and on ruffles, unlike the distribution of either CD44 or TQ1 (LAM 1

  1. Posterior Correction Without Rib-head Resection for Patients With Neurofibromatosis Type 1, Dystrophic Scoliosis, and Rib-head Protrusion Into the Spinal Canal.

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    Cai, Siyi; Zhang, Jianguo; Shen, Jianxiong; Zhao, Hong; Weng, Xisheng; Qiu, Guixing

    2017-02-01

    A retrospective study. The objective of this study is to report the result of patients with neurofibromatosis type 1(NF-1), dystrophic scoliosis, and rib-head protrusion into the spinal canal who received posterior scoliosis correction surgery without rib-head resection. A total of 124 patients with NF-1 and dystrophic scoliosis were treated at our institution during the study period. Eight patients with a median age of 12 years had rib-head protrusion into the spinal canal and received surgery and were included in the analysis. All 8 patients (6 male, 2 female) were treated from 2003 to 2013 and received posterior correction with a pedicle screw-rod 3-dimensional correction system or screw-hook hybrid system. Scoliosis correction rate and percentage of spinal canal occupied by the rib head were analyzed. The median patient age, number of segments fused, and follow-up duration were 12 years, 10.5, and 22.5 months, respectively. There were no surgery-related complications, and symptoms in all patients improved after surgery. The median postoperative and 1-year follow-up sagittal kyphotic angles were significantly smaller as compared with the preoperative value (28.5 and 31 vs. 62.5 degrees, P=0.012). The median postoperative coronal Cobb angle of the main thoracic curve was significantly smaller compared with the preoperative value (29 vs. 64.5 degrees, P=0.012). The median percentage of the spinal canal occupied by the intraspinal rib was significantly lower at 1-year follow-up compared with the preoperative value (23.1% vs. 28.6%, P=0.018). Posterior correction without rib-head excision can provide good outcomes for patients with NF-1 and dystrophic scoliosis and rib-head protrusion into the spinal canal.

  2. Fifty-six cases of protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc treated by penetration and oral administration of Chinese decoction plus traction.

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    Zhong, Q

    2000-12-01

    Fifty-six cases of the protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc in the treatment group were treated by drug-penetration and oral administration of traditional Chinese decoction plus traction, and the other 35 cases in the control group by oral administration of Chinese decoction and traction. The results showed that the cure rate in the treatment group was 83.9%, and that in the control group was 57.1%, with a statistically significant difference between the two groups (P lumbar intervertebral disc.

  3. Trajetoria condilar sagital em protrusão : comparação entre articuladores e metodos de determinaç$ão

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    Paulo Renato Junqueira Zuim

    1998-01-01

    Resumo: O estudo dos movimentos mandibulares e a determinação da trajetória condilar sagital, durante o movimento de protrusão, têm sido observado em diversos trabalhos da literatura odontológica, cujos resultados demonstraram grande variação. O objetivo deste trabalho foi verificar a relação entre os diferentes métodos propostos para o registro e ajuste da TSCM, empregando, no método Intra-Oral, um articulador do tipo "arcon" (Gnatus 8600) e outro "não-arcon" (Dentatus ARL), verificando t...

  4. Variations of sphenoid and related structures

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    Sirikci, A.; Bayram, M. [Dept. of Radiology, Gaziantep University, Koljtepe (Turkey); Bayazit, Y.A.; Mumbuc, S.; Kanlikama, M. [Dept. of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Gaziantep University, Koljtepe (Turkey); Guengoer, K. [Dept. of Ophthalmology, Gaziantep University, Koljtepe (Turkey)

    2000-05-01

    The aim of this study was to delineate the precise relationship between the sphenoid sinus and internal carotid artery and the optic nerve, as well as to assess incidence of the anatomic variations of these structures. A review of 92 paranasal sinus tomographic scans was made for anatomic variations of the sphenoid sinus and related bony and neurovascular structures. Coronal and axial tomographic sections were obtained with 2.5-mm section thickness. We assessed the protrusion of the internal carotid artery (ICA) and the optic nerve (ON) into the sphenoid sinus, bone dehiscence of these structures, and pneumatization of the anterior clinoid process (ACP) and pterygoid recess (PR), as well as the variations of the sphenoid sinus septum. The protrusion of the ICA into the sphenoid sinus was found in 24 (26.1 %) patients. An ON protrusion was present in 29 (31.5 %) patients. Pneumatization of the PR was encountered in 27 (29.3 %) patients. There was not a statistically significant relationship between the pneumatization of the PR and ICA protrusion into the sphenoid sinus ({chi}{sup 2} = 0.258, p = 0.168). A significant relationship between the ACP pneumatization and protrusion of the ON into the sphenoid sinus was found ({chi}{sup 2} = 0.481, p = 0.007). Preoperative recognition of the anatomic variations by the radiologist is beneficial for identification of the limits of dissection. This is particularly important in the sphenoid sinus area where extensive pneumatization of the skull base bones may distort the anatomic configuration. Therefore, axial and coronal CT sections should always be obtained prior to any surgery in the sphenoid sinus area. (orig.)

  5. An optical device capable of providing a structural color, and a corresponding method of manufacturing such a device

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    The present invention relates to an optical device having a nano-structured surface capable of providing a structural color to a normal human viewer, the device made being manufactured in one single material. A plurality of nano- structured protrusions (5) is further arranged with a first......) with respect to the average surface positions. The position, size, and randomness of the protrusions are arranged so as to provide, at least up to a maximum angle of incidence (A_in) with respect to a normal to the surface, an angle-independent substantially homogeneous structural color perception for a normal...

  6. F-actin-rich contractile endothelial pores prevent vascular leakage during leukocyte diapedesis through local RhoA signalling

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    Heemskerk, N.; Schimmel, L.; Oort, C.; van Rijssel, J.; Yin, T.; Ma, B.; van Unen, J.; Pitter, B.; Huveneers, S.; Goedhart, J.; Wu, Y.; Montanez, E.; Woodfin, A.; van Buul, J.D.

    2016-01-01

    During immune surveillance and inflammation, leukocytes exit the vasculature through transient openings in the endothelium without causing plasma leakage. However, the exact mechanisms behind this intriguing phenomenon are still unknown. Here we report that maintenance of endothelial barrier integri

  7. A role for Rho GTPases and cell-cell adhesion in single-cell motility in vivo.

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    Kardash, Elena; Reichman-Fried, Michal; Maître, Jean-Léon; Boldajipour, Bijan; Papusheva, Ekaterina; Messerschmidt, Esther-Maria; Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp; Raz, Erez

    2010-01-01

    Cell migration is central to embryonic development, homeostasis and disease, processes in which cells move as part of a group or individually. Whereas the mechanisms controlling single-cell migration in vitro are relatively well understood, less is known about the mechanisms promoting the motility of individual cells in vivo. In particular, it is not clear how cells that form blebs in their migration use those protrusions to bring about movement in the context of the three-dimensional cellular environment. Here we show that the motility of chemokine-guided germ cells within the zebrafish embryo requires the function of the small Rho GTPases Rac1 and RhoA, as well as E-cadherin-mediated cell-cell adhesion. Using fluorescence resonance energy transfer we demonstrate that Rac1 and RhoA are activated in the cell front. At this location, Rac1 is responsible for the formation of actin-rich structures, and RhoA promotes retrograde actin flow. We propose that these actin-rich structures undergoing retrograde flow are essential for the generation of E-cadherin-mediated traction forces between the germ cells and the surrounding tissue and are therefore crucial for cell motility in vivo.

  8. Halo-like structures studied by atomic force microscopy

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    Sørensen, Alexis Hammer; Kyhle, Anders; Hansen, L. Theil

    1997-01-01

    Nanometer-sized clusters of copper have been produced in a hollow cathode sputtering source and deposited on SiOx. Halo-like structures consisting of micrometer sized protrusions in the solicon oxide surface surrounded by thin rings of smaller particles are observed. The area in between seems...

  9. Numerical Investigation of Protrusions on Leakage of Straight- Through Labyrinth Seal%齿间凸起对直通篦齿封严特性影响的数值研究

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    童飞; 张丽; 华锐睿; 陆海鹰; 梁义强

    2015-01-01

    To improve the performance of labyrinth seal,a straight-through labyrinth seal with protrusions on the smooth bush has been numerically investigated. The effects of pressure ratio, protrusions size and the space between teeth and protrusions are studied. Compared with smooth bush straight-through labyrinth seal , protrusions destroy the wall jet boundary layer continuity and change the direction of the jet flow,which improve the seal performance and decrease the mass flow effectively. The study reveals that when the pressure ratio is 2, the leakage coefficient of labyrinth seal with protrusions can decrease by 13% in comparison with smooth bush labyrinth seal,and when the pressure ratio is 4,the leakage coefficient is reduced by 18%. The narrower width and the higher height the protrusions can have,the better seal performance the labyrinth seal can get. Additional⁃ly, with a decrease of the axial distance between protrusion and the next tooth, the protrusion can greatly change the direction of the jet which flows into the next tooth,and thus improve the seal performance evidently.%为提升篦齿的密封性能,对在齿间光滑衬套上增加矩形凸起的直通篦齿的流动特性进行了数值研究,分析了压比、凸起的尺寸和轴向位置对篦齿泄漏特性的影响。和光滑齿相比,凸起破坏了壁面射流附面层的连续性,改变了流体在齿腔中的流动方向,有效地提高了通道的密封性能,降低了通道的泄漏量。结果表明,当压比为2时,含有凸起结构的篦齿的泄漏系数较光滑齿降低了13%,当压比增加到4时,泄漏系数更是降低了18%;凸起的高度越大宽度越小,凸起对篦齿密封性能的提高就越明显;凸起和下级齿之间的轴向距离越短,凸起对流入下级齿的气体流动方向改变就越大,密封性能也就越好。

  10. Three-dimensional evaluation of upper anterior alveolar bone dehiscence after incisor retraction and intrusion in adult patients with bimaxillary protrusion malocclusion*

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    Guo, Qing-yuan; Zhang, Shi-jie; Liu, Hong; Wang, Chun-ling; Wei, Fu-lan; Lv, Tao; Wang, Na-na; Liu, Dong-xu

    2011-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate three-dimensional (3D) dehiscence of upper anterior alveolar bone during incisor retraction and intrusion in adult patients with maximum anchorage. Methods: Twenty adult patients with bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion had the four first premolars extracted. Miniscrews were placed to provide maximum anchorage for upper incisor retraction and intrusion. A computed tomography (CT) scan was performed after placement of the miniscrews and treatment. The 3D reconstructions of pre- and post-CT data were used to assess the dehiscence of upper anterior alveolar bone. Results: The amounts of upper incisor retraction at the edge and apex were (7.64±1.68) and (3.91±2.10) mm, respectively, and (1.34±0.74) mm of upper central incisor intrusion. Upper alveolar bone height losses at labial alveolar ridge crest (LAC) and palatal alveolar ridge crest (PAC) were 0.543 and 2.612 mm, respectively, and the percentages were (6.49±3.54)% and (27.42±9.77)%, respectively. The shape deformations of LAC-labial cortex bending point (LBP) and PAC-palatal cortex bending point (PBP) were (15.37±5.20)° and (6.43±3.27)°, respectively. Conclusions: Thus, for adult patients with bimaxillary protrusion, mechanobiological response of anterior alveolus should be taken into account during incisor retraction and intrusion. Pursuit of maximum anchorage might lead to upper anterior alveolar bone loss. PMID:22135148

  11. Three-dimensional evaluation of upper anterior alveolar bone dehiscence after incisor retraction and intrusion in adult patients with bimaxillary protrusion malocclusion

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    Qing-yuan GUO; Shi-jie ZHANG; Hong LIU; Chun-ling WANG; Fu-lan WEI; Tao LV; Na-na WANG; Dong-xu LIU

    2011-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate three-dimensional (3D) dehiscence of upper anterior alveolar bone during incisor retraction and intrusion in adult patients with maximum anchorage.Methods: Twenty adult patients with bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion had the four first premolars extracted.Miniscrews were placed to provide maximum anchorage for upper incisor retraction and intrusion.A computed tomography (CT) scan was performed after placement of the miniscrews and treatment.The 3D reconstructions of pre- and post-CT data were used to assess the dehiscence of upper anterior alveolar bone.Results: The amounts of upper incisor retraction at the edge and apex were (7.64±1.68) and (3.91±2.10) mm,respectively,and (1.34±0.74) mm of upper central incisor intrusion.Upper alveolar bone height losses at labial alveolar ridge crest (LAC) and palatal alveolar ridge crest (PAC) were 0.543 and 2.612 mm,respectively,and the percentages were (6.49±3.54)% and (27.42±9.77)%,respectively.The shape deformations of LAC-labial cortex bending point (LBP) and PAC-palatal cortex bending point (PBP) were (15.37±5.20)° and (6.43±3.27)°,respectively.Conclusions: Thus,for adult patients with bimaxillary protrusion,mechanobiological response of anterior alveolus should be taken into account during incisor retraction and intrusion.Pursuit of maximum anchorage might lead to upper anterior alveolar bone loss.

  12. Polyacrylamide gels for invadopodia and traction force assays on cancer cells.

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    Jerrell, Rachel J; Parekh, Aron

    2015-01-04

    Rigid tumor tissues have been strongly implicated in regulating cancer cell migration and invasion. Invasive migration through cross-linked tissues is facilitated by actin-rich protrusions called invadopodia that proteolytically degrade the extracellular matrix (ECM). Invadopodia activity has been shown to be dependent on ECM rigidity and cancer cell contractile forces suggesting that rigidity signals can regulate these subcellular structures through actomyosin contractility. Invasive and contractile properties of cancer cells can be correlated in vitro using invadopodia and traction force assays based on polyacrylamide gels (PAAs) of different rigidities. Invasive and contractile properties of cancer cells can be correlated in vitro using invadopodia and traction force assays based on polyacrylamide gels (PAAs) of different rigidities. While some variations between the two assays exist, the protocol presented here provides a method for creating PAAs that can be used in both assays and are easily adaptable to the user's specific biological and technical needs.

  13. Matrix rigidity differentially regulates invadopodia activity through ROCK1 and ROCK2.

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    Jerrell, Rachel J; Parekh, Aron

    2016-04-01

    ROCK activity increases due to ECM rigidity in the tumor microenvironment and promotes a malignant phenotype via actomyosin contractility. Invasive migration is facilitated by actin-rich adhesive protrusions known as invadopodia that degrade the ECM. Invadopodia activity is dependent on matrix rigidity and contractile forces suggesting that mechanical factors may regulate these subcellular structures through ROCK-dependent actomyosin contractility. However, emerging evidence indicates that the ROCK1 and ROCK2 isoforms perform different functions in cells suggesting that alternative mechanisms may potentially regulate rigidity-dependent invadopodia activity. In this study, we found that matrix rigidity drives ROCK signaling in cancer cells but that ROCK1 and ROCK2 differentially regulate invadopodia activity through separate signaling pathways via contractile (NM II) and non-contractile (LIMK) mechanisms. These data suggest that the mechanical rigidity of the tumor microenvironment may drive ROCK signaling through distinct pathways to enhance the invasive migration required for cancer progression and metastasis.

  14. Combination of physical therapies on 80 cases of protrusion of lumbar intervertebral discs%不同物理疗法组合治疗腰椎间盘突出症80例

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    贾继娥; 张晓莉

    2003-01-01

    @@ BACKGROUND: Therapy of protrusion of lumbar intervertebral discs includes drugs, operation, compared with other two methods, physical therapy is safe, high effective and economical. Physical therapy included ultrashort wave, computer middle-frequency electrical therapy, warm magnet therapy, combination of these 3 methods needs a further explore.

  15. Anatomic Variation of Sphenoid Sinus and Related Structures in Libyan Population: CT Scan Study

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    Hewaidi GH

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Sphenoid sinus is the most inaccessible paranasal sinus, enclosed within the sphenoid bone and intimately related to numerous vital neural and vascular structures. Anatomic variation of the sphenoid sinus is well documented and may complicate surgery in such a place. Objective: To outline the surgically risky anatomic variants of the sphenoid sinus as well as the variable relationships between the sinus and related neurovascular structures, for the safe removal of intrasphenoid and pituitary lesions. Materials and Methods: We undertook a prospective review of 300 paranasal sinus CT scans of Libyan patients; coronal CT scans were obtained by special parameter techniques. We assessed pneumatization of pterygoid process (PP, anterior clinoid process (ACP, and greater wing of sphenoid (GWS; we also examined protrusion and dehiscence of internal carotid artery (ICA, optic nerve (ON, maxillary nerve (MN, and vidian nerve (VN into the sphenoid sinus cavity. Results: Pneumatization of PP, ACP, and GWS were seen in 87 (29%, 46 (15.3%, and 60 patients (20%, respectively. Protrusion of ICA, ON, MN, and VN were noticed in 123 (41%, 107 (35.6%, 73 (24.3%, and 81 patients (27%, respectively; dehiscence of these structures was encountered in 90 (30%, 92 (30.6%, 39 (13%, and 111 patients (37%, respectively. Statistically, there was a highly significant association between ACP pneumatization and ICA protrusion, ACP pneumatization and ON protrusion, PP pneumatization and VN protrusion; and GWS pneumatization and MN protrusion (p-value < 0.001. Conclusion: The sphenoid sinus is highly variable; this variability necessitates a comprehensive understanding of the regional sphenoid sinus anatomy by a detailed CT scan sinus examination before surgery in and around the sinus. This study indicates the possibility of a racial anatomical variation of the sphenoid sinus in the Libyan population.

  16. 从腹论治腰椎间盘突出症的研究进展%Research Progress on Protrusion of the Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Treated from the Perspective of Abdomen

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    赵明宇; 黄桂成

    2012-01-01

    目的:总结从腹论治腰椎间盘突出症的研究进展.方法:总结、归纳、分析近年来的相关文献.结果:提出从腹论治腰椎间盘突出症的理论依据,采用腹部针灸和腹部手法治疗腰椎间盘突出症疗效显著.结论:腰椎间盘突出并不等于腰椎间盘突症,腰腿痛的发病原因并非单纯机械性压迫,从腹论治达到机体的前后平衡,对于腰椎间盘突出症的治疗扩展了治疗思路.%Objective;To summarize the research progress on protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc treated from the perspective of abdomen. Methods:The relative literature was summarized,concluded and analyzed in recent years. Results;The theoretical basis on the treatment of protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc from the perspective of abdomen was proposed. Acupuncture and moxibustion on the abdomen and abdomen technique were adopted and had remarkable curative effects in treating protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc. Conclusion;Protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc is not equal to lumbar intervertebral disc hemiation and the pain in waist and legs is not caused merely by mechanical stress. The achievement of balance between the front and the back of the body from the differentiation and treatment of abdomen has expanded thoughts for the treatment of protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc.

  17. Research Progress on Resorption After Protrusion of Lumbar Vertebral Disc%腰椎间盘突出后的重吸收研究进展

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    俞振翰; 姜宏; 周红海

    2012-01-01

    This paper introduces the chronological characteristic of the resorption after protrusion of lumbar vertebral disc (PLVD) and its relation to different PLVD types. It also discusses the mechanism of the resorption after PLVD, which includes inflammatory cytophagocytosis, autoimmune reaction, vascularization, reduced matrix metalloproteinase synthesis, dehydration and hematoma absorption, influence of growth factors and cytokines, and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) understanding of this resorption. The author indicates that the resorption after PLVD has provided a powerful prove for the rea-sonability and effectiveness of TCM conservative therapy in protrusion of the intervertebral disc, and suggests that inflammatory reaction helps the resorption but causes nerve stimulation leading to pain, so how to control and make use of inflammation is a important research direction in the future.%介绍了腰椎间盘突出后重吸收的时间特点及其与分型的关系,并论述了腰椎间盘突出后重吸收的发生机制,包括炎性细胞吞噬作用、自身免疫反应、血管化、基质金属蛋白酶合成减少、脱水及血肿的吸收、生长因子与细胞因子的影响等,另外论述了中医药对此现象的认识.认为腰椎间盘突出后重吸收现象为中医保守治疗椎间盘突出症的合理性、有效性提供了有力的依据.并提出炎性反应有利于重吸收但同时会造成神经刺激引发疼痛,如何控制、利用炎症是今后研究的一个重要方向.

  18. GTSE1: a novel TEAD4-E2F1 target gene involved in cell protrusions formation in triple-negative breast cancer cell models

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    Stelitano, Debora; Leticia, Yamila Peche; Dalla, Emiliano; Monte, Martin; Piazza, Silvano; Schneider, Claudio

    2017-01-01

    GTSE1 over-expression has been reported as a potential marker for metastasis in various types of malignancies, including breast cancer. Despite this, the transcriptional regulation of this protein and the causes of its misregulation in tumors remain largely unknown. The aims of this work were to elucidate how GTSE1 is regulated at the transcriptional level and to clarify the mechanism underlying GTSE1-dependent cell functions in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Here, we identified GTSE1 as a novel target gene of the TEAD4 transcription factor, highlighting a role for the YAP and TAZ coactivators in the transcriptional regulation of GTSE1. Moreover, we found that TEAD4 controls the formation of cell protrusions required for cell migration through GTSE1, unveiling a relevant effector role for this protein in the TEAD-dependent cellular functions and confirming TEAD4 role in promoting invasion and metastasis in breast cancer. Finally, we highlighted a role for the pRb-E2F1 pathway in the control of GTSE1 transcription and observed that treatment with drugs targeting the pRb-E2F1 or YAP/TAZ-TEAD pathways dramatically downregulated the expression levels of GTSE1 and of other genes involved in the formation of metastasis, suggesting their potential use in the treatment of TNBC.

  19. MICROSTRUCTURE CHARACTERISATION OF PROTRUSIONS BY ELECTRON BEAM SURFI-SCULPT ON THE SURFACE OF TA15 Ti ALLOY%TA15钛合金表面电子束毛化处理的组织特征

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    许恒栋; 赵海燕; 孟令瑶; 王西昌; 巩水利; 白秉哲

    2012-01-01

    利用电子束毛化技术在TA15薄板(Ti-6A1-2Zr-1Mo-1V)表面生成“毛刺”,通过OM,SEM,EDS和XRD分析了“毛刺”的组织、元素成分和性能.研究发现,“毛刺”组织可分为边缘区、中心区、热影响区、基体;边缘区为粗大晶粒和大量片状马氏体,硬度最低;中心区为大晶粒和规则排列的片状马氏体,硬度次低;热影响区晶粒较小,晶界为α相,晶内为平行排列的片状马氏体组织,硬度最高;不同区域的A1含量有明显差异.“毛刺”不同区域的硬度主要取决于A1含量和晶粒尺寸.%Electron beam surfi-sculpt is a novel surface processing technology, in which electron beam is controlled by magnetic field and deflected quickly over a substrate surface to displace materials in a settled manner, thus producing customized textured surface consisting of an array of protrusions above the original surface and a corresponding array of cavities in the substrate. This technology could be used in dissimilar materials connection between metals and composites, as the protrusions on metal surface would increase the interface area, which results in great improvements in both strength and absorbed energy. It could also be applied to improve the surface coating quality by tailor-making protrusions throughout a component surface so as to enhance the adhesive capacity between coating and substrate, as well as to optimize the stress distribution that occurs in coating process. The application performance of textured surface depends on the microstructure characterisation of protrusions, while the investigation on the microstructures and mechanical properties of the protrusion is lack. In this work, electron beam surfi-sculpt was carried out to produce protrusions on TA15 (Ti-6Al-2Zr-1Mo-1V) surface through multi-beam technique. The microstructure features of protrusions were investigated by OM, SEM and XR.D, and the weight percentages of alloy elements were analyzed by EDS. In

  20. Study on Occlusal Contacts of Mandibular Protrusive Movement in Class Ⅱ Division 1 Malocclusions%安氏Ⅱ1类患者下颌前伸运动时的(牙合)接触情况分析

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    张端强; 林焱

    2011-01-01

    Objective To analyze the dynamic occlusal contacts in Class Ⅱ Division 1 Malocclusions during mandibular protrusive movement, and to investigate the dentofacial morphological factors related to the occlusal interferences. Methods A total of 60 patients of Class Ⅱ Division 1 Malocclusions without orthodontic treatment were employed. T-Scan Ⅱ system was used to record and analyse the dynamic occlusal contacts during mandibular protrusive movement. The patients were divided into two groups (Group A and Group B) on the basis of protrusive occlusal interference during mandibular protrusive movement. Dentofacial morphological data was dertermined by measuring plaster mold and the lateral cephalometric radiography. SPSS 12.0 for windows was used for the statistics. Results Significant differences were found between the groups with and without protrusive occlusal interference in Y-angle,MP-FH, U1-L1, A-ptm, the ratio of front arch-widths and the molar mesiodistal index. Logistic analysis showed that MP-FH is the dangerous factor in the protrusive occlusal interference , while A-ptm served as the protective one. Conclusions (1)"High-angle"patients are more likely to incur protrusive occlusal interference, Mandibular plane angle is a dangerous factor for the occlusal interference. (2)A negative correlation was found between maxillary length and protrusive occlusal interference, Short Maxillary length act as a dangerous factor of the occlusal interference. (3)Cuspid-cuspid molar distoclusion is more likely to occur occlusal interference than complete post-normal occlusion does.%目的 研究安氏Ⅱ1类患者在下颌前伸运动过程中的牙合接触情况,探讨前伸牙合干扰情况的存在并分析其牙颌颅面形态结构的特点.方法 对60名未经过正畸治疗的安氏Ⅱ1类患者进行常规错牙合畸形临床检查,并采用T-Scan Ⅱ咬合分析系统记录并分析其前伸运动中的牙合接触情况,根据前伸运动过程中是否存在

  1. Re-analysis of protein data reveals the germination pathway and up accumulation mechanism of cell wall hydrolases during the radicle protrusion step of seed germination in Podophyllum hexandrum- a high altitude plant

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    Vivek eDogra

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Podophyllum hexandrum Royle is an important high-altitude plant of Himalayas with immense medicinal value. Earlier, it was reported that the cell wall hydrolases were up accumulated during radicle protrusion step of Podophyllum seed germination. In the present study, Podophyllum Germination protein interactome Network (PGN was constructed by using the differentially accumulated protein data set of Podophyllum during the radicle protrusion step of seed germination, with reference to Arabidopsis protein–protein interactome network (AtPIN. The developed PGN is comprised of a giant cluster with 1028 proteins having 10519 interactions and a few small clusters with relevant gene ontological signatures. In this analysis, a germination pathway related cluster which is also central to the topology and information dynamics of PGN was obtained with a set of 60 key proteins. Among these, 8 proteins which are known to be involved in signalling, metabolism, protein modification, cell wall modification and cell cycle regulation processes were found commonly highlighted in both the proteomic and interactome analysis. The systems-level analysis of PGN identified the key proteins involved in radicle protrusion step of seed germination in Podophyllum.

  2. Attaching importance to the pathological classification of lumbar disc protrusion, and selecting appropriate treatment%重视腰椎间盘突出症的病理分型,选择合适的治疗方法

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    马信龙

    2015-01-01

    Lumbar intervertebrae disc protrusion is a term for the description of morphology, with different pathological changes, pathogenesis and clinical characteristics. We propose a new pathologoical classification including damage-hernia⁃tion, degeneration-protrusion, posterior vertebral osteochondrosis with disc protrusion, and disc cyst. The appropriate treat⁃ment including surgical option should be selected according to pathological changes.%腰椎间盘突出是描述形态学的术语,具有不同的病理变化、发病机制和临床特点。笔者提出新的病理分型分为损伤疝出型、退变突出型、椎体后缘骨软骨病伴椎间盘突出、椎间盘囊肿4种类型。应根据病理变化选择合适的治疗措施和手术方式。

  3. Numerical Study on Flow and Heat Transfer Performance of Rectangular Heat Sink with Compound Heat Transfer Enhancement Structures

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    Di Zhang

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Modern gas turbine blade is operating at high temperature which requires abundant cooling. Considering both heat transfer rate and pumping power for internal passages, developing efficient cooling passages is of great importance. Ribbed channel has been proved as effective heat transfer enhancement technology for considerable heat transfer characteristics; however, the pressure loss is impressive. Dimple and protrusion are frequently considered as new heat transfer augmentation tools for their low friction loss in recent years. Numerical simulations are adopted to investigate the thermal performance of rectangular channel with compound heat transfer enhancement structures with ribs, dimples, and protrusions. Among all configurations, the nondimensional dimple/protrusion depths are 0.2. The results present the flow structures of all channel configurations. The Nu/Nu0 distributions of channel section are discussed for each case. The pressure penalty f/f0 and the thermal performance TP are also considered as important parameters for heat transfer enhancement. It can be concluded that the optimal structure of the compound heat transfer enhancement structure is rib + protrusion (D = 6 mm + dimple (D = 15 mm.

  4. Reliability of Periapical Radiographs and Orthopantomograms in Detection of Tooth Root Protrusion in the Maxillary Sinus: Correlation Results with Cone Beam Computed Tomography

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    Bassam A. Hassan

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: The purpose of the present study was to investigate the reliability of both periapical radiographs and orthopantomograms for exact detection of tooth root protrusion in the maxillary sinus by correlating the results with cone beam computed tomography.Material and methods: A database of 1400 patients scanned with cone beam computed tomography (CBCT was searched for matching periapical (PA radiographs and orthopantogram (OPG images of maxillary premolars and molars. Matching OPG images datasets of 101 patients with 628 teeth and PA radiographs datasets of 93 patients with 359 teeth were identified. Four observers assessed the relationship between the apex of tooth root and the maxillary sinus per tooth on PA radiographs, OPG and CBCT images using the following classification: root tip is in the sinus (class 1, root tip is against the sinus wall (class 2 and root tip is not in the sinus (class 3.Results: Overall correlation between OPG and CBCT images scores was 50%, 26% and 56.1% for class 1, class 2 and class 3, respectively (Cohen’s kappa [weighted] = 0.1. Overall correlation between PA radiographs and CBCT images was 75.8%, 15.8% and 56.9% for class 1, class 2 and class 3, respectively (Cohen’s kappa [weighted] = 0.24. In both the OPG images and the PA radiographs datasets, class 1 correlation was most frequently observed with the first and second molars.Conclusions: The results demonstrated that both periapical radiographs and orthopantomograms are not reliable in determination of exact relationship between the apex of tooth root and the maxillary sinus floor. Periapical radiography is slightly more reliable than orthopantomography in determining this relationship.

  5. Reliability of periapical radiographs and orthopantomograms in detection of tooth root protrusion in the maxillary sinus: correlation results with cone beam computed tomography.

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    Hassan, Bassam A

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to investigate the reliability of both periapical radiographs and orthopantomograms for exact detection of tooth root protrusion in the maxillary sinus by correlating the results with cone beam computed tomography. A database of 1400 patients scanned with cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) was searched for matching periapical (PA) radiographs and orthopantogram (OPG) images of maxillary premolars and molars. Matching OPG images datasets of 101 patients with 628 teeth and PA radiographs datasets of 93 patients with 359 teeth were identified. Four observers assessed the relationship between the apex of tooth root and the maxillary sinus per tooth on PA radiographs, OPG and CBCT images using the following classification: root tip is in the sinus (class 1), root tip is against the sinus wall (class 2) and root tip is not in the sinus (class 3). Overall correlation between OPG and CBCT images scores was 50%, 26% and 56.1% for class 1, class 2 and class 3, respectively (Cohen's kappa [weighted] = 0.1). Overall correlation between PA radiographs and CBCT images was 75.8%, 15.8% and 56.9% for class 1, class 2 and class 3, respectively (Cohen's kappa [weighted]  = 0.24). In both the OPG images and the PA radiographs datasets, class 1 correlation was most frequently observed with the first and second molars. The results demonstrated that both periapical radiographs and orthopantomograms are not reliable in determination of exact relationship between the apex of tooth root and the maxillary sinus floor. Periapical radiography is slightly more reliable than orthopantomography in determining this relationship.

  6. 复发性腰椎间盘突出症的微创手术治疗%The minimally invasive surgery for treating recurrent lumbar disc protrusion

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    吴辉; 胡凌云; 林宏

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨微创手术通道下治疗复发性腰椎间盘突出症的临床效果。方法回顾性分析2009年7月到2013年7月行微创椎间盘切除术治疗的30例腰椎间盘突出症术后复发患者的临床资料,患者复发节段腰34(L34)1例,腰45(L45)10例,腰5骶1(L5S1)19例;统计描述患者的年龄、体质量指数、复发节段、手术时间、术中失血量、术后无痛行走的时间,采用疼痛视觉模拟评分(VAS)评估微创手术治疗的临床疗效。结果手术时间50~100min,平均65min;术中失血量100~180mL,平均145mL;住院时间9~16d,平均13d;平均住院费用7300元;术后无痛行走时间7~15d,平均11d;术后从事非体力劳动的时间27.3d,VAS分值由术前的(7.3±1.3)分降低到术后(3.1±0.9)分,末次随访时为(2.2±0.6)分,术后、末次随访VAS分值与术前比较,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05)。获得随访时间6~33个月,平均16.5个月。疗效优16例,良7例,可5例,差2例,优良率76%。结论微创手术是治疗复发性腰椎间盘突出症的有效方法之一。%Objective To study the clinical effect of the minimally invasive surgery for treating recurrent lumbar disc protrusion . Methods Thirty operative cases of recurrent lumbar disc protrusion treated with the minimally invasive surgery from July 2009 to July 2013 were retrospectively analyzed for statistically describing the age ,body mass index ,recurrent segment ,operating time ,intr-aoperative bleeding volume and postoperative painless walking time .The recurrence segments were 1 case of L34 ,10 cases of L45 and 19 cases of L5 S1 ;the visual analogue scale (VAS) was adopted to evaluate the operative effect .Results The operating time was 65 min on average (50-100)min;mean intraoperative bleeding volume was 145 mL(100-180)mL ;average length of hospital stay was 13 d (9-16)d;average hospitalization

  7. Pathological classification of lumbar disc protrusion and its guidance for surgical treatment%腰椎间盘突出症的病理学分型及其对手术方案选择的意义

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    马信龙; 徐宝山; 王涛; 马剑雄; 田鹏; 韩超; 臧加成; 李鹏飞; 孔敬波

    2014-01-01

    Objective To introduce a pathological classification of lumbar disc protrusion for guidance of surgical treatment.Methods From February 2001 to October 2010,812 patients of lumbar disc protrusion underwent surgical treatment,and three types of protrusions were defined according to intraoperative findings,namely damage-herniation type,degeneration-protrusion type,and posterior vertebral osteochondrosis with disc protrusion type.All of 124 specimens of the first two types were observed by microscopic pathology,immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy.Results Damage-herniation type was observed in 495 patients,with an average age of 38.6 years old,the history of slight trauma and positive straight leg raising test (SLRT) existed in 80.4% and 76.8% of them,respectively.Pathological examinations showed inflammation and revascularization,T-lymphocytes and macrophage infiltration,IgG and IgM deposition,and IL-7 expression,while ultrastructive examination showed mainly destructive signs,which suggested the presence of injury mechanism.Degeneration-protrusion type was observed in 215 patients with an average of 55.7 years old,the intermittent claudicating and positive SLRT existed in 85.1% and 14.9% of them,respectively.Pathological examinations showed dense proliferation and disarrangement of the collagenous fibers and cartilage matrix,none or minimal inflammation or immune response,while ultrastructive examination showed mainly hyperplasia signs including active cell synthesis,which suggested the degenerative and proliferative mechanism.The third type protrusion was observed in 102 patients.Osseous protrusion and defect in the vertebral body were showed by X-ray and CT.Conclusion Lumbar disc protrusion has different pathological types,pathogenesis and clinical characteristics.Damage-herniation type had obvious inflammations and damage responses,so the herniated and broken nucleus pulpous should be removed adequately during surgical treatment.Degeneration-protrusion

  8. 成人安氏Ⅰ类双颌前突患者的上颌切牙区牙槽骨体积%Alveolar bone volume around upper incisors in adult patients with Class Ⅰ bimaxillary protrusion

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    刘璐; 李荣荣; 刘梦臖; 张琰; 刘东旭

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the alveolar bone volume around upper incisors in adult patients with Class Ⅰbimaxillary protrusion and provide a reference for orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning.Methods Twenty-two cases with Class Ⅰ bimaxillary protrusion (bimaxillary protrusion group)and Eighteen cases with individual normal occlusion (control group)were recruited.Lateral cephalograms and cone beam computed tomography(CBCT)scan-nings were taken respectively and the alveolar bone volume around four upper incisors in each subject were measured by Mimics 16.0.Results In bimaxillary protrusion group,alveolar bone volume around upper incisors decreased com-pared to the control group (P <0.05),apart from labial root apex zone of central incisors,labial root apex and palatal crest zone of the lateral incisors.Besides,alveolar crest zone,middle root zone,palatal alveolar bone,total alveolar bone of the central incisors,labial alveolar bone,palatal alveolar bone,total alveolar bone of the lateral incisors and total alveolar bone volume of four upper incisors in bimaxillary protrusion group were decreased compared to the control group (P <0.001).Conclusion The alveolar bone volume around upper incisors in adult patients with Class Ⅰ bima-xillary protrusion is fewer than that in the subjects with normal occlusion.It should be more cautious in the process of treatment planning,especially retraction or intrusion of the upper incisors.%目的:研究成人安氏Ⅰ类双颌前突患者上颌切牙区牙槽骨体积,为正畸诊断及治疗计划制定提供参考。方法选择安氏Ⅰ类双颌前突患者22例(双颌前突组)及个别正常牙合志愿者18例(对照组),分别拍摄头颅侧位片及锥体束计算机断层扫描(CBCT),利用 Mimics 16.0测量上颌4颗切牙牙槽骨体积。结果双颌前突组上颌切牙区牙槽骨体积除中切牙唇侧根尖区、侧切牙唇侧根尖区及腭侧牙槽嵴顶区外,

  9. Analysis of angulation rotation traction in the treatment of 30 protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc cases%成角度牵引治疗腰椎间盘突出症30例分析

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    郑丹

    2016-01-01

    ObjectiveTo investigate curative effect by angulation rotation traction in the treatment of protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc.MethodsA total of 60 patients with protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc were randomly divided into treatment group and control group, with 30 cases in each group. The treatment group received angulation rotation traction for treatment, and the control group received continuous horizontal traction for treatment. Curative effects of the two groups were compared.ResultsAfter treatment for 3 courses, the treatment group had better total effective rate as 83.3% than 66.7% of the control group (P<0.05).Conclusion Angulation rotation traction provides precisely curative effect in treating protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc.%目的:探讨成角度牵引治疗腰椎间盘突出症的疗效。方法60例腰椎间盘突出症患者,随机分为治疗组与对照组,各30例。治疗组给予持续成角度牵引治疗,对照组给予持续水平牵引治疗。比较两组治疗效果。结果经过3个疗程治疗后,治疗组总有效率为83.3%,优于对照组的66.7%(P<0.05)。结论成角度牵引治疗腰椎间盘突出症临床疗效良好。

  10. The Analysis of Imaging Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Protrusion in Adolescent%20岁以下青少年腰椎间盘突出症影像学分析

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    周鹏; 高雪梅; 钟辉; 陈进

    2008-01-01

    目的 探讨青少年腰椎间盘突出症的病因、临床及影像学表现特点.方法 回顾性分析16例青少年腰椎间盘突出症的临床和影像学表现.结果 L4.5,L5-S1是椎间盘突出的好发部位.16例青少年腰椎间盘突出症的主要CT、MR表现为:①中央型腰椎问盘突出2例,占12.50%;②周围型腰椎问盘突出 14例,占87.50%.结论 本病的发生与外伤和腰骶部发育异常有关.X线平片对青少年椎间盘突出诊断价值不如CT和MR,CT和MR检查准确性高,且为无创性检查,是诊断青少年腰椎椎间盘突出较为理想的检查方法 .%Objective To investigate the pathogenesis,clinical manifestations and imaging findings of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion in adolescent.Metho&The clinical and imaging representations of 16 cases with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion in adolescent were retrospectively analysed.Results The location of disc herniation occurred frequently at thelevel of L4-5 and L5-S1 intervertebral space.The main CT and MR This disease is closeiy related to trauma and develop mental anomaly.CT and MR is accurate and non-Invasive means,especially lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion in the adolescent.

