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  1. An overview of the BWR ECCS strainer blockage issues

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    Serkiz, A.W.; Marshall, M.L. Jr.; Elliott, R. [Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC (United States)

    1996-03-01

    This Paper provides a brief overview of actions taken in the mid 1980s to resolve Unresolved Safety Issue (USI) A-43, {open_quotes}Containment Emergency Sump Performance,{close_quotes} and their relationship to the BWR strainer blockage issue; the importance of insights gained from the Barseback-2 (a Swedish BWR) incident in 1992 and from ECCS strainer testing and inspections at the Perry nuclear power plant in 1992 and 1993; an analysis of an US BWR/4 with a Mark I containment; an international community sharing of knowledge relevant to ECCS strainer blockage, additional experimental programs; and identification of actions needed to resolve the strainer blockage issue and the status of such efforts.

  2. Parametric study of the potential for BWR ECCS strainer blockage due to LOCA generated debris. Final report

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    Zigler, G.; Brideau, J.; Rao, D.V.; Shaffer, C.; Souto, F.; Thomas, W. [Science and Engineering Associates, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1995-10-01

    This report documents a plant-specific study for a BWR/4 with a Mark I containment that evaluated the potential for LOCA generated debris and the probability of losing long term recirculation capability due ECCS pump suction strainer blockage. The major elements of this study were: (1) acquisition of detailed piping layouts and installed insulation details for a reference BWR; (2) analysis of plant specific piping weld failure probabilities to estimate the LOCA frequency; (3) development of an insulation and other debris generation and drywell transport models for the reference BWR; (4) modeling of debris transport in the suppression pool; (5) development of strainer blockage head loss models for estimating loss of NPSH margin; (6) estimation of core damage frequency attributable to loss of ECCS recirculation capability following a LOCA. Elements 2 through 5 were combined into a computer code, BLOCKAGE 2.3. A point estimate of overall DEGB pipe break frequency (per Rx-year) of 1.59E-04 was calculated for the reference plant, with a corresponding overall ECCS loss of NPSH frequency (per Rx-year) of 1.58E-04. The calculated point estimate of core damage frequency (per Rx-year) due to blockage related accident sequences for the reference BWR ranged from 4.2E-06 to 2.5E-05. The results of this study show that unacceptable strainer blockage and loss of NPSH margin can occur within the first few minutes after ECCS pumps achieve maximum flows when the ECCS strainers are exposed to LOCA generated fibrous debris in the presence of particulates (sludge, paint chips, concrete dust). Generic or unconditional extrapolation of these reference plant calculated results should not be undertaken.

  3. Experiments of ECCS strainer blockage and debris settling in suppression pools

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    Hecker, G.E.; Johnson, A.B.; Murthy, P.; Padmanabhan

    1996-03-01

    If a rupture occurs in a nuclear power station pipe that leads to or from the reactor pressure vessel, the resultant Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) would initiate a chain of events involving complex flow phenomena. In a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR), the steam or liquid pipe break pressurizes the dry well, forcing the inert containment gases and steam through downcomers into the suppression pool, thoroughly mixing any particulates and pipe insulation debris carried with the gas flow to the pool. As the steam flow decreases, its unsteady condensation at the end of the downcomers (Condensation Oscillation and Chugging) produces continued water motion in the suppression pool and downcomers. During the blowdown event, high pressure and then low pressure pumps automatically start injecting water from the suppression pool into the reactor to keep its temperature under control. Proper functioning of this Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) is critical for the first 30 minutes or so, before operators have time to consider and align alternative sources of cooling water. A major concern for proper operation of the ECCS is the effect of fragmented insulation and plant particulates on the head loss at pump suction strainers. Sufficient loss could exceed the NPSH margin, causing cavitation with a resultant loss of pump capacity and longevity. The bead loss increases with the mass of debris accumulated on the pump strainers, which in turn is dependent on the debris concentration versus time in the suppression pool. This paper describes two sets of experiments that quantified the strainer head loss. One set of experiments considered the mixing and settling of fibrous insulation debris and fine iron oxide particles in the suppression pool during and after chugging. These tests used a reduced scale facility which duplicated the kinetic energy per unit water volume to define the concentration of the actual materials in the pool versus time.

  4. The strainer blockage assessment methodology used

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    Zigler, G.L.; Rao, D.V. [Science and Engineering Associates, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1996-03-01

    On July 28, 1992 a spurious opening of a safety valve at Barseback Unit 2 in Sweden resulted in clogging of the Containment Vessel Spray System strainers in less than one hour. Instances of ECCS strainer clogging have occurred in U.S. BWRs. Given these precursors the USNRC staff initiated analyses to estimate the potential for loss of NPSH of the ECCS pumps in BWRs due to clogging of suction strainers by a combination of fibrous and particulate material. The BLOCKAGE code was developed in support of NUREG/CR-6224, a probabilistic scoping analysis of a BWR/4 with a Mark 1 containment. This paper addresses the key elements of the methodology used in the BLOCKAGE code to assess head loss across ECCS strainers. The debris generation model, the debris drywell transport, and the suppression pool models are discussed briefly. NUREG/CR-6224 provides in-depth discussions of the models used in BLOCKAGE. Additionally, user interface features of BLOCKAGE are discussed.

  5. CHEMICAL EFFECTS ON PWR SUMP STRAINER BLOCKAGE AFTER A LOSS-OF-COOLANT ACCIDENT: REVIEW ON U.S. RESEARCH EFFORTS

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    CHI BUM BAHN

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Industry- or regulatory-sponsored research activities on the resolution of Generic Safety Issue (GSI-191 were reviewed, especially on the chemical effects. Potential chemical effects on the head loss across the debris-loaded sump strainer under a post-accident condition were experimentally evidenced by small-scale bench tests, integrated chemical effects test (ICET, and vertical loop head loss tests. Three main chemical precipitates were identified by WCAP-16530-NP: calcium phosphate, aluminum oxyhydroxide, and sodium aluminum silicate. The former two precipitates were also identified as major chemical precipitates by the ICETs. The assumption that all released calcium would form precipitates is reasonable. CalSil insulation needs to be minimized especially in a plant using trisodium phosphate buffer. The assumption that all released aluminum would form precipitates appears highly conservative because ICETs and other studies suggest substantial solubility of aluminum at high temperature and inhibition of aluminum corrosion by silicate or phosphate. The industry-proposed chemical surrogates are quite effective in increasing the head loss across the debris-loaded bed and more effective than the prototypical aluminum hydroxide precipitates generated by in-situ aluminum corrosion. There appears to be some unresolved potential issues related to GSI-191 chemical effects as identified in NUREG/CR-6988. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, however, concluded that the implications of these issues are either not generically significant or are appropriately addressed, although several issues associated with downstream in-vessel effects remain.

  6. The CSNI/PWG-1 international task group on ECCS reliability

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    Sandervag, O.; Riekert, T.; Serkiz, A.; Hyvarinen, J.

    1996-03-01

    A steam line loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) occurred when a safety relief valve inadvertently opened in the Barseback-2 nuclear power plant. The steam jet stripped fibrous insulation from adjacent pipework. Part of that insulation debris was transported to the wetwell pool and clogged the intake strainers for the drywell spray system after about one hour. Although the incident in itself was not very serious, it revealed a weakness in the defense-in-depth concept which under other circumstances could have led to failure of the emergency core cooling system (ECCS) to provide water to the core. Before the Barseback-2 LOCA, international regulators of nuclear power plants and the nuclear power plant industry had considered safety questions related to strainer clogging as resolved. Many European countries had followed the guidance for strainers in pressurized water reactors (PWRs) contained in United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission`s (USNRC) Regulatory Guide 1.82, Water Sources for Long Term Recirculation Cooling Following a Loss-of-Coolant Accident, 1974. However, data obtained from European experimental programs carried out in the late seventies to determine the performance of strainers indicated that this guide was not adequate. In addition, Swedish plant owners had used this guidance to judge performance of emergency core cooling systems (ECCS) in their plants. Analyses at that time had indicated that strainer clogging, if occurring at all, would at least not occur during the first ten hours after a LOCA. Since operation of the ECCS would be needed for a long time, backflushing capabilities and monitors of pressure drop across the strainers were installed in older Swedish BWR plants with small strainer areas. These actions were judged to be adequate compliance with the revised USNRC Regulatory Guide 1.82, Rev. 1, issued in 1985. Safety questions related to strainer clogging were considered to have been resolved until the incident happened in Barseback-2.

  7. Een nieuwe marketingcategorie: de strainer

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    drs. Frans van den Reep

    2013-01-01

    1 alinea column: De BCG-matrix is na zesendertig jaar eindelijk aan revisie toe. De question mark, star, cash cow en dog hebben er een vriendje bij: de strainer. ‘Het vergiet’ doet zich aan de marketingstrateeg misleidend voor als een van de usual suspects, waardoor hij denkt te moeten handelen

  8. Een nieuwe marketingcategorie: de strainer

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    Reep, Frans van der

    2013-01-01

    1 alinea column: De BCG-matrix is na zesendertig jaar eindelijk aan revisie toe. De question mark, star, cash cow en dog hebben er een vriendje bij: de strainer. ‘Het vergiet’ doet zich aan de marketingstrateeg misleidend voor als een van de usual suspects, waardoor hij denkt te moeten handelen volg

  9. Extrusion of ECC-Material

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    Stang, Henrik; Li, Victor C.

    1999-01-01

    in recent years at Department of Civil and Envirionmetal Engineering, University of Michigan. These materials have been developed with the special aim of producing high performance , strain hardening materials with low volume concentrations of short fibers in a cementitious material.ECC material spcimens...... have until now been produced by traditional casting processes. In the present paper results from a recent collaborative reserach project are documented - demonstrating that ECC materials can be extruded in the process referred to above.......An extrusion process especially designed for extrusion of pipes made from fiber reinforced cementitious materials has been developed at Department of Structural Engineering and Materials at the Technical University of DenmarkEngineered Cementitious Composite (ECC) materials have been developed...

  10. ECCS flow verification to support transient analysis

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    Kovach, C.; Jacobs, R.H.; Ballard, J.E. [Commonwealth Edison Co., Chicago, IL (United States). Nuclear Fuel Services Dept.

    1994-12-31

    The RETRAN code has been used to develop a model of the Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS). The model was developed in order to provide conservative injection flow data to be used in various LOCA and non-LOCA analyses and evaluations and to ensure that ECCS pump runout does not occur. The analyses were also needed in order to address a number of ECCS performance issues identified by Westinghouse. These issues include how previous analyses modeled miniflow, RCP seal injection, ECCS branch line resistance, pump suction boost during recirculation, injection line flow imbalances, and, of particular importance, ECCS flow measurement inaccuracies. In turn, these issues directly impact pump runout concerns, Technical Specification verification, and ECCS injection flow during transient conditions. The RETRAN ECCS model has proven to be quite versatile, easy to use, and requires only minimal information about the physical construction and performance of the ECCS system.

  11. Development of an amphibious robot for visual inspection of APR1400 Npp IRWST strainer

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    Jang, You Hyun; Kim, Jong Seog [Korea Hydro Nuclear Power Central Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-15

    An amphibious inspection robot system (hereafter AIROS) is being developed to visually inspect the in-containment refueling storage water tank (hereafter IRWST) strainer in APR1400 instead of a human diver. Four IRWST strainers are located in the IRWST, which is filled with boric acid water. Each strainer has 108 sub-assembly strainer fin modules that should be inspected with the VT-3 method according to Reg. guide 1.82 and the operation manual. AIROS has 6 thrusters for submarine voyage and 4 legs for walking on the top of the strainer. An inverse kinematic algorithm was implemented in the robot controller for exact walking on the top of the IRWST strainer. The IRWST strainer has several top cross braces that are extruded on the top of the strainer, which can be obstacles of walking on the strainer, to maintain the frame of the strainer. Therefore, a robot leg should arrive at the position beside the top cross brace. For this reason, we used an image processing technique to find the top cross brace in the sole camera image. The sole camera image is processed to find the existence of the top cross brace using the cross edge detection algorithm in real time. A 5-DOF robot arm that has multiple camera modules for simultaneous inspection of both sides can penetrate narrow gaps. For intuitive presentation of inspection results and for management of inspection data, inspection images are stored in the control PC with camera angles and positions to synthesize and merge the images. The synthesized images are then mapped in a 3D CAD model of the IRWST strainer with the location information. An IRWST strainer mock-up was fabricated to teach the robot arm scanning and gaiting. It is important to arrive at the designated position for inserting the robot arm into all of the gaps. Exact position control without anchor under the water is not easy. Therefore, we designed the multi leg robot for the role of anchoring and positioning. Quadruped robot design of installing sole

  12. DEVELOPMENT OF AN AMPHIBIOUS ROBOT FOR VISUAL INSPECTION OF APR1400 NPP IRWST STRAINER ASSEMBLY

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    YOU HYUN JANG

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available An amphibious inspection robot system (hereafter AIROS is being developed to visually inspect the in-containment refueling storage water tank (hereafter IRWST strainer in APR1400 instead of a human diver. Four IRWST strainers are located in the IRWST, which is filled with boric acid water. Each strainer has 108 sub-assembly strainer fin modules that should be inspected with the VT-3 method according to Reg. guide 1.82 and the operation manual. AIROS has 6 thrusters for submarine voyage and 4 legs for walking on the top of the strainer. An inverse kinematic algorithm was implemented in the robot controller for exact walking on the top of the IRWST strainer. The IRWST strainer has several top cross braces that are extruded on the top of the strainer, which can be obstacles of walking on the strainer, to maintain the frame of the strainer. Therefore, a robot leg should arrive at the position beside the top cross brace. For this reason, we used an image processing technique to find the top cross brace in the sole camera image. The sole camera image is processed to find the existence of the top cross brace using the cross edge detection algorithm in real time. A 5-DOF robot arm that has multiple camera modules for simultaneous inspection of both sides can penetrate narrow gaps. For intuitive presentation of inspection results and for management of inspection data, inspection images are stored in the control PC with camera angles and positions to synthesize and merge the images. The synthesized images are then mapped in a 3D CAD model of the IRWST strainer with the location information. An IRWST strainer mock-up was fabricated to teach the robot arm scanning and gaiting. It is important to arrive at the designated position for inserting the robot arm into all of the gaps. Exact position control without anchor under the water is not easy. Therefore, we designed the multi leg robot for the role of anchoring and positioning. Quadruped robot design of

  13. Subchannel analysis with flow blockages

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    Sabotinov, L.

    1985-05-01

    The steady state single-phase three-dimensional flow in the rod bundle geometry of a nuclear pressurized water reactor was calculated with the PHOENICS 84 program. Flow blockages, which may occur under accident conditions, are simulated. Results show that PHOENICS-84 can be applied to calculation of the three-dimensional fields of velocities in fuel rod bundles containing complete flow blockages in cells. The code can treat recirculation zones.

  14. ECCE 41. konverents Tallinnas / Urmo Kala

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    Kala, Urmo

    2005-01-01

    9.-11. juunini 2005. a. toimus Tallinnas Eesti Ehitusinseneride Liidu korraldusel Euroopa ehitusinseneride liitude ühenduse (ECCE) 41. konverents. ECCE on nõuandvaks organiks Euroopa Liidu struktuuridele ja liikmesriikide valitsustele ehituspoliitika, ehitusstandardite, ehitusalase hariduse, ehituse ohutuse ja kvaliteedinõuete väljatöötamisel

  15. ECC Ozonesonde Calibration and Observations: Satellite Validation

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    Schmidlin, Francis J.; Zukor, Dorothy (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The reliability of the Electrochemical Concentration Cell (ECC) ozonesonde depends on the care exercised in preparing the instrument for use. Although the ECC can be quickly prepared and flown, generally within less then one day if necessary, it is best to prepare the instrument at least one week prior to use, and as our tests have confirmed even 2-3 weeks prior to use may actually be better. There are a number of factors that must be considered when preparing an ECC. These basically are the pump efficiency, volumetric flow rate, temperature of the air entering the pump, and the background current. Also of importance is the concentration of the potassium iodide solution. Tests conducted at Wallops Island (38 N) has enabled us to identify potential problem areas and ways to avoid them. The calibration and pre-flight preparation methods will be discussed. The method of calibrating the ECC also is used at Ascension Island (8 S) and Natal, Brazil (5 S). Comparisons between vertical profiles of the ECC instrument and satellites will be reviewed as well as comparison with ground based instruments, such as, the Dobson Spectrophotometer and hand held Microtops photometers.

  16. Transient wave-blockage interaction and extended blockage detection in elastic water pipelines

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    Duan, H. F.; Lee, P. J.; Ghidaoui, M. S.; Tuck, J.

    2014-04-01

    Extended partial blockages are common in pressurized water pipelines and can result in the wastage of energy, the reduction in system carrying capacity and the increased potential for contamination. This paper investigates the transient wave-blockage interaction and its application to extended blockage detection in pipelines, where blockage-induced changes to the system resonant frequencies are observed. The frequency shifting is first inspected and explained in this study through wave perturbation analysis, providing a theoretical confirmation for the result that unlike discrete blockages, extended blockages cause resonant frequency shifts in the system. Furthermore, an analytical expression is derived for the relationship between the blockage properties and the resonant frequency shifts and is used to detect the blockages in this study. The obtained results are validated through both numerical applications and laboratory experiments, where the accuracy and efficiency of the developed method for extended blockage detection are tested.

  17. Attacks and countermeasures on AES and ECC

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    Tange, Henrik; Andersen, Birger

    2013-01-01

    AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) is widely used in LTE and Wi-Fi communication systems. AES has recently been exposed to new attacks which have questioned the overall security of AES. The newest attack is a so called biclique attack, which is using the fact that the content of the state array...... side-channels attacks can be applied to ECC. This paper reflects an ongoing research in the field of countermeasures against the attacks mentioned above....

  18. Noise-based Stego-ECC

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    Rahardjo Budi

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available A novel method of inserting noise into stream of ciphered text is proposed. The goal of inserting noise is to increase the level of uncertainty, thus making it harder for an attacker to detect data and noise. This form of steganography is implemented using Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC. The process of embedding the noise to the message in the encryption process and removing the noise from the message in the decryption process is proposed in this work by modifying ElGamal to allow auto detection of data and noise.

  19. ECC over RSA for Asymmetric Encryption-A Review

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    Kamlesh Gupta

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Cryptography is used to transmit the data securely in open network. This paper gives the survey of Elliptic Curve Cryptosystem (ECC used in many applications. ECC is a when compared to RSA and discrete logarithm systems, is a better option for the future. For this reason ECC is such an excellent choice for doing asymmetric cryptography in portable devices right now. The smaller ECC keys it turn makes the cryptographic operations that must be performed by the communicating devices to be embedded into considerably smaller hardware, so that software applications may complete cryptographic operations with fewer processor cycles, and operations can be performed much faster, while still retaining equivalent security. This means, in turn, reduced power consumption, less space consumed on the printed circuit board, and software applications that run more rapidly make lower memory demands. In brief, for communication using smaller devices and asymmetric cryptosystem we need ECC.

  20. ECCE Toolkit: Prototyping Sensor-Based Interaction

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    Bellucci, Andrea; Aedo, Ignacio; Díaz, Paloma

    2017-01-01

    Building and exploring physical user interfaces requires high technical skills and hours of specialized work. The behavior of multiple devices with heterogeneous input/output channels and connectivity has to be programmed in a context where not only the software interface matters, but also the hardware components are critical (e.g., sensors and actuators). Prototyping physical interaction is hindered by the challenges of: (1) programming interactions among physical sensors/actuators and digital interfaces; (2) implementing functionality for different platforms in different programming languages; and (3) building custom electronic-incorporated objects. We present ECCE (Entities, Components, Couplings and Ecosystems), a toolkit for non-programmers that copes with these issues by abstracting from low-level implementations, thus lowering the complexity of prototyping small-scale, sensor-based physical interfaces to support the design process. A user evaluation provides insights and use cases of the kind of applications that can be developed with the toolkit. PMID:28241502

  1. An ECC-Based Blind Signature Scheme

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    Fuh-Gwo Jeng

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Cryptography is increasingly applied to the E-commerce world, especially to the untraceable payment system and the electronic voting system. Protocols for these systems strongly require the anonymous digital signature property, and thus a blind signature strategy is the answer to it. Chaum stated that every blind signature protocol should hold two fundamental properties, blindness and intractableness. All blind signature schemes proposed previously almost are based on the integer factorization problems, discrete logarithm problems, or the quadratic residues, which are shown by Lee et al. that none of the schemes is able to meet the two fundamental properties above. Therefore, an ECC-based blind signature scheme that possesses both the above properties is proposed in this paper.

  2. ECCE Toolkit: Prototyping Sensor-Based Interaction.

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    Bellucci, Andrea; Aedo, Ignacio; Díaz, Paloma

    2017-02-23

    Building and exploring physical user interfaces requires high technical skills and hours of specialized work. The behavior of multiple devices with heterogeneous input/output channels and connectivity has to be programmed in a context where not only the software interface matters, but also the hardware components are critical (e.g., sensors and actuators). Prototyping physical interaction is hindered by the challenges of: (1) programming interactions among physical sensors/actuators and digital interfaces; (2) implementing functionality for different platforms in different programming languages; and (3) building custom electronic-incorporated objects. We present ECCE (Entities, Components, Couplings and Ecosystems), a toolkit for non-programmers that copes with these issues by abstracting from low-level implementations, thus lowering the complexity of prototyping small-scale, sensor-based physical interfaces to support the design process. A user evaluation provides insights and use cases of the kind of applications that can be developed with the toolkit.

  3. ECCE Toolkit: Prototyping Sensor-Based Interaction

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    Andrea Bellucci

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Building and exploring physical user interfaces requires high technical skills and hours of specialized work. The behavior of multiple devices with heterogeneous input/output channels and connectivity has to be programmed in a context where not only the software interface matters, but also the hardware components are critical (e.g., sensors and actuators. Prototyping physical interaction is hindered by the challenges of: (1 programming interactions among physical sensors/actuators and digital interfaces; (2 implementing functionality for different platforms in different programming languages; and (3 building custom electronic-incorporated objects. We present ECCE (Entities, Components, Couplings and Ecosystems, a toolkit for non-programmers that copes with these issues by abstracting from low-level implementations, thus lowering the complexity of prototyping small-scale, sensor-based physical interfaces to support the design process. A user evaluation provides insights and use cases of the kind of applications that can be developed with the toolkit.

  4. Evaluation on Long-term Cooling of CANDU after Sump Blockage using MARS-KS

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    Yu, Seon Oh; Cho, Yong Jin [KINS, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sung Joong [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-05-15

    There was a real incident that part of the fibrous insulation debris stripped by steam jet was transported to the pool and clogged the intake strainers of the drywell spray system, which revealed a weakness in the defense-in-depth concept which under other circumstances could have led to the ECCS failing to provide coolant to the core. Since the above Barseback-2 incident in 1992, lots of the international activities have been carried out to identify essential parameters and physical phenomena and to promote consensus on the technical issues, important for safety and possible paths for their resolution. In nuclear power plant under operation, if an unplanned reactor trip or a power reduction occurs, operators are required to maintain the reactor in a stable state according to emergency operating procedure (EOP) and to take diagnosis and appropriate mitigation actions if necessary. Subject to the EOP of Wolsong unit 1 (the first Korean PHWR NPP) under LOCA, intact or broken loops are diagnosed using the available plant information such as pressure and temperature of outlet headers. For the intact loop, effective long-term cooling is envisioned through the operation of shutdown cooling system as implemented in the EOP. In this work, the adequacy of long-term cooling during the recirculation phase of LOCA was evaluated under the postulated condition of the reduced flow path of the recirculation sump due to the inflow of substantial amount of debris released by the break flow with high energy. For the intact loop, although the incipience of boiling in the fuel channel was evaluated to occur, the effective long-term cooling can be achieved through the shutdown cooling system as guided in the EOP.

  5. Condensation during gravity driven ECC: Experiments with PACTEL

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    Munther, R.; Kalli, H. [Lappeenranta Univ. of Technology (Finland); Kouhia, J. [Technical Research Centre of Finland, Lappeenranta (Finland)

    1995-09-01

    This paper provides the results of the second series of gravity driven emergency core cooling (ECC) experiments with PACTEL (Parallel Channel Test Loop). The simulated accident was a small break loss-of-coolant accident (SBLOCA) with a break in a cold leg. The ECC flow was provided from a core makeup tank (CMT) located at a higher elevation than the main part of the primary system. The CMT was pressurized with pipings from the pressurizer and a cold leg. The tests indicated that steam condensation in the CMT can prevent ECC and lead to core uncovery.

  6. Shear behavior of reinforced Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC) beams

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    Paegle, Ieva; Fischer, Gregor

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes an experimental investigation of the shear behavior of beams consisting of steel reinforced Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC). Based on the strain hardening and multiple cracking behavior of ECC, this study investigates the extent to which ECC can improve the shear...... randomly distributed PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) fiber beams with different stirrup spacing and reinforced concrete (RC) beams for comparison. Displacement and strain measurements taken using the ARAMIS photogrammetric data acquisition system by means of processing at high frame rate captured images of applied...

  7. [Patient's pain feeling and surgeon's comfort--ECCE versus phacoemulsification].

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    Kałuzny, Jakub J; Eliks, Iwona; Mierzejewski, Andrzej; Kałuzny, Bartłomiej

    2004-01-01

    To compare patient's pain and surgeon's comfort during ECCE performed under retrobulbar anesthesia and phacoemulsification under topical anesthesia. 120 patients scheduled for planned routine cataract extraction were divided in 2 groups: group 1-60 eyes, ECCE under retrobulbar anesthesia and group II-60 eyes, phacoemulsification under topical anesthesia. Immediately after operation patients were asked, to answer questions about their feeling during surgery. Simultaneously, the surgeon filled up the questionnaire, concerning patients behavior during the entire procedure. Statistically significant higher level of pain was reported in group I (ECCE). The most painful moment of the procedure was retrobulbar injection. During surgery pain feeling in both groups was similar. Both types of anesthesia provided very good level of surgeon's comfort. The longer operation, the higher level of pain and lower surgeon's comfort were reported in both groups. Patients having ECCE performed under retrobulbar anesthesia reported more pain comparing to phacoemulsification under topical anesthesia. Both anesthesia methods provided high level of surgeon's comfort.

  8. Infant Emotional and Cortisol Responses to Goal Blockage

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    Lewis, Michael; Ramsay, Douglas

    2005-01-01

    This study examined the relation of infant emotional responses of anger and sadness to cortisol response in 2 goal blockage situations. One goal blockage with 4-month-old infants (N=56) involved a contingency learning procedure where infants' learned response was no longer effective in reinstating an event. The other goal blockage with 6-month-old…

  9. Present soil data for the ECCES-program system. [ECCES - Environmental Calculations of Consequences of Energy Systems

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    Mortensen, P.B.

    1986-01-01

    This is a status report that presents area and soil data, soil characteristics and input data used in the ECCES-program system for Danish arable soils. Input of ions to the upper soil layer with rain, fertilizer and lime are described together with the parameters used to describe the properties of different soil types. Together with a series of other reports, this report forms part of the description of the ECCES-model developed at Risoe National Laboratory.

  10. Application of Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC) in modular floor panels

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    Lárusson, Lárus Helgi; Fischer, Gregor; Jönsson, Jeppe

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes the design, manufacturing, and structural behavior of a prefabricated floor panel consisting of a modular assembly of a thin-walled ECC slab and steel truss girders. The features of this composite structure include light weight, the modular manufacturing process...... with adaptability to various loading requirements, and the efficient utilization of material resources and industrial byproducts. The work described in this paper is a continuation of previous activities on composite floor panels in which light gage steel joists were integrally cast with the ECC slab. The modular...... concept introduced in this paper aims at improvements in the manufacturing process of the panels by casting the ECC slab separately and subsequently joining it with the steel trusses. The focus of this paper is on design and manufacturing of a prototype modular panel and on its structural behavior under...

  11. Visual outcomes after anterior vitrectomy: comparison of ECCE and phacoemulsification.

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    Bobrow, J C

    1999-01-01

    To determine whether vitrectomy instrumentation improved outcomes when vitreous loss occurred during either extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) or phacoemulsification (PE) with posterior chamber lens implantation (PCIOL). A consecutive series of ECCE + PCIOL (group 1: 1985-1989) and PE + PCIOL (group 2: 1993-1997) surgeries by a single surgeon was reviewed retrospectively. In group 1, 14 of 647 patients (2.2%) and in group 2, 9 of 665 patients (1.4%) experienced vitreous loss. In group 1, final visual acuity averaged 20/83; in group 2, 20/25 (P = .005). Average follow-up was 5.7 years (group 1) and 3.2 years (group 2). Uveitis, glaucoma, corneal problems, and retinal problems were assessed. Anterior vitrectomy reduced complications from vitreous loss. Fewer vitreous losses occurred with PE than ECCE. Patients with vitreous loss after PE attained better vision.

  12. Intraocular pressure following ECCE, phacoemulsification, and PC-IOL implantation.

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    Kooner, K S; Cooksey, J C; Perry, P; Zimmerman, T J

    1988-09-01

    Abnormal intraocular pressure (IOP), either transient or permanent, may follow extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) with phacoemulsification (PE) and posterior chamber intraocular lens (PC-IOL) implantation. We retrospectively studied IOP measurements at different intervals post ECCE and PE in 242 eyes of 211 patients: 105 males, 106 females, 198 Caucasians and 13 blacks. Elevated IOP (greater than 23 mm Hg) was observed in 20 eyes (8.2%). Only two patients (0.8%) had persistent (greater than 3 months) IOP elevation and needed antiglaucoma therapy. Six more eyes (2.5%), however, developed glaucoma after 1 year. Hence, the incidence of secondary pseudophakic glaucoma at the conclusion of this study was 3.3%. No patient required laser or other mechanical surgery for IOP control. ECCE and PE with PC-IOL does not appear to adversely affect IOP. Patients, however, must be followed closely, as some may develop glaucoma months after surgery.

  13. Modeling of ECC materials using numerical formulations based on plasticity

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    Dick-Nielsen, Lars; Stang, Henrik; Poulsen, Peter Noe

    2006-01-01

    This paper discusses the considerations for the establishment of a damage model for ECC. Three different length scales are used in the approach for deriving the damage model. On each length scale important phenomena are investigated by use of numerical and analytical calculations. On the micro...... scale it is shown that the cohesive law for a unidirectional fiber reinforced cementitious composite can be found through superposition of the cohesive law for mortar and the fiber bridging curve. On the meso scale I it is shown that the maximum crack opening observed during crack propagation in ECC...

  14. Ecce homo, a fisio-psicologia de um tipo

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    2007-01-01

    No presente estudo, pretendemos realizar uma leitura de Ecce homo balizada pelo procedimento genealógico, pela fisio-psicologia e pela tipologia presentes no pensamento de Nietzsche. Acreditamos que a mudança que se opera no tratamento do humano a partir dessas três noções permite a Nietzsche, em Ecce homo, realizar uma espécie de duplo movimento. Por um lado, o filósofo realiza a máxima afirmação da vida e de si mesmo, dando expressão a uma série de estados afetivos que o constitui. Por outr...

  15. Un Ecce Homo de Antonio del Castillo en Granada

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    Montes González, Francisco

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The author presents a previously unknown painting by the Baroque artist from Cordoba, Antonio del Castillo y Saavedra. It is an Ecce Homo, a late work, and located in a private collection in Granada.Este artículo presenta el último aporte en el catálogo del pintor barroco cordobés Antonio del Castillo y Saavedra. Se trata de un lienzo con la iconografía del Ecce Homo, perteneciente a su última etapa artística, localizado en una colección particular de Granada.

  16. Infant Emotional and Cortisol Responses to Goal Blockage

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    Lewis, Michael; Ramsay, Douglas

    2005-01-01

    This study examined the relation of infant emotional responses of anger and sadness to cortisol response in 2 goal blockage situations. One goal blockage with 4-month-old infants (N = 56) involved a contingency learning procedure where infants’ learned response was no longer effective in reinstating an event. The other goal blockage with 6-month-old infants (N = 84) involved the still face procedure where infants’ reactions to their mothers’ lack of responsivity were not effective in reestabl...

  17. Identification of partial blockages in pipelines using genetic algorithms

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    PRASHANTH REDDY HANMAIAHGARI; M ELKHOLY; CYRUS K RIAHI-NEZHAD

    2017-09-01

    A methodology to identify the partial blockages in a simple pipeline using genetic algorithms for non-harmonic flows is presented in this paper. A sinusoidal flow generated by the periodic on-and-off operation of a valve at the outlet is investigated in the time domain and it is observed that pressure variation at the valve is influenced by the opening size of blockage and its location. In this technique, the unsteady (steady oscillatory) pressure time series at only one location is required to identify two blockages. In the proposed methodology, thesolution of the governing hyperbolic PDEs of pipe flow is obtained using the method of characteristics. For any piping system similar to the hypothetical pipe system used in the simulations, generalized best amplitude and best frequency of the valve operation are determined, which give maximum deviation in pressure responses for a specific blockage at different locations for a given constant-head reservoir. The generalized best amplitude and best frequency of the valve operation are also obtained for two blockages. Accuracy of the proposed methodology in identifying blockages in a hypothetical simple pipe system with increased noise in the simulated measurements is studied. A non-dimensional variable is proposed to determine whether the proposed methodology is applicable to isolate partial blockages in a piping system. Finally, the proposed methodology is experimentally validated on a laboratory piping system for a single blockage and two blockages.

  18. Early Childhood Caries (ECC): an infectious transmissible oral disease

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    H.R. Poureslami; W.E. van Amerongen

    2009-01-01

    Dental caries in babies and toddlers is called Early Childhood Caries (ECC). It is an infectious and transmissible die-to-bacterial disease. Detailed knowledge regarding the acquisition and transmission of infectious agents facilitates a more comprehensive approach toward prevention. Mutans streptoc

  19. Early Childhood Caries (ECC): an infectious transmissible oral disease

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    Poureslami, H.R.; van Amerongen, W.E.

    2009-01-01

    Dental caries in babies and toddlers is called Early Childhood Caries (ECC). It is an infectious and transmissible die-to-bacterial disease. Detailed knowledge regarding the acquisition and transmission of infectious agents facilitates a more comprehensive approach toward prevention. Mutans

  20. Early Childhood Caries (ECC): an infectious transmissible oral disease

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    Poureslami, H.R.; van Amerongen, W.E.

    2009-01-01

    Dental caries in babies and toddlers is called Early Childhood Caries (ECC). It is an infectious and transmissible die-to-bacterial disease. Detailed knowledge regarding the acquisition and transmission of infectious agents facilitates a more comprehensive approach toward prevention. Mutans streptoc

  1. Modeling of ECC materials using numerical formulations based on plasticity

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    Dick-Nielsen, Lars; Stang, Henrik; Poulsen, Peter Noe

    2006-01-01

    This paper discusses the considerations for the establishment of a damage model for ECC. Three different length scales are used in the approach for deriving the damage model. On each length scale important phenomena are investigated by use of numerical and analytical calculations. On the micro sc...

  2. Inhibiting bacterial toxins by channel blockage.

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    Bezrukov, Sergey M; Nestorovich, Ekaterina M

    2016-03-01

    Emergent rational drug design techniques explore individual properties of target biomolecules, small and macromolecule drug candidates, and the physical forces governing their interactions. In this minireview, we focus on the single-molecule biophysical studies of channel-forming bacterial toxins that suggest new approaches for their inhibition. We discuss several examples of blockage of bacterial pore-forming and AB-type toxins by the tailor-made compounds. In the concluding remarks, the most effective rationally designed pore-blocking antitoxins are compared with the small-molecule inhibitors of ion-selective channels of neurophysiology. © FEMS 2015. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  3. A new CFD modeling method for flow blockage accident investigations

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    Fan, Wenyuan, E-mail: fanwy@mail.ustc.edu.cn; Peng, Changhong, E-mail: pengch@ustc.edu.cn; Chen, Yangli, E-mail: chenyl@mail.ustc.edu.cn; Guo, Yun, E-mail: guoyun79@ustc.edu.cn

    2016-07-15

    Highlights: • Porous-jump treatment is applied to CFD simulation on flow blockages. • Porous-jump treatment predicts consistent results with direct CFD treatment. • Relap5 predicts abnormal flow rate profiles in MTR SFA blockage scenario. • Relap5 fails to simulate annular heat flux in blockage case of annular assembly. • Porous-jump treatment provides reasonable and generalized CFD results. - Abstract: Inlet flow blockages in both flat and annular plate-type fuel assemblies are simulated by (Computational Fluid Dynamics) CFD and system analysis methods, with blockage ratio ranging from 60 to 90%. For all the blockage scenarios, mass flow rate of the blocked channel drops dramatically as blockage ratio increases, while mass flow rates of non-blocked channels are almost steady. As a result of over-simplifications, the system code fails to capture details of mass flow rate profiles of non-blocked channels and power redistribution of fuel plates. In order to acquire generalized CFD results, a new blockage modeling method is developed by using the porous-jump condition. For comparisons, direct CFD simulations are conducted toward postulated blockages. For the porous-jump treatment, conservative flow and heat transfer conditions are predicted for the blocked channel, while consistent predictions are obtained for non-blocked channels. Besides, flow fields in the blocked channel, asymmetric power redistributions of fuel plates, and complex heat transfer phenomena in annular fuel assembly are obtained and discussed. The present study indicates that the porous-jump condition is a reasonable blockage modeling method, which predicts generalized CFD results for flow blockages.

  4. Safety analysis on large partial inlet flow blockage in PGSFR

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    Yoo, J.; Chang, W. P.; Jeong, J. H.; Ha, K. S. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    The objective of the present study is to predict cladding temperature for the hot assembly by postulating flow blockage accident occurring side orifice nozzles at lower plenum. The large partial inlet flow blockage occurring orifice nozzles of receptacle was estimated by MATRA-LMR/FB. It is hypothesized that a large object has gotten down to lower plenum during normal operation and blocked side orifice nozzles at lower plenum. The flow blockage has been considered one of the main issues to be addressed in SFR since the Ferim-1 suffered a partial fuel meltdown. The flow blockage causes an insufficient amount of coolant to enter the fuel assembly. Large Partial Inlet flow blockage is classified as DEC (Design Extension Condition) for PGSFR. There are several flow paths at lower plenum and possibility of occurrence of inlet flow blockage is estimated to be about 1 x 10{sup -8} which is very remote. However, it should be dealt with in PGSFR because it is a BE (Bounding Event). There are no known sources for inlet flow blockage but one could postulate that a large object might be gotten down to lower plenum during normal operation. Then it leads to not only reduced flow rate that flows into assemblies but also temperature increase within fuel assembly. The results indicate that 3-orifice nozzles blockage (50% of blockage area) lead to a maximum clad temperature of inner/outer core assembly around 670 .deg. C/580 .deg. C. This is guaranteed that safety margin is enough considering the eutectic temperature. On the other hand, for more than 4-orifice nozzles blockage (67% of blockage area), the maximum clad temperature of both inner/outer core assembly reaches around 806 .deg. C/739 .deg. C, respectively, which go beyond eutectic temperature.

  5. Safety Analysis for Sub-channel Blockage in the PGSFR

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    Yoo, Jin; Chang, Wonpyo; Ha, Kisuk [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    The flow perturbation caused by the blockage could raise the local coolant temperature in the incident and it might eventually lead to the degradation of the fuel rods. Therefore, a partial flow blockage accident must be a safety concern in the SFR design. In this regard, analyses were performed for the flow blockage accident postulated in a conceptual design of a 150MWe Proto-type SFR using the MATRA-LMR/FB and analysis result was compared to the safety acceptance criterion shown in Table 1 developed by KAERI. The maximum coolant temperatures for 6, 24 channels blockage occurred at the end of the fuel slug and both of them satisfied the safety limits. However, for the 54 channels blockage, the maximum coolant temperature was found in the downstream of the blockage and it could not meet the safety limits. It was caused by the recirculation region in the downstream of the blockage. In conclusion, satisfactory margins were obtained for 6, 24 channel blockage cases.

  6. Decision Support System for Blockage Management in Fire Service

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    Krasuski Adam

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available In this article we present the foundations of a decision support system for blockage management in Fire Service. Blockage refers to the situation when all fire units are out and a new incident occurs. The approach is based on two phases: off-line data preparation and online blockage estimation. The off-line phase consists of methods from data mining and natural language processing and results in semantically coherent information granules. The online phase is about building the probabilistic models that estimate the block-age probability based on these granules. Finally, the selected classifier judges whether a blockage can occur and whether the resources from neighbour fire stations should be asked for assistance.

  7. Blockage Detection in Circular Pipe Using Vibration Analysis

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    N. L. T. Lile

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Pipe is an important medium used in most industrial and home applications for transferring liquid or gas from one end to the other. The efficiency of liquid flow is crucial to ensure proper and efficient delivering of medium carried. Liquid flow may be abrupt or ceased if blockage forms inside the circular pipe. This paper investigates the effect of blockage in circular pipe using vibration measurement. The main focus of this paper is to study the correlation of blockage levels to vibration signal. When fluid flow through an obstacle, the streamlines get closer which will increase the flow velocity and decrease the pressure. The vibration parameters are measured using accelerometer and the relationship between blockage levels to vibration signal are observed. It is found that vibration in pipe increases as the flow area gets smaller. This work expresses the potential of vibration analysis in assessing blockage inside a circular pipe with direct water flow.

  8. Strainer: software for analysis of population variation in community genomic datasets

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    Tyson Gene W

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Metagenomic analyses of microbial communities that are comprehensive enough to provide multiple samples of most loci in the genomes of the dominant organism types will also reveal patterns of genetic variation within natural populations. New bioinformatic tools will enable visualization and comprehensive analysis of this sequence variation and inference of recent evolutionary and ecological processes. Results We have developed a software package for analysis and visualization of genetic variation in populations and reconstruction of strain variants from otherwise co-assembled sequences. Sequencing reads can be clustered by matching patterns of single nucleotide polymorphisms to generate predicted gene and protein variant sequences, identify conserved intergenic regulatory sequences, and determine the quantity and distribution of recombination events. Conclusion The Strainer software, a first generation metagenomic bioinformatics tool, facilitates comprehension and analysis of heterogeneity intrinsic in natural communities. The program reveals the degree of clustering among closely related sequence variants and provides a rapid means to generate gene and protein sequences for functional, ecological, and evolutionary analyses.

  9. The microstructure of self-healed PVA ECC under wet and dry cycles

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    Jia Huan Yu

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Self-healing of ECC (Engineered Cementitious Composites subjected to cyclic wetting and drying regimes is investigated in this paper. ECC structures subjected to outdoor environmental conditions such as wind and rain runoff can be simulated by accelerated test method of wetting and drying cycles. Uniaxial tensile tests of ECC M45 and ECC 2.8FA specimen are conducted respectively. It is found that crack width of ECC 2.8FA is around 10 μm with increased amount of fly ash, while the crack width of ECC M45 is around 100 μm. New insights about the microstructure and chemical composition analysis of ECC specimens initially cracked to 2% strain and then self-healed under wet-dry cycles are presented.

  10. HIGH SPEED POINT ARITHMETIC ARCHITECTURE FOR ECC ON FPGA

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    Rahila Bilal,

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Elliptic curve cryptography plays a crucial role in networking and communication security. ECC have evolved in the recent past as an important alternative to established systems like RSA. This paper describes the implementation of an elliptic curve coprocessor based on the FPGA , which can provide a significant speedup for these cryptosystems. The FPGA configuration file is synthesized from VHDL code applying different hardware synthesis products. The implementation of ECC lies in three levels: scalar multiplication, point addition/doubling and finite field modular arithmetic. In this paper, we present a novel fast architecture for the point addition/doubling level in the projective coordinate. The proposed Architecture is based on Binary Field. The Design performs multiplication using Polynomial Basis. Analysis shows that, with reasonable hardware overhead, our architecture can achieve a high speedup for the point addition operation and point Doubling operation.Furthermore, the architecture is parameterized for different data widths to evaluate the optimal resource utilization.

  11. Experimental Study on the Compressive Behavior of CFRP/ECCs

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    SUN Wen-bin

    2010-01-01

    In this study, nine square concrete columns, including six CFRP/ECCs and three plain concrete control specimen columns, were prepared. The CFRP tubes with fibers oriented in the hoop direction were manufactured with 10, 20, or 40 mm rounded corner radii at vertical edges. A 100 mm overlap in the direction of fibers was provided to ensure a proper bond. Uniaxial compression tests were conducted to investigate the compressive behaviors including the axial strength, stress-strain response, and ductility. It is evident that the CFRP tube confinement can improve the compressive behavior of concrete core, in terms of axial compressive strength or axial deformability. Based on the experimental results and some existing test database attained by other researchers, a design-oriented model is developed. The predictions of the model for CFRP/ECCs show good agreement with test results.

  12. Physiological blockage in plants in response to postharvest stress ...

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    Physiological blockage in plants in response to postharvest stress. ... African Journal of Biotechnology. Journal Home · ABOUT ... However, ornamental plants are used in floral arrangements in vases and have limited shelf-life. Thus, this study ...

  13. Self-Healing of Microcracks in Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC) Under a Natural Environment

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    Li, Victor C.; Emily N. Herbert

    2013-01-01

    This paper builds on previous self-healing engineered cementitious composites (ECC) research by allowing ECC to heal outdoors, in the natural environment, under random and sometimes extreme environmental conditions. Development of an ECC material that can heal itself in the natural environment could lower infrastructure maintenance costs and allow for more sustainable development in the future by increasing service life and decreasing the amount of resources and energy needed for repairs. Det...

  14. Feeding pattern a dual risk? otitis media (OM and early childhood caries (ECC

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    P. Sangeetha

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To determine the prevalence of Otitis media (OM and Early childhood caries (ECC and their coexistence in children with a history of faulty feeding patterns. Method: Children aged 5 years and below were recruited at random from dental and medical hospitals. Parents of these children were posed with questions about the feeding methods, feeding patterns such as duration, frequency, position, burping, specific childhood illness etc. Children (120 were examined for ECC by a Paedodontist and OM by an Otolaryngologist and were segregated into three groups i.e. Control group, ECC group and OM group respectively. The ECC group was sub grouped into ECC only and ECC&OM group. The OM group was also similarly sub grouped into OM group and OM&ECC group. Collected data were tabulated and subjected for statistical analysis using Pearson Chi – square test. Results: Prevalence of ECC, OM, and their coexistence increased with age P < 0.001, whereas gender difference was not statistically significant. Overall Prevalence of their coexistence in children was 51.25%. Significant percentages (25% of children in the OM group were fed in supine position. Children fed on demand (47.5% experienced ECC. overall 85% (p=.017 of children had coexistence of ECC&OM fed on demand and during bed time. Significant numbers of children who were burped occasionally after feeding (35% or were not burped at all (12.5% were affected with both ECC and OM. Conclusion: Prevalence of their coexistence was higher in children with OM. Significant association existed between on demand feeding and ECC; supine feeding position and OM. Risk factors in common for both the disease were combined feeding position, on demand, bed time feeding and occasionally burping.

  15. CFD Investigation for Flow Blockage Accident in a Lower Plenum

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    Yoo, J.; Chang, W. P.; Jeong, J. H.; Ha, K. S. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    Large Partial Inlet flow blockage is involved as a BE (Bounding Event) in PGSFR. There are no known sources for objects of this nature in the inlet plenum but one could postulate that a large object might be gotten down to lower plenum. It is possible to block the entrance of nozzle at receptacle which has 6 nozzles located just below the orifice plates. Then it can cause the flow reduction that flows into a fuel assembly and affect cladding integrity. The objective of the present study is to predict the flow reduction of hottest assembly as well as flow features in a lower plenum when orifice nozzle under hottest assembly is blocked by large objects. A CFD analysis by fully resolved RANS simulations has been carried out to predict effects of flow blockage at side orifice as well as flow feature in a lower plenum. In the no-blockage case, the velocity vector around the side orifice nozzle has symmetry because flow is uniformly distributed through 6-side orifice nozzle. The velocity of flow right after passing through orifice nozzle increases very rapidly which is estimated as maximum 7.5 m/s and pressure drops abruptly. This is the conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy in compliance with the Bernoulli's theorem. For 5-orifce nozzle blockage cases, recirculation around the side orifice nozzle was found, which is asymmetric and complex. This means that reduced flow area had a more influence on friction loss by viscosity and it occurred more flow resistance compared to no-blockage case. The maximum velocity for the 5-orifice nozzle blockage case was estimated as 13 m/s The more blockage area at orifice increases, the more flow rate of the hottest assembly decreases. The maximum reduced flow of hottest assembly was predicted to be about 9.32 kg/s.

  16. eccCL: parallelized GPU implementation of Ensemble Classifier Chains.

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    Riemenschneider, Mona; Herbst, Alexander; Rasch, Ari; Gorlatch, Sergei; Heider, Dominik

    2017-08-17

    Multi-label classification has recently gained great attention in diverse fields of research, e.g., in biomedical application such as protein function prediction or drug resistance testing in HIV. In this context, the concept of Classifier Chains has been shown to improve prediction accuracy, especially when applied as Ensemble Classifier Chains. However, these techniques lack computational efficiency when applied on large amounts of data, e.g., derived from next-generation sequencing experiments. By adapting algorithms for the use of graphics processing units, computational efficiency can be greatly improved due to parallelization of computations. Here, we provide a parallelized and optimized graphics processing unit implementation (eccCL) of Classifier Chains and Ensemble Classifier Chains. Additionally to the OpenCL implementation, we provide an R-Package with an easy to use R-interface for parallelized graphics processing unit usage. eccCL is a handy implementation of Classifier Chains on GPUs, which is able to process up to over 25,000 instances per second, and thus can be used efficiently in high-throughput experiments. The software is available at http://www.heiderlab.de .

  17. Disease Management of Early Childhood Caries: ECC Collaborative Project.

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    Ng, Man Wai; Ramos-Gomez, Francisco; Lieberman, Martin; Lee, Jessica Y; Scoville, Richard; Hannon, Cindy; Maramaldi, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Until recently, the standard of care for early childhood caries (ECC) has been primarily surgical and restorative treatment with little emphasis on preventing and managing the disease itself. It is now recognized that surgical treatment alone does not address the underlying etiology of the disease. Despite costly surgeries and reparative treatment, the onset and progression of caries are likely to continue. A successful rebalance of risk and protective factors may prevent, slow down, or even arrest dental caries and its progression. An 18-month risk-based chronic disease management (DM) approach to address ECC in preschool children was implemented as a quality improvement (QI) collaborative by seven teams of oral health care providers across the United States. In the aggregate, fewer DM children experienced new cavitation, pain, and referrals to the operating room (OR) for restorative treatment compared to baseline historical controls. The teams found that QI methods facilitated adoption of the DM approach and resulted in improved care to patients and better outcomes overall. Despite these successes, the wide scale adoption and spread of the DM approach may be limited unless health policy and payment reforms are enacted to compensate providers for implementing DM protocols in their practice.

  18. Development of CANDU ECCS performance evaluation methodology and guides

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    Bang, Kwang Hyun; Park, Kyung Soo; Chu, Won Ho [Korea Maritime Univ., Jinhae (Korea, Republic of)

    2003-03-15

    The objectives of the present work are to carry out technical evaluation and review of CANDU safety analysis methods in order to assist development of performance evaluation methods and review guides for CANDU ECCS. The applicability of PWR ECCS analysis models are examined and it suggests that unique data or models for CANDU are required for the following phenomena: break characteristics and flow, frictional pressure drop, post-CHF heat transfer correlations, core flow distribution during blowdown, containment pressure, and reflux rate. For safety analysis of CANDU, conservative analysis or best estimate analysis can be used. The main advantage of BE analysis is a more realistic prediction of margins to acceptance criteria. The expectation is that margins demonstrated with BE methods would be larger that when a conservative approach is applied. Some outstanding safety analysis issues can be resolved by demonstration that accident consequences are more benign than previously predicted. Success criteria for analysis and review of Large LOCA can be developed by top-down approach. The highest-level success criteria can be extracted from C-6 and from them, the lower level criteria can be developed step-by-step, in a logical fashion. The overall objectives for analysis and review are to verify radiological consequences and frequency are met.

  19. Disease Management of Early Childhood Caries: ECC Collaborative Project

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    Man Wai Ng

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Until recently, the standard of care for early childhood caries (ECC has been primarily surgical and restorative treatment with little emphasis on preventing and managing the disease itself. It is now recognized that surgical treatment alone does not address the underlying etiology of the disease. Despite costly surgeries and reparative treatment, the onset and progression of caries are likely to continue. A successful rebalance of risk and protective factors may prevent, slow down, or even arrest dental caries and its progression. An 18-month risk-based chronic disease management (DM approach to address ECC in preschool children was implemented as a quality improvement (QI collaborative by seven teams of oral health care providers across the United States. In the aggregate, fewer DM children experienced new cavitation, pain, and referrals to the operating room (OR for restorative treatment compared to baseline historical controls. The teams found that QI methods facilitated adoption of the DM approach and resulted in improved care to patients and better outcomes overall. Despite these successes, the wide scale adoption and spread of the DM approach may be limited unless health policy and payment reforms are enacted to compensate providers for implementing DM protocols in their practice.

  20. In-situ Blockage Monitoring of Sensing Line

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    Aijaz Ahmed Mangi

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available A reactor vessel level monitoring system measures the water level in a reactor during normal operation and abnormal conditions. A drop in the water level can expose nuclear fuel, which may lead to fuel meltdown and radiation spread in accident conditions. A level monitoring system mainly consists of a sensing line and pressure transmitter. Over a period of time boron sediments or other impurities can clog the line which may degrade the accuracy of the monitoring system. The aim of this study is to determine blockage in a sensing line using the energy of the composite signal. An equivalent Pi circuit model is used to simulate blockages in the sensing line and the system's response is examined under different blockage levels. Composite signals obtained from the model and plant's unblocked and blocked channels are decomposed into six levels of details and approximations using a wavelet filter bank. The percentage of energy is calculated at each level for approximations. It is observed that the percentage of energy reduces as the blockage level in the sensing line increases. The results of the model and operational data are well correlated. Thus, in our opinion variation in the energy levels of approximations can be used as an index to determine the presence and degree of blockage in a sensing line.

  1. Advanced neutron source reactor probabilistic flow blockage assessment

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    Ramsey, C.T.

    1995-08-01

    The Phase I Level I Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) of the conceptual design of the Advanced Neutron Source (ANS) Reactor identified core flow blockage as the most likely internal event leading to fuel damage. The flow blockage event frequency used in the original ANS PRA was based primarily on the flow blockage work done for the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) PRA. This report examines potential flow blockage scenarios and calculates an estimate of the likelihood of debris-induced fuel damage. The bulk of the report is based specifically on the conceptual design of ANS with a 93%-enriched, two-element core; insights to the impact of the proposed three-element core are examined in Sect. 5. In addition to providing a probability (uncertainty) distribution for the likelihood of core flow blockage, this ongoing effort will serve to indicate potential areas of concern to be focused on in the preliminary design for elimination or mitigation. It will also serve as a loose-parts management tool.

  2. Mechanical Behavior of Rectangular Steel-Reinforced ECC/Concrete Composite Column under Eccentric Compression

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    潘金龙; 鲁冰; 顾大伟; 夏正昊; 夏天阳

    2015-01-01

    In order to improve the seismic performance, deformation ability and ultimate load-carrying capacity of columns with rectangular cross section, engineered cementitious composite (ECC) is introduced to partially substitute concrete in the edge zone of reinforced concrete columns and form reinforced ECC/concrete composite columns. Firstly, based on the assumption of plane remaining plane and the simplified constitutive models, the calculation method of the load-carrying capacity of reinforced ECC/concrete columns is proposed. The stress and strain distribu-tions and crack propagation of the composite columns in different states of eccentric compressive loading are ana-lyzed. Then, nonlinear finite element analysis is conducted to study the mechanical performance of reinforced ECC/concrete composite columns with rectangular cross section. It is found that the simulation results are in good agreement with the theoretical results, indicating that the proposed method for calculating the load-carrying capacity of concrete/ECC composite columns is valid. Finally, based on the proposed method, the effects of ECC thickness, com-pressive strength of concrete and longitudinal reinforcement ratio on the mechanical performance of reinforced ECC/concrete composite columns are analyzed. Calculation results indicate that increasing the thickness of ECC layer or longitudinal reinforcement ratio can effectively increase the ultimate load-carrying capacity of the composite column with both small and large eccentricity, but increasing the strength of concrete can only increase the ultimate load-carrying capacity of the composite column with small eccentricity.

  3. Combined group ECC protection and subgroup parity protection

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    Gara, Alan; Cheng, Dong; Heidelberger, Philip; Ohmacht, Martin

    2016-02-02

    A method and system are disclosed for providing combined error code protection and subgroup parity protection for a given group of n bits. The method comprises the steps of identifying a number, m, of redundant bits for said error protection; and constructing a matrix P, wherein multiplying said given group of n bits with P produces m redundant error correction code (ECC) protection bits, and two columns of P provide parity protection for subgroups of said given group of n bits. In the preferred embodiment of the invention, the matrix P is constructed by generating permutations of m bit wide vectors with three or more, but an odd number of, elements with value one and the other elements with value zero; and assigning said vectors to rows of the matrix P.

  4. Combined group ECC protection and subgroup parity protection

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    Gara, Alan G.; Chen, Dong; Heidelberger, Philip; Ohmacht, Martin

    2013-06-18

    A method and system are disclosed for providing combined error code protection and subgroup parity protection for a given group of n bits. The method comprises the steps of identifying a number, m, of redundant bits for said error protection; and constructing a matrix P, wherein multiplying said given group of n bits with P produces m redundant error correction code (ECC) protection bits, and two columns of P provide parity protection for subgroups of said given group of n bits. In the preferred embodiment of the invention, the matrix P is constructed by generating permutations of m bit wide vectors with three or more, but an odd number of, elements with value one and the other elements with value zero; and assigning said vectors to rows of the matrix P.

  5. [Combination surgery (ECCE+IOL+TE) and intraocular pressure levels].

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    Hornová, J

    1997-08-01

    The authors investigated the effect of a combined operation, ECCE + TE + IOL, on reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP), changes in antiglaucomatous treatment and on vision six months after operation. In 1994 36 eyes were operated, 16 eyes with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), 8 eyes with angular glaucoma (PACG) and 12 eyes with marked exfoliative syndrome (CG). Six months after operation the IOP declined from 26.4 mm Hg to 13.3 mm Hg (P 0.05), antiglaucomatous treatment was reduced from 2.55 to 1.11 (P 0.05), vision improved by 0.39, i.e. by 2-3 lines of optotypes (P 0.05). 89% of the operated patients have a vision better than 0.5. Comparison of values before and after operation revealed a more marked drop of IOP in CG (P 0.05) than in POAG.

  6. Experimental study of blockage of monochromatic waves by counter currents

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    Suastika, I.K.

    1999-01-01

    Blockage of waves by a current can occur if waves are propagating on a spatially varying opposing current in which the velocity is increasing in the wave propagation direction. The ongoing waves become shorter and steeper while they are propagating against the current. Blocking occurs at the

  7. Turbulet flow in a model nuclear fuel rod bundle containing partial flow blockages

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    Creer, J.M.; Rowe, D.S.; Bates, J.M.; Sutey, A.M.

    1977-03-01

    Local velocity and turbulence intensity measurements were obtained with a laser Doppler anemometer near flow blockages in an unheated 7 x 7 rod bundle. Sleeve blockages were positioned on the center nine rods to create area reductions of 70 and 90 percent in the center four subchannels of the bundle. Experimental results indicated that severe flow disturbances existed downstream from the blockage clusters and showed that only minor disturbances can be expected upstream from the blockages. Recirculation zones for both 70 and 90 percent blockages were detected downstream from the blockage clusters and persisted for approximately three to five subchannel hydraulic diameters depending on blockage severity. The experimental velocity results obtained with blockage clusters located midway between grid spacers were successfully predicted using the COBRA computer program.

  8. CFD investigation the thermal-hydraulic behavior behind the flow blockage in SFR

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    Yoo, Jin; Jeong, J. H.; Chang, W. P; Ha, K. S. [KAERI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    It is evident that the flow blockage is basically a local phenomenon, and the main issue to investigate is the thermal-hydraulic behavior of the region downstream from the obstacle because it determines the clad temperature peak. For this reason, a local detailed CFD analysis has been carried out in order to assess the impacts of a flow blockage. The flow blockage events are classified into two types, internal and external blockage, depending on their locations. The objective of this paper is to investigate the influence caused by a flow blockage. A CFD analysis using fully resolved RANS simulations has been carried on the fluid flow and heat transfer in the case of a flow blockage for fuel assemblies in a PGSFR. A fuel assembly with 91 pins instead of all 217 pins was considered for this study. Two main effects can be distinguished in a flow blockage: a locally lower mass flow rate in the wake/recirculation region downstream of the blockage, and the peak temperature behind the blockage. Both of them are closely related. The recirculation region exists within a short distance downstream from the blockage, and it has an effect on the cladding integrity. The maximum cladding temperature is about 1000 .deg. C and is located in the central pins of the blockage region. It could lead to a rupture of the cladding. From these analysis results, the axial blockage size may have a significant impact on the clad integrity.

  9. Refractive results after phacoemulsification and ECCE. A comparative study.

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    Dam-Johansen, M; Olsen, T

    1993-06-01

    The refractive results were evaluated in 79 patients undergoing cataract extraction by phacoemulsification using a 6-7 mm tunnel incision, and compared with a group of 77 patients undergoing planned extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) by the same surgeon. A mean increase in the keratometric cylinder of 0.05D and 0.52D was found in the phacoemulsification and the extracapsular cataract extraction group, respectively. This was significantly different from zero for the extracapsular cataract extraction group (p 0.05). By vector analysis, the mean surgically induced astigmatism was 0.91D and 1.36D in the phacoemulsification and the extracapsular cataract extraction group, respectively (p < 0.01). The IOL power prediction error (spectacle plane) was found to be 0.17D (+/- 0.69 SD) in the phacoemulsification group and 0.02 D (+/- 0.79 SD) in the extracapsular cataract extraction group, respectively. We conclude that phacoemulsification improves the surgical control of the refractive outcome of cataract surgery.

  10. Manual ECCE, the present state of the art.

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    Blumenthal, M

    1994-11-01

    Manual ECCE has proved to be safe surgery compatible with small incision, no stitches, possible topical anesthesia, very cost effective and quick rehabilitation. The technique has a learning curve and needs experience. "Mini-nuc" stands for mini nucleus. This surgery can be achieved only if performed under positive intraocular pressure (IOP). A BSS bottle is connected to the eye by an anterior chamber maintainer (ACM). The height of the BSS bottle controls the IOP during the surgery. Controlled IOP is a principle suggested for all kinds of cataract surgery. It creates continuous flow which washes out of the eye cortex debris, blood, pigment, etc. The BSS contains antibiotics and adrenalin, it creates low turbulence due to the small amount of BSS used per case, 30-50 cc. A round capsulorhexis is essential. A special way of hydrodissection creates a very small hard core nucleus delivered to the anterior chamber and is extracted out through a sclero-corneal tunnel using a glide introduced under the nucleus to guide the nucleus out. Positive IOP during all stages of surgery creates the best operative conditions for controlled surgery throughout all manipulations. This technique is a very cost effective system and at the same time provides a high quality procedure.

  11. Analysis of flow blockage of a single RBMK channel

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    Franco Pierro; Iljiana Ivekovic; Parisi Carlo; Francesco D' Auria [University of Pisa, Department of Mechanical, Nuclear and Production Engineering - DMNP, Via Diotisalvi 2, 56122 Pisa (Italy)

    2005-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: The main aim of the following study is to perform an evaluation of a single RBMK reactor core channel and of its surrounding graphite structures in case of flow blockage. The paper presents an evaluation of the event with RELAP5 and FRAP code. The RBMK channel, the graphite stack and the He-N gap is modelled with the RELAP code and the thermo-mechanical fuel rod behaviour is studied by FRAP code. Two cases are analysed in order to demonstrate if the propagation of the break occurs: in the first case a single break in the pressure tube is postulated, in the second, a modelling of the pressure tube break propagation is studied. A blockage of 100% of the total flow area is considered. The paper concludes that the Pressure tube is broken and the propagation occurs, the ballooning does not appear. (authors)

  12. Topology Design for Directional Range Extension Networks with Antenna Blockage

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    2016-11-01

    Topology Design for Directional Range Extension Networks with Antenna Blockage Thomas Shake MIT Lincoln Laboratory shake@ll.mit.edu Abstract...algorithms that optimize this criterion. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The author would like to thank Terrance Gibbons of MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Tactical...Com- puter Networks, Vol 51, pp. 4237-4251, 2007 [11] T. Cormen, C. Leiserson, R. Rivest, and C. Stein, Introduction to Algorithms (3rd ed.). MIT

  13. Application of Interfacial Propagation and Kinking Crack Concept to ECC/Concrete Overlay Repair System

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    Yaw ChiaHwan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Research on the application of ultraductile engineered cementitious composite (ECC as overlay in the repair of deteriorated concrete structures is performed in this paper. Also, interfacial crack kinking and trapping mechanism experimentally observed in ECC/concrete overlay repair system are described by comparison of toughness and energy release rate. The mechanism involves cycles of extension, kinking, and arrest of interfacial crack into the overlay. Experimental testing of overlay repair system reveals significant improvements in load carrying capacity and ductility over conventional concrete overlay. The commonly observed overlay system failure mode of delamination or spalling is eliminated when ECC is applied. These failure modes are suppressed when ECC is used as an ideal and durable candidate overlay repair material.

  14. Preestrita pihtimus : Friedrich Nietzsche ja tema substantsiaalne mina (Ecce homo) / Jaan Undusk

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    Undusk, Jaan, 1958-

    1998-01-01

    Varem ilmunud raamatu järelsõnana: Nietzsche, Friedrich. Ecce homo : kuidas saadakse selleks, mis ollakse / tlk. Jaan Undusk. Tallinn : Vagabund, 1996. Sisu: Poeetiline, filosoofiline, dionüüsiline kaanon ; Künism contra hulluskahtlus ; Antikristlik pihtimus ; Egoretoorika

  15. Preestrita pihtimus : Friedrich Nietzsche ja tema substantsiaalne mina (Ecce homo) / Jaan Undusk

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    Undusk, Jaan, 1958-

    1998-01-01

    Varem ilmunud raamatu järelsõnana: Nietzsche, Friedrich. Ecce homo : kuidas saadakse selleks, mis ollakse / tlk. Jaan Undusk. Tallinn : Vagabund, 1996. Sisu: Poeetiline, filosoofiline, dionüüsiline kaanon ; Künism contra hulluskahtlus ; Antikristlik pihtimus ; Egoretoorika

  16. Experimental Study of the APR+ Direct ECC Bypass in the Air-water Test Facility

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    Kim, Kihwan; Choi, Hae-Seob; Park, Kil-won; Kwon, Tae-Soon [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    The APR+ is an improved Korean Nuclear Power Reactor, which has been developed as a two loop evolutionary PWR (Pressure Water Reactor) with a number of advanced design features to enhance safety based on the APR-1400 technology. The emergency core cooling system (ECC) of the APR+ is different with that of the APR-1400, though the APR+ adopted a direct vessel injection (DVI) system which is the same design features of the APR-14000. The main difference of the DVI+ is the emergency core barrel duct (ECBD) which is designed to increase the amount of the injection water to the core region. The performance of the DVI system has been an important issues for past decades, and many researchers have studied the related thermal-hydraulic technical issues such as the ECC bypass fraction, the steam condensation effect, temperature distribution, sub-cooling margin, and etc. However, the previous research cannot be directly applicable to the APR+ owing to the unique features of the DVI+. The current study will elaborate on the experimental evaluation of the direct ECC bypass performance. The 1/5 ECC bypass test facility which is designed with a linearly reduced 1/5 scale referring to the APR+ was used to investigate the effect of the DVI+ injection nozzle location and the broken cold leg velocity on the direct ECC bypass fraction. However, air is used as a working fluid to simulate the steam flow induced from the broken cold leg, and thus, the direct contact condensation effect is not considered in this study. Experimental study for the direct ECC bypass phenomena has been carryout out with various the injection mode and air velocity conditions. The tests were performed in the 1/5 scale ECC bypass test facility, and the test condition was defined using a scaling law referring to the APR+ reactor. Test results showed that the direct ECC bypass fraction was greatly enhanced compared with the reference test (w/o ECBD)

  17. New External Calibration Curves (ECCs) for the Estimation of Molecular Weights in Various Common NMR Solvents.

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    Bachmann, Sebastian; Neufeld, Roman; Dzemski, Martin; Stalke, Dietmar

    2016-06-13

    New external calibration curves (ECCs) for the estimation of aggregation states of small molecules in solution by DOSY NMR spectroscopy for a range of different common NMR solvents ([D6 ]DMSO, C6 D12 , C6 D6 , CDCl3 , and CD2 Cl2 ) are introduced and applied. ECCs are of avail to estimate molecular weights (MWs) from diffusion coefficients of previously unknown aggregates. This enables a straightforward and elaborate examination of (de)aggregation phenomena in solution.

  18. Self-Healing of Microcracks in Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC Under a Natural Environment

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    Victor C. Li

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper builds on previous self-healing engineered cementitious composites (ECC research by allowing ECC to heal outdoors, in the natural environment, under random and sometimes extreme environmental conditions. Development of an ECC material that can heal itself in the natural environment could lower infrastructure maintenance costs and allow for more sustainable development in the future by increasing service life and decreasing the amount of resources and energy needed for repairs. Determining to what extent current ECC materials self-heal in the natural environment is the first step in the development of an ECC that can completely heal itself when exposed to everyday environmental conditions. This study monitored outdoor ECC specimens for one year using resonant frequency (RF and mechanical reloading to determine the rate and extent of self-healing in the natural environment. It was found that the level of RF, stiffness, and first cracking strength recovery increased as the duration of natural environment exposure increased. For specimens that underwent multiple damage cycles, it was found that the level of recovery was highly dependent on the average temperature and amount of precipitation between each damage event. However, RF, stiffness, and first cracking strength recovery data for specimens that underwent multiple loading cycles suggest that self-healing functionality can be maintained under multiple damage events.

