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  1. 1999 ANNUAL REPORT NATO/CCMS PILOT STUDY

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    This annual report present the proceedings of the second annual NATO/CCMS pilot study meeting in Belfast, UK in March 1999. Guest speakers focused on efforts in the research arena of clean products, clean processes, and pollution prevention tools.

  2. NATO/CCMS PILOT STUDY - CLEAN PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES

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    The proposed objective of the NATO/CCMS Pilot on clean products and processes is to facilitate further gains in pollution prevention, waste minimization, and design for the environment. It is anticipated that the free exchange of knowledge, experience, data, and models will fost...

  3. NATO/CCMS PILOT STUDY - EVALUATION OF DEMONSTRATED AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE TREATMENT OF CONTAMINATED LAND AND GROUNDWATER (PHASE III)

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    The Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) established the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS) in 1969. CCMS was charged with developing meaningful programs to share information among countries on environmental and societal issues that complemen...

  4. NATO/CCMS PILOT STUDY - CLEAN PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES (PHASE I) 2000 ANNUAL REPORT, NUMBER 242

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    This annual report presents the proceedings of the Third Annual NATO/CCMS pilot study meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. Guest speakers focused on efforts in the area of research of clean products and processes, life cycle analysis, computer tools and pollution prevention.

  5. NATO CCMS PILOT STUDY ON CLEAN PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES -(PHASE I) - 2002 ANNUAL REPORT

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    The annual report summarizes the activities of the NATO CCMS Pilot Study on clean products and processes for 2002, including the proceedings of the 2002 annual meeting held in Vilnius, Lithuania. The report presents a wealth of information on cleaner production activities in ove...

  6. NATO/CCMS PILOT STUDY CLEAN PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES (PHASE II) 2003 ANNUAL REPORT

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    The 6th annual meeting of the NATO CCMS Pilot Study, Clean Products and Processes, was held in Cetraro, Italy, from May 11 to 15, 2003. This was also the first meeting of its Phase II study. 24 country representatives attended this meeting. This meeting was very ably run by th...

  7. The Preparation of Capsaicin-Chitosan Microspheres (CCMS Enteric Coated Tablets

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    Jian Chen

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to research the preparation and content determination of capsaicin-chitosan microspheres (CCMS enteric coated tablets. The core tablets were prepared with the method of wet granulation. Nine formulae were designed to determine the optimal formula of the core tablet. Eudragit L100 was used to prepare the CCMS enteric-coated tablets. The effect of enteric coated formulation variables such as content of talc (10%, 25% and 40%, plasticisers (TEC and DBS, dosage of plasticiser (10%, 20% and 30% and coating weight (2%, 3% and 5% were evaluated for drug release characteristics. The in vitro release was studied using 0.1 N HCl and pH 6.8 phosphate buffer. Enteric coated tablets without ruptures or swelling behaviour over 2 h in 0.1 N HCl indicated that these tablets showed acid resistance. The accumulated release rate in phosphate buffer (pH 6.8 revealed that the prepared tablets were able to sustain drug release into the intestine and a first-order release was obtained for capsaicin. This research is the first report of the preparation and content determination of CCMS enteric coated tablets. The sustained release behavior of enteric coated formulations in pH 6.8 phosphate buffer demonstrated that it would be a potential drug delivery platform for sustained delivery of gastric irritant drugs.

  8. NATO/CCMS PILOT STUDY CLEAN PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES (PHASE 1) 1998 ANNUAL REPORT (EPA/600/R-98/065)

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    This annual report presents the proceedings of the first annual NATO/CCMS pilot study meeting in Cincinnati in March 1998. Guest speakers focused on efforts in the research arena of clean products, clean processes, life cycle analysis, ecolabeling, and pollution prevention tools.

  9. Attribution of ozone changes to dynamical and chemical processes in CCMs and CTMs

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    H. Garny

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Chemistry-climate models (CCMs are commonly used to simulate the past and future development of Earth's ozone layer. The fully coupled chemistry schemes calculate the chemical production and destruction of ozone interactively and ozone is transported by the simulated atmospheric flow. Due to the complexity of the processes acting on ozone it is not straightforward to disentangle the influence of individual processes on the temporal development of ozone concentrations. A method is introduced here that quantifies the influence of chemistry and transport on ozone concentration changes and that is easily implemented in CCMs and chemistry-transport models (CTMs. In this method, ozone tendencies (i.e. the time rate of change of ozone are partitioned into a contribution from ozone production and destruction (chemistry and a contribution from transport of ozone (dynamics. The influence of transport on ozone in a specific region is further divided into export of ozone out of that region and import of ozone from elsewhere into that region. For this purpose, a diagnostic is used that disaggregates the ozone mixing ratio field into 9 separate fields according to in which of 9 predefined regions of the atmosphere the ozone originated. With this diagnostic the ozone mass fluxes between these regions are obtained. Furthermore, this method is used here to attribute long-term changes in ozone to chemistry and transport. The relative change in ozone from one period to another that is due to changes in production or destruction rates, or due to changes in import or export of ozone, are quantified. As such, the diagnostics introduced here can be used to attribute changes in ozone on monthly, interannual and long-term time-scales to the responsible mechanisms. Results from a CCM simulation are shown here as examples, with the main focus of the paper being on introducing the method.

  10. Can stable isotope fractionation in diatom and coccolith biominerals elucidate the significance of carbon concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) in the past?

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    Stoll, H.; Bolton, C.; Isensee, K.; Mendez-Vicente, A.; Rubio-Ramos, M.; Mejia-Ramirez, L. M.

    2012-04-01

    Carbon isotopic fractionation in fossil algal biomarkers is typically interpreted to reflect atmospheric CO2 changes assuming simple diffusive uptake of CO2 by cells, however modern algae employ a diverse array of additional strategies to concentrate DIC inside the cell (CCMs). We previously hypothesized that the size-correlated range of vital effects in carbonate liths produced by different coccolithophore species was due to variable significance of CCMs in their C acquisition, and that an absence of interspecific vital effects may reflect a reduced importance of CCMs (or more similar CCMs employed). Here, we present stable isotope data from size-separated deep-sea sediments dominated by small, intermediate and large coccoliths from time slices throughout the Cenozoic. We show that the range of coccolith vital effects is distinct during several major Cenozoic proxy-inferred climate-CO2 transitions, and where vital effects are significant their magnitude scales with cell size in the same sense as modern culture genera (increasing C and O isotope enrichment with decreasing coccolith size). Our new culture experiments with coccolithophorids reveal strong plasticity in the magnitude of stable carbon isotope vital effects in coccoliths of Calcidiscus leptoporus and Emiliania huxleyi with variable CO2. At high CO2 coccoliths of both species are more isotopically enriched, but the magnitude is greater in C. leptoporus leading to reduced interspecific offsets at high CO2. In the case of E. huxleyi, higher CO2 conditions resulted in significant reduction in the magnitude of DIC accumulation in the intracellular carbon pool, and more positive carbon isotopic values inside the particulate organic matter. A model of carbon acquisition incorporating both photosynthetic and carbonate production is used to explore mechanisms for these relationships. We also investigate fractionation in diatom organic matter and diatom biomineral-bound organic matter. While the carbon isotopic

  11. Properties of paste CCMS for printing with reactive dyes%活性染料印花糊料CCMS的印花性能

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    邱亚静; 杨柳弟

    2013-01-01

    The mix of CCMS with CMC/SA and the printing properties of mixed paste were studied. The results showed that the mixed paste had good stability against chemicals, good water conservative property and distinct pseudoplastic when n(CCMS):n(SA)=8:2. Therefore, it was suitable for fine printing of cellulosic fabrics. It had good color yield, excellent permeability, clear pattern, high removal rate and good color fastness. The actual printing effect of CCMS-SA was similar or superior to that of sodium alginate.%对活性染料印花糊料CCMS与CMC和SA的复配进行了研究,并比较复配糊与SA的印花性能.结果表明:n(CCMS)∶n(SA)=8∶2对化学品的稳定性、抱水性较好,具有明显的假塑性,适合于纤维素纤维织物的精细印花,得色量高、渗透性好、花纹轮廓清晰、脱糊率高、色牢度好,实际印花效果与海藻酸钠相当,甚至优于海藻酸钠.

  12. Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society solar energy pilot study. First follow-up report, October 1979, pilot country: United States; co-pilot countries: Denmark and France. CCMS report No. 110

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    1980-01-01

    During 1973 to 1978, over twenty nations participated in the NATO/CCMS Solar Energy Pilot Study, whose objective was to promote and accelerate the use of solar heating and cooling of buildings. The activities in this information exchange included (1) the regular reporting of national solar heating and cooling programs, (2) the development of a format for reporting the performance of solar heating and cooling systems, (3) the exchange of system performance reports, (4) the establishment of two specialized working groups for solar-assisted low energy dwellings and passive solar applications. At the conclusion of the pilot study in 1978, the participants formulated recommendations for continued action at the international level, as well as for action at the national level. This report describes the progress made in implementing those recommendations. In addition to detailing the steps taken to continue collaboration in various efforts initiated within the Solar Energy Pilot Study, the report contains papers on the 1979 status of the solar heating and cooling programs in seventeen CCMS countries.

  13. CHARM Components Monitoring System (CCMS)

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    Aktas, Cemal

    2011-01-01

    Integrated systems need to be monitored regularly for operational problems such as network failures, loss of data, bottle necks, and other process failures. One of the best ways to monitor a system is through a graphical visualization of system activities. Humans are good at spotting patterns in graphic visualizations. This report describes a monitoring facility for integrated systems that can present wide range of graphics visualizations. As a proof of concept, it is implemented for the CHAR...

  14. NATO CCMS Workshop on Smart Materials for Energy, Communications and Security (SMECS)

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    Mezzane, Daoud

    2008-01-01

    Rapid evolution of trade, cultural and human relations provides the qualitative and quantitative enhancement of international collaborations, linking the countries with different economical and technological level. Delocalization of High-Tech industry inevitably leads to development of the material science and engineering researches in emergent countries, requiring transfer of know-how, restructuration of basic research and educational networks. This book presents the contributions of participants of the Advanced Research Workshop “Smart Materials for Energy, Communications and Security” (ARW SMECS; www.smecs.ferroix.net), organized in December 2007 in Marrakech in frame of the “NATO - Science for Peace” program. The objective of this event was the attempt to overview several hot topics of material physics related with problems of modern society: transformation and storage of energy, treatment and transmission of information, environmental security issues etc., with the focus of their implementation i...

  15. Antiobese effects of capsaicin-chitosan microsphere (CCMS) in obese rats induced by high fat diet.

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    Tan, Sirong; Gao, Bing; Tao, Yi; Guo, Jiao; Su, Zheng-quan

    2014-02-26

    Chitosan (CTS) and capsaicin (CAP) are two kinds of effective ingredients for antiobesity, which are extracted from crab shells and Capsicum annuum. However, the strong taste of CAP makes it difficult to consume, and the antiobesity ability of CTS is limited. In this study, we prepared capsaicin-chitosan microspheres (CCMSs) by ion-cross-linking and spray drying and examined the antiobesity ability of CCMSs in obese rats. The effects of CCMSs on body weight, Lee's index, body fat, and serum lipids were investigated. The mRNA expression of PPARα, PPARγ, leptin, UCP2, GPR120, FTO, and adiponectin in the liver was determined by quantitative real-time PCR, and the protein expression of adiponectin, leptin, PPARα, UCP2, and hepatic lipase in serum was evaluated by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. CCMSs were prepared with 85.17% entrapment efficiency and 8.87% mean drug loading. Compared with chitosan microspheres, CAP, and Orlistat, the CCMSs showed better ability to control body weight, body mass index, organ index, body fat, proportion of fat to body weight, and serum lipids. The CCMSs upregulated the expressions of PPARα, PPARγ, UCP2, and adiponectin and downregulated the expression of leptin. CCMSs may thus be considered novel, safe, effective, and natural weight loss substances, and there is an additive effect between CTMS and capsaicin.

  16. 2000 Annual report NATO/CCMS Pilot Study, Clean Products and Processes (Phase I)

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    Wenzel, Henrik; Molin, Christine; Hauschild, Michael Zwicky;

    2001-01-01

    The NATO/Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society third Pilot Study meeting on Clean Products and Processes was held in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 7-12, 2000. This meeting maintained the momentum generated during the of the first two years of the pilot study, focusing on progress made...

  17. Summary of the NATO/CCMS Conference The Demonstration of Remedial Action Technologies for Contaminated Land and GroundWater

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    The problem of contamination to land and groundwa- ter from improper handling of hazardous materials/ waste is faced by all countries. Also, the need for reliable, cost-effective technologies to address this problem at contaminated sites exists throughout the world. Many countrie...

  18. Treating cough and cold: Guidance for caregivers of children and youth

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    Goldman, Ran D.

    2011-01-01

    Despite the widespread use of over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medications (CCMs), the effectiveness of most CCMs has not been proven in children. A meta-analysis summarizing trials using OTC CCMs for viral-induced cough found no evidence for or against the use of OTC medicines in both paediatric and adult populations when cough frequency and severity, as well as physician assessments, were compared. Furthermore, North American data suggest that OTC CCMs may be associated with medication...

  19. Transatlantic "environmental security" in the 1970s? NATO's "Third Dimension" as an early environmental and human security approach

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    Schulz, Thorsten

    2010-01-01

    "This paper deals with the early stages of NATO's 'Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society' (CCMS), established as environmental 'Third Dimension' of the Alliance in 1969. It discusses 'environmental security' as a prime CCMS motive, assuming that the early CCMS-pioneers already projected global environmental uncertainty factors as security threats to the Atlantic Alliance. NATO's environmental concept already showed elements of environmental and human security being considered in the f...

  20. Tools for Model Evaluation

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    Olesen, H. R.

    1998-01-01

    Proceedings of the Twenty-Second NATO/CCMS International Technical Meeting on Air Pollution Modeling and Its Application, held June 6-10, 1997, in Clermont-Ferrand, France.......Proceedings of the Twenty-Second NATO/CCMS International Technical Meeting on Air Pollution Modeling and Its Application, held June 6-10, 1997, in Clermont-Ferrand, France....

  1. Running Large-Scale Air Pollution Models on Parallel Computers

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    Georgiev, K.; Zlatev, Z.

    2000-01-01

    Proceedings of the 23rd NATO/CCMS International Technical Meeting on Air Pollution Modeling and Its Application, held 28 September - 2 October 1998, in Varna, Bulgaria.......Proceedings of the 23rd NATO/CCMS International Technical Meeting on Air Pollution Modeling and Its Application, held 28 September - 2 October 1998, in Varna, Bulgaria....

  2. Treating cough and cold: Guidance for caregivers of children and youth.

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    Goldman, Ran D

    2011-11-01

    Despite the widespread use of over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medications (CCMs), the effectiveness of most CCMs has not been proven in children. A meta-analysis summarizing trials using OTC CCMs for viral-induced cough found no evidence for or against the use of OTC medicines in both paediatric and adult populations when cough frequency and severity, as well as physician assessments, were compared. Furthermore, North American data suggest that OTC CCMs may be associated with medication errors and adverse events, resulting in visits to emergency departments and even leading to death. The present article provides information on current evidence for cough and cold therapies, including fluid intake, humidified air, antihistamines, echinacea, zinc, honey and vitamin C, for caregivers of children and youth. PMID:23115499

  3. 2015 NAIP Partner Availability Map

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    Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture — Shows the available NAIP imagery which NAIP Partners can access. Either Quarter Quads (QQs), Compressed County Mosaics (CCMs) or data that has been physically...

  4. Radiosurgery

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    ... one “lightning rod” topic addressed by the vascular neurosurgery community, radiosurgery vs. CCMs is that topic. While ... after stereotactic radiosurgery for patients with cavernous malformations. Neurosurgery. 2002 Jun;50(6):1190-7; discussion 1197- ...

  5. Mental health collaborative care and its role in primary care settings.

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    Goodrich, David E; Kilbourne, Amy M; Nord, Kristina M; Bauer, Mark S

    2013-08-01

    Collaborative care models (CCMs) provide a pragmatic strategy to deliver integrated mental health and medical care for persons with mental health conditions served in primary care settings. CCMs are team-based intervention to enact system-level redesign by improving patient care through organizational leadership support, provider decision support, and clinical information systems, as well as engaging patients in their care through self-management support and linkages to community resources. The model is also a cost-efficient strategy for primary care practices to improve outcomes for a range of mental health conditions across populations and settings. CCMs can help achieve integrated care aims underhealth care reform yet organizational and financial issues may affect adoption into routine primary care. Notably, successful implementation of CCMs in routine care will require alignment of financial incentives to support systems redesign investments, reimbursements for mental health providers, and adaptation across different practice settings and infrastructure to offer all CCM components.

  6. Mental health collaborative care and its role in primary care settings.

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    Goodrich, David E; Kilbourne, Amy M; Nord, Kristina M; Bauer, Mark S

    2013-08-01

    Collaborative care models (CCMs) provide a pragmatic strategy to deliver integrated mental health and medical care for persons with mental health conditions served in primary care settings. CCMs are team-based intervention to enact system-level redesign by improving patient care through organizational leadership support, provider decision support, and clinical information systems, as well as engaging patients in their care through self-management support and linkages to community resources. The model is also a cost-efficient strategy for primary care practices to improve outcomes for a range of mental health conditions across populations and settings. CCMs can help achieve integrated care aims underhealth care reform yet organizational and financial issues may affect adoption into routine primary care. Notably, successful implementation of CCMs in routine care will require alignment of financial incentives to support systems redesign investments, reimbursements for mental health providers, and adaptation across different practice settings and infrastructure to offer all CCM components. PMID:23881714

  7. Edge detection in the potentialfi eld using the correlation coeffi cients of multidirectional standard deviations

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    Xu Meng-Long; Yang Chang-Bao; Wu Yan-Gang; Chen Jing-Yi; Huan Heng-Fei

    2015-01-01

    Most edge-detection methods rely on calculating gradient derivatives of the potential field, a process that is easily affected by noise and is therefore of low stability. We propose a new edge-detection method named correlation coeffi cient of multidirectional standard deviations (CCMS) that is solely based on statistics. First, we prove the reliability of the proposed method using a single model and then a combination of models. The proposed method is evaluated by comparing the results with those obtained by other edge-detection methods. The CCMS method offers outstanding recognition, retains the sharpness of details, and has low sensitivity to noise. We also applied the CCMS method to Bouguer anomaly data of a potash deposit in Laos. The applicability of the CCMS method is shown by comparing the inferred tectonic framework to that inferred from remote sensing (RS) data.

  8. Mental Health Collaborative Care and its Role in Primary Care Settings

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    Goodrich, David E.; Kilbourne, Amy M.; Nord, Kristina M; Bauer, Mark S

    2013-01-01

    Collaborative care models (CCMs) provide a pragmatic strategy to deliver integrated mental health and medical care for persons with mental health conditions served in primary care settings. CCMs are team-based intervention to enact system-level redesign by improving patient care through organizational leadership support, provider decision support, and clinical information systems as well as engaging patients in their care through self-management support and linkages to community resources. Th...

  9. Functional Traits for Carbon Access in Macrophytes.

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    Stepien, Courtney C; Pfister, Catherine A; Wootton, J Timothy

    2016-01-01

    Understanding functional trait distributions among organisms can inform impacts on and responses to environmental change. In marine systems, only 1% of dissolved inorganic carbon in seawater exists as CO2. Thus the majority of marine macrophytes not only passively access CO2 for photosynthesis, but also actively transport CO2 and the more common bicarbonate (HCO3-, 92% of seawater dissolved inorganic carbon) into their cells. Because species with these carbon concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) are non-randomly distributed in ecosystems, we ask whether there is a phylogenetic pattern to the distribution of CCMs among algal species. To determine macrophyte traits that influence carbon uptake, we assessed 40 common macrophyte species from the rocky intertidal community of the Northeast Pacific Ocean to a) query whether macrophytes have a CCM and b) determine the evolutionary history of CCMs, using ancestral state reconstructions and stochastic character mapping based on previously published data. Thirty-two species not only depleted CO2, but also concentrated and depleted HCO3-, indicative of a CCM. While analysis of CCMs as a continuous trait in 30 families within Phylum Rhodophyta showed a significant phylogenetic signal under a Brownian motion model, analysis of CCMs as a discrete trait (presence or absence) indicated that red algal families are more divergent than expected in their CCM presence or absence; CCMs are a labile trait within the Rhodophyta. In contrast, CCMs were present in each of 18 Ochrophyta families surveyed, indicating that CCMs are highly conserved in the brown algae. The trait of CCM presence or absence was largely conserved within Families. Fifteen of 23 species tested also changed the seawater buffering capacity, or Total Alkalinity (TA), shifting DIC composition towards increasing concentrations of HCO3- and CO2 for photosynthesis. Manipulating the external TA of the local environment may influence carbon availability in boundary layers and

  10. Using Photogrammetry to Estimate Tank Waste Volumes from Video

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    Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) contracted with HiLine Engineering and Fabrication, Inc. to assess the accuracy of photogrammetry tools as compared to video Camera/CAD Modeling System (CCMS) estimates. This test report documents the results of using photogrammetry to estimate the volume of waste in tank 241-C-I04 from post-retrieval videos and results using photogrammetry to estimate the volume of waste piles in the CCMS test video

  11. Integrating Bipolar Disorder Management in Primary Care

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    Kilbourne, Amy M.; Goodrich, David E.; O’Donnell, Allison N.; Miller, Christopher J.

    2012-01-01

    There is growing realization that persons with bipolar disorder may exclusively be seen in primary (general medical) care settings, notably because of limited access to mental health care and stigma in seeking mental health treatment. At least two clinical practice guidelines for bipolar disorder recommend collaborative chronic care models (CCMs) to help integrate mental health care to better manage this illness. CCMs, which include provider guideline support, self-management support, care ma...

  12. Cerebrocostomandibular syndrome in four sibs, two pairs of twins.

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    Drossou-Agakidou, V; Andreou, A.; Soubassi-Griva, V; Pandouraki, M

    1991-01-01

    We report four sibs, two pairs of twins, with cerebrocostomandibular syndrome (CCMS). The family history was negative. All four babies had the characteristic features of CCMS, including Pierre-Robin anomalad and rib dysplasia. Cerebral involvement was evident in two of the patients who had suffered perinatal asphyxia. The presence of the syndrome in all four sibs together with the negative family history in previous generations is consistent with Mendelian autosomal recessive inheritance with...

  13. Multimodel assessment of the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere: tropics and global trends

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    Gettelman, A.; Hegglin, Michaela I.; Son, S.-W.; Kim, J; Fujiwara, M; Birner, T.; S. Kremser; Rex, M.; Añel, J. A.; Akiyoshi, H.; J. Austin; Bekki, S.; Braesike, P.; C. Brühl; Butchart, N.

