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  1. Unexpected artivism: the fabulatory function in Kumaré

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    Hongisto, I.; Pape, T.

    2015-01-01

    This article addresses artivism in Vikram Gandhi's 2011 documentary film Kumaré: The True Story of a False Prophet. The documentary tells the story of the fake guru Kumaré (played by Gandhi) who sets out to prove that spiritual leaders are illusions and that the power of self-transformation lies wit

  2. Comparison of the clinical applicability of Miller's classification system to Kumar and Masamatti's classification system of gingival recession

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    Kumar, Ashish; Gupta, Geeti; Puri, Komal; Bansal, Mansi; Jain, Deept; Khatri, Manish; Masamatti, Sujata Surendra

    2015-01-01

    Background: The aims of the present study were to (i) Find the percentage of recession cases that could be classified by application of Miller's and/or Kumar and Masamatti's classification of gingival recession, and (ii) compare the percentage of clinical applicability of Miller's criteria and Kumar and Masamatti's criteria to the total recessions present. Materials and Methods: A total of 104 patients (1089 recession cases) were included in the study wherein they were classified using both Miller's and Kumar and Masamatti's classification systems of gingival recession. Percentage comparison of the application of both classification systems was done. Results: Data analysis showed that though all the cases of the recession were classified by Kumar and Masamatti's classification, only 34.61% cases were classified by Miller's classification. 19.10% cases were completely (having only labial/buccal recession) classified. In 15.51% (out of 34.61%) cases, only buccal recession was classified according to Miller's criteria and included in this category, although these cases had both buccal and lingual/palatal recessions. Furthermore, 29.75% cases of recession with interdental loss and marginal tissue loss coronal to mucogingival junction (MGJ) remained uncategorized by Miller's classification; categorization of palatal/lingual recession was possible with Kumar and Masamatti's classification. Conclusion: The elaborative evaluation of both buccal and palatal/lingual recession by the Kumar and Masamatti's classification system can be used to overcome the limitations of Miller's classification system, especially the cases with interdental loss and having marginal tissue loss coronal to MGJ. PMID:26644724

  3. Teórie etnickej identity Kanchan Chandrovej a národnej indiferencie a možnosti ich uplatnenia pri historickom i etnologickom výskume jazykovo-kultúrne heterogénneho obyvateľstva juhoslovenských regiónov a miest

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    Ondrej Ficeri

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Slovak and Hungarian social sciences have paid sufficient attention to research on the transformation of the ethnic identities of people living mainly in ethnically mixed regions and towns of southern Slovakia. In the course of the 20th century, the affected population switched its ethnic identification codes depending on the assimilation political practices or the ethnic policy of the respective state authorities. The aim of this paper is to point out, through the theory of ethnic identity by political scientist Kanchan Chandra from New York (2012, the possibilities of applying an innovative analytical language to the historical and current research of assimilation processes, which enable a more exact grasping of the mechanisms of ethno-cultural changes in the southern Slovakian region heterogenous in terms of language and culture. The inhabitants of this type of regions and towns were easily ethnicised given their potential to become holders of several types of nominal ethnic identities which were activated (assimilation or deactivated (dissimilation depending on the situation in various contexts of the daily public and private life. This “non-national” behaviour of the population (ethnical practice had a causal influence on the current ethnic structure of the “lost” or “recovered” town, which can be interpreted as an expression of national indifference – the concept advocated by social scientists Tara Zahra, Jeremy King or Pieter Judson.

  4. Comments on the paper “Temperature dependence of bulk modulus and second-order elastic constants” by P.P. Singh and M. Kumar [Physica B 344 (2004) 41

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    Singh, K. S.

    2005-05-01

    Singh and Kumar have questioned the validity of the Mie-Grüneisen equation using an incorrect formulation. The Suzuki equation for thermal expansivity has been expressed by them in terms of thermal pressure using a wrong definition. The formulations already reported in the literature have been rediscovered by them and redesignated as the Kumar formulation. In the present communication we have reinforced the validity of the Mie-Grüneisen EOS using the correct definition of thermal pressure in the Suzuki formulation.

  5. Tartu meeriks pürgijad pakuvad - mis tooks ülikoolile Nobeli preemia / Ivar Tallo, Teet Jagomägi, Jüri Kumar, Malle Salupere...[jt.

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    2002-01-01

    Tartu linnapeakandidaadid Ivar Tallo, Teet Jagomägi, Jüri Kumar, Malle Salupere, Tõni Kauba, Tõnis Lukas ja Andrus Ansip vastavad küsimustele : Tartu Ülikooli arenguvõimalustest ja -vajadustest, konkurentsivõime suurendamisest / vahendasid Sander Silm, Priit Rajalo, Ivi Drikkit

  6. Tartu meeriks pürgijad pakuvad - mis tooks ülikoolile Nobeli preemia / Ivar Tallo, Teet Jagomägi, Jüri Kumar, Malle Salupere...[jt.

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    2002-01-01

    Tartu linnapeakandidaadid Ivar Tallo, Teet Jagomägi, Jüri Kumar, Malle Salupere, Tõni Kauba, Tõnis Lukas ja Andrus Ansip vastavad küsimustele : Tartu Ülikooli arenguvõimalustest ja -vajadustest, konkurentsivõime suurendamisest / vahendasid Sander Silm, Priit Rajalo, Ivi Drikkit

  7. μ-OXOISOPROPOXIDE Rajesh Kumar

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    The control of particle size and the morphology of the oxide are of crucial ... solid solutions, complex oxides, powders of metals and alloys active towards sintering .... in salicylates due to phenolic ν(C-O) vibrations is shifted 10-20cm-1 higher in ...

  8. SAFAHAT’TA İÇKİ-KUMAR ÇIKMAZINDAKİ ERKEKLERİN KADINA BAKIŞI VE AKİF’İN ÇÖZÜM ÖNERİSİ: EĞİTİM

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    FIRAT, Hatice

    2016-01-01

    Toplum sorunlarının şiirde işlenilmesi gerektiğinin vurgulayan Mehmet Akif, bu hassasiyeti eserlerinde bizzat gösterir. Ele alınmasında fayda gördüğü konulardan biri de içki-kumar alışkanlığı olan erkeklerin kadına bakışıdır. Çalışmada şairin ‚Meyhane‛, ‚Mahalle Kahvesi‛ ve ‚Köse İmam‛ adlı eserleri bu doğrultuda incelenmektedir. Araştırmada, tarama yöntemi ve içerik çözümlemesi/analizi tekniği kullanılmıştır. Eserlerde şairin; içki, kumar, kahvehane gibi alışkanlıkları aileyi yıkan yani huzu...

  9. Comment on ;Evolution of high-pressure mafic granulites and pelitic gneisses from NE Madagascar: Tectonic implications;. Tectonophysics, 662, 219-242 (2015) by Ishwar-Kumar et al.

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    Goncalves, Philippe; Brandt, Sönke; Nicollet, Christian; Tucker, Robert

    2017-05-01

    Determining the possible tectonic regimes active during the Neoproterozoic is crucial for the knowledge of the evolution of the super-continent Gondwana. In Madagascar, that occupies a key position in Gondwana, there is an on-going debate regarding the location of possible suture zones and the implications in terms of paleo-geography. Recognizing high-pressure to ultra-high pressure conditions in mafic rocks is commonly viewed as a strong argument for paleo-subduction zones. Ishwar-Kumar et al. (2015) report unusual high pressure conditions (24 kbar) in Neoproterozoic to Cambrian rocks from North-Central Madagascar (Andriamena Complex). They propose a geodynamic model in which exhumation of the high pressure terranes from up to 80 km to 40 km occurred via vertical extrusion during the collision of various crustal blocks after subduction and closure of an oceanic domain during the formation of Gondwana in the late Neoproterozoic to Cambrian. We question this model and in particular the (ultra-)high pressure conditions reported, because their estimation is based on a misinterpretation of the petrography and inaccurate thermodynamic modeling for the crucial metabasite sample. The authors suggest that garnet-quartz coronas around orthopyroxene and ilmenite coexist with clinopyroxene. The postulated garnet-clinopyroxene-quartz assemblage is interpreted to document an eclogite facies overprint. However, the presence of abundant plagioclase in the sample and the lack of high jadeite content in clinopyroxene clearly refute the postulated eclogite facies conditions. According to the presented photographs clinopyroxene is part of the rock matrix. We therefore suggest that the sample represents a common two-pyroxene granulite, formed at mid- to low-pressure granulite facies conditions of > 700 °C and Madagascar, this interpretation is not justified by the data presented by Ishwar-Kumar et al. (2015).

  10. 333-IJBCS-Article-T Sathish Kumar

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    extraction time, concentration of ethanol, material ratio and no. of extractions on the contents of flavonoids present in the leaves of ... microbial and anti-cancer activity (Cushnie and Lamb, 2005). ..... [a]anthracene-induced hamster buccal.

  11. Kogu vale kliendilojaalsusest / W. Reinartz, V. Kumar

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    Reinartz, W.

    2003-01-01

    Autorid leiavad, et ainult lojaalsusele keskendumise asemel tuleks leida meetodeid mõõtmaks lojaalsuse ja kasumlikkuse omavahelist seost, et selle abil määratleda kliendid, kellele rohkem tähelepanu suunata. Kommenteerivad Eda Odenberg; Ain Taube, Ene Raja, Jaan Tamm ja Indrek Randveer. Diagramm ja tabelid: klientide säilitamise hind; kõrge ja madala kasumlikkusega kliendid; lojaalsusstrateegia valimine vastavalt klientide kasumlikkusele.

  12. Kogu vale kliendilojaalsusest / W. Reinartz, V. Kumar

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    Reinartz, W.

    2003-01-01

    Autorid leiavad, et ainult lojaalsusele keskendumise asemel tuleks leida meetodeid mõõtmaks lojaalsuse ja kasumlikkuse omavahelist seost, et selle abil määratleda kliendid, kellele rohkem tähelepanu suunata. Kommenteerivad Eda Odenberg; Ain Taube, Ene Raja, Jaan Tamm ja Indrek Randveer. Diagramm ja tabelid: klientide säilitamise hind; kõrge ja madala kasumlikkusega kliendid; lojaalsusstrateegia valimine vastavalt klientide kasumlikkusele.

  13. The mismanagement of customer loyalty / Werner Reinartz, V. Kumar

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    Reinartz, Werner

    2004-01-01

    Kliendilojaalsuse olemusest, mõõtmisest ja juhtimisest, lojaalsete klientide eelistest ning põhjustest neist loobumiseks. Diagramm ja tabelid: The cost of keeping customers on; Which customers are really profitable; Choosing a loyalty strategy

  14. Kill a brand, keep a customer / Nirmalya Kumar

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    Kumar, Nirmalya

    2004-01-01

    Autori hinnangul peaksid kõik ettevõtted kasumi suurendamiseks aeg-ajalt oma brändiportfelle optimeerima. Brändide hindamisest, liitmisest, müümisest, kasvatamisest ja kaotamisest. Tabel: The brand audit sheet. Lisa: Do you have too many brands?

  15. Kill a brand, keep a customer / Nirmalya Kumar

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    Kumar, Nirmalya

    2004-01-01

    Autori hinnangul peaksid kõik ettevõtted kasumi suurendamiseks aeg-ajalt oma brändiportfelle optimeerima. Brändide hindamisest, liitmisest, müümisest, kasvatamisest ja kaotamisest. Tabel: The brand audit sheet. Lisa: Do you have too many brands?

  16. The mismanagement of customer loyalty / Werner Reinartz, V. Kumar

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    Reinartz, Werner

    2004-01-01

    Kliendilojaalsuse olemusest, mõõtmisest ja juhtimisest, lojaalsete klientide eelistest ning põhjustest neist loobumiseks. Diagramm ja tabelid: The cost of keeping customers on; Which customers are really profitable; Choosing a loyalty strategy

  17. Genre Analysis: The State of the Art (An Online Interview with Vijay Kumar Bhatia)

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    Bhatia, Vijay Kumar; Salmani Nodoushan, M. A.

    2015-01-01

    In this interview, Vijay Bhatia freely reflects on his personal experiences, perceptions, and views about the development of Genre Analysis in the early eighties towards Critical Genre Analysis today. He offers his impressions about how professionals construct, interpret, use and often exploit generic resources in their everyday practice to meet…

  18. 78 FR 19012 - Pawan Kumar Jain, M.D.; Decision And Order

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    2013-03-28

    ...., 65 FR 5,661 (DEA 2000); Jesus R. Juarez, M.D., 62 FR 14,945 (DEA 1997). Accordingly, both the plain... to practice medicine or handle controlled substances in the State of New Mexico'' and Respondent's... alleged that the New Mexico State Medical Board took action against the Respondent on June 28, 2012. ....

  19. Kumar et al., Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. (2013) 10(6):426 ...

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    Validated modified lycopodium spore method has been developed for simple ... In the case of powdered drugs the standard methods like ash value, extractive ... Modified Lycopodium spore method is an important analytical technique for powdered drug, especially when other methods of ... Leica DMLS-2 Instrumentation.

  20. 110 1*Atkuru Veera Venkata Naga Krishna Sunil Kumar, 2Chandra ...

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    forms and include HPLC with UV detection [11], stability indicating liquid ... detection [14] and micellar electrokinetic capillary ... ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer with matched ..... determination of iron (III) in water, industrial effluent and soil ...

  1. Understanding the Persistence of Caste: A Commentary on Cotterill, Sidanius, Bhardwaj and Kumar (2014

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    Yashpal A. Jogdand

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available We contextualise Cotterill, Sidanius, Bhardwaj, and Kumar’s (2014 paper within a broader literature on caste and collective mobilisation. Cotterill and colleagues’ paper represents a fresh and timely attempt to make sense of the persistence of caste from the perspective of Social Dominance Theory. Cotterill and colleagues, however, do not examine caste differences in the endorsement of karma, and take behavioural asymmetry among lower castes for granted. Cotterill and colleagues also adhere to a Varna model of the caste system that arguably is simplistic and benefits the upper castes of Indian society. We caution that emphasising behavioural asymmetry and endorsing the Varna model might further stigmatise lower castes, especially Dalits, and feed into a conformity bias already predominant in caste-related psychological research. We argue that the conceptualisation and operationalisation of Right-Wing Authoritarianism, Social Dominance Orientation and legitimising myths in the Indian context needs to take into account the particular meaning and functions of these constructs in specific intergroup contexts, and for identity positions salient within these contexts. We contend that any examination aimed at better understanding the nature of social hierarchy and oppression within the caste system and Indian society in general remains inconclusive without including a focus on the construction and contestation of social categories and social identities.

  2. Contribution of the thraustochytrid Corallochytrium limacisporum Raghu-kumar to microbial biomass in coral reef lagoons

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    Raghukumar, S.; Chandramohan, D.; Ramaiah, N.

    on the number of C limacisporum, total viable bacteria (saprophyte numbers), chlorophyll a content and total ATP in the lagoon waters, the contribution of C limacisporum to the microbial biomass in coral reef lagoons of the Lakshadweep islands was calculated...

  3. Antioxidant activity of some coumarins / Antioxidačná activita niektorých kumarínov

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    Šeršeň F.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Otestovali sme devatnasť derivatov kumarinu, na vychytavanie DPPH, hydroxylovych, a superoxidovych anionovych radikalov. Ich antioxidačna učinnosť bola zavisla od počtu a lokalizacie hydroxylovych skupin. Derivaty, ktore nemali žiadnu hydroxylovu skupinu boli veľmi slabo učinne, alebo vobec neučinne. Najučinnejšie vychytavače radikalov boli tie derivaty kumarinu, ktore obsahovali hydoxylove skupiny v polohe 6 alebo 8. Na druhej strane derivaty, ktore mali iba jednu hydroxylovu skupinu v polohe 4, 5 alebo 7 boli veľmi slabo učinne. Najučinnejšie vychytavače vyššie spominanych radikalov boli 7,8-dihydroxy-4-metylkumarin (zlučenina, ktora obsahuje 2 hydroxylove skupiny na benzenovom jadre v polohe 7 a 8, 7,8-dihydroxykumarin-4-yl-octova kyselina (obsahuje okrem 2 hydroxylovych skupin na benzenovom jadre ma aj OH skupinu v kyselinovom zvyšku, eskuletin (6,7-dihydroxykumarin a 6,7-dihydroxy-4-metylkumarin.

  4. Book Review: Pavarala, Vinod and Malik, Kanchan K., Other Voices. The Struggle for Community Radio in India, 2007, London/New Delhi/Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage Publications, ISBN 978-0-761-93602-2

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    Stiernstedt, Fredrik

    2008-01-01

    Community radio broadcasts fill the air in countries around the world, and in many places, not least in the so-called developing countries, it has played a significant role in development and in social- , as well as media, change. Southern Asia, however, has long lacked community radio, even though some stumbling attempts have been made in, for example Nepal, Indonesia and most recently in Bangladesh, just to mention a few. The same goes for India, which did not have community radio until Nov...

  5. Comments on ‘A comparative study of ANN and neuro-fuzzy for the prediction of dynamic constant of rockmass’ by T N Singh, R Kanchan, A K Verma and K Saigal

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    Tarkan Erdik; Zekai Şen

    2008-12-01

    Singh et al (2005)examined the potential of the ANN and neuro-fuzzy systems application for the prediction of dynamic constant of rockmass. However,the model proposed by them has some drawbacks according to fuzzy logic principles.This discussion will focus on the main fuzzy logic principles which authors and potential readers should take into consideration.

  6. Conventional Methodology in Transnational Community Research in ed. Cultivating Pathways of Creative Research New Horizons of Tranformative Practice and Collaborative Imagination Edited by Ananta Kumar Giri Ananta Giri-

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    Farah, Abdulkadir Osman

    2017-01-01

    and transformative practice, appropriate self-formation and collaborative imagination, experimental creativity and world transformation. With a foreword and an afterword, the book brings together thirty creative thinkers of our world from diverse backgrounds who share with us their vision and practice of cultivating...... of Creative Research: Towards a Festival of Dialogues and is followed by Research as Realization: Science, Spirituality and Harmony is not only a pioneering contribution to the world research but also to rethinking and regenerating self, culture, society and the human condition....

  7. Discussion on ‘‘Bearing capacity of circular footings over rock mass by using axisymmetric quasi lower bound finite element limit analysis” by Manash Chakraborty and Jyant Kumar [Comput. Geotech. 70 (2015) 138–149

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    Clausen, Johan Christian

    2016-01-01

    The commenter has read the above mentioned article with great interest and will commend the authors for their work. The article give rise to some comments which will be presented in the following. The designations and symbols used in this comment corresponds to those used in the commented paper....

  8. Calcification

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    ... In: Kumar V, Abbas AK, Aster JC, eds. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease . 9th ed. ... In: Kumar V, Abbas AK, Aster JC, eds. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease . 9th ed. ...

  9. Metabolite

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    Kumar V, Abbas AK, Aster JC. Cellular responses to stress and toxic insults: Adaptation, injury, and death. In: Kumar V, Abbas AK, Aster JC, eds. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease . 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: ...

  10. Lipofuscin

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    Kumar V, Abbas AK, Aster JC. Cellular responses to stress and toxic insults: Adaptation, injury, and death. In: Kumar V, Abbas AK, Aster JC, eds. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease . 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: ...

  11. Amartya Kumar Sen, La démocratie des autres. Pourquoi la liberté n’est pas une invention de l’Occident, traduit de l’américain par Monique Bégot, Paris, Payot et Rivages (Manuels Payot, 85 p., 10 euros.

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    Muriel Gilardone

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available La démocratie est certainement le fil conducteur de l’ensemble de l’œuvre – a priori épars – de l’économiste et philosophe Amartya Sen. D’une part, sa foi en la démocratie apparaît comme la raison première de sa volonté de défier le « théorème d’impossibilité » établi par Kenneth Arrow au début des années cinquante, et comme une ligne directrice dans sa recherche en théorie du choix social. D’autre part, dans ses analyses de problèmes sociaux plus empiriques, comme la famine ou les inégalités...

  12. Reclassification of Rhodospirillum photometricum Molisch 1907, Rhodospirillum sulfurexigens Anil Kumar et al. 2008 and Rhodospirillum oryzae Lakshmi et al. 2013 in a new genus, Pararhodospirillum gen. nov., as Pararhodospirillum photometricum comb. nov., Pararhodospirillum sulfurexigens comb. nov. and Pararhodospirillum oryzae comb. nov., respectively, and emended description of the genus Rhodospirillum.

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    Lakshmi, K V N S; Divyasree, B; Ramprasad, E V V; Sasikala, Ch; Ramana, Ch V

    2014-04-01

    The genus Rhodospirillum is represented by four species, with three of them showing phylogenetic divergence compared to the type species, Rhodospirillum rubrum. Differences in the major diagnostic properties such as internal photosynthetic membranes, quinones, fatty acids, carotenoid composition and a few other phenotypic properties warrant the reclassification of members of this genus. Resultantly, a new genus, Pararhodospirillum gen. nov., is proposed based on the analysis of nine strains to accommodate Rhodospirillum photometricum, Rhodospirillum sulfurexigens and Rhodospirillum oryzae as Pararhodospirillum photometricum comb. nov., Pararhodospirillum sulfurexigens comb. nov. and Pararhodospirillum oryzae comb. nov., respectively. The type species of the genus is Pararhodospirillum photometricum comb. nov. An emended description of the genus Rhodospirillum is also proposed.

  13. Flexoelectricity in PZT Nanoribbons and Biomembranes

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    2015-01-09

    equations were used to solve for the stress, displacement and polarization fields in several one and two-dimensional electromechanical problems...Princeton on several projects. We studied the electromechanical response of neuronal cells, energy harvesting using pyro-para-electricity and a new way of...08/20/2014 Received Paper 6.00 2.00 3.00 5.00 Prashant Purohit, Sheng Mao. Defects in flexoelectric solids, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of

  14. Morphine, Endogenous Opioid Peptides, and Reproduction in the Male Rhesus Monkey

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    1983-05-18

    been found for morphine, but does exist for other narco- tics such as methadone (Jakubovic et_ aU_, 1979; Purohit £l £lj_, 1978). These inhibitory...three hovirs after adininstratlon. In this study, aminoglutethamlde, a known inhibitor of steroid synthesis , was administered as a positive control...tory depression. Mean plasma testosterone levels in methadone -treated men showed no direct methadone dose-testosterone level relationship (Cushman

  15. Subabul for fodder, fuel and timber

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    Relwani, L.L.; Rangnekar, D.V.; Joshi, A.L.; Deshmukh, S.S.; Khandale, D.Y.; Nakat, R.V.

    1984-01-01

    A summary is given of research work on Leucaena leucocephala done at the Central Research Campus, Uruli-Kanchan, over the last 11 years. Data are given on the green and dry fodder yields of various Hawaian provenances planted at different spacings and on the effects of intercropping with grasses, culturing with Rhizobium and fertilizing with various micronutrients (B, Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn, and Mo). Other topics discussed are suitable cutting heights and frequencies, feeding trials, and the economics of fodder production under various regimes.

  16. Spatial variations of DMS, DMSP and phytoplankton in the Bay of Bengal during the summer monsoon 2001

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    Shenoy, D.M.; Paul, J.T.; Gauns, M.; Ramaiah, N.; DileepKumar, M.

    on the distribution of DMS and DMSP in the northern Indian Ocean (Hatton, Malin & Liss 1999; Shenoy, Kumar & Sarma, 2000; Shenoy, Joseph, Kumar & George, 2002 Shenoy & Patil, 2003). The northern Indian Ocean is comprised of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal... flame photometric detector (FPD). Both DMS and DMSPt were analysed according to the method given of Turner, Malin, Bagander, & Leck, (1990) and is also detailed in Shenoy, Joseph, Kumar, & George, (2002) and Shenoy and Patil (2003). Briefly, a known...

  17. A High-Throughput Pipeline for Designing Microarray-Based Pathogen Diagnostic Assays

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    2008-04-10

    Ravi Vijaya Satya, Nela Zavaljevski, Kamal Kumar and Jaques Reifman* Address: Biotechnology HPC Software Applications Institute, Telemedicine and...bioanalysis.org; Nela Zavaljevski - nelaz@bioanalysis.org; Kamal Kumar - kamal@bioanalysis.org; Jaques Reifman* - jaques.reifman@us.army.mil

  18. In silico Microarray Probe Design for Diagnosis of Multiple Pathogens

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    2008-10-21

    Nela Zavaljevski1, Kamal Kumar1, Elizabeth Bode2, Susana Padilla2, Leonard Wasieloski2, Jeanne Geyer2 and Jaques Reifman*1 Address: 1Biotechnology HPC...Vijaya Satya - rvijaya@bioanalysis.org; Nela Zavaljevski - nelaz@bioanalysis.org; Kamal Kumar - kamal@bioanalysis.org; Elizabeth Bode

  19. The Relationship Between Naval Aviation Mishaps and Squadron Maintenance Safety Climate

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    2006-12-01

    and fewer groups ( Aaker , Kumar, & Day, 2004). Principal component analysis has been the primary factor analysis method for summarizing this...Parent 75 LIST OF REFERENCES Aaker , D. A., Kumar, V., & Day, G. S. (2004). Marketing research. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons. Baker, R. (1998

  20. Is the Employment of Army the Only Solution for Solving the Naxal Problem in India?

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    2011-05-19

    8. Bidyut Chakarbarty and Rajat Kumar Kujur, Maoism in India: The Reincarnation of Ultra Left Wing Extremism in the Twenty First...Knowledge Press, 2004. Chakarbarty, Bidyut and Rajat Kumar Kujur. Maoism in India: The Reincarnation of Ultra Left Wing Extremism in the Twenty First

  1. High CO2 emissions from the tropical Godavari estuary (India) associated with monsoon river discharges

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    Sarma, V.V; Kumar, N.A.; Prasad, V; Venkataramana, V; Appalanaidu, S.; Sridevi, B.; Kumar, B.S.K.; Bharati, M.D.; Subbaiah, C.V; Acharyya, T.; Rao, G.D.; Viswanadham, R.; Gawade, L; Manjary, D.T.; Kumar, P.P.; Rajeev, K.; Reddy, N.P.C.; Sarma, V.V.; Kumar, M.D.; Sadhuram, Y.; Murty, T.V.R.

    . Appalanaidu, B. Sridevi, B.S.K. Kumar, M.D. Bharati, Ch.V. Subbaiah, T. Acharya, G.D. Rao, R. Viswanadham, L. Gawade, D.T. Manjary, P. P. Kumar, K. Rajeev, N.P.C. Reddy, V.V. Sarma, M.D. Kumar, Y. Sadhuram and T.V.R. Murty National Institute...-67. Borges, A.V., B. Delille and M. Frankignoulle (2005), Budgeting sinks and sources of CO2 in the coastal ocean: Diversity of ecosystems counts. Geophysical Research Letters, 32, No. L14601. Bouillon, S., M. Frankignoulle, F. Dehairs, F. et al.(2003...

  2. Retracted: Bacteria diversity overview and endoglucanase assessment from Himalayan Tapovan geothermal spring.

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    Sahoo, Jitendra Kumar; Navani, Naveen Kumar; Pathania, Ranjana

    2015-08-25

    The above article from the Journal of Basic Microbiology, published online on 25 August 2015 in Wiley Online Library as Early View (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jobm.201500135/pdf), has been retracted by agreement between Naveen Kumar Navani and Ranjana Pathania, the Editor-in-Chief and Wiley-VCH GmbH & Co. KGaA. The retraction has been agreed because the article has been submitted and approved for publication by Jitendra Kumar Sahoo without consent in any form by the named co-authors Naveen Kumar Navani and Ranjana Pathania.

  3. A new modified remote user authentication scheme using smart cards

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    2008-01-01

    In 2000, a remote user authentication scheme using smart cards was proposed and the masquerade attacks were proved successful on this scheme. Recently, Kumar has suggested the idea of check digits to overcome the above attacks with a new scheme that removes these threats well. In this paper it is pointed out that the weakness still exists in Kumar's scheme, and the intruder can login to the remote system through having some information. A new scheme which can overcome these attacks and appears more secure and efficient than Kumar's is presented.

  4. Experimental Particle Physics

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    2014-08-31

    The high energy physics group at the University of South Carolina, under the leadership of Profs. S.R. Mishra, R. Petti, M.V. Purohit, J.R. Wilson (co-PI's), and C. Rosenfeld (PI), engaged in studies in "Experimental Particle Physics." The group collaborated with similar groups at other universities and at national laboratories to conduct experimental studies of elementary particle properties. We utilized the particle accelerators at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in California, and the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. Mishra, Rosenfeld, and Petti worked predominantly on neutrino experiments. Experiments conducted in the last fifteen years that used cosmic rays and the core of the sun as a source of neutrinos showed conclusively that, contrary to the former conventional wisdom, the "flavor" of a neutrino is not immutable. A neutrino of flavor "e," "mu," or "tau," as determined from its provenance, may swap its identity with one of the other flavors -- in our jargon, they "oscillate." The oscillation phenomenon is extraordinarily difficult to study because neutrino interactions with our instruments are exceedingly rare -- they travel through the earth mostly unimpeded -- and because they must travel great distances before a substantial proportion have made the identity swap. Three of the experiments that we worked on, MINOS, NOvA, and LBNE utilize a beam of neutrinos from an accelerator at Fermilab to determine the parameters governing the oscillation. Two other experiments that we worked on, NOMAD and MIPP, provide measurements supportive of the oscillation experiments. Good measurements of the neutrino oscillation parameters may constitute a "low energy window" on related phenomena that are otherwise unobservable because they would occur only at energies way above the reach of conceivable accelerators. Purohit and Wilson participated in the Ba

  5. Seed biopriming with novel strain of Trichoderma harzianum for the control of toxigenic Fusarium verticillioides and fumonisins in maize

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    Nayaka, S.Chandra; Niranjana, S.R.; Shankar, A.C. Uday;

    2010-01-01

    Fusarium verticillioides is one of the most important fungal pathogens in maize causing both pre- and post-harvest losses and also capable of producing Fumonisins. In the present study attempts have been made for screening potential T. harzianum from native rhizosphere and to study its effect...... on Fusarium ear rot disease, fumonisin accumulation in different maize cultivars grown in India. Eight isolates of T. harzianum were isolated and T. harzianum isolate Th-8 exhibited better antifungal activity than carbendizim. Th-8 was formulated in different solid substrates like wheat bran, paddy husk......, talcum powder and cornstarch. Maize seeds of kanchan (moderately resistant), pioneer (resistant) and sweet corn (susceptible) were selected for laboratory and field studies and these seeds were treated with a conidial suspension of T. harzianum at the rate of 1   108 spore/ml and formulation at the rate...

  6. Disease: H00093 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available , Gershwin ME. Current perspectives on primary immunodeficiency diseases. Clin Dev Immunol 13:223-59 (2006) ...312863 613179 603554 233650 612782 612783 PMID:17162365 (gene) Kumar A, Teuber SS

  7. High Blood Pressure Dangers: Hypertension's Effects on Your Body

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    ... al. Overview of hypertension in adults. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Aug. 3, 2016. Kumar V, ... clinical manifestations of transient ischemic attack http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Aug. 3, 2016. Furie KL, ...

  8. Tooth anatomy

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    ... page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002214.htm Tooth anatomy To use the sharing features on this page, ... upper jawbone is called the maxilla. Images Tooth anatomy References Lingen MW. Head and neck. In: Kumar ...

  9. Sentiment analysis enhancement with target variable in Kumar’s Algorithm

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    Arman, A. A.; Kawi, A. B.; Hurriyati, R.

    2016-04-01

    Sentiment analysis (also known as opinion mining) refers to the use of text analysis and computational linguistics to identify and extract subjective information in source materials. Sentiment analysis is widely applied to reviews discussion that is being talked in social media for many purposes, ranging from marketing, customer service, or public opinion of public policy. One of the popular algorithm for Sentiment Analysis implementation is Kumar algorithm that developed by Kumar and Sebastian. Kumar algorithm can identify the sentiment score of the statement, sentence or tweet, but cannot determine the relationship of the object or target related to the sentiment being analysed. This research proposed solution for that challenge by adding additional component that represent object or target to the existing algorithm (Kumar algorithm). The result of this research is a modified algorithm that can give sentiment score based on a given object or target.

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    Full Text Available s, dysgenesis, and dyshormonogenesis in congenital hypothyroidism. Pediatr Endocr...(2007) PMID:16424561 Kumar PG, Anand SS, Sood V, Kotwal N Thyroid dyshormonogenesis. Indian Pediatr 42:1233-

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    enlightened on the use of organic fertilizers and other safe farming practices and that further ... and seasonally flooded land and dry land (Hollis et al.,. 1993). .... the light attenuation factor in the Lake. ... local pollution (Kumar et al; 2006).

  12. Valimised 2002 : Tartu linnapeakandidaadid prioriteetidest linna arengus : kolm esimest ülesannet

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    Artiklite autorid: Andrus Ansip Reformierakonnast, Tõnu Kauba Keskerakonnast, Jüri Kumar ERL-ist, Ivar Tallo Mõõdukatest, Tõnis Lukas Isamaaliidust, Teet Jagomägi Res Publicast. Parlamendisaadik

  13. 78 FR 76382 - Notice of Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Approvals and Disapprovals

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    ... firefighting personnel. Acquire Americans with Disabilities Act passenger boarding ramp. Install common use flight information system. DECISION DATE: May 13, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Neil Kumar, San... Federal Aviation Administration Notice of Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Approvals and Disapprovals...

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    Full Text Available Teuber SS, Gershwin ME. Current perspectives on primary immunodeficiency diseases...K07210] IKBA [HSA:4792] [KO:K04734] MeSH: C567411 C536181 OMIM: 612132 300291 PMID:17162365 (gene) Kumar A,

  15. A Breakthrough in Sphere Packing: The Search for Magic Functions

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    2016-01-01

    This paper by David de Laat and Frank Vallentin is an exposition about the two recent breakthrough results in the theory of sphere packings. It includes an interview with Henry Cohn, Abhinav Kumar, Stephen D. Miller and Maryna Viazovska.

  16. A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF ALGORITHMS FOR LAND COVER CHANGE

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF ALGORITHMS FOR LAND COVER CHANGE SHYAM BORIAH*, VARUN MITHAL, ASHISH GARG, VIPIN KUMAR, MICHAEL STEINBACH, CHRIS POTTER, AND STEVE KLOOSTER*...

  17. Real Knowledge, Virtual Class; Students of Bihar's silicon campus 'attend' lectures held all over the state--without leaving home

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    2007-01-01

    ...." At the inauguration, says co-ordinator Bijay Kumar, Patna University faculty delivered lectures at the NIC Patna studio with teachers and students from other universities listening in from their NIC centres...

  18. Datasets in Gene Expression Omnibus used in the study ORD-019001: Compensatory changes in CYP expression in three different toxicology mouse models: CAR-null, Cyp3a-null, and Cyp2b9/10/13-null mice.

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Accession numbers of microarray data sets used in the analysis. This dataset is associated with the following publication: Kumar, R., L. Mota, E. Litoff, J. Rooney,...

  19. Tulnukad tulid punase vihmaga / Kaivo Kopli

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    25. juulil 2001. aastal tabasid India lääneosas asuvat Kerala piirkonda punase vihma hood. Gandhi ülikooli füüsik Godfrey Louis ja tema kolleeg Santosh Kumar leidsid, et vihma tegi punaseks bakteriaalne materjal

  20. Members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade and Industry of the United Kingdom visit the CMS assembly hall.

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    2002-01-01

    Left to right: Austin Ball, Martin O'Neill (Chairman), Richard Burden, Jonathan Djanogly, Lindsay Hoyle, Roger Berry, Linda Perham, Sir Robert Smith, Jackie Lawrence, Michel Della Negra, Tejinder Virdee, Ashok Kumar.

  1. The Philippine Response to Terrorism: The Abu Sayyaf Group

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    with a highly intolerant religious credo that calls for the deliberate and 106 Sidney Tarrow cited in Kim...Kumar, The New Terrorism: Anatomy, Trends and Counter-Strategies (Singapore: Eastern Universities Press, 2002). Tarrow , Sidney , cited in Kim Cragin

  2. Tulnukad tulid punase vihmaga / Kaivo Kopli

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    25. juulil 2001. aastal tabasid India lääneosas asuvat Kerala piirkonda punase vihma hood. Gandhi ülikooli füüsik Godfrey Louis ja tema kolleeg Santosh Kumar leidsid, et vihma tegi punaseks bakteriaalne materjal

  3. Isolation and identification of two galangin metabolites from rat urine ...

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    inhibition of lipogenesis or stimulation of lipolysis is an effective ..... activates thermogenesis in white and brown adipose tissue. Nat Commun 2014; 5: 5493. 10. Kumar S ... a pancreatic lipase inhibitor in cafeteria diet fed female rats. Pharm ...

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    determine the presence and distribution of pathogens associated with parthenium and further evaluation of the .... associated with Parthenium seed, leaf and other plant parts from different locations; 2) ...... Pesticides 13: 121-127. Kumar, P.S. ...

  5. Isodon purpurescence (Lamiaceae, a new species from Western Ghats, Kerala, India

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available A new species, Isodon purpurescence Sunil, Naveen Kumar & Ratheesh, from Ernakulam (Western Ghats, India is described and illustrated. Its diagnostic characters are discussed and comments made on differences between this and related species.

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    Items 451 - 500 of 1760 ... Vol 16, No 4 (2017), Clinical effect of combined ulinastatin and ... CA Kumar, BM Gurupadayya, SN Sloka, RS Chandan, JC Thejaswini .... Tablets containing corn and Trifoliate Yam Starches as Binders, Abstract PDF.

  7. MicroRNAs to Pathways in Prostate Cancer Progression

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    2015-12-01

    uncovered numerous miRNAs whose expression was altered with Pten loss. The Dgcr8 knockout model should provide a powerful means to dissect the role of...TR, Jacks T (2007) Impaired microRNA processing enhances cellular transformation and tumorigenesis. Nat Genet 39: 673 – 677 11. Kumar MS, Pester RE...241 53. Kumar MS, Erkeland SJ, Pester RE, Chen CY, Ebert MS, Sharp PA, Jacks T (2008) Suppression of non-small cell lung tumor development by the let

  8. Effect of Carbon Doping on the Electronic Structure and Elastic Properties of Boron Suboxide

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    of Boron Suboxide by Amol B Rahane, Jennifer S Dunn, and Vijay Kumar Approved for public release; distribution unlimited...Laboratory Effect of Carbon Doping on the Electronic Structure and Elastic Properties of Boron Suboxide by Amol B Rahane and Vijay Kumar Dr...SUBTITLE Effect of Carbon Doping on the Electronic Structure and Elastic Properties of Boron Suboxide 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c

  9. Quantifying and Assuring Information Transfer in Dynamic Heterogeneous Wireless Networks

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    2012-07-31

    Kumar, Estimating the state of a Markov chain over a noisy communication channel: A bound and an encoder. To appear in Proceedings of 49th IEEE...Transactions on Information Theory. 4. I-Hong Hou and P. R. Kumar, Queueing Systems with Hard Delay Constraints: A Framework andSolutions for Real-Time...J. Garcia-Haro, Z.J. Haas, A stochastic model for chain collisions of vehicles equipped with vehicular communications, accepted for publications in

  10. Understanding asymmetries in ict acceptance at individual use in Poland : the UTAUT2 theory combined with attitude, privacy risk, perceived security

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    Understanding of the main determinants associated to Internet and Communication Technology acceptance have received attention from international bodies and researchers (Dewan & Chen, 2014; Featherman & Pavlou, 2003; Im, Hong & Kang, 2011; Ming Chi Lee, 2009; Niehaves & Plattfaut, 2014; Shareef, Kumar, Kumar & Dwivedi, 2011; Shin, 2010; Venkatesh & Bala, 2008; Venkatesh, Thong & Xu, 2012a). The reason behind the growing interest in this issue refers to the implications of digital ...

  11. A new genus Mesophlaeoba (Orthoptera: Acrididae: Acridinae from India

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available A new genus of Acridinae, Mesophlaeoba Kumar and Usmani gen. n. based on type species Mesophlaeoba usmanii Kumar and Usmani sp. n., is described and illustrated from India. The description was based on both conventional morphological and genital characters. The new genus is closely related to Phlaeoba Stal, 1861 but differs from it in presence of filiform antennae, absence of median carinula of fastigium of vertex and rounded posterior margin of pronotum.

  12. Notice of Withdrawal.

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    Notice of Withdrawal: 'Odanacatib restores trabecular bone of skeletally mature female rabbits with osteopenia but induces brittleness of cortical bone: a comparative study of the investigational drug with PTH, Estrogen and Alendronate' by Mohd. Parvez Khan, Atul Kumar Singh, Abhishek Kumar Singh, Pragya Shrivastava, Mahesh Chandra Tiwari, Geet Kumar Nagar, Himangshu Kousik Bora, Venkitanarayanan Parameswaran, Sabyasachi Sanyal, Jayesh R. Bellare and Naibedya Chattopadhyay The above article from the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, published online on 27 March 2015 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), has been withdrawn by agreement between the journal's editor-in-chief, Juliet E. Compston, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This action has been agreed due to an error at the publishers which caused a duplicate of the article to be published on 22 September 2015. The correct version of the article is to be found at: 'Odanacatib restores trabecular bone of skeletally mature female rabbits with osteopenia but induces brittleness of cortical bone: a comparative study of the investigational drug with PTH, Estrogen and Alendronate' by Mohd. Parvez Khan, Atul Kumar Singh, Abhishek Kumar Singh, Pragya Shrivastava, Mahesh Chandra Tiwari, Geet Kumar Nagar, Himangshu Kousik Bora, Venkitanarayanan Parameswaran, Sabyasachi Sanyal, Jayesh R. Bellare and Naibedya Chattopadhyay (doi: 10.1002/jbmr.2719).

  13. Fabrication of nanoadjuvant with poly-ɛ-caprolactone (PCL for developing a single-shot vaccine providing prolonged immunity [Corrigendum

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    Full Text Available Prashant CK, Bhat M, Srivastava SK, et al. Int J Nanomedicine. 2014;9:937–950.On page 937, the author affiliations have been listed incorrectly. The correct author list is as follows:Chandravilas Keshvan Prashant1Madhusudan Bhat2Sandeep Kumar Srivastava2Ankit Saxena3Manoj Kumar4Amar Singh3Mohammed Samim5Farhan Jalees Ahmad6Amit Kumar Dinda21Faculty of Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India; 2Department of Pathology, 3Department of Transplant Immunology and Immunogenetics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India; 4Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India; 5Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India; 6Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, IndiaRead the original article

  14. Prediction of Water Activity for Mixed Aqueous Solutions from the Data of Their Binary Constituent Solutions

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    刘艳升; 徐春明; 胡玉峰; 严骏

    2004-01-01

    The equation of Patwardhan and Kumar for water activities of mixed electrolyte solutions is extended to aqueous solutions containing non-electrolytes. This equation and the linear isopiestic relation are used to predict water activities of 56 ternary aqueous solutions in terms of the data of their binary subsystems. Both equation of Patwardhan and Kumar and the linear isopiestic relation can provide good predictions for water activities of the present 40 electrolyte solutions, and the linear isopiestic relation generally yields better predictions. The predictions of the extended equation of Patwardhan and Kumar and the linear isopiestic relation are in general quite reasonable for the present 8 ternary solutions of electrolytes and non-electrolytes, and the results of the linear isopiestic relation are usually better. The predictions of these two methods generally agree well with the experimental data for the 8 non-electrolyte mixtures being studied, and the linear isoniestic relation is better.

  15. Quantum Einstein, Bohr and the great debate about the nature of reality

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    Kumar, Manjit

    2008-01-01

    For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, impenetrable science. And yet for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly-written history of this fundamental scientific revolution, and the divisive debate at its heart.  For 60 years most physicists believed that quantum theory denied the very existence of reality itself. Yet Kumar shows how the golden age of physics ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the twentieth century.  Quantum sets the science in the context of the great upheavals of the modern age. In 1

  16. Inter-annual variations in wave characteristics off Ratnagiri, Northeast Arabian Sea

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    Johnson, G.; SanilKumar, V.; Singh

    . Proc., vol.4; 2015; 25–31 Inter-annual variations in wave characteristics off Ratnagiri, Northeast Arabian Sea Johnson Glejin, Sanil Kumar V*, Jai Singh CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research), Dona....N.B., Singh, J., 2013a. Influence of winds on temporally varying short and long period gravity waves in the nearshore regions of the eastern Arabian Sea, Ocean Sciences 9, 343–353 Glejin J., Sanil Kumar,V. Jai Singh, Balakrishnan Nair,T.N., Mehra P. 2013b...

  17. Variations in swells along Eastern Arabian Sea during the summer monsoon

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    Johnson, G.; SanilKumar, V.; Sanjiv, P.C.; Singh; Pednekar, P.S.; AshokKumar, K.; Dora, G.U.; Gowthaman, R.

    Singh, Premanand Pednekar, K. Ashok Kumar, G. Udhaba Dora, Rajamanickam Gowthaman Ocean Engineering, National Institute of Oceanography (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research), Dona Paula, India Email: sanil@nio.org Received November 26... and T. N. B. Nair, “Waves in Shal- low Water off West Coast of India during the Onset of Summer Monsoon,” Annales Geophysicae, Vol. 28, 2010, pp. 817-824. doi:10.5194/angeo-28-817-2010 [3] V. S. Kumar, J. Singh, P. Pednekar and R. Gowthaman, “Waves...

  18. Spatial and temporal variations of wave energy in the nearshore waters of the central west coast of India

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    Amrutha, M.M.; SanilKumar, V.

    . Sanil Kumar Ocean Engineering Division, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO), Dona Paula, Goa, 403 004, India Correspondence to: V. Sanil Kumar (sanil@nio.org) Received: 24 September 2016 – Revised...- tial assessment in the Caribbean Low Level Jet using wave hind- cast information, Appl. Energy, 137, 375–384, 2015. Arinaga, R. A. and Cheung, K. F.: Atlas of global wave energy from 10 years of reanalysis and hindcast data, Renew. Energ., 39, 49– 64...

  19. Why is the Bay of Bengal experiencing a reduced rate of sea surface warming?

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    DeMello, J.R.; PrasannaKumar, S.

    . RupaKumar et al. (2002) was the first to show that the Indian Ocean was warming at the rate of 0.5 °C per 100 years, based on the analysis of SST data during 1904 to 1994. Subsequently, Prasanna Kumar et al. (2009) showed that the Arabian Sea... is experiencing a secular warming and a regional climate shift after mid-1990 based on analysis of SST data during 1960 to 2005. However, no such studies on long term variability are available in the case of the BoB. It is in this context that in the present...

  20. Forecasting of onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala coast using satellite data

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    RameshKumar, M.R.

    IEEE GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING LETTERS, VOL. 1, NO. 4, OCTOBER 2004 265 Forecasting of Onset of Southwest Monsoon Over Kerala Coast Using Satellite Data M. R. Ramesh Kumar Abstract—The Global Precipitation and in situ gauge data have been used.... This is National Institute of Oceanography contribution number 3891. KUMAR: FORECASTING OF ONSET OF SOUTHWEST MONSOON OVER KERALA COAST USING SATELLITE DATA 267 REFERENCES [1] R. Ananthakrishnan and M. K. Soman, “The onset of the south west monsoon over Kerala 1901...

  1. Comparison of long-term variability of sea surface temperature in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal

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    DineshKumar, P.K.; Paul, Y.S.; Muraleedharan, K.R.; Murty, V.S.N.; Preenu, P.N.

    IOD events and colder SST anomaly peaks are associated with negative IOD events. This is in agreement with the studies of Praveen Kumar (2013), who reported negative feedback between net heat flux and SST during IOD events. Similarly, warm SST... anomaly peaks are associated with El Niño and colder SST anomaly peaks are associated with La Niña events, thus ENSO events (El Niño and La Niña) provide positive feedback to the SST (Praveen Kumar, 2013). In Figs. 7 to 10, a steady increase in SST...

  2. Indian Ocean dipole modulated wave climate of eastern Arabian Sea

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    Anoop, T.R.; SanilKumar, V.; Shanas, P.R.; Glejin, J.; Amrutha, M.M.

    Kumar, 2014; Sanil Kumar and Naseef, 2015). In the present study, blended data sets of ERA-40 and ERA-I are used only for long-term wind field analysis during positive, negative and neutral IOD years. Since ERA-I is the improved version of ERA-40 (Dee et... al., 2011), we compared ERA-40 with ERA-I during Octo- ber from 1979 to 2001 (Fig. 2). From the analysis, it is clear that the error in ERA-40 compared to ERA-I will not sig- nificantly affect the results when we blend these data sets together...

  3. Slow Growth and Optimal Approximation of Pseudoanalytic Functions on the Disk

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    Full Text Available Pseudoanalytic functions (PAF are constructed as complex combination of real-valued analytic solutions to the Stokes-Betrami System. These solutions include the generalized biaxisymmetric potentials. McCoy [10] considered the approximation of pseudoanalytic functions on the disk. Kumar et al. [9] studied the generalized order and generalized type of PAF in terms of the Fourier coefficients occurring in its local expansion and optimal approximation errors in Bernstein sense on the disk. The aim of this paper is to improve the results of McCoy [10] and Kumar et al. [9]. Our results apply satisfactorily for slow growth.

  4. Materials Research for Advanced Inertial Instrumentation. Task 2. Gas Bearing Material Development.

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    AD-RA4e 435 MATERIALS RESEARCH FOR ADVANCED INERTIAL 1/i INSTRUMENTATION TASK 2 GAS BERRI..(U) CHARLES STARK DRAPER LAB INC CAMBRIDGE MR K KUMAR ET...I.25.2 - U-2 1Ŗ AmsaŚ MATERIALS RESEARCH FOR ADVANCE- INERTIAL INSTRUMENTATION TASK 2: GAS BEAR ING MATERIAL F4., FEBRUARY 1984". 414 K . KUMAR...HNEWBORN’ DAS 1 4 -r~ edfor fte Office of N w ta rdv mapch ~~ppr~vedfor public rele..; distribution ea- . . " 0*sinis granted to U.S. Govemn pr~t in

  5. Study on the compatibility of unbleached and bleached bamboo-fiber with LLDPE matrix

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    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available for polypropylene (PP). These techniques give fiber bundles which create a problem in dispersion S. Kumar (&) � V. Choudhary Centre for Polymer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016, India e-mail: sanju..._chemiit@yahoo.co.in R. Kumar CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing, P.O. Box 1124, Port Elizabeth 6000, South Africa 123 J Therm Anal Calorim DOI 10.1007/s10973-010-0799-4 with polymer matrix while single fiber is desirable for better dispersion. Therefore...

  6. Observations of long-period waves in the nearshore waters of central west coast of India during the fall inter-monsoon period

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    Amrutha, M.M.; SanilKumar, V.; Jesbin, G.

    in the in the near shore regions of eastern Arabian Sea. International J of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, 8, 312-319. Glejin, J., Kumar, V.S., Chempalayil, S.P., Singh, J., Pednekar, P., Kumar, K.A., Dora, G.U., Gowthaman, 2012. Variations in swells... Geraldton. Proceedings of the 2009 Pacific Coasts and Ports Conference, Wellington, New Zealand. Mehta, A. V., & Krishnamurti, T. N., 1988. Interannual variability of the 30 to 50 day wave motions. Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan, 66...

  7. Physical control of primary productivity on a seasonal scale in central and eastern Arabian Sea

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    =ISO-8859-1 Physical control of primary productivity on a seasonal scale in central and eastern Arabian Sea SPRASANNA KUMAR,MMADHUPRATAP,MDILEEP KUMAR,MGAUNS, PMMURALEEDHARAN,VVSSSARMA and S N De SOUZA National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula... high saline waters from the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, and the zone of oxygen deficient waters ( 150--1000 m) make the Arabian Sea a unique tropical basin. Plan- kton blooms occur during both summer and winter monsoons and we are only beginning...

  8. Design for sustainable development--household drinking water filter for arsenic and pathogen treatment in Nepal.

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    Ngai, Tommy K K; Shrestha, Roshan R; Dangol, Bipin; Maharjan, Makhan; Murcott, Susan E

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    In the last 20 years, the widespread adoption of shallow tubewells in Nepal Terai region enabled substantial improvement in access to water, but recent national water quality testing showed that 3% of these sources contain arsenic above the Nepali interim guideline of 50 microg/L, and up to 60% contain unsafe microbial contamination. To combat this crisis, MIT, ENPHO and CAWST together researched, developed and implemented a household water treatment technology by applying an iterative, learning development framework. A pilot study comparing 3 technologies against technical, social, and economic criteria showed that the Kanchan Arsenic Filter (KAF) is the most promising technology for Nepal. A two-year technical and social evaluation of over 1000 KAFs deployed in rural villages of Nepal determined that the KAF typically removes 85-90% arsenic, 90-95% iron, 80-95% turbidity, and 85-99% total coliforms. Then 83% of the households continued to use the filter after 1 year, mainly motivated by the clean appearance, improved taste, and reduced odour of the filtered water, as compared to the original water source. Although over 5,000 filters have been implemented in Nepal by January 2007, further research rooted in sustainable development is necessary to understand the technology diffusion and scale-up process, in order to expand access to safe water in the country and beyond.

  9. Screening of Bangladeshi winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivars for sensitivity to ozone.

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    Saitanis, Costas J; Bari, Shafiqul M; Burkey, Kent O; Stamatelopoulos, Dimitris; Agathokleous, Evgenios

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    The sensitivity to ozone of ten Bangladeshi wheat cultivars was tested by exposing plants to eight ozone exposure regimes (50, 60, 80, 100, 120, 135, 150, and 200 ppb for 14, 11, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 1 days, respectively, for 8 h/day) in controlled environment chambers. Visible leaf injury, dry weight, chlorophyll, carotenoid content, leaf greenness (SPAD value), quantum yield of photosynthesis, and stomatal resistance were measured to evaluate response. Shoot biomass, total chlorophyll, leaf greenness, and carotenoid content were reduced in ozone-exposed plants. Based on the results of principal component analysis (PCA)-biplot analysis, the order of sensitivity to ozone was: Akbar > Sufi ≥ Bijoy ≥ Shatabdi > Bari-26 ≥ Gourab > Bari-25 ≥ Prodip ≥ Sourav > Kanchan. The most important parameters to discriminate cultivars with respect to ozone sensitivity were visible injury and chlorophyll b/a ratio, whereas quantum yield of photosynthesis was less important. Differences in stomatal resistance were not a significant factor in ozone response. Regression of cultivars' PCA scores against year of release revealed no trend, suggesting that ozone tolerance was not incorporated during cultivar breeding.

  10. Allergic contact dermatitis to turmeric in kumkum

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    Full Text Available A forty-three year old house-wife developed dermatitis over the center of forehead following application of kumkum, bindi and sticker (except one brand since six months. Patch testing with various brands of kumkum and regularly available sticker used by the patient elicited positive reaction except one brand used by the patient. Kumkum is made by mixing turmeric (Curcuma longa powder with small amount of lime (calcium hydroxide. She was patch tested with turmeric, to which she developed positive reaction. Subsequently she was patch tested with turmeric powder boiled and air-dried and also the acetone-extract and precipitate of the powder. She tested positive to all the extracts and precipitates, but the turmeric powder which was dried by boiling did not elicit positive reaction. She was advised to use boiled and dried turmeric to make kumkum for use. However, the kumkum powder prepared following boiling had lost its adhesive property and hence was unacceptable. She was offered Castellani′s paint and eosin with starch for application. Both were acceptable for 2 months, but she subsequently developed irritant reaction to the paint with starch. She continues to use the non-allergic sticker (Kanchan sticker kumkum while we are trying to find other alternatives to kumkum.

  11. The Stability and Dynamics of Optical Waveguides, Lasers, and Amplifiers

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    2077-2079 (with Christopher G. Goedde and Prem Kumar). Soliton evolution and radiation loss for the nonlinear Schroedinger equation, Physical Review E...for the nonlinear Schroedinger equation’’, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, July 1994. "’Radiation

  12. A Conceptual Framework for Representing Human Behavior Characteristics in a System of Systems Agent-based Survivability Simulation-Intelligent Networks

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    notion that due to interactions of multiple behaviors, the resultant system behaviors are non- linear and information flow in the system and their...said to be fully connected. A MANET communication could be explained using its connectivity matrix. Algebraically , the entry of connectivity matrix...2007). Elementary Fuzzy Matrix Theory and Fuzzy Models for Social Scientists. Los Angeles: American Research Press. Venkatraman, S., Kumar

  13. Anisotropic Self-Assembly of Spherical Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles

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    Raghavan, S. R. & Khan, S. A. Thermoreversible gelation in aqueous dispersions of colloidal particles bearing grafted poly(ethylene oxide) chains. J. Rheol...fractal filler networks in rubber. Kautsch. Gummi Kunstst. 50, 282–291 (1997). 47. Salaniwal, S., Kumar, S. K. & Douglas, J. F. Amorphous solidification

  14. Erratum: Erratum to Central European Journal of Engineering, Volume 4, Issue 1

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    Paper by M. Ajay Kumar, N. V. Srikanth, et al. "An adaptive neuro fuzzy inference system controlled space cector pulse width modulation based HVDC light transmission system under AC fault conditions" in Volume 4, Issue 1, 27-38/March 2014 doi: 10.2478/s13531-013-0143-4 contains an error in the title. The correct title is presented below

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    Paper by M. Ajay Kumar, N. V. Srikanth, et al. "An adaptive neuro fuzzy inference system controlled space cector pulse width modulation based HVDC light transmission system under AC fault conditions" in Volume 4, Issue 1, 27-38/March 2014 doi: 10.2478/s13531-013-0143-4 contains an error in the title. The correct title is presented below

  16. Variations in tidal constituents along the nearshore waters of Karnataka, west coast of India

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    . Coast. Res., vol.27(5); 2011; 824-829 Variations in tidal constituents along the nearshore waters of Karnataka, west coast of India V.Sanil Kumar, G. Udhaba Dora, Sajive Philip, P.Pednekar and JaiSingh Ocean Engineering, National Institute...

