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  1. Judd-Ofelt treatment on luminescence of europium complexes with beta-diketone and bis(beta-diketone)

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    Luo Yanhua [CAS Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Science and Technology, Anhui Province, Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)] [School of Electrical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, NSW (Australia); Chen Biao [Department of History of Science and Technology and Archaeometry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Wu Wenxuan; Yu Xiaowu; Yan Qing [CAS Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Science and Technology, Anhui Province, Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Zhang Qijin, E-mail: yhluo3@mail.ustc.edu.c [CAS Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Science and Technology, Anhui Province, Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)

    2009-11-15

    Eu(DBM){sub 3}2H{sub 2}O and Eu{sub 2}(DDBM){sub 3}H{sub 2}O were synthesized by reactions between EuCl{sub 3} and chelating regents of beta-diketone (dibenzoylmethane, HDBM) and bis(beta-diketone) (1,3-bis(3-phenyl-3-oxopropanoyl)benzene, H{sub 2}DDBM), respectively, and their luminescence properties were investigated by the fluorescence spectra and metastable state decay spectra. It was found that the relative intensity ratio of {sup 5}D{sub 0}->{sup 7}F{sub 2} to {sup 5}D{sub 0}->{sup 7}F{sub 1}transition and the radiative lifetime shows a little change attributing to the different symmetry of europium ions, which OMEGA{sub 2} of Eu complexes with beta-diketone and bis(beta-diketone) are 13.08 and 12.24, respectively. Moreover, it was also found that the metastable state lifetime of Eu{sub 2}(DDBM){sub 3}H{sub 2}O is much longer than that of Eu(DBM){sub 3}2H{sub 2}O, due to smaller water quenching and lower triplet level of ligands. The Commission Internacionale d'Eclairage (CIE) chromaticity coordinates calculated from emission spectrum are x=0.637 and y=0.343 for Eu{sub 2}(DDBM){sub 3}H{sub 2}O, which presents high red color purity near 100%.

  2. The complexation of lanthanides by azo-. beta. -diketones stability constants

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    Zabra, A.M.; Ramadian, A.A.I.; El-Shetary, B.A.; Abdel-Moez, M.S.

    1982-03-01

    In the present investigation the overall stability constants of an interest tridentate organic ligands and tervalent lanthanide ions have been measured potentiometrically. The stability constants of the complexes between the trivalent lanthanide series of cations and series of azo-..beta..-diketone ligands are reported. The measurements were conducted at 30/sup 0/ at an ionic strength of zero, in 100% methanol. The relation between the overall stability constant (log ..beta../sub 2/) and atomic number of the lanthanide elements, shows a buffer zone at the gadolinium area. The relation between (log ..beta../sub 2/) and the basicity of the studied ligands (..sigma..pK's) are also, discussed. The overall stability values obtained reflected a great affinity of the organic ligands for chelation with lanthanide ions.

  3. The imidazole role in strontium beta-diketonate complexes formation.

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    Marchetti, Fabio; Pettinari, Claudio; Pettinari, Riccardo; Cingolani, Augusto; Gobetto, Roberto; Chierotti, Michele R; Drozdov, Andrei; Troyanov, Sergey I

    2006-04-01

    A selection of new strontium beta-diketonate derivatives (imH2)2[Sr2(beta-dike)6] [where imH = imidazole and beta-dike = tfac (tfacH = 1,1,1-trifluoro-2,4-pentanedione), tfbz (tfbzH = 1,1,1-trifluoro-4-phenyl-2,4-butanedione), or hfac (hfacH = 1,1,1,5,5,5-hexafluoro-2,4-pentanedione)], [Sr2(tfac)4(Meim)2(H2O)2], (MeimH)2[Sr(beta-dike)4] (where Meim = 1-methylimidazole and beta-dike = tfbz or hfac), [Sr2(thd)4(imH)2(EtOH)], and [Sr2(thd)4(Meim)2(EtOH)] (where thdH = 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedione) have been synthesized and fully characterized. (imH2)2[Sr2(beta-dike)6] and (MeimH)2[Sr(beta-dike)4] are di- and mononuclear Sr anionic complexes, respectively, while [Sr2(tfac)4(Meim)2(H2O)2], [Sr2(thd)4(imH)2(EtOH)], and [Sr2(thd)4(Meim)2(EtOH)] are neutral dinuclear molecular derivatives. The derivative (imH2)2[Sr2(hfac)6] slowly decomposes in solution under aerobic conditions, giving (imH2)2[Sr(H2O)2(tfa)3](tfa) (tfaH = trifluoroacetic acid), which is an ionic compound containing polynuclear anionic chains composed of Sr(H2O)2(tfa)3 units. When a deficiency of imH is employed, the thdH proligand forms not only the dinuclear derivative [Sr2(thd)4(imH)2(EtOH)] but also an additional product with the formula [Sr(thd)2(H2O)2(EtOH)], in which the Sr atom is seven-coordinated. A complete solid-state characterization has been accomplished by comparing X-ray and solid-state 13C NMR data. Elucidation of the H-bond interaction between the heterocyclic rings and metal complexes by cross-polarization magic-angle-spinning 15N NMR is also reported. PMID:16562964

  4. Enhanced emission from Eu(III) beta-diketone complex combined with ether-type oxygen atoms of di-ureasil organic-inorganic hybrids

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    Molina, C; Messaddeq, Y; Ribeiro, S J L; Silva, M A P; Zea-Bermudez, V D; Carlos, L D

    2003-01-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrids, named di-ureasils and described by polyether-based chains grafted to both ends to a siliceous backbone through urea cross linkages, were used as hosts for incorporation of the well-known coordination complex of trivalent europium (Eu sup 3 sup +) ions described by the formula [Eu(TTA) sub 3 (H sub 2 O) sub 2] (where TTA stands for thenoyltrifluoroacetone). By comparing with Eu sup 3 sup + -doped di-ureasil without complex form the new materials prepared here enhanced the quantum efficiency for photoemission of Eu sup 3 sup + ions. The enhancement can be explained by the coordination ability of the organic counterpart of the host structure which is strong enough to displace water molecules in [Eu(TTA) sub 3 (H sub 2 O) sub 2] from the rare earth neighbourhood after the incorporation process. High intensity of Eu sup 3 sup + emission was observed with a low non-radiative decay rate under ultraviolet excitation. The quantum efficiency calculated from the decay of sup 5 D sub 0 emission...

  5. Molecular electrophosphorescence in (Sm, Gd)-{beta}-diketonate complex blend for OLED applications

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    Reyes, R., E-mail: fisicaplic@hotmail.com [Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica y Textil, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, UNI, Av. Tupac Amaru 210, Lima 31, Peru (Peru); Cremona, M. [DIMAT - Divisao de Metrologia de Materiais, Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Normalizacao e Qualidade Industrial, INMETRO, Duque de Caxias, RJ (Brazil); Departamento de Fisica, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, PUC-Rio, C.P. 38071, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, CEP 22453-970 (Brazil); Teotonio, E.E.S. [Departamento de Quimica, CCEN, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, UFPB, C.P. 5093, Joao Pessoa, PB, CEP 5805-970 (Brazil); Brito, H.F. [Instituto de Quimica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, USP, C.P. 26077, Sao Paulo, SP, CEP 05599-970 (Brazil); Malta, O.L. [Departamento de Quimica Fundamental, CCEN, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Cidade Universitaria, Recife, PE, CEP 50670-901 (Brazil)

    2013-02-15

    In this work the preparation and characterization of the triple-layer organic light-emitting diode (OLED) using a mixture of the samarium and gadolinium {beta}-diketonate complexes [Sm{sub 0.5}Gd{sub 0.5}(TTA){sub 3}(TPPO){sub 2}] as emitting layer is reported. The OLED's devices contain 1-(3-methylphenyl)-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroquinoline-6-carboxyaldehyde-1, 1'-diphenylhydrazone (MTCD) as hole-transporting layer and tris(8-hydroxyquinoline aluminum) (Alq{sub 3}) as electron transporting layer. The electroluminescence spectrum present emission narrow bands from the {sup 4}G{sub 5/2}{yields}{sup 6}H{sub J} transitions (where J=5/2, 7/2 and 9/2) characteristic of the Sm{sup 3+} ion. These sharp lines are overlapped with a broad band attributed to the electrophosphorescence from the T{sub 1}{yields}S{sub 0} transition in the ligand TTA. The intramolecular energy transfer is discussed and applied on the change of the emission color of the organic LEDs at different bias voltages. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Samarium and gadolinium complexes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer OLED with complex blend (Sm,Gd). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electrophosphorescence emission detection. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Application in OLED changing the color emission.

  6. A solvent-controlled switch of manganese complex assemblies with a beta-diketonate-based ligand.

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    Aromí, Guillem; Gamez, Patrick; Roubeau, Olivier; Berzal, Paula Carrero; Kooijman, Huub; Spek, Anthony L; Driessen, Willem L; Reedijk, Jan

    2002-07-15

    The coordination properties of the new polynucleating ligand H(3)L1 (1,3-bis(3-oxo-3-phenylpropionyl)-2-hydroxy-5-methylbenzene) with Mn(II/III) are described. Depending on the solvent used, the reaction of H(3)L1 with Mn(OAc)(2) yields either of the two new multinuclear assemblies [Mn(2)(HL1)(2)(py)(4)] (1) and [Mn(3)(HL1)(3)] (2), as revealed by X-ray crystallography. The structure of 2 is remarkable in that it shows a unique asymmetric triple-stranded helicate. Complexes 1 and 2 can be interconverted by controlling the solvent of the reaction system, and therefore, this ensemble constitutes an interesting externally addressable switch. In the presence of Mn(III)/pyridine, partial degradation of H(3)L1 occurs via oxidative cleavage, and the new complex [Mn(2)(L2)(2)(py)(4)] (3) is formed. The crystal structure of this complex has shown the fully deprotonated form of the new donor H(3)L2 (3-(3-oxo-3-phenylpropionyl)-5-methylsalicylic acid). From the same reaction, the Mn(II) complex 1 is also obtained. A rational synthesis of H(3)L2 is reported, and this has been used to prepare 3 in high yields, directly from its components. Variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility (chi(m)) measurements were performed on complexes 1-3 under a magnetic field of 1 kG. The data for each complex were fit to the appropriate chi(m) vs T theoretical equation, respectively. In 1, the Mn(II) ions are uncoupled, with g = 2.01. The data from 2 were fit by assuming the presence of an exchange coupled Mn(II)...Mn(II) pair next to a magnetically isolated Mn(II) center. The fit gave J = -2.75 cm(-1), g(12) = 1.97, and g(3) = 1.92, respectively. In 3, two models fit the experimental data. In the most satisfactory, the Mn(III) ions are coupled antiferromagnetically with J = -1.48 cm(-1) and g = 1.98 and a term for weak ferromagnetic intermolecular exchange is included with zJ' = 0.39 cm(-1). The other model contemplates the presence of two uncoupled zero field split Mn(III) ions.

  7. Ternary europium mesoporous polymeric hybrid materials Eu({beta}-diketonate){sub 3}pvpd-SBA-15(16): host-guest construction, characterization and photoluminescence

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    Gu Yanjing [Department of Chemistry, Tongji University, Siping Road 1239, Shanghai 200092 (China); Yan Bing, E-mail: byan@tongji.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry, Tongji University, Siping Road 1239, Shanghai 200092 (China); Li Yanyan [Department of Chemistry, Tongji University, Siping Road 1239, Shanghai 200092 (China)

    2012-06-15

    Novel organic-inorganic mesoporous luminescent polymeric hybrid materials containing europium(III) complexes incorporated to mesoporous silica SBA-15/SBA-16 have been prepared by simple physical doping (impregnation) methods, followed by the addition polymerization reaction of the monomer 4-vinylpyridine (vpd) extending along the mesoporous channels. The precursor europium(III) complexes are synthesized by {beta}-diketonate ({beta}-diketonate=2-thenoyltrifluoroacetonate (tta), hexafluoroacetylacetonate (hfac), trifluoroacetylacetonate (taa)) and monomer 4-vinylpyridine (vpd) coordinated to Eu{sup 3+}, and SBA-15/SBA-16 are obtained via a sol-gel process. After the physical doping and the polymerization reaction, the final ternary materials Eu({beta}-diketonate){sub 3}pvpd-SBA-15/Eu({beta}-diketonate){sub 3}pvpd-SBA-16 ({beta}-diketonate=tta, hfac, taa) are received. The physical properties and espeically the photoluminescence of these hybrids are characterized, and the XRD and BET results reveal that all of these hybrid materials have uniformity in the mesostructure. The detailed luminescence investigation on all the materials show that Eu(tta){sub 3}pvpd-SBA-16 have the highest luminescence intensity and the materials with taa ligands have longer lifetimes. - Grapical abstract: Luminescent mesoporous polymeric hybrid materials containing europium complexes hydrogen bonding to silica SBA-15/SBA-16 followed by the addition polymerization reaction of 4-vinylpyridine (vpd) extending along the mesoporous channels. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Functional mesoporous with simple impregnation method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New lanthanide mesoporous hybrids with polymer ligands. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Luminescence in visible region.

  8. Preparation and characterization of electroluminescent devices based on complexes of {beta}-diketonates of Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+} ions with macrocyclic ligands and UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} films; Preparacao e caracterizacao de dispositivos eletroluminescentes de complexos de {beta}-dicetonados de ions Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+} com ligantes macrociclicos e filmes de UO{sub 2}{sup 2+}

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    Gibelli, Edison Bessa

    2010-07-01

    Complexes containing Rare Earth ions are of great interest in the manufacture of electro luminescent devices as organic light emitting devices (OLED). These devices, using rare earth trivalent ions (TR{sup 3+}) as emitting centers, show high luminescence with extremely fine spectral bands due to the structure of their energy levels, long life time and high quantum efficiency. This work reports the preparation of Rare Earth {beta}-diketonate complexes (Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} and Gd{sup 3+}) and (tta - thenoyltrifluoroacetonate and acac - acetylacetonate) containing a ligand macrocyclic crown ether (DB18C6 - dibenzo18coroa6) and polymer films of UO{sub 2}{sup 2+}. The materials were characterized by complexometric titration with EDTA, CH elemental analysis, near infrared absorption spectroscopy, thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction (powder method) and luminescence spectroscopy. For manufacturing the OLED it was used the technique of deposition of thin films by physical vapor (PVD, Physical Vapor Deposition). (author)

  9. Method and apparatus for selective capture of gas phase analytes using metal .beta.-diketonate polymers

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    Harvey, Scott D [Kennewick, WA

    2011-06-21

    A process and sensor device are disclosed that employ metal .beta.-diketonate polymers to selectively capture gas-phase explosives and weaponized chemical agents in a sampling area or volume. The metal .beta.-diketonate polymers can be applied to surfaces in various analytical formats for detection of: improvised explosive devices, unexploded ordinance, munitions hidden in cargo holds, explosives, and chemical weapons in public areas.

  10. Luminescence in colorless, transparent, thermally stable thin films of Eu3+ and Tb3+ beta-diketonates in hybrid inorganic-organic zinc-based sol-gel matrix.

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    Martins, Renata Figueredo; Silva, Rodrigo Ferreira; Gonçalves, Rogéria Rocha; Serra, Osvaldo Antonio

    2010-05-01

    Luminescent zinc-based hybrid inorganic-organic films with rare-earth (RE) complexes have been prepared using a non-alkoxide sol-gel process. The films were fabricated by the dip-coating method starting from zinc acetate dihydrate, rare earth chloride, lactic acid as hydrolytic catalyst, and anhydrous ethanol. The beta-diketones thenoylltrifluoroacetone (Httfa) and dibenzoylmethane (Hdbm) were used as ligands to Eu(3+) and Tb(3+), respectively. After deposition of the first layer, the films were fired at temperatures between 50 and 300 degrees C, in air. Photophysical properties such as excitation, emission and emission, lifetimes were determined for the films obtained in different conditions. Eu(3+)/ttfa and Tb(3+)/dbm films fired at 300 and 250 degrees C, respectively, are still transparent and gave rise to intense emission when excited through the ligand (antenna effect). PMID:20179997

  11. Dioxouranium (VI) complexes of macrocyclic ligands derived from 2. 6-diacetyl pyridine-bis(thiosemicarbazone)

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    Yadav, H.D.S.; Sengupta, S.K.; Tripathi, S.C.

    The dioxouranium(VI) complex of 2.6-diacetylpyridine-bis(thiosemicarbazone), (DAPTC), (UO/sub 2/(DAPTC) (NO/sub 3/)/sub 2/) and its reactions with diketones are described. The complexes so obtained have been characterized on the basis of elemental analyses, electrical conductance and spectral (i.r. and electronic) data. The parent complex reacts with ..beta..-diketones to form a complex of the type (UO/sub 2/(mac)(NO/sub 3/)/sub 2/), where mac is a macrocyclic ligand derived by the condensation of DAPTC and a ..beta..-diketone. The ligand, DAPTC, acts as a neutral, terdentate ligand having coordination sites at pyridine nitrogen and two azomethine nitrogens. 27 refs.

  12. Combination-Combination Hyperchaos Synchronization of Complex Memristor Oscillator System

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    Zhang Jin-E

    2014-01-01

    The combination-combination synchronization scheme is based on combination of multidrive systems and combination of multiresponse systems. In this paper, we investigate combination-combination synchronization of hyperchaotic complex memristor oscillator system. Several sufficient conditions are provided to ascertain the combination of two drive hyperchaotic complex memristor oscillator systems to synchronize the combination of two response hyperchaotic complex memristor oscillator systems. Th...

  13. Remedial action of matrices contaminated by cobalt with supercritical CO{sub 2}: contribution to the understanding of the complex formation mechanisms and to the diphasic transfers; Rehabilitation de matrices contaminees par du cobalt a l'aide du CO{sub 2} supercritique: contribution a la comprehension des mecanismes de complexation et de transferts diphasiques

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    Gervais, F

    2001-10-15

    The treatment of polluted soils by supercritical CO{sub 2} extraction seems to be an interesting alternative to the existing depollution techniques. The main interest of this process is the low effluents volume generated during the treatment. The extraction of metals or radionuclides by this technique requires their preliminary complexation by complexing or chelating agents. The {beta}-diketones and the dithiocarbamates (fluorinated or not) have been chosen for this study. The first part of this study deals with the study of the phenomena which govern the chemical equilibria in an aqueous phase simulating a soil solution. The complexing tests reveal a very slow cobalt acetylacetonate formation velocity and this complex presents a well-marked absorbent character. On the other hand the formation of the complex between cobalt and dithiocarbamate is instantaneous and the complex formed is very hydrophobic. The mass transfers between an aqueous phase and an extracting phase (hexane and supercritical CO{sub 2}) applied to ligands and preformed complexes are studied too in this work. CO{sub 2} seems to have a superior affinity to those of the hexane for the fluorinated {beta}-diketones, ligand or complex, contrarily to hexane. This tendency is confirmed by in-situ solubility measurements of fluorinated or non fluorinated commercial complexes, by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Nevertheless, globally, the cobalt-{beta}-diketones complexes are rather absorbent because of their partial hydration. This type of ligand is then not necessarily adapted to cobalt extraction by supercritical CO{sub 2} of an aqueous phase. On the other hand, the dithiocarbamates being hydrophobic, their distribution coefficient is higher than those given by the {beta}-diketonates in hexane or in supercritical CO{sub 2}. The metals extraction of a liquid matrix seems then more promising with this ligands family. (O.M.)

  14. Combination-Combination Hyperchaos Synchronization of Complex Memristor Oscillator System

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    Zhang Jin-E

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The combination-combination synchronization scheme is based on combination of multidrive systems and combination of multiresponse systems. In this paper, we investigate combination-combination synchronization of hyperchaotic complex memristor oscillator system. Several sufficient conditions are provided to ascertain the combination of two drive hyperchaotic complex memristor oscillator systems to synchronize the combination of two response hyperchaotic complex memristor oscillator systems. These new conditions improve and extend the existing synchronization results for memristive systems. A numerical example is given to show the feasibility of theoretical results.

  15. Combined treatment for complex intracranial aneurysm

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    Chiriac A.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Complex aneurysms often cannot be completely excluded by a single approaches. Today successful treatment of these lesions requires a combination between microsurgical and endovascular techniques. Planning of combined treatment require a very good understanding of aneurysm anatomy and a close collaboration between neurosurgeon and neuroendovascular interventionist. Endovascular coiling can usually be used as early treatment for a partially aneurysm occlusion including the ruptured area and followed by definitive clipping. On the other hand microsurgical clipping also can be used as first treatment for complex aneurysm neck reconstruction, allowing successful secondary placement of coils inside the remnant aneurysm sac

  16. Zirconium and hafnium tert-butoxides and tert-butoxo-beta-diketonate complexes – Isolation, structrural characterization and application in the one-step synthesis of 3D metal oxide nanostructrures

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    Spijksma, G.I.; Seisenbaeva, G.A.; Bouwmeester, H.J.M.; Blank, D.H.A.; Kessler, V.G.

    2013-01-01

    Long term storage of the pure commercial Zr(OtBu)4 in a sealed ampoule results in crystallization of a new high symmetry phase of Zr3O(OtBu)10 (1). Modification of Zr(OtBu)4 and Hf(OtBu)4 with 2,2,6,6,-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedione (Hthd) produces dependent on the stoichiometry two types of derivativ

  17. Gelled Complex Fluids: Combining Unique Structures with Mechanical Stability.

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    Stubenrauch, Cosima; Gießelmann, Frank

    2016-03-01

    Gelled complex fluids are soft materials in which the microstructure of the complex fluid is combined with the mechanical stability of a gel. To obtain a gelled complex fluid one either adds a gelator to a complex fluid or replaces the solvent in a gel by a complex fluid. The most prominent example of a "natural" gelled complex fluid is the cell. There are various strategies by which one can form a gelled complex fluid; one such strategy is orthogonal self-assembly, that is, the independent but simultaneous formation of two coexisting self-assembled structures within one system. The aim of this Review is to describe the structure and potential applications of various man-made gelled complex fluids and to clarify whether or not the respective system is formed by orthogonal self-assembly.

  18. Combined anterolateral posterolateral rotary instability: Is posterolateral complex reconstruction necessary?

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    Khalilahah Nazem

    2008-02-01

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    • BACKGROUND: The treatment of combined anterolateral posterolateral rotary instability has been done by correcting knee alignment, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL reconstruction plus repair or reconstruction of the posterolateral complex. Because of the technical difficulties encountered in these operations and the need for more than two stages, and considering the controversy among the role of posterolateral complex (PLC in valgus knees, this study was designed to observe the results of treating this instability by ACL-reconstruction alone, after correction of varus, without reconstruction of the posterolateral complex or further extra-articular manipulation.
    • METHODS: This was a clinical trial performed on 29 patients (29 knees with combined anterolateral posterolateral rotary nstability. Subjective and objective instability signs were recorded. Arthroscopy was then performed and a valgus osteotomy was done to correct alignment. Then in a second stage, an ACL-reconstruction was carried out. Results, after a mean of 23 months follow-up, were compared to the conditions before surgery. Fisher exact test, X2 and Wilcoxon tests were used to analyze the data. P<0.05 was considered to be meaningful.
    • RESULTS: Pain was relieved in more than half and locking was improved in all of the patients. Giving way of the knee was diminished from 79.3% to 6.9%. Special instability tests showed a significant improvement after surgery (P<0.001. Most of the patients returned to the preinjury level of work or sports.
    • CONCLUSIONS: Based on the results of this study, ACL-reconstruction alone, after correction of varus, can be sufficient to address this combined knee instability without farther procedures on extra-articular structures and posterolateral complex, thus avoiding unnecessary complications and longer rehabilitation.
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    • COMBINED MINING APPROACH TO GENERATE PATTERNS FOR COMPLEX DATA

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      Sumit Kumar

      2013-02-01

      Full Text Available In Data mining applications, which often involve complex data like multiple heterogeneous data sources, user preferences, decision-making actions and business impacts etc., the complete useful information cannot be obtained by using single data mining method in the form of informative patterns as that would consume more time and space, if and only if it is possible to join large relevant data sources for discovering patterns consisting of various aspects of useful information. We consider combined mining as an approach for mining informative patterns from multiple data-sources or multiple-features or by multiple-methods as per the requirements. In combined mining approach, we applied Lossy-counting algorithm on each data-source to get the frequent data item-sets and then get the combined association rules. In multi-feature combined mining approach, we obtained pair patterns and cluster patterns and then generate incremental pair patterns and incremental cluster patterns, which cannot be directly generated by the existing methods. In multi-method combined mining approach, we combine FP-growth and Bayesian Belief Network to make a classifier to get more informative knowledge.

    • Combined Endovascular and Microsurgical Management of Complex Cerebral Aneurysms

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      Omar eChoudhri

      2013-08-01

      Full Text Available Cerebral aneurysms are associated with a 50% mortality rate after rupture and patients can suffer significant morbidity during subsequent treatment. Neurosurgical management of both ruptured and unruptured aneurysms has evolved over the years. The historical practice of using microsurgical clipping to treat aneurysms has benefitted in the last two decades from tremendous improvement in endovascular technology. Microsurgery and endovascular therapies are often viewed as competing treatments but it is important to recognize their individual limitations. Some aneurysms are considered complex, due to several factors such as aneurysm anatomy and a patient’s clinical condition. A complex aneurysm often cannot be completely excluded with a single approach and its successful treatment requires a combination of microsurgical and endovascular techniques. Planning such an approach relies on understanding aneurysm anatomy and thus should routinely include 3D angiographic imaging. In patients with ruptured aneurysms, endovascular coiling is a well-tolerated early treatment and residual aneurysms can be treated with intervals of definitive clipping. Microsurgical clipping also can be used to reconstruct the neck of a complex aneurysm, allowing successful placement of coils across a narrow neck. Endovascular techniques are assisted by balloons, which can be used in coiling and testing parent vessel occlusion before sacrifice. In some cases microsurgical bypasses can provide alternate flow for planned vessel sacrifice. We present current paradigms for combining endovascular and microsurgical approaches to treat complex aneurysms and share our experience in 67 such cases. A dual microsurgical–endovascular approach addresses the challenge of intracranial aneurysms. This combination can be performed safely and produces excellent rates of aneurysm obliteration. Hybrid angiographic operating-room suites can foster seamless and efficient complementary application

  1. Investigating combination HIV prevention: isolated interventions or complex system

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    Graham Brown

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Treatment as prevention has mobilized new opportunities in preventing HIV transmission and has led to bold new UNAIDS targets in testing, treatment coverage and transmission reduction. These will require not only an increase in investment but also a deeper understanding of the dynamics of combining behavioural, biomedical and structural HIV prevention interventions. High-income countries are making substantial investments in combination HIV prevention, but is this investment leading to a deeper understanding of how to combine interventions? The combining of interventions involves complexity, with many strategies interacting with non-linear and multiplying rather than additive effects. Discussion: Drawing on a recent scoping study of the published research evidence in HIV prevention in high-income countries, this paper argues that there is a gap between the evidence currently available and the evidence needed to guide the achieving of these bold targets. The emphasis of HIV prevention intervention research continues to look at one intervention at a time in isolation from its interactions with other interventions, the community and the socio-political context of their implementation. To understand and evaluate the role of a combination of interventions, we need to understand not only what works, but in what circumstances, what role the parts need to play in their relationship with each other, when the combination needs to adapt and identify emergent effects of any resulting synergies. There is little development of evidence-based indicators on how interventions in combination should achieve that strategic advantage and synergy. This commentary discusses the implications of this ongoing situation for future research and the required investment in partnership. We suggest that systems science approaches, which are being increasingly applied in other areas of public health, could provide an expanded vocabulary and analytic tools for

  2. An old workhorse for new applications: Fe(dpm)(3) as a precursor for low-temperature PECVD of iron(III) oxide

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    Carraro, G.; Maccato, C.; A. Gasparotto; D. Barreca; Walter, M.; Mayrhofer, L.; Moseler, M.; Venzo, A.; Seraglia, R.; Marega, C.

    2015-01-01

    An iron(III) beta-diketonate complex, Fe(dpm)(3) (Hdpm = 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedione), has been investigated as a potential precursor for plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) of iron(III) oxide nanomaterials. Thanks to the combined experimental-theoretical approach, spectroscopic properties, spin state, thermal behavior and fragmentation pathways of Fe(dpm)(3) have been carefully analysed, obtaining an excellent agreement between simulation and experiment. Preliminary PE...

  3. Complex Archaeological Prospection Using Combination of Non-destructive Techniques

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    Faltýnová, M.; Pavelka, K.; Nový, P.; Šedina, J.

    2015-08-01

    This article describes the use of a combination of non-destructive techniques for the complex documentation of a fabulous historical site called Devil's Furrow, an unusual linear formation lying in the landscape of central Bohemia. In spite of many efforts towards interpretation of the formation, its original form and purpose have not yet been explained in a satisfactory manner. The study focuses on the northern part of the furrow which appears to be a dissimilar element within the scope of the whole Devil's Furrow. This article presents detailed description of relics of the formation based on historical map searches and modern investigation methods including airborne laser scanning, aerial photogrammetry (based on airplane and RPAS) and ground-penetrating radar. Airborne laser scanning data and aerial orthoimages acquired by the Czech Office for Surveying, Mapping and Cadastre were used. Other measurements were conducted by our laboratory. Data acquired by various methods provide sufficient information to determine the probable original shape of the formation and proves explicitly the anthropological origin of the northern part of the formation (around village Lipany).

  4. Prophylaxis of radiation (chemoradiation) complexes using antioxidant complexes in combined and multimodality treatment of oncologic patients

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    To estimate the efficiency of radiation and chemoprotective effects of an antioxidant complex of C, E, A vitamins (AC) in combined and multimodality treatment, randomized study of 419 patients with malignant tumors of different localization is carried out. The results of the study have confirmed the recently obtained experimental data on acute chemoprotective AC properties. It is shown that AC application considerably improves resistance of the organism against injuries of ionizing radiation and cytostatics without reduction of their antitumoral effect. It is noted that AC is simple in application and there is no toxic effect on the organism. 4 refs.; 1 tab

  5. Combining complex networks and data mining: why and how

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    Zanin, M; Sousa, P A; Menasalvas, E; Nicchi, A; Kubik, E; Boccaletti, S

    2016-01-01

    The increasing power of computer technology does not dispense with the need to extract meaningful information out of data sets of ever growing size, and indeed typically exacerbates the complexity of this task. To tackle this general problem, two methods have emerged, at chronologically different times, that are now commonly used in the scientific community: data mining and complex network theory. Not only do complex network analysis and data mining share the same general goal, that of extracting information from complex systems to ultimately create a new compact quantifiable representation, but they also often address similar problems too. In the face of that, a surprisingly low number of researchers turn out to resort to both methodologies. One may then be tempted to conclude that these two fields are either largely redundant or totally antithetic. The starting point of this review is that this state of affairs should be put down to contingent rather than conceptual differences, and that these two fields ca...

  6. Combining complex networks and data mining: Why and how

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    Zanin, M.; Papo, D.; Sousa, P. A.; Menasalvas, E.; Nicchi, A.; Kubik, E.; Boccaletti, S.

    2016-05-01

    The increasing power of computer technology does not dispense with the need to extract meaningful information out of data sets of ever growing size, and indeed typically exacerbates the complexity of this task. To tackle this general problem, two methods have emerged, at chronologically different times, that are now commonly used in the scientific community: data mining and complex network theory. Not only do complex network analysis and data mining share the same general goal, that of extracting information from complex systems to ultimately create a new compact quantifiable representation, but they also often address similar problems too. In the face of that, a surprisingly low number of researchers turn out to resort to both methodologies. One may then be tempted to conclude that these two fields are either largely redundant or totally antithetic. The starting point of this review is that this state of affairs should be put down to contingent rather than conceptual differences, and that these two fields can in fact advantageously be used in a synergistic manner. An overview of both fields is first provided, some fundamental concepts of which are illustrated. A variety of contexts in which complex network theory and data mining have been used in a synergistic manner are then presented. Contexts in which the appropriate integration of complex network metrics can lead to improved classification rates with respect to classical data mining algorithms and, conversely, contexts in which data mining can be used to tackle important issues in complex network theory applications are illustrated. Finally, ways to achieve a tighter integration between complex networks and data mining, and open lines of research are discussed.

  7. Energy transfer processes in Tb(III)-dibenzoylmethanate complexes with phosphine oxide ligands

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    Silva Junior, Francisco A.; Nascimento, Helenise A.; Pereira, Dariston K.S.; Teotonio, Ercules E.S.; Espinola, Jose Geraldo P.; Faustino, Wagner M., E-mail: teotonioees@quimica.ufpb.br [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil). Departamento de Quimica; Brito, Hermi F. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Instituto de Quimica. Departamento de Quimica Fundamental; Felinto, Maria Claudia F.C. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), SP (Brazil); Sa, Gilberto F. [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE/CCEN), Recife, PE (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias Exatas e da Natureza. Departamento de Quimica Fundamental

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    The Tb{sup 3+}-{beta}-diketonate complexes [Tb(DBM){sub 3}L], [Tb(DBM){sub 2}(NO{sub 3})L{sub 2}] and [Tb(DBM)(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} (HMPA){sub 2}] (DBM = dibenzoylmethanate; L: TPPO triphenylphosphine oxide or HMPA=hexamethylphosphine oxide) were prepared and characterized by elemental analysis (CHN), complexometric titration with EDTA and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and the photoluminescence properties evaluated. The triplet state energies of the coordinated DBM ligands were determined using time-resolved phosphorescence spectra of analogous Gd{sup 3+} complexes. The results show that the energies increase along with the number of coordinated nitrate anions replacing the DBM ligand in the complexes. The luminescence spectra and emission lifetime measurements revealed that the ligand-to-metal energy transfer efficiency follows the same tendency. Unlike the tris-DBM complexes, bis- and mono-DBM presented high luminescence, and may act as promising candidates for preparation of the emitting layer of light converting molecular devices (LCMDs). (author)

  8. Large scale Gd-beta-diketonate based organic liquid scintillator production for antineutrino detection

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    Aberle, C; Gramlich, B; Hartmann, F X; Lindner, M; Schönert, S; Schwan, U; Wagner, S; Watanabe, H

    2011-01-01

    Over the course of several decades organic liquid scintillators form the basis for successful neutrino detectors. For electron antineutrino detection at nuclear reactor plants, gadolinium loaded liquid scintillators provide efficient background suppression. In the Double Chooz reactor antineutrino experiment a newly developed gadolinium-loaded scintillator is utilized for the first time. Its large scale production and characterization as well as the creation of an additional metalfree scintillator are presented. Both organic liquids are used in the inner part of the Double Chooz detectors.

  9. One-step growth of gold nanorods using a {beta}-diketone reducing agent

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    Tollan, Christopher M., E-mail: ctollan@cidetec.e [CIDETEC-Centre for Electrochemical Technologies, Parque Tecnologico de San Sebastian, New Materials Department (Spain); Echeberria, Jon [CEIT, Centro de Investigaciones Tecnicas de Guipuzcoa (Spain); Marcilla, Rebeca; Pomposo, Jose A.; Mecerreyes, David, E-mail: dmecerreyes@cidetec.e [CIDETEC-Centre for Electrochemical Technologies, Parque Tecnologico de San Sebastian, New Materials Department (Spain)

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    The synthesis and characterisation of gold nanorods have been carried out by reduction of the gold salt HAuCl{sub 4}. This has been done using a single reducing agent, acetylacetone, rather than the two reducing agents, sodium borohydride and ascorbic acid, normally required by standard wet chemistry methods of gold nanorod formation. Using this novel method, the nanorods were synthesised at several different pH values which were found to greatly affect both the rate at which the nanorods form and their physical dimensions. The concentrations of acetylacetone and silver nitrate used relative to the gold salt were found to alter the aspect ratio of the nanorods formed. Rods with an average length of 42 nm and an aspect ratio of 4.6 can be easily and reproducibly formed at pH 10 using this method. Nanorods formed under optimum conditions were investigated using TEM.

  10. Review of platinum complex biochemistry suggests a rationale for combined platinum-radiotherapy

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    A review of the biochemistry of platinum coordination complexes represented by the parent complex cis-dichlorodiammineplatinum II, (cis-DDP), indicates that this family of chemotherapeutic agents binds to DNA affording the potential for interactions with other therapeutic modalities. Results of relatively recent studies in bacteria, mammalian cell cultures and in animal tumor systems suggest that these platinum complexes interact with irradiation, thereby producing cell kill that may be greater than additive. A rationale is provided for the combination of cis-DDP and other platinum complexes with radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer

  11. Direct synthesis of metal complexes starting from zero-valent metals

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    Gojon-Zorrilla, Gabriel; Kharisov, Boris I. [Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon (Mexico); Garnovskii, Alexander D. [Institute of Physical and Organic Chemistry (Russian Federation)

    1996-06-01

    The recent (1980-1994) literature on metal-vapor synthesis of coordination and organometallic compounds is reviewed. An account is given of the high-and low-temperature reactions between free metal atoms and a large variety of substrates, mainly alkenes, alkynes, dienes, arenes, funtionalized arenes, alkyl halides {beta}-diketones and simple inorganic molecules. The main experimental methods are described, as well as the results obtained thereby. It is shown that in many instances these methods present significant advantages over conventional synthetic procedures, offering unique access to some metal complexes. [Spanish] Se reviso la literatura reciente (1980-1994) sobre la sintesis de compuestos de coordinacion y compuestos organometalicos a partir de vapores metalicos. Se examinan las reacciones de los atomos metalicos libres con una gran variedad de substratos, principalmente alquenos, alquinos, dienos, hidrocarburos aromaticos y sus derivados, haluros de alquilo y arilo, {beta}-dicetonas y moleculas inorganicas simples. Se presentan los principales metodos experimentales, asi como los resultados obtenidos; se concluye que la crisintesis presenta en muchos casos ventajas significativas sobre los procedimientos sinteticos tradicionales, constituyendo frecuentemente la unica opcion disponible.

  12. Effects of tramadol, clonazepam, and their combination on brain mitochondrial complexes.

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    Mohamed, Tarek Mostafa; Ghaffar, Hamdy M Abdel; El Husseiny, Rabee M R

    2015-12-01

    The present study is an unsubstantiated qualitative assessment of the abused drugs-tramadol and clonazepam. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether the effects of tramadol, clonazepam, and their combination on mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) complexes were influential at therapeutic or at progressively increasing doses. The study comprised of a total of 70 healthy male rats, aged 3 months. According to the drug intake regimen, animals were divided into seven groups: control, tramadol therapeutic, clonazepam therapeutic, combination therapeutic, tramadol abuse, clonazepam abuse, and combination abuse group. At the end of the experiment, brain mitochondrial ETC complexes (I, II, III, and IV) were evaluated. Histopathological examinations were also performed on brain tissues. The results showed that groups that received tramadol (therapeutic and abuse) suffered from weight loss. Tramadol abuse group and combination abuse group showed significant decrease in the activities of I, III, and IV complexes but not in the activity of complex II. In conclusion, tramadol but not clonazepam has been found to partially inhibit the activities of respiratory chain complexes I, III, and IV but not the activity of complex II and such inhibition occurred only at doses that exceeded the maximum recommended adult human daily therapeutic doses. This result explains the clinical and histopathological effects of tramadol, such as seizures and red neurons (marker for apoptosis), respectively. PMID:23843224

  13. Injectable, thermo-reversible and complex coacervate combination gels for protein drug delivery.

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    Jin, Kwang-Mi; Kim, Yong-Hee

    2008-05-01

    Injectable and thermo-reversible physical combination gels were formed in aqueous solution by preparing complex coacervate with two oppositely charged biomacromolecules that composed of negatively charged chondroitin 6-sulfate and positively charged high molecular weight gelatin type A and co-formulating with a negative, thermo-sensitive polysaccharide, methylcellulose containing a salting-out salt, ammonium sulfate. The combination of complex coacervation and a thermo-reversible gel demonstrated synergistic effects on the complex coacervate formation the release rates of model proteins and in situ gel depot formation. Gels indicated sustained release patterns of the protein over 25 days with minimal initial bursts. Optimized novel in situ gel depot systems containing dual advantages of complex coacervation and temperature responsiveness demonstrated a potential for efficient protein drug delivery in terms of high protein loading, sustained protein release, ease of administration, an aqueous environment without toxic organic solvents, and a simple fabrication method.

  14. Combined sequence-based and genetic mapping analysis of complex traits in outbred rats

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    Baud, Amelie; Hermsen, Roel; Guryev, Victor; Stridh, Pernilla; Graham, Delyth; McBride, Martin W.; Foroud, Tatiana; Calderari, Sophie; Diez, Margarita; Ockinger, Johan; Beyeen, Amennai D.; Gillett, Alan; Abdelmagid, Nada; Guerreiro-Cacais, Andre Ortlieb; Jagodic, Maja; Tuncel, Jonatan; Norin, Ulrika; Beattie, Elisabeth; Huynh, Ngan; Miller, William H.; Koller, Daniel L.; Alam, Imranul; Falak, Samreen; Osborne-Pellegrin, Mary; Martinez-Membrives, Esther; Canete, Toni; Blazquez, Gloria; Vicens-Costa, Elia; Mont-Cardona, Carme; Diaz-Moran, Sira; Tobena, Adolf; Hummel, Oliver; Zelenika, Diana; Saar, Kathrin; Patone, Giannino; Bauerfeind, Anja; Bihoreau, Marie-Therese; Heinig, Matthias; Lee, Young-Ae; Rintisch, Carola; Schulz, Herbert; Wheeler, David A.; Worley, Kim C.; Muzny, Donna M.; Gibbs, Richard A.; Lathrop, Mark; Lansu, Nico; Toonen, Pim; Ruzius, Frans Paul; de Bruijn, Ewart; Hauser, Heidi; Adams, David J.; Keane, Thomas; Atanur, Santosh S.; Aitman, Tim J.; Flicek, Paul; Malinauskas, Tomas; Jones, E. Yvonne; Ekman, Diana; Lopez-Aumatell, Regina; Dominiczak, Anna F.; Johannesson, Martina; Holmdahl, Rikard; Olsson, Tomas; Gauguier, Dominique; Hubner, Norbert; Fernandez-Teruel, Alberto; Cuppen, Edwin; Mott, Richard; Flint, Jonathan

    2013-01-01

    Genetic mapping on fully sequenced individuals is transforming understanding of the relationship between molecular variation and variation in complex traits. Here we report a combined sequence and genetic mapping analysis in outbred rats that maps 355 quantitative trait loci for 122 phenotypes. We i

  15. Enhanced fluorescence of the Eu{sup 3+}-naphthalenediimide derivative-phenanthroline ternary complex and the determination of DNA

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    Juskowiak, Bernard; Grzybowska, Ilona; Galezowska, Elzbieta; Takenaka, Shigeori

    2004-06-04

    The naphthalenediimide derivative carrying a single bis({beta}-diketone)-o-terphenyl moiety (NDI-BHHCT) and its chelates formed with europium(III) were studied using absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. The effect of solvent on the spectral properties and solubility of the system was investigated. Enhancement of the europium fluorescence as a function of 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) and yttrium(III) ions was examined in the presence and in the absence of DNA. On the basis of these studies, a system Eu{sup 3+}/Y{sup 3+}/NDI-BHHCT/phen was applied for the determination of calf thymus DNA. In the presence of DNA, the Eu{sup 3+} and Y{sup 3+} ternary complexes intercalate to DNA that results in their proper arrangement on the DNA helix, thus enabling energy transfer between the non-fluorescent Y{sup 3+} and fluorescent Eu{sup 3+} chelates. As the result, the enhancement of Eu emission due to the co-fluorescence effect is observed in the presence of DNA. The calibration graph was linear up to 1.3 {mu}g ml{sup -1} with a detection limit of 12 ng ml{sup -1}.

  16. Identification of Essential Proteins Based on a New Combination of Local Interaction Density and Protein Complexes.

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    Jiawei Luo

    Full Text Available Computational approaches aided by computer science have been used to predict essential proteins and are faster than expensive, time-consuming, laborious experimental approaches. However, the performance of such approaches is still poor, making practical applications of computational approaches difficult in some fields. Hence, the development of more suitable and efficient computing methods is necessary for identification of essential proteins.In this paper, we propose a new method for predicting essential proteins in a protein interaction network, local interaction density combined with protein complexes (LIDC, based on statistical analyses of essential proteins and protein complexes. First, we introduce a new local topological centrality, local interaction density (LID, of the yeast PPI network; second, we discuss a new integration strategy for multiple bioinformatics. The LIDC method was then developed through a combination of LID and protein complex information based on our new integration strategy. The purpose of LIDC is discovery of important features of essential proteins with their neighbors in real protein complexes, thereby improving the efficiency of identification.Experimental results based on three different PPI(protein-protein interaction networks of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Escherichia coli showed that LIDC outperformed classical topological centrality measures and some recent combinational methods. Moreover, when predicting MIPS datasets, the better improvement of performance obtained by LIDC is over all nine reference methods (i.e., DC, BC, NC, LID, PeC, CoEWC, WDC, ION, and UC.LIDC is more effective for the prediction of essential proteins than other recently developed methods.

  17. Low-Complexity Combining Schemes in Dual-Hop AF Relaying Systems

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    Gaaloul, Fakhreddine

    2011-07-18

    This paper investigates the performance of different low-complexity combining schemes in the context of dual-hop amplify-and-forward (AF) relaying networks. It is assumed that the relay uses single transmit (receive) antenna due to space limitation and to reduce the processing complexity. On the other hand, the transmitter and the receiver use antenna arrays to improve the overall diversity gain. However, this gain is achieved at the expense of increased processing complexity and power consumption. To this end, some combining schemes aiming at reducing the processing complexity and decreasing the number of active receive channels are investigated. Through the analysis, new formulas for the end-to-end signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) statistics in slowly varying and frequency flat Rayleigh fading channels are derived, which are then used to present some performance measures. Numerical and simulation results are presented to clarify the trade-off between the achieved diversity gain and the receive processing complexity. © 2011 IEEE.

  18. Combined Use of Anterolateral Thigh and Gluteal Fold Flaps for Complex Groin Reconstruction.

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    Fujiki, Masahide; Miyamoto, Shimpei; Arikawa, Masaki; Sakuraba, Minoru

    2015-10-01

    We present a case of an epithelioid sarcoma of the right groin in which wide resection resulted in a complex groin defect involving the full thickness of the abdominal wall and the perineum. We reconstructed the defect using a combination of pedicled anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap and gluteal fold flap. The functional and aesthetic results were satisfactory. The ALT flap with a robust iliotibial tract is the flap of choice for abdominal wall reconstruction; however, the area covered by the skin island of the flap is restricted because the skin island is tethered to the iliotibial tract. In such cases, a gluteal fold flap is ideal for an ALT flap. Therefore, using a combination of a pedicled ALT flap and a gluteal fold flap could be a reliable option for the reconstruction of a complex groin defect. PMID:26579347

  19. Combined Electric, Electromagnetic and Gamma Spectrometric Methods Applied to the Pariquera-Açu Alkaline Complex

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    Elaine Maria Lopes Loureiro

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The Pariquera-Açu Alkaline Complex, located in the city of Pariquera-Açu (State of São Paulo, is one of the Brazilianalkaline complexes which has considerable mining potential. The combined use of several methods helped to determinepossible areas for exploration. Geophysical prospecting methods were used to assess the exploration potential of theseareas. The methods used in this study were gamma-spectrometry, induced polarization and electrical survey. Previousgeophysical studies were carried out to better understand the structural evolution of the complex and were not limited tothe study of the lithological variation. Gravimetric studies showed a zone of intense fenitization, which is consistent withalkaline complexes with carbonatites. A dipole-dipole survey conducted in the central part of the complex indicated thepresence in the subsurface of a resistive lithology with high chargeability. These factors, together with other studies onthe alkaline complex, suggest the presence of carbonatite in the area, which is corroborated by gamma spectrometry data,given the concentrations of Th (8 ppm and U (3.5 ppm and considering that the measurements were performed over a nonradioactivesedimentary cover.

  20. Model Updating of Complex Structures Using the Combination of Component Mode Synthesis and Kriging Predictor

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    Yang Liu; Yan Li; Dejun Wang; Shaoyi Zhang

    2014-01-01

    Updating the structural model of complex structures is time-consuming due to the large size of the finite element model (FEM). Using conventional methods for these cases is computationally expensive or even impossible. A two-level method, which combined the Kriging predictor and the component mode synthesis (CMS) technique, was proposed to ensure the successful implementing of FEM updating of large-scale structures. In the first level, the CMS was applied to build a reasonable condensed FEM o...

  1. A complex empirical orthogonal function for combining two different variables over Indonesian maritime continent

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    Nuryanto, Danang Eko

    2016-02-01

    The spatiotemporal patterns of Indonesian Maritime Continent (IMC) convective activity was documented by using two different variables i.e. cloud and wind datasets. In this study, a Complex Empirical Orthogonal Function (CEOF) was used to combining that variables. This method was applied to representing the land-sea-atmosphere interaction of diurnal convective activity in IMC. This study used pseudo-vector to define complex signals from convective index (cloud) as complex part and convergence (wind) as real part. The results showed that the phase patterns of CEOF were more consistent than those of pseudo-vector. Both CEOF1 and CEOF2 have shown semi-annual and annual cycles, respectively. Spatially, CEOF1 represents common patterns, whereas CEOF2 was more toward local patterns and tends to be in random.

  2. Combined micro-and standard percutaneous nephrolithotomy for complex renal calculi

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    Buldu, İbrahim; Tepeler, Abdulkadir; Karatağ, Tuna; İnan, Ramazan; Armağan, Abdullah; İstanbulluoğlu, Okan

    2016-01-01

    Objective We aimed to present the technique of combination of standard percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PNL) with microperc for achieving higher success rates without increasing complication rates in the management of complex renal calculi. Material and methods The patients who underwent microperc procedure as a complementary procedure to standard PNL for complex kidney stones in two reference hospitals between 2013 and 2015, were evaluated retrospectively. Results All patients underwent a total of two accesses one for standard PNL and one for microperc. The mean stone size was measured as 54.3 mm. The procedures were completed after an average operative time of 88.2 minutes and fluoroscopy time of 5.3 minutes. Stone free status was achieved in 18 cases (78.2%) and small residual fragments (≤4 mm) were detected in 3 cases (13.1%). Complications were seen in three patients (13%) as hemorrhage in one and postoperative fever in two patients. Conclusion Despite the limitations of this study, the combination of standard PNL and microperc might reduce the complication rates and increase the success rates when treating complex kidney stones. Future prospective and comparative studies are needed. PMID:27635289

  3. Combined sequence-based and genetic mapping analysis of complex traits in outbred rats

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    Baud, Amelie; Hermsen, Roel; Guryev, Victor; Stridh, Pernilla; Graham, Delyth; McBride, Martin W.; Foroud, Tatiana; Calderari, Sophie; Diez, Margarita; Ockinger, Johan; Beyeen, Amennai D.; Gillett, Alan; Abdelmagid, Nada; Guerreiro-Cacais, Andre Ortlieb; Jagodic, Maja; Tuncel, Jonatan; Norin, Ulrika; Beattie, Elisabeth; Huynh, Ngan; Miller, William H.; Koller, Daniel L.; Alam, Imranul; Falak, Samreen; Osborne-Pellegrin, Mary; Martinez-Membrives, Esther; Canete, Toni; Blazquez, Gloria; Vicens-Costa, Elia; Mont-Cardona, Carme; Diaz-Moran, Sira; Tobena, Adolf; Hummel, Oliver; Zelenika, Diana; Saar, Kathrin; Patone, Giannino; Bauerfeind, Anja; Bihoreau, Marie-Therese; Heinig, Matthias; Lee, Young-Ae; Rintisch, Carola; Schulz, Herbert; Wheeler, David A.; Worley, Kim C.; Muzny, Donna M.; Gibbs, Richard A.; Lathrop, Mark; Lansu, Nico; Toonen, Pim; Ruzius, Frans Paul; de Bruijn, Ewart; Hauser, Heidi; Adams, David J.; Keane, Thomas; Atanur, Santosh S.; Aitman, Tim J.; Flicek, Paul; Malinauskas, Tomas; Jones, E. Yvonne; Ekman, Diana; Lopez-Aumatell, Regina; Dominiczak, Anna F; Johannesson, Martina; Holmdahl, Rikard; Olsson, Tomas; Gauguier, Dominique; Hubner, Norbert; Fernandez-Teruel, Alberto; Cuppen, Edwin; Mott, Richard; Flint, Jonathan

    2013-01-01

    Genetic mapping on fully sequenced individuals is transforming our understanding of the relationship between molecular variation and variation in complex traits. Here we report a combined sequence and genetic mapping analysis in outbred rats that maps 355 quantitative trait loci for 122 phenotypes. We identify 35 causal genes involved in 31 phenotypes, implicating novel genes in models of anxiety, heart disease and multiple sclerosis. The relation between sequence and genetic variation is unexpectedly complex: at approximately 40% of quantitative trait loci a single sequence variant cannot account for the phenotypic effect. Using comparable sequence and mapping data from mice, we show the extent and spatial pattern of variation in inbred rats differ significantly from those of inbred mice, and that the genetic variants in orthologous genes rarely contribute to the same phenotype in both species. PMID:23708188

  4. Model Updating of Complex Structures Using the Combination of Component Mode Synthesis and Kriging Predictor

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    Yang Liu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Updating the structural model of complex structures is time-consuming due to the large size of the finite element model (FEM. Using conventional methods for these cases is computationally expensive or even impossible. A two-level method, which combined the Kriging predictor and the component mode synthesis (CMS technique, was proposed to ensure the successful implementing of FEM updating of large-scale structures. In the first level, the CMS was applied to build a reasonable condensed FEM of complex structures. In the second level, the Kriging predictor that was deemed as a surrogate FEM in structural dynamics was generated based on the condensed FEM. Some key issues of the application of the metamodel (surrogate FEM to FEM updating were also discussed. Finally, the effectiveness of the proposed method was demonstrated by updating the FEM of a real arch bridge with the measured modal parameters.

  5. Model updating of complex structures using the combination of component mode synthesis and Kriging predictor.

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    Liu, Yang; Li, Yan; Wang, Dejun; Zhang, Shaoyi

    2014-01-01

    Updating the structural model of complex structures is time-consuming due to the large size of the finite element model (FEM). Using conventional methods for these cases is computationally expensive or even impossible. A two-level method, which combined the Kriging predictor and the component mode synthesis (CMS) technique, was proposed to ensure the successful implementing of FEM updating of large-scale structures. In the first level, the CMS was applied to build a reasonable condensed FEM of complex structures. In the second level, the Kriging predictor that was deemed as a surrogate FEM in structural dynamics was generated based on the condensed FEM. Some key issues of the application of the metamodel (surrogate FEM) to FEM updating were also discussed. Finally, the effectiveness of the proposed method was demonstrated by updating the FEM of a real arch bridge with the measured modal parameters. PMID:24634612

  6. Adsorption of mercury on lignin: Combined surface complexation modeling and X-ray absorption spectroscopy studies

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    Adsorption of mercury (Hg) on lignin was studied at a range of pH values using a combination of batch adsorption experiments, a surface complexation model (SCM) and synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Surface complexation modeling indicates that three types of acid sites on lignin surfaces, namely aliphatic carboxylic-, aromatic carboxylic- and phenolic-type surface groups, contributed to Hg(II) adsorption. The bond distance and coordination number of Hg(II) adsorption samples at pH 3.0, 4.0 and 5.5 were obtained from extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy analysis. The results of SCM and XAS combined reveal that the predominant adsorption species of Hg(II) on lignin changes from HgCl20 to monodentate complex –C–O–HgCl and then bidentate complex –C–O–Hg–O–C– with increasing pH value from 2.0 to 6.0. The good agreement between SCM and XAS results provides new insight into understanding the mechanisms of Hg(II) adsorption on lignin. - Highlights: ► Lignin exhibits a high Hg(II) adsorption capability. ► Adsorption of Hg(II) on lignin is strongly pH-dependent. ► HgCl20, –C–O–HgCl and –C–O–Hg–O–C– are the main adsorption species of Hg(II). - Adsorption of Hg(II) on lignin is strongly pH-dependent, and the main adsorption Hg(II) species change from HgCl20 to –C–O–HgCl and –C–O–Hg–O–C– as pH increases from 2.0 to 6.0.

  7. LOW COMPLEXITY LMMSE TURBO EQUALIZATION FOR COMBINED ERROR CONTROL CODED AND LINEARLY PRECODED OFDM

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    Qu Daiming; Zhu Guangxi

    2006-01-01

    The turbo equalization approach is studied for Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) system with combined error control coding and linear precoding. While previous literatures employed linear precoder of small size for complexity reasons, this paper proposes to use a linear precoder of size larger than or equal to the maximum length of the equivalent discrete-time channel in order to achieve full frequency diversity and reduce complexities of the error control coder/decoder. Also a low complexity Linear Minimum Mean Square Error (LMMSE) turbo equalizer is derived for the receiver. Through simulation and performance analysis, it is shown that the performance of the proposed scheme over frequency selective fading channel reaches the matched filter bound; compared with the same coded OFDM without linear precoding, the proposed scheme shows an Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) improvement of at least 6dB at a bit error rate of 10-6 over a multipath channel with exponential power delay profile. Convergence behavior of the proposed scheme with turbo equalization using various type of linear precoder/transformer, various interleaver size and error control coder of various constraint length is also investigated.

  8. Human mitochondrial complex I assembles through the combination of evolutionary conserved modules: a framework to interpret complex I deficiencies.

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    Ugalde, C.; Vogel, R.O.; Huijbens, R.J.F.; Heuvel, L.P.W.J. van den; Smeitink, J.A.M.; Nijtmans, L.G.J.

    2004-01-01

    With 46 subunits, human mitochondrial complex I is the largest enzyme of the oxidative phosphorylation system. We have studied the assembly of complex I in cultured human cells. This will provide essential information about the nature of complex I deficiencies and will enhance our understanding of m

  9. Combination Therapies for Lysosomal Storage Diseases: A Complex Answer to a Simple Problem.

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    Macauley, Shannon L

    2016-06-01

    Abstract Lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) are a group of 40-50 rare monogenic disorders that result in disrupted lysosomal function and subsequent lysosomal pathology. Depending on the protein or enzyme deficiency associated with each disease, LSDs affect an array of organ systems and elicit a complex set of secondary disease mechanisms that make many of these disorders difficult to fully treat. The etiology of most LSDs is known and the innate biology of lysosomal enzymes favors therapeutic intervention, yet most attempts at treating LSDs with enzyme replacement strategies fall short of being curative. Even with the advent of more sophisticated approaches, like substrate reduction therapy, pharmacologic chaperones, gene therapy or stem cell therapy, comprehensive treatments for LSDs have yet to be achieved. Given the limitations with individual therapies, recent research has focused on using a combination approach to treat LSDs. By coupling protein-, cell-, and gene- based therapies with small molecule drugs, researchers have found greater success in eradicating the clinical features of disease. This review seeks to discuss the positive and negatives of singular therapies used to treat LSDs, and discuss how, in combination, studies have demonstrated a more holistic benefit on pathological and functional parameters. By optimizing routes of delivery, therapeutic timing, and targeting secondary disease mechanisms, combination therapy represents the future for LSD treatment. PMID:27491211

  10. Three dimensional complex plasma structures in a combined radio frequency and direct current discharge

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    Mitic, S; Khrapak, S A; Morfill, G E; 10.1063/1.4798418

    2013-01-01

    We report on the first detailed analysis of large three dimensional (3D) complex plasma structures in experiments performed in pure rf and combined rf+dc discharge modes. Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) is generated by an rf coil wrapped around the vertically positioned cylindrical glass tube at a pressure of 0.3 mbar. In addition, dc plasma can be generated by applying voltage to the electrodes at the ends of the tube far from the rf coil. The injected monodisperse particles are levitated in the plasma below the coil. A scanning laser sheet and a high resolution camera are used to determine the 3D positions of about $10^5$ particles. The observed bowl-shaped particle clouds reveal coexistence of various structures, including well-distinguished solid-like, less ordered liquid-like, and pronounced string-like phases. New criteria to identify string-like structures are proposed.

  11. Combined surgical and endovascular approach to treat a complex aortic coarctation without extracorporeal circulation.

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    Carrel, Thierry P; Berdat, Pascal A; Baumgartner, Iris; Dinkel, Hans-Peter; Schmidli, Jürg

    2004-10-01

    Various therapeutic approaches have been proposed to treat complex coarctation of the aorta (eg, recoarctation, which requires repetitive interventions, or coarctation with a hypoplastic aortic arch). Resection followed by end-to-end anastomosis or by graft interposition is technically demanding and exposes the patient to considerable perioperative risks. Cardiopulmonary bypass and deep hypothermic circulatory arrest may be necessary to control the distal aortic arch. The role of stent technology in treating this type of lesion has not yet been defined. We present a 21-year-old woman with a recurrent coarctation of the aorta associated with a hypoplastic aortic arch and a pseudoaneurysm of the proximal descending aorta. She had undergone 4 previous interventions. Treatment consisted of a combined surgical and endovascular approach without cardiopulmonary bypass and included extraanatomic aortic bypass, partial debranching of the supraaortic vessels, and stent-graft insertion to exclude the aneurysm.

  12. Exploring tight junction alteration using double fluorescent probe combination of lanthanide complex with gold nanoclusters

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    Wang, Xinyi; Wang, Na; Yuan, Lan; Li, Na; Wang, Junxia; Yang, Xiaoda

    2016-08-01

    Tight junctions play a key role in restricting or regulating passage of liquids, ions and large solutes through various biological barriers by the paracellular route. Changes in paracellular permeation indicate alteration of the tight junction. However, it is very difficult to obtain the structural change information by measuring paracellular flux based on transepithelial electrical resistance or using fluorescein-labeled dextrans. Here we show that the BSA and GSH stabilized gold nanoclusters exhibit marginal cytotoxicity and pass through the MDCK monolayer exclusively through the paracellular pathway. We propose a double fluorescence probe strategy, the combination of a proven paracellular indicator (europium complex) with fluorescent gold nanoclusters. We calculate changes of structural parameters in tight junctions based on determination of the diffusion coefficients of the probes. Two different types of tight junction openers are used to validate our strategy. Results show that EDTA disrupts tight junction structures and induces large and smooth paracellular pore paths with an average radius of 17 nm, but vanadyl complexes induce paths with the radius of 6 nm. The work suggests that the double fluorescence probe strategy is a useful and convenient approach for in vitro investigation of tight junction structural alternations caused by pharmacological or pathological events.

  13. Combined fixation, intern and external, in proximal complex fractures of the tibia

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    Between August of 1997 and December of 2001, they were treated in the orthopedics department and traumatology of the Hospital Clinica San Rafael, 16 patients with proximal complex fractures of the tibia, using internal fixation with plate in the lateral column and an unilateral external fixer, for the medial column. It carries out a clinical and radiological pursuit with average of 27 months (minimum 4.5, maximum 40 months). In 15 patients (93,7%) it was obtained a primary consolidation and 1 case (6,2%) it presented retard in the consolidation being necessary the placement of bony implants. in 2 cases (12,5%) there was superficial infection, one in the itinerary of the nails and another in area of superficial necrosis in soft fabrics in a closed fracture. single 1 case (6,2) it presented deep infection, which, it improve with bony curettage and antibiotics. In the final radiographic evaluation, 2 cases (12,5%) they presented depression of the lateral plate; according to the functional scale of Rasmussen excellent results were obtained (27 to 30 points) in 11 cases (68,7%) and good (20 to 26 points) in 5 cases (31,2%). The radiographic results and functional global they suggest that the combination of a technique less invasive in this area criticizes, it represents a good alternative for the treatment of the proximal complex fractures of the tibia

  14. Combining biophysical methods for the analysis of protein complex stoichiometry and affinity in SEDPHAT

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    Zhao, Huaying, E-mail: zhaoh3@mail.nih.gov; Schuck, Peter, E-mail: zhaoh3@mail.nih.gov [National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892 (United States)

    2015-01-01

    Global multi-method analysis for protein interactions (GMMA) can increase the precision and complexity of binding studies for the determination of the stoichiometry, affinity and cooperativity of multi-site interactions. The principles and recent developments of biophysical solution methods implemented for GMMA in the software SEDPHAT are reviewed, their complementarity in GMMA is described and a new GMMA simulation tool set in SEDPHAT is presented. Reversible macromolecular interactions are ubiquitous in signal transduction pathways, often forming dynamic multi-protein complexes with three or more components. Multivalent binding and cooperativity in these complexes are often key motifs of their biological mechanisms. Traditional solution biophysical techniques for characterizing the binding and cooperativity are very limited in the number of states that can be resolved. A global multi-method analysis (GMMA) approach has recently been introduced that can leverage the strengths and the different observables of different techniques to improve the accuracy of the resulting binding parameters and to facilitate the study of multi-component systems and multi-site interactions. Here, GMMA is described in the software SEDPHAT for the analysis of data from isothermal titration calorimetry, surface plasmon resonance or other biosensing, analytical ultracentrifugation, fluorescence anisotropy and various other spectroscopic and thermodynamic techniques. The basic principles of these techniques are reviewed and recent advances in view of their particular strengths in the context of GMMA are described. Furthermore, a new feature in SEDPHAT is introduced for the simulation of multi-method data. In combination with specific statistical tools for GMMA in SEDPHAT, simulations can be a valuable step in the experimental design.