  19. Self-Healing of Microcracks in Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC) Under a Natural Environment.

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    Herbert, Emily N; Li, Victor C

    2013-07-15

    This paper builds on previous self-healing engineered cementitious composites (ECC) research by allowing ECC to heal outdoors, in the natural environment, under random and sometimes extreme environmental conditions. Development of an ECC material that can heal itself in the natural environment could lower infrastructure maintenance costs and allow for more sustainable development in the future by increasing service life and decreasing the amount of resources and energy needed for repairs. Determining to what extent current ECC materials self-heal in the natural environment is the first step in the development of an ECC that can completely heal itself when exposed to everyday environmental conditions. This study monitored outdoor ECC specimens for one year using resonant frequency (RF) and mechanical reloading to determine the rate and extent of self-healing in the natural environment. It was found that the level of RF, stiffness, and first cracking strength recovery increased as the duration of natural environment exposure increased. For specimens that underwent multiple damage cycles, it was found that the level of recovery was highly dependent on the average temperature and amount of precipitation between each damage event. However, RF, stiffness, and first cracking strength recovery data for specimens that underwent multiple loading cycles suggest that self-healing functionality can be maintained under multiple damage events.

  20. 基于FPGA的椭圆曲线密码(ECC)算法硬件设计%Hardware Design of Elliptic Curve Cryptography(ECC) Based on FPGA

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    赵曼; 徐和根

    2013-01-01

    Elliptic curve cryptosystem ( ECC) is a public key encryption system with the most secure unit key security at present, the application of FPGA and hardware design to implement the ECC cryptography have become a concern in the field of information security. The further study of the elliptic curve encryption and decryption is based on the theory, using the verilog hardware description language and schematic design method to achieve the ECC encryption algorithm, with high-speed and low-power characteristics.%椭圆曲线密码体制(elliptic curve cryptosystem,ECC)是目前已知的单位密钥安全性最高的一种公钥加密体制,使用FPGA等硬件设计方法来实现ECC密码系统已成为信息安全领域引人关注的研究.该文在深入研究椭圆曲线加解密理论基础上,使用Verilog硬件描述语言和原理图输入法共同实现了ECC加密算法,具有高速、低功耗的特点.

  1. Evaluation of precipitates used in strainer head loss testing: Part II. Precipitates by in situ aluminum alloy corrosion

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    Bahn, Chi Bum, E-mail: bahn@anl.go [Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL 60439 (United States); Kasza, Ken E.; Shack, William J.; Natesan, Ken [Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL 60439 (United States); Klein, Paul [The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Rockville, MD 20852 (United States)

    2011-05-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Research highlights: Sump strainer head loss testing to evaluate chemical effects. Aluminum hydroxide precipitates by in situ Al alloy corrosion caused head loss. Intermetallic particles released from Al alloy can also cause significant head loss. When evaluating Al effect on head loss, intermetallics should be considered. - Abstract: Vertical loop head loss tests were performed with 6061 and 1100 aluminum (Al) alloy plates immersed in borated solution at pH = 9.3 at room temperature and 60 {sup o}C. The results suggest that the potential for corrosion of an Al alloy to result in increased head loss across a glass fiber bed may depend on its microstructure, i.e., the size distribution and number density of intermetallic particles that are present in Al matrix and FeSiAl ternary compounds, as well as its Al release rate. Per unit mass of Al removed from solution, the WCAP-16530 aluminum hydroxide (Al(OH){sub 3}) surrogate was more effective in increasing head loss than the Al(OH){sub 3} precipitates formed in situ by corrosion of Al alloy. However, in choosing a representative amount of surrogate for plant specific testing, consideration should be given to the potential for additional head losses due to intermetallic particles and the apparent reduction in the effective solubility of Al(OH){sub 3} when intermetallic particles are present.

  2. Influence of blockage effect on measurement by vane anemometers

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    Sluse Jan

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with influence of blockage effect caused by vane anemometer in the wind tunnel by measurement via this anemometer. The influences will be represented by correction coefficient. The first part of this article is focused on the design of the impeller of vane anemometers. The impellers are printed on 3D printer with variable parameters. The anemometer is fixed in an open section of the wind tunnel with closed loop and the velocity profile is measured by Laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV in front and behind it for all impellers. The experimental data are compared with the numerical simulation in OpenFOAM. The results are correction coefficients.

  3. Energy-dissipating and self-repairing SMA-ECC composite material system

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    Li, Xiaopeng; Li, Mo; Song, Gangbing

    2015-02-01

    Structural component ductility and energy dissipation capacity are crucial factors for achieving reinforced concrete structures more resistant to dynamic loading such as earthquakes. Furthermore, limiting post-event residual damage and deformation allows for immediate re-operation or minimal repairs. These desirable characteristics for structural ‘resilience’, however, present significant challenges due to the brittle nature of concrete, its deformation incompatibility with ductile steel, and the plastic yielding of steel reinforcement. Here, we developed a new composite material system that integrates the unique ductile feature of engineered cementitious composites (ECC) with superelastic shape memory alloy (SMA). In contrast to steel reinforced concrete (RC) and SMA reinforced concrete (SMA-RC), the SMA-ECC beams studied in this research exhibited extraordinary energy dissipation capacity, minimal residual deformation, and full self-recovery of damage under cyclic flexural loading. We found that the tensile strain capacity of ECC, tailored up to 5.5% in this study, allows it to work compatibly with superelastic SMA. Furthermore, the distributed microcracking damage mechanism in ECC is critical for sufficient and reliable recovery of damage upon unloading. This research demonstrates the potential of SMA-ECC for improving resilience of concrete structures under extreme hazard events.

  4. Holistic care patient with Early Childhood Caries (ECC: A case report

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    Intan Maulani

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Early Childhood Caries (ECC is a specific form of severe dental caries that affects infants and young children. ECC progresses rapidly in those who are at high risk, and often goes untreated. Children experiencing caries as infants or toddlers have a much greater probability of subsequent caries in both primary and permanent dentitions. This case showed management holistic care for children with ECC.A five year old boy patient accompanied with her parents were reported to the Pedodontic Clinic Padjadjaran University Dental Hospital with a chief complaint of decayed upper anterior teeth and pain in the molar teeth. Clinical examinations found dental caries almost all teeth in the maxilla and mandible. Based on panoramic radiograph, treatments that can be done are strip crown glass ionomer restorations, pulp treatments, extractions and fixed space maintainer. Patients diagnosed with severe ECC, patient and parents described on this type of caries. During treatment the patient was given oral hygiene instruction and recommend daily use of tooth mouse. After all treatment were completed, fluoride topical, and fissure sealants, recall check up after three months was scheduled. Holistic care needed in handling children with ECC.

  5. Comparison of outcomes following combined ECCE-trabeculectomy versus phacoemulsification-trabeculectomy.

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    Tous, Horacio M; Nevárez, Juan

    2006-12-01

    To analyze and compare the main outcomes between trabeculectomies combined with extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) versus those with phacoemulsification (Phaco). The authors retrospectively reviewed one surgeon's 357 consecutive cases (475 eyes) of combined cataract extraction, intraocular lens implantation and Mitomycin enhanced trabeculectomy. Patients were divided into two groups, those who underwent extracapsular cataract extraction (80 eyes) and those having phacoemulsification (395 eyes). Analysis of postoperative visual acuity, intraocular pressure (IOP), number of glaucoma medications, postoperative adverse events and additional procedures required, was done. Minimum follow-up was 12 months with an average of 53 months. There was no significant difference (p = 1.000) between the groups in terms of visual acuity improvement rate, 66% (ECCE) versus 59% (Phaco). Postoperatively IOP with both techniques fell significantly (p ECCE vs. 14.1 mmHg Phaco, p = 1.0000). Postoperative pressure spikes occurred in 6% versus 10% (p = 0.3995) of the eyes. No significant difference (55% ECCE versus 63% Phaco, p = 0.1674) between the two groups in terms of glaucoma medication reduction was found. The total number of postoperative complications (89% versus 68.5%) were significantly higher (p = 0.0001) in the ECCE-group, as well as the total number of eyes which required further interventions (86% versus 64%, p = 0.0001). Both combined surgery techniques are effective and yielded similar long-term results. However phacoemulsification can decrease the post operative complications associated with this surgery.

  6. Lightweight ECC based RFID authentication integrated with an ID verifier transfer protocol.

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    He, Debiao; Kumar, Neeraj; Chilamkurti, Naveen; Lee, Jong-Hyouk

    2014-10-01

    The radio frequency identification (RFID) technology has been widely adopted and being deployed as a dominant identification technology in a health care domain such as medical information authentication, patient tracking, blood transfusion medicine, etc. With more and more stringent security and privacy requirements to RFID based authentication schemes, elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) based RFID authentication schemes have been proposed to meet the requirements. However, many recently published ECC based RFID authentication schemes have serious security weaknesses. In this paper, we propose a new ECC based RFID authentication integrated with an ID verifier transfer protocol that overcomes the weaknesses of the existing schemes. A comprehensive security analysis has been conducted to show strong security properties that are provided from the proposed authentication scheme. Moreover, the performance of the proposed authentication scheme is analyzed in terms of computational cost, communicational cost, and storage requirement.

  7. Intraocular pressure following ECCE and IOL implantation in patients with glaucoma.

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    Kooner, K S; Dulaney, D D; Zimmerman, T J

    1988-08-01

    Patients with glaucoma may suffer optic nerve head damage due to elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) after any intraocular procedure. We retrospectively reviewed the IOP data in 82 consecutive patients (103 eyes) with glaucoma after extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) and posterior chamber intraocular lens (PC-IOL) implantation. Nine eyes had previous trabeculectomy and three eyes required combined trabeculectomy with ECCE and PC-IOL. The average follow-up period is 1.5 years (range 0.5 to 6 years). The postoperative IOP rise of 8 mm Hg over baseline or above 23 mm Hg was observed in 45 eyes (49.5%). Two eyes needed argon laser trabeculoplasty and one required trabeculectomy to control postoperative IOP elevation. Most of the patients required the same or lesser number of medications for IOP control after surgery. Results suggest that ECCE with PC-IOL may be a relatively safe procedure in cataract patients with preexisting glaucoma.

  8. Clinical outcomes and costs of cataract surgery performed by planned ECCE and phacoemulsification.

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    Castells, X; Comas, M; Castilla, M; Cots, F; Alarcón, S

    1998-01-01

    To compare clinical outcomes and costs of cataract surgery between patients operated with standard extracapsular extraction (ECCE) and those undergoing phacoemulsification. Patients from the Ophthalmology Department of a teaching hospital in Barcelona (Spain) scheduled for cataract surgery, not combined with any other ophthalmic procedure. A retrospective analysis has been performed on a database of 1046 patients undergoing ECCE and phacoemulsification. The outcome measures used were: surgical complications, visual acuity and costs of surgery and of follow-up. Overall rate of all complications and postoperative visual acuity were compared between the two groups, adjusting for age, preoperative visual acuity, medical and ocular comorbidity. 31.9% of the patients (334) underwent phacoemulsification, and 68.1% (712) underwent ECCE. Patients undergoing phacoemulsification presented a frequency of intra- and postoperative complications lower than those undergoing ECCE (odds ratio 0.57, 95%CI 0.37-0.87 and 0.66, 95%CI 0.46-0.96, respectively), specifically for intraoperative iris trauma (3.1% vs 0.3%, p = 0.004), residual posterior capsular opacity (2% vs 0.3%, p = 0.035) and postoperative corneal edema (7.4% vs 3.6%, p = 0.016). Costs of intervention and follow-up were lower for phacoemulsification compared with ECCE (23.9% and 14%, respectively). But global costs were slightly higher for phacoemulsification (4.87%), due to supply costs, which were more than twice those of ECCE. Phacoemulsification, when performed by an experienced surgeon, has better clinical outcomes than planned extracapsular extraction, and costs may be lower since supply costs are expected to decrease as the phacoemulsification technique becomes more widespread.

  9. BREASTFEEDING AND EARLY CHILDHOOD CARIES (ECC SEVERITY OF CHILDREN UNDER THREE YEARS OLD IN DKI JAKARTA

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    Risqa Rina Darwita

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The prevalence and severity of caries in children under three years old are constantly increasing. One of the cause is the increase consumption of cariogenic carbohydrate. Breast milk have buffer capacity that eventually able to prevent caries. The aims of this research are to discover the correlation between breastfeeding with the severity of Early Childhood Caries (ECC in children under three years old, to provide information on prevalence and severity of caries in children under three years, and to explain factors influencing the incidence of ECC. This research designed cross sectionally and conducted upon 565 children aged 12-38 months, selected using multistage cluster random sampling. The ECC prevalence of children under three years in DKI Jakarta is 52.7%, with average score of def-t 2.85. Bivariate analysis showed that, variables which correlate with the level of ECC are; the way to deliver (p=0,012, frequency (p=0,002, duration (p=0,002, salivary buffer capacity (p=0.013, habitual consumption of sugary diet (p=0.005, child’s dental hygiene behavior (p=0.002, and mother’s education (p=0.001. Multivariate analysis showed that ECC can be explained by these variables: age, mother’s education, the way to deliver and frequency of breast milk complements/replacement of consumtions, child’s brushing habit, plaque pH, and salivary buffer capacity. Resulting determination coefficient 32.1%. There is no significant correlation between breastfeeding and the level of Early Childhood Caries (ECC. The role of protective qualities of breastfeeding are not shown because of bias in obtaining data influence the incidence of caries.

  10. Closure Report for Corrective Action Unit 230: Area 22 Sewage Lagoons and Corrective Action Unit 320: Area 22 Desert Rock Airport Strainer Box Nevada Test Site, Nevada

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    D. S. Tobiason

    2001-07-01

    This Closure Report (CR) describes the remediation activities performed and the results of verification sampling conducted at Corrective Action Unit (CAU) 230, Area 22 Sewage Lagoons and CAU 320, Area 22 Desert Rock Airport Strainer Box. The CAU is currently listed in Appendix III of the Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order (FFACO, 1996). The CAU is located in Area 22 of the Nevada Test Site (NTS) (Figure 1) and consists of the following Corrective Action Sites (CASs): 22-03-01- Sewage Lagoon (CAU 230); and 22-99-01- Strainer Box (CAU 320). Included with CAS 22-99-01 is a buried Imhoff tank and a sludge bed. These CAUs will be collectively referred to in this plan as the Area 22 Sewage Lagoons site. Site characterization activities were done during September 1999. Characterization of the manholes associated with the septic system leading to the Imhoff tank was done during March 2000. The results of the characterization presented in the Corrective Action Decision Document (CADD) indicated that only the sludge bed (CAS 22-99-01) contained constituents of concern (COC) above action levels and required remediation (U.S. Department of Energy, Nevada Operations Office [DOE/NV], 2000a).

  11. MICROORGANISMS FOUND IN SECONDARY CATARACT MATERIAL OF ECCE PATIENTS, A STUDY WITH SEM AND TEM

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    KALICHARAN, D; JONGEBLOED, WL; LOS, LI; WORST, JGF

    1993-01-01

    Globular secondary cataract material, removed from 24 patients with ECCE after ophthalmic cleaning of the anterior capsule, were investigated with SEM and TEM. Besides spherical, somewhat oval shaped bodies of various shape and size comparable with those found in cataractous lenses, (an)aerobic

  12. Zirconia crowns--an esthetic and resistant restorative alternative for ECC affected primary teeth.

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    Planells del Pozo, P; Fuks, A B

    2014-01-01

    The present report discusses briefly the problem of ECC in very young children and the recommended approaches for prevention and treatment. The esthetic restoration of the maxillary incisors with Zirconia Nu Smile crowns is described. It is also stressed that the luxation injury two months after placement did not damage the appearance nor the stability of the crowns.

  13. Complete genome sequences of Escherichia coli strains 1303 and ECC-1470 isolated from bovine mastitis

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    Leimbach, Andreas; Poehlein, Anja; Witten, Anika; Scheutz, Flemming; Schukken, Ynte; Daniel, Rolf; Dobrindt, Ulrich

    2016-01-01

    Escherichia coli is the leading causative agent of acute bovine mastitis. Here, we report the complete genome sequence of E. coli O70:H32 strain 1303, isolated from an acute case of bovine mastitis, and E. coli Ont:Hnt strain ECC-1470, isolated from a persistent infection.

  14. Candida albicans Carriage in Children with Severe Early Childhood Caries (S-ECC) and Maternal Relatedness

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    Xiao, Jin; Moon, Yonghwi; Li, Lihua; Rustchenko, Elena; Wakabayashi, Hironao; Zhao, Xiaoyi; Feng, Changyong; Gill, Steven R.; McLaren, Sean; Malmstrom, Hans; Ren, Yanfang; Quivey, Robert

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Candida albicans has been detected together with Streptococcus mutans in high numbers in plaque-biofilm from children with early childhood caries (ECC). The goal of this study was to examine the C. albicans carriage in children with severe early childhood caries (S-ECC) and the maternal relatedness. Methods Subjects in this pilot cross-sectional study were recruited based on a convenient sample. DMFT(S)/dmft(s) caries and plaque scores were assessed during a comprehensive oral exam. Social-demographic and related background information was collected through a questionnaire. Saliva and plaque sample from all children and mother subjects were collected. C. albicans were isolated by BBL™ CHROMagar™ and also identified using germ tube test. S. mutans was isolated using Mitis Salivarius with Bacitracin selective medium and identified by colony morphology. Genetic relatedness was examined using restriction endonuclease analysis of the C. albicans genome using BssHII (REAG-B). Multilocus sequence typing was used to examine the clustering information of isolated C. albicans. Spot assay was performed to examine the C. albicans Caspofungin susceptibility between S-ECC children and their mothers. All statistical analyses (power analysis for sample size, Spearman’s correlation coefficient and multiple regression analyses) were implemented with SAS 9.4 Results A total of 18 S-ECC child-mother pairs and 17 caries free child-mother pairs were enrolled in the study. Results indicated high C. albicans carriage rate in the oral cavity (saliva and plaque) of both S-ECC children and their mothers (>80%). Spearman’s correlation coefficient also indicated a significant correlation between salivary and plaque C. albicans and S. mutans carriage (p60% of them demonstrated identical C. albicans REAG-B pattern. C. albicans isolated from >65% of child-mother pairs demonstrated similar susceptibility to caspofungin in spot assay, while no caspofungin resistant strains were

  15. Thermal hydraulic investigations on porous blockage in a prototype sodium cooled fast reactor fuel pin bundle

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    Raj, M.Naveen; Velusamy, K., E-mail: kvelu@igcar.gov.in; Maity, Ram Kumar

    2016-07-15

    Highlights: • We simulate flow and temperature fields in FBR fuel bundle with porous blockage. • We perform RANS-based CFD simulation for 217 pin bundle of 7 axial pitch lengths. • Flow reduction in fuel bundle due to porous internal blockage is estimated. • Monitoring bulk sodium outlet temperature does not guarantee blockage detection. • Admissible blockage length to avoid sodium boiling is determined. - Abstract: Thermal hydraulic characteristics of sodium flow in a prototype fuel subassembly with porous internal blockage have been investigated by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. CFD solutions for a subassembly having 217 pin bundle with seven helical pitch length were obtained by parallel processing. The CFD model has been validated against benchmark blockage experiment reported in literature. Wide parametric ranges for blockage radius, porosity, mean particle diameter and location of blockage have been considered. Critical length of blockage that would result in local sodium boiling as a function of aforementioned blockage parameters has been estimated and the parametric zone posing risk of sodium boiling has been identified. Attention has been paid to coolant mixing and flow and temperature fields downstream of the blockage zone. It is seen that for a prototype subassembly with various sections contributing to pressure loss, the total flow reduction is <2.5% for all blockages that can lead to local sodium boiling. This suggests, that global bulk sodium temperature monitoring at subassembly outlet is unlikely to detect slowly growing blockages. Comparing the sodium flow and temperature fields in unblocked and blocked bundles, it is found that the wake-induced temperature non-uniformity persist even upto 3 helical pitch length, highlighting that the sodium temperature non-uniformity at the bundle exit can serve as an efficient blockage indicator, provided that the cross-section temperature is mapped by a proper instrumentation. The peak

  16. Preparation and evaluation of {sup 68}Ga-ECC as a PET renal imaging agent

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    Mizaei, Alireza; Jaililan, Amir Reza; Mazidi, Mohammad; Aghanejad, Ayuob; Yousefnia, Hassan; Shabani, Gholamli; Ardaneh, Khosro [Radiation Application Research School, Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Geramifar, Patham; Beiki, Davood [Research Center for Nuclear Medicine, Shariati Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-09-15

    Development of a gallium-68-labeled renal tracer can be a good substitute for Tc-99m, a known SPECT tracer. In this study, effort was made to develop {sup 68}Ga-ethylenecysteamine cysteine ({sup 68}Ga-ECC). Ga-ECC was prepared using generator-based {sup 68}GaCl3 and ethylenecysteamine cysteine (ECC) at optimized conditions. Stability of the complex was checked in human serum followed by partition coefficient determination of the tracer. The biodistribution of the tracer in rats was studied using tissue counting and PET/CT imaging up to 120 min. Ga-ECC was prepared at optimized conditions in 15 min at 90 °C (radiochemical purity ≈97 ± 0.88 % ITLC, >99 % HPLC, specific activity: 210 ± 5 GBq/mM). {sup 68}Ga-ECC was a water-soluble complex based on partition coefficient data (log P; −1.378) and was stable in the presence of human serum for 2 h at 37 °C. The biodistribution of the tracer demonstrated high kidney excretion of the tracer in 10–20 min. The SUV{sub max} ratios of the liver to left kidney were 0.38 and 0.39 for 30 and 90 min, respectively, indicating high kidney uptake. Initial biodistribution results showed significant kidney and urinary excretion of the tracer comparable to that of the homologous {sup 99m}Tc compound. The complex could be a possible PET kidney imaging agent with a fast imaging time.

  17. Blockage effect on the flow around a cylinder probe in calibration

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    WANG Hong-wei; WEI Jun

    2007-01-01

    Flow around a 2-D cylinder pressure probe placed in uniform flow, free jet flow, and wind tunnel flow was analyzed with potential flow theory and simulated with numerical method. Blockage effect was investigated under several typical flow Mach numbers. The result from numerical simulation shows a similar trend to the one from potential flow method while varies in quantity. Wind tunnel walls accelerate the flow near the probe and thus produce a blockage effect;Boundary of free jet flow, however, decelerates the flow and thus produces a "negative" blockage effect. A maximum incoming Mach number exists when the probe is calibrated in wind tunnel in high subsonic condition due to choking caused by shocks and shock induced separation. The critical Mach number varies with blockage ratio, which makes high Mach number impossible to achieve in large blockage ratio condition. The blockage effect itself is unavoidable for calibration or measurement although a sufficiently small blockage ratio brings minor effect. Correction can be implemented based on the numerical simulation result presented in this paper and further works.

  18. CFD study on inlet flow blockage accidents in rectangular fuel assembly

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    Fan, Wenyuan, E-mail: fanwy@mail.ustc.edu.cn; Peng, Changhong, E-mail: pengch@ustc.edu.cn; Guo, Yun, E-mail: guoyun79@ustc.edu.cn

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • 3D CFD and Relap5 simulations on inlet flow blockage are performed. • Transient effects are investigated by dynamic mesh technique. • Similar flow and power redistributions are predicted in both methods. • Local effects of the blockage are captured by CFD method and analyzed. - Abstract: Three-dimensional transient CFD simulation of 90% inlet flow blockage accidents in rectangular fuel assembly is performed, using the dynamic mesh technique. One-dimensional steady calculation is done for comparison, using Relap5 code. Similar mass flow rate redistributions and asymmetric power redistributions of the plate in the blocked scenario are obtained. No boiling is predicted in both simulations, however, CFD approach provides more in-depth investigations of flow transients and the thermal-hydraulic interaction. The development of flow blockage transients is so fast that the rapid redistribution of mass flow rates occurs in only 0.015 s after the formation of the blockage. As a sequence of the inlet flow blockage, jet-flows and reversed flows occur in the blocked channel. This leads to complex temperature distributions of coolants and fuel plates, in which, the highest coolant temperature no longer occurs around the channel outlet. The present study shows the advantage and significance of the application of three-dimensional transient CFD technique in investigating flow blockage accidents.

  19. Radionuclide Release after Channel Flow Blockage Accident in CANDU-6 Plant

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    Choi, Hoon; Jun, Hwang Yong [Korea Electric Power Corporation Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-05-15

    The channel flow blockage accident is one of the in core loss of coolant accidents, the release path of radionuclide is very different from conventional loss of coolant accidents. The large amount of radionuclide released from broken channel is being washed during it passes through the moderator in Calandria. The objective of containment behavior analysis for channel flow blockage event is to assess the amount of radionuclide release to the ambient atmosphere. Radionuclide release rates in case of channel flow blockage with all safety system available, that is containment building is intact, as well as with containment system impairment are analyzed with GOTHIC and SMART code

  20. Scaling of the direct ECC bypass during LBLOCA reflood phase with direct vessel injection system

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    Yun, B.J.; Kwon, T.S.; Song, C.H.; Jeong, J.J. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Inst., Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Cho, H.K.; Park, G.C. [Seoul National Univ., Dept. of Nuclear Engineering (Korea, Republic of)

    2001-07-01

    As one of the advanced design features of the Korea next generation reactor, direct vessel injection (DVI) system is being considered instead of conventional cold leg injection (CLI) system. It is known that the DVI system greatly enhances the reliability of the emergency core cooling (ECC) system. However, there is still a dispute on its performance in terms of water delivery to the reactor core during the reflood period of a large-break loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA). Thus, experimental validation is under progress. In this paper, a new scaling method, using time and velocity reduced linear scaling law, is suggested for the design of a scaled-down experimental facility to investigate the direct ECC bypass phenomena in PWR downcomer. (authors)

  1. Modifying the ECC-based grouping-proof RFID system to increase inpatient medication safety.

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    Ko, Wen-Tsai; Chiou, Shin-Yan; Lu, Erl-Huei; Chang, Henry Ker-Chang

    2014-09-01

    RFID technology is increasingly used in applications that require tracking, identification, and authentication. It attaches RFID-readable tags to objects for identification and execution of specific RFID-enabled applications. Recently, research has focused on the use of grouping-proofs for preserving privacy in RFID applications, wherein a proof of two or more tags must be simultaneously scanned. In 2010, a privacy-preserving grouping proof protocol for RFID based on ECC in public-key cryptosystem was proposed but was shown to be vulnerable to tracking attacks. A proposed enhancement protocol was also shown to have defects which prevented proper execution. In 2012, Lin et al. proposed a more efficient RFID ECC-based grouping proof protocol to promote inpatient medication safety. However, we found this protocol is also vulnerable to tracking and impersonation attacks. We then propose a secure privacy-preserving RFID grouping proof protocol for inpatient medication safety and demonstrate its resistance to such attacks.

  2. Nd:YAG laser removal of pupillary membranes developed after ECCE with PC-IOL implantation.

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    Kozobolis, V P; Pallikaris, I G; Tsambarlakis, I G; Vlachonikolis, I G

    1997-12-01

    To define the frequency of development of pupillary membranes after ECCE with PC-IOL implantation, and to remove the pupillary membranes using the Nd:YAG laser. From 400 patients who had undergone ECCE and were free from local or systemic illness affecting the blood-ocular barrier, 20 eyes developed pupillary membranes Nd:YAG laser was used to remove these pupillary membranes. The frequency of pupillary membranes was found to be 5% (9.8% in pex eyes and 3.3% to the non-pex eyes). Visual acuity improved in 17 eyes by 2 to 5 Snellen lines. No serious complications were observed, endothelium inclusive. Pseudoexfoliation might play a significant role in the development of postoperative pupillary membranes which could be successfully treated with the use of Nd:YAG laser. The safety of the procedure has to be evaluated in relation to the corneal endothelium damage in long-term.

  3. [ECCE with self-sealing cataract incision. Technique and clinical results].

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    Pham, D T; Wollensak, J; Drosch, S

    1995-06-01

    We present of modified technique for sutureless ECCE with a trapezoidal tunnel incision of 11 mm. The operation can be performed in a closed system because of the self-sealing wound construction. Compared to the sutured corneoscleral ECCE the new procedure has important advantages: the procedure is safe even during the critical phase following nucleus extraction. The procedure is therefore safer, faster, more economical and suture-induced astigmatism is avoided. Clinical experience after 2 years showed that postoperative complications were reduced significantly. Iris prolapse, wound dehiscens and hyphema occurred at a rate of 2%. The astigmatism (Jaffe analysis) was at a rate of 2 D, stable within 4 weeks after surgery, and did not change up to 2 years postoperatively. The astigmatism induced was then reduced about 0.5 D by a radical suture.

  4. Prosthetic Oral Rehabilitation of a Child With S-ECC: A Case Report with Histopathologic Analysis.

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    Tannure, P N; Moraes, G G; Borba, McU; Abrahão, A; Andrade, Mtrc; Fidalgo, Tks

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this case report is to describe the treatment planning of a young child with severe early childhood caries (S-ECC) as well as the prosthetic rehabilitation technique. A 3-year-old female child was referred to the pediatric dentistry clinic with the chief complaint of tooth pain, difficulty in eating and recurrent hospitalizations caused by dental infections. The mother reported intermittent episodes of fever and recurrent swelling of child's face. The girl presented angular cheilitis and was referred to a dietitian. The treatment plain consisted on a behavior changes in oral hygiene habits, exodontias of all primary teeth and oral rehabilitation with a prosthesis. The extracted teeth with periapical lesions were submitted to histopathologic analysis (hematoxilin and eosin staining) and revealed an inflammatory infiltrate. The aesthetic requirement of children with S-ECC has been a challenge to pediatric dentists. In the present case, the oral rehabilitation provided for the children better aesthetic, nutrition, phonation, and functional conditions.

  5. Comparison of data on Early Childhood Caries (ECC) with previous data for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (BBTD) in an Italian kindergarten population.

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    Ferro, R; Besostri, A; Meneghetti, B; Beghetto, M

    2004-06-01

    This was to assess the prevalence of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) among preschool children attending nursery schools and to compare the results with those of a previous survey where the investigators used the term and diagnosis for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (BBTD) syndrome. A cross-sectional survey of 1006 children aged 1-6 years was carried out. WHO recommendations for oral health surveys were used for caries diagnosis (non cavitated lesions were excluded). In addition, a comparison was made for prevalence of ECC between immigrant and native born children. Data were compared for ECC in the present survey with BBTD data in a previous study (1994) in the same area with a sample of 401 children aged 4 years. All examinations were by one examiner (Cohen's Kappa=0.96). Of the 1006 children originally selected 52 children aged more than 71 months were excluded according to published ECC definition and diagnostic criteria. The overall sample was 29 children aged <36 months; 271 aged 3 years; 364 aged 4 years and 290 aged 5 years. ECC was diagnosed in 19.7% of the overall sample. The prevalence of ECC (and S-ECC) were respectively by age: <36 months S-ECC=17.2%; at 3 years: 13.28% (6.64%); at 4 years: 18.95% (9.34%); at 5 years: 26.9% (12.75%). In the native born children (916) the ECC was 18.34%, while in immigrants (38) it was 52.63% (p<0.001). In 1994 the prevalence of BBTD syndrome was 11.9% and in the present study 6.5%. The ECC prevalence, as, ECC and severe (S-ECC),increased with age. In immigrant children ECC was 3 times (S-ECC 6 times) more frequent than in native born. Using the BBTD diagnosis the prevalence had dropped from 11.9% in 1994 to 6.5% in the present survey.

  6. A Secure-Enhanced Data Aggregation Based on ECC in Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Qiang Zhou

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Data aggregation is an important technique for reducing the energy consumption of sensor nodes in wireless sensor networks (WSNs. However, compromised aggregators may forge false values as the aggregated results of their child nodes in order to conduct stealthy attacks or steal other nodes’ privacy. This paper proposes a Secure-Enhanced Data Aggregation based on Elliptic Curve Cryptography (SEDA-ECC. The design of SEDA-ECC is based on the principles of privacy homomorphic encryption (PH and divide-and-conquer. An aggregation tree disjoint method is first adopted to divide the tree into three subtrees of similar sizes, and a PH-based aggregation is performed in each subtree to generate an aggregated subtree result. Then the forged result can be identified by the base station (BS by comparing the aggregated count value. Finally, the aggregated result can be calculated by the BS according to the remaining results that have not been forged. Extensive analysis and simulations show that SEDA-ECC can achieve the highest security level on the aggregated result with appropriate energy consumption compared with other asymmetric schemes.

  7. Convento del Santo Ecce-Homo síntesis histórica y esbozo analítico

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    Alberto Corradine

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Convento del Santo ECCE-HOMO, Síntesis histórica y esbozo-analítico/ Alberto Corradine. No. 6-7, 1971-1972; p. 57-68. El autor describe y analiza el estilo arquitectónico del ECCE-HOMO señalando especialmente la influencia del estilo mudejar venido de España en el siglo XVII. 

  8. Convento del santo ecce-homo síntesis histórica y esbozo analítico

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    Alberto Corradine

    2012-01-01

    Convento del Santo ECCE-HOMO, Síntesis histórica y esbozo-analítico/ Alberto Corradine. No. 6-7, 1971-1972; p. 57-68. El autor describe y analiza el estilo arquitectónico del ECCE-HOMO señalando especialmente la influencia del estilo mudejar venido de España en el siglo XVII. 

  9. Modeling and Simulation of Release of Radiation in Flow Blockage Accident for Two Loops PWR

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    Khurram Mehboob; Cao Xinrong; Majid Ali

    2012-01-01

    In this study modeling and simulation of release of radiation form two loops PWR has been carried out for flow blockage accident. For this purpose, a MATLAB based program “Source Term Evaluator for Flow Blockage Accident” (STEFBA) has been developed, which uses the core inventory as its primary input. The TMI-2 reactor is considered as the reference plant for this study. For 1100 reactor operation days, the core inventory has been evaluated under the core design constrains at average reactor ...

  10. A Good Solution for Household Based on Fast Waste Water Blockage Detection

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    Mohammad A. Omardin

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The waste pipes from the wash basin are always flow in with several waste form kitchen preparation. Due to time consideration the pipe may comes through blockage and need blockage maintenance. Approach: This study presented an invention for early warning blockage detection for a kitchen waste water drain pipe. The waste water pipe some be connected through vertical pipe runs which are usually embedded in the wall. The Fast Waste Water Blockage Detection (FWABET is to create early detection of a blocked waste water level at kitchen appliances means for quick action knowing fluid flow passing through detector and indicates sign and alarm. Results: User society and country will be benefited from FWABET such as restaurants, slaughters house, hotels, hospitals, building developers and plumbing contractors. It is the first invention in Malaysia and can be adapt as a part of building services requirements. Conclusion: It is concluded that by apply the FWABETs, it may reduce the costs and time of blockage waste water blockage drainage maintenance operations.

  11. Blockage of mitochondrial calcium uniporter prevents iron accumulation in a model of experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage

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    Yan, Huiying [Department of Neurosurgery, Jinling Hospital, School of Medicine, Nanjing University, 305 East Zhongshan Road, Nanjing 210002, Jiangsu Province (China); Hao, Shuangying; Sun, Xiaoyan [Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Molecular Medicine, Medical School of Nanjing University, 22 Hankou Road, Nanjing 210093, Jiangsu Province (China); Zhang, Dingding; Gao, Xin; Yu, Zhuang [Department of Neurosurgery, Jinling Hospital, School of Medicine, Nanjing University, 305 East Zhongshan Road, Nanjing 210002, Jiangsu Province (China); Li, Kuanyu, E-mail: likuanyu@nju.edu.cn [Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Molecular Medicine, Medical School of Nanjing University, 22 Hankou Road, Nanjing 210093, Jiangsu Province (China); Hang, Chun-Hua, E-mail: hang_neurosurgery@163.com [Department of Neurosurgery, Jinling Hospital, School of Medicine, Nanjing University, 305 East Zhongshan Road, Nanjing 210002, Jiangsu Province (China)

    2015-01-24

    Highlights: • Iron accumulation was involved in the acute phase following SAH. • Blockage of MCU could attenuate cellular iron accumulation following SAH. • Blockage of MCU could decrease ROS generation and improve cell energy supply following SAH. • Blockage of MCU could alleviate apoptosis and brain injury following SAH. - Abstract: Previous studies have shown that iron accumulation is involved in the pathogenesis of brain injury following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and chelation of iron reduced mortality and oxidative DNA damage. We previously reported that blockage of mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) provided benefit in the early brain injury after experimental SAH. This study was undertaken to identify whether blockage of MCU could ameliorate iron accumulation-associated brain injury following SAH. Therefore, we used two reagents ruthenium red (RR) and spermine (Sper) to inhibit MCU. Sprague–Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into four groups including sham, SAH, SAH + RR, and SAH + Sper. Biochemical analysis and histological assays were performed. The results confirmed the iron accumulation in temporal lobe after SAH. Interestingly, blockage of MCU dramatically reduced the iron accumulation in this area. The mechanism was revealed that inhibition of MCU reversed the down-regulation of iron regulatory protein (IRP) 1/2 and increase of ferritin. Iron–sulfur cluster dependent-aconitase activity was partially conserved when MCU was blocked. In consistence with this and previous report, ROS levels were notably reduced and ATP supply was rescued; levels of cleaved caspase-3 dropped; and integrity of neurons in temporal lobe was protected. Taken together, our results indicated that blockage of MCU could alleviate iron accumulation and the associated injury following SAH. These findings suggest that the alteration of calcium and iron homeostasis be coupled and MCU be considered to be a therapeutic target for patients suffering from SAH.

  12. Predicting Clearance Mechanism in Drug Discovery: Extended Clearance Classification System (ECCS).

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    Varma, Manthena V; Steyn, Stefanus J; Allerton, Charlotte; El-Kattan, Ayman F

    2015-12-01

    Early prediction of clearance mechanisms allows for the rapid progression of drug discovery and development programs, and facilitates risk assessment of the pharmacokinetic variability associated with drug interactions and pharmacogenomics. Here we propose a scientific framework--Extended Clearance Classification System (ECCS)--which can be used to predict the predominant clearance mechanism (rate-determining process) based on physicochemical properties and passive membrane permeability. Compounds are classified as: Class 1A--metabolism as primary systemic clearance mechanism (high permeability acids/zwitterions with molecular weight (MW) ≤400 Da), Class 1B--transporter-mediated hepatic uptake as primary systemic clearance mechanism (high permeability acids/zwitterions with MW >400 Da), Class 2--metabolism as primary clearance mechanism (high permeability bases/neutrals), Class 3A--renal clearance (low permeability acids/zwitterions with MW ≤400 Da), Class 3B--transporter mediated hepatic uptake or renal clearance (low permeability acids/zwitterions with MW >400 Da), and Class 4--renal clearance (low permeability bases/neutrals). The performance of the ECCS framework was validated using 307 compounds with single clearance mechanism contributing to ≥70% of systemic clearance. The apparent permeability across clonal cell line of Madin - Darby canine kidney cells, selected for low endogenous efflux transporter expression, with a cut-off of 5 × 10(-6) cm/s was used for permeability classification, and the ionization (at pH7) was assigned based on calculated pKa. The proposed scheme correctly predicted the rate-determining clearance mechanism to be either metabolism, hepatic uptake or renal for ~92% of total compounds. We discuss the general characteristics of each ECCS class, as well as compare and contrast the framework with the biopharmaceutics classification system (BCS) and the biopharmaceutics drug disposition classification system (BDDCS

  13. The course of nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy following ECCE with posterior chamber IOL implantation.

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    Raniel, Y; Teichner, Y; Friedman, Z

    1994-01-01

    A prospective study on the effect of ECCE + IOL implantation on the course of diabetic retinopathy (DR) in 59 eyes showed that in one to three years following surgery, progression of DR, including the development of newly formed one, occurred in 28.8% of the eyes. This was more marked in patient with IDDM (IDDM-46%, NIDDM-24%) as well as in eyes with pre-operative BDR (pre-operative BDR-62.5%, no pre-operative BDR-16.3%). Final visual acuity was better in eyes without pre-operative DR as well as in eyes that did not show progression of the retinopathy.

  14. Microorganisms found in secondary cataract material of ECCE patients, a study with SEM and TEM.

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    Kalicharan, D; Jongebloed, W L; Los, L I; Worst, J G

    1993-01-01

    Globular secondary cataract material, removed from 24 patients with ECCE after ophthalmic cleaning of the anterior capsule, were investigated with SEM and TEM. Besides spherical, somewhat oval shaped bodies of various shape and size comparable with those found in cataractous lenses, (an)aerobic bacteria and yeast cells were found in approximately 70% of the cases, all of them in eyes without intra-ocular inflammation. Probably these bacteria have been transferred from the conjunctiva during IOL.-implantation and were encapsulated without starting an inflammation.

  15. Post-manufacturing, 17-times acceptable raw bit error rate enhancement, dynamic codeword transition ECC scheme for highly reliable solid-state drives, SSDs

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    Tanakamaru, Shuhei; Fukuda, Mayumi; Higuchi, Kazuhide; Esumi, Atsushi; Ito, Mitsuyoshi; Li, Kai; Takeuchi, Ken

    2011-04-01

    A dynamic codeword transition ECC scheme is proposed for highly reliable solid-state drives, SSDs. By monitoring the error number or the write/erase cycles, the ECC codeword dynamically increases from 512 Byte (+parity) to 1 KByte, 2 KByte, 4 KByte…32 KByte. The proposed ECC with a larger codeword decreases the failure rate after ECC. As a result, the acceptable raw bit error rate, BER, before ECC is enhanced. Assuming a NAND Flash memory which requires 8-bit correction in 512 Byte codeword ECC, a 17-times higher acceptable raw BER than the conventional fixed 512 Byte codeword ECC is realized for the mobile phone application without an interleaving. For the MP3 player, digital-still camera and high-speed memory card applications with a dual channel interleaving, 15-times higher acceptable raw BER is achieved. Finally, for the SSD application with 8 channel interleaving, 13-times higher acceptable raw BER is realized. Because the ratio of the user data to the parity bits is the same in each ECC codeword, no additional memory area is required. Note that the reliability of SSD is improved after the manufacturing without cost penalty. Compared with the conventional ECC with the fixed large 32 KByte codeword, the proposed scheme achieves a lower power consumption by introducing the "best-effort" type operation. In the proposed scheme, during the most of the lifetime of SSD, a weak ECC with a shorter codeword such as 512 Byte (+parity), 1 KByte and 2 KByte is used and 98% lower power consumption is realized. At the life-end of SSD, a strong ECC with a 32 KByte codeword is used and the highly reliable operation is achieved. The random read performance is also discussed. The random read performance is estimated by the latency. The latency is below 1.5 ms for ECC codeword up to 32 KByte. This latency is below the average latency of 15,000 rpm HDD, 2 ms.

  16. Axillary Brachial Plexus Blockage in Treatment of Upper Extremity Ischemic Disorder in Critically Ill Patient: A Report of Two Cases

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    İlkay Ceylan

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Arterial catheterization, vasoactive agents, autonomic dysfunction and septic embolus may cause ischemia at distal ends of upper extremity in critically ill patients. Axillary brachial plexus blockage is highly reliable intervention when appropriate technique is used. Sympathetic blockage occurs after administration of local anesthetic drug and can resolve the circulatory disorder of extremity. We aimed to present two cases with ischemia of upper distal extremity that resolves after axillary brachial plexus blockage.

  17. TCM Treatment for 40 Cases of Rheumatoid Arthritis with Channel Blockage due to Yin Deficiency

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    杨维华; 欧阳剑虹; 朱克剑; 周慎; 彭志辉

    2003-01-01

    @@ To verify the therapeutic effects of the method of softening and lubricating the joints, and calming the endogenous wind in case of rheumatoidirthritis (RA) with the syndrome of channel blockage due to yin deficiency, 60 RA patients with the syndrome of channel blockage due to yin deficiency were randomly divided into a treatment group (40 cases) and a control group (20 cases) and treated respectively by the The result turned out to be that the effect in the treatment group was very satisfying. The treatment group obtained a better result in the accumulated points of syndrome and RA, morning rigidity of the joints, grip strength, 20m walking time and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) (P<0.01 or P<0.05). The above indicates that channel blockage due to yin deficiency is an important pathogenesis of RA, and calming the endogenous wind is a method of choice for treating RA.

  18. Effects of cooling channel blockage on fuel plate temperature in Tehran Research Reactor

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    TABBAKH Farshid

    2009-01-01

    In this study, the variation of the temperature distribution of the fuel plate in Tehran Research Reactor core was studied in case of coolant channels blockage. While the experimental method is not possible, both the analytical and simulation methods were used to obtain the more reliable data. The results show that one channel blockage will increase the fuel temperature to about 100%, but it does not lead to clad melt down still. With further calculation and simulation it is understood that if the coolant velocity drops to 90% of its nominal value, it may causes the clad melt-ing down. At least two channels with complete blockage even at the positions far from the core center can also melt down the clad.

  19. Design and Development of Vision Based Blockage Clearance Robot for Sewer Pipes

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    Krishna Prasad Nesaian

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Robotic technology is one of the advanced technologies, which is capable of completing tasks at situations where humans are unable to reach, see or survive. The underground sewer pipelines are the major tools for the transportation of effluent water. A lot of troubles caused by blockage in sewer pipe will lead to overflow of effluent water, sanitation problems. So robotic vehicle that is capable of traveling at underneath effluent water determining blockage using ultrasonic sensors and clearing by means of drilling mechanism is done. In addition to that wireless camera is fixed which acts as a robot vision by which we can monitor video and capture images using MATLAB tool. Thus in this project a prototype model of underground sewer pipe blockage clearance robot with drilling type will be developed

  20. Creativity: blockages and patterns of some employees at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory

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    Moir, E.B.

    1978-06-01

    The kinds and quality of blockages to creativity are studied for two groups of employees, a group of peer-identified creative individuals and a group attending a career/life planning workshop. The employees from both groups represent a cross section of scientists/engineers, administrators, and technical support personnel and administrative support personnel. The design and results of the study are discussed, and some recommendations are made. It was found that the blockages of creative employees, as a group, were different from those of the self-selected, workshop group. Blockages reported by the peer-identified group were lack of time, office disharmony, and personal limitations, while those reported by the self-selected group were lack of time and fear of risk. (RWR)

  1. [3 1/2 years experiences with ECCE with tunnel incision].

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    Häberle, H; Anders, N; Antoni, H J; Pham, D T; Wollensak, J

    1997-01-01

    Since January 1992 planned extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) is performed routinely with the no-stitch technique at our clinic. To minimize surgically induced astigmatism further, modified wound constructions for planned ECCE with on 1.1-mm tunnel width were evaluated. The follow-up time was up to 3 years postoperatively. For 250 eyes wound closure was performed prospectively either sutureless (n = 70), with a single perpendicular suture (n = 100) or cross sutures (n = 40) at the 12 o'clock position or sutureless in the temporal position (n = 40). The complication rate was 4% (filtering bleb, iris prolapse or transient hypotonia). There were no wound ruptures, but once endophthalmitis was observed. Late mean astigmatism after up to 3 years follow-up for vertical incision was 2.05 +/- 1.16 D (1.01 +/- 0.96 D preoperatively) for sutureless wound closure, 1.63 +/- 1.08 D (0.86 +/- 0.95 D) for perpendicular and 1.76 +/- 0.88 D (0.73 +/- 0.55 D) for cross-sutures. A temporal incision resulted in 0.78 +/- 0.52 D (1.0 +/- 0.69 D) of astigmatism and was only performed on eyes with against the rule astigmatism preoperatively. Surgically induced astigmatism was stabilized early. For with the rule astigmatism preoperatively, a 12 o'clock incision with a perpendicular single suture is recommended and for against the rule astigmatism, a temporal incision.

  2. [Comparison of corneal endothelial cells after ECCE and phacoemulsification of the lens].

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    Trnavec, B; Cuvala, J; Cernák, A; Vodrázková, E

    1997-08-01

    The authors evaluate the finding on the corneal endothelium before and after operation of cataract. For examination of the endothelium they used a specular microscope SP 1.000 of Topcon Co. The group comprised 64 eyes of 64 patients. The patients were divided at random into two groups. The first group comprised 26 patients, where ECCE was performed. The second group comprised 38 patients and the opaque lens was removed by phacoemulsification. The mean age in the first group was 69.3 years and in the second group 70.7 years. The same viscoelastic material (methylcellulose) was used and the same synthetic lens from PMMA material was implanted into the capsule. The endothelium was examined one day after operation and on the 7th to 10th day after operation. The following parameters were evaluated: density of the endothelial cells in the centre, mean cell size, polymegethism, coefficient of variation, pleomorphism. In the group of patients who had ECCE the loss of endothelial cells was 18.53%, in the group with phacoemulsification of the nucleus the loss was 16.43%. This difference is not statistically significant. After operation in both groups enlargement of the minimal, maximal as well as mean cell size was observed, the coefficient of variation increased while the grade of cell hexagonality decreased. However these differences in endothelial cells were not statistically significant. After operation of cataract not only endothelial cells are lost but also significant changes in cell morphology occur.

  3. A Provably-Secure ECC-Based Authentication Scheme for Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Junghyun Nam

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available A smart-card-based user authentication scheme for wireless sensor networks (in short, a SUA-WSN scheme is designed to restrict access to the sensor data only to users who are in possession of both a smart card and the corresponding password. While a significant number of SUA-WSN schemes have been suggested in recent years, their intended security properties lack formal definitions and proofs in a widely-accepted model. One consequence is that SUA-WSN schemes insecure against various attacks have proliferated. In this paper, we devise a security model for the analysis of SUA-WSN schemes by extending the widely-accepted model of Bellare, Pointcheval and Rogaway (2000. Our model provides formal definitions of authenticated key exchange and user anonymity while capturing side-channel attacks, as well as other common attacks. We also propose a new SUA-WSN scheme based on elliptic curve cryptography (ECC, and prove its security properties in our extended model. To the best of our knowledge, our proposed scheme is the first SUA-WSN scheme that provably achieves both authenticated key exchange and user anonymity. Our scheme is also computationally competitive with other ECC-based (non-provably secure schemes.

  4. University and place branding: The case of universities located in ECC (European Capital of Culture cities

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    Gábor Rekettye

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In the globalising landscape of higher education more and more universities are going international. These universities are facing growing competition, especially in enrolling international students. International competition forces them to use marketing and especially branding activity. University branding requires that the higher education institutions clearly define their differentiating features. One of the most important differentiating features is the place where the institution is located. University and place branding should work together to help the potential students in their decisions to choose the place of their study. The ECC (European Capital of Culture program which started in 1985 has helped many cities to identify their values and to develop their place branding activities. The study examines how the European Capital of Culture designation of the city helped the marketing activities of the universities located in these cities. The study attempts to explore to what extent universities located in ECCs used this special feature of their cities in their international marketing communication. The paper also attempts to analyse the effects the European Capital of Culture title could have on the international student enrolment activity of the concerned universities.

  5. Empirical investigation of wind farm blockage effects in Horn Rev 1 offshore wind farm

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    Mitraszewski, Karol; Hansen, Kurt Schaldemose; Nygaard, Nicolai;

    We present an empirical study of wind farm blockage effects based on Horns Rev 1 SCADA data. The mean inflow non-uniformities in wind speed are analyzed by calculating the mean power outputs of turbines located along the outer edges of the farm for different wind directions, wind speeds and stabi......We present an empirical study of wind farm blockage effects based on Horns Rev 1 SCADA data. The mean inflow non-uniformities in wind speed are analyzed by calculating the mean power outputs of turbines located along the outer edges of the farm for different wind directions, wind speeds...

  6. Ionic charge transport between blockages: Sodium cation conduction in freshly excised bulk brain tissue

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    Emin, David, E-mail: emin@unm.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 (United States); Akhtari, Massoud [Semple Institutes for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States); Ellingson, B. M. [Department of Radiology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States); Mathern, G. W. [Department of Neurosurgery, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States)

    2015-08-15

    We analyze the transient-dc and frequency-dependent electrical conductivities between blocking electrodes. We extend this analysis to measurements of ions’ transport in freshly excised bulk samples of human brain tissue whose complex cellular structure produces blockages. The associated ionic charge-carrier density and diffusivity are consistent with local values for sodium cations determined non-invasively in brain tissue by MRI (NMR) and diffusion-MRI (spin-echo NMR). The characteristic separation between blockages, about 450 microns, is very much shorter than that found for sodium-doped gel proxies for brain tissue, >1 cm.

  7. Flume Experiment on Stream Blockage by the Debris Flow From Tributary

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    2005-01-01

    Stream blockage by the debris flow from tributary valleys is a common phenomenon in mountainous area,which takes place when large quantities of sediment transported by debris flow reaches a river channel causing its complete or partial blockage.The dam formed by debris flow may causes upstream and downstream flooding,and presents great threat to people and property.Because of the catastrophic influence on people and property,debris-flow dam has attracted many attentions from the researchers and local adm...

  8. Mechanical interaction of Engineered Cementitious Composite (ECC) reinforced with Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) rebar in tensile loading

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    Lárusson, Lárus Helgi; Fischer, Gregor; Jönsson, Jeppe

    2010-01-01

    This paper introduces a preliminary study of the composite interaction of Engineered Cementitious Composite (ECC), reinforced with Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) rebar. The main topic of this paper will focus on the interaction of the two materials (ECC and GFRP) during axial loading......, particularly in post cracking phase of the concrete matrix. The experimental program carried out in this study examined composite behavior under monotonic and cyclic loading of the specimens in the elastic and inelastic deformation phases. The stiffness development of the composite during loading was evaluated...

  9. Simulation of strain-hardening in ECC uniaxial test specimen by use of a damage mechanics formulation

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    Dick-Nielsen, Lars; Stang, Henrik; Poulsen, Peter Noe

    2006-01-01

    This paper discusses the considerations for the establishment of a damage model for ECC. Three different length scales are used in the approach for deriving the damage model. On each length scale important phenomena are investigated by use of numerical and analytical calculations. On the micro...... scale it is shown that the cohesive law for a unidirectional fiber reinforced cementitious composite can be found through superposition of the cohesive law for mortar and the fiber bridging curve. On the meso scale I it is shown that the maximum crack opening observed during crack propagation in ECC...

  10. Development of system performance verification test technology for KNGR; optimal design and performance test for DVI of ECC water

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    Suh, Kune Yull; Yoon, Sang Hyuk; Noh, Sang Woo [Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea); Lee, Il Suk [Kyung Hee University, Seoul (Korea)

    2002-03-01

    In this study, we completed the works for the specific thermal-hydraulic phenomena in the reactor downcomer during a operation of DVI system. The choices for a filed of study are focused on the general abilities and flow behaviors of DVI system in the downcomer, and we intended to be able to suggest the applicable data to the APR1400 for the inclusive, actual, various area from the phenomena caused by the ECC injection to the code analysis of steam flow, ECC bypass and the downcomer water level decrease. 28 refs., 77 figs., 14 tabs. (Author)

  11. Adapted ECC ozonesonde for long-duration flights aboard boundary-layer pressurised balloons

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    Gheusi, François; Durand, Pierre; Verdier, Nicolas; Dulac, François; Attié, Jean-Luc; Commun, Philippe; Barret, Brice; Basdevant, Claude; Clenet, Antoine; Derrien, Solène; Doerenbecher, Alexis; El Amraoui, Laaziz; Fontaine, Alain; Hache, Emeric; Jambert, Corinne; Jaumouillé, Elodie; Meyerfeld, Yves; Roblou, Laurent; Tocquer, Flore

    2016-12-01

    Since the 1970s, the French space agency CNES has developed boundary-layer pressurised balloons (BLPBs) with the capability to transport lightweight scientific payloads at isopycnic level and offer a quasi-Lagrangian sampling of the lower atmosphere over very long distances and durations (up to several weeks).Electrochemical concentration cell (ECC) ozonesondes are widely used under small sounding balloons. However, their autonomy is limited to a few hours owing to power consumption and electrolyte evaporation. An adaptation of the ECC sonde has been developed specifically for long-duration BLPB flights. Compared to conventional ECC sondes, the main feature is the possibility of programming periodic measurement sequences (with possible remote control during the flight). To increase the ozonesonde autonomy, the strategy has been adopted of short measurement sequences (2-3 min) regularly spaced in time (e.g. every 15 min). The rest of the time, the sonde pump is turned off. Results of preliminary ground-based tests are first presented. In particular, the sonde was able to provide correct ozone concentrations against a reference UV-absorption ozone analyser every 15 min for 4 days. Then we illustrate results from 16 BLBP flights launched over the western Mediterranean during three summer field campaigns of the ChArMEx project (http://charmex.lsce.ipsl.fr): TRAQA in 2012, and ADRIMED and SAFMED in 2013. BLPB drifting altitudes were in the range 0.25-3.2 km. The longest flight lasted more than 32 h and covered more than 1000 km. Satisfactory data were obtained when compared to independent ozone measurements close in space and time. The quasi-Lagrangian measurements allowed a first look at ozone diurnal evolution in the marine boundary layer as well as in the lower free troposphere. During some flight segments, there was indication of photochemical ozone production in the marine boundary layer or even in the free troposphere, at rates ranging from 1 to 2 ppbv h -1, which

  12. Modified ECC ozone sonde for long-duration flights aboard isopicnic drifting balloons

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    Gheusi, Francois; Durand, Pierre; Verdier, Nicolas; Dulac, François; Attié, Jean-Luc; Commun, Philippe; Barret, Brice; Basdevant, Claude; Clénet, Antoine; Fontaine, Alain; Jambert, Corinne; Meyerfeld, Yves; Roblou, Laurent; Tocquer, Flore

    2015-04-01

    Since few years, the French space agency CNES has developed boundary-layer pressurized balloons (BLPB) with the capability to transport scientific payloads at isopicnic level over very long distances and durations (up to several weeks in absence of navigation limits). However, the autonomy of conventional electrochemical concentration cell (ECC) ozone sondes, that are widely used for tropospheric and stratospheric soundings, is limited to few hours due to power consumption and electrolyte evaporation (owing to air bubbling in the cathode solution). In collaboration with the French research community, CNES has developed a new ozone payload suited for long duration flights aboard BLPB. The mechanical elements (Teflon pump and motor) and the electrochemical cell of conventional ECC sondes have been kept but the electronic implementation is entirely new. The main feature is the possibility of programming periodic measurement sequences -- with possible remote control during the flight. To increase the ozone sonde autonomy, a strategy has been adopted of short measurement sequences (typically 2-3 min) regularly spaced in time (e.g. every 15 min, which is usually sufficient for air quality studies). The rest of the time, the sonde is at rest (pump motor off). The response time of an ECC sonde to an ozone concentration step is below one minute. Consequently, the measurement sequence is typically composed of a one-minute spin-up period after the pump has been turned on, followed by a one- to two-minute acquisition period. All time intervals can be adjusted before and during the flight. Results of a preliminary ground-based test in spring 2012 are first presented. The sonde provided correct ozone concentrations against a reference UV analyzer every 15 minutes during 4 days. Then we illustrate results from 16 BLBP flights launched in the low troposphere over the Mediterranean during summer field campaings in 2012 and 2013 (TRAQA and ChArMEx programmes). BLPB drifting

  13. Assessment of blockage effects on the wake characteristics and power of wind turbines

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    Sarlak Chivaee, Hamid; Nishino, T.; Martínez-Tossas, L.A.;

    2016-01-01

    Large Eddy Simulations (LES) are performed in order to study the wake and power characteristics of a horizontal-axis wind turbine in a wind tunnel. Using an actuator line technique, the effect of wind tunnel blockage ratio (defined as the ratio of the rotor swept area to the tunnel cross...

  14. Wound-induced and bacteria-induced xylem blockage in roses, Astilbe and Viburnum

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    Loubaud, M.; Doorn, van W.G.

    2004-01-01

    We previously concluded that the xylem blockage that prevents water uptake into several cut flowers is mainly due to the presence of bacteria, whilst in chrysanthemum and Bouvardia we observed a xylem occlusion that was mainly due to a wound-reaction of the plant. We have further tested which of the

  15. Preliminary Analysis for Flow Blockage of Plate Fuel using a Commercial CFD Code

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    Park, Jong-Pil; Park, Suki [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-10-15

    A plate-type fuel assembly is widely used in the research reactors in order to enhance power density. This type fuel assembly consists of a number of fuel plates, supporting plates, and narrow rectangular cooling channels between the fuel plates. Due to the narrow rectangular channels consisting of parallel plate fuels and side plates, the cooling channels are isolated from each other so that the cross flow between the channels are completely restricted. When blockage at the inlet of the channel occurs, therefore, the coolant flow through the blocked channel will be greatly reduced or completely interrupted. Accordingly, the blocked channel loses its own cooling capability. This event may cause initiation of nucleate boiling and two phase flow instability (FI) in the blocked channel. In recent years, CFD analyses of flow blockage of a research reactor have been performed by many researchers. The present study reports a 3-dimensional CFD simulation using two-phase model for flow blockage of two channels of a plate-type fuel assembly. The present result shows limited information since the simulation is working at the moment. However, the present study indicates that it is possible to predict a damage propagation of a plate-type fuel assembly due to the flow instability caused by flow blockage using a commercial CFD code.

  16. Blockage of mitochondrial calcium uniporter prevents iron accumulation in a model of experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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    Yan, Huiying; Hao, Shuangying; Sun, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Dingding; Gao, Xin; Yu, Zhuang; Li, Kuanyu; Hang, Chun-Hua

    2015-01-24

    Previous studies have shown that iron accumulation is involved in the pathogenesis of brain injury following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and chelation of iron reduced mortality and oxidative DNA damage. We previously reported that blockage of mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) provided benefit in the early brain injury after experimental SAH. This study was undertaken to identify whether blockage of MCU could ameliorate iron accumulation-associated brain injury following SAH. Therefore, we used two reagents ruthenium red (RR) and spermine (Sper) to inhibit MCU. Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into four groups including sham, SAH, SAH+RR, and SAH+Sper. Biochemical analysis and histological assays were performed. The results confirmed the iron accumulation in temporal lobe after SAH. Interestingly, blockage of MCU dramatically reduced the iron accumulation in this area. The mechanism was revealed that inhibition of MCU reversed the down-regulation of iron regulatory protein (IRP) 1/2 and increase of ferritin. Iron-sulfur cluster dependent-aconitase activity was partially conserved when MCU was blocked. In consistence with this and previous report, ROS levels were notably reduced and ATP supply was rescued; levels of cleaved caspase-3 dropped; and integrity of neurons in temporal lobe was protected. Taken together, our results indicated that blockage of MCU could alleviate iron accumulation and the associated injury following SAH. These findings suggest that the alteration of calcium and iron homeostasis be coupled and MCU be considered to be a therapeutic target for patients suffering from SAH.

  17. Estimative of core damage frequency in IPEN IEA-R1 research reactor due to the initiating events of loss of flow caused by channel blockage and loss of coolant caused by a large rupture in the pipe of the primary circuit - PSA level 1

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    Hirata, Daniel Massami [Centro Tecnologico da Marinha em Sao Paulo (CTMSP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Sabundjian, Gaiane, E-mail: gdjian@ipen.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP) Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    This work applies the methodology of Probabilistic Safety Assessment Level 1 to the research reactor IEA-R1 IPEN-CNEN/SP. Two categories of identified initiating events of accidents in the reactor are studied: loss of flow and loss of primary coolant. Among the initiating events, blockage of flow channel and loss of cooling fluid caused by large pipe rupture in the primary circuit are chosen for a detailed analysis. The event tree technique is used to analyze the evolution of the accident, including the actuation or the fail of actuation of the safety systems and the reactor damages. Using the fault tree the reliability of the following reactor safety systems is evaluated: reactor shutdown system, isolation of the reactor pool, Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) and the electric system. Estimative for the frequency of damage to the reactor core and the probability of failure of the analyzed systems are calculated. The estimated values for the frequencies of core damage are within the expected margins and are of the same order of magnitude as those found for similar reactors. The reliability of the reactor shutdown system, isolation of the reactor pool and ECCS are satisfactory for the conditions in which these systems are required. However, for the electric system it is suggested an upgrade to increase its reliability. (author)

  18. Preliminary validation of the MATRA-LMR-FB code for the flow blockage in a subassembly

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    Jeong, H. Y.; Ha, K. S.; Kwon, Y. M.; Chang, W. P.; Lee, Y. B.; Heo, S

    2005-01-01

    To analyze the flow blockage in a subassembly of a Liquid Metal-cooled Reactor (LMR), the MATRA-LMR-FB code has been developed and validated for the existing experimental data. Compared to the MATRA-LMR code, which had been successfully applied for the core thermal-hydraulic design of KALIMER, the MATRA-LMR-FB code includes some advanced modeling features. Firstly, the Distributed Resistance Model (DRM), which enables a very accurate description of the effects of wire-wrap and blockage in a flow path, is developed for the MATRA-LMR-FB code. Secondly, the hybrid difference method is used to minimize the numerical diffusion especially at the low flow region such as recirculating wakes after blockage. In addition, the code is equipped with various turbulent mixing models to describe the active mixing due to the turbulent motions as accurate as possible. For the validation of the MATRA-LMR-FB code the ORNL THORS test and KOS 169-pin test are analyzed. Based on the analysis results for the temperature data, the accuracy of the code is evaluated quantitatively. The MATRA-LMR-FB code predicts very accurately the exit temperatures measured in the subassembly with wire-wrap. However, the predicted temperatures for the experiment with spacer grid show some deviations from the measured. To enhance the accuracy of the MATRA-LMR-FB for the flow path with grid spacers, it is suggested to improve the models for pressure loss due to spacer grid and the modeling method for blockage itself. The developed MATRA-LMR-FB code is evaluated to be applied to the flow blockage analysis of KALIMER-600 which adopts the wire-wrapped subassemblies.

  19. A Secure ECC-based RFID Mutual Authentication Protocol to Enhance Patient Medication Safety.

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    Jin, Chunhua; Xu, Chunxiang; Zhang, Xiaojun; Li, Fagen

    2016-01-01

    Patient medication safety is an important issue in patient medication systems. In order to prevent medication errors, integrating Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology into automated patient medication systems is required in hospitals. Based on RFID technology, such systems can provide medical evidence for patients' prescriptions and medicine doses, etc. Due to the mutual authentication between the medication server and the tag, RFID authentication scheme is the best choice for automated patient medication systems. In this paper, we present a RFID mutual authentication scheme based on elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) to enhance patient medication safety. Our scheme can achieve security requirements and overcome various attacks existing in other schemes. In addition, our scheme has better performance in terms of computational cost and communication overhead. Therefore, the proposed scheme is well suitable for patient medication systems.

  20. BIOGRAPHY OR A DECLARATION OF PHILOSOPHICAL AMBITION: HOW TO READ ECCE HOMO BY NIETZSCHE

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This article discusses the book Ecce homo, by Nietzsche, defending that the text is an interpretation of the philosopher himself on her own thought, not to give the book a sacred tone, nor to stress his biography, but affirming a dissonant thought that indicates his philosophical ambition. With no constraints, Nietzsche presents his conflicts, passions, deceptions, announcing a tragic dimension of life that is not guided by pessimism, but by happiness of living intensely, understanding suffering as one of the facets of life. His philosophy derives from a life demand, transfigured by an experience that promotes self cultivation and the possibility of “becoming what one really is” through the “applying” of one’s own genealogic method.

  1. General description of KAERI LBLOCA realistic evaluation model (REM) for ECCS evaluation

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    Lee, Sang Yong; Lee, Young Jin; Chung, Bub Dong; Lee, Won Jae [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1994-06-01

    A realistic evaluation model (REM) for LBLOCA licensing calculation is developed for application to pressurezed ligh water reactors. The developmental aim of the KAERI-REM is to provide a systematic methodology that is simple in structure and to used and built upon sound logical reasoning, for improving the code capability to realistically describe the LBLOCA phenomena and for evaluating the associated uncertainties. The method strives to be faithful to the intention of being best-estimate, that is, the method aims to evaluate the best-estimate values and the associated uncertainties while complying to the requirements in the ECCS regulations. As a demonstration, KAERI-REM was applied to quantify the safety margin for LBLOCA for Kori 3 and 4 and appended to this report. (Author) 11 refs., 2 figs., 6 tabs.

  2. Cost-minimization analysis of capsulotomy after ECCE and IOL implantation.

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    Lertsumitkul, S; La Nauze, J

    1996-06-01

    An economic evaluation of capsulotomy for posterior capsular opacification after extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) and intraocular lens (IOL) implantation was carried out using a cost minimization model. This model demonstrates the use of cost comparison to aid the decision making process. A flow-chart of capsulotomy mode, with associated complications, is illustrated. Costs of complications are calculated using assigned probability for each tree. Overall comparative costs are displayed graphically Further, the model is presented using a computer-assisted spreadsheet with an added calculation program. Variables can therefore be adjusted with instantaneous outcomes visually displayed. We present several examples with different sets of variables and find that, in most instances, YAG capsulotomy is a more economical option than surgical capsulotomy. This finding is a relevant finding in planning for eye health programs, particularly in developing countries. We suggest that the model be modified using local parameters in order to provide optimal benefits in similar health programs.

  3. Implementation and verification of different ECC mitigation designs for BRAMs in flash-based FPGAs

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    Yang, Zhenlei; Zhang, Zhangang; Liu, Jie; Su, Hong

    2015-01-01

    Embedded RAM blocks (BRAMs) in field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are susceptible to single event effects (SEEs) induced by environmental factors such as cosmic rays, heavy ions, alpha particles and so on. As technology scales, the issue will be more serious. In order to tackle this issue, two different error correcting codes (ECCs), the shortened Hamming codes and shortened BCH codes, are investigated in this paper. The concrete design methods of the codes are presented. Also, the codes are both implemented in flash-based FPGAs. Finally, the synthesis report and simulation results are presented in the paper. Moreover, the heavy-ion experiments are performed, the experimental results indicate that the error cross-section using the shortened Hamming codes can be reduced by two orders of magnitude compared with the device without mitigation, and no errors are discovered in the experiments for the device using the shortened BCH codes.

  4. Interference of sulphur dioxide to balloon-borne ECC ozone sensors over the Valley of Mexico

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    I. Kanda

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Abnormal decrease in the ozonesonde sensor signal occurred during air-pollution study campaigns in November 2011 and March 2012 in Mexico City. Sharp drops around 5 km a.s.l. and above were observed in November 2011, and a broad deficit in the convective boundary layer in March 2012. Various circumstantial evidence indicates that the decrease was due to interference of SO2 gas to Electrochemical Concentration Cell (ECC ozone sensors. The sharp drops in November 2011 are considered to be caused by the SO2 plume from the Popocatépetl volcano to the south-east of Mexico City. Response experiments of the ECC sensor to representative atmospheric trace gases showed that only SO2 could generate the observed abrupt drops. The vertical structure of the plume reproduced by a Lagrangian particle diffusion simulation also supported this assumption. The near-ground deficit in March 2012 is considered to be generated by the SO2 plume from the Tula industrial complex to the north-west of Mexico City. Sporadic large SO2 emission is known to occur from this region, and before and at the ozonesonde launching time, large intermittent peaks of SO2 concentration were recorded at the ground-level monitoring stations. The difference between the O3 concentration obtained by ozonesonde and that by UV-based O3 monitor was consistent with the SO2 concentration measured by a UV-based monitor on the ground. The plume vertical profiles estimated by the Lagrangian particle diffusion simulation agreed fairly well with the observed profile. Statistical analysis of the wind field in Mexico City revealed that the Popocatépetl effect is most likely to occur from June to October, and the Tula effect all the year.