  17. Computer simulation of the behaviour of Julia sets using switching processes

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    Inspired by the study of Julia sets using switched processes by Lakhtakia and generation of new fractals by composite functions by Shirriff, we study the effect of switched processes on superior Julia sets given by Rani and Kumar. Further, symmetry for such processes is also discussed in the paper.

  18. Bioelectrocatalyzed Nitrogen Fixation under Standard Conditions

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    FEMS Microbiology Letters. 1984, 10, 299- 302. 3. Kumar, Ashok; Tabita, Robert F.; Van Baalen, Chase. High endogenous nitrogenase activity in...115-120. 16. Haaker, H.; Klugkist, J. The bioenergetics of electron transport in nitrogenase. FEMS Microbiology Reviews. 46 (1987) 57-71

  19. Surface science tools for nanomaterials characterization

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    Fourth volume of a 40volume series on nano science and nanotechnology, edited by the renowned scientist Challa S.S.R. Kumar. This handbook gives a comprehensive overview about Surface Science Tools for Nanomaterials Characterization. Modern applications and state-of-the-art techniques are covered and make this volume an essential reading for research scientists in academia and industry.

  20. Magnetic characterization techniques for nanomaterials

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    Sixth volume of a 40 volume series on nanoscience and nanotechnology, edited by the renowned scientist Challa S.S.R. Kumar. This handbook gives a comprehensive overview about Magnetic Characterization Techniques for Nanomaterials. Modern applications and state-of-the-art techniques are covered and make this volume an essential reading for research scientists in academia and industry.

  1. X-ray and neutron techniques for nanomaterials characterization

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    Fifth volume of a 40 volume series on nanoscience and nanotechnology, edited by the renowned scientist Challa S.S.R. Kumar. This handbook gives a comprehensive overview about X-ray and Neutron Techniques for Nanomaterials Characterization. Modern applications and state-of-the-art techniques are covered and make this volume an essential reading for research scientists in academia and industry.

  2. Edge-Selectively Functionalized Graphene-Like Platelets as a Co-curing Agent and a Nanoscale Additive to Epoxy Resin

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    2012-08-12

    as Hot Paper. 8. Kumar, N. A.; Choi, H.-J.; Chang, D. W.; Dai, L.; Baek, J.-B. “Covalent grafting of conducting polyaniline /graphene nanocomposite...12. Choi, H.-J.; Jeon, I.-Y.; Kang, S.-W.; Baek, J.-B. “Electrochemical activity of PANi / PANi -g-MWCNT mixture by simple suspension polymerization

  3. A retrospective analysis of acute organophosphorus poisoning ...

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    Correspondence to: Dr. M. R. Kumar, Department of Medicine, Narayana Medical College Hospital, ... receive treatment was 5.2 ± 7.4 (range 1-48 h). ... retrospective record-based nature are the major limitations of the present study. There is a ...

  4. Tallinna Visioonikonverents 2010 : Linn ja linnakultuur 22. sajandil

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    Tallinna Lauluväljaku ruumides 22. novembril toimunud Tallinna Visioonikonverentsist "Linn ja linnakultuur 22. sajandil", kus arutleti teemal, milline võiks olla Tallinn saja aasta pärast. Konverentsil esinesid Toomas Vitsut, Mart Saarma, Jan Sturesson, Raivo Raave, Satish Kumar, Juhani Pallasmaa ning moderaatoriteks olid Hardo Aasmäe ja Mati Heidmets

  5. Membrane Insertion Profiles of Peptides Probed by Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, Maryland #Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry , U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of...Molecular dynamics of n- alkanes ," J. Comput. Phys., vol. 23, pp. 327-341, 1977. [24] S. Kumar, D. Bouzida, R. H. Swendsen, P. A. Kollman, and J. M

  6. Accelerating Biomedical Research in Designing Diagnostic Assays, Drugs, and Vaccines

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    2010-10-01

    environmental samples. Advances Anders Wallqvist, Nela Zavaljevski, Ravi Vijaya Satya, Rajkumar Bondugula, Valmik Desai, Xin Hu, Kamal Kumar, Michael...Contact him at awallqvist@bioanalysis.org. nela Zavaljevski is a research scientist at US DoD Biotechnology HPC Software Applications Institute. CISE-12-5

  7. Assignment Problem for the U.S. Marine Corps: Regional, Culture, and Language Familiarization Program

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    allocation problems. Econometrica, 66(3), 689–701 Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/2998580?origin= JSTOR -pdf. Abraham, D., Chen, N., Kumar, V...Law & Policy Review, 10(2), 302–315. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/40239382?origin= JSTOR -pdf. Ross, G. T., & Soland, R. M. (1975). A

  8. Tartu Postimehe küsitlus

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    Vastus küsimusele: mis on see, mis aitaks teil olukorras, kus Andrus Ansipit toetab 64% tartlastest, tõusta Tartu meeritoolile? Vastavad Ivar Tallo, Malle Salupere, Jüri Kumar, Tõnu Kauba, Teet Jagomägi, Tõnis Lukas. Parlamendisaadik

  9. Applied Stochastic Eigen-Analysis

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    Vikramjit Sethi, Prem Kumar, Abhinav Shukla , Amit Hariyani, Darren Greninger, and Elise Ohayon. I value their friendship more than I know how to properly...polynomials in z that are the coefficients of mk . For every z along the real axis, there are at most Dm solutions to the polynomial equation Lmz(m, z) = 0

  10. What Determines Joint Venture Termination?

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    2012-01-01

    Joint venture (JV) research continues to flourish as researchers seek to advance our understanding of why so many JVs fail. Cui and Kumar (this issue) take a contingency approach to explain how and why business relatedness may provide new insights as to what determines JV termination...

  11. Optimal Control of Objects on the Micro- and Nano-Scale by Electrokinetic and Electromagnetic Manipulation: for Bio-Sample Preparation, Quantum Information Devices and Magnetic Drug Delivery

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    2010-01-01

    encapsulated magnetite core that consists of a fused cluster of single-domain crystals. These magnetic particles were chosen for their size and high magnetic...23: p. 12849-12856. 156. Kumar, R. and S.R. Raghavan, Thermo-thickening in solutions of telechelic associating polymers and cyclodextrins

  12. Transmission electron microscopy characterization of nanomaterials

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    Third volume of a 40volume series on nanoscience and nanotechnology, edited by the renowned scientist Challa S.S.R. Kumar. This handbook gives a comprehensive overview about Transmission electron microscopy characterization of nanomaterials. Modern applications and state-of-the-art techniques are covered and make this volume an essential reading for research scientists in academia and industry.

  13. Raman spectroscopy for nanomaterials characterization

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    First volume of a 40-volume series on nanoscience and nanotechnology, edited by the renowned scientist Challa S.S.R. Kumar. This handbook gives a comprehensive overview about Raman spectroscopy for the characterization of nanomaterials. Modern applications and state-of-the-art techniques are covered and make this volume essential reading for research scientists in academia and industry.

  14. A Framework for Identifying and Analyzing Major Issues in Implementing Big Data and Data Analytics in E-Learning: Introduction to Special Issue on Big Data and Data Analytics

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    Corbeil, Maria Elena; Corbeil, Joseph Rene; Khan, Badrul H.

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    Due to rapid advancements in our ability to collect, process, and analyze massive amounts of data, it is now possible for educational institutions to gain new insights into how people learn (Kumar, 2013). E-learning has become an important part of education, and this form of learning is especially suited to the use of big data and data analysis,…

  15. Disease: H00108 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available H00108 Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndromes (ALPS), including the following five diseases...:17162365 (gene) Kumar A, Teuber SS, Gershwin ME. Current perspectives on primary immunodeficiency disease...m L, Nonoyama S, Ochs HD, Puck JM, Roifman C, Seger R, Wedgwood J. Primary immunodeficiency diseases: an upd

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    Full Text Available H00098 Chronic granulomatous disease, including the following four diseases: X-link...65 Kumar A, Teuber SS, Gershwin ME. Current perspectives on primary immunodeficiency diseases. Clin Dev Immu...ifman C, Seger R, Wedgwood J. Primary immunodeficiency diseases: an update from the International Union of I

  17. Culture-Led Discrepancies and Negotiating Conflicts in Strategic Outsourcing Alliances

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    Gammelgaard, Jens; Kumar, Rajesh; Worm, Verner

    2013-01-01

    such alliances fail. While empirical studies are abundant, theoretical frameworks that explicate the role of national cultural differences in shaping the dynamics of outsourcing alliances are rare. This article builds on Kumar and Nti's (1998) discrepancy model to specify how culture affects the dynamics...

  18. DNS, LES and Stochastic Modeling of Turbulent Reacting Flows

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    the analytical results derived by Fendell (1965) via the method of matched asymptotic expansions. A typical DNS scatter plot of the product mass...fields. In Buckmaster, J. D., Jackson, T. L., and Kumar, A., editors, Combustion in High-Speed Flows. in press. Fendell , F. E. (1965). Ignition and

  19. occupational health problems studied among the workers of lime ...

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    at Maihar and Jhukehi region of Madhya Pradesh, India. Mahendra Kumar ... eye disorders with 39.08% were ranked the highest, followed by respiratory disorders (20.06%), ... measures like wearing gas mask to prevent toxic compo- nents to ...

  20. A Coverage Dominance Approach for Sensor Deployment Optimization

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    Wireless Networks, 2003. [19] S. Kumar, T. H. Lai, and J. Balogh, On k-coverage in a mostly sleeping sensor network. Wireless Network, no. 14, pp. 277 – 294...Polyhedral Terrain in Polynomial Time. Image and Vision Computing, vol. 18, pp. 773 – 780, 2000. [22] S. Meguerdichian, F. Koushanfar, M. Potkonjak, and M

  1. Managing Supply Chain Disruptions

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    2008-08-09

    1990), (b) inter- organizational systems ( Fulk & DeSanctis, 1995; Goodhue, Wybom, & Kirsch, 1992; 34 Kumar & van Dissel, 1996), (c) corporate...Contingency Theory and Resource-Based View Perspective and Practical Implications. Industrial Marketing Management, 34(6), pp 555-565. Fulk , J

  2. HCV Co-infection is Associated with Metabolic Abnormalities among ...

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    analysis showed there was no relationship between the HIV-HCV co infected ... associated with increased risk of antiretroviral-associated ... presence of interleukin 28 receptor alpha (IL28RA) ..... Kumar R, Singla V, Kacharya S. Impact and management of .... beta cell dysfunction and insulin resistance to the pathogenesis.

  3. JPRS Report, Near East & South Asia.

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    Thermal Power Corporation, Korba), Mr Kadiam Murali Krishna (BHEL), Mr Arjun Kumar Singh, Mr P. P. Nayak, Mr S. N. Dewangam and Mr Habil Lakra...government, besides making verbal claims, does not have the serious intention of introducing the Islamic Shariat. The situation has become unbearable for

  4. 1 Water Scarcity in Wetland Area within Kandi Block of West Bengal ...

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    An important new study on variability in the ... Annual average rainfall ranges from 1490 mm to 1550 mm. About 82.85% of the total rainfall is recorded within .... ground water balance equation (Kumar & ... from an old survey report (Sen, 1970).

  5. Personality, Drug Preference, Drug Use, and Drug Availability

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    Feldman, Marc; Boyer, Bret; Kumar, V. K.; Prout, Maurice

    2011-01-01

    This study examined the relationship between drug preference, drug use, drug availability, and personality among individuals (n = 100) in treatment for substance abuse in an effort to replicate the results of an earlier study (Feldman, Kumar, Angelini, Pekala, & Porter, 2007) designed to test prediction derived from Eysenck's (1957, 1967)…

  6. Sensor Data Integrity

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    2008-12-01

    Alempijevic, S.R. Kodagoda, J.P. Underwood, S. Kumar, and G. Dissanayake. Mutual information based sensor registration and calibration. In Procedings of...Steven Scheding. Calibration of range sensor pose on mobile platforms. In Procedings of the 2007 IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems

  7. New Hires at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick | Poster

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    Fifty-one people joined the facility in November and December 2013. The National Cancer Institute welcomes… Emily Boward Emad Darvishi Shuo Gu Sanath Kumar Janaka Robert Kortum Yasmin Lachir Jinbian Liu Yang Liu Eric Ramirez Salazar Brett Shelley Li Xia Jaeho Yoon

  8. Personality, Drug Preference, Drug Use, and Drug Availability

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    Feldman, Marc; Boyer, Bret; Kumar, V. K.; Prout, Maurice

    2011-01-01

    This study examined the relationship between drug preference, drug use, drug availability, and personality among individuals (n = 100) in treatment for substance abuse in an effort to replicate the results of an earlier study (Feldman, Kumar, Angelini, Pekala, & Porter, 2007) designed to test prediction derived from Eysenck's (1957, 1967)…

  9. Field Note: A Disease Specific Expert System for the Indian Mango Crop

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    Chakrabarti, Dilip Kumar; Chakraborty, Pinaki

    2007-01-01

    Mango ("Mangifera indica") is a popular fruit and an important cash crop of southeast Asia. The mango malformation disease has been responsible for the degraded yield of the crop now for a long time (Kumar and Chakrabarti, 1997). The disease is difficult to cure and often takes the shape of an epidemic. Though much study has been done…

  10. A Framework for Identifying and Analyzing Major Issues in Implementing Big Data and Data Analytics in E-Learning: Introduction to Special Issue on Big Data and Data Analytics

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    Corbeil, Maria Elena; Corbeil, Joseph Rene; Khan, Badrul H.

    2017-01-01

    Due to rapid advancements in our ability to collect, process, and analyze massive amounts of data, it is now possible for educational institutions to gain new insights into how people learn (Kumar, 2013). E-learning has become an important part of education, and this form of learning is especially suited to the use of big data and data analysis,…

  11. Fusing Laser Reflectance and Image Data for Terrain Classification for Small Autonomous Robots

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    2014-12-01

    Recognition Conference, vol. 2, 2005, pp. 169–176 vol. 2. [12] C. Weiss , H. Frohlich, and A. Zell, “Vibration-based terrain classification using support...Advanced Robotics, O. Khatib, V. Kumar, and G. Pappas, Eds. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2009, vol. 54, pp. 319– 328. [18] J. Rebula, P. Neuhaus, B

  12. Synthesis and Antimicrobial Activity of 2-(Aminoacid ester)-3-(6 ...

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    Nov 6, 2008 ... ... of 2-(Aminoacid ester)-3-(6-methyl-2-pyridyl)-3,4-dihydro-2H-1,3,285- ... aDepartment of Chemistry, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517502, India. bDepartment of Plant .... RESEARCH ARTICLE. M.A. Kumar, K.S. ...

  13. Best practices for learning video concept detectors from social media examples (Author’s Manuscript)

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    In: MIR 249–258 12. Kim J, Pavlovic V (2012) Attribute rating for classification of visual objects. In: ICPR 1611–1614 13. Kordumova S, Li X, Snoek... theory . Wiley, New York 40. Wang H, Schmid C (2013) Action recognition with improved trajectories. In: ICCV 3551–3558 41. Wang Z, ZhaoM, SongY, Kumar S, Li

  14. Field Note: A Disease Specific Expert System for the Indian Mango Crop

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    Chakrabarti, Dilip Kumar; Chakraborty, Pinaki

    2007-01-01

    Mango ("Mangifera indica") is a popular fruit and an important cash crop of southeast Asia. The mango malformation disease has been responsible for the degraded yield of the crop now for a long time (Kumar and Chakrabarti, 1997). The disease is difficult to cure and often takes the shape of an epidemic. Though much study has been done for the…

  15. The Role of the Neurofibromin-Syndecan-Cask Complex in the Regulation of Synlaptic RAS-MAPK Signaling and Denoritic Spine Plasticity

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    2007-02-01

    dendritic spine remodeling using both DG- CA3 explants and CA1/3 slice cultures. With the DG explants, we showed that Nf1+/- also displayed some subtle...or Akt, or treated with upstream activator, BDNF ( Kumar et al., 2005). These novel exciting observations should have important implications for

  16. Real Time Motion Detection Based on the Spatio-Temporal Median Filter using GPU Integral Histograms

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    2012-12-01

    on hierarchical event detection for soccer video indexing,” J. Multimedia, vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 298–312, October 2009. [15] M. H. Kolekar, K. Palaniappan... Springer , 2009, pp. 320–332. [27] S. Mehta, A. Misra, A. Singhal, P. Kumar, A. Mittal, and K. Palaniappan, “Parallel implementation of video surveillance

  17. Transcriptional Regulation of BRCA1

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    Ramos , L., Villasenor, M. R., Anders, K. H., Press, M. F., Clarke, K., Karlan, B., Chen, J. J., Scully, R., Livingston, D., Zuch, R. H., Kanter, M. H...Chem 274(44), 3 1297-304 22. Thakur, S., Lin, H. C., Tseng, W. T., Kumar, S., Bravo , R., Foss, F., Gelinas, C., and Rabson, A. B. (1994) Oncogene 9(8

  18. Removal of trichlorophenol from water using Chromolaena odorata

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    Nov 22, 2012 ... INTRODUCTION. The pollution of water by ... and Bentonite (2012b; 2012c) as filler in polymeric composites aimed at removing lead ions ... (Kumar et al., 2012), rice husk (Mahvi et al., 2004), sawdust. (Shukla et al., 2002) and ...

  19. Ultrafast Target Recognition via Super-Parallel Holograph Based Correlator, RAM and Associative Memory

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    Correlator," Opt. Comm. 88, 309-314 (1992). 11. R. Burzynski, D.N. Kumar, M.K. Casstevens, D. Tyczka, S. Ghosal, P.M. Kurtz, J.F. Weibel , "New... Weibel , "New Photopolymer for Holographic Optical Storage Technology," Proc. SPIE 4087, R.A. Lessard, G.A. Lampropoulos Eds., 741-753 (2000). 12. H.N

  20. Congenital spherocytic anemia

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    ... blood cells, spherocytosis Blood cells References Gallagher PG. Red blood cell membrane disorders. In: Hoffman R, Benz EJ Jr, Silberstein LE, ... chap 43. Klatt EC, Kumar V. Hematopathology of red blood cells and bleeding disorders. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil ...

  1. Prevalence and factors associated with tuberculosis treatment ...

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    Mar 1, 2014 ... Method: We conducted a prospective study with TB patients in 40 public health clinics in three districts in South Africa. All .... 28% between the age of 35-44 years and 24% were participants over 45 ..... Munro SA, Lewin SA, Smith HJ, Engel ME, Fretheim ... Vijay S, Kumar P, Chauhan LS, Vollepore BH,.

  2. Human-Swarm Interactions Based on Managing Attractors

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    Robotics Science and Systems, Sydney, Australia, June 2012. [14] M. Hsieh, Á. Halász, S. Berman , and V. Kumar. Biologically inspired redistribution of a...particles. Physical Review E, 63(1):017101, 2000. [19] J. Marshall , M. Broucke, and B. Francis. Formations of vehicles in cyclic pursuit. IEEE Transactions

  3. Synthesis, photophysical and preliminary investigation of the dye-sensitized solar cells properties of functionalized anthracenyl-based bipyridyl and phenanthrolyl Ru(II) complexes

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    Full Text Available 12.Wang X F, Fujii R, Ito S, Koyama Y, Yamano Y, Ito M, Kitamura T and Yanagida S 2005 Chem. Phys. Lett. 416 113.Song A, Zhang H, Zhang M and Shen T 1999 Dyes Pigments 42 149 14.Mosurkal R, He J, Yang K, Samuelson L A and Kumar J 2004 J. Photochem...

  4. Some Stochastic Control Problems in Manufacturing, Communications and Computer Systems

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    Rate in a Failure Prone Manufacturing System," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control , pp. 116-126, vol. AC-31, No. 2., February 1986. 3. R. Akella...Assembly/Disassembly Systems," submitted to IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control , December 4, 1987. 14. D. P. Connors and P. R. Kumar. "Simulated

  5. Adaptive Information Processing and Global Optimization

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    IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control , vol. 34, no...Control Schemes Using Least-Squares Parameter Estimates," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control , vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 416-424, April 1990. 9. H-F...P. R. Kumar, "Distributed Scheduling Based on Due Dates and Buffer Priorities," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control , pp. 1406-1416, December

  6. Stochastic Adaptive Estimation and Control.

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    1994-10-26

    1294-1320. 9. R. Kumar, V. Garg and S.I. Marcus, "On Supervisory Control of Sequential Behaviors," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control , 37...Systems," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control , 38, February 1993, 232-247. 11. E. Fernindez-Gaucherand, M. K. Ghosh, and S.I. Marcus, "Controlled

  7. Tallinna Visioonikonverents 2010 : Linn ja linnakultuur 22. sajandil

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    Tallinna Lauluväljaku ruumides 22. novembril toimunud Tallinna Visioonikonverentsist "Linn ja linnakultuur 22. sajandil", kus arutleti teemal, milline võiks olla Tallinn saja aasta pärast. Konverentsil esinesid Toomas Vitsut, Mart Saarma, Jan Sturesson, Raivo Raave, Satish Kumar, Juhani Pallasmaa ning moderaatoriteks olid Hardo Aasmäe ja Mati Heidmets

  8. Decentralized Riemannian Particle Filtering with Applications to Multi-Agent Localization

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    unscented transform [143], and the re- duced UT [142]. Another alternative is based on Gauss -Hermite quadrature rule and was presented in [125...Information Fusion. 1999. 31. Ben Upcroft, Tobias Kaupp Matthew Ridley Lee-Ling Ong Suresh Kumar Tim Bai- ley Fabio Ramos Salah Sukkarieh, Bertrand

  9. Relaxation phenomena of polar non-polar liquid mixtures under low and high frequency electric field

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    K Dutta; S K Sit; S Acharyya

    2003-10-01

    Simultaneous calculation of the dipole moment and the relaxation time of a certain number of non-spherical rigid aliphatic polar liquid molecules () in non-polar solvents () under 9.8 GHz electric field is possible from real $'$ and imaginary $''$ parts of the complex relative permittivity $^{*}_{}$. The low frequency and infinite frequency permittivities 0 and ∞ measured by Purohit et al [1,2] and Srivastava and Srivastava [3] at 25, 35 and 30°C respectively are used to obtain static . The ratio of the individual slopes of imaginary and real $'$ parts of high frequency (hf) complex conductivity $^{*}_{}$ with weight fractions at → 0 and the slopes of $''_{}-'_{}$ curves for different s [4] are employed to obtain s. The former method is better in comparison to the existing one as it eliminates polar–polar interaction. The hf s in Coulomb metre (C m) when compared with static and reported s indicate that ss favour the monomer formations which combine to form dimers in the hf electric field. The comparison among s shows that a part of the molecule is rotating under X-band electric field [5]. The theoretical theos from available bond angles and bond moments of the substituent polar groups attached to the parent molecules differ from the measured s and s to establish the possible existence of mesomeric, inductive and electromeric effects in polar liquid molecules.

  10. Ruminations of a young man on marriage and dowry.

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    1994-01-01

    Most writings on arranged marriage and dowry in India present the woman's perspective and examine these issues in the context of female oppression. This article, based on letters written by a former student at Delhi University to his professor, elaborates the impact on progressive men of traditional social practices. Notable is the necessity for this university graduate to compromise many of his own beliefs in order to maintain ties with his family and community. In his earliest letters, Kumar expressed his intent to refuse dowry, encourage his future wife to reject traditional garb, to share in household chores, and to respect and facilitate his wife's interests and desires. He envisioned a marital relationship based on friendship rather than subordination. To get married on his own terms and without the traditional rituals, Kumar recognized the need for financial independence from his family. Subsequent letter reflect his struggle to implement his marriage ideals yet retain a relationship with his family of origin. Kumar outlines a plan to ask his bride's parents for a fixed deposit, in lieu of dowry, in the girl's name, that can be used to establish a business and ultimately returned to her. He is bothered, however, by the hypocrisy involved in rejecting the traditional dowry yet accepting a cash contribution to compensate for the financial burden incurred by marriage. He further questions his previous commitment to shared household responsibilities, especially if his wife is not qualified to find employment outside the home. While recognizing that traditional sex roles are the major source for women's bondage, Kumar becomes aware of the difficulties of pursuing a nontraditional lifestyle in the absence of widespread social change. When Kumar ultimately marries, as arranged by his family and caste, he finds it impossible to implement his personal commitment to refuse to accept continuing gifts of money and household items from his wife's family without cutting

  11. Data on the evolutionary history of the V(DJ recombination-activating protein 1 – RAG1 coupled with sequence and variant analyses

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    Full Text Available RAG1 protein is one of the key component of RAG complex regulating the V(DJ recombination. There are only few studies for RAG1 concerning evolutionary history, detailed sequence and mutational hotspots. Herein, we present out datasets used for the recent comprehensive study of RAG1 based on sequence, phylogenetic and genetic variant analyses (Kumar et al., 2015 [1]. Protein sequence alignment helped in characterizing the conserved domains and regions of RAG1. It also aided in unraveling ancestral RAG1 in the sea urchin. Human genetic variant analyses revealed 751 mutational hotspots, located both in the coding and the non-coding regions. For further analysis and discussion, see (Kumar et al., 2015 [1].

  12. REVIEWER LIST – 2014

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    Full Text Available REVIEWER LIST – 2014 The Editorial Team would like to thank all those who gave generously of their time and expertise in reviewing the papers for the Indian Journal of Community Health in 2014.AAarti Kapil, New Delhi, IndiaAbhishek SinghAmandeep Kaur, Haldwani, IndiaAmit Kaushik, Safai, IndiaAnu Bhardwaj, Ambala, IndiaAnurag Chaudary, Ludhiana, IndiaA R BondArpan YagnikArvind Kumar Singh, Gorakhpur, IndiaAshish Yadav, Meerut, IndiaAthar Ansari, Aligarh, India BBaridalyne Nongkynrih, New Delhi, IndiaBhaskar Thakuria, Meerut, IndiaBhola Nath, Srinagar, IndiaBhupinder Kaur Anand, Lucknow, IndiaBiju Soman CC M Singh, Patna, India DDhiraj Kumar Srivastava, Safai, India GGarima Mittal, Dehradun, IndiaGeetu Singh, Agra, IndiaGita Negi, Dehradun, India HH Chopra, Meerut, IndiaHarsh Mahajan, Greater Noida, IndiaHem Chandra Sati, Dehradun, India KKhursheed Muzammil, Muzaffanagar, IndiaKrishna Prakash JoshiLLatika Nath Sinha, Jodhpur, India MMalik ItratManish Chaturvedi, Greater Noida, IndiaManoj BansalManu Batra, Moradabad, IndiaMegha Luthra, Dehradun, IndiaM R Talapalliwar NNaresh Pal Singh, Safai, IndiaNidhi Gupta, New Delhi, IndiaNirankar Singh OOm Prakash Kansal, Gurgaon, India PPankaj Kumar Jain, Safai, IndiaParul Sharma, Pune, IndiaPawan Kumar Goel, Mewat, IndiaPeeyush Kariwal, Bariely, IndiaPradeep Aggarwal, Dehradun, IndiaPragya SinhaPratima Gupta, AIIMS, India RRahul Bansal, Meerut, IndiaRakesh Kakkar, Dehradun, IndiaRanjana Singh, Hapur, IndiaRanjeeta Kumari, AIIMS, IndiaReema Kumari, Lucknow, IndiaRicha Sinha, Dehradun, IndiaRupali Roy, New Delhi, India SSonu Goel, Chandigarh, IndiaS D Kandpal, Dehradun, IndiaSadhana Awasthi, Haldwani, IndiaSamarjeet Kaur, Kanpur, IndiaSandul YasobantSanjay Kumar Jha, Haldwani, IndiaSanjay Kumar Gupta, New Delhi, IndiaSanjeev Davey, Muzaffarnagar, IndiaSaurabh Varshney, Rishikesh, IndiaSeema Jain, Meerut, IndiaSeema Diwan, Dehradun, IndiaShailendra Kumar, Muzaffarnagar, IndiaShaili Vyas, Dehradun

  13. Effect of fungicides and bioagents on number of microorganisms in soil and yield of soybean (Glycine max

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    Full Text Available Mishra G, Kumar N, Giri K, Pandey S, Kumar R. 2014. Effect of fungicides and bioagents on number of microorganisms in soil and yield of soybean (Glycine max. Nusantara Bioscience 6: 45-48. In field experiments, the effect of selected fungicides and bioagents on number of soil microorganisms and yield of soybean (Glycine max L. Merill was investigated. The results showed that some of the crop protections preparations applied in the experiment (as seed dressing increased the populations of the examined microorganisms after the harvest of crops. Maximum counts of bacteria were recorded with Thiomethaxam at 3 g kg-1 while Pseudomonas at 3 g kg-1 showed the highest population of fungi, Actinomycetes, B. japonicum, PSB and Pseudomonas. The highest straw and grain yields of 3241.6 and 1439.4 kg ha-1, respectively, were recorded with Pseudomonas at 3 g kg-1.

  14. Zinc oxide nanoparticles selectively induce apoptosis in human cancer cells through reactive oxygen species

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    Mohd Javed Akhtar1,2, Maqusood Ahamed3, Sudhir Kumar1, MA Majeed Khan3, Javed Ahmad4, Salman A Alrokayan31Department of Zoology, University of Lucknow, Lucknow, India; 2Fibre Toxicology Division, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India; 3King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 4Department of Zoology, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaBackground: Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) have received muc...

  15. Beneficiaries of conflict: a qualitative study of people’s trust in the private health care system in Mogadishu, Somalia

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    Gele AA; Ahmed MY; Kour P; Moallim SA; Salad AM; Kumar B

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    Abdi A Gele,1–3 Mohamed Yusuf Ahmed,4 Prabhjot Kour,2 Sadiyo Ali Moallim,5 Abdulwahab Moallim Salad,3 Bernadette Kumar2 1Institute of Nursing and Health Promotion, Department of Health, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science, 2Department for Research, Norwegian Centre for Minority Health Research, Oslo, Norway; 3Center for Health Research, Somali National University, 4Department of Business Management, Simad University, 5Faculty of Medicine, Benadir University, Moga...

  16. Silica Microspheres Are Superior to Polystyrene for Microvesicle Analysis by Flow Cytometry

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    Regular Article Silica microspheres are superior to polystyrene for microvesicle analysis by flow cytometry☆ Bijaya Kumar Parida ⁎, Hiram Garrastazu...February 2015 Available online 16 February 2015 Keywords: Microvesicles Cell-derived microparticles Silica microspheres Polystyrene microspheres ...is used to characterize MVs. Polystyrene microspheres are often used in flow cytometry to distinguish MV from cells by setting a 1-μm MV gate in a

  17. Y Chromosome Regulation of Autism Susceptibility Genes

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    of chromatin immunoprecipitation and genome-wide promoter tiling microarray (ChIP-Chip) experiments with gonadal cells isolated from mouse embryos ...disorders: developmental disconnection syndromes. Curr Opin Neurobiol, 2007. 17(1): p. 103-11. 4. Kumar, R.A. and S.L. Christian , Genetics of autism... Christian , S.L., et al., Novel submicroscopic chromosomal abnormalities detected in autism spectrum disorder. Biol Psychiatry, 2008. 63(12): p. 1111

  18. Dimensionality reduction, and function approximation of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) micro- and nanoparticle dissolution rate

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    Ojha VK; Jackowski K; Abraham A; Snášel V

    2015-01-01

    Varun Kumar Ojha,1,2 Konrad Jackowski,3 Ajith Abraham,1,4 Václav Snášel1,2 1IT4Innovations, VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic; 2Department of Computer Science, VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic; 3Department of Systems and Computer Networks, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland; 4Machine Intelligence Research Labs, Auburn, WA, USA Abstract: Predict...

  19. Enzyme-based electrochemical biosensors for food safety: a review

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    Kumar, Harish; Neelam

    2016-01-01

    Harish Kumar, Rani Neelam Electrochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, Haryana, India Abstract: In recent years, food storage environment safety has been a major concern for food and health scientists. There is growing interest in electrochemical biosensors due to their high sensitivity and rapid response. The aim of this review article is to provide details regarding the development of enzyme-based electrochemical biosensors, and their use in t...

  20. Relevance of tumor angiogenesis patterns as a diagnostic value and prognostic indicator in oral precancer and cancer

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    Shetty Devicharan D; Panda A; Ahuja; Urs AB; Chandra RH; Tyagi,; Adesh Manchanda A

    2011-01-01

    Devi Charan Shetty,1 Puneet Ahuja,2 DK Taneja,5 Ajit Singh Rathore,2 Shivjot Chhina,3 Upasana Sethi Ahuja,4 Kiran Kumar,1 Anshuman Ahuja,5 Priyanka Rastogi,11Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, I.T.S-CDSR, Muradnagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India; 2Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology; 3Department of Periodontics; 4Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology; 5Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, I.T.S Dental College, Greater Noida, Utta...

  1. Photoemission from Condensed Layers of H2 on Cu and Au.

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    Energy under contract DE-AC02-76CH00016. References 1. W. Eberhardt, F, Greuter, and E. W. Plummer, Physical Review Letters 46, 1085 (1981) and...E. Stickney, Surface Science 46, 358 (1974). 4. D. E. Ramakar, L. Kumar and F. E. Harris, Physical Review Letters 34, 812 (1975). 5. C. Friedl and N...Brundle, Molecular Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Wiley, New York (1970). 12. J. P. Muscat and D. M. Newns, Physical Review Letters 43, 2025 (1979). 13. W

  2. Natural dipeptidyl peptidase-IV inhibitor mangiferin mitigates diabetes- and metabolic syndrome-induced changes in experimental rats

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    Suman RK; Mohanty IR; Maheshwari U; Borde MK; Deshmukh YA

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    Rajesh Kumar Suman,1 Ipseeta Ray Mohanty,1 Ujwala Maheshwari,2 Manjusha K Borde,1 YA Deshmukh1 1Department of Pharmacology, 2Department of Pathology, MGM Medical College, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai, India Background: Mangiferin (MNG) is known to possess antidiabetic and antioxidant activity. However, there is no experimental evidence presently available in the literature with regard to its ameliorating effects on diabetes mellitus coexisting with metabolic syndrome.Objective: The present study was ...

  3. Magnetic Properties of Nanoparticle Matrix Composites

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    Vijay Kumar Foundation 1969 Sector 4 Gurgaon, Harayana 122001 India 8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER N/A 9. SPONSORING... media . Some of these nanoparticles (such as Fe-Pt) can also be very interesting for catalysis. Fe-Pt is one of the most promising materials due to its...Foundation; Mailing Address: 1969 Sector 4, Gurgaon 122001, Haryana, India ; Phone/Fax: +91-124-4079369 Period of Performance: 04/03/2013 – 04/02

  4. Endurance and stability of some surface meteorological sensors under land- and ship-based operating environments

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    Mehra, P.; Desai, R.G.P.; Joseph, A.; VijayKumar, K.; Dabholkar, N.; Prabhudesai, S.; Nagvekar, S.; Agarvadekar, Y.

    at NIO is presented in Fig. 2. TABLE 1. PARTICULARS OF SENSORS USED IN THE AWS SYSTEM Surface meteorological parameter Sensor type Specifications Wind speed & direction Propeller & Vane (Model: 05103 from R.M. Young, U.S.A) Speed range Gust... and Mrs. Vimala Damodaran. REFERENCES [1]. R. G. Prabhudesai, P. Mehra, E. Desa, S. Nagvekar, and V. Kumar, Weather Station for Scientific Data Collection, Second Indian National Conference on Harbour and Ocean Engineering (INCHOE-97), 1997...

  5. UV-VIS and photoluminescence spectroscopy for nanomaterials characterization

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    Second volume of a 40-volume series on nanoscience and nanotechnology, edited by the renowned scientist Challa S.S.R. Kumar. This handbook gives a comprehensive overview about UV-visible and photoluminescence spectroscopy for the characterization of nanomaterials. Modern applications and state-of-the-art techniques are covered and make this volume essential reading for research scientists in academia and industry in the related fields.

  6. Prevalence, impact, and management of depression and anxiety in patients with HIV: a review

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    Chaudhury, Suprakash; Bakhla,Ajay; Saini, Rajiv

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    Suprakash Chaudhury,1 Ajay Kumar Bakhla,2 Rajiv Saini,3 1Department of Psychiatry, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University), Loni, Maharashtra, 2Department of Psychiatry, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Jharkhand, 3Department of Psychiatry, Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, Maharashtra, India Abstract: The prevalence of depression and anxiety in people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) ranges from 7.2% to 71.9% and 4.5% to 82.3%, respectively. This wide v...

  7. Balancing Value and Risk in Information Sharing Through Obfuscation

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    Locaccino [18] for sensor data, and others such as Virtual Individual Servers [20], Lockr [19], Persona [21] and Microsoft Health Vault [22] for more generic...tion during sharing,” ser . IEEE Statistical Signal Processing Workshop (Submitted), 2012. [3] A. Raij, A. Ghosh, S. Kumar, and M. Srivastava, “Privacy...risks emerging from the adoption of innocuous wearable sensors in the mobile environ- ment,” ser . CHI, 2011. [4] H. Ahmadi, N. Pham, R. Ganti, T

  8. Antibacterial activity of neem nanoemulsion and its toxicity assessment on human lymphocytes in vitro

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    Chandrasekaran, Natarajan; Jayakumar, Jerobin; Makwana, Pooja; Kumar, Suresh; Mukherjee, Amitava; Sundaramoorthy, Rajiv

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    Jayakumar Jerobin, Pooja Makwana, RS Suresh Kumar, Rajiv Sundaramoorthy, Amitava Mukherjee, Natarajan Chandrasekaran Centre for Nanobiotechnology, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India Abstract: Neem (Azadirachta indica) is recognized as a medicinal plant well known for its antibacterial, antimalarial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Neem nanoemulsion (NE) (O/W) is formulated using neem oil, Tween 20, and water by high-energy ultrasonication. The formulated neem NE showed antibac...

  9. Exploring the individual determinants of evidence uptake in allied health using a journal club as a medium

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    Lizarondo L; Grimmer K; Kumar S

    2013-01-01

    Lucylynn Lizarondo, Karen Grimmer, Saravana KumarInternational Center for Allied Health Evidence, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, AustraliaPurpose: A recent trial which examined the impact of a structured model of journal club (JC) demonstrated variability in evidence-based practice (EBP) outcomes across allied health disciplines. The aim of the current study was to determine if there are individual practitioner characteristics that could explain this variability and identify pot...

  10. Energy Performance Measurement and Simulation Modeling of Tactical Soft-Wall Shelters

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    2015-07-01

    Basic for Applications ( VBA ). The objective function was the root mean square (RMS) errors between modeled and measured heating load and the modeled ...ER D C/ CE RL T R- 15 -1 3 Operational Energy Capabilities Improvement Energy Performance Measurement and Simulation Modeling of...and Ashok Kumar July 2015 Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. HDT AirBeam Model 2032 Utilis Model TM60 ERDC-CERL

  11. Gold nanoparticles-immobilized, hierarchically ordered, porous TiO2 nanotubes for biosensing of glutathione

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    Sheen Mers SV; Deva Kumar ET; Ganesh V

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    SV Sheen Mers,1,2 Elumalai Thambuswamy Deva Kumar,1 V Ganesh1,2 1Electrodics and Electrocatalysis (EEC) Division, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research–Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR–CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India; 2Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), New Delhi, India Abstract: Glutathione (GSH) is vital for several functions of our human body such as neutralization of free radicals and reactive oxygen compounds...

  12. Cytochrome Oxidase I (COI) sequence conservation and variation patterns in the yellowfin and longtail tunas

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    Kunal, S.P.; GirishKumar

    in the alignments of each data set were analyzed, in this study gap regions were excluded and insertion-deletion polymorphism was studied based on the non- overlapping and overlapping indel sites by using DNAsp software [21](Librado and Rojas, 2009). Sequence...: Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis (MEGA) software version 4.0. Mol. Biol. and Evol. 24, 1596-1599. 20 Tamura, K., Nei, M., & Kumar, S. (2004) Prospects for inferring very large phylogenies by using the eighbour-joining method. Proceedings...

  13. Population genetic structure of skipjack tuna Katsuwonus pelamis from the Indian coast using sequence analysis of the mitochondrial DNA D-loop region

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    Menezes, M.R.; Kumar, G.; Kunal, S.P.

    Biology (2012) 80, 2198–2212 doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03270.x, available online at wileyonlinelibrary.com Population genetic structure of skipjack tuna Katsuwonus pelamis from the Indian coast using sequence analysis of the mitochondrial DNA D...-loop region M. R. Menezes*, G. Kumar and S. P. Kunal Biological Oceanography Division, National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR), Dona Paula, Goa 403 004, India (Received 26 May 2011, Accepted 14 February 2012) Genetic structure of skipjack tuna Katsuwonus...

  14. Bioaccumulation of heavy metals in commercially important marine fishes from Mumbai Harbor, India.

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    Velusamy, A.; SatheeshKumar, P.; Ram, A.; Chinnadurai, S.

    Mumbai Harb A. Velusamy a, P. Satheesh Kumar Univers ciences, phy, Mu olluscan toxic metals and negatively affect fish health. Pollution can be caused by various sources, including agricultural drainage, industrial effluent discharge, sewage discharge... metals, such as iron (Fe), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn), are important for fishFish are considered an important protein source for human health. Marine pollution can increase aquatic concentrations oflevel, feeding habits, age, size, duration of exhttp...

  15. Oceans-land-atmosphere interactions and global change

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    Content-Type text/plain; charset=UTF-8 94 Oceans-Land-Atmosphere interactions and Global Change M. Dileep Kumar National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa-403 004. dileep@nio.org We live on land, feel the breeze and enjoy... the presence of blue water. Yet many of us do not realize interactions among these natural physical entities shape our lives. In scientific terms we refer to these entities as geosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere, respectively. Their interactions span...

  16. Gold nanoparticles-immobilized, hierarchically ordered, porous TiO2 nanotubes for biosensing of glutathione

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    Sheen Mers SV; Deva Kumar ET; Ganesh V

    2015-01-01

    SV Sheen Mers,1,2 Elumalai Thambuswamy Deva Kumar,1 V Ganesh1,2 1Electrodics and Electrocatalysis (EEC) Division, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research–Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR–CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India; 2Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), New Delhi, India Abstract: Glutathione (GSH) is vital for several functions of our human body such as neutralization of free radicals and reactive oxygen compounds...

  17. Dispersion and retrievability of water quality indicators during tidal cycles in coastal Salaya, Gulf of Kachchh (West coast of India)

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    Author version: Environ. Monit. Assess., vol.169(1-4); 2010; 639-645 Dispersion and retrievability of water quality indicators during tidal cycles in coastal Salaya, Gulf of Kachchh (West coast of India). C.Mohandass *, S. Jaya Kumar, N. Ramaiah...; Brookings et al. 1985), affect ambient nutrient concentrations as well as water quality. Understanding their influence is critical to both basic ecology of tidal creeks and for evolving sampling protocols and pollutant-mitigation advisories. Lindquist...

  18. Disease: H00105 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available H00105 Mannose-binding lectin pathway component defects, including the following two diseases...ering MC, Wurzner R, Tedesco F Complement in human diseases: Lessons from complement deficiencies. Mol Immun... Kumar A, Teuber SS, Gershwin ME. Current perspectives on primary immunodeficiency diseases. Clin Dev Immuno...imary immunodeficiency diseases: an update from the International Union of Immunological Societies Primary I..., Hammarstrom L, Nonoyama S, Ochs HD, Puck JM, Roifman C, Seger R, Wedgwood J. Pr

  19. Summer Research Program - 1997 Summer Faculty Research Program Volume 6 Arnold Engineering Development Center United States Air Force Academy Air Logistics Centers

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    1997-12-01

    Fracture Analysis of the F-5, 15%-Spar Bolt DR Devendra Kumar SAALC/LD 6- 16 CUNY-City College, New York, NY A Simple, Multiversion Concurrency Control...Program, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. [3]AFGROW, Air Force Crack Propagation Analysis Program, Version 3.82 (1997) 15-8 A SIMPLE, MULTIVERSION ...Office of Scientific Research Boiling Air Force Base, DC and San Antonio Air Logistic Center August 1997 16-1 A SIMPLE, MULTIVERSION CONCURRENCY

  20. Surface-Tolerant Coatings for Aircraft Hangars, Flight Control Tower, and Deluge Tanks at Fort Campbell

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    Tower, and Deluge Tanks at Fort Campbell Final Report on Project AR-F-320 for FY05 L.D. Stephenson and Ashok Kumar Construction Engineering Research...eliminate mildew. The cleaning solution is applied and the surface is scrubbed with an abrasive pad such as 3M Scotch-Brite or other nonwoven ...equipped with nonwoven abrasive pads (e.g., 3M Clean-n-Strip) are well suited for cleaning broad flat areas. Two levels of cleanliness may be

  1. Psycho-Cultural Analysis of Disaster Risk Attitudes in Situation Awareness

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    induced disasters usually happen quickly. Attitude is a learned tendency to act in a consistent way to a particular object or situation ( Fishbein ...R., & Kumar, A. (1985). Attitude organization and the attitude-behavior relation: A critique of Bagozzi and Bumkrant’s reanalysis of Fishbein and...University Press. Fishbein , M., & Ajzen, I. (1975) Belief, Attitude, Intention, and Behavior: An Introduction to Theory and Research. Reading, MA

  2. Undergraduate HBCU Student Summer Training Program for Developing Nanomedicines to Treat Prostate Cancers

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    worked with Dr. Vinod Kumar, a postdoc fellow in Dr. Mahato’s lab. While on her training, Starr learned about prostate cancer, factor affecting ...ABSTRACT We conducted an integrated training and educational program for improving the participation of HBCU undergraduate students in prostate cancer...techniques (Ciera), polymer synthesis and nanomedicine development (Starr and Andrea), the effect of drug treatment on prostate cancer cells (My’Chelle

  3. Inhibition of hexokinase-2 with targeted liposomal 3-bromopyruvate in an ovarian tumor spheroid model of aerobic glycolysis

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    Gandham SK; Talekar M; Singh A; Amiji MM

    2015-01-01

    Srujan Kumar Gandham, Meghna Talekar, Amit Singh, Mansoor M Amiji Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA Background: The objective of this study was to evaluate the expression levels of glycolytic markers, especially hexokinase-2 (HK2), using a three-dimensional multicellular spheroid model of human ovarian adenocarcinoma (SKOV-3) cells and to develop an epidermal growth factor receptor-targeted liposomal formulation for ...

  4. Prevention and management of accidental foreign body ingestion and aspiration in orthodontic practice

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    Umesan UK; Chua KL; Balakrishnan P

    2012-01-01

    Uday Kumar Umesan,1 Kui Lay Chua,1 Priya Balakrishnan21National Dental Centre, 2Kg Kiarong, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei DarussalamAbstract: Among the myriad emergencies that could arise in the dental clinical setting there are a few that occur occasionally despite being entirely preventable. Ingestion or aspiration of dental materials, appliances, or instruments comprises this category. Regardless of incidence, foreign body ingestion or aspiration episodes are recognized as potential complica...

  5. Compressive Response of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube Films Gleaned from in Situ Flat-Punch Indentations

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    individual multiwalled carbon nano - tubes using nanoindentation. Appl. Phys. Lett. 87, 103109 (2005). 8. S. Pathak, Z.G. Cambaz, S.R. Kalidindi, J.G...between the tubes (van der Waals ) is thought to balance the bending strain energy of their arrangement, resulting in a stable low energy configuration...bundles: An in situ study. ACS Nano 6(3), 2189–2197 (2012). 10. M. Kumar and Y. Ando: Chemical vapor deposition of carbon nanotubes: A review on growth

  6. Ion-Irradiation-Induced Ferromagnetism in Undoped ZnO Thin Films

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    Ion-irradiation-induced ferromagnetism in undoped ZnO thin filmsq Siddhartha Mal a,⇑, Sudhakar Nori a, J. Narayan a, J.T. Prater b, D.K. Avasthi c...S, Narayan J, Nori S, Prater JT, Kumar D. Solid State Commun 2010;150:1660. [8] Mal S, Nori S, Jin C, Narayan J, Nellutla S, Smirnov AI, et al. J

  7. Technology Transfer Opportunities for the Construction Engineering Community: Materials and Diagnostics.

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    34 .. CC .0 clj 0 C.C. -" C 4)4) 0 C.27 ROOF BLISTER VALVE Charles Korhonen U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory Annually, the Army...7122 (within Illinois). REFERENCES 1. A. Kumar, E. C. Segan, and J. Bukowski , "Ceramic Coated Anodes for Cathodic Protection," Materials Performance...Chief of Engineers. References: (Available from the author) 1. "Roof Moisture Surveys: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," by Wayne Tobiasson and Charles

  8. Notes on Averaging Over Acyclic Digraphs and Discrete Coverage Control

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    2006. Submitted. [18] J. Cortés, S. Mart́ınez, T. Karatas, and F. Bullo, “Coverage control for mobile sensing networks,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics and...Pappas, and V. Kumar, “Leader-to-formation stability,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 443–455, 2004. [21] J. A

  9. Plankton Production Biology

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    uptake by phytoplankton and of chlorophyll in the central Bay of Bengal are clearly lower than in the offshore Arabian Sea (Prasanna Kumar et al., 2010...from the transitory blooms caused by eddies and their subsequent disposition, is the principal reason the deep chlorophyll maximum (DCM), which...mechanism is likely at work in all non-transient DCMs including those of large lakes. A field study in the Bay of Bengal would uniquely benefit from the high

  10. CORRIGENDUM: The growth of aligned carbon nanotubes on quartz substrate by spray pyrolysis of hexane

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    2008-07-01

    Some of the text in this paper was copied directly from other papers cited by the author. Whilst this does not affect the scientific content and is therefore not scientific plagiarism, the author acknowledges that such usage of text attributed and copyrighted to other unrelated authors is unacceptable practice. Reference [21] in the paper should read: [21] Afre R A, Soga T, Jimbo T, Kumar M, Ando Y and Sharon M 2005 Chem. Phys. Lett. 414 6-10

  11. Insourcing and Outsourcing for U.S. Department of Defense IT Projects: A Model

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    enemies we face. The practice of outsourcing has been defined by the Opus College of Business as “contracting out in-house functions that companies do...Jason Eickhoff at the Opus School of Business: “Beyond the reduction of labor costs, there is not much general understanding in organizations about when...Federal Computer Week. (18 June 2009): 1. Kumar, Sameer and Eickhoff, Jason H. of Opus College of Business. “Outsourcing: When and How Should it Be

  12. Book Reviews

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    - R.H. Barnes, Janet Hoskins, Biographical objects; How things tell the stories of people’s lives. London: Routledge, 1998, x + 213 pp. - Peter Boomgaard, Ann Kumar, Java and modern Europe; Ambiguous encounters. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon, 1997, vii + 472 pp. - Peter Boomgaard, Lenore Manderson, Sickness and the state; Health and illness in colonial Malaya, 1870-1940. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996, xix + 315 pp. - Matthew Isaac Cohen, Bambang Widoyo, Gapit; 4 naskah drama berbahas...

  13. A rapid one-step kinetics-based immunoassay procedure for the highly-sensitive detection of C-reactive protein

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    Authors: Sandeep Kumar Vashist, Gregor Czilwik, Thomas van Oordt, Felix von Stetten, Roland Zengerle, E. Marion Schneider & John H.T. Luong ### Abstract A rapid one-step kinetics-based sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent (ELISA) procedure has been developed for highly-sensitive detection of C-reactive protein (CRP) in less than 30 min. With minimal process steps, the procedure is highly simplified and cost-effective. The analysis only involves sequentially the formation of a san...

  14. Colloidal gold-loaded, biodegradable, polymer-based stavudine nanoparticle uptake by macrophages: an in vitro study

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    Basu S; Mukherjee B.; Chowdhury SR; Paul P; Choudhury R; Kumar A.; Mondal L; Hossain CM; Maji R

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    Sumit Basu,1,2 Biswajit Mukherjee,1 Samrat Roy Chowdhury,1 Paramita Paul,1 Rupak Choudhury,3 Ajeet Kumar,1 Laboni Mondal,1 Chowdhury Mobaswar Hossain,1 Ruma Maji11Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India; 2Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA; 3Department of Biochemistry, Ballygunge Science College, Kolkata, IndiaObjective: We describe the development, evaluation, and compari...

  15. Terahertz Oscillations of Hot Electrons in Graphene

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    Communicationa 143, 3 (2007). [29] S. A. Mikhailov, Europhysics Letters 79, 27002 (2007). [30] L. Liao, Nature 467, 305 (2010). [31] R. Saito, G. Dresselhaus...374008 (2014). [12] A. Lee, Q. Qin, S. Kumar, and B. Williams, Applied Physics Letters 89, 1411 (2006). [13] P. Y. Ashish, S. D. Deepak, and E. B. Kiran...Physics Letters 103, 011101 (20133). [22] M. I. Katsnelson, Materials Today 10, 20 (2007). [23] P. R. Wallace, Physical Review 71, 622 (1947). 52 [24] K

  16. Generalized fractional kinetic equations involving generalized Struve function of the first kind

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    Full Text Available In recent paper Dinesh Kumar et al. developed a generalized fractional kinetic equation involving generalized Bessel function of first kind. The object of this paper is to derive the solution of the fractional kinetic equation involving generalized Struve function of the first kind. The results obtained in terms of generalized Struve function of first kind are rather general in nature and can easily construct various known and new fractional kinetic equations.

  17. The $100 Genome: Implications for the DoD

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    2010-12-15

    of mice with gut microbes for thin (left) versus obese (right) delivered by fecal transplant . Image from Vijay-Kumar et al. 2010. 6.2...to "generate resources enabling the comprehensive characterization of human microbiota and analysis of its role in human health and disease". Such...microbes were eliminated. This " fecal transfusion" resulted in the thin mice becoming obese (Fig. 11), demonstrating that the microbial composition of

  18. Competitive exclusion as a mode of action of a novel Bacillus cereus aquaculture biological agent

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    Full Text Available (Kumar et al. 2006; Newaj-Fyzul et al. 2007). Potential mechanisms of biological agents against 7 pathogens include competition for adhesion sites, production of enzymes, immune stimulation, 8 synthesis of antimicrobials, competitive exclusion..., the ability 20 to reduce the concentration of waste ions in reticulated aquaculture, physiological tolerance to 21 environmental conditions and bio-safety (Lalloo et al. 2007; Lalloo et al. 2008) renders the B. 22 Mode of action B. cereus 14 cereus isolate...

  19. Non-surgical management of a pediatric “intoed” gait pattern – a systematic review of the current best evidence

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    Hayley Uden1, Saravana Kumar21Podiatry Department, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; 2Post Doctoral Senior Research Fellow, International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, AustraliaBackground: An intoed gait pattern is one of the most common referrals for children to an orthopedic consultation. Parental concern as to the aesthetics of the child’s gait pattern and/or its symptomatic nature w...

  20. Current status and scope of coral reef research in India: A bio-ecological perspective

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    -ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE Ravindran et al., 2012 Wilson et al., 2005 Kumaraguru et al., 2005 Kumaraguru et al., 2003 Manikandan et al., 2016 Thinesh et al., 2015 Joshi & Marimuthu, 2015 Pereira &Verlecar. 2005 Kamalakannan et al., 2014..., 2011 Dhivya et al., 2012 Coral bleaching and other threats Jeyabaskaran & Rao, 2007 Krishnan et al., 2011 Marimuthu et al., 2013 Jha et al., 2013 Jogesh Kumar & Raghunathan, 2012 Marimuthu et al., 2011 Marimuthu & Wilson, 2005...

  1. FIB and CVD Fabrication of Carbon Nanostructures on Diamond and Quartz Substrates

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    2011-03-29

    Earth sciences", Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, University of Vienna, Austria, March 3, 2008. 12. V. Kumar, "Polymeric solar cells ...nanowires in the 500 m structures. (d) FIB image of the interdigital carbon nanowire structure. Overlapping area of two interintruding nanowire combs...structures of another type were made as two interdigital comb arrays penetrating one into another with an overlapping area of 1010 m 2 (Fig. 1.23d). The

  2. A highly-sensitive multisubstrate-compatible chemiluminescent immunoassay for human fetuin A

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    Authors: Sandeep Kumar Vashist ### Abstract We report a highly-sensitive chemiluminescent immunoassay (CIA) for the detection of human fetuin A (HFA), which is based on the leach-proof covalent crosslinking of anti-HFA capture antibodies on 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES)-functionalized 96-well chemiluminescent microtiter plates (CMTP) using 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide hydrochloride and N-hydroxysulfosuccinimide. It has more than 3-fold reduced overall assay du...