    2010-01-01

    The performance of 18 coupled Chemistry Climate Models (CCMs) in the Tropical Tropopause Layer (TTL) is evaluated using qualitative and quantitative diagnostics. Trends in tropopause quantities in the tropics and the extratropical Upper Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere (UTLS) are analyzed. A quantitative grading methodology for evaluating CCMs is extended to include variability and used to develop four different grades for tropical tropopause temperature and pressure, water vapor and ozone....

  14. Multimodel assessment of the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere: Tropics and global trends

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    Gettelman, Andrew; Hegglin, Michaela; Son, S.-W.; Kim, J; Fujiwara, M; Birner, T.; S. Kremser; Rex, M.; Añel, A.J.; Akiyoshi, H.; J. Austin; Bekki, S.; P. Braesicke; C. Brühl; Butchart, N.

    2010-01-01

    The performance of 18 coupled Chemistry Climate Models (CCMs) in the Tropical Tropopause Layer (TTL) is evaluated using qualitative and quantitative diagnostics. Trends in tropopause quantities in the tropics and the extratropical Upper Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere (UTLS) are analyzed. A quantitative grading methodology for evaluating CCMs is extended to include variability and used to develop four different grades for tropical tropopause temperature and pressure, water vapor and ...

  15. Using Photogrammetry to Estimate Tank Waste Volumes from Video

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    Field, Jim G. [Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC, Richland, WA (United States)

    2013-03-27

    Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) contracted with HiLine Engineering & Fabrication, Inc. to assess the accuracy of photogrammetry tools as compared to video Camera/CAD Modeling System (CCMS) estimates. This test report documents the results of using photogrammetry to estimate the volume of waste in tank 241-C-I04 from post-retrieval videos and results using photogrammetry to estimate the volume of waste piles in the CCMS test video.

  16. NGNP Composites R&D Technical Issues Study

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    2008-09-01

    This study identifies potential applications and design requirements for ceramic materials (CMs) and ceramic composite materials (CCMs) in the NGNP hightemperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) primary circuit. Components anticipated for fabrication from non-graphite CMs and CCMs are identified along with recommended normal and off-normal operating conditions. The evaluation defines required dimensions and material properties of the candidate materials for normal operating conditions (NOC), anticipated transients, abnormal events, and design basis events. The report also identifies additional activities required for codifying the selected materials. The activities include ASTM Standard and ASME Code development and other work to support NRC licensing of the plant. Evaluation of the NGNP baseline design indicates components requiring either CMs or CCMs depend upon the reactor operating temperatures. For a reactor outlet temperature of 900 oC, four of the five evaluated components would benefit from either CMs or CCMs. Although some thermal and mechanical data exist for most of the candidate materials, they all need additional irradiation, thermal, and mechanical testing. The codification process must take into account the type of material and the geometry of components using either CMs or CCMs. The process requires close integration of the design and the research and development (R&D) program, which has already started by using preliminary control rod component designs as the basis for establishing specimen geometry and test conditions. The remaining time and budget for completing the R&D program need further assessment.

  17. Evaluation of radiation scheme performance within chemistry climate models

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    Forster, P. M.; Mayer, B.; et, al.

    2011-01-01

    This paper evaluates global mean radiatively important properties of chemistry climate models (CCMs). We evaluate stratospheric temperatures and their 1980�2000 trends, January clear sky irradiances, heating rates, and greenhouse gas radiative forcings from an offline comparison of CCM radiation codes with line�by�line models, and CCMs� representation of the solar cycle. CCM global mean temperatures and their change can give an indication of errors in radiative trans...

  18. 3D Viewer Platform of Cloud Clustering Management System: Google Map 3D

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    Choi, Sung-Ja; Lee, Gang-Soo

    The new management system of framework for cloud envrionemnt is needed by the platfrom of convergence according to computing environments of changes. A ISV and small business model is hard to adapt management system of platform which is offered from super business. This article suggest the clustering management system of cloud computing envirionments for ISV and a man of enterprise in small business model. It applies the 3D viewer adapt from map3D & earth of google. It is called 3DV_CCMS as expand the CCMS[1].

  19. Multi-detector thoracic CT findings in cerebro-costo-mandibular syndrome: rib gaps and failure of costo-vertebral separation

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    Watson, Tom Anthony; Arthurs, Owen John; Calder, Alistair Duncan [Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Radiology, London (United Kingdom); Muthialu, Nagarajan [Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Cardiothoracic surgery, London (United Kingdom)

    2014-02-15

    Cerebro-costo-mandibular syndrome (CCMS) describes a triad of mandibular hypoplasia, brain dysfunction and posterior rib defects (''rib gaps''). We present the CT imaging for a 2-year-old girl with CCMS that highlights the rib gap defects and shows absent transverse processes with abnormal fusion of the ribs directly to the vertebral bodies. We argue that this is likely to relate to abnormal lateral sclerotome development in embryology, with the failure of normal costo-vertebral junctions compounding impaired thoracic function. The case also highlights the use of CT for specific indications in skeletal dysplasia. (orig.)

  20. EVALUATION OF DEMONSTRATED AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE TREATMENT OF CONTAMINATED LAND AND GROUNDWATER (PHASE III) - 1999 SPECIAL SESSION ON MONITORED NATURAL ATTENUATION

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    This report includes the papers presented at the NATO/CCMS Pilot Study Meeting in Angers, France, May 9-14, 1999, for the special session on Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA). This is the Phase III of the Evaluation of Demonstrated and Emerging Technologies for the Treatment a...

  1. Functional Analyses of Human and Zebrafish 18-Amino Acid In-Frame Deletion Pave the Way for Domain Mapping of the Cerebral Cavernous Malformation 3 Protein

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    Voss, Katrin; Stahl, Sonja; Hogan, Benjamin M.; Reinders, Joerg; Schleider, Elisa; Schulte-Merker, Stefan; Felbor, Ute

    2009-01-01

    Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) may cause recurrent headaches, seizures, and hemorrhagic stroke and have been associated with loss-of-function mutations in CCM1/KRIT1, CCM2, and CCM3/programmed cell death 10 (PDCD10). The CCM3/PDCD10 amino acid sequence does not reveal significant homologies

  2. Functional analyses of human and zebrafish 18-amino acid in-frame deletion pave the way for domain mapping of the cerebral cavernous malformation 3 protein

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    Voss, K.; Stahl, S.; Hogan, B.M.; Reinders, J.; Schleider, E.; Schulte-Merker, S.; Felbor, U.

    2009-01-01

    Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) may cause recurrent headaches, seizures, and hemorrhagic stroke and have been associated with loss-of-function mutations in CCM1/KRIT1, CCM2, and CCM3/programmed cell death 10 (PDCD10). The CCM3/PDCD10 amino acid sequence does not reveal significant homologies

  3. A heritable form of SMARCE1-related meningiomas with important implications for follow-up and family screening

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    Gerkes, Erica H.; Fock, J. M.; den Dunnen, W. F. A.; van Belzen, M. J.; van der Lans, C. A.; Hoving, Eelco W.; Fakkert, I. E.; Smith, M.J.; Evans, D. G.; Olderode-Berends, M. J. W.

    2016-01-01

    Childhood meningiomas are rare. Recently, a new hereditary tumor predisposition syndrome has been discovered, resulting in an increased risk for spinal and intracranial clear cell meningiomas (CCMs) in young patients. Heterozygous loss-of-function germline mutations in the SMARCE1 gene are causative

  4. CDAC Student Report: Summary of LLNL Internship

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    Herriman, Jane E. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2016-10-10

    Multiple objectives motivated me to apply for an internship at LLNL: I wanted to experience the work environment at a national lab, to learn about research and job opportunities at LLNL in particular, and to gain greater experience with code development, particularly within the realm of high performance computing (HPC). This summer I was selected to participate in LLNL's Computational Chemistry and Material Science Summer Institute (CCMS). CCMS is a 10 week program hosted by the Quantum Simulations group leader, Dr. Eric Schwegler. CCMS connects graduate students to mentors at LLNL involved in similar re- search and provides weekly seminars on a broad array of topics from within chemistry and materials science. Dr. Xavier Andrade and Dr. Erik Draeger served as my co-mentors over the summer, and Dr. Andrade continues to mentor me now that CCMS has concluded. Dr. Andrade is a member of the Quantum Simulations group within the Physical and Life Sciences at LLNL, and Dr. Draeger leads the HPC group within the Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC). The two have worked together to develop Qb@ll, an open-source first principles molecular dynamics code that was the platform for my summer research project.

  5. Cerebro-costo-mandibular syndrome

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    Plotz, FB; vanEssen, AJ; Bosschaart, AN; Bos, AP

    1996-01-01

    We describe two boys with the cerebro-costomandibular syndrome (CCMS). Both patients presented with Pierre Robin anomaly and respiratory insufficiency and died 12 hours and 10 months after birth. The first boy had muscular hypotonia, severe micrognathia, glossoptosis, short; palate, preauricular tag

  6. Features of a Chinese family with cerebral cavernous malformation induced by a novel CCM1 gene mutation

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    WANG Xue; LIU Xue-wu; Nora Lee; LIU Qi-ji; LI Wen-na; HAN Tao; WEI Kun-kun

    2013-01-01

    Background Familial cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs),characterized by hemorrhagic stroke,recurrent headache and epilepsy,are congenital vascular anomalies of the central nervous system.Familial CCMs is an autosomal dominant inherited disorder and three CCM genes have been identified.We report a Chinese family with CCMs and intend to explore clinical,pathological,magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features and pathogenic gene mutation of this family.Methods Totally 25 family members underwent brain MRI examination and clinical check.Two patients with surgical indications had surgical treatment and the specimens were subjected to histopathological and microstructural examination.In addition,polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and direct sequencing were performed with genomic DNA extracted from 25 family members' blood samples for mutation detection.Results Brain MRI identified abnormal results in seven family members.All of them had multiple intracranial lesions and four cases had skin cavernous hemangioma.T2-weighted sequence showed that the lesions were typically characterized by an area of mixed signal intensity.Gradient-echo (GRE) sequence was more sensitive to find microcavernous hemangiomas.There was a wide range in the clinical manifestations as well as the age of onset in the family.The youngest patient was an 8-year-old boy with least intracranial lesions.Histopathological and microstructural examination showed that CCMs were typically discrete multi-sublobes of berry-like lesions,with hemorrhage in various stages of illness evolution.They were formed by abnormally enlarged sinusoids and the thin basement membranes.A novel T deletion mutation in exon 14 of CCM1 gene was identified by mutation detection in the seven patients.But unaffected members and healthy controls did not carry this mutation.Conclusions The clinical manifestations were heterogenic within this family.We identified a novel mutation (c.1396delT) was the disease-causing mutation for this

  7. Evaluation of the inter-annual variability of stratospheric chemical composition in chemistry-climate models using ground-based multi species time series

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    Poulain, V.; Bekki, S.; Marchand, M.; Chipperfield, M. P.; Khodri, M.; Lefèvre, F.; Dhomse, S.; Bodeker, G. E.; Toumi, R.; De Maziere, M.; Pommereau, J.-P.; Pazmino, A.; Goutail, F.; Plummer, D.; Rozanov, E.; Mancini, E.; Akiyoshi, H.; Lamarque, J.-F.; Austin, J.

    2016-07-01

    The variability of stratospheric chemical composition occurs on a broad spectrum of timescales, ranging from day to decades. A large part of the variability appears to be driven by external forcings such as volcanic aerosols, solar activity, halogen loading, levels of greenhouse gases (GHG), and modes of climate variability (quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO), El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)). We estimate the contributions of different external forcings to the interannual variability of stratospheric chemical composition and evaluate how well 3-D chemistry-climate models (CCMs) can reproduce the observed response-forcing relationships. We carry out multivariate regression analyses on long time series of observed and simulated time series of several traces gases in order to estimate the contributions of individual forcings and unforced variability to their internannual variability. The observations are typically decadal time series of ground-based data from the international Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) and the CCM simulations are taken from the CCMVal-2 REF-B1 simulations database. The chemical species considered are column O3, HCl, NO2, and N2O. We check the consistency between observations and model simulations in terms of the forced and internal components of the total interannual variability (externally forced variability and internal variability) and identify the driving factors in the interannual variations of stratospheric chemical composition over NDACC measurement sites. Overall, there is a reasonably good agreement between regression results from models and observations regarding the externally forced interannual variability. A much larger fraction of the observed and modelled interannual variability is explained by external forcings in the tropics than in the extratropics, notably in polar regions. CCMs are able to reproduce the amplitudes of responses in chemical composition to specific external forcings

  8. Ex-situ tensile fatigue-creep testing: A powerful tool to simulate in-situ mechanical degradation in fuel cells

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    Sadeghi Alavijeh, A.; Venkatesan, S. V.; Khorasany, R. M. H.; Kim, W. H. J.; Kjeang, E.

    2016-04-01

    An ex-situ tensile fatigue and creep based accelerated stress test (TFC-AST) is proposed to evaluate the mechanical stability of catalyst coated membranes (CCMs) used in fuel cells. The fatigue-creep action of the TFC test is analyzed by tensile and hygrothermal expansion measurements on partially degraded specimens supplemented by microstructural characterization using transmission electron microscopy, revealing significant decay in mechanical properties as well as morphological rearrangement due to the combined fatigue and creep loading. Through comparison with in-situ hygrothermally degraded CCMs, the TFC-AST protocol is demonstrated to be an economical alternative to the costly in-situ mechanical accelerated stress tests that can reduce the test duration by more than 99%.

  9. Photogrammetry and Laser Imagery Tests for Tank Waste Volume Estimates: Summary Report

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    Field, Jim G. [Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC, Richland, WA (United States)

    2013-03-27

    Feasibility tests were conducted using photogrammetry and laser technologies to estimate the volume of waste in a tank. These technologies were compared with video Camera/CAD Modeling System (CCMS) estimates; the current method used for post-retrieval waste volume estimates. This report summarizes test results and presents recommendations for further development and deployment of technologies to provide more accurate and faster waste volume estimates in support of tank retrieval and closure.

  10. Multi-model assessment of stratospheric ozone return dates and ozone recovery in CCMVal-2 models

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    V. Eyring; I. Cionni; Bodeker, G. E.; Charlton-Perez, A. J.; Kinnison, D. E.; J. F. Scinocca; Waugh, D. W.; Akiyoshi, H.; Bekki, S; Chipperfield, M. P.; Dameris, M.; S. Dhomse; S. M. Frith; Garny, H.; Gettelman, A.

    2010-01-01

    Projections of stratospheric ozone from a suite of chemistry-climate models (CCMs) have been analyzed. In addition to a reference simulation where anthropogenic halogenated ozone depleting substances (ODSs) and greenhouse gases (GHGs) vary with time, sensitivity simulations with either ODS or GHG concentrations fixed at 1960 levels were performed to disaggregate the drivers of projected ozone changes. These simulations were also used to assess the two distinct milestones of ozone returning to...

  11. Impacts of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration on photosynthesis and growth of micro-and macro-algae

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    2008-01-01

    Marine photosynthesis drives the oceanic biological CO2 pump to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, which sinks more than one third of the industry-originated CO2 into the ocean. The increasing atmos-pheric CO2 and subsequent rise of pCO2 in seawater, which alters the carbonate system and related chemical reactions and results in lower pH and higher HCO3- concentration, affect photosynthetic CO2 fixation processes of phytoplanktonic and macroalgal species in direct and/or indirect ways. Although many unicellular and multicellular species can operate CO2-concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) to util-ize the large HCO3- pool in seawater, enriched CO2 up to several times the present atmospheric level has been shown to enhance photosynthesis and growth of both phytoplanktonic and macro-species that have less capacity of CCMs. Even for species that operate active CCMs and those whose photo-synthesis is not limited by CO2 in seawater, increased CO2 levels can down-regulate their CCMs and therefore enhance their growth under light-limiting conditions (at higher CO2 levels, less light energy is required to drive CCM). Altered physiological performances under high-CO2 conditions may cause genetic alteration in view of adaptation over long time scale. Marine algae may adapt to a high CO2 oceanic environment so that the evolved communities in future are likely to be genetically different from the contemporary communities. However, most of the previous studies have been carried out under indoor conditions without considering the acidifying effects on seawater by increased CO2 and other interacting environmental factors, and little has been documented so far to explain how physi-ology of marine primary producers performs in a high-CO2 and low-pH ocean.

  12. Impacts of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration on photosynthesis and growth of micro- and macro-algae

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    WU HongYan; ZOU DingHui; GAO KunShan

    2008-01-01

    Marine photosynthesis drives the oceanic biological CO2 pump to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, which sinks more than one third of the industry-originated CO2 into the ocean. The increasing atmospheric CO2 and subsequent rise of pCO2 in seawater, which alters the carbonate system and related chemical reactions and results in lower pH and higher HCO3- concentration, affect photosynthetic CO2 fixation processes of phytoplanktonic and macroalgal species in direct and/or indirect ways. Although many unicellular and multicellular species can operate CO2-concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) to utilize the large HCO3- pool in seawater, enriched CO2 up to several times the present atmospheric level has been shown to enhance photosynthesis and growth of both phytoplanktonic and macro-species that have less capacity of CCMs. Even for species that operate active CCMs and those whose photosynthesis is not limited by CO2 in seawater, increased CO2 levels can down-regulate their CCMs and therefore enhance their growth under light-limiting conditions (at higher CO2 levels, less light energy is required to drive CCM). Altered physiological performances under high-CO2 conditions may cause genetic alteration in view of adaptation over long time scale. Marine algae may adapt to a high CO2 oceanic environment so that the evolved communities in future are likely to be genetically different from the contemporary communities. However, most of the previous studies have been carried out under indoor conditions without considering the acidifying effects on seawater by increased CO2 and other interacting environmental factors, and little has been documented so far to explain how physiology of marine primary producers performs in a high-CO2 and low-pH ocean.

  13. A Strategy for Process-Oriented Validation of Coupled Chemistry-Climate Models

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    Eyring, V.; Harris, N. R. P.; Rex, M.; Shepherd, T. G.; Fahey, D. W.; Amanatidis, G. T.; J. Austin; M. P. Chipperfield; Dameris, M.; P. M. De F. Forster; Gettelman, A.; Graf, H. F.; Nagashima, T.; Newman, P. A.; Pawson, S.

    2005-01-01

    Accurate and reliable predictions and an understanding of future changes in the stratosphere are of major importance to our understanding of climate change. Simulating the interaction between chemistry and climate is of particular importance, because continued increases in greenhouse gases and a slow decrease in halogen loading are expected. These both influence the abundance of stratospheric ozone. In recent years a number of coupled chemistry climate models (CCMs) with different levels of c...

  14. Breakdown of the coral-algae symbiosis: towards formalising a linkage between warm-water bleaching thresholds and the growth rate of the intracellular zooxanthellae

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    S. A. Wooldridge

    2012-01-01

    Impairment of the photosynthetic machinery of the algal endosymbiont ("zooxanthellae") is the proximal trigger for the thermal breakdown of the coral-algae symbiosis ("coral bleaching"). Yet, the primary site of thermal damage is not well resolved. In this perspective essay, I consider further a recent hypothesis which proposes an energetic disruption to the carbon-concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) of the coral host, and the resultant onset of CO2-limitation within the ph...

  15. Breakdown of the coral-algae symbiosis: towards formalising a linkage between warm-water bleaching thresholds and the growth rate of the intracellular zooxanthellae

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    S. A. Wooldridge

    2013-01-01

    Impairment of the photosynthetic machinery of the algal endosymbiont ("zooxanthellae") is the proximal driver of the thermal breakdown of the coral-algae symbiosis ("coral bleaching"). Yet, the initial site of damage, and early dynamics of the impairment are still not well resolved. In this perspective essay, I consider further a recent hypothesis which proposes an energetic disruption to the carbon-concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) of the coral host, and the resultant onset o...

  16. FAM222B Is Not a Likely Novel Candidate Gene for Cerebral Cavernous Malformations.

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    Spiegler, Stefanie; Kirchmaier, Bettina; Rath, Matthias; Korenke, G Christoph; Tetzlaff, Fabian; van de Vorst, Maartje; Neveling, Kornelia; Acker-Palmer, Amparo; Kuss, Andreas W; Gilissen, Christian; Fischer, Andreas; Schulte-Merker, Stefan; Felbor, Ute

    2016-07-01

    Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are prevalent slow-flow vascular lesions which harbour the risk to develop intracranial haemorrhages, focal neurological deficits, and epileptic seizures. Autosomal dominantly inherited CCMs were found to be associated with heterozygous inactivating mutations in 3 genes, CCM1 (KRIT1), CCM2 (MGC4607), and CCM3 (PDCD10) in 1999, 2003 and 2005, respectively. Despite the availability of high-throughput sequencing techniques, no further CCM gene has been published since. Here, we report on the identification of an autosomal dominantly inherited frameshift mutation in a gene of thus far unknown function, FAM222B (C17orf63), through exome sequencing of CCM patients mutation-negative for CCM1-3. A yeast 2-hybrid screen revealed interactions of FAM222B with the tubulin cytoskeleton and STAMBP which is known to be associated with microcephaly-capillary malformation syndrome. However, a phenotype similar to existing models was not found, neither in fam222bb/fam222ba double mutant zebrafish generated by transcription activator-like effector nucleases nor in an in vitro sprouting assay using human umbilical vein endothelial cells transfected with siRNA against FAM222B. These observations led to the assumption that aberrant FAM222B is not involved in the formation of CCMs. PMID:27587990

  17. Capture compound mass spectrometry--a powerful tool to identify novel c-di-GMP effector proteins.

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    Laventie, Benoît-Joseph; Nesper, Jutta; Ahrné, Erik; Glatter, Timo; Schmidt, Alexander; Jenal, Urs

    2015-01-01

    Considerable progress has been made during the last decade towards the identification and characterization of enzymes involved in the synthesis (diguanylate cyclases) and degradation (phosphodiesterases) of the second messenger c-di-GMP. In contrast, little information is available regarding the molecular mechanisms and cellular components through which this signaling molecule regulates a diverse range of cellular processes. Most of the known effector proteins belong to the PilZ family or are degenerated diguanylate cyclases or phosphodiesterases that have given up on catalysis and have adopted effector function. Thus, to better define the cellular c-di-GMP network in a wide range of bacteria experimental methods are required to identify and validate novel effectors for which reliable in silico predictions fail. We have recently developed a novel Capture Compound Mass Spectrometry (CCMS) based technology as a powerful tool to biochemically identify and characterize c-di-GMP binding proteins. This technique has previously been reported to be applicable to a wide range of organisms(1). Here we give a detailed description of the protocol that we utilize to probe such signaling components. As an example, we use Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an opportunistic pathogen in which c-di-GMP plays a critical role in virulence and biofilm control. CCMS identified 74% (38/51) of the known or predicted components of the c-di-GMP network. This study explains the CCMS procedure in detail, and establishes it as a powerful and versatile tool to identify novel components involved in small molecule signaling.

