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  1. Conjunct action of gamma radiation and casiopeinas in two cellular types; Accion conjunta de radiacion gamma y casiopeinas en dos tipos celulares

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    Ramos V, N.I

    2006-07-01

    In Mexico the cancer occupies the second place in the causes of death and although already there are diverse useful treatments to attack this suffering, the search of new pharmaceuticals that present positive effect in the treatment of the cancer there is taken to the development of a group of substances called Casiopeinas. Its are coordination compounds constituted by a central atom of copper (Cu II) joined to organic ligands, with general condensed formula [Cu (NN)(ON)]NO{sub 3}, or [Cu(NN)(OO)]NO{sub 3}. Its present different cytotoxicity levels, as well as in vitro antineoplastic activity in diverse tissues derived of tumors. Even its ignore the mechanisms of it action, but one of them, it could be by generation of reactive species of oxygen (ERO), mediated by the metallic center that contain. Thinking of this possibility was carried out in vitro experiments, exposing lymphocytes or HeLa cells, to ionizing radiation, at two casiopeinas (Casiopeina llgly and the Casiopeina Ill-e-a) or the combination of both agents, in order to determine if the antineoplastic capacity of both types of treatments increase in conjunct action. To determine it its were carried out cytotoxicity tests by means of the differential dyeing of fluorescein diacetate and etidio bromide, in these the cells alive fluorescein in green color while the dead ones only the nucleus of red tinged. The genotoxicity was evaluated by means of the comet essay. The results hurtled that as much the casiopeinas as the radiation by separate don't present difference among both cellular types, probably due to the used method that only quantifies the damages at the moment and not to long term. And according to those treatments on the whole only to the concentrations and the doses more high it favors the additive effect due to an overproduction of free radicals that not can be neutralized. According to the genotoxicity, only proven for the radiation indicates that the HeLa cells presents a major number of

  2. Sociedad por Acciones Simplificada

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    Carlos Andrés Arcila Salazar

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available En Colombia, aspectos como la responsabilidad limitada; supresión de la llamada doctrina de ultra vires; duración ilimitada; eliminación de la regla, una acción, un voto; remedios al abuso de los derechos; posibilidad de eliminar prohibiciones a los administradores, libertad de establecer restricciones para la transferencia de acciones y la simplificación de los procedimientos de fusión; son inviables bajo nuestra legislación. Sin embargo, la Ley 1258 de 2008, ha incorporado al derecho societario colombiano un nuevo tipo societario híbrido, llamado “Sociedad por Acciones Simplificada”. Esta forma societaria híbrida se basa en un principio básico: garantizar amplia libertad a los empresarios en la estructuración de sus relaciones a través de disposiciones contractuales. La S.A.S. provee a los empresarios significativa flexibilidad contractual, a la vez que preserva beneficios como la limitación de la responsabilidad.

  3. Sociedad por Acciones Simplificada

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    Carlos Andrés Arcila Salazar

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available En Colombia, aspectos como la responsabilidad limitada; supresión de la llamada doctrina de ultra vires; duración ilimitada; eliminación de la regla, una acción, un voto; remedios al abuso de los derechos; posibilidad de eliminar prohibiciones a los administradores, libertad de establecer restricciones para la transferencia de acciones y la simplificación de los procedimientos de fusión; son inviables bajo nuestra legislación. Sin embargo, la Ley 1258 de 2008, ha incorporado al derecho societario colombiano un nuevo tipo societario híbrido, llamado “Sociedad por Acciones Simplificada”. Esta forma societaria híbrida se basa en un principio básico: garantizar amplia libertad a los empresarios en la estructuración de sus relaciones a través de disposiciones contractuales. La S.A.S. provee a los empresarios significativa flexibilidad contractual, a la vez que preserva beneficios como la limitación de la responsabilidad.

  4. Derechos humanos y acciones colectivas

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    Requejo Isidro, Marta

    2012-01-01

    El presente trabajo está subvencionado por la Consellería de Educación e Ordenación Universitaria de la Xunta de Galicia, la Consellería de Economía e Industria de la Xunta de Galicia (proyecto de investigación ref. INCITE09PXIB202096PR), el Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (proyecto de investigación DER2010-17048, subprograma JURI), y el FEDER Buena parte de las acciones civiles entabladas en EEUU por demandantes extranjeros en relación con violaciones de derechos humanos oc...

  5. Cellular behavior in micropatterned hydrogels by bioprinting system depended on the cell types and cellular interaction.

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    Hong, Soyoung; Song, Seung-Joon; Lee, Jae Yeon; Jang, Hwanseok; Choi, Jaesoon; Sun, Kyung; Park, Yongdoo

    2013-08-01

    The fabrication of patterned microstructures within three-dimensional (3D) matrices is a challenging subject in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. A 3D, free-moving bioprinting system was developed and hydrogels were patterned by varying the process parameters of z-axis moving velocity and ejection velocity. The patterning of hydrogel based microfibers in a 3D matrigel was achieved with dimensions of 4.5 mm length and widths from 79 to 200 μm. Hyaluronan-based hydrogels mixed with fibroblasts (L929), mouse endothelial cells (MS1), or human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) were patterned using a 3D moving axis bioprinter and cell behavior was monitored in culture for up to 16 days. L929 and MS1 cells and hMSCs in patterned hydrogel revealed cell-cell interactions and a morphological dependency on cell types. HMSCs formed spheres through cell aggregation, while L929 cells increased in cellular mass without cell aggregation and MS1 dispersed into the matrix instead of aggregating. The aggregation of hMSCs was attenuated by treatment with Rho kinase (ROCK) inhibitor and cadherin antibody. This reflected the close relationship between cell aggregation and migration with RhoA and cell-cell adhesion molecules. Angiogenic-specific gene expression profiles showed that expression of CD105 decreased to 22% in the ROCK inhibitor group compared to control group. These results showed that cell-based patterns in a 3D matrix are highly dependent on both cell aggregation and migration over time.

  6. Acciones populares y acciones para la tutela de los intereses colectivos

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    José Ovalle Favela

    2003-01-01

    El objeto de este ensayo es realizar un estudio comparativo de la regulación de las acciones populares y acciones para la tutela de los intereses colectivos en España, Colombia, Centro América y México. En la primera parte, el autor establece la distinción entre los conceptos de intereses colectivos, intereses difusos e intereses de grupo. Posteriormente, analiza la regulación de las acciones populares en Colombia, mediante las que se tutelan los intereses colectivos y las acciones de grupo. ...

  7. Satellite augmentation of cellular type mobile radio telephone systems

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    Anderson, Roy E.

    NASA's ATS-6 satellite relayed voice bandwidth communications between five trucks and the trucking company dispatchers as the trucks traveled throughout the north-eastern quarter of the contiguous United States. The experiment, conducted over a seven month period, demonstrated that propagation characteristics are much different for the satellite-mobile links than for terrestrial-mobile links. A properly designed satellite system can provide high quality, reliable voice and data communications except where the vehicle-satellite path is shadowed by a structure or terrain feature. Mobile equipment in the experiment was adapted from commercial mobile radios. The vehicle antennas were 75 cm tall, 2 cm diam. Another experiment proved the feasibility of vehicle position surveillance using active two-way tone-code ranging through ATS-6 to provide one line of position and passive one-way ranging by measuring the time-of-arrival of a signal from an independent satellite. A position fix was printed out at an earth station 1 sec after it sent the interrogation signal to the distant vehicle, a towboat on the Mississippi River. The line of position from ATS-6 was accurate to 0.1 nautical mile using a voice bandwidth ranging signal. The line of position from the NOAA GOES satellite was accurate to 2 miles, using 100 Hz signal bandwidth. If the signal from the independent satellite had the same bandwidth and signal-to-noise ratio as ATS-6, the fixes would have been accurate to about 0.1 nautical mile. A concept study concluded that satellites might be a cost effective augmentation of terrestrial cellular type mobile radio telephone systems. The satellites would serve thinly populated areas where terrestrial systems are not cost effective. In the United States, the satellites would serve about 90% of the land area where 20% of the population resides. A multibeam satellite with many channels in each beam would be compatible with the urban terrestrial systems and together they would

  8. LEGITIMACIÓN EN LAS ACCIONES COLECTIVAS

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    José Ovalle Favela

    2013-01-01

    Este trabajo analiza la legitimación en las acciones colectivas que tutelan tanto los intereses difusos y colectivos como los individuales homogéneos, conforme a la doctrina y a la legislación brasileñas. Asimismo se ocupa del tipo de acciones colectivas, la legitimación para ejercerlas y la adecuada representación en los países de América Latina que han desarrollado más estos temas: Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, México y Uruguay. De Argentina examina el amparo colectivo previsto en el ...

  9. A mathematical model of amphibian skin epithelium with two types of transporting cellular units

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    Larsen, Erik Hviid; Rasmussen, B E

    1985-01-01

    A computer model of ion transport across amphibian skin epithelium containing two types of cellular units, their relative number and sizes, and a paracellular pathway has been developed. The two cellular units are, a large Na+ transporting compartment representing the major epithelium from stratum...

  10. Adenovirus Type 11 Uses CD46 as a Cellular Receptor

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    Segerman, Anna; Atkinson, John P.; Marttila, Marko; Dennerquist, Veronica; Wadell, Göran; Arnberg, Niklas

    2003-01-01

    The 51 human adenovirus serotypes are divided into six species (A to F). Many adenoviruses use the coxsackie-adenovirus receptor (CAR) for attachment to host cells in vitro. Species B adenoviruses do not compete with CAR-binding serotypes for binding to host cells, and it has been suggested that species B adenoviruses use a receptor other than CAR. Species B adenoviruses mainly cause disease in the respiratory tract, the eyes, and in the urinary tract. Here we demonstrate that adenovirus type...

  11. Differing types of cellular phone conversations and dangerous driving.

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    Dula, Chris S; Martin, Benjamin A; Fox, Russell T; Leonard, Robin L

    2011-01-01

    This study sought to investigate the relationship between cell phone conversation type and dangerous driving behaviors. It was hypothesized that more emotional phone conversations engaged in while driving would produce greater frequencies of dangerous driving behaviors in a simulated environment than more mundane conversation or no phone conversation at all. Participants were semi-randomly assigned to one of three conditions: (1) no call, (2) mundane call, and, (3) emotional call. While driving in a simulated environment, participants in the experimental groups received a phone call from a research confederate who either engaged them in innocuous conversation (mundane call) or arguing the opposite position of a deeply held belief of the participant (emotional call). Participants in the no call and mundane call groups differed significantly only on percent time spent speeding and center line crossings, though the mundane call group consistently engaged in more of all dangerous driving behaviors than did the no call participants. Participants in the emotional call group engaged in significantly more dangerous driving behaviors than participants in both the no call and mundane call groups, with the exception of traffic light infractions, where there were no significant group differences. Though there is need for replication, the authors concluded that whereas talking on a cell phone while driving is risky to begin with, having emotionally intense conversations is considerably more dangerous.

  12. Hipnoticos corticales y basilares y acciones anticonvulsivantes

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    Carlos Gutiérrez-Noriega

    2013-01-01

    Se estudian las diferencias de los hipnóticos corticales y basilares desde el punto de vista de sus acciones anticonvulsivantes. Los resultados son los siguientes: 1. Los hipnóticos del grupo basilar (barbitúrico y uretano) poseen un poder anticonvulsivante considerablemente mayor que los hipnóticos del grupo cortical (alcoholes, aldehidos, bromuros, éter), con excepción del sulfato de magnesia, clasificado en el grupo subcortical, que tiene muy poca acción anticonvulsivante. 2. Algunos hipnó...

  13. Acciones motrices en el atacante de voleibol

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    Araya, Cesar

    2013-01-01

    El presente trabajo denominado: "El rol de atacante en los jugadores de voleibol", es una investigación que ha intentado conocer la función que ejercen los jugadores de voleibol que asumen el rol de atacante dentro del juego. Para ello se han considerado los siguientes objetivos específicos: Explicar la situación motriz del juego con el aporte de la Praxiología Motriz; y Describir las acciones motrices en el rol de atacante en el juego del voleibol. Para todo esto se ha elegido una Meto...

  14. Cellular protein quality control and the evolution of aggregates in spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3)

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    Seidel, K.; Meister, M.; Dugbartey, G. J.; Zijlstra, M. P.; Vinet, J.; Brunt, E. R. P.; van Leeuwen, F. W.; Rueb, U.; Kampinga, H. H.; den Dunnen, W. F. A.

    2012-01-01

    K. Seidel, M. Meister, G. J. Dugbartey, M. P. Zijlstra, J. Vinet, E. R. P. Brunt, F. W. van Leeuwen, U. Rub, H. H. Kampinga and W. F. A. den Dunnen (2012) Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology38, 548558 Cellular protein quality control and the evolution of aggregates in spinocerebellar ataxia type

  15. ¿Acciones o pretensiones contencioso administrativas?

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    Consuelo Sarria Olcos

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available A partir de los antecedentes de las normas vigentes en materia de acciones contencioso administrativas, se analiza el proyecto de Código Contencioso Administrativo elaborado por una Comisión, creada por Decreto Presidencial, a iniciativa del Consejo de Estado. El análisis se refiere específicamente a lo que, según la exposición de motivos del citado proyecto de ley, se denominan pretensiones, al suprimirse el término acción para aplicar la teoría moderna de la acción elaborada en el derecho procesal, según la cual la acción es un concepto unívoco y lo que hay que distinguir son las pretensiones que se busca hacer valer.

  16. Hipnoticos corticales y basilares y acciones anticonvulsivantes

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    Carlos Gutiérrez-Noriega

    1943-06-01

    Full Text Available Se estudian las diferencias de los hipnóticos corticales y basilares desde el punto de vista de sus acciones anticonvulsivantes. Los resultados son los siguientes: 1. Los hipnóticos del grupo basilar (barbitúrico y uretano poseen un poder anticonvulsivante considerablemente mayor que los hipnóticos del grupo cortical (alcoholes, aldehidos, bromuros, éter, con excepción del sulfato de magnesia, clasificado en el grupo subcortical, que tiene muy poca acción anticonvulsivante. 2. Algunos hipnóticos del grupo cortical (cloralosa disminuyen notablemente a dosis narcótica el umbral para las convulsiones clónicas, producidas por el cardiazol, coramina y estricnina; pero aumentan el umbral para las convulsiones tónicas. Estos hipnóticos actúan paradójicamente, como anticonvulsivantes y como sinergistas de los convulsivantes. 3. El sinergismo de cardiazol y estricnina para producir convulsiones clónicas es mucho más notable durante la narcosis por cloralosa que en el animal no anestesiado. 4. Existen significativas diferencias cualitativas y cuantitativas entre las convulsiones del animal no anestesiado y las convulsiones del animal durante la narcosis por cloralosa. En este último caso no se produce la reacción tónica, las reacciones neurovegetativas son más débiles, pero la duración de las convulsiones clónicas es considerablemente mayer. 5. Las diferencias de actividad anticonvulsivante observadas entre los dos grupos de hipnóticos, no pueden ser tomadas como prueba de la clasificación topográfica (córtico-basilar. Al contrario, sugieren que algunos hipnóticos del grupo cortical deben su típica manera de actuar a una acción estimulante tanto sobre la corteza cerebral como sobre los centros subcorticales. Se discute la posibilidad de que el sistema internuncial sea el que principalmente se estimula. Así, mientras que en la narcosis de tipo barbitúrico disminuye la excitabilidad de todo el sistema nervioso de relaci

  17. Phase-Type Models of Channel-Holding Times in Cellular Communication Systems

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    Christensen, Thomas Kaare; Nielsen, Bo Friis; Iversen, Villy Bæk

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, we derive the distribution of the channel-holding time when both cell-residence and call-holding times are phase-type distributed. Furthermore, the distribution of the number of handovers, the conditional channel-holding time distributions, and the channel-holding time when cell re...... residence times are correlated are derived. All distributions are of phase type, making them very general and flexible. The channel-holding times are of importance in performance evaluation and simulation of cellular mobile communication systems....

  18. Underlay of low-rate machine-type D2D links on downlink cellular links

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    Pratas, Nuno K.; Popovski, Petar

    2014-01-01

    probability for the MTC link. The results show that SIC is an important enabler of low-power underlay D2D transmission for low-rate machine-type traffic; however, it may incur a significant rate penalty for the cellular users when trying to meet the outage requirements of the MTC link.......Wireless cellular networks feature two emerging technological trends: direct Device-to-Device (D2D) communications and Machine-Type Communications (MTC). MTC devices (MTDs) pose new challenges to the cellular network, such as low transmission power and massive access that can lead to overload...... of the radio interface. In this paper we explore the opportunity opened by D2D links for supporting Low-rate Low-power MTDs that are connected to a nearby device, such as an on-body MTD connected to a mobile phone that acts as a relay towards the Base Station (BS). The low-rate requirement for this D2D...

  19. Expression weighted cell type enrichments reveal genetic and cellular nature of major brain disorders

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    Nathan Gerald Skene

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The cell types that trigger the primary pathology in many brain diseases remain largely unknown. One route to understanding the primary pathological cell type for a particular disease is to identify the cells expressing susceptibility genes. Although this is straightforward for monogenic conditions where the causative mutation may alter expression of a cell type specific marker, methods are required for the common polygenic disorders. We developed the Expression Weighted Cell Type Enrichment (EWCE method that uses single cell transcriptomes to generate the probability distribution associated with a gene list having an average level of expression within a cell type. Following validation, we applied EWCE to human genetic data from cases of epilepsy, Schizophrenia, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and anxiety disorders. Genetic susceptibility primarily affected microglia in Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis; was shared between interneurons and pyramidal neurons in Autism and Schizophrenia; while intellectual disabilities and epilepsy were attributable to a range of cell-types, with the strongest enrichment in interneurons. We hypothesised that the primary cell type pathology could trigger secondary changes in other cell types and these could be detected by applying EWCE to transcriptome data from diseased tissue. In Autism, Schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease we find evidence of pathological changes in all of the major brain cell types. These findings give novel insight into the cellular origins and progression in common brain disorders. The methods can be applied to any tissue and disorder and have applications in validating mouse models.

  20. Rank-ordered filter for edge enhancement of cellular images using interval type II fuzzy set.

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    Chaira, Tamalika

    2015-10-01

    An edge-enhancement technique using an interval type II fuzzy set that uses rank-ordered filter to enhance the edges of cellular images is proposed. When cellular images from any laboratory are digitized, scanned, and stored, some kind of degradation occurs, and directly using a rank-ordered filter may not produce clear edges. These images contain uncertainties, present in edges or boundaries of the image. Fuzzy sets that take into account these uncertainties may be a good tool to process these images. However, a fuzzy set sometimes does not produce better results. We used an interval type II fuzzy set, which considers the uncertainty in a different way. It considers the membership function in the fuzzy set as "fuzzy," so the membership values lie within an interval range. A type II fuzzy set has upper and lower membership levels, and with the two levels, a new membership function is computed using Hamacher t-conorm. A new fuzzy image is formed. A rank-ordered filter is applied to the image to obtain an edge-enhanced image. The proposed method is compared with the existing methods visually and quantitatively using entropic method. Entropy of the proposed method is higher (0.4418) than the morphology method (0.2275), crisp method (0.3599), and Sobel method (0.2669), implying that the proposed method is better.

  1. A Quantum Cellular Automata architecture with nearest neighbor interactions using one quantum gate type

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    Ntalaperas, D

    2016-01-01

    We propose an architecture based on Quantum cellular Automata which allows the use of only one type of quantum gates per computational step in order to perform nearest neighbor interactions. The model is built in partial steps, each one of them analyzed using nearest neighbor interactions, starting with single qubit operations and continuing with two qubit ones. The effectiveness of the model is tested and valuated by developing a quantum circuit implementing the Quantum Fourier Transform. The important outcome of this validation was that the operations are performed in a local and controlled manner thus reducing the error rate of each computational step.

  2. Errores en la determinación de acciones

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    González Valle, E.

    1979-12-01

    Full Text Available This article analyses the causes of «building diseases» due to errors In the determination of actions in the following types of construction: — Flats. — Industrial buildings. — Retention walls . — Bridges. — Tanks and silos. Based on the report by the Bureau Securitas and Secotec after Investigating 2979 accidents and events, these errors would only be the first cause in 10% of the cases but this percentage will be considerably higher if the effects were also evaluated.

    En este artículo se analizan las causas de patología debidas a errores en la determinación de acciones en los siguientes tipos de construcción: ––Edificios de viviendas. ––Naves industriales. ––Muros de contención. ––Puentes. ––Depósitos y silos. Estos errores que, basados en el Informe del Bureau Securitas y Secotec, realizado sobre 2.979 siniestros, sólo serian causa primera de éstos en menos de un 10%; tendrían un porcentaje bastante mayor si se valorasen sus efectos.

  3. Subculture of chondrocytes on a collagen type I-coated substrate with suppressed cellular dedifferentiation.

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    Kino-Oka, Masahiro; Yashiki, Shino; Ota, Yuka; Mushiaki, Yuko; Sugawara, Katsura; Yamamoto, Takeyuki; Takezawa, Toshiaki; Taya, Masahito

    2005-01-01

    To evaluate the degree of cellular dedifferentiation, subculture of chondrocytes was conducted on a surface coated with collagen type I at a density of 1.05 mg/cm(2). In the primary culture, most of the cells were round in shape on the collagen (CL) substrate, whereas fibroblastic and partially extended cells were dominant on the polystyrene plastic (PS) substrate. Stereoscopic observation revealed that the round-shaped cells on the CL substrate were hemispherical with nebulous and punctuated F-actin filaments, whereas the fibroblastic cells on the PS substrate were flattened with fully developed stress fibers. This suggested that cell polarization was suppressed during culture on the former substrate. Although serial passages of chondrocytes through subcultures on the CL and PS substrates caused a decrease in the number of round-shaped cells, the morphological change was appreciably suppressed on the CL substrate, as compared with that on the PS substrate. It was found that only round-shaped cells formed collagen type II, which supports the view that cellular dedifferentiation can be suppressed to some extent on the CL substrate. Three-dimensional cultures in collagen gel were performed with cells isolated freshly and passaged on the CL or PS substrate. Cell density at 21 days in the culture of cells passaged on the CL substrate was comparable to that in the culture of freshly isolated cells, in spite of a significant reduction in cell density observed in the culture of cells passaged on the PS substrate. In addition, histological analysis revealed that the expression of glycosaminoglycans and collagen type II was of significance in the collagen gel with cells passaged on the CL substrate, and likewise in the gel with freshly isolated cells. This indicated that the CL substrate could offer a monolayer culture system for expanding chondrocyte cells.

  4. Cell-type specific DNA methylation patterns define human breast cellular identity.

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    Petr Novak

    Full Text Available DNA methylation plays a role in a variety of biological processes including embryonic development, imprinting, X-chromosome inactivation, and stem cell differentiation. Tissue specific differential methylation has also been well characterized. We sought to extend these studies to create a map of differential DNA methylation between different cell types derived from a single tissue. Using three pairs of isogenic human mammary epithelial and fibroblast cells, promoter region DNA methylation was characterized using MeDIP coupled to microarray analysis. Comparison of DNA methylation between these cell types revealed nearly three thousand cell-type specific differentially methylated regions (ctDMRs. MassARRAY was performed upon 87 ctDMRs to confirm and quantify differential DNA methylation. Each of the examined regions exhibited statistically significant differences ranging from 10-70%. Gene ontology analysis revealed the overrepresentation of many transcription factors involved in developmental processes. Additionally, we have shown that ctDMRs are associated with histone related epigenetic marks and are often aberrantly methylated in breast cancer. Overall, our data suggest that there are thousands of ctDMRs which consistently exhibit differential DNA methylation and may underlie cell type specificity in human breast tissue. In addition, we describe the pathways affected by these differences and provide insight into the molecular mechanisms and physiological overlap between normal cellular differentiation and breast carcinogenesis.

  5. An ectromelia virus profilin homolog interacts with cellular tropomyosin and viral A-type inclusion protein

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    Burke Robert D

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Profilins are critical to cytoskeletal dynamics in eukaryotes; however, little is known about their viral counterparts. In this study, a poxviral profilin homolog, ectromelia virus strain Moscow gene 141 (ECTV-PH, was investigated by a variety of experimental and bioinformatics techniques to characterize its interactions with cellular and viral proteins. Results Profilin-like proteins are encoded by all orthopoxviruses sequenced to date, and share over 90% amino acid (aa identity. Sequence comparisons show highest similarity to mammalian type 1 profilins; however, a conserved 3 aa deletion in mammalian type 3 and poxviral profilins suggests that these homologs may be more closely related. Structural analysis shows that ECTV-PH can be successfully modelled onto both the profilin 1 crystal structure and profilin 3 homology model, though few of the surface residues thought to be required for binding actin, poly(L-proline, and PIP2 are conserved. Immunoprecipitation and mass spectrometry identified two proteins that interact with ECTV-PH within infected cells: alpha-tropomyosin, a 38 kDa cellular actin-binding protein, and the 84 kDa product of vaccinia virus strain Western Reserve (VACV-WR 148, which is the truncated VACV counterpart of the orthopoxvirus A-type inclusion (ATI protein. Western and far-western blots demonstrated that the interaction with alpha-tropomyosin is direct, and immunofluorescence experiments suggest that ECTV-PH and alpha-tropomyosin may colocalize to structures that resemble actin tails and cellular protrusions. Sequence comparisons of the poxviral ATI proteins show that although full-length orthologs are only present in cowpox and ectromelia viruses, an ~ 700 aa truncated ATI protein is conserved in over 90% of sequenced orthopoxviruses. Immunofluorescence studies indicate that ECTV-PH localizes to cytoplasmic inclusion bodies formed by both truncated and full-length versions of the viral ATI protein

  6. Psychedelics Recruit Multiple Cellular Types and Produce Complex Transcriptional Responses Within the Brain.

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    Martin, David A; Nichols, Charles D

    2016-09-01

    There has recently been a resurgence of interest in psychedelics, substances that profoundly alter perception and cognition and have recently demonstrated therapeutic efficacy to treat anxiety, depression, and addiction in the clinic. The receptor mechanisms that drive their molecular and behavioral effects involve activation of cortical serotonin 5-HT2A receptors, but the responses of specific cellular populations remain unknown. Here, we provide evidence that a small subset of 5-HT2A-expressing excitatory neurons is directly activated by psychedelics and subsequently recruits other select cell types including subpopulations of inhibitory somatostatin and parvalbumin GABAergic interneurons, as well as astrocytes, to produce distinct and regional responses. To gather data regarding the response of specific neuronal populations, we developed methodology for fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) to segregate and enrich specific cellular subtypes in the brain. These methods allow for robust neuronal sorting based on cytoplasmic epitopes followed by downstream nucleic acid analysis, expanding the utility of FACS in neuroscience research.

  7. Psychedelics Recruit Multiple Cellular Types and Produce Complex Transcriptional Responses Within the Brain

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    David A. Martin

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available There has recently been a resurgence of interest in psychedelics, substances that profoundly alter perception and cognition and have recently demonstrated therapeutic efficacy to treat anxiety, depression, and addiction in the clinic. The receptor mechanisms that drive their molecular and behavioral effects involve activation of cortical serotonin 5-HT2A receptors, but the responses of specific cellular populations remain unknown. Here, we provide evidence that a small subset of 5-HT2A-expressing excitatory neurons is directly activated by psychedelics and subsequently recruits other select cell types including subpopulations of inhibitory somatostatin and parvalbumin GABAergic interneurons, as well as astrocytes, to produce distinct and regional responses. To gather data regarding the response of specific neuronal populations, we developed methodology for fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS to segregate and enrich specific cellular subtypes in the brain. These methods allow for robust neuronal sorting based on cytoplasmic epitopes followed by downstream nucleic acid analysis, expanding the utility of FACS in neuroscience research.

  8. LAS ACCIONES SOCIALES EN EMPRESAS CON RESPONSABILIDAD SOCIAL

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    Jorge Roberto, Volpentesta

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available La investigación propone como objetivo general profundizar el conocimiento sobre las características de las acciones que las empresas realizan dentro de programas de Responsabilidad Social Empresaria con los grupos de interesados (stakeholders que se encuentran en la comunidad o sociedad, desde una perspectiva organizacional, pretendiendo esclarecer cuáles son las causas y/o circunstancias que determinan y explican el diseño de actividades tan disímiles que van desde las caracterizadas por un dirigismo centralizado propio de la aplicación de la lógica empresaria y en las cuales se trabaja desde un escritorio para los otros, hasta aquellas que desde sus inicios implican e involucran a los destinatarios de esas acciones generando verdaderas acciones con los otros.El interés por este conocimiento se basa en que cada vez más empresas están realizando acciones o programas de intervención en el campo social, pero que no siempre resultan efectivas considerando el impacto social provocado. Analizar los procedimientos utilizados, las circunstancias organizacionales, las causas estructurales y procesales y la lógica que impera en el diseño de esas acciones puede ayudar a justipreciar, a priori, su efectividad y potenciales resultados, facilitando el desarrollo de un posible modelo que oriente sobre los fundamentos necesarios para llevar a cabo intervenciones sociales exitosas.

  9. Acciones colectivas en la sociedad costarricense, 1998 - 2004.

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    2011-01-01

    El artículo analiza las acciones colectivas desarrolladas entre 1998 y 2004 como parte de un interesante proceso de transición del sistema de partidos políticos y de la participación electoral. En este contexto, la autora desarrolla una serie de preguntas de investigación, entre ellas: ¿son los motivos políticos los que predominan en las acciones colectivas de protesta en Costa Rica?, ¿cuál es el significado de estas acciones en el contexto político de la Costa Rica actual?, ¿qué caracteriza ...

  10. Las acciones populares en el derecho privado colombiano

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    Sarmiento Palacio, Germán, 1945-1996

    2006-01-01

    La Universidad del Rosario e Iniciativa Gestión para los intereses ambientales y Públicos – iniciativa GESAP, colocan a disposición del publico la reimpresión del libro Las acciones populares en el derecho privado colombiano de German Sarmiento Palacio, abogado egresado de la Facultad de Jurisprudencia de esta Universidad. El doctor Sarmiento Palacio fue uno de los precursores del uso de las acciones populares en Colombia así como del debate alrededor de los derechos e intereses colectivos. E...

  11. Centros urbanos bonaerenses: acciones promocionales en el ciberespacio

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    2004-01-01

    La presente comunicación se inscribe en el contexto del proyecto de investigación "Centros Urbanos Bonaerenses. Puesta en Valor y en Desarrollo Local - Regional de Red Turístico Recreacional". El estudio refiere al modo en que los municipios de la Provincia de Buenos Aires disponen de acciones promocionales de su imagen de marca. El objetivo del estudio es determinar las características del empleo de los medios de comunicación por los centros urbanos bonaerenses en las acciones promocionales,...

  12. Lentiviral gene therapy using cellular promoters cures type 1 Gaucher disease in mice.

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    Dahl, Maria; Doyle, Alexander; Olsson, Karin; Månsson, Jan-Eric; Marques, André R A; Mirzaian, Mina; Aerts, Johannes M; Ehinger, Mats; Rothe, Michael; Modlich, Ute; Schambach, Axel; Karlsson, Stefan

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    Gaucher disease is caused by an inherited deficiency of the enzyme glucosylceramidase. Due to the lack of a fully functional enzyme, there is progressive build-up of the lipid component glucosylceramide. Insufficient glucosylceramidase activity results in hepatosplenomegaly, cytopenias, and bone disease in patients. Gene therapy represents a future therapeutic option for patients unresponsive to enzyme replacement therapy and lacking a suitable bone marrow donor. By proof-of-principle experiments, we have previously demonstrated a reversal of symptoms in a murine disease model of type 1 Gaucher disease, using gammaretroviral vectors harboring strong viral promoters to drive glucosidase β-acid (GBA) gene expression. To investigate whether safer vectors can correct the enzyme deficiency, we utilized self-inactivating lentiviral vectors (SIN LVs) with the GBA gene under the control of human phosphoglycerate kinase (PGK) and CD68 promoter, respectively. Here, we report prevention of, as well as reversal of, manifest disease symptoms after lentiviral gene transfer. Glucosylceramidase activity above levels required for clearance of glucosylceramide from tissues resulted in reversal of splenomegaly, reduced Gaucher cell infiltration and a restoration of hematological parameters. These findings support the use of SIN-LVs with cellular promoters in future clinical gene therapy protocols for type 1 Gaucher disease.

  13. Quantitation of the Noncovalent Cellular Retinol-Binding Protein, Type 1 Complex Through Native Mass Spectrometry

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    Li, Wenjing; Yu, Jianshi; Kane, Maureen A.

    2017-01-01

    Native mass spectrometry (MS) has become a valuable tool in probing noncovalent protein-ligand interactions in a sample-efficient way, yet the quantitative application potential of native MS has not been fully explored. Cellular retinol binding protein, type I (CrbpI) chaperones retinol and retinal in the cell, protecting them from nonspecific oxidation and delivering them to biosynthesis enzymes where the bound (holo-) and unbound (apo-) forms of CrbpI exert distinct biological functions. Using nanoelectrospray, we developed a native MS assay for probing apo- and holo-CrbpI abundance to facilitate exploring their biological functions in retinoid metabolism and signaling. The methods were developed on two platforms, an Orbitrap-based Thermo Exactive and a Q-IMS-TOF-based Waters Synapt G2S, where similar ion behaviors under optimized conditions were observed. Overall, our results suggested that within the working range ( 1-10 μM), gas-phase ions in the native state linearly correspond to solution concentration and relative ion intensities of the apo- and holo-protein ions can linearly respond to the solution ratios, suggesting native MS is a viable tool for relative quantitation in this system.

  14. Delayed type hypersensitivity reaction as indicator of cellular immune competence in broiler chickens exposed to dietary corticosterone

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    Post, J.; Gielkens, A.; Huurne, ter A.A.H.M.

    2004-01-01

    Three experiments were performed to evaluate the delayed type hypersensitivity test against keyhole limpet haemocyanin as a parameter to measure stress-induced cellular immune suppression. The test was optimised for broiler chickens and evaluated in a stress model in which plasma corticosterone leve

  15. Cellular angiofibroma: analysis of 25 cases emphasizing its relationship to spindle cell lipoma and mammary-type myofibroblastoma

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    Flucke, U.E.; Krieken, J.H. van; Mentzel, T.

    2011-01-01

    Cellular angiofibroma represents a rare benign mesenchymal tumor, occurring mainly in the superficial soft tissue of the genital region. The involvement of 13q14 in some cases confirmed the morphological suggested link with spindle cell lipoma and mammary-type myofibroblastoma. We analyzed the clini

  16. Assessment of Membrane Fluidity Fluctuations during Cellular Development Reveals Time and Cell Type Specificity

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    Noutsi, Pakiza

    2016-06-30

    Cell membrane is made up of a complex structure of lipids and proteins that diffuse laterally giving rise to what we call membrane fluidity. During cellular development, such as differentiation cell membranes undergo dramatic fluidity changes induced by proteins such as ARC and Cofilin among others. In this study we used the generalized polarization (GP) property of fluorescent probe Laurdan using two-photon microscopy to determine membrane fluidity as a function of time and for various cell lines. A low GP value corresponds to a higher fluidity and a higher GP value is associated with a more rigid membrane. Four different cell lines were monitored such as hN2, NIH3T3, HEK293 and L6 cells. Membrane fluidity was measured at 12h, 72h and 92 h. Our results show significant changes in membrane fluidity among all cell types at different time points. GP values tend to increase significantly within 92 h in hN2 cells and 72 h in NIH3T3 cells and only at 92 h in HEK293 cells. L6 showed a marked decrease in membrane fluidity at 72 h and starts to increase at 92 h. As expected, NIH3T3 cells have more rigid membrane at earlier time points. On the other hand, neurons tend to have the highest membrane fluidity at early time points emphasizing its correlation with plasticity and the need for this malleability during differentiation. This study sheds light on the involvement of membrane fluidity during neuronal differentiation and development of other cell lines.

  17. Assessment of Membrane Fluidity Fluctuations during Cellular Development Reveals Time and Cell Type Specificity.

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    Pakiza Noutsi

    Full Text Available Cell membrane is made up of a complex structure of lipids and proteins that diffuse laterally giving rise to what we call membrane fluidity. During cellular development, such as differentiation cell membranes undergo dramatic fluidity changes induced by proteins such as ARC and Cofilin among others. In this study we used the generalized polarization (GP property of fluorescent probe Laurdan using two-photon microscopy to determine membrane fluidity as a function of time and for various cell lines. A low GP value corresponds to a higher fluidity and a higher GP value is associated with a more rigid membrane. Four different cell lines were monitored such as hN2, NIH3T3, HEK293 and L6 cells. Membrane fluidity was measured at 12h, 72h and 92 h. Our results show significant changes in membrane fluidity among all cell types at different time points. GP values tend to increase significantly within 92 h in hN2 cells and 72 h in NIH3T3 cells and only at 92 h in HEK293 cells. L6 showed a marked decrease in membrane fluidity at 72 h and starts to increase at 92 h. As expected, NIH3T3 cells have more rigid membrane at earlier time points. On the other hand, neurons tend to have the highest membrane fluidity at early time points emphasizing its correlation with plasticity and the need for this malleability during differentiation. This study sheds light on the involvement of membrane fluidity during neuronal differentiation and development of other cell lines.

  18. Beta Cell Formation in vivo Through Cellular Networking, Integration and Processing (CNIP) in Wild Type Adult Mice.

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    Doiron, Bruno; Hu, Wenchao; DeFronzo, Ralph A

    2016-01-01

    Insulin replacement therapy is essential in type 1 diabetic individuals and is required in ~40- 50% of type 2 diabetics during their lifetime. Prior attempts at beta cell regeneration have relied upon pancreatic injury to induce beta cell proliferation, dedifferentiation and activation of the embryonic pathway, or stem cell replacement. We report an alternative method to transform adult non-stem (somatic) cells into pancreatic beta cells. The Cellular Networking, Integration and Processing (CNIP) approach targets cellular mechanisms involved in pancreatic function in the organ's adult state and utilizes a synergistic mechanism that integrates three important levels of cellular regulation to induce beta cell formation: (i) glucose metabolism, (ii) membrane receptor function, and (iii) gene transcription. The aim of the present study was to induce pancreatic beta cell formation in vivo in adult animals without stem cells and without dedifferentiating cells to recapitulate the embryonic pathway as previously published (1-3). Our results employing CNIP demonstrate that: (i) insulin secreting cells can be generated in adult pancreatic tissue in vivo and circumvent the problem of generating endocrine (glucagon and somatostatin) cells that exert deleterious effects on glucose homeostasis, and (ii) longterm normalization of glucose tolerance and insulin secretion can be achieved in a wild type diabetic mouse model. The CNIP cocktail has the potential to be used as a preventative or therapeutic treatment or cure for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

  19. Development of an Insert Co-culture System of Two Cellular Types in the Absence of Cell-Cell Contact.

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    Renaud, Justine; Martinoli, Maria-Grazia

    2016-07-17

    The role of secreted soluble factors in the modification of cellular responses is a recurrent theme in the study of all tissues and systems. In an attempt to make straightforward the very complex relationships between the several cellular subtypes that compose multicellular organisms, in vitro techniques have been developed to help researchers acquire a detailed understanding of single cell populations. One of these techniques uses inserts with a permeable membrane allowing secreted soluble factors to diffuse. Thus, a population of cells grown in inserts can be co-cultured in a well or dish containing a different cell type for evaluating cellular changes following paracrine signaling in the absence of cell-cell contact. Such insert co-culture systems offer various advantages over other co-culture techniques, namely bidirectional signaling, conserved cell polarity and population-specific detection of cellular changes. In addition to being utilized in the field of inflammation, cancer, angiogenesis and differentiation, these co-culture systems are of prime importance in the study of the intricate relationships that exist between the different cellular subtypes present in the central nervous system, particularly in the context of neuroinflammation. This article offers general methodological guidelines in order to set up an experiment in order to evaluating cellular changes mediated by secreted soluble factors using an insert co-culture system. Moreover, a specific protocol to measure the neuroinflammatory effects of cytokines secreted by lipopolysaccharide-activated N9 microglia on neuronal PC12 cells will be detailed, offering a concrete understanding of insert co-culture methodology.

  20. Control of human adenovirus type 5 gene expression by cellular Daxx/ATRX chromatin-associated complexes.

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    Schreiner, Sabrina; Bürck, Carolin; Glass, Mandy; Groitl, Peter; Wimmer, Peter; Kinkley, Sarah; Mund, Andreas; Everett, Roger D; Dobner, Thomas

    2013-04-01

    Death domain-associated protein (Daxx) cooperates with X-linked α-thalassaemia retardation syndrome protein (ATRX), a putative member of the sucrose non-fermentable 2 family of ATP-dependent chromatin-remodelling proteins, acting as the core ATPase subunit in this complex, whereas Daxx is the targeting factor, leading to histone deacetylase recruitment, H3.3 deposition and transcriptional repression of cellular promoters. Despite recent findings on the fundamental importance of chromatin modification in host-cell gene regulation, it remains unclear whether adenovirus type 5 (Ad5) transcription is regulated by cellular chromatin remodelling to allow efficient virus gene expression. Here, we focus on the repressive role of the Daxx/ATRX complex during Ad5 replication, which depends on intact protein-protein interaction, as negative regulation could be relieved with a Daxx mutant that is unable to interact with ATRX. To ensure efficient viral replication, Ad5 E1B-55K protein inhibits Daxx and targets ATRX for proteasomal degradation in cooperation with early region 4 open reading frame protein 6 and cellular components of a cullin-dependent E3-ubiquitin ligase. Our studies illustrate the importance and diversity of viral factors antagonizing Daxx/ATRX-mediated repression of viral gene expression and shed new light on the modulation of cellular chromatin remodelling factors by Ad5. We show for the first time that cellular Daxx/ATRX chromatin remodelling complexes play essential roles in Ad gene expression and illustrate the importance of early viral proteins to counteract cellular chromatin remodelling.

  1. Psychedelics Recruit Multiple Cellular Types and Produce Complex Transcriptional Responses Within the Brain

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    Martin, David A.; Nichols, Charles D.

    2016-01-01

    There has recently been a resurgence of interest in psychedelics, substances that profoundly alter perception and cognition and have recently demonstrated therapeutic efficacy to treat anxiety, depression, and addiction in the clinic. The receptor mechanisms that drive their molecular and behavioral effects involve activation of cortical serotonin 5-HT2A receptors, but the responses of specific cellular populations remain unknown. Here, we provide evidence that a small subset of 5-HT2A-expres...

  2. Las acciones populares en la Lex rivi Hiberiensis

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    Torrent Ruiz, Armando José

    2012-01-01

    La Lex rivi Hiberiensis no parece que sea una lex dicta, que aparentemente es lo que parece desprenderse de nuestra ley por regular fundamentalmente el uso del agua, sino una lex data por el gobernador Fundano Augustano Alpino que regula algunos aspectos concretos referidos al riego siguiendo el derecho provincial sobre la materia, a la que añadió la regulación procesal de los conflictos siguiendo los esquemas de la cognitio extra ordinem ampliamente aplicado en provincias. Las acciones que p...

  3. Acciones biológicas y factores determinantes de las concentraciones del factor de crecimiento similar a la insulina tipo I (IGF-1 en el caballo (Biological actions and determinant factors of the circulating concentrations of insulin-like growth factor type 1, IGF-1, in the horse

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available ResumenEl eje somatotrópico es esencial para el desarrollo somático delorganismo, determinando el metabolismo celular. Aunque está constituido por diversas hormonas, los componentes esenciales son tres: la insulina, la hormona de crecimiento o GH y los factores de crecimiento similares a la insulina, tipos 1 y 2 (IGF-1 e IGF-2. La cuantificación de la GH es complicada debido, en primer lugar, a su liberación episódica hacia la circulación sistémica y en segundo lugar, a su corta vida media en sangre, unos 20 min. Uno de los lugares de actuación de la GH es el hígado, donde induce la síntesis de IGF-1 e IGF-2. La cuantificación de estos factores, por tanto, se considera un marcador fiable de la función hipofisaria y de laactividad del eje somatotrópico. En la presente revisión bibliográfica, en primer lugar, se describen las principales acciones biológicas del IGF-1. En segundo lugar, se presentan los factores principales que afectan significativamente a sus concentraciones circulantes. Entre estos factores, destacan el tamaño corporal, raza, edad, sexo, momento de la extracción de la muestra, ritmos circadianos, dieta, privación de comida, ejercicio y entrenamiento. El efecto de estos factores debe ser conocido antes de llevar a cabo una aplicación clínica e investigadora del IGF-1 en el caballo.SummaryThe somatotropic axis is pivotal for somatic development and cell metabolism. Although it is composed by several hormones, the most important components are three: insulin, growth hormone or GH and insulin-like growth factors type 1 and 2 (IGF- 1 and IGF-2. The measurement of GH is difficult and inaccurate, because two mainreasons: firstly, the GH hormone is released in an episodic way and secondly, its blood half-life is short, about 20 min. The GH hormone has significant actions on the liver, inducing the synthesis of IGF-1 and IGF-2. The measurement of these factors, therefore, is considered a reliable marker of the

  4. Comparison of cellular responses induced by low level light in different cell types

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    Huang, Ying-Ying; Chen, Aaron C.-H.; Sharma, Sulbha K.; Wu, Qiuhe; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2010-02-01

    Discoveries are rapidly being made in multiple laboratories that shed "light" on the fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the use of low level light therapy (LLLT) in vitro, in animal models and in clinical practice. Increases in cellular levels of respiration, in cytochrome c oxidase activity, in ATP levels and in cyclic AMP have been found. Increased expression of reactive oxygen species and release of nitric oxide have also been shown. In order for these molecular changes to have a major effect on cell behavior, it is likely that various transcription factors will be activated, possibly via different signal transduction pathways. In this report we compare and contrast the effects of LLLT in vitro on murine embryonic fibroblasts, primary cortical neurons, cardiomyocytes and bone-marrow derived dendritic cells. We also examined two human cell lines, HeLa cancer cells and HaCaT keratinocytes. The effects of 810-nm near-infra-red light delivered at low and high fluences were addressed. Reactive oxygen species generation, transcription factor activation and ATP increases are reported. The data has led to the hypothesis that cells with a high level of mitochondrial activity (mitochondrial membrane potential) have a higher response to light than cells with low mitochondrial activity.

  5. Data set for comparison of cellular dynamics between human AAVS1 locus-modified and wild-type cells

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    Takeomi Mizutani

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available This data article describes cellular dynamics, such as migration speed and mobility of the cytoskeletal protein, of wild-type human fibroblast cells and cells with a modified adeno-associated virus integration site 1 (AAVS1 locus on human chromosome 19. Insertion of exogenous gene into the AAVS1 locus has been conducted in recent biological researches. Previously, our data showed that the AAVS1-modification changes cellular contractile force (Mizutani et al., 2015 [1]. To assess if this AAVS1-modification affects cell migration, we compared cellular migration speed and turnover of cytoskeletal protein in human fibroblasts and fibroblasts with a green fluorescent protein gene knocked-in at the AAVS1 locus in this data article. Cell nuclei were stained and changes in their position attributable to cell migration were analyzed. Fluorescence recovery was observed after photobleaching for the fluorescent protein-tagged myosin regulatory light chain. Data here are related to the research article “Transgene Integration into the Human AAVS1 Locus Enhances Myosin II-Dependent Contractile Force by Reducing Expression of Myosin Binding Subunit 85” [1].

  6. Data set for comparison of cellular dynamics between human AAVS1 locus-modified and wild-type cells.

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    Mizutani, Takeomi; Haga, Hisashi; Kawabata, Kazushige

    2016-03-01

    This data article describes cellular dynamics, such as migration speed and mobility of the cytoskeletal protein, of wild-type human fibroblast cells and cells with a modified adeno-associated virus integration site 1 (AAVS1) locus on human chromosome 19. Insertion of exogenous gene into the AAVS1 locus has been conducted in recent biological researches. Previously, our data showed that the AAVS1-modification changes cellular contractile force (Mizutani et al., 2015 [1]). To assess if this AAVS1-modification affects cell migration, we compared cellular migration speed and turnover of cytoskeletal protein in human fibroblasts and fibroblasts with a green fluorescent protein gene knocked-in at the AAVS1 locus in this data article. Cell nuclei were stained and changes in their position attributable to cell migration were analyzed. Fluorescence recovery was observed after photobleaching for the fluorescent protein-tagged myosin regulatory light chain. Data here are related to the research article "Transgene Integration into the Human AAVS1 Locus Enhances Myosin II-Dependent Contractile Force by Reducing Expression of Myosin Binding Subunit 85" [1].

  7. Geometric phase transition in the cellular network of the pancreatic islets may underlie the onset of type 1diabetes

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    Wang, Xujing

    Living systems are characterized by complexity in structure and emergent dynamic orders. In many aspects the onset of a chronic disease resembles phase transition in a dynamic system: quantitative changes accumulate largely unnoticed until a critical threshold is reached, which causes abrupt qualitative changes of the system. In this study we investigate this idea in a real example, the insulin-producing pancreatic islet β-cells and the onset of type 1 diabetes. Within each islet, the β-cells are electrically coupled to each other, and function as a network with synchronized actions. Using percolation theory we show how normal islet function is intrinsically linked to network connectivity, and the critical point where the islet cellular network loses site percolation, is consistent with laboratory and clinical observations of the threshold β-cell loss that causes islet functional failure. Numerical simulations confirm that the islet cellular network needs to be percolated for β-cells to synchronize. Furthermore, the interplay between site percolation and bond strength predicts the existence of a transient phase of islet functional recovery after disease onset and introduction of treatment, potentially explaining a long time mystery in the clinical study of type 1 diabetes: the honeymoon phenomenon. Based on these results, we hypothesized that the onset of T1D may be the result of a phase transition of the islet β-cell network. We further discuss the potential applications in identifying disease-driving factors, and the critical parameters that are predictive of disease onset.

  8. Cellular processing of the amyloidogenic cystatin C variant of hereditary cerebral hemorrhage with amyloidosis, Icelandic type

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    Benedikz, Eirikur; Merz, G S; Schwenk, V

    1999-01-01

    of an amyloidogenic mutation on the intracellular processing of its protein product. The protein, a mutant of the cysteine protease inhibitor cystatin C, is the amyloid precursor protein in Hereditary Cerebral Hemorrhage with Amyloidosis--Icelandic type (HCHWA-I). The amyloid fibers are composed of mutant cystatin C...

  9. Preparation and cellular response of porous A-type carbonated hydroxyapatite nanoceramics

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    Li Bo, E-mail: Leewave@126.com [Institute of Biomaterials and Living Cell Imaging Technology, School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Chongqing University of Science and Technology, Chongqing 401331 (China) and National Engineering Research Center for Biomaterials, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Liao Xiaoling [Institute of Biomaterials and Living Cell Imaging Technology, School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Chongqing University of Science and Technology, Chongqing 401331 (China); Zheng Li [National Engineering Research Center for Biomaterials, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); He Huawei [Department of Prosthodontics, Beijing Stomatological Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, 100050 (China); Wang Hong [National Engineering Research Center for Biomaterials, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Fan Hongsong, E-mail: hsfan68@hotmail.com [National Engineering Research Center for Biomaterials, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Zhang Xingdong [National Engineering Research Center for Biomaterials, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China)

    2012-05-01

    Microwave sintering using the activated carbon as embedding material was applied in preparation of porous A-type carbonated hydroxyapatite ceramics with nano(nCHA) and submicron (mCHA) structure. By examining the linear shrinkages and the compressive strengths of samples at different temperatures, a suitable microwave sintering temperature was achieved. The microwave sintering method was successfully used to prepare A-type CHA with nano or submicron structure, and the mechanism of the formation of A-type carbonate groups was discussed also. Compared with the samples prepared by the conventional sintering method (mHA), the nCHA bioceramics synthesized by the microwave sintering approach had smaller grain size and more uniform microstructure, and showed a compressive strength similar to the conventional samples. In vitro dissolution test proved that nCHA exhibits better degradation property in comparison to pure HA. Rat osteoblasts were cultured with nCHA, mCHA and mHA to evaluate their biocompatibility, and nCHA showed significant enhancement of cells in attachment, proliferation and differentiation. In conclusion, carbonate groups can be easily introduced to HA crystal structure using the activated carbon as embedding material, and microwave sintering is an effective and simple method in preparing A-type CHA with a nanostructure. Results from this in vitro biological study suggest that porous A-type carbonated hydroxyapatite nanoceramics may be a much better candidate for clinical use in terms of bioactivity. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We prepared porous A-type carbonated hydroxyapatite nanoceramics with microwave sintering. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We examined physico-chemical characterization and osteoblast response. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The nanoceramics have a comparable compressive strength to samples with conventional sintering method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The nanoceramics enhance degradation property, osteoblast

  10. PLP2, a potent deubiquitinase from murine hepatitis virus, strongly inhibits cellular type Ⅰ interferon production

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    Dahai Zheng; Gang Chen; Beichu Guo; Genhong Cheng; Hong Tang

    2008-01-01

    Infections by coronaviruses such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus (SCoV) and mouse hepatitis virus A59 (MHV-A59) result in very tittle type Ⅰ interferon (IFN) production by host cells, which is potentially responsible for the rapid viral growth and severe immunopathology associated with SARS. However, the molecular mechanisms for the low IFN production in cells infected with coronaviruses remain unclear. Here, we provide evidence that Papain-like protease domain 2 (PLP2), a catalytic domain of the nonstructural protein 3 (nsp3) of MHV-A59, can bind to IRF3, cause its deubiquitination and prevent its nuclear translocation. As a consequence, co-expression of PLP2 strongly inhibits CARDIF-, TBK1- and IRF3-mediated IFNβ reporter activities. In addition, we show that wild-type PLP2 but not the mutant PLP2 lacking the deubiquitinase (DUB) activity can reduce IFN induction and promote viral growth in cells infected with VSV. Thus, our study uncovered a viral DUB which coronaviruses may use to escape from the host innate antiviral responses.

  11. Reactive species, cellular repair and risk factors in the onset of type 2 diabetes mellitus: review and hypothesis.

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    Fridlyand, Leonid E; Philipson, Louis H

    2006-05-01

    Insulin resistance (IRe) and a failure of insulin secretion are the major features of the early pathophysiology of type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) but the etiology is still not well understood. We suggest that: 1. The cellular mechanisms that protect against oxidative stress per se are capable of creating a reactive species-dependent IRe. 2. Reactive species-induced mitochondrial dysfunction can lead to disruption of lipid metabolism, increased intracellular lipid content, and can also contribute to lipid-dependent IRe in myocytes and adipocytes. 3. Metabolic secretagogues that stimulate insulin secretion by the activation of initial steps in the glucose-stimulated insulin secretion pathway can also lead to increased reactive species production and cellular destruction contributing to beta-cell damage and apoptosis. These events that underlie the repair mechanisms in beta-cells, muscle and adipocytes, are important factors in the early etiology of T2D, leading to both IRe and decreased insulin secretion. This hypothesis is supported by data from multiple disciplines and includes aging, obesity and genetic factors in promoting multiple failures in this system leading to the onset of T2D. On the basis of this hypothesis therapeutic strategies should be directed towards increasing insulin secretion and reducing IRe without increasing reactive species production or concentration. Pharmacological or other approaches that result in the activation of mitochondrial biogenesis could be beneficial for both IRe and T2D.

  12. The telomeric protein AKTIP interacts with A- and B-type lamins and is involved in regulation of cellular senescence

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    Burla, Romina; Carcuro, Mariateresa; Torre, Mattia La; Fratini, Federica; Crescenzi, Marco; D'Apice, Maria Rosaria; Spitalieri, Paola; Raffa, Grazia Daniela; Astrologo, Letizia; Lattanzi, Giovanna; Cundari, Enrico; Raimondo, Domenico; Biroccio, Annamaria; Gatti, Maurizio

    2016-01-01

    AKTIP is a shelterin-interacting protein required for replication of telomeric DNA. Here, we show that AKTIP biochemically interacts with A- and B-type lamins and affects lamin A, but not lamin C or B, expression. In interphase cells, AKTIP localizes at the nuclear rim and in discrete regions of the nucleoplasm just like lamins. Double immunostaining revealed that AKTIP partially co-localizes with lamin B1 and lamin A/C in interphase cells, and that proper AKTIP localization requires functional lamin A. In mitotic cells, AKTIP is enriched at the spindle poles and at the midbody of late telophase cells similar to lamin B1. AKTIP-depleted cells show senescence-associated markers and recapitulate several aspects of the progeroid phenotype. Collectively, our results indicate that AKTIP is a new player in lamin-related processes, including those that govern nuclear architecture, telomere homeostasis and cellular senescence. PMID:27512140

  13. Precision automation of cell type classification and sub-cellular fluorescence quantification from laser scanning confocal images

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    Hardy Craig Hall

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available While novel whole-plant phenotyping technologies have been successfully implemented into functional genomics and breeding programs, the potential of automated phenotyping with cellular resolution is largely unexploited. Laser scanning confocal microscopy has the potential to close this gap by providing spatially highly resolved images containing anatomic as well as chemical information on a subcellular basis. However, in the absence of automated methods, the assessment of the spatial patterns and abundance of fluorescent markers with subcellular resolution is still largely qualitative and time-consuming. Recent advances in image acquisition and analysis, coupled with improvements in microprocessor performance, have brought such automated methods within reach, so that information from thousands of cells per image for hundreds of images may be derived in an experimentally convenient time-frame. Here, we present a MATLAB-based analytical pipeline to 1 segment radial plant organs into individual cells, 2 classify cells into cell type categories based upon random forest classification, 3 divide each cell into sub-regions, and 4 quantify fluorescence intensity to a subcellular degree of precision for a separate fluorescence channel. In this research advance, we demonstrate the precision of this analytical process for the relatively complex tissues of Arabidopsis hypocotyls at various stages of development. High speed and robustness make our approach suitable for phenotyping of large collections of stem-like material and other tissue types.

  14. Cell viability studies and operation in cellular culture medium of n-type organic field-effect transistors

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    Barra, M.; Viggiano, D.; Di Capua, R.; Di Girolamo, F.; Santoro, F.; Taglialatela, M.; Cassinese, A.

    2012-02-01

    The possibility of the fabrication of organic devices suitable to be applied in bio-sensing fields depends largely on the availability of organic compounds displaying robust electrical properties even in aqueous solutions and effective biocompatibility features. In this paper, we report about the good cellular biocompatibility and the electrical response stability in an ionic medium of n-type organic transistors based on the recently developed PDI-8CN2 oligomer. The biocompatibility has been tested by analyzing the adhesion and viability of two different cell lines, human epithelial HeLa cells and murine neuronal F11 cells, on PDI-8CN2 films grown by organic molecular beam deposition (OMBD) on SiO2 substrates. The effect of film thickness on cell attachment was also tested. Uncoated SiO2 substrates were used as control surfaces and sexithiophene (T6) as device testing control. Moreover, the possible toxicity of -CN groups of PDI-8CN2 was tested on HeLa cell cultures, using PDI-8 and T6 molecules as controls. Results showed that, although at high concentration these organic compounds are toxic in solution, if they are presented in form of film, cell lines can attach and grow on them. The electrical response stability of PDI-8CN2 transistors in a cellular culture medium characterized by high concentrations of ionic species has been also investigated. For this purpose, low-voltage operation devices with VGS ranging from -5 V to 5 V, able to strongly reduce the influence of Faradaic currents coming from the electrical operation in an highly ionic environment, have been fabricated on 35 nm thick SiO2 layers and electrically characterized. These results are useful to experimentally define the main critical issues to be further addressed for the fabrication of reliable bio-sensors based on organic transistors.

  15. RESPONSABILIDAD INTERNACIONAL DEL ESTADO COLOMBIANO POR ACCIONES DE GRUPOS PARAMILITARES

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    Nataly Vargas Ossa

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available El Sistema Interamericano constituye un espacio que permite observar la situación de los Derechos Humanos en América Latina, los mecanismos de protección a que acuden las víctimas y la actitud de los Estados frente a la promoción, protección y defensa de los Derechos Humanos. Bajo esta premisa es que el proyecto “Alcance y Descripción de los Derechos Humanos en el Sistema Interamericano de Protección de los Derechos Humanos”, utilizando el método dogmático documental, pretendió recopilar aquellas providencias que permiten recoger el concepto y el alcance que La Corte Interamericana ha desarrollado entorno a algunos Derechos Humanos, es así como el presente escrito hace parte de los resultados de dicho proyecto, el cual recopila las sentencias proferidas por la Corte Interamericana en contra del Estado Colombiano, por acciones de grupos paramilitares.El estado Colombiano en reiteradas oportunidades ha sido declarado internacionalmente responsable por violaciones a Derechos Humanos, debido a la conformación y apoyo de grupos “paramilitares“. En el presente escrito se busca retomar aquellas providencias emanadas de la Corte Interamericana, en lo que tiene que ver con la descripción y alcance de derechos por los cuales el Estado Colombiano ha sido condenado. En es orden de ideas son cuatro providencias objeto análisis del presente escrito: El Caso de los 19 Comerciantes, el Caso de la Masacre de Mapiripán, el Caso de las Masacres de Pueblo Bello, y el Caso de las Masacres de Ituango.

  16. Calcium-mediated oxidative stress: a common mechanism in tight junction disruption by different types of cellular stress.

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    Gangwar, Ruchika; Meena, Avtar S; Shukla, Pradeep K; Nagaraja, Archana S; Dorniak, Piotr L; Pallikuth, Sandeep; Waters, Christopher M; Sood, Anil; Rao, RadhaKrishna

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    The role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in osmotic stress, dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) and cyclic stretch-induced tight junction (TJ) disruption was investigated in Caco-2 cell monolayers in vitro and restraint stress-induced barrier dysfunction in mouse colon in vivo Live cell imaging showed that osmotic stress, cyclic stretch and DSS triggered rapid production of ROS in Caco-2 cell monolayers, which was blocked by depletion of intracellular Ca(2+) by 1,2-bis-(o-aminophenoxy)ethane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid. Knockdown of CaV1.3 or TRPV6 channels blocked osmotic stress and DSS-induced ROS production and attenuated TJ disruption and barrier dysfunction. N-Acetyl l-cysteine (NAC) and l-N(G)-Nitroarginine methyl ester (l-NAME) blocked stress-induced TJ disruption and barrier dysfunction. NAC and l-NAME also blocked stress-induced activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and c-Src. ROS was colocalized with the mitochondrial marker in stressed cells. Cyclosporin A blocked osmotic stress and DSS-induced ROS production, barrier dysfunction, TJ disruption and JNK activation. Mitochondria-targeted Mito-TEMPO blocked osmotic stress and DSS-induced barrier dysfunction and TJ disruption. Chronic restraint stress in mice resulted in the elevation of intracellular Ca(2+), activation of JNK and c-Src, and disruption of TJ in the colonic epithelium. Furthermore, corticosterone administration induced JNK and c-Src activation, TJ disruption and protein thiol oxidation in colonic mucosa. The present study demonstrates that oxidative stress is a common signal in the mechanism of TJ disruption in the intestinal epithelium by different types of cellular stress in vitro and bio behavioral stress in vivo.