  3. New Developments in Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Polymeric Materials

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    1994-03-17

    spectrophotometer. SHG measurements were carried out according to the method reported earlier[151. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION SHG in spin coated film An...monolayers of poly(4-BCMU) were obtained by similar method . Fiber formation was not observed even at higher surface pressure and no measurable SH...1984). 12. W. H. Kim, N. B. Kodali , J. Kumar, and S. K. Tripathy, To be published in Macromolecules. 13. T. P. Russel, H. Gugger, and J. D. Swalen

  4. Course Lectures Abstracts of Participants Fellows Project Reports

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    1990-10-01

    intrinsically stable, but driven stochastically and nonlinearly by turbulence (Stein, Nord- lund and Kuhn , 1989; Kumar and Goldreich, 1989; Balmforth...Helioseismology, January 1990 to July 1990. 9. Stein, R.F., Nordlund, A., and Kuhn , J., 1989. In Seismology of the sun and sun-like stars,ed. V. Domingo and E...Zahn, Toomre and Latour 1982; Massaguer, Latour , Toomre and Zahn 1984). The early investigations dealt with severely truncated equations, and as a

  5. Estimation of total Terpenoids concentration in plant tissues using a monoterpene, Linalool as standard reagent.

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    Authors: Narayan Ghorai, Sondipon Chakraborty, Shamik Gucchait, Samir Kumar Saha & Suman Biswas ### Abstract Terpenes and terpenoids are primary constituents of essential oils of different type of plants and flowers. Some qualitative estimation methods of terpenoids in plant tissue have been previously described but there is no protocol of estimating the same quantitatively till date. In the present study a protocol has been attempted to estimate the total terpenoids concentrati...

  6. Advanced Organic Solid States Materials. Volume 173. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings

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    Cristalline, URA 144 CNRS ** Laboratoire de Physico- Chimie Thdorique, URA 503 CNRS Domaine Universitaire de Bordeaux I, 33405 - TALENCE Cddex (FRANCE...BOUYSSOUX AND S.N. KUMAR’ D6partement de Chimie Applique et Genie Chimique. CNRS-URA 417 Universit6 Claude Bernard LYON. 69622 Villeurbanne Codex...A. BARRAUD CEA-IRDI-DESICP-DLPC-SCM, CEN.Saclay, 91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex (France) O.KAHN Laboratoire Chimle Organique , Universit#6 Paris-Sud, URA

  7. Maintaining Wireless Connectivity Constraints for Robot Swarms in the Presence of Obstacles

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    2011-01-01

    IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control , vol. 51, no...8, pp. 1289–1298, 2006. [11] H. G. Tanner, A. Jadbabaie, and G. J. Pappas, “Flocking in fixed and switching networks,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control , vol...swarms,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control , vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 692–697, 2003. [20] H. G. Tanner, G. J. Pappas, and V. Kumar, “Leader-to-

  8. Neuroretinitis in ocular bartonellosis: a case series

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    Raihan AR; Zunaina E; Wan-Hazabbah WH; Adil H; Lakana-Kumar T

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    Abdul-Rahim Raihan,1 Embong Zunaina,1,2 Wan-Hitam Wan-Hazabbah,1,2 Hussein Adil,1,2 Thavaratnam Lakana-Kumar1 1Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia; 2Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, MalaysiaAbstract: We report a case series of neuroretinitis in ocular bartonellosis and describe the serologic verification for Bartonella henselae. This is a retrospective interventional case series of fo...

  9. A Generalized Orienteering Problem for Optimal Search and Interdiction Planning

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    2013-09-01

    Problem TOP Team Orienteering Problem VRP Vehicle Routing Problem VRPSP Vehicle Routing Problem with Selective Pickups xv THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT...Vehicle Routing Problem ( VRP ) are related to the OP. A recent survey (Kumar and Panneerselvam 2012) and two books (Toth and Vigo 2002, Golden et al. 2008...contain detailed descriptions of most variants of the VRP as well as many popular heuristics and exact algorithms for solving them. A variant of the

  10. Eliminating Late Recurrence to Eradicate Breast Cancer

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    2013-09-01

    6926–37 116. Yu WH, Cuervo AM, Kumar A, Peterhoff CM, Schmidt SD, et al. 2005. Macroautophagy—a novel β-amyloid peptide –generating pathway activated...Persistence of transcriptionally silent BCR-ABL rearrangements in chronic myeloid leukemia patients in sustained complete cytogenetic remission . Leuk Lymphoma...during interferon-induced remission in chronic myelogenous leukemia. Analysis by polymerase chain reaction of individual colonies. J Clin Invest. 1994; 94

  11. Biotemplated Synthesis of PZT Nanowires

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    2013-11-25

    periodically using a vibration generator connected to a mechanical indenter. Measurements were conducted at various resistive loads and frequencies...Figure 4d). Finally, a one-dimensional model for the system was developed to corroborate the experimental results (details in the Supporting Information...Haider, H. IEEE/ASME Trans. Mechatron 2005, 10, 240−252. (10) Wang, X. Nano Energy 2012, 1, 13−24. (11) Kumar, B.; Kim, S.-W. J. Mater. Chem. 2011, 21

  12. Sedimentology and arsenic pollution in the Bengal Basin: insight into arsenic occurrence and subsurface geology.

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    Hills, Andrew; McArthur, John

    2014-05-01

    is more complex than previously thought. References 1. Goodbred, S. L. & Kuehl, S. A. 2000. Enormous Ganges-Brahmaputra sediment discharge during strengthened early Holocene monsoon. Geology, 28, 1083-1086. 2. Goodbred, S. L., Kuehl, S. A., Steckler, M. S., & Sarkar, M. H. 2003. Controls on facies distribution and stratigraphic preservation in the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta sequence. Sedimentary Geology, 155, 301-316. 3. Hoque, M. A., McArthur, J. M., & Sikdar, P. K. 2012. The palaeosol model of arsenic pollution of groundwater tested along a 32 km traverse across West Bengal, India. Science of the Total Environment, 431, 157-165. 4. McArthur, J. M., Ravenscroft, P., Banerjee, D. M., Milsom, J., Hudson-Edwards, K. A., Sengupta, S., Bristow, C., Sarkar, A., & Purohit, R. 2008. How palaeosols influence groundwater flow and arsenic pollution: A model from the Bengal Basin and its worldwide implication. Water Resources Research, 44, W11411, doi: 10.1029/2007WR0067552. 5. McArthur, J. M., Nath, B., Banerjee, D. M., Purohit, R., & Grassineau, N. 2011. Palaeosol control on groundwater flow and pollutant distribution: The example of arsenic. Environmental Science and Technology, 45, 1376-1383.

  13. Context: The strategic management Rosetta Stone

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    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyse context as a means for interpreting and making sense of evolving strategic management theory and practice. Problem investigated: Traditional strategic management theory based on rational deductive methodologies assumes contextual predictability, yet contemporary conditions tend to contradict this assumption. In response, alternative theories and practices for dealing with complex contexts have emerged (Brews & Purohit, 2006; Grant, 2003; Kurt & Snowden, 2003and Stacey, 1995. Methodology: A literature study was undertaken to determine the nature of emergent strategic management theory and practice, in response to contextual complexity and how it differs from traditional practice (Mintzberg, 1994 and Weeks &Lessing, 1993. Findings: An important conclusion drawn from the study is that context acts as a determinant for making sense of the evolution of strategic management theory and practice. While traditional strategic management practice still assumes relevance in contexts of linear causality, it breaks down in complex contexts. Emergent strategic management theory, based on complex adaptive systems, is increasingly assuming relevance. Notably, many institutions are still attempting to make use of scenario planning in an attempt to deal with contextual complexity, a practice not supported by leading researchers(Stacey, 1995 and Kurt & Snowden, 2003. Value of the research: The insights gained from the study assume relevance, in view of the contextual complexity confronting modern-day institutions. The findings suggest that emergent strategy based on complex adaptive system theory needs to be considered as a means for dealing with increasing environmental turbulence. Conclusion: It is concluded that context serves as the Rosetta stone for making sense of strategic management theory and practice. In view of the research findings, as reflected in the literature, it would seem that the use of complex

  14. Study of Laser Produced Plasma of Limiter of the Aditya Tokomak for Detection of Molecular Bands

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    Rai, Awadhesh Kumar

    2016-06-01

    ptical Window and Other Plasma Facing Components of Aditya Tokamak G. S. Maurya, R. Kumar, A. Kumar and A. K. Rai, Review of Scientific Instruments (In Press) 2. Analysis of deposited impurity material on the surface of optical window of the Tokamak using LIBS, (2014) G. S. Maurya, A. Jyotsana, R. Kumar, A. Kumar and A. K. Rai, Physica Scripta 89, 075601 3. Spatial analysis of impurities on the surface of flange and optical window of the Tokamak using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, G. S. Maurya, A. Jyotsana, A. Kumar and A. K. Rai,(2014), Optics and Lasers in Engineering, 56, 13-18

  15. Evaluation of Novel Glass Fiber-reinforced Composite Technique for Primary Anterior Teeth with Deep Carious Lesions: A 12-month Clinical Study.

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    Sawant, Ajinkya; Chunawalla, Yusuf; Morawala, Abdul; S Kanchan, Nupur; Jain, Kapil; Talathi, Rohan

    2017-01-01

    less time-consuming custom-made post in treating mutilated maxillary anteriors. Sawant A, Chunawalla Y, Morawala A, Kanchan NS, Jain K, Talathi R. Evaluation of Novel Glass Fiber-reinforced Composite Technique for Primary Anterior Teeth with Deep Carious Lesions: A 12-month Clinical Study. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2017;10(2):126-130.

  16. Facile biofunctionalization of silver nanoparticles for enhanced antibacterial properties, endotoxin removal, and biofilm control

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Paramesh Ramulu Lambadi,1,* Tarun Kumar Sharma,1,* Piyush Kumar,1 Priyanka Vasnani,2 Sitaramanjaneya Mouli Thalluri,2 Neha Bisht,1 Ranjana Pathania,1,2 Naveen Kumar Navani1,21Department of Biotechnology, 2Centre of Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India*These authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: Infectious diseases cause a huge burden on healthcare systems worldwide. Pathogenic bacteria establish infection by developing antibiotic resistance and modulating the host’s immune system, whereas opportunistic pathogens like Pseudomonas aeruginosa adapt to adverse conditions owing to their ability to form biofilms. In the present study, silver nanoparticles were biofunctionalized with polymyxin B, an antibacterial peptide using a facile method. The biofunctionalized nanoparticles (polymyxin B-capped silver nanoparticles, PBSNPs were assessed for antibacterial activity against multiple drug-resistant clinical strain Vibrio fluvialis and nosocomial pathogen P. aeruginosa. The results of antibacterial assay revealed that PBSNPs had an approximately 3-fold higher effect than the citrate-capped nanoparticles (CSNPs. Morphological damage to the cell membrane was followed by scanning electron microscopy, testifying PBSNPs to be more potent in controlling the bacterial growth as compared with CSNPs. The bactericidal effect of PBSNPs was further confirmed by Live/Dead staining assays. Apart from the antibacterial activity, the biofunctionalized nanoparticles were found to resist biofilm formation. Electroplating of PBSNPs onto stainless steel surgical blades retained the antibacterial activity against P. aeruginosa. Further, the affinity of polymyxin for endotoxin was exploited for its removal using PBSNPs. It was found that the prepared nanoparticles removed 97% of the endotoxin from the solution. Such multifarious uses of metal nanoparticles are an attractive means of enhancing the potency of antimicrobial

  17. Amartya Sen: o autor e algumas das suas obrasCesaltina Abreu

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    Amartya Kumar Sen nasceu na Índia, em 1933. É professor do Trinity College da Universidade de Cambridge na Inglaterra. Amartya Sen é uma referência em teoria da escolha social e em economia do bem-estar, tendo demonstrado ao longo da sua vasta obra uma profunda preocupação com a pobreza, a fome, a justiça, a desigualdade social, a ética e o desenvolvimento, o que lhe valeu a atribuição do Prémio Nobel de Economia em 1998. A originalidade do seu pensamento traduz-se na tentativa de enfatizar t...

  18. [The use of lasers in dermatology].

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    Lecocq, C; Pirard, D; del Marmol, V; Berlingin, E

    2013-01-01

    Albert Einstein is undoubtedly the father of lasers. But it is not until 1964 that the first dermatological lasers were introduced. The Nd-YAG laser, the CO2 laser were developed by Kumar Patel. In a 40 year period lasers not only were diversified but have also become safer and miniaturized. This article hopes to strengthen general practionners' and specialist's knowledge of the different categories of available lasers. The most frequently used ones are ablative lasers (CO2-Erbium), vascular lasers (Nd-YAG, KTP, pulsed dye laser) and the pigment lasers (Q-Switched Nd-YAG, Alexandrite). A description of these lasers and their indications in dermatology will be discussed.

  19. Diilimeistrid / Janar Filippov

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    2007-01-01

    Tallinna haridusasutuste IT-keskkonna arengukava, mille koostamise töörühma juhtfiguur oli Kalmar Kumari firma Kumar Consulting, soosib autori väitel suurtootjat. Firma koostas ka selle riigihanke tingimused, mille eesmärk oli valida välja ettevõte, kes Tallinna haridusasutuste arvutipargi oma hoole alla võtab ja serverteenust pakub. Mitme anonüümse IT-spetsialisti hinnangul oli tegemist suunatud, st ebaõiglase hankega. K. Kumariga seotud pistisejuhtumist

  20. Dispersion of axially symmetric waves in fluid-filled cylindrical shells

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    Bao, X.L.; Überall, H.; Raju, P. K.

    2000-01-01

    , 317 (1972)]. We have extended the work of Kumar to the case of fluid-filled aluminum shells and steel shells imbedded in air. These cases demonstrate the existence of circumferential waves traveling in the filler fluid, exhibiting a certain simplicity of the dispersion curves of these waves......Acoustic waves normally incident on an elastic cylindrical shell can cause the excitation of circumferential elastic waves on the shell. These shells may be empty and fluid immersed, or fluid filled in an ambient medium of air, or doubly fluid loaded inside and out. Circumferential waves...

  1. Hierarchical one-dimensional ammonium nickel phosphate microrods for high-performance pseudocapacitors

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available :17629 | DOI: 10.1038/srep17629 www.nature.com/scientificreports Hierarchical One-Dimensional Ammonium Nickel Phosphate Microrods for High-Performance Pseudocapacitors Kumar Raju1 & Kenneth I. Ozoemena1,2 High-performance electrochemical capacitors... OPEN w w w . n a t u r e . c o m / s c i e n t i f i c r e p o r t s / 2S C I E N T I F I C REPORTS | 5:17629 | DOI: 10.1038/srep17629 Hierarchical 1-D and 2-D materials maximize the supercapacitive properties due to their unique ability to permit ion...

  2. Indian contributions in the field of palaeoceanography (2006-2012)

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    Status Report Indian Contributions in the Field of Palaeoceanography (2006-2012) ANIL KUMAR GUPTA1, DEVESH K SINHA2, ASHUTOSH K SINGH2, P DIWAKAR NAIDU3, RAJEEV SARASWAT3 and A K RAI4 1Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehra Dun, India 2Department... was warmer than (MIS) 3, that the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) was 4°C cooler than the present, and that there was a 2°C increase within the Holocene. Singh and Conan (2008) estimated Aragonite export fluxes of pteropods (4250, 150-250 and 125-150 mm...

  3. Variations in long term wind speed during different decades in Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal

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    in long term wind speed during different decades in Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal V Sanil Kumar ∗ and C Sajiv Philip Ocean Engineering, National Institute of Oceanography (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research), Goa 403 004, India. ∗ e-mail: sanil... enhancing measurements from com- mercial aircrafts. Thus this reanalysis data which covers the period from January 1958 to December 2000 is selected for the study. The grid covering the study locations are given in table 1. NCEP reanalysis data has a spatial...

  4. Trends of wave height and period in the Central Arabian Sea from 1996 to 2012: A study based on satellite altimeter data

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    Hithin, N.K.; SanilKumar, V.; Shanas, P.R.

    : Ocean Eng., Vol.108; 2015; 416-425. Trends of wave height and period in the Central Arabian Sea from 1996 to 2012: A study based on satellite altimeter data N.K. Hithin, V. Sanil Kumar*, P.R. Shanas+ Ocean Engineering Division, CSIR... measures wind speed at 3 m above the sea surface and SWH at a 3-h interval. Wind observation is a 10-minute average with wind speed and direction sampled at 1 Hz by a cup anemometer with vane. The accuracy of wind speed measurements is 1.5% of full scale...

  5. Marinilabilia nitratireducens sp. nov., a lipolytic bacterium of the family Marinilabiliaceae isolated from marine solar saltern

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    Shalley, S.; PradipKumar; Srinivas, T.N.R.; Suresh, K.; AnilKumar, P.

    (Saitou & Nei, 1987) and maximum-parsimony method (Nei & Kumar, 2000) using the MEGA5 package (Tamura et al. 2011). The DNA-DNA hybridization was performed by the membrane filter method (Tourova & Antonov, 1987). Purified genomic DNA (10 µg) was taken... in 6 X SSC buffer and boiled for ten minutes, and chilled immediately on ice and then immobilized onto a nylon membrane (Hybond- N from Amersham) using a dot-blot apparatus. The wells were then washed with 100 µl of 0.5 N NaOH after which the filter...

  6. The distribution of the chaetognath population and its interaction with environmental characteristics in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.

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    , but it was higher in the MLD during the SM. The species evenness (J′) was generally high in most layers in both basins (Table II). In both the BoB and the AS, cluster analysis based on the abundance and distribution of chaetognath species at different depth...- component ecosystem model of biological activity in the Arabian Sea. Progress in Oceanography 37:193-240. Muraleedharan KR, Jasmine P, Achuthankutty CT, Revichandran C, Dinesh Kumar PK, Anand P, et al. 2007. Influence of basin scale and mesoscale physical...

  7. Physical and biological response of the Arabian sea to tropical cyclone Phyan and its implications

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    Byju, P.; PrasannaKumar, S.

    version: Mar. Environ. Res.: 71(5); 2011; 325-330. Physical and biological response of the Arabian Sea to tropical cyclone Phyan and its implications P. Byju and S. Prasanna Kumar* National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR), Dona Puala, Goa-403 004... fort-night of November 2009 in the box ABCD (see Figure 1 for location). A major drawback of such a study is the lack of data during the peak of the cyclone activity over the ocean due to thick cloud associated with it. Since in situ measurements...

  8. Paired measurements of foraminiferal delta 18 O and Mg/Ca ratios of Indian monsoons reconstructed from Holocene to Last Glacial record

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    Mahesh, B.; Banakar, V.K.; Burr, G.

    in northern AS (Prasanna Kumar and Prasad, 1999). The role of low-salinity water inflow from the Bay of Bengal dictating observed SS fluctuations may be ruled out during this time as it was significantly reduced during the last glacial period (Chodankar et... organic matter (Meyers, 1994). The diagenetic alteration of organic matter may also cause a variation in C/N ratios. However, the strong positive correlation between the C and N (r = 0.81; n = 39, Fig. 5) rules out such alteration possibility. Hence...

  9. Experimental Acquisition, Development, and Transmission of Leishmania tropica by Phlebotomus duboscqi

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    ment. Parasitology 121, 25–33. Kamhawi, S., Ramalho-Ortigao, M., Pham, V.M., Kumar, S., Lawyer, P.G., Turco , S.J., Barillas-Mury, C., Sacks, D.L... Turco , S.J., McConville, M.J., Lawyer, P.G., Perkins, P.V., Sacks, D.L., 1992. Stage-specific adhesion of Leishmania promastigotes to the sandfly midgut...Rowton, E., Späth, G., Epstein, L., Turco , S.J., Beverley, S.M., 2000. The role of phosphoglycans in Leishmania–sand fly interactions. Proceedings of

  10. High new production in the Bay of Bengal: Possible causes and implications

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    circles are the original data and open circles are the re-calculated conservative estimates. In the right panel (present study), rectangles are for Sep– Oct 2002, triangles for Apr–May 2003 and circles are for Sep–Oct 2002 after taking into account... the subcontinent, inhibiting vertical mixing and the supply of nutrients from below [Prasanna Kumar et al., 2003]. Data of air-sea exchange rates of CO 2 for the northern Indian Ocean in general, and BOB in particular, are inadequate in space and time. Limited data...

  11. Exploring the Presence of microDNAs in Prostate Cancer Cell Lines, Tissue, and Sera of Prostate Cancer Patients and its Possible Application as Biomarker

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    human genome and its role in disease . Annu. Rev. Med. 61, 437–455. Takata, M., Sasaki, M.S., Sonoda, E., Morrison, C., Hashimoto , M., Utsumi, H...are those of the author( s ) and should not be construed as an official Department of the Army position, policy or decision unless so designated by...PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR( S ) Pankaj Kumar 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 5e. TASK NUMBER E-Mail: pk7z@virginia.edu 5f. WORK UNIT NUMBER 7

  12. Enrichments in authigenic uranium in glacial sediments of the Southern Ocean; Enrichissement en uranium authigene dans les sediments glaciaires de l'ocean Austral

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    Dezileau, L. [Universidad de Conception, Programa Regional de Oceanografia Fisica y Climat PROFC, Y Centro de Investigacion Oceanografica (Chile); Bareille, G. [Pau Univ., Lab. de Chimie Analytique Bio-Inorganique et Environnement, EP-CNRS 132, 64 (France); Reyss, J.L. [CEA Saclay, Direction des Sciences de la Matiere, Lab. des Sciences du Climat et de L' environnement, Lab. Mixte CEA-CNRS, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2002-11-01

    Four sediment cores from the Polar frontal zone and the Antarctic zone in the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean present an increase of authigenic uranium during glacial periods. We show that this increase in uranium is due to a combination of (i) an increase in the lateral transport of organic matter, (ii) a decrease in the oxygen in deep waters, and (iii) a process of diagenesis. It appears that uranium concentration cannot be used as a proxy of paleo-productivity in the Southern Ocean, as previously suggested by Kumar et al. in 1995. (authors)

  13. Dynamics of dissolved organic carbon in the northwestern Indian Ocean

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    DileepKumar, M.; Rajendran, A.; Somasundar, K.; Haake, B.; Jenisch, A.; Shuo, Z.; Ittekkot, V.; Desai, B.N.

    / 6,, ~'F t 101 18 ~16 ~o* sb* ,b* 7'o- 8b. Fig. 1. Station locations in the northwestern Indian Ocean. 0 o 302 M. DILEEP KUMAR ET AL. F filtrate was fixed with HgC12 and analysed for DOC, within a month, by a high-temperature catalytic wet... compounds, by the high-temperature catalytic oxidation method used in this study, compared with the apparently incomplete decom- position by simple wet oxidation of Menzel (1964), should be the reason for large DOC differences between the two studies...

  14. xLIPA: Promotion of Electrons from the K-shell to 2 GeV using 10 PW Laser Pulses

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    xLIPA : Promotion of electrons from the K-shell to 2 GeV using 10 PW laser pulses D.F. Gordon, J.P. Palastro, B. Hafizi, D. Kaganovich, L. Johnson...20] N. Kumar, K.Z. Hatsagortsyan, and C.H. Keitel. Radiation-reaction-force-induced nonlinear mixing of Raman sidebands of an ultraintense laser...RESPONSIBLE PERSON 19b. TELEPHONE NUMBER (include area code) b. ABSTRACT c. THIS PAGE 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT xLIPA: Promotion of

  15. Effect of January 15, 2010 annular solar eclipse on meteorological parameters over Goa, India

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    of annular eclipse and such fluctuation can cause warming in the upper troposphere. A downdraft at the tropopause height in tune with the fluctuation in tropopause could support the movement of stratospheric ozone from the lower stratosphere that can cause...-meteorological measurements in Nigeria during the total solar eclipse of 29 March, 2006. J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys. 71, 1245 – 1253. Nishanth, T., Narendra Ojha, Satheesh Kumar, M.K., Manish Naja, 2011. Infulence of solar eclipse of 15 January 2010 on surface ozone...

  16. A Holistic Approach to Networked Information Systems Design and Analysis

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    In [J7] (where number of nodes are scaled up) and [W12] (where number of classes are scaled up), we take a two- stage approach. In the first stage we...obtain information about any individual file in the system. The weak security is a low-overhead light -weight approach for protecting users’ data. In...Zhisheng Niu and P. R. Kumar, “Optimal Wake-up Mecha- nism for Single Base Station with Sleep Mode,” in Proceedings of the 25th International Teletrac

  17. Wave transformation at select locations along the Indian coast through measurements, modelling and remote sensing

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    Aboobacker, V.M.

    global spectral wave model, IEEE Trans Geosci. Rem. Sens., 43, 110-117. Bhowmick, S.A., R. Kumar, S. Basu, A. Sarkar and V.K. Agarwal, 2009: Improvement in wave forecast using data assimilative coastal wave model, Indian J. Mar. Sci., 38(2), 142..., 1993: The impact of the ERS-1 altimeter on the wave analysis and forecast, Report No. GKSS 93/E/44, GKSS, Germany, 56p. Hanson, J. L., and O. M. Phillips, 2001: Automated analysis of ocean surface directional wave spectra, J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol...

  18. Mapping the MPM maximum flow algorithm on GPUs

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    Solomon, Steven; Thulasiraman, Parimala

    2010-11-01

    The GPU offers a high degree of parallelism and computational power that developers can exploit for general purpose parallel applications. As a result, a significant level of interest has been directed towards GPUs in recent years. Regular applications, however, have traditionally been the focus of work on the GPU. Only very recently has there been a growing number of works exploring the potential of irregular applications on the GPU. We present a work that investigates the feasibility of Malhotra, Pramodh Kumar and Maheshwari's "MPM" maximum flow algorithm on the GPU that achieves an average speedup of 8 when compared to a sequential CPU implementation.

  19. Mechanical Properties of Robust Ultrathin Silk Fibroin Films

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    2007-01-01

    were fabricated from silk aque - ous solution by SA-LbL assembly. Unlike for tradi- tional polyelectrolyte LbL multilayers, where there are strong charge...Appl. Polym. Sci. 1997 , 63, 401. [26] X. Wang, Y.-G. Kim, C. Drew, B.-C. Ku, J. Kumar, L. A. Samuelson, Nano Lett. 2004, 4, 331. [27] D. M. Lynn...Sperling), Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany 1997 . [42] Polymer Handbook, 4th ed. (Eds: J. Brandrup, E. H. Immergut, E. A. Grulke), John Wiley & Sons, Inc

  20. Evolution of cyclonic eddies and biogenic fluxes in the northern Bay of Bengal

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    Nuncio, M.; PrasannaKumar, S.

    1 Author version: Biogeosciences Discuss., vol.10; 2013; 16213-16236 Evolution of cyclonic eddies and biogenic fluxes in the northern Bay of Bengal M. Nuncio1 and S. Prasanna Kumar2* 1 National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Head Land... from 1994 to 1998 as satellite derived sea-level anomaly (SLA) was available only from 1994. Evolution of eddies in relation to the biogenic flux was studied by analysing 7 day merged SLA of Topex-Posiedon/ERS/Jason satellites obtained from AVISO...

  1. Bonding : escala para avaliar o desenvolvimento emocional dos pais com o bebé

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    Figueiredo, Bárbara; Marques, A.; Costa,Raquel A.; Pacheco, Alexandra P.; Pais, A.

    2005-01-01

    Neste artigo apresentamos a escala Bonding destinada a avaliar o envolvimento emocional dos pais com o bebé; versão portuguesa alargada do Mother-Baby Bonding Questionnaire (Taylor, Adams, Doré, Kumar, & Glover, in press). A versão original do instrumento, constituída por 8 itens de auto-relato numa escala de tipo "Lickert" de 4 pontos, foi traduzida e acrescentada; uma nova versão de 12 itens foi administrada, entre o 2º e o 3º dia após o parto, a uma amostra de 456 sujeitos (315 mães e 141 ...

  2. New directions: Air pollution challenges for developing megacities like Delhi

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    Kumar, Prashant; Khare, Mukesh; Harrison, Roy M.; Bloss, William J.; Lewis, Alastair C.; Coe, Hugh; Morawska, Lidia

    2015-12-01

    Most major cities around the world experience periods of elevated air pollution levels, which exceed international health-based air quality standards (Kumar et al., 2013). Although it is a global problem, some of the highest air pollution levels are found in rapidly expanding cities in India and China. The sources, emissions, transformations and broad effects of meteorology on air pollution are reasonably well accounted in air quality control strategies in many developed cities; however these key factors remain poorly constrained in the growing cities of countries with emerging economies. We focus here on Delhi, one of the largest global population centres, which faces particular air pollution challenges, now and in the future.

  3. Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays: A Galactic Origin?

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    Eichler, David; Kumar, Rahul; Gavish, Eyal

    2016-01-01

    It is suggested that essentially all of the UHECRs we detect, including those at the highest energy, originate in our Galaxy. It is shown that even if the density of sources decreases with Galactic radius, then the anisotropy and composition can be understood. Inward anisotropy, as recently reported by the Auger collaboration can be understood as drift along the current sheet of UHECRs originating outside the solar circle, as predicted in Kumar and Eichler (2014), while those originating within the solar circle exit the Galaxy at high latitudes.

  4. REVIEWER LIST – 2014

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    REVIEWER LIST – 2014 The Editorial Team would like to thank all those who gave generously of their time and expertise in reviewing the papers for the Indian Journal of Community Health in 2014.AAarti Kapil, New Delhi, IndiaAbhishek SinghAmandeep Kaur, Haldwani, IndiaAmit Kaushik, Safai, IndiaAnu Bhardwaj, Ambala, IndiaAnurag Chaudary, Ludhiana, IndiaA R BondArpan YagnikArvind Kumar Singh, Gorakhpur, IndiaAshish Yadav, Meerut, IndiaAthar Ansari, Aligarh, India BBaridalyne Nongkynrih, New Delhi...

  5. Phylogeny of Cyclic Nitramine-Degrading Psychrophilic Bacteria in Marine Sediment and Their Potential Role in the Natural Attenuation of Explosives

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    2004-01-01

    isolates. The phylogenetic tree was generated ba neighbor-joining method included in the MEGA2 software package. The ba node is the statistical bootstrap...25 30 35 HAW-EB5 R D X c o n ce n tr at io n ( µM ) M etab o lite co n cen tratio n (µM ) (N 2 O , % o f to tal N ) 3.3. Cyclic nitramine...Press, New York. [28] Kumar, S., Tamura, K., Jakobsen, I.B. and Nei, M. (2001) MEGA2: molecular evolutionary genetics analysis software

  6. Stable Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Materials Based on Interpenetrating Polymer Networks

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    1994-03-17

    0IJUN93 to 31MAY94 4. 1I1Lk ANDLSUBI1ILIE D. ?-UNUING NUMBERS •’• Stable Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Materials Based On C:N00014-90-J-1148...release and sale; its distribution is unlimited. I Stable Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Materials Based On Interpenetrating Polymer Networks S... Optical Materials Based On Interpenetrating Polymer Networks by S. Marturunkakul, J. I. Chen, L. Li, X. L. Jiang, R. J. Jeng, S. K. Sengupta, J. Kumar

  7. Nested Autonomy for Unmanned Marine Vehicles with MOOS-IvP

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    2010-01-01

    and marine vehicles, e.g., Bennet and Leonard (2000), Carreras , Batlle, and Ridao (2000), Kumar and Stover (2001), Rosenblatt, Williams, and Durrant...in the x–y or lat–lon plane , (b) an overall time-out, (c) a depth limit, and (d) an al- titude limit. The behavior does not produce an objective...The Waypoint behavior is used for transiting to a set of specified waypoint in the x–y plane . The primary parameter is the set of waypoints. Other

  8. A review of the genus Paraleptomenes Giordani Soika, 1970 (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Eumeninae: Odynerini) from the Indian subcontinent,with the description of a new species from the eastern Himalayas.

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    Kumar, Girish P; Carpenter, James M; Sharma, Gaurav

    2014-05-23

    The genus Paraleptomenes Giordani Soika, 1970 is reviewed for the Indian subcontinent. A new species Paraleptomenes darugiriensis Kumar, Carpenter & Sharma, sp. nov. is described. The male of P. rufoniger Giordani Soika, 1994 is described for the first time. The distribution records of P. humbertianus (de Saussure, 1867), P. miniatus mephitis (Cameron, 1901), P. miniatus miniatus (de Saussure, 1855), and P. rufoniger Giordani Soika, 1994 in the Indian states are augmented. A key to species of the Indian subcontinent and a world checklist of species are provided.

  9. Dilepton production as a useful probe of quark gluon plasma with temperature dependent chemical potential quark mass

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    Kumar, Yogesh; Singh, S. Somorendro

    2016-07-01

    We extend the previous study of dilepton production using [S. Somorendro Singh and Y. Kumar, Can. J. Phys. 92 (2014) 31] based on a simple quasiparticle model of quark-gluon plasma (QGP). In this model, finite value of quark mass uses temperature dependent chemical potential the so-called Temperature Dependent Chemical Potential Quark Mass (TDCPQM). We calculate dilepton production in the relevant range of mass region. It is observed that the production rate is marginally enhanced from the earlier work. This is due to the effect of TDCPQM and its effect is highly significant in the production of dilepton.

  10. Identification and modeling of internal waves

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    Murty, T.V.R.; Sadhuram, Y.; Rao, M.M.M.; SujithKumar, S.; Maneesha, K.; Sandhya, K.S.; Prakash, S.S.; Chandramouli, P.; Murthy, K.S.R.

    ,salanity,density,Bruntvaisala frequencyandsoundvelocityunderdifferentseasons 2.2 Currents 2.3 IdentificationofInternalWaves 2.4 CharactersticsofInternalwavesfromCTDandSpectrumanalysis 2.5 Internalwavefieldgeneration 2.6 ModellingofInternalwaves 2.7 Internalwavesimulation 3. Conclusion Contributors to the project 1.... Dr.T.V.Ramana Murty Co-investigator 2. Dr.Y.Sadhuram Member 3. Dr.M.M.Malleswara Rao Member 4. Mr.S.Sujith Kumar Member 5. Mr.S.Surya Prakash Member 6. Mr...

  11. Estimation of air-sea CO2 flux in the coastal waters of Visakhapatnam

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    Latha, T.P.; Rao, K.H.; Sarma, V.V.S.S.; Seetaram, P.; Choudhury, S.B.; Nagamani, P.V.; Dutt, B.S.; Dhadwal, V.K.; Manna, S.

    and higher pCO2 levels in the south western region than to the atmospheric levels (Sarma et al., 2012). Previous study reports (George et al., 1994; Kumar et al., 1996) suggest that the coastal Bay of Bengal acts as a net source for CO2 to the atmosphere... throughout the year except for a brief north east monsoon period and acts as a source or sink depending on coastal surface circulation led majorly by riverine influx. In order to examine this, the time-series observations were conducted at a single station...

  12. Existence of common fixed point and best proximity point for generalized nonexpansive type maps in convex metric space.

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    Rathee, Savita; Dhingra, Kusum; Kumar, Anil

    2016-01-01

    Here, we extend the notion of (E.A.) property in a convex metric space defined by Kumar and Rathee (Fixed Point Theory Appl 1-14, 2014) by introducing a new class of self-maps which satisfies the common property (E.A.) in the context of convex metric space and ensure the existence of common fixed point for this newly introduced class of self-maps. Also, we guarantee the existence of common best proximity points for this class of maps satisfying generalized non-expansive type condition. We furnish an example in support of the proved results.

  13. Remarks on the sea level records of the north Indian ocean

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    . 106, 6895-6916. Han, W., Webster, P.J., 2002. Forcing mechanisms of sea level interannual variability in the Bay of Bengal. J. Phys. Oceanogr. 32, 216-239. Jade, S., Mukul, M., Parvez, I.A., Ananda, M.B., Kumar, P.D., Gaur, V.K., Bendick, R...., Bilham, R., Blume, F., Wallace, K., Abbasi, I.A., Khan, M.A., Ulhadi, S., 2003. Pre- seismic, co-seismic and post-seismic displacements associated with the Bhuj 2001 earthquake derived from recent and historic geodetic data. Proc. Ind. Acad. Sci. (Earth...

  14. Verified OS Interface Code Synthesis

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    2016-12-01

    5c.  PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 61102F 6. AUTHOR(S) Gerwin Klein, Toby Murray 5d.  PROJECT NUMBER 5e.  TASK NUMBER 5f.  WORK UNIT NUMBER 7. PERFORMING...llisapi.dll Verified OS Interface Code Synthesis Final Report for AFOSR AOARD Grant FA2386-14-1-4093 Gerwin Klein, Ramana Kumar, Toby Murray gerwin.klein... Murray t +61 2 8306 0550 e gerwin.klein@data61.csiro.au w trustworthy.systems DISTRIBUTION A. Approved for public release: distribution unlimited.

  15. Morning cortisol is lower in obese individuals with normal glucose tolerance

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    Praveen EP; Sahoo JP; Kulshreshtha B; Khurana ML; Gupta N; Dwivedi SN; Kumar G; Ammini AC

    2011-01-01

    Edavan P Praveen1, Jaya Prakash Sahoo1, Bindu Kulshreshtha2, Madan L Khurana3, Nandita Gupta1, Sada Nand Dwivedi3, Guresh Kumar3, Ariachery C Ammini11Department of Endocrinology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, 2Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, 3Department of Biostatistics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, IndiaBackground: There is no consensus on the role of cortisol in the pathogenesis of obesity and metabolic syndrome (MS). This cross-sectional study aimed to analyze...

  16. No change in [¹¹C]CUMI-101 binding to 5-HT(1A) receptors after intravenous citalopram in human

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    Pinborg, Lars H; Feng, Ling; Haahr, Mette E

    2012-01-01

    Med Biol 38:273-277; Kumar et al. [2006] J Med Chem 49:125-134) and has previously been demonstrated to be sensitive to bolus citalopram in monkeys (Milak et al. [2011] J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 31:243-249). We studied six healthy individuals. Two PET-scans were performed on the same day in each...... individual before and after constant infusion of citalopram (0.15 mg/kg). The imaging data were analyzed using two tissue compartment kinetic modeling with metabolite corrected arterial input and Simplified Reference Tissue Modeling using cerebellum as a reference region. There was no significant difference...

  17. The Grüneisen parameter and its higher order derivatives for the Earth lower mantle and core

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    Shanker, J.; Sunil, K.; Sharma, B. S.

    2017-01-01

    In the present study we propose a simple formula for the reciprocal γ versus pressure-bulk modulus ratio. This formula satisfies the boundary conditions at zero pressure and also at infinite pressure which is a basic requirement for any thermodynamic relationship or equation of state to be physically acceptable. It should be mentioned that the infinite pressure values of thermoelastic properties (Kumar et al., 2015; Stacey, 2005) are the extrapolated values in the limit of infinite pressure by considering the material to remain in the same structure or same phase. In fact, no material can exist at infinite pressure. This point has been elaborated very convincingly by Stacey and Davis (2004).

  18. Robot Path Planning in Uncertain Environments: A Language Measure-theoretic Approach

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    2014-01-01

    approximation of chance-constrained stochastic predic- tive control. IEEE Transactions on Robotics . 2010;26(3):502–517. [7] Chakravorty S, Kumar S... Transactions on Robotics and Automation. 2007;23(2):331–341. [3] Rhoads B, Mezić I, Poje A. Minimum Time feedback control of autonomous underwater vehicles...2005. p. 194–198. [2] Pêtrès C, Pailhas Y, Patrón P, Petillot Y, Evans J, Lane D. Path Planning for autonomous underwater vehicles. IEEE

  19. Workshop on Future Directions for Optical Information Processing.

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    1981-03-01

    experiments were reported by Pappu, Kumar and Mehta [531, and Roychoudhuri and malacara 9 28 A- (541 explored constrast reversal with halftoning. Kato and...1978). Curr. Sci. 47, No. 1, 1-6. 54. Roychoudhuri, C., and Malacara , D. (1975). Appl. Opt. 14, 1683-1689. 55. Sawchuk, A.A., and Dashiell, S.R...Soc. Amer. 60, 1421. 57. Delingat, E. (1972). Optik 34, 433-441. 58. Schneider, W. (1974). Optica Acta. 21, 563-576. 59. Schnieder, W., Fink, F., and

  20. A REVIEW ON STUDY OF CYANOBACTERIAL MUTANTS%蓝藻突变体研究综述

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    黄开耀; 郭厚良

    1998-01-01

    @@ 1964年,Kumar[1]以及Singh.R.N.和Sing.H.N.G[2]分别报道了在组囊藻(Anacystis nidulans)和苏铁鱼腥藻中(Anabaena cycadae)分离突变体的工作,紧接着各种蓝藻突变体的工作又陆续有报道.突变体的分离为蓝藻的遗传研究提供了必要的工具.

  1. Quantum Cosmology Problems for the 21st Century

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    Hartle, J B

    1997-01-01

    Two fundamental laws are needed for prediction in the universe: (1) a basic dynamical law and (2) a law for the cosmological initial condition. Quantum cosmology is the area of basic research concerned with the search for a theory of the initial cosmological state. The issues involved in this search are presented in the form of eight problems. (To appear in Physics 2001, ed. by M. Kumar and in the Proceedings of the 10th Yukawa-Nishinomiya Symposium}, November 7--8, 1996, Nishinomiya, Japan.)

  2. DREW-UCLA Breast Cancer Research and Training Program: Molecular/Cellular Pathogenesis Model

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    2007-03-01

    including the Na+-dependent amino acid transporters system A, ASC, N, B0, XAG, Gly, andβ-Alanine/ Taurine , and the Na+-independent amino acid transporters L...initial de- naturation at 94◦C for 2 min, then cycle at 94◦C for 1 min, 58◦C for 1 min and 72◦C for 1 min for 28 cycles and finally extension at 72◦C...anticancer agents. Cell 74:957–967 28. Thompson CB (1995) Apoptosis in the pathogenesis and treatment of disease. Nature 1456–1462 29. Cotran RS, Kumar V

  3. Data-driven prediction of adverse drug reactions induced by drug drug interactions

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    2017-06-08

    AbdulHameed, Kamal Kumar, Xueping Yuˆ, Anders Wallqvist* and Jaques Reifman Abstract Background: The expanded use of multiple drugs has increased the...induced effects in humans, we can also apply this method to predict ADRs caused by individual drugs. In the present study, we expanded this method to...drug-drug interactions. Trends Pharmacol Sci . 2013;34(3):178–84. doi:10.1016/j.tips.2013.01.006. 7. Vilar S, Harpaz R, Uriarte E, Santana L, Rabadan R

  4. Diilimeistrid / Janar Filippov

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    Tallinna haridusasutuste IT-keskkonna arengukava, mille koostamise töörühma juhtfiguur oli Kalmar Kumari firma Kumar Consulting, soosib autori väitel suurtootjat. Firma koostas ka selle riigihanke tingimused, mille eesmärk oli valida välja ettevõte, kes Tallinna haridusasutuste arvutipargi oma hoole alla võtab ja serverteenust pakub. Mitme anonüümse IT-spetsialisti hinnangul oli tegemist suunatud, st ebaõiglase hankega. K. Kumariga seotud pistisejuhtumist

  5. A Class of Estimators for Finite Population Mean in Double Sampling under Nonresponse Using Fractional Raw Moments

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    Full Text Available This paper presents new classes of estimators in estimating the finite population mean under double sampling in the presence of nonresponse when using information on fractional raw moments. The expressions for mean square error of the proposed classes of estimators are derived up to the first degree of approximation. It is shown that a proposed class of estimators performs better than the usual mean estimator, ratio type estimators, and Singh and Kumar (2009 estimator. An empirical study is carried out to demonstrate the performance of a proposed class of estimators.

  6. Observed mixed standing-wave signatures in Cochin Estuary on the southwest coast of India

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    DineshKumar, P.K.; Srinivas, K.; Muraleedharan, K.R.; Thottam, T.J.

    at intervals. Because of an intense flood in 1341 AD, parts of 1108 Dinesh Kumar et al. Journal of Coastal Research, Vol. 25, No. 5, 2009 Figure 4. Time series of hourly observed and predicted sea level at T2 during February 1–16, 2006. Figure 5. Time series...–10, 2006. ther, they show a net up-estuary movement, whereas the cross-shore currents show a net offshore movement (Table 3). Alongshore current was found to be at maximum during midtide. Another notable feature was the tidal asymmetry. The flood currents...

  7. Physical forcing of biological productivity in the northern Arabian Sea during the northeast monsoon

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    PrasannaKumar, S.; Ramaiah, N.; Gauns, M.; Sarma, V.V.S.S.; Muraleedharan, P.M.; Raghukumar, S.; DileepKumar, M.; Madhupratap, M.

    ,M.J.W.,Kraay,G.W.,van-Bleijswijk,J.D.L.,Baars,M.A.,1997.Abundanceofbacterioplanktoninrelationto seasonal upwelling in the northwest Indian Ocean. Deep-Sea Research I: Oceanographic Research Papers 44, 425}449. Wishner,K.,Gowing,M.,Gelfman,C.,1998.Zooplanktonbiomassintheupper1000minthe...-1 *Correspondingauthor.fax:#91-832-223340. E-mail address:prasanna@csnio.ren.nic.in(S.P.Kumar). Deep-SeaResearchII48(2001)1115}1126 Physicalforcingofbiologicalproductivityinthe NorthernArabianSeaduringtheNortheastMonsoon S...

  8. Coastal processes along the Indian coastline

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    (Figure 1) carried out by National Institute of Oceanogr a phy, (NIO) Goa and from the published literature 14 , wave characteri s- tics at different locations are presented in T a ble 3. These are site specific data and cannot be considered for loc a...., Kumar, V. S. and Nayak, B. U., Wave stati s- tics around the Indian coast based on ship observe d data. Indian J. Mar. Sci. , 1991, 20 , 87 ? 92. 16. Indian Tide Tables 2006, Indian and selected foreign ports, Go v ern - ment of India, New Delhi...

  9. Role of distinct flavours of IOD events on Indian summer monsoon

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    Anil, N.; RameshKumar, M.R.; Sajeev, R.; Saji, P.K.

    -monsoon months of July and August together con- tribute to about 61 % of the mean seasonal rainfall (Ramesh Kumar and Uma 2004). A prolonged break in these 2 months is critical for the quantum of ISMR. Though studies indicate a clear link between IOD and ISMR...:1317–1326 1321 123 3.5 ISMR It is well known that El Nino is associated deficit (drought) monsoon conditions over India. The Oceanic Nino Index (ONI) has been used for identifying the El Nino events in the tropical Pacific. It is the 3-month mean SST anomaly...

  10. Air-sea interaction over the Indian Ocean during the two contrasting monsoon years 1987 and 1988 studied with satellite data

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    interannual variability in three important aspects. These are The onset date over the Kerala coast, The total quantum of monsoon rainfall, and The duration of the active/break periods within the monsoon life cycle (onset – active – weak – break – active... of the moisture required for the monsoon rainfall. Studies by Hastenarath and Lamb (1980), Cadet and Reverdin (1981a,b), Cadet and Greco (1987) as well as Sadhuram and Ramesh Kumar (1988) stressed the importance of the interhemispheric moisture transport. Sad...

  11. Changes in nearshore waves during the active sea/land breeze period off Vengurla, central west coast of India

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    characteristics in the nearshore zone of Karwar, eastern AS was studied by Dora and Sanil Kumar (2015) and observed equal proportion of swells and wind-seas during February–May. When waves travel towards the coast, the wave characteristics change due to refraction...-dominated spectrum changed to a wind-sea-dominated spectrum at the peak of the sea breeze and hence the average wave spectrum has predom- inant wind-sea peak at 15:00 UTC. The energy in the wind- sea part dissipates when the waves travel from 15 m water depth to 5 m...

  12. EphB4 Receptor Tyrosine Kinase in Prostate Cancer

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    Hassanieh  L,   Ley  EJ,  Scehnet  J,  Kumar  NG,   Hawes  D,  Press  MF,  Weaver  FA,  Gill  PS.  Receptor  tyrosine...J. Pathol. 174 (2009) 1492. [33] T.D. Bartley, R.W. Hunt, A.A. Welcher, W.J. Boyle , V.P. Parker, R.A. Lindberg, H.S. Lu, A.M. Colombero, R.L

  13. Bimanes (1,5-Diazabicyclo(3.3.0)Octadiendiones). Laser Activity in syn- Bimanes

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    oou InterimzOCRA Technica FROM 6/189T5.3j9 3 a 19 16mitr SUPPLEENTAR NOTATION ONOACESIN Heteroatom Chmitr 22217-0 (99) 11. 7CSTIT icueScrt CastoD n)8...bimanes 1. , 4 LO, 4 26 and i-thia-syn-(methylenemethyl)binane 50: and RE. 0-20 for 26 syn-bimanes. The bimane dyes tended to be more photostable and more ...Boyer, C. M. Lau, I. R. Politzer, K. Thangaraj, G. Kumar, V. T. Ramakrishnan, and T. G. Pavlopoulos Prepared for Publication in the Heteroatom Chemistry

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    Full Text Available REVIEWER DATABASEA S PaddaAarati KrishnanAarti KapilAbdul JilaniAbhaya JoglekarAbhijit PakhareAbhisek MishraAbhishek ArunAbhishek GuptaAbhishek JadhavAbhishek SinghAditi SinghAdrija RoyAdwitiya MukhopadhyayAhmed MandilA SubramanianAjit SahaiAkanksha GautamAkela MohamedAkhila GopinathanAkshay KumarAlankrata JainAli AbediAlisha SyiemliehAmal BasuAmandeep KaurA ChauhanAmarnath GuptaAmar SinhaAmir M KhanAmit KaushikAmit PawaiyaAmit SinghAmrita KansalAmrita SougaijamA WadheraAnand DixtA NeelakantanAnil PurtyAnimesh JainAnisha MohanAnjali AroraAnjan DattaAnju GahlotAnkita BajpaiAnku SaikiaAnmol GoyalAnu AgrawalAnu BhardwajAnuj JangraAnupama AryaA MohokarAnurag ChaudaryA SrivastavaAr BondArnab GhoshArpan YagnikArpit PrajapatiArshad AyubArti RauthanArun SainiArun SharmaArun ShiraliArun SugumaranArun VargheseArun WanjpeArvind NathArvind SinghAsha RAshish ChauhanAshish SinhaAshish SrivastavaAshish YadavAshok BhardwajAshok SrivastavaAshu GroverAshutosh SarwaAshwani SinhaAshwini KumarAthar AnsariAtul PuthiaAustin OkpanmaAvijit DasAvijit SinghaAvinash SunthliaB P MathurB VermaBabu DilipBadri MisraBaridalyne NongkynrihBhaswati SenguptaBhavana PandeyBhavana PantBhola NathBhupinder AnandBhupinder SinghBhuwan SharmaBiju SomanBimlesh KumarBinod KumarBinod PatroBishwas AcharyaBiswajit PaulB ChakravarthyB MannaC M S RawatC P MishraC M SinghChandra PrabhaChibi RushithaChitrangada MistryD SrivastavaDaksh SharmaDaneshwar SinghDanish ImtiazDebabrata RoyDeep ShikhaDeepa NairDeepak ChopraDeepak GuptaDeepak SharmaDeepika MittalNandanwarD SharmaDevi NairDharma BhattaD GahwaiDheeraj SharmaDhiraj SrivastavaDhrubajyotiDileepanDinesh BhatnagarDipanjan DeyDivya RajaseharanEkta GuptaEmanuel CummingsEnakshi GanguliFabrice JotterandFatma KarasuFomboh RichardGagan GargGajendra GuptaGarima MittalG BandyopadhyayGeetanjali KapoorGeetu SinghGhos AhmedGirish ChavanGirjesh YadavGita NegiGmsubba RaoGnanakshiGobezie TemesgenGokul ShindeGouri PadhyKassa GideboGunjan NathH ChopraHameeda Ali

  15. Environmental isotopes to test hypotheses for fluid mud (mud bank) generation mechanisms along the southwest coast of India

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    -seawater interactions off the coast of southern Taiwan: evidence from environmental isotopes. J. Asian Ear. Sci. 41, 250e262. Mallik, T.K., Mukherji, K.K., Ramachandran, K.K., 1988. Sedimentology of the Kerala mud banks (fluid muds). Mar. Geol. 80, 99e118. Manoj Kumar..., K.K., 1989. Geochemical characteristics of mud bank environment e a case study from Quilandy, west coast of India. J. Geol. Soc. Ind. 33, 55e63. Ramachandran, K.K., Mallik, T.K., 1985. Sedimentological aspects of Alleppey mud bank, west coast...

  16. Prediction of dispersed phase holdup in pulsed disc and doughnut solvent extraction columns under different mass transfer conditions

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    Yong Wang; Kathryn H. Smith; Kathryn Mumford; Teobaldo F. Grabin; Zheng Li; Geoffrey W. Stevens

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    Using experimental data from a number of pulsed disc and doughnut solvent extraction columns, a unified correla-tion for the prediction of dispersed phase holdup that considers the effects of mass transfer is presented. Pulsed disc and doughnut solvent extraction columns (PDDC) have been used for a range of important applications such as ura-nium extraction and nuclear fuel recycling. Although the dispersed phase holdup in a PDDC has been presented by some researchers, there is stil the need to develop a robust correlation that can predict the experimental dispersed phase holdup over a range of operating conditions including the effects of mass transfer direction. In this study, dis-persed phase holdup data from different literature sources for a PDDC were used to refit constants for the correlation presented by Kumar and Hartland [Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.,27 (1988),131–138] which did not consider the effect of col-umn geometry. In order to incorporate the characteristic length of the PDDC (i.e. the plate spacing), the unified cor-relation for holdup proposed by Kumar and Hartland based on data from eight different types of columns [Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.,34 (1995) 3925–3940] was refitted to the PDDC data. New constants have been presented for each hold-up correlation for a PDDC based on regression analysis using published holdup data from PDDCs that cover a range of operating conditions and physical properties and consider the direction of mass transfer.

  17. Numerical evidence for a chiral spin liquid in the XXZ antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model on the kagome lattice at m =2/3 magnetization

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    Kumar, Krishna; Changlani, Hitesh J.; Clark, Bryan K.; Fradkin, Eduardo

    2016-10-01

    We perform an exact-diagonalization study of the spin-1/2 XXZ Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the kagome lattice at finite magnetization m =2/3 with an emphasis on the X Y point (Jz=0 ) and in the presence of a small chiral term. Recent analytic work by Kumar et al. [K. Kumar, K. Sun, and E. Fradkin, Phys. Rev. B 90, 174409 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevB.90.174409] on the same model, using a newly developed flux attachment transformation, predicts a plateau at this value of the magnetization described by a chiral spin liquid (CSL) with a spin Hall conductance of σx y=1/2 . Such a state is topological in nature, has a ground-state degeneracy, and exhibits fractional excitations. We analyze the degeneracy structure in the low-energy manifold, identify the candidate topological states, and use them to compute the modular matrices and Chern numbers, all of which strongly agree with expected theoretical behavior for the σx y=1/2 CSL. In the limit of zero chirality, we find on most (not all) clusters that the topological invariants are still those of a CSL.

  18. Lilienfeld Prize Talk: New Results on Water in Bulk, Nanoconfined, and Biological Environments

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    2008-04-01

    This talk will introduce some of the 63 unsolved mysteries of water, and will demonstrate some recent progress in solving them combining information provided by water in bulk, nanoconfined, and biological environments. In particular, we will present evidence from experiments designed to test the hypothesis that water displays ``polymorphism'' in that it can exist in two liquid different phases and display a novel liquid-liquid critical point. The concept of liquid polymorphism is also proving useful in understanding some of the anomalies of other liquids with local tetrahedral symmetry, such as silicon, silica, and carbon. In particular, the talk will discuss changes in dynamic transport properties [1], and water in biological environments, including a possible physical explanation for the phenomenon known as the protein glass transition [2]. [1] P. Kumar, S. V. Buldyrev, S. L. Becker, P. H. Poole, F. W. Starr, and H. E. Stanley, ``Relation between the Widom line and the Breakdown of the Stokes--Einstein Relation in Supercooled Water,'' Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104, 9575-9579 (2007). [2] P. Kumar, Z. Yan, L. Xu, M. G. Mazza, S. V. Buldyrev, S.-H. Chen. S. Sastry, and H. E. Stanley, ``Glass Transition in Biomolecules and the Liquid-Liquid Critical Point of Water,'' Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 177802 (2006).