  18. Quantitative performance metrics for stratospheric-resolving chemistry-climate models

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    D. W. Waugh

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available A set of performance metrics is applied to stratospheric-resolving chemistry-climate models (CCMs to quantify their ability to reproduce key processes relevant for stratospheric ozone. The same metrics are used to assign a quantitative measure of performance ("grade" to each model-observations comparison shown in Eyring et al. (2006. A wide range of grades is obtained, both for different diagnostics applied to a single model and for the same diagnostic applied to different models, highlighting the wide range in ability of the CCMs to simulate key processes in the stratosphere. No model scores high or low on all tests, but differences in the performance of models can be seen, especially for transport processes where several models get low grades on multiple tests. The grades are used to assign relative weights to the CCM projections of 21st century total ozone. However, only small differences are found between weighted and unweighted multi-model mean total ozone projections. This study raises several issues with the grading and weighting of CCMs that need further examination, but it does provide a framework that will enable quantification of model improvements and assignment of relative weights to the model projections.

  19. Variable expression of cerebral cavernous malformations in carriers of a premature termination codon in exon 17 of the Krit1 gene

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    Gamero Miguel A

    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCM present as either sporadic or autosomal dominant conditions with incomplete penetrance of symptoms. Differences in genetic and environmental factors might be minimized among first-degree relatives. We therefore studied clinical expression in a family with several affected members. Methods We studied a three-generation family with the onset of CCM as a cerebral haemorrhage in the younger (four-year-old sibling. Identification and enumeration of CCMs were performed in T2-weighted or gradient-echo MRIs of the whole brains. Genetic analysis comprised SCCP, sequencing and restriction polymorphism of the Krit1 gene in the proband and at risk relatives. Results The phenotypes of cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs in carriers of Krit1 mutations were very variable. We identified a novel frameshift mutation caused by a 1902A insertion in exon 17 of the Krit1 gene, which leads to a premature TAA triplet and predicts the truncating phenotype Y634X. A very striking finding was the absence of both clinical symptoms and CCMs in the eldest sibling harbouring the 1902insA. Conclusions Patients in this family, harbouring the same mutation, illustrate the very variable clinical and radiological expression of a Krit1 mutation. The early and critical onset in the proband contrasts with minor clinical findings in affected relatives. This consideration is important in genetic counselling.

  20. Evolutionary bursts in Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae) are linked with photosynthetic pathway.

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    Horn, James W; Xi, Zhenxiang; Riina, Ricarda; Peirson, Jess A; Yang, Ya; Dorsey, Brian L; Berry, Paul E; Davis, Charles C; Wurdack, Kenneth J

    2014-12-01

    The mid-Cenozoic decline of atmospheric CO2 levels that promoted global climate change was critical to shaping contemporary arid ecosystems. Within angiosperms, two CO2 -concentrating mechanisms (CCMs)-crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) and C4 -evolved from the C3 photosynthetic pathway, enabling more efficient whole-plant function in such environments. Many angiosperm clades with CCMs are thought to have diversified rapidly due to Miocene aridification, but links between this climate change, CCM evolution, and increased net diversification rates (r) remain to be further understood. Euphorbia (∼2000 species) includes a diversity of CAM-using stem succulents, plus a single species-rich C4 subclade. We used ancestral state reconstructions with a dated molecular phylogeny to reveal that CCMs independently evolved 17-22 times in Euphorbia, principally from the Miocene onwards. Analyses assessing among-lineage variation in r identified eight Euphorbia subclades with significantly increased r, six of which have a close temporal relationship with a lineage-corresponding CCM origin. Our trait-dependent diversification analysis indicated that r of Euphorbia CCM lineages is approximately threefold greater than C3 lineages. Overall, these results suggest that CCM evolution in Euphorbia was likely an adaptive strategy that enabled the occupation of increased arid niche space accompanying Miocene expansion of arid ecosystems. These opportunities evidently facilitated recent, replicated bursts of diversification in Euphorbia.

  1. Calcium carbonate microspheres as carriers for the anticancer drug camptothecin

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    Qiu, Neng [Division of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8LT (United Kingdom); State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041 (China); Department of Bio-pharmaceutical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu ,610065 (China); Yin, Huabing, E-mail: huabing.yin@glasgow.ac.uk [Division of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8LT (United Kingdom); Ji, Bozhi; Klauke, Norbert; Glidle, Andrew [Division of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8LT (United Kingdom); Zhang, Yongkui; Song, Hang [Department of Bio-pharmaceutical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu ,610065 (China); Cai, Lulu; Ma, Liang; Wang, Guangcheng [State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041 (China); Chen, Lijuan, E-mail: lijuan17@hotmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041 (China); Wang, Wenwen [State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041 (China)

    2012-12-01

    Biogenic calcium carbonate has come to the attention of many researchers as a promising drug delivery system due to its safety, pH sensitivity and the large volume of information already in existence on its medical use. In this study, we employed bovine serum albumin (BSA) as an additive to synthesize a series of porous calcium carbonate microspheres (CCMS). These spheres, identified as vaterite, are stable both in aqueous solutions and organic solvents. Camptothecin, an effective anticancer agent, was loaded into the CCMS by simple diffusion and adsorption. The camptothecin loaded CCMS showed sustained cell growth inhibitory activity and a pH dependent release of camptothecin. With a few hours, the release is negligible under physiological conditions (pH = 7.4) but almost complete at pH 4 to 6 (i.e. pHs found in lysosomes and solid tumor tissue respectively). These findings suggest that porous, biogenic calcium carbonate microspheres could be promising carriers for the safe and efficient delivery of anticancer drugs of low aqueous solubility. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer BSA-doped calcium carbonate microspheres with porous structure were prepared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Camptothecin was encapsulated in the spherical microparticles with encapsulation efficiency up to 11%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The release of encapsulated camptothecin is pH dependent Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In vitro studies showed an effective anticancer activity of the camptothecin- microspheres.

  2. HADRON CALORIMETER (HCAL)

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    P. De Barbaro and J. Mans.

    2013-01-01

      After the successful operation of the HCAL sub-detector during the proton-proton run in 2012 and heavy-ion run at the beginning of 2013, the group is now focusing on the following four LS1 tasks: ·       Replacement of present, thick-window, single-anode photomultipliers on HF with new, thin-window, multi-anode PMTs. The replacement of photomultipliers will reduce rate of punch-through window hits. All needed PMTs and baseboards have been delivered to CERN. A quality control station has been set up in B904. ·       Replacement of boards responsible for clock distribution in all HBHE and HO Clock and Control Modules (CCMs).  CCMs reside in each Readout Box and are only accessible when the CMS detector is open.  The installation of new CCMs will allow us to eliminate data loss caused by single-event upsets (SEUs) experienced during the 2011&ndash...

  3. Calcium carbonate microspheres as carriers for the anticancer drug camptothecin

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    Biogenic calcium carbonate has come to the attention of many researchers as a promising drug delivery system due to its safety, pH sensitivity and the large volume of information already in existence on its medical use. In this study, we employed bovine serum albumin (BSA) as an additive to synthesize a series of porous calcium carbonate microspheres (CCMS). These spheres, identified as vaterite, are stable both in aqueous solutions and organic solvents. Camptothecin, an effective anticancer agent, was loaded into the CCMS by simple diffusion and adsorption. The camptothecin loaded CCMS showed sustained cell growth inhibitory activity and a pH dependent release of camptothecin. With a few hours, the release is negligible under physiological conditions (pH = 7.4) but almost complete at pH 4 to 6 (i.e. pHs found in lysosomes and solid tumor tissue respectively). These findings suggest that porous, biogenic calcium carbonate microspheres could be promising carriers for the safe and efficient delivery of anticancer drugs of low aqueous solubility. - Highlights: ► BSA-doped calcium carbonate microspheres with porous structure were prepared. ► Camptothecin was encapsulated in the spherical microparticles with encapsulation efficiency up to 11%. ► The release of encapsulated camptothecin is pH dependent ► In vitro studies showed an effective anticancer activity of the camptothecin- microspheres.

  4. Stereotactic LINAC radiosurgery for the treatment of brainstem cavernomas

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    Fuetsch, M.; El Majdoub, F.; Hoevels, M.; Sturm, V.; Maarouf, M. [Koeln Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Stereotaxy and Functional Neurosurgery; Mueller, R.P. [Koeln Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Radiation Oncology

    2012-04-15

    Background: The management of deep-seated cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) is still controversial. Although surgery remains the treatment of choice in patients with recurrent hemorrhage, patients with CCMs located in the brainstem are in many cases not eligible for resection due to high procedure-related morbidity and mortality. We evaluated the long-term outcome of LINAC radiosurgery (LINAC-RS) for the treatment of brainstem CCMs. Patients and methods: Between December 1992 and March 2008, 14 patients (6 men, 8 women) harboring brainstem CCMs underwent LINAC-RS. Pretreatment neuroimaging showed no associated developmental venous angiomas (DVAs) in any of our patients. Prior to treatment, all patients suffered at least from one symptomatic hemorrhage (median 1.8, range 1-3). A median follow-up of 7.1 years (range 2.0-16.8 years) could be obtained in 12 patients. We applied a median tumor surface dose of 13.9 Gy (range 11-18 Gy; median tumor volume 1.6 ml, range 0.4-4.3 ml). Results: Following LINAC-RS, neurological outcome improved in 4 (33.3%) and remained unchanged in 8 patients (66.7%). Rebleeding with subsequent transient neurological status deterioration occurred in 4 patients (33.3%), leading to additional surgical resection in 2 patients (16.7%). The corresponding annual hemorrhage rate was 4.8% (4/82.8 patient-years). Adverse radiation effects (ARE, defined by perilesional hyperintensity on T{sub 2}-weighted MR images) were revealed in 3 patients (25%), leading to transient neurological deficits in 2 patients (16.7%). There were no procedure-related complications leading to either permanent morbidity or mortality. Conclusion: Our results support the role of LINAC-RS as an efficient and safe treatment to significantly reduce the annual hemorrhage rate in patients suffering from brainstem CCMs not eligible to microsurgery. Compared with radiosurgery for arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), the intervention-related morbidity is higher. (orig.)

  5. Algal and aquatic plant carbon concentrating mechanisms in relation to environmental change.

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    Raven, John A; Giordano, Mario; Beardall, John; Maberly, Stephen C

    2011-09-01

    Carbon dioxide concentrating mechanisms (also known as inorganic carbon concentrating mechanisms; both abbreviated as CCMs) presumably evolved under conditions of low CO(2) availability. However, the timing of their origin is unclear since there are no sound estimates from molecular clocks, and even if there were, there are no proxies for the functioning of CCMs. Accordingly, we cannot use previous episodes of high CO(2) (e.g. the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum) to indicate how organisms with CCMs responded. Present and predicted environmental change in terms of increased CO(2) and temperature are leading to increased CO(2) and HCO(3)(-) and decreased CO(3)(2-) and pH in surface seawater, as well as decreasing the depth of the upper mixed layer and increasing the degree of isolation of this layer with respect to nutrient flux from deeper waters. The outcome of these forcing factors is to increase the availability of inorganic carbon, photosynthetic active radiation (PAR) and ultraviolet B radiation (UVB) to aquatic photolithotrophs and to decrease the supply of the nutrients (combined) nitrogen and phosphorus and of any non-aeolian iron. The influence of these variations on CCM expression has been examined to varying degrees as acclimation by extant organisms. Increased PAR increases CCM expression in terms of CO(2) affinity, whilst increased UVB has a range of effects in the organisms examined; little relevant information is available on increased temperature. Decreased combined nitrogen supply generally increases CO(2) affinity, decreased iron availability increases CO(2) affinity, and decreased phosphorus supply has varying effects on the organisms examined. There are few data sets showing interactions amongst the observed changes, and even less information on genetic (adaptation) changes in response to the forcing factors. In freshwaters, changes in phytoplankton species composition may alter with environmental change with consequences for frequency of

  6. Impact of large atmospheric CO2 decline on marine life and sedimentation 375-325 million years ago

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    Riding, R.

    2010-12-01

    Mass Extinctions, widespread deposition of black shale and carbonate mud mounds, and decline in atmospheric CO2 occurred during the Late Devonian-Early Mississippian (LDEM), 375-325 million years ago. These at first sight unrelated events can be linked by the response of phytoplankton to reduced CO2 supply. pCO2 declined from >10 to CO2-concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) in present-day cyanobacteria. CCMs act to maintain photosynthesis, but also have effects that parallel LDEM events. First, by helping to overcome carbon limitation, CCMs increase primary productivity, promoting bloom conditions, anoxia and black shale accumulation. Second, so long as carbonate saturation state is sufficiently elevated, cyanobacterial CCMs also promote water-column precipitation of fine-grained CaCO3 (whitings) due to active import of HCO3- raising pH adjacent to cells. Intense whitings would provide a sustained source of fine-grained carbonate for mud mound formation. Third, by affecting the success of other phytoplankton in which CCMs are less well-developed or lacking, CCM induction by cyanobacteria could have promoted Late Devonian acritarch extinction. It is also possible that toxic blooms of cyanobacteria, generated by CCMs, contributed to Late Devonian extinction of very shallow water reef and other communities. Further evidence consistent with CCM induction and proliferation of planktic cyanobacteria during the LDEM includes increases in cyanobacterial biomarkers, cyanobacterial sheath-calcification, and δ13C isotope values. Carbonate mud mound abundance increased in the Late Devonian, reaching its Paleozoic acme in the Early Mississippian. The source of this mud and its unusual abundance at this time has defied resolution. It has been suggested that the carbonate mud was largely precipitated in situ on the mounds. However,this mechanism is inconsistent with bedded mound structure, leaves unanswered questions concerning mound accretion, and fails to explain the exceptional

  7. Differential effects of ocean acidification on carbon acquisition in two bloom-forming dinoflagellate species.

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    Eberlein, Tim; Van de Waal, Dedmer B; Rost, Björn

    2014-08-01

    Dinoflagellates represent a cosmopolitan group of phytoplankton with the ability to form harmful algal blooms. Featuring a Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RubisCO) with very low CO2 affinities, photosynthesis of this group may be particularly prone to carbon limitation and thus benefit from rising atmospheric CO2 partial pressure (pCO2) under ocean acidification (OA). Here, we investigated the consequences of OA on two bloom-forming dinoflagellate species, the calcareous Scrippsiella trochoidea and the toxic Alexandrium tamarense. Using dilute batch incubations, we assessed growth characteristics over a range of pCO2 (i.e. 180-1200 µatm). To understand the underlying physiology, several aspects of inorganic carbon acquisition were investigated by membrane-inlet mass spectrometry. Our results show that both species kept growth rates constant over the tested pCO2 range, but we observed a number of species-specific responses. For instance, biomass production and cell size decreased in S. trochoidea, while A. tamarense was not responsive to OA in these measures. In terms of oxygen fluxes, rates of photosynthesis and respiration remained unaltered in S. trochoidea whereas respiration increased in A. tamarense under OA. Both species featured efficient carbon concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) with a CO2-dependent contribution of HCO3(-) uptake. In S. trochoidea, the CCM was further facilitated by exceptionally high and CO2-independent carbonic anhydrase activity. Comparing both species, a general trade-off between maximum rates of photosynthesis and respective affinities is indicated. In conclusion, our results demonstrate effective CCMs in both species, yet very different strategies to adjust their carbon acquisition. This regulation in CCMs enables both species to maintain growth over a wide range of ecologically relevant pCO2 .

  8. Geothermal pilot study final report: creating an international geothermal energy community

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    Bresee, J.C.; Yen, W.W.S.; Metzler, J.E. (eds.)

    1978-06-01

    The Geothermal Pilot Study under the auspices of the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS) was established in 1973 to apply an action-oriented approach to international geothermal research and development, taking advantage of the established channels of governmental communication provided by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Pilot Study was composed of five substudies. They included: computer-based information systems; direct application of geothermal energy; reservoir assessment; small geothermal power plants; and hot dry rock concepts. The most significant overall result of the CCMS Geothermal Pilot Study, which is now complete, is the establishment of an identifiable community of geothermal experts in a dozen or more countries active in development programs. Specific accomplishments include the creation of an international computer file of technical information on geothermal wells and fields, the development of studies and reports on direct applications, geothermal fluid injection and small power plants, and the operation of the visiting scientist program. In the United States, the computer file has aready proven useful in the development of reservoir models and of chemical geothermometers. The state-of-the-art report on direct uses of geothermal energy is proving to be a valuable resource document for laypersons and experts in an area of increasing interest to many countries. Geothermal fluid injection studies in El Salvador, New Zealand, and the United States have been assisted by the Reservoir Assessment Substudy and have led to long-range reservoir engineering studies in Mexico. At least seven small geothermal power plants are in use or have been planned for construction around the world since the Small Power Plant Substudy was instituted--at least partial credit for this increased application can be assigned to the CCMS Geothermal Pilot Study. (JGB)

  9. Inactivation of Ca(2+)/H(+) exchanger in Synechocystis sp. strain PCC 6803 promotes cyanobacterial calcification by upregulating CO(2)-concentrating mechanisms.

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    Jiang, Hai-Bo; Cheng, Hui-Min; Gao, Kun-Shan; Qiu, Bao-Sheng

    2013-07-01

    Cyanobacteria are important players in the global carbon cycle, accounting for approximately 25% of global CO2 fixation. Their CO2-concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) are thought to play a key role in cyanobacterial calcification, but the mechanisms are not completely understood. In Synechocystis sp. strain PCC 6803, a single Ca(2+)/H(+) exchanger (Slr1336) controls the Ca(2+)/H(+) exchange reaction. We knocked out the exchanger and investigated the effects on cyanobacterial calcification and CCMs. Inactivation of slr1336 significantly increased the calcification rate and decreased the zeta potential, indicating a relatively stronger Ca(2+)-binding ability. Some genes encoding CCM-related components showed increased expression levels, including the cmpA gene, which encodes the Ca(2+)-dependent HCO3(-) transporter BCT1. The transcript level of cmpA in the mutant was 30 times that in wild type. A Western blot analysis further confirmed that protein levels of CmpA were higher in the mutant than the wild type. Measurements of inorganic carbon fluxes and O2 evolution proved that both the net HCO3(-) uptake rate and the BCT1 transporter supported photosynthetic rate in the slr1336 mutant were significantly higher than in the wild type. This would cause the mutant cells to liberate more OH(-) ions out of the cell and stimulate CaCO3 precipitation in the microenvironment. We conclude that the mutation of the Ca(2+)/H(+) exchanger in Synechocystis promoted the cyanobacterial calcification process by upregulating CCMs, especially the BCT1 HCO3(-) transporter. These results shed new light on the mechanism by which CCM-facilitated photosynthesis promotes cyanobacterial calcification.

  10. Reducing Uncertainty in Chemistry Climate Model Predictions of Stratospheric Ozone

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    Douglass, A. R.; Strahan, S. E.; Oman, L. D.; Stolarski, R. S.

    2014-01-01

    Chemistry climate models (CCMs) are used to predict the future evolution of stratospheric ozone as ozone-depleting substances decrease and greenhouse gases increase, cooling the stratosphere. CCM predictions exhibit many common features, but also a broad range of values for quantities such as year of ozone-return-to-1980 and global ozone level at the end of the 21st century. Multiple linear regression is applied to each of 14 CCMs to separate ozone response to chlorine change from that due to climate change. We show that the sensitivity of lower atmosphere ozone to chlorine change deltaO3/deltaCly is a near linear function of partitioning of total inorganic chlorine (Cly) into its reservoirs; both Cly and its partitioning are controlled by lower atmospheric transport. CCMs with realistic transport agree with observations for chlorine reservoirs and produce similar ozone responses to chlorine change. After 2035 differences in response to chlorine contribute little to the spread in CCM results as the anthropogenic contribution to Cly becomes unimportant. Differences among upper stratospheric ozone increases due to temperature decreases are explained by differences in ozone sensitivity to temperature change deltaO3/deltaT due to different contributions from various ozone loss processes, each with their own temperature dependence. In the lower atmosphere, tropical ozone decreases caused by a predicted speed-up in the Brewer-Dobson circulation may or may not be balanced by middle and high latitude increases, contributing most to the spread in late 21st century predictions.

  11. Drivers of hemispheric differences in return dates of mid-latitude stratospheric ozone to historical levels

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    H. Garny

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Chemistry-climate models (CCMs project an earlier return of northern mid-latitude total column ozone to 1980 values compared to the southern mid-latitudes. The chemical and dynamical drivers of this hemispheric difference are investigated in this study. The hemispheric asymmetry in return dates is a robust result across different CCMs and is qualitatively independent of the method used to estimate return dates. However, the differences in dates of return to 1980 levels between the southern and northern mid-latitudes can vary between 0 and 30 yr across the range of CCM projections analyzed. An attribution analysis performed with two CCMs shows that chemically-induced changes in ozone are the major driver of the earlier return of ozone to 1980 levels in northern mid-latitudes; transport changes are of minor importance. This conclusion is supported by the fact that the spread in the simulated hemispheric difference in return dates across an ensemble of twelve models is only weakly related to the spread in the simulated hemispheric asymmetry of trends in the strength of the Brewer–Dobson circulation. The causes for chemically-induced asymmetric ozone trends relevant for the total column ozone return date differences are found to be (i stronger increases in ozone production due to enhanced NOx concentrations in the Northern Hemisphere lowermost stratosphere and troposphere, (ii stronger decreases in the destruction rates of ozone by the NOx cycle in the Northern Hemisphere lower stratosphere linked to effects of dynamics and temperature on NOx concentrations and (iii an increasing efficiency of heterogeneous ozone destruction by Cly in the Southern Hemisphere mid-latitudes as a result of decreasing temperatures.

  12. KRIT1 mutations in three Japanese pedigrees with hereditary cavernous malformation

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    Hirota, Kengo; Akagawa, Hiroyuki; Kikuchi, Asami; Oka, Hideki; Hino, Akihiko; Mitsuyama, Tetsuryu; Sasaki, Toshiyuki; Onda, Hideaki; Kawamata, Takakazu; Kasuya, Hidetoshi

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    Cerebral cavernous malformation is a neurovascular abnormality that can cause seizures, focal neurological deficits and intracerebral hemorrhage. Familial forms of this condition are characterized by de novo formation of multiple lesions and are autosomal-dominantly inherited via CCM1/KRIT1, CCM2/MGC4607 and CCM3/PDCD10 mutations. We identified three truncating mutations in KRIT1 from three Japanese families with CCMs: a novel frameshift mutation, a known frameshift mutation and a known splice-site mutation that had not been previously analyzed for aberrant splicing. PMID:27766163

  13. Food authenticity studies via multi-elemental and isotopic pattern using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    Full text: The aim of our study has been the development of an analytical method based on Sr isotope and elemental fingerprint analysis for discriminating food samples from different geographical origin. Several types of foods were involved in the investigation representing different stages of food processing such as pulverized spicy paprika (sparsely processed food product) and wine samples (processed product). Independent inorganic mass spectrometric techniques like ICP-SFMS, ICP-CCMS, and MC-ICPMS were used for method validation and investigation of the geographical origin. The advantage and limitations of the developed methods are discussed critically. (author)

  14. Assessment of the Breakup of the Antarctic Polar Vortex in Two New Chemistry-Climate Models

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    Hurwitz, M. M.; Newman, P. A.; Oman, L. D.; Li, F.; Morgenstern, O.; Braesicke, P.; Pyle, J. A.