  17. Cellular function and pathological role of ATP13A2 and related P-type transport ATPases in Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders

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    Sarah evan Veen

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Mutations in ATP13A2 lead to Kufor-Rakeb syndrome, a parkinsonism with dementia. ATP13A2 belongs to the P-type transport ATPases, a large family of primary active transporters that exert vital cellular functions. However, the cellular function and transported substrate of ATP13A2 remain unknown. To discuss the role of ATP13A2 in neurodegeneration, we first provide a short description of the architecture and transport mechanism of P-type transport ATPases. Then, we briefly highlight key P-type ATPases involved in neuronal disorders such as the copper transporters ATP7A (Menkes disease, ATP7B (Wilson disease, the Na+/K+-ATPases ATP1A2 (familial hemiplegic migraine and ATP1A3 (rapid-onset dystonia parkinsonism. Finally, we review the recent literature of ATP13A2 and discuss ATP13A2’s putative cellular function in the light of what is known concerning the functions of other, better-studied P-type ATPases. We critically review the available data concerning the role of ATP13A2 in heavy metal transport and propose a possible alternative hypothesis that ATP13A2 might be a flippase. As a flippase, ATP13A2 may transport an organic molecule, such as a lipid or a peptide, from one membrane leaflet to the other. A flippase might control local lipid dynamics during vesicle formation and membrane fusion events.

  18. Cellular function and pathological role of ATP13A2 and related P-type transport ATPases in Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders.

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    van Veen, Sarah; Sørensen, Danny M; Holemans, Tine; Holen, Henrik W; Palmgren, Michael G; Vangheluwe, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Mutations in ATP13A2 lead to Kufor-Rakeb syndrome, a parkinsonism with dementia. ATP13A2 belongs to the P-type transport ATPases, a large family of primary active transporters that exert vital cellular functions. However, the cellular function and transported substrate of ATP13A2 remain unknown. To discuss the role of ATP13A2 in neurodegeneration, we first provide a short description of the architecture and transport mechanism of P-type transport ATPases. Then, we briefly highlight key P-type ATPases involved in neuronal disorders such as the copper transporters ATP7A (Menkes disease), ATP7B (Wilson disease), the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPases ATP1A2 (familial hemiplegic migraine) and ATP1A3 (rapid-onset dystonia parkinsonism). Finally, we review the recent literature of ATP13A2 and discuss ATP13A2's putative cellular function in the light of what is known concerning the functions of other, better-studied P-type ATPases. We critically review the available data concerning the role of ATP13A2 in heavy metal transport and propose a possible alternative hypothesis that ATP13A2 might be a flippase. As a flippase, ATP13A2 may transport an organic molecule, such as a lipid or a peptide, from one membrane leaflet to the other. A flippase might control local lipid dynamics during vesicle formation and membrane fusion events.

  19. Response of Paenibacillus polymyxa to iron: alternations in cellular chemical composition and the production of fusaricidin type antimicrobial compounds

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    Waseem Raza

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available In this work, growth, cellular chemical composition and production of fusaricidin type antimicrobial compounds by P. polymyxa SQR-21 were compared in tryptone broth supplemented with four concentrations of iron (25, 50, 100 and 200 µM. The data revealed that the growth of P. polymyxa SQR-21 was increased by 3-8% with the increase in concentration of ferric ion (Fe3+. The production of fusaricidin type compounds was increased by 33-49% only up to 50 µM Fe3+ and the highest level of Fe3+ was inhibitory. Increase in the liquid culture Fe3+concentration increased the intracellular protein (2%, intracellular carbohydrate (14%, extracellular protein (7% and polysaccharide contents (18% while the intracellular lipid contents were increased (11% only up to 50 µM Fe3+. In addition, the regulatory effects of Fe3+ were also reflected by the increase in total RNA contents and relative expression of the fusaricidin synthetase gene (FusA by 3-13 and 35-56%, respectively, up to 50 µM Fe3+, after that a continuous decrease was observed.Tipo compostos do fusaricidin do produto das tensões do polymyxa de Paenibacillus que é ativo de encontro a uma variedade larga das bactérias e de fungos gram-positive. O crescimento, a composição química celular e a produção do fusaricidin datilografam compostos antimicrobial pelo P. o polymyxa SQR-21 foi comparado no caldo de carne do tryptone suplementado com as quatro concentrações (25, µM 50, 100 e 200 do ferro. Os dados revelaram que o crescimento do P. o polymyxa foi aumentado por 3-8% com o aumento na concentração do íon férrico (Fe3+ e o tipo produção do fusaricidin dos compostos foi aumentado 33-49% somente até 50 pelo µM Fe3+ quando o nível o mais elevado de Fe3+ era inhibitory. O aumento na concentração de Fe3+ na cultura líquida aumentou a proteína intracellular (2% e os índices de hidrato de carbono (14% e a proteína extracellular (7% e os índices do polysaccharide (18% quando os

  20. There is more than one way to turn a spherical cellular monolayer inside out: type B embryo inversion in Volvox globator

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    Höhn Stephanie

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Epithelial folding is a common morphogenetic process during the development of multicellular organisms. In metazoans, the biological and biomechanical processes that underlie such three-dimensional (3D developmental events are usually complex and difficult to investigate. Spheroidal green algae of the genus Volvox are uniquely suited as model systems for studying the basic principles of epithelial folding. Volvox embryos begin life inside out and then must turn their spherical cell monolayer outside in to achieve their adult configuration; this process is called 'inversion.' There are two fundamentally different sequences of inversion processes in Volvocaceae: type A and type B. Type A inversion is well studied, but not much is known about type B inversion. How does the embryo of a typical type B inverter, V. globator, turn itself inside out? Results In this study, we investigated the type B inversion of V. globator embryos and focused on the major movement patterns of the cellular monolayer, cell shape changes and changes in the localization of cytoplasmic bridges (CBs connecting the cells. Isolated intact, sectioned and fragmented embryos were analyzed throughout the inversion process using light microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy techniques. We generated 3D models of the identified cell shapes, including the localizations of CBs. We show how concerted cell-shape changes and concerted changes in the position of cells relative to the CB system cause cell layer movements and turn the spherical cell monolayer inside out. The type B inversion of V. globator is compared to the type A inversion in V. carteri. Conclusions Concerted, spatially and temporally coordinated changes in cellular shapes in conjunction with concerted migration of cells relative to the CB system are the causes of type B inversion in V. globator. Despite significant similarities

  1. Cell type-dependent induction of DNA damage by 1800 MHz radiofrequency electromagnetic fields does not result in significant cellular dysfunctions.

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    Shanshan Xu

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Although IARC clarifies radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF as possible human carcinogen, the debate on its health impact continues due to the inconsistent results. Genotoxic effect has been considered as a golden standard to determine if an environmental factor is a carcinogen, but the currently available data for RF-EMF remain controversial. As an environmental stimulus, the effect of RF-EMF on cellular DNA may be subtle. Therefore, more sensitive method and systematic research strategy are warranted to evaluate its genotoxicity. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether RF-EMF does induce DNA damage and if the effect is cell-type dependent by adopting a more sensitive method γH2AX foci formation; and to investigate the biological consequences if RF-EMF does increase γH2AX foci formation. METHODS: Six different types of cells were intermittently exposed to GSM 1800 MHz RF-EMF at a specific absorption rate of 3.0 W/kg for 1 h or 24 h, then subjected to immunostaining with anti-γH2AX antibody. The biological consequences in γH2AX-elevated cell type were further explored with comet and TUNEL assays, flow cytometry, and cell growth assay. RESULTS: Exposure to RF-EMF for 24 h significantly induced γH2AX foci formation in Chinese hamster lung cells and Human skin fibroblasts (HSFs, but not the other cells. However, RF-EMF-elevated γH2AX foci formation in HSF cells did not result in detectable DNA fragmentation, sustainable cell cycle arrest, cell proliferation or viability change. RF-EMF exposure slightly but not significantly increased the cellular ROS level. CONCLUSIONS: RF-EMF induces DNA damage in a cell type-dependent manner, but the elevated γH2AX foci formation in HSF cells does not result in significant cellular dysfunctions.

  2. Both viral E2 protein and the cellular factor PEBP2 regulate transcription via E2 consensus sites within the bovine papillomavirus type 4 long control region.

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    Jackson, M E; Campo, M S

    1995-01-01

    The bovine papillomavirus type 4 (BPV4) long control region (LCR) contains three consensus binding sites, E2(1), E2(2), and E2(3) (ACCN6GGT), for the viral E2 transcription factor and a fourth degenerate site, dE2 (ATCN6GGT), which lies 3 bp upstream of E2(3). The E2(2) site was found to bind the cellular transcription factor PEBP2, and mutations at this site reduced basal promoter activity by as much as 60%, indicating an important role for PEBP2 in LCR function. Mutation of the E2(3) or dE2...

  3. Global Exponential Stability of Almost Periodic Solution for Neutral-Type Cohen-Grossberg Shunting Inhibitory Cellular Neural Networks with Distributed Delays and Impulses.

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    Xu, Lijun; Jiang, Qi; Gu, Guodong

    2016-01-01

    A kind of neutral-type Cohen-Grossberg shunting inhibitory cellular neural networks with distributed delays and impulses is considered. Firstly, by using the theory of impulsive differential equations and the contracting mapping principle, the existence and uniqueness of the almost periodic solution for the above system are obtained. Secondly, by constructing a suitable Lyapunov functional, the global exponential stability of the unique almost periodic solution is also investigated. The work in this paper improves and extends some results in recent years. As an application, an example and numerical simulations are presented to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the main results.

  4. Global Exponential Stability of Almost Periodic Solution for Neutral-Type Cohen-Grossberg Shunting Inhibitory Cellular Neural Networks with Distributed Delays and Impulses

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    Lijun Xu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A kind of neutral-type Cohen-Grossberg shunting inhibitory cellular neural networks with distributed delays and impulses is considered. Firstly, by using the theory of impulsive differential equations and the contracting mapping principle, the existence and uniqueness of the almost periodic solution for the above system are obtained. Secondly, by constructing a suitable Lyapunov functional, the global exponential stability of the unique almost periodic solution is also investigated. The work in this paper improves and extends some results in recent years. As an application, an example and numerical simulations are presented to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the main results.

  5. Las acciones punitivas físicas: una perspectiva intercultural

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    María del Mar BADIA MARTÍN

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN: En este artículo se enmarca el término de castigo corporal diferenciándolo del de abuso físico, a la vez que se realiza un análisis sobre la perspectiva de diferentes países con relación a la aplicación de dicha forma de castigo. La investigación y la teoría analizada, muestran cómo ciertas sociedades todavía reclaman el uso del castigo corporal como una forma más para frenar los comportamientos molestos. Esto nos puede llevar a pensar que no se debe abandonar la tesis sobre el hecho de que esta estrategia es rechazada en la actualidad por todos los sectores de la sociedad, sino que debemos ser sensibles a la idea de que ciertos profesionales y familias lo consideran un instrumento más para la corrección de conductas consideradas como no correctas.ABSTRACT: In this article the term corporal punishment is differentiated from that of physical abuse, and at the same time an analysis is made of the perspective of different countries in relation to the application of this type of punishment. The research and theory analysed show how certain societies still call for the use of corporal punishment as one more way to stop troublesome behaviour. This can lead us to think that the thesis that this strategy is currently rejected by all sectors of society should not be abandoned, but we should be aware that certain professionals and families still consider it one more instrument for correcting behaviour considered as incorrect.

  6. Study on cellular internalization of poly(vinyldiaminotriazine)-based hydrosen bonding type non-viral trans-gene vector

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    YE GuiXiang; CAO ZhiQiang; LIN Lin; CHEN DaYong; LIU WenGuang

    2008-01-01

    Previously we successfully prepared poly(vinyldiaminotriazine)(PVDT)-based non-viral vectors which complexed plasmid DNA via hydrogen bonding with adenine-thymine base pairs. In this report, surface charges and complex sizes of this system were further examined. The results showed that PVDT-based polymer could cover surface charges of DNA resulting in slightly negative or neutral complexes. It was also found that the complex sizes were governed by two events: the aggregation induced by the instability of neutral particles, and more compact complexes produced by PVDT-based polymers. In the study of cellular uptake, chlorpromazine and filipin III were used to inhibit clathrin- and caveolae-mediated endocytosis, respectively. We found that PVDT-based systems were transported into cells via a non-clathrin, non-caveolae mediated endocytosis. This special process was studied by temperature inhibition and kinetics assays. It was revealed that such a pathway was characterized by (i) a more energy dependent process and (ii) a much slow transfection-effective internalization.

  7. Cellular automata

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    1968-01-01

    Cellular Automata presents the fundamental principles of homogeneous cellular systems. This book discusses the possibility of biochemical computers with self-reproducing capability.Organized into eight chapters, this book begins with an overview of some theorems dealing with conditions under which universal computation and construction can be exhibited in cellular spaces. This text then presents a design for a machine embedded in a cellular space or a machine that can compute all computable functions and construct a replica of itself in any accessible and sufficiently large region of t

  8. Acciones públicas en la zona metropolitana de Monterrey, Nuevo León

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    Freddy Mariñez Navarro

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Existe una relación entre el capital social y las redes de políticas, como puntos fundamentales para la definición de las políticas públicas, con participación de actores. En este caso se analizan datos empíricos del capital social en los nueve municipios de la zona metropolitana de Monterrey, Nuevo León.También, se identifican los contextos de las redes de políticas tanto en las acciones públicas de dichos municipios, como en el proyecto de Ciudad Internacional del Conocimiento. El artículo concluye que un enfoque de redes de políticas provee una herramienta útil para el análisis del proceso de las políticas públicas, y a la vez refuerza la eficacia y legitimidad de las acciones públicas.

  9. Bone marrow involvement in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: correlation between FDG-PET uptake and type of cellular infiltrate

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    Paone, Gaetano; Itti, Emmanuel; Lin, Chieh; Meignan, Michel [Universite Paris 12, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hopital Henri Mondor, Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Creteil (France); Haioun, Corinne; Dupuis, Jehan [Universite Paris 12, Department of Clinical Haematology, Hopital Henri Mondor, Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Creteil (France); Gaulard, Philippe [Universite Paris 12, Department of Pathology, Hopital Henri Mondor, Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Creteil (France); Universite Paris 12, INSERM U841, Hopital Henri Mondor, Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Creteil (France)

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    To assess, in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), whether the low sensitivity of {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) for bone marrow assessment may be explained by histological characteristics of the cellular infiltrate. From a prospective cohort of 110 patients with newly diagnosed aggressive lymphoma, 21 patients with DLBCL had bone marrow involvement. Pretherapeutic FDG-PET images were interpreted visually and semiquantitatively, then correlated with the type of cellular infiltrate and known prognostic factors. Of these 21 patients, 7 (33%) had lymphoid infiltrates with a prominent component of large transformed lymphoid cells (concordant bone marrow involvement, CBMI) and 14 (67%) had lymphoid infiltrates composed of small cells (discordant bone marrow involvement, DBMI). Only 10 patients (48%) had abnormal bone marrow FDG uptake, 6 of the 7 with CBMI and 4 of the 14 with DBMI. Therefore, FDG-PET positivity in the bone marrow was significantly associated with CBMI, while FDG-PET negativity was associated with DBMI (Fisher's exact test, p=0.024). There were no significant differences in gender, age and overall survival between patients with CBMI and DBMI, while the international prognostic index was significantly higher in patients with CBMI. Our study suggests that in patients with DLBCL with bone marrow involvement bone marrow FDG uptake depends on two types of infiltrate, comprising small (DBMI) or large (CBMI) cells. This may explain the apparent low sensitivity of FDG-PET previously reported for detecting bone marrow involvement. (orig.)

  10. Cellular function and pathological role of ATP13A2 and related P-type transport ATPases in Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders

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    van Veen, Sarah; Sørensen, Danny M.; Holemans, Tine;

    2014-01-01

    . To discuss the role of ATP13A2 in neurodegeneration, we first provide a short description of the architecture and transport mechanism of P-type transport ATPases. Then, we briefly highlight key P-type ATPases involved in neuronal disorders such as the copper transporters ATP7A (Menkes disease), ATP7B (Wilson...... disease), the Na+/K+-ATPases ATP1A2 (familial hemiplegic migraine) and ATP1A3 (rapid-onset dystonia parkinsonism). Finally, we review the recent literature of ATP13A2 and discuss ATP13A2's putative cellular function in the light of what is known concerning the functions of other, better-studied P...

  11. Effect of dietary restriction, pregnancy, and fetal type on intestinal cellularity and vascularity in Columbia and Romanov ewes.

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    Scheaffer, A N; Caton, J S; Redmer, D A; Arnold, D R; Reynolds, L P

    2004-10-01

    The objectives of this study were to evaluate intestinal cellularity and vascularity in mature ewes in response to dietary restriction and pregnancy status and to quantify the response of these variables to increased nutrient demand of fetal growth. In Exp. 1, 28 mature Dorset x crossbred white-faced ewes (61.6+/-1.8 kg initial BW) were fed a pelleted, forage-based diet. Treatments were arranged in a 2 x 3 factorial, with dietary restriction (60% restriction vs. 100% maintenance for respective states of pregnancy) and pregnancy status (nonpregnant, NP; d 90 and 130) as main effects. Dietary treatments were initiated on d 50 of gestation and remained at 60 or 100% maintenance throughout the experiment. Nonpregnant ewes were fed dietary treatments for 40 d. In Exp. 2, four Romanov ewes were naturally serviced (Romanov fetus and Romanov dam; R/R); two Romanov embryos per recipient were transferred to four Columbia recipients (Romanov fetus and Columbia recipient; R/C), and three Columbia ewes were naturally serviced (Columbia fetus and Columbia dam; C/C). In Exp. 1, dietary restriction and pregnancy status interacted with regard to maternal jejunal DNA concentration (P < 0.01), with restricted ewes having a greater DNA concentration (mg/g; fresh basis) at d 130. Vascularity (percentage of total tissue area) in the jejunum was increased (P < 0.06) as a result of dietary restriction and pregnancy status. Total microvascular volume ofjejunal tissue was not altered by dietary restriction and increased (P < 0.01) at d 130 of pregnancy. In Exp. 2, R/R ewes had less (P < 0.09) DNA (g) in the jejunum compared with R/C and C/C ewes. Jejunal vascularity (%) was increased (P < 0.05) in R/R ewes compared with R/C or C/C ewes, whereas total jejunal microvascular volume remained unchanged. These data demonstrate intestinal vascular density responds to changes in diet and physiological state. In addition, pregnancy increased total jejunal microvascular volume.

  12. Desarrollo Industria Consultora de México: Direcciones Estratégicas, Agenda de Acciones y Política

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    Gian Enrico Casartelli

    2010-01-01

    Este trabajo sugiere un proceso de colaboración entre el gobierno e la industria consultora para formular una estrategia, adoptar una agenda de acciones y finalmente expedir una política de desarrollo de esta industria.

  13. Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 Tat increases the expression of cleavage and polyadenylation specificity factor 73-kilodalton subunit modulating cellular and viral expression.

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    Calzado, Marco A; Sancho, Rocío; Muñoz, Eduardo

    2004-07-01

    The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) Tat protein, which is essential for HIV gene expression and viral replication, is known to mediate pleiotropic effects on various cell functions. For instance, Tat protein is able to regulate the rate of transcription of host cellular genes and to interact with the signaling machinery, leading to cellular dysfunction. To study the effect that HIV-1 Tat exerts on the host cell, we identified several genes that were up- or down-regulated in tat-expressing cell lines by using the differential display method. HIV-1 Tat specifically increases the expression of the cleavage and polyadenylation specificity factor (CPSF) 73-kDa subunit (CPSF3) without affecting the expression of the 160- and 100-kDa subunits of the CPSF complex. This complex comprises four subunits and has a key function in the 3'-end processing of pre-mRNAs by a coordinated interaction with other factors. CPSF3 overexpression experiments and knockdown of the endogenous CPSF3 by mRNA interference have shown that this subunit of the complex is an important regulatory protein for both viral and cellular gene expression. In addition to the known CPSF3 function in RNA polyadenylation, we also present evidence that this protein exerts transcriptional activities by repressing the mdm2 gene promoter. Thus, HIV-1-Tat up-regulation of CPSF3 could represent a novel mechanism by which this virus increases mRNA processing, causing an increase in both cell and viral gene expression.

  14. Tus acciones te delatan: ¿Es el sistema cognitivo sensible a los parámetros cinemáticos de las acciones con distintas intenciones?

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    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available George es un tenista que en este momento se encuentra a instantes de realizar un smash para rematar un partido. Anna, por su parte, está en la cacería de un inoportuno insecto volador utilizando una raqueta eléctrica. Si detuviésemos el tiempo en el instante en que George y Anna alzan sus brazos, sin acceder al contexto en el que la acción tiene lugar, ¿seríamos capaces de detectar la intención que subyace a cada movimiento? Estudios recientes sugieren que esto es posible a partir del análisis de la velocidad y trayectoria de acciones que, a primera vista, parecen idénticas.

  15. Cell type-specific adaptation of cellular and nuclear volume in micro-engineered 3D environments.

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    Greiner, Alexandra M; Klein, Franziska; Gudzenko, Tetyana; Richter, Benjamin; Striebel, Thomas; Wundari, Bayu G; Autenrieth, Tatjana J; Wegener, Martin; Franz, Clemens M; Bastmeyer, Martin

    2015-11-01

    Bio-functionalized three-dimensional (3D) structures fabricated by direct laser writing (DLW) are structurally and mechanically well-defined and ideal for systematically investigating the influence of three-dimensionality and substrate stiffness on cell behavior. Here, we show that different fibroblast-like and epithelial cell lines maintain normal proliferation rates and form functional cell-matrix contacts in DLW-fabricated 3D scaffolds of different mechanics and geometry. Furthermore, the molecular composition of cell-matrix contacts forming in these 3D micro-environments and under conventional 2D culture conditions is identical, based on the analysis of several marker proteins (paxillin, phospho-paxillin, phospho-focal adhesion kinase, vinculin, β1-integrin). However, fibroblast-like and epithelial cells differ markedly in the way they adapt their total cell and nuclear volumes in 3D environments. While fibroblast-like cell lines display significantly increased cell and nuclear volumes in 3D substrates compared to 2D substrates, epithelial cells retain similar cell and nuclear volumes in 2D and 3D environments. Despite differential cell volume regulation between fibroblasts and epithelial cells in 3D environments, the nucleus-to-cell (N/C) volume ratios remain constant for all cell types and culture conditions. Thus, changes in cell and nuclear volume during the transition from 2D to 3D environments are strongly cell type-dependent, but independent of scaffold stiffness, while cells maintain the N/C ratio regardless of culture conditions.

  16. Anti-Aspergillus human host defence relies on type 1 T helper (Th1), rather than type 17 T helper (Th17), cellular immunity

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    L.Y.A. Chai (Louis); F. van de Veerdonk (Frank); R.J. Marijnissen (Renoud); S.C. Cheng; A.L. Khoo; M. Hectors (Magda); K. Lagrou (Katrien); A.G. Vonk (Alieke); J. Maertens (Johan); L.A.B. Joosten (Leo); B.J. Kullberg (Bart Jan); M.G. Netea (Mihai)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractSummary Both interferon-γ-producing type 1 T helper (Th1)- and interleukin-17 (IL-17)-producing Th17 cells have been proposed to be involved in anti-fungal host defence. Although invasive aspergillosis is one of the most severe human fungal infections, little is known regarding the relat

  17. Anti-Aspergillus human host defence relies on type 1 T helper (Th1), rather than type 17 T helper (Th17), cellular immunity.

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    Chai, L.; Veerdonk, F.L. van de; Marijnissen, R.J.; Cheng, S.C.; Khoo, A.L.; Hectors, M.P.C.; Lagrou, K.; Vonk, A.G.; Maertens, J.; Joosten, L.A.B.; Kullberg, B.J.; Netea, M.G.

    2010-01-01

    Both interferon-gamma-producing type 1 T helper (Th1)- and interleukin-17 (IL-17)-producing Th17 cells have been proposed to be involved in anti-fungal host defence. Although invasive aspergillosis is one of the most severe human fungal infections, little is known regarding the relative importance o

  18. Study the Effect of Echinacea Purpurea Extract on Cellular Delayed Type Hypersensitivity and Splenocyte Proliferation in BALB/c Mice

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    Z.M. Hassan

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Purple cone flower plant (Echinacea purpurea is one of the mostimportant Herbal products in many countries. Up to now a lot of experimentsdemonstrated the controversial effects of this herb on immune system . In thisresearch we study the in vivo and in vitro effect of Iranian E.purpurea extract oncellular immunity.Materials and Methods: At first we determined the lethal dose of E.purpurea extract after intraperitoneal injection in BALB/c mice. Then we made five groups of mice and treat them by four times intraperitoneal injection of 1 ml extract at different doses (0, 0.4, 2, 10 and 50 mg/ml during two weeks. Splenocyte proliferation response to extract was assessed by MTT method. Delayed-Type Hypersensitivity (DTHresponse was evaluated by priming mice with 1×108 Sheep Red Blood Cell (SRBC injected subcutaneously in the back on day 7after treatment.Results: As a result no significant variation in weight and spleen index of test groups to control was observed. Splenocyte proliferation and DTH response of test groups to control increased significantly (p<0.05.Conclusion: However these data confirmed the results of previous studies, inaddition presented the first results about significant increase in DTH response that could not be seen before. Scince the main reason of this difference refers to active compounds of herb extract, comparing effective component of this extract with that of E.purpurea cultivated in other geographical condition will consider as the next studies.

  19. Acciones de promoción y fortalecimiento de la lactancia materna

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    Bernal Arias, Mariela; Orjuela Céspedes, Claudia Liliana

    2014-01-01

    Objetivo. Determinar las tendencias en las publicaciones sobre las acciones para la promoción y fortalecimiento de la lactancia materna durante en los últimos diez años. Metodología. Se realizó una revisión bibliográfica analítica, enfatizando en aspectos relacionados con conocimientos, actitudes y prácticas del personal de salud, ventajas y causas de abandono de la lactancia, conocimientos y prácticas de la comunidad, y políticas públicas para el fortalecimiento de la lactancia. Se consul...

  20. ACCIONES PARA LA AUTORREGULACIÓN DEL APRENDIZAJE EN ENTORNOS PERSONALES

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    El objetivo del estudio es analizar las acciones que realizan los estudiantes de la población para la autorregulación del aprendizaje en entornos personales de aprendizaje. Se aplicó un cuestionario a una muestra de estudiantes de la Universidad de Granada (España) que pertenecen a las titulaciones de Pedagogía, Educación Social y Psicopedagogía. Sobre los datos se efectúan pruebas no paramétricas de correlaciones y análisis de varianzas, así como estadística descriptiva e inferencial. Los re...

  1. Impacto de las catástrofes en el valor de las acciones. El caso latinoamericano

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    Pedraza Martínez Alfonso

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available La presente investigación aplicó la metodología de Knight y Pretty [1996] a catástrofes de seis empresas latinoamericanas para establecer cuál es el impacto de una catástrofe en el valor de las  acciones de tales firmas. En comparación con los resultados de Knight y Pretty [1996], en Latinoamérica la caída en el valor de las empresas en la bolsa tiene una pendiente menor que en USA y Europa, sin embargo, el impacto es más duradero.

  2. Acciones colectivas territoriales en Chile, 2011-2013: de lo ambiental-reivindicativo al autonomismo regionalista

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    Esteban Valenzuela; Francesco Penaglia; Lía Basaure

    2016-01-01

    Desde el año 2011 ha aumentado en Chile la conflictividad social, evidenciándose en un incremento de las acciones colectivas, donde las problemáticas regionales y locales han tenido mayor presencia en la vida política y en los medios. Sin embargo, si bien las ciencias sociales nacionales han dado cuenta del aumento de la conflictividad y constatado un nuevo ciclo de relaciones Estado-sociedad, existen escasas investigaciones sobre las particularidades de cada uno de los hechos que dan cuenta ...

  3. Expression of human papilloma virus type 16 E5 protein in amelanotic melanoma cells regulates endo-cellular pH and restores tyrosinase activity

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    Coccia Raffaella

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Melanin synthesis, the elective trait of melanocytes, is regulated by tyrosinase activity. In tyrosinase-positive amelanotic melanomas this rate limiting enzyme is inactive because of acidic endo-melanosomal pH. The E5 oncogene of the Human Papillomavirus Type 16 is a small transmembrane protein with a weak transforming activity and a role during the early steps of viral infections. E5 has been shown to interact with 16 kDa subunit C of the trans-membrane Vacuolar ATPase proton pump ultimately resulting in its functional suppressions. However, the cellular effects of such an interaction are still under debate. With this work we intended to explore whether the HPV16 E5 oncoprotein does indeed interact with the vacuolar ATPase proton pump once expressed in intact human cells and whether this interaction has functional consequences on cell metabolism and phenotype. Methods The expression of the HPV16-E5 oncoproteins was induced in two Tyrosinase-positive amelanotic melanomas (the cell lines FRM and M14 by a retroviral expression construct. Modulation of the intracellular pH was measured with Acridine orange and fluorescence microscopy. Expression of tyrosinase and its activity was followed by RT-PCR, Western Blot and enzyme assay. The anchorage-independence growth and the metabolic activity of E5 expressing cells were also monitored. Results We provide evidence that in the E5 expressing cells interaction between E5 and V-ATPase determines an increase of endo-cellular pH. The cellular alkalinisation in turn leads to the post-translational activation of tyrosinase, melanin synthesis and phenotype modulation. These effects are associated with an increased activation of tyrosine analogue anti-blastic drugs. Conclusion Once expressed within intact human cells the HPV16-E5 oncoprotein does actually interact with the vacuolar V-ATPase proton pump and this interaction induces a number of functional effects. In amelanotic melanomas these

  4. Activation of Cellular Immunity in Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1-Infected Mice by the Oral Administration of Aqueous Extract of Moringa oleifera Lam. Leaves.

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    Kurokawa, Masahiko; Wadhwani, Ashish; Kai, Hisahiro; Hidaka, Muneaki; Yoshida, Hiroki; Sugita, Chihiro; Watanabe, Wataru; Matsuno, Koji; Hagiwara, Akinori

    2016-05-01

    Moringa oleifera Lam. is used as a nutritive vegetable and spice. Its ethanol extract has been previously shown to be significantly effective in alleviating herpetic skin lesions in mice. In this study, we evaluated the alleviation by the aqueous extract (AqMOL) and assessed the mode of its anti-herpetic action in a murine cutaneous herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection model. AqMOL (300 mg/kg) was administered orally to HSV-1-infected mice three times daily on days 0 to 5 after infection. AqMOL significantly limited the development of herpetic skin lesions and reduced virus titers in the brain on day 4 without toxicity. Delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) reaction to inactivated HSV-1 antigen was significantly stronger in infected mice administered AqMOL and AqMOL augmented interferon (IFN)-γ production by HSV-1 antigen from splenocytes of HSV-1-infected mice at 4 days post-infection. AqMOL administration was effective in elevating the ratio of CD11b(+) and CD49b(+) subpopulations of splenocytes in infected mice. As DTH is a major host defense mechanism for intradermal HSV infection, augmentation of the DTH response by AqMOL may contribute to their efficacies against HSV-1 infection. These results provided an important insights into the mechanism by which AqMOL activates cellular immunity. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  5. La responsabilidad civil médica. Las llamadas acciones de Wrongful Birth y Wrongful Life

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    Andrea Macía Morillo

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available La evolución de la responsabilidad civil ha llevado a la aparición de nuevas pretensiones de reparación de daños. En este trabajo se analizan dos de ellas, las acciones de wrongful birth y wrongful life, en las que se plantea la posibilidad de calificar la vida como daño ante el nacimiento de un niño afectado por enfermedades o malformaciones de las que no fueron informados los progenitores antes de la concepción o durante el embarazo. Este análisis se aborda desde una idea de continuidad en la aplicación de la institución de la responsabilidad civil, tratando de comprobar si concurren los presupuestos de la misma, sobre la idea de que sólo en caso afirmativo puede exigirse una indemnización. Desde esta perspectiva, los principales obstáculos a estas acciones son el daño reclamado y la imputación objetiva del mismo al profesional sanitario cuyo comportamiento sólo produjo el defecto en la información recibida por los progenitores

  6. Acciones Colectivas de Mujeres por la Verdad, la Justicia y la Reparación

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    María Eugenia Ibarra Melo

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    Full Text Available Esta investigación estudia las acciones colectivas que emprendieron dos redes de mujeres: La Ruta Pacífica y la Iniciativa de Mujeres Colombianas por la Paz, durante el proceso de justicia transicional y de implementación de la Ley de Justicia y Paz. Se parte de una aproximación teórica que combina la perspectiva sociológica del proceso político con la categoría de género, para establecer que las ideologías de género dan forma a nuevos movimientos sociales y afectan sus discursos, objetivos, repertorios y resultados. Se concluye que hay una importante influencia feminista en el reclamo por redistribución y reconocimiento para las víctimas del conflicto armado y que estas acciones colectivas empiezan a modificar las reglas institucionales y el modo en que el Estado atiende los derechos humanos de las mujeres.

  7. Acciones colectivas territoriales en Chile, 2011-2013: de lo ambiental-reivindicativo al autonomismo regionalista

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    Esteban Valenzuela

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Desde el año 2011 ha aumentado en Chile la conflictividad social, evidenciándose en un incremento de las acciones colectivas, donde las problemáticas regionales y locales han tenido mayor presencia en la vida política y en los medios. Sin embargo, si bien las ciencias sociales nacionales han dado cuenta del aumento de la conflictividad y constatado un nuevo ciclo de relaciones Estado-sociedad, existen escasas investigaciones sobre las particularidades de cada uno de los hechos que dan cuenta de tal transformación. El siguiente artículo busca avanzar en esa línea, caracterizando las principales acciones colectivas regionales desarrolladas desde 2011. La hipótesis de trabajo que lo sustenta es que, al interior de un marco nacional de conflictos sociales regionales, cohabitan distintos fenómenos que no necesariamente apuntan a la trasformación social ni al establecimiento de un nuevo ciclo de relaciones Estado-sociedad; y que, pese a ello, se aprecia una politización de los movimientos territoriales en un proceso que va desde una demanda plural hacia un metarrelato anticentralista y en favor de una transformación que lleve a una mayor autonomía política y financiera de las regiones.

  8. Cellular Telephone

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    杨周

    1996-01-01

    Cellular phones, used in automobiles, airliners, and passenger trains, are basically low-power radiotelephones. Calls go through radio transmitters that are located within small geographical units called cells. Because each cell’s signals are too weak to interfere with those of other cells operating on the same fre-

  9. De los legitimados para presentar acciones por competencia desleal, los tipos de acciones, su prescripción y medidas cautelares

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    Dionisio M. de la Cruz Camargo

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available La Ley 256 de 1996 reguló de manera novedosa el tema de la competencia desleal y no sólo en lo atinente a definir qué se debe entender por competencia desleal y cuáles son los comportamientos que según la ley colombiana son considerados como desleales, sino que también reglamentó aspectos procesales de no poca trascendencia que marcan la evolución legislativa en la materia. La ampliación de las personas legitimadas para interponer acciones por competencia desleal es uno de los avances más destacados de la legislación vigente en Colombia. El hecho de que no sólo los comerciantes, como profesionales en la actividad mercantil, puedan interponer una demanda por competencia desleal contra el competidor directo al que se le impute la comisión de un acto desleal, implica que se ha desprovisto el carácter profesional y corporativo a la aplicación de la normatividad en la actividad económica y se ha reconocido la trascendencia de las conductas de competencia desleal en la sociedad y la economía, las cuales dejan de ser simples comportamientos que perjudican intereses privados individuales para convertirse en conductas que pueden afectar el mercado y sus partícipes. Por un lado, tenemos a los consumidores, quienes no sólo son los árbitros de la actividad comercial al decidir con su elección entre los bienes y servicios que se le ofrecen, el que mejor colme sus expectativas de consumo, sino que también se les reconoce su condición de potenciales perjudicados por la comisión de actos desleales, por lo que pueden reclamar los perjuicios que dichos actos le irroguen, cuando estos hayan afectado a todo un conjunto de consumidores asociados en un ente jurídico que proteja sus intereses. esto no es óbice para que un consumidor individual no pueda ejercer una acción por los perjuicios que un comportamiento le pueda causar. Del otro, las corporaciones y asociaciones gremiales, ya que el legislador consideró que era loable proteger el

  10. TRIM32 protein modulates type I interferon induction and cellular antiviral response by targeting MITA/STING protein for K63-linked ubiquitination.

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    Zhang, Jing; Hu, Ming-Ming; Wang, Yan-Yi; Shu, Hong-Bing

    2012-08-17

    Viral infection activates several transcription factors including NF-κB and IRF3, which collaborate to induce type I interferons (IFNs) and innate antiviral response. MITA (also called STING) is a critical adaptor protein that links virus-sensing receptors to IRF3 activation upon infection by both RNA and DNA pathogens. Here we show that the E3 ubiquitin ligase tripartite motif protein 32 (TRIM32) ubiquitinated MITA and dramatically enhanced MITA-mediated induction of IFN-β. Overexpression of TRIM32 potentiated virus-triggered IFNB1 expression and cellular antiviral response. Consistently, knockdown of TRIM32 had opposite effects. TRIM32 interacted with MITA, and was located at the mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum. TRIM32 targeted MITA for K63-linked ubiquitination at K20/150/224/236 through its E3 ubiquitin ligase activity, which promoted the interaction of MITA with TBK1. These findings suggest that TRIM32 is an important regulatory protein for innate immunity against both RNA and DNA viruses by targeting MITA for K63-linked ubiquitination and downstream activation.

  11. Replication-Coupled Recruitment of Viral and Cellular Factors to Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Replication Forks for the Maintenance and Expression of Viral Genomes

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    Dembowski, Jill A.

    2017-01-01

    Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infects over half the human population. Much of the infectious cycle occurs in the nucleus of cells where the virus has evolved mechanisms to manipulate host processes for the production of virus. The genome of HSV-1 is coordinately expressed, maintained, and replicated such that progeny virions are produced within 4–6 hours post infection. In this study, we selectively purify HSV-1 replication forks and associated proteins from virus-infected cells and identify select viral and cellular replication, repair, and transcription factors that associate with viral replication forks. Pulse chase analyses and imaging studies reveal temporal and spatial dynamics between viral replication forks and associated proteins and demonstrate that several DNA repair complexes and key transcription factors are recruited to or near replication forks. Consistent with these observations we show that the initiation of viral DNA replication is sufficient to license late gene transcription. These data provide insight into mechanisms that couple HSV-1 DNA replication with transcription and repair for the coordinated expression and maintenance of the viral genome. PMID:28095497

  12. Pertinencia social de la universidad en las acciones para la salud

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    Nelia Sánchez de Pérez

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available Esta investigación tuvo como objetivo determinar la Pertinencia Social de La Universidad del Zulia en las Acciones para la Salud. Se efectuó un estudio cuasi– experimental, mediante la aplicación de tres instrumentos de investigación, tomando en cuenta la participación del Proyecto Una Nueva Iniciativa para la Educación de los Profesionales de Salud, Segunda Etapa (UNI DOS Maracaibo en la Parroquia Idelfonso Vásquez y la ausencia de este en la Parroquia Antonio Borjas Romero. Se evidenció la Pertinencia Social de La Universidad del Zulia en la parroquia experimental. Se puede afirmar que existe diferencia entre el grupo experimental que lo constituye la Parroquia Idelfonso Vásquez y el grupo control que lo conformó la Parroquia Antonio Borjas Romero, comprobado a través del Ji cuadrado, que esta diferencia no es producto del azar.

  13. Derechos políticos de las mujeres, acciones afirmativas y paridad

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    Isabel Torres García

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Las mujeres han sido discriminadas históricamente, por el hecho mismo de ser mujeres y no solo en política. Se les ha dado un tratamiento desigual y discriminatorio en virtud de un conjunto de normas de conducta, de estereotipos, de valores, de significaciones distintas y desventajosas otorgadas por la sociedad al hecho de ser mujer. Estos patrones sociales y culturales pueden ser modificados: la discriminación hacia las mujeres no es “natural”, puede cambiarse. Sobre ello trata la perspectiva de género. Para lograr este cambio se han implementado una serie de acciones afirmativas como las cuotas de participación política de las mujeres, que constituyen un mecanismo inclusivo para el fortalecimiento de la democracia y, más recientemente, la paridad, que se constituye en un acelerador de la igualdad.

  14. Responsabilidad por violación de la buena fe en la sociedad por acciones simplificada

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    Nicolás Polanía Tello

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available La sociedad por acciones simplificada –SAS–, como los demás esquemas societarios, se funda en y está informada por el principio de la buena fe. Pero a diferencia de los otros modelos, la SAS tiene concreciones particulares de la buena fe que permiten un amparo más efectivo y eficiente de los derechos de los socios y de los terceros, en la medida en que instituciones como el fraude a la ley, el perjuicio injusto a terceros, el abuso del derecho y el administrador de hecho, todos estructurados a partir de violaciones a la buena fe, permiten tramitar los eventos de responsabilidad por ilícitos atípicos y llegar incluso a desestimar por ello el atributo de la limitación de responsabilidad.

  15. El 9 de Abril en Cali y en el Valle: Acciones De La Muchedumbre

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    Darío Betancourt Echeverry

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available En el gaitanismo, fuera por convicción o manipulación política, encontraron continuidad y refugio grandes sectores populares, provenientes de una tradición campesino-artesanal. Por ello el autor deja planteado que las "acciones de la muchedumbre" caleña el 9 de abril de 1948, deben entenderse no como la actuación de una turba salvaje, sino como la continuidad de una protesta popular con raigambre ancestral. Se hace énfasis en el papel desempeñado por el entonces teniente Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, en la consumación del desorden y en la vuelta a la normalidad.

  16. Evaluación de acciones explosivas sobre estructuras de hormigón armado mediante elementos finitos

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    Bermejo, M.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Explosive phenomena on concrete structures have catastrophic effects in many instances despite its reduced occurrence. The civil buildings are usually not designed to withstand this type of dynamic load, so a methodology to analyze the structural response on blast loads is recommended. This paper studies the behavior of reinforced concrete frame structures against these actions by lagrangian finite elements method with explicit time integration. Finite element models of segregated concrete and rebar are used to make possible the study of structure parts as columns and slabs, but is not possible to use these detailed models in complete structures because of excessive computational costs. Shell and beam elements models properly calibrated are needed to obtain a similar response. Conclusions and practical recommendations are provided for the use and calibration of models and realistic simulations.El fenómeno de explosión sobre estructuras de hormigón tiene efectos en muchos casos catastróficos a pesar de su reducida frecuencia. Las edificaciones civiles no suelen estar diseñadas para resistir este tipo de solicitación dinámica, por lo que conviene disponer de una metodología que permita analizar los efectos de las explosiones sobre las mismas. Este trabajo estudia el comportamiento de las estructuras reticuladas de hormigón armado frente a estas acciones, mediante métodos numéricos de elementos finitos lagrangianos con integración explícita en el tiempo. Se analizan de forma realista partes de la estructura como columnas y forjados usando modelos con hormigón y armaduras de forma segregada, pero las limitaciones computacionales los hacen inviables para estructuras completas. Se proponen modelos de elementos lámina y viga debidamente calibrados para obtener una respuesta similar. Se obtienen conclusiones para el uso y calibración de modelos y simulaciones realistas de edificios completos para estudios de seguridad.

  17. PLP2 of mouse hepatitis virus A59 (MHV-A59 targets TBK1 to negatively regulate cellular type I interferon signaling pathway.

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    Gang Wang

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Coronaviruses such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS coronavirus (SCoV and mouse hepatitis virus A59 (MHV-A59 have evolved strategies to disable the innate immune system for productive replication and spread of infection. We have previously shown that papain-like protease domain 2 (PLP2, a catalytic domain of the nonstructural protein 3 (nsp3 of MHV-A59, encodes a deubiquitinase (DUB and inactivates IFN regulatory factor 3 (IRF3 thereby the type I interferon (IFN response. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here we provide further evidence that PLP2 may also target TANK-binding kinase-1 (TBK1, the upstream kinase of IRF3 in the IFN signaling pathway. Overexpression experiments showed that PLP2 deubiquitinated TBK1 and reduced its kinase activity, hence inhibited IFN-β reporter activity. Albeit promiscuous in deubiquitinating cellular proteins, PLP2 inactivated TBK1 and IFN-β response in TNF receptor associated factor 3 (TRAF3 deficient cells, suggesting that targeting TBK1 would be sufficient for PLP2 to inhibit IRF3 activation. This notion was further supported by in vitro kinase assays, in which prior treatment of TBK1 with PLP2 inhibited its kinase activity to phosphorylate IRF3. Intriguing enough, results of PLP2 overexpression system and MHV-A59 infection system proved that PLP2 formed an inactive complex with TBK1 and IRF3 in the cytoplasm and the presence of PLP2 stabilized the hypo-phosphorylated IRF3-TBK1 complex in a dose-dependent manner. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that PLP2 not only inactivates TBK1, but also prevents IRF3 nuclear translocation hence inhibits IFN transcription activation. Identification of the conserved DUB activity of PLP2 in suppression of IFN signaling would provide a useful clue to the development of therapeutics against coronaviruses infection.

  18. Cellular Phone Towers, Wireless Towers data layer - not sure of the tower type included, Published in 2008, 1:63360 (1in=1mile) scale, Graham County.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Cellular Phone Towers dataset, published at 1:63360 (1in=1mile) scale, was produced all or in part from Not Provided information as of 2008. It is described as...

  19. De los legitimados para presentar acciones por competencia desleal, los tipos de acciones, su prescripción y medidas cautelares

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    Dionisio M. de la Cruz Camargo

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available La Ley 256 de 1996 reguló de manera novedosa el tema de la competencia desleal y no sólo en lo atinente a definir qué se debe entender por competencia desleal y cuáles son los comportamientos que según la ley colombiana son considerados como desleales, sino que también reglamentó aspectos procesales de no poca trascendencia que marcan la evolución legislativa en la materia. La ampliación de las personas legitimadas para interponer acciones por competencia desleal es uno de los avances más destacados de la legislación vigente en Colombia. El hecho de que no sólo los comerciantes, como profesionales en la actividad mercantil, puedan interponer una demanda por competencia desleal contra el competidor directo al que se le impute la comisión de un acto desleal, implica que se ha desprovisto el carácter profesional y corporativo a la aplicación de la normatividad en la actividad económica y se ha reconocido la trascendencia de las conductas de competencia desleal en la sociedad y la economía, las cuales dejan de ser simples comportamientos que perjudican intereses privados individuales para convertirse en conductas que pueden afectar el mercado y sus partícipes. Por un lado, tenemos a los consumidores, quienes no sólo son los árbitros de la actividad comercial al decidir con su elección entre los bienes y servicios que se le ofrecen, el que mejor colme sus expectativas de consumo, sino que también se les reconoce su condición de potenciales perjudicados por la comisión de actos desleales, por lo que pueden reclamar los perjuicios que dichos actos le irroguen, cuando estos hayan afectado a todo un conjunto de consumidores asociados en un ente jurídico que proteja sus intereses. esto no es óbice para que un

  20. Acciones y habilidades. Algunas discrepancias entre psicólogos y didactas

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    Carlos Ezequiel Pino-Pupo

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abordó puntos de vista discrepantes entre representantes de algunas escuelas de Psicología y de Didáctica cubanas. Durante varios años de investigación en torno a la problemática de la formación de habilidades, se han encontrado posiciones teóricas, muy variadas y son diversos los criterios acerca de la movilidad entre las acciones y las operaciones y en torno a la automatización de unas u otras. Se analiza la equivalencia entre términos de la Didáctica, la Psicología y la Metodología con una propuesta nueva. La intencionalidad del artículo radica en que a partir de las posiciones teóricas asumidas, puede haber una reconsideración de términos utilizados como son los casos de la acción, la operación, la habilidad y el hábito.

  1. REFLEXIONES SOBRE LAS DIFICULTADES INSTITUCIONALES PARA REALIZAR ACCIONES EN LA GESTIÓN DEL RIESGO

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    Leoz M. Francisco Javier

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available La gestión del riesgo en Colombia se estructura bajo un conjunto de normas que definen a los actores dentro de un esquema de niveles jerárquicos donde algunas instituciones del Estado adquieren, además de sus funciones misionales, la administración del tema de prevención de desastres. La misma normatividad crea obstáculos entre las instituciones que limitan los esfuerzos en la reducción del riesgo. Entre las barreras identificadas, se plantean los límites jurisdiccionales que imposibilitan acciones de inversión en sectores donde un escenario de riesgo está dividido por una línea imaginaria que separa la actuación entre entes territoriales o entre autoridades ambientales. Otra de las barreras es la estructura del Sistema Nacional de Prevención y Atención de Desastres que descarga toda la responsabilidad a los municipios; asimismo la normatividad y el manejo de la información técnica se consideran como barreras para la adecuada gestión del riesgo.

  2. Remuneración de directivos mediante opciones sobre acciones: Aspectos económicos y éticos.

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    Argandoña, Antonio

    2000-01-01

    La remuneración de directivos mediante opciones sobre acciones («stock options») se ha convertido en una práctica cada vez más frecuente, que ha levantado polémicas de naturaleza económica y también ética. En este documento se explican los caracteres de las opciones sobre acciones, su utilización en los planes de captación, retención y motivación de directivos y los efectos esperados de las mismas, incluyendo algunas consideraciones sobre aspectos de carácter ético, como la licitud del objeti...

  3. Hermann Lutz v Elke Bäuerle o de la ley aplicable a las acciones revocatorias concursales.

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    LAURA CARBALLO PIÑEIRO

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Transactional avoidance is typically an insolvency-related matter and the international jurisdiction and conflict of laws issues arising from it are solved accordingly. However and taking into account third parties’ expectations and the certainty of transactions, the application of the lex fori concursus to transactional avoidance may be avoided by opposing that the challenged transaction is not in accordance with lexcausae. The issue arising from this approach is that the success of a cross-border avoidance proceeding and in general insolvency proceedings’ objectives, are seriously hampered by this exception as evidence by the CJUE Hermann Lutz judgment. Las acciones revocatorias concursales se clasifican como materia concursal de modo que las cuestiones de competencia judicial internacional y ley aplicable se resuelven de acuerdo con esta caracterización. Ahora bien y teniendo en cuenta las expectativas de terceros y la seguridad de las transacciones, se permite oponer a la aplicación de la lex fori concursus a este tipo de acciones, que el acto impugnado no es impugnable en modo alguno de acuerdo con la lex causae. La problemática que esta excepción plantea es que compromete seriamente el éxito de las acciones revocatorias concursales transfronterizas y, en general, el de los objetivos del concurso, tal y como se puede apreciar de las consecuencia de la sentencia del TJUE Hermann Lutz.

  4. Program of actions for energy conservation in the equipment for the urban public transportation; Programa de acciones para el ahorro de la energia en los equipos de transporte publico urbanos

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    Sanhez Arellano, L.I. [Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Toluca (Mexico)

    1995-12-31

    The Facultad de Ingenieria of the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico (UAEM), in its postgraduate program in Transport Engineering carries out research projects aimed at the appropriate operation of the urban public transportation, in the definition of the transportation networks and their exploitation as well as in the energy conservation and efficient use of the energy for its operation. This paper embodies the lines of interest of this program. The proper operation characteristics and the energy consumption of the different types of vehicles used in urban public transportation mainly depend on the application they have been designed for. Nevertheless, an important point is to know, in the most concrete and specific form, the nature and other possible utilization options of the different urban transportation systems, as well as its energy impact and the possibility of a well oriented energy conservation. The purpose of this paper is to present in a concrete manner the different types of vehicles used in the urban public transportation, making an energy comparison, besides setting forth a program of actions tending to the energy saving for the vehicles that nowadays operate in the main cities of our country. The main actions are pointed out and the basic characteristics for their initiation, which can be summarized in three large groups: -action in the proper enterprises and with existing vehicular park. -actions over the management and exploitation of the transportation systems. -action for the utilization of new equipment and more efficient vehicles. A detailed explanation of each one of these actions and their impact on the energy consumption are the final purpose of this study. [Espanol] La Facultad de Ingenieria de la Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico (UAEM), dentro de su programa de Postrado en Ingenieria del Transporte realiza proyectos de investigacion tendientes en la buena operacion de los transportes publicos urbanos, en la definicion de

  5. A novel respiratory syncytial virus (RSV F subunit vaccine adjuvanted with GLA-SE elicits robust protective TH1-type humoral and cellular immunity in rodent models.

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    Stacie L Lambert

    Full Text Available Illness associated with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV remains an unmet medical need in both full-term infants and older adults. The fusion glycoprotein (F of RSV, which plays a key role in RSV infection and is a target of neutralizing antibodies, is an attractive vaccine target for inducing RSV-specific immunity.BALB/c mice and cotton rats, two well-characterized rodent models of RSV infection, were used to evaluate the immunogenicity of intramuscularly administered RSV vaccine candidates consisting of purified soluble F (sF protein formulated with TLR4 agonist glucopyranosyl lipid A (GLA, stable emulsion (SE, GLA-SE, or alum adjuvants. Protection from RSV challenge, serum RSV neutralizing responses, and anti-F IgG responses were induced by all of the tested adjuvanted RSV sF vaccine formulations. However, only RSV sF + GLA-SE induced robust F-specific TH1-biased humoral and cellular responses. In mice, these F-specific cellular responses include both CD4 and CD8 T cells, with F-specific polyfunctional CD8 T cells that traffic to the mouse lung following RSV challenge. This RSV sF + GLA-SE vaccine formulation can also induce robust RSV neutralizing titers and prime IFNγ-producing T cell responses in Sprague Dawley rats.These studies indicate that a protein subunit vaccine consisting of RSV sF + GLA-SE can induce robust neutralizing antibody and T cell responses to RSV, enhancing viral clearance via a TH1 immune-mediated mechanism. This vaccine may benefit older populations at risk for RSV disease.

  6. Utilización de la prensa escrita como medio de divulgación de las acciones de RSE

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    Omaira Cecilia Martínez Moreno

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available El tema de la Responsabilidad Social Empresarial –RSE– ha hecho que las empresas se sensibilicen en torno a su nivel de responsabilidad social, cultural, económica y ambiental, entre otros. Esta investigación aborda precisamente estas acciones y su nivel de divulgación en un contexto en particular. Inicialmente se planteó como descriptiva y persiguió hacer un estudio sobre la caracterización tanto cualitativa como cuantitativa de la información inherente a la Responsabilidad Social Empresarial que se publica en el periódico Frontera, de la ciudad de Tijuana, Baja California, México. Se seleccionó este periódico por ser un medio de comunicación líder absoluto en su rubro en la ciudad. En la investigación de campo se establecieron acciones desarrolladas por las empresas en tres grandes áreas: social, ambiental y económica. En rasgos generales, se evidencia una ausencia de cultura hacia la publicación de las acciones que en torno a la RSE se implementan y desarrollan. Las empresas que más publican tanto noticias como publicidad son de carácter público. Las de carácter privado, probablemente sí desarrollen algún tipo de actividad en este sentido, pero desconocen el impacto que la comunicación de éstas puede tener en la percepción de los consumidores actuales o potenciales.

  7. Acciones y reacciones. Una mirada a la arquitectura a través de sus fragmentos dinámicos

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    Barreno Gutiérrez, Julio

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    Los movimientos de Jackson Pollock sobre sus lienzos, dispuestos en el suelo de su taller sobre los que dejaba descuidadamente caer la pintura desde su pincel, dieron nombre a la pintura de acción, the action painting, la cual no puede entenderse sin ese dinamismo impuesto y sin duda necesario. Aunque la RAE acepte como acción otras formas de hacer, las acciones y reacciones a las que nos referimos son fundamentalmente aquellas que necesitan del movimiento, de lo dinámico. Esta tesis nos invi...

  8. DISTRIBUCIÓN DE DIVIDENDOS Y DE INTERESES SOBRE EL CAPITAL PROPIO VERSUS RETORNO DE LAS ACCIONES

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    José Roberto Kassai; Gerlando Augusto Franco Sampaio Lima

    2012-01-01

    Este estudio tiene como objetivo investigar la relación entre la distribución de dividendos y de intereses sobre el capital propio con el retorno de las acciones. Se tiene, como referencial teórico de este estudio, la Teoría de la Irrelevancia de los Dividendos de Miller & Modigliani (M&M, 1961) y la Teoría del Pássaro na Mão (Pájaro en Mano) de Gordon & Lintner (1963) como Brigham, Gapenski, e Ehrhardt (2001), además de la presentación de pesquisas nacionales sobre el asunto. Desde el punto ...

  9. DISTRIBUCIÓN DE DIVIDENDOS Y DE INTERESES SOBRE EL CAPITAL PROPIO VERSUS RETORNO DE LAS ACCIONES

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    José Roberto Kassai

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Este estudio tiene como objetivo investigar la relación entre la distribución de dividendos y de intereses sobre el capital propio con el retorno de las acciones. Se tiene, como referencial teórico de este estudio, la Teoría de la Irrelevancia de los Dividendos de Miller & Modigliani (M&M, 1961 y la Teoría del Pássaro na Mão (Pájaro en Mano de Gordon & Lintner (1963 como Brigham, Gapenski, e Ehrhardt (2001, además de la presentación de pesquisas nacionales sobre el asunto. Desde el punto de vista de sus objetivos, esta pesquisa se clasifica como descriptiva y será utilizado el abordaje empírico-analítico para el tratamiento de los datos. Los datos para análisis fueron colectados a partir del software Economática, siendo la muestra representada por empresas con acciones negociadas en la Bolsa de Valores de São Paulo (Bovespa, y el período analizado comprende los años de 1995 a 2008. Antes de analizar la regresión con datos en panel, fue utilizada la técnica multivariada de análisis de correspondencia (Anacor para hacer un análisis exploratorio de las variables estudiadas. Los resultados indicaron que existe relación entre distribución de dividendos y de intereses sobre el capital propio con el retorno de las acciones, de esa forma, no se rechazó la hipótesis estudiada. A partir de la utilización de la regresión con efectos fijos, por el método de los mínimos cuadrados ordinarios, cuyo R Cuadrado fue de aproximadamente 47,55%, fue verificado que la distribución de dividendos e intereses sobre el capital propio presenta relación inversa con el retorno de las acciones. Se espera con esta pesquisa proporcionar y ampliar las evidencias empíricas a respecto del asunto y ofrecer subsidios para futuras pesquisas.

  10. Antecedentes y acciones emprendidas en la universitat politècnica de valència en materia de igualdad

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    Santamarina Siurana, Mª Pilar; Cerdá Hernández, Mª Rosa; Quilis Nadal, Mª Amparo; Muñoz Gonzalo, Ana Mª

    2011-01-01

    Se concreta la visión de la UPV como institución dinámica, capaz de hacer frente de manera ágil y activa a las demandas sociales, contribuyendo al crecimiento y al progreso a la vez que participa como motor y garante de los cambios de una sociedad en constante proceso de evolución asegurando el enriquecimiento de la misma. Santamarina Siurana, MP.; Cerdá Hernández, MR.; Quilis Nadal, MA.; Muñoz Gonzalo, AM. (2011). Antecedentes y acciones emprendidas en la universitat politècnica de valènc...

  11. Implementacion de una estrategia integral de Marketing en buscadores para acciones glocales en el Centro de Fomento Productivo Carrocero

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    1. Introducción.--Planteamiento de la Propuesta de Trabajo.--3. Marco Teórico.-- 4. Metodología.--5. Resultados.--6. Conclusiones y Recomendaciones. La presente investigación tiene como objetivo el implementar una estrategia integral de marketing en buscadores para acciones glocales, de los productos y servicios que brinda el Centro de Fomento Carrocero. Para ello se aplicó como método general de investigación el inductivo, debido a que se realiza un análisis de los hechos mediante un anál...

  12. Relación entre teoría de la justicia y acciones no-violentas

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    María del Rosario Guerra González

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    Este texto tiene tres partes: en primer término se caracterizan diversas formas de acciones no-violentas, en segundo término se presenta la justificación de la desobediencia civil dentro de la teoría de Rawls y en tercera parte se amplía el problema del derecho interno de los Estados al sistema internacional. Por motivos de justicia cada día son más las situaciones que han provocado desobediencia civil. Primero fue la defensa de derechos civiles y políticos quien causó la resistencia, luego l...

  13. Cellular function and pathological role of ATP13A2 and related P-type transport ATPases in Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders

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    van Veen, Sarah; Sørensen, Danny M.; Holemans, Tine

    2014-01-01

    . To discuss the role of ATP13A2 in neurodegeneration, we first provide a short description of the architecture and transport mechanism of P-type transport ATPases. Then, we briefly highlight key P-type ATPases involved in neuronal disorders such as the copper transporters ATP7A (Menkes disease), ATP7B (Wilson......-type ATPases. We critically review the available data concerning the role of ATP13A2 in heavy metal transport and propose a possible alternative hypothesis that ATP13A2 might be a flippase. As a flippase, ATP13A2 may transport an organic molecule, such as a lipid or a peptide, from one membrane leaflet...

  14. Evidence that levels of the dimeric cellular transcription factor CP2 play little role in the activation of the HIV-1 long terminal repeat in vivo or following superinfection with herpes simplex virus type 1.