  19. Elliptic nozzle aspect ratio effect on controlled jet propagation

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    Aravindh Kumar, S. M.; Rathakrishnan, Ethirajan

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    The present study deals with the control of a Mach 2 elliptic jet from a convergent-divergent elliptic nozzle of aspect ratio 4 using tabs at the nozzle exit. The experiments were carried out for rectangular and triangular tabs of the same blockage, placed along the major and minor axes of the nozzle exit, at different levels of nozzle expansion. The triangular tabs along the minor axis promoted superior mixing compared to the other controlled jets and caused substantial core length reduction at all the nozzle pressure ratios studied. The rectangular tabs along the minor axis caused core length reduction at all pressure ratios, but the values were minimal compared to that of triangular tabs along the minor axis. For all the test conditions, the mixing promotion caused by tabs along the major axis was inferior to that of tabs along the minor axis. The waves present in the core of controlled jets were visualized using a shadowgraph. Comparison of the present results with the results of a controlled Mach 2 elliptic jet of aspect ratio 2 (Aravindh Kumar and Sathakrishnan 2016 J. Propulsion Power 32 121-33, Aravindh Kumar and Rathakrishnan 2016 J. Aerospace Eng. at press (doi:10.1177/0954410016652921)) show that for all levels of expansion, the mixing effectiveness of triangular tabs along the minor axis of an aspect ratio 4 nozzle is better than rectangular or triangular tabs along the minor axis of an aspect ratio 2 nozzle.

  20. Acknowledgement to Reviewers

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    Full Text Available Acknowledgement to ReviewersThe editorial board of International Journal of Cancer Therapy and Oncology (IJCTO wishes to acknowledge the help of reviewers who have generously contributed their valuable time and efforts during the period September 2013–October 2014 in the appraisal of manuscripts submitted to the IJCTO. Abdulhamid Chaikh (FranceAlok Singh (USAAnamika Basu (USAAnish Banerjee (IndiaAntonella Fogliata (SwitzerlandArun Oinam (IndiaBirendra Kumar Rout (IndiaBrindha Subramanian (AustraliaCharles Bloch (USACharles Shang (USAChee-Wai Cheng (USAChih-Yao Cheng (USADaniel Bailey (USADanijela Scepanovic (SlovakiaErsalan Hernandez (USAEsmaeel Ghasroddashti (CanadaH Sudahar (IndiaHe Wang (USAKanan Jassal (IndiaLanchun Lu (USALei Guo (USALeonardo da Silva Boia (USALuiz Antonio Ribeiro da Rosa (BrasilMaria Chan (USAMing Yan (USAMohamed Fawzy (EgyptMohammad Rafiqul Islam (USANilseia Aparecida Barbosa (BrasilNita Nair (IndiaPanayiotis Mavroidis (USAPaul Sijens (NetherlandsPaulo Roberto Fonseca (BrasilPei-Hsin Cheng (USAPrabhakar Ramachandran (AustraliaPradip Maiti (IndiaPratik Kumar (IndiaQinghui Zhang (USAQiyong Fan (USARadu Alin Vasilache (RomaniaRajesh Thiyagarajan (IndiaRanjita Shegokar (GermanyRick Sims (New ZelandSara Bresciani (ItalySaurabh Varshney (IndiaShyam Pokhrel (USASunder Goyal (IndiaSupriya Chopra (IndiaSuresh Rana (USAToks Yerokun (USATulika Seth (USAV. Kannan (IndiaWaldemar Ulmer (GermanyWaqas Shuaib (USAXiang-Ming Ding (USAYida Hu (USAYong Chen (USAYu Wang (USAYuanming Feng (USAYulin Song (USA

  1. Exploration of alginate hydrogel/nano zinc oxide composite bandages for infected wounds

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    Full Text Available Annapoorna Mohandas,* Sudheesh Kumar PT,* Biswas Raja, Vinoth-Kumar Lakshmanan, Rangasamy Jayakumar Amrita Centre for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, Kochi, India *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Alginate hydrogel/zinc oxide nanoparticles (nZnO composite bandage was developed by freeze-dry method from the mixture of nZnO and alginate hydrogel. The developed composite bandage was porous with porosity at a range of 60%–70%. The swelling ratios of the bandages decreased with increasing concentrations of nZnO. The composite bandages with nZnO incorporation showed controlled degradation profile and faster blood clotting ability when compared to the KALTOSTAT® and control bandages without nZnO. The prepared composite bandages exhibited excellent antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans, and methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA. Cytocompatibility evaluation of the prepared composite bandages done on human dermal fibroblast cells by Alamar assay and infiltration studies proved that the bandages have a non-toxic nature at lower concentrations of nZnO whereas slight reduction in viability was seen with increasing nZnO concentrations. The qualitative analysis of ex-vivo re-epithelialization on porcine skin revealed keratinocyte infiltration toward wound area for nZnO alginate bandages. Keywords: alginate, hydrogel, ZnO nanoparticle, hemostatic, antimicrobial activity, wound healing

  2. Theoretical analysis of the influence of flexoelectric effect on the defect site in nematic inversion walls

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    Gui-Li, Zheng; Hui, Zhang; Wen-Jiang, Ye; Zhi-Dong, Zhang; Hong-Wei, Song; Li, Xuan

    2016-03-01

    Based on the experimental phenomena of flexoelectric response at defect sites in nematic inversion walls conducted by Kumar et al., we gave the theoretical analysis using the Frank elastic theory. When a direct-current electric field normal to the plane of the substrate is applied to the parallel aligned nematic liquid crystal cell with weak anchoring, the rotation of ±1 defects in the narrow inversion walls can be exhibited. The free energy of liquid crystal molecules around the +1 and -1 defect sites in the nematic inversion walls under the electric field was formulated and the electric-field-driven structural changes at the defect site characterized by polar and azimuthal angles of the local director were simulated. The results reveal that the deviation of azimuthal angle induced by flexoelectric effect are consistent with the switching of extinction brushes at the +1 and -1 defects obtained in the experiment conducted by Kumar et al. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11374087, 11274088, and 11304074), the Natural Science Foundation of Hebei Province, China (Grant Nos. A2014202123 and A2016202282), the Research Project of Hebei Education Department, China (Grant Nos. QN2014130 and QN2015260), and the Key Subject Construction Project of Hebei Province University, China.

  3. Cultura y economía en el desarrollo social humano Culture and economy within the human social development

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    Full Text Available Se tratan aspectos esenciales relacionados con el desarrollo humano en el contexto de la economía y la cultura. Se establecen nexos entre las concepciones vigotskianas sobre la situación social de desarrollo y las dinámicas del aprendizaje y el modelo del desarrollo humano basado en las necesidades humanas fundamentales de Manfred Max-Neff. Asimismo, se aborda la satisfacción cultural de las necesidades fundamentales del hombre en la dinámica del desarrollo personológico y sus implicaciones en la pobreza. Se hace referencia a la teoría del desarrollo humano de Amartya Kumar Sen. Se alerta acerca de la necesidad de profundizar en el estudio de los problemas actuales relacionados con el hombre.Important aspects related to human development within both economic and cultural contexts are considered in this paper. It establishes connections between Vigotski’s conceptions about the social situation of development and the learning dynamics and Manfred Max-Neff’s human development model based on fundamental human needs. It also deals with the cultural satisfaction of man’s needs within the dynamics of personal development and its repercussions on poverty. Amartya Kumar Sen’s human development theory is as well referred. It alerts about the necessary study of present man-related problems.

  4. Results from a survey of the dynamics shaping Uranus' Mab/μ-ring system

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    Kumar, Kartik; de Pater, Imke; Showalter, Mark R.

    2014-11-01

    Based on Hubble Space Telescope (HST) data, Showalter and Lissauer (2006) reported the discovery of two faint rings beyond Uranus’ main rings: the ν- and μ- rings. They constitute Uranus' outer ring system and are located beyond the ɛ-ring but interior to the large classical moons. After co-adding a series of HST images, Showalter and Lissauer (2006) obtained radial profiles for both new rings. They discovered that the peak radial intensity of the μ-ring aligns closely with the orbit of Mab. Along with numerous other observations, this points to the fact that the Mab/μ-ring system is highly coupled.The discovery of the μ-ring has led to open questions about dust dynamics beyond Uranus' main rings. Like Saturn's E-ring, observations reveal that the μ-ring is blue, indicative of a pre-dominance of sub-micron-sized particles (de Pater et al., 2006). The E-ring results from plumes on Enceladus' south pole, however the origin of the μ-ring remains a mystery. The latter is likely fed by ejecta from micro-meteorite impacts with Mab, much like Jupiter's faint rings are regenerated by companion (small) moons (Burns et al., 1999). The μ-ring's steep size-distribution suggests that there is an unknown mechanism at play that hides or removes large dust particles. We present results from an investigation into the forces shaping the μ-ring. To simulate the motion of dust in the Mab/μ-ring system, we developed a numerical toolbox (Dustsim; Kumar et al., 2015) that uses Tudat (Kumar et al., 2012). We performed integrations using Dustsim that included the effects of Uranus' gravity field, titled magnetic moment, solar radiation pressure, and collisions with a putative suite of large μ-ring bodies, hypothesized as the cause of Mab's anomalous orbital motion (Kumar et al., 2014). Following on from previous studies (e.g., Sfair and Giuliatti Winter, 2009; Sfair and Giuliatti Winter, 2012), we present a survey of the expected lifetime of μ-ring dust, as a function of

  5. Synergistic action of cinnamaldehyde with silver nanoparticles against spore-forming bacteria: a case for judicious use of silver nanoparticles for antibacterial applications

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Indro Neil Ghosh,1,* Supriya Deepak Patil,1,* Tarun Kumar Sharma,1,2 Santosh Kumar Srivastava,1 Ranjana Pathania,1 Naveen Kumar Navani11Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand, 2Center for Biodesign and Diagnostics, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Gurgaon Haryana, India*These authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: Silver has long been advocated as an effective antimicrobial. However, toxicity issues with silver have led to limited use of silver in nanoform, especially for food preservation. With the aim of exploring combinatorial options that could increase the antibacterial potency of silver nanoparticles and reduce the effective dosage of silver, we evaluated the extent of synergy that a combination of silver nanoparticles and an essential oil representative (cinnamaldehyde could offer. A battery of gram-positive and gram-negative bacterial strains was utilized for antibacterial assays, and extents of synergism were calculated from fractional inhibitory concentration indices. The activity of nanoparticles was greatly enhanced when utilized in the presence of cinnamaldehyde. We observed combinatorial effects that were strongly additive against all the bacterial strains tested, and genuine synergy was found against spore forming Bacillus cereus and Clostridium perfringens – bacterial strains associated with release of cytotoxins in contaminated food and known for their persistence. Bacterial kill curve analysis revealed a very fast bactericidal action when a combination of two agents was used. The electron and atomic force microscopy also revealed extensive damage to the bacterial cell envelop in the presence of both agents. We also performed hemolysis assays to investigate and approximate the extent of toxicity exhibited by the two agents, and observed no adverse effect at the concentrations required for synergy. This study shows that safe levels of silver in

  6. Saline volume expansion and cardiovascular physiology: novel observations, old explanations, and new questions.

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    Robotham, James L

    2004-10-01

    In a clinical investigation, Kumar and coworkers reported the hemodynamic events that accompany plasma volume expansion over 3 hours in healthy adult volunteers, and found that increases in stroke volume (SV) may be related to increases in left ventricular (LV)/right ventricular (RV) end-diastolic volume, as they expected, but also to decreases in LV/RV end-systolic volume. The latter finding suggests increased contractility and/or decreased afterload, which do not fit with their perception that clinicians ascribe increases in SV to increases in end-diastolic volume based on Starling's work. Increased ejection fraction and decreased vascular resistances were also observed. The same authors recently reported novel data suggesting that reduced blood viscosity may account for the observed reduction in vascular resistances with saline volume expansion. However, the variances in preload and afterload, along with uncertainty in estimates of contractility, substantially limit their ability to define a primary mechanism to explain decreases in LV end-systolic volume. A focus on using ejection fraction to evaluate the integrated performance of the cardiovascular system is provided to broaden this analytic perspective. Sagawa and colleagues described an approach to estimate the relationship, under clinical conditions, between ventricular and arterial bed elastances (i.e. maximal ventricular systolic elastance [Emax] and maximal arterial systolic elastance [Ea]), reflecting ventricular-arterial coupling. I used the mean data provided in one of the reports from Kumar and coworkers to calculate that LV Emax decreased from 1.09 to 0.96 mmHg/ml with saline volume expansion, while Ea decreased from 1.1 to 0.97 mmHg/ml and the SV increased (i.e. the increase in mean SV was associated with a decrease in mean afterload while the mean contractility decreased). The results reported by Kumar and coworkers invite further studies in normal and critically ill patients during acute saline

  7. Type 2 diabetes in a central Indian population: association with PPARG2 P121A allele but not ENPP1 K121Q

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Arvind Kumar Tripathi,1 Smriti Shukla,1 Mrigendra Kumar Dwivedi,1 Jitendra Kumar Tripathi,1 Ugam Kumari Chauhan,1 Manoj Indurkar,2 Shivam Singh1 1Centre for Biotechnology Studies, Awdhesh Pratap Singh University, 2Department of Medicine, Shyam Shah Medical College, Rewa, India Background: It is known that genetic and environmental factors may influence susceptibility to type 2 diabetes and its complications. Objective: In the investigation reported here we selected the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR G2 (rs1801282 and ENPP1, also called PC-1 (rs1044498 gene polymorphisms to determine whether there is a genetic association between these, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. We also examined and environmental factors influencing type 2 diabetes. Design and methods: The study was carried out on a central Indian population of 190 diabetics and 210 healthy controls. Anthropometric data were collected during sample collection. A genetic polymorphism study of PPARG2 and ENPP1 was undertaken using a polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism method and the observed genotype frequencies, allele frequencies, and carriage rates of the PPARG2 and ENPP1 polymorphisms were recorded. Results: The patterns of genotype and allele distribution in both groups suggested a significant association between PPARG2 Pro12Ala major allele A carriage (AA carriage and type 2 diabetes. Further, the results also show the protective effect of the minor allele G. Overall, we found that the distribution of ENPP1 K121Q genotypes was not significantly different between healthy controls and diabetic patients. Thus, ENPP1 polymorphism was not found to be associated with type 2 diabetes in a central Indian population. Body mass index was also found to be significantly higher in female diabetic patient group than in female healthy controls (P = 0.0388, while there was no significant difference in body mass index for males in the case group compared

  8. Estimation of pressure drop in gasket plate heat exchangers

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    Neagu Anisoara Arleziana

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present comparatively different methods of pressure drop calculation in the gasket plate heat exchangers (PHEs, using correlations recommended in literature on industrial data collected from a vegetable oil refinery. The goal of this study was to compare the results obtained with these correlations, in order to choose one or two for practical purpose of pumping power calculations. We concluded that pressure drop values calculated with Mulley relationship and Buonopane & Troupe correlation were close and also Bond’s equation gave results pretty close to these but the pressure drop is slightly underestimated. Kumar correlation gave results far from all the others and its application will lead to oversize. In conclusion, for further calculations we will chose either the Mulley relationship or the Buonopane & Troupe correlation.

  9. Turing bifurcation in a reaction-diffusion system with density-dependent dispersal

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    Kumar, Niraj; Horsthemke, Werner

    2010-05-01

    Motivated by the recent finding [N. Kumar, G.M. Viswanathan, V.M. Kenkre, Physica A 388 (2009) 3687] that the dynamics of particles undergoing density-dependent nonlinear diffusion shows sub-diffusive behaviour, we study the Turing bifurcation in a two-variable system with this kind of dispersal. We perform a linear stability analysis of the uniform steady state to find the conditions for the Turing bifurcation and compare it with the standard Turing condition in a reaction-diffusion system, where dispersal is described by simple Fickian diffusion. While activator-inhibitor kinetics are a necessary condition for the Turing instability as in standard two-variable systems, the instability can occur even if the diffusion constant of the inhibitor is equal to or smaller than that of the activator. We apply these results to two model systems, the Brusselator and the Gierer-Meinhardt model.

  10. Early and rapid globalization as part of innovation and growth strategies

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    Zijdemans, Erik; Azimi, Zohreh; Tanev, Stoyan

    of technology start-ups as a specific growth strategy (Zijdemans & Tanev, 2014). Our research adopts a dynamic resource perspective according to which the distinction between ex-ante and ex-post value of resources (Schmidt & Keil, 2012) complements the effectual entrepreneurial approach, which is typical...... for start-ups that globalize rapidly in an environment with a high degree of uncertainty (Sarasvathy, Kumar, York, & Bhagavatula, 2014). The ex-ante valuation of resources (Schmidt & Keil, 2012) is related to the ex-post characteristics of BG firms (Tanev, 2012) resulting in a Global Value Generator (GVG......) – a framework linking the ex-ante value drivers and ex-post characteristics of BG firms. Our aim is to use the GVG to help innovative start-ups in making strategic ex-ante decisions contributing to the development of competitive global business models, complementary global resources and differentiated value...

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  12. Consumer guidance in product innovation: Conceptualisation of a measurement instrument for the fast-moving consumer goods industry

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    Costa, Ana I. A.

    -, and two decision criteria - long-term focus and profitability. Customer-orientation is defined as a sufficient understanding of one's target buyers and their needs to be able to continuously generate added value in their eyes. It encompasses customer commitment, creation of customer value, understanding......-orientation: a set of organizational activities that are related to the generation and dissemination of and responsiveness to market intelligence (Kohli, Jaworski & Kumar, 1993) Market-orientation comprises three behavioral components - customer-orientation, competitor-orientation and inter-functional coordination...... of customer needs, customer satisfaction objectives, customer satisfaction measures and after-sales service (Narver & Slater, 1990) But (1a) what are the concrete organizational activities pertaining to the generation/dissemination of responsiveness of market intelligence that are relevant to the customer...

  13. Estimation of Hurst Exponent for the Financial Time Series

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    Kumar, J.; Manchanda, P.

    2009-07-01

    Till recently statistical methods and Fourier analysis were employed to study fluctuations in stock markets in general and Indian stock market in particular. However current trend is to apply the concepts of wavelet methodology and Hurst exponent, see for example the work of Manchanda, J. Kumar and Siddiqi, Journal of the Frankline Institute 144 (2007), 613-636 and paper of Cajueiro and B. M. Tabak. Cajueiro and Tabak, Physica A, 2003, have checked the efficiency of emerging markets by computing Hurst component over a time window of 4 years of data. Our goal in the present paper is to understand the dynamics of the Indian stock market. We look for the persistency in the stock market through Hurst exponent and fractal dimension of time series data of BSE 100 and NIFTY 50.

  14. Shape coexistence and the role of axial asymmetry in $^{72}$Ge

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    Ayangeakaa, A D; Wu, C Y; Allmond, J M; Wood, J L; Zhu, S; Albers, M; Almaras-Calderon, S; Bucher, B; Carpenter, M P; Chiara, C J; Cline, D; Crawford, H L; David, H M; Harker, J; Hayes, A B; Hoffman, C R; Kay, B P; Kolos, K; Korichi, A; Lauritsen, T; Macchiavelli, A O; Richard, A; Seweryniak, D; Wiens, A

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    The quadrupole collectivity of low-lying states and the anomalous behavior of the $0^+_2$ and $2^+_3$ levels in $^{72}$Ge are investigated via projectile multi-step Coulomb excitation with GRETINA and CHICO-2. A total of forty six $E2$ and $M1$ matrix elements connecting fourteen low-lying levels were determined using the least-squares search code, gosia. Evidence for triaxiality and shape coexistence, based on the model-independent shape invariants deduced from the Kumar-Cline sum rule, is presented. These are interpreted using a simple two-state mixing model as well as multistate mixing calculations carried out within the framework of the triaxial rotor model. The results represent a significant milestone towards the understanding of the unusual structure of this nucleus.

  15. India joins the ISOLDE collaboration

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    2012-01-01

    On 18 April India signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ISOLDE collaboration, thus strengthening its links with CERN. Three experiments led by Indian scientists at ISOLDE have been recommended by the Research Board and will be performed in the coming months, and more projects are being designed for the future HIE-ISOLDE scientific programme.   Shaking hands: Rüdiger Voss (left), adviser for India in CERN’s International Relations Office, and SINP Director Milan Kumar Sanyal (right). Also photographed: ISOLDE spokesperson Yorick Blumenfeld, (centre left) and Sunanda Banerjee, head of high-energy at SINP (centre right).  The new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Kolkata at the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP). India thus becomes the 15th member of the ISOLDE collaboration, after having signed similar collaboration documents with the CMS and ALICE experiments. “This agreement will a...

  16. A NEW TWIST IN THE EVOLUTION OF LOW-MASS STARS

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    Denissenkov, Pavel A., E-mail: pavelden@uvic.ca [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 3055, Victoria, BC V8W 3P6 (Canada)

    2012-07-01

    We show that the evolutionary track of a low-mass red giant should make an extended zigzag on the Hertzsprung-Russel diagram just after the bump luminosity if fast internal rotation and enhanced extra mixing in the radiative zone bring the temperature gradient close to the adiabatic one. This can explain both the location and peculiar surface chemical composition of Li-rich K giants studied by Kumar et al. We also discuss a striking resemblance between the photometric and composition peculiarities of these stars and giant components of RS CVn binaries. We demonstrate that the observationally constrained values of the temperature gradient in the Li-rich K giants agree with the required rate of extra mixing only if the turbulence that is believed to be responsible for this extra mixing is highly anisotropic, with its associated transport coefficients in the horizontal direction strongly dominating over those in the vertical direction.

  17. Distributed nitrate transport and reaction routines (NTR) inside the mesoscale Hydrological Model (mHM) framework: Development and Application in the Selke catchment

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    Sinha, Sumit; Rode, Michael; Kumar, Rohini; Yang, Xiaoqiang; Samaniego, Luis; Borchardt, Dietrich

    2016-04-01

    Precise measurements of where, when and how much denitrification occurs on the basis of measurements alone persist to be vexing and intractable research problem at all spatial and temporal scales. As a result, models have become essential and vital tools for furthering our current understanding of the processes that control denitrification on catchment scale. Emplacement of Water Framework Directive (WFD) and continued efforts in improving water treatment facilities has resulted in alleviating the problems associated with point sources of pollution. However, the problem of eutrophication still persists and is primarily associated with the diffused sources of pollution originating from agricultural area. In this study, the nitrate transport and reaction (NTR) routines are developed inside the distributed mesoscale Hydrological Model (mHM www.ufz.de/mhm) which is a fully distributed hydrological model with a novel parameter regionalization scheme (Samaniego et al. 2010; Kumar et al. 2013) and has been applied to whole Europe (Rakovec et al. 2016) and numerous catchments worldwide. The aforementioned NTR model is applied to a mesoscale river basin, Selke (463 km2) located in central Germany. The NTR model takes in account the critical and pertinent processes like transformation in vadose zone, atmospheric deposition, plant uptake, instream denitrification and also simulates the process of manure and fertilizer application. Both streamflow routines and the NTR model are run on daily time steps. The split-sample approach was used for model calibration (1994-1999) and validation (2000-2004). Flow dynamics at three gauging stations located inside this catchment are successfully captured by the model with consistently high Nash-Sutcliffe Efficiency (NSE) of at least 0.8. Regarding nitrate estimates, the NSE values are greater than 0.7 for both validation and calibration periods. Finally, the NTR model is used for identifying the critical source areas (CSAs) that contribute

  18. SERC School on Computational Statistical Physics held at the Indian Institute of Technology

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    Ray, Purusattam

    2011-01-01

    The present book is an outcome of the SERC school on Computational Statistical Physics held at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, in December 2008. Numerical experimentation has played an extremely important role in statistical physics in recent years. Lectures given at the School covered a large number of topics of current and continuing interest. Based on lectures by active researchers in the field- Bikas Chakrabarti, S Chaplot, Deepak Dhar, Sanjay Kumar, Prabal Maiti, Sanjay Puri, Purusattam Ray, Sitangshu Santra and Subir Sarkar- the nine chapters comprising the book deal with topics that range from the fundamentals of the field, to problems and questions that are at the very forefront of current research. This book aims to expose the graduate student to the basic as well as advanced techniques in computational statistical physics. Following a general introduction to statistical mechanics and critical phenomena, the various chapters cover Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulation methodolog...

  19. Suggestibility, expectancy, trance state effects, and hypnotic depth: I. Implications for understanding hypnotism.

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    Pekala, Ronald J; Kumar, V K; Maurer, Ronald; Elliott-Carter, Nancy; Moon, Edward; Mullen, Karen

    2010-04-01

    This paper reviews the relationships between trance or altered state effects, suggestibility, and expectancy as these concepts are defined in the theorizing of Weitzenhoffer (2002), Holroyd (2003), Kirsch (1991), and others, for the purpose of demonstrating how these concepts can be assessed with the PCI-HAP (Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory: Hypnotic Assessment Procedure; Pekala, 1995a, b). In addition, how the aforementioned variables may relate to the nature of hypnosis/hypnotism as a function of self-reported hypnotic depth are discussed, along with how the PCI-HAP may be used as a means to measure hypnotic responsivity from a more phenomenological state perspective, in contrast to more traditional behavioral trait assessment instruments like the Harvard, the Stanford C, or the HIP. A follow-up paper (Pekala, Kumar, Maurer, Elliott-Carter, Moon, & Mullen, 2010) will present research data on the PCI-HAP model and how this model can be useful for better understanding hypnotism.

  20. Hospitalitermes krishnai, a new nasute termite (Nasutitermitinae, Termitidae, Isoptera, from southern Sumatra, Indonesia

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    Syaukani Syaukani

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available A new species of nasute termite, Hospitalitermes krishnai sp. n., is described from soldiers and workers discovered in Lampung Province, Sumatra. This species can be distinguished from other related Hospitalitermes species from Southeast Asia by the anterior part of head capsule that is much smaller than the posterior part, head capsule that is moderately constricted behind the antennal sockets, and relatively deep depression between the head and nasus and, finally, the short and robust nasus measuring less than half as long as head capsule. Moreover, in profile the nasus is slightly up-curved but slightly decurved at the apical tip. We name this new species after Professor Kumar Krishna in recognition of his life-long contributions to termite taxonomy, systematics and biology.

  1. Routing in opportunistic networks

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    Dhurandher, Sanjay; Anpalagan, Alagan; Vasilakos, Athanasios

    2013-01-01

    This book provides a comprehensive guide to selected topics, both ongoing and emerging, in routing in OppNets. The book is edited by worldwide technical leaders, prolific researchers and outstanding academics, Dr. Isaac Woungang and co-editors, Dr. Sanjay Kumar Dhurandher, Prof. Alagan Anpalagan and Prof. Athanasios Vasilakos. Consisting of contributions from well known and high profile researchers and scientists in their respective specialties, the main topics that are covered in this book include mobility and routing, social-aware routing, context-based routing, energy-aware routing, incentive-aware routing, stochastic routing, modeling of intermittent connectivity, in both infrastructure and infrastructure-less OppNets. Key Features: Discusses existing and emerging techniques for routing in infrastructure and infrastructure-less OppNets. Provides a unified covering of otherwise disperse selected topics on routing in infrastructure and infrastructure-less OppNets.  Includes a set of PowerPoint slides and g...

  2. Urbanization, urban climate and influence of vegetation

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    Feyisa, Gudina Legese

    countries, intensifying areas of impervious surfaces and shrinking of green spaces within cities and the surrounding landscape (Jorgenson et al. 2010; Kumar et al. 2010). Despite a large and increasing literature on the problems of urban environmental changes, a limited amount of such research has addressed......This PhD thesis deals with urbanization-induced changes in land use/cover (LULC), associated local-level warming and the role of vegetation in mitigating the local thermal climate change in cities of Ethiopia. The thesis consists of four research papers that address these environmental changes...... and consequent problems. Through these papers, the project contributes to: 1) the science of remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) by introducing methods that improve LULC classification accuracies, and an improved method of spatial thermal climate analyses, 2) better understanding of urban...

  3. Strategic Design as Agile Driver in Innovating SME´s

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    Ludvigsen, Martin; Rasmussen, Jørgen

    2012-01-01

    perspectives into the fundamental thinking about the company and its sustaining business model itself. Most research on the topic of strategic design (e.g. Heijden, 2005, Kumar 2004) have been focused on designers working with large, global corporations, changing these organizations’ view on product...... development or their approach to market and consumer insights. Design thinking has been promoted as an alternative way of experimenting, developing and changing perspectives, and at a fundamental level present alternative ways of thinking and developing new business models and products. It is widely accepted...... of the approach itself is a crucial interface between academic research and the business/practice culture. In the author’s view, research into strategic design should include participation in actual corporate context. Research-through-design Research through design (RtD) is a constructive research approach...

  4. 印度对美国可能含转基因成分援助食品进口的控制

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    江树勋; 陈文炳; 邵碧英

    2004-01-01

    自2002年以来,印度成了发展中国家引进转基因作物并进行商业化种植的领头羊之一,它不但批准了转基因棉花的商业化种植,还计划到2004年左右引进至少6种的商业化转基因作物。印度生物技术部(DBT)的主任顾问PRsanta Kumar Ghosh以及其中一位主要成员认为只要能证明转基因作物的引进对人民和环境是安全的,那么就应该去欢迎这些转基因生物(GMOs)。

  5. Computationally Driven Two-Dimensional Materials Design: What Is Next?

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    Pan, Jie [Materials Science; Lany, Stephan [Materials Science; Qi, Yue [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824, United States

    2017-07-17

    Two-dimensional (2D) materials offer many key advantages to innovative applications, such as spintronics and quantum information processing. Theoretical computations have accelerated 2D materials design. In this issue of ACS Nano, Kumar et al. report that ferromagnetism can be achieved in functionalized nitride MXene based on first-principles calculations. Their computational results shed light on a potentially vast group of materials for the realization of 2D magnets. In this Perspective, we briefly summarize the promising properties of 2D materials and the role theory has played in predicting these properties. In addition, we discuss challenges and opportunities to boost the power of computation for the prediction of the 'structure-property-process (synthesizability)' relationship of 2D materials.

  6. The physics of disordered systems

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    Ray, Purusattam

    2012-01-01

    Disordered systems are ubiquitous in nature and their study remains a profound and challenging subject of current research. Ideas and methods from the physics of Disordered systems have been fruitfully applied to several fields ranging from computer science to neuroscience. This book contains a selection of lectures delivered at the 'SERC School on Disordered Systems', spanning topics from classic results to frontier areas of research in this field. Spin glasses, disordered Ising models, quantum disordered systems, structural glasses, dilute magnets, interfaces in random field systems and disordered vortex systems are among the topics discussed in the text, in chapters authored by active researchers in the field, including Bikas Chakrabarti, Arnab Das, Deepak Kumar, Gautam Menon, G. Ravikumar, Purusattam Ray, Srikanth Sastry and Prabodh Shukla. This book provides a gentle and comprehensive introduction to the physics of disordered systems and is aimed at graduate students and young scientists either working i...

  7. Orientação para Aprendizagem, Orientação para Mercado e Desempenho Organizacional: Evidências Empíricas

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    Eduardo Botti Abbade

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to identify how learning orientation (LO and market orientation (MO influence theperformance of enterprises in the central region of the state of Rio Grande do Sul (RS, Brazil. The method usedinvolved a survey of 123 companies in central RS. The instrument for data collection was developed using theLO scale (Sinkula, Baker, & Noordewier, 1997, the MARKOR scale (Kohli, Jaworski, & Kumar, 1993 anditems for evaluation of organizational performance proposed by Narver and Slater (1990 and Baker and Sinkula(1999. The results suggest that MO has a significant positive influence on the organizational performance of thecompanies surveyed. It was also noted that the MO significantly influences organizational performance whenmediated by the LO, just as the LO has a significant influence on organizational performance when mediated byMO.

  8. [Collagenous colitis].

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    Lindström, C G

    1991-05-01

    Collagenous colitis is now regarded by an overwhelming majority of authors as a clinicopathological entity and has been taken up as a such in many text-books and diagnostic atlases (Morson & Dawson, 1990, Fenoglio-Preiser et al., 1989, Whitehead 1985, Whitehead 1989). A good, detailed review of cases of collagenous colitis published up to 1988 was performed by Perri et al. Collagenous colitis was also presented to a wider medical public through a clinicopathological conference case at Massachusetts General Hospital (Case 29-1988). Finally it may be added that collagenous colitis has been included in the new fourth edition of Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease (Cotran, Kumar, Robbins, 1989), where the possibility of an autoimmune disease is stressed.

  9. Larsenianthus, a new Asian genus of Gingers (Zingiberaceae with four species

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    W. John Kress

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Larsenianthus W.J.Kress & Mood, gen. nov. is described with one new combination and three new species. Larsenianthus careyanus (Benth. W.J.Kress & Mood, comb. nov., is widespread in India and present-day Bangladesh; L. wardianus W.J.Kress, Thet Htun & Bordelon, sp. nov., is from upper Myanmar in Kachin State; L. assamensis S.Dey, Mood, & S.Choudhury, sp. nov., is restricted to Assam, India; and L. arunachalensis M.Sabu, Sanoj & T.Rajesh Kumar, sp. nov., has only been found in Arunachal Pradesh, India. A phylogenetic analysis using the plastid trnK intron and nuclear ITS DNA sequence data indicates that the four species of Larsenianthus form a monophyletic lineage that is sister to Hedychium, a geographically widespread genus of about 50 species in tribe Zingibereae of subfamily Zingiberoideae. A dichotomous key and three-locus DNA barcodes are provided as aids for the identification of the four species of Larsenianthus.

  10. Early and rapid globalization as part of innovation and growth strategies

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    Zijdemans, Erik; Azimi, Zohreh; Tanev, Stoyan

    for start-ups that globalize rapidly in an environment with a high degree of uncertainty (Sarasvathy, Kumar, York, & Bhagavatula, 2014). The ex-ante valuation of resources (Schmidt & Keil, 2012) is related to the ex-post characteristics of BG firms (Tanev, 2012) resulting in a Global Value Generator (GVG......This paper emphasizes the role of early and rapid globalization of technology start-ups as part of their innovation and growth strategies. It suggests a framework linking the ex-ante value of new technology firms and the ex-post characteristics of born global (BG) firms. We were inspired by Knight...... of technology start-ups as a specific growth strategy (Zijdemans & Tanev, 2014). Our research adopts a dynamic resource perspective according to which the distinction between ex-ante and ex-post value of resources (Schmidt & Keil, 2012) complements the effectual entrepreneurial approach, which is typical...

  11. Investigating the Nanoparticles Penetration Efficiency through Horizontal Tubes Using an Experimental Approach

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    Zhaoqin Yin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available It is a complex transfer process of nanoparticles in a tube. In this paper, in order to quantify the penetration efficiency of nanoparticles in different flows condition through horizontal tubes, the experiments have been carried out with particles diameter between 6 nm and 560 nm in various lengths of sampling tube. The results were in good agreement with the theory of Gormley and Kennedy and the experiment results of Kumar et al. for particles size smaller than 100 nm. Particles penetration rate increases with increasing of the Schmidt number (Sc, and it decreases with increasing Reynolds and tube length. Particles deposition on the wall induces the changes of the mass and average diameter of particles continuously. Therefore, a nondimensional parameter (ς defined dependency on Reynolds number and particle residence time in tube has been used to express total mass penetration efficiency and mean size growth rate through a straight tube.

  12. International Conference on Modern Mathematical Methods and High Performance Computing in Science and Technology

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    Srivastava, HM; Venturino, Ezio; Resch, Michael; Gupta, Vijay

    2016-01-01

    The book discusses important results in modern mathematical models and high performance computing, such as applied operations research, simulation of operations, statistical modeling and applications, invisibility regions and regular meta-materials, unmanned vehicles, modern radar techniques/SAR imaging, satellite remote sensing, coding, and robotic systems. Furthermore, it is valuable as a reference work and as a basis for further study and research. All contributing authors are respected academicians, scientists and researchers from around the globe. All the papers were presented at the international conference on Modern Mathematical Methods and High Performance Computing in Science & Technology (M3HPCST 2015), held at Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology, Ghaziabad, India, from 27–29 December 2015, and peer-reviewed by international experts. The conference provided an exceptional platform for leading researchers, academicians, developers, engineers and technocrats from a broad range of disciplines ...

  13. Additions to the Knowledge of the Genus Phimenes (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Eumeninae from Vietnam

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    Lien Thi Phuong

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The solitary wasp genus Phimenes Giordani Soika, 1992 (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Eumeninae was reported to occur in Vietnam by van der Vecht (1959, represented by one taxon, Phimenes flavopictus continentalis (Zimmermann, which was synonymized under nominotypical Phimenes flavopictus (Blanchard, 1849 by Kumar (2013. A note on gender of this genus is made in the text. One more species, Phimenes indosinensis (van der Vecht, 1959 is recorded in this study from Dak Lak in the southern and Son La in the northwestern parts of Vietnam for the first time. Detailed descriptions of the female and male of the latter are provided with figures. A key to the two species from Vietnam is also provided.

  14. Relation of tolerance of ambiguity to global and specific paranormal experience.

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    Houran, J; Williams, C

    1998-12-01

    We examined the relationship of tolerance of ambiguity to severe global factors and specific types of anomalous or paranormal experience. 107 undergraduate students completed MacDonald's 1970 AT-20 and the Anomalous Experiences Inventory of Kumar, Pekala, and Gallagher. Scores on the five subscales of the Anomalous Experiences Inventory correlated differently with tolerance of ambiguity. Global paranormal beliefs, abilities, experiences, and drug use were positively associated with tolerance of ambiguity, whereas a fear of paranormal experience showed a negative relation. The specific types of anomalous experiences that correlated with tolerance of ambiguity often involved internal or physiological experience, e.g., precognitive dreams, memories of reincarnation, visual apparitions, and vestibular alterations. We generally found no effects of age of sex. These results are consistent with the idea that some paranormal experiences are misattributions of internal experience to external ('paranormal') sources, a process analogous to mechanisms underpinning delusions and hallucinations.

  15. Tularemia vaccine development: paralysis or progress?

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    Sunagar R

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Raju Sunagar, Sudeep Kumar, Brian J Franz, Edmund J Gosselin Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, USA Abstract: Francisella tularensis (Ft is a gram-negative intercellular pathogen and category A biothreat agent. However, despite 15 years of strong government investment and intense research focused on the development of a US Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccine against Ft, the primary goal remains elusive. This article reviews research efforts focused on developing an Ft vaccine, as well as a number of important factors, some only recently recognized as such, which can significantly impact the development and evaluation of Ft vaccine efficacy. Finally, an assessment is provided as to whether a US Food and Drug Administration-approved Ft vaccine is likely to be forthcoming and the potential means by which this might be achieved. Keywords: Sex bias, media impact, differential protection, cellular immunity, humoral immunity

  16. A New Achievable Rate and the Capacity of Some Classes of Multilevel Relay Network

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    Mohammad Reza Aref

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available A new achievable rate based on a partial decoding scheme is proposed for the multilevel relay network. A novel application of regular encoding and backward decoding is presented to implement the proposed rate. In our scheme, the relays are arranged in feed-forward structure from the source to the destination. Each relay in the network decodes only part of the transmitted message by the previous relay. The proposed scheme differs from general parity forwarding scheme in which each relay selects some relays in the network but decodes all messages of the selected relays. It is also shown that in some cases higher rates can be achieved by the proposed scheme than previously known by Xie and Kumar. For the classes of semideterministic and orthogonal relay networks, the proposed achievable rate is shown to be the exact capacity. The application of the defined networks is very well understood in wireless networking scenarios.

  17. Modified Newton's rings: II

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    Chaitanya, T Sai; Krishna, V Sai; Anandh, B Shankar; Umesh, K S

    2010-01-01

    In an earlier work (Shankar kumar Jha, A Vyas, O S K S Sastri, Rajkumar Jain & K S Umesh, 'Determination of wavelength of laser light using Modified Newton's rings setup', Physics Education, vol. 22, no.3, 195-202(2005)) reported by our group, a version of Newton's rings experiment called Modified Newton's rings was proposed. The present work is an extension of this work. Here, a general formula for wavelength has been derived, applicable for a plane of observation at any distance. A relation between the focal length and the radius curvature is also derived for a plano-convex lens which is essentially used as a concave mirror. Tracker, a video analysis software, freely downloadable from the net, is employed to analyze the fringes captured using a CCD camera. Two beams which give rise to interference fringes in conventional Newton's rings and in the present setup are clearly distinguished.

  18. A case of choroidal osteoma in a 10-year-old child

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    Full Text Available Madhusmita Behera,1 Manmath Kumar Das2 1Rotary Narayana Nethralaya, Kolkata, India; 2Vitreo-Retina Services, CL Gupta Eye Institute, Moradabad, India Abstract: Choroidal osteoma is a rare, benign tumor, usually diagnosed in healthy adult women in their second or third decade of life. Though its etiology and pathogenesis are unclear, it is usually diagnosed due to its typical clinical features of yellowish-orange colored subretinal lesion at posterior pole and a dense echogenic plaque persisting even in lower gains on B-scan ultrasonography. Mostly unilateral (79%, the median age of diagnosis is 26 years. It is relatively rare in children. We report a case of choroidal osteoma in a 10-year-old boy. Keywords: choroidal osteoma, choroidal osseous choristoma, choroidal tumor

  19. CUDA programs for solving the time-dependent dipolar Gross-Pitaevskii equation in an anisotropic trap

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    Lončar, Vladimir; Balaž, Antun; Bogojević, Aleksandar; Škrbić, Srdjan; Muruganandam, Paulsamy; Adhikari, Sadhan K.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper we present new versions of previously published numerical programs for solving the dipolar Gross-Pitaevskii (GP) equation including the contact interaction in two and three spatial dimensions in imaginary and in real time, yielding both stationary and non-stationary solutions. New versions of programs were developed using CUDA toolkit and can make use of Nvidia GPU devices. The algorithm used is the same split-step semi-implicit Crank-Nicolson method as in the previous version (Kishor Kumar et al., 2015), which is here implemented as a series of CUDA kernels that compute the solution on the GPU. In addition, the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) library used in the previous version is replaced by cuFFT library, which works on CUDA-enabled GPUs. We present speedup test results obtained using new versions of programs and demonstrate an average speedup of 12-25, depending on the program and input size.

  20. Desarrollo humano y capacidades. Aplicaciones de la teoría de las capacidades de Amartya Sen a la educación

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    Cejudo Córdoba, Rafael

    2006-01-01

    El artículo ofrece un examen crítico de la concepción de la educación implícita en la teoría de las capacidades de Amartya Kumar Sen, uno de los padres del «desarrollo humano» y Premio Nobel de economía en 1998. Tras comparar la función de la educación en las teorías del desarrollo humano y del capital humano, se investigan las aplicaciones educativas de las capacidades más allá del desarrollo socio-económico, concretamente en la relación entre libertad y educación, y en la calidad educat...

  1. Taxonomic notes on the species of the genus Anterhynchium de Saussure, 1863 (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Eumeninae) from Vietnam, with description of a new species.

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    Nguyen, Lien Thi Phuong

    2015-02-02

    A taxonomic study on the solitary wasps in the vespid genus Anterhynchium de Saussure, 1863, from Vietnam is presented. One species previously identified as A. (Anterhynchium) abdominale abdominale (Illiger, 1802) is described as new, namely A. punctatum Nguyen, sp. nov. Antechynchium (Dirhynchium) flavolineatum flavolineatum (Smith, 1857) and A. (Dirhynchium) flavomarginatum flavomarginatum (Smith, 1852) are newly recorded from Vietnam. New synonymy is proposed for A. flavolineatum flavolineatum (Smith, 1857) =A. flavolineatum malaisei van der Vecht, 1963, syn. nov. A. coracinum van der Vecht sensu Girish Kumar (2013) is a misidentification of A. f. flavomarginatum (Smith), and the record of this species from Pakistan and India belongs to A. f. flavolineatum. A key to species of the genus from Vietnam is provided. 

  2. Innovation, market orientation and performance in the local embryonic productive arrangement of clothing in Londrina/PR

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This research analyzes the impact on both the innovation and market orientation related to the companies’ performance of the local productive arrangement of clothing in Londrina. It identifies the rank of market orientation through the Markor scale, elaborated by Kohli, Jaworski and Kumar (1993 and the product innovation implementation, process and organizational innovations. The chosen method is the survey, involving a sample of 62 companies, and to proceed with the data analysis we use the coefficient of correlation of Pearson and the Clusters Analysis. The main results are: a the companies are highly market oriented; b the innovative behavior of the arrangement is low; c the launching of new products has been the most innovative practice used by the companies; d the market orientation and innovation contribute to the income growth and to the return of investment of the clothing industries in Londrina.

  3. 消费者在线信任的影响因素分析

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    吴少微

    2006-01-01

    @@ 一、引言 信任一直是学术界热衷于讨论的话题之一,它在保障商务活动正常进行中发挥着重要的作用.信任是企业进行交互的基本前提(Kumar 1996),它可以节省交易费用,降低交易成本(Wicks et al. 1999),有助于双方建立起长期的交易关系(Ganesan,1994),甚至可以创建企业赖以生存和活动的社会环境(Lewis and Weigert 1985;Luhmann 1979).

  4. Preface: STATPHYS-Kolkata VII

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    Bhattacharjee, Jayanta Kumar; Chakrabarti, Bikas K.; Inoue, Jun-Ichi; Sen, Parongama

    2011-04-01

    In the past two decades, a series of international conferences on Statistical Physics, going by the name Statphys Kolkata, have been organized in Kolkata (previously Calcutta) at roughly three-year intervals, the first one being held in 1992-93. The seventh of this series, Statphys Kolkata VII (http://www.saha.ac.in/cmp/stat.vii/index.php) was held from 26-30 November 2010. This meeting was organized as part of the Silver Jubilee Celebration of the Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata, in collaboration with the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata. In Statphys Kolkata VII, a few topics of current interest such as Collective behavior and emergent phenomena, Systems far from equilibrium, Soft matter, and Quantum critical phenomena were given special emphasis, while various other issues of Statistical Physics were also addressed. We were happy to note that the conference attracted a large number of participants, and the talk and poster sessions generated a lot of discussions, arguments and collaborations. The articles appearing in this proceedings are based on the invited talks and selected poster presentations. We would like to thank the Journal of Physics Conference Series, IOP, for publishing the proceedings of the conference, and the referees for their prompt and active support. The proceedings of the earlier Statphys Kolkata conferences have appeared in Physica A, vol 384 (2007); Physica A, vol 346 (2005); Physica A, vol 318 (2003); Physica A, vol 270 (1999); Physica A, vol 224 (1996); and Physica A, vol 186 (1992). We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the organizing committee (especially Dr Anjan Kumar Chandra for extensive all-round help), and acknowledge the Centre for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (CAMCS, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata) and Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata, for their financial support. Jayanta Kumar Bhattacharjee, Bikas K

  5. Seasonal Scale Convective-Stratiform Pricipitation Variabilities at Tropics

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    S, Sreekanth T.

    begin{center} Large Seasonal Scale Convective-Stratiform Pricipitation Variabilities at Tropics Sreekanth T S*, Suby Symon*, G. Mohan Kumar (1) and V Sasi Kumar (2) *Centre for Earth Science Studies, Akkulam, Thiruvananthapuram (1) D-330, Swathi Nagar, West Fort, Thiruvananthapuram 695023 (2) 32. NCC Nagar Peroorkada, Thiruvananthapuram ABSTRACT This study investigates the variabilities of convective and stratiform rainfall from 2011 to 2013 at a tropical coastal station in three seasons viz Pre-Monsoon (March-May), Monsoon (June-September) and Post-Monsoon (October-December). Understanding the climatological variability of these two dominant forms of precipitation and their implications in the total rainfall were the main objectives of this investigation. Variabilities in the frequency & duration of events, rain rate & total number of rain drops distribution in different events and the accumulated amount of rain water were analysed. Based on the ground & radar observations from optical & impact disdrometers, Micro Rain Radar and Atmospheric Electric Field Mill, precipitation events were classified into convective and stratiform in three seasons. Classification was done by the method followed by Testud et al (2001) and as an additional information electrical behaviour of clouds from Atmospheric Electric Field Mill is also used. Events which could not be included in both types were termed as 'mixed precipitation' and were included separately. Diurnal variability of the total rainfall in each seasons were also examined. For both convective and stratiform rainfall there exist distinct day-night differences. During nocturnal hours convective rain draged more attention. In all seasons almost 70% of rain duration and 60% of rain events of convective origin were confined to nocturnal hours. But stratiform rain was not affected by diurnal variations greatly because night time occurrences of stratiform duration and events were less than 50%. Also in Monsoon above 35% of

  6. Micro-Physical characterisation of Convective & Stratiform Rainfall at Tropics

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    Sreekanth, T. S.

    Large Micro-Physical characterisation of Convective & Stratiform Rainfall at Tropics begin{center} begin{center} Sreekanth T S*, Suby Symon*, G. Mohan Kumar (1) , and V Sasi Kumar (2) *Centre for Earth Science Studies, Akkulam, Thiruvananthapuram (1) D-330, Swathi Nagar, West Fort, Thiruvananthapuram 695023 (2) 32. NCC Nagar, Peroorkada, Thiruvananthapuram ABSTRACT Micro-physical parameters of rainfall such as rain drop size & fall speed distribution, mass weighted mean diameter, Total no. of rain drops, Normalisation parameters for rain intensity, maximum & minimum drop diameter from different rain intensity ranges, from both stratiform and convective rain events were analysed. Convective -Stratiform classification was done by the method followed by Testud et al (2001) and as an additional information electrical behaviour of clouds from Atmospheric Electric Field Mill was also used. Events which cannot be included in both types are termed as 'mixed precipitation' and identified separately. For the three years 2011, 2012 & 2013, rain events from both convective & stratiform origin are identified from three seasons viz Pre-Monsoon (March-May), Monsoon (June-September) and Post-Monsoon (October-December). Micro-physical characterisation was done for each rain events and analysed. Ground based and radar observations were made and classification of stratiform and convective rainfall was done by the method followed by Testud et al (2001). Radar bright band and non bright band analysis was done for confimation of stratifom and convective rain respectievely. Atmospheric electric field data from electric field mill is also used for confirmation of convection during convective events. Statistical analyses revealed that the standard deviation of rain drop size in higher rain rates are higher than in lower rain rates. Normalised drop size distribution is ploted for selected events from both forms. Inter relations between various precipitation parameters were analysed in three

  7. Monogenoidea (Polyonchoinea: Dactylogyridae) parasitizing the gills of marine catfish (Siluriformes: Ariidae) inhabiting the Atlantic Amazon Coast of Brazil.

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    Domingues, Marcus V; Soares, Geusivam B; Watanabe, Alana

    2016-06-23

    Neotetraonchus Bravo-Hollis, 1968 and its type-species, Neomurraytrematoides proops Zambrano & Añez 1993 was transferred to Neotetraonchus as Neotetraonchus proops (Zambrano & Añez 1993) n. comb. The morphology of the haptoral structures supports the transfer of Rhamnocercus seenghali Kumar, 2013 to Chauhanellus as Chauhanellus seenghali (Kumar, 2013) n. comb.

  8. Indoor inhalation dose estimates due to radon and thoron in some areas of South-Western Punjab, India.

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    Kumar, Sanjeev; Singh, Surinder; Bajwa, Bikramjit Singh; Singh, Bhupinder; Sabharwal, Arvind D; Eappen, K P

    2012-08-01

    LR-115 (type II)-based radon-thoron discriminating twin-chamber dosemeters have been used for estimating radon ((222)Rn) and thoron ((220)Rn) concentrations in dwellings of south-western Punjab, India. The present study region has shown pronounced cases of cancer incidents in the public [Thakur, Rao, Rajwanshi, Parwana and Kumar (Epidemiological study of high cancer among rural agricultural community of Punjab in Northern India. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2008; 5(5):399-407) and Kumar et al. (Risk assessment for natural uranium in subsurface water of Punjab state, India. Hum Ecol Risk Assess 2011;17:381-93)]. Radon being a carcinogen has been monitored in some dwellings selected randomly in the study area. Results show that the values of radon ((222)Rn)  varied from 21 to 79 Bq m(-3), with a geometric mean of 45 Bq m(-3) [geometric standard deviation (GSD 1.39)], and those of thoron ((220)Rn)  from minimum detection level to 58 Bq m(-3) with a geometric mean of 19 Bq m(-3) (GSD 1.88). Bare card data are used for computing the progeny concentration by deriving the equilibrium factor (F) using a root finding method [Mayya, Eappen and Nambi (Methodology for mixed field inhalation dosimetry in monazite areas using a twin-cup dosemeter with three track detectors. Radiat Prot Dosim 1998;77(3):177-84)]. Inhalation doses have been calculated and compared using UNSCEAR equilibrium factors and by using the calculated F-values. The results show satisfactory comparison between the values.

  9. Calculation of chemical potentials of chain molecules by the incremental gauge cell method

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    Rasmussen, Christopher J.; Vishnyakov, Aleksey; Neimark, Alexander V.

    2011-12-01

    The gauge cell Monte Carlo method is extended to calculations of the incremental chemical potentials and free energies of linear chain molecules. The method was applied to chains of Lennard-Jones beads with stiff harmonic bonds up to 500 monomers in length. We show that the suggested method quantitatively reproduces the modified Widom particle insertion method of Kumar et al. [S. K. Kumar, I. Szleifer, and A. Z. Panagiotopoulos, Phys. Rev. Lett. 66(22), 2935 (1991)], 10.1103/PhysRevLett.66.2935, and is by an order of magnitude more efficient for long chains in terms of the computational time required for the same accuracy of chemical potential calculations. The chain increment ansatz, which suggests that the incremental chemical potential is independent of the chain length, was tested at different temperatures. We confirmed that the ansatz holds only for coils above the θ temperature. Special attention is paid to the effects of the magnitude of adsorption potential and temperature on the behavior of single chains in confinements that are comparable in size with the free chain radius of gyration. At sufficiently low temperatures, the dependence of the incremental chemical potential on the chain length in wetting pores is superficially similar to a capillary condensation isotherm, reflecting monolayer formation following by pore volume filling, as the chain length increases. We find that the incremental gauge cell method is an accurate and efficient technique for calculations of the free energies of chain molecules in bulk systems and nanoconfinements alike. The suggested method may find practical applications, such as modeling polymer partitioning on porous substrates and dynamics of chain translocation into nanopores.