  11. Design and application of dietary guidance software for lumbar disc protrusion%腰椎间盘突出症饮食指导模式的软件设计与应用

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    彭建华; 梁洁平; 张淑华

    2011-01-01

    目的 设计腰椎间盘突出症的饮食指导软件,使饮食指导能系统化和个性化相结合.方法 将2007年1~12月在我科住院的200例腰椎间盘突出病人分两组,两组患者均采用保守治疗,对照组未对患者进行饮食指导;观察组对患者进行饮食指导.结果 观察组的显效率(73%)和总有效率(91%)高于对照组(分别为61%、77%);观察组起效时间(7.5天)短于对照组(10.6天).结论 本软件对腰椎间盘患者有帮助,也是疾病宣教的新突破.%Objective To design dietary guidance software for lumbar disc protrusion, combining the dietary guidance systematically and individually. Methods The software was designed on the basis of Chinse therapies based on symdrome differentiation and computer technology was applied as a link, including establishment of typing of symdrome differentiation, construction of food databank, and programming of software. Methods 200 patients with lumbar disc protrusion who had been hospitalized during January 2007 and December 2007 were divided into two groups. The control group received conservative treatment but no dietary guidance and the study group received conservative treatment and dietary guidance. Results The improvement rate and the total effective rate were higher in the study group than in the control group; and the onset duration was shorter in the study group. Conclusions This software is helpful for patients with lumbar disc protrusion and is a new breakthrough in health education.

  12. 正畸—正颌联合矫治上颌前突畸形术后疗效及其稳定性研究%Clinical Study of Orthognathic- Orthodontics Surgery for Mandibular Protrusion

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    唐镇

    2011-01-01

    目的:探讨正畸—正颌联合矫治对上颌前突的临床疗效以及疗效的稳定性.方法:20例骨性上颌前突的恒牙列患者中联合治疗组11例,其采用上颌前份阶段性骨切开截骨术后退上颌骨并进行术前术后结合正畸进行治疗.对照组9例,行上颌前份节段性骨切开术治疗.结果:2组患者上颌前突均得到矫治,面部比例较为治疗前有明显的改善(P<0.05),联合治疗组的疗效的相关指标要高于对照组(P<0.05).结论:应用正颌—正畸联合治疗上颌前突具有患者侧貌协调、治疗效果稳定的特点,但术前正畸去代偿对疗效有一定影响.%Objective: T6 investigate the clinical efficacy and effect of stability of orthodontic -orthognathic correction of skeletal maxillary protrusion. Methods: From April 2006 to October 2009, 20 patients with permanent dentition and maxillary protrusion were selected, in which 11 cases were combined treatment. They were staged by anterior maxillary osteotomy and maxillary osteotomy back to preoperative and postoperative orthodontic treatment. In the control group, 9 cases were segmental anterior maxillary bone with incision treatment. Results: The patients who received treatment of maxillary protrusion had facial proportion significant improved (P<0. 05). The efficacy of combined treatment group was higher (P<0. 05). Conclusion: Orthognathic -orthodontic treatment of maxillary protrusion has the characteristics of coordination and efficiency.

  13. Structure and function analysis of the CMS/CIN85 protein family identifies actin-bundling properties and heterotypic-complex formation.

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    Gaidos, Gabriel; Soni, Shefali; Oswald, Duane J; Toselli, Paul A; Kirsch, Kathrin H

    2007-07-15

    Members of the CMS/CIN85 protein family participate in clathrin-mediated endocytosis and play a crucial role in maintaining the kidney filtration barrier. The CMS protein structure includes three Src homology 3 (SH3) domains and a proline-rich (PR) region that is connected by a 'linker' sequence to a coiled-coil (CC) domain. We show that CMS is a component of special actin-rich adhesion structures--podosomes--and demonstrate specific actin-binding properties of CMS. We have found that the entire C-terminal half of CMS is necessary for efficient binding to filamentous actin (F-actin). CMS and CIN85 can crosslink F-actin into bundles, a function that depends on the PR region and the CC domain. Removal of these domains reduces migration. CMS can also form heterotypic complexes with CIN85. CIN85 is expressed as multiple isoforms that share the CC domain, suggesting that heterotypic interactions with CMS provides a mechanism to regulate CMS binding to F-actin and thus for modulating dynamic rearrangements of the cytoskeleton.

  14. Small GTPase Rab21 mediates fibronectin induced actin reorganization in Entamoeba histolytica: implications in pathogen invasion.

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    Merlyn Emmanuel

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytica causes a wide spectrum of intestinal infections. In severe cases, the trophozoites can breach the mucosal barrier, invade the intestinal epithelium and travel via the portal circulation to the liver, where they cause hepatic abscesses, which can prove fatal if left untreated. The host Extra Cellular Matrix (ECM plays a crucial role in amoebic invasion by triggering an array of cellular responses in the parasite, including induction of actin rich adhesion structures. Similar actin rich protrusive structures, known as 'invadosomes', promote chemotactic migration of the metastatic cancer cells and non-transformed cells by remodeling the ECM. Recent studies showed a central role for Rab GTPases, the master regulators of vesicular trafficking, in biogenesis of invadosomes. Here, we showed that fibronectin, a major host ECM component induced actin remodeling in the parasite in a Rab21 dependent manner. The focalized actin structures formed were reminiscent of the mammalian invadosomes. By using various approaches, such as immunofluorescence confocal microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, along with in vitro invasion assay and matrix degradation assay, we show that the fibronectin induced formation of amoebic actin dots depend on the nucleotide status of the GTPase. The ECM components, fibronectin and collagen type I, displayed differential control over the formation of actin dots, with fibronectin positively and collagen type I negatively modulating it. The cell surface adhesion molecule Gal/GalNAc complex was also found to impose additional regulation on this process, which might have implication in collagen type I mediated suppression of actin dots.

  15. Small GTPase Rab21 Mediates Fibronectin Induced Actin Reorganization in Entamoeba histolytica: Implications in Pathogen Invasion

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    Emmanuel, Merlyn; Nakano, Yumiko Saito; Nozaki, Tomoyoshi; Datta, Sunando

    2015-01-01

    The protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytica causes a wide spectrum of intestinal infections. In severe cases, the trophozoites can breach the mucosal barrier, invade the intestinal epithelium and travel via the portal circulation to the liver, where they cause hepatic abscesses, which can prove fatal if left untreated. The host Extra Cellular Matrix (ECM) plays a crucial role in amoebic invasion by triggering an array of cellular responses in the parasite, including induction of actin rich adhesion structures. Similar actin rich protrusive structures, known as ‘invadosomes’, promote chemotactic migration of the metastatic cancer cells and non-transformed cells by remodeling the ECM. Recent studies showed a central role for Rab GTPases, the master regulators of vesicular trafficking, in biogenesis of invadosomes. Here, we showed that fibronectin, a major host ECM component induced actin remodeling in the parasite in a Rab21 dependent manner. The focalized actin structures formed were reminiscent of the mammalian invadosomes. By using various approaches, such as immunofluorescence confocal microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, along with in vitro invasion assay and matrix degradation assay, we show that the fibronectin induced formation of amoebic actin dots depend on the nucleotide status of the GTPase. The ECM components, fibronectin and collagen type I, displayed differential control over the formation of actin dots, with fibronectin positively and collagen type I negatively modulating it. The cell surface adhesion molecule Gal/GalNAc complex was also found to impose additional regulation on this process, which might have implication in collagen type I mediated suppression of actin dots. PMID:25730114

  16. Má oclusão de Classe I com biprotrusão e ausência dos primeiros molares inferiores Angle Class I malocclusion with bimaxillary dental protrusion and missing mandibular first molars

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    Aldino Puppin Filho

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente relato de caso descreve o tratamento ortodôntico de uma paciente de 24 anos de idade, portadora de má oclusão de Classe I de Angle, com protrusão dos incisivos superiores e inferiores, além de perda recente dos primeiros molares inferiores. O tratamento idealizado envolveu a exodontia dos primeiros pré-molares superiores, aliada ao fechamento dos espaços presentes na arcada inferior. O resultado obtido demonstra a necessidade de planos de tratamento individualizados e a importância dos conceitos biomecânicos para movimentar adequadamente os dentes. Esse caso clínico foi apresentado à Diretoria do Board Brasileiro de Ortodontia e Ortopedia Facial (BBO, representando a categoria livre escolha, como parte dos requisitos para obtenção do título de Diplomado pelo BBO.This case report describes the orthodontic treatment of a 24-year-old patient presenting with Angle Class I malocclusion, bimaxillary dental protrusion and recent loss of mandibular molars. Treatment involved extraction of the maxillary first premolars and closing of mandibular first molar spaces. Treatment outcomes demonstrate the need for individualized treatment planning and highlight the key role played by biomechanical concepts in achieving proper orthodontic tooth movement. This case was presented to the Brazilian Board of Orthodontics and Facial Orthopedics (BBO as representative of the free choice category in partial fulfillment of the requirements for obtaining the BBO Diploma.

  17. Report of 1 case of varicose veins of lower extremities with herpes zoster and lumbar disc protrusion%下肢浅静脉曲张伴带状疱疹及腰椎间盘突出1例

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    罗在胜; 吴志宏; 张加满

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, the diagnosis and treatment of 1 case for the simple varicose veins of lower extremities with herpes zoster and lumbar disc protrusion in patients was reviewed and summarized. The causes for missing diagnosis of herpes zoster in the early period were analyzed, in order to improve the recognition and identification of three types of diseases, including simple varicose veins of lower extremities, herpes zoster and lumbar disc protrusion. This will avoid missed diagnosis and misdiagnosis in the future clinical work.%通过对1例单纯性下肢浅静脉曲张溃疡形成伴带状疱疹及腰椎间盘突出患者的诊疗过程进行回顾、总结,分析早期对带状疱疹漏诊的原因,旨在提高对单纯性下肢浅静脉曲张、带状疱疹、腰椎间盘突出三种疾病的认识及鉴别,避免在今后的临床工作中出现漏诊及误诊。

  18. Ultrastructural characteristics of lateral pterygoid muscle after functional mandibular protrusion in adult rats%成年大鼠下颌功能性前伸后翼外肌的超微结构改变

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    周冬青; 白玉兴; 车晓霞; 孙异临

    2010-01-01

    Objective To investigate the ultrastructural characteristics of lateral pterygoid muscle after functional mandibular protrusion in adult rats. Methods Forty adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four experimental groups and four control groups, each group had 5 rats.The experimental groups were fitted with fixed bite-jumping devices that protruded the mandible. The control groups did not wear the devices. The animals were sacrificed on days 3, 7, 14, 28 days after experimental mandibular protrusion . The left and right lateral pterygoid muscle were dissected and observed under transmission electronic microscope. Results The myofilaments of experimental lateral pterygoid musle were dissolved and ruptured on days 3. The myofilaments interlaced and the sarcomeres did not arranged by rule in the experimental groups on days 7and 14. On days 28, The direction of a little myofilaments were different. The amount of subsarcolemmal and intermyofibrilar mitochondria of lateral pterygoid muscle was increased and the shape were changed on days 3,7, 14.The amount and shape of mitochondria were normal on day 28 after experimental mandibular protrusion. The excitatory transmitter in the end plate of lateral pterygoid muscle cells increased on 14days after functional mandibular protrusion. Conclusions The lateral pterygoid muscle showed ultrastructural alterations after experimental mandibular protrusion in adult rats.%目的 观察成年大鼠下颌功能性前伸后翼外肌的超微结构变化.方法 成年雄性Sprague-Dawley大鼠40只,随机分为4个实验组和4个对照组,每组5只.实验组大鼠配戴固定的前伸下颌矫治器,对照组不配戴矫治器.分别于下颌前伸3、7、14、28 d处死实验组和对照组大鼠.取大鼠左右侧的翼外肌,制作电镜标本,透射电镜下观察成年大鼠翼外肌的超微结构变化.结果 在实验组大鼠翼外肌细胞内,下颌前伸3 d时,部分肌丝溶解断裂;下颌前伸7 d和14 d时,肌

  19. Rôle du transporteur neuronal Potassium/Chlore KCC2 dans la plasticité des synapses glutamatergiques

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    Chevy, Quentin

    2015-01-01

    The polarity and efficacy of GABAergic synaptic transmission are both influenced by the intra-neuronal chloride concentration. In mature neurons, chloride extrusion through the neuronal K/Cl cotransporter KCC2 allows an inhibitory influx of chloride upon activation of GABAA receptors. Nevertheless, KCC2 is enriched in the vicinity of excitatory synapses within the dendritic spines that are actin-rich protrusions emerging from dendritic shafts. While it has become clear that KCC2 suppression a...

  20. Enlarged dendritic spines and pronounced neophobia in mice lacking the PSD protein RICH2

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    Sarowar, Tasnuva; Grabrucker, Stefanie; Föhr, Karl; Mangus, Katharina; Eckert, Matti; Bockmann, Juergen; Boeckers, Tobias M.; Andreas M. Grabrucker

    2016-01-01

    Background The majority of neurons within the central nervous system receive their excitatory inputs via small, actin-rich protrusions called dendritic spines. Spines can undergo rapid morphological alterations according to synaptic activity. This mechanism is implicated in learning and memory formation as it is ultimately altering the number and distribution of receptors and proteins at the post-synaptic membrane, thereby regulating synaptic input. The Rho-family GTPases play an important ro...

  1. The phospholipid-binding protein SESTD1 negatively regulates dendritic spine density by interfering with Rac1-Trio8 signaling pathway

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    Cheng-Che Lee; Chiung-Chun Huang; Kuei-Sen Hsu

    2015-01-01

    Dendritic spines are actin-rich protrusions from neuronal dendrites that harbor the majority of excitatory synapses. The balance of spine formation and retraction may influence dendritic integrity. While knowledge of the molecular mechanisms that promote dendritic spine formation has accumulated, little is known about the factors that limit spine formation. Here, we show that SESTD1, a phospholipid-binding protein containing a lipid-binding SEC14-like domain and two spectrin-repeat cytoskelet...

  2. 后路脊椎镜治疗腰椎间盘突出症与术后早期功能锻炼的相关性%Correlation of early functional exercises after the operation with vertebrascope in route of retreat to treat lumbar disc protrusion

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    吕原; 姚建祥; 张宁; 张庆彬; 赵立新; 朱卉敏; 于振声

    2002-01-01

    Objective To observe therapeutic effect in the near future of the operation of vertebrascope in route of retreat to treat lumbar disc protrusion and complications.Method According to symptoms,signs,myelography and CTM results to determine protrusion interspace and side type,applied the operation of vertebrascope in route of retreat to treat lumbar disc protrusion and perform functional exercises.Results 86 patients were followed up,and within these patients,58 appeared excellent (67% ),25 appeared good (29% ), 2 appeared not bad (2% ),and 1 appeared bad(1% ).Conclusion The technology has many advantages, such as little wound, little hemorrhage, little pain and fast restoration,which provide advantageous conditions for early functional exercises after operation.

  3. 温经洗药熏蒸腰椎间盘突出症的效果观察%Effect of fumigation therapy with main channel warming by Chinese herbs for lumbar disc protrusion

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    刘惠霞; 邓烈夏

    2012-01-01

    Objective To explore the effect of nursing for patients receiving fumigation therapy with main channel warming by Chinese herbs for lumbar disc protrusion.Methods 200 patients with lumbar disc protrusion who had been treated during the period of January 2010 to December 2011 were randomly divided into a study group and a control group.Both groups received fumigation therapy with main channel warming by Chinese herbs and conventional treatment.The study group received special care for the fumigation therapy and conventional care while the control group received routine care.Results After completion of treatment,length of hospital stay was shorter,the efficacy was better,the adverse events due to the fumigation therapy were fewer,and patient satisfaction was higher in the study group than in the control group.Conclusions Special care for patients receiving fumigation therapy with main channel warming by Chinese herbs for lumbar disc protrusion has a better effect.%目的 探讨温经洗药熏蒸疗法治疗腰椎间盘突出的护理效果.方法 收集2010年1月至2011年12月在我科住院治疗的腰椎间盘突出症患者200例,随机分成治疗组和对照组,均采用温经洗药熏蒸方法和常规疗法治疗,其中治疗组有针对性的给予温经洗药熏蒸方法治疗护理和常规护理,对照组采用常规护理.结果 治疗结束后治疗组的疗效、住院时间以及住院期间因熏蒸治疗发生的不良事件较对照组减少,患者满意度较高.结论 温经洗药熏蒸治疗腰椎间盘突出症护理效果良好.

  4. 正畸和正颌手术联合矫治下颌前突畸形%Correction of Mandibular Protrusion by Using both of Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery

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    曾融生; 杨小平; 王大为

    2001-01-01

    【Objective】 To study the clinical results and stability aftercorrection of mandibular protrusion by using both of orthodontics and orthognathic surgery. 【Methods】 A group of 21 patients with mandibular protrusion were corrected by preoperative orthodontics-orthognathic surgery-postoperative orthodontics procedure. As a control ,another group of 29 patients with deformities were corrected by orthognathic surgery only. The facial appearance, occlusion and stability of two groups after correction were investigated and compared. 【Results】 In orthodontics and orthognathic surgery group 81.0% of patients declared that their mastication were improved . Relapse rate of deformities was 4.8%;In orthognathic surgery group 58.6% of patients declared that their mastication were improved . Relapse rate of deformities was 10.3%. 【Conclusion】 Using both of orthodontics and orthognathic surgery to correct mandibular protrusion is a good approach to improve results of correction, keep balance of occlusion and reduce the relapse of the deformities.%【目的】探讨正畸和正颌手术联合矫治下颌前突畸形对于提高矫治效果及稳定性的临床意义。【方法】对21例下颌前突畸形患者进行术前正畸—正颌手术—术后正畸模式的矫治过程,并与同期29例单纯正颌手术病例比较,观察矫治后的颌面外形,咬合关系及疗效稳定性。【结果】正畸和正颌手术联合矫治组治疗后咬合关系良好,咀嚼功能改善率为81.0%(17/21),畸形复发率为4.8%(1/21);单纯正颌手术组咀嚼功能改善率为58.6%(17/29),畸形复发率为10.3%(3/29)。【结论】正畸和正颌手术联合矫治下颌前突畸形是提高矫治效果,达到颌、平衡及减少畸形复发的理想方法。

  5. The change of MMPs and TIMPs of patients with lumbar disc protrusion%腰椎间盘突出患者组织 MMP 及 TIMP 指标的变化研究

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    王涛; 康汇; 李红川

    2015-01-01

    目的:研究腰椎间盘突出患者髓核与纤维环组织中 MMP 及 TIMP 的表达,并探讨其在腰椎间盘退变中的意义。方法:选取腰椎间盘突出症患者切除的椎间盘标本50例,作为实验组,选择同时期突发创伤致腰部椎体骨折手术摘除椎间盘10例作为对照组。分离椎间盘髓核与纤维环,采用免疫组化法检测椎间盘标本中髓核及纤维环细胞中 MMP-1、MMP-2、MMP-3、MMP-9、MMP-13、TIMP-1、TIMP-2的表达。结果:MMPs 与 TIMPs 在腰椎间盘突出患者髓核与纤维环中的表达高于对照组,随着病情的加重 MMPs 与 TIMPs 的表达率也显著增高。结论:MMPs、TIMPs 表达失衡可能是基质降解导致腰椎间盘突出发生的重要原因。%Objective To observation the expression of MMPs and TIMPs in nucleus and annulus for patients with lumbar disc protrusion, and to explore its significance in lumbar disc degeneration. Methods 50 case of intervertebral disc samples in patients with lumbar disc protrusion were selected as experimental group, and 10 case of intervertebral disc samples in patients with lumbar vertebral fracture by emergency trauma were selected as control group. The express of MMP-1, MMP-2, MMP-3, MMP-9, MMP-13 and TIMP-1, TIMP-2 in nucleus and annulus were detected by immunohistochemistry. Results The express of MMPs and TIMPs in nucleus and annulus in patients with lumbar disc protrusion were all higher than control group, and The express rate of MMPs and TIMPs were significantly increased with the aggravation of the disease. Conclusion The imbalance expression of MMPs, TIMPs maybe the important cause for matrix degradation which lead the occurrence of lumbar disc hernia-tion.

  6. [Three dimensional structure of the connective tissue papillae of the tongue in Suncus murinus].

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    Kobayashi, K; Miyata, K; Iwasaki, S; Takahashi, K

    1989-08-01

    The surface structure of the connective tissue papillae (CP) of Suncus murinus tongue was observed by SEM after fixing with Karnovsky's fixative and removal of the epithelial cell layer with 3N or 8N HCl. On the surface of the slender conical tongue, there are densely distributed filiform papillae among which fungiform papillae are seen sporadically. A pair of vallate papillae are situated in the posterior region of the tongue. Filiform papillae appear somewhat different externally depending on the dorsal surface of the anterior tongue. At the tip of the tongue, filiform papillae are of a slender conical shape and have a slight depression in the anterior basal portion. The CP of these is seen as a spherical protrusion on which a shallow groove runs in the anteroposterior direction. In the middle region, somewhat large filiform papillae contain CP having one or two small round head-like structures on each spherical protrusion. These head-like structures are increased in number in the posterior region. In the most posterior region of the anterior tongue, there are distributed large filiform papillae having several slender protrusions that surround a basal anterior depression. These large branched filiform papillae have a glove finger like CP. Small conical filiform papillae are distributed in the posterior marginal region of the anterior tongue which have CP of a horse-shoe like protrusion that opens in the anterior direction. Spherical fungiform papillae have CP which are thick columnar in shape with many lateral thin folds running vertically and having a round depression on the top of each. CP of the vallate papillae appear as a beehive like structure.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  7. Evaluation of Maxillary Protrusion Malocclusion Treatment Effects with Prosthorthodontics in Middle Age Cases%中年人上颌前突错 的修复正畸疗效评价

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    2000-01-01

    目的 评价修复正畸法对中年人上颌前突错 治疗的疗效。方法 应用修复正畸法在短时间内对18例中年人(女性16例,男性2例,平均年龄45.6岁)上颌前突进行治疗,并以X线头颅侧位定位片分析方法,对其疗效进行评价。结果 经过修复正畸法治疗,上中切牙长轴明显舌侧倾斜,上下中切牙构成角度趋于正常,覆 、覆盖关系基本接近正常;上下唇软组织最前点明显后退,侧貌形态显著改善。结论 修复正畸法为不适合正畸治疗的中年人错 畸形提供了行之有效的治疗手段。%Purpose To evaluate the treatment effects of maxillary protrusion malocclusion with prosthorthodontics in middle age cases. Methods Sample included 18 middle age cases of maxillary protrusion malocclusion (16 females, 2 males, mean age 45.6 years old). Cephalometric analysis was used to evaluate the treatment effects. Results The upper incisor was apparently retroclined; the angle of upper and lower incisors return to normal; the overbite and overjet were reduced. The profile was improved as the result of retraction of the upper and lower lips. Conclusions Prosthorthodontics is an effective method of middle age malocclusions, especially for that not fit for orthodontic treatment cases.

  8. Field emission properties of an array of pyramidal structures

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    De Assis, Thiago A [Departamento de QuImica, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Borondo, F [Departamento de QuImica, Instituto Mixto de Ciencias Matematicas CSIC-UAM-UC3M-UCM, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); De Castilho, C M C; Brito Mota, F [Grupo de Fisica de SuperfIcies e Materiais, Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Campus Universitario da Federacao, 40210-340, Salvador, BA (Brazil); Benito, R M, E-mail: t.albuquerque@uam.e, E-mail: f.borondo@uam.e, E-mail: caio@ufba.b, E-mail: fbmota@ufba.b, E-mail: rosamaria.benito@upm.e [Grupo de Sistemas Complejos, Departamento de Fisica y Mecanica, Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros Agronomos, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2009-10-07

    The properties and efficiency of the emission current density produced by a metallic array of pyramidal structures are investigated. The theoretical results obtained by numerical integration of the corresponding Laplace equation using a finite differences scheme offer useful information for the optimization of field emission devices based on cathodes with this geometry. Our study shows that the inter-pyramidal distance strongly affects the current density, and even more important for this issue is the protrusion characteristics of these structures. Another relevant, although less important, parameter determining this density is the anode-cathode distance. The effect of the array characteristics on the maximum local electric field intensity is also discussed.

  9. Enhanced field emission from nanosecond laser based surface micro-structured stainless steel

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    Singh, A.K., E-mail: anilks@barc.gov.in [Laser & Plasma Technology Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085< p/ostalC> (India); Shinde, Deodatta; More, Mahendra A. [Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411007 (India); Sinha, Sucharita [Laser & Plasma Technology Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085< p/ostalC> (India)

    2015-12-01

    Highlights: • Stainless steel (SS) sheets have been surface treated using a frequency doubled nanosecond pulsed Nd:YAG laser at laser fluence level ∼0.7 J/cm{sup 2} resulting in formation of micro protrusions. • In regions near periphery of the laser treated spot showed formation of micro-protrusions with density as high as ∼4.5 × 10{sup 7} cones/cm{sup 2}. • Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analysis of untreated and laser treated samples reveals trend in change of elemental composition of the sample on laser treatment. • Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction analysis of untreated and laser treated samples shows formation of oxides and nitrides of iron upon laser treatment. • Field emission study on the laser micro-structured (SS) sample has shown low turn on field in comparison to untreated stainless steel. • Parameters characterizing large area field emitters such as turn ON field, macroscopic field enhancement factor and pre exponential factor corresponding to the laser micro-structured steel surface have been estimated. • Field emission current has shown good stability when tested over a period of 140 min at a preset level of 4 μA. - Abstract: This paper presents results of field emission study of laser based surface micro-structured stainless steel (SS). Surface micro-structuring of SS samples has been performed by direct irradiation of sample surface with a frequency doubled Nd:YAG nanosecond (ns) laser in atmospheric ambience. Laser treated samples have been characterized in terms of their surface morphology, elemental composition and field emission properties. Our results reveal formation of micro-protrusions of varying height and tip diameter depending on incident laser fluence. Within the laser irradiated spot, regions near periphery showed formation of micro-protrusions with number density as high as 4.5 × 10{sup 7} protrusions/cm{sup 2}. Such laser micro-structured samples have shown much lower turn on electric field (7.5 V

  10. 改进的上颌前部骨切开术矫治上颌前突及其术后的美学评价%Esthetic evaluation after modified anterior segmental osteotomy on maxillary protrusion

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    吴中兴; 李祖兵; 东耀峻; 叶翁三杰; 杨学文; 李智

    2009-01-01

    Objective The main goals of orthognathic surgery are to achieve funetional occlusion and improve patient's profile.The unintended nasal change in association with anterior maxillary osteotomy is always a challenging.The purpose of this study was to improve the anterior maxillary segmental osteotomy resulting in less post-operative unintended nasal change.Methods Thirty-two patients with maxillary protrusion underwent modified anterior subapical maxillary osteotomy.The design of the modified approach was based on the anterior mandibular subapical osteotomy.The horizontal osteotomy connecting the vertical osteotomy lines on both right and left sides was performed inferior to the piriform aperture and 3 mm over the apex.The integrity of piriform aperture was maximally preserved.Lateral cephalograms,lateral and frontal photographs taken pre-and post-operatively were analyzed.All the patients were followed up for at least 6 months.Results All thirty-two patients were satisfied with esthetic outcome.The upper lip protrusions and tooth exposure improved significantly.Cephalometric and photograph analysis showed that the ratio of upper lip to maxillary ineisor retractionwas 0.64:1.00,and the nasolabial angle and philtrum length were significantly increased(P<0.05)while vermilion length was decreased.The height of nasal tip and nasal width(alarbase to alarbase)were not significantly changed.Conclusion The modified anterior subapical maxillary osteotomy is a simple procedure leading to no significant postoperative nasal change.It provides a promising alternative in the treatment of maxillary protrusion.%目的 探讨矫治上颌前突的改进术式,以避免传统术式往往发生的继发鼻部形态改变,并可保证美容效果.方法 改进方式是根据下颌前部根尖下骨切开术的原则,在梨状孔下缘下方的前颌骨面、沿各上前牙根尖上3 mm做切骨标志点,将其相连即水平骨切开线,线两端与左右垂直骨切开线相连,呈"

  11. 双开窗治疗中央型腰椎间盘突出症及远期疗效分析%Long-term therapeutic effect of bilateral fenestration in the treatment of central protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc

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    李天国; 洪继均; 洪先觉

    2011-01-01

    Objective To observe the long-term clinical effect of bilateral fenestration in the treatment of central protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc. Methods Retrospectively analyzing the 42 cases of bilateral fenestration in the treatment of central protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc from June 2001 to February 2005. All cases had complete follow-up materials. 42 cases with central type of lumbar disc herniation were confirmed by X-ray, CT or MRI before surgery. All patients had bilateral lumbosacrum and hip symptoms simultaneously or alternating leg symptoms. And the symptoms were consistent with imaging data. The outcomes were estimated with the JOA (Japan Orthopaedic Association) standards of surgical treatment in lumbar and back pain, the Macnab's criteria and SF-36 quality of life scores. Results For the 42 cases, the follow-up period was from 6 months to 9 years and the average time was 6.2 years. For the patients with follow-up, the average score of JOA was 23.58±6.35. According to Macnab's criteria, excellent outcomes were achieved in 36 cases, good in 4 cases and fair in 2 cases. The excellence rate was 85.71%. No recurrence of symptoms in the same segment and phenomenon of instability of lumbar segment occurred. Conclusions Bilateral fenestration is a safe treatment helping patients to recover quickly from central protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc. It has good long-term efficacy, which could thoroughly decompress and maintain spinal stability.%目的 探讨双开窗手术治疗中央型腰椎间盘突出症及其远期临床疗效.方法 回顾性分析我院在2001年6月至2005年2月期间行双开窗手术治疗中央型腰椎间盘突出症并有完整随访资料的患者42例,全部病例术前均行X线片、CT或MRI检查发现中央型腰椎间盘突出,患者同时出现双侧腰骶臀部症状或交替性腿部症状,且症状与影像学相符.对所有患者通过JOA腰背痛手术治疗评分、Macnab评定标准和生活

  12. Variables involved in lip retraction in bimaxillary protrusive adolescents%影响双颌前突青少年患者唇部内收因素的研究

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    黄一平; 李巍然

    2014-01-01

    目的 探讨影响双颌前突青少年患者正畸治疗后唇部内收的因素.方法 对满足纳入标准的37例双颌前突青少年患者进行治疗前后的X线头影测量分析.测量治疗前软组织、硬组织、牙体组织项目及治疗后软硬组织变化项目共27项,应用多元线性回归(后退法)筛选影响唇部变化的敏感因素.结果 治疗后上中切牙颈缘点矢状向变化,治疗前年龄,上唇缘点至E线距离和颏部厚度影响上唇缘点矢状向内收变化,回归方程相关系数为0.875;治疗后下中切牙切缘矢状向变化,治疗前下唇缘点至E线距离,下唇紧张度,颏唇角和颏部厚度影响下唇缘点矢状向变化,回归方程相关系数为0.887.结论 治疗前生长潜力、骨性、牙性、软组织特点,及治疗后牙性变化影响双颌前突患者唇部内收变化.%Objective To investigate the variables involved in lip retraction in bimaxillary protrusive adolescents.Methods Pre and post-treatment cephalographs of 37 bimaxillary protrusive adolescents were evaluated.Twenty-seven linear and angular measurements were constructed to indicate the pre-treatment conditions and the post-treatment changes of hard and soft tissues.Stepwise multiple linear regression was used to screen variables which could affect the lip retractions.Results Stepwise multiple linear regression showed that the sagittal upper lip change could be affected by the sagittal change of the maxillary central incisor cervical point,initial distance from upper lip to E-line,chin thickness and grow potential with a 87.5 percent contribution ratio; and sagittal lower lip change was affected by the sagittal change of mandibular incisor tip position,initial distance from lower lip to E-line,lower lip taper,mentolabial angle and chin thickness with a 88.7 percent contribution ratio.Conclusions The pre-treatment hard and soft tissue variables,growth potential and the retraction of anterior teeth could affect lip

  13. 铸造铝合金镦粗挤压铆接接头失效形式和强度的分析%Analysis on failure modes and strength for upset protrusion riveted joints of casting aluminum alloy

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    李渭佳; 杨连发

    2016-01-01

    Upset protrusion riveting method was used to join castings. The performance of joint obtained by the method upsetting-extrusion was analyzed based on the failure modes and strength. The various testing schemes were obtained through orthogonal test method by chan-ging diameters and depths of the punch. Furthermore, based on the principle of constant volume, rivet heights under different test schemes were calculated, and the upset protrusion riveting tests were carried out. Then, it was conducted the shearing and tensile tests of parts. According to the results, the failure modes were analyzed and the failure limit diagram of joints was obtained. At last, the effects of the geometrical dimensions of the punch on the shear strength and tensile strength of joints were studied. The results show that the tensile strength of joints is lower than the shear strength;joints occur to shearing failure on tail under the shear loading. However, joints occur to head peeling, head shearing and joint pulling failure on tail under the tensile loading.%镦粗挤压铆接是针对铸造件的连接提出的一种铆接技术,从失效形式和强度两个方面对镦粗挤压铆接得到的接头性能进行分析,通过改变冲头直径和深度,采用正交试验,得到不同的试验组合。基于体积不变原理,计算出各个试验组合下需要的铆钉高度,进行镦粗挤压铆接试验,对铆接得到的试件进行剪切和拉伸试验。根据试验结果,分析接头的失效形式,并且绘制出接头的失效极限图,最后分析了冲头尺寸对接头抗剪强度和抗拉强度的影响。研究结果表明:采用镦粗挤压铆接方法得到的接头,其抗剪强度高于抗拉强度;剪切载荷下,接头只发生根部剪断失效;拉伸载荷下,接头发生头部剥离、头部剪断和铆钉根部拉断失效。

  14. Heating of microprotrusions in accelerating structures

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    A. C. Keser

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The thermal and field emission of electrons from protrusions on metal surfaces is a possible limiting factor on the performance and operation of high-gradient room temperature accelerator structures. We present here the results of extensive numerical simulations of electrical and thermal behavior of protrusions. We unify the thermal and field emission in the same numerical framework, describe bounds for the emission current and geometric enhancement, then we calculate the Nottingham and Joule heating terms and solve the heat equation to characterize the thermal evolution of emitters under rf electric field. Our findings suggest that heating is entirely due to the Nottingham effect. The time dependence of the rf field leads to a time dependent tip temperature with excursion that depends weakly on rf frequency. We build a phenomenological model to account for the effect of space charge and show that space charge eliminates the possibility of copper tip melting for tips with radii less than 10  μm with vacuum fields on their surface less than 12  GV/m, and for rf frequencies above 1 GHz.

  15. Superhydrophobicity on transparent fluorinated ethylene propylene films with nano-protrusion morphology by Ar + O2 plasma etching: Study of the degradation in hydrophobicity after exposure to the environment

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    Gupta, Nitant; Kavya, M. V.; Singh, Yogesh R. G.; Jyothi, J.; Barshilia, Harish C.

    2013-10-01

    Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) films were made superhydrophobic by Ar + O2 plasma etching process. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy studies of the plasma-treated FEP samples detected the presence of uniformly distributed nano-protrusions exhibiting a low surface roughness necessary for maintaining the transparency of the samples. In fact, optical transmittance measurements showed an improvement in the transparency of FEP samples after plasma treatment. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis showed the presence of -CFx-O-CFx- (x = 1, 2, or 3) linkages in both untreated and plasma-treated samples which explains the hydrophilic nature (contact angle below 90°) of the untreated sample. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy showed no changes in the bulk properties of the plasma-treated samples. Moreover, exposure to the environment caused the surfaces to lose their superhydrophobic property in an indefinite amount of time. This has been further studied through a water immersion experiment and explained through the wetting state transition from Cassie state to Wenzel state.

  16. 腰椎间盘突出症中医保守治疗的MRI观察%Morphological observation of MRI of lumbar disc protrusion with traditional Chinese medicine conservative treatment

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    柯祺; 许灼新; 龙翔宇; 赵小梅

    2002-01-01

    目的:观察腰椎间盘突出症(lumbar disc protrusion,LDP)中医保守治疗后突出椎间盘及其周围结构的形态变化.方法:45例LDP病例经MRI确诊后进行中医保守治疗(推拿、牵引、针灸、中药治疗),疗程结束后行腰椎MRI复查,评估治疗效果及治疗前后突出椎间盘及其周围结构的形态变化.结果:中医治疗LDP的优良率为82.22%;治疗前、后的腰椎间盘MRI信号强度、厚度、突出的程度、椎管前后径与横径、侧隐窝宽度、椎体终板疝的形态等均无明显差异.结论:中医保守疗法不能对腰椎间盘突出症的形态改变产生明显影响,但可有效缓解LDP患者的临床症状.

  17. Theory of factors limiting high gradient operation of warm accelerating structures

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    Nusinovich, Gregory S. [Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)

    2014-07-22

    This report consists of two parts. In the first part we describe a study of the heating of microprotrusions on surfaces of accelerating structures. This ;process is believed to lead to breakdown in these structures. Our study revealed that for current accelerator parameters melting should not occur due to space charge limitations of the current emitted by a protrusion. The second part describes a novel concept to develop THz range sources based on harmonic cyclotron masers for driving future colliders. This work was stimulated by a recent request of SLAC to develop high power, high-efficiency sources of sub-THz radiation for future high-gradient accelerators.