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    Zhong, F; Swendeman, S L; Popik, W; Pitha, P M; Sheffery, M

    1994-08-19

    The dimeric transcription factor CP2 binds a sequence element found near the transcription start site of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) long terminal repeat. Several groups have suggested that cellular factors binding this element might play a role in modulating HIV-1 promoter activity in vivo. For example, induction of latent HIV-1 gene expression in response to superinfection by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or cytomegalovirus is thought to be mediated, in part, by factors binding the CP2 site. In this report we began to examine directly the relationship between CP2 and expression of the HIV-1 promoter. First, we tested what effect HSV-1 infection of T cells had on the cellular levels of CP2. The results showed that HSV-1 infection led to a significant reduction in the level of CP2 DNA binding activity and protein within 20 h. Next, we tested the effect of overexpressing either the wild-type factor or a dominant negative variant of CP2 on HIV-1 promoter activity in vivo. The results showed that CP2 had little effect or slightly repressed HIV-1 promoter activity in vivo. In addition, these expression constructs had little effect on the induction of HIV-1 promoter activity elicited by HSV-1 infection.

  15. Protein turnover and cellular stress in mildly and severely affected muscles from patients with limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 2I

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    Hauerslev, Simon; Sveen, Marie-Louise; Vissing, John;

    2013-01-01

    Patients with Limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 2I (LGMD2I) are characterized by progressive muscle weakness and wasting primarily in the proximal muscles, while distal muscles often are spared. Our aim was to investigate if wasting could be caused by impaired regeneration in the proximal...

  16. Interpretaciones y aportes recientes sobre las acciones colectivas frente a la violencia y el conflicto armado en Colombia

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    Mary Luz Alzate Zuluaga

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se examina el tema de las acciones colectivas producidas para enfrentar la violencia y el conflicto armado en Colombia, por un lado en la bibliografía especializada en el tema de la violencia y el conflicto armado y, por otro, en la bibliografía dedicada al análisis del movimiento social por la paz y los derechos humanos. En primer lugar, se mencionan las apreciaciones y generalizaciones sobre el comportamiento ciudadano y la cultura política frente a las situaciones de violencia y conflicto armado. En segundo lugar, los principales aportes sobre el surgimiento y dinámica nacional de los movimientos sociales por la paz y los derechos humanos. Y, en tercer lugar, los aportes recientes de los estudios que han descrito y analizado distintas acciones colectivas locales, algunas a modo de experiencias y manifestaciones colectivas de resistencia civil, otras como acumulados sociales y políticos frente a la violencia producida producida en el desarrollo del conflicto interno armado. La conclusión es que los actores colectivos se han movilizado pese a las amenazas en contra de la vida y la integridad física, evidenciando en el examen reciente del tema, el carácter momentáneo y relativo de la subordinación civil frente al poder armado y despótico.

  17. Comentarios en torno al allanamiento de La personalidad jurídica en las sociedades por acciones simplificadas

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    Camilo Enrique Cubillos Garzón

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Con el fin de generar una postura crítica frente a la adaptación de nuevas figuras jurídicas en nuestro ordenamiento, el autor hace un recorrido por los fundamentos y finalidades de la Teoría de la Desestimación de la Personalidad Jurídica y su aplicación en el caso de la Sociedad por Acciones Simplificadas. Lo anterior, en la medida que en opinión del autor, la consagración de la posibilidad de levantar el velo de estos sociedades contenida en el artículo 42 de la ley 1258 de 2008, en contra de los socios y los administradores comporta un desconocimiento de la naturaleza jurídica y finalidad de esta figura y de otras acciones existentes en nuestro ordenamiento apropiadas para perseguir la responsabilidad de los administradores, como lo son la acción social e individual de responsabilidad.

  18. Velocidad de ajuste del precio de las acciones por sector económico en la Bolsa Mexicana de Valores

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    Verónica Patricia Rodríguez Vázquez

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Este estudio analiza la velocidad de ajuste del precio de las acciones de la Bolsa Mexicana de Valores de enero de 1998 a diciembre de 2007; para ello, se agruparon las acciones por sectores económicos y se compararon con el Índice de Precios y Cotizaciones (IPC. Asimismo, se clasificó a los sectores económicos en fuertes y débiles, dependiendo del porcentaje de influencia dentro de la muestra del IPC. Entre los sectores fuertes se ubicó a comunicaciones y transportes, comercio, construcción e industria extractiva; mientras que en los débiles a transformación, servicios y varios. El modelo de regresión utilizado fue el propuesto por Marshall y Walker (2002, con el que se buscó comprobar que los sectores fuertes ajustaban más rápidamente sus precios que los sectores débiles con respecto a la rentabilidad del mercado. Se encontró que existe evidencia de que los retornos de los sectores fuertes se adelantan a los retornos de los sectores débiles, principalmente porque los primeros ajustan más rápidamente sus precios a los movimientos del mercado.

  19. Acciones colectivas contenciosas, proceso político y seguridad urbana. Construyendo geografías de la esperanza

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    Luis Berneth Peña

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo describe algunos repertorios y redes de acciones colectivas contenciosas (acciones popu - lares que buscan construir o profundizar derechos desplegadas por algunas organizaciones sociales en Bogotá que promueven formas no autoritarias de seguridad urbana. Basado en una perspectiva espacial de la acción colectiva, se enfatiza en el lugar de la política popular en los procesos políticos y la política de lugar en la que se construyen nuevas formas de solidaridad fundamentadas en arrai - gos comunitarios. En la primera sección, se expone el concepto de acción colectiva contenciosa. La segunda describe la estructura espacial de la acción colectiva de las organizaciones sociales en dos escalas: a la escala de una localidad (Ciudad Bolívar y b la escala de un proyecto donde convergen varias organizaciones en el barrio Los Libertadores en la localidad de San Cristóbal. En la tercera, se presentan algunos ejemplos del repertorio de confrontación de las organizaciones. En la última parte, se discuten los resultados encontrados.

  20. Mecanismos semióticos y nivel estratégico de las Acciones: un estudio sociocultural

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    Andrés Santamaría Santigosa

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available El trabajo que presentamos tiene como objetivo fundamental analizar los mecanismossemióticos en virtud de los cuales el desarrollo cognitivo de los individuos es construido en interacciones de naturaleza instruccional. Se maneja una consideración de la interiorización,como el resultado de un conjunto de acciones que instructoras y aprendices desarrollan en laresolución conjunta de problemas. Se defiende que el empleo de diferentes mecanismossemióticos, especialmente la perspectiva referencial, pueden contribuir a esta transición. Sepresentarán los resultados obtenidos en una investigación en el marco de la Educación deAdultos en las que uno de los miembros de una pareja actúa de instructor y otro de aprendiz.Estos debían construir conjuntamente unas historias con una serie de tarjetas para después narrarsu contenido. El análisis se centra en el nivel estratégico de las acciones así como en losprocedimientos semióticos empleados en la mediación de éstas.

  1. Cellular Signaling Pathways in Insulin Resistance-Systems Biology Analyses of Microarray Dataset Reveals New Drug Target Gene Signatures of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

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    Muhammad, Syed Aun; Raza, Waseem; Nguyen, Thanh; Bai, Baogang; Wu, Xiaogang; Chen, Jake

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    Purpose: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a chronic and metabolic disorder affecting large set of population of the world. To widen the scope of understanding of genetic causes of this disease, we performed interactive and toxicogenomic based systems biology study to find potential T2DM related genes after cDNA differential analysis. Methods: From the list of 50-differential expressed genes (p new drug target molecules for different diseases and can speed up drug discovery outcomes.

  2. Combined use of anti-ErbB monoclonal antibodies and erlotinib enhances antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity of wild-type erlotinib-sensitive NSCLC cell lines

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    Cavazzoni Andrea

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR is an established target for anti-cancer treatment in different tumour types. Two different strategies have been explored to inhibit this pivotal molecule in epithelial cancer development: small molecules TKIs and monoclonal antibodies. ErbB/HER-targeting by monoclonal antibodies such as cetuximab and trastuzumab or tyrosine-kinase inhibitors as gefitinib or erlotinib has been proven effective in the treatment of advanced NSCLC. Results In this study we explored the potential of combining either erlotinib with cetuximab or trastuzumab to improve the efficacy of EGFR targeted therapy in EGFR wild-type NSCLC cell lines. Erlotinib treatment was observed to increase EGFR and/or HER2 expression at the plasma membrane level only in NSCLC cell lines sensitive to the drug inducing protein stabilization. The combined treatment had marginal effect on cell proliferation but markedly increased antibody-dependent, NK mediated, cytotoxicity in vitro. Moreover, in the Calu-3 xenograft model, the combination significantly inhibited tumour growth when compared with erlotinib and cetuximab alone. Conclusion Our results indicate that erlotinib increases surface expression of EGFR and/or HER2 only in EGFR-TKI sensitive NSCLC cell lines and, in turns, leads to increased susceptibility to ADCC both in vitro and in a xenograft models. The combination of erlotinib with monoclonal antibodies represents a potential strategy to improve the treatment of wild-type EGFR NSCLC patients sensitive to erlotinib.

  3. Human stefin B normal and patho-physiological role: molecular and cellular aspects of amyloid-type aggregation of certain EPM1 mutants.

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    Mira ePolajnar

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Epilepsies are characterised by abnormal electrophysiological activity of the brain. Among various types of inherited epilepsies different epilepsy syndromes, among them progressive myoclonus epilepsies with features of ataxia and neurodegeneration, are counted. The progressive myoclonus epilepsy of type 1 (EPM1, also known as Unverricht-Lundborg disease presents with features of cerebellar atrophy and increased oxidative stress. It has been found that EPM1 is caused by mutations in human cystatin B gene (human stefin B. We first describe the role of protein aggregation in other neurodegenerative conditions. Protein aggregates appear intraneurally but are also excreted, such as is the case with senile plaques of amyloid- β (Aβ that accumulate in the brain parenchyma and vessel walls. A common characteristic of such diseases is the change of the protein conformation towards β secondary structure that accounts for the strong tendency of such proteins to aggregate and form amyloid fibrils. Second, we describe the patho-physiology of EPM1 and the normal and aberrant roles of stefin B in a mouse model of the disease. Furthermore, we discuss how the increased protein aggregation observed with some of the mutants of human stefin B may relate to the neurodegeneration that occurs in rare EPM1 patients. Our hypothesis (Ceru et al., 2005 states that some of the EPM1 mutants of human stefin B may undergo aggregation in neural cells, thus gaining additional toxic function (apart from loss of normal function. Our in vitro experiments thus far have confirmed that 4 mutants undergo increased aggregation relative to the wild-type protein. It has been shown that the R68X mutant forms amyloid-fibrils very rapidly, even at neutral pH and forms perinuclear inclusions, whereas the G4R mutant exhibits a prolonged lag phase, during which the toxic prefibrillar aggregates accumulate and are scattered more diffusely over the cytoplasm. Initial experiments on the G50E

  4. Las acciones políticas de los empleados en el campo político colombiano entre 1930-1946

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    José Fernando Sánchez Salcedo

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A principios de los años treinta del siglo XX en Colombia surge un conglomerado de organizaciones de empleados cuyo principal objetivo fue el de obtener el reconocimiento jurídico del gobierno de su estatuto gremial, a través de un conjunto de medidas legales que garantizaran el ejercicio de sus funciones. Para lograrlo, las organizaciones ejecutaron "acciones políticas" que fusionaban desde grandes manifestaciones y movilizaciones en las ciudades, hasta una producción simbólica que sustentara su reconocimiento como gremio y justificara sus reivindicaciones. En este artículo se intenta identificar las "acciones políticas" efectuadas por los empleados durante el régimen liberal y describir la manera como, dichas acciones, contribuyeron a inscribir a los empleados como actores en el campo político en ese período.

  5. Flat Cellular (UMTS) Networks

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    Bosch, H.G.P.; Samuel, L.G.; Mullender, S.J.; Polakos, P.; Rittenhouse, G.

    2007-01-01

    Traditionally, cellular systems have been built in a hierarchical manner: many specialized cellular access network elements that collectively form a hierarchical cellular system. When 2G and later 3G systems were designed there was a good reason to make system hierarchical: from a cost-perspective i

  6. Acciones y problemas maternos para manejar el peso del hijo de acuerdo a la percepción materna del peso y edad del hijo

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    Yolanda Flores-Peña

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: Percibir de forma adecuada el peso del hijo puede influir para que la madre inicie cambios para prevenir y tratar los problemas de peso. Objetivos: 1 Evaluar si las acciones y problemas para manejar el peso del hijo son diferentes de acuerdo al estado nutricional y percepción del peso del hijo y 2 Evaluar si las acciones y problemas son diferentes de acuerdo a edad del hijo. Métodos: Participaron 2840 madres e hijos (2 a 17 años del Noreste de México. Las madres contestaron: a ¿Creo que mi hijo esta?, b ¿Qué ha hecho para manejar el peso de su hijo? y c ¿Cuáles son los problemas? Se midió peso y talla del hijo. Se construyeron tablas de contingencia y se aplicó la prueba de Chi-cuadrada. Resultados: Cuando las madres de hijos con sobrepeso-obesidad perciben de forma adecuada esta situación realizan acciones relacionadas con la dieta (62,0% y 65,6% (Χ² = 307,02, gl = 9, p < ,001 y reconocen problemas (26,2% y 43,7% (Χ² = 131,46, gl = 6,p < ,001. Las madres de hijos de 1º a 6º grado realizan acciones en mayor proporción 51,2% (Χ² = 44,78, gl = 9, p < ,001 y señalan más problemas 21,8% (Χ² = 61,74, gl = 6,p < ,001 Conclusiones: Cuando se perciben los problemas de peso del hijo, se realizan acciones y se reconocen problemas. Se recomiendan intervenciones para percibir de forma adecuada el sobrepeso-obesidad y porporcionar información de acciones relacionadas a la dieta.

  7. Cellular identity of an 18S rRNA gene sequence clade within the class Kinetoplastea: the novel genus Actuariola gen. nov. (Neobodonida) with description of the type species Actuariola framvarensis sp. nov.

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    Stoeck, Thorsten; Schwarz, M V Julian; Boenigk, Jens; Schweikert, Michael; von der Heyden, Sophie; Behnke, Anke

    2005-11-01

    Environmental molecular surveys of microbial diversity have uncovered a vast number of novel taxonomic units in the eukaryotic tree of life that are exclusively known by their small-subunit (SSU) rRNA gene signatures. In this study, we reveal the cellular and taxonomic identity of a novel eukaryote SSU rRNA gene sequence clade within the Kinetoplastea. Kinetoplastea are ubiquitously distributed flagellated protists of high ecological and medical importance. We isolated an organism from the oxic-anoxic interface of the anoxic Framvaren Fjord (Norway), which branches within an unidentified kinetoplastean sequence clade. Ultrastructural studies revealed a typical cellular organization that characterized the flagellated isolate as a member of the order Neobodonida Vickerman 2004, which contains five genera. The isolate differed in several distinctive characters from Dimastigella, Cruzella, Rhynchobodo and Rhynchomonas. The arrangement of the microtubular rod that supports the apical cytostome and the cytopharynx differed from the diagnosis of the fifth described genus (Neobodo Vickerman 2004) within the order Neobodonida. On the basis of both molecular and microscopical data, a novel genus within the order Neobodonida, Actuariola gen. nov., is proposed. Here, we characterize its type species, Actuariola framvarensis sp. nov., and provide an in situ tool to access the organism in nature and study its ecology.

  8. Novel Materials for Cellular Nanosensors

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    Sasso, Luigi

    The monitoring of cellular behavior is useful for the advancement of biomedical diagnostics, drug development and the understanding of a cell as the main unit of the human body. Micro- and nanotechnology allow for the creation of functional devices that enhance the study of cellular dynamics...... modifications for electrochemical nanosensors for the detection of analytes released from cells. Two type of materials were investigated, each pertaining to the two different aspects of such devices: peptide nanostructures were studied for the creation of cellular sensing substrates that mimic in vivo surfaces...... and that offer advantages of functionalization, and conducting polymers were used as electrochemical sensor surface modifications for increasing the sensitivity towards relevant analytes, with focus on the detection of dopamine released from cells via exocytosis. Vertical peptide nanowires were synthesized from...

  9. Influencia del género en la estructura temporal y las acciones de juego del pádel profesional

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    Sergio García-Benítez; Txomin Pérez-Bilbao; Martín Echegaray; José Luis Felipe

    2016-01-01

    El objetivo del presente estudio fue analizar la estructura temporal y las acciones características del pádel de élite. Se analizaron 9 torneos del Padel Pro Tour® 2012 con un total de 28 partidos y 59 sets (32 categoría masculina vs. 27 femenina). Los partidos fueron analizados mediante el software LongMatch V.0.20.1®, comparando ítems sobre aspectos temporales y acciones de juego entre hombres y mujeres. Los resultados ponen de manifiesto diferencias significativas en la mayoría de las vari...

  10. Cellular models for Parkinson's disease.

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    Falkenburger, Björn H; Saridaki, Theodora; Dinter, Elisabeth

    2016-10-01

    Developing new therapeutic strategies for Parkinson's disease requires cellular models. Current models reproduce the two most salient changes found in the brains of patients with Parkinson's disease: The degeneration of dopaminergic neurons and the existence of protein aggregates consisting mainly of α-synuclein. Cultured cells offer many advantages over studying Parkinson's disease directly in patients or in animal models. At the same time, the choice of a specific cellular model entails the requirement to focus on one aspect of the disease while ignoring others. This article is intended for researchers planning to use cellular models for their studies. It describes for commonly used cell types the aspects of Parkinson's disease they model along with technical advantages and disadvantages. It might also be helpful for researchers from other fields consulting literature on cellular models of Parkinson's disease. Important models for the study of dopaminergic neuron degeneration include Lund human mesencephalic cells and primary neurons, and a case is made for the use of non-dopaminergic cells to model pathogenesis of non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. With regard to α-synuclein aggregates, this article describes strategies to induce and measure aggregates with a focus on fluorescent techniques. Cellular models reproduce the two most salient changes of Parkinson's disease, the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons and the existence of α-synuclein aggregates. This article is intended for researchers planning to use cellular models for their studies. It describes for commonly used cell types and treatments the aspects of Parkinson's disease they model along with technical advantages and disadvantages. Furthermore, this article describes strategies to induce and measure aggregates with a focus on fluorescent techniques. This article is part of a special issue on Parkinson disease.

  11. Oleochemical-tethered SBA-15-type silicates with tunable nanoscopic order, carboxylic surface, and hydrophobic framework: cellular toxicity, hemolysis, and antibacterial activity.

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    Pędziwiatr-Werbicka, Elżbieta; Miłowska, Katarzyna; Podlas, Marta; Marcinkowska, Monika; Ferenc, Małgorzata; Brahmi, Younes; Katir, Nadia; Majoral, Jean-Pierre; Felczak, Aleksandra; Boruszewska, Aleksandra; Lisowska, Katarzyna; Bryszewska, Maria; El Kadib, Abdelkrim

    2014-07-28

    Novel silicates were prepared by using silylated natural fatty acids (derived from triglyceride renewable oils) as co-condensing reagents in presence of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and the triblock copolymer, pluronic P123, as a structure directing agent. A series of carboxylic acid functionalized SBA-15-type mesoporous silicates were obtained with tunable nanoscopic order and reactive functional groups that allow the conjugation of amino probes by peptide coupling. Photophysical studies of the covalently linked aminopyrene substantiated that the internal framework of these materials have pronounced hydrophobicity. Moreover, phase separation that can emanate from the bulkiness of the starting fatty silanes has been ruled out owing to the absence of excimers after aminopyrene grafting. The hemotoxicity, cytotoxicity, and antimicrobial activity of these novel silicates were then evaluated. Without discrimination, the functionalized silicates show a significant decrease of red blood cell hemolysis as compared to bare SBA-15-silica material. Within the modified silicate series, germanium-free mesoporous silicates induce only a slight decrease in cell viability and, more interestingly, they exhibit negligible hemolytic effect. Moreover, increasing their concentration in the medium reduces the concentration of released hemoglobin as a result of Hb adsorption. Promising antimicrobial properties were also observed for these silicates with a slight dependency on whether phenylgermanium fragments were present within the silicate framework.

  12. Relación entre teoría de la justicia y acciones no-violentas

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    María del Rosario Guerra González

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Este texto tiene tres partes: en primer término se caracterizan diversas formas de acciones no-violentas, en segundo término se presenta la justificación de la desobediencia civil dentro de la teoría de Rawls y en tercera parte se amplía el problema del derecho interno de los Estados al sistema internacional. Por motivos de justicia cada día son más las situaciones que han provocado desobediencia civil. Primero fue la defensa de derechos civiles y políticos quien causó la resistencia, luego las motivaciones han cambiado. El tema está abierto.

  13. Ventajas y desventajas de la Sociedad por Acciones Simplificada para la empresa familiar en Colombia. Estudio exploratorio

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    José Bernardo Betancourt Ramírez

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available La Sociedad por Acciones Simplificada (SAS representa la evolución más significativa del sistema societario colombiano en las últimas 4 décadas. Desde su aparición representa cerca del 90% del total de sociedades matriculadas en el país. Este estudio exploratorio descriptivo busca determinar si los empresarios conocen las ventajas y desventajas de las SAS, y si las tienen en cuenta en la toma de decisiones. Se aplicó un cuestionario estructurado a 57 empresas, de las cuales el 84% eran familia- res. Se observó un amplio desconocimiento de algunas ventajas y desventajas de la SAS que implica el desaprovechamiento de sus bondades y, en casos puntuales, riesgos para las empresas familiares.

  14. Las acciones civiles derivadas del daño ambiental en la ley nº 19.300

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    Vidal Olivares, Álvaro

    2007-01-01

    Un daño ambiental puede producir como consecuencia directa e inmediata un daño civil, y él da lugar a las acciones de responsabilidad ambiental y de indemnización ordinaria. La Ley Nº 19.300 prevé un régimen básico de común aplicación a ambas, que hace excepción a las normas del Derecho común . Entre los legitimados activos para la acción ambiental se cuentan las personas naturales o jurídicas que hayan sufrido un daño ambiental; y tiene por primer objeto una prestación de hacer: la reparació...

  15. Inhibition of microtubules and dynein rescues human immunodeficiency virus type 1 from owl monkey TRIMCyp-mediated restriction in a cellular context-specific fashion.

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    Pawlica, Paulina; Dufour, Caroline; Berthoux, Lionel

    2015-04-01

    IFN-induced restriction factors can significantly affect the replicative capacity of retroviruses in mammals. TRIM5α (tripartite motif protein 5, isoform α) is a restriction factor that acts at early stages of the virus life cycle by intercepting and destabilizing incoming retroviral cores. Sensitivity to TRIM5α maps to the N-terminal domain of the retroviral capsid proteins. In several New World and Old World monkey species, independent events of retrotransposon-mediated insertion of the cyclophilin A (CypA)-coding sequence in the trim5 gene have given rise to TRIMCyp (also called TRIM5-CypA), a hybrid protein that is active against some lentiviruses in a species-specific fashion. In particular, TRIMCyp from the owl monkey (omkTRIMCyp) very efficiently inhibits human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). Previously, we showed that disrupting the integrity of microtubules (MTs) and of cytoplasmic dynein complexes partially rescued replication of retroviruses, including HIV-1, from restriction mediated by TRIM5α. Here, we showed that efficient restriction of HIV-1 by omkTRIMCyp was similarly dependent on the MT network and on dynein complexes, but in a context-dependent fashion. When omkTRIMCyp was expressed in human HeLa cells, restriction was partially counteracted by pharmacological agents targeting MTs or by small interfering RNA-mediated inhibition of dynein. The same drugs (nocodazole and paclitaxel) also rescued HIV-1 from restriction in cat CRFK cells, although to a lesser extent. Strikingly, neither nocodazole, paclitaxel nor depletion of the dynein heavy chain had a significant effect on the restriction of HIV-1 in an owl monkey cell line. These results suggested the existence of cell-specific functional interactions between MTs/dynein and TRIMCyp.

  16. Cellular Signaling Pathways in Insulin Resistance-Systems Biology Analyses of Microarray Dataset Reveals New Drug Target Gene Signatures of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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    Muhammad, Syed Aun; Raza, Waseem; Nguyen, Thanh; Bai, Baogang; Wu, Xiaogang; Chen, Jake

    2017-01-01

    Purpose: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a chronic and metabolic disorder affecting large set of population of the world. To widen the scope of understanding of genetic causes of this disease, we performed interactive and toxicogenomic based systems biology study to find potential T2DM related genes after cDNA differential analysis. Methods: From the list of 50-differential expressed genes (p < 0.05), we found 9-T2DM related genes using extensive data mapping. In our constructed gene-network, T2DM-related differentially expressed seeder genes (9-genes) are found to interact with functionally related gene signatures (31-genes). The genetic interaction network of both T2DM-associated seeder as well as signature genes generally relates well with the disease condition based on toxicogenomic and data curation. Results: These networks showed significant enrichment of insulin signaling, insulin secretion and other T2DM-related pathways including JAK-STAT, MAPK, TGF, Toll-like receptor, p53 and mTOR, adipocytokine, FOXO, PPAR, P13-AKT, and triglyceride metabolic pathways. We found some enriched pathways that are common in different conditions. We recognized 11-signaling pathways as a connecting link between gene signatures in insulin resistance and T2DM. Notably, in the drug-gene network, the interacting genes showed significant overlap with 13-FDA approved and few non-approved drugs. This study demonstrates the value of systems genetics for identifying 18 potential genes associated with T2DM that are probable drug targets. Conclusions: This integrative and network based approaches for finding variants in genomic data expect to accelerate identification of new drug target molecules for different diseases and can speed up drug discovery outcomes. PMID:28179884

  17. FONDOS DE INVERSIÓN EN ACCIONES EN BRASIL: MÉTRICAS PARA EVALUACIÓN DEL RENDIMIENTO

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    Bolivar Godinho de Oliveira Filho

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo es calcular los índices de rendimiento de los fondos de acciones en el mercado brasileño y determinar cuál es la probabilidad de un fondo, que está presentando buen rendimiento en relación a sus pares, de conseguir mantener esa posición en el período siguiente. Como objetivo específico, se buscó investigar cuáles índices de rendimiento están más asociados a la expectativa de buena performance. La principal contribución de este trabajo consiste en desarrollar un modelo para análisis de fondos de inversión en acciones en el mercado brasileño que pudiese ser utilizado por los inversores para seleccionar los mejores fondos para aplicación de sus recursos. Se buscó analizar cuales métricas de rendimiento son mejores para discriminar los fondos con buen rendimiento, a través de la técnica estadística de regresión logística binaria, cuya respuesta permite establecer la probabilidad de ocurrencia de fondos con rendimiento superior y la importancia de las variables para esa ocurrencia. El abordaje es innovador. Los resultados del trabajo mostraron que el modelo computó un índice de aciertos de 81% en su matriz de clasificación y definió las variables con importancia estadística que deben ser consideradas en la elección de los fondos, por el orden de importancia: tasa de administración, índice de Treynor, índice de Sharpe generalizado, índice de Modigliani y tasa de performance.

  18. Revistas científicas de las universidades españolas: acciones básicas para aumentar su difusión e impacto

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    Abadal, Ernest

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available A description of the current situation of scholarly journals from Spanish universities with the aim of highlighting certain actions to improve their dissemination. First, quantitative data is offered regarding the university scientific journals that originate from journal directories (essentially, Cindoc, Ulrich’s and Latindex. It then sets out a set of seven basic lines of action to improve their dissemination and impact: content digitalisation, inclusion on portals, free access dissemination, creation of multilingual versions, communication of new features, audience measuring and inclusion in databases. Finally, reference is made to the main agents that may carry out this type of action

    Se describe la situación actual de las revistas científicas de las universidades españolas con el propósito de señalar algunas acciones para mejorar su difusión. En primer lugar, se ofrecen diversos datos cuantitativos sobre las revistas científicas universitarias que proceden de directorios de revistas (CINDOC, Ulrich’s y Latindex, fundamentalmente. A continuación, se señalan un conjunto de siete líneas básicas de actuación para mejorar su difusión e impacto: digitalización de contenidos, inclusión en portales, difusión en libre acceso, elaboración de versiones multilingües, comunicación de novedades, medición de la audiencia, e inclusión en bases de datos. Finalmente, se hace referencia a los principales agentes que pueden llevar a cabo este tipo de actuaciones.

  19. Influencia del género en la estructura temporal y las acciones de juego del pádel profesional

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    Sergio García-Benítez

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente estudio fue analizar la estructura temporal y las acciones características del pádel de élite. Se analizaron 9 torneos del Padel Pro Tour® 2012 con un total de 28 partidos y 59 sets (32 categoría masculina vs. 27 femenina. Los partidos fueron analizados mediante el software LongMatch V.0.20.1®, comparando ítems sobre aspectos temporales y acciones de juego entre hombres y mujeres. Los resultados ponen de manifiesto diferencias significativas en la mayoría de las variables temporales analizadas. Además, se encontró que el índice de esfuerzo fue significativamente superior en mujeres que en hombres. Por otro lado, las acciones de juego como el número de globos/punto o el número de golpes/punto también fueron significativamente superiores en mujeres con respecto a los hombres. Se podría afirmar que el pádel de élite es un deporte caracterizado por puntos de corta duración alternados con breves periodos de pausa, lo que implica una alta densidad de trabajo, donde el género influye significativamente en las variables temporales y acciones de juego.

  20. Proyecto ATN/ME-9726-UR: Implementación de Acciones de Responsabilidad Social Empresarial en PYMES de la Cadena de Valor de Grandes Empresas

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    2007-01-01

    Presentación del proyecto de responsabilidad social empresarial en PYMES que pretende contribuir a que las pequeñas y medianas empresas uruguayas formen parte de cadenas de valor de grandes empresas (alineadas con los conceptos de RSE), implementen acciones de RSE que les permita aprovechar oportunidades de mercado, de manera sustentable en el largo plazo.

  1. CELLULAR INTERACTIONS MEDIATED BY GLYCONECTIDS

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    Popescu, O.; Sumanovski, L. T.; I. Checiu; Elisabeta Popescu; G. N. Misevic

    1999-01-01

    Cellular interactions involve many types of cell surface molecules and operate via homophilic and/or heterophilic protein-protein and protein-carbohydrate binding. Our investigations in different model-systems (marine invertebrates and mammals) have provided direct evidence that a novel class of primordial proteoglycans, named by us gliconectins, can mediate cell adhesion via a new alternative molecular mechanism of polyvalent carbohydrate-carbohydrate binding. Biochemical characterization of...

  2. PERFIL INTRAEMPRENDEDOR Y ACCIONES DE LOS GESTORES DE LOS CURSOS DE CIENCIAS CONTABLES DE LA REGIÓN OESTE DE PARANÁ

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    Silvana Anita Walter

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo tiene como objetivo identificar y analizar las acciones, el perfil y las características intraemprendedoras de los gestores de cursos de bachillerato en Ciencias Contables del Oeste de Paraná. De esa manera, cipales acciones de los gestores de cursos de Ciencias Contables de la región Oeste de Paraná? Se ha utilizado como método la investigación descriptiva del tipo survey y, para la recolección de los datos, un cuestionario de Mastella (2005 y de Dornelas (2003, adaptado por Walter et. al. (2007. Como principales resultados, se há constatado que los gestores son hombres, teniendo la mayoría de ellos más de 50 años de edad, título de especialista o maestría y el principal vínculo con la institución en la cual actúan. Se ha notado que las acciones más desarrolladas por los gestores se presentan destinadas a las acciones internas, hecho que debería ser objeto de reflexión, una vez que las acciones consideradas más importantes por los gestores se llevan a cabo no muy a menudo. De esa manera, con poco tiempo de dedicación a la gestión, con discrepancias entre las acciones deseadas y las efectivamente llevadas a cabo y el demasiado enfoque interno de sus acciones son aspectos que los gestores investigados necesitan mejorar. Todos los investigados presentan características intraemprendedoras. Se nota la necesidad de una mayor claridad en el diálogo entre el personal superior y los gestores para una mayor alineación en cuanto al desempeño actual de los gestores. Se nota asimismo que cuestiones como la conciliación entre la carga horaria enseñanza/gestión todavía necesita perfeccionarse.

  3. Reduction of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2 viremia by a reformulated inactivated chimeric PCV1-2 vaccine-induced humoral and cellular immunity after experimental PCV2 challenge

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    Seo Hwi

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The objective of the present study was to elucidate the humoral and cellular immune response mechanisms by which a reformulated inactivated chimeric PCV1-2 vaccine reduces the PCV2 viremia. Forty PCV2 seronegative 3-week-old pigs were randomly divided into the following four groups: vaccinated challenged (T01, vaccinated non-challenged (T02, non-vaccinated challenged (T03, and non-vaccinated non-challenged (T04 animals. The pigs in groups T01 and T02 were immunized with a reformulated inactivated chimeric PCV1-2 vaccine (Fostera™ PCV; Pfizer Animal Health administered as a 2.0 ml dose at 21 days of age. At 35 days of age (0 days post-challenge, the pigs in groups T01 and T03 were inoculated intranasally with 2 ml each of PCV2b. Results A reduction of PCV2 viremia coincided with the appearance of both PCV2-specific neutralizing antibodies (NA and interferon-γ-secreting cells (IFN-γ-SCs in the vaccinated animals. However, the presence of anti-PCV2 IgG antibodies did not correlate with the reduction of PCV2 viremia. Lymphocyte subset analysis indicated that the numbers of CD3+ and CD4+ cells increased in vaccinated animals but the numbers of CD4+ cells decreased transiently in non-vaccinated animals. The observation of a delayed type hypersensitivity response in only the vaccinated animals also supports a CD4+ cell-associated protective cellular immune response induced by the reformulated inactivated chimeric PCV1-2 vaccine. Conclusions The induction of PCV2-specific NA and IFN-γ-SCs, and CD4+ cells by the reformulated inactivated chimeric PCV1-2 vaccine is the important protective immune response leading to reduction of the PCV2 viremia and control of the PCV2 infection. To our knowledge this is the first demonstration of protective humoral and cellular immunity induced by the reformulated inactivated chimeric PCV1-2 vaccine and its effect on reduction of PCV2 viremia by vaccination.

  4. Comparative Analysis of Glycoprotein B (gB of Equine Herpesvirus Type 1 and Type 4 (EHV-1 and EHV-4 in Cellular Tropism and Cell-to-Cell Transmission

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    Bart Spiesschaert

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Glycoprotein B (gB plays an important role in alphaherpesvirus cellular entry and acts in concert with gD and the gH/gL complex. To evaluate whether functional differences exist between gB1 and gB4, the corresponding genes were exchanged between the two viruses. The gB4-containing-EHV-1 (EHV-1_gB4 recombinant virus was analyzed for growth in culture, cell tropism, and cell entry rivaling no significant differences when compared to parental virus. We also disrupted a potential integrin-binding motif, which did not affect the function of gB in culture. In contrast, a significant reduction of plaque sizes and growth kinetics of gB1-containing-EHV-4 (EHV-4_gB1 was evident when compared to parental EHV-4 and revertant viruses. The reduction in virus growth may be attributable to the loss of functional interaction between gB and the other envelope proteins involved in virus entry, including gD and gH/gL. Alternatively, gB4 might have an additional function, required for EHV-4 replication, which is not fulfilled by gB1. In conclusion, our results show that the exchange of gB between EHV-1 and EHV-4 is possible, but results in a significant attenuation of virus growth in the case of EHV-4_gB1. The generation of stable recombinant viruses is a valuable tool to address viral entry in a comparative fashion and investigate this aspect of virus replication further.

  5. Cellular neurothekeoma with melanocytosis.

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    Wu, Ren-Chin; Hsieh, Yi-Yueh; Chang, Yi-Chin; Kuo, Tseng-Tong

    2008-02-01

    Cellular neurothekeoma (CNT) is a benign dermal tumor mainly affecting the head and neck and the upper extremities. It is characterized histologically by interconnecting fascicles of plump spindle or epithelioid cells with ample cytoplasm infiltrating in the reticular dermis. The histogenesis of CNT has been controversial, although it is generally regarded as an immature counterpart of classic/myxoid neurothekeoma, a tumor with nerve sheath differentiation. Two rare cases of CNT containing melanin-laden cells were described. Immunohistochemical study with NKI/C3, vimentin, epithelial membrane antigen, smooth muscle antigen, CD34, factor XIIIa, collagen type IV, S100 protein and HMB-45 was performed. Both cases showed typical growth pattern of CNT with interconnecting fascicles of epithelioid cells infiltrating in collagenous stroma. One of the nodules contained areas exhibiting atypical cytological features. Melanin-laden epithelioid or dendritic cells were diffusely scattered throughout one nodule, and focally present in the peripheral portion of the other nodule. Both nodules were strongly immunoreactive to NKI/C3 and vimentin, but negative to all the other markers employed. CNT harboring melanin-laden cells may pose diagnostic problems because of their close resemblance to nevomelanocytic lesions and other dermal mesenchymal tumors. These peculiar cases may also provide further clues to the histogenesis of CNT.

  6. On Cellular MIMO Channel Capacity

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    Adachi, Koichi; Adachi, Fumiyuki; Nakagawa, Masao

    To increase the transmission rate without bandwidth expansion, the multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technique has recently been attracting much attention. The MIMO channel capacity in a cellular system is affected by the interference from neighboring co-channel cells. In this paper, we introduce the cellular channel capacity and evaluate its outage capacity, taking into account the frequency-reuse factor, path loss exponent, standard deviation of shadowing loss, and transmission power of a base station (BS). Furthermore, we compare the cellular MIMO downlink channel capacity with those of other multi-antenna transmission techniques such as single-input multiple-output (SIMO) and space-time block coded multiple-input single-output (STBC-MISO). We show that the optimum frequency-reuse factor F that maximizes 10%-outage capacity is 3 and both 50%- and 90%-outage capacities is 1 irrespective of the type of multi-antenna transmission technique, where q%-outage capacity is defined as the channel capacity that gives an outage probability of q%. We also show that the cellular MIMO channel capacity is always higher than those of SIMO and STBC-MISO.

  7. Reversible quantum cellular automata

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    Schumacher, B

    2004-01-01

    We define quantum cellular automata as infinite quantum lattice systems with discrete time dynamics, such that the time step commutes with lattice translations and has strictly finite propagation speed. In contrast to earlier definitions this allows us to give an explicit characterization of all local rules generating such automata. The same local rules also generate the global time step for automata with periodic boundary conditions. Our main structure theorem asserts that any quantum cellular automaton is structurally reversible, i.e., that it can be obtained by applying two blockwise unitary operations in a generalized Margolus partitioning scheme. This implies that, in contrast to the classical case, the inverse of a nearest neighbor quantum cellular automaton is again a nearest neighbor automaton. We present several construction methods for quantum cellular automata, based on unitaries commuting with their translates, on the quantization of (arbitrary) reversible classical cellular automata, on quantum c...

  8. Progress of cellular dedifferentiation research

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    LIU Hu-xian; HU Da-hai; JIA Chi-yu; FU Xiao-bing

    2006-01-01

    Differentiation, the stepwise specialization of cells, and transdifferentiation, the apparent switching of one cell type into another, capture much of the stem cell spotlight. But dedifferentiation, the developmental reversal of a cell before it reinvents itself, is an important process too. In multicellular organisms, cellular dedifferentiation is the major process underlying totipotency, regeneration and formation of new stem cell lineages. In humans,dedifferentiation is often associated with carcinogenesis.The study of cellular dedifferentiation in animals,particularly early events related to cell fate-switch and determination, is limited by the lack of a suitable,convenient experimental system. The classic example of dedifferentiation is limb and tail regeneration in urodele amphibians, such as salamanders. Recently, several investigators have shown that certain mammalian cell types can be induced to dedifferentiate to progenitor cells when stimulated with the appropriate signals or materials. These discoveries open the possibility that researchers might enhance the endogenous regenerative capacity of mammals by inducing cellular dedifferentiation in vivo.

  9. Reversibly assembled cellular composite materials.

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    Cheung, Kenneth C; Gershenfeld, Neil

    2013-09-13

    We introduce composite materials made by reversibly assembling a three-dimensional lattice of mass-produced carbon fiber-reinforced polymer composite parts with integrated mechanical interlocking connections. The resulting cellular composite materials can respond as an elastic solid with an extremely large measured modulus for an ultralight material (12.3 megapascals at a density of 7.2 milligrams per cubic centimeter). These materials offer a hierarchical decomposition in modeling, with bulk properties that can be predicted from component measurements and deformation modes that can be determined by the placement of part types. Because site locations are locally constrained, structures can be produced in a relative assembly process that merges desirable features of fiber composites, cellular materials, and additive manufacturing.

  10. Optimization of Inter Cellular Movement of Parts in Cellular Manufacturing System Using Genetic Algorithm

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    Siva Prasad Darla

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In the modern manufacturing environment, Cellular Manufacturing Systems (CMS have gained greater importance in job shop or batch-type production to gain economic advantage similar to those of mass production. Successful implementation of CMS highly depends on the determination of part families; machine cells and minimizing inter cellular movement. This study considers machine component grouping problems namely inter-cellular movement and cell load variation by developing a mathematical model and optimizing the solution using Genetic Algorithm to arrive at a cell formation to minimize the inter-cellular movement and cell load variation. The results are presented with a numerical example.

  11. ACCIONES PEDAGÓGICAS PARA FAVORECER LA COMUNICACIÓN INTERALUMNO EN EL TRANSCURSO DE LA ACTIVIDAD DOCENTE

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    Greccy Castro Miranda

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available La comunicación pedagógica es un proceso básico de profesionalidad en los educadores, por la significación de esta para el efectivo desarrollo del proceso de enseñanza aprendizaje. En el artículo [3] se propone un conjunto de talleres que favorecen la comunicación interalumno, se desarrolló por la necesidad de atender las dificultades manifestadas en el proceso de la comunicación en la clase, en particular, por los problemas que presentan los estudiantes en su comunicación, lo que atenta contra el protagonismo de estos en el proceso de su educación como futuros profesores y en su propia vida personal. El objetivo trazado fue aplicar acciones pedagógicas en forma de talleres que favorezcan la comunicación interalumnos. Se introdujeron talleres práctico-vivenciales para evaluar el desarrollo de la comunicación pedagógica como elemento básico para el desarrollo de habilidades comunicativas y como vía que contribuye a la competencia comunicativa del futuro profesor.

  12. EL COMPORTAMIENTO DEL PRECIO DE LAS ACCIONES Y RECESIÓN ECONÓMICA. EEUU Y MÉXICO

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    Jorge Vázquez Sánchez

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se hace un estudio de las correspondientes crisis en los Estados Unidos y en México, distinguiendo entre su aspecto financiero y el económico. Se enfocan las crisis financieras como ciclos naturales que pueden terminar en recesiones económicas, más o menos profundas, en cuyo caso estarían desempeñando una función profiláctica para eliminar el exceso de inversión generado durante la etapa de expansión. La intervención del Banco Central resulta muy importante para mitigar las restricciones de liquidez y de esa manera atemperar la depreciación de activos y, en su caso, la profundidad de la recesión. El estudio se sustenta en el modelo de la crisis financiera propuesto por Minsky y Kindleberger, así como en el análisis técnico del comportamiento del precio de las acciones.

  13. Acciones gubernamentales frente a los desastres provocados por fenómenos hidrometeorológicos en México

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    Gabriel Angelotti Pasteur

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Las acciones realizadas tras los desastres constituyen una oportunidad para el cambio social, en específico, para construir sociedades resilientes. Sin embargo, cuando en los procesos de reconstrucción se persiguen intereses exógenos (económicos, sociales o políticos y, preferentemente, ajenos a las necesidades de la sociedad afectada, se incrementan las condiciones de riesgo y la vulnerabilidad ante futuras amenazas. En el presente trabajo se analiza lo ocurrido en Yucatán (México cuando, tras el paso del huracán Isidoro (2002, se implementó un programa de reconstrucción con el fin de suplir aquellas viviendas que habían sido dañadas y destruidas por ese fenómeno hidrometeorológico. Mediante el mismo se esperaba dotar a las familias damnificadas de una vivienda digna, resistente, moderna y, de este modo, contribuir a forjar una sociedad más segura. Sin embargo, los resultados alcanzados ponen en duda esta meta del gobierno.

  14. Reflexiones sobre algunas acciones de internacionalización de la educación en la UAM-Xochimilco

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    Luis Felipe Bojalil

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available La educación superior se enfrenta a cambios vertiginosos en las sociedades actuales, aparte de los viejos problemas, como el bajo acceso de los jóvenes a la educación superior, el aumento en la demanda que no está satisfecha y la desigualdad, entre otros. Nos encontramos ahora con la globalización que en el campo educativo nos lleva a la internacionalización, esto aunado al acelerado avance científico y tecnológico, al que si las instituciones no le ponen la debida atención, las llevará a cumplir con menor eficiencia y calidad sus funciones, poniendo en riesgo la posibilidad de crear una sociedad viable para el futuro. En este trabajo no vamos a analizar lo que puede resultar de la complejidad de estos cambios sociales. Nos limitaremos a describir algunas acciones de internacionalización educativa en la uam-Xochimilco, en las que el autor de este trabajo ha participado, de las que ha tenido conocimiento directo. Estos procesos tienen características innovadoras, que derivan del proyecto educativo de la uam-Xochimilco.

  15. Actions in the electrical sector to propitiate the environmental protection; Acciones en el sector electrico para propiciar la proteccion ambiental

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    Trevino Gaspari, Mateo [Fideicomiso de Ahorro de Energia (FIDE) (Mexico)

    1997-07-01

    The saving of electrical energy is one of the most efficient means to propitiate the environmental protection in the surroundings of the facilities used in the production of electrical energy. The emission of polluting agents associated with the electric power generation is analyzed, among them, CO{sub 2}, SO{sub 2} and NO{sub 2}, along with the particulate emission of ash or soot. In addition, an analysis is made of the contribution of the electrical energy saving to the environmental protection and the actions that the Comision Federal de Electricidad of Mexico will undertake on the electric energy saving for the 1995 to the 2000 period. [Spanish] El ahorro de energia electrica es uno de los medios mas eficientes para propiciar la proteccion ambiental en el entorno de las instalaciones usadas en la produccion de energia electrica. Se analiza la emision de contaminantes asociados con la generacion electrica, entre ellos, el CO{sub 2}, el SO{sub 2} y NO{sub 2}, junto con la emision de particulas de ceniza o de hollin. Ademas se analiza la contribucion del ahorro de energia electrica a la proteccion ambiental y las acciones que emprendera la Comision Federal de Electricidad de Mexico sobre ahorro de energia electrica para el periodo 1995 al 2000.

  16. ESTRATEGIAS DE ACCION E INCIDENCIA EN LAS POLITICAS PUBLICAS DE LAS COOPERATIVAS DE TERCER GRADO EN ARGENTINA

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    María Cristina Acosta

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    Full Text Available Este trabajo indaga sobre la incidencia de las entidades representativas del cooperativismo argentino en las políticas públicas contemporáneas. Se presenta un estudio de caso de las dos más importantes cooperativas de tercer grado del país, se analizan sus metas y estrategias en las interacciones con las dependencias estatales. Los resultados de las acciones de los actores definen metas y estrategias que pueden ser convergentes y/o divergentes. Se concluye que los vínculos que han construido las confederaciones seleccionadas con el Estado presentan características de complementación y cooperación en términos generales. Asimismo, la facultad de las organizaciones estudiadas para incidir en la definición de las políticas públicas resulta no solamente de los recursos propios, sino, principalmente, de las oportunidades políticas y la capacidad de establecer alianzas inter-actorales mediante estrategias colectivas.

  17. Heterogeneous cellular networks

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    Hu, Rose Qingyang

    2013-01-01

    A timely publication providing coverage of radio resource management, mobility management and standardization in heterogeneous cellular networks The topic of heterogeneous cellular networks has gained momentum in industry and the research community, attracting the attention of standardization bodies such as 3GPP LTE and IEEE 802.16j, whose objectives are looking into increasing the capacity and coverage of the cellular networks. This book focuses on recent progresses,  covering the related topics including scenarios of heterogeneous network deployment, interference management i

  18. Nanostructured cellular networks.

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    Moriarty, P; Taylor, M D R; Brust, M

    2002-12-01

    Au nanocrystals spin-coated onto silicon from toluene form cellular networks. A quantitative statistical crystallography analysis shows that intercellular correlations drive the networks far from statistical equilibrium. Spin-coating from hexane does not produce cellular structure, yet a strong correlation is retained in the positions of nanocrystal aggregates. Mechanisms based on Marangoni convection alone cannot account for the variety of patterns observed, and we argue that spinodal decomposition plays an important role in foam formation.

  19. Acciones de resiliencia frente a las políticas habitacionales en la ciudad de Buenos Aires: las organizaciones sociales, las instituciones y los desalojos masivos

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    Sandra Inu00E9s Su00E1nchez

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    Full Text Available La problemática habitacional actual de la ciudad de Buenos Aires gira en torno a dos fenómenos: la precariedad y los desalojos, en un contexto que se concibe de emergencia habitacional. Como reacción a esta situación, algunos organismos institucionales y ciertas organizaciones sociales con anclaje territorial en la zona sur de la ciudad comenzaron a llevar adelante acciones de resiliencia frente a los desalojos masivos que, como consecuencia de la presión inmobiliaria, afectaban a los hoteles, pensiones, inquilinatos y casas tomadas de esta zona de la ciudad. Se analizarán las acciones de resiliencia desplegadas por ellos en sus dimensiones individuales y colectivas y su relación con las políticas habitacionales.

  20. Acciones de resiliencia frente a las políticas habitacionales en la ciudad de Buenos Aires: las organizaciones sociales, las instituciones y los desalojos masivos

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    Sandra Inés Sánchez

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    Full Text Available La problemática habitacional actual de la ciudad de Buenos Aires gira en torno a dos fenómenos: la precariedad y los desalojos, en un contexto que se concibe de emergencia habitacional. Como reacción a esta situación, algunos organismos institucionales y ciertas organizaciones sociales con anclaje territorial en la zona sur de la ciudad comenzaron a llevar adelante acciones de resiliencia frente a los desalojos masivos que, como consecuencia de la presión inmobiliaria, afectaban a los hoteles, pensiones, inquilinatos y casas tomadas de esta zona de la ciudad. Se analizarán las acciones de resiliencia desplegadas por ellos en sus dimensiones individuales y colectivas y su relación con las políticas habitacionales.

  1. Acciones colectivas y políticas públicas territoriales: el caso de las víctimas en Medellín

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    James Gilberto Granada Vahos

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo, que presenta resultados del proyecto “Políticas públicas territoriales en Medellín, actores, recursos y oportunidades. Las políticas públicas de desplazamiento forzado, y de las diversidades sexuales y de género”, se propone realizar una lectura de las acciones colectivas de la población víctima en Medellín en relación con las políticas públicas territoriales de atención a víctimas, de esta manera se continúa con una agenda investigativa sobre esos dos temas y sus relaciones: las acciones colectivas de las víctimas del conflicto armado y las políticas públicas territoriales en Medellín y Antioquia. En el texto, se desarrolla un contexto general de la política pública de víctimas y algunos de sus antecedentes en la política de desplazamiento forzado; así mismo, se hace una aproximación a las acciones colectivas de las víctimas en y de la política pública territorial, se aborda brevemente lo que pasa de las políticas nacionales a los territorios, la relación con estos expresada en la descentralización y en los enfoques territoriales; y se finaliza con algunas consideraciones sobre el vínculo, en Medellín, de las acciones colectivas y las políticas públicas de las víctimas del conflicto armado.

  2. Metodología para la toma de decisiones de inversión en portafolio de acciones utilizando la técnica multicriterio AHP

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    John Willmer Escobar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta una metodología para la toma de decisiones en el mercado accionario colombiano utilizando la técnica multicriterio Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP. La problemática está relacionada con el proceso de inversión en un mercado bursátil considerando criterios de riesgo y rentabilidad. La metodología propuesta incluye la integración de las técnicas tradicionales de decisión de inversión en portafolio de acciones junto con la técnica multicriterio AHP que permite evaluar un número finito de alternativas de manera jerárquica bajo criterios cualitativos y cuantitativos. La metodología ha sido probada en la solución del problema de selección de portafolio de acciones de alta y media bursatilidad que cotizaron en el mercado colombiano durante el periodo de diciembre de 2007 a abril de 2010. Los resultados computacionales muestran la importancia y la eficiencia de la integración exitosa de los criterios tradicionales de inversión en portafolio de acciones junto con la metodología AHP para encontrar un balance apropiado entre rentabilidad y riesgo en el proceso de toma de decisiones de inversión en acciones en el mercado bursátil colombiano. Derechos reservados © 2015 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Contaduría y Administración. Este es un artículo de acceso abierto distribuido bajo los términos de la Licencia Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

  3. The insect cellular immune response

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    Michael R. Strand

    2008-01-01

    The innate immune system of insects is divided into humoral defenses that include the production of soluble effector molecules and cellular defenses like phagocytosis and encapsulation that are mediated by hemocytes. This review summarizes current understanding of the cellular immune response. Insects produce several terminally differentiated types of hemocytes that are distinguished by morphology, molecular and antigenic markers, and function. The differentiated hemocytes that circulate in larval or nymphal stage insects arise from two sources: progenitor cells produced during embryogenesis and mesodermally derived hematopoietic organs. Regulation of hematopoiesis and hemocyte differentiation also involves several different signaling pathways. Phagocytosis and encapsulation require that hemocytes first recognize a given target as foreign followed by activation of downstream signaling and effector responses. A number of humoral and cellular receptors have been identified that recognize different microbes and multicellular parasites. In turn, activation of these receptors stimulates a number of signaling pathways that regulate different hemocyte functions. Recent studies also identify hemocytes as important sources of a number of humoral effector molecules required for killing different foreign invaders.

  4. ACCIONES DE LUCHA CONTRA LA DESERTIFICACIÓN EN AMBIENTES SEMIÁRIDOS EN EL NOROESTE DE TAMAULIPAS, MÉXICO

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    Elizabeth Del C. Andrade Limas

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available En la Cuenca de Burgos, Tamaulipas (México, se realizaron acciones de lucha contra la desertifi cación para ayudar a la conservación de suelo y agua. El trabajo se efectuó en dos etapas 2005-2007 y 2008-2009 en lugares con problemas de erosión por pérdida de cobertura vegetal y deforestación causada por la agricultura y las actividades industriales. El objetivo fue estabilizar el ecosistema para conservar y manejar los recursos naturales, incrementar la producción agropecuaria, mejorar la condición familiar y elevar el nivel de vida de los pobladores rurales. Se identifi caron y ubicaron áreas y parcelas de trabajo. Se realizaron y evaluaron las siguientes acciones con el objetivo de obtener indicadores de sostenibilidad: (1 111,8 km de Cercos Vivos, (2 53,5 has con Bancos de Proteína, (3 825 has con introducción de Especies Forrajeras, (4 20 has de Estanques y abrevaderos, (5 3.579 has de subsoleo (6 10 has de sistemas silvopatoriles con Prosopis glandulosa (Mezquite, y pasto, y (7 realización de 5 Cursos de Capacitación para los agricultores. Todas estas acciones, sin duda, han sido muy benefi ciosas, aunque es necesaria una mayor información a los agricultores.

  5. ING proteins in cellular senescence.

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    Menéndez, Camino; Abad, María; Gómez-Cabello, Daniel; Moreno, Alberto; Palmero, Ignacio

    2009-05-01

    Cellular senescence is an effective anti-tumor barrier that acts by restraining the uncontrolled proliferation of cells carrying potentially oncogenic alterations. ING proteins are putative tumor suppressor proteins functionally linked to the p53 pathway and to chromatin regulation. ING proteins exert their tumor-protective action through different types of responses. Here, we review the evidence on the participation of ING proteins, mainly ING1 and ING2, in the implementation of the senescent response. The currently available data support an important role of ING proteins as regulators of senescence, in connection with the p53 pathway and chromatin organization.

  6. ¿Influyen las Normas Internacionales de Información Financiera en el riesgo de las acciones?

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    Gokhan Boz

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente trabajo de investigación es doble: estudiar qué información explica el riesgo de las acciones y analizar si la implantación de las Normas Internacionales de Información Financiera (NIIF, realizada en el mercado espanol ˜ en 2005, influye en dicha información. Conocer qué información contable y/o macroeconómica explica el riesgo de una acción es una información útil para el empresario y para el profesional de la gestión, pues nos indica qué variables observar para estimar la evolución del riesgo y, en consecuencia, la evolución del coste de capital o tasa de actualización. La tasa de actualización es una variable muy importante en muchas decisiones financieras, y su valor, que depende entre otras variables del riesgo, tiene una gran influencia en la decisión. Por este motivo es importante que dicha tasa se determine de forma objetiva, algo especialmente difícil en las pequenas ˜ y medianas empresas (PYMES. Una gestión eficiente implica poder anticiparse a los efectosfuturos, actuar para capturar los efectos positivos y minimizar los efectos negativos. Si sabemos qué variables explican el riesgo, conoceremos qué indicadores observar para analizar su comportamiento y prever lo que vaya a suceder en el futuro sobre la tasa de actualización.

  7. Cellular Phone Towers, towers, various type of towers used for cell phone and communication purposes., Published in 2010, 1:2400 (1in=200ft) scale, Glynn County Board of Commissioners.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Cellular Phone Towers dataset, published at 1:2400 (1in=200ft) scale, was produced all or in part from Field Survey/GPS information as of 2010. It is described...

  8. Epigenetics and Cellular Metabolism

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    Xu, Wenyi; Wang, Fengzhong; Yu, Zhongsheng; Xin, Fengjiao

    2016-01-01

    Living eukaryotic systems evolve delicate cellular mechanisms for responding to various environmental signals. Among them, epigenetic machinery (DNA methylation, histone modifications, microRNAs, etc.) is the hub in transducing external stimuli into transcriptional response. Emerging evidence reveals the concept that epigenetic signatures are essential for the proper maintenance of cellular metabolism. On the other hand, the metabolite, a main environmental input, can also influence the processing of epigenetic memory. Here, we summarize the recent research progress in the epigenetic regulation of cellular metabolism and discuss how the dysfunction of epigenetic machineries influences the development of metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity; then, we focus on discussing the notion that manipulating metabolites, the fuel of cell metabolism, can function as a strategy for interfering epigenetic machinery and its related disease progression as well. PMID:27695375

  9. Architected Cellular Materials

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    Schaedler, Tobias A.; Carter, William B.

    2016-07-01

    Additive manufacturing enables fabrication of materials with intricate cellular architecture, whereby progress in 3D printing techniques is increasing the possible configurations of voids and solids ad infinitum. Examples are microlattices with graded porosity and truss structures optimized for specific loading conditions. The cellular architecture determines the mechanical properties and density of these materials and can influence a wide range of other properties, e.g., acoustic, thermal, and biological properties. By combining optimized cellular architectures with high-performance metals and ceramics, several lightweight materials that exhibit strength and stiffness previously unachievable at low densities were recently demonstrated. This review introduces the field of architected materials; summarizes the most common fabrication methods, with an emphasis on additive manufacturing; and discusses recent progress in the development of architected materials. The review also discusses important applications, including lightweight structures, energy absorption, metamaterials, thermal management, and bioscaffolds.

  10. Cellular blue naevus

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    Mittal R

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available A 31-year-old man had asymptomatic, stationary, 1.5X2 cm, shiny, smooth, dark blue nodule on dorsum of right hand since 12-14 years. In addition he had developed extensive eruption of yellow to orange papulonodular lesions on extensors of limbs and buttocks since one and half months. Investigations confirmed that yellow papules were xanthomatosis and he had associated diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidaemia. Biopsy of blue nodule confirmed the clinical diagnosis of cellular blue naevus. Cellular blue naevus is rare and its association with xanthomatosis and diabetes mellitus were interesting features of above patients which is being reported for its rarity.

  11. Cellular rehabilitation of photobiomodulation

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    Liu, Timon Cheng-Yi; Yuan, Jian-Qin; Wang, Yan-Fang; Xu, Xiao-Yang; Liu, Song-Hao

    2007-05-01

    Homeostasis is a term that refers to constancy in a system. A cell in homeostasis normally functions. There are two kinds of processes in the internal environment and external environment of a cell, the pathogenic processes (PP) which disrupts the old homeostasis (OH), and the sanogenetic processes (SP) which restores OH or establishes a new homeostasis (NH). Photobiomodualtion (PBM), the cell-specific effects of low intensity monochromatic light or low intensity laser irradiation (LIL) on biological systems, is a kind of modulation on PP or SP so that there is no PBM on a cell in homeostasis. There are two kinds of pathways mediating PBM, the membrane endogenetic chromophores mediating pathways which often act through reactive oxygen species, and membrane proteins mediating pathways which often enhance cellular SP so that it might be called cellular rehabilitation. The cellular rehabilitation of PBM will be discussed in this paper. It is concluded that PBM might modulate the disruption of cellular homeostasis induced by pathogenic factors such as toxin until OH has been restored or NH has been established, but can not change homeostatic processes from one to another one.

  12. Cellular Response to Irradiation

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    LIU Bo; YAN Shi-Wei

    2011-01-01

    To explore the nonlinear activities of the cellular signaling system composed of one transcriptional arm and one protein-interaction arm, we use an irradiation-response module to study the dynamics of stochastic interactions.It is shown that the oscillatory behavior could be described in a unified way when the radiation-derived signal and noise are incorporated.