  10. Selected Abstracts of the 1st Congress of joint European Neonatal Societies (jENS 2015; Budapest (Hungary; September 16-20, 2015; Session “Ethics and limitations to care”

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    Full Text Available Selected Abstracts of the 1st Congress of joint European Neonatal Societies (jENS 2015; Budapest (Hungary; September 16-20, 2015ORGANIZING INSTITUTIONSEuropean Society for Neonatology (ESN, European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR, Union of European Neonatal & Perinatal Societies (UENPS, European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI, with the local host of Hungarian Society of Perinatology and Obstetric Anesthesiology, Hungarian Society of Perinatology (MPT, supported by Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN, organizing secretariat MCA Scientific EventsPROGRAMME COMMITTEEArtúr Beke (Hungarian Society, Morten Breindahl (ESN, Giuseppe Buonocore (UENPS, Pierre Gressens (ESPR, Silke Mader (EFCNI, Manuel Sánchez Luna (UENPS, Miklós Szabó (Hungarian Society of Perinatology, Luc Zimmermann (ESPR Session “Ethics and limitations to care”ABS 1. METHODS TO DERIVE UTILITIES FOR PEDIATRIC DISABILITY IN A DEVELOPING COUNTRY • E. Spiegel, I. Brajkovic, S. Jondhale, J. Partridge, V. Bhutani, P. KumarABS 2.UTILITIES FOR DISABILITY IN A DEVELOPING COUNTRY: PROVIDER PERSPECTIVES • S. Jondhale, E. Spiegel, I. Brajkovic, J. Partridge, V. Bhutani, P. KumarABS 3.LIMITING LIFE SUSTAINING TREATMENT FOR NEWBORN INFANTS: THE WILST STUDY • N. Aladangady, C. Shaw, K. Gallagher, E. Stokoe, N. Marlow for Collaborator GroupABS 4.NEONATAL ORGAN DONATION IN SCOTLAND • L. Leven, N. Healy, K. O’ReillyABS 5.GLOBAL PREVENTION OF Rh-SENSITIZATION: AN INTERACTIVE, COMMUNITY-CENTERED SOCIAL PLATFORM • A.R. Stark, J.Y. Hall, A. Zipursky, V.K. Bhutani

  11. Prescribing knowledge in the light of undergraduate clinical pharmacology and therapeutics teaching in India: views of first-year postgraduate students

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Prerna Upadhyaya,1 Vikas Seth,2 Monika Sharma,1 Mushtaq Ahmed,1 Vijay Vasant Moghe,1 Zafar Yab Khan,1 Vinay Kumar Gupta,1 Shipra Vikram Jain,1 Utkarsh Soni,1 Manohar Bhatia,1 Kumar Abhijit,1 Jaswant Goyal11Department of Pharmacology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Jaipur, 2Department of Pharmacology, Hind Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, IndiaObjectives: The study aimed to review the prescribing knowledge of first-year postgraduate doctors in a medical college in India, using the principles of good prescribing, to suggest strategies to improve rational prescribing, and to recommend what curriculum planners can do to accomplish this objective.Methods: Fifty first-year postgraduate doctors were asked to fill in a structured questionnaire that sought information regarding their undergraduate training in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, prescribing habits, and commonly consulted drug information sources. Also, the questionnaire assessed any perceived deficiencies in their undergraduate clinical pharmacology teaching and sought feedback regarding improvement in the teaching.Results: Eighty-eight percent of residents said that they were taught prescription writing in undergraduate pharmacology teaching; 48% of residents rated their prescribing knowledge at graduation as average, 28% good, 4% excellent, 14% poor, and 4% very poor; 58% felt that their undergraduate training did not prepare them to prescribe safely, and 62% felt that their training did not prepare them to prescribe rationally. Fifty-eight percent of residents felt that they had some specific problems with writing a prescription during their internship training, while 92% thought that undergraduate teaching should be improved. Their suggestions for improving teaching methods were recorded.Conclusions: This study concludes that efforts are needed to develop a curriculum that encompasses important aspects of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics along with incorporation of

  12. PM over summertime India: Sources and trends investigated using long term measurements and multi-receptor site back trajectory analysis

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    Kumar, Vinod; Sarkar, Chinmoy; Sachan, Himanshu; Kumar, Devender; Sinha, Baerbel

    2013-04-01

    We apply multi-receptor site residence-time weighted concentration back trajectory analysis to a ten year data set (1991-2003) of PM10 and TSP measurement data from four Indian megacities Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. The dataset was sourced from the published and peer reviewed work of Gupta and Kumar (2006). Sources and trends of PM10 and TSP during the pre-monsoon season (March-June) were investigated. Residence-time weighted concentration maps were derived using 72 hour HYSPLIT back trajectory ensemble calculations. Trajectory runs were started 100 m AGL and the observed PM monthly averages were attributed to all trajectory runs in a month and each trajectory of the ensemble runs with equal probability. For investigating trends the dataset was further subdivided into two groups of four year durations each (1992-1995 and 2000-2003). We found a linear correlation with a slope of 1.0 (R2=0.9) between estimated seasonal average TSP (2000-2003) using our approach and the measured seasonal averages (2006-2007) for Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Pune and Bangalore. A linear fit between predicted and measured PM10 concentration for 19 sites with PM10 observations of at least one seasonal average between 1999-2009 shows a slope of 1.4 (R2=0.4). For the observation period 2000-2003, the Thar Desert and Taklimakan Desert emerged as largest sources for both PM10 (>180 μg/m3 and >200 μg/m3 respectively) and TSP (>650 μg/m3 and >725 μg/m3 respectively). In-situ observation at Bikaner (central Thar Desert) and in Jhunjhunu (semi-arid site at the border of the Thar Desert) indicate that both TSP and PM10 inside the desert source region are underpredicted by a factor of 10 compared to in-situ observations while for the semi arid area bordering the desert PM10 and TSP are underpredicted by a factor of 5 and 3 respectively. This indicates that strong sources are underpredicted by a receptor site centred approach. The entire North-Western Indo-Gangetic Basin (NW-IGB), where crop

  13. Synthesis of PLGA nanoparticles of tea polyphenols and their strong in vivo protective effect against chemically induced DNA damage

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Amit Kumar Srivastava,1 Priyanka Bhatnagar,2 Madhulika Singh,1 Sanjay Mishra,1 Pradeep Kumar,2 Yogeshwer Shukla,1 Kailash Chand Gupta1,2 1Proteomics Laboratory, Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR, Lucknow, India; 2Nucleic Acid Research Laboratory, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR, Delhi University Campus, India Abstract: In spite of proficient results of several phytochemicals in preclinical settings, the conversion rate from bench to bedside is not very encouraging. Many reasons are attributed to this limited success, including inefficient systemic delivery and bioavailability under in vivo conditions. To achieve improved efficacy, polyphenolic constituents of black (theaflavin [TF] and green (epigallocatechin-3-gallate [EGCG] tea in poly(lactide-co-glycolide nanoparticles (PLGA-NPs were entrapped with entrapment efficacy of ~18% and 26%, respectively. Further, their preventive potential against 7,12-dimethylbenzanthracene (DMBA-induced DNA damage in mouse skin using DNA alkaline unwinding assay was evaluated. Pretreatment (topically of mouse skin with either TF or EGCG (100 µg/mouse doses exhibits protection of 45.34% and 28.32%, respectively, against DMBA-induced DNA damage. However, pretreatment with TF-loaded PLGA-NPs protects against DNA damage 64.41% by 1/20th dose of bulk, 71.79% by 1/10th dose of bulk, and 72.46% by 1/5th dose of bulk. Similarly, 51.28% (1/20th of bulk, 57.63% (1/10th of bulk, and 63.14% (1/5th of bulk prevention was noted using EGCG-loaded PLGA-NP doses. These results showed that tea polyphenol-loaded PLGA-NPs have ~30-fold dose-advantage than bulk TF or EGCG doses. Additionally, TF- or EGCG-loaded PLGA-NPs showed significant potential for induction of DNA repair genes (XRCC1, XRCC3, and ERCC3 and suppression of DNA damage responsive genes (p53, p21, MDM2, GADD45α, and COX-2 as compared with respective bulk TF or EGCG doses. Taken together, TF- or EGCG-loaded PLGA-NPs showed a superior

  14. Modeling, molecular dynamics, and docking assessment of transcription factor rho: a potential drug target in Brucella melitensis 16M

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Jangampalli Adi Pradeepkiran,1 Konidala Kranthi Kumar,1 Yellapu Nanda Kumar,2 Matcha Bhaskar11Division of Animal Biotechnology, Department of Zoology, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, 2Biomedical Informatics Centre, Vector Control Research Centre, Indian Council of Medical Research, Pondicherry, India Abstract: The zoonotic disease brucellosis, a chronic condition in humans affecting renal and cardiac systems and causing osteoarthritis, is caused by Brucella, a genus of Gram-negative, facultative, intracellular pathogens. The mode of transmission and the virulence of the pathogens are still enigmatic. Transcription regulatory elements, such as rho proteins, play an important role in the termination of transcription and/or the selection of genes in Brucella. Adverse effects of the transcription inhibitors play a key role in the non-successive transcription challenges faced by the pathogens. In the investigation presented here, we computationally predicted the transcription termination factor rho (TtFRho inhibitors against Brucella melitensis 16M via a structure-based method. In view the unknown nature of its crystal structure, we constructed a robust three-dimensional homology model of TtFRho’s structure by comparative modeling with the crystal structure of the Escherichia coli TtFRho (Protein Data Bank ID: 1PVO as a template in MODELLER (v 9.10. The modeled structure was optimized by applying a molecular dynamics simulation for 2 ns with the CHARMM (Chemistry at HARvard Macromolecular Mechanics 27 force field in NAMD (NAnoscale Molecular Dynamics program; v 2.9 and then evaluated by calculating the stereochemical quality of the protein. The flexible docking for the interaction phenomenon of the template consists of ligand-related inhibitor molecules from the ZINC (ZINC Is Not Commercial database using a structure-based virtual screening strategy against minimized TtFRho. Docking simulations revealed two inhibitors compounds – ZINC

  15. NKT cell modulates NAFLD potentiation of metabolic oxidative stress-induced mesangial cell activation and proximal tubular toxicity

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    Alhasson, Firas; Dattaroy, Diptadip; Das, Suvarthi; Chandrashekaran, Varun; Seth, Ratanesh Kumar; Schnellmann, Rick G.

    2015-01-01

    Obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are associated with the development and progression of chronic kidney disease. We recently showed that NAFLD induces liver-specific cytochrome P-450 (CYP)2E1-mediated metabolic oxidative stress after administration of the CYP2E1 substrate bromodichloromethane (BDCM) (Seth RK, Das S, Kumar A, Chanda A, Kadiiska MB, Michelotti G, Manautou J, Diehl AM, Chatterjee S. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 274: 42–54, 2014; Seth RK, Kumar A, Das S, Kadiiska MB, Michelotti G, Diehl AM, Chatterjee S. Toxicol Sci 134:291–303, 2013). The present study examined the effects of CYP2E1-mediated oxidative stress in NAFLD leading to kidney toxicity. Mice were fed a high-fat diet for 12 wk to induce NAFLD. NAFLD mice were exposed to BDCM, a CYP2E1 substrate, for 4 wk. NAFLD + BDCM increased CYP2E1-mediated lipid peroxidation in proximal tubular cells compared with mice with NAFLD alone or BDCM-treated lean mice, thus ruling out the exclusive role of BDCM. Lipid peroxidation increased IL-1β, TNF-α, and interferon-γ. In parallel, mesangial cell activation was observed by increased α-smooth muscle actin and transforming growth factor-β, which was blocked by the CYP2E1 inhibitor diallyl sulphide both in vivo and in vitro. Mice lacking natural killer T cells (CD1d knockout mice) showed elevated (>4-fold) proinflammatory mediator release, increased Toll-like receptor (TLR)4 and PDGF2 mRNA, and mesangial cell activation in the kidney. Finally, NAFLD CD1D knockout mice treated with BDCM exhibited increased high mobility group box 1 and Fas ligand levels and TUNEL-positive nuclei, indicating that higher cell death was attenuated in TLR4 knockout mice. Tubular cells showed increased cell death and cytokine release when incubated with activated mesangial cells. In summary, an underlying condition of progressive NAFLD causes renal immunotoxicity and aberrant glomerular function possibly through high mobility group box 1-dependent TLR4 signaling

  16. Serum cytokine profiling and enrichment analysis reveal the involvement of immunological and inflammatory pathways in stable patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Geetanjali Bade,1 Meraj Alam Khan,2 Akhilesh Kumar Srivastava,1 Parul Khare,1 Krishna Kumar Solaiappan,1 Randeep Guleria,3 Nades Palaniyar,2 Anjana Talwar1 1Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India; 2Program in Physiology and Experimental Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, and Institute of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada; 3Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India Abstract: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD is a major global health problem. It results from chronic inflammation and causes irreversible airway damage. Levels of different serum cytokines could be surrogate biomarkers for inflammation and lung function in COPD. We aimed to determine the serum levels of different biomarkers in COPD patients, the association between cytokine levels and various prognostic parameters, and the key pathways/networks involved in stable COPD. In this study, serum levels of 48 cytokines were examined by multiplex assays in 30 subjects (control, n=9; COPD, n=21. Relationships between serum biomarkers and forced expiratory volume in 1 second, peak oxygen uptake, body mass index, dyspnea score, and smoking were assessed. Enrichment pathways and networks analyses were implemented, using a list of cytokines showing differential expression between healthy controls and patients with COPD by Cytoscape and GeneGo Metacore™ softwares (Thomson-Reuters Corporation, New York, NY, USA. Concentrations of cutaneous T-cell attracting chemokine, eotaxin, hepatocyte growth factor, interleukin 6 (IL-6, IL-16, and stem cell factor are significantly higher in COPD patients compared with in control patients. Notably, this study identifies stem cell factor as a biomarker for COPD. Multiple regression analysis predicts that cutaneous T

  17. Detection of Heart Sounds in Children with and without Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension--Daubechies Wavelets Approach.

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    Mohamed Elgendi

    Full Text Available Automatic detection of the 1st (S1 and 2nd (S2 heart sounds is difficult, and existing algorithms are imprecise. We sought to develop a wavelet-based algorithm for the detection of S1 and S2 in children with and without pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH.Heart sounds were recorded at the second left intercostal space and the cardiac apex with a digital stethoscope simultaneously with pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP. We developed a Daubechies wavelet algorithm for the automatic detection of S1 and S2 using the wavelet coefficient 'D6' based on power spectral analysis. We compared our algorithm with four other Daubechies wavelet-based algorithms published by Liang, Kumar, Wang, and Zhong. We annotated S1 and S2 from an audiovisual examination of the phonocardiographic tracing by two trained cardiologists and the observation that in all subjects systole was shorter than diastole.We studied 22 subjects (9 males and 13 females, median age 6 years, range 0.25-19. Eleven subjects had a mean PAP < 25 mmHg. Eleven subjects had PAH with a mean PAP ≥ 25 mmHg. All subjects had a pulmonary artery wedge pressure ≤ 15 mmHg. The sensitivity (SE and positive predictivity (+P of our algorithm were 70% and 68%, respectively. In comparison, the SE and +P of Liang were 59% and 42%, Kumar 19% and 12%, Wang 50% and 45%, and Zhong 43% and 53%, respectively. Our algorithm demonstrated robustness and outperformed the other methods up to a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR of 10 dB. For all algorithms, detection errors arose from low-amplitude peaks, fast heart rates, low signal-to-noise ratio, and fixed thresholds.Our algorithm for the detection of S1 and S2 improves the performance of existing Daubechies-based algorithms and justifies the use of the wavelet coefficient 'D6' through power spectral analysis. Also, the robustness despite ambient noise may improve real world clinical performance.

  18. 0,1 distribution in the highest level sequences of primitive sequences over Z2e

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    [1]Ward, M., The arithmetical theory of linear recurring sequences, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc, 1933, 35(6):600-628.[2]Dai Zongduo, Binary sequences derived from ML-sequences over rings I: Periods and minimal polynomials,Journal of Cryptology, 1992, 5: 193-207.[3]Dai, Z. D., Beth, T., Gollman, D., Lower bounds for the linear complexity of sequences over residue rings, Advances in Cryptology-Eurocrypt's 90, Spring-Verlag LNCS 19991, 473: 189-195.[4]Zeng Kencheng, Dai Zongduo, Huang Minqiang, Injectiveness of mappings from ring sequences to their sequences of the significant bits, Symposium on Theoretical Problems of Cryptology, State Key Laboratory of Information Security, Beijing, China, June 1995, 132-141.[5]Boztas, S., Hammons, A. R., Kumar, P. V., 4-phase sequences with near-optimum correlation properties, IEEE. Trans. Inform. Theory, 1992, 38: 1101-1113.[6]Kuzmin, A. S., Nechaev, A. A., A construction of noise stable codes using linear recurrents over Galois rings,Russian Math. Surveys, 1992, 47: 189-190.[7]Qi Wenfeng, Zhou Jinjun, Distribution of 0 and 1 in highest level of primitive sequences over Z2e, Science in China, Ser. A, 1997, 40(6): 606-611.[8]Qi Wenfeng, Zhou Jinjun, Distribution of 0 and 1 in highest level of primitive sequences over Z2e (Ц),Chinese Science Bulletin, 1998, 43(8): 633-635.[9]Zhu Fengxiang, Qi Wenfeng, Distribution of 0 and 1 in the highest level of primitive sequences over Z2e,Advances in Cryptology-CHINACRYPT' 2000, Beijing: Science Press, 2000, 1-5.[10]Kamlovski, O. V., Kuzmin, A. S., Distribution of elements on cycles of linear recurrents sequences over Galois rings, Russian Math. Surveys, 1998, 53(2): 392-393.[11]Kumar, P. V., Helleseth, T., Calderbank, A. R., An upper bound for Weil exponential sums over Galois rings and applications, IEEE. Trans. Infor. Theory, 1995, 41:456-468.

  19. In vivo evaluation of a conjugated poly(lactide-ethylene glycol nanoparticle depot formulation for prolonged insulin delivery in the diabetic rabbit model

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Lomas Tomar,1,2 Charu Tyagi,1,3 Manoj Kumar,2 Pradeep Kumar,1 Harpal Singh,2 Yahya E Choonara,1 Viness Pillay11University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa; 2Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India; 3VSPG College, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, IndiaAbstract: Poly(ethylene glycol (PEG and polylactic acid (PLA-based copolymeric nanoparticles were synthesized and investigated as a carrier for prolonged delivery of insulin via the parenteral route. Insulin loading was simultaneously achieved with particle synthesis using a double emulsion solvent evaporation technique, and the effect of varied PEG chain lengths on particle size and insulin loading efficiency was determined. The synthesized copolymer and nanoparticles were analyzed by standard polymer characterization techniques of gel permeation chromatography, dynamic light scattering, nuclear magnetic resonance, and transmission electron microscopy. In vitro insulin release studies performed under simulated conditions provided a near zero-order release pattern up to 10 days. In vivo animal studies were undertaken with varied insulin loads of nanoparticles administered subcutaneously to fed diabetic rabbits and, of all doses administered, nanoparticles containing 50 IU of insulin load per kg body weight controlled the blood glucose level within the physiologically normal range of 90–140 mg/dL, and had a prolonged effect for more than 7 days. Histopathological evaluation of tissue samples from the site of injection showed no signs of inflammation or aggregation, and established the nontoxic nature of the prepared copolymeric nanoparticles. Further, the reaction profiles for PLA-COOH and NH2-PEGDA-NH2 were elucidated using molecular mechanics energy relationships in vacuum and in a solvated system by exploring the spatial disposition of various

  20. Dose-dependent effects of cisplatin on the severity of testicular injury in Sprague Dawley rats: reactive oxygen species and endoplasmic reticulum stress

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    Full Text Available Kiran Kumar Soni,1 Hye Kyung Kim,2 Bo Ram Choi,1 Keshab Kumar Karna,1 Jae Hyung You,1 Jai Seong Cha,1 Yu Seob Shin,1 Sung Won Lee,3 Chul Young Kim,4 Jong Kwan Park1 1Department of Urology, Institute for Medical Sciences, Chonbuk National University Medical School – Biomedical Research and Institute and Clinical Trial Center for Medical Devices, Chonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonju, 2College of Pharmacy, Kyungsung University, Busan, 3Department of Urology, Samsung Medical Center, Samsung Biomedical Research Institute, Sungkyunkwan University Medical School, Seoul, 4College of Pharmacy, Hanyang University, Ansan, Republic of Korea Abstract: Cisplatin (CIS is used in the treatment of cancer, but its nonspecific systemic actions lead to toxic effects on other parts of the body. This study investigated the severity of CIS toxicity by increasing its dose over a constant time period. Sprague Dawley rats were divided into five treatment groups and control group with CIS (2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 mg/kg administered intraperitoneally for 5 days. The body and organs were weighed, epididymal sperm was counted, and sperm motility and sperm apoptosis were evaluated. Blood samples were evaluated for complete blood count, reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, malondialdehyde levels, and total testosterone. The testicular tissue was examined for steroidogenic acute regulatory protein and endoplasmic reticulum stress protein. Epididymal sperm was collected for CatSper Western blot. The toxic effects of different doses of CIS on the testis and kidney were compared histologically. The weights of body, testis, epididymis, prostate, seminal vesicle, and kidney; sperm count; sperm motility; steroidogenic acute regulatory protein level; and epididymal sperm count were significantly lower in the CIS-treated groups than in the control group. In contrast, sperm apoptosis, plasma reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, and malondialdehyde, testosterone, red blood cell

  1. An efficient density matrix renormalization group algorithm for chains with periodic boundary condition

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    Dayasindhu Dey

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The Density Matrix Renormalization Group (DMRG is a state-of-the-art numerical technique for a one dimensional quantum many-body system; but calculating accurate results for a system with Periodic Boundary Condition (PBC from the conventional DMRG has been a challenging job from the inception of DMRG. The recent development of the Matrix Product State (MPS algorithm gives a new approach to find accurate results for the one dimensional PBC system. The most efficient implementation of the MPS algorithm can scale as O(p x m^3, where p can vary from 4 to m^2. In this paper, we propose a new DMRG algorithm, which is very similar to the conventional DMRG and gives comparable accuracy to that of MPS. The computation effort of the new algorithm goes as O(m^3 and the conventional DMRG code can be easily modified for the new algorithm. Received: 2 August 2016, Accepted: 12 October 2016; Edited by: K. Hallberg; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4279/PIP.080006 Cite as: D Dey, D Maiti, M Kumar, Papers in Physics 8, 080006 (2016

  2. Optimizing weight control in diabetes: antidiabetic drug selection

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    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available S Kalra1, B Kalra1, AG Unnikrishnan2, N Agrawal3, S Kumar41Bharti Hospital, Karnal; 2Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Kochi; 3Medical College, Gwalior; 4Excel Life Sciences, Noida, IndiaDate of preparation: 18th August 2010Conflict of interest: SK has received speaker fees from Novo Nordisk, sanofi-aventis, MSD, Eli Lilly, BMS, and AstraZeneca.Clinical question: Which antidiabetic drugs provide optimal weight control in patients with type 2 diabetes?Results: Metformin reduces weight gain, and may cause weight loss, when given alone or in combination with other drugs. Pioglitazone and rosiglitazone use is associated with weight gain. Use of the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1 analogs, liraglutide and exenatide, is associated with weight loss. Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4 inhibitors are considered weight-neutral. Results with insulin therapy are conflicting. Insulin detemir provides weight control along with glycemic control.Implementation: • Weight gain is considered an inevitable part of good glycemic control using conventional modalities of treatment such as sulfonylureas.• Use of metformin, weight-sparing insulin analogs such as insulin detemir, and liraglutide, should be encouraged as monotherapy, or in combination with other drugs.Keywords: weight control, diabetes

  3. Financing of SME firms in India

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    Ashok Thampy

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available A major bottleneck to the growth of the vital Indian small and medium enterprises (SME sector is its lack of adequate access to finance. This paper examines the major issues in the financing of SMEs in the Indian context, such as the information asymmetry facing banks and the efficacy of measures such as credit scoring for SMEs; whether transaction lending would be adequate to address the information issues or would lending have to be based on a relationship with the SME, using both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ information; and whether the size and origin of the bank affect the availability of credit to SMEs. Ranjana Kumar, a prominent Indian banker who also served, till recently, as the Vigilance Commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission, speaks on some aspects that are raised in the paper, such as the importance of the credit appraisal and risk assessment processes in today’s banking landscape and the role that banks can play in developing the SME sector in India.

  4. Women Empowerment and Climate Change Adaptation in Northern Quezon

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    Maria Salome Almario -Desoloc

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available After being hit by a devastating typhoon in late 1994, donations coming from international sources poured. The Sisters of Sion Australia, a church-based group in Real Quezon, did not only facilitate the reconstruction of destroyed houses in the affected areas but also maximized the extra money received through establishing a non-profit women’s organization. This study focused on KUMARE Inc., the NGO that emerged in response to the need of helping people become more responsible in protecting their families against climate change. Focus group discussions and key informant interviews were conducted to provide insight on how microfinance aided in empowering women and mitigating the effects of climate change in Northern Quezon. Results showed that aside from increasing the incomes of families, women became active partners in the development and implementation of environmental projects. Their participation had not only promoted environmental awareness among their families but also other sectors of the community involved in their cause, particularly the local government units that included them in disaster risk management. The findings are discussed in the light of gender and development, social change and partnership.

  5. Vaccine delivery system for tuberculosis based on nano-sized hepatitis B virus core protein particles

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Dhananjayan Dhanasooraj, R Ajay Kumar, Sathish MundayoorMycobacterium Research Group, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Kerala, IndiaAbstract: Nano-sized hepatitis B virus core virus-like particles (HBc-VLP are suitable for uptake by antigen-presenting cells. Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigen culture filtrate protein 10 (CFP-10 is an important vaccine candidate against tuberculosis. The purified antigen shows low immune response without adjuvant and tends to have low protective efficacy. The present study is based on the assumption that expression of these proteins on HBc nanoparticles would provide higher protection when compared to the native antigen alone. The cfp-10 gene was expressed as a fusion on the major immunodominant region of HBc-VLP, and the immune response in Balb/c mice was studied and compared to pure proteins, a mixture of antigens, and fusion protein-VLP, all without using any adjuvant. The humoral, cytokine, and splenocyte cell proliferation responses suggested that the HBc-VLP bearing CFP-10 generated an antigen-specific immune response in a Th1-dependent manner. By virtue of its self-adjuvant nature and ability to form nano-sized particles, HBc-VLPs are an excellent vaccine delivery system for use with subunit protein antigens identified in the course of recent vaccine research.Keywords: Mycobacterium tuberculosis, VLP, hepatitis B virus core particle, CFP-10, self-adjuvant, vaccine delivery

  6. Internal deformation of the subducted Nazca slab inferred from seismic anisotropy

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    Eakin, Caroline M.; Long, Maureen D.; Scire, Alissa; Beck, Susan L.; Wagner, Lara S.; Zandt, George; Tavera, Hernando

    2016-01-01

    Within oceanic lithosphere a fossilized fabric is often preserved originating from the time of plate formation. Such fabric is thought to form at the mid-ocean ridge when olivine crystals align with the direction of plate spreading. It is unclear, however, whether this fossil fabric is preserved within slabs during subduction or overprinted by subduction-induced deformation. The alignment of olivine crystals, such as within fossil fabrics, can generate anisotropy that is sensed by passing seismic waves. Seismic anisotropy is therefore a useful tool for investigating the dynamics of subduction zones, but it has so far proved difficult to observe the anisotropic properties of the subducted slab itself. Here we analyse seismic anisotropy in the subducted Nazca slab beneath Peru and find that the fast direction of seismic wave propagation aligns with the contours of the slab. We use numerical modelling to simulate the olivine fabric created at the mid-ocean ridge, but find it is inconsistent with our observations of seismic anisotropy in the subducted Nazca slab. Instead we find that an orientation of the olivine crystal fast axes aligned parallel to the strike of the slab provides the best fit, consistent with along-strike extension induced by flattening of the slab during subduction (A. Kumar et al., manuscript in preparation). We conclude that the fossil fabric has been overprinted during subduction and that the Nazca slab must therefore be sufficiently weak to undergo internal deformation.

  7. Dimensionality reduction, and function approximation of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid micro- and nanoparticle dissolution rate

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Varun Kumar Ojha,1,2 Konrad Jackowski,3 Ajith Abraham,1,4 Václav Snášel1,2 1IT4Innovations, VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic; 2Department of Computer Science, VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic; 3Department of Systems and Computer Networks, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland; 4Machine Intelligence Research Labs, Auburn, WA, USA Abstract: Prediction of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA micro- and nanoparticles’ dissolution rates plays a significant role in pharmaceutical and medical industries. The prediction of PLGA dissolution rate is crucial for drug manufacturing. Therefore, a model that predicts the PLGA dissolution rate could be beneficial. PLGA dissolution is influenced by numerous factors (features, and counting the known features leads to a dataset with 300 features. This large number of features and high redundancy within the dataset makes the prediction task very difficult and inaccurate. In this study, dimensionality reduction techniques were applied in order to simplify the task and eliminate irrelevant and redundant features. A heterogeneous pool of several regression algorithms were independently tested and evaluated. In addition, several ensemble methods were tested in order to improve the accuracy of prediction. The empirical results revealed that the proposed evolutionary weighted ensemble method offered the lowest margin of error and significantly outperformed the individual algorithms and the other ensemble techniques. Keywords: feature selection, regression models, ensemble, protein dissolution

  8. Bidding strategies that minimize risk with options and futures contracts

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    Richter, C.W. Jr.; Sheble, G.B. [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States). Electrical and Computer Engineering

    1998-12-31

    This research builds on earlier research in developing bidding strategies through the inclusion of options and future contracts. In the competitive environment, electric traders` profits depends on the implementation of a successful bidding strategy. Bidding strategies are studied in an environment in which distribution companies (DISTCOs) and generation companies (GENCOs), buy and sell power via double auctions in regional commodity exchanges. The market framework being used was proposed by Kumar and Sheble and allows participants to trade in the spot, future, planning and swap markets, and also gives rise to the use of option contracts. Bid-strategy research previously published by the authors focused on increasing electric generators` profit as they participated in a spot/cash market. Here the authors incorporate techniques such as game theory and decision analysis to minimize the risk to the electric utility or energy trader. The goal is to ensure reliable power system operation while also ensuring that contracts are fulfilled and traders adopting the strategies remain profitable. The developed strategies are tested in the electric market trading simulator which can be used off-line to predict whether bid strategies will be profitable and successful.

  9. Components of effective randomized controlled trials of hydrotherapy programs for fibromyalgia syndrome: A systematic review

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    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Luke Perraton, Zuzana Machotka, Saravana KumarInternational Centre for Allied Health Evidence, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, AustraliaAim: Previous systematic reviews have found hydrotherapy to be an effective management strategy for fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS. The aim of this systematic review was to summarize the components of hydrotherapy programs used in randomized controlled trials.Method: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials was conducted. Only trials that have reported significant FMS-related outcomes were included. Data relating to the components of hydrotherapy programs (exercise type, duration, frequency and intensity, environmental factors, and service delivery were analyzed.Results: Eleven randomized controlled trials were included in this review. Overall, the quality of trials was good. Aerobic exercise featured in all 11 trials and the majority of hydrotherapy programs included either a strengthening or flexibility component. Great variability was noted in both the environmental components of hydrotherapy programs and service delivery.Conclusions: Aerobic exercise, warm up and cool-down periods and relaxation exercises are common features of hydrotherapy programs that report significant FMS-related outcomes. Treatment duration of 60 minutes, frequency of three sessions per week and an intensity equivalent to 60%–80% maximum heart rate were the most commonly reported exercise components. Exercise appears to be the most important component of an effective hydrotherapy program for FMS, particularly when considering mental health-related outcomes.Keywords: hydrotherapy, fibromyalgia syndrome, exercise, effective, components

  10. Biological restoration in pediatric dentistry: a brief insight.

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    Md, Indira; Singh Dhull, Kanika; Nandlal, B; Kumar Ps, Praveen; Singh Dhull, Rachita

    2014-01-01

    Dental caries is the most prevalent disease in humans, especially during early childhood. The restoration of such an extensive carious lesion should be done properly to reestablish their anatomy and hence their masticatory, phonetic, esthetic and space-maintainer functions in the dental arches. The consequences of premature loss of primary teeth are well known, namely the loss of vertical dimension of occlusion, tongue thrusting and mouth breathing habits, which can be the sources of future malocclusion. Satisfactory restoration of these teeth, improving esthetics, along with the management of space and function has always been a challenge for pediatric dentist. An ever increasing demand for esthetics has led to innovation and development of newer treatment modalities for these problems. In an attempt to widen the treatment options as biologically and conservatively as possible, tooth structure is used as a restorative material to rehabilitate severely destroyed tooth crowns. This technique consists of bonding sterile dental fragments, obtained either from the patient or from a tooth bank, to the teeth. Such a technique was termed as 'biological restoration'. This article aims at reviewing the evolution, techniques and outcome of such biological restorations. How to cite this article: MD Indira, Dhull KS, Nandlal B, Kumar PSP, Dhull RS. Biological Restoration in Pediatric Dentistry: A Brief Insight. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2014;7(3):197-201.

  11. PREFACE: Second Meeting of the APS Topical Group on Hadronic Physics

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    Ernst, David; de Jager, Kees; Roberts, Craig; Sheldon, Paul; Swanson, Eric

    2007-06-01

    The Second Meeting of the APS Topical Group on Hadronic Physics was held on 22-24 October 2006 at the Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee. Keeping with tradition, the meeting was held in conjunction with the Fall meeting of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics. Approximately 90 physicists participated in the meeting, presenting 25 talks in seven plenary sessions and 48 talks in 11 parallel sessions. These sessions covered a wide range of topics related to strongly interacting matter. Among these were charm spectroscopy, gluonic exotics, nucleon resonance physics, RHIC physics, electroweak and spin physics, lattice QCD initiatives, and new facilities. Brad Tippens and Brad Keister provided perspective from the funding agencies. The organisers are extremely grateful to the following institutions for financial and logistical support: the American Physical Society, Jefferson Lab, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Vanderbilt University. We thank the following persons for assisting in organising the parallel sessions: Ted Barnes, Jian-Ping Chen, Ed Kinney, Krishna Kumar, Harry Lee, Mike Leitch, Kam Seth, and Dennis Weygand. We also thank Gerald Ragghianti for designing the conference poster, Will Johns for managing the audio-visual equipment and for placing the talks on the web, Sandy Childress for administrative expertise, and Vanderbilt graduate students Eduardo Luiggi and Jesus Escamillad for their assistance. David Ernst, Kees de Jager, Craig Roberts (Chair), Paul Sheldon and Eric Swanson Editors

  12. 50 years of brown dwarfs from prediction to discovery to forefront of research

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    The years 2012/2013 mark the 50th anniversary of the theoretical prediction that Brown Dwarfs, i.e. degenerate objects which are just not massive enough to sustain stable hydrogen fusion, exist. Some 20 years after their discovery, how Brown Dwarfs form is still one of the main open questions in the theory of star formation. In this volume, the pioneers of Brown Dwarf research review the history of the theoretical prediction and the subsequent discovery of Brown Dwarfs. After an introduction, written by Viki Joergens, reviewing Shiv Kumar's theoretical prediction of the existence of brown dwarfs, Takenori Nakano reviews his and Hayashi's calculation of the Hydrogen Burning Minimum Mass. Both predictions happened in the early 1960s. Jill Tarter then writes on the introduction of the term 'Brown Dwarf', before Ben Oppenheimer, Rafael Rebolo and Gibor Basri describe their first discovery of Brown Dwarfs in the 1990s. Lastly, Michael Cushing and Isabelle Baraffe describe the development of the field to the curren...

  13. Effect of pressure on nanomaterials

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    Sharma, Uma D. [Department of Physics, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar-263145 (India); Kumar, M., E-mail: munish_dixit@yahoo.co [Department of Physics, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar-263145 (India)

    2010-07-01

    A simple theory is proposed to predict the effect of pressure on nanomaterials, which gets support from the Mie-Gruneisen theory of thermal expansivity as formulated by Born and Huang. We considered LiAlSi{sub 2}O{sub 6} to study the effect of pressure in the light of other formulations, viz. Murnaghan, Birch-Murnaghan, Vinet and Kumar. The results obtained are found to present a good agreement with the experimental data as well as other formulations. To confirm the validity of the formulation, we applied the method to study the compression behaviour of a number of nanomaterials, viz. CdSe, Rb{sub 3}C{sub 60}, Ni(20 nm), carbon nanotube, {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, {epsilon}-Fe (Hexagonal iron), MgO, CuO, {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (67 nm), {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, {alpha}-Fe (filled nanotube), TiO{sub 2} (anatase), 3C-SiC (30 nm), TiO{sub 2} (rutile phase), Zr{sub 0.1}Ti{sub 0.9}O{sub 2}, AlN (hexagonal), {gamma}-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, Ni-filled MWCNT and Fe-filled MWCNT. The results obtained are compared with the experimental data. A good agreement between theory and experiment demonstrates the validity of the present approach.

  14. Prediction of the beta-hairpins in proteins using support vector machine.

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    Hu, Xiu Zhen; Li, Qian Zhong

    2008-02-01

    By using of the composite vector with increment of diversity and scoring function to express the information of sequence, a support vector machine (SVM) algorithm for predicting beta-hairpin motifs is proposed. The prediction is done on a dataset of 3,088 non homologous proteins containing 6,027 beta-hairpins. The overall accuracy of prediction and Matthew's correlation coefficient are 79.9% and 0.59 for the independent testing dataset. In addition, a higher accuracy of 83.3% and Matthew's correlation coefficient of 0.67 in the independent testing dataset are obtained on a dataset previously used by Kumar et al. (Nuclic Acid Res 33:154-159). The performance of the method is also evaluated by predicting the beta-hairpins of in the CASP6 proteins, and the better results are obtained. Moreover, this method is used to predict four kinds of supersecondary structures. The overall accuracy of prediction is 64.5% for the independent testing dataset.

  15. Kinetic Study of Esterification of Acetic Acid with n-butanol and isobutanol Catalyzed by Ion Exchange Resin

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    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Esters are an important pharmaceutical intermediates and very useful perfumery agents. In this study the esterification of acetic acid with n-butanol and iso-butanol over an acidic cation exchange resin, Amberlyst 15 were carried out. The effects of certain parameters such as temperature, catalyst loading, initial molar ratio between reactants on the rate of reaction were studied. The experiments were conducted in a stirred batch reactor in the temperature range of 351.15 K to 366.15K.Variation of parameters on rate of reaction demonstrated that the reaction was intrinsically controlled.The activation energy for the esterification of acetic acid with n-butanol and iso butanol is found to be 28.45 k J/mol and 23.29 kJ/mol respectively. ©2011 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved.(Received: 16th December 2010, Revised: 19th March 2011; Accepted: 7th April 2011[How to Cite: A.P. Toor, M. Sharma, G. Kumar, and R. K. Wanchoo. (2011. Kinetic Study of Esterification of Acetic Acid with n-butanol and isobutanol Catalyzed by Ion Exchange Resin. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis, 6(1: 23-30. doi:10.9767/bcrec.6.1.665.23-30][How to Link / DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.6.1.665.23-30 || or local: http://ejournal.undip.ac.id/index.php/bcrec/article/view/665 ] | View in 

  16. Preparation and Characterization of Acid and Alkaline Treated Kaolin Clay

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    Sachin Kumar

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Kaolin was refluxed with HNO3, HCl, H3PO4, CH3COOH, and NaOH of 3M concentration at 110 °C for 4 hours followed by calcination at 550 °C for 2 hours. The physico-chemical characteristics of resulted leached kaolinite clay were studied by XRF, XRD, FTIR, TGA, DTA, SEM and N2 adsorption techniques. XRF and FTIR study indicate that acid treatment under reflux conditions lead to the removal of the octahedral Al3+ cations along with other impurities. XRD of acid treated clay shows that, the peak intensity was found to decrease. Extent of leaching of Al3+ ions is different for different acid/base treatment. The acid treatment increased the Si/Al ratio, surface area and pore volume of the clay. Thus, the treated kaolin clay can be used as promising adsorbent and catalyst supports. © 2013 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reservedReceived: 1st March 2013; Revised: 9th April 2013; Accepted: 19th April 2013[How to Cite: Kumar, S., Panda, A. K., Singh, R.K. (2013. Preparation and Characterization of Acids and Alkali Treated Kaolin Clay. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 8 (1: 61-69. (doi:10.9767/bcrec.8.1.4530.61-69][Permalink/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.8.1.4530.61-69] |View in  |

  17. Mixed fluvial systems of Messak Sandstone, a deposit of Nubian lithofacies, southwestern Libya

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    Lorenz, J.C.

    1987-05-01

    The Messak Sandstone is a coarse to pebbly, tabular cross-bedded, Lower Cretaceous deposit of the widespread Nubian lithofacies. It was deposited at the northern edge of the Murzuq basin in southwestern Libya. Although the sedimentary record is predominantly one of braided fluvial systems, a common subfacies within the formation is interpreted to record the passage of straight-crested sand waves across laterally migrating point bars in sinuous rivers, similar to the pattern documented by Singh and Kumar on the modern Ganga and Yamuna Rivers. Because the sand waves were larger on the lower parts of the point bars, lateral migration created diagnostic thinning-upward, unidirectional cosets of tabular cross-beds as well as fining-upward, grain-size trends. Common, thick, interbedded claystones, deposited in associated paludal and lacustrine environments, and high variance in cross-bed dispersion patterns also suggest the local presence of sinuous fluvial systems within the overall braided regime. The Messak Sandstone contains some of the features that led Harms et al to propose an unconventional low-sinuosity fluvial environment for the Nubian lithofacies in Egypt, and the continuously high water levels of this model may explain channel-scale clay drapes and overturned cross-beds in the Messak. However, most of the Messak characteristics are incompatible with the low-sinuosity model, suggesting instead that the fluvial channels in the Murzuq basin alternated between braided and high-sinuosity patterns.

  18. The Effect of Subsurface Parameterizations on Modeled Flows in the Catchment Land Surface Model, Fortuna 2.5

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    Roningen, J. M.; Eylander, J. B.

    2014-12-01

    Groundwater use and management is subject to economic, legal, technical, and informational constraints and incentives at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Planned and de facto management practices influenced by tax structures, legal frameworks, and agricultural and trade policies that vary at the country scale may have medium- and long-term effects on the ability of a region to support current and projected agricultural and industrial development. USACE is working to explore and develop global-scale, physically-based frameworks to serve as a baseline for hydrologic policy comparisons and consequence assessment, and such frameworks must include a reasonable representation of groundwater systems. To this end, we demonstrate the effects of different subsurface parameterizations, scaling, and meteorological forcings on surface and subsurface components of the Catchment Land Surface Model Fortuna v2.5 (Koster et al. 2000). We use the Land Information System 7 (Kumar et al. 2006) to process model runs using meteorological components of the Air Force Weather Agency's AGRMET forcing data from 2006 through 2011. Seasonal patterns and trends are examined in areas of the Upper Nile basin, northern China, and the Mississippi Valley. We also discuss the relevance of the model's representation of the catchment deficit with respect to local hydrogeologic structures.

  19. Thrombocytopenia absent radius syndrome with Tetralogy of Fallot: a rare association

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    Full Text Available Chetan Kumar,1 Deepak Sharma,2 Aakash Pandita,2 Sanjay Bhalerao1 1Department of Pediatrics, Madras Institute of Orthopedic and Trauma, Manapakkam, Chennai, India; 2Department of Neonatology, Fernandez Hospital, Hyderabad, India Abstract: Thrombocytopenia absent radius (TAR syndrome is a very rare and infrequently seen congenital disorder with an approximate frequency of 0.42/100,000 live births. It is associated with bilateral absence of radii, hypo-megakaryocytic thrombocytopenia, and presence of both thumbs. The other systems which are affected by TAR syndrome include skeletal, hematologic, and cardiac systems. Intracranial hemorrhages due to thrombocytopenia and cardiac disorders are a common association usually seen with this syndrome and are usual cause of death. We describe a 3-month-old infant who was diagnosed with TAR syndrome on the basis of clinical features (thrombocytopenia and bilateral absent radius bone and confirmed by genetic analysis. The patient was diagnosed to have Tetralogy of Fallot, for which the infant was managed with definitive repair and thrombocytopenia was managed with platelet transfusion. Infants with TAR syndrome should be assessed for other associated malformations of various systems and followed up regularly and parents should be counseled for associated expected complications in these patients. We report an infant with TAR syndrome with Tetralogy of Fallot, which has not been reported in medical literature until now and this is the first case of its type. Keywords: thrombocytopenia absent radius syndrome, Tetralogy of Fallot, microdeletion 1q21.1, RBM8A

  20. A CLINICO- HEMATOLOGICAL STUDY IN CASES OF PANCYTO PENIA: CORRELATION OF AUTOMATED CELL COUNTER PARAMETERS IN VARIOUS ETIOLOGIES

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    Full Text Available ORIGINAL ARTICLE Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences / Volume 2/ Issue 22/ June 3, 2013 Page 4013 A CLINICO- HEMATOLOGICAL STUDY IN CASES OF PANCYTO PENIA: CORRELATION OF AUTOMATED CELL COUNTER PARAMETERS IN VARIOUS ETIOLOGIES Soma Yadav 1 , Rashmi Kushwaha 2 , Kamal Aggrawal 3 , A.K Tripathi 4 , U.S Singh 5 , Ashutosh Kumar 6 . 1. Junior Resident, Department. Of pathology, King George’s Medical Uni versity 2. Assistant Professor, Department. Of pathology, King George’s Medical University 3. Professor, Department. Of pathology, King George’s Medical University 4. Professor and Head, Department. Of Clinical Hematol ogy, King George’s Medical University 5. Professor, Department. Of pathology, King George’s Medical University 6. Professor and officer in charge, Lymphoma- Leukemia Lab, Department. Of pathology, King George’s Medic al University. CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Dr. Rashmi Kushwaha, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow. E-mail: docrashmi27@yahoo.co.in

  1. Isothermal Kinetics of Diesel Soot Oxidation over La0.7K0.3ZnOy Catalysts

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    Ram Prasad

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    Full Text Available This paper describes the kinetics of catalytic oxidation of diesel soot with air under isothermal conditions (320-350 oC. Isothermal kinetics data were collected in a mini-semi-batch reactor. Experiments were performed over the best selected catalyst composition La0.7K0.3ZnOy prepared by sol-gel method. Characterization of the catalyst by XRD and FTIR confirmed that La1-xKxZnOy did not exhibit perovskite phase but formed mixed metal oxides. 110 mg of the catalyst-soot mixture in tight contact (10:1 ratio was taken in order to determine the kinetic model, activation energy and Arrhenius constant of the oxidation reaction under the high air flow rate assuming pseudo first order reaction. The activation energy and Arrhenius constant were found to be 138 kJ/mol and 6.46x1010 min-1, respectively. © 2014 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reservedReceived: 26th April 2014; Revised: 27th May 2014; Accepted: 28th June 2014How to Cite: Prasad, R., Kumar, A., Mishra, A. (2014. Isothermal Kinetics of Diesel Soot Oxidation over La0.7K0.3ZnOy Catalysts. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 9(3: 192-200. (doi: 10.9767/bcrec.9.3.6773.192-200Permalink/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.9.3.6773.192-200

  2. Influence of Delhi Pollution on Aerosol Properties Over Greater Noida

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    Sharma, M.; Singh, R. P.; Kumar, R.

    2015-12-01

    Influence of Delhi Pollution on Aerosol Properties over Greater NoidaManish Sharma1, Ramesh P. Singh2 and Rajesh Kumar3 1Research and Technology Development Centre, Sharda University, Greater Noida, India. 2School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Schmid College of Science, Chapman University, Orange 92866, USA 3School of Basic Sciences and Research, Sharda University, Greater Noida, India. Delhi capital of India is highly polluted during winter and summer seasons. Due to dominant westerly winds the air mass influence its neighboring city Greater Noida which is located 60 km south east of Delhi. Detailed analysis of multi satellite data and ground observations have been carried out during 2001-2015. The ground observation and satellite data show dynamic aerosol optical parameters over Greater Noida. During winter and summer seasons, dominant westerly wind outflow pollutants of Delhi that mix with the local anthropogenic emissions of Greater Noida influencing aerosol properties at different pressure levels. The characteristics of trace gases and aerosol parameters over Delhi and Greater Noida will be presented. The air quality is severely affected from the outflow of pollutants from Delhi which is threat to people living in the area. Due to dominant winds the air mass further transported towards eastern parts of Indo-Gangetic plains affecting weather conditions of the major cities.

  3. Thermal conductivity of supercooled water.

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    Biddle, John W; Holten, Vincent; Sengers, Jan V; Anisimov, Mikhail A

    2013-04-01

    The heat capacity of supercooled water, measured down to -37°C, shows an anomalous increase as temperature decreases. The thermal diffusivity, i.e., the ratio of the thermal conductivity and the heat capacity per unit volume, shows a decrease. These anomalies may be associated with a hypothesized liquid-liquid critical point in supercooled water below the line of homogeneous nucleation. However, while the thermal conductivity is known to diverge at the vapor-liquid critical point due to critical density fluctuations, the thermal conductivity of supercooled water, calculated as the product of thermal diffusivity and heat capacity, does not show any sign of such an anomaly. We have used mode-coupling theory to investigate the possible effect of critical fluctuations on the thermal conductivity of supercooled water and found that indeed any critical thermal-conductivity enhancement would be too small to be measurable at experimentally accessible temperatures. Moreover, the behavior of thermal conductivity can be explained by the observed anomalies of the thermodynamic properties. In particular, we show that thermal conductivity should go through a minimum when temperature is decreased, as Kumar and Stanley observed in the TIP5P model of water. We discuss physical reasons for the striking difference between the behavior of thermal conductivity in water near the vapor-liquid and liquid-liquid critical points.

  4. Time delay Analysis of the Lensed Quasar SDSS J1001+5027

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    Aghamousa, Amir; Shafieloo, Arman

    2017-01-01

    We modify the algorithm we proposed in Aghamousa & Shafieloo for the time delay estimation of strongly lensed systems incorporating the weighted cross-correlation and weighted summation of correlation coefficients. We show the high performance of this algorithm by applying it to Time Delay Challenge (TDC1) simulated data. We apply then our proposed method to the light curves of the lensed quasar SDSS J1001+5027 since this system has been well studied by other groups, to compare our results with their findings. In this work we propose a new estimator, the “mirror” estimator, along with a list of criteria for reliability testing of the estimation. Our mirror estimator results are -{117.1}-3.7+7.1 and -{117.1}-8.8+7.2 using simple Monte Carlo simulations and simulated light curves provided by Rathna Kumar et al., respectively. Although the TDC1 simulations do not reflect the properties of the SDSS J1001+5027 light curves, using these simulations results in a smaller uncertainty, which shows that the higher quality observations can lead to a substantially more precise time delay estimation. Our time delay estimation is in agreement with the findings of the other groups for this strongly lensed system, and the difference in the size of the error bars reflects the importance of appropriate light curve simulations.

  5. Abortion stigma: a reconceptualization of constituents, causes, and consequences.

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    Norris, Alison; Bessett, Danielle; Steinberg, Julia R; Kavanaugh, Megan L; De Zordo, Silvia; Becker, Davida

    2011-01-01

    Stigmatization is a deeply contextual, dynamic social process; stigma from abortion is the discrediting of individuals as a result of their association with abortion. Abortion stigma is under-researched and under-theorized, and the few existing studies focus only on women who have had abortions. We build on this work, drawing from the social science literature to describe three groups whom we posit are affected by abortion stigma: Women who have had abortions, individuals who work in facilities that provide abortion, and supporters of women who have had abortions, including partners, family, and friends, as well as abortion researchers and advocates. Although these groups are not homogeneous, some common experiences within the groups--and differences between the groups--help to illuminate how people manage abortion stigma and begin to reveal the roots of this stigma itself. We discuss five reasons why abortion is stigmatized, beginning with the rationale identified by Kumar, Hessini, and Mitchell: The violation of female ideals of sexuality and motherhood. We then suggest additional causes of abortion stigma, including attributing personhood to the fetus, legal restrictions, the idea that abortion is dirty or unhealthy, and the use of stigma as a tool for anti-abortion efforts. Although not exhaustive, these causes of abortion stigma illustrate how it is made manifest for affected groups. Understanding abortion stigma will inform strategies to reduce it, which has direct implications for improving access to care and better health for those whom stigma affects.

  6. Observations on arbuscular mycorrhiza associated with important edible tuberous plants grown in wet evergreen forest in Assam, India

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    RAJA RISHI

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Kumar R, Tapwal A, Pandey S, Rishi R, Borah D. 2013. Observations on arbuscular mycorrhiza associated with important edible tuberous plants grown in wet evergreen forest in Assam, India. Biodiversitas 14: 67-72. Non-timber forest products constitute an important source of livelihood for rural households from forest fringe communities across the world. Utilization of wild edible tuber plants is an integral component of their culture. Mycorrhizal associations influence the establishment and production of tuber plants under field conditions.The aim of present study is to explore the diversity and arbuscular mycorrhizal (AMF colonization of wild edible tuber plants grown in wet evergreen forest of Assam, India. A survey was conducted in 2009-10 in Sunaikuchi, Khulahat, and Bura Mayong reserved forest of Morigaon district of Assam to determine the AMF spore population in rhizosphere soils and root colonization of 14 tuberous edible plants belonging to five families. The results revealed AMF colonization of all selected species in all seasons. The percent colonization and spore count was less in summer, moderate in winter and highest in rainy season. Seventeen species of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi were recorded in four genera viz. Acaulospora (7 species, Glomus (5 species, Sclerocystis (3 species and Gigaspora (2 species.

  7. DILLENIA INDICA (OUTENGA AS ANTI-DIABETIC HERB FOUND IN ASSAM: A REVIW

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    Apurba Talukdar et al

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Dillenia Indica, commonly known as elephant apple and locally known as outenga, is the handsome evergreen tree grows in the moist forest of sub-Himalayan region to Assam. The fruit grows in abundance and due to lack of knowledge and technical knowledge; most of these fruits are wasted. In Assam, traditionally the unripe fruits are used to make curries because of its sour taste and ripe fruits are making pickles. The fruits are generally high in fibre and due to presence of gummy substances, extraction of juice becomes difficult. The plant grows about 15 m tall. Not only the fruits have medicinal values but the leaves and the bark also showed numerous pharmacological activity. The studies showed that the plant possesses various activities like Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, dysentery, Antidiabetic etc. The fruits and the juice of the plant are traditionally used for the treatment of various diseases and one of the major diseases is Diabetes Mellitus. It was also proved from the review of literatures that this plant possesses some antidiabetic properties (Sunil kumar et.al. Thus in this review we gave some emphasise on the traditional and clinical use of Dillenia Indica (outenga or elephant apple as an antidiabetic herb.

  8. Are There Two Forms of Liquid Water?

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    Stanley, H. E.

    We will introduce some of the 73 documented anomalies of the most complex of liquids, water--focusing on recent progress in understanding these anomalies by combining information provided by recent experiments and simulations on water in bulk, nanoconfined and biological environments designed to test the hypothesis that liquid water has behavior consistent with the novel phenomenon of ``liquid polymorphism'' in that water can exist in two distinct phases [1]. We will also discuss very recent work on nanoconfined water anomalies as well as the apparently related, and highly unusual, behavior of water in biological environments. Finally, we will discuss how the general concept of liquid polymorphism is proving useful in understanding anomalies in other liquids, such as silicon, silica, and carbon, as well as metallic glasses, which have in common that they are characterized by two characteristic length scales in their interactions.This work has been supported by the NSF Chemistry Division grant CHE-1213217 and was performed in collaboration with, among others, C. A. Angell, S. V. Buldyrev, S.-H. Chen, D. Corradini, P. G. Debenedetti, G. Franzese, P. Kumar, E. Lascaris, F. Mallamace, O. Mishima, P. H. Poole, S. Sastry, F. Sciortino, and L. Xu. H. E. Stanley, Editor, Liquid Polymorphism, Vol. 152 in Advances in Chemical Physics, S. A. Rice, Series Editor (Wiley, New York, 2013).

  9. Extrapolation of acenocoumarol pharmacogenetic algorithms.

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    Jiménez-Varo, Enrique; Cañadas-Garre, Marisa; Garcés-Robles, Víctor; Gutiérrez-Pimentel, María José; Calleja-Hernández, Miguel Ángel

    2015-11-01

    Acenocoumarol (ACN) has a narrow therapeutic range that is especially difficult to control at the start of its administration. Various dosing pharmacogenetic-guided dosing algorithms have been developed, but further work on their external validation is required. The aim of this study was to evaluate the extrapolation of pharmacogenetic algorithms for ACN as an alternative to the development of a specific algorithm for a given population. The predictive performance, deviation, accuracy, and clinical significance of five pharmacogenetic algorithms (EU-PACT, Borobia, Rathore, Markatos, Krishna Kumar) were compared in 189 stable ACN patients representing all indications for anticoagulant treatment. The correlation between the dose predictions of the five pharmacogenetic models ranged from 7.7 to 70.6% and the percentage of patients with a correct prediction (deviation ≤20% from actual ACN dose) ranged from 5.9 to 40.7%. EU-PACT and Borobia pharmacogenetic dosing algorithms were the most accurate in our setting and evidenced the best clinical performance. Among the five models studied, the EU-PACT and Borobia pharmacogenetic dosing algorithms demonstrated the best potential for extrapolation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. The interplay of nuclear and Coulomb effects in proton breakup from exotic nuclei

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    Kumar, Ravinder

    2012-01-01

    This paper gives new insight to the study of dynamical effects in proton breakup as compared to neutron breakup from a weakly bound state in an exotic nucleus. Following our recent work [Ravinder Kumar and Angela Bonaccorso, Phys. Rev. C84 014613 (2011)] there has been some discussion in the literature [B. Paes, J. Lubiana, P.R.S. Gomes, V. Guimar\\~aes, Nucl. Phys. A890 1 (2012); Y. Kucuk and A. M. Moro, Phys. Rev. C86 034601 (2012)], thus in order to clarify and asses quantitatively which mechanism would dominate measured observables, we study here several reaction mechanisms separately but also their total including interference. These mechanisms are: the recoil effect of the core-target Coulomb potential which we distinguish from the direct proton-target Coulomb potential and nuclear breakup, which consists of stripping and diffraction. Direct Coulomb breakup typically gives cross sections about an order of magnitude larger than the recoil term and the amount of nuclear diffraction vs. Coulomb depends on t...

  11. Mobile reminders to improve opportunistic screening of type 2 diabetes mellitus: Data documentation and data analysis plan of a randomized trial data

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    Hemant Deepak Shewade

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    Full Text Available This Data in Brief article contains individual level data of a randomized trial in a primary care setting. This trial offered mobile reminder to follow up for definitive tests during opportunistic screening of diabetes mellitus in Puducherry, India (2014. (“Effect of mobile reminders on screening yield during opportunistic screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in a primary health care setting: a randomized trial” (Kumar et al., 2015 [1] Variables collected included the baseline characteristics of study participants (n=390 and information on initial screening and eligibility for definitive test, study group (intervention/control, follow up for definitive test and definitive test results. The data was double entered with adequate checks and validated in EpiData. Final data after correcting the data entry errors has been shared here. In addition, we have shared data entry plan, EpiData triplet files for data entry and program file for data analysis. They may be used by other researchers who intend to replicate this research in their setting.

  12. Brown Dwarfs From Mythical to Ubiquitous

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    Liebert, J

    1998-01-01

    Astrophysical objects below the stellar mass limit but well above the mass of Jupiter eluded discovery for nearly three decades after Kumar first proposed their existence, and for two decades after Tarter proposed the name "brown dwarfs." The first unambiguous discoveries of planetary (51 Peg B) and brown dwarf (Gliese 229B) companions occurred about three years ago. Yet while extrasolar planets are now being discovered at a breathtaking rate, brown dwarf companions to ordinary stars are apparently rare; likewise imaging surveys show that GL229B is still unique as a distant companion to a low mass star. On the other hand, the deep imaging studies of the Pleiades and several imbedded young clusters show that the mass function (ie. of single objects) extends in substantial numbers down to at least 40 Jupiter masses. The high mass / stellar density Orion Nebula Cluster may have relatively fewer low mass objects. In the field of the solar neighborhood, the infrared sky surveys DENIS and especially 2MASS show that...