  15. Combining biophysical methods for the analysis of protein complex stoichiometry and affinity in SEDPHAT

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    Global multi-method analysis for protein interactions (GMMA) can increase the precision and complexity of binding studies for the determination of the stoichiometry, affinity and cooperativity of multi-site interactions. The principles and recent developments of biophysical solution methods implemented for GMMA in the software SEDPHAT are reviewed, their complementarity in GMMA is described and a new GMMA simulation tool set in SEDPHAT is presented. Reversible macromolecular interactions are ubiquitous in signal transduction pathways, often forming dynamic multi-protein complexes with three or more components. Multivalent binding and cooperativity in these complexes are often key motifs of their biological mechanisms. Traditional solution biophysical techniques for characterizing the binding and cooperativity are very limited in the number of states that can be resolved. A global multi-method analysis (GMMA) approach has recently been introduced that can leverage the strengths and the different observables of different techniques to improve the accuracy of the resulting binding parameters and to facilitate the study of multi-component systems and multi-site interactions. Here, GMMA is described in the software SEDPHAT for the analysis of data from isothermal titration calorimetry, surface plasmon resonance or other biosensing, analytical ultracentrifugation, fluorescence anisotropy and various other spectroscopic and thermodynamic techniques. The basic principles of these techniques are reviewed and recent advances in view of their particular strengths in the context of GMMA are described. Furthermore, a new feature in SEDPHAT is introduced for the simulation of multi-method data. In combination with specific statistical tools for GMMA in SEDPHAT, simulations can be a valuable step in the experimental design

  16. Sporothrix schenckii COMPLEX: SUSCEPTIBILITIES TO COMBINED ANTIFUNGAL AGENTS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ENZYMATIC PROFILES

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    Daniele Carvalho OLIVEIRA

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available SUMMARY Sporothrix schenckiiwas reclassified as a complex encompassing six cryptic species, which calls for the reassessment of clinical and epidemiological data of these new species. We evaluated the susceptibility of Sporothrix albicans (n = 1 , S. brasiliensis (n = 6 , S. globosa (n = 1, S. mexicana(n = 1 and S. schenckii(n = 36 to terbinafine (TRB alone and in combination with itraconazole (ITZ, ketoconazole (KTZ, and voriconazole (VRZ by a checkerboard microdilution method and determined the enzymatic profile of these species with the API-ZYM kit. Most interactions were additive (27.5%, 32.5% and 5% or indifferent (70%, 50% and 52.5% for TRB+KTZ, TRB+ITZ and TRB+VRZ, respectively. Antagonisms were observed in 42.5% of isolates for the TRB+VRZ combination. Based on enzymatic profiling, the Sporothrix schenckii strains were categorized into 14 biotypes. Leucine arylamidase (LA activity was observed only for S. albicans and S. mexicana. The species S. globosaand S. mexicanawere the only species without β-glucosidase (GS activity. Our results may contribute to a better understanding of virulence and resistance among species of the genus Sporothrixin further studies.

  17. Sporothrix schenckii COMPLEX: SUSCEPTIBILITIES TO COMBINED ANTIFUNGAL AGENTS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ENZYMATIC PROFILES

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    OLIVEIRA, Daniele Carvalho; de LORETO, Érico Silva; MARIO, Débora Alves Nunes; LOPES, Paulo G. Markus; NEVES, Louise Vignolles; da ROCHA, Marta Pires; SANTURIO, Janio Morais; ALVES, Sydney Hartz

    2015-01-01

    SUMMARY Sporothrix schenckiiwas reclassified as a complex encompassing six cryptic species, which calls for the reassessment of clinical and epidemiological data of these new species. We evaluated the susceptibility of Sporothrix albicans (n = 1) , S. brasiliensis (n = 6) , S. globosa (n = 1), S. mexicana(n = 1) and S. schenckii(n = 36) to terbinafine (TRB) alone and in combination with itraconazole (ITZ), ketoconazole (KTZ), and voriconazole (VRZ) by a checkerboard microdilution method and determined the enzymatic profile of these species with the API-ZYM kit. Most interactions were additive (27.5%, 32.5% and 5%) or indifferent (70%, 50% and 52.5%) for TRB+KTZ, TRB+ITZ and TRB+VRZ, respectively. Antagonisms were observed in 42.5% of isolates for the TRB+VRZ combination. Based on enzymatic profiling, the Sporothrix schenckii strains were categorized into 14 biotypes. Leucine arylamidase (LA) activity was observed only for S. albicans and S. mexicana. The species S. globosaand S. mexicanawere the only species without β-glucosidase (GS) activity. Our results may contribute to a better understanding of virulence and resistance among species of the genus Sporothrixin further studies. PMID:26422151

  18. Combining measurements to estimate properties and characterization extent of complex biochemical mixtures; applications to Heparan Sulfate

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    Pradines, Joël R.; Beccati, Daniela; Lech, Miroslaw; Ozug, Jennifer; Farutin, Victor; Huang, Yongqing; Gunay, Nur Sibel; Capila, Ishan

    2016-04-01

    Complex mixtures of molecular species, such as glycoproteins and glycosaminoglycans, have important biological and therapeutic functions. Characterization of these mixtures with analytical chemistry measurements is an important step when developing generic drugs such as biosimilars. Recent developments have focused on analytical methods and statistical approaches to test similarity between mixtures. The question of how much uncertainty on mixture composition is reduced by combining several measurements still remains mostly unexplored. Mathematical frameworks to combine measurements, estimate mixture properties, and quantify remaining uncertainty, i.e. a characterization extent, are introduced here. Constrained optimization and mathematical modeling are applied to a set of twenty-three experimental measurements on heparan sulfate, a mixture of linear chains of disaccharides having different levels of sulfation. While this mixture has potentially over two million molecular species, mathematical modeling and the small set of measurements establish the existence of nonhomogeneity of sulfate level along chains and the presence of abundant sulfate repeats. Constrained optimization yields not only estimations of sulfate repeats and sulfate level at each position in the chains but also bounds on these levels, thereby estimating the extent of characterization of the sulfation pattern which is achieved by the set of measurements.

  19. Sporothrix schenckii COMPLEX:SUSCEPTIBILITIES TO COMBINED ANTIFUNGAL AGENTS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ENZYMATIC PROFILES.

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    Oliveira, Daniele Carvalho; de Loreto, Érico Silva; Mario, Débora Alves Nunes; Lopes, Paulo G Markus; Neves, Louise Vignolles; da Rocha, Marta Pires; Santurio, Janio Morais; Alves, Sydney Hartz

    2015-01-01

    Sporothrix schenckii was reclassified as a complex encompassing six cryptic species, which calls for the reassessment of clinical and epidemiological data of these new species. We evaluated the susceptibility of Sporothrix albicans(n = 1) , S. brasiliensis(n = 6) , S. globosa(n = 1), S. mexicana(n = 1) and S. schenckii(n = 36) to terbinafine (TRB) alone and in combination with itraconazole (ITZ), ketoconazole (KTZ), and voriconazole (VRZ) by a checkerboard microdilution method and determined the enzymatic profile of these species with the API-ZYM kit. Most interactions were additive (27.5%, 32.5% and 5%) or indifferent (70%, 50% and 52.5%) for TRB+KTZ, TRB+ITZ and TRB+VRZ, respectively. Antagonisms were observed in 42.5% of isolates for the TRB+VRZ combination. Based on enzymatic profiling, the Sporothrix schenckii strains were categorized into 14 biotypes. Leucine arylamidase (LA) activity was observed only for S. albicans and S. mexicana. The species S. globosa and S. Mexicana were the only species without β-glucosidase (GS) activity. Our results may contribute to a better understanding of virulence and resistance among species of the genus Sporothrix in further studies.

  20. VARIANT OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF KATUN (ALTAI HYDROELECTRIC COMPLEX WITH COMBINED DAM

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    Sainov Mikhail Petrovich

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The authors give the description of an alternative construction variant of high-head Katun HPP where a reinforced-concrete faced rockfill dam will be the main water retaining structure. At the present moment it is doubtful that at the particular site a high-head complex will be constructed; the discussions are related only to the possibility of a medium-head project construction (to be called Altai HPP. Therefore, it is necessary to design Altai HPP in such a way that its concrete spillway dam will be further able to become a part of a high-head embankment dam. Therefore, we considered the alternative, where Katun HPP dam would be a combined dam by its structure; a high-head em-bankment dam will rest on a less high concrete dam. All the structures were designed for this variant as well as river diversion scheme and the diversion layout at all construction stages were developed. For this purpose “drops in wells” are proposed to be used. The combined dam structure was validated by the stress-strain state analysis under static and seismic loads. In order to improve shear strength of the concrete part of the dam it was proposed to arrange an upstream apron for decreasing seepage uplift.

  1. Spatial Phase and Amplitude Structuring of Beams Using a Combination of Multiple Orthogonal Spatial Functions with Complex Coefficients

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    Xie, Guodong; Li, Long; Ren, Yongxiong; Zhao, Zhe; Yan, Yan; Ahmed, Nisar; Wang, Zhe; Willner, Asher J; Bao, Changjing; Cao, Yinwen; Ziyadi, Morteza; Almaiman, Ahmed; Ashrafi, Solyman; Tur, Moshe; Willner, Alan E

    2016-01-01

    Analogous to time signals that can be composed of multiple frequency functions, we use uniquely structured orthogonal spatial modes to create different beam shapes. We tailor the spatial structure by judiciously choosing a weighted combination of multiple modal states within an orthogonal basis set, and we can tunably create beam phase and intensity "shapes" that are not otherwise readily achievable. As an example shape, we use a series of orbital-angular-momentum (OAM) functions with adjustable complex weights to create a reconfigurable spatial region of higher localized power as compared to traditional beam combining. We simulate a structured beam created by coherently combining several orthogonal OAM beams with different complex weights, and we achieve a >10X localized power density enhancement with 19 beams. Additionally, we can create unique shapes by passing a single beam through a specially designed phase and intensity mask that contains the combination of multiple OAM functions each with complex weigh...

  2. A new approach for automatic sleep scoring: Combining Taguchi based complex-valued neural network and complex wavelet transform.

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    Peker, Musa

    2016-06-01

    Automatic classification of sleep stages is one of the most important methods used for diagnostic procedures in psychiatry and neurology. This method, which has been developed by sleep specialists, is a time-consuming and difficult process. Generally, electroencephalogram (EEG) signals are used in sleep scoring. In this study, a new complex classifier-based approach is presented for automatic sleep scoring using EEG signals. In this context, complex-valued methods were utilized in the feature selection and classification stages. In the feature selection stage, features of EEG data were extracted with the help of a dual tree complex wavelet transform (DTCWT). In the next phase, five statistical features were obtained. These features are classified using complex-valued neural network (CVANN) algorithm. The Taguchi method was used in order to determine the effective parameter values in this CVANN. The aim was to develop a stable model involving parameter optimization. Different statistical parameters were utilized in the evaluation phase. Also, results were obtained in terms of two different sleep standards. In the study in which a 2nd level DTCWT and CVANN hybrid model was used, 93.84% accuracy rate was obtained according to the Rechtschaffen & Kales (R&K) standard, while a 95.42% accuracy rate was obtained according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) standard. Complex-valued classifiers were found to be promising in terms of the automatic sleep scoring and EEG data. PMID:26787511

  3. A new approach for automatic sleep scoring: Combining Taguchi based complex-valued neural network and complex wavelet transform.

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    Peker, Musa

    2016-06-01

    Automatic classification of sleep stages is one of the most important methods used for diagnostic procedures in psychiatry and neurology. This method, which has been developed by sleep specialists, is a time-consuming and difficult process. Generally, electroencephalogram (EEG) signals are used in sleep scoring. In this study, a new complex classifier-based approach is presented for automatic sleep scoring using EEG signals. In this context, complex-valued methods were utilized in the feature selection and classification stages. In the feature selection stage, features of EEG data were extracted with the help of a dual tree complex wavelet transform (DTCWT). In the next phase, five statistical features were obtained. These features are classified using complex-valued neural network (CVANN) algorithm. The Taguchi method was used in order to determine the effective parameter values in this CVANN. The aim was to develop a stable model involving parameter optimization. Different statistical parameters were utilized in the evaluation phase. Also, results were obtained in terms of two different sleep standards. In the study in which a 2nd level DTCWT and CVANN hybrid model was used, 93.84% accuracy rate was obtained according to the Rechtschaffen & Kales (R&K) standard, while a 95.42% accuracy rate was obtained according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) standard. Complex-valued classifiers were found to be promising in terms of the automatic sleep scoring and EEG data.

  4. The effeciency of combined laser therapy in complex treatment of patients with atopic dermatitis

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    Moskvin S.V.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to access the effectiveness of treatment methods in patients with atopic dermatitis, including every alternate day intravenous blood exposure of a low-intensity laser (LIL with a wavelength of 365 nm (LUFOK and 525 nm (green spectrum. Materials and methods. We observed 37 patients with atopic dermatitis (10 females and 27 males with age ranging from 18 to 56 years (mean age 36.2 with duration of disease ranging from 17 to 54 years. In the main group in the complex therapeutic measures has been included traditional method of laser therapy with Laser therapeutic apparatus "Lazmik-VLOK" (registration certificate number RZN 2014/1410 of 02.06.2014 laser emitting heads VLOK CL-365-2 (for LUFOK and CL-525-2 VLOK intravenous blood laser flash coverage. For VLOK we used disposable sterile radiation emitters KIVL-01 TU 9444-005-72085060-2008 Production Research Centre "Matrix" (Moscow, Russia. Results. It is shown that the combined intravenous laser LLLT treatment of blood with a wavelength of 365 nm (or 365-VLOK LUFOK and LLLT with a wavelength of 525 nm (green spectrum VLOK-525 through 10 sessions per day in treatment of patients with atopic dermatitis allows you to get full regression of acute inflamatory symptoms of the disease like — erythema, papules, scaling, excoriations in 87.5% of patients with moderate-severe course of the disease (average index SCORAD 57,5±4,0 and reduce 3.4 times the average index SCORAD (up 21,3±4,0 in patients with severe disease course (original value 72,8±3,0 with an overall positive trend. Conclusion. The use of combined methods of physiotherapy in atopic dermatitis is justified and effective.

  5. Combination of EEG Complexity and Spectral Analysis for Epilepsy Diagnosis and Seizure Detection

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    Wan-Lin Chang

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Approximately 1% of the world's population has epilepsy, and 25% of epilepsy patients cannot be treated sufficiently by any available therapy. If an automatic seizure-detection system was available, it could reduce the time required by a neurologist to perform an off-line diagnosis by reviewing electroencephalogram (EEG data. It could produce an on-line warning signal to alert healthcare professionals or to drive a treatment device such as an electrical stimulator to enhance the patient's safety and quality of life. This paper describes a systematic evaluation of current approaches to seizure detection in the literature. This evaluation was then used to suggest a reliable, practical epilepsy detection method. The combination of complexity analysis and spectrum analysis on an EEG can perform robust evaluations on the collected data. Principle component analysis (PCA and genetic algorithms (GAs were applied to various linear and nonlinear methods. The best linear models resulted from using all of the features without other processing. For the nonlinear models, applying PCA for feature reduction provided better results than applying GAs. The feasibility of executing the proposed methods on a personal computer for on-line processing was also demonstrated.

  6. Fitting complex population models by combining particle filters with Markov chain Monte Carlo.

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    Knape, Jonas; de Valpine, Perry

    2012-02-01

    We show how a recent framework combining Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) with particle filters (PFMCMC) may be used to estimate population state-space models. With the purpose of utilizing the strengths of each method, PFMCMC explores hidden states by particle filters, while process and observation parameters are estimated using an MCMC algorithm. PFMCMC is exemplified by analyzing time series data on a red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) population in New South Wales, Australia, using MCMC over model parameters based on an adaptive Metropolis-Hastings algorithm. We fit three population models to these data; a density-dependent logistic diffusion model with environmental variance, an unregulated stochastic exponential growth model, and a random-walk model. Bayes factors and posterior model probabilities show that there is little support for density dependence and that the random-walk model is the most parsimonious model. The particle filter Metropolis-Hastings algorithm is a brute-force method that may be used to fit a range of complex population models. Implementation is straightforward and less involved than standard MCMC for many models, and marginal densities for model selection can be obtained with little additional effort. The cost is mainly computational, resulting in long running times that may be improved by parallelizing the algorithm. PMID:22624307

  7. The merger history of the complex cluster Abell 1758: a combined weak lensing and spectroscopic view

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    Monteiro-Oliveira, Rogério; Machado, Rubens E G; Lima-Neto, Gastão B; Ribeiro, André L B; Sodré, Laerte; Dupke, Renato A

    2016-01-01

    We present a weak-lensing and dynamical study of the complex cluster Abell 1758 (A1758, z = 0.278) supported by hydrodynamical simulations. This cluster is composed of two structures, each one experiencing a merger event. The Northern structure is composed of A1758NW & A1758NE, with lensing determined masses of 7.90_{-1.55}^{+1.89} x 10^{14} M_{\\odot} and 5.49_{-1.33}^{+1.67} x 10^{14} M_{\\odot}, respectively. They show a remarkable feature: while in A1758NW there is a spatial agreement among weak lensing mass distribution, intracluster medium and its brightest cluster galaxy (BCG) in A1758NE the X-ray peak is located 96_{-15}^{+14} arcsec away from the mass peak and BCG positions in a configuration we have called "demi-bullet". Give the detachment between gas and mass we could use the local surface mass density to estimate an upper limit for the dark matter self-interaction cross section: \\sigma/m<5.83 cm^2 g^{-1}. Combining our velocity data with hydrodynamical simulations we have shown that A1758~NW...

  8. Combined in vitro transcription and reverse transcription to amplify and label complex synthetic oligonucleotide probe libraries.

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    Murgha, Yusuf; Beliveau, Brian; Semrau, Kassandra; Schwartz, Donald; Wu, Chao-Ting; Gulari, Erdogan; Rouillard, Jean-Marie

    2015-06-01

    Oligonucleotide microarrays allow the production of complex custom oligonucleotide libraries for nucleic acid detection-based applications such as fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). We have developed a PCR-free method to make single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) fluorescent probes through an intermediate RNA library. A double-stranded oligonucleotide library is amplified by transcription to create an RNA library. Next, dye- or hapten-conjugate primers are used to reverse transcribe the RNA to produce a dye-labeled cDNA library. Finally the RNA is hydrolyzed under alkaline conditions to obtain the single-stranded fluorescent probes library. Starting from unique oligonucleotide library constructs, we present two methods to produce single-stranded probe libraries. The two methods differ in the type of reverse transcription (RT) primer, the incorporation of fluorescent dye, and the purification of fluorescent probes. The first method employs dye-labeled reverse transcription primers to produce multiple differentially single-labeled probe subsets from one microarray library. The fluorescent probes are purified from excess primers by oligonucleotide-bead capture. The second method uses an RNA:DNA chimeric primer and amino-modified nucleotides to produce amino-allyl probes. The excess primers and RNA are hydrolyzed under alkaline conditions, followed by probe purification and labeling with amino-reactive dyes. The fluorescent probes created by the combination of transcription and reverse transcription can be used for FISH and to detect any RNA and DNA targets via hybridization.

  9. HYBRID TREATMENT OF COMPLEX COMBINED CORONARY AND VALVE DISEASE FOR PATIENTS WITH HIGH LEVEL OF OPERATIONAL RISK

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The analysis of results of hybrid treatment of complex combined coronary and valve disease at patients with high level of operational risk between January 2005 and December 2010. The hybrid treatment of complex combined coronary and valve disease, provides performance of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI in a combinati- on valve surgery. 118 patients, with a median age 64.4 ± 8.9 years, are included in research. 2 approaches of a hy- brid method of treatment – 2-Staged (n = 86 and a method «1-stop» (n = 32 are applied. The оperative mortality has made 4.2%. On the basis of the received results were the conclusion is drawn that at high-risk patients with complex combined coronary and valve disease the hybrid method of treatment allows to lower risk of operation. 

  10. Synthesis of fatty trichloromethyl-{beta}-diketones and new 1H-Pyrazoles as unusual FAMEs and FAEEs

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    Flores, Alex F.C.; Souto, Alynne A.; Malavolta, Juliana L.; Flores, Darlene C., E-mail: alex.fcf@ufsm.br [Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM), RS (Brazil). Departamento de Quimica; Blanco, Rogerio F. [Uniao de Ensino do Sudoeste do Parana (UNISEP), Dois Vizinhos, PR (Brazil). Faculdade de Farmacia

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    The efficient synthesis of new fatty 1,1,1-trichloro-4-methoxy-3-alken-2-ones [Cl{sub 3}CC(O)C(R{sup 2})=C(R{sup 1})OMe, where R{sup 1} = n-hexyl, heptyl, nonyl, undecyl, tridecyl and R{sup 2} = H] and 1,1,1-trichloro-2,4-alkanediones [Cl{sub 3}CC(O)CHR{sup 2}C(O)R{sup 1}, where R{sup 1} = n-pentyl and R{sup 2} = Me, R{sup 1} = Et and R{sup 2} = n-butyl, R{sup 1} = n-butyl and R{sup 2} = n-propyl] in good yields (85-95%) from acetal acylation with trichloroacetyl chloride is reported. The fatty 1,1,1-trichloro-4-methoxy-3-alken-2-ones and 1,1,1-trichloro-2,4-alkanediones were reacted with hydrazine hydrochloride, leading to respective {sup 1}H-pyrazole-5-carboxylates, unusual class of fatty acid methyl (FAMEs) and ethyl (FAEEs) esters. Their structures were confirmed by elemental analysis and {sup 1}H and {sup 13}C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The fatty 1,1,1-trichloro-4-methoxy-3-alken-2-ones and {sup 1}H-pyrazole derivatives are new oleochemicals with potentially interesting and differential properties. (author)

  11. Analysis of Supramolecular Complexes of 3-Methylxanthine with Field Asymmetric Waveform Ion Mobility Spectrometry Combined with Mass Spectrometry

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    Arthur, Kayleigh L.; Eiceman, Gary A.; Reynolds, James C.; Creaser, Colin S.

    2016-05-01

    Miniaturised field asymmetric waveform ion mobility spectrometry (FAIMS), combined with mass spectrometry (MS), has been applied to the study of self-assembling, noncovalent supramolecular complexes of 3-methylxanthine (3-MX) in the gas phase. 3-MX forms stable tetrameric complexes around an alkali metal (Na+, K+) or ammonium cation, to generate a diverse array of complexes with single and multiple charge states. Complexes of (3-MX)n observed include: singly charged complexes where n = 1-8 and 12 and doubly charged complexes where n = 12-24. The most intense ions are those associated with multiples of tetrameric units, where n = 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24. The effect of dispersion field on the ion intensities of the self-assembled complexes indicates some fragmentation of higher order complexes within the FAIMS electrodes (in-FAIMS dissociation), as well as in-source collision induced dissociation within the mass spectrometer. FAIMS-MS enables charge state separation of supramolecular complexes of 3-MX and is shown to be capable of separating species with overlapping mass-to-charge ratios. FAIMS selected transmission also results in an improvement in signal-to-noise ratio for low intensity complexes and enables the visualization of species undetectable without FAIMS.

  12. An investigation of ozone and planetary boundary layer dynamics over the complex topography of Grenoble combining measurements and modeling

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    Couach, O.; Balin, I.; R. Jiménez; Ristori, P.; Perego, S.; Kirchner, F.; Simeonov, V.; B. Calpini; Bergh, H.

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    This paper concerns an evaluation of ozone (O3) and planetary boundary layer (PBL) dynamics over the complex topography of the Grenoble region through a combination of measurements and mesoscale model (METPHOMOD) predictions for three days, during July 1999. The measurements of O3 and PBL structure were obtained with a Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) system, situated 20 km south of Grenoble at Vif (310 m ASL). The combined lidar observations ...

  13. Combining causal and mathematical representations supports learners in collaboratively solving complex business-economics problem-tasks

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    Slot, B.; Erkens, G.; Kirschner, P. A.

    2013-01-01

    This study examined the effects of combining causal and mathematical representations on learners' collaborative performance of a complex business-economics problem-task. In total 34 teams (learner-triads) carried the problem-task out in a predefined order, namely (1) defining the problem and proposi

  14. Antidiabetic Effects of Carassius auratus Complex Formula in High Fat Diet Combined Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Mice

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    Zhi-Hong Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Carassius auratus complex formula, including Carassius auratus, Rhizoma dioscoreae, Lycium chinense, and Rehmannia glutinosa Libosch, is a combination prescription of traditional Chinese medicine, which has always been used to treat diabetes mellitus in ancient China. In this study, we provided experimental evidence for the use of Carassius auratus complex formula in the treatment of high fat diet combined streptozotocin- (STZ- induced type 2 diabetes. Carassius auratus complex formula aqueous extract was prepared and the effects of it on blood glucose, serum insulin, adipose tissue weight, oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT, total cholesterol, and triglyceride (TG levels in mice were measured. Moreover, adiponectin, TG synthesis related gene expressions, and the inhibitory effect of aldose reductase (AR were performed to evaluate its antidiabetic effects. After the 8-week treatment, blood glucose, insulin levels, and adipose tissue weight were significantly decreased. OGTT and HOMA-IR index showed improved glucose tolerance. It could also lower plasma TG, TC, and liver TG levels. Furthermore, Carassius auratus complex formula could inhibit the activity of AR and restore adiponectin expression in serum. Based on these findings, it is suggested that Carassius auratus complex formula possesses potent anti-diabetic effects on high fat diet combined STZ-induced diabetic mice.

  15. Combining complexity measures of EEG data: multiplying measures reveal previously hidden information [version 1; referees: 2 approved

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Many studies have noted significant differences among human electroencephalograph (EEG results when participants or patients are exposed to different stimuli, undertaking different tasks, or being affected by conditions such as epilepsy or Alzheimer's disease. Such studies often use only one or two measures of complexity and do not regularly justify their choice of measure beyond the fact that it has been used in previous studies. If more measures were added to such studies, however, more complete information might be found about these reported differences. Such information might be useful in confirming the existence or extent of such differences, or in understanding their physiological bases. In this study we analysed publically-available EEG data using a range of complexity measures to determine how well the measures correlated with one another. The complexity measures did not all significantly correlate, suggesting that different measures were measuring unique features of the EEG signals and thus revealing information which other measures were unable to detect. Therefore, the results from this analysis suggests that combinations of complexity measures reveal unique information which is in addition to the information captured by other measures of complexity in EEG data. For this reason, researchers using individual complexity measures for EEG data should consider using combinations of measures to more completely account for any differences they observe and to ensure the robustness of any relationships identified.

  16. Substantiation of combined and complex radiotherapy of cervix uteri carcinoma (stage 1) from point of view of delayed results and occupational rehabilitation of patients

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    A clinical evaluation of the results of treatment of 225 patients with cervix uteri carcinoma (stage 1) is presented. 113 patients received complex radiation and 112 patients - combined therapy. A better therapeutic effect was obtained in the complex radiation group. Combined therapy should be recommended only unless full-scale complex radiation treatment can be applied

  17. A call for a multifaceted approach to language learning motivation research: Combining complexity, humanistic, and critical perspectives

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    Full Text Available In this paper I give an overview of recent developments in the L2 motivation field, in particular the movement away from quantitative, questionnaire-based methodologies toward smaller-scale qualitative studies incorporating concepts from complexity theory. While complexity theory provides useful concepts for exploring motivation in new ways, it has nothing to say about ethics, morality, ideology, politics, power or educational purpose. Furthermore, calls for its use come primarily from researchers from the quantitative tradition whose aim in importing this paradigm from the physical sciences appears to be to conceptualize and model motivation more accurately. The endeavor therefore remains a fundamentally positivist one. Rather than being embraced as a self-contained methodology, I argue that complexity theory should be used cautiously and prudently alongside methods grounded in other philosophical traditions. Possibilities abound, but here I suggest one possible multifaceted approach combining complexity theory, a humanisticconception of motivation, and a critical perspective.

  18. [New methods of complex treatment of upper micrognation combined with stenosis of the dental rows].

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    Malanchuk, V O; Astapenko, O O; Chepurnyĭ, Iu V

    2013-06-01

    This paper presents the new methods of surgical treatment of upper micrognation, combined with stenosis of dental rows, described advantages of using of bioresorbable devises for osteosintesis for treatment of patients with deformations of middle facial zone. PMID:25095695

  19. A combined 2D and 3D numerical modeling approach to provide adequate roof support in complex 3D excavations

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    Heritage Yvette⇑; Stemp Craig

    2016-01-01

    Traditional methods for assessing effective roof support can be difficult to apply to complex three-dimensional excavations. Through worked examples, the approach of combined two-dimensional and three-dimensional numerical modeling has been shown to be successful in understanding mechanisms of rock failure for unique excavation geometries and geotechnical properties and, in turn, provides adequate roof support recommendations for complex three-dimensional excavations in Australian coal mines. An interactive approach of monitoring and model review during the excavation process is an important part of model support recommendations to ensure rock failure and deformation in the model are representative of actual conditions, to provide effective and practical controls.

  20. Combining mixed titania morphologies into a complex assembly thin film by iterative block-copolymer-based sol-gel templating

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    Niedermeier, M. A.; Magerl, D.; Zhong, Q.; Nathan, A.; Körstgens, V.; Perlich, J.; Roth, S. V.; Müller-Buschbaum, P.

    2012-04-01

    Sol-gel templating combined with iterative spin-coating steps are used to custom-tailor hierarchically structured titania thin films. Using poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide) P(S-b-PEO) as the structure directing agent, a foam-like structure is combined with nanogranules. Both structural elements are merged into a complex assembly in thin film geometry. The resulting morphology is pictured by SEM and probed with GISAXS. The installed mesoporous titania sandwich structure exhibits holes with a size of 45 nm which makes it promising for applications in photovoltaics or photocatalysis. An optical characterization completes the structural investigation.

  1. Development of novel mixed ligand technetium complexes (3 + 1 combination) for imaging central neural system receptors

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    A series of mixed ligand oxotechnetium-99m complexes carrying the 1-(2-methoxyphenyl) piperazine moiety has been synthesized. For structural characterization, and for in vitro binding assays, the analogous oxorhenium or oxotechnetium-99 complexes were prepared. As demonstrated by appropriate competition binding tests in rat hippocampal preparations, all oxorhenium analogues showed affinity for the 5-HT1A receptor binding sites with 50% inhibitory concentration values in the nanomolar range (IC50=6-106nM). All 99mTcO[SN(R)S]/[S] complexes showed a significant brain uptake in rats at 2 min post-injection (0.24-1.31 dose/organ). The regional distribution is inhomogeneous but the ratio between areas rich and poor in 5-HT1A receptor was not high. Structural modifications to this system may further improve the biological profile of these compounds and eventually provide efficient 99mTc receptor imaging agents. (author)

  2. Combining Propensity Score Methods and Complex Survey Data to Estimate Population Treatment Effects

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    Stuart, Elizabeth A.; Dong, Nianbo; Lenis, David

    2016-01-01

    Complex surveys are often used to estimate causal effects regarding the effects of interventions or exposures of interest. Propensity scores (Rosenbaum & Rubin, 1983) have emerged as one popular and effective tool for causal inference in non-experimental studies, as they can help ensure that groups being compared are similar with respect to a…

  3. An Overwhelming Climb: The Complexities of Combining College, Full-Time Work, and Company Tuition Assistance

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    Gagnon, Janelle L.; Packard, Becky Wai-Ling

    2012-01-01

    This paper examines the complex experiences of full-time employed adults trying to climb the career ladder in their company by making use of company tuition assistance to earn their first college degree. Guided by Savickas' (2005) career construction theory, emphasizing the personal agency and meaning-making within career development, we conducted…

  4. Single particle electron microscopy in combination with mass spectrometry to investigate novel complexes of membrane proteins

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    Arteni, Ana A.; Nowaczyk, Marc; Lax, Julia; Kouřil, Roman; Rögner, Matthias; Boekema, Egbert J.; Kouril, R.; Rogner, M.

    2005-01-01

    Large data sets of molecular projections of the membrane proteins Photosystem I and Photosystem II from cyanobacteria were analyzed by single particle electron microscopy (EM). Analysis resulted in the averaging of 2D projections from the purified complexes but also in the simultaneous detection and

  5. Combinations of protein-chemical complex structures reveal new targets for established drugs.

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    Kalinina, Olga V.; Oliver Wichmann; Gordana Apic; Russell, Robert B.

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    Biological networks are powerful tools for predicting undocumented relationships between molecules. The underlying principle is that existing interactions between molecules can be used to predict new interactions. Here we use this principle to suggest new protein-chemical interactions via the network derived from three-dimensional structures. For pairs of proteins sharing a common ligand, we use protein and chemical superimpositions combined with fast structural compatibility screens to predi...

  6. Combining participatory mapping with Q-methodology to map stakeholder perceptions of complex environmental problems.

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    FORRESTER, J.; Cook, B.R.; Bracken, L.J.; Cinderby, S.; Donaldson, A.

    2015-01-01

    It is readily accepted that understanding socio-environmental challenges requires consideration of multiple stakeholder perspectives and knowledge claims. But a largely ignored question is ‘how best to analyse those competing perspectives and claims?’. This paper explores the development of one GIS-based methodology – and reports on its application – to understand and map stakeholder knowledge. We find that combining Q-methodology with participatory mapping helps to overcome a significant pro...

  7. Cyclodextrin inclusion complexes with thiocholesterol and their self-assembly on gold: A combined electrochemical and lateral force microscopy analysis

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    Pandey, Rakesh K., E-mail: rakes_pandey1@yahoo.co.in; Lakshminarayanan, V.

    2014-07-01

    The present study is an attempt to understand the properties of an interesting self-assembled monolayer system composed of inclusion complexes of thiocholesterol and cyclodextrins. Cyclodextrins were used as host compound while thiocholesterol was used as the entrant molecule into the cavity of cyclodextrins. The improved electron transfer barrier property towards a redox couple indicates a sturdy inclusion complex monolayer. A very large R{sub ct} value, 64.6 kΩ·cm{sup 2} for a redox system was obtained in the case of methyl-β-cyclodextrin and thiocholesterol inclusion complex self-assembled monolayer. A rather low value of capacitance 1.2 μF cm{sup −2} measured in supporting electrolyte further signifies the fact that inclusion complex monolayer is quite impermeable for ionic species. In addition lateral force microscopy combined with force–distance analysis revealed the presence of an interesting mixed hydrophilic/hydrophobic surface. - Highlights: • Self-assembled monolayer of inclusion complexes on gold surface • Lateral force microscopy study of the regions of varying hydrophilicities • Could find applications in patterning surfaces to be hydrophilic/hydrophobic • Improved electron transfer barrier properties.

  8. Cyclodextrin inclusion complexes with thiocholesterol and their self-assembly on gold: A combined electrochemical and lateral force microscopy analysis

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    The present study is an attempt to understand the properties of an interesting self-assembled monolayer system composed of inclusion complexes of thiocholesterol and cyclodextrins. Cyclodextrins were used as host compound while thiocholesterol was used as the entrant molecule into the cavity of cyclodextrins. The improved electron transfer barrier property towards a redox couple indicates a sturdy inclusion complex monolayer. A very large Rct value, 64.6 kΩ·cm2 for a redox system was obtained in the case of methyl-β-cyclodextrin and thiocholesterol inclusion complex self-assembled monolayer. A rather low value of capacitance 1.2 μF cm−2 measured in supporting electrolyte further signifies the fact that inclusion complex monolayer is quite impermeable for ionic species. In addition lateral force microscopy combined with force–distance analysis revealed the presence of an interesting mixed hydrophilic/hydrophobic surface. - Highlights: • Self-assembled monolayer of inclusion complexes on gold surface • Lateral force microscopy study of the regions of varying hydrophilicities • Could find applications in patterning surfaces to be hydrophilic/hydrophobic • Improved electron transfer barrier properties

  9. Water Complexes Take Part in Biological Effect Created by Weak Combined Magnetic Field

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    Sheykina, Nadiia

    2016-07-01

    It was revealed experimentally that at small level of magnetic field's noise (less than 4µT/Hz0.5) the dependence of gravitropc reaction of cress roots on frequency had a fine structure/ The peak that corresponded to the cyclotron frequency of Ca2+ ions for the static component of combined magnetic field that was equal to 40µT became split up into three peaks ( f1 = 31/3Hz, f2 = 32.5Hz i f3 = 34 Hz./ . The frequency f1 corresponded to the Ca2+ ion (theoretical value 31.6 Hz), the frequency f2 corresponded to the hydronium ion H3O+ (theoretical value 32.9 Hz), the frequency f3 corresponded to OH- ion (theoretical value 35 Hz). Taking into account the influence of combined magnetic field on hydronium ions and Del Giudice' hypothesis one may throw away doubts about the possibility of ion cyclotron resonance. The hydronium ions are unusual because they have a long free path length. It was revealed that pH of the distillated water changed under the treatment in combined magnetic field tuned to cyclotron frequency of hydronium ion. Such changes in pH had to lead to the biological effects on the molecular ,cell and organism levels.

  10. Determination of the Stoichiometry of the Complete Bacterial Type III Secretion Needle Complex Using a Combined Quantitative Proteomic Approach.

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    Zilkenat, Susann; Franz-Wachtel, Mirita; Stierhof, York-Dieter; Galán, Jorge E; Macek, Boris; Wagner, Samuel

    2016-05-01

    Precisely knowing the stoichiometry of their components is critical for investigating structure, assembly, and function of macromolecular machines. This has remained a technical challenge in particular for large, hydrophobic membrane-spanning protein complexes. Here, we determined the stoichiometry of a type III secretion system of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium using two complementary protocols of gentle complex purification combined with peptide concatenated standard and synthetic stable isotope-labeled peptide-based mass spectrometry. Bacterial type III secretion systems are cell envelope-spanning effector protein-delivery machines essential for colonization and survival of many Gram-negative pathogens and symbionts. The membrane-embedded core unit of these secretion systems, termed the needle complex, is composed of a base that anchors the machinery to the inner and outer membranes, a hollow filament formed by inner rod and needle subunits that serves as conduit for substrate proteins, and a membrane-embedded export apparatus facilitating substrate translocation. Structural analyses have revealed the stoichiometry of the components of the base, but the stoichiometry of the essential hydrophobic export apparatus components and of the inner rod protein remain unknown. Here, we provide evidence that the export apparatus of type III secretion systems contains five SpaP, one SpaQ, one SpaR, and one SpaS. We confirmed that the previously suggested stoichiometry of nine InvA is valid for assembled needle complexes and describe a loose association of InvA with other needle complex components that may reflect its function. Furthermore, we present evidence that not more than six PrgJ form the inner rod of the needle complex. Providing this structural information will facilitate efforts to obtain an atomic view of type III secretion systems and foster our understanding of the function of these and related flagellar machines. Given that other virulence

  11. Combined complex Doppler and Cherenkov effect in left-handed metamaterials

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    Ziemkiewicz, David

    2015-01-01

    We derive the formula of the complex Doppler shift in a two-dimensional, dispersive metamaterial and we show that a moving, monochromatic radiation source generates multiple frequency modes. The role of the group velocity is stressed and the Doppler shifted radiation field exhibits features of the Cherenkov effect. The presented theory is also applicable to the case of a moving, nonoscillating charge and explains many peculiar characteristics of the Cherenkov radiation in lefthanded metamaterials such as the backward direction of power emission, the constant radiation angle and the lack of velocity threshold.

  12. Complex airborne system with combined action on the conditions of risk weather phenomena

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    Niculae MARIN

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The study of the weather phenomena is one of the main concerns of scientists. Initially, theresearches in this area were intended to provide military structures new ways of fighting in wars suchas the wars in Korea or Vietnam and then continued with the development of technologies to combatthe phenomena that affect the normal conditions of agriculture, the environment, etc. -extremephenomena- hail, low precipitation regime, etc. Since the last decade of last century also in Romaniathere were a number of initiatives supported through a national program of research in the fightagainst hail and stimulation of precipitation. In this context, INCAS proposed in 2008 a researchproject to implement a complex airborne system, which carry out actions to limit the effects of extremeweather events on crops and objectives of national and strategic interest, on the basis of informationreceived from a system of sensors located on the air platform and intended for measuring the physicalcharacteristics of the atmosphere. Also, as a long-term effect, the action of the complex airbornesystem may lead to the rainfall regulation and control, with all the implications arising from this(avoiding flooding, providing protection from frost of autumn crop, etc.The aerial platform chosen for this research approach is the aircraft for school and training IAR99SOIM, INCAS being the author of its structural design and also holding the patent for IndustrialDesign nr.00081 registered with OSIM. Project acronym : COMAEROPREC.

  13. A combined complex electrical impedance and acoustic emission study in limestone samples under uniaxial loading

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    Saltas, V.; Fitilis, I.; Vallianatos, F.

    2014-12-01

    In the present work, complex electrical impedance measurements in the frequency range of 10 mHz to 1 MHz were carried out in conjunction with acoustic emission monitoring in limestone samples subjected to linear and stepped-like uniaxial loading, up to ultimate failure. Cole-Cole plots of the complex impedance during the stepped loading of limestone have been used to discriminate the contributions of grains interior, grain boundaries and electrode polarization effects to the overall electrical behavior. The latter is well-described with an equivalent-circuit model which comprises components of constant phase elements and resistances in parallel connection. Electrical conductivity increases upon uniaxial loading giving rise to negative values of effective activation volume. This is a strong experimental evidence for the generation of transient electric signals recorded prior to seismic events and may be attributed to charge transfer (proton conduction) due to cracks generation and propagation as a result of the applied stress. The time-series of ac-conductivity at two distinct frequencies (10 kHz, 200 kHz) during linear loading of limestone samples exhibits a strong correlation with the acoustic emission activity obeying the same general self-similar law for critical phenomena that has been reported for the energy release before materials fracture.

  14. Combination treatment with atorvastatin plus niacin provides effective control of complex dyslipidemias: a literature review.

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    McKenney, James M

    2012-01-01

    Patients with dyslipidemia receive a cardiovascular benefit from lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). Atorvastatin is currently one of the most effective approved medications for lowering LDL-C, and has been shown to significantly reduce cardiovascular risk in many patient groups. However, even with substantial lowering of LDL-C with atorvastatin, patients still have a residual risk for coronary heart disease. Elevated triglyceride levels and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) levels may contribute to this risk. Approved medications targeting these secondary lipid parameters include fibrates, omega-3 fatty acids, and niacin. Among these medications, niacin provides the optimal increase in HDL-C levels and has efficacy similar to the other medications in lowering triglyceride levels. However, there are challenges to adherence with niacin treatment. The most common challenge during niacin treatment is flushing, although it typically decreases with ongoing use and can be ameliorated by pretreatment with aspirin and counseling by the prescriber. A combination of atorvastatin and niacin may provide more complete normalization of the lipid profile and increased cardiovascular benefits. A literature review of the PubMed and Embase databases was conducted for clinical studies that reported on the lipid-modifying efficacy of the atorvastatin plus niacin combination. Identified studies involved patients at risk for coronary heart disease and patients with established coronary heart disease. Overall, the studies were small but indicated that atorvastatin in combination with niacin was efficacious in normalizing lipid parameters. Larger lipid studies as well as studies evaluating cardiovascular outcomes during atorvastatin plus niacin treatment are warranted.

  15. Venom landscapes: mining the complexity of spider venoms via a combined cDNA and mass spectrometric approach.

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    Escoubas, Pierre; Sollod, Brianna; King, Glenn F

    2006-05-01

    The complexity of Australian funnel-web spider venoms has been explored via the combined use of MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry coupled with chromatographic separation and the analysis of venom-gland cDNA libraries. The results show that these venoms are far more complex than previously realized. We show that the venoms of Australian funnel-web spiders contain many hundreds of peptides that follow a bimodal distribution, with about 75% of the peptides having a mass of 3000-5000 Da. The mass spectral data were validated by matching the experimentally observed masses with those predicted from peptide sequences derived from analysis of venom-gland cDNA libraries. We show that multiple isoforms of these peptides are found in small chromatographic windows, which suggests that the wide distribution of close molecular weights among the chromatographic fractions probably reflects a diversity of structures and physicochemical properties. The combination of all predicted and measured parameters permits the interpretation of three-dimensional 'venom landscapes' derived from LC-MALDI analysis. We propose that these venom landscapes might have predictive value for the discovery of various groups of pharmacologically distinct toxins in complex venoms.

  16. Complexity

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    Gershenson, Carlos

    2011-01-01

    The term complexity derives etymologically from the Latin plexus, which means interwoven. Intuitively, this implies that something complex is composed by elements that are difficult to separate. This difficulty arises from the relevant interactions that take place between components. This lack of separability is at odds with the classical scientific method - which has been used since the times of Galileo, Newton, Descartes, and Laplace - and has also influenced philosophy and engineering. In recent decades, the scientific study of complexity and complex systems has proposed a paradigm shift in science and philosophy, proposing novel methods that take into account relevant interactions.

  17. Pavement crack detection combining non-negative feature with fast LoG in complex scene

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    Wang, Wanli; Zhang, Xiuhua; Hong, Hanyu

    2015-12-01

    Pavement crack detection is affected by much interference in the realistic situation, such as the shadow, road sign, oil stain, salt and pepper noise etc. Due to these unfavorable factors, the exist crack detection methods are difficult to distinguish the crack from background correctly. How to extract crack information effectively is the key problem to the road crack detection system. To solve this problem, a novel method for pavement crack detection based on combining non-negative feature with fast LoG is proposed. The two key novelties and benefits of this new approach are that 1) using image pixel gray value compensation to acquisit uniform image, and 2) combining non-negative feature with fast LoG to extract crack information. The image preprocessing results demonstrate that the method is indeed able to homogenize the crack image with more accurately compared to existing methods. A large number of experimental results demonstrate the proposed approach can detect the crack regions more correctly compared with traditional methods.

  18. Combined hybridization and mitochondrial capture shape complex phylogeographic patterns in hybridogenetic Cataglyphis desert ants.

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    Eyer, P A; Leniaud, L; Tinaut, A; Aron, S

    2016-12-01

    Some species of Cataglyphis desert ants have evolved a hybridogenetic mode of reproduction at the social scale. In hybridogenetic populations, two distinct genetic lineages coexist. Non-reproductive offspring (workers) are hybrids of the two lineages, whereas sexual offspring (males and new queens) are produced by parthenogenesis and belong to the mother queen lineage. How this unusual reproductive system affects phylogeographic patterns and speciation processes remains completely unknown to date. Using one mitochondrial and four nuclear genes, we examined the phylogenetic relationships between three species of Cataglyphis (C. hispanica, C. humeya and C. velox) where complex DNA inheritance through social hybridogenesis may challenge phylogenetic inference. Our results bring two important insights. First, our data confirm a hybridogenetic mode of reproduction across the whole distribution range of the species C. hispanica. In contrast, they do not provide support for hybridogenesis in the populations sampled of C. humeya and C. velox. This suggests that these populations are not hybridogenetic, or that hybridogenesis is too recent to result in reciprocally monophyletic lineages on nuclear genes. Second, due to mitochondrial introgression between lineages (Darras and Aron, 2015), the faster-evolving COI marker is not lineage specific, hence, unsuitable to further investigate the segregation of lineages in the species studied. Different mitochondrial haplotypes occur in each locality sampled, resulting in strongly structured populations. This micro-allopatric structure leads to over-splitting species delimitation on mitochondrial gene, as every locality could potentially be considered a putative species; haploweb analyses of nuclear markers, however, yield species delimitations that are consistent with morphology. Overall, this study highlights how social hybridogenesis varies across species and shapes complex phylogeographic patterns.

  19. Integrative taxonomy: Combining morphological, molecular and chemical data for species delineation in the parthenogenetic Trhypochthonius tectorum complex (Acari, Oribatida, Trhypochthoniidae

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    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is a long-standing controversial about how parthenogenetic species can be defined in absence of a generally accepted species concept for this reproductive mode. An integrative approach was suggested, combining molecular and morphological data to identify distinct monophyletic entities. Using this approach, speciation of parthenogenetic lineages was recently demonstrated for groups of bdelloid rotifers and oribatid mites. Trhypochthonius tectorum, an oribatid mite from the entirely parthenogenetic desmonomatan family Trhypochthoniidae, is traditionally treated as a single species in Central Europe. However, two new morphological lineages were recently proposed for some Austrian populations of T. tectorum, and were described as novel subspecies (T. silvestris europaeus or form (T. japonicus forma occidentalis. We used the morphological and morphometrical data which led to this separation, and added mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences and the chemical composition of complex exocrine oil gland secretions to test this taxonomical hypothesis. This is the first attempt to combine these three types of data for integrative taxonomical investigations of oribatid mites. Results We show that the previous European species T. tectorum represents a species complex consisting of three distinct lineages in Austria (T.tectorum, T. silvestris europaeus and T. japonicus forma occidentalis, each clearly separated by morphology, oil gland secretion profiles and mitochondrial cox1 sequences. This diversification happened in the last ten million years. In contrast to these results, no variation among the lineages was found in the nuclear 18S rDNA. Conclusions Our approach combined morphological, molecular and chemical data to investigate diversity and species delineation in a parthenogenetic oribatid mite species complex. To date, hypotheses of a general oribatid mite phylogeny are manifold, and mostly based on single-method approaches

  20. Differential inhibition of PDKs by phenylbutyrate and enhancement of pyruvate dehydrogenase complex activity by combination with dichloroacetate.

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    Ferriero, Rosa; Iannuzzi, Clara; Manco, Giuseppe; Brunetti-Pierri, Nicola

    2015-09-01

    Pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDHC) is a key enzyme in metabolism linking glycolysis to tricarboxylic acid cycle and its activity is tightly regulated by phosphorylation catalyzed by four pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase (PDK) isoforms. PDKs are pharmacological targets for several human diseases including cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart failure, and inherited PDHC deficiency. We investigated the inhibitory activity of phenylbutyrate toward PDKs and found that PDK isoforms 1-to-3 are inhibited whereas PDK4 is unaffected. Moreover, docking studies revealed putative binding sites of phenylbutyrate on PDK2 and 3 that are located on different sites compared to dichloroacetate (DCA), a previously known PDK inhibitor. Based on these findings, we showed both in cells and in mice that phenylbutyrate combined to DCA results in greater increase of PDHC activity compared to each drug alone. These results suggest that therapeutic efficacy can be enhanced by combination of drugs increasing PDHC enzyme activity. PMID:25601413

  1. Combining the complex variable reproducing kernel particle method and the finite element method for solving transient heat conduction problems

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    Chen Li; Ma He-Ping; Cheng Yu-Min

    2013-01-01

    In this paper,the complex variable reproducing kernel particle (CVRKP) method and the finite element (FE) method are combined as the CVRKP-FE method to solve transient heat conduction problems.The CVRKP-FE method not only conveniently imposes the essential boundary conditions,but also exploits the advantages of the individual methods while avoiding their disadvantages,then the computational efficiency is higher.A hybrid approximation function is applied to combine the CVRKP method with the FE method,and the traditional difference method for two-point boundary value problems is selected as the time discretization scheme.The corresponding formulations of the CVRKP-FE method are presented in detail.Several selected numerical examples of the transient heat conduction problems are presented to illustrate the performance of the CVRKP-FE method.

  2. T CELL REPERTOIRE COMPLEXITY IN SEVER COMBINED IMMUNODEFICIENCY PATIENTS AFTER BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTATION

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    曹水; 李晓静

    2003-01-01

    Objective. To study thymus-dependent T cell development and T cell repertoire in human sever combined immunodeficiency (SCID) patients after HLA-identical or haploidentical T cell-depleted allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Methods. Blood samples were obtained from 15 SCID patients before transplantation and at varying intervals thereafter. Quantitative competitive PCR assay and immunoscope analysis of the T cell receptor (TCR) Vβ repertoire were performed. Results. Before and within the first 100 days after transplantation, patients' peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) presented an oligoclonal or polyclonal skewed T cell repertoire, low T cell receptor excision circles (TRECs) values and predominance of CD45RO+ T cell. In contrast, the presence of high numbers of CD45RA+ T cells in bone marrow(BM) circulation reconstituted SCID patients (>100 days post-transplantation) correlated with active T cell production by the thymus as revealed by high TREC values, and a polyclonal T cell repertoire demonstrated by a Gaussian distribution of Vβ-specific peaks. Conclusions. Within one year after BMT, a normal T cell repertoire develops in SCID patients as a result of thymic output. The T cell receptor diversity is highly and positively correlated in these patients with TREC levels.

  3. Combining classical and molecular approaches elaborates on the complexity of mechanisms underpinning anterior regeneration.

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    Deborah J Evans

    Full Text Available The current model of planarian anterior regeneration evokes the establishment of low levels of Wnt signalling at anterior wounds, promoting anterior polarity and subsequent elaboration of anterior fate through the action of the TALE class homeodomain PREP. The classical observation that decapitations positioned anteriorly will regenerate heads more rapidly than posteriorly positioned decapitations was among the first to lead to the proposal of gradients along an anteroposterior (AP axis in a developmental context. An explicit understanding of this phenomenon is not included in the current model of anterior regeneration. This raises the question what the underlying molecular and cellular basis of this temporal gradient is, whether it can be explained by current models and whether understanding the gradient will shed light on regenerative events. Differences in anterior regeneration rate are established very early after amputation and this gradient is dependent on the activity of Hedgehog (Hh signalling. Animals induced to produce two tails by either Smed-APC-1(RNAi or Smed-ptc(RNAi lose anterior fate but form previously described ectopic anterior brain structures. Later these animals form peri-pharyngeal brain structures, which in Smed-ptc(RNAi grow out of the body establishing a new A/P axis. Combining double amputation and hydroxyurea treatment with RNAi experiments indicates that early ectopic brain structures are formed by uncommitted stem cells that have progressed through S-phase of the cell cycle at the time of amputation. Our results elaborate on the current simplistic model of both AP axis and brain regeneration. We find evidence of a gradient of hedgehog signalling that promotes posterior fate and temporarily inhibits anterior regeneration. Our data supports a model for anterior brain regeneration with distinct early and later phases of regeneration. Together these insights start to delineate the interplay between discrete existing, new

  4. Combining classical and molecular approaches elaborates on the complexity of mechanisms underpinning anterior regeneration.

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    Evans, Deborah J; Owlarn, Suthira; Tejada Romero, Belen; Chen, Chen; Aboobaker, A Aziz

    2011-01-01

    The current model of planarian anterior regeneration evokes the establishment of low levels of Wnt signalling at anterior wounds, promoting anterior polarity and subsequent elaboration of anterior fate through the action of the TALE class homeodomain PREP. The classical observation that decapitations positioned anteriorly will regenerate heads more rapidly than posteriorly positioned decapitations was among the first to lead to the proposal of gradients along an anteroposterior (AP) axis in a developmental context. An explicit understanding of this phenomenon is not included in the current model of anterior regeneration. This raises the question what the underlying molecular and cellular basis of this temporal gradient is, whether it can be explained by current models and whether understanding the gradient will shed light on regenerative events. Differences in anterior regeneration rate are established very early after amputation and this gradient is dependent on the activity of Hedgehog (Hh) signalling. Animals induced to produce two tails by either Smed-APC-1(RNAi) or Smed-ptc(RNAi) lose anterior fate but form previously described ectopic anterior brain structures. Later these animals form peri-pharyngeal brain structures, which in Smed-ptc(RNAi) grow out of the body establishing a new A/P axis. Combining double amputation and hydroxyurea treatment with RNAi experiments indicates that early ectopic brain structures are formed by uncommitted stem cells that have progressed through S-phase of the cell cycle at the time of amputation. Our results elaborate on the current simplistic model of both AP axis and brain regeneration. We find evidence of a gradient of hedgehog signalling that promotes posterior fate and temporarily inhibits anterior regeneration. Our data supports a model for anterior brain regeneration with distinct early and later phases of regeneration. Together these insights start to delineate the interplay between discrete existing, new, and then

  5. Clinical analysis of biliary stent placement combined with gamma-knife for the treatment of complex hilar cholangiocarcinoma

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    Zhi-qiang FENG

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Objective To evaluate the therapeutic effect of biliary stent placement combined with gamma-knife for the treatment of complex hilar cholangiocarcinoma.Methods Five patients with type IV hilar cholangiocarcinoma,according to Bismuth classification,combined with stenosis of distant common bile duct were treated with biliary stent placement and gamma-knife.The left intrahepatic bile duct was catheterized under the guidance of ultrasound,followed by catheterization of right intrahepatic bile duct aided by percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography for drainage(PTCD.Three biliary stents were inserted to relieve obstruction.Patients then underwent gamma-knife treatment after subsidence of jaundice,and bilirubin,followed by determination of transaminase and observation of the condition of the tumor.Results Total bilrubin,direct bilrubin and alanine transaminase of patients were 289.38±101.43μmol/L,180.42±72.50μmol/L and 148.80±82.65 U/L respectively before PTCD,and 94.2±20.43μmol/L,62.37±30.41μmol/L and 109.27±45.52 U/L,respectively,7 days after PTCD,and they declined to 27.20±14.60μmol/L,20.58±9.33μmol/L and 59.80±35.18 U/L,respectively,one month after PTCD.Five patients survived for 10,13,14,17 and 24 months,respectively.The median survival time was 15 months.Conclusion The combination of insertion of metallic stents and gamma-knife therapy is a safe and effective treatment for complex hilar cholangiocarcinoma,and this therapeutic strategy may improve survival rate and control the rate of grouth of carcinoma.

  6. A Combination of Biochar-Mineral Complexes and Compost Improves Soil Bacterial Processes, Soil Quality, and Plant Properties.

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    Ye, Jun; Zhang, Rui; Nielsen, Shaun; Joseph, Stephen D; Huang, Danfeng; Thomas, Torsten

    2016-01-01

    Organic farming avoids the use of synthetic fertilizers and promises food production with minimal environmental impact, however this farming practice does not often result in the same productivity as conventional farming. In recent years, biochar has received increasing attention as an agricultural amendment and by coating it with minerals to form biochar-mineral complex (BMC) carbon retention and nutrient availability can be improved. However, little is known about the potential of BMC in improving organic farming. We therefore investigated here how soil, bacterial and plant properties respond to a combined treatment of BMC and an organic fertilizer, i.e., a compost based on poultry manure. In a pakchoi pot trial, BMC and compost showed synergistic effects on soil properties, and specifically by increasing nitrate content. Soil nitrate has been previously observed to increase leaf size and we correspondingly saw an increase in the surface area of pakchoi leaves under the combined treatment of BMC and composted chicken manure. The increase in soil nitrate was also correlated with an enrichment of bacterial nitrifiers due to BMC. Additionally, we observed that the bacteria present in the compost treatment had a high turnover, which likely facilitated organic matter degradation and a reduction of potential pathogens derived from the manure. Overall our results demonstrate that a combination of BMC and compost can stimulate microbial process in organic farming that result in better vegetable production and improved soil properties for sustainable farming. PMID:27092104

  7. A combination of biochar-mineral complexes and compost improves soil bacterial processes, soil quality and plant properties

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Organic farming avoids the use of synthetic fertilizers and promises food production with minimal environmental impact, however this farming practice does not often result in the same productivity as conventional farming. In recent years, biochar has received increasing attention as an agricultural amendment and by coating it with minerals to form biochar-mineral complex (BMC carbon retention and nutrient availability can be improved. However, little is known about the potential of BMC in improving organic farming. We therefore investigated here how soil, bacterial and plant properties respond to a combined treatment of BMC and an organic fertilizer, i.e. a compost based on poultry manure. In a pakchoi pot trial, BMC and compost showed synergistic effects on soil properties, and specifically by increasing nitrate content. Soil nitrate has been previously observed to increase leaf size and we correspondingly saw an increase in the surface area of pakchoi leaves under the combined treatment of BMC and chicken manure. The increase in soil nitrate was also correlated with an enrichment of bacterial nitrifiers due to BMC. Additionally, we observed that the bacteria present in the compost treatment had a high turnover, which likely facilitated organic matter degradation and a reduction of potential pathogens derived from the manure. Overall our results demonstrate that a combination of BMC and compost can stimulate microbial process in organic farming that result in better vegetable production and improved soil properties for sustainable farming.

  8. A Combination of Biochar–Mineral Complexes and Compost Improves Soil Bacterial Processes, Soil Quality, and Plant Properties

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    Ye, Jun; Zhang, Rui; Nielsen, Shaun; Joseph, Stephen D.; Huang, Danfeng; Thomas, Torsten

    2016-01-01

    Organic farming avoids the use of synthetic fertilizers and promises food production with minimal environmental impact, however this farming practice does not often result in the same productivity as conventional farming. In recent years, biochar has received increasing attention as an agricultural amendment and by coating it with minerals to form biochar–mineral complex (BMC) carbon retention and nutrient availability can be improved. However, little is known about the potential of BMC in improving organic farming. We therefore investigated here how soil, bacterial and plant properties respond to a combined treatment of BMC and an organic fertilizer, i.e., a compost based on poultry manure. In a pakchoi pot trial, BMC and compost showed synergistic effects on soil properties, and specifically by increasing nitrate content. Soil nitrate has been previously observed to increase leaf size and we correspondingly saw an increase in the surface area of pakchoi leaves under the combined treatment of BMC and composted chicken manure. The increase in soil nitrate was also correlated with an enrichment of bacterial nitrifiers due to BMC. Additionally, we observed that the bacteria present in the compost treatment had a high turnover, which likely facilitated organic matter degradation and a reduction of potential pathogens derived from the manure. Overall our results demonstrate that a combination of BMC and compost can stimulate microbial process in organic farming that result in better vegetable production and improved soil properties for sustainable farming. PMID:27092104

  9. Novel Cancer Therapeutics with Allosteric Modulation of the Mitochondrial C-Raf-DAPK Complex by Raf Inhibitor Combination Therapy.

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    Tsai, Yi-Ta; Chuang, Mei-Jen; Tang, Shou-Hung; Wu, Sheng-Tang; Chen, Yu-Chi; Sun, Guang-Huan; Hsiao, Pei-Wen; Huang, Shih-Ming; Lee, Hwei-Jen; Yu, Cheng-Ping; Ho, Jar-Yi; Lin, Hui-Kuan; Chen, Ming-Rong; Lin, Chung-Chih; Chang, Sun-Yran; Lin, Victor C; Yu, Dah-Shyong; Cha, Tai-Lung

    2015-09-01

    Mitochondria are the powerhouses of cells. Mitochondrial C-Raf is a potential cancer therapeutic target, as it regulates mitochondrial function and is localized to the mitochondria by its N-terminal domain. However, Raf inhibitor monotherapy can induce S338 phosphorylation of C-Raf (pC-Raf(S338)) and impede therapy. This study identified the interaction of C-Raf with S308 phosphorylated DAPK (pDAPK(S308)), which together became colocalized in the mitochondria to facilitate mitochondrial remodeling. Combined use of the Raf inhibitors sorafenib and GW5074 had synergistic anticancer effects in vitro and in vivo, but targeted mitochondrial function, rather than the canonical Raf signaling pathway. C-Raf depletion in knockout MEF(C-Raf-/-) or siRNA knockdown ACHN renal cancer cells abrogated the cytotoxicity of combination therapy. Crystal structure simulation showed that GW5074 bound to C-Raf and induced a C-Raf conformational change that enhanced sorafenib-binding affinity. In the presence of pDAPK(S308), this drug-target interaction compromised the mitochondrial targeting effect of the N-terminal domain of C-Raf, which induced two-hit damages to cancer cells. First, combination therapy facilitated pC-Raf(S338) and pDAPK(S308) translocation from mitochondria to cytoplasm, leading to mitochondrial dysfunction and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. Second, ROS facilitated PP2A-mediated dephosphorylation of pDAPK(S308) to DAPK. PP2A then dissociated from the C-Raf-DAPK complex and induced profound cancer cell death. Increased pDAPK(S308) modification was also observed in renal cancer tissues, which correlated with poor disease-free survival and poor overall survival in renal cancer patients. Besides mediating the anticancer effect, pDAPK(S308) may serve as a predictive biomarker for Raf inhibitors combination therapy, suggesting an ideal preclinical model that is worthy of clinical translation.