  5. Interference of sulphur dioxide to balloon-borne ECC ozone sensors over the Valley of Mexico

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    Kanda, I.; Basaldud, R.; Horikoshi, N.; Okazaki, Y.; Benítez Garcia, S. E.; Ortínez, A.; Ramos Benítez, V. R.; Cárdenas, B.; Wakamatsu, S.

    2014-01-01

    Abnormal decrease in the ozonesonde sensor signal occurred during air-pollution study campaigns in November 2011 and March 2012 in Mexico City. Sharp drops around 5 km a.s.l. and above were observed in November 2011, and a broad deficit in the convective boundary layer in March 2012. Various circumstantial evidence indicates that the decrease was due to interference of SO2 gas to Electrochemical Concentration Cell (ECC) ozone sensors. The sharp drops in November 2011 are considered to be caused by the SO2 plume from the Popocatépetl volcano to the south-east of Mexico City. Response experiments of the ECC sensor to representative atmospheric trace gases showed that only SO2 could generate the observed abrupt drops. The vertical structure of the plume reproduced by a Lagrangian particle diffusion simulation also supported this assumption. The near-ground deficit in March 2012 is considered to be generated by the SO2 plume from the Tula industrial complex to the north-west of Mexico City. Sporadic large SO2 emission is known to occur from this region, and before and at the ozonesonde launching time, large intermittent peaks of SO2 concentration were recorded at the ground-level monitoring stations. The difference between the O3 concentration obtained by ozonesonde and that by UV-based O3 monitor was consistent with the SO2 concentration measured by a UV-based monitor on the ground. The plume vertical profiles estimated by the Lagrangian particle diffusion simulation agreed fairly well with the observed profile. Statistical analysis of the wind field in Mexico City revealed that the Popocatépetl effect is most likely to occur from June to October, and the Tula effect all the year.

  6. Computer Simulation of the E.C.C.S. Buckling Curve using a Monte-Carlo Method

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    Strating, J.; Vos, H.

    1973-01-01

    The application of a Monte-Carlo simulation procedure to obtain the distribution function of the maximum load of a hinged column with imperfections is discussed. Buckling tests carried out by the E.C.C.S. on IPE 160 sections have been simulated. Information concerning the column variables is obtaine

  7. Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge and Practice into ECCE: A Comparison of Programs in The Gambia, Senegal and Mali

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    Soudee, Alicia Ranck

    2009-01-01

    Early Childhood Development (ECD) has emerged as a theme in international and African dialogue on education in recent years. UNESCO's Division of Basic Education Early Childhood promotes an integrated approach to Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) policy development and review. The study examines how this is implemented in three West…

  8. Effects of sleeve blockages on axial velocity and intensity of turbulence in an unheated 7 x 7 rod bundle. [PWR

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    Creer, J.M.; Rowe, D.S.; Bates, J.M.; Sutey, A.M.

    1976-01-01

    An experimental study is described which was performed to investigate the turbulent flow phenomena near postulated sleeve blockages in a model nuclear fuel rod bundle. The sleeve blockages were characteristic of fuel clad ''swelling'' or ''ballooning'' which could occur during loss-of-coolant accidents (LOCA) in pressurized water reactors. The study was conducted to provide information relative to the flow phenomena near postulated blockages to support detailed safety analyses of LOCAs. The results of the study are especially useful for verification of the hydraulic treatment of reactor core computer programs such as COBRA.

  9. Maximum Inhibition of Breast Cancer/Stem Cell Growth by Concomitant Blockage of Key Receptors

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    Mossa Gardaneh

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The blockage of cancer cell growth and division is the prime objective in clinical cancer therapy both at early stages and for inhibition of minimal residual disease and relapse. The failure of conventional therapies in treating breast cancer (BC has prompted dissection of signalling pathways involved in BC cell growth and characterisation of cellular receptors. Specific sets of membrane-bound receptors promote disarrayed self-renewal of BC stem cells and deregulated BC cell proliferation. Individual blockage of each receptor promotes only incomplete inhibition of BC cell growth and partial regression of metastasis. Such monotherapies are based on either chemotherapy or monoclonal antibodies. However, they do not provide long-lasting benefits and are further compromised by increasing resistance the cancer cells acquire against therapeutic agents, by their evasion of receptor blockage and by adoption of alternative growth routes that are induced by cross-talks between key receptors. On the other hand, dual targeting approaches, including receptor blockage combined with chemotherapy, produce prolonged overall survival but, nevertheless, complicate treatment by inducing side effects. Based on the complex nature of BC, combined targeted strategies that potentially confer maximum coverage for treatment cannot be effective without overcoming drug resistance initiated and further induced by inter-receptor communications. This implies that a comprehensive strategy based on concomitant inhibition of key receptors could provide an ultimate solution for effective treatment of aggressive types of BC. Such a strategy would likely be capable of targeting breast tumour cells and BC stem cells alike eventually forcing the cancer to regress.

  10. In vitro maturation and embryo development of bovine oocytes after meiosis blockage with MPF inhibitors

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    Mariana Groke Marques

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluated the bovine oocyte maturation and embryo development after in vitro fertilization. The maturation of the oocytes was blocked using Butyrolactone I and Roscovitine using pre-maturation medium supplemented with fetal calf serum (FCS. The ocytes were divided in four groups: Control 0 hour, Control (24 hours of maturation, Roscovitine (maturation blockage with 50mM Roscovitine during 24 hours followed by 24 hours of maturation, and Butyrolactone I (maturation blockage with 150mM Butyrolactone I during 24 hours followed by 24 hours of maturation. The oocytes were fixed and stained with aceto orcein to evaluate the nuclear maturation. After the maturation period, the remaining oocytes of the Control group, Roscovitine, and Butyrolactone I were fertilized in vitro. Embryo development was assessed by the cleavage rate (D3 and blastocysts formation (D7. The Butyrolactone I group had similar rates of germinal vesical stage oocytes during blockage, and Metaphase 2 after maturation, comparing to Control group at 0 hour and Control group, respectively. On the other hand, the Roscovitine group had lower rates of vesical stage oocytes during blockage, and Metaphase 2 after maturation comparing to Control groups. After in vitro fertilization, higher rates of cleavage were observed in Control and Butyrolactone I groups. For the blastocyst formation rate, the Control group showed better results than Roscovitine group. In summary, Butyrolactone I group had similar results to the Control group, and for this reason, is suitable for pre-maturation of bovine oocytes using FCS. In contrast, Roscovitine group had lower oocyte maturation and embryo development.

  11. An investigation into the roles of histamine receptors in the control of human nasal blockage

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    Taylor-Clark, T. E.

    2004-01-01

    Allergic rhinitis is an allergic disease of the nose and, in sensitized individuals, is caused by inhaled innocuous particles such as pollen and house dust mite faeces. Allergen binds IgE on the surface of nasal mast cells, causing mast cell activation and degranulation, resulting in the release of inflammatory substances that are responsible for the symptoms of allergic rhinitis — sneezing, rhinorrhea, pruritus and nasal blockage. In this thesis, the mechanisms by which histamine, a mast cel...

  12. Cumulative Damage Fraction Evaluation for the Sub-channel Blockage Accident in PGSFR

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    Yoo, Jin; Chang, Won-Pyo; Ha, Ki-Suk [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    In determining a safety concern of sub-assembly, the CDF or life fraction, is very useful for predicting pins failure within sub-assembly that are subjected to creep damage at elevated temperatures and has been accepted as a means for predicting fuel pin failure in SFR. In particular, the sub-channels inside a fuel assembly in Sodium cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) may partially be blocked by an ingression of damaged fuel debris or foreign obstacles into fuel assembly due to the geometrically compact design of the core fuel pin arrangement. When the partial blockage occurs, sodium coolant flow would be disturbed in the vicinity of the blockage, and the affected flow could lead to a high local coolant temperature. The cladding breaching is assumed to occur when the CDF exceeds 1.0 and it is required that the CDF be below 1.0 to avoid the creep rupture of the cladding tube in fuel pin design. It is, therefore, important to evaluate the CDF of the fuel pins in an assembly of the 150MWe Prototype SFR. The objective of this paper is to predict the CDF of fuel pin within the hottest assembly which is designed in KAERI when the sub-channel blockage accident occurs. For the preliminary analysis, the CDF was calculated in the nominal condition without the hot channel factor. The evaluation of cumulative damage fraction was carried out for 6 sub-channel blockages in 150MWe Prototype Sodium cooled Fast Reactor (PGSFR) using the MATRA-LMR-FB code. The fuel peak temperature of the hottest pin was about 605 .deg. C and the CDF value obtained from the hottest pin during 1160 effective full power days (EFPDs) is 0.006, which means that fuel pins have large safety margins against breaching.

  13. Access Time of Emergency Vehicles Under the Condition of Street Blockages after a Large Earthquake

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    Hirokawa, N.; Osaragi, T.

    2016-09-01

    The previous studies have been carried out on accessibility in daily life. However it is an important issue to improve the accessibility of emergency vehicles after a large earthquake. In this paper, we analyzed the accessibility of firefighters by using a microscopic simulation model immediately after a large earthquake. More specifically, we constructed the simulation model, which describes the property damage, such as collapsed buildings, street blockages, outbreaks of fires, and fire spreading, and the movement of firefighters from fire stations to the locations of fires in a large-scale earthquake. Using this model, we analyzed the influence of the street-blockage on the access time of firefighters. In case streets are blocked according to property damage simulation, the result showed the average access time is more than 10 minutes in the outskirts of the 23 wards of Tokyo, and there are some firefighters arrive over 20 minutes at most. Additionally, we focused on the alternative routes and proposed that volunteers collect information on street blockages to improve the accessibility of firefighters. Finally we demonstrated that access time of firefighters can be reduced to the same level as the case no streets were blocked if 0.3% of residents collected information in 10 minutes.

  14. CCR5 blockage by maraviroc induces cytotoxic and apoptotic effects in colorectal cancer cells.

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    Pervaiz, Asim; Ansari, Shariq; Berger, Martin R; Adwan, Hassan

    2015-05-01

    Alterations in the expression of C-C chemokine receptor type 5 (CCR5 or CD195) have been correlated with disease progression in different cancers. Recently, a few investigations have reported the blockage of this receptor by an antagonist (maraviroc) and its antineoplastic effects on tumor cell growth. However, little is known about the mechanistic reasons behind these antineoplastic effects of CCR5 blockage by maraviroc. In this study, we blocked the CCR5 receptor by maraviroc in SW480 and SW620 colorectal cancer cells to study the resulting changes in biological properties and related pathways. This blockage induced significantly reduced proliferation and a profound arrest in G1 phase of the cell cycle. Concomitantly, maraviroc caused significant signs of apoptosis at morphological level. Significant modulation of multiple apoptosis-relevant genes was also noticed at mRNA levels. In addition, we found remarkable increases in cleaved caspases at protein level. These modulations led us to propose a signaling pathway for the observed apoptotic effects. In conclusion, blocking the CCR5 by maraviroc induces significant cytotoxic and apoptotic effects in colorectal cancer cells. Thus, maraviroc can be considered a model compound, which may foster the development of further CCR5 antagonists to be used for the treatment of colorectal cancer.

  15. RELATIONSHIP OF CONCHA BULLOSA WITH OSTEOMEATAL UNI T BLOCKAGE. TOMOGRAPHIC STUDY IN 200 PATIENTS.

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    Shrikrishna

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: - OBJECTIVE : To determine the prevalence of concha bullosa in patients suffering from chronic rhinosinusitis and to examine its possible relationship to osteomeatal unit blockage, the latter being a precursor for rhinosinusitis. DESIGN : A prospective study of prevalence of concha bullosa and blockage of ipsilateral osteomeatal uni t was done on 200 computed tomography scans of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis. RESULTS : Of the 200 CT scans with Chronic Rhinosinusitis, the incidence of concha bullosa 34%. Of this, 31 ca ses (45.6% were of extensive type, 21 cases (30.9% were of bulbous type and 16 cases (23.5% w ere of lamellar type. There was no statistically significant association between any t ype of concha bullosa with ipsilateral osteomeatal unit block either in right side or left side. CONCLUSION: There is no statistically significant relationship between presence of concha bullosa and ipsilateral osteomeatal unit blockage that leads to block in drainage of anterior group of par anasal sinuses. There is a significantly higher occurrence of the ostium of bulbous type of concha bullosa opening into the hiatus semilunaris.

  16. Critical role of blockage ratio for flame acceleration in channels with tightly spaced obstacles

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    Ugarte, Orlando J.; Bychkov, Vitaly; Sadek, Jad; Valiev, Damir; Akkerman, V'yacheslav

    2016-09-01

    A conceptually laminar mechanism of extremely fast flame acceleration in obstructed channels, identified by Bychkov et al. ["Physical mechanism of ultrafast flame acceleration," Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 164501 (2008)], is further studied by means of analytical endeavors and computational simulations of compressible hydrodynamic and combustion equations. Specifically, it is shown how the obstacles length, distance between the obstacles, channel width, and thermal boundary conditions at the walls modify flame propagation through a comb-shaped array of parallel thin obstacles. Adiabatic and isothermal (cold and preheated) side walls are considered, obtaining minor difference between these cases, which opposes the unobstructed channel case, where adiabatic and isothermal walls provide qualitatively different regimes of flame propagation. Variations of the obstructed channel width also provide a minor influence on flame propagation, justifying a scale-invariant nature of this acceleration mechanism. In contrast, the spacing between obstacles has a significant role, although it is weaker than that of the blockage ratio (defined as the fraction of the channel blocked by obstacles), which is the key parameter of the problem. Evolution of the burning velocity and the dependence of the flame acceleration rate on the blockage ratio are quantified. The critical blockage ratio, providing the limitations for the acceleration mechanism in channels with comb-shaped obstacles array, is found analytically and numerically, with good agreement between both approaches. Additionally, this comb-shaped obstacles-driven acceleration is compared to finger flame acceleration and to that produced by wall friction.

  17. Compressive Sensing for Blockage Detection in Vehicular Millimeter Wave Antenna Arrays

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    Eltayeb, Mohammed E.

    2017-02-07

    The radiation pattern of an antenna array depends on the excitation weights and the geometry of the array. Due to mobility, some vehicular antenna elements might be subjected to full or partial blockages from a plethora of particles like dirt, salt, ice, and water droplets. These particles cause absorption and scattering to the signal incident on the array, and as a result, change the array geometry. This distorts the radiation pattern of the array mostly with an increase in the sidelobe level and decrease in gain. In this paper, we propose a blockage detection technique for millimeter wave vehicular antenna arrays that jointly estimates the locations of the blocked antennas and the attenuation and phase-shifts that result from the suspended particles. The proposed technique does not require the antenna array to be physically removed from the vehicle and permits real-time array diagnosis. Numerical results show that the proposed technique provides satisfactory results in terms of block detection with low detection time provided that the number of blockages is small compared to the array size.

  18. Effect of Flow Blockage on the Coolability during Reflood in a 2 × 2 Rod Bundle

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    Kihwan Kim

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available During the reflood phase of a large-break loss-of-coolant accident (LBLOCA in a pressurized-water reactor (PWR, the fuel rods can be ballooned or rearranged owing to an increase in the temperature and internal pressure of the fuel rods. In this study, an experimental study was performed to understand the thermal behavior and effect of the ballooned region on the coolability using a 2 × 2 rod bundle test facility. The electrically heated rod bundle was used and the ballooning shape of the rods was simulated by superimposing hollow sleeves, which have a 90% blockage ratio. Forced reflood tests were performed to examine the transient two-phase heat transfer behavior for different reflood rates and rod powers. The droplet behaviors were also investigated by measuring the velocity and size of droplets near the blockage region. The results showed that the heat transfer was enhanced in the downstream of the blockage region, owing to the reduced flow area of the subchannel, intensification of turbulence, and deposition of the droplet.

  19. Comparison of data correction methods for blockage effects in semispan wing model testing

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    Haque Anwar U

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Wing alone models are usually tested in wind tunnels for aerospace applications like aircraft and hybrid buoyant aircraft. Raw data obtained from such testing is subject to different corrections such as wall interference, blockage, offset in angle of attack, dynamic pressure and free stream velocity etc. Since the flow is constrained by wind tunnel walls, therefore special emphasis is required to deliberate the limitation of correction methods for blockage correction. In the present research work, different aspects of existing correction methods are explored with the help of an example of a straight semi-span wing. Based on the results of analytical relationships of standard methods, it was found that although multiple variables are involved in the standard methods for the estimation of blockage, they are based on linearized flow theory such as source sink method and potential flow assumption etc, which have intrinsic limitations. Based on the computed and estimated experimental results, it is recommended to obtain the corrections by adding the difference in results of solid walls and far-field condition in the wind tunnel data. Computational Fluid Dynamics technique is found to be useful to determine the correction factors for a wing installed at zero spacer height/gap, with and without the tunnel wall.

  20. Comparison of data correction methods for blockage effects in semispan wing model testing

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    Haque, Anwar U.; Asrar, Waqar; Omar, Ashraf A.; Sulaeman, Erwin; J. S Ali, Mohamed

    2016-03-01

    Wing alone models are usually tested in wind tunnels for aerospace applications like aircraft and hybrid buoyant aircraft. Raw data obtained from such testing is subject to different corrections such as wall interference, blockage, offset in angle of attack, dynamic pressure and free stream velocity etc. Since the flow is constrained by wind tunnel walls, therefore special emphasis is required to deliberate the limitation of correction methods for blockage correction. In the present research work, different aspects of existing correction methods are explored with the help of an example of a straight semi-span wing. Based on the results of analytical relationships of standard methods, it was found that although multiple variables are involved in the standard methods for the estimation of blockage, they are based on linearized flow theory such as source sink method and potential flow assumption etc, which have intrinsic limitations. Based on the computed and estimated experimental results, it is recommended to obtain the corrections by adding the difference in results of solid walls and far-field condition in the wind tunnel data. Computational Fluid Dynamics technique is found to be useful to determine the correction factors for a wing installed at zero spacer height/gap, with and without the tunnel wall.

  1. Statistical analysis and definition of blockages-prediction formulae for the wastewater network of Oslo by evolutionary computing.

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    Ugarelli, Rita; Kristensen, Stig Morten; Røstum, Jon; Saegrov, Sveinung; Di Federico, Vittorio

    2009-01-01

    Oslo Vann og Avløpsetaten (Oslo VAV)-the water/wastewater utility in the Norwegian capital city of Oslo-is assessing future strategies for selection of most reliable materials for wastewater networks, taking into account not only material technical performance but also material performance, regarding operational condition of the system.The research project undertaken by SINTEF Group, the largest research organisation in Scandinavia, NTNU (Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet) and Oslo VAV adopts several approaches to understand reasons for failures that may impact flow capacity, by analysing historical data for blockages in Oslo.The aim of the study was to understand whether there is a relationship between the performance of the pipeline and a number of specific attributes such as age, material, diameter, to name a few. This paper presents the characteristics of the data set available and discusses the results obtained by performing two different approaches: a traditional statistical analysis by segregating the pipes into classes, each of which with the same explanatory variables, and a Evolutionary Polynomial Regression model (EPR), developed by Technical University of Bari and University of Exeter, to identify possible influence of pipe's attributes on the total amount of predicted blockages in a period of time.Starting from a detailed analysis of the available data for the blockage events, the most important variables are identified and a classification scheme is adopted.From the statistical analysis, it can be stated that age, size and function do seem to have a marked influence on the proneness of a pipeline to blockages, but, for the reduced sample available, it is difficult to say which variable it is more influencing. If we look at total number of blockages the oldest class seems to be the most prone to blockages, but looking at blockage rates (number of blockages per km per year), then it is the youngest class showing the highest blockage rate

  2. Secure Cluster Based Routing Using SAT/ILP Techniques and ECC EL-Gamal Threshold Cryptography in MANET

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    Mr. P. Kanagaraju. Me, (Ph. D

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The Elliptic curve cryptography ( ECC a promising and important because it requires less computing power, bandwidth, and also the memory when comparing to other cryptosystems The clustering algorithm using the Integer Linear Programming (ILP and Boolean Satisfiability (SAT solvers. These improvements will secure the application of SAT and ILP techniques in modeling composite engineering problem that is the Clustering Problem in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks (MANETs. The Clustering Problem in MANETs consists of selecting the most appropriate nodes of a given MANET topology as clusterheads, and ensuring that regular nodes are related to clusterheads such that the lifetime of the network is maximized. In which, discussing SAT/ILP techniques for clustering techniques and ECC El Gamal Threshold Cryptography for the security. Through our implementation, explored the possibility of using ECCEG-TC in MANETs.

  3. Ageing and COPD affect different domains of nutritional status: the ECCE study.

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    Battaglia, S; Spatafora, M; Paglino, G; Pedone, C; Corsonello, A; Scichilone, N; Antonelli-Incalzi, R; Bellia, V

    2011-06-01

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and ageing may contribute to malnutrition. We aimed to explore whether COPD and ageing determine malnutrition in different manners. 460 stable COPD outpatients (376 males and 84 females) from the Extrapulmonary Consequences of COPD in the Elderly (ECCE) study database were investigated (age 75.0±5.9 yrs; forced expiratory volume in 1 s 54.7±18.3% predicted). Nutritional status was evaluated using the Mini Nutritional Assessment® (MNA) questionnaire. From the MNA, three scores exploring the domains of the nutritional status were calculated: body composition, energy intake and body functionality scores. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) stages were negatively correlated with five MNA items exploring mobility, patient's perception of own nutrition and health status, and arm and calf circumferences (lowest Spearman's rho (rs)=-0.011; highest p=0.039). GOLD stages were independently correlated with body composition and body functionality scores (model r2=0.073). Age was negatively correlated with four MNA items exploring loss of appetite, fluid intake, mobility and autonomy in daily life (lowest rs=-0.013; highest p=0.030). Age was independently correlated with body functionality score (model r2=0.037). Severe COPD and ageing are independent and probably concurrent conditions leading to malnutrition. The MNA questionnaire allows a valuable insight into the complexity of components of nutritional status and may provide useful clues for treatment strategies.

  4. [Visco-hydraulic irrigation of the lens cortex. A safe ECCE method].

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    Friedburg, D

    1994-12-01

    The safe and effective Hydrojet nucleus expression (Klin Monatsbl Augenheilkd 1993; 202:288-291) should be completed by a safe non traumatic and easy to perform method of cortex removal. OPERATION TECHNIQUE: 8-mm tunnel incision, spiral capsulorhexis, hydrodissection and viscodissection of the nucleus, hydrojet nucleus expression. The lens cortex can be separated from the lens capsule by injection of hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (Metho), the viscoelastic substance acts as a wedge to separate the cortex from the capsule step by step. Finally the cortex is expressed by the injection of Metho. The capsule remains so clean, that often polishing is not necessary. PMMA lenses with an over all diameter of 10 or 11-mm and 7-mm optics were implanted. In 100 consecutive cases complications which occurred intraoperatively or within the following 2 days were listed. The following complications occurred: Hyphaema (2x, the blood disappeared spontaneously within 4-5 days), small cortex flake in the anterior chamber (2x), rhexis rim not intact (1x, nevertheless exact lens centration in the bag). No lesion of the capsule/zonule diaphragm, no fibrin reaction, no corneal edema. The method described is a safe method for ECCE. Capsulorhexis and tunnel incision are required. The method does not need any high technology equipment.

  5. Estimated net value and uncertainty for automating ECCS switchover at PWRs

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    Walsh, B.; Brideau, J.; Comes, L.; Darby, J.; Guttmann, H.; Sciacca, F.; Souto, F.; Thomas, W.; Zigler, G. [Science and Engineering Associates, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1996-02-01

    Question for resolution of Generic Safety Issue No. 24 is whether or not PWRs that currently rely on a manual system for ECCS switchover to recirculation should be required to install an automatic system. Risk estimates are obtained by reevaluating the contributions to core damage frequencies (CDFs) associated with failures of manual and semiautomatic switchover at a representative PWR. This study considers each separate instruction of the corresponding emergency operating procedures (EOPs), the mechanism for each control, and the relation of each control to its neighbors. Important contributions to CDF include human errors that result in completely coupled failure of both trains and failure to enter the required EOP. It is found that changeover to a semiautomatic system is not justified on the basis of cost-benefit analysis: going from a manual to a semiautomatic system reduces the CDF by 1.7 {times} 10{sup {minus}5} per reactor-year, but the probability that the net cost of the modification being less than $1, 000 per person-rem is about 20% without license renewal. Scoping analyses, using optimist assumptions, were performed for a changeover to a semiautomatic system with automatic actuation and to a fully automatic system; in these cases the probability of a net cost being less than $1,000/person-rem is about 50% without license renewal and over 95% with license renewal.

  6. Axillary Brachial Plexus Blockage in Treatment of Upper Extremity Ischemic Disorder in Critically Ill Patient: A Report of Two Cases

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    İlkay Ceylan; Nermin Kelebek Girgin; Mehmet Ali Kopan; Alp Gurbet

    2015-01-01

    Arterial catheterization, vasoactive agents, autonomic dysfunction and septic embolus may cause ischemia at distal ends of upper extremity in critically ill patients. Axillary brachial plexus blockage is highly reliable intervention when appropriate technique is used. Sympathetic blockage occurs after administration of local anesthetic drug and can resolve the circulatory disorder of extremity. We aimed to present two cases with ischemia of upper distal extremity that resolves after axillary ...

  7. Comparison of results and complications following combined ECCE-trabeculectomy versus small-incision-trabeculectomy and posterior chamber lens implantation.

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    Wedrich, A; Menapace, R; Hirsch, U; Papapanos, P; Derbolav, A; Ries, E

    To compare the efficacy and complication rate of two standard cataract extraction techniques with different incision lengths when combined with trabeculectomy. 54 eyes after combined ECCE, posterior chamber lens implantation and trabeculectomy (ECCE-group) are compared with 49 eyes following phacoemulsification, trabeculectomy and implantation of a folded flexible posterior chamber lens (small-incision group). Minimum follow-up was 24 months. Glaucoma control was achieved in all eyes of both groups. There was a tendency towards a higher number of patients without therapy in the small-incision group (82% versus 65%, p = 0.07). Final mean IOP (14.2 +/- 3.0 mmHg versus 15.5 +/- 2.7 mmHg, p = 0.02) and mean therapy index (0.2 +/- 0.5 versus 0.4 +/- 0.6, p = 0.03) were significantly lower in the small-incision group. Postoperative complications such as severe fibrin effusion (41% versus 18%, p = 0.018), early postoperative IOP rises > 25 mmHg (18% versus 2%, p = 0.009), filtering bleb scarring (63% versus 8%, p ECCE-group. With the decrease of the incision size necessary for the cataract extraction a reduction of postoperative complications and better functional results are achieved in combined cataract/glaucoma surgery.

  8. Comparison of allele frequency for HLA-DR and HLA-DQ between patients with ECC and caries-free children

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    Bagherian A

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Early childhood caries (ECC is one of the most common diseases of childhood. The etiology of ECC is multifactorial and both genetic and environmental factors play important roles in the pathogenesis of the disease. Genetic variations in the hosts may contribute to changes in the risk for dental caries. Genetic factors such as human leukocyte antigen (HLA have recently been suggested as a predisposing factor. Aim: The aim of this study was to look for an association between HLA-DRB1 and HLA-DQB1 with ECC for developing new strategies for the diagnosis as well as the prevention of the disease. Design: In this study, we extracted the genomic DNAs from whole blood samples of 44 patients with ECC and 35 caries-free children by the salting-out method. We amplified the genomic DNA by PCR-SSP and then HLA-typing was performed for all alleles. Results: The results revealed a significant increase in the frequency of HLA-DRB1FNx0104 in the patient group (P = 0.019. The odds ratio for this allele was detected to be 10. The frequency of HLA-DQB1 alleles was not significantly different between the two groups. Conclusion: The above results suggest that HLA-DRB1FNx0104 is associated with the susceptibility to ECC. Thus HLA-DRB1FNx0104 detection as a molecular marker for early diagnosis of ECC may be recommended.

  9. Experimental and theoretical study for the multidimensional phenomena of the ECC bypass in the DVI system downcomer during reflood phase of the LBLOCA

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    Song, Chul Hwa; Cho, Hyoung Kyu; Yun, Byong Jo; Euh, Dong Jin; Kwon, Tae Soon

    2005-02-01

    In the present study, a new scaling methodology, 'Modified Linear Scaling', was developed which can reproduce the multidimensional ECC behaviors in the DVI system downcomer and its applicability was experimentally and analytically evaluated. An exploratory test was performed to identify the mechanism and flow patterns of the ECC bypass and to investigate the effect of the downcomer geometry on the ECC bypass. Based on the observation results, an analysis for the two-dimensional film flow was conducted, which was found to the dominant flow regime in the DVI system downcomer and it introduced the Wallis parameters as the major scaling parameters of the direct ECC bypass. From the experiments and analysis, scaling requirements of the multidimensional phenomena were derived that the aspect ratio of the test facility and the film spreading width of the ECC should be preserved in the proto and reduced model. The modified linear scaling was developed which can satisfy the scaling requirements from the two-dimensional two-fluid equations and some important phenomena, which may not be fully represented by the equations, were additionally analyzed as a local phenomena scaling. The applicability of the scaling methodology is experimentally and analytically evaluated from the separate effect tests for the direct ECC bypass and sweep-out in various scales of the test sections and the developed analytical models.

  10. The effect of blockage on power production for laterally aligned wind turbines

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    Meyer Forsting, Alexander Raul; Troldborg, Niels

    2015-01-01

    This paper studies the change in the individual power coefficients for a laterally aligned row of wind turbines over a single, free turbine in the context of varying inflow directions via numerical simulations. All turbines were rotating in-line with the main flow direction. The problem definition...... to be detrimental in avoiding any domain-inflicted blockage. Increasing the misalignment of the main flow direction with the row of turbines led to significant variations in the power production across turbines. At the largest inflow angle of 45 it varied from -1.1 % to 2 %. As a whole, the power production...

  11. Exploring relationships of catheter-associated urinary tract infection and blockage in people with long-term indwelling urinary catheters.

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    Wilde, Mary H; McMahon, James M; Crean, Hugh F; Brasch, Judith

    2017-09-01

    To describe and explore relationships among catheter problems in long-term indwelling urinary catheter users, including excess healthcare use for treating catheter problems. Long-term urinary catheter users experience repeated problems with catheter-related urinary tract infection and blockage of the device, yet little has been reported of the patterns and relationships among relevant catheter variables. Secondary data analysis was conducted from a sample in a randomised clinical trial, using data from the entire sample of 202 persons over 12 months' participation. Descriptive statistics were used to characterise the sample over time. Zero-inflated negative binomial models were employed for logistic regressions to evaluate predictor variables of the presence/absence and frequencies of catheter-related urinary tract infection and blockage. Catheter-related urinary tract infection was marginally associated with catheter blockage. Problems reported at least once per person in the 12 months were as follows: catheter-related urinary tract infection 57%, blockage 34%, accidental dislodgment 28%, sediment 87%, leakage (bypassing) 67%, bladder spasms 59%, kinks/twists 42% and catheter pain 49%. Regression analysis demonstrated that bladder spasms were significantly related to catheter-related urinary tract infection and sediment amount, and catheter leakages were marginally significantly and positively related to catheter-related urinary tract infection. Frequencies of higher levels of sediment and catheter leakage were significantly associated with higher levels of blockage, and being female was associated with fewer blockages. Persons who need help with eating (more disabled) were also more likely to have blockages. Catheter-related urinary tract infection and blockage appear to be related and both are associated with additional healthcare expenditures. More research is needed to better understand how to prevent adverse catheter outcomes and patterns of problems in

  12. Local blockage of EMMPRIN impedes pressure ulcers healing in a rat model.

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    Zhao, Xi-Lan; Luo, Xiao; Wang, Ze-Xin; Yang, Guo-Li; Liu, Ji-Zhong; Liu, Ya-Qiong; Li, Ming; Chen, Min; Xia, Yong-Mei; Liu, Jun-Jie; Qiu, Shu-Ping; Gong, Xiao-Qing

    2015-01-01

    Excessive extracellular matrix degradation caused by the hyperfunction of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) has been implicated in the failure of pressure ulcers healing. EMMPRIN, as a widely expressed protein, has emerged as an important regulator of MMP activity. We hypothesize that EMMPRIN affects the process of pressure ulcer healing by modulating MMP activity. In the rat pressure ulcer model, the expression of EMMPRIN in ulcers detected by Western blot was elevated compared with that observed in normal tissue. To investigate the role of EMMPRIN in regulating ulcer healing, specific antibodies against EMMPRIN were used via direct administration on the pressure ulcer. Local blockage of EMMPRIN resulted in a poor ulcer healing process compared with control ulcers, which was the opposite of our expectation. Furthermore, inhibiting EMMPRIN minimally impacted MMP activity. However, the collagen content in the pressure ulcer was reduced in the EMMPRIN treated group. Angiogenesis and the expression of angiogenic factors in pressure ulcers were also reduced by EMMPRIN local blockage. The results in the present study indicate a novel effect of EMMPRIN in the regulation of pressure ulcer healing by controlling the collagen contents and angiogenesis rather than MMPs activity.

  13. Percolation blockage: A process that enables melt pond formation on first year Arctic sea ice

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    Polashenski, Chris; Golden, Kenneth M.; Perovich, Donald K.; Skyllingstad, Eric; Arnsten, Alexandra; Stwertka, Carolyn; Wright, Nicholas

    2017-01-01

    Melt pond formation atop Arctic sea ice is a primary control of shortwave energy balance in the Arctic Ocean. During late spring and summer, the ponds determine sea ice albedo and how much solar radiation is transmitted into the upper ocean through the sea ice. The initial formation of ponds requires that melt water be retained above sea level on the ice surface. Both theory and observations, however, show that first year sea ice is so highly porous prior to the formation of melt ponds that multiday retention of water above hydraulic equilibrium should not be possible. Here we present results of percolation experiments that identify and directly demonstrate a mechanism allowing melt pond formation. The infiltration of fresh water into the pore structure of sea ice is responsible for blocking percolation pathways with ice, sealing the ice against water percolation, and allowing water to pool above sea level. We demonstrate that this mechanism is dependent on fresh water availability, known to be predominantly from snowmelt, and ice temperature at melt onset. We argue that the blockage process has the potential to exert significant control over interannual variability in ice albedo. Finally, we suggest that incorporating the mechanism into models would enhance their physical realism. Full treatment would be complex. We provide a simple temperature threshold-based scheme that may be used to incorporate percolation blockage behavior into existing model frameworks.

  14. Blockage of transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 inhibits brain edema in middle cerebral artery occlusion mice.

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    Jie, Pinghui; Tian, Yujing; Hong, Zhiwen; Li, Lin; Zhou, Libin; Chen, Lei; Chen, Ling

    2015-01-01

    Brain edema is an important pathological process during stroke. Activation of transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) causes an up-regulation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in lung tissue. MMP can digest the endothelial basal lamina to destroy blood brain barrier, leading to vasogenic brain edema. Herein, we tested whether TRPV4-blockage could inhibit brain edema through inhibiting MMPs in middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) mice. We found that the brain water content and Evans blue extravasation at 48 h post-MCAO were reduced by a TRPV4 antagonist HC-067047. The increased MMP-2/9 protein expression in hippocampi of MCAO mice was attenuated by HC-067046, but only the increased MMP-9 activity was blocked by HC-067047. The loss of zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1) and occludin protein in MCAO mice was also attenuated by HC-067047. Moreover, MMP-2/9 protein expression increased in mice treated with a TRPV4 agonist GSK1016790A, but only MMP-9 activity was increased by GSK1016790A. Finally, ZO-1 and occludin protein expression was decreased by GSK1016790A, which was reversed by an MMP-9 inhibitor. We conclude that blockage of TRPV4 may inhibit brain edema in cerebral ischemia through inhibiting MMP-9 activation and the loss of tight junction protein.

  15. Blockage Testing in the NASA Glenn 225 Square Centimeter Supersonic Wind Tunnel

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    Sevier, Abigail; Davis, David; Schoenenberger, Mark

    2017-01-01

    A feasibility study is in progress at NASA Glenn Research Center to implement a magnetic suspension and balance system in the 225 sq cm Supersonic Wind Tunnel for the purpose of testing the dynamic stability of blunt bodies. An important area of investigation in this study was determining the optimum size of the model and the iron spherical core inside of it. In order to minimize the required magnetic field and thus the size of the magnetic suspension system, it was determined that the test model should be as large as possible. Blockage tests were conducted to determine the largest possible model that would allow for tunnel start at Mach 2, 2.5, and 3. Three different forebody model geometries were tested at different Mach numbers, axial locations in the tunnel, and in both a square and axisymmetric test section. Experimental results showed that different model geometries produced more varied results at higher Mach Numbers. It was also shown that testing closer to the nozzle allowed larger models to start compared with testing near the end of the test section. Finally, allowable model blockage was larger in the axisymmetric test section compared with the square test section at the same Mach number. This testing answered key questions posed by the feasibility study and will be used in the future to dictate model size and performance required from the magnetic suspension system.

  16. Blockage of IGF-1R signaling sensitizes urinary bladder cancer cells to mitomycin-mediated cytotoxicity

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    A major problem which is poorly understood in the management of bladder cancer is low sensitivity to chemotherapy and high recurrence after transurethral resection.Insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor(IGF-1R)signaling plays a very important role in progression,invasion and metastasis of bladder cancer cells.In this study,we investigated whether IGF-1R was involved in the growth stimulating activity and drug resistance of bladder cancer cells.The results showed: The mRNAs of IGF-1,IGF-2 and IGF-1R were strongly expressed in serum-free cultured T24 cell line,whereas normal urothelial cells did not express these factors/receptors or only in trace levels; T24 cell responded far better to growth stimulation by IGF-1 than did normal urothelial cells; blockage of IGF1R by antisense oligodeoxynucleotide(ODN)significantly inhibited the growth of T24 cell and enhanced sensitivity and apoptosis of T24 cells to mitomycin(MMC).These results suggested that blockage of IGF-IR signaling might potentially contribute to the treatment of bladder cancer cells which are insensitive to chemotherapy.

  17. Reflood experiments in rod bundles with flow blockages due to clad ballooning

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    Moon, S.K.; Kim, J.; Kim, K.; Kim, B.J.; Park, J.K.; Youn, Y.J.; Choi, H.S.; Song, C.H. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-07-15

    Clad ballooning and the resulting partial flow blockage are one of the major thermal-hydraulic concerns associated with the coolability of partially blocked cores during a loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA). Several in-pile tests have shown that fuel relocation causes a local power accumulation and a high thermal coupling between the clad and fuel debris in the ballooned regions. However, previous experiments in the 1980s did not take into account the fuel relocation phenomena and resulting local power increase in the ballooned regions. The present paper presents the results of systematic investigations on the coolability of rod bundles with flow blockages. The experiments were mainly performed in 5 x 5 rod bundles, 2 x 2 rod bundles and other test facilities. The experiments include a reflood heat transfer, single-phase convective heat transfer, flow redistributions phenomena, and droplet break-up behavior. The effects of the fuel relocation and resulting local power increase were investigated using a 5 x 5 rod bundle. The fuel relocation phenomena increase the peak cladding temperature.

  18. Estimates of pressure gradients in PEMFC gas channels due to blockage by static liquid drops

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    Venkatraman, M.; Shimpalee, S.; Van Zee, J.W. [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 301 Main St., Columbia, SC 29208 (United States); Moon, Sung In; Extrand, C.W. [Entegris, Inc., 3500 Lyman Boulevard, Chaska, MN 55318 (United States)

    2009-07-15

    Numerical analyses are presented to explain the effect of drop size and contact angle on local pressures inside small channels. These pressures and channel characteristics are of interest when water condenses in the gas channels of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells and hence the study uses Reynolds numbers consistent with as typical utilization of reacting gases in 200 cm{sup 2} flow fields (i.e., 200 < Re < 1500 and stoichiometries of 1.2-2.0 at 1.0 A/cm{sup 2}). The analyses were performed using three-dimensional computational fluid dynamic techniques and the results show that pressure drops are minimal until the blockage was greater than 50%. As blockage increased further, due to larger drops or increased hydrophobicity, pressure drop increased. The results of a stagnant drop are supported by visualization experiments, which show minimal distortion of the drop for these low flow rates, small ratios, and hydrophobic contact angles. Proper scaling parameters and design criteria for microchannels validation experiments are presented. (author)

  19. A probability risk assessment for MACSTOR/KN-400 during an air inlet blockage accident sequence

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    Ryu, J.H.; Jae, M. [Hanyang Univ., Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, Sungdong-Gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, C. [Korea Inst. of Nuclear Safety, Yusong-Gu, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-07-01

    The safety assessment framework for evaluating the spent fuel dry storage facility during the air inlet blockage accident composing of three phases has been established and applied to an interim storage system. They include the analysis of the failure probability of a basket and a cylinder, the accident modeling of spent fuel dry storage facility and the accident consequence assessments. The first phase of the analysis calculated the module failure probability by modeling of the basket and the cylinder, which is major element for containing radioactive substances. The second phase includes a modeling of spent fuel dry storage facility. At this phase, the probability that radioactive substances are released to outside when the initial event happens has been calculated by the construction of the event tree methods against a various elements which affects the air inlet blockage accident. At the third phase of releasing radioactive substances, the radiation damage to affect neighborhood and storage facility worker using MACCS2 code has been evaluated quantitatively. (author)

  20. Connectivity Analysis of Millimeter-Wave Device-to-Device Networks with Blockage

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    Haejoon Jung

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We consider device-to-device (D2D communications in millimeter-wave (mm Wave for the future fifth generation (5G cellular networks. While the mm Wave systems can support multiple D2D pairs simultaneously through beamforming with highly directional antenna arrays, the mm Wave channel is significantly more susceptible to blockage compared to microwave; mm Wave channel studies indicate that if line-of-sight (LoS paths are blocked, reliable mm Wave communications may not be achieved for high data-rate applications. Therefore, assuming that an outage occurs in the absence of the LoS path between two wireless devices by obstructions, we focus on connectivity of the mm Wave D2D networks. We consider two types of D2D communications: direct and indirect schemes. The connectivity performances of the two schemes are investigated in terms of (i the probability to achieve a fully connected network PFC and (ii the average number of reliably connected devices γ. Through analysis and simulation, we show that, as the network size increases, PFC and γ decrease. Also, PFC and γ decrease, when the blockage parameter increases. Moreover, simulation results indicate that the hybrid direct and indirect scheme can improve both PFC and γ up to about 35% compared to the nonhybrid scheme.

  1. Prevalence and socio-behavioral influence of early childhood caries, ECC, and feeding habits among 6 – 36 months old children in Uganda and Tanzania

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    Masumo Ray

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Early childhood caries (ECC is a serious problem that has remained unexplored in sub-Saharan Africa. This study aimed to identify possible socio-behavioral correlates of ECC focusing 6–36 months old children and their caretakers. Methods Cross sectional studies were conducted in a high fluoride rural area, Manyara, Tanzania and a low fluoride urban area, Kampala, Uganda. Totals of 1221 and 816 child - caretaker pairs attending health care facilities for growth monitoring were recruited in Manyara and Kampala, respectively. All caretakers completed face to face interviews at the health care facility. Children underwent oral clinical examination whereby ECC and Enamel hypoplasia were recorded using the dmft (WHO 1997 and the DDE index (FDI 1992. Results The prevalence of ECC was 3.7% in Manyara and 17.6% in Kampala. According to multiple logistic regression analyses, received oral health information from health worker was the strongest determinant of ECC in Manyara, adjusted OR 0.3, 95% CI 0.09 – 0.93. In Kampala, visible plaque, high sugar intake and presence of enamel hypoplasia associated with ECC, adjusted ORs 2.8 (95% CI 1.61- 4.95, 3.0 (95% CI 1.39 – 6.34 and 2.3 (95% CI 1.36 - 3.95. Conclusion Oral health education aimed at caretakers of 6–36 months, including health care workers’ information regarding the detrimental consequences for oral health of frequent sugar consumption and poor oral hygiene is important for prevention of ECC in Tanzania and Uganda.

  2. R&D Plan for RISMC Industry Application #1: ECCS/LOCA Cladding Acceptance Criteria

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    Szilard, Ronaldo Henriques [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Zhang, Hongbin [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Epiney, Aaron Simon [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Tu, Lei [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2016-04-01

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is finalizing a rulemaking change that would revise the requirements in 10 CFR 50.46. In the proposed new rulemaking, designated as 10 CFR 50.46c, the NRC proposes a fuel performance-based equivalent cladding reacted (ECR) criterion as a function of cladding hydrogen content before the accident (pre-transient) in order to include the effects of higher burnup on cladding performance as well as to address other technical issues. A loss of operational margin may result due to the more restrictive cladding embrittlement criteria. Initial and future compliance with the rule may significantly increase vendor workload and licensee costs as a spectrum of fuel rod initial burnup states may need to be analyzed to demonstrate compliance. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has initiated a project, as part of the DOE Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program (LWRS), to develop analytical capabilities to support the industry in the transition to the new rule. This project is called the Industry Application 1 (IA1) within the Risk-Informed Safety Margin Characterization (RISMC) Pathway of LWRS. The general idea behind the initiative is the development of an Integrated Evaluation Model (IEM). The motivation is to develop a multiphysics framework to analyze how uncertainties are propagated across the stream of physical disciplines and data involved, as well as how risks are evaluated in a LOCA safety analysis as regulated under 10 CFR 50.46c. This IEM is called LOTUS which stands for LOCA Toolkit for US, and it represents the LWRS Program’s response to the proposed new rule making. The focus of this report is to complete an R&D plan to describe the demonstration of the LOCA/ECCS RISMC Industry Application # 1 using the advanced RISMC Toolkit and methodologies. This report includes the description and development plan for a RISMC LOCA tool that fully couples advanced MOOSE tools already in development in order to characterize and optimize

  3. Prevention of early childhood caries (ECC) through parental toothbrushing training and fluoride varnish application: a 24-month randomized controlled trial.

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    Jiang, Emily Ming; Lo, Edward Chin Man; Chu, Chun Hung; Wong, May Chun Mei

    2014-12-01

    To investigate the effectiveness of hands-on training in parental toothbrushing, with or without semi-annual applications of 5% sodium fluoride varnish in preventing ECC. Study was conducted in Hong Kong where water is optimally fluoridated. Children aged 8-23 months were recruited and randomly allocated to one of three groups: Gp 1 - control, one-off oral health education talk to parents; Gp 2 - oral health education talk and parental toothbrushing training, reinforced every 6 months; Gp 3 - semi-annual application of fluoride varnish onto child's teeth in addition to the intervention provided to Gp 2. Clinical examinations of the children and interviews were conducted at baseline and after 24 months to assess the children's dental caries status and toothbrushing behaviour. Out of the 450 child-parent dyads recruited at baseline, 415 (92%) remained after 24 months. At baseline, 2% of the children had non-cavitated enamel caries lesions and the mean dmft score was 0.03 ± 0.24. Most of the children did not have daily parental toothbrushing (65-73%) and self toothbrushing (86-90%). At 24-month follow-up, including both non-cavitated and cavitated carious lesions, the incidences of ECC in Gp 1 to Gp 3 were 11.9%, 11.8%, and 17.5%, respectively (p>0.05); and the mean new dmft scores in Gp 1 to Gp 3 were 0.3, 0.2, and 0.3, respectively (p>0.05). Proportions of parents who practiced parental toothbrushing twice daily were 62.7%, 60.4%, and 65.7% in Gp 1 to Gp 3, respectively (p>0.05). In a water fluoridated area, hands-on training in parental toothbrushing, with or without semi-annual application of 5% sodium fluoride varnish may not have additional effect on preventing ECC in young children with low risk of dental caries compared to provision of oral health education to parents. In a water fluoridated area, provision of individual oral health education to parents may be sufficient for preventing ECC in young children below age 3. Supplemental training in parental

  4. Effect of sucrose concentration on sucrose-dependent adhesion and glucosyltransferase expression of S. mutans in children with severe early-childhood caries (S-ECC).

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    Zhao, Wei; Li, Wenqing; Lin, Jiacheng; Chen, Zhuoyu; Yu, Dongsheng

    2014-09-09

    Sucrose, extracellular polysaccharide, and glucosyltransferases (GTFs) are key factors in sucrose-dependent adhesion and play important roles in the process of severe early-childhood caries (S-ECC). However, whether sucrose concentration regulates gtf expression, extracellular polysaccharide synthesis, and sucrose-dependent adhesion is related to the different genotypes of S. mutans isolated from ECC in children and still needs to be investigated. In this study, 52 strains of S. mutans were isolated from children with S-ECC and caries-free (CF) children. Water-insoluble glucan (WIG) synthesis was detected by the anthrone method, adhesion capacity by the turbidimetric method, and expression of gtf by RT-PCR in an in vitro model containing 1%-20% sucrose. The genotypes of S. mutans were analyzed by AP-PCR. The results showed that WIG synthesis, adhesion capacity, and gtf expression increased significantly when the sucrose concentration was from 1% to 10%. WIG synthesis and gtfB as well as gtfC expression of the 1% and 5% groups were significantly lower than those of the 10% and 20% groups (p S. mutans detected from individuals in the S-ECC group exhibited a significant difference in diversity compared with those from CF individuals (p S. mutans, and the 10% sucrose level can be seen as a "turning point" and essential factor for the prevention of S-ECC.

  5. A free-blockage controlled release system based on the hydrophobic/hydrophilic conversion of mesoporous silica nanopores.

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    Wang, Wenqian; Chen, Linfeng; Xu, Li-Ping; Du, Hongwu; Wen, Yongqiang; Song, Yanlin; Zhang, Xueji

    2015-02-02

    A pH-responsive free-blockage release system was achieved through controlling the hydrophobic/hydrophilic conversion of mesoporous silica nanopores. This system further presented pulsatile release with changing pH values between 4.0 and 7.0 for several cycles. This free-blockage release system could also release antitumor agents to induce cell death after infecting tumor cells and could have the ability of continuous infection to tumor cells with high drug-delivery efficiency and few side effects.

  6. Microstructural analysis of MTR fuel plates damaged by a coolant flow blockage

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    Leenaers, A.; Joppen, F.; Van den Berghe, S.

    2009-10-01

    In 1975, as a result of a blockage of the coolant inlet flow, two plates of a fuel element of the BR2 reactor of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) were partially melted. The fuel element consisted of Al-clad plates with 90% 235U enriched UAl x fuel dispersed in an Al matrix. The element had accumulated a burn up of 21% 235U before it was removed from the reactor. Recently, the damaged fuel plates were sent to the hot laboratory for detailed PIE. Microstructural changes and associated temperature markers were used to identify several stages in the progression to fuel melting. It was found that the temperature in the center of the fuel plate had increased above 900-950 °C before the reactor was scrammed. In view of the limited availability of such datasets, the results of this microstructural analysis provide valuable input in the analysis of accident scenarios for research reactors.

  7. Effect of extradural blockage upon glucose and urea kinetics in surgical patients

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    Shaw, J.H.; Galler, L.; Holdaway, I.M.; Holdaway, C.M.

    1987-09-01

    We have determined the metabolic effects induced by the use of extradural blockage with 0.5 per cent bupivacaine hydrochloride in a group of surgical patients. Turnover rates of glucose and urea were determined isotopically using radioisotopes and studies were performed both in the basal state and during total parenteral nutrition. In the basal state, extradural blockade resulted in a decrease in the turnover rates of both glucose and urea. In addition, when extradural blockade was instituted while the patients were receiving total parenteral nutrition, there was also a significant fall in glucose turnover. We conclude that the use of extradural blockade is effective as a means of conserving bodily resources in surgical patients both in the basal state and during total parenteral nutrition.

  8. Blockage of Notch Signaling Inhibits the Migration and Proliferation of Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells

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    Weiwei Liu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The Notch signaling is an evolutionarily conserved cell-cell communication pathway that plays critical roles in the proliferation, survival, apoptosis, and fate determination of mammalian cells. Retinal pigment epithelial (RPE cells are responsible for supporting the function of the neural retina and maintaining vision. This study investigated the function of Notch signaling in RPE cells. We found that the members of the Notch signaling pathway components were differentially expressed in RPE cells. Furthermore, blockage of Notch signaling inhibited the migration and proliferation of RPE cells and reduced the expression levels of certain Notch signaling target genes, including HES1, MYC, HEY2, and SOX9. Our data reveal a critical role of Notch signaling in RPE cells, suggesting that targeting Notch signaling may provide a novel approach for the treatment of ophthalmic diseases related to RPE cells.

  9. The effect of blockage on power production for laterally aligned wind turbines

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    Meyer Forsting, A. R.; Troldborg, N.

    2015-06-01

    This paper studies the change in the individual power coefficients for a laterally aligned row of wind turbines over a single, free turbine in the context of varying inflow directions via numerical simulations. All turbines were rotating in-line with the main flow direction. The problem definition is similar to that of many wind turbine testing sites and wind farms. Hence any changes in the individual turbine power production could have implications regarding power curve validation procedures.These changes are relatively small and therefore the size of the computational domain was identified to be detrimental in avoiding any domain-inflicted blockage. Increasing the misalignment of the main flow direction with the row of turbines led to significant variations in the power production across turbines. At the largest inflow angle of 45° it varied from -1.1% to 2%. As a whole, the power production increased by about 0.5%, almost independent of the inflow direction.

  10. A probability risk assessment for MACSTOR/KN-400 during the air inlet blockage accident

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    Ryu, Jung Hyun; Jae, Moo Sung [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Chan Woo [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-07-01

    Spent fuels extracted from a reactor can be reused or be deposited to all eternity. Before they are chosen between these two ways, spent fuels are stored in the intermediate storage. The spent fuel dry storage facility is an intermediate storage using air-cooling method. In Korea, because of the current situation, spent fuels derived from continuous operation of PHWRs cannot be stored in a pool, spent fuel dry storage facility is scheduled to be built by year 2016. Therefore, the use of PSA technology for designing spent fuel intermediate storage facility needs to be developed. In this study, the safety analysis for the sequence of air inlet blockage accident in spent fuel dry storage facility is analyzed.

  11. Low-Profile Dual-Wideband MIMO Antenna with Low ECC for LTE and Wi-Fi Applications

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    Gye-Taek Jeong

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a low-profile dual-wideband multiple input multiple output (MIMO antenna with low envelop correlation coefficient (ECC for long-term evolution (LTE and wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi applications. The antenna covers LTE band 7 and Wi-Fi as well as wireless broadband (Wibro and Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMax (except for the 3.5-GHz band. To aid with integration of a practical mobile terminal, the MIMO antenna elements are placed at appropriate locations by analyzing the surface current distribution and without using any additional isolation techniques. The measured bandwidths with reflection coefficients of 20 dB in the operating frequency ranges of both LTE band 7 and Wi-Fi. Additionally, the calculated ECC is in the range 0.005<ρ<0.025, which is considerably lower than the ρ<0.5 required for MIMO applications. The measured radiation patterns are appropriate for mobile terminals, and omnidirectional radiation patterns are obtained.

  12. AN ANALYSIS OF STUDENTS’ SPEAKING ABILITY IN ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUB (ECC PROGRAM AT THE 3rd SEMESTER

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    M. Fadhly Farhy Abbas

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available This research is based on students’ speaking ability who had followed the EnglishConversation Club (ECC program especially for the third semester of English Department. Thepurpose of this study was to analyze the students’ speaking ability at the 3rd semester in the EnglishConversation Club FKIP UNILAK Pekanbaru. The type of the research was mixed method in typeof explanatory design. The number of participant was 53 students. The researcher used twoinstruments, those were test and interview. In analyzing the data, it used in descriptive statistics.The result of the analysis showed that the average score of 3rd semester students’ speaking abilitywas 45.42. It can be concluded that the students’ speaking ability was categorized into failed . Thescore of Standard Deviation was 7.02, Variance was 49.30, and Range was 36 points . It meansthat the students’ speaking ability was homogeneous. According to the Z-Score, it can be seen that49.06% students’ ability was higher than average and 50.94% students ability was below theaverage. In conclusion, the students’ ability in learning speaking English was failed, it had beenaffected by some factors, those were lack of vocabulary, grammar and motivation. It was supportedby the interview, eventhough the students’ perception to English Conversation Club (ECCprogram was positive, but in fact, the students’ frequency to speak English was seldom, they wereless practice speaking English everyday.Keywords : Speaking , English Conversation Club (ECC

  13. Probability safety assessment for MACSTOR/KN-400 during the air inlet blockage

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    Ryu, Jung Hyun

    2005-02-15

    Spent fuels extracted from a reactor can be reused or be deposited to all eternity. Before they are chosen between these two ways, spent fuels are stored in the intermediate storage. The spent fuel dry storage facility is an intermediate storage using air-cooling method. In Korea, because of the current situation, spent fuels derived from continuous operation of PHWRs cannot be stored in a pool, spent fuel dry storage facility is scheduled to be built by year 2016. Therefore, the use of PSA technology for designing spent fuel intermediate storage facility needs to be developed. In this study, the safety analysis for the sequence of air inlet blockage accident in spent fuel dry storage facility is analyzed and the safety analysis of spent fuel dry storage facility is classified in three phase. In first phase, the destruction probability of a basket and a cylinder, which are the major elements of containing radioactive substances, is modeled and the destruction of probability of a basket is 1.1x10{sup -3}. In second phase, the release probability of radiation material in spent fuel dry storage facility are modeled and the annual release frequency of radiation material in spent fuel dry storage facility is 1.4x10{sup -7}. Finally, consequence analysis through modeling circumference areas is performed. In case of spent fuel dry storage facilities, the studies up to now are only the accident modeling of spent fuel dry storage facility and are performed with only deterministic analysis. Therefore, in this study, the analysis for the accident of air inlet blockage is performed concentrating on PSA(Probability Safety Assessment). As a result of assessment, spent fuel dry storage facility is more safe than nuclear power plants.

  14. Design of ECC system based on System Generator%基于System Generator的ECC加解密系统设计

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    肖雪芳; 苏航; 雷国伟

    2012-01-01

    Based on several key algorithms of ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptosystem), each module of the algorithms was designed via Modelsim tool. Then the source codes of each module were generated into its counterpart of ECC system by System Generator, and the modules were grouped into ECC system. Finally, the system was simulated and verified by experimental results.%根据椭圆曲线密码体制的几种关键算法,采用Modelsim仿真工具设计相应的算法模块.然后将各模块代码通过System Generator生成对应的系统模块,再将这些模块搭建成完整的ECC系统.最后对整个ECC系统进行仿真,实验数据进一步验证了该设计的正确性.

  15. Effect of Sucrose Concentration on Sucrose-Dependent Adhesion and Glucosyltransferase Expression of S. mutans in Children with Severe Early-Childhood Caries (S-ECC

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    Wei Zhao

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Sucrose, extracellular polysaccharide, and glucosyltransferases (GTFs are key factors in sucrose-dependent adhesion and play important roles in the process of severe early-childhood caries (S-ECC. However, whether sucrose concentration regulates gtf expression, extracellular polysaccharide synthesis, and sucrose-dependent adhesion is related to the different genotypes of S. mutans isolated from ECC in children and still needs to be investigated. In this study, 52 strains of S. mutans were isolated from children with S-ECC and caries-free (CF children. Water-insoluble glucan (WIG synthesis was detected by the anthrone method, adhesion capacity by the turbidimetric method, and expression of gtf by RT-PCR in an in vitro model containing 1%–20% sucrose. The genotypes of S. mutans were analyzed by AP-PCR. The results showed that WIG synthesis, adhesion capacity, and gtf expression increased significantly when the sucrose concentration was from 1% to 10%. WIG synthesis and gtfB as well as gtfC expression of the 1% and 5% groups were significantly lower than those of the 10% and 20% groups (p < 0.05. There were no significant differences between the 10% and 20% groups. The fingerprints of S. mutans detected from individuals in the S-ECC group exhibited a significant difference in diversity compared with those from CF individuals (p < 0.05. Further, the expression of gtfB and gtfC in the S-ECC group was significantly different among the 1- to 5-genotype groups (p < 0.05. It can be concluded that sucrose-dependent adhesion might be related to the diversity of genotypes of S. mutans, and the 10% sucrose level can be seen as a “turning point” and essential factor for the prevention of S-ECC.

  16. Airborne laser scan data: a valuable tool with which to infer weather radar partial beam blockage in urban environments

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    Cremonini, Roberto; Moisseev, Dmitri; Chandrasekar, Venkatachalam

    2016-10-01

    High-spatial-resolution weather radar observations are of primary relevance for hydrological applications in urban areas. However, when weather radars are located within metropolitan areas, partial beam blockages and clutter by buildings can seriously affect the observations. Standard simulations with simple beam propagation models and digital elevation models (DEMs) are usually not able to evaluate buildings' contribution to partial beam blockages. In recent years airborne laser scanners (ALSs) have evolved to the state-of-the-art technique for topographic data acquisition. Providing small footprint diameters (10-30 cm), ALS data allow accurate reconstruction of buildings and forest canopy heights. Analyzing the three weather C-band radars located in the metropolitan area of Helsinki, Finland, the present study investigates the benefits of using ALS data for quantitative estimations of partial beam blockages. The results obtained applying beam standard propagation models are compared with stratiform 24 h rainfall accumulation to evaluate the effects of partial beam blockages due to constructions and trees. To provide a physical interpretation of the results, the detailed analysis of beam occultations is achieved by open spatial data sets and open-source geographic information systems.

  17. Three-Dimensional, Numerical Investigation of Flow and Heat Transfer in Rectangular Channels Subject to Partial Blockage

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    Salama, Amgad

    2014-08-25

    Numerical simulation of flow and heat transfer in two adjacent channels is conducted with one of the channels partially blocked. This system simulates typical channels of a material testing reactor. The blockage is assumed due to the buckling of one of the channel plates inward along its width. The blockage ratio considered in this work is defined as the ratio between the cross-sectional area of the blocked and the unblocked channel. In this work, we consider a blockage ratio of approximately 40%. However, the blockage is different along the width of the channel, ranging from 0% at the end of the channel to 90% in the middle. The channel walls are sandwiching volumetric heat sources that vary spatially as chopped cosine functions. Interesting patterns are highlighted and investigated. The reduction in the flow area of one channel results in the flow redistributing among the two channels according to the changes in their hydraulic conductivities. The results of the numerical simulations show that the maximum wall temperature in the blocked channel is well below the boiling temperature at the operating pressure.

  18. Validation of attenuation, beam blockage, and calibration estimation methods using two dual polarization X band weather radars

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    Diederich, M.; Ryzhkov, A.; Simmer, C.; Mühlbauer, K.

    2011-12-01

    The amplitude a of radar wave reflected by meteorological targets can be misjudged due to several factors. At X band wavelength, attenuation of the radar beam by hydro meteors reduces the signal strength enough to be a significant source of error for quantitative precipitation estimation. Depending on the surrounding orography, the radar beam may be partially blocked when scanning at low elevation angles, and the knowledge of the exact amount of signal loss through beam blockage becomes necessary. The phase shift between the radar signals at horizontal and vertical polarizations is affected by the hydrometeors that the beam travels through, but remains unaffected by variations in signal strength. This has allowed for several ways of compensating for the attenuation of the signal, and for consistency checks between these variables. In this study, we make use of several weather radars and gauge network measuring in the same area to examine the effectiveness of several methods of attenuation and beam blockage corrections. The methods include consistency checks of radar reflectivity and specific differential phase, calculation of beam blockage using a topography map, estimating attenuation using differential propagation phase, and the ZPHI method proposed by Testud et al. in 2000. Results show the high effectiveness of differential phase in estimating attenuation, and potential of the ZPHI method to compensate attenuation, beam blockage, and calibration errors.

  19. Effect of Local Nasal Immunotherapy on Nasal Blockage in Pollen-Induced Allergic Rhinitis of Guinea Pigs

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    Takeshi Nabe

    2008-01-01

    Conclusions: Local nasal immunotherapy may be clinically useful for allergic nasal blockage associated with nasal hyperresponsiveness. The mechanisms responsible for this effectiveness might not be related to IgE production. Additionally, the effectiveness for nasal tissue was dissociated from that seen for the ocular tissue.

  20. Wind-tunnel blockage and actuation systems test of a two-dimensional scramjet inlet unstart model at Mach 6

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    Holland, Scott D.

    1994-01-01

    The present study examines the wind-tunnel blockage and actuation systems effectiveness in starting and forcibly unstarting a two-dimensional scramjet inlet in the NASA Langley 20-Inch Mach 6 Tunnel. The intent of the overall test program is to study (both experimentally and computationally) the dynamics of the inlet unstart; however, prior to the design and fabrication of an expensive, instrumented wind-tunnel model, it was deemed necessary first to examine potential wind-tunnel blockage issues related to model sizing and to examine the adequacy of the actuation systems in accomplishing the start and unstart. The model is equipped with both a moveable cowl and aft plug. Windows in the inlet sidewalls allow limited optical access to the internal shock structure; schlieren video was used to identify inlet start and unstart. A chronology of each actuation sequence is provided in tabular form along with still frames from the schlieren video. A pitot probe monitored the freestream conditions throughout the start/unstart process to determine if there was a blockage effect due to the model start or unstart. Because the purpose of this report is to make the phase I (blockage and actuation systems) data rapidly available to the community, the data is presented largely without analysis of the internal shock interactions or the unstart process. This series of tests indicated that the model was appropriately sized for this facility and identified operability limits required first to allow the inlet to start and second to force the unstart.

  1. Scaled experiments using the helium technique to study the vehicular blockage effect on longitudinal ventilation control in tunnels

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    Alva, Wilson Ulises Rojas; Jomaas, Grunde; Dederichs, Anne

    2015-01-01

    A model tunnel (1:30 compared to a standard tunnel section) with a helium-air smoke mixture was used to study the vehicular blockage effect on longitudinal ventilation smoke control. The experimental results showed excellent agreement with full-scale data and confirmed that the critical velocity ...

  2. Research on Precaution and Detection Technology for Flow Blockage of Plate-type Fuel Element in Research Reactors

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    DING; Li; QIAO; Ya-xin; ZHANG; Nian-peng; LUO; Bei-bei; HUA; Xiao; JIA; Shu-jie; YAN; Hui-yang

    2013-01-01

    The main aim of this study is to offer the technical support for safety operation and management of research reactors using plate-type fuel assemblies in China,which is performed from analysis of precaution measures for flow blockage and detection methods of accidents.Study shows that most accidents were induced by in-core foreign objects and the swelling of fuel

  3. Effect of blockage of costimulatory signal on murine abortion-prone model

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    ZHAO Fu-xi; ZHANG Yuan-yuan; LIU Run-hua; LI Shuan-ming

    2007-01-01

    Background Inhibition of the key costimulatory signals results in T cell anergy, indicating the alloantigen-specific immunologic unresponsiveness. In this study, the effect of blockage of costimulatory signal CD86 on murine abortion-prone model was studied.Methods Thirty CBA/J female mice cohabitated with DBA/2 male or BALB/c male mice were investigated. CBA/J ×DBA/2 matings were used as the abortion-prone model, and CBA/J × BALB/c matings were used as the normal pregnant model. The abortion-prone models were divided into experimental and control groups, and the normal pregnant models were set as a normal group (10 mice in each group). The mice in the experimental group were treated with anti-mouse CD86 monoclonal antibody (mAb) (100 μg) on day 4.5 of gestation, while the controls received irrelevant-isotype matched rat IgG2b. As for the normal group, nothing was given to the mice. The mice were killed on day 13.5 of gestation, embryo resorption rate and the expression of transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1), plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1), and matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) were detected. Then the data were analyzed by Chi-square test and Fisher's exact test.Results The embryo resorption rate in the experimental (8.2%) and normal groups (7.7%) was significantly lower than that of the control (23.5%, P<0.05). No significant difference was detected between the experimental and normal groups (P>0.05). The positive expression rates of TGF-β1 and PAI-1 proteins in the experimental and normal groups were significantly higher than those in the control group (P<0.05). The positive expression rate of MMP-9 protein in the experimental and normal groups was significantly lower than that in the control group (P<0.05). No significant difference in the positive expression rates of the three proteins was detected between the experimental and normal groups (P>0.05).Conclusions Blockage of costimulatory signal CD86 at early pregnancy can treat

  4. Pressure vessel fracture studies pertaining to a PWR LOCA-ECC thermal shock: experiments TSE-1 and TSE-2

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    Cheverton, R.D.

    1976-09-01

    The LOCA-ECC Thermal Shock Program was established to investigate the potential for flaw propagation in pressurized-water reactor (PWR) vessels during injection of emergency core coolant following a loss-of-coolant accident. Studies thus far have included fracture mechanics analyses of typical PWRs, the design and construction of a thermal shock test facility, determination of material properties for test specimens, and two thermal shock experiments with 0.53-m-OD (21-in.) by 0.15-m-wall (6-in.) cylindrical test specimens. The PWR calculations indicated that under some circumstances crack propagation could be expected and that experiments should be conducted for cracks that would have the potential for propagation at least halfway through the wall.

  5. Flood hazards along the Toutle and Cowlitz rivers, Washington, from a hypothetical failure of Castle Lake blockage

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    Laenen, Antonius; Orzol, L.L.