  18. The Evaluation of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Protrusion (LIDP) before and after Operation by CT Images%CT影像对腰椎间盘突出症手术前后的评估

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    侯明; 朱智奇; 唐向阳; 谢小青; 镇万新

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨CT扫描在腰椎间盘突出症术前及术后的临床价值.方法 40 例单纯腰椎间盘突出症患者,男22 例,女18例;年龄25-75岁,平均50.6岁.患者术前均行腰椎CT检查,测出椎间盘髓核突出影的CT值.术后1周行CT扫描,同时测量术后椎管内软组织影的CT值.结果 术前CT可以扫描到椎间盘突出影、神经根水肿及硬脊膜受压等表现.术后CT扫描对椎管内的软组织分辨率较差.术前椎管突出影CT 值为43.70-66.70 HU,术后椎管突出影CT 值为24.70±5.35.术前及术后的CT值比较,差异有统计学意义(t=12.30,P=0.00).结论 术后早期CT扫描对判断椎管内软组织结果有局限性,但CT值测量对鉴别腰椎间盘突出症术后早期椎管内软组织影的性质具有一定的应用价值及临床意义.%Objective To discuss the clinical value of CT value in patients with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion (LIDP) before and after operation. Methods 40 cases with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion (LfDP) were collected. 22 cases were male, and 18 cases were female, with the mean age 50.6 years (ranged from 25 to 75 years). All the patients underwent lumbar CT scanning before operation and CT values of herniated nucleus pulposus were measured. All the patients underwent lumbar CT scanning 1 week after operation and CT values of the soft tissue in vertebral canal were measured. Results CT images showed herniated nucleus pulposus, neural canal edema and dural compression before operation, but it had poor resolution to the soft tissue in spinal canal after operation. CT values of the herniated disc were 43.70-66.70 HU before operation and (24.70±5.35) HU after operation. The differences of CT values before and after operation had statistic significance (t=12.30, P=0.00). Conclusion CT scanning has limitations to value soft tissue a short time after operation. But CT value has certain application value and clinical significance to distinguish the nature of

  19. 腰椎间盘突出症术后椎间隙感染的原因分析及预防措施%Risk Factors and Prevention for Postoperative Spondylodiscitis after Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Protrusion

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    梁昌凡; 徐应林; 张贤锋

    2012-01-01

      目的:探讨腰椎间盘突出症术后椎间隙感染的相关因素和预防控制措施.方法:回顾性分析本院1998年1月-2011年12月收治的行手术治疗的腰椎间盘突出症患者的临床资料,评价术后椎间隙感染情况,分为感染组和非感染组.分析腰椎间盘突出症术后椎间隙感染的相关因素.结果:本组764例患者中有11例发生术后椎间隙感染,感染组和非感染组比较,手术方式、糖尿病、肥胖(体重指数BMI>27)、低蛋白血症(2 h)、呼吸系统感染、泌尿系统感染及导尿管留置时间(>2 d)、年龄等9个因素差异均有统计学意义(P27,hypoproteinemia(Seru m albumin2 h) ,infection of respiratory system ,infection of urinary system,the catheter indwelling time(>2 d), age, etc.Conclusion:The risk of postoperative spondylodiscitis after lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion can not be ignored and precaution should be taken to lower its occurrence.

  20. 姚新苗教授治疗腰椎间盘突出下肢麻木经验浅谈%Mr. Yao Xinmiao's Experience in Treating Numb Lower Limbs of Lumbar Vertebral Disc Protrusion

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    应建伟; 朱胤晟; 裘伟国; 姚新苗

    2013-01-01

      [目的]总结姚新苗教授治疗腰椎间盘突出症引起的下肢麻木的临床经验。[方法]从病因病机、治法治则等方面阐述姚新苗教授治疗腰椎间盘突出症引起的下肢麻木的临床经验,并附案例2则以验证。[结果]腰突症引起的下肢麻木主要病机是寒湿内侵、痰瘀血滞、气血亏虚,治疗上分别予散寒燥湿、化痰祛瘀、补气养血。[结论]姚新苗教授通过中医辨证论治,治疗腰椎间盘突出症引起的下肢麻木屡获佳效,易为患者所接受。%Objective] To sum up pro. Yao Xinmiao's experience in treating numb lower limbs induced by lumbar vertebral disc protrusion. [Method] It reiterates his experiences from causa morbi, mechanism, therapy and treating rules. [Result] Such numb lower limbs are owing to cold dump invasion, blocked sputum, stasis and blood and deficient Qi and blood, respectively treated with removing coldness to dry dump, removing sputum and stasis, nour-ishing Qi and blood. [Conclusion] Pro. Yao Xinmiao's experience in treating the disease above by differentiation of signs, has good effect, easily accepted by patients.

  1. Modic改变对开窗治疗腰椎间盘突出症疗效的影响%IMPACT OF MODIC CHANGES ON CURATIVE EFFECT OF FENESTRATION TO LUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISC PROTRUSION

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    王卫; 孟永生; 武可; 郝亚涛

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the impact of the signal changes of lumbar endplate and vertebral body,namely Modic change,to the curative effect of fenestration with excision of nucleus pulposus to lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion. Methods We collected 78 patients of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion who were treated by fenestration with excision of nucleus in our hospital,the patients were divided into two groups according to Modic changes or not on MRI of lumbar spinal,47 cases in group A,MRI showed no Modic changes,and 31 cases in group B,including 11 cases of Modic type Ⅰ changes on the endplate and vertebral body showed by MRI,17 cases of Modic type Ⅱchanges, and 3 patients of Modic type Ⅲ changes,patients' visual analogue scale( VAS)and Oswestry disability index(ODI)before operation and one year after operation were analyzed statistically. Results The preoperative VAS score and ODI score of patients in group A and B had no significant difference,and these scores were improved significantly one year after surgery. At follow-up of one year after surgery,VAS score of group A was(0. 99 ± 0. 23)scores,and the score of group B was(2. 21 ± 0. 69)scores,the score of group A was better than that of group B(P﹤0. 01);ODI score of group A was(6. 13 ± 1. 12)scores, and the score of group B was(9. 05 ± 2. 54)scores,the score of group A was better than that of group B (P﹤0. 01). At the preoperative and one year after surgery,there were no significant difference in patients with different types of Modic changes on VAS scores and ODI scores. Conclusion Fenestration with excision of nucleus pulposus was one of the effective ways of treatment to lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion. Modic changes on the endplate and vertebral body may be one of the reasons affecting the relief of lumbar pain after surgery.%目的:探讨腰椎终板及椎体信号改变,即Modic改变,对开窗髓核摘除术治疗腰椎间盘突出症疗效的影响。方法分析采

  2. Root resorption and factors analysis of the maxillary incisors before retraction in patients with protrusion%前突患者上切牙内收前的牙根吸收状况及因素分析

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    马宁; 李巍然

    2013-01-01

    目的 调查前突患者上切牙内收前的牙根吸收状况,并且对该阶段牙根吸收的影响因素进行初步的探索.方法 选择上颌需要拔除双侧第一前磨牙且需要强支抗的前突患者50名,分别于正畸治疗前(T1)和上切牙内收前(T2)拍摄上颌切牙的平行投照根尖片和头颅侧位片,通过测量和评价,得到每颗切牙的牙根吸收量、治疗前牙根形态及上中切牙的角度位置及变化量,并记录其他诊断和治疗因素.对牙根吸收量作描述性统计,对各因素作多因素分析.结果 ①前突患者上切牙内收前,中切牙的牙根吸收平均为(0.73±0.53)mm,侧切牙为(0.84±0.70)mm.②有3%的中切牙和6%的侧切牙牙根吸收大于2mm.③多元线性回归表明T1期牙根形态异常、内收前疗程长、上中切牙根尖距唇侧骨皮质的距离减小量大、T1期U1/PP角小、上颌前部拥挤为中切牙牙根吸收的危险因素.T1期牙根形态异常、上颌前部拥挤、内收前疗程长、T1期牙齿长度长为侧切牙牙根吸收的危险因素.结论 前突患者上切牙内收前有一定量的牙根吸收,个别高危患者其牙根吸收状况较严重.我们的研究因素中存在此阶段与上切牙牙根吸收相关的因素,但这些因素对于牙根吸收的解释仅为30%左右.%Objective To investigate root resorption of the maxillary incisors before retraction in patients with protrusion and to explore the possible risk factors.Methods 50 patients with protrusion malocclusion treated with bilateral maxillary first premolars extractions and high anchorage were selected.The periapical radiographs of the maxillary incisors using paralleling technique and cephalograms were obtained before treatment(T1) and before retraction(T2).Root resorption values of each incisor were measured and root forms at T1 were diagnosed.The inclination angle,the position and the changes of the maxillary central incisors were measured.Other diagnosis

  3. The Reserch of Electric Acupuncture and Acupuncture Treatment of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Protrusion in Clinical%电针配合刺法治疗腰椎间盘突出症临床研究进展

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    李鑫; 朱栩宏

    2016-01-01

    腰椎间盘突出症是骨科的常见病和多发病,椎间盘突出症主要病因是椎间盘劳损变性、纤维环破裂或髓核脱出等,刺激或压迫脊神经、脊髓等引起的一系列症状群,临床主要以腰背疼痛、下肢疼痛或麻木为主要表现。本病归属于中医“腰痛”“腰腿痛”范畴。目前的中医治疗方法有针灸、推拿、中药内服、封闭、穴位埋线等,针灸疗法对腰椎间盘突出引起的下肢疼痛麻木具有独特疗效。本文就电针配合针灸治疗腰椎间盘突出症研究进展作一综述。%Lumbar disc disease is a common disease and frequently encountered disease in orthopedics, strain of intervertebral disc degeneration is the main cause of herniated intervertebral disc, bulgin or nucleus pulposus prolapse, stimulate or oppression, cause a series of symptoms such as spinal nerve, spinal cord group clinical mainly to lower back pain, leg pain or numbness as the main per-formance.The disease belongs to Chinese medicine “back pain” and “lumbocrural pain” category.At present there are acupuncture and moxibustion, massage, Chinese medicine treatment of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), closed, acupuncture point bury line take orally, acupuncture and moxibustion therapy on lumbar disc pain caused by lower limb numbness has unique curative effect.This paper summarizes the progress research on acupuncture treatment of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion.

  4. Whole course nursing intervention in the treatment of 162 patients with protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc by overhang massage therapy%倒悬推拿疗法治疗腰椎间盘突出症162例全程护理干预

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    吴丽春

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨倒悬推拿疗法治疗腰椎间盘突出症患者的全程护理干预方法.方法:对162例腰椎间盘突出症患者采用倒悬推拿疗法,并给予全程护理干预.结果:本组治愈98例,好转62例,未愈2例,治愈率为60.5%,有效率为98.8%.162例患者均顺利完成治疗,未发生不良反应.结论:对倒悬推拿疗法治疗腰椎间盘突出症患者行全程护理干预,可降低疾病复发率,减轻患者痛苦,融洽护患关系.%To explore the method of whole course nursing intervention in the treatment of patients with protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc by overhang massage therapy. Methods: 162 patients with protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc were treated with overhang massage therapy and given the whole course nursing intervention. Results:98 patients were cured,62 patients improved and 2 patients failed. The cure rate was 60. 5% and effective rate was 98. 8%. 162 patients successfully completed treatment, without adverse reactions. Conclusion:The whole course nursing intervention in the treatment of patients with protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc can reduce the recurrence rate and suffering of patients,thus the nurse --patient relationship will become more harmonious.

  5. The three-dimensional structure of the Eta Carinae Homunculus

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    Steffen, W; Madura, T I; Groh, J H; Gull, T R; Mehner, A; Corcoran, M F; Damineli, A; Hamaguchi, K

    2014-01-01

    We investigate, using the modeling code SHAPE, the three-dimensional structure of the bipolar Homunculus nebula surrounding Eta Carinae, as mapped by new ESO VLT/X-Shooter observations of the H2 $\\lambda=2.12125$ micron emission line. Our results reveal for the first time important deviations from the axisymmetric bipolar morphology: 1) circumpolar trenches in each lobe positioned point-symmetrically from the center and 2) off-planar protrusions in the equatorial region from each lobe at longitudinal (~55 degrees) and latitudinal (10-20 degrees) distances from the projected apastron direction of the binary orbit. The angular distance between the protrusions (~110 degrees) is similar to the angular extent of each polar trench (~130 degrees) and nearly equal to the opening angle of the wind-wind collision cavity (~110 degrees). As in previous studies, we confirm a hole near the centre of each polar lobe and no detectable near-IR H2 emission from the thin optical skirt seen prominently in visible imagery. We con...

  6. Initial exploration of and corresponding nursing interventions for correlations between air - conditioned environment and lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion%空调环境与腰椎间盘突出症的关系初探与护理干预对策

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    程小芸; 温秀梅; 陈尚杰; 方梅; 王海霞; 余碧

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To discuss correlations between air - conditioned environment and lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion as well as corresponding nurs-ing methods based on them. Methods:Selected 100 patients with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion(observation group)and 100 healthy volunteers from February 2013 to July 2014 as study objects,and conducted statistical analysis on probabilities of all study objects to live in air - conditioned environment. Results:Probability of observation group to live or work in air - conditioned environment was higher than that of control group. Conclusion:Air - conditioned environment is closely correlated with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion. Therefore,it is advisable to properly reduce the opportunity for patients to live or work in air - conditioned environment,so as to improve living quality of patients with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion.%目的:探讨空调环境与腰椎间盘突出症之间的关系以及与其相对应护理措施。方法:选择我院2013年2月~2014年7月100例腰间盘突出症确诊患者(观察组)以及100例健康志愿者(对照组)为研究对象,对所有研究对象的空调环境下生活概率进行统计学分析。结果:观察组在空调环境下生活、工作的概率明显高于对照组。结论:空调环境与腰间盘突出症密切相关,应适当减少患者在空调环境工作、生活的概率,以提高腰椎间盘突出症患者的生活质量。

  7. Presynaptically released Cbln1 induces dynamic axonal structural changes by interacting with GluD2 during cerebellar synapse formation.

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    Ito-Ishida, Aya; Miyazaki, Taisuke; Miura, Eriko; Matsuda, Keiko; Watanabe, Masahiko; Yuzaki, Michisuke; Okabe, Shigeo

    2012-11-08

    Differentiation of pre- and postsynaptic sites is coordinated by reciprocal interaction across synaptic clefts. At parallel fiber (PF)-Purkinje cell (PC) synapses, dendritic spines are autonomously formed without PF influence. However, little is known about how presynaptic structural changes are induced and how they lead to differentiation of mature synapses. Here, we show that Cbln1 released from PFs induces dynamic structural changes in PFs by a mechanism that depends on postsynaptic glutamate receptor delta2 (GluD2) and presynaptic neurexin (Nrx). Time-lapse imaging in organotypic culture and ultrastructural analyses in vivo revealed that Nrx-Cbln1-GluD2 signaling induces PF protrusions that often formed circular structures and encapsulated PC spines. Such structural changes in PFs were associated with the accumulation of synaptic vesicles and GluD2, leading to formation of mature synapses. Thus, PF protrusions triggered by Nrx-Cbln1-GluD2 signaling may promote bidirectional maturation of PF-PC synapses by a positive feedback mechanism.

  8. Lingual structural pattern of juvenile Chameleon, Chameleo chameleon

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    Ahmed A. El Mansi

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available It is belong to the order Squamata, family, Chamaeleonidae. They have characteristic features of tongue protrusion during capturing prey attracts many research works and assay its velocity during protrusion. Yet little studies touched the anatomical and histological feature of the juvenile tongue and especially the middle tongue region involved in the tongue elongation, the present study aimed to focus on the histological structure of the mid-tongue and clarify its role in projection of the tongue as well as the glandular structure, keratinization of lingual epithelium and proliferation capacity of the fore-tongue region in relation with their feeding habits during the juvenile age. Juvenile Chameleo chameleon are collected from Abu Rawash, north of Giza Governorate, Egypt during summer 2015. Three juvenile developmental stages are used in the present study and categorized according to the gross morphological criteria of head, abdomen and limb lengths. The tongue and hyoid apparatus were removed and photographed. Histological, immunohistochemistry of cytokeratin and stem cell factor and scanning electronic microscopic investigations were carried out on the fore-tongue region, meanwhile only histological studies were done for the median tongue region. Morphometric assessments of number and length of lingual papillae and grades of cytokeratin and stem cell expression were done. Histologically, the dorsal lingual mucosa of the fore-tongue possessed different pattern of lingual papillae including finger-like, club, cubical, biforked and multi-branched papillae. The finger-like papillae are more abundant compared to the other types. The lamina propria of anterior median tongue pad are more glandular and exhibited abundant distribution of PAS-positive tubular glands and moderate alcian blue staining affinity of both alveolar and branched alveolar glands. There is no detected keratinization of the lingual epithelium. Stem cell factor appeared denser on

  9. Study on the Medication Law in Treatment of Lumbar Disc Protrusion Based on Association Rules and Complex System Entropy Cluster%基于关联规则和复杂系统熵聚类的腰椎间盘突出症用药规律研究

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    杨济源; 林聪; 刘军; 潘建科; 马振尉; 洪坤豪

    2015-01-01

    The Chinese herbal formulas for the treatment of lumbar disc protrusion in recent 5 years were retrieved from CNKI,Chongqing VIP and Wanfang database. The use frequency of each medicine in the formulas,the association rules among medicines and the combination of core medicines were analyzed. Based on TCMISS software,the medication law of herbal medicines was analyzed for the treatment of lumbar disc protrusion. Three hundred and ten herbal medicine formulas were screened for analysis. The use frequency of medicines,the nature and flavor,meridian tropism and the association rules among medicines were deter-mined. Sixteen core combinations were explored. The common medicines for lumbar disc protrusion were acti-vating blood circulation,resolving stasis,tonifying qi,yang and blood,expelling wind,damp and cold. The na-tures of medicines were mainly warm,neutral and cold and the flavors were mainly sweat,bitter and pungent. The liver,kidney and spleen meridians were mainly involved. The core medicines in clinical treatment of lum-bar disc protrusion were angelica sinensis,radix achyranthis bidentatae,eucommia ulmoides,liquorice,para-sitic loranthus,radix angelicae pubescentis,poria cocos,ligusticum wallichii,radix dipsaci,fraxinus bun-geana,lumbricus,radix paeoniae alba,semen persicae and safflower carthamus.%通过中国知网、重庆维普、万方数据库收集近5年治疗腰椎间盘突出症文献中的中药处方,分析处方中各种药物的使用频次、药物之间的关联规则、核心药物组合,基于中医传承辅助平台(TCMISS)软件分析腰椎间盘突出症中药处方的用药规律。对筛选出的310个中药处方进行分析,确定处方中药物的使用频次、四气五味、归经、药物之间的关联规则,挖掘出16个核心组合。腰椎间盘突出症常用的药物以活血化瘀药、补血药、补阳药、补气药、祛风湿散寒药、发散风寒药、祛湿药为主,治法主要是活血化瘀、益

  10. Combination of Ozone and Collagenase in the Treatment of 97 Patients with Lubar Intervertebral Disc Protrusion%臭氧与胶原酶联合应用治疗腰椎间盘突出症97例疗效分析

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    陈雪松; 宋超; 王世平; 赵敏; 李庆芬

    2011-01-01

    Objective To explore the therapeutic effects of combination of ozone and collagenase on lubar intervertebral disc protrusion. Methods Ninety-seven patients with lubar intervertebral disc protrusion were enrolled in this study. 21G atraumatic puncture needle was punctured into astern 1/3 site of intervertebral disc guided by X-ray localization, then ozone at 60 mg/L was injected slowly by 15 mL/disk. CT scaning was used to learn the distribution of ozone in intervertebral disc in 5 min after injection of ozone. 2.5 mL of 600 U collagenase dissolved in normal saline was injected to the 97 patients during ozone therapy or 3 ~ 5 days after ozone therapy.Infection prevention, dehydration, promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis were given to patients after operation. Results The success rate of operation was 100%. 97 patients were followed up for 6 ~ 36 months. According to MacNab's criteria, 93 patients showed excellent results, 3 patients showed effective results, accounting for 95.87%, and 1 patient showed ineffective result. Conclusions Combination of ozone and collagenase not only can decrease the pressure in the involved intervertebral disc, but also can eliminate or relieve the pressure on nerve root by intervertebral disc protrusion, then relieve the clinical symptoms. Therefore,it is a safe and effective treatment for lubar intervertebral disc protrusion.%目的 探讨臭氧、胶原酶联合治疗椎间盘突出症的方法及疗效.方法 2006年6月至2009年12月间腰椎间盘突出症97例,97个椎间盘,用21C无损伤酒精穿刺针在X光定位下穿刺至椎间盘后1/3处,缓慢注入60 mg/L的臭氧气体15 mL/间盘,注射后5分钟内CT扫描了解臭氧在椎间盘内分布情况,同组病例97个椎间盘臭氧治疗术同时或术后第3~5天穿刺至病变椎间盘突出物位置(椎后间隙),造影+脊髓麻醉试验确认后,注入胶原酶600 U的生理盐水液2.5 mL.术后给预防感染、脱水

  11. Influence of overall nursing intervention and lumbar and abdominal mus-cle strength training on lumbar vertebral function of patients with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion%整体护理干预腰腹肌肌力训练对腰椎间盘突出症患者腰椎功能的影响

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    丛培彦; 张灵芝; 于丽

    2015-01-01

    Objective To assess the influence of overall nursing intervention and lumbar and abdominal muscle strength training on the lumbar vertebral function of patients with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion. Methods Seventy-six patients with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion treated in our hospital from May 2013 to December 2014 were ran-domly divided into the control group and the observation group. The control group was given simple lumbar and ab-dominal muscle strength training, and the observation group was given additional overall nursing intervention on the ba-sis of lumbar and abdominal muscle strength training. The changes of lumbar vertebral function scores and the patient satisfaction rates of the two groups were compared. Results Before nursing training, the two groups were not signifi-cantly different in the lumbar vertebral function score (P>0.05); after nursing training, the observation group was sig-nificantly higher than the control group in the lumbar vertebral function score, with statistically significant difference(P0.05);护理训练后观察组腰椎功能评分明显高于对照组,差异具有统计学意义(孕<0.05)。观察组患者的满意度明显高于对照组,差异具有统计学意义(孕<0.05)。结论整体护理干预腰腹肌肌力训练能有效提高患者对疾病的认知程度,使患者积极配合治疗,效果显著,患者满意度高,值得临床推广应用。

  12. Cryo-electron microscopy structure of a yeast mitochondrial preprotein translocase.

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    Model, Kirstin; Meisinger, Chris; Kühlbrandt, Werner

    2008-11-28

    The translocase of the outer mitochondrial membrane (TOM) complex is the main entry gate for proteins imported into mitochondria. We determined the structure of the native, unstained approximately 550-kDa core-Tom20 complex from Saccharomycescerevisiae by cryo-electron microscopy at 18-A resolution. The complex is triangular, measuring 145 A on edge, and has near-3-fold symmetry. Its bulk is made up of three globular approximately 50-A domains. Three elliptical pores on the c-face merge into one central approximately 70-A cavity with a cage-like assembly on the opposite t-face. Nitrilotriacetic acid-gold labeling indicates that three Tom22 subunits in the TOM complex are located at the perimeter of the complex near the interface of the globular domains. We assign Tom22, which controls complex assembly, to three peripheral protrusions on the c-face, while the Tom20 subunit is tentatively assigned to the central protrusion on this surface. Based on our three-dimensional map, we propose a model of transient interactions and functional dynamics of the TOM assembly.

  13. Computational model for amoeboid motion: Coupling membrane and cytosol dynamics.

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    Moure, Adrian; Gomez, Hector

    2016-10-01

    A distinguishing feature of amoeboid motion is that the migrating cell undergoes large deformations, caused by the emergence and retraction of actin-rich protrusions, called pseudopods. Here, we propose a cell motility model that represents pseudopod dynamics, as well as its interaction with membrane signaling molecules. The model accounts for internal and external forces, such as protrusion, contraction, adhesion, surface tension, or those arising from cell-obstacle contacts. By coupling the membrane and cytosol interactions we are able to reproduce a realistic picture of amoeboid motion. The model results are in quantitative agreement with experiments and show how cells may take advantage of the geometry of their microenvironment to migrate more efficiently.

  14. Evidence of liquid phase during laser-induced periodic surface structures formation induced by accumulative ultraviolet picosecond laser beam

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    Huynh, T. T. D.; Petit, A.; Semmar, N., E-mail: nadjib.semmar@univ-orleans.fr [GREMI, UMR7344, CNRS/University of Orleans, 14 rue d' Issoudun, BP6744, 45067 Orleans Cedex 2 (France); Vayer, M. [ICMN, UMR 7374, CNRS/University of Orleans, 1b rue de la Ferollerie, CS 40059, 45071 Orleans Cedex (France); Sauldubois, A. [CME, UFR Sciences, University of Orleans, 1 Rue de Chartres, BP 6759, 45067 Orleans Cedex 2 (France)

    2015-11-09

    Laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) were formed on Cu/Si or Cu/glass thin films using Nd:YAG laser beam (40 ps, 10 Hz, and 30 mJ/cm{sup 2}). The study of ablation threshold is always achieved over melting when the variation of the number of pulses increases from 1 to 1000. But the incubation effect is leading to reduce the threshold of melting as increasing the number of laser pulse. Also, real time reflectivity signals exhibit typical behavior to stress the formation of a liquid phase during the laser-processing regime and helps to determine the threshold of soft ablation. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) analyses have shown the topology of the micro-crater containing regular spikes with different height. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) allows finally to show three distinguished zones in the close region of isolated protrusions. The central zone is a typical crystallized area of few nanometers surrounded by a mixed poly-crystalline and amorphous area. Finally, in the region far from the protrusion zone, Cu film shows an amorphous structure. The real time reflectivity, AFM, and HR-TEM analyses evidence the formation of a liquid phase during the LIPSS formation in the picosecond regime.

  15. Evidence of liquid phase during laser-induced periodic surface structures formation induced by accumulative ultraviolet picosecond laser beam

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    Huynh, T. T. D.; Vayer, M.; Sauldubois, A.; Petit, A.; Semmar, N.

    2015-11-01

    Laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) were formed on Cu/Si or Cu/glass thin films using Nd:YAG laser beam (40 ps, 10 Hz, and 30 mJ/cm2). The study of ablation threshold is always achieved over melting when the variation of the number of pulses increases from 1 to 1000. But the incubation effect is leading to reduce the threshold of melting as increasing the number of laser pulse. Also, real time reflectivity signals exhibit typical behavior to stress the formation of a liquid phase during the laser-processing regime and helps to determine the threshold of soft ablation. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) analyses have shown the topology of the micro-crater containing regular spikes with different height. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) allows finally to show three distinguished zones in the close region of isolated protrusions. The central zone is a typical crystallized area of few nanometers surrounded by a mixed poly-crystalline and amorphous area. Finally, in the region far from the protrusion zone, Cu film shows an amorphous structure. The real time reflectivity, AFM, and HR-TEM analyses evidence the formation of a liquid phase during the LIPSS formation in the picosecond regime.

  16. Robust hybrid raspberry-like hollow particles with complex structures: a facile method of swelling polymerization towards composite spheres.

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    Zhang, Xu; Yao, Xiaohui; Wang, Xiaomei; Feng, Lei; Qu, Jiayan; Liu, Pange

    2014-02-14

    A novel robust hybrid raspberry-like TiO2/PS hollow particles with complex double-shelled structures have been fabricated in large quantities by a facile swelling polymerization approach based on commercially available hollow polystyrene (PS) spheres. The crosslinked-PS protrusions are wedged firmly into the TiO2 shell, making the resultant particles both chemically and mechanically robust. By simply tuning the monomer concentration, the hierarchical morphology (the size and number of protrusion) of the surfaces can be well-controlled. Due to the dual-sized hierarchical morphology, the particulate coating possesses superhydrophobicity (water contact angle ≈ 161°). Moreover, the well-compartmentalized character is similar to that of typical Janus particles. The special particles with interfacial activity can stabilize water-in-toluene (w/o) emulsions well. Meanwhile, a TiO2 double-shelled hollow sphere with a complex structure is achieved by calcination or solvent treatment. All these unique features derived from a readily available method will endow the products with a broader range of applications.

  17. Static electric field enhancement in nanoscale structures

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    Lepetit, Bruno; Lemoine, Didier; Márquez-Mijares, Maykel

    2016-08-01

    We study the effect of local atomic- and nano-scale protrusions on field emission and, in particular, on the local field enhancement which plays a key role as known from the Fowler-Nordheim model of electronic emission. We study atomic size defects which consist of right angle steps forming an infinite length staircase on a tungsten surface. This structure is embedded in a 1 GV/m ambient electrostatic field. We perform calculations based upon density functional theory in order to characterize the total and induced electronic densities as well as the local electrostatic fields taking into account the detailed atomic structure of the metal. We show how the results must be processed to become comparable with those of a simple homogeneous tungsten sheet electrostatic model. We also describe an innovative procedure to extrapolate our results to nanoscale defects of larger sizes, which relies on the microscopic findings to guide, tune, and improve the homogeneous metal model, thus gaining predictive power. Furthermore, we evidence analytical power laws for the field enhancement characterization. The main physics-wise outcome of this analysis is that limited field enhancement is to be expected from atomic- and nano-scale defects.

  18. Static electric field enhancement in nanoscale structures

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    Lepetit, Bruno, E-mail: bruno.lepetit@irsamc.ups-tlse.fr; Lemoine, Didier, E-mail: didier.lemoine@irsamc.ups-tlse.fr [Université de Toulouse, UPS, Laboratoire Collisions Agrégats Réactivité, IRSAMC, F-31062 Toulouse (France); CNRS, UMR 5589, F-31062 Toulouse (France); Márquez-Mijares, Maykel, E-mail: mmarquez@instec.cu [Université de Toulouse, UPS, Laboratoire Collisions Agrégats Réactivité, IRSAMC, F-31062 Toulouse (France); CNRS, UMR 5589, F-31062 Toulouse (France); Instituto Superior de Tecnologías y Ciencias Aplicadas, Avenida Salvador Allende 1110, Quinta de los Molinos, La Habana (Cuba)

    2016-08-28

    We study the effect of local atomic- and nano-scale protrusions on field emission and, in particular, on the local field enhancement which plays a key role as known from the Fowler-Nordheim model of electronic emission. We study atomic size defects which consist of right angle steps forming an infinite length staircase on a tungsten surface. This structure is embedded in a 1 GV/m ambient electrostatic field. We perform calculations based upon density functional theory in order to characterize the total and induced electronic densities as well as the local electrostatic fields taking into account the detailed atomic structure of the metal. We show how the results must be processed to become comparable with those of a simple homogeneous tungsten sheet electrostatic model. We also describe an innovative procedure to extrapolate our results to nanoscale defects of larger sizes, which relies on the microscopic findings to guide, tune, and improve the homogeneous metal model, thus gaining predictive power. Furthermore, we evidence analytical power laws for the field enhancement characterization. The main physics-wise outcome of this analysis is that limited field enhancement is to be expected from atomic- and nano-scale defects.

  19. Crystal Structures of a Piscine Betanodavirus: Mechanisms of Capsid Assembly and Viral Infection.

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    Nai-Chi Chen

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Betanodaviruses cause massive mortality in marine fish species with viral nervous necrosis. The structure of a T = 3 Grouper nervous necrosis virus-like particle (GNNV-LP is determined by the ab initio method with non-crystallographic symmetry averaging at 3.6 Å resolution. Each capsid protein (CP shows three major domains: (i the N-terminal arm, an inter-subunit extension at the inner surface; (ii the shell domain (S-domain, a jelly-roll structure; and (iii the protrusion domain (P-domain formed by three-fold trimeric protrusions. In addition, we have determined structures of the T = 1 subviral particles (SVPs of (i the delta-P-domain mutant (residues 35-217 at 3.1 Å resolution; and (ii the N-ARM deletion mutant (residues 35-338 at 7 Å resolution; and (iii the structure of the individual P-domain (residues 214-338 at 1.2 Å resolution. The P-domain reveals a novel DxD motif asymmetrically coordinating two Ca2+ ions, and seems to play a prominent role in the calcium-mediated trimerization of the GNNV CPs during the initial capsid assembly process. The flexible N-ARM (N-terminal arginine-rich motif appears to serve as a molecular switch for T = 1 or T = 3 assembly. Finally, we find that polyethylene glycol, which is incorporated into the P-domain during the crystallization process, enhances GNNV infection. The present structural studies together with the biological assays enhance our understanding of the role of the P-domain of GNNV in the capsid assembly and viral infection by this betanodavirus.

  20. Virion Structure of Black Queen Cell Virus, a Common Honeybee Pathogen

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    Spurny, Radovan; Přidal, Antonín; Pálková, Lenka; Kiem, Hoa Khanh Tran; de Miranda, Joachim R.

    2017-01-01

    ABSTRACT Viral diseases are a major threat to honeybee (Apis mellifera) populations worldwide and therefore an important factor in reliable crop pollination and food security. Black queen cell virus (BQCV) is the etiological agent of a fatal disease of honeybee queen larvae and pupae. The virus belongs to the genus Triatovirus from the family Dicistroviridae, which is part of the order Picornavirales. Here we present a crystal structure of BQCV determined to a resolution of 3.4 Å. The virion is formed by 60 copies of each of the major capsid proteins VP1, VP2, and VP3; however, there is no density corresponding to a 75-residue-long minor capsid protein VP4 encoded by the BQCV genome. We show that the VP4 subunits are present in the crystallized virions that are infectious. This aspect of the BQCV virion is similar to that of the previously characterized triatoma virus and supports the recent establishment of the separate genus Triatovirus within the family Dicistroviridae. The C terminus of VP1 and CD loops of capsid proteins VP1 and VP3 of BQCV form 34-Å-tall finger-like protrusions at the virion surface. The protrusions are larger than those of related dicistroviruses. IMPORTANCE The western honeybee is the most important pollinator of all, and it is required to sustain the agricultural production and biodiversity of wild flowering plants. However, honeybee populations worldwide are suffering from virus infections that cause colony losses. One of the most common, and least known, honeybee pathogens is black queen cell virus (BQCV), which at high titers causes queen larvae and pupae to turn black and die. Here we present the three-dimensional virion structure of BQCV, determined by X-ray crystallography. The structure of BQCV reveals large protrusions on the virion surface. Capsid protein VP1 of BQCV does not contain a hydrophobic pocket. Therefore, the BQCV virion structure provides evidence that capsid-binding antiviral compounds that can prevent the

  1. Intracellular Theileria annulata promote invasive cell motility through kinase regulation of the host actin cytoskeleton.

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    Min Ma

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The intracellular, protozoan Theileria species parasites are the only eukaryotes known to transform another eukaryotic cell. One consequence of this parasite-dependent transformation is the acquisition of motile and invasive properties of parasitized cells in vitro and their metastatic dissemination in the animal, which causes East Coast Fever (T. parva or Tropical Theileriosis (T. annulata. These motile and invasive properties of infected host cells are enabled by parasite-dependent, poorly understood F-actin dynamics that control host cell membrane protrusions. Herein, we dissected functional and structural alterations that cause acquired motility and invasiveness of T. annulata-infected cells, to understand the molecular basis driving cell dissemination in Tropical Theileriosis. We found that chronic induction of TNFα by the parasite contributes to motility and invasiveness of parasitized host cells. We show that TNFα does so by specifically targeting expression and function of the host proto-oncogenic ser/thr kinase MAP4K4. Blocking either TNFα secretion or MAP4K4 expression dampens the formation of polar, F-actin-rich invasion structures and impairs cell motility in 3D. We identified the F-actin binding ERM family proteins as MAP4K4 downstream effectors in this process because TNFα-induced ERM activation and cell invasiveness are sensitive to MAP4K4 depletion. MAP4K4 expression in infected cells is induced by TNFα-JNK signalling and maintained by the inhibition of translational repression, whereby both effects are parasite dependent. Thus, parasite-induced TNFα promotes invasive motility of infected cells through the activation of MAP4K4, an evolutionary conserved kinase that controls cytoskeleton dynamics and cell motility. Hence, MAP4K4 couples inflammatory signaling to morphodynamic processes and cell motility, a process exploited by the intracellular Theileria parasite to increase its host cell's dissemination capabilities.

  2. Soft-tissue and hard-tissue profile changes following orthodontic treatment of bimaxillary protrusion in adults with teeth extraction%成人双颌前突错(牙合)畸形患者拔牙正畸治疗后颅面软硬组织的变化

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    林铭; 王大为

    2009-01-01

    Objective To investigate the changes of soft and hard-tissue profile following orthodontic treatment of bimaxillary protrusion in adults with teeth extraction. Methods 16 adult bimaxillary protrusion cases were selected to be treated with straight wire technique consisting of teeth extraction. Cephalometrics were taken before and after treatment. The changes of soft and hard-tissue profile were studied with computer-aided X-ray cephalometric analysis. Results (1)The relationship between the maxillary and the mandible did not change significantly [SNA, SNB, ANB had no significant difference in cephalometric measurement (P > 0.05)]. (2)L1-MP, U1-L1, U1-NA, L1-NB, U1-L1 angle changes in hard tissue had significant difference in cephalometric measurement (P < 0.01). The upper and lower anterior teeth were more retrusive, and the tripping of incisor decreased significantly. (3)Analysis of related projects cephalometric showed that lateral appearance improved significantly, Soft tissue Cephalometric related Cm-Sn-Ls、UL-UI、LL-LI、Pos-Po、A′UL-B′LL measurements increased significantly; Ns-Sn-Pog and other indicators in soft tissue also improved. Conclusion Soft and hard-tissue profile improve significantly after orthodontic treatment with teeth extraction in bimaxillary protrusive adults, however, the relationship between the maxillary and the mandible do not change significantly.%目的 探讨双颌前突错(牙合)畸形成人患者拔牙矫治后软硬组织的变化.方法 选取16例双颌前突错畸形成人患者,均于拔牙后应用直丝弓或方丝弓技术进行矫治,并做治疗前后X线头颅侧位定位片测量,以分析治疗前后软硬组织的变化.结果 (1)上下颌骨间关系无明显变化[SNA、SNB、ANB变化无统计学意义(P > 0.05)];(2)L1-MP、U1-L1、U1-NA、L1-NB前后差异均有统计学意义﹙P < 0.01﹚,上下前牙突度和倾斜度明显减小;(3)颏厚(Pos-Po)、鼻唇角(Cm-Sn-Ls)、面凸角(N′-Sn-Pg′)

  3. A clinical study:Mongolian acupuncture cupping therapy combined with Mongolian Medicine treatment of nerve root type lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion%蒙医针刺拔罐疗法结合蒙药治疗神经根型腰椎间盘突出症疗效观察

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    金秋; 博·阿古拉

    2016-01-01

    Objective To observe the curative effect of Mongolian acupuncture and cupping therapy combined with Mongolian Medicine on nerve root type lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion.Methods 90 cases of nerve root type lumbar intervertebral disc pro-trusion patients have been divided into three groups randomly.One of them had been treated by Mongolian acupuncture cupping therapy combined with Mongolian Medicine and another group had been treated by Mongolian acupuncture cupping therapy as a control group, the third one had been treated by Mongolian Medicine as the other control group,and then compared three groups of treatment effect. Result The total effective rate of the treatment group was 96. 7%.Total effective rate of the first control group was 90%.Total effective rate of the second control group was 86. 7%.The treatment group was superior to the two control groups (P0. 01).Conclusion Mongolian acupuncture cupping therapy combined with Mongolian Medicine,Mongolian acupuncture cupping therapy and Mongolian Medicine effective in treating for nerve root type lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion,but comparison between groups,the treatment group curative effect is distinct,and embodies the unique ethnic characteristics,so it is worth clinical promotion.%目的:观察蒙医针刺拔罐疗法治疗神经根型腰椎间盘突出症的疗效。方法:选择90例神经根型腰椎间盘突出症患者,随机分为三组,分别为治疗组、对照组1、对照组2,每组30例,其中治疗组用蒙医针刺拔罐疗法结合蒙药治疗,对照组1采用单纯蒙医针刺拔罐疗法治疗,对照组2采用单纯蒙药治疗,比较三组治疗结果。结果:治疗组总有效率达96.7%,对照组1总有效率90%,对照组2总有效率86.7%。治疗组优于对照组1及对照组2,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.01);对照组1及对照组2无统计学差异(P>0.01)。结论:经系统临床观察,蒙医针刺拔罐疗法结合

  4. 两种直丝弓支抗形式矫治上颌前突的临床比较研究%Clinical study of two kinds of anchorage with straight-wire techniques in the treatment of maxillary protrusion patients

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    杨庆慧; 何欣; 刘松林

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the effect of sliding-transpalatal arch anchorage with MBT appliance and anchorage with Tip-Edge plus appliance in the treatment of maxillary protrusion.Methods:Thirty patients with maxillary protrusion, aged 11-17 years old, were selected and divided into sliding-transpalatal arch-MBT group and Tip-Edge plus group after extraction of four first premolars.All the patients were treated by MBT tech-nique and Tip-Edge plus technique, respectively.Lateral cephalometric radiographs before and after treatment were taken and analyzed.Results:The average forward movement of first upper molar did not change in two groups.The lower incisors were intruded 3.93°with reference to mandibular plane in MBT group,while in Tip-Edge plus group lower incisors were protruded 1.53°.The vertical height of bimaxillary first molars increased in sliding-transpalatal arch-MBT group.Plane of occlusion clockwise rotation in the Tip-Edge plus group.Conclu-sion:Maxillary protrusion patients could be treated successfully with straight wire and Tip-Edge Plus technique.Sliding-transpalatal arch anchorage system is effective in the plane of occlusion control and backward movement of incisor.Lower incisors were intruded more in the Tip-Edge Plus group than in the straight-wire group.%目的:比较滑动杆与横腭杆联合MBT直丝弓技术和Tip-Edge plus差动直丝弓技术治疗上颌前突的临床疗效。方法:选取11~17岁上颌前突病例30例,均拔除4颗第一前磨牙。 MBT直丝弓组15例( S+MBT组),使用直丝弓技术结合滑动杆与横腭杆强支抗治疗;Tip-Edge plus组15例( TP组),使用Tip-Edge差动直丝弓技术治疗。均在矫治前后行X线头影测量分析。结果:两组患者上颌支抗磨牙前移量治疗前后无显著性变化;S+MBT组L1-MP减小3.93°、L1-NB减小5.07 mm,差异有统计学意义;TP组L1-MP增加1.53°、L1-NB增加0.43 mm,差异无统计学意义。 TP组牙合平面顺

  5. Effect of coumarin and xanthotoxin on mitochondrial structure, oxygen uptake, and succinate dehydrogenase activity in onion root cells.