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Electroresponsive Materials with Applications In: Part I. Second Harmonic Generation. Part II. Organic-Lanthanide Ion Complexes for Electroluminescence and Optical Amplifiers.

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    Claude, Charles

    1995-01-01

    oxidative stability and for their optical properties. Organic-europium ion complexes based on derivatives of 2-benzoyl benzoate are stable to a temperature 70^circ C higher than the europium beta -diketonate complexes. The optical and fluorescence properties of the organic-europium ion complexes were characterized. The methoxy and the t-butyl derivatives of the europium 2-benzoylbenzoate complexes exhibited fluorescence quantum efficiencies that were comparable to europium tris(thenoyl trifluoroacetonate) in methylene chloride but the extinction coefficient was two-thirds of the europium thenoyltrifluoroacetonate complexes. The last complex characterized was the europium bis(diphenylphosphino)imine complex. The complex exhibited thermal stability to 550 ^circC under nitrogen.

  11. The combination of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and non-MHC genes influences murine lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus pathogenesis

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    Eyler, Y L; Pfau, C J; Broomhall, K S;

    1989-01-01

    with the recessive disease phenotype. In all cases, susceptibility was dominant. In backcross progeny obtained from matings of parental strains differing in both major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and non-MHC (SWR; C3H), 90% of the challenged mice died, indicating that at least three loci controlled...... susceptibility to the disease. When the parental strains carried similar MHC haplotypes but dissimilar background genes (B10.BR; CBA), 78% of the backcross mice succumbed, indicating that at least two non-MHC loci influenced disease susceptibility. It is unlikely, however, that the same two non-MHC loci...... are critical in all genetic combinations, since F1 produced from two H-2 identical, resistant strains (B10.BR; C3H) were found to be fully susceptible. When congenic mice, differing only in the D-end of the MHC region, were analysed, 50% of the backcross animals died, indicating that one gene in the MHC region...

  12. Combined complex-source beam and spherical-multipole analysis for the electromagnetic probing of conical structures

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    Klinkenbusch, Ludger; Brüns, Hendrik

    2016-11-01

    The paper addresses the combination of the spherical-multipole analysis in sphero-conal coordinates with a uniform complex-source beam (CSB) in order to analyze the scattering of a localized electromagnetic plane wave by any desired part of a perfectly conducting elliptic cone. The concept of uniform CSB is introduced and rigorously applied to the diffraction by a semi-infinite elliptic cone. The analysis takes into account the fact that the incident CSB does not satisfy the radiation condition. A new modal form of the Green's function for the elliptic cone is derived based on the principle that there is no energy loss to infinity. The numerical evaluation includes the scattered far fields of a CSB incident on the corner of a plane angular sector with different opening angles. xml:lang="fr"

  13. LOW COMPLEXITY HYBRID LOSSY TO LOSSLESS IMAGE CODER WITH COMBINED ORTHOGONAL POLYNOMIALS TRANSFORM AND INTEGER WAVELET TRANSFORM

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    R. Krishnamoorthy

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a new lossy to lossless image coding scheme combined with Orthogonal Polynomials Transform and Integer Wavelet Transform is proposed. The Lifting Scheme based Integer Wavelet Transform (LS-IWT is first applied on the image in order to reduce the blocking artifact and memory demand. The Embedded Zero tree Wavelet (EZW subband coding algorithm is used in this proposed work for progressive image coding which achieves efficient bit rate reduction. The computational complexity of lower subband coding of EZW algorithm is reduced in this proposed work with a new integer based Orthogonal Polynomials transform coding. The normalization and mapping are done on the subband of the image for exploiting the subjective redundancy and the zero tree structure is obtained for EZW coding and so the computation complexity is greatly reduced in this proposed work. The experimental results of the proposed technique also show that the efficient bit rate reduction is achieved for both lossy and lossless compression when compared with existing techniques.

  14. LEVELS OF KEY CYTOKINES, MACROGLOBULINS AND THEIR SPECIFIC IMMUNE COMPLEXES IN BLOOD SERA OF WOMEN TAKING COMBINED ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES

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    V. N. Zorina

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    Full Text Available Abstract. We investigated effects of combined oral contraceptives (COC containing low- and microdoses of estrogenic components upon serum levels of macroglobulin family proteins (alpha-2-macroglobulin, α2-MG, and pregnancy-associated alpha-2-glycoprotein, α2-PAG, their immune complexes with IgG, as well as concentrations of some cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6, TNFα, IFNγ. It was shown that cytokine levels did not differ with control, whereas α2-MG concentrations showed a time-dependent decrease in a group of women taking COC with microdoses of estrogens, and α2-PAG levels increased tenfold, independent on dosage and time of COC application. Meanwhile, contents of PAG-IgG complexes exhibits a gradual decrease, along with increase in MG-IgG. Considering PAG as a marker of normal and malignant proliferation, we suggest, that the levels of α2-PAG may be useful in monitoring of women taking COC, in order to predict high risk of pathological  proliferation  by  evaluation  of  individuals with  elevated  α2-PAG  levels.  (Med.  Immunol.,  2011, vol. 13, N 6, pp 635-638 

  15. Deoxynivanelol and Fumonisin, Alone or in Combination, Induce Changes on Intestinal Junction Complexes and in E-Cadherin Expression

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    Karina Basso

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Fusariotoxins such as fumonisin B1 (FB1 and deoxynivalenol (DON cause deleterious effects on the intestine of pigs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of these mycotoxins, alone and in combination, on jejunal explants from piglets, using histological, immunohistochemical and ultrastructural assays. Five 24-day old pigs were used for sampling the explants. Forty-eight explants were sampled from each animal. Explants were incubated for 4 hours in culture medium and medium containing FB1 (100 µM, DON (10 µM and both mycotoxins (100 µM FB1 plus 10 µM DON. Exposure to all treatments induced a significant decrease in the normal intestinal morphology and in the number of goblet cells, which were more severe in explants exposed to DON and both mycotoxins. A significant reduction in villus height occurred in groups treated with DON and with co-contamination. Expression of E-cadherin was significantly reduced in explants exposed to FB1 (40%, DON (93% and FB1 plus DON (100%. The ultrastructural assay showed increased intercellular spaces and no junction complexes on enterocytes exposed to mycotoxins. The present data indicate that FB1 and DON induce changes in cell junction complexes that could contribute to increase paracellular permeability. The ex vivo model was adequate for assessing intestinal toxicity induced by exposure of isolated or associated concentrations of 100 µM of FB1 and 10 µM of DON.

  16. Highly selective adsorption of ethylene over ethane in a MOF featuring the combination of open metal site and π-complexation

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    Y. Zhang; B. Li; R. Krishna; Z. Wu; D. Ma; Z. Shi; T. Pham; K. Forrest; B. Space; S. Ma

    2015-01-01

    The introduction of the combination of open metal site (OMS) and π-complexation into MOF has led to very high ethylene-ethane adsorption selectivity at 318 K, as illustrated in the context of MIL-101-Cr-SO3Ag. The interactions with ethylene from both OMS and π-complexation in MIL-101-Cr-SO3Ag have b

  17. An investigation of ozone and planetary boundary layer dynamics over the complex topography of Grenoble combining measurements and modeling

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    O. Couach

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper concerns an evaluation of ozone (O3 and planetary boundary layer (PBL dynamics over the complex topography of the Grenoble region through a combination of measurements and mesoscale model (METPHOMOD predictions for three days, during July 1999. The measurements of O3 and PBL structure were obtained with a Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL system, situated 20 km south of Grenoble at Vif (310 m ASL. The combined lidar observations and model calculations are in good agreement with atmospheric measurements obtained with an instrumented aircraft (METAIR. Ozone fluxes were calculated using lidar measurements of ozone vertical profiles concentrations and the horizontal wind speeds measured with a Radar Doppler wind profiler (DEGREANE. The ozone flux patterns indicate that the diurnal cycle of ozone production is controlled by local thermal winds. The convective PBL maximum height was some 2700 m above the land surface while the nighttime residual ozone layer was generally found between 1200 and 2200 m. Finally we evaluate the magnitude of the ozone processes at different altitudes in order to estimate the photochemical ozone production due to the primary pollutants emissions of Grenoble city and the regional network of automobile traffic.

  18. Increased generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species initiates selective cytotoxicity against the MCF-7 cell line resultant from redox active combination therapy using copper-thiosemicarbazone complexes.

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    Akladios, Fady N; Andrew, Scott D; Parkinson, Christopher J

    2016-06-01

    The combination of cytotoxic copper-thiosemicarbazone complexes with phenoxazines results in an up to 50-fold enhancement in the cytotoxic potential of the thiosemicarbazone against the MCF-7 human breast adenocarcinoma cell line over the effect attributable to drug additivity-allowing minimization of the more toxic copper-thiosemicarbazone component of the therapy. The combination of a benzophenoxazine with all classes of copper complex examined in this study proved more effective than combinations of the copper complexes with related isoelectronic azines. The combination approach results in rapid elevation of intracellular reactive oxygen levels followed by apoptotic cell death. Normal fibroblasts representative of non-cancerous cells (MRC-5) did not display a similar elevation of reactive oxygen levels when exposed to similar drug levels. The minimization of the copper-thiosemicarbazone component of the therapy results in an enhanced safety profile against normal fibroblasts. PMID:26951232

  19. Charge carrier effective mass and concentration derived from combination of Seebeck coefficient and 125Te NMR measurements in complex tellurides

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    Levin, E. M.

    2016-06-01

    Thermoelectric materials utilize the Seebeck effect to convert heat to electrical energy. The Seebeck coefficient (thermopower), S , depends on the free (mobile) carrier concentration, n , and effective mass, m*, as S ˜m*/n2 /3 . The carrier concentration in tellurides can be derived from 125Te nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spin-lattice relaxation measurements. The NMR spin-lattice relaxation rate, 1 /T1 , depends on both n and m* as 1 /T1˜(m*)3/2n (within classical Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics) or as 1 /T1˜(m*)2n2 /3 (within quantum Fermi-Dirac statistics), which challenges the correct determination of the carrier concentration in some materials by NMR. Here it is shown that the combination of the Seebeck coefficient and 125Te NMR spin-lattice relaxation measurements in complex tellurides provides a unique opportunity to derive the carrier effective mass and then to calculate the carrier concentration. This approach was used to study A gxS bxG e50-2xT e50 , well-known GeTe-based high-efficiency tellurium-antimony-germanium-silver thermoelectric materials, where the replacement of Ge by [Ag+Sb] results in significant enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient. Values of both m* and n derived using this combination show that the enhancement of thermopower can be attributed primarily to an increase of the carrier effective mass and partially to a decrease of the carrier concentration when the [Ag+Sb] content increases.

  20. Thiocyanate complexes of uranium in multiple oxidation states: a combined structural, magnetic, spectroscopic, spectroelectrochemical, and theoretical study.

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    Hashem, Emtithal; Platts, James A; Hartl, František; Lorusso, Giulia; Evangelisti, Marco; Schulzke, Carola; Baker, Robert J

    2014-08-18

    A comprehensive study of the complexes A4[U(NCS)8] (A = Cs, Et4N, (n)Bu4N) and A3[UO2(NCS)5] (A = Cs, Et4N) is described, with the crystal structures of [(n)Bu4N]4[U(NCS)8]·2MeCN and Cs3[UO2(NCS)5]·O0.5 reported. The magnetic properties of square antiprismatic Cs4[U(NCS)8] and cubic [Et4N]4[U(NCS)8] have been probed by SQUID magnetometry. The geometry has an important impact on the low-temperature magnetic moments: at 2 K, μeff = 1.21 μB and 0.53 μB, respectively. Electronic absorption and photoluminescence spectra of the uranium(IV) compounds have been measured. The redox chemistry of [Et4N]4[U(NCS)8] has been explored using IR and UV-vis spectroelectrochemical methods. Reversible 1-electron oxidation of one of the coordinated thiocyanate ligands occurs at +0.22 V vs Fc/Fc(+), followed by an irreversible oxidation to form dithiocyanogen (NCS)2 which upon back reduction regenerates thiocyanate anions coordinating to UO2(2+). NBO calculations agree with the experimental spectra, suggesting that the initial electron loss of [U(NCS)8](4-) is delocalized over all NCS(-) ligands. Reduction of the uranyl(VI) complex [Et4N]3[UO2(NCS)5] to uranyl(V) is accompanied by immediate disproportionation and has only been studied by DFT methods. The bonding in [An(NCS)8](4-) (An = Th, U) and [UO2(NCS)5](3-) has been explored by a combination of DFT and QTAIM analysis, and the U-N bonds are predominantly ionic, with the uranyl(V) species more ionic that the uranyl(VI) ion. Additionally, the U(IV)-NCS ion is more ionic than what was found for U(IV)-Cl complexes. PMID:25072532

  1. Nanosized As2O3/Fe2O3 complexes combined with magnetic fluid hyperthermia selectively target liver cancer cells

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    Zi-Yu Wang; Jian Song; Dong-Sheng Zhang

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To study the methods of preparing the magnetic nano-microspheres of Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 complexes and their therapeutic effects with magnetic fluid hyperthermia (MFH). METHODS: Nanospheres were prepared by chemical co-precipitation and their shape and diameter were observed. Hemolysis, micronucleus, cell viability, and LD50 along with other in vivo tests were performed to evaluate the Fe2O3 microsphere biocompatibility. The inhibition ratio of tumors after Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 injections combined with induced hyperthermia in xenograft human hepatocarcinoma was calculated. RESULTS: Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 particles were round with an average diameter of 20 nm and 100 nm as observed under transmission electron microscope. Upon exposure to an alternating magnetic field (AMF), the temperature of the suspension of magnetic particles increased to 41-51℃, depending on different particle concentrations, and remained stable thereafter. Nanosized Fe2O3 microspheres are a new kind of biomaterial without cytotoxic effects. The LD50 of both Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 in mice was higher than 5 g/kg. One to four weeks after Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 complex injections into healthy pig livers, no significant differences were found in serum AST, ALT, BUN and Cr levels among the pigs of all groups (P > 0.05), and no obvious pathological alterations were observed. After exposure to alternating magnetic fields, the inhibition ratio of the tumors was significantly different from controls in the Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 groups (68.74% and 82.79%, respectively; P < 0.01). Tumors of mice in treatment groups showed obvious necrosis, while normal tissues adjoining the tumor and internal organs did not.CONCLUSION: Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 complexes exerted radiofrequency-induced hyperthermia and drug toxicity on tumors without any liver or kidney damage. Therefore, nanospheres are ideal carriers for tumortargeted therapy.

  2. Combined analysis of 2-D electrical resistivity, seismic refraction and geotechnical investigations for Bukit Bunuh complex crater

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    Interest in studying impact crater on earth has increased tremendously due to its importance in geologic events, earth inhabitant history as well as economic value. The existences of few shock metamorphism and crater morphology evidences are discovered in Bukit Bunuh, Malaysia thus detailed studies are performed using geophysical and geotechnical methods to verify the type of the crater and characteristics accordingly. This paper presents the combined analysis of 2-D electrical resistivity, seismic refraction, geotechnical SPT N value, moisture content and RQD within the study area. Three stages of data acquisition are made starting with regional study followed by detailed study on West side and East side. Bulk resistivity and p-wave seismic velocity were digitized from 2-D resistivity and seismic sections at specific distance and depth for corresponding boreholes and samples taken. Generally, Bukit Bunuh shows the complex crater characteristics. Standard table of bulk resistivity and p-wave seismic velocity against SPT N value, moisture content and RQD are produce according to geological classifications of impact crater; inside crater, rim/slumped terrace and outside crater

  3. Complex, dynamic combination of physical, chemical and nutritional variables controls spatio-temporal variation of sandy beach community structure.

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    Full Text Available Sandy beach ecological theory states that physical features of the beach control macrobenthic community structure on all but the most dissipative beaches. However, few studies have simultaneously evaluated the relative importance of physical, chemical and biological factors as potential explanatory variables for meso-scale spatio-temporal patterns of intertidal community structure in these systems. Here, we investigate macroinfaunal community structure of a micro-tidal sandy beach that is located on an oligotrophic subtropical coast and is influenced by seasonal estuarine input. We repeatedly sampled biological and environmental variables at a series of beach transects arranged at increasing distances from the estuary mouth. Sampling took place over a period of five months, corresponding with the transition between the dry and wet season. This allowed assessment of biological-physical relationships across chemical and nutritional gradients associated with a range of estuarine inputs. Physical, chemical, and biological response variables, as well as measures of community structure, showed significant spatio-temporal patterns. In general, bivariate relationships between biological and environmental variables were rare and weak. However, multivariate correlation approaches identified a variety of environmental variables (i.e., sampling session, the C∶N ratio of particulate organic matter, dissolved inorganic nutrient concentrations, various size fractions of photopigment concentrations, salinity and, to a lesser extent, beach width and sediment kurtosis that either alone or combined provided significant explanatory power for spatio-temporal patterns of macroinfaunal community structure. Overall, these results showed that the macrobenthic community on Mtunzini Beach was not structured primarily by physical factors, but instead by a complex and dynamic blend of nutritional, chemical and physical drivers. This emphasises the need to recognise ocean

  4. Metal-Based Antibacterial and Antifungal Agents: Synthesis, Characterization, and In Vitro Biological Evaluation of Co(II), Cu(II), Ni(II), and Zn(II) Complexes With Amino Acid-Derived Compounds.

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    Chohan, Zahid H; Arif, M; Akhtar, Muhammad A; Supuran, Claudiu T

    2006-01-01

    A series of antibacterial and antifungal amino acid-derived compounds and their cobalt(II), copper(II), nickel(II), and zinc(II) metal complexes have been synthesized and characterized by their elemental analyses, molar conductances, magnetic moments, and IR, and electronic spectral measurements. Ligands (L(1))-(L(5)) were derived by condensation of beta-diketones with glycine, phenylalanine, valine, and histidine and act as bidentate towards metal ions (cobalt, copper, nickel, and zinc) via the azomethine-N and deprotonated-O of the respective amino acid. The stoichiometric reaction between the metal(II) ion and synthesized ligands in molar ratio of M : L (1 : 1) resulted in the formation of the metal complexes of type [M(L)(H(2)O)(4)]Cl (where M = Co(II), Cu(II), and Zn(II)) and of M : L (1 : 2) of type [M(L)(2)(H(2)O)(2)] (where M = Co(II), Cu(II), Ni(II), and Zn(II)). The magnetic moment data suggested for the complexes to have an octahedral geometry around the central metal atom. The electronic spectral data also supported the same octahedral geometry of the complexes. Elemental analyses and NMR spectral data of the ligands and their metal(II) complexes agree with their proposed structures. The synthesized ligands, along with their metal(II) complexes, were screened for their in vitro antibacterial activity against four Gram-negative (Escherichia coli, Shigella flexeneri, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Salmonella typhi) and two Gram-positive (Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus) bacterial strains and for in vitro antifungal activity against Trichophyton longifusus, Candida albicans, Aspergillus flavus, Microsporum canis, Fusarium solani, and Candida glaberata. The results of these studies show the metal(II) complexes to be more antibacterial/antifungal against one or more species as compared to the uncomplexed ligands. The brine shrimp bioassay was also carried out to study their in vitro cytotoxic properties. Five compounds, (3), (7), (10), (11), and (22

  5. Combining NMR and small angle X-ray and neutron scattering in the structural analysis of a ternary protein-RNA complex

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    Hennig, Janosch; Wang, Iren; Sonntag, Miriam [Institute of Structural Biology, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen (Germany); Gabel, Frank [Extremophiles and Large Molecular Assemblies Group (ELMA), Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS) CEA-CNRS-UJF (France); Sattler, Michael, E-mail: sattler@helmholtz-muenchen.de [Institute of Structural Biology, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen (Germany)

    2013-05-15

    Many processes in the regulation of gene expression and signaling involve the formation of protein complexes involving multi-domain proteins. Individual domains that mediate protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions are typically connected by flexible linkers, which contribute to conformational dynamics and enable the formation of complexes with distinct binding partners. Solution techniques are therefore required for structural analysis and to characterize potential conformational dynamics. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) provides such information but often only sparse data are obtained with increasing molecular weight of the complexes. It is therefore beneficial to combine NMR data with additional structural restraints from complementary solution techniques. Small angle X-ray/neutron scattering (SAXS/SANS) data can be efficiently combined with NMR-derived information, either for validation or by providing additional restraints for structural analysis. Here, we show that the combination of SAXS and SANS data can help to refine structural models obtained from data-driven docking using HADDOCK based on sparse NMR data. The approach is demonstrated with the ternary protein-protein-RNA complex involving two RNA recognition motif (RRM) domains of Sex-lethal, the N-terminal cold shock domain of Upstream-to-N-Ras, and msl-2 mRNA. Based on chemical shift perturbations we have mapped protein-protein and protein-RNA interfaces and complemented this NMR-derived information with SAXS data, as well as SANS measurements on subunit-selectively deuterated samples of the ternary complex. Our results show that, while the use of SAXS data is beneficial, the additional combination with contrast variation in SANS data resolves remaining ambiguities and improves the docking based on chemical shift perturbations of the ternary protein-RNA complex.

  6. Electrochemical study of {beta}-diketonatobis(triphenylphosphite)rhodium(I) complexes

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    Erasmus, Johannes J.C. [Department of Chemistry, PO Box 339, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein 9300 (South Africa); Conradie, Jeanet, E-mail: conradj@ufs.ac.z [Department of Chemistry, PO Box 339, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein 9300 (South Africa)

    2011-10-30

    } = second order rate constant for the oxidative addition of methyl iodide to rhodium). A profound shift of E{sub pa}(Rh) to a more positive potential was observed for Rh(I) substrates containing {beta}-diketonato ligands with increasing electronegative substituents R and R'. An exponential dependence of E{sub pa}(Rh) on the pK{sub a} of the {beta}-diketone was obtained.

  7. A call for a multifaceted approach to language learning motivation research: Combining complexity, humanistic, and critical perspectives

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    Pigott, Julian

    2012-01-01

    In this paper I give an overview of recent developments in the L2 motivation field, in particular the movement away from quantitative, questionnaire-based methodologies toward smaller-scale qualitative studies incorporating concepts from complexity theory. While complexity theory provides useful concepts for exploring motivation in new ways, it has nothing to say about ethics, morality, ideology, politics, power or educational purpose. Furthermore, calls for its use come primar...

  8. A combined phase I and II open label study on the effects of a seaweed extract nutrient complex on osteoarthritis

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    Stephen P Myers

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Stephen P Myers1,2, Joan O’Connor1,2, J Helen Fitton3, Lyndon Brooks4, Margaret Rolfe4, Paul Connellan5, Hans Wohlmuth2,5,6, Phil A Cheras1,2, Carol Morris51NatMed-Research, 2Centre for Health and Wellbeing, 4Graduate Research College, 5Centre for Phytochemistry and Pharmacology, 6Medicinal Plant Herbarium, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, Australia; 3Marinova Pty Ltd, Hobart, Tasmania, AustraliaBackground: Isolated fucoidans from brown marine algae have been shown to have a range of anti-inflammatory effects.Purpose: This present study tested a Maritech® extract formulation, containing a blend of extracts from three different species of brown algae, plus nutrients in an open label combined phase I and II pilot scale study to determine both acute safety and efficacy in osteoarthritis of the knee. Patients and methods: Participants (n = 12, five females [mean age, 62 ± 11.06 years] and seven males [mean age, 57.14 ± 9.20 years] with a confirmed diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee were randomized to either 100 mg (n = 5 or 1000 mg (n = 7 of a Maritech® extract formulation per day. The formulation contained Maritech® seaweed extract containing Fucus vesiculosis (85% w/w, Macrocystis pyrifera (10% w/w and Laminaria japonica (5% w/w plus vitamin B6, zinc and manganese. Primary outcome was the average comprehensive arthritis test (COAT score which is comprised of four sub-scales: pain, stiffness, difficulty with physical activity and overall symptom severity measured weekly. Safety measures included full blood count, serum lipids, liver function tests, urea, creatinine and electrolytes determined at baseline and week 12. All adverse events were recorded.Results: Eleven participants completed 12 weeks and one completed 10 weeks of the study. Using a multilevel linear model, the average COAT score was reduced by 18% for the 100 mg treatment and 52% for the 1000 mg dose at the end of the study. There was a clear dose response effect

  9. Gastrin-releasing peptide receptor antagonist or N-acetylcysteine combined with omeprazol protect against mitochondrial complex II inhibition in a rat model of gastritis.

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    Rezin, Gislaine T; Petronilho, Fabricia C; Araújo, João H; Gonçalves, Cinara L; Daufenbach, Juliana F; Cardoso, Mariane R; Roesler, Rafael; Schwartsmann, Gilberto; Dal-Pizzol, Felipe; Streck, Emilio L

    2011-03-01

    The pathophysiology of gastritis involves an imbalance between gastric acid attack and mucosal defence. In addition, the gastric mucosal injury results in adenosine triphosphate (ATP) depletion leading to mitochondrial dysfunction. Several studies have shown the association of mitochondrial disorders with gastrointestinal dysfunction. In the present study, we investigated the activity of mitochondrial respiratory chain complexes activity in the stomach of rats with gastritis induced by indomethacin (IDM) and treated with omeprazole (OM), N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) antagonist RC-3095. Adult male Wistar rats were pre-treated for 7 days with OM, NAC, RC-3095, combination of OM plus RC-3095, OM plus NAC and water (control). The animals were then submitted to fasting for 24 hr; IDM was administered. The rats were killed 6 hr later, and the stomachs were used for evaluation of macroscopic damage and respiratory chain activity. Our results showed that complex I and IV activities were not affected by administration of IDM. On the other hand, complex II and III activities were inhibited. In addition, OM plus RC-3095 and OM plus NAC did not reverse complex II activity inhibition. However, the complex III activity inhibition was reversed only with the combined use of OM plus RC-3095 and OM plus NAC. Our results are in agreement with previous studies indicating mitochondrial dysfunction in the pathophysiology of gastrointestinal tract disease and we suggest that GRPR antagonism might be a novel therapeutic strategy in gastritis. PMID:21138529

  10. Antiproliferative and Proapoptotic Activities of Methanolic Extracts from Ligustrum vulgare L. as an Individual Treatment and in Combination with Palladium Complex

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    Snežana D. Marković

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to examine the growth inhibitory effects of methanolic leaf and fruit extracts of L. vulgare on HCT-116 cells over different time periods and their synergistic effect with a Pd(apox complex. The antiproliferative activity of plant extracts alone or in combination with the Pd(apox complex was determined using MTT cell viability assay, where the IC50 value was used as a parameter of cytotoxicity. Results show that antiproliferative effects of L. vulgare extracts increase with extension of exposure time, with decreasing IC50 values, except for 72 h where the IC50 values for methanolic leaf extract were lower than for the fruit extract. The Pd(apox complex alone had a weak antiproliferative effect, but combination with L. vulgare extracts caused stronger effects with lower IC50 values than with L. vulgare extracts alone. The type of cell death was explored by fluorescence microscopy using the acridin orange/ethidium bromide method. Treatments with plant extracts caused typical apoptotic morphological changes in HCT-116 cells and co-treatments with Pd(apox complex caused higher levels of apoptotic cells than treatment with plant extracts alone. The results indicate that L. vulgare is a considerable source of natural bioactive substances with antiproliferative activity on HCT-116 cells and which have a substantial synergistic effect with the Pd(apox complex.

  11. Combined use of phospholipid complexes and self-emulsifying microemulsions for improving the oral absorption of a BCS class IV compound, baicalin

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    Huiyi Wu; Xiaoying Long; Fei Yuan; Li Chen; Sujing Pan; Yunjun Liu; Yoshiko Stowell; Xiaoling Li

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a formulation to improve the oral absorption of baicalin (BA) by combining a phospholipid complex (PC) and self-emulsifying microemulsion drug delivery system (SMEDDS), termed BA–PC–SMEDDS. BA–PC was prepared by a solvent evaporation method and evaluated by complexation percentage (CP). The physicochemical properties of BA–PC were determined. The synergistic effect of PC and SMEDDS on permeation of BA was studied in vitro with Caco-2 cells and in situ with...

  12. TEM-109 (CMT-5), a Natural Complex Mutant of TEM-1 β-Lactamase Combining the Amino Acid Substitutions of TEM-6 and TEM-33 (IRT-5)†

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    Robin, F.; Delmas, J.; Chanal, C; Sirot, D.; Sirot, J; Bonnet, R.

    2005-01-01

    Escherichia coli CF349 exhibited a complex β-lactam resistance phenotype, including resistance to amoxicillin and ticarcillin alone and in combination with clavulanate and to some extended-spectrum cephalosporins. The double-disk synergy test was positive. CF349 harbored an 85-kb conjugative plasmid which encoded a β-lactamase of pI 5.9. The corresponding bla gene was identified by PCR and sequencing as a blaTEM gene. The deduced protein sequence revealed a new complex mutant of TEM-1 β-lacta...

  13. User localization in complex environments by multimodal combination of GPS, WiFi, RFID, and pedometer technologies.

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    Dao, Trung-Kien; Nguyen, Hung-Long; Pham, Thanh-Thuy; Castelli, Eric; Nguyen, Viet-Tung; Nguyen, Dinh-Van

    2014-01-01

    Many user localization technologies and methods have been proposed for either indoor or outdoor environments. However, each technology has its own drawbacks. Recently, many researches and designs have been proposed to build a combination of multiple localization technologies system which can provide higher precision results and solve the limitation in each localization technology alone. In this paper, a conceptual design of a general localization platform using combination of multiple localization technologies is introduced. The combination is realized by dividing spaces into grid points. To demonstrate this platform, a system with GPS, RFID, WiFi, and pedometer technologies is established. Experiment results show that the accuracy and availability are improved in comparison with each technology individually.

  14. User localization in complex environments by multimodal combination of GPS, WiFi, RFID, and pedometer technologies.

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    Dao, Trung-Kien; Nguyen, Hung-Long; Pham, Thanh-Thuy; Castelli, Eric; Nguyen, Viet-Tung; Nguyen, Dinh-Van

    2014-01-01

    Many user localization technologies and methods have been proposed for either indoor or outdoor environments. However, each technology has its own drawbacks. Recently, many researches and designs have been proposed to build a combination of multiple localization technologies system which can provide higher precision results and solve the limitation in each localization technology alone. In this paper, a conceptual design of a general localization platform using combination of multiple localization technologies is introduced. The combination is realized by dividing spaces into grid points. To demonstrate this platform, a system with GPS, RFID, WiFi, and pedometer technologies is established. Experiment results show that the accuracy and availability are improved in comparison with each technology individually. PMID:25147866

  15. Differentiation of Species Combined into the Burkholderia cepacia Complex and Related Taxa on the Basis of Their Fatty Acid Patterns

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    Krejčí, Eva; Kroppenstedt, Reiner M.

    2006-01-01

    Using the established commercial system Sherlock (MIDI, Inc.), cellular fatty acid methyl ester analysis for differentiation among Burkholderia cepacia complex species was proven. The identification key based on the diagnostic fatty acids is able to discern phenotypically related Ralstonia pickettii and Pandoraea spp. and further distinguish Burkholderia pyrrocinia, Burkholderia ambifaria, and Burkholderia vietnamiensis.

  16. Direct Numerical Simulation of Complex Multi-Fluid Flows Using a Combined Volume of Fluid and Immersed Boundary Method

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    Deen, Niels G.; Sint Annaland, van Martin; Kuipers, J.A.M.

    2007-01-01

    In this paper a simulation model is presented for the Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) of complex multi-fluid flows in which simultaneously (moving) deformable (drops or bubbles) and non-deformable (moving) elements (particles) are present, possibly with the additional presence of free surfaces. Ou

  17. Systematic metabolite annotation and identification in complex biological extracts : combining robust mass spectrometry fragmentation and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    Hooft, van der J.J.J.

    2012-01-01

    Detailed knowledge of the chemical content of organisms, organs, tissues, and cells is needed to fully characterize complex biological systems. The high chemical variety of compounds present in biological systems is illustrated by the presence of a large variety of compounds, ranging from apolar lip

  18. Brief Report: How Adolescents with ASD Process Social Information in Complex Scenes. Combining Evidence from Eye Movements and Verbal Descriptions

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    Freeth, Megan; Ropar, Danielle; Mitchell, Peter; Chapman, Peter; Loher, Sarah

    2011-01-01

    We investigated attention, encoding and processing of social aspects of complex photographic scenes. Twenty-four high-functioning adolescents (aged 11-16) with ASD and 24 typically developing matched control participants viewed and then described a series of scenes, each containing a person. Analyses of eye movements and verbal descriptions…

  19. Assembly of a Complex Branched Oligosaccharide by Combining Fluorous-Supported Synthesis and Stereoselective Glycosylations using Anomeric Sulfonium Ions

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    Huang, Wei; Gao, Qi; Boons, Geert Jan

    2015-01-01

    There is an urgent need to develop reliable strategies for the rapid assembly of complex oligosaccharides. This paper presents a set of strategically selected orthogonal protecting groups, glycosyl donors modified by a (S)-phenylthiomethylbenzyl ether at C-2, and a glycosyl acceptor containing a flu

  20. Unravelling the complex trait of seed quality: using natural variation through a combination of physiology, genetics and -omics technologies

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    Ligterink, W.; Joosen, R.V.L.; Hilhorst, H.W.M.

    2012-01-01

    Seed quality is a complex trait that is the result of a large variety of developmental processes. The molecular-genetic dissection of these seed processes and their relationship with seed and seedling phenotypes will allow the identification of the regulatory genes and signalling pathways involved a

  1. Constructal optimization of a vertical insulating wall based on a complex objective combining heat flow and strength

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    2010-01-01

    For a vertical insulating wall,a product function of heat flow and strength with power weight is introduced as the complex optimization objective to compromise between insulating performance and mechanical performance.Under the global constraints of fixed external dimensions and safety requirements,the constructal optimization of the wall is carried out by taking the complex function maximization as the objective.It is shown that the maximum of the complex-objective function and its corresponding optimal internal structure design under a certain environmental condition can be obtained by allowing the internal structure of the wall to vary(evolve)freely.The validity,effectivity and applicability of the complex function are proved by the results and the power weight parameter in the range from 0.4 to 4 can compromise between the requirements of insulating and strength simultaneously and preferably.The constructal optimization with coequal attention to heat flow and strength and the corresponding results are discussed in detail.The optimal structure design and the corresponding performance analyses under various environmental conditions of application are presented.When the change of environment is greater and the total Rayleigh number is bigger,the insulating wall with large number of cavities should be employed.When the total Rayleigh number is small,the better performance can be obtained by reasonably employing the insulating wall with small number of cavities.The complex function has better selfadaptability,and the results in the recent literature are special cases of this paper.

  2. Inclusion complexes of cypermethrin and permethrin with monochlorotriazinyl-beta-cyclodextrin: a combined spectroscopy, TG/DSC and DFT study.

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    Yao, Qi; You, Bin; Zhou, Shuli; Chen, Meng; Wang, Yujiao; Li, Wei

    2014-01-01

    The suitable size hydrophobic cavity and monochlorotriazinyl group as a reactive anchor make MCT-β-CD to be widely used in fabric finishing. In this paper, the inclusion complexes of monochlorotriazinyl-beta-cyclodextrin (MCT-β-CD) with cypermethrin (CYPERM) and permethrin (PERM) are synthesized and analyzed by TG/DSC, FT-IR and Raman spectroscopy. TG/DSC reveals that the decomposed temperatures of inclusion complexes are lower by 25-30 °C than that of physical mixtures. DFT calculations in conjunction with FT-IR and Raman spectral analyses are used to study the structures of MCT-β-CD and their inclusion complexes. Four isomers of trisubstituted MCT-β-CD are designed and DFT calculations reveal that 1,3,5-trisubstituted MCT-β-CD has the lowest energy and can be considered as main component of MCT-β-CD. The ground-state geometries, vibrational wavenumbers, IR and Raman intensities of MCT-β-CD and their inclusion complexes were calculated at B3LYP/6-31G (d) level of theory. Upon examining the optimized geometry of inclusion complex, we find that the CYPERM and PERM are inserted into the toroid of MCT-β-CD from the larger opening. The band at 1646 cm(-1) in IR and at 1668 cm(-1) in Raman spectrum reveals that monochloroazinyl group of MCT-β-CD exists in ketone form but not in anion form. The noticeable IR and Raman shift of phenyl reveals that these two benzene rings of CYPERM and PERM stays inside the cavity of MCT-β-CD and has weak interaction with MCT-β-CD. This spectroscopy conclusion is consistent with theoretical predicted structure.

  3. The design and synthesis of novel heterodinuclear complexes combining a DNA-cleaving agent and a DNA-targeting moiety

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    Hoog, Paul de

    2008-01-01

    Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. Nowadays, the treatment of cancer by chemotherapy can consist of a combination of antitumor drugs. Nevertheless, chemotherapy is accompanied by serious side effects and intrinsic and acquired resistance to the drugs. This thesis describes the design and

  4. Ribonucleotide reductase inhibition by metal complexes of Triapine (3-aminopyridine-2-carboxaldehyde thiosemicarbazone): A combined experimental and theoretical study

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    Popović-Bijelić, Ana; Kowol, Christian R.; Lind, Maria E.S.; Luo, Jinghui; Himo, Fahmi; Enyedy, Éva A.; Arion, Vladimir B.; Gräslund, Astrid

    2012-01-01

    Triapine (3-aminopyridine-2-carboxaldehyde thiosemicarbazone, 3-AP) is currently the most promising chemotherapeutic compound among the class of α-N-heterocyclic thiosemicarbazones. Here we report further insights into the mechanism(s) of anticancer drug activity and inhibition of mouse ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) by Triapine. In addition to the metal-free ligand, its iron(III), gallium(III), zinc(II) and copper (II) complexes were studied, aiming to correlate their cytotoxic activities with their effects on the diferric/tyrosyl radical center of the RNR enzyme in vitro. In this study we propose for the first time a potential specific binding pocket for Triapine on the surface of the mouse R2 RNR protein. In our mechanistic model, interaction with Triapine results in the labilization of the diferric center in the R2 protein. Subsequently the Triapine molecules act as iron chelators. In the absence of external reductants, and in presence of the mouse R2 RNR protein, catalytic amounts of the iron(III)–Triapine are reduced to the iron(II)–Triapine complex. In the presence of an external reductant (dithiothreitol), stoichiometric amounts of the potently reactive iron (II)–Triapine complex are formed. Formation of the iron(II)–Triapine complex, as the essential part of the reaction outcome, promotes further reactions with molecular oxygen, which give rise to reactive oxygen species (ROS) and thereby damage the RNR enzyme. Triapine affects the diferric center of the mouse R2 protein and, unlike hydroxyurea, is not a potent reductant, not likely to act directly on the tyrosyl radical. PMID:21955844

  5. Ribonucleotide reductase inhibition by metal complexes of Triapine (3-aminopyridine-2-carboxaldehyde thiosemicarbazone): A combined experimental and theoretical study

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    Popović-Bijelić, Ana; Kowol, Christian R.; Lind, Maria E S; Luo, Jinghui; Himo, Fahmi; Enyedy, Éva A.; Arion, Vladimir B.; Gräslund, Astrid

    2011-01-01

    Triapine (3-aminopyridine-2-carboxaldehyde thiosemicarbazone, 3-AP) is currently the most promising chemotherapeutic compound among the class of α-N-heterocyclic thiosemicarbazones. Here we report further insights into the mechanism(s) of anticancer drug activity and inhibition of mouse ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) by Triapine. In addition to the metal-free ligand, its iron(III), gallium(III), zinc(II) and copper (II) complexes were studied, aiming to correlate their cytotoxic activities wi...

  6. Combination of TREF, high-temperature HPLC, FTIR and HPer DSC for the comprehensive analysis of complex polypropylene copolymers.

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    Cheruthazhekatt, Sadiqali; Pijpers, Thijs F J; Mathot, Vincent B F; Pasch, Harald

    2013-11-01

    A novel, powerful analytical technique, preparative temperature rising elution fractionation (prep TREF)/high-temperature (HT)-HPLC/Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)/high-performance differential scanning calorimetry (HPer DSC)), has been introduced to study the correlation between the polymer chain microstructure and the thermal behaviour of various components in a complex impact polypropylene copolymer (IPC). For the comprehensive analysis of this complex material, in a first step, prep TREF is used to produce less complex but still heterogeneous fractions. These chemically heterogeneous fractions are completely separated by using a highly selective chromatographic separation method--high-temperature solvent gradient HPLC. The detailed structural and thermal analysis of the HPLC fractions was conducted by offline coupling of HT-HPLC with FTIR spectroscopy and a novel DSC method--HPer DSC. Three chemically different components were identified in the mid-elution temperature TREF fractions. For the first component, identified as isotactic polypropylene homopolymer by FTIR, the macromolecular chain length is found to be an important factor affecting the melting and crystallisation behaviour. The second component relates to ethylene-propylene copolymer molecules with varying ethylene monomer distributions and propylene tacticity distributions. For the polyethylene component (last eluting component in all semi-crystalline TREF fractions), it was found that branching produced defects in the long crystallisable ethylene sequences that affected the thermal properties. The different species exhibit distinctively different melting and crystallisation behaviour, as documented by HPer DSC. Using this novel approach of hyphenated techniques, the chain structure and melting and crystallisation behaviour of different components in a complex copolymer were investigated systematically.

  7. Combined use of negative pressure wound therapy and Integra® to treat complex defects in lower extremities after burns

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    González Alaña, I.; J.V. Torrero López; Martín Playá, P.; F.J. Gabilondo Zubizarreta

    2013-01-01

    Deep and extensive burns of lower extremities present a difficult challenge to healthcare professionals. After debridement, bones, tendons or joints are frequently exposed and cannot be covered by simple autografts. Moreover, in the case of major burns, damage to the surrounding areas of skin and the severity of the patient’s overall condition, often count against using pedicled or microsurgical flaps. In dealing with such complex wounds, which are difficult to treat, several authors have rec...

  8. A novel strategy for quantitative analysis of the formulated complex system using chromatographic fingerprints combined with some chemometric techniques.

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    Zhong, Xuan; Yan, Jun; Li, Yan-Chun; Kong, Bo; Lu, Hong-Bing; Liang, Yi-Zeng

    2014-11-28

    In this work, a novel strategy based on chromatographic fingerprints and some chemometric techniques is proposed for quantitative analysis of the formulated complex system. Here, the formulated complex system means a formulated type of complicated analytical system containing more than one kind of raw material under some concentration composition according to a certain formula. The strategy is elaborated by an example of quantitative determination of mixtures consist of three essential oils. Three key steps of the strategy are as follows: (1) remove baselines of the chromatograms; (2) align retention time; (3) conduct quantitative analysis using multivariate regression with entire chromatographic profiles. Through the determination of concentration compositions of nine mixtures arranged by uniform design, the feasibility of the proposed strategy is validated and the factors that influence the quantitative result are also discussed. This strategy is proved to be viable and the validation indicates that quantitative result obtained using this strategy mainly depends on the efficiency of the alignment method as well as chromatographic peak shape of the chromatograms. Previously, chromatographic fingerprints were only used for identification and/or recognition of some products. This work demonstrates that with the assistance of some effective chemometric techniques, chromatographic fingerprints are also potential and promising in solving quantitative problems of complex analytical systems.

  9. Determining the Architecture of a Protein-DNA Complex by Combining FeBABE Cleavage Analyses, 3-D Printed Structures, and the ICM Molsoft Program.

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    James, Tamara; Hsieh, Meng-Lun; Knipling, Leslie; Hinton, Deborah

    2015-01-01

    Determining the structure of a protein-DNA complex can be difficult, particularly if the protein does not bind tightly to the DNA, if there are no homologous proteins from which the DNA binding can be inferred, and/or if only portions of the protein can be crystallized. If the protein comprises just a part of a large multi-subunit complex, other complications can arise such as the complex being too large for NMR studies, or it is not possible to obtain the amounts of protein and nucleic acids needed for crystallographic analyses. Here, we describe a technique we used to map the position of an activator protein relative to the DNA within a large transcription complex. We determined the position of the activator on the DNA from data generated using activator proteins that had been conjugated at specific residues with the chemical cleaving reagent, iron bromoacetamidobenzyl-EDTA (FeBABE). These analyses were combined with 3-D models of the available structures of portions of the activator protein and B-form DNA to obtain a 3-D picture of the protein relative to the DNA. Finally, the Molsoft program was used to refine the position, revealing the architecture of the protein-DNA within the transcription complex. PMID:26404142

  10. Conformation of the c-Fos/c-Jun complex in vivo: a combined FRET, FCCS, and MD-modeling study

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    Vámosi György (1967-) (biofizikus); Baudendistel, Nina; von der Lieth, Claus-Wilhelm; Szalóki Nikoletta (1981-) (biológus); Mocsár Gábor (1981-) (biofizikus); Müller, Gabriele; Brázda Péter (1980-) (biológus, angol-magyar szakfordító); Waldeck, Waldemar; Damjanovich Sándor (1936-) (biofizikus); Langowski, Jörg; Tóth Katalin (Heidelberg)

    2008-01-01

    The activator protein-1 transcription factor is a heterodimer containing one of each of the Fos and Jun subfamilies of basic-region leucine-zipper proteins. We have previously shown by fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy (FCCS) that the fluorescent fusion proteins Fos-EGFP and Jun-mRFP1, cotransfected in HeLa cells, formed stable complexes in situ. Here we studied the relative position of the C-terminal domains via fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) measured by flow cytomet...

  11. Local region statistics combining multi-parameter intensity fitting module for medical image segmentation with intensity inhomogeneity and complex composition

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    Zhao, Fan; Zhao, Jian; Zhao, Wenda; Qu, Feng; Sui, Long

    2016-08-01

    It is difficult to segment medical image with intensity inhomogeneity and complex composition, because most region-based modules relay on the intensity distributions. In this paper, we propose a novel method which uses local region statistics and multi-parameter intensity fitting as well. By replacing the original local region statistics with the novel local region statistics after bias field correction, the effect of intensity inhomogeneity can be eliminated. Then we devise a maximum likelihood energy function based on the distribution of each local region. Segmentation and bias field estimation can be jointly obtained by minimizing the proposed energy function. Furthermore, in order to characterize the features of each local region effectively, two parameters are used to fit the average intensity inside and outside of the counter, respectively. This can well handle the medical images with complex composition, such as larger gray difference even in the same region. Comparisons with several representative methods on synthetic and medical images demonstrate the superiority of the proposed method over other representative algorithms.

  12. Complex Reconstitution and Characterization by Combining Co-expression Techniques in Escherichia coli with High-Throughput.

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    Vincentelli, Renaud; Romier, Christophe

    2016-01-01

    Single protein expression technologies have strongly benefited from the Structural Genomics initiatives that have introduced parallelization at the laboratory level. Specifically, the developments made in the wake of these initiatives have revitalized the use of Escherichia coli as major host for heterologous protein expression. In parallel to these improvements for single expression, technologies for complex reconstitution by co-expression in E. coli have been developed. Assessments of these co-expression technologies have highlighted the need for combinatorial experiments requiring automated protocols. These requirements can be fulfilled by adapting the high-throughput approaches that have been developed for single expression to the co-expression technologies. Yet, challenges are laying ahead that further need to be addressed and that are only starting to be taken into account in the case of single expression. These notably include the biophysical characterization of the samples at the small-scale level. Specifically, these approaches aim at discriminating the samples at an early stage of their production based on various biophysical criteria leading to cost-effectiveness and time-saving. This chapter addresses these various issues to provide the reader with a broad and comprehensive overview of complex reconstitution and characterization by co-expression in E. coli.

  13. Assembly of a Complex Branched Oligosaccharide by Combining Fluorous-Supported Synthesis and Stereoselective Glycosylations using Anomeric Sulfonium Ions.

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    Huang, Wei; Gao, Qi; Boons, Geert-Jan

    2015-09-01

    There is an urgent need to develop reliable strategies for the rapid assembly of complex oligosaccharides. This paper presents a set of strategically selected orthogonal protecting groups, glycosyl donors modified by a (S)-phenylthiomethylbenzyl ether at C-2, and a glycosyl acceptor containing a fluorous tag, which makes it possible to rapidly prepare complex branched oligosaccharides of biological importance. The C-2 auxiliary controlled the 1,2-cis anomeric selectivity of the various galactosylations. The orthogonal protecting groups, 2-naphthylmethyl ether (Nap) and levulinic ester (Lev), made it possible to generate glycosyl acceptors and allowed the installation of a crowded branching point. After the glycosylations, the chiral auxiliary could be removed using acidic conditions, which was compatible with the presence of the orthogonal protecting groups Lev and Nap, thereby allowing the efficient installation of 1,2-linked glycosides. The light fluorous tag made it possible to purify the compounds by a simple filtration method using silica gel modified by fluorocarbons. The set of building blocks was successfully employed for the preparation of the carbohydrate moiety of the GPI anchor of Trypanosoma brucei, which is a parasite that causes sleeping sickness in humans and similar diseases in domestic animals. PMID:26250358

  14. COMBINATION OF APICALLY POSITIONED AND CORONALLY ADVANCED FLAP IN THE TREATMENT OF A COMPLEX MUCOGINGIVAL AND RESTORATIVE PROBLEM. A 3-YEAR FOLLOW-UP. (Case Report

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The modern Periodontology has various approaches to achieve a complete functional and aesthetic rehabilitation of the mucogingival complex. These techniques include application of flaps with apical or coronal advancement in order to achieve different treatment objectives. Complex cases with different pathology on adjacent teeth require several surgeries thereby increasing treatment time and patient discomfort. New combined approaches are needed to meet the challenges of such cases. OBJECTIVE: This report presents a case with a simultaneous application of a resective and a mucogingival technique in one dental sextant. METHODS: I.C. (36 with a localized chronic periodontitis, Miller Class I gingival recessions (13,14 and subgingival caries lesions (15,16. A combined approach with simultaneous crown lengthening with apically positioned flap for 16,15 and root coverage with enamel matrix derivate and a coronally advanced flap for 14,13 was applied in order to avoid multiple surgical procedures. RESULTS: On the third month after the surgical procedure a complete root coverage (13,14 was achieved. The crown lengthening procedure enabled the restoration of the caries lesions and the placement of new crowns (15,16. The result at the third year demonstrates a stable gingival margin with no recurrence of the gingival recessions. CONCLUSION: The applied combined procedure led to a complete resolution of the existing problems with a single surgery. The simultaneous application of different procedures seems a promising approach aimed to reduce the treatment time and to diminish patient discomfort.

  15. Transitions in social complexity along elevational gradients reveal a combined impact of season length and development time on social evolution.

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    Kocher, Sarah D; Pellissier, Loïc; Veller, Carl; Purcell, Jessica; Nowak, Martin A; Chapuisat, Michel; Pierce, Naomi E

    2014-07-22

    Eusociality is taxonomically rare, yet associated with great ecological success. Surprisingly, studies of environmental conditions favouring eusociality are often contradictory. Harsh conditions associated with increasing altitude and latitude seem to favour increased sociality in bumblebees and ants, but the reverse pattern is found in halictid bees and polistine wasps. Here, we compare the life histories and distributions of populations of 176 species of Hymenoptera from the Swiss Alps. We show that differences in altitudinal distributions and development times among social forms can explain these contrasting patterns: highly social taxa develop more quickly than intermediate social taxa, and are thus able to complete the reproductive cycle in shorter seasons at higher elevations. This dual impact of altitude and development time on sociality illustrates that ecological constraints can elicit dynamic shifts in behaviour, and helps explain the complex distribution of sociality across ecological gradients.

  16. Unraveling the complexity of protein backbone dynamics with combined (13)C and (15)N solid-state NMR relaxation measurements.

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    Lamley, Jonathan M; Lougher, Matthew J; Sass, Hans Juergen; Rogowski, Marco; Grzesiek, Stephan; Lewandowski, Józef R

    2015-09-14

    Typically, protein dynamics involve a complex hierarchy of motions occurring on different time scales between conformations separated by a range of different energy barriers. NMR relaxation can in principle provide a site-specific picture of both the time scales and amplitudes of these motions, but independent relaxation rates sensitive to fluctuations in different time scale ranges are required to obtain a faithful representation of the underlying dynamic complexity. This is especially pertinent for relaxation measurements in the solid state, which report on dynamics in a broader window of time scales by more than 3 orders of magnitudes compared to solution NMR relaxation. To aid in unraveling the intricacies of biomolecular dynamics we introduce (13)C spin-lattice relaxation in the rotating frame (R1ρ) as a probe of backbone nanosecond-microsecond motions in proteins in the solid state. We present measurements of (13)C'R1ρ rates in fully protonated crystalline protein GB1 at 600 and 850 MHz (1)H Larmor frequencies and compare them to (13)C'R1, (15)N R1 and R1ρ measured under the same conditions. The addition of carbon relaxation data to the model free analysis of nitrogen relaxation data leads to greatly improved characterization of time scales of protein backbone motions, minimizing the occurrence of fitting artifacts that may be present when (15)N data is used alone. We also discuss how internal motions characterized by different time scales contribute to (15)N and (13)C relaxation rates in the solid state and solution state, leading to fundamental differences between them, as well as phenomena such as underestimation of picosecond-range motions in the solid state and nanosecond-range motions in solution.

  17. Immunization with antigenic peptides complexed with β-glucan induces potent cytotoxic T-lymphocyte activity in combination with CpG-ODNs.

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    Mochizuki, Shinichi; Morishita, Hiromi; Kobiyama, Kouji; Aoshi, Taiki; Ishii, Ken J; Sakurai, Kazuo

    2015-12-28

    The induction of antigen-specific immune responses requires immunization with not only antigens, but also adjuvants. CpG oligonucleotides (CpG-ODNs) are well-known ligands for Toll-like receptor 9 and a potent adjuvant that induces both Th1-type humoral and cellular immune responses including cytotoxic T-lymphocyte responses. We previously demonstrated that β-glucan schizophyllan (SPG) can form complexes with CpG-ODNs with attached dA40 (CpG-dA/SPG), which can accumulate in macrophages in the draining inguinal lymph nodes and induce strong immune responses by co-administration of antigenic proteins, namely ovalbumin (OVA). Immunization with antigenic peptides, OVA257-264, did not induce these antigen-specific immune responses even in combination with CpG-dA/SPG, indicating that peptides require a carrier to antigen presenting cells. In this study, we prepared conjugates comprising OVA257-264 and dA40, and made complexes with SPG. Immunization with OVA257-264-dA/SPG induced peptide-specific immune responses in combination with CpG-dA regardless of complexation with SPG both in vitro and in vivo. When splenocytes from immunized mice were incubated with E.G7-OVA tumor model cells presenting OVA peptides, the number of cells drastically decreased after 24h. Furthermore, mice pre-immunized with OVA257-264-dA/SPG and CpG-ODNs exhibited a long delay in tumor growth after tumor inoculation. Therefore, these peptide-dA/SPG and CpG-dA/SPG complexes could be used as a potent vaccine for the treatment of cancers and infectious diseases. PMID:26562685

  18. Conformation of the c-Fos/c-Jun Complex In Vivo: A Combined FRET, FCCS, and MD-Modeling Study

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    Vámosi, György; Baudendistel, Nina; von der Lieth, Claus-Wilhelm; Szalóki, Nikoletta; Mocsár, Gábor; Müller, Gabriele; Brázda, Péter; Waldeck, Waldemar; Damjanovich, Sándor; Langowski, Jörg; Tóth, Katalin

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    The activator protein-1 transcription factor is a heterodimer containing one of each of the Fos and Jun subfamilies of basic-region leucine-zipper proteins. We have previously shown by fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy (FCCS) that the fluorescent fusion proteins Fos-EGFP and Jun-mRFP1, cotransfected in HeLa cells, formed stable complexes in situ. Here we studied the relative position of the C-terminal domains via fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) measured by flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. To get a more detailed insight into the conformation of the C-terminal domains of the complex we constructed C-terminal labeled full-length and truncated forms of Fos. We developed a novel iterative evaluation method to determine accurate FRET efficiencies regardless of relative protein expression levels, using a spectral- or intensity-based approach. The full-length C-terminal-labeled Jun and Fos proteins displayed a FRET-measured average distance of 8 ± 1 nm. Deletion of the last 164 amino acids at the C-terminus of Fos resulted in a distance of 6.1 ± 1 nm between the labels. FCCS shows that Jun-mRFP1 and the truncated Fos-EGFP also interact stably in the nucleus, although they bind to nuclear components with lower affinity. Thus, the C-terminal end of Fos may play a role in the stabilization of the interaction between activator protein-1 and DNA. Molecular dynamics simulations predict a dye-to-dye distance of 6.7 ± 0.1 nm for the dimer between Jun-mRFP1 and the truncated Fos-EGFP, in good agreement with our FRET data. A wide variety of models could be developed for the full-length dimer, with possible dye-to-dye distances varying largely between 6 and 20 nm. However, from our FRET results we can conclude that more than half of the occurring dye-to-dye distances are between 6 and 10 nm. PMID:18065450

  19. Abiotic reductive extraction of arsenic from contaminated soils enhanced by complexation: Arsenic extraction by reducing agents and combination of reducing and chelating agents

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    Kim, Eun Jung [Department of Bioactive Material Sciences, Chonbuk National University, 567 Baekje-daero, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabukdo 561-675 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jae-Cheol [Department of Environmental Engineering, Chonbuk National University, 567 Baekje-daero, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabukdo 561-675 (Korea, Republic of); Baek, Kitae, E-mail: kbaek@jbnu.ac.kr [Department of Bioactive Material Sciences, Chonbuk National University, 567 Baekje-daero, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabukdo 561-675 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Environmental Engineering, Chonbuk National University, 567 Baekje-daero, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabukdo 561-675 (Korea, Republic of)

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    Highlights: • Abiotic reductive extraction of As from contaminated soils was studied. • Oxalate/ascorbate were effective in extracting As bound to amorphous iron oxides. • Reducing agents were not effective in extracting As bound to crystalline oxides. • Reductive As extraction was greatly enhanced by complexation. • Combination of dithionite and EDTA could extract about 90% of the total As. - Abstract: Abiotic reductive extraction of arsenic from contaminated soils was studied with various reducing agents and combinations of reducing and chelating agents in order to remediate arsenic-contaminated soils. Oxalate and ascorbic acid were effective to extract arsenic from soil in which arsenic was associated with amorphous iron oxides, but they were not effective to extract arsenic from soils in which arsenic was bound to crystalline oxides or those in which arsenic was mainly present as a scorodite phase. An X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study showed that iron oxides present in soils were transformed to Fe(II,III) or Fe(II) oxide forms such as magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, Fe{sup II}Fe{sub 2}{sup III}O{sub 4}) by reduction with dithionite. Thus, arsenic extraction by dithionite was not effective due to the re-adsorption of arsenic to the newly formed iron oxide phase. Combination of chelating agents with reducing agents greatly improved arsenic extraction from soil samples. About 90% of the total arsenic could be extracted from all soil samples by using a combination of dithionite and EDTA. Chelating agents form strong complexation with iron, which can prevent precipitation of a new iron oxide phase and also enhance iron oxide dissolution via a non-reductive dissolution pathway.

  20. Optimal operating rules definition in complex water resource systems combining fuzzy logic, expert criteria and stochastic programming

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    Macian-Sorribes, Hector; Pulido-Velazquez, Manuel

    2016-04-01

    This contribution presents a methodology for defining optimal seasonal operating rules in multireservoir systems coupling expert criteria and stochastic optimization. Both sources of information are combined using fuzzy logic. The structure of the operating rules is defined based on expert criteria, via a joint expert-technician framework consisting in a series of meetings, workshops and surveys carried out between reservoir managers and modelers. As a result, the decision-making process used by managers can be assessed and expressed using fuzzy logic: fuzzy rule-based systems are employed to represent the operating rules and fuzzy regression procedures are used for forecasting future inflows. Once done that, a stochastic optimization algorithm can be used to define optimal decisions and transform them into fuzzy rules. Finally, the optimal fuzzy rules and the inflow prediction scheme are combined into a Decision Support System for making seasonal forecasts and simulate the effect of different alternatives in response to the initial system state and the foreseen inflows. The approach presented has been applied to the Jucar River Basin (Spain). Reservoir managers explained how the system is operated, taking into account the reservoirs' states at the beginning of the irrigation season and the inflows previewed during that season. According to the information given by them, the Jucar River Basin operating policies were expressed via two fuzzy rule-based (FRB) systems that estimate the amount of water to be allocated to the users and how the reservoir storages should be balanced to guarantee those deliveries. A stochastic optimization model using Stochastic Dual Dynamic Programming (SDDP) was developed to define optimal decisions, which are transformed into optimal operating rules embedding them into the two FRBs previously created. As a benchmark, historical records are used to develop alternative operating rules. A fuzzy linear regression procedure was employed to

  1. A new combined process for efficient removal of Cu(II) organic complexes from wastewater: Fe(III) displacement/UV degradation/alkaline precipitation.

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    Xu, Zhe; Gao, Guandao; Pan, Bingcai; Zhang, Weiming; Lv, Lu

    2015-12-15

    Efficient removal of heavy metals complexed with organic ligands from water is still an important but challenging task now. Herein, a novel combined process, i.e., Fe(III)-displacement/UV degradation/alkaline precipitation (abbreviated as Fe(III)/UV/OH) was developed to remove copper-organic complexes from synthetic solution and real electroplating effluent, and other processes including alkaline precipitation, Fe(III)/OH, UV/OH were employed for comparison. By using the Fe(III)/UV/OH process, some typical Cu(II) complexes, such as Cu(II)-ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), Cu(II)-nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA), Cu(II)-citrate, Cu(II)-tartrate, and Cu(II)-sorbate, each at 19.2 mg Cu/L initially, were efficiently removed from synthetic solution with the residual Cu below 1 mg/L. Simultaneously, 30-48% of total organic carbon was eliminated with exception of Cu(II)-sorbate. Comparatively, the efficiency of other processes was much lower than the Fe(III)/UV/OH process. With Cu(II)-citrate as the model complex, the optimal conditions for the combined process were obtained as: initial pH for Fe(III) displacement, 1.8-5.4; molar ratio of [Fe]/[Cu], 4:1; UV irradiation, 10 min; precipitation pH, 6.6-13. The mechanism responsible for the process involved the liberation of Cu(II) ions from organic complexes as a result of Fe(III) displacement, decarboxylation of Fe(III)-ligand complexes subjected to UV irradiation, and final coprecipitation of Cu(II) and Fe(II)/Fe(III) ions. Up to 338.1 mg/L of Cu(II) in the electroplating effluent could be efficiently removed by the process with the residual Cu(II) below 1 mg/L and the removal efficiency of ∼99.8%, whereas direct precipitation by using NaOH could only result in total Cu(II) removal of ∼8.6%. In addition, sunlight could take the place of UV to achieve similar removal efficiency with longer irradiation time (90 min).

  2. Combined vector velocity and spectral Doppler imaging for improved imaging of complex blood flow in the carotid arteries.

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    Ekroll, Ingvild Kinn; Dahl, Torbjørn; Torp, Hans; Løvstakken, Lasse

    2014-07-01

    Color flow imaging and pulsed wave (PW) Doppler are important diagnostic tools in the examination of patients with carotid artery disease. However, measurement of the true peak systolic velocity is dependent on sample volume placement and the operator's ability to provide an educated guess of the flow direction. Using plane wave transmissions and a duplex imaging scheme, we present an all-in-one modality that provides both vector velocity and spectral Doppler imaging from one acquisition, in addition to separate B-mode images of sufficient quality. The vector Doppler information was used to provide automatically calibrated (angle-corrected) PW Doppler spectra at every image point. It was demonstrated that the combined information can be used to generate spatial maps of the peak systolic velocity, highlighting regions of high velocity and the extent of the stenotic region, which could be used to automate work flow as well as improve the accuracy of measurement of true peak systolic velocity. The modality was tested in a small group (N = 12) of patients with carotid artery disease. PW Doppler, vector velocity and B-mode images could successfully be obtained from a single recording for all patients with a body mass index ranging from 21 to 31 and a carotid depth ranging from 16 to 28 mm. PMID:24785436

  3. Is the bipyridyl thorium metallocene a low-valent thorium complex? A combined experimental and computational study

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    Ren, Wenshan; Lukens, Wayne W.; Zi, Guofu; Maron, Laurent; Walter, Marc D.