  13. Impacto de las acciones para la eliminación sostenible de la deficiencia de yodo en Cuba

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    C. Blanca Terry-Berro

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Evaluar la efectividad del “Programa de Eliminación Sostenible de Deficiencia de Yodo” mediante determinación de yoduria y prevalencia de bocio. Materiales y métodos. Se realizó un estudio transversal en el cual se incluyó a la población escolar cubana de 6 a 11 años que cursaba estudios en el periodo 2011-2012. Se empleó un muestreo estratificado polietápico. En el cual se determinaron los niveles de excreción de yodo en la orina (yoduria y la presencia de bocio. Resultados. La mediana de yoduria fue de 176,3 µg/L; el 7,6% de los escolares presentaron alguna deficiencia de yodo, solo el 2,2% estaba por debajo de 50 µg/L (deficiencia severa y el 15,3% tenía yodurias por encima de 300 µg/L. El porcentaje de escolares con nutrición óptima de yodo fue de 43,5%, esta categoría presentó una frecuencia significativamente mayor ( p=0,03 en el estrato montaña (52,5%. La prevalencia de bocio encontrada fue de 17,6%, que corresponde a una endemia ligera. Sin embargo, en el estrato montaña se encontró una prevalencia de 32,6 % (endemia severa. Conclusiones. El análisis integral del impacto de las acciones de control de la deficiencia de yodo evaluado a través de la excreción urinaria de yodo y la prevalencia de bocio refleja que ha dejado de ser un problema de salud poblacional en los estratos urbano y rural de Cuba, atribuible a un adecuado proceso de yodación de la sal. Sin embargo, aún se observa una alta prevalencia de bocio en la zona de montaña de Cuba

  14. Impacto de las acciones para la eliminación sostenible de la deficiencia de yodo en Cuba

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    C. Blanca Terry-Berro

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Evaluar la efectividad del “Programa de Eliminación Sostenible de Deficiencia de Yodo” mediante determinación de yoduria y prevalencia de bocio. Materiales y métodos. Se realizó un estudio transversal en el cual se incluyó a la población escolar cubana de 6 a 11 años que cursaba estudios en el periodo 2011-2012. Se empleó un muestreo estratificado polietápico. En el cual se determinaron los niveles de excreción de yodo en la orina (yoduria y la presencia de bocio. Resultados. La mediana de yoduria fue de 176,3 µg/L; el 7,6% de los escolares presentaron alguna deficiencia de yodo, solo el 2,2% estaba por debajo de 50 µg/L (deficiencia severa y el 15,3% tenía yodurias por encima de 300 µg/L. El porcentaje de escolares con nutrición óptima de yodo fue de 43,5%, esta categoría presentó una frecuencia significativamente mayor ( p=0,03 en el estrato montaña (52,5%. La prevalencia de bocio encontrada fue de 17,6%, que corresponde a una endemia ligera. Sin embargo, en el estrato montaña se encontró una prevalencia de 32,6 % (endemia severa. Conclusiones. El análisis integral del impacto de las acciones de control de la deficiencia de yodo evaluado a través de la excreción urinaria de yodo y la prevalencia de bocio refleja que ha dejado de ser un problema de salud poblacional en los estratos urbano y rural de Cuba, atribuible a un adecuado proceso de yodación de la sal. Sin embargo, aún se observa una alta prevalencia de bocio en la zona de montaña de Cuba

  15. Evolución de las acciones educativas en el exterior (AEE de España en Francia

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    Mª Remedios González

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo analiza cómo se enfrentan los alumnos que terminan el Bachillerato a su futuro laboral y formativo a través de una encuesta realizadas en la primavera del 2011 a alumnos del distrito madrileño de la Universidad Complutense, entre los que se encuentran los del Liceo Español de París. La comparación entre los resultados de los alumnos del Liceo y los de sus compañeros parece indicar un cambio de modelo en los receptores de las acciones educativas españolas en el exterior. Por otro lado y desde hace años, la política común y los objetivos educativos europeos han estado marcados por la llamada «Estrategia de Lisboa» que ha apostado por empleos de calidad, basados en la formación, que llevarían a la innovación y al desarrollo tecnológico y esta política debería tener refl ejo en las expectativas de los alumnos. La situación de crisis económica que atraviesa Europa y en particular España, desde el 2008, introduce un nuevo escenario que puede influir en la toma de decisiones en este periodo tan significativo de final de la Enseñanza Secundaria que coincide con la incorporación de los alumnos a la ciudadanía plena y, en ocasiones, con su incorporación al mundo laboral.This article discusses how to confront students completing high school to their future employment and training through a survey conducted in the spring of 2011 with students in the Madrid’s district of Complutense University, among which are those of the Spanish Lyceum of Paris. The comparison between the results of the Lyceum students and their peers suggests a paradigm shift in the receptor of Spanish international education actions. On the other hand and for years now, the common policies and the European educational objectives have been marked by the «Lisbon Strategy » which has made a high bet on quality jobs, based on good education, which would lead to innovation and technological development and this policy should be reflected in

  16. Acciones afirmativas como mecanismo de inclusión social en la educación superior pública: el caso de la Región Caribe Colombiana

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    Jaime Alberto Morón Cárdenas

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo se constituye en un primer insumo para la evaluación del impacto de la política de inclusión de las instituciones de educación superior de la región Caribe colombiana. El foco de atención se centra en dos aspectos: el análisis de las políticas universitarias implementadas por las siete IES públicas de la región para garantizar el acceso y permanencia de la población vulnerable, y el análisis de la dinámica presentada con la entrega de beneficios a los estudiantes matriculados entre 2005–2011 y su impacto en las tasas de deserción. Se utilizó información de acuerdos superiores y académicos, y resoluciones rectorales con las que se ofrecen beneficios a esta población, al igual que la base de datos del SPADIES. Se encontró que las acciones afirmativas implementadas por las IES se concentran en tres: académicas, financieras y de otro tipo, beneficiando al 52,7 % de los matriculados. Finalmente, para los estudiantes de estratos 1 y 2 las acciones afirmativas han buscado mejorar las condiciones de permanencia a través de apoyos de tipo financiero. Palabras clave: Acciones afirmativas; políticas de inclusión; población vulnerable; deserción.Affirmative action as social inclusion mechanism in public higher education: the case of the Colombian Caribbean RegionAbstract This article becomes the first product for the assessment about the impact of social inclusion policies on differents Higher Education Institutions (HEIs of the colombian Caribbean region. And it´s focused in two key aspects, the first one, it is the analysis of the impact of policies aimed to ensure the access and permanence of vulnerable population belong at the seven public university of the colombian Caribbean region; and another hand, the analysis about the supporting awarded to students matriculated among 2005 and 2011, and its impact on desertion rates. The information consulted was the senior and scademics agreement, and also rectoral

  17. Molecular and Cellular Signaling

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    Beckerman, Martin

    2005-01-01

    A small number of signaling pathways, no more than a dozen or so, form a control layer that is responsible for all signaling in and between cells of the human body. The signaling proteins belonging to the control layer determine what kinds of cells are made during development and how they function during adult life. Malfunctions in the proteins belonging to the control layer are responsible for a host of human diseases ranging from neurological disorders to cancers. Most drugs target components in the control layer, and difficulties in drug design are intimately related to the architecture of the control layer. Molecular and Cellular Signaling provides an introduction to molecular and cellular signaling in biological systems with an emphasis on the underlying physical principles. The text is aimed at upper-level undergraduates, graduate students and individuals in medicine and pharmacology interested in broadening their understanding of how cells regulate and coordinate their core activities and how diseases ...

  18. Políticas de los cuerpos y emociones en los sujetos involucrados en acciones colectivas en la ciudad de Villa María

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    Adrián Scribano

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo pretende dar cuenta, parcialmente, de la estructura de las sensibilidades sociales elaboradas a partir de la crisis del 2001 en la Argentina, a través de una indagación sistemática desde la voz de los sujetos que participaron en acciones colectivas durante la aludida crisis en la ciudad de Villa María, Córdoba. En el marco de dicho objetivo se identifican, describen y analizan las estructuras de sensibilidad que persisten a través del tiempo configuradas por el miedo, la resignación, la impotencia y la parálisis.

  19. Modelo matemático para el reporte financiero que estima el rendimiento de las acciones de empresas que cotizan en la Bolsa Mexicana de Valores.

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    García Padilla, Víctor Manuel.

    2015-01-01

    Esta investigación se encuentra dentro del campo del estudio de la teoría de los mercados eficientes en su forma semifuerte. En particular aborda el tema de los reportes financieros y su relación con los rendimientos en el precio de las acciones de las empresas del sector de la construcción de vivienda que integran el índice Habita de la Bolsa Mexicana de Valores. Tiene por objetivo proponer un modelo matemático de análisis financiero que se integre a los reportes financiero...

  20. Manual del configurador de tiempos. Taxonomía según las acciones modificadoras ejercidas sobre las formas del tiempo en treinta y cuatro obras de arquitectura.

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    Nieto García, José Ángel

    2013-01-01

    RESUMEN. Toda obra de arquitectura lleva aparejada una concepción del tiempo que es posible sintetizar en una imagen que llamamos "forma del tiempo". Existen obras de arquitectura en las que su forma del tiempo es el producto de una acción modificadora que se ha ejercido sobre él. La presente Tesis Fin de Máster se propone sintetizar las formas del tiempo de una serie de obras escogidas para después organizarlas mediante la elaboración de una taxonomía basada en las acciones modif...

  1. Acciones colectivas como práctica de memoria, realizadas por una organización de víctimas en Medellín (Colombia)

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    Jolyn Elena Castrillón; Juan David Villa Gómez; Andrés Felipe Marín Cortés

    2016-01-01

    La reconstrucción de los relatos de las víctimas del conflicto armado en Colombia es una herramienta para el fortalecimiento del tejido social; esta premisa orientó la investigación que tuvo como objetivo comprender los significados y sentidos de las acciones de memoria colectiva, realizadas por personas pertenecientes a una organización de víctimas de Medellín. El estudio se realizó desde un enfoque de investigación interpretativo con diseño cualitativo, fundamentado en el método fenomenológ...

  2. Promoción de acciones domésticas en pro del ambiente en la Escuela Primaria Donaciano Niestas de Colima, México

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    Angulo Partida, Juan Pablo

    2016-01-01

    Se describe el proyecto desarrollado con estudiantes de quinto y sexto grado de la Escuela Donaciano Niestas de Colima, México, enfocado en la concepción de Educación Ambiental. Se promovió un espacio de reflexión, valoración del ambiente y promoción de la cultura del ahorro y aprovechamiento sostenible de los recursos naturales. Se trabajaron tres ejes temáticos: conocimiento del medio, acciones domésticas y divulgación, en 18 sesiones. Los resultados de un auto-informe y de un pre y post te...

  3. Acciones de diseño y desarrollo de objetos educativos digitales en el marco del programa internet en el aula

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    2007-01-01

    Dentro del conjunto de acciones contempladas en el programa «Internet en el Aula» para potenciar la implantación eficaz de las TIC en educación, se halla toda una línea de trabajo, cuya finalidad es poner a disposición de la comunidad educativa un catálogo amplio de objetos educativos digitales, disponibles a través de una red federada de repositorios, que estarán accesibles por medio de los portales educativos de las comunidades autónomas y el Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia. Este artí...

  4. POSIBILIDADES DE LA PIZARRA DIGITAL PARA ACCIONES DE INNOVACIÓN EDUCATIVA EN LA FORMACIÓN DEL PROFESORADO EN EL ENTORNO ESPAÑOL

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    María Jesús Gallego Arrufat; Vanesa Gámiz Sánchez

    2011-01-01

    En este estudio realizamos una revisión de nuestras acciones pedagógicas encaminadas a la mejora de la práctica docente en Educación Superior. Con esta finalidad, en primer lugar, mostramos un conjunto de investigaciones y estudios acerca de las posibilidades tanto técnicas como metodológicas de empleo de la pizarra digital. En segundo lugar, a partir del examen de diversas historias de la práctica (relatos, entrevistas, informes, documentos), experimentamos el empleo de distintas modalidades...

  5. Caracterización jurídica del contrato de permuta financiera sobre acciones cotizadas o índices bursátiles ("Equity swap")

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    Mingot Aznar, Manuel María

    2016-01-01

    El presente estudio tiene por objeto analizar el régimen jurídico del contrato de permuta financiera sobre acciones o índices bursátiles, considerando sus aspectos de contratación mercantil, societarios, bancario-bursátiles y concursales más relevantes. La temática de los contratos de derivados financieros no es desconocida para la doctrina mercantil o la jurisprudencia que ha abordado el nacimiento y desarrollo de los instrumentos financieros derivados dentro del análisis del fenómeno de la ...

  6. Acciones políticas y proyectos económicos en Guanajuato frente al conflicto de la Sierra Gorda 1847-1852

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    2009-01-01

    Las revoluciones europeas de 1848 inquietaron a grandes sectores de la clase política mexicana, pues fueron percibidas como un peligro para el orden social. Asimismo, en esos años, conflictos regionales como la guerra de castas y la rebelión en la Sierra Gorda amenazaban con trascender al ámbito nacional. Las autoridades guanajuatenses trataron vehementemente de impulsar acciones de índole política y económica para controlar a la población serrana. El artículo aborda el proyecto para la const...

  7. Análisis de las acciones técnico-tácticas de sable en competición

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    Martínez Luís, Alejandro

    2014-01-01

    La esgrima es un deporte practicado por hombres y mujeres, que consta de 3 armas: Sable, florete y espada. Existe una gran cantidad de variables que influyen en el rendimiento del esgrimista: Psicología, fisiología o biomecánica, entre otras. En este trabajo nos hemos centrado en buscar, a través de la metodología observacional, las acciones más utilizadas y el lugar donde se producen en los asaltos de más alto nivel. Por lo general, no existe una gran cantidad de estudios sobre esgrima...

  8. Metodología para la toma de decisiones de inversión en portafolio de acciones utilizando la técnica multicriterio AHP

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    John Willmer Escobar

    2015-01-01

    Este artículo presenta una metodología para la toma de decisiones en el mercado accionario colombiano utilizando la técnica multicriterio Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). La problemática está relacionada con el proceso de inversión en un mercado bursátil considerando criterios de riesgo y rentabilidad. La metodología propuesta incluye la integración de las técnicas tradicionales de decisión de inversión en portafolio de acciones junto con la técnica multicriterio AHP que permite evaluar...

  9. Acciones para manejar el estrés laboral de las enfermeras en servicios de oncología. Revisión documental de 1995 a 2005

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    2008-01-01

    Objetivo: Describir las acciones o estrategias individuales,grupales e institucionales para manejar el estrés laboral delas enfermeras de áreas y servicios de oncología.Metodología: Revisión documental de 250 artículos halla-dos en bases de datos. Para la selección se tuvo en cuenta lataxonomía de objetivos y se excluyeron los artículos connivel de interpretación menor de 3. Los artículosseleccionados fueron 17 y para el análisis se elaboró unaficha descriptivoanalítica. Resultados: Las accio...

  10. Decolonizando acciones públicas contra el feminicidio con cuerpos disidentes: el performance y la plataforma arte acción en Chiapas México

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    Brittany Chávez

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Proponemos una forma alternativa de denunciar y visibilizar la violencia feminicida en la región de Chiapas por medio de la plataforma de performance y activismo Arte Acción. Tres partes constituyen este artículo: la situación del feminicidio en Chiapas y nuestra metodología desde lo erótico, lo decolonial y lo pedagógico; la creación de la memoria colectiva a través de acciones públicas; y nuestro trabajo continuado con la plataforma como un modo de activismo alternativo.

  11. Decolonizando acciones públicas contra el feminicidio con cuerpos disidentes: el performance y la plataforma arte acción en Chiapas México

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    Brittany Chávez; Doris Difarnecio

    2014-01-01

    Proponemos una forma alternativa de denunciar y visibilizar la violencia feminicida en la región de Chiapas por medio de la plataforma de performance y activismo Arte Acción. Tres partes constituyen este artículo: la situación del feminicidio en Chiapas y nuestra metodología desde lo erótico, lo decolonial y lo pedagógico; la creación de la memoria colectiva a través de acciones públicas; y nuestro trabajo continuado con la plataforma como un modo de activismo alternativo.

  12. Environment Aware Cellular Networks

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    Ghazzai, Hakim

    2015-02-01

    The unprecedented rise of mobile user demand over the years have led to an enormous growth of the energy consumption of wireless networks as well as the greenhouse gas emissions which are estimated currently to be around 70 million tons per year. This significant growth of energy consumption impels network companies to pay huge bills which represent around half of their operating expenditures. Therefore, many service providers, including mobile operators, are looking for new and modern green solutions to help reduce their expenses as well as the level of their CO2 emissions. Base stations are the most power greedy element in cellular networks: they drain around 80% of the total network energy consumption even during low traffic periods. Thus, there is a growing need to develop more energy-efficient techniques to enhance the green performance of future 4G/5G cellular networks. Due to the problem of traffic load fluctuations in cellular networks during different periods of the day and between different areas (shopping or business districts and residential areas), the base station sleeping strategy has been one of the main popular research topics in green communications. In this presentation, we present several practical green techniques that provide significant gains for mobile operators. Indeed, combined with the base station sleeping strategy, these techniques achieve not only a minimization of the fossil fuel consumption but also an enhancement of mobile operator profits. We start with an optimized cell planning method that considers varying spatial and temporal user densities. We then use the optimal transport theory in order to define the cell boundaries such that the network total transmit power is reduced. Afterwards, we exploit the features of the modern electrical grid, the smart grid, as a new tool of power management for cellular networks and we optimize the energy procurement from multiple energy retailers characterized by different prices and pollutant

  13. Thermomechanical characterisation of cellular rubber

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    Seibert, H.; Scheffer, T.; Diebels, S.

    2016-09-01

    This contribution discusses an experimental possibility to characterise a cellular rubber in terms of the influence of multiaxiality, rate dependency under environmental temperature and its behaviour under hydrostatic pressure. In this context, a mixed open and closed cell rubber based on an ethylene propylene diene monomer is investigated exemplarily. The present article intends to give a general idea of the characterisation method and the considerable effects of this special type of material. The main focus lies on the experimental procedure and the used testing devices in combination with the analysis methods such as true three-dimensional digital image correlation. The structural compressibility is taken into account by an approach for a material model using the Theory of Porous Media with additional temperature dependence.

  14. Cellular basis of memory for addiction.

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    Nestler, Eric J

    2013-12-01

    DESPITE THE IMPORTANCE OF NUMEROUS PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS, AT ITS CORE, DRUG ADDICTION INVOLVES A BIOLOGICAL PROCESS: the ability of repeated exposure to a drug of abuse to induce changes in a vulnerable brain that drive the compulsive seeking and taking of drugs, and loss of control over drug use, that define a state of addiction. Here, we review the types of molecular and cellular adaptations that occur in specific brain regions to mediate addiction-associated behavioral abnormalities. These include alterations in gene expression achieved in part via epigenetic mechanisms, plasticity in the neurophysiological functioning of neurons and synapses, and associated plasticity in neuronal and synaptic morphology mediated in part by altered neurotrophic factor signaling. Each of these types of drug-induced modifications can be viewed as a form of "cellular or molecular memory." Moreover, it is striking that most addiction-related forms of plasticity are very similar to the types of plasticity that have been associated with more classic forms of "behavioral memory," perhaps reflecting the finite repertoire of adaptive mechanisms available to neurons when faced with environmental challenges. Finally, addiction-related molecular and cellular adaptations involve most of the same brain regions that mediate more classic forms of memory, consistent with the view that abnormal memories are important drivers of addiction syndromes. The goal of these studies which aim to explicate the molecular and cellular basis of drug addiction is to eventually develop biologically based diagnostic tests, as well as more effective treatments for addiction disorders.

  15. Cellular communication through light.

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    Full Text Available Information transfer is a fundamental of life. A few studies have reported that cells use photons (from an endogenous source as information carriers. This study finds that cells can have an influence on other cells even when separated with a glass barrier, thereby disabling molecule diffusion through the cell-containing medium. As there is still very little known about the potential of photons for intercellular communication this study is designed to test for non-molecule-based triggering of two fundamental properties of life: cell division and energy uptake. The study was performed with a cellular organism, the ciliate Paramecium caudatum. Mutual exposure of cell populations occurred under conditions of darkness and separation with cuvettes (vials allowing photon but not molecule transfer. The cell populations were separated either with glass allowing photon transmission from 340 nm to longer waves, or quartz being transmittable from 150 nm, i.e. from UV-light to longer waves. Even through glass, the cells affected cell division and energy uptake in neighboring cell populations. Depending on the cuvette material and the number of cells involved, these effects were positive or negative. Also, while paired populations with lower growth rates grew uncorrelated, growth of the better growing populations was correlated. As there were significant differences when separating the populations with glass or quartz, it is suggested that the cell populations use two (or more frequencies for cellular information transfer, which influences at least energy uptake, cell division rate and growth correlation. Altogether the study strongly supports a cellular communication system, which is different from a molecule-receptor-based system and hints that photon-triggering is a fine tuning principle in cell chemistry.

  16. Cellular automata: structures

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    Ollinger, Nicolas

    2002-01-01

    Jury : François Blanchard (Rapporteur), Marianne Delorme (Directeur), Jarkko Kari (Président), Jacques Mazoyer (Directeur), Dominique Perrin, Géraud Sénizergues (Rapporteur); Cellular automata provide a uniform framework to study an important problem of "complex systems" theory: how and why do system with a easily understandable -- local -- microscopic behavior can generate a more complicated -- global -- macroscopic behavior? Since its introduction in the 40s, a lot of work has been done to ...

  17. Engineering Cellular Metabolism

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    Nielsen, Jens; Keasling, Jay

    2016-01-01

    Metabolic engineering is the science of rewiring the metabolism of cells to enhance production of native metabolites or to endow cells with the ability to produce new products. The potential applications of such efforts are wide ranging, including the generation of fuels, chemicals, foods, feeds...... of metabolic engineering and will discuss how new technologies can enable metabolic engineering to be scaled up to the industrial level, either by cutting off the lines of control for endogenous metabolism or by infiltrating the system with disruptive, heterologous pathways that overcome cellular regulation....

  18. Failover in cellular automata

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    Kumar, Shailesh

    2010-01-01

    A cellular automata (CA) configuration is constructed that exhibits emergent failover. The configuration is based on standard Game of Life rules. Gliders and glider-guns form the core messaging structure in the configuration. The blinker is represented as the basic computational unit, and it is shown how it can be recreated in case of a failure. Stateless failover using primary-backup mechanism is demonstrated. The details of the CA components used in the configuration and its working are described, and a simulation of the complete configuration is also presented.

  19. Las formas de reparación en la responsabilidad del Estado: hacia su unificación sustancial en todas las acciones contra el Estado

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    Juan Carlos Henao

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo comporta un análisis crítico de la reparación del daño en el derecho administrativo colombiano. A partir del estudio de las nociones de ‘daño’ y ‘reparación’, esenciales para la atribución de responsabilidad civil, se demuestra el carácter limitado del entendimiento clásico de la responsabilidad extracontractual del Estado. Así pues, el artículo propone una comprensión de la reparación a partir del criterio de ‘universalización’, con independencia de las acciones por medio de las cuales se persiga una condena del Estado. Además, hace un estudio sobre los medios de control consagrados en el Código de Procedimiento Administrativo y de lo Contencioso Administrativo, y las acciones constitucionales a la luz de las diversas formas de reparación del daño.

  20. Acciones para la sostenibilidad. El programa LIFE en el noroeste de la región de Murcia (España

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    Mercedes Millán Escriche

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available El progreso de las sociedades desarrolladas ocasiona, con frecuencia, efectos indeseados en recursos cuya escasez y fragilidad los convierte en elementos de alto valor para nuestra generación y las futuras. Paliar y, mejor aún, evitar comportamientos nocivos para la sostenibilidad se ha convertido en un auténtico reto para esas mismas sociedades, dando origen a numerosas cumbres y encuentros de los que se derivan planes, programas y agendas, cuya misión es elaborar estrategias que contribuyan a mantener un mundo más habitable para todos. Este es también el principal objetivo del Programa de la Unión Europea LIFE, cuyas acciones se llevan a cabo en distintos territorios europeos y pretende que los resultados actúen como efecto demostrativo para otros tantos. En este trabajo se ponen de relieve las acciones del Programa LIFE en el Noroeste de la Región de Murcia (España, partiendo de la revisión de los documentos emitidos por las administraciones implicadas y observando su cumplimiento en el territorio afectado.

  1. Cellular Signaling in Health and Disease

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    Beckerman, Martin

    2009-01-01

    In today’s world, three great classes of non-infectious diseases – the metabolic syndromes (such as type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis), the cancers, and the neurodegenerative disorders – have risen to the fore. These diseases, all associated with increasing age of an individual, have proven to be remarkably complex and difficult to treat. This is because, in large measure, when the cellular signaling pathways responsible for maintaining homeostasis and health of the body become dysregulated, they generate equally stable disease states. As a result the body may respond positively to a drug, but only for a while and then revert back to the disease state. Cellular Signaling in Health and Disease summarizes our current understanding of these regulatory networks in the healthy and diseased states, showing which molecular components might be prime targets for drug interventions. This is accomplished by presenting models that explain in mechanistic, molecular detail how a particular part of the cellular sign...

  2. A structural and functional homolog supports a general role for frataxin in cellular iron chemistry.

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    Qi, Wenbin; Cowan, J A

    2010-02-01

    Bacillus subtilis YdhG lacks sequence homology, but demonstrates structural and functional similarity to the frataxin family, supporting a general cellular role for frataxin-type proteins in cellular iron homeostasis.

  3. Cellular image classification

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    Xu, Xiang; Lin, Feng

    2017-01-01

    This book introduces new techniques for cellular image feature extraction, pattern recognition and classification. The authors use the antinuclear antibodies (ANAs) in patient serum as the subjects and the Indirect Immunofluorescence (IIF) technique as the imaging protocol to illustrate the applications of the described methods. Throughout the book, the authors provide evaluations for the proposed methods on two publicly available human epithelial (HEp-2) cell datasets: ICPR2012 dataset from the ICPR'12 HEp-2 cell classification contest and ICIP2013 training dataset from the ICIP'13 Competition on cells classification by fluorescent image analysis. First, the reading of imaging results is significantly influenced by one’s qualification and reading systems, causing high intra- and inter-laboratory variance. The authors present a low-order LP21 fiber mode for optical single cell manipulation and imaging staining patterns of HEp-2 cells. A focused four-lobed mode distribution is stable and effective in optical...

  4. Multiuser Cellular Network

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    Bao, Yi; Chen, Ming

    2011-01-01

    Modern radio communication is faced with a problem about how to distribute restricted frequency to users in a certain space. Since our task is to minimize the number of repeaters, a natural idea is enlarging coverage area. However, coverage has restrictions. First, service area has to be divided economically as repeater's coverage is limited. In this paper, our fundamental method is to adopt seamless cellular network division. Second, underlying physics content in frequency distribution problem is interference between two close frequencies. Consequently, we choose a proper frequency width of 0.1MHz and a relevantly reliable setting to apply one frequency several times. We make a few general assumptions to simplify real situation. For instance, immobile users yield to homogenous distribution; repeaters can receive and transmit information in any given frequency in duplex operation; coverage is mainly decided by antenna height. Two models are built up to solve 1000 users and 10000 users situations respectively....

  5. Engineering Cellular Metabolism.

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    Nielsen, Jens; Keasling, Jay D

    2016-03-10

    Metabolic engineering is the science of rewiring the metabolism of cells to enhance production of native metabolites or to endow cells with the ability to produce new products. The potential applications of such efforts are wide ranging, including the generation of fuels, chemicals, foods, feeds, and pharmaceuticals. However, making cells into efficient factories is challenging because cells have evolved robust metabolic networks with hard-wired, tightly regulated lines of communication between molecular pathways that resist efforts to divert resources. Here, we will review the current status and challenges of metabolic engineering and will discuss how new technologies can enable metabolic engineering to be scaled up to the industrial level, either by cutting off the lines of control for endogenous metabolism or by infiltrating the system with disruptive, heterologous pathways that overcome cellular regulation.

  6. Los altos precios de los alimentos: El ‘qué', ‘quién' y ‘cómo' de las acciones de política propuestas

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    von Braun, Joachim; Ahmed, Akhter; Asenso-Okyere, Kwadwo; Fan, Shenggen; Gulati, Ashok; Hoddinott, John; Pandya-Lorch, Rajul; Rosegrant, Mark W.; Ruel, Marie; Torero, Maximo; van Rheenen, Teunis; von Grebmer, Klaus

    2008-01-01

    "La complejidad de las causas de la actual crisis alimentaria y agrícola requiere de una respuesta integral. En vista de que es urgente prestar asistencia a las poblaciones y los países necesitados, la primera serie de acciones de política —un paquete de emergencia— consiste en varios pasos para generar un impacto inmediato: 1. Incrementar las acciones de emergencia y la ayuda humanitaria para incluir a las poblaciones que experimentan inseguridad alimentaria y a las que amenazan la legitimid...

  7. Limitaciones del Eurocódigo 1, parte 4, en la determinación de las acciones de materiales agrícolas ensilados

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    Couto Yáñez, Ángel

    2000-08-01

    Full Text Available New Eurocode 1, part 4, supposes a great advance in the calculation methods of actions of silaged materials in Europe and Spain. Nevertheless, it still displays limitations that must corrected, for which is essential to incorporate the findings made by the different research groups, which work for a better understanding of the behavior of silaged materials and their influence on the silo structureEl nuevo Eurocódigo 1, parte 4, supone un gran avance en los métodos de cálculo de acciones del material ensilado en Europa y en España. Sin embargo, presenta aún limitaciones que deben corregirse, para lo cual resulta imprescindible incorporar los hallazgos realizados por los diferentes equipos de investigación que en todo el mundo trabajan para una mejor comprensión del comportamiento de los materiales ensilados y de las estructuras que los contienen

  8. Globalización y exclusión social. Acciones dirigidas a la integración en el marco de la Unión Europea

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    Genoveva Millán Vázquez de la Torre

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Este estudio se centra en las últimas acciones dirigidas a promover la plena integración de las personas con discapacidad. La Globalización en muchos caso ha llevado a la exclusión social de los grupos que sufren una mayor marginación, haciendo preciso promover desde las instituciones un enfoque social y económico integrado que considere la economía, el comercio, el empleo y la cohesión social como elementos interdependientes para la reducción de las desigualdades, debiéndose dar preeminencia a las reformas sociales que fomenten la igualdad y la plena integración siendo indudablemente necesarios controles de la ejecución de las políticas con el fin de integrar a los grupos más desfavorecidos social y económicamente.

  9. POSIBILIDADES DE LA PIZARRA DIGITAL PARA ACCIONES DE INNOVACIÓN EDUCATIVA EN LA FORMACIÓN DEL PROFESORADO EN EL ENTORNO ESPAÑOL

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    María Jesús Gallego Arrufat

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available En este estudio realizamos una revisión de nuestras acciones pedagógicas encaminadas a la mejora de la práctica docente en Educación Superior. Con esta finalidad, en primer lugar, mostramos un conjunto de investigaciones y estudios acerca de las posibilidades tanto técnicas como metodológicas de empleo de la pizarra digital. En segundo lugar, a partir del examen de diversas historias de la práctica (relatos, entrevistas, informes, documentos, experimentamos el empleo de distintas modalidades de pizarra digital como apoyo a la docencia presencial para complementar el trabajo docente realizado en un entorno virtual. Tratamos de identificar aplicaciones y metodologías didácticas en las que se usa la pizarra digital que funcionen desde la perspectiva del docente usuario y sean fácilmente transferibles.

  10. Cellular bioluminescence imaging.

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    Welsh, David K; Noguchi, Takako

    2012-08-01

    Bioluminescence imaging of live cells has recently been recognized as an important alternative to fluorescence imaging. Fluorescent probes are much brighter than bioluminescent probes (luciferase enzymes) and, therefore, provide much better spatial and temporal resolution and much better contrast for delineating cell structure. However, with bioluminescence imaging there is virtually no background or toxicity. As a result, bioluminescence can be superior to fluorescence for detecting and quantifying molecules and their interactions in living cells, particularly in long-term studies. Structurally diverse luciferases from beetle and marine species have been used for a wide variety of applications, including tracking cells in vivo, detecting protein-protein interactions, measuring levels of calcium and other signaling molecules, detecting protease activity, and reporting circadian clock gene expression. Such applications can be optimized by the use of brighter and variously colored luciferases, brighter microscope optics, and ultrasensitive, low-noise cameras. This article presents a review of how bioluminescence differs from fluorescence, its applications to cellular imaging, and available probes, optics, and detectors. It also gives practical suggestions for optimal bioluminescence imaging of single cells.

  11. Componente genérico para la planificación y ejecución de acciones en aplicaciones de software

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    Guillermo Luzua Farias

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available De todas las actividades y procesos que se implementan dentro de cualquier entidad, se puede afirmar que el proceso de planificación es un eslabón clave dentro de los resultados que se obtienen y el nivel de efectividad que se alcanza en los mismos. En este proceso es donde se acota y define la visión del objetivo que se quiere obtener. También es donde se hace un análisis del entorno donde se debe incidir y como proyectarse hacia el mismo. Además, se crean las metas u objetivos que se quieren alcanzar y se establecen cuáles son las acciones que se deben realizar para satisfacer los mismos. La planificación también incluye la definición del tiempo de inicio y fin de una determinada tarea. En el Centro de Desarrollo Geoinformática y Señales Digitales de la Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas se creó un Componente de Gestión de Planificaciones Genéricas que gestiona todo el proceso de planificación de las tareas a ejecutar por una aplicación de software. Este componente es capaz de planificar tareas asociadas a los recursos y acciones que posea la aplicación de software. Al mismo tiempo, cuando una tarea debe de iniciarse, el componente se encarga de ordenar al software la ejecución de la misma. El componente automatiza la ejecución de los procesos planificados de un software, reduciendo el gasto de recursos humanos en la ejecución manual de estas tareas.

  12. Acciones colectivas como práctica de memoria, realizadas por una organización de víctimas en Medellín (Colombia

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    Jolyn Elena Castrillón

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available La reconstrucción de los relatos de las víctimas del conflicto armado en Colombia es una herramienta para el fortalecimiento del tejido social; esta premisa orientó la investigación que tuvo como objetivo comprender los significados y sentidos de las acciones de memoria colectiva, realizadas por personas pertenecientes a una organización de víctimas de Medellín. El estudio se realizó desde un enfoque de investigación interpretativo con diseño cualitativo, fundamentado en el método fenomenológico-hermenéutico. Las técnicas de generación de información empleadas fueron la construcción de historias de vida, talleres participativos y entrevistas semi-estructuradas. Los hallazgos refieren que el apoyo del grupo familiar es fundamental, pues establece significantes biográficos que facilitan el proceso de construcción de memoria. Además, el apoyo grupal favorece el afrontamiento del dolor, la soledad, la tristeza y la desolación. El recuerdo es importante para la elaboración del duelo, más aún si se reconstruye junto con otros. El dolor se reconoce como parte de la experiencia vivida, pero no se acepta la inacción, puesto que la búsqueda de la verdad y la reparación son los horizontes de las acciones colectivas.

  13. LA PESQUISA Y DESARROLLO Y LOS PRECIOS DE LAS ACCIONES DE LAS EMPRESAS BRASILEÑAS: UN ESTUDIO EMPÍRICO EN LA BOVESPA

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    Arildo Hungarato

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available El presente estudio tiene por objetivo identificar la relación entre los gastos en Pesquisa y Desarrollo (P&D com el precio de las acciones de las empresas brasileñas registradas en la Bovespa dando continuidad a los estudios de Lopes (2001;2002 y Rezende (2005 sobre value-relevance de la información contable en el Brasil. Esta pesquisa empírico-análitica fue basada en el modelo de Collins et al. (1997, que es una proxy del modelo Residual Income Valuation (RIV de Ohlson (1995 y en la clasificación de intensidad tecnológica de la pesquisa de Chan et al. (1990, realizada en los Estados Unidos de América. Se tomaron como muestra las empresas brasileñas registradas en la Bovespa, abarcando el período de 1996 a 2006. Por medio de regresiones múltiples, se identificó que los gastos en P&D no son estadisticamente significantes para el precio de las acciones de las empresas estudiadas. Tales conclusiones no ratifican la pesquisa de Chan et al. (1990, pero refuerzan los estudios de Ohlson (1995, Lopes (2001; 2002 y complementan el estudio de Rezende (2005, una vez que el estudio evidencia que el lucro continúa estadísticamente significante para el precio de la acción, presentando relación positiva incluso después de la deducción de los gastos en P&D contabilizados al gasto. Situación diferente ocurre para el PL (Patrimonio Líquido, que dejó de ser estadísticamente significante y de presentar relación con el precio de la acción, después de ser deducidos los gastos en P&D contabilizados como inversión.

  14. Acciones socioeducativas sobre sexualidad para la familia de infantes con parálisis cerebral en el Centro Internacional de Restauración Neurológica

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    Grethel Ortiz-Antón

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Esta investigación tiene como objetivo la propuesta de acciones socioeducativas dirigida a las madres y padres de infantes diagnosticados con parálisis cerebral, que asistieron a la Clínica de Atención a Pacientes Cubanos del CIREN en el periodo de mayo de 2009 a febrero de 2010 para recibir el Programa de Rehabilitación Multifactorial Intensiva. Se efectuó un estudio descriptivo de corte transversal, con una perspectiva cualitativa, que determinó la percepción de madres y padres acerca de la sexualidad de sus hijas/os. Se aplicó una encuesta y se utilizó la técnica cualitativa de entrevista en profundidad para realizar el estudio. El diagnóstico demostró que existen vacíos en el conocimiento en la esfera de la sexualidad desde el rol de madres y padres, limitándose el conocimiento sobre esta temática permeado de mitos y prejuicios. No es suficiente la información recibida sobre los temas de la sexualidad infantil y consideran que la educación sexual de niñas/os que presentan alguna discapacidad puede ser necesaria si se condiciona a la recuperación física. En tanto, expresan que la sociedad no está preparada para convivir con la diferencia. La elaboración de las acciones socioeducativas se fundamentó a partir de la información obtenida en el proceso diagnóstico.

  15. Free fall and cellular automata

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    Pablo Arrighi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Three reasonable hypotheses lead to the thesis that physical phenomena can be described and simulated with cellular automata. In this work, we attempt to describe the motion of a particle upon which a constant force is applied, with a cellular automaton, in Newtonian physics, in Special Relativity, and in General Relativity. The results are very different for these three theories.

  16. About Strongly Universal Cellular Automata

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    Maurice Margenstern

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we construct a strongly universal cellular automaton on the line with 11 states and the standard neighbourhood. We embed this construction into several tilings of the hyperbolic plane and of the hyperbolic 3D space giving rise to strongly universal cellular automata with 10 states.

  17. Reactive Programming of Cellular Automata

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    Boussinot, Frédéric

    2004-01-01

    Implementation of cellular automata using reactive programming gives a way to code cell behaviors in an abstract and modular way. Multiprocessing also becomes possible. The paper describes the implementation of cellular automata with the reactive programming language LOFT, a thread-based extension of C. Self replicating loops considered in artificial life are coded to show the interest of the approach.

  18. MIMO Communication for Cellular Networks

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    Huang, Howard; Venkatesan, Sivarama

    2012-01-01

    As the theoretical foundations of multiple-antenna techniques evolve and as these multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) techniques become essential for providing high data rates in wireless systems, there is a growing need to understand the performance limits of MIMO in practical networks. To address this need, MIMO Communication for Cellular Networks presents a systematic description of MIMO technology classes and a framework for MIMO system design that takes into account the essential physical-layer features of practical cellular networks. In contrast to works that focus on the theoretical performance of abstract MIMO channels, MIMO Communication for Cellular Networks emphasizes the practical performance of realistic MIMO systems. A unified set of system simulation results highlights relative performance gains of different MIMO techniques and provides insights into how best to use multiple antennas in cellular networks under various conditions. MIMO Communication for Cellular Networks describes single-user,...

  19. Two HAP2-GCS1 homologs responsible for gamete interactions in the cellular slime mold with multiple mating types: Implication for common mechanisms of sexual reproduction shared by plants and protozoa and for male-female differentiation.

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    Okamoto, Marina; Yamada, Lixy; Fujisaki, Yukie; Bloomfield, Gareth; Yoshida, Kentaro; Kuwayama, Hidekazu; Sawada, Hitoshi; Mori, Toshiyuki; Urushihara, Hideko

    2016-07-01

    Fertilization is a central event in sexual reproduction, and understanding its molecular mechanisms has both basic and applicative biological importance. Recent studies have uncovered the molecules that mediate this process in a variety of organisms, making it intriguing to consider conservation and evolution of the mechanisms of sexual reproduction across phyla. The social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum undergoes sexual maturation and forms gametes under dark and humid conditions. It exhibits three mating types, type-I, -II, and -III, for the heterothallic mating system. Based on proteome analyses of the gamete membranes, we detected expression of two homologs of the plant fertilization protein HAP2-GCS1. When their coding genes were disrupted in type-I and type-II strains, sexual potency was completely lost, whereas disruption in the type-III strain did not affect mating behavior, suggesting that the latter acts as female in complex organisms. Our results demonstrate the highly conserved function of HAP2-GCS1 in gamete interactions and suggest the presence of additional allo-recognition mechanisms in D. discoideum gametes.

  20. Microfluidic Devices for the Measurement of Cellular Secretion

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    Schrell, Adrian M.; Mukhitov, Nikita; Yi, Lian; Wang, Xue; Roper, Michael G.

    2016-06-01

    The release of chemical information from cells and tissues holds the key to understanding cellular behavior and dysfunction. The development of methodologies that can measure cellular secretion in a time-dependent fashion is therefore essential. Often these measurements are made difficult by the high-salt conditions of the cellular environment, the presence of numerous other secreted factors, and the small mass samples that are produced when frequent sampling is used to resolve secretory dynamics. In this review, the methods that we have developed for measuring hormone release from islets of Langerhans are dissected to illustrate the practical difficulties of studying cellular secretions. Other methods from the literature are presented that provide alternative approaches to particularly challenging areas of monitoring cellular secretion. The examples presented in this review serve as case studies and should be adaptable to other cell types and systems for unique applications.

  1. Quantitative proteomics reveals cellular targets of celastrol.

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    Jakob Hansen

    Full Text Available Celastrol, a natural substance isolated from plant extracts used in traditional Chinese medicine, has been extensively investigated as a possible drug for treatment of cancer, autoimmune diseases, and protein misfolding disorders. Although studies focusing on celastrol's effects in specific cellular pathways have revealed a considerable number of targets in a diverse array of in vitro models there is an essential need for investigations that can provide a global view of its effects. To assess cellular effects of celastrol and to identify target proteins as biomarkers for monitoring treatment regimes, we performed large-scale quantitative proteomics in cultured human lymphoblastoid cells, a cell type that can be readily prepared from human blood samples. Celastrol substantially modified the proteome composition and 158 of the close to 1800 proteins with robust quantitation showed at least a 1.5 fold change in protein levels. Up-regulated proteins play key roles in cytoprotection with a prominent group involved in quality control and processing of proteins traversing the endoplasmic reticulum. Increased levels of proteins essential for the cellular protection against oxidative stress including heme oxygenase 1, several peroxiredoxins and thioredoxins as well as proteins involved in the control of iron homeostasis were also observed. Specific analysis of the mitochondrial proteome strongly indicated that the mitochondrial association of certain antioxidant defense and apoptosis-regulating proteins increased in cells exposed to celastrol. Analysis of selected mRNA transcripts showed that celastrol activated several different stress response pathways and dose response studies furthermore showed that continuous exposure to sub-micromolar concentrations of celastrol is associated with reduced cellular viability and proliferation. The extensive catalog of regulated proteins presented here identifies numerous cellular effects of celastrol and constitutes

  2. Cellular Particle Dynamics simulation of biomechanical relaxation processes of multi-cellular systems

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    McCune, Matthew; Kosztin, Ioan

    2013-03-01

    Cellular Particle Dynamics (CPD) is a theoretical-computational-experimental framework for describing and predicting the time evolution of biomechanical relaxation processes of multi-cellular systems, such as fusion, sorting and compression. In CPD, cells are modeled as an ensemble of cellular particles (CPs) that interact via short range contact interactions, characterized by an attractive (adhesive interaction) and a repulsive (excluded volume interaction) component. The time evolution of the spatial conformation of the multicellular system is determined by following the trajectories of all CPs through numerical integration of their equations of motion. Here we present CPD simulation results for the fusion of both spherical and cylindrical multi-cellular aggregates. First, we calibrate the relevant CPD model parameters for a given cell type by comparing the CPD simulation results for the fusion of two spherical aggregates to the corresponding experimental results. Next, CPD simulations are used to predict the time evolution of the fusion of cylindrical aggregates. The latter is relevant for the formation of tubular multi-cellular structures (i.e., primitive blood vessels) created by the novel bioprinting technology. Work supported by NSF [PHY-0957914]. Computer time provided by the University of Missouri Bioinformatics Consortium.

  3. The role of complement receptor type 1 (CR1, CD35) in determining the cellular distribution of opsonized immune complexes between whole blood cells: kinetic analysis of the buffering capacity of erythrocytes

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    Nielsen, C H; Matthiesen, S H; Lyng, I;

    1997-01-01

    Erythrocytes (E) express complement receptor, type 1 (CR1, CD35), by which they bind opsonized immune complexes (IC) in competition with leucocytes expressing higher numbers of CR1 as well as other complement- and Fc-receptors. This may prevent inappropriate activation of phagocytic cells. We...

  4. Cellular systems biology profiling applied to cellular models of disease.

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    Giuliano, Kenneth A; Premkumar, Daniel R; Strock, Christopher J; Johnston, Patricia; Taylor, Lansing

    2009-11-01

    Building cellular models of disease based on the approach of Cellular Systems Biology (CSB) has the potential to improve the process of creating drugs as part of the continuum from early drug discovery through drug development and clinical trials and diagnostics. This paper focuses on the application of CSB to early drug discovery. We discuss the integration of protein-protein interaction biosensors with other multiplexed, functional biomarkers as an example in using CSB to optimize the identification of quality lead series compounds.

  5. CONAE's actions for the promotion of photovoltaic systems; Acciones de la CONAE para la promocion de sistemas fotovoltaicos

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    Hungler Salceda, Federico [Comision Nacional para el Ahorro de Energia (CONAE), Mexico, (Mexico)

    2007-06-15

    In this presentation, there are found all the processes -concerning the renewable energy- carried out by the National Commission for Energy Savings (CONAE). Firstly, it is described the role playing by the CONAE on different premises and departments either federal or private. It is found a list of those current actions carried out, among there are going to be found: to be part of the consulting council that fosters the renewable energy, to organize varied activities not only at national level but also at international level - diplomat courses, workshops, etc. - Then, it is briefly described the agreement between the Conae and the Shared Risk Trust Fund (FIRCO). In addition, it is explained the program, whose major purposes are: on the one hand, to decrease the energy expenditure, and on the other, to increase the efficient use of the energy. Generally speaking, it is shown the economic expenditure of different materials used in rural communities either in order to cook the food or to produce artificial light. Besides, there are described the current technological alternatives. There are also shown some comparison tables with outstanding information about either the materials producing light or the use cost of a photovoltaic panel. Finally, there are explained the actions that the Conae can carry out in order to promote the photovoltaic panels interconnected to the electric network. [Spanish] En esta presentacion se describen los procesos que realiza la Comision Nacional para el Ahorro de Energia (CONAE) en relacion con la energia renovable. En primer plano, se describe el papel que desempena la CONAE en diversas dependencias y departamentos no solo federales sino tambien particulares. Asimismo, se enumeran las acciones que realiza actualmente, entre las que se pueden encontrar: formar parte del consejo de consulta para el fomento de energias renovables, organizar diversas actividades a nivel nacional e internacional. Mas adelante, se describe brevemente el convenio

  6. Elementos finitos con acciones repartidas equivalentes de cualquier orden. Aplicación a los modelos de vigas de Timoshenko y Bernoulli-Euler

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    Romero, J. L.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available In the context of the Finite Element Method, two possible alternatives dealing with the concept of equivalent distributed load are presented in the paper. The first consist in using few finite elements, by slightly increasing the order of the load, while the second applies the use of a greater number of elements leaving the load in the lowest possible order. Both situations are sampled with application to the Timoshenko and Bernoulli-Euler beam models, with different orders of load are used. These equivalent distributed loads are the result of applying Legendre orthogonal polynomial approximations, to the original load, in each element. The most noteworthy conclusion is that when the least possible number of finite elements is used (i.e., one also for considering low level of regularity load cases only equivalent distributed loads of slightly higher than minimum order (four were needed to obtain an excellent approximation when computing the deflections, rotations, bending moments and shear forces inside the elements.En este trabajo se introducen, en el contexto del Método de Elementos Finitos, dos alternativas posibles en relación con el concepto de acción repartida equivalente. La primera consiste en emplear pocos elementos, elevando el orden de dicha acción, mientras que la segunda se basa en emplear un mayor número de elementos dejando la acción en el orden más bajo posible. Se ilustran ambas situaciones mediante aplicaciones a los modelos de vigas de Timoshenko y Bernoulli-Euler, empleando estas acciones con diferentes órdenes, las cuales aproximan a la acción original, mediante polinomios ortogonales de Legendre en cada elemento. Como conclusión destacable, se indica que cuando se considera el menor número posible de elementos, es decir uno, para los casos de carga poco regular, ha bastado con utilizar acciones repartidas equivalentes de orden ligeramente superior al mínimo (orden cuatro, para obtener una excelente aproximaci

  7. A Course in Cellular Bioengineering.

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    Lauffenburger, Douglas A.

    1989-01-01

    Gives an overview of a course in chemical engineering entitled "Cellular Bioengineering," dealing with how chemical engineering principles can be applied to molecular cell biology. Topics used are listed and some key references are discussed. Listed are 85 references. (YP)

  8. Energy Landscape of Cellular Networks

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    Wang, Jin

    2008-03-01

    Cellular Networks are in general quite robust and perform their biological functions against the environmental perturbations. Progresses have been made from experimental global screenings, topological and engineering studies. However, there are so far few studies of why the network should be robust and perform biological functions from global physical perspectives. In this work, we will explore the global properties of the network from physical perspectives. The aim of this work is to develop a conceptual framework and quantitative physical methods to study the global nature of the cellular network. The main conclusion of this presentation is that we uncovered the underlying energy landscape for several small cellular networks such as MAPK signal transduction network and gene regulatory networks, from the experimentally measured or inferred inherent chemical reaction rates. The underlying dynamics of these networks can show bi-stable as well as oscillatory behavior. The global shapes of the energy landscapes of the underlying cellular networks we have studied are robust against perturbations of the kinetic rates and environmental disturbances through noise. We derived a quantitative criterion for robustness of the network function from the underlying landscape. It provides a natural explanation of the robustness and stability of the network for performing biological functions. We believe the robust landscape is a global universal property for cellular networks. We believe the robust landscape is a quantitative realization of Darwinian principle of natural selection at the cellular network level. It may provide a novel algorithm for optimizing the network connections, which is crucial for the cellular network design and synthetic biology. Our approach is general and can be applied to other cellular networks.

  9. Mathematical Modeling of Cellular Metabolism.

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    Berndt, Nikolaus; Holzhütter, Hermann-Georg

    2016-01-01

    Cellular metabolism basically consists of the conversion of chemical compounds taken up from the extracellular environment into energy (conserved in energy-rich bonds of organic phosphates) and a wide array of organic molecules serving as catalysts (enzymes), information carriers (nucleic acids), and building blocks for cellular structures such as membranes or ribosomes. Metabolic modeling aims at the construction of mathematical representations of the cellular metabolism that can be used to calculate the concentration of cellular molecules and the rates of their mutual chemical interconversion in response to varying external conditions as, for example, hormonal stimuli or supply of essential nutrients. Based on such calculations, it is possible to quantify complex cellular functions as cellular growth, detoxification of drugs and xenobiotic compounds or synthesis of exported molecules. Depending on the specific questions to metabolism addressed, the methodological expertise of the researcher, and available experimental information, different conceptual frameworks have been established, allowing the usage of computational methods to condense experimental information from various layers of organization into (self-) consistent models. Here, we briefly outline the main conceptual frameworks that are currently exploited in metabolism research.

  10. Isolation and characterization of TgVP1, a type I vacuolar H+-translocating pyrophosphatase from Toxoplasma gondii. The dynamics of its subcellular localization and the cellular effects of a diphosphonate inhibitor.

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    Drozdowicz, Yolanda M; Shaw, Michael; Nishi, Manami; Striepen, Boris; Liwinski, Helene A; Roos, David S; Rea, Philip A

    2003-01-10

    Here we report the isolation and characterization of a type I vacuolar-type H(+)-pyrophosphatase (V-PPase), TgVP1, from an apicomplexan, Toxoplasma gondii, a parasitic protist that is particularly amenable to molecular and genetic manipulation. The 816-amino acid TgVP1 polypeptide is 50% sequence-identical (65% similar) to the prototypical type I V-PPase from Arabidopsis thaliana, AVP1, and contains all the sequence motifs characteristic of this pump category. Unlike AVP1 and other known type I enzymes, however, TgVP1 contains a 74-residue N-terminal extension encompassing a 42-residue N-terminal signal peptide sequence, sufficient for targeting proteins to the secretory pathway of T. gondii. Providing that the coding sequence for the entire N-terminal extension is omitted from the plasmid, transformation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae with plasmid-borne TgVP1 yields a stable and functional translation product that is competent in aminomethylenediphosphonate (AMDP)-inhibitable K(+)-activated pyrophosphate (PP(i)) hydrolysis and PP(i)-energized H(+) translocation. Immunofluorescence microscopy of both free and intracellular T. gondii tachyzoites using purified universal V-PPase polyclonal antibodies reveals a punctate apical distribution for the enzyme. Equivalent studies of the tachyzoites during host cell invasion, by contrast, disclose a transverse radial distribution in which the V-PPase is associated with a collar-like structure that migrates along the length of the parasite in synchrony with and in close apposition to the penetration furrow. Although treatment of T. gondii with AMDP concentrations as high as 100 microm had no discernible effect on the efficiency of host cell invasion and integration, concentrations commensurate with the I(50) for the inhibition of TgVP1 activity in vitro (0.9 microm) do inhibit cell division and elicit nuclear enlargement concomitant with the inflation and eventual disintegration of acidocalcisome-like vesicular structures. A

  11. Percepciones de los efectos de la implementación del Sistema General de Seguridad Social en Salud sobre las acciones de control de tuberculosis en el Valle del Cauca, Colombia.

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    Rocío Carvajal

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available ANTECEDENTES: La reforma en salud en Colombia tuvo un profundo efecto en los programas de salud pública. Los cambios en la estructura organizativa y en las actividades de intervención en las acciones de control de la tuberculosis (TBC fue provocado por el surgimiento de nuevos actores en la prestación de servicios, el diseño de nuevos planes de salud, la diversificación y ambigüedad de responsabilidades y la descentralización del sistema. OBJETIVO: Conocer las percepciones que tienen actores clave del control de la tuberculosis acerca de los efectos generados por la implementación del Sistema General de Seguridad Social en Salud (SGSSS de Colombia. MATERIALES Y MÉTODOS: Se presentan los hallazgos cualitativos de un estudio de caso. La técnica de recolección de información fue la entrevista semi-estructurada. En total se entrevistaron 15 informantes clave, todos personal de salud responsables de las acciones de control de la tuberculosis en el ámbito nacional, departamental y local. RESULTADOS: Los efectos negativos más relevantes de la implementación del SGSSS en las acciones de control de la TBC fueron: falta de voluntad política, corrupción en el manejo de los recursos, pobre destreza en el desarrollo técnico-administrativo, deficiencia del Estado en las actividades de supervisión a nivel local, inadecuado cumplimiento del Estado en sus obligaciones administrativas y financieras. La diversificación de las fuentes de financiación para salud fue descrita como factor facilitante porque incrementa la distribución de los recursos en las acciones de control. DISCUSIÓN: La reducción del papel del Estado en las actividades de regulación y control fue percibido como el principal efecto. La introducción de nuevos actores en la entrega de servicios de salud y el aumento de la distribución de los recursos en las acciones de la TBC no dieron los efectos positivos esperados y la cantidad y calidad de las acciones se redujeron.

  12. Cellular receptors for plasminogen activators recent advances.

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    Ellis, V

    1997-10-01

    The generation of the broad-specificity protease plasmin by the plasminogen activators urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) and tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) is implicated in a variety of pathophysiological processes, including vascular fibrin dissolution, extracellular matrix degradation and remodeling, and cell migration. A mechanism for the regulation of plasmin generation is through binding of the plasminogen activators to specific cellular receptors: uPA to the glycolipid-anchored membrane protein urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) and tPA to a number of putative binding sites. The uPA-uPAR complex can interact with a variety of ligands, including plasminogen, vitronectin, and integrins, indicating a multifunctional role for uPAR, regulating not only efficient and spatially restricted plasmin generation but also having the potential to modulate cell adhesion and signal transduction. The cellular binding of tPA, although less well characterized, also has the capacity to regulate plasmin generation and to play a significant role in vessel-wall biology. (Trends Cardiovasc Med 1997;7:227-234). © 1997, Elsevier Science Inc.

  13. Characteristics of cellular composition of periodontal pockets

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    Hasiuk, Petro; Hasiuk, Nataliya; Kindiy, Dmytro; Ivanchyshyn, Victoriya; Kalashnikov, Dmytro; Zubchenko, Sergiy

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The development of inflammatory periodontal disease in young people is an urgent problem of today's periodontology, and requires a development of new methods that would give an opportunity not only to diagnose but also for prognosis of periodontitis course in a given patients contingent. Results Cellular structure of periodontal pockets is presented by hematogenous and epithelial cells. Our results are confirmed by previous studies, and show that the penetration of periodontal pathogens leads to formation in periodontal tissue of a highly active complex compounds—cytokines that are able to modify the activity of neutrophils and reduce their specific antibacterial properties. Cytokines not only adversely affect the periodontal tissues, but also cause further activation of cells that synthesized them, and inhibit tissue repair and process of resynthesis of connective tissue by fibroblasts. Conclusion Neutrophilic granulocytes present in each of the types of smear types, but their functional status and quantitative composition is different. The results of our cytological study confirmed the results of immunohistochemical studies, and show that in generalized periodontitis, an inflammatory cellular elements with disorganized epithelial cells and connective tissue of the gums and periodontium, and bacteria form specific types of infiltration in periodontal tissues. PMID:28180007

  14. Literature Review on Dynamic Cellular Manufacturing System

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    Nouri Houshyar, A.; Leman, Z.; Pakzad Moghadam, H.; Ariffin, M. K. A. M.; Ismail, N.; Iranmanesh, H.

    2014-06-01

    In previous decades, manufacturers faced a lot of challenges because of globalization and high competition in markets. These problems arise from shortening product life cycle, rapid variation in demand of products, and also rapid changes in manufcaturing technologies. Nowadays most manufacturing companies expend considerable attention for improving flexibility and responsiveness in order to overcome these kinds of problems and also meet customer's needs. By considering the trend toward the shorter product life cycle, the manufacturing environment is towards manufacturing a wide variety of parts in small batches [1]. One of the major techniques which are applied for improving manufacturing competitiveness is Cellular Manufacturing System (CMS). CMS is type of manufacturing system which tries to combine flexibility of job shop and also productivity of flow shop. In addition, Dynamic cellular manufacturing system which considers different time periods for the manufacturing system becomes an important topic and attracts a lot of attention to itself. Therefore, this paper made attempt to have a brief review on this issue and focused on all published paper on this subject. Although, this topic gains a lot of attention to itself during these years, none of previous researchers focused on reviewing the literature of that which can be helpful and useful for other researchers who intend to do the research on this topic. Therefore, this paper is the first study which has focused and reviewed the literature of dynamic cellular manufacturing system.

  15. PROMOCIÓN DE LA SALUD Y EDUCACIÓN FÍSICA ESCOLAR. DISCURSOS, ACCIONES Y PRETENSIONES EN INSTITUCIONES EDUCATIVAS DE MEDELLÍN

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    Víctor Alonso Molina Bedoya

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available El artículo presenta los resultados alusivos a la articulación de los direccionamientos de las instituciones educativas de Medellín y los encaminamientos de los organismos responsables de la política pública en el campo de la educación física, el deporte y la recreación desde una intención por la promoción de la salud. La investigación ha tenido como propósito diseñar de manera participativa en las instituciones educativas de Medellín una propuesta de indicadores de gestión que articulen necesidades e intereses de carácter local y global relacionados con la promoción de la salud. La investigación se inscribe en el enfoque de la investigación acción participativa en educación y se aborda a partir de dos momentos: deconstrucción y reconstrucción, las herramientas han sido talleres colectivos y encuestas. Se ha evidenciado una apuesta por la promoción de la salud en las instituciones, pero se demanda igualmente de indicadores cualitativos y/o cuantitativos, al igual que de acciones reflexivas para la construcción de verdaderos proyectos de escuelas saludables.

  16. Actions and results of the management of energy saving of the CONDUMEX group; Acciones y resultados de la gerencia de ahorro de energia de grupo CONDUMEX

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    Sashida Key, Carlos; Jimenez Huerta, Arturo; Alavez Alcazar, Moises [Grupo Condumex, Industrias IEM, S.A. de C.V., Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    1999-07-01

    The purpose of this paper is to expose some practical cases that have been developed through the Energy Saving Management of GRUPO CONDUMEX, in different areas such as systems related to water, steam, electricity and compressed air. This experience has been compiled of diagnoses and actions that have been carried out in the companies inside and outside GRUPO CONDUMEX, and of systems with the purpose of making efficient the use of fuels and getting close to the energy indexes that are handled in other International companies of the same manufacture branch. [Spanish] Este trabajo tiene por objeto exponer algunos casos practicos que se han desarrollado a traves de la Gerencia de Ahorro de Energia de GRUPO CONDUMEX, en distintas areas tales como sistemas relacionados con agua, vapor, electricidad y aire comprimido. Esta experiencia ha sido recopilada de diagnosticos y acciones que se han llevado a cabo en las empresas dentro y fuera de GRUPO CONDUMEX, y de sistemas con la finalidad de eficientar el uso de los energeticos y acercarnos a los indices energeticos que se manejan en otras empresas internacionales del mismo ramo de fabricacion.

  17. Modelo DIL-D ©: diagnosticando las acciones de responsabilidad social corporativa centradas en la integración laboral de personas con discapacidad

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    Marina Romeo Delgado

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    Full Text Available El principal objetivo de la presente investigación es analizar y diagnosticar el grado de implantación y desarrollo de las acciones de responsabilidad social corporativa que facilitan la integración laboral de personas con discapacidad (RSC-D. Para ello hemos desarrollado un modelo clasificatorio (Modelo DIL-D © y un instrumento diagnóstico que dota de herramientas objetivas a los profesionales, en aras de fomentar la integración laboral de personas con discapacidad. El instrumento desarrollado se ha administrado a responsables RSC y/o de RRHH de 42 empresas. Los resultados nos muestran la confiabilidad del instrumento, así como el ajuste del Modelo. Dos tercios de las empresas obtienen niveles altos de desarrollo en todas las dimensiones, si bien un 34,5 % bajos. El modelo establece las pautas de intervención que la empresa ordinaria debe seguir en aras de promover la integración laboral, facilitando las herramientas de diagnóstico que promueven la creación de entornos integradores.