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    Kupidlowska, E; Dobrzynska, K; Parys, E; Zobel, A M

    1994-10-01

    At concentrations in which they occur on the plant surface and retard mitosis, coumarin and xanthotoxin lowered uptake of oxygen (by 60 and 30%, respectively) by meristematic cells ofAllium cepa root tips. They caused changes in the structure of the mitochondrial matrix to become dense, and protrusions of mitochondrial membranes were visible parallelling their hypertrophy, indicating alteration in the structure and physiology of these organelles. Coumarin and, to a lesser extent, xanthotoxin increased succinate dehydrogenase production in mitochondria and also in the cytoplasm, indicating changes in membrane permeability. Changes in oxygen uptake and mitochondrial structure, in addition to the retardation of mitosis, may be the reason these compounds act as allelochemicals after they have been removed from the plant surface and reach the root meristem.

  6. Structural changes and conductance thresholds in metal-free intrinsic SiO{sub x} resistive random access memory

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    Mehonic, Adnan, E-mail: a.mehonic@ee.ucl.ac.uk, E-mail: t.kenyon@ucl.ac.uk; Buckwell, Mark; Montesi, Luca; Garnett, Leon; Hudziak, Stephen; Kenyon, Anthony J., E-mail: a.mehonic@ee.ucl.ac.uk, E-mail: t.kenyon@ucl.ac.uk [Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, UCL, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom); Fearn, Sarah; Chater, Richard; McPhail, David [Department of Materials, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)

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    We present an investigation of structural changes in silicon-rich silicon oxide metal-insulator-metal resistive RAM devices. The observed unipolar switching, which is intrinsic to the bulk oxide material and does not involve movement of metal ions, correlates with changes in the structure of the oxide. We use atomic force microscopy, conductive atomic force microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and secondary ion mass spectroscopy to examine the structural changes occurring as a result of switching. We confirm that protrusions formed at the surface of samples during switching are bubbles, which are likely to be related to the outdiffusion of oxygen. This supports existing models for valence-change based resistive switching in oxides. In addition, we describe parallel linear and nonlinear conduction pathways and suggest that the conductance quantum, G{sub 0}, is a natural boundary between the high and low resistance states of our devices.

  7. Metastasis suppressor microRNA-335 targets the formin family of actin nucleators.

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    Jennifer Lynch

    Full Text Available MiRNAs can have pleiotropic effects by targeting multiple genes belonging to diverse signalling networks. Alternatively, miRNAs can enhance the potency of their cellular effects by targeting multiple genes within the same genetic pathway. Previously, we and others have demonstrated that miR-335 is a potent suppressor of tumour cell migration, invasion and metastasis, in part by targeting several genes involved in these cellular processes, including ROCK1, MAPK1, LRG1, SP1 and SOX4. Here, we demonstrate that direct targeting of multiple members of the formin family of actin nucleators contributes to the inhibitory effects of miR-335 in neuroblastoma cells. We demonstrate that miR-335 regulates the expression of at least five formin family members and validate three family members, FMNL3, FMN2 and DAAM2, as direct targets of miR-335. The contribution of the formin family genes to cancer progression and metastasis has recently begun to emerge and here we demonstrate for the first time the ability of FMN2 and DAAM2 to regulate tumour cell migration and invasion, using siRNA-mediated inhibition of each of these formin genes. Finally, we demonstrate that the formin genes, in particular FMNL3, are responsible for the protrusion of actin-rich filopodia structures that contribute to the enhanced migratory and invasive potential associated with reduced expression of miR-335. Thus, direct targeting of the formin family contributes to the metastasis suppressing abilities of miR-335 by providing a direct regulatory link to the actin assembly machinery of the cell. We conclude that miR-335 is a master regulator of tumour cell migration and invasion by directly targeting a plethora of genes that effectively control cell migratory processes.

  8. Metastasis Suppressor microRNA-335 Targets the Formin Family of Actin Nucleators

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    Lynch, Jennifer; Meehan, Maria H.; Crean, John; Copeland, John; Stallings, Raymond L.; Bray, Isabella M.

    2013-01-01

    MiRNAs can have pleiotropic effects by targeting multiple genes belonging to diverse signalling networks. Alternatively, miRNAs can enhance the potency of their cellular effects by targeting multiple genes within the same genetic pathway. Previously, we and others have demonstrated that miR-335 is a potent suppressor of tumour cell migration, invasion and metastasis, in part by targeting several genes involved in these cellular processes, including ROCK1, MAPK1, LRG1, SP1 and SOX4. Here, we demonstrate that direct targeting of multiple members of the formin family of actin nucleators contributes to the inhibitory effects of miR-335 in neuroblastoma cells. We demonstrate that miR-335 regulates the expression of at least five formin family members and validate three family members, FMNL3, FMN2 and DAAM2, as direct targets of miR-335. The contribution of the formin family genes to cancer progression and metastasis has recently begun to emerge and here we demonstrate for the first time the ability of FMN2 and DAAM2 to regulate tumour cell migration and invasion, using siRNA-mediated inhibition of each of these formin genes. Finally, we demonstrate that the formin genes, in particular FMNL3, are responsible for the protrusion of actin-rich filopodia structures that contribute to the enhanced migratory and invasive potential associated with reduced expression of miR-335. Thus, direct targeting of the formin family contributes to the metastasis suppressing abilities of miR-335 by providing a direct regulatory link to the actin assembly machinery of the cell. We conclude that miR-335 is a master regulator of tumour cell migration and invasion by directly targeting a plethora of genes that effectively control cell migratory processes. PMID:24223803

  9. Reliability of applying SF-36 scale on assessing the high-performance fighter pilots with lumbar disc protrusion%高性能战斗机飞行员腰椎间盘突出症患者SF-36量表评价的可靠性研究

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    卫杰; 陈立君; 刘晶; 赵平; 郭伟; 甄鹰; 范宇

    2010-01-01

    目的 研究健康调查简表(short-form 36 health survey scale,SF-36)用于高性能战斗机飞行员腰椎间盘突出症患者生命质量评价的可靠性.方法 43名高性能战斗机飞行员腰椎间盘突出症患者保守治疗前后进行SF-36量表躯体健康评分(physical component summary,PCS)和心理健康评分(mental component summary,MCS)、拉塞格试验角度(angle of Laseque,AL)测量、日本骨科学会腰椎手术疗效评分(Japanese Orthopaedic Association scores for assessment of lumbar myelopathy,JOA),并对结果进行分析.结果 信度指标评价中克朗巴赫系数α均大于0.78,分半信度均大于0.85,组内相关系数(intra-class correlation,ICC)均大于0.68.效度指标除总体健康(general health,GH)外,其他维度中各条目成维成功率均在100%.治疗前患者SF-36量表PCS评分、MCS评分、AL和JOA评分分别为35.25±7.04、42.39±11.35、56.30°±12.67°和25.70±3.40,治疗后患者各项数据分别为50.57±8.63、49.49±7.90、81.60°±20.48°和31.20±3.89.治疗前后各项数据比较,差异有统计学意义(t=2.364~20.633,P<0.05).PCS差值与AL、JOA差值的相关系数分别为0.587、0.586;MCS差值与AL差值、JOA差值相关系数分别为0.741、0.691.结论 SF-36应用于高性能战斗机飞行员腰椎间盘突出症患者评价时,信度和效度较高;PCS差值、MCS差值与AL差值、JOA评分差值之间相关性强.SF-36用于评价高性能战斗机飞行员腰椎间盘突出症的疗效时结果可靠,可用于治疗结果评价参考.%Objective To evaluate the validity of applying short-form 36 health survey scale (SF-36) on assessing high-performance fighter pilots with lumbar disc protrusion. Methods Before and after expectant treatment 43 high-performance fighter pilots, who were with lumbar disc protrusion, were evaluated by SF-36 in form of physical component summary (PCS) and mental component summary (MCS). Other assessments, such as angle of Lasque (AL) and

  10. Structure and cell biology of archaeal virus STIV.

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    Fu, Chi-yu; Johnson, Johnson E

    2012-04-01

    Recent investigations of archaeal viruses have revealed novel features of their structures and life cycles when compared to eukaryotic and bacterial viruses, yet there are structure-based unifying themes suggesting common ancestral relationships among dsDNA viruses in the three kingdoms of life. Sulfolobus solfataricus and the infecting virus Sulfolobus turreted icosahedral virus (STIV) is one of the well-established model systems to study archaeal virus replication and viral-host interactions. Reliable laboratory conditions to propagate STIV and available genetic tools allowed structural characterization of the virus and viral components that lead to the proposal of common capsid ancestry with PRD1 (bacteriophage), Adenovirus (eukaryotic virus) and PBCV (chlorellavirus). Microarray and proteomics approaches systematically analyzed viral replication and the corresponding host responses. Cellular cryo-electron tomography and thin-section EM studies uncovered the assembly and maturation pathway of STIV and revealed dramatic cellular ultra-structure changes upon infection. The viral-induced pyramid-like protrusions on cell surfaces represent a novel viral release mechanism and previously uncharacterized functions in viral replication.

  11. Pinkbar is an epithelial-specific BAR domain protein that generates planar membrane structures

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    Pykäläinen, Anette; Boczkowska, Malgorzata; Zhao, Hongxia; Saarikangas, Juha; Rebowski, Grzegorz; Jansen, Maurice; Hakanen, Janne; Koskela, Essi V.; Peränen, Johan; Vihinen, Helena; Jokitalo, Eija; Salminen, Marjo; Ikonen, Elina; Dominguez, Roberto; Lappalainen, Pekka (Helsinki); (Penn)

    2013-05-29

    Bin/amphipysin/Rvs (BAR)-domain proteins sculpt cellular membranes and have key roles in processes such as endocytosis, cell motility and morphogenesis. BAR domains are divided into three subfamilies: BAR- and F-BAR-domain proteins generate positive membrane curvature and stabilize cellular invaginations, whereas I-BAR-domain proteins induce negative curvature and stabilize protrusions. We show that a previously uncharacterized member of the I-BAR subfamily, Pinkbar, is specifically expressed in intestinal epithelial cells, where it localizes to Rab13-positive vesicles and to the plasma membrane at intercellular junctions. Notably, the BAR domain of Pinkbar does not induce membrane tubulation but promotes the formation of planar membrane sheets. Structural and mutagenesis analyses reveal that the BAR domain of Pinkbar has a relatively flat lipid-binding interface and that it assembles into sheet-like oligomers in crystals and in solution, which may explain its unique membrane-deforming activity.

  12. Clinical Application of Multi-Planar Reconstruction with 64-slice Spiral CT on Protrusion of Spondylolisthesis%64层螺旋CTMPR重组对腰椎滑脱的临床应用

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    刘兆芹; 钱学江

    2011-01-01

    Objective To investigate the value of multi-planar reconstruction(MPR) with 64-slice spiral CT for disease of spondylolisthesis.Methods MPRimages of 100 cases with spondylolisthesis were compared at random.Results MPR images could show not the graduation of spondylolisthesis,and could demonstrate isthmicspondy lolisthesis(ISS) or degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis,but also could show the changes of peripheral soft tissue,the facet degeneration,and soft tissue structure.Conclusion 64-slices CT MPR images has more advantages in demonstrating the reason of spondylolisthesis,and can supply the reliable information for clinical doctors,is helpful for clinical doctors to choose the appropriate therapeutic schedule.[Chinese Medical Equipment Journal,2011 ,32(4 ) : 75-76]%目的:探讨64层螺旋CT多平面重组(MPR)对腰椎滑脱的临床应用价值.方法:随机抽取100例腰椎滑脱患者的CT MPR重建图像资料.结果:MPR不仅能够显示腰椎滑脱的分度,辨别是峡部型(真性)或是退变型滑脱(假性),并且能够显示合并的腰椎间盘膨出、小关节退变及周围软组织结构改变.结论:64层螺旋CT MPR图像,有利于全面、直观地显示腰椎滑脱的原因,并且能够为临床医生提供可靠信息,有助于临床医生选择合适的治疗方案.

  13. Nogo-B is associated with cytoskeletal structures in human monocyte-derived macrophages

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    Gredler Viktoria

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The reticulon Nogo-B participates in cellular and immunological processes in murine macrophages. Since leukocytes are an essential part of the immune system in health and disease, we decided to investigate the expression of Nogo-A, Nogo-B and Nogo-C in different human immune cell subpopulations. Furthermore, we analyzed the localization of Nogo-B in human monocyte-derived macrophages by indirect immunofluorescence stainings to gain further insight into its possible function. Findings We describe an association of Nogo-B with cytoskeletal structures and the base of filopodia, but not with focal or podosomal adhesion sites of monocyte-derived macrophages. Nogo-B positive structures are partially co-localized with RhoA staining and Rac1 positive membrane ruffles. Furthermore, Nogo-B is associated with the tubulin network, but not accumulated in the Golgi region. Although Nogo-B is present in the endoplasmic reticulum, it can also be translocated to large cell protrusions or the trailing end of migratory cells, where it is homogenously distributed. Conclusions Two different Nogo-B staining patterns can be distinguished in macrophages: firstly we observed ER-independent Nogo-B localization in cell protrusions and at the trailing end of migrating cells. Secondly, the localization of Nogo-B in actin/RhoA/Rac1 positive regions supports an influence on cytoskeletal organization. To our knowledge this is the first report on Nogo-B expression at the base of filopodia, thus providing further insight into the distribution of this protein.

  14. Detailed histological structure of human hair follicle bulge region at different ages: a visible niche for nesting adult stem cells.

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    Wang, Xiong; Shi, Ying; Zhou, Qiong; Liu, Xiaoming; Xu, Shizheng; Lei, Tiechi

    2012-10-01

    In the bulge region of the hair follicle, a densely and concentrically packed cell mass is encircled by the arrector pili muscle (APM), which offers a specilized microenvironment (niche) for housing heterogeneous adult stem cells. However, the detailed histological architecture and the cellular composition of the bulge region warrants intensive study and may have implications for the regulation of hair follicle growth regulation. This study was designed to define the gene-expression profiles of putative stem cells and lineage-specific precursors in the mid-portions of plucked hair follicles prepared according to the presence of detectable autofluorescence. The structure was also characterized by using a consecutive sectioning technique. The bulge region of the hair follicle with autofluorescence was precisely excised by employing a micro-dissection procedure. Semi-quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was performed to identify the gene expression profiles specific for epithelial, melanocyte and stromal stem cells in the bulge region of the hair follicle visualized by autofluorescence. The morphology and its age-dependent changes of bulge region of the hair follicles with autofluorescence segment were also examined in 9 scalp skin specimens collected from patients aged 30 weeks to 75 years, by serial sectioning and immuno-staining. Gene expression profile analysis revealed that there were cells with mRNA transcripts of Dct(Hi)Tyrase(Lo)-Tyrp1(Lo)MC1R(Lo)MITF(Lo)/K15(Hi)/NPNT(Hi) in the bulge region of the hair follicle with autofluorescence segments, which differed from the patterns in hair bulbs. Small cell-protrusions that sprouted from the outer root sheath (ORS) were clearly observed at the APM inserting level in serial sections of hair follicles by immunohistological staining, which were characteristically replete with K15+/K19+expressing cells. Likewise, the muscle bundles of APM positive for smooth muscle actin intimately

  15. Structural Study of MPN387, an Essential Protein for Gliding Motility of a Human-Pathogenic Bacterium, Mycoplasma pneumoniae.

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    Kawakita, Yoshito; Kinoshita, Miki; Furukawa, Yukio; Tulum, Isil; Tahara, Yuhei O; Katayama, Eisaku; Namba, Keiichi; Miyata, Makoto

    2016-09-01

    Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a human pathogen that glides on host cell surfaces with repeated catch and release of sialylated oligosaccharides. At a pole, this organism forms a protrusion called the attachment organelle, which is composed of surface structures, including P1 adhesin and the internal core structure. The core structure can be divided into three parts, the terminal button, paired plates, and bowl complex, aligned in that order from the front end of the protrusion. To elucidate the gliding mechanism, we focused on MPN387, a component protein of the bowl complex which is essential for gliding but dispensable for cytadherence. The predicted amino acid sequence showed that the protein features a coiled-coil region spanning residue 72 to residue 290 of the total of 358 amino acids in the protein. Recombinant MPN387 proteins were isolated with and without an enhanced yellow fluorescent protein (EYFP) fusion tag and analyzed by gel filtration chromatography, circular dichroism spectroscopy, analytical ultracentrifugation, partial proteolysis, and rotary-shadowing electron microscopy. The results showed that MPN387 is a dumbbell-shaped homodimer that is about 42.7 nm in length and 9.1 nm in diameter and includes a 24.5-nm-long central parallel coiled-coil part. The molecular image was superimposed onto the electron micrograph based on the localizing position mapped by fluorescent protein tagging. A proposed role of this protein in the gliding mechanism is discussed. Human mycoplasma pneumonia is caused by a pathogenic bacterium, Mycoplasma pneumoniae This tiny, 2-μm-long bacterium is suggested to infect humans by gliding on the surface of the trachea through binding to sialylated oligosaccharides. The mechanism underlying mycoplasma "gliding motility" is not related to any other well-studied motility systems, such as bacterial flagella and eukaryotic motor proteins. Here, we isolated and analyzed the structure of a key protein which is directly involved in the

  16. 骶管滴注联合腰椎牵引治疗急性腰椎间盘突出症178例临床观察%Clinical evaluation of sacral canal injection plus traction therapy for acute lumbar disc protrusion

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    姜伟; 杨敏; 王江林; 胥方元

    2012-01-01

      Objective: To observe the clinical therapeutic effect of sacral canal injection plus vertebra traction for the treatment of acute lumbar disc protrusion. Methods:178 patients were selected and divided into experimental group and control group. The experimental group was treated by sacral canal injection combined with vertebra traction,while the control group was treated by vertebra traction only. The clinical symptoms and signs were assessed before and after treatment. Results: The VAS of the experimental group was better than that of the control group after treating(P<0.05). The recovery rate of two groups was 78.9% and 46.6%, while the effective rate of two groups was 94.5% and 78.4% respectively.There was significant difference between the two groups(P<0.05). Conclusion:The treatment for acute lumbar disc protrusion by sacral canal injection combined with vertebra traction is less painful,more effective and acceptable. It may have a better effect than traction therapy alone.%  目的:观察骶管滴注联合腰椎牵引对急性腰椎间盘突出症的疗效,为临床治疗急性腰椎间盘突出症探求新方法.方法:178例确诊为腰椎间盘突出症急性发作的患者随机分为两组:实验组90例,予以骶管滴注联合腰椎牵引治疗;对照组88例,仅予腰椎牵引治疗.评估两组患者治疗前、后疼痛缓解程度,治疗效果.结果:两组患者治疗后视觉模拟评分法(VAS)评分比较治疗前均有下降,两者间差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);并且实验组VAS评分下降程度较对照组明显,两者间差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).实验组治愈率78.9%,有效率94.5%;对照组治愈率46.6%,有效率78.4%,两组间疗效比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论:骶管滴注联合腰椎牵引治疗急性腰椎间盘突出症,使患者疼痛症状缓解明显,效果比单纯使用腰椎牵引物理治疗显著.

  17. CT引导下臭氧消融术联合神经根阻滞治疗腰椎间盘突出症%The therapeutic effect analysis of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion using ozone ablation and selected nerve root block by CT

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    李荣春; 郭睛晴; 周外平

    2009-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical effect of ozone ablation and nerve root block in the treatment of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion. Methods Two hundred patients with lumbar disc herniation were divided into two groups:100 patients in group A were treated with ozone ablation; 100 patients in group B were treated with ozone ablation combined with nerve root block. The therapeutic effect was evaluated by comparing the value of VAS and total effective rate of therapy at the first day before treatment, and at the 3rd day ,3rd month and 6th month after treatment. Results The values of VAS in two groups at the 3rd day,3rd month and 6th month after treatment were remarkably lower than those at the first day before treatment (P<0.05 or P<0.01). The values of VAS in B group at the 3rd day ,3rd month and 6th month after treatment were lower significantly than those in group A (P<0.05 or P<0.01). The total effective rate of therapy at the 3rd day,3rd month and 6th month after treatment was 90% ,85% and 79% in group A,and 100% ,90% and 85% in group B respectively. The total effective rate of therapy at the 3rd day ,3rd month and 6th month after treatment in group B was higher than in group A. Conclusion The total effective rate of therapy by ozone ablation combined with nerve root block treating lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion under CT at the 3rd day after treatment was 100% , and that at the 3rd month and 6th month after treatment was increased.%目的 探讨CT引导下臭氧消融术联合神经根阻滞治疗腰椎间盘突出症的穿刺的准确性、治疗的安全性以及疗效.方法 选择200例腰椎问盘突出症患者,随机分为2组:A组100例,单纯行臭氧消融术,B组:100例,臭氧消融术联合神经阻滞治疗,治疗前1d、治疗后3d、3、6个月测定疼痛视觉模拟评分(VAS),治疗总有效率来评估治疗效果(比较常用的是MacNab法评价疗效).结果 两组患者治疗后3d、3、6个月VAS值较治疗前1 d

  18. Biomechanical evaluation of waist back muscle for Tuina manipulation treating lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion%推拿手法治疗腰椎间盘突出症腰背伸肌群生物力学特性评价研究

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    周楠; 房敏; 朱清广; 沈国权; 姜淑云; 程英武; 刘鲲鹏

    2012-01-01

    目的:观察推拿手法对腰椎间盘突出症(简称腰突症)患者腰背伸肌群生物力学特性的影响,探讨手法治疗腰突症的干预机制问题.方法:采用电脑随机数字表法,将65例腰突症患者随机分为治疗组(推拿手法组)与对照组(牵引组);治疗组30例,对照组30例,脱落5例.应用美国Biodex system-Ⅲ多关节等速测试系统和TeleMyo 2400 T表面肌电图仪测试两组治疗前后腰背伸肌群生物力学特性变化情况.结果:腰部肌群力学性能:两组治疗前峰力矩(PT)、平均功率(AP)、腰背屈/伸比值( F/E)比较无统计学差异;治疗后PT( 60°/s)、AP( 120°/s)比较,治疗组优于对照组(P<0.05);治疗组治疗前后PT、AP、F/E比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).表面肌电:治疗前组内左右两侧平均功率频率(MPF)、积分肌电(IEMG)比较差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05);治疗后,治疗组内左右两侧MPF、IEMG比较无显著差异;对照组治疗后组内左右两侧MPF、IEMG比较差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05);治疗组治疗前后右侧MPF、IEMG比较均有显著差异(P<0.05);两组治疗后右侧MPF、IEMG( 60°/s)比较均有显著差异(P<0.05).结论:改善腰突症患者腰背伸肌群收缩力量、做功效率,改善腰部屈、伸肌的协调性,提高腰背伸肌群的放电频率,缓解腰部肌群的疲劳程度,改善腰突症患者腰背伸肌群失衡状态,从而有利于恢复腰突症患者腰背伸肌的生物力学特性,可能是手法治疗腰突症干预机制之一.%Objective: To observe biomechanics influence of waist back extensor in Tuina manipulation treating Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Protrusion, to reveal mechanism of it. Methods: 65 patients with Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Protrusion were divided into treated and control group by a randomizing digital table. 30 patients in treated group, 30 patients in control group, five cases drop-out. The mechanical properties of waist back

  19. Structural cladding /clad structures:

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    Beim, Anne

    2013-01-01

    tendencies, which can be traced in the use of materials, the structural features and the construction details of building systems in selected architectural works. With a particular focus at heavy constructions made of solid wood and masonry, and light weight constructions made of wooden frame structures...... do we see limitations of tectonic maneuver; how does the performative logic challenge the heavy building constructions....

  20. Sorting of droplets by migration on structured surfaces

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    Wilfried Konrad

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Controlled transport of microdroplets is a topic of interest for various applications. It is well known that liquid droplets move towards areas of minimum contact angle if placed on a flat solid surface exhibiting a gradient of contact angle. This effect can be utilised for droplet manipulation. In this contribution we describe how controlled droplet movement can be achieved by a surface pattern consisting of cones and funnels whose length scales are comparable to the droplet diameter.Results: The surface energy of a droplet attached to a cone in a symmetry-preserving way can be smaller than the surface energy of a freely floating droplet. If the value of the contact angle is fixed and lies within a certain interval, then droplets sitting initially on a cone can gain energy by moving to adjacent cones.Conclusion: Surfaces covered with cone-shaped protrusions or cavities may be devised for constructing “band-conveyors” for droplets. In our approach, it is essentially the surface structure which is varied, not the contact angle. It may be speculated that suitably patterned surfaces are also utilised in biological surfaces where a large variety of ornamentations and surface structuring are often observed.

  1. PAOO technique for the bimaxillary protrusion: Perio-ortho interrelationship

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    Subraya G Bhat; Singh, Vishal; Bhat, Mahalinga K.

    2012-01-01

    An increasing number of adult patients have been seeking orthodontic treatment, and a short treatment time has been a recurring request. To meet their expectations, a number of innovative techniques have been developed to accelerate orthodontic tooth movement. Significant acceleration in orthodontic tooth movement has been extensively reported following a combination of selective alveolar decortication and bone grafting surgery with the latter being responsible for the increased scope of toot...

  2. ELECTROACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT OF 176 CASES OF LUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISC PROTRUSION

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    2002-01-01

    In the present paper,176 cases of lumbar intervertebral disc protusion are treated with electroacupuncture(EA) and topical heat irradiation.Local tender-point is used as the main acupoint ,combined with Tunzhong,Tiaoyue,Weizhong(BL40)and Yanglingquan(GB34).The treatment is conducted once daily,with 15 sessions being a therapeutic course,Following treatment,of 176 cases,46(26.1%) are cured.90(51.1%)have prominent improvement ,35(19.8%)have amelioration and 5(2.8%) have no apparent changes,with a total effective rate of 97.0%.

  3. Amoeboid Cells Use Protrusions for Walking, Gliding and Swimming

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    Van Haastert, Peter J. M.; Hotchin, Neil A.

    2011-01-01

    Amoeboid cells crawl using pseudopods, which are convex extensions of the cell surface. In many laboratory experiments, cells move on a smooth substrate, but in the wild cells may experience obstacles of other cells or dead material, or may even move in liquid. To understand how cells cope with hete

  4. Amoeboid Cells Use Protrusions for Walking, Gliding and Swimming

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    Van Haastert, Peter J. M.; Hotchin, Neil A.

    2011-01-01

    Amoeboid cells crawl using pseudopods, which are convex extensions of the cell surface. In many laboratory experiments, cells move on a smooth substrate, but in the wild cells may experience obstacles of other cells or dead material, or may even move in liquid. To understand how cells cope with

  5. Amoeboid cells use protrusions for walking, gliding and swimming.

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    Peter J M Van Haastert

    Full Text Available Amoeboid cells crawl using pseudopods, which are convex extensions of the cell surface. In many laboratory experiments, cells move on a smooth substrate, but in the wild cells may experience obstacles of other cells or dead material, or may even move in liquid. To understand how cells cope with heterogeneous environments we have investigated the pseudopod life cycle of wild type and mutant cells moving on a substrate and when suspended in liquid. We show that the same pseudopod cycle can provide three types of movement that we address as walking, gliding and swimming. In walking, the extending pseudopod will adhere firmly to the substrate, which allows cells to generate forces to bypass obstacles. Mutant cells with compromised adhesion can move much faster than wild type cells on a smooth substrate (gliding, but cannot move effectively against obstacles that provide resistance. In a liquid, when swimming, the extending pseudopods convert to side-bumps that move rapidly to the rear of the cells. Calculations suggest that these bumps provide sufficient drag force to mediate the observed forward swimming of the cell.

  6. 中医正骨类手法治疗腰椎间盘突出症临床随机对照试验系统评价%Chinese Bone-setting Manipulation for Lumbar Disc Protrusion:A Systematic Review

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    阎博华; 丰芬; 邵明义; 邓国忠

    2011-01-01

    Objective:To determine whether Chinese bone-setting manipulation can improve function in patients with lumbar disc protrusion (LDP). Methods: We searched the electronic bibliographic databases: CBM (1988~2010. 8), CNKI (1988 ~2010. 8), and VIP (1989~2010. 8). We also did manual retrieval to identify other publ ished and unpubl ished data. Data were extracted and evaluated by two reviewers independently with a designed extraction form. The Cochrane Collaboration's RevMan 5. 0. Was used for data analysis. Results: A couple of randomized trials involving 143 patients were included. No adverse events were reported. The results of meta-analyses indicated that Chinese bone-setting manipulation can increase the total effective rate in LDP patients compared to the control group, and the difference was statically significant [Peto-OR=10. 73, 95% CI (1. 94, 59. 21)]. Conclusion:The evidence available thus far indicates that Chinese bone-setting manipulation is effective in treating LDP. However, more high-quality trials are needed.%目的 系统评价中医正骨类手法治疗腰椎间盘突出症(LDP)的疗效.方法 通过计算机检索电子数据库、手工检索重要期刊及电话咨询目前正在进行临床研究等方式,全面收集中医正骨类手法治疗LDP的随机对照试验(RCT)并按Cochrane协作网推荐的方法进行系统评价.结果 共纳入2个RCT(143例患者),均为中文文献,2组试验均未观察到不良反应.Meta分析结果显示中医正骨类手法能提高LDP总有效率,差异有统计学意义[Peto-OR= 10.73,95%CI(1.94,59.21)].结论 现有的临床研究证据显示,与对照组比较,中医正骨类手法治疗腰椎间盘突出症有效,但因研究质量及研究样本的局限性,尚需进行高质量、大样本的随机对照试验予以进一步证实.

  7. Evaluation of alveolar bone defects on anterior region in patients with bimaxillary protrusion by using cone-beam CT%锥形束CT在评价双颌前突患者前牙区牙槽骨缺损中的应用

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    周琳; 李巍然

    2015-01-01

    目的::应用锥形束CT ( cone-beam computed tomography, CBCT)评价治疗前双颌前突患者前牙区牙槽骨缺损情况。方法:选取50名未经正畸治疗的患者,根据年龄分为成人组[30例,平均(22.9±4.2)岁]与青少年组[20例,平均(13.1±1.0)岁],其中成人组根据垂直骨面型分为低角组(9例)、均角组(11例)与高角组(10例),所有患者在相同参数条件下进行CBCT扫描,在其CBCT图像上诊断牙槽骨开窗与开裂的情况并分析其分布特征。结果:双颌前突患者发生牙槽骨缺损的人数比为94.00%。所有接受检验的牙齿牙槽骨缺损发生率为38.60%。牙槽骨缺损绝大多数发生在唇侧(98.66%);牙槽骨开窗主要发生在上颌,而骨开裂主要发生在下颌。青少年组牙槽骨开裂(3.06%)及骨缺损(30.13%)发生率明显低于成人组的骨开裂(11.73%)及骨缺损(42.46%)发生率,P0.05)。低角组骨开窗(22.22%)的发生率低于均角组(33.84%)和高角组(37.50%),P0. 05). The hypo-divergent group had lower fenestrations prevalence (22. 22%) than the normo-divergent (33. 84%) and hyper-divergent groups (37. 50%), P<0. 05. The upper central incisor had the lowest alveolar bone defect prevalence. Conclusion: Alveolar bone defects are common findings in patients with bimaxillary protrusion before orthodontic treatment. The prevalence of defects is affected by age and vertical-growth type.

  8. The geological structure and prospects of the prospecting nonanticlinal structures of the eastern part of the near southern zone of the Dnieper-Donetsk Depression

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    Gerasimov, R.V.; Ignatova, G.S.

    1982-01-01

    By using seismic investigations, the geological structure of a part of the near southern zone of the Dnieper-Donetsk depression was studied in detail, and structural constructions were made according to specific layers, characterizing conditions of the occurrence of C/sub 1/V/sub 1/ and C/sub 1/t/sub 1/ deposits. The latter form a monocline steeply stressed toward the center of the depression, complicated in the near side by swelling stresses and a number of shallow folded structures, grouped into a single zone, coinciding in plan with the free parts of the protrusions of the foundation and connecting their troughs. The structures of that zone represent broken up elevations, existing, probably, in the lower Prewisean period. In the interstructural depressions, the thickness of the upper part of the deposits C/sub 1/V/sub 1/ increases by 150 to 200 meters. It is surmised that here favorable conditions existed for the formation of nonanticlinal traps of stratigraphic or lithological stratigraphic types. By taking into consideration that the C/sub 1/t/sub 1/ layer is oil and gas bearing on the whole regionally, and in the part under investigation, is productive, the prospects of further prospecting the region are connected with the nonanticlinal traps in the interstructural zones.

  9. Theory of factors limiting high gradient operation of warm accelerating structures

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    Nusinovich, Gregory S. [University of Maryland; Antonsen, Thomas M. [University of Maryland; Kishek, Rami [University of Maryland

    2014-07-25

    This final report summarizes the research performed during the time period from 8/1/2010 to 7/31/2013. It consists of two parts describing our studies in two directions: (a) analysis of factors limiting operation of dielectric-loaded accelerating (DLA) structures where the main problem is the occurrence of multipactor on dielectric surfaces, and (b) studies of effects associated with either RF magnetic or RF electric fields which may cause the RF breakdown in high-gradient metallic accelerating structures. In the studies of DLA structures, at least, two accomplishments should be mentioned: the development of a 3D non-stationary, self-consistent code describing the multipactor phenomena and yielding very good agreement with some experimental data obtained in joint ANL/NRL experiments. In the metallic structures, such phenomena as the heating and melting of micro-particles (metallic dust) by RF electric and magnetic fields in single-shot and rep-rate regimes is analyzed. Also, such processes in micro-protrusions on the structure surfaces as heating and melting due to the field emitted current and the Nottingham effect are thoroughly investigated with the account for space charge of emitted current on the field emission from the tip.

  10. Unusual structures are present in DNA fragments containing super-long Huntingtin CAG repeats.

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    Daniel Duzdevich

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: In the R6/2 mouse model of Huntington's disease (HD, expansion of the CAG trinucleotide repeat length beyond about 300 repeats induces a novel phenotype associated with a reduction in transcription of the transgene. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We analysed the structure of polymerase chain reaction (PCR-generated DNA containing up to 585 CAG repeats using atomic force microscopy (AFM. As the number of CAG repeats increased, an increasing proportion of the DNA molecules exhibited unusual structural features, including convolutions and multiple protrusions. At least some of these features are hairpin loops, as judged by cross-sectional analysis and sensitivity to cleavage by mung bean nuclease. Single-molecule force measurements showed that the convoluted DNA was very resistant to untangling. In vitro replication by PCR was markedly reduced, and TseI restriction enzyme digestion was also hindered by the abnormal DNA structures. However, significantly, the DNA gained sensitivity to cleavage by the Type III restriction-modification enzyme, EcoP15I. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: "Super-long" CAG repeats are found in a number of neurological diseases and may also appear through CAG repeat instability. We suggest that unusual DNA structures associated with super-long CAG repeats decrease transcriptional efficiency in vitro. We also raise the possibility that if these structures occur in vivo, they may play a role in the aetiology of CAG repeat diseases such as HD.

  11. Virtual electrodes around anatomical structures and their roles in defibrillation

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    Vigmond, Edward; Bishop, Martin

    2017-01-01

    Background Virtual electrodes from structural/conductivity heterogeneities are known to elicit wavefront propagation, upon field-stimulation, and are thought to be important for defibrillation. In this work we investigate how the constitutive and geometrical parameters associated with such anatomical heterogeneities, represented by endo/epicardial surfaces and intramural surfaces in the form of blood-vessels, affect the virtual electrode patterns produced. Methods and results The steady-state bidomain model is used to obtain, using analytical and numerical methods, the virtual electrode patterns created around idealized endocardial trabeculations and blood-vessels. The virtual electrode pattern around blood-vessels is shown to be composed of two dominant effects; current traversing the vessel surface and conductivity heterogeneity from the fibre-architecture. The relative magnitudes of these two effects explain the swapping of the virtual electrode polarity observed, as a function of the vessel radius, and aid in the understanding of the virtual electrode patterns predicted by numerical bidomain modelling. The relatively high conductivity of blood, compared to myocardium, is shown to cause stronger depolarizations in the endocardial trabeculae grooves than the protrusions. Conclusions The results provide additional quantitative understanding of the virtual electrodes produced by small-scale ventricular anatomy, and highlight the importance of faithfully representing the physiology and the physics in the context of computational modelling of field stimulation. PMID:28253365

  12. Structure modulated electrostatic deformable mirror for focus and geometry control.

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    Nam, Saekwang; Park, Suntak; Yun, Sungryul; Park, Bongje; Park, Seung Koo; Kyung, Ki-Uk

    2016-01-11

    We suggest a way to electrostatically control deformed geometry of an electrostatic deformable mirror (EDM) based on geometric modulation of a basement. The EDM is composed of a metal coated elastomeric membrane (active mirror) and a polymeric basement with electrode (ground). When an electrical voltage is applied across the components, the active mirror deforms toward the stationary basement responding to electrostatic attraction force in an air gap. Since the differentiated gap distance can induce change in electrostatic force distribution between the active mirror and the basement, the EDMs are capable of controlling deformed geometry of the active mirror with different basement structures (concave, flat, and protrusive). The modulation of the deformed geometry leads to significant change in the range of the focal length of the EDMs. Even under dynamic operations, the EDM shows fairly consistent and large deformation enough to change focal length in a wide frequency range (1~175 Hz). The geometric modulation of the active mirror with dynamic focus tunability can allow the EDM to be an active mirror lens for optical zoom devices as well as an optical component controlling field of view.