    2012-01-12

    Bipyridyl thorium metallocenes [5-1,2,4-(Me3C)3C5H2]2Th(bipy) (1) and [5-1,3-(Me3C)2C5H3]2Th(bipy) (2) have been investigated by magnetic susceptibility and computational studies. The magnetic susceptibility data reveal that 1 and 2 are not diamagnetic, but they behave as temperature independent paramagnets (TIPs). To rationalize this observation, density functional theory (DFT) and complete active space SCF (CASSCF) calculations have been undertaken, which indicated that Cp2Th(bipy) has indeed a Th(IV)(bipy2-) ground state (f0d0 2, S = 0), but the open-shell singlet (f0d1 1, S = 0) (almost degenerate with its triplet congener) is lying only 9.2 kcal/mol higher in energy. Complexes 1 and 2 react cleanly with Ph2CS to give [ 5-1,2,4-(Me3C)3C5H2]2Th[(bipy)(SCPh2)] (3) and [ 5-1,3-(Me3C)2C5H3]2Th[(bipy)(SCPh2)] (4), respectively, in quantitative conversions. Since no intermediates were observed experimentally, this reaction was also studied computationally. Coordination of Ph2CS to 2 in its S = 0 ground state is not possible, but Ph2CS can coordinate to 2 in its triplet state (S = 1) upon which a single electron transfer (SET) from the (bipy2-) fragment to Ph2CS followed by C-C coupling takes place.

  4. Human 17β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase-ligand complexes: crystals of different space groups with various cations and combined seeding and co-crystallization

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    Zhu, D.-W.; Han, Q.; Qiu, W.; Campbell, R. L.; Xie, B.-X.; Azzi, A.; Lin, S.-X.

    1999-01-01

    Human estrogenic 17β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (17β-HSD1) is responsible for the synthesis of active estrogens that stimulate the proliferation of breast cancer cells. The enzyme has been crystallized using a Mg 2+/PEG (3500)/β-octyl glucoside system [Zhu et al., J. Mol. Biol. 234 (1993) 242]. The space group of these crystals is C2. Here we report that cations can affect 17β-HSD1 crystallization significantly. In the presence of Mn 2+ instead of Mg 2+, crystals have been obtained in the same space group with similar unit cell dimensions. In the presence of Li + and Na + instead of Mg 2+, the space group has been changed to P2 12 12 1. A whole data set for a crystal of 17ß-HSD1 complex with progesterone grown in the presence of Li + has been collected to 1.95 Å resolution with a synchrotron source. The cell dimensions are a=41.91 Å, b=108.21 Å, c=117.00 Å. The structure has been preliminarily determined by molecular replacement, yielding important information on crystal packing in the presence of different cations. In order to further understand the structure-function relationship of 17β-HSD1, enzyme complexes with several ligands have been crystallized. As the steroids have very low aqueous solubility, we used a combined method of seeding and co-crystallization to obtain crystals of 17β-HSD1 complexed with various ligands. This method provides ideal conditions for growing complex crystals, with ligands such as 20α-hydroxysteroid progesterone, testosterone and 17β-methyl-estradiol-NADP +. Several complex structures have been determined with reliable electronic density of the bound ligands.

  5. Population genomics in Sardinia: a novel approach to hunt for genomic combinations underlying complex traits and diseases.

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    Siniscalco, M; Robledo, R; Bender, P K; Carcassi, C; Contu, L; Beck, J C

    1999-01-01

    The availability of highly polymorphic markers permits testing whether complex traits and diseases result from genomic interactions between nonallelic normal variants at separate loci. Such variants may be identified by deviations from the expected distributions of alleles at a high number of polymorphic loci, when individuals with the phenotype of interest are compared to normal controls of the same breeding unit, provided that both groups share the same remote ancestry and had no ancestors in common for the last three to four generations. The circumstances needed for such studies are ideally met on the island of Sardinia. The recurrent finding of the same type of association in separate breeding units between the phenotype of interest and a given genotype should allow a distinction between true genetic identity by descent and randomly occurring identities, as these will be obviously different in separate breeding units. The availability of several breeding units located in sharply different ecological environments will permit assessment of the role of nature/nurture factors in the degree of manifestation of each newly discovered genotype/phenotype association. A pilot study to evaluate the proposed strategy has been carried out in the Sardinian village of Carloforte, a community of about 8,000 individuals who have remained genetically homogeneous. Fifty-five control samples have been genotyped with six tetranucleotide microsatellites and with a subset of the 400 markers contained in the ABI PRISM linkage mapping panel, version 2. The allele frequencies for these microsatellite markers have been determined for these 55 individuals and compared to those from a random sampling of subsets of these 55 persons. For the six tetranucleotide microsatellites, a subset of as few as 20 people displayed the same allele frequency distributions as observed with the original 55 unrelated individuals. In conclusion, when samples are chosen from the same breeding unit, the number

  6. Combined use of phospholipid complexes and self-emulsifying microemulsions for improving the oral absorption of a BCS class IV compound, baicalin.

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    Wu, Huiyi; Long, Xiaoying; Yuan, Fei; Chen, Li; Pan, Sujing; Liu, Yunjun; Stowell, Yoshiko; Li, Xiaoling

    2014-06-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a formulation to improve the oral absorption of baicalin (BA) by combining a phospholipid complex (PC) and self-emulsifying microemulsion drug delivery system (SMEDDS), termed BA-PC-SMEDDS. BA-PC was prepared by a solvent evaporation method and evaluated by complexation percentage (CP). The physicochemical properties of BA-PC were determined. The synergistic effect of PC and SMEDDS on permeation of BA was studied in vitro with Caco-2 cells and in situ with a single pass intestinal perfusion model. The improved bioavailability of BA in BA-PC-SMEDDS was confirmed in an in vivo rat model. The CP of BA-PC reached 100% when the molar ratio of drug to phospholipid (PP) was ≥1:1. The solubility of BA-PC increased in both water and octanol, and the log P o/w of BA-PC was increased significantly. BA-PC-SMEDDS could be dispersed more evenly in water, compared to BA and BA-PC. Both the Caco-2 cell uptake and single-pass intestinal perfusion models illustrated that transport of BA in BA-PC was lower than that of free BA, while improved significantly in BA-PC-SMEDDS. The relative bioavailability of BA-PC(1:2)-SMEDDS was 220.37%. The combination system of PC and SMEDDS had a synergistic effect on improving the oral absorption of BA. PMID:26579386

  7. Combining Amine-Reactive Cross-Linkers and Photo-Reactive Amino Acids for 3D-Structure Analysis of Proteins and Protein Complexes.

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    Lössl, Philip; Sinz, Andrea

    2016-01-01

    During the last 15 years, the combination of chemical cross-linking and high-resolution mass spectrometry (MS) has matured into an alternative approach for analyzing 3D-structures of proteins and protein complexes. Using the distance constraints imposed by the cross-links, models of the protein or protein complex under investigation can be created. The majority of cross-linking studies are currently conducted with homobifunctional amine-reactive cross-linkers. We extend this "traditional" cross-linking/MS strategy by adding complementary photo-cross-linking data. For this, the diazirine-containing unnatural amino acids photo-leucine and photo-methionine are incorporated into the proteins and cross-link formation is induced by UV-A irradiation. The advantage of the photo-cross-linking strategy is that it is not restricted to lysine residues and that hydrophobic regions in proteins can be targeted, which is advantageous for investigating membrane proteins. We consider the strategy of combining cross-linkers with orthogonal reactivities and distances to be ideally suited for maximizing the amount of structural information that can be gained from a cross-linking experiment.

  8. A combination of LongSAGE with Solexa sequencing is well suited to explore the depth and the complexity of transcriptome

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    Scoté-Blachon Céline

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background "Open" transcriptome analysis methods allow to study gene expression without a priori knowledge of the transcript sequences. As of now, SAGE (Serial Analysis of Gene Expression, LongSAGE and MPSS (Massively Parallel Signature Sequencing are the mostly used methods for "open" transcriptome analysis. Both LongSAGE and MPSS rely on the isolation of 21 pb tag sequences from each transcript. In contrast to LongSAGE, the high throughput sequencing method used in MPSS enables the rapid sequencing of very large libraries containing several millions of tags, allowing deep transcriptome analysis. However, a bias in the complexity of the transcriptome representation obtained by MPSS was recently uncovered. Results In order to make a deep analysis of mouse hypothalamus transcriptome avoiding the limitation introduced by MPSS, we combined LongSAGE with the Solexa sequencing technology and obtained a library of more than 11 millions of tags. We then compared it to a LongSAGE library of mouse hypothalamus sequenced with the Sanger method. Conclusion We found that Solexa sequencing technology combined with LongSAGE is perfectly suited for deep transcriptome analysis. In contrast to MPSS, it gives a complex representation of transcriptome as reliable as a LongSAGE library sequenced by the Sanger method.

  9. Combined use of phospholipid complexes and self-emulsifying microemulsions for improving the oral absorption of a BCS class IV compound, baicalin

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    Huiyi Wu

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to develop a formulation to improve the oral absorption of baicalin (BA by combining a phospholipid complex (PC and self-emulsifying microemulsion drug delivery system (SMEDDS, termed BA–PC–SMEDDS. BA–PC was prepared by a solvent evaporation method and evaluated by complexation percentage (CP. The physicochemical properties of BA–PC were determined. The synergistic effect of PC and SMEDDS on permeation of BA was studied in vitro with Caco-2 cells and in situ with a single pass intestinal perfusion model. The improved bioavailability of BA in BA–PC–SMEDDS was confirmed in an in vivo rat model. The CP of BA–PC reached 100% when the molar ratio of drug to phospholipid (PP was ≥1:1. The solubility of BA–PC increased in both water and octanol, and the log Po/w of BA–PC was increased significantly. BA–PC–SMEDDS could be dispersed more evenly in water, compared to BA and BA–PC. Both the Caco-2 cell uptake and single-pass intestinal perfusion models illustrated that transport of BA in BA–PC was lower than that of free BA, while improved significantly in BA–PC–SMEDDS. The relative bioavailability of BA–PC(1:2–SMEDDS was 220.37%. The combination system of PC and SMEDDS had a synergistic effect on improving the oral absorption of BA.

  10. The effectiveness of power-generating complexes constructed on the basis of nuclear power plants combined with additional sources of energy determined taking risk factors into account

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    Aminov, R. Z.; Khrustalev, V. A.; Portyankin, A. V.

    2015-02-01

    The effectiveness of combining nuclear power plants equipped with water-cooled water-moderated power-generating reactors (VVER) with other sources of energy within unified power-generating complexes is analyzed. The use of such power-generating complexes makes it possible to achieve the necessary load pickup capability and flexibility in performing the mandatory selective primary and emergency control of load, as well as participation in passing the night minimums of electric load curves while retaining high values of the capacity utilization factor of the entire power-generating complex at higher levels of the steam-turbine part efficiency. Versions involving combined use of nuclear power plants with hydrogen toppings and gas turbine units for generating electricity are considered. In view of the fact that hydrogen is an unsafe energy carrier, the use of which introduces additional elements of risk, a procedure for evaluating these risks under different conditions of implementing the fuel-and-hydrogen cycle at nuclear power plants is proposed. Risk accounting technique with the use of statistical data is considered, including the characteristics of hydrogen and gas pipelines, and the process pipelines equipment tightness loss occurrence rate. The expected intensities of fires and explosions at nuclear power plants fitted with hydrogen toppings and gas turbine units are calculated. In estimating the damage inflicted by events (fires and explosions) occurred in nuclear power plant turbine buildings, the US statistical data were used. Conservative scenarios of fires and explosions of hydrogen-air mixtures in nuclear power plant turbine buildings are presented. Results from calculations of the introduced annual risk to the attained net annual profit ratio in commensurable versions are given. This ratio can be used in selecting projects characterized by the most technically attainable and socially acceptable safety.

  11. Oxidovanadium(IV/V) complexes as new redox mediators in dye-sensitized solar cells: a combined experimental and theoretical study.

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    Apostolopoulou, Andigoni; Vlasiou, Manolis; Tziouris, Petros A; Tsiafoulis, Constantinos; Tsipis, Athanassios C; Rehder, Dieter; Kabanos, Themistoklis A; Keramidas, Anastasios D; Stathatos, Elias

    2015-04-20

    Corrosiveness is one of the main drawbacks of using the iodide/triiodide redox couple in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Alternative redox couples including transition metal complexes have been investigated where surprisingly high efficiencies for the conversion of solar to electrical energy have been achieved. In this paper, we examined the development of a DSSC using an electrolyte based on square pyramidal oxidovanadium(IV/V) complexes. The oxidovanadium(IV) complex (Ph4P)2[V(IV)O(hybeb)] was combined with its oxidized analogue (Ph4P)[V(V)O(hybeb)] {where hybeb(4-) is the tetradentate diamidodiphenolate ligand [1-(2-hydroxybenzamido)-2-(2-pyridinecarboxamido)benzenato}and applied as a redox couple in the electrolyte of DSSCs. The complexes exhibit large electron exchange and transfer rates, which are evident from electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy and electrochemistry, rendering the oxidovanadium(IV/V) compounds suitable for redox mediators in DSSCs. The very large self-exchange rate constant offered an insight into the mechanism of the exchange reaction most likely mediated through an outer-sphere exchange mechanism. The [V(IV)O(hybeb)](2-)/[V(V)O(hybeb)](-) redox potential and the energy of highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of the sensitizing dye N719 and the HOMO of [V(IV)O(hybeb)](2-) were calculated by means of density functional theory electronic structure calculation methods. The complexes were applied as a new redox mediator in DSSCs, while the cell performance was studied in terms of the concentration of the reduced and oxidized form of the complexes. These studies were performed with the commercial Ru-based sensitizer N719 absorbed on a TiO2 semiconducting film in the DSSC. Maximum energy conversion efficiencies of 2% at simulated solar light (AM 1.5; 1000 W m(-2)) with an open circuit voltage of 660 mV, a short-circuit current of 5.2 mA cm(-2), and a fill factor of 0.58 were recorded without the presence of any additives in the

  12. A dual pH/thermal responsive nanocarrier for combined chemo-thermotherapy based on a copper-doxorubicin complex and gold nanorods

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    Lei, Mingzhu; Ma, Man; Pang, Xiaojuan; Tan, Fengping; Li, Nan

    2015-09-01

    The development of treatment protocols that results in a complete response to chemotherapy has been hampered by low efficacy and systemic toxicity. Here, we created a pH sensitive copper-doxorubicin complex within the core of temperature-sensitive liposomes to maintain the stability during blood circulation and trigger Dox release in the tumor site. Synergistically, we also rationally applied gold nanorods (AuNRs) coupled with near-infrared (NIR) field strength to produce a precise and localized temperature, which not only remotely controlled the drug release but also directly destroyed the tumor, to enhance the therapeutic efficacy. As expected, the in vitro release studies showed that the drug release from CuDox-TSLs (Copper ion mediated Doxorubicin loading-Temperature Sensitive Liposomes) was both pH-dependent and temperature-dependent. Furthermore, MTT (3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5-diphenyl-2-H-tetrazolium bromide) assays showed that CuDox-TSLs combined with AuNRs exhibited a closer antiproliferative activity to free Dox in MCF-7 cells. The efficient intracellular Dox release from CuDox-TSLs toward the tumor cells further confirmed the anti-tumor effect. Moreover, the in vivo imaging and biodistribution studies revealed that CuDox-TSLs combined with AuNRs could actively target the tumor site. In addition, the therapeutic studies in MCF-7 nude mice exhibited CuDox-TSLs plus AuNRs in combination with NIR irradiation inhibited tumor growth to a great extent and possessed much lower side effects, which were further confirmed by systemic histological analyses. All detailed evidence suggested a considerable potential of CuDox-TSLs combined with AuNRs for treatment of metastatic cancer.The development of treatment protocols that results in a complete response to chemotherapy has been hampered by low efficacy and systemic toxicity. Here, we created a pH sensitive copper-doxorubicin complex within the core of temperature-sensitive liposomes to maintain the stability

  13. Heterotopic Ossification around the Knee after Internal Fixation of a Complex Tibial Plateau Fracture Combined with the Use of Demineralized Bone Matrix (DBM: A Case Report

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    Full Text Available Demineralized bone matrix has been successfully commercialized as an alternative bone graft material that not only can function as filler but also as an osteoinductive graft. Numerous studies have confirmed its beneficial use in clinical practice. Heterotopic ossification after internal fixation combined with the use of demineralized bone matrix has not been widely reported. In this paper we describe a 39 year old male who sustained a complex articular fracture that developed clinically significant heterotopic ossification after internal fixation with added demineralized bone matrix. Although we cannot be sure that there is a cause-and-effect relation between demineralized bone matrix and the excessive heterotopic ossification seen in our patient, it seems that some caution in using demineralised bone matrix in similar cases is warranted. Also, given the known inter- and intraproduct variability, the risks and benefits of these products should be carefully weighed.

  14. Combined study of {sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO SPECT and computerized electroencephalographic topography (CET) in patients with medically refractory complex partial epilepsy

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    Rodrigues, M.; Botelho, M.M.; Fonseca, A.T.; Peter, J.P.; Pimentel, T.; Vieira, M.R. [Portuguese Inst. of Oncology, Lisbon (Portugal)

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    For successful surgery for drug-resistant partial epilepsy the site of the seizure focus needs to be known exactly. The purpose of this study was to compare the evaluation of the regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) (localization and degree of disturbances) by {sup 99m}Tc-hexamethylpropylene-amineoxime (HMPAO) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with computerized electroencephalographic topography (CET) and transmission computed X-ray tomography (CT) in partial epilepsy. The study included 20 patients with medically refractory complex partial seizures. Of the 20 patients included, 15 were studied interictally, four ictally and one in both states, interictally and ictally. {sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO SPECT detected rCBF changes in 95% of the patients. Interictal studies demonstrated focal areas of hypoperfusion in 93% of the patients. Ictal studies demonstrated an area of hyperperfusion in all patients. Blood flow disturbances in deeper structures of the brain, such as basal ganglia, could be detected. The areas with abnormal {sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO uptake were concordant, in localization, with CET in 85% of the patients. Abnormal data with CT scans were found in only 45% of the patients. Focal lesions were found in 20% of the patients by CT scans. {sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO SPECT combined with CET may be a useful screening procedure prior to referral for invasive diagnostic procedures in future management of patients with medically refractory complex partial seizures. (author).

  15. Multivariate curve resolution based chromatographic peak alignment combined with parallel factor analysis to exploit second-order advantage in complex chromatographic measurements.

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    Parastar, Hadi; Akvan, Nadia

    2014-03-13

    In the present contribution, a new combination of multivariate curve resolution-correlation optimized warping (MCR-COW) with trilinear parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) is developed to exploit second-order advantage in complex chromatographic measurements. In MCR-COW, the complexity of the chromatographic data is reduced by arranging the data in a column-wise augmented matrix, analyzing using MCR bilinear model and aligning the resolved elution profiles using COW in a component-wise manner. The aligned chromatographic data is then decomposed using trilinear model of PARAFAC in order to exploit pure chromatographic and spectroscopic information. The performance of this strategy is evaluated using simulated and real high-performance liquid chromatography-diode array detection (HPLC-DAD) datasets. The obtained results showed that the MCR-COW can efficiently correct elution time shifts of target compounds that are completely overlapped by coeluted interferences in complex chromatographic data. In addition, the PARAFAC analysis of aligned chromatographic data has the advantage of unique decomposition of overlapped chromatographic peaks to identify and quantify the target compounds in the presence of interferences. Finally, to confirm the reliability of the proposed strategy, the performance of the MCR-COW-PARAFAC is compared with the frequently used methods of PARAFAC, COW-PARAFAC, multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares (MCR-ALS), and MCR-COW-MCR. In general, in most of the cases the MCR-COW-PARAFAC showed an improvement in terms of lack of fit (LOF), relative error (RE) and spectral correlation coefficients in comparison to the PARAFAC, COW-PARAFAC, MCR-ALS and MCR-COW-MCR results.

  16. Artemether-Lumefantrine Combination Therapy for Treatment of Uncomplicated Malaria: The Potential for Complex Interactions with Antiretroviral Drugs in HIV-Infected Individuals

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    Pauline Byakika-Kibwika

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Treatment of malaria in HIV-infected individuals receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART poses significant challenges. Artemether-lumefantrine (AL is one of the artemisisnin-based combination therapies recommended for treatment of malaria. The drug combination is highly efficacious against sensitive and multidrug resistant falciparum malaria. Both artemether and lumefantrine are metabolized by hepatic cytochrome P450 (CYP450 enzymes which metabolize the protease inhibitors (PIs and nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs used for HIV treatment. Coadministration of NNRTIs and PIs with AL could potentially cause complex pharmacokinetic drug interactions. NNRTI by inducing CYP450 3A4 enzyme and PIs by inhibiting CYP450 3A4 enzymes could influence both artemether and lumefantrine concentrations and their active metabolites dihydroartemisinin and desbutyl-lumefantrine, predisposing patients to poor treatment response, toxicity, and risk for development of resistance. There are scanty data on these interactions and their consequences. Pharmacokinetic studies to evaluate these interactions in the target populations are urgently needed.

  17. Effects of combined dietary chromium(III) propionate complex and thiamine supplementation on insulin sensitivity, blood biochemical indices, and mineral levels in high-fructose-fed rats.

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    Król, Ewelina; Krejpcio, Zbigniew; Michalak, Sławomir; Wójciak, Rafał W; Bogdański, Paweł

    2012-12-01

    Insulin resistance is the first step in glucose intolerance and the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus, thus effective prevention strategies should also include dietary interventions to enhance insulin sensitivity. Nutrients, such as microelement chromium(III) and thiamine, play regulatory roles in carbohydrate metabolism. The objective of this study was to evaluate the insulin-sensitizing potential of the combined supplementary chromium(III) propionate complex (CrProp) and thiamine in insulin resistance animal model (rats fed a high-fructose diet). The experiment was carried out on 40 nine-week-old male Wistar rats divided into five groups (eight animals each). Animals were fed ad libitum: the control diet (AIN-93 M) and high-fructose diets with and without a combination of two levels of CrProp (0.1 and 1 mg Cr/kg body mass/day) and two levels of thiamine (0.5 and 10 mg/kg body mass/day) for 8 weeks. At the end of the experiment rats were sacrificed to collect blood and internal organs for analyses of blood biochemical and hematologic indices as well as tissular microelement levels that were measured using appropriate methods. It was found that both supplementary CrProp and thiamine (given alone) have significant insulin-sensitizing and moderate blood-lipid-lowering properties, while the combined supplementation with these agents does not give synergistic effects in insulin-resistant rats. CrProp given separately increased kidney Cu and Cr levels, while thiamine alone increased hepatic Cu contents and decreased renal Zn and Cu contents.

  18. Combination of multiplex PCR with denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography for rapid detection of Mycobacterium genus and simultaneous identification of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex.

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    Chen, Ru; Gao, Xiao-Bo; Liu, Zhi-Hui; Shen, Xiao-Bing; Guo, Ai-Zhen; Duan, Yan-Yu; Liu, Zhi-Ling; Wu, Xiao-Wei; Zhu, Dao-Zhong

    2013-09-01

    A new assay with the combination of multiplex polymerase chain reaction and denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography analysis was developed for simultaneous detection of Mycobacterium genus and identification of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTC). Targeting at genus-specific 16S rRNA sequence of Mycobacterium and specific insertion elements IS6110 and IS1081 of MTC, the assay was validated with 84 strains covering 23 mycobacteria species and 30 strains of non-mycobacteria species. No cross reactivity was observed. Clinical application was carried out on 198 specimens (155 human sputum and 43 bovine tissue samples) and compared with culture. The multiplex assay detected all culture-positive (36 in number) and 35.2% (57/162) culture-negative specimens. The molecular assay was fast that could be completed within 1 h on purified DNA, with the limit of detection as 0.8-1.6 pg per reaction on DNA template. This work provided a useful laboratory tool for rapid identification of Mycobacterium and differentiation of MTC and nontuberculous mycobacteria.

  19. A Theranostic Agent Combining a Two-Photon-Absorbing Photosensitizer for Photodynamic Therapy and a Gadolinium(III) Complex for MRI Detection.

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    Schmitt, Julie; Heitz, Valérie; Sour, Angélique; Bolze, Frédéric; Kessler, Pascal; Flamigni, Lucia; Ventura, Barbara; Bonnet, Célia S; Tóth, Éva

    2016-02-18

    The convergent synthesis and characterization of a potential theranostic agent, [DPP-ZnP-GdDOTA](-), which combines a diketopyrrolopyrrole-porphyrin component DPP-ZnP as a two-photon photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy (PDT) with a gadolinium(III) DOTA complex as a magnetic resonance imaging probe, is presented. [DPP-ZnP-GdDOTA](-) has a remarkably high longitudinal water proton relaxivity (19.94 mm(-1)  s(-1) at 20 MHz and 25 °C) for a monohydrated molecular system of this size. The Nuclear Magnetic Relaxation Dispersion (NMRD) profile is characteristic of slow rotation, related to the extended and rigid aromatic units integrated in the molecule and to self-aggregation occurring in aqueous solution. The two-photon properties were examined and large two-photon absorption cross-sections around 1000 GM were determined between 910 and 940 nm in DCM with 1 % pyridine and in DMSO. Furthermore, the new conjugate was able to generate singlet oxygen, with quantum yield of 0.42 and 0.68 in DCM with 1 % pyridine and DMSO, respectively. Cellular studies were also performed. The [DPP-ZnP-GdDOTA](-) conjugate demonstrated low dark toxicity and was able to induce high one-photon and moderate two-photon phototoxicity on cancer cells.

  20. [Control of generalized chronic periodontitis combined with calcium-antagonist-related gingival overgrowth by a complex periodontal-endodontic-prosthodontic treatment. Case report].

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    Szánto, Erika; Gera, István

    2011-12-01

    To day a relatively high percentage of elderly population of the industrialized world suffers with different cardiovascular diseases and are on permanent antihypertensive therapy. One of the most frequently used drugs is the calcium channel blockers prescribed against high blood pressure. The most common oral side effect of these drugs is the gingival enlargement that might develop even on otherwise healthy gingiva. The incidence of chronic periodontitis in this age group is also high and the Ca antagonist medication in those individuals might substantially modify the clinical course of periodontal inflammation leading to gingival enlargement and hypertrophic pocket wall. The case presented here is a 52 years old hypertonic woman with a long history of Ca-antagonist therapy and generalized chronic periodontitis combined with gingival hyperplasia. After the change of medication the 1,5 years comprehensive periodontal endodontic and prosthodontic therapy restored patient's periodontal health and provided complex dental rehabilitation. Nevertheless, only regular periodontal supportive therapy could ensure predictable outcome and guarantee long lasting periodontal health.

  1. Carney Complex

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    ... of Carney complex are Cushing’s syndrome and multiple thyroid nodules (tumors). Cushing’s syndrome features a combination of weight gain, ... with Carney complex include adrenocortical carcinoma , pituitary gland tumors , thyroid , colorectal , liver and pancreatic cancers . Ovarian cancer in ...

  2. Synthesis, X-ray structure, spectroscopic characterization and nonlinear optical properties of Nickel (II) complex with picolinate: A combined experimental and theoretical study

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    Tamer, Ömer; Avcı, Davut; Atalay, Yusuf

    2015-10-01

    A novel Nickel (II) complex with picolinate was prepared and its structural characterization was carried out by X-ray diffraction method. Its vibration spectra (FT-IR and Raman) were recorded to investigate the vibrational wavenumbers and the coordination environment of Ni(II) ion. In order to demonstrate electronic transitions and molecular charge transfers within complex 1, UV-vis spectrum was measured in ethanol solvent. Furthermore, the density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed to both support the experimental results and convert this study to more advanced work. The geometry optimization and calculations of vibration spectra and electronic transitions were performed by using DFT level. Obtained small HOMO-LUMO energy gap displayed that complex 1 can be easily polarized and molecular charge transfer occurs within complex 1. Molecular stability and hyperconjugative interactions were investigated by applying natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis. The nonlinear optical properties of complex 1 were determined, and obtained results showed that complex 1 can be considered as a potential candidate for NLO material.

  3. Electrocatalytic oxidation of 2-mercaptoethanol using modified glassy carbon electrode by MWCNT in combination with unsymmetrical manganese (II) Schiff base complexes

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    Mohebbi, Sajjad, E-mail: smohebbi@uok.ac.ir; Eslami, Saadat

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • High electocatalytic efficiency and stability of modified hybrid electrode GC/MWCNTs/MnSaloph. • Direct reflection of catalytic activity of manganese complexes on electrocatalytic oxidation of 2-ME. • Decreasing overpotential and increasing catalytic peak current toward oxidation of 2-ME. • Deposition of range of novel substituted N{sub 2}O{sub 2} Saloph complexes of manganese(II) on GCE/MWCNT. • Enhancement of electrocatalytic oxidation activity upon electron donating substitutions on the Saloph. - Abstract: The performance of modified hybrid glassy carbon electrode with composite of carbon nanotubes and manganese complexes for the electrocatalytic oxidation of 2-mercaptoethanol is developed. GC electrode was modified using MWCNT and new N{sub 2}O{sub 2} unsymmetrical tetradentate Schiff base complexes of manganese namely Manganese Saloph complexes 1-5, with general formula Mn[(5-x-4-y-Sal)(5-x′-4-y′-Sal) Ph], where x, x′ = H, Br, NO{sub 2} and y, y′ = H, MeO. Direct immobilization of CNT on the surface of GCE is performed by abrasive immobilization, and then modified by manganese(II) complexes via direct deposition method. These novel modified electrodes clearly demonstrate the necessity of modifying bare carbon electrodes to endow them with the desired behavior and were identified by HRTEM. Also complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, MS, UV–vis and IR spectroscopy. Modified hybrid GC/MWCNT/MnSaloph electrode exhibits strong and stable electrocatalytic activity towards the electrooxidation of 2-mercaptoethanol molecules in comparison with bare glassy carbon electrode with advantages of very low over potential and high catalytic current. Such ability promotes the thiol’s electron transfer reaction. Also, electron withdrawing substituent on the Saloph was enhanced electrocatalytic oxidation activity.

  4. Artemether-Lumefantrine Combination Therapy for Treatment of Uncomplicated Malaria: The Potential for Complex Interactions with Antiretroviral Drugs in HIV-Infected Individuals

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    Pauline Byakika-Kibwika; Mohammed Lamorde; Harriet Mayanja-Kizza; Saye Khoo; Concepta Merry; Jean-Pierre Van geertruyden

    2011-01-01

    Treatment of malaria in HIV-infected individuals receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) poses significant challenges. Artemether-lumefantrine (AL) is one of the artemisisnin-based combination therapies recommended for treatment of malaria. The drug combination is highly efficacious against sensitive and multidrug resistant falciparum malaria. Both artemether and lumefantrine are metabolized by hepatic cytochrome P450 (CYP450) enzymes which metabolize the protease inhibitors (PIs) and nonnucle...

  5. Synthesis, crystal structure, spectroscopic characterization and nonlinear optical properties of manganese (II) complex of picolinate: A combined experimental and computational study

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    Tamer, Ömer; Avcı, Davut; Atalay, Yusuf; Çoşut, Bünyemin; Zorlu, Yunus; Erkovan, Mustafa; Yerli, Yusuf

    2016-02-01

    A novel manganese (II) complex with picolinic acid (pyridine 2-carboxylic acid, Hpic), namely, [Mn(pic)2(H2O)2] was prepared and its crystal structure was fully characterized by using single crystal X-ray diffraction. Picolinate (pic) ligands were coordinated to the central manganese(II) ion as bidentate N,O-donors through the nitrogen atoms of pyridine rings and the oxygen atoms of carboxylate groups forming five-membered chelate rings. The spectroscopic characterization of Mn(II) complex was performed by the applications of FT-IR, Raman, UV-vis and EPR techniques. In order to support these studies, density functional theory (DFT) calculations were carried out by using B3LYP level. IR and Raman spectra were simulated at B3LYP level, and obtained results indicated that DFT calculations generally give compatible results to the experimental ones. The electronic structure of the Mn(II) complex was predicted using time dependent DFT (TD-DFT) method with polarizable continuum model (PCM). Molecular stability, hyperconjugative interactions, intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) and bond strength were investigated by applying natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis. Nonlinear optical properties of Mn(II) complex were investigated by the determining of molecular polarizability (α) and hyperpolarizability (β) parameters.

  6. Characterization of copper(II) complexes of N4, N4-disubstituted thiosemicarbazones of 2-acetylpyridine by combined evaluation of electronic and ESR parameters

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    Jain, Satendra K.; Garg, Bhagwan S.; Bhoon, Yudhvir K.

    Copper(II) complexes of 2-acetylpyridine 4,4-dimethyl-3-thiosemicarbazone (L'H) and 2-acetylpyridine 4-(4-methylpiperidinyl)-3-thiosemicarbazone (LH) of the general formula CuLX (where L is a deprotonated ligand and X = F -, Cl -, Br -, I -, OAc - and NO -3) have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, magnetic susceptibility measurements between 93 and 298 K in the polycrystalline state, i.r. spectra, electronic spectra, conductivity measurements and ESR spectra recorded in the polycrystalline state, in chloroform and dimethylformamide solution at room temperature and at 77K. The molar conductivities measured in dimethylformamide for all complexes show them to be non-electrolytes. The terdentate character of the ligands in all the complexes is inferred from i.r. spectral studies. The i.r. spectra also confirm the monodentate nature of the polyatomic anions such as nitrate and acetate. The electronic spectra in Nujol mulls, chloroform or dimethylformamide solution suggest planar geometry for all of the complexes. The calculated ESR parameters show an axial dx2- y2 ground state and suggest coordination through sulphur in agreement with the i.r. results. Little change in the value of g with temperature indicates no significant change in planarity of these four coordinated species. ESR spectra in solution at room temperature and 77 K also suggest a strong covalent environment with strong in-plane sigma and pi bonds provided by the ligands.

  7. Direct numerical simulation of complex multi-fluid flows using a combined immersed boundary (IB) and volume of fluid (VOF) approach

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    Deen, Niels G.; Sint Annaland, van Martin; Kuipers, J.A.M.

    2006-01-01

    In this paper a simulation model is presented for the Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) of complex multi-fluid flows in which simultaneously (moving) deformable (drops or bubbles) and non-deformable (moving) elements (particles) are present, possibly with the additional presence of free surfaces. Ou

  8. Novel binuclear μ-oxo diruthenium complexes combined with ibuprofen and ketoprofen: Interaction with relevant target biomolecules and anti-allergic potential.

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    Seuanes, Gabriela Campos; Moreira, Mariete Barbosa; Petta, Tânia; de Moraes Del Lama, Maria Perpétua Freire; de Moraes, Luiz Alberto Beraldo; de Oliveira, Anderson Rodrigo Moraes; Naal, Rose Mary Zumstein Georgetto; Nikolaou, Sofia

    2015-12-01

    This work presents the synthesis and characterization of two novel binuclear ruthenium compounds of general formula [Ru2O(carb)2(py)6](PF6)2, where py=pyridine and carb are the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ibuprofen (1) and ketoprofen (2). Both complexes were characterized by ESI-MS/MS spectrometry. The fragmentation patterns, which confirm the proposed structures, are presented. Besides that, compounds 1 and 2 present the charge transfer transitions within 325-330nm; and the intra-core transitions around 585nm, which is the typical spectra profile for [Ru2O] analogues. This suggests the carboxylate bridge has little influence in their electronic structure. The effects of the diruthenium complexes on Ig-E mediated mast cell activation were evaluated by measuring the enzyme β-hexosaminidase released by mast cells stimulated by antigen. The inhibitory potential of the ketoprofen complex against mast cell stimulation suggests its promising application as a therapeutic agent for treating or preventing IgE-mediated allergic diseases. In addition, in vitro metabolism assays had shown that the ibuprofen complex is metabolized by the cytochrome P450 enzymes. PMID:26298864

  9. The mitochondrial 13513G > A mutation is most frequent in Leigh syndrome combined with reduced complex I activity, optic atrophy and/or Wolff-Parkinson-White.

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    Ruiter, E.M.; Siers, M.H.; Elzen, C. van der; Engelen, B.G.M. van; Smeitink, J.A.M.; Rodenburg, R.J.T.; Hol, F.A.

    2007-01-01

    The m.13513G > A transition in the mitochondrial gene encoding the ND5 subunit of respiratory chain complex I, can cause mitochondrial encephalomyopathy with lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) and has been reported to be a frequent cause of Leigh syndrome (LS). We determined the fre

  10. Patterns of Direct Projections from the Hippocampus to the Medial Septum-Diagonal Band Complex : Anterograde Tracing with Phaseolus vulgaris Leucoagglutinin Combined with Immunohistochemistry of Choline Acetyltransferase

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    Gaykema, R.P.A.; Kuil, J. van der; Hersh, L.B.; Luiten, P.G.M.

    1991-01-01

    The projections from the Ammon's horn to the cholinergic cell groups in the medial septal and diagonal band nuclei were investigated with anterograde tracing of Phaseolus vulgaris leucoagglutinin combined with immunocytochemical detection of choline acetyltransferase, in the rat. Tracer injections w

  11. Mechanistic insights into acetophenone transfer hydrogenation catalyzed by half-sandwich ruthenium(II) complexes containing 2-(diphenylphosphanyl)aniline - a combined experimental and theoretical study

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    A. Bacchi; M. Balordi; R. Cammi; L. Elviri; C. Pelizzi; F. Picchioni; V. Verdolino; K. Goubitz; R. Peschar; P. Pelagatti

    2008-01-01

    Several new half-sandwich ruthenium(II) complexes containing 2-(diphenyphosphanyl)aniline (PNH2) of formula {Ru[(kappa P-2,N)PNH2](p-cymene)Cl}Y [Y = Cl (1a), PF6 (1b), BF4 (1c), BPh4 (1d), TfO (1e)] were synthesized and fully characterized both in solution (H-1 NMR and P-31{H-1) NMR spectroscopy) a

  12. Factors That Control the Reactivity of Cobalt(III)-Nitrosyl Complexes in Nitric Oxide Transfer and Dioxygenation Reactions: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Investigation.

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    Kumar, Pankaj; Lee, Yong-Min; Hu, Lianrui; Chen, Jianwei; Park, Young Jun; Yao, Jiannian; Chen, Hui; Karlin, Kenneth D; Nam, Wonwoo

    2016-06-22

    Metal-nitrosyl complexes are key intermediates involved in many biological and physiological processes of nitric oxide (NO) activation by metalloproteins. In this study, we report the reactivities of mononuclear cobalt(III)-nitrosyl complexes bearing N-tetramethylated cyclam (TMC) ligands, [(14-TMC)Co(III)(NO)](2+) and [(12-TMC)Co(III)(NO)](2+), in NO-transfer and dioxygenation reactions. The Co(III)-nitrosyl complex bearing 14-TMC ligand, [(14-TMC)Co(III)(NO)](2+), transfers the bound nitrosyl ligand to [(12-TMC)Co(II)](2+) via a dissociative pathway, {[(14-TMC)Co(III)(NO)](2+) → {(14-TMC)Co···NO}(2+)}, thus affording [(12-TMC)Co(III)(NO)](2+) and [(14-TMC)Co(II)](2+) as products. The dissociation of NO from the [(14-TMC)Co(III)(NO)](2+) complex prior to NO-transfer is supported experimentally and theoretically. In contrast, the reverse reaction, which is the NO-transfer from [(12-TMC)Co(III)(NO)](2+) to [(14-TMC)Co(II)](2+), does not occur. In addition to the NO-transfer reaction, dioxygenation of [(14-TMC)Co(III)(NO)](2+) by O2 produces [(14-TMC)Co(II)(NO3)](+), which possesses an O,O-chelated nitrato ligand and where, based on an experiment using (18)O-labeled O2, two of the three O-atoms in the [(14-TMC)Co(II)(NO3)](+) product derive from O2. The dioxygenation reaction is proposed to occur via a dissociative pathway, as proposed in the NO-transfer reaction, and via the formation of a Co(II)-peroxynitrite intermediate, based on the observation of phenol ring nitration. In contrast, [(12-TMC)Co(III)(NO)](2+) does not react with O2. Thus, the present results demonstrate unambiguously that the NO-transfer/dioxygenation reactivity of the cobalt(III)-nitrosyl complexes bearing TMC ligands is significantly influenced by the ring size of the TMC ligands and/or the spin state of the cobalt ion. PMID:27221953

  13. Feasibility and safety of combined interventional procedures in elderly patients with complex cardiovascular diseases:experience of a single medical center

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    Caiyi LU; Haiyun WU; Shiwen WANG; Xinli WU; Qiao XUE; Taohong HU; Muyang YAN; Rui CHEN; Zhongren ZHAO

    2005-01-01

    Objectives:To report the clinical experience of combined interventional procedures in the treatment of elderly patients with coexisting two or more cardiovascular diseases in our medical center, and to assess the feasibility, safety and therapeutic efficacy of this management strategy. Methods : Patients were selected to the study if: 1) age >65 years; 2) with coexistence of two or more cardiovascular diseases which are indications for interventional therapy; 3) patients' general condition and organ functions allow the performance of combined multiple procedures; 4) the predicted procedure time is within 150 min; 5) the predicted contrast medium dosage is within 300 ml. The criteria we analyzed included procedural type, rocedural time, fluoroscopy time, dosage of contrast medium, success rates of the procedures, complications and in-hospital mortality. All patients were followed up for 30.4 ± 9.3 months,to determine the all-cause mortality, recurrence rates and adverse cardiac events. Results : From January 2000 to December 2004,combined interventional procedures were performed on 136 patients, with 2 procedures on 134 patients and 3 procedures on 2 patients.The mean procedure time was 115.4±11.6 min, the mean fluoroscopy time was 35.7±9.3 min, and the mean dosage of contrast medium used was 183.6±19.4 ml. Procedural success rate was 100%, no procedure related death or major complications occurred.Conclusion: Performed by a competent team, combined interventional procedures in elderly patients with multiple cardiovascular diseases were feasible and relatively safe.

  14. Nickel(II) complexes of pentadentate N5 ligands as catalysts for alkane hydroxylation by using m-CPBA as oxidant: a combined experimental and computational study.

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    Sankaralingam, Muniyandi; Balamurugan, Mani; Palaniandavar, Mallayan; Vadivelu, Prabha; Suresh, Cherumuttathu H

    2014-09-01

    A new family of nickel(II) complexes of the type [Ni(L)(CH(3)CN)](BPh(4))(2), where L=N-methyl-N,N',N'-tris(pyrid-2-ylmethyl)-ethylenediamine (L1, 1), N-benzyl-N,N',N'-tris(pyrid-2-yl-methyl)-ethylenediamine (L2, 2), N-methyl-N,N'-bis(pyrid-2-ylmethyl)-N'-(6-methyl-pyrid-2-yl-methyl)-ethylenediamine (L3, 3), N-methyl-N,N'-bis(pyrid-2-ylmethyl)-N'-(quinolin-2-ylmethyl)-ethylenediamine (L4, 4), and N-methyl-N,N'-bis(pyrid-2-ylmethyl)-N'-imidazole-2-ylmethyl)-ethylenediamine (L5, 5), has been isolated and characterized by means of elemental analysis, mass spectrometry, UV/Vis spectroscopy, and electrochemistry. The single-crystal X-ray structure of [Ni(L(3))(CH(3)CN)](BPh(4))(2) reveals that the nickel(II) center is located in a distorted octahedral coordination geometry constituted by all the five nitrogen atoms of the pentadentate ligand and an acetonitrile molecule. In a dichloromethane/acetonitrile solvent mixture, all the complexes show ligand field bands in the visible region characteristic of an octahedral coordination geometry. They exhibit a one-electron oxidation corresponding to the Ni(II) /Ni(III) redox couple the potential of which depends upon the ligand donor functionalities. The new complexes catalyze the oxidation of cyclohexane in the presence of m-CPBA as oxidant up to a turnover number of 530 with good alcohol selectivity (A/K, 7.1-10.6, A=alcohol, K=ketone). Upon replacing the pyridylmethyl arm in [Ni(L1)(CH(3)CN)](BPh(4))(2) by the strongly σ-bonding but weakly π-bonding imidazolylmethyl arm as in [Ni(L5)(CH(3)CN)](BPh(4))(2) or the sterically demanding 6-methylpyridylmethyl ([Ni(L3)(CH(3)CN)](BPh(4))(2) and the quinolylmethyl arms ([Ni(L4)(CH(3)CN)](BPh(4))(2), both the catalytic activity and the selectivity decrease. DFT studies performed on cyclohexane oxidation by complexes 1 and 5 demonstrate the two spin-state reactivity for the high-spin [(N5)Ni(II)-O(.)] intermediate (ts1(hs), ts2(doublet)), which has a low-spin state located closely in

  15. Synthesis, structure and spectral properties of O,N,N coordinating ligands and their neutral Zn(ii) complexes: a combined experimental and theoretical study.

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    Hens, Amar; Mondal, Pallab; Rajak, Kajal Krishna

    2013-10-01

    Mononuclear Zn(ii) complexes with the general formula [Zn(L)2] have been synthesized in good yields by reacting Zn(OAc)2 with HL in a ratio of 1 : 2 in methanol solvent. Here L is the deprotonated form of 6-[(quinolin-8-ylamino)methylene]cyclohexa-2,4-dienone (HL(1)), 4-chloro-6-[(quinolin-8-ylamino)methylene]cyclohexa-2,4-dienone (HL(2)), 4-methyl-6-[(quinolin-8-ylamino)methylene]cyclohexa-2,4-dienone (HL(3)), 2,4-dimethyl-6-[(quinolin-8-ylamino) methylene]cyclohexa-2,4-dienone (HL(4)), 2-methoxy-6-[(quinolin-8-ylamino) methylene]cyclohexa-2,4-dienone (HL(5)). The electronic structures and photophysical properties of the ligands were calculated by DFT and TDDFT methods. The X-ray structure of one complex is reported. The ligands have a strong binding ability [(0.75-15.37) × 10(4)] and ratiometric response to Zn(2+) ions. With the addition of Zn(2+) ions to the ligands in THF solution a sharp color change is observed visually, and as well a significant enhancement of the fluorescence intensity and the quantum yield for this series occurs. The introduction of other metal ions having biological and environmental effects results in either unaltered or quenched emission intensity. However we observed the sensing property of the ligands strongly depends on the substituent at the ortho position of the phenol group. DFT calculation reveals that the ICT process take place from the salicylaldehyde (donor moiety) to quinoline (acceptor moiety) which is responsible for the enhancement of the fluorescence intensity of ligands after complexation. PMID:23995072

  16. A combined experimental and theoretical study of the supramolecular self-assembly of Cu(II) malonate complex assisted by various weak forces and water dimer

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    A Cu(II) malonate complex with formula [Cu(C3H2O4)(C6H8N2)(H2O)]2·4H2O (1) [C6H8N2=2-picolylamine, C3H2O42−=malonate dianion] has been synthesized by mixing the reactants in their stoichiometric proportion and its crystal structure has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In 1, monomeric neutral metal malonate units [Cu(C3H2O4)(C6H8N2)(H2O)] are interlinked with each other through hydrogen bonds, weak lone pair⋯π and cuprophilic interactions to generate supramolecular dimers, which in turn further associated through hydrogen bonding to form infinite 1D chains. Water dimers, through series of hydrogen bonds and weak π–stacking forces are found to be responsible for interconnection of 1D chains, which resulted in a 3D network. A density functional (DFT) study of the energetic features of several noncovalent interactions observed in the solid state have been analyzed and characterized using Bader's theory of “atoms-in-molecules”. We also present here Hirshfeld surface analysis to investigate the close intermolecular contacts. - Graphical Abstract: Interplay of weak forces like hydrogen bonding, lone pair⋯π, Cu⋯Cu and π–stacking interactions leading to the formation of supramolecular network in [Cu(C3H2O4)(C6H8N2)(H2O)]2·4H2O complex. - Highlights: • A complex of Cu(II) with malonate and 2-picolylamine is synthesized and X-ray characterized. • We report a density functional study of the energetic features of several noncovalent interactions • We perform Hirshfeld surface analysis to investigate the close intermolecular contacts

  17. A combined experimental and quantum mechanical investigation on some selected metal complexes of L-serine with first row transition metal cations

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    Mandal, Shilpi; Das, Gunajyoti; Askari, Hassan

    2015-02-01

    In the current study a joint solvent-free synthetic and computational approach has been adopted to explore the coordination properties of L-serine with the doubly charged cations of nickel, copper and zinc. The reaction products were characterized by elemental analyses, molar conductance, EDAX-SEM, TEM, TG/DTA, infrared, electronic absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. Quantum chemical calculations, carried out in gas and aqueous phase using the BHandHLYP and MP2 methods in conjunction with 6-311++G(d,p) basis set, provide valuable insights concerning the interaction enthalpies and free energies; vibrational and absorption spectra along with various other molecular and electronic properties of the metal complexes. This study reveals that L-serine binds to the metal ions in a bi-dentate manner through its amino and carboxylate groups exhibiting highest binding affinity towards Cu(II) among the three metal ions considered here. As compared to the MP2 method, the spin-delocalized situations of the open-shell Cu(II) complex of L-serine have been better described at the BHandHLYP level. The physical origin of the molecular interactions of L-serine with the metal ions has also been examined by performing energy decomposition analysis (EDA). Effects of the aqueous environment are evident on the structure and stability of the metal complexes. The vibrational spectroscopic data furnished at MP2/6-311++G(d,p) level, which provide a good account of the structural changes inflicted in the molecular geometry of L-serine as a result of metal coordination, are in better agreement with our experimental observations as compared to those produced at the BHandHLYP/6-311++G(d,p) level.

  18. Preliminary construction of integral analysis for characteristic components in complex matrices by in-house fabricated solid-phase microextraction fibers combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Tang, Zhentao; Hou, Wenqian; Liu, Xiuming; Wang, Mingfeng; Duan, Yixiang

    2016-08-26

    Integral analysis plays an important role in study and quality control of substances with complex matrices in our daily life. As the preliminary construction of integral analysis of substances with complex matrices, developing a relatively comprehensive and sensitive methodology might offer more informative and reliable characteristic components. Flavoring mixtures belonging to the representatives of substances with complex matrices have now been widely used in various fields. To better study and control the quality of flavoring mixtures as additives in food industry, an in-house fabricated solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber was prepared based on sol-gel technology in this work. The active organic component of the fiber coating was multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) functionalized with hydroxyl-terminated polydimethyldiphenylsiloxane, which integrate the non-polar and polar chains of both materials. In this way, more sensitive extraction capability for a wider range of compounds can be obtained in comparison with commercial SPME fibers. Preliminarily integral analysis of three similar types of samples were realized by the optimized SPME-GC-MS method. With the obtained GC-MS data, a valid and well-fit model was established by partial least square discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) for classification of these samples (R2X=0.661, R2Y=0.996, Q2=0.986). The validity of the model (R2=0.266, Q2=-0.465) has also approved the potential to predict the "belongingness" of new samples. With the PLS-DA and SPSS method, further screening out the markers among three similar batches of samples may be helpful for monitoring and controlling the quality of the flavoring mixtures as additives in food industry. Conversely, the reliability and effectiveness of the GC-MS data has verified the comprehensive and efficient extraction performance of the in-house fabricated fiber. PMID:27457562

  19. Irinotecan Lipid Complex Injection

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    Irinotecan lipid complex is used in combination with other medications to treat pancreatic cancer that has spread to other ... worsened after treatment with other chemotherapy medications. Irinotecan lipid complex is in a class of antineoplastic medications ...

  20. Effect of Modified Gelatin from Silver Carp Skin Combined with Peptide-Zn Complex on Preservation of Grass Carp%鲢鱼皮改性明胶复合多肽锌对草鱼的保鲜作用

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    张玲; 马月; 罗永康; 李博

    2016-01-01

    The coating preservation of gelatin modified by transglutaminase (TGase) combined with peptide-Zn complex from silver carp skin on grass carp was studied. Sensory evaluation, thiobarbituric acid (TBA), total volatile basic nitrogen (TVB-N), pH value and total bacterial count were measured to study the quality changes of grass carp with different treatments during cold storage. The results showed that modified gelatin alone and its combination with peptide-Zn complex prepared from silver carp skin protein hydrolysate were both effective in preventing deterioration and preserving the quality of grass carp by significantly inhibiting the increases in TBA value, TVB-N value and pH value and restraining bacterial growth. Modified gelatin was comparable to sodium alginate combined with peptide-Zn complex in terms of efficacy. However, compared with sodium alginate combined with peptide-Zn complex, grass carp had a better quality on the 6th d of storage after being coated with modified gelatin combined with peptide-Zn complex. As a result, the quality of grass carp remained at the first and second grades both for 3 more days. In conclusion, modified gelatin combined with peptide-Zn complex was a more effective coating for preserving the quality of aquatic products when compared with the combination with sodium alginate.%研究鲢鱼皮谷氨酰胺转胺酶(transglutaminase,TGase)改性明胶复合多肽锌对冷藏草鱼段的保鲜效果。通过测定草鱼段在4℃冷藏过程中感官评分、硫代巴比妥酸(thiobarbituric acid,TBA)、挥发性盐基氮(total volatile basic nitrogen,TVB-N)、pH值和菌落总数等指标,评估不同处理条件下草鱼品质的变化情况。结果表明,改性明胶及其复合多肽锌对草鱼均有明显的防腐保鲜作用,有效抑制了草鱼TBA值、TVB-N值、pH值的升高以及菌落总数的增长。与海藻酸钠多肽锌处理的涂膜组草鱼相比,改性明胶单独涂膜组的保鲜

  1. Attenuation of Combined Nickel(II Oxide and Manganese(II, III Oxide Nanoparticles’ Adverse Effects with a Complex of Bioprotectors

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    Ilzira A. Minigalieva

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Stable suspensions of NiO and Mn3O4 nanoparticles (NPs with a mean (±s.d. diameter of 16.7 ± 8.2 and 18.4 ± 5.4 nm, respectively, purposefully prepared by laser ablation of 99.99% pure nickel or manganese in de-ionized water, were repeatedly injected intraperitoneally (IP to rats at a dose of 2.5 mg/kg 3 times a week up to 18 injections, either alone or in combination. A group of rats was injected with this combination with the background oral administration of a “bio-protective complex” (BPC comprising pectin, vitamins A, C, E, glutamate, glycine, N-acetylcysteine, selenium, iodide and omega-3 PUFA, this composition having been chosen based on mechanistic considerations and previous experience. After the termination of injections, many functional and biochemical indices and histopathological features (with morphometric assessment of the liver, spleen, kidneys and brain were evaluated for signs of toxicity. The Ni and Mn content of these organs was measured with the help of the atomic emission and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopies. We obtained blood leukocytes for performing the RAPD (Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA test. Although both metallic NPs proved adversely bio-active in many respects considered in this study, Mn3O4-NPs were somewhat more noxious than NiO-NPs as concerns most of the non-specific toxicity manifestations and they induced more marked damage to neurons in the striatum and the hippocampus, which may be considered an experimental correlate of the manganese-induced Parkinsonism. The comparative solubility of the Mn3O4-NPs and NiO-NPs in a biological medium is discussed as one of the factors underlying the difference in their toxicokinetics and toxicities. The BPC has attenuated both the organ-systemic toxicity and the genotoxicity of Mn3O4-NPs in combination with NiO-NPs.

  2. Sternal Cleft and Pectus Excavatum: A Combined Approach for the Correction of a Complex Anterior Chest Wall Malformation in a Teenager.

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    Tocchioni, Francesca; Ghionzoli, Marco; Lo Piccolo, Roberto; Deaconu, Diana E; Facchini, Flavio; Milanez De Campos, Jose R; Messineo, Antonio

    2015-06-01

    Congenital sternal cleft is a rare chest wall malformation. Because of the flexibility of the chest in infants, surgical repair should be performed by primary closure in the neonatal period. In adolescents and adults, different techniques have been suggested to overcome the lack of sternal bone tissue. We describe a very rare case of an 18-year-old woman with a complete bifid sternum associated with pectus excavatum for whom a satisfactory cosmetic and functional result was obtained by adequate surgical planning, which entailed a combination of two standardized surgical techniques. PMID:26046903

  3. Rovibrational and dynamical properties of the hydrogen bonded complex (CH2)2S-HF: a combined free jet, cell, and neon matrix-Fourier transform infrared study.

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    Asselin, P; Goubet, M; Lewerenz, M; Soulard, P; Perchard, J P

    2004-09-15

    Fourier transform infrared spectra of the nu(s) (HF stretching) band of the (CH(2))(2)S-HF complex have been recorded at 0.1-0.5 cm(-1) resolution in a cooled cell, in a supersonic jet expansion seeded with argon and in a neon matrix at 4.5 K. The combination of controlled temperature effects over a range of 40-250 K and a sophisticated band contour simulation program allows the separation of homogeneous and inhomogeneous contributions and reveals significant anharmonic couplings between intramolecular and intermolecular vibrational modes similar to our previous work on (CH(2))(2)S-DF. The sign of the coupling constants is consistent with the expected strengthening of the hydrogen bond upon vibrational excitation of HF which also explains the observed small variations of the geometrical parameters in the excited state. The analysis of sum and difference combination bands involving nu(s) provides accurate values of intermolecular harmonic frequencies and anharmonicities and a good estimate of the dissociation energy of the complex. Frequencies and coupling parameters derived from gas phase spectra compare well with results from neon matrix experiments. The effective linewidth provides a lower bound for the predissociation lifetime of 10 ps. The comparison between effective linewidths and vibrational densities of states for (CH(2))(2)S-HF and -DF complexes highlights the important role of intramolecular vibrational redistribution in the vibrational dynamics of medium strength hydrogen bonds.

  4. A combined experimental and theoretical study of the supramolecular self-assembly of Cu(II) malonate complex assisted by various weak forces and water dimer

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    Manna, Prankrishna [Department of Chemistry, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700 032 (India); Ray Choudhury, Somnath [Central Chemical Laboratory, Geological Survey of India, 15 A and B Kyd Street, Kolkata 700 016 (India); Mitra, Monojit [Department of Chemistry, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700 032 (India); Kumar Seth, Saikat [Department of Physics, M. G. Mahavidyalaya, Bhupatinagar, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal 721 425 (India); Helliwell, Madeleine [School of Chemistry, The University of Manchester, Brunswick Street, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Bauzá, Antonio [Departament de Química, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Crta. de Valldemossa km 7.5, 07122 Palma (Baleares) (Spain); Frontera, Antonio, E-mail: toni.frontera@uib.es [Departament de Química, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Crta. de Valldemossa km 7.5, 07122 Palma (Baleares) (Spain); Mukhopadhyay, Subrata, E-mail: smukhopadhyay@chemistry.jdvu.ac.in [Department of Chemistry, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700 032 (India)

    2014-12-15

    A Cu(II) malonate complex with formula [Cu(C{sub 3}H{sub 2}O{sub 4})(C{sub 6}H{sub 8}N{sub 2})(H{sub 2}O)]{sub 2}·4H{sub 2}O (1) [C{sub 6}H{sub 8}N{sub 2}=2-picolylamine, C{sub 3}H{sub 2}O{sub 4}{sup 2−}=malonate dianion] has been synthesized by mixing the reactants in their stoichiometric proportion and its crystal structure has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In 1, monomeric neutral metal malonate units [Cu(C{sub 3}H{sub 2}O{sub 4})(C{sub 6}H{sub 8}N{sub 2})(H{sub 2}O)] are interlinked with each other through hydrogen bonds, weak lone pair⋯π and cuprophilic interactions to generate supramolecular dimers, which in turn further associated through hydrogen bonding to form infinite 1D chains. Water dimers, through series of hydrogen bonds and weak π–stacking forces are found to be responsible for interconnection of 1D chains, which resulted in a 3D network. A density functional (DFT) study of the energetic features of several noncovalent interactions observed in the solid state have been analyzed and characterized using Bader's theory of “atoms-in-molecules”. We also present here Hirshfeld surface analysis to investigate the close intermolecular contacts. - Graphical Abstract: Interplay of weak forces like hydrogen bonding, lone pair⋯π, Cu⋯Cu and π–stacking interactions leading to the formation of supramolecular network in [Cu(C{sub 3}H{sub 2}O{sub 4})(C{sub 6}H{sub 8}N{sub 2})(H{sub 2}O)]{sub 2}·4H{sub 2}O complex. - Highlights: • A complex of Cu(II) with malonate and 2-picolylamine is synthesized and X-ray characterized. • We report a density functional study of the energetic features of several noncovalent interactions • We perform Hirshfeld surface analysis to investigate the close intermolecular contacts.

  5. Preparation of adsorptive fiber by a combination of peroxo complex of titanium anion and DMAPAA-grafted fiber for the removal of strontium from seawater

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    In order to remove strontium from seawater, sodium titanate was impregnated onto a commercially available 6-nylon fiber by means of radiation-induced graft polymerization and subsequent chemical modifications. First, dimethyaminopropyl acrylamide as an originally anion-exchange-group-containing vinyl monomer was graft-polymerized onto the electron-beam-irradiated nylon fiber, followed by binding of a peroxo complex of titanium anions to the anion-exchange group of the graft chain. Then, bound titanium species were converted into insoluble sodium titanate through a reaction with sodium hydroxide. The equilibrium binding capacity of the sodium-titanate-impregnated fiber for strontium in seawater was calculated as 1.7 mg/g-Sr of the fiber from Langmuir adsorption isotherm. (author)

  6. Determination of the Tautomeric Equilibria of Pyridoyl Benzoyl <beta>-Diketones in the Liquid and Solid State through the use of Deuterium Isotope Effects on 1H and 13C NMR Chemical Shifts and Spin Coupling Constants

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    Hansen, Poul Erik; Borisov, Eugeny V.; Lindon, John C.

    2015-01-01

    The tautomeric equilibria for 2-pyridoyl-, 3-pyridoyl-, and 4-pyridoyl-benzoyl methane have been investigated using deuterium isotope effects on 1H and 13C chemical shifts both in the liquid and the solid state. Equilibria are established both in the liquid and the solid state. In addition, in th...

  7. Mechanistic studies of palladium thin film growth from palladium(II) {beta}-diketonates. 1. Spectroscopic studies of the reactions of bis(hexafluoroacetylacetonato)palladium(II) on copper surfaces

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    Lin, W.; Wiegand, B.C.; Nuzzo, R.G.; Girolami, G.S. [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States)

    1996-06-26

    The reactions of bis(hexafluroacetylacetonato)palladium(II), Pd(hfac){sub 2}, on copper have been studied. Whereas multilayers of Pd(hfac){sub 2} desorb molecularly from copper surfaces between 200 and 270 K, submonolayer coverages of Pd(hfac){sub 2} react in a multistep sequence. At temperatures below 120 K, Pd(hfac){sub 2} transfers its hfac ligands to the copper surface and the metal center is reduced to Pd{sup 0}. The hfac groups adopt a variety of molecular orientations on the surface at 120 K but undergo an apparent ordering transition near 300 K that re-orients the hfac groups to an upright geometry (perpendicular to the surface plane). At low coverages on clean surfaces, further annealing results in the decomposition of the surface-bound hfac ligands to give adsorbed Pd atoms and COCF{sub 3}, CF{sub 3}, and fluoride species. These intermediates ultimately yield a partial monolayer of Pd atoms, a carbon(possibly graphitic) deposit, and a variety of organic products that desorb between 500 and 650 K; the desorbing flux after ionization consists of CF{sub 3}COF, COCF{sub 3},CF{sub 3} and Co fragments. The activation parameters for the decomposition of hfac groups on copper foils have been determined to be A = 1.3 x 10{sup 13} s{sup -1} and E{sub a} = 36.8 kcal mol{sup -1}. 54 refs., 13 figs., 2 tabs.

  8. Combination of the histone deacetylase inhibitor depsipeptide and 5-fluorouracil upregulates major histocompatibility complex class II and p21 genes and activates caspase-3/7 in human colon cancer HCT-116 cells.

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    Okada, Kouji; Hakata, Shuko; Terashima, Jun; Gamou, Toshie; Habano, Wataru; Ozawa, Shogo

    2016-10-01

    Epigenetic anticancer drugs such as histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors have been combined with existing anticancer drugs for synergistic or additive effects. In the present study, we found that a very low concentration of depsipeptide, an HDAC inhibitor, potentiated the antitumor activity of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in a human colon cancer cell model using HCT-116, HT29, and SW48 cells via the inhibition of colony formation ability or cellular viability. Exposure to a combination of 5-FU (1.75 µM) and 1 nM depsipeptide for 24 and 48 h resulted in a 3- to 4-fold increase in activated caspase-3/7, while 5-FU alone failed to activate caspase-3/7. Microarray and subsequent gene ontology analyses revealed that compared to 5-FU or depsipeptide alone, the combination treatment of 5-FU and depsipeptide upregulated genes related to cell death and the apoptotic process consistent with the inhibition of colony formation and caspase-3/7 activation. These analyses indicated marked upregulation of antigen processing and presentation of peptide or polysaccharide antigen via major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class (GO:0002504) and MHC protein complex (GO:0042611). Compared with vehicle controls, the cells treated with the combination of 5-FU and depsipeptide showed marked induction (3- to 8.5-fold) of expression of MHC class II genes, but not of MHC class I genes. Furthermore, our global analysis of gene expression, which was focused on genes involved in the molecular regulation of MHC class II genes, showed enhancement of pro-apoptotic PCAF and CIITA after the combination of 5-FU and depsipeptide. These results may indicate a closer relationship between elevation of MHC class II expression and cellular apoptosis induced by the combination of depsipeptide and 5-FU. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to report that the combination of 5-FU and depsipeptide induces human colon cancer cell apoptosis in a concerted manner with the induction of MHC

  9. Combining Ruthenium(II) Complexes with Metal-Organic Frameworks to Realize Effective Two-Photon Absorption for Singlet Oxygen Generation.