  13. Performance of the Eschenauer-Gligor key distribution scheme under an ON/OFF channel

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    Yagan, Osman

    2011-01-01

    We investigate the secure connectivity of wireless sensor networks under the random key distribution scheme of Eschenauer and Gligor. Unlike recent work which was carried out under the assumption of full visibility, here we assume a (simplified) communication model where unreliable wireless links are represented as on/off channels. We present conditions on how to scale the model parameters so that the network i) has no secure node which is isolated and ii) is securely connected, both with high probability when the number of sensor nodes becomes large. The results are given in the form of full zero-one laws, and constitute the first complete analysis of the EG scheme under non-full visibility. Through simulations these zero-one laws are shown to be valid also under a more realistic communication model, i.e., the disk model. The relations to the Gupta and Kumar's conjecture on the connectivity of geometric random graphs with randomly deleted edges are also discussed.

  14. AGE CLASSIFICATION BASED ON FEATURES EXTRACTED FROM THIRD ORDER NEIGHBORHOOD LOCAL BINARY PATTERN

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    Pullela S.V.V.S.R. Kumar

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    Full Text Available The present paper extended the work carried out by Kumar et. al. [10] on Third order Neighbourhood LBP (TN-LBP and derived an approach that estimates pattern trends on the outer cell of TN-LBP. The present paper observed and noted that the TN-LBP forms two types of V-patterns on the outer cell of TN-LBP i.e. Outer Right V Patterns (ORVP and Outer Left V Patterns (OLVP. The ORLP and OLVP of TN-LBP consist of 5 pixels each. The present paper derived Grey Level Co-occurrence Matrix (GLCM features based on LBP values of ORVP and OLVP. This GLCM is named as ORLVP-GLCM (Outer cell Right and Left V-Patterns of GLCM and on this four features are evaluated to classify human into child (0 to 12 years, young (13 to 30 years, middle aged (31 to 50 years and senior adult (above 60 years. The proposed method is experimented on FGNET, GOOGLE and Scanned facial images and the results are compared with the existing methods. The results demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed method over the existing methods.

  15. CRICKET CLUB

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    CERN CC v Cossonay CC at CERN on Sunday, August 22nd, 2010   On a hot sunny August afternoon, CERN entertained Cossonay in a friendly match at CERN. Skipper Elvin won the toss and elected to bat, thus ignoring groundsman Osborne’s suggestion to bat second due to residual dew dampening the outfield. CERN started and were fortunate not to lose a wicket in the opening couple of overs, however this luck would soon run out as Osborne, going for a typical lofted drive was well caught at mid-on. CERN soon found themselves in trouble at 30-4 after 9 overs, but the introduction of Ahmed would demonstrate that boundary scoring was possible as he powered his way to 54, ably helped by Elvin (25), before informing his partner he was tired, and a shot that looked to be bound for another 6 was caught at wide long on from the last ball of the over. Crook (14) would then face the next delivery, and in typical fashion, he told his new partner S. Kumar that there was plenty of time and that the big shots ...

  16. CUDA programs for solving the time-dependent dipolar Gross-Pitaevskii equation in an anisotropic trap

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    Loncar, Vladimir; Bogojevic, Aleksandar; Skrbic, Srdjan; Muruganandam, Paulsamy; Adhikari, Sadhan K

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we present new versions of previously published numerical programs for solving the dipolar Gross-Pitaevskii (GP) equation including the contact interaction in two and three spatial dimensions in imaginary and in real time, yielding both stationary and non-stationary solutions. New versions of programs were developed using CUDA toolkit and can make use of Nvidia GPU devices. The algorithm used is the same split-step semi-implicit Crank-Nicolson method as in the previous version (R. Kishor Kumar et al., Comput. Phys. Commun. 195, 117 (2015)), which is here implemented as a series of CUDA kernels that compute the solution on the GPU. In addition, the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) library used in the previous version is replaced by cuFFT library, which works on CUDA-enabled GPUs. We present speedup test results obtained using new versions of programs and demonstrate an average speedup of 12 to 25, depending on the program and input size.

  17. 12th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics

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    Kumar, Vijay; Sukhatme, Gaurav

    2014-01-01

    The International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER) is a series of bi-annual meetings which are organized in a rotating fashion around North America, Europe and Asia/Oceania. The goal of  ISER is to provide a forum for research in robotics that focuses on novelty of theoretical contributions validated by experimental results. The meetings are conceived to bring together, in a small group setting, researchers from around the world who are in the forefront of experimental robotics research. This unique reference presents the latest advances across the various fields of robotics, with ideas that are not only conceived conceptually but also explored experimentally. It collects robotics contributions on the current developments and new directions in the field of experimental robotics, which are based on the papers presented at the 12th ISER held on December 18-21, 2010 in New Delhi and Agra, India.This present twelfth edition of Experimental Robotics edited by Oussama Khatib, Vijay Kumar and Gaurav Sukha...

  18. Rapid detection of Brucella spp. using loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP).

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    Chen, Shouyi; Li, Xunde; Li, Juntao; Atwill, Edward R

    2013-01-01

    Brucella spp. are facultative intracellular bacteria that cause zoonotic disease of brucellosis worldwide. Livestock that are most vulnerable to brucellosis include cattle, goats, and pigs. Brucella spp. cause serious health problems to humans and animals and economic losses to the livestock industry. Traditional methods for detection of Brucella spp. take 48-72 h (Kumar et al., J Commun Dis 29:131-137, 1997; Barrouin-Melo et al., Res Vet Sci 83:340-346, 2007) that do not meet the food industry's need of rapid detection. Therefore, there is an urgent need of fast, specific, sensitive, and inexpensive method for diagnosing of Brucella spp. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is a method to amplify nucleic acid at constant temperatures. Amplification can be detected by visual detection, fluorescent stain, turbidity, and electrophoresis. We targeted at the Brucella-specific gene omp25 and designed LAMP primers for detection of Brucella spp. Amplification of DNA with Bst DNA polymerase can be completed at 65 °C in 60 min. Amplified products can be detected by SYBR Green I stain and 2.0% agarose gel electrophoresis. The LAMP method is feasible for detection of Brucella spp. from blood and milk samples.

  19. Nanomedicine: towards development of patient-friendly drug-delivery systems for oncological applications

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    Ranganathan R

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Ramya Ranganathan1,*, Shruthilaya Madanmohan1,*, Akila Kesavan1, Ganga Baskar1, Yoganathan Ramia Krishnamoorthy2, Roy Santosham3, D Ponraju4, Suresh Kumar Rayala2, Ganesh Venkatraman1 1Department of Human Genetics, Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, 2Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 3Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, Chennai, 4Safety Engineering Division, Nuclear and Engineering Safety Group, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, India*Authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: The focus on nanotechnology in cancer treatment and diagnosis has intensified due to the serious side effects caused by anticancer agents as a result of their cytotoxic actions on normal cells. This nonspecific action of chemotherapy has awakened a need for formulations capable of definitive targeting with enhanced tumor-killing. Nanooncology, the application of nanobiotechnology to the management of cancer, is currently the most important area of nanomedicine. Currently several nanomaterial-based drug-delivery systems are in vogue and several others are in various stages of development. Tumor-targeted drug-delivery systems are envisioned as magic bullets for cancer therapy and several groups are working globally for development of robust systems.Keywords: patient-friendly, drug-delivery systems, cancer, nanomedicine

  20. A Polarized Light Microscopic Study to Comparatively evaluate Four Remineralizing Agents on Enamel viz CPP-ACPF, ReminPro, SHY-NM and Colgate Strong Teeth.

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    Rajan, Reshma; Krishnan, Ramesh; Bhaskaran, Bibin; Kumar, Suresh V

    2015-01-01

    To compare and evaluate the remineralizing potential of four commercially available products namely SHY-NM, GC Tooth Mousse Plus, ReminPro and Colgate strong teeth on demineralized human teeth. The study included 50 extracted premolars having 3 × 3 mm window prepared on the middle third of the tooth, which was then subjected to demineralization for 48 hours at 37°C. Teeth were randomly selected and grouped into five study groups of 10 teeth in each. Each group was treated with respective remineralizing agent and sectioned using hard-tissue microtome. Each section obtained was visualized under polarized light microscope and analyzed using Image J software. The statistically evaluated results revealed that SHY-NM has the most remineralizing potential followed by ReminPro, GC Tooth Mousse Plus and fluoridated toothpaste. Based on the study, the SHY-NM was superior to the GC Tooth Mousse Plus, ReminPro and Colgate strong teeth on demineralized human teeth. How to cite this article: Rajan R, Krishnan R, Bhaskaran B, Kumar SV. A Polarized Light Microscopic Study to Comparatively evaluate Four Remineralizing Agents on Enamel viz CPP-ACPF, ReminPro, SHY-NM and Colgate Strong Teeth. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2015;8(1):42-47.

  1. Macro-fungal diversity and nutrient content of some edible mushrooms of Nagaland, India

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    RAJESH KUMAR

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Kumar R, Tapwal A, Pandey S, Borah RK, Borah DP, Borgohain J. 2013. Macro-fungal diversity and nutrient content of some edible mushrooms of Nagaland, India. Nusantara Bioscience 5: 1-7. The northeast region of India abounds in forest wealth, including variety of flora and fauna. The high humidity during monsoon period provides ideal atmospheric conditions for the growth of diverse group of macrofungal fruit bodies. Nagaland, the northeastern state of India is rich in biodiversity and encompasses large numbers edible and non-edible mushroom species. Young and matured carpophores of 15 wild edible mushroom species were collected from 12 locations in different districts of Nagaland. Out of these four species belongs to family Agaricaceae, two belongs to Tricholomataceae and rest belongs to Boletaceae, Cantherallaceae, Russulaceae, Sarcoscyphaceae, Auriculariaceae, Polyporaceae, Schizophyllaceae, Pleurotaceae and Lyophyllaceae. The selected species were analyzed for proximate analysis of nutritional values. The protein content varies from 22.50-44.93% and carbohydrates were recorded 32.43-52.07% in selected species. The documentation of wild edible mushrooms is very scanty in Northeast India. The key objective of the present study was to generate a database on macrofungal diversity, ecology, ethnomycology, utilization and nutrient status of important wild edible mushroom species of Nagaland, which forms a part of the food culture of the native peoples.

  2. Regenerative nanomedicine: current perspectives and future directions

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    Chaudhury K

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Koel Chaudhury, Vishu Kumar, Jayaprakash Kandasamy, Sourav RoyChoudhurySchool of Medical Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, IndiaAbstract: Nanotechnology has considerably accelerated the growth of regenerative medicine in recent years. Application of nanotechnology in regenerative medicine has revolutionized the designing of grafts and scaffolds which has resulted in new grafts/scaffold systems having significantly enhanced cellular and tissue regenerative properties. Since the cell–cell and cell-matrix interaction in biological systems takes place at the nanoscale level, the application of nanotechnology gives an edge in modifying the cellular function and/or matrix function in a more desired way to mimic the native tissue/organ. In this review, we focus on the nanotechnology-based recent advances and trends in regenerative medicine and discussed under individual organ systems including bone, cartilage, nerve, skin, teeth, myocardium, liver and eye. Recent studies that are related to the design of various types of nanostructured scaffolds and incorporation of nanomaterials into the matrices are reported. We have also documented reports where these materials and matrices have been compared for their better biocompatibility and efficacy in supporting the damaged tissue. In addition to the recent developments, future directions and possible challenges in translating the findings from bench to bedside are outlined.Keywords: regenerative medicine, nanomedicine, nanotechnology

  3. Atherogenic dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus: what’s new in the management arena?

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    Ajoy Kumar

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Ajoy Kumar1, Vibhuti Singh21Bayfront Family Medicine Residency, St Petersburg FL, USA; 2University of South Florida College of Medicine and Suncoast Cardiovascular Center, St Petersburg, FL, USAAbstract: When compared with the general population, the diabetic population is at higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD, as predicted by the Framingham Risk Score calculations (10-year risk 20%. For this reason diabetes is considered a “coronary disease equivalent” condition, as classified by the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel (NCEP-ATP III. Furthermore, patients with diabetes who experience a myocar­dial infarction have a poorer prognosis than non­diabetic patients, which contributes to their overall higher mortality. Dyslipidemia is a major underlying risk factor contributing to the excess CVD risk, and is usually more atherogenic in the presence of diabetes. It is uniquely manifested by raised levels of triglycer­ides, low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and smaller, denser, and more atherogenic low-density lipoprotein particles. Recent trials have suggested the need for more aggressive treatment of dyslipidemia in this subpopulation than the current recommendations by the NCEP-ATP III. This review addresses the newer developments in the diabetes arena in terms of our current understanding of atherogenic dyslipidemia in diabetes and data from the latest randomized trials addressing its management.Keywords: atherogenic dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus

  4. Prevention and management of accidental foreign body ingestion and aspiration in orthodontic practice

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Uday Kumar Umesan,1 Kui Lay Chua,1 Priya Balakrishnan21National Dental Centre, 2Kg Kiarong, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei DarussalamAbstract: Among the myriad emergencies that could arise in the dental clinical setting there are a few that occur occasionally despite being entirely preventable. Ingestion or aspiration of dental materials, appliances, or instruments comprises this category. Regardless of incidence, foreign body ingestion or aspiration episodes are recognized as potential complications in the specialty of orthodontics. Despite their infrequent occurrence, the morbidity from a single incident and the amount of specialty medical care that may be needed to manage such incidents is too high to ignore. There is also the associated risk of malpractice litigation given the fact that these incidents are preventable. At present, no clear guidelines exist regarding prevention of this emergency in practice. This article attempts to review relevant literature and aims to formulate certain recommendations based on best available evidence to minimize the incidence of such events, while also suggesting guidelines toward making their management more effective. A flow chart outlining management options and strategies to aid the clinician in the event of such an emergency is also presented.Keywords: foreign bodies, ingestion, orthodontics, respiratory aspiration, orthodontic appliances

  5. Origin of carbonate xenoliths in Siddanpalli kimberlites, Southern India

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    Anand, M.; Osborne, I.; Gilmour, M. A.; Chalapath Rao, N. V.

    2009-04-01

    A number of carbonate xenoliths have been recently discovered from the three kimberlites (designated as SK1, SK2, SK3) of the Siddanpalli kimberlite cluster (SKC; Sridhar et al., 2004) of Southern India. These kimberlites intrude the Precambrian granite-greenstone terrain of Gadwal schist belt of Eastern Dharwar Craton (e.g., Dongre et al., 2008). Rb-Sr phlogopite/whole-rock dating of one of these bodies, SK1, has yielded an age of 1093 ± Ma (Kumar et al. 2007). Previously, Dongre et al. (2008) reported an occurrence of a limestone xenolith from the SK2 kimberlite. Based on petrographic, geochemical, and C and O isotope data these authors suggested a sedimentary origin for the limestone xenolith. However, now we have documented a larger variation in the nature of carbonate material occurring as xenoliths in these kimberlites, ranging from micro-crystalline segregations to well-formed carbonate crystals. Thus, it is likely that a number of sources and/or processes have been involved in their formation. We are in the process of measuring carbon and oxygen isotopic compositions of individual carbonate xenoliths in order to further constrain their origin.

  6. Toward a Satellite-Based System of Sugarcane Yield Estimation and Forecasting in Smallholder Farming Conditions: A Case Study on Reunion Island

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    Julien Morel

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Estimating sugarcane biomass is difficult to achieve when working with highly variable spatial distributions of growing conditions, like on Reunion Island. We used a dataset of in-farm fields with contrasted climatic conditions and farming practices to compare three methods of yield estimation based on remote sensing: (1 an empirical relationship method with a growing season-integrated Normalized Difference Vegetation Index NDVI, (2 the Kumar-Monteith efficiency model, and (3 a forced-coupling method with a sugarcane crop model (MOSICAS and satellite-derived fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation. These models were compared with the crop model alone and discussed to provide recommendations for a satellite-based system for the estimation of yield at the field scale. Results showed that the linear empirical model produced the best results (RMSE = 10.4 t∙ha−1. Because this method is also the simplest to set up and requires less input data, it appears that it is the most suitable for performing operational estimations and forecasts of sugarcane yield at the field scale. The main limitation is the acquisition of a minimum of five satellite images. The upcoming open-access Sentinel-2 Earth observation system should overcome this limitation because it will provide 10-m resolution satellite images with a 5-day frequency.

  7. Viscous extended holographic Ricci dark energy in the framework of standard Eckart theory

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    Chattopadhyay, Surajit

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    In the present work we report a study on the viscous extended holographic Ricci dark energy (EHRDE) model under the assumption of existence of bulk viscosity in the linear barotropic fluid and the EHRDE in the framework of standard Eckart theory of relativistic irreversible thermodynamics and it has been observed that the non-equilibrium bulk viscous pressure is significantly smaller than the local equilibrium pressure. We have studied the equation of state (EoS) parameter and observed that the EoS behaves like "quintom" and is consistent with the constraints set by observational data sets from SNLS3, BAO and Planck + WMAP9 + WiggleZ measurements in the reference S. Kumar and L. Xu, \\emph{Phys. Lett. B},\\textbf{737}, 244 (2014). Analysis of statefinder parameters has shown the possibility of attainment of $\\Lambda$CDM phase under current model and at the same time it has been pointed out that the for $z=0$ i.e. current universe, the statefinder pair is different from that of $\\Lambda$CDM and the $\\Lambda$CDM ...

  8. Viscous extended holographic Ricci dark energy in the framework of standard Eckart theory

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    Chattopadhyay, Surajit

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, we report a study on the viscous extended holographic Ricci dark energy (EHRDE) model under the assumption of existence of bulk viscosity in the linear barotropic fluid and the EHRDE in the framework of standard Eckart theory of relativistic irreversible thermodynamics and it has been observed that the non-equilibrium bulk viscous pressure is significantly smaller than the local equilibrium pressure. We have studied the equation of state (EoS) parameter and observed that the EoS behaves like “quintom” and is consistent with the constraints set by observational data sets from SNLS3, BAO and Planck + WMAP9 + WiggleZ measurements in [S. Kumar and L. Xu, Phys. Lett. B 737, 244 (2014)]. Analysis of statefinder parameters has shown the possibility of attainment of Lambda cold dark matter (ΛCDM) phase under current model and at the same time it has been pointed out that the redshift z = 0, i.e. the current universe, the statefinder pair is different from that of ΛCDM and the ΛCDM can be attained in a later stage of the universe. An analysis of stability has shown that although the viscous EHRDE along with viscous barotropic is classically unstable in the present epoch, it can lead to a stable universe in very late stage. Considering an universe enveloped by event horizon, we have observed validity of generalized second law (GSL) of thermodynamics.

  9. Antisense regulation of expression and transactivation functions of the tumorigenic HBx and c-myc genes.

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    Hung, Le; Kumar, Vijay

    2006-05-26

    Earlier we have shown that the X-myc transgenic mice develop hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) due to co-expression of c-Myc and HBx protein of hepatitis B virus [R. Lakhtakia, V. Kumar, H. Reddi, M. Mathur, S. Dattagupta, S.K. Panda, Hepatocellular carcinoma in a hepatitis B 'x' transgenic mouse model: a sequential pathological evaluation. J. Gastroenterol. Hepatol. 18 (2003) 80-91]. With the aim to develop therapeutic strategies for HCC, we constructed several mono- and bicistronic antisense recombinants against HBx and c-myc genes to regulate their expression as well as transactivation function in a human hepatoma cell line. A dose-dependent inhibition in the expression levels of HBx and c-Myc was observed with monocistronic constructs. Likewise, the bicistronic recombinants also blocked the expression as well as transactivation functions of cognate genes with equal efficacy. Further, expression of the constituent genes from the X-myc transgene could also be inhibited by these antisense constructs in cell culture. Thus, our study points towards clinical implications of antisense regulation of tumor-promoting genes in the management of HCC.

  10. Metformin improves metabolic memory in high fat diet (HFD)-induced renal dysfunction.

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    Tikoo, Kulbhushan; Sharma, Ekta; Amara, Venkateswara Rao; Pamulapati, Himani; Dhawale, Vaibhav Shrirang

    2016-08-22

    Recently, we have shown that high fat diet (HFD) in vivo and in vitro generates metabolic memory by altering H3K36me2 and H3K27me3 on the promoter of FOXO1 (transcription factor of gluconeogenic genes) (Kumar et al., 2015). Here we checked the hypothesis, whether concomitant diet reversal and metformin could overcome HFD-induced metabolic memory and renal damage. Male adult Sprague Dawley rats were rendered insulin resistant by feeding high fat diet for 16 weeks. Then the rats were subjected to diet reversal (REV) alone and along with metformin (REV+MET) for 8 weeks. Biochemical and histological markers of insulin resistance and kidney function were measured. Blood pressure and in vivo vascular reactivity to Angiotensin II (200 mgkg-1) were also checked. Diet reversal could improve lipid profile but could not prevent renal complications induced by HFD. Interestingly, metformin along with diet reversal restored the levels of blood glucose, triglycerides, cholesterol, blood urea nitrogen and creatinine. In kidney, metformin increased the activation of AMPK, decreased inflammatory markers-COX-2, IL-1β and apoptotic markers-PARP, Caspase3. Metformin was effective in lowering the elevated basal blood pressure, acute change in mean arterial pressure (ΔMAP) in response to Ang II. It also attenuated the tubulointerstitial fibrosis and glomerulosclerosis induced by HFD-feeding in kidney. Here we report for the first time, that metformin treatment overcomes metabolic memory and prevents HFD-induced renal damage.

  11. Acute whiplash associated disorders (WAD

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    Kumar S

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Khushnum Pastakia, Saravana KumarInternational Centre for Allied Health Evidence, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia Date of preparation: 27th January 2011Conflict of interest: None declaredBackground: Whiplash-associated disorder (WAD is the term given for the collection of symptoms affecting the neck that are triggered by an accident with an acceleration–deceleration mechanism such as a motor vehicle accident. The incidence of whiplash injury varies greatly between different parts of the world with significant monetary burden on the individual as well as the wider community.Objective: Which treatments are best for reducing pain and disability experience in acute WADs?Level of evidence: Clinical practice guidelines, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, randomized controlled trials.Search sources: PubMed, Cochrane Library, Medline, EMBASE, AUST health, AMED.Outcomes: From the patient perspective the main outcomes considered are pain and disability.Consumer summary: Whiplash-associated disorders include a range of symptoms related to the neck and head. They commonly occur after motor vehicle accidents or diving mishaps. There is good evidence to suggest that active exercise, acting as usual and combination therapy are the most effective treatment choices in an acute presentation.Keywords: whiplash, neckpain, pain levels, multimodel therapy

  12. Scaling Laws for Overlaid Wireless Networks: A Cognitive Radio Network vs. a Primary Network

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    Yin, Changchuan; Cui, Shuguang

    2008-01-01

    We study the scaling laws for the throughputs and delays of two coexisting wireless networks that operate in the same geographic region. The primary network consists of Poisson distributed legacy users of density n, and the secondary network consists of Poisson distributed cognitive users of density m, with m>n. The primary users have a higher priority to access the spectrum without particular considerations for the secondary users, while the secondary users have to act conservatively in order to limit the interference to the primary users. With a practical assumption that the secondary users only know the locations of the primary transmitters (not the primary receivers), we first show that both networks can achieve the same throughput scaling law as what Gupta and Kumar [1] established for a stand-alone wireless network if proper transmission schemes are deployed, where a certain throughput is achievable for each individual secondary user (i.e., zero outage) with high probability. By using a fluid model, we ...

  13. Fibrous dysplasia of bone: a clinicopathologic review

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    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Harsh Mohan1, Preeti Mittal1, Irneet Mundi1, Sudhir Kumar21Department of Pathology, 2Department of Orthopedics, Government Medical College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, IndiaAbstract: Fibrous dysplasia of the bones is an uncommon congenital skeletal disorder that is found equally in both genders and is not inherited. Its etiology has been linked to an activating mutation of Gsα and the downstream effects of the resultant increase in cAMP. Fibrous dysplasia is categorized as either monostotic or polyostotic, and may occur as a component of McCune-Albright syndrome or the rare Mazabraud syndrome. Long bones, skull bones, and ribs are the most commonly affected bones. The radiological picture is somewhat variable, including a ground-glass appearance, expansion of the bone, and sclerosis surrounding the lesion. Histologically, fibrous dysplasia shows irregularly-shaped trabeculae of immature, woven bone in a background of variably cellular, loosely arranged fibrous stroma. It may be complicated by pathologic fracture, and rarely by malignant transformation. This review examines interesting issues surrounding the etiology of fibrous dysplasia, its clinical and laboratory manifestations, radiological picture, utility of bone biopsy, gross and microscopic pathology, complications, and its differential diagnostic considerations.Keywords: fibrous dysplasia, McCune-Albright syndrome, monostotic form, polyostotic form

  14. Wassel′s Type V Polydactyly with Plain Radiographic and CT Findings

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    Berna Dirim Mete

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Duplication of the thumb is the most common polydactyly of the hand. Wassel′s classification is frequently used to classify the polydactyly of the hand. His classification was based on the level of duplication and the number of bones in the thumb, and has seven groups (Types I-VII according to the level of the bifurcation, except for his Type VII. The most common type is the bifurcation at the metacarpophalangeal joint (Type IV. In this paper, we report a very rare case of Type V thumb polydactyly in a 42-year-old man, who presented with swan neck deformity of the radial thumb and discuss the plain radiography and computed tomography (CT findings. Kumar recently reported plain radiography findings in a case of bifid first metacarpal in a 13-year-old girl, who presented with swan neck deformity of the left thumb. To our knowledge, our case is the second presented case that has a swan neck deformity with bifid metacarpal.

  15. Carbon nanotubes and graphene as emerging candidates in neuroregeneration and neurodrug delivery

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Agnes Aruna John,1 Aruna Priyadharshni Subramanian,1 Muthu Vignesh Vellayappan,1 Arunpandian Balaji,1 Hemanth Mohandas,2 Saravana Kumar Jaganathan1 1IJN-UTM Cardiovascular Engineering Centre, Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia; 2Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, USA Abstract: Neuroregeneration is the regrowth or repair of nervous tissues, cells, or cell products involved in neurodegeneration and inflammatory diseases of the nervous system like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Nowadays, application of nanotechnology is commonly used in developing nanomedicines to advance pharmacokinetics and drug delivery exclusively for central nervous system pathologies. In addition, nanomedical advances are leading to therapies that disrupt disarranged protein aggregation in the central nervous system, deliver functional neuroprotective growth factors, and change the oxidative stress and excitotoxicity of affected neural tissues to regenerate the damaged neurons. Carbon nanotubes and graphene are allotropes of carbon that have been exploited by researchers because of their excellent physical properties and their ability to interface with neurons and neuronal circuits. This review describes the role of carbon nanotubes and graphene in neuroregeneration. In the future, it is hoped that the benefits of nanotechnologies will outweigh their risks, and that the next decade will present huge scope for developing and delivering technologies in the field of neuroscience. Keywords: neuroregeneration, neurodegeneration, nanomedical, carbon nanotube, graphene, nanodrug delivery

  16. Building Walkways: Observation on Nest Duplication of Stingless Bee Trigona iridipennins Smith (1854

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    Preeti S. Virkar

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Beekeeping for honey and other bee products is an age old practice. Besides the popular honeybees, Apis cerana and Apis mellifera, stingless bees belonging to the tribe Meliponini, subfamily Apinae and family Apidae (Michener, 2007 are also reared for honey, having high medicinal value. Stingless bees are exclusive to tropics and their size ranges from 2mm to slightly bigger than the popular honeybee A. mellifera (O'Toole & Raw, 1999. The practice of keeping stingless bees is called meliponiculture, and once it was an integral part of the culture of indigenous people of South and Central America. It held a social and religious significance in the meso-American culture, mainly the ancient Mayans (Sommeijer, 1999. Stingless bee products such as honey, wax and propolis formed a small-scale economy in their livelihood as well (Cortopassi-Laurino et al., 2006. Although least explored, meliponiculture is an age old practice in India also. Kani tribe in Western Ghats is the only reported reference, keeping stingless bees (Kumar et al., 2012. Trigona iridipennis is the widespread stingless bee species in the Indian subcontinent and used for meliponiculture.

  17. Bulk dielectric and magnetic properties of PFW-PZT ceramics: absence of magnetically switched-off polarization.

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    Kempa, M; Kamba, S; Savinov, M; Maryško, M; Frait, Z; Vaněk, P; Tomczyk, M; Vilarinho, P M

    2010-11-10

    We investigated ceramics samples of solid solutions of [PbFe(2/3)W(1/3)O(3)](x)-[PbZr(0.53)Ti(0.47)O(3)](1 - x) (PFW(x)-PZT(1 - x), x = 0.2 and 0.3) by means of broad-band dielectric spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and SQUID magnetometry. We did not confirm the observations of Kumar et al (2009 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 21 382204), who reported on reversible suppression of ferroelectric polarization in polycrystalline PFW(x)-PZT(1 - x) thin films for magnetic fields above 0.5 T. We did not observe any change of ferroelectric polarization with external magnetic fields up to 3.2 T. Pirc et al (2009 Phys. Rev. B 79 214114) developed a theory explaining the reported large magnetoelectric effect in PFW(x)-PZT(1 - x), taking into account relaxor magnetic and relaxor ferroelectric properties of the system. Our data revealed classical ferroelectric properties below 525 K and 485 K in samples with x = 0.2 and 0.3, respectively. Moreover, paramagnetic behavior was observed down to 4.5 K instead of previously reported relaxor magnetic behavior. It seems that the reported switching-off of ferroelectric polarization in PFW(x)-PZT(1 - x) thin films is not an intrinsic property, but probably an effect of electrodes, interlayers, grain boundaries or second phases presented in polycrystalline thin films.

  18. Polar profile of antiviral peptides from AVPpred Database.

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    Polanco, Carlos; Samaniego, José Lino; Castañón-González, Jorge Alberto; Buhse, Thomas

    2014-11-01

    Diseases of viral origin in humans are among the most serious threats to health and the global economy. As recent history has shown the virus has a high pandemic potential, among other reasons, due to its ability to spread by air, hence the identification, investigation, containment, and treatment of viral diseases should be considered of paramount importance. In this sense, the bioinformatics research has focused on finding fast and efficient algorithms that can identify highly toxic antiviral peptides and to serve as a first filter, so that trials in the laboratory are substantially reduced. The work presented here contributes to this effort through the use of an algorithm already published by this team, called polarity index method, which identifies with high efficiency antiviral peptides from the exhaustive analysis of the polar profile, using the linear sequence of the peptide. The test carried out included all peptides in APD2 Database and 60 antiviral peptides identified by Kumar and co-workers (Nucleic Acids Res 40:W199-204, 2012), to build its AVPpred algorithm. The validity of the method was focused on its discriminating capacity so we included the 15 sub-classifications of both Databases.

  19. Frequently asked questions about family medicine in India.

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    Kumar, Raman

    2016-01-01

    Family medicine (FM) is an independent and distinct medical specialty in the developed countries such as USA, UK, Australia, and Canada since 1960s. FM teaching is imparted at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in countries such as Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Family practice is the practicing vocation of the majority doctors in India. The practitioners of FM include general practitioners, family physicians, FM specialists, and medical officers in the public sector. Medical students are largely unaware about FM career as this concept is not introduced at MBBS level. Faculty and senior doctors from other disciplines are also not able to answer the queries related to FM as they themselves also have gone through the same education system for last three decades, largely unexposed to the concept of academic family medicine. This article is a compilation of frequently asked questions, and their appropriate responses, presented here to dispel myths and misinformation about FM specialty. The answers are deliberated upon by Dr. Raman Kumar the founder president of the Academy of Family Physicians of India and the chief editor of the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care. This article was originally published as an interview in Docplexus, a popular online network and website for medical doctors in November 2015.

  20. Ga@C-dots as an antibacterial agent for the eradication of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Vijay Bhooshan Kumar,1 Michal Natan,2 Gila Jacobi,2 Ze’ev Porat,3,4 Ehud Banin,2 Aharon Gedanken1,5 1Department of Chemistry, 2Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar Ilan Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 3Division of Chemistry, Nuclear Research Center-Negev, 4Institutes of Applied Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er-Sheva, Israel; 5National Cheng Kung University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tainan, Taiwan Abstract: The opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes infections that are difficult to treat by antibiotic therapy. This research article reports on the synthesis of gallium (Ga doped in carbon (C-dots (Ga@C-dots and their antimicrobial activity against free-living P. aeruginosa bacteria. The synthesis of Ga@C-dots was carried out by sonicating molten Ga (for 2.5 h in polyethylene glycol-400, which acts as both a medium and carbon source. The resultant Ga@C-dots, having an average diameter of 9±2 nm, showed remarkably enhanced antibacterial activity compared with undoped C-dots. This was reflected by the much lower concentration of Ga doped within Ga@C-dots which was required for full inhibition of the bacterial growth. These results highlight the possibility of using Ga@C-dots as potential antimicrobial agents. Keywords: C-dots, Ga@C-dots, sonochemistry, gallium, antibacterial, Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Full Text Available CONTENTS OF ARTICLES PAGEPassive Design of Buildings for Extreme Weather EnvironmentS.N. Al-Zubaidy, S. Tokbolat, R. Tokpatayeva 1-11 Economic Impact of CDM Implementation through Alternate Energy Resource SubstitutionK.J. Sreekanth, S. Jayaraj, N. Sudarsan 13-18 Implications of Charcoal Briquette Produced by Local Communities on Livelihoods and Environment in Nairobi KenyaMary Njenga, A Yonemitsu, N Karanjaa, M Iiyama, J Kithinji, M Dubbeling C Sundberge, R R Jamnadass 19-29 A Novel Design of Multi-Chambered Biomass BatteryK. Sudhakar, R. Ananthakrishnan, A. Goyal, H.K. Darji 31-34 Power Quality Improvement Wind Energy System Using Cascaded Multilevel InverterJ.S. Sathiyanarayanan, A. S. Kumar 35-43 Solar PV Lighting and Studying after Sunset: Analysis of Micro-benefits in Off-grid Rural GhanaGeorge Y. Obeng 45-51 Innovative Green Technology for Sustainable Industrial Estate DevelopmentR. Hadiwijoyo, P Purwanto, Sudharto P Hadi 53-58 Empowering Distributed Solar PV Energy For Malaysian Rural Housing: Towards Energy Security And Equitability Of Rural CommunitiesN.A. Ahmad, H. Byrd 59-68

  2. Parameters and characteristics governing cellular internalization and trans-barrier trafficking of nanostructures

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Karmani Murugan, Yahya E Choonara, Pradeep Kumar, Divya Bijukumar, Lisa C du Toit, Viness Pillay Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform Research Unit, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, School of Therapeutic Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa Abstract: Cellular internalization and trans-barrier transport of nanoparticles can be manipulated on the basis of the physicochemical and mechanical characteristics of nanoparticles. Research has shown that these factors significantly influence the uptake of nanoparticles. Dictating these characteristics allows for the control of the rate and extent of cellular uptake, as well as delivering the drug-loaded nanosystem intra-cellularly, which is imperative for drugs that require a specific cellular level to exert their effects. Additionally, physicochemical characteristics of the nanoparticles should be optimal for the nanosystem to bypass the natural restricting phenomena of the body and act therapeutically at the targeted site. The factors at the focal point of emerging smart nanomedicines include nanoparticle size, surface charge, shape, hydrophobicity, surface chemistry, and even protein and ligand conjugates. Hence, this review discusses the mechanism of internalization of nanoparticles and ideal nanoparticle characteristics that allow them to evade the biological barriers in order to achieve optimal cellular uptake in different organ systems. Identifying these parameters assists with the progression of nanomedicine as an outstanding vector of pharmaceuticals. Keywords: nanoparticles, transport mechanisms, cellular uptake, size, shape, charge

  3. CO2 lasers in the management of potentially malignant and malignant oral disorders.

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    Jerjes, Waseem; Hamdoon, Zaid; Hopper, Colin

    2012-04-30

    The CO2 laser was invented in 1963 by Kumar Patel. Since the early 1970s, CO2 laser has proved to be an effective method of treatment for patients with several types of oral lesions, including early squamous cell carcinoma.Laser surgery of oral premalignant disorders is an effective tool in a complete management strategy which includes careful clinical follow-up, patient education to eliminate risk factors, reporting and biopsying of suspicious lesions and any other significant lesions. However, in a number of patients, recurrence and progression to malignancy remains a risk. CO2 laser resection has become the preferred treatment for small oral and oropharyngeal carcinomas. Laser resection does not require reconstructive surgery. There is minimal scarring and thus, optimum functional results can be expected.New and improved applications of laser surgery in the treatment of oral and maxillofacial/head and neck disorders are being explored. As more surgeons become experienced in the use of lasers and as our knowledge of the capabilities and advantages of this tool expands, lasers may play a significant role in the management of different pathologies.

  4. Dynamically optimized Wang-Landau sampling with adaptive trial moves and modification factors.

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    Koh, Yang Wei; Lee, Hwee Kuan; Okabe, Yutaka

    2013-11-01

    The density of states of continuous models is known to span many orders of magnitudes at different energies due to the small volume of phase space near the ground state. Consequently, the traditional Wang-Landau sampling which uses the same trial move for all energies faces difficulties sampling the low-entropic states. We developed an adaptive variant of the Wang-Landau algorithm that very effectively samples the density of states of continuous models across the entire energy range. By extending the acceptance ratio method of Bouzida, Kumar, and Swendsen such that the step size of the trial move and acceptance rate are adapted in an energy-dependent fashion, the random walker efficiently adapts its sampling according to the local phase space structure. The Wang-Landau modification factor is also made energy dependent in accordance with the step size, enhancing the accumulation of the density of states. Numerical simulations show that our proposed method performs much better than the traditional Wang-Landau sampling.

  5. Spectral correlation functions of the sum of two independent complex Wishart matrices with unequal covariances

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    Akemann, Gernot; Checinski, Tomasz; Kieburg, Mario

    2016-08-01

    We compute the spectral statistics of the sum H of two independent complex Wishart matrices, each of which is correlated with a different covariance matrix. Random matrix theory enjoys many applications including sums and products of random matrices. Typically ensembles with correlations among the matrix elements are much more difficult to solve. Using a combination of supersymmetry, superbosonisation and bi-orthogonal functions we are able to determine all spectral k-point density correlation functions of H for arbitrary matrix size N. In the half-degenerate case, when one of the covariance matrices is proportional to the identity, the recent results by Kumar for the joint eigenvalue distribution of H serve as our starting point. In this case the ensemble has a bi-orthogonal structure and we explicitly determine its kernel, providing its exact solution for finite N. The kernel follows from computing the expectation value of a single characteristic polynomial. In the general non-degenerate case the generating function for the k-point resolvent is determined from a supersymmetric evaluation of the expectation value of k ratios of characteristic polynomials. Numerical simulations illustrate our findings for the spectral density at finite N and we also give indications how to do the asymptotic large-N analysis.

  6. One-step green synthesis and characterization of leaf extract-mediated biocompatible silver and gold nanoparticles from Memecylon umbellatum

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    Arunachalam KD

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Kantha D Arunachalam, Sathesh Kumar Annamalai, Shanmugasundaram HariCenter for Environmental Nuclear Research, Directorate of Research, SRM University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, IndiaAbstract: In this experiment, green-synthesized silver and gold nanoparticles were produced rapidly by treating silver and gold ions with an extract of Memecylon umbellatum leaf. The reaction process was simple and easy to handle, and was monitored using ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. The effect of the phytochemicals present in M. umbellatum, including saponins, phenolic compounds, phytosterols, and quinones, on formation of stable silver and gold nanoparticles was investigated by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. The morphology and crystalline phase of the nanoparticles were determined by transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. The results indicate that the saponins, phytosterols, and phenolic compounds present in the plant extract play a major role in formation of silver and gold nanoparticles in their respective ions in solution. The characteristics of the nanoparticles formed suggest application of silver and gold nanoparticles as chemical sensors in the future. Given the simple and eco-friendly approach for synthesis, these nanoparticles could easily be commercialized for large-scale production.Keywords: green synthesis, phytochemicals, saponins, nanoparticles, transmission electron microscopy

  7. Drop size in a liquid pulsed sieve-plate extraction column

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The (Benzoic acid + kerosene + water system was studied in a 5.0 cm diameter liquid pulsed liquid-liquid extraction column with a total number of 80 sieve plates. The effect of pulsation intensity, dispersed phase superficial velocity, and continuous phase superficial velocity on volume-surface mean diameter was studied. Generally, the mean drop diameter decreased more rapidly with the increase of pulsation intensities and superficial velocities at low pulsation intensities and superficial velocities. However, the effect was not found to be significant at higher pulsation intensities and higher superficial velocities. In the interpretation of the experimental results, the drop size was observed to be a function of the operating regimes (mixer-settler, dispersion, and emulsion of the pulsed sieve-plate extraction column. The experimental mean drop diameters were compared to the most acceptable analytical drop size correlation developed by Kumar and Hartland (1986. The correlation proved to be in good agreement for the column operating in the dispersion regime.

  8. 3rd International Conference on Opto-Electronics and Applied Optics

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    Chakrabarti, Satyajit; Reehal, Haricharan; Lakshminarayanan, Vasudevan

    2017-01-01

    The Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Opto-Electronics and Applied Optics, OPTRONIX 2016 is an effort to promote and present the research works by scientists and researchers including students in India and abroad in the area of Green Photonics and other related areas as well as to raise awareness about the recent trends of research and development in the area of the related fields. The book has been organized in such a way that it will be easier for the readers to go through and find out the topic of their interests. The first part includes the Keynote addresses by Rajesh Gupta, Department of Energy Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; P.T. Ajith Kumar, President and Leading Scientist Light Logics Holography and Optics, Crescent Hill, Trivandrum, Kerala; and K.K. Ghosh, Institute of Engineering & Management, Kolkata, India.  The second part focuses on the Plenary and Invited Talks given by eminent scientists namely, Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan, University of Wate...

  9. New Decay Studies of 66Ga

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    Kumar, Suresh; Ahmad, I.; Carpenter, M. P.; Chen, J.; Greene, J. P.; Kondev, F. G.; Zhu, S.

    2014-03-01

    High-energy γ rays with energies up to 5.0 MeV are emitted in the radioactive decay of 66Ga (T1/2 = 9.49 h). Thus, this radionuclide appears to be a suitable candidate for energy and efficiency calibrations of high-resolution, γ-ray spectrometers that are employed in studies of very neutron-rich nuclei which have large Qβ values. In addition, accurate emission probabilities of this isotope are of interest to medical imaging applications, owing to the existence of large β+ decay branches, which need to be characterized with better accuracy. Decay studies of 66Ga were initiated using the γ-ray spectroscopy technique. The source was produced by means of the 66Zn(p,n) reaction at a beam energy of 12 MeV. Singles and γ - γ coincidences measurements were carried out using a single Ge detector and Gammasphere, respectively. The previously known 66Ga decay scheme was extended and many new γ rays were placed in the daughter nuclide 66Zn. The work at ANL was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Physics, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. S. Kumar acknowledges support from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum for the award of a Research Fellowship.

  10. Coarsening kinetics of topologically highly correlated grain boundary networks

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    Tang, Ming; Reed, Bryan W.; Kumar, Mukul

    2012-08-01

    We apply phase-field simulations in two dimensions to study the thermal coarsening of grain boundary (GB) networks with high fractions of twin and twin-variant boundaries, which for example are seen in grain-boundary-engineered FCC materials. Two types of grain boundary networks with similar starting special boundary fractions but different topological features were considered as initial conditions for the grain growth simulations. A lattice Monte Carlo method creates polycrystalline microstructures (Reed and Kumar (RK)), which exhibit hierarchical organization of random and special coincidence site lattice boundaries. The other type of microstructures (randomly distributed (RD)) contains random distributions of special boundaries subject only to crystallographic constraints. Under the assumption that random boundaries have larger energy and much higher mobility than special boundaries, simulations show that increasing the initial special boundary fraction in both microstructures slows down grain growth. However, the two starting microstructures exhibit very different behavior in the evolution of GB character and triple junction (TJ) distributions. The RD networks coarsened more slowly than the RK networks with comparable initial fractions of special boundaries. The observed trend in the evolution of the RK microstructures is explained by an extended von Neumann-Mullins analysis. This study demonstrates that the special boundary fraction is not a sufficient indicator of the coarsening behavior of twinned GB networks; the network topology must also be considered to correctly predict the grain growth kinetics.

  11. Electric field driven mesoscale phase transition in polarized colloids

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    Khusid, Boris; Elele, Ezinwa; Lei, Qian

    2016-11-01

    A mesoscale phase transition in a polarized suspension was reported by Kumar, Khusid, Acrivos, PRL95, 2005 and Agarwal, Yethiraj, PRL102, 2009. Following the application of a strong AC field, particles aggregated head-to-tail into chains that bridged the interelectrode gap and then formed a cellular pattern, in which large particle-free domains were enclosed by particle-rich thin walls. Cellular structures were not observed in numerous simulations of field induced phase transitions in a polarized suspension. A requirement for matching the particle and fluid densities to avoid particle settling limits terrestrial experiments to negatively polarized particles. We present data on the phase diagram and kinetics of the phase transition in a neutrally buoyant, negatively polarized suspension subjected to a combination of AC and DC. Surprisingly, a weak DC component drastically speeds up the formation of a cellular pattern but does not affect its key characteristic. However, the application of a strong DC field destroys the cellular pattern, but it restores as the DC field strength is reduced. We also discuss the design of experiments to study phase transitions in a suspension of positively polarized, non-buoyancy-matched particles in the International Space Station. Supported by NASA's Physical Science Research Program, NNX13AQ53G.

  12. HARMONIZING EFFECT OF MUSIC ON THE PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM ANXIETY

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    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Anxiety disorders refer to a collection of mental syndromes characterized by abnormally high levels of distress and avoidance associated with scenarios perceived as dangerous. Music is an ancient and universal feature across all human societies. The ability to appreciate music requires no special training. In view of above, we were interested to explore the beneficial effects of Music Therapy in managing anxiety. This research project was carried out at Gupta Hospital, Hisar with the kind co-operation of psychiatrist Dr. Narender Kumar Gupta MD. Forty indoor patients suffering from anxiety admitted at Gupta Hospital during the period from 1st January, 2008 to 31st July, 2008 served as research participants. Physiological parameters such as Blood Pressure (systolic/ diastolic, Pulse Rate (Beats/ minute, Body Temperature (0F and EEG were observed before and after Music Therapy sessions. Music Therapy administered for five days evoked fall in blood pressure and heart rate close to normal values in patients, who showed hypertension and tachycardia at the time of admission into the hospital. EEG was found to be normal in all the patients under study before and after Music Therapy. Music allows the patient to refocus upon something more pleasant, diverting his or her attention from monotony of hospitalization. Music Therapy is recommended as a cheap, safe and effective non-pharmacological anxiolytic agent due to its effect on the perception of pain and anxiety.

  13. BRAIN vol. 4 (2013, issues 1-4, first 4 pages

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    Full Text Available TABLE OF CONTENTS Sections BRAINStorming and BRAINovations 1. Evolving Spiking Neural Networks for Control of Artificial Creatures 5Arash Ahmadi 2. Artificial Neuron Modelling Based on Wave Shape 20Kieran Greer 3. Brain-Like Artificial Intelligence for Automation – Foundations, Concepts andImplementation Examples 26Rosemarie Velik 4. Performance Analysis of Unsupervised Clustering Methods for Brain Tumor Segmentation 55Tushar H Jaware and Dr. K B Khanchandani 5. High Performance Data mining by Genetic Neural Network 60Dadmehr Rahbari 6. Isomorphism Between Estes’ Stimulus Fluctuation Model and a Physical-Chemical System 71Makoto Yamaguchi 7. Intelligent Continuous Double Auction method For Service Allocation in Cloud Computing 74Nima Farajian, Kamran Zamanifar 8. An Enhancement Over Texture Feature Based Multiclass Image Classification UnderUnknown Noise 84Ajay Kumar Singh, V P Shukla, Shamik Tiwari and S R Biradar 9. Suicide: Neurochemical Approaches 97Ritabrata Banerjee, Anup K. Ghosh, Balaram Ghosh, Somnath Bhattacharya and Amal C. Mondal 10. L1 Transfer in Post-Verbal Preposition: An Inter-level Comparison 125Samira Mollaei, Ali Jahangard and Hemaseh Bagheri Section BRAINotes 11. Looking for Oriental fundamentals Fuzzy Logic 141Ángel Garrido and Piedad Yuste Instructions for authors 146

  14. Synthesis and in vitro reactivation study of isonicotinamide derivatives of 2-(hydroxyimino)-N-(pyridin-3-yl)acetamide as reactivators of Sarin and VX inhibited human acetylcholinesterase (hAChE).

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    Karade, Hitendra N; Raviraju, G; Acharya, B N; Valiveti, Aditya Kapil; Bhalerao, Uma; Acharya, Jyotiranjan

    2016-09-15

    Previously (Karade et al., 2014), we have reported the synthesis and in vitro evaluation of bis-pyridinium derivatives of pyridine-3-yl-(2-hydroxyimino acetamide), as reactivators of sarin and VX inhibited hAChE. Few of the molecules showed superior in vivo protection efficacy (mice model) (Kumar et al., 2014; Swami et al., 2016) in comparison to 2-PAM against DFP and sarin poisoning. Encouraged by these results, herein we report the synthesis and in vitro evaluation of isonicotinamide derivatives of pyridine-3-yl-(2-hydroxyimino acetamide) (4a-4d) against sarin and VX inhibited erythrocyte ghost hAChE. Reactivation kinetics of these compounds was studied and the determined kinetic parameters were compared with that of commercial reactivators viz. 2-PAM and obidoxime. In comparison to 2-PAM and obidoxime, oxime 4a and 4b exhibited enhanced reactivation efficacy toward sarin inhibited hAChE while oxime 4c showed far greater reactivation efficacy toward VX inhibited hAChE. The acid dissociation constant and IC50 values of these oximes were determined and correlated with the observed reactivation potential.

  15. Volatility Forecasting Models and Market Co-Integration: A Study on South-East Asian Markets

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Volatility forecasting is an imperative research field in financial markets and crucial component in most financial decisions. Nevertheless, which model should be used to assess volatility remains a complex issue as different volatility models result in different volatility approximations. The concern becomes more complicated when one tries to use the forecasting for asset distribution and risk management purposes in the linked regional markets. This paper aims at observing the effectiveness of the contending models of statistical and econometric volatility forecasting in the three South-east Asian prominent capital markets, i.e. STI, KLSE, and JKSE. In this paper, we evaluate eleven different models based on two classes of evaluation measures, i.e. symmetric and asymmetric error statistics, following Kumar's (2006 framework. We employ 10-year data as in sample and 6-month data as out of sample to construct and test the models, consecutively. The resulting superior methods, which are selected based on the out of sample forecasts and some evaluation measures in the respective markets, are then used to assess the markets cointegration. We find that the best volatility forecasting models for JKSE, KLSE, and STI are GARCH (2,1, GARCH(3,1, and GARCH (1,1, respectively. We also find that international portfolio investors cannot benefit from diversification among these three equity markets as they are cointegrated.

  16. Research in Theoretical Particle Physics

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    Feldman, Hume A; Marfatia, Danny

    2014-09-24

    This document is the final report on activity supported under DOE Grant Number DE-FG02-13ER42024. The report covers the period July 15, 2013 – March 31, 2014. Faculty supported by the grant during the period were Danny Marfatia (1.0 FTE) and Hume Feldman (1% FTE). The grant partly supported University of Hawaii students, David Yaylali and Keita Fukushima, who are supervised by Jason Kumar. Both students are expected to graduate with Ph.D. degrees in 2014. Yaylali will be joining the University of Arizona theory group in Fall 2014 with a 3-year postdoctoral appointment under Keith Dienes. The group’s research covered topics subsumed under the Energy Frontier, the Intensity Frontier, and the Cosmic Frontier. Many theoretical results related to the Standard Model and models of new physics were published during the reporting period. The report contains brief project descriptions in Section 1. Sections 2 and 3 lists published and submitted work, respectively. Sections 4 and 5 summarize group activity including conferences, workshops and professional presentations.

  17. Evaluation of wind electric energy based on martian wind measurements

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    Nishikawa, Y.; Kurita, K.

    2012-12-01

    Since Mars is characterized by strong surface wind, electric power generation by the wind activity has been proposed as a possible power source for martian base station as well as that for exploration module (George James et al., 1999, Vimal Kumar et al., 2010). George and Vimal estimated total power as 19kW and 500W, which they conclude is sufficient value as a power source of small exploration module. These values seem comparable to that used in MER( 900Wh per day ). But their estimate largely depends on the model of wind velocity and reevaluation is necessary based on plausible wind model as well as more realistic assumptions about power generation. This study evaluates plausible range of available power by using surface wind model estimated by Viking Lander measurements. Meteorological package of Viking Lander measured wind velocity and its direction at 1.6m hight at every 60 min. for 200 sols. We estimate wind statistics by using Weibull distribution function and elevation offset. We calculate the wind energy by wind turbines as the integrated value of power produced in a Martian day, and compare with solar panel and nuclear battery under various conditions (Mars ground roughness, blade length, shape of wind turbine and rotor height from the ground). As a result of the calculations, we obtain reasonable amount of wind electricity (1000 Wh per day ), which can be used if we select proper locations and suitable wind turbine.

  18. Near isotropic behaviour of turbulent thermal convection

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    Nath, Dinesh; Kumar, Abhishek; Verma, Mahendra K

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the anisotropy in turbulent convection in a 3D box using direct numerical simulation. We compute the anisotropic parameter $A = u_\\perp^{2}/(2u_{\\parallel}^{2})$, where $u_{\\perp}$ and $u_{\\parallel}$ are the components of velocity perpendicular and parallel to the buoyancy direction, the shell and ring spectra, and shell-to-shell energy transfers. We observe that the flow is nearly isotropic for the Prandtl number $\\mathrm{Pr} \\approx 1$, but the anisotropy increases with the Prandtl number. For $\\mathrm{Pr}=\\infty$, $A \\approx 0.3$, thus anisotropy is not very significant even in extreme cases. We also observe that $u_{\\parallel}$ feeds energy to $u_{\\perp}$ via pressure. The computation of shell-to-shell energy transfers show that the energy transfer in turbulent convection is local and forward, similar to fluid turbulence. These results are consistent with the Kolmogorov's spectrum observed by Kumar et al.~[Phys. Rev. E {\\bf 90}, 023016 (2014)] for turbulent convection.

  19. Cryptanalysis and Performance Evaluation of Enhanced Threshold Proxy Signature Scheme Based on RSA for Known Signers

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    Raman Kumar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In these days there are plenty of signature schemes such as the threshold proxy signature scheme (Kumar and Verma 2010. The network is a shared medium so that the weakness security attacks such as eavesdropping, replay attack, and modification attack. Thus, we have to establish a common key for encrypting/decrypting our communications over an insecure network. In this scheme, a threshold proxy signature scheme based on RSA, any or more proxy signers can cooperatively generate a proxy signature while or fewer of them cannot do it. The threshold proxy signature scheme uses the RSA cryptosystem to generate the private and the public key of the signers (Rivest et al., 1978. Comparison is done on the basis of time complexity, space complexity, and communication overhead. We compare the performance of four schemes (Hwang et al. (2003, Kuo and Chen (2005, Yong-Jun et al. (2007, and Li et al. (2007, with the performance of a scheme that has been proposed earlier by the authors of this paper. In the proposed scheme, both the combiner and the secret share holder can verify the correctness of the information that they are receiving from each other. Therefore, the enhanced threshold proxy signature scheme is secure and efficient against notorious conspiracy attacks.

  20. Neuroretinitis in ocular bartonellosis: a case series

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Abdul-Rahim Raihan,1 Embong Zunaina,1,2 Wan-Hitam Wan-Hazabbah,1,2 Hussein Adil,1,2 Thavaratnam Lakana-Kumar1 1Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia; 2Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, MalaysiaAbstract: We report a case series of neuroretinitis in ocular bartonellosis and describe the serologic verification for Bartonella henselae. This is a retrospective interventional case series of four patients who presented in the ophthalmology clinic of Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia from June 2012 to March 2013. All four patients had a history of contact with cats and had fever prior to ocular symptoms. Each patient presented with neuroretinitis characterized by optic disc swelling with macular star. Serology analysis showed strongly positive for B. henselae in all of the patients. All patients were treated with oral azithromycin (except case 4, who was treated with oral doxycycline, and two patients (case 1 and case 3 had poor vision at initial presentation that warranted the use of oral prednisolone. All patients showed a good visual outcome except case 3. Vision-threatening ocular manifestation of cat scratch disease can be improved with systemic antibiotics and steroids.Keyword: cat scratch disease

  1. Impeller Submergence Depth for Stirred Tanks

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    Thiyam T. Devi

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Impeller submergence governs the performance of mixing tanks employed in oxygen transfer operation. Present work experimentally investigates the effect of impeller submergence depths on oxygen transfer and corresponding power consumption. It has been found that at higher range of impeller submergence, mixing tanks consume less power and gives higher values of oxygen transfer coefficient. Optimal range of submergence depth is 0.7 to 0.9 times the impeller diameter. Copyright ©2011 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved.(Received: 4th March 2011; Revised: 12nd July 2011; Accepted: 14th July 2011[How to Cite: T.T. Devi, A.P. Sinha, M. Thakre, and B. Kumar. (2011. Impeller Submergence Depth for Stirred Tanks. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 6 (2: 123-128. doi:10.9767/bcrec.6.2.826.123-128][How to Link / DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.6.2.826.123-128 || or local: http://ejournal.undip.ac.id/index.php/bcrec/article/view/826] | View in 

  2. Measuring the quality of allied health services in Australia: is it a case of “the more we learn, the less we know?”

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Karen Grimmer-Somers, Steve Milanese, Saravana KumarInternational Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE, University of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide, AustraliaBackground: Sensitive and reliable measurement of allied health (AH service quality is in its infancy. This is largely related to the complexity of the AH discipline-mix, the services these disciplines provide, and the locations in which services are provided. AH is variably described, with up to 49 disciplines being listed in the literature. These disciplines often undertake a range of interlinked activities such as assessment and diagnosis, counseling, therapy and rehabilitation, manufacture, education, and service organization. AH disciplines work in a range of roles in a range of public and private sector organizations, and often consult with their patients/clients a number of times for the management of one condition. They operate under a variety of funding models, and often within service delivery constraints. This evidence-informed analytical review outlines factors which should be considered by allied health leaders, reflecting clinicians, policy-makers, managers, and academics, in regards to making an informed choice of sensitive and reliable measures of AH service quality. Strong, visionary, and collaborative leadership is required to ensure that allied health activities and outcomes are measured and reported effectively and efficiently.Keywords: allied health (AH, sensitive, reliable measures, health service quality

  3. Mobile reminders to improve opportunistic screening of type 2 diabetes mellitus: Data documentation and data analysis plan of a randomized trial data.