    1987-01-01

    A recent evaluation of groundwater and material in the blockage impounding Castle Lake shows that the blockage is potentially unstable against failure from piping due to heave and internal erosion when groundwater levels are seasonally high. There is also a remote possibility that a 6.8 or greater magnitude earthquake could occur in the Castle Lake area when groundwater levels are critically high. If this situation occurs, the debris blockage that confines Castle Lake could breach from successive slope failure with liquefaction of a portion of the blockage. A dam-break computer model was used to simulate discharge through a hypothetical breach in the Castle Lake blockage that could be caused by failure by heave, internal erosion, or liquefaction. Approximately 18,500 acre-ft of stored water would be released from an assumed breach that fully developed to a 1,000-ft width over a 15-minute time period. The resulting flood, incorporating 3.4 x 10 to the 6th power cu yd of the debris blockage, would reach a peak magnitude of 1,500,000 cu ft/s (cubic feet per second). The flood is also assumed to incorporate an additional 137x10 to the 6th power cu yd of saturated debris material from downstream deposits. Flow is considered to be hyperconcentrated with sediment throughout the course of the flood. The hypothetical hyperconcentrated flow is routed downstream, superimposed on normal winter flood flows by use of a one-dimensional unsteady-state numerical streamflow simulation model. From a starting magnitude of 1,500,000 cu ft/s, the peak increases to 2,100,000 cu ft/s at N-1 Dam (12 mi downstream) and attenuates to 1,200,000 cu ft/s at Kid Valley (25 mi downstream) , to 100,000 cu ft/s at Longview and the confluence of the Columbia River (65 mi downstream). From time of breach, the flood peak would take 2.2 hr to reach Toutle, 3.8 hr to reach Castle Rock, and 8.5 hr to reach Longview. Communities of Toutle , Castle Rock, Kelso, and Longview would experience extreme to

  6. Application of organic acid Composite Blockage Removal Technology%低碳复合有机酸解堵技术

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    陈锐; 余海棠

    2014-01-01

    义正油田长6油层酸敏性强,矿物中的高岭石和绿泥石含量较高,不宜采用常规酸化解堵措施。该区油层伤害以敏感性伤害、措施及开采过程中的有机、无机物堵塞为主。低碳复合有机酸主要有缓速酸、有机溶剂、氧化剂等组成,依靠缓释酸的溶蚀性,有机溶剂的溶解性及其它成分的协同作用,达到解堵的目的。室内评价结果表明,低碳复合有机酸可以有效解除油井的高分子聚合物、无机垢的堵塞。在合理选井的基础上,将其应用于现场,取得了良好的效果。%Yizheng oilfield C6 oil reservoir is acid sensitivity,and the main reservoir minerals of C6 oil reservoir are kaolinite and chlorite,thus,the conventional acidizing blockage removal technology is not suitable for C6 oil reservoir. Reservoir damage is mainly sensibility damage,pluged by organic and inorganic matter produced by stimulation and exploitation process in this area. Co-organic acid is mainly compose of retarded acid,organic solvent,oxidant,etc. Depending on dissolution by slowly releasing acids,solubility in organic solvents and synergism of other components to achieve the goal of blockage removal.The test indoor results showed that organic acid composite blockage removal technology can remove blockage produced by high molecule polymer,inorganic scale effectively.The organic acid composite blockage removal technology has been applied to the scene to remove the reservoir blockage successfully and it has made a good effect on the basis of selecting oil well correctly.

  7. Differential blockage of two types of potassium channels in the crab giant axon.

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    Soria, B; Arispe, N; Quinta-Ferreira, M E; Rojas, E

    1985-01-01

    Measurements were made of the kinetic and steady-state characteristics of the potassium conductance in the giant axon of the crabs Carcinus maenas and Cancer pagirus. The conductance increase during depolarizing voltage-clamp pulses was analyzed assuming that two separate types of potassium channels exist in these axons (M.E. Quinta-Ferreira, E. Rojas and N. Arispe, J. Membrane Biol. 66:171-181, 1982). It is shown here that, with small concentrations of conventional K+-channel blockers, it is possible to differentially inhibit these channels. The potassium channels with activation and fast inactivation gating (m3h, Hodgkin-Huxley kinetics) were blocked by external application of 4 amino-pyridine (4-AP). The potassium channels with standard gating (n4, Hodgkin-Huxley kinetics) were preferentially inhibited by externally applied tetraethylammonium (TEA). The differential blockage of the two types of potassium conductance changes suggests that they represent two different populations of potassium channels. It is further shown here that blocking the early transient conductance increase leads to the inhibition of the repetitive electrical activity induced by constant depolarizing current injection in fibers from Cardisoma guanhumi.

  8. Blockage of the pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway affects riboflavin production in Ashbya gossypii.

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    Silva, Rui; Aguiar, Tatiana Q; Domingues, Lucília

    2015-01-10

    The Ashbya gossypii riboflavin biosynthetic pathway and its connection with the purine pathway have been well studied. However, the outcome of genetic alterations in the pyrimidine pathway on riboflavin production by A. gossypii had not yet been assessed. Here, we report that the blockage of the de novo pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway in the recently generated A. gossypii Agura3 uridine/uracil auxotrophic strain led to improved riboflavin production on standard agar-solidified complex medium. When extra uridine/uracil was supplied, the production of riboflavin by this auxotroph was repressed. High concentrations of uracil hampered this (and the parent) strain growth, whereas excess uridine favored the A. gossypii Agura3 growth. Considering that the riboflavin and the pyrimidine pathways share the same precursors and that riboflavin overproduction may be triggered by nutritional stress, we suggest that overproduction of riboflavin by the A. gossypii Agura3 may occur as an outcome of a nutritional stress response and/or of an increased availability in precursors for riboflavin biosynthesis, due to their reduced consumption by the pyrimidine pathway.

  9. Two-lane traffic simulations with a blockage induced by an accident car

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    Zhu, H. B.; Lei, L.; Dai, S. Q.

    2009-07-01

    Based on the two-lane traffic model proposed by Chowdhury et al., a highway traffic model with a blockage induced by an accident car is proposed, in which both symmetric lane changing rules and asymmetric lane changing rules are adopted. The fundamental diagrams and spatial-temporal profiles are presented after the numerical simulation and the jam transition is studied. It is shown that the accident car not only causes a local jam behind the accident car, but also causes vehicles to cluster in the bypass lane. The asymmetric lane changing rules are more advantageous in reducing the local jam than the symmetric lane changing rules when the accident car is in the right lane, and the symmetric lane changing rules are superior when the accident car is in the left lane. Furthermore the curves of lane-changing frequency against the total density are given. It is found that the vehicles will change lane more frequently when traffic is inhomogeneous with different types of vehicle or with an accident car.

  10. PWR FLECHT SEASET 163-Rod Bundle Flow Blockage Task data report. NRC/EPRI/Westinghouse report No. 13, August-October 1982

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    Loftus, M J; Hochreiter, L E; McGuire, M F; Valkovic, M M

    1983-10-01

    This report presents data from the 163-Rod Bundle Blow Blockage Task of the Full-Length Emergency Cooling Heat Transfer Systems Effects and Separate Effects Test Program (FLECHT SEASET). The task consisted of forced and gravity reflooding tests utilizing electrical heater rods with a cosine axial power profile to simulate PWR nuclear core fuel rod arrays. These tests were designed to determine effects of flow blockage and flow bypass on reflooding behavior and to aid in the assessment of computational models in predicting the reflooding behavior of flow blockage in rod bundle arrays.

  11. Heat Removal Performance in accordance with the Location of the Half-blockage of the Inlet Openings of Concrete Storage Cask

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    Bang, K. S.; Yu, S. H.; Lee, J. C.; Lee, S. H. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    The heat transfer rate to the ambient atmosphere by convective air through a passive heat removal system under off-normal conditions reached 87.4 %. Therefore, the half-blockage of the inlet openings has a relatively small effect on the maximum temperature and temperature distributions. A temperature difference in accordance with the location of the half-blockage of the inlet openings was not found. Therefore, the influence of the direction of the half-blockage of the inlet openings reaching the heat removal performance was estimated to be minimal.

  12. Effect of Local Nasal Immunotherapy on Nasal Blockage in Pollen-Induced Allergic Rhinitis of Guinea Pigs

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    Takeshi Nabe; Kayoko Kubota; Nobuaki Mizutani; Masanori Fujii; Tetsuya Terada; Hiroshi Takenaka; Shigekatsu Kohno

    2008-01-01

    Background: As a non-injection route for immunotherapy, local nasal immunotherapy has been examined in allergic rhinitis patients. However, it is unclear how the immunotherapy affects sneezing, biphasic nasal blockage and nasal hyperresponsiveness. Thus, we evaluated the therapeutic effects of nasal immunotherapy on the symptoms of guinea pig allergic rhinitis. Additionally, we also evaluated whether the immunotherapy relieved pollen-induced allergic conjunctivitis. Methods: Sensitized ani...

  13. Analysis of Post-LOCA Core Inlet Blockage to Evaluate In-vessel Downstream Effect in APR1400

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    Bang, Young Seok [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    The method was developed to have a conservatism to cover the uncertainty of analysis and the acceptance is judged by the representative bounding estimation. However, the important safety parameters such as the available driving head need to be confirmed by the plant specific calculation. Also an interaction between the debris induced head loss and the core flow rate needs to be explained because the head loss induced by debris in actual condition may reduce the core inflow rate faster. To confirm the safety parameters, in this study, thermal-hydraulic response considering the core inlet blockage (CIB) by debris during LTCC process following a double-ended guillotine break of cold leg (CLB), one of hot leg (HLB) and one of intermediate leg (ILB) of the APR1400 were calculated, respectively. MARS-KS 1.3 code has been used. The CIB has been modeled by the closure of valves to the core in exponential manner with time to observe the behavior near the complete blockage. To understand the effect of core inlet blockage (CIB) during a long term core cooling (LTCC) phase following a loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) in the light of in-vessel downstream effect (IDE) of Generic Safety Issue (GSI) 191, double-ended guillotine break of hot leg (HLB), one of cold leg (CLB) and one of intermediate leg (ILB) were calculated, respectively. And the important safety parameters such as the available driving head and the head loss due to debris were calculated using MARS-KS code and discussed in comparison with the WCAP method. As a result, a little delayed heatup behavior of the fuel cladding was found for all the cases, which due to the redistribution of flow within the core after blockage.

  14. Car accidents and number of stopped cars due to road blockage on a one-lane highway

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    Boccara, N.; Fuks, H.; Zeng, Q.

    1997-05-01

    Within the framework of a simple model of car traffic on a one-lane highway, we study the probability of the occurrence of car accidents when drivers do not respect the safety distance between cars, and, as a result of the blockage during the time T necessary to clear the road, we determine the number of stopped cars as a function of car density. We give a simple theory in good agreement with our numerical simulations.

  15. Car accidents and number of stopped cars due to road blockage on a one-lane highway

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    Boccara, N; Zeng, Q

    1997-01-01

    Within the framework of a simple model of car traffic on a one-lane highway, we study the probability for car accidents to occur when drivers do not respect the safety distance between cars, and, as a result of the blockage during the time $T$ necessary to clear the road, we determine the number of stopped cars as a function of car density. We give a simple theory in good agreement with our numerical simulations.

  16. Modeling of The hERG K+ Channel Blockage Using Online Chemical Database and Modeling Environment (OCHEM).

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    Li, Xiao; Zhang, Yuan; Li, Huanhuan; Zhao, Yong

    2017-08-30

    Human ether-a-go-go related gene (hERG) K+ channel plays an important role in cardiac action potential. Blockage of hERG channel may result in long QT syndrome (LQTS), even cause sudden cardiac death. Many drugs have been withdrawn from the market because of the serious hERG-related cardiotoxicity. Therefore, it is quite essential to estimate the chemical blockage of hERG in the early stage of drug discovery. In this study, a diverse set of 3721 compounds with hERG inhibition data was assembled from literature. Then, we make full use of the Online Chemical Modeling Environment (OCHEM), which supplies rich machine learning methods and descriptor sets, to build a series of classification models for hERG blockage. We also generated two consensus models based on the top-performing individual models. The consensus models performed much better than the individual models both on 5-fold cross validation and external validation. Especially, consensus model II yielded the prediction accuracy of 89.5 % and MCC of 0.670 on external validation. This result indicated that the predictive power of consensus model II should be stronger than most of the previously reported models. The 17 top-performing individual models and the consensus models and the data sets used for model development are available at https://ochem.eu/article/103592. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Long-term fertility prognosis following selective salpingography and tubal catheterization in women with proximal tubal blockage.

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    Papaioannou, Spyros; Afnan, Masoud; Girling, Alan J; Coomarasamy, Aravinthan; Ola, Borarinde; Olufowobi, Olufemi; McHugo, Josephine M; Hammadieh, Nahed; Sharif, Khaldoun

    2002-09-01

    The possibility of conception following selective salpingography and tubal catheterization is believed to decline sharply a few months after the procedure. This observation may be due to the relatively small number of patients and short follow-up of previous studies. Furthermore, couples with other causes of infertility apart from proximal tubal blockage have usually been excluded. Survival analysis of conceptions of 218 consecutive infertile women with proximal tubal blockage who underwent selective salpingography and tubal catheterization was performed. There were no exclusion criteria. Follow-up ranged from 16 to 56 months. A total of 47.2% of spontaneous conceptions and 43.2% of all conceptions, apart from those achieved by IVF or ICSI treatments, occurred after the first 12 months following selective salpingography and tubal catheterization. The decline in the possibility of pregnancy during the study period (conception hazard rate) was only minimal. In a population of infertile women with proximal tubal blockage, a significant proportion of conceptions occur after the first 12 months following selective salpingography and tubal catheterization. The presence of any additional causes of infertility in the couple should not be regarded as an absolute contraindication to the procedure.

  18. Effect of road blockages on local air pollution during the Hong Kong protests and its implications for air quality management.

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    Brimblecombe, Peter; Ning, Zhi

    2015-12-01

    Roadside air quality in urban areas is largely affected by the traffic emissions. Changes in emissions and transport control policy are often assumed to yield benefits in air quality, but have often not always been effective in producing perceptible improvements due to the complexity of meteorological conditions. This study evaluates the air quality before, during and after a temporary roadway blockage event in Hong Kong that took place during Hong Kong protests from late September to mid-December, 2014. The local regulatory air quality monitoring data from both roadside and general ambient stations were used to assess the impact of roadway blockages on the air quality. There was a public perception of improved air quality, but analysis of the data shows the changes can be difficult to discern. This study showed some benefits deriving from road blockages on the local air quality, but the impact was not always apparent because of seasonal variation in meteorological conditions and synoptic transport of pollutants. The finding suggests care is required before making policy changes based on claimed benefits of shifting transport routes. The study highlights the needs to remove seasonal and meteorological change when examining air pollution data to develop strategies to improve air quality.

  19. Blockage of complement regulators in the conjunctiva and within the eye leads to massive inflammation and iritis.

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    Bardenstein, D S; Cheyer, C J; Lee, C; Cocuzzi, E; Mizuno, M; Okada, N; Medof, M E

    2001-12-01

    The open environment of the eye is continuously subject to an influx of foreign agents that can activate complement. Decay-accelerating factor (DAF), membrane cofactor protein (MCP) and CD59 are regulators that protect self-cells from autologous complement activation on their surfaces. They are expressed in the eye at unusually high levels but their physiological importance in this site is unstudied. In the rat, a structural analogue termed 5I2 antigen (5I2 Ag) has actions overlapping DAF and MCP. In this investigation, we injected F(ab')2 fragments of 5I2 mAb into the conjunctiva and aqueous humor, in the latter case with and without concomitant blockage of CD59. Massive neutrophilic infiltration of the stroma and iris resulted upon blocking 5I2 Ag activity. Frank necrosis of the iris occurred upon concomitant intraocular blockage of CD59. C3b was identified immunohistochemically, and minimal effects were seen in complement-depleted animals and in those treated with non-relevant antibody. The finding that blockage of 5I2 Ag function in periocular tissues and within the eye causes intense conjunctival inflammation and iritis demonstrates the importance of intrinsic complement regulators in protecting ocular tissues from spontaneous or bystander attack by autologous complement.

  20. Blockage of P2X7 attenuates acute lung injury in mice by inhibiting NLRP3 inflammasome.

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    Wang, Shuang; Zhao, Jijun; Wang, Hongyue; Liang, Yingjie; Yang, Niansheng; Huang, Yuefang

    2015-07-01

    NLRP3 inflammasome is engaged in the inflammatory response during acute lung injury (ALI). Purinergic receptor P2X7 has been reported to be upstream of NLRP3 activation. However, the therapeutic implication of P2X7 in ALI remains to be explored. The present study used lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced mouse model to investigate the therapeutic potential of P2X7 blockage in ALI. Our results showed that P2X7/NLRP3 inflammasome pathway was significantly upregulated in the lungs of ALI mice as compared with control mice. P2X7 antagonist A438079 suppressed NLRP3/ASC/caspase 1 activation, production of IL-1β, IL-17A and IFN-γ and neutrophil infiltration but not the production of IL-10, resulting in a significant amelioration of lung injury. Moreover, blockage of P2X7 significantly inhibited NLRP3 inflammasome activation and IL-1β production in bone marrow derived macrophages. Similar results were obtained using another P2X7 inhibitor brilliant blue G (BBG) in vivo. Thus, pharmacological blockage of P2X7/NLRP3 pathway can be considered as a potential therapeutic strategy in patients with ALI.

  1. Industry Application ECCS / LOCA Integrated Cladding/Emergency Core Cooling System Performance: Demonstration of LOTUS-Baseline Coupled Analysis of the South Texas Plant Model

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    Zhang, Hongbin [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Szilard, Ronaldo [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Epiney, Aaron [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Parisi, Carlo [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Vaghetto, Rodolfo [Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States); Vanni, Alessandro [Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States); Neptune, Kaleb [Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)

    2017-06-01

    Under the auspices of the DOE LWRS Program RISMC Industry Application ECCS/LOCA, INL has engaged staff from both South Texas Project (STP) and the Texas A&M University (TAMU) to produce a generic pressurized water reactor (PWR) model including reactor core, clad/fuel design and systems thermal hydraulics based on the South Texas Project (STP) nuclear power plant, a 4-Loop Westinghouse PWR. A RISMC toolkit, named LOCA Toolkit for the U.S. (LOTUS), has been developed for use in this generic PWR plant model to assess safety margins for the proposed NRC 10 CFR 50.46c rule, Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) performance during LOCA. This demonstration includes coupled analysis of core design, fuel design, thermalhydraulics and systems analysis, using advanced risk analysis tools and methods to investigate a wide range of results. Within this context, a multi-physics best estimate plus uncertainty (MPBEPU) methodology framework is proposed.

  2. Risk-Informed Margin Management (RIMM) Industry Applications IA1 - Integrated Cladding ECCS/LOCA Performance Analysis - Problem Statement

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    Szilard, Ronaldo Henriques [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Youngblood, Robert [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Frepoli, Cesare [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Yurko, Joseph P. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Swindlehurst, Gregg [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Zhang, Hongbin [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Zhao, Haihua [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Bayless, Paul D. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Rabiti, Cristian [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Alfonsi, Andrea [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Smith, Curtis L. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-04-01

    The U. S. NRC is currently proposing rulemaking designated as “10 CFR 50.46c” to revise the LOCA/ECCS acceptance criteria to include the effects of higher burnup on cladding performance as well as to address some other issues. The NRC is also currently resolving the public comments with the final rule expected to be issued in the summer of 2016. The impact of the final 50.46c rule on the industry will involve updating of fuel vendor LOCA evaluation models, NRC review and approval, and licensee submittal of new LOCA evaluations or reanalyses and associated technical specification revisions for NRC review and approval. The rule implementation process, both industry and NRC activities, is expected to take 5-10 years following the rule effective date. The need to use advanced cladding designs is expected. A loss of operational margin will result due to the more restrictive cladding embrittlement criteria. Initial and future compliance with the rule may significantly increase vendor workload and licensee cost as a spectrum of fuel rod initial burnup states may need to be analyzed to demonstrate compliance. Consequently there will be an increased focus on licensee decision making related to LOCA analysis to minimize cost and impact, and to manage margin.

  3. [Pre- and postoperative corneal topography after combined single suture and running suture in ECCE. An analysis using the video keratoscope].

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    Schickel, B; Holschbach, A; Strobel, J

    1993-12-01

    In a prospective study with 45 patients undergoing extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) with implantation of posterior chamber lens, curvature measurements of the cornea by means of computerized videokeratoscope were taken postoperatively. Analysis of the corneal shape on color-coded topographic maps of astigmatism showed an hourglass-shaped formation in all patients with a main axis in the sense of general astigmatism. Within a 3-mm zone (optical zone) the steepest meridian in all eyes was 96.1 +/- 13.3 degrees with an astigmatism of +4.4 +/- 2.1 D (1st postoperative day). Postoperatively we found that 35.6% of the patients examined had irregular astigmatism that could not be corroborated by the readings from the Javal ophthalmometer. An irregular astigmatism, corneal topographic analysis reveals regions peripheral to the center with a peak corneal refractive power of +43.8 +/- 1.4 D. In contrast to the conventional methods (for example, Javal ophthalmometer, autokeratometer), computerized videokeratoscope analysis provides additional and useful information on the corneal topography after intraocular operations.

  4. Conductivity probes for two-phase flow pattern determination during emergency core cooling (ECC) injection experiments at the COCO facility (PHDR)

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    Prasser, H.M. (Research Centre Rossendorf, Dresden (Germany)); Kueppers, L. (Nuclear Research Centre Karlsruhe (Germany)); May, R. (Fraunhofer Inst. for Nondestructive Testing, Dept. Acoustical Methods for Nondestructive Testing, Evaluation and Quality Assurance, Dresden (Germany))

    1992-07-01

    The paper describes the use of needle-shaped conductivity probes for two-phase flow pattern determination during simulated ECC. The first results appear promising and the use of such probes as additional instrumentation can be envisaged in the future on power reactors, e.g. for the control of water level, once some improvements have been achieved, in particular regarding the stability of the probe. (orig.)

  5. Evaluation of chemical phenomena that could have an effect on the performance of recirculation strainers in a Ringhals PWR; Bedoemning av kemiska fenomen med betydelse foer silfunktionen i Ringhals PWR-reaktorer

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    Liljenzin, Jan-Olov [Liljenzins data och kemikonsult, Goeteborg (Sweden)

    2005-01-15

    An evaluation has been made of the various chemical phenomena that could have an effect on the performance of recirculation strainers after a LOCA in a PWR. Values of pH and concentrations in the water at the bottom of the containment have been calculated as functions of time and temperature for a postulated LOCA. The behaviour of glass wool insulation, its dissolution, and precipitation of amorphous silic acid have been evaluated. Also the corrosion of galvanized surfaces has been considered. Dissolution of zinc by hot boric acid solution can lead to a later precipitation of amorphous zinc hydroxide or phosphate when pH increases and temperature drops. Also a possible growth of microorganisms is discussed. A rough classification of the various phenomena possible along a simplified time scale yields the following conclusions: Hours after the beginning of the LOCA: Precipitation of zinc hydroxide and/or phosphate. Dissolution of glass wool giving rise to an increasing concentration of silic acid in the water. Days after the beginning of the LOCA: Continued dissolution of glass wool and increasing concentration of silica in the water. Perhaps a precipitation of phosphates or carbonates of the metal ions released during dissolution of glass wool. Weeks after the beginning of the LOCA: Continued slow dissolution of glass wool leading to a risk of precipitation of amorphous silica. Perhaps a precipitation of phosphates or carbonates of the metal ions released during dissolution of glass wool. Initial growth of microorganisms in the water and on surfaces after mutations and adaptation to the existing environment. Months after the beginning of the LOCA: Continued slow dissolution of glass wool leading to a risk of precipitation of amorphous silica. Perhaps a precipitation of phosphates or carbonates of the metal ions released during dissolution of glass wool. Continued growth of adapted microorganisms.

  6. Corrective Action Investigation Plan for Corrective Action Unit 230: Area 22 Sewage Lagoons and Corrective Action Unit 320: Area 22 Desert Rock Air port Strainer Box, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

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    U.S. Department of Energy, Nevada Operations Office

    1999-06-10

    This Corrective Action Investigation Plan contains the US Department of Energy, Nevada Operation Office's approach to collect the data necessary to evaluate corrective action alternatives appropriate for the closure of Corrective Action Unit (CAU) 230/320 under the Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order. Corrective Action Unit 230 consists of Corrective Action Site (CAS) 22-03-01, Sewage Lagoon; while CAU 320 consists of CAS 22-99-01, Strainer Box. These CAUs are referred to as CAU 230/320 or the Sewage Lagoons Site. The Sewage Lagoons Site also includes an Imhoff tank, sludge bed, and associated buried sewer piping. Located in Area 22, the site was used between 1951 to 1958 for disposal of sanitary sewage effluent from the historic Camp Desert Rock Facility at the Nevada Test Site in Nevada. Based on site history, the contaminants of potential concern include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semivolatile organic compounds, total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), and radionuclides. Vertical migration is estimated to be less than 12 feet below ground surface, and lateral migration is limited to the soil immediately adjacent to or within areas of concern. The proposed investigation will involve a combination of field screening for VOCs and TPH using the direct-push method and excavation using a backhoe to gather soil samples for analysis. Gamma spectroscopy will also be conducted for waste management purposes. Sampling locations will be biased to suspected worst-case areas including the nearby sludge bed, sewage lagoon inlet(s) and outlet(s), disturbed soil surrounding the lagoons, surface drainage channel south of the lagoons, and the area near the Imhoff tank. The results of this field investigation will support a defensible evaluation of corrective action alternatives in the corrective action decision document.

  7. Corrective Action Investigation Plan for Corrective Action Unit 230: Area 22 Sewage Lagoons and Corrective Action Unit 320: Area 22 Desert Rock Airport Strainer Box, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

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    US DOE/Nevada Operations Office

    1999-06-10

    This Corrective Action Investigation Plan contains the U.S. Department of Energy, Nevada Operation Office's approach to collect the data necessary to evaluate corrective action alternatives appropriate for the closure of Corrective Action Unit (CAU) 230/320 under the Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order. Corrective Action Unit 230 consists of Corrective Action Site (CAS) 22-03-01, Sewage Lagoon; while CAU 320 consists of CAS 22-99-01, Strainer Box. These CAUs are referred to as CAU 230/320 or the Sewage Lagoons Site. The Sewage Lagoons Site also includes an Imhoff tank, sludge bed, and associated buried sewer piping. Located in Area 22, the site was used between 1951 to 1958 for disposal of sanitary sewage effluent from the historic Camp Desert Rock Facility at the Nevada Test Site in Nevada. Based on site history, the contaminants of potential concern include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semivolatile organic compounds, total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), and radionuclides. Vertical migration is estimated to be less than 12 feet below ground surface, and lateral migration is limited to the soil immediately adjacent to or within areas of concern. The proposed investigation will involve a combination of field screening for VOCs and TPH using the direct-push method and excavation using a backhoe to gather soil samples for analysis. Gamma spectroscopy will also be conducted for waste management purposes. Sampling locations will be biased to suspected worst-case areas including the nearby sludge bed, sewage lagoon inlet(s) and outlet(s), disturbed soil surrounding the lagoons, surface drainage channel south of the lagoons, and the area near the Imhoff tank. The results of this field investigation will support a defensible evaluation of corrective action alternatives in the corrective action decision document.

  8. The Werner and Bloom syndrome proteins help resolve replication blockage by converting (regressed) holliday junctions to functional replication forks.

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    Machwe, Amrita; Karale, Rajashree; Xu, Xioahua; Liu, Yilun; Orren, David K

    2011-08-16

    Cells cope with blockage of replication fork progression in a manner that allows DNA synthesis to be completed and genomic instability minimized. Models for resolution of blocked replication involve fork regression to form Holliday junction structures. The human RecQ helicases WRN and BLM (deficient in Werner and Bloom syndromes, respectively) are critical for maintaining genomic stability and thought to function in accurate resolution of replication blockage. Consistent with this notion, WRN and BLM localize to sites of blocked replication after certain DNA-damaging treatments and exhibit enhanced activity on replication and recombination intermediates. Here we examine the actions of WRN and BLM on a special Holliday junction substrate reflective of a regressed replication fork. Our results demonstrate that, in reactions requiring ATP hydrolysis, both WRN and BLM convert this Holliday junction substrate primarily to a four-stranded replication fork structure, suggesting they target the Holliday junction to initiate branch migration. In agreement, the Holliday junction binding protein RuvA inhibits the WRN- and BLM-mediated conversion reactions. Importantly, this conversion product is suitable for replication with its leading daughter strand readily extended by DNA polymerases. Furthermore, binding to and conversion of this Holliday junction are optimal at low MgCl(2) concentrations, suggesting that WRN and BLM preferentially act on the square planar (open) conformation of Holliday junctions. Our findings suggest that, subsequent to fork regression events, WRN and/or BLM could re-establish functional replication forks to help overcome fork blockage. Such a function is highly consistent with phenotypes associated with WRN- and BLM-deficient cells.

  9. Blockage Corrections for Three-Dimensional-Flow Closed-Throat Wind Tunnels, with Consideration of the Effect of Compressibility

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    Herriot, J. G.

    1951-01-01

    Theoretical blockage corrections are presented for a body of revolution and for a three-dimensional, unswept wing in a circular or rectangular wind tunnel. The theory takes account of the effects of the wake and of the compressibility of the fluid, and is based on the assumption that the dimensions of the model are small in comparison with those of the tunnel throat. Formulas are given for correcting a number of the quantities, such as dynamic pressure and Mach number, measured in wind tunnel tests. The report presents a summary and unification of the existing literature on the subject

  10. Phacoemulsification with posterior chamber intraocular lens versus extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) with posterior chamber intraocular lens for age-related cataract.

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    de Silva, Samantha R; Riaz, Yasmin; Evans, Jennifer R

    2014-01-29

    Age-related cataract is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. Therefore, it is important to establish the most effective surgical technique for cataract surgery. The aim of this review is to examine the effects of two types of cataract surgery for age-related cataract: phacoemulsification and extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE). We searched CENTRAL (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group Trials Register) (The Cochrane Library 2013, Issue 4), Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid MEDLINE In-Process and Other Non-Indexed Citations, Ovid MEDLINE Daily, Ovid OLDMEDLINE (January 1946 to May 2013), EMBASE (January 1980 to May 2013), Latin American and Caribbean Literature on Health Sciences (LILACS) (January 1982 to May 2013), Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (CPCI-S) (January 1970 to May 2013), the metaRegister of Controlled Trials (mRCT) (www.controlled-trials.com), ClinicalTrials.gov (www.clinicaltrials.gov) and the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) (www.who.int/ictrp/search/en). We did not use any date or language restrictions in the electronic searches for trials. We last searched the electronic databases on 13 May 2013. We included randomised controlled trials of phacoemulsification compared to ECCE for age-related cataract. Two authors independently selected and assessed all studies. We defined two primary outcomes: 'good functional vision' (presenting visual acuity of 6/12 or better) and 'poor visual outcome' (best corrected visual acuity of less than 6/60) at three and 12 months after surgery. We also collected data on intra and postoperative complications, and the cost of the procedures. We included 11 trials in this review with a total of 1228 participants, ranging from age 45 to 94. The studies were generally at unclear risk of bias due to poorly reported trial methods. No study reported presenting visual acuity, so we report both uncorrected (UCVA) and best corrected visual acuity (BCVA

  11. Prevalence of candida albicans in dental plaque and caries lesion of early childhood caries (ECC) according to sampling site

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    Ghasempour, Maryam; Sefidgar, Seyed Ali Asghar; Eyzadian, Haniyeh; Gharakhani, Samaneh

    2011-01-01

    Background: Candida albicans may have cariogenic potential but its role in caries etiology has not been established. The aim of this study was to determine candida albicans in supragingival dental plaque and infected dentine of cervical and proximal in early childhood caries (ECC). Methods: This cross-sectional study was carried out on 6o children aged 2-5 years, which were divided into 3 groups: children with at least one cervical caries; children with at least one proximal caries and caries-free. The infected dentine was collected from cervical and proximal caries lesions and plaque samples were collected from the three groups in order to compare the frequency of candida albicans in the collected sites. All samples were cultured in Sabouraud and CHROMagar medium and the cases that were positive for candida albicans were cultured in germ tube. Data were collected and analyzed. Results: The mean age of the children was 3.9 years. From 100 samples, candida albicans samples were isolated in 55%, mold fungi were found in 29% cases and there was no fungal growth in 16% of the samples. In plaque samples, candida albicans were found in 15% of caries-free samples, 20% of the proximal and 80% of the cervical caries. In samples extracted from the caries, candida albicans were found in 60% of the proximal and 100% of the cervical caries. Mothers with university educational level had children with more cervical decays, caries free and proximal caries, respectively. Conclusion: The results showed that prevalence of Candida albicans in dental plaque and caries lesions of children with early childhood caries were relatively high and the prevalence was higher in cervical caries group. PMID:24551436

  12. SOFTWARE IMPLEMENTATION OF AN ECC ENCRYPTION ALGORITHM OVER PRIME FIELDS%素数域上ECC加密算法的软件实现

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    刘磊

    2012-01-01

    椭圆曲线密码是目前公认的每比特安全性最高的密码体制,它具有安全性高、速度快、密钥短、实现时所需占用资源少等优点,非常适合应用于银行结算、电子商务和通信等领域,因此研究椭圆曲线密码的实现有重要意义.首先讨论椭圆曲线密码基本理论,然后介绍安全椭圆曲线选取方法以及经典的ECC加密算法,最后在Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7500 2.93GHz实验平台上用标准C语言对该算法进行实现,验证该加密算法的可行性.%The elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) is generally recognised at present as the most secure encryption system, which provides highest level of security strength-per-bit and has many advantages such as higher safety property, faster speed, shorter key lengths and fewer computational resources for implementation, and is very suitable for the sectors of bank settlement, e-commerce and communication. Therefore it is of significance to study the software implementation of ECC encryption algorithm. In this paper, we first introduce the basic theory of elliptic curve cryptography, and then describe the way to select a secure elliptic curve and the classic ECC encryption algorithm. Finally, we implement this algorithm in C and the assembler on a Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E75OO 2.93GHz workstation, and testify the feasibility of it.

  13. 基于ECC的认证协议及动态密钥管理方案%The Authentication Protocol and Dynamic Key Management Based on ECC

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    曹阳

    2009-01-01

    针对当前无线网络中认证和密钥管理存在的安全缺陷,通过对椭圆曲线密码体制(ECC)的研究,结合ECMOV密钥协商协议和IEEE 802.1X扩展认证协议EAP-TLS及X.509证书,提出了一种在无线局域网中基于ECC的双向认证协议及密钥管理方案.

  14. Preliminary analysis of modeling of Pars and steam injectors to support long-term operation of LWR passive ECCS using a best estimate thermal-hydraulics code

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    Morales S, J. B.; Sanchez J, J. [UNAM, Facultad de Ingenieria, Circuito Interior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Espinosa P, G., E-mail: jaimebmoraless@gmail.co [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, Av. San Rafael Atlixco No. 186, Col. Vicentina, 09340 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2010-10-15

    In order to control the amount of hydrogen produced, during the chemical reaction of steam and strongly overheated zirconium in a LWR severe accident, several control methos have been proposed. In a considerable number of nuclear power plants the initial preferred solution was either the use of an inert containment atmosphere or the use of igniters. However, the use of Pars (Passive autocatalytic recombiners) has been considered an important addition to this set of H{sub 2} controls. Pars have appealing features such as, low maintenance, do not require active components to start operation, and can initiate the H{sub 2} and O{sub 2} recombination at low concentrations. However, under certain conditions these Pars may trigger H{sub 2} ignition leading to deflagration s with possible containment damages. Combustions, poisons and liquid may inhibit or reduce the Pars operation. Advanced LWR designs (generation III + and IV) are also considering the use of Pars as a supporting system to the long term operation of their passive ECCS (Emergency Core Cooling Systems) because they may transport the energy of containment H{sub 2} and O{sub 2} gases to external sinks. Even when the ECCS of modern nuclear power plants are designed to maintain containment conditions under established limits, there are small amounts of O{sub 2} and H{sub 2} produced mainly by H{sub 2}O radiolysis, and after several days of containment isolation, these gases may accumulate in places where the possibility of a H{sub 2} deflagration increases. Therefore, the use of Pars looks initially as an interesting solution to long-term H{sub 2} control during a Dba. However, the H{sub 2} and O{sub 2} recombination is an exothermic process resulting in additional steam and energy releases to the containment. In order to avoid a direct deposition of the steam and energy (Pars produced) into the containment atmosphere, we propose to use them to operate steam injectors that can bring cold water to replenish ECCS

  15. Simulation of a channel blockage transient in the Angra 2 Nuclear Reactor using a RELAP5-3D model

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    Gonzalez-Mantecon, Javier; Costa, Antonella L.; Veloso, Maria Auxiliadora F.; Pereira, Claubia; Reis, Patricia A.L.; Scari, Maria E., E-mail: mantecon1987@gmail.com, E-mail: antonella@nuclear.ufmg.br, E-mail: dora@nuclear.ufmg.br, E-mail: claubia@nuclear.ufmg.br, E-mail: patricialire@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: melizabethscari@yahoo.com [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte (Brazil). Escola de Engenharia. Departamento de Engenharia Nuclear

    2015-07-01

    The Angra 2 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) is a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) type with electrical output of about 1350 MW. The RELAP5-3D code was used to develop a detailed thermal hydraulic model of such reactor using reference data from the Angra 2 Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR). In this work, a blockage transient has been investigated at full power operation. The transient herein considered is related to total obstruction of a core cooling channel of one fuel assembly. The calculations were performed using a point kinetic model. The reactor behavior after this transient was analyzed and the time evolution of cladding and coolant temperatures mass flow and void fraction are presented. (author)

  16. The effect of a therapeutic dendritic cell-based cancer vaccination depends on the blockage of CTLA-4 signaling

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    Met, Ozcan; Wang, Mingjun; Pedersen, Anders E

    2006-01-01

    Dendritic cells (DCs) were pulsed with the H-2K(b) binding OVA(257-264)-peptide (SIINFEKL), and used as one single-injection vaccine in combination with anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody (mAb) to treat mice inoculated 3 days previously with 3x10(5) E.G7-OVA lymphoma cells. Neither DC vaccination nor...... CTLA-4 blockage alone prevented tumor growth in tumor challenged mice. In contrast, the combination of one vaccination and injection of anti-CTLA-4 mAb lead to rejection or retarded tumor growth in more than 60% of the mice. The OVA-transgene or the SIINFEKL-epitope was not lost in the progressing...

  17. 2D Temperature Analysis of Energy and Exergy Characteristics of Laminar Steady Flow across a Square Cylinder under Strong Blockage

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Energy and exergy characteristics of a square cylinder (SC in confined flow are investigated computationally by numerically handling the steady-state continuity, Navier-Stokes and energy equations in the Reynolds number range of Re = 10–50, where the blockage ratio (β = B/H is kept constant at the high level of β = 0.8. Computations indicated for the upstream region that, the mean non-dimensional streamwise (u/Uo and spanwise (v/Uo velocities attain the values of u/Uo = 0.840®0.879 and v/Uo = 0.236®0.386 (Re = 10®50 on the front-surface of the SC, implying that Reynolds number and blockage have stronger impact on the spanwise momentum activity. It is determined that flows with high Reynolds number interact with the front-surface of the SC developing thinner thermal boundary layers and greater temperature gradients, which promotes the thermal entropy generation values as well. The strict guidance of the throat, not only resulted in the fully developed flow character, but also imposed additional cooling; such that the analysis pointed out the drop of duct wall (y = 0.025 m non-dimensional temperature values (ζ from ζ = 0.387®0.926 (Re = 10®50 at xth = 0 mm to ζ = 0.002®0.266 at xth = 40 mm. In the downstream region, spanwise thermal disturbances are evaluated to be most inspectable in the vortex driven region, where the temperature values show decrease trends in the spanwise direction. In the corresponding domain, exergy destruction is determined to grow with Reynolds number and decrease in the streamwise direction (xds = 0®10 mm. Besides, asymmetric entropy distributions as well were recorded due to the comprehensive mixing caused by the vortex system.

  18. Bias in peak clad temperature predictions due to uncertainties in modeling of ECC bypass and dissolved non-condensable gas phenomena

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    Rohatgi, U.S.; Neymotin, L.Y.; Jo, J.; Wulff, W. (Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (USA))

    1990-09-01

    This report describes a general method for estimating the effect on the Reflood Phase PCT from systematic errors (biases) associated with the modelling of the ECCS and dissolved nitrogen, and the application of this method in estimating biases in the Reflood Phase PCT (second PCT) predicted by the TRAC/PF1/MOD1, Version 14.3. The bias in the second PCT due to the uncertainty in the existing code models for ECCS related phenomena is {minus}19{degree}K ({minus}34{degree}F). The negative bias implies that the code models for this phenomena are conservative. The bias in the second PCT due to the lack of modelling of dissolved N{sub 2} in the code is estimated to be 9.9{degree}K (17.8{degree}F). The positive bias implies that the absence of dissolved N{sub 2} model makes the code prediction of PCT non-conservative. The bias estimation in this report is a major exception among all other uncertainty and bias assessments performed in conjunction with the CSAU methodology demonstration, because this bias estimation benefitted from using full-scale test data from the full-scale Upper Plenum Test Facility (UPTF). Thus, the bias estimates presented here are unaffected by scale distortions in test facilities. Data from small size facilities were also available and an estimate of bias based on these data will be conservative. 35 refs., 18 figs., 5 tabs.

  19. A Novel Method for Borehole Blockage Removal and Experimental Study on a Hydraulic Self-Propelled Nozzle in Underground Coal Mines

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    Zhaolong Ge

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available When coal bed methane (CBM drainage boreholes cross fractured, soft, or water-swelling strata, they collapse and block frequently. Borehole blockages result in a rapid decrease in CBM extraction ability, which leads to a reduction in CBM output and threatens coal mine safety production. To solve these problems, a novel method that uses a self-propelled water-jet nozzle to dredge blocked boreholes in coal seams has been proposed on the basis of the existing technology. Based on a theoretical analysis of the reason for borehole caving and the theory of blockage removal, we optimized the nozzle inlet pressure and selected an appropriate high-pressure resin pipe. A field experiment on the blockage removal of blocked CBM drainage boreholes using the proposed method was run in the Fengchun coal mine, Qijiang, Chongqing, southwest China. In this field trial, the time spent to unblock a borehole varied between 18.52 and 34.98 min, which is much shorter than using a drilling rig. After blockage removal, the average pure volume of the methane drainage of a single borehole was increased from 0.03 L/min to ~1.91–7.30 L/min, and the methane drainage concentration of a single borehole increased from 5% to ~44%–85%. The extraction effect increased significantly.

  20. Nietzsche como destino da filosofia e da humanidade? interpretação contextual do § 1 do capítulo "por que sou um destino", de ecce homo

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    Werner Stegmaier

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The following translation is a reduced and revised version of the paper Schicksal Nietzsche? Zu Nietzsches Selbsteinschätzung als Schicksal der Philosophie und der Menschheit (Ecce Homo, Warum ich ein Schicksal bin §1" - originally published in Nietzsche-Studien 37 (2008 - which was specially prepared to be presented in lecture organized by the Grupo de Pesquisa Spinoza & Nietzsche (Spinoza & Nietzsche research group - SpiN, in the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro's Federal University, on September 14, 2009. In the text, the autor employs his own philological-hermeneutical methodology, which is called contextual interpretation, in the purpose to clarify the concepts of the first aphorism from "Why I am a destiny", from Ecce Homo, in its own context, in the context of Ecce Homo and in the context of the entire work from Nietzsche.

  1. Nietzsche como destino da filosofia e da humanidade? interpretação contextual do § 1 do capítulo "por que sou um destino", de ecce homo

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    Werner Stegmaier

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A tradução que se segue é uma versão resumida e revisada do artigo "Schicksal Nietzsche? Zu Nietzsches Selbsteinschätzung als Schicksal der Philosophie und der Menschheit (Ecce Homo, Warum ich ein Schicksal bin §1" - publicado originalmente em Nietzsche-Studien 37 (2008 - que foi especialmente preparada para ser apresentada em palestra organizada pelo Grupo de Pesquisa Spinoza & Nietzsche (SpiN, na Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, em 14/09/2009. No texto, o autor faz uso de sua própria metodologia filológico-hermenêutica, denominada interpretação contextual, com vistas a esclarecer os conceitos do primeiro aforismo de "por que sou um destino", de Ecce Homo no seu contexto próprio, no contexto de Ecce Homo e no contexto da obra de Nietzsche como um todo.

  2. Manual small incision cataract surgery (MSICS) with posterior chamber intraocular lens versus extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) with posterior chamber intraocular lens for age-related cataract.

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    Ang, Marcus; Evans, Jennifer R; Mehta, Jod S

    2014-11-18

    Age-related cataract is the opacification of the lens, which occurs as a result of denaturation of lens proteins. Age-related cataract remains the leading cause of blindness globally, except in the most developed countries. A key question is what is the best way of removing the lens, especially in lower income settings. To compare two different techniques of lens removal in cataract surgery: manual small incision surgery (MSICS) and extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE). We searched CENTRAL (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group Trials Register) (2014, Issue 8), Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid MEDLINE In-Process and Other Non-Indexed Citations, Ovid MEDLINE Daily, Ovid OLDMEDLINE (January 1946 to September 2014), EMBASE (January 1980 to September 2014), Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature Database (LILACS) (January 1982 to September 2014), Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (CPCI-S), (January 1990 to September 2014), the metaRegister of Controlled Trials (mRCT) (www.controlled-trials.com), ClinicalTrials.gov (www.clinicaltrials.gov) and the World Health Organization (WHO) International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) (www.who.int/ictrp/search/en). We did not use any date or language restrictions in the electronic searches for trials. We last searched the electronic databases on 23 September 2014. We included randomised controlled trials (RCTs) only. Participants in the trials were people with age-related cataract. We included trials where MSICS with a posterior chamber intraocular lens (IOL) implant was compared to ECCE with a posterior chamber IOL implant. Data were collected independently by two authors. We aimed to collect data on presenting visual acuity 6/12 or better and best-corrected visual acuity of less than 6/60 at three months and one year after surgery. Other outcomes included intraoperative complications, long-term complications (one year or more after surgery), quality of life, and cost

  3. NAND flash error correction arithmetic based on ECC embedded BCH code%ECC嵌入BCH码的NAND闪存纠错算法

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    李进; 金龙旭; 李国宁; 张珂; 傅瑶; 朱鹏

    2012-01-01

    针对现有闪存基于硬件ECC纠错算法的纠错能力差,而基于RS码和BCH码纠错算法的译码耗时长的问题,提出一种适于空间应用的硬件ECC嵌入BCH码的闪存纠错算法.分析了闪存内部组织结构特点及闪存硬件ECC纠错原理,提出了一种嵌入BCH(2084,2048,3)码的闪存纠错算法.采用一种蝶形阵列处理机制来迭代计算BCH校验码.使用地面检测设备对闪存纠错算法进行了试验验证.结果表明,纠错算法能快速稳定、可靠地工作,在Flash单页2 kB/页下,可以纠正24b错误.该纠错提高了空间相机图像存储系统的可靠性.%In order to resolve the problem of the low error correcting capability of hardware ECC and the being time-consuming of decoder based on RS code or BCH code, a NAND flash error correction algorithm based on hardware ECC embedded BCH code for space application was proposed in this paper. First, this paper presents the structural characteristic of flash. Then the principle of data flash hardware ECC was analyzed. An embedded BCH code error correction arithmetic was put fonvard. Then the check code of BCH encoder was calculated by an 8-bit parallel butterfly array processing mechanism. Finally, the verification experiments to NAND controller in the prototype machine of XX-X space multi-spectral camera were carried out. The experiments results showed that the proposed error correction algorithms can operate fast, efficiently, reliably, and stably. The algorithm is able to correct 24b errors in 2 kB/page. The algorithm can improve the reliability of the space camera data storage.

  4. Remediation Device and Methods for Hydrate Blockage%水合物堵塞治理工具和方法研究∗

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    庞维新; 李清平; 程艳; 王炳明

    2016-01-01

    针对深水油气混输管道中极易生成固体水合物而造成输送管道堵塞的问题,研制了水合物堵塞治理工具样机,并对样机的性能进行了试验验证。该样机主要包括橇块主体、脐带缆系统和测量监控系统。根据水合物堵塞治理工具的设计原理提出了相应的操作流程,并开发了控制软件。试验结果表明,水合物堵塞治理工具和控制系统在水下运行正常,能够完成管线降压和抑制剂注入等规定动作,说明利用该工具可以采用降压、注剂/注热或注剂/注热+降压联合的方法解决油气输送管道中固体水合物堵塞的问题。研究内容对于海底混输管线的安全运行具有指导作用。%The deepwater oil and gas transportation pipelines are prone to generating solid hydrate, causing pipeline blockage issue�To address the hydrate blockage, a hydrate blockage remediation device prototype has been developed and tested for performance verification�The prototype mainly includes skid body, umbilical cable system and measuring and monitoring system�The operational process has been established and the control software has been developed according to hydrate blockage remediation device design principle�The testing results showed that the hydrate blockage remediation device and the control system operated normally underwater, and was able to con⁃duct required process like pipeline depressurization and inhibitor injection, indicating the application of the devel⁃oped device could address the hydrate blockage in oil and gas pipelines by depressurization, inhibitor injection/heat injection or inhibitor injection/heat injection+depressurization methods.

  5. Prevention of urethral blockage following semen collection in two species of lemur, Varecia variegata variegata and Lemur catta.

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    Chatfield, Jenifer; Penfold, Linda

    2007-06-01

    Lemurs are a diverse group of primates comprised of five families, all of which are found only on Madagascar and the Comoro Islands. Of the 60 known species, 17 are endangered and 5 of these are considered critically endangered. The effects of inbreeding on population health and viability have been well described; though negative inbreeding effects can be ameliorated through the introduction of new genetic material. Introduction of new individuals into a population can be extremely challenging because of the highly social nature of lemurs. Semen collection in lemur species is notoriously challenging, as the ejaculate forms a coagulum. During normal breeding, the coagulum forms a copulatory plug in the female. However, this coagulum can present a life-threatening situation when retained in the urethra abnormally following electroejaculation. This study investigates the use of ascorbic acid in preventing urethral blockage in two lemur species during semen collection, demonstrates successful collection of semen by electroejaculation from two species of lemur during the breeding season, and discusses removal of urethral plugs subsequent to semen collection. Semen was collected successfully from all animals. Urethral plugs formed during each collection and were abnormally retained in 2/11 collections. Both plugs were successfully and immediately removed with the use of retropulsion through a urethral catheter. Although the results of this study are encouraging, more investigation is required to establish whether or not this procedure can be safely performed in the field.

  6. Analysis of partial and total flow blockage of a single fuel assembly of an MTR research reactor core

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    Adorni, Martina [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Nucleare e della Produzione, Facolta di Ingegneria, Universita di Pisa, Via Diotisalvi, 2-56100 Pisa (Italy)]. E-mail: martina_adorni@tin.it; Bousbia-Salah, Anis [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Nucleare e della Produzione, Facolta di Ingegneria, Universita di Pisa, Via Diotisalvi, 2-56100 Pisa (Italy); Hamidouche, Tewfik [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger-Algeria, 02 Boulevard Frantz fanon, BP 399 Alger-gare (Algeria); Maro, Beniamino Di [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Nucleare e della Produzione, Facolta di Ingegneria, Universita di Pisa, Via Diotisalvi, 2-56100 Pisa (Italy); Pierro, Franco [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Nucleare e della Produzione, Facolta di Ingegneria, Universita di Pisa, Via Diotisalvi, 2-56100 Pisa (Italy); D' Auria, Francesco [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Nucleare e della Produzione, Facolta di Ingegneria, Universita di Pisa, Via Diotisalvi, 2-56100 Pisa (Italy)

    2005-10-15

    The main aim of the following study is to perform a safety analysis of the IAEA 10 MW MTR Pool type Research Reactor [IAEA-TECDOC-233, 1980. IAEA Research Reactor Core Conversion from the use of high-enriched uranium to the use of low enriched uranium fuels Guidebook] under flow blockage of a single Fuel Assembly (FA) conditions. Such event was rarely investigated in the open literature notwithstanding the fat that it constitutes a severe accident that may lead to local dryout and eventually to loss of the FA integrity. The transients herein considered are related to partial and total obstruction of the cooling channel of a single Fuel Assembly of the reactor core. This study constitutes the first step of a larger work, which consists in performing a 3D simulation using the Best Estimate coupled code technique. However, as a first approach the instantaneous reactor power is derived through the point kinetic approach of the used thermal-hydraulic system code.

  7. Recombination occurs within minutes of replication blockage by RTS1 producing restarted forks that are prone to collapse

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    Nguyen, Michael O; Jalan, Manisha; Morrow, Carl A; Osman, Fekret; Whitby, Matthew C

    2015-01-01

    The completion of genome duplication during the cell cycle is threatened by the presence of replication fork barriers (RFBs). Following collision with a RFB, replication proteins can dissociate from the stalled fork (fork collapse) rendering it incapable of further DNA synthesis unless recombination intervenes to restart replication. We use time-lapse microscopy and genetic assays to show that recombination is initiated within ∼10 min of replication fork blockage at a site-specific barrier in fission yeast, leading to a restarted fork within ∼60 min, which is only prevented/curtailed by the arrival of the opposing replication fork. The restarted fork is susceptible to further collapse causing hyper-recombination downstream of the barrier. Surprisingly, in our system fork restart is unnecessary for maintaining cell viability. Seemingly, the risk of failing to complete replication prior to mitosis is sufficient to warrant the induction of recombination even though it can cause deleterious genetic change. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.04539.001 PMID:25806683

  8. Pressure vessel fracture studies pertaining to a PWR LOCA-ECC thermal shock: experiments TSE-3 and TSE-4 and update of TSE-1 and TSE-2 analysis

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    Cheverton, R.D.; Bolt, S.E.

    1977-11-04

    The LOCA-ECC Thermal Shock Program was established to investigate the potential for flaw propagation in pressurized-water reactor (PWR) vessels during injection of emergency core coolant following a loss-of-coolant accident. Studies thus far have included fracture mechanics analyses of typical PWRs, the design and construction of a thermal shock test facility, determination of material properties for test specimens, and four thermal shock experiments with 0.53-m-OD (21-in.) by 0.15-m-wall (6-in.) cylindrical test specimens. In the first experiment, initiation was not expected and did not occur, although there was a small amount of subcritical crack growth. In the second experiment, initiation of a semicircular flaw took place as expected; the final length along the surface was about four times the initial length, but there was no radial growth. The third and fourth experiments were similar, and the long axial flaw initiated in good agreement with predictions.

  9. Crack Distribution and Mechanical Performance of Self-healing of Engineered Cementitious Composites(ECC) Materials%工程水泥基材料裂缝分布及自愈合后力学性能

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    阚黎黎; 施惠生

    2012-01-01

    Crack distribution, mechanical performance recovery of self-healing engineered cementitious composites(ECC) materials under wet/dry conditioning cycles and nano-identation analyses of the microphases in ECC at 0. 3%, 0. 5%, 1. 0% and 2. 0% pre-loading were investigated. The results suggest that ECC has many characteristics that contribute to self-healing behavior. Majority of ECC cracks are below 30 μm in width. Both ultimate tensile strength and tensile strain capacity of the majority specimens at reloading are higher than the control specimens. The modulus of elasticity, hardness and stiffness of healed products is about 34. 8 Gpa, 1. 6 Gpa and 0. 1 mN/nm respectively.%在0.3%,0.5%,1.0%,2.0%预加拉伸应变破坏下,进行了2种配比、不同龄期的工程水泥基复合材料(ECC)的裂缝分布、干湿循环自愈合后力学性能的恢复及不同物相的纳米压痕测试.结果表明:ECC具有很多有利于裂缝自愈合行为的特性,其裂缝宽度大都在30μm以下,自愈合后,其最终强度及拉伸应变能力均能达到甚至超过对比试件,裂缝自愈合产物的弹性模量约为34.8 GPa,硬度约为1.6 GPa,刚度约为0.1 mN/nm.

  10. Blockage of SSRP1/Ets-1/Pim-3 signalling enhances chemosensitivity of nasopharyngeal carcinoma to docetaxel in vitro.

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    Ai, Jingang; Li, Wei; Zeng, Ruifang; Xie, Zuozhong; Liu, Honghui; Hou, Minghua; Tan, Guolin

    2016-10-01

    Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is a rare cancer in most parts of the world, but is prevalent in South China area. Besides, therapeutic outcome is still unsatisfactory for patients with refractory and relapsed NPC, even though receiving a second line of docetaxel-based chemotherapy. These reasons require a better understanding of mechanisms underlying the carcinogenesis, malignancy and chemoresistance. In the basis of our previous finding of SSRP1 over-expression in NPC cell lines, this study continuously discovered up-regulated Ets-1, phosphor-Ets-1 and Pim-3 in NPC tissues with immunohistochemistry assay and revealed a close correlation of these up-regulated proteins with NPC proliferation and invasion. Using gene-silencing technology followed by western blot and immunocytochemistry detections, SSRP1 was found to facilitate the translocation of phosphor-Ets-1 from cytoplasm to cell nucleus, but have marginal effect on Ets-1 expression and phosphorylation. Pim-3 was positively regulated by Ets-1. In NPC HNE-1 cells, all SSRP1, Ets-1 and Pim-3 knockdown diminished the cell proliferation, enhanced the apoptosis, as well as inhibited the autophagy, invasion and clonogenicity in the presence or absence of docetaxel at IC25. Exposure of HNE-1 cells to docetaxel (IC25) alone had modest effect on cell proliferation and autophagy, and was not as effective as docetaxel treatment after knockdown of SSRP1, Ets-1 or Pim-3 on induction of the apoptosis and on inhibition of the invasion and clonogenicity. Our data indicate that SSRP1/Ets-1/Pim-3 signalling is tightly associated with the proliferation, apoptosis, autophagy, invasion and clonogenicity of NPC cells, and blockage of this signalling facilitates chemosensitivity of the cells to docetaxel. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  11. Urine Blockage in Newborns

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    ... show enlarged kidneys, ureters, or bladders in babies. Amniocentesis. Amniocentesis is a procedure in which amniotic fluid is ... these tests. Ultrasound exams during pregnancy are routine. Amniocentesis and CVS are recommended only when a risk ...

  12. Analysis of Related Factors of Children S-ECC%S-ECC儿童乳牙患龋的主要相关因素分析

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    樊鲁娜; 王丁

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate S-ECC related behavioural and social factors by the way of questionnaire.To provide fundamental data and guidance for oral health care.Methods Oral examination and questionnaire in 3~6 years old children,Calculation and finishing using statistical software SPSS14.0.Results The main risk factors to S-ECC are the children life style,including feeding habits and frequency of sugar intakes,education of parents and attitudes to the oral health. Conclusion We should strengthen oral health education to the children and their parents,and the monitoring and evaluation of health education programs.Simple and effective health care project should be found to control the caries of deciduous teeth and improve the life quality in children.%  目的通过问卷调查的方式,希望能了解与S-ECC相关的行为和社会学因素,从而对今后乳牙龋病的预防治疗提供辅助依据。方法选择医院门诊和北京城市幼儿园中3~6岁儿童,进行口腔检查并对受检者的父亲或者母亲发放调查问卷。使用统计软件SPSS14.0进行计算和整理。结果无龋组和S-ECC组儿童的父母文化程度、儿童夜间饮奶习惯、常喝的饮品、睡前吃零食习惯和第一次看牙原因有显著差异。其他问卷中的因素,均无显著差异。结论应加强对儿童及家长的口腔健康教育,加强健康教育项目的监测与评估,寻找简单有效的保健项目,控制乳牙龋病,提高儿童生活质量。

  13. Un ejemplo de constitución genérica en la literatura espiritual: el «paso» del Ecce Homo

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    Pego Puigbó, Armando

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available Spiritual Literature represents a very special branch within the literary system. In this article the genre of the «paso», which is completely different from the dramatic one, will be discussed beyond the traditional approches, based on thematic, formal and discoursive features. In this way, in the «paso» a possible connection of a literary kind with a kind of knowledge and experience is proposed. The Renaissance Genre-Theory can provide a view which allows us to surpass the narrow frame of mimesis. The literary kind is opened to the world, which is represented through the communicative powers of rhetoric devices. The «paso» belongs to the epidictic genre. The praise of Christ adopts the narration of a passage taken out from the Passion, according to figurae sententiae waiting for affective answers. But its spiritual condition is produced by cultural implications which warrant the correct interpretation of its meanings. Examples of Ecce homo by Francisco de Osuna, Juan de Ávila and fray Luis de Granada are analysed according to this purpose.La literatura espiritual representa una rama muy especial dentro del sistema literario. En este artículo, se discutirá el género del «paso», en nada parecido a su homónimo dramático, más allá de los criterios temático, formal y discursivo. En el «paso» puede proponerse una posible conexión entre una clase literaria y una clase de conocimiento y experiencia. La teoría renacentista de los géneros es capaz de ofrecer una perspectiva que supera el estrecho marco de la mímesis. La clase literaria se abre al mundo real, representado por medio de la fuerza comunicativa de los procedimientos retóricos. En este sentido el «paso» pertenece al género epidíctico en cuanto que la alabanza de Cristo adopta la forma de una narración extraída del relato de la Pasión. Las figuras de pensamiento buscan una respuesta afectiva, cuyo empleo y sentido son correctamente interpretados a través de

  14. Effects of physical blockage of axial phloem transport on growth of Norway spruce (Picea abies) saplings under drought

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    Oberhuber, Walter; Gruber, Andreas; Winkler, Andrea; Lethaus, Gina; Wieser, Gerhard

    2016-04-01

    Early culmination of maximum radial growth in late spring was found in several coniferous species in a dry inner Alpine environment (Oberhuber et al. 2014). We hypothesized that early decrease in radial stem growth is an adaptation to cope with drought stress, which might require an early switch of carbon allocation to belowground organs. To test this hypothesis we manipulated tree carbon status by physical blockage of phloem transport and soil water availability of Norway spruce saplings (tree height c. 1.5 m) in a common garden experiment to investigate influence of carbon availability and drought on above- and belowground growth. Girdling occurred at different phenological stages during the growing season, i.e., before growth onset, and during earlywood and latewood formation. Non-structural carbohydrates (NSC, soluble sugars and starch) were determined before and after the growing season to evaluate change in tree carbon status. Tree ring analysis revealed that compared to non-girdled controls earlywood width above girdling strikingly increased by c. 170 and 440 %, while latewood width decreased by c. 85 and 55 % in watered and drought stressed trees, respectively. Below girdling no xylem formation was detected. Unexpectedly, preliminary analyses of carbon status revealed striking reduction (c. -80 %) of NSC above and below girdling. Most likely due to reductions in xylem hydraulic conductance, girdling before growth onset reduced leader shoot growth compared to non-girdled controls by c. 45 %, irrespective of water availability. Root dry mass of girdled trees was significantly reduced compared to non-girdled controls (c. 30 % in drought stressed and 45 % in watered trees; p < 0.001). Results suggest that in Norway spruce saplings (1) carbon availability affects radial stem growth, (2) higher basipetal carbon transport occurs under drought supporting our hypothesis of early switch of carbon allocation to belowground when drought stress prevails and (3) minor

  15. Protective effect of sirolimus against renal fibrosis via blockage of mTOR in rat model and its mechanism

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    Bi-cheng CHEN

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the protective effects of sirolimus on unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO induced renal fibrosis by blockage of mTOR and its mechanism. Methods Forty-two female rats were randomized to 3 groups: UUO group, sirolimus group (Sir group, and control group. UUO rats underwent unilateral ureteral ligation to reproduce renal fibrosis model. Sir group received sirolimus 2mg/kg wt per day (0.4ml, intragastric administration from one day before the UUO procedure to the end of study. The control group underwent surgery but without ureteral ligation. Obstructed kidneys were harvested on 7th and 14th day, and histological examination was performed for observing and comparing the degree of renal and renal tubule expansion. The concentrations of sodium, potassium and calcium ion in the urine obtained from the pelvis of the kidneys with ligated ureters were determined. At the same time, the expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA and apoptosis were observed with immunohistochemical method and TUNEL respectively. MicroRNAs quantities (mir-29c, mir-143, and mir-155 were assayed by quantitative PCR. Results At abovementioned two time-points, swollen kidneys and expanded renal tubules were observed in UUO and Sir groups as compared to control group, however, kidney in Sir group showed significantly less swelling and than that in UUO group (P < 0.01. Histological observation found tubular injury, cellular infiltration, and fibrosis were more marked in UUO group as compared to Sir group. Na+, K+ and Ca2+ of retention urine were significantly lower in Sir group than in UUO group (P < 0.05. PCNA-positive cell ratio and apoptosis ratio were higher in UUO group than in Sir and control groups (P < 0.01. No significant difference in expression of miR-155 or miR-143 was found between 3 groups, however, miR-29c expression in UUO group was down-regulated and significantly lower than that in control or Sir group (P < 0

  16. 基于ECC的移动自组网成员控制方案%Member Control Scheme of Mobile Ad Hoc Networks Based on ECC

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    耿永军; 陈红军; 郑明辉

    2012-01-01

    A distributed key generation protocol is proposed by ECC based on Peterson distributed key generation scheme, which can resist malicious attack of outer or inner node. A secure member control sckeme is also proposed by using threshold digital sisgnature. By analyzing the scheme's performance and security, a conclusion is drawn that the member control policy is suitable for mobile Ad Hoc networks of limited resource devices.%基于Pederson分布式密钥产生方案,采用椭圆曲线密码体制提出一个分布式密钥产生协议,该方案高效且能抵制内外恶意节点的攻击,并采用门限数字签名方案给出一个安全的移动自组网的成员控制方案.通过方案的性能和安全性分析得出结论,该成员控制策略非常适合于资源受限的移动自组网.

  17. Experiment data report for Semiscale Mod-1 tests S-05-2A and S-05-2B (alternate ECC injection tests)

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    Patton, Jr., M. L.; Collins, B. L.; Sackett, K. E.

    1977-04-01

    Recorded test data are presented for Tests S-05-2A and S-05-2B of the Semiscale Mod-1 alternate ECC injection test series. These tests are among several Semiscale Mod-1 experiments conducted to investigate the thermal and hydraulic phenomena accompanying a hypothesized loss-of-coolant accident in a pressurized water reactor (PWR) system. Tests S-05-2A and S-05-2B were conducted from initial conditions of 2263 psia and 543/sup 0/F and 2272 psia and 542/sup 0/F, respectively, to investigate the response of the Semiscale Mod-1 system to a depressurization and reflood transient following a simulated double-ended offset shear of the cold leg broken loop piping. During the tests, cooling water was injected into the intact loop pump suction and broken loop cold leg to simulate emergency core coolant injection in a PWR with flow rates based on system volume scaling. For Test S-05-2A the intact loop pump speed was held constant throughout the test at the initial blowdown value. During Test S-05-2B the pump speed was reduced and stopped according to a predetermined coastdown schedule.

  18. β2-adrenoceptor blockage induces G1/S phase arrest and apoptosis in pancreatic cancer cells via Ras/Akt/NFκB pathway

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    Zhang Dong

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Smoking and stress, pancreatic cancer (PanCa risk factors, stimulate nitrosamine 4-(methylnitrosamino-1-(3-pyridyl-1-butanone (NNK and catecholamines production respectively. NNK and catecholamine bind the β-adrenoceptors and induce PanCa cell proliferation; and we have previously suggested that β-adrenergic antagonists may suppress proliferation and invasion and stimulate apoptosis in PanCa. To clarify the mechanism of apoptosis induced by β2-adrenergic antagonist, we hypothesize that blockage of the β2-adrenoceptor could induce G1/S phase arrest and apoptosis and Ras may be a key player in PanCa cells. Results The β1 and β2-adrenoceptor proteins were detected on the cell surface of PanCa cells from pancreatic carcinoma specimen samples by immunohistochemistry. The β2-adrenergic antagonist ICI118,551 significantly induced G1/S phase arrest and apoptosis compared with the β1-adrenergic antagonist metoprolol, which was determined by the flow cytometry assay. β2-adrenergic antagonist therapy significantly suppressed the expression of extracellular signal-regulated kinase, Akt, Bcl-2, cyclin D1, and cyclin E and induced the activation of caspase-3, caspase-9 and Bax by Western blotting. Additionally, the β2-adrenergic antagonist reduced the activation of NFκB in vitro cultured PanCa cells. Conclusions The blockage of β2-adrenoceptor markedly induced PanCa cells to arrest at G1/S phase and consequently resulted in cell death, which is possibly due to that the blockage of β2-adrenoceptor inhibited NFκB, extracellular signal-regulated kinase, and Akt pathways. Therefore, their upstream molecule Ras may be a key factor in the β2-adrenoceptor antagonist induced G1/S phase arrest and apoptosis in PanCa cells. The new pathway discovered in this study may provide an effective therapeutic strategy for PanCa.

  19. Ryanodine receptor type 1 (RyR1) mutations C4958S and C4961S reveal excitation-coupled calcium entry (ECCE) is independent of sarcoplasmic reticulum store depletion.

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    Hurne, Alanna M; O'Brien, Jennifer J; Wingrove, Douglas; Cherednichenko, Gennady; Allen, Paul D; Beam, Kurt G; Pessah, Isaac N

    2005-11-04

    Bi-directional signaling between ryanodine receptor type 1 (RyR1) and dihydropyridine receptor (DHPR) in skeletal muscle serves as a prominent example of conformational coupling. Evidence for a physiological mechanism that upon depolarization of myotubes tightly couples three calcium channels, DHPR, RyR1, and a Ca(2+) entry channel with SOCC-like properties, has recently been presented. This form of conformational coupling, termed excitation-coupled calcium entry (ECCE) is triggered by the alpha(1s)-DHPR voltage sensor and is highly dependent on RyR1 conformation. In this report, we substitute RyR1 cysteines 4958 or 4961 within the TXCFICG motif, common to all ER/SR Ca(2+) channels, with serine. When expressed in skeletal myotubes, C4958S- and C4961S-RyR1 properly target and restore L-type current via the DHPR. However, these mutants do not respond to RyR activators and do not support skeletal type EC coupling. Nonetheless, depolarization of cells expressing C4958S- or C4961S-RyR1 triggers calcium entry via ECCE that resembles that for wild-type RyR1, except for substantially slowed inactivation and deactivation kinetics. ECCE in these cells is completely independent of store depletion, displays a cation selectivity of Ca(2+)>Sr(2+) approximately Ba(2+), and is fully inhibited by SKF-96365 or 2-APB. Mutation of other non-CXXC motif cysteines within the RyR1 transmembrane assembly (C3635S, C4876S, and C4882S) did not replicate the phenotype observed with C4958S- and C4961S-RyR1. This study demonstrates the essential role of Cys(4958) and Cys(4961) within an invariant CXXC motif for stabilizing conformations of RyR1 that influence both its function as a release channel and its interaction with ECCE channels.