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    Zhang, Wenxiang; Li, Bin; Ma, Heping; Zhang, Liming; Guan, Yunlong; Zhang, Yihe; Zhang, Xindan; Jing, Pengtao; Yue, Shumei

    2016-08-24

    Singlet oxygen ((1)O2), as a reactive oxygen species, has garnered serious attention in physical, chemical, and biological studies. In this paper, we designed and synthesized a new type of singlet-oxygen generation system by exchanging cationic ruthenium complexes (RCs) into anionic bio-MOF-1. The resulting bio-MOF-1&RCs can be used as effective photocatalysts for generation of singlet oxygen under both single-photon and two-photon excitation. Especially, the excellent two-photon absorption (TPA) behavior of bio-MOF-1&RCs aroused our interest greatly because their two-photon absorption band lies in the optical window of biological tissue. Here, we measured the ability of bio-MOF-1&RCs to generate (1)O2 by irradiation under both 490 and 800 nm wavelength light in DMF. 1,3-Diphenylisobenzofuran (DPBF) and 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein (DCFH) were used as typical (1)O2 traps to detect and evaluate the efficiency of generation of (1)O2 under single-photon and two-photon excitation, respectively. Results indicated that bio-MOF-1&[Ru(phen)3](2+) was able to effectively generate (1)O2 under both conditions. Our work creates a novel synergistic TPA system with the excellent photophysical properties of RCs and the unique microporous structure benefit of MOFs, which may open a new avenue for creation of a cancer treatment system with both photodynamic therapy and chemotherapy. PMID:27483010

  10. Combined self-learning based single-image super-resolution and dual-tree complex wavelet transform denoising for medical images

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    Yang, Guang; Ye, Xujiong; Slabaugh, Greg; Keegan, Jennifer; Mohiaddin, Raad; Firmin, David

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we propose a novel self-learning based single-image super-resolution (SR) method, which is coupled with dual-tree complex wavelet transform (DTCWT) based denoising to better recover high-resolution (HR) medical images. Unlike previous methods, this self-learning based SR approach enables us to reconstruct HR medical images from a single low-resolution (LR) image without extra training on HR image datasets in advance. The relationships between the given image and its scaled down versions are modeled using support vector regression with sparse coding and dictionary learning, without explicitly assuming reoccurrence or self-similarity across image scales. In addition, we perform DTCWT based denoising to initialize the HR images at each scale instead of simple bicubic interpolation. We evaluate our method on a variety of medical images. Both quantitative and qualitative results show that the proposed approach outperforms bicubic interpolation and state-of-the-art single-image SR methods while effectively removing noise.

  11. Combining blue native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis with liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry as an effective strategy for analyzing potential membrane protein complexes of Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guérin

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    Li Weijun

    2011-01-01

    helixes were identified well in our work. Conclusions In this study, we utilized LC-MS/MS in combination with blue native PAGE to characterize modular components of multiprotein complexes in BCG membrane fractions. The results demonstrated that the proteomic strategy was a reliable and reproducible tool for analysis of BCG multiprotein complexes. The identification in our study may provide some evidence for further study of BCG protein interaction.

  12. Structure, ligands and substrate coordination of the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II in the S2 state: a combined EPR and DFT study.

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    Lohmiller, Thomas; Krewald, Vera; Navarro, Montserrat Pérez; Retegan, Marius; Rapatskiy, Leonid; Nowaczyk, Marc M; Boussac, Alain; Neese, Frank; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Pantazis, Dimitrios A; Cox, Nicholas

    2014-06-28

    The S2 state of the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II, which consists of a Mn4O5Ca cofactor, is EPR-active, typically displaying a multiline signal, which arises from a ground spin state of total spin ST = 1/2. The precise appearance of the signal varies amongst different photosynthetic species, preparation and solvent conditions/compositions. Over the past five years, using the model species Thermosynechococcus elongatus, we have examined modifications that induce changes in the multiline signal, i.e. Ca(2+)/Sr(2+)-substitution and the binding of ammonia, to ascertain how structural perturbations of the cluster are reflected in its magnetic/electronic properties. This refined analysis, which now includes high-field (W-band) data, demonstrates that the electronic structure of the S2 state is essentially invariant to these modifications. This assessment is based on spectroscopies that examine the metal centres themselves (EPR, (55)Mn-ENDOR) and their first coordination sphere ligands ((14)N/(15)N- and (17)O-ESEEM, -HYSCORE and -EDNMR). In addition, extended quantum mechanical models from broken-symmetry DFT now reproduce all EPR, (55)Mn and (14)N experimental magnetic observables, with the inclusion of second coordination sphere ligands being crucial for accurately describing the interaction of NH3 with the Mn tetramer. These results support a mechanism of multiline heterogeneity reported for species differences and the effect of methanol [Biochim. Biophys. Acta, Bioenerg., 2011, 1807, 829], involving small changes in the magnetic connectivity of the solvent accessible outer MnA4 to the cuboidal unit Mn3O3Ca, resulting in predictable changes of the measured effective (55)Mn hyperfine tensors. Sr(2+) and NH3 replacement both affect the observed (17)O-EDNMR signal envelope supporting the assignment of O5 as the exchangeable μ-oxo bridge and it acting as the first site of substrate inclusion.

  13. Removal of gaseous toluene by the combination of photocatalytic oxidation under complex light irradiation of UV and visible light and biological process

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    Photocatalysis is a promising technology for treatment of gaseous waste; its disadvantages, however, include causing secondary pollution. Biofiltration has been known as an efficient technology for treatment volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at low cost of maintenance, and produces harmless by-products; its disadvantages, include large volume of bioreactor and slow adaptation to fluctuating concentrations in waste gas. A bench scale system integrated with a photocatalytic oxidation and a biofilter unit for the treatment of gases containing toluene was investigated. The integrated system can effectively oxidize toluene with high removal efficiency. The photocatalytic activity of N-TiO2/zeolite was evaluated by the decomposition of toluene in air under UV and visible light (VL) illumination. The N-TiO2/zeolite has more photocatalytic activity under complex light irradiation of UV and visible light for toluene removal than that of pure TiO2/zeolite under UV or visible light irradiation. N-TiO2/zeolite was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectrum analysis (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and as-obtained products were identified by means of gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Results revealed that the photocatalyst was porous and was high photoactive for mineralizing toluene. The high activity can be attributed to the results of the synergetic effects of strong UV and visible light absorption, surface hydroxyl groups. The photocatalytic degradation reaction of toluene with the N-TiO2/zeolite follows Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics. Toluene biodegradation rate matches enzymatic oxidation kinetics model.

  14. Removal of gaseous toluene by the combination of photocatalytic oxidation under complex light irradiation of UV and visible light and biological process.

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    Wei, Zaishan; Sun, Jianliang; Xie, Zhirong; Liang, Mingyan; Chen, Shangzhi

    2010-05-15

    Photocatalysis is a promising technology for treatment of gaseous waste; its disadvantages, however, include causing secondary pollution. Biofiltration has been known as an efficient technology for treatment volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at low cost of maintenance, and produces harmless by-products; its disadvantages, include large volume of bioreactor and slow adaptation to fluctuating concentrations in waste gas. A bench scale system integrated with a photocatalytic oxidation and a biofilter unit for the treatment of gases containing toluene was investigated. The integrated system can effectively oxidize toluene with high removal efficiency. The photocatalytic activity of N-TiO(2)/zeolite was evaluated by the decomposition of toluene in air under UV and visible light (VL) illumination. The N-TiO(2)/zeolite has more photocatalytic activity under complex light irradiation of UV and visible light for toluene removal than that of pure TiO(2)/zeolite under UV or visible light irradiation. N-TiO(2)/zeolite was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectrum analysis (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and as-obtained products were identified by means of gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Results revealed that the photocatalyst was porous and was high photoactive for mineralizing toluene. The high activity can be attributed to the results of the synergetic effects of strong UV and visible light absorption, surface hydroxyl groups. The photocatalytic degradation reaction of toluene with the N-TiO(2)/zeolite follows Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics. Toluene biodegradation rate matches enzymatic oxidation kinetics model.

  15. Investigating the complex mechanism of B migration in a magnetic-tunnel-junction trilayer structure—a combined study using XPS and TOF-SIMS

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    The magnetic-tunnel-junction (MTJ) structure is the core of many important devices, such as magnetic recording head and STT-RAM. CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB tri-layer thin-film stack is a widely researched MTJ structure. In this tri-layer, the functional property of the MTJ, i.e. its TMR ratio, is critically dependent on the crystal orientation of the CoFe grains. In order for the desired (1 0 0) out of plane texture to develop in the CoFeB layers, B needs to be engineered to be expelled out of these CoFeB layers, and diffuse or migrate into the adjacent layers. Ta is usually used as a seed layer adjacent to the MTJ structure. In this work, we investigated the important B-migration mechanisms within this MTJ structure through a combined XPS/TOF-SIMS study. Specifically, we tried to elucidate the possible physical/chemical interactions between the B and Ta that could happen with different film stack designs. Previous works have shown that there might be two possible B-migration mechanisms. One mechanism is direct B diffusion into the adjacent Ta layer during annealing. The other B-migration mechanism is through the formation of TaBOx species, in which B could be carried out by the Ta diffusion. In particular, through studying a series of film stacks, we discussed the circumstances under which one of these B-migration mechanisms becomes dominant. Furthermore, we discussed how these B-migration mechanisms facilitated the B expulsion in a common MTJ structure. (paper)

  16. Investigating the complex mechanism of B migration in a magnetic-tunnel-junction trilayer structure—a combined study using XPS and TOF-SIMS

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    Ying, Ji-Feng; Ji, Rong; Ter Lim, Sze; Tran, Michael N.; Wang, Chen Chen; Ernult, Franck

    2016-02-01

    The magnetic-tunnel-junction (MTJ) structure is the core of many important devices, such as magnetic recording head and STT-RAM. CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB tri-layer thin-film stack is a widely researched MTJ structure. In this tri-layer, the functional property of the MTJ, i.e. its TMR ratio, is critically dependent on the crystal orientation of the CoFe grains. In order for the desired (1 0 0) out of plane texture to develop in the CoFeB layers, B needs to be engineered to be expelled out of these CoFeB layers, and diffuse or migrate into the adjacent layers. Ta is usually used as a seed layer adjacent to the MTJ structure. In this work, we investigated the important B-migration mechanisms within this MTJ structure through a combined XPS/TOF-SIMS study. Specifically, we tried to elucidate the possible physical/chemical interactions between the B and Ta that could happen with different film stack designs. Previous works have shown that there might be two possible B-migration mechanisms. One mechanism is direct B diffusion into the adjacent Ta layer during annealing. The other B-migration mechanism is through the formation of TaBOx species, in which B could be carried out by the Ta diffusion. In particular, through studying a series of film stacks, we discussed the circumstances under which one of these B-migration mechanisms becomes dominant. Furthermore, we discussed how these B-migration mechanisms facilitated the B expulsion in a common MTJ structure.

  17. A rare allele combination of the interleukin-1 gene complex is associated with high interleukin-1 beta plasma levels in healthy individuals.

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    Hulkkonen, J; Laippala, P; Hurme, M

    2000-06-01

    Increases in the plasma levels of the inflammatory cytokines can be detected in various infectious and inflammatory diseases, but in healthy individuals these levels are in most cases low or undetectable. There is now increasing evidence that genes of the inflammatory cytokines are polymorphic and the various alleles may differ in their capability to produce the cytokine. We have measured the plasma levels IL-1 beta of 400 healthy blood donors and correlated these to the genotype (biallelelic base exchanges at the position - 889 of the IL-1 alpha gene, and at the position - 511 of the IL-1 beta gene and the pentaallelic VNTR in the second intron of the IL-1Ra gene). The median concentration of IL-1 beta was 5.8 pg/ml (upper and lower quartiles 2.2-13.6). The polymorphisms of the IL-1 beta and IL-1 Ra genes did not have any significant influence on the IL-1 beta levels, but the IL-1 alpha 2.2 homozygotes (32/400 blood donors) had significantly elevated levels (median 7.0 pg/ml, quartiles 2.2-22.4, one-way ANOVA p < 0.008 as compared to the IL-1 alpha 1.1 homozygotes and p < 0.02 as compared to the IL-1 alpha 1.2 heterozygotes). This effect of IL-1 alpha 2.2 homozygosity was more pronounced in donors, who also were carriers of the IL-1 beta allele 2. Thus these data suggest that this allele combination has a regulatory effect on basal IL-1 beta production. PMID:10903804

  18. Percutaneous nephrolithotomy combined with auxiliary method in the treatment of 40 complex calculus of kidney cases%经皮肾镜结合辅助方法治疗复杂肾结石40例

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    蒋建武

    2016-01-01

    Objective To investigate clinical effect by percutaneous nephrolithotomy combined with auxiliary method in the treatment of complex calculus of kidney. Methods A total of 40 patients with complex calculus of kidney as study subjects received percutaneous nephrolithotomy combined with auxiliary methods for treatment. Their complete clearance rate and complications were observed. Results Among the 40 cases, 28 cases had single clearance, with single clearance rate as 70.0%, and 11 cases had secondary clearance, as their complete clearance rate was 97.5%. After treatment, complicated occurred in 13 cases, with incidence of complications as 32.5%. Conclusion Combination of percutaneous nephrolithotomy and auxiliary method provides good effect and high clearance rate in treating complex calculus of kidney. This method effectively relieve symptoms and reduce pain, along with highly medical significance, and it is worth clinical promotion.%目的:探究经皮肾镜结合辅助方法治疗复杂肾结石的临床效果。方法40例复杂肾结石患者作为观察对象,采用经皮肾镜结合辅助方法来进行治疗。观察患者结石完全清除率以及并发症情况。结果本组40例患者中,结石一次清除28例,一次清除率为70.0%,二次手术后结石清除11例,总结石清除率达97.5%;在治疗后,出现13例并发症,并发症发生率为32.5%。结论经皮肾镜结合辅助方法治疗复杂肾结石,效果较好,结石清除率较高,有效缓解患者的症状,减少痛苦,具有较高的医学意义,值得临床推广。

  19. Clinical Research of Lamivudine Combined Liver Yin Qi Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B Complex%拉米夫定合茵芪肝复汤治疗慢性乙型肝炎的临床研究

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    蓝青

    2013-01-01

    目的:观察拉米夫定合茵芪肝复汤治疗慢性乙型肝炎的疗效。方法在拉米夫定治疗基础上加用中药茵芪肝复汤治疗本病96例。结果患者临床症状缓解率、肝功能、HBeAg和HBV-DNA的阴转率较治疗前改善明显。结论本方对治疗慢性乙型肝炎疗效确切,值得临床使用。%Objective: To observe the curative Effect of lamivudine combined Yin Qi liver recovery decoction in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B. Methods: in the lamivudine treatment combined with traditionallChinese medicine Yin Qi of liver in 96 cases of the disease complex soup. Results: the clinicallsymptoms of patients in remission rate, liver function, HBeAg and HBV-DNA negative conversion rate was significantly improved than before treatment. Conclusion: the curative Effect on treatment of chronic hepatitis B is exact, it is worthy of clinicalluse.

  20. 复方嗜酸乳杆菌联合小麦纤维素治疗肝性脑病的疗效观察%Curative effect observation of Lactobacillus acidophilus complex combined fiberform in treatment of hepatic encephalopathy

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    沈哲; 马良; 章文华; 高素萍

    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the curative effect of Lactobacillus acidophilus complex combined fiberform in treating hepatic encephalopathy.Methods 48 cases of hepatic encephalopathy patients were randomly divided into Group A and Group B.Group A (24 patients) was treated with Lactobacillus acidophilus complex combined fiberform beyond the routine comprehensive therapy,while Group B (24 patients) was treated with fiberform only.The number connection test and digit symbol test were conducted,and the blood ammonia and hepatic function were observed.The experimental data were analyzed by statistical methods.Results Compared with the group B,the number connection test (NCT) in the group A was shorter,the number digit symbol test (DST) increased and the blood ammonia decreased obviously (P < 0.01).The hepatic function also improved significantly in the group A (P < 0.05).Conclusion Within the routine comprehensive therapy,combination of Lactobacillus acidophilus complex combined fiberform is better than fiberform alone for treatment of hepatic encephalopathy in favour of relieving symptoms,decreasing the blood ammonia and protecting hepatic function.%目的 观察复方嗜酸乳杆菌联合小麦纤维素治疗肝性脑病的临床疗效.方法 将48例肝性脑病患者随机分成A、B两组,A组24例在常规综合治疗的基础上给予复方嗜酸乳杆菌联合小麦纤维素治疗,B组24例在常规综合治疗的基础上仅给予小麦纤维素治疗,观察两组数字连接试验,数字符号试验,血氨及肝功能的变化,数据采用统计学方法分析.结果 与B组比较,A组数字连接实验(NCT)的缩短、数字符号试验(DST)评分的增加及血氨含量下降明显,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01),A组肝功能改善亦明显(P<0.05).结论 在常规综合治疗的前提下,复方嗜酸乳杆菌联合小麦纤维素治疗肝性脑病的疗效优于单用小麦纤维素,有利于患者症状的缓解、血氨的下降及肝功能的保护.

  1. 睑缘切口联合耳颞切口行颧骨复合体骨折内固定%Reposition of zygomatic complex fracture via subciliary incision combined with preauricular temporal approach

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    龚忠诚; 林兆全; 阿地力·莫明; 凌彬; 扈梅; 刘慧; 买买提吐逊·吐尔地; 龙星

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨睑缘切口联合耳颞切口进行颧骨复合体骨折复位内固定的临床应用效果.方法 53例颧骨复合体骨折患者,采用睑缘下切口联合耳颞切口进行骨折复位及坚固内固定,观察术后患者面部外形、开口度、咬合关系、神经损伤、视力、眼球运动以及手术瘢痕等变化.结果 全部患者均Ⅰ期愈合,面部畸形明显改善;开口度、咬合关系恢复正常;复视及眼球运动障碍得到改善;眶下神经及面神经损伤的患者均有不同程度的恢复,并有部分患者完全恢复;没有出现因手术而导致的面神经颞支、眶上神经永久性损伤,术后部分患者面神经颞支有不同程度的暂时性损伤,1~3个月均完全恢复,无颞肌萎缩现象;无眼睑水肿、睑外翻、睑内翻出现;眼睑及耳颞部瘢痕隐蔽,不影响美观.结论 睑缘切口联合耳颞切口进行颧骨复合体骨折的复位与坚固内固定,不但术野显露充分利于复位与内周定,而且手术后瘢痕隐蔽,不影响美观,也无明显手术并发症发生.%Objective To investigate the application of subciliary incision combined with preauricular temporal approach in the treatment of zygomatic complex fracture. Methods Fifty-three patients with zygomatic complex fracture including 41 males and 12 females were selected. Subciliary incision combined with preauricular temporal incision was employed to exp the site of fracture. After reduction of the fractures, rigid internal fixation was applied to fix the fractured bones. The facial profile, mouth opening, occlusion, view sight, movement of eye ball and local scar were evaluated postoperatively. Results The wounds of all the cases healed by first intension. All the cases had been recovered with normal face profile, mouth opening, occlusion, view-sight and eye ball movement. Facial nerve function of one case among the three cases with facial nerve trauma preoperatively was recovered totally after

  2. Using a combination of radiogenic and stable isotopes coupled with hydrogeochemistry, limnometrics and meteorological data in hydrological research of complex underground mine-pit lake systems: The case of Cueva de la Mora

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    Sánchez-España, J.; Diez Ercilla, M.; Pérez Cerdán, F.; Yusta, I.

    2012-04-01

    This study presents a combination of radiogenic and stable isotopes (3H, 2H and 18O on pit lake water, and 34S on dissolved sulfate) coupled with bathymetric, meteorological and limnometric investigations, and detailed hydrogeochemical studies to decipher the flooding history and hydrological dynamics of a meromictic and deeply stratified pit lake in SW Spain. The application of these combined techniques has been specially succesful considering the complexity of the studied system, which includes a substantial number of horizontal galleries, shafts and large rooms physically connected to the pit lake. Specific conductance and temperature profiles have depicted a physical structure of the water body which includes four monimolimnetic layers of increasing density with depth. This internal configuration includes m-scale layers separated by sharp transional zones and is rarely observed in natural, fresh water bodies and most other pit lakes. The tritium abundance of the different layers indicate that the deepest water consists in strongly acidified and metal-laden meteoric water infiltrated in the mine system soon after the mine closure in 1971-72. Oxygen and hydrogen isotope ratios of the different layers reflect a sharp stratification with increasing evaporative influence towards the lake surface. The combination of tritium data with the oxygen and hydrogen isotope composition of the different layers suggests a model of pit lake formation with an initial stage of flooding (with entrance of highly metal- and sulfate-loaded mine drainage from the underlying mine galleries) that deeply determined the physical structure and meromictic nature of the lake. After reaching the present water level and morphology, the stagnant, anoxic part of pit lake seems to have remained chemically and isotopically unmodified during its 40 year-old history. Although the pit lake receives significant water input during autumn and winter (which in turn provoke significant volumetric increases

  3. Complex Beauty

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    Franceschet, Massimo

    2014-01-01

    Complex systems and their underlying convoluted networks are ubiquitous, all we need is an eye for them. They pose problems of organized complexity which cannot be approached with a reductionist method. Complexity science and its emergent sister network science both come to grips with the inherent complexity of complex systems with an holistic strategy. The relevance of complexity, however, transcends the sciences. Complex systems and networks are the focal point of a philosophical, cultural ...

  4. Complex silumins

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    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The study presents the results of investigations carried out on silumins with additions of Mg, Ni, Cu, Cr, Mo and W. The silumins containing Mg, Cu and Ni are well-known and commonly used in construction of machines and equipment.Design/methodology/approach: Additions of Cr, Mo and W have not been thoroughly investigated yet. They are considered a new family of innovative cast aluminium alloys.Findings: In Al-Si systems they form silicides, like Cr3Si, Mo3Si, W3Si and intermetallic phases of Al13Cr4Si4, Al12Mo, Al12W and AlWSi. The silicides crystallise in cubic lattice of parameters similar to aluminium and silicon.Research limitations/implications: Therefore they can act as crystallisation substrates and occur as separate phases. The examinations under the microscope and X-ray microanalysis of the linear and point distribution of elements confirmed the presence of the above mentioned phases. A combination of two elements, e.g. Cr and Mo, or Cr and W, was observed to cause the formation of complex silicide layers of Mo3Si and (Cr, Mo3Si, or Cr3Si as well as (W, Cr3Si.Originality/value: The presence of the silicides has been indicated as a possible source of the refinement of α(Al and β(Si phases. The precipitations of these phases and of the intermetallic phases favour a high degree of the silumins hardening. A characteristic feature is the fact that nucleation and crystallisation of the successive phases takes place at the phase boundaries formed between the previously precipitated phase and solid solution α. The studies carried out so far have indicated that in complex silumins at high temperatures crystallise the silicides and peritectic phases of Al12W, AlWSi, Al12Mo and Al13Cr4Si4. Phases α or β are the next ones to crystallise, followed by complex eutectic α + β +Al(Si, Cr, Mo, W, Fe. Further crystallise the phases of Mg2Si, Al3Ni and Al2Cu. The silumins presented here are characterised by high mechanical properties: Rp0

  5. 胎儿及婴幼儿结节性硬化症伴有心脏横纹肌瘤的MRI表现%MRI findings of tuberous sclerosis complex combined with cardiac rhabdomyomas in fetuses and infants

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    周莺; 孙爱敏; 董素贞; 邵虹; 潘慧红; 林毅; 朱铭

    2014-01-01

    目的 分析胎儿及婴幼儿结节性硬化症(TSC)合并心脏横纹肌瘤(CRs)的影像表现,以提高对该病的认识.方法 回顾性分析2006年6月至2013年11月经MRI诊断的9例婴幼儿和4例胎儿TSC伴有CRs的临床和影像资料,总结其影像特征.所有胎儿及婴幼儿均接受颅脑和心脏MR平扫,9例婴幼儿还进行MR增强检查.结果 9例TSC患儿在头颅MRI上具有特征性的侧脑室室管膜下及双侧大脑皮层和皮层下多发异常结节信号.室管膜下结节在常规自旋回波T1WI表现为等或略低信号,T2WI为稍高或稍低信号.皮层及皮层下结节T1WI表现为低或者高信号,T2WI上为低或者高信号.增强后有不同程度强化.9例CRs患儿中,单发病灶3例、多发6例.心脏增强扫描CRs表现为室间隔、心室流出道或房室游离壁类圆形实质性占位,自旋回波T1WI及T2WI、平衡稳态快速梯度回波(B-TFE)序列均呈类似于心肌的等信号,增强后无或者轻度强化.4例胎儿快速序列MRI显示颅内双侧室管膜下多发小结节,T1WI呈等或稍高信号,单次激发快速自旋回波(SSTSE)或平衡稳态快速梯度回波(B-FFE)序列上呈等高或者低信号.心房或者心室内CRsB-FFE序列和SSTSE序列呈等或稍高圆形信号.结论 MRI在TSC合并CRs的颅内和心脏病灶的检出方面均具有独特的优势.MRI技术的发展可以提高本病诊断的及时性及准确性.%Objective To improve the understanding,the incidence and imaging findings of tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) combined with cardiac rhabdomyomas (CRs) in fetuses and infants.Methods The imaging findings of 9 infants with TSC combined with CRs and 4 fetuses with TSC combined with CRs from our hospital between June,2006 and November,2013 were retrospectively reviewed.Results The brain MRI of 9 with TSC combined with CRs showed bilateral subependy-mal nodules,subcortical white matter and cortical tubers.Subependymal nodules were isointense or hypointense

  6. Bucolic Complexes

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    Brešar, Bostjan; Chepoi, Victor; Gologranc, Tanja; Osajda, Damian

    2012-01-01

    In this article, we introduce and investigate bucolic complexes, a common generalization of systolic complexes and of CAT(0) cubical complexes. This class of complexes is closed under Cartesian products and amalgamations over some convex subcomplexes. We study various approaches to bucolic complexes: from graph-theoretic and topological viewpoints, as well as from the point of view of geometric group theory. Bucolic complexes can be defined as locally-finite simply connected prism complexes satisfying some local combinatorial conditions. We show that bucolic complexes are contractible, and satisfy some nonpositive-curvature-like properties. In particular, we prove a version of the Cartan-Hadamard theorem, the fixed point theorem for finite group actions, and establish some results on groups acting geometrically on such complexes. We also characterize the 1-skeletons (which we call bucolic graphs) and the 2-skeletons of bucolic complexes. In particular, we prove that bucolic graphs are precisely retracts of Ca...

  7. On Complex Random Variables

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    Anwer Khurshid

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE In this paper, it is shown that a complex multivariate random variable  is a complex multivariate normal random variable of dimensionality if and only if all nondegenerate complex linear combinations of  have a complex univariate normal distribution. The characteristic function of  has been derived, and simpler forms of some theorems have been given using this characterization theorem without assuming that the variance-covariance matrix of the vector  is Hermitian positive definite. Marginal distributions of  have been given. In addition, a complex multivariate t-distribution has been defined and the density derived. A characterization of the complex multivariate t-distribution is given. A few possible uses of this distribution have been suggested.

  8. Combination Light

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    The Rayovac TANDEM is an advanced technology combination work light and general purpose flashlight that incorporates several NASA technologies. The TANDEM functions as two lights in one. It features a long range spotlight and wide angle floodlight; simple one-hand electrical switching changes the beam from spot to flood. TANDEM developers made particular use of NASA's extensive research in ergonomics in the TANDEM's angled handle, convenient shape and different orientations. The shatterproof, water resistant plastic casing also draws on NASA technology, as does the shape and beam distance of the square diffused flood. TANDEM's heavy duty magnet that permits the light to be affixed to any metal object borrows from NASA research on rare earth magnets that combine strong magnetic capability with low cost. Developers used a NASA-developed ultrasonic welding technique in the light's interior.

  9. Posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction combined with knee posterolateral complex reconstruction%后十字韧带合并后外侧韧带结构损伤的关节镜下重建

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    王锋; 赵金忠; 皇甫小桥; 杨星光

    2009-01-01

    目的 介绍后十字韧带合并后外侧韧带结构损伤的关节镜下重建及加强方式,总结其初期临床结果.方法 2006年11月至2007年10月,20例陈旧性后十字韧带合并后外侧韧带结构损伤患者采用八股自体胭绳肌肌腱双束重建后十字韧带、自体半腱肌肌腱加强后外侧韧带结构的手术方法.移植物采用微型钢板纽扣进行悬吊式固定.根据IKDC、Lyshohn和Tegner评分标准进行膝关节功能评估.结果 术后随访1~2年,平均(15.5±3.3)个月.末次随访时,患者伸膝活动均正常,1例屈膝受限15°,5例屈膝受限5°.后抽屉试验阴性17例,Ⅰ度阳性2例,Ⅱ度阳性1例.KT-1000检查(屈膝90°,30 kg)双侧松弛度差异平均为(2.35±1.35)mm.18例(90%)屈膝30°位外侧膝关节间隙增宽小于5 mm,2例(10%)分别为5 mm和6 nun.屈膝30°位小腿外旋角度较健侧增加均小于5°,平均为2.10°±2.67°.IKDC、Lysholm和Tegner评分分别为(90.00±3.49)分、(91.90±2.57)分和(6.50±0.69)分,与术前差异均有统计学意义.IKDC膝关节韧带评级15例(75%)正常,4例(20%)接近正常,1例(5%)异常.结论 采用八股自体胴绳肌肌腱双束重建后十字韧带,同时用自体半腱肌肌腱加强后外侧韧带结构能够恢复后十字韧带和后外侧韧带结构损伤后的膝关节稳定性.%Objective To introduce the method of posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction combined with knee posterolateral complex (PLC) reconstruction through arthroseopy and to evaluate short-term outcomes. Methods Twenty cases of combined PCL and PLC injuries were treated with two-bundle PCL reconstruction with eight strands of autogenous hamstring tendons and PLC reinforcement with autoge-nous semitendinosns tendon. The semitendinosus tendon and gracilis tendon from the uninjured lower limb were harvested to reconstruct PCL, and the semitendinosus tendon from the injured leg was used to reinforce PLC. The grafts were fixed with a suspension

  10. 联合入路治疗复杂髋臼骨折的预后及影响因素分析%Prognosis of complex acetabular fractures treated by combined approaches

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    王光林; 张晖; 吴刚; 杨天府; 池雷霆; 方跃; 王京生

    2009-01-01

    目的 回顾性研究采用前后联合入路治疗复杂髋臼骨折患者的预后及影响因素. 方法自2000年1月至2006年8月采用前后联合入路治疗且获得2年以上随访的复杂髋臼骨折患者共28例(28髋),对患者术后进行复位质量和远期影像学评价.根据改良的Merle d'Aubigné和Postel评分标准及SF-36简便型健康调查问卷(MOS SF-36)对患者的髋关节临床功能和生命质量进行评估.分析本组患者与一般人群的生命质量有无差异,预后因素与功能结果的相关性. 结果所有患者平均随访31个月(14~82个月),影像学评估显示术后初始影像显示解剖复位17例(60.7%),良好复位9例(32.2%),差复位2例(7.1%).远期影像学结果:优16例,良7例,可3例,差2例,优良率82.1%(23/28).发生异位骨化18例(64.3%),股骨头缺血坏死2例(7.1%).改良Merle d'Aubigné和Postel平均得分15.5分(10~18分).优4例,良18例,可4例,差2例,优良率78.6%(22/28).对于复杂髋臼骨折患者,生命质量在一般健埭状况、生命力、情感角色和心理健康等4个维度与一般人群差异无统计学意义(P>0.05),在躯体功能、躯体角色、机体疼痛和社会功能等4个维度较一般人群下降(P0.05); however, the domains of physical function, physical role, body pain and social function had significantly lower scores(P<0.05) . Conclusions Indications for the combined approaches are limited to complex fracture patterns involved both columns, such as both column fractures, transverse and posterior wall fractures and T-type fractures, for which anatomical (or good) reduction or rigid internal fixation cannot be achieved by a single approach. The quality of reduction is a crucial and controllable prognostic factor.

  11. Synthesis and structure elucidation of new μ-oxamido-bridged dicopper(II) complex with in vitro anticancer activity: A combined study from experiment verification and docking calculation on DNA/protein-binding property.

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    Zhu, Ling; Zheng, Kang; Li, Yan-Tuan; Wu, Zhi-Yong; Yan, Cui-Wei

    2016-02-01

    A new oxamido-bridged dicopper(II) complex with formula of [Cu2(deap)(pic)2], where H2deap and pic represent N,N'-bis[3-(diethylamino)propyl]oxamide and picrate, respectively, was synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses, molar conductance measurements, IR and electronic spectral study, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal structure analyses revealed that the two copper(II) atoms in the dicopper(II) complex are bridged by the trans-deap(2-) ligand with the distances of 5.2116(17)Å, and the coordination environment around the copper(II) atoms can be described as a square-planar geometry. Hydrogen bonding and π-π stacking interactions link the dicopper(II) complex into a three-dimensional infinite network. The DNA/protein-binding properties of the complex are investigated by molecular docking and experimental assays. The results indicate that the dicopper(II) complex can interact with HS-DNA in the mode of intercalation and effectively quench the intrinsic fluorescence of protein BSA by 1:1 binding with the most possible binding site in the proximity of Trp134. The in vitro anticancer activities suggest that the complex is active against the selected tumor cell lines, and IC50 values for SMMC-7721 and HepG2 are lower than cisplatin. The effects of the electron density distribution of the terminal ligand and the chelate ring arrangement around copper(II) ions bridged by symmetric N,N'-bis(substituted)oxamides on DNA/BSA-binding ability and in vitro anticancer activity are preliminarily discussed.

  12. Complexity Plots

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    2013-06-01

    In this paper, we present a novel visualization technique for assisting the observation and analysis of algorithmic complexity. In comparison with conventional line graphs, this new technique is not sensitive to the units of measurement, allowing multivariate data series of different physical qualities (e.g., time, space and energy) to be juxtaposed together conveniently and consistently. It supports multivariate visualization as well as uncertainty visualization. It enables users to focus on algorithm categorization by complexity classes, while reducing visual impact caused by constants and algorithmic components that are insignificant to complexity analysis. It provides an effective means for observing the algorithmic complexity of programs with a mixture of algorithms and black-box software through visualization. Through two case studies, we demonstrate the effectiveness of complexity plots in complexity analysis in research, education and application. © 2013 The Author(s) Computer Graphics Forum © 2013 The Eurographics Association and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  13. On the Interaction between Co- and Mo-complexes in impregnation solutions used for the preparation of Al2O3-supported HDS catalysts: a combined Raman/UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy study

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    Bergwerff, J.A.; Visser, T.; Weckhuysen, B.M.

    2008-01-01

    Research has been carried out on the formation of cobalt (Co) and molybdenum (Mo) complexes in CoMo-solutions, which are used for the preparation of Al2O3-supported hydrodesulphurization (HDS) catalysts. Aim of this study was to obtain more insight into possible Co–Mo interactions and their implicat

  14. A combined theoretical and Cambridge Structural Database study of π-hole pnicogen bonding complexes between electron rich molecules and both nitro compounds and inorganic bromides (YO2Br, Y = N, P, and As).

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    Bauzá, Antonio; Ramis, Rafael; Frontera, Antonio

    2014-04-17

    Quantum calculations at the DFT-D3/def2-TZVPD level of theory have been used to examine complexes between O2YBr (Y═N, P, and As) molecules and several Lewis bases, that is, NH3, H2O, and HF. The interactions of the lone pair of the ammonia, water, and hydrogen fluoride with the σ-hole and π-hole of O2YBr molecules have been considered. In general, the complexes where the Lewis base lone pair interacts with the π-hole are more favorable than those with σ-hole. The nature of the interactions has been characterized with the Bader theory of atoms in molecules (AIM). We have also studied the ability of trifluoronitromethane and nitromethane to interact with anions using their π-hole along with an analysis the Cambridge Structural Database. We have found a large number of hits that provide strong experimental support for ability of the nitryl (-NO2) group to interact with anions and Lewis bases. In some X-ray structures, the π-hole interaction is crucial in the crystal packing and has a strong influence in the solid state architecture of the complexes. Finally, due to the relevance in atmospheric chemistry, we have studied noncovalent σ/π-hole complexes of nitryl bromide with ozone. PMID:24679186

  15. Combined time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy study on the complexation of trivalent actinides with chloride at T = 25-200 °C.

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    Skerencak-Frech, Andrej; Fröhlich, Daniel R; Rothe, Jörg; Dardenne, Kathy; Panak, Petra J

    2014-01-21

    The complexation of trivalent actinides (An(III)) with chloride is studied in the temperature range from 25 to 200 °C by spectroscopic methods. Time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLFS) is applied to determine the thermodynamic data of Cm(III)-Cl(-) complexes, while extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) is used to determine the structural data of the respective Am(III) complexes. The experiments are performed in a custom-built high-temperature cell which is modified for the respective spectroscopic technique. The TRLFS results show that at 25 °C the speciation is dominated mainly by the Cm(3+) aquo ion. Only a minor fraction of the CmCl(2+) complex is present in solution. As the temperature increases, the fraction of this species decreases further. Simultaneously, the fraction of the CmCl2(+) complex increases strongly with the temperature. Also, the CmCl3 complex is formed to a minor extent at T > 160 °C. The conditional stability constant log β'2 is determined as a function of the temperature and extrapolated to zero ionic strength with the specific ion interaction theory approach. The log β°2(T) values increase by more than 3 orders of magnitude in the studied temperature range. The temperature dependency of log β°2 is fitted by the extended van't Hoff equation to determine ΔrH°m, ΔrS°m, and ΔrC°p,m. The EXAFS results support these findings. The results confirm the absence of americium(III) chloride complexes at T = 25 and 90 °C ([Am(III)] = 10(-3) m, [Cl(-)] = 3.0 m), and the spectra are described by 9-10 oxygen atoms at a distance of 2.44-2.48 Å. At T = 200 °C two chloride ligands are present in the inner coordination sphere of Am(III) at a distance of 2.78 Å.

  16. Effect evaluation of transurethral incision by holmium:YAG laser combined with cicatrization electrocision for complex urethrostenosis%钬激光内切开联合瘢痕电切术治疗复杂性尿道狭窄的疗效评估

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    杨煜; 周永兴

    2013-01-01

    目的:对冷刀尿道内切开联合瘢痕电切术和钬激光内切开加瘢痕电切术治疗复杂性尿道狭窄的临床疗效进行对比评估。方法记录监测78例复杂性前或后尿道狭窄或尿道闭锁、行冷刀尿道内切开加瘢痕电切术和钬激光内切开联合瘢痕电切术患者术中、术前的相关临床指标并进行统计学分析,对比分析两组的临床疗效。结果复杂性前尿道狭窄的36例患者,用两种方法实施手术,相关临床指标均差异无统计学意义;复杂性后尿道狭窄的42例患者用两种方法实施手术,均无阴茎勃起功能障碍病例发生,在治愈率方面也差异无统计学意义,但钬激光内切开联合瘢痕电切术治疗复杂性后尿道狭窄或闭锁手术时间短、术中出血量少,尿道扩张次数少,术后复发率低,术后恢复快。结论钬激光内切开联合瘢痕电切术和冷刀内切开联合瘢痕电切术在治疗复杂性前尿道狭窄或闭锁时差别不明显;但在治疗复杂性后尿道狭窄或闭锁在很多临床指标上存在优势,值得推广应用。%Objective To compare and evaluate the clinical effects of transurethral incision by cold knife combined with cicatrization electrocision and transurethral incision by holmium: YAG laser combined with cicatrization electrocision for complex urethrostenosis. Methods The relevant clinical indexes of 78 cases with complex anterior or posterior urethrostenosis or urethratresia underwent transurethral incision by cold knife combined with cicatrization electrocision and transurethral incision by holmium: YAG laser combined with cicatrization electrocision during preoperation and intraoperation were monitored,recorded and statistically analyzed. The clinical effect of two groups were compared and analyzed. Results There were not statistical difference in the relevant clinical indexes between two kinds of surgery methods for 36 patients with complex anterior

  17. Engaging complexity

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    Gys M. Loubser

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this article, I discuss studies in complexity and its epistemological implications for systematic and practical theology. I argue that engagement with complexity does not necessarily assurea non-reductionist approach. However, if complexity is engaged transversally, it becomes possible to transcend reductionist approaches. Moreover, systematic and practical the ologians can draw on complexity in developing new ways of understanding and, therefore, new ways of describing the focus, epistemic scope and heuristic structures of systematic and practical theology. Firstly, Edgar Morin draws a distinction between restricted and general complexity based on the epistemology drawn upon in studies in complexity. Moving away from foundationalist approaches to epistemology, Morin argues for a paradigm of systems. Secondly,I discuss Kees van Kooten Niekerk�s distinction between epistemology, methodology andontology in studies in complexity and offer an example of a theological argument that drawson complexity. Thirdly, I argue for the importance of transversality in engaging complexity by drawing on the work of Wentzel van Huyssteen and Paul Cilliers. In conclusion, I argue that theologians have to be conscious of the epistemic foundations of each study in complexity, and these studies illuminate the heart of Reformed theology.Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: Therefore, this article has both intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary implications. When theologians engage studies incomplexity, the epistemological roots of these studies need to be considered seeing thatresearchers in complexity draw on different epistemologies. Drawing on transversality wouldenhance such considerations. Furthermore, Edgar Morin�s and Paul Cilliers� approach tocomplexity will inform practical and theoretical considerations in church polity and unity.

  18. Simplifying complexity

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    Leemput, van de I.A.

    2016-01-01

    In this thesis I use mathematical models to explore the properties of complex systems ranging from microbial nitrogen pathways and coral reefs to the human state of mind. All are examples of complex systems, defined as systems composed of a number of interconnected parts, where the systemic behavior

  19. Phosphole complexes of Gold(I) halides: Comparison of solution and solid-state structures by a combination of solution and CP/MAS 31P NMR spectroscopy and x-ray crystallography

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    A series of complexes of 1-phenyldibenzophosphole (DBP), 1-phenyl-3,4,-dimethylphosphole (DMPP), and triphenylphosphine of the type LnAuX (n = 1, L = DBP, DMPP, Ph3P, X = Cl, Br, I; n = 3, L = DBP, X = Cl, Br, I; n = 3, L = Ph3P, X = Cl; n = 4, L = DBP, DMPP, X = PF6) have been prepared and characterized. The structures of (DBP)AuCl (1), (DBP)3AuCl (2), and (DMPP)AuCl (3) have been determined from three-dimensional x-ray data collected by counter methods. Crystal structure of the complexes is reported. The CP/MAS 31P(1H) NMR spectrum of complex 1 shows two resonances in a 1:1 intensity ratio, and the CP/MAS 31P(1H) NMR spectrum of complex 3 shows three resonances in a 1:1:1 intensity ratio for reasons that are not yet understood. Though the three phospholes are crystallographically inequivalent (d(AuP) = 2.359 (1), 2.382 (1), and 2.374 (2) angstrom) the molecule has effective Cs symmetry as evidenced by the observation of two 31P resonances in a 2:1 intensity ratio in its CP/MAS 31P(1H) NMR spectrum. Variable-temperature 31P(1H) NMR spectra obtained on solutions of LAuCl + L in various ratios were analyzed to determine the nature of the species present in solution and to gain information regarding their relative stabilities as a function of the nature of the phosphine. 79 refs., 8 figs., 9 tabs

  20. Combining QuickBird, LiDAR, and GIS topography indices to identify a single native tree species in a complex landscape using an object-based classification approach

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    Pham, Lien T. H.; Brabyn, Lars; Ashraf, Salman

    2016-08-01

    There are now a wide range of techniques that can be combined for image analysis. These include the use of object-based classifications rather than pixel-based classifiers, the use of LiDAR to determine vegetation height and vertical structure, as well terrain variables such as topographic wetness index and slope that can be calculated using GIS. This research investigates the benefits of combining these techniques to identify individual tree species. A QuickBird image and low point density LiDAR data for a coastal region in New Zealand was used to examine the possibility of mapping Pohutukawa trees which are regarded as an iconic tree in New Zealand. The study area included a mix of buildings and vegetation types. After image and LiDAR preparation, single tree objects were identified using a range of techniques including: a threshold of above ground height to eliminate ground based objects; Normalised Difference Vegetation Index and elevation difference between the first and last return of LiDAR data to distinguish vegetation from buildings; geometric information to separate clusters of trees from single trees, and treetop identification and region growing techniques to separate tree clusters into single tree crowns. Important feature variables were identified using Random Forest, and the Support Vector Machine provided the classification. The combined techniques using LiDAR and spectral data produced an overall accuracy of 85.4% (Kappa 80.6%). Classification using just the spectral data produced an overall accuracy of 75.8% (Kappa 67.8%). The research findings demonstrate how the combining of LiDAR and spectral data improves classification for Pohutukawa trees.

  1. Managing Complexity

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    Maylath, Bruce; Vandepitte, Sonia; Minacori, Patricia;

    2013-01-01

    and into French. The complexity of the undertaking proved to be a central element in the students' learning, as the collaboration closely resembles the complexity of international documentation workplaces of language service providers. © Association of Teachers of Technical Writing.......This article discusses the largest and most complex international learning-by-doing project to date- a project involving translation from Danish and Dutch into English and editing into American English alongside a project involving writing, usability testing, and translation from English into Dutch...

  2. Complex variables

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    Fisher, Stephen D

    1999-01-01

    The most important topics in the theory and application of complex variables receive a thorough, coherent treatment in this introductory text. Intended for undergraduates or graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering, this volume features hundreds of solved examples, exercises, and applications designed to foster a complete understanding of complex variables as well as an appreciation of their mathematical beauty and elegance. Prerequisites are minimal; a three-semester course in calculus will suffice to prepare students for discussions of these topics: the complex plane, basic

  3. Insights into the Hendra virus NTAIL-XD complex: Evidence for a parallel organization of the helical MoRE at the XD surface stabilized by a combination of hydrophobic and polar interactions.

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    Erales, Jenny; Beltrandi, Matilde; Roche, Jennifer; Maté, Maria; Longhi, Sonia

    2015-08-01

    The Hendra virus is a member of the Henipavirus genus within the Paramyxoviridae family. The nucleoprotein, which consists of a structured core and of a C-terminal intrinsically disordered domain (N(TAIL)), encapsidates the viral genome within a helical nucleocapsid. N(TAIL) partly protrudes from the surface of the nucleocapsid being thus capable of interacting with the C-terminal X domain (XD) of the viral phosphoprotein. Interaction with XD implies a molecular recognition element (MoRE) that is located within N(TAIL) residues 470-490, and that undergoes α-helical folding. The MoRE has been proposed to be embedded in the hydrophobic groove delimited by helices α2 and α3 of XD, although experimental data could not discriminate between a parallel and an antiparallel orientation of the MoRE. Previous studies also showed that if the binding interface is enriched in hydrophobic residues, charged residues located close to the interface might play a role in complex formation. Here, we targeted for site directed mutagenesis two acidic and two basic residues within XD and N(TAIL). ITC studies showed that electrostatics plays a crucial role in complex formation and pointed a parallel orientation of the MoRE as more likely. Further support for a parallel orientation was afforded by SAXS studies that made use of two chimeric constructs in which XD and the MoRE were covalently linked to each other. Altogether, these studies unveiled the multiparametric nature of the interactions established within this complex and contribute to shed light onto the molecular features of protein interfaces involving intrinsically disordered regions.

  4. Feasibility of a Team Approach to Complex Congenital Heart Defect Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up: Early Experience of a Combined Cardiology/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Follow-Up Program.

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    Chorna, Olena; Baldwin, H Scott; Neumaier, Jamie; Gogliotti, Shirley; Powers, Deborah; Mouvery, Amanda; Bichell, David; Maitre, Nathalie L

    2016-07-01

    Infants with complex congenital heart disease are at high risk for poor neurodevelopmental outcomes. However, implementation of dedicated congenital heart disease follow-up programs presents important infrastructure, personnel, and resource challenges. We present the development, implementation, and retrospective review of 1- and 2-year outcomes of a Complex Congenital Heart Defect Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up program. This program was a synergistic approach between the Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Follow-Up teams to provide a feasible and responsible utilization of existing infrastructure and personnel, to develop and implement a program dedicated to children with congenital heart disease. Trained developmental testers administered the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 over the phone to the parents of all referred children at least once between 6 and 12 months' corrected age. At 18 months' corrected age, all children were scheduled in the Neonatal Intensive-Care Unit Follow-Up Clinic for a visit with standardized neurological exams, Bayley III, multidisciplinary therapy evaluations and continued follow-up. Of the 132 patients identified in the Cardiothoracic Surgery database and at discharge from the hospital, a total number of 106 infants were reviewed. A genetic syndrome was identified in 23.4% of the population. Neuroimaging abnormalities were identified in 21.7% of the cohort with 12.8% having visibly severe insults. As a result, 23 (26.7%) received first-time referrals for early intervention services, 16 (13.8%) received referrals for new services in addition to their existing ones. We concluded that utilization of existing resources in collaboration with established programs can ensure targeted neurodevelopmental follow-up for all children with complex congenital heart disease. PMID:27220370

  5. Complex Covariance

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    Frieder Kleefeld

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available According to some generalized correspondence principle the classical limit of a non-Hermitian quantum theory describing quantum degrees of freedom is expected to be the well known classical mechanics of classical degrees of freedom in the complex phase space, i.e., some phase space spanned by complex-valued space and momentum coordinates. As special relativity was developed by Einstein merely for real-valued space-time and four-momentum, we will try to understand how special relativity and covariance can be extended to complex-valued space-time and four-momentum. Our considerations will lead us not only to some unconventional derivation of Lorentz transformations for complex-valued velocities, but also to the non-Hermitian Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations, which are to lay the foundations of a non-Hermitian quantum theory.

  6. Simplifying complexity

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    Leemput, van de, J.C.H.

    2016-01-01

    In this thesis I use mathematical models to explore the properties of complex systems ranging from microbial nitrogen pathways and coral reefs to the human state of mind. All are examples of complex systems, defined as systems composed of a number of interconnected parts, where the systemic behavior leads to the emergence of properties that would not be expected from behavior or properties of the individual parts of the system. Although the full behavior of the systems I address will probably...

  7. The luminescence properties of the heteroleptic [Re(CO)3(N∩N)Cl] and [Re(CO)3(N∩N)(CH3CN)](+) complexes in view of the combined Marcus-Jortner and Mulliken-Hush formalism.

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    Woźna, Agnieszka; Kapturkiewicz, Andrzej

    2015-11-11

    The luminescence properties of the heteroleptic fac-Re(CO)3(+) complexes with α-diimine N∩N ligands, neutral [Re(CO)3(N∩N)Cl] and cationic [Re(CO)3(N∩N)(CH3CN)](+) species, have been studied in acetonitrile solutions at room temperature. The investigated complexes exhibit the metal to ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) phosphorescence with the emission characteristics strongly affected by the nature of coordinated α-diimine N∩N ligands. The observed trends can be quantitatively described by invoking the electronic interactions between (3)*LC and (3)*MLCT states as well as the spin-orbit interactions between (3)*MLCT and (1)*MLCT states, respectively. All quantities necessary for the description can be straightforwardly accounted from analysis of the radiative (1)*MLCT ← S0 and (3)*MLCT → S0 charge transfer processes. It is also demonstrated that the radiative kr and non-radiative knr decay rate constants of the excited (3)*MLCT states can be interpreted within the same set of parameters. As expected from the Mulliken-Hush formalism the both processes are strictly related that allows prediction of the non-radiative knr rate constants using the parameters available from analysis of the radiative (1)*MLCT ← S0 and (3)*MLCT → S0 charge transfer processes.

  8. Lanthanide Tetrazolate Complexes Combining Single-Molecule Magnet and Luminescence Properties: The Effect of the Replacement of Tetrazolate N3 by β-Diketonate Ligands on the Anisotropy Energy Barrier.

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    Jiménez, Juan-Ramón; Díaz-Ortega, Ismael F; Ruiz, Eliseo; Aravena, Daniel; Pope, Simon J A; Colacio, Enrique; Herrera, Juan Manuel

    2016-10-01

    Three new sets of mononuclear Ln(III) complexes of general formulas [LnL3 ]⋅CH3 OH [Ln(III) =Yb (1), Er (2), Dy (3), Gd (4), and Eu (5)], [LnL2 (tmh)(CH3 OH)]⋅n H2 O⋅m CH3 OH [Ln(III) =Yb (1 b), Er (2 b), Dy (3 b), Gd (4 b)], and [LnL2 (tta)(CH3 OH)]⋅CH3 OH [Ln(III) =Yb (1 c), Er (2 c), Dy (3 c), Gd (4 c)] were prepared by the reaction of Ln(CF3 SO3 )⋅n H2 O salts with the tridentate ligand 2-(tetrazol-5-yl)-1,10-phenanthroline (HL) and, for the last two sets, additionally with the β-diketonate ligands 2,2,6,6-tetramethylheptanoate (tmh) and 2-thenoyltrifluoroacetonate (tta), respectively. In the [LnL3 ]⋅CH3 OH complexes the Ln(III) ions are coordinated to three phenanthroline tetrazolate ligands with an LnN9 coordination sphere. Dynamic ac magnetic measurements on 1-3 reveal that these complexes only exhibit single-molecule magnet (SMM) behavior when an external dc magnetic field is applied, with Ueff values of 11.7 K (1), 16.0 K (2), and 20.2 K (3). When the tridentate phenanthroline tetrazolate ligand is replaced by one molecule of methanol and the β-diketonate ligand tmh (1 b-3 b) or tta (1 c-3 c), a significant increase in Ueff occurs and, in the case of the Dy(III) complexes 3 b and 3 c, out-of-phase χ'' signals below 15 and 10 K, respectively, are observed in zero dc magnetic field. CASSCF+RASSI ab initio calculations performed on the Dy(III) complexes support the experimental results. Thus, for 3 the ground Kramers' doublet is far from being axial and the first excited state is found to be very close in energy to the ground state, so the relaxation barrier in this case is almost negligible. Conversely, for 3 b and 3 c, the ground Kramers' doublet is axial with a small quantum tunneling of the magnetization, and the energy difference between the ground and first Kramers' doublets is much higher, which allows these compounds to behave as SMMs at zero field. Moreover, these calculations support the

  9. Combining norms to prove termination

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    Genaim, S.; Codish, M.; Gallagher, John Patrick;

    2002-01-01

    of deriving automatically a candidate norm with which to prove termination. Instead of deriving a single, complex norm function, it is sufficient to determine a collection of simpler norms, some combination of which, leads to a proof of termination. We propose that a collection of simple norms, one for each...

  10. Effect of Ligand Substitution around the Dy(III) on the SMM Properties of Dual-Luminescent Zn-Dy and Zn-Dy-Zn Complexes with Large Anisotropy Energy Barriers: A Combined Theoretical and Experimental Magnetostructural Study.

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    Costes, Jean Pierre; Titos-Padilla, Silvia; Oyarzabal, Itziar; Gupta, Tulika; Duhayon, Carine; Rajaraman, Gopalan; Colacio, Enrique

    2016-05-01

    The new dinuclear Zn(II)-Dy(III) and trinuclear Zn(II)-Dy(III)-Zn(II) complexes of formula [(LZnBrDy(ovan) (NO3)(H2O)](H2O)·0.5(MeOH) (1) and [(L(1)ZnBr)2Dy(MeOH)2](ClO4) (3) (L and L(1) are the dideprotonated forms of the N,N'-2,2-dimethylpropylenedi(3-methoxysalicylideneiminato and 2-{(E)-[(3-{[(2E,3E)-3-(hydroxyimino)butan-2-ylidene ]amino}-2,2-dimethylpropyl)imino]methyl}-6-methoxyphenol Schiff base compartmental ligands, respectively) have been prepared and magnetostructurally characterized. The X-ray structure of 1 indicates that the Dy(III) ion exhibits a DyO9 coordination sphere, which is made from four O atoms coming from the compartmental ligand (two methoxy terminal groups and two phenoxido bridging groups connecting Zn(II) and Dy(III) ions), other four atoms belonging to the chelating nitrato and ovanillin ligands, and the last one coming to the coordinated water molecule. The structure of 3 shows the central Dy(III) ion surrounded by two L(1)Zn units, so that the Dy(III) and Zn(II) ions are linked by phenoxido/oximato bridging groups. The Dy ion is eight-coordinated by the six O atoms afforded by two L(1) ligands and two O atoms coming from two methanol molecules. Alternating current (AC) dynamic magnetic measurements of 1, 3, and the previously reported dinuclear [LZnClDy(thd)2] (2) complex (where thd = 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedionato ligand) indicate single molecule magnet (SMM) behavior for all these complexes with large thermal energy barriers for the reversal of the magnetization and butterfly-shaped hysteresis loops at 2 K. Ab initio calculations on 1-3 show a pure Ising ground state for all of them, which induces almost completely suppressed quantum tunnelling magnetization (QTM), and thermally assisted quantum tunnelling magnetization (TA-QTM) relaxations via the first excited Kramers doublet, leading to large energy barriers, thus supporting the observation of SMM behavior. The comparison between the experimental and theoretical

  11. Complex networks: Patterns of complexity

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    Pastor-Satorras, Romualdo; Vespignani, Alessandro

    2010-07-01

    The Turing mechanism provides a paradigm for the spontaneous generation of patterns in reaction-diffusion systems. A framework that describes Turing-pattern formation in the context of complex networks should provide a new basis for studying the phenomenon.

  12. Complexity a very short introduction

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    Holland, John H

    2014-01-01

    The importance of complexity is well-captured by Hawking's comment: "Complexity is the science of the 21st century". From the movement of flocks of birds to the Internet, environmental sustainability, and market regulation, the study and understanding of complex non-linear systems has become highly influential over the last 30 years. In this Very Short Introduction, one of the leading figures in the field, John Holland, introduces the key elements and conceptual framework of complexity. From complex physical systems such as fluid flow and the difficulties of predicting weather, to complex adaptive systems such as the highly diverse and interdependent ecosystems of rainforests, he combines simple, well-known examples - Adam Smith's pin factory, Darwin's comet orchid, and Simon's 'watchmaker' - with an account of the approaches, involving agents and urn models, taken by complexity theory. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost eve...

  13. Complex analysis

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    Freitag, Eberhard

    2005-01-01

    The guiding principle of this presentation of ``Classical Complex Analysis'' is to proceed as quickly as possible to the central results while using a small number of notions and concepts from other fields. Thus the prerequisites for understanding this book are minimal; only elementary facts of calculus and algebra are required. The first four chapters cover the essential core of complex analysis: - differentiation in C (including elementary facts about conformal mappings) - integration in C (including complex line integrals, Cauchy's Integral Theorem, and the Integral Formulas) - sequences and series of analytic functions, (isolated) singularities, Laurent series, calculus of residues - construction of analytic functions: the gamma function, Weierstrass' Factorization Theorem, Mittag-Leffler Partial Fraction Decomposition, and -as a particular highlight- the Riemann Mapping Theorem, which characterizes the simply connected domains in C. Further topics included are: - the theory of elliptic functions based on...

  14. Emergent Complex Network Geometry

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    Wu, Zhihao; Rahmede, Christoph; Bianconi, Ginestra

    2014-01-01

    Networks are mathematical structures that are universally used to describe a large variety of complex systems such as the brain or the Internet. Characterizing the geometrical properties of these networks has become increasingly relevant for routing problems, inference and data mining. In real growing networks, topological, structural and geometrical properties emerge spontaneously from their dynamical rules. Nevertheless we still miss a model in which networks develop an emergent complex geometry. Here we show that a single two parameter network model, the growing geometrical network, can generate complex network geometries with non-trivial distribution of curvatures, combining exponential growth and small-world properties with finite spectral dimensionality. In one limit, the non-equilibrium dynamical rules of these networks can generate scale-free networks with clustering and communities, in another limit planar random geometries with non-trivial modularity. Finally we find that these properties of the geo...

  15. Clinical Observation on Compound Azintamide Enteric Coated Tablet Combined with Lactobacillus Complex Capsule in the Treatment of Diarrhea-Predominant Pattern Irritable Bowel Syndrome%复方阿嗪米特联合复合乳酸菌胶囊治疗腹泻型肠易激综合征临床疗效观察

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    许静亚

    2014-01-01

    目的:观察复方阿嗪米特联合复合乳酸菌胶囊治疗腹泻型肠易激综合征(IBS)的临床疗效。方法将108例腹泻型IBS患者随机分为治疗组(A组,n=54)和对照组(B组,n=54)。A组给予复方阿嗪米特肠溶片联合复合乳酸菌胶囊口服。B组采用复合乳酸菌胶囊口服。2组均治疗4周后观察疗效。结果总有效率A组为87.0%,B组64.8%,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论复方阿嗪米特联合复合乳酸菌胶囊治疗腹泻型IBS较单纯复合乳酸菌胶囊疗效更为显著,值得进一步研究和临床推广。%Objective To investigate the curative effect of compound azintamide enteric coated tablet combined with lactobacillus complex capsule for diarrhea-predominant pattern irritable bowel syndrome. Methods 108 patients with diarrhea-predominant pattern irritable bowel syndrome were randomized into treatment group (n=54, group A, treated with compound azintamide enteric coated tablet combined with lactobacillus complex capsule), and control group (n=54, group B, treated with lactobacillus complex capsule only). The two groups were treated for four weeks, and the curative effects were observed. Results The total effective rate were 87.0%in group A, and 64.8%in group B with significant difference (P<0.05). Conclusion The curative effect of compound azintamide enteric coated tablet combined with lactobacillus complex capsule was more significant than that of lactobacillus complex capsule used alone. It is worthy of further research and clinical promotion.

  16. Complex Networks

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    Evsukoff, Alexandre; González, Marta

    2013-01-01

    In the last decade we have seen the emergence of a new inter-disciplinary field focusing on the understanding of networks which are dynamic, large, open, and have a structure sometimes called random-biased. The field of Complex Networks is helping us better understand many complex phenomena such as the spread of  deseases, protein interactions, social relationships, to name but a few. Studies in Complex Networks are gaining attention due to some major scientific breakthroughs proposed by network scientists helping us understand and model interactions contained in large datasets. In fact, if we could point to one event leading to the widespread use of complex network analysis is the availability of online databases. Theories of Random Graphs from Erdös and Rényi from the late 1950s led us to believe that most networks had random characteristics. The work on large online datasets told us otherwise. Starting with the work of Barabási and Albert as well as Watts and Strogatz in the late 1990s, we now know th...

  17. 经髂腹股沟和Kocher-Langenbeck联合入路治疗复杂移位髋臼骨折%Treatment of complex acetabular fractures with combined ilio-inguinal and Kocher-Langenbeck approach

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    连鸿凯; 李兴华; 王爱国; 白玉

    2011-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical effect and treatment experience of complicated acetabular fractures treated with open reduction with combined ilio-inguinal and Kocher-Langenbeck (K-L) approaches.Methods Sixty-six patients with complicated acetabular fractures were treated surgically with combined ilio-inguinal and K-L approaches from February 2004 to December 2009.Among them,45 cases were followed up for 8-45 months,with the average 26 months.Results Operation time was 1.4-5.7 h,with the average of 2.8 h.Intraoperative blood loss was 530-2300 ml,with the average of 1250 ml.According to Matta's score system,the excellent and good rate was 86.7%.According to modified Merle d' Aubigne and Postel score system,the excellent and good rate of function of hip was 86.7%.According to Brooker heterotopic ossification standard assessment system:Ⅰ degrees in 6,Ⅱ degrees in 3.According to Letournel and Judet clinical classification system,postoperative traumatic arthritis were 6 patients.Among them,3 patients with Ⅲ- Ⅴ period with symptoms of serious hip pain and joint activities obstacles were treated with total hip replacement secondly.Six cases of sciatic nerve injury and 9 cases of lateral femoral cutaneous nerve damage were recovered gradually after six months to a year.All incisions healed primarily.All got bony union,the healing time was 8 to 16 weeks,with the average of 10.4 weeks.None was complicated with femoral head necrosis.Conclusion For the patients with complicated acetabular fractures,open reduction with combined ilio-inguinal and K-L approaches can get clinical advantages of revealed fully,fracture restoration convenient,fixed tightly,fewer complications and satisfactory result.%目的 探讨采用经髂腹股沟和Kocher-Langenbeck(K-L)联合入路行切开复位内固定治疗复杂移位髋臼骨折的疗效.方法2004年2月至2009年12月,采用经髂腹股沟和K-L联合入路治疗66例复杂移位髋臼骨折,对其中获得随访的45

  18. Managing Complexity

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    Chassin, David P.; Posse, Christian; Malard, Joel M.