    2010-01-01

    Successful simulation of the breakup of the Antarctic polar vortex depends on the representation of tropospheric stationary waves at Southern Hemisphere middle latitudes. This paper assesses the vortex breakup in two new chemistry-climate models (CCMs). The stratospheric version of the UK Chemistry and Aerosols model is able to reproduce the observed timing of the vortex breakup. Version 2 of the Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS V2) model is typical of CCMs in that the Antarctic polar vortex breaks up too late; at 10 hPa, the mean transition to easterlies at 60 S is delayed by 12-13 days as compared with the ERA-40 and National Centers for Environmental Prediction reanalyses. The two models' skill in simulating planetary wave driving during the October-November period accounts for differences in their simulation of the vortex breakup, with GEOS V2 unable to simulate the magnitude and tilt of geopotential height anomalies in the troposphere and thus underestimating the wave driving. In the GEOS V2 CCM the delayed breakup of the Antarctic vortex biases polar temperatures and trace gas distributions in the upper stratosphere in November and December.

  15. Clear sky UV simulations for the 21st century based on ozone and temperature projections from Chemistry-Climate Models

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    K. Tourpali

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available We have estimated changes in surface solar ultraviolet (UV radiation under cloud free conditions in the 21st century based on simulations of 11 coupled Chemistry-Climate Models (CCMs. The total ozone columns and vertical profiles of ozone and temperature projected from CCMs were used as input to a radiative transfer model in order to calculate the corresponding erythemal irradiance levels. Time series of monthly erythemal irradiance received at the surface during local noon are presented for the period 1960 to 2100. Starting from the first decade of the 21st century, the surface erythemal irradiance decreases globally as a result of the projected stratospheric ozone recovery at rates that are larger in the first half of the 21st century and smaller towards its end. This decreasing tendency varies with latitude, being more pronounced over areas where stratospheric ozone has been depleted the most after 1980. Between 2000 and 2100 surface erythemal irradiance is projected to decrease over midlatitudes by 5 to 15%, while at the southern high latitudes the decrease is twice as much. In this study we have not included effects from changes in cloudiness, surface reflectivity and tropospheric aerosol loading, which will likely be affected in the future due to climate change. Consequently, over some areas the actual changes in future UV radiation may be different depending on the evolution of these parameters.

  16. Nanosphere Lithography: A Powerful Method for the Controlled Manufacturing of Nanomaterials

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    Pierre Colson

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The never-ending race towards miniaturization of devices induced an intense research in the manufacturing processes of the components of those devices. However, the complexity of the process combined with high equipment costs makes the conventional lithographic techniques unfavorable for many researchers. Through years, nanosphere lithography (NSL attracted growing interest due to its compatibility with wafer-scale processes as well as its potential to manufacture a wide variety of homogeneous one-, two-, or three-dimensional nanostructures. This method combines the advantages of both top-down and bottom-up approaches and is based on a two-step process: (1 the preparation of a colloidal crystal mask (CCM made of nanospheres and (2 the deposition of the desired material through the mask. The mask is then removed and the layer keeps the ordered patterning of the mask interstices. Many groups have been working to improve the quality of the CCMs. Throughout this review, we compare the major deposition techniques to manufacture the CCMs (focusing on 2D polystyrene nanospheres lattices, with respect to their advantages and drawbacks. In traditional NSL, the pattern is usually limited to triangular structures. However, new strategies have been developed to build up more complex architectures and will also be discussed.

  17. HADRON CALORIMETER (HCAL)

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    J. Mans and P. De Barbaro

    2012-01-01

      During first three months of LHC operation in 2012 (April-June 2012), HCAL performed well.  Out of a total of 6.15 fb–1 recorded by CMS, 230 pb–1 had to be declared as ‘bad’ during certification process due to HCAL-related problems. There were two major sources of ‘bad’ data coming from HCAL. Firstly, RBX data losses resulted in approximately 90 pb–1 declared as ‘bad’. The RBX data loss problems are caused by Single Event Upsets (SEU) in Clock and Control Modules (CCMs). As CCMs are not accessible with the CMS detector closed, this problem can be only fixed during LS1. The second major source of  ‘bad’ data was a failure of TTCrx chip (installed on HF detector), which resulted in a loss of almost 80 pb–1. The intervention required access to the cavern, and so the unit could only be replaced during the inter-fill period. In 2011 and early 2012, we have...

  18. The Developing Field of Geothermal Energy Le développement du domaine de l'énergie géothermique

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    Bresee J. C.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Geothermal energy is a rapidly growing source of power and heat in many countries of the world: production of electricity is generally confined to the most scismically active areas of the world; non electric uses are found throughout the earth. A cooperative program (CCMS was organized in 1973 under the auspices of the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS of the NATO with which non NATO countries could participate. This program included computer, based information systems, direct uses of geothermal energy, multipurpose processing and disposal of geothermai brines, small geothermal power plants, and hot dry rocks concepts. Several of the CCMS cooperative efforts were continued under the auspices of the International Energy Agency, often by way of bilateral agreements. Hot dry rock activities are diversified with funding from several nations. The US Geothermal program has expanded greatly in the last five years with the target to reach a geothermal energy production of 4 to 9 x 10. 15 Btu/yr at the end of the Twentieth Century, about half coming from geopressured methane. Dans de nombreux pays, la géothermie croît rapidement comme source d'énergie et de chaleur. La production d'électricité se cantonne dans les régions fortement sismiques, tandis que les usages non électriques sont répandus largement à la surface de la Terre. Un programme de coopération (CCMS s'est organisé en 1973 pour cinq ans sous les auspices du Comité pour le Défi de la Société Moderne de l'OTAN auquel pouvaient s'associer des nations qui ne sont pas membres du traité. Le programme comprenait : un système de documentation par ordinateurs, l'utilisation directe de l'énergie géothermique, le traitement diversifié et l'élimination des saumures géo-thermiques, de petites centrales géothermiques et l'étude des procédés par roches chaudes sèches. Plusieurs des efforts coopératifs du CCMS se sont poursuivis sous les auspices de l

  19. Simultaneous determination of methamphetamine and ketamine in plasma by GC/MS with derivation%气-质联用结合衍生化法分析血浆中甲基苯丙胺和氯胺酮

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    王皓玉; 王玉瑾; 贾娟; 曹洁; 尉志文; 李克明

    2011-01-01

    目的:考察家兔血浆中甲基苯丙胺和氯胺酮同时衍生化后GC/MS检测分析结果.方法:血浆样品中加入内标物丙基解痉素(SKF525A)后碱化,乙醚萃取,三氟醋酸酐(TFA)衍生化,GC/MS全扫描定性、内标法和工作曲线法定量分析.结果:甲基苯丙胺和氯胺酮在血浆中的线性检测范围分别为0.010 0~10.0μg·mL-1和0.0100~20.0μg·mL-1;方法回收率为95.26%~101.10%;日内及日间相对标准差均小于15%.结论:建立了衍生化后同时测定血浆中甲基苯丙胺及氯胺酮的GC/MS定性定量分析方法,该法简便、灵敏、重复性好,适用于甲基苯丙胺和氯胺酮混合滥用中毒案例的快速鉴定.%OBJECTIVE To establish a method for simultaneous determination of methamphetamine and ketamine in plasma derivatized with TFA by CC/MS. METHODS After adding internal standard (IS) SKF5,sA, plasma samples were alkalized,extracted with ether and derivatized with trifluoroacetic anhydride (TFA). Optimized qualitative analysis employed full-scan mode and quantitative analysis by internal standard method and calibration curves by CC/MS. RESULTS The linear range for methamphetamine and ketamine in plasma were 0. 010 0 - 10. 0 μg · mL-1 and 0.0100-20.0 μg · mL-1 respectively. The extraction recovery rates of the target compounds in plasma were more than 66% and were stable relatively. The analytical recovery rates were 95. 26% - 101.10% and inter-day and intra-day relative standard deviation of precision were less than 15%.CONCLUSION The CC/MS method established for the simultaneous determination of methamphetamine and ketamine in biological samples derivatized with TFA was proved to be simple, sensitive and reproducible and could be applied to analyze intoxication cases of methamphetamine and ketamine mixed abusing.

  20. Reducing input data via image categorization to improve the speed of copyright content management systems

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    Ikeda, Kanami; Watanabe, Eriko

    2015-02-01

    An optical correlator has the advantage of high data transfer speed and parallel operation. However, in copyright content management systems (CCMSs), the numerous video files that need to be downloaded from the Internet and input to the optical correlator constitute a bottleneck. This paper proposes an image categorization method for CCMSs that uses the difference in the color features between animation and live-action images to remove this bottleneck and increase the speed of CCMSs. The results of experiments conducted indicate that the proposed method achieves a live-action video true rejection rate of 86.7 % and an animation video false rejection rate of 13.3 %. This indicates that the proposed method can improve the overall speed of a CCMS more than twice the original speed.

  1. Vascular permeability in cerebral cavernous malformations

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    Mikati, Abdul G; Khanna, Omaditya; Zhang, Lingjiao;

    2015-01-01

    -controlled observational study investigated whether the brains of human subjects with familial CCM show vascular hyperpermeability by dynamic contrast-enhanced quantitative perfusion magnetic resonance imaging, in comparison with CCM cases without familial disease, and whether lesional or brain vascular permeability...... vascular hyperpermeability in humans with an autosomal dominant disease, as predicted mechanistically. Brain permeability, more than lesion permeability, may serve as a biomarker of CCM disease activity, and help calibrate potential drug therapy.......Patients with the familial form of cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are haploinsufficient for the CCM1, CCM2, or CCM3 gene. Loss of corresponding CCM proteins increases RhoA kinase-mediated endothelial permeability in vitro, and in mouse brains in vivo. A prospective case...

  2. Methodological issues in the design of a rheumatoid arthritis activity score and its cut-offs

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    Full Text Available Olivier Collignon Centre de Recherche Public de la Santé (CRP-Santé, Competences Centre for Methodology and Statistics (CCMS, Strassen, Luxembourg Abstract: Activity of rheumatoid arthritis (RA can be evaluated using several scoring scales based on clinical features. The most widely used one is the Disease Activity Score involving 28 joint counts (DAS28 for which cut-offs were proposed to help physicians classify patients. However, inaccurate scoring can lead to inappropriate medical decisions. In this article some methodological issues in the design of such a score and its cut-offs are highlighted in order to further propose a strategy to overcome them. As long as the issues reviewed in this article are not addressed, results of studies based on standard disease activity scores such as DAS28 should be considered with caution. Keywords: DAS28, disease activity score, penalized logistic regression, clinical prediction, modeling

  3. The Role of Hemosiderin Excision in Seizure Outcome in Cerebral Cavernous Malformation Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

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    Full Text Available Whether the excision of hemosiderin surrounding cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs is necessary to achieve a seizure-free result has been the subject of debate. Here, we report a systematic review of related literature up to Jan 1, 2015 including 594 patients to assess the effect of hemosiderin excision on seizure outcome in patients with CCMs by meta-analysis.Ten studies comparing extended hemosiderin excision with only lesion resection were identified by searching the English-language literature. Meta-analyses, subgroup analyses and sensitivity analysis were conducted to determine the association between hemosiderin excision and seizure outcome after surgery.Seizure outcome was significantly improved in the patients who underwent an extended excision of the surrounding hemosiderin (OR, 0.62; 95% CI: 0.42-0.91; P = 0.01. In subgroup analysis, studies from Asia (OR, 0.42; 95% CI: 0.25-0.71; P = 0.001, male-majority (female ratio 1 year before surgery (OR, 0.43; 95% CI: 0.22-0.84; P = 0.01, lesion diameter > 2 cm (OR, 0.41; 95% CI: 0.19-0.87; P = 0.02 and short-term (< 3 years follow-up (OR, 0.48; 95% CI: 0.29-0.80; P = 0.005 tended to correlate with a significantly favorable outcome.Patients who underwent extended surrounding hemosiderin excision could exhibit significantly improved seizure outcomes compared to patients without hemosiderin excision. However, further well-designed prospective multiple-center RCT studies are still needed.

  4. Multimodel assessment of the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere: Tropics and global trends

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    Gettelman, A.; Hegglin, M. I.; Son, S.-W.; Kim, J.; Fujiwara, M.; Birner, T.; Kremser, S.; Rex, M.; AñEl, J. A.; Akiyoshi, H.; Austin, J.; Bekki, S.; Braesike, P.; Brühl, C.; Butchart, N.; Chipperfield, M.; Dameris, M.; Dhomse, S.; Garny, H.; Hardiman, S. C.; JöCkel, P.; Kinnison, D. E.; Lamarque, J. F.; Mancini, E.; Marchand, M.; Michou, M.; Morgenstern, O.; Pawson, S.; Pitari, G.; Plummer, D.; Pyle, J. A.; Rozanov, E.; Scinocca, J.; Shepherd, T. G.; Shibata, K.; Smale, D.; TeyssèDre, H.; Tian, W.

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    The performance of 18 coupled Chemistry Climate Models (CCMs) in the Tropical Tropopause Layer (TTL) is evaluated using qualitative and quantitative diagnostics. Trends in tropopause quantities in the tropics and the extratropical Upper Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere (UTLS) are analyzed. A quantitative grading methodology for evaluating CCMs is extended to include variability and used to develop four different grades for tropical tropopause temperature and pressure, water vapor and ozone. Four of the 18 models and the multi-model mean meet quantitative and qualitative standards for reproducing key processes in the TTL. Several diagnostics are performed on a subset of the models analyzing the Tropopause Inversion Layer (TIL), Lagrangian cold point and TTL transit time. Historical decreases in tropical tropopause pressure and decreases in water vapor are simulated, lending confidence to future projections. The models simulate continued decreases in tropopause pressure in the 21st century, along with ˜1K increases per century in cold point tropopause temperature and 0.5-1 ppmv per century increases in water vapor above the tropical tropopause. TTL water vapor increases below the cold point. In two models, these trends are associated with 35% increases in TTL cloud fraction. These changes indicate significant perturbations to TTL processes, specifically to deep convective heating and humidity transport. Ozone in the extratropical lowermost stratosphere has significant and hemispheric asymmetric trends. O3 is projected to increase by nearly 30% due to ozone recovery in the Southern Hemisphere (SH) and due to enhancements in the stratospheric circulation. These UTLS ozone trends may have significant effects in the TTL and the troposphere.

  5. Satellite Observations and Chemistry Climate Models - A Meandering Path Towards Better Predictions

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    Douglass, Anne R.

    2011-01-01

    Knowledge of the chemical and dynamical processes that control the stratospheric ozone layer has grown rapidly since the 1970s, when ideas that depletion of the ozone layer due to human activity were put forth. The concept of ozone depletion due to anthropogenic chlorine increase is simple; quantification of the effect is much more difficult. The future of stratospheric ozone is complicated because ozone is expected to increase for two reasons: the slow decrease in anthropogenic chlorine due to the Montreal Protocol and its amendments and stratospheric cooling caused by increases in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Prediction of future ozone levels requires three-dimensional models that represent physical, photochemical and radiative processes, i.e., chemistry climate models (CCMs). While laboratory kinetic and photochemical data are necessary inputs for a CCM, atmospheric measurements are needed both to reveal physical and chemical processes and for comparison with simulations to test the conceptual model that CCMs represent. Global measurements are available from various satellites including but not limited to the LIMS and TOMS instruments on Nimbus 7 (1979 - 1993), and various instruments on the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (1991 - 2005), Envisat (2002 - ongoing), Sci-Sat (2003 - ongoing) and Aura (2004 - ongoing). Every successful satellite instrument requires a physical concept for the measurement, knowledge of physical chemical properties of the molecules to be measured, and stellar engineering to design an instrument that will survive launch and operate for years with no opportunity for repair but providing enough information that trend information can be separated from any instrument change. The on-going challenge is to use observations to decrease uncertainty in prediction. This talk will focus on two applications. The first considers transport diagnostics and implications for prediction of the eventual demise of the Antarctic ozone hole

  6. PDCD10,一个新的多功能信号转导调节分子%PDCD10, a Novel Signal Transduction Regulating Molecule with Multiple Functions

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    黄东宁; 赵红珊

    2013-01-01

    人程序性细胞死亡分子10(Homo sapiens programmed cell death 10,PDCD10),最初被称为TFAR15 (TF-1 cell apoptosis related gene 15),是由撤除粒细胞-巨噬细胞集落刺激因子诱导凋亡的人红白血病细胞系TF-1中克隆得到的1个凋亡相关基因.后来发现它的突变可引起散发性或家族性颅内海绵状血管瘤(cerebral cavernous malformations,CCMs)的发生,为CCMs的第3个致病基因,所以又被叫做CCM3.近年来研究发现,PDCD10能够和GCKⅢ蛋白、γ-PCDH、CCM2、VEGFR2、ERM等众多蛋白相互作用,并能调控ERK-MAPK通路,增加MST4/VEGFR2的稳定性,增强相应的信号转导,促进细胞的增殖、分化和中枢神经系统的发育,与癌症的发生相关,还能调节细胞的凋亡.以上研究证明了PDCD10的多种生物学效应,并提示其在血管生成、氧化应激、肿瘤中发挥重要作用.%Homo sapiens programmed cell death 10 (PDCD10) , also termed as TF-1 cell apoptosis related gene 15 ( TFAR15 ) , was a apoptosis-related gene initially. It was originally identified in a premyeloid cell line TF-1 , which was induced by removing granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) . Since the mutation of PDCD10 can give rise to sporadic or familial cerebral cavernous malformations, PDCD10 could also be referred as CCM3 , the third disease gene of CCMs. It has been verified that PDCD10 can interact with a wide range of proteins including GCKⅢ, γ-PCDH , CCM2 , VEGFR2 and ERM. It can also stimulate the ERK-MAPK pathway by stabilizing MST4/ VEGFR2, and thus enhance the signal transduction, promote proliferation and differentiation of cells. Recent studies revealed multiple biological effects from PDCD10. The results suggest that PDCD10 play important roles in angiogenesis, oxidative stress and oncogenesis.

  7. [Emim]Cl-AlCl3离子液体中5-苯甲酰基苊的合成%Synthesis of 5-benzoylacenaphthene in presence of ionic liquid[Emim]Cl-AlCl3

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    刘华; 程晓农; 袁新华; 罗颖; 黄立静; 陈敏

    2011-01-01

    To obtain new fine chemical and macromolecule intermediate, the Friedel-Craft acylation of acenaphthene with benzoyl chloride catalysed by [ Emim ] C1 - AICI3 ionic liquid to synthesize 5 - benzoylacenaphthene was investigated and 5 - benzoylacenaphthene was determined by CC/MS analysis. According to orthogonal experiments, the optimum technological conditions were obtained as follows: n(acenaphthene): n (benzoyl chloride): n ([ Emim ]CI -AICI3 ) = 1: 2: 1, temperature 35 ℃ and time 45 min. The yield of 5 -benzoylacenaphthene was 88. 6% under such conditions. Furthermore, the yield of 5 -benzoylacenaphthene changed a little after the catalyst was reused for five times. Pure 5 benzoylacenaphthene was prepared by extraction and recrystaling and the structure of 5 -benzoylacenaphthene was identified by measuration of melting point, CC/MS, FT - IR and 1 H NMR analyses.%为合成新型精细化工产品和功能高分子中间体,研究了氯代1-乙基3-甲基咪唑-三氯化铝([Emim]Cl-AlCl3)离子液体催化下,苊与苯甲酰氯的Friedel-Craft酰基化反应,GC-MS分析发现生成了5-苯甲酰基苊.通过正交试验,得到该酰基化反应的最优条件为∶n(苊)∶n(苯甲酰氯)∶n([Emim]Cl-AlCl3)=1∶2∶1,反应温度35℃,反应时间45 min.此条件下,5-苯甲酰基苊的收率可达88.6%.[Emim]Cl-AlCl3离子液体5次循环使用后,5-苯甲酰基苊的收率变化很小.经萃取、重结晶等方法得到了5-苯甲酰基苊纯产品,并通过mp测定、GC/MS、FT-IR和1H NMR对该产物进行了定性和定量分析.

  8. Assessment of the interannual variability and impact of the QBO and upwelling on tracer-tracer distributions of N2O and O3 in the tropical lower stratosphere

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    F. Olschewski

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available A modified form of tracer-tracer correlations of N2O and O3 has been used as a tool for the evaluation of atmospheric photochemical models. Applying this method monthly averages of N2O and O3 are derived for both hemispheres by partitioning the data into altitude (or potential temperature bins and then averaging over a fixed interval of N2O. In a previous study, the method has been successfully applied to the validation of two Chemical Transport Models (CTMs and one Chemistry-Climate Model (CCM using 1-year climatology derived from the Odin Sub Millimetre Radiometer (Odin/SMR. However, the applicability of a 1-year climatology of monthly averages of N2O and O3 has been questioned due to the inability of some CCMs to simulate a specific year for the evaluation of CCMs. In this study, satellite measurements from Odin/SMR, the Aura Microwave Limb Sounder (Aura/MLS, the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding on ENVISAT (ENVISAT/MIPAS, and the Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere (CRISTA-1 and CRISTA-2 as well as model simulations from the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM are considered. By using seven to eight years of satellite measurements derived between 2003 and 2010 from Odin/SMR, Aura/MLS, ENVISAT/MIPAS and six years of model simulations from WACCM the interannual variability of lower stratospheric monthly averages of N2O and O3 is assessed. It is shown that the interannual variability of the monthly averages of N2O and O3 is low and thus can be easily distinguished from model deficiencies. Further, it is investigated why large differences between Odin/SMR observations and model simulations from the Karlsruhe Simulation Model of the Middle Atmosphere (KASIMA and the atmospheric general circulation model ECHAM5/Messy1 are found for the Northern and Southern Hemisphere tropics (0° to 30° N and 0° to −30° S, respectively. The differences between model simulations and

  9. Present status and future prospects for nonelectrical uses of geothermal resources

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    Howard, J.H. (ed.)

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    This report, which is part of a study initiated by the NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS), describes the current status of nonelectrical uses of geothermal resources. Such resources are defined as geothermal fluids between the temperatures of 50 and 160/sup 0/C. Current and potential uses of these resources including residential and commercial, agricultural and industrial applications are described. Also discussed are exploration and drilling; extraction and distribution; environmental impact; and economic and regulatory problems. Applications in a number of countries are described. Among the report's conclusions are: (1) Geothermal resources are widely distributed throughout the world. (2) The extraction of these resources presents no serious technical problems. (3) A wide variety of economically viable applications for these resources currently exists. (4) Current nonelectrical applications have a favorable economic structure compared with those of other energy sources. (5) Disposal of spent fluids has a significant ecological impact. Reinjection appears to be the most likely alternative. (6) The legal and institutional framework surrounding these applications needs both clarification and simplification.