  20. Nietzsche como destino da filosofia e da humanidade? interpretação contextual do § 1 do capítulo "por que sou um destino", de ecce homo

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    Stegmaier,Werner

    2010-01-01

    The following translation is a reduced and revised version of the paper Schicksal Nietzsche? Zu Nietzsches Selbsteinschätzung als Schicksal der Philosophie und der Menschheit (Ecce Homo, Warum ich ein Schicksal bin §1)" - originally published in Nietzsche-Studien 37 (2008) - which was specially prepared to be presented in lecture organized by the Grupo de Pesquisa Spinoza & Nietzsche (Spinoza & Nietzsche research group - SpiN), in the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Jan...

  1. 大型汽轮发电机环形引线汽堵故障分析%Analysis of steam blockage faults of large turbogenerator circular lead

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    赵伟铎; 刘玉新; 杜博超; 崔淑梅

    2014-01-01

    大型汽轮发电机定子环形引线在不当的安装操作下容易引发汽堵故障堵塞水路,造成引线损毁甚至引发停机事故。该文针对具体事故案例,基于计算流体力学方法,建立引线及其冷却水的流固耦合共轭传热仿真模型,计算两起事故外接连通管错误接法下环形引线及其冷却水的温度场,分析温度特征与水路堵塞程度之间的对应关系。计算及分析结果表明,外接连通管错接后冷却水流量过低是导致汽堵故障的直接原因,汽堵发生后约半小时通风不良处的引线开始熔断。在此基础上,提出严格按照说明安装水路水管及加装温度与流量监测装置的预防和改进措施。%Steam blockage faults inside the circular lead of large turbogenerators, which initiated by some installation mistakes, will burn the lead and cause a non-normal shutdown accident. According to specific fault cases, the conjugate heat transfer model of the lead and its cooling water was constructed in this pa-per, based on the computational fluid dynamics. Thermal field of the lead and its water under a wrong re-turn pipe connection was calculated, and then the relationship between temperature characteristics and the degree of blockage was analyzed. The calculation and analysis results indicated that, the abnormal low flow rate caused by a wrong return pipe connection was the direct reason of steam blockage. The lead began to melt about 30 min after the formation of steam blockage. On this basis, this paper suggests a normative installation and extra thermal and flow monitor devices to prevent faults.

  2. An Improved Double-Gene Identity Authentication Protocol based on ECC%一种改进的基于ECC双因子身份认证协议

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    马丁; 马晓旭

    2013-01-01

    With the rapid development of information technology and network technology, the Internet real-name system now becomes an important trend of network supervision and management, while the user iden-tity authentication is the key to the real-name system. The identity authentication protocol based on smart-card is firstly described, and then the flaw of this protocol is discussed. With this, a double-gene identity authentication protocol based on ECC is proposed. And by using the elliptic curve discrete logarithm prob-lem and timestamp factor, the security of this protocol is ensured, the problem of smart-loss attack solved, and the high efficiency of the protocol maintained.%随着信息技术和网络技术的快速发展,互联网实名制已经成为网络监督和管理的重要趋势,而用户身份认证又是实名制管理体系中的关键技术。首先介绍了基于智能卡的身份认证协议,讨论了该协议存在的不足,并在此基础上,提出了一种基于ECC双因子的身份认证协议,通过椭圆曲线离散对数难题和时间戳因素确保协议的安全性,解决了丢失智能卡攻击的问题,并且保持了协议的高效性。

  3. Short tandem target mimic: a long journey to the engineered molecular landmine for selective destruction/blockage of microRNAs in plants and animals.

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    Tang, Guiliang; Tang, Xiaoqing

    2013-06-20

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a population of highly conserved specific small ribo-regulators that negatively regulate gene expressions in both plants and animals. They play a key role in post-transcriptional gene regulation by destabilizing the target gene transcripts or blocking protein translation from them. Interestingly, these negative regulators are largely compromised by an upstream layer of negative regulators "target mimics" found in plants or "endogenous competing RNAs" revealed recently in animals. These endogenous regulatory mechanisms of "double negatives making a positive" have now been developed into a key strategy in the study of small RNA functions. This review presents some reflections on the long journey to the short tandem target mimic (STTM) for selective destruction/blockage of specific miRNAs in plants and animals, and the potential applications of STTM are discussed.

  4. Short Tandem Target Mimic: A Long Journey to the Engineered Molecular Landmine for Selective Destruction/Blockage of MicroRNAs in Plants and Animals

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    Guiliang Tang; Xiaoqing Tang

    2013-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a population of highly conserved specific small ribo-regulators that negatively regulate gene expressions in both plants and animals.They play a key role in post-transcriptional gene regulation by destabilizing the target gene transcripts or blocking protein translation from them.Interestingly,these negative regulators are largely compromised by an upstream layer of negative regulators “target mimics” found in plants or “endogenous competing RNAs” revealed recently in animals.These endogenous regulatory mechanisms of “double negatives making a positive” have now been developed into a key strategy in the study of small RNA functions.This review presents some reflections on the long journey to the short tandem target mimic (STTM) for selective destruction/blockage of specific miRNAs in plants and animals,and the potential applications of STTM are discussed.

  5. 3G视频会议系统中的ECC快速算法研究%Study on ECC High-speed Algorithm in 3G Video Conference System

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    吴松洋; 武海鹰; 卢忱

    2011-01-01

    3G video conferencing system, due to its restrictions by open wireless networks, is difficult to meet the specific security requirement of the industry customers. The existing 3G video conferencing systems have many technical difficulties in encryption, one of which is high hardware requirement by conventional encryption algorithm, and large latency. ECC encryption algorithm wit a better adaptability to the requirements of 3G video terminal equipment is an applicable encryption algorithm. Based on this application, the ECC algorithm is further optimized, and thus could better adapt to the requirement of 3G video conferencing terminal. This paper proposes a fast algorithm based on ECC, which is proven to he effective in reducing resource requirement, raising operation speed, and thus up to the application requirement.%3G视频会议系统由于受到无线网络开放性的限制,难以满足行业客户的特殊安全需求。现有3G视频会议系统的加密存在着诸多技术困难,其一就是常规加密算法对硬件要求高,时延较大。ECC加密算法可以较好地适应3G视频终端设备的要求,是一种可行的加密算法。针对此应用对ECC算法做进一步的优化能更好地适应3G视频会议系统终端的需求。文章提出了一种基于ECC的快速算法,经证明可以有效降低资源需求,提高速度,达到应用要求。

  6. Knockdown of miR-128a induces Lin28a expression and reverts myeloid differentiation blockage in acute myeloid leukemia.

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    De Luca, Luciana; Trino, Stefania; Laurenzana, Ilaria; Tagliaferri, Daniela; Falco, Geppino; Grieco, Vitina; Bianchino, Gabriella; Nozza, Filomena; Campia, Valentina; D'Alessio, Francesca; La Rocca, Francesco; Caivano, Antonella; Villani, Oreste; Cilloni, Daniela; Musto, Pellegrino; Del Vecchio, Luigi

    2017-06-01

    Lin28A is a highly conserved RNA-binding protein that concurs to control the balance between stemness and differentiation in several tissue lineages. Here, we report the role of miR-128a/Lin28A axis in blocking cell differentiation in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a genetically heterogeneous disease characterized by abnormally controlled proliferation of myeloid progenitor cells accompanied by partial or total inability to undergo terminal differentiation. First, we found Lin28A underexpressed in blast cells from AML patients and AML cell lines as compared with CD34+ normal precursors. In vitro transfection of Lin28A in NPM1-mutated OCI-AML3 cell line significantly triggered cell-cycle arrest and myeloid differentiation, with increased expression of macrophage associate genes (EGR2, ZFP36 and ANXA1). Furthermore, miR-128a, a negative regulator of Lin28A, was found overexpressed in AML cells compared with normal precursors, especially in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) and in 'AML with maturation' (according to 2016 WHO classification of myeloid neoplasms and acute leukemia). Its forced overexpression by lentiviral infection in OCI-AML3 downregulated Lin28A with ensuing repression of macrophage-oriented differentiation. Finally, knockdown of miR-128a in OCI-AML3 and in APL/AML leukemic cells (by transfection and lentiviral infection, respectively) induced myeloid cell differentiation and increased expression of Lin28A, EGR2, ZFP36 and ANXA1, reverting myeloid differentiation blockage. In conclusion, our findings revealed a new mechanism for AML differentiation blockage, suggesting new strategies for AML therapy based upon miR-128a inhibition.

  7. Blockage of dopaminergic D(2) receptors produces decrease of REM but not of slow wave sleep in rats after REM sleep deprivation.

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    Lima, Marcelo M S; Andersen, Monica L; Reksidler, Angela B; Silva, Andressa; Zager, Adriano; Zanata, Sílvio M; Vital, Maria A B F; Tufik, Sergio

    2008-04-01

    Dopamine (DA) has, as of late, become singled out from the profusion of other neurotransmitters as what could be called a key substance, in the regulation of the sleep-wake states. We have hypothesized that dopaminergic D(2) receptor blockage induced by haloperidol could generate a reduction or even an ablation of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Otherwise, the use of the selective D(2) agonist, piribedil, could potentiate REM sleep. Electrophysiological findings demonstrate that D(2) blockage produced a dramatic reduction of REM sleep during the rebound (REB) period after 96 h of REM sleep deprivation (RSD). This reduction of REM sleep was accompanied by an increment in SWS, which is possibly accounted for the observed increase in the sleep efficiency. Conversely, our findings also demonstrate that the administration of piribedil did not generate additional increase of REM sleep. Additionally, D(2) receptors were found down-regulated, in the haloperidol group, after RSD, and subsequently up-regulated after REB group, contrasting to the D(1) down-regulation at the same period. In this sense, the current data indicate a participation of the D(2) receptor for REM sleep regulation and consequently in the REM sleep/SWS balance. Herein, we propose that the mechanism underlying the striatal D(2) up-regulation is due to an effect as consequence of RSD which originally produces selective D(2) supersensitivity, and after its period probably generates a surge in D(2) expression. In conclusion we report a particular action of the dopaminergic neurotransmission in REM sleep relying on D(2) activation.

  8. Physico-statistical approach to assess the core damage variability due to a total instantaneous blockage of SFR fuel sub-assembly

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    Marie, N., E-mail: nathalie.marie@cea.fr [CEA, DEN, DER, Saint Paul Lez Durance, F-13108 (France); Marrel, A. [CEA, DEN, DER, Saint Paul Lez Durance, F-13108 (France); Seiler, J.M. [CEA, DEN, DTN, Grenoble, F-38054 (France); Bertrand, F. [CEA, DEN, DER, Saint Paul Lez Durance, F-13108 (France)

    2016-02-15

    Highlights: • Physico-statistical tool for SFR safety for Total Instantaneous Blockage accident. • 0D/1D but realistic physical models to describe the phenomenological event tree. • Twenty-seven uncertain parameters identified to cover all realistic accidental transients. • Uncertainty propagation performed via a Monte-Carlo sampling. • Quantification of safety margins: 18.1% of cases above the safety criterion. - Abstract: Within the framework of the generation IV Sodium Fast Reactors (SFR) R&D program of CEA (French commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives), the safety in case of accidents is assessed. These accidental scenarios involve very complex transient phenomena. To get round the difficulty of modelling them, only ‘Bounding’ (most damaging) accidental conditions have been up to now studied for the safety demonstration. These transients are simulated with very complex multi-physical codes (such as SIMMER) which nevertheless include some adjusted and not well known parameters and require a long CPU (process) time preventing their direct use for uncertainty propagation and sensitivity studies, especially in case of a high number of uncertain input parameters. To cope with these constraints, a new physico-statistical approach is followed in parallel by the CEA. This approach involves the fast-running description of extended accident sequences coupling analytical models for the main physical phenomena in combination with advanced statistical analysis techniques. The efficiency of the methodology for the reactor safety analysis is demonstrated here for one type of accident – the Total Instantaneous Blockage (TIB) – which involves an extended range of complex physical phenomena. From the establishment of the physical models describing the TIB phenomenology, 27 uncertain input parameters and their associated probability distributions are identified. A propagation of these input parameter uncertainties is performed via a

  9. El Espacio de Coordinación de Centro (ECC) del Campus Virtual como plataforma para la orientación, el asesoramiento y la tutorización de estudiantes

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    Gómez Gómez, Francisco; Munuera Gómez, Pilar

    2007-01-01

    Daremos cuenta de lo planificado en el Proyecto de Innovación y Mejora de la Calidad Docente: «Tutorías, asesoramiento y orientación de los estudiantes mediante el Espacio de Coordinación de Centro (ECC) del Campus Virtual (CV) de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)» y desarrollaremos brevemente lo realizado en tal ámbito con los 54 estudiantes matriculados en el curso académico 2005-06 en la segunda especialidad en «Orientación y consejería al niño, adolescente y psicotera...

  10. El Espacio de Coordinación de Centro (ECC) del Campus Virtual (CV) como plataforma para la orientación, el asesoramiento y la tutorización de estudiantes

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    Gómez Gómez, Francisco; Munuera Gómez, Pilar

    2007-01-01

    Daremos cuenta de lo planificado en el Proyecto de Innovación y Mejora de la Calidad Docente: “Tutorías, asesoramiento y orientación de los estudiantes mediante el Espacio de Coordinación de Centro (ECC) del Campus Virtual (CV) de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)” y desarrollaremos brevemente lo realizado en tal ámbito con los 54 estudiantes matriculados, en el curso académico 2005-06, en la segunda especialidad en “Orientación y consejería al niño, adolescente y psicoterapia famili...

  11. Blockage of glucocorticoid receptors during memory acquisition,retrieval and reconsolidation prevents the expression of morphine-induced conditioned place preferences in mice%Blockage of glucocorticoid receptors during memory acquisition,retrieval and reconsolidation prevents the expression of morphineinduced conditioned place preferences in mice

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    Yao-Dong FAN; Hai-Chen NIU; Tanzeel Huma; Ling LI; Gui-Mei WANG; Li-Qi XU; He REN

    2013-01-01

    Association between the reward caused by consuming drugs and the context in which they are consumed is essential in the formation of morphine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP).Glucocorticoid receptor (GRs) activation in different regions of the brain affects reward-based reinforcement and memory processing.A wide array of studies have demonstrated that blockage of GRs in some brain areas can have an effect on reward-related memory; however,to date there have been no systematic studies about the involvement of glucocorticoids (GCs) in morphine-related reward memory.Here,we used the GR antagonist RU38486 to investigate how GRs blockage affects the sensitization and CPP behavior during different phases of reward memory included acquisition,retrieval and reconsolidation.Interestingly,our results showed RU38486 has the ability to impair the acquisition,retrieval and reconsolidation of reward-based memory in CPP and sensitization behavior.But RU38486 by itself cannot induce CPP or conditioned place aversion (CPA) behavior.Our data provide a much more complete picture of the potential effects that glucocorticoids have on the reward memory of different phases and inhibit the sensitization behavior.

  12. Experiences with ACE inhibitors early after acute myocardial infarction. Rationale and design of the German Multicenter Study on the Effects of Captopril on Cardiopulmonary Exercise parameters post myocardial infarction (ECCE).

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    Kleber, F X; Reindl, I; Wenzel, M; Rodewyk, P; Beil, S; Kosloswki, B; Doering, W; Sabin, G V; Hinzmann, S; Winter, U J

    1993-12-01

    Left ventricular damage by necrosis of myocardial tissue can lead to compromise of left ventricular function, to left ventricular volume increase and ultimately to development of heart failure. This sequence in the pathophysiology has been shown to be blunted by ACE inhibitors. Volume increase, however, can also be helpful in restoring stroke volume and ameliorate elevation of filling pressures. Furthermore, very early institution of ACE inhibition has failed to improve short-term mortality after myocardial infarction in one large trial. The aim of the ECCE trial therefore is, to investigate the early effects of the ACE inhibitor captopril on compromise of exercise capacity, thought to be a first measurable sign of developing heart failure. The ECCE trial is a randomized, seven-center investigation, studying the effects of ACE inhibition on oxygen uptake in a double blind, placebo controlled design in a group of 204 patients. Sample size was calculated on the basis of a pilot trial. The study design and first not unblinded data of 104 patients are presented. The population consists of predominantly male patients with mostly first myocardial infarction. They were admitted to hospital within five hours of onset of chest pain. End-diastolic volumes were normal, but ejection fraction was moderately compromised. ACE inhibition was started after the first day, but within 72 hours of onset of chest pain. After four and after twelve weeks, oxygen uptake was considerably below expected values and one third of the patients had severe compromise of exercise capacity.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  13. Analgesia postoperatoria tras artroplastia de rodilla mediante bloqueo femoral continuo con ropivacaína Postoperative analgesia after knee arthroplasty through continuous femoral blockage with ropivacaine

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    2004-02-01

    intervenidos de artroplastia total de rodilla, constituyendo una técnica fácil de realizar, con un elevado grado de satisfacción en los pacientes estudiados.Introduction: The aim of this study was to determine the degree of pain and satisfaction after surgery of patients that received analgesia through continuous femoral blockage for total knee arthroplasty. Material and method: ASA I-III patients diagnosed of gonarthrosis and undergoing total knee arthroplasty under intradural anaesthesia were included. In the recovery unit and under the residuary effects of intradural anaesthesia, a catheter was placed near the femoral nerve, with neurostimulation. An initial bolus of 30 ml of ropivacaine 0.375% was administered, followed by continuous infusion of ropivacaine 0.125% 10 ml.h-1 maintained during the first 48 hours of postoperative. The following variables were recorded: postoperative pain at 24 and 48 hours as assessed through EVA, pain location, presence of motor blockage, paresthesia-dysesthesia and side effects, as well as drugs used in case of inappropriate analgesia, technical difficulty and degree of satisfaction after 48 hours. Results: Eight patients were included, with an average weight and height of 78 kg and 157 cm, respectively. Pain severity recorded at 24 hours was EVA 0 (62.5%, EVA 5 (25% and EVA 6 (12.5%. At 48 hours, 87.5% of patients had EVA 0 and 12,5%, EVA 4. All the patients with pain located it at the popliteal bone. Motor blockage was absent in all the patients. Paresthesia and nausea were present in 25% of patients at 24-48 hours. Intravenous NSAIs were used to complement the therapy in patients with inadequate anaesthesia, except for one patient in which a sciatic nerve blockage was performed using the anterior approach. The technique was easy to perform in 87.5% of patients and very difficult in 12.5%. Degree of satisfaction scored > 7 in all the patients. Conclusions: In our series, continuous 3-in-1 blockage provided effective analgesia in

  14. Simulation of a large break loss of coolant (LBLOCA), without actuation of the emergency injection systems (ECCS) for a BWR-5; Simulacion de un escenario de perdida de refrigerante grande (LBLOCA), sin actuacion de los sistemas de inyeccion de emergencia (ECCS) para un reactor BWR-5

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    Cardenas V, J.; Mugica R, C. A.; Lopez M, R., E-mail: jaime.cardenas@cnsns.gob.mx [Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias, Dr. Barragan 779, Col. Narvarte, 03020 Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico)

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    In this paper the analysis of scenario for the loss of coolant case was realized with break at the bottom of a recirculation loop of a BWR-5 with containment type Mark II and a thermal power of 2317 MWt considering that not have coolant injection. This in order to observe the speed of progression of the accident, the phenomenology of the scenario, the time to reach the limit pressure of containment venting and the amount of radionuclides released into the environment. This simulation was performed using the MELCOR code version 2.1. The scenario posits a break in one of the shear recirculation loops. The emergency core cooling system (ECCS) and the reactor core isolation cooling (Rcic) have not credit throughout the event, which allowed achieve greater severity on scenario. The venting of the primary containment was conducted via valve of 30 inches instead of the line of 24 inches of wet well, this in order to have a larger area of exhaust of fission products directly to the reactor building. The venting took place when the pressure in the primary containment reached the 4.5 kg/cm{sup 2} and remained open for the rest of the scenario to maximize the amount released of radionuclides to the atmosphere. The safety relief valves were considered functional they do not present mechanical failure or limit their ability to release pressure due to the large number of performances in safety mode. The results of the analysis covers about 48 hours, time at which the accident evolution was observed; behavior of level, pressure in the vessel and the fuel temperature profile was analyzed. For progression of the scenario outside the vessel, the pressure and temperature of the primary containment, level and temperature of the suppression pool, the hydrogen accumulation in the container and the radionuclides mass released into the atmosphere were analyzed. (Author)

  15. [Effects of blockage of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal cortex axis by metyrapone and Jiawei Xiaoyao Pills on immune system in mice exposed to chronic emotional stress].

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    Zhang, Yun; Wu, Zhen-Yu; Xiao, Jian; Geng, Xiao-Feng; Guo, Yan-Xia; Li, Shi-Jie

    2006-07-01

    To explore the effects of Jiawei Xiaoyao Pills (JWXYP) on immune system of mice exposed to chronic emotional stress, and to compare its effects with blockage of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal cortex axis (HPAA) by metyrapone. Eighty male mice were randomly divided into eight groups: normal saline-treated group, normal saline-treated stress group, JWXYP-treated group, JWXYP-treated stress group, metyrapone-treated group, metyrapone-treated stress group, metyrapone and JWXYP-treated group and metyrapone and JWXYP-treated stress group. A box of electrical shock was used to induce chronic emotional stress in mice. The metyrapone was applied to blocking the HPAA. The JWXYP, a classical formula of traditional Chinese medicine, which can alleviate the damages caused by chronic emotional stress, was also used to compare its effects with that of metyrapone. The body weight, thymus index, rate of apoptosis in thymus, serum concentration of glucocorticoid, activity of natural killer cells, lymphocyte transmission rate of mice were all measured and examined after interventions. The pathological changes of thymus tissue were observed. The thymus index, activity of natural killer cells and lymphocyte transmission rate were lower while the rate of apoptosis in thymus as well as the severity degree of pathological damages in thymus tissue were increased in the different drug-treated stress groups as compared with those in the corresponding drug-treated groups without stress. The activity of natural killer cells and the lymphocyte transmission rate induced by lipopolysaccharide were increased while the serum concentration of glucocorticoid and the severity degree of pathological damages in thymus tissue were decreased in both the metyrapone-treated stress group and JWXYP-treated stress group as compared with those in the normal saline-treated stress group. The combined intervention of metyrapone and JWXYP did not show better effects on immune system in mice exposed to chronic

  16. The inducible blockage of RNAi reveals a role for polyunsaturated fatty acids in the regulation of dsRNA-endocytic capacity in Bactrocera dorsalis.

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    Dong, Xiaolong; Li, Xiaoxue; Li, Qiujia; Jia, Hongmei; Zhang, Hongyu

    2017-07-17

    Exogenous double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) can trigger gene silencing through the RNA interference (RNAi) pathway. Our previous research established that Bactrocera dorsalis can block RNAi after an initial priming of exposure to dsRNA. However, the mechanism underlying this phenomenon is not yet fully understood. Here, we demonstrate that fatty acid biosynthesis and metabolism pathways play important roles in the blockage of RNAi induced by dsRNA priming. The ratio of linoleic acid (LA) to arachidonic acid (AA) was significantly increased in the hemolymph of B. dorsalis following dsRNA priming, and further, the endocytosis of dsRNA into the midgut cells of B. dorsalis was inhibited in these samples. The expression levels of most genes involved in the fatty acid biosynthesis and metabolism pathways were altered following priming with dsRNA. Furthermore, altering the composition of fatty acids via the injection of AA can facilitate the uptake of ingested dsRNA into the midgut cells of Drosophila melanogaster and successfully induce an RNAi effect, which cannot be achieved via feeding in fruit flies. Our results suggest that polyunsaturated fatty acids are involved in the regulation of the dsRNA-endocytic ability in B. dorsalis.

  17. PI3K/Akt signaling mediated apoptosis blockage and viral gene expression in oral epithelial cells during herpes simplex virus infection.

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    Hsu, Mei-Ju; Wu, Ching-Yi; Chiang, Hsiao-Han; Lai, Yu-Lin; Hung, Shan-Ling

    2010-10-01

    Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinases (PI3Ks) function in the anti-apoptotic pathway, and are commonly exploited by various viruses to accomplish the viral life cycle. This study examined the role of the PI3K pathway in human oral epithelial cells following herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection. The results showed that HSV-1 induced the phosphorylation of Akt and glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK-3). Phosphorylation of Akt, but not GSK-3, induced by HSV-1 was PI3K-dependent. The expression of HSV-1 immediate-early genes may be involved in the initial phosphorylation of Akt and GSK-3. Inhibition of HSV-1-induced PI3K activity increased DNA fragmentation and cleavage of poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP), caspase 3 and caspase 7 compared with infected alone. Inhibition of PI3K attenuated the expression of HSV-1-infected cell protein 0 (ICP0), but not thymidine kinase (TK) and viral replication. Collectively, these data suggested that, in oral epithelial cells, the HSV-1-induced PI3K/Akt activation was involved in the regulation of apoptosis blockage and viral gene expression.

  18. Modeling and analysis framework for core damage propagation during flow-blockage-initiated accidents in the Advanced Neutron Source Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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    Kim, S.H.; Taleyarkhan, R.P.; Navarro-Valenti, S.; Georgevich, V.

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    This paper describes modeling and analysis to evaluate the extent of core damage during flow blockage events in the Advanced Neutron Source (ANS) reactor planned to be built at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Damage propagation is postulated to occur from thermal conduction between damaged and undamaged plates due to direct thermal contact. Such direct thermal contact may occur because of fuel plate swelling during fission product vapor release or plate buckling. Complex phenomena of damage propagation were modeled using a one-dimensional heat transfer model. A scoping study was conducted to learn what parameters are important for core damage propagation, and to obtain initial estimates of core melt mass for addressing recriticality and steam explosion events. The study included investigating the effects of the plate contact area, the convective heat transfer coefficient, thermal conductivity upon fuel swelling, and the initial temperature of the plate being contacted by the damaged plate. Also, the side support plates were modeled to account for their effects on damage propagation. The results provide useful insights into how various uncertain parameters affect damage propagation.

  19. A Secure Signature Scheme for Wireless Body Area Networks Based on Network Coding and ECC Algorithm%基于网络编码和ECC的无线体域网安全签名方案

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    蒙云番; 孙光昊; 邢杰; 万海斌; 覃团发

    2015-01-01

    Security challenges in wireless body area networks ( WBAN) have been paid unprecedented at-tention for the vulnerable of patient’s personal sensitive data. In order to address prevalent security con-cerns,a secure signature scheme based on network coding and elliptic curve cryptography( ECC) algorithm is proposed. The scheme firstly introduces network coding to establish a multicast model in WBAN. The en-ergy efficiency of the network increases as more volume of data will be transmitted to the sink with the same number of transmissions. Through signing the packets by utilizing ECC algorithm,secure communication of patient-related physiological data is possible in hostile environments. The scheme includes three phases,i. e. ,setup,signature and verification. Data simulation proves that the scheme is secure,simultaneously pro-vides authentication and detects malicious nodes that intentionally corrupt content on the network.%针对无线体域网( WBAN)应用中人们关注的病患个人敏感数据在传输过程中容易受到攻击的安全问题,提出一种结合随机网络编码和椭圆曲线密码学( ECC)的安全签名方案。该方案首先在网络中引入随机网络编码建立多播网络模型,增加相同传输次数下的数据信息量;通过采用ECC算法对信息进行签名,保障病患相关生理信息的通信安全。该方案共有三个阶段,即创建、签名和验证阶段。理论证明了该方案是安全的,能够有效地对信息进行污染验证,并确定受攻击节点的位置。

  20. 小切口ECCE加loL植入在晶状体溶解性青光眼中的应用%Application of ECCE combined with loL implantation in small incision phacolytic glaucoma

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    樊奕秋; 熊世玉

    2013-01-01

    目的:浅析小切口ECCE加loL植入在晶状体溶解性青光眼中的应用。方法:按照临床治疗方式的不同,将患有晶状体溶解性青光眼的患者分为实验组和对照组,进行手术治疗。其中实验组行小切口ECCE加loL植入治疗,对照组行常规治疗,比较两组治疗疗效。结果:经过手术,实验组患有晶状体溶解性青光眼的患者角膜透明,瞳孔居中,没有出现不良反应,视力均得到不同程度提高;对照组患有晶状体溶解性青光眼的患者中有6例患者的手术失败,并出现了不良反应,其中2例最终摘除眼球。结论:在手术中,小切口ECCE加loL植入的技术,对患有晶状体溶解性青光眼的患者具有明显效果,适用于治疗晶状体溶解性青光眼的手术中。%Objective :the application of ECCE and loL implantation in small incision in the purpose of phacolytic glaucoma .Methods :according to clinical treatment in different ways ,will suffer fromphacolytic glaucoma were divided into experimental group and control group ,treatment of opera-tion .The experimental groupunderwent small incision ECCE plus loL implantation in the treatment ,the control group received routine therapy ,thera-peutic efficacy was compared between the two groups .Results:after the operation ,the experimental group withphacolytic glaucoma patients cornea was transparent ,the pupilcenter ,no adverse reaction ,visual acuity was improved to different extent ;the control group with phacolytic glaucomapa-tients failed in operation in 6 patients ,and the emergence ofadverse reactions ,including 2 cases of final enucleation of eyeball .Conclusion:in opera-tion ,small incision ECCE plus loLembedded technology ,has obvious effect on the patients withphacolytic glaucoma patients ,suitable for the treat-ment ofphacolytic glaucoma operation .

  1. 湿法烟气脱硫系统 GGH 堵塞的原因分析及对策%Cause and Countermeasure of GGH Blockage in Wet Flue Gas Desulfurization System

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    张磊

    2016-01-01

    The easily occurred problem of blockage of GGH ( rotary gas gas for heat exchanger) in wet flue gas desulfuriza-tion ( FGD) system during operation is introduced, and the reasons are analyzed and countermeasures are put forward to ef-fectively overcome the problems of the GGH blockage.The solution has some reference to similar power plant flue gas desul-furization system process.%介绍了湿法烟气脱硫( FGD)系统GGH(回转式气-气换热器)运行中易出现的堵塞等问题,并对其产生的原因进行了分析,提出了有效防止GGH堵塞的对策,对同类型电厂烟气脱硫系统工艺有一定的借鉴作用。

  2. Ozone profiles obtained by DIAL technique at Maïdo Observatory in La Reunion Island: comparisons with ECC ozone-sondes, ground-based FTIR spectrometer and microwave radiometer measurements

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    Portafaix T.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A DIAL lidar system performing stratospheric ozone profile measurements from 15 to 45 km is installed at Reunion Island (southwest of Indian Ocean. The purpose of this communication is to present this DIAL system mounted now at the new Maïdo Observatory since February 2013, and the ozone profile retrieval. The first stratospheric ozone profiles obtained during 2013 and 2014 will be presented and discussed. Inter-comparison and differences observed with other high vertical resolution ozone profiles performed by ECC ozonesonde will be shown. Finally, comparisons with low vertical resolution ozone profiles retrieved from microwave and FTIR remote sensing measurements performed at Maïdo will be carried out, making appropriate use of the associated averaging kernels

  3. Ozone profiles obtained by DIAL technique at Maïdo Observatory in La Reunion Island: comparisons with ECC ozone-sondes, ground-based FTIR spectrometer and microwave radiometer measurements

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    Portafaix, T.; Godin-Beekmann, S.; Payen, G.; de Mazière, M.; Langerock, B.; Fernandez, S.; Posny, F.; Cammas, J. P.; Metzger, J. M.; Bencherif, H.; Vigouroux, C.; Marquestaut, N.

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    A DIAL lidar system performing stratospheric ozone profile measurements from 15 to 45 km is installed at Reunion Island (southwest of Indian Ocean). The purpose of this communication is to present this DIAL system mounted now at the new Maïdo Observatory since February 2013, and the ozone profile retrieval. The first stratospheric ozone profiles obtained during 2013 and 2014 will be presented and discussed. Inter-comparison and differences observed with other high vertical resolution ozone profiles performed by ECC ozonesonde will be shown. Finally, comparisons with low vertical resolution ozone profiles retrieved from microwave and FTIR remote sensing measurements performed at Maïdo will be carried out, making appropriate use of the associated averaging kernels

  4. 老年重症瓣膜病手术的体外循环管理经验%ECC Management Experience in Aged Patients With Severe Valvular Disease

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    黄东娇; 李传在

    2015-01-01

    Objective To analyze experience of the elderly with severe valvular disease bypass ECC Management.MethodsFrom January 2011 to May 2015, a total of 132 cases over the age of 60,underwent open heart surgery. ECC methods were analyzed and summarized.Results Al 132 patients were operated successfuly,and there was no operative death. Two cases of early postoperative death due to multiple organ failure.Conclusion The way of open heart surgery in elderly patients treated with severe valvular can obtain a more significant effect.%目的:分析老年重症瓣膜病手术的体外循环经验。方法从2011年1月~2015年5月,共治疗132例60岁以上的老年瓣膜病患者,均进行心内直视手术治疗,对体外循环管理(ECC)方法进行分析总结。结果本组132例患者手术均获得成功,无手术死亡,术后早期死亡2例,原因为多脏器功能衰竭。结论采用心内直视手术方式对老年重症瓣膜病患者进行治疗,加强对体外循环管理的重视可取得理想的效果。

  5. The efficacy and safety of dual blockage of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in patients with type 2 diabetes, hypertension and obesity without renal dysfunction

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the study was to evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of dual RAAS blockage during treatment with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE inhibitors in combination with a direct renin inhibitor (PIR aliskiren versus combination therapy with ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blocker II (ARB valsartan in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM, arterial hypertension (AH and obesity, without renal dysfunction. Materials and methods. The study included 26 patients with T2DM (10 men and 16 women, mean age 59,0±6,2 years with inadequate control of blood pressure (over 130 and/or 80 mm Hg on prior antihypertensive therapy and without renal dysfunctions (glomerular filtration rate (GFR> 60 ml/min/1, 73 m2 and the of albumin/creatinine (A/C ratio in the morning urine sample <10 mg/mol. After screening with the continuation of the initial therapy, including ACE inhibitors, 14 patients were added aliskiren 150–300 mg/day, 12 patients – valsartan 80–160 mg/day. Evaluation of the treatment effectiveness in terms of blood pressure (mean of three consecutive measurements in the sitting position and the parameters of renal function (serum creatinine and potassium, GFR, A/C ratio in the urine was performed at 4, 12 and 24 weeks of therapy. Results. In the group of patients treated with aliskiren, after 4 weeks of treatment a significant decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP, respectively was noted as compared to baseline: 146,1 and 138,9 mm Hg, p<0,05, 87,1 and 81,1 mm Hg, p <0,05, respectively; with systolic BP after 24 weeks of treatment decreased to 127,8 (-18,2 mm Hg, p<0,05, diastolic BP to 75,0 (-12, 1 mm Hg, p<0,05, the target blood pressure (≤130/80 mm Hg was achieved in 83% of patients. The group of patients treated with valsartan, after 4 weeks of therapy showed a significant reduction in systolic BP 148 and 141,6 mm Hg, p <0,05, diastolic BP - to 85,8 and 81,7 mm Hg, p=0,059; after 24 weeks

  6. Key technology for treating slack coal blockage in CBM recovery: A case study from multi-lateral horizontal wells in the Qinshui Basin

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Due to the nature of coal bed, slack coal production is inevitable in gas recovery sby water drainage. When coalbed methane (CBM wells are reentered after low energy exploitation and shut-in, the negative effect of slack coal production on productivity of CBM is irreversible. In this paper, the CBM occurrence characteristics and multi-lateral horizontal well trajectory in the Qinshui Basin, Shanxi Province, were analyzed. In the multi-lateral horizontal wells, the expected gas production rate could not be reached and the production rate after shut-in maintenance could not restore to the level before shut-in. The reason for these issues is that migration pathways in the reservoirs are blocked by slack coal deposits, while formation water and slack coal deposit accumulated at the troughs of horizontal sections enlarge the resistance for gas to flow into the bottom hole. Furthermore, three key technologies to deal with slack coal blockage were proposed. Firstly, CBM horizontal well trajectory should follow the principle of keeping the wellbores smooth and updip instead of being “wavy”, on the premise of guaranteeing CBM drilling rate. Secondly, the cavities of production wells, as an important part of multi-lateral horizontal wells, are capable of settling sand, and can be used for gas–liquid–solid separation. And thirdly, a tree-like horizontal well with its main hole set on stable seam top or floor, provides a stable well flushing passage for coal powder. This research provides a useful attempt in solving the problem of slack coal production in gas recovery by water drainage.

  7. PCR-Independent Detection of Bacterial Species-Specific 16S rRNA at 10 fM by a Pore-Blockage Sensor

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    Leyla Esfandiari

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available A PCR-free, optics-free device is used for the detection of Escherichia coli (E. coli 16S rRNA at 10 fM, which corresponds to ~100–1000 colony forming units/mL (CFU/mL depending on cellular rRNA levels. The development of a rapid, sensitive, and cost-effective nucleic acid detection platform is sought for the detection of pathogenic microbes in food, water and body fluids. Since 16S rRNA sequences are species specific and are present at high copy number in viable cells, these nucleic acids offer an attractive target for microbial pathogen detection schemes. Here, target 16S rRNA of E. coli at 10 fM concentration was detected against a total RNA background using a conceptually simple approach based on electromechanical signal transduction, whereby a step change reduction in ionic current through a pore indicates blockage by an electrophoretically mobilized bead-peptide nucleic acid probe conjugate hybridized to target nucleic acid. We investigated the concentration detection limit for bacterial species-specific 16S rRNA at 1 pM to 1 fM and found a limit of detection of 10 fM for our device, which is consistent with our previous finding with single-stranded DNA of similar length. In addition, no false positive responses were obtained with control RNA and no false negatives with target 16S rRNA present down to the limit of detection (LOD of 10 fM. Thus, this detection scheme shows promise for integration into portable, low-cost systems for rapid detection of pathogenic microbes in food, water and body fluids.

  8. Blockage of Src by Specific siRNA as a Novel Therapeutic Strategy to Prevent Destructive Repair in Steroid-Associated Osteonecrosis in Rabbits.

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    Zheng, Li-zhen; Cao, Hui-juan; Chen, Shi-hui; Tang, Tao; Fu, Wei-min; Huang, Le; Chow, Dick Ho Kiu; Wang, Yi-xiang; Griffith, James Francis; He, Wei; Zhou, Hong; Zhao, De-wei; Zhang, Ge; Wang, Xin-luan; Qin, Ling

    2015-11-01

    Vascular hyperpermeability and highly upregulated bone resorption in the destructive repair progress of steroid-associated osteonecrosis (SAON) are associated with a high expression of VEGF and high Src activity (Src is encoded by the cellular sarcoma [c-src] gene). This study was designed to prove our hypothesis that blocking the VEGF-Src signaling pathway by specific Src siRNA is able to prevent destructive repair in a SAON rabbit model. Destructive repair in SAON was induced in rabbits. At 2, 4, and 6 weeks after SAON induction, VEGF, anti-VEGF, Src siRNA, Src siRNA+VEGF, control siRNA, and saline were introduced via intramedullary injection into proximal femora for each group, respectively. Vascularization and permeability were quantified by dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MRI. At week 6 after SAON induction, proximal femurs were dissected for micro-computed tomography (μCT)-based trabecular architecture with finite element analysis (FEA), μCT-based angiography, and histological analysis. Histological evaluation revealed that VEGF enhanced destructive repair, whereas anti-VEGF prevented destructive repair and Src siRNA and Src siRNA+VEGF prevented destructive repair and enhanced reparative osteogenesis. Findings of angiography and histomorphometry were consistent with those determined by DCE MRI. Src siRNA inhibited VEGF-mediated vascular hyperpermeability but preserved VEGF-induced neovascularization. Bone resorption was enhanced in the VEGF group and inhibited in the anti-VEGF, Src siRNA, Src siRNA+VEGF groups as determined by both 3D μCT and 2D histomorphometry. FEA showed higher estimated failure load in the Src siRNA and Src siRNA+VEGF groups when compared to the vehicle control group. Blockage of VEGF-Src signaling pathway by specific Src siRNA was able to prevent steroid-associated destructive repair while improving reconstructive repair in SAON, which might become a novel therapeutic strategy.

  9. Stereoselective Blockage of Quinidine and Quinine in the hERG Channel and the Effect of Their Rescue Potency on Drug-Induced hERG Trafficking Defect

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    Meng Yan

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Diastereoisomers of quinidine and quinine are used to treat arrhythmia and malaria, respectively. It has been reported that both drugs block the hERG (human ether-a-go-go-related gene potassium channel which is essential for myocardium repolarization. Abnormality of repolarization increases risk of arrhythmia. The aim of our research is to study and compare the impacts of quinidine and quinine on hERG. Results show that both drugs block the hERG channel, with quinine 14-fold less potent than quinidine. In addition, they presented distinct impacts on channel dynamics. The results imply their stereospecific block effect on the hERG channel. However, F656C-hERG reversed this stereoselectivity. The mutation decreases affinity of the two drugs with hERG, and quinine was more potent than quinidine in F656C-hERG blockage. These data suggest that F656 residue contributes to the stereoselective pocket for quinidine and quinine. Further study demonstrates that both drugs do not change hERG protein levels. In rescue experiments, we found that they exert no reverse effect on pentamidine- or desipramine-induced hERG trafficking defect, although quinidine has been reported to rescue trafficking-deficient pore mutation hERG G601S based on the interaction with F656. Our research demonstrated stereoselective effects of quinidine and quinine on the hERG channel, and this is the first study to explore their reversal potency on drug-induced hERG deficiency.

  10. Bloqueio do plexo lombar no compartimento do psoas para analgesia pós-operatória em cirurgias ortopédicas Lumbar plexus blockage on psoas compartment for postoperative analgesia after orthopaedic surgeries

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    Luiz Eduardo Imbelloni

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: O plexo lombar foi localizado entre os músculos quadrado lombar e psoas maior. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a eficácia da injeção única de bupivacaína 0,25% através do bloqueio do compartimento do psoas na analgesia pós-operatória em pacientes de cirurgias ortopédicas. MÉTODO: Quarenta pacientes receberam bloqueio do plexo lombar no compartimento do psoas através da localização com estimulador de nervos e injeção de bupivacaína a 0,25%. Avaliou-se a analgesia e a intensidade da dor às 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 e 24 horas após o término da cirurgia, assim como opióides de resgate. RESULTADOS: Os nervos ilioinguinal, genitofemoral, cutâneo femoral lateral, femoral e obturatório foram bloqueados em 90% dos pacientes. O bloqueio reduziu o regaste de opióides administrados, sendo que 52,5% dos pacientes não necessitaram de complementação analgésica, com duração de 24 horas. Não foram observados sinais e sintomas clínicos da toxicidade da bupivacaína, nem seqüelas associadas com o bloqueio dos nervos. CONCLUSÕES: Este estudo mostra que a injeção no espaço do compartimento do psoas é fácil de realizar com efetivo bloqueio dos cinco nervos. O bloqueio do plexo lombar no compartimento do psoas pode ser recomendado para o uso na analgesia pós-operatória após cirurgias ortopédicas.OBJECTIVES: The lumbar plexus is located between the quadratus lumborum and the psoas major muscles. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a single 0.25% bupivacaine injection through the psoas compartment blockage in postoperative analgesia of patients undergoing orthopedic surgery. METHODS: 40 patients received lumbar plexus blockage at the psoas compartment through nerve stimulator and a 0.25% bupivacaine 40-ml injection. Analgesia and pain severity were evaluated at 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24 hours after surgery, similarly to rescue opioids. RESULTS: The ilioinguinal, genitofemoral, lateral cutaneous of the

  11. The influence of 1.4-naphtoquinone derivative and of vitamin E on nitroso-oxidative processes in digestive organ mucous membranes under the conditions of cyclooxygenase blockage, and against the background of low intensity X-ray irradiation

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    Full Text Available In recent years, the influence of chronic low intensity irradiation on the human body has increased. This is mediated not only by the consequences of technogenic catastrophies, but also due to application of radiation therapy of of radiation usage in industry. Hence, we investigated the influence of 1.4-naphtoquinone and vitamin Е on the nitroso-oxidative processes in the digestive organ mucous membranes, while affected by low intensity X-ray irradiation alone and in combination with the experimental blockage of COX, in rats. Our results show that X-ray irradiation of a total dose of 20 sGy during twenty days, induced an increase of the oxidative processes, as well as an increase in the activity of iNOS and myeloperoxidase in the mucous membranes of the stomach, small and large intestine. Both the effect of vitamin E and a 1.4-naphtoquinone derivative on the background of low intensity X-ray irradiation, and under the simultaneous effect of X-ray irradiation and COX blockage, brought about a decrease of the level of oxidative processes and of iNOS activity, whereas MPO activity increased. We also noted that the effect of vitamin E on the background of X-ray irradiation more significantly increased both the activity of SOD and catalase, when compared to the induced effect of the 1.4-naphtoquinone derivative. Under the conditions of COX-1/COX-2 blockage (as induced by way of indomethacin administration, against the background of X-ray irradiation, the content of TBA-active products (in the stomach and small intestine mucous membranes, the level of iNOS activity and the sum of nitrites and nitrates, were lower than that of independent effect. Тaking into account the prominent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory attributes of 1.4-naphtoquinone-3-[3-(3.5-di-tret-butyl-4-hydroxy-phenyl-1.4-dihydronaphtalene-2-aminoil] butyrate, when compared to the effect of sole administration of vitamin E, both under the conditions of X-ray irradiation alone, and

  12. hexA of Erwinia carotovora ssp. carotovora strain Ecc71 negatively regulates production of RpoS and rsmB RNA, a global regulator of extracellular proteins, plant virulence and the quorum-sensing signal, N-(3-oxohexanoyl)-L-homoserine lactone.

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    Mukherjee, A; Cui, Y; Ma, W; Liu, Y; Chatterjee, A K

    2000-04-01

    The soft-rotting bacterium, Erwinia carotovora ssp. carotovora (E. c. carotovora), produces an array of extracellular enzymes (= exoenzymes), including pectate lyase (Pel), polygalacturonase (Peh), cellulase (Cel) and protease (Prt), as well as HarpinEcc, the elicitor of hypersensitive reaction (HR). The production of these exoenzymes and HarpinEcc responds to plant products and the quorum-sensing signal [N-(3-oxohexanoyl)-L-homoserine lactone; OHL] and is subject to both transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation. hexA of E. c. carotovora strain Ecc71 (hereafter hexA71), like that of another E. c. carotovora strain, negatively controls the production of exoenzymes, OHL and virulence in E. c. carotovora strain Ecc71. In addition to exoenzymes, HexA71 negatively regulates the expression of hrpNEcc, the structural gene for HarpinEcc. Exoenzyme overproduction is abolished by OHL deficiency in a HexA- and Ohll- double mutant, indicating that HexA and OHL are components of a common regulatory pathway controlling exoenzyme production. HexA71 negatively affects RpoS, as the levels of this alternative sigma factor are higher in the HexA- mutant than in the HexA+ strain. However, a HexA- and RpoS double mutant produces higher levels of exoenzymes and transcripts of pel-1, peh-1 and celVgenes than the HexA- and RpoS+ parent. Thus, the elevated levels of RpoS protein in the HexA- mutant do not account for exoenzyme overproduction. The following evidence associates for the first time the phenotypic changes in the HexA mutant to overproduction of rsmB RNA, a global regulator of exoenzymes, HarpinEcc, OHL and secondary metabolites. Analyses of rsmB transcripts and expression of an rsmB-lacZoperon fusion in E. c. carotovora strain Ecc71 revealed that HexA71 negatively regulates transcription of rsmB. Multiple copies of hexA71+ DNA suppress various phenotypes, including exoenzyme production in E. c. carotovora strain Ecc71, and concomitantly inhibit the production of rsm

  13. Esclavitud, libertad y devoción religiosa en Popayán. El santo Ecce Homo y el mundo de la vida de Juan Antonio de Velasco, 1650-1700

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    Full Text Available This article analyzes the genesis and consolidation of devotion to the holy Ecce Homo in the city of Popayán —located in the New Kingdom of Granada— during the second half of the 17th century. It explores the influence of this mystical experience in crystalizing the city’s religious feasts and the cultural nuances that permeated this particular invocation. It also describes the relationship of interdependence between the liberty of the free black man Juan Antonio de Velasco and other merchants, slaves, artisans, and the devout public in stabilizing this particular form of worship of the holy one. At the same time that it specifically traces the “life world” of the founder and confrere of the tradition, it calls attention to the imprint he made on this religious ritual in Popayán, “the white city.” In addition to these social factors, it also shows the influence that the generalized natural crisis of the 17th century had on the emergence of new brotherhoods, rogation days and forms of devotion.

  14. Developing the Assessment Table for Peer Review in E-C/C-E Translation%英汉互译同伴互评反馈模式测量评价表的编制开发

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    Peer review , a student-oriented new teaching mode , has been widely used in English writing course , but the study of it in translation teaching has just started .The assessment table for E-C/C-E transla-tion was developed to provide a scientific and easily handled assessment tool for the English majors to con -duct peer review in translation tasks .Based on the assessment test , serial empirical researches were made to explore the implementation of peer review in the English translation teaching activities .It was found that the reliability and validity of the English translation assessment table were fairly acceptable which met the re -quirements for test compiling in psychological measurement;the assessment table exhibited better consisten-cy, stability, convergent and discriminant validity , which was of better value for popularization .%作为一种突出学生主体地位的教学新模式,同伴互评在英语写作教学中得到广泛应用,但在翻译教学中相关研究却刚刚起步。编制开发英汉互译同伴互评反馈模式测量评价表,并依据量表进行教学实验,以此促进同伴互评教学模式在英语专业翻译教学中的应用,给学习者提供科学规范、简便易施的测量工具。

  15. 结合ECC的随机序列指纹编码方案及应用%Scheme and Application on Digital Fingerprinting Based on Random Sequence and ECC

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    黄馨; 吕宏伟

    2011-01-01

    Because of development of office automation, the importance of secret document protection is becoming urgent. The disadvantages of traditional protecting techniques based on cryptography emerged. They can not protect documents after decryption or avoid misdeed of staff. Digital fingerprinting becomes a supplement. User fingerprints are embedded in order to strengthen information controllable. When illegal copy appeared, the distributor can track offenders so that document protection more effective. Here ECC is used in fingerprint code, the conventional code is used in the under layer. Then use convolution encoder to deal with the fingerprint sequences and get the output as the final fingerprint for users. In this way, the fingerprints are more robust and mistake rate is reduced.%由于办公自动化和网络化的不断发展,在政府和企业内网中对涉密电子文档保护的重要性日益凸显.传统基于密码学的保护手段的缺陷也逐步显露,不能在解密后对文档进行保护,以及对内部犯罪问题的物理防范.将数字指纹作为文档保护的补充技术,增强信息可控性,在出现非法拷贝时能追踪违规者,使文档保护更加有效.将纠错码ECC运用到指纹编码中,编码下层使用传统编码方式,再对生成的指纹序列进行卷积编码,得到最终的用户指纹序列.用户指纹具有更好的鲁棒性,能减小误判率.

  16. A Web-GIS Procedure Based on Satellite Multi-Spectral and Airborne LIDAR Data to Map the Road blockage Due to seismic Damages of Built-Up Urban Areas

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    Costanzo, Antonio; Montuori, Antonio; Silva, Juan Pablo; Silvestri, Malvina; Musacchio, Massimo; Buongiorno, Maria Fabrizia; Stramondo, Salvatore

    2016-08-01

    In this work, a web-GIS procedure to map the risk of road blockage in urban environments through the combined use of space-borne and airborne remote sensing sensors is presented. The methodology concerns (1) the provision of a geo-database through the integration of space-borne multispectral images and airborne LiDAR data products; (2) the modeling of building vulnerability, based on the corresponding 3D geometry and construction time information; (3) the GIS-based mapping of road closure due to seismic- related building collapses based on the building characteristic height and the width of the road. Experimental results, gathered for the Cosenza urban area, allow demonstrating the benefits of both the proposed approach and the GIS-based integration of multi-platforms remote sensing sensors and techniques for seismic road assessment purposes.

  17. Analysis and Discussion of Cold Box Frozen-Blockage Accident of Liquid Nitrogen Wash Unit%液氮洗装置冷箱冻堵事故分析与讨论

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    贾震宇

    2014-01-01

    An introduction is given of the background and process of a typical cold box frozen-blockage accident caused by water inflow of liquid nitrogen wash unit , and causes for the accident are analyzed .In connection with the accident , relevant process recovery method is proposed , and effective control measures are taken to prevent such an accident from happening again .%介绍了一起典型的液氮洗装置进水导致冷箱冻堵事故的背景及经过,分析了导致事故的原因。针对事故原因,提出了相应的工艺恢复方法,并通过制定有效的控制手段来避免此类事故的再次发生。

  18. Clinical study on secondary infertility following tubal blockage after artificial abortion and analysis on infections%人工流产术后输卵管堵塞继发不孕的临床研究与感染分析

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    金筱筱; 郑灵芝; 张紫娟

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨人工流产术后输卵管堵塞继发不孕的发病因素及检查宫颈分泌物的病原菌分布,以提高对人工流产术后输卵管堵塞继发不孕的认识,降低感染率。方法选取2011年6月-2013年4月妇科收治的86例输卵管堵塞继发不孕患者作为观察组,选取同期收治的输卵管堵塞原发性不孕患者84例作为对照组;对两组患者进行问卷调查,培养宫颈分泌物检测病原菌分布,采用SPSS 18.0软件进行统计分析。结果170份宫颈分泌物检出96株病原菌,其中革兰阴性菌66株占68.75%,革兰阳性菌30株,占31.25%;观察组性伴侣数≥2与初次性生活年龄<20岁所占比例均较对照组高,差异有统计学意义( P<0.05);人工流产次数≥2次输卵管堵塞率42.86%,明显高于人工流产的24.14%,差异有统计学意义( P<0.05)。结论人工流产术对输卵管的通畅度具有不同程度的影响,人工流产次数越多,而发生输卵管堵塞概率越大,故应采取有效的避孕措施,减少或防止人工流产。%OBJECTIVE To investigate the pathogenic factors for secondary infertility following tubal blockage after artificial abortion and the distribution of pathogens in cervical secretions ,so as to raise awareness of secondary in‐fertility following tubal blockage after artificial abortion and reduce infection rates .METHODS Totally 86 patients with secondary infertility following tubal blockage during Jun .2011-Apr .2013 were selected as the observation group and 84 patients with primary infertility with tubal blockage admitted and treated during the same period were selected as the control group .Two groups of patients were surveyed by questionnaires .Cervical secretions were cultured to observe the distribution of pathogens .The software SPSS18 .0 was used for statistical analysis . RESULTS Totally 96 pathogens were detected from 170 samples of cervical

  19. Extrusion of ECC: Recent Developments and Applications

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    Stang, Henrik; Fredslund-Hansen, Helge; Puclin, Tony;

    2008-01-01

    process. Extrusion of cementitious (fiber reinforced) materials has proven particularly difficult due to the high inter-particle friction combined with the disastrous effect of static zones in the flow pattern, and to the ease of phase migration or separation. In order to deal with these conflicting...... demands on the rheological properties of cementitious particulate materials, various methods have been suggested to dewater the particle suspension during extrusion, however practical extrusion of thin-walled cementitious large-scale elements has not been possible until the discovery of the “dewatering...

  20. Completing the Complete ECC Formulae with Countermeasures

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    Łukasz Chmielewski

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available This work implements and evaluates the recent complete addition formulae for the prime order elliptic curves of Renes, Costello and Batina on an FPGA platform. We implement three different versions:(1 an unprotected architecture; (2 an architecture protected through coordinate randomization; and (3 an architecture with both coordinate randomization and scalar splitting in place. The evaluation is done through timing analysis and test vector leakage assessment (TVLA. The results show that applying an increasing level of countermeasures leads to an increasing resistance against side-channel attacks. This is the first work looking into side-channel security issues of hardware implementations of the complete formulae.

  1. Attacks and countermeasures on AES and ECC

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    Tange, Henrik; Andersen, Birger

    2013-01-01

    AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) is widely used in LTE and Wi-Fi communication systems. AES has recently been exposed to new attacks which have questioned the overall security of AES. The newest attack is a so called biclique attack, which is using the fact that the content of the state array...

  2. 堵塞坝溃决对上游来流及堵塞模式的响应%The response of upstream flow and blockage patterns to the failure of landslide dam

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    陈华勇; 崔鹏; 唐金波; 周公旦

    2013-01-01

    Enormous landslides were triggered by“5·12”Wenchuan Earthquake. A large amount of loose debris distributed randomly in a gully would form landslide dams when the flash flood occurred due to in-tense rainfall. The scale of a flash flood and blockage patterns of landslide dams have great effects on the failure of landslide dams. Experimental tests were conducted to record the process of landslide dam failure under the conditions of different discharges of flash flood, semi-blockage and full-blockage of landslide dam. Four models of landslide dam failure were defined, including:(1) erosive beach due to overtopping;(2) upstream scour and downstream erosion;(3) sided-erosion without climbing up;and (4) climbing up and sided-erosion. According to interaction of water flow and landslide dams,the reasons which led to fail-ure of the dams were explained by shear failure and impact failure of water flow. The discharge of debris flow,duration of dam-breaking,and the development of dam breach in different patterns were analyzed. Ac-cording to Meyer-Peter, Müller bedload formulas, sediment-transport per unit width in the upstream scour and downstream erosion pattern was calculated, and the results are in good agreement with the experimen-tal ones. Study on the failure of a single landslide dam and cascade failure of dams is not deep enough due to the complex interaction between water flow and landslide dams. Much more research is required to better understand the mechanism of this interaction in the future.%“5·12”汶川地震诱发了大量山体滑坡,导致山区沟道内形成大量松散堵塞坝,其在山洪作用下可能发生溃决,而上游来流及堵塞坝形态对堵塞坝的溃决模式具有重要影响。通过水槽实验研究了不同上游来流条件及堵塞坝形态条件下堵塞坝的溃决过程,将堵塞坝的溃决模式概括为4种:正常溢流、洪水过坝冲刷、无爬高侧蚀以及爬高和侧蚀。研究了不同溃决

  3. Meta-analysis of Statistical Frequency Relationship Between Heart Blood Stasis and Phlegm Blockage of CHD%CHD心血瘀阻型与痰浊痹阻型频数统计关系的Meta分析

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    何茜; 田松

    2013-01-01

    从循证医学的角度评价分析CHD心血瘀阻型与痰浊痹阻型的的分布情况.方法:通过文献计量学方法分析纳入文献的有效性,代表性.利用Meta分析专用软件Review Manager 4.2对近10年CHD辨证分型的相关文献中心血瘀阻型与痰浊痹阻型数据进行Meta分析.结果:纳入文献的发表杂志主要是辽宁中医杂志,中国中医急症杂志,省份主要集中在湖南,广东等地,具有一定的代表性.CHD心血瘀阻型的证型较痰浊痹阻型临床分布广泛.结论:所纳入的文献主要集中在经济比较发达的地区,具有一定的代表性;另一方面心血瘀阻型是冠心病证型分布的主要证型,为临床治疗提供了有力的理论指导.%Objective:The investigation of the distribution relationship with blood stasis and phlegm blockage of CHD based on evidence-based medicine was made.Methods:Through the method of bibliometrics analysis into the literature on the effectiveness and representation,and Meta-analysis was used by software Review Manger 4.2 for the relevant literature in the blood stasis type and phlegm blockage type in 10 years.Results:It was significant because we can get that the articles were mainly published in Liaoning Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Medicine Emergency Magazine.The articles basically centered in Hunan,Guangdong and other places.On the other hand,CHD of blood stasis syndrome was common distributed.Conclusion:It has the certain representation that incorporating literature mainly concentrated in the economically developed areas.On the other hand the blood stasis type of coronary heart disease is the main syndromes,providing strong theoretical guidance for clinical treatment.

  4. Characterization of multiple SPS knockout mutants reveals redundant functions of the four Arabidopsis sucrose phosphate synthase isoforms in plant viability, and strongly indicates that enhanced respiration and accelerated starch turnover can alleviate the blockage of sucrose biosynthesis.

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    Bahaji, Abdellatif; Baroja-Fernández, Edurne; Ricarte-Bermejo, Adriana; Sánchez-López, Ángela María; Muñoz, Francisco José; Romero, Jose M; Ruiz, María Teresa; Baslam, Marouane; Almagro, Goizeder; Sesma, María Teresa; Pozueta-Romero, Javier

    2015-09-01

    We characterized multiple knock-out mutants of the four Arabidopsis sucrose phosphate synthase (SPSA1, SPSA2, SPSB and SPSC) isoforms. Despite their reduced SPS activity, spsa1/spsa2, spsa1/spsb, spsa2/spsb, spsa2/spsc, spsb/spsc, spsa1/spsa2/spsb and spsa2/spsb/spsc mutants displayed wild type (WT) vegetative and reproductive morphology, and showed WT photosynthetic capacity and respiration. In contrast, growth of rosettes, flowers and siliques of the spsa1/spsc and spsa1/spsa2/spsc mutants was reduced compared with WT plants. Furthermore, these plants displayed a high dark respiration phenotype. spsa1/spsb/spsc and spsa1/spsa2/spsb/spsc seeds poorly germinated and produced aberrant and sterile plants. Leaves of all viable sps mutants, except spsa1/spsc and spsa1/spsa2/spsc, accumulated WT levels of nonstructural carbohydrates. spsa1/spsc leaves possessed high levels of metabolic intermediates and activities of enzymes of the glycolytic and tricarboxylic acid cycle pathways, and accumulated high levels of metabolic intermediates of the nocturnal starch-to-sucrose conversion process, even under continuous light conditions. Results presented in this work show that SPS is essential for plant viability, reveal redundant functions of the four SPS isoforms in processes that are important for plant growth and nonstructural carbohydrate metabolism, and strongly indicate that accelerated starch turnover and enhanced respiration can alleviate the blockage of sucrose biosynthesis in spsa1/spsc leaves.

  5. 反渗透系统保安过滤器滤芯污堵原因分析及处理%Cause analysis on the pollution and blockage in the security filter core of reverse osmosis system and its treatment

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    刘向朝; 陈玉琨

    2016-01-01

    After the desalted water system of a new material company in Fujian,China has run for a period of time, pollution and blockage occur to the security filter core of the reverse osmosis system ,affecting the normal operation of the desalted water system. The causes of pollution and blockage are analyzed and corresponding improving measures are put forward. After the improving measures have been implemented,the pollution and blockage problems of reverse osmosis security filter core are solved completely. As a result ,the water yield of desalination water can be restored.%福建某新材料公司脱盐水系统在运行一段时间后,其反渗透系统保安过滤器滤芯出现污堵,影响了脱盐水系统的正常运行。对污堵原因进行了分析,并提出了相应的改进措施。改进措施实施后,彻底解决了反渗透保安过滤器滤芯的污堵问题,脱盐水产水率得以恢复。

  6. Effect of CD86 blockage on the expressions of TGF-β1, MMP-9, TIMP-3 and PAI-1 proteins and outcome of pregnancy in murine abortion-prone model

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    FU XI ZHAO; YUAN YUAN ZHANG; RUN HUA LIU; SHUAN MING LI

    2006-01-01

    In the present study, the effect of blockage of the costimulatory signal CD86 at time of implantation on the expressions of TGF-β1, MMP-9, TIMP-3 and PAI-1 proteins at the maternal-fetal interface and the outcome of pregnancy in murine abortion-prone model was investigated, in which the CBA/J × DBA/2 matings were used as the abortion-prone model and the CBA/J × BALB/c matings used as the normal pregnant model. The study was performed in following three groups: 2 groups of the abortion-prone model, which were experimental group and control experimental group, and 1 group of normal pregnant model, and each group had 10 pregnant CBA/J mice exclusively. Female pregnant CBA/J mice in the experimental group received an intraperitoneal (i. p.) injection of 100 μg of antimouse CD86 mAb in 200 μl of PBS at day 4.5 of gestation, and the irrelevant-isotope matched rat IgG2b was administrated in the control experimental group with the same dosage and at same time. For the normal pregnant group, no treatment was given. The pregnant CBA/J mice were killed on day 13.5 of gestation. Then, the embryo resorption rate was calculated and the expressions of TGF-β1, MMP-9,TIMP3 and PAI-1 were detected by using immunohistochemical methods. It was demonstrated that the embryo resorption rate in the experimental group was significantly reduced in comparison with that in the control experimental group (χ2=7.441, P=0.006), but there was no significant difference with that in normal pregnant group (χ2=0.016, P=0.898). The expressions of TGF-β1 and PAI-1 in the experimental group were significantly increased in comparison with that in the control experimental group (P =0.010, P = 0.003, respectively), with no significant difference from that in the normal pregnant group (P = 0.500). However, the expression of MMP-9 in the experimental group was significantly reduced in comparison with that in the control experimental group (P=0.012) with no significant difference from that in the

  7. A multiscale method to calculate filter blockage

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    Dalwadi, Mohit P; Griffiths, Ian M

    2016-01-01

    Filters that act by adsorbing contaminant onto their pore walls will experience a decrease in porosity over time, and may eventually block. As adsorption will generally be larger towards the entrance of a filter, where the concentration of contaminant particles is higher, these effects can also result in a spatially varying porosity. We investigate this dynamic process using an extension of homogenization theory that accounts for a macroscale variation in microstructure. We formulate and homogenize the coupled problems of flow through a filter with a near-periodic time-dependent microstructure, solute transport due to advection, diffusion, and filter adsorption, and filter structure evolution due to the adsorption of contaminant. We use the homogenized equations to investigate how the contaminant removal and filter lifespan depend on the initial porosity distribution for a unidirectional flow. We confirm a conjecture made in Dalwadi et al. (2015) that filters with an initially negative porosity gradient have ...

  8. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt blockage by hydatid cyst

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    Abrar A Wani

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt is one of the commonest procedures done in neurosurgical practice throughout the world. One of the commonest problems after putting the VP shunt is the shunt obstruction, which can be due to varied causes. Shunt obstruction secondary to the parasitic infections is rarely seen. We are presenting a 15-year-old child, a case of operated cerebral hydatid cyst with hydrocephalus. She presented with shunt malfunction after 1 year of surgical excision of the hydatid cyst. Revision of the VP shunt was done and peroperatively, it was found that the shunt tubing was obstructed due to small hydatid cysts. This is the first reported case of VP shunt obstruction by hydatid cyst.

  9. Degradation and Failure Characteristics of NPP Containment Protective Coating Systems

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    Sindelar, R.L.

    2001-04-10

    Nuclear power plants (NPPs) must ensure that the emergency core cooling system (ECCS) or safety-related containment spray system (CSS) remains capable of performing its design safety function throughout the life of the plant. This requires ensuring that long-term core cooling can be maintained following a postulated loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA). Adequate safety operation can be impaired if the protective coatings which have been applied to the concrete and steel structures within the primary containment fail, producing transportable debris which could then accumulate on BWR ECCS suction strainers or PWR ECCS sump debris screens located within the containment. This document will present the data collected during the investigation of coating specimens from plants.

  10. Using Proteomics to 1) Identify the Bone Marrow Homing Receptors Expressed on Human Hematopoietic Stem Cells and 2) Elucidate Critical Signaling Pathways Responsible for the Blockage of Hematopoietic Differentiation in Leukemia

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    Chin, Chee J.