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    Shewade, Hemant Deepak; Kumar, Sathish

    2016-03-01

    This Data in Brief article contains individual level data of a randomized trial in a primary care setting. This trial offered mobile reminder to follow up for definitive tests during opportunistic screening of diabetes mellitus in Puducherry, India (2014). ("Effect of mobile reminders on screening yield during opportunistic screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in a primary health care setting: a randomized trial" (Kumar et al., 2015) [1]) Variables collected included the baseline characteristics of study participants (n=390) and information on initial screening and eligibility for definitive test, study group (intervention/control), follow up for definitive test and definitive test results. The data was double entered with adequate checks and validated in EpiData. Final data after correcting the data entry errors has been shared here. In addition, we have shared data entry plan, EpiData triplet files for data entry and program file for data analysis. They may be used by other researchers who intend to replicate this research in their setting.

  4. Particle Physics on the Eve of Lhc

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    2009-01-01

    approach to the direct measurement of the neutrino mass / E. Andreotti. Electron angular correlation in neutrinoless double beta decay and new physics / A. Ali, A. Borisov, D. Zhuridov. Neutrino energy quantization in rotating medium / A. Grigoriev, A. Studenikin. Neutrino propagation in dense magnetized matter / E. V. Arbuzova, A. E. Lobanov, E. M. Murchikova. Plasma induced neutrino spin flip via the neutrino magnetic moment / A. Kuznetsov, N. Mikheev -- Astroparticle physics and cosmology. International Russian-Italian mission "RIM-PAMELA" / A. M. Galper .. [et al.]. Dark Matter searches with AMS-02 experiment / A. Malinin. Investigating the dark halo / R. Bernabei ... [et al.]. Search for rare processes at Gran Sasso / P. Belli ... [et al.]. Anisotropy of Dark Matter annihilation and remnants of Dark Matter clumps in the galaxy / V. Berezinsky, V. Dokuchaev, Yu. Eroshenko. Current observational constraints on inflationary models / E. Mikheeva. Phase transitions in dense quark matter in a constant curvature gravitational field / D. Ebert, V. Ch. Zhukovsky, A. V. Tyukov. Construction of exact solutions in two-fields models / S. Yu. Vernov. Quantum systems bound by gravity / M. L. Fil'chenkov, S. V. Kopylov, Y. P. Laptev -- CP violation and rare decays. Some puzzles of rare B-Decays / A. B. Kaidalov. Measurements of CP violation in b decays and CKM parameters / J. Chauveau. Evidence for D[symbol] mixing at BaBar / M. V. Purohit. Search for direct CP violation in charged kaon decays from NA48/2 experiment / S. Balev. [symbol] scattering lengths from measurements of K[symbol] and K± -> [symbol] decays at NA48/2 / D. Madigozhin. Rare kaon and hyperon decays in NA48 experiment / N. Molokanova. THE K+ -> [symbol]+vv¯ experiment at CERN / Yu. Potrebenikov. Recent KLOE results / B. Di Micco.Decay constants and masses of heavy-light mesons in field correlator method / A. M. Badalian. Bilinear R-parity violation in rare meson decays / A. Ali, A. V. Borisov, M. V. Sidorova. Final

  5. Short-lived brine infiltration during upper amphibolite facies metamorphism in the continental collision zone

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    Higashino, Fumiko; Kawakami, Tetsuo; Tsuchiya, Noriyoshi; Satish-Kumar, Madhusoodhan; Ishikawa, Masahiro; Grantham, Geoffrey; Sakata, Shuhei; Hirata, Takafumi

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    conditions, and the different chemical profiles would represent differences in diffusion coefficients for each element. In addition, we estimated trace element concentrations of the brine and duration of the microstructural development, using elemental partition coefficients between fluids and minerals and diffusion equations. The duration, which was estimated to be 4 Myr, suggests short-lived brine infiltration in an otherwise long-lived continental collision scenario (e.g., Elburg et al., 2016). References Elburg, M.A., Andersen, T., Jacobs, J., Läufer, A., Ruppel, A., Krohne, N., Damaske, D. (2016) Journal of Geology 124, 1-26. Higashino, F., Kawakami, T., Tsuchiya, N., Satish-Kumar, M., Ishikawa, M., Grantham, G.H., Sakata, S., Hattori, K., Hirata, T. (2015) Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences 110, 166-178. Higashino, F., Kawakami, T., Tsuchiya, N., Satish-Kumar, M., Ishikawa, M., Grantham, G.H., Sakata, S., Hirata, T. Journal of Petrology, under review. Newton, R.C., Manning, C.E. (2010) Geofluids 10, 58-72. Ruiz-Agudo, E., Putnis, C.V., Putnis, A. (2014) Chemical Geology 383, 132-146.

  6. Global climate simulations with the A1F1 scenario for 2000-2100: Meltwater, temperature and river flow impacts in India

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    Erickson, D. J.; Branstetter, M. L.; Wilbanks, T. J.; Ganguly, A. R.; Hoffman, F. M.; King, A. W.; Buja, L.; Panwar, T. S.

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    Climate simulations based on the assumptions implicit in the SRES A1F1 scenario for the period 2000-2100 using CCSM3 are analyzed. We find temperature increases of 3-9oC over Northern India by the end of this century. We will discuss the implications and resulting alterations of the hydrologic cycle as the climate evolves from 2000-2100. In particular, we will assess the changes in the surface latent and sensible heat energy budget, the Indian regional water budgets including trends in the timing and duration of the Indian monsoon and the resulting impacts on mean river flow and hydroelectric power generation potential. These analyses will also be examined within the context of heat index, droughts, floods and related estimates of societal robustness and resiliency. We will compare our new insights with the existing literature. Climate simulations based on the SRES A2 and B1 scenarios forced with land cover have indicated increased cloud cover and precipitation, resulting in decreased incident radiation and higher latent heat fluxes, in India during June, July and August by 2050 (Feddema et al., 2005). Analyses of historical records in the context of the Indian Monsoon Rainfall (IMR) have suggested an evolving relation of IMR with natural climate variability caused by El Nino events (Krishna Kumar et al., 2006), studied the combined effects of natural climate variability and global warming (Kripalini et al., 2003) on IMR, as well as demonstrated an increasing trend of extreme rain events in a warming environment (Goswami et al., 2006). In addition, the vulnerability of the Indian agriculture sector to climate change was analyzed and mapped at district-levels by combining with multiple global stressors (O'Brien et al., 2004). [[References::: (1) Feddema, J.J., Oleson, K.W., Bonan, G.B., Mearns, L.O., Buja, L.E., Meehl, G.A., and W.M. Washington (2005): The importance of land-cover change in simulating future climates, Science, 310 (5754): 1674-1678, 9 December

  7. Kuppuswamy’s Socio-economic Status Scale: Updating Income Ranges for the Year 2015

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    Hema Thakkar

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    how index and base year have seen changes for reference index and has been used to calculate inflation based conversion factor. Mishra D therefore worked on this issue of revision of family’s monthly income in rupees for the year 1976, when the price index was 296 according to base year 1960=100. Then he revised it for the year 1998 using base year 1982=100.The base year has been changed from 2001. Kumar N et al. (10 took into account the new base year 2001= 100 for revision of family’s monthly income in rupees for the year 2007. Conversion factor for 1982, base year has changed with considering 2001 as base year. To get the updated conversion factor the following exercise is adopted as followsFor calculating the conversion factor for the year 2007, the All India Average Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW has to be divided by 88.428. All India Average Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (Base 2001=100 shows general index as 128 on April 2007 (http : // labourbureau.nic.in/indexes.htm – Labour Bureau Government of India, as per survey done in 1999-2000. The conversion factor for year 2007= 128/88.428=1.45. The income ranges for the year 2007 was obtained by multiplying 1998 income ranges by the conversion factor 1.45 to get the revised Kuppuswamy Socioeconomic status scale for the year 2007. Kumar N et al. (11 again revised the socioeconomic status in the year 2012 taking the base year 2001= 100 for revision of monthly income in rupees for the year 2012.

  8. Sampling the Cloudtop Region on Venus

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    Limaye, Sanjay; Ashish, Kumar; Alam, Mofeez; Landis, Geoffrey; Widemann, Thomas; Kremic, Tibor

    2014-05-01

    studied (Alam et al., 2014; Kumar et al., 2014) Acknowledgements Mr. Ashish Kumar and Mr. Mofeez Alam were supported by the Indo US Forum for Science and Technology (IUSSTF) as S.N. Bose Scholars at the University of Wisconsin, Madison as Summer interns. We are grateful for the guidance support provided by Dr. Kristen Griffin and Dr. Daniel Sokol, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Corporation. References Alam, M., K. Ashish, and S.S. Limaye. Aerodynamic Analysis of BlimPlane- a Conceptual Hybrid UAV for Venus Exploration. Accepted for publication, 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, 1-8 March 2014. Ashish, K., M. Alam, and S.S. Limaye, Flight Analysis of a Venus Atmospheric Mobile Platform. Accepted for publication, 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, 1-8 March 2014. Landis, G.A., A. Colozza, C.M. LaMarre, Atmospheric flight on Venus. NASA/TM—2002-211467, AIAA-2001-0819, June 2002

  9. Effects of UV radiation on phytoplankton

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    Smith, Raymond C.; Cullen, John J.

    1995-07-01

    It is now widely documented that reduced ozone will result in increased levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, especially UV-B (280-320nm), incident at the surface of the earth [Watson, 1988; Anderson et al., 1991; Schoeberl and Hartmann, 1991; Frederick and Alberts, 1991; WMO, 1991; Madronich, 1993; Kerr and McElroy, 1993], and there is considerable and increasing evidence that these higher levels of UV-B radiation may be detrimental to various forms of marine life in the upper layers of the ocean. With respect to aquatic ecosystems, we also know that this biologically- damaging mid-ultraviolet radiation can penetrate to ecologically- significant depths in marine and freshwater systems [Jerlov, 1950; Lenoble, 1956; Smith and Baker, 1979; Smith and Baker, 1980; Smith and Baker, 1981; Kirk et al., 1994]. This knowledge, plus the dramatic decline in stratospheric ozone over the Antarctic continent each spring, now known to be caused by anthropogenically released chemicals [Solomon, 1990; Booth et al., 1994], has resulted in increased UV-environmental research and a number of summary reports. The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) has provided recent updates with respect to the effects of ozone depletion on aquatic ecosystems (Hader, Worrest, Kumar in UNEP 1989, 1991, Hader, Worrest, Kumar and Smith UNEP 1994) and the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) has provided [SCOPE, 1992] a summary of the effects of increased UV radiation on biological systems. SCOPE has also reported [SCOPE, 1993] on the effects of increased UV on the biosphere. In addition, several books have recently been published reviewing various aspects of environmental UV photobiology [Young et al., 1993], UV effects on humans, animals and plants [Tevini, 1993], the biological effects of UV radiation in Antarctica [Weiler and Penhale, 1994], and UV research in freshwater ecosystems [Williamson and Zagarese, 1994]. Several other reviews are relevant [NAS, 1984; Caldwell

  10. Coda Q Attenuation and Source Parameters Analysis in North East India Using Local Earthquakes

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    Mohapatra, A. K.; Mohanty, W. K.; Earthquake Seismology

    2010-12-01

    Alok Kumar Mohapatra1* and William Kumar Mohanty1 *Corresponding author: alokgpiitkgp@gmail.com 1Department of Geology and Geophysics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. Pin-721302 ABSTRACT In the present study, the quality factor of coda waves (Qc) and the source parameters has been estimated for the Northeastern India, using the digital data of ten local earthquakes from April 2001 to November 2002. Earthquakes with magnitude range from 3.8 to 4.9 have been taken into account. The time domain coda decay method of a single back scattering model is used to calculate frequency dependent values of Coda Q (Qc) where as, the source parameters like seismic moment(Mo), stress drop, source radius(r), radiant energy(Wo),and strain drop are estimated using displacement amplitude spectrum of body wave using Brune's model. The earthquakes with magnitude range 3.8 to 4.9 have been used for estimation Qc at six central frequencies 1.5 Hz, 3.0 Hz, 6.0 Hz, 9.0 Hz, 12.0 Hz, and 18.0 Hz. In the present work, the Qc value of local earthquakes are estimated to understand the attenuation characteristic, source parameters and tectonic activity of the region. Based on a criteria of homogeneity in the geological characteristics and the constrains imposed by the distribution of available events the study region has been classified into three zones such as the Tibetan Plateau Zone (TPZ), Bengal Alluvium and Arakan-Yuma Zone (BAZ), Shillong Plateau Zone (SPZ). It follows the power law Qc= Qo (f/fo)n where, Qo is the quality factor at the reference frequency (1Hz) fo and n is the frequency parameter which varies from region to region. The mean values of Qc reveals a dependence on frequency, varying from 292.9 at 1.5 Hz to 4880.1 at 18 Hz. Average frequency dependent relationship Qc values obtained of the Northeastern India is 198 f 1.035, while this relationship varies from the region to region such as, Tibetan Plateau Zone (TPZ): Qc= 226 f 1.11, Bengal Alluvium

  11. Assessment of efficacy, safety, and tolerability of 4-n-butylresorcinol 0.3% cream: an Indian multicentric study on melasma

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    Full Text Available NT Madan Mohan,1 Adarsh Gowda,2 Ashok Kumar Jaiswal,1 BC Sharath Kumar,2 P Shilpashree,1 Bilugumba Gangaboraiah,3 Manjula Shamanna4 1Department of Dermatology, Dr BR Ambedkar Medical College (BRAMC, Bangalore, Karnataka, India; 2Department of Dermatology, 3Department of Community Medicine, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS, Bangalore, Karnataka, India; 4Medical Services, Micro Labs Ltd, Bangalore, Karnataka, India Introduction: Melasma is one of the commonly reported pigmentory disorders in the Indian population. Numerous therapeutic modalities are available. However, very few have produced complete satisfactory response. 4-n-Butylresorcinol 0.3% cream has recently been introduced in India as a new hypopigmenting agent. It is a resorcinol derivative and acts by inhibiting both tyrosinase and tyrosinase-related protein-1. Objective: The available published literatures are with 4-n-butylresorcinol 0.1% cream, and there is paucity of clinical studies with 4-n-butylresorcinol 0.3% cream. Furthermore, considering the fact that Indian skin is more prone to irritation with hypopigmenting agents, our study explores the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of 4-n-butylresorcinol 0.3% cream in Indian subjects with melasma. Methods: Fifty-two subjects with melasma participated in this open-label, single arm, observational study. All the patients were advised twice daily application of 4-n-butylresorcinol 0.3% cream for 8 weeks over the areas of melasma. Assessment parameters included modified Melasma Area Severity Index (mMASI score. Digital photographs of all the patients at baseline, week 4, and week 8 were taken. During this 8-week study period, all the adverse events were observed and recorded. Results: All the 52 subjects completed the study. Out of 52 subjects, 90.38% were females. The mean age of patients was 38.5±7.8 years. Mean ± standard error of MASI score measurements showed a significant decrease from baseline score of 14.73±0

  12. EDgE multi-model hydro-meteorological seasonal hindcast experiments over Europe

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    Samaniego, Luis; Thober, Stephan; Kumar, Rohini; Rakovec, Oldrich; Wood, Eric; Sheffield, Justin; Pan, Ming; Wanders, Niko; Prudhomme, Christel

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    , Spain, and UK indicate that extreme events such as the 2003 European drought can be forecasted consistently by all models at short lead times of one to two months. At six month lead time, the 208 model realizations show little skill to forecast extreme events. The predictability of extreme events is not uniformly distributed across Europe. For example, Northern Europe exhibits higher predictability due to the persistence induced by cold processes (e.g., snow). In general, the major source of poor forecasting skill is the little skill in precipitation forecast. References http://climate.copernicus.eu/edge-end-end-demonstrator-improved-decision-making-water-sector-europe Bohn, T. J. , B., Livneh J. W. Oyler, S. W. Running, B. Nijssen, D. P. Lettenmaier, 2013: Global evaluation of MTCLIM and related algorithms for forcing of ecological and hydrological models. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 176 , pp. 38-49. Samaniego, L., R. Kumar, and S. Attinger (2010), Multiscale parameter regionalization of a grid-based hydrologic model at the mesoscale, Water Resource Research, 46, W05523, doi:10.1029/2008WR007327 Thober, S., R. Kumar, J. Sheffield, J. Mai, D. Schaefer, and L. Samaniego, 2015: Seasonal soil moisture drought prediction over Europe using the North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME). J. Hydrometeor., 16, 2329-2344.

  13. Zirconium, calcium, and strontium contents in magnesium based biodegradable alloys modulate the efficiency of implant-induced osseointegration

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Dolly Mushahary,1,2 Ragamouni Sravanthi,2 Yuncang Li,2 Mahesh J Kumar,1 Nemani Harishankar,4 Peter D Hodgson,1 Cuie Wen,3 Gopal Pande2 1Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia; 2CSIR- Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India; 3Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia; 4National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR, Tarnaka, Hyderabad, India Abstract: Development of new biodegradable implants and devices is necessary to meet the increasing needs of regenerative orthopedic procedures. An important consideration while formulating new implant materials is that they should physicochemically and biologically mimic bone-like properties. In earlier studies, we have developed and characterized magnesium based biodegradable alloys, in particular magnesium-zirconium (Mg-Zr alloys. Here we have reported the biological properties of four Mg-Zr alloys containing different quantities of strontium or calcium. The alloys were implanted in small cavities made in femur bones of New Zealand White rabbits, and the quantitative and qualitative assessments of newly induced bone tissue were carried out. A total of 30 experimental animals, three for each implant type, were studied, and bone induction was assessed by histological, immunohistochemical and radiological methods; cavities in the femurs with no implants and observed for the same period of time were kept as controls. Our results showed that Mg-Zr alloys containing appropriate quantities of strontium were more efficient in inducing good quality mineralized bone than other alloys. Our results have been discussed in the context of physicochemical and biological properties of the alloys, and they could be very useful in determining the nature of future generations of biodegradable orthopedic implants. Keywords: osteoblasts, bone mineralization, corrosion, osseointegration, surface energy, peri-implant

  14. STAT3 as an emerging molecular target in pancreatic cancer

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    Sharma NK

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Narinder Kumar Sharma,1 Sharmila Shankar,2 Rakesh K Srivastava1 1Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, and Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA; 2Kansas City VA Medical Center, Kansas City, MO, USA Abstract: Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer related deaths. Although, surgical resection of pancreatic cancer may provide the best chance for cure and long-term survival, due to the late onset of symptoms only 15% to 20% of patients have resectable tumors. Most of the pancreatic tumors have mutations in the K-ras gene, followed by mutations in tumor suppressor genes such as p53 and SMAD4. In addition, there is growing evidence for the potential involvement of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3 in malignant transformation of pancreatic cancer. STAT3 plays critical roles in regulating many physiological functions in normal and malignant tissues, such as inflammation, survival, proliferation, differentiation, and angiogenesis. STAT3 is activated by a wide variety of cytokines, growth factors, and other stimuli. Unlike other members of the STAT family, ablation of STAT3 leads to embryonic lethality and conditional loss of STAT3 protein in adult tissues, leading to a variety of abnormalities, confirming that STAT3 participates in a wide variety of physiological processes. Constitutive activation of STAT3 is implicated in a wide range of human cancers; therefore, STAT3 has been identified as a novel target to treat and prevent cancers. Several STAT3 inhibitors display antitumor effectiveness, and data supporting the use of STAT3 inhibitors are emerging. Different approaches used for the inhibition of activated STAT3 include modulating upstream positive or negative regulators or directly targeting its different domains. These approaches have been used in the inhibition of STAT3 in different cancers, but in this review, we will focus specifically on the inhibition

  15. Self-propagative replication of Aβ oligomers suggests potential transmissibility in Alzheimer disease.

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    Amit Kumar

    Full Text Available The aggregation of amyloid-β (Aβ peptide and its deposition in parts of the brain form the central processes in the etiology of Alzheimer disease (AD. The low-molecular weight oligomers of Aβ aggregates (2 to 30 mers are known to be the primary neurotoxic agents whose mechanisms of cellular toxicity and synaptic dysfunction have received substantial attention in the recent years. However, how these toxic agents proliferate and induce widespread amyloid deposition throughout the brain, and what mechanism is involved in the amplification and propagation of toxic oligomer species, are far from clear. Emerging evidence based on transgenic mice models indicates a transmissible nature of Aβ aggregates and implicates a prion-like mechanism of oligomer propagation, which manifests as the dissemination and proliferation of Aβ toxicity. Despite accumulating evidence in support of a transmissible nature of Aβ aggregates, a clear, molecular-level understanding of this intriguing mechanism is lacking. Recently, we reported the characterization of unique replicating oligomers of Aβ42 (12-24 mers in vitro called Large Fatty Acid-derived Oligomers (LFAOs (Kumar et al., 2012, J. Biol. Chem. In the current report, we establish that LFAOs possess physiological activity by activating NF-κB in human neuroblastoma cells, and determine the experimental parameters that control the efficiency of LFAO replication by self-propagation. These findings constitute the first detailed report on monomer - oligomer lateral propagation reactions that may constitute potential mechanism governing transmissibility among Aβ oligomers. These data support the previous reports on transmissible mechanisms observed in transgenic animal models.

  16. Colloidal gold-loaded, biodegradable, polymer-based stavudine nanoparticle uptake by macrophages: an in vitro study

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Sumit Basu,1,2 Biswajit Mukherjee,1 Samrat Roy Chowdhury,1 Paramita Paul,1 Rupak Choudhury,3 Ajeet Kumar,1 Laboni Mondal,1 Chowdhury Mobaswar Hossain,1 Ruma Maji11Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India; 2Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA; 3Department of Biochemistry, Ballygunge Science College, Kolkata, IndiaObjective: We describe the development, evaluation, and comparison of colloidal gold-loaded, poly(d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid-based nanoparticles containing anti-acquired immunodeficiency syndrome drug stavudine and uptake of these nanoparticles by macrophages in vitro.Methods: We used the following methods in this study: drug-excipient interaction by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, morphology of nanoparticles by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, particle size by a particle size analyzer, and zeta potential and polydispersity index by a zetasizer. Drug loading and in vitro release were evaluated for formulations. The best formulation was incorporated with fluorescein isothiocyanate. Macrophage uptake of fluorescein isothiocyanate nanoparticles was studied in vitro.Results: Variations in process parameters, such as speed of homogenization and amount of excipients, affected drug loading and the polydispersity index. We found that the drug was released for a prolonged period (over 63 days from the nanoparticles, and observed cellular uptake of stavudine nanoparticles by macrophages.Conclusion: Experimental nanoparticles represent an interesting carrier system for the transport of stavudine to macrophages, providing reduced required drug dose and improved drug delivery to macrophages over an extended period. The presence of colloidal gold in the particles decreased the drug content and resulted in comparatively faster drug release.Keywords: stavudine, poly(d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid, nanoparticles

  17. Plantar fasciitis – to jab or to support? A systematic review of the current best evidence

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    Uden H

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Hayley Uden1, Eva Boesch1, Saravana Kumar1,21Division of Health Sciences, 2International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, University of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, AustraliaBackground: Plantar fasciitis is a common condition routinely managed by podiatrists in the community and is widely treated conservatively. Two commonly used treatments for plantar fasciitis are customized functional foot orthoses and corticosteroid injections. While common to clinical practice, the evidence base underpinning these treatment strategies is unknown. Therefore, the aim of this systematic review was to assess the effectiveness and safety of customized functional foot orthoses and corticosteroid injections in the treatment of plantar fasciitis.Methods: A systematic literature search was conducted. Experimental studies, in English, from 1998 to 2010 were accepted for inclusion in this review. The PEDro quality assessment tool and the National Health and Medical Research Council's hierarchy of evidence were used to assess the quality of the included studies.Results: Six randomized controlled trials which met the selection criteria were included in this review. Four reported on customized functional foot orthoses and 2 on corticosteroid injections. Current best available evidence highlights that both customized functional foot orthoses and corticosteroid injections can lead to a decrease in pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Additionally, customized functional foot orthoses may also provide an additional benefit in terms of increased functional ability in patients with plantar fasciitis. Corticosteroid injections may have side effects, especially pain (from the injection.Conclusion: Both customized functional foot orthoses and corticosteroid injections can lead to reduction in pain associated with plantar fasciitis. While customized functional foot orthoses may increase the functional outcomes in patients with plantar fasciitis

  18. Assessment of skeletal maturation with permanent mandibular second molar calcification stages among a group of Nepalese orthodontic patients

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    Full Text Available Jamal Giri,1 Basanta Kumar Shrestha,2 Rajiv Yadav,2 Tika Ram Ghimire21Department of Orthodontics, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, 2Department of Dentistry, Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal Background: Assessment of growth status of a patient is a key component in orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning for growing patients with skeletal discrepancy. Skeletal maturation based on hand-wrist radiograph and cervical vertebral maturation (CVM are commonly used methods of growth assessment. Studies have shown that stages of dental calcification can also be used to assess skeletal maturation status of an individual, whereas other studies have suggested that the relationship between dental calcification and skeletal maturation should be interpreted with caution owing to racial variation. Objective: To evaluate the relationship between permanent mandibular second molar calcification stages and skeletal maturity assessed by CVM among a group of Nepalese orthodontic patients. Materials and methods: One hundred and sixty-eight digital radiographs (84 orthopantomograms and 84 lateral cephalograms were obtained from the records of 84 patients who sought orthodontic treatment in Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopaedic Unit, Department of Dentistry, Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu. Two parameters were used in this study, namely, CVM stages from lateral cephalogram and Demirjian index (DI stages from orthopantomogram. The evaluation of digital radiographs was carried out on a computer screen with a resolution of 1,280×800 pixels. The association between DI stages of permanent mandibular second molar and CVM stages was assessed. Results: A statistically significant association was found between DI and CVM stages for both male and female subjects with Pearson's contingency coefficient value of 0.751 and 0.766 for male and female subjects, respectively. Conclusion: Skeletal maturation can be reliably assessed with dental calcification

  19. Biosignatures of Kerala red rain cells: Implications in understanding their origin

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    Gangappa, R.; Thomas, M.; Hogg, S.

    2013-09-01

    The red rain that fell over Kerala, southern India (2001-2012) was characterised by the red pigmented particles. Earlier proposal claiming that these are known algal bloom blown from trees (Sampath et al, 2001; DiGregorio, 2007) has been studied by us and disproved. Also, further investigation reporting their extraordinary properties including a suggestion that they lack DNA (Louis and Kumar 2003; 2006; 2008) has been invalidated (Gangappa and Hogg, 2013). However, their claim regarding the growth and replication of these cells at 300ºC needs more investigation if it is to gain acceptance. Current study provide evidences regarding the biological properties of Kerala red rain cells to gain insights into environmental conditions from which they may have originated. Combined with various research strategies and high resolution instruments, we have demonstrated the following interesting properties of Kerala red rain cells: (1) unusually thick external envelope enclosing the central core; (2)stability of red pigment at temperatures about 100ºC and pH variations; (3) absence of eukaryotic ultrastructures; (4) possible replication at 121ºC with nanostructures (possible daughter cells) having similar morphological features inside the large mother cells at such high temperature. They contain high percentage of carbon, iron, silicon and aluminum and often enclosed in a silicon rich biofilms. Further investigation shows that the positive detection of DNA in these cells was possible only after the complete removal of red pigment, thereby providing an explanation for the negative outcome of earlier studies in this regard. Moreover, evidences are shown to support that these cells contain high amounts of UV absorbing compounds, porphyrin complexes and possible scytonemin. Kerala red rain cells may prove to be polyextermophiles belonging to prokaryotes and may have possibly originated from the environment containing above mentioned chemical elements, high energy UV exposure and

  20. Management of patients with resistant hypertension: current treatment options

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Nilay Kumar,1 David A Calhoun,2 Tanja Dudenbostel21Department of Medicine, 2Division of Cardiovascular Disease, Hypertension and Vascular Biology Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USAAbstract: Resistant hypertension (RHTN is an increasingly common clinical problem that is often heterogeneous in etiology, risk factors, and comorbidities. It is defined as uncontrolled blood pressure on optimal doses of three antihypertensive agents, ideally one being a diuretic. The definition also includes controlled hypertension with use of four or more antihypertensive agents. Recent observational studies have advanced the characterization of patients with RHTN. Patients with RHTN have higher rates of cardiovascular events and mortality compared with patients with more easily controlled hypertension. Secondary causes of hypertension, including obstructive sleep apnea, primary aldosteronism, renovascular disease, are common in patients with RHTN and often coexist in the same patient. In addition, RHTN is often complicated by metabolic abnormalities. Patients with RHTN require a thorough evaluation to confirm the diagnosis and optimize treatment, which typically includes a combination of lifestyle adjustments, and pharmacologic and interventional treatment. Combination therapy including a diuretic, a long-acting calcium channel blocker, an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, a beta blocker, and a mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist where warranted is the classic regimen for patients with treatment-resistant hypertension. Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists like spironolactone or eplerenone have been shown to be efficacious in patients with RHTN, heart failure, chronic kidney disease, and primary aldosteronism. Novel interventional therapies, including baroreflex activation and renal denervation, have shown that both of these methods may be used to lower blood pressure safely, thereby providing exciting and promising new

  1. A study of patients with aggressive multiple sclerosis at disease onset

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    Full Text Available Ulrike W Kaunzner,1 Gaurav Kumar,2 Gulce Askin,3 Susan A Gauthier,1 Nancy N Nealon,1 Timothy Vartanian,1 Jai S Perumal1 1Judit Jaffe Multiple Sclerosis Center, Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York City, NY, 2Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 3Institute for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York City, NY, USA Objective: Identify aggressive onset multiple sclerosis (AOMS and describe its clinical course.Methods: AOMS patients were identified from a multiple sclerosis (MS database based on a set of criteria. The subsequent clinical course of AOMS patients was then reviewed with the goal of potentially identifying the best approaches to manage these patients.Results: Fifty-eight of 783 (7.4% patients in the MS database met the criteria for AOMS, and 43 patients who had complete data for the duration of their follow-up were included in the subsequent analysis. The mean duration of the follow-up was 54 months. Thirty-five patients (81% were started on a conventional first-line agent (injectable therapies for MS. Only two of these 35 patients (5.7% had no evidence of disease activity. Twenty-two of 35 patients suffering from refractory disease were switched to a more aggressive treatment (natalizumab, rituximab, alemtuzumab, cyclophosphamide. Eight patients were started on aggressive treatment as their initial therapy, and seven of these eight (87.5% patients showed no evidence of disease activity.Conclusion: With recognition of the crucial significance of early optimal treatment during the potential window of opportunity for best long-term outcomes, we describe AOMS within 1 year of disease onset and discuss possible treatment considerations for these patients. Keywords: aggressive multiple sclerosis, algorithm, treatment course, database, retrospective analysis

  2. The Malaysian Orthopaedic Association humanitarian mission to Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

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    Sharaf, I; Saw, A; Hyzan, Y; Sivananthan, K S

    2005-07-01

    The tsunami which occurred off the west coast of North Sumatra on December 26, 2004 devastated the coastal areas of North Sumatra, South-West Thailand, South-East India and Sri Lanka killing more than a quarter of a million people. The destruction was enormous with many coastal villages destroyed. The other countries affected were Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives, Bangladesh, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and the Seychelles. In January 2005, volunteers went in weekly rotation to Banda Aceh in collaboration with Global Peace Mission. These were Dr Hyzan Yusof, Dr Suryasmi Duski, Dr Sharaf Ibrahim, Dr Saw Aik, Dr Kamariah Nor and Dr Nor Azlin. In Banda Aceh, the surgical procedures that we could do were limited to external fixation of open fractures and debriding infected wounds at the Indonesian Red Crescent field hospital. In February, a team comprising Dato Dr K S Sivananthan, Dr T Kumar and Dr S Vasan spent a week in Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, Dato Sivananthan and his team were able to perform elective orthopaedic operations in Dr Poonambalam Memorial Hospital. We appealed for national and international aid and received support from local hospitals and the orthopaedic industry. International aid bound for Banda Aceh arrived in Kuala Lumpur from the Philippine Orthopaedic Association, the Chiba Children's Hospital in Japan and the Chinese Orthopaedic Association. The COA donated 1.5 tons of orthopaedic equipments. A special handing over ceremony from the COA to the Indonesian Orthopaedic Association was held in Putrajaya in March. Malaysia Airlines flew in the donated equipment to Kuala Lumpur while the onward flight to Aceh was provided by the Royal Malaysian Air Force. In April, Dr Saw Aik and Dr Yong Su Mei joined the Tsu-Chi International Medical Association for volunteer services on Batam Island, Indonesia. The MOA acknowledges the many individuals and organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, for their contributions in the humanitarian efforts.

  3. Final Report for Research in High Energy Physics (University of Hawaii)

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    Browder, Thomas E.

    2013-08-31

    Here we present a final report for the DOE award for the University of Hawaii High Energy Physics Group (UHHEPG) for the period from December 1, 2009 to May 31, 2013 (including a period of no-cost extension). The high energy physics (HEP) group at the University of Hawaii (UH) has been engaged in experiments at the intensity frontier studying flavor physics (Task A: Belle, Belle-II and Task B: BES) and neutrinos (Task C: SuperK, LBNE, Double Chooz, DarkSide, and neutrino R\\&D). On the energy frontier, new types of pixel detectors were developed for upgrades of the ATLAS experiment at the LHC (Task D). On the cosmic frontier, there were investigations of ultra high-energy neutrino astrophysics and the highest energy cosmic rays using special radio detection techniques (Task E: AMBER, ANITA R\\&D) and results of the analysis of ANITA data. In addition, we have developed new types of sophisticated and cutting edge instrumentation based on novel ``oscilloscope on a chip'' electronics (Task F). Theoretical physics research (Task G) is phenomenologically oriented and has studied experimental consequences of existing and proposed new theories relevant to the energy, cosmic and intensity frontiers. The senior investigators for proposal were T. E. Browder (Task A), F. A. Harris (Task B), P. Gorham (Task E), J. Kumar (Task G), J. Maricic (Task C), J. G. Learned (Task C), S. Pakvasa (Task G), S. Parker (Task D), S. Matsuno (Task C), X. Tata (Task G) and G. S. Varner (Tasks F, A, E).

  4. A Novel Global MPP Tracking of Photovoltaic System based on Whale Optimization Algorithm

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    Santhan Kumar Cherukuri

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available To harvest maximum amount of solar energy and to attain higher efficiency, photovoltaic generation (PVG systems are to be operated at their maximum power  point (MPP under both variable climatic and partial shaded condition (PSC. From literature most of conventional MPP tracking (MPPT methods are able to guarantee MPP successfully under uniform shading condition but fails to get global MPP as they may trap at local MPP under PSC, which adversely deteriorates the efficiency of Photovoltaic Generation (PVG system. In this paper a novel MPPT based on Whale Optimization Algorithm (WOA is proposed to analyze analytic modeling of PV system considering both series and shunt resistances for MPP tracking under PSC. The proposed algorithm is tested on 6S, 3S2P and 2S3P Photovoltaic array configurations for different shading patterns and results are presented. To compare the performance, GWO and PSO MPPT algorithms are also simulated and results are also presented.  From the results it is noticed that proposed MPPT method is superior to other MPPT methods with reference to accuracy and tracking speed. Article History: Received July 23rd 2016; Received in revised form September 15th 2016; Accepted October 1st 2016; Available online How to Cite This Article: Kumar, C.H.S and Rao, R.S. (2016 A Novel Global MPP Tracking of Photovoltaic System based on Whale Optimization Algorithm. Int. Journal of Renewable Energy Development, 5(3, 225-232. http://dx.doi.org/10.14710/ijred.5.3.225-232

  5. Book Reviews

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  6. A Comparative Study of Biodegradation of Nickel and Chromium from Space Maintainers: An in vitro Study

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    Anand, Ashish; Sharma, Arun; Kumar, Piush; Sachdeva, Shobhit; Sachdev, Vinod

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Objective: The aim of the study was to compare and evaluate the in vitro biodegradation of nickel and chromium from space maintainers, made of three different companies, i.e (Dantaurum, Rocky mountain and Dtech) in artificial saliva. Materials and methods: The study comprised of 30 space maintainers out of which 10 were fabricated using Dantaurum, 10 using Rocky mountain and 10 using Dtech band materials. Stainless steel wire (Dantaurum, Rocky mountain and Konark) was used for making loops and Leone solder and flux was used for soldering. Each group was further divided into four subgroups containing 1, 2, 3 and 4 space maintainers respectively. The space maintainers in each subgroup were placed in separate glass beakers containing 100 ml of artificial saliva at 37°C for 4 weeks. Salivary samples from each beaker was analyzed for nickel and chromium ions separately on days 1, 7, 14, 21 and 28 days using inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrophotometer. Results: Total release of nickel and chromium from all band and loop space maintainers ranged from 0.020 to 1.524 ppm and 0.002 to 0.289 ppm respectively. The release of nickel and chromium between the groups and within the groups was not significant (p space maintainers made of Dantaurum, Rocky mountain and Dtech which could cause any toxicity. How to cite this article: Anand A, Sharma A, Kumar P, Sandhu M, Sachdeva S, Sachdev V. A Comparative Study of Biodegradation of Nickel and Chromium from Space Maintainers: An in vitro Study. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2015; 8(1):37-41. PMID:26124579

  7. Pulmonary vein isolation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Saurabh Kumar, Gregory F Michaud Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA Abstract: Atrial fibrillation (AF is the commonest arrhythmia in humans and is associated with marked reduction in quality of life and an elevated thromboembolic risk. Paroxysmal, persistent, and permanent forms of AF have been recognized. Whilst antiarrhythmic drugs are considered as first-line therapy, the role of catheter ablation is increasing due to its superior efficacy in terms of quality of life and reduction in AF burden. The central paradigm for catheter ablation of AF is that triggers for AF are located near and within the pulmonary veins (PVs, and electrical isolation of the PVs from the left atrium forms the cornerstone of most catheter ablation strategies. Whilst paroxysmal form is generally trigger dependent, persistent and permanent forms are associated with variable interaction between triggers and "substrate" comprised of atrial and PV electrical and structural remodeling. Nevertheless, isolation of the PVs still forms a critical component of catheter ablation strategies, regardless of AF type. Procedural efficacy, however, is limited by PV conduction recovery. This is likely due to deficiencies in ablation tools or limitations of intraprocedural assessment of lesion efficacy. Careful attention to surrogates of tissue heating, such as impedance decrease and electrogram morphology changes, along with advances in catheter technology like contact force catheters may improve rates of durable PV isolation and single-procedural success. This review discusses the mechanism of paroxysmal AF with particular focus on the role of the PVs in AF initiation and PV isolation in the management of AF. Keywords: contact force, lesion transmurality, radiofrequency catheter ablation, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, electrophysiology, AF

  8. Exploring the individual determinants of evidence uptake in allied health using a journal club as a medium

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    Lizarondo L

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Lucylynn Lizarondo, Karen Grimmer, Saravana KumarInternational Center for Allied Health Evidence, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, AustraliaPurpose: A recent trial which examined the impact of a structured model of journal club (JC demonstrated variability in evidence-based practice (EBP outcomes across allied health disciplines. The aim of the current study was to determine if there are individual practitioner characteristics that could explain this variability and identify potential predictors of EBP outcomes.Method: This exploratory study used the data obtained from the JC trial. The predictive value of practitioner-related variables including academic degree, previous exposure to EBP training, and previous research involvement was analyzed using univariate logistic regression models. The dose of intervention was also included in the exploratory analysis.Results: The change in self-reported knowledge, evidence uptake, and attitude following participation in a JC was influenced by individual practitioner characteristics including their discipline, academic background, previous EBP training, previous research involvement, and JC attendance. Improvement in objective knowledge did not seem to be affected by any of these variables. Whether these individual characteristics have the ability to predict who will achieve less than, or greater than, 50% change in knowledge, attitude, and evidence uptake, is not known, except for academic background which predicted physiotherapists' improvement in attitude.Conclusion: Participation in a structured JC can lead to significant improvements in EBP knowledge irrespective of the characteristics of individual practitioners. The change in attitude and evidence uptake, however, may be influenced by individual characteristics which will therefore require careful consideration when designing EBP interventions. An EBP intervention is likely to be successful if a systematic assessment of the barriers at

  9. Tribological and corrosion behaviors of warm- and hot-rolled Ti-13Nb-13Zr alloys in simulated body fluid conditions

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    Lee T

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Taekyung Lee,1 Eshaan Mathew,2 Santhosh Rajaraman,2 Geetha Manivasagam,2 Ashok Kumar Singh,3 Chong Soo Lee4 1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA; 2Centre for Biomaterials Science and Technology, School for Mechanical and Building Sciences, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India; 3Defense Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad, India; 4Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology (GIFT, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH, Pohang, Republic of Korea Abstract: Development of submicrocrystalline structure in biomedical alloy such as Ti-13Nb-13Zr (in wt% through warm-rolling process has been found to enhance mechanical properties compared to conventional thermomechanical processing routes including hot-rolling process. The present study investigated the tribological and corrosion behaviors of warm-rolled (WR and hot-rolled Ti-13Nb-13Zr alloys which have not been studied to date. Both tribological and corrosion experiments were carried out in simulated body fluid conditions (Hank’s solution at 37°C based on the fact that the investigated alloys would be used in a human body as orthopedic implants. The WR Ti-13Nb-13Zr demonstrated a submicrocrystalline structure that provided a significant enhancement in hardness, strength, and corrosion resistance. Meanwhile, there was no notable difference in wear resistance between the WR and hot-rolled samples despite the different microstructure and hardness. The present study confirmed the enormous potential of WR Ti-13Nb-13Zr with not only great mechanical properties but also high corrosion resistance in the simulated body fluid. Keywords: titanium alloy, multi-pass caliber-rolling, grain refinement, tribology, corrosion

  10. Children and Parent's Attitude and Preferences of Dentist's Attire in Pediatric Dental Practice.

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    Kamavaram Ellore, Vijaya Prasad; Mohammed, Mudasser; Taranath, Mahanthesh; Ramagoni, Naveen Kumar; Kumar, Vinod; Gunjalli, Gururaj

    2015-01-01

    Before arrival into doctor's clinic, child might have acquired an impression of a clinical environment and doctor's appearance. Different kind of doctor's attire may evoke different reactions. By understanding children and parent's perception and preferences about dentist's attire, a suitable dress code could be adopted to establish good rapport with children. To evaluate children and parental perceptions and preferences towards dentist attire. A questionnaire designed with series of photographs of male and female dental students in different attires was responded by 150 parents aged 29 to 63 years and 150 children aged 9 to 13 years. Seventy percent of children participants (n = 104) and 42% of parents participants (n = 63) favored the traditional white coat attire. However, 58% parents (n = 87) significantly preferred non-white coat attires in comparison to 30% of children (n = 46) (χ(2) = 21.61, p 0.05), no-significant association was found between parents and children response to white coat (χ(2) = 0.39, p = 0.53). A highly significant difference was found between the male participants, who favored the male dentist and female participants preferring the female dentist (χ(2) = 47.16, p < 0.001). Our study attempted to rule out the stereotyped concept of 'white coat fear' among children, both children and parents favored traditional white coat attire, contrary to popular misconception 'white coat syndrome'. However, use of child friendly attires could be useful in anxious children for better practice management. How to cite this article: Ellore VPK, Mohammed M, Taranath M, Ramagoni NK, Kumar V, Gunjalli G. Children and Parent's Attitude and Preferences of Dentist's Attire in Pediatric Dental Practice. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2015;8(2):102-107.

  11. Children and Parent’s Attitude and Preferences of Dentist’s Attire in Pediatric Dental Practice

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    Kamavaram Ellore, Vijaya Prasad; Taranath, Mahanthesh; Ramagoni, Naveen Kumar; Kumar, Vinod; Gunjalli, Gururaj

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Background: Before arrival into doctor’s clinic, child might have acquired an impression of a clinical environment and doctor’s appearance. Different kind of doctor’s attire may evoke different reactions. By understanding children and parent’s perception and preferences about dentist’s attire, a suitable dress code could be adopted to establish good rapport with children. Aim: To evaluate children and parental perceptions and preferences towards dentist attire. Materials and methods: A questionnaire designed with series of photographs of male and female dental students in different attires was responded by 150 parents aged 29 to 63 years and 150 children aged 9 to 13 years. Results: Seventy percent of children participants (n = 104) and 42% of parents participants (n = 63) favored the traditional white coat attire. However, 58% parents (n = 87) significantly preferred non-white coat attires in comparison to 30% of children (n = 46) (χ2 = 21.61, p 0.05), no-significant association was found between parents and children response to white coat (χ2 = 0.39, p = 0.53). A highly significant difference was found between the male participants, who favored the male dentist and female participants preferring the female dentist (χ2 = 47.16, p < 0.001). Conclusion: Our study attempted to rule out the stereotyped concept of ‘white coat fear’ among children, both children and parents favored traditional white coat attire, contrary to popular misconception ‘white coat syndrome’. However, use of child friendly attires could be useful in anxious children for better practice management. How to cite this article: Ellore VPK, Mohammed M, Taranath M, Ramagoni NK, Kumar V, Gunjalli G. Children and Parent’s Attitude and Preferences of Dentist’s Attire in Pediatric Dental Practice. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2015;8(2):102-107. PMID:26379376

  12. The effectiveness of hydrotherapy in the treatment of social and behavioral aspects of children with autism spectrum disorders: a systematic review

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    Mortimer R

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Rachel Mortimer, Melinda Privopoulos, Saravana Kumar International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia Background: Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs are increasing in prevalence. Children with ASDs present with impairments in social interactions; communication; restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, or activities; as well as motor delays. Hydrotherapy is used as a treatment for children with disabilities and motor delays. There have been no systematic reviews conducted on the effectiveness of hydrotherapy in children with ASDs. Aim: We aimed to examine the effectiveness of hydrotherapy on social interactions and behaviors in the treatment of children with ASDs. Methods: A systematic search of Cochrane, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Embase, MEDLINE®, and Academic Search Premier was conducted. Studies of participants, aged 3–18 years, with ASDs at a high-functioning level were included if they utilized outcome measures assessing social interactions and behaviors through questionnaire or observation. A critical appraisal, using the McMaster Critical Review Form for Quantitative Studies, was performed to assess methodological quality. Results: Four studies of varying research design and quality met the inclusion criteria. The participants in these studies were aged between 3–12 years of age. The duration of the intervention ranged from 10–14 weeks, and each study used varied measures of outcome. Overall, all the studies showed some improvements in social interactions or behaviors following a Halliwick-based hydrotherapy intervention. Interpretation: Few studies have investigated the effect of hydrotherapy on the social interactions and behaviors of children with ASDs. While there is an increasing body of evidence for hydrotherapy for children with ASDs, this is constrained by small sample size, lack of comparator, crude sampling methods, and

  13. Accelerated killing of cancer cells using a multifunctional single-walled carbon nanotube-based system for targeted drug delivery in combination with photothermal therapy

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    Jeyamohan P

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Prashanti Jeyamohan, Takashi Hasumura, Yutaka Nagaoka, Yasuhiko Yoshida, Toru Maekawa, D Sakthi Kumar Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary New Science, Toyo University, Kawagoe, Japan Abstract: The photothermal effect of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs in combination with the anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX for targeting and accelerated destruction of breast cancer cells is demonstrated in this paper. A targeted drug-delivery system was developed for selective killing of breast cancer cells with polyethylene glycol biofunctionalized and DOX-loaded SWCNTs conjugated with folic acid. In our work, in vitro drug-release studies showed that the drug (DOX binds at physiological pH (pH 7.4 and is released only at a lower pH, ie, lysosomal pH (pH 4.0, which is the characteristic pH of the tumor environment. A sustained release of DOX from the SWCNTs was observed for a period of 3 days. SWCNTs have strong optical absorbance in the near-infrared (NIR region. In this special spectral window, biological systems are highly transparent. Our study reports that under laser irradiation at 800 nm, SWCNTs exhibited strong light–heat transfer characteristics. These optical properties of SWCNTs open the way for selective photothermal ablation in cancer therapy. It was also observed that internalization and uptake of folate-conjugated NTs into cancer cells was achieved by a receptor-mediated endocytosis mechanism. Results of the in vitro experiments show that laser was effective in destroying the cancer cells, while sparing the normal cells. When the above laser effect was combined with DOX-conjugated SWCNTs, we found enhanced and accelerated killing of breast cancer cells. Thus, this nanodrug-delivery system, consisting of laser, drug, and SWCNTs, looks to be a promising selective modality with high treatment efficacy and low side effects for cancer therapy. Keywords: cancer, nanotherapy, SWCNTs, targeted drug delivery

  14. Development of a tritium transport analysis code for the LMFBR system

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    Iizawa, Katsuyuki; Torii, Tatsuo [Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Inst., Tsuruga Head Office, Tsuruga, Fukui (Japan)

    2001-03-01

    A tritium transport analysis code for the LMFBR system, TTT code, has been developed and validated using data from a power rising test conducted at Monju in 1995. The behavior of tritium during future long-term full power operation of Monju has been estimated. The TTT code was created from the tritium and hydrogen transport model devised by R. Kumar and ANL. Actual data from some plants has been used to improve the code. In this study, we used data from Monju to increase the accuracy of the calculated to measured ratio, the C/E ratio. As a result of the study, we were able to: 1. show that the calculated tritium concentration distribution and the change in the primary and secondary sodium, steam and water correlated sufficiently closely with the measured, C/E ratio of 1.1; 2. propose a transport model between sodium and the cover gas system taking into account the mechanisms affecting the partial pressure difference and the isotopic exchange of H and H3; 3. examine the considerable effect of the hydrogen source within the sodium cooling system of Monju on tritium behavior and clarify the characteristics at the initial stage of plant; 4. estimate the tritium transport and distribution for the long-term full power operation of Monju. The tritium release from the core will be 7,400 TBq during 30 years of operation. The primary and secondary cold trap will capture 99% of this and 1% or less will be released to the environment as gaseous radioactive waste from stack and its drainage water from SG; and 5. compare the best fitted tritium source rates from cores in Phenix and Monju and estimate the major release from Monju's helium bond closed type control rods. (author)

  15. The Dichotomy in between Ecocentrism & Anthropocentrism: An Ecocritical Rendering of Two Indian English Poets

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    Goutam Karmakar

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available One of the plebeian environmental moral dilemmas that are noticed in third world nations are the dialectical assimilation in between anthropocentrism and ecocentrism. Owing to some devout and semipolitical prejudices some people are taking the whip hand over nature snubbing the nature, flora and fauna. But concurrently some of the great unwashed gestate in nature centered ecological system and yielding values to all non-human entities unheeding of their usefulness to human civilization. In the third world Asian countries this situation is even more abominable and eminent eco-socialists assay to exhibit this delineated envision in various ways for it becomes necessitate for them. While it is in the case of literary eminent some Indian English poets conjure up their apotheosis and cerebration through their penned composition. Poets from Indiaon one hand depict the anthropocentric attitude of their native people and simultaneously they assume ecocentric attitude. Exalted bookmen like Keki N.Daruwalla and Shiv K.Kumar evince the world with its acculturation, sights and sounds, predilection, disillusionment, bewilderment and discombobulation ensuing from modern way of living and mentation. So from this vantage point their eco-poems arbitrate in between anthropocentrism and ecocentrism. A construe brooding of some of their oeuvre excogitate light on environmental awareness along with the enactment of human and non-human relation which is often laissez faire and patriarchal. Concurrently their perdurable compositions splay socio-ecologic discouse through which readers can ensnarl with the demography, urbanization, modernization and development of environmental activism. Their abiding oeuvre works like a mirror where the congenial understanding between man and nature along with the scope of verdict is contrived. Working within the peripheries of environmentalism their aeonian verse paves a way through which a solution within this third world

  16. A comparative phylogenetic analysis of medicinal plant Tribulus terrestris in Northwest India revealed by RAPD and ISSR markers

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    ASHWANI KUMAR

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Kumar A, Verma N. 2012. A comparative phylogenetic analysis of medicinal plant Tribulus terrestris in Northwest India revealed by RAPD and ISSR markers. Biodiversitas 13: 107-113. Several DNA marker systems and associated techniques are available today for fingerprinting of plant varieties. A total of 5 RAPD and 8 ISSR primers were used. Amplification of genomic DNA of the 6 genotypes, using RAPD analysis, yielded 164 fragments that could be scored, of which 47 were polymorphic, with an average of 9.4 polymorphic fragments per primer. Number of amplified fragments with random primers ranged from 6 (AKR-1 to 10 (AKR-4 and varied in size from 200 bp to 2,500 bp. Percentage polymorphism ranged from 16% (AKR-4 to a maximum of 41% (AKR-4, with an average of 29.6%. The 8 ISSR primers used in the study produced 327 bands across 6 genotypes, of which 114 were polymorphic. The number of amplified bands varied from 7 (ISSR 7 to 12 (ISSR 1&3, with a size range of 250-2,800 bp. The average numbers of bands per primer and polymorphic bands per primer were 40.87 and 14.25, respectively. Percentage polymorphism ranged from 24% (ISSR 4 to 53.84% (ISSR 2, with an average percentage polymorphism of 35.59% across all the genotypes. The 3′-anchored primers based on poly (AC and poly (AT motifs produced high average polymorphisms of 53.84% and 40.81%, respectively. ISSR markers were more efficient than the RAPD assay, as they detected 35.59% polymorphic DNA markers in Tribulus terrestris as compared to 29.6% for RAPD markers. Clustering of genotypes within groups was not similar when RAPD and ISSR derived dendrogram were compared, whereas the pattern of clustering of the genotypes remained more or less the same in ISSR and combined data of RAPD and ISSR.