  10. A heritable form of SMARCE1-related meningiomas with important implications for follow-up and family screening.

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    Gerkes, E H; Fock, J M; den Dunnen, W F A; van Belzen, M J; van der Lans, C A; Hoving, E W; Fakkert, I E; Smith, M J; Evans, D G; Olderode-Berends, M J W

    2016-04-01

    Childhood meningiomas are rare. Recently, a new hereditary tumor predisposition syndrome has been discovered, resulting in an increased risk for spinal and intracranial clear cell meningiomas (CCMs) in young patients. Heterozygous loss-of-function germline mutations in the SMARCE1 gene are causative, giving rise to an autosomal dominant inheritance pattern. We report on an extended family with a pediatric CCM patient and an adult CCM patient and several asymptomatic relatives carrying a germline SMARCE1 mutation, and discuss difficulties in genetic counseling for this heritable condition. Because of the few reported cases so far, the lifetime risk of developing meningiomas for SMARCE1 mutation carriers is unclear and the complete tumor spectrum is unknown. There is no surveillance guideline for asymptomatic carriers nor a long-term follow-up recommendation for SMARCE1-related CCM patients as yet. Until more information is available about the penetrance and tumor spectrum of the condition, we propose the following screening advice for asymptomatic SMARCE1 mutation carriers: neurological examination and MRI of the brain and spine, yearly from diagnosis until the age of 18 and once every 3 years thereafter, or in between if there are clinical symptoms. This advice can also be used for long-term patient follow-up. More data is needed to optimize this proposed screening advice. PMID:26803492

  11. Diatom acclimation to elevated CO2 via cAMP signalling and coordinated gene expression

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    Hennon, Gwenn M. M.; Ashworth, Justin; Groussman, Ryan D.; Berthiaume, Chris; Morales, Rhonda L.; Baliga, Nitin S.; Orellana, Mónica V.; Armbrust, E. V.

    2015-08-01

    Diatoms are responsible for ~40% of marine primary productivity, fuelling the oceanic carbon cycle and contributing to natural carbon sequestration in the deep ocean. Diatoms rely on energetically expensive carbon concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) to fix carbon efficiently at modern levels of CO2 (refs , , ). How diatoms may respond over the short and long term to rising atmospheric CO2 remains an open question. Here we use nitrate-limited chemostats to show that the model diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana rapidly responds to increasing CO2 by differentially expressing gene clusters that regulate transcription and chromosome folding, and subsequently reduces transcription of photosynthesis and respiration gene clusters under steady-state elevated CO2. These results suggest that exposure to elevated CO2 first causes a shift in regulation, and then a metabolic rearrangement. Genes in one CO2-responsive cluster included CCM and photorespiration genes that share a putative cAMP-responsive cis-regulatory sequence, implying these genes are co-regulated in response to CO2, with cAMP as an intermediate messenger. We verified cAMP-induced downregulation of CCM gene δ-CA3 in nutrient-replete diatom cultures by inhibiting the hydrolysis of cAMP. These results indicate an important role for cAMP in downregulating CCM and photorespiration genes under elevated CO2 and provide insights into mechanisms of diatom acclimation in response to climate change.

  12. Stabiliztin of VEGFR2 Signaling by Cerebral Cavernous Malformation 3 is Critical for Vascular Development

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    Y He; H Zhang; L Yu; M Gunel; T Boggon; H Chen; W Min

    2011-12-31

    Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are human vascular malformations caused by mutations in three genes of unknown function: CCM1, CCM2, and CCM3. CCM3, also known as PDCD10 (programmed cell death 10), was initially identified as a messenger RNA whose abundance was induced by apoptotic stimuli in vitro. However, the in vivo function of CCM3 has not been determined. Here, we describe mice with a deletion of the CCM3 gene either ubiquitously or specifically in the vascular endothelium, smooth muscle cells, or neurons. Mice with global or endothelial cell-specific deletion of CCM3 exhibited defects in embryonic angiogenesis and died at an early embryonic stage. CCM3 deletion reduced vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2) signaling in embryos and endothelial cells. In response to VEGF stimulation, CCM3 was recruited to and stabilized VEGFR2, and the carboxyl-terminal domain of CCM3 was required for the stabilization of VEGFR2. Indeed, the CCM3 mutants found in human patients lacking the carboxyl-terminal domain were labile and were unable to stabilize and activate VEGFR2. These results demonstrate that CCM3 promotes VEGFR2 signaling during vascular development.

  13. Quantifying Uncertainty in Projections of Stratospheric Ozone Over the 21st Century

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    Charlton-Perez, A. J.; Hawkins, E.; Eyring, V.; Cionni, I.; Bodeker, G. E.; Kinnison, D. E.; Akiyoshi, H.; Frith, S. M.; Garcia, R.; Gettelman, A.; Lamarque, J. F.; Nakamura, T.; Pawson, S.; Yamashita, Y.; Bekki, S.; Braesicke, P.; Chipperfield, M. P.; Dhomse, S.; Marchand, M.; Mancini, E.; Morgenstern, O.; Pitari, G.; Plummer, D.; Pyle, J. A.; Rozanov, E.

    2010-01-01

    Future stratospheric ozone concentrations will be determined both by changes in the concentration of ozone depleting substances (ODSs) and by changes in stratospheric and tropospheric climate, including those caused by changes in anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHGs). Since future economic development pathways and resultant emissions of GHGs are uncertain, anthropogenic climate change could be a significant source of uncertainty for future projections of stratospheric ozone. In this pilot study, using an ensemble of opportunity of chemistry-climate model (CCM) simulations, the contribution of scenario uncertainty from different plausible emissions pathways for 10 ODSs and GHGs to future ozone projections is quantified relative to the contribution from model uncertainty and internal variability of the chemistry-climate system. For both the global, annual mean ozone concentration and for ozone in specific geographical regions, differences between CCMs are the dominant source of uncertainty for the first two-thirds of the 21 st century, up-to and after the time when ozone concentrations 15 return to 1980 values. In the last third of the 21st century, dependent upon the set of greenhouse gas scenarios used, scenario uncertainty can be the dominant contributor. This result suggests that investment in chemistry-climate modelling is likely to continue to refine projections of stratospheric ozone and estimates of the return of stratospheric ozone concentrations to pre-1980 levels.

  14. Quantifying uncertainty in projections of stratospheric ozone over the 21st century

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    A. J. Charlton-Perez

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Future stratospheric ozone concentrations will be determined both by changes in the concentration of ozone depleting substances (ODSs and by changes in stratospheric and tropospheric climate, including those caused by changes in anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHGs. Since future economic development pathways and resultant emissions of GHGs are uncertain, anthropogenic climate change could be a significant source of uncertainty for future projections of stratospheric ozone. In this pilot study, using an "ensemble of opportunity" of chemistry-climate model (CCM simulations, the contribution of scenario uncertainty from different plausible emissions pathways for ODSs and GHGs to future ozone projections is quantified relative to the contribution from model uncertainty and internal variability of the chemistry-climate system. For both the global, annual mean ozone concentration and for ozone in specific geographical regions, differences between CCMs are the dominant source of uncertainty for the first two-thirds of the 21st century, up-to and after the time when ozone concentrations return to 1980 values. In the last third of the 21st century, dependent upon the set of greenhouse gas scenarios used, scenario uncertainty can be the dominant contributor. This result suggests that investment in chemistry-climate modelling is likely to continue to refine projections of stratospheric ozone and estimates of the return of stratospheric ozone concentrations to pre-1980 levels.

  15. The potential to narrow uncertainty in projections of stratospheric ozone over the 21st century

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    A. J. Charlton-Perez

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Future stratospheric ozone concentrations will be determined both by changes in the concentration of ozone depleting substances (ODSs and by changes in stratospheric and tropospheric climate, including those caused by changes in anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHGs. Since future economic development pathways and resultant emissions of GHGs are uncertain, anthropogenic climate change could be a significant source of uncertainty for future projections of stratospheric ozone. In this pilot study, using an "ensemble of opportunity" of chemistry-climate model (CCM simulations, the contribution of scenario uncertainty from different plausible emissions pathways for ODSs and GHGs to future ozone projections is quantified relative to the contribution from model uncertainty and internal variability of the chemistry-climate system. For both the global, annual mean ozone concentration and for ozone in specific geographical regions, differences between CCMs are the dominant source of uncertainty for the first two-thirds of the 21st century, up-to and after the time when ozone concentrations return to 1980 values. In the last third of the 21st century, dependent upon the set of greenhouse gas scenarios used, scenario uncertainty can be the dominant contributor. This result suggests that investment in chemistry-climate modelling is likely to continue to refine projections of stratospheric ozone and estimates of the return of stratospheric ozone concentrations to pre-1980 levels.

  16. Another test for isomorphism in planetary gear trains

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    Narayanappa, P.; Rao, Y.V.D. [BITS-Pilani. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Hyderabad (India)

    2012-07-01

    Wind turbines need overdrives that amplify the speed of turbine shaft and provide high speed at generator shaft. Epicyclic gear trains being compact, convenient to build and operate are most suitable for over drives. Graph theory is used in synthesis of the Epicyclic Gear Trains (EGT) to identify various possible design alternatives. Recursive method is used for generation of EGTs. Test for Isomorphism is essential to remove redundancy in the synthesis of EGTs. A test for isomorphism of EGTs using connectivity count matrix (CCM) is explained. The test is applied to unleveled graphs of EGT with up to seven links. The non-isomorphic graphs were identified by comparing CCMs of the graphs which are generated by adding one link to each of the non-isomorphic graphs of previous stage graphs. This method does not consider the connectivity relations between vertices and levels of the links. The results were compared with previously published results to check the validity of the method explained. (Author)

  17. Vascular permeability in cerebral cavernous malformations.

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    Mikati, Abdul G; Khanna, Omaditya; Zhang, Lingjiao; Girard, Romuald; Shenkar, Robert; Guo, Xiaodong; Shah, Akash; Larsson, Henrik B W; Tan, Huan; Li, Luying; Wishnoff, Matthew S; Shi, Changbin; Christoforidis, Gregory A; Awad, Issam A

    2015-10-01

    Patients with the familial form of cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are haploinsufficient for the CCM1, CCM2, or CCM3 gene. Loss of corresponding CCM proteins increases RhoA kinase-mediated endothelial permeability in vitro, and in mouse brains in vivo. A prospective case-controlled observational study investigated whether the brains of human subjects with familial CCM show vascular hyperpermeability by dynamic contrast-enhanced quantitative perfusion magnetic resonance imaging, in comparison with CCM cases without familial disease, and whether lesional or brain vascular permeability correlates with CCM disease activity. Permeability in white matter far (WMF) from lesions was significantly greater in familial than in sporadic cases, but was similar in CCM lesions. Permeability in WMF increased with age in sporadic patients, but not in familial cases. Patients with more aggressive familial CCM disease had greater WMF permeability compared to those with milder disease phenotype, but similar lesion permeability. Subjects receiving statin medications for routine cardiovascular indications had a trend of lower WMF, but not lesion, permeability. This is the first demonstration of brain vascular hyperpermeability in humans with an autosomal dominant disease, as predicted mechanistically. Brain permeability, more than lesion permeability, may serve as a biomarker of CCM disease activity, and help calibrate potential drug therapy.

  18. Ocean acidification modulates expression of genes and physiological performance of a marine diatom

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    Li, Y.; Zhuang, S.; Wu, Y.; Ren, H.; Cheng, F.; Lin, X.; Wang, K.; Beardall, J.; Gao, K.

    2015-09-01

    Ocean Acidification (OA) is known to affect various aspects of the physiological performance of diatoms, but there is little information on the underlining molecular mechanisms involved. Here, we show that in the model diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum expression of the genes related to light harvesting, carbon acquisition and carboxylation, nitrite assimilation and ATP synthesis are modulated by OA. Growth and photosynthetic carbon fixation were enhanced by elevated CO2 (1000 μatm) under both constant indoor and fluctuating outdoor light regimes. The genetic expression of nitrite reductase (NiR) was up-regulated by OA regardless of light levels and/or regimes. The transcriptional expression of fucoxanthin chlorophyll a/c protein (lhcf type (FCP)) and mitochondrial ATP synthase (mtATP synthase) genes were also enhanced by OA, but only under high light intensity. OA treatment decreased the expression of β-carbonic anhydrase (β-CA) along with down-regulation of CO2 concentrating mechanisms (CCMs). Additionally, the genes for these proteins (NiR, FCP, mtATP synthase, β-CA) showed diel expressions either under constant indoor light or fluctuating sunlight. Thus, OA enhanced photosynthetic and growth rates by stimulating nitrogen assimilation and indirectly by down-regulating the energy-costly inorganic carbon acquisition process.

  19. Investigations on degradation of the long-term proton exchange membrane water electrolysis stack

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    Sun, Shucheng; Shao, Zhigang; Yu, Hongmei; Li, Guangfu; Yi, Baolian

    2014-12-01

    A 9-cell proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis stack is developed and tested for 7800 h. The average degradation rate of 35.5 μV h-1 per cell is measured. The 4th MEA of the stack is offline investigated and characterized. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) shows that the charge transfer resistance and ionic resistance of the cell both increase. The linear sweep scan (LSV) shows the hydrogen crossover rate of the membrane has slight increase. The electron probe X-ray microanalyze (EPMA) illustrates further that Ca, Cu and Fe elements distribute in the membrane and catalyst layers of the catalyst-coated membranes (CCMs). The cations occupy the ion exchange sites of the Nafion polymer electrolyte in the catalyst layers and membrane, which results in the increase in the anode and the cathode overpotentials. The metallic impurities originate mainly from the feed water and the components of the electrolysis unit. Fortunately, the degradation was reversible and can be almost recovered to the initial performance by using 0.5 M H2SO4. This indicates the performance degradation of the stack running 7800 h is mainly caused by a recoverable contamination.

  20. Dioxins contamination of food in Italy: an overview of the situation 1999-2000

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    G. Scortichini

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The Istituto Zooprofilattico dell’Abruzzo e Molise ‘G. Caporale’ (IZS A&M has been monitoring contamination of food by the polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDD and polychlorinated dibenzo-furans (PCDF as part of the National Surveillance Plan (NSP in Italy since 1999, on license from the Italian Ministry of Health. Between 1999 and 2000, 238 samples (including meat, fish, eggs, milk, fat, feedstuffs were analysed. The results of the tests were expressed in terms of international toxic equivalents (I-TEQs from NATO/CCMS, 1988 and World Health Organization toxic equivalents (WHO-TEQs. These results showed contamination levels comparable to those detected in similar studies conducted in other European countries for products such as milk (mean: 0.81 pg I-TEQ/g fat, meat (mean: 0.73 pg I-TEQ/g fat and fat (mean: 0.51 pg I-TEQ/g fat. The highest dioxin content was found in fish (mean: 5.28 pg I-TEQ/g fat and fish feeds (mean 6.60 pg ITEQ/ g fat. These two matrices also showed complete duplication of contamination profiles. Other edible matrices (milk, meat, eggs revealed the presence of HpCDD and OCDD. This could be due to the introduction into Italy of the animal feed additive choline chloride contaminated by these congenerse.

  1. The reasons for the high power density of fuel cells fabricated with directly deposited membranes

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    Vierrath, Severin; Breitwieser, Matthias; Klingele, Matthias; Britton, Benjamin; Holdcroft, Steven; Zengerle, Roland; Thiele, Simon

    2016-09-01

    In a previous study, we reported that polymer electrolyte fuel cells prepared by direct membrane deposition (DMD) produced power densities in excess of 4 W/cm2. In this study, the underlying origins that give rise to these high power densities are investigated and reported. The membranes of high power, DMD-fabricated fuel cells are relatively thin (12 μm) compared to typical benchmark, commercially available membranes. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, at high current densities (2.2 A/cm2) reveals that mass transport resistance was half that of reference, catalyst-coated-membranes (CCM). This is attributed to an improved oxygen supply in the cathode catalyst layer by way of a reduced propensity of flooding, and which is facilitated by an enhancement in the back diffusion of water from cathode to anode through the thin directly deposited membrane. DMD-fabricated membrane-electrode-assemblies possess 50% reduction in ionic resistance (15 mΩcm2) compared to conventional CCMs, with contributions of 9 mΩcm2 for the membrane resistance and 6 mΩcm2 for the contact resistance of the membrane and catalyst layer ionomer. The improved mass transport is responsible for 90% of the increase in power density of the DMD fuel cell, while the reduced ionic resistance accounts for a 10% of the improvement.

  2. Breakdown of the coral-algae symbiosis: towards formalising a linkage between warm-water bleaching thresholds and the growth rate of the intracellular zooxanthellae

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    S. A. Wooldridge

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Impairment of the photosynthetic machinery of the algal endosymbiont ("zooxanthellae" is the proximal trigger for the thermal breakdown of the coral-algae symbiosis ("coral bleaching". Yet, the primary site of thermal damage is not well resolved. In this perspective essay, I consider further a recent hypothesis which proposes an energetic disruption to the carbon-concentrating mechanisms (CCMs of the coral host, and the resultant onset of CO2-limitation within the photosynthetic "dark reactions", as a unifying cellular mechanism. The hypothesis identifies the enhanced retention of photosynthetic carbon for zooxanthellae (regrowth following an initial irradiance-driven expulsion event as the cause of the energetic disruption. If true, then it implies that the onset of the bleaching syndrome and setting of upper thermal bleaching limits are emergent attributes of the coral symbiosis that are ultimately underpinned by the characteristic growth profile of the intracellular zooxanthellae; which is known to depend not just on temperature, but also external (seawater nutrient availability and zooxanthellae genotype. Here, I review this proposed bleaching linkage at a variety of observational scales, and find it to be parsimonious with the available evidence. This provides a new standpoint to consider the future prospects of the coral symbiosis in an era of rapid environmental change, including the now crucial importance of reef water quality in co-determining thermal bleaching resistance.

  3. The diversity and coevolution of Rubisco, plastids, pyrenoids, and chloroplast-based CO{sub 2}-concentrating mechanisms in algae

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    Badger, M. R.; Andrews, T. J.; Whitney, S. M.; Ludwig, M.; Price, G. D. [Australian National Univ., Research School of Biological Sciences, Canberra, ACT (Australia); Yellowlees, D. C.; Leggat, W. [James Cook Univ., Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Townsville, QLD (Australia)

    1998-06-01

    The potential diversity of Rubisco and chloroplast-based carbon dioxide concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) in green and non-green algae are examined. The review emphasized recent advances in understanding the subject and areas with future research potential. In general, the review found that Rubisco enzymes from algae have evolved a higher affinity for carbon dioxide when the algae have adopted a strategy for carbon dioxide fixation that does not utilize a CCM. This appears to be true for both the Green and Red Form I Rubisco enzymes found in green and non-green algae. In some microalgae there is a strong correlation between the existence of a high-affinity CCM physiology and the presence of pyrenoids, suggestive of the potential importance of these chloroplast Rubisco-containing bodies. In contrast, in macroalgae a greater diversity of the apparent relationships between pyrenoids and chloroplast features and the CCM physiology was found. With regard to future research, the function of the pyrenoid and other chloroplast features, the operation of chloroplast-based CCM, and the assessment of the coevolution of Rubisco, appeared to be the most promising areas. 109 refs., 4 tabs., 5 figs.

  4. Transport in the Asian Anticyclone at the synoptic and intraseasonal scale

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    Fierli, Federico; Galuzzo, Daniele; Biondi, Riccardo; Cairo, Francesco; Cagnazzo, Chiara

    2016-04-01

    Asian Anticyclone (AA) contains air from the troposphere that can enter directly in the lower stratosphere with observational evidence of low ozone / high water vapor and enhanced pollutants or precursors. We focus on the dynamics and variability for transport in the AA from the Monsoon region to the lowermost stratosphere from the synoptic to the intra-seasonal scale, making use of regional scale modelling, lagrangian analysis, Cosmic GPS, the MLS (Microwave Limb Sounder) and MIPAS (Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding) and convection proxies. This to identify the impact of processes acting at these scales (Monsoon break-up, stronger convection phases) on the injection of pollutants and water vapour in the Asian Anticyclone region. Concerning the synoptic variability, it is known that specific convection patterns and episodes as for instance those occuring at the flanks of Himalayan foothills, may generate a substantial flux of pollutants and water vapour in the AA, an estimate of their impact on the seasonal overall transport budget is still missing. This information is also particularly important to optimize in-situ observations in terms of expected variability, target regions, expected concentrations and to develop focused diagnostics for evaluation of Climate Models such as CCMs.

  5. STUDY ON PHOTO-DEGRADATION OF NEW PESTICIDE BUTYLENE FIPRONIL%新型农药丁烯氟虫腈的光降解研究

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    曹维强; 吕飞; 余优军; 吴云普; 佘永新; 王静

    2011-01-01

    为了解丁烯氟虫腈在液体中的降解趋势,采用液液萃取气相色谱-质谱(GC-MS)测定水中丁烯氟虫腈含量,研究丁烯氟虫腈在紫外光和太阳光照射下,在不同液体中的降解动态和降解产物.研究结果表明,在紫外光照射下,丁烯氟虫腈在水、0.01mol·L-1氯化钙溶液、甲醇、乙酸乙酯以及正己烷中的降解过程均符合一级反应动力学,27℃下丁烯氟虫腈溶液的降解半衰期分别为2.69 h、2.67h、6.30h、5.63 h和1.52 h,在丙酮中几乎不降解;丁烯氟虫腈在紫外光照射下的降解速率要快于在阳光照射下的降解速率,随着温度的升高,光解速率增加,随着pH值的增加或者降低,降解速率有所降低.采用气相色谱质谱仪对丁烯氟虫腈的3种光产物结构进行了初步鉴定,以期对丁烯氟虫腈的科学应用提供理论依据.%A method was developed for the determination of butylene fipronil residues in aqueous solution with liquid-liquid extraction and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (C,C/MS) in order to investigate the photo-degradation dynamic of butylene fipronil in different solutions under ultraviolet(UV) light and sun light.The results of the study showed that the photo-degradation of butylene fipronil could be described by first-order kinetics in water, 0.01 mol. L-1CaCl2 solution, methanol, ethyl acetate and hexane under UV light. The half life of photo-degradation was 2.69 h,2.67 h,6.30 h,5.63 h and 1.52 h respectively at 27 ℃. But it hardly degraded in acetone. The effect of light source, temperature and pH value on degradation rate was also studied. The results showed that the photo-degradation rate under UV light was faster than that under sun light, photo-degradation rate were accelerated with temperature, but slowed when pH value was increased or decreased. Three photo-degradation products of butylene fipronil were indentified with (CC/MS).

  6. Evaluation of Antarctic polar stratospheric clouds data obtained by ground based lidars (at Dome C, McMurdo and Dumont D'Urville) and the satellite based CALIOP lidar system versus a subset of CCMVAL-2 chemistry-climate models.