    2011-05-22

    Successful hematopoiesis requires the trafficking of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs) to their bone marrow (BM) niche, where they can differentiate to produce all blood lineages. Leukemia arises when there is a blockage of differentiation and uncontrolled proliferation in the hematopoietic cells during their development. To refine therapies for leukemia, this study sought to improve the homing of healthy donor HSPCs for better transplantation and to find new candidates for differentiating and blocking proliferation in leukemic cells. Characterizing the molecular effectors mediating cell migration forms the basis for improving clinical transplantation of HSPCs. E-selectin/ligand interactions play a critical role in the homing of HSPCs to the BM, however, the identity of E-selectin ligands remains elusive. We aimed to use mass spectrometry (MS) to fully analyze the E-selectin ligands expressed on HSPCs. Immunoprecipitation studies coupled with MS confirmed the expression of three known E-selectin ligands, the hematopoietic cell E-/L-selectin ligand (HCELL), P-selectin glycoprotein ligand-1 (PSGL-1) and CD43, and revealed the presence of many interesting candidates on HSPCs-like cell line and on primary human BM CD34+ cells. The MS dataset represents a rich resource for further characterization of E-selectin ligands, which will lead to improvement of HSPCs transplantation. 4 Understanding the critical pathways underlying the initiation and maintenance of leukemia plays a key role in treating acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Ligation of the glycoprotein, CD44, using monoclonal antibodies or its natural ligand, hyaluronic acid, drives the differentiation of immature leukemic cells towards mature terminally differentiated cells, inhibits their proliferation and in some case induces their apoptosis. The aim of this study is to characterize the phosphoproteome of AML cells in response to CD44-induced differentiation. This will afford novel insights into the

  11. Effect of Sucrose Concentration on Cariogenicity of Streptococcus mutans in Dental Plaque of S-ECC%蔗糖浓度对重症婴幼儿龋菌斑中变型链球菌致龋性的影响

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    赵玮; 李文卿; 卢佳璇; 余东升

    2011-01-01

    [Objective] To determine the effect of sucrose concentration on cariogenicity of Streptococcus mutans in dental plaque of S-ECC. [Methods] Plaque samples were collected from 67 children aged from 3 to 5. Strains of Streptococcus mutans were identified, purified and then cultured in PYC medium with 1%, 5%, 10%, and 20% sucrose. The pH value of supernatant was measured to evaluate acidogencity of Streptococcus mutans, and OD600 to evaluate the propagating status. The quantities of water insoluble glucans (WIG) were measured by anthrone method. Turbidimetry was used to measure the adhesive ability. [Results] Acidogenicity, propagation, WIG synthesis, and adhesion ratio of Streptococcus mutans from S-ECC group were statistically higher than caries free group. The cariogenicity of Streptococcus mutans enhanced with the increase of sucrose concentration. In 5% sucrose group, pH decreased to critical pH5.5. Propagation, WIG synthesis and adhesion ratio increased a lot, especially in S-ECC group. When sucrose concentration was above 5%, ApH, OD600, WIG and adhesion ratio still increased, however, the growth rate became slow down. [Conclusion] The cariogenicity of Streptococcus mutans was dose-dependent with sucrose levels, and the concentration of which exceeded 5% is considered to be more cariogenic and important for S-ECC prevention.%摘要:[目的]探讨不同蔗糖浓度对重症婴幼儿龋(S-ECC)菌斑中变形链球菌致龋性的影响.[方法]采集67名3~5岁S-ECC及无龋儿童牙面菌斑,获取纯化的变链菌株,接种至蔗糖浓度分别为1%、5%、10%及20%的PYG液体培养基,采用精密pH计测变链菌产酸能力;分光光度仪测定OD600值,评价其生长情况;蒽酮法测定水不溶性葡聚糖(WIG)的量;比浊法测定变链菌的黏附比值,对比分析变形链球菌不同临床菌株的致龋性.[结果]随蔗糖浓度升高,S-ECC及无龋组变形链球菌临床分离菌株产酸、合成胞外多糖及粘附能力均

  12. Effect of blockage of the glucocorticoid receptor on the liver function of rats after ligation of the common hepatic artery%阻断糖皮质激素受体对肝总动脉结扎大鼠肝功能的影响

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    封颖璐; 周乃胜; 程彬彬; 凌昌全

    2012-01-01

    Objective To provide a theoretical basis for alleviating liver injury due to ischemia by improving the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) through observation of the relationship between liver injury due to ischemia and the pathway of the GR. Method A total of 208 SD rats were divided randomly into normal control (NC) group (n=8), simple ligation group (model group, n=40), blockage of 50% GR group (n=40), blockage of 80% GR group (n=40), blockage of 50% GR accompanied by ligation group (50% GR+M group, n=40), and blockage of 80% GR accompanied by ligation group (80% GR+M group, n=40). Ligation of common hepatic artery was adopted to reproduce a model of liver ischemia in rat, and to dynamically observe the changes in GR after the ligation of the common hepatic artery. The effects of blocking the GR on the liver functional parameters of rat serum [alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP)], and the structure of liver tissue were observed. Results After the ligation of the common hepatic artery, peak values of serum ALT, AST, and ALP in the GR blockage group were higher than those of the simple ligation group. Furthermore, with increase in the degree of GR blockage, there was a tendency that the peak values of the enzyme value appeared earlier and the time of recovery to normal was delayed. In addition, the degree of inflammatory infiltration and ischemia necrosis of liver tissues were more severe than that in the simple ligation group. Immunohistochemistry revealed that after blockage of GR, GR in liver tissues was notably lower 2h after ligation than that in the simple ligation group, reaching its trough value at 6h. This phenomenon was more obvious in the 80% GR blockage group than that in the 50% GR blockage group. Conclusion The decrease of Grhas an important effect on the course of liver ischemic injury.%目的 观察肝缺血损伤与糖皮质激素受体(GR)通路之间的关系,为从提高GR的途径减轻肝

  13. Study of Temperature Field Affected by Blockage Ratio in a Deep Buried Long Tunnel%深埋长大高速铁路隧道阻塞比对温度影响研究

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    朱艳峰; 吴亚平

    2011-01-01

    Because of bad air ventilation, a significant amount of thermal energy from aerodynamic power, air conditioning and auxiliary equipment will not be driven out timely in deep buried long tunnel. As a consequence, the temperature in tunnel would be continual rising. For ensuring security and stability of tunnel structure and normal use of the facilities, a simulation of high-speed train traveling through a deep buried long tunnel has been made. The object of this paper is to present a generalized three-dimensional flow theory which is capable of modeling the effects of interested objects in the tunnel environment. According to the different cross-sectional area ratio of train to that of tunnel, the pressure drag between train nose and train tail, friction drag on train body and the quantity of heat produced by the energy-consuming for working of train against all resistance are evaluated in terms of different blockage ratio.The heating of train drag, train wall friction, auxiliary equipment, train equipment, train braking and pantograph electric arc etc. has also been comprehensively considered, and the energy loss of heat conduction introduced by tunnel wall has been taken into account. The temperature rising and variation with time in the tunnel is predicted and the result can serve as a useful reference for design and ventilation of such kind of tunnel .%由于通风不畅,深埋长隧道中高速列车能耗与空调及隧道中各种电力设备所散发产生的大量热量不能及时排出,会造成隧道内环境温度的持续上升.本文应用三维可压缩流体流动理论,针对列车横截面积与隧道横截面积比值阻塞比的不同,对长隧道内运行的高速列车进行了数值模拟研究,计算了车头车尾的压差阻力,车身表面的摩擦阻力及列车克服全部阻力高速运行所需能耗产生的热量,结合列车辅助设备发热,并考虑隧道与围岩之间的热传递,合理预测了不同阻塞比下高速列车

  14. 输卵管介入复通术后臭氧联合丹参灌注对预防再阻塞的效果观察%Clinical Application of Ozone Joint Danshen Injection to Prevent Re-blockage After Tubal Re-pass Surgery

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    胡文军; 翟健坤

    2011-01-01

    Purpose To observe the clinical application of ozone joint Danshen injection of medical ozone to prevent re-blockage after tubal re-pass.Materials and Methods 32 cases of use of medical ozone combined perfusion Danshen injection treatment to prevent re-blockage after tubal re-pass, and with the conventional treatment group were compared 41 patients with re-blockage rate and pregnancy rate.Results The medical ozone Perfusion Danshen injection group re-blockage rate was 12.9%, pregnancy rate was 46.8 % ;conventional therapy group re-blockage rate was 22.1%, pregnancy rate was 24.3%.Comparing the two groups was statistically different (P<0.05).Conclusion Medical ozone combined infusion Danshen injection to prevent reblockage after tubal re-pass rate and pregnancy rate are superior to conventional treatment group.%目的:观察医用臭氧(O3)联合丹参注射液预防输卵管复通术后再阻塞的临床效果.材料和方法:2006-08~2010-05对东莞市太平人民医院妇科治疗的73例输卵管阻塞性不孕的病人行输卵管介入复通术,通过微导丝和微导管对122条阻塞输卵管进行机械复通并直接造影和注入多种药物.试验组:注入丹参注射液、庆大霉素、α-糜蛋白酶、地塞米松及医用O3;常规治疗组:注入庆大霉素、α-糜蛋白酶及地塞米松.试验组术后采用中医内外治疗,随访12个月,观察输卵管通畅度.结果:医用O3灌注联合丹参注射液组再阻塞率为12.9%,受孕率为46.8%;常规治疗组再阻塞率为22.1%,受孕率为24.3%.两组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论:医用O3灌注联合丹参注射液预防输卵管复通术后再阻塞率与受孕率均优于常规治疗组,值得临床推广应用.

  15. Research progress of hysterosalpingo-contrast sonography in clinical diagnosis of infertility due to tubal blockage%子宫输卵管超声造影术对于临床诊断输卵管堵塞所致不孕症的研究进展

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    陈欣(综述); 罗红(审校)

    2016-01-01

    Infertility is one of the common diseases in women of childbearing age .In China , The incidence of infertility in women of childbearing age is 7% to 10% . Infertility due to tubal diseases accounts for 30% to 50% in female infertility .Therefore ,it is very important to evaluate the tubal patency in the diagnosis of infertility . Hysterosalpingo‐contrast sonography (HyCoSy ) is a technique for diagnosis of tubal patency by observing contrast agent flowing through the uterine cavity ,fallopian tube lumen and pelvic cavity ,which is monitored by ultrasound .HyCoSy which is safe ,convenient and low cost is rapidly developed and becomes a new technique for diagnosing infertility due to tubal blockage in recent years .With the use of the new contrast agent ,real time three‐dimensional and four‐dimensional ultrasound in HyCoSy ,the diagnostic accuracy of HyCoSy in the diagnosis of tubal patency is improved in recent years .This research will focus on the research progress of HyCoSy in clinical diagnosis of infertility due to tubal blockage , especially the new contrast agent ,three‐dimensional and four‐dimensional ultrasound in the diagnosis of infertility due to tubal blockage ,in order to generalize the application of HyCoSy in infertility due to tubal blockage .%不孕症(infertility )是育龄妇女的常见疾病之一,我国育龄妇女不孕症发病率为7%~10%。输卵管疾病导致的不孕症占女性不孕症的30%~50%。因此,评估输卵管通畅性对不孕症的病因诊断十分重要。子宫输卵管超声造影术(HyCoSy )是在超声监测下,实时观察造影剂通过宫腔、输卵管的情况及进入盆腔后的分布情况,对输卵管通畅性进行诊断。 HyCoSy具有安全、操作简便、费用低等优势,成为近年快速发展的临床诊断输卵管堵塞所致不孕症的新技术。近年新型造影剂及三维、四维超声实时显像技术应用于HyCoSy ,提高了HyCoSy对输卵

  16. 10 CFR Appendix K to Part 50 - ECCS Evaluation Models

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    2010-01-01

    ... non-fuel internal hardware shall be taken into account. 7. Pressurized Water Reactor Primary-to... the thermodynamic history in these regions during blowdown. 2. Frictional Pressure Drops. The... acceptable for use in predicting the critical heat flux (CHF) during LOCA transients. The computer programs...

  17. Condition For Strain-Hardening In Ecc Uniaxial Test Specimen

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    Dick-Nielsen, Lars; Stang, Henrik; Poulsen, Peter Noe

    2006-01-01

    and infinite sheets under uniaxial tension. The crack is assumed to be cohesive and the cohesive law applied takes into account fiber as well as mortar properties. It is shown that the maximum crack opening observed during crack propagation in various test specimen geometries is small, 20 m and also small...... compared to typical deformations at peak bridging stress. The requirement of a minimum complementary energy for the fiber bridging curve is found not to be relevant in the aim of controlling the crack opening during crack propagation....

  18. An Efficient Method against Side-Channel Attacks on ECC

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    LIU Shuanggen; HU Yupu; XU Wensheng

    2006-01-01

    Side-channel attacks(SCA) may exploit leakage information to break cryptosystems. In this paper we present a new SCA resistant Elliptic Curve scalar multiplication algorithm. The proposed algorithm, builds a sequence of bit-strings representing the scalar k, characterized by the fact that all bit-strings are different from zero; this property will ensure a uniform computation behavior for the algorithm, and thus will make it secure against simple power analysis attacks(SPA). With other randomization techniques, the proposed countermeasures do not penalize the computation time. The proposed scheme is more efficient than M(O)ller' one, its cost being about 5% to 10% smaller than M(O)ller' one.

  19. Ecce Homo: Science and Society Need Anthropological Collections.

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    Sholts, Sabrina B; Bell, Joshua A; Rick, Torben C

    2016-08-01

    Scientific collections are crucial to understanding the biological and cultural diversity of the Earth. Anthropological collections document the human experience and the interactions between people, ecosystems, and organisms. Unfortunately, anthropological collections are often poorly known by the public and face a variety of threats to their permanent care and conservation.

  20. CAUSE ANALYSIS OF BLOCKAGE OF HEAT EXCHANGER FOR PROCESSING SUIZHONG 36-1 CRUDE AND ONLINE CLEANING STUDY%加工绥中36-1原油时换热器堵塞原因分析及在线清洗研究

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    康东会; 王伟; 吴嫡; 李朋

    2016-01-01

    The problem of high pressure drop and low heat exchange efficiency of heater exchanger when processing Suizhong 36-1 oil is analyzed by element composition,FT-IR,and toluene dissolution test. Combined with the knowledge of crude oil production process and the additives used,the material with cage-like structures caused by polyacrylamide is found to be the reason for heater exchanger block-age. An online clean method,in which the No.1 side cut of atmosphere distillation tower is pumped into the inlet pipeline of crude,is proposed. The commercial application proves that the suggested method is effective and feasible,and has both cost efficiency and energy saving effect.%针对某炼化公司在加工绥中36-1原油时换热器压降增大、换热效率降低的问题,采用元素组成、红外光谱和甲苯溶剂溶解试验等多种手段对堵塞物进行分析,结合油田采油工艺过程及添加的采油助剂,确定加工绥中36-1原油时换热器堵塞物是由聚丙烯酰胺在换热器表面形成笼状结构引起的。针对分析结果,提出将常压塔塔顶油打入原油泵入口的在线解决换热器堵塞的清洗方案,实际应用结果表明该方案有效可行,具有降本增效和节能环保的双重效果。

  1. Spontaneous knot; a rare cause of ventriculoperitoneal shunt blockage.

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    Mohammed, Wail

    2012-02-01

    A 14-year old X linked congenital hydrocephalus presented with unexplained headaches and vomiting. He had external ventricular drain and intracranial pressure monitoring (ICP). Subsequently, he underwent exploration and removal of previously inserted ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts. On retrieval of peritoneal catheters a double knot was noted between his two distal catheters. This case illustrates a rare cause of ventriculoperitoneal shunt malfunction.

  2. Neurological Consequences of Acute and Chronic Cholinergic Blockage.

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    1986-06-02

    marked decrease in the population spike amplitude; this effect was blocked by phentolamine. The action of the indirect acting agonist tyramine was... Food and water were available ad lib. Rats were killed by decapitation. Their brains were removed and placed in oxygenated ice cold (3-5 C) Yamamoto

  3. Rescue endoscopic third ventriculostomy for repeated shunt blockage

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    Puneet K Goyal

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The role of endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV is getting more popular for all types of hydrocephalus. It has several advantages and is also being considered for malfunctioning of ventriculo-peritoneal shunt. A 16-year-old child had fourteen shunt revisions in his life. He was eventually treated with ETV with successful result. Repeated shunt failure can be an additional indication of ETV.

  4. Spontaneous knot; a rare cause of ventriculoperitoneal shunt blockage.

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    Mohammed, Wail

    2011-02-01

    A 14-year old X linked congenital hydrocephalus presented with unexplained headaches and vomiting. He had external ventricular drain and intracranial pressure monitoring (ICP). Subsequently, he underwent exploration and removal of previously inserted ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts. On retrieval of peritoneal catheters a double knot was noted between his two distal catheters. This case illustrates a rare cause of ventriculoperitoneal shunt malfunction.

  5. «Ecce Homo» - иконография образа страдающего Христа в западноевропейской живописи XV-XVII веков

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    БУЛГАКОВА Алина

    2016-01-01

    Статья посвящена анализу библейского сюжета «Се человек» (лат. «Ecce Homo») на примере двух картин из Большого собрания изящных искусств ASG. У одной из работ, ранее атрибутированной фламандской школой XVII века, в результате исследования и обнаружения аналогов удалось уточнить авторство и отнести ее кругу живописца Михиля Кокси II (после 1569 – 1616)....

  6. Evaluation of precipitates used in strainer head loss testing : Part II. precipitates by in-situ aluminum alloy corrosion.

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    Bahn, C.; Kasza, K. E.; Shack, W. J.; Natesan, K. (Nuclear Engineering Division)

    2011-05-01

    Vertical loop head loss tests were performed with 6061 and 1100 aluminum (Al) alloy plates immersed in borated solution at pH = 9.3 at room temperature and 60 C. The results suggest that the potential for corrosion of an Al alloy to result in increased head loss across a glass fiber bed may depend on its microstructure, i.e., the size distribution and number density of intermetallic particles that are present in Al matrix and FeSiAl ternary compounds, as well as its Al release rate. Per unit mass of Al removed from solution, the WCAP-16530 aluminum hydroxide (Al(OH){sub 3}) surrogate was more effective in increasing head loss than the Al(OH)3 precipitates formed in situ by corrosion of Al alloy. However, in choosing a representative amount of surrogate for plant specific testing, consideration should be given to the potential for additional head losses due to intermetallic particles and the apparent reduction in the effective solubility of Al(OH){sub 3} when intermetallic particles are present.

  7. CRAVING FOR BALANCED PUBLIC DECISION-MAKING ON MARKET FAILURE PERTAINING TO THE INTERVENTIONIST ECONOMIC POLICIES STRAINER

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    Bitoiu Teodora

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The research proposes a topic of very high interest for both our national economy and the European economy as it refers to the negative externalities and their role in the economic theory of subsidiarity developed as part of the multilevel governance. The case of the negative externalities represents one of the six situations of market interventions (due to the non Pareto efficient status and, moreover, their specific case (pollution is on the priority list of the European Union (Treaty establishing the European Community (Art. 174/130r – EC Treaty establishing the polluter pays principle (PPP. Romania does not have a broad experience in this area (as it is also a new Member State or if it has it is one that has confirmed our lack of expertise (e.g. the case of the eco-duty. In order to contribute to knowledge building in this field, the project aims at developing a methodology in the area of public decision-making for a particular market failure (externalities/spillovers by appealing to the instruments provided by the multilevel governance vision and its subsidiarity principle so to provide a more efficient relationship between the costs and the benefits of a solid environmental policy. This methodology, imagined as a decision map, must provide a correspondence between the procedural part of the decision-making (correlating the national and the European level and the formal part consisting in a formula that weights the elements that the research finds important. This particular manuscript is a work-in-progress as it puts forward the results we have reached so far as part of a post-doctoral research. The work proves valuable as it substantiates the theoretical framework needed for the final part of the research, which will be testing the decision map. Consequently, this research was undertaken by foraying the field literature and challenging the findings on a theoretical level. It must be underlined that the findings are purely speculative and shall be listed as valid only after performing the data testing. At the same time, we should also add that part of the model has been already validated in a previous research, but the test only targeted a niche-case, namely the eco-duty.

  8. The advantages of laryngeal mask airway inspiration anesthesia combined with brachial plexus blockage in upper limb orthopaedic surgeries%喉罩通气全身麻醉辅助臂丛神经阻滞在上肢手术中的应用

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    徐明; 周懿之; 何绍旋

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨喉罩通气全身麻醉辅助臂丛神经阻滞在上肢手术中的应用.方法 择期行上肢骨折手术患者30例,完全随机分为2组,各15例:喉罩通气全麻辅助臂丛神经阻滞组(A组)和单纯喉罩通气全麻组(B组).A组先予1.6%利多卡因20~25 ml注入患侧肌间沟行臂丛神经阻滞.2组皆以芬太尼1μg/kg、异丙酚2.5 mg/kg诱导后置入喉罩.术中根据患者自主呼吸频率、心率和无创血压以及体动反应调整异氟醚吸人浓度.观察入室(T0)、诱导前(T1)、喉罩置入后3 min(T2)、切皮后1 min(T3)各时点心率、血压、血氧饱和度(SpO2)变化.比较术中潮气量、呼吸频率、呼气末二氧化碳分压(PETCO2)、异氟醚呼气末浓度(ET)、异氟醚最低肺泡有效浓度(MAC)及维持芬太尼用量.记录术后疼痛程度.结果 T2和T3时点A组潮气量[(443.83±52.98)和(450.25±53.92)ml]明显高于B组[(219.00±53.24)和(301.44±60.48)ml,均P<0.01].T3时点A组呼吸频率值[(12.00±0.74)次/min]明显低于B组[(15.11±3.76)次/min,P<0.01],A组PETCO2[(41.5±4.34)mm Hg]低于B组[(46.22±5.73)mm Hg(P<0.05)].T2时点A组异氟醚ET[(1.04±0.37)%]和异氟醚MAC[(0.97±0.33)%]显著低于B组(1.53±0.21)%和(1.44±0.14)%(P<0.01).T3时点A组异氟醚ET[(1.12±0.24)%]和异氟醚MAC[(0.98±0.21)%]低于B组[(1.29±0.15)%和(1.13±0.12)%,P<0.05].A组术后镇痛优于B组(P<0.01).B组拔罩时有3例躁动、1例反流.结论 喉罩通气全麻辅助臂丛神经阻滞在上肢手术麻醉中能有效降低术中吸入麻醉剂浓度,减少术后并发症发生.%Objective To evaluate the advantage of laryngeal mask airway(LMA) inspiration anesthesia combined with brachial plexus blockage (BPB) in upper limb orthopaedic surgeries. Methods Thirty patients were divided randomly into two groups (n = 15). In group A,LMA combined with BPB was adopted,while LMA was used only in group B. In group A,a dosage of 20-25 ml 1.6% lydocaine was adopted in BPB

  9. Optimization of de-oiling from coal water%剩余氨水除油工艺优化

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    张敏

    2016-01-01

    陶瓷膜过滤器在运行过程中由于滤芯堵塞、反冲洗系统故障等原因,除油效率低。采用射流气浮除油工艺和强化静置沉降等措施,提高了除油效率,达到了除油目的。%The de-oiling efficiency of ceramic membrane filter is low due to blockage of strainer core and failure of back flushing system during operation .By adopting of jet flotation de-oiling process and strengthening of settling ,de-oiling efficiency is improved .

  10. Adaptable Security in Wireless Sensor Networks by Using Reconfigurable ECC Hardware Coprocessors

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    J. Portilla; Otero, A.; de la Torre, E.; Riesgo, T.; Stecklina, O.; Peter, S; P. Langendörfer

    2010-01-01

    Specific features of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) like the open accessibility to nodes, or the easy observability of radio communications, lead to severe security challenges. The application of traditional security schemes on sensor nodes is limited due to the restricted computation capability, low-power availability, and the inherent low data rate. In order to avoid dependencies on a compromised level of security, a WSN node with a microcontroller and a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA...

  11. ECC Based Authentication System for Performance Improvement in Security of Cloud

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Recent years have witnessed the trend of Craning cloud-based services for very large scale distribution, content storage and processing. Security and privacy are among top concerns for the public cloud environments. Here new methodology was clopped for assessing the cryptographic key strength. This methodology needs calculation of true economics cost of key retrieval for the most common cryptographic primitives. Valuable insight provided by resulting points over the time in the selection of cryptographic key sizes. Analysis and recommendation of parameter is an very important task for cryptographers, crucially including key size and thus implying key strength, for cryptographic primitives. Then resulting data extrapolated for the Moore’s Law and underlying algorithms by using complexity estimate, more than Moore, Less than Moore in an attempt to assess the longevity of associated keys. In this results in key size recommendations for public-key cryptosystems that over security comparable to popular symmetric cryptosystems; it leads to security estimates in terms of hardware cost or execution time.

  12. The birth of the European Crystallographic Committee (ECC) and of the European Crystallographic Meetings (ECMs)

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    Authier, A.

    2010-01-01

    This article describes the circumstances of the establishment of the European Crystallographic Committee, now the European Crystallographic Association, a regional associate of the IUCr, and of the European Crystallographic Meetings.

  13. ECC Based Threshold Decryption Scheme and Its Application in Web Security

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    ZHANG Xian-feng; ZHANG Feng; QIN Zhi-guang; LIU Jin-de

    2004-01-01

    The threshold cryptography provides a new approach to building intrusion tolerance applications. In this paper, a threshold decryption scheme based elliptic curve cryptography is presented. A zero-knowledge test approach based on elliptic curve cryptography is designed. The application of these techniques in Web security is studied. Performance analysis shows that our scheme is characterized by excellent security as well as high efficiency.

  14. Fault Tolerant Approach for Data Encryption and Digital Signature Based on ECC System

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    ZENG Yong; MA Jian-feng

    2005-01-01

    An integrated fault tolerant approach for data encryption and digital signature based on elliptic curve cryptography is proposed. This approach allows the receiver to verify the sender's identity and can simultaneously deal with error detection and data correction. Up to three errors in our approach can be detected and corrected. This approach has at least the same security as that based on RSA system, but smaller keys to achieve the same level of security. Our approach is more efficient than the known ones and more suited for limited environments like personal digital assistants (PDAs), mobile phones and smart cards without RSA co- processors.

  15. Speleological study of the cavern of the Ecce homo hill, in the municipality of Chimichagua, Cesar

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In the municipality of Chimichagua, Cesar, there is a system of natural caves associated with carbonate sedimentary rocks, which have suffered chemical dissolution and mechanical erosion generating exokarstic and endokarstic processes, which explain the geochemical and morphological phenomena that have given rise to these cavities. This study presents the results of a speleological work performed to the cavern of the Eccehomo Hill, located in the municipality of Chimichagua department of Cesar, concluding that the lithostratigraphic units outside and inside of the cavities are micritic and micritic limestones with fossils that according to the classification of Folk (1974, belong to the Formation Aguas Blancas, of the Cogollo Group. The cavities possess throughout their extension, variety of speleothems, endokarstic process products such as stalactites, moonmilk, castings, flags, sawtooth, found in the walls and ceiling.

  16. Optimized ECC Implementation for Secure Communication between Heterogeneous IoT Devices.

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    Marin, Leandro; Pawlowski, Marcin Piotr; Jara, Antonio

    2015-08-28

    The Internet of Things is integrating information systems, places, users and billions of constrained devices into one global network. This network requires secure and private means of communications. The building blocks of the Internet of Things are devices manufactured by various producers and are designed to fulfil different needs. There would be no common hardware platform that could be applied in every scenario. In such a heterogeneous environment, there is a strong need for the optimization of interoperable security. We present optimized elliptic curve Cryptography algorithms that address the security issues in the heterogeneous IoT networks. We have combined cryptographic algorithms for the NXP/Jennic 5148- and MSP430-based IoT devices and used them to created novel key negotiation protocol.

  17. Edaravone - citicoline comparative study in acute ischemic stroke (ECCS-AIS).

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    Mitta, Manish; Goel, Deepak; Bansal, Krishan K; Puri, Prashant

    2012-11-01

    Two new neuro-protective agents, Edaravone and Citicoline were recently found to be beneficial in acute ischemic stroke (AIS). But there is no study to compare these two agents on same protocol in AIS. This study was aimed to compare these two neuroprotective agents in AIS. All patients of age more than 18 years who presented within 24 hours of acute ischemic stroke were randomly treated with Edaravone (group E), Citicoline (group C) or none (group N) with other standard treatment of AIS. Modified Rankin Scale (MRS) and National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) were recorded on admission and at 3 months. Analysis was done using Anova t test to find out significant difference in outcome at 3 months. P value of < or = 0.05 was labeled as significant. Mean MRS and NIHSS scores at 3 months were lowest in group E (p = 0.000), suggestive of better outcome in this group. After application of severity scale, 15 patients (68.1%) in group-E, 14 (58.3%) in group C and 18 (72%) in group N had moderate to severe stroke (NIHSS of more than 10). When the patients of moderate to severe stroke were analyzed separately at 3 months, patients in group E (mean 4.46 +/- 3.52) had significantly (p = 0.00) better outcome in comparison to group C (mean 10.28 +/- 7.93) and group N (mean 9.38 +/- 6.44). Edaravone was found to be associated with better neurological outcome at 3 months. Citicoline's role as a neuroprotective agent however remains controversial in acute ischaemic stroke.

  18. Equally increased hypercoagulability irrespective of using minimized or conventional ECC systems

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    Steinbrüchel, Ann S; Johansson, Pär I; Rafiq, Sulman;

    2012-01-01

    Minimized extracorporeal circulation systems in coronary artery bypass may have less impairing effect on hematological parameters and bleeding compared to conventional systems. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the use of mini systems does result in an increased postoperative hyper...

  19. Optimized ECC Implementation for Secure Communication between Heterogeneous IoT Devices

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    Leandro Marin

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The Internet of Things is integrating information systems, places, users and billions of constrained devices into one global network. This network requires secure and private means of communications. The building blocks of the Internet of Things are devices manufactured by various producers and are designed to fulfil different needs. There would be no common hardware platform that could be applied in every scenario. In such a heterogeneous environment, there is a strong need for the optimization of interoperable security. We present optimized elliptic curve Cryptography algorithms that address the security issues in the heterogeneous IoT networks. We have combined cryptographic algorithms for the NXP/Jennic 5148- and MSP430-based IoT devices and used them to created novel key negotiation protocol.

  20. On the security of pairing-free certificateless digital signature schemes using ECC

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    Namita Tiwari

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available I cryptanalyze the pairing-free digital signature scheme of Islam et al. which is proven secure against “adaptive chosen message attacks”. I introduce this type of forgery to analyze their scheme. Furthermore, I comment on general security issues that should be considered when making improvements on their scheme. My security analysis is also applicable to other digital signatures designed in a similar manner.

  1. Surface and Microstructural Failures of PET-Coated ECCS Plates by Salmon-Polymer Interaction

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    Ernesto Zumelzu

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The new types of knowledge-intensive, multilayer containers consist of steel plates protected against corrosion by nanometric electrolytic chromium (Cr0 and chromium oxide (Cr2O3 layers chemically bonded to polyethylene terephthalate (PET polymer coating to preserve food. It was observed that after emptying the cans, the salmon adhered to the polymer coating, changing its color, and that this adhesion increased with longer storage times. This work was aimed at determining the product-container interactions and their characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD, confocal Raman and micro-Raman imaging and scanning electron microscopy (SEM analysis. The zones of adhesion showed surface changes, variations in crystallinity and microstructural degradation of the PET coating. In addition, localized damages altering the functional properties of the multilayer system were observed as microcracking in the chromium layers that protect the steel. The degradation undergone was evaluated and characterized at a surface and microstructural level to establish the failure mechanisms, which were mainly associated with the activity of the adhered muscle and its biochemical components. Finally, a recommendation is done to preserve the useful life and functionality of cans for the preservation and efficient use of resources with an impact on recycling and environmental conservancy.

  2. CORNEAL ASTIGMATISM AFTER ECCE: A COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN SILK VERSUS NYLON SUTURE

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRAC T: INTRODUCTION: Cataract as a potent cause of loss of vision in old age persons is probably known since the dawn of human civilization. Post operative astigmatism after cataract extraction remains a big problem for cataract surgeons since Jacques Daviel e ra. Astigmatism is that type of refractive anomaly in which no point focus is formed owing to the unequal refraction of the incident light by the diopteric system of the eye in different meridians. The goal of modern cataract surgery is to produce a pseudo phakic with the quality of vision of a normal phakic eye. Various studies to find out any effect of IOL on post operative astigmatism were carried out but results are controversial. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 60 patients suffering from cataract and fit for extr action were enlisted during the month of August 2008 to February 2009. The general, physical and local examination including preoperative Keratometry, vision and tension were recorded. RESULTS: In the present study, male patients were 38 (63% and female p atients were 22 (37%. Out of the total 60 cases studied, corneo - scleral section of 28 cases (47% were sutured with 10 - 0 nylon suture (Group A while sections of 32 cases were sutured with 8 - 0 black virgin silk suture (Group B.Out of 28 cases of Group A, interrupted sutures were applied in 14 cases (50% (Group A 1 . Cross interrupted sutures were applied in 9 cases (32% Group A 2 , while bootlace continuous sutures were applied in 5 cases (18% (Group A 3 . Out of 32 cases of Group B, interrupted sutures we re applied in 26 cases (80% (Group B 1 , cross interrupted were applied in 3 cases (10% (Group B 2 , while bootlace continuous suture were applied in 3 cases (Group B 3 . In the present series, 19 cases (31% showed with the rule astigmatism, 21 cases (36% showed astigmatism against the rule and 20 cases (33% showed no astigmatism preoperatively, 16 cases were in the range of 0.50D to 1.0D and 12 cases were in the range of 1.0D to 1.50D. CONCLUSION: To conclude the findings, 10 - 0 nylon cross interrupted su tures and 8 - 0 silk cross interrupted sutures are relatively better and causes less degree of postoperative astigmatism in comparison to other suture technique. Decreased postoperative astigmatism can be achieved by posterior limbal incision, small section, limited use of sclera cauterization, proper depth of suture bite and limited use of topical steroids. Type of suture material and suture technique plays a minor role on postoperative astigmatism

  3. Keratometric astigmatism after ECCE in eastern Nepal. Continuous versus interrupted sutures.

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    Sood Archana

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The study aimed to compute and compare the keratometric astigmatism induced by wound closure with continuous and interrupted sutures in conventional extracapsular cataract extraction with intraocular lens implantation at a single centre in eastern Nepal. Methods: Sixty eyes of 60 patients were included in the study. All patients received conventional extracapsular cataract extraction and single piece modified C-loop posterior chamber intraocular lens. Thirty eyes were sutured with continuous (Group 1 and 30 eyes with interrupted sutures (Group 2. The results were analysed by the unpaired student′s t-test. Results: At the end of 6 weeks, Group 1 patients had significantly higher astigmatism (3.53 ± 2.19D compared to Group 2 patients (1.7 ± 1.35. A majority of patients in both groups had with-the-rule astigmatism throughout the postoperative period. Conclusion: Interrupted sutures cause less astigmatism than continuous suture. The factors responsible for high astigmatism in continuous sutures call for further analysis.

  4. Keratometric astigmatism after ECCE in eastern Nepal. Continuous versus interrupted sutures.

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    Sood, Archana; Thakur, Sanjay Kumar D; Kumar, Sandeep; Badhu, Badri

    2003-03-01

    The study aimed to compute and compare the keratometric astigmatism induced by wound closure with continuous and interrupted sutures in conventional extracapsular cataract extraction with intraocular lens implantation at a single centre in eastern Nepal. Sixty eyes of 60 patients were included in the study. All patients received conventional extracapsular cataract extraction and single piece modified C-loop posterior chamber intraocular lens. Thirty eyes were sutured with continuous (Group 1) and 30 eyes with interrupted sutures (Group 2). The results were analysed by the unpaired student's t-test. At the end of 6 weeks, Group 1 patients had significantly higher astigmatism (3.53 +/- 2.19D) compared to Group 2 patients (1.7 +/- 1.35). A majority of patients in both groups had with-the-rule astigmatism throughout the postoperative period. Interrupted sutures cause less astigmatism than continuous suture. The factors responsible for high astigmatism in continuous sutures call for further analysis.

  5. University and place branding: The case of universities located in ECC (European Capital of Culture) cities

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    Gábor Rekettye; Gyöngyi Pozsgai

    2015-01-01

    In the globalising landscape of higher education more and more universities are going international. These universities are facing growing competition, especially in enrolling international students. International competition forces them to use marketing and especially branding activity. University branding requires that the higher education institutions clearly define their differentiating features. One of the most important differentiating features is the place where the institution is loca...

  6. El mundo del libro: El convento de Santo Ecce-Homo

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    Full Text Available Fray Alberto E. Ariza, O. P., es un infatigable trabajador de la inteligencia. Pertenece a la comunidad de los dominicos, la cual ha hecho tanto bien a la educación y al cristianismo en estas tierras de América. El Padre Ariza no ceja un minuto en su noble tarea de rastrear los orígenes de su Comunidad, y, particularmente lo que ella ha hecho en un Continente eruptivo, violento, cruce de razas, en donde cada columna, templo, obra pictórica, significan el producto elaborado y paciente de almas esforzadas que han pensado largamente en lo intemporal, en todo aquello que pueda servir como eje normativo de la conciencia católica en una época singularmente difícil

  7. Blockage of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1 in the prevention of reperfusion lesion in the skeletal musculature of EPM-1 Wistar rats Bloqueio das moléculas de adesão intercelular-1 (ICAM-1 na prevenção da lesão de reperfusão na musculatura esquelética de ratos Wistar EPM-1

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    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Ischemia-reperfusion lesions are a form of acute inflammation in which leukocytes are considered to play a pivotal role. This study was made with the objective of determining whether the blockage of intracellular adhesion molecule-1, involved in the diapedesis of leukocytes, is efficacious in minimizing this lesions in the skeletal musculature of the posterior limbs of rats. Methods: The juxta-infrarenal aorta of three groups of six adult rats was clipped for six hours. After this, one group was sacrificed (control group and the others underwent 24 hours of reperfusion, one with 0.9% physiological saline (reperfusion group and the other with anti-ICAM-1 monoclonal antibodies (ICAM-1 group. A myeloperoxidase assay was utilized for estimating the infiltrate of neutrophils. Biopsies were obtained to make thin sections of hematoxylin-eosin and NADH. Blood samples were collected for making assays of biochemical parameters (creatinine; potassium; DHL; leukogram; venous pH; CK. Results: The myeloperoxidase levels were raised in the reperfusion (p Objetivo: As lesões de isquemia-reperfusão (I/R são uma forma de inflamação aguda na qual os leucócitos são considerados como tendo um papel fundamental. Este estudo foi feito com o objetivo de determinar se o bloqueio das Moléculas de Adesão Intercelular -1 (ICAM-1, envolvidas na diapedese dos leucócitos, é eficaz em minimizar estas lesões na musculatura esquelética dos membros posteriores de ratos. Métodos: A aorta infra-renal de três grupos de seis ratos adultos foi clampeada por seis horas. Logo após, um grupo foi sacrificado (grupo controle e os outros foram submetidos a 24 horas de reperfusão, um com solução salina fisiológica 0,9% (grupo reperfusão e outro com anticorpos monoclonais anti-ICAM-1 (grupo ICAM-1. A quantificação da enzima mieloperoxidase foi utilizada para estimar o infiltrado de leucócitos na musculatura. Biópsias foram obtidas e coradas com hematoxilina

  8. Analysis on Corrosion Causes of Drum Strainer in a Nuclear Power Plant%某核电厂鼓形滤网腐蚀原因分析

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    林金旭; 廖雪波; 蒋林中; 沈新生

    2015-01-01

    在对某核电厂循环水过滤系统的鼓形滤网进行腐蚀检查过程中,发现鼓形滤网网片底部碳钢骨架不同程度锈蚀,本文从碳钢在海水中的局部腐蚀形式及机理两方面对鼓形滤网骨架腐蚀原因进行简要分析,并提出了降低鼓形滤网腐蚀风险的防腐措施及方法。%During corrosion inspection for the drum screen of Circulating Water Filtration System in a nuclear power plant, It was founded that the Skeleton of the drum screen which under the stainless steel network were serious corroded.The cause which is the corroded Skeleton of the drum screen was Briefly analysed by Forms and mechanism of carbon steel local corrosion in seawater , The measures and methods were advanced to reduce the corrosion risk of the Skeleton of the drum screen in this artide.

  9. Investigation of Fuel Oil/Lube Oil Spray Fires On Board Vessels. Volume I.

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    case, a temporary change to a duplex strainer defeated an original safeguard ( safety pin ) provided by the manufacturer. This eventually led to an oil...strainer elements. In NTSB01, a temporary change to the strainer defeated an original safeguard ( safety pin ) provided by the manufacturer. This eventually...a temporary change to a duplex strainer defeated an original safeguard ( safety pin ) provided by the manufacturer. This eventually led to an oil

  10. Policy dispatching to avoid blockages in flexible manufacturing cells type multi-reentrant

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    Murillo-Soto, Luis Diego

    2013-01-01

    A Flexible Manufacturing Cell (FMC) can be modeled using relevant theory of discrete event systems.  The FMC integrates a set of resources, operations and materials that was combined to product processing.  If those resources are not adequately controlled, the FMC will be blocked. In order to avoid such blocking, this paper presents four guidelines to build a resource allocation policy from basic study of circular wait and production priorities. To develop a theoretical CMF raised by Peng and...

  11. Blockage of Peripheral NPY Y1 and Y2 Receptors Modulates Barorefex Sensitivity of Diabetic Rats

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Abnormal baroreceptor reflex sensitivity (BRS and elevated plasma neuropeptide Y (NPY are prevalent in diabetic patients. The present study was conducted to determine whether NPY Y1 receptor (Y1R and NPY Y2 receptor (Y2R contribute to the regulatin of BRS in diabetic rats. Methods: Diabetes mellitus (DM rats with hyperlipidemia were developed by an emulsion diet enriched with fat, sucrose and fructose followed by streptozocin (STZ. Y1R and Y2R specific antagonists (BIBP 3226 and BIIE 0246 were administered by a mini-osmotic pump. Systolic blood pressure (SBP, heart rate (HR, BRS and heart functions, as well as the plasma NPY and lipid level were measured after treatment for 4 weeks. Results: Both BIBP 3226 and BIIE 0246 treatment reversed the elevated total cholesterol (TC and low density lipoprotein (LDL-C level, and reduced high density lipoprotein (HDL-C level in DM rats. BIIE 0246 may attenuate the increased triglyceride (TG level in DM rats. In addition, neither BIBP 3226 nor BIIE 0246 treatment produced significant effects on BRS, SBP or HR (P>0.05 in DM rats, even after PE and SNP challenge. However, BIBP 3226 and BIIE 0246 further impaired LVSP, LVEDP, +dp/dtmax and -dp/dtmax. Conclusion: This study provided us with the evidence that the inhibition of peripheral Y1R and Y2R did not affect impaired BRS but amplified the deterioration of the compromised cardiac function in STZ-induced DM rats with hyperlipidemia.

  12. Blockage Testing in the NASA Glenn 225 Square Centimeter Supersonic Wind Tunnel

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    Sevier, Abigail; Davis, David O.; Schoenenberger, Mark

    2017-01-01

    The starting characteristics for three different model geometries were tested in the Glenn Research Center 225 Square Centimeter Supersonic Wind Tunnel. The test models were tested at Mach 2, 2.5 and 3 in a square test section and at Mach 2.5 again in an asymmetric test section. The results gathered in this study will help size the test models and inform other design features for the eventual implementation of a magnetic suspension system.

  13. Understanding the blockages: stakeholder perceptions of greywater reuse in Metro Vancouver.

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    Hennessy, Meaghan Jean

    2009-01-01

    Greywater reuse – using water from sinks, showers and laundry to flush toilets and irrigate landscapes - is often cited as a management technique with potential to increase the efficiency of urban water use. Yet, in spite of government interest and opportunities for water conservation and environmental protection, only approximately 3% of British Columbia’s total wastewater is being recycled. Understanding the barriers to greywater reuse would aid resource managers in designing better policie...

  14. Experimental and Numerical Investigation of the Effect of Rotor Blockage on Wake Expansion

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    Akay, B.; Simao Ferreira, C.J.; Van Bussel, G.J.W.; Tescione, G.

    2010-01-01

    A detailed quantitative description of the aerodynamics of a horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT) is difficult due to complexity of the flow field. Several methods from experimental to analytical are used to investigate the aerodynamics of a HAWT. In the present study, a wind tunnel experiment and co

  15. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may overcome nitric oxide blockage during cyanide intoxication

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    Polzik, Peter; Hansen, Marco Bo; Olsen, Niels Vidiendal

    2017-01-01

    PURPOSE: To determine the effects of a blockade of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis on hyperbaric oxygen (HBO₂) therapy during cyanide (CN) intoxication. METHODS: 39 anesthetized female Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to CN intoxication (5.4 mg/kg intra-arterially) with or without previous nitric oxide...

  16. Arrest of Nuclear Division in Plasmodium through Blockage of Erythrocyte Surface Exposed Ribosomal Protein P2

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    Das, Sudipta; Basu, Himanish; Korde, Reshma; Tewari, Rita; Sharma, Shobhona

    2012-01-01

    Malaria parasites reside inside erythrocytes and the disease manifestations are linked to the growth inside infected erythrocytes (IE). The growth of the parasite is mostly confined to the trophozoite stage during which nuclear division occurs followed by the formation of cell bodies (schizogony). The mechanism and regulation of schizogony are poorly understood. Here we show a novel role for a Plasmodium falciparum 60S stalk ribosomal acidic protein P2 (PfP2) (PFC0400w), which gets exported to the IE surface for 6–8 hrs during early schizogony, starting around 26–28 hrs post-merozoite invasion. The surface exposure is demonstrated using multiple PfP2-specific monoclonal antibodies, and is confirmed through transfection using PfP2-GFP. The IE surface-exposed PfP2-protein occurs mainly as SDS-resistant P2-homo-tetramers. Treatment with anti-PfP2 monoclonals causes arrest of IEs at the first nuclear division. Upon removal of the antibodies, about 80–85% of synchronized parasites can be released even after 24 hrs of antibody treatment. It has been reported that a tubovesicular network (TVN) is set up in early trophozoites which is used for nutrient import. Anti-P2 monoclonal antibodies cause a complete fragmentation of TVN by 36 hrs, and impairs lipid import in IEs. These may be downstream causes for the cell-cycle arrest. Upon antibody removal, the TVN is reconstituted, and the cell division progresses. Each of the above properties is observed in the rodent malaria parasite species P. yoelii and P. berghei. The translocation of the P2 protein to the IE surface is therefore likely to be of fundamental importance in Plasmodium cell division. PMID:22912579

  17. Blockage of receptor-interacting protein 2 expression by small interfering RNA in murine macrophages

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    This study aims to demonstrate that blocking the receptor-interacting protein2(Rip2)expression can decrease inflammatory cytokine production by macrophage and protect mice from endotoxin lethality.Murine Rip2 small interfering RNA(siRNA)plasmids were constructed and transfected into macrophage and Rip2 expression was detected with reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction(RT-PCR)and western blot.Cell proliferation was assayed with MTT.TNF-α concentration was assayed with ELISA and high-mobility group box 1 protein(HMGB1)level with semi-quantitative western blot after lipopolysaccharide(LPS)stimulation.LPS challenge was given after the plasmids were injected into mice and the survival rate was calculated.Rip2 siRNA plasmid could block the mRNA and protein expression of Rip2 and promote cell proliferation.Blocking Rip2 could attenuate LPS-induced TNF-~ and HMGB1 production.The HMGB1 expression in the liver decreased to(40.21±11.03)pg/g,and serum TNF-α level decreased to(300.43±59.26)ng/L(P<0.05).The survival rate of mice from endotoxemia was also improved(P<0.05).The results demonstrate that Rip2 siRNA plasmid can block the expression of Rip2,decrease the production of TNF-α and HMGB1 and protect mice from fatal endotoxemia.

  18. Blockage, trapping and waveguide modes for flexural waves in a semi-infinite double grating

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    2015-01-01

    The paper presents a novel view on the scattering of a flexural wave in a Kirchhoff plate by a semi-infinite discrete system. Blocking and channelling of flexural waves are of special interest. A quasi-periodic two-source Green's function is used in the analysis of the waveguide modes. An additional "effective waveguide" approximation has been constructed. Comparisons are presented for these two methods in addition to an analytical solution for a finite truncated system.

  19. Blockage of caspase-1 activation ameliorates bone marrow inflammation in mice after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Qiao, Jianlin; Wu, Jinyan; Li, Yuanyuan; Xia, Yuan; Chu, Peipei; Qi, Kunming; Yan, Zhiling; Yao, Haina; Liu, Yun; Xu, Kailin; Zeng, Lingyu

    2016-01-01

    Conditioning regimens before hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), cause damage to bone marrow and inflammation. Whether inflammasomes are involved in bone marrow inflammation remains unclear. The study aims to evaluate the role of inflammasomes in bone marrow inflammation after HSCT. On days 7, 14, 21 and 28 after HSCT, mice were sacrificed for analysis of bone marrow inflammation, pro-inflammatory cytokines secretion, inflammasomes expression and caspase-1 activation. Bone marrow inflammation with neutrophils and macrophages infiltration was observed after HSCT. Secretion of IL-1β, IL-18, TNF-α and IL-6 were elevated, with increased caspase-1 activation and inflammasomes expression. Caspase-1 inhibitor administration after HSCT significantly reduced infiltration of neutrophils and macrophages into bone marrow and increased the numbers of megakaryocytes and platelets. In conclusion, inflammasomes activation is involved in bone marrow inflammation after HSCT and caspase-1 inhibition attenuates bone marrow inflammation and promoted hematopoietic reconstitution, suggesting targeting caspase-1 might be beneficial for improving HSCT outcomes.

  20. Blockage of spontaneous Ca2+ oscillation causes cell death in intraerythrocitic Plasmodium falciparum.

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    Full Text Available Malaria remains one of the world's most important infectious diseases and is responsible for enormous mortality and morbidity. Resistance to antimalarial drugs is a challenging problem in malaria control. Clinical malaria is associated with the proliferation and development of Plasmodium parasites in human erythrocytes. Especially, the development into the mature forms (trophozoite and schizont of Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum causes severe malaria symptoms due to a distinctive property, sequestration which is not shared by any other human malaria. Ca(2+ is well known to be a highly versatile intracellular messenger that regulates many different cellular processes. Cytosolic Ca(2+ increases evoked by extracellular stimuli are often observed in the form of oscillating Ca(2+ spikes (Ca(2+ oscillation in eukaryotic cells. However, in lower eukaryotic and plant cells the physiological roles and the molecular mechanisms of Ca(2+ oscillation are poorly understood. Here, we showed the observation of the inositol 1,4,5-trisphospate (IP(3-dependent spontaneous Ca(2+ oscillation in P. falciparum without any exogenous extracellular stimulation by using live cell fluorescence Ca(2+ imaging. Intraerythrocytic P. falciparum exhibited stage-specific Ca(2+ oscillations in ring form and trophozoite stages which were blocked by IP(3 receptor inhibitor, 2-aminoethyl diphenylborinate (2-APB. Analyses of parasitaemia and parasite size and electron micrograph of 2-APB-treated P. falciparum revealed that 2-APB severely obstructed the intraerythrocytic maturation, resulting in cell death of the parasites. Furthermore, we confirmed the similar lethal effect of 2-APB on the chloroquine-resistant strain of P. falciparum. To our best knowledge, we for the first time showed the existence of the spontaneous Ca(2+ oscillation in Plasmodium species and clearly demonstrated that IP(3-dependent spontaneous Ca(2+ oscillation in P. falciparum is critical for the development of the blood stage of the parasites. Our results provide a novel concept that IP(3/Ca(2+ signaling pathway in the intraerythrocytic malaria parasites is a promising target for antimalarial drug development.

  1. Blockage of the Ryanodine Receptor via Azumolene Does Not Prevent Mechanical Ventilation-Induced Diaphragm Atrophy.

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    Erin E Talbert

    Full Text Available Mechanical ventilation (MV is a life-saving intervention for patients in respiratory failure. However, prolonged MV causes the rapid development of diaphragm muscle atrophy, and diaphragmatic weakness may contribute to difficult weaning from MV. Therefore, developing a therapeutic countermeasure to protect against MV-induced diaphragmatic atrophy is important. MV-induced diaphragm atrophy is due, at least in part, to increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS from diaphragm mitochondria and the activation of key muscle proteases (i.e., calpain and caspase-3. In this regard, leakage of calcium through the ryanodine receptor (RyR1 in diaphragm muscle fibers during MV could result in increased mitochondrial ROS emission, protease activation, and diaphragm atrophy. Therefore, these experiments tested the hypothesis that a pharmacological blockade of the RyR1 in diaphragm fibers with azumolene (AZ would prevent MV-induced increases in mitochondrial ROS production, protease activation, and diaphragmatic atrophy. Adult female Sprague-Dawley rats underwent 12 hours of full-support MV while receiving either AZ or vehicle. At the end of the experiment, mitochondrial ROS emission, protease activation, and fiber cross-sectional area were determined in diaphragm muscle fibers. Decreases in muscle force production following MV indicate that the diaphragm took up a sufficient quantity of AZ to block calcium release through the RyR1. However, our findings reveal that AZ treatment did not prevent the MV-induced increase in mitochondrial ROS emission or protease activation in the diaphragm. Importantly, AZ treatment did not prevent MV-induced diaphragm fiber atrophy. Thus, pharmacological inhibition of the RyR1 in diaphragm muscle fibers is not sufficient to prevent MV-induced diaphragm atrophy.

  2. Blockage of the Ryanodine Receptor via Azumolene Does Not Prevent Mechanical Ventilation-Induced Diaphragm Atrophy.

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    Talbert, Erin E; Smuder, Ashley J; Kwon, Oh Sung; Sollanek, Kurt J; Wiggs, Michael P; Powers, Scott K

    2016-01-01

    Mechanical ventilation (MV) is a life-saving intervention for patients in respiratory failure. However, prolonged MV causes the rapid development of diaphragm muscle atrophy, and diaphragmatic weakness may contribute to difficult weaning from MV. Therefore, developing a therapeutic countermeasure to protect against MV-induced diaphragmatic atrophy is important. MV-induced diaphragm atrophy is due, at least in part, to increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) from diaphragm mitochondria and the activation of key muscle proteases (i.e., calpain and caspase-3). In this regard, leakage of calcium through the ryanodine receptor (RyR1) in diaphragm muscle fibers during MV could result in increased mitochondrial ROS emission, protease activation, and diaphragm atrophy. Therefore, these experiments tested the hypothesis that a pharmacological blockade of the RyR1 in diaphragm fibers with azumolene (AZ) would prevent MV-induced increases in mitochondrial ROS production, protease activation, and diaphragmatic atrophy. Adult female Sprague-Dawley rats underwent 12 hours of full-support MV while receiving either AZ or vehicle. At the end of the experiment, mitochondrial ROS emission, protease activation, and fiber cross-sectional area were determined in diaphragm muscle fibers. Decreases in muscle force production following MV indicate that the diaphragm took up a sufficient quantity of AZ to block calcium release through the RyR1. However, our findings reveal that AZ treatment did not prevent the MV-induced increase in mitochondrial ROS emission or protease activation in the diaphragm. Importantly, AZ treatment did not prevent MV-induced diaphragm fiber atrophy. Thus, pharmacological inhibition of the RyR1 in diaphragm muscle fibers is not sufficient to prevent MV-induced diaphragm atrophy.

  3. Subcapsular hematoma of the liver due to intercostal anesthesic blockage after cholecystectomy: case report.

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    Santos Rodrigues, A L; Silva Santana, A C; Crociati Meguins, L; Felgueiras Rolo, D; Lobato Ferreira, M; Ribeiro Braga, C A

    2009-01-01

    The subcapsular hematoma of the liver (SHL) are the results of injuries such as liver needle biopsy, liver trauma, pregnancy illnesses, parasitic diseases and others. The approach of these lesions depends on the various clinical presentations of subcapsular hematoma of the liver because it may be small with minimal clinical repercussion, managed only by ultrasound observation. In some situations the SHL may present large dimensions with hemodinamic instability. A case of subcapsular hematoma of the liver secondary to anesthetic intercostal blockade to control the postoperative pain after cholecystectomy is reported. A 34-year-old woman was submitted to intercostal anesthetic blockade after cholecystectomy for treatment of cholelithiasis. The blockade evolved with pain in right flank followed of mucocutaneous pallor and fall of the haematocrit and hemoglobin levels. At relaparotomy, subcapsular hematoma of the liver was proven and tamponed with compresses. The patient had good postoperative evolution being discharged from hospital, after removing the compresses. In conclusion, the intercostal anesthesic blockade, as any other medical procedure, is not exempt of complications. Therefore, it must be carried through in well selected cases; Anyway nowadays, there are efficient drugs for the control of postoperative pain.

  4. Forward scattering from square cylinders in the resonance region with application to aperture blockage

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    Rusch, W.; Appel-Hansen, Jørgen; Klein, C

    1976-01-01

    The relationship between the induced field ratio (IFR) of a cylinder and aperture blocking of a constant-phase aperture by cylindrical struts is discussed. An analytical technique is presented whereby the IFR of rectangular cylinders can be calculated using the method-of-moments with internal...... constraint points. An experimental technique using a forward-scattering range is used to measure the IFR's of square and circular cylinders in an anechoic chamber. These experimental results are compared with the theory, and their implications on aperture blocking losses and boresight cross polarization...

  5. Interleukin 6 blockage-induced neutropenia in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis and resolved hepatitis B.

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    Chmielińska, Magdalena; Olesińska, Marzena; Felis-Giemza, Anna

    2015-01-01

    The authors present a case report of a 59-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis after documented recovery from hepatitis C (HCV) infection and with resolved HBV infection who has been undergoing successful tocilizumab treatment. The patient experienced moderate to severe neutropenia after consecutive tocilizumab administrations. However, no serious infections or HBV reactivation was recorded during that period.

  6. Lumbosacral pain caused by blockage of dynamic vertebrogenic segments of thoracolumbar transition

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    Sead Čebić

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: In the case of the Thoraco-lumbar Junction Syndrome the pain is located in the region of the lumbo-sacral junction. Sudden torsion movements and lifting of objects while the spine is in position of torsion is the cause in most cases. In those cases, a blockade on the  Th11-Th12-L1 vertebrae occurs. The aim of this research was to determine the number of patients with the Low Back Pain whose origin is in the thoracic vertebral dynamic segments, in relation to the total number of patients according to gender, age and profession.Methods: In this retrospective, descrtiptive study we have analyzed patients treated for Lumbosacral syndrome of thoracic origin in private specialist ambulant “Cebic” in Zavidovici during one year period. We analyzed data from patients medical records and history.Results: Total of 1882 patients were treated for the Low Back Pain, of which 67 (3.56% had an origin of the pain in the Thoraco-lumbar Junction. In the analyzed group, there were 49 (73.1% man and 18 (26.8% women. The largest number of males, 21 (42.8%, were between 40-49 years old, while the largest number of woman, 9 (50%, was 20 to 29 years old. Largest number of male patients, 35 (71.8%, were physical workers, while most of the female subjects, 7 (38.8%, were of ce workers.Conclusions: Our research concludes that the number of patients with Low Back Pain of the thoracic origin (3.56% is not disregarded, but these facts are usually overlooked. Therapy for those kinds of patients is in most cases concentrated to the lower segments of the lumbar spine, which gives unsatisfactory therapeutic results.

  7. Effect of pore blockage on adsorption isotherms and dynamics: Anomalous adsorption of iodine on activated carbon

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    Bhatia, S.K.; Liu, F.; Arvind, G.

    2000-04-18

    Isotherm hysteresis and pore-clocking effects of trapped molecules on adsorption dynamics is studied here, using the iodine-carbon system in the 300--343 K temperature range. It is found that a portion of the iodine is strongly adsorbed, and does not desorb, even over very long time scales, while the remainder adsorbs reversibly as a homogeneous monolayer with a Langmuirian isotherm in mesopores. The strongly adsorbed iodine appears to adsorb in micropores and at the mesopore mouths, hindering uptake of the reversible iodine. The uptake data for the adsorption and desorption dynamics of the reversible part is found to be best explained by means of a pore mouth resistance control mechanism. it is concluded that the dynamics of the adsorption and desorption at the pore mouth is important at early stages of the process.

  8. RNAi blockage of desoxyhemigossypol-6-OMT decreases the amounts of methylated sesquiterpenoids in transgenic cotton roots

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    After pathogen attack, plants produce compounds, called phytoalexins that are toxic to microorganisms. In the case of the cotton plant, these include desoxyhemigossypol (dHG), desoxyhemigossypol-6-methyl ether (dMHG), hemigossypol (HG), and hemigossypol-6-methyl ether (MHG), written in the order of...

  9. Antibody SPC-54 provides acute in vivo blockage of the murine protein C system.

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    Burnier, Laurent; Fernández, José A; Griffin, John H

    2013-04-01

    Multiple protective effects of pharmacological activated protein C (APC) are reported in several organ pathologies. To help evaluate the endogenous murine PC system, we characterized a rat monoclonal anti-mouse PC antibody, SPC-54, which inhibited the amidolytic and anticoagulant activities of murine APC by>95%. SPC-54 blocked active site titration of purified APC using the active site titrant, biotinylated FPR-chloromethylketone, showing that SPC-54 blocks access to APC's active site to inhibit all enzymatic activity. A single injection of SPC-54 (10mg/kg) neutralized circulating PC in mice for at least 7days, and immunoblotting and immuno-precipitation with protein G-agarose confirmed that SPC-54 in vivo was bound to PC in plasma. Pre-infusion of SPC-54 in tissue factor-induced murine acute thromboembolism experiments caused a major decrease in mean survival time compared to controls (7min vs. 42.5min, P=0.0016). SPC-54 decreased lung perfusion in this model by 54% when monitored by vascular perfusion methodologies using infrared fluorescence of Evans blue dye. In LD50 endotoxemia murine models, SPC-54 infused at 7hr after endotoxin administration increased mortality from 42% to 100% (PSPC-54 ablates in vitro and in vivo APC protective functions and enzymatic activity. The ability of SPC-54 to block the endogenous PC/APC system provides a powerful tool to understand better the role of the endogenous PC system in murine injury models and in cell bioassays and also to neutralize the enzymatic activities of murine APC in any assay system. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Blockage of transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 alleviates myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury in mice

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    Dong, Qian; Li, Jing; Wu, Qiong-feng; Zhao, Ning; Qian, Cheng; Ding, Dan; Wang, Bin-bin; Chen, Lei; Guo, Ke-Fang; Fu, Dehao; Han, Bing; Liao, Yu-Hua; Du, Yi-Mei

    2017-01-01

    Transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) is a Ca2+-permeable nonselective cation channel and can be activated during ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). This study tested whether blockade of TRPV4 can alleviate myocardial I/R injury in mice. TRPV4 expression began to increase at 1 h, reached statistically at 4 h, and peaked at 24–72 h. Treatment with the selective TRPV4 antagonist HC-067047 or TRPV4 knockout markedly ameliorated myocardial I/R injury as demonstrated by reduced infarct size, decreased troponin T levels and improved cardiac function at 24 h after reperfusion. Importantly, the therapeutic window for HC-067047 lasts for at least 12 h following reperfusion. Furthermore, treatment with HC-067047 reduced apoptosis, as evidenced by the decrease in TUNEL-positive myocytes, Bax/Bcl-2 ratio, and caspase-3 activation. Meanwhile, treatment with HC-067047 attenuated the decrease in the activation of reperfusion injury salvage kinase (RISK) pathway (phosphorylation of Akt, ERK1/2, and GSK-3β), while the activation of survival activating factor enhancement (SAFE) pathway (phosphorylation of STAT3) remained unchanged. In addition, the anti-apoptotic effects of HC-067047 were abolished by the RISK pathway inhibitors. We conclude that blockade of TRPV4 reduces apoptosis via the activation of RISK pathway, and therefore might be a promising strategy to prevent myocardial I/R injury. PMID:28205608

  11. A neW LeAdershiP for A neW eccLesioLogy

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    a changed leadership style. sporadic efforts have been made in various parts of the world to ... call all the shots (gardner 1990:xixiii). one of the major assertions of green leaf's theory ..... greenleaf's sociological angle on leadership as service is paralleled theo logically by .... On leadership. new york: The free Press. GInI, A.

  12. ANODR-ECC Key Management protocol with TELNET to secure Application and Network layer for Mobile Adhoc Networks

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    G.Padmavathi

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available A mobile ad hoc network (MANETs is a self-organizing network that consists of mobile nodes that are connected through wireless media. A number of unique features, such as lack of infrastructural or central administrative supports, dynamic network topologies, open communication channels, and limited device capabilities and bandwidths, have made secure, reliable and efficient routing operations in MANET a challenging task. The ultimate goal of the security solutions for MANET is to provide security services, such as authentication, confidentiality, integrity, anonymity, and availability to mobile users. To achieve the goals, the security solution need for entire protocol stack. . The proposed protocol ANODRECC with Telnet provide application layer security and it ensures route anonymity and location privacy and is robust against eavesdropping attack.For route anonymity, it prevents strong adversaries from tracing a packet flow back to its source or destination; for location privacy, it ensures that adversaries cannot discover the real identities of local transmitters. The simulation is done using network simulator qualnet 5.0 for different number of mobile nodes. The proposed model has exposed improved results in terms of Average throughput, Average end to end delay, Average packet delivery ratio and Average jitter.

  13. Ecce Agnus Dei, qui tollit peccata mundi. Sobre los símbolos de Jesucristo en la Edad Media

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    Torres Jiménez, Raquel

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with the symbolic meanings of Agnus Dei in the Middle Ages, its uses, reception and evolution, from the perspective of both religious and cultural history. It makes use of the analysis of the Church Fathers’ texts, Christian medieval literature, theological discourse, biblical exegesis in the medieval context, iconography, objects from churches, as well as the analysis of liturgy and mysticism. The text gives priority to an integral view of the symbol, which, beyond moral analogies, is able to explain the whole history of salvation: Agnus Dei evokes how the salvific facts of the past become present in the Eucharist and extend triumphantly into the future.El artículo trata de los significados simbólicos del Agnus Dei en la Edad Media, sus usos, recepciones y evolución, desde la perspectiva de la historia religiosa y de la historia cultural. Se sirve del análisis de textos de los Padres de la Iglesia, literatura cristiana medieval, discursos teológicos, exégesis bíblica en el contexto medieval, iconografía, objetos de iglesias, liturgia, mística. Se privilegia la visión integral de este símbolo, que, más allá de analogías morales, tiene capacidad para explicar toda la historia de la salvación: el Agnus Dei evoca cómo los hechos salvíficos del pasado se hacen presentes en la eucaristía y se proyectan triunfalmente hacia el futuro.

  14. Rethinking the status of early childhood care and education (ECCE) in rural and urban areas of South Africa.

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    Goduka, I

    1997-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to document the current status of, and to determine the need for, early childhood care and education in South Africa. The study included an assessment of the training needs of child carers and other individuals interested in working with young children in urban and rural areas of the region. A total of 373 African men and women with varied occupations and educational attainment were recruited in the study. A survey methodology was employed to obtain desired information. The study showed that families and communities, who have previously responded to the needs of young children including education, health, and nutrition, could no longer meet these needs because of social and economic dynamics. Training, training centers, infrastructure, and the integration of African culture in early childhood are perceived to be compelling needs. Several recommendations for policy and programs are presented.

  15. The Ecce homo that Ceán Bermúdez bought for Jovellanos and attributed to Francisco Frutet

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    Daniel Crespo Delgado

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The discovery of a painting thought to be lost, described by Juan Agustín Ceán Bermúdez in one of his earliest writings, permits the study of the relevant years he spent in Seville during his youth (1768-1778. It also leads to considerations concerning the invention of the imaginary artist to whom he attributed the painting, the controversial Francisco Frutet.

  16. Methods to homogenize electrochemical concentration cell (ECC) ozonesonde measurements across changes in sensing solution concentration or ozonesonde manufacturer

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    Deshler, Terry; Stübi, Rene; Schmidlin, Francis J.; Mercer, Jennifer L.; Smit, Herman G. J.; Johnson, Bryan J.; Kivi, Rigel; Nardi, Bruno

    2017-06-01

    Ozone plays a significant role in the chemical and radiative state of the atmosphere. For this reason there are many instruments used to measure ozone from the ground, from space, and from balloons. Balloon-borne electrochemical cell ozonesondes provide some of the best measurements of the ozone profile up to the mid-stratosphere, providing high vertical resolution, high precision, and a wide geographic distribution. From the mid-1990s to the late 2000s the consistency of long-term records from balloon-borne ozonesondes has been compromised by differences in manufacturers, Science Pump (SP) and ENSCI (EN), and differences in recommended sensor solution concentrations, 1.0 % potassium iodide (KI) and the one-half dilution: 0.5 %. To investigate these differences, a number of organizations have independently undertaken comparisons of the various ozonesonde types and solution concentrations, resulting in 197 ozonesonde comparison profiles. The goal of this study is to derive transfer functions to allow measurements outside of standard recommendations, for sensor composition and ozonesonde type, to be converted to a standard measurement and thus homogenize the data to the expected accuracy of 5 % (10 %) in the stratosphere (troposphere). Subsets of these data have been analyzed previously and intermediate transfer functions derived. Here all the comparison data are analyzed to compare (1) differences in sensor solution composition for a single ozonesonde type, (2) differences in ozonesonde type for a single sensor solution composition, and (3) the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) and manufacturers' recommendations of 1.0 % KI solution for Science Pump and 0.5 % KI for ENSCI. From the recommendations it is clear that ENSCI ozonesondes and 1.0 % KI solution result in higher amounts of ozone sensed. The results indicate that differences in solution composition and in ozonesonde type display little pressure dependence at pressures ≥ 30 hPa, and thus the transfer function can be characterized as a simple ratio of the less sensitive to the more sensitive method. This ratio is 0.96 for both solution concentration and ozonesonde type. The ratios differ at pressures < 30 hPa such that OZ0. 5%/OZ1. 0 % = 0. 90 + 0. 041 ṡ log10(p) and OZSciencePump/OZENSCI = 0. 764 + 0. 133 ṡ log10(p) for p in units of hPa. For the manufacturer-recommended solution concentrations the dispersion of the ratio (SP-1.0 / EN-0.5 %), while significant, is generally within 3 % and centered near 1.0, such that no changes are recommended. For stations which have used multiple ozonesonde types with solution concentrations different from the WMO's and manufacturer's recommendations, this work suggests that a reasonably homogeneous data set can be created if the quantitative relationships specified above are applied to the non-standard measurements. This result is illustrated here in an application to the Nairobi data set.

  17. Methods to homogenize electrochemical concentration cell (ECC ozonesonde measurements across changes in sensing solution concentration or ozonesonde manufacturer

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    T. Deshler

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Ozone plays a significant role in the chemical and radiative state of the atmosphere. For this reason there are many instruments used to measure ozone from the ground, from space, and from balloons. Balloon-borne electrochemical cell ozonesondes provide some of the best measurements of the ozone profile up to the mid-stratosphere, providing high vertical resolution, high precision, and a wide geographic distribution. From the mid-1990s to the late 2000s the consistency of long-term records from balloon-borne ozonesondes has been compromised by differences in manufacturers, Science Pump (SP and ENSCI (EN, and differences in recommended sensor solution concentrations, 1.0 % potassium iodide (KI and the one-half dilution: 0.5 %. To investigate these differences, a number of organizations have independently undertaken comparisons of the various ozonesonde types and solution concentrations, resulting in 197 ozonesonde comparison profiles. The goal of this study is to derive transfer functions to allow measurements outside of standard recommendations, for sensor composition and ozonesonde type, to be converted to a standard measurement and thus homogenize the data to the expected accuracy of 5 % (10 % in the stratosphere (troposphere. Subsets of these data have been analyzed previously and intermediate transfer functions derived. Here all the comparison data are analyzed to compare (1 differences in sensor solution composition for a single ozonesonde type, (2 differences in ozonesonde type for a single sensor solution composition, and (3 the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO and manufacturers' recommendations of 1.0 % KI solution for Science Pump and 0.5 % KI for ENSCI. From the recommendations it is clear that ENSCI ozonesondes and 1.0 % KI solution result in higher amounts of ozone sensed. The results indicate that differences in solution composition and in ozonesonde type display little pressure dependence at pressures  ≥  30 hPa, and thus the transfer function can be characterized as a simple ratio of the less sensitive to the more sensitive method. This ratio is 0.96 for both solution concentration and ozonesonde type. The ratios differ at pressures < 30 hPa such that OZ0. 5%/OZ1. 0 % =  0. 90 + 0. 041 ⋅ log10(p and OZSciencePump/OZENSCI =  0. 764 + 0. 133 ⋅ log10(p for p in units of hPa. For the manufacturer-recommended solution concentrations the dispersion of the ratio (SP-1.0 / EN-0.5 %, while significant, is generally within 3 % and centered near 1.0, such that no changes are recommended. For stations which have used multiple ozonesonde types with solution concentrations different from the WMO's and manufacturer's recommendations, this work suggests that a reasonably homogeneous data set can be created if the quantitative relationships specified above are applied to the non-standard measurements. This result is illustrated here in an application to the Nairobi data set.

  18. Regenerating mammalian nerve fibres: changes in action potential waveform and firing characteristics following blockage of potassium conductance.