  18. ¿Políticas públicas o acciones de gobierno turísticas en Ixtapan de la Sal? El caso del Cocdetur

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    Graciela Cruz Jiménez

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Los cambios en la forma de gobierno en México han impulsado, al menos en teoría, a las políticas públicas como un mecanismo para propiciar la participación de los distintos sectores de la sociedad en su diseño, implementación y evaluación, contrario a las tradicionales acciones de gobierno, asumidas en solitario por la autoridad pública. El Consejo Consultivo de Ixtapan de la Sal (Cocdetur se erigió como un órgano de consulta tendiente a incorporar los principios de las políticas públicas a la conducción de la actividad turística. Este artículo pretende determinar si se cumplieron estos propósitos o se mantuvo el esquema tradicional. Con base en ello, las condiciones sustentables o no que propicia una u otra en la comunidad receptora.

  19. Alteraciones en el reconocimiento de gestos por daño a nivel del praxicon de entrada de acciones. (Agnosia de las pantomimas

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    Daniel G. Politis

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Clásicamente el estudio de la apraxia estuvo limitado a los problemas en la ejecución gestual (Geschwind, 1965; Liepmann, 1908 [c.f. De Renzi, 1990]; Luria, 1977. Si bien se presentaron varias hipótesis sobre la capacidad de reconocer gestos y su alteración por lesiones cerebrales, González Rothi, Ochipa y Heilman (1991,1997 en su modelo cognitivo de las apraxias de los miembros incluyen la capacidad de reconocer gestos y proponen que la misma es mediada por un sub-componente específico, el praxicón de entrada de acciones. La alteración de este produce un cuadro caracterizado por un déficit en el reconocimiento de gestos que denominaron Agnosia de las Pantomimas. En este trabajo se presenta el estudio de un paciente con dificultades en el reconocimiento de gestos y sin dificultades en la producción gesrual lo que constituye una disociación, que reafirma la hipótesis planteada por González Rothi y colaboradores (1991, 1997 y se discute el valor de estos hallazgos en relación con el modelo antes mencionado.

  20. Informalidad urbana y acceso al suelo. Acciones y efectos de la política habitacional en la ciudad de Córdoba-Argentina

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    Virginia Monayar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available La creciente urbanización ocurrida en las ciudades latinoamericanas y con ella la necesidad de espacios urbanos para el hábitat, en el marco del modelo neoliberal, ha significado que un importante sector de la población vea restringidas sus posibilidades de acceso a esos espacios por la vía formal. Los asentamientos urbanos informales e irregulares se incrementan y demandan atención por parte de los gobiernos locales, con acciones y estrategias tanto para la regularización de los mismoscomo para evitar su reproducción. En la ciudad de Córdoba se han evidenciado diversas operatorias informales e irregulares promovidas por diferentes actores. Asimismo, se ha desarrollado una política focalizada en la regularización, con escasos mecanismos de intervención, situación que se vuelve crítica, sobre todo por los problemas urbanos derivados de la misma. En este artículo interesa mostrar un avance sobre la clasificación de las diversas modalidades de adquisición de suelo urbano por fuera de la legislación tanto urbana como civil. Luego se describen las tipologías de asentamientos informales en la ciudad de Córdoba, las políticas implementadas en relación a la mimas, así como sus efectos e impactos.

  1. Acciones colectivas frente a la violencia: disquisiciones a partir de un estudio de casos: Comuna 13 de Medellín (Colombia

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    Mary Luz Alzate Zuluaga

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se analizan las modalidades y estrategias de acción que los sujetos colectivos producen para enfrentar la violencia, a partir de un estudio de casos de acciones colectivas producidas en el contexto del conflicto interno armado colombiano, caracterizándolas como modalidades de acción política intentando revertir, transformar o alterar las relaciones de poder que a través de tal violencia se pretende implantar. Concluyendo en la emergencia de un nuevo escenario de lo público, que plantea la existencia de orientaciones y formas de acción opositoras a la dominación armada, e ilustradoras de una pluralidad de alternativas culturales, políticas y sociales civilistas y democráticas.This article discusses the modalities and strategies that produce collective subjects to deal with violence, from a case study of collective action produced in the context of the Colombian internal armed conflict, characterizing them as forms of political action trying to reverse, transform or alter the power relations through such violence is intended to implement. Ending in the emergence of a new stage of the public, positing the existence of guidelines and forms of action armed opposition to domination and illustrations of a plurality of alternative cultural, political and social civility and democratic.

  2. Funciones y estrategias socioeducativas de los técnicos comunitarios en procesos de evaluación participativa de acciones comunitarias (EPAC (resumen de tesis

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    Héctor Núñez

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Contar con la implicación de diversos agentes en los procesos de evaluación en el ámbito comunitario es una realidad altamente aceptada en el contexto anglosajón; en donde fundaciones y organismos públicos que financian proyectos consideran que las evaluaciones basadas en la participación de todos los implicados dentro de un programa, sean éstos (a políticos, (b gestores, (c implementadores y (d usuarios pueden mejorar la calidad de los resultados de evaluación. Por otra parte, parece necesario que las organizaciones del ámbito comunitario y sus profesionales tengan competencias evaluadoras que permitan llevar a cabo acciones de evaluación de los programas que desarrollan, con el doble objetivo de: 1 gestionar mejor los recursos y 2 mejorar las intervenciones sociales y educativas planteadas.

  3. Hierarchical Cellular Structures in High-Capacity Cellular Communication Systems

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    Jain, R K; Agrawal, N K

    2011-01-01

    In the prevailing cellular environment, it is important to provide the resources for the fluctuating traffic demand exactly in the place and at the time where and when they are needed. In this paper, we explored the ability of hierarchical cellular structures with inter layer reuse to increase the capacity of mobile communication network by applying total frequency hopping (T-FH) and adaptive frequency allocation (AFA) as a strategy to reuse the macro and micro cell resources without frequency planning in indoor pico cells [11]. The practical aspects for designing macro- micro cellular overlays in the existing big urban areas are also explained [4]. Femto cells are inducted in macro / micro / pico cells hierarchical structure to achieve the required QoS cost effectively.

  4. Differential effects of fenofibrate versus atorvastatin on the concentrations of E-selectin and vascular cellular adhesion molecule-1 in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and mixed hyperlipoproteinemia: a randomized cross-over trial

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    Otto Carsten

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Diabetic dyslipoproteinemia is characterized by hypertriglyceridemia, low HDL-cholesterol and often elevated LDL-cholesterol and is a strong risk factor for atherosclerosis. Adhesion molecule levels are elevated both in hyperlipoproteinemia and diabetes mellitus. It is unclear whether fibrate or statin therapy has more beneficial effects on adhesion molecule concentrations. Methods Atorvastatin (10 mg/d was compared to fenofibrate (200 mg/d each for 6 weeks separated by a 6 week washout period in 11 patients (6 male, 5 female; 61.8 ± 8.2 years; body mass index 29.8 ± 3.1 kg/m2 with type 2 diabetes mellitus (HbA1c 7.3 ± 1.1 % and mixed hyperlipoproteinemia using a randomized, cross-over design. Fasting blood glucose, HbA1c, lipid parameters, E-selectin, ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and fibrinogen concentrations were determined before and after each drug. Results Glucose and HbA1c concentrations remained unchanged during the whole study period. LDL cholesterol was reduced during atorvastatin therapy, triglycerides were lowered more effectively with fenofibrate. Comparison of pre- and postreatment concentrations of E-selectin showed a reduction during atorvastatin (-7 %, p = 0.11 and fenofibrate (-10 %, p Conclusions In addition to the different beneficial effects on lipid metabolism, both drugs appear to lower adhesion molecule plasma concentrations in a different manner in patients with type 2 diabetes and mixed hyperlipoproteinemia. Our observations should be confirmed in a larger cohort of such patients.

  5. Acciones colectivas en el conflicto político colombiano: ¿De guerrilla a grupos terroristas? El caso del ELN Acciones colectivas en el conflicto político colombiano: ¿De guerrilla a grupos terroristas? El caso del ELN

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    Alba Nubia Rodríguez Pizarro

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El propósito del siguiente artículo es argumentar las limitaciones analíticas y estratégicas de las denominaciones: grupos guerrilleros y grupos terroristas, para algunas de las acciones colectivas que hacen parte del conflicto político colombiano, y señalar la importancia de conocer los procesos a través de los cuales se construye la acción colectivaThe purpose of the following article is to argument the analytic and strategic limitations of the denominations: guerrillas groups and terrorist groups, for some of the collective actions that make part of the Colombian political conflict and to point out the importance of knowing the processes throughout which collective action is built.

  6. Classifying cellular automata using grossone

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    D'Alotto, Louis

    2016-10-01

    This paper proposes an application of the Infinite Unit Axiom and grossone, introduced by Yaroslav Sergeyev (see [7] - [12]), to the development and classification of one and two-dimensional cellular automata. By the application of grossone, new and more precise nonarchimedean metrics on the space of definition for one and two-dimensional cellular automata are established. These new metrics allow us to do computations with infinitesimals. Hence configurations in the domain space of cellular automata can be infinitesimally close (but not equal). That is, they can agree at infinitely many places. Using the new metrics, open disks are defined and the number of points in each disk computed. The forward dynamics of a cellular automaton map are also studied by defined sets. It is also shown that using the Infinite Unit Axiom, the number of configurations that follow a given configuration, under the forward iterations of cellular automaton maps, can now be computed and hence a classification scheme developed based on this computation.

  7. Prognosis of Different Cellular Generations

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    Preetish Ranjan

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Technological advancement in mobile telephony from 1G to 3G, 4G and 5G has a very axiomatic fact that made an entire world a global village. The cellular system employs a different design approach and technology that most commercial radio and television system use. In the cellular system, the service area is divided into cells and a transmitter is designed to serve an individual cell. The system seeks to make efficient use of available channels by using low-power transmitters to allow frequency reuse at a smaller distance. Maximizing the number of times each channel can be reused in a given geographical area is the key to an efficient cellular system design. During the past three decades, the world has seen significant changes in telecommunications industry. There have been some remarkable aspects to the rapid growth in wireless communications, as seen by the large expansion in mobile systems. This paper focuses on “Past, Present & Future of Cellular Telephony” and some light has been thrown upon the technologies of the cellular systems, namely 1G, 2G, 2.5G, 3G and future generations like 4G and 5G systems as well.

  8. La financiación por medio de acciones privilegiadas : una reflexión sobre su aplicación en algunas empresas ferroviarias españolas durante el siglo XX

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    Miguel Ángel Villacorta Hernández

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Históricamente, las empresas ferroviarias españolas se financiaron por medio de empréstitos, en menor medida mediante acciones ordinarias y, de forma casi testimonial, con híbridos financieros. Esta investigación pretende detallar las posibles ventajas que hubiera supuesto, para estas compañías, la financiación por medio de clases de acciones y otros híbridos financieros.Historically, the Spanish railway companies were financed through borrowing, to a lesser degree by stock and, almost testimonial with hybrid financing. This research aims to describe the potential benefits that would have led, to these companies, financing through class actions and other financial hybrids.

  9. Activation of the dopamine receptor type-2 (DRD2) promoter by 9-cis retinoic acid in a cellular model of Cushing's disease mediates the inhibition of cell proliferation and ACTH secretion without a complete corticotroph-to-melanotroph transdifferentiation.

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    Occhi, Gianluca; Regazzo, Daniela; Albiger, Nora Maria; Ceccato, Filippo; Ferasin, Sergio; Scanarini, Massimo; Denaro, Luca; Cosma, Chiara; Plebani, Mario; Cassarino, Maria Francesca; Mantovani, Giovanna; Stalla, Günter K; Pecori Giraldi, Francesca; Paez-Pareda, Marcelo; Scaroni, Carla

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    Cushing's disease (CD) is a rare condition in which hypercortisolemia is secondary to excessive ACTH release from a pituitary corticotroph adenoma. CD is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and a safe therapy that effectively targets the pituitary tumor is still lacking. Retinoic acid (RA) and dopamine agonists (DAs) have recently been considered as monotherapy in CD patients, and satisfactory results have been reported, albeit in a limited number of patients. Given the permissive role of RA on the dopamine receptor type-2 (DRD2), the aim of the present study was to see whether a combination of 9-cis RA and the DA bromocriptine (Br) might represent a possible treatment for CD. Here we show that 9-cis RA induces a functional DRD2 in the pituitary corticotroph cell line AtT20, and increases cell sensitivity to Br via a mechanism only partially related to corticotroph-to-melanotroph transdifferentiation. In addition, 9-cis RA and Br act synergistically to modulate cell viability, with favorable implications for clinical use. In nearly 45% of corticotropinoma-derived primary cultures, the combined administration of 9-cis RA and Br lowered the steady-state level of the ACTH precursor proopiomelanocortin (POMC) more efficiently than either of the drugs alone. In conclusion, the effects of a combination of 9-cis RA and Br on ACTH synthesis/secretion and cell viability in AtT20, and on POMC transcriptional activity in human corticotropinomas might represent a suitable starting point for assessing the potential of this treatment regimen for ACTH-secreting pituitary adenomas. This study thus has potentially important implications for novel therapeutic approaches to CD.

  10. Cellular basis of Alzheimer's disease.

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    Bali, Jitin; Halima, Saoussen Ben; Felmy, Boas; Goodger, Zoe; Zurbriggen, Sebastian; Rajendran, Lawrence

    2010-12-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of neurodegenerative disease. A characteristic feature of the disease is the presence of amyloid-β (Aβ) which either in its soluble oligomeric form or in the plaque-associated form is causally linked to neurodegeneration. Aβ peptide is liberated from the membrane-spanning -amyloid precursor protein by sequential proteolytic processing employing β- and γ-secretases. All these proteins involved in the production of Aβ peptide are membrane associated and hence, membrane trafficking and cellular compartmentalization play important roles. In this review, we summarize the key cellular events that lead to the progression of AD.

  11. Eficacia de las acciones técnicas y tácticas de la espada masculina de élite según su distribución espacial y temporal

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Son pocas las publicaciones científicas orientadas al análisis de las dinámicas temporales y condicionantes técnicos y tácticos de la esgrima. El objetivo de nuestro estudio ha sido analizar la estructura temporal de asaltos de espada de alto nivel, las distintas acciones técnicas y tácticas, su ubicación espacial y temporal, y su incidencia en el marcador. Se ha utilizado metodología observacional mediante un proceso de observación activo y no participante de diseño nomotético, puntual y multidimensional. Se registraron 3.454 acciones en 32 tiradores de espada masculina en dos campeonatos del mundo. Se realizó una adaptación del instrumento de observación Esgrimobs y como instrumento de registro se utilizó el programa Lince v.1.1. Los resultados obtenidos mostraron la existencia de un equilibrio entre los tiempos de trabajo (44,3 % y de pausa (55,7 %, con un tiempo medio de acción de 17,7 s (± 3,8 y de pausa de 18,0 s (± 4,9. Las frases de armas se realizaron mayoritariamente en la zona de 3 m. La zona de 2 m fue la de mayor incidencia en el marcador. En los últimos 10 s de los asaltos se incrementaron tanto la densidad como la efectividad de las frases de armas. Las acciones más utilizadas fueron las ofensivas (44,9 %, por encima de las defensivas (33,0 % y contraofensivas (22,1 %, siendo estas últimas las más eficaces con un tercio de acciones que subieron al marcador.

  12. Investigaccion-accion en la sala de clases sobre las creencias de la cultura de la ciencia de un grupo de estudiantes universitarios y su relacion reciproca con el aprendizaje de las ciencias biologicas

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    Cordova-Santiago, Lizzette Astrid

    La investigacion---accion que se llevo a cabo en la sala de clases tenia como punto de partida las creencias de la cultura de la ciencia de un grupo de estudiantes universitarios para luego examinar sus implicaciones en el proceso de aprendizaje de las Ciencias Biologicas. ¿Que se supone que hagan las creencias en relacion con el aprendizaje? ¿En que consiste incorporar este aspecto a la practica educativa universitaria? Utilizando el modelo de Kemmis y McTaggart (1987) la investigacion-accion se planteo como un proceso dinamico en cuatro momentos en espiral constituidos por la planificacion, la accion, la observacion y la reflexion. Cada una de las fases tuvo una intencion retrospectiva y prospectiva formando una espiral de autorreflexion del conocimiento y la accion. Se llevaron a cabo audio grabaciones en clases y analisis de documentos. Ademas, la profesora-investigadora hizo un portafolio para reflexionar sobre las creencias de la cultura de la ciencia que tienen los estudiantes y las creencias del aprendizaje que tiene la profesora y sobre como la comprension de estos elementos ayudo a mejorar su practica educativa a traves del tiempo. Los resultados obtenidos apuntan a que las creencias de la cultura de la ciencia que tiene el grupo de estudiantes son diversas. Ellos si creen que la ciencia tiene una cultura la cual describieron como: complicada y desconocida que evoluciona constantemente, que es un conjunto de metodos, que es altamente tecnologica, que resuelve problemas de salud, ayuda a interpretar la realidad del mundo que los rodea y su origen y que existen unas intersecciones entre la ciencia y el poder. Sobre las creencias del proceso de aprendizaje de la profesora-investigadora, estas senalan que el modelaje de actores, la vision de la academia que tiene ella asi como la participacion y negociacion entre todos los involucrados en el proceso educativo, son factores que inciden en el proceso de aprendizaje.

  13. Diabetes mellitus: channeling care through cellular discovery.

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    Maiese, Kenneth; Shang, Yan Chen; Chong, Zhao Zhong; Hou, Jinling

    2010-02-01

    Diabetes mellitus (DM) impacts a significant portion of the world's population and care for this disorder places an economic burden on the gross domestic product for any particular country. Furthermore, both Type 1 and Type 2 DM are becoming increasingly prevalent and there is increased incidence of impaired glucose tolerance in the young. The complications of DM are protean and can involve multiple systems throughout the body that are susceptible to the detrimental effects of oxidative stress and apoptotic cell injury. For these reasons, innovative strategies are necessary for the implementation of new treatments for DM that are generated through the further understanding of cellular pathways that govern the pathological consequences of DM. In particular, both the precursor for the coenzyme beta-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)), nicotinamide, and the growth factor erythropoietin offer novel platforms for drug discovery that involve cellular metabolic homeostasis and inflammatory cell control. Interestingly, these agents and their tightly associated pathways that consist of cell cycle regulation, protein kinase B, forkhead transcription factors, and Wnt signaling also function in a broader sense as biomarkers for disease onset and progression.

  14. Acciones metodológicas para la rotación: hematología en la asignatura práctica pre - profesional de Bioanálisis Clínico.

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    Oriol Meneses Echemendia

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available LSe presentan acciones metodológicas para contribuir a la preparación didáctica de los docentes en la asignatura Hematología, en el plan de estudio de la carrera Licenciatura en Tecnología de la Salud, en la especialidad Laboratorio clínico, la cual aborda el tratamiento metodológico de cada uno de los componentes didácticos de las unidades del programa. En ella se establecen y precisan conceptos que enriquecen la metodología de la Enseñanza de la Hematología, lo que garantizan la aplicación de las acciones metodológicas diseñadas. En la investigación se emplearon diferentes métodos y técnicas de la investigación pedagógica en el nivel teórico, empírico y estadísticos matemáticos. La aplicación práctica de las acciones metodológicas, se direccionan a elevar la calidad del desempeño profesional del docente.

  15. Ações participativas em uma comunidade virtual de enfermagem Acciones participativas en una comunidad virtual de enfemería Participating actions in a nursing virtual community

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    Jaqueline Santos de Andrade Martins

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available O estudo aborda a interação no âmbito da Enfermagem em ambientes virtuais, ressaltando sua importância para o cuidado e aprendizagem da profissão. Objetivos: Propor uma categorização de ações participativas expressas em mensagens de identidades virtuais de uma comunidade de enfermagem; e verificar a distribuição das categorias de ações participativas, de modo a correlacioná-las com o processo de interação na comunidade virtual. Métodos: Estudo exploratório de abordagem quantitativa, com análise de conteúdo textual e estatística descritiva. Verificaram-se nove categorias para as ações participativas. Resultados: As categorias para as ações participativas mais prevalentes foram comentário, questionamento e resposta, sendo denominadas tríade da conversação. Conclusão: Pontua-se a validade em tomar as ações participativas como elementos básicos indicativos de interações e transações na perspectiva sistêmica aplicada à Enfermagem. Esta compreensão traz contribuições para uma melhor caracterização de ambientes, indivíduos e suas relações no espaço virtual da Internet.Este estudio se ocupa de la interacción de la enfermería en ambientes virtuales y su importancia para la atención y el aprendizaje de la enfermería. Objetivos: Proponer una clasificación de las cuotas de participación que se expresa en los mensajes de participación en una comunidad virtual de la enfermería, y comprobar la distribución de las categorías de acciones participativas con el fin de caracterizar la interacción en la comunidad virtual. Métodos: Estudio exploratorio de enfoque cuantitativo, con análise del contenido y con estadísticas descriptivas. Resultados: Las nueve categorías más prevalentes para el tipo de participación fueron comentarios, preguntas y respuestas que se llamaron "tríada de la conversación". Conclusión: Hay una validad del acciones participativas en la interacción y transición. Este

  16. Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Stimulates Extra-Cellular Matrix Production in Cellular Spheroids

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    Megan Casco

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanotechnologies have been integrated into drug delivery, and non-invasive imaging applications, into nanostructured scaffolds for the manipulation of cells. The objective of this work was to determine how the physico-chemical properties of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs and their spatial distribution into cellular spheroids stimulated cells to produce an extracellular matrix (ECM. The MNP concentration (0.03 mg/mL, 0.1 mg/mL and 0.3 mg/mL, type (magnetoferritin, shape (nanorod—85 nm × 425 nm and incorporation method were studied to determine each of their effects on the specific stimulation of four ECM proteins (collagen I, collagen IV, elastin and fibronectin in primary rat aortic smooth muscle cell. Results demonstrated that as MNP concentration increased there was up to a 6.32-fold increase in collagen production over no MNP samples. Semi-quantitative Immunohistochemistry (IHC results demonstrated that MNP type had the greatest influence on elastin production with a 56.28% positive area stain compared to controls and MNP shape favored elastin stimulation with a 50.19% positive area stain. Finally, there are no adverse effects of MNPs on cellular contractile ability. This study provides insight on the stimulation of ECM production in cells and tissues, which is important because it plays a critical role in regulating cellular functions.

  17. Cellular membrane trafficking of mesoporous silica nanoparticles

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    Fang, I-Ju [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2012-01-01

    This dissertation mainly focuses on the investigation of the cellular membrane trafficking of mesoporous silica nanoparticles. We are interested in the study of endocytosis and exocytosis behaviors of mesoporous silica nanoparticles with desired surface functionality. The relationship between mesoporous silica nanoparticles and membrane trafficking of cells, either cancerous cells or normal cells was examined. Since mesoporous silica nanoparticles were applied in many drug delivery cases, the endocytotic efficiency of mesoporous silica nanoparticles needs to be investigated in more details in order to design the cellular drug delivery system in the controlled way. It is well known that cells can engulf some molecules outside of the cells through a receptor-ligand associated endocytosis. We are interested to determine if those biomolecules binding to cell surface receptors can be utilized on mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials to improve the uptake efficiency or govern the mechanism of endocytosis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles. Arginine-glycine-aspartate (RGD) is a small peptide recognized by cell integrin receptors and it was reported that avidin internalization was highly promoted by tumor lectin. Both RGD and avidin were linked to the surface of mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials to investigate the effect of receptor-associated biomolecule on cellular endocytosis efficiency. The effect of ligand types, ligand conformation and ligand density were discussed in Chapter 2 and 3. Furthermore, the exocytosis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles is very attractive for biological applications. The cellular protein sequestration study of mesoporous silica nanoparticles was examined for further information of the intracellular pathway of endocytosed mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials. The surface functionality of mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials demonstrated selectivity among the materials and cancer and normal cell lines. We aimed to determine

  18. Cellular uptake of metallated cobalamins

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    Tran, MQT; Stürup, Stefan; Lambert, Ian H.;

    2016-01-01

    Cellular uptake of vitamin B12-cisplatin conjugates was estimated via detection of their metal constituents (Co, Pt, and Re) by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Vitamin B12 (cyano-cob(iii)alamin) and aquo-cob(iii)alamin [Cbl-OH2](+), which differ in the β-axial ligands (CN(-...

  19. CELLULAR INTERACTIONS MEDIATED BY GLYCONECTIDS

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    Full Text Available Cellular interactions involve many types of cell surface molecules and operate via homophilic and/or heterophilic protein-protein and protein-carbohydrate binding. Our investigations in different model-systems (marine invertebrates and mammals have provided direct evidence that a novel class of primordial proteoglycans, named by us gliconectins, can mediate cell adhesion via a new alternative molecular mechanism of polyvalent carbohydrate-carbohydrate binding. Biochemical characterization of isolated and purified glyconectins revealed the presence of specific carbohydrate structures, acidic glycans, different from classical glycosaminoglycans. Such acidic glycans of high molecular weight containing fucose, glucuronic or galacturonic acids, and sulfate groups, originally found in sponges and sea urchin embryos, may represent a new class of carbohydrate carcino-embryonal antigens in mice and humans. Such interactions between biological macromolecules are usually investigated by kinetic binding studies, calorimetric methods, X-ray diffraction, nuclear magnetic resonance, and other spectroscopic analyses. However, these methods do not supply a direct estimation of the intermolecular binding forces that are fundamental for the function of the ligand-receptor association. Recently, we have introduced atomic force microscopy to quantify the binding strength between cell adhesion proteoglycans. Measurement of binding forces intrinsic to cell adhesion proteoglycans is necessary to assess their contribution to the maintenance of the anatomical integrity of multicellular organisms. As a model, we selected the glyconectin 1, a cell adhesion proteoglycan isolated from the marine sponge Microciona prolifera. This glyconectin mediates in vivo cell recognition and aggregation via homophilic, species-specific, polyvalent, and calcium ion-dependent carbohydrate-carbohydrate interactions. Under physiological conditions, an adhesive force of up to 400 piconewtons

  20. Modeling In Vitro Cellular Responses to Silver Nanoparticles

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    Dwaipayan Mukherjee

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Engineered nanoparticles (NPs have been widely demonstrated to induce toxic effects to various cell types. In vitro cell exposure systems have high potential for reliable, high throughput screening of nanoparticle toxicity, allowing focusing on particular pathways while excluding unwanted effects due to other cells or tissue dosimetry. The work presented here involves a detailed biologically based computational model of cellular interactions with NPs; it utilizes measurements performed in human cell culture systems in vitro, to develop a mechanistic mathematical model that can support analysis and prediction of in vivo effects of NPs. The model considers basic cellular mechanisms including proliferation, apoptosis, and production of cytokines in response to NPs. This new model is implemented for macrophages and parameterized using in vitro measurements of changes in cellular viability and mRNA levels of cytokines: TNF, IL-1b, IL-6, IL-8, and IL-10. The model includes in vitro cellular dosimetry due to nanoparticle transport and transformation. Furthermore, the model developed here optimizes the essential cellular parameters based on in vitro measurements, and provides a “stepping stone” for the development of more advanced in vivo models that will incorporate additional cellular and NP interactions.

  1. Cellular and molecular connections between sleep and synaptic plasticity.

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    Benington, Joel H; Frank, Marcos G

    2003-02-01

    The hypothesis that sleep promotes learning and memory has long been a subject of active investigation. This hypothesis implies that sleep must facilitate synaptic plasticity in some way, and recent studies have provided evidence for such a function. Our knowledge of both the cellular neurophysiology of sleep states and of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity has expanded considerably in recent years. In this article, we review findings in these areas and discuss possible mechanisms whereby the neurophysiological processes characteristic of sleep states may serve to facilitate synaptic plasticity. We address this issue first on the cellular level, considering how activation of T-type Ca(2+) channels in nonREM sleep may promote either long-term depression or long-term potentiation, as well as how cellular events of REM sleep may influence these processes. We then consider how synchronization of neuronal activity in thalamocortical and hippocampal-neocortical networks in nonREM sleep and REM sleep could promote differential strengthening of synapses according to the degree to which activity in one neuron is synchronized with activity in other neurons in the network. Rather than advocating one specific cellular hypothesis, we have intentionally taken a broad approach, describing a range of possible mechanisms whereby sleep may facilitate synaptic plasticity on the cellular and/or network levels. We have also provided a general review of evidence for and against the hypothesis that sleep does indeed facilitate learning, memory, and synaptic plasticity.

  2. Glycosylation regulates prestin cellular activity.

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    Rajagopalan, Lavanya; Organ-Darling, Louise E; Liu, Haiying; Davidson, Amy L; Raphael, Robert M; Brownell, William E; Pereira, Fred A

    2010-03-01

    Glycosylation is a common post-translational modification of proteins and is implicated in a variety of cellular functions including protein folding, degradation, sorting and trafficking, and membrane protein recycling. The membrane protein prestin is an essential component of the membrane-based motor driving electromotility changes (electromotility) in the outer hair cell (OHC), a central process in auditory transduction. Prestin was earlier identified to possess two N-glycosylation sites (N163, N166) that, when mutated, marginally affect prestin nonlinear capacitance (NLC) function in cultured cells. Here, we show that the double mutant prestin(NN163/166AA) is not glycosylated and shows the expected NLC properties in the untreated and cholesterol-depleted HEK 293 cell model. In addition, unlike WT prestin that readily forms oligomers, prestin(NN163/166AA) is enriched as monomers and more mobile in the plasma membrane, suggesting that oligomerization of prestin is dependent on glycosylation but is not essential for the generation of NLC in HEK 293 cells. However, in the presence of increased membrane cholesterol, unlike the hyperpolarizing shift in NLC seen with WT prestin, cells expressing prestin(NN163/166AA) exhibit a linear capacitance function. In an attempt to explain this finding, we discovered that both WT prestin and prestin(NN163/166AA) participate in cholesterol-dependent cellular trafficking. In contrast to WT prestin, prestin(NN163/166AA) shows a significant cholesterol-dependent decrease in cell-surface expression, which may explain the loss of NLC function. Based on our observations, we conclude that glycosylation regulates self-association and cellular trafficking of prestin(NN163/166AA). These observations are the first to implicate a regulatory role for cellular trafficking and sorting in prestin function. We speculate that the cholesterol regulation of prestin occurs through localization to and internalization from membrane microdomains by

  3. Stochastic Nature in Cellular Processes

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    刘波; 刘圣君; 王祺; 晏世伟; 耿轶钊; SAKATA Fumihiko; GAO Xing-Fa

    2011-01-01

    The importance of stochasticity in cellular processes is increasingly recognized in both theoretical and experimental studies. General features of stochasticity in gene regulation and expression are briefly reviewed in this article, which include the main experimental phenomena, classification, quantization and regulation of noises. The correlation and transmission of noise in cascade networks are analyzed further and the stochastic simulation methods that can capture effects of intrinsic and extrinsic noise are described.

  4. Cellular fiber–reinforced concrete

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    Isachenko S.; Kodzoev M.

    2016-01-01

    Methods disperse reinforcement of concrete matrix using polypropylene, glass, basalt and metal fibers allows to make the construction of complex configuration, solve the problem of frost products. Dispersed reinforcement reduces the overall weight of the structures. The fiber replaces the secondary reinforcement, reducing the volume of use of structural steel reinforcement. Cellular Fiber concretes are characterized by high-performance properties, especially increased bending strength and...

  5. Identification of Nonstationary Cellular Automata

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    AndrewI.Adamatzky

    1992-01-01

    The principal feature of nonstationary cellular automata(NCA) is that a local transitiol rule of each cell is changed at each time step depending on neighborhood configuration at previous time step.The identification problem for NCA is extraction of local transition rules and the establishment of mechanism for changing these rules using sequence of NCA configurations.We present serial and parallel algorithms for identification of NCA.

  6. Jeans type instability for a chemotactic model of cellular aggregation

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    Chavanis, Pierre-Henri

    2008-01-01

    We consider an inertial model of chemotactic aggregation generalizing the Keller-Segel model and we study the linear dynamical stability of an infinite and homogeneous distribution of cells (bacteria, amoebae, endothelial cells,...) when inertial effects are accounted for. These inertial terms model cells directional persistance. We determine the condition of instability and the growth rate of the perturbation as a function of the cell density and the wavelength of the perturbation. We discuss the differences between overdamped (Keller-Segel) and inertial models. Finally, we show the analogy between the instability criterion for biological populations and the Jeans instability criterion in astrophysics.

  7. Filovirus tropism: Cellular molecules for viral entry

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    Ayato eTakada

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available In human and nonhuman primates, filoviruses (Ebola and Marburg viruses cause severe hemorrhagic fever.Recently, other animals such as pigs and some species of fruit bats have also been shown to be susceptible to these viruses. While having a preference for some cell types such as hepatocytes, endothelial cells, dendritic cells, monocytes, and macrophages, filoviruses are known to be pantropic in infection of primates. The envelope glycoprotein (GP is responsible for both receptor binding and fusion of the virus envelope with the host cell membrane. It has been demonstrated that filovirus GP interacts with multiple molecules for entry into host cells, whereas none of the cellular molecules so far identified as a receptor/coreceptor fully explains filovirus tissue tropism and host range. Available data suggest that the mucin-like region (MLR on GP plays an important role in attachment to the preferred target cells, whose infection is likely involved in filovirus pathogenesis, whereas the MLR is not essential for the fundamental function of the GP in viral entry into cells in vitro. Further studies elucidating the mechanisms of cellular entry of filoviruses may shed light on the development of strategies for prophylaxis and treatment of Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fevers.

  8. Elements of the Cellular Metabolic Structure

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    Ildefonso Martínez De La Fuente

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available A large number of studies have shown the existence of metabolic covalent modifications in different molecular structures, able to store biochemical information that is not encoded by the DNA. Some of these covalent mark patterns can be transmitted across generations (epigenetic changes. Recently, the emergence of Hopfield-like attractor dynamics has been observed in the self-organized enzymatic networks, which have the capacity to store functional catalytic patterns that can be correctly recovered by the specific input stimuli. The Hopfield-like metabolic dynamics are stable and can be maintained as a long-term biochemical memory. In addition, specific molecular information can be transferred from the functional dynamics of the metabolic networks to the enzymatic activity involved in the covalent post-translational modulation so that determined functional memory can be embedded in multiple stable molecular marks. Both the metabolic dynamics governed by Hopfield-type attractors (functional processes and the enzymatic covalent modifications of determined molecules (structural dynamic processes seem to represent the two stages of the dynamical memory of cellular metabolism (metabolic memory. Epigenetic processes appear to be the structural manifestation of this cellular metabolic memory. Here, a new framework for molecular information storage in the cell is presented, which is characterized by two functionally and molecularly interrelated systems: a dynamic, flexible and adaptive system (metabolic memory and an essentially conservative system (genetic memory. The molecular information of both systems seems to coordinate the physiological development of the whole cell.

  9. Eukaryotic protein domains as functional units of cellular evolution

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    Jin, Jing; Xie, Xueying; Chen, Chen;

    2009-01-01

    domain compositions and functional properties, termed "domain clubs," which we use to compare multiple eukaryotic proteomes. This analysis shows that different domain types can take distinct evolutionary trajectories, which correlate with the conservation, gain, expansion, or decay of particular...... of different domain types to assess the molecular compartment occupied by each domain. This reveals that specific subsets of domains demarcate particular cellular processes, such as growth factor signaling, chromatin remodeling, apoptotic and inflammatory responses, or vesicular trafficking. We suggest...

  10. Cellular communications a comprehensive and practical guide

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    Tripathi, Nishith

    2014-01-01

    Even as newer cellular technologies and standards emerge, many of the fundamental principles and the components of the cellular network remain the same. Presenting a simple yet comprehensive view of cellular communications technologies, Cellular Communications provides an end-to-end perspective of cellular operations, ranging from physical layer details to call set-up and from the radio network to the core network. This self-contained source forpractitioners and students represents a comprehensive survey of the fundamentals of cellular communications and the landscape of commercially deployed

  11. Percepción de las acciones de responsabilidad social en empresas de la región Junín

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    Jaime Castilla Barraza

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Mostrar la percepción de los pobladores sobre la implementación de acciones de responsabilidad social de las empresas que operan en las ciudades de La Oroya, Concepción y Huancayo de la región Junín; establecer las expectativas y demandas de la población y analizar los factores relacionados con conflictos sociales que se reclama al empresariado. Métodos: La investigación fue de tipo básico, nivel descriptivo y diseño transversal. Se recurrió a la revisión de literatura especializada, con un trabajo de campo de carácter mixto, a través de la aplicación de cuestionarios, entrevistas y grupos focales con pobladores, decisores y especialistas. Resultados: Las comunidades manifestaron que las empresas nunca han mostrado interés de apoyo, considerando que su labor en responsabilidad social es insuficiente (63,3%, toda vez que solo producen con fines lucrativos; debieron respaldar sus pedidos en educación (68,4% opinó que la inversión fue insuficiente; salud (68,9% lo consideró insuficiente; y contratación de la mano de obra de los pobladores de la zona (62,6% señaló que fue insuficiente. Conclusiones: Dados los niveles de insatisfacción en educación y empleabilidad, principalmente, la disconformidad en estas poblaciones termina transformándose en conflictos sociales, por lo que las instituciones públicas y privadas tienen el imperativo ético y estratégico de generar modelos que respondan a la diversidad cultural y desigualdad. En la búsqueda de un modelo de responsabilidad social, generado a partir de las demandas y expectativas de la población de las zonas donde operan diferentes empresas, debe tenerse en cuenta el cómo generar altos niveles de satisfacción en la población con la que interactúan.

  12. Un instrumento de medida para conocer las tendencias de los directivos en la priorización de las acciones de Responsabilidad Social Empresarial (RSE

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    Elsa Del Castillo Mory

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available La Responsabilidad Social Empresarial (RSE ha evolucionado como concepto. En sus inicios, las mencionesen la literatura sobre el tema vinculaban la RSE con los principios y valores corporativos. Con el paso deltiempo, estos principios y valores se han hecho tangibles en los sistemas de gestión empresarial. Es así quediversos instrumentos internacionales han recogido una gran variedad de prácticas deseables en los distintosámbitos de la actuación de la empresa. Si bien existe abundancia de instrumentos, no hay evidencia de suvalidación en términos de rigurosidad académica. El trabajo aquí presentado ha buscado sistematizar losaportes de diversos instrumentos utilizados en el ámbito internacional, y particularmente en el de Latinoamérica,para producir una escala de medida –validada estadísticamente– que permita la priorización de acciones deRSE. A partir de la aplicación de este instrumento en una muestra de cien de las más grandes empresas queoperan en el Perú, las autoras analizan la forma en que los directivos de estas organizaciones otorgan mayoro menor relevancia a los posibles campos de la actuación responsable. Una mayor comprensión de estadinámica de decisión puede contribuir al desarrollo de mecanismos más efectivos para promover en losdirectivos una visión integral de la gestión de la RSE.Los hallazgos de esta investigación dan cuenta de una visión de la RSE aún heterogénea y lejana al desarrollo deuna conceptualización integral de la actuación responsable, donde el mayor énfasis está puesto en aquellasacciones directamente identificadas con el resultado económico del negocio, en contraposición a aquellas otrasque fortalecen relaciones más amplias con otros grupos de interés de la empresa. Los ámbitos que obtuvieron laspuntuaciones promedio más elevadas fueron: «la oferta de productos y servicios al mercado» y «la gestióninterna», en contraposición con otros ámbitos que exigen una alta

  13. Particles and Patterns in Cellular Automata

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    Jen, E.; Das, R.; Beasley, C.E.

    1999-06-03

    This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Our objective has been to develop tools for studying particle interactions in a class of dynamical systems characterized by discreteness, determinism, local interaction, and an inherently parallel form of evolution. These systems can be described by cellular automata (CA) and the behavior we studied has improved our understanding of the nature of patterns generated by CAs, their ability to perform global computations, and their relationship to continuous dynamical systems. We have also developed a rule-table mathematics that enables one to custom-design CA rule tables to generate patterns of specified types, or to perform specified computational tasks.

  14. Mathematical analysis of complex cellular activity

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    Bertram, Richard; Teka, Wondimu; Vo, Theodore; Wechselberger, Martin; Kirk, Vivien; Sneyd, James

    2015-01-01

    This book contains two review articles on mathematical physiology that deal with closely related topics but were written and can be read independently. The first article reviews the basic theory of calcium oscillations (common to almost all cell types), including spatio-temporal behaviors such as waves. The second article uses, and expands on, much of this basic theory to show how the interaction of cytosolic calcium oscillators with membrane ion channels can result in highly complex patterns of electrical spiking. Through these examples one can see clearly how multiple oscillatory processes interact within a cell, and how mathematical methods can be used to understand such interactions better. The two reviews provide excellent examples of how mathematics and physiology can learn from each other, and work jointly towards a better understanding of complex cellular processes. Review 1: Richard Bertram, Joel Tabak, Wondimu Teka, Theodore Vo, Martin Wechselberger: Geometric Singular Perturbation Analysis of Burst...

  15. Cellular regulation of the dopamine transporter

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    Eriksen, Jacob

    2010-01-01

    -membrane spanning protein Tac, thereby creating an extracellular antibody epitope. Upon expression in HEK293 cells this TacDAT fusion protein displayed functional properties similar to the wild type transporter. In an ELISA based internalization assay, TacDAT intracellular accumulation was increased by inhibitors......The dopamine transporter (DAT) mediates reuptake of dopamine from the synaptic cleft and is a target for widely abused psychostimulants such as cocaine and amphetamine. Nonetheless, little is known about the cellular distribution and trafficking of natively expressed DAT. DAT and its trafficking...... to natively expressed transporter, DAT was visualized directly in cultured DA neurons using the fluorescent cocaine analog JHC 1-64. These data showed pronounced colocalization upon constitutive internalization with Lysotracker, a late endosomal/lysosomal marker; however only little cololization was observed...

  16. [In vitro and in vivo study of electromagnetic compatibility of cellular phones and pacemakers].

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    Gellér, L; Thuróczy, G; Merkely, B

    2001-09-09

    Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of cellular phones and pacemakers (PM) was examined in four different cellular phone system (NMT, GSM, RLL, DCS 1800 MHz) and in fifteen different PM type in-vitro and in-vivo in humans. After more than 1100 in-vitro and 130 in-vivo tests we concluded, that the electromagnetic immunity of the PMs which are implanted in Hungary is suitable with only few exceptions. The highest rate of EMC problems was observed with NMT 450 MHz cellular phones (10.5%-63%). There was no EMC disturbance observed with GSM and DCS 1800 MHz cellular phones. There was only one case when clinically significant symptom was noticed with only one PM type and with NMT system cellular phone when the distance of cellular phone was 3-4 cms, and the power was maximal. There was not any EMC disturbance observed with none of the cellular phone systems during normal talking and when the distance of the PM and cellular phone was more than 20 cms. Our study supports guidelines which suggest that PM patients should contact their physicians when using cellular phones and cellular phones and PMs should not get closer than 20 cms.

  17. Cellular immune responses to HIV

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    McMichael, Andrew J.; Rowland-Jones, Sarah L.

    2001-04-01

    The cellular immune response to the human immunodeficiency virus, mediated by T lymphocytes, seems strong but fails to control the infection completely. In most virus infections, T cells either eliminate the virus or suppress it indefinitely as a harmless, persisting infection. But the human immunodeficiency virus undermines this control by infecting key immune cells, thereby impairing the response of both the infected CD4+ T cells and the uninfected CD8+ T cells. The failure of the latter to function efficiently facilitates the escape of virus from immune control and the collapse of the whole immune system.

  18. Repaglinide at a cellular level

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    Krogsgaard Thomsen, M; Bokvist, K; Høy, M

    2002-01-01

    To investigate the hormonal and cellular selectivity of the prandial glucose regulators, we have undertaken a series of experiments, in which we characterised the effects of repaglinide and nateglinide on ATP-sensitive potassium ion (KATP) channel activity, membrane potential and exocytosis in rat...... pancreatic alpha-cells and somatotrophs. We found a pharmacological dissociation between the actions on KATP channels and exocytosis and suggest that compounds that, unlike repaglinide, have direct stimulatory effects on exocytosis in somatotrophs and alpha- and beta-cells, such as sulphonylureas...

  19. Game of Life Cellular Automata

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2010-01-01

    In the late 1960s, British mathematician John Conway invented a virtual mathematical machine that operates on a two-dimensional array of square cell. Each cell takes two states, live and dead. The cells' states are updated simultaneously and in discrete time. A dead cell comes to life if it has exactly three live neighbours. A live cell remains alive if two or three of its neighbours are alive, otherwise the cell dies. Conway's Game of Life became the most programmed solitary game and the most known cellular automaton. The book brings together results of forty years of study into computational

  20. Cellular automata a parallel model

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    Mazoyer, J

    1999-01-01

    Cellular automata can be viewed both as computational models and modelling systems of real processes. This volume emphasises the first aspect. In articles written by leading researchers, sophisticated massive parallel algorithms (firing squad, life, Fischer's primes recognition) are treated. Their computational power and the specific complexity classes they determine are surveyed, while some recent results in relation to chaos from a new dynamic systems point of view are also presented. Audience: This book will be of interest to specialists of theoretical computer science and the parallelism challenge.

  1. Cellular Analogs of Operant Behavior.

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    ing of single units can be demonstrated, does such a cellular subset of neighboring pyramidal cells and interneurons as well as process contribute...excite dopamine neurons by -hyperpolarization of local interneurons . J. Neurosci. 12:483-488; 1992. Kosterlitz, H. W. Biosynthesis of morphine in the...II 197 1 1 ocation preltereite iindiis- HOIdlod VA. artdo \\M I . \\.ill I ’’’’i i R i l’)89) ( pioid mediationl lserilI1 reintoree-Cd bK amlphetcamine

  2. 5G Ultra-Dense Cellular Networks

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    Ge, Xiaohu; Tu, Song; Mao, Guoqiang; Wang, Cheng-xiang; Han, Tao

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    Traditional ultra-dense wireless networks are recommended as a complement for cellular networks and are deployed in partial areas, such as hotspot and indoor scenarios. Based on the massive multiple-input multi-output (MIMO) antennas and the millimeter wavecommunication technologies, the 5G ultra-dense cellular network is proposed to deploy in overall cellular scenarios. Moreover, a distribution network architecture is presented for 5G ultra-dense cellular networks. Furthermore, the backhaul ...

  3. Acciones educativas dirigidas al personal médico y de enfermería para disminuir las infecciones del tracto sanguíneo relacionadas a catéteres venosos centrales

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    Milena Villegas Sánchez

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    Full Text Available Introducción. La bacteriemia relacionada a Catéter Venoso  Central  es una de las principales complicaciones en los pacientes a quienes se les instala un catéter intravascular. Las acciones educativas han mostrado disminución en la tasa de estas infecciones en diferentes estudios.  El objetivo fue determinar la tasa de Infecciones del tracto sanguíneo relacionadas al catéter venoso central (ITS/CVC, en el Servicio de Cuidado Intensivo Neonatal, implementar las acciones preventivas y cuantificar el impacto.Metodología. Es un estudio descriptivo en donde se compara la tasa de ITS/CVC, antes y después de una intervención educativa, en  los pacientes ingresados a SECIN.  La tasa de ITS/CVC  se obtuvo dividiendo el número de éstas entre el número de días-catéter y se multiplicó por 1 000.Resultado. Un resultado relevante es que en el periodo  pre intervención se observa una  tasa  de 32,84 infecciones por 1 000 días (cuarto trimestre del 2012 y primer trimestre del 2013  y en el periodo post intervención la tasa fue de 8,28 infecciones por 1 000 días. (Tercer trimestre y cuarto trimestre del 2013.Conclusión. Se concluye que las acciones educativas para disminuir la tasa de ITS/CVC fueron efectivas.

  4. La construcción pública del virus de inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH) en mujeres: una mirada a las acciones comunicativas de organizaciones civiles en México

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    Sandoval Rebollo, Erica Marisol

    2014-01-01

    En este trabajo se presentan avances de investigación sobre las acciones comunicativas que llevan a cabo organizaciones civiles sobre el VIH y las mujeres en México. El punto de partida fue la importancia pública que actualmente está tomando la situación de las mujeres en la epidemia en razón del aumento paulatino de casos, así como la presencia que desde el principio de la epidemia han tenido las organizaciones civiles, la presencia de éstas en su versión feminista o de mujeres y la evidente...

  5. Los jóvenes y la construcción del "ciudadano ideal" : Una aproximación a las acciones y relatos de ciudadanía de jóvenes escolarizados de Buenos Aires

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    Kriger, Miriam Elizabeth; Fernández Cid, Hernán

    2011-01-01

    En esta ponencia se presentan resultados preliminares y parciales de una investigación empírica más amplia sobre jóvenes, nación y política. El estudio se ha realizado sobre una muestra de 275 alumnos del último año del secundario en siete escuelas de diverso nivel socio-económico de Buenos Aires y alrededores, en el año 2010 y 2011. Se aplicó un cuestionario escrito elaborado ad hoc con este fin, del cual tomamos aquí solo una pregunta, que solicita a los alumnos ponderar acciones que repres...

  6. Análisis e implementación de acciones de mejoramiento para el curso Laboratorio Física General I : Evaluación y recomendaciones para el curso Laboratorio Física General I

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    Chinchilla Brenes, Sonia; Muñoz Moya, Ana Cecilia; Segura Ramírez, Edgar

    2008-01-01

    Este proyecto es iniciativa de la escuela de Física y específicamente de las cátedras de Laboratorio de Física General I y del Laboratorio de Física General II. Se pretende la evaluación del curso “Laboratorio de Física General I” con el fin de reorientar acciones y administrar e impartir el cursos de manera homogénea. Se espera que el aporte de los y las estudiantes permita reorganizar o mejorara la forma en que se imparte el curso actualmente. Paralelamente se está trabajando en el diseñ...

  7. Estudio integral del análisis de la calidad y seguridad alimentaria con el fin de definir acciones estratégicas por parte de la industria agroalimentaria

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    Carlos Villellas, María Pilar de

    2007-01-01

    Resumen Esta Tesis, titulada ‘Estudio integral del análisis de la calidad y seguridad alimentaria con el fin de definir acciones estratégicas por parte de la industria agroalimentaria' propone el estudio de la calidad y seguridad alimentaria desde una perspectiva doble, por una parte, la perspectiva del consumidor a través de sus percepciones y preferencias en el momento de realizar la compra y por otra parte, la perspectiva de la industria mediante la implementación de una metodología co...

  8. De la demanda social a la invisibilización del conflicto : Un análisis de las acciones colectivas en Costa Rica desde la propuesta de E. Laclau

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    Álvarez Garro, Laura

    2014-01-01

    En el marco político contemporáneo, uno de los retos que destaca por su urgencia es qué hacer con el descontento social. Si bien, en numerosos países del mundo el descontento se ha expresado a través de movimientos sociales o acciones colectivas, estos todavía no logran tener la capacidad de articulación y convocatoria para presentarse y organizarse como alternativa, ya que no terminan generando las condiciones mínimas de articulación para conseguir algún grado de éxito en subvertir el orden ...

  9. Widrow-cellular neural network and optoelectronic implementation

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    Bal, Abdullah

    A new type of optoelectronic cellular neural network has been developed by providing the capability of coefficients adjusment of cellular neural network (CNN) using Widrow based perceptron learning algorithm. The new supervised cellular neural network is called Widrow-CNN. Despite the unsupervised CNN, the proposed learning algorithm allows to use the Widrow-CNN for various image processing applications easily. Also, the capability of CNN for image processing and feature extraction has been improved using basic joint transform correlation architecture. This hardware application presents high speed processing capability compared to digital applications. The optoelectronic Widrow-CNN has been tested for classic CNN feature extraction problems. It yields the best results even in case of hard feature extraction problems such as diagonal line detection and vertical line determination.

  10. In vivo cellular imaging using fluorescent proteins - Methods and Protocols

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    M. Monti

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The discovery and genetic engineering of fluorescent proteins has revolutionized cell biology. What was previously invisible to the cell often can be made visible with the use of fluorescent proteins. With this words, Robert M. Hoffman introduces In vivo Cellular Imaging Using Fluorescent proteins, the eighteen chapters book dedicated to the description of how fluorescence proteins have changed the way to analyze cellular processes in vivo. Modern researches aim to study new and less invasive methods able to follow the behavior of different cell types in different biological contexts: for example, how cancer cells migrate or how they respond to different therapies. Also, in vivo systems can help researchers to better understand animal embryonic development so as how fluorescence proteins may be used to monitor different processes in living organisms at the molecular and cellular level.

  11. Cellular identity at the single-cell level.

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    Coskun, Ahmet F; Eser, Umut; Islam, Saiful

    2016-10-20

    A single cell creates surprising heterogeneity in a multicellular organism. While every organismal cell shares almost an identical genome, molecular interactions in cells alter the use of DNA sequences to modulate the gene of interest for specialization of cellular functions. Each cell gains a unique identity through molecular coding across the DNA, RNA, and protein conversions. On the other hand, loss of cellular identity leads to critical diseases such as cancer. Most cell identity dissection studies are based on bulk molecular assays that mask differences in individual cells. To probe cell-to-cell variability in a population, we discuss single cell approaches to decode the genetic, epigenetic, transcriptional, and translational mechanisms for cell identity formation. In combination with molecular instructions, the physical principles behind cell identity determination are examined. Deciphering and reprogramming cellular types impact biology and medicine.

  12. Melanoma screening with cellular phones.

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    Cesare Massone

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Mobile teledermatology has recently been shown to be suitable for teledermatology despite limitations in image definition in preliminary studies. The unique aspect of mobile teledermatology is that this system represents a filtering or triage system, allowing a sensitive approach for the management of patients with emergent skin diseases. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In this study we investigated the feasibility of teleconsultation using a new generation of cellular phones in pigmented skin lesions. 18 patients were selected consecutively in the Pigmented Skin Lesions Clinic of the Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Graz, Graz (Austria. Clinical and dermoscopic images were acquired using a Sony Ericsson with a built-in two-megapixel camera. Two teleconsultants reviewed the images on a specific web application (http://www.dermahandy.net/default.asp where images had been uploaded in JPEG format. Compared to the face-to-face diagnoses, the two teleconsultants obtained a score of correct telediagnoses of 89% and of 91.5% reporting the clinical and dermoscopic images, respectively. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The present work is the first study performing mobile teledermoscopy using cellular phones. Mobile teledermatology has the potential to become an easy applicable tool for everyone and a new approach for enhanced self-monitoring for skin cancer screening in the spirit of the eHealth program of the European Commission Information for Society and Media.

  13. Cellular functions of the microprocessor.

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    Macias, Sara; Cordiner, Ross A; Cáceres, Javier F

    2013-08-01

    The microprocessor is a complex comprising the RNase III enzyme Drosha and the double-stranded RNA-binding protein DGCR8 (DiGeorge syndrome critical region 8 gene) that catalyses the nuclear step of miRNA (microRNA) biogenesis. DGCR8 recognizes the RNA substrate, whereas Drosha functions as an endonuclease. Recent global analyses of microprocessor and Dicer proteins have suggested novel functions for these components independent of their role in miRNA biogenesis. A HITS-CLIP (high-throughput sequencing of RNA isolated by cross-linking immunoprecipitation) experiment designed to identify novel substrates of the microprocessor revealed that this complex binds and regulates a large variety of cellular RNAs. The microprocessor-mediated cleavage of several classes of RNAs not only regulates transcript levels, but also modulates alternative splicing events, independently of miRNA function. Importantly, DGCR8 can also associate with other nucleases, suggesting the existence of alternative DGCR8 complexes that may regulate the fate of a subset of cellular RNAs. The aim of the present review is to provide an overview of the diverse functional roles of the microprocessor.

  14. Cellular automata modelling of SEIRS

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    Liu Quan-Xing; Jin Zhen

    2005-01-01

    In this paper the SEIRS epidemic spread is analysed, and a two-dimensional probability cellular automata model for SEIRS is presented. Each cellular automation cell represents a part of the population that may be found in one of five states of individuals: susceptible, exposed (or latency), infected, immunized (or recovered) and death. Here studied are the effects of two cases on the epidemic spread. i.e. the effects of non-segregation and segregation on the latency and the infected of population. The conclusion is reached that the epidemic will persist in the case of non-segregation but it will decrease in the case of segregation. The proposed model can serve as a basis for the development of algorithms to simulate real epidemics based on real data. Last we find the density series of the exposed and the infected will fluctuate near a positive equilibrium point, when the constant for the immunized is less than its corresponding constant τ0. Our theoretical results are verified by numerical simulations.

  15. 维生素D治疗对2型糖尿病合并呼吸道感染患者细胞免疫功能的影响研究%Influence of Vitamin D Therapy on Cellular Immune Function of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients Complicated with Respiratory Tract Infection

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    么焕新; 柴颖; 张永敬

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the influence of vitamin D therapy on cellular immune function of type 2 diabetes mellitus patients complicated with respiratory tract infection. Methods A total of 60 type 2 diabetes mellitus patients complicated with respiratory tract infection were selected in Xiehe Hospital of Tangshan from January to March in 2013,and they were randomly divided into control group and observation group,each of 30 cases. Both groups given routine treatment,and control group given extra placebo, while observation group given extra calcitriol soft capsules;both groups treated for 4 weeks. Before and after treatment,bone metabolic markers including serum levels of calcium,phosphorus,alkaline phosphatase and 25 hydroxy vitamin D3 , index of cellular immunity including CD3+, CD4+, CD8+ percentage and CD4+ /CD8+ ratio were compared between the two groups. Results No significant differences of bone metabolic markers including serum levels of calcium,phosphorus,alkaline phosphatase and 25 hydroxy vitamin D3 or index of cellular immunity including CD3+, CD4+, CD8+ percentage and CD4+ /CD8+ ratio was found between the two groups before treatment(P﹥0. 05);after treatment,serum levels of calcium and 25 hydroxy vitamin D3 ,CD3+ percentage and CD4+ /CD8+ ratio of observation group were higher than those of control group(P﹤0. 05),but no significant differences of serum phosphorus and alkaline phosphatase levels or CD4+,CD8+percentage was found between the two groups ( P﹥0. 05 ). Conclusion Vitamin D therapy can improve the cellular immune function of type 2 diabetes mellitus patients complicated with respiratory tract infection,and is safe.%目的:探讨维生素D治疗对2型糖尿病合并呼吸道感染患者细胞免疫功能的影响。方法选取唐山市协和医院2013年1—3月收治的2型糖尿病合并呼吸道感染患者60例,随机分为对照组和观察组,每组30例。对照组患者在常规治疗基础上给予安慰剂,观察组

  16. La coopetencia y las acciones afirmativas como una propuesta para mejorar el proceso de integración en la CAN

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    Mario Andrés Pinzón Camargo

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available El análisis económico del derecho ofrece un conjunto de herramientas, entre las que se puede mencionar la teoría de juegos, con las cuales se persigue la generación de escenarios de análisis donde sea posible estudiar la conducta del individuo ante un marco normativo. en este trabajo, el uso de dichas herramientas se ha orientado a explicar el comportamiento de los estados, entendidos como agentes o jugadores de un proceso de integración subregional (Comunidad andina de naciones-can, en el que deben decidir las estrategias a seguir con el propósito de promover e impulsar avances significativos en la Comunidad, sobre la base de una estructura de incentivos; en este contexto, y atendiendo los supuestos del aed, estos agentes son definidos como racionales, egoístas y maximizadores, lo cual se adecúa a los supuestos que hace la teoría de juegos respecto de los jugadores involucrados en situaciones de interacción estratégica modeladas como juegos. En este escenario, al realizar un estudio de la estructura de estímulos tanto generales como preferenciales para Bolivia y ecuador, ideada por el Acuerdo de Cartagena para fomentar la integración en el caso de la liberalización del comercio de servicios, se observa que aquella no ha sido la más adecuada, por cuanto no ha conducido a la obtención de los resultados esperados. Así las cosas, este documento propone un nueva estructura de incentivos sobre la base de la construcción de un ‘juego coopetitivo’, definido como aquel que resulta de una adecuada complementación entre un estadio inicial de cooperación, seguido por uno de competencia. como resultado de esta construcción para el caso de la can, se ha modelado, de una parte, una función recompensa generada a partir de unas funciones de subvención y sanción, a modo de incentivo, y de otra, un juego cooperativo que adopta y adapta el concepto de acciones afirmativas. La relación entre lo obtenido por cada jugador en el juego

  17. Cellular uptake of metallated cobalamins

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    Tran, Mai Thanh Quynh; Stürup, Stefan; Lambert, Ian Henry

    2016-01-01

    Cellular uptake of vitamin B12-cisplatin conjugates was estimated via detection of their metal constituents (Co, Pt, and Re) by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Vitamin B12 (cyano-cob(iii)alamin) and aquo-cob(iii)alamin [Cbl-OH2](+), which differ in the β-axial ligands (CN...... including [Cbl-OH2](+), [{Co}-CN-{cis-PtCl(NH3)2}](+), [{Re}-{Co}-CN-{cis-PtCl(NH3)2}](+), and [{Co}-CN-{trans-Pt(Cyt)(NH3)2}](2+) (Cyt = cytarabin) was high compared to neutral B12, which implied the existence of an additional internalization pathway for charged B12 vitamin analogs. The affinities...

  18. Discrete geodesics and cellular automata

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    Arrighi, Pablo

    2015-01-01

    This paper proposes a dynamical notion of discrete geodesics, understood as straightest trajectories in discretized curved spacetime. The notion is generic, as it is formulated in terms of a general deviation function, but readily specializes to metric spaces such as discretized pseudo-riemannian manifolds. It is effective: an algorithm for computing these geodesics naturally follows, which allows numerical validation---as shown by computing the perihelion shift of a Mercury-like planet. It is consistent, in the continuum limit, with the standard notion of timelike geodesics in a pseudo-riemannian manifold. Whether the algorithm fits within the framework of cellular automata is discussed at length. KEYWORDS: Discrete connection, parallel transport, general relativity, Regge calculus.

  19. Cellular compartmentalization of secondary metabolism

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    H. Corby eKistler

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Fungal secondary metabolism is often considered apart from the essential housekeeping functions of the cell. However, there are clear links between fundamental cellular metabolism and the biochemical pathways leading to secondary metabolite synthesis. Besides utilizing key biochemical precursors shared with the most essential processes of the cell (e.g. amino acids, acetyl CoA, NADPH, enzymes for secondary metabolite synthesis are compartmentalized at conserved subcellular sites that position pathway enzymes to use these common biochemical precursors. Co-compartmentalization of secondary metabolism pathway enzymes also may function to channel precursors, promote pathway efficiency and sequester pathway intermediates and products from the rest of the cell. In this review we discuss the compartmentalization of three well-studied fungal secondary metabolite biosynthetic pathways for penicillin G, aflatoxin and deoxynivalenol, and summarize evidence used to infer subcellular localization. We also discuss how these metabolites potentially are trafficked within the cell and may be exported.