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    Snels, Marcel; Fierli, Federico; de Muro, Mauro; Cagnazzo, Chiara; Cairo, Francesco; Di Liberto, Luca

    2016-04-01

    Polar stratospheric clouds play an important role in the ozone depletion process in polar regions and are thus strongly linked to climate changes. Long term observations are needed to monitor the presence of PSCs and to compare to climate models. The last decades PSCs in Antarctica have been observed by using the CALIOP lidar system on the CALIPSO satellite and by ground based lidars at Dumont D'Urville, McMurdo, Casey, and since 2014 at Dome C. We evaluate the Antarctic PSC observational databases of CALIPSO and the ground-based lidars of NDACC (Network for Detection of Atmospheric Composition Changes) located in McMurdo and Dumont D'Urville and Dome C stations and provide a process-oriented evaluation of PSC in a subset of CCMVAL-2 chemistry-climate models. Lidar observatories have a decadal coverage, albeit with discontinuities, spanning from 1992 to today hence offering a unique database. A clear issue is the representativeness of ground-based long-term data series of the Antarctic stratosphere conditions that may limit their value in climatological studies and model evaluation. The comparison with the CALIPSO observations with a global coverage is, hence, a key issue. In turn, models can have a biased representation of the stratospheric conditions and of the PSC microphysics leading to large discrepancies in PSC occurrence and composition. Point-to-point comparison is difficult due to sparseness of the database and to intrinsic differences in spatial distribution between models and observations. However, a statistical analysis of PSC observations shows a satisfactory agreement between ground-based and satellite borne-lidar. The differences may be attributed to averaging processes for data with a bad signal to noise ratio, which tends to smear out the values of the optical parameters. Data from some Chemistry Climate models (CCMs) having provided PSC surface areas on daily basis have been evaluated using the same diagnostic type that may be derived CALIPSO (i

  7. Organization and diffusion in biological and material fabrication problems

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    This thesis is composed of two problems. The first is a systems level analysis of the carbon concentrating mechanism in cyanobacteria. The second presents a theoretical analysis of femtosecond laser melting for the purpose of hyperdoping silicon with sulfur. While these systems are very distant, they are both relevant to the development of alternative energy (production of biofuels and methods for fabricating photovoltaics respectively). Both problems are approached through analysis of the underlying diffusion equations. Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic bacteria with a unique carbon concentrating mechanism (CCM) which enhances carbon fixation. A greater understanding of this mechanism would offer new insights into the basic biology and methods for bioengineering more efficient biochemical reactions. The molecular components of the CCM have been well characterized in the last decade, with genetic analysis uncovering both variation and commonalities in CCMs across cyanobacteria strains. Analysis of CCMs on a systems level, however, is based on models formulated prior to the molecular characterization. We present an updated model of the cyanobacteria CCM, and analytic solutions in terms of the various molecular components. The solutions allow us to find the parameter regime (expression levels, catalytic rates, permeability of carboxysome shell) where carbon fixation is maximized and oxygenation is minimized. Saturation of RuBisCO, maximization of the ratio of CO2 to O2, and staying below or at the saturation level for carbonic anhydrase are all needed for maximum efficacy. These constraints limit the parameter regime where the most effective carbon fixation can occur. There is an optimal non-specific carboxysome shell permeability, where trapping of CO2 is maximized, but HCO3 - is not detrimentally restricted. The shell also shields carbonic anhydrase activity and CO2 → HCO3- conversion at the thylakoid and cell membrane from one another. Co-localization of carbonic

  8. Current model capabilities for simulating black carbon and sulfate concentrations in the Arctic atmosphere: a multi-model evaluation using a comprehensive measurement data set

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    S. Eckhardt

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The concentrations of sulfate, black carbon (BC and other aerosols in the Arctic are characterized by high values in late winter and spring (so-called Arctic Haze and low values in summer. Models have long been struggling to capture this seasonality and especially the high concentrations associated with Arctic Haze. In this study, we evaluate sulfate and BC concentrations from eleven different models driven with the same emission inventory against a comprehensive pan-Arctic measurement data set over a time period of two years (2008–2009. The set of models consisted of one Lagrangian particle dispersion model, four chemistry-transport models (CTMs, one atmospheric chemistry-weather forecast model and five chemistry-climate models (CCMs, of which two were nudged to meteorological analyses and three were running freely. The measurement data set consisted of surface measurements of equivalent BC (eBC from five stations (Alert, Barrow, Pallas, Tiksi and Zeppelin, elemental carbon (EC from Station Nord and Alert and aircraft measurements of refractory BC (rBC from six different campaigns. We find that the models generally captured the measured eBC/rBC and sulfate concentrations quite well, compared to past comparisons. However, the aerosol seasonality at the surface is still too weak in most models. Concentrations of eBC and sulfate averaged over three surface sites are underestimated in winter/spring in all but one model (model means for January-March underestimated by 59 and 37% for BC and sulfate, respectively, whereas concentrations in summer are overestimated in the model mean (by 88 and 44% for July–September, but with over- as well as underestimates present in individual models. The most pronounced eBC underestimates, not included in the above multi-site average, are found for the station Tiksi in Siberia where the measured annual mean eBC concentration is three times higher than the average annual mean for all other stations. This suggests

  9. 驱蚊抑菌绿色蚊香工艺研制及其效果评价%Processing Technology of Anti-bacterial and Mosquito-repellent Green Incense and Its Effect Evaluation

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    张晓蓉; 陈功锡; 陈良; 潘涛; 雷玉茸; 徐定华

    2011-01-01

    基于绿色无毒蚊香应用的重要性,本文以药用植物黄花蒿(Artemisia annua L.)为主要原料研究了驱蚊抑菌绿色蚊香工艺.考察了蚊香产品的驱蚊和抑菌效果,采用CC-MS分析了蚊香中黄花蒿挥发油的驱蚊成分,并对蚊香产品性状进行了评价.实验结果表明,添加黄花蒿植物、木炭、榆木粉及苍术等组分为最优化的原料组成;室内药效试验表明最优化原料组分研制的蚊香产品具有较好驱蚊效果,其KT50为4 min;抑菌实验表明制备的蚊香对供试5种微生物均具有抑制作用,具广谱抑菌性;GC-MS分析表明蚊香工艺处理后的黄花蒿挥发油存在11个相对含量大于2.0%的活性组分;性状评价结果表明蚊香产品在外观与感官、水分、抗折力及连续燃烧时间等性状均达到国家标准;燃烧试验发现蚊香燃烧时间与蚊香横切面积有关.%Based on the important application of the nontoxic and mosquito-repellent green incense,the processing technology of green incense using Chinese medicinal plant of Artemisia annua L. as the major materials was developed. And the anti-bacterial and mosquito-repellent functions of incense were studied. The volatile oil of A. annua was analyzed by CC-MS method. The production properties of incense were evaluated based on the national standard. The results suggested that the optimal material compositions of incense process were A. annua, wood charcoal,elm powder and Atractylodes lancea. The laboratory efficacy test showed that the anti-bacterial mosquito-repellent green incense had strong mosquito-repellent effect. The KTjq was 4 min. The antimicrobial tests implied that the anti-bacterial mosquito-repellent green incense was the broad-spectrum anti-bacteria agent,which could effectively inhibit the growth of five experimental bacteri-a. The volatile oil of A annua by CC-MS method included eleven compositions with relative content more than 2.0%. The effect

  10. The Flavodiiron Protein Flv3 Functions as a Homo-Oligomer During Stress Acclimation and is Distinct from the Flv1/Flv3 Hetero-Oligomer Specific to the O2 Photoreduction Pathway

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    Mustila, Henna; Paananen, Pasi; Battchikova, Natalia; Santana-Sánchez, Anita; Muth-Pawlak, Dorota; Hagemann, Martin; Aro, Eva-Mari; Allahverdiyeva, Yagut

    2016-01-01

    The flavodiiron proteins (FDPs) Flv1 and Flv3 in cyanobacteria function in photoreduction of O2 to H2O, without concomitant formation of reactive oxygen species, known as the Mehler-like reaction. Both Flv1 and Flv3 are essential for growth under fluctuating light (FL) intensities, providing protection for PSI. Here we compared the global transcript profiles of the wild type (WT), Δflv1 and Δflv1/Δflv3 grown under constant light (GL) and FL. In the WT, FL induced the largest down-regulation in transcripts involved in carbon-concentrating mechanisms (CCMs), while those of the nitrogen assimilation pathways increased as compared with GL. Already under GL the Δflv1/Δflv3 double mutant demonstrated a partial down-regulation of transcripts for CCM and nitrogen metabolism, while in FL conditions the transcripts for nitrogen assimilation were strongly down-regulated. Many alterations were specific only for Δflv1/Δflv3, and not detected in Δflv1, suggesting that certain transcripts are affected primarily because of the lack of flv3. By constructing the strains overproducing solely either Flv1 or Flv3, we demonstrate that the homo-oligomers of these proteins also function in acclimation of cells to FL, by catalyzing reactions with as yet unidentified components, while the presence of both Flv1 and Flv3 is a prerequisite for the Mehler-like reaction and thus the electron transfer to O2. Considering the low expression of flv1, it is unlikely that the Flv1 homo-oligomer is present in the WT. PMID:26936793

  11. Optimization of Steam Distillation of Essential Oil in Perilla Frutescens by Response Surface Analysis and the Study on Chemical Compositions%响应面法优化紫苏挥发油的水蒸气提取工艺及其成分研究

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    林梦南; 苏平

    2012-01-01

    Based on single factor tests,the optimum extraction conditions of essential oil from Perillae frutescens were obtained through response surface methodology: steam distilling time 3 h, liquid to material ratio 5:1, soaking time 2 h, 5% NaCl, the actual detection value was 0.1517%, that was almost equal to the predictable value. Thirty-six compounds, identified by means of CC-MS, made up 97.83% of the essential oil. The result showed that the main components were Perillaldehyde(35.31%) and limonene(29.09%). Electron micrographs showed the mechanism of the distillation was related to structural change of the cells.%在单因素试验的基础上,利用响应面法优化紫苏挥发油的水蒸气提取工艺,确定其工艺参数是:蒸馏时间3h,液料比5∶1,浸泡时间2h,NaCl质量分数5%,实际得率为0.1517%,与理论值较接近.通过GC-MS分析,鉴定出紫苏挥发油中的36种物质,占总量的97.83%,其中以紫苏醛(35.31%)和柠檬烯(29.09%)的含量最高.拍摄了透射电镜照片,探讨在水蒸气加热过程中对紫苏叶细胞结构的破坏机理.

  12. Tropical tropospheric ozone column retrieval for GOME-2

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    P. Valks

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the operational retrieval of tropical tropospheric ozone columns (TOC from the Second Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment (GOME-2 instruments using the convective-cloud-differential (CCD method. The retrieval is based on total ozone and cloud property data provided by the GOME Data Processor (GDP 4.7, and uses above-cloud and clear-sky ozone column measurements to derive a monthly mean TOC between 20° N and 20° S. Validation of the GOME-2 TOC with several tropical ozonesonde sites shows good agreement, with a high correlation between the GOME-2 and sonde measurements, and small biases within ~ 3 DU. The TOC data have been used in combination with tropospheric NO2 measurements from GOME-2 to analyse the effect of the 2009–2010 El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO on the tropospheric ozone distribution in the tropics. El-Niño induced dry conditions in September–October 2009 resulted in relatively high tropospheric ozone columns over the southern Indian Ocean and northern Australia, while La Niña conditions in September–October 2010 resulted in a strong increase in tropospheric NO2 in South America, and enhanced ozone in the eastern Pacific and South America. Comparisons of the GOME-2 tropospheric ozone data with simulations of the ECHAM/MESSy Atmospheric Chemistry (EMAC model for 2009 El Nino conditions, illustrate the usefulness of the GOME-2 TOC measurements in evaluating chemistry climate models. Evaluation of CCMs with appropriate satellite observations helps to identify strengths and weaknesses of the model systems, providing a better understanding of driving mechanisms and adequate relations and feedbacks in the Earth atmosphere, and finally leading to improved models.

  13. Introducing an algal carbon-concentrating mechanism into higher plants: location and incorporation of key components.

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    Atkinson, Nicky; Feike, Doreen; Mackinder, Luke C M; Meyer, Moritz T; Griffiths, Howard; Jonikas, Martin C; Smith, Alison M; McCormick, Alistair J

    2016-05-01

    Many eukaryotic green algae possess biophysical carbon-concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) that enhance photosynthetic efficiency and thus permit high growth rates at low CO2 concentrations. They are thus an attractive option for improving productivity in higher plants. In this study, the intracellular locations of ten CCM components in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii were confirmed. When expressed in tobacco, all of these components except chloroplastic carbonic anhydrases CAH3 and CAH6 had the same intracellular locations as in Chlamydomonas. CAH6 could be directed to the chloroplast by fusion to an Arabidopsis chloroplast transit peptide. Similarly, the putative inorganic carbon (Ci) transporter LCI1 was directed to the chloroplast from its native location on the plasma membrane. CCP1 and CCP2 proteins, putative Ci transporters previously reported to be in the chloroplast envelope, localized to mitochondria in both Chlamydomonas and tobacco, suggesting that the algal CCM model requires expansion to include a role for mitochondria. For the Ci transporters LCIA and HLA3, membrane location and Ci transport capacity were confirmed by heterologous expression and H(14) CO3 (-) uptake assays in Xenopus oocytes. Both were expressed in Arabidopsis resulting in growth comparable with that of wild-type plants. We conclude that CCM components from Chlamydomonas can be expressed both transiently (in tobacco) and stably (in Arabidopsis) and retargeted to appropriate locations in higher plant cells. As expression of individual Ci transporters did not enhance Arabidopsis growth, stacking of further CCM components will probably be required to achieve a significant increase in photosynthetic efficiency in this species. PMID:26538195

  14. Using Transport Diagnostics to Understand Chemistry Climate Model Ozone Simulations

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    Strahan, S. E.; Douglass, A. R.; Stolarski, R. S.; Akiyoshi, H.; Bekki, S.; Braesicke, P.; Butchart, N.; Chipperfield, M. P.; Cugnet, D.; Dhomse, S.; Frith, S. M.; Gettleman, A.; Hardiman, S. C.; Kinnison, D. E.; Lamarque, J.-F.; Mancini, E.; Marchand, M.; Michou, M.; Morgenstern, O.; Nakamura, T.; Olivie, D.; Pawson, S.; Pitari, G.; Plummer, D. A.; Pyle, J. A.

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    We demonstrate how observations of N2O and mean age in the tropical and midlatitude lower stratosphere (LS) can be used to identify realistic transport in models. The results are applied to 15 Chemistry Climate Models (CCMs) participating in the 2010 WMO assessment. Comparison of the observed and simulated N2O/mean age relationship identifies models with fast or slow circulations and reveals details of model ascent and tropical isolation. The use of this process-oriented N2O/mean age diagnostic identifies models with compensating transport deficiencies that produce fortuitous agreement with mean age. We compare the diagnosed model transport behavior with a model's ability to produce realistic LS O3 profiles in the tropics and midlatitudes. Models with the greatest tropical transport problems show the poorest agreement with observations. Models with the most realistic LS transport agree more closely with LS observations and each other. We incorporate the results of the chemistry evaluations in the SPARC CCMVal Report (2010) to explain the range of CCM predictions for the return-to-1980 dates for global (60 S-60 N) and Antarctic column ozone. Later (earlier) Antarctic return dates are generally correlated to higher (lower) vortex Cl(sub y) levels in the LS, and vortex Cl(sub y) is generally correlated with the model's circulation although model Cl(sub y) chemistry or Cl(sub y) conservation can have a significant effect. In both regions, models that have good LS transport produce a smaller range of predictions for the return-to-1980 ozone values. This study suggests that the current range of predicted return dates is unnecessarily large due to identifiable model transport deficiencies.

  15. The Brewer-Dobson circulation and total ozone from seasonal to decadal time scales

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    M. Weber

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The effect of the winter Brewer-Dobson circulation (BDC on the seasonal and decadal evolution of total ozone in both hemispheres is investigated using satellite total ozone data and outputs from two chemistry-climate models (CCM. Combining data from both hemispheres a linear relationship between the winter cumulative extratropical 100 hPa eddy heat flux and the ozone ratio with respect to fall ozone levels exists and is statistically significant for tropical as well as polar ozone. The high correlation at high latitudes persists well into the summer months until the onset of the next winter season. The anti-correlation of the cumulative eddy heat flux with tropical ozone ratios, however, breaks down in spring as the polar vortex erodes and changes to a weak positive correlation similar to that observed at high latitudes. The inter-annual variability and decadal evolution of ozone in each hemisphere in winter, spring, and summer are therefore driven by the cumulative effect of the previous winter's meridional circulation. This compact linear relationship is also found in two different CCMs (EMAC-FUB, DLR-E39C-A indicating that current models realistically describe the variability in stratospheric circulation and its climate effect on total ozone. Both models show a positive trend in the winter mean eddy heat flux (and winter BDC strength in both hemispheres until year 2050, however the inter-annual variability (peak-to-peak is two to three times larger than the mean change between 1960 and 2050. It is, therefore, possible to detect a shift in this compact linear relationship related to past and future changes in the stratospheric halogen load. A similar shift is difficult to derive from observational data since the satellite era now spanning more than thirty years is still fairly short.

  16. 葡萄籽油中植物甾醇的提取与鉴定%The Extraction and Identification of Phytosterols in the Grape Seed Oil

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    彭丽霞; 朱亿竹; 魏阳吉; 张也; 李景明

    2012-01-01

    In this study, a saponification and extraction process was used in extraction of grape seed oil and preparation of phytosterols the composition and content of phytosterols in the grape seed oil were analysed by CC-MS, with four wine grapes (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Long Yan, Chardonnay) seeds as material. There were six phytosterols were determined from grape seed oil (campesterol, stigmasterol, beta-sitosterol, stigniastanol, fucosterol, 9,19-cyclolano-tan-3-ol,24-methylene-, (3,beta-)), the total phytosterols content in white grapes (Long Yan, Chardonnay )seed oil were higher than red grapes (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon)seed oil. The content of beta-sitosterol is highest, followed by campesterol and stigmasterol, and the fucosterol were the lowest one in six phytosterols.%以4种酿酒葡萄(美乐、赤霞珠、龙眼、霞多丽)的种籽为原料,提取葡萄籽油,经皂化、萃取制得植物甾醇.采用GC-MS方法首次分析了葡萄耔油中植物甾醇的组成及含量,结果从葡萄籽油中检测到6种植物甾醇(菜油甾醇、豆甾醇、β-谷甾醇、岩藻甾醇、豆甾烷醇、环木菠萝烯醇),其中白葡萄品种(龙眼、霞多丽)籽油中总甾醇含量高于红萄萄品种(龙眼、霞多丽).在鉴定出的6种植物甾醇中,β-谷甾醇含量最高,其次是豆甾醇和菜油甾醇,岩藻甾醇含量最低.

  17. Breakdown of the coral-algae symbiosis: towards formalising a linkage between warm-water bleaching thresholds and the growth rate of the intracellular zooxanthellae

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    Wooldridge, S. A.

    2013-03-01

    Impairment of the photosynthetic machinery of the algal endosymbiont ("zooxanthellae") is the proximal driver of the thermal breakdown of the coral-algae symbiosis ("coral bleaching"). Yet, the initial site of damage, and early dynamics of the impairment are still not well resolved. In this perspective essay, I consider further a recent hypothesis which proposes an energetic disruption to the carbon-concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) of the coral host, and the resultant onset of CO2-limitation within the photosynthetic "dark reactions" as a unifying cellular mechanism. The hypothesis identifies the enhanced retention of photosynthetic carbon for zooxanthellae (re)growth following an initial irradiance-driven expulsion event as a strong contributing cause of the energetic disruption. If true, then it implies that the onset of the bleaching syndrome and setting of upper thermal bleaching limits are emergent attributes of the coral symbiosis that are ultimately underpinned by the characteristic growth profile of the intracellular zooxanthellae; which is known to depend not just on temperature, but also external (seawater) nutrient availability and zooxanthellae genotype. Here, I review this proposed bleaching linkage at a variety of observational scales, and find it to be parsimonious with the available evidence. Future experiments are suggested that can more formally test the linkage. If correct, the new cellular model delivers a valuable new perspective to consider the future prospects of the coral symbiosis in an era of rapid environmental change, including: (i) the underpinning mechanics (and biological significance) of observed changes in resident zooxanthellae genotypes, and (ii) the now crucial importance of reef water quality in co-determining thermal bleaching resistance.

  18. Representation of tropical deep convection in atmospheric models – Part 1: Meteorology and comparison with satellite observations

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Fast convective transport in the tropics can efficiently redistribute water vapour and pollutants up to the upper troposphere. In this study we compare tropical convection characteristics for the year 2005 in a range of atmospheric models, including numerical weather prediction (NWP models, chemistry transport models (CTMs, and chemistry-climate models (CCMs. The model runs have been performed within the framework of the SCOUT-O3 (Stratospheric-Climate Links with Emphasis on the Upper Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere project. The characteristics of tropical convection, such as seasonal cycle, land/sea contrast and vertical extent, are analysed using satellite observations as a benchmark for model simulations. The observational datasets used in this work comprise precipitation rates, outgoing longwave radiation, cloud-top pressure, and water vapour from a number of independent sources, including ERA-Interim analyses. Most models are generally able to reproduce the seasonal cycle and strength of precipitation for continental regions but show larger discrepancies with observations for the Maritime Continent region. The frequency distribution of high clouds from models and observations is calculated using highly temporally-resolved (up to 3-hourly cloud top data. The percentage of clouds above 15 km varies significantly between the models. Vertical profiles of water vapour in the upper troposphere-lower stratosphere (UTLS show large differences between the models which can only be partly attributed to temperature differences. If a convective plume reaches above the level of zero net radiative heating, which is estimated to be ~15 km in the tropics, the air detrained from it can be transported upwards by radiative heating into the lower stratosphere. In this context, we discuss the role of tropical convection as a precursor for the transport of short-lived species into the lower stratosphere.

  19. Breakdown of the coral-algae symbiosis: towards formalising a linkage between warm-water bleaching thresholds and the growth rate of the intracellular zooxanthellae

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    S. A. Wooldridge

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Impairment of the photosynthetic machinery of the algal endosymbiont ("zooxanthellae" is the proximal driver of the thermal breakdown of the coral-algae symbiosis ("coral bleaching". Yet, the initial site of damage, and early dynamics of the impairment are still not well resolved. In this perspective essay, I consider further a recent hypothesis which proposes an energetic disruption to the carbon-concentrating mechanisms (CCMs of the coral host, and the resultant onset of CO2-limitation within the photosynthetic "dark reactions" as a unifying cellular mechanism. The hypothesis identifies the enhanced retention of photosynthetic carbon for zooxanthellae (regrowth following an initial irradiance-driven expulsion event as a strong contributing cause of the energetic disruption. If true, then it implies that the onset of the bleaching syndrome and setting of upper thermal bleaching limits are emergent attributes of the coral symbiosis that are ultimately underpinned by the characteristic growth profile of the intracellular zooxanthellae; which is known to depend not just on temperature, but also external (seawater nutrient availability and zooxanthellae genotype. Here, I review this proposed bleaching linkage at a variety of observational scales, and find it to be parsimonious with the available evidence. Future experiments are suggested that can more formally test the linkage. If correct, the new cellular model delivers a valuable new perspective to consider the future prospects of the coral symbiosis in an era of rapid environmental change, including: (i the underpinning mechanics (and biological significance of observed changes in resident zooxanthellae genotypes, and (ii the now crucial importance of reef water quality in co-determining thermal bleaching resistance.