  13. SCAR is a primary regulator of Arp2/3-dependent morphological events in Drosophila

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    Zallen, Jennifer A.; Cohen, Yehudit; Hudson, Andrew M.; Cooley, Lynn; Wieschaus, Eric; Schejter, Eyal D.

    2002-01-01

    The Arp2/3 complex and its activators, Scar/WAVE and Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome protein (WASp), promote actin polymerization in vitro and have been proposed to influence cell shape and motility in vivo. We demonstrate that the Drosophila Scar homologue, SCAR, localizes to actin-rich structures and is required for normal cell morphology in multiple cell types throughout development. In particular, SCAR function is essential for cytoplasmic organization in the blastoderm, axon development in the ...

  14. X-ray crystalline structures of pyrrolidone carboxyl peptidase from a hyperthermophile, Pyrococcus furiosus, and its cys-free mutant.

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    Tanaka, H; Chinami, M; Mizushima, T; Ogasahara, K; Ota, M; Tsukihara, T; Yutani, K

    2001-07-01

    In order to elucidate the mechanism of the thermostability of proteins from hyperthermophiles, X-ray crystalline structures of pyrrolidone carboxyl peptidase from a hyperthermophile, Pyrococcus furiosus (PfPCP), and its mutant protein with Ser substituted at Cys142 and Cys188 were determined at 2.2 and 2.7 A resolution, respectively. The obtained structures were compared with those previously reported for pyrrolidone carboxyl peptidases from a hyperthermophilie, Thermococcus litoralis (TlPCP), and from a mesophile, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens (BaPCP). The PfPCP structure is a tetramer of four identical subunits similar to that of the TlPCP and BaPCP. The largest structural changes among the three PCPs were detected in the C-terminal protrusion, which interacts with that of another subunit. A comparison of the three structures indicated that the high stability of PfPCP is caused by increases in hydrophobic interactions and hydrogen bonds, the formation of an intersubunit ion-pair network, and improvement to an ideal conformation. On the basis of the structures of the three proteins, it can be concluded that PfPCP does not have any special factors responsible for its extremely high stability and that the conformational structure of PfPCP is superior in its combination of positive and negative stabilizing factors compared with BaPCP.

  15. Structural cladding /clad structures

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    Beim, Anne

    2012-01-01

    of materials, the structural features and the construction details of building systems in selected architectural works. With a particular focus at heavy constructions made of solid wood and masonry, and light weight constructions made of wooden frame structures and steel profiles, it is the intention......, to ask for more restrictive building codes. As an example, in Denmark there are series of increasing demands in the current building legislations that are focused at enhancing the energy performance of buildings, which consequently foster rigid insulation standards and ask for improvement of air...... with at a global or national level. How to bring the knowledge, material evidence and cultural dimension, which exist in traditional building practices into play with present day hardcore technocratic demands in the construction industry and in building construction, seem be With point of departure...

  16. Structural cladding /clad structures

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    Beim, Anne

    2012-01-01

    to analyze, compare, and discuss how these various construction solutions point out strategies for development based on fundamentally different mindsets. The research questions address the following issues: How to learn from traditional construction principles: When do we see limitations of tectonic maneuver...... in the challenges previously described this paper forms a ‘tectonic enquiry’ into contemporary building practice by looking at specific performative tendencies, which can be traced in the structural features and the construction details of selected building systems and architectural works. With a particular focus...... at heavy constructions made of solid wood and masonry, and light weight constructions made of wooden frame structures and steel profiles, it is the intention to analyze, compare, and discuss how these various construction solu-tions point out strategies for development based on fundamentally different...

  17. Structural organization of an intact phycobilisome and its association with photosystem II.

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    Chang, Leifu; Liu, Xianwei; Li, Yanbing; Liu, Cui-Cui; Yang, Fan; Zhao, Jindong; Sui, Sen-Fang

    2015-06-01

    Phycobilisomes (PBSs) are light-harvesting antennae that transfer energy to photosynthetic reaction centers in cyanobacteria and red algae. PBSs are supermolecular complexes composed of phycobiliproteins (PBPs) that bear chromophores for energy absorption and linker proteins. Although the structures of some individual components have been determined using crystallography, the three-dimensional structure of an entire PBS complex, which is critical for understanding the energy transfer mechanism, remains unknown. Here, we report the structures of an intact PBS and a PBS in complex with photosystem II (PSII) from Anabaena sp. strain PCC 7120 using single-particle electron microscopy in combination with biochemical and molecular analyses. In the PBS structure, all PBP trimers and the conserved linker protein domains were unambiguously located, and the global distribution of all chromophores was determined. We provide evidence that ApcE and ApcF are critical for the formation of a protrusion at the bottom of PBS, which plays an important role in mediating PBS interaction with PSII. Our results provide insights into the molecular architecture of an intact PBS at different assembly levels and provide the basis for understanding how the light energy absorbed by PBS is transferred to PSII.

  18. Tracing myoblast fusion in Drosophila embryos by fluorescent actin probes.

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    Haralalka, Shruti; Abmayr, Susan M

    2015-01-01

    Myoblast fusion in the Drosophila embryo is a highly elaborate process that is initiated by Founder Cells and Fusion-Competent Myoblasts (FCMs). It occurs through an asymmetric event in which actin foci assemble in the FCMs at points of cell-cell contact and direct the formation of membrane protrusions that drive fusion. Herein, we describe the approach that we have used to image in living embryos the highly dynamic actin foci and actin-rich projections that precede myoblast fusion. We discuss resources currently available for imaging actin and myogenesis, and our experience with these resources if available. This technical report is not intended to be comprehensive on providing instruction on standard microscopy practices or software utilization. However, we discuss microscope parameters that we have used in data collection, and our experience with image processing tools in data analysis.

  19. Curative Observation of Joint Mobilization Combined with Acupuncture, Traction, Computer Intermediate Frequency on Treating Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Protrusion%关节松动术配合针刺牵引电脑中频治疗腰椎间盘突出症的疗效观察

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    罗会; 税永平

    2013-01-01

    目的:观察关节松动术结合针灸、牵引、电脑中频治疗腰椎间盘突出症的临床疗效.方法:将910例腰椎间盘突出症的患者随机分为治疗组和对照组,其中治疗组562例,对照组348例.治疗组采用关节松动术结合针刺、三维牵引、电脑中频治疗,对照组采用传统按摩手法配合牵引及口服药物治疗,观察治疗前后患者的临床疗症状及体征评定分值.结果:两组治疗效果比较,治疗组明显优于对照组,两组治愈率比较,P> 0.05;有效率比较,P>0.05;治疗前后疼痛改善程度比较,P<0.001.结论:关节松动术结合针灸、牵引、电脑中频治疗腰椎间盘突出症在临床症状改善、疼痛减轻方面明显优于传统按摩手法配合牵引及口服药物治疗,值得临床推广.%To study the therapeutic effect of joint mobilization combined with acupuncture,traction,computer intermediate frequency on treating lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion.Methods:910 cases with prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc were randomly divided into treatment group and controlled group,562 cases and 348 cases in each.Patients in the treatment group were given joint mobilization combined with acupuncture,traction,computer intermediate frequency threapy,while the other group were given traditional massage combined with traction and oral drugs.We observed and analysed the degrees of patients'clinical symptoms and signs before and after the treatment.Results:By comparision of the two groups,the cure rate of the treatment group was obviously better than the controlled group,P<0.05; when compared with the efficiency rate,the treatment group was also superior to the other group,P<0.05.Conclusion:Joint mobilization combined with acupuncture,traction,computer intermediate frequency therapy is of great advantageous in improving clinical symptoms,reducing pains on the treatment of patients with prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc by comparision of traditional

  20. Clinical Efef ct of Tongdu Wenyang Acupuncture Combined with Medium-frequency Pulse on 30C ases with Protrusion ofL umbar Intervertebral Disc%针灸“通督温阳”法结合中频脉冲电疗治疗腰椎间盘突出症30例

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    王晗; 艾炳蔚

    2016-01-01

    目的:针灸“通督温阳”法结合中频脉冲治疗腰椎间盘突出症的临床疗效观察。方法:将60例腰椎间盘突出症患者随机分成治疗组和对照组各30例。治疗组用针灸“通督温阳”法结合中频脉冲电疗治疗。对照组用中频脉冲电疗治疗。两组均每周治疗5次,连续治疗两周为一疗程。采用VAS及JOA腰痛评分、表面肌电图进行数据监测,其中表面肌电图观察其平均肌电值( AEMG)和中位频率斜率(MFs)。结果:治疗组总有效率93.3%,对照组总有效率76.7%,两组比较差异有统计学意义(P <0.05)。两组治疗后VAS积分、JOA评分均较治疗前改善( P<0.05),治疗组改善更明显,与对照组比较差异有统计学意义( P<0.05)。两组治疗后AEMG均较治疗前提高( P<0.05), MFs均较治疗前下降( P<0.05),治疗组对AEMG和MFs改善程度优于对照组( P<0.05)。结论:针灸“通督温阳”法结合中频脉冲治疗腰椎间盘突出症疗效显著。%Objective:To observe the clinical effect of Tongdu Wenyang acupuncture combined with medium -frequency pulse on protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc .Methods:60 cases with lumbar disc herniation were randomly divided into a treatment group and a control group ,with 30 cases in each group .The treatment group received Tongdu Wenyang acupuncture combined with medium -frequency pulse treatment .The control group received medium-frequency pulse treatment .In two groups the treatment was 5 times a week, continuously two weeks'treatment as one course .Use the data of VAS and JOA low back pain score and the surface electromyo-graphy monitoring .The surface electromyography observed the average electrical values ( AEMG) and the median frequency of slope(MFs).Results:In the treatment group the total effectiveness was 93.3%,and in the control group the total effectiveness was 76 .7%.The differences

  1. Study of Occlusal-maxillo-facial 3-dimentional Structural Change of Orthodontic Therapy of Crossbite Maloccl usion by Modified ACTIVATOR Appliance

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    毛靖

    2002-01-01

    Summary: Occlusal-maxillo-facial structural change of crossbite malocclusion after orthodontic thera-py by modified ACTIVATOR appliance was investigated. Eighty crossbite cases of deciduous denti tion and mixed dentition were treated by modified ACTIVATOR. Through pre- and post-treatment analysis of stone model, Schuller's position X-ray and craniofaciometrics, the change in craniofacial length, width and height in early-phase crossbite malocclusion was studied. The results showed that there was no significant change in the width of maxillary and mandibular dental arch. Maxillary length and protrusion was increased significantly, upper incisors slopped labially. The lower incisors slopped lingually, mental angle decreased more severely. The lower and posterior facial height was in creased to normal level.

  2. Distribution Structures

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    Friedrich, H.; Tavasszy, L.A.; Davydenko, I.

    2013-01-01

    Distribution structures are important elements of the freight transportation system. Goods are routed via warehouses on their way from production to consumption. This chapter discusses drivers behind these structures, logistics decisions connected to distribution structures on the micro level, and

  3. Cryo-EM structure of a novel calicivirus, Tulane virus.

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    Guimei Yu

    Full Text Available Tulane virus (TV is a newly isolated cultivatable calicivirus that infects juvenile rhesus macaques. Here we report a 6.3 Å resolution cryo-electron microscopy structure of the TV virion. The TV virion is about 400 Å in diameter and consists of a T = 3 icosahedral protein capsid enclosing the RNA genome. 180 copies of the major capsid protein VP1 (∼57 KDa are organized into two types of dimers A/B and C/C and form a thin, smooth shell studded with 90 dimeric protrusions. The overall capsid organization and the capsid protein fold of TV closely resemble that of other caliciviruses, especially of human Norwalk virus, the prototype human norovirus. These close structural similarities support TV as an attractive surrogate for the non-cultivatable human noroviruses. The most distinctive feature of TV is that its C/C dimers are in a highly flexible conformation with significantly reduced interactions between the shell (S domain and the protruding (P domain of VP1. A comparative structural analysis indicated that the P domains of TV C/C dimers were much more flexible than those of other caliciviruses. These observations, combined with previous studies on other caliciviruses, led us to hypothesize that the enhanced flexibility of C/C dimer P domains are likely required for efficient calicivirus-host cell interactions and the consequent uncoating and genome release. Residues in the S-P1 hinge between the S and P domain may play a critical role in the flexibility of P domains of C/C dimers.

  4. Cryo-EM Structure of a Novel Calicivirus, Tulane Virus

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    Yu, Guimei; Zhang, Dongsheng; Guo, Fei; Tan, Ming; Jiang, Xi; Jiang, Wen

    2013-01-01

    Tulane virus (TV) is a newly isolated cultivatable calicivirus that infects juvenile rhesus macaques. Here we report a 6.3 Å resolution cryo-electron microscopy structure of the TV virion. The TV virion is about 400 Å in diameter and consists of a T = 3 icosahedral protein capsid enclosing the RNA genome. 180 copies of the major capsid protein VP1 (∼57 KDa) are organized into two types of dimers A/B and C/C and form a thin, smooth shell studded with 90 dimeric protrusions. The overall capsid organization and the capsid protein fold of TV closely resemble that of other caliciviruses, especially of human Norwalk virus, the prototype human norovirus. These close structural similarities support TV as an attractive surrogate for the non-cultivatable human noroviruses. The most distinctive feature of TV is that its C/C dimers are in a highly flexible conformation with significantly reduced interactions between the shell (S) domain and the protruding (P) domain of VP1. A comparative structural analysis indicated that the P domains of TV C/C dimers were much more flexible than those of other caliciviruses. These observations, combined with previous studies on other caliciviruses, led us to hypothesize that the enhanced flexibility of C/C dimer P domains are likely required for efficient calicivirus-host cell interactions and the consequent uncoating and genome release. Residues in the S-P1 hinge between the S and P domain may play a critical role in the flexibility of P domains of C/C dimers. PMID:23533651

  5. Supramolecular order and structural dynamics: A STM study of 2H-tetraphenylporphycene on Cu(111)

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    Stark, Michael; Träg, Johannes; Ditze, Stefanie; Steinrück, Hans-Peter; Marbach, Hubertus, E-mail: hubertus.marbach@fau.de [Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie II, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Egerlandstr. 3, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Interdisciplinary Center for Molecular Materials (ICMM), Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Henkestr. 42, 91054 Erlangen (Germany); Brenner, Wolfgang; Jux, Norbert [Lehrstuhl für Organische Chemie II, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Henkestr. 42, 91054 Erlangen (Germany)

    2015-03-14

    The adsorption of 2H-tetraphenylporphycene (2HTPPc) on Cu(111) was investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). At medium coverages, supramolecular ordered islands are observed. The individual 2HTPPc molecules appear as two pairs of intense protrusions which are separated by an elongated depression. In the islands, the molecules are organized in rows oriented along one of the close packed Cu(111) substrate rows; the structure is stabilized by T-type interactions of the phenyl substituents of neighboring molecules. Two types of rows are observed, namely, highly ordered rows in which all molecules exhibit the same orientation, and less ordered rows in which the molecules exhibit two perpendicular orientations. Altogether, three different azimuthal orientations of 2HTPPc are observed within one domain, all of them rotated by 15° ± 1° relative to one closed packed Cu direction. The highly ordered rows are always separated by either one or two less ordered rows, with the latter structure being the thermodynamically more stable one. The situation in the islands is highly dynamic, such that molecules in the less ordered rows occasionally change orientation, also complete highly ordered rows can move. The supramolecular order and structural dynamics are discussed on the basis of the specific molecule-substrate and molecule-molecule interactions.

  6. 腰椎间盘突出症经皮激光椎间盘减压术后患者血浆β-内啡肽和P物质的水平%Efficacy of percutaneous laser disc decompression and its correlation with plasma levels of β-endorphine and substance P in patients with protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc

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    潘化平; 冯慧; 王健; 丁玉惠

    2010-01-01

    Objective To observe efficacy of percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) and its correlation with plasma levels of β-endorphine and substance P in patients suffering from protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc (PLIVD). Methods Seventy-eight patients with PLIVD were randomly divided into two groups, one group (40 patients) treated with PLDD and the other (38 patients) treated with lumbar spine traction and physical therapy as control. Their peripheral plasma levels of β-endorphine and substance P were measured before the procedure and one day, one week and four weeks after it, respectively.Meanwhile, the visual analogue scale (VAS)was applied to assess their pain index. Results Plasma level of substance P was (186±66) ng/L and (419±82) ng/L, and (127 +83) ng/L and (322 +47) ng/L,in treatment and control groups, one day and one week after the procedure, respectively, and that of β-endorphine was (313 ±27) mg/L and (187 ±56) mg/L, and (364 + 18) mg/L and (211 +39) mg/L,one day and one week after it, respectively ( all P < 0. 01 ), with its clinical efficacy of 90% (36/40)and 66% (25/38) one week after it, respectively ( P < 0. 01 ) . Four weeks after it, plasma level of substance P was (64 ±50) ng/L in treatment group as compare to that in controls (93 ±75) ng/L, and that of β-endorphine was (410 ± 21 ) mg/L and (317 ± 42 ) mg/L, respectively, with efficacy of 95% (38/40) and 84% (32/38), respectively. Conclusions Plasma level of substance P can be reduced and that of β-endorphine can be increased by PLDD in patients with PLIVD, thus relieving their pain.Measurements of substance P and β-endorphine can be used as objective indicators to evaluate clinical efficacy of PLDD.%目的 了解经皮激光椎间盘减压术对腰椎间盘突出症患者血浆中β-内啡肽和P物质的影响.方法 对78例腰椎间盘突出症患者分别采用经皮激光椎间盘减压术(40例,为观察组)、物理因子+腰椎牵引治疗(38例,为对

  7. Effect of Electroacupuncture Stimulation of "Huantiao" (GB 30) on Walking Ability and Touch Sensation in Rabbits with Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Protrusion%电针“环跳”穴对腰椎间盘突出症家兔坐骨神经超微结构的影响

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    杨宗保; 吴翔; 谢宇锋; 龚安; 杨青; 王晨光; 刘琼

    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) stimulation of "Huantiao"(GB 30) on the walking ability and touch sensation in rabbits with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion (LIDP).Methods Forty New Zealand rabbits were equally randomized into normal control,model,EA-GB 30 and EA-non-acupoint groups.The LIDP model was established by surgical operation under anesthesia.EA (30 Hz/100 Hz,2-4 V,0.5 ms in pulse duration) was applied to bilateral "Huantiao"(GB 30) or non-acupoint.The rabbits' walking ability was assessed according to a 4-points scoring standard:0 point:complete paralysis; 1 point:paralysis with muscular contraction and mild joint movement; 2 points:weaker strength of the affected limbs with bradykinesia and instable walking; 3 points:able to walk with only interphalangeal joint dyskinesia; 4 points:complete recovery.The rabbit's touch sensation was assessed according to another 4-points scoring standard:0 point:no any response to cotton swab stimulation; 1 point:very mild response; 2 points:sluggish response; 3 points:relatively swifter response but weaker than the healthy l imb; 4 points:normal.The ultrostructure changes of the sciatic nerve were analyzed by transmission electron microscope.Results Following modeling,the scores for walking ability and touch sensation were significantly reduced in the model,EA-GB 30 and EA-non-acupoint groups (P<0.01).While compared with the model group,both walking ability score and touch sensation score of the EA-GB 30 group were obviously increased (P<0.01),rather than in the EA-non-acupoint group.Outcomes of the ultrastructure showed that in the model group,extensive onion-like state of the myelin sheath of the sciatic nerve fibers,shrink or disappearance of the axon,kytoplasm edema or lysis of Schwann cells tending to necrosis,and mitochondrium vacuolization of the Schwann cells were found.In the EA-GB 30 group,majority of the nerve fibers and vascular endothelium were normal,with delamination and

  8. Filopodia: A Rapid Structural Plasticity Substrate for Fast Learning

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    Ahmet S. Ozcan

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Formation of new synapses between neurons is an essential mechanism for learning and encoding memories. The vast majority of excitatory synapses occur on dendritic spines, therefore, the growth dynamics of spines is strongly related to the plasticity timescales. Especially in the early stages of the developing brain, there is an abundant number of long, thin and motile protrusions (i.e., filopodia, which develop in timescales of seconds and minutes. Because of their unique morphology and motility, it has been suggested that filopodia can have a dual role in both spinogenesis and environmental sampling of potential axonal partners. I propose that filopodia can lower the threshold and reduce the time to form new dendritic spines and synapses, providing a substrate for fast learning. Based on this proposition, the functional role of filopodia during brain development is discussed in relation to learning and memory. Specifically, it is hypothesized that the postnatal brain starts with a single-stage memory system with filopodia playing a significant role in rapid structural plasticity along with the stability provided by the mushroom-shaped spines. Following the maturation of the hippocampus, this highly-plastic unitary system transitions to a two-stage memory system, which consists of a plastic temporary store and a long-term stable store. In alignment with these architectural changes, it is posited that after brain maturation, filopodia-based structural plasticity will be preserved in specific areas, which are involved in fast learning (e.g., hippocampus in relation to episodic memory. These propositions aim to introduce a unifying framework for a diversity of phenomena in the brain such as synaptogenesis, pruning and memory consolidation.

  9. Ecological adaptations of the floral structures of Galanthus nivalis L.

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    Elżbieta Weryszko-Chmielewska

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The structure of the flowers of Galanthus nivalis shows adaptations to early spring flowering conditions as well as adaptations to entomogamy. The tepals produce colour marks and odorous substances. The aim of the present study was to determine the micromorphology and anatomy of tepals, in particular in the regions comprising colour marks which, in accordance with the literature data, emit essential oils. Examination was performed using light, fluorescence, and scanning electron microscopy. Large protrusions, corresponding to the location of the green stripes, were found to occur on the adaxial surface of the inner tepals. The epidermal cells in this part of the tepals produce a cuticle with characteristic ornamentation as well as numerous stomata with well-developed outer cuticular ledges. The wide opening of many stomata is evidence of high activity in this area. The fluorescence microscopy images confirm the high activity of the epidermis (scent emission, on both sides of the tepals, as well as of the chloroplast- containing mesophyll. In the abaxial epidermis, there were observed different-sized papillae that also participated in essential oil secretion. The polarization of the epidermal cell protoplasts, large cell nuclei, and the presence of large vacuoles with heterogeneous contents in the peripheral part of the cells correspond to the structural features of the tissues emitting odorous compounds in flowers - osmophores. In freshly opened flowers, the mesophyll of the central part of the perianth segments was composed of several cell layers, whereas in older flowers large air ducts formed, which are adaptations to environmental thermal conditions.

  10. Identification of O-rich structures on platinum(111)-supported ultrathin iron oxide films

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    Merte, Lindsay R.; Bai, Yunhai; Zeuthen, Helene; Peng, Guowen; Lammich, Lutz; Besenbacher, Flemming; Mavrikakis, Manos; Wendt, Stefan

    2016-10-01

    Using high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) we have studied the oxidation of ultrathin FeO films grown on Pt(111). At the initial stage of the FeO film oxidation by atomic oxygen exposure, we identified three distinct types of line defects, all of which form boundaries between FeO domains of opposite orientation. Two types of line defects appearing bright (type-i) and dark (type-ii) in the STM images at typical scanning parameters are "metallic", whereas the third line defect exhibits nonmetallic behavior (type-iii). Atomic-scale structure models of these line defects are proposed, with type-i defects exhibiting 4-fold coordinated Fe atoms, type-ii exhibiting 2-fold coordinated O atoms, and type-iii exhibiting tetrahedrally-coordinated Fe atoms. In addition, FeO2 trilayer islands are formed upon oxidation, which appear at FCC-type domains of the moiré structure. At high scanning bias, distinct protrusions on the trilayer islands are observed over surface O ions, which are assigned to H adatoms. The experimental data are supported by density functional theory (DFT) calculations, in which bare and hydroxylated FeO2 trilayer islands are compared. Finally, we compare the formation of O-rich features on continuous FeO films using atomic oxygen with the oxidation of Pt(111)-supported FeO islands accomplished by O2 exposure.

  11. Digital holographic microscopy of the myelin figure structural dynamics and the effect of thermal gradient

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    Fathi, Narges; Moradi, Ali-Reza; Habibi, Mehdi; Vashaee, Daryoosh; Tayebi, Lobat

    2013-01-01

    Myelin figures (MFs) are cylindrical multilamellar lipid tubes that can be found in various healthy and diseased living cells. Their formation and dynamics involve some of the most mysterious configurations that lipid molecules can adopt under certain conditions. They have been studied with different microscopy methods. Due to the frequent coiling of their structure, the usual methods of microscopy fail to give precise quantitative information about their dynamics. In this paper, we introduced Digital Holographic Microscopy (DHM) as a useful method to calculate the precise dynamical volume, thickness, surface and length of the myelin figures. As an example of DHM imaging of myelin figures, their structure and growth rate in the presence and absence of temperature gradient have been studied in this work. We showed that the thickness of a myelin figure can be changed during the first few seconds. However, after approximately ten seconds, the thickness stabilizes and does not alter significantly. We further studied the effect of the thermal gradient on the length growth. The calculation of the length growth from the measurement of the myelin figure volume shows that the length (L) grows in time (t) as L∝tat the early stage of the myelin protrusion in both the presence and the absence of the thermal gradient. However, thermal gradient facilitates the growth and increases its rate. PMID:23760951

  12. Origin of epicardium, it’s structural and functional role in heart heterogeneity formation

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    Pototskaya O.Yu.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work the major features of proepicardium structure, morphogenetic processes of epicardial formation and structural & functional role of epicardium-derived cells have been analyzed. proepicardium presented by protrusions of lateral plate mesoderm (serosal mesothelium, located between the liver and venous sinus in avian, and in the region of septum transversum in mammalian; it contains three cell types and proepicardial extracellular matrix. The formation of epicardial layer is a result of the heart tube coating by proepicardium. Epicardial cells (except atrial region undergo the process of epithelial-to-mesenchimal transformation, resulting in emergence of epicardium-derived cells. Last ones give rise to the next cell populations: smooth muscle cells, adventitial fibroblasts of coronary vessels, fibroblasts of heart fibrose skeleton, inter-stitial fibroblasts; differentiation of epicardium-derived cells into angio-, or hemangioblasts, cardiomyocytes stays controver-sial. Functional roles of these cells consist in their participation in processes of myocardial compactization, septation, forma-tion of endocardial cushions in AV-canal, heart fibrose skeleton, changing the passive mechanical properties of the cardiac wall, looping, differentiation of Purkinje fibers. Future researches will be connected with the defining of species features, their molecular basis and investigation of embryonic potentials of mature cells, differentiated from epicardium-derived cells.

  13. STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY

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    <正>20140014Deng Lin(College of Resources and Environment,Southwest Petroleum University,Chengdu 610500,China)Structural Geometry and Structural Kinematics of the Jiulongshan Structure in the North Longmenshan Mountains(Acta Geologica Sichuan,ISSN1006-0995,CN51-1273/P,33(1),2013,p.1-2,11,1illus.,9refs.)Key words:plate geometry,structural analysis,Longmenshan Fault Zone

  14. Importance of Local Structural Variations on Recrystallization

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    Juul Jensen, Dorte; Lin, Fengxiang; Zhang, Yubin

    2013-01-01

    Effects of local variations in the deformation microstructure on subsequent recrystallization are discussed and illustrated by three examples. The three examples consider local variations on different length scales and are: 1. Effects of local variations in the deformation microstructure on the f...... on the formation of protrusions on migrating boundaries. 2. Effects of an inhomogeneous spatial distribution of second phase particles on growth. 3. Effects of stored energy and orientation variations on recrystallization kinetics. © (2013) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland....

  15. High-resolution structure of the Shigella type-III secretion needle by solid-state NMR and cryo-electron microscopy

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    Demers, Jean-Philippe; Habenstein, Birgit; Loquet, Antoine; Kumar Vasa, Suresh; Giller, Karin; Becker, Stefan; Baker, David; Lange, Adam; Sgourakis, Nikolaos G.

    2014-09-01

    We introduce a general hybrid approach for determining the structures of supramolecular assemblies. Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) data define the overall envelope of the assembly and rigid-body orientation of the subunits while solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (ssNMR) chemical shifts and distance constraints define the local secondary structure, protein fold and inter-subunit interactions. Finally, Rosetta structure calculations provide a general framework to integrate the different sources of structural information. Combining a 7.7-Å cryo-EM density map and 996 ssNMR distance constraints, the structure of the type-III secretion system needle of Shigella flexneri is determined to a precision of 0.4 Å. The calculated structures are cross-validated using an independent data set of 691 ssNMR constraints and scanning transmission electron microscopy measurements. The hybrid model resolves the conformation of the non-conserved N terminus, which occupies a protrusion in the cryo-EM density, and reveals conserved pore residues forming a continuous pattern of electrostatic interactions, thereby suggesting a mechanism for effector protein translocation.

  16. Sentence Structure

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    Fabb, Nigel

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    Sentence Structure:introduces the evidence for sentence structure and reveals its purposeis based on a problem-solving approach to languageteaches the reader how to identify word classes, such as noun, preposition and demonstrativeuses simple tree structures to analyse sentencescontains numerous exercises to encourage practical skills of sentence analysisincludes a database and exercises that compare the structure of English with other languages.The second edition of Sentence Structure has been revised and updated throughout and includes new material on tense, aspect, modality and the verb phr

  17. MRI reporting by radiographers: The construction of an objective structured examination

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    Piper, K.J. [Allied Health Professions Department, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU (United Kingdom)], E-mail: k.j.piper@canterbury.ac.uk; Buscall, K.L. [Allied Health Professions Department, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU (United Kingdom)

    2008-05-15

    Purpose: The aim was to construct a bank of general magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) investigations where good agreement was demonstrated between three independent radiological reports. The bank was subsequently to be used to assess radiographers' ability to accurately report at the end of an accredited programme; Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) Clinical Reporting (MRI-General Investigations). Method: Eighty-seven examinations (33 knee, 36 lumbar spine and 18 internal auditory meatus-IAM) were initially reported by two radiologists. Seventy-two of these examinations (25 knee, 29 lumbar spine and 18 IAM) were subsequently reported by a third radiologist. Interobserver agreement was assessed by estimating the total, positive and negative % agreement rates; and by use of the weighted or unweighted kappa values. Knee reports were analysed for meniscal tears, and degenerative meniscus (264 meniscal sites); ligament injury (ACL; PCL; MCI; and LCL; 132 ligament sites); bone bruise; effusion; fracture and/or osteochondral defect. Lumbar spine reports were analysed for disc morphology (bulge, protrusion, extrusion and/or annular tear-180 intervertebral disc levels); degenerative disc disease; Modic endplate changes; cord compression; spinal stenosis; nerve root involvement; vertebral collapse, primary tumour or metastases; and other incidental findings. IAM reports were analysed for acoustic neuroma and vascular loop. Results: Agreement in the knee reports varied mainly between moderate ({kappa} = 0.46) for ligament injury to very good [almost perfect] ({kappa} = 0.86) for meniscal tears, although agreement for degenerative meniscus was only fair ({kappa} = 0.3). Variation in the lumbar spine reports ranged predominantly between moderate ({kappa} = 0.54) for disc bulge/protrusion to fair ({kappa} = 0.32) for Modic endplate changes to good [substantial] ({kappa} = 0.79) for tumour/metastases. Agreement for the presence of acoustic neuroma was very good [almost perfect

  18. Structure of the hepatitis E virus-like particle suggests mechanisms for virus assembly and receptor binding

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    Guu, Tom S.Y.; Liu, Zheng; Ye, Qiaozhen; Mata, Douglas A.; Li, Kunpeng; Yin, Changcheng; Zhang, Jingqiang; Tao, Yizhi Jane; (Sun Yat-Sen); (Rice); (Peking)

    2009-08-25

    Hepatitis E virus (HEV), a small, non-enveloped RNA virus in the family Hepeviridae, is associated with endemic and epidemic acute viral hepatitis in developing countries. Our 3.5-{angstrom} structure of a HEV-like particle (VLP) shows that each capsid protein contains 3 linear domains that form distinct structural elements: S, the continuous capsid; P1, 3-fold protrusions; and P2, 2-fold spikes. The S domain adopts a jelly-roll fold commonly observed in small RNA viruses. The P1 and P2 domains both adopt {beta}-barrel folds. Each domain possesses a potential polysaccharide-binding site that may function in cell-receptor binding. Sugar binding to P1 at the capsid protein interface may lead to capsid disassembly and cell entry. Structural modeling indicates that native T = 3 capsid contains flat dimers, with less curvature than those of T = 1 VLP. Our findings significantly advance the understanding of HEV molecular biology and have application to the development of vaccines and antiviral medications.

  19. Representation of protein 3D structures in spherical (ρ, ϕ, θ) coordinates and two of its potential applications.

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    Reyes, Vicente M

    2011-09-01

    Three-dimensional objects can be represented using cartesian, spherical or cylindrical coordinate systems, among many others. Currently all protein 3D structures in the PDB are in cartesian coordinates. We wanted to explore the possibility that protein 3D structures, especially the globular type (spheroproteins), when represented in spherical coordinates might find useful novel applications. A Fortran program was written to transform protein 3D structure files in cartesian coordinates (x,y,z) to spherical coordinates (ρ, ϕ, θ), with the centroid of the protein molecule as origin. We present here two applications, namely, (1) separation of the protein outer layer (OL) from the inner core (IC); and (2) identifying protrusions and invaginations on the protein surface. In the first application, ϕ and θ were partitioned into suitable intervals and the point with maximum ρ in each such 'ϕ-θ bin' was determined. A suitable cutoff value for ρ is adopted, and for each ϕ-θ bin, all points with ρ values less than the cutoff are considered part of the IC, and those with ρ values equal to or greater than the cutoff are considered part of the OL. We show that this separation procedure is successful as it gives rise to an OL that is significantly more enriched in hydrophilic amino acid residues, and an IC that is significantly more enriched in hydrophobic amino acid residues, as expected. In the second application, the point with maximum ρ in each ϕ-θ bin are sequestered and their frequency distribution constructed (i.e., maximum ρ's sorted from lowest to highest, collected into 1.50Å-intervals, and the frequency in each interval plotted). We show in such plots that invaginations on the protein surface give rise to subpeaks or shoulders on the lagging side of the main peak, while protrusions give rise to similar subpeaks or shoulders, but on the leading side of the main peak. We used the dataset of Laskowski et al. (1996) to demonstrate both applications.

  20. Coilgun structures

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    Andrews, J. A.

    1993-01-01

    Recent research into the optimal design of 'coilgun' structures has indicated that structural requirements are strong functions of launcher classification as well as acceleration mode. Attention is presently given to both closed-form and numerical analytical techniques for coaxial DC accelerator (DCA) structural-design calculations. The DCA is a multistage pulsed-induction launcher that makes extensive use of composite materials technology; measured plastic deformations of the armature after a high energy experiment are compared to FEM analysis predictions.

  1. Flowering biology and nectary structure of Melissa officinalis L.

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    Mirosława Chwil

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The present study on lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L. covered flowering biology, monitoring of pollinating insects and floral nectary structure. The micromorphology of epidermal cells of the nectary was investigated using scanning electron microscopy. The nectariferous tissues were observed using light microscopy based on semi-thin sections. Lemon balm flowered from the second decade of June until September. Buds opened from early morning hours until noon. Flowers lived for 24 hours, on the average. Their primary pollinator was the honey bee. The beginning of nectar secretion was found to be at the bud swell stage. The automorphic nectary forms a disc with four protrusions at the base of the nectary. Three smaller ones and one larger than the other ones were distinguished among them. No stomata were found on the lower protuberances, whereas on the highest part anomocytic stomata were present, the number of which was 15. The stomata exhibited different development stages and they were situated above other epidermal cells. In their outline, they were ellipsoidally shaped (18 × 23 µm and they had average-sized cuticular ledges. They produced a smooth cuticle and wax granules. In cross section, the nectary tissues were composed of a singlelayered epidermis and 9 - 11 layers of the nectary parenchyma. Their thickness was 198 µm. In longitudinal section, the height of the nectary was within a range of 354 - 404 µm. The epidermal cells produced thin outer cell walls. Some of them were completely filled with strongly stained cytoplasm, whereas others showed a high degree of vacuolisation. But the nectary parenchyma cells were marked by poorly stained cytoplasm, a large nucleus and vacuolisation of varying degree.

  2. Protein Structure

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    Asmus, Elaine Garbarino

    2007-01-01

    Individual students model specific amino acids and then, through dehydration synthesis, a class of students models a protein. The students clearly learn amino acid structure, primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary structure in proteins and the nature of the bonds maintaining a protein's shape. This activity is fun, concrete, inexpensive and…

  3. Tau structures

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    Jesus Avila

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Tau is a microtubule-associated protein that plays an important role in axonal stabilization, neuronal development, and neuronal polarity. In this review, we focus on the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary tau structures. We describe the structure of tau from its specific residues until its conformation in dimers, oligomers and larger polymers in physiological and pathological situations.

  4. Organisational Structure

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    An understanding of organisational structure can provide guidance for organisations that want to change and innovate. Many writers agree that this understanding allows organisations to shape how their work is done to ultimately achieve their business goals--and that too often structure is given little consideration in business strategy and…

  5. Vcsel structure

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    2015-01-01

    The invention relates to a VCSEL structure based on a novel grating reflector. The grating reflector comprises a grating layer with a contiguous core grating region having a grating structure, wherein an index of refraction of high-index sections of the grating structure is at least 2.......5, and wherein an index of refraction of low-index sections of the grating structure is less than 2. The core grating region defines a projection in a direction normal to the grating layer. The grating reflector further comprises a cap layer abutting the grating layer, and an index of refraction of the cap layer...... the projection of the core grating region, the grating layer is also abutted by a second low-index layer and/or by air, an index of refraction of the second low-index layer or air being less than 2. The VCSEL structure furthermore comprises a first reflector and an active region for providing a cavity...