    2004-08-01

    Physical analogs have shown considerable promise for understanding the behavior of complex adaptive systems, including macroeconomics, biological systems, social networks, and electric power markets. Many of today’s most challenging technical and policy questions can be reduced to a distributed economic control problem. Indeed, economically-based control of large-scale systems is founded on the conjecture that the price-based regulation (e.g., auctions, markets) results in an optimal allocation of resources and emergent optimal system control. This paper explores the state of the art in the use physical analogs for understanding the behavior of some econophysical systems and to deriving stable and robust control strategies for them. In particular we review and discussion applications of some analytic methods based on the thermodynamic metaphor according to which the interplay between system entropy and conservation laws gives rise to intuitive and governing global properties of complex systems that cannot be otherwise understood.

  19. PS complex

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    A view of the present PS complex taken at the end of 1972. The earth embankment covering the Ring is clearly visible; in the foreground are the North and South Experimental Halls; to the right is the East Hall, and to the left the Booster surface buildings. The West Hall is too far to the left to seen, and also invisible is the SPS being constructed.

  20. Online adaptive inverse control for a class of complex time-varying systems based on combination filtering algorithm%基于联合滤波算法的复杂时变系统在线自适应逆控制

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    于霞; 刘建昌; 李鸿儒

    2011-01-01

    针对一类结构和参数均具备时变特性的复杂时变系统,提出一种新的基于联合滤波算法的在线自适应逆控制方法.该方法在处理参数时变问题的同时可兼顾系统的结构时变特性,实现复杂动态系统的在线跟踪控制.同时提出新的联合Volterra核函数滤波算法,该算法克服了原Volterra滤波器计算复杂运算速度慢的缺点,实现了动态非线性系统的在线跟踪控制.通过仿真分析可以得出,对于此类线性、非线性复杂时变系统,基于新的联合滤波器的自适应逆控制方法可以快速有效的实现动态对象在线建模与控制.%For a class of complex systems with time-varying structure and parameters,an online adaptive inverse control method based on combination filtering algorithm is proposed.This method simultaneously considers the time-varying characteristics of the structure and parameters,and presents an online tracking control mechanism for complex dynamic systems.Meanwhile,a novel combination Volterra kernel method is proposed for dealing with the nonlinear time-varying characteristics,which reduces the computational complexity and provides for nonlinear systems with a better dynamic online tracking control mechanism than the original algorithm.Furthermore,the simulation analysis shows that,for this type of complex time-varying systems,the adaptive inverse control method based on online combination filters can achieve the online modeling of unknown plants fast and effectively.

  1. 基于复杂度熵特征融合的高压力人群情感状态评估%Emotional Stress Assessment by Combining Characters of Complexity and Entropy

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    李昕; 李红红; 李长吾

    2013-01-01

    Pressure in long term may cause some diseases.It is important to assess the state of emotional stress reasonably and effectively.It is a reasonable method of pressure condition assessment based on the EEG (electroencephalograph),because of EEG contains plenty of emotional information.In this paper,focusing on the EEG signal characters extracting of emotional stress,an algorithm was investigated.The degree of random was quantified by the Kc factor.The complexity and energy distributing were quantfied by the approximate entropy and wavelet entropy.The Kc factor,approximate entropy and wavelet entropy were fused as the emotional characters by the optimal support vector machine.Based on principle of the overall optimization and the survival of the fittest of genetic algorithm,selection-crossover-mutation were done to pursue the optical parameters of SVM."Fruit Ninja" game was selected as a source of stress,and a total of 92 groups of EEG signals were collected from 8 subjects.Assessment results showed that the highest classification accuracy was 94.12%,and average accuracy was 82.06%.The level of sensitivity to the stress was different among the brain regions.The left hemisphere was more sensitive to stress than the right one.The research is expected to be helpful for people to take proper methods of relieving stress and restoring physical and mental health.%长期处于压力状态容易引发各类疾病,合理有效的情感压力状态评估是进行压力情感干预的基础.脑电数据含有丰富的情感信息,针对脑电数据的压力情感特征提取问题,提出一种基于Kc复杂度、小波熵与近似熵相结合的脑电数据的压力情感特征提取方法,以Kc复杂度因子来量化脑电数据的随机程度,以小波熵和近似熵参数分别在时域和频域来量化脑电数据的复杂程度与能量分布;采用遗传算法进行全局寻优,按适者生存的原则进行支持向量机参数的选择、交叉、变异,以此

  2. Critical phenomena in complex networks

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    Dorogovtsev, S. N.; Goltsev, A. V.; Mendes, J. F. F.

    2007-01-01

    The combination of the compactness of networks, featuring small diameters, and their complex architectures results in a variety of critical effects dramatically different from those in cooperative systems on lattices. In the last few years, researchers have made important steps toward understanding the qualitatively new critical phenomena in complex networks. We review the results, concepts, and methods of this rapidly developing field. Here we mostly consider two closely related classes of t...

  3. Complex dynamics

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    Carleson, Lennart

    1993-01-01

    Complex dynamics is today very much a focus of interest. Though several fine expository articles were available, by P. Blanchard and by M. Yu. Lyubich in particular, until recently there was no single source where students could find the material with proofs. For anyone in our position, gathering and organizing the material required a great deal of work going through preprints and papers and in some cases even finding a proof. We hope that the results of our efforts will be of help to others who plan to learn about complex dynamics and perhaps even lecture. Meanwhile books in the field a. re beginning to appear. The Stony Brook course notes of J. Milnor were particularly welcome and useful. Still we hope that our special emphasis on the analytic side will satisfy a need. This book is a revised and expanded version of notes based on lectures of the first author at UCLA over several \\Vinter Quarters, particularly 1986 and 1990. We owe Chris Bishop a great deal of gratitude for supervising the production of cour...

  4. Complex Systems

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    Yi Zhao

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Quantum instanton (QI approximation is recently proposed for the evaluations of the chemical reaction rate constants with use of full dimensional potential energy surfaces. Its strategy is to use the instanton mechanism and to approximate time-dependent quantum dynamics to the imaginary time propagation of the quantities of partition function. It thus incorporates the properties of the instanton idea and the quantum effect of partition function and can be applied to chemical reactions of complex systems. In this paper, we present the QI approach and its applications to several complex systems mainly done by us. The concrete systems include, (1 the reaction of H+CH4→H2+CH3, (2 the reaction of H+SiH4→H2+SiH3, (3 H diffusion on Ni(100 surface; and (4 surface-subsurface transport and interior migration for H/Ni. Available experimental and other theoretical data are also presented for the purpose of comparison.

  5. 改良牙冠延长术与正畸牵引加牙冠延长术对上前牙复杂根折治疗效果的比较%Comparison of curative effects between modified crown lengthening surgery and orthodontic traction combined with crown lengthening surgery in the treatment of maxillary anterior teeth complex root fracture

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    李新; 马科院

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨改良牙冠延长术与正畸牵引加牙冠延长术对上前牙复杂根折的治疗效果。方法80例上前牙复杂根折患者,依据治疗措施不同进行临床分组,治疗Ⅰ组40例,采用单独牙冠延长术治疗;治疗Ⅱ组40例,采用正畸牵引联合牙冠延长术治疗。观察两组疗效。结果治疗Ⅱ组上前牙复杂根折患者美学效果评分和功能满意评分明显优于治疗Ⅰ组,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论正畸牵引加牙冠延长术对上前牙复杂根折治疗效果明显,预后良好,值得临床推广应用。%Objective To investigate the curative effects between modified crown lengthening surgery and orthodontic traction combined with crown lengthening surgery in the treatment of maxillary anterior teeth complex root fracture. Methods A total of 80 patients with maxillary anterior teeth complex root fracture were divided into groups according to different treatment measures. The treatmentⅠgroup (n=40) received crown lengthening surgery for treatment alone, and the treatmentⅡgroup (n=40) received orthodontic traction combined with crown lengthening surgery for treatment. The curative effects of the two groups were observed. Results The aesthetic score and functional satisfaction score of the treatment Ⅱgroup were better than those of the treatment Ⅰgroup, and the difference had statistical significance (P<0.05). Conclusion Orthodontic traction combined with crown lengthening surgery can provide good curative effect and prognosis in the treatment of maxillary anterior teeth complex root fracture, and it is worthy of clinical application and promotion.

  6. 复方嗜酸乳杆菌联合利福昔明治疗急性细菌性腹泻疗效观察%Curative effect of Lactobacillus acidophilus complex combined rifaximin in treatment of acute bacterial diarrhea

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    田景波; 张长青; 曲燕; 李京军; 刘建军

    2012-01-01

    Objective To observe the curative effect of Lactobadllus acidophilus complex combined rifaximin in treating acute bacterial diarrhea. Methods 100 cases of acute bacterial diarrhea patients were randomly divided into Group A and B. Group A (50 patients) was treated with the combination of Lactobadllus acidophilus complex and rifaximin, while Group B (50 patients) was treated with rifaximin only. The total effective rate, average time to diarrhea stops and the rate of side effects of both groups were observed. Results The total effective rate of Group A and Group B were 100% and 92% respectively. The difference was significant (P <0. 05). The average time to diarrhea stops in Group A was (37. 9 ± 10. 0) hours, shorter than the (43.4 ± 13.6) hours in Group B (P <0, 05). Side effects were found in group A and B, but there was no significant difference between them (P>0.05). Conclusion Combination of Lactobadllus acidophilus complex and rifaximin is better than rifaximin alone for treatment of acute bacterial diarrhea, and can help shorten the average time of antidiarrhea.%目的 观察复方嗜酸乳杆菌联合利福昔明治疗急性细菌性腹泻的临床疗效.方法 将100例急性细菌性腹泻患者随机分为A、B两组,A组50例给予复方嗜酸乳杆菌联合利福昔明治疗,B组50例单用利福昔明治疗,观察两组的总有效率、平均止泻时间、不良反应发生率.结果 A、B两组的总有效率分别为100%和92%,两组疗效比较,A组疗效优于B组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).A组平均止泻时间为(37.9±10.0)h,短于B组(43.4±13.6)h(P <0.05).治疗中A组和B组出现不良反应,但差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 复方嗜酸乳杆菌联合利福昔明治疗急性细菌性腹泻的效果要优于单用利福昔明,并可缩短腹泻时间.

  7. 三联疗法联合复合乳酸菌胶囊根除幽门螺旋杆菌的临床分析%Clinical Analysis of Triple Therapy Combined With Lactobacillus Complex Capsules for the Eradication of Helicobacter Pylori

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    曹志军

    2016-01-01

    Objective To analyze the clinical effect of triple therapy combined with Lactobacillus Complex Capsules for eradication of Helicobacter pylori.Methods To observe and analyze 76 cases of Helicobacter pylori infection in patients in our hospital, 38 cases in study group were treated with triple therapy combined with Lactobacillus Complex Capsules treatment, 38 cases of control group were treated with triple therapy, and to compare the clinical effects of two groups.Results Helicobacter pylori eradication rate of study group was 89.47%, which was higher than 65.79% in the control group, and the difference was statistically significantP<0.05. After 7 days of treatment about two groups, the rate of bacterial lfora imbalance of study group was lower than that of control group, and the difference was statistically significantP<0.05.ConclusionTriple therapy combined with Lactobacillus Complex Capsules for eradication of Helicobacter pylori can obtain higher clinical application effect.%目的:分析三联疗法联合复合乳酸菌胶囊根除幽门螺旋杆菌的临床效果。方法将我院收治的76例幽门螺旋杆菌感染患者实行观察分析,其中38例研究组采用三联疗法联合复合乳酸菌胶囊治疗,38例对照组采用三联疗法治疗,并对比两组的临床效果。结果研究组的幽门螺旋杆菌根除率为89.47%,高于对照组的65.79%,差异有统计学意义P<0.05;两组患者经过7天的治疗后,研究组的菌群失调率低于对照组,差异有统计学意义P<0.05。结论三联疗法联合复合乳酸菌胶囊根除幽门螺旋杆菌可获得较高临床应用效果。

  8. Cosmic Complexity

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    Mather, John C.

    2012-01-01

    What explains the extraordinary complexity of the observed universe, on all scales from quarks to the accelerating universe? My favorite explanation (which I certainty did not invent) ls that the fundamental laws of physics produce natural instability, energy flows, and chaos. Some call the result the Life Force, some note that the Earth is a living system itself (Gaia, a "tough bitch" according to Margulis), and some conclude that the observed complexity requires a supernatural explanation (of which we have many). But my dad was a statistician (of dairy cows) and he told me about cells and genes and evolution and chance when I was very small. So a scientist must look for me explanation of how nature's laws and statistics brought us into conscious existence. And how is that seemll"!gly Improbable events are actually happening a!1 the time? Well, the physicists have countless examples of natural instability, in which energy is released to power change from simplicity to complexity. One of the most common to see is that cooling water vapor below the freezing point produces snowflakes, no two alike, and all complex and beautiful. We see it often so we are not amazed. But physlc!sts have observed so many kinds of these changes from one structure to another (we call them phase transitions) that the Nobel Prize in 1992 could be awarded for understanding the mathematics of their common features. Now for a few examples of how the laws of nature produce the instabilities that lead to our own existence. First, the Big Bang (what an insufficient name!) apparently came from an instability, in which the "false vacuum" eventually decayed into the ordinary vacuum we have today, plus the most fundamental particles we know, the quarks and leptons. So the universe as a whole started with an instability. Then, a great expansion and cooling happened, and the loose quarks, finding themselves unstable too, bound themselves together into today's less elementary particles like protons and

  9. Cosmic Complexity

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    Mather, John C.

    2012-01-01

    What explains the extraordinary complexity of the observed universe, on all scales from quarks to the accelerating universe? My favorite explanation (which I certainty did not invent) ls that the fundamental laws of physics produce natural instability, energy flows, and chaos. Some call the result the Life Force, some note that the Earth is a living system itself (Gaia, a "tough bitch" according to Margulis), and some conclude that the observed complexity requires a supernatural explanation (of which we have many). But my dad was a statistician (of dairy cows) and he told me about cells and genes and evolution and chance when I was very small. So a scientist must look for me explanation of how nature's laws and statistics brought us into conscious existence. And how is that seemll"!gly Improbable events are actually happening a!1 the time? Well, the physicists have countless examples of natural instability, in which energy is released to power change from simplicity to complexity. One of the most common to see is that cooling water vapor below the freezing point produces snowflakes, no two alike, and all complex and beautiful. We see it often so we are not amazed. But physlc!sts have observed so many kinds of these changes from one structure to another (we call them phase transitions) that the Nobel Prize in 1992 could be awarded for understanding the mathematics of their common features. Now for a few examples of how the laws of nature produce the instabilities that lead to our own existence. First, the Big Bang (what an insufficient name!) apparently came from an instability, in which the "false vacuum" eventually decayed into the ordinary vacuum we have today, plus the most fundamental particles we know, the quarks and leptons. So the universe as a whole started with an instability. Then, a great expansion and cooling happened, and the loose quarks, finding themselves unstable too, bound themselves together into today's less elementary particles like protons and

  10. 气压弹道碎石联合肾盂切开取石治疗复杂性肾结石(附14例报告)%Pneumatic lithotripsy combined with pyelolithotomy in treatment of complex renal calculi:A report of 14 cases

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    王国桥; 樊松强

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the clinical value of pneumatic lithotripsy combined with pyelolithotomy in treatment of complex re -nal calculi .Methods:14 cases of patients with kidney stones cut the complexity of the renal pelvis exposed stone , stone exposure , with Switzerland EMS pressure ballistic hammer apparatus , end through the handle is connected in air compressor , need not ureteroscopy , with gravel TanGan pointed directly at stone , start pressure pump , will shatter stone , the out of the renal pelvis or washed away .Results:14 patients successfully gravel succeed , operation time 100 ~180 min.Postoperative residual small stones in 8 cases, ESWL, postures row by stone, drug row stone, 6 cases of education, no secondary bleeding and urinary leak happened .Follow-up of 3 ~6 months, fourteen patients review urinary radiographs and vein urinary imaging , the original hydronephrosis obvious subsidise , creatinine unusual person were improved obviously improved .Conclusion:Pneumatic lithotripsy combined with pyelolithotomy in treatment of complex renal calculi could effectively treat complex renal calculi and minimize renal injury .%目的:本文探讨气压弹道碎石联合肾盂切开取石治疗复杂性肾结石的疗效。方法:对14例复杂性肾结石患者采用肾盂切开联合瑞士EMS气压弹道碎石机气压弹道碎石治疗复杂性肾结石。结果:手术时间100~180分钟。术后残余小结石8例,经ESWL、体位排石、药物排石,6例排出,无继发性出血及尿漏发生。术后随访3~6个月,14例复查尿路平片+静脉尿路造影、泌尿系彩超,原有6例轻度肾积水患者肾积水消失,7例中度肾积水患者中有5例明显消退,1例血肌酐异常者较术前明显改善。结论:气压弹道碎石联合肾盂切开取石具有操作简便、结石取尽率高、肾功能损伤小、术中出血少等优点。

  11. The clinical effect of Lactobacillus Complex Capsules combined Xingpi Yanger granule in the treatment of infant pneumonia diarrhea%复合乳酸菌胶囊联合醒脾养儿颗粒治疗婴幼儿肺炎继发性腹泻的临床效果

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    刘春辉

    2015-01-01

    目的:分析复合乳酸菌胶囊、醒脾养儿颗粒联合治疗婴幼儿肺炎继发性腹泻的效果。方法将80例婴幼儿肺炎继发性腹泻患者分为两组,联合复合乳酸菌胶囊、醒脾养儿颗粒治疗的40例患者为观察组,单独采用复合乳酸菌胶囊治疗的40例患者为对照组。比较两组的临床疗效和不良反应发生情况。结果观察组临床总有效率高于对照组,比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);两组不良反应发生情况相当,差异无统计学意义(P>0.05)。结论联合复合乳酸菌胶囊、醒脾养儿颗粒治疗婴幼儿肺炎继发性腹泻,可提高临床疗效,且不会产生严重不良反应,安全性良好。%Objective To analyze the Lactobacillus Complex Capsules, wake lienal raise granule combined treatment of pneumonia secondary diarrhea effect.Methods 80 cases of infant pneumonia secondary diarrhea were divided into two groups, 40 cases in the United Lactobacillus Complex Capsules, wake lienal raise granule in the treatment of patients as the observation group, with 40 cases of single Lactobacillus Complex Capsules treated patients as control group. Clinical efficacy and adverse events were compared between the two groups. Results In the observation group, the clinical total effective rate higher than that of the control group, the difference was statistically signiifcant (P0.05). Conclusion The combined Lactobacillus Complex Capsules, wake lienal raise granule in the treatment of infantile pneumonia secondary diarrhea, can improve the clinical efifcacy, and no serious adverse reactions, good safety.

  12. 多小切口联合微型钛板治疗颧骨复合体骨折31例疗效观察%Curative effect of small incision combined with micro-titanium plate in treatment of zygomatic complex fracture: a report of 31 cases

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    张晓东; 张民主; 刘茜; 朱坤

    2011-01-01

    目的:观察多小切口联合微型钛板治疗颧骨复合体骨折的疗效.方法:采用眶外侧缘、睑下缘、耳颞切口、口内前庭沟等多小切口,显露颧骨复合体骨折段后,进行复位;应用微型钛板对颧弓复合体骨折31例进行坚强内固定,通过面形、张口度、切口愈合情况及X线检查评价手术效果.结果:31例患者中除 2例术后有轻度张口受限,1例出现暂时性面瘫外,其余均开口度正常,面形对称,切口Ⅰ级愈合,手术效果良好.结论:以多小切口联合微型钛板坚强内固定治疗颧骨复合体骨折,操作简便,损伤小,并发症少,是一种较好的颧骨复合体骨折治疗方法,符合现代外科治疗理念.%Objective: To evaluate the curative effect of small incision combined with micro-titanium plate in treatment of zygomatic complex fracture. Methods:The zygomatic complex fracture was revealed through small incisions in the lateral margin of orbit, inferior margin of eyelid, auriculotemporal part and intraoral vestibular groove. The micro-titanium board was applied to 31 cases of zygomatic arch complex fracture for rigid internal fixation. The effects were evaluated by the facial shape, degree of mouth opening, wound healing and X-ray. Results: Except for 2 cases of mildly restricted mouth opening and 1 case of temporary facial paralysis, the rest cases obtained normal mouth opening and facial symmetry;the incisions healed well and the surgery effect was satisfactory. Conclusions:The procedure of small incision combined with micro-titanium miniplate for rigid internal fixation has the advantages of easy operation, small damage and few complications in treatment of zygomatic complex fracture ,which accords with the modern concepts of surgical therapy.

  13. Epidemic Diffusion on Complex Networks

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    WU Xiao-Yan; LIU Zong-Hua

    2007-01-01

    Boyh diffusion and epidemic are well studied in the stochastic systems and complex networks,respetively.Here we combine these two fields and study epidemic diffusion in complex networks.Instead of studying the threshold of infection,which was focused on in previous works,we focus on the diffusion.behaviour.We find that the epidemic diffusion in a complex network is an anomalous superdiffusion with varyingg diffusion exponext γand that γ is influenced seriously by the network structure,such as the clustering coefficient and the degree distribution.Numerical simulations have confirmed the theoretical predictions.

  14. Hydrocodone Combination Products

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    Codiclear DH® (as a combination product containing Guaifenesin, Hydrocodone) ... EndaCof XP® (as a combination product containing Guaifenesin, Hydrocodone) ... Entuss® (as a combination product containing Guaifenesin, Hydrocodone)

  15. 肠梗阻导管联合奥曲肽治疗粘连性肠梗阻的疗效观察%Observation on the curative effect of intestinal obstruction catheter complex combined with octreotide in the treatment of adhesive intestinal obstruction

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    赵叶芳; 马良

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To observe the curative effect of intestinal obstruction catheter complex combined with octreotide in the treatment of adhesive intestinal obstruction.Methods: A total of 48 adhesive intestinal obstruction patients were collected and randomly divided into the combination group (16 patients), the intesti-nal obstruction catheter group (16 patients) and the octreotide group (16 patients). Three groups were all treated with the routine comprehensive therapy, while the combination group added intestinal obstruction catheter and octreotide, the intestinal obstruction catheter group added intestinal obstruction catheter and the octreotide group added octreotide and nasogastric tube. Clinical symptoms and curative effect of there groups were observed and compared.The experimental data were analyzed by statistical methods.Results: After therapy, the bloating pain relief time and recovery exhaust time in the combination group were shorter than that in other two groups. The amount of ifrst 24 h gastrointestinal decompression of the combination group was less than the intestinal obstruc-tion catheter group and more than the octreotide group (P<0.05 orP<0.01). While the total effective rate of the combination group (100%) was higher than that of the other two groups (P<0.05 orP<0.01).Conclusion: The intestinal obstruction catheter complex combined octreotide in treatment of adhesive intestinal obstruction can reduce the gastrointestinal decompression amount, relieve the clinical symptoms probiotics in the adhesive intes-tinal obstruction patients fastly, and increase patient treatment efifciency.%目的:观察肠梗阻导管联合奥曲肽治疗粘连性肠梗阻的临床疗效。方法:收集78例确诊为粘连性肠梗阻的患者,用随机数字表将患者分为联合组、肠梗阻导管组和奥曲肽组,每组26例,3组均给予常规综合治疗,在此基础上联合组给予肠梗阻导管联合奥曲肽治疗,肠梗阻导管组给予肠梗

  16. Observation on the curative effect of intestinal obstruction catheter complex combined with octreotide in the treatment of adhesive intestinal obstruction%肠梗阻导管联合奥曲肽治疗粘连性肠梗阻的疗效观察

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    赵叶芳; 马良

    2015-01-01

    目的:观察肠梗阻导管联合奥曲肽治疗粘连性肠梗阻的临床疗效。方法:收集78例确诊为粘连性肠梗阻的患者,用随机数字表将患者分为联合组、肠梗阻导管组和奥曲肽组,每组26例,3组均给予常规综合治疗,在此基础上联合组给予肠梗阻导管联合奥曲肽治疗,肠梗阻导管组给予肠梗阻导管治疗,奥曲肽组给予奥曲肽联合鼻胃管减压治疗,观察并比较3组的临床症状和疗效。结果:联合组腹痛缓解时间、恢复排气时间较肠梗阻导管组和奥曲肽组缩短,第1个24 h胃肠减压量较肠梗阻导管组减少,较奥曲肽组增加,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05或P<0.01)。联合组患者治疗总有效率(为100%)明显高于肠梗阻导管组(为84.6%)和奥曲肽组(为73.1%),3组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05或P<0.01)。结论:联合应用肠梗阻导管和奥曲肽能减少胃肠减压量,更快缓解粘连性肠梗阻患者的症状,增加患者治疗总有效率,临床疗效确切。%Objective: To observe the curative effect of intestinal obstruction catheter complex combined with octreotide in the treatment of adhesive intestinal obstruction.Methods: A total of 48 adhesive intestinal obstruction patients were collected and randomly divided into the combination group (16 patients), the intesti-nal obstruction catheter group (16 patients) and the octreotide group (16 patients). Three groups were all treated with the routine comprehensive therapy, while the combination group added intestinal obstruction catheter and octreotide, the intestinal obstruction catheter group added intestinal obstruction catheter and the octreotide group added octreotide and nasogastric tube. Clinical symptoms and curative effect of there groups were observed and compared.The experimental data were analyzed by statistical methods.Results: After therapy, the bloating pain relief time and recovery

  17. Noun combination in interlanguage typology effects in complex determiner phrases

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    Bongartz, Christiane

    2002-01-01

    This study examines effects of L1 typology on the interlanguage of L2 learners of English. Czech learners use phrasal constructs (the song about love) significantly more often than Chinese learners, who prefer noun+noun compounds (the love song). Determiner properties and the process of noun incorporation systematically relate both options.

  18. Observation of complex Xuangou capsule combined with testosterone undecanoate soft capsules on the treatment of late-onset hypogonadism%复方玄驹胶囊联合十一酸睾酮胶丸治疗迟发性性腺功能减退症合并勃起功能障碍疗效观察

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    果艳凤; 李建新; 郑东利

    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the clinical effect of complex Xuangou capsule combined with testosterone undecanoate soft capsules on the treatment of late-onset hypogonadism (LOH).Methods 80 LOH patients were randomly divided into two groups.Patients in two groups were treated by testosterone undecanoate soft capsules.At same time patients in treatment group received complex Xuangou capsule.IIEf-5 score before and three months after treatment was compared and the effect was evaluated in two groups.Results The effective rate in treatment group (75.0%) was higher than that in control group(57.5%,P < 0.05).Conclusion Complex Xuangou capsule combined with testosterone undecanoate soft capsules is more effective than alone Andriol on the treatment of LOH.%目的 观察复方玄驹胶囊联合十一酸睾酮胶丸治疗迟发性性腺功能减退症(LOH)合并勃起功能障碍(ED)的临床疗效.方法 将80例LOH合并ED患者随机分为2组,2组均予十一酸睾酮胶丸口服,治疗组同时予复方玄驹胶囊口服,对治疗前、治疗后3个月进行国际勃起功能指数-5(IIEF-5)评分比较,并判定疗效.结果 治疗组总有效率75.0%,对照组总有效率57.5%,2组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)治疗组疗效优于对照组.结论 复方玄驹胶囊联合十一酸睾酮胶丸治疗LOH合并ED疗效优于单独使用十一酸睾酮胶丸.

  19. Laser driver beam combination for fast ignition

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    Based on the estimated parameters of fast ignition,the requirements for laser-beam power intensity and energy are used to analyze the possibility of realizing fast ignition by coherent combination and non-coherent combination. The practical distorted wavefront is considered to analyze the far-field focal spot. Non-coherent combination needs more beams for energy requirement and to limit angle drifting in ±2 μrad through improving laser driver's stability. Coherent combination is beneficial for achieving smaller focal spot and higher power intensity, simultaneously reducing the requirement of energy, but single beam wavefront correction can not improve the power intensity in this method, which leads to combined wavefront correction of the total clear aperture with complex monitoring and control methods. Based on the requirement of parameters and wavefront correction capability, non-coherent beam combination is easier to achieve for fast ignition, however, coherent beam combination has the potential for extensive application. (authors)

  20. 有限内固定结合铰链式超关节外固定架治疗肱骨远端复杂骨折%Limited internal fixation combined with super-articular external fixator for complex distal humeral fractures

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    郭亚洲; 徐辉; 郑均华; 万昌涛; 钱苏林; 曾舸

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the application of limited internal fixation combined with hinged super - articular external fixator for complex distal humeral fractures( CDHF ). Methods Twelve cases of CDHF were treated with limited internal fixation combined with hinged super - articular externnal fixator, and the results were analyzed. Results All 12 patients were followed up for a mean duration of 7 months( range 4 ~ 15 months ). According to the Morrey scoring system,results were excellent in 7 cases, good in 3 , fair in 2, and the effective rate was 83. 3% . All cases of fracture healed without severe complication such as infection,limited flection or extension of elbow joint,cubitus varus and nerve injury. Conclusion Limited internal fixation combined with hinged super - articular external fixator in treatment of complex distal humeral fractures can promote early rehabilitation and improve the recovery of elbow function, which is an effective treatment for CDHF.%目的 总结有限内固定结合铰链式超关节外固定架治疗肱骨远端复杂骨折的效果.方法 对12例肱骨远端复杂骨折采用有限内固定结合铰链式超关节外固定架固定进行治疗.结果 12 例全部获得随访,随访时间平均7个月(4~15个月),根据Morrey指定评估指数评价,优7例,良3例,可2例.优良率83.3%.无感染、关节僵硬、肘内翻畸形、神经损伤等严重并发症发生.结论 有限内固定结合铰链式超关节外固定架治疗能早期进行关节活动,可明显恢复关节功能,是一种良好的治疗肱骨远端复杂骨折的方法.

  1. Unenhanced spiral CT localization combined with C-arm in minimally invasive percutaneous nephrolithotomy(MPCNL) for complex renal calculi%非增强螺旋CT定位联合C臂微创经皮肾镜取石治疗复杂肾结石

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    蒋立城; 徐忠华; 张英晨; 王学廷; 丁吉阳; 程玉峰

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the value of non-contrast-enhanced spiral CT-assistant localization combined with C-arm in the treatment of complex renal calculi by minimally invasive percutaneous nephrolithotomy ( mPCNL). Methods 50 patients with complex renal calculi underwent a non-contrast-enhanced spiral CT scan localization to simulate intraoperative posture before the operation and accepted the mPCNL treatment combined with C-arm (CT group). Another 38 patients with complex renal calculi who directly underwent puncture by C-arm localization were studied as the control group (C-arm group). Results In the CT group, the average number of punctures [(1.27 ±0.56) per side vs (2.28 ±1.19) punctures per side, P<0.01 ], channel building time[ (5.51 ±2.31)minutes per side vs (11.36 ± 6.15) minutes per side, P<0.01], C-arm usage counter[ (2.53 ±0. 77) vs (7.44 ± 1. 87), P <0.01 ] ,and X-ray exposure time for surgeons[ (0.32 ±0.73) minutes per side vs (0.53 ±0.28)minutes per side, P<0.05] and patients [ (0.43 ± 0.72) minutes per side vs (0.72 ± 0. 28) minutes per side, P < 0.01 ] were significantly lower than those of the C-arm group. Conclusion Non-contrast-enhanced spiral CT localization combined with C-arm can contribute to percutaneous renal puncture in the complex renal calculi treatment by m-PCNL, and effectively reduce the C-arm usage counter and intraoperative radiation exposure time.%目的 探讨非增强螺旋CT定位联合C型臂在复杂肾结石微创治疗中的应用价值.方法 对50例复杂肾结石患者术前模拟术中体位行螺旋CT扫描定位(CT组),术中联合C臂行微创经皮肾镜取石术,并与同期38例复杂肾结石直接C臂定位者(C臂组)进行比较.结果 CT组与C臂组比较,平均穿刺次数[(1.27±0.56)次/侧vs (2.28±1.19)次/侧,P<0.01]、通道建立时间[(5.51±2.31 )min/侧vs (11.36±6.15) min/侧,P<0.01]、C臂使用次数[(2.53±0.77)次/侧vs (7.44±1.87)次/侧,P<0.01]及医生

  2. [VGKC-complex antibodies].

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    Watanabe, Osamu

    2013-04-01

    Various antibodies are associated with voltage-gated potassium channels (VGKCs). Representative antibodies to VGKCs were first identified by radioimmunoassays using radioisotope-labeled alpha-dendrotoxin-VGKCs solubilized from rabbit brain. These antibodies were detected only in a proportion of patients with acquired neuromyotonia (Isaacs' syndrome). VGKC antibodies were also detected in patients with Morvan's syndrome and in those with a form of autoimmune limbic encephalitis. Recent studies indicated that the "VGKC" antibodies are mainly directed toward associated proteins (for example LGI-1 and CASPR-2) that complex with the VGKCs themselves. The "VGKC" antibodies are now commonly known as VGKC-complex antibodies. In general, LGI-1 antibodies are most commonly detected in patients with limbic encephalitis with syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone. CASPR-2 antibodies are present in the majority of patients with Morvan's syndrome. These patients develop combinations of CNS symptoms, autonomic dysfunction, and peripheral nerve hyperexcitability. Furthermore, VGKC-complex antibodies are tightly associated with chronic idiopathic pain. Hyperexcitability of nociceptive pathways has also been implicated. These antibodies may be detected in sera of some patients with neurodegenerative diseases (for example, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease).

  3. ON COMPLEXITY OF POWER SYSTEMS

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    MA Jin; CHENG Daizhan; HONG Yiguang; SUN Yuanzhang

    2003-01-01

    The power system is a classical example of complex systems. In this paper it is shown that the power industry in China is facing a tremendous challenge. The complexity in power systems is investigated as follows. First, the cascade failure in power systems is analyzed, and compared with sand-pile model. Next, we show that the agent-based modelling is a proper way for power network. Mathematically, the geometric dynamics and differential inclusion are useful tools for the stability analysis of large scale power systems. As for power market, the game theory and generalized control system model are proposed. For a complex power system, an evolutive model may be more accurate in description and analysis. Finally, certain newly developed numerical methods in the power system computation are introduced. Overall, we are convinced that the theorem of complexity, combined with modern control theory, may be the right way to answer the challenges faced by the power industry in China.

  4. Machining of Complex Sculptured Surfaces

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    2012-01-01

    The machining of complex sculptured surfaces is a global technological topic in modern manufacturing with relevance in both industrialized and emerging in countries particularly within the moulds and dies sector whose applications include highly technological industries such as the automotive and aircraft industry. Machining of Complex Sculptured Surfaces considers new approaches to the manufacture of moulds and dies within these industries. The traditional technology employed in the manufacture of moulds and dies combined conventional milling and electro-discharge machining (EDM) but this has been replaced with  high-speed milling (HSM) which has been applied in roughing, semi-finishing and finishing of moulds and dies with great success. Machining of Complex Sculptured Surfaces provides recent information on machining of complex sculptured surfaces including modern CAM systems and process planning for three and five axis machining as well as explanations of the advantages of HSM over traditional methods ra...

  5. Combined Shape and Topology Optimization

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    Christiansen, Asger Nyman

    Shape and topology optimization seeks to compute the optimal shape and topology of a structure such that one or more properties, for example stiffness, balance or volume, are improved. The goal of the thesis is to develop a method for shape and topology optimization which uses the Deformable...... Simplicial Complex (DSC) method. Consequently, we present a novel method which combines current shape and topology optimization methods. This method represents the surface of the structure explicitly and discretizes the structure into non-overlapping elements, i.e. a simplicial complex. An explicit surface...... representation usually limits the optimization to minor shape changes. However, the DSC method uses a single explicit representation and still allows for large shape and topology changes. It does so by constantly applying a set of mesh operations during deformations of the structure. Using an explicit instead...

  6. 封闭负压引流结合掌背动脉穿支皮瓣、掌长肌腱移植修复手背复合组织缺损%Vacuum sealing drainage combined dorsal metacarpal artery perforator flap and palmaris longus tendon transplantation to repair complex tissue defect of dorsum of hand

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    张友; 周宏斌; 成杰

    2016-01-01

    Objective To investigate the therapeutic effect of vacuum sealing drainage ( VSD) combined with retro-grade dorsal metacarpal artery perforator flap and palmaris longus tendon transplantation to repair complex tissue de-fect of dorsum of hand. Methods 11 cases of complex tissue defect in the back of hand were treated by VSD com-bined with retrograde dorsal metacarpal artery perforator based island flap, palm long tendon transplantation. The tis-sue defect size was 1. 8 cm × 2. 0 cm~3. 0 cm × 6. 0 cm and the cutting flap size was 2. 0 cm × 2. 5 cm~3. 5 cm × 7. 0 cm. Results 7 flaps were based on the second dorsal metacarpal artery perforator, 2 flaps were based on the third dorsal metacarpal artery perforator, and 2 flaps were based on the fourth dorsal metacarpal artery perforator. All patients received follow-up for 7 ~25 months. All the flaps were survived with wonderful appearance and satisfied function of fingers. There was no infective case. According to the Total Active Motion ( TAM) criteria to evaluate the function of injury finger at the final follow-up,6 cases were graded as excellent,3 as good, 2 as fair. Conclusions VSD can valid control wound inflammation. The dorsal metacarpal artery perforator flap has good function,acceptable forma, and reliably blood supply. It is a good choice to use VSD combined with retrograde dorsal metacarpal artery perforator flap and palmaris longus tendon transplantation for resurfacing complex tissue defect of dorsum of hand.%目的:探讨封闭负压引流( VSD)技术结合逆行掌背动脉穿支岛状皮瓣、掌长肌腱移植修复手背复合组织缺损的临床疗效。方法应用VSD技术结合逆行掌背动脉穿支岛状皮瓣、掌长肌腱移植修复11例手背复合组织缺损患者。组织缺损面积1.8 cm ×2.0 cm ~3.0 cm ×6.0 cm,切取皮瓣面积2.0 cm ×2.5 cm ~3.5 cm ×7.0 cm。结果切取第2掌背动脉穿支岛状皮瓣7例,第3掌背动脉穿支岛状皮瓣2例,第4掌

  7. Reconstrucción compleja de la cavidad oral mediante dos colgajos simultáneos de peroné y radial Complex reconstruction of the oral cavity by means of the combination of two simultaneous free fibula and radial flaps

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    A. Dean Ferrer

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente trabajo es valorar los resultados funcionales y estéticos de reconstrucciones complejas orofaciales, realizadas mediante la asociación de dos colgajos libres simultáneos de peroné y radial. Se ha realizado este tipo de reconstrucción en tres pacientes con buenos resultados funcionales y estéticos. La reconstrucción con dos colgajos libres está indicada en defectos complejos en los que la reconstrucción con un solo colgajo no obtendría resultados estéticos y funcionales adecuados. Cada colgajo se selecciona por sus características que lo hacen ideal para cada tipo de defecto, óseo y de partes blandas con la finalidad de conseguir un resultado estético y funcional superior al que se obtendría con un solo colgajo.The aim of this paper is to evaluate the functional and aesthetic results of complex orofacial reconstructions by means of the combination of two simultaneous free flaps (fibula osteocutaneous and radial forearm flaps. Three patients who have undergone this kind of reconstruction are presented with good functional and aesthetics results. Reconstruction with two free flaps is indicated in complex defects in which reconstruction with a single flap would not obtain adequate aesthetic and functional results. The choice of each particular flap depends on its specific characteristics that make it ideal for the reconstruction of each particular type of defect, osseous defects and soft tissue defects, with the aim of obtaining a better result than that obtained with the use of a single flap.

  8. FAST CORRELATION ATTACKS ON BLUETOOTH COMBINER

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    Ma Weiju; Feng Dengguo

    2006-01-01

    A simple fast correlation attack is used to analysis the security of Bluetooth combiner in this paper.This attack solves the tradeoff between the length of the keystream and the computing complexity needed to recover the secret key. We give the computing complexities of the attack algorithm according to different lengths of the known keystream. The result is less time-consuming than before. It is also shown that the security of the modified Bluetooth combiner by Hermelin and Nyberg is not significantly enhanced.

  9. COMBINE 2 seminar

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    Sørensen, Lars Schiøtt; Jacobsen, Kim

    1995-01-01

    A seminar about the COMBINE project was described. Further, the project was described in generel, i.e. the COMBINE´s data model (IDM), the data exchange system (DES) and the different I/O-systems included in COMBINE 2......A seminar about the COMBINE project was described. Further, the project was described in generel, i.e. the COMBINE´s data model (IDM), the data exchange system (DES) and the different I/O-systems included in COMBINE 2...

  10. 1-Convergence of Complex Double Fourier Series

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    Kulwinder Kaur; S S Bhatia; Babu Ram

    2003-11-01

    It is proved that the complex double Fourier series of an integrable function (, ) with coefficients {} satisfying certain conditions, will converge in 1-norm. The conditions used here are the combinations of Tauberian condition of Hardy–Karamata kind and its limiting case. This paper extends the result of Bray [1] to complex double Fourier series.

  11. An Exemplar Approach to Conceptual Combination

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    Wouter Voorspoels; Gert Storms; Wolf Vanpaemel

    2012-01-01

    Despite the success of exemplar models of representation, the general approach in the study of the representation of conceptual combinations is based on prototypes. In this study, we evaluate the exemplar view in conceptual combination, and compare it to the traditional prototype approach. For 10 complex concepts, typicality was predicted using an instantiation-based spatial exemplar model. The exemplar model's predictions were compared to the predictions of five plausible prototype models. R...

  12. Complex Materials by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Schwartzberg, Adam M; Olynick, Deirdre

    2015-10-14

    Complex materials are defined as nanostructured materials with combinations of structure and/or composition that lead to performance surpassing the sum of their individual components. There are many methods that can create complex materials; however, atomic layer deposition (ALD) is uniquely suited to control composition and structural parameters at the atomic level. The use of ALD for creating complex insulators, semiconductors, and conductors is discussed, along with its use in novel structural applications.

  13. 跨媒体彩色复杂影像再现品质效益评估模式-「空间滤波器」及「CIEDE2000色差公式」的结合应用%Cross-media Complex Color Image Quality Metric:Application of Spatial Filtering Combined with CIEDE2000

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    罗梅君; 陈佑霖; 张家玮

    2004-01-01

    The CIELAB color metric has been traditionally used in the measurement of color reproduction errors of digital complex images produced in the cross-media systems. The CIE color system, however theoretically developed to concern with matching large uniform color areas, does not give satisfactory results when dealing with complex images that have been spatially altered. The aim of this study is to derive a well-performed image color difference metric, which can accurately simulates the sensitivity function of human vision system, to determine the perceived color reproduction error of complex color images. Based on a recently recommended CIEDE2000combined with spatial filtering as suggested by Zhang and Wandell, various spatial extension versions of SCIELAB models, will be derived. Those models derived will preliminarily perform the evaluation of color rendering (or color reproduction error) of complex color images, reproduced via a few device characterization models (DCMs) in question in the cross-media transformation. Both of a scanner and a monitor are used as the source and the destination devices respectively. Also a forced-choice paired-comparison psychological experiment will be conducted to investigate the prediction performance of DCMs tested. A comparison among those results obtained using the psychological experiment and the spatial extension versions of S-CIELAB models (i. e. image color difference metrics), will be provided. The best performing image color difference metric will, hence, be determined, and further modified to give satisfactory predictions of the perceived color difference of complex color images proceedings.%在现行跨媒体复制系统中,若应用CIELAB于复杂彩色影像的评估,则因其未考量影像中各色点与周遭色彩之间相互影响的因素,将导致转换后的影像色彩外貌,无法与人眼的感觉相吻合.所以,此研究的目的乃一希望植基于人眼视觉机制,推导出得以精确应用于跨媒

  14. Measuring Tax Complexity

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    David Ulph

    2014-01-01

    This paper critically examines a number of issues relating to the measurement of tax complexity. It starts with an analysis of the concept of tax complexity, distinguishing tax design complexity and operational complexity. It considers the consequences/costs of complexity, and then examines the rationale for measuring complexity. Finally it applies the analysis to an examination of an index of complexity developed by the UK Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). Postprint

  15. Simulation of complex molecular systems

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    The combined evolution of the electronic structure softwares and computational capabilities makes quantum molecular dynamics simulations available for increasingly complex systems, up to several hundred atoms. Among the various ab initio techniques, Density Functional Theory (DFT) is very successful due to its important computational efficiency with respect to Hartree-Fock type approaches. Its combination with empirical treatments of the weak van der Waals interactions allows the simulation of equilibrium or dynamics properties of numerous systems of interest for the nuclear and defense industry. We present 3 direct applications of quantum molecular dynamics: the determination of the structure of the complex Pu(DTPA) ion where DTPA means diethylen-triamine-penta-acid, the calculation of the equation of state and the Hugoniot curve of TATB monocrystal. (authors)

  16. On State Complexes and Special Cube Complexes

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    Peterson, Valerie J.

    2009-01-01

    This thesis presents the first steps toward a classification of non-positively curved cube complexes called state complexes. A "state complex" is a configuration space for a "reconfigurable system," i.e., an abstract system in which local movements occur in some discrete manner. Reconfigurable systems can be used to describe, for example,…

  17. Predicting Complexity Perception of Real World Images.

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    Corchs, Silvia Elena; Ciocca, Gianluigi; Bricolo, Emanuela; Gasparini, Francesca

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this work is to predict the complexity perception of real world images. We propose a new complexity measure where different image features, based on spatial, frequency and color properties are linearly combined. In order to find the optimal set of weighting coefficients we have applied a Particle Swarm Optimization. The optimal linear combination is the one that best fits the subjective data obtained in an experiment where observers evaluate the complexity of real world scenes on a web-based interface. To test the proposed complexity measure we have performed a second experiment on a different database of real world scenes, where the linear combination previously obtained is correlated with the new subjective data. Our complexity measure outperforms not only each single visual feature but also two visual clutter measures frequently used in the literature to predict image complexity. To analyze the usefulness of our proposal, we have also considered two different sets of stimuli composed of real texture images. Tuning the parameters of our measure for this kind of stimuli, we have obtained a linear combination that still outperforms the single measures. In conclusion our measure, properly tuned, can predict complexity perception of different kind of images.

  18. Predicting Complexity Perception of Real World Images.

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    Corchs, Silvia Elena; Ciocca, Gianluigi; Bricolo, Emanuela; Gasparini, Francesca

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this work is to predict the complexity perception of real world images. We propose a new complexity measure where different image features, based on spatial, frequency and color properties are linearly combined. In order to find the optimal set of weighting coefficients we have applied a Particle Swarm Optimization. The optimal linear combination is the one that best fits the subjective data obtained in an experiment where observers evaluate the complexity of real world scenes on a web-based interface. To test the proposed complexity measure we have performed a second experiment on a different database of real world scenes, where the linear combination previously obtained is correlated with the new subjective data. Our complexity measure outperforms not only each single visual feature but also two visual clutter measures frequently used in the literature to predict image complexity. To analyze the usefulness of our proposal, we have also considered two different sets of stimuli composed of real texture images. Tuning the parameters of our measure for this kind of stimuli, we have obtained a linear combination that still outperforms the single measures. In conclusion our measure, properly tuned, can predict complexity perception of different kind of images. PMID:27336469

  19. Generalized Complexity of ALC Subsumption

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    Meier, Arne

    2012-01-01

    The subsumption problem with respect to terminologies in the description logic ALC is EXPTIME-complete. We investigate the computational complexity of fragments of this problem by means of allowed Boolean operators. Hereto we make use of the notion of clones in the context of Post's lattice. Furthermore we consider all four possible quantifier combinations for each fragment parameterized by a clone. We will see that depending on what quantifiers are available the classification will be either...

  20. Pricing complexity options

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    Malihe Alikhani; Bj{\\o}rn Kjos-Hanssen; Amirarsalan Pakravan; Babak Saadat

    2015-01-01

    We consider options that pay the complexity deficiency of a sequence of up and down ticks of a stock upon exercise. We study the price of European and American versions of this option numerically for automatic complexity, and theoretically for Kolmogorov complexity. We also consider run complexity, which is a restricted form of automatic complexity.

  1. Embodied conceptual combination

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    Dermot eLynott; Louise Connell

    2010-01-01

    Conceptual combination research investigates the processes involved in creating new meaning from old referents. It is therefore essential that embodied theories of cognition are able to explain this constructive ability and predict the resultant behaviour. However, by failing to take an embodied or grounded view of the conceptual system, existing theories of conceptual combination cannot account for the role of perceptual, motor and affective information in conceptual combination. In the ...

  2. Combination of scoring schemes for protein docking

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    Schomburg Dietmar

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Docking algorithms are developed to predict in which orientation two proteins are likely to bind under natural conditions. The currently used methods usually consist of a sampling step followed by a scoring step. We developed a weighted geometric correlation based on optimised atom specific weighting factors and combined them with our previously published amino acid specific scoring and with a comprehensive SVM-based scoring function. Results The scoring with the atom specific weighting factors yields better results than the amino acid specific scoring. In combination with SVM-based scoring functions the percentage of complexes for which a near native structure can be predicted within the top 100 ranks increased from 14% with the geometric scoring to 54% with the combination of all scoring functions. Especially for the enzyme-inhibitor complexes the results of the ranking are excellent. For half of these complexes a near-native structure can be predicted within the first 10 proposed structures and for more than 86% of all enzyme-inhibitor complexes within the first 50 predicted structures. Conclusion We were able to develop a combination of different scoring schemes which considers a series of previously described and some new scoring criteria yielding a remarkable improvement of prediction quality.

  3. Familial combined hyperlipidemia

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    Multiple lipoprotein-type hyperlipidemia ... Familial combined hyperlipidemia is the most common genetic disorder that increases blood fats. It can cause early heart attacks. Diabetes , alcoholism, ...

  4. Complex Terrain and Wind Lidars

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    Bingöl, Ferhat

    models and the comparison of the measurement data with the flow model outputs showed that the mean wind speed calculated by LINCOM model was only reliable between 1 and 2 tree height (h) above canopy. The SCADIS model reported better correlation with the measurements in forest up to ∼6h. At the forest......This thesis includes the results of a PhD study about complex terrain and wind lidars. The study mostly focuses on hilly and forested areas. Lidars have been used in combination with cups, sonics and vanes, to reach the desired vertical measurement heights. Several experiments are performed...... in complex terrain sites and the measurements are compared with two different flow models; a linearised flow model LINCOM and specialised forest model SCADIS. In respect to the lidar performance in complex terrain, the results showed that horizontal wind speed errors measured by a conically scanning lidar...

  5. Local Geometrical Machinery for Complexity and Control

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    Ivancevic, Vladimir G.; Reid, Darryn J.

    2015-11-01

    In this Chapter, we present local geometrical machinery for studying complexity and control, consisting of dynamics on Kähler manifolds, which combine three geometrical structures-Riemannian, symplectic and complex (Hermitian)-in a mutually compatible way. In other words, every Kähler manifold is simultaneously Riemannian, symplectic and complex (Hermitian). It is well known that Riemannian manifolds represent the stage on which Lagrangian dynamics is set, symplectic manifolds represent the stage for Hamiltonian dynamics, and complex (Hermitian) varieties comprise the stage for quantum dynamics. Therefore, Kähler manifolds represent the richest dynamical stage available where Lagrangian, Hamiltonian, and quantum dynamics all dance together.

  6. Embodied Conceptual Combination

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    Dermot eLynott

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Conceptual combination research investigates the processes involved in creating new meaning from old referents. It is therefore essential that embodied theories of cognition are able to explain this constructive ability and predict the resultant behaviour. However, by failing to take an embodied or grounded view of the conceptual system, existing theories of conceptual combination cannot account for the role of perceptual, motor and affective information in conceptual combination. In the present paper, we propose the Embodied Conceptual Combination (ECCo model to address this oversight. In ECCo, conceptual combination is the result of the interaction of the linguistic and simulation systems, such that linguistic distributional information guides or facilitates the combination process, but the new concept is fundamentally a situated, simulated entity. So, for example, a cactus beetle is represented as a multimodal simulation that includes visual (e.g., the shiny appearance of a beetle and haptic (e.g., the prickliness of the cactus information, all situated in the broader location of a desert environment under a hot sun, and with (at least for some people an element of creepy-crawly revulsion. The ECCo theory differentiates interpretations according to whether the constituent concepts are destructively, or nondestructively, combined in the situated simulation. We compare ECCo to other theories of conceptual combination, and discuss how it accounts for classic effects in the literature.

  7. Induction brazing of complex joints

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    Henningsen, Poul; Zhang, Wenqi; Bay, Niels

    2003-01-01

    Induction brazing is a fast and appropriate method for industrial joining of complex geometries and metal combinations. In all types of brazing processes it is important to heat the joint interface of the two materials to the same, high temperature. If one of the specimens is warmer than the other...... materials has large influence on the heating time and temperature distribution in induction heating. In order to ensure high and uniform temperature distribution near the interface of a joint between dissimilar materials the precise coil geometry and position is of great importance. The present paper...... presents a combined numerical and experimental method for fast determination of appropriate coil geometry and position in induction brazing tube-to-plate joints of different ratios between tube and plate thickness and different combinations of the materials stainless steel, brass and copper. The method has...

  8. Early curative effect of transpedicular screw fixation in treatment of thoracolumbar fracture combined with posterior ligamentous complex injuries%经椎弓根钉内固定治疗合并后方韧带复合体损伤胸腰椎骨折早期疗效观察

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    曹贵君; 孟纯阳; 张卫红; 孔祥清; 高峰; 吴同申; 陈国武

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨后路经椎弓根钉内固定治疗合并后方韧带复合体(PLC)损伤的胸腰椎骨折早期临床疗效.方法 回顾性分析2008年7月-2013年3月行手术治疗的合并PLC损伤胸腰椎屈曲分离型骨折患者22例,其中男16例,女6例;年龄23 ~62岁,平均39岁.所有患者病情稳定后,在静吸复合麻醉下行后路椎弓根螺钉内固定术.根据骨折移位的程度及韧带损伤的类型行后外侧和(或)椎体间自体植骨.观察术前、术后3d、随访末期的椎体高度恢复率、Cobb角矫正率、美国脊髓损伤协会(ASIA)分级.结果 所有患者手术顺利,术中未发生手术并发症;患者均获得随访5~51个月(平均26.5个月).骨折复位满意,分离的后部结构闭合.椎体前缘高度术后较术前平均改善20.6% (P <0.01);Cobb角术后较术前平均改善10.60°(P<0.01).术前有神经损伤的8例术后均有不同程度恢复;术后感觉评分较术前平均改善20.7% (P <0.05),运动功能评分较术前改善30.9% (P <0.01).CT三维重建示植骨全部骨性愈合;患者无局部疼痛及内固定物断裂.结论 后路经椎弓根钉内固定手术治疗合并PLC损伤的胸腰椎屈曲分离型骨折短期疗效满意,钉棒固定可以达到满意复位、骨折失稳脊柱的三柱即刻稳定;充分植骨是获得永久性稳定的保障.%Objective To investigate the preliminary clinical result of thoracolumbar fracture combined with posterior ligamentous complex injuries repaired by posterior transpedicular screw fixation.Methods A retrospective review was performed on 22 patients with thoracolumbar flexion-distraction fracture combined with posterior ligamentous complex injuries treated with transpedicular screw fixation from July 2008 to March 2013.There were 16 males and 6 females with mean age of 39 years (range,23-62 years).After medically stable,posterior pedicle screw fixation was performed under intravenousinhalational anesthesia

  9. Clinical study on combined application of complex Xueshuantong capsules and Difrarel in patients with impaired glucose tolerance and impaired visual function.%复方血栓通软胶囊联合递法明对糖耐量受损人群视功能改善的临床研究

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    田惠; 沙和丹

    2012-01-01

    Objective To observe the efficacy of complex Xueshuantong capsules and Difrarel on improvement of visual function in patients with impaired glucose tolerance ( 1GT ). Methods Thirty patients ( 60 eyes ) with 1GT were allocated in treatment group and 30 healthy volunteers ( 60 eyes ) with normal blood level of glucose were selected as control group. Complex Xueshuantong capsules, Difrarel ( 400 mg per tablet ) and vitamin Bl were administrated for patients in treatment group, and vitamin Bl was administrated in volunteers of control group. Visual field was detected before and after treatment for three therapeutic courses, the mean defect( MD )of visual field had been compared and analyzed. Results Before the treatment, the value of MD of visual field in patients of treatment group was higher than that of control group ( 3. 159 ± 1. 345 , 1.782 ±1.212, P -0.022). After 3 courses of treatment, the value of MD was decreased ( 3. 159 ±1.345 vs 1. 892 ± 1. 051 , P -0.032). The difference in value of MD between these two groups was not statistically significant ( P - 0. 123 ) after treatment. Conclusion (T)The value of MD of visual field in patients with 1GT was higher than normal persons, in other words, impaired visual function has already been existed in patients with 1GT. (2)The combination treatment with complex Xueshuantong capsules and Difrarel can effectively reduce MD of visual field, then they may improve the visual function of patients with 1GT.%目的 探讨复方血栓通软胶囊联合递法明对糖耐量受损(IGT)人群视功能的改善效果.方法 选择30例(60只眼)糖耐量受损人群为治疗组,年龄、性别相匹配的30例(60眼)血糖正常者为对照组.应用复方血栓通软胶囊联合递法明对IGT组进行治疗,于治疗前后对两组分别进行视野检查,以30°视野检查结果的平均损害值(MD)为分析指标,对结果进行统计学检验.结果 治疗前,治疗组MD较对照组高(3.159±1.345,1.782±1.212,P<0

  10. Complexity analysis of angiogenesis vasculature

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    Mahadevan, Vijay; Tyrell, James A.; Tong, Ricky T.; Brown, Edward B.; Jain, Rakesh K.; Roysam, Badrinath

    2005-04-01

    Tumor vasculature has a high degree of irregularity as compared to normal vasculature. The quantification of the morphometric complexity in tumor images can be useful in diagnosis. Also, it is desirable in several other medical applications to have an automated complexity analysis to aid in diagnosis and prognosis under treatment. e.g. in diabetic retinopathy and in arteriosclerosis. In addition, prior efforts at segmentation of the tumor vasculature using matched filtering, template matching and splines have been hampered by the irregularity of these vessels. We try to solve both problems by introducing a novel technique for vessel detection, followed by a tracing-independent complexity analysis based on a combination of ideas. First, the vessel cross-sectional profile is modeled using a continuous and everywhere differentiable family of super-Gaussian curves. This family generates rectangular profiles that can accurately localize the vessel boundaries in microvasculature images. Second, a robust non-linear regression algorithm based on M-estimators is used to estimate the parameters that optimally characterize the vessel"s shape. A framework for the quantitative analysis of the complexity of the vasculature based on the vessel detection is presented. A set of measures that quantify the complexity are proposed viz. Squared Error, Entropy-based and Minimum Description Length-based Shape Complexities. They are completely automatic and can deal with complexities of the entire vessel unlike existing tortuousity measures which deal only with vessel centerlines. The results are validated using carefully constructed phantom and real image data with ground truth information from an expert observer.

  11. Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)

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    ... Content Marketing Share this: Main Content Area Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) SCID is a group of rare ... prompt treatment and high survival rates. SCID was added in 2010 to the U.S. Department of Health ...

  12. Resonant High Power Combiners

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    Langlois, Michel; Peillex-Delphe, Guy

    2005-01-01

    Particle accelerators need radio frequency sources. Above 300 MHz, the amplifiers mostly used high power klystrons developed for this sole purpose. As for military equipment, users are drawn to buy "off the shelf" components rather than dedicated devices. IOTs have replaced most klystrons in TV transmitters and find their way in particle accelerators. They are less bulky, easier to replace, more efficient at reduced power. They are also far less powerful. What is the benefit of very compact sources if huge 3 dB couplers are needed to combine the power? To alleviate this drawback, we investigated a resonant combiner, operating in TM010 mode, able to combine 3 to 5 IOTs. Our IOTs being able to deliver 80 kW C.W. apiece, combined power would reach 400 kW minus the minor insertion loss. Values for matching and insertion loss are given. The behavior of the system in case of IOT failure is analyzed.

  13. Parser combinators in Scala

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    Moors, Adriaan; Piessens, Frank; Odersky, Martin

    2008-01-01

    Parser combinators are well-known in functional programming languages such as Haskell. In this paper, we describe how they are implemented as a library in Scala, a functional object-oriented language. Thanks to Scala's flexible syntax, we are able to closely approximate the EBNF notation supported by dedicated parser generators. For the uninitiated, we first explain the concept of parser combinators by developing a minimal library from scratch. We then turn to a detailed description of the ex...

  14. Complex Multiplicative Calculus

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    Bashirov, Agamirza; Riza, Mustafa

    2011-01-01

    In the present paper we extend the concepts of multiplicative de- rivative and integral to complex-valued functions of complex variable. Some drawbacks, arising with these concepts in the real case, are explained satis- factorily. Properties of complex multiplicative derivatives and integrals are studied. In particular, the fundamental theorem of complex multiplicative calculus, relating these concepts, is proved. It is shown that complex multi- plicative calculus is not just another realizat...

  15. Second Quantized Kolmogorov Complexity

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    Rogers, Caroline; Vedral, Vlatko; Nagarajan, Rajagopal

    2008-01-01

    The Kolmogorov complexity of a string is the length of its shortest description. We define a second quantised Kolmogorov complexity where the length of a description is defined to be the average length of its superposition. We discuss this complexity's basic properties. We define the corresponding prefix complexity and show that the inequalities obeyed by this prefix complexity are also obeyed by von Neumann entropy.

  16. Complex networks analysis of language complexity

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    Amancio, Diego R; Oliveira, Osvaldo N; Costa, Luciano da F; 10.1209/0295-5075/100/58002

    2013-01-01

    Methods from statistical physics, such as those involving complex networks, have been increasingly used in quantitative analysis of linguistic phenomena. In this paper, we represented pieces of text with different levels of simplification in co-occurrence networks and found that topological regularity correlated negatively with textual complexity. Furthermore, in less complex texts the distance between concepts, represented as nodes, tended to decrease. The complex networks metrics were treated with multivariate pattern recognition techniques, which allowed us to distinguish between original texts and their simplified versions. For each original text, two simplified versions were generated manually with increasing number of simplification operations. As expected, distinction was easier for the strongly simplified versions, where the most relevant metrics were node strength, shortest paths and diversity. Also, the discrimination of complex texts was improved with higher hierarchical network metrics, thus point...