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    Kocsis, J D; Waxman, S G; Hildebrand, C; Ruiz, J A

    1982-12-22

    Extracellular application of potassium channel blocking agents is known to increase the amplitude and duration of the compound action potential in non-myelinated and demyelinated axons, but not in mature mammalian myelinated fibres. In the present study we used intra-axonal and whole nerve recording techniques to study the effects of the potassium channel blocking agent 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) on regenerating rat nerve fibres. Our results indicate that early regenerating (premyelinated) axons show considerable broadening of the action potential after 4-AP application and late regenerating (myelinated) axons give rise to burst activity following a single stimulus after 4-AP application. 4-AP did not affect spike waveform or firing properties of normal mature sciatic nerve fibres. These results demonstrate the importance of potassium conductance in stabilizing firing properties of myelinated regenerating axons.

  19. Blockage of Wnt/β-catenin signaling by quercetin reduces survival and proliferation of B-1 cells in vitro.

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    Novo, Marilia Campos Tavares; Osugui, Lika; dos Reis, Vanessa Oliveira; Longo-Maugéri, Ieda Maria; Mariano, Mario; Popi, Ana Flavia

    2015-01-01

    The Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway has been shown to play an important role in controlling the proliferation, survival and differentiation of hematopoietic cells. Several Wnt/β-catenin signaling components influence hematopoietic cells fate. B-1 cells are self-renewing and spontaneously express both myeloid and lymphoid restricted transcription factors. B-1 lymphocytes play a major role in autoimmunity and are related to CD5(+) B-cell lymphomas and leukemias, such as CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia). Herein, we demonstrate that Wnt/β-catenin pathway is important to B-1 cell survival in vitro. The loss of Wnt signals by quercetin treatment induces a reduction in the proliferation and survival of B-1 cells. Furthermore, the quercetin treatment diminishes IL-6 production by peritoneal cells, a cytokine important to the maintenance of B-1 cells in vitro. Importantly, the IL-6 addition to B-1 cell culture prevents cells from apoptosis, even in the presence of quercetin. These data suggest that a deregulation in β-catenin signals could result in alterations in B-1 cell proliferation and differentiation. The correlation between Wnt/β-catenin and IL-6 could point out a mechanism for the expansion of B-1 cells in autoimmune disease and neoplasia. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  20. Cognitive, emotional and psychosocial functioning of girls treated with pharmacological puberty blockage for idiopathic central precocious puberty

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    Slawomir Wojniusz

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Central precocious puberty (CPP develops due to premature activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG axis, resulting in early pubertal changes and rapid bone maturation. CPP is associated with lower adult height and increased risk for development of psychological problems. Standard treatment of CPP is based on postponement of pubertal development by blockade of the HPG axis with gonadotropin releasing hormone analogs (GnRHa leading to abolition of gonadal sex hormones synthesis. Whereas the hormonal and auxological effects of GnRHa are well researched, there is a lack of knowledge whether GnRHa treatment influences psychological functioning of treated children, despite the fact that prevention of psychological problems is used as one of the main reasons for treatment initiation. In the present study we seek to address this issue by exploring differences in cognitive function, behavior, emotional reactivity, and psychosocial problems between GnRHa treated CPP girls and age-matched controls.Fifteen girls with idiopathic CPP; median age 10.4 years, treated with slow-release GnRHa (triptorelin acetate – Decapeptyl SR ® 11.25 and 15 age-matched controls, were assessed with a comprehensive test battery consisting of paper and pencil tests, computerized tasks, behavioral paradigms, heart rate variability, and questionnaires filled in by the children’s parents. Both groups showed very similar scores with regard to cognitive performance, behavioral and psychosocial problems. Compared to controls, treated girls displayed significantly higher emotional reactivity (p = 0.016; Cohen’s d = 1.04 on one of the two emotional reactivity task conditions. Unexpectedly, the CPP group showed significantly lower resting heart rates than the controls (p = 0.004; Cohen’s d = 1.03; lower heart rate was associated with longer treatment duration (r = - 0.582, p = 0.037. The results suggest that GnRHa treated CPP girls do not differ in their cognitive or psychosocial functioning from age matched controls. However, they might process emotional stimuli differently. The unexpected finding of lower heart rate that was associated with longer duration of the treatment should be further explored by methods appropriate for assessment of cardiac health.

  1. Identification of small molecule inhibitors of the Lin28-mediated blockage of pre-let-7g processing.

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    Lightfoot, Helen L; Miska, Eric A; Balasubramanian, Shankar

    2016-11-02

    The protein Lin28 and microRNA let-7 play critical roles in mammalian development and human disease. Lin28 inhibits let-7 biogenesis through direct interaction with let-7 precursors (pre-let-7). Accumulating evidence in vitro and in vivo suggests this interaction plays a dominant role in embryonic stem cell self-renewal and tumorigenesis. Thus the Lin28-let-7 interaction might be an attractive drug target, if not for the well-known difficulties in targeting protein-RNA interactions with drugs. The identification and development of suitable probe molecules to further elucidate therapeutic potential, as well as mechanistic details of this pathway will be valuable. We report the development and application of a biophysical high-throughput screening assay for the identification of small molecule inhibitors of the Lin28-pre-let-7 interaction. A library of pharmacologically active small molecules was screened and several small molecule inhibitors were identified and biochemically validated. Of these four validated inhibitors, two compounds successfully restored processing of pre-let-7g in the presence of Lin28, validating the concept. Thus, we have identified examples of small molecule inhibitors of the interaction between Lin28 and pre-let-7. This study provides a proof of concept for small molecule inhibitors that antagonise the effects of Lin28 and enhance processing of let-7 miRNA.

  2. Zinc Induced G2/M Blockage is p53 and p21 Dependent in Normal Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells

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    The involvement of the p53 and p21 signal pathway in the G2/M cell cycle progression of zinc supplemented normal human bronchial epithelial (NHBE) cells was examined using the siRNA approach. Cells were cultured for one passage in different concentrations of zinc: <0.4 microM (ZD) as zinc-deficient;...

  3. Blockage of NOX2/MAPK/NF-κB Pathway Protects Photoreceptors against Glucose Deprivation-Induced Cell Death

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    Bin Fan

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Acute energy failure is one of the critical factors contributing to the pathogenic mechanisms of retinal ischemia. Our previous study demonstrated that glucose deprivation can lead to a caspase-dependent cell death of photoreceptors. The aim of this study was to decipher the upstream signal pathway in glucose deprivation- (GD- induced cell death. We mimicked acute energy failure by using glucose deprivation in photoreceptor cells (661W cells. GD-induced oxidative stress was evaluated by measuring ROS with the DCFH-DA assay and HO-1 expression by Western blot analysis. The activation of NOX2/MAPK/NF-κB signal was assessed by Western blot and immunohistochemical assays. The roles of these signals in GD-induced cell death were measured by using their specific inhibitors. Inhibition of Rac-1 and NOX2 suppressed GD-induced oxidative stress and protected photoreceptors against GD-induced cell death. NOX2 was an upstream signal in the caspase-dependent cell death cascade, yet the downstream MAPK pathways were activated and blocking MAPK signals rescued 661W cells from GD-induced death. In addition, GD caused the activation of NF-κB signal and inhibiting NF-κB significantly protected 661W cells. These observations may provide insights for treating retinal ischemic diseases and protecting retinal neurons from ischemia-induced cell death.

  4. STAT3 mutations correlated with hyper-IgE syndrome lead to blockage of IL-6/STAT3 signalling pathway

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    Jianxin He; Jie Shi; Ximing Xu; Wenhua Zhang; Yuxin Wang; Xing Chen; Yuping Du; Ning Zhu; Jing Zhang; Qin Wang; Jinbo Yang

    2012-06-01

    Of all the causes identified for the disease hyper-immunoglobulinemia E syndrome (HIES), a homozygous mutation in tyrosine kinase2 (TYK2) and heterozygous mutations in STAT3 are implicated the defects in Jak/STAT signalling pathway in the pathogenesis of HIES. Mutations of STAT3 have been frequently clinically identified in autosomal-dominant (AD) HIES patients’ cells, and therefore, the genotype of STAT3 has been associated with the phenotype of HIES. Here, we conducted studies on the functional loss of the seven specific STAT3 mutations correlated with ADHIES. Using STAT3-null human colon carcinoma cell line A4 cells, we generated seven mutants of STAT3 bearing single mutations clinically identified in AD-HIES patients’ cells and studied the functional loss of these mutants in IL-6-Jak/STAT3 signalling pathway. Our results show that five STAT3 mutants bearing mutations in the DNA-binding domain maintain the phosphorylation of Tyr705 and the ability of dimerization while the other two with mutations in SH2 domain are devoid of the phosphorylation of Try705 and abrogate the dimerization in response to IL-6. The phosphorylation of Ser727 in these mutants shows diversity in response to IL-6. These mutations eventually converge on the abnormalities of the IL-6/Gp130/Jak2-mediated STAT3 transactivation on target genes, indicative of the dysregulation of JAK/STAT signalling present in HIES.

  5. S-layer proteins from Lactobacillus sp. inhibit bacterial infection by blockage of DC-SIGN cell receptor.

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    Prado Acosta, Mariano; Ruzal, Sandra M; Cordo, Sandra M

    2016-11-01

    Many species of Lactobacillus sp. possess Surface(s) layer proteins in their envelope. Among other important characteristics S-layer from Lactobacillus acidophilus binds to the cellular receptor DC-SIGN (Dendritic Cell-Specific Intercellular adhesion molecule-3-Grabbing Non-integrin; CD209), which is involved in adhesion and infection of several families of bacteria. In this report we investigate the activity of new S-layer proteins from the Lactobacillus family (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus helveticus and Lactobacillus kefiri) over the infection of representative microorganisms important to human health. After the treatment of DC-SIGN expressing cells with these proteins, we were able to diminish bacterial infection by up to 79% in both gram negative and mycobacterial models. We discovered that pre-treatment of the bacteria with S-layers from Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus brevis reduced bacteria viability but also prevent infection by the pathogenic bacteria. We also proved the importance of the glycosylation of the S-layer from Lactobacillus kefiri in the binding to the receptor and thus inhibition of infection. This novel characteristic of the S-layers proteins may contribute to the already reported pathogen exclusion activity for these Lactobacillus probiotic strains; and might be also considered as a novel enzymatic antimicrobial agents to inhibit bacterial infection and entry to host cells.

  6. The role of E-cadherin down-regulation in oral cancer: CDH1 gene expression and epigenetic blockage.

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    Pannone, G; Santoro, A; Feola, A; Bufo, P; Papagerakis, P; Lo Muzio, L; Staibano, S; Ionna, F; Longo, F; Franco, R; Aquino, G; Contaldo, M; De Maria, S; Serpico, R; De Rosa, A; Rubini, C; Papagerakis, S; Giovane, A; Tombolini, V; Giordano, A; Caraglia, M; Di Domenico, M

    2014-01-01

    The prognosis of the oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) patients remains very poor, mainly due to their high propensity to invade and metastasize. E-cadherin reduced expression occurs in the primary step of oral tumour progression and gene methylation is a mode by which the expression of this protein is regulated in cancers. In this perspective, we investigated E-cadherin gene (CDH1) promoter methylation status in OSCC and its correlation with Ecadherin protein expression, clinicopathological characteristics and patient outcome. Histologically proven OSCC and paired normal mucosa were analyzed for CDH1 promoter methylation status and E-cadherin protein expression by methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemistry. Colocalization of E-cadherin with epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor (EGFR) was evidenced by confocal microscopy and by immunoprecipitation analyses. This study indicated E-cadherin protein down-regulation in OSCC associated with protein delocalization from membrane to cytoplasm. Low E-cadherin expression correlated to aggressive, poorly differentiated, high grade carcinomas and low patient survival. Moreover, protein down-regulation appeared to be due to E-cadherin mRNA downregulation and CDH1 promoter hypermethylation. In an in vitro model of OSCC the treatment with EGF caused internalization and co-localization of E-cadherin with EGFR and the addition of demethylating agents increased E-cadherin expression. Low E-Cadherin expression is a negative prognostic factor of OSCC and is likely due to the hypermethylation of CDH1 promoter. The delocalization of E-cadherin from membrane to cytoplasm could be also due to the increased expression of EGFR in OSCC and the consequent increase of E-cadherin co-internalization with EGFR.

  7. Denitrification rate determined by nitrate disapperance is higher than determined by nitrous oxide production with acetylene blockage

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    Yu, Kewei; Struwe, Sten; Kjøller, Annelise;

    2008-01-01

    A mixed beech and spruce forest soil was incubated under potential denitrification assay (PDA) condition with 10% acetylene (C2H2) in the headspace of soil slurry bottles. Nitrous oxide (N2O) concentration in the headspace, as well as nitrate, nitrite and ammonium concentrations in the soil slurr...

  8. Combined aerobic exercise and enzyme replacement therapy rejuvenates the mitochondrial-lysosomal axis and alleviates autophagic blockage in Pompe disease.

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    Nilsson, M I; MacNeil, L G; Kitaoka, Y; Suri, R; Young, S P; Kaczor, J J; Nates, N J; Ansari, M U; Wong, T; Ahktar, M; Brandt, L; Hettinga, B P; Tarnopolsky, M A

    2015-10-01

    A unifying feature in the pathogenesis of aging, neurodegenerative disease, and lysosomal storage disorders is the progressive deposition of macromolecular debris impervious to enzyme catalysis by cellular waste disposal mechanisms (e.g., lipofuscin). Aerobic exercise training (AET) has pleiotropic effects and stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis, antioxidant defense systems, and autophagic flux in multiple organs and tissues. Our aim was to explore the therapeutic potential of AET as an ancillary therapy to mitigate autophagic buildup and oxidative damage and rejuvenate the mitochondrial-lysosomal axis in Pompe disease (GSD II/PD). Fourteen weeks of combined recombinant acid α-glucosidase (rhGAA) and AET polytherapy attenuated mitochondrial swelling, fortified antioxidant defense systems, reduced oxidative damage, and augmented glycogen clearance and removal of autophagic debris/lipofuscin in fast-twitch skeletal muscle of GAA-KO mice. Ancillary AET potently augmented the pool of PI4KA transcripts and exerted a mild restorative effect on Syt VII and VAMP-5/myobrevin, collectively suggesting improved endosomal transport and Ca(2+)- mediated lysosomal exocytosis. Compared with traditional rhGAA monotherapy, AET and rhGAA polytherapy effectively mitigated buildup of protein carbonyls, autophagic debris/lipofuscin, and P62/SQSTM1, while enhancing MnSOD expression, nuclear translocation of Nrf-2, muscle mass, and motor function in GAA-KO mice. Combined AET and rhGAA therapy reactivates cellular clearance pathways, mitigates mitochondrial senescence, and strengthens antioxidant defense systems in GSD II/PD. Aerobic exercise training (or pharmacologic targeting of contractile-activity-induced pathways) may have therapeutic potential for mitochondrial-lysosomal axis rejuvenation in lysosomal storage disorders and related conditions (e.g., aging and neurodegenerative disease).

  9. Botulinum and Tetanus Neurotoxin Induced Blockage of Synaptic Transmission in Networked Cultures of Human and Rodent Neurons

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    2015-11-28

    spontaneous postsynaptic currents The clostridial neurotoxins (CNTs) are a family of closely related bacterial protein toxins that include tetanus...and cleavage of cognate SNARE proteins (Fig. 3D–F). Concentration-response curves were used to estimate toxin concentrations that caused proteolysis...Each BOTOX vial contains stabilizing excipients with 100 or 200 U of “complex” toxin , consisting of BoNT/A associated with naturally associated proteins

  10. Cell-cycle blockage associated with increased apoptotic cells in the thymus of chickens fed on diets high in fluorine.

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    Chen, Tao; Cui, Hengmin; Cui, Yun; Bai, Caimin; Gong, Tao; Peng, Xi

    2011-07-01

    Three hundred 1-day-old Avian broilers were divided into four groups and fed on control diet (fluorine 23 mg/kg) and high-fluorine (F) diets (400 mg/kg, high-F group I; 800 mg/kg, high-F group II; 1200 mg/kg, high-F group III) for 42 days (n = 75/group). The growth index (GI) was obviously decreased in the three high-F groups, which indicated the inhibited development of thymus. Histopathologically, the population of thymocytes was decreased in the thymic lobule in the three high-F groups. As measured by flow cytometry, thymocytes in G(0)/G(1) phase were significantly increased while thymocytes in S phase, G(2) + M phase and proliferating index (PI) value were obviously decreased in the three high-F groups. Also, the percentage of apoptotic thymocytes was greatly increased in the three high-F groups when compared with that of control group. At the same time, the occurrence frequencies of apoptotic thymocyte were markedly increased in the three high-F groups, with the appearance of dilated endoplasmic reticulum in high-F groups II and III ultra-structurally. The results showed that excess dietary F in the range of 400-1200 mg/kg caused histological lesions, G(0)/G(1) arrest and cellular apoptosis in the thymus, which inhibited the development of thymus and finally led to impaired cellular immune function.

  11. Blockage of neddylation modification stimulates tumor sphere formation in vitro and stem cell differentiation and wound healing in vivo.

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    Zhou, Xiaochen; Tan, Mingjia; Nyati, Mukesh K; Zhao, Yongchao; Wang, Gongxian; Sun, Yi

    2016-05-24

    MLN4924, also known as pevonedistat, is the first-in-class inhibitor of NEDD8-activating enzyme, which blocks the entire neddylation modification of proteins. Previous preclinical studies and current clinical trials have been exclusively focused on its anticancer property. Unexpectedly, we show here, to our knowledge for the first time, that MLN4924, when applied at nanomolar concentrations, significantly stimulates in vitro tumor sphere formation and in vivo tumorigenesis and differentiation of human cancer cells and mouse embryonic stem cells. These stimulatory effects are attributable to (i) c-MYC accumulation via blocking its degradation and (ii) continued activation of EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) and its downstream pathways, including PI3K/AKT/mammalian target of rapamycin and RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK, via inducing EGFR dimerization. Finally, MLN4924 accelerates EGF-mediated skin wound healing in mouse and stimulates cell migration in an in vitro culture setting. Taking these data together, our study reveals that neddylation modification could regulate stem cell proliferation and differentiation and that a low dose of MLN4924 might have a therapeutic value for stem cell therapy and tissue regeneration.

  12. Viral receptor blockage by multivalent recombinant antibody fusion proteins: inhibiting human rhinovirus (HRV) infection with CFY196

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    Fang, Fang; Yu, Mang

    .... In this article, we have summarized the recently published work from Perlan Therapeutics, Inc. and others that involves creation of multivalent Fab fusion proteins against the HRV major receptor ICAM-1...

  13. The blockage of ventromedial hypothalamus CRF type 2 receptors impairs escape responses in the elevated T-maze.

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    Silva, Mariana S C F; Souza, Thaissa M O; Pereira, Bruno A; Ribeiro, Daniel A; Céspedes, Isabel C; Bittencourt, Jackson C; Viana, Milena B

    2017-06-30

    In a previous study, the administration of corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF) into the dorsomedial hypothalamus (DMH), a region that modulates defensive reactions, was shown to facilitate elevated T-maze (ETM) avoidance responses, an anxiogenic-like effect. Intra-DMH administration of the CRF type 1 receptor (CRFR1) antagonist antalarmin induced anxiolytic-like effects and counteracted the anxiogenic effects of CRF. The present study further investigates the role played by CRF receptors of the medial hypothalamus in anxiety. For that, male wistar rats were treated with CRFR1 and CRFR2-modulating drugs in the DMH or VMH, another hypothalamic nucleus implicated with defensive and emotional behavior, and tested in the ETM for inhibitory avoidance and escape measurements. In clinical terms, these responses have been respectively related to generalized anxiety and panic disorder. All animals were tested in an open field, immediately after the ETM, for locomotor activity assessment. The results showed that intra-VMH CRF or antalarmin did not alter ETM avoidance or escape performance. Intra-VMH injection of the CRFR2 preferential antagonist antisauvagine-30 or of the selective CRFR2 antagonist astressin 2-B inhibited escape performance, a panicolytic-like effect, without altering avoidance reactions. The CRFR2 agonist urocortin-2 intra-VMH was by itself without effect but blocked the effects of astressin 2-B. None of the drugs administered into the DMH altered ETM measurements. Additionally, none of the compounds altered locomotor activity measurements. These results suggest that VMH CRFR2 modulate a defensive response associated with panic disorder and are of relevance to the better understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying this pathological condition. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Measurement of electron blockage factors for mamma scars; Medida de los factores de bloque de electrones para cicatrices de mama

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    Marques Fraguela, E.; Suero Rodrigo, M. A.

    2011-07-01

    Pencil Beam algorithm XiO CMS scheduler uses the applicator factor, instead of blocking factor in the calculation of monitor units (MU) shaped electron fields. This feature makes the algorithm for calculating an input field the same dose in the beam axis than it would if it were not blocked. It should, therefore, to correct the UM that provides the planner by a factor. The blocks used in electron treatment of the surgical mamma cancers often have a narrow elongated shape following the contour of the scar. Such openings have difficulty measuring the blocking factor with plane-parallel chambers recommended by national and international protocols (eg PTW Roos 34 001) as being so narrow that sometimes the camera is not completely irradiated. In this paper, we study the possibility of using a PTW 30010 Farmer cylindrical chamber for measuring the blocking factor of such openings.

  15. Blockage of transforming growth factor β receptors prevents progression of pig serum-induced rat liver fibrosis

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    Wei Jiang; Chang-Qing Yang; Wen-Bin Liu; Yi-Qing Wang; Bo-Ming He; Ji-Yao Wang

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To test the hypothesis that introduction of antisense TβR Ⅰ and TβR Ⅱ eukaryotic expressing plasmids into a rat model of immunologically induced liver fibrosis might block the action of TGF-β1 and halt the progression of liver fibrosis.METHODS: RT-Nest-PCR and gene recombination techniques were used to construct rat antisense TβR Ⅰ and TβR Ⅱ recombinant plasmids which could be expressed in eukaryotic cells. The recombinant plasmids and empty vector (pcDNA3) were encapsulated by glycosyl-poly-Llysine and then transducted into rats of pig serum-induced liver fibrosis model. Expression of exogenously transfected gene was assessed by Northern blot, and hepatic expressions of TβR Ⅰ and TβR Ⅱ were evaluated by RTPCR and Western blot. We also performed ELISA for serum TGF-β1, hydroxyproline of hepatic tissues, immunohistochemistry for collagen types Ⅰ and Ⅲ, and VG staining for pathological study of the liver tissues.RESULTS: The exogenous antisense TβR Ⅰ and TβR Ⅱ plasmids could be well expressed in vivo, and block mRNA and protein expression of TβR Ⅰ and TβR Ⅱ in the fibrotic liver at the level of mRNA respectively. These exogenous plasmid expressions reduced the level of TGF-β1(antisense TβR Ⅰ group 23.998±3.045 ng/mL, antisense TβR Ⅱ group 23.156±3.131 ng/mL, disease control group 32.960±3.789 ng/mL; F=38.19, 36.73, P<0.01). Compared with disease control group, the contents of hepatic hydroxyproline (antisense TβR Ⅰ group 0.169±0.015 mg/g liver, antisense TβR Ⅱ group 0.167±0.009 mg/g liver,disease control group 0.296±0.026 mg/g liver; F=14.39,15.48, P<0.01) and the deposition of collagen types Ⅰ and Ⅲ decreased in the two antisense treatment groups (antisense TβR Ⅰ group, collagen type Ⅰ 669.90±50.67,collagen type Ⅲ 657.29±49.48; antisense TβR Ⅱ group,collagen type Ⅰ 650.26±51.51, collagen type Ⅲ 661.58±55.28;disease control group, collagen type Ⅰ 1209.44±116.60,collagen type Ⅲ 1175.14±121.44; F=15.48 to 74.89, P<0.01).Their expression also improved the pathologic classification of liver fibrosis models (compared with disease control group, x2=17.14, 17.24, P<0.01). No difference was found in the level of TGF-β1, the contents of hepatic hydroxyproline and collagen types Ⅰ and Ⅲ and pathologic grade between pcDNA3 control group and disease control group or between the two antisense treatment groups (F =0.11 to 1.06, x2=0.13 to 0.16, P>0.05).CONCLUSION: Antisense TβR Ⅰ and TβR Ⅱ recombinant plasmids have certain reverse effects on liver fibrosis and can be used as possible candidates for gene therapy.

  16. Pharmacological blockage of fibro/adipogenic progenitor expansion and suppression of regenerative fibrogenesis is associated with impaired skeletal muscle regeneration

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    Daniela Fiore

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Acute skeletal muscle injury triggers an expansion of fibro/adipogenic progenitors (FAPs and a transient stage of fibrogenesis characterized by extracellular matrix deposition. While the perpetuation of such phase can lead to permanent tissue scarring, the consequences of its suppression remain to be studied. Using a model of acute muscle damage we were able to determine that pharmacological inhibition of FAP expansion by Nilotinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor with potent antifibrotic activity, exerts a detrimental effect on myogenesis during regeneration. We found that Nilotinib inhibits the damage-induced expansion of satellite cells in vivo, but it does not affect in vitro proliferation, suggesting a non cell-autonomous effect. Nilotinib impairs regenerative fibrogenesis by preventing the injury-triggered expansion and differentiation of resident CD45−:CD31−:α7integrin−:Sca1+ mesenchymal FAPs. Our data support the notion that the expansion of FAPs and transient fibrogenesis observed during regeneration play an important trophic role toward tissue-specific stem cells.

  17. Design of the new type of containment sump strainer for the pressurized water reactor nuclear power plant%新型压水堆核电站安全壳地坑过滤器设计

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    姚振农; 江笑克; 吕康

    2014-01-01

    针对原有压水堆核电站安全壳地坑过滤器设计的不合理,以阳江核电1号机组为例,对新型地坑过滤器的设计进行了阐述,主要包括总体布置方案、粗拦截网设计、滤筒设计、汇流槽设计、密封板组件设计、防涡格栅设计、锚固及支撑件设计等内容,以供参考.

  18. Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) / Emergency Core Coolant System (ECCS Evaluation of Risk-Informed Margins Management Strategies for a Representative Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR)

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    Szilard, Ronaldo Henriques [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2016-09-01

    A Risk Informed Safety Margin Characterization (RISMC) toolkit and methodology are proposed for investigating nuclear power plant core, fuels design and safety analysis, including postulated Loss-of-Coolant Accident (LOCA) analysis. This toolkit, under an integrated evaluation model framework, is name LOCA toolkit for the US (LOTUS). This demonstration includes coupled analysis of core design, fuel design, thermal hydraulics and systems analysis, using advanced risk analysis tools and methods to investigate a wide range of results.

  19. Proactive Secret Sharing Scheme Based on ECC%一种基于ECC的动态秘密共享方案

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    范畅; 茹鹏

    2012-01-01

    Secret keepers have to face some tasks of key generation, distribution and verification in many of secret sharing schemes with trusted center. Members have difficulty in determining if the recovered secret is valid when the dealer cheats. Furthermore, those schemes are hard to achieve real proactive property. For the purpose of solving the problems, we proposed a distributed proactive secret sharing scheme based on elliptic curve cryptosystems without the trusted center. Anyone can check sub - shares provided by any members. The proactive property can be well implemented in solving secret updating and sub - shares reusing based on secure multi - party computation simulation method. Finally, the security and efficiency were analyzed in the paper. Experiments prove that; this scheme is of higher theoretical innovation and practical engineering value in terms of safety improvement, efficiency and feasible.%许多秘密共享方案需要一个可信方参与,并完成掌管秘密及子密钥的产生、分发和验证工作,一旦可信方出现欺诈或故障,成员很难判断恢复秘密的真伪,既没有解决秘密更新和子密钥复用问题,更不具有秘密的动态更新和生命期特性.为此提出了基于椭圆曲线密码体制的秘密共享方案,具有分布式和动态特性,不需要第三可信方参与,并解决了秘密更新和子密钥复用问题;利用安全多方计算的仿真方法实现;经实验证明:动态方案在安全性方面有所提高,在效率方面可行,具有较高的理论创新和实践工程价值.

  20. The design and analysis of an ECC Signcryption Scheme%一个ECC签密方案的设计分析

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    胡越梅

    2012-01-01

    Based on the Elliptic Curve Cryptosystem, and by improving the traditional signcryption, this paper designs a new signcryption scheme. Analysis inditates this scheme can resist kinds of attacks, offer forward - security and third party verifica- tion, thus assuring the security and fairness of the system. In addition, the calculation and communication efficiency have been improved, so the scheme has its practical value.%论文基于椭圆曲线密码体制(ECC),对传统签密方案进行改进,设计了一个新的签密方案.分析显示,方案可以抵抗各种攻击,并能同时提供前向安全性和支持第三方验证,保证了系统的安全性和公正性;并提高了计算和通信效率.具备一定的实用价值.

  1. 一种基于AES、ECC和Tate配对的签名加密算法%A SIGNATURE ENCRYPTION ALGORITHM BASED ON AES,ECC AND TATE PAIRING

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    周明星; 周建江; 杨小东; 张贵仓

    2008-01-01

    结合椭圆曲线上的Tate配对和混合加密体制,提出了一种新的签名加密算法,它集密钥交换、数字签名和数据加密解密功能于一体,能完全抵抗生日攻击,既安全又实用,特别适用于电子商务系统.

  2. 留守儿童早期龋的研究现状%The ECC research status of left-behind children

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    刘君武

    2013-01-01

    The left-behind children is a vulnerable groups, which should not be neglected at present stage of our country and the problem of Physiological and psychological is very serious. Early childhood caries is a main disease which influence on children's oral health .There are many factors that affect the disease. This paper wil review and discuss previous literature to Make a summary of Early childhood caries risk factors and status about left-behind children.%  留守儿童是我国现阶段不可忽视的一个弱势群体,生理及心理问题普遍突出。儿童早期龋又是影响儿童口腔健康的重要疾病,发病因素多样。本文将以往文献进行回顾讨论,对留守儿童早期龋现状及病因做一归纳论述。

  3. 尼采伦理学与文学研究:读《瞧!这个人》%Nietzsche's Ethics and Literary Studies: A Reading of Ecce Homo

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    大卫·帕克; 牟芳芳

    2006-01-01

    20世纪七八十年代,后现代主义差异政治主导了文学研究,并把该领域对伦理学和美学价值的关注贬为过时.本文通过引用、评述尼采的自传,借鉴英美当代道德哲学家的论述,反驳了新尼采主义者杰姆逊等人把尼采伦理学看作差异政治代码的误读,指出尼采通过讲述他如何成为自己的故事,不仅对他重新评估一切价值的肯定性伦理学给出了例证,也阐明了伦理学价值与美学价值的紧密联系.

  4. Aldosterone breakthrough caused by chronic blockage of angiotensin II type 1 receptors in human adrenocortical cells: possible involvement of bone morphogenetic protein-6 actions.

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    Otani, Hiroyuki; Otsuka, Fumio; Inagaki, Kenichi; Suzuki, Jiro; Miyoshi, Tomoko; Kano, Yoshihiro; Goto, Junko; Ogura, Toshio; Makino, Hirofumi

    2008-06-01

    Circulating aldosterone concentrations occasionally increase after initial suppression with angiotensin II (Ang II) converting enzyme inhibitors or Ang II type 1 receptor blockers (ARBs), a phenomenon referred to as aldosterone breakthrough. However, the underlying mechanism causing the aldosterone breakthrough remains unknown. Here we investigated whether aldosterone breakthrough occurs in human adrenocortical H295R cells in vitro. We recently reported that bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-6, which is expressed in adrenocortical cells, enhances Ang II- but not potassium-induced aldosterone production in human adrenocortical cells. Accordingly, we examined the roles of BMP-6 in aldosterone breakthrough induced by long-term treatment with ARB. Ang II stimulated aldosterone production by adrenocortical cells. This Ang II stimulation was blocked by an ARB, candesartan. Interestingly, the candesartan effects on Ang II-induced aldosterone synthesis and CYP11B2 expression were attenuated in a course of candesartan treatment for 15 d. The impairment of candesartan effects on Ang II-induced aldosterone production was also observed in Ang II- or candesartan-pretreated cells. Levels of Ang II type 1 receptor mRNA were not changed by chronic candesartan treatment. However, BMP-6 enhancement of Ang II-induced ERK1/2 signaling was resistant to candesartan. The BMP-6-induced Smad1, -5, and -8 phosphorylation, and BRE-Luc activity was augmented in the presence of Ang II and candesartan in the chronic phase. Chronic Ang II exposure decreased cellular expression levels of BMP-6 and its receptors activin receptor-like kinase-2 and activin type II receptor mRNAs. Cotreatment with candesartan reversed the inhibitory effects of Ang II on the expression levels of these mRNAs. The breakthrough phenomenon was attenuated by neutralization of endogenous BMP-6 and activin receptor-like kinase-2. Collectively, these data suggest that changes in BMP-6 availability and response may be involved in the occurrence of cellular escape from aldosterone suppression under chronic treatment with ARB.

  5. Aldosterone breakthrough caused by chronic blockage of angiotensin II type 1 receptors in human adrenocortical cells: Possible involvement of bone morphogenetic protein-6 actions

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    Otani, Hiroyuki; Otsuka, Fumio; Inagaki, Kenichi; Suzuki, Jiro; Miyoshi, Tomoko; KANO, YOSHIHIRO; GOTO, Junko; Ogura, Toshio; Makino, Hirofumi

    2008-01-01

    Circulating aldosterone concentrations occasionally increase after initial suppression with angiotensin II (Ang II) converting enzyme inhibitors or Ang II type 1 receptor blockers (ARBs), a phenomenon referred to as aldosterone breakthrough. However, the underlying mechanism causing the aldosterone breakthrough remains unknown. Here we investigated whether aldosterone breakthrough occurs in human adrenocortical H295R cells in vitro. We recently reported that bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-6...

  6. PERK silence inhibits glioma cell growth under low glucose stress by blockage of p-AKT and subsequent HK2's mitochondria translocation

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    Hou, Xu

    2015-03-12

    Glioma relies on glycolysis to obtain energy and sustain its survival under low glucose microenvironment in vivo. The mechanisms on glioma cell glycolysis regulation are still unclear. Signaling mediated by Double-stranded RNA-activated protein kinase (PKR) - like ER kinase (PERK) is one of the important pathways of unfolded protein response (UPR) which is comprehensively activated in cancer cells upon the hypoxic and low glucose stress. Here we show that PERK is significantly activated in human glioma tissues. PERK silencing results in decreased glioma cell viability and ATP/lactate production upon low glucose stress, which is mediated by partially blocked AKT activation and subsequent inhibition of Hexokinase II (HK2)\\'s mitochondria translocation. More importantly, PERK silenced glioma cells show decreased tumor formation capacity. Our results reveal that PERK activation is involved in glioma glycolysis regulation and may be a potential molecular target for glioma treatment.

  7. RESEARCH AND APPLICATION OF MULTIFUNCTIONAL BLOCKAGE REMOVER ACM-1%多功能解堵剂ACM-1的研究与应用

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    苏春霞; 孙立群; 彭丽英

    2001-01-01

    以混合酸、有机溶剂、表面活性剂和多种助剂为原料,研制了多功能解堵剂ACM-1。文中介绍ACM-1的主要性能、作用原理及现场试验情况。室内研究与现场试验结果表明,ACM-1能有效解除地层堵塞,并可使解堵范围扩展至油藏深部,明显地提高了解堵效果。%ACM-1 is composed of mixing acid,organic solvent,surfactants and some additive.The paper presents the main performance,principle and field application of ACM-1.Through laboratory research and field testing,the result shows that ACM-1 can effectively remove plugging,and can obviously improve plug removal effect.

  8. Blockage of glycolysis by targeting PFKFB3 alleviates sepsis-related acute lung injury via suppressing inflammation and apoptosis of alveolar epithelial cells.

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    Gong, Yuanqi; Lan, Haibing; Yu, Zhihong; Wang, Meng; Wang, Shu; Chen, Yu; Rao, Haiwei; Li, Jingying; Sheng, Zhiyong; Shao, Jianghua

    2017-09-16

    Sepsis-related acute lung injury (ALI) is characterized by excessive lung inflammation and apoptosis of alveolar epithelial cells resulting in acute hypoxemic respiratory failure. Recent studies indicated that anaerobic glycolysis play an important role in sepsis. However, whether inhibition of aerobic glycolysis exhibits beneficial effect on sepsis-induced ALI is not known. In vivo, a cecal ligation and puncture (CLP)-induced ALI mouse model was set up and mice treated with glycolytic inhibitor 3PO after CLP. The mice treated with the 3PO ameliorated the survival rate, histopathological changes, lung inflammation, lactate increased and lung apoptosis of mice with CLP-induced sepsis. In vitro, the exposure of human alveolar epithelial A549 cells to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) resulted in cell apoptosis, inflammatory cytokine production, enhanced glycolytic flux and reactive oxygen species (ROS) increased. While these changes were attenuated by 3PO treatment. Sequentially, treatment of A549 cells with lactate caused cell apoptosis and enhancement of ROS. Pretreatment with N-acetylcysteine (NAC) significantly lowered LPS and lactate-induced the generation of ROS and cell apoptosis in A549 cells. Therefore, these results indicate that anaerobic glycolysis may be an important contributor in cell apoptosis of sepsis-related ALI. Moreover, LPS specifically induces apoptotic insults to A549 cell through lactate-mediated enhancement of ROS. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Differential effects of decoy receptor- and antibody-mediated tumour necrosis factor blockage on FoxP3 expression in responsive arthritis patients

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    Ryder, L. Rebekka; Ryder, Lars P.; Bartels, Else M.;

    2013-01-01

    Our aim was to clarify if anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) drugs have effect on expression of three splice forms of FoxP3 mRNA in blood CD4+ T cells from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients compared with healthy controls. Forty-five rheumatoid arthritis patients treated with anti-TNF therapy were...... investigated in a 12-week prospective cohort study. FoxP3 isoforms, CD25 and CTLA-4 mRNA in blood CD4+ T cells were measured with quantitative real-time PCR. Patients benefitting from the treatment, based on changes in DAS28 scores, revealed a significant decrease in expression of full-length FoxP3 following...... 12 weeks treatment with TNF receptor 2 fusion protein (Etanercept), but not following treatment with anti-TNF antibodies (Adalimumab or Infliximab). A partial normalization of the CTLA-4/FoxP3fl ratio and a correlation between clinical improvement and change in FoxP3 mRNA expression were also seen...

  10. 考虑交通障碍的双车道扩展交通流模型%Extend Two-lane Traffic Flow Model with a Blockage

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    李建锋; 赵靖

    2012-01-01

    借助智能交通系统(ITS),把扩展的车辆跟驰模型应用于双车道,建立根据确定规则进行换道的扩展交通流跟驰模型.通过改变发车车头间距,在开放边界条件下左车道有交通事故发生时,重现实际交通中的交通流现象.数值模拟发现:双车道交通流模型能够有效地抑制交通流阻塞,提高交通流量.%The extended car-following model is applied into two-lane system based on intelligent transportation system application (ITS). Then, an extended model of two-lane traffic in which vehicles change the lane by a deterministic rule is presented. The typical traffic induced by a car accident on the left lane under the open boundary is investigated. The simulation results suggest that the two-lane traffic model can suppress the traffic jam and enhance the traffic flow effectively.

  11. If photoinhibition of soybean photosystem II enhances the hypersensitive response, it is not solely due to blockage of electron transfer flow at D1

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    Previous studies have suggested that photoinhibition, through inactivation of photosystem II (PSII), could be beneficial to plants during defense to pathogens through enhanced reactive oxygen (ROS), especially during the hypersensitive response (HR). In this study, we addressed this question by focu...

  12. Blockage of the Upregulation of Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel Nav1.3 Improves Outcomes after Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury

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    HUANG, XIAN-JIAN; Li, Wei-Ping; Lin, Yong; Feng, Jun-Feng; Jia,Feng; Mao, Qing; Jiang, Ji-yao

    2014-01-01

    Excessive active voltage-gated sodium channels are responsible for the cellular abnormalities associated with secondary brain injury following traumatic brain injury (TBI). We previously presented evidence that significant upregulation of Nav1.3 expression occurs in the rat cortex at 2 h and 12 h post-TBI and is correlated with TBI severity. In our current study, we tested the hypothesis that blocking upregulation of Nav1.3 expression in vivo in the acute stage post-TBI attenuates the seconda...

  13. Blockage of both the extrinsic and intrinsic pathways of diazinon-induced apoptosis in PaTu cells by magnesium oxide and selenium nanoparticles.

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    Shiri, Mahdi; Navaei-Nigjeh, Mona; Baeeri, Maryam; Rahimifard, Mahban; Mahboudi, Hossein; Shahverdi, Ahmad Reza; Kebriaeezadeh, Abbas; Abdollahi, Mohammad

    Diazinon (DZ) is an organophosphorus insecticide that acts as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. It is important to note that it can induce oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation, diabetic disorders, and cytotoxicity. Magnesium oxide (MgO) and selenium nanoparticles (Se NPs) showed promising protection against oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation, cytotoxicity, and diabetic disorders. Therefore, this study was conducted to explore the possible protective mechanisms of MgO and Se NPs against DZ-induced cytotoxicity in PaTu cell line. Cytotoxicity of DZ, in the presence or absence of effective doses of MgO and Se NPs, was determined in human pancreatic cancer cell line (PaTu cells) after 24 hours of exposure by using mitochondrial activity and mitochondrial membrane potential assays. Then, the insulin, proinsulin, and C-peptide release; caspase-3 and -9 activities; and total thiol molecule levels were assessed. Determination of cell viability, including apoptotic and necrotic cells, was assessed via acridine orange/ethidium bromide double staining. Furthermore, expression of 15 genes associated with cell death/apoptosis in various phenomena was examined after 24 hours of contact with DZ and NPs by using real-time polymerase chain reaction. Compared to the individual cases, the group receiving the combination of MgO and Se NPs showed more beneficial effects in reducing the toxicity of DZ. Cotreatment of PaTu cell lines with MgO and Se NPs counteracts the toxicity of DZ on insulin-producing cells.

  14. Blockage of both the extrinsic and intrinsic pathways of diazinon-induced apoptosis in PaTu cells by magnesium oxide and selenium nanoparticles

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    Shiri, Mahdi; Navaei-Nigjeh, Mona; Baeeri, Maryam; Rahimifard, Mahban; Mahboudi, Hossein; Shahverdi, Ahmad Reza; Kebriaeezadeh, Abbas; Abdollahi, Mohammad

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    Diazinon (DZ) is an organophosphorus insecticide that acts as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. It is important to note that it can induce oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation, diabetic disorders, and cytotoxicity. Magnesium oxide (MgO) and selenium nanoparticles (Se NPs) showed promising protection against oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation, cytotoxicity, and diabetic disorders. Therefore, this study was conducted to explore the possible protective mechanisms of MgO and Se NPs against DZ-induced cytotoxicity in PaTu cell line. Cytotoxicity of DZ, in the presence or absence of effective doses of MgO and Se NPs, was determined in human pancreatic cancer cell line (PaTu cells) after 24 hours of exposure by using mitochondrial activity and mitochondrial membrane potential assays. Then, the insulin, proinsulin, and C-peptide release; caspase-3 and -9 activities; and total thiol molecule levels were assessed. Determination of cell viability, including apoptotic and necrotic cells, was assessed via acridine orange/ethidium bromide double staining. Furthermore, expression of 15 genes associated with cell death/apoptosis in various phenomena was examined after 24 hours of contact with DZ and NPs by using real-time polymerase chain reaction. Compared to the individual cases, the group receiving the combination of MgO and Se NPs showed more beneficial effects in reducing the toxicity of DZ. Cotreatment of PaTu cell lines with MgO and Se NPs counteracts the toxicity of DZ on insulin-producing cells. PMID:27920530

  15. Blockage of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase regulates Japanese encephalitis via enhancement of type I/II IFN innate and adaptive T-cell responses.

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    Kim, Seong Bum; Choi, Jin Young; Uyangaa, Erdenebileg; Patil, Ajit Mahadev; Hossain, Ferdaus Mohd Altaf; Hur, Jin; Park, Sang-Youel; Lee, John-Hwa; Kim, Koanhoi; Eo, Seong Kug

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    Japanese encephalitis (JE), a leading cause of viral encephalitis, is characterized by extensive neuroinflammation following infection with neurotropic JE virus (JEV). Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) has been identified as an enzyme associated with immunoregulatory function. Although the regulatory role of IDO in viral replication has been postulated, the in vivo role of IDO activity has not been fully addressed in neurotropic virus-caused encephalitis. Mice in which IDO activity was inhibited by genetic ablation or using a specific inhibitor were examined for mortality and clinical signs after infection. Neuroinflammation was evaluated by central nervous system (CNS) infiltration of leukocytes and cytokine expression. IDO expression, viral burden, JEV-specific T-cell, and type I/II interferon (IFN-I/II) innate responses were also analyzed. Elevated expression of IDO activity in myeloid and neuron cells of the lymphoid and CNS tissues was closely associated with clinical signs of JE. Furthermore, inhibition of IDO activity enhanced resistance to JE, reduced the viral burden in lymphoid and CNS tissues, and resulted in early and increased CNS infiltration by Ly-6C(hi) monocytes, NK, CD4(+), and CD8(+) T-cells. JE amelioration in IDO-ablated mice was also associated with enhanced NK and JEV-specific T-cell responses. More interestingly, IDO ablation induced rapid enhancement of type I IFN (IFN-I) innate responses in CD11c(+) dendritic cells (DCs), including conventional and plasmacytoid DCs, following JEV infection. This enhanced IFN-I innate response in IDO-ablated CD11c(+) DCs was coupled with strong induction of PRRs (RIG-I, MDA5), transcription factors (IRF7, STAT1), and antiviral ISG genes (Mx1, Mx2, ISG49, ISG54, ISG56). IDO ablation also enhanced the IFN-I innate response in neuron cells, which may delay the spread of virus in the CNS. Finally, we identified that IDO ablation in myeloid cells derived from hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) dominantly contributed to JE amelioration and that HSC-derived leukocytes played a key role in the enhanced IFN-I innate responses in the IDO-ablated environment. Inhibition of IDO activity ameliorated JE via enhancement of antiviral IFN-I/II innate and adaptive T-cell responses and increased CNS infiltration of peripheral leukocytes. Therefore, our data provide valuable insight into the use of IDO inhibition by specific inhibitors as a promising tool for therapeutic and prophylactic strategies against viral encephalitis caused by neurotropic viruses.

  16. Blockage of PI3K/PKB/P27kip1 signaling pathway can antagonize 17β-estradiol-induced Ishikawa proliferation and cell cycle progression

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    @@ It is well-known that risk for endometrial adenocar- cinoma increases in patients with high level of estrogen that is unopposed by progestin. And activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)1 and phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase/protein kinase B (PI3K/PKB) pathway are responsible for hormone-dependent cell growth in endometrial carcinoma.2-4 PI3K produces phosphatidylinositol- 3-phosphates by phosphory- lating the D3 hydroxyl of phosphoinositides, leading to membrane translocation of PKB, on which PKB is phosphorylated and activated. Then the activated PKB can stimulate antiapoptotic cellular responses and block apoptotic functions of the cells, thus regulate the apoptosis and proliferation of cell, cell cycle progression, glucose usage, and angiogenesis.

  17. A conceptual model of pore-space blockage in mixed sediments using a new numerical approach, with implications for sediment bed stabilization

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    Bartzke, Gerhard; Huhn, Katrin

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    In mixed sediment beds, erosion resistance can change relative to that of beds composed of a uniform sediment because of varying textural and/or other grain-size parameters, with effects on pore water flow that are difficult to quantify by means of analogue techniques. To overcome this difficulty, a three-dimensional numerical model was developed using a finite difference method (FDM) flow model coupled with a distinct element method (DEM) particle model. The main aim was to investigate, at a high spatial resolution, the physical processes occurring during the initiation of motion of single grains at the sediment-water interface and in the shallow subsurface of simplified sediment beds under different flow velocities. Increasing proportions of very fine sand (D50=0.08 mm) were mixed into a coarse sand matrix (D50=0.6 mm) to simulate mixed sediment beds, starting with a pure coarse sand bed in experiment 1 (0 wt% fines), and proceeding through experiment 2 (6.5 wt% fines), experiment 3 (10.5 wt% fines), and experiment 4 (28.7 wt% fines). All mixed beds were tested for their erosion behavior at predefined flow velocities varying in the range of U 1-5=10-30 cm/s. The experiments show that, with increasing fine content, the smaller particles increasingly fill the spaces between the larger particles. As a consequence, pore water inflow into the sediment is increasingly blocked, i.e., there is a decrease in pore water flow velocity and, hence, in the flow momentum available to entrain particles. These findings are portrayed in a new conceptual model of enhanced sediment bed stabilization.

  18. Blockage of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase regulates Japanese encephalitis via enhancement of type I/II IFN innate and adaptive T-cell responses

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    Background Japanese encephalitis (JE), a leading cause of viral encephalitis, is characterized by extensive neuroinflammation following infection with neurotropic JE virus (JEV). Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) has been identified as an enzyme associated with immunoregulatory function. Although the regulatory role of IDO in viral replication has been postulated, the in vivo role of IDO activity has not been fully addressed in neurotropic virus-caused encephalitis. Methods Mice in which IDO ...

  19. Blockage of epithelial to mesenchymal transition and upregulation of let 7b are critically involved in ursolic acid induced apoptosis in malignant mesothelioma cell

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    Sohn, Eun Jung; Won, Gunho; Lee, Jihyun; Yoon, Sang Wook; Lee, Ilho; Kim, Hee Jeong; Kim, Sung-Hoon

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    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPN), which is caused by asbestos exposure, is one of aggressive lung tumors. In the present study, we elucidated the anti-tumor mechanism of ursolic acid in malignant mesotheliomas. Ursolic acid significantly exerted cytotoxicity in a time and dose dependent manner in H28, H2452 and MSTO-211H mesothelioma cells and inhibited cell proliferation by colony formation assay in a dose-dependent fashion. Also, ursolic acid treatment accumulated the sub-G1 population,...

  20. Blockage of epithelial to mesenchymal transition and upregulation of let 7b are critically involved in ursolic acid induced apoptosis in malignant mesothelioma cell.

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    Sohn, Eun Jung; Won, Gunho; Lee, Jihyun; Yoon, Sang Wook; Lee, Ilho; Kim, Hee Jeong; Kim, Sung-Hoon

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    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPN), which is caused by asbestos exposure, is one of aggressive lung tumors. In the present study, we elucidated the anti-tumor mechanism of ursolic acid in malignant mesotheliomas. Ursolic acid significantly exerted cytotoxicity in a time and dose dependent manner in H28, H2452 and MSTO-211H mesothelioma cells and inhibited cell proliferation by colony formation assay in a dose-dependent fashion. Also, ursolic acid treatment accumulated the sub-G1 population, attenuated the expression of procapase 9, cyclin D1, pAKT, p-glycogen synthase kinase 3-alpha/beta (pGSK3α/β), β-catenin and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NFkB) and also cleaved caspase 3 and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) in mesothelioma cells. Furthermore, ursolic acid treatment blocked epithelial and mesenchymal transition (EMT) molecules by activating E-cadherin as an epithelial marker and attenuating Vimentin, and Twist as mesenchymal molecules. Interestingly, miRNA array revealed that 23 miRNAs (>2 folds) including let-7b and miRNA3613-5p, miRNA134 and miRNA196b were significantly upregulated while 33 miRNAs were downregulated in ursolic acid treated H2452 cells. Furthermore, overexpression of let 7b using let-7b mimics enhanced the antitumor effect of ursolic acid to attenuate the expression of procaspases 3, pro-PARP, pAKT, β-catenin and Twist and increase sub-G1 accumulation in H2452 mesothelioma cells. Overall, our findings suggest that ursolic acid induces apoptosis via inhibition of EMT and activation of let7b in mesothelioma cells as a potent chemotherapeutic agent for treatment of malignant mesotheliomas.

  1. Oxidative stress-induced cell cycle blockage and a protease-independent programmed cell death in  microaerophilic Giardia lamblia

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    Full Text Available Esha Ghosh1, Arjun Ghosh1, Amar Nath Ghosh2, Tomoyoshi Nozaki3, Sandipan Ganguly11Division of Parasitology; 2Division of Electron Microscopy, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Beliaghata, Kolkata, West Bengal, India; 3Division of Parasitology, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, JapanAbstract: Giardia lamblia is a microaerophilic human gastrointestinal parasite and considered as an early-diverged eukaryote. In vitro oxidative stress generation plays a significant role in cell cycle progression and cell death of this parasite. In the present study hydrogen peroxide, metronidazole, and a modified growth medium without cysteine and ascorbic acid have been chosen as oxidative stress-inducing agents. Cell cycle progression has been found to be regulated by different types of oxidative stresses. Apoptosis is not an established pathway in Giardia, which is devoid of ideal mitochondria, but in the present investigation, apoptosis-like programmed cell death has been found by the experiments like AnnexinV-FITC assay, DNA fragmentation pattern, etc. On the contrary, Caspase-9 assay, which confirms the caspase-mediated apoptotic pathway, has been found to be negative in all the stress conditions. Protease inhibitor assay confirmed that, even in absence of any proteases, programmed cell death does occur in this primitive eukaryote. All these results signify a novel pathway of programmed suicidal death in Giardia lamblia under oxidative stress. This is the first demonstration of protease-independent programmed cell death regulation in Giardia exclusive for its own specialties.Keywords: Giardia lamblia, oxidative stress, reactive oxygen species, programmed cell death, apoptosis, early branching eukaryotes

  2. EDRF (endothelium-derived relaxing factor)-release and Ca sup ++ -channel blockage by Magnolol, an antiplatelet agent isolated from Chinese herb Magnolia officinalis, in rat thoracic aorta

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    Teng, Cheming; Yu, Sheumeei; Chen, Chienchih; Huang, Yulin; Huang, Turfu (National Taiwan Univ., Taipei (Taiwan) National Research Institute of Chinese Medicine, Taipei (Taiwan))

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    Magnolol is an antiplatelet agent isolated from Chinese herb Magnolia officinalis. It inhibited norepinephrine-induced phasic and tonic contractions in rat thoracic aorta. At the plateau of the NE-induced tonic contraction, addition of magnolol caused two phases (fast and slow) of relaxation. These two relaxations were concentration-dependent, and were not inhibited by indomethacin. The fast relaxation was completely antagonized by hemoglobin and methylene blue, and disappeared in de-endothelialized aorta while the slow relaxation was not affected by the above treatments. Magnolol also inhibited high potassium-induced, calcium-dependent contraction of rat aorta in a concentration-dependent manner. {sup 45}Ca{sup ++} influx induced by high potassium or NE was markedly inhibited by magnolol. Cyclic GMP, but not PGI{sub 2}, was increased by magnolol in intact, but not in de-endothelialized aorta. It is concluded that magnolol relaxed vascular smooth muscle by releasing endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF) and by inhibiting calcium influx through voltage-gated calcium channels.

  3. Metabolic signatures of Besnoitia besnoiti-infected endothelial host cells and blockage of key metabolic pathways indicate high glycolytic and glutaminolytic needs of the parasite.

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    Taubert, A; Hermosilla, C; Silva, L M R; Wieck, A; Failing, K; Mazurek, S

    2016-05-01

    Besnoitia besnoiti is an obligate intracellular and emerging coccidian parasite of cattle with a significant economic impact on cattle industry. During acute infection, fast-proliferating tachyzoites are continuously formed mainly in endothelial host cells of infected animals. Given that offspring formation is a highly energy and cell building block demanding process, the parasite needs to exploit host cellular metabolism to meet its metabolic demands. Here, we analyzed the metabolic signatures of B. besnoiti-infected endothelial host cells and aimed to influence parasite proliferation by inhibitors of specific metabolic pathways. The following inhibitors were tested: fluoro 2-deoxy-D-glucose and 2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG, DG; inhibitors of glycolysis), 6-diazo-5-oxo-L-norleucin (DON; inhibitor of glutaminolysis), dichloroacetate (DCA; inhibitor of pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase which favorites channeling of glucose carbons into the TCA cycle) and adenosine-monophosphate (AMP; inhibitor of ribose 5-P synthesis). Overall, B. besnoiti infections of bovine endothelial cells induced a significant and infection rate-dependent increase of glucose, lactate, glutamine, glutamate, pyruvate, alanine, and serine conversion rates which together indicate a parasite-triggered up-regulation of glycolysis and glutaminolysis. Thus, addition of DON, FDG, and DG into the cultivation medium of B. besnoiti infected endothelial cells led to a dose-dependent inhibition of parasite replication (4 μM DON, 99.5 % inhibition; 2 mM FDG, 99.1 % inhibition; 2 mM DG, 93 % inhibition; and 8 mM DCA, 71.9 % inhibition). In contrast, AMP had no significant effects on total tachyzoite production up to a concentration of 20 mM. Together, these data may open new strategies for the development of therapeutics for B. besnoiti infections.

  4. A genetic screen for dihydropyridine (DHP-resistant worms reveals new residues required for DHP-blockage of mammalian calcium channels.

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    Trevor C Y Kwok

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    Full Text Available Dihydropyridines (DHPs are L-type calcium channel (Ca(v1 blockers prescribed to treat several diseases including hypertension. Ca(v1 channels normally exist in three states: a resting closed state, an open state that is triggered by membrane depolarization, followed by a non-conducting inactivated state that is triggered by the influx of calcium ions, and a rapid change in voltage. DHP binding is thought to alter the conformation of the channel, possibly by engaging a mechanism similar to voltage dependent inactivation, and locking a calcium ion in the pore, thereby blocking channel conductance. As a Ca(v1 channel crystal structure is lacking, the current model of DHP action has largely been achieved by investigating the role of candidate Ca(v1 residues in mediating DHP-sensitivity. To better understand DHP-block and identify additional Ca(v1 residues important for DHP-sensitivity, we screened 440,000 randomly mutated Caenorhabditis elegans genomes for worms resistant to DHP-induced growth defects. We identified 30 missense mutations in the worm Ca(v1 pore-forming (alpha(1 subunit, including eleven in conserved residues known to be necessary for DHP-binding. The remaining polymorphisms are in eight conserved residues not previously associated with DHP-sensitivity. Intriguingly, all of the worm mutants that we analyzed phenotypically exhibited increased channel activity. We also created orthologous mutations in the rat alpha(1C subunit and examined the DHP-block of current through the mutant channels in culture. Six of the seven mutant channels examined either decreased the DHP-sensitivity of the channel and/or exhibited significant residual current at DHP concentrations sufficient to block wild-type channels. Our results further support the idea that DHP-block is intimately associated with voltage dependent inactivation and underscores the utility of C. elegans as a screening tool to identify residues important for DHP interaction with mammalian Ca(v1 channels.

  5. Blockage of Autophagy in C6 Glioma Cells Enhanced Radiosensitivity Possibly by Attenuating DNA-PK-Dependent DSB Due to Limited Ku Nuclear Translocation and DNA Binding.

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    Liu, C; He, W; Jin, M; Li, H; Xu, H; Liu, H; Yang, K; Zhang, T; Wu, G; Ren, J

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    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most lethal brain tumor and notorious for its resistance to ionizing radiation (IR). Recent evidence suggests that one possible mechanism that enables resistance to IR and protects cells against therapeutic stress is cellular autophagy. The molecular basis for this pro-survival function, however, remains elusive. Herein, we report a molecular mechanism by which IR-induced autophagy accelerates the repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSB). We demonstrate that IR induces the accumulation of autophagosomes, which is accompanied by elevated expression of autophagyrelated genes beclin-1, atg5, atg7, and atg12. Beclin-1 knockdown impaired the induction of IR-mediated autophagy and significantly sensitized glioma cells to radiation therapy in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, our data is the first to demonstrate that the radiosensitizing effect of beclin-1 knockdown may result from the disruption of nuclear translocation and DNA binding activity of Ku proteins and consequent attenuation of DSB repair. Our findings help advance our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying IR-induced autophagy and provide a promising adjunctive therapeutic strategy for the radiosensitization of malignant glioma.

  6. [Influence of cycle length shortening, atropine and beta-receptor blockage on sinus node recovery time (SRT) in patients with healthy sinus node (author's transl)].

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    Runge, M; Wohlberg, H; Luckmann, E; Pantlen, H

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    Sinus node recovery time (SRT) was measured in 30 patients with healthy sinus nodes to examine the influence of the increase in atrial frequency, atropine and beta-receptor blockade. The measurements were performed following pacing with 3 atrial frequencies before and after administration of 1 mg atropine i.v. (13 patients) and 0.4 mg prindolol (Visken) i.v. (17 patients). Total group; Increase of frequency alone caused prolongation of the SRT in 17 patients and shortening in 13 patients. Atropine group: Blockade of the parasympathicus alone induced a highly significant reduction in the SRT. Simultaneous increase in frequency and blockade of the parasympathicus led to greater SRT-shortening during low frequency than with high frequency. This interrelationship of frequency and blockade of the parasympathicus influencing the SRT is statistically significant. Visken-group: Blockade of the sympathicus causes a highly significant prolongation of the SRT. Simultaneous increase in frequency and blockade of the sympathicus led to greater SRT-prolongation during low frequency than with high frequency. This interrelationship of frequency and blockade of the sympathicus influencing the SRT has slight statistical significance. The results are discussed in respect to the electrophysiological influences of atrial cycle length shortening, acetylcholine and catecholamines on the sinus node, the perinodal atrial fibres and the atrial working myocardium.

  7. Blockage of both the extrinsic and intrinsic pathways of diazinon-induced apoptosis in PaTu cells by magnesium oxide and selenium nanoparticles

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    Full Text Available Mahdi Shiri,1,2,* Mona Navaei-Nigjeh,1,3,* Maryam Baeeri,1 Mahban Rahimifard,1 Hossein Mahboudi,4 Ahmad Reza Shahverdi,5 Abbas Kebriaeezadeh,1 Mohammad Abdollahi1,6,7 1Department of Toxicology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, 2School of Medicine, Artesh University of Medical Sciences, 3Department of Tissue Engineering, School of Advanced Technologies in Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 4Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Advanced Technologies in Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 5Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biotechnology Research Center, 6Toxicology Interest Group, USERN, 7Endocrinology & Metabolism Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Diazinon (DZ is an organophosphorus insecticide that acts as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. It is important to note that it can induce oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation, diabetic disorders, and cytotoxicity. Magnesium oxide (MgO and selenium nanoparticles (Se NPs showed promising protection against oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation, cytotoxicity, and diabetic disorders. Therefore, this study was conducted to explore the possible protective mechanisms of MgO and Se NPs against DZ-induced cytotoxicity in PaTu cell line. Cytotoxicity of DZ, in the presence or absence of effective doses of MgO and Se NPs, was determined in human pancreatic cancer cell line (PaTu cells after 24 hours of exposure by using mitochondrial activity and mitochondrial membrane potential assays. Then, the insulin, proinsulin, and C-peptide release; caspase-3 and -9 activities; and total thiol molecule levels were assessed. Determination of cell viability, including apoptotic and necrotic cells, was assessed via acridine orange/ethidium bromide double staining. Furthermore, expression of 15 genes associated with cell death/apoptosis in various phenomena was examined after 24 hours of contact with DZ and NPs by using real-time polymerase chain reaction. Compared to the individual cases, the group receiving the combination of MgO and Se NPs showed more beneficial effects in reducing the toxicity of DZ. Cotreatment of PaTu cell lines with MgO and Se NPs counteracts the toxicity of DZ on insulin-producing cells. Keywords: apoptosis, diazinon, human pancreatic cancer cell line, organophosphorus, toxicity

  8. High Frequency Array Studies of Long Range Lg Propagation and the Causes of Lg Blockage and Attenuation in the Eurasian Continental Craton. Volume 2

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    TELEPHONE (blelude Armn Cde) 131C. OFFICE James Lewkowicz Pd~fO DO FORM 1473. 84 MAR UNCLASSIFIED SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF THIS PAGE (1) Nearly complete...bottom seems to be somewhat undulatory . For all three paths, a very sharp increase in elevation marks the interface between the Southern Barents Basin and

  9. Adenoviral vaccination combined with CD40 stimulation and CTLA-4 blockage can lead to complete tumor regression in a murine melanoma model

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    Sørensen, Maria Rathmann; Holst, Peter J; Steffensen, Maria Abildgaard

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    that the delay in tumor growth can be converted to complete regression and long-term survival in 30-40% of the mice by a booster vaccination plus combinational treatment with agonistic anti-CD40 monoclonal antibodies (mAb) and anti-CTLA-4 mAb. Regarding the mechanism underlying the improved clinical effect......Therapeutic vaccination with replication deficient adenovirus expressing a viral antigen linked to invariant chain was recently found to markedly delay the growth of B16.F10 melanomas expressing the same antigen; however, complete regression of the tumors was never observed. Here we show....... These results indicate that even with a strong tumor vaccine candidate, combinatorial treatment may be required to obtain clinically relevant results....

  10. Quantitative determination of biological activity of botulinum toxins utilizing compound muscle action potentials (CMAP), and comparison of neuromuscular transmission blockage and muscle flaccidity among toxins.

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    Torii, Yasushi; Goto, Yoshitaka; Takahashi, Motohide; Ishida, Setsuji; Harakawa, Tetsuhiro; Sakamoto, Takashi; Kaji, Ryuji; Kozaki, Shunji; Ginnaga, Akihiro

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    The biological activity of various types of botulinum toxin has been evaluated using the mouse intraperitoneal LD(50) test (ip LD(50)). This method requires a large number of mice to precisely determine toxin activity, and so has posed a problem with regard to animal welfare. We have used a direct measure of neuromuscular transmission, the compound muscle action potential (CMAP), to evaluate the effect of different types of botulinum neurotoxin (NTX), and we compared the effects of these toxins to evaluate muscle relaxation by employing the digit abduction scoring (DAS) assay. This method can be used to measure a broad range of toxin activities the day after administration. Types A, C, C/D, and E NTX reduced the CMAP amplitude one day after administration at below 1 ip LD(50), an effect that cannot be detected using the mouse ip LD(50) assay. The method is useful not only for measuring toxin activity, but also for evaluating the characteristics of different types of NTX. The rat CMAP test is straightforward, highly reproducible, and can directly determine the efficacy of toxin preparations through their inhibition of neuromuscular transmission. Thus, this method may be suitable for pharmacology studies and the quality control of toxin preparations.

  11. Concept of a Pitot tube able to detect blockage by ice, volcanic ash, sand and insects, and to clear the tube

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    Jackson, David A.

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    A conceptual coaxial Pitot tube (PT) has been developed using fiber optic sensors combined with actuators to monitor and maintain its correct operation under different environmental conditions. Experiments were performed showing that the dynamic and static tubes can be cleared of ice. It was also demonstrated that the dynamic tube could be cleared of dust and sand which was not the case for the static tube in the coaxial configuration. An approach was proposed to overcome this problem involving a conventional configuration where the static tube was operated independently orthogonal to the dynamic tube, and a second set of sensors and actuators was used. Sensors and associated actuators were developed for temperature and intensity for a linear PT. The aim of this work is to propose a solution for a problem that has caused the loss of the lives of many passengers and crew of aircraft. Resources were not available to test a full implementation of a PT incorporating the proposed modifications.

  12. 46 CFR 56.50-70 - Gasoline fuel systems.

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    ... opening on top for cleaning screens. A drip pan shall be fitted under the strainer. (e) Outlets and drains... cleaning purposes. (f) Fuel suction connections. All fuel suction and return lines shall enter the top...

  13. Extended One-Generation Reproductive Toxicity Test in Rats Exposed to 3-Nitro-1,2,4 Triazol-5-One (NTO), October 2013-March 2014

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    in F1 animals. 5.7 Breeding Procedure Each P female was co-housed in a solid bottom cage with a wire bottom insert with a single, randomly...dissociated by rubbing the tissue against a nylon strainer screen (70 micron; Corning # 352350; Fisher Scientific). The cell suspensions were...thymus portions were recorded. Spleen: To dissociate each spleen, the tissue was rubbed against a sterile nylon strainer screen (70 micron; Corning

  14. The influence of magnetostatic interactions in exchange-coupled composite particles

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    Vokoun, D.; Beleggia, Marco; De Graef, M.;

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    Exchange-coupled composite (ECC) particles are the basic constituents of ECC magnetic recording media. We examine and compare two types of ECC particles: (i) core-shell structures, consisting of a hard-magnetic core and a coaxial soft-magnetic shell and (ii) conventional ECC particles, with a hard...

  15. Evaluation of possible associated factors for early childhood caries and severe early childhood caries: a multicenter cross-sectional survey

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    Özen, B.; van Strijp, A.J.P.; Özer, L.; Olmus, H.; Genc, A.; Cehreli, S.B.

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    Objectives: The present study evaluated associated factors for developing early childhood caries (ECC) and Severe-ECC (S-ECC) in a group of children aged 24–71 months. Potential positive effects of early dental visit on formation of ECC is investigated as well. Study Design: This was a multicenter,

  16. Evaluation of possible associated factors for early childhood caries and severe early childhood caries: a multicenter cross-sectional survey

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    Özen, B.; van Strijp, A.J.P.; Özer, L.; Olmus, H.; Genc, A.; Cehreli, S.B.

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: The present study evaluated associated factors for developing early childhood caries (ECC) and Severe-ECC (S-ECC) in a group of children aged 24–71 months. Potential positive effects of early dental visit on formation of ECC is investigated as well. Study Design: This was a multicenter,

  17. E-commerce Rapid Design and Implementation Based on ECC%基于椭圆曲线密码体制电子商务的快速设计与实现

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    黄剑华; 马婷

    2012-01-01

    Based on the elliptic curve encryption scheme of Elgamal system needs of plaintext embedding ellipse curve and the shortcomings of the existing ECDSA the need for inverse time consuming operation,under the precondition of satisfying security is presented in this paper is not restricted to plaintext must embed elliptic curve encryption scheme of Meneses-Vanstone system and need not be inversed ECDSA solutions,to effectively improve the elliptic curve cryptography in electronic commerce electronic data encryption and digital signature speed.%本文针对椭圆曲线Elgamal体制加密方案需要明文嵌入椭圆曲线的缺点和现有的椭圆曲线数字签名(ECDSA)需要进行求逆的非常耗时运算的瓶颈,在满足安全性的前提下本文提出没有限制明文一定要嵌入椭圆曲线M—V体制的加/解密方案和不需要进行求逆运算椭圆曲线数字签名(ECDSA)方案,有效地提高了椭圆曲线密码体制应用在电子商务中的电子数据加密和数字签名的速度。

  18. El compositor Josep Pons i el llenguatge musical per a la litúrgia de l'ordinarium: "Missa a 4 ÿ a 8 con oboes, violines ÿ trompas sobre l'antífona Ecce Sacerdos Magnus" (1786)

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    Ramirez I Beneyto, Ramon

    2004-01-01

    RESUM L'autor divideix la present tesi en dos grans blocs: el primer dedicat als aspectes històrics, en els quals s'emmarca la figura del personatge estudiat i el segon atenent específicament als aspectes purament tècnics del seu llenguatge musical, mitjançant lestudi de l'obra recuperada. En la primera part es planteja una aproximació a la figura del mestre Pons a partir de la reconstrucció del seu periple vital, des que nasquera a Girona en 1.770 fins que es va produir ...