  20. Thermal effects of radiation from cellular telephones

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    Wainwright, Peter

    2000-08-01

    A finite element thermal model of the head has been developed to calculate temperature rises generated in the brain by radiation from cellular telephones and similar electromagnetic devices. A 1 mm resolution MRI dataset was segmented semiautomatically, assigning each volume element to one of ten tissue types. A finite element mesh was then generated using a fully automatic tetrahedral mesh generator developed at NRPB. There are two sources of heat in the model: firstly the natural metabolic heat production; and secondly the power absorbed from the electromagnetic field. The SAR was derived from a finite difference time domain model of the head, coupled to a model `mobile phone', namely a quarter-wavelength antenna mounted on a metal box. The steady-state temperature distribution was calculated using the standard Pennes `bioheat equation'. In the normal cerebral cortex the high blood perfusion rate serves to provide an efficient cooling mechanism. In the case of equipment generally available to the public, the maximum temperature rise found in the brain was about 0.1 °C. These results will help in the further development of criteria for exposure guidelines, and the technique developed may be used to assess temperature rises associated with SARs for different types of RF exposure.

  1. Monkey hybrid stem cells develop cellular features of Huntington's disease

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    Lorthongpanich Chanchao

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pluripotent stem cells that are capable of differentiating into different cell types and develop robust hallmark cellular features are useful tools for clarifying the impact of developmental events on neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's disease. Additionally, a Huntington's cell model that develops robust pathological features of Huntington's disease would be valuable for drug discovery research. Results To test this hypothesis, a pluripotent Huntington's disease monkey hybrid cell line (TrES1 was established from a tetraploid Huntington's disease monkey blastocyst generated by the fusion of transgenic Huntington's monkey skin fibroblast and a wild-type non-transgenic monkey oocyte. The TrES1 developed key Huntington's disease cellular pathological features that paralleled neural development. It expressed mutant huntingtin and stem cell markers, was capable of differentiating to neural cells, and developed teratoma in severely compromised immune deficient (SCID mice. Interestingly, the expression of mutant htt, the accumulation of oligomeric mutant htt and the formation of intranuclear inclusions paralleled neural development in vitro , and even mutant htt was ubiquitously expressed. This suggests the development of Huntington's disease cellular features is influenced by neural developmental events. Conclusions Huntington's disease cellular features is influenced by neural developmental events. These results are the first to demonstrate that a pluripotent stem cell line is able to mimic Huntington's disease progression that parallels neural development, which could be a useful cell model for investigating the developmental impact on Huntington's disease pathogenesis.

  2. Inhibitory role of peroxiredoxin II (Prx II) on cellular senescence.

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    Han, Ying-Hao; Kim, Hyun-Sun; Kim, Jin-Man; Kim, Sang-Keun; Yu, Dae-Yeul; Moon, Eun-Yi

    2005-08-29

    Reactive oxygen species (ROS) were generated in all oxygen-utilizing organisms. Peroxiredoxin II (Prx II) as one of antioxidant enzymes may play a protective role against the oxidative damage caused by ROS. In order to define the role of Prx II in organismal aging, we evaluated cellular senescence in Prx II(-/-) mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF). As compared to wild type MEF, cellular senescence was accelerated in Prx II(-/-) MEF. Senescence-associated (SA)-beta-galactosidase (Gal)-positive cell formation was about 30% higher in Prx II(-/-) MEF. N-Acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC) treatment attenuated SA-beta-Gal-positive cell formation. Prx II(-/-) MEF exhibited the higher G2/M (41%) and lower S (1.6%) phase cells as compared to 24% and 7.3% [corrected] in wild type MEF, respectively. A high increase in the p16 and a slight increase in the p21 and p53 levels were detected in PrxII(-/-) MEF cells. The cellular senescence of Prx II(-/-) MEF was correlated with the organismal aging of Prx II(-/-) mouse skin. While extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and p38 activation was detected in Prx II(-/-) MEF, ERK and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation was detected in Prx II(-/-) skin. These results suggest that Prx II may function as an enzymatic antioxidant to prevent cellular senescence and skin aging.

  3. Fundamental Limits to Cellular Sensing

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    ten Wolde, Pieter Rein; Becker, Nils B.; Ouldridge, Thomas E.; Mugler, Andrew

    2016-03-01

    In recent years experiments have demonstrated that living cells can measure low chemical concentrations with high precision, and much progress has been made in understanding what sets the fundamental limit to the precision of chemical sensing. Chemical concentration measurements start with the binding of ligand molecules to receptor proteins, which is an inherently noisy process, especially at low concentrations. The signaling networks that transmit the information on the ligand concentration from the receptors into the cell have to filter this receptor input noise as much as possible. These networks, however, are also intrinsically stochastic in nature, which means that they will also add noise to the transmitted signal. In this review, we will first discuss how the diffusive transport and binding of ligand to the receptor sets the receptor correlation time, which is the timescale over which fluctuations in the state of the receptor, arising from the stochastic receptor-ligand binding, decay. We then describe how downstream signaling pathways integrate these receptor-state fluctuations, and how the number of receptors, the receptor correlation time, and the effective integration time set by the downstream network, together impose a fundamental limit on the precision of sensing. We then discuss how cells can remove the receptor input noise while simultaneously suppressing the intrinsic noise in the signaling network. We describe why this mechanism of time integration requires three classes (groups) of resources—receptors and their integration time, readout molecules, energy—and how each resource class sets a fundamental sensing limit. We also briefly discuss the scheme of maximum-likelihood estimation, the role of receptor cooperativity, and how cellular copy protocols differ from canonical copy protocols typically considered in the computational literature, explaining why cellular sensing systems can never reach the Landauer limit on the optimal trade

  4. Acciones educativas para favorecer la educación ambiental a través del programa audiovisual en escolares del Taller Técnica Básica Agropecuaria.

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    Sonia Mareidy González Migueles

    2009-03-01

    El trabajo tiene como objetivo aplicar acciones educativas para favorecer la Educación Ambiental a través del Programa Audiovisual en escolares del taller Técnica Básica Agropecuaria. Las acciones educativas propuestas como solución resultaron muy efectivas, ya que los escolares fueron modelando su actuación en correspondencia con los conocimientos asimilados sobre la problemática abordada, por lo que se logró favorecer su Educación Ambiental paulatinamente. Se consideran valiosos los resultados ya que han permitido elevar el nivel de conocimiento de los educandos, al adquirir conceptos medio ambientales, reconocer y valorar actuaciones beneficiosas y perjudiciales al hombre porque provocan deterioro y ha favorecido el grado de motivación por su cuidado manifestado en el nivel de participación y el grado de satisfacción de la misma. La utilización del Programa Audiovisual propicia el desarrollo de la Educación Ambiental y la preparación laboral del alumno con necesidades educativas especiales de una forma amena, elevando el nivel de conocimiento de los escolares preparándolos con mayor eficiencia para una vida adulta e independiente.

  5. Mycosphaerella podagrariae-a necrotrophic phytopathogen forming a special cellular interaction with its host Aegopodium podagraria

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    Simon, U.K.; Groenewald, J.Z.; Stierhof, Y.D.; Crous, P.W.; Bauer, R.

    2010-01-01

    We present a new kind of cellular interaction found between Mycosphaerella podagrariae and Aegopodium podagraria, which is remarkably different to the interaction type of the obligate biotrophic fungus Cymadothea trifolii, another member of the Mycosphaerellaceae (Capnodiales, Dothideomycetes, Ascom

  6. Mycosphaerella podagrariae - a necrotrophic phytopathogen forming a special cellular interaction with its host Aegopodium podagraria

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    Simon, U.K.; Groenewald, J.Z.; Stierhof, Y.D.; Crous, P.W.; Bauer, R.

    2010-01-01

    We present a new kind of cellular interaction found between Mycosphaerella podagrariae and Aegopodium podagraria, which is remarkably different to the interaction type of the obligate biotrophic fungus Cymadothea trifolii, another member of the Mycosphaerellaceae (Capnodiales, Dothideomycetes, Ascom

  7. Intrinsic Simulations between Stochastic Cellular Automata

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    Pablo Arrighi

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The paper proposes a simple formalism for dealing with deterministic, non-deterministic and stochastic cellular automata in a unifying and composable manner. Armed with this formalism, we extend the notion of intrinsic simulation between deterministic cellular automata, to the non-deterministic and stochastic settings. We then provide explicit tools to prove or disprove the existence of such a simulation between two stochastic cellular automata, even though the intrinsic simulation relation is shown to be undecidable in dimension two and higher. The key result behind this is the caracterization of equality of stochastic global maps by the existence of a coupling between the random sources. We then prove that there is a universal non-deterministic cellular automaton, but no universal stochastic cellular automaton. Yet we provide stochastic cellular automata achieving optimal partial universality.

  8. Cellular immune responses towards regulatory cells.

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    Larsen, Stine Kiær

    2016-01-01

    This thesis describes the results from two published papers identifying spontaneous cellular immune responses against the transcription factors Foxp3 and Foxo3. The tumor microenvironment is infiltrated by cells that hinder effective tumor immunity from developing. Two of these cell types, which have been linked to a bad prognosis for patients, are regulatory T cells (Treg) and tolerogenic dendritic cells (DC). Tregs inhibit effector T cells from attacking the tumor through various mechanisms, including secreted factors and cell-to-cell contact. Tregs express the transcription factor Foxp3, which is necessary for their development and suppressive activities. Tolerogenic DCs participate in creating an environment in the tumor where effector T cells become tolerant towards the tumor instead of attacking it. The transcription factor Foxo3 was recently described to be highly expressed by tolerogenic DCs and to programme their tolerogenic influence. This thesis describes for the first time the existence of spontaneous cellular immune responses against peptides derived from Foxp3 and Foxo3. We have detected the presence of cytotoxic T cells that recognise these peptides in an HLA-A2 restricted manner in cancer patients and for Foxp3 in healthy donors as well. In addition, we have demonstrated that the Foxp3- and Foxo3-specific CTLs recognize Foxp3- and Foxo3-expressing cancer cell lines and importantly, suppressive immune cells, namely Tregs and in vitro generated DCs. Cancer immunotherapy is recently emerging as an important treatment modality improving the survival of selected patients. The current progress is largely owing to targeting of the immune suppressive milieu that is dominating the tumor microenvironment. This is being done through immune checkpoint blockade with CTLA-4 and PD-1/PD-L1 antibodies and through lymphodepleting conditioning of patients and ex vivo activation of TILs in adoptive cell transfer. Several strategies are being explored for depletion of

  9. THE RELATIONSHIPS OF THREE ELEMENTARY CELLULAR AUTOMATA

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    Zhisong JIANG

    2006-01-01

    Limit language complexity of cellular automata which is first posed by S. Wolfram has become a new branch of cellular automata. In this paper, we obtain two interesting relationships between elementary cellular automata of rules 126, 146(182) and 18, and prove that if the limit language of rule 18 is not regular, nor are the limit languages of rules 126 and 146(182).

  10. Autophagy and mitophagy in cellular damage control

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    Jianhua Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Autophagy and mitophagy are important cellular processes that are responsible for breaking down cellular contents, preserving energy and safeguarding against accumulation of damaged and aggregated biomolecules. This graphic review gives a broad summary of autophagy and discusses examples where autophagy is important in controlling protein degradation. In addition we highlight how autophagy and mitophagy are involved in the cellular responses to reactive species and mitochondrial dysfunction. The key signaling pathways for mitophagy are described in the context of bioenergetic dysfunction.

  11. Modeling Integrated Cellular Machinery Using Hybrid Petri-Boolean Networks

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    Berestovsky, Natalie; Zhou, Wanding; Nagrath, Deepak; Nakhleh, Luay

    2013-01-01

    The behavior and phenotypic changes of cells are governed by a cellular circuitry that represents a set of biochemical reactions. Based on biological functions, this circuitry is divided into three types of networks, each encoding for a major biological process: signal transduction, transcription regulation, and metabolism. This division has generally enabled taming computational complexity dealing with the entire system, allowed for using modeling techniques that are specific to each of the components, and achieved separation of the different time scales at which reactions in each of the three networks occur. Nonetheless, with this division comes loss of information and power needed to elucidate certain cellular phenomena. Within the cell, these three types of networks work in tandem, and each produces signals and/or substances that are used by the others to process information and operate normally. Therefore, computational techniques for modeling integrated cellular machinery are needed. In this work, we propose an integrated hybrid model (IHM) that combines Petri nets and Boolean networks to model integrated cellular networks. Coupled with a stochastic simulation mechanism, the model simulates the dynamics of the integrated network, and can be perturbed to generate testable hypotheses. Our model is qualitative and is mostly built upon knowledge from the literature and requires fine-tuning of very few parameters. We validated our model on two systems: the transcriptional regulation of glucose metabolism in human cells, and cellular osmoregulation in S. cerevisiae. The model produced results that are in very good agreement with experimental data, and produces valid hypotheses. The abstract nature of our model and the ease of its construction makes it a very good candidate for modeling integrated networks from qualitative data. The results it produces can guide the practitioner to zoom into components and interconnections and investigate them using such more

  12. Modeling integrated cellular machinery using hybrid Petri-Boolean networks.

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    Natalie Berestovsky

    Full Text Available The behavior and phenotypic changes of cells are governed by a cellular circuitry that represents a set of biochemical reactions. Based on biological functions, this circuitry is divided into three types of networks, each encoding for a major biological process: signal transduction, transcription regulation, and metabolism. This division has generally enabled taming computational complexity dealing with the entire system, allowed for using modeling techniques that are specific to each of the components, and achieved separation of the different time scales at which reactions in each of the three networks occur. Nonetheless, with this division comes loss of information and power needed to elucidate certain cellular phenomena. Within the cell, these three types of networks work in tandem, and each produces signals and/or substances that are used by the others to process information and operate normally. Therefore, computational techniques for modeling integrated cellular machinery are needed. In this work, we propose an integrated hybrid model (IHM that combines Petri nets and Boolean networks to model integrated cellular networks. Coupled with a stochastic simulation mechanism, the model simulates the dynamics of the integrated network, and can be perturbed to generate testable hypotheses. Our model is qualitative and is mostly built upon knowledge from the literature and requires fine-tuning of very few parameters. We validated our model on two systems: the transcriptional regulation of glucose metabolism in human cells, and cellular osmoregulation in S. cerevisiae. The model produced results that are in very good agreement with experimental data, and produces valid hypotheses. The abstract nature of our model and the ease of its construction makes it a very good candidate for modeling integrated networks from qualitative data. The results it produces can guide the practitioner to zoom into components and interconnections and investigate them

  13. Efficiency of cellular information processing

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    Barato, Andre C; Seifert, Udo

    2014-01-01

    We show that a rate of conditional Shannon entropy reduction, characterizing the learning of an internal process about an external process, is bounded by the thermodynamic entropy production. This approach allows for the definition of an informational efficiency that can be used to study cellular information processing. We analyze three models of increasing complexity inspired by the E. coli sensory network, where the external process is an external ligand concentration jumping between two values. We start with a simple model for which ATP must be consumed so that a protein inside the cell can learn about the external concentration. With a second model for a single receptor we show that the rate at which the receptor learns about the external environment can be nonzero even without any dissipation inside the cell since chemical work done by the external process compensates for this learning rate. The third model is more complete, also containing adaptation. For this model we show inter alia that a bacterium i...

  14. The origins of cellular life.

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    Schrum, Jason P; Zhu, Ting F; Szostak, Jack W

    2010-09-01

    Understanding the origin of cellular life on Earth requires the discovery of plausible pathways for the transition from complex prebiotic chemistry to simple biology, defined as the emergence of chemical assemblies capable of Darwinian evolution. We have proposed that a simple primitive cell, or protocell, would consist of two key components: a protocell membrane that defines a spatially localized compartment, and an informational polymer that allows for the replication and inheritance of functional information. Recent studies of vesicles composed of fatty-acid membranes have shed considerable light on pathways for protocell growth and division, as well as means by which protocells could take up nutrients from their environment. Additional work with genetic polymers has provided insight into the potential for chemical genome replication and compatibility with membrane encapsulation. The integration of a dynamic fatty-acid compartment with robust, generalized genetic polymer replication would yield a laboratory model of a protocell with the potential for classical Darwinian biological evolution, and may help to evaluate potential pathways for the emergence of life on the early Earth. Here we discuss efforts to devise such an integrated protocell model.

  15. The cellular toxicity of aluminium.

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    Exley, C; Birchall, J D

    1992-11-07

    Aluminium is a serious environmental toxicant and is inimical to biota. Omnipresent, it is linked with a number of disorders in man including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's dementia and osteomalacia. Evidence supporting aluminium as an aetiological agent in such disorders is not conclusive and suffers principally from a lack of consensus with respect to aluminium's toxic mode of action. Obligatory to the elucidation of toxic mechanisms is an understanding of the biological availability of aluminium. This describes the fate of and response to aluminium in any biological system and is thus an important influence of the toxicity of aluminium. A general theme in much aluminium toxicity is an accelerated cell death. Herein mechanisms are described to account for cell death from both acute and chronic aluminium challenges. Aluminium associations with both extracellular surfaces and intracellular ligands are implicated. The cellular response to aluminium is found to be biphasic having both stimulatory and inhibitory components. In either case the disruption of second messenger systems is observed and GTPase cycles are potential target sites. Specific ligands for aluminium at these sites are unknown though are likely to be proteins upon which oxygen-based functional groups are orientated to give exceptionally strong binding with the free aluminium ion.

  16. Integration of mobile satellite and cellular systems

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    Drucker, Elliott H.; Estabrook, Polly; Pinck, Deborah; Ekroot, Laura

    1993-01-01

    By integrating the ground based infrastructure component of a mobile satellite system with the infrastructure systems of terrestrial 800 MHz cellular service providers, a seamless network of universal coverage can be established. Users equipped for both cellular and satellite service can take advantage of a number of features made possible by such integration, including seamless handoff and universal roaming. To provide maximum benefit at lowest posible cost, the means by which these systems are integrated must be carefully considered. Mobile satellite hub stations must be configured to efficiently interface with cellular Mobile Telephone Switching Offices (MTSO's), and cost effective mobile units that provide both cellular and satellite capability must be developed.

  17. Optimized Cellular Core for Rotorcraft Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Patz Materials and Technologies proposes to develop a unique structural cellular core material to improve mechanical performance, reduce platform weight and lower...

  18. Molecular and cellular limits to somatosensory specificity

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    Viana Félix

    2008-04-01

    involved primarily in nerve impulse generation can also influence the gating of transducing channels, dramatically modifying their activation profile. Thus, we propose that the capacity exhibited by the different functional types of somatosensory receptor neurons to preferentially detect and encode specific stimuli into a discharge of nerve impulses, appears to result of a characteristic combinatorial expression of different ion channels in each neuronal type that finally determines their transduction and impulse firing properties. Transduction channels don't operate in isolation and their cellular context should also be taken into consideration to fully understand their function. Moreover, the inhomogeneous distribution of transduction and voltage-gated channels at soma, axonal branches and peripheral endings of primary sensory neurons influences the characteristics of the propagated impulse discharge that encodes the properties of the stimulus. Alteration of this concerted operation of ion channels in pathological conditions may underlie the changes in excitability accompanying peripheral sensory neuron injuries.

  19. Cellular and Matrix Contributions to Tissue Construct Stiffness Increase with Cellular Concentration

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    Marquez, J. Pablo; Genin, Guy M.; Pryse, Kenneth M.; Elson, Elliot L.

    2013-01-01

    The mechanics of bio-artificial tissue constructs result from active and passive contributions of cells and extracellular matrix (ECM). We delineated these for a fibroblast-populated matrix (FPM) consisting of chick embryo fibroblast cells in a type I collagen ECM through mechanical testing, mechanical modeling, and selective biochemical elimination of tissue components. From a series of relaxation tests, we found that contributions to overall tissue mechanics from both cells and ECM increase exponentially with the cell concentration. The force responses in these relaxation tests exhibited a logarithmic decay over the 3600 second test duration. The amplitudes of these responses were nearly linear with the amplitude of the applied stretch. The active component of cellular forces rose dramatically for FPMs containing higher cell concentrations. PMID:16874557

  20. Analytical Modeling of Uplink Cellular Networks

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    Novlan, Thomas D; Andrews, Jeffrey G

    2012-01-01

    Cellular uplink analysis has typically been undertaken by either a simple approach that lumps all interference into a single deterministic or random parameter in a Wyner-type model, or via complex system level simulations that often do not provide insight into why various trends are observed. This paper proposes a novel middle way that is both accurate and also results in easy-to-evaluate integral expressions based on the Laplace transform of the interference. We assume mobiles and base stations are randomly placed in the network with each mobile pairing up to its closest base station. The model requires two important changes compared to related recent work on the downlink. First, dependence is introduced between the user and base station point processes to make sure each base station serves a single mobile in the given resource block. Second, per-mobile power control is included, which further couples the locations of the mobiles and their receiving base stations. Nevertheless, we succeed in deriving the cov...

  1. Pulsed feedback defers cellular differentiation.

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    Joe H Levine

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Environmental signals induce diverse cellular differentiation programs. In certain systems, cells defer differentiation for extended time periods after the signal appears, proliferating through multiple rounds of cell division before committing to a new fate. How can cells set a deferral time much longer than the cell cycle? Here we study Bacillus subtilis cells that respond to sudden nutrient limitation with multiple rounds of growth and division before differentiating into spores. A well-characterized genetic circuit controls the concentration and phosphorylation of the master regulator Spo0A, which rises to a critical concentration to initiate sporulation. However, it remains unclear how this circuit enables cells to defer sporulation for multiple cell cycles. Using quantitative time-lapse fluorescence microscopy of Spo0A dynamics in individual cells, we observed pulses of Spo0A phosphorylation at a characteristic cell cycle phase. Pulse amplitudes grew systematically and cell-autonomously over multiple cell cycles leading up to sporulation. This pulse growth required a key positive feedback loop involving the sporulation kinases, without which the deferral of sporulation became ultrasensitive to kinase expression. Thus, deferral is controlled by a pulsed positive feedback loop in which kinase expression is activated by pulses of Spo0A phosphorylation. This pulsed positive feedback architecture provides a more robust mechanism for setting deferral times than constitutive kinase expression. Finally, using mathematical modeling, we show how pulsing and time delays together enable "polyphasic" positive feedback, in which different parts of a feedback loop are active at different times. Polyphasic feedback can enable more accurate tuning of long deferral times. Together, these results suggest that Bacillus subtilis uses a pulsed positive feedback loop to implement a "timer" that operates over timescales much longer than a cell cycle.

  2. Simulation of plant communities with a cellular automaton

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    Gassmann, F. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1999-08-01

    With a modelling approach based on cellular automata, five observed types of plant development can be simulated. In addition, the proposed model shows a strong tendency towards the formation of patches and a high degree of dynamical and structural instability leading to limits of predictability for the asymptotic solution chosen by the system among several possible metastable patterns (multistability). Further, external fluctuations can be shown to have advantages for certain plant types. The presented model unifies the fundamental dichotomy in vegetation dynamics between determinism (understood as predictability) and disorder (chance effects) by showing the outcome of both classical theories as special cases. (author) 2 figs., 4 refs.

  3. Recent development of cellular manufacturing systems

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    P K Arora; A Haleem; M K Singh

    2013-06-01

    Cellular manufacturing system has been proved a vital approach for batch and job shop production systems. Group technology has been an essential tool for developing a cellular manufacturing system. The paper aims to discuss various cell formation techniques and highlights the significant research work done in past over the years and attempts to points out the gap in research.

  4. Cellular encoding for interactive evolutionary robotics

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    Gruau, F.C.; Quatramaran, K.

    1996-01-01

    This work reports experiments in interactive evolutionary robotics. The goal is to evolve an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) to control the locomotion of an 8-legged robot. The ANNs are encoded using a cellular developmental process called cellular encoding. In a previous work similar experiments ha

  5. LMS filters for cellular CDMA overlay

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    This paper extends and complements previous research we have performed on the performance of nonadaptive narrowband suppression filters when used in cellular CDMA overlay situations. In this paper, an adaptive LMS filter is applied to cellular CDMA overlay situations in order to reject narrowband interference.

  6. From Cnn Dynamics to Cellular Wave Computers

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    Roska, Tamas

    2013-01-01

    Embedded in a historical overview, the development of the Cellular Wave Computing paradigm is presented, starting from the standard CNN dynamics. The theoretical aspects, the physical implementation, the innovation process, as well as the biological relevance are discussed in details. Finally, the latest developments, the physical versus virtual cellular machines, as well as some open questions are presented.

  7. The Universe as a Cellular System

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    Aragón-Calvo, Miguel A

    2014-01-01

    Cellular systems are observed everywhere in nature, from crystal domains in metals, soap froth and cucumber cells to the network of cosmological voids. Surprisingly, despite their disparate scale and origin all cellular systems follow certain scaling laws relating their geometry, topology and dynamics. Using a cosmological N-body simulation we found that the Cosmic Web, the largest known cellular system, follows the same scaling relations seen elsewhere in nature. Our results extend the validity of scaling relations in cellular systems by over 30 orders of magnitude in scale with respect to previous studies. The dynamics of cellular systems can be used to interpret local observations such as the local velocity anomaly as the result of a collapsing void in our cosmic backyard. Moreover, scaling relations depend on the curvature of space, providing an independent measure of geometry.

  8. The mammary cellular hierarchy and breast cancer.

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    Oakes, Samantha R; Gallego-Ortega, David; Ormandy, Christopher J

    2014-11-01

    Advances in the study of hematopoietic cell maturation have paved the way to a deeper understanding the stem and progenitor cellular hierarchy in the mammary gland. The mammary epithelium, unlike the hematopoietic cellular hierarchy, sits in a complex niche where communication between epithelial cells and signals from the systemic hormonal milieu, as well as from extra-cellular matrix, influence cell fate decisions and contribute to tissue homeostasis. We review the discovery, definition and regulation of the mammary cellular hierarchy and we describe the development of the concepts that have guided our investigations. We outline recent advances in in vivo lineage tracing that is now challenging many of our assumptions regarding the behavior of mammary stem cells, and we show how understanding these cellular lineages has altered our view of breast cancer.

  9. Accions didàctiques en el marc dels museus. Una investigació entre el museu i l'escola Educational Activities in the Museum Context: Comparing Museum and School Acciones didácticas en el marco de los museos. Una investigación entre el museo y la escuela

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    Núria Serrat Antolí

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Dins del vast camp de la didàctica en l'àmbit dels museus, la recerca que presentem centra la mirada en les accions, mitjans i recursos que la institució museística posa a l'abast del públic escolar per afavorir-ne l'aprenentatge de contiguts històrics i arqueològics. Es tracta d'un estudi realitzat entre dos camps disciplinars: la didàctica i la museologia. L'article posa l'èmfasi en les característiques dels materials didàctics dels museus d'història i d'arqueologia i, en concret, de la funció dels continguts procedimentals en la definició d'aquests materials. Per mitjà d'una anàlisi del nivell de complexitat estructural dels verbs emprats en aquestes definicions, es conclou que hi predominen els de nivell més elemental, en detriment dels procediments propis de les disciplines de referència. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dans le vaste champ de la didactique dans le domaine des musées, la recherche que nous présentons centre le regard sur les actions, les moyens et les ressources que l'institution muséale met à la portée du public scolaire pour favoriser l'apprentissage de contenus en rapport avec l'histoire et l'archéologie. Il s'agit d'une étude réalisée à cheval entre deux camps disciplinaires: la didactique et la muséologie. L'article met l'accent sur les caractéristiques des matériels didactiques des musées d'histoire et d'archéologie et, plus particulièrement, sur la fonction des contenus procéduraux dans la définition de ces matériels. Grâce à une analyse du niveau de complexité structurelle des verbes utilisés dans ces définitions, il conclut que prédominent ceux du niveau le plus élémentaire, au détriment des procédés propres aux disciplines de référence.Within the wide field of museum

  10. Relevancia de los diferentes momentos del juego y de las acciones a balón parado (ABP en los rendimientos del FC Barcelona y Real Madrid durante la liga nacional de fútbol profesional 2011/12

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    Xavier Planes i Fontestad

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available El estudio se centra en la relevancia de las fases dinámicas y estáticas en los rendimientos del FC Barcelona y Real Madrid. Utilizamos la metodología observacional con el fin de tratar de asociar los diferentes Momentos o Fases del juego (MJ y las Acciones a Balón Parado (ABP con la obtención de cada uno de los goles. Para conseguirlo, hemos creado un instrumento de observación ad hoc (IOX y hemos utilizado dos instrumentos de registro (LINCE y MOTS. Para el análisis de los datos del registro y la obtención de resultados, hemos utilizado las técnicas de comparación de proporciones con el software Statgraphics, habiendo encontrado, inicialmente, diferencias significativas entre los dos equipos únicamente en la fase defensiva.

  11. Efectos olvidados en las relaciones de causalidad de las acciones del sistema de capacitación en las organizaciones empresariales = Forgotten effects of the causality relationships in the knowledge management in tourism organizations

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    Díaz Pontones, Vicente

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Se propone y se desarrolla un procedimiento desde el paradigma de la complejidad que, partiendo de las características más generales que permiten identificar a las organizaciones turísticas como sistemas sociales humanos complejos, valora los impactos de la capacitación en la consecución de las metas organizacionales. El procedimiento se aborda desde la aplicación del modelo de valoración de los efectos olvidados en las relaciones de causalidad del sistema de acciones de capacitación, identificando a través de la matriz de relación incidencia-dependencia, la cohesión estructural de la estrategia de capacitación y los lazos de interacción entre las diferentes acciones expresadas en grafos. Finalmente, en las conclusiones, se destacan los valores del modelo propuesto y aplicado, como contribución al perfeccionamiento de las estrategias de capacitación. = A procedure is developed from the paradigm of the complexity, starting from their most general characteristics to identify tourism organizations as social human complex systems. This procedure values the impacts of the training in the achievement of the organizational goals. The model of forgotten effects to the causality relationships of the system of training actions and, by using the relationship matrix of incidence-dependence, the structural cohesion is identified in the training strategy. The interaction links among the different actions have been expressed by graphs. Finally, the conclusions bring out the values of the proposed and applied method as a contribution to the improvement of the training strategies.

  12. The thorny path linking cellular senescence to organismalaging

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    Patil, Christopher K.; Mian, Saira; Campisi, Judith

    2005-08-09

    Half a century is fast approaching since Hayflick and colleagues formally described the limited ability of normal human cells to proliferate in culture (Hayflick and Moorhead, 1961). This finding--that normal somatic cells, in contrast to cancer cells, cannot divide indefinitely--challenged the prevailing idea that cells from mortal multicellular organisms were intrinsically ''immortal'' (Carrell, 1912). It also spawned two hypotheses, essential elements of which persist today. The first held that the restricted proliferation of normal cells, now termed cellular senescence, suppresses cancer (Hayflick, 1965; Sager, 1991; Campisi, 2001). The second hypothesis, as explained in the article by Lorenzini et al., suggested that the limited proliferation of cells in culture recapitulated aspects of organismal aging (Hayflick, 1965; Martin, 1993). How well have these hypotheses weathered the ensuing decades? Before answering this question, we first consider current insights into the causes and consequences of cellular senescence. Like Lorenzini et al., we limit our discussion to mammals. We also focus on fibroblasts, the cell type studied by Lorenzini et al., but consider other types as well. We suggest that replicative capacity in culture is not a straightforward assessment, and that it correlates poorly with both longevity and body mass. We speculate this is due to the malleable and variable nature of replicative capacity, which renders it an indirect metric of qualitative and quantitative differences among cells to undergo senescence, a response that directly alters cellular phenotype and might indirectly alter tissue structure and function.

  13. Optimum Transmitter Power Control in WCDMA Cellular Systems

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    2002-01-01

    Power control is an important technique in WCDMA mobile systems for both increasing system capacity and guaranteeing the required QoS (time delay and wireless link transmission quality) of multimedia services. The optimum power control for narrow band CDMA cellular systems is a problem of single threshold optimization. Because these systems have only one type of traffic and have the same QoS requirement. However, WCDMA mobile systems should provide multimedia services and different types of traffic have different QoS requirements. Thus, the power control in WCDMA mobile systems doesn't be a problem of single threshold optimizing, but turns into the optimizing problem of multi-thresholds. In this paper, we analyze the power control problem in WCDMA cellular mobile systems and propose the optimum transmitter power control algorithm. Three criteria to optimize transmitter power levels of multi-thresholds based on grading the priority orders of multimedia services are proposed. Simulation results show that the proposed algorithms are more effective than conventional algorithms and can provide better performance for WCDMA cellular mobile systems.

  14. Integración de los actores e integralidad de las acciones en las políticas de desarrollo para la región del Golfo de Nicoya.

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    Oscar Pacheco Urpí

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available En el Golfo de Nicoya existe una diversidad de factores que influyen, tanto desde el punto de vista cultural y social y de las actividades productivas y urbanas, así como de las potestades de las instituciones del Estado y Universitarias. Indicadores como: niveles crecientes de la contaminación, la disminución de los recursos pesqueros, el aumento desmedido de la población pesquera y el deterioro paulatino en la calidad del ambiente y de vida de las comunidades costeras, muestran claramente el origen de estos fenómenos y por lo general, se tienen definidos los objetivos para alcanzar un Desarrollo Sostenible. Sin embargo, por muchos años, se ha venido percibiendo una constancia en el proceso de deterioro, sin que se logre amainar (salvo algunos casos muy concretos y mucho menos revertir el proceso. Esto no quiere decir, que no se haya tenido la preocupación y no se haya tratado de solucionar los problemas a través del desarrollo de políticas y acciones, pero no se han logrado establecer las estrategias apropiadas que permitan tomar el camino del Desarrollo. En este sentido, si bien, se tiene claridad de que es fundamental y se ha hecho los esfuerzos de ordenar, a través de la coordinación interinstitucional e intersectorial, la intervención de los diferentes actores, la verdad es que no se ha logrado la integración y se continúan dando las acciones individuales y dispersas, por lo que no se ha logrado encontrar la estructura idónea que permita constituir las acciones en un proceso común y participativo, reconocida y aceptada por los diferentes sectores, gubernamentales y no gubernamentales. Por otra parte, los enfoques y el desarrollo de acciones, probablemente, también influenciados por la falta de integración de los actores, han conllevado a que éstos no se contemplen de manera integral y no contengan la secuencia requerida de los factores para que los procesos, que inician con la investigación, culminen con la aceptaci

  15. Identification of a novel Rev-interacting cellular protein

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    Werner Thomas

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Human cell types respond differently to infection by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV. Defining specific interactions between host cells and viral proteins is essential in understanding how viruses exploit cellular functions and the innate strategies underlying cellular control of HIV replication. The HIV Rev protein is a post-transcriptional inducer of HIV gene expression and an important target for interaction with cellular proteins. Identification of Rev-modulating cellular factors may eventually contribute to the design of novel antiviral therapies. Results Yeast-two hybrid screening of a T-cell cDNA library with Rev as bait led to isolation of a novel human cDNA product (16.4.1. 16.4.1-containing fusion proteins showed predominant cytoplasmic localization, which was dependent on CRM1-mediated export from the nucleus. Nuclear export activity of 16.4.1 was mapped to a 60 amino acid region and a novel transport signal identified. Interaction of 16.4.1 with Rev in human cells was shown in a mammalian two-hybrid assay and by colocalization of Rev and 16.4.1 in nucleoli, indicating that Rev can recruit 16.4.1 to the nucleus/nucleoli. Rev-dependent reporter expression was inhibited by overexpressing 16.4.1 and stimulated by siRNAs targeted to 16.4.1 sequences, demonstrating that 16.4.1 expression influences the transactivation function of Rev. Conclusion These results suggest that 16.4.1 may act as a modulator of Rev activity. The experimental strategies outlined in this study are applicable to the identification and biological characterization of further novel Rev-interacting cellular factors.

  16. Multi-cellular logistics of collective cell migration.

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    Masataka Yamao

    Full Text Available During development, the formation of biological networks (such as organs and neuronal networks is controlled by multicellular transportation phenomena based on cell migration. In multi-cellular systems, cellular locomotion is restricted by physical interactions with other cells in a crowded space, similar to passengers pushing others out of their way on a packed train. The motion of individual cells is intrinsically stochastic and may be viewed as a type of random walk. However, this walk takes place in a noisy environment because the cell interacts with its randomly moving neighbors. Despite this randomness and complexity, development is highly orchestrated and precisely regulated, following genetic (and even epigenetic blueprints. Although individual cell migration has long been studied, the manner in which stochasticity affects multi-cellular transportation within the precisely controlled process of development remains largely unknown. To explore the general principles underlying multicellular migration, we focus on the migration of neural crest cells, which migrate collectively and form streams. We introduce a mechanical model of multi-cellular migration. Simulations based on the model show that the migration mode depends on the relative strengths of the noise from migratory and non-migratory cells. Strong noise from migratory cells and weak noise from surrounding cells causes "collective migration," whereas strong noise from non-migratory cells causes "dispersive migration." Moreover, our theoretical analyses reveal that migratory cells attract each other over long distances, even without direct mechanical contacts. This effective interaction depends on the stochasticity of the migratory and non-migratory cells. On the basis of these findings, we propose that stochastic behavior at the single-cell level works effectively and precisely to achieve collective migration in multi-cellular systems.

  17. Markers of cellular senescence. Telomere shortening as a marker of cellular senescence.

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    Bernadotte, Alexandra; Mikhelson, Victor M; Spivak, Irina M

    2016-01-01

    The cellular senescence definition comes to the fact of cells irreversible proliferation disability. Besides the cell cycle arrest, senescent cells go through some morphological, biochemical, and functional changes which are the signs of cellular senescence. The senescent cells (including replicative senescence and stress-induced premature senescence) of all the tissues look alike. They are metabolically active and possess the set of characteristics in vitro and in vivo, which are known as biomarkers of aging and cellular senescence. Among biomarkers of cellular senescence telomere shortening is a rather elegant frequently used biomarker. Validity of telomere shortening as a marker for cellular senescence is based on theoretical and experimental data.

  18. Methods for Determining the Cellular Functions of Vimentin Intermediate Filaments.

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    Ridge, Karen M; Shumaker, Dale; Robert, Amélie; Hookway, Caroline; Gelfand, Vladimir I; Janmey, Paul A; Lowery, Jason; Guo, Ming; Weitz, David A; Kuczmarski, Edward; Goldman, Robert D

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    The type III intermediate filament protein vimentin was once thought to function mainly as a static structural protein in the cytoskeleton of cells of mesenchymal origin. Now, however, vimentin is known to form a dynamic, flexible network that plays an important role in a number of signaling pathways. Here, we describe various methods that have been developed to investigate the cellular functions of the vimentin protein and intermediate filament network, including chemical disruption, photoactivation and photoconversion, biolayer interferometry, soluble bead binding assay, three-dimensional substrate experiments, collagen gel contraction, optical-tweezer active microrheology, and force spectrum microscopy. Using these techniques, the contributions of vimentin to essential cellular processes can be probed in ever further detail.

  19. Analytical Evaluation of Fractional Frequency Reuse for OFDMA Cellular Networks

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    Novlan, Thomas David; Ghosh, Arunabha; Andrews, Jeffrey G

    2011-01-01

    Fractional frequency reuse (FFR) is an interference management technique well-suited to OFDMA-based cellular networks wherein the cells are partitioned into spatial regions with different frequency reuse factors. To date, FFR techniques have been typically been evaluated through system-level simulations using a hexagonal grid for the base station locations. This paper instead focuses on analytically evaluating the two main types of FFR deployments - Strict FFR and Soft Frequency Reuse (SFR) - using a Poisson point process to model the base station locations. The results are compared with the standard grid model and an actual urban deployment. Under reasonable special cases for modern cellular networks, our results reduce to simple closed-form expressions, which provide insight into system design guidelines and the relative merits of Strict FFR, SFR, universal reuse, and fixed frequency reuse. We observe that FFR provides an increase in the sum-rate as well as the well-known benefit of improved coverage for ce...

  20. Energy management in wireless cellular and ad-hoc networks

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    Imran, Muhammad; Qaraqe, Khalid; Alouini, Mohamed-Slim; Vasilakos, Athanasios

    2016-01-01

    This book investigates energy management approaches for energy efficient or energy-centric system design and architecture and presents end-to-end energy management in the recent heterogeneous-type wireless network medium. It also considers energy management in wireless sensor and mesh networks by exploiting energy efficient transmission techniques and protocols. and explores energy management in emerging applications, services and engineering to be facilitated with 5G networks such as WBANs, VANETS and Cognitive networks. A special focus of the book is on the examination of the energy management practices in emerging wireless cellular and ad hoc networks. Considering the broad scope of energy management in wireless cellular and ad hoc networks, this book is organized into six sections covering range of Energy efficient systems and architectures; Energy efficient transmission and techniques; Energy efficient applications and services. .

  1. Cellular Cell Bifurcation of Cylindrical Detonations

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    HAN Gui-Lai; JIANG Zong-Lin; WANG Chun; ZHANG Fan

    2008-01-01

    Cellular cell pattern evolution of cylindrically-diverging detonations is numerically simulated successfully by solving two-dimensional Euler equations implemented with an improved two-step chemical kinetic model. From the simulation, three cell bifurcation modes are observed during the evolution and referred to as concave front focusing, kinked and wrinkled wave front instability, and self-merging of cellular cells. Numerical research demonstrates that the wave front expansion resulted from detonation front diverging plays a major role in the cellular cell bifurcation, which can disturb the nonlinearly self-sustained mechanism of detonations and finally lead to cell bifurcations.

  2. Optimal Band Allocation for Cognitive Cellular Networks

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    Liu, Tingting

    2011-01-01

    FCC new regulation for cognitive use of the TV white space spectrum provides a new means for improving traditional cellular network performance. But it also introduces a number of technical challenges. This letter studies one of the challenges, that is, given the significant differences in the propagation property and the transmit power limitations between the cellular band and the TV white space, how to jointly utilize both bands such that the benefit from the TV white space for improving cellular network performance is maximized. Both analytical and simulation results are provided.

  3. Cryptographic primitives based on cellular transformations

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    B.V. Izotov

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available Design of cryptographic primitives based on the concept of cellular automata (CA is likely to be a promising trend in cryptography. In this paper, the improved method performing data transformations by using invertible cyclic CAs (CCA is considered. Besides, the cellular operations (CO as a novel CAs application in the block ciphers are introduced. Proposed CCAs and COs, integrated under the name of cellular transformations (CT, suit well to be used in cryptographic algorithms oriented to fast software and cheap hardware implementation.

  4. Imaging in cellular and tissue engineering

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    Yu, Hanry

    2013-01-01

    Details on specific imaging modalities for different cellular and tissue engineering applications are scattered throughout articles and chapters in the literature. Gathering this information into a single reference, Imaging in Cellular and Tissue Engineering presents both the fundamentals and state of the art in imaging methods, approaches, and applications in regenerative medicine. The book underscores the broadening scope of imaging applications in cellular and tissue engineering. It covers a wide range of optical and biological applications, including the repair or replacement of whole tiss

  5. On-Chip Detection of Cellular Activity

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    Almog, R.; Daniel, R.; Vernick, S.; Ron, A.; Ben-Yoav, H.; Shacham-Diamand, Y.

    The use of on-chip cellular activity monitoring for biological/chemical sensing is promising for environmental, medical and pharmaceutical applications. The miniaturization revolution in microelectronics is harnessed to provide on-chip detection of cellular activity, opening new horizons for miniature, fast, low cost and portable screening and monitoring devices. In this chapter we survey different on-chip cellular activity detection technologies based on electrochemical, bio-impedance and optical detection. Both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell-on-chip technologies are mentioned and reviewed.

  6. Cellular Factors Required for Lassa Virus Budding

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    Urata, Shuzo; Noda, Takeshi; Kawaoka, Yoshihiro; Yokosawa, Hideyoshi; Yasuda, Jiro

    2006-01-01

    It is known that Lassa virus Z protein is sufficient for the release of virus-like particles (VLPs) and that it has two L domains, PTAP and PPPY, in its C terminus. However, little is known about the cellular factor for Lassa virus budding. We examined which cellular factors are used in Lassa virus Z budding. We demonstrated that Lassa Z protein efficiently produces VLPs and uses cellular factors, Vps4A, Vps4B, and Tsg101, in budding, suggesting that Lassa virus budding uses the multivesicula...

  7. Cellular Subcompartments through Cytoplasmic Streaming.

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    Pieuchot, Laurent; Lai, Julian; Loh, Rachel Ann; Leong, Fong Yew; Chiam, Keng-Hwee; Stajich, Jason; Jedd, Gregory

    2015-08-24

    Cytoplasmic streaming occurs in diverse cell types, where it generally serves a transport function. Here, we examine streaming in multicellular fungal hyphae and identify an additional function wherein regimented streaming forms distinct cytoplasmic subcompartments. In the hypha, cytoplasm flows directionally from cell to cell through septal pores. Using live-cell imaging and computer simulations, we identify a flow pattern that produces vortices (eddies) on the upstream side of the septum. Nuclei can be immobilized in these microfluidic eddies, where they form multinucleate aggregates and accumulate foci of the HDA-2 histone deacetylase-associated factor, SPA-19. Pores experiencing flow degenerate in the absence of SPA-19, suggesting that eddy-trapped nuclei function to reinforce the septum. Together, our data show that eddies comprise a subcellular niche favoring nuclear differentiation and that subcompartments can be self-organized as a consequence of regimented cytoplasmic streaming.

  8. La responsabilidad social de las organizaciones: ¿Factor de ventaja competitiva? Las acciones sociales de las organizaciones en relación con el tejido social La responsabilidad social de las organizaciones: ¿Factor de ventaja competitiva? Las acciones sociales de las organizaciones en relación con el tejido social

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    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Mirar las organizaciones desde un enfoque sistémico, permite verlas como un conjunto de partesinteractuantes e interdependientes que en su dinámica conforman un sistema mayor que es lasociedad. Desde esta perspectiva puede comprenderse que cada organización afecta y es afectadapor el entorno en el cual se desenvuelve y que esta mutua relación —de beneficio o perjuicio—determina, en un alto grado, su supervivencia. Ésta es una forma de entender lo que hoy seconoce como Responsabilidad social; sin embargo, este concepto tiene antecedentes desde finalesdel siglo XIX y diversas manifestaciones a lo largo del siglo XX. Más recientemente los efectosnegativos de la globalización, entre otras razones, han forzado el surgimiento de normas, códigosde conducta, guías y otras acciones orientadas a contrarrestar dichos efectos buscando crearcondiciones de vida laboral y social más dignas.El cumplimiento de la responsabilidad por parte de cada organización es un imperativo ético,moral y social pues es desde el cumplimiento de ésta como se contribuye al fortalecimiento y/o recuperación del Tejido Social y a la construcción de lo que se conoce como Capital Social. Toda organización debe cumplir responsabilidades sociales tanto en su interior, conel personal que en ella labora, como con los distintos sectores con los cuales interactúaconocidos hoy como Stakeholders.Approaching organizations from a systemic point of view allows us to see them as a group of interactive and interdependent parts of a larger system called society. This perspective lets us understand that each organization simultaneously affects and is affected by its environment, and this reciprocal relationship —of benefit or damage— largely determines its survival. This paper intends to explain, in a certain way, what is known today as social responsibility, although this concept has antecedents that go back to the end of the Nineteenth century and diverse

  9. Reciprocal Control of the Circadian Clock and Cellular Redox State - a Critical Appraisal.

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    Putker, Marrit; O'Neill, John Stuart

    2016-01-01

    Redox signalling comprises the biology of molecular signal transduction mediated by reactive oxygen (or nitrogen) species. By specific and reversible oxidation of redox-sensitive cysteines, many biological processes sense and respond to signals from the intracellular redox environment. Redox signals are therefore important regulators of cellular homeostasis. Recently, it has become apparent that the cellular redox state oscillates in vivo and in vitro, with a period of about one day (circadian). Circadian time-keeping allows cells and organisms to adapt their biology to resonate with the 24-hour cycle of day/night. The importance of this innate biological time-keeping is illustrated by the association of clock disruption with the early onset of several diseases (e.g. type II diabetes, stroke and several forms of cancer). Circadian regulation of cellular redox balance suggests potentially two distinct roles for redox signalling in relation to the cellular clock: one where it is regulated by the clock, and one where it regulates the clock. Here, we introduce the concepts of redox signalling and cellular timekeeping, and then critically appraise the evidence for the reciprocal regulation between cellular redox state and the circadian clock. We conclude there is a substantial body of evidence supporting circadian regulation of cellular redox state, but that it would be premature to conclude that the converse is also true. We therefore propose some approaches that might yield more insight into redox control of cellular timekeeping.

  10. Brauer algebras of type B

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    Cohen, A.M.; Liu, S.

    2015-01-01

    For each n ≥ 1, we define an algebra having many properties that one might expect to hold for a Brauer algebra of type Bn. It is defined by means of a presentation by generators and relations. We show that this algebra is a subalgebra of the Brauer algebra of type Dn+1 and point out a cellular struc

  11. p53-Mediated Cellular Response to DNA Damage in Cells with Replicative Hepatitis B Virus

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    Puisieux, Alain; Ji, Jingwei; Guillot, Celine; Legros, Yann; Soussi, Thierry; Isselbacher, Kurt; Ozturk, Mehmet

    1995-02-01

    Wild-type p53 acts as a tumor suppressor gene by protecting cells from deleterious effects of genotoxic agents through the induction of a G_1/S arrest or apoptosis as a response to DNA damage. Transforming proteins of several oncogenic DNA viruses inactivate tumor suppressor activity of p53 by blocking this cellular response. To test whether hepatitis B virus displays a similar effect, we studied the p53-mediated cellular response to DNA damage in 2215 hepatoma cells with replicative hepatitis B virus. We demonstrate that hepatitis B virus replication does not interfere with known cellular functions of p53 protein.

  12. Global stability analysis on a class of cellular neural networks

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    ZHANG; Yi

    2001-01-01

    [1]Chua, L. O., Yang, L., Cellular neural networks: Theory, IEEE Trans. CAS, 1988, (10): 1257.[2]Chua, L. O., Yang, L., Cellular neural networks: Applications, IEEE Trans. CAS, 1988, (10): 1273.[3]Chua, L. O., Roska, T., The CNN paradigm, IEEE Trans. CAS-I, 1993, (3): 147.[4]Matsumoto, T. Chua, L. O., Suzuki, H., CNN cloning template: Connected component detector, IEEE Trans. CAS, 1990, (8): 633.[5]Cao, L, Sun, Y, Yu, J., A CNN-based signature verification system,Proc. ICONIP′95, Beijing, 1995, 913—916.[6]Roska, T., Chua, L. O., The CNN universal machine: An analogic array computer, IEEE Trans. CAS Ⅱ, 1993, (3): 163.[7]Chua, L. O., Roska, T., Stability of a class of nonreciprocal cellular neural networks, IEEE Trans. CAS, 1990, (3): 1520.[8]Roska, T., Wu, C. W., Balsi, M. Et al., Stability and dynamics of delay type general and cellular neural networks, IEEE Trans. CAS, 1992, (6): 487.[9]Roska, T., Wu, C. W., Chua, L. O., Stability of cellular neural networks with dominant nonlinear and delaytype templates, IEEE Trans. CAS, 1993, (4): 270.[10]Civalleri, P. P., On stability of cellular neural networks with delay, IEEE Trans. CAS-I, 1993, (3): 157.[11]Gilli, G., Stability of cellular neural network and delayed cellular neural networks with nonpositive templates and nonmonotonic output functions, IEEE Trans CAS-I, 1994, (8): 518.[12]Baldi, P., Atiya, A. F., How delays affect neural dynamics and learning, IEEE Trans. On Neural Networks, 1994, (4): 612.[13]Liao, X. X., Mathematic foundation of cellular neural networks (Ⅰ), Science in China, Ser. A, 1994, 37(9): 902.[14]Liao, X. X., Mathematic foundation of cellular neural networks (Ⅱ), Science in China, Ser. A, 1994, 37(9): 1037.[15]Zhang, Y., Global exponential stability and periodic solutions of delay Hopfild neural networks, International J. Sys. Sci., 1996, (2): 227.[16]Zhang Yi, Zhong, S. M., Li, Z. L., Periodic solutions and global

  13. A Matrix Construction of Cellular Algebras

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    Dajing Xiang

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, we give a concrete method to construct cellular algebras from matrix algebras by specifying certain fixed matrices for the data of inflations. In particular,orthogonal matrices can be chosen for such data.

  14. Cellular Defect May Be Linked to Parkinson's

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    ... 160862.html Cellular Defect May Be Linked to Parkinson's: Study Abnormality might apply to all forms of ... that may be common to all forms of Parkinson's disease. The defect plays a major role in ...

  15. Integration of Mobil Satellite and Cellular Systems

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    Drucker, E. H.; Estabrook, P.; Pinck, D.; Ekroot, L.

    1993-01-01

    By integrating the ground based infrastructure component of a mobile satellite system with the infrastructure systems of terrestrial 800 MHz cellular service providers, a seamless network of universal coverage can be established.

  16. Cellular Automaton Modeling of Pattern Formation

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    Boerlijst, M.C.

    2006-01-01

    Book review Andreas Deutsch and Sabine Dormann, Cellular Automaton Modeling of Biological Pattern Formation, Characterization, Applications, and Analysis, Birkhäuser (2005) ISBN 0-8176-4281-1 331pp..

  17. Optimized Cellular Core for Rotorcraft Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Patz Materials and Technologies has developed, produced and tested, as part of the Phase-I SBIR, a new form of composite cellular core material, named Interply Core,...

  18. Densities and entropies in cellular automata

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    Guillon, Pierre

    2012-01-01

    Following work by Hochman and Meyerovitch on multidimensional SFT, we give computability-theoretic characterizations of the real numbers that can appear as the topological entropies of one-dimensional and two-dimensional cellular automata.

  19. On the Behavior Characteristics of Cellular Automata

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    CHEN Jin-cai; ZHANG Jiang-ling; FENG Dan

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, the inherent relationships between the running regulations and behavior characteristics of cellular automata are presented; an imprecise taxonomy of such systems is put forward; the three extreme cases of stable systems are discussed; and the illogicalness of evolutional strategies of cellular automata is analyzed. The result is suitable for the emulation and prediction of behavior of discrete dynamics systems; especially it can be taken as an important analysis means of dynamic performance of complex networks.

  20. Sponging of Cellular Proteins by Viral RNAs

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    Charley, Phillida A.; Wilusz, Jeffrey

    2014-01-01

    Viral RNAs accumulate to high levels during infection and interact with a variety of cellular factors including miRNAs and RNA-binding proteins. Although many of these interactions exist to directly modulate replication, translation and decay of viral transcripts, evidence is emerging that abundant viral RNAs may in certain cases serve as a sponge to sequester host non coding RNAs and proteins. By effectively reducing the ability of cellular RNA binding proteins to regulate host cell gene exp...

  1. Gerenciamento do cuidado: ações dos enfermeiros em um serviço hospitalar de emergência Gerenciamiento del cuidado: acciones de los enfermeros en un servicio hospitalario de emergencia Care management: nurses' actions in a hospital emergency service

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    José Luís Guedes dos Santos

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Estudo com objetivo de analisar as ações de gerenciamento do cuidado realizadas pelos enfermeiros em um serviço hospitalar de emergência. Pesquisa qualitativa do tipo estudo de caso, realizada com enfermeiros do Serviço de Emergência de um Hospital Universitário da região sul do Brasil. Os dados foram coletados por meio de observação participante e entrevista semi-estruturada e analisados pela técnica de análise temática. Os resultados evidenciam ações dos enfermeiros no planejamento do cuidado, previsão e provisão de recursos, supervisão, liderança e capacitação da equipe de enfermagem. No planejamento do cuidado, identifica-se a execução do processo de enfermagem e o controle da realização dos exames laboratoriais e radiológicos. As ações de previsão e provisão de recursos foram: elaboração de escala mensal de funcionários, distribuição diária dos funcionários e gerenciamento de recursos materiais. A liderança favorece o planejamento da assistência, a coordenação da equipe de enfermagem e a delegação de atividades.Este estudio tuvo como objetivo analizar la actuación del enfermero en el gerenciamiento del cuidado en un servicio hospitalario de emergencia. Investigación cualitativa de tipo estudio de caso realizada con los enfermeros del Servicio de Emergencia de un Hospital Universitario de la Región Sur de Brasil. Los datos fueron recogidos a través de observación participante y entrevistas semi-estructuradas y analizados utilizando el análisis temático. Los resultados demostraron las acciones de los enfermeros en la planificación del cuidado, la previsión y provisión de recursos, supervisión, liderazgo y capacitación del equipo de enfermería. En la planificación del cuidado, se ha identificado la ejecución del proceso de enfermería y control de la realización de los exámenes de laboratorio y radiológicos. Las acciones de previsión y provisión de recursos fueron: escala mensual

  2. Polymersomes containing quantum dots for cellular imaging

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Marine Camblin,1 Pascal Detampel,1 Helene Kettiger,1 Dalin Wu,2 Vimalkumar Balasubramanian,1,* Jörg Huwyler1,*1Division of Pharmaceutical Technology, 2Department of Chemistry, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland*These authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: Quantum dots (QDs are highly fluorescent and stable probes for cellular and molecular imaging. However, poor intracellular delivery, stability, and toxicity of QDs in biological compartments hamper their use in cellular imaging. To overcome these limitations, we developed a simple and effective method to load QDs into polymersomes (Ps made of poly(dimethylsiloxane-poly(2-methyloxazoline (PDMS-PMOXA diblock copolymers without compromising the characteristics of the QDs. These Ps showed no cellular toxicity and QDs were successfully incorporated into the aqueous compartment of the Ps as confirmed by transmission electron microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. Ps containing QDs showed colloidal stability over a period of 6 weeks if stored in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS at physiological pH (7.4. Efficient intracellular delivery of Ps containing QDs was achieved in human liver carcinoma cells (HepG2 and was visualized by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM. Ps containing QDs showed a time- and concentration-dependent uptake in HepG2 cells and exhibited better intracellular stability than liposomes. Our results suggest that Ps containing QDs can be used as nanoprobes for cellular imaging.Keywords: quantum dots, polymersomes, cellular imaging, cellular uptake

  3. The cellular story of dishevelleds.

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    Kafka, Anja; Bašić-Kinda, Sandra; Pećina-Šlaus, Nives

    2014-10-01

    Dishevelled (DVL) proteins, three of which have been identified in humans, are highly conserved components of canonical and noncanonical Wnt signaling pathways. These multifunctional proteins, originally discovered in the fruit fly, through their different domains mediate complex signal transduction: DIX (dishevelled, axin) and PDZ (postsynaptic density 95, discs large, zonula occludens-1) domains serve for canonical beta-catenin signaling, while PDZ and DEP (dishevelled, Egl-10, pleckstrin) domains serve for non-canonical signaling. In canonical or beta-catenin signaling, DVL forms large molecular supercomplexes at the plasma membrane consisting of Wnt-Fz-LRP5/6-DVL-AXIN. This promotes the disassembly of the beta-catenin destruction machinery, beta-catenin accumulation, and consequent activation of Wnt signaling. Therefore, DVLs are considered to be key regulators that rescue cytoplasmic beta-catenin from degradation. The potential medical importance of DVLs is in both human degenerative disease and cancer. The overexpression of DVL has been shown to potentiate the activation of Wnt signaling and it is now apparent that up-regulation of DVLs is involved in several types of cancer.

  4. Nerve sheath myxoma (neurothekeoma) of the skin: light microscopic and immunohistochemical reappraisal of the cellular variant.

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    Argenyi, Z B; LeBoit, P E; Santa Cruz, D; Swanson, P E; Kutzner, H

    1993-08-01

    Nerve sheath myxoma (NSM) is a rare cutaneous neoplasm, the histogenesis of which is controversial. Fifteen cases of NSM were studied by routine light microscopy and with a broad panel of immunohistochemical stains. NSM were classified into three groups based on cellularity, mucin content and growth pattern. 1) The hypocellular (myxoid) type (5/15 cases) showed frequent encapsulation or sharp circumscription. Immunohistochemically this type was strongly positive for S-100 protein and collagen type IV and variably positive for epithelial membrane antigen. 2) The cellular type (4/15 cases) had scant mucin and ill-defined nodular or infiltrating growth. Immunostaining showed positive reaction for neuron specific enolase (2/4), Leu-7 (1/4) and smooth muscle specific actin (2/4), and was negative with the other antibodies. 3) The "mixed type" (6/15 cases) had variable cellularity and mucin content with poor demarcation and variable immunolabeling. We conclude that: 1) there are major light microscopic and immunohistochemical differences between the classical hypocellular (myxoid) and the cellular forms of NSM (neurothekeoma); 2) while the immunohistochemical results support the presence of nerve sheath differentiation in the classical forms of NSM, and to some extent in the mixed forms, there is an absence of convincing evidence of neural differentiation in the cellular variant by either light microscopy or immunohistochemistry; 3) the variable immunophenotypes suggest that differentiation other than neural may take place in CNT.

  5. Pseudoislet of hybrid cellular spheroids from commercial cell lines.

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    Jo, Y H; Nam, B M; Kim, B Y; Nemeno, J G; Lee, S; Yeo, J E; Yang, W; Park, S H; Kim, Y S; Lee, J I

    2013-10-01

    Investigators conducting diabetes-related research have focused on islet transplantation as a radical therapy for type 1 diabetes mellitus. Pancreatic islet isolation, an essential process, is a very demanding work because of the proteolytic enzymes, species, treatment time, and individual difference. Replacement of primary isolated pancreatic islets must be carried out continuously for various in vitro tests, making primary isolated islets a useful tool for cell transplantation research. Hence, we sought to develop pseudoislets from commercial pancreas-derived cell lines. In this study, we used RIN-5F and RIN-m cells, which secrete insulin, somatostatin, or glucagon. To manufacture hybrid cellular spheroids, the cells were cultured under hanging drop plate and nonadhesive plate methods. We observed that hybrid cellular pseudoislets exhibited an oval shape, with sizes ranging from 590 to 1200 μm. Their morphology was similar to naïve islets. Cell line pseudoislets secreted and expressed insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin, as confirmed by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and immunohistochemistry analyses. Thus, the current artificially manufactured biomimetic pseudoislets resembled pancreatic islets of the endocrine system, appearing as cellular aggregates that secreted insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin. Enhanced immunoisolation techniques may lead to the development of new islet sources for pancreatic transplantation through this pseudoislet strategy.