  20. Surveying genetic variants and molecular phylogeny of cerebral cavernous malformation gene, CCM3/PDCD10.

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    Kumar, Abhishek; Bhandari, Anita; Goswami, Chandan

    2014-12-01

    The three cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) genes namely CCM1/KRIT1, CCM2/MGC4607 and CCM3/PDCD10 have been identified for which mutations cause cerebral cavernous malformations. However, the protein products of these genes involved in forming CCM signaling, are still poorly understood imposing an urgent need to understand these genes and their signaling processes in details. So far involvement of CCM3/PDCD10 in the cavernous angioma has been characterized from biochemical and biophysical analyses. However, there is no comprehensive study illustrating the phylogenetic history and comprehensive genetic variants of CCM3/PDCD10. Herein, we explored the phylogenetic history and genetic variants of CCM3/PDCD10 gene. Synteny analyses revealed that CCM3/PDCD10 gene shared same genomic loci from Drosophila to human and the gene structure of CCM3/PDCD10 is conserved from human to Branchiostoma floridae for about 500 MYs with some changes in sea urchin and in insects. The conserved CCM3/PDCD10 is characterized by presence of indels in the N-terminal dimerization domain. We identified 951 CCM3/PDCD10 variants by analysis of 1092 human genomes with top three variation classes belongs to 84% SNPs, 6.9% insertions and 6.2% deletions. We identified 22 missense mutations in the human CCM3/PDCD10 protein and out of which three mutations are deleterious. We also identified four stop-codon gaining mutations at the positions E34*, E68*, E97* and E140*, respectively. This study is the first comprehensive analysis of the CCM3/PDCD10 gene based on phylogenetic origin and genetic variants. This study corroborates that the evolution of CCM proteins with tubular organization evolvements by endothelial cells.

  1. Ozone database in support of CMIP5 simulations: results and corresponding radiative forcing

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    I. Cionni

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available A continuous tropospheric and stratospheric vertically resolved ozone time series, from 1850 to 2099, has been generated to be used as forcing in global climate models that do not include interactive chemistry. A multiple linear regression analysis of SAGE I+II satellite observations and polar ozonesonde measurements is used for the stratospheric zonal mean dataset during the well-observed period from 1979 to 2009. In addition to terms describing the mean annual cycle, the regression includes terms representing equivalent effective stratospheric chlorine (EESC and the 11-yr solar cycle variability. The EESC regression fit coefficients, together with pre-1979 EESC values, are used to extrapolate the stratospheric ozone time series backward to 1850. While a similar procedure could be used to extrapolate into the future, coupled chemistry climate model (CCM simulations indicate that future stratospheric ozone abundances are likely to be significantly affected by climate change, and capturing such effects through a regression model approach is not feasible. Therefore, the stratospheric ozone dataset is extended into the future (merged in 2009 with multi-model mean projections from 13 CCMs that performed a simulation until 2099 under the SRES (Special Report on Emission Scenarios A1B greenhouse gas scenario and the A1 adjusted halogen scenario in the second round of the Chemistry-Climate Model Validation (CCMVal-2 Activity. The stratospheric zonal mean ozone time series is merged with a three-dimensional tropospheric data set extracted from simulations of the past by two CCMs (CAM3.5 and PUCCINI and of the future by one CCM (CAM3.5. The future tropospheric ozone time series continues the historical CAM3.5 simulation until 2099 following the four different Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs. Generally good agreement is found between the historical segment of the ozone database and satellite observations, although it should be noted that total

  2. Ozone database in support of CMIP5 simulations: results and corresponding radiative forcing

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    Full Text Available A continuous tropospheric and stratospheric vertically resolved ozone time series, from 1850 to 2099, has been generated to be used as forcing in global climate models that do not include interactive chemistry. A multiple linear regression analysis of SAGE I+II satellite observations and polar ozonesonde measurements is used for the stratospheric zonal mean dataset during the well-observed period from 1979 to 2009. In addition to terms describing the mean annual cycle, the regression includes terms representing equivalent effective stratospheric chlorine (EESC and the 11-yr solar cycle variability. The EESC regression fit coefficients, together with pre-1979 EESC values, are used to extrapolate the stratospheric ozone time series backward to 1850. While a similar procedure could be used to extrapolate into the future, coupled chemistry climate model (CCM simulations indicate that future stratospheric ozone abundances are likely to be significantly affected by climate change, and capturing such effects through a regression model approach is not feasible. Therefore, the stratospheric ozone dataset is extended into the future (merged in 2009 with multi-model mean projections from 13 CCMs that performed a simulation until 2099 under the SRES (Special Report on Emission Scenarios A1B greenhouse gas scenario and the A1 adjusted halogen scenario in the second round of the Chemistry-Climate Model Validation (CCMVal-2 Activity. The stratospheric zonal mean ozone time series is merged with a three-dimensional tropospheric data set extracted from simulations of the past by two CCMs (CAM3.5 and GISS-PUCCINI and of the future by one CCM (CAM3.5. The future tropospheric ozone time series continues the historical CAM3.5 simulation until 2099 following the four different Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs. Generally good agreement is found between the historical segment of the ozone database and satellite observations, although it should be noted that

  3. Thermal Degradation of DGEBA/EDA Epoxy Resin%双酚A缩水甘油醚/乙二胺环氧树脂的热分解行为

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    丁宏博; 张剑秋; 蔡培

    2011-01-01

    采用傅里叶红外光谱法研究了双酚A缩水甘油醚/乙二胺环氧树脂(DGEBA/EDA)在不同温度时分解残留物的红外吸收光谱;利用热分析技术考察了DGEBA/EDA从室温到600℃之间的热解反应.结果表明,DGEBA/EDA环氧树脂在氮气中分解时存在一个热解阶段,最低热解活化能为195.74 kJ/mol.色谱-质谱联用(GC/MS)分析DGEBA/EDA环氧树脂热解残留物,表明在热解过程中主要生成苯酚、对异丙基苯酚和双酚A.讨论了DGEBA/EDA环氧树脂热解的机理.经热解后的残留环氧树脂的热稳定性降低明显,环氧树脂发生了明显的化学裂解.%The thermal degradation behaviors of diglycidyl ethers of bisphenol A /ethylenediamine (DGEBA/EDA) epoxy resin in N2 atmosphere were investigated by using thermogravimetry(TG) analysis from 25 ℃ to 600 ℃. The TG results show that DGEBA/EDA epoxy resin has only one degradation step, the lowest activation energy is 195.74 kJ/mol. The gaseous pyrolysis products were collected and characterized by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (CC/MS) and their formation was discussed. The main pyrolysis products were phenol, pisopropylphenol and bisphenol-A. The thermal degradation mechanism of DGEBA/EDA epoxy resin was discussed.The TG analysis of raw materials and solid epoxy resin product shows that the thermal stability of the resin reduces significantly after the degradation. The molecular weight of the solid product decreases and its degree of polymerization of epoxy resin is below the raw materials.

  4. GLORIA: A new instrument for atmospheric research deployed to Geophysica and HALO during the ESSENCE and TACTS/ESMVAL missions.

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    Oelhaf, Hermann; Preusse, Peter; Friedl-Vallon, Felix

    2013-04-01

    Antarctic vortex, signals of pollution in air outflowing from Asia on the fight leg from the Maldives Islands to Cyprus, and validation of Chemistry Climate Models (CCMs). The paper will provide an overview of the instrument, its capabilities and first results from the Geophysica and HALO deployments.

  5. 汉防己叶挥发油成分GC-MS分析%Analysis of Volatile Oil of Leaves from Stephania tetrandra S. Moore by GC.MS

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    巩江; 倪士峰; 骆蓉芳; 路锋; 侯晓艺; 曹梦晔; 李娜; 陈烨丹; 袁东亚

    2011-01-01

    [ Objective ] To analyze the chemical constituents of the essential oil from leaves of Stephania tetrandra S. Moore. [ Method ] Extracted by steam distillation, the chemical components of essential oil were analyzed and identified by CC-MS combined with computer retrieval. The relative content of each component was determined by area normalization. [ Result] Forty-eight volatile compounds were obtained, representing 85.87% of the total off, the main constituents of which were 2,2 -dihydroxy -benzofuran (3.96%), 3,7,11 -trimethyl-1,6,10 - cyclododecatriene-3-ol ( 10. O1% ), cyclohexanone( 13.07% ) and 2-methoxy-4-ethyl-phenol ( 19.58% ). [ Conclusion] This case will provide basis for the development and application of essential oll from leaves of Stephan ia tetrandra S. Moore.%[目的]分析汉防己叶挥发油的化学成分.[方法]将汉防已叶经水蒸气蒸馏得到挥发油,运用GC-MS技术,结合计算机检索对其成分进行分析和鏊定,并用峰面积归一法计算各个组分相对含量.[结果]共鉴定出48种化合物,占挥发油总量的85.87%,主要成分为:2,2-二羟基-苯并呋喃(3.96%)、3,7,11-三甲基-1,6,10-十二碳三烯-3-醇(10.01%)、环己酮(13.07%)和2-甲氧基-4-乙基-苯酚(19.58%).[结论]该研究为汉防已叶挥发油成分的开发利用奠定了基础.

  6. Measuring organizational readiness for knowledge translation in chronic care

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Knowledge translation (KT is an imperative in order to implement research-based and contextualized practices that can answer the numerous challenges of complex health problems. The Chronic Care Model (CCM provides a conceptual framework to guide the implementation process in chronic care. Yet, organizations aiming to improve chronic care require an adequate level of organizational readiness (OR for KT. Available instruments on organizational readiness for change (ORC have shown limited validity, and are not tailored or adapted to specific phases of the knowledge-to-action (KTA process. We aim to develop an evidence-based, comprehensive, and valid instrument to measure OR for KT in healthcare. The OR for KT instrument will be based on core concepts retrieved from existing literature and validated by a Delphi study. We will specifically test the instrument in chronic care that is of an increasing importance for the health system. Methods Phase one: We will conduct a systematic review of the theories and instruments assessing ORC in healthcare. The retained theoretical information will be synthesized in a conceptual map. A bibliography and database of ORC instruments will be prepared after appraisal of their psychometric properties according to the standards for educational and psychological testing. An online Delphi study will be carried out among decision makers and knowledge users across Canada to assess the importance of these concepts and measures at different steps in the KTA process in chronic care. Phase two: A final OR for KT instrument will be developed and validated both in French and in English and tested in chronic disease management to measure OR for KT regarding the adoption of comprehensive, patient-centered, and system-based CCMs. Discussion This study provides a comprehensive synthesis of current knowledge on explanatory models and instruments assessing OR for KT. Moreover, this project aims to create more

  7. Comparison of the 200 hPa circulation in CSM and CCM3 simulations and NCEP and ERA reanalysis: principal and common principa

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    Boyle, J S

    1998-10-20

    In this paper the interannual variation of monthly mean vorticity and divergence at 200 hPa are compared from four data sources: The NCEP/NCAR reanalyses 1958 through 1994, the ECMWF (ERA) reanalyses, 1979 through 1994, a NCAR CCM3 integration using prescribed SSTs from 1979 through 1993, and the NCAR CSM 300 year integration. Four twenty year periods were taken from the 300 year simulation for analysis. The NCEP, ERA and CCM3 all provide data for the period 1979 through1993. The techniques used are principal and common principal component analyses on the fields transformed to spherical harmonics. The seasonal cycle is removed. For the common time period, 1979 through 1994, the ERA, NCEP and CCM3 display a close correspondence for the leading PC of the 200 hPa vorticity.This mode is closely related to the ENSO variations of the period but the agreement extends to the extratropics. All four CSM periods have similar leading modes which are dominated by a PNA type pattern and lack any Equatorial Pacific ENSO patterns. The agreement between the leading PC for the 200 hPa divergence was somewhat less than that of the vorticity. The CCM3 and ERA indicate a larger magnitude center in the Equatorial Pacific about the dateline than NCEP. The CSM has an intense center a 150E. There are indications in the vorticity and divergence fields that this center is at the source for waves propagating to the midlatitudes. Two twenty year periods of the 1958 to 1996 NCEP reanalyses show a distinct difference between the two periods. The variations are comparable in magnitude if not nature to the variations seen amongst the time sections of the CSM run examined. A CPC analysis of the NCEP, ERA and CCM3 show a common ENS0 type response as the leading common component. The models depart from the reanalyses for the second component. Combining the CCMS, CSM, NCEP and ERA shows that the CSM does have a common component like the other three.

  8. Modelling the chemistry and transport of bromoform within a sea breeze driven convective system during the SHIVA Campaign

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    2013-08-01

    the physical and chemical processes that should be represented in 3-D chemical transport models (CTMs and chemistry climate models (CCMs, which are the primary theoretical means of estimating the contribution made by CHBr3 and other very short-lived substances (VSLS to the stratospheric bromine budget.

  9. Analysis of flavor precursors and degradation products content in flue-cured tobacco of different color and maturity%不同颜色及成熟度烤烟香气前体物及降解产物含量的差异分析

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    席元肖; 宋纪真; 杨军; 李锋; 蔡宪杰; 王信民; 魏春阳

    2011-01-01

    为研究不同颜色及成熟度烤烟香气前体物及降解产物含量的差异,选用河南和福建的初烤烟叶,按照部位、颜色、成熟度等外观质量指标制备不同外观特征的样品,采用HPLC及GC/MS法测定了不同外观烤烟质体色素及其降解产物、多酚和类西柏烷的含量差异.结果表明,类胡萝卜素含量随颜色的加深而升高,随成熟度的提高而降低,郏县和宁化类胡萝卜素降解产物总量分别以浅桔黄和浅红棕烤烟最高,成熟时含量最高;多酚总量随颜色的加深而降低,随成熟度的提高先增加后减少,以成熟时最高;西柏烷类含量随颜色加深有逐渐升高的趋势,随成熟度变化没有规律.%Content of flavor precursors and degradation products in flue-cured tobacco of different color and maturity from Henan and Fujian provinces were analyzed by HPLC and CC/MS. Results showed that carotenoids content increased as leaf color deepened and deceased as maturity increased. The color of mature tobacco leaf was light orange and light reddish brown in two provinces respectively, and degradation products content were the highest. Polyphenols content decreased as color deepened and when maturity increased, its content first climbed up and then declined. Mature tobacco leaf has the highest content. Content of duvatrienediols increased as color deepened, while there was no regularity as to the maturity. Differences and regularity existed between flavor precursors and degradation products content in flue-cured tobacco of different color and maturity.

  10. Study on Enzymatie Hydrolysis Conditions of Glueosinolate in Broccolini Seeds and Identify the Products%西兰苔籽中硫代葡萄糖苷酶解条件的研究及产物的鉴定

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    张博超; 杨艳婧; 张学武

    2011-01-01

    [目的]研究西兰苔籽中硫代葡萄糖苷酶解的影响因素,确定硫苷酶解的最佳条件并分析和鉴定酶解产物.[方法]以西兰苔籽粉末为材料,研究不同的温度、pH以及时间对酶水解的影响,并且利用气相色谱-质谱连用技术分析鉴定了酶解产物.[结果]酶解时间为8 h,水解温度为25 ℃,pH值为7是最佳酶解条件.利用气象色谱-质谱连用技术分析鉴定出5种化合物,占硫苷酶解产物中挥发性化合物总量的80%. [结论]确定了西兰苔籽中硫代葡萄糖苷酶解的最佳条件,并为西兰苔籽的抗癌活性研究提供了一定的理论基础.%[ Objective] The aim was to research the impact of factors of enzymatic hydrolysis for glueosinolate in broccolini seeds, determine the optimum conditions of enzymatic hydrolysis and identify the enzymatic hydrolysis products. [ Methods] Take the broccolini seeds powder as the material ,the impact of the different temperatures, pH value and time respectively was analysed and the enzymatic hydrolysis products were identified by CC-MS. [ Result]The results showed that the optimum enzymatic hydrolysis conditions for the glucosinolate were time 8 h, temperature 25 ℃, ph 7.0 and five compounds were identified from the enzymatic hydrolysis products of the glucosinolate by GC-MS and they accounted for 80% of the whole volatile products. [ Conclusion] This paper identified the optimum conditions of the enzymatic hydrolysis for glucosinolate in broccolini seeds and provided the theoretical basis of broccolini seeds for anticancer activity.

  11. Emissions from international shipping: 2. Impact of future technologies on scenarios until 2050

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    Eyring, V.; KöHler, H. W.; Lauer, A.; Lemper, B.

    2005-09-01

    studies of the effects of these emissions on the chemical composition of the atmosphere and on climate. The developed scenarios are suitable for use as input for chemical transport models (CTMs) and coupled chemistry-climate models (CCMs).

  12. Climate variability related to the 11 year solar cycle as represented in different spectral solar irradiance reconstructions

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    Kruschke, Tim; Kunze, Markus; Misios, Stergios; Matthes, Katja; Langematz, Ulrike; Tourpali, Kleareti

    2016-04-01

    Advanced spectral solar irradiance (SSI) reconstructions differ significantly from each other in terms of the mean solar spectrum, that is the spectral distribution of energy, and solar cycle variability. Largest uncertainties - relative to mean irradiance - are found for the ultraviolet range of the spectrum, a spectral region highly important for radiative heating and chemistry in the stratosphere and troposphere. This study systematically analyzes the effects of employing different SSI reconstructions in long-term (40 years) chemistry-climate model (CCM) simulations to estimate related uncertainties of the atmospheric response. These analyses are highly relevant for the next round of CCM studies as well as climate models within the CMIP6 exercise. The simulations are conducted by means of two state-of-the-art CCMs - CESM1(WACCM) and EMAC - run in "atmosphere-only"-mode. These models are quite different with respect to the complexity of the implemented radiation and chemistry schemes. CESM1(WACCM) features a chemistry module with considerably higher spectral resolution of the photolysis scheme while EMAC employs a radiation code with notably higher spectral resolution. For all simulations, concentrations of greenhouse gases and ozone depleting substances, as well as observed sea surface temperatures (SST) are set to average conditions representative for the year 2000 (for SSTs: mean of decade centered over year 2000) to exclude anthropogenic influences and differences due to variable SST forcing. Only the SSI forcing differs for the various simulations. Four different forcing datasets are used: NRLSSI1 (used as a reference in all previous climate modeling intercomparisons, i.e. CMIP5, CCMVal, CCMI), NRLSSI2, SATIRE-S, and the SSI forcing dataset recommended for the CMIP6 exercise. For each dataset, a solar maximum and minimum timeslice is integrated, respectively. The results of these simulations - eight in total - are compared to each other with respect to their

  13. Implementing collaborative care for depression treatment in primary care: A cluster randomized evaluation of a quality improvement practice redesign

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    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Meta-analyses show collaborative care models (CCMs with nurse care management are effective for improving primary care for depression. This study aimed to develop CCM approaches that could be sustained and spread within Veterans Affairs (VA. Evidence-based quality improvement (EBQI uses QI approaches within a research/clinical partnership to redesign care. The study used EBQI methods for CCM redesign, tested the effectiveness of the locally adapted model as implemented, and assessed the contextual factors shaping intervention effectiveness. Methods The study intervention is EBQI as applied to CCM implementation. The study uses a cluster randomized design as a formative evaluation tool to test and improve the effectiveness of the redesign process, with seven intervention and three non-intervention VA primary care practices in five different states. The primary study outcome is patient antidepressant use. The context evaluation is descriptive and uses subgroup analysis. The primary context evaluation measure is naturalistic primary care clinician (PCC predilection to adopt CCM. For the randomized evaluation, trained telephone research interviewers enrolled consecutive primary care patients with major depression in the evaluation, referred enrolled patients in intervention practices to the implemented CCM, and re-surveyed at seven months. Results Interviewers enrolled 288 CCM site and 258 non-CCM site patients. Enrolled intervention site patients were more likely to receive appropriate antidepressant care (66% versus 43%, p = 0.01, but showed no significant difference in symptom improvement compared to usual care. In terms of context, only 40% of enrolled patients received complete care management per protocol. PCC predilection to adopt CCM had substantial effects on patient participation, with patients belonging to early adopter clinicians completing adequate care manager follow-up significantly more often than patients of

  14. AP/RDX/AI/HTPB推进剂用硼酸酯键合剂的合成与应用研究%Synthesis and application of borate bonding agents for AP/RDX/Al/HTPB propellant

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    崔瑞禧; 张炜; 陈浪

    2012-01-01

    Aiming at the existing problems of processing property and mechanical property of high-energy hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene propellant, the new borate-ester bonding agents wa9 synthesized. With the dieihanolamine,l-bromobutane,acryloni-trile.and glacial acetic acid as raw materials,the intermediates N.N-two hydroxyethyl n-butyl amine,N-(2-cyanoethyl) dielhano-lamine.and N.N-two hydroxyethyl ethyl amide were synthesized. The reaction product of diethanolamine and acrylonitrile was analyzed by using IR and CC-MS method. It has been testified that the product is target compound. Four kinds of new borate-ester bonding agents were synthesized by utilizing the synthesized intermediates as well as the methyldiethanolamine and tributyl borate. By u-sing the formula of high-energy hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene propellant, it has been verified that all the newly synthesized bonding agents could improve the flow of the slurry, and among them, BA-3, BA-4 have good bonding effects, which significantly improve the mechanical properties of the propellants.%针对丁羟四组元推进剂存在的工艺性能与力学性能的问题,设计合成了新型硼酸酯键合剂.选用二乙醇胺、1-溴代正丁烷、丙烯腈、冰乙酸为原料,合成了N,N-二羟乙基正丁胺、N-(2-腈乙基)二乙醇胺、N,N-二羟乙基乙酰胺中间体.对二乙醇胺和丙烯腈反应的产物做了红外和气-质联用分析,证实合成产物为目标化合物.利用所合成的中间体及甲基二乙醇胺与硼酸三正丁酯,合成了4种新型硼酸酯键合剂,采用丁羟四组元推进剂配方装药,验证了它们的使用效果.结果表明,新合成的4种键合剂都能明显改善药浆流动流平性,其中BA-3和BA-4具有很好的键合效果,显著提升了推进剂的力学性能.

  15. Immunohistochemical distinction of renal cell carcinoma from other carcinomas with clear-cell histomorphology: utility of CD10 and CA-125 in addition to PAX-2, PAX-8, RCCma, and adipophilin.