  19. Ozone profiles obtained by DIAL technique at Maïdo Observatory in La Réunion Island: comparisons with ECC ozone-sondes, ground-based FTIR spectrometer and microwave radiometer measurements

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    Portafaix T.; Godin-Beekmann S.; Payen G.; de Mazière M.; Langerock B.; Fernandez S; Posny F.; Cammas J.P.; Metzger J. M.; Bencherif H.; Vigouroux C.; Marquestaut N.

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    International audience; A DIAL lidar system performing stratospheric ozone profile measurements from 15 to 45 km is installed at Reunion Island (southwest of Indian Ocean). The purpose of this communication is to present this DIAL system mounted now at the new Maïdo Observatory since February 2013, and the ozone profile retrieval. The first stratospheric ozone profiles obtained during 2013 and 2014 will be presented and discussed. Inter-comparison and differences observed with other high vert...

  20. Analysis of ROSA 1.1 test with TRACE code: ECSS water injection under natural circulation conditions; Analisis con el codigo TRACE del test ROSA 1.1: Inyeccion de agua ECCS bajo condiciones de circulacion natural

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    Julibe, A. J.; Munoz-Coba, J. L.; Escriva, A.; Romero, A.

    2010-07-01

    This paper is based on modelling the ROSA 1.1 test by TRACE code. The ROSA 1.1 test presents several natural flow phases in biphasic conditions and this was the cause of this work. Therefore, the aim of this paper is verify the TRACE code ability to simulate such flows using standard components and modules.

  1. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors in preventing remodeling and development of heart failure after acute myocardial infarction: results of the German multicenter study of the effects of captopril on cardiopulmonary exercise parameters (ECCE).

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    Kleber, F X; Sabin, G V; Winter, U J; Reindl, I; Beil, S; Wenzel, M; Fischer, M; Doering, W

    1997-08-04

    Early action of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors after myocardial infarction (MI) has been shown in large scale clinical trials to reduce mortality over the first weeks. However, the mechanisms involved are yet unclear and several trials showed a tendency toward a small, albeit unexpected, rise in cardiogenic shock or mortality. Since cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPX) has become a "gold standard" in assessing the severity of heart failure, we studied--after finishing a pilot trial--the effect of captopril versus placebo in 208 patients who were individually titrated (titrated dose, mean 46/69 mg/day after 7 days/4 weeks, respectively) in order to preserve their blood pressure in the acute phase of myocardial infarction; we followed the development of congestive heart failure (CHF) over 4 weeks by measuring oxygen consumption. After 4 weeks, overall oxygen consumption at the anaerobic threshold (VO2-AT; 13.7 vs 13.1), maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max 19.3 vs 18.9 mL/kg per min) and exercise duration (896 vs 839 sec) showed a nonsignificant difference in favor of the captopril group. The predefined, categorized, combined endpoint of severe heart failure or death (heart failure necessitating ACE inhibition, VO2max 10 patients per 100 treated gained major benefits from this therapy.

  2. Bufalin Reverses HGF-Induced Resistance to EGFR-TKIs in EGFR Mutant Lung Cancer Cells via Blockage of Met/PI3k/Akt Pathway and Induction of Apoptosis

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    Xiao-Hong Kang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs, such as gefitinib and erlotinib, have shown promising therapeutic efficacy in nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC patients harboring epidermal growth factor receptor- (EGFR- activating mutation. However, the inevitable recurrence resulting from acquired resistance has limited the clinical improvement in therapy outcomes. Many studies demonstrate that hepatocyte growth factor- (HGF- Met axis plays an important role in tumor progression and drug sensitivity. HGF may induce resistance to EGFR-TKIs in EGFR mutant lung cancer cells by Met/PI3K/Akt signaling. The purpose of this study was to determine whether bufalin, a major bioactive component of Venenum Bufonis, could reverse HGF-induced resistance to reversible and irreversible EGFR-TKIs in mutant lung cancer cells PC-9, HCC827, and H1975. Our studies showed that bufalin could reverse resistance to reversible and irreversible EGFR-TKIs induced by exogenous HGF in EGFR mutant lung cancer cells by inhibiting the Met/PI3K/Akt pathway and inducing death signaling. These results suggested that bufalin might have a potential to overcome HGF-induced resistance to molecular-targeted drugs for lung cancer.

  3. 血液透析患者中心静脉留置导管堵塞的护理%Nursing Care of the Blockage of the Catheter in Hemodialysis Patients with Central Venous Catheter

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    丁洁; 曹玲芳

    2014-01-01

    Long-term indwel ing central venous catheter from January March to 2014 2013 in our hospital, 44 patients with renal failure hemodialysis therapy for example, strict aseptic operation, through ef ective nursing to prolong tube service life, reduce the incidence of infection, reduce the suffering and economic burden of patients, improve the dialysis patients quality of life.%2013年1月~2014年3月来本院就诊的留置长期中心静脉导管,进行规律血液透析治疗的肾功能衰竭患者44例,严格无菌操作,通过有效的护理来延长导管的使用寿命,减少感染的发生,减轻患者的痛苦和经济负担,提高透析患者的生活质量。

  4. 17β-Estradiol and/or Estrogen Receptor β Attenuate the Autophagic and Apoptotic Effects Induced by Prolonged Hypoxia Through HIF-1α-Mediated BNIP3 and IGFBP-3 Signaling Blockage

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    Dennis Jine-Yuan Hsieh

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: The risk of heart disease is higher in males than in females. However, this advantage of females declines with increasing age, presumably a consequence of decreased estrogen secretion and malfunctioning of the estrogen receptor. We previously demonstrated that 17β-estradiol (E2 prevents cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, autophagy and apoptosis via estrogen receptor α (ERα, but the effects of ERβ on myocardial injury remained elusive. The present paper thus, investigated the cardioprotective effects of estrogen (E2 and ERβ against hypoxia-induced cell death. Methods: Transient transfection of Tet-On ERβ gene construct was used to overexpress ERβ in hypoxia-treated H9c2 cardiomyoblast cells. Results: Our data revealed that IGF1R, Akt phosphorylation and Bcl-2 expression are enhanced by ERβ in H9c2 cells. Moreover, ERβ overexpression reduced accumulation of hypoxia-related proteins, autophagy-related proteins and mitochondria-apoptotic proteins and enhanced the protein levels of Bcl-2, pAkt and Bad under hypoxic condition. In neonatal rat ventricular myocytes (NRVMs, we observed that hypoxia induced cell apoptosis as measured by TUNEL staining, and E2 and/or ERβ could totally abolish hypoxia-induced apoptosis. The suppressive effects of E2 and/or ERβ in hypoxia-treated NRVMs were totally reversed by ER antagonist, ICI. Taken together, E2 and/or ERβ exert the protective effect through repressed hypoxia-inducible HIF-1α, BNIP3 and IGFBP-3 levels to restrain the hypoxia-induced autophagy and apoptosis effects in H9c2 cardiomyoblast cells. Conclusion: The results suggest that females probably could tolerate better prolonged hypoxia condition than males, and E2/ERβ treatment could be a potential therapy to prevent hypoxia-induced heart damage.”

  5. 曲安奈德局部封闭治疗157例肱骨外上髁炎的疗效观察%Curative effect of external humeral epicondylitis treated by local blockage with triamcinolone in 157 cases

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    熊彬; 陈安丽娜

    2007-01-01

    肱骨外上髁炎(俗称网球肘)是一种常见病,其病因较为复杂,最广泛接受的病因是Cyriax等提出的伸肌总腱撕裂,另外滑囊炎,神经血管束绞窄,相关的周围神经嵌压症,肱桡关节的滑膜炎刺激均可成为其病因而产生疼痛。患者主要表现为肱骨外上髁部及肱桡关节附近疼痛不适及上肢功能障碍,持物困难常迁延不愈,影响患者正常生活和工作。我院2006年1月至2007年4月门诊接诊肱骨外上髁炎病人157例,采用曲安奈德局部封闭治疗取得了良好效果,现报告如下。

  6. The Reason Analysis and Nursing of Subclavian Central Venous Catheter Blockage%经锁骨下置入中心静脉导管堵塞原因分析及护理

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    董玲; 陈卉

    2014-01-01

    Through the comparison of central venous catheter and PICC catheter, the central venous catheter advantages, and to analyze the reasons for blocking, give corresponding nursing on its reason.%通过比较中心静脉置管与PICC置管,说明中心静脉置管的优点,并分析其堵塞的原因,就其原因给予相应的护理。

  7. Blockage of the Neonatal Leptin Surge Affects the Gene Expression of Growth Factors, Glial Proteins, and Neuropeptides Involved in the Control of Metabolism and Reproduction in Peripubertal Male and Female Rats.

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    Mela, Virginia; Díaz, Francisca; Lopez-Rodriguez, Ana Belen; Vázquez, María Jesús; Gertler, Arieh; Argente, Jesús; Tena-Sempere, Manuel; Viveros, María-Paz; Chowen, Julie A

    2015-07-01

    Leptin (Lep) is important in the development of neuroendocrine circuits involved in metabolic control. Because both Lep and metabolism influence pubertal development, we hypothesized that early changes in Lep signaling could also modulate hypothalamic (HT) systems involved in reproduction. We previously demonstrated that a single injection of a Lep antagonist (Antag) on postnatal day (PND)9, coincident with the neonatal Lep peak, induced sexually dimorphic modifications in trophic factors and markers of cell turnover and neuronal maturation in the HT on PND13. Here, our aim was to investigate whether the alterations induced by Lep antagonism persist into puberty. Accordingly, male and female rats were treated with a pegylated super Lep Antag from PND5 to PND9 and killed just before the normal appearance of external signs of puberty (PND33 in females and PND43 in males). There was no effect on body weight, but in males food intake increased, subcutaneous adipose tissue decreased and HT neuropeptide Y and Agouti-related peptide mRNA levels were reduced, with no effect in females. In both sexes, the Antag increased HT mRNA levels of the kisspeptin receptor, G protein-coupled recepter 54 (Gpr54). Expression of the Lep receptor, trophic factors, and glial markers were differently affected in the HT of peripubertal males and females. Lep production in adipose tissue was decreased in Antag-treated rats of both sexes, with production of other cytokines being differentially regulated between sexes. In conclusion, in addition to the long-term effects on metabolism, changes in neonatal Lep levels modifies factors involved in reproduction that could possibly affect sexual maturation.

  8. 350 MW超临界直流锅炉空预器堵塞原因分析及处理%Analysis and Treatment of Blockage in Air Preheater of 350 MW Supercritical Once Through Boiler

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    崔鹏

    2016-01-01

    The selective catalytic reduction (SCR) by reducing agent of ammonia (NH3) is used to achieve the purpose of removal of NOx in flue gas in boiler denitration system in Hohhot Thermal Power Plant. In the operation of ammonia and NOx cannot all mix, escape is inevitable, when the escape rate of overweight ammonia and sulfur trioxide in flue gas reaction generated hydrogen sulfate ammonia block in air preheater, due to differential pressure increasing of the air preheater. The application of ammonium hydrogen sulfate physical properties will be ammonia decomposition hydrogen sulfate, air preheater body heat will ammonia gasification hydrogen sulfate, eliminating air preheater clogging. Experience can be used as reference in the same type unit.%呼和浩特热电厂2×350 MW机组锅炉脱硝系统采取选择性催化还原法(SCR),使用还原剂氨(NH3)来达到除去烟气中NOx的目的。运行中氨气和NOx不可能全部混合,逃逸无法避免,当逃逸率超标时,氨气与烟气中三氧化硫反应生成硫酸氢铵堵塞空预器,导致空预器前后差压增大。对此根据硫酸氢铵的物理性质,采用空预器降风量升烟温的方法将硫酸氢铵气化,消除空预器堵塞,经验可供同类型机组参考。

  9. 脱盐水装置之反渗透系统污堵原因解析%Analysis for Reason of Both Pollution and Blockage in Reverse Osmosis of Demineralization Water Plant

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    楚永利; 刘向东; 裴廷记

    2011-01-01

    介绍了脱盐水装置反渗透系统生产运行中产生的污堵现象和相关数据;简述了垢样分析和模拟分析的试验结果;分析了反渗透系统污堵的原因;提出了及时对设备反冲洗、控制药剂用量、调整过滤器等技改方案.结果表明,技改后的反渗透系统运行稳定,不仅解决了污堵问题,而且可节省药剂费和耗材费约260万元/a.

  10. Amelioration of apoptotic events in the skeletal muscle of intra-nigrally rotenone-infused Parkinsonian rats by Morinda citrifolia--up-regulation of Bcl-2 and blockage of cytochrome c release.

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    Narasimhan, Kishore Kumar S; Paul, Liya; Sathyamoorthy, Yogesh Kanna; Srinivasan, Ashokkumar; Chakrapani, Lakshmi Narasimhan; Singh, Abhilasha; Ravi, Divya Bhavani; Krishnan, Thulasi Raman; Velusamy, Prema; Kaliappan, Kathiravan; Radhakrishnan, Rameshkumar; Periandavan, Kalaiselvi

    2016-02-01

    Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative movement disorder with the cardinal symptoms of bradykinesia, resting tremor, rigidity, and postural instability, which lead to abnormal movements and lack of activity, which in turn cause muscular damage. Even though studies have been carried out to elucidate the causative factors that lead to muscular damage in Parkinson's disease, apoptotic events that occur in the skeletal muscle and a therapeutical approach to culminate the muscular damage have not been extensively studied. Thus, this study evaluates the impact of rotenone-induced SNPc lesions on skeletal muscle apoptosis and the efficacy of an ethyl acetate extract of Morinda citrifolia in safeguarding the myocytes. Biochemical assays along with apoptotic markers studied by immunoblot and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction in the current study revealed that the supplementation of Morinda citrifolia significantly reverted alterations in both biochemical and histological parameters in rotenone-infused PD rats. Treatment with Morinda citrifolia also reduced the expression of pro-apoptotic proteins Bax, caspase-3 and caspase-9 and blocked the release of cytochrome c from mitochondria induced by rotenone. In addition, it augmented the expression of Bcl2 both transcriptionally and translationally. Thus, this preliminary study paves a way to show that the antioxidant and anti-apoptotic activities of Morinda citrifolia can be exploited to alleviate skeletal muscle damage induced by Parkinsonism.

  11. Ultrasound cavitation blockage of hepatic circulation analyzed by contrast perfusion imaging%超声击破造影剂微泡阻断正常肝血流灌注的造影观察

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    皋月娟; 刘政; 赵宝珍; 高顺记; 赵洋; 刘佳

    2010-01-01

    目的 采用视觉评分方法分析微泡增强的超声空化阻断兔正常肝血流灌注后的恢复情况.方法 健康新西兰兔24只,分为超声微泡组、单纯超声组及假照组.超声微泡组经兔耳缘静脉推注脂质微泡联合超声辐照兔肝,单纯超声组以生理盐水代替微泡,假照组超声假照.各组治疗前及治疗后0 min、15 min、30 min、45 min、60 min和24 h对兔肝进行超声造影,视觉评分分析各时间点造影灌注峰值灰阶变化.结果 各组治疗前肝血流灌注比较,视觉评分差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);超声微泡组的治疗前造影血流灌注评分显著优于治疗后0 min、15 min两个时间点,差异有统计学意义(P0.05);而单纯超声组、假照组的治疗前后各时间点之间超声造影评分差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 微泡增强的超声空化具有显著的暂时性阻断兔肝实质血流作用.%Objective To analyze the normal hepatic contrast perfusion blocked by ultrasound excited microbubble cavitation using the visual scoring method. Methods Twenty-four healthy New Zealand rabbits were divided into the microbubbles group (MB + US), the simple ultrasound group (US) and the sham group. The MB + US group was insonated by US and intravenous injection of lipid microbubbles. Microbubble was replaced by saline in the US group and sham US exposure was used in the sham group. US contrast liver perfusion imaging was performed before and 0 min,15 min,30 min,45 min,60 min,24 h after treatment in each group. Results The visual perfusion scores of each group before treatment were no statistical difference ( P >0. 05). The visual score of pre-treatment significantly higher than that of post 0 min, 15 min in the MB+ US group ( P0. 05). There were no statistical significance between all the time points of the US and the sham groups. Conclusions Ultrasound excited microbubble cavitation can temporarily and significantly interrupt liver blood perfusion in the visual score analysis.

  12. The Impact of the US Island Chain Blockage on China’s Access to the Sea%美国岛链封锁及其对我国海上安全的影响

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    史春林; 李秀英

    2013-01-01

      新中国成立以来,美国及其盟国利用西太平洋岛链对中国采取封锁战略,严重威胁着中国在太平洋海上出海通道的安全。因此中国应从被动到积极应对,采取有效措施冲破岛链封锁,打通出海口,维护中国海上航线及其咽喉要道的安全:一是要把解决台湾问题作为核心关键;二是要把解决南海问题作为重要突破口;三是要把争夺钓鱼岛及其附属岛屿控制权和坚决反对日本利用冲之鸟礁来扩大专属经济区的错误做法作为支撑;四是要加强对岛链和出海通道的科学研究,同时要运用有关国际海洋法维护自身权利,并增强应急能力;五是要努力争取获得在印度洋的出海口;六是要加强各种层次和各种领域的国际合作;七是要不断提升中国海军近海防御和远海防卫作战能力。%  Since the PRC was founded, the USA and its allies have been making the Western Pacific an important island chain to block China’s free access to the sea, which has been a serious threat to China’s sea security in the Pacific. Therefore, effective mea-sures should be taken to break the island chain blockade and enable China’s free access to the sea, a step towards maintaining China’s maritime route and chokepoint security. First and foremost, the issue of Taiwan has to be solved as early as possible. Secondly, the issue of South China Sea could become a breakthrough if properly handled. Thirdly, the control of the Diaoyu Islands and their subsidiary islands has to be strengthened and China should be firmly opposed to Japan using Okinotorishima reef to expand the Exclu-sive Economic Zone. Fourthly, research over the island chains and access to the sea could be reinforced and international maritime law could be employed to safeguard Chi-na’s rights and sharpen its emergency response capability. Fifthly, it would be a great advantage if an access point to the Indian Ocean can be attained. Sixthly, international cooperation at various levels and in various fields should be strengthened. Lastly, Chinese Navy should reinforce its coastal defense and far sea defense and combat capabilities.

  13. Accumulation of Regulatory T Cells and Chronic Inflammation in the Middle Ear in a Mouse Model of Chronic Otitis Media with Effusion Induced by Combined Eustachian Tube Blockage and Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae Infection.

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    Hirano, Takashi; Kodama, Satoru; Kawano, Toshiaki; Suzuki, Masashi

    2016-01-01

    Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) is associated with chronic otitis media (COM). In this study, we generated a murine model of COM by using eustachian tube (ET) obstruction and NTHi (10(7) CFU) inoculation into the tympanic bulla, and we investigated the relationship between regulatory T cells (Treg) and chronic inflammation in the middle ear. Middle ear effusions (MEEs) and middle ear mucosae (MEM) were collected at days 3 and 14 and at 1 and 2 months after inoculation. Untreated mice served as controls. MEEs were used for bacterial counts and to measure the concentrations of cytokines. MEM were collected for histological evaluation and flow cytometric analysis. Inflammation of the MEM was prolonged throughout this study, and the incidence of NTHi culture-positive MEE was 38% at 2 months after inoculation. The levels of interleukin-1β (IL-β), tumor necrosis factor alpha, IL-10, and transforming growth factor β were increased in the middle ear for up to 2 months after inoculation. CD4(+) CD25(+) FoxP3(+) Treg accumulated in the middle ear, and the percentage of Treg in the MEM increased for up to 2 months after inoculation. Treg depletion induced a 99.9% reduction of bacterial counts in MEEs and also significantly reduced the ratio of NTHi culture-positive MEE. The levels of these cytokines were also reduced in MEEs. In summary, we developed a murine model of COM, and our findings indicate that Treg confer infectious tolerance to NTHi in the middle ear.

  14. Excessive nNOS/NO/AMPK signaling activation mediated by the blockage of the CBS/H2S system contributes to oxygen‑glucose deprivation‑induced endoplasmic reticulum stress in PC12 cells.

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    Zhang, Rui; Lin, Yong-Quan; Wang, Wei-Sheng; Wang, Xin-Qiang

    2017-08-01

    Hypoxic‑ischemia stress causes severe brain injury, leading to death and disability worldwide. Although it has been reported that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is an essential step in the progression of hypoxia or ischemia‑induced brain injury, the underlying molecular mechanisms are and have not yet been fully elucidated. Accumulating evidence has indicated that both nitric oxide (NO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) play an important role in the development of cerebral ischemic injury. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effect of the association between NO signaling and the cystathionine β‑synthase (CBS)/H2S system on ER stress in a cell model of cerebral hypoxia‑ischemia injury. We found that oxygen‑glucose deprivation (OGD) markedly increased the NO level and neuronal NO synthase (nNOS) activity. 3‑Bromo‑7‑nitroindazole (3‑Br‑7‑NI), a relatively selective nNOS inhibitor, abolished the OGD‑induced inhibition of cell viability and the increased expression of ER stress‑related proteins, including glucose‑regulated protein 78 (GRP78), C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) and cleaved caspase‑12 in PC12 cells, indicating the contribution of excessive nNOS/NO signaling to OGD‑induced ER stress. Furthermore, we found that OGD increased the phosphorylated AMP‑activated protein kinase (p‑AMPK)/AMPK ratio, and the AMPK activator, 5‑aminoimidazole‑4‑carboxamide‑1‑β‑D‑ribofuranoside (AICAR), attenuated the effects on OGD‑induced ER stress, suggesting that OGD‑induced NO overproduction results in AMPK activation in PC12 cells. We also found that OGD induced the downregulation of the CBS/H2S system, as indicated by the decreased H2S level in the culture supernatant and CBS activity in PC12 cells. In addition, we found that treatment with NaHS (a H2S donor) or S‑adenosyl‑L‑methionine (SAM, a CBS agonist) mitigated OGD‑induced ER stress, as well as the NO level, nNOS activity and AMPK phosphorylation in PC12 cells. On the whole, these results suggest that the inhibition of the CBS/H2S system, which facilitated excessive nNOS/NO/AMPK activation, contributes to OGD‑induced ER stress.

  15. 浅谈高速公路重大交通事故堵塞应急管理要点%Discussion on the management bey points about blockage of grave traffic injury on expressway

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    2011-01-01

    文章就如何加强高速公路重大交通事故堵塞应急管理,研究解决出现交通堵塞后快速恢复交通的方案,提高道路通行效率,缩短交通恢复时间。%This article elaborates how to strengthen highway emergency management of major traffic jams, study and solve the fast recovery scheme after the traffic jam to improve road traffic efficiency, shorten the traffic recovery time. Talking the points of emergency management for highway traffic jam simply for reference purposes only.

  16. 曲げ試験によるPVA-ECCの引張性能評価

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    清水, 克将; 金久保, 利之; 閑田, 徹志; 永井, 覚

    2006-01-01

    ECC (Engineered Cementitious Composites), which is grouped in one of the fiber reinforced cementitious composites, shows pseudostiain hardening behavior with several percent tensile strain and multiple cracks. Evaluation method for tensile properties (tensile strength and ultimate strain) of ECC is proposed by using bending test results. In this research, uniaxial tension test and bending test of PVA-ECC (ECC with Polyvinyl alcohol fiber) is conducted to obtain correlation between tensile pro...

  17. Comparison of Candida species isolated from children with and without early childhood caries: A descriptive cross-sectional study

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    M S Beena

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Early childhood caries (ECC is characterized by the presence of one or more decayed, missing (due to caries, or filled teeth surfaces in any primary tooth, in a child below 6 years of age. Although ECC is primarily associated with high levels of maternal Streptococcus mutans, there has been an increased interest in finding the relationship between oral fungal flora and dental caries. Objective: The aim of the study is to identify and characterize the Candida species and to compare the candidal isolates in children with ECC and without ECC. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted on children below 6 years of age, who were categorized into ECC and non-ECC groups of fifty children each. Samples were collected using sterile cotton swabs and were inoculated on Sabouraud's Dextrose Agar and incubated at 37°C for 24 h. Candidal colonies were isolated, species identified and virulence factors tested for both ECC and non-ECC groups. Results: The candidal carriage among the ECC children was found to be 84%, which was significantly higher than the non-ECC group of 24%. Candida albicans and non-albicans Candida (NAC were isolated in both ECC and non-ECC groups. Phospholipase production was significantly high in ECC group whereas hemolysin production and germ tube formation showed no significant difference between the two groups. Conclusion: A significant correlation was found between the presence of Candida and ECC. NAC also plays an important role in the development of ECC. The virulence factors such as phospholipase may be responsible for the pathogenicity of Candida in the development of ECC.

  18. The Expanded Core Curriculum: Where We Have Been, Where We Are Going, and How We Can Get There

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    Sapp, Wendy; Hatlen, Phil

    2010-01-01

    Although teachers consider the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) critical for students' success, they do not provide their students adequate instruction based on principles of the ECC. A minimum level of competence for assessment and instruction in the ECC should be established for novice teachers. Personnel preparation programs should evaluate how…

  19. Listening to the Voice of the Customer.

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    Schauerman, Sam; And Others

    One of the major tenets of Total Quality Management (TQM) is that organizations need to adopt a strong customer focus. At El Camino College (ECC) in Torrance, California, a matrix was developed to identify and describe ECC's direct and indirect internal and external customers. ECC then applied Quality Function Deployment (QFD), a strategic tool…

  20. Association between Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans among 3–5-year-old children with early childhood caries: A cross-sectional study

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Streptococcus mutans infection has been identified as an important microbial factor for early childhood caries (ECC. Candida species has been shown to enhance the adherence of S. mutans to the oral biofilm and carious tooth substance. However, there is a paucity of the literature regarding the association between S. mutans and Candida albicans related to the ECC. Aim: To assess and compare the levels of S. mutans and C. albicans among 3–5-year-old preschool children with and without ECC and to determine the association between them. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 30 children with ECC (ECC group and 30 children without ECC (non-ECC group. Dental caries was assessed, and unstimulated saliva samples were collected. S. mutans and C. albicans counts were determined using Mutans-Sanguis agar and CHROMagar, respectively. Chi-square test and logistic regression were used. Significance levels were set at 5%. Results: There was a significant difference between ECC group and non-ECC group for S. mutans (P = 0.04 and C. albicans (P = 0.02 levels. There was no significant association between S. mutans and C. albicans in ECC and non-ECC groups. Children with ECC were more likely to have high levels of S. mutans and C. albicans when compared to non-ECC group. Conclusion: Children with ECC presented higher levels of S. mutans and C. albicans compared to children without ECC. High affinity between S. mutans and C. albicans suggests interaction between these diverse species that may mediate cariogenic development.

  1. Metabolic aspects of acute tissue hypoxia during extracorporeal circulation and their modification induced by L-carnitine treatment.

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    Corbucci, G G; Menichetti, A; Cogliatti, A; Nicoli, P; Ruvolo, C

    1992-01-01

    In this study the authors examine the effects of acute hypoxia due to extracorporeal circulation (ECC) and the role played by L-carnitine treatment on some plasmatic metabolites linked to glycolytic cellular metabolism. To obtain biochemical data, 120 patients in extracorporeal circulation during aortopulmonary bypass surgery were evaluated. The patients received either sodium bicarbonate (40 patients), or L-carnitine during ECC (40 patients) or before and during ECC (40 patients), and plasma samples were collected before ECC, during ECC and after ECC. The levels of lactate and pyruvate showed significant alterations in sodium bicarbonate-treated patients, and there was also a considerable imbalance in the succinate/fumarate ratio. This means that tissue hypoxia due to ECC leads to cellular oxidative damage and to a considerable decrease in the intracellular energy pools. The use of L-carnitine antagonizes the oxidative stress, as is well documented by the levels of plasmatic metabolites which remain confined to normal amounts.

  2. Repeated blood flow restriction induces muscle fiber hypertrophy.

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    Sudo, Mizuki; Ando, Soichi; Kano, Yutaka

    2017-02-01

    We recently developed an animal model to investigate the effects of eccentric contraction (ECC) and blood flow restriction (BFR) on muscle tissue at the cellular level. This study clarified the effects of repeated BFR, ECC, and BFR combined with ECC (BFR+ECC) on muscle fiber hypertrophy. Male Wistar rats were assigned to 3 groups: BFR, ECC, and BFR+ECC. The contralateral leg in the BFR group served as a control (CONT). Muscle fiber cross-sectional area (CSA) of the tibialis anterior was determined after the respective treatments for 6 weeks. CSA was greater in the BFR+ECC group than in the CONT (P muscle fiber hypertrophy at the cellular level. Muscle Nerve 55: 274-276, 2017. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Socialist Competition in Honor of the XXII Congress of the CPSU Undertaken by Enterprises in the Cacoutchouc and Rubber Industry - USSR -

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    a rubber mixer in a unit with a strainer-slabber, and a four-roll calender in a unit with 84-inch rollers, and the modernization of 32 units of...product- vity of rubber mixers owing to modernization of 5 % and of -3- 15 % for the calender No 111; the assembly and putting into operation of four

  4. Rice weevil response to basil oil fumigation

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    Basil oil, Ocimum basilicum L., is a volatile plant essential oil that is known to have insecticidal activity against stored product pests such as rice weevil, Sitophilus oryzae (L.). Basil oil was diluted in acetone and applied to a sponge held inside a tea strainer for fumigations in containers wi...

  5. 46 CFR 119.425 - Engine exhaust cooling.

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    ... boarding seas; (iv) They are constructed of corrosion resisting material at the hull penetration; and (v... reduction in normal water flow in the exhaust cooling system. (6) A suitable hull strainer must be installed... systems built in accordance with the requirements of American Boat and Yacht Council (ABCY) P-1...

  6. Centrifugal Pumps for Swimming Pools. National Sanitation Foundation Standard Number 17.

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    National Sanitation Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI. Committee for Swimming Pool Equipment Standards.

    The pumps discussed herein are intended to be used for recirculating water in swimming pools, both public and private. Included are the basic components which may be a part of a pump such as the housing, strainer, impeller, valves, and such other parts as are attached or a part of the pump as supplied by the manufacturer. This standard is intended…

  7. Prevalence and distribution of regional scar in dysfunctional myocardial segments in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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    Crawford Thomas O

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The segmental relationship between cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR peak circumferential strain (Ecc and myocardial scar has not been well characterized in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD, and it is unknown whether echocardiography accurately measures Ecc in DMD. We assessed segmental Ecc and scar using CMR with myocardial tissue tagging and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE in patients with DMD, then compared CMR with echocardiographic velocity vector imaging (VVI for regional Ecc based on independent observer assessments. Results Participants enrolled (n = 16; age 8-23 had median left ventricular (LV ejection fraction of 0.52 (range 0.28-0.69, and 156 basal and mid-cavity myocardial segments from the 13 patients completing the LGE protocol were analyzed for strain and scar. Segmental CMR Ecc in the most negative quartile (quartile 4 ruled out scar in that segment, but scar was present in 46% of segments in the least negative (most dysfunctional Ecc quartile 1, 33% of Ecc quartile 2 segments, and 15% of Ecc quartile 3 segments. Overall scar prevalence in inferior, inferolateral, and anterolateral segments was eight times higher than in inferoseptal, anteroseptal, and anterior segments (p Conclusions The relationship between scar and Ecc in DMD is complex. Among myocardial segments with depressed Ecc, scar prevalence was much higher in inferior, inferolateral, and anterolateral segments, indicating a regionally dependent association between abnormal Ecc and scar, with free wall segments commonly developing dysfunction with scar and septal segments developing dysfunction without scar. Although normal echocardiographic Ecc predicted absence of scar, regional echocardiographic Ecc by VVI has only a limited association with CMR Ecc in DMD.

  8. Learning Design at White Sands Test Facility

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    Grotewiel, Shane

    2010-01-01

    During the Fall of 2010, I spent my time at NASA White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, NM as an Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) Intern. During that time, I was given three projects to work on: Large Altitude Simulation System (LASS) basket strainer, log books, and the design of a case for touch screen monitors used for simulations. I spent most of my time on the LASS basket strainer. The LASS system has a water feed line with a basket strainer that filters out rust. In 2009, there were three misfires which cost approximately $27,000 and about 8% of the allotted time. The strainer was getting a large change in pressure that would result in a shutdown of the system. I have designed a new basket that will eliminate the large pressure change and it can be used with the old basket strainer housing. The LASS system has three steam generators (modules). Documents pertaining to these modules are stored electronically, and the majority of the documents are not able to be searched with keywords, so they have to be gone through one by one. I have come up with an idea on how to organize these files so that the Propulsion Department may efficiently search through the documents needed. Propulsion also has a LASS simulator that incorporates two touch screen monitors. Currently these monitors are in six foot by two foot metal cabinet on wheels. During simulation these monitors are used in the block house and need to be taken out of the block house when not in use. I have designed different options for hand held cases for storing and transporting the monitors in and out of the block house. The three projects previously mentioned demonstrate my contributions to the Propulsion Department and have taught me real world experience that is essential in becoming a productive engineer.

  9. Plasma macrophage colony-stimulating factor levels during cardiopulmonary bypass with extracorporeal circulation

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    Y. Denizot

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    Full Text Available Leukocytosis and thrombocytopenia occur during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB with extracorporeal circulation (ECC. Elevated circulating concentrations of macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF are reported during thrombocytopenia and leukopenia of different origins. We have assessed M-CSF concentrations in 40 patients undergoing CPB with ECC. Plasma M-CSF concentrations were stable during ECC and increased at the 6th (7.3 ± 0.7 IU/μg protein and 24th (8.6 ± 0.8 IU/μg protein postoperative hour compared with pre-ECC values (4.9 ± 0.5 IU/μg protein. A deep thrombocytopenia was found during ECC and until the 24th postoperative hour. A drop of leukocyte counts was found during ECC followed by an increase after ECC weaning. While no correlation was found between M-CSF concentrations and the leukocyte counts, M-CSF values were positively correlated with platelet counts only before and during ECC. Thus, M-CSF is not implicated in the thrombocytopenia and the leukopenia generated during CPB with ECC. However the elevated levels of M-CSFa few hours after the end of ECC might play a role in the inflammatory process often observed after CPB.

  10. Conductivity-based strain monitoring and damage characterization of fiber reinforced cementitious structural components

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    Hou, Tsung-Chin; Lynch, Jerome P.

    2005-05-01

    In recent years, a new class of cementitious composite has been proposed for the design and construction of durable civil structures. Termed engineered cementitious composites (ECC), ECC utilizes a low volume fraction of short fibers (polymer, steel, carbon) within a cementitious matrix resulting in a composite that strain hardens when loaded in tension. By refining the mechanical properties of the fiber-cement interface, the material exhibits high tolerance to damage. This study explores the electrical properties of ECC materials to monitor their performance and health when employed in the construction of civil structures. In particular, the conductivity of ECC changes in proportion to strain indicating that the material is piezoresistive. In this paper, the piezoresistive properties of various ECC composites are thoroughly explored. To measure the electrical resistance of ECC structures in the field, a low-cost wireless active sensing unit is proposed. The wireless active sensing unit is capable of applying DC and AC voltage signals to ECC elements while simultaneously measuring their corresponding voltages away from the signal input. By locally processing the corresponding input-output electrical signals recorded by the wireless active sensing units, the magnitude of strain in ECC elements can be calculated. In addition to measuring strain, the study seeks to correlate changes in ECC electrical properties to the magnitude of crack damage witnessed in tested specimens. A large number of ECC specimens are tested in the laboratory including a large-scale ECC bridge pier laterally loaded under cyclically repeated drift reversals. The novel self-sensing properties of ECC exploited by a wireless monitoring system hold tremendous promise for the advancement of structural health monitoring of ECC structures.

  11. Designing added functions in engineered cementitious composites

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    Yang, En-Hua

    In this dissertation, a new and systematic material design approach is developed for ECC with added functions through material microstructures linkage to composite macroscopic behavior. The thesis research embodies theoretical development by building on previous ECC micromechanical models, and experimental investigations into three specific new versions of ECC with added functions aimed at addressing societal demands of our built infrastructure. Specifically, the theoretical study includes three important ECC modeling elements: Steady-state crack propagation analyses and simulation, predictive accuracy of the fiber bridging constitutive model, and development of the rate-dependent strain-hardening criteria. The first element establishes the steady-state cracking criterion as a fundamental requirement for multiple cracking behavior in brittle matrix composites. The second element improves the accuracy of crack-width prediction in ECC. The third element establishes the micromechanics basis for impact-resistant ECC design. Three new ECCs with added functions were developed and experimentally verified in this thesis research through the enhanced theoretical framework. A green ECC incorporating a large volume of industrial waste was demonstrated to possess reduced crack width and drying shrinkage. The self-healing ECC designed with tight crack width was demonstrated to recover transport and mechanical properties after microcrack damage when exposed to wet and dry cycles. The impact-resistant ECC was demonstrated to retain tensile ductility with increased strength under moderately high strain-rate loading. These new versions of ECC with added functions are expected to contribute greatly to enhancing the sustainability, durability, and safety of civil infrastructure built with ECC. This research establishes the effectiveness of micromechanics-based design and material ingredient tailoring for ECC with added new attributes but without losing its basic tensile ductile

  12. In vitro evaluation of the air separation ability of four cardiovascular manufacturer extracorporeal circuit designs.

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    Dickinson, Timothy A; Riley, Jeffrey B; Crowley, Jeffrey C; Zabetakis, Paul M

    2006-09-01

    Neurologic impairment is a common complication of adult cardiac surgery. Cerebral gaseous microemboli (GME) detected during cardiopulmonary bypass has been associated with cognitive impairment after adult cardiac surgery. Several previous studies have shown that components comprising the extracorporeal circuit (ECC) can affect the ability of the ECC to eliminate air. The differences in the air separation ability of four manufacturer's commonly used ECCs were studied. The air-separating ability of Cobe Cardiovascular, Gish Biomedical, Medtronic, and Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corp. ECCs were studied in vitro under clinically relevant conditions. Bolus and continuous venous air were introduced and output GME patterns by size, time, and count were measured (using an embolus detection device) and statistically analyzed. Graphic representations depicting elapsed time, GME size, and bubble count helped to visually rank the air-handling performance of the ECCs. There are significant air-handling differences between the ECCs tested. Overall, the blinded results reveal that ECC A and ECC C removed significantly (p challenges, ECC B and ECC D allowed significantly more GME to pass (p high-intensity transient signals (HITS) compared with the 9600 from the ECC B during venous room air entrainment at 100 mL/min. There are substantial and significant air-handling differences between the ECCs from the four different manufacturers. The results from this work allow for objective characterization of ECCs air-separating ability. This additional information provides an opportunity for clinicians to potentially minimize the risks of arterial air embolization and its associated deleterious neurologic effects, while allowing clinicians to make better-informed consumer decisions.

  13. Spanish participation in the R and D program in radiation protection within the field''Safety in Nuclear Fission'' of ECC (1992-1993). Participacion espaola en el programa de I+D en proteccion radiologica dentro del area de '' Seguridad de la fision nuclear'' de la CEE (1992-93)

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    Twenty two Spanish research teams from Universities, Hospitals, Foundations, as well as CIEMAT, have received contributions from the EC of 188 million pesetas. This funding corresponds to the Program: ''Research in radiation protection'' for the period 1992-1993. The total budget of the program is 3400 million pesetas.

  14. Ecce sacerdos magnus” : as entradas dos bispos nas dioceses de regio patronato. Uma comparação entre o vice-reino de Nápoles e os espaços portugueses (séculos XVI-XVIII

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    Paola Nestola

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    Full Text Available This study takes into consideration two distant and different spaces, compared through ceremonies of bishop’s entry. Based on visual and written documents, this comparative exercise is focused on solemn Episcopal entries into some dioceses of the kingdom of Naples, until now neglected by historiography, and on those of the Portuguese territory of Europe and overseas. The study tries to answer to the following questions: what are the categories that give meaning to this high moment of manifestation and representation of the Episcopal dignity, as well as the city center of the diocesan government? Chronological and spatial dimension, symbolic, theological and topographical systems can contribute to make intelligible the extraordinary community rites linked to the Tridentine reform direct in the half of XVI century? Which elements distinguish or approach the socio-cultural dynamics generated in the different territories examined?

  15. Appendicitis

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    ... function. A blockage inside of the appendix causes appendicitis. The blockage leads to increased pressure, problems with ... to pass gas Low fever Not everyone with appendicitis has all these symptoms. Appendicitis is a medical ...

  16. EFFECTS OF ECCENTRIC EXERCISE ON ANAEROBIC POWER, STARTING SPEED AND ANAEROBIC ENDURANCE

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    Maciejczyk, Marcin; Szymura, Jadwiga; Wiecek, Magdalena; Szygula, Zbigniew; Kepinska, Magdalena; Ochalek, Katarzyna; Pokrywka, Andrzej

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of eccentric exercise on anaerobic power, starting speed and anaerobic endurance. The participants performed the maximum cycling sprint test (MCST) prior to eccentric exercise (ECC), 10 minutes after, as well as one hour, 24 hours, 48 hours, and one week after ECC. The peak and mean power, time to attain peak power, time of maintaining peak power and power decrease were measured in the MCST. Before and after ECC, the myoglobin concentration...

  17. Selective inhibition of the platelet phosphoinositide 3-kinase p110beta as promising new strategy for platelet protection during extracorporeal circulation.

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    Straub, Andreas; Wendel, Hans Peter; Dietz, Klaus; Schiebold, Daniela; Peter, Karlheinz; Schoenwaelder, Simone M; Ziemer, Gerhard

    2008-03-01

    Extracorporeal circulation (ECC) is used in cardiac surgery for cardiopulmonary bypass as well as in ventricular assist devices and for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Blood contact with the artificial surface and shear stress of ECC activates platelets and leukocytes resulting in a coagulopathy and proinflammatory events. Blockers of the platelet glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa (CD41/CD61) can protect platelet function during ECC, a phenomenon called "platelet anaesthesia", but may be involved in post-ECC bleeding. We hypothesized that the new selective phosphoinositide 3-kinase p110beta inhibitor TGX-221 that inhibits shear-induced platelet activation without prolonging the bleeding time in vivo may also protect platelet function during ECC. Heparinized blood of healthy volunteers (n = 6) was treated in vitro with either the GP IIb/IIIa blocker tirofiban, TGX-221 or as control and circulated in an ECC model. Before and after 30 minutes circulation CD41 expression on the ECC-tubing as measure for platelet-ECC binding and generation of the platelet activation marker beta-thromboglobulin were determined using ELISA. Platelet aggregation and platelet-granulocyte binding were analysed in flow cytometry. After log-transforming the data statistical evaluation was performed using multifactor ANOVA in combination with Tukey's HSD test (global alpha = 5%). Tirofiban and TGX-221 inhibited platelet-ECC interaction, platelet aggregation and platelet-granulocyte binding. Tirofiban also inhibited ECC-induced beta-thromboglobulin release. The observed inhibition of platelet-ECC interaction and platelet activation by tirofiban contributes to explain the mechanism of "platelet anaesthesia". TGX-221 represents a promising alternative to GP IIb/IIIa blockade and should be further investigated for use during ECC in vivo.

  18. JPRS Report, West Europe.

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    European Economic Community [ECC][as printed], the establishment of an ECC domestic market , the coales- cence of an ECC technological community—all...supposed to have greeted other guests in the hall of the hostel with the words "Heil Hitler" and "Sieg Heil." The three defendants are alleged to have... hostel , accosting women and girls. In this context, justice officals speak of vandalism whereby a closet door was demolished. During these incidents

  19. Optimizing Crisis Action Planning in the Noncombatant Evacuation Operation Setting

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    2010-06-01

    upgrade the mass evacuation computer program (MASSVAC), which is a virtual simulation, and compare its new algorithm efficiency in a nuclear power plant...ECC-SPOE) = Average B1 DoS_16 B2 DoS_20 B: ECC Schedule Fast Mixed Slow Interaction A: ECC Process Speed Ma xA vg La stT SH Tim e 100 102 104 106 108...Interaction A: ECC Process Speed Ma xA vg La stT SH Tim e 100 102 104 106 108 110 112 114 Warning! Term involved in multiple interactions. 79

  20. Magnetic properties of soft layer/FePt-MgO exchange coupled composite Perpendicular recording media

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    Yin Jin-Hua; Takao Suzuki; Pan Li-Qing

    2008-01-01

    The magnetic properties of exchange coupled composite(ECC)media that are composed of perpendicular magnetic recording media FePt-MgO and two kinds of soft layers have been studied by using an x-ray diffractometer,a polar Kerr magneto-optical system(PMOKE)and a vibrating sample magnetometer(VSM).The results show that ECC media can reduce the coercivities of perpendicular magnetic recording media FePt-MgO.The ECC media with granular-type soft layers have weaker exchange couplings between magnetic grains and the magnetization process,for ECC media of this kind mainly follow the Stoner-Wohlfarth model.

  1. Genotypic diversity and phenotypic traits of Streptococcus mutans isolates and their relation to severity of early childhood caries.

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    Valdez, Remberto Marcelo Argandoña; Duque, Cristiane; Caiaffa, Karina Sampaio; Dos Santos, Vanessa Rodrigues; Loesch, Maria Luiza de Aguiar; Colombo, Natalia Helena; Arthur, Rodrigo Alex; Negrini, Thais de Cássia; Boriollo, Marcelo Fabiano Gomes; Delbem, Alberto Carlos Botazzo

    2017-07-14

    Early childhood caries (ECC) is an aggressive condition that can affect teeth of young children. This study aimed to evaluate genotypic diversity and phenotypic traits of S. mutans isolated from dental biofilms of children with different caries status in comparison with caries free (CF) children. Streptococcus mutans strains were isolated from supragingival biofilm samples of CF, ECC and severe-ECC (S-ECC) children and genotyped by arbitrary-primer polymerase chain reaction - AP-PCR. S. mutans genotypes were tested for their ability to reduce the suspension pH through glycolysis, to tolerate extreme acid challenge and by their ability to form biofilm. Response variables were analyzed by ANOVA/Tukey or Kruskal-Wallis/Mann-Whitney tests at a 5% of significance. There was an increase in the prevalence of Streptococcus mutans in biofilms with the severity of dental caries. No differences in genotypic diversity and in acidogenicity of genotypes were found among CF, ECC and S-ECC children. S mutans strains with genotypes more characteristic for ECC and S-ECC children formed more biofilms than those identified in CF children. The strains isolated from S-ECC children were highly acid tolerant. Although S. mutans genotypic diversity was similar among the groups of children, phenotypic traits of S. mutans, especially the acid tolerance response, could explain the severity of early childhood caries.

  2. Comparison of Oxygen Consumption in Rats During Uphill (Concentric and Downhill (Eccentric Treadmill Exercise Tests

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    Vivien Chavanelle, Pascal Sirvent, Gaël Ennequin, Kévin Caillaud, Christophe Montaurier, Béatrice Morio, Nathalie Boisseau, Ruddy Richard

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    Full Text Available The study of the physiological adaptations of skeletal muscle in response to eccentric (ECC contraction is based on protocols in which exercise intensities are determined relative to the concentric (CON reference exercise (as percentage of the CON maximal oxygen consumption, or VO2max. In order to use similar exercise protocols in rats, we compared the VO2 values during uphill (CON and downhill (ECC running tests. VO2 was measured in 15 Wistar rats during incremental treadmill running exercises with different slopes: level (0%, positive (+15% incline: CON+15% and negative (i15% incline: ECC-15%; and 130% incline: ECC-30%. Similar VO2 values were obtained in the ECC-30% and CON+15% running conditions at the three target speeds (15, 25 and 35 cm/sec. Conversely, VO2 values were lower (p < 0.05 in the ECC-15% than in the CON+15% condition (CON+15% VO2/ECC-15% VO2 ratios ranging from 1.86 to 2.05 at the three target speeds. Thus, doubling the downhill slope gradient in ECC condition leads to an oxygen consumption level that is not significantly different as in CON condition. These findings can be useful for designing animal research protocols to study the effects of ECC and CON exercise in ageing population or subjects suffering from cardiovascular diseases.

  3. Genome-wide Purification of Extrachromosomal Circular DNA from Eukaryotic Cells

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    Møller, Henrik D.; Bojsen, Rasmus Kenneth; Tachibana, Chris

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    for detecting eccDNA are needed to clarify how these elements affect genome stability and how environmental and biological factors induce their formation in eukaryotic cells. This video presents a sensitive eccDNA-purification method called Circle-Seq. The method encompasses column purification of circular DNA...... circularization is conserved between strains at these loci. In sum, the Circle-Seq method has broad applicability for genome-scale screening for eccDNA in eukaryotes as well as for detecting specific eccDNA types....

  4. Dakin Solution Alters Macrophage Viability and Function

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    crobial for wound care. DS has been shown to be toxic to host cells, but effects on immune cells are not well documented. Materials and methods: DS at 0.5...characterize the impact of DS on macrophage viability and function in vitro. 2. Materials and methods 2.1. Cell lines and reagents Murine macrophages...strainer to separate conidia from mycelium , and stored in DMEM at 4C. 2.3. Cellular viability assays Effect of DS on cellular viability was

  5. A Multi-Agent Alphavirus DNA Vaccine Delivered by Intramuscular Electroporation Elicits Robust and Durable Virus Specific Immune Responses in Mice and Rabbits and Completely Protects Mice against Lethal Venezuelan, Western, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Aerosol Challenges

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    and 44 eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) are recognized as significant biological defense threats . 45 There are currently no licensed human...stable (4). 75 Consequently, VEEV, WEEV, and EEEV represent significant potential biological defense 76 threats and are classified as Category B...obtained from vaccinated mice using 223 BD Falcon 100 µM nylon cell strainers ( Corning , Catalog # 352360) were resuspended in 224 complete RPMI 1640

  6. 板型燃料元件入口堵流条件下堆芯热工水力特性研究%Study on Effect of Flow Blockage at Inlet of Plate-type Fuel Element on Thermal-Hydraulic Characteristics of Reactor Core

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    应用多维堆芯物理与热工水力耦合程序PORSTA,充分考虑堆芯局部热工水力与中子动力学间的反馈效应,更贴近实际地模拟板型燃料元件堆芯的堵流状态,研究局部堵塞对堆芯热工水力特性的影响.结果表明:局部堵塞会引起强烈的堆芯局部热工水力和中子物理间的反馈效应,堵塞通道内将引入显著负反应性,功率下降;同时由于冷却剂流量减小,冷却条件恶化,通道内燃料中心温度、包壳表面温度以及冷却剂平均温度显著上升.堵塞局部亦将对全堆芯的热工水力特性产生影响.

  7. Numerical Analysis on Transient Flow and Temperature Field During Inlet Flow Blockage Accidents of Plate-type Fuel Assembly%板状燃料组件入口堵流事故下流场和温度场的瞬态数值计算

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    宋磊; 郭赟; 曾和义

    2014-01-01

    板状燃料组件具有结构紧凑、换热效率高、深燃耗等特点,故被广泛应用在一体化反应堆和实验用研究堆中.在堆芯窄矩形流道中,冷却剂一般采用自上向下的强迫循环方式.在某些事故工况下,譬如由于燃料元件的辐照肿胀、堆内材料碎片或异物随冷却剂循环流入堆芯,可能引发堵流事故.该事故将造成燃料板失冷,板温升高,可能导致局部冷却剂蒸干,威胁燃料包壳的完整性,甚至造成放射性外泄,引发严重事故后果.本文采用CFD软件ANSYS FLUENT 12.1对板状燃料组件在入口95%部分堵塞和全部堵塞的工况进行了瞬态数值模拟.计算中考虑了冷却剂和燃料板的流固耦合传热问题,并对所得三维流场、温度场及影响因素进行了分析.

  8. 吡哆醇对脑淋巴引流阻滞所致SAH后神经细胞凋亡加重的影响%Cerebral lymphatic blockage aggravates apoptosis of cortical neurons after SAH in rat and pyridoxine has a certain role in the mitigation

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    王轩; 陈锋; 高兵; 高向东; 贾丽丽; 杨明峰; 孙保亮

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨脑淋巴引流阻滞(CLB)对蛛网膜下腔出血(SAH)后神经细胞凋亡的影响和吡哆醇的缓解作用及相关机制.方法 健康成年Wistar大鼠,随机分为正常对照组、SAH组、SAH+CLB组、SAH+CLB+吡哆醇组、SAH+CLB+生理盐水组.采用枕大池2次注血法建立SAH模型.于第2次注血3 d后检测相关指标.SAH+CLB+吡哆醇组于CLB术前30 min按50 mg·kg-1腹腔注射吡哆醇生理盐水溶液,每天以上述半量重复注射2次.采用TUNEL荧光标记法检测原位凋亡情况;免疫组织化学激光共聚焦检测大鼠皮层神经细胞Caspase-3和Bcl-2的蛋白表达.结果 ①与正常对照组比较,其余各组大鼠TUNEL阳性细胞表达均明显升高,而SAH+CLB组和SAH+CLB+生理盐水组又明显高于SAH组(P<0.01),SAH+CLB+吡哆醇组与SAH+CLB组比较表达有所减弱(P<0.01).②与正常对照组比较,其余各组大鼠皮层神经细胞Caspase-3蛋白表达均明显升高,而SAH+CLB组和SAH+CLB+生理盐水组最高,与SAH组比较差异具有显著性(P<0.01),SAH+CLB+吡哆醇组与SAH+CLB组比较表达有所减弱(P<0.01).③与正常对照组比较,其余各组大鼠皮层神经细胞Bcl-2蛋白表达均明显升高,而SAH+CLB组和SAH+CLB+生理盐水组明显低于SAH组(P<0.01),SAH+CLB+吡哆醇组较SAH+CLB组表达增强.结论 脑淋巴引流阻滞可以通过Caspase-3高表达和Bcl-2低表达加重SAH后大鼠皮层神经细胞的凋亡,而吡哆醇具有一定的缓解作用.

  9. 雷帕霉素抑制mTOR活性阻抑ALK阳性淋巴瘤细胞株生长的研究%Blockage of mTOR signaling pathway by raparnycin contributes to inhibition of tumor cell proliferation in ALK-positive lymphoid cell strains

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    顾玲; 李金范; 高举; 朱易萍; 李强; 贾苍松; 周成燕; 马志贵

    2008-01-01

    目的 探讨哺乳动物雷帕霉素靶蛋白(mTOR)信号通路与间变性淋巴瘤激酶(ALK)阳性淋巴瘤的关系.方法 采用Western blot法分析雷帕霉素作用于Karpas299、BaF3/NPM-ALK及BaF3细胞前后,mTOR相关蛋白表达的改变;MTT法检雷帕霉素对细胞增殖的影响;Annexin V/PI染色法检测雷帕霉素对细胞凋亡的影响;PI染色法检测细胞周期改变.结果 ALK+ Karpos299、BaF3/NPM-ALK和BaF3细胞均高表达mTOR信号通路磷酸化蛋白、磷酸化p70S6K(p-pTOS6K)及4E-BP1(p-4E-BP1)蛋白.去除IL-3 1 h的BaF3细胞p70S6K及4E-BP1蛋白去磷酸化.10 nmol/L雷帕霉素作用48 h,p-p70S6K及p-4E-BP1蛋白表达下降,以p-p70S6K蛋白表达下降为主.相对于对照组各细胞株的抑制率为Karpas299细胞24.4%、BaF3/NPM-ALK细胞37.8%和BaF3细胞61.6%.Karpas299细胞在10 nmol/L雷帕霉素作用后细胞凋亡率从(11.97±0.11)%增至(15.87±0.62)%(P0.05),无诱导调亡作用.三株细胞在10 nmol/L雷帕霉素作用48 h后,G1期细胞比率均有不同程度的增加,以BaF3/NPM-ALK细胞最为显著,从(37.63±1.91)%增加至(69.77±5.44)%;其次为Karpas299细胞,从(31.13±2.51)%增至(40.70±1.47)%;BaF3细胞最少,由(53.57±2.22)%增至(63.70±1.20)%(P值均0.05). The fraction of G phase cells increased from (37.63±1.91)% to (69.77±5.44)% in BaF3/NPM-ALK, from (31.13±2.51) % to (40.70±1.47) % in Karpas299 and (53.57±2.22) % to (63.70±1.20) % in BaF3 (P < 0.05). Conclusion NPM-ALK kinase can activate mTOR signaling pathway. Rapamycin can inhibit the proliferation of ALK+ lymphoid cells by blocking mTOR signaling pathway and inducing cell cycling arrest at G1 phase.

  10. Mehmet Harmancı’nın Küçürek Öykülerindegündelik Kuşatma Altındaki İnsanın Varoluş Görüngüleri Existence Perspectives Of An Individual Under Daily Blockage In The Short Short Stories Of Mehmet Harmancı

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    Mutlu DEVECİ

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    Full Text Available Individual existing together with the others is carried into future bypreserving his/her own values / essence in his/her process ofindividualism. Being as everyone others is to die away in the world ofthings. Mehmet Harmancı, articulating truth of human being with itshistorical dimension, makes reference to existence of the individual. Fromthis viewpoint, existence states of human being, such as death, love andloneliness are evaluated in the context of pursuit of meaning.The characters in Probable Mangabats question the meaning of life.Interspecies transitivity attracts attention in this work and author prefersan expression method particular to short short story type by going beyondthe means of mangabat type. In the stories, values bringing now intoexistence are constructed in the projection of the past and they areexpressed in the form of existence perspectives of an individual under dailyblockage.Mehmet Harmancı considers traditions as the dominant value inProbable Mangabats that is written out in the projection of traditions,whereas he does not miss the modernity. Author regards traditions as thephenomenological foundation of modern world against those trying tocreate a civilization by ignoring their values. From this viewpoint, hewants a modern world based on traditions instead of the world/ life that isimposed on as modernity. Most of the stories in Probable Mangabatsbelong to such a spiritual world.Author benefits from the experiential, cultural and objects memory ofthe traditions in the stories of Probable Mangabats, and guiding function isbrought forward by means of the queries of life about the pursuit ofmeaning.In the study, stories in the work of Mehmet Harmancı namedProbable Mangabats are analyzed, and attention is drawn to the relationbetween the mangabat and short short story types, perspectives individualbetween traditions and modernity are given in the existential context. Başkalarıyla birlikte varlık olan insan, bireyleşme sürecinde değerlerini/ özünü koruyarak geleceğe taşınmalıdır. Diğerleri gibi kalmak, bireyleşememek, şey’ler dünyasında yitip gitmektir. İnsan gerçeğini tarihsel boyutuyla ele alan Mehmet Harmancı, öykülerinde, bireyin kendi oluşuna göndermede yapar. Anlam arayışı içerisindeki insanların; ölüm, aşk ve yalnızlık izlekleri etrafında eylem ve eylemsizliklerini dile getirir.Mehmet Harmancı Muhtemel Menkıbeler adlı eserinde yer alan küçürek öykülerinde, yaşamın anlamına yönelik sorgulamalarda bulunur. Türler arası geçişkenliğin dikkat çektiği bu eserde yazar, menkıbe türünün imkânlarını aşarak küçürek öykü türüne özgü bir anlatım yolu seçer. Öykülerde, şimdi’yi vareden değerler, geçmişin izdüşümünde kurulur ve gündelik kuşatma altındaki insanın varoluş görüngüleri sergilenir.Mehmet Harmancı, geleneğin izdüşümünde kurduğu Muhtemel Menkıbeler’inde moderniteyi ıskalamadan geleneği de modern olana ezdirmeden yol alır. Yazar, değerlerini yok sayarak medeniyet kurmaya çalışanlara karşı geleneği, modern dünyanın fenomenolojik temeli sayar. Bu açıdan modernite olarak kabul ettirilmeye çalışılan dünya/ yaşam yerine, temeli geleneğe dayalı bir modern dünya arzusu taşır. Muhtemel Menkıbeler’deki öykülerin pek çoğu böylesi bir ruh dünyasına aittir.Muhtemel Menkıbeler’deki öykülerde, geleneğin deneyimsel, kültürel ve nesneler belleğini başat değer olarak kabul eden yazar, yaşamın anlam arayışına yönelik sorgulamaları ile yol göstericilik özelliğini ön plana çıkarır.Çalışmada, Mehmet Harmancı’nın Muhtemel Menkıbeler adlı eserinde yer alan öyküleri analiz edilirken, menkıbe ile küçürek öykü türleri arasındaki ilişkiye dikkat çekilerek; gelenek ile modernite arasındaki insan görüngülerine yer verildi.

  11. Effects of Blockage of IL-4Rα on the Early Cytokine Profiles in Hepatic Mononuclear Cells from Mice Infected with Fasciola hepatica%IL-4受体阻断对小鼠急性感染肝片吸虫后肝脏单核细胞悬液中细胞因子的影响

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    罗洪林; 王豪举; 张文韬; 郭智莉; 周雪梅; 周容琼; 周作勇

    2013-01-01

    本研究旨在探索肝片吸虫感染小鼠急性期肝脏单核细胞悬液中细胞因子表达模式及其原因.试验将小鼠分为4组,分别对感染抗体处置组、感染非抗体处置组、抗体处置非感染组和非抗体处置非感染组的肝脏单核细胞培养上清液中IL-4、IL-5、IL-13及IFN-γ进行测定;同时也对肝脏中IL-4及IL-12P40 mRNA水平进行荧光定量PCR检测.结果显示,IL-4和IL-5的表达模式相似.在非感染状态下,无论是否进行抗体处置,两者都处于较低表达水平.在感染状态下,两者在非抗体处置小鼠中的表达显著高于抗体处置组(P<0.05).IL-13与IL-4及IL-5的表达差异在于感染并用抗体处置后,小鼠肝脏单核细胞中的IL-13仍有较高水平表达.IFN-γ的表达量在感染后有所增加,但在有无抗体处理间无显著差异(P>0.05).mRNA检测结果显示,在非感染状态下,抗体处置后的IL-4 mRNA水平显著低于非抗体处置组(P<0.05).感染后非抗体处置组小鼠中IL-4 mRNA水平极显著高于抗体处置组(P<0.01),同时也极显著高于非感染非抗体处置组(P<0.01).IL-12P40 mRNA的水平在感染状态下,抗体处置组的IL 12P40 mRNA虽较非抗体处置组低,但无显著差异(P>0.05).但感染后非抗体处置组的IL-12P40 mRNA水平均极显著高于感染组抗体处置和非抗体处置组(P<0.01).本试验结果表明,IL-4Rα对肝片吸虫感染急性期IL5和IL-4的表达极其重要,但对IL-13及IFN-γ的影响较小.%The assay was aimed to explore the early cytokine profiles in hepatic mononuclear cell from mice infected with Fasciola hepatica. Mice were classed into 2 groups, infected and non-infected. In each group, mice were treated or untreated with IL-4R α antibodies, respectively. Hepatic mononuclear cells were harvested and cultured. The supernatant was used to measure the cytokine levels and the livers were used to measure mRNA of IL-4 and IL-12P40 by Real-time PCR. Results demonstrated that the profiles of IL-4 and IL-5 were similar. Both were quite low without infection of F. hepatica whatever the antibodies were treated or not. However, when mice were infected, both cytokines in mice without antibody were significantly higher than mice treated with antibody (P0. 05). The mRNA level of IL-4 in mice treated with antibody but uninfected with F. hepatica was significantly lower than wild type mice (P<0. 05). However, it was extremly significantly higher in mice infected but untreated with antibody than mice that infected and treated with antibody (P<0. 01). mRNA level of IL-12P40 showed no differences between groups when mice were infected with F. hepatica. Our data showed that IL-4Rα was crucial to the expressions of IL-4 and IL-5, but not to the IL-13 and IFN-γ during the acute phase of F. hepatica infection.

  12. Knee Extensor and Flexor Torque Development with Concentric and Eccentric Isokinetic Training

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    Miller, Larry E.; Pierson, Lee M.; Nickols-Richardson, Sharon M.; Wootten, David F.; Selmon, Serah E.; Ramp, Warren K.; Herbert, William G.

    2006-01-01

    This study assessed muscular torque and rate of torque development following concentric (CON) or eccentric (ECC) isokinetic training. Thirty-eight women were randomly assigned to either CON or ECC training groups. Training consisted of knee extension and flexion of the nondominant leg three times per week for 20 weeks (SD = 1). Eccentric training…

  13. Muscle fascicle behavior during eccentric cycling and its relation to muscle soreness.

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    Peñailillo, Luis; Blazevich, Anthony J; Nosaka, Kazunori

    2015-04-01

    A single bout of eccentric exercise confers a protective effect against muscle damage and soreness in subsequent eccentric exercise bouts, but the mechanisms underpinning this effect are unclear. This study compared vastus lateralis (VL) muscle-tendon behavior between two eccentric cycling bouts to test the hypothesis that muscle-tendon behavior would be different between bouts and would be associated with the protective effect. Eleven untrained men (27.1 ± 7.0 yr) performed two bouts of eccentric cycling (ECC1 and ECC2) separated by 2 wk for 10 min at 65% of maximal concentric workload (191.9 ± 44.2 W) each. Muscle soreness (by visual analog scale) and maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVC) torque of the knee extensors were assessed before and 1-2 d after exercise. Using ultrasonography, VL fascicle length and angle changes during cycling were assessed, and tendinous tissue (TT) length changes were estimated. VL EMG amplitude, crank torque, and knee joint angles were measured during cycling. Soreness was greater (P knee angles were evident between bouts. However, fascicle elongation was 16% less during ECC2 than ECC1 (P knee joint angle during ECC2 than ECC1 (P = 0.055). These results suggest that a lesser fascicle elongation and earlier TT elongation were associated with reduced muscle soreness after ECC2 than ECC1; thus, changes in muscle-tendon behavior may be an important mechanism underpinning the protective effect.

  14. A Prototype of CAD/CAM Education in the Community College.

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    Kimmey, James R.

    Drawing upon Elgin Community College's (ECC's) 7-year history of program development and operation, this paper demonstrates how ECC, in cooperation with Northern Illinois Industries, Computervision Corporation, Mazak Corporation, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, established a Computer-Aided Design and Drafting/Computer-Aided Machining…

  15. Genome-wide Purification of Extrachromosomal Circular DNA from Eukaryotic Cells

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    Møller, Henrik D.; Bojsen, Rasmus Kenneth; Tachibana, Chris;

    2016-01-01

    for detecting eccDNA are needed to clarify how these elements affect genome stability and how environmental and biological factors induce their formation in eukaryotic cells. This video presents a sensitive eccDNA-purification method called Circle-Seq. The method encompasses column purification of circular DNA...

  16. The Effects of Load and Effort-Matched Concentric and Eccentric Knee Extension Training in Recreational Females

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of load and intensity of effort-matched concentric and eccentric knee extension training on isometric strength. Methods. Unilateral isometric torque was measured using a MedX knee extension after which eleven recreationally trained females performed both concentric-only (CONC and eccentric-only (ECC unilateral knee extension exercise once per week for 8 weeks. Participants performed a single set of both CONC and ECC exercise loadmatched at 80% of maximum isometric torque for each condition. All participants exercised to repetition maximum in both CONC and ECC conditions at a pace of ~3 s duration for each muscle action. This ensured that participants exercised to the same intensity of effort for both CONC and ECC training interventions. Results. Analyses revealed significant increases in isometric torque for both CONC (14.8% and ECC (13.0% conditions (p 0.05. Effect sizes are reported as 0.60 (CONC and 0.53 (ECC. In addition, analyses revealed significantly greater mean total training volume for ECC compared with CONC conditions (15903 vs. 8091, respectively; p < 0.001. Conclusions. The present findings indicate that, when matched for intensity of effort, both CONC and ECC knee extension exercise can significantly improve strength to the same extent. This supports previous research that load and repetitions are not as important as intensity of effort in resistance exercise.

  17. Knee Extensor and Flexor Torque Development with Concentric and Eccentric Isokinetic Training

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    Miller, Larry E.; Pierson, Lee M.; Nickols-Richardson, Sharon M.; Wootten, David F.; Selmon, Serah E.; Ramp, Warren K.; Herbert, William G.

    2006-01-01

    This study assessed muscular torque and rate of torque development following concentric (CON) or eccentric (ECC) isokinetic training. Thirty-eight women were randomly assigned to either CON or ECC training groups. Training consisted of knee extension and flexion of the nondominant leg three times per week for 20 weeks (SD = 1). Eccentric training…

  18. Mechanical, hormonal, and hypertrophic adaptations to 10 weeks of eccentric and stretch-shortening cycle exercise training in old males

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    Vaczi, Mark; Nagy, Szilvia A.; Koszegi, Tamas; Ambrus, Mira; Bogner, Peter; Perlaki, Gabor; Orsi, Gergely; Toth, Katalin; Hortobagyi, Tibor

    2014-01-01

    The growth promoting effects of eccentric (ECC) contractions are well documented but it is unknown if the rate of stretch per se plays a role in such muscular responses in healthy aging human skeletal muscle. We tested the hypothesis that exercise training of the quadriceps muscle with low rate ECC

  19. The Worldwide Expansion of Early Childhood Care and Education, 1985-2010

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    Wotipka, Christine Min; Rabling, Brenda Jarillo; Sugawara, Minako; Tongliemnak, Pumsaran

    2017-01-01

    Although early childhood care and education (ECCE) enrollments have expanded significantly around the world since the 1960s, little is known about the economic, social, and cultural drivers explaining this growth. Using country fixed effects and a sample of 117 countries, this study explores three predictors framing the growth of ECCE enrollments…

  20. The Value of Endocervical Curettage in Addition to Biopsies in Women Referred to Colposcopy

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    van der Marel, Jacolien; Rodriguez, Agata; del Pino, Marta; van Baars, Romy; Jenkins, David; van de Sandt, Miekel M.; Torne, Aureli; Ordi, Jaume; ter Harmsel, Bram; Verheijen, Rene H. M.; Schiffman, Mark; Gage, Julia C.; Quint, Wim G. V.; Wentzensen, Nicolas

    2015-01-01

    Objective Performing endocervical curettage (ECC) at colposcopy may increase the yield of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 (CIN2) or worse (CIN2+) compared to biopsies alone. The additional benefit of ECC in detecting CIN2+ was studied in women with lesion-targeted biopsies (low-grade or w