  6. Unified Stochastic Geometry Model for MIMO Cellular Networks with Retransmissions

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    Afify, Laila H.

    2016-10-11

    This paper presents a unified mathematical paradigm, based on stochastic geometry, for downlink cellular networks with multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) base stations (BSs). The developed paradigm accounts for signal retransmission upon decoding errors, in which the temporal correlation among the signal-to-interference-plus-noise-ratio (SINR) of the original and retransmitted signals is captured. In addition to modeling the effect of retransmission on the network performance, the developed mathematical model presents twofold analysis unification for MIMO cellular networks literature. First, it integrates the tangible decoding error probability and the abstracted (i.e., modulation scheme and receiver type agnostic) outage probability analysis, which are largely disjoint in the literature. Second, it unifies the analysis for different MIMO configurations. The unified MIMO analysis is achieved by abstracting unnecessary information conveyed within the interfering signals by Gaussian signaling approximation along with an equivalent SISO representation for the per-data stream SINR in MIMO cellular networks. We show that the proposed unification simplifies the analysis without sacrificing the model accuracy. To this end, we discuss the diversity-multiplexing tradeoff imposed by different MIMO schemes and shed light on the diversity loss due to the temporal correlation among the SINRs of the original and retransmitted signals. Finally, several design insights are highlighted.

  7. HIV-1 Replication and the Cellular Eukaryotic Translation Apparatus

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    Santiago Guerrero

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Eukaryotic translation is a complex process composed of three main steps: initiation, elongation, and termination. During infections by RNA- and DNA-viruses, the eukaryotic translation machinery is used to assure optimal viral protein synthesis. Human immunodeficiency virus type I (HIV-1 uses several non-canonical pathways to translate its own proteins, such as leaky scanning, frameshifting, shunt, and cap-independent mechanisms. Moreover, HIV-1 modulates the host translation machinery by targeting key translation factors and overcomes different cellular obstacles that affect protein translation. In this review, we describe how HIV-1 proteins target several components of the eukaryotic translation machinery, which consequently improves viral translation and replication.

  8. Chaotic Encryption Method Based on Life-Like Cellular Automata

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    Machicao, Marina Jeaneth; Bruno, Odemir M

    2011-01-01

    We propose a chaotic encryption method based on Cellular Automata(CA), specifically on the family called the "Life-Like" type. Thus, the encryption process lying on the pseudo-random numbers generated (PRNG) by each CA's evolution, which transforms the password as the initial conditions to encrypt messages. Moreover, is explored the dynamical behavior of CA to reach a "good" quality as PRNG based on measures to quantify "how chaotic a dynamical system is", through the combination of the entropy, Lyapunov exponent, and Hamming distance. Finally, we present the detailed security analysis based on experimental tests: DIEHARD and ENT suites, as well as Fouriers Power Spectrum, used as a security criteria.

  9. Irreparable telomeric DNA damage and persistent DDR signalling as a shared causative mechanism of cellular senescence and ageing.

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    Rossiello, Francesca; Herbig, Utz; Longhese, Maria Pia; Fumagalli, Marzia; d'Adda di Fagagna, Fabrizio

    2014-06-01

    The DNA damage response (DDR) orchestrates DNA repair and halts cell cycle. If damage is not resolved, cells can enter into an irreversible state of proliferative arrest called cellular senescence. Organismal ageing in mammals is associated with accumulation of markers of cellular senescence and DDR persistence at telomeres. Since the vast majority of the cells in mammals are non-proliferating, how do they age? Are telomeres involved? Also oncogene activation causes cellular senescence due to altered DNA replication and DDR activation in particular at the telomeres. Is there a common mechanism shared among apparently distinct types of cellular senescence? And what is the role of telomeric DNA damage?

  10. Cellular reprogramming for understanding and treating human disease.

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    Riya Rajan Kanherkar

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In the last two decades we have witnessed a paradigm shift in our understanding of cells so radical that it has rewritten the rules of biology. The study of cellular reprogramming has gone from little more than a hypothesis, to applied bioengineering, with the creation of a variety of important cell types. By way of metaphor, we can compare the discovery of reprogramming with the archaeological discovery of the Rosetta stone. This stone slab made possible the initial decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphics because it allowed us to see this language in a way that was previously impossible. We propose that cellular reprogramming will have an equally profound impact on understanding and curing human disease, because it allows us to perceive and study molecular biological processes such as differentiation, epigenetics, and chromatin in ways that were likewise previously impossible. Stem cells could be called cellular Rosetta stones because they allow also us to perceive the connections between development, disease, cancer, aging, and regeneration in novel ways. Here we present a comprehensive historical review of stem cells and cellular reprogramming, and illustrate the developing synergy between many previously unconnected fields. We show how stem cells can be used to create in vitro models of human disease and provide examples of how reprogramming is being used to study and treat such diverse diseases as cancer, aging and accelerated aging syndromes, infectious diseases such as AIDS, and epigenetic diseases such as polycystic ovary syndrome. While the technology of reprogramming is being developed and refined there have also been significant ongoing developments in other complementary technologies such as gene editing, progenitor cell production, and tissue engineering. These technologies are the foundations of what is becoming a fully-functional field of regenerative medicine and are converging to a point that will allow us to treat almost any

  11. The ING tumor suppressors in cellular senescence and chromatin.

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    Ludwig, Susann; Klitzsch, Alexandra; Baniahmad, Aria

    2011-07-18

    The Inhibitor of Growth (ING) proteins represent a type II tumor suppressor family comprising five conserved genes, ING1 to ING5. While ING1, ING2 and ING3 proteins are stable components of the mSIN3a-HDAC complexes, the association of ING1, ING4 and ING5 with HAT protein complexes was also reported. Among these the ING1 and ING2 have been analyzed more deeply. Similar to other tumor suppressor factors the ING proteins are also involved in many cellular pathways linked to cancer and cell proliferation such as cell cycle regulation, cellular senescence, DNA repair, apoptosis, inhibition of angiogenesis and modulation of chromatin.A common structural feature of ING factors is the conserved plant homeodomain (PHD), which can bind directly to the histone mark trimethylated lysine of histone H3 (H3K4me3). PHD mutants lose the ability to undergo cellular senescence linking chromatin mark recognition with cellular senescence. ING1 and ING2 are localized in the cell nucleus and associated with chromatin modifying enzymes, linking tumor suppression directly to chromatin regulation. In line with this, the expression of ING1 in tumors is aberrant or identified point mutations are mostly localized in the PHD finger and affect histone binding. Interestingly, ING1 protein levels increase in replicative senescent cells, latter representing an efficient pathway to inhibit cancer proliferation. In association with this, suppression of p33ING1 expression prolongs replicative life span and is also sufficient to bypass oncogene-induced senescence. Recent analyses of ING1- and ING2-deficient mice confirm a tumor suppressive role of ING1 and ING2 and also indicate an essential role of ING2 in meiosis.Here we summarize the activity of ING1 and ING2 as tumor suppressors, chromatin factors and in development.

  12. Las acciones afirmativas como mecanismos reivindicadores de la paridad de género en la participación política inclusiva: Ecuador, Bolivia, Costa Rica y Colombia

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    Gerardo Durango Álvarez

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo aborda el tema de las acciones afirmativas como mecanismo equiparador de las desigualdades sociales, así como la participación real en los espacios democráticos para grupos desaventajados. Las acciones afirmativas han jugado un papel muy importante en la ampliación de los espacios de participación política de las mujeres, indígenas y afros en la reivindicación de estos derechos obstruidos en la práctica por parte de los partidos y movimientos políticos y parte de quienes ostentan el poder. Así, por ejemplo, existen algunos países que han establecido recientemente leyes equiparadoras de género, como Costa Rica, Bolivia, Ecuador y muy tímidamente en Colombia –en este último país la Ley 1475 de 2011 obligó a los partidos y movimientos políticos a la inclusión de género en un 30 % en la conformación de las listas de elección popular1 , que no necesariamente se traduce en representación efectiva; ejemplo, en las elecciones de octubre de 2015, de las 32 gobernaciones existentes en el país, solo 5 mujeres fueron electas como gobernadoras– que han permitido un mayor acceso a los cargos públicos de elección popular, en condiciones de igualdad e inclusión –en términos habermasianos– de los grupos desaventajados. Pero también existen otros países, como Chile, Brasil y Panamá, que presentan una consagración formal de igual acceso a la participación política que en la práctica no ha permitido una inclusión real de participación efectiva de las mujeres, indígenas y afro en los congresos de estos países.

  13. Acciones finales discriminantes de voleibol en categorías de formación masculina: importancia del saque en los partidos igualados. (Discriminatory volleyball final actions in male formative stages: importance .

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    Carlos Dávila-Romero

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Resumen El objetivo principal del presente estudio fue constatar la importancia del saque en categorías de formación en voleibol masculina y determinar qué otras acciones son relevantes para la victoria en el quinto set de los partidos igualados. Se recogieron un total de 218 partidos (102 en categoría infantil y 116 en categoría cadete, 755 sets (354 en categoría infantil y 401 en categoría cadete y 744 jugadores (360 en categoría infantil y 384 en categoría cadete de los Campeonatos de España de Voleibol de Valladolid 2008 y Huelva 2009 (España en edad escolar masculino (12-16 años. Finalmente se analizaron sólo el quinto set de los partidos igualados. Los resultados del análisis discriminante, mostraron como el saque positivo en ambas categorías, el error en categoría infantil y el ataque positivo en categoría cadete predicen la victoria y/o derrota en el quinto set. Estos sugieren que en momentos decisivos de set y en ambas categorías, el acierto en las acciones ofensivas y el control del patrón técnico del saque es fundamental en estos partidos igualados.AbstractThe aim of this study was to confirm the importance of the serve on formatives stages male volleyball and determine what actions are relevant to the victory in the fifth set on equal matches. We collected a total of 218 matches (102 and 116 in infantile and cadet categories, 755 sets (354 and 401 in infantile and cadet categories and 744 players (360 and 384 in infantile and cadet categories of the Spain Volleyball Championships held in Huelva and Valladolid in 2008 and 2009 (Spain at school-age (12-16 years. Finally were analyzed only the fifth set of equal matches. The results of the discriminant analysis showed how the positive serve in both categories, the error in infantile category and in cadet positive attack may predict victory and / or defeat in the fifth set. They suggest that, in both categories, the success in offensive actions and control of the

  14. Estudio para la implementación de acciones estratégicas en la Unidad Empresarial de Base Integral de Servicios Técnicos de la Empresa Agropecuaria Güira de Melena

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    Manuel Fernández Sánchez

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Las Unidades Empresariales de Base Integrales de Servicios Técnicos constituyen una nueva forma de organización dentro del sector agrícola. Estas unidades, aparte de brindar servicios de mecanización a las unidades de producción de su municipio, ofrecerán también los servicios de mantenimiento y reparación a la maquinaria agrícola, los equipos de riego y de transporte. Esta última tarea convierte a la actividad de servicio técnico en un fuerte eslabón dentro de la nueva organización, por lo que el establecimiento de antemano acciones de gestión de tipo estratégica será la clave del éxito de la misión de estas unidades. Tomando como referencia uno de los talleres seleccionados para convertirse en Unidad Empresarial de Base (UEB, ubicado en el municipio Güira de Melena al sur de La Habana, se realizó un estudio, el cual incluyó como primer aspecto la determinación del estado actual de los recursos de producción en el taller y de los trabajos de mantenimientos y reparaciones. A partir de este estudio se realizó un análisis prospectivo donde se identificaron la visión, la misión y los objetivos de la futura organización y se determinaron los facto-res de tipo internos y externos que inciden en estos momentos sobre la actividad de servicio técnico. Así mismo, se de-terminaron las principales fortalezas, debilidades, oportunidades y amenazas de la futura organización, todo lo cual sirvió de base para establecer acciones estratégicas y líneas de trabajo para el ulterior mejoramiento de los servicios prestados.

  15. Shape Memory Alloy-Based Periodic Cellular Structures Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This SBIR Phase I effort will develop and demonstrate an innovative shape memory alloy (SMA) periodic cellular structural technology. Periodic cellular structures...

  16. Cellular Taxonomy of the Mouse Striatum as Revealed by Single-Cell RNA-Seq.

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    Gokce, Ozgun; Stanley, Geoffrey M; Treutlein, Barbara; Neff, Norma F; Camp, J Gray; Malenka, Robert C; Rothwell, Patrick E; Fuccillo, Marc V; Südhof, Thomas C; Quake, Stephen R

    2016-07-26

    The striatum contributes to many cognitive processes and disorders, but its cell types are incompletely characterized. We show that microfluidic and FACS-based single-cell RNA sequencing of mouse striatum provides a well-resolved classification of striatal cell type diversity. Transcriptome analysis revealed ten differentiated, distinct cell types, including neurons, astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, ependymal, immune, and vascular cells, and enabled the discovery of numerous marker genes. Furthermore, we identified two discrete subtypes of medium spiny neurons (MSNs) that have specific markers and that overexpress genes linked to cognitive disorders and addiction. We also describe continuous cellular identities, which increase heterogeneity within discrete cell types. Finally, we identified cell type-specific transcription and splicing factors that shape cellular identities by regulating splicing and expression patterns. Our findings suggest that functional diversity within a complex tissue arises from a small number of discrete cell types, which can exist in a continuous spectrum of functional states.

  17. Cellular Taxonomy of the Mouse Striatum as Revealed by Single-Cell RNA-Seq

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The striatum contributes to many cognitive processes and disorders, but its cell types are incompletely characterized. We show that microfluidic and FACS-based single-cell RNA sequencing of mouse striatum provides a well-resolved classification of striatal cell type diversity. Transcriptome analysis revealed ten differentiated, distinct cell types, including neurons, astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, ependymal, immune, and vascular cells, and enabled the discovery of numerous marker genes. Furthermore, we identified two discrete subtypes of medium spiny neurons (MSNs that have specific markers and that overexpress genes linked to cognitive disorders and addiction. We also describe continuous cellular identities, which increase heterogeneity within discrete cell types. Finally, we identified cell type-specific transcription and splicing factors that shape cellular identities by regulating splicing and expression patterns. Our findings suggest that functional diversity within a complex tissue arises from a small number of discrete cell types, which can exist in a continuous spectrum of functional states.

  18. Characterizing heterogeneous cellular responses to perturbations.

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    Slack, Michael D; Martinez, Elisabeth D; Wu, Lani F; Altschuler, Steven J

    2008-12-01

    Cellular populations have been widely observed to respond heterogeneously to perturbation. However, interpreting the observed heterogeneity is an extremely challenging problem because of the complexity of possible cellular phenotypes, the large dimension of potential perturbations, and the lack of methods for separating meaningful biological information from noise. Here, we develop an image-based approach to characterize cellular phenotypes based on patterns of signaling marker colocalization. Heterogeneous cellular populations are characterized as mixtures of phenotypically distinct subpopulations, and responses to perturbations are summarized succinctly as probabilistic redistributions of these mixtures. We apply our method to characterize the heterogeneous responses of cancer cells to a panel of drugs. We find that cells treated with drugs of (dis-)similar mechanism exhibit (dis-)similar patterns of heterogeneity. Despite the observed phenotypic diversity of cells observed within our data, low-complexity models of heterogeneity were sufficient to distinguish most classes of drug mechanism. Our approach offers a computational framework for assessing the complexity of cellular heterogeneity, investigating the degree to which perturbations induce redistributions of a limited, but nontrivial, repertoire of underlying states and revealing functional significance contained within distinct patterns of heterogeneous responses.

  19. Complexity, dynamic cellular network, and tumorigenesis.

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    Waliszewski, P

    1997-01-01

    A holistic approach to tumorigenesis is proposed. The main element of the model is the existence of dynamic cellular network. This network comprises a molecular and an energetistic structure of a cell connected through the multidirectional flow of information. The interactions within dynamic cellular network are complex, stochastic, nonlinear, and also involve quantum effects. From this non-reductionist perspective, neither tumorigenesis can be limited to the genetic aspect, nor the initial event must be of molecular nature, nor mutations and epigenetic factors are mutually exclusive, nor a link between cause and effect can be established. Due to complexity, an unstable stationary state of dynamic cellular network rather than a group of unrelated genes determines the phenotype of normal and transformed cells. This implies relativity of tumor suppressor genes and oncogenes. A bifurcation point is defined as an unstable state of dynamic cellular network leading to the other phenotype-stationary state. In particular, the bifurcation point may be determined by a change of expression of a single gene. Then, the gene is called bifurcation point gene. The unstable stationary state facilitates the chaotic dynamics. This may result in a fractal dimension of both normal and tumor tissues. The co-existence of chaotic dynamics and complexity is the essence of cellular processes and shapes differentiation, morphogenesis, and tumorigenesis. In consequence, tumorigenesis is a complex, unpredictable process driven by the interplay between self-organisation and selection.

  20. Types of Ubiquitin Ligases.

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    Morreale, Francesca Ester; Walden, Helen

    2016-03-24

    Ubiquitination is a post-translational modification of proteins involved in a variety of cellular processes. Ubiquitination requires the sequential action of three enzymes: E1 (ubiquitin-activating enzymes), E2 (ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes), and E3 (ubiquitin ligases). This SnapShot highlights the main types of E3 ubiquitin ligases, which can be classified in three families depending on the presence of characteristic domains and on the mechanism of ubiquitin transfer to the substrate protein.

  1. Online isolation of defects in cellular nanocomputers

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    Teijiro Isokawa; Shin'ya Kowada; Ferdinand Peper; Naotake Kamiura; Nobuyuki Matsui

    2007-01-01

    Unreliability will be a major issue for computers built from components at nanometer scales.Thus,it's to be expected that such computers will need a high degree of defect-tolerance to overcome components' defects which have arisen during the process of manufacturing.This paper presents a novel approach to defect-tolerance that is especially geared towards nanocomputers based on asynchronous cellular automata.According to this approach,defective cells are detected and isolated by small configurations that move around randomly in cellular space.These configurations,called random flies,will attach to configurations that are static,which is typical for configurations that contain defective cells.On the other hand,dynamic configurations,like those that conduct computations,will not be isolated from the rest of the cellular space by the random flies,and will be able to continue their operations unaffectedly.

  2. Software-Defined Cellular Mobile Network Solutions

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    Jiandong Li; Peng Liu; Hongyan Li

    2014-01-01

    The emergency relating to software-defined networking (SDN), especially in terms of the prototype associated with OpenFlow, pro-vides new possibilities for innovating on network design. Researchers have started to extend SDN to cellular networks. Such new programmable architecture is beneficial to the evolution of mobile networks and allows operators to provide better services. The typical cellular network comprises radio access network (RAN) and core network (CN); hence, the technique roadmap diverges in two ways. In this paper, we investigate SoftRAN, the latest SDN solution for RAN, and SoftCell and MobileFlow, the latest solu-tions for CN. We also define a series of control functions for CROWD. Unlike in the other literature, we emphasize only software-defined cellular network solutions and specifications in order to provide possible research directions.

  3. Infrared image enhancement using Cellular Automata

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    Qi, Wei; Han, Jing; Zhang, Yi; Bai, Lian-fa

    2016-05-01

    Image enhancement is a crucial technique for infrared images. The clear image details are important for improving the quality of infrared images in computer vision. In this paper, we propose a new enhancement method based on two priors via Cellular Automata. First, we directly learn the gradient distribution prior from the images via Cellular Automata. Second, considering the importance of image details, we propose a new gradient distribution error to encode the structure information via Cellular Automata. Finally, an iterative method is applied to remap the original image based on two priors, further improving the quality of enhanced image. Our method is simple in implementation, easy to understand, extensible to accommodate other vision tasks, and produces more accurate results. Experiments show that the proposed method performs better than other methods using qualitative and quantitative measures.

  4. Asymptotic Behavior of Excitable Cellular Automata

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    Durrett, R; Durrett, Richard; Griffeath, David

    1993-01-01

    Abstract: We study two families of excitable cellular automata known as the Greenberg-Hastings Model (GHM) and the Cyclic Cellular Automaton (CCA). Each family consists of local deterministic oscillating lattice dynamics, with parallel discrete-time updating, parametrized by the range of interaction, the "shape" of its neighbor set, threshold value for contact updating, and number of possible states per site. GHM and CCA are mathematically tractable prototypes for the spatially distributed periodic wave activity of so-called excitable media observed in diverse disciplines of experimental science. Earlier work by Fisch, Gravner, and Griffeath studied the ergodic behavior of these excitable cellular automata on Z^2, and identified two distinct (but closely-related) elaborate phase portraits as the parameters vary. In particular, they noted the emergence of asymptotic phase diagrams (and Euclidean dynamics) in a well-defined threshold-range scaling limit. In this study we present several rigorous results and som...

  5. Spin Echo Studies on Cellular Water

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    Chang, D C; Nichols, B L; Rorschach, H E

    2014-01-01

    Previous studies indicated that the physical state of cellular water could be significantly different from pure liquid water. To experimentally investigate this possibility, we conducted a series of spin-echo NMR measurements on water protons in rat skeletal muscle. Our result indicated that the spin-lattice relaxation time and the spin-spin relaxation time of cellular water protons are both significantly shorter than that of pure water (by 4.3-fold and 34-fold, respectively). Furthermore, the spin diffusion coefficient of water proton is almost 1/2 of that of pure water. These data suggest that cellular water is in a more ordered state in comparison to pure water.

  6. Cellular biosensing: chemical and genetic approaches.

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    Haruyama, Tetsuya

    2006-05-24

    Biosensors have been developed to determine the concentration of specific compounds in situ. They are already widely employed as a practical technology in the clinical and healthcare fields. Recently, another concept of biosensing has been receiving attention: biosensing for the evaluation of molecular potency. The development of this novel concept has been supported by the development of related technologies, as such as molecular design, molecular biology (genetic engineering) and cellular/tissular engineering. This review is addresses this new concept of biosensing and its application to the evaluation of the potency of chemicals in biological systems, in the field of cellular/tissular engineering. Cellular biosensing may provide information on both pharmaceutical and chemical safety, and on drug efficacy in vitro as a screening tool.

  7. Crack Propagation in Bamboo's Hierarchical Cellular Structure

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    Habibi, Meisam K.; Lu, Yang

    2014-07-01

    Bamboo, as a natural hierarchical cellular material, exhibits remarkable mechanical properties including excellent flexibility and fracture toughness. As far as bamboo as a functionally graded bio-composite is concerned, the interactions of different constituents (bamboo fibers; parenchyma cells; and vessels.) alongside their corresponding interfacial areas with a developed crack should be of high significance. Here, by using multi-scale mechanical characterizations coupled with advanced environmental electron microscopy (ESEM), we unambiguously show that fibers' interfacial areas along with parenchyma cells' boundaries were preferred routes for crack growth in both radial and longitudinal directions. Irrespective of the honeycomb structure of fibers along with cellular configuration of parenchyma ground, the hollow vessels within bamboo culm affected the crack propagation too, by crack deflection or crack-tip energy dissipation. It is expected that the tortuous crack propagation mode exhibited in the present study could be applicable to other cellular natural materials as well.

  8. Alleviate Cellular Congestion Through Opportunistic Trough Filling

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    Yichuan Wang

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The demand for cellular data service has been skyrocketing since the debut of data-intensive smart phones and touchpads. However, not all data are created equal. Many popular applications on mobile devices, such as email synchronization and social network updates, are delay tolerant. In addition, cellular load varies significantly in both large and small time scales. To alleviate network congestion and improve network performance, we present a set of opportunistic trough filling schemes that leverage the time-variation of network congestion and delay-tolerance of certain traffic in this paper. We consider average delay, deadline, and clearance time as the performance metrics. Simulation results show promising performance improvement over the standard schemes. The work shed lights on addressing the pressing issue of cellular overload.

  9. Cellularity of certain quantum endomorphism algebras

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    Andersen, Henning Haahr; Lehrer, G. I.; Zhang, R.

    Let $\\tA=\\Z[q^{\\pm \\frac{1}{2}}][([d]!)\\inv]$ and let $\\Delta_{\\tA}(d)$ be an integral form of the Weyl module of highest weight $d \\in \\N$ of the quantised enveloping algebra $\\U_{\\tA}$ of $\\fsl_2$. We exhibit for all positive integers $r$ an explicit cellular structure for $\\End...... of endomorphism algebras, and another which relates the multiplicities of indecomposable summands to the dimensions of simple modules for an endomorphism algebra. Our cellularity result then allows us to prove that knowledge of the dimensions of the simple modules of the specialised cellular algebra above...... is equivalent to knowledge of the weight multiplicities of the tilting modules for $\\U_{\\zeta}(\\fsl_2)$. In the final section we independently determine the weight multiplicities of indecomposable tilting modules for $U_\\zeta(\\fsl_2)$ and the decomposition numbers of the endomorphism algebras. We indicate how...

  10. Characterization of cellular titanium for biomedical applications

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    Hrabe, Nikolas Wilson

    By controlling structural features (relative density, pore size, strut size) of cellular titanium (also known as porous titanium), the mechanical properties can be optimized to reduce the effects of stress shielding currently observed in load-bearing bone replacement implants. Thermal gravimetric analysis of a sacrificial scaffold system lead to important processing modifications in an attempt to meet chemistry requirements for surgical grade titanium not met in previous work. Despite these modifications chemistry did not meet requirements for carbon, nitrogen, or oxygen. Commercially pure titanium (CPTi) porous structures were made over a range of relative densities using laser engineered net shaping (LENS). From monotonic compression tests, yield strength and elastic modulus in the range of bone were achieved but did not scale with relative density as predicted by the Gibson-Ashby analytical model. Compression-compression fatigue resistance was high, as no failures were observed for test stresses up to 133% yield strength, which is thought to be influenced by the dense exterior shell of the samples. Structures were also fabricated over a range of relative densities using selective electron beam melting (SEBM or EBM), and structural, mechanical, and in-vitro properties were measured for three materials (as-built Ti-6A1-4V, Ti-6A1-4V after hot isostatic pressing (HIPing), and as-built CPTi). For structures of all three materials, yield strength and elastic modulus was within the range for bone. Numerical modeling results suggested cell shape and sintered particles on strut surfaces affect the scaling of elastic modulus with relative density and lead to the observed difference from the Gibson-Ashby model. Normalized fatigue strengths at 106 cycles ranged from 0.150.25 for as-built Ti-6A1-4V structures, which is lower than expected. Results for HIPed Ti-6A1-4V structures and CPTi structures suggest that stress concentrations from closed porosity within struts as well

  11. Performance comparison of virtual cellular manufacturing with functional and cellular layouts in DRC settings

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    Suresh, N.; Slomp, J.

    2005-01-01

    This study investigates the performance of virtual cellular manufacturing (VCM) systems, comparing them with functional layouts (FL) and traditional, physical cellular layout (CL), in a dual-resource-constrained (DRC) system context. VCM systems employ logical cells, retaining the process layouts of

  12. Virtual networks in the cellular domain

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    Söderström, Gustav

    2003-01-01

     Data connectivity between cellular devices can be achieved in different ways. It is possible to enable full IPconnectivity in the cellular networks. However this connectivity is combined with a lot of issues such as security problems and the IPv4 address space being depleted. As a result of this many operators use Network Address Translation in their packet data networks, preventing users in different networks from being able to contact each other. Even if a transition to IPv6 takes place an...

  13. The cellular decision between apoptosis and autophagy

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    Yong-Jun Fan; Wei-Xing Zong

    2013-01-01

    Apoptosis and autophagy are important molecular processes that maintain organismal and cellular homeostasis,respectively.While apoptosis fulfills its role through dismantling damaged or unwanted cells,autophagy maintains cellular homeostasis through recycling selective intracellular organelles and molecules.Yet in some conditions,autophagy can lead to cell death.Apoptosis and autophagy can be stimulated by the same stresses.Emerging evidence indicates an interplay between the core proteins in both pathways,which underlies the molecular mechanism of the crosstalk between apoptosis and autophagy.This review summarizes recent literature on molecules that regulate both the apoptotic and autophagic processes.

  14. Cellular basis of Alzheimer′s disease

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    Bali Jitin

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Alzheimer′s disease (AD is the most common form of neurodegenerative disease. A characteristic feature of the disease is the presence of amyloid-β (Aβ which either in its soluble oligomeric form or in the plaque-associated form is causally linked to neurodegeneration. Aβ peptide is liberated from the membrane-spanning -amyloid precursor protein by sequential proteolytic processing employing β- and γ-secretases. All these proteins involved in the production of Aβ peptide are membrane associated and hence, membrane trafficking and cellular compartmentalization play important roles. In this review, we summarize the key cellular events that lead to the progression of AD.

  15. Cellular basis of Alzheimer’s disease

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    Bali, Jitin; Halima, Saoussen Ben; Felmy, Boas; Goodger, Zoe; Zurbriggen, Sebastian; Rajendran, Lawrence

    2010-01-01

    Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of neurodegenerative disease. A characteristic feature of the disease is the presence of amyloid-β (Aβ) which either in its soluble oligomeric form or in the plaque-associated form is causally linked to neurodegeneration. Aβ peptide is liberated from the membrane-spanning -amyloid precursor protein by sequential proteolytic processing employing β- and γ-secretases. All these proteins involved in the production of Aβ peptide are membrane associated and hence, membrane trafficking and cellular compartmentalization play important roles. In this review, we summarize the key cellular events that lead to the progression of AD. PMID:21369424

  16. Cellular-based sea level gauge

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    , and cellular modem are mounted on the top portion of this structure. The pressure sensor and the logger are continuously powered on, and their electrical current consumption is 30 and 15 mA respectively. The cellular modem consumes 15 mA and 250 mA during... standby and data transmission modes, respectively. The pressure sensor located below the low-tide level measures the hydrostatic pressure of the overlying water layer. An indigenously designed and developed microprocessor-based data logger interrogates...

  17. Refining cellular automata with routing constraints

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    Millo, Jean-Vivien; De Simone, Robert

    2012-01-01

    A cellular automaton (CA) is an infinite array of cells, each containing the same automaton. The dynamics of a CA is distributed over the cells where each computes its next state as a function of the previous states of its neighborhood. Thus, the transmission of such states between neighbors is considered as feasible directly, in no time. When considering the implementation of a cellular automaton on a many-cores System-on-Chip (SoC), this state transmission is no longer abstract and instanta...

  18. Cellular telephone use and cancer risk

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    2006-01-01

    -up of a large nationwide cohort of 420,095 persons whose first cellular telephone subscription was between 1982 and 1995 and who were followed through 2002 for cancer incidence. Standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) were calculated by dividing the number of observed cancer cases in the cohort by the number....... The risk for smoking-related cancers was decreased among men (SIR = 0.88, 95% CI = 0.86 to 0.91) but increased among women (SIR = 1.11, 95% CI = 1.02 to 1.21). Additional data on income and smoking prevalence, primarily among men, indicated that cellular telephone users who started subscriptions in the mid...

  19. External insulation with cellular plastic materials

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    Sørensen, Lars Schiøtt; Nielsen, Anker

    2014-01-01

    External thermal insulation composite systems (ETICS) can be used as extra insulation of existing buildings. The system can be made of cellular plastic materials or mineral wool. There is a European Technical guideline, ETAG 004, that describe the tests that shall be conducted on such systems....... This paper gives a comparison of systems with mineral wool and cellular plastic, based on experience from practice and literature. It is important to look at the details in the system and at long time stability of the properties such as thermal insulation, moisture and fire. Investigation of fire properties...... insulation....

  20. Toxicology and cellular effect of manufactured nanomaterials

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    Chen, Fanqing

    2014-07-22

    The increasing use of nanotechnology in consumer products and medical applications underlies the importance of understanding its potential toxic effects to people and the environment. Herein are described methods and assays to predict and evaluate the cellular effects of nanomaterial exposure. Exposing cells to nanomaterials at cytotoxic doses induces cell cycle arrest and increases apoptosis/necrosis, activates genes involved in cellular transport, metabolism, cell cycle regulation, and stress response. Certain nanomaterials induce genes indicative of a strong immune and inflammatory response within skin fibroblasts. Furthermore, the described multiwall carbon nanoonions (MWCNOs) can be used as a therapeutic in the treatment of cancer due to its cytotoxicity.

  1. Green Cellular - Optimizing the Cellular Network for Minimal Emission from Mobile Stations

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    Ezri, Doron

    2009-01-01

    Wireless systems, which include cellular phones, have become an essential part of the modern life. However the mounting evidence that cellular radiation might adversely affect the health of its users, leads to a growing concern among authorities and the general public. Radiating antennas in the proximity of the user, such as antennas of mobile phones are of special interest for this matter. In this paper we suggest a new architecture for wireless networks, aiming at minimal emission from mobile stations, without any additional radiation sources. The new architecture, dubbed Green Cellular, abandons the classical transceiver base station design and suggests the augmentation of transceiver base stations with receive only devices. These devices, dubbed Green Antennas, are not aiming at coverage extension but rather at minimizing the emission from mobile stations. We discuss the implications of the Green Cellular architecture on 3G and 4G cellular technologies. We conclude by showing that employing the Green Cell...

  2. Influence of microgravity on cellular differentiation in root caps of Zea mays

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    Moore, R.; Fondren, W. M.; McClelen, C. E.; Wang, C. L.

    1987-01-01

    We launched imbibed seeds of Zea mays into outer space aboard the space shuttle Columbia to determine the influence of microgravity on cellular differentiation in root caps. The influence of microgravity varied with different stages of cellular differentiation. Overall, microgravity tended to 1) increase relative volumes of hyaloplasm and lipid bodies, 2) decrease the relative volumes of plastids, mitochondria, dictyosomes, and the vacuome, and 3) exert no influence on the relative volume of nuclei in cells comprising the root cap. The reduced allocation of dictyosomal volume in peripheral cells of flight-grown seedlings correlated positively with their secretion of significantly less mucilage than peripheral cells of Earth-grown seedlings. These results indicate that 1) microgravity alters the patterns of cellular differentiation and structures of all cell types comprising the root cap, and 2) the influence of microgravity on cellular differentiation in root caps of Zea mays is organelle specific.

  3. Instrumentos de observación ad hoc para el análisis de las acciones motrices en Danza Contemporánea, Expresión Corporal y Danza Contact-Improvisation

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    Marta Castañer Balcells

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available La Danza y la Expresión Corporal son disciplinas que promueven la continua generación de acciones motrices diversas y singularizadas y es por ello que se reclama la creación de sistemas de categorías específicos para su observación y análisis. En este artículo exponemos tres estudios que nos han permitido elaborar, mediante la metodología observacional, tres sistemas de categorías de un modo progresivo y ad hoc a estas disciplinas. Los tres forman parte de una investigación institucional de la AGAUR (INEFCP. Si el objeto de estudio es la capacidad de generar respuestas motrices singularizadas, las dimensiones, según la especificidad de cada sistema, están estructuradas desde tres niveles de análisis: el primero con relación a las fases de todo proceso creativo (Guildford, 1970; el segundo con relación a las habilidades motrices a partir del sistema de observación OSMOS (Castañer, Torrents, Dinušová, Anguera, 2008, y, el tercero con relación a las dimensiones de los contextos naturales (Anguera, 2005 y, en concreto de la Danza (Laban, 1988. La codificación se ha realizado mediante el software Match Vision Studio (Perea, Ezpeleta, Castellano, 2004.

  4. Cellular chain formation in Escherichia coli biofilms

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    Vejborg, Rebecca Munk; Klemm, Per

    2009-01-01

    In this study we report on a novel structural phenotype in Escherichia coli biofilms: cellular chain formation. Biofilm chaining in E. coli K-12 was found to occur primarily by clonal expansion, but was not due to filamentous growth. Rather, chain formation was the result of intercellular...

  5. Cellular grafts in management of leucoderma

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    Mysore Venkataram

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Cellular grafting methods constitute important advances in the surgical management of leucoderma. Different methods such as noncultured epidermal suspensions, melanocyte cultures, and melanocyte-keratinocyte cultures have all been shown to be effective. This article reviews these methods.

  6. Cellular Plasticity in Prostate Cancer Bone Metastasis

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    Dima Y. Jadaan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Experimental data suggest that tumour cells can reversibly transition between epithelial and mesenchymal states (EMT and MET, a phenomenon known as cellular plasticity. The aim of this review was to appraise the clinical evidence for the role of cellular plasticity in prostate cancer (PC bone metastasis. Methods. An electronic search was performed using PubMed for studies that have examined the differential expression of epithelial, mesenchymal, and stem cell markers in human PC bone metastasis tissues. Results. The review included nineteen studies. More than 60% of the studies used ≤20 bone metastasis samples, and there were several sources of heterogeneity between studies. Overall, most stem cell markers analysed, except for CXCR4, were positively expressed in bone metastasis tissues, while the expression of EMT and MET markers was heterogeneous between and within samples. Several EMT and stemness markers that are involved in osteomimicry, such as Notch, Met receptor, and Wnt/β pathway, were highly expressed in bone metastases. Conclusions. Clinical findings support the role of cellular plasticity in PC bone metastasis and suggest that epithelial and mesenchymal states cannot be taken in isolation when targeting PC bone metastasis. The paper also highlights several challenges in the clinical detection of cellular plasticity.

  7. Corneal cellular proliferation and wound healing

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    Gan, Lisha

    2000-01-01

    Background. Cellular proliferation plays an important role in both physiological and pathological processes. Epithelial hyperplasia in the epithelium, excessive scar formation in retrocorneal membrane formation and neovascularization are examples of excessive proliferation of cornea cells. Lack of proliferative ability causes corneal degeneration. The degree of proliferative and metabolic activity will directly influence corneal transparency and very evidently refractive res...

  8. A Quantum Relativistic Prisoner's Dilemma Cellular Automaton

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    Alonso-Sanz, Ramón; Carvalho, Márcio; Situ, Haozhen

    2016-10-01

    The effect of variable entangling on the dynamics of a spatial quantum relativistic formulation of the iterated prisoner's dilemma game is studied in this work. The game is played in the cellular automata manner, i.e., with local and synchronous interaction. The game is assessed in fair and unfair contests.

  9. A general strategy for cellular reprogramming: the importance of transcription factor cross-repression.

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    Crespo, Isaac; Del Sol, Antonio

    2013-10-01

    Transcription factor cross-repression is an important concept in cellular differentiation. A bistable toggle switch constitutes a molecular mechanism that determines cellular commitment and provides stability to transcriptional programs of binary cell fate choices. Experiments support that perturbations of these toggle switches can interconvert these binary cell fate choices, suggesting potential reprogramming strategies. However, more complex types of cellular transitions could involve perturbations of combinations of different types of multistable motifs. Here, we introduce a method that generalizes the concept of transcription factor cross-repression to systematically predict sets of genes, whose perturbations induce cellular transitions between any given pair of cell types. Furthermore, to our knowledge, this is the first method that systematically makes these predictions without prior knowledge of potential candidate genes and pathways involved, providing guidance on systems where little is known. Given the increasing interest of cellular reprogramming in medicine and basic research, our method represents a useful computational methodology to assist researchers in the field in designing experimental strategies.

  10. Recursive definition of global cellular-automata mappings

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    Feldberg, Rasmus; Knudsen, Carsten; Rasmussen, Steen

    1994-01-01

    A method for a recursive definition of global cellular-automata mappings is presented. The method is based on a graphical representation of global cellular-automata mappings. For a given cellular-automaton rule the recursive algorithm defines the change of the global cellular-automaton mapping as...

  11. Defining the cellular precursors to human breast cancer

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    Keller, Patricia J.; Arendt, Lisa M.; Skibinski, Adam; Logvinenko, Tanya; Klebba, Ina; Dong, Shumin; Smith, Avi E.; Prat, Aleix; Perou, Charles M.; Gilmore, Hannah; Schnitt, Stuart; Naber, Stephen P.; Garlick, Jonathan A.; Kuperwasser, Charlotte

    2012-01-01

    Human breast cancers are broadly classified based on their gene-expression profiles into luminal- and basal-type tumors. These two major tumor subtypes express markers corresponding to the major differentiation states of epithelial cells in the breast: luminal (EpCAM+) and basal/myoepithelial (CD10+). However, there are also rare types of breast cancers, such as metaplastic carcinomas, where tumor cells exhibit features of alternate cell types that no longer resemble breast epithelium. Until now, it has been difficult to identify the cell type(s) in the human breast that gives rise to these various forms of breast cancer. Here we report that transformation of EpCAM+ epithelial cells results in the formation of common forms of human breast cancer, including estrogen receptor-positive and estrogen receptor-negative tumors with luminal and basal-like characteristics, respectively, whereas transformation of CD10+ cells results in the development of rare metaplastic tumors reminiscent of the claudin-low subtype. We also demonstrate the existence of CD10+ breast cells with metaplastic traits that can give rise to skin and epidermal tissues. Furthermore, we show that the development of metaplastic breast cancer is attributable, in part, to the transformation of these metaplastic breast epithelial cells. These findings identify normal cellular precursors to human breast cancers and reveal the existence of a population of cells with epidermal progenitor activity within adult human breast tissues. PMID:21940501

  12. Cellular circadian clocks in mood disorders.

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    McCarthy, Michael J; Welsh, David K

    2012-10-01

    Bipolar disorder (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) are heritable neuropsychiatric disorders associated with disrupted circadian rhythms. The hypothesis that circadian clock dysfunction plays a causal role in these disorders has endured for decades but has been difficult to test and remains controversial. In the meantime, the discovery of clock genes and cellular clocks has revolutionized our understanding of circadian timing. Cellular circadian clocks are located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), the brain's primary circadian pacemaker, but also throughout the brain and peripheral tissues. In BD and MDD patients, defects have been found in SCN-dependent rhythms of body temperature and melatonin release. However, these are imperfect and indirect indicators of SCN function. Moreover, the SCN may not be particularly relevant to mood regulation, whereas the lateral habenula, ventral tegmentum, and hippocampus, which also contain cellular clocks, have established roles in this regard. Dysfunction in these non-SCN clocks could contribute directly to the pathophysiology of BD/MDD. We hypothesize that circadian clock dysfunction in non-SCN clocks is a trait marker of mood disorders, encoded by pathological genetic variants. Because network features of the SCN render it uniquely resistant to perturbation, previous studies of SCN outputs in mood disorders patients may have failed to detect genetic defects affecting non-SCN clocks, which include not only mood-regulating neurons in the brain but also peripheral cells accessible in human subjects. Therefore, reporters of rhythmic clock gene expression in cells from patients or mouse models could provide a direct assay of the molecular gears of the clock, in cellular clocks that are likely to be more representative than the SCN of mood-regulating neurons in patients. This approach, informed by the new insights and tools of modern chronobiology, will allow a more definitive test of the role of cellular circadian clocks

  13. Label-Free Analysis of Cellular Lipid Droplet Formation by Non-Linear Microscopy

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    Schie, Iwan W.

    Cellular lipid droplets (LD) are cellular organelles that can be found in every cell type. Recent research indicates that cellular LD are involved in a large number of cellular metabolic functions, such as lipid metabolism, protection from lipotoxicity, protein storage and degradation, and many more. LD formation is frequently associated with adverse health effects, i.e. alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, diabetes type-2, as well as many cardiovascular disorders. Despite their wide presence, LDs are the least studied and most poorly understood cellular organelles. Typically, LDs are investigated using fluorescence-based techniques that require staining with exogenous fluorophores. Other techniques, e.g. biochemical assays, require the destruction of cells that prohibit the analysis of living cells. Therefore, in my thesis research I developed a novel compound fast-scanning nonlinear optical microscope equipped with the ability to also acquire Raman spectra at specific image locations. This system allows us to image label-free cellular LD formation in living cells and analyze the composition of single cellular LDs. Images can be acquired at near video-rate (˜16 frames/s). Furthermore, the system has the ability to acquire very large images of tissue of up to 7.5x15 cm2 total area by stitching together scans with dimensions of 1x1 mm2 in less than 1 minute. The system also enables the user to acquire Raman spectra from points of interest in the multiphoton images and provides chemically-specific data from sample volumes as small as 1 femtoliter. In my thesis I used this setup to determine the effects of VLDL lipolysis products on primary rat hepatocytes. By analyzing the Raman spectra and comparing the peak ratios for saturated and unsaturated fatty acid it was determined that the small cellular LD are highly saturated, while large cellular LDs contain mostly unsaturated lipids. Furthermore, I established a method to determine the specific contribution

  14. Inhibitory action of chlorophyllin of autosome recessive lethals induced by irradiation; Accion inhibidora de la clorofilina de letales recesivos autosonicos inducidos por irradiacion

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    Salceda, V.M.; Pimentel, P.A.E.; Cruces, M.P. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)]. e-mail: vmss@nuclear.inin.mx

    2006-07-01

    chlorophyllin on the damage caused by the radiation, it was into accothe presence of lethal and semi lethals autosomal. One observes this way that even without the use of the radiation the semi lethals frequency is diminished when the chlorophyllin is applied, in this case the decrease was significant and although there was decrease in the case of the irradiated group this it was not significant; in the case of the lethal ones it happened the opposite it was not significant in radiation absence on the contrary elevate the frequency of this type of genes, however, before the radiation and with pre-treatment with chlorophyllin this it reduced the frequency of autosomal recessive lethals significantly. This is important because in the case of bound recessive lethals recessive to the sex this doesn't happen. (Author)

  15. Cellular studies and interaction mechanisms of extremely low frequency fields

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    Liburdy, Robert P.

    1995-01-01

    magnetic (B) field, or if combinations of static B and time-varying B fields represent an exposure metric for the cell. This question relates directly to understanding fundamental interaction mechanisms and to the development of a rationale for ELF dose threshold guidelines. The weight of experimental evidence indicates that an induced E field according to Faraday's law of induction during magnetic field exposures elicits cellular effects. An E-field-mediated interaction has interesting consequences for microdosimetry at the cellular level and is mechanistically consistent with an interaction at the cell surface, since the E field does not penetrate beyond the cell membrane. Recently, several studies have suggested that an ELF B field by itself or in combination with a static B field may elicit cellular effects. Thus in addition to E-field-mediated effects, other interaction mechanisms as yet not fully understood may operate at the cellular level; this complexity is in contrast to the case for ionizing radiation. In addition to the question of an exposure field metric, the biological state of the target cell is important in ELF interactions. Biological factors such as cell type, cell cycle, cell activation, age of donor animal, passage number of cell line, presence of specific growth/mitogenic factors, temperature, shape, and cell density/packing during exposures have been shown to play a role in mediating ELF interactions with cells. Most recently, reports of single-cell studies usher in a new direction for research that can be termed microbioelectromagnetics. Single-cell digital microscopy introduces a new approach to answer the above questions with potential for real-time microdosimetry and bioeffects limited only by the spatial resolution of state-of-the-art microscopy, which is approximately 0.1 /μm. Digital imaging microscopy should therefore permit the quantitative assessment of spatial and temporal features of ELF field interactions within living single cells.

  16. Size effects of effective Young's modulus for periodic cellular materials

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    DAI GaoMing; ZHANG WeiHong

    2009-01-01

    With the wide demands of cellular materials applications in aerospace and civil engineering, research effort sacrificed for this type of materials attains nowadays a higher level than ever before. This paper is focused on the prediction methods of effective Young's modulus for periodical cellular materials. Based on comprehensive studies of the existing homogenization method (HM), the G-A meso-me-chanice method (G-A MMM) and the stretching energy method (SEM) that are unable to reflect the size effect, we propose the bending energy method (BEM) for the first time, and a comparative study of these four methods is further made to show the generality and the capability of capturing the size effect of the BEM method. Meanwhile, the underlying characteristics of each method and their relations are clarified. To do this, the detailed finite element computing and existing experimental results of hex-agonal honeycombs from the literature are adopted as the standard of comparison for the above four methods. Stretch and bending models of periodical cellular materials are taken into account, respec-tively for the comparison of stretch and flexural displacements resulting from the above methods. We conclude that the BEM has the strong ability of both predicting the effective Young's modulus and re- vealing the size effect. Such a method is also able to predict well the variations of structural displace-ments in terms of the cell size under stretching and bending loads including the non-monotonous variations for the hexagonal cell. On the contrary, other three methods can only predict the limited re- sults whenever the cell size tends to be infinitely small.

  17. Quantum features of natural cellular automata

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    Elze, Hans-Thomas

    2016-03-01

    Cellular automata can show well known features of quantum mechanics, such as a linear rule according to which they evolve and which resembles a discretized version of the Schrödinger equation. This includes corresponding conservation laws. The class of “natural” Hamiltonian cellular automata is based exclusively on integer-valued variables and couplings and their dynamics derives from an Action Principle. They can be mapped reversibly to continuum models by applying Sampling Theory. Thus, “deformed” quantum mechanical models with a finite discreteness scale l are obtained, which for l → 0 reproduce familiar continuum results. We have recently demonstrated that such automata can form “multipartite” systems consistently with the tensor product structures of nonrelativistic many-body quantum mechanics, while interacting and maintaining the linear evolution. Consequently, the Superposition Principle fully applies for such primitive discrete deterministic automata and their composites and can produce the essential quantum effects of interference and entanglement.

  18. Molecular kinesis in cellular function and plasticity.

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    Tiedge, H; Bloom, F E; Richter, D

    2001-06-19

    Intracellular transport and localization of cellular components are essential for the functional organization and plasticity of eukaryotic cells. Although the elucidation of protein transport mechanisms has made impressive progress in recent years, intracellular transport of RNA remains less well understood. The National Academy of Sciences Colloquium on Molecular Kinesis in Cellular Function and Plasticity therefore was devised as an interdisciplinary platform for participants to discuss intracellular molecular transport from a variety of different perspectives. Topics covered at the meeting included RNA metabolism and transport, mechanisms of protein synthesis and localization, the formation of complex interactive protein ensembles, and the relevance of such mechanisms for activity-dependent regulation and synaptic plasticity in neurons. It was the overall objective of the colloquium to generate momentum and cohesion for the emerging research field of molecular kinesis.

  19. Designing beauty the art of cellular automata

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    Martínez, Genaro

    2016-01-01

    This fascinating, colourful book offers in-depth insights and first-hand working experiences in the production of art works, using simple computational models with rich morphological behaviour, at the edge of mathematics, computer science, physics and biology. It organically combines ground breaking scientific discoveries in the theory of computation and complex systems with artistic representations of the research results. In this appealing book mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists, and engineers brought together marvelous and esoteric patterns generated by cellular automata, which are arrays of simple machines with complex behavior. Configurations produced by cellular automata uncover mechanics of dynamic patterns formation, their propagation and interaction in natural systems: heart pacemaker, bacterial membrane proteins, chemical rectors, water permeation in soil, compressed gas, cell division, population dynamics, reaction-diffusion media and self-organisation. The book inspires artists to tak...

  20. A cellular glass substrate solar concentrator

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    Bedard, R.; Bell, D.

    1980-01-01

    The design of a second generation point focusing solar concentration is discussed. The design is based on reflective gores fabricated of thin glass mirror bonded continuously to a contoured substrate of cellular glass. The concentrator aperture and structural stiffness was optimized for minimum concentrator cost given the performance requirement of delivering 56 kWth to a 22 cm diameter receiver aperture with a direct normal insolation of 845 watts sq m and an operating wind of 50 kmph. The reflective panel, support structure, drives, foundation and instrumentation and control subsystem designs, optimized for minimum cost, are summarized. The use of cellular glass as a reflective panel substrate material is shown to offer significant weight and cost advantages compared to existing technology materials.

  1. Cellular senescence and the aging brain.

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    Chinta, Shankar J; Woods, Georgia; Rane, Anand; Demaria, Marco; Campisi, Judith; Andersen, Julie K

    2015-08-01

    Cellular senescence is a potent anti-cancer mechanism that arrests the proliferation of mitotically competent cells to prevent malignant transformation. Senescent cells accumulate with age in a variety of human and mouse tissues where they express a complex 'senescence-associated secretory phenotype' (SASP). The SASP includes many pro-inflammatory cytokines, chemokines, growth factors and proteases that have the potential to cause or exacerbate age-related pathology, both degenerative and hyperplastic. While cellular senescence in peripheral tissues has recently been linked to a number of age-related pathologies, its involvement in brain aging is just beginning to be explored. Recent data generated by several laboratories suggest that both aging and age-related neurodegenerative diseases are accompanied by an increase in SASP-expressing senescent cells of non-neuronal origin in the brain. Moreover, this increase correlates with neurodegeneration. Senescent cells in the brain could therefore constitute novel therapeutic targets for treating age-related neuropathologies.

  2. Cellular and Molecular Basis of Cerebellar Development

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    Salvador eMartinez

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Historically, the molecular and cellular mechanisms of cerebellar development were investigated through structural descriptions and studying spontaneous mutations in animal models and humans. Advances in experimental embryology, genetic engineering and neuroimaging techniques render today the possibility to approach the analysis of molecular mechanisms underlying histogenesis and morphogenesis of the cerebellum by experimental designs. Several genes and molecules were identified to be involved in the cerebellar plate regionalization, specification and differentiation of cerebellar neurons, as well as the establishment of cellular migratory routes and the subsequent neuronal connectivity. Indeed, pattern formation of the cerebellum requires the adequate orchestration of both key morphogenetic signals, arising from distinct brain regions, and local expression of specific transcription factors. Thus, the present review wants to revisit and discuss these morphogenetic and molecular mechanisms taking place during cerebellar development in order to understand causal processes regulating cerebellar cytoarchitecture, its highly topographically ordered circuitry and its role in brain function.

  3. Astrobiological Complexity with Probabilistic Cellular Automata

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    Vukotić, B

    2012-01-01

    Search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence constitutes one of the major endeavors in science, but has yet been quantitatively modeled only rarely and in a cursory and superficial fashion. We argue that probabilistic cellular automata (PCA) represent the best quantitative framework for modeling astrobiological history of the Milky Way and its Galactic Habitable Zone. The relevant astrobiological parameters are to be modeled as the elements of the input probability matrix for the PCA kernel. With the underlying simplicity of the cellular automata constructs, this approach enables a quick analysis of large and ambiguous input parameters' space. We perform a simple clustering analysis of typical astrobiological histories and discuss the relevant boundary conditions of practical importance for planning and guiding actual empirical astrobiological and SETI projects. In addition to showing how the present framework is adaptable to more complex situations and updated observational databases from current and ne...

  4. Cellular automata in image processing and geometry

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    Adamatzky, Andrew; Sun, Xianfang

    2014-01-01

    The book presents findings, views and ideas on what exact problems of image processing, pattern recognition and generation can be efficiently solved by cellular automata architectures. This volume provides a convenient collection in this area, in which publications are otherwise widely scattered throughout the literature. The topics covered include image compression and resizing; skeletonization, erosion and dilation; convex hull computation, edge detection and segmentation; forgery detection and content based retrieval; and pattern generation. The book advances the theory of image processing, pattern recognition and generation as well as the design of efficient algorithms and hardware for parallel image processing and analysis. It is aimed at computer scientists, software programmers, electronic engineers, mathematicians and physicists, and at everyone who studies or develops cellular automaton algorithms and tools for image processing and analysis, or develops novel architectures and implementations of mass...

  5. Prodrug Approach for Increasing Cellular Glutathione Levels

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    Ivana Cacciatore

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Reduced glutathione (GSH is the most abundant non-protein thiol in mammalian cells and the preferred substrate for several enzymes in xenobiotic metabolism and antioxidant defense. It plays an important role in many cellular processes, such as cell differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis. GSH deficiency has been observed in aging and in a wide range of pathologies, including neurodegenerative disorders and cystic fibrosis (CF, as well as in several viral infections. Use of GSH as a therapeutic agent is limited because of its unfavorable biochemical and pharmacokinetic properties. Several reports have provided evidence for the use of GSH prodrugs able to replenish intracellular GSH levels. This review discusses different strategies for increasing GSH levels by supplying reversible bioconjugates able to cross the cellular membrane more easily than GSH and to provide a source of thiols for GSH synthesis.

  6. Mobile node localization in cellular networks

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    Malik, Yasir; Abdulrazak, Bessam; Tariq, Usman; 10.5121/ijwmn.2011.3607

    2012-01-01

    Location information is the major component in location based applications. This information is used in different safety and service oriented applications to provide users with services according to their Geolocation. There are many approaches to locate mobile nodes in indoor and outdoor environments. In this paper, we are interested in outdoor localization particularly in cellular networks of mobile nodes and presented a localization method based on cell and user location information. Our localization method is based on hello message delay (sending and receiving time) and coordinate information of Base Transceiver Station (BTSs). To validate our method across cellular network, we implemented and simulated our method in two scenarios i.e. maintaining database of base stations in centralize and distributed system. Simulation results show the effectiveness of our approach and its implementation applicability in telecommunication systems.

  7. Mobile Node Localization in Cellular Networks

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    Yasir Malik

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Location information is the major component in location based applications. This information is used in different safety and service oriented applications to provide users with services according to their Geolocation. There are many approaches to locate mobile nodes in indoor and outdoor environments. In thispaper, we are interested in outdoor localization particularly in cellular networks of mobile nodes andpresented a localization method based on cell and user location information. Our localization method is based on hello message delay (sending and receiving time and coordinate information of Base Transceiver Station (BTSs. To validate our method across cellular network, we implemented and simulated our method in two scenarios i.e. maintaining database of base stations in centralize and distributed system. Simulation results show the effectiveness of our approach and its implementation applicability in telecommunication systems.

  8. A Modified Sensitive Driving Cellular Automaton Model

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    GE Hong-Xia; DAI Shi-Qiang; DONG Li-Yun; LEI Li

    2005-01-01

    A modified cellular automaton model for traffic flow on highway is proposed with a novel concept about the variable security gap. The concept is first introduced into the original Nagel-Schreckenberg model, which is called the non-sensitive driving cellular automaton model. And then it is incorporated with a sensitive driving NaSch model,in which the randomization brake is arranged before the deterministic deceleration. A parameter related to the variable security gap is determined through simulation. Comparison of the simulation results indicates that the variable security gap has different influence on the two models. The fundamental diagram obtained by simulation with the modified sensitive driving NaSch model shows that the maximumflow are in good agreement with the observed data, indicating that the presented model is more reasonable and realistic.

  9. Quantum features of natural cellular automata

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    Elze, Hans-Thomas

    2016-01-01

    Cellular automata can show well known features of quantum mechanics, such as a linear rule according to which they evolve and which resembles a discretized version of the Schroedinger equation. This includes corresponding conservation laws. The class of "natural" Hamiltonian cellular automata is based exclusively on integer-valued variables and couplings and their dynamics derives from an Action Principle. They can be mapped reversibly to continuum models by applying Sampling Theory. Thus, "deformed" quantum mechanical models with a finite discreteness scale $l$ are obtained, which for $l\\rightarrow 0$ reproduce familiar continuum results. We have recently demonstrated that such automata can form "multipartite" systems consistently with the tensor product structures of nonrelativistic many-body quantum mechanics, while interacting and maintaining the linear evolution. Consequently, the Superposition Principle fully applies for such primitive discrete deterministic automata and their composites and can produce...

  10. WD40 proteins propel cellular networks.

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    Stirnimann, Christian U; Petsalaki, Evangelia; Russell, Robert B; Müller, Christoph W

    2010-10-01

    Recent findings indicate that WD40 domains play central roles in biological processes by acting as hubs in cellular networks; however, they have been studied less intensely than other common domains, such as the kinase, PDZ or SH3 domains. As suggested by various interactome studies, they are among the most promiscuous interactors. Structural studies suggest that this property stems from their ability, as scaffolds, to interact with diverse proteins, peptides or nucleic acids using multiple surfaces or modes of interaction. A general scaffolding role is supported by the fact that no WD40 domain has been found with intrinsic enzymatic activity despite often being part of large molecular machines. We discuss the WD40 domain distributions in protein networks and structures of WD40-containing assemblies to demonstrate their versatility in mediating critical cellular functions.

  11. Cellular Dynamics Revealed by Digital Holographic Microscopy☆

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    2016-11-22

    Digital holographic microscopy (DHM) is a new optical method that provides, without the use of any contrast agent, real-time, three-dimensional images of transparent living cells, with an axial sensitivity of a few tens of nanometers. They result from the hologram numerical reconstruction process, which permits a sub wavelength calculation of the phase shift, produced on the transmitted wave front, by the optically probed cells, namely the quantitative phase signal (QPS). Specifically, in addition to measurements of cellular surface morphometry and intracellular refractive index (RI), various biophysical cellular parameters including dry mass, absolute volume, membrane fluctuations at the nanoscale and biomechanical properties, transmembrane water permeability as swell as current, can be derived from the QPS. This article presents how quantitative phase DHM (QP-DHM) can explored cell dynamics at the nanoscale with a special attention to both the study of neuronal dynamics and the optical resolution of local neuronal network.

  12. SELF-ORGANIZED CRITICALITY AND CELLULAR AUTOMATA

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    CREUTZ,M.

    2007-01-01

    Cellular automata provide a fascinating class of dynamical systems based on very simple rules of evolution yet capable of displaying highly complex behavior. These include simplified models for many phenomena seen in nature. Among other things, they provide insight into self-organized criticality, wherein dissipative systems naturally drive themselves to a critical state with important phenomena occurring over a wide range of length and the scales. This article begins with an overview of self-organized criticality. This is followed by a discussion of a few examples of simple cellular automaton systems, some of which may exhibit critical behavior. Finally, some of the fascinating exact mathematical properties of the Bak-Tang-Wiesenfeld sand-pile model [1] are discussed.