  17. 复合乳酸菌胶囊联合左氧氟沙星治疗急性细菌性腹泻效果观察%Observation of curative effect on the combination of lactobacillus complex capsules and levofloxacin hydrochloride dispersible tablets to treat acute bacterial diarrhea

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    田景波; 曲燕; 朱文娣; 刘建军

    2013-01-01

    目的 观察复合乳酸菌胶囊联合左氧氟沙星治疗急性细菌性腹泻的效果.方法 将120例急性细菌性腹泻患者按随机数字表随机分为3组:A组(50例)给予复合乳酸菌胶囊(0.66 g,3次/d,口服),联合左氧氟沙星(0.1g,3次/d,口服)治疗;B组(40例)单用左氧氟沙星(0.lg,3次/d,口服)治疗;C组(30例)单用复合乳酸菌胶囊(0.66 g,3次/d,口服)治疗.均用药3d,观察各组总有效率、平均止泻时间和不良反应发生率.结果 A、B、C组的总有效率分别为92.0% (46/50)、87.5% (35/40)和76.7% (23/30),A组疗效优于B组(P<0.05)和C组(P<0.01).A组平均止泻时间为(39 ±10)h,短于B组的(44±12)h和C组的(45±10)h(均P<0.05).治疗中A组和B组不良反应发生率分别为4.0%(2/50)、7.5%(3/40),2组比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 复合乳酸菌胶囊联合左氧氟沙星治疗急性细菌性腹泻的效果要优于单用左氧氟沙星或复合乳酸菌胶囊,并可缩短腹泻时间.%Objective To observe the curative effect of lactobacillus complex capsules and levofloxacin hydrochloride dispersible tablets on acute bacterial diarrhea.Methods Totally 120 acute bacterial diarrhea patients were randomly divided into group A,B and C.Group A (50 patients)was treated with the combination of lactobacil1us complex capsules(0.66 g,three times per day,oral)and levofloxacin hydrochloride dispersible tablets(0.1 g,three times per day,oral),while group B (40 patients)was treated with levofloxacin hydrochloride dispersible tablets (0.1 g,three times per day,oral) only and group C(30 patients) was treated with lactobacillus complex capsules (0.66 g,three times per day,oral) only.Curative effect,average time of antidiarrhea and side effect were observed after finishing the treatment course for three days.Results The total effective rate of group A,group B and group C were 92.0% (46/50),87.5% (35/40) and 76.7% (23/30) respectively.A significant difference was

  18. 带蒂阔筋膜张肌皮瓣与髂腹股沟皮瓣联合移植修复手部及前臂复杂皮肤缺损%Double Pedicled Flap Transfer Combining Groin Flap and Tensor Fascia Lata Myocutaneous Flap to Repair Complex Skin Defects of Hand and Forearm

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    徐文辉; 刘富岗; 崔志; 刘威; 时永科; 冯东亮

    2014-01-01

    目的:介绍带蒂阔筋膜张肌皮瓣与髂腹股沟皮瓣联合移植治疗手部及前臂复杂创面的手术方法和临床效果。方法:对7例手、腕及前臂部广泛皮肤套脱伤的患者,4例手部洞穿伤患者,2例全手逆行撕脱伤患者,急诊一期采用带蒂阔筋膜张肌皮瓣与髂腹股沟皮瓣联合移植修复皮肤缺损。髂腹股沟部供区创面直接闭合,大腿部供区创面取全厚层皮片植皮覆盖。术后半个月拆线,并进行皮瓣夹蒂训练,术后3周根据皮瓣夹蒂训练情况酌情断蒂,断蒂时将皮瓣内的腹壁浅神经、股前外侧皮神经分别于受区皮神经吻合。断蒂术后1~2个月分期皮瓣修整。结果:13例皮瓣全部存活,受区、供区伤口I期愈合。术后随访2~6个月,皮瓣柔软,质地良好,皮瓣温痛感觉良好,外形无臃肿,无坏死及破溃;总优良率为84.6%。结论:带蒂阔筋膜张肌皮瓣与髂腹股沟皮瓣联合移植治疗手部及前臂复杂创面,相对其他带蒂联合皮瓣移植患者手部体位较舒适,手术操作简单,安全性高,易于推广。%Objective:To introduce the surgical techniques and clinical outcomes of double pedicled flap transfer combining groin flap and tensor fascia lata myocutaneous flap to treat complex skin defects of hand and forearm. Method:Seven cases of hand or wrist and forearm were due to degloving injuries,four cases of penetrating injuries of hand,two cases of entire hand due to degloving injuries,were treated by transferring groin flap along with pedicled tensor fascia lata myocutaneous flap. All cases were treated with emergent one stage operation. The donor site of the groin flap was closed directly,while the wound at the donor site of the covered by full-tiffckness skin graft. Stitches were removed two weeks after the surgery when pedicle clamping exercise was initiated. Pedicle separation was done about after three weeks flap transfer

  19. Object Descriptor Combining Color and Detection

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    Yun Gao

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Object descriptor has become one of the key factors for a robust and accurate tracker. In this paper, we propose an object descriptor combining color information and motion detection. A tracked object can be described by its hue histogram excluding the background pixels around the tracked object for restraining the disturbing of complex background environments. During the tracking process, we model the object descriptor by Gaussian Mixture Model for adapting the appearance variation of the tracked object. Tracking experiments in the frame of particle filter show that our proposed object descriptor can effectively improve the robustness and accuracy of object tracking under the situations of complex environments and appearance variations.

  20. 椎间打压植骨联合棘突椎板复合体回植内固定治疗退变性腰椎不稳症%LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION IMPACTED BONE GRAFTS COMBINED WITH REGRAFTING IN SITU WITH SPINOUS PROCESS AND VERTEBRAL PLATE COMPLEX AND PEDICLE SCREW FIXATION FOR LUMBAR DEGENERATIVE INSTABILITY

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    张超远; 孟祥翔; 秦晓彬; 付玉娟; 付鹏军

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effectiveness of lumbar interbody fusion impacted bone grafts combined with regrafting in situ with spinous process and vertebral plate complex and pedicle screw fixation for lumbar degenerative instability. Methods Between January 1998 and October 2010, 48 patients with lumbar degenerative instability were treated by posterior decompression, lumbar interbody fusion impacted bone grafts combined with regrafting in situ with spinous process and vertebral plate complex and pedicle screw fixation. There were 26 males and 22 females, aged 52-76 years (mean, 62.4 years). The disease duration was 7 months to 25 years (mean, 6.5 years). One segmental instability was located at L3,4 in 1 case, at L4,5 in 10 cases, and at L5, S1 in 11 cases; multi-segmental instability was located at L3,4, L4,5, and L5, S1 in 5 cases, at L2,3 and L3,4 in 2 cases, at L3,4 and L4,5 in 10 cases, and at L4,5 and L5, S1 in 9 cases. Of 48 patients, 32 complicated by lumbar disc herniation, 46 by lumbar spinal stenosis, and 16 by degenerative scoliosis. The clinical results were evaluated by the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) score, recovery rate, disc height, and lumbar lordosis angles. Results The incisions obtained healing by first intention after operation. No nerve injury, rod or screw breakage, and infection occurred during and after operation. All 48 patients were followed up 1 to 6 years. The fusion time was 12-18 weeks (mean, 16.2 weeks). Vertebra slipping or degenerative scoliosis was corrected, and spinal column series became normal. At preoperation, 6 months after operation, and last follow-up, the disc heights were (5.2 ± 2.3), (11.9 ± 2.0), and (11.6 + 2.1) mm, respectively; the JOA scores were 3.2 + 2.1, 12.8 ± 1.6, and 13.6 + 1.2, respectively; and the lumbar lordosis angles were (-20.5 ± 10.5), (30.5 ± 8.5), and (31.2 + 5.6)°, respectively. The JOA scores, disc heights, and lumbar lordosis angles were significantly improved at 6 months after

  1. 磁导航系统遥控导管消融治疗右心室流出道室性心动过速/室性早搏%Remote radiofrequency catheter ablation of right ventricular outflow tract ventricular tachycardia/pre-mature ventricular complexes using the magnetic navigation system combined with non-contact map-ping system

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    翟立上; 顾凯; 陈明龙; 曹克将; 杨兵; 孙建辉; 徐东杰; 张凤祥; 居维竹; 陈红武; 郦明芳; 杨刚

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the safety and efficacy of remote radiofrequency catheter ablation of right ventricular outflow tract ventricular tachycardia/premature ventricular complexes ( RVOT-VT/PVCs ) using the magnetic navigation system combined with the non-contact mapping system. Methods Totally 16 pa-tients with RVOT-VT/PVCs [12 women and 4 men,mean aged (44±15) years] were enrolled. The original site of arrhythmias was determined by non-contact activation mapping and conventional pace mapping. Ablation was performed using HeliosⅡmagnetic temperature-controled catheter manipulated by NiobeⅡmagnetic navi-gation system. If failed with magnetic system,the procedure would be transferred to manually controlled session. Results Among 10 of 16 subjects,documented RVOT-VT/PVCs were successfully abolished by remote abla-tion controlled by magnetic navigation system. In the other 6 patients,RVOT VT/PVCs were eliminated by man-ually controlled catheter ablation. The total procedure time was (190±42) min,and the mean ablation time was (240±33) s,and the average times of energy application were 3. 9±1. 6. The total X-ray exposure time was (4. 8±2. 6) min,which including (3. 2±2. 0) min for operators,and (1. 6±1. 0) min for remote ablation,respec-tively. No other complications were observed except one patient developed postoperative arteriovenous fistula. Conclusion Magnetic navigation system combined with non-contact mapping system was safe and effective for remote radiofrequency catheter ablation of RVOT-VT/PVCs. It may potentially reduce X-ray exposure time for both patients and operators.%目的:探讨应用磁导航遥控导管消融治疗右心室流出道起源的室性心动过速/室性早搏( RVOT-VT/PVCs)的安全性和有效性。方法2008年11月至2009年11月,在南京医科大学第一附属医院心血管内科行体表心电图检查,诊断为RVOT-VT/PVCs的患者共16例[女12例,男4例,平均年龄(44±15)岁],结合应用非接触标测系

  2. Conceptual Modelling of Complex Production Systems

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    Nenad Perši

    2008-01-01

    Complex system dynamics, structure and behaviour performances call for a wide range of methods, algorithms and tools to reach a model capable of finding optimal performing parameters. In the modelling process, it is up to the analyst to select the appropriate combination of methods, algorithms and tools to express significant system performances. Such a methodology for designing complex systems should be based upon conceptual modelling to perform a sensitive analysis of different system level...

  3. Iridium complexes of new NCP pincer ligands: catalytic alkane dehydrogenation and alkene isomerization.

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    Jia, Xiangqing; Zhang, Lei; Qin, Chuan; Leng, Xuebing; Huang, Zheng

    2014-09-28

    Iridium complexes of novel NCP pincer ligands containing pyridine and phosphinite arms have been synthesized. One Ir complex shows good catalytic activity for alkane dehydrogenation, and all complexes are highly active for olefin isomerization. A combination of the Ir complex and a (PNN)Fe pincer complex catalyzes the formation of linear alkylboronates selectively from internal olefins via sequential olefin isomerization-hydroboration.

  4. Combinators for Paraconsistent Attitudes

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    Villadsen, Jørgen

    2001-01-01

    In order to analyse the semantics of natural language sentences a translation into a partial type logic using lexical and logical combinators is presented. The sentences cover a fragment of English with propositional attitudes like knowledge, belief and assertion. A combinator is a closed term...... used for embedded sentences expressing propositional attitudes, thereby allowing for inconsistency without explosion (also called paraconsistency), and is based on a few key equalities for the connectives giving four truth values (truth, falsehood, and undefinedness with negative and positive polarity......; only the first truth value is designated, i.e. yields the logical truths)....

  5. HEALTHCARE: A COMPLEX SERVICE SYSTEM

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    James M. TIEN; Pascal J. GOLDSCHMIDT-CLERMONT

    2009-01-01

    Healthcare is indeed a complex service system, one requiring the technobiology approach of systems engineering to underpin its development as an integrated and adaptive system. In general, healthcare services are carried out with knowledge-intensive agents or components which work together as providers and consumers to create or co-produce value. Indeed, the engineering design of a healthcare system must recognize the fact that it is actually a complex integration of human-centered activities that is increasingly dependent on information technology and knowledge. Like any service system, healthcare can be considered to be a combination or recombination of three essential components-people (characterized by behaviors, values, knowledge, etc.), processes (characterized by collaboration, customization, etc.) and products (characterized by software, hardware, infrastructures, etc.). Thus, a healthcare system is an integrated and adaptive set of people, processes and products. It is, in essence, a system of systems which objectives are to enhance its efficiency (leading to greater interdependency) and effectiveness (leading to improved health). Integration occurs over the physical, temporal, organizational and functional dimensions, while adaptation occurs over the monitoring, feedback, cybernetic and learning dimensions. In sum, such service systems as healthcare are indeed complex, especially due to the uncertainties associated with the human-centered aspects of these systems. Moreover, the system complexities can only be dealt with methods that enhance system integration and adaptation.

  6. QRS Complex Detection in Multilead ECG Signals

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    Šlancar, M.

    2015-01-01

    Automated analysis of HRV requires reliable detection of QRS complexes. We propose a detection method based on different combinations of three orthogonal (pseudoorthogonal) leads of human ECG signals. ECG signals were filtered by standard pass-band filter, Teager-Kaiser energy operator (TKEO) was applied on signal as envelope for detection. The most effective combination for QRS detection was a spatial velocity with sensitivity exceeds 99.9 % and positive predictive value near to 99.5 %. Det...

  7. Doxorubicin Lipid Complex Injection

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    Doxorubicin lipid complex is used to treat ovarian cancer that has not improved or that has worsened after treatment with other medications. Doxorubicin lipid complex is also used to treat Kaposi's sarcoma ( ...

  8. Vincristine Lipid Complex Injection

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    Vincristine lipid complex is used to treat a certain type of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL; a type of cancer ... least two different treatments with other medications. Vincristine lipid complex is in a class of medications called ...

  9. Complexity An Introduction

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    Parwani, R R

    2002-01-01

    This article summarises a Web-book on "Complexity" that was developed to introduce undergraduate students to interesting complex systems in the biological, physical and social sciences, and the common tools, principles and concepts used for their study.

  10. Curve complexes are rigid

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    Rafi, Kasra; Schleimer, Saul

    2007-01-01

    Any quasi-isometry of the complex of curves is bounded distance from a simplicial automorphism. As a consequence, the quasi-isometry type of the curve complex determines the homeomorphism type of the surface.

  11. Quantum Communication Complexity

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    Klauck, Hartmut

    2000-01-01

    This paper surveys the field of quantum communication complexity. Some interesting recent results are collected concerning relations to classical communication, lower bound methods, one-way communication, and applications of quantum communication complexity.

  12. Oligocyclopentadienyl transition metal complexes

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    de Azevedo, Cristina G.; Vollhardt, K. Peter C.

    2002-01-18

    Synthesis, characterization, and reactivity studies of oligocyclopentadienyl transition metal complexes, namely those of fulvalene, tercyclopentadienyl, quatercyclopentadienyl, and pentacyclopentadienyl(cyclopentadienyl) are the subject of this account. Thermal-, photo-, and redox chemistries of homo- and heteropolynuclear complexes are described.

  13. Why combine logics?

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    Blackburn, P.; Rijke, M. de

    1995-01-01

    Combining logics has become a rapidly expanding enterprise that is inspired mainly by concerns about modularity and the wish to join together tailored made logical tools into more powerful but still manageable ones. A natural question is whether it offers anything new over and above existing standar

  14. Complexity and Dynamical Depth

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    Terrence Deacon; Spyridon Koutroufinis

    2014-01-01

    We argue that a critical difference distinguishing machines from organisms and computers from brains is not complexity in a structural sense, but a difference in dynamical organization that is not well accounted for by current complexity measures. We propose a measure of the complexity of a system that is largely orthogonal to computational, information theoretic, or thermodynamic conceptions of structural complexity. What we call a system’s dynamical depth is a separate dimension of system c...

  15. Synergistic drug combinations improve therapeutic selectivity

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    Lehàr, Joseph; Krueger, Andrew S.; Avery, William; Heilbut, Adrian M; Johansen, Lisa M.; Price, E. Roydon; Rickles, Richard J.; Short, Glenn F; Staunton, Jane E.; jin, xiaowei; Lee, Margaret S.; Zimmermann, Grant R; Borisy, Alexis A.

    2009-01-01

    Prevailing drug discovery approaches focus on compounds with molecular selectivity, inhibiting disease-relevant targets over others in vitro. However in vivo, many such agents are not therapeutically selective, either because of undesirable activity at effective doses or because the biological system responds to compensate. In theory, drug combinations should permit increased control of such complex biology, but there is a common concern that therapeutic synergy will generally be mirrored by ...

  16. Unrewarded Object Combinations in Captive Parrots

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    Auersperg, Alice Marie Isabel; Oswald, Natalie; Domanegg, Markus; Gajdon, Gyula Koppany; Bugnyar, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    In primates, complex object combinations during play are often regarded as precursors of functional behavior. Here we investigate combinatory behaviors during unrewarded object manipulation in seven parrot species, including kea, African grey parrots and Goffin cockatoos, three species previously used as model species for technical problem solving. We further examine a habitually tool using species, the black palm cockatoo. Moreover, we incorporate three neotropical species, the yellow- and t...

  17. Assessing exposures to inhaled complex mixtures.

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    Leaderer, B P; Lioy, P J; Spengler, J D

    1993-01-01

    In the course of daily activities, individuals spend varying amounts of time in different spaces where they are exposed to a complex mixture of gas, vapor, and particulate contaminants. The term complex is used in this paper to refer to binary mixtures as well as truly complex mixtures of three or more constituents. The diversity of the environments where pollution may occur, the number of pollutants that may be present, and the nature of the activity in the environment combine to pose a chal...

  18. Towards an Information Theory of Complex Networks

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    Dehmer, Matthias; Mehler, Alexander

    2011-01-01

    For over a decade, complex networks have steadily grown as an important tool across a broad array of academic disciplines, with applications ranging from physics to social media. A tightly organized collection of carefully-selected papers on the subject, Towards an Information Theory of Complex Networks: Statistical Methods and Applications presents theoretical and practical results about information-theoretic and statistical models of complex networks in the natural sciences and humanities. The book's major goal is to advocate and promote a combination of graph-theoretic, information-theoreti

  19. Enlightening complexity: making energy with chaos

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    Molinari, D

    2011-01-01

    We study the energy harvesting of photons undergoing chaotic dynamics with different complexity degrees. Our theory employs a multiscale analysis, which combines Hamiltonian billiards, time-dependent coupled mode theory and ab-initio simulations. In analogy to classical thermodynamics, where the presence of microscopic chaos leads to a single direction for time and entropy, an increased complexity in the motion of photons yields to a monotonic accumulation of energy, which dramatically grows thanks to a constructive mechanism of energy buildup. This result could lead to the realization of novel complexity-driven, energy harvesting architectures.

  20. Complexity Near Horizons

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    Halyo, Edi

    2015-01-01

    We generalize the concept of complexity near horizons to all nondegenerate black holes. For Schwarzschild black holes, we show that Rindler observers see a complexity change of $S$ during proper time $1/\\kappa$ which corresponds to the creation of a causal patch with proper length $1/\\kappa$ inside the horizon. We attempt to describe complexity in the horizon CFT and the Euclidean picture.

  1. Watermarking for Multimedia Security Using Complex Wavelets

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    Alastair Ian Thompson

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the application of complex wavelet transforms to the field of digital data hiding. Complex wavelets offer improved directional selectivity and shift invariance over their discretely sampled counterparts allowing for better adaptation of watermark distortions to the host media. Two methods of deriving visual models for the watermarking system are adapted to the complex wavelet transforms and their performances are compared. To produce improved capacity a spread transform embedding algorithm is devised, this combines the robustness of spread spectrum methods with the high capacity of quantization based methods. Using established information theoretic methods, limits of watermark capacity are derived that demonstrate the superiority of complex wavelets over discretely sampled wavelets. Finally results for the algorithm against commonly used attacks demonstrate its robustness and the improved performance offered by complex wavelet transforms.

  2. Electrochemistry and Spectroelectrochemistry of Luminescent Europium complexes

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    Lines, Amanda M.; Wang, Zheming; Clark, Sue B.; Bryan, Samuel A.

    2016-05-04

    Fast, cost effective, and robust means of detecting and quantifying lanthanides are needed for supporting more efficient tracking within the nuclear, medicinal, and industrial fields. Spectroelectrochemistry (SEC) is a powerful technique combining electrochemistry and spectroscopy that can meet those needs. The primary limitation of SEC as a detection method for lanthanides is their low molar absorptivity in absorbance based measurements and low emission intensities in fluorescence based measurements; both lead to high limits of detection. These limitations can be circumvented by complexing the lanthanides with sensitizing ligands that enhance fluorescence, thereby dropping the limits of detection. Complexation may also stabilize the metal ions in solution and improve the electrochemical reversibility, or Nernstian behavior, of the redox couples. To demonstrate this concept, studies were completed using europium in complexes with four different sensitizing ligands. Initial work indicates Eu in the four complexes studied does display the necessary characteristics for SEC analysis, which was successfully and reproducibly applied to all Eu complexes.

  3. Complex variables I essentials

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    Solomon, Alan D

    2013-01-01

    REA's Essentials provide quick and easy access to critical information in a variety of different fields, ranging from the most basic to the most advanced. As its name implies, these concise, comprehensive study guides summarize the essentials of the field covered. Essentials are helpful when preparing for exams, doing homework and will remain a lasting reference source for students, teachers, and professionals. Complex Variables I includes functions of a complex variable, elementary complex functions, integrals of complex functions in the complex plane, sequences and series, and poles and r

  4. SYSTEMS WITH COMPLEXITY

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    WANG Chenghong; ZHANG Lijun

    2004-01-01

    Science of Complexity is a newly emerging branch of natural scienceAlthoughwe still haven't a precise definition, there are some principles for justifying whether a systemis a complex systemThe purpose of this article is to reveal some of such principlesOnthe basis of them, the concept of a system with complexity is proposedThey may helpus to distinguish a real complex system from complicated objects in common senseThenwe propose some fundamental problems faced by the study of systems with complexity.

  5. Effects of Drugs and Drug Combinations in Pigeons Trained to Discriminate among Pentobarbital, Dizocilpine, a Combination of These Drugs, and Saline

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    McMillan, D. E.; Wessinger, William D.; Li, Mi

    2009-01-01

    Drugs with multiple actions can have complex discriminative-stimulus properties. An approach to studying such drugs is to train subjects to discriminate among drug combinations and individual drugs in the combination so that all of the complex discriminative stimuli are present during training. In the current experiments, a four-choice procedure…

  6. Photocytotoxic lanthanide complexes

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    Akhtar Hussain; Akhil R Chakravarty

    2012-11-01

    Lanthanide complexes have recently received considerable attention in the field of therapeutic and diagnostic medicines. Among many applications of lanthanides, gadolinium complexes are used as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents in clinical radiology and luminescent lanthanides for bioanalysis, imaging and sensing. The chemistry of photoactive lanthanide complexes showing biological applications is of recent origin. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive treatment modality of cancer using a photosensitizer drug and light. This review primarily focuses on different aspects of the chemistry of lanthanide complexes showing photoactivated DNA cleavage activity and cytotoxicity in cancer cells. Macrocyclic texaphyrin-lanthanide complexes are known to show photocytotoxicity with the PDT effect in near-IR light. Very recently, non-macrocyclic lanthanide complexes are reported to show photocytotoxicity in cancer cells. Attempts have been made in this perspective article to review and highlight the photocytotoxic behaviour of various lanthanide complexes for their potential photochemotherapeutic applications.

  7. Complexity Through Nonextensivity

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    Bialek, W; Tishby, N; Bialek, William; Nemenman, Ilya; Tishby, Naftali

    2001-01-01

    The problem of defining and studying complexity of a time series has interested people for years. In the context of dynamical systems, Grassberger has suggested that a slow approach of the entropy to its extensive asymptotic limit is a sign of complexity. We investigate this idea further by information theoretic and statistical mechanics techniques and show that these arguments can be made precise, and that they generalize many previous approaches to complexity, in particular unifying ideas from the physics literature with ideas from learning and coding theory; there are even connections of this statistical approach to algorithmic or Kolmogorov complexity. Moreover, a set of simple axioms similar to those used by Shannon in his development of information theory allows us to prove that the divergent part of the subextensive component of the entropy is a unique complexity measure. We classify time series by their complexities and demonstrate that beyond the `logarithmic' complexity classes widely anticipated in...

  8. Quantum State Complexity Measure

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    Campbell, Yuri

    2011-01-01

    The complexity measures role has become much clearer in recent years as they help to better understand complex systems dynamical behavior. Even though the large number of measures proposed to tackle this issue for classical systems, for quantum systems only Kolmogorov's algorithm complexity extensions have been proposed. Hence, the present approach makes use of a new and mathematically well-established complexity measure for classical systems and extends it to assess quantum states complexity as well. Then the proposed extension is applied to a mixed state constructed with a W-state together with controlled white noise, showing a convex behavior of quantum state complexity. Thus, this reinforces the differences from previous known quantum complexities.

  9. Combination Chemotherapy for Influenza

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    Robert G. Webster

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The emergence of pandemic H1N1 influenza viruses in April 2009 and the continuous evolution of highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza viruses underscore the urgency of novel approaches to chemotherapy for human influenza infection. Anti-influenza drugs are currently limited to the neuraminidase inhibitors (oseltamivir and zanamivir and to M2 ion channel blockers (amantadine and rimantadine, although resistance to the latter class develops rapidly. Potential targets for the development of new anti-influenza agents include the viral polymerase (and endonuclease, the hemagglutinin, and the non-structural protein NS1. The limitations of monotherapy and the emergence of drug-resistant variants make combination chemotherapy the logical therapeutic option. Here we review the experimental data on combination chemotherapy with currently available agents and the development of new agents and therapy targets.

  10. New combination Weiyou 277

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    2000-01-01

    @@New combination Weiyou 277 This is an hybrid Indica late rice with high yield, disease resistance and late maturity bred by CHHRRC with V20 A×R277.The hybrid has shown its characters of high yield, blast resistance, wide adapatability and good grain quality in the varital tests and demonstrative production these years, and it was approved to release by HCVRC in February 2000.

  11. COMBINING MODULES FOR MOVEMENT

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    Bizzi, E; Cheung, V.C.K.; d’Avella, A.; Saltiel, P.; Tresch, M.

    2007-01-01

    We review experiments supporting the hypothesis that the vertebrate motor system produces movements by combining a small number of units of motor output. Using a variety of approaches such as microstimulation of the spinal cord, NMDA iontophoresis, and an examination of natural behaviors in intact and deafferented animals we have provided evidence for a modular organization of the spinal cord. A module is a functional unit in the spinal cord that generates a specific motor output by imposing ...

  12. Transfer function combinations

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    Zhou, Liang

    2012-10-01

    Direct volume rendering has been an active area of research for over two decades. Transfer function design remains a difficult task since current methods, such as traditional 1D and 2D transfer functions, are not always effective for all data sets. Various 1D or 2D transfer function spaces have been proposed to improve classification exploiting different aspects, such as using the gradient magnitude for boundary location and statistical, occlusion, or size metrics. In this paper, we present a novel transfer function method which can provide more specificity for data classification by combining different transfer function spaces. In this work, a 2D transfer function can be combined with 1D transfer functions which improve the classification. Specifically, we use the traditional 2D scalar/gradient magnitude, 2D statistical, and 2D occlusion spectrum transfer functions and combine these with occlusion and/or size-based transfer functions to provide better specificity. We demonstrate the usefulness of the new method by comparing to the following previous techniques: 2D gradient magnitude, 2D occlusion spectrum, 2D statistical transfer functions and 2D size based transfer functions. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

  13. Combining Affymetrix microarray results

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    Doerge RW

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background As the use of microarray technology becomes more prevalent it is not unusual to find several laboratories employing the same microarray technology to identify genes related to the same condition in the same species. Although the experimental specifics are similar, typically a different list of statistically significant genes result from each data analysis. Results We propose a statistically-based meta-analytic approach to microarray analysis for the purpose of systematically combining results from the different laboratories. This approach provides a more precise view of genes that are significantly related to the condition of interest while simultaneously allowing for differences between laboratories. Of particular interest is the widely used Affymetrix oligonucleotide array, the results of which are naturally suited to a meta-analysis. A simulation model based on the Affymetrix platform is developed to examine the adaptive nature of the meta-analytic approach and to illustrate the usefulness of such an approach in combining microarray results across laboratories. The approach is then applied to real data involving a mouse model for multiple sclerosis. Conclusion The quantitative estimates from the meta-analysis model tend to be closer to the "true" degree of differential expression than any single lab. Meta-analytic methods can systematically combine Affymetrix results from different laboratories to gain a clearer understanding of genes' relationships to specific conditions of interest.

  14. Enyne Metathesis Catalyzed by Ruthenium Carbene Complexes

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    Poulsen, Carina Storm; Madsen, Robert

    2003-01-01

    Enyne metathesis combines an alkene and an alkyne into a 1,3-diene. The first enyne metathesis reaction catalyzed by a ruthenium carbene complex was reported in 1994. This review covers the advances in this transformation during the last eight years with particular emphasis on methodology...

  15. Investigations on the molecular structure of water dissolved and hematite-sorbed uranium(VI) complexes with aliphatic (hydroxo-) carboxylic acids. Combination of several spectroscopic techniques with factor analysis and quantum chemical calculations; Untersuchungen zur Struktur von wassergeloesten und an Haematit sorbierten Uran(VI)-Komplexen mit aliphatischen (Hydroxy-) Carbonsaeuren. Kombination verschiedener spektroskopischer Methoden mit Faktorenanalyse und quantenchemischen Berechnungen

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    Lucks, Christian

    2013-04-23

    This study is focussed on throwing light on the structures of uranium(VI) complexes with aliphatic (hydroxy-) carboxylic acids and on the structures of the sorption complexes on the iron mineral hematite in presence and absence of organic acids. The ternary system of hematite, uranium(VI), and organic ligand is very complicated, thus it is necessary to decompose it in binary systems. The results within these binary systems are used to better understand the complicated ternary system. Based on the comprehensive investigations on the aqueous uranium(VI) complexes, it is now possible to draw inferences from the structure of the carboxylic acid about the structure of the formed uranium(VI) complex in dependence of the pH. At first it has to be mentioned that uranium(VI) commonly gives pentagonal bipyramidal complexes. The pentaaquauranylion is formed by two axial oxygen atoms (O{sub ax}) at a distance of 1.76 Aa and five equatorial oxygen atoms (O{sub eq}) at 2.40 Aa stemming from coordinated water molecules. Due to complexation with organic ligands water is replaced by the ligand, thus the interatomic distances change. The results gained during all these investigations can help to better understand the interaction of uranium(VI) and carboxylic acids, and beyond that the sorption of uranium(VI) on hematite in the presence of carboxylic acids. Structures of the aqueous and sorption complexes are proposed. All these findings support the ongoing research on the transport behaviour of radioactive matter and may lead to more reliable risk assessment in connection with the permanent disposal of nuclear waste and the residues of uranium mining.

  16. Algorithms, complexity, and the sciences.

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    Papadimitriou, Christos

    2014-11-11

    Algorithms, perhaps together with Moore's law, compose the engine of the information technology revolution, whereas complexity--the antithesis of algorithms--is one of the deepest realms of mathematical investigation. After introducing the basic concepts of algorithms and complexity, and the fundamental complexity classes P (polynomial time) and NP (nondeterministic polynomial time, or search problems), we discuss briefly the P vs. NP problem. We then focus on certain classes between P and NP which capture important phenomena in the social and life sciences, namely the Nash equlibrium and other equilibria in economics and game theory, and certain processes in population genetics and evolution. Finally, an algorithm known as multiplicative weights update (MWU) provides an algorithmic interpretation of the evolution of allele frequencies in a population under sex and weak selection. All three of these equivalences are rife with domain-specific implications: The concept of Nash equilibrium may be less universal--and therefore less compelling--than has been presumed; selection on gene interactions may entail the maintenance of genetic variation for longer periods than selection on single alleles predicts; whereas MWU can be shown to maximize, for each gene, a convex combination of the gene's cumulative fitness in the population and the entropy of the allele distribution, an insight that may be pertinent to the maintenance of variation in evolution.

  17. Decision paths in complex tasks

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    Galanter, Eugene

    1991-01-01

    Complex real world action and its prediction and control has escaped analysis by the classical methods of psychological research. The reason is that psychologists have no procedures to parse complex tasks into their constituents. Where such a division can be made, based say on expert judgment, there is no natural scale to measure the positive or negative values of the components. Even if we could assign numbers to task parts, we lack rules i.e., a theory, to combine them into a total task representation. We compare here two plausible theories for the amalgamation of the value of task components. Both of these theories require a numerical representation of motivation, for motivation is the primary variable that guides choice and action in well-learned tasks. We address this problem of motivational quantification and performance prediction by developing psychophysical scales of the desireability or aversiveness of task components based on utility scaling methods (Galanter 1990). We modify methods used originally to scale sensory magnitudes (Stevens and Galanter 1957), and that have been applied recently to the measure of task 'workload' by Gopher and Braune (1984). Our modification uses utility comparison scaling techniques which avoid the unnecessary assumptions made by Gopher and Braune. Formula for the utility of complex tasks based on the theoretical models are used to predict decision and choice of alternate paths to the same goal.

  18. Metal-Metal Interactions in Trinuclear Copper(II) Complexes [Cu3(RCOO)4(H2TEA)2] and Binuclear [Cu2(RCOO)2(H2TEA)2]. Syntheses and Combined Structural, Magnetic, High-Field Electron Paramagnetic Resonance, and Theoretical Studies.

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    Ozarowski, Andrew; Calzado, Carmen J; Sharma, Raj Pal; Kumar, Santosh; Jezierska, Julia; Angeli, Celestino; Spizzo, Federico; Ferretti, Valeria

    2015-12-21

    The trinuclear [Cu3(RCOO)4(H2TEA)2] copper(II) complexes, where RCOO(-) = 2-furoate (1), 2-methoxybenzoate (2), and 3-methoxybenzoate (3, 4), as well as dimeric species [Cu2(H2TEA)2(RCOO)2]·2H2O, have been prepared by adding triethanolamine (H3TEA) at ambient conditions to hydrated Cu(RCOO)2 salts. The newly synthesized complexes have been characterized by elemental analyses, spectroscopic techniques (IR and UV-visible), magnetic susceptibility, single crystal X-ray structure determination and theoretical calculations, using a Difference Dedicated Configuration Interaction approach for the evaluation of magnetic coupling constants. In 1 and 2, the central copper atom lies on an inversion center, while in the polymorphs 3 and 4, the three metal centers are crystallographically independent. The zero-field splitting parameters of the trimeric compounds, D and E, were derived from high-field, high-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance spectra at temperatures ranging from 3 to 290 K and were used for the interpretation of the magnetic data. It was found that the dominant interaction between the terminal and central Cu sites J12 is ferromagnetic in nature in all complexes, even though differences have been found between the symmetrical or quasi-symmetrical complexes 1-3 and non-symmetrical complex 4, while the interaction between the terminal centers, J23, is negligible.

  19. Measuring static complexity

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    Ben Goertzel

    1992-01-01

    Full Text Available The concept of “pattern” is introduced, formally defined, and used to analyze various measures of the complexity of finite binary sequences and other objects. The standard Kolmogoroff-Chaitin-Solomonoff complexity measure is considered, along with Bennett's ‘logical depth’, Koppel's ‘sophistication'’, and Chaitin's analysis of the complexity of geometric objects. The pattern-theoretic point of view illuminates the shortcomings of these measures and leads to specific improvements, it gives rise to two novel mathematical concepts--“orders” of complexity and “levels” of pattern, and it yields a new measure of complexity, the “structural complexity”, which measures the total amount of structure an entity possesses.

  20. Complex networks and computing

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    Shuigeng ZHOU; Zhongzhi ZHANG

    2009-01-01

    @@ Nowadays complex networks are pervasive in various areas of science and technology. Popular examples of complex networks include the Internet, social networks of collaboration, citations and co-authoring, as well as biological networks such as gene and protein interactions and others. Complex networks research spans across mathematics, computer science, engineering, biology and the social sciences. Even in computer science area, increasing problems are either found to be related to complex networks or studied from the perspective of complex networks, such as searching on Web and P2P networks, routing in sensor networks, language processing, software engineering etc. The interaction and mergence of complex networks and computing is inspiring new chances and challenges in computer science.

  1. Two giant stellar complexes

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    Efremov, Yu. N.; Efremov, E. Yu.

    Common star complexes are huge (0.3-1 kpc in diameter) groups of relatively young stars, associations and clusters. The complexes usually form regular chains along spiral arms of grand design galaxies, being evidently formed and supported by magneto- gravitational instability developing along an arm. Special attention is given to a few large complexes which have signatures of gravitational boundness, such as round shape and high central density. Concentrations of stars and clusters in such a complex in M51 galaxy were found in this paper; we concluded it is possible to suggest that the complex is gravitationally bound. It is also stressed that some properties of the giant complex in NGC 6946 (such as its semicircular and sharp Western edge) are still enigmatic.

  2. Simplicial complexes of graphs

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    Jonsson, Jakob

    2008-01-01

    A graph complex is a finite family of graphs closed under deletion of edges. Graph complexes show up naturally in many different areas of mathematics, including commutative algebra, geometry, and knot theory. Identifying each graph with its edge set, one may view a graph complex as a simplicial complex and hence interpret it as a geometric object. This volume examines topological properties of graph complexes, focusing on homotopy type and homology. Many of the proofs are based on Robin Forman's discrete version of Morse theory. As a byproduct, this volume also provides a loosely defined toolbox for attacking problems in topological combinatorics via discrete Morse theory. In terms of simplicity and power, arguably the most efficient tool is Forman's divide and conquer approach via decision trees; it is successfully applied to a large number of graph and digraph complexes.

  3. Combine Harvester Simulator

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    Vilmann, Ole; Sørlie, James Arnold

    1999-01-01

    A simulator for training pilots in the operation of a modern high-tech combine harvester is presented. The new simulator application is based on DMI´s well-known DMS maritime simulator architecture. Two major challenges have been encountered in the development of the simulator: 1) interfacing...... the simulator software and the harvester hardware, and 2) the visual image generation system. Aims of the project have been to promote technology transfer from DMI´s maritime simulator to new application areas, to develop a state-of-the-art pilot training environment, and to utilise the state...

  4. Coherent laser beam combining

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    Brignon, Arnaud

    2013-01-01

    Recently, the improvement of diode pumping in solid state lasers and the development of double clad fiber lasers have allowed to maintain excellent laser beam quality with single mode fibers. However, the fiber output power if often limited below a power damage threshold. Coherent laser beam combining (CLBC) brings a solution to these limitations by identifying the most efficient architectures and allowing for excellent spectral and spatial quality. This knowledge will become critical for the design of the next generation high-power lasers and is of major interest to many industrial, environme

  5. How evolution guides complexity

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    LARRY S. YAEGER

    2009-01-01

    Long-standing debates about the role of natural selection in the growth of biological complexity over geological time scales are difficult to resolve from the paleobiological record. Using an evolutionary model—a computational ecosystem subjected to natural selection—we investigate evolutionary trends in an information-theoretic measure of the complexity of the neural dynamics of artificial agents inhabiting the model. Our results suggest that evolution always guides complexity change, just n...

  6. Quantum Computational Complexity

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    Watrous, John

    2008-01-01

    This article surveys quantum computational complexity, with a focus on three fundamental notions: polynomial-time quantum computations, the efficient verification of quantum proofs, and quantum interactive proof systems. Properties of quantum complexity classes based on these notions, such as BQP, QMA, and QIP, are presented. Other topics in quantum complexity, including quantum advice, space-bounded quantum computation, and bounded-depth quantum circuits, are also discussed.

  7. Complex Systems and Dependability

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    Zamojski, Wojciech; Sugier, Jaroslaw

    2012-01-01

    Typical contemporary complex system is a multifaceted amalgamation of technical, information, organization, software and human (users, administrators and management) resources. Complexity of such a system comes not only from its involved technical and organizational structure but mainly from complexity of information processes that must be implemented in the operational environment (data processing, monitoring, management, etc.). In such case traditional methods of reliability analysis focused mainly on technical level are usually insufficient in performance evaluation and more innovative meth

  8. Genetics of complex diseases.

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    Motulsky, Arno G

    2006-02-01

    Approaches to the study of the genetic basis of common complex diseases and their clinical applications are considered. Monogenic Mendelian inheritance in such conditions is infrequent but its elucidation may help to detect pathogenic mechanisms in the more common variety of complex diseases. Involvement by multiple genes in complex diseases usually occurs but the isolation and identification of specific genes so far has been exceptional. The role of common polymorphisms as indicators of disease risk in various studies is discussed.

  9. Engineering Complex Tissues

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    Mikos, Antonios G.; Herring, Susan W.; OCHAREON, PANNEE; Elisseeff, Jennifer; Lu, Helen H.; Kandel, Rita; Schoen, Frederick J.; Toner, Mehmet; Mooney, David; ATALA, ANTHONY; VAN DYKE, MARK E.; Kaplan, David; Vunjak-Novakovic, Gordana

    2006-01-01

    This article summarizes the views expressed at the third session of the workshop “Tissue Engineering—The Next Generation,” which was devoted to the engineering of complex tissue structures. Antonios Mikos described the engineering of complex oral and craniofacial tissues as a “guided interplay” between biomaterial scaffolds, growth factors, and local cell populations toward the restoration of the original architecture and function of complex tissues. Susan Herring, reviewing osteogenesis and ...

  10. MULTISCALE COMPLEXITY/ENTROPY

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    Y. BAR-YAM

    2004-01-01

    We discuss the role of scale dependence of entropy/complexity and its relationship to component interdependence. The complexity as a function of scale of observation is expressed in terms of subsystem entropies for a system having a description in terms of variables that have the same a priori scale. The sum of the complexity over all scales is the same for any system with the same number of underlying degrees of freedom (variables), even though the complexity at specific scales differs due t...

  11. Berger Engineering Complex

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — Description/History: Engineering laboratory The Berger Lab Complex is a multi-purpose building with professional office, 100 seat auditorium, general purpose labs,...

  12. Combined solar collector

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    Voznyak, O.; Shapoval, S.; Pona, O.; Vengryn, I.

    2014-01-01

    In this article was analyzing the efficiency of the combined solar collector for heating buildings. This enhances the efficiency of solar system by increasing the area of the absorption of solar energy. There are describes the results of the research on solar radiation input on a combined solar collector. Проаналізовано ефективність використання комбінованого сонячного колектора для теплопостачання будівель. Він забезпечує підвищення ефективності геліосистеми за рахунок збільшення площі погли...

  13. Supersonic Flow Control Using Combined Energy Deposition

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    O. A. Azarova

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Drag force control via energy deposition in an oncoming flow is a wide area of interest in aerospace sciences. Recently, investigations on the effect of combining energy sources have been conducted. The possibility of coupling microwave (MW discharges or MW and laser energy deposition is discussed. In the present work, the flow details accompanying the interaction of a combined energy release and an aerodynamic body in a supersonic flow are considered numerically on the base of the Euler equations. Comparison with non-combined energy deposition is analyzed. The effect of introducing the internal part to the energy release on the drag force reduction is examined. The flows for blunt cylinder, hemisphere-cylinder and pointed body are considered for a wide class of the combined energy source characteristics. Freestream Mach number is varied from 1.89 to 3.45. Complicated unsteady vortex structures caused by the Richtmyer–Meshkov instabilities are shown to be the reason for the reduction in drag. The unsteady double vortex mechanism of the frontal drag force reduction and mechanism of the constantly acting vortices at the steady flow are described. Suppression of shear layer instability and large scaled flow pulsations as the result of the combined energy release effect is established. Complex conservative difference schemes are used in the simulations.

  14. Complexity, Robustness, and Performance

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    B. Visser (Bauke)

    2002-01-01

    textabstractThis paper analyses the relationship between organizational complexity ( the degree of detail of information necessary to correctly assign agents to positions), robustness (the relative loss of performance due to mis-allocated agents), and performance. More complex structures are not nec

  15. Complexity dimensions and learnability

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    S-H. Nienhuys-Cheng (Shan-Hwei); M. Polman

    1992-01-01

    textabstractA stochastic model of learning from examples has been introduced by Valiant [1984]. This PAC-learning model (PAC = probably approximately correct) reflects differences in complexity of concept classes, i.e. very complex classes are not efficiently PAC-learnable. Blumer et al. [1989] foun

  16. Introductory complex analysis

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    Silverman, Richard A

    1984-01-01

    A shorter version of A. I. Markushevich's masterly three-volume Theory of Functions of a Complex Variable, this edition is appropriate for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in complex analysis. Numerous worked-out examples and more than 300 problems, some with hints and answers, make it suitable for independent study. 1967 edition.

  17. The complexity of science

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    H.P.P. (Hennie Lótter

    1999-03-01

    Full Text Available In this article an alternative philosophy of science based on ideas drawn from the study of complex adaptive systems is presented. As a result of the enormous expansion in scientific disciplines, and the number of scientists and scientific institutions in the twentieth century, I believe science can be characterised as a complex system. I want to interpret the processes of science through which scientists themselves determine what is regarded as good science. This characterisation of science as a complex system can supply an answer to the question why the sciences have been so successful in solving growing numbers of problems and correcting their own mistakes. I utilise components of complexity theory to explain and interpret science as a complex system. I first explain the concept of complexity in ordinary language. The explanation of science as a complex system starts with a definition of the basic rules guiding the behaviour of science as a complex system. Next, I indicate how various sciences have resulted through the implementation of these rules in the study of a specific aspect of reality. The explanation of the growth of science through evolutionary adaptation and learning forms the core o f the article.

  18. Tuberculosis in complex emergencies.

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    Coninx, Rudi

    2007-08-01

    This paper describes the key factors and remaining challenges for tuberculosis (TB) control programmes in complex emergencies. A complex emergency is "a humanitarian crisis in a country, region or society where there is total or considerable breakdown of authority resulting from internal or external conflict and which requires an international response that goes beyond the mandate or capacity of any single agency and/or the ongoing United Nations country programme." Some 200 million people are believed to live in countries affected by complex emergencies; almost all of these are developing countries that also bear the main burden of TB. The effects of complex emergencies impact on TB control programmes, interfering with the goals of identifying and curing TB patients and possibly leading to the emergence of MDR-TB. There are many detailed descriptions of aid interventions during complex emergencies; yet TB control programmes are absent from most of these reports. If TB is neglected, it may quickly result in increased morbidity and mortality, as was demonstrated in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Somalia. TB is a major disease in complex emergencies and requires an appropriate public health response. While there is no manual to cover complex emergencies, the interagency manual for TB control in refugee and displaced populations provides valuable guidance. These programmes contribute to the body of evidence needed to compile such a manual, and should ensure that the experiences of TB control in complex emergencies lead to the establishment of evidence-based programmes. PMID:17768523

  19. Complexity and Relations

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    Lancaster, Jeanette Elizabeth

    2013-01-01

    A central feature of complexity is that it is based on non-linear, recursive relations. However, in most current accounts of complexity such relations, while non-linear, are based on the reductive relations of a Newtonian onto-epistemological framework. This means that the systems that are emergent from the workings of such relations are a…

  20. Visual Complexity: A Review

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    Donderi, Don C.

    2006-01-01

    The idea of visual complexity, the history of its measurement, and its implications for behavior are reviewed, starting with structuralism and Gestalt psychology at the beginning of the 20th century and ending with visual complexity theory, perceptual learning theory, and neural circuit theory at the beginning of the 21st. Evidence is drawn from…

  1. Complexity in Picture Books

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    Sierschynski, Jarek; Louie, Belinda; Pughe, Bronwyn

    2015-01-01

    One of the key requirements of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts is that students are able to read and access complex texts across all grade levels. The CCSS authors emphasize both the limitations and lack of accuracy in the current CCSS model of text complexity, calling for the development of new frameworks. In response…

  2. Freestanding Complex Optical Scanners.

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    Frisbie, David A.

    A complex freestanding optical mark recognition (OMR) scanner is one which is not on-line to an external processor; it has intelligence stemming from an internal processor located within the unit or system. The advantages and disadvantages of a complex OMR can best be assessed after identifying the scanning needs and constraints of the potential…

  3. Conducting metal dithiolate complexes

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    Underhill, A. E.; Ahmad, M. M.; Turner, D. J.;

    1985-01-01

    Further work on the chemical composition of the one-dimensional metallic metal dithiolene complex Li-Pt(mnt) is reported. The electrical conduction and thermopower properties of the nickel and palladium complexes are reported and compared with those of the platinum compound...

  4. Understanding Complex Construction Systems Through Modularity

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    Jensen, Tor Clarke; Bekdik, Baris; Thuesen, Christian

    2014-01-01

    This paper develops a framework for understanding complexity in construction projects by combining theories of complexity management and modularization. The framework incorporates three dimensions of product, process, and organizational modularity with the case of gypsum wall elements. The analysis...... finds that the main driver of complexity is the fragmentation of the design and production, which causes the production modules to construct and install new product types and variants for each project as the designers are swapped for every project. The many interfaces are characteristics of an integral...... system, rather than a modular, although the industry forces modular organizational structures. This creates a high complexity degree caused by the non-alignment of building parts and organizations and the frequent swapping of modules....

  5. Panorama of ancient metazoan macromolecular complexes.

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    Wan, Cuihong; Borgeson, Blake; Phanse, Sadhna; Tu, Fan; Drew, Kevin; Clark, Greg; Xiong, Xuejian; Kagan, Olga; Kwan, Julian; Bezginov, Alexandr; Chessman, Kyle; Pal, Swati; Cromar, Graham; Papoulas, Ophelia; Ni, Zuyao; Boutz, Daniel R; Stoilova, Snejana; Havugimana, Pierre C; Guo, Xinghua; Malty, Ramy H; Sarov, Mihail; Greenblatt, Jack; Babu, Mohan; Derry, W Brent; Tillier, Elisabeth R; Wallingford, John B; Parkinson, John; Marcotte, Edward M; Emili, Andrew

    2015-09-17

    Macromolecular complexes are essential to conserved biological processes, but their prevalence across animals is unclear. By combining extensive biochemical fractionation with quantitative mass spectrometry, here we directly examined the composition of soluble multiprotein complexes among diverse metazoan models. Using an integrative approach, we generated a draft conservation map consisting of more than one million putative high-confidence co-complex interactions for species with fully sequenced genomes that encompasses functional modules present broadly across all extant animals. Clustering reveals a spectrum of conservation, ranging from ancient eukaryotic assemblies that have probably served cellular housekeeping roles for at least one billion years, ancestral complexes that have accrued contemporary components, and rarer metazoan innovations linked to multicellularity. We validated these projections by independent co-fractionation experiments in evolutionarily distant species, affinity purification and functional analyses. The comprehensiveness, centrality and modularity of these reconstructed interactomes reflect their fundamental mechanistic importance and adaptive value to animal cell systems. PMID:26344197

  6. Does software design complexity affect maintenance effort?

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    Epping, Andreas; Lott, Christopher M.

    1994-01-01

    The design complexity of a software system may be characterized within a refinement level (e.g., data flow among modules), or between refinement levels (e.g., traceability between the specification and the design). We analyzed an existing set of data from NASA's Software Engineering Laboratory to test whether changing software modules with high design complexity requires more personnel effort than changing modules with low design complexity. By analyzing variables singly, we identified strong correlations between software design complexity and change effort for error corrections performed during the maintenance phase. By analyzing variables in combination, we found patterns which identify modules in which error corrections were costly to perform during the acceptance test phase.

  7. Complex terrain and wind lidars

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    Bingoel, F.

    2009-08-15

    This thesis includes the results of a PhD study about complex terrain and wind lidars. The study mostly focuses on hilly and forested areas. Lidars have been used in combination with cups, sonics and vanes, to reach the desired vertical measurement heights. Several experiments are performed in complex terrain sites and the measurements are compared with two different flow models; a linearised flow model LINCOM and specialised forest model SCADIS. In respect to the lidar performance in complex terrain, the results showed that horizontal wind speed errors measured by a conically scanning lidar can be of the order of 3-4% in moderately-complex terrain and up to 10% in complex terrain. The findings were based on experiments involving collocated lidars and meteorological masts, together with flow calculations over the same terrains. The lidar performance was also simulated with the commercial software WAsP Engineering 2.0 and was well predicted except for some sectors where the terrain is particularly steep. Subsequently, two experiments were performed in forested areas; where the measurements are recorded at a location deep-in forest and at the forest edge. Both sites were modelled with flow models and the comparison of the measurement data with the flow model outputs showed that the mean wind speed calculated by LINCOM model was only reliable between 1 and 2 tree height (h) above canopy. The SCADIS model reported better correlation with the measurements in forest up to approx6h. At the forest edge, LINCOM model was used by allocating a slope half-in half out of the forest based on the suggestions of previous studies. The optimum slope angle was reported as 17 deg.. Thus, a suggestion was made to use WAsP Engineering 2.0 for forest edge modelling with known limitations and the applied method. The SCADIS model worked better than the LINCOM model at the forest edge but the model reported closer results to the measurements at upwind than the downwind and this should be

  8. Combining classical metrology models

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    Francisco Roldán

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The results obtained in the graphic analysis of the modulation of the Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo building in Granada, Spain, (ROLDÁN, 2011 have provided new insights to further approach the research on possible use the double-scale in historical monumental architecture. We propose the characterization of the singularities of the system, from the implications and graphic representation required by the metrological scheme identified, as well as the variety of typologies that are presented in their modular frames, and the iterative combination of two-scale modules which allow operational approximations to fractions and ratios not explicitly present in the system.

  9. Combined Heat and Power

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    2008-07-01

    At their 2007 Summit in Heiligendamm, G8 leaders called on countries to 'adopt instruments and measures to significantly increase the share of combined heat and power (CHP) in the generation of electricity.' As a result, energy, economic, environmental and utility regulators are looking for tools and information to understand the potential of CHP and to identify appropriate policies for their national circumstances. This report forms the first part of the response. It includes answers to policy makers' questions about the potential economic, energy and environmental benefits of an increased policy commitment to CHP. It also includes for the first time integrated IEA data on global CHP installations, and analyses the benefits of increased CHP investment in the G8+5 countries. A companion report will be produced later in 2008 to document best practice policy approaches that have been used to expand the use of CHP in a variety of countries.

  10. Leading healthcare in complexity.

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    Cohn, Jeffrey

    2014-12-01

    Healthcare institutions and providers are in complexity. Networks of interconnections from relationships and technology create conditions in which interdependencies and non-linear dynamics lead to surprising, unpredictable outcomes. Previous effective approaches to leadership, focusing on top-down bureaucratic methods, are no longer effective. Leading in complexity requires leaders to accept the complexity, create an adaptive space in which innovation and creativity can flourish and then integrate the successful practices that emerge into the formal organizational structure. Several methods for doing adaptive space work will be discussed. Readers will be able to contrast traditional leadership approaches with leading in complexity. They will learn new behaviours that are required of complexity leaders, along with challenges they will face, often from other leaders within the organization.

  11. [Complexity: an introduction].

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    Gómez, Carlos Alberto Palacio; Jaramillo, Francisco Luis Ochoa

    2011-01-01

    Complexity appears in the twentieth century as a way to understand many phenomena that are perceived as chaotic and complex from classical thought, which still persist in our way of explaining the world. Its purpose is to study the complex and adaptive systems that are sensitive to initial conditions. Some of the characteristics of complex thought are systemic perspective, autopoiesis, self-organization, emergent properties, unpredictability of the systems, analogic thought, and the complementarity of the phenomena, among others. Living systems respond to a complex logic, and in that sense, our vision of human populations and patients, and how we try to solve problems and human diseases, should be open to the possibilities that arise from this form of understand the world. PMID:21503430

  12. Lifetime heterogeneity of DNA-bound dppz complexes originates from distinct intercalation geometries determined by complex-complex interactions.

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    Andersson, Johanna; Fornander, Louise H; Abrahamsson, Maria; Tuite, Eimer; Nordell, Pär; Lincoln, Per

    2013-01-18

    Despite the extensive interest in structurally explaining the photophysics of DNA-bound [Ru(phen)(2)dppz](2+) and [Ru(bpy)(2)dppz](2+), the origin of the two distinct emission lifetimes of the pure enantiomers when intercalated into DNA has remained elusive. In this report, we have combined a photophysical characterization with a detailed isothermal titration calorimetry study to investigate the binding of the pure Δ and Λ enantiomers of both complexes with [poly(dAdT)](2). We find that a binding model with two different binding geometries, proposed to be symmetric and canted intercalation from the minor groove, as recently reported in high-resolution X-ray structures, is required to appropriately explain the data. By assigning the long emission lifetime to the canted binding geometry, we can simultaneously fit both calorimetric data and the binding-density-dependent changes in the relative abundance of the two emission lifetimes using the same binding model. We find that all complex-complex interactions are slightly unfavorable for Δ-[Ru(bpy)(2)dppz](2+), whereas interactions involving a complex canted away from a neighbor are favorable for the other three complexes. We also conclude that Δ-[Ru(bpy)(2)dppz](2+) preferably binds isolated, Δ-[Ru(phen)(2)dppz](2+) preferably binds as duplets of canted complexes, and that all complexes are reluctant to form longer consecutive sequences than triplets. We propose that this is due to an interplay of repulsive complex-complex and attractive complex-DNA interactions modulated by allosteric DNA conformation changes that are largely affected by the nature of the ancillary ligands.

  13. Separation of americium(III) from lanthanides(III) by nanofiltration-complexation in aqueous medium

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    The separation of Am(III) from a mixture of lanthanides(III) was performed in aqueous medium by nanofiltration combined with a complexation step using a DTPA derivative as selective complexing agent. (author)

  14. Reset Complexity of Ideal Languages

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    Maslennikova, Marina

    2014-01-01

    We present a new characteristic of a regular ideal language called reset complexity. We find some bounds on the reset complexity in terms of the state complexity of a given language. We also compare the reset complexity and the state complexity for languages related to slowly synchronizing automata and study uniqueness question for automata yielding the minimum of reset complexity.

  15. Distances to galactic high-velocity clouds : Complex C

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    Wakker, B. P.; York, D. G.; Howk, J. C.; Barentine, J. C.; Wilhelm, R.; Peletier, R. F.; van Woerden, H.; Beers, T. C.; Ivezic, Z.; Richter, P.; Schwarz, U. J.

    2007-01-01

    We report the first determination of a distance bracket for the high- velocity cloud (HVC) complex C. Combined with previous measurements showing that this cloud has a metallicity of 0.15 times solar, these results provide ample evidence that complex C traces the continuing accretion of intergalacti

  16. Framework for Modelling Multiple Input Complex Aggregations for Interactive Installations

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    Padfield, Nicolas; Andreasen, Troels

    2012-01-01

    on fuzzy logic and provides a method for variably balancing interaction and user input with the intention of the artist or director. An experimental design is presented, demonstrating an intuitive interface for parametric modelling of a complex aggregation function. The aggregation function unifies...... hierarchical, importance-weighted and ordered-weighted fuzzy averaging to provide complex combinations of user input....

  17. A New Silver Complex with Ofloxacin – Preliminary Study

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    Rusu Aura

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Silver complexes of antibacterial quinolones have the potential advantage of combining the antibacterial activity of silver and fluoroquinolones. The objective of our study was the preparation and the preliminary physico-chemical characterization of a silver complex with ofloxacin.

  18. Efficient Web Services Policy Combination

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    Vatan, Farrokh; Harman, Joseph G.

    2010-01-01

    precedence. Meta-policies are specified in defeasible logic, a computationally efficient non-monotonic logic developed to model human reasoning. One drawback of this method is that at one point the algorithm starts an exhaustive search of all subsets of the set of conclusions of a defeasible theory. Although the propositional defeasible logic has linear complexity, the set of conclusions here may be large, especially in real-life practical cases. This phenomenon leads to an inefficient exponential explosion of complexity. The current process of getting a Web security policy from combination of two meta-policies consists of two steps. The first is generating a new meta-policy that is a composition of the input meta-policies, and the second is mapping the meta-policy onto a security policy. The new algorithm avoids the exhaustive search in the current algorithm, and provides a security policy that matches all requirements of the involved metapolicies.

  19. Management of complex fisheries

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    Frost, Hans Staby; Andersen, Peder; Hoff, Ayoe

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how fisheries economics management issues or problems can be analyzed by using a complex model based on conventional bioeconomic theory. Complex simulation models contain a number of details that make them suitable for practical management advice......, including taking into account the response of the fishermen to implemented management measures. To demonstrate the use of complex management models this paper assesses a number of second best management schemes against a first rank optimum (FRO), an ideal individual transferable quotas (ITQ) system...

  20. Complexity and forensic pathology.

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    Jones, Richard Martin

    2015-12-01

    It has become increasingly apparent that nonlinearity and complexity are the norm in human physiological systems, the relevance of which is informing an enhanced understanding of basic pathological processes such as inflammation, the host response to severe trauma, and critical illness. This article will explore how an understanding of nonlinear systems and complexity might inform the study of the pathophysiology of deaths of medicolegal interest, and how 'complexity thinking' might usefully be incorporated into modern forensic medicine and forensic pathology research, education and practice. PMID:26372537

  1. Combined approach for gynecomastia

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    El-Sabbagh, Ahmed Hassan

    2016-01-01

    Background: Gynecomastia is a deformity of male chest. Treatment of gynecomastia varied from direct surgical excision to other techniques (mainly liposuction) to a combination of both. Skin excision is done according to the grade. In this study, experience of using liposuction adjuvant to surgical excision was described. Patients and methods: Between September 2012 and April 2015, a total of 14 patients were treated with liposuction and surgical excision through a periareolar incision. Preoperative evaluation was done in all cases to exclude any underlying cause of gynecomastia. Results: All fourteen patients were treated bilaterally (28 breast tissues). Their ages ranged between 13 and 33 years. Two patients were classified as grade I, and four as grade IIa, IIb or III, respectively. The first 3 patients showed seroma. Partial superficial epidermolysis of areola occurred in 2 cases. Superficial infection of incision occurred in one case and was treated conservatively. Conclusion: All grades of gynecomastia were managed by the same approach. Skin excision was added to a patient that had severe skin excess with limited activity and bad skin complexion. No cases required another setting or asked for 2nd opinion. PMID:26955509

  2. Biomass Gasification Combined Cycle

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    Judith A. Kieffer

    2000-07-01

    Gasification combined cycle continues to represent an important defining technology area for the forest products industry. The ''Forest Products Gasification Initiative'', organized under the Industry's Agenda 2020 technology vision and supported by the DOE ''Industries of the Future'' program, is well positioned to guide these technologies to commercial success within a five-to ten-year timeframe given supportive federal budgets and public policy. Commercial success will result in significant environmental and renewable energy goals that are shared by the Industry and the Nation. The Battelle/FERCO LIVG technology, which is the technology of choice for the application reported here, remains of high interest due to characteristics that make it well suited for integration with the infrastructure of a pulp production facility. The capital cost, operating economics and long-term demonstration of this technology area key input to future economically sustainable projects and must be verified by the 200 BDT/day demonstration facility currently operating in Burlington, Vermont. The New Bern application that was the initial objective of this project is not currently economically viable and will not be implemented at this time due to several changes at and around the mill which have occurred since the inception of the project in 1995. The analysis shows that for this technology, and likely other gasification technologies as well, the first few installations will require unique circumstances, or supportive public policies, or both to attract host sites and investors.

  3. Combination of external loads

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    Frandsen, S.; Tarp Johansen, N.J.; Joergensen, H. [Forskningscenter Risoe, Roskilde (Denmark); Gravesen, H.; Soerensen, S.L. [Carl Bro, Glostrup (Denmark); Pedersen, J. [Elsam Engineering, Fredericia (Denmark); Zorn, R.; Hvidberg Knudsen, M. [DHI Water and Environment, Hoersholm (Denmark); Voelund, P. [Energi E2, Koebenhavn (Denmark)

    2003-09-01

    The project onbectives have been: To improve and consequently opimise the basis for design of offshore wind turbines. This is done through 1) mapping the wind, wave ice and current as well as correlations of these, and 2) by clarifyring how these external conditions transform into loads. A comprehensive effort has been made to get a thorough understanding of the uncertainties that govern the reliability of wind turbines with respect to wind and wave loading. One of the conclusions is that the reliability of wind turbines is generally lower, than the average reliability of building structures that are subject not only to environmental loads, which are very uncertain, but also imposed loads and self weight, which are less uncertain than the environmental loads. The implication is that, at the moment lower load partial safety factors for onshore wind turbines cannot be recommended. For the combination of wind and wave design loads the problem is twofold: 1). A very conservative design will be generated by simply adding the individual wind and wave design loads disregarding the independence of the short-term fluctuations of wind and wave loads. 2). Characteristic values and partial safety factors for wind and wave loads are not defined similarly. This implies that the reliability levels of turbine support structures subject to purely aerodynamic loads and subject to purely hydrodynamic loads are not identical. For the problem of combining aerodynamic design loads and hydrodynamic design loads two results have been obtained in the project: 1). By simple means a site specific wave load safety factor rendering the same safety level for hydrodynamic loads as for aerodynamic loads is derived, and next, by direct square summation of extreme fluctuations, the wind and wave load safety factors are weighted. 2). Under the assumptions that a deep water site is considered and that the wave loading is a fifty-fifty mix of drag and inertia the same wind and wave load safety factor

  4. Molecular Rheology of Complex Fluids

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    Huang, Qian; Rasmussen, Henrik Koblitz

    –state viscosity between melts and solutions is still an open question. Branched polymer melts have more complex molecular structures. A stress maximum during the start–up of uniaxial extensional flow was reported in 1979 for a low–density polyethylene (LDPE) melt. Subsequently observations of a steady stress...... and branched polymer melts. We report the stress–strain measurements in extensional flows using a unique Filament Stretching Rheometer (FSR) in controlled strain rate mode and controlled stress mode. Extensional flow is difficult to measure reliably in Laboratory circumstances. In this thesis we first present...... fluids as a function of molecular chemistry has attracted a long history of collaboration between industry and academia. In industrial polymer processes, there is usually a combination of both shear and extensional flows. In some processing operations such as blow molding and fiber spinning, extensional...