  6. Tubular structure induced by a plant virus facilitates viral spread in its vector insect.

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    Qian Chen

    Full Text Available Rice dwarf virus (RDV replicates in and is transmitted by a leafhopper vector in a persistent-propagative manner. Previous cytopathologic and genetic data revealed that tubular structures, constructed by the nonstructural viral protein Pns10, contain viral particles and are directly involved in the intercellular spread of RDV among cultured leafhopper cells. Here, we demonstrated that RDV exploited these virus-containing tubules to move along actin-based microvilli of the epithelial cells and muscle fibers of visceral muscle tissues in the alimentary canal, facilitating the spread of virus in the body of its insect vector leafhoppers. In cultured leafhopper cells, the knockdown of Pns10 expression due to RNA interference (RNAi induced by synthesized dsRNA from Pns10 gene strongly inhibited tubule formation and prevented the spread of virus among insect vector cells. RNAi induced after ingestion of dsRNA from Pns10 gene strongly inhibited formation of tubules, preventing intercellular spread and transmission of the virus by the leafhopper. All these results, for the first time, show that a persistent-propagative virus exploits virus-containing tubules composed of a nonstructural viral protein to traffic along actin-based cellular protrusions, facilitating the intercellular spread of the virus in the vector insect. The RNAi strategy and the insect vector cell culture provide useful tools to investigate the molecular mechanisms enabling efficient transmission of persistent-propagative plant viruses by vector insects.

  7. Micromorphology of the epidermis and anatomical structure of the leaves of Scorzonera hispanica L.

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    Mirosława Chwil

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In Poland Scorzonera hispanica L. is rare in the wild. This species is used as a vegetable and medicinal plant. Currently, attempts are being made to introduce this plant into cultivation in Poland. In this study, comparative analyses were conducted of the epidermis surface micromorphology and anatomical structure of the leaves of S. hispanica ‘Maxima’ and ‘Meres’. The investigations were performed using fluorescence, light and scanning electron microscopy. The cuticle on the surface of epidermal cells is smooth or striated. In the epidermis, there are anomocytic stomata. The stomatal index in the epidermis of the studied cultivars is 9.3–11%. In the midrib of the leaf, there is an aerial cavity which occupies a substantial area. In this place, cracking and breaking of the leaf blade were observed. Over the aerial cavity under the adaxial epidermis, there is a single layer of collenchyma cells and 1–2 rows of parenchyma cells. Tangential collenchyma is also present between the abaxial epidermis and large vascular bundles located in the midrib and on both sides of the large vascular bundles in the lamina. This tissue strengthens the leaf margin. The mesophyll cells located in the abaxial epidermis of the midrib form protrusions surrounding the large vascular bundles. The leaves of S. hispanica represent the equifacial type.

  8. Membrane tubule formation by banana-shaped proteins with or without transient network structure

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    Noguchi, Hiroshi

    2016-02-01

    In living cells, membrane morphology is regulated by various proteins. Many membrane reshaping proteins contain a Bin/Amphiphysin/Rvs (BAR) domain, which consists of a banana-shaped rod. The BAR domain bends the biomembrane along the rod axis and the features of this anisotropic bending have recently been studied. Here, we report on the role of the BAR protein rods in inducing membrane tubulation, using large-scale coarse-grained simulations. We reveal that a small spontaneous side curvature perpendicular to the rod can drastically alter the tubulation dynamics at high protein density, whereas no significant difference is obtained at low density. A percolated network is intermediately formed depending on the side curvature. This network suppresses tubule protrusion, leading to the slow formation of fewer tubules. Thus, the side curvature, which is generated by protein-protein and membrane-protein interactions, plays a significant role in tubulation dynamics. We also find that positive surface tensions and the vesicle membrane curvature can stabilize this network structure by suppressing the tubulation.

  9. Structural polarity and dynamics of male germline stem cells in the milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus).

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    Schmidt, Esther D; Dorn, August

    2004-11-01

    The male germline stem cells (GSCs) of the milkweed bug present an extraordinary structural polarity that is, to our knowledge, unequalled by any other type of stem cells. They consist of a perikaryon and numerous projections arising from the cell pole directed toward the apical cells, the proposed niche of the GSCs. The projections can traverse a considerable distance until their terminals touch the apical cells. From hatching until death, the GSC projections undergo conspicuous changes, the sequence of which has been deduced from observations of all developmental stages. Projection formation starts from lobular cell protrusions showing trabecular ingrowths of the cell membrane. Finger-like projections result from a process of growth and "carving out". The newly formed projections contain mostly only free ribosomes other than a few mitochondria. A stereotyped degradation process commences in the projection terminals: profiles of circular, often concentric, cisternae of rough endoplasmic reticulum appear and turn into myelin bodies, whereas mitochondria become more numerous. The cytoplasm vesiculates, lysosomal bodies appear, and mitochondria become swollen. At the same time, the projection terminals are segregated by transverse ingrowths of the cell membrane. Finally, autophagic vacuoles and myelin bodies fill the segregated terminals, which then rupture. Simultaneously, new projections seem to sprout from the perikaryon of the GSCs. These dynamics, which are not synchronized among the GSCs, indicate that a novel type of signal exchange and transduction between the stem cells and their niche is involved in the regulation of asymmetric versus symmetric division of GSCs.

  10. Structural Behaviour of Reciprocal Structures

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    Parigi, Dario; Kirkegaard, Poul Henning

    2013-01-01

    The present paper focuses on the comparison of several two-dimensional and three-dimensional reciprocal configurations. The goal of such comparison is to analyse the structural behaviour when changing the geometric parameters used to describe the geometry of reciprocal structures....

  11. Structured light in structured media

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    Zeng, Jinwei

    The objective of this dissertation is to investigate fundamental optical phenomena at the interface between two emerging fields of modern optics - structured light and micro/nano-structured optical materials. Until recently, these fields were developing in parallel yet independently. A majority of researchers in the field of metamaterials and photonic crystals considered "simple" linearly or circularly polarized light or Gaussian beam propagation in "structured" materials with properties not found in nature. However, in addition to conventional polarization states, light beams can be radially or azimuthally polarized and carry orbital angular momentum (OAM). A fascinating example of a beam carrying OAM is the optical vortex---a donut-shaped beam with a helical phase front. Similarly, the structured light community largely focused on complex light propagation in rather simple homogeneous, isotropic, transparent media. In this dissertation, we explore fundamentals and applications of light-matter interactions that involve both complex light and complex media. The central question that we aim to tackle is: How may the synergy of these two fields lead to a breakthrough in modern photonics? Structured materials, including metamaterials and photonic bandgap structures, realize unprecedented control over light propagation and design flexibility. They can enable new optical properties and functionalities, including new regimes of wave guiding, negative index of refraction, magnetism at optical frequencies, and subwavelength imaging to name a few. We demonstrate how nearly unlimited possibilities in engineering the properties of structured media can be used for generation and manipulation of structured light. Also, we show how the unique properties of structured light could be used for characterization of structured media.

  12. Hydraulic Structures

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    Department of Homeland Security — This table is required whenever hydraulic structures are shown in the flood profile. It is also required if levees are shown on the FIRM, channels containing the...

  13. Hydraulic structures

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    Chen, Sheng-Hong

    2015-01-01

    This book discusses in detail the planning, design, construction and management of hydraulic structures, covering dams, spillways, tunnels, cut slopes, sluices, water intake and measuring works, ship locks and lifts, as well as fish ways. Particular attention is paid to considerations concerning the environment, hydrology, geology and materials etc. in the planning and design of hydraulic projects. It also considers the type selection, profile configuration, stress/stability calibration and engineering countermeasures, flood releasing arrangements and scouring protection, operation and maintenance etc. for a variety of specific hydraulic structures. The book is primarily intended for engineers, undergraduate and graduate students in the field of civil and hydraulic engineering who are faced with the challenges of extending our understanding of hydraulic structures ranging from traditional to groundbreaking, as well as designing, constructing and managing safe, durable hydraulic structures that are economical ...

  14. Nuclear Structure

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    Gargano, Angela

    2003-04-01

    An account of recent studies in the field of theoretical nuclear structure is reported. These studies concern essentially research activities performed under the Italian project "Fisica Teorica del Nucleo e dei Sistemi a Molti Corpi". Special attention is addressed to results obtained during the last two years as regards the development of new many-body techniques as well as the interpretation of new experimental aspects of nuclear structure.

  15. Foundation Structure

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    Schakenda, Bruno; Nielsen, Søren Andreas; Ibsen, Lars Bo

    2009-01-01

    Method of installing a bucket foundation structure comprising one, two, three or more skirts, into soils in a controlled manner. The method comprises two stages: a first stage being a design phase and the second stage being an installation phase. In the first stage, design parameters are determined relating to the loads on the finished foundation structure; soil profile on the location; allowable installation tolerances, which parameters are used to estimate the minimum diameter and length of...

  16. Structure and mechanism of mouse cyclase-associated protein (CAP1) in regulating actin dynamics.

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    Jansen, Silvia; Collins, Agnieszka; Golden, Leslie; Sokolova, Olga; Goode, Bruce L

    2014-10-31

    Srv2/CAP is a conserved actin-binding protein with important roles in driving cellular actin dynamics in diverse animal, fungal, and plant species. However, there have been conflicting reports about whether the activities of Srv2/CAP are conserved, particularly between yeast and mammalian homologs. Yeast Srv2 has two distinct functions in actin turnover: its hexameric N-terminal-half enhances cofilin-mediated severing of filaments, while its C-terminal-half catalyzes dissociation of cofilin from ADP-actin monomers and stimulates nucleotide exchange. Here, we dissected the structure and function of mouse CAP1 to better understand its mechanistic relationship to yeast Srv2. Although CAP1 has a shorter N-terminal oligomerization sequence compared with Srv2, we find that the N-terminal-half of CAP1 (N-CAP1) forms hexameric structures with six protrusions, similar to N-Srv2. Further, N-CAP1 autonomously binds to F-actin and decorates the sides and ends of filaments, altering F-actin structure and enhancing cofilin-mediated severing. These activities depend on conserved surface residues on the helical-folded domain. Moreover, N-CAP1 enhances yeast cofilin-mediated severing, and conversely, yeast N-Srv2 enhances human cofilin-mediated severing, highlighting the mechanistic conservation between yeast and mammals. Further, we demonstrate that the C-terminal actin-binding β-sheet domain of CAP1 is sufficient to catalyze nucleotide-exchange of ADP-actin monomers, while in the presence of cofilin this activity additionally requires the WH2 domain. Thus, the structures, activities, and mechanisms of mouse and yeast Srv2/CAP homologs are remarkably well conserved, suggesting that the same activities and mechanisms underlie many of the diverse actin-based functions ascribed to Srv2/CAP homologs in different organisms.

  17. Myosin MyTH4-FERM structures highlight important principles of convergent evolution.

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    Planelles-Herrero, Vicente José; Blanc, Florian; Sirigu, Serena; Sirkia, Helena; Clause, Jeffrey; Sourigues, Yannick; Johnsrud, Daniel O; Amigues, Beatrice; Cecchini, Marco; Gilbert, Susan P; Houdusse, Anne; Titus, Margaret A

    2016-05-24

    Myosins containing MyTH4-FERM (myosin tail homology 4-band 4.1, ezrin, radixin, moesin, or MF) domains in their tails are found in a wide range of phylogenetically divergent organisms, such as humans and the social amoeba Dictyostelium (Dd). Interestingly, evolutionarily distant MF myosins have similar roles in the extension of actin-filled membrane protrusions such as filopodia and bind to microtubules (MT), suggesting that the core functions of these MF myosins have been highly conserved over evolution. The structures of two DdMyo7 signature MF domains have been determined and comparison with mammalian MF structures reveals that characteristic features of MF domains are conserved. However, across millions of years of evolution conserved class-specific insertions are seen to alter the surfaces and the orientation of subdomains with respect to each other, likely resulting in new sites for binding partners. The MyTH4 domains of Myo10 and DdMyo7 bind to MT with micromolar affinity but, surprisingly, their MT binding sites are on opposite surfaces of the MyTH4 domain. The structural analysis in combination with comparison of diverse MF myosin sequences provides evidence that myosin tail domain features can be maintained without strict conservation of motifs. The results illustrate how tuning of existing features can give rise to new structures while preserving the general properties necessary for myosin tails. Thus, tinkering with the MF domain enables it to serve as a multifunctional platform for cooperative recruitment of various partners, allowing common properties such as autoinhibition of the motor and microtubule binding to arise through convergent evolution.

  18. Structural basis for pore-forming mechanism of staphylococcal α-hemolysin.

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    Sugawara, Takaki; Yamashita, Daichi; Kato, Koji; Peng, Zhao; Ueda, Junki; Kaneko, Jun; Kamio, Yoshiyuki; Tanaka, Yoshikazu; Yao, Min

    2015-12-15

    Staphylococcal α-hemolysin (α-HL) is a β-barrel pore-forming toxin (PFT) expressed by Staphylococcus aureus. α-HL is secreted as a water-soluble monomeric protein, which binds to target membranes and forms membrane-inserted heptameric pores. To explore the pore-forming mechanism of α-HL in detail, we determined the crystal structure of the α-HL monomer and prepore using H35A mutant and W179A/R200A mutant, respectively. Although the overall structure of the monomer was similar to that of other staphylococcal PFTs, a marked difference was observed in the N-terminal amino latch, which bent toward the prestem. Moreover, the prestem was fastened by the cap domain with a key hydrogen bond between Asp45 and Tyr118. Prepore structure showed that the transmembrane region is roughly formed with flexibility, although the upper half of the β-barrel is formed appropriately. Structure comparison among monomer, prepore and pore revealed a series of motions, in which the N-terminal amino latch released upon oligomerization destroys its own key hydrogen bond between Asp45-Tyr118. This action initiated the protrusion of the prestem. Y118F mutant and the N-terminal truncated mutant markedly decreased in the hemolytic activity, indicating the importance of the key hydrogen bond and the N-terminal amino latch on the pore formation. Based on these observations, we proposed a dynamic molecular mechanism of pore formation for α-HL.

  19. Non-contact AFM investigation of influence of freezing process on the surface structure of potato starch granule

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    Krok, F.; Szymońska, J.; Tomasik, P.; Szymoński, M.

    2000-04-01

    To assess the influence of the freezing process on the surface structure of a potato starch granule, a non-contact Atomic Force Microscopy (NC-AFM) investigation at ambient conditions has been undertaken. The observations were carried out for dried (oven-dried) and native (air-dried) starch. The obtained AFM images of the native starch granule surface demonstrated it as not uniformly smooth and having rough undulating appearance with layers of adsorbed water which could be removed by oven drying in 130°C. After freezing, the dried starch granule surface still consisted of nodules of about 100 nm in diameter. Significant changes in the granule surface appearance can be seen for dried starch samples frozen with some excess of water as well as for native starch samples frozen with its original water. Then the aggregation and polishing of the granules was observed and their surface revealed a microstructure with distinct ring-like protrusions of about 300 nm in diameter. Our observations tally with the amylopectine "blocket" starch granule structure model proposed in the literature and allowed to conclude that freezing may be a useful tool, among other methods, for modifying starch granule properties.

  20. Fractal Dimension Analysis of Subcortical Gray Matter Structures in Schizophrenia

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    Sehatpour, Pejman; Long, Jun; Gui, Weihua; Qiao, Jianping; Javitt, Daniel C.; Wang, Zhishun

    2016-01-01

    A failure of adaptive inference—misinterpreting available sensory information for appropriate perception and action—is at the heart of clinical manifestations of schizophrenia, implicating key subcortical structures in the brain including the hippocampus. We used high-resolution, three-dimensional (3D) fractal geometry analysis to study subtle and potentially biologically relevant structural alterations (in the geometry of protrusions, gyri and indentations, sulci) in subcortical gray matter (GM) in patients with schizophrenia relative to healthy individuals. In particular, we focus on utilizing Fractal Dimension (FD), a compact shape descriptor that can be computed using inputs with irregular (i.e., not necessarily smooth) surfaces in order to quantify complexity (of geometrical properties and configurations of structures across spatial scales) of subcortical GM in this disorder. Probabilistic (entropy-based) information FD was computed based on the box-counting approach for each of the seven subcortical structures, bilaterally, as well as the brainstem from high-resolution magnetic resonance (MR) images in chronic patients with schizophrenia (n = 19) and age-matched healthy controls (n = 19) (age ranges: patients, 22.7–54.3 and healthy controls, 24.9–51.6 years old). We found a significant reduction of FD in the left hippocampus (median: 2.1460, range: 2.07–2.18 vs. median: 2.1730, range: 2.15–2.23, p<0.001; Cohen’s effect size, U3 = 0.8158 (95% Confidence Intervals, CIs: 0.6316, 1.0)), the right hippocampus (median: 2.1430, range: 2.05–2.19 vs. median: 2.1760, range: 2.12–2.21, p = 0.004; U3 = 0.8421 (CIs: 0.5263, 1)), as well as left thalamus (median: 2.4230, range: 2.40–2.44, p = 0.005; U3 = 0.7895 (CIs: 0.5789, 0.9473)) in schizophrenia patients, relative to healthy individuals. Our findings provide in-vivo quantitative evidence for reduced surface complexity of hippocampus, with reduced FD indicating a less complex, less regular GM

  1. Tension Structure

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    1978-01-01

    The fabric structure pictured is the Campus Center of La Verne College, La Verne, California. Unlike the facilities shown on the preceding pages, it is not air-supported. It is a "tension structure," its multi-coned fabric membrane supported by a network of cables attached to steel columns which function like circus tent poles. The spider-web in the accompanying photo is a computer graph of the tension pattern. The designers, Geiger-Berger Associates PC, of New York City, conducted lengthy computer analysis to determine the the best placement of columns and cables. The firm also served as structural engineering consultant on the Pontiac Silverdome and a number of other large fabric structures. Built by Birdair Structures, Inc., Buffalo, New York, the La Verne Campus Center was the first permanent facility in the United States enclosed by the space-spinoff fabric made of Owens-Corning Beta fiber glass coated with Du Pont Teflon TFE. The flexible design permits rearrangement of the interior to accommodate athletic events, student activities, theatrical productions and other recreational programs. Use of fabric covering reduced building cost 30 percent below conventional construction.

  2. Adenovirus structure.

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    Rux, John J; Burnett, Roger M

    2004-12-01

    Structural studies continue to play an essential role as the focus of adenovirus research shifts in emphasis from basic biology to adenovirus-based vector technologies. A crucial step in developing novel therapeutics for gene replacement, cancer, and vaccines is often to modify the virion. Such engineered changes are designed to retarget the virus, or to reduce the immunological responses to infection. These efforts are far more effective when they are based on detailed structural knowledge. This minireview provides a brief summary of the wealth of information that has been obtained from the combined application of X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy. This knowledge now includes a good working model for the architectural organization of the virion, and atomic resolution molecular structures for all the major capsid proteins, hexon, penton, and fiber. We highlight new developments, which include the structure of the penton base and the discovery that adenovirus has several relatives. We sketch how the structural information can be used to engineer novel virions and conclude with the prospects for future progress.

  3. Data Structures

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    Davoodi, Pooya

    weight in a query path; (3) the range diameter problem: given a point set in the plane, find two points that are farthest away in a query rectangle. These and similar problems arise in various applications including document retrieval, genome sequence analysis, OLAP data cubes, network flows, shape......-fitting, and clustering. The three mentioned problems are considered for either static inputs or dynamic inputs. In the static setting, we investigate the space-efficiency of data structures, which is an important aspect in massive data algorithmics. We provide lower bounds on the trade-off between the query time......-dimensional range minimum queries. In the dynamic setting, we present data structures for the path minima problem that support optimal query time for various types of update operations. One of the results presents a comparison-based data structure which answers path minima queries in sub-logarithmic time...

  4. Protein structural dynamics revealed by time-resolved X-ray solution scattering.

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    Kim, Jong Goo; Kim, Tae Wu; Kim, Jeongho; Ihee, Hyotcherl

    2015-08-18

    the protrusion of the N-terminus with significant increase of the overall protein size. For HbI, we elucidated the dynamics of complex allosteric transitions among transient intermediates. In particular, by applying structural refinement analysis based on rigid-body modeling, we found that the allosteric transition of HbI accompanies the rotation of quaternary structure and the contraction between two heme domains. By making use of the experimental and analysis methods presented in this Account, we envision that the TRXSS can be used to probe the structural dynamics of various proteins, allowing us to decipher the working mechanisms of their functions. Furthermore, when combined with femtosecond X-ray pulses generated from X-ray free electron lasers, TRXSS will gain access to ultrafast protein dynamics on sub-picosecond time scales.

  5. Fireplace structure

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    Faehling, F.L.; Billmeyer, T.F.; Peterson, S.O.

    1984-09-18

    A fireplace having one or more conduits for directing outside combustion air into the firebox with a movable member adjacent a conduit outlet for normally closing said conduit and having either open or closed positions dependent upon the existence of a pressure difference across said member. A pressure difference caused by a fire in the firebox results in a higher pressure on the side of the member opposite the firebox to cause the member to move to open position. Operating structure is provided for positively closing the member and with the operating structure being operable from the front of the fireplace.

  6. Lightweight Structures.

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    Shaver and Co., Michigan City, IN.

    One of the newest and most promising developments in architecture has been the use of lightweight structures for encapsulating space. Using this new technology, builders can enclose large and small areas at a fraction of the cost of conventional construction and at the same time provide interior space that is totally flexible. This brochure shows…

  7. Structural parsing

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    Hoede, C.; Zhang, Lei

    2000-01-01

    Parsing is an essential part of natural language processing. In this paper, structural parsing, which is based on the theory of knowledge graphs, is introduced. Under consideration of the semantic and syntactic features of natural language, both semantic and syntactic word graphs are formed. Grammar

  8. Coastal Structures

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    Oumeraci, H.; Burcharth, H. F.; Rouck, J. De;

    1995-01-01

    The paper attempts to present an overview of five research projects supported by the Commission of the European Communities, Directorate General XII, under the MAST 2- Programme (Marine Sciences and Technology), with the overall objective of contributing to the development of improved rational me...... methods for the design of coastal structures....

  9. Organizational structure

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    Hendriks, P.H.J.

    2011-01-01

    For many decades, organization scientists have paid considerable attention to the link between knowledge and organization structure. An early contributor to these discussions was Max Weber (1922), who elaborated his concepts of professional bureaucracy. History shows a multitude of other description

  10. STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY

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    2013-01-01

    <正>20130642 Bai Daoyuan (Hunan Institute of Geology Survey , Mineral Exploration and Development of Hunan Province , Changsha 410011 , China); Jia Baohua Potential Genesis of the Trending Changes of Jinning Period and Caledonian Structural Lineamens in Middle-Southern Hunan Province (Journal of Geomechanics , ISSN1006-6616 ,

  11. European structuralism

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    Willems, Klaas

    2014-01-01

    European structuralism is a paradigm for the study of language developed by prominent European linguists during the inter-war period and the first decades after World War II that radically rejected the prevailing atomism of 19th century (particularly neo-grammarian) linguistics and language psychology.

  12. Nuclear structure

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    Nazarewicz, W

    1999-01-01

    Current developments in nuclear structure are discussed from a theoretical perspective. The studies of the nuclear many-body system provide us with invaluable information about the nature of the nuclear interaction, nucleonic correlations at various energy-distance scales, and the modes of the nucleonic matter.

  13. Imaging dendritic spines of rat primary hippocampal neurons using structured illumination microscopy.

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    Schouten, Marijn; De Luca, Giulia M R; Alatriste González, Diana K; de Jong, Babette E; Timmermans, Wendy; Xiong, Hui; Krugers, Harm; Manders, Erik M M; Fitzsimons, Carlos P

    2014-05-04

    Dendritic spines are protrusions emerging from the dendrite of a neuron and represent the primary postsynaptic targets of excitatory inputs in the brain. Technological advances have identified these structures as key elements in neuron connectivity and synaptic plasticity. The quantitative analysis of spine morphology using light microscopy remains an essential problem due to technical limitations associated with light's intrinsic refraction limit. Dendritic spines can be readily identified by confocal laser-scanning fluorescence microscopy. However, measuring subtle changes in the shape and size of spines is difficult because spine dimensions other than length are usually smaller than conventional optical resolution fixed by light microscopy's theoretical resolution limit of 200 nm. Several recently developed super resolution techniques have been used to image cellular structures smaller than the 200 nm, including dendritic spines. These techniques are based on classical far-field operations and therefore allow the use of existing sample preparation methods and to image beyond the surface of a specimen. Described here is a working protocol to apply super resolution structured illumination microscopy (SIM) to the imaging of dendritic spines in primary hippocampal neuron cultures. Possible applications of SIM overlap with those of confocal microscopy. However, the two techniques present different applicability. SIM offers higher effective lateral resolution, while confocal microscopy, due to the usage of a physical pinhole, achieves resolution improvement at the expense of removal of out of focus light. In this protocol, primary neurons are cultured on glass coverslips using a standard protocol, transfected with DNA plasmids encoding fluorescent proteins and imaged using SIM. The whole protocol described herein takes approximately 2 weeks, because dendritic spines are imaged after 16-17 days in vitro, when dendritic development is optimal. After completion of the

  14. Data Structures

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    Davoodi, Pooya

    We study data structures for variants of range query problems. In particular, we consider (1) the range minimum problem: given a multidimensional array, find the position of the minimum element in a query rectangle; (2) the path minima problem: given a weighted tree, find the edge with minimum...... weight in a query path; (3) the range diameter problem: given a point set in the plane, find two points that are farthest away in a query rectangle. These and similar problems arise in various applications including document retrieval, genome sequence analysis, OLAP data cubes, network flows, shape......-fitting, and clustering. The three mentioned problems are considered for either static inputs or dynamic inputs. In the static setting, we investigate the space-efficiency of data structures, which is an important aspect in massive data algorithmics. We provide lower bounds on the trade-off between the query time...

  15. Syllable structure

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    Jakobsen Per

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In traditional structuralist understanding, language is a system of signs i.e. an inseparable unity of content and expression. According to glossematic linguistic theory, the dichotomy of form and substance in the content has its parallel in the expression. The present paper shows that in one language certain consonant clusters within the syllable are allowed, in other languages they are not. The phonotactic structure, i.e. the rules of forming syllables decide the forming of new words and identify the language at the same time. This fundamental syllable structure shows that it is scientifically untenable to maintain that the Serbo-Croatian language has split up in several new languages. .

  16. Concrete structures

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    Setareh, Mehdi

    2017-01-01

    This revised, fully updated second edition covers the analysis, design, and construction of reinforced concrete structures from a real-world perspective. It examines different reinforced concrete elements such as slabs, beams, columns, foundations, basement and retaining walls and pre-stressed concrete incorporating the most up-to-date edition of the American Concrete Institute Code (ACI 318-14) requirements for the design of concrete structures. It includes a chapter on metric system in reinforced concrete design and construction. A new chapter on the design of formworks has been added which is of great value to students in the construction engineering programs along with practicing engineers and architects. This second edition also includes a new appendix with color images illustrating various concrete construction practices, and well-designed buildings. The ACI 318-14 constitutes the most extensive reorganization of the code in the past 40 years. References to the various sections of the ACI 318-14 are pro...

  17. Terminal structure

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    Schmidt, Frank; Allais, Arnaud; Mirebeau, Pierre; Ganhungu, Francois; Lallouet, Nicolas

    2009-10-20

    A terminal structure (2) for a superconducting cable (1) is described. It consists of a conductor (2a) and an insulator (2b) that surrounds the conductor (2a), wherein the superconducting cable (1) has a core with a superconducting conductor (5) and a layer of insulation that surrounds the conductor (5), and wherein the core is arranged in such a way that it can move longitudinally in a cryostat. The conductor (2a) of the terminal structure (2) is electrically connected with the superconducting conductor (5) or with a normal conductor (6) that is connected with the superconducting conductor (5) by means of a tubular part (7) made of an electrically conductive material, wherein the superconducting conductor (5) or the normal conductor (6) can slide in the part (7) in the direction of the superconductor.

  18. Lightweight Structures

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    Whittenberger, J. Daniel

    2001-01-01

    Present structural concepts for hot static structures are conventional "sheet & stringer" or truss core construction. More weight-efficient concepts such as honeycomb and lattice block are being investigated, in combination with both conventional superalloys and TiAl. Development efforts for components made from TiAl sheet are centered on lower cost methods for sheet and foil production, plus alloy development for higher temperature capability. A low-cost casting technology recently developed for aluminum and steel lattice blocks has demonstrated the required higher strength and stiffness, with weight efficiency approach- ing honeycombs. The current effort is based on extending the temperature capability by developing lattice block materials made from IN-718 and Mar-M247.

  19. STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY

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    2012-01-01

    <正>20122174 Bai Daoyuan ( Institute of Geological Survey of Hunan Province,Changsha 410011,China );Jia Baohua Neoproterozoic TectonicEvolution of the Xuefeng Orogenic Zone in Hunan Province ( Sedimentary Geology and Tethyan Geology,ISSN1009-3850,CN51-1593 / P,31 ( 3 ), 2011,p.78-87,2illus.,1 table,96refs. ) Key words:structural evolution,Neoproterozoic Era,Hunan Province This paper deals,on the basis of abundant lithogeochemical and geochronologic

  20. Structural dynamics

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    Strømmen, Einar N

    2014-01-01

    This book introduces to the theory of structural dynamics, with focus on civil engineering structures that may be described by line-like beam or beam-column type of systems, or by a system of rectangular plates. Throughout this book the mathematical presentation contains a classical analytical description as well as a description in a discrete finite element format, covering the mathematical development from basic assumptions to the final equations ready for practical dynamic response predictions. Solutions are presented in time domain as well as in frequency domain. Structural Dynamics starts off at a basic level and step by step brings the reader up to a level where the necessary safety considerations to wind or horizontal ground motion induced dynamic design problems can be performed. The special theory of the tuned mass damper has been given a comprehensive treatment, as this is a theory not fully covered elsewhere. For the same reason a chapter on the problem of moving loads on beams has been included.

  1. Microplastic Structures

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    Feely, Wayne E.

    1986-07-01

    Thick coatings (5-15μm) of a new dual image, aqueous developable photoresist can be exposed using a light attenuating photomask consisting of clear, opaque and grey areas and then processed to yield thermally stable 3-dimensional structures which are potentially useful as mechanical and optical components of devices. In the positive mode, relief and intaglio images are produced by processing similar to positive novolak based resists with 1- 2μm resolution and with the added feature that the images can be made thermally stable to temperatures >300° C. Negative mode processing of coated wafers imaged with the special mask produces thermally stable structures with tunnels or hollow chambers as well as cantilever beams. Because these structures are crosslinked at the time of development, processing in the negative mode shows much wider latitude than is the case in the positive mode. Images by negative mode processing are capable of submicron resolution, higher aspect ratio (>3 vs resin compositions cover a broad range of compositions so that resins can be tailored to meet specific property requirements.

  2. STRUCTURED BACKWARD ERRORS FOR STRUCTURED KKT SYSTEMS

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    Xin-xiu Li; Xin-guo Liu

    2004-01-01

    In this paper we study structured backward errors for some structured KKT systems.Normwise structured backward errors for structured KKT systems are defined, and computable formulae of the structured backward errors are obtained. Simple numerical examples show that the structured backward errors may be much larger than the unstructured ones in some cases.

  3. Performance of a dual-process PVD/PS tungsten coating structure under deuterium ion irradiation

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    Kim, Hyunmyung; Lee, Ho Jung; Kim, Sung Hwan [Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Song, Jae-Min [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Changheui, E-mail: chjang@kaist.ac.kr [Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-11-01

    Highlights: • D{sup +} irradiation performance of a dual-process PVD/PS W coating was evaluated. • Low-energy plasmas exposure of 100 eV D{sup +} with 1.17 × 10{sup 21} D/s{sup −1} m{sup 2} flux was applied. • After D ion irradiation, flakes were observed on the surface of the simple PS coating. • While, sub-μm size protrusions were observed for dual-process PVD/PS W coating. • Height of D spike in depth profile was lower for dual-process PVD/PS W coating. - Abstract: A dual-process coating structure was developed on a graphite substrate to improve the performance of the coating structure under anticipated operating condition of fusion devices. A thin multilayer W/Mo coating (6 μm) was deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD) method with a variation of Mo interlayer thickness on plasma spray (PS) W coating (160 μm) of a graphite substrate panel. The dual-process PVD/PS W coatings then were exposed to 3.08 × 10{sup 24} D m{sup −2} of 100 eV D ions with a flux of 1.71 × 10{sup 21} D m{sup −2} s{sup −1} in an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) chamber. After irradiation, surface morphology and D depth profiles of the dual-process coating were analyzed and compared to those of the simple PS W coating. Both changes in surface morphology and D retention were strongly dependent on the microstructure of surface coating. Meanwhile, the existence of Mo interlayer seemed to have no significant effect on the retention of deuterium.

  4. Structure determination of feline calicivirus virus-like particles in the context of a pseudo-octahedral arrangement.

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    Wim P Burmeister

    Full Text Available The vesivirus feline calicivirus (FCV is a positive strand RNA virus encapsidated by an icosahedral T=3 shell formed by the viral VP1 protein. Upon its expression in the insect cell - baculovirus system in the context of vaccine development, two types of virus-like particles (VLPs were formed, a majority built of 60 subunits (T=1 and a minority probably built of 180 subunits (T=3. The structure of the small particles was determined by x-ray crystallography at 0.8 nm resolution helped by cryo-electron microscopy in order to understand their formation. Cubic crystals belonged to space group P213. Their self-rotation function showed the presence of an octahedral pseudo-symmetry similar to the one described previously by Agerbandje and co-workers for human parvovirus VLPs. The crystal structure could be solved starting from the published VP1 structure in the context of the T=3 viral capsid. In contrast to viral capsids, where the capsomers are interlocked by the exchange of the N-terminal arm (NTA domain, this domain is disordered in the T=1 capsid of the VLPs. Furthermore it is prone to proteolytic cleavage. The relative orientation of P (protrusion and S (shell domains is alerted so as to fit VP1 to the smaller T=1 particle whereas the intermolecular contacts around 2-fold, 3-fold and 5-fold axes are conserved. By consequence the surface of the VLP is very similar compared to the viral capsid and suggests a similar antigenicity. The knowledge of the structure of the VLPs will help to improve their stability, in respect to a use for vaccination.

  5. Structure determination of feline calicivirus virus-like particles in the context of a pseudo-octahedral arrangement.

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    Burmeister, Wim P; Buisson, Marlyse; Estrozi, Leandro F; Schoehn, Guy; Billet, Olivier; Hannas, Zahia; Sigoillot, Cécile; Poulet, Hervé

    2015-01-01

    The vesivirus feline calicivirus (FCV) is a positive strand RNA virus encapsidated by an icosahedral T=3 shell formed by the viral VP1 protein. Upon its expression in the insect cell - baculovirus system in the context of vaccine development, two types of virus-like particles (VLPs) were formed, a majority built of 60 subunits (T=1) and a minority probably built of 180 subunits (T=3). The structure of the small particles was determined by x-ray crystallography at 0.8 nm resolution helped by cryo-electron microscopy in order to understand their formation. Cubic crystals belonged to space group P213. Their self-rotation function showed the presence of an octahedral pseudo-symmetry similar to the one described previously by Agerbandje and co-workers for human parvovirus VLPs. The crystal structure could be solved starting from the published VP1 structure in the context of the T=3 viral capsid. In contrast to viral capsids, where the capsomers are interlocked by the exchange of the N-terminal arm (NTA) domain, this domain is disordered in the T=1 capsid of the VLPs. Furthermore it is prone to proteolytic cleavage. The relative orientation of P (protrusion) and S (shell) domains is alerted so as to fit VP1 to the smaller T=1 particle whereas the intermolecular contacts around 2-fold, 3-fold and 5-fold axes are conserved. By consequence the surface of the VLP is very similar compared to the viral capsid and suggests a similar antigenicity. The knowledge of the structure of the VLPs will help to improve their stability, in respect to a use for vaccination.

  6. Structural characterization of electro-codeposited Ni–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–SiC nanocomposite coatings

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    Alizadeh, M., E-mail: Alizadeh@sutech.ac.ir [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shiraz University of Technology, P.O. Box 71555-313, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mirak, M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shiraz University of Technology, P.O. Box 71555-313, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Salahinejad, E. [Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ghaffari, M. [Bruker AXS Inc, 5465 East Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711 (United States); Young Researchers Club, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad Branch, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Amini, R. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shiraz University of Technology, P.O. Box 71555-313, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Roosta, A. [Chemical Engineering, Petroleum and Gas Department, Shiraz University of Technology, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-10-25

    Highlights: • Ni–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–SiC and Ni coatings were prepared by co-electrodeposition. • The metallic and composite coatings showed different morphologies. • The incorporation of nanoparticles affected the crystallite size of the matrix. - Abstract: In this study, nanostructured Ni–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–SiC composite and pure nickel coatings were prepared by co-electrodeposition from a modified Watt’s type bath, with and without adding nanosized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and SiC particles, respectively. The structure of the coatings was studied by using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The composition of the coatings was also evaluated by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The results confirmed the presence of a face centered cubic crystalline structure of the Ni matrix for both of the deposition routes. It was also found that the morphology of the pure nickel coating is uniform, whereas the Ni–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–SiC nanocomposite coatings indicate a protrusive and heterogeneous morphology. Moreover, the incorporation of the nanoparticles significantly affected the crystallite size of the Ni matrix.

  7. In vivo subcellular localization of Mal de Rio Cuarto virus (MRCV) non-structural proteins in insect cells reveals their putative functions

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    Maroniche, Guillermo A.; Mongelli, Vanesa C.; Llauger, Gabriela; Alfonso, Victoria; Taboga, Oscar [Instituto de Biotecnologia, CICVyA, Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria (IB-INTA), Las cabanas y Los Reseros s/n. Hurlingham Cp 1686, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Vas, Mariana del, E-mail: mdelvas@cnia.inta.gov.ar [Instituto de Biotecnologia, CICVyA, Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria (IB-INTA), Las cabanas y Los Reseros s/n. Hurlingham Cp 1686, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2012-09-01

    The in vivo subcellular localization of Mal de Rio Cuarto virus (MRCV, Fijivirus, Reoviridae) non-structural proteins fused to GFP was analyzed by confocal microscopy. P5-1 showed a cytoplasmic vesicular-like distribution that was lost upon deleting its PDZ binding TKF motif, suggesting that P5-1 interacts with cellular PDZ proteins. P5-2 located at the nucleus and its nuclear import was affected by the deletion of its basic C-termini. P7-1 and P7-2 also entered the nucleus and therefore, along with P5-2, could function as regulators of host gene expression. P6 located in the cytoplasm and in perinuclear cloud-like inclusions, was driven to P9-1 viroplasm-like structures and co-localized with P7-2, P10 and {alpha}-tubulin, suggesting its involvement in viroplasm formation and viral intracellular movement. Finally, P9-2 was N-glycosylated and located at the plasma membrane in association with filopodia-like protrusions containing actin, suggesting a possible role in virus cell-to-cell movement and spread.

  8. Early events in the generation of autophagosomes are required for the formation of membrane structures involved in hepatitis C virus genome replication.

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    Mohl, Bjorn-Patrick; Bartlett, Christopher; Mankouri, Jamel; Harris, Mark

    2016-03-01

    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has been shown to induce autophagy but the mechanisms underpinning this process remain to be elucidated. Induction of autophagy requires the class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, Vps34, which produces phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate (PI3P) within the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane. This recruits proteins with PI3P binding domains such as the double-FYVE-containing protein 1 (DFCP1). DFCP1 generates cup-shaped protrusions from the ER membrane, termed omegasomes, which provide a platform for the production of autophagosomes. Here we present data demonstrating that both Vps34 and DFCP1 are required for HCV genome replication, in the context of both a subgenomic replicon and virus infection, but did not affect virus entry or initial translation. Using live cell fluorescence microscopy we demonstrated that early during HCV infection the nascent viral genome replication complexes (identified by using non-structural protein NS5A as a marker) transiently colocalize with DFCP1-positive punctae (omegasomes), before the two structures move apart from each other. This observation is reminiscent of the transient association of LC3 and DFCP1 during omegasome formation, and therefore we propose that omegasomes are utilized by HCV to generate the double-membrane vesicles which are the hallmark of HCV replication complexes.