  13. Cellular development of the human cochlea and the regenerative potential of hair follicle bulge stem cells

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    Locher, heiko

    2015-01-01

    The embryonic development of the human cochlea (the organ of hearing) has been investigated for over one hundred years. However, little is still known about the development on a cellular and protein level, which is important to better understand etiologies and pathologies of various types of sensori

  14. Tracing Dynamics and Clonal Heterogeneity of Cbx7-Induced Leukemic Stem Cells by Cellular Barcoding

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    Klauke, Karin; Broekhuis, Mathilde J. C.; Weersing, Ellen; Dethmers-Ausema, Albertina; Ritsema, Martha; Gonzalez, Marta Vila; Zwart, Erik; Bystrykh, Leonid V.; de Haan, Gerald

    2015-01-01

    Accurate monitoring of tumor dynamics and leukemic stem cell (LSC) heterogeneity is important for the development of personalized cancer therapies. In this study, we experimentally induced distinct types of leukemia in mice by enforced expression of Cbx7. Simultaneous cellular barcoding allowed for

  15. MRI-Derived Cellularity Index as a Potential Noninvasive Imaging Biomarker of Prostate Cancer

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    2014-10-01

    AWARD NUMBER: W81XWH-13-1-0391 TITLE: MRI -Derived Cellularity Index as a Potential...2. REPORT TYPE Annual report 3. DATES COVERED 15 Sep 2013 - 14 Sep 2014 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER MRI ...NOTES 14. ABSTRACT Standard magnetic resonance imaging ( MRI ) of the prostate lacks sensitivity in the diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer (PCa

  16. Design of a modular product architecture and a cellular manufacturing layout : A concurrent engineering approach

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    Slomp, J; McGinnis, LF; Ahmad, MM; Sullivan, WG

    1996-01-01

    This paper formalizes the problem of a concurrent design of a modular product architecture and a cellular manufacturing layout and presents a way to deal with this design problem. First, the different types of a modular product architecture are explained as well as important implications of modulari

  17. Tendencias epistemológicas de las acciones de la salud pública. Una revisión desde la fisioterapia / Epistemological trends in public health actions. A review from the standpoint of physiotherapy

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    Laura E. Castro J.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Resumen Objetivo: analizar las tendencias epistemológicas de la salud pública frente a las acciones de la fisioterapia. Metodología: la identificación de la literatura se efectuó con los parámetros de revisión sistemática exploratoria propuestos por Manchado, en tres bases de datos. Los artículos fueron sometidos a evaluación de la calidad bajo las escalas Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network y jadad. Las categorías centrales de análisis fueron los modelos del proceso salud-enfermedad. Se vincularon 39 artículos de los 118 que arrojó la búsqueda inicial. Resultados y discusión: se encontró que la salud pública ha tenido diferentes tendencias epistemológicas que se explican por cambios socio-políticos y normativos de los países y de las profesiones. Se observa una evolución conceptual que trasciende de lo biológico hacia enfoques sociales, interdisciplinarios y complejos; sin embargo, en las intervenciones aún se evidencia predominio del modelo epidemiológico. Lo anterior, puede asociarse con que profesiones jóvenes como la fisioterapia que aunque surgió con un enfoque netamente rehabilitador se ha preocupado por ampliar sus campos de ejercicio profesional logrando participar en acciones de salud pública, pero esta participación aún es incipiente, por cuanto no logra reflejarse en la práctica de una manera contundente; por consiguiente, se requiere desarrollar estrategias que permitan llevar el conocimiento a la práctica y de esta manera poder aportar desde su objeto de estudio en el abordaje integral de la salud de las poblaciones, con el ánimo de lograr que estas se apropien de sus condiciones de salud en pro de su bienestar y calidad de vida. / Abstract Objective: to analyze the epistemological trends in public health in comparison with the possibilities of physiotherapy actions. Methodology: the literature was identified through the exploratory systematic review proposed by Manchado. Three databases

  18. Ações de cuidado desempenhadas pelo pai no puerpério Acciones del cuidados desempeñados por el papá durante el puerperio Actions in care carried out by the father in the puerperism

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    Eteniger Marcela Fernandes de Oliveira

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    Full Text Available Pesquisa exploratória-descritiva, qualitativa, desenvolvida com 15 pais, de janeiro a abril de 2006, em Natal/RN. Teve por objetivo analisar as ações desenvolvidas pelo homem durante o puerpério de sua companheira. A coleta efetuou-se por entrevista semiestruturada, sendo os dados tratados por meio da técnica de análise de conteúdo e analisados à luz dos princípios do Interacionismo Simbólico. Os resultados apresentam uma temática central - ações de cuidado em ambiente doméstico - e duas categorias: cuidando da companheira e da criança; e provendo o sustento da família. Conclui-se que os depoentes interagem e participam do puerpério oferecendo conselhos que remetem à prevenção, como o estímulo à deambulação; desenvolvem atitudes de dedicação e preocupação com a saúde do filho; consideram que a licença-paternidade não atende às suas necessidades; reconhecem que a companheira e o recém-nascido requerem mais dedicação e que desempenham papel de provedor no intuito de garantir o sustento familiar.Investigación exploratoria y descriptiva, cualitativa, desarrollada con 15 padres de familia, en Natal/RN. La pesquisa analizó las acciones desarrolladas por el papá durante el puerperio de su compañera. Los datos fueron recolectados por medio de la entrevista semiestructurada, organizados por la técnica de análisis de contenido y analizados bajo los principios del Interaccionismo Simbólico. Los resultados mostraron que existe un tema central las acciones de atención yl cuidado en el ambiente doméstico - y dos categorías cuidar de la pareja y del niño, sin dejar de lado el sustento de la familia. Se concluyó que estos padres conviven durante el puerperio ofreciendo consejos que remiten a la prevención, como estimular a la mujer a hacer caminadas; desarrollan actitudes de dedicación y preocupación con la salud del hijo; consideran que el permiso de trabajo por paternidad no contempla sus necesidades

  19. Energy conservation and contribution to the sustained development through action in the bioclimate design; Ahorro de energia y contribucion al desarrollo sustentable a partir de acciones de diseno bioclimatico

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    Garcia Chavez, J. R.; Dorantes Rodriguez, R. [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Azcapotzalco, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)

    1995-12-31

    , construction and monitoring of the functioning of cooling passive systems. The results obtained to date point out that the energy consumption has diminished and improved the environmental comfort conditions for the library building users. [Espanol] La crisis mundial de energia de 1973, ademas de los problemas de abastecimiento y elevacion de precios, propicio tambien diversos paises, una reaccion orientada al uso eficiente y conservacion de la energia, y a la aplicacion de una arquitectura con sentido comun: la ARQUITECTURA BIOCLIMATICA, misma que se basa en la utilizacion en las edificaciones de las energias alternativas, tales como la solar eolica, etc. Obtencion de condiciones de confort natural ambiental y ahorro y uso eficiente de la energia en los edificios, son los objetivos fundamentales de la ARQUITECTURA BIOCLIMATICA. Bajo estas consideraciones, se han planteado diversos sistemas pasivos para control termico de edificios, los cuales se han aplicado en diferentes regiones climaticas del planeta. En el presente trabajo, se presenta y analiza el potencial de medidas para ahorro de energia, tales como sistemas de iluminacion artificial de alta eficiencia y sistemas pasivos de enfriamiento para el control termico de un edificio educativo, la biblioteca central de la Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Azcapotzalco, ubicada en la ciudad de Mexico. El objetivo de este estudio se orienta a la reduccion del consumo de energia en la biblioteca, y a la obtencion de condiciones de confort ambiental higrotermico para sus ocupantes. Estudios realizados durante la primera etapa de investigacion, han permitido identificar un excesivo consumo de energia y condiciones de falta de confort higrotermico y de la necesaria calidad del aire interior en la biblioteca. Estas acciones se han enfocado en dos aspectos. El primero se refiere al mejoramiento de la operacion de la instalacion electrica y el alumbrado de la biblioteca. Estas acciones se basaron en la sustitucion de lamparas

  20. Cellular responses to environmental DNA damage

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    1994-08-01

    This volume contains the proceedings of the conference entitled Cellular Responses to Environmental DNA Damage held in Banff,Alberta December 1--6, 1991. The conference addresses various aspects of DNA repair in sessions titled DNA repair; Basic Mechanisms; Lesions; Systems; Inducible Responses; Mutagenesis; Human Population Response Heterogeneity; Intragenomic DNA Repair Heterogeneity; DNA Repair Gene Cloning; Aging; Human Genetic Disease; and Carcinogenesis. Individual papers are represented as abstracts of about one page in length.

  1. Leiomyoma cellulare in postoperative material: clinical cases

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    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Leiomyoma in one of the most common benign endometrial cancers. Location of the myoma in the cervix and the area of the broad ligament of the uterus is rare. Leiomyoma cellulare (LC) occurs in about 5.0% of leiomyoma cases. Aim of the research: To determine the occurrence of LC among 294 cases of myomas as well as myomas and uterine endometriosis, found in postoperative examinations. Material and methods: Patients were qualified for the surgery based on a gynaecolog...

  2. Imaging cellular and molecular biological functions

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    Shorte, S.L. [Institut Pasteur, 75 - Paris (France). Plateforme d' Imagerie Dynamique PFID-Imagopole; Frischknecht, F. (eds.) [Heidelberg Univ. Medical School (Germany). Dept. of Parasitology

    2007-07-01

    'Imaging cellular and molecular biological function' provides a unique selection of essays by leading experts, aiming at scientist and student alike who are interested in all aspects of modern imaging, from its application and up-scaling to its development. Indeed the philosophy of this volume is to provide student, researcher, PI, professional or provost the means to enter this applications field with confidence, and to construct the means to answer their own specific questions. (orig.)

  3. Cognitive resource management for heterogeneous cellular networks

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    Liu, Yongkang

    2014-01-01

    This Springer Brief focuses on cognitive resource management in heterogeneous cellular networks (Het Net) with small cell deployment for the LTE-Advanced system. It introduces the Het Net features, presents practical approaches using cognitive radio technology in accommodating small cell data relay and optimizing resource allocation and examines the effectiveness of resource management among small cells given limited coordination bandwidth and wireless channel uncertainty. The authors introduce different network characteristics of small cell, investigate the mesh of small cell access points in

  4. Cellular immune findings in Lyme disease.

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    Sigal, L. H.; Moffat, C. M.; Steere, A. C.; Dwyer, J. M.

    1984-01-01

    From 1981 through 1983, we did the first testing of cellular immunity in Lyme disease. Active established Lyme disease was often associated with lymphopenia, less spontaneous suppressor cell activity than normal, and a heightened response of lymphocytes to phytohemagglutinin and Lyme spirochetal antigens. Thus, a major feature of the immune response during active disease seems to be a lessening of suppression, but it is not yet known whether this response plays a role in the pathophysiology of the disease. PMID:6240164

  5. Light weight cellular structures based on aluminium

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    Prakash, O. [Indian Inst. of Tech., Kanpur (India); Embury, J.D.; Sinclair, C. [McMaster Univ., Hamilton, ON (Canada); Sang, H. [Queen`s Univ., Kingston, ON (Canada); Silvetti, P. [Cordoba Univ. Nacional (Argentina). Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Fisicas y Naturales

    1997-02-01

    An interesting form of lightweight material which has emerged in the past 2 decades is metallic foam. This paper deals with the basic concepts of making metallic foams and a detailed study of foams produced from Al-SiC. In addition, some aspects of cellular solids based on honeycomb structures are outlined including the concept of producing both two-phase foams and foams with composite walls.

  6. Cellularity of certain quantum endomorphism algebras

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    Andersen, Henning Haahr; Lehrer, Gus; Zhang, Ruibin

    2015-01-01

    structure are described in terms of certain Temperley–Lieb-like diagrams. We also prove general results that relate endomorphism algebras of specialisations to specialisations of the endomorphism algebras. When ζ is a root of unity of order bigger than d we consider the Uζ-module structure...... we independently recover the weight multiplicities of indecomposable tilting modules for Uζ(sl2) from the decomposition numbers of the endomorphism algebras, which are known through cellular theory....

  7. Empirical multiscale networks of cellular regulation.

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    Benjamin de Bivort

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Grouping genes by similarity of expression across multiple cellular conditions enables the identification of cellular modules. The known functions of genes enable the characterization of the aggregate biological functions of these modules. In this paper, we use a high-throughput approach to identify the effective mutual regulatory interactions between modules composed of mouse genes from the Alliance for Cell Signaling (AfCS murine B-lymphocyte database which tracks the response of approximately 15,000 genes following chemokine perturbation. This analysis reveals principles of cellular organization that we discuss along four conceptual axes. (1 Regulatory implications: the derived collection of influences between any two modules quantifies intuitive as well as unexpected regulatory interactions. (2 Behavior across scales: trends across global networks of varying resolution (composed of various numbers of modules reveal principles of assembly of high-level behaviors from smaller components. (3 Temporal behavior: tracking the mutual module influences over different time intervals provides features of regulation dynamics such as duration, persistence, and periodicity. (4 Gene Ontology correspondence: the association of modules to known biological roles of individual genes describes the organization of functions within coexpressed modules of various sizes. We present key specific results in each of these four areas, as well as derive general principles of cellular organization. At the coarsest scale, the entire transcriptional network contains five divisions: two divisions devoted to ATP production/biosynthesis and DNA replication that activate all other divisions, an "extracellular interaction" division that represses all other divisions, and two divisions (proliferation/differentiation and membrane infrastructure that activate and repress other divisions in specific ways consistent with cell cycle control.

  8. Cellular Automation of Galactic Habitable Zone

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    Vukotic, Branislav

    2010-01-01

    We present a preliminary results of our Galactic Habitable Zone (GHZ) 2D probabilistic cellular automata models. The relevant time-scales (emergence of life, it's diversification and evolution influenced with the global risk function) are modeled as the probability matrix elements and are chosen in accordance with the Copernican principle to be well-represented by the data inferred from the Earth's fossil record. With Fermi's paradox as a main boundary condition the resulting histories of astrobiological landscape are discussed.

  9. pna - assisted cellular migration on patterned surfaces

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    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT - The ability to control the cellular microenvironment, such as cell-substrate and cell-cell interactions at the micro- and nanoscale, is important for advances in several fields such as medicine and immunology, biochemistry, biomaterials, and tissue engineering. In order to undergo fundamental biological processes, most mammalian cells must adhere to the underlying extracellular matrix (ECM), eliciting cell adhesion and migration processes that are critical to embryogenesis, angioge...

  10. Introduction to Tissular and Cellular Engineering

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    JF; STOLTZ

    2005-01-01

    Most human tissues do not regenerate spontaneously, which is why cellular therapies and tissular engineering are promising alternatives. The principle is simple: cells are sampled in a patient and introduced in the damaged tissue or in a tridimentional porous support and cultivated in a bioreactor in which the physico-chemical and mechanical parameters are controlled. Once the tissues (or the cells) are mature they may be implanted. In parallel, the development of biotherapies with stem cells is a field of ...

  11. Action of the surge in the stability of the marine bed in the sounding of Campeche, Mexico; Accion del oleaje en la estabilidad del lecho marino en la sonda de Campeche, Mexico

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    Mendoza Baldwin, E.G.; Silva Casarin, R. [Instituto de Ingenieria, UNAM, (Mexico); Salazar Carrillo, E.E. [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo (Mexico)

    2004-12-01

    Among the phenomena that must be taken into account while designing and constructing coastal structures, the wave-induced soil response has become a very important issue. One reason for this growing interest is that many structures have been reportedly failed because of seabed instability rather than design or construction deficiencies. In this paper we present the application to Sonda de Campeche, Mexico of an analytical model for a porous seabed of finite thickness, h, subject a 3D short crested wave system. This exact solution gives explicit expressions for the pore pressure and effective stresses under. [Spanish] La seguridad de las actividades relacionadas con el litoral depende, en gran medida, del correcto funcionamiento de las estructuras de operacion y proteccion, el diseno de las cuales, a su vez, requiere de un conocimiento lo mas completo posible, tanto de las solicitaciones como del comportamiento del entorno en el que seran construidas. Como respuesta a dichas necesidades, en este trabajo se presenta la aplicacion de un modelo en tres dimensiones con el que se puede representar la respuesta del lecho marino, considerando la existencia de un estrato poroso de espesor finito ante la accion de un sistema de ondas progresivas de cresta corta, el cual es de especial utilidad para el diseno y tendido de lineas submarinas. Dentro de las bondades del modelo se cuenta con la posibilidad de varias las condiciones del tipo de suelo (cohesivo, arenoso o mixto), grado de saturacion, angulo de incidencia del oleaje y espesor del estrato poroso. El modelo tridimensional es alimentado con datos de oleaje y tipo de suelo de la bahia de Campeche, Mexico, con los que se analizan las distribuciones verticales de los esfuerzos y la presion de poro inducidos. Finalmente, se realiza un estudio de inestabilidad del lecho marino para la misma bahia, comparando los resultados del modelo con los de sondeos en campo.

  12. Actual trends in public relations involving in public political institutions/ Tendencias de las acciones de RRPP desarrolladas en instituciones públicas de carácter político

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    Dra. Ana Belén Fernández Souto; abfsouto@uvigo.es

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In the next pages, we’ll try to study the work of public relations in political institutions. To do this, we’ll revise a lot of definitions of this concept, besides their instruments, tactics and strategies they use to get their objectives and their actual trends. This is a very interesting subject but not very worked in public relations, as in political marketing or political communication, so we’ll try to do practical contributions. We’ll work with de hypothesis that the play of public relations is very important in the political institutions, because in a lot of times, they become as the basis of their political and propaganda advertisements.A lo largo de las siguientes páginas procuraremos abordar someramente el trabajo de las relaciones públicas aplicadas al campo institucional de ámbito político. Para ello nos remitiremos a las miles de definiciones existentes para este concepto, así como a los instrumentos, tácticas y estrategias de las que se sirven para alcanzar sus objetivos y sus actuales tendencias. Se trata de un tema relativamente poco estudiado desde el punto de vista de la comunicación organizacional y más desde el marketing político y de la comunicación política, por lo que procuraremos realizar aportaciones prácticas en este sentido. Por lo tanto, partiremos de la hipótesis de las acciones de relaciones públicas juegan un papel más que destacado en la actividad institucional de carácter político, llegando –en algunos casos– a constituirse en el verdadero leivmotiv y base de las campañas políticas y propagandísticas, así como en el principal eje comunicativo de muchas campañas institucionales.

  13. Cellular Kinetics of Perivascular MSC Precursors

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    William C. W. Chen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs and MSC-like multipotent stem/progenitor cells have been widely investigated for regenerative medicine and deemed promising in clinical applications. In order to further improve MSC-based stem cell therapeutics, it is important to understand the cellular kinetics and functional roles of MSCs in the dynamic regenerative processes. However, due to the heterogeneous nature of typical MSC cultures, their native identity and anatomical localization in the body have remained unclear, making it difficult to decipher the existence of distinct cell subsets within the MSC entity. Recent studies have shown that several blood-vessel-derived precursor cell populations, purified by flow cytometry from multiple human organs, give rise to bona fide MSCs, suggesting that the vasculature serves as a systemic reservoir of MSC-like stem/progenitor cells. Using individually purified MSC-like precursor cell subsets, we and other researchers have been able to investigate the differential phenotypes and regenerative capacities of these contributing cellular constituents in the MSC pool. In this review, we will discuss the identification and characterization of perivascular MSC precursors, including pericytes and adventitial cells, and focus on their cellular kinetics: cell adhesion, migration, engraftment, homing, and intercellular cross-talk during tissue repair and regeneration.

  14. Cellular arsenic transport pathways in mammals.

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    Roggenbeck, Barbara A; Banerjee, Mayukh; Leslie, Elaine M

    2016-11-01

    Natural contamination of drinking water with arsenic results in the exposure of millions of people world-wide to unacceptable levels of this metalloid. This is a serious global health problem because arsenic is a Group 1 (proven) human carcinogen and chronic exposure is known to cause skin, lung, and bladder tumors. Furthermore, arsenic exposure can result in a myriad of other adverse health effects including diseases of the cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, reproductive, and endocrine systems. In addition to chronic environmental exposure to arsenic, arsenic trioxide is approved for the clinical treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia, and is in clinical trials for other hematological malignancies as well as solid tumors. Considerable inter-individual variability in susceptibility to arsenic-induced disease and toxicity exists, and the reasons for such differences are incompletely understood. Transport pathways that influence the cellular uptake and export of arsenic contribute to regulating its cellular, tissue, and ultimately body levels. In the current review, membrane proteins (including phosphate transporters, aquaglyceroporin channels, solute carrier proteins, and ATP-binding cassette transporters) shown experimentally to contribute to the passage of inorganic, methylated, and/or glutathionylated arsenic species across cellular membranes are discussed. Furthermore, what is known about arsenic transporters in organs involved in absorption, distribution, and metabolism and how transport pathways contribute to arsenic elimination are described.

  15. A Real Space Cellular Automaton Laboratory

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    Rozier, O.; Narteau, C.

    2013-12-01

    Investigations in geomorphology may benefit from computer modelling approaches that rely entirely on self-organization principles. In the vast majority of numerical models, instead, points in space are characterised by a variety of physical variables (e.g. sediment transport rate, velocity, temperature) recalculated over time according to some predetermined set of laws. However, there is not always a satisfactory theoretical framework from which we can quantify the overall dynamics of the system. For these reasons, we prefer to concentrate on interaction patterns using a basic cellular automaton modelling framework, the Real Space Cellular Automaton Laboratory (ReSCAL), a powerful and versatile generator of 3D stochastic models. The objective of this software suite released under a GNU license is to develop interdisciplinary research collaboration to investigate the dynamics of complex systems. The models in ReSCAL are essentially constructed from a small number of discrete states distributed on a cellular grid. An elementary cell is a real-space representation of the physical environment and pairs of nearest neighbour cells are called doublets. Each individual physical process is associated with a set of doublet transitions and characteristic transition rates. Using a modular approach, we can simulate and combine a wide range of physical, chemical and/or anthropological processes. Here, we present different ingredients of ReSCAL leading to applications in geomorphology: dune morphodynamics and landscape evolution. We also discuss how ReSCAL can be applied and developed across many disciplines in natural and human sciences.

  16. [Cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory].

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    Laroche, Serge

    2010-01-01

    A defining characteristic of the brain is its remarkable capacity to undergo activity-dependent functional and morphological remodelling via mechanisms of plasticity that form the basis of our capacity to encode and retain memories. Today, it is generally accepted that one key neurobiological mechanism underlying the formation of memories reside in activity-driven modifications of synaptic strength and structural remodelling of neural networks activated during learning. The discovery and detailed report of the phenomenon generally known as long-term potentiation, a long-lasting activity-dependent form of synaptic strengthening, opened a new chapter in the study of the neurobiological substrate of memory in the vertebrate brain, and this form of synaptic plasticity has now become the dominant model in the search for the cellular bases of learning and memory. To date, the key events in the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity and memory formation are starting to be identified. They require the activation of specific receptors and of several molecular cascades to convert extracellular signals into persistent functional changes in neuronal connectivity. Accumulating evidence suggests that the rapid activation of neuronal gene programs is a key mechanism underlying the enduring modification of neural networks required for the laying down of memory. The recent developments in the search for the cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory storage are reviewed.

  17. Coordination of autophagy with other cellular activities

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    Yan WANG; Zheng-hong QIN

    2013-01-01

    The cell biological phenomenon of autophagy has attracted increasing attention in recent years,partly as a consequence of the discovery of key components of its cellular machinery.Autophagy plays a crucial role in a myriad of cellular functions.Autophagy has its own regulatory mechanisms,but this process is not isolated.Autophagy is coordinated with other cellular activities to maintain cell homeostasis.Autophagy is critical for a range of human physiological processes.The multifunctional roles of autophagy are explained by its ability to interact with several key components of various cell pathways.In this review,we focus on the coordination between autophagy and other physiological processes,including the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS),energy homeostasis,aging,programmed cell death,the immune responses,microbial invasion and inflammation.The insights gained from investigating autophagic networks should increase our understanding of their roles in human diseases and their potential as targets for therapeutic intervention.

  18. Dynamic Channel Allocation in Sectored Cellular Systems

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    2001-01-01

    It is known that dynamic channel assignment(DCA) strategy outperforms the fixed channel assignment(FCA) strategy in omni-directional antenna cellular systems. One of the most important methods used in DCA was channel borrowing. But with the emergence of cell sectorization and spatial division multiple access(SDMA) which are used to increase the capacity of cellular systems, the channel assignment faces a series of new problems. In this paper, a dynamic channel allocation scheme based on sectored cellular systems is proposed. By introducing intra-cell channel borrowing (borrowing channels from neighboring sectors) and inter-cell channel borrowing (borrowing channels from neighboring cells) methods, previous DCA strategies, including compact pattern based channel borrowing(CPCB) and greedy based dynamic channel assignment(GDCA) schemes proposed by the author, are improved significantly. The computer simulation shows that either intra-cell borrowing scheme or inter-cell borrowing scheme is efficient enough to uniform and non-uniform traffic service distributions.

  19. HDACi: cellular effects, opportunities for restorative dentistry.

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    Duncan, H F

    2011-12-01

    Acetylation of histone and non-histone proteins alters gene expression and induces a host of cellular effects. The acetylation process is homeostatically balanced by two groups of cellular enzymes, histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and histone deacetylases (HDACs). HAT activity relaxes the structure of the human chromatin, rendering it transcriptionally active, thereby increasing gene expression. In contrast, HDAC activity leads to gene silencing. The enzymatic balance can be \\'tipped\\' by histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi), leading to an accumulation of acetylated proteins, which subsequently modify cellular processes including stem cell differentiation, cell cycle, apoptosis, gene expression, and angiogenesis. There is a variety of natural and synthetic HDACi available, and their pleiotropic effects have contributed to diverse clinical applications, not only in cancer but also in non-cancer areas, such as chronic inflammatory disease, bone engineering, and neurodegenerative disease. Indeed, it appears that HDACi-modulated effects may differ between \\'normal\\' and transformed cells, particularly with regard to reactive oxygen species accumulation, apoptosis, proliferation, and cell cycle arrest. The potential beneficial effects of HDACi for health, resulting from their ability to regulate global gene expression by epigenetic modification of DNA-associated proteins, also offer potential for application within restorative dentistry, where they may promote dental tissue regeneration following pulpal damage.

  20. Structural modeling of sandwich structures with lightweight cellular cores

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    T. Liu; Z. C. Deng; T. J. Lu

    2007-01-01

    An effective single layered finite element (FE) computational model is proposed to predict the structural behavior of lightweight sandwich panels having two dimensional (2D) prismatic or three dimensional (3D) truss cores.Three different types of cellular core topology are considered: pyramidal truss core (3D), Kagome truss core (3D) and corrugated core (2D), representing three kinds of material anisotropy: orthotropic, monoclinic and general anisotropic. A homogenization technique is developed to obtain the homogenized macroscopic stiffness properties of the cellular core. In comparison with the results obtained by using detailed FE model, the single layered computational model cangive acceptable predictions for both the static and dynamic behaviors of orthotropic truss core sandwich panels. However, for non-orthotropic 3D truss cores, the predictions are not so well. For both static and dynamic behaviors of a 2D corrugated core sandwich panel, the predictions derived by the single layered computational model is generally acceptable when the size of the unit cell varies within a certain range, with the predictions for moderately strong or strong corrugated cores more accurate than those for weak cores.

  1. Cellular Functions Regulated by Phosphorylation of EGFR on Tyr845

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    Ken-ichi Sato

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The Src gene product (Src and the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR are prototypes of oncogene products and function primarily as a cytoplasmic non-receptor tyrosine kinase and a transmembrane receptor tyrosine kinase, respectively. The identification of Src and EGFR, and the subsequent extensive investigations of these proteins have long provided cutting edge research in cancer and other molecular and cellular biological studies. In 1995, we reported that the human epidermoid carcinoma cells, A431, contain a small fraction of Src and EGFR in which these two kinase were in physical association with each other, and that Src phosphorylates EGFR on tyrosine 845 (Y845 in the Src-EGFR complex. Y845 of EGFR is located in the activation segment of the kinase domain, where many protein kinases contain kinase-activating autophosphorylation sites (e.g., cAMP-dependent protein kinase, Src family kinases, transmembrane receptor type tyrosine kinases or trans-phosphorylation sites (e.g., cyclin-dependent protein kinase, mitogen-activated protein kinase, Akt protein kinase. A number of studies have demonstrated that Y845 phosphorylation serves an important role in cancer as well as normal cells. Here we compile the experimental facts involving Src phosphorylation of EGFR on Y845, by which cell proliferation, cell cycle control, mitochondrial regulation of cell metabolism, gamete activation and other cellular functions are regulated. We also discuss the physiological relevance, as well as structural insights of the Y845 phosphorylation.

  2. Detection of recombinant and cellular MALT1 paracaspase activity.

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    Nagel, Daniel; Krappmann, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    MALT1 (mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue protein 1) is a key regulator of antigen-induced NF-κB activation in the adaptive immune response. Activation of proteolytic activity of the MALT1 paracaspase was shown to boost the immune response. Additionally, MALT1 proteolytic activity is essential for the survival of MALT1-dependent lymphoma, such as the activated B-cell type (ABC) of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) or MALT lymphoma. The functional impact of MALT1 paracaspase on T-cell activation and lymphomagenesis suggests that MALT1 is a promising therapeutic target for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and distinct lymphoma entities. To evaluate the requirement of MALT1 in further detail, direct measurement of its activity status is of great importance. We have established a fluorogenic cleavage assay which can be used to measure activity of recombinant and cellular MALT1. Here we describe the basis of the cleavage assay and include a detailed protocol for recombinant production of MALT1 and also the cellular immunoprecipitation of endogenous MALT1 to determine its proteolytic activity.

  3. AdCell: Ad Allocation in Cellular Networks

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    Alaei, Saeed; Liaghat, Vahid; Pei, Dan; Saha, Barna

    2011-01-01

    With more than four billion usage of cellular phones worldwide, mobile advertising has become an attractive alternative to online advertisements. In this paper, we propose a new targeted advertising policy for Wireless Service Providers (WSPs) via SMS or MMS- namely {\\em AdCell}. In our model, a WSP charges the advertisers for showing their ads. Each advertiser has a valuation for specific types of customers in various times and locations and has a limit on the maximum available budget. Each query is in the form of time and location and is associated with one individual customer. In order to achieve a non-intrusive delivery, only a limited number of ads can be sent to each customer. Recently, new services have been introduced that offer location-based advertising over cellular network that fit in our model (e.g., ShopAlerts by AT&T) . We consider both online and offline version of the AdCell problem and develop approximation algorithms with constant competitive ratio. For the online version, we assume tha...

  4. Structural modeling of sandwich structures with lightweight cellular cores

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    Liu, T.; Deng, Z. C.; Lu, T. J.

    2007-10-01

    An effective single layered finite element (FE) computational model is proposed to predict the structural behavior of lightweight sandwich panels having two dimensional (2D) prismatic or three dimensional (3D) truss cores. Three different types of cellular core topology are considered: pyramidal truss core (3D), Kagome truss core (3D) and corrugated core (2D), representing three kinds of material anisotropy: orthotropic, monoclinic and general anisotropic. A homogenization technique is developed to obtain the homogenized macroscopic stiffness properties of the cellular core. In comparison with the results obtained by using detailed FE model, the single layered computational model can give acceptable predictions for both the static and dynamic behaviors of orthotropic truss core sandwich panels. However, for non-orthotropic 3D truss cores, the predictions are not so well. For both static and dynamic behaviors of a 2D corrugated core sandwich panel, the predictions derived by the single layered computational model is generally acceptable when the size of the unit cell varies within a certain range, with the predictions for moderately strong or strong corrugated cores more accurate than those for weak cores.

  5. Measurements of Electromagnetic Fields Emitted from Cellular Base Stations in

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    K. J. Ali

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available With increasing the usage of mobile communication devices and internet network information, the entry of private telecommunications companies in Iraq has been started since 2003. These companies began to build up cellular towers to accomplish the telecommunication works but they ignore the safety conditions imposed for the health and environment that are considered in random way. These negative health effects which may cause a health risk for life beings and environment pollution. The aim of this work is to determine the safe and unsafe ranges and discuss damage caused by radiation emitted from Asia cell base stations in Shirqat city and discuses the best ways in which can be minimize its exposure level to avoid its negative health effects. Practical measurements of power density around base stations has been accomplished by using a radiation survey meter type (Radio frequency EMF Strength Meter 480846 in two ways. The first way of measurements has been accomplished at a height of 2 meters above ground for different distances from (0-300 meters .The second way is at a distance of 150 meters for different levels from (2-15 meters above ground level. The maximum measured power density is about (3 mW/m2. Results indicate that the levels of power density are far below the RF radiation exposure of USSR safety standards levels. And that means these cellular base station don't cause negative the health effect for life being if the exposure is within the acceptable international standard levels.

  6. Cellular Responses to the Metal-Binding Properties of Metformin

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    Logie, Lisa; Harthill, Jean; Patel, Kashyap; Bacon, Sandra; Hamilton, D. Lee; Macrae, Katherine; McDougall, Gordon; Wang, Huan-Huan; Xue, Lin; Jiang, Hua; Sakamoto, Kei; Prescott, Alan R.; Rena, Graham

    2012-01-01

    In recent decades, the antihyperglycemic biguanide metformin has been used extensively in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, despite continuing uncertainty over its direct target. In this article, using two independent approaches, we demonstrate that cellular actions of metformin are disrupted by interference with its metal-binding properties, which have been known for over a century but little studied by biologists. We demonstrate that copper sequestration opposes known actions of metformin not only on AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)-dependent signaling, but also on S6 protein phosphorylation. Biguanide/metal interactions are stabilized by extensive π-electron delocalization and by investigating analogs of metformin; we provide evidence that this intrinsic property enables biguanides to regulate AMPK, glucose production, gluconeogenic gene expression, mitochondrial respiration, and mitochondrial copper binding. In contrast, regulation of S6 phosphorylation is prevented only by direct modification of the metal-liganding groups of the biguanide structure, supporting recent data that AMPK and S6 phosphorylation are regulated independently by biguanides. Additional studies with pioglitazone suggest that mitochondrial copper is targeted by both of these clinically important drugs. Together, these results suggest that cellular effects of biguanides depend on their metal-binding properties. This link may illuminate a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms enabling antihyperglycemic drug action. PMID:22492524

  7. Sulfation patterns determine cellular internalization of heparin-like polysaccharides.

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    Raman, Karthik; Mencio, Caitlin; Desai, Umesh R; Kuberan, Balagurunathan

    2013-04-01

    Heparin is a highly sulfated polysaccharide that serves biologically relevant roles as an anticoagulant and anticancer agent. While it is well-known that modification of heparin's sulfation pattern can drastically influence its ability to bind growth factors and other extracellular molecules, very little is known about the cellular uptake of heparin and the role sulfation patterns serve in affecting its internalization. In this study, we chemically synthesized several fluorescently labeled heparins consisting of a variety of sulfation patterns. These polysaccharides were thoroughly characterized using anion exchange chromatography and size exclusion chromatography. Subsequently, we utilized flow cytometry and confocal imaging to show that sulfation patterns differentially affect the amount of heparin uptake in multiple cell types. This study provides the first comprehensive analysis of the effect of sulfation pattern on the cellular internalization of heparin or heparan sulfate like polysaccharides. The results of this study expand current knowledge regarding heparin internalization and provide insights into developing more effective heparin-based drug conjugates for applications in intracellular drug delivery.

  8. Transcriptional Activity of HTLV-I Tax Influences the Expression of Marker Genes Associated with Cellular Transformation

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    Francene J. Lemoine

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Human T cell leukemia virus type I (HTLV-I has been identified as the etiologic agent of adult T cell leukemia (ATL. HTLV-I encodes a transcriptional regulatory protein, Tax, which also functions as the viral transforming protein. Through interactions with a number of cellular transcription factors Tax can modulate cellular gene expression. Since the majority of Tax-responsive cellular genes are important regulators of cellular proliferation, the transactivating functions of Tax appear to be necessary for cellular transformation by HTLV-I. Gaining a complete understanding of the broad range of genes regulated by Tax, the temporal pattern of their expression, and their effects on cell function may identify early markers of disease progression mediated by this virus.

  9. [Division of regulatory cellular systems (Lvov)].

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    Kusen', S I

    1995-01-01

    Two departments of the A. V. Palladin Institute of Biochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine were founded in 1969 in Lviv. These were: the Department of Biochemistry of Cell Differentiation headed by Professor S. I. Kusen and Department of Regulation of Cellular Synthesis of Low Molecular Weight Compounds headed by Professor G. M. Shavlovsky. The Lviv Division of the A. V. Palladin Institute of Biochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine with Professor S. I. Kusen as its chief, was founded in 1974 on the basis of these departments and the Laboratory of Modelling of Regulatory Cellular Systems headed by Professor M. P. Derkach. The above mentioned laboratory which was not the structural unit obtained the status of Structural Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics in 1982 and was headed by O. A. Goida, Candidate of biological sciences. From 1983 the Laboratory of Correcting Therapy of Malignant Tumors and Hemoblastoses at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Chief--S. V. Ivasivka, Candidate of medical sciences) was included in the structure of the Division. That Laboratory was soon transformed into the Department of Carbohydrate Metabolism Regulation headed by Professor I. D. Holovatsky. In 1988 this Department was renamed into the Department of Glycoprotein Biochemistry and headed by M. D. Lutsik, Doctor of biological sciences. In 1982 one more Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics was founded at the Department of Regulation of Cellular Synthesis of Low Molecular Weight Compounds, in 1988 it was transformed into the Department of Biochemical Genetics (Chief--Professor A. A. Sibirny). In 1989 the Laboratory of Anion Transport was taken from A. V. Palladin Institute of Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine to Lviv Division of this Institute. This laboratory was headed by Professor M. M. Veliky. One more reorganization in the Division structure took place in 1994. The Department of

  10. LA ACCION TERRITORIALIZADORA DEL TURISMO RESIDENCIADO

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    Silvia B. Grippo

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    Full Text Available En el último decenio, se manifiestan procesos repentinos en la dinámica territorial cuyos cambios están generados por actividades estrechamente vinculadas a significativos flujos de inversiones y dentro de los cuales, muchos corresponden a una acción territorializadora del turismo residenciado. Este trabajo, reconoce alguno de esos procesos espaciales bajo la impronta de actuaciones territoriales anteriores en un marco de conflicto entre intereses divergentes en la dinámica de la estructura social y el medio ambiente natural, bajo condiciones y resistencias culturales, sociales y psicológicas variadas.

  11. Acciones para el desarrollo de competencias investigativas

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    Ruiz Domínguez, Benito

    2012-01-01

    La reforma integral de educación tiene su fundamento en los altos índices de deserción y en la desarticulación del nivel medio superior. Los retos principales que tiene la reforma son la ampliación de la cobertura de acceso a estudios del nivel medio, el mejoramiento de la calidad en los procesos de enseñanza-aprendizaje y la búsqueda de equidad. El marco de esta reforma permite articular los programas de distintas opciones educativas en la educación media en el país y comprende una serie de ...

  12. CONCILIACION PARA JUNTAS DE ACCION COMUNAL

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    Belalcazar Vega, Jose Alfredo

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    La expedición de las normas reguladoras de los organismos de acción comunal mencionadas en la identificación del problema creo un vacío ya que le asigna la función de administrar justicia en la condición de conciliadores a personas que no estaban preparadas para asumir este tipo de funciones debido a la ausencia de capacitación sobre este tipo de normas legales. se pretende apoyar las funciones de la secretaria de desarrollo, ya que se generaría caos al interior de las comunidades que hacen p...

  13. Integration of non-linear cellular mechanisms regulating microvascular perfusion.

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    Griffith, T M; Edwards, D H

    1999-01-01

    It is becoming increasingly evident that interactions between the different cell types present in the vessel wall and the physical forces that result from blood flow are highly complex. This short article will review evidence that irregular fluctuations in vascular resistance are generated by non-linearity in the control mechanisms intrinsic to the smooth muscle cell and can be classified as chaotic. Non-linear systems theory has provided insights into the mechanisms involved at the cellular level by allowing the identification of dominant control variables and the construction of one-dimensional iterative maps to model vascular dynamics. Experiments with novel peptide inhibitors of gap junctions have shown that the coordination of aggregate responses depends on direct intercellular communication. The sensitivity of chaotic trajectories to perturbation may nevertheless generate a high degree of variability in the response to pharmacological interventions and altered perfusion conditions.

  14. A cellular automaton model for evacuation flow using game theory

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    Guan, Junbiao; Wang, Kaihua; Chen, Fangyue

    2016-11-01

    Game theory serves as a good tool to explore crowd dynamic conflicts during evacuation processes. The purpose of this study is to simulate the complicated interaction behavior among the conflicting pedestrians in an evacuation flow. Two types of pedestrians, namely, defectors and cooperators, are considered, and two important factors including fear index and cost coefficient are taken into account. By combining the snowdrift game theory with a cellular automaton (CA) model, it is shown that the increase of fear index and cost coefficient will lengthen the evacuation time, which is more apparent for large values of cost coefficient. Meanwhile, it is found that the defectors to cooperators ratio could always tend to consistent states despite different values of parameters, largely owing to self-organization effects.

  15. Cellular Neural Networks for NP-Hard Optimization

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    Mária Ercsey-Ravasz

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available A cellular neural/nonlinear network (CNN is used for NP-hard optimization. We prove that a CNN in which the parameters of all cells can be separately controlled is the analog correspondent of a two-dimensional Ising-type (Edwards-Anderson spin-glass system. Using the properties of CNN, we show that one single operation (template always yields a local minimum of the spin-glass energy function. This way, a very fast optimization method, similar to simulated annealing, can be built. Estimating the simulation time needed on CNN-based computers, and comparing it with the time needed on normal digital computers using the simulated annealing algorithm, the results are astonishing. CNN computers could be faster than digital computers already at 10×10 lattice sizes. The local control of the template parameters was already partially realized on some of the hardwares, we think this study could further motivate their development in this direction.

  16. A cellular automaton model for neurogenesis in Drosophila

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    Luthi, Pascal O.; Chopard, Bastien; Preiss, Anette; Ramsden, Jeremy J.

    1998-07-01

    A cellular automaton (CA) is constructed for the formation of the central nervous system of the Drosophila embryo. This is an experimentally well-studied system in which complex interactions between neighbouring cells appear to drive their differentiation into different types. It appears that all the cells initially have the potential to become neuroblasts, and all strive to this end, but those which differentiate first block their as yet undifferentiated neighbours from doing so. The CA makes use of observational evidence for a lateral inhibition mechanism involving signalling products S of the ‘proneural’ or neuralizing genes. The key concept of the model is that cells are continuously producing S, but the production rate is lowered by inhibitory signals received from neighbouring cells which have advanced further along the developmental pathway. Comparison with experimental data shows that it well accounts for the observed proportion of neuroectodermal cells delaminating as neuroblasts.

  17. A MULTI CRITERIA APPROACH TO DESIGNING THE CELLULAR MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

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    Rika Ampuh Hadiguna

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    Full Text Available Cellular manufacturing system design problems such as design framework, manufacturing cells layout and layout evaluation. The research objective is developing the framework to designing manufacturing cells with considering the organization and management aspects in shopfloor. In this research have compared the existing layout with proposed layout which applied the multi criteria approach. The proposed method is combining Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP, Clustering and heuristic approach. The result has show that grouping with Single Linkage Clustering (SLC to be selected as manufacturing cells. The comparison of clustering weight is 0,567, 0,245 and 0,188 for SLC, Complete Linkage Clustering (CLC and Average Linkage Clustering (ALC, respectively. This result shows that generating layout by using grouping result from SLC. The evaluation result shows that types of manufacturing cells better than process layout which used the existing system.

  18. Modeling collective & intelligent decision making of multi-cellular populations.

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    Shin, Yong-Jun; Mahrou, Bahareh

    2014-01-01

    In the presence of unpredictable disturbances and uncertainties, cells intelligently achieve their goals by sharing information via cell-cell communication and making collective decisions, which are more reliable compared to individual decisions. Inspired by adaptive sensor network algorithms studied in communication engineering, we propose that a multi-cellular adaptive network can convert unreliable decisions by individual cells into a more reliable cell-population decision. It is demonstrated using the effector T helper (a type of immune cell) population, which plays a critical role in initiating immune reactions in response to invading foreign agents (e.g., viruses, bacteria, etc.). While each individual cell follows a simple adaptation rule, it is the combined coordination among multiple cells that leads to the manifestation of "self-organizing" decision making via cell-cell communication.

  19. Cellular and tissue expression of DAPIT, a phylogenetically conserved peptide

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    H. Kontro

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available DAPIT (Diabetes Associated Protein in Insulin-sensitive Tissues is a small, phylogenetically conserved, 58 amino acid peptide that was previously shown to be down-regulated at mRNA level in insulin-sensitive tissues of type 1 diabetes rats. In this study we characterize a custom made antibody against DAPIT and confirm the mitochondrial presence of DAPIT on cellular level. We also show that DAPIT is localized in lysosomes of HUVEC and HEK 293T cells. In addition, we describe the histological expression of DAPIT in several tissues of rat and man and show that it is highly expressed especially in cells with high aerobic metabolism and epithelial cells related to active transport of nutrients and ions. We propose that DAPIT, in addition to indicated subunit of mitochondrial F-ATPase, is also a subunit of lysosomal V-ATPase suggesting that it is a common component in different proton pumps.

  20. Integration of Neural Networks and Cellular Automata for Urban Planning

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    Anthony Gar-on Yeh; LI Xia

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents a new type of cellular automata (CA) model for the simulation of alternative land development using neural networks for urban planning. CA models can be regarded as a planning tool because they can generate alternative urban growth. Alternative development patterns can be formed by using different sets of parameter values in CA simulation. A critical issue is how to define parameter values for realistic and idealized simulation. This paper demonstrates that neural networks can simplify CA models but generate more plausible results. The simulation is based on a simple three-layer network with an output neuron to generate conversion probability. No transition rules are required for the simulation. Parameter values are automatically obtained from the training of network by using satellite remote sensing data. Original training data can be assessed and modified according to planning objectives. Alternative urban patterns can be easily formulated by using the modified training data sets rather than changing the model.

  1. A Novel Approach for Attacks Mitigation in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks Using Cellular Automatas

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    Himadri Nath Saha

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Many security schemes for mobile ad-hoc network(MANET have been proposed so far but none of them has been successful in combating the different types of attacks that a mobile ad-hoc network often faces. This paper is providing one way of mitigating attacks in mobile ad-hoc networks by authenticating the node who tries to access this network .This scheme has been applied by using cellular automata (CA. Our simulation results show how cellular automata(CA is implemented for user authentication and secure transmission in MANET.

  2. Mapping of cellular iron using hyperspectral fluorescence imaging in a cellular model of Parkinson's disease

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    Oh, Eung Seok; Heo, Chaejeong; Kim, Ji Seon; Lee, Young Hee; Kim, Jong Min

    2013-05-01

    Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by progressive dopaminergic cell loss in the substantianigra (SN) and elevated iron levels demonstrated by autopsy and with 7-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging. Direct visualization of iron with live imaging techniques has not yet been successful. The aim of this study is to visualize and quantify the distribution of cellular iron using an intrinsic iron hyperspectral fluorescence signal. The 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+)-induced cellular model of PD was established in SHSY5Y cells. The cells were exposed to iron by treatment with ferric ammonium citrate (FAC, 100 μM) for up to 6 hours. The hyperspectral fluorescence imaging signal of iron was examined usinga high- resolution dark-field optical microscope system with signal absorption for the visible/ near infrared (VNIR) spectral range. The 6-hour group showed heavy cellular iron deposition compared with the small amount of iron accumulation in the 1-hour group. The cellular iron was dispersed in a small, particulate form, whereas extracellular iron was detected in an aggregated form. In addition, iron particles were found to be concentrated on the cell membrane/edge of shrunken cells. The cellular iron accumulation readily occurred in MPP+-induced cells, which is consistent with previous studies demonstrating elevated iron levels in the SN in PD. This direct iron imaging methodology could be applied to analyze the physiological role of iron in PD, and its application might be expanded to various neurological disorders involving other metals, such as copper, manganese or zinc.

  3. Shape Memory Alloy-Based Periodic Cellular Structures Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This SBIR Phase II effort will continue to develop and demonstrate an innovative shape memory alloy (SMA) periodic cellular structural technology. Periodic cellular...

  4. The Convergent Cancer Evolution toward a Single Cellular Destination.

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    Chen, Han; He, Xionglei

    2016-01-01

    The essence of Darwin's theory is that evolution is driven by purposeless mutations that are subsequently selected by natural environments, so there is often no predefined destination in organismal evolution. Using gene expressions of 107 cell types, we built a functional space of human cells to trace the evolutionary trajectory of 18 types of solid tumor cancers. We detected a dominant evolving trend toward the functional status of embryonic stem cells (ESC) for approximately 3,000 tumors growing in distinct tissue environments. This pattern remained the same after excluding known cancer/ESC signature genes (∼ 3,000 genes) or excluding all oncogenic gene sets (∼ 12,000 genes) annotated in MSigDB, suggesting a convergent evolution of the overall functional status in cancers. In support of this, the functional distance to ESC served as a common prognostic indicator for cancers of various types, with shorter distance corresponding to poor prognosis, which was true even when randomly selected gene sets were considered. Thus, regardless of the external environments, cancer evolution is a directional process toward a defined cellular destination, a finding reconciling development and evolution, the two seemingly incompatible philosophies both adopted by the cancer research community, and also raising new questions to evolutionary biology.

  5. Integrin-linked kinase regulates cellular mechanics facilitating the motility in 3D extracellular matrices.

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    Kunschmann, Tom; Puder, Stefanie; Fischer, Tony; Perez, Jeremy; Wilharm, Nils; Mierke, Claudia Tanja

    2017-03-01

    The motility of cells plays an important role for many processes such as wound healing and malignant progression of cancer. The efficiency of cell motility is affected by the microenvironment. The connection between the cell and its microenvironment is facilitated by cell-matrix adhesion receptors and upon their activation focal adhesion proteins such as integrin-linked kinase (ILK) are recruited to sites of focal adhesion formation. In particular, ILK connects cell-matrix receptors to the actomyosin cytoskeleton. However, ILK's role in cell mechanics regulating cellular motility in 3D collagen matrices is still not well understood. We suggest that ILK facilitates 3D motility by regulating cellular mechanical properties such as stiffness and force transmission. Thus, ILK wild-type and knock-out cells are analyzed for their ability to migrate on 2D substrates serving as control and in dense 3D extracellular matrices. Indeed, ILK wild-type cells migrated faster on 2D substrates and migrated more numerous and deeper in 3D matrices. Hence, we analyzed cellular deformability, Young's modulus (stiffness) and adhesion forces. We found that ILK wild-type cells are less deformable (stiffer) and produce higher cell-matrix adhesion forces compared to ILK knock-out cells. Finally, ILK is essential for providing cellular mechanical stiffness regulating 3D motility.

  6. Scalable asynchronous execution of cellular automata

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    Folino, Gianluigi; Giordano, Andrea; Mastroianni, Carlo

    2016-10-01

    The performance and scalability of cellular automata, when executed on parallel/distributed machines, are limited by the necessity of synchronizing all the nodes at each time step, i.e., a node can execute only after the execution of the previous step at all the other nodes. However, these synchronization requirements can be relaxed: a node can execute one step after synchronizing only with the adjacent nodes. In this fashion, different nodes can execute different time steps. This can be a notable advantageous in many novel and increasingly popular applications of cellular automata, such as smart city applications, simulation of natural phenomena, etc., in which the execution times can be different and variable, due to the heterogeneity of machines and/or data and/or executed functions. Indeed, a longer execution time at a node does not slow down the execution at all the other nodes but only at the neighboring nodes. This is particularly advantageous when the nodes that act as bottlenecks vary during the application execution. The goal of the paper is to analyze the benefits that can be achieved with the described asynchronous implementation of cellular automata, when compared to the classical all-to-all synchronization pattern. The performance and scalability have been evaluated through a Petri net model, as this model is very useful to represent the synchronization barrier among nodes. We examined the usual case in which the territory is partitioned into a number of regions, and the computation associated with a region is assigned to a computing node. We considered both the cases of mono-dimensional and two-dimensional partitioning. The results show that the advantage obtained through the asynchronous execution, when compared to the all-to-all synchronous approach is notable, and it can be as large as 90% in terms of speedup.

  7. Cellular regulation of the dopamine transporter

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    Eriksen, Jacob

    2010-01-01

    The dopamine transporter (DAT) mediates reuptake of dopamine from the synaptic cleft and is a target for widely abused psychostimulants such as cocaine and amphetamine. Nonetheless, little is known about the cellular distribution and trafficking of natively expressed DAT. DAT and its trafficking...... in heterologous cells and in cultured DA neurons. DAT has been shown to be regulated by the dopamine D2 receptor (D2R), the primary target foranti-psychotics, through a direct interaction. D2R is among other places expressed as an autoreceptor in DA neurons. Transient over-expression of DAT with D2R in HEK293...

  8. Cellular automata models for synchronized traffic flow

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    2003-01-01

    This paper presents a new cellular automata model for describing synchronized traffic flow. The fundamental diagrams, the spacetime plots and the 1 min average data have been analysed in detail. It is shown that the model can describe the outflow from the jams, the light synchronized flow as well as heavy synchronized flow with average speed greater than approximately 24 km h sup - sup 1. As for the synchronized flow with speed lower than 24 km h sup - sup 1 , it is unstable and will evolve into the coexistence of jams, free flow and light synchronized flow. This is consistent with the empirical findings (Kerner B S 1998 Phys. Rev. Lett. 81 3797).

  9. Enantioselective cellular uptake of chiral semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Martynenko, I. V.; Kuznetsova, V. A.; Litvinov, I. K.; Orlova, A. O.; Maslov, V. G.; Fedorov, A. V.; Dubavik, A.; Purcell-Milton, F.; Gun'ko, Yu K.; Baranov, A. V.

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    The influence of the chirality of semiconductor nanocrystals, CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) capped with L- and D-cysteine, on the efficiency of their uptake by living Ehrlich Ascite carcinoma cells is studied by spectral- and time-resolved fluorescence microspectroscopy. We report an evident enantioselective process where cellular uptake of the L-Cys QDs is almost twice as effective as that of the D-Cys QDs. This finding paves the way for the creation of novel approaches to control the biological properties and behavior of nanomaterials in living cells.

  10. Cellular trafficking of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors

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    Paul A ST JOHN

    2009-01-01

    Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) play critical roles throughout the body. Precise regulation of the cellular location and availability of nAChRs on neurons and target cells is critical to their proper function. Dynamic, post-translational regulation of nAChRs, particularly control of their movements among the different compartments of cells, is an important aspect of that regulation. A combination of new information and new techniques has the study of nAChR trafficking poised for new breakthroughs.

  11. Cellular and physical mechanisms of branching morphogenesis

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    Varner, Victor D.; Nelson, Celeste M.

    2014-01-01

    Branching morphogenesis is the developmental program that builds the ramified epithelial trees of various organs, including the airways of the lung, the collecting ducts of the kidney, and the ducts of the mammary and salivary glands. Even though the final geometries of epithelial trees are distinct, the molecular signaling pathways that control branching morphogenesis appear to be conserved across organs and species. However, despite this molecular homology, recent advances in cell lineage analysis and real-time imaging have uncovered surprising differences in the mechanisms that build these diverse tissues. Here, we review these studies and discuss the cellular and physical mechanisms that can contribute to branching morphogenesis. PMID:25005470

  12. Cellular automata modelling of hantarvirus infection

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    Abdul Karim, Mohamad Faisal [School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden 11800, Penang (Malaysia)], E-mail: faisal@usm.my; Md Ismail, Ahmad Izani [School of Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden 11800, Penang (Malaysia)], E-mail: izani@cs.usm.my; Ching, Hoe Bee [School of Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden 11800, Penang (Malaysia)], E-mail: Bee_Ching_Janice_Hoe@dell.com

    2009-09-15

    Hantaviruses are a group of viruses which have been identified as being responsible for the outbreak of diseases such as the hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. In an effort to understand the characteristics and dynamics of hantavirus infection, mathematical models based on differential equations have been developed and widely studied. However, such models neglect the local characteristics of the spreading process and do not include variable susceptibility of individuals. In this paper, we develop an alternative approach based on cellular automata to analyze and study the spatiotemporal patterns of hantavirus infection.

  13. Microwave components for cellular portable radiotelephone

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    Muraguchi, Masahiro; Aikawa, Masayoshi

    1995-09-01

    Mobile and personal communication systems are expected to represent a huge market for microwave components in the coming years. A number of components in silicon bipolar, silicon Bi-CMOS, GaAs MESFET, HBT and HEMT are now becoming available for system application. There are tradeoffs among the competing technologies with regard to performance, cost, reliability and time-to-market. This paper describes process selection and requirements of cost and r.f. performances to microwave semiconductor components for digital cellular and cordless telephones. Furthermore, new circuit techniques which were developed by NTT are presented.

  14. Cellular automata modeling of pedestrian's crossing dynamics

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    张晋; 王慧; 李平

    2004-01-01

    Cellular automata modeling techniques and the characteristics of mixed traffic flow were used to derive the 2-dimensional model presented here for simulation of pedestrian's crossing dynamics.A conception of "stop point" is introduced to deal with traffic obstacles and resolve conflicts among pedestrians or between pedestrians and the other vehicles on the crosswalk.The model can be easily extended,is very efficient for simulation of pedestrian's crossing dynamics,can be integrated into traffic simulation software,and has been proved feasible by simulation experiments.

  15. A Computation in a Cellular Automaton Collider Rule 110

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    Martinez, Genaro J; McIntosh, Harold V

    2016-01-01

    A cellular automaton collider is a finite state machine build of rings of one-dimensional cellular automata. We show how a computation can be performed on the collider by exploiting interactions between gliders (particles, localisations). The constructions proposed are based on universality of elementary cellular automaton rule 110, cyclic tag systems, supercolliders, and computing on rings.

  16. Novel mucus-penetrating liposomes as a potential oral drug delivery system: preparation, in vitro characterization, and enhanced cellular uptake

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    Li, Xiuying; Chen, Dan; Le, Chaoyi; Zhu, Chunliu; Gan, Yong; Hovgaard, Lars; Yang, Mingshi

    2011-01-01

    Background The aim of this study was to investigate the intestinal mucus-penetrating properties and intestinal cellular uptake of two types of liposomes modified by Pluronic F127 (PF127). Methods The two types of liposomes, ie, PF127-inlaid liposomes and PF127-adsorbed liposomes, were prepared by a thin-film hydration method followed by extrusion, in which coumarin 6 was loaded as a fluorescence marker. A modified Franz diffusion cell mounted with the intestinal mucus of rats was used to study the diffusion characteristics of the two types of PF127 liposomes. Cell uptake studies were conducted in Caco-2 cells and analyzed using confocal laser scanning microcopy as well as flow cytometry. Results The diffusion efficiency of the two types of PF127-modified liposomes through intestinal rat mucus was 5–7-fold higher than that of unmodified liposomes. Compared with unmodified liposomes, PF127-inlaid liposomes showed significantly higher cellular uptake of courmarin 6. PF127-adsorbed liposomes showed a lower cellular uptake. Moreover, and interestingly, the two types of PF127-modified liposomes showed different cellular uptake mechanisms in Caco-2 cells. Conclusion PF127-inlaid liposomes with improved intestinal mucus-penetrating ability and enhanced cellular uptake might be a potential carrier candidate for oral drug delivery. PMID:22163166

  17. A cellular automata model for simulating fed-batch penicillin fermentation process

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    Yu Naigong; Ruan Xiaogang

    2006-01-01

    A cellular automata model to simulate penicillin fed-batch fermentation process(CAPFM)was established in this study,based on a morphologically structured dynamic penicillin production model,that is in turn based on the growth mechanism of penicillin producing microorganisms and the characteristics of penicillin fed-batch fermentation.CAPFM uses the three-dimensional cellular automata as a growth space,and a Moore-type neighborhood as the cellular neighborhood.The transition roles of CAPFM are designed based on mechanical and structural kinetic models of penicillin batch-fed fermentation processes.Every cell of CAPFM represents a single or specific number of penicillin producing microorganisms,and has various state.The simulation experimental results show that CAPFM replicates the evolutionary behavior of penicillin batch-fed fermentation processes described by the structured penicillin production kinetic model accordingly.

  18. Random-Access Technique for Self-Organization of 5G Millimeter-Wave Cellular Communications

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    Jasper Meynard Arana

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The random-access (RA technique is a key procedure in cellular networks and self-organizing networks (SONs, but the overall processing time of this technique in millimeter-wave (mm-wave cellular systems with directional beams is very long because RA preambles (RAPs should be transmitted in all directions of Tx and Rx beams. In this paper, two different types of preambles (RAP-1 and RAP-2 are proposed to reduce the processing time in the RA stage. After analyzing the correlation property, false-alarm probability, and detection probability of the proposed RAPs, we perform simulations to show that the RAP-2 is suitable for RA in mm-wave cellular systems with directional beams because of the smaller processing time and high detection probability in multiuser environments.

  19. Cellular traditional Chinese medicine on photobiomodulation

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    Liu, Timon Cheng-Yi; Cheng, Lei; Liu, Jiang; Wang, Shuang-Xi; Xu, Xiao-Yang; Deng, Xiao-Yuan; Liu, Song-Hao

    2006-09-01

    Although yin-yang is one of the basic models of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for TCM objects such as whole body, five zangs or six fus, they are widely used to discuss cellular processes in papers of famous journals such as Cell, Nature, or Science. In this paper, the concept of the degree of difficulty (DD) of a process was introduced to redefine yin and yang and extend the TCM yin-yang model to the DD yin-yang model so that we have the DD yin-yang inter-transformation, the DD yin-yang antagonism, the DD yin-yang interdependence and the DD yin ping yang mi, which and photobiomodulation (PBM) on cells are supported by each other. It was shown that healthy cells are in the DD yin ping yang mi so that there is no PBM, and there is PBM on non-healthy cells until the cells become healthy so that PBM can be called a cellular rehabilitation. The DD yin-yang inter-transformation holds for our biological information model of PBM. The DD yin-yang antagonism and the DD yin-yang interdependence also hold for a series of experimental studies such as the stimulation of DNA synthesis in HeLa cells after simultaneous irradiation with narrow-band red light and a wide-band cold light, or consecutive irradiation with blue and red light.

  20. Alpha-synuclein is a cellular ferrireductase.

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    Full Text Available α-synuclein (αS is a cellular protein mostly known for the association of its aggregated forms with a variety of diseases that include Parkinson's disease and Dementia with Lewy Bodies. While the role of αS in disease is well documented there is currently no agreement on the physiological function of the normal isoform of the protein. Here we provide strong evidence that αS is a cellular ferrireductase, responsible for reducing iron (III to bio available iron (II. The recombinant form of the protein has a V(Max of 2.72 nmols/min/mg and K(m 23 µM. This activity is also evident in lysates from neuronal cell lines overexpressing αS. This activity is dependent on copper bound to αS as a cofactor and NADH as an electron donor. Overexpression of α-synuclein by cells significantly increases the percentage of iron (II in cells. The common disease mutations associated with increased susceptibility to PD show no [corrected] differences in activity or iron (II levels. This discovery may well provide new therapeutic targets for PD and Lewy body dementias.