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    Mentrikoski, Mark J; Wendroth, Scott M; Wick, Mark R

    2014-10-01

    Clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (CC-RCC) is the most common primary kidney malignancy, yet this morphology is not unique to renal primary tumors, as clear-cell variants of numerous nonrenal carcinomas of varying lineages exist. Therefore, because of CC-RCC's ability to metastasize to nearly any anatomic location, ancillary studies such as immunohistochemistry are often needed to establish the diagnosis. Despite CD10 and renal cell carcinoma monoclonal antibody (RCCma) being touted as sensitive and specific markers, some have suggested that more recent stains including PAX-2, PAX-8, or adipophilin (ADP) are more robust markers of CC-RCC. In this study, 26 cases of CC-RCC, and 51 nonrenal carcinomas with clear-cell histomorphology (CCM) were stained with CD10, RCCma, PAX-2, PAX-8, and ADP. CA-125 was also included to help distinguish CC-RCC from Müllerian clear-cell carcinomas, due the known expression of PAX-2 and PAX-8 in both these entities. RCCma highlighted 77% of CC-RCC and 27% of the CCM group, whereas CD10 was positive in 85% and 25%, respectively. ADP highlighted all CC-RCC and 45% of CCMs. PAX-2 was positive in 81% of CC-RCC and 24% of CCM, whereas PAX-8 stained 100% of CC-RCC and 39% of CCM. Müllerian-derived tumors (clear-cell carcinomas of the ovary, vagina, and cervix) were positive with PAX-2 and PAX-8 in 69% and 100% of cases, respectively. No cases of CC-RCC stained with CA-125, whereas 88% of the Müllerian-derived tumors were positive. In summary, although new markers such as PAX-2 and PAX-8 tend to be more sensitive markers of CC-RCC, they lose specificity when Müllerian tumors are included. Inclusion of a classic renal marker such as CD10 or RCCma in the immunohistochemical panel, as well as CA-125 obviates this difficulty.

  16. Climate and chemistry effects of a regional scale nuclear conflict

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    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Previous studies have highlighted the severity of detrimental effects for life on Earth after an assumed regionally limited nuclear war. These effects are caused by climatic, chemical and radiative changes persisting for up to one decade. However, so far only a very limited number of climate model simulations have been performed, giving rise to the question how realistic previous computations have been. This study uses the coupled chemistry climate model (CCM SOCOL, which belongs to a different family of CCMs than previously used, to investigate the consequences of such a hypothetical nuclear conflict. In accordance with previous studies, the present work assumes a scenario of a nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan, each applying 50 warheads with an individual blasting power of 15 kt ("Hiroshima size" against the major population centers, resulting in the emission of tiny soot particles, which are generated in the firestorms expected in the aftermath of the detonations. Substantial uncertainties related to the calculation of likely soot emissions, particularly concerning assumptions of target fuel loading and targeting of weapons, have been addressed by simulating several scenarios, with soot emissions ranging from 1 to 12 Tg. Their high absorptivity with respect to solar radiation leads to a tremendous self-lofting of the soot particles into the strato- and mesosphere, where they remain for several years. Consequently, the model suggests Earth's surface temperatures to drop by several degrees Celsius due to the shielding of solar irradiance by the soot, indicating a major global cooling. In addition, there is a substantial reduction of precipitation lasting 5 to 10 yr after the conflict, depending on the magnitude of the initial soot release. Extreme cold spells associated with massive sea ice formation are found during Northern Hemisphere winter, which expose the continental land masses of Northern America and Eurasia to chilling

  17. Multi-model assessment of stratospheric ozone return dates and ozone recovery in CCMVal-2 models

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    V. Eyring

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Projections of stratospheric ozone from a suite of chemistry-climate models (CCMs have been analyzed. In addition to a reference simulation where anthropogenic halogenated ozone depleting substances (ODSs and greenhouse gases (GHGs vary with time, sensitivity simulations with either ODSs or GHGs concentrations fixed at 1960 levels were performed to disaggregate the drivers of projected ozone changes. These simulations were also used to assess the two distinct milestones of ozone returning to historical values (ozone return dates and ozone no longer being influenced by ODSs (full ozone recovery. These two milestones are different. The date of ozone returning to historical values does not indicate complete recovery from ODSs in most cases, because GHG induced changes accelerate or decelerate ozone changes in many regions. In the upper stratosphere where GHG induced stratospheric cooling increases ozone, full ozone recovery has not likely occurred by 2100 while ozone returns to its 1980 or even 1960 levels well before (~2025 and 2040, respectively. In contrast, in the tropical lower stratosphere ozone decreases continuously from 1960 to 2100 due to projected increases in tropical upwelling, while by around 2040 it is already very likely that full recovery from the effects of ODSs has occurred, although ODS concentrations are still elevated by this date. In the lower midlatitude stratosphere the evolution differs from that in the tropics, and rather than a steady decrease of ozone, first a decrease of ozone is simulated between 1960 and 2000, which is then followed by a steady increase throughout the 21st century. Ozone in the lower stratosphere midlatitudes returns to its 1980 levels ${sim}$2045 in the NH and ~2055 in the SH, and full ozone recovery is likely reached by 2100 in both hemispheres. Overall, in all regions except the tropical lower stratosphere, full ozone recovery from ODSs occurs significantly later than the return of total column

  18. 木质素超临界溶剂降解反应及其在酚醛树脂合成中的应用%REDUCTIVE DEGRADATION OF LIGNIN IN SUPERCRITICAL SOLVENT AND APPLICATION IN PHENOLIC RESIN SYNTHESIS

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    王明存

    2011-01-01

    The lignin was readily decomposed into phenol compounds via reductive liquefaction in supercritical ethanol media ( formic acid decomposed into hydrogen at reaction temperatures) , opening a promising opportunity to lignin-derived value-added aromatic compounds for highly possible application in phenol-formaldehyde resin production. The supercritical ethanol was the ideal reaction medium for lignin degradation, and the in situ generated hydrogen exactly promoted the decomposition reactions to smaller molecules via encapping the lignin radicals to terminate the further coupling and condensation. The liquefaction mechanism was radical thermal degradation. Some transition metal salts could catalyze the above lignin thermal decomposition, including nickel nitrate, cobalt nitrate and chloroplatinum acid. The yield of the lignin-degraded liquid increased with the increase of formic acid used in the ethanol solvent, while slightly deceased when the reaction temperature increased. The molecular weight of the lignin-derived liquid highly decreased with increase of the reaction temperature,e, g. At 350℃ the number average molecular weight was 143 while for the original lignin feedstock it was 588. The optimum reaction conditions are found to be ethanol-formic acid weight ratio at 1:1; lignin load at 10 wt% ; reaction temperature at 350℃ for 4 h. The lignin-derived phenols were characterized by CC-MS technique, and the liquefied product was mainly phenol derivatives with simple structures. Compared with the lignin, the bio-phenols possessed highly improved solubility and reactivity in phenol-formaldehyde synthesis. As the ideal replacement of industrial phenol, lignin-degraded bio-phenol was utilized readily in resol type phenolic resin production with a replacement higher than 50 wt%. The thermal stability was slightly decreased with the increased amount of lignin-derived biophenol in the phenolic resin formula. The results showed the effective reductive degradation of

  19. Multi-model assessment of stratospheric ozone return dates and ozone recovery in CCMVal-2 models

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    V. Eyring

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Projections of stratospheric ozone from a suite of chemistry-climate models (CCMs have been analyzed. In addition to a reference simulation where anthropogenic halogenated ozone depleting substances (ODSs and greenhouse gases (GHGs vary with time, sensitivity simulations with either ODS or GHG concentrations fixed at 1960 levels were performed to disaggregate the drivers of projected ozone changes. These simulations were also used to assess the two distinct milestones of ozone returning to historical values (ozone return dates and ozone no longer being influenced by ODSs (full ozone recovery. The date of ozone returning to historical values does not indicate complete recovery from ODSs in most cases, because GHG-induced changes accelerate or decelerate ozone changes in many regions. In the upper stratosphere where CO2-induced stratospheric cooling increases ozone, full ozone recovery is projected to not likely have occurred by 2100 even though ozone returns to its 1980 or even 1960 levels well before (~2025 and 2040, respectively. In contrast, in the tropical lower stratosphere ozone decreases continuously from 1960 to 2100 due to projected increases in tropical upwelling, while by around 2040 it is already very likely that full recovery from the effects of ODSs has occurred, although ODS concentrations are still elevated by this date. In the midlatitude lower stratosphere the evolution differs from that in the tropics, and rather than a steady decrease in ozone, first a decrease in ozone is simulated from 1960 to 2000, which is then followed by a steady increase through the 21st century. Ozone in the midlatitude lower stratosphere returns to 1980 levels by ~2045 in the Northern Hemisphere (NH and by ~2055 in the Southern Hemisphere (SH, and full ozone recovery is likely reached by 2100 in both hemispheres. Overall, in all regions except the tropical lower stratosphere, full ozone recovery from ODSs occurs significantly later than the

  20. Research on Fatty Acid and Amino Acid Components of Agriophyllum squarrosum Seeds from Xinjiang%新疆沙蓬籽中脂肪和蛋白质组分的研究

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    库尔班江·巴拉提

    2011-01-01

    [Objective] The aim was to investigate the fatty acid and amino acid components of Agriophyllum squarrosum seeds from Xinjiang. [Method] The oil sample was extracted from kernels of A. Squarrosum seeds collected from Xinjiang for measuring the components and contents of fatty acids with CC-MS; semi-micro Kjeldahl method and fractional extraction were conducted to get the proteins from the kernels and determine amino acids of the proteins. [ Result] The fat content of A. Squarrosum seeds was as high as up to 13.7% , among which unsaturat-ed fatty acid and linoleic acid were the major components, accounting for more than 80% of the total fatty acids, while saturated fatty acid content was lower. The content of crude proteins was 24.37% in A. Squarrosum seeds, in which globulin and albumin were the main components, accounting for more than 80% of the total proteins, while glutenin, gliadin and residue proteinswere less. Protein got from A. Squarrosum seeds belonged to complete protein, contained 18 kinds of amino acids. The content of glutamic acid was the highest (18.3%), followed by arginine (9.46% ) , aspartate (9.27% ) , leucine (6.67% ), phenylaknine (5.04% ) , serine, methionine, lysine, valine, cystine, hig-tidine and tryptophane. In addition, A. Squarrosum seed was rich in essential amino acid. [ Conclusion] The paper will provide reference for comprehensive development of Agriophyllum squarrosum resources from Xinjiang.%[目的]探讨新疆沙蓬籽中脂肪和蛋白质的组分.[方法]以新疆产地的沙蓬籽为试材,提取其种仁油脂,并采用气相色谱-质谱法测定脂肪酸的含量及组分;采用微量定氮法和分级提取法测定粗蛋白和分离蛋白,并对蛋白质中的氨基酸组成进行了分析.[结果]沙蓬籽中油脂含量高(13.70%),其中以不饱和脂肪酸油酸、亚油酸为主要成分,占脂肪酸总量的80%以上;饱和脂肪酸含量较低.沙蓬籽中粗蛋白质含量平均为24.37%,其中以球

  1. Recent variability of the solar spectral irradiance and its impact on climate modelling

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    Ermolli, I.; Matthes, K.; Dudok de Wit, T.; Krivova, N. A.; Tourpali, K.; Weber, M.; Unruh, Y. C.; Gray, L.; Langematz, U.; Pilewskie, P.; Rozanov, E.; Schmutz, W.; Shapiro, A.; Solanki, S. K.; Woods, T. N.

    2013-04-01

    measurements. However, the integral of the SSI computed with this model over the entire spectral range does not reproduce the measured cyclical changes of the total solar irradiance, which is an essential requisite for realistic evaluations of solar effects on the Earth's climate in CCMs. We show that within the range provided by the recent SSI observations and semi-empirical models discussed here, the NRLSSI model and SORCE observations represent the lower and upper limits in the magnitude of the SSI solar cycle variation. The results of the CCM simulations, forced with the SSI solar cycle variations estimated from the NRLSSI model and from SORCE measurements, show that the direct solar response in the stratosphere is larger for the SORCE than for the NRLSSI data. Correspondingly, larger UV forcing also leads to a larger surface response. Finally, we discuss the reliability of the available data and we propose additional coordinated work, first to build composite SSI data sets out of scattered observations and to refine current SSI models, and second, to run coordinated CCM experiments.

  2. Climate and chemistry effects of a regional scale nuclear conflict

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    Stenke, A.; Hoyle, C. R.; Luo, B.; Rozanov, E.; Gröbner, J.; Maag, L.; Brönnimann, S.; Peter, T.

    2013-10-01

    Previous studies have highlighted the severity of detrimental effects for life on earth after an assumed regionally limited nuclear war. These effects are caused by climatic, chemical and radiative changes persisting for up to one decade. However, so far only a very limited number of climate model simulations have been performed, giving rise to the question how realistic previous computations have been. This study uses the coupled chemistry climate model (CCM) SOCOL, which belongs to a different family of CCMs than previously used, to investigate the consequences of such a hypothetical nuclear conflict. In accordance with previous studies, the present work assumes a scenario of a nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan, each applying 50 warheads with an individual blasting power of 15 kt ("Hiroshima size") against the major population centers, resulting in the emission of tiny soot particles, which are generated in the firestorms expected in the aftermath of the detonations. Substantial uncertainties related to the calculation of likely soot emissions, particularly concerning assumptions of target fuel loading and targeting of weapons, have been addressed by simulating several scenarios, with soot emissions ranging from 1 to 12 Tg. Their high absorptivity with respect to solar radiation leads to a rapid self-lofting of the soot particles into the strato- and mesosphere within a few days after emission, where they remain for several years. Consequently, the model suggests earth's surface temperatures to drop by several degrees Celsius due to the shielding of solar irradiance by the soot, indicating a major global cooling. In addition, there is a substantial reduction of precipitation lasting 5 to 10 yr after the conflict, depending on the magnitude of the initial soot release. Extreme cold spells associated with an increase in sea ice formation are found during Northern Hemisphere winter, which expose the continental land masses of North America and Eurasia to a

  3. How do changes in the stratospheric circulation impact ozone?

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    Garny, Hella; Dameris, Martin; Bodeker, Greg; Grewe, Volker; Stenke, Andrea

    2010-05-01

    The Brewer-Dobson circulation (BDC) and tropical upwelling in the lower stratosphere are predicted to increase with increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations by most climate models and chemistry-climate models (CCMs). This change in the meridional circulation is likely to alter the transport of trace gases, and in particular ozone. In addition, ozone is affected by other processes such as changes in stratospheric temperatures that act to change the reaction rates of ozone-relevant chemistry. These climate-change related modifications of the ozone amount and distribution are superimposed on the depletion and recovery of the ozone layer due to stratospheric halogen loading. To assess the recovery of ozone correctly, it is important to understand the processes that affect ozone in a changing climate. In this study, multiple transient numerical simulations and complementary sensitivity studies with the E39CA CCM are used to disentangle the direct effect of changes in GHG concentrations, the indirect effect of GHG-induced sea surface temperature (SST) changes, and changes in CFC concentrations. It is shown that the increase in tropical upwelling is driven by the changes in SSTs rather than by the direct radiative effect of increased GHG concentrations. Therefore, the sensitivity simulations that separate the direct effect of increased amounts of GHGs and the indirect effect via increased SSTs can be used to separate the impact of the increase in tropical upwelling and the impact of stratospheric cooling on ozone. It is shown that the changes in the meridional circulation cause weak negative trends in the tropical lower stratosphere and associated positive trends in the extra-tropical lower stratosphere. Stratospheric cooling, on the other hand, causes a broad increase in ozone in the stratosphere. To study the processes that lead to changes in the ozone distribution in more detail, different diagnostics that can separate the changes in chemistry (production or

  4. 冰糖草挥发油化学成分的GC-MS分析%GC-MS Analysis of Chemical Components of Volatile Oil from Sweet Broomwort Herb

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    姚亮; 黄健军

    2012-01-01

    目的:研究广西产冰糖草挥发油的化学组成及相对含量.方法:采用水蒸气蒸馏法提取黄杞叶中的挥发油,并通过气相色谱-质谱(GC-MS)联用仪对其化学成分进行分析和鉴定,用色谱峰面积归一化法计算各组分相对百分含量.结果:从冰糖草挥发油中共分离出49个组分,鉴定了其中30个化合物,占总量的93.97%,主要成分为植酮(2-Pentadecanone,6,10,14-trimethyl-,19.75%)、石竹烯(caryophyllene,15.33%)、α-石竹烯(alpha.-caryophyllene,10.14%)、1S-(1,3a,3b,6a,6b) -十氢-3a-甲基-6-亚甲基-1-异丙基-环丁烷-[1,2,3,4]并二环戊烯、(cyclobuta[1,2:3,4]dicyclopentene,decahydro-3 a-methyl-6-methylene-1 -(1 -methylethyl) -,[ 1S-(1.alpha.,3a.alpha.,3b.beta.,6a.beta.,6b.alpha.)],6.53%)、氧化石竹烯(Caryophyllene oxide,4.90%)、表双环倍半水芹烯[(+)-Epi-bicyclosesquiphellandrene,4.69%]、芳姜黄酮(Ar-tumerone,4.57%)、十七烷( heptadecane,4.13%)、肉豆蔻醛(tetradecanal,2.33%)、邻苯二甲酸异丁基十一烷酯(phthalic acid,isobutyl undecyl ester,2.11%)等.结论:广西产冰糖草挥发油中含脂肪酸、酯类、醇类、醛类、烃类等多种化学成分;分析结果可为冰糖草的质量控制提供依据,并为提高冰糖草的进一步开发利用提供了科学依据.%Objective: To ananlyze the chemical constituents of the volatile oil from Sweet Broomwort Herb in Guangxi and determine their contents. Method: The volatile oil was extracted from Sweet Broomwort Herb by steam distillation, the amount of the components from the volatile oil was separated and identified by CC-MS, and the relative content of each component was calculated by area normalization method. Result: Fourty nine compounds were separated by GC and 30 of them were identified, which accounted for 93. 97% of volatile oil. The major components were 2-pentadecanone, 6, 10, 14-trimethyl- ( 19.75%), caryophyllene ( 15.33%), alpha. -caryophyllene (10

  5. Climate and chemistry effects of a regional scale nuclear conflict

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    A. Stenke

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Previous studies have highlighted the severity of detrimental effects for life on earth after an assumed regionally limited nuclear war. These effects are caused by climatic, chemical and radiative changes persisting for up to one decade. However, so far only a very limited number of climate model simulations have been performed, giving rise to the question how realistic previous computations have been. This study uses the coupled chemistry climate model (CCM SOCOL, which belongs to a different family of CCMs than previously used, to investigate the consequences of such a hypothetical nuclear conflict. In accordance with previous studies, the present work assumes a scenario of a nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan, each applying 50 warheads with an individual blasting power of 15 kt ("Hiroshima size" against the major population centers, resulting in the emission of tiny soot particles, which are generated in the firestorms expected in the aftermath of the detonations. Substantial uncertainties related to the calculation of likely soot emissions, particularly concerning assumptions of target fuel loading and targeting of weapons, have been addressed by simulating several scenarios, with soot emissions ranging from 1 to 12 Tg. Their high absorptivity with respect to solar radiation leads to a rapid self-lofting of the soot particles into the strato- and mesosphere within a few days after emission, where they remain for several years. Consequently, the model suggests earth's surface temperatures to drop by several degrees Celsius due to the shielding of solar irradiance by the soot, indicating a major global cooling. In addition, there is a substantial reduction of precipitation lasting 5 to 10 yr after the conflict, depending on the magnitude of the initial soot release. Extreme cold spells associated with an increase in sea ice formation are found during Northern Hemisphere winter, which expose the continental land masses of North

  6. Correlation of changes of glucose fluctuation with endothelium-dependent flow-mediated dilation in type 2 diabetic patients with coronary heart disease%2型糖尿病合并冠心病患者血糖变化与内皮功能的相关性

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    赵大坤; 吕肖锋; 程千鹏; 高宇; 周淑香

    2012-01-01

    病程、糖化血红蛋白等一般临床资料匹配的经冠脉造影术排除冠心病的2型糖尿病患者20例为T2DM2组,所有对象接受FMD检测及动态血糖监测系统(CCMS)监测.比较T2DM1组血糖波动的变化,并分析其与FMD的相关性.结果 (1)与T2DM2组相比,T2DM1组的日内平均血糖波动幅度(MAGE)、日间血糖平均绝对差(MODD)、平均餐后血糖波动幅度(MPPGE)、低血糖曲线下面积(IAUC70)明显升高,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).(2)对T2DM1组FMD进行分析显示,FMD与MAGE、MODD、PPGE、IAUC70等血糖波动系数明显相关(P<0.05),其中与MAGE相关性最强;以FMD为因变量,各相关因素为自变量行多元逐步回归分析显示,调整其他影响因素后,MAGE仍与FMD呈负相关,且MAGE、IAUC70、收缩压均是影响FMD的独立因素. 结论 2型糖尿病合并冠心病患者血糖波动较不合并冠心病患者明显增加,FMD明显受损,血糖波动与FMD受损具有相关性.

  7. Uncertainties in modelling Mt. Pinatubo eruption with 2-D AER model and CCM SOCOL

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    Kenzelmann, P.; Weisenstein, D.; Peter, T.; Luo, B. P.; Rozanov, E.; Fueglistaler, S.; Thomason, L. W.

    2009-04-01

    measurements and from AER model calculation serve as input for the 3D chemistry climate model (CCM) SOCOL [Schraner et al., 2008]. The heating rates, calculated with SOCOL, are compared with a reference radiative transfer model LibRadtran [Mayer and Kylling, 2005]. This comparison suggests that SOCOL underestimates the net heating rate by 10-20%. In stark contrast, the temperature increase in the lower stratosphere due to absorption of longwave and near infrared radiation is overestimated by all SOCOL scenarios. This lets us conclude that SOCOL, and similarly other state-of-the-art CCMs, misrepresent processes required to model the effect of volcanic eruptions on the lower stratosphere and tropopause region. Possible reasons for model deficiencies could be too coarse vertical resolution or missing dynamical feedbacks near the tropopause and in the lower stratosphere. Another important feature is the warming of the tropical troposphere, which is present in the model simulation but was not observed with comparable amplitude in reality. The heating of the lower stratosphere in the models leads to an increase of stratospheric water vapour and influences the radiative and chemical properties of the stratosphere. Eyring, V. et al (2006), Assessment of temperature, trace species, and ozone in chemistry-climate model simulations of the recent past, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 111, D22,308. Guo, S., G. J. S. Bluth, W. I. Rose, I. M. Watson, and A. J. Prata (2004), Re-evaluation of SO2 release of the 15 June 1991 Pinatubo eruption using ultraviolet and infrared satellite sensors, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 5. Mayer, B., and A. Kylling (2005), Technical note: The libRadtran software package for radiative transfer calculations - description and examples of use, Atmos. Chem. Phys, 5, 1855-1877. McCormick, M. P. (1992), Initial assessment of the stratospheric and climatic impact of the 1991 Mount- Pinatubo eruption - prologue, Geophysical Research Letters, 19 (2