  9. Stoker structure

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    Mros, F.

    1981-11-10

    A screw-conveyor or auger feed and associated leveling system are disclosed for underfeed stoker troughs receiving particulate, cominuted, or chunk material, such as ''green'' coal, by way of example, this for assuring a uniformly rising level of material relative to the trough. The stoker structure herein includes combustion beds which are air perforate and kept this way through periodically rising members such as tuyeres which shear or break up clinkerformation on such beds. A pneumatically-operated system may preferably be used to actuate such movable tuyeres relative to such combustion beds. Combustion air flows through the combustion beds upwardly but not over the trough; hot gasses rising rapidly from the combustion beds confine volatiles gently rising vertically from the cone within the trough for complete combustion, essentially eliminating smoke-production thereat.

  10. Structural Discrimination

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    Thorsen, Mira Skadegård

    In this article, I discuss structural discrimination, an underrepresented area of study in Danish discrimination and intercultural research. It is defined here as discursive and constitutive, and presented as a central element of my analytical approach. This notion is employed in the with which...... to understand and identify aspects of power and asymmetry in communication and interactions. With this as a defining term, I address how exclusion and discrimination exist, while also being indiscernible, within widely accepted societal norms. I introduce the concepts of microdiscrimination and benevolent...... discrimination as two ways of articulating particular, opaque forms of racial discrimination that occur in everyday Danish (and other) contexts, and have therefore become normalized. I present and discuss discrimination as it surfaces in data from my empirical studies of discrimination in Danish contexts...

  11. Efeito de extratos aquosos de estruturas de grama-seda no desenvolvimento inicial de plântulas de arroz, milho e trigo Effects of aqueous extracts of bermudagrass structures on initial growth of rice, corn and wheat seedlings

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    Maria do Carmo de Salvo Soares Novo

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se verificar os efeitos de extratos aquosos de estruturas de grama-seda (Cynodon dactylon (L. Pers e de exsudatos radiculares presentes no solo no qual a planta se desenvolveu, sobre a germinação e o crescimento inicial de arroz, trigo e milho. O extrato aquoso das estruturas da parte aérea, subterrâneas e da planta inteira, assim como do estolão, da folha + colmo, estolão + folha + colmo, rizoma, raiz e de rizoma + raiz de grama-seda foi elaborado a partir de 100 g L-1 de material seco. Foram avaliados a protrusão da radícula e os crescimentos da radícula e da plúmula de cada espécie. A inibição ou o estímulo do desenvolvimento inicial de plântulas foi dependente da espécie avaliada e da estrutura vegetal empregada na elaboração do extrato. A protrusão da radícula foi mais inibida que os crescimentos da radícula e da plúmula. O estímulo do desenvolvimento da radícula e da plúmula foi mais evidente quando o extrato foi elaborado a partir das estruturas do sistema radicular, da parte aérea e da planta inteira que de estruturas individualizadas de grama-seda. De modo geral, o arroz e o milho foram mais inibidos por extratos elaborados a partir da parte aérea e subterrânea, respectivamente. Para o trigo, a inibição ou o estímulo foi dependente da variável analisada. O desenvolvimento da radícula e da plúmula de arroz, milho e trigo foi estimulado por extrato elaborado a partir da planta inteira. O extrato produzido a partir da fração argila + silte estimulou o desenvolvimento da radícula do milho e da plúmula do trigo.The objective of this work was to study the effects of aqueous extracts of Bermudagrass structures (Cynodon dactylon (L. Pers and soil exudates, on the germination and initial growth of rice, corn and wheat seedlings. The aqueous extracts of above-ground and subterranean parts and of the whole plant, as well as of stolons, leaves + culm, stolons + leaves + culm, rhizome, root and rhizome

  12. Fine structure of bat deep posterior lingual glands (von Ebner's)

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    Azzali, G; Gatti, R; Bucci, G; Orlandini, G

    1989-10-01

    We studied the morphology and ultrastructure of the bat (Pipistrellus k.k. and Rhinolophus f.e.) deep posterior lingual glands (Ebner's glands) during hibernation, summer and after stimulation with pilocarpine. Ebner's glands are formed by serous tubulo-alveolar adenomeres and by an excretory system organized in intercalated ducts, long excretory ducts and a main excretory duct. The latter opens in the vallum which surrounds the circumvallate papillae and in the groove of the foliate papillae. The secretory cells, which lack basal folds, show abundant and dense granules (PAS+, Alcian blue -), microvilli (scarce during hibernation), a Golgi apparatus (well developed during summer and after stimulation with pilocarpine), a large nucleus and RER cisternae stacked at the basal pole. Centrioles, lipid droplets, heterogeneous bodies (in content and density, probably lipofuscin bodies), lysosomal multivesicular bodies and large, dense granules with a microcrystalline structure were also encountered. The lateral membranes of adjacent cells are joined by desmosomes; their interdigitations are neither numerous nor prominent during summer. Microfilaments, often gathered in small bundles, lie in the lateral, peripheral cytoplasm without any relation with desmosomes. In summer and particularly after stimulation with pilocarpine, the apical pole of the secretory cells is characterized by many long microvilli, pedunculated hyaloplasmic protrusions and secretory granules. During hibernation the lumen is filled with secretory material. Myoepithelial cells are arranged among secretory cells or between them and the basal lamina. The short intercalated ducts show similarities with the analogous ducts of the parotid gland. Striated ducts are absent. Excretory ducts are endowed with: a) an inner layer of cuboidal cells characterized by poorly developed cytoplasmic organelles, rare dense granules and a few small microvilli; b) an outer layer of basal cells lying on the basal lamina

  13. Structural Bionic Design of Machine Tool Structures

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    ZHAO Ling; WANG Ting; GUO Hong-liang; LI Guo-meng

    2011-01-01

    A structural bionic design process is systematically presented for lightweight mechanical structures. By mimicking biological excellent structural principles, the stiffening ribs of a machining table and a moving column were redesigned for better load-bearing efficiency. Finite element method(FEM) simulation and model experiments were carried out for performance verification, which showed the increase of structural static and dynamic performance. Structural bionic offers a new solution to change conventional structures for high specific stiffness.

  14. Asteroid structure

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    Asphaug, E.

    2014-07-01

    Even before the first space missions to asteroids, in the mid-1990s, it was known that asteroids have weird structures. Photometry indicated complicated shapes, and the pioneering radar investigations by Ostro and colleagues followed by adaptive optics campaigns and flybys showed odd binary forms, and confirmed the common presence of satellites, and indications of highly varying surface roughness. Some asteroids turned out to be dominated by a single major cratering event, while others showed no evidence of a major crater, or perhaps for global crater erasure. The first space mission to orbit an asteroid, NEAR, found a mixture of heavily cratered terrains and geomorphically active 'ponds', and indicated evidence for global seismicity from impact. The next mission to orbit an asteroid, Hayabusa, found what most agree is a rubble pile, with no major craters and an absence of fines. There is to date no direct evidence of asteroid interior geology, other than measurements of bulk density, and inferences made for mass distribution asymmetry based on dynamics, and inferences based on surface lineaments. Interpolating from the surface to the interior is always risky and usually wrong, but of course the answer is important since we are someday destined to require this knowledge in order to divert a hazardous asteroid from impact with the Earth. Even considering the near-subsurface, here we remain as ignorant as we were about the Moon in the early 1960s, whether the surface will swallow us up in dust, or will provide secure landing and anchoring points. Laboratory experimentation in close to zero-G is still in its early stages. Adventures such as mining and colonization will surely have to wait until we better know these things. How do we get from here to there? I will focus on 3 areas of progress: (1) asteroid cratering seismology, where we use the surface craters to understand what is going on inside; (2) numerical modeling of collisions, which predicts the internal

  15. A {sup 1}H nuclear magnetic resonance study of structural and organisational changes in the cell

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    Tunnah, Susan K

    2000-07-01

    Increasing importance is being placed on understanding the role of membrane lipids in many different areas of biochemistry. It is of interest to determine what interactions may occur between membrane lipids and drug species. Furthermore, an increasing body of evidence suggests that membrane lipids are involved in the pathology of numerous diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and HIV. Clearly, the more information available on the mechanisms involved in diseases, the greater the potential for identifying a cure or even a prevention. {sup 1}H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy was used to study the alterations in membrane lipid organisation and structure in intact, viable cultured cells. Changes in the {sup 1}H NMR spectra and the spin-lattice relaxation measurements of the human K562 and the rat FRTL-5 cell lines were observed on the addition of the fatty acid species: triolein, evening primrose oil, arachidonic acid and ITF 1779. Results indicate that the membrane lipids are reorganised to accommodate the interpolation of these molecules. The spatial arrangement adopted by each of these species appeared to dictate its effect on the lipids. Doxorubicin and menadione, both known to cause oxidative stress, were added to K562 cells. Although both agents are known to act by different mechanisms, the NMR data and scanning electron microscopy suggested that both caused similar alterations in the membrane organisation and lipid fluidity. Protrusions were formed indicating areas of weakness in the membrane. Spin-echo NMR was employed to investigate the action of the thiol-containing compounds, penicillamine, captopril and N-acetylcysteine in erythrocytes under conditions of oxidative stress. Results indicate that while captopril acts as a free radical scavenger, penicillamine may act as either oxidant or reductant. N-acetylcysteine was observed to act as a reducing agent. (author)

  16. Structural Biology Fact Sheet

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    ... Home > Science Education > Structural Biology Fact Sheet Structural Biology Fact Sheet Tagline (Optional) Middle/Main Content Area ​Other Fact Sheets What is structural biology? Structural biology is the study of how biological ...

  17. Bacillus subtilis MreB orthologs self-organize into filamentous structures underneath the cell membrane in a heterologous cell system.

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    Felix Dempwolff

    Full Text Available Actin-like bacterial cytoskeletal element MreB has been shown to be essential for the maintenance of rod cell shape in many bacteria. MreB forms rapidly remodelling helical filaments underneath the cell membrane in Bacillus subtilis and in other bacterial cells, and co-localizes with its two paralogs, Mbl and MreBH. We show that MreB localizes as dynamic bundles of filaments underneath the cell membrane in Drosophila S2 Schneider cells, which become highly stable when the ATPase motif in MreB is modified. In agreement with ATP-dependent filament formation, the depletion of ATP in the cells lead to rapid dissociation of MreB filaments. Extended induction of MreB resulted in the formation of membrane protrusions, showing that like actin, MreB can exert force against the cell membrane. Mbl also formed membrane associated filaments, while MreBH formed filaments within the cytosol. When co-expressed, MreB, Mbl and MreBH built up mixed filaments underneath the cell membrane. Membrane protein RodZ localized to endosomes in S2 cells, but localized to the cell membrane when co-expressed with Mbl, showing that bacterial MreB/Mbl structures can recruit a protein to the cell membrane. Thus, MreB paralogs form a self-organizing and dynamic filamentous scaffold underneath the membrane that is able to recruit other proteins to the cell surface.

  18. Collapsible Geostrut Structure

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    Robertson, Glen A.

    1994-01-01

    Portable truss structure collapsible into smaller volume for storage and transportation. At new site, reerected quickly, without need to reassemble parts. Structure could be tent, dome, tunnel, or platform. Key element in structure joint, called "geostrut joint," includes internal cable. Structure is network of struts attached to geostrut joints. Pulling cables taut in all joints makes structure rigid. Releasing cables relaxes structure.

  19. Magnetic multilayer structure

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    Herget, Philipp; O' Sullivan, Eugene J.; Romankiw, Lubomyr T.; Wang, Naigang; Webb, Bucknell C.

    2017-03-21

    A mechanism is provided for an integrated laminated magnetic device. A substrate and a multilayer stack structure form the device. The multilayer stack structure includes alternating magnetic layers and diode structures formed on the substrate. Each magnetic layer in the multilayer stack structure is separated from another magnetic layer in the multilayer stack structure by a diode structure.

  20. Magnetic multilayer structure

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    Herget, Philipp; O'Sullivan, Eugene J.; Romankiw, Lubomyr T.; Wang, Naigang; Webb, Bucknell C.

    2016-07-05

    A mechanism is provided for an integrated laminated magnetic device. A substrate and a multilayer stack structure form the device. The multilayer stack structure includes alternating magnetic layers and diode structures formed on the substrate. Each magnetic layer in the multilayer stack structure is separated from another magnetic layer in the multilayer stack structure by a diode structure.

  1. Structural Analysis of Plate Based Tensegrity Structures

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    Hald, Frederik; Kirkegaard, Poul Henning; Damkilde, Lars

    2013-01-01

    Plate tensegrity structures combine tension cables with a cross laminated timber plate and can then form e.g. a roof structure. The topology of plate tensegrity structures is investigated through a parametric investigation. Plate tensegrity structures are investigated, and a method...... for determination of the structures pre-stresses is used. A parametric investigation is performed to determine a more optimized form of the plate based tensegrity structure. Conclusions of the use of plate based tensegrity in civil engineering and further research areas are discussed....

  2. Structural Analysis of Plate Based Tensegrity Structures

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    Hald, Frederik; Kirkegaard, Poul Henning; Damkilde, Lars

    2013-01-01

    Plate tensegrity structures combine tension cables with a cross laminated timber plate and can then form e.g. a roof structure. The topology of plate tensegrity structures is investigated through a parametric investigation. Plate tensegrity structures are investigated, and a method...... for determination of the structures pre-stresses is used. A parametric investigation is performed to determine a more optimized form of the plate based tensegrity structure. Conclusions of the use of plate based tensegrity in civil engineering and further research areas are discussed....

  3. Combined probes of X-ray scattering and optical spectroscopy reveal how global conformational change is temporally and spatially linked to local structural perturbation in photoactive yellow protein.

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    Kim, Tae Wu; Yang, Cheolhee; Kim, Youngmin; Kim, Jong Goo; Kim, Jeongho; Jung, Yang Ouk; Jun, Sunhong; Lee, Sang Jin; Park, Sungjun; Kosheleva, Irina; Henning, Robert; van Thor, Jasper J; Ihee, Hyotcherl

    2016-04-07

    Real-time probing of structural transitions of a photoactive protein is challenging owing to the lack of a universal time-resolved technique that can probe the changes in both global conformation and light-absorbing chromophores of the protein. In this work, we combine time-resolved X-ray solution scattering (TRXSS) and transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy to investigate how the global conformational changes involved in the photoinduced signal transduction of photoactive yellow protein (PYP) is temporally and spatially related to the local structural change around the light-absorbing chromophore. In particular, we examine the role of internal proton transfer in developing a signaling state of PYP by employing its E46Q mutant (E46Q-PYP), where the internal proton transfer is inhibited by the replacement of a proton donor. The comparison of TRXSS and TA spectroscopy data directly reveals that the global conformational change of the protein, which is probed by TRXSS, is temporally delayed by tens of microseconds from the local structural change of the chromophore, which is probed by TA spectroscopy. The molecular shape of the signaling state reconstructed from the TRXSS curves directly visualizes the three-dimensional conformations of protein intermediates and reveals that the smaller structural change in E46Q-PYP than in wild-type PYP suggested by previous studies is manifested in terms of much smaller protrusion, confirming that the signaling state of E46Q-PYP is only partially developed compared with that of wild-type PYP. This finding provides direct evidence of how the environmental change in the vicinity of the chromophore alters the conformational change of the entire protein matrix.

  4. Computational structural mechanics for engine structures

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    Chamis, C. C.

    1989-01-01

    The computational structural mechanics (CSM) program at Lewis encompasses: (1) fundamental aspects for formulating and solving structural mechanics problems, and (2) development of integrated software systems to computationally simulate the performance/durability/life of engine structures. It is structured to mainly supplement, complement, and whenever possible replace, costly experimental efforts which are unavoidable during engineering research and development programs. Specific objectives include: investigate unique advantages of parallel and multiprocesses for: reformulating/solving structural mechanics and formulating/solving multidisciplinary mechanics and develop integrated structural system computational simulators for: predicting structural performances, evaluating newly developed methods, and for identifying and prioritizing improved/missing methods needed. Herein the CSM program is summarized with emphasis on the Engine Structures Computational Simulator (ESCS). Typical results obtained using ESCS are described to illustrate its versatility.

  5. Influence of Acupuncture plus LONG's Manual Manipulations on Functional Improvement in Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Protrusion

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    周晓平; 黄存军; 黄国琪

    2010-01-01

    目的: 观察针刺结合龙氏手法对腰椎间盘突出症患者功能的改善情况.方法: 将60例患者随机分为观察组与对照组,每组各30例.观察组采用针刺结合龙氏手法治疗,对照组采用单纯针刺治疗.根据日本骨科学会(Japanese Orthopaedic Association,JOA)评分系统评定腰椎功能,根据视觉模拟评分(Visual Analog Scale,VAS)进行疗效评定.结果: 治疗后两组JOA差值及改善指数均有统计学差异(P<0.05).观察组的VAS较治疗前有非常显著性降低(P<0.01),对照组有显著性降低(P<0.05);两组治疗后VAS比较有显著性差异(P<0.05).结论: 针刺结合龙氏手法对腰椎间盘突出症患者的功能改善作用优于单纯针刺治疗.

  6. Laser-induced asymmetric faceting and growth of a nano-protrusion on a tungsten tip

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    Yanagisawa, Hirofumi; Zadin, Vahur; Kunze, Karsten; Hafner, Christian; Aabloo, Alvo; Kim, Dong Eon; Kling, Matthias F.; Djurabekova, Flyura; Osterwalder, Jürg; Wuensch, Walter

    2016-12-01

    Irradiation of a sharp tungsten tip by a femtosecond laser and exposed to a strong DC electric field led to reproducible surface modifications. By a combination of field emission microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, we observed asymmetric surface faceting with sub-ten nanometer high steps. The presence of faceted features mainly on the laser-exposed side implies that the surface modification was driven by a laser-induced transient temperature rise on a scale of a couple of picoseconds in the tungsten tip apex. Moreover, we identified the formation of a nano-tip a few nanometers high located at one of the corners of a faceted plateau. The results of simulations emulating the experimental conditions are consistent with the experimental observations. The presented technique would be a new method to fabricate a nano-tip especially for generating coherent electron pulses. The features may also help to explain the origin of enhanced field emission, which leads to vacuum arcs, in high electric field devices such as radio-frequency particle accelerators.

  7. Rib head protrusion into the central canal in type 1 neurofibromatosis

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    Ton, Jimmy; Yen, Philip [University of California, Davis Medical Center and U.C. Davis Children' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Sacramento, CA (United States); Stein-Wexler, Rebecca [University of California, Davis Medical Center and U.C. Davis Children' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Sacramento, CA (United States); Shriners Hospital of Northern California, Department of Radiology, Sacramento, CA (United States); Gupta, Munish [University of California, Davis Medical Center and U.C. Davis Children' s Hospital, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Sacramento, CA (United States); Shriners Hospital of Northern California, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Sacramento, CA (United States)

    2010-12-15

    Intraspinal rib head dislocation is an important but under-recognized consequence of dystrophic scoliosis in patients with neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1). To present clinical and imaging findings of intraspinal rib head dislocation in NF1. We retrospectively reviewed clinical presentation, imaging, operative reports and post-operative courses in four NF1 patients with intraspinal rib head dislocation and dystrophic scoliosis. We also reviewed 17 cases from the English literature. In each of our four cases of intraspinal rib head dislocation, a single rib head was dislocated on the convex apex of the curve, most often in the mid- to lower thoracic region. Cord compression occurred in half of these patients. Analysis of the literature yielded similar findings. Only three cases in the literature demonstrates the MRI appearance of this entity; most employ CT. All of our cases include both MRI and CT; we review the subtle findings on MRI. Although intraspinal rib head dislocation is readily apparent on CT, sometimes MRI is the only cross-sectional imaging performed. It is essential that radiologists become familiar with this entity, as subtle findings have significant implications for surgical management. (orig.)

  8. Urethral protrusion of the abdominal catheter of ventriculoperitoneal shunt: Case report of extremely rare complication

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    Ugur Yazar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Hydrocephalus in its various forms constitutes one of the major problems in pediatric neurosurgical practice. The placement of a ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt is the most common form of treatment for hydrocephalus, so that all neurosurgeons struggle with shunt malfunctions and their complications. Well-known complications are connected with the use of the valve systems (malfunction, infectious, overdrainage, secondary craniosynostosis, etc.. We report an unusual case of protruding abdominal catheter from the urethra. This girl had received a VP shunt for hydrocephalus following surgery of posterior fossa medulloblastoma 4 years ago. After admission, the entire system was removed, antibiotic treatment was administered for 2 weeks, and a new VP shunt was placed. The postoperative course was uneventful. This complication is extremely rare.

  9. Analysis of atmospheric flow over a surface protrusion using the turbulence kinetic energy equation

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    Frost, W.; Harper, W. L.; Fichtl, G. H.

    1975-01-01

    Atmospheric flow fields resulting from a semi-elliptical surface obstruction in an otherwise horizontally homogeneous statistically stationary flow are modelled with the boundary-layer/Boussinesq-approximation of the governing equation of fluid mechanics. The turbulence kinetic energy equation is used to determine the dissipative effects of turbulent shear on the mean flow. Mean-flow results are compared with those given in a previous paper where the same problem was attacked using a Prandtl mixing-length hypothesis. Iso-lines of turbulence kinetic energy and turbulence intensity are plotted in the plane of the flow. They highlight regions of high turbulence intensity in the stagnation zone and sharp gradients in intensity along the transition from adverse to favourable pressure gradient.

  10. Laser-induced asymmetric faceting and growth of a nano-protrusion on a tungsten tip

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    Hirofumi Yanagisawa

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Irradiation of a sharp tungsten tip by a femtosecond laser and exposed to a strong DC electric field led to reproducible surface modifications. By a combination of field emission microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, we observed asymmetric surface faceting with sub-ten nanometer high steps. The presence of faceted features mainly on the laser-exposed side implies that the surface modification was driven by a laser-induced transient temperature rise on a scale of a couple of picoseconds in the tungsten tip apex. Moreover, we identified the formation of a nano-tip a few nanometers high located at one of the corners of a faceted plateau. The results of simulations emulating the experimental conditions are consistent with the experimental observations. The presented technique would be a new method to fabricate a nano-tip especially for generating coherent electron pulses. The features may also help to explain the origin of enhanced field emission, which leads to vacuum arcs, in high electric field devices such as radio-frequency particle accelerators.

  11. Common structure-balance between spacetime structure and massenergy structure

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    Cao, Daqing; Cao, Dayong

    2017-01-01

    According to Einstein field equation, there is a balance between spacetime structure and massenergy structure. nd the paper consider it as a common structurewhich was brought forward by Daqing Cao in 2011 ecause it is general structure in the universe and everything have the same model of structure in their one system. The Jovian planets is spacetime structure of solar system because they are gas-sphere and they have more density of spacetime (spacetime/massenergy) than the density of massenergy (massenergy/spacetime). The terrestrial planets is massenergy structure of solar system because they are rock-ball and they have more density of massenergy than the density of spacetime. That can explain of that the Jovian planets of big mass is far away from sun. With the idea that the wave is spacetime and the wave effect is spacetime structure, the planets have elliptic orbits and the same direction of their revolution. Because sun is like a massenergy center of the massenergy structure and the terrestrial planets, the paper supposes there is a dark sun-a dark hole who has a spacetime center of spacetime structure and influences on the orbits of the Jovian planets. http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/APR16/Session/M13.8

  12. Quantification of Filamentous Actin (F-actin) Puncta in Rat Cortical Neurons.

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    Li, Hailong; Aksenova, Marina; Bertrand, Sarah J; Mactutus, Charles F; Booze, Rosemarie

    2016-02-10

    Filamentous actin protein (F-actin) plays a major role in spinogenesis, synaptic plasticity, and synaptic stability. Changes in dendritic F-actin rich structures suggest alterations in synaptic integrity and connectivity. Here we provide a detailed protocol for culturing primary rat cortical neurons, Phalloidin staining for F-actin puncta, and subsequent quantification techniques. First, the frontal cortex of E18 rat embryos are dissociated into low-density cell culture, then the neurons grown in vitro for at least 12-14 days. Following experimental treatment, the cortical neurons are stained with AlexaFluor 488 Phalloidin (to label the dendritic F-actin puncta) and microtubule-associated protein 2 (MAP2; to validate the neuronal cells and dendritic integrity). Finally, specialized software is used to analyze and quantify randomly selected neuronal dendrites. F-actin rich structures are identified on second order dendritic branches (length range 25-75 µm) with continuous MAP2 immunofluorescence. The protocol presented here will be a useful method for investigating changes in dendritic synapse structures subsequent to experimental treatments.

  13. Offshore Structural Control Considering Fluid Structure Interaction

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    Ju Myung KIM; Dong Hyawn KIM; Gyu Won LEE

    2006-01-01

    Tuned Mass Damper (TMD) was applied to an offshore structure to control ocean wave-induced vibration. In the analysis of the dynamic response of the offshore structure, fluid-structure interaction is considered and the errors, which occur in the linearization of the interaction, are investigated. For the investigation of the performance of TMD in controlling the vibration, both regular waves with different periods and irregular waves with different significant wave heights are used. Based on the numerical analysis it is concluded that the fluid-structure interaction should be considered in the evaluation of the capability of TMD in vibration control of offshore structures.

  14. Designing pliable structural Skins

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    Tamke, Martin; Peters, Brady; Nielsen, Stig Anton;

    2013-01-01

    Structural stability can be formed through structured or seemingly unstructured approaches to fold, plead or crumble paper. This paper reports on two projects that showcase how computational design approaches can help to widen the understanding and use of structural skins....

  15. Study of Boundary Structures.

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    1982-09-01

    THEORY OF ABC-CBA STACKING BOUNDARY IN fcc STRUCTURE .......... 11 - 4 TRANSITIONS AND PHASE EQUILIBRIA AMONG GRAIN BOUNDARY STRUCTURES...19 B THEORY OF ABC-CBA STACKING BOUNDARY IN fcc STRUCTURE .......... 37 C TRANSITIONS AND PHASE EQUILIBRIA AMONG GRAIN BOUNDARY...layer structure. 10 SECTION 3 THEORY OF ABC-CBA STACKING BOUNDARY IN fcc STRUCTURE The (111) planes of the fcc structure is stacked as ABCABC... as

  16. Protein structure search and local structure characterization

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    Ku Shih-Yen

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Structural similarities among proteins can provide valuable insight into their functional mechanisms and relationships. As the number of available three-dimensional (3D protein structures increases, a greater variety of studies can be conducted with increasing efficiency, among which is the design of protein structural alphabets. Structural alphabets allow us to characterize local structures of proteins and describe the global folding structure of a protein using a one-dimensional (1D sequence. Thus, 1D sequences can be used to identify structural similarities among proteins using standard sequence alignment tools such as BLAST or FASTA. Results We used self-organizing maps in combination with a minimum spanning tree algorithm to determine the optimum size of a structural alphabet and applied the k-means algorithm to group protein fragnts into clusters. The centroids of these clusters defined the structural alphabet. We also developed a flexible matrix training system to build a substitution matrix (TRISUM-169 for our alphabet. Based on FASTA and using TRISUM-169 as the substitution matrix, we developed the SA-FAST alignment tool. We compared the performance of SA-FAST with that of various search tools in database-scale search tasks and found that SA-FAST was highly competitive in all tests conducted. Further, we evaluated the performance of our structural alphabet in recognizing specific structural domains of EGF and EGF-like proteins. Our method successfully recovered more EGF sub-domains using our structural alphabet than when using other structural alphabets. SA-FAST can be found at http://140.113.166.178/safast/. Conclusion The goal of this project was two-fold. First, we wanted to introduce a modular design pipeline to those who have been working with structural alphabets. Secondly, we wanted to open the door to researchers who have done substantial work in biological sequences but have yet to enter the field of protein

  17. Deployable Composite Structures Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — NASA is seeking innovative structure technologies that will advance expandable modules for orbital and surface based habitats. These secondary structures must...

  18. Composite Structures Manufacturing Facility

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The Composite Structures Manufacturing Facility specializes in the design, analysis, fabrication and testing of advanced composite structures and materials for both...

  19. Distributed Structure Searchable Toxicity

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Distributed Structure Searchable Toxicity (DSSTox) online resource provides high quality chemical structures and annotations in association with toxicity data....

  20. Protein structure mining using a structural alphabet.

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    Tyagi, M; de Brevern, A G; Srinivasan, N; Offmann, B

    2008-05-01

    We present a comprehensive evaluation of a new structure mining method called PB-ALIGN. It is based on the encoding of protein structure as 1D sequence of a combination of 16 short structural motifs or protein blocks (PBs). PBs are short motifs capable of representing most of the local structural features of a protein backbone. Using derived PB substitution matrix and simple dynamic programming algorithm, PB sequences are aligned the same way amino acid sequences to yield structure alignment. PBs are short motifs capable of representing most of the local structural features of a protein backbone. Alignment of these local features as sequence of symbols enables fast detection of structural similarities between two proteins. Ability of the method to characterize and align regions beyond regular secondary structures, for example, N and C caps of helix and loops connecting regular structures, puts it a step ahead of existing methods, which strongly rely on secondary structure elements. PB-ALIGN achieved efficiency of 85% in extracting true fold from a large database of 7259 SCOP domains and was successful in 82% cases to identify true super-family members. On comparison to 13 existing structure comparison/mining methods, PB-ALIGN emerged as the best on general ability test dataset and was at par with methods like YAKUSA and CE on nontrivial test dataset. Furthermore, the proposed method performed well when compared to flexible structure alignment method like FATCAT and outperforms in processing speed (less than 45 s per database scan). This work also establishes a reliable cut-off value for the demarcation of similar folds. It finally shows that global alignment scores of unrelated structures using PBs follow an extreme value distribution. PB-ALIGN is freely available on web server called Protein Block Expert (PBE) at http://bioinformatics.univ-reunion.fr/PBE/.

  1. Functional morphology of jaw trabeculation in the lesser electric ray Narcine brasiliensis, with comments on the evolution of structural support in the Batoidea.

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    Dean, Mason N; Huber, Daniel R; Nance, Holly A

    2006-10-01

    The design of minimum-weight structures that retain their integrity under dynamic loading regimes has long challenged engineers. One solution to this problem found in both human and biological design is the optimization of weight and strength by hollowing a structure and replacing its inner core with supportive struts. In animals, this design is observed in sand dollar test, avian beak, and the cancellous bone of tetrapod limbs. Additionally, within the elasmobranch fishes, mineralized trabeculae (struts) have been reported in the jaws of durophagous myliobatid stingrays (Elasmobranchii: Batoidea), but were believed to be absent in basal members of the batoid clade. This study, however, presents an additional case of batoid trabeculation in the lesser electric ray, Narcine brasiliensis (Torpediniformes). The trabeculae in these species likely play different functional roles. Stingrays use their reinforced jaws to crush bivalves, yet N. brasiliensis feeds by ballistically protruding its jaws into the sediment to capture polychaetes. In N. brasiliensis, trabeculae are localized to areas likely to experience the highest load: the quadratomandibular jaw joints, hyomandibular-cranial joint, and the thinnest sections of the jaws immediately lateral to the symphyses. However, the supports perform different functions dependent on location. In regions where the jaws are loaded transversely (as in durophagous rays), "load leading" trabeculae distribute compressive forces from the cortex through the lumen of the jaws. In the parasymphyseal regions of the jaws, "truss" trabeculae form cross-braces perpendicular to the long axes of the jaws. At peak protrusion, the jaw arch is medially compressed and the jaw loaded axially such that these trabeculae are positioned to resist buckling associated with excavation forces. "Truss" trabeculae function to maintain the second moment of area in the thinnest regions of the jaws, illustrating a novel function for batoid trabeculation. Thus

  2. Structural behaviour of super-light structures

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    Bagger, Anne; Hertz, Kristian Dahl

    2010-01-01

    with a lighter and softer material, such as lightweight concrete. The combined use of stiff and light material in SLS results in structures of high stiffness and low weight. The applied technology and the advantages of SLS are elaborated upon in [1] in these proceedings. The present paper focuses......A new structural concept, called Super-light Structures (SLS), has recently been invented and patented at the Technical University of Denmark. The basic concept of SLS is to construct a skeleton of a stiff and strong material, such as ordinary or high strength concrete, and stabilize this skeleton...... on the structural correlation between the stiff material and the light material. The shape of the skeleton can be optimized for the primary load on the structure, and it will take up the majority of the load. The lighter material forms the outer geometry of the structural component (e.g. a wall), and has several...

  3. Chinese Conversation Structure

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    LIU Yan

    2016-01-01

    This paper aims to describe the features of Chinese conversation structure. Specifically speaking, the structure will be analyzed from the following four aspects:openings and pre-sequence, adjacency pairs, pre-closing and closing. Generally speak-ing, Chinese conversation structure is similar to English conversation structure. But still a lot of differences are found due to cul-tural factors.

  4. Crystal structure and prediction.

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    Thakur, Tejender S; Dubey, Ritesh; Desiraju, Gautam R

    2015-04-01

    The notion of structure is central to the subject of chemistry. This review traces the development of the idea of crystal structure since the time when a crystal structure could be determined from a three-dimensional diffraction pattern and assesses the feasibility of computationally predicting an unknown crystal structure of a given molecule. Crystal structure prediction is of considerable fundamental and applied importance, and its successful execution is by no means a solved problem. The ease of crystal structure determination today has resulted in the availability of large numbers of crystal structures of higher-energy polymorphs and pseudopolymorphs. These structural libraries lead to the concept of a crystal structure landscape. A crystal structure of a compound may accordingly be taken as a data point in such a landscape.

  5. Strategy implemented through structuring and new structures

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    Nielsen, Renate

    Research objective: With the purpose of generating a new understanding of how development in organisations take place, an interpretive perspective at continuous processes in organisations will be applied: more specifically at how organisational interpretation forms an organisation's strategy...... and how the strategy is implemented through structuring, new structures and routines....

  6. Internal structure of structurally stitched NCF preform

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    Koissin, V.; Ruopp, A.; Lomov, S.V.; Verpoest, I.; Witzel, V.; Drechsler, K.

    2006-01-01

    The paper addresses the experimental investigation of the unit cell architecture in a structurally stitched multilayer carbon-fibre preform. Each layer is a multiaxial multiply non-crimp fabric (NCF) knit with a non-structural stitching. The term “structural” presumes here that the stitching yarn do

  7. Invertebrate and vertebrate class III myosins interact with MORN repeat-containing adaptor proteins.

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    Full Text Available In Drosophila photoreceptors, the NINAC-encoded myosin III is found in a complex with a small, MORN-repeat containing, protein Retinophilin (RTP. Expression of these two proteins in other cell types showed NINAC myosin III behavior is altered by RTP. NINAC deletion constructs were used to map the RTP binding site within the proximal tail domain of NINAC. In vertebrates, the RTP ortholog is MORN4. Co-precipitation experiments demonstrated that human MORN4 binds to human myosin IIIA (MYO3A. In COS7 cells, MORN4 and MYO3A, but not MORN4 and MYO3B, co-localize to actin rich filopodia extensions. Deletion analysis mapped the MORN4 binding to the proximal region of the MYO3A tail domain. MYO3A dependent MORN4 tip localization suggests that MYO3A functions as a motor that transports MORN4 to the filopodia tips and MORN4 may enhance MYO3A tip localization by tethering it to the plasma membrane at the protrusion tips. These results establish conserved features of the RTP/MORN4 family: they bind within the tail domain of myosin IIIs to control their behavior.

  8. Hypoxia-induced invadopodia formation involves activation of NHE-1 by the p90 ribosomal S6 kinase (p90RSK.

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    Full Text Available The hypoxic and acidic microenvironments in tumors are strongly associated with malignant progression and metastasis, and have thus become a central issue in tumor physiology and cancer treatment. Despite this, the molecular links between acidic pH- and hypoxia-mediated cell invasion/metastasis remain mostly unresolved. One of the mechanisms that tumor cells use for tissue invasion is the generation of invadopodia, which are actin-rich invasive plasma membrane protrusions that degrade the extracellular matrix. Here, we show that hypoxia stimulates the formation of invadopodia as well as the invasive ability of cancer cells. Inhibition or shRNA-based depletion of the Na(+/H(+ exchanger NHE-1, along with intracellular pH monitoring by live-cell imaging, revealed that invadopodia formation is associated with alterations in cellular pH homeostasis, an event that involves activation of the Na(+/H(+ exchange rate by NHE-1. Further characterization indicates that hypoxia triggered the activation of the p90 ribosomal S6 kinase (p90 RSK, which resulted in invadopodia formation and site-specific phosphorylation and activation of NHE-1. This study reveals an unsuspected role of p90RSK in tumor cell invasion and establishes p90RS kinase as a link between hypoxia and the acidic microenvironment of tumors.

  9. WIP and WICH/WIRE co-ordinately control invadopodium formation and maturation in human breast cancer cell invasion

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    García, Esther; Ragazzini, Chiara; Yu, Xinzi; Cuesta-García, Elena; Bernardino de la Serna, Jorge; Zech, Tobias; Sarrió, David; Machesky, Laura M.; Antón, Inés M.

    2016-01-01

    Cancer cells form actin-rich degradative protrusions (invasive pseudopods and invadopodia), which allows their efficient dispersal during metastasis. Using biochemical and advanced imaging approaches, we demonstrate that the N-WASP-interactors WIP and WICH/WIRE play non-redundant roles in cancer cell invasion. WIP interacts with N-WASP and cortactin and is essential for invadopodium assembly, whereas WICH/WIRE regulates N-WASP activation to control invadopodium maturation and degradative activity. Our data also show that Nck interaction with WIP and WICH/WIRE modulates invadopodium maturation; changes in WIP and WICH/WIRE levels induce differential distribution of Nck. We show that WIP can replace WICH/WIRE functions and that elevated WIP levels correlate with high invasiveness. These findings identify a role for WICH/WIRE in invasiveness and highlight WIP as a hub for signaling molecule recruitment during invadopodium generation and cancer progression, as well as a potential diagnostic biomarker and an optimal target for therapeutic approaches. PMID:27009365

  10. PTP-PEST targets a novel tyrosine site in p120 catenin to control epithelial cell motility and Rho GTPase activity.

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    Espejo, Rosario; Jeng, Yowjiun; Paulucci-Holthauzen, Adriana; Rengifo-Cam, William; Honkus, Krysta; Anastasiadis, Panos Z; Sastry, Sarita K

    2014-02-01

    Tyrosine phosphorylation is implicated in regulating the adherens junction protein, p120 catenin (p120), however, the mechanisms are not well defined. Here, we show, using substrate trapping, that p120 is a direct target of the protein tyrosine phosphatase, PTP-PEST, in epithelial cells. Stable shRNA knockdown of PTP-PEST in colon carcinoma cells results in an increased cytosolic pool of p120 concomitant with its enhanced tyrosine phosphorylation and decreased association with E-cadherin. Consistent with this, PTP-PEST knockdown cells exhibit increased motility, enhanced Rac1 and decreased RhoA activity on a collagen substrate. Furthermore, p120 localization is enhanced at actin-rich protrusions and lamellipodia and has an increased association with the guanine nucleotide exchange factor, VAV2, and cortactin. Exchange factor activity of VAV2 is enhanced by PTP-PEST knockdown whereas overexpression of a VAV2 C-terminal domain or DH domain mutant blocks cell motility. Analysis of point mutations identified tyrosine 335 in the N-terminal domain of p120 as the site of PTP-PEST dephosphorylation. A Y335F mutant of p120 failed to induce the 'p120 phenotype', interact with VAV2, stimulate cell motility or activate Rac1. Together, these data suggest that PTP-PEST affects epithelial cell motility by controlling the distribution and phosphorylation of p120 and its availability to control Rho GTPase activity.