  5. COMPLEX ECO-ECONOMY SYSTEM

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    Pawel Bartoszczuk; Yoshiteru Nakamori

    2003-01-01

    In the past there were a lot of researches on the topic of economic growth. Nevertheless, the environment has been a bit abstracted by standard economics. Scarce natural resources and our choices to protect them or exploit them jointly determine the economic and environmental systems. In this paper we describe a model with a particular focus on the relationship among income, pollution, and non-renewable resources. We want to combine both economic and environmental sectors. The system dynamics approach is used in analyzing these complex relationships. This paper gives an insight into the possibilities for replacing non-renewable resources with more renewable ones. Next, we present the simulation runs of the model that are conducted with the help of existing system dynamics modeling tools. Only the relationships simulated so far between the variables ought to be put under yet more cautious examination.

  6. Consensus clustering in complex networks

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    Lancichinetti, Andrea; 10.1038/srep00336

    2012-01-01

    The community structure of complex networks reveals both their organization and hidden relationships among their constituents. Most community detection methods currently available are not deterministic, and their results typically depend on the specific random seeds, initial conditions and tie-break rules adopted for their execution. Consensus clustering is used in data analysis to generate stable results out of a set of partitions delivered by stochastic methods. Here we show that consensus clustering can be combined with any existing method in a self-consistent way, enhancing considerably both the stability and the accuracy of the resulting partitions. This framework is also particularly suitable to monitor the evolution of community structure in temporal networks. An application of consensus clustering to a large citation network of physics papers demonstrates its capability to keep track of the birth, death and diversification of topics.

  7. 3D Photocatalytic Air Processor for Dramatic Reduction of Life Support Mass & Complexity Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The combination of novel photoelectrochemistry and 3-dimensional design allows tremendous mass saving, hardware complexity reduction, increases in deployment...

  8. A review of the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex

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    McTaggart, A.R.; Shivas, R.G.; Geering, A.D.W.; Vánky, K.; Scharaschkin, T

    2012-01-01

    The fungal genera Ustilago, Sporisorium and Macalpinomyces represent an unresolved complex. Taxa within the complex often possess characters that occur in more than one genus, creating uncertainty for species placement. Previous studies have indicated that the genera cannot be separated based on morphology alone. Here we chronologically review the history of the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex, argue for its resolution and suggest methods to accomplish a stable taxonomy. A combine...

  9. The Physics of Complex Systems in Cuba

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    Sotolongo-Costa, Oscar

    In relating the circumstances that led to the birth and development of the physics of complex systems in Cuba, it is difficult to avoid being anecdotal—particularly because of the difficult times during which this research started. Cuban eclecticism, whose spectrum extends from religious syncretism to world-class medicine, seems quite coherent with the field of complex systems, characterized by the synergy of diverse fields. Such a combination, however, in the beginning seemed to be quite removed from the physicists' standard research dogmas.

  10. Controlling complex Langevin dynamics at finite density

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    Aarts, Gert; Bongiovanni, Lorenzo; Seiler, Erhard; Sexty, Dénes; Stamatescu, Ion-Olimpiu

    2013-07-01

    At nonzero chemical potential the numerical sign problem in lattice field theory limits the use of standard algorithms based on importance sampling. Complex Langevin dynamics provides a possible solution, but it has to be applied with care. In this review, we first summarise our current understanding of the approach, combining analytical and numerical insight. In the second part we study SL( C, ℂ) gauge cooling, which was introduced recently as a tool to control complex Langevin dynamics in nonabelian gauge theories. We present new results in Polyakov chain models and in QCD with heavy quarks and compare various adaptive cooling implementations.

  11. Controlling complex Langevin dynamics at finite density

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    Aarts, Gert; Bongiovanni, Lorenzo [Swansea University, Department of Physics, College of Science, Swansea (United Kingdom); Seiler, Erhard [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik (Werner-Heisenberg-Institut), Muenchen (Germany); Sexty, Denes [Universitaet Heidelberg, Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Heidelberg (Germany); Stamatescu, Ion-Olimpiu [Universitaet Heidelberg, Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Heidelberg (Germany); FEST, Heidelberg (Germany)

    2013-07-15

    At nonzero chemical potential the numerical sign problem in lattice field theory limits the use of standard algorithms based on importance sampling. Complex Langevin dynamics provides a possible solution, but it has to be applied with care. In this review, we first summarise our current understanding of the approach, combining analytical and numerical insight. In the second part we study SL(N,C) gauge cooling, which was introduced recently as a tool to control complex Langevin dynamics in nonabelian gauge theories. We present new results in Polyakov chain models and in QCD with heavy quarks and compare various adaptive cooling implementations. (orig.)

  12. Controlling complex Langevin dynamics at finite density

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    Aarts, Gert; Seiler, Erhard; Sexty, Denes; Stamatescu, Ion-Olimpiu

    2013-01-01

    At nonzero chemical potential the numerical sign problem in lattice field theory limits the use of standard algorithms based on importance sampling. Complex Langevin dynamics provides a possible solution, but it has to be applied with care. In this review, we first summarise our current understanding of the approach, combining analytical and numerical insight. In the second part we study SL(N,C) gauge cooling, which was introduced recently as a tool to control complex Langevin dynamics in nonabelian gauge theories. We present new results in Polyakov chain models and in QCD with heavy quarks and compare various adaptive cooling implementations.

  13. On scattered subword complexity

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    Kása, Zoltán

    2011-01-01

    Special scattered subwords, in which the gaps are of length from a given set, are defined. The scattered subword complexity, which is the number of such scattered subwords, is computed for rainbow words.

  14. Complex tunneling dynamics

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    Yang, C.-D. [Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: cdyang@mail.ncku.edu.tw

    2007-04-15

    Tunneling dynamics and tunneling trajectories are modeled exactly by complex-extended Hamilton-Jacobi formulation in this paper. It is found that the wave-like properties of tunneling particles, such as reflection, refraction, and transmission resonance, can be identified and explained in terms of particle's motion in complex space with the tunneling time defined as the usual sense of classical time. Following the complex trajectories determined by the complex Hamilton equations of motion, we can connect classical trajectories smoothly with tunneling trajectories using position and velocity continuity at the interface of the media, locate the particle's position at any instant, and find the time spent by a particle within the potential. A microscopic tunneling model is also developed to explain the probabilistic nature why a particle with the same incident conditions sometimes transmits the potential and sometimes is reflected from the potential.

  15. Complex coacervate core micelles.

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    Voets, Ilja K; de Keizer, Arie; Cohen Stuart, Martien A

    2009-01-01

    In this review we present an overview of the literature on the co-assembly of neutral-ionic block, graft, and random copolymers with oppositely charged species in aqueous solution. Oppositely charged species include synthetic (co)polymers of various architectures, biopolymers - such as proteins, enzymes and DNA - multivalent ions, metallic nanoparticles, low molecular weight surfactants, polyelectrolyte block copolymer micelles, metallo-supramolecular polymers, equilibrium polymers, etcetera. The resultant structures are termed complex coacervate core/polyion complex/block ionomer complex/interpolyelectrolyte complex micelles (or vesicles); i.e., in short C3Ms (or C3Vs) and PIC, BIC or IPEC micelles (and vesicles). Formation, structure, dynamics, properties, and function will be discussed. We focus on experimental work; theory and modelling will not be discussed. Recent developments in applications and micelles with heterogeneous coronas are emphasized.

  16. Complex Flow Workshop Report

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    2012-05-01

    This report documents findings from a workshop on the impacts of complex wind flows in and out of wind turbine environments, the research needs, and the challenges of meteorological and engineering modeling at regional, wind plant, and wind turbine scales.

  17. Supporting complex search tasks

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    Gäde, Maria; Hall, Mark; Huurdeman, Hugo;

    2015-01-01

    There is broad consensus in the field of IR that search is complex in many use cases and applications, both on the Web and in domain specific collections, and both professionally and in our daily life. Yet our understanding of complex search tasks, in comparison to simple look up tasks......, is fragmented at best. The workshop addressed the many open research questions: What are the obvious use cases and applications of complex search? What are essential features of work tasks and search tasks to take into account? And how do these evolve over time? With a multitude of information, varying from...... introductory to specialized, and from authoritative to speculative or opinionated, when to show what sources of information? How does the information seeking process evolve and what are relevant differences between different stages? With complex task and search process management, blending searching, browsing...

  18. Management recommendations: Tewaukon Complex

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This document is a review of land management practices at the Tewaukon Complex, by a land use specialist. Recommendations, time frame and additional comments are...

  19. Low complexity MIMO receivers

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    Bai, Lin; Yu, Quan

    2014-01-01

    Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems can increase the spectral efficiency in wireless communications. However, the interference becomes the major drawback that leads to high computational complexity at both transmitter and receiver. In particular, the complexity of MIMO receivers can be prohibitively high. As an efficient mathematical tool to devise low complexity approaches that mitigate the interference in MIMO systems, lattice reduction (LR) has been widely studied and employed over the last decade. The co-authors of this book are world's leading experts on MIMO receivers, and here they share the key findings of their research over years. They detail a range of key techniques for receiver design as multiple transmitted and received signals are available. The authors first introduce the principle of signal detection and the LR in mathematical aspects. They then move on to discuss the use of LR in low complexity MIMO receiver design with respect to different aspects, including uncoded MIMO detection...

  20. Physical Sciences Complex

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — This 88,000 square foot complex is used to investigate basic physical science in support of missile technology development. It incorporates office space, dedicated...

  1. Complex Strategic Choices

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    Leleur, Steen

    . Complex Strategic Choices provides clear principles and methods which can guide and support strategic decision making to face the many current challenges. By considering ways in which planning practices can be renewed and exploring the possibilities for acquiring awareness and tools to add value...... and students in the field of planning and decision analysis as well as practitioners dealing with strategic analysis and decision making. More broadly, Complex Strategic Choices acts as guide for professionals and students involved in complex planning tasks across several fields such as business...... to strategic decision making, Complex Strategic Choices presents a methodology which is further illustrated by a number of case studies and example applications. Dr. Techn. Steen Leleur has adapted previously established research based on feedback and input from various conferences, journals and students...

  2. Supporting complex search tasks

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    Gäde, Maria; Hall, Mark; Huurdeman, Hugo;

    2015-01-01

    , and recommendations, and supporting exploratory search to sensemaking and analytics, UI and UX design pose an overconstrained challenge. How do we know that our approach is any good? Supporting complex search task requires new collaborations across the whole field of IR, and the proposed workshop will bring together......There is broad consensus in the field of IR that search is complex in many use cases and applications, both on the Web and in domain specific collections, and both professionally and in our daily life. Yet our understanding of complex search tasks, in comparison to simple look up tasks......, is fragmented at best. The workshop addressed the many open research questions: What are the obvious use cases and applications of complex search? What are essential features of work tasks and search tasks to take into account? And how do these evolve over time? With a multitude of information, varying from...

  3. Complexity for Artificial Substrates (

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    Loke, L.H.L.; Jachowski, N.R.; Bouma, T.J.; Ladle, R.J.; Todd, P.A.

    2014-01-01

    Physical habitat complexity regulates the structure and function of biological communities, although the mechanisms underlying this relationship remain unclear. Urbanisation, pollution, unsustainable resource exploitation and climate change have resulted in the widespread simplification (and loss) o

  4. Beyond complex Langevin equations

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    Wosiek, Jacek

    2016-01-01

    A simple integral relation between a complex weight and the corresponding positive distribution is derived by introducing a second complex variable. Together with the positivity and normalizability conditions, this sum rule allows to construct explicitly equivalent pairs of distributions in simple cases. In particular the well known solution for a complex gaussian distribution is generalized to an arbitrary complex slope. This opens a possibility of positive representation of Feynman path integrals directly in the Minkowski time. Such construction is then explicitly carried through in the second part of this presentation. The continuum limit of the new representation exists only if some of the additional couplings tend to infinity and are tuned in a specific way. The approach is then successfully applied to three quantum mechanical examples including a particle in a constant magnetic field -- a simplest prototype of a Wilson line. Further generalizations are shortly discussed and an amusing interpretation of ...

  5. Algorithmic Problem Complexity

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    Burgin, Mark

    2008-01-01

    People solve different problems and know that some of them are simple, some are complex and some insoluble. The main goal of this work is to develop a mathematical theory of algorithmic complexity for problems. This theory is aimed at determination of computer abilities in solving different problems and estimation of resources that computers need to do this. Here we build the part of this theory related to static measures of algorithms. At first, we consider problems for finite words and stud...

  6. Advances in network complexity

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    Dehmer, Matthias; Emmert-Streib, Frank

    2013-01-01

    A well-balanced overview of mathematical approaches to describe complex systems, ranging from chemical reactions to gene regulation networks, from ecological systems to examples from social sciences. Matthias Dehmer and Abbe Mowshowitz, a well-known pioneer in the field, co-edit this volume and are careful to include not only classical but also non-classical approaches so as to ensure topicality. Overall, a valuable addition to the literature and a must-have for anyone dealing with complex systems.

  7. Urban geography and complexity

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    Denise Pumain

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available The contemporary approach of complex systems raises common questions that could be handled by a transdisciplinary theory. We demonstrate how the main concepts of urban geography could be integrated in such a theory ofcomplexity. We illustrate the complexity approach by a short presentationof the SIMPOP model that uses a multi-agents formalism for the simulationof the evolutionary properties of systems of cities.

  8. NUCLEAR PORE COMPLEX BIOGENESIS

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    Fernandez-Martinez, Javier; Rout, Michael P.

    2009-01-01

    Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) are the sole mediators of transport between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. NPCs have a life cycle: they assemble, disassemble, turn over and age. The molecular mechanisms governing these different vital steps are beginning to emerge, suggesting key roles for the core structural scaffold of the NPC and auxiliary factors in the assembly of this large macromolecular complex, and connections between NPC maintenance, NPC turnover, and ageing of the cell.

  9. Combined dyslipidemia in childhood.

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    Kavey, Rae-Ellen W

    2015-01-01

    Combined dyslipidemia (CD) is now the predominant dyslipidemic pattern in childhood, characterized by moderate-to-severe elevation in triglycerides and non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C), minimal elevation in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and reduced HDL-C. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy shows that the CD pattern is represented at the lipid subpopulation level as an increase in small, dense LDL and in overall LDL particle number plus a reduction in total HDL-C and large HDL particles, a highly atherogenic pattern. In youth, CD occurs almost exclusively with obesity and is highly prevalent, seen in more than 40% of obese adolescents. CD in childhood predicts pathologic evidence of atherosclerosis and vascular dysfunction in adolescence and young adulthood, and early clinical cardiovascular events in adult life. There is a tight connection between CD, visceral adiposity, insulin resistance, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and the metabolic syndrome, suggesting an integrated pathophysiological response to excessive weight gain. Weight loss, changes in dietary composition, and increases in physical activity have all been shown to improve CD significantly in children and adolescents in short-term studies. Most importantly, even small amounts of weight loss are associated with significant decreases in triglyceride levels and increases in HDL-C levels with improvement in lipid subpopulations. Diet change focused on limitation of simple carbohydrate intake with specific elimination of all sugar-sweetened beverages is very effective. Evidence-based recommendations for initiating diet and activity change are provided. Rarely, drug therapy is needed, and the evidence for drug treatment of CD in childhood is reviewed. PMID:26343211

  10. Three allele combinations associated with Multiple Sclerosis

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    Kulakova Olga G

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Multiple sclerosis (MS is an immune-mediated disease of polygenic etiology. Dissection of its genetic background is a complex problem, because of the combinatorial possibilities of gene-gene interactions. As genotyping methods improve throughput, approaches that can explore multigene interactions appropriately should lead to improved understanding of MS. Methods 286 unrelated patients with definite MS and 362 unrelated healthy controls of Russian descent were genotyped at polymorphic loci (including SNPs, repeat polymorphisms, and an insertion/deletion of the DRB1, TNF, LT, TGFβ1, CCR5 and CTLA4 genes and TNFa and TNFb microsatellites. Each allele carriership in patients and controls was compared by Fisher's exact test, and disease-associated combinations of alleles in the data set were sought using a Bayesian Markov chain Monte Carlo-based method recently developed by our group. Results We identified two previously unknown MS-associated tri-allelic combinations: -509TGFβ1*C, DRB1*18(3, CTLA4*G and -238TNF*B1,-308TNF*A2, CTLA4*G, which perfectly separate MS cases from controls, at least in the present sample. The previously described DRB1*15(2 allele, the microsatellite TNFa9 allele and the biallelic combination CCR5Δ32, DRB1*04 were also reidentified as MS-associated. Conclusion These results represent an independent validation of MS association with DRB1*15(2 and TNFa9 in Russians and are the first to find the interplay of three loci in conferring susceptibility to MS. They demonstrate the efficacy of our approach for the identification of complex-disease-associated combinations of alleles.

  11. Complex Chemistry on Interstellar Grains

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    Widicus Weaver, Susanna L.; Kelley, Matthew J.; Blake, Geoffrey A.

    the preliminary results of this model will be presented. The reactions incorporated into this model include photolysis of grain surface species, radical-radical combination reactions between photolysis products, aldehyde proton abstraction reactions, and radical recombination reactions between the photolysis products and aldehyde radicals. H addition reactions dominate the grain surface chemistry at low temperature, forming simple species such as water, methanol, and formaldehyde. Photolysis of simple grain mantle constituents leads to the production of surface radicals that can efficiently compete with H addition reactions at warmer temperatures, and so periodic thermal processing of grain mantles will lead to the buildup of more complex species such as formic acid, methyl formate, formamide, acetaldehyde, and glycolaldehyde. Aldehyde proton abstraction reactions can efficiently compete with single-atom addition reactions at both low and high temperatures, and so the mobile radicals can then react with the resultant aldehyde radicals to form more complex species. Simpler species will be favored at low temperature, but these radicals may also be stored in the grain mantle at low temperature and undergo more complex reactions upon grain mantle heating in hot core regions.

  12. Control efficacy of complex networks

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    Gao, Xin-Dong; Wang, Wen-Xu; Lai, Ying-Cheng

    2016-06-01

    Controlling complex networks has become a forefront research area in network science and engineering. Recent efforts have led to theoretical frameworks of controllability to fully control a network through steering a minimum set of driver nodes. However, in realistic situations not every node is accessible or can be externally driven, raising the fundamental issue of control efficacy: if driving signals are applied to an arbitrary subset of nodes, how many other nodes can be controlled? We develop a framework to determine the control efficacy for undirected networks of arbitrary topology. Mathematically, based on non-singular transformation, we prove a theorem to determine rigorously the control efficacy of the network and to identify the nodes that can be controlled for any given driver nodes. Physically, we develop the picture of diffusion that views the control process as a signal diffused from input signals to the set of controllable nodes. The combination of mathematical theory and physical reasoning allows us not only to determine the control efficacy for model complex networks and a large number of empirical networks, but also to uncover phenomena in network control, e.g., hub nodes in general possess lower control centrality than an average node in undirected networks.

  13. Modelling Complexity in Musical Rhythm

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    Liou, Cheng-Yuan; Wu, Tai-Hei; Lee, Chia-Ying

    2007-01-01

    This paper constructs a tree structure for the music rhythm using the L-system. It models the structure as an automata and derives its complexity. It also solves the complexity for the L-system. This complexity can resolve the similarity between trees. This complexity serves as a measure of psychological complexity for rhythms. It resolves the music complexity of various compositions including the Mozart effect K488. Keyword: music perception, psychological complexity, rhythm, L-system, autom...

  14. Big Data Processing in Complex Hierarchical Network Systems

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    Polishchuk, Olexandr; Tyutyunnyk, Maria; Yadzhak, Mykhailo

    2016-01-01

    This article covers the problem of processing of Big Data that describe process of complex networks and network systems operation. It also introduces the notion of hierarchical network systems combination into associations and conglomerates alongside with complex networks combination into multiplexes. The analysis is provided for methods of global network structures study depending on the purpose of the research. Also the main types of information flows in complex hierarchical network systems being the basic components of associations and conglomerates are covered. Approaches are proposed for creation of efficient computing environments, distributed computations organization and information processing methods parallelization at different levels of system hierarchy.

  15. Combination therapy for erectile dysfunction: an update review

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    Dhir, Rohit R; Lin, Hao-Cheng; Canfield, Steven E.; Wang, Run

    2011-01-01

    The introduction of oral phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE5Is) in the late 1990s and early 2000s revolutionized the field of sexual medicine and PDE5Is are currently first-line monotherapy for erectile dysfunction (ED). However, a significant proportion of patients with complex ED will be therapeutic non-responders to PDE5I monotherapy. Combination therapy has recently been adopted for more refractory cases of ED, but a critical evaluation of current combination therapies is lacking. A thor...

  16. Combination therapy for erectile dysfunction: an update review

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    Rohit R Dhir; Hao-Cheng Lin; Steven E Canfield; Run Wang

    2011-01-01

    The introduction of oral phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE5ls) in the late 1990s and early 2000s revolutionized the field of sexual medicine and PDE5ls are currently first-line monotherapy for erectile dysfunction (ED). However, a significant proportion of patients with complex ED will be therapeutic non-responders to PDE5I monotherapy. Combination therapy has recently been adopted for more refractory cases of ED, but a critical evaluation of current combination therapies is lacking. A thorough PubMed and Cochrane Library search was conducted focusing on the effectiveness of combination therapies for ED in therapeutic non-responders to PDE5I therapy. Journal articles spanning the time period between January 1990 and December 2010 were reviewed. Criteria included all pertinent review articles, randomized controlled trials, cohort studies and retrospective analyses. References from retrieved articles were also manually scanned for additional relevant publications. Published combination therapies include PDE5I plus vacuum erectile device (VED), intraurethral medication, intracavernosal injection (ICI), androgen supplement, a-blocker or miscellaneous combinations. Based on this review, some of these combination treatments appeared to be quite effective in preliminary testing. Caution must be advised, however, as the majority of combination therapy articles in the last decade have numerous limitations including study biases and small subject size. Regardless of limitations, present combination therapy research provides a solid foundation for future studies in complex ED management.

  17. Metabolic oxidative stress elicited by the copper(II) complex [Cu(isaepy)2] triggers apoptosis in SH-SY5Y cells through the induction of AMP-activated protein kinase/p38MAPK/p53 signalling axis Evidence for a combined use with 3-bromopyruvate in neuroblastoma treatment

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    Filomeni, Giuseppe; Cardaci, Simone; Da Costa Ferreira, Ana Maria; Rotilio, Giuseppe; Ciriolo, Maria R

    2011-01-01

    Abstract We previously demonstrated that the complex bis[(2-oxindol-3-ylimino)-2-(2-aminoethyl)pyridine-N,N?]copper(II), named [Cu(isaepy)2], induces AMPK-dependent/p53-mediated apoptosis in tumour cells by targeting mitochondria. Here, we reveal that p38MAPK is the molecular link of the phosphorylative cascade connecting AMPK to p53. Transfection of SH-SY5Y with a dominant negative mutant of AMPK results in apoptosis decrease, and a significant reduction of phospho-active p38MAPK ...

  18. Phase Transitions in Nanostructured Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Complexes

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    Leonard, Michael; Strey, Helmut

    2001-03-01

    When a water-soluble polyelectrolyte is combined with an oppositely-charged surfactant solution at a stoichiometric charge ratio, self-assembly into highly-ordered, water-insoluble structures occurs. We have prepared such complexes with poly(sodium acrylate)-co-acrylamide, alginic acid, and chitosan, combined with cationic and anionic surfactants. The phases exhibited by these complexes in aqueous solution are highly sensitive to such factors as osmotic pressure, salt type, ionic strength, and polyelectrolyte charge density. In this study, we have used small angle X-ray scattering to examine osmotic stress-induced structural phase transitions in these complexes under these various environmental conditions. The morphological consequences of combining polyelectrolytes with swollen, emulsion-bound surfactant micelles were also investigated. Results of this work, as well as the potential to use these complexes as nanoporous, biocompatible materials, will be discussed.

  19. The effect of fluorine substitution in alcohol-amine complexes

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    Hansen, Anne Schou; Du, Lin; Kjærgaard, Henrik Grum

    2014-01-01

    The effect of fluorine substitution on the hydrogen bond strength in alcohol-amine molecular complexes was investigated, with a combination of vapour phase infrared spectroscopy and theoretical calculations. The complexes were combined from methanol (MeOH), ethanol (EtOH) and trifluoroethanol (TFE...... formation were determined by combining a calculated intensity and the measured integrated absorbance. The observation of two transitions in the alcohol-DMA complexes provides an opportunity for two independent determinations of the equilibrium constants. Molecular interactions between the monomers were...... elucidated by Natural Bond Orbital, Atoms in Molecules and Non-covalent Interactions analysis. We find that the alcohol-amine complexes with TFE as the hydrogen bond donor form stronger hydrogen bonds and that secondary interactions between the monomers increase from MeOH to EtOH to TFE. TFE is a stronger...

  20. Hypoxia targeting copper complexes

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    The importance and incidence of tumour hypoxia, its measurement and current treatments available, including pharmacological and radiopharmacological methods of targeting hypoxia, are discussed. A variety of in vitro and in vivo methods for imposing hypoxia have been developed and are reviewed. Copper, its chemistry, biochemistry and radiochemistry, the potential for use of copper radionuclides and its use to date in this field is considered with particular reference to the thiosemicarbazones. Their biological activity, metal chelation, in vitro and in vivo studies of their radiocopper complexes and the potential for their use as hypoxia targeting radiopharmaceuticals is described. The reduction of the copper(II) complex to copper(l), its pivotal importance in their biological behaviour, and the potential for manipulation of this to effect hypoxia selectivity are described. An in vitro method for assessing the hypoxia selectivity of radiopharmaceuticals is reported. The rapid deoxygenation and high viability of a mammalian cell culture in this system is discussed and factors which may affect the cellular uptake of a radiopharmaceutical are described. The design, synthesis and complexation with copper and radiocopper of a range of bis(thiosemicarbazones) is reported. Synthesis of these compounds is simple giving high yields of pure products. The characteristics of the radiocopper complexes (64Cu) including lipophilicity and redox activity are reported (reduction potentials in the range -0.314 - -0.590 V). High cellular uptakes of the radiocopper complexes of the ligands, in hypoxic and normoxic EMT6 and CHO320 cells, were observed. Extremes of selectivity are shown ranging from the hypoxia selective 64Cu(II)ATSM to normoxic cell selective 64Cu(II)GTS. The selectivities observed are compared with the physico chemical characteristics of the complexes. A good correlation exists between selectivity of the complex and its Cu(II)/Cu(I) reduction potential, with hypoxia

  1. Hypoxia targeting copper complexes

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    Dearling, J.L

    1998-11-01

    The importance and incidence of tumour hypoxia, its measurement and current treatments available, including pharmacological and radiopharmacological methods of targeting hypoxia, are discussed. A variety of in vitro and in vivo methods for imposing hypoxia have been developed and are reviewed. Copper, its chemistry, biochemistry and radiochemistry, the potential for use of copper radionuclides and its use to date in this field is considered with particular reference to the thiosemicarbazones. Their biological activity, metal chelation, in vitro and in vivo studies of their radiocopper complexes and the potential for their use as hypoxia targeting radiopharmaceuticals is described. The reduction of the copper(II) complex to copper(l), its pivotal importance in their biological behaviour, and the potential for manipulation of this to effect hypoxia selectivity are described. An in vitro method for assessing the hypoxia selectivity of radiopharmaceuticals is reported. The rapid deoxygenation and high viability of a mammalian cell culture in this system is discussed and factors which may affect the cellular uptake of a radiopharmaceutical are described. The design, synthesis and complexation with copper and radiocopper of a range of bis(thiosemicarbazones) is reported. Synthesis of these compounds is simple giving high yields of pure products. The characteristics of the radiocopper complexes ({sup 64}Cu) including lipophilicity and redox activity are reported (reduction potentials in the range -0.314 - -0.590 V). High cellular uptakes of the radiocopper complexes of the ligands, in hypoxic and normoxic EMT6 and CHO320 cells, were observed. Extremes of selectivity are shown ranging from the hypoxia selective {sup 64}Cu(II)ATSM to normoxic cell selective {sup 64}Cu(II)GTS. The selectivities observed are compared with the physico chemical characteristics of the complexes. A good correlation exists between selectivity of the complex and its Cu(II)/Cu(I) reduction potential

  2. Molecular Architecture of the Yeast Monopolin Complex

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    Corbett, Kevin D.; Harrison, Stephen C. (Harvard-Med); (UCSD)

    2012-07-30

    The Saccharomyces cerevisiae monopolin complex directs proper chromosome segregation in meiosis I by mediating co-orientation of sister kinetochores on the meiosis I spindle. The monopolin subunits Csm1 and Lrs4 form a V-shaped complex that may directly crosslink sister kinetochores. We report here biochemical characterization of the monopolin complex subunits Mam1 and Hrr25 and of the complete four-protein monopolin complex. By purifying monopolin subcomplexes with different subunit combinations, we have determined the stoichiometry and overall architecture of the full monopolin complex. We have determined the crystal structure of Csm1 bound to a Mam1 fragment, showing how Mam1 wraps around the Csm1 dimer and alters the stoichiometry of kinetochore-protein binding by Csm1. We further show that the kinase activity of Hrr25 is altered by Mam1 binding, and we identify Hrr25 phosphorylation sites on Mam1 that may affect monopolin complex stability and/or kinetochore binding in meiosis.

  3. Using Community Structure for Complex Network Layout

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    Dürr, Oliver

    2012-01-01

    We present a new layout algorithm for complex networks that combines a multi-scale approach for community detection with a standard force-directed design. Since community detection is computationally cheap, we can exploit the multi-scale approach to generate network configurations with close-to-minimal energy very fast. As a further asset, we can use the knowledge of the community structure to facilitate the interpretation of large networks, for example the network defined by protein-protein interactions.

  4. Tuning complex computer code to data

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    Cox, D.; Park, J.S.; Sacks, J.; Singer, C.

    1992-01-01

    The problem of estimating parameters in a complex computer simulator of a nuclear fusion reactor from an experimental database is treated. Practical limitations do not permit a standard statistical analysis using nonlinear regression methodology. The assumption that the function giving the true theoretical predictions is a realization of a Gaussian stochastic process provides a statistical method for combining information from relatively few computer runs with information from the experimental database and making inferences on the parameters.

  5. Trends in modeling Biomedical Complex Systems

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    Remondini Daniel; Castellani Gastone; Romano Paolo; Milanesi Luciano; Liò Petro

    2009-01-01

    Abstract In this paper we provide an introduction to the techniques for multi-scale complex biological systems, from the single bio-molecule to the cell, combining theoretical modeling, experiments, informatics tools and technologies suitable for biological and biomedical research, which are becoming increasingly multidisciplinary, multidimensional and information-driven. The most important concepts on mathematical modeling methodologies and statistical inference, bioinformatics and standards...

  6. Complex Geometry of Nuclei and Atoms

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    Atiyah, M F

    2016-01-01

    We propose a new geometrical model of matter, in which neutral atoms are modelled by compact, complex algebraic surfaces. Proton and neutron numbers are determined by a surface's Chern numbers. Equivalently, they are determined by combinations of the Hodge numbers, or the Betti numbers. Geometrical constraints on algebraic surfaces allow just a finite range of neutron numbers for a given proton number. This range encompasses the known isotopes.

  7. Complexity and Dynamical Depth

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    Terrence Deacon

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available We argue that a critical difference distinguishing machines from organisms and computers from brains is not complexity in a structural sense, but a difference in dynamical organization that is not well accounted for by current complexity measures. We propose a measure of the complexity of a system that is largely orthogonal to computational, information theoretic, or thermodynamic conceptions of structural complexity. What we call a system’s dynamical depth is a separate dimension of system complexity that measures the degree to which it exhibits discrete levels of nonlinear dynamical organization in which successive levels are distinguished by local entropy reduction and constraint generation. A system with greater dynamical depth than another consists of a greater number of such nested dynamical levels. Thus, a mechanical or linear thermodynamic system has less dynamical depth than an inorganic self-organized system, which has less dynamical depth than a living system. Including an assessment of dynamical depth can provide a more precise and systematic account of the fundamental difference between inorganic systems (low dynamical depth and living systems (high dynamical depth, irrespective of the number of their parts and the causal relations between them.

  8. Complexity: The bigger picture

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    Vicsek, Tamás

    2010-01-01

    If a concept is not well defined, there are grounds for its abuse. This is particularly true of complexity, an inherently interdisciplinary concept that has penetrated very different fields of intellectual activity from physics to linguistics, but with no underlying, unified theory. Complexity has become a popular buzzword used in the hope of gaining attention or funding -- institutes and research networks associated with complex systems grow like mushrooms. Why and how did it happen that this vague notion has become a central motif in modern science? Is it only a fashion, a kind of sociological phenomenon, or is it a sign of a changing paradigm of our perception of the laws of nature and of the approaches required to understand them? Because virtually every real system is inherently extremely complicated, to say that a system is complex is almost an empty statement - couldn't an Institute of Complex Systems just as well be called an Institute for Almost Everything? Despite these valid concerns, the world is ...

  9. Algorithmic Relative Complexity

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    Daniele Cerra

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Information content and compression are tightly related concepts that can be addressed through both classical and algorithmic information theories, on the basis of Shannon entropy and Kolmogorov complexity, respectively. The definition of several entities in Kolmogorov’s framework relies upon ideas from classical information theory, and these two approaches share many common traits. In this work, we expand the relations between these two frameworks by introducing algorithmic cross-complexity and relative complexity, counterparts of the cross-entropy and relative entropy (or Kullback-Leibler divergence found in Shannon’s framework. We define the cross-complexity of an object x with respect to another object y as the amount of computational resources needed to specify x in terms of y, and the complexity of x related to y as the compression power which is lost when adopting such a description for x, compared to the shortest representation of x. Properties of analogous quantities in classical information theory hold for these new concepts. As these notions are incomputable, a suitable approximation based upon data compression is derived to enable the application to real data, yielding a divergence measure applicable to any pair of strings. Example applications are outlined, involving authorship attribution and satellite image classification, as well as a comparison to similar established techniques.

  10. Complexity of Economical Systems

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    G. P. Pavlos

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study new theoretical concepts are described concerning the interpretation of economical complex dynamics. In addition a summary of an extended algorithm of nonlinear time series analysis is provided which is applied not only in economical time series but also in other physical complex systems (e.g. [22, 24]. In general, Economy is a vast and complicated set of arrangements and actions wherein agents—consumers, firms, banks, investors, government agencies—buy and sell, speculate, trade, oversee, bring products into being, offer services, invest in companies, strategize, explore, forecast, compete, learn, innovate, and adapt. As a result the economic and financial variables such as foreign exchange rates, gross domestic product, interest rates, production, stock market prices and unemployment exhibit large-amplitude and aperiodic fluctuations evident in complex systems. Thus, the Economics can be considered as spatially distributed non-equilibrium complex system, for which new theoretical concepts, such as Tsallis non extensive statistical mechanics and strange dynamics, percolation, nonGaussian, multifractal and multiscale dynamics related to fractional Langevin equations can be used for modeling and understanding of the economical complexity locally or globally.

  11. Complex System Optimization Using Biogeography-Based Optimization

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    Dawei Du

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Complex systems are frequently found in modern industry. But with their multisubsystems, multiobjectives, and multiconstraints, the optimization of complex systems is extremely hard. In this paper, a new algorithm adapted from biogeography-based optimization (BBO is introduced for complex system optimization. BBO/Complex is the combination of BBO with a multiobjective ranking system, an innovative migration approach, and effective diversity control. Based on comparisons with three complex system optimization algorithms (multidisciplinary feasible (MDF, individual discipline feasible (IDF, and collaborative optimization (CO on four real-world benchmark problems, BBO/Complex demonstrates competitive performance. BBO/Complex provides the best performance in three of the benchmark problems and the second best in the fourth problem.

  12. Thiosemicarbazone complexes of technetium

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    One aproach to the design of new sup(99m)Tc-radiopharmaceuticals consists in the preparation of bifunctional radio-pharmaceuticals [1]. In this approach, a bifunctional molecule is synthesized which possesses a chelating functional group (capable of forming a stable complex with sup(99m)Tc) attached to a second functional group which is expected to have a useful biological distribution. Thiosemicarbazones are compounds that possess great chelating capacity [2] and are easily obtainable by condensation of the theosemicarbazide (H2N-NH-CS-NH2) or substituted thiosemicarbazide with the carbonyl groups of aldehydes or ketones. Consequently transformation of molecules of biological interest that the carbonyl group possess in thiosemicarbazones is simple and these modified molecules could act a bifunctional radiopharmaceuticals. For this reason a series of thiosemicarbazone complexes of 99Tc was prepared. This is the first report on technetium complexes with thiosemicarbazones. (orig.)

  13. Thiosemicarbazone complexes of technetium

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    Grases, F.; Genestar, C.

    1985-01-01

    One aproach to the design of new sup(99m)Tc-radiopharmaceuticals consists in the preparation of bifunctional radio-pharmaceuticals (1). In this approach, a bifunctional molecule is synthesized which possesses a chelating functional group (capable of forming a stable complex with sup(99m)Tc) attached to a second functional group which is expected to have a useful biological distribution. Thiosemicarbazones are compounds that possess great chelating capacity (2) and are easily obtainable by condensation of the theosemicarbazide (H/sub 2/N-NH-CS-NH/sub 2/) or substituted thiosemicarbazide with the carbonyl groups of aldehydes or ketones. Consequently transformation of molecules of biological interest that the carbonyl group possess in thiosemicarbazones is simple and these modified molecules could act as bifunctional radiopharmaceuticals. For this reason a series of thiosemicarbazone complexes of /sup 99/Tc was prepared. This is the first report on technetium complexes with thiosemicarbazones.

  14. Procuring complex performance

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    Hartmann, A.; Roehrich, J.; Frederiksen, Lars;

    2014-01-01

    Purpose – The paper analyses how public buyers transition from procuring single products and services to procuring complex performance (PCP). The aim is to examine the change in the interactions between buyer and supplier, the emergence of value co-creation and the capability development during......-creation, but is politically driven. Practical implications – The study proposes three generic transition stages towards increased performance and infrastructural complexity moderated by contract duration. These stages may help managers of public agencies to identify the current procurement level and the contractual...... and relational challenges they need to master when facing higher levels of performance and infrastructural complexity. Originality/value – The study adds to the limited empirical and conceptual understanding on the nature of long-term public-private interactions in PCP. It contributes through a rare focus...

  15. Complex Polynomial Vector Fields

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    Dias, Kealey

    The two branches of dynamical systems, continuous and discrete, correspond to the study of differential equations (vector fields) and iteration of mappings respectively. In holomorphic dynamics, the systems studied are restricted to those described by holomorphic (complex analytic) functions...... vector fields. Since the class of complex polynomial vector fields in the plane is natural to consider, it is remarkable that its study has only begun very recently. There are numerous fundamental questions that are still open, both in the general classification of these vector fields, the decomposition...... of parameter spaces into structurally stable domains, and a description of the bifurcations. For this reason, the talk will focus on these questions for complex polynomial vector fields....

  16. Philosophy of complex systems

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    2011-01-01

    The domain of nonlinear dynamical systems and its mathematical underpinnings has been developing exponentially for a century, the last 35 years seeing an outpouring of new ideas and applications and a concomitant confluence with ideas of complex systems and their applications from irreversible thermodynamics. A few examples are in meteorology, ecological dynamics, and social and economic dynamics. These new ideas have profound implications for our understanding and practice in domains involving complexity, predictability and determinism, equilibrium, control, planning, individuality, responsibility and so on. Our intention is to draw together in this volume, we believe for the first time, a comprehensive picture of the manifold philosophically interesting impacts of recent developments in understanding nonlinear systems and the unique aspects of their complexity. The book will focus specifically on the philosophical concepts, principles, judgments and problems distinctly raised by work in the domain of comple...

  17. Nonergodic complexity management

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    Piccinini, Nicola; Lambert, David; West, Bruce J.; Bologna, Mauro; Grigolini, Paolo

    2016-06-01

    Linear response theory, the backbone of nonequilibrium statistical physics, has recently been extended to explain how and why nonergodic renewal processes are insensitive to simple perturbations, such as in habituation. It was established that a permanent correlation results between an external stimulus and the response of a complex system generating nonergodic renewal processes, when the stimulus is a similar nonergodic process. This is the principle of complexity management, whose proof relies on ensemble distribution functions. Herein we extend the proof to the nonergodic case using time averages and a single time series, hence making it usable in real life situations where ensemble averages cannot be performed because of the very nature of the complex systems being studied.

  18. Complex-Valued Autoencoders

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    Baldi, Pierre; Lu, Zhiqin

    2011-01-01

    Autoencoders are unsupervised machine learning circuits whose learning goal is to minimize a distortion measure between inputs and outputs. Linear autoencoders can be defined over any field and only real-valued linear autoencoder have been studied so far. Here we study complex-valued linear autoencoders where the components of the training vectors and adjustable matrices are defined over the complex field with the $L_2$ norm. We provide simpler and more general proofs that unify the real-valued and complex-valued cases, showing that in both cases the landscape of the error function is invariant under certain groups of transformations. The landscape has no local minima, a family of global minima associated with Principal Component Analysis, and many families of saddle points associated with orthogonal projections onto sub-space spanned by sub-optimal subsets of eigenvectors of the covariance matrix. The theory yields several iterative, convergent, learning algorithms, a clear understanding of the generalizatio...

  19. Synchronization in complex networks

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    Arenas, A.; Diaz-Guilera, A.; Moreno, Y.; Zhou, C.; Kurths, J.

    2007-12-12

    Synchronization processes in populations of locally interacting elements are in the focus of intense research in physical, biological, chemical, technological and social systems. The many efforts devoted to understand synchronization phenomena in natural systems take now advantage of the recent theory of complex networks. In this review, we report the advances in the comprehension of synchronization phenomena when oscillating elements are constrained to interact in a complex network topology. We also overview the new emergent features coming out from the interplay between the structure and the function of the underlying pattern of connections. Extensive numerical work as well as analytical approaches to the problem are presented. Finally, we review several applications of synchronization in complex networks to different disciplines: biological systems and neuroscience, engineering and computer science, and economy and social sciences.

  20. Modeling Complex Systems

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    Boccara, Nino

    2010-01-01

    Modeling Complex Systems, 2nd Edition, explores the process of modeling complex systems, providing examples from such diverse fields as ecology, epidemiology, sociology, seismology, and economics. It illustrates how models of complex systems are built and provides indispensable mathematical tools for studying their dynamics. This vital introductory text is useful for advanced undergraduate students in various scientific disciplines, and serves as an important reference book for graduate students and young researchers. This enhanced second edition includes: . -recent research results and bibliographic references -extra footnotes which provide biographical information on cited scientists who have made significant contributions to the field -new and improved worked-out examples to aid a student’s comprehension of the content -exercises to challenge the reader and complement the material Nino Boccara is also the author of Essentials of Mathematica: With Applications to Mathematics and Physics (Springer, 2007).

  1. Complex Aperture Networks

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    Owladeghaffari, Hamed

    2009-01-01

    A complex network approach on a rough fracture is developed. In this manner, some hidden metric spaces (similarity measurements) between apertures profiles are set up and a general evolutionary network in two directions (in parallel and perpendicular to the shear direction) is constructed. Evaluation of the emerged network shows the connectivity degree (distribution) of network, after a transition step; fall in to the stable states which are coincided with the Gaussian distribution. Based on this event and real observations of the complex network changes, an algorithm (COmplex Networks on Apertures: CONA) is proposed in which evolving of a network is accomplished using preferential detachments and attachments of edges (based on a competition and game manner) while the number of nodes is fixed. Also, evolving of clustering coefficients and number of edges display similar patterns as well as are appeared in shear stress, hydraulic conductivity and dilation changes, which can be engaged to estimate shear strengt...

  2. Introduction to Complex Plasmas

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    Bonitz, Michael; Ludwig, Patrick

    2010-01-01

    Complex plasmas differ from traditional plasmas in many ways: these are low-temperature high pressure systems containing nanometer to micrometer size particles which may be highly charged and strongly interacting. The particles may be chemically reacting or be in contact with solid surfaces, and the electrons may show quantum behaviour. These interesting properties have led to many applications of complex plasmas in technology, medicine and science. Yet complex plasmas are extremely complicated, both experimentally and theoretically, and require a variety of new approaches which go beyond standard plasma physics courses. This book fills this gap presenting an introduction to theory, experiment and computer simulation in this field. Based on tutorial lectures at a very successful recent Summer Institute, the presentation is ideally suited for graduate students, plasma physicists and experienced undergraduates.

  3. Synchronization in complex networks

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    Arenas, Alex; Díaz-Guilera, Albert; Kurths, Jurgen; Moreno, Yamir; Zhou, Changsong

    2008-12-01

    Synchronization processes in populations of locally interacting elements are the focus of intense research in physical, biological, chemical, technological and social systems. The many efforts devoted to understanding synchronization phenomena in natural systems now take advantage of the recent theory of complex networks. In this review, we report the advances in the comprehension of synchronization phenomena when oscillating elements are constrained to interact in a complex network topology. We also take an overview of the new emergent features coming out from the interplay between the structure and the function of the underlying patterns of connections. Extensive numerical work as well as analytical approaches to the problem are presented. Finally, we review several applications of synchronization in complex networks to different disciplines: biological systems and neuroscience, engineering and computer science, and economy and social sciences.

  4. Complex Strategic Choices

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    Leleur, Steen

    . Complex Strategic Choices provides clear principles and methods which can guide and support strategic decision making to face the many current challenges. By considering ways in which planning practices can be renewed and exploring the possibilities for acquiring awareness and tools to add value...... resulting in new material stemming from and focusing on practical application of a systemic approach. The outcome is a coherent and flexible approach named systemic planning. The inclusion of both the theoretical and practical aspects of systemic planning makes this book a key resource for researchers...... and students in the field of planning and decision analysis as well as practitioners dealing with strategic analysis and decision making. More broadly, Complex Strategic Choices acts as guide for professionals and students involved in complex planning tasks across several fields such as business...

  5. Collectives and the design of complex systems

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    Wolpert, David

    2004-01-01

    Increasingly powerful computers are making possible distributed systems comprised of many adaptive and self-motivated computational agents. Such systems, when distinguished by system-level performance criteria, are known as "collectives." Collectives and the Design of Complex Systems lays the foundation for a science of collectives and describes how to design them for optimal performance. An introductory survey chapter is followed by descriptions of information-processing problems that can only be solved by the joint actions of large communities of computers, each running its own complex, decentralized machine-learning algorithm. Subsequent chapters analyze the dynamics and structures of collectives, as well as address economic, model-free, and control-theory approaches to designing complex systems. The work assumes a modest understanding of basic statistics and calculus. Topics and Features: Introduces the burgeoning science of collectives and its practical applications in a single useful volume Combines ap...

  6. Intentional risk management through complex networks analysis

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    Chapela, Victor; Moral, Santiago; Romance, Miguel

    2015-01-01

    This book combines game theory and complex networks to examine intentional technological risk through modeling. As information security risks are in constant evolution,  the methodologies and tools to manage them must evolve to an ever-changing environment. A formal global methodology is explained  in this book, which is able to analyze risks in cyber security based on complex network models and ideas extracted from the Nash equilibrium. A risk management methodology for IT critical infrastructures is introduced which provides guidance and analysis on decision making models and real situations. This model manages the risk of succumbing to a digital attack and assesses an attack from the following three variables: income obtained, expense needed to carry out an attack, and the potential consequences for an attack. Graduate students and researchers interested in cyber security, complex network applications and intentional risk will find this book useful as it is filled with a number of models, methodologies a...

  7. Tigecycline: Alone or in combination?

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    Cai, Yun; Bai, Nan; Liu, Xu; Liang, Beibei; Wang, Jin; Wang, Rui

    2016-07-01

    Background The broad spectrum antibiotic tigecyline has promising efficacy against many multidrug-resistant (MDR) pathogens. However, when used clinically, many reports about treatment failures of tigecycline monotherapy indicate that it might not be sufficient to control severe infections. Combination therapy has become an option to treat infection with MDR bacteria because of the distinct advantage in terms of broad coverage, synergistic effect and prevention of drug resistance development. Methods Search terms 'tigecycline', 'GAR-936' and 'glycylcycline' combined with the term 'combination' were applied to retrieve the available in vitro and in vivo studies on tigecycline combination therapy from PubMed database (January 1993-August 2015). Results Colistin-tigecycline was the most studied combination and showed promising efficacy. Other combination regimens, such as tigecycline plus sulbactam, carbapenem or rifampicin, also showed synergistic effects against different bacteria. However, most of the data was from in vitro and animal studies. Only some case reports indicated that tigecycline containing combination therapy had favourable outcomes. Conclusions Although this study could not conclude that combination therapy with tigecycline was superior to monotherapy, when severe infection leaves no other choice, selection of combination drugs according to infection status and in vitro susceptibility testing is recommended. There is a great need for well-designed studies to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of combination therapy compared to tigecyline monotherapy. PMID:26982103

  8. Luminescent macrocyclic lanthanide complexes

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    Raymond, Kenneth N.; Corneillie, Todd M.; Xu, Jide

    2012-05-08

    The present invention provides a novel class of macrocyclic compounds as well as complexes formed between a metal (e.g., lanthanide) ion and the compounds of the invention. Preferred complexes exhibit high stability as well as high quantum yields of lanthanide ion luminescence in aqueous media without the need for secondary activating agents. Preferred compounds incorporate hydroxy-isophthalamide moieties within their macrocyclic structure and are characterized by surprisingly low, non-specific binding to a variety of polypeptides such as antibodies and proteins as well as high kinetic stability. These characteristics distinguish them from known, open-structured ligands.

  9. Complex/Symplectic Mirrors

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    Chuang, Wu-yen; Kachru, Shamit; /Stanford U., ITP /SLAC; Tomasiello, Alessandro; /Stanford U., ITP

    2005-10-28

    We construct a class of symplectic non-Kaehler and complex non-Kaehler string theory vacua, extending and providing evidence for an earlier suggestion by Polchinski and Strominger. The class admits a mirror pairing by construction. Comparing hints from a variety of sources, including ten-dimensional supergravity and KK reduction on SU(3)-structure manifolds, suggests a picture in which string theory extends Reid's fantasy to connect classes of both complex non-Kaehler and symplectic non-Kaehler manifolds.

  10. Complex function theory

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    Sarason, Donald

    2007-01-01

    Complex Function Theory is a concise and rigorous introduction to the theory of functions of a complex variable. Written in a classical style, it is in the spirit of the books by Ahlfors and by Saks and Zygmund. Being designed for a one-semester course, it is much shorter than many of the standard texts. Sarason covers the basic material through Cauchy's theorem and applications, plus the Riemann mapping theorem. It is suitable for either an introductory graduate course or an undergraduate course for students with adequate preparation. The first edition was published with the title Notes on Co

  11. Thermodynamics of complexity

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    Westerhoff, Hans V.; Jensen, Peter Ruhdal; Snoep, Jacky L.

    1998-01-01

    the thesis that the aforesaid holds a fortiori for the living cell: Much of the essence of the live state depends more on the manner in which the molecules are organised than on the properties of single molecules. This is due to the phenomenon of 'Complexity'. BioComplexity is defined here as the phenomenon...... that the behaviour of two functionally interacting biological components (molecules, protein domains, pathways, organelles) differs from the behaviour these components would exhibit in isolation from one another, where the difference should be essential for the maintenance and growth of the living state, For a true...

  12. Complexity, time and music

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    JEAN PIERRE BOON

    2009-01-01

    The concept of complexity as considered in terms of its algorithmic definition proposed by G.J. Chaitin and A.N. Kolmogorov is revisited for the dynamical complexity of music. When music pieces are cast in the form of time series of pitch variations, concepts of dynamical systems theory can be used to define new quantities such as the {\\em dimensionality} as a measure of the {\\em global temporal dynamics} of a music piece, and the Shanon {\\em entropy} as an evaluation of its {\\em local dynami...

  13. Introduction to complex analysis

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    Priestley, H A

    2003-01-01

    Complex analysis is a classic and central area of mathematics, which is studied and exploited in a range of important fields, from number theory to engineering. Introduction to Complex Analysis was first published in 1985, and for this much awaited second edition the text has been considerably expanded, while retaining the style of the original. More detailed presentation is given of elementary topics, to reflect the knowledge base of current students. Exercise sets have beensubstantially revised and enlarged, with carefully graded exercises at the end of each chapter.This is the latest additi

  14. Complex variables II essentials

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    Solomon, Alan D

    2013-01-01

    REA's Essentials provide quick and easy access to critical information in a variety of different fields, ranging from the most basic to the most advanced. As its name implies, these concise, comprehensive study guides summarize the essentials of the field covered. Essentials are helpful when preparing for exams, doing homework and will remain a lasting reference source for students, teachers, and professionals. Complex Variables II includes elementary mappings and Mobius transformation, mappings by general functions, conformal mappings and harmonic functions, applying complex functions to a

  15. Nonlinear dynamics and complexity

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    Luo, Albert; Fu, Xilin

    2014-01-01

    This important collection presents recent advances in nonlinear dynamics including analytical solutions, chaos in Hamiltonian systems, time-delay, uncertainty, and bio-network dynamics. Nonlinear Dynamics and Complexity equips readers to appreciate this increasingly main-stream approach to understanding complex phenomena in nonlinear systems as they are examined in a broad array of disciplines. The book facilitates a better understanding of the mechanisms and phenomena in nonlinear dynamics and develops the corresponding mathematical theory to apply nonlinear design to practical engineering.

  16. Complex matrix model duality

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    Brown, T.W.

    2010-11-15

    The same complex matrix model calculates both tachyon scattering for the c=1 non-critical string at the self-dual radius and certain correlation functions of half-BPS operators in N=4 super- Yang-Mills. It is dual to another complex matrix model where the couplings of the first model are encoded in the Kontsevich-like variables of the second. The duality between the theories is mirrored by the duality of their Feynman diagrams. Analogously to the Hermitian Kontsevich- Penner model, the correlation functions of the second model can be written as sums over discrete points in subspaces of the moduli space of punctured Riemann surfaces. (orig.)

  17. Complex matrix model duality

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    The same complex matrix model calculates both tachyon scattering for the c=1 non-critical string at the self-dual radius and certain correlation functions of half-BPS operators in N=4 super- Yang-Mills. It is dual to another complex matrix model where the couplings of the first model are encoded in the Kontsevich-like variables of the second. The duality between the theories is mirrored by the duality of their Feynman diagrams. Analogously to the Hermitian Kontsevich- Penner model, the correlation functions of the second model can be written as sums over discrete points in subspaces of the moduli space of punctured Riemann surfaces. (orig.)

  18. Applied complex variables

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    Dettman, John W

    1965-01-01

    Analytic function theory is a traditional subject going back to Cauchy and Riemann in the 19th century. Once the exclusive province of advanced mathematics students, its applications have proven vital to today's physicists and engineers. In this highly regarded work, Professor John W. Dettman offers a clear, well-organized overview of the subject and various applications - making the often-perplexing study of analytic functions of complex variables more accessible to a wider audience. The first half of Applied Complex Variables, designed for sequential study, is a step-by-step treatment of fun

  19. Salen complexes with dianionic counterions

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    Job, Gabriel E.; Farmer, Jay J.; Cherian, Anna E.

    2016-08-02

    The present invention describes metal salen complexes having dianionic counterions. Such complexes can be readily precipitated and provide an economical method for the purification and isolation of the complexes, and are useful to prepare novel polymer compositions.

  20. Responding to complexity in socio-economic systems: How to build a smart and resilient society?

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    Helbing, Dirk

    2015-01-01

    The world is changing at an ever-increasing pace. And it has changed in a much more fundamental way than one would think, primarily because it has become more connected and interdependent than in our entire history. Every new product, every new invention can be combined with those that existed before, thereby creating an explosion of complexity: structural complexity, dynamic complexity, functional complexity, and algorithmic complexity. How to respond to this challenge? And what are the costs?

  1. New combination therapies for asthma.

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    Donohue, J F; Ohar, J A

    2001-03-01

    Combination products often have useful clinical benefits in asthma. The scientific rationale for combination therapy includes the fact that different agents have complimentary modes of action. Long-acting beta(2)-agonists have effects on airway smooth muscle, and inhaled corticosteroids have potent topical antiinflammatory effect. This combination has been shown to effectively reduce exacerbations and improve symptoms. Substantial clinical trial data provide a rationale for dual-control therapy supported by basic scientific data. Another combined therapy is inhaled steroids plus leukotriene-receptor antagonists, which provides the patient with two effective therapies. Leukotriene-receptor antagonist can also be combined with antihistamines for improved asthma control. Older therapies including theophylline and controlled release albuterol have been effectively added to inhaled corticosteroids, enabling a reduction in the dose of the inhaled steroids. Many other combination therapies are presently being tested. PMID:11224725

  2. The phosphorylation pattern of bovine heart complex I subunits

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    Palmisano, Giuseppe; Sardanelli, Anna Maria; Signorile, Anna;

    2007-01-01

    The phosphoproteome of bovine heart complex I of the respiratory chain has been analysed with a procedure based on nondenaturing gel electrophoretic separation of complex I from small quantities of mitochondria samples, in-gel digestion, in combination with phosphopeptide enrichment by titanium...... dioxide and MS. The results, complemented by analyses of purified samples of complex I, showed phosphorylation of five subunits of the complex, 42 kDa (human gene NDUFA10), ESSS, B14.5a (human gene NDUFA7), B14.5b (human gene NDUFC2) and B16.6 (GRIM-19). MS also revealed the presence of phosphorylated...

  3. Symmetry in Complex Networks

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    Angel Garrido

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we analyze a few interrelated concepts about graphs, such as their degree, entropy, or their symmetry/asymmetry levels. These concepts prove useful in the study of different types of Systems, and particularly, in the analysis of Complex Networks. A System can be defined as any set of components functioning together as a whole. A systemic point of view allows us to isolate a part of the world, and so, we can focus on those aspects that interact more closely than others. Network Science analyzes the interconnections among diverse networks from different domains: physics, engineering, biology, semantics, and so on. Current developments in the quantitative analysis of Complex Networks, based on graph theory, have been rapidly translated to studies of brain network organization. The brain's systems have complex network features—such as the small-world topology, highly connected hubs and modularity. These networks are not random. The topology of many different networks shows striking similarities, such as the scale-free structure, with the degree distribution following a Power Law. How can very different systems have the same underlying topological features? Modeling and characterizing these networks, looking for their governing laws, are the current lines of research. So, we will dedicate this Special Issue paper to show measures of symmetry in Complex Networks, and highlight their close relation with measures of information and entropy.

  4. Complexity in Managing Modularization

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    Hansen, Poul H. Kyvsgård; Sun, Hongyi

    2011-01-01

    In general, the phenomenon of managing modularization is not well known. The cause-effect relationships between modularization and realized benefits are complex and comprehensive. Though a number of research works have contributed to the study of the phenomenon of efficient and effective modulari...... have developed a framework to support the heuristic and iterative process of planning and realizing modularization benefits....

  5. The CERN accelerator complex

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    Haffner, Julie

    2013-01-01

    The LHC is the last ring (dark grey line) in a complex chain of particle accelerators. The smaller machines are used in a chain to help boost the particles to their final energies and provide beams to a whole set of smaller experiments, which also aim to uncover the mysteries of the Universe.

  6. Complexity driven photonics

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    Fratalocchi, Andrea

    2014-12-01

    Disorder and chaos are ubiquitous phenomena that are mostly unwanted in applications. On the contrary, they can be exploited to create a new technology. In this talk I will summarize my research in this field, discussing chaotic energy harvesting, nonlinear stochastic resonance and complex nanolasers.

  7. Debating complexity in modeling

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    Hunt, Randall J.; Zheng, Chunmiao

    1999-01-01

    Complexity in modeling would seem to be an issue of universal importance throughout the geosciences, perhaps throughout all science, if the debate last year among groundwater modelers is any indication. During the discussion the following questions and observations made up the heart of the debate.

  8. The CERN accelerator complex

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    Christiane Lefèvre

    2008-01-01

    The LHC is the last ring (dark grey line) in a complex chain of particle accelerators. The smaller machines are used in a chain to help boost the particles to their final energies and provide beams to a whole set of smaller experiments, which also aim to uncover the mysteries of the Universe.

  9. The Complexity of Metaphor

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    贾燕梅

    2007-01-01

    Being as one figurative form of language, metaphor plays the most complicated role to make language colorful and vivid.Demonstrating the types and the features of metaphor, this article will focus on the point that metaphor is a complex language phenomenon heavily loaded with the factor of culture.

  10. The CERN accelerator complex

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    De Melis, Cinzia

    2016-01-01

    The LHC is the last ring (dark blue line) in a complex chain of particle accelerators. The smaller machines are used in a chain to help boost the particles to their final energies and provide beams to a whole set of smaller experiments, which also aim to uncover the mysteries of the Universe.

  11. Launching Complex Tasks

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    Jackson, Kara J.; Shahan, Emily C.; Gibbons, Lynsey K.; Cobb, Paul A.

    2012-01-01

    Mathematics lessons can take a variety of formats. In this article, the authors discuss lessons organized around complex mathematical tasks. These lessons usually unfold in three phases. First, the task is introduced to students. Second, students work on solving the task. Third, the teacher "orchestrates" a concluding whole-class discussion in…

  12. Aquaporins in complex tissues

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    Hamann, S; Zeuthen, T; La Cour, M;

    1998-01-01

    Multiple physiological fluid movements are involved in vision. Here we define the cellular and subcellular sites of aquaporin (AQP) water transport proteins in human and rat eyes by immunoblotting, high-resolution immunocytochemistry, and immunoelectron microscopy. AQP3 is abundant in bulbar conj......, predicting specific roles for each in the complex network through which water movements occur in the eye....

  13. Complex adaptive systems ecology

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    Sommerlund, Julie

    2003-01-01

    In the following, I will analyze two articles called Complex Adaptive Systems EcologyI & II (Molin & Molin, 1997 & 2000). The CASE-articles are some of the more quirkyarticles that have come out of the Molecular Microbial Ecology Group - a groupwhere I am currently making observational studies...

  14. Complex Digital Visual Systems

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    Sweeny, Robert W.

    2013-01-01

    This article identifies possibilities for data visualization as art educational research practice. The author presents an analysis of the relationship between works of art and digital visual culture, employing aspects of network analysis drawn from the work of Barabási, Newman, and Watts (2006) and Castells (1994). Describing complex network…

  15. Macroevolution of complex retroviruses

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    Katzourakis, Aris; Gifford, Robert J; Tristem, Michael;

    2009-01-01

    Retroviruses can leave a "fossil record" in their hosts' genomes in the form of endogenous retroviruses. Foamy viruses, complex retroviruses that infect mammals, have been notably absent from this record. We have found an endogenous foamy virus within the genomes of sloths and show that foamy...

  16. Proteasomes: a complex story

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    Hendil, Klavs B; Hartmann-Petersen, Rasmus

    2004-01-01

    Protein degradation in eukaryotic cells is important for regulation of metabolism, progression through the division cycle, in cell signalling pathways, and in mammals also for generation of antigen fragments for presentation on the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I. Most cell proteins...

  17. Complex performance in construction

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    Bougrain, Frédéric; Forman, Marianne; Gottlieb, Stefan Christoffer;

    to the end users. This report summarises the results from work undertaken in the international collaborative project “Procuring and Operating Complex Products and Systems in Construction” (POCOPSC). POCOPSC was carried out in the period 2010-2014. The project was executed in collaboration between CSTB...

  18. Genetics of complex diseases

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    Mellerup, Erling; Møller, Gert Lykke; Koefoed, Pernille

    2012-01-01

    A complex disease with an inheritable component is polygenic, meaning that several different changes in DNA are the genetic basis for the disease. Such a disease may also be genetically heterogeneous, meaning that independent changes in DNA, i.e. various genotypes, can be the genetic basis...

  19. Complex Interfaces Under Change

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    Rosbjerg, Dan

    and mechanical processes that develop within this structure. Water-related processes at the interfaces between the compartments are complex, depending both on the interface itself, and on the characteristics of the interfaced compartments. Various aspects of global change directly or indirectly impact...

  20. Statistical electromagnetics: Complex cavities

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    Naus, H.W.L.

    2008-01-01

    A selection of the literature on the statistical description of electromagnetic fields and complex cavities is concisely reviewed. Some essential concepts, for example, the application of the central limit theorem and the maximum entropy principle, are scrutinized. Implicit assumptions, biased choic