  11. Breast cancer cell movement: imaging invadopodia by TIRF and IRM microscopy.

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    Xu, Xuehua; Johnson, Peter; Mueller, Susette C

    2009-01-01

    Invadopodia are hair-like membrane protrusions projecting from the ventral side of the plasma membrane of tumor cells invading into an extracellular matrix (ECM). Formation of invadopodia and phagocytosis of partially degraded ECM is correlated with invasiveness of cancer cells. Many proteins associated with actin-rich punctae associated with invadopodia have been identified. However, the dynamic temporal and spatial relationship of invadopodia-related proteins and the mechanisms required for invadopodia formation remain largely unknown. Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy provides a powerful tool to directly visualize the dynamic membrane transportation of invadopodia-related, GFP-tagged proteins and to simultaneously monitor invadopodia formation by observation of localized degradation and phagocytosis of fluorescently labeled gelatin. Cell-substratum contacts can be visualized using a related technique, Interference Reflection Microscopy (IRM). In this chapter, we provide detailed methodologies to monitor the dynamic localizations of c-Src-eGFP using two-color TIRF microscopy along with IRM to simultaneously visualize translocation of c-Src-eGFP and invadopodia formation by degradation of AlexaFluor 568-labeled gelatin.

  12. Building a Structural Model: Parameterization and Structurality

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available A specific concept of structural model is used as a background for discussing the structurality of its parameterization. Conditions for a structural model to be also causal are examined. Difficulties and pitfalls arising from the parameterization are analyzed. In particular, pitfalls when considering alternative parameterizations of a same model are shown to have lead to ungrounded conclusions in the literature. Discussions of observationally equivalent models related to different economic mechanisms are used to make clear the connection between an economically meaningful parameterization and an economically meaningful decomposition of a complex model. The design of economic policy is used for drawing some practical implications of the proposed analysis.

  13. Band structure of semiconductors

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    Tsidilkovski, I M

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    Band Structure of Semiconductors provides a review of the theoretical and experimental methods of investigating band structure and an analysis of the results of the developments in this field. The book presents the problems, methods, and applications in the study of band structure. Topics on the computational methods of band structure; band structures of important semiconducting materials; behavior of an electron in a perturbed periodic field; effective masses and g-factors for the most commonly encountered band structures; and the treatment of cyclotron resonance, Shubnikov-de Haas oscillatio

  14. Structural system identification: Structural dynamics model validation

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    Red-Horse, J.R.

    1997-04-01

    Structural system identification is concerned with the development of systematic procedures and tools for developing predictive analytical models based on a physical structure`s dynamic response characteristics. It is a multidisciplinary process that involves the ability (1) to define high fidelity physics-based analysis models, (2) to acquire accurate test-derived information for physical specimens using diagnostic experiments, (3) to validate the numerical simulation model by reconciling differences that inevitably exist between the analysis model and the experimental data, and (4) to quantify uncertainties in the final system models and subsequent numerical simulations. The goal of this project was to develop structural system identification techniques and software suitable for both research and production applications in code and model validation.

  15. Rheology of Structured Oils

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    Kelbaliev, G. I.; Rasulov, S. R.; Rzaev, A. G.; Mustafaeva, G. R.

    2017-07-01

    Rheological models of structured oils are proposed and compared with available experimental data on oils from different deposits. It is shown that structured oils can possess properties of Bingham and power-law non-Newtonian fluids.

  16. Structural Measures - Hospital

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — A list of hospitals and the availability of structural measures at that hospital. A structural measure reflects the environment in which hospitals care for patients....

  17. Structural Static Laboratory

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — Structural testing is performed to verify the structural integrity of space flight and ground test hardware. Testing is also performed to verify the finite element...

  18. Growing Timber Structures

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    Tamke, Martin; Evers, Henrik Leander; Stasiuk, David

    2013-01-01

    The contemporary design of timber structures has to answer questions concerning structural stability, production impact and energy implications in ever earlier stages. The interrelation of these levels creates a complexity that is difficult to resolve through contemporary linear parametric...

  19. Advanced structural inorganic chemistry

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    Li, Wai-Kee; Mak, Thomas C W

    2008-01-01

    An English edition of a textbook based on teaching at the final year undergraduate and graduate level. It presents structure and bonding, generalizations of structural trends, crystallographic data, as well as highlights from the recent literature.

  20. Antenna Structure Registrate

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    Department of Homeland Security — This file is an extract of the Antenna Structure Registrate (ASR). The ASR consists of antenna structures that are more than 60.96 meters (200 feet) in height or...

  1. Structural health monitoring for ship structures

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    Farrar, Charles [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Park, Gyuhae [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Angel, Marian [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bement, Matthew [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Salvino, Liming [NSWC, CADEROCK

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    Currently the Office of Naval Research is supporting the development of structural health monitoring (SHM) technology for U.S. Navy ship structures. This application is particularly challenging because of the physical size of these structures, the widely varying and often extreme operational and environmental conditions associated with these ships missions, lack of data from known damage conditions, limited sensing that was not designed specifically for SHM, and the management of the vast amounts of data that can be collected during a mission. This paper will first define a statistical pattern recognition paradigm for SHM by describing the four steps of (1) Operational Evaluation, (2) Data Acquisition, (3) Feature Extraction, and (4) Statistical Classification of Features as they apply to ship structures. Note that inherent in the last three steps of this process are additional tasks of data cleansing, compression, normalization and fusion. The presentation will discuss ship structure SHM challenges in the context of applying various SHM approaches to sea trials data measured on an aluminum multi-hull high-speed ship, the HSV-2 Swift. To conclude, the paper will discuss several outstanding issues that need to be addressed before SHM can make the transition from a research topic to actual field applications on ship structures and suggest approaches for addressing these issues.

  2. Fundamentals of structural dynamics

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    Craig, Roy R

    2006-01-01

    From theory and fundamentals to the latest advances in computational and experimental modal analysis, this is the definitive, updated reference on structural dynamics.This edition updates Professor Craig's classic introduction to structural dynamics, which has been an invaluable resource for practicing engineers and a textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in vibrations and/or structural dynamics. Along with comprehensive coverage of structural dynamics fundamentals, finite-element-based computational methods, and dynamic testing methods, this Second Edition includes new and e

  3. Synchronously Deployable Truss Structures

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    Rhodes, M. D.; Hedgepeth, J. M.

    1986-01-01

    Structure lightweight, readily deployed, and has reliable joints. New truss concept, designated as "pac truss," developed. Features easy deployment without need for complex mechanisms. Structures of this type deployed in free flight by controlled release of stored energy in torsional springs at selected hinges located throughout structure. Double-folding technique used in beam model applicable to flat planar trusses, allowing structures of large expanse to fold into compact packages and be deployed for space-platform applications.

  4. Extended icosahedral structures

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    Jaric, Marko V

    1989-01-01

    Extended Icosahedral Structures discusses the concepts about crystal structures with extended icosahedral symmetry. This book is organized into six chapters that focus on actual modeling of extended icosahedral crystal structures. This text first presents a tiling approach to the modeling of icosahedral quasiperiodic crystals. It then describes the models for icosahedral alloys based on random connections between icosahedral units, with particular emphasis on diffraction properties. Other chapters examine the glassy structures with only icosahedral orientational order and the extent of tra

  5. HIV Structural Database

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    SRD 102 HIV Structural Database (Web, free access)   The HIV Protease Structural Database is an archive of experimentally determined 3-D structures of Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 (HIV-1), Human Immunodeficiency Virus 2 (HIV-2) and Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) Proteases and their complexes with inhibitors or products of substrate cleavage.

  6. Structural Ceramics Database

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    SRD 30 NIST Structural Ceramics Database (Web, free access)   The NIST Structural Ceramics Database (WebSCD) provides evaluated materials property data for a wide range of advanced ceramics known variously as structural ceramics, engineering ceramics, and fine ceramics.

  7. Structural safety during construction

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    Terwel, K.C.; Mud, M.; Frijters, A.

    2014-01-01

    Structural safety during construction is a main concern for the building industry. Collapses of temporary structures or incomplete permanent structures are a threat for the safety of persons. Based on data from Dutch Labour Inspectorate this study concluded that approximately 20% of the fatalities

  8. Programing Structural Synthesis System

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    Rogers, James L., Jr.

    1986-01-01

    Program aids research in analysis and optimization. Programing Structural Synthesis System (PROSSS2) developed to provide structural-synthesis capability by combining access to SPAR with CONMIN program and set of interface procedures. SPAR is large general-purpose finite-element structural-analysis program, and CONMIN is large general-purpose optimization program. PROSSS2 written in FORTRAN IV for batch execution.

  9. Structural Enhancement of Learning

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    Trumpower, David L.; Goldsmith, Timothy E.

    2004-01-01

    Structural learning aids, such as interactive overviews (IOs), have previously been shown to facilitate text comprehension and recall. In this study, we examined the effects of structural aids on learners' structural knowledge and their performance on a procedural transfer task. In Experiment 1, 90 college students were presented definitions of…

  10. Neutrality in bipolar structures

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    Montero, Javier; Rodríguez, J. Tinguaro; Franco, Camilo

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we want to stress that bipolar knowledge representation naturally allows a family of middle states which define as a consequence different kinds of bipolar structures. These bipolar structures are deeply related to the three types of bipolarity introduced by Dubois and Prade, but our...... approach offers a systematic explanation of how such bipolar structures appear and can be identified....

  11. Organizational Knowledge Management Structure

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    Walczak, Steven

    2005-01-01

    Purpose: To propose and evaluate a novel management structure that encourages knowledge sharing across an organization. Design/methodology/approach: The extant literature on the impact of organizational culture and its link to management structure is examined and used to develop a new knowledge sharing management structure. Roadblocks to…

  12. Hypermedia 1990 structured Hypertext tutorial

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    Johnson, J. Scott

    1990-01-01

    Hypermedia 1990 structured Hypertext tutorial is presented in the form of view-graphs. The following subject areas are covered: structured hypertext; analyzing hypertext documents for structure; designing structured hypertext documents; creating structured hypertext applications; structuring service and repair documents; maintaining structured hypertext documents; and structured hypertext conclusion.

  13. PRODUCT STRUCTURE DIGITAL MODEL

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    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available  Research results of representation of product structure made by means of CADDS5 computer-aided design (CAD system, Product Data Management Optegra (PDM system and Product Life Cycle Management Wind-chill system (PLM, are examined in this work. Analysis of structure component development and its storage in various systems is carried out. Algorithms of structure transformation required for correct representation of the structure are considered. Management analysis of electronic mockup presentation of the product structure is carried out for Windchill system.

  14. Shell-like structures

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    Altenbach, Holm

    2011-01-01

    In this volume, scientists and researchers from industry discuss the new trends in simulation and computing shell-like structures. The focus is put on the following problems: new theories (based on two-dimensional field equations but describing non-classical effects), new constitutive equations (for materials like sandwiches, foams, etc. and which can be combined with the two-dimensional shell equations), complex structures (folded, branching and/or self intersecting shell structures, etc.) and shell-like structures on different scales (for example: nano-tubes) or very thin structures (similar

  15. Basic structural dynamics

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    Anderson, James C

    2012-01-01

    A concise introduction to structural dynamics and earthquake engineering Basic Structural Dynamics serves as a fundamental introduction to the topic of structural dynamics. Covering single and multiple-degree-of-freedom systems while providing an introduction to earthquake engineering, the book keeps the coverage succinct and on topic at a level that is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students. Through dozens of worked examples based on actual structures, it also introduces readers to MATLAB, a powerful software for solving both simple and complex structural d

  16. Materials and structures

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    Saito, Theodore T.; Langenbeck, Sharon L.; Al-Jamily, Ghanim; Arnold, Joe; Barbee, Troy; Coulter, Dan; Dolgin, Ben; Fichter, Buck; George, Patricia; Gorenstein, Paul

    1992-08-01

    Materials and structures technology covers a wide range of technical areas. Some of the most pertinent issues for the Astrotech 21 missions include dimensionally stable structural materials, advanced composites, dielectric coatings, optical metallic coatings for low scattered light applications, low scattered light surfaces, deployable and inflatable structures (including optical), support structures in 0-g and 1-g environments, cryogenic optics, optical blacks, contamination hardened surfaces, radiation hardened glasses and crystals, mono-metallic telescopes and instruments, and materials characterization. Some specific examples include low coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) structures (0.01 ppm/K), lightweight thermally stable mirror materials, thermally stable optical assemblies, high reliability/accuracy (1 micron) deployable structures, and characterization of nanometer level behavior of materials/structures for interferometry concepts. Large filled-aperture concepts will require materials with CTE's of 10(exp 9) at 80 K, anti-contamination coatings, deployable and erectable structures, composite materials with CTE's less than 0.01 ppm/K and thermal hysteresis, 0.001 ppm/K. Gravitational detection systems such as LAGOS will require rigid/deployable structures, dimensionally stable components, lightweight materials with low conductivity, and high stability optics. The Materials and Structures panel addressed these issues and the relevance of the Astrotech 21 mission requirements by dividing materials and structures technology into five categories. These categories, the necessary development, and applicable mission/program development phasing are summarized. For each of these areas, technology assessments were made and development plans were defined.

  17. Exotic cluster structures on

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    Gekhtman, M; Vainshtein, A

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    This is the second paper in the series of papers dedicated to the study of natural cluster structures in the rings of regular functions on simple complex Lie groups and Poisson-Lie structures compatible with these cluster structures. According to our main conjecture, each class in the Belavin-Drinfeld classification of Poisson-Lie structures on \\mathcal{G} corresponds to a cluster structure in \\mathcal{O}(\\mathcal{G}). The authors have shown before that this conjecture holds for any \\mathcal{G} in the case of the standard Poisson-Lie structure and for all Belavin-Drinfeld classes in SL_n, n<5. In this paper the authors establish it for the Cremmer-Gervais Poisson-Lie structure on SL_n, which is the least similar to the standard one.

  18. Structural realism beyond physics.

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    Tulodziecki, Dana

    2016-10-01

    The main purpose of this paper is to test structural realism against (one example from) the historical record. I begin by laying out an existing challenge to structural realism - that of providing an example of a theory exhibiting successful structures that were abandoned - and show that this challenge can be met by the miasma theory of disease. However, rather than concluding that this is an outright counterexample to structural realism, I use this case to show why it is that structural realism, in its current form, has trouble dealing with theories outside physics. I end by making some concrete suggestions for structural realists to pursue if, indeed, they are serious about extending structural realism to other domains.

  19. Reducts of Ramsey structures

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    Bodirsky, Manuel

    2011-01-01

    One way of studying a relational structure is to investigate functions which are related to that structure and which leave certain aspects of the structure invariant. Examples are the automorphism group, the self-embedding monoid, the endomorphism monoid, or the polymorphism clone of a structure. Such functions can be particularly well understood when the relational structure is countably infinite and has a first-order definition in another relational structure which has a finite language, is totally ordered and homogeneous, and has the Ramsey property. This is because in this situation, Ramsey theory provides the combinatorial tool for analyzing these functions -- in a certain sense, it allows to represent such functions by functions on finite sets. This is a survey of results in model theory and theoretical computer science obtained recently by the authors in this context. In model theory, we approach the problem of classifying the reducts of countably infinite ordered homogeneous Ramsey structures in a fin...

  20. Robustness of Structures

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    Faber, M.H.; Vrouwenvelder, A.C.W.M.; Sørensen, John Dalsgaard

    2011-01-01

    In 2005, the Joint Committee on Structural Safety (JCSS) together with Working Commission (WC) 1 of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) organized a workshop on robustness of structures. Two important decisions resulted from this workshop, namely the developm......In 2005, the Joint Committee on Structural Safety (JCSS) together with Working Commission (WC) 1 of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) organized a workshop on robustness of structures. Two important decisions resulted from this workshop, namely...... the development of a joint European project on structural robustness under the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) programme and the decision to develop a more elaborate document on structural robustness in collaboration between experts from the JCSS and the IABSE. Accordingly, a project titled...... ‘COST TU0601: Robustness of Structures’ was initiated in February 2007, aiming to provide a platform for exchanging and promoting research in the area of structural robustness and to provide a basic framework, together with methods, strategies and guidelines enhancing robustness of structures...

  1. Structure - Riverine Flow Structure (Dike/Wingdam)

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    Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army, Department of Defense — A natural or man-made flow (or sediment) control structure in a water course or water body such as a dike or weir. This feature should not be used to model a levee....

  2. Exponential Dowling structures

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    Ehrenborg, Richard

    2010-01-01

    The notion of exponential Dowling structures is introduced, generalizing Stanley's original theory of exponential structures. Enumerative theory is developed to determine the M\\"obius function of exponential Dowling structures, including a restriction of these structures to elements whose types satisfy a semigroup condition. Stanley's study of permutations associated with exponential structures leads to a similar vein of study for exponential Dowling structures. In particular, for the extended r-divisible partition lattice we show the M\\"obius function is, up to a sign, the number of permutations in the symmetric group on rn+k elements having descent set {r, 2r, ..., nr}. Using Wachs' original EL-labeling of the r-divisible partition lattice, the extended r-divisible partition lattice is shown to be EL-shellable.

  3. Origami - Folded Plate Structures

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    Buri, Hans Ulrich

    2010-01-01

    This research investigates new methods of designing folded plate structures that can be built with cross-laminated timber panels. Folded plate structures are attractive to both architects and engineers for their structural, spatial, and plastic qualities. Thin surfaces can be stiffened by a series of folds, and thus not only cover space, but also act as load bearing elements. The variation of light and shadow along the folded faces emphasizes the plas...

  4. Catalytic distillation structure

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    Smith, L.A. Jr.

    1984-04-17

    Catalytic distillation structure is described for use in reaction distillation columns, and provides reaction sites and distillation structure consisting of a catalyst component and a resilient component intimately associated therewith. The resilient component has at least about 70 volume % open space and is present with the catalyst component in an amount such that the catalytic distillation structure consists of at least 10 volume % open space. 10 figs.

  5. Advance in structural bioinformatics

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    Wei, Dongqing; Zhao, Tangzhen; Dai, Hao

    2014-01-01

    This text examines in detail mathematical and physical modeling, computational methods and systems for obtaining and analyzing biological structures, using pioneering research cases as examples. As such, it emphasizes programming and problem-solving skills. It provides information on structure bioinformatics at various levels, with individual chapters covering introductory to advanced aspects, from fundamental methods and guidelines on acquiring and analyzing genomics and proteomics sequences, the structures of protein, DNA and RNA, to the basics of physical simulations and methods for conform

  6. Structure of Human Adenovirus

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    Nemerow, Glen R.; Phoebe L Stewart; Reddy, Vijay S.

    2012-01-01

    A detailed structural analysis of the entire human adenovirus capsid has been stymied by the complexity and size of this 150 MDa macromolecular complex. Over the past 10 years, the steady improvements in viral genome manipulation concomitant with advances in crystallographic techniques and data processing software has allowed structure determination of this virus by X-ray diffraction at 3.5 Å resolution. The virus structure revealed the location, folds, and interactions of major and minor (ce...

  7. Reforming Organizational Structures

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    Van de Walle, Steven

    2016-01-01

    textabstractPublic sectors have undergone major transformations. Public sector reform touches upon the core building blocks of the public sector: organizational structures, people and finances. These are objects of reform. This chapter presents and discusses a set of major transformations with regard to organizational structures. It provides readers a fairly comprehensive overview of the key reforms that have taken place in Western public sectors. Structural reforms in the public sector show ...

  8. Auxetic materials and structures

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    Lim, Teik-Cheng

    2015-01-01

    This book describes the fundamentals of the mechanics and design of auxetic solids and structures, which possess a negative Poisson’s ratio. It will benefit two groups of readers: (a) industry practitioners, such as product and structural designers, who need to control mechanical stress distributions using auxetic materials, and (b) academic researchers and students who intend to produce structures with unique mechanical and other physical properties using auxetic materials.

  9. Structural elements design manual

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    Draycott, Trevor

    2012-01-01

    Gives clear explanations of the logical design sequence for structural elements. The Structural Engineer says: `The book explains, in simple terms, and with many examples, Code of Practice methods for sizing structural sections in timber, concrete,masonry and steel. It is the combination into one book of section sizing methods in each of these materials that makes this text so useful....Students will find this an essential support text to the Codes of Practice in their study of element sizing'.

  10. Organisational structure of Enterprise

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    Varenytsya, Maryan

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of the bachelor final work is to identify effective organizational management structure, as well offer advice company branch of JSC "Rostelecom" for the improvement of organizational structure of management. It examines the relevance of the study, defined goals, objectives and methods of research, a review of the literature. This thesis contains information on the main causes of changes in the organizational structure of the enterprise management, the design of the organizational ...

  11. Valency and molecular structure

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    Cartmell, E

    1977-01-01

    Valency and Molecular Structure, Fourth Edition provides a comprehensive historical background and experimental foundations of theories and methods relating to valency and molecular structures. In this edition, the chapter on Bohr theory has been removed while some sections, such as structures of crystalline solids, have been expanded. Details of structures have also been revised and extended using the best available values for bond lengths and bond angles. Recent developments are mostly noted in the chapter on complex compounds, while a new chapter has been added to serve as an introduction t

  12. Linguistic Structure Prediction

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    Smith, Noah A

    2011-01-01

    A major part of natural language processing now depends on the use of text data to build linguistic analyzers. We consider statistical, computational approaches to modeling linguistic structure. We seek to unify across many approaches and many kinds of linguistic structures. Assuming a basic understanding of natural language processing and/or machine learning, we seek to bridge the gap between the two fields. Approaches to decoding (i.e., carrying out linguistic structure prediction) and supervised and unsupervised learning of models that predict discrete structures as outputs are the focus. W

  13. Structural Precast Concrete Handbook

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    Kjærbye, Per Oluf H

    Structural concept for precast concrete systems. Design og precast reinforced concrete components. Design of precast concrete connections. Illustrations on design of precast concrete buildings. Precast concrete assembly....

  14. Structural Dynamics Laboratory (SDL)

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — Structural dynamic testing is performed to verify the survivability of a component or assembly when exposed to vibration stress screening, or a controlled simulation...

  15. Machine tool structures

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    Koenigsberger, F

    1970-01-01

    Machine Tool Structures, Volume 1 deals with fundamental theories and calculation methods for machine tool structures. Experimental investigations into stiffness are discussed, along with the application of the results to the design of machine tool structures. Topics covered range from static and dynamic stiffness to chatter in metal cutting, stability in machine tools, and deformations of machine tool structures. This volume is divided into three sections and opens with a discussion on stiffness specifications and the effect of stiffness on the behavior of the machine under forced vibration c

  16. Flexible Volumetric Structure

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    Cagle, Christopher M. (Inventor); Schlecht, Robin W. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    A flexible volumetric structure has a first spring that defines a three-dimensional volume and includes a serpentine structure elongatable and compressible along a length thereof. A second spring is coupled to at least one outboard edge region of the first spring. The second spring is a sheet-like structure capable of elongation along an in-plane dimension thereof. The second spring is oriented such that its in-plane dimension is aligned with the length of the first spring's serpentine structure.

  17. Laboratory for Structural Acoustics

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — FUNCTION: Supports experimental research where acoustic radiation, scattering, and surface vibration measurements of fluid-loaded and non-fluid-loaded structures are...

  18. Deployable Soft Composite Structures

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    Wang, Wei; Rodrigue, Hugo; Ahn, Sung-Hoon

    2016-02-01

    Deployable structure composed of smart materials based actuators can reconcile its inherently conflicting requirements of low mass, good shape adaptability, and high load-bearing capability. This work describes the fabrication of deployable structures using smart soft composite actuators combining a soft matrix with variable stiffness properties and hinge-like movement through a rigid skeleton. The hinge actuator has the advantage of being simple to fabricate, inexpensive, lightweight and simple to actuate. This basic actuator can then be used to form modules capable of different types of deformations, which can then be assembled into deployable structures. The design of deployable structures is based on three principles: design of basic hinge actuators, assembly of modules and assembly of modules into large-scale deployable structures. Various deployable structures such as a segmented triangular mast, a planar structure comprised of single-loop hexagonal modules and a ring structure comprised of single-loop quadrilateral modules were designed and fabricated to verify this approach. Finally, a prototype for a deployable mirror was developed by attaching a foldable reflective membrane to the designed ring structure and its functionality was tested by using it to reflect sunlight onto to a small-scale solar panel.

  19. Deployable Soft Composite Structures.

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    Wang, Wei; Rodrigue, Hugo; Ahn, Sung-Hoon

    2016-02-19

    Deployable structure composed of smart materials based actuators can reconcile its inherently conflicting requirements of low mass, good shape adaptability, and high load-bearing capability. This work describes the fabrication of deployable structures using smart soft composite actuators combining a soft matrix with variable stiffness properties and hinge-like movement through a rigid skeleton. The hinge actuator has the advantage of being simple to fabricate, inexpensive, lightweight and simple to actuate. This basic actuator can then be used to form modules capable of different types of deformations, which can then be assembled into deployable structures. The design of deployable structures is based on three principles: design of basic hinge actuators, assembly of modules and assembly of modules into large-scale deployable structures. Various deployable structures such as a segmented triangular mast, a planar structure comprised of single-loop hexagonal modules and a ring structure comprised of single-loop quadrilateral modules were designed and fabricated to verify this approach. Finally, a prototype for a deployable mirror was developed by attaching a foldable reflective membrane to the designed ring structure and its functionality was tested by using it to reflect sunlight onto to a small-scale solar panel.

  20. Bioinspired structural materials

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    Wegst, Ulrike G. K.; Bai, Hao; Saiz, Eduardo; Tomsia, Antoni P.; Ritchie, Robert O.

    2015-01-01

    Natural structural materials are built at ambient temperature from a fairly limited selection of components. They usually comprise hard and soft phases arranged in complex hierarchical architectures, with characteristic dimensions spanning from the nanoscale to the macroscale. The resulting materials are lightweight and often display unique combinations of strength and toughness, but have proven difficult to mimic synthetically. Here, we review the common design motifs of a range of natural structural materials, and discuss the difficulties associated with the design and fabrication of synthetic structures that mimic the structural and mechanical characteristics of their natural counterparts.

  1. Nuclear structure theory

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    Irvine, J M

    1972-01-01

    Nuclear Structure Theory provides a guide to nuclear structure theory. The book is comprised of 23 chapters that are organized into four parts; each part covers an aspect of nuclear structure theory. In the first part, the text discusses the experimentally observed phenomena, which nuclear structure theories need to look into and detail the information that supports those theories. The second part of the book deals with the phenomenological nucleon-nucleon potentials derived from phase shift analysis of nucleon-nucleon scattering. Part III talks about the phenomenological parameters used to de

  2. Roadmap on structured light

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    Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina; Forbes, Andrew; Berry, M. V.; Dennis, M. R.; Andrews, David L.; Mansuripur, Masud; Denz, Cornelia; Alpmann, Christina; Banzer, Peter; Bauer, Thomas; Karimi, Ebrahim; Marrucci, Lorenzo; Padgett, Miles; Ritsch-Marte, Monika; Litchinitser, Natalia M.; Bigelow, Nicholas P.; Rosales-Guzmán, C.; Belmonte, A.; Torres, J. P.; Neely, Tyler W.; Baker, Mark; Gordon, Reuven; Stilgoe, Alexander B.; Romero, Jacquiline; White, Andrew G.; Fickler, Robert; Willner, Alan E.; Xie, Guodong; McMorran, Benjamin; Weiner, Andrew M.

    2017-01-01

    Structured light refers to the generation and application of custom light fields. As the tools and technology to create and detect structured light have evolved, steadily the applications have begun to emerge. This roadmap touches on the key fields within structured light from the perspective of experts in those areas, providing insight into the current state and the challenges their respective fields face. Collectively the roadmap outlines the venerable nature of structured light research and the exciting prospects for the future that are yet to be realized.

  3. Probabilistic conditional independence structures

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    Studeny, Milan

    2005-01-01

    Probabilistic Conditional Independence Structures provides the mathematical description of probabilistic conditional independence structures; the author uses non-graphical methods of their description, and takes an algebraic approach.The monograph presents the methods of structural imsets and supermodular functions, and deals with independence implication and equivalence of structural imsets.Motivation, mathematical foundations and areas of application are included, and a rough overview of graphical methods is also given.In particular, the author has been careful to use suitable terminology, and presents the work so that it will be understood by both statisticians, and by researchers in artificial intelligence.The necessary elementary mathematical notions are recalled in an appendix.

  4. Structural patterns in nature

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    Wester, Ture

    2004-01-01

    It seems that some very basic randomly produced geometric/topological patterns are commonly found in Nature and have often very distinctive structural qualities. In nature we find the same pattern in all scales from the universe to molecules, from solar systems to packing of cells, from glaciers...... to sea shells, from river systems to trees etc. Sometimes this seeming archetypical morphology involve structural action and sometimes not - but the fact that it often posses efficient structural action opens a tool for evaluation and analyses of structures in nature and at the same time might...

  5. Effect of out-of-plane directional intra-layer coupling from graphene monolayer on sp3 type defect with gap-plasmonic structures

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    Park, Won-Hwa

    2016-09-01

    The author investigates an intra-layer coupling effect through transverse acoustic (TA) phonon modes along the z-direction at Au nanoparticle (NP)-graphene monolayer (GM)-Au thin film (TF) plasmonic junctions in regard with sp3 type defect effect. The oxidation and resulting disorder of GM with breaking of six-fold symmetry have been explored. Because a Raman-forbidden D peak can be activated due to unwanted single-phonon inter-valley and intra-valley scattering processes, the quantitative estimation of the sp3 type defect is being performed by the intensity ratio between G and D peaks. By exploring the difference of the maximum peak position (TA3-TA1) and the intensity ratio, (TA1/TA3) the author can reveal that a lower z-protruded GM accompanied with weak intra-coupling and a weaker RBLM intensity show relatively high D/G. It means that larger surface area of a GM to be functionalized by oxidization can secure more easily than the higher z-protruded. This investigation presents the importance of controlling the degree of z-protrusion of GM surface in terms of not only the presence of high D/G but also its related and detailed nano-structural surface shape, leading to the enhancement of electrical properties such as a carrier mobility and sheet resistance value. The out-of-plane phonon modes will be considered as a key factor in further exploring nano-physical deformation of 2D materials in sync with its electrical performance.

  6. Stable umbral chromospheric structures

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    Henriques, V. M. J.; Scullion, E.; Mathioudakis, M.; Kiselman, D.; Gallagher, P. T.; Keenan, F. P.

    2015-02-01

    Aims: We seek to understand the morphology of the chromosphere in sunspot umbra. We investigate if the horizontal structures observed in the spectral core of the Ca II H line are ephemeral visuals caused by the shock dynamics of more stable structures, and examine their relationship with observables in the H-alpha line. Methods: Filtergrams in the core of the Ca II H and H-alpha lines as observed with the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope are employed. We utilise a technique that creates composite images and tracks the flash propagation horizontally. Results: We find 0.̋15 wide horizontal structures, in all of the three target sunspots, for every flash where the seeing is moderate to good. Discrete dark structures are identified that are stable for at least two umbral flashes, as well as systems of structures that live for up to 24 min. We find cases of extremely extended structures with similar stability, with one such structure showing an extent of 5''. Some of these structures have a correspondence in H-alpha, but we were unable to find a one-to-one correspondence for every occurrence. If the dark streaks are formed at the same heights as umbral flashes, there are systems of structures with strong departures from the vertical for all three analysed sunspots. Conclusions: Long-lived Ca II H filamentary horizontal structures are a common and likely ever-present feature in the umbra of sunspots. If the magnetic field in the chromosphere of the umbra is indeed aligned with the structures, then the present theoretical understanding of the typical umbra needs to be revisited. Movies associated to Figs. 3 and 4 are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  7. Organisational Structure & Change

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    National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 2006

    2006-01-01

    Structural change is seen as a way to meet the challenges of the future that face many organisations. While some writers agree that broad-ranging structural change may not always transform an organisation or enhance its performance, others claim that innovation will be a major source of competitive advantage to organisations, particularly when…

  8. The Structure of Reciprocity

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    Molm, Linda D.

    2010-01-01

    Reciprocity is one of the defining features of social exchange and social life, yet exchange theorists have tended to take it for granted. Drawing on work from a decade-long theoretical research program, I argue that reciprocity is structured and variable across different forms of exchange, that these variations in the structure of reciprocity…

  9. Tapered structure construction

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    Smith, Eric D.; Takata, Rosalind K.; Slocum, Alexander H.; Nayfeh, Samir A.

    2016-04-05

    Feeding stock used to form a tapered structure into a curving device such that each point on the stock undergoes rotational motion about a peak location of the tapered structure; and the stock meets a predecessor portion of stock along one or more adjacent edges.

  10. Wave scour around structures

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    Sumer, B. Mutlu; Fredsøe, Jørgen

    1999-01-01

    This review (of scour around marine structures) is organized in seven main sections: Basic concepts; Tunnel erosion; Two- and three-dimensional scour around pipelines; Scour around piles (slender bodies), including pile groups; Scour around complex structures; Scour around large, vertical cylinde......; and Scour around breakwaters (vertical-wall breakwaters and rubble-mound breakwaters)....

  11. Neutrinos and nucleon structure

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    Sehgal, L M

    1979-01-01

    The study of neutrino interactions in matter is yielding a wealth of information on the form factors and structure functions of the nucleon. These data allow tests of models of nucleon structure and of dynamical theories of quarks and gluons. The author attempts a critical appraisal of recent facts and their impact on our theoretical understanding. (35 refs).

  12. The Cambridge Structural Database.

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    Groom, Colin R; Bruno, Ian J; Lightfoot, Matthew P; Ward, Suzanna C

    2016-04-01

    The Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) contains a complete record of all published organic and metal-organic small-molecule crystal structures. The database has been in operation for over 50 years and continues to be the primary means of sharing structural chemistry data and knowledge across disciplines. As well as structures that are made public to support scientific articles, it includes many structures published directly as CSD Communications. All structures are processed both computationally and by expert structural chemistry editors prior to entering the database. A key component of this processing is the reliable association of the chemical identity of the structure studied with the experimental data. This important step helps ensure that data is widely discoverable and readily reusable. Content is further enriched through selective inclusion of additional experimental data. Entries are available to anyone through free CSD community web services. Linking services developed and maintained by the CCDC, combined with the use of standard identifiers, facilitate discovery from other resources. Data can also be accessed through CCDC and third party software applications and through an application programming interface.

  13. Periodic truss structures

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    Zok, Frank W.; Latture, Ryan M.; Begley, Matthew R.

    2016-11-01

    Despite the recognition of the enormous potential of periodic trusses for use in a broad range of technologies, there are no widely-accepted descriptors of their structure. The terminology has been based loosely either on geometry of polyhedra or of point lattices: neither of which, on its own, has an appropriate structure to fully define periodic trusses. The present article lays out a system for classification of truss structure types. The system employs concepts from crystallography and geometry to describe nodal locations and connectivity of struts. Through a series of illustrative examples of progressively increasing complexity, a rational taxonomy of truss structure is developed. Its conceptual evolution begins with elementary cubic trusses, increasing in complexity with non-cubic and compound trusses as well as supertrusses, and, finally, with complex trusses. The conventions and terminology adopted to define truss structure yield concise yet unambiguous descriptions of structure types and of specific (finite) trusses. The utility of the taxonomy is demonstrated by bringing into alignment a disparate set of ad hoc and incomplete truss designations previously employed in a broad range of science and engineering fields. Additionally, the merits of a particular compound truss (comprising two interpenetrating elementary trusses) is shown to be superior to the octet truss for applications requiring high stiffness and elastic isotropy. By systematically stepping through and analyzing the finite number of structure types identified through the present classification system, optimal structures for prescribed mechanical and functional requirements are expected to be ascertained in an expeditious manner.

  14. Structures of Mn clusters

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    Tina M Briere; Marcel H F Sluiter; Vijay Kumar; Yoshiyuki Kawazoe

    2003-01-01

    The geometries of several Mn clusters in the size range Mn13–Mn23 are studied via the generalized gradient approximation to density functional theory. For the 13- and 19-atom clusters, the icosahedral structures are found to be most stable, while for the 15-atom cluster, the bcc structure is more favoured. The clusters show ferrimagnetic spin configurations.

  15. Lightweight Composite Intertank Structure

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    Mehle, Greg V.

    1995-01-01

    Report presents results of study for proposed lightweight composite material alternative to present semimonocoque aluminum intertank structure for advanced launch vehicles. Proposed structure integrated assembly of sandwich panels made of laminated epoxy-matrix/carbon-fiber skins, and aluminum honeycomb core.

  16. Structural Precast Concrete Handbook

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    Kjærbye, Per Oluf H

    Structural concept for precast concrete systems. Design og precast reinforced concrete components. Design of precast concrete connections. Illustrations on design of precast concrete buildings. Precast concrete assembly.......Structural concept for precast concrete systems. Design og precast reinforced concrete components. Design of precast concrete connections. Illustrations on design of precast concrete buildings. Precast concrete assembly....

  17. Magnetic Nano-structures

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    姚永德

    2004-01-01

    Fabrication of magnetic nano-structures with dots array and wires has been paid attention recently due to the application of high-density magnetic recording. In this study, we fabricated the magnetic dots array and wires through several ways that ensure the arrangement of magnetic dots and wires to be the structures we designed. Their magnetic properties are studied experimentally.

  18. Hierarchical Porous Structures

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    Grote, Christopher John [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-06-07

    Materials Design is often at the forefront of technological innovation. While there has always been a push to generate increasingly low density materials, such as aero or hydrogels, more recently the idea of bicontinuous structures has gone more into play. This review will cover some of the methods and applications for generating both porous, and hierarchically porous structures.

  19. Fire exposed aluminium structures

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    Maljaars, J.; Fellinger, J.H.H.; Soetens, F.

    2006-01-01

    Material properties and mechanical response models for fire design of steel structures are based on extensive research and experience. Contrarily, the behaviour of aluminium load bearing structures exposed to fire is relatively unexplored. This article gives an overview of physical and mechanical pr

  20. Solution structure of (+)-discodermolide.

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    Smith, A B; LaMarche, M J; Falcone-Hindley, M

    2001-03-01

    [structure: see text]. The solution structure of (+)-discodermolide (1) has been determined via 1- and 2-D NMR techniques in conjunction with Monte Carlo conformational analysis. Taken together, the results demonstrate that in solution (+)-discodermolide occupies a helical conformation remarkably similar to the solid state conformation.