  17. In vitro antioxidant, collagenase inhibition, and in vivo anti-wrinkle effects of combined formulation containing Punica granatum, Ginkgo biloba, Ficus carica, and Morus alba fruits extract

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    Ghimeray AK

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Amal Kumar Ghimeray,1 Un Sun Jung,1,2 Ha Youn Lee,1 Young Hoon Kim,1 Eun Kyung Ryu,1 Moon Sik Chang11R&D Center, Natural Solution Co., Ltd, Gojan-dong, Namdong-gu, Incheon, Republic of Korea; 2Department of Horticultural Biotechnology, Kyung Hee University, Yongin, Republic of KoreaBackground: In phytotherapy, the therapeutic potential is based on the combined action of different herbal drugs. Our objective was to evaluate the antioxidant, anti-collagenase (in vitro, and anti-wrinkle (in vivo effect of combined formulation containing Ginkgo biloba, Punica granatum, Ficus carica, and Morus alba fruits extract.Methods: Antioxidant evaluation was based on the scavenging activity of free radicals (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl, H2O2, and O2- and the anti-collagenase activity was based on the reduction of collagenase enzyme in vitro. In an in vivo study, 21 female subjects were examined in a placebo-controlled trail. Facial wrinkle, especially the crow's feet region of eyes, was treated with topical formulated 2% cream for 56 days and compared with the placebo.Results: In the in vitro study, the combination of fruits extract showed a higher antioxidant activity which was comparable with the positive standard (ascorbic acid, butylated hydroxyanisole, and Trolox. The data also showed a dose-dependent inhibition of collagenase. In the in vivo study, treatment with 2% formulated cream for 56 days significantly reduced the percentage of wrinkle depth, length, and area with 11.5, 10.07, and 29.55, respectively.Conclusion: The combined formulation of fruit extracts showed excellent antioxidative and anti-collagenase activity as well as a significant effect on anti-wrinkle activity on human skin.Keywords: antioxidant, anti-collagenase, anti-wrinkle, fruits, topical formulation

  18. Fluorescent magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for cardiac precursor cell selection from stromal vascular fraction and optimization for magnetic resonance imaging

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Vinod Kumar Verma,1 Suguna Ratnakar Kamaraju,1 Ravindranath Kancherla,1 Lakshmi K Kona,1 Syed Sultan Beevi,1 Tanya Debnath,1 Shalini P Usha,1 Rammohan Vadapalli,2 Ali Syed Arbab,3 Lakshmi Kiran Chelluri11Department of Transplant Biology, Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratory, Global Hospitals, 2Department of Imageology, Vijaya Radiology Centre, Hyderabad, India; 3Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA, USAAbstract: Fluorescent magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles have been used to label cells for imaging as well as for therapeutic purposes. The purpose of this study was to modify the approach to develop a nanoprobe for cell selection and imaging with a direct therapeutic translational focus. The approach involves physical coincubation and adsorption of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle-polyethylene glycol (SPION-PEG complexes with a monoclonal antibody (mAb or a set of antibodies. Flow cytometry, confocal laser scanning microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, iron staining, and magnetic resonance imaging were used to assess cell viability, function, and labeling efficiency. This process has been validated by selecting adipose tissue-derived cardiac progenitor cells from the stromal vascular fraction using signal regulatory protein alpha (SIRPA/kinase domain receptor (KDR mAbs. These markers were chosen because of their sustained expression during cardiomyocyte differentiation. Sorting of cells positive for SIRPA and KDR allowed the enrichment of cardiac progenitors with 90% troponin-I positivity in differentiation cultures. SPION labeled cardiac progenitor cells (1×105 cells was mixed with gel and used for 3T magnetic resonance imaging at a concentration, as low as 12.5 µg of iron. The toxicity assays, at cellular and molecular levels, did not show any detrimental effects of SPION. Our study has the potential to achieve moderate to high specific cell selection for the dual purpose of

  19. Variability of drought characteristics in Europe over the last 250 years

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    Hanel, Martin; Rakovec, Oldrich; Máca, Petr; Markonis, Yannis; Samaniego, Luis; Kumar, Rohini

    2017-04-01

    The mesoscale hydrological model (mHM) with spatial resolution 0.5deg is applied to simulate water balance across large part of continental Europe (excluding Scandinavia and Russia) for the period 1766-2015. The model is driven by available European gridded monthly temperature and precipitation reconstructions (Casty et al, 2007), which are disaggregated into daily time step using k-nearest neighbour resampling (Lall and Sharma, 1996). To quantify the uncertainty due to temporal disaggregation, several replicates of precipitation and temperature fields for the whole period are considered. In parallel, model parameter uncertainty is addressed by an ensemble of parameter realizations provided by Rakovec et al (2016). Deficit periods with respect to total runoff and soil moisture are identified at each grid cell using the variable threshold method. We assess the severity and intensity of drought, spatial extent of area under drought as well as the length of deficit periods. In addition, we also determine the occurrence of multi-year droughts during the period and evaluate the extremity of recent droughts in Europe (i.e., 2003, 2015) in the context of the whole multi-decadal record. References: Casty, C., Raible, C.C., Stocker, T.F., Luterbacher, J. and H. Wanner (2007), A European pattern climatology 1766-2000, Climate Dynamics, 29(7), DOI:10.1007/s00382-007-0257-6. Lall, U., and A. Sharma (1996), A Nearest neighbor bootstrap for resampling hydrologic time series, Water Resour. Res., 32(3), 679-693, DOI:10.1029/95WR02966. Rakovec, O., Kumar, R., Attinger, S. and Samaniego, L. (2016), Improving the realism of hydrologic model functioning through multivariate parameter estimation, Water Resour. Res., 52, DOI:10.1002/2016WR019430

  20. Intelligent Control via Wireless Sensor Networks for Advanced Coal Combustion Systems

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    Aman Behal; Sunil Kumar; Goodarz Ahmadi

    2007-08-05

    Numerical Modeling of Solid Gas Flow, System Identification for purposes of modeling and control, and Wireless Sensor and Actor Network design were pursued as part of this project. Time series input-output data was obtained from NETL's Morgantown CFB facility courtesy of Dr. Lawrence Shadle. It was run through a nonlinear kernel estimator and nonparametric models were obtained for the system. Linear and first-order nonlinear kernels were then utilized to obtain a state-space description of the system. Neural networks were trained that performed better at capturing the plant dynamics. It is possible to use these networks to find a plant model and the inversion of this model can be used to control the system. These models allow one to compare with physics based models whose parameters can then be determined by comparing them against the available data based model. On a parallel track, Dr. Kumar designed an energy-efficient and reliable transport protocol for wireless sensor and actor networks, where the sensors could be different types of wireless sensors used in CFB based coal combustion systems and actors are more powerful wireless nodes to set up a communication network while avoiding the data congestion. Dr. Ahmadi's group studied gas solid flow in a duct. It was seen that particle concentration clearly shows a preferential distribution. The particles strongly interact with the turbulence eddies and are concentrated in narrow bands that are evolving with time. It is believed that observed preferential concentration is due to the fact that these particles are flung out of eddies by centrifugal force.

  1. Mechanism of S-oxygenation by a cysteine dioxygenase model complex

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    Sastry, G. Narahari

    2012-01-01

    In this work we present the first computational study on a biomimetic cysteine dioxygenase model complex, [FeII(LN3S)]+ where LN3S is a tetradentate ligand with a bis(imino)pyridyl scaffold and a pendant arylthiolate group. The reaction mechanism of sulfur dioxygenation with O2 was examined by density functional theory (DFT) methods, and compared to results obtained for cysteine dioxygenase. The reaction proceeds via multistate reactivity patterns on competing singlet, triplet and quintet spin state surfaces. The reaction mechanism is analogous to that found for cysteine dioxygenase enzymes [Kumar, D.; Thiel, W.; de Visser, S. P. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 3869–3882], hence the computations indicate that this complex can closely mimic the enzymatic process. The catalytic mechanism starts from an iron(III)-superoxo complex and the attack of the terminal oxygen atom of the superoxo group on the sulfur atom of the ligand. Subsequently, the dioxygen bond breaks to form an iron(IV)-oxo complex with a bound sulfenato group. After reorganization the second oxygen atom is transferred to the substrate to give a sulfinic acid product. An alternative mechanism involving the direct attack of dioxygen on the sulfur, without involving any iron-oxygen intermediates, was also examined. Importantly, a significant energetic preference for dioxygen coordinating to the iron center prior to attack at sulfur was discovered and serves to elucidate the function of the metal ion in the reaction process. The computational results are in good agreement with experimental observations, and the differences and similarities of the biomimetic complex and the enzymatic CDO center are highlighted. PMID:22091701

  2. Potential anticancer properties of bioactive compounds of Gymnema sylvestre and its biofunctionalized silver nanoparticles

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    Arunachalam KD

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Kantha Deivi Arunachalam,1 Lilly Baptista Arun,1 Sathesh Kumar Annamalai,1 Aarrthy M Arunachalam2 1Center for Environmental Nuclear Research, SRM University, Potheri, Tamil Nadu, India; 2Division of Educational Services, Kaplan University (Medical, Washington DC, USA Background: Gymnema sylvestre is an ethno-pharmacologically important medicinal plant used in many polyherbal formulations for its potential health benefits. Silver nanoparticles (SNPs were biofunctionalized using aqueous leaf extracts of G. sylvestre. The anticancer properties of the bioactive compounds and the biofunctionalized SNPs were compared using the HT29 human adenoma colon cancer cell line.Methods: The preliminary phytochemical screening for bioactive compounds from aqueous extracts revealed the presence of alkaloids, triterpenes, flavonoids, steroids, and saponins. Biofunctionalized SNPs were synthesized using silver nitrate and characterized by ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction for size and shape. The characterized biofunctionalized G. sylvestre were tested for its in vitro anticancer activity against HT29 human colon adenocarcinoma cells.Results: The biofunctionlized G. sylvestre SNPs showed the surface plasmon resonance band at 430 nm. The scanning electron microscopy images showed the presence of spherical nanoparticles of various sizes, which were further determined using the Scherrer equation. In vitro cytotoxic activity of the biofunctionalized green-synthesized SNPs (GSNPs indicated that the sensitivity of HT29 human colon adenocarcinoma cells for cytotoxic drugs is higher than that of Vero cell line for the same cytotoxic agents and also higher than the bioactive compound of the aqueous extract.Conclusion: Our results show that the anticancer properties of the bioactive compounds of G. sylvestre can be enhanced through

  3. Reactivation of latent viruses after treatment with biological therapies

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    Asthana AK

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Anil Kumar Asthana,1 John Samuel Lubel2,31Department of Gastroenterology, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, 2Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Eastern Health, 3Eastern Health Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaAbstract: Biological therapies are used extensively for malignant (eg, lymphoma and autoimmune (eg, rheumatoid arthritis conditions. These agents include anti-tumor necrosis factor antagonists, such as infliximab, and B-cell-depleting therapies, such as rituximab. In the past decade, there has been an explosion in the types and numbers of agents being used. One of the known risks with these agents is infection. In particular, there is increasing awareness regarding latent virus reactivation. This occurs when a latent virus is reactivated into its active replicative phase as a result of an internal or external trigger, such as immunosuppression. It is challenging, however, to quantitatively attribute the risk of reactivation to biological therapy alone because the underlying malignant or autoimmune condition could also be a contributing factor. There is well documented evidence regarding the reactivation of viruses such as hepatitis B virus and cytomegalovirus with drugs such as rituximab. Long-term data are lacking; such data are essential to guide risk stratification and chemoprophylaxis. Universally accepted viral screening guidelines prior to commencement of immunosuppression are lacking. As an example, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published recommendations regarding hepatitis B virus screening prior to commencing immunosuppression, but this action has not translated into universally accepted guidelines. Some of the other relevant viruses involved include cytomegalovirus, hepatitis C virus, varicella zoster virus, Epstein–Barr virus, and other members of the herpes family. This article reviews the current literature on the risk of latent viral reactivation with biological

  4. Overview of respiratory syncytial virus disease in young children

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    Full Text Available J Michael Hoopes1, Veena R Kumar21Medical Information, 2Medical and Scientific Affairs, MedImmune, LLC, Gaithersburg, MD, USAAbstract: Respiratory tract illnesses associated with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV were first reported more than 160 years ago and gained acceptance as a major respiratory pathogen in the late 1950s. Annual epidemics show a seasonal pattern typically beginning in the late fall and ending in early spring, averaging 5 months in length, and varying in time of onset, offset, and duration depending on geographic location. Manifestations of RSV illness primarily involve the upper respiratory tract but can spread to the lower airways and lead to bronchiolitis and/or pneumonia. Initial infection occurs in approximately two-thirds of children during the first year of life; nearly all children are infected at least once by 2 years of age. Reinfection is common throughout life, but initial illness during infancy generally presents with the most severe symptoms. Medical risk conditions that consistently predispose young children to serious lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI include congenital heart disease, chronic lung disease, and premature birth. Serious LRTI due to RSV is the leading cause of hospitalization in infants and young children worldwide and annual mean hospital expenses have been estimated to exceed 1 billion dollars in the United States. Young children incur more inpatient and outpatient visits for RSV LRTI than for influenza. RSV has a greater impact than influenza on hospitalization in infants with respect to length of stay, severity/course of disease, and resultant needs for ancillary treatments. Unlike many other childhood illnesses, a vaccine is not currently available for preventing RSV disease.Keywords: bronchopulmonary dysplasia, infants, hospitalization, prematurity, respiratory syncytial virus

  5. Development and implementation of an online hybrid model for teaching evidence-based practice to health professions: processes and outcomes from an Australian experience

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    Saravana Kumar

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    Full Text Available Saravana Kumar, Luke Perraton, Zuzana Machotka.International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia.Abstract: Evidence-based practice is now considered to be a vital element of health care service delivery. The call to use evidence to inform other areas, such as teaching and learning, is growing. This paper reports on the processes used to integrate best evidence into teaching practices within an undergraduate health science program. An existing course within this program at an Australian tertiary institution was remodeled by a newly appointed course coordinator in response to critical feedback from student cohorts. A systematic, iterative, five-step approach was used in the development of the new course. The process of development was influenced by current research evidence, an audit of the existing course, and critical feedback from ­students. The new course was evaluated using quantitative and qualitative research methods for five study periods. In 2005, prior to implementing the changes, the overall student satisfaction rating for the course was zero (representing the lowest possible score. In 2006, the overall student satisfaction rating was 62.07, in 2007 it was 65.8, and in 2008 it was 55.7. Qualitative ­findings also supported these quantitative findings, indicating improvements in the structure and process of the new course. The outcomes from the evaluation of the remodeled course provide evidence of a consistent quality learning experience for students, and support the concept of using research evidence to guide the development of teaching and learning practices in the training of health professionals.Keywords: evidence-based teaching, learning, health care, qualitative, quantitative.

  6. Evaluation of the iPad as a low vision aid for improving reading ability

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    Full Text Available Shamim A Haji, Kumar Sambhav, Sandeep Grover, Kakarla V Chalam Department of Ophthalmology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL, USA Purpose: To evaluate the effect of the iPad as a low vision aid in improving the reading ability of low vision patients (LVPs. Methods: In this study, 228 consecutive patients that came for their routine eye care examination at the University of Florida, Jacksonville eye clinic, were enrolled. Patients met inclusion criteria if they had best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA of 20/100 or worse in the best corrected eye and were willing to participate in the study. The patient’s reading ability was assessed both with the patient’s own spectacles and an iPad. Patients were encouraged to enlarge the reading material as well as change the contrast until they could read comfortably. The number of patients able to read the text comfortably was recorded. Results: Out of the total 228 participants who qualified, 103 (45% were male and 125 (55% were female. Only 22% could read standard newsprint-sized text (N8 without the help of an iPad. With the help of an iPad, 94% participants with impaired vision were able to read standard newsprint-sized text (N8 or smaller text (P<0.01. Conclusion: The iPad, a new portable electronic media device, can be adapted by LVPs to improve their reading ability. Keywords: low vision devices, low vision patient, LVP, iPad

  7. Effects of a novel ACE inhibitor, 3-(3-thienyl-L-alanyl-ornithyl-proline, on endothelial vasodilation and hepatotoxicity in L-NAME-induced hypertensive rats

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    Full Text Available Mahesh Kumar Seth,1–3 M Ejaz Hussain,2 Santosh Pasha,1 Mohammad Fahim3 1Peptide Synthesis Laboratory, CSIR, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi, India; 2Centre for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India; 3Department of Physiology, Jamia Hamdard Deemed University, New Delhi, India Abstract: Nitric oxide (NO is a widespread biological mediator involved in many physiological and pathological processes, eg, in the regulation of vascular tone and hypertension. Chronic inhibition of NO synthase by NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (ʟ-NAME hydrochloride results in the development of hypertension accompanied by an increase in vascular responsiveness to adrenergic stimuli. Recently, we developed a novel sulfur-containing angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor: 3-(3-thienyl-ʟ-alanyl-ornithyl-proline (TOP. Our previous studies indicated a superior nature of the molecule as an antihypertensive agent in spontaneously hypertensive rats (showing the involvement of renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system in comparison to captopril. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of TOP on NO pathway in ʟ-NAME-induced hypertensive rats, and captopril was included as the standard treatment group. Treatment with both TOP (20 mg/kg and captopril (40 mg/kg prevented the development of hypertension in ʟ-NAME model, but TOP showed better restoration of NO and normal levels of angiotensin-converting enzyme. In addition, in vitro vasorelaxation assay showed an improvement in endothelium-dependent vasodilation in both the cases. Further, the biochemical (malondialdehyde, alanine aminotransferase, and aspartate aminotransferase and the histopathological effects of TOP on rat liver tissues revealed a protective nature of TOP in comparison to captopril in the ʟ-NAME model. In conclusion, TOP at 50% lesser dose than captopril was found to be better in the ʟ-NAME model. Keywords: nitric oxide

  8. Computational simulation of flow and heat transfer in single-phase natural circulation loops; Simulacao computacional de escoamento e transferencia de calor em circuitos de circulacao natural monofasica

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    Pinheiro, Larissa Cunha

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    Passive decay heat removal systems based on natural circulation are essential assets for the new Gen III+ nuclear power reactors and nuclear spent fuel pools. The aim of the present work is to study both laminar and turbulent flow and heat transfer in single-phase natural circulation systems through computational fluid dynamics simulations. The working fluid is considered to be incompressible with constant properties. In the way, the Boussinesq Natural Convection Hypothesis was applied. The model chosen for the turbulence closure problem was the k -- εThe commercial computational fluid dynamics code ANSYS CFX 15.0 was used to obtain the numerical solution of the governing equations. Two single-phase natural circulation circuits were studied, a 2D toroidal loop and a 3D rectangular loop, both with the same boundary conditions of: prescribed heat flux at the heater and fixed wall temperature at the cooler. The validation and verification was performed with the numerical data provided by DESRAYAUD et al. [1] and the experimental data provided by MISALE et al. [2] and KUMAR et al. [3]. An excellent agreement between the Reynolds number (Re) and the modified Grashof number (Gr{sub m}), independently of Prandtl Pr number was observed. However, the convergence interval was observed to be variable with Pr, thus indicating that Pr is a stability governing parameter for natural circulation. Multiple steady states was obtained for Pr = 0,7. Finally, the effect of inclination was studied for the 3D circuit, both in-plane and out-of-plane inclinations were verified for the steady state laminar regime. As a conclusion, the Re for the out-of-plane inclination was in perfect agreement with the correlation found for the zero inclination system, while for the in-plane inclined system the results differ from that of the corresponding vertical loop. (author)

  9. First systematic plant proteomics workshop in Botany Department, University of Delhi: transferring proteomics knowledge to next-generation researchers and students.

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    Deswal, Renu; Abat, Jasmeet Kaur; Sehrawat, Ankita; Gupta, Ravi; Kashyap, Prakriti; Sharma, Shruti; Sharma, Bhavana; Chaurasia, Satya Prakash; Chanu, Sougrakpam Yaiphabi; Masi, Antonio; Agrawal, Ganesh Kumar; Sarkar, Abhijit; Agrawal, Raj; Dunn, Michael J; Renaut, Jenny; Rakwal, Randeep

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    International Plant Proteomics Organization (INPPO) outlined ten initiatives to promote plant proteomics in each and every country. With greater emphasis in developing countries, one of those was to "organize workshops at national and international levels to train manpower and exchange information". This third INPPO highlights covers the workshop organized for the very first time in a developing country, India, at the Department of Botany in University of Delhi on December 26-30, 2013 titled - "1(st) Plant Proteomics Workshop / Training Program" under the umbrella of INPPO India-Nepal chapter. Selected 20 participants received on-hand training mainly on gel-based proteomics approach along with manual booklet and parallel lectures on this and associated topics. In house, as well as invited experts drawn from other Universities and Institutes (national and international), delivered talks on different aspects of gel-based and gel-free proteomics. Importance of gel-free proteomics approach, translational proteomics, and INPPO roles were presented and interactively discussed by a group of three invited speakers Drs. Ganesh Kumar Agrawal (Nepal), Randeep Rakwal (Japan), and Antonio Masi (Italy). Given the output of this systematic workshop, it was proposed and thereafter decided to be organized every alternate year; the next workshop will be held in 2015. Furthermore, possibilities on providing advanced training to those students / researchers / teachers with basic knowledge in proteomics theory and experiments at national and international levels were discussed. INPPO is committed to generating next-generation trained manpower in proteomics, and it would only happen by the firm determination of scientists to come forward and do it.

  10. Gallic acid attenuates dextran sulfate sodium-induced experimental colitis in BALB/c mice

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    Pandurangan AK

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    Full Text Available Ashok Kumar Pandurangan,1,2 Nooshin Mohebali,2 Mohd Esa Norhaizan,1,3 Chung Yeng Looi2 1Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia; 2Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 3Laboratory of Molecular Medicine, Institute of Bioscience, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, MalaysiaAbstract: Gallic acid (GA is a polyhydroxy phenolic compound that has been detected in various natural products, such as green tea, strawberries, grapes, bananas, and many other fruits. In inflammatory bowel disease, inflammation is promoted by oxidative stress. GA is a strong antioxidant; thus, we evaluated the cytoprotective and anti-inflammatory role of GA in a dextran sulfate sodium (DSS-induced mouse colitis model. Experimental acute colitis was induced in male BALB/c mice by administering 2.5% DSS in the drinking water for 7 days. The disease activity index; colon weight/length ratio; histopathological analysis; mRNA expressions of IL-21 and IL-23; and protein expression of nuclear erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2 were compared between the control and experimental mice. The colonic content of malondialdehyde and the activities of superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and glutathione reductase activity were examined as parameters of the redox state. We determined that GA significantly attenuated the disease activity index and colon shortening, and reduced the histopathological evidence of injury. GA also significantly (P<0.05 reduced the expressions of IL-21 and IL-23. Furthermore, GA activates/upregulates the expression of Nrf2 and its downstream targets, including UDP-GT and NQO1, in DSS-induced mice. The findings of this study demonstrate the protective effect of GA on experimental colitis, which is probably due to an antioxidant nature of GA.Keywords: IL-21, NQO1, MDA, enzymic antioxidants

  11. Attitudes toward female circumcision among Somali immigrants in Oslo: a qualitative study

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    Gele AA

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abdi A Gele1,2, Bernadette Kumar3, Karin Harsløf Hjelde3, Johanne Sundby21The Department of Social Science, Oslo University College, 2Section for International Health, Department of General Practice and Community Medicine, University of Oslo, 3Norwegian Center for Minority Health Research, Oslo, NorwayAbstract: Due to its negative impact on public health, female circumcision (FC has gained increased attention from international communities and the Norwegian public in recent decades. In 1995, the Norwegian government outlawed the practice and simultaneously developed a package of measures aimed at preventing and ultimately eradicating FC in Norway. Like many other Western countries, immigrants of Somali descent constitute the largest immigrant group in Norway from countries with FC traditions. Although this immigrant group is often perceived as a cultural society that supports FC generally as a practice, there appears to be a lack of studies that explore the impact of acculturation and the Western social context on Somali immigrants’ attitudes toward the practice. Against this background, this paper explores the attitudes of Somalis living in Oslo, Norway to the practice of FC. Findings from this qualitative study indicate that Somalis in Oslo have, to a large extent, changed their attitude toward the practice. This was proven by the presence in Oslo of a large number of Somali parents who left their daughters uncut as well as Somali girls, boys, men, and women who attribute being uncircumcised a high status. This study adds to the knowledge of the process of abandonment of FC among immigrants in the Western countries. The study highlights the success that has been achieved in improving attitudes toward the practice of the Somali community in Oslo, Norway, as well as emerging challenges that need to be addressed further.Keywords: female circumcision, attitude, behavior, immigrants, Somalis

  12. Understanding similarity of groundwater systems with empirical copulas

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    Haaf, Ezra; Kumar, Rohini; Samaniego, Luis; Barthel, Roland

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    2016, Vienna, Austria. Samaniego, L., Bardossy, A., Kumar, R., 2010. Streamflow prediction in ungauged catchments using copula-based dissimilarity measures. Water Resources Research, 46. DOI:10.1029/2008wr007695

  13. Intraocular eyelashes and iris cyst in anterior chamber following penetrating eye injury: a case report

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    Sahu S

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    Full Text Available Sabin Sahu,1 Lila Raj Puri,1 Sanjay Kumar Singh2 1Department of Ophthalmology, Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital, Lahan, Siraha, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Biratnagar Eye Hospital, Biratnagar, Nepal Background: The presence of intraocular eyelashes following penetrating eye injury or ocular surgery is relatively uncommon. The response of the eye to intraocular eyelashes is variable. The eyelash may be symptomatic or may remain asymptomatic for long periods. Objective: We report a case with two intraocular eyelashes and an iris cyst after 2 years of asymptomatic period following penetrating eye injury. Case presentation: A 24-year-old male presented with decreased vision in the left eye which he had noticed for the previous 2 weeks. His visual acuity was 6/6 in the right eye and 6/18 in the left eye, improving to 6/9 with -2.5 DC × 140° correction. The intraocular pressure was 12 mmHg in both eyes. On slit-lamp examination, the left eye showed 8 mm linear peripheral corneal opacity nasally, two eyelashes in the superior anterior chamber, and an iris cyst measuring 4 mm × 4 mm in the superior iris. The right eye was normal. Dilated fundus examination of both eyes was normal. The eyelashes and cyst were removed surgically. There were no complications during the 3-month follow-up period. Conclusion: Intraocular implantation of eyelashes following penetrating eye injury can remain asymptomatic for long periods; however, late development of iris cyst may occur. Keywords: intraocular eyelashes, iris cyst, penetrating eye injury

  14. Managing hypertension in diabetic patients – focus on trandolapril/verapamil combination

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    Sanjib Kumar Sharma

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    Full Text Available Sanjib Kumar Sharma1,3, Piero Ruggenenti1,2, Giuseppe Remuzzi1,2, 1Clinical Research Centre for Rare Diseases “Aldo e Cele Daccò”, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Villa Camozzi, Ranica, Italy; 2Unit of Nephrology, Azienda Ospedaliera, Ospedali Riuniti, Bergamo, Italy; 3Department of Medicine, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, NepalAbstract: Hypertensive diabetes individuals are at higher risk for cardiovascular events and progression to end stage renal disease. Several well conducted clinical trials indicate that aggressive treatment of hypertension in individual with diabetes reduces these complications. Combinations of two or more antihypertensive drugs are frequently required to reach the target blood pressure and to improve the cardiovascular and renal outcomes in these patients. There are physiological and clinical rationales for renin-angiotensin system blockade in hypertensive diabetics. Trandolapril/verapamil sustained released (SR is a fixed-dose combination of trandolapril and a sustained release formulation of verapamil and indicated in treatment of hypertension in patients who require more than one drug to reach target blood pressure. The antihypertensive efficacy of trandolapril/verapamil SR has been evaluated extensively in large trials. In the INVEST trial, a verapamil SR-based treatment strategy that included trandolapril in most patients was effective in reducing the primary outcome in hypertensive patients with coronary artery disease. The new onset of diabetes was also significantly lower in the verapamil SR/trandolapril treatment group in comparison with those on the atenolol/hydroclorothiazide treatment group. The BErgamo NEphrologic DIabetes Complications Trial (BENEDICT documented that in hypertensive diabetes and normoalbuminuria, trandolapril plus verapamil or trandolapril alone delayed the onset of microalbuminuria independent of their blood pressurereducing effect. Thus

  15. Chrysopogon zizanioides aqueous extract mediated synthesis characterization of crystalline silver and gold nanoparticles for biomedical applications

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    Full Text Available Kantha D Arunachalam, Sathesh Kumar Annamalai Center for Environmental Nuclear Research, Directorate of Research, SRM University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Abstract: The exploitation of various plant materials for the biosynthesis of nanoparticles is considered a green technology as it does not involve any harmful chemicals. The aim of this study was to develop a simple biological method for the synthesis of silver and gold nanoparticles using Chrysopogon zizanioides. To exploit various plant materials for the biosynthesis of nanoparticles was considered a green technology. An aqueous leaf extract of C. zizanioides was used to synthesize silver and gold nanoparticles by the bioreduction of silver nitrate (AgNO3 and chloroauric acid (HAuCl4 respectively. Water-soluble organics present in the plant materials were mainly responsible for reducing silver or gold ions to nanosized Ag or Au particles. The synthesized silver and gold nanoparticles were characterized by ultraviolet (UV-visible spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, and X-ray diffraction (XRD analysis. The kinetics decline reactions of aqueous silver/gold ion with the C. zizanioides crude extract were determined by UV-visible spectroscopy. SEM analysis showed that aqueous gold ions, when exposed to the extract were reduced and resulted in the biosynthesis of gold nanoparticles in the size range 20–50 nm. This eco-friendly approach for the synthesis of nanoparticles is simple, can be scaled up for large-scale production with powerful bioactivity as demonstrated by the synthesized silver nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticles can have clinical use as antibacterial, antioxidant, as well as cytotoxic agents and can be used for biomedical applications. Keywords: nanoparticles, bioreduction, SEM, silver, gold

  16. Study of knowledge and attitude among college-going students toward voluntary blood donation from north India

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    Mishra SK

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Shailesh Kumar Mishra,1 Suchet Sachdev,1 Neelam Marwaha,1 Ajit Avasthi21Department of Transfusion Medicine, 2Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, IndiaIntroduction: The study was conducted to assess the knowledge and attitude of college-going students toward voluntary blood donation and to bring out and compare the reasons for donating or not donating blood.Materials and methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 1,000 college-going students after taking their consent for participation using a prevalidated, self-administered, structured questionnaire after its content and construct validation.Results: The difference in the means of the level of knowledge among the donor (mean: 14.71±2.48 and nondonor students (mean: 11.55±2.82 was statistically significant. There was significant impact of previous blood donation on the level of knowledge in donor students. The attitude toward blood donation was more positive among blood donor as compared to nondonor students, and the difference in their means was statistically significant. About one in two (45.8% college-going students fear that either they are not fit enough to donate blood (26.8% or that they will become weak (19% after blood donation. Almost one in four (27.4% have fear of needle pain; therefore, they do not come forward for blood donation.Interpretation and conclusion: The most significant reason hindering blood donation comes out to be related to health of the individual donor. The findings of this study conclude that the national targets of voluntary blood donation could be better met with specific blood donor information, education, motivation, and recruitment strategies focusing on the myths and misconceptions prevalent in the donor demographic area of that particular region, specifically targeting high-school children in countries developing a volunteer donor base.Keywords: knowledge, attitude, voluntary blood

  17. Physicochemical and functional characterization of a biosimilar adalimumab ZRC-3197

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    Full Text Available Sanjay Bandyopadhyay, Mukesh Mahajan, Tulsi Mehta, Arun K Singh, Aashini Parikh, Ajit K Gupta, Pankaj Kalita, Mihir Patel, Sanjeev Kumar Mendiratta Zydus Research Centre, Biotech Division, Cadila Healthcare Ltd, The Zydus Group, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India Abstract: ZRC-3197 has been developed indigenously by Cadila Healthcare Ltd as a biosimilar adalimumab of originator HUMIRA®. Biosimilarity has been demonstrated with a comprehensive set of state-of-the-art analytical techniques to characterize the physicochemical and functional properties of ZRC-3197 in comparison with originator HUMIRA®. The biosimilar ZRC-3197 showed indistinguishable primary and secondary structures with similar level of purity and heterogeneity as compared to that of the originator product. When analyzed, in parallel, the two products were observed to show a high degree of sameness of the carbohydrate structure and charge heterogeneity profile. Both biosimilar ZRC-3197 and the originator HUMIRA® appeared to show highly comparable key functional properties, as assessed by in vitro cell-based assay and surface plasmon resonance technique. The biosimilar ZRC-3197 exhibited highly similar tumor necrosis factor alpha neutralizing activity as well as binding affinity for FcγRIIIa receptor compared to that of the originator product. The biosimilar ZRC-3197 was observed to show similar level of efficacy and safety profile in rheumatoid arthritis patients, when submitted to a head-to-head double-blind trial, in India, with the originator (reference product, HUMIRA®. Based on the demonstrated biosimilarity, market authorization has been granted for ZRC-3197, as a biosimilar of originator HUMIRA®, in India. Here, we report the characterization of physicochemical and functional properties of the biosimilar ZRC-3197 and originator HUMIRA®. Keywords: adalimumab, biosimilars, tumor necrosis factor (TNF

  18. Translating the Interconnections between Ecological and Hydrological Processes in a Small Watershed into Process Networks using Information Theory

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    Kim, J.; Woo, N. C.; Kim, S.; Yun, J.; Kim, S.; Kang, M.; Cho, C. H.; Chun, J. H.

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    We demonstrate how field measurements can inform the selection of model frameworks in small watershed applications. Based on the assumption that ecohydrological systems are open and complex, we employ the process network analysis to identify the system state and the subsystems architecture with changing environment conditions. Ecohydrological and biogeochemical processes in a watershed can be viewed as a network of processes of a wide range of scales involving various feedback loops and time delay. Using the KoFlux tower-based measurements of energy, water and CO2 flux time series along with those representing the soil-plant-atmospheric continuum; we evaluated statistical measures of characterizing the organization of the information flows in the system. We used Shannon's information entropy and calculated the mutual information and transfer entropy, following Ruddell and Kumar (2009). Transfer entropy can measure the relative strength and time scale of couplings between the variables. In this analysis, we selected 15 variables associated with ecohydrological processes, which are groundwater table height, water temperature, specific conductivity, soil moisture contents at three depths, ecosystem respiration, gross primary productivity, sensible heat flux, latent heat flux, precipitation, air temperature, vapor pressure deficit, atmospheric pressure, and solar radiation. The data-driven nature of this investigation may shed a light on reconciling model parsimony with equifinality in small watershed applications. (Acknowledgment: This work and the data used in the study were funded by the Korea Meteorological Administration Research and Development Program under Grant Weather Information Service Engine (WISE) project,153-3100-3133-302-350 and Grant CATER 2014-3030, respectively. The KoFlux site was supported by the Long-term Ecological Study and Monitoring of Forest Ecosystem Project of Korea Forest Research Institute.)

  19. Does Framing Effect Exist in Chinese Individual Investors?%中国个体投资者存在框架效应吗?

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    杨元宗; 王强松

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    The narrow framing effect has played an increasingly important role for individual investors in their investment decisions, but related empirical tests in China have rarely been found. This paper has done an empirical test on this effect. Based on the data of individual investors trading in a discount brokerage in Nanjing, this paper uses Kumar and Lim (2006) Model. We established a cross-sectional regression model to do empirical research on narrow framing effect of individual investors in China so that we were able to do robustness test about it. The results indicate that individual investors in China are remarkably affected by narrow framing effect and the level of individual investors affected by narrow framing effect are mainly affected by the level of trading size, the level of the portfolio size, the number of stocks in the portfolio and trades per year.%框架效应对投资者投资决策产生日益重要的影响,但是目前国内相关的实证研究还很少见到,本文对其进行实证检验。本文借鉴Kumar和Lim(2006)的指标,基于中国某证券营业部的个体投资者的交易数据,构建横截面模型对中国市场个体投资者的框架效应进行实证检验,之后对其进行稳健性检验。研究发现中国个体投资者显著地受到框架效应的影响。框架效应影响程度主要受组合规模、交易规模、组合中的股票数目和年交易次数的影响。

  20. Prevalence and self perception of Dental Fluorosis among 15 year old school children in Prakasham district of south India.

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    Naidu, Guntipalli M; Rahamthullah, S A K Uroof; Kopuri, Raj Kumar Chowdary; Kumar, Y Anil; Suman, S V; Balaga, Ramesh Naidu

    2013-12-01

    To assess the Prevalence and self perception of dental fluorosis among 15 - year old school children. A cross sectional study was conducted on 840, 15 - year old school children from 12 schools of Prakasam district. After taking informed consent from their parents or legal representatives, an interview was conducted using a pretested questionnaire to collect the data regarding self perception of dental fluorosis, dental behaviour, and source of water and diet and socio demographic characters. Oral examination was done under natural light to score Deans fluorosis index. Statistical test used was chisquare test. Study revealed that 82.04% of the study population were having dental fluorosis. Out of which only 42.3% were aware of the existing situations. 47.90% of boys are aware of dental fluorosis where as 40.50% of girls are aware of dental fluorosis. Fluorosis score in relation to gender is not statistically significant (chisquare (8.796);p=0.117). Dental fluorosis is a public health problem in Kanigiri town. As there was no study conducted in Kanigiri town even though it is one of the severely affected area in our country. Active steps must be taken to De fluoridate the water before distribution to reduce the morbidity associated with dental fluorosis in this area. How to cite this article: Naidu GM, Rahamthullah SA, Kopuri RK, Kumar YA, Suman SV, Balaga RN. Prevalence and self perception of Dental Fluorosis among 15 year old school children in Prakasham district of south India. J Int Oral Health 2013; 5(6):67-71.

  1. Integrating evidence into practice: use of McKenzie-based treatment for mechanical low back pain

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    Clarke S

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Angela Dunsford1, Saravana Kumar1,2, Sarah Clarke1 1International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, 2School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Abstract: Low back pain (LBP is a major health issue with significant socioeconomic implications in most Western countries. Many forms of treatment have been proposed and investigated in the past, with exercise being a commonly prescribed intervention. Within allied health, in particular physiotherapy, there has been a growing movement that recognizes the role of the McKenzie method in treating LBP. Within the McKenzie framework, directional preference (DP exercises are one such intervention, with preliminary data demonstrating its effectiveness in the management of LBP. In this paper, we aim to integrate the evidence from current research, identified using a systematic review, and utilize a practical real-life case scenario to outline how evidence from the literature can be implemented in clinical practice. The findings from the systematic review indicate that DP exercises may have positive effects in the management of LBP. While the body of evidence to support this is limited (only four studies and therefore modest at best, it does provide some emerging evidence to support the use of DP exercises in clinical practice. Despite this, gaps also persist in the literature on DP exercises, and this relates to the exercise parameters and the compliance rates. Recognizing this dichotomy (modest evidence in some areas and evidence gaps in other areas, which is likely to confront health practitioners, using a practical approach with a real-life clinical scenario, we outline how the evidence from the systematic review can be implemented in clinical practice. This approach builds on the philosophy of evidence-based practice of integrating research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values. Keywords: low back pain, McKenzie method, directional

  2. Role of apoptosis-inducing factor, proline dehydrogenase, and NADPH oxidase in apoptosis and oxidative stress

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Sathish Kumar Natarajan, Donald F BeckerDepartment of Biochemistry and Redox Biology Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NEAbstract: Flavoproteins catalyze a variety of reactions utilizing flavin mononucleotide or flavin adenine dinucleotide as cofactors. The oxidoreductase properties of flavoenzymes implicate them in redox homeostasis, oxidative stress, and various cellular processes, including programmed cell death. Here we explore three critical flavoproteins involved in apoptosis and redox signaling, ie, apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF, proline dehydrogenase, and NADPH oxidase. These proteins have diverse biochemical functions and influence apoptotic signaling by unique mechanisms. The role of AIF in apoptotic signaling is two-fold, with AIF changing intracellular location from the inner mitochondrial membrane space to the nucleus upon exposure of cells to apoptotic stimuli. In the mitochondria, AIF enhances mitochondrial bioenergetics and complex I activity/assembly to help maintain proper cellular redox homeostasis. After translocating to the nucleus, AIF forms a chromatin degrading complex with other proteins, such as cyclophilin A. AIF translocation from the mitochondria to the nucleus is triggered by oxidative stress, implicating AIF as a mitochondrial redox sensor. Proline dehydrogenase is a membrane-associated flavoenzyme in the mitochondrion that catalyzes the rate-limiting step of proline oxidation. Upregulation of proline dehydrogenase by the tumor suppressor, p53, leads to enhanced mitochondrial reactive oxygen species that induce the intrinsic apoptotic pathway. NADPH oxidases are a group of enzymes that generate reactive oxygen species for oxidative stress and signaling purposes. Upon activation, NADPH oxidase 2 generates a burst of superoxide in neutrophils that leads to killing of microbes during phagocytosis. NADPH oxidases also participate in redox signaling that involves hydrogen peroxide-mediated activation of

  3. Co+-H interaction inspired alternate coordination geometries of biologically important cob(I)alamin: possible structural and mechanistic consequences for methyltransferases.

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    Kumar, Manoj; Hirao, Hajime; Kozlowski, Pawel M

    2012-10-01

    A detailed computational analysis employing density functional theory (DFT), atoms in molecules, and quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) tools has been performed to investigate the primary coordination environment of cob(I)alamin (Co(+)Cbx), which is a ubiquitous B(12) intermediate in methyltransferases and ATP:corrinoid adenosyltransferases. The DFT calculations suggest that the simplified (Co(+)Cbl) as well as the complete (Co(+)Cbi) complexes can adapt to the square pyramidal or octahedral coordination geometry owing to the unconventional H-bonding between the Co(+) ion and its axial ligands. These Co(+)-H bonds contain appreciable amounts of electrostatic, charge transfer, long-range correlation, and dispersion components. The computed reduction potentials of the Co(2+)/Co(+) couple imply that the Co(+)-H(H(2)O) interaction causes a greater anodic shift [5-98 mV vs. the normal hydrogen electrode (NHE) in chloroform solvent] than the analogous Co(+)-H(imidazole) interaction (1 mV vs. NHE) in the reduction potential of the Co(2+)/Co(+) couple. This may explain why a β-axial H(2)O ligand has specifically been found in the active sites of certain methyltransferases. The QM/MM analysis of methionine synthase bound Co(+)Cbx (Protein Data Bank ID 1BMT, resolution 3.0 Å) indicates that the enzyme-bound Co(+)Cbx can also form a Co(+)-H bond, but can only exist in square pyramidal form because of the steric constraints imposed by the cellular environment. The present calculations thus support a recently proposed alternate mechanism for the enzyme-bound Co(2+)/Co(+) reduction that involves the conversion of square pyramidal Co(2+)Cbx into square pyramidal Co(+)Cbx (Kumar and Kozlowski in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 50:8702-8705, 2011).

  4. How valuable is word of mouth?

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    Kumar, V; Petersen, J Andrew; Leone, Robert P

    2007-10-01

    The customers who buy the most from you are probably not your best marketers. What's more, your best marketers may be worth far more to your company than your most enthusiastic consumers. Those are the conclusions of professors Kumar and Petersen at the University of Connecticut and professor Leone at Ohio State University, who analyzed thousands of customers in research focused on a telecommunications company and a financial services firm. In this article, the authors present a straightforward tool that can be used to calculate both customer lifetime value (CLV), the worth of your customers' purchases, and customer referral value (CRV), the value of their referrals. Knowing both enables you to segment your customers into four constituent parts: those that buy a lot but are poor marketers (which they term Affluents); those that don't buy much but are very strong salespeople for your firm (Advocates); those that do both well (Champions); and those that do neither well (Misers). In a series of one-year experiments, the authors demonstrated the effectiveness of this segmentation approach. Offering purchasing incentives to Advocates, referral incentives to Affluents, and both to Misers, they were able to move significant proportions of all three into the Champions category. Both companies reaped returns on their marketing investments greater than 12-fold--more than double the normal marketing ROI for their industries. The power of this tool is its ability to help marketers decide where to focus their efforts. Rather than waste funds encouraging big spenders to spend slightly more while overlooking the power of customer evangelists who don't buy enough to seem important, you can reap much higher rewards by nudging big spenders to make referrals and urging enthusiastic proponents of your wares to buy a bit more.

  5. Understanding epidemiological transition in India

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    Yadav, Suryakant; Arokiasamy, Perianayagam

    2014-01-01

    Background Omran's theory explains changing disease patterns over time predominantly from infectious to chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). India's epidemiological transition is characterized by dual burden of diseases. Kumar addressed low mortality and high morbidity in Kerala, which seems also to be true for India as a country in the current demographic scenario. Methods NSS data (1986–1987, 1995–1996, 2004) and aggregated data on causes of death provided by Registrar General India (RGI) were used to examine the structural changes in morbidity and causes of death. A zero-inflated poisson (ZIP) regression model and a beta-binomial model were used to corroborate the mounting age pattern of morbidity. Measures, namely the 25th and 75th percentiles of age-at-death and modal age-at-death, were used to examine the advances in mortality transition. Objective This study addressed the advances in epidemiological transition via exploring the structural changes in pattern of diseases and progress in mortality transition. Results The burden of NCDs has been increasing in old age without replacing the burden of communicable diseases. The manifold rise of chronic diseases in recent decades justifies the death toll and is responsible for transformation in the age pattern of morbidity. Over time, deaths have been concentrated near the modal age-at-death. Modal age-at-death increased linearly by 5 years for females (r2=0.9515) and males (r2=0.9020). Significant increase in modal age-at-death ascertained the dominance of old age mortality over the childhood/adult age mortality. Conclusions India experiences a dual burden of diseases associated with a remarkable transformation in the age pattern of morbidity and mortality, contemporaneous with structural changes in disease patterns. Continued progress in the pattern of diseases and mortality transition, accompanied by a linear rise in ex, unravels a compelling variation in advances found so far in epidemiological

  6. Inconsistency in 9 mm bullets: correlation of jacket thickness to post-impact geometry measured with non-destructive X-ray computed tomography.

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    Thornby, John; Landheer, Dirk; Williams, Tim; Barnes-Warden, Jane; Fenne, Paul; Norman, Daniel; Attridge, Alex; Williams, Mark A

    2014-01-01

    Fundamental to any ballistic armour standard is the reference projectile to be defeated. Typically, for certification purposes, a consistent and symmetrical bullet geometry is assumed, however variations in bullet jacket dimensions can have far reaching consequences. Traditionally, characteristics and internal dimensions have been analysed by physically sectioning bullets--an approach which is of restricted scope and which precludes subsequent ballistic assessment. The use of a non-destructive X-ray computed tomography (CT) method has been demonstrated and validated (Kumar et al., 2011 [15]); the authors now apply this technique to correlate bullet impact response with jacket thickness variations. A set of 20 bullets (9 mm DM11) were selected for comparison and an image-based analysis method was employed to map jacket thickness and determine the centre of gravity of each specimen. Both intra- and inter-bullet variations were investigated, with thickness variations of the order of 200 μm commonly found along the length of all bullets and angular variations of up to 50 μm in some. The bullets were subsequently impacted against a rigid flat plate under controlled conditions (observed on a high-speed video camera) and the resulting deformed projectiles were re-analysed. The results of the experiments demonstrate a marked difference in ballistic performance between bullets from different manufacturers and an asymmetric thinning of the jacket is observed in regions of pre-impact weakness. The conclusions are relevant for future soft armour standards and provide important quantitative data for numerical model correlation and development. The implications of the findings of the work on the reliability and repeatability of the industry standard V50 ballistic test are also discussed.

  7. Multifaceted prospects of nanocomposites for cardiovascular grafts and stents

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Muthu Vignesh Vellayappan,1 Arunpandian Balaji,1 Aruna Priyadarshini Subramanian,1 Agnes Aruna John,1 Saravana Kumar Jaganathan,1 Selvakumar Murugesan,2 Eko Supriyanto,1 Mustafa Yusof1 1IJN-UTM Cardiovascular Engineering Centre, Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia; 2Rubber Technology Center, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India Abstract: Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death across the globe. The use of synthetic materials is indispensable in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Major drawbacks related to the use of biomaterials are their mechanical properties and biocompatibility, and these have to be circumvented before promoting the material to the market or clinical setting. Revolutionary advancements in nanotechnology have introduced a novel class of materials called nanocomposites which have superior properties for biomedical applications. Recently, there has been a widespread recognition of the nanocomposites utilizing polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane, bacterial cellulose, silk fibroin, iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles, and carbon nanotubes in cardiovascular grafts and stents. The unique characteristics of these nanocomposites have led to the development of a wide range of nanostructured copolymers with appreciably enhanced properties, such as improved mechanical, chemical, and physical characteristics suitable for cardiovascular implants. The incorporation of advanced nanocomposite materials in cardiovascular grafts and stents improves hemocompatibility, enhances antithrombogenicity, improves mechanical and surface properties, and decreases the microbial response to the cardiovascular implants. A thorough attempt is made to summarize the various applications of nanocomposites for cardiovascular graft and stent applications. This review will highlight the recent advances in nanocomposites and also address the need of future research in

  8. mRM - multiscale Routing Model for Scale-Independent Streamflow Simulations

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    Thober, Stephan; Kumar, Rohini; Samaniego, Luis; Mai, Juliane; Rakovec, Oldrich; Cuntz, Matthias

    2016-04-01

    Routing streamflow through a river network is a basic step within any distributed hydrologic model. It integrates the generated runoff and allows comparison with observed discharge at the outlet of a catchment. The Muskingum routing is a textbook river routing scheme that has been implemented in Earth System Models (e.g., WRF-HYDRO), stand-alone routing schemes (e.g., RAPID) , and hydrologic models (e.g., the mesoscale Hydrologic Model - mHM). Two types of implementations are mostly used. In the first one, the spatial routing resolution is fixed to that of the elevation model irrespective of the hydrologic modeling resolution. This implementation suffers from a high computational demand. In the second one, the spatial resolution is always applied at the hydrologic modelling resolution. This approach requires a scale-independent model behaviour which is often not evaluated. Here, we present the multiscale Routing Model (mRM) that provides a flexible choice of the routing resolution independent of the hydrologic modelling resolution. It incorporates a triangular unit hydrograph for overland flow routing and a Muskingum routing scheme for river routing. mRM provides a scale-independent model behaviour by exploiting the Multiscale Parameter Regionalisation (MPR) included in the open-source mHM (www.ufz.de/mhm). MPR reflects the structure of the landscape within the parametrisation of hydrologic processes. Effective model parameters are derived by upscaling of high-resolution (i.e., landscape resolution) parameters to the hydrologic modelling/routing resolution as proposed in Samaniego et al. 2010 and Kumar et al. 2013. mRM is coupled in this work to the state-of-the-art land surface model Noah-MP. Simulated streamflow is derived for the Ohio River (≈~525 000 km^2) during the period 1990-2000 at resolutions of 0.0625

  9. Primary care assessment instruments for patients at risk of, or with, persistent pain: opportunistic findings from a systematic literature review

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    Karen Grimmer-Somers

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Karen Grimmer-Somers1, Saravana Kumar1, Nic Vipond2, Gillian Hall21Centre for Allied Health Evidence, University of South Australia, Australia; 2Accident Compensation Corporation, Wellington, New ZealandBackground: Early identification in primary care settings of individuals with, or at-risk of, developing persistent pain, is important to limit development of disability. There is little information to assist primary care providers to choose or deliver relevant, efficient, and soundly constructed assessment instruments for this purpose.Objective: We recently published the findings of a literature review, which produced a compendium of assessment instruments to identify adults with, or at-risk of developing, persistent pain of noncancer origin. This paper reports on instruments opportunistically identified during this review which may be appropriate to primary health care settings for early identification of such patients.Results: One hundred sixteen potentially useful instruments were initially identified in the review, measuring pain severity, psychological distress, functional capacity, quality of life or multidimensional constructs of persistent pain. Following a series of steps, 45 instruments were shortlisted, with sound clinical utility and strong psychometric properties. Of these, 16 instruments were appropriate to primary health care settings because of simple wording, brief items, short administration time, and ease of scoring.Conclusion: No one assessment instrument captured all constructs of persistent pain. The 16 instruments provide a broad choice for primary care clinicians to assist with early identification of adults at risk of, or with persistent pain.Keywords: adults with persistent pain, primary health care assessment, early identification

  10. Formulation of SrO-MBCUS Agglomerates for Esterification and Transesterification of High FFA Vegetable Oil

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    Prashant Kumar

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Musa Balbisiana Colla Underground Stem (MBCUS catalyst was treated thermally mixing with 5:1 w/w of Strontium Oxide (SrO and the dynamic sites were reformed. The MBCUS-SrO showed sharper crystalline phases as evidence from XRD and TEM analysis. The composition and morphology were characterized from BET, SEM, EDX thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA and XRF analysis. The optimization process for biodiesel production from Jatropha curcas L oil (JCO having high percentage of free fatty acids was carried out using orthogonal arrays adopting the Taguchi method. The linear equation was obtained from the analysis and subsequent biodiesel production (96% FAME was taken away from the JCO under optimal reaction conditions. The biodiesel so prepared had identical characteristics to that with MBCUS alone, but at a lower temperature (200˚C and internal vapour pressure. Metal leaching was much lower while reusability of the catalyst was enhanced. It was also confirmed that the particle size has little impact upon the conversion efficacy, but the basic active sites are more important. Copyright © 2016 BCREC GROUP. All rights reserved Received: 19th August 2015; Revised: 8th December 2015; Accepted: 1st January 2016 How to Cite: Kumar, P., Sarma, A.K., Bansal, A., Jha, M.K. (2016. Formulation of SrO-MBCUS Agglomerates for Esterification and Transesterification of High FFA Vegetable Oil. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 11 (2: 140-150 (doi:10.9767/bcrec.11.2.540.140-150 Permalink/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.11.2.540.140-150

  11. NCA-LDAS: An Integrated Terrestrial Water Analysis System for Development, Evaluation, and Dissemination of Climate Indicators

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    Jasinski, M. F.; Arsenault, K. R.; Beaudoing, H. K.; Bolten, J. D.; Borak, J.; Kumar, S.; Peters-Lidard, C. D.; Li, B.; Liu, Y.; Mocko, D. M.; Rodell, M.

    2014-12-01

    An Integrated Terrestrial Water Analysis System, or NCA-LDAS, has been created to enable development, evaluation, and dissemination of terrestrial hydrologic climate indicators focusing on the continental U.S. The purpose is to provide quantifiable indicators of states and estimated trends in our nation's water stores and fluxes over a wide range of scales and locations, to support improved understanding and management of water resources and numerous related sectors such as agriculture and energy. NCA-LDAS relies on improved modeling of terrestrial hydrology through assimilation of satellite imagery, building upon the legacy of the Land Information System modeling framework (Kumar et al, 2006; Peters-Lidard et al, 2007). It currently employs the Noah or Catchment Land Surface Model, run with a number of satellite data assimilation scenarios. The domain for NCA-LDAS is the continental U.S. at 1/8 degree grid for the period 1979 to present. Satellite-based variables that are assimilated are soil moisture and snow water equivalent from principally microwave sensors such as SMMR, SSM/I and AMSR, snow covered area from multispectral sensors such as AVHRR, and MODIS, and terrestrial water storage from GRACE. Once simulated, output are evaluated in comparison to independent datasets using a variety of metrics using the Land Surface Verification Toolkit (LVT). LVT schemes within NCA-LDAS also include routines for computing standard statistics of time series such means, max, and linear trends, at various scales. The dissemination of the NCA-LDAS, including model descriptions, forcings, parameters, daily output, indicator results and LVT tools, have been made available to the public through dissemination on NASA GES-DISC.

  12. Evaluation and comparison of high-level microwave oven disinfection with chemical disinfection of dental gypsum casts.

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    Meghashri, K; Kumar, Prasanna; Prasad, D Krishna; Hegde, Rakshit

    2014-06-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare microwave disinfection with chemical disinfection of dental gypsum casts. A total of 120 casts were prepared from a silicone mold using Type III dental stone. Of the 120 casts, 60 casts were contaminated with 1 ml suspension of Staphylococcus aureus and 60 casts were contaminated with 1 ml suspension of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Then, the casts were disinfected with microwave irradiation and chemical disinfection using the microwave oven and 0.5% sodium hypochlorite. Bacteriologic procedures were performed; the cfu/ml for each cast was calculated as a weighted mean. The results were analyzed using Kruskal-Wallis test and Mann-Whitney test. The untreated casts showed Brain heart infusion broth counts of 106 log cfu/ml compared to irradiated and chemically disinfected casts, in which 105 log reduction of cfu/ml was seen. These results satisfied the requirements of current infection control guidelines for the dental laboratory. The results obtained for chemical disinfection were in equivalence with microwave disinfection. Within the limitation of this in vitro study, it was found that microwave disinfection of casts for 5 min at 900 W gives high-level disinfection that complies with the current infection control guidelines for the dental laboratory and microwave disinfection method is an effective and validated method as chemical disinfection. How to cite the article: Meghashri K, Kumar P, Prasad DK, Hegde R. Evaluation and comparison of high-level microwave oven disinfection with chemical disinfection of dental gypsum casts. J Int Oral Health 2014;6(3):56-60 .

  13. Incorporating root hydraulic redistribution in CLM4.5: Effects on predicted site and global evapotranspiration, soil moisture, and water storage

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    Tang, Jinyun; Riley, William J.; Niu, Jie

    2015-12-01

    We implemented the Amenu-Kumar model in the Community Land Model (CLM4.5) to simulate plant Root Hydraulic Redistribution (RHR) and analyzed its influence on CLM hydrology from site to global scales. We evaluated two numerical implementations: the first solved the coupled equations of root and soil water transport concurrently, while the second solved the two equations sequentially. Through sensitivity analysis, we demonstrate that the sequentially coupled implementation (SCI) is numerically incorrect, whereas the tightly coupled implementation (TCI) is numerically robust with numerical time steps varying from 1 to 30 min. At the site-level, we found the SCI approach resulted in better agreement with measured evapotranspiration (ET) at the AmeriFlux Blodgett Forest site, California, whereas the two approaches resulted in equally poor agreement between predicted and measured ET at the LBA Tapajos KM67 Mature Forest site in Amazon, Brazil. Globally, the SCI approach overestimated annual land ET by as much as 3.5 mm d-1 in some grid cells when compared to the TCI estimates. These comparisons demonstrate that TCI is a more robust numerical implementation of RHR. However, we found, even with TCI, that incorporating RHR resulted in worse agreement with measured soil moisture at both the Blodgett Forest and Tapajos sites and degraded the agreement between simulated terrestrial water storage anomaly and Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) observations. We find including RHR in CLM4.5 improved ET predictions compared with the FLUXNET-MTE estimates north of 20° N but led to poorer predictions in the tropics. The biases in ET were robust and significant regardless of the four different pedotransfer functions or of the two meteorological forcing data sets we applied. We also found that the simulated water table was unrealistically sensitive to RHR. Therefore, we contend that further structural and data improvements are warranted to improve the hydrological

  14. Regulatory circuitry of TWEAK-Fn14 system and PGC-1α in skeletal muscle atrophy program

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    Hindi, Sajedah M.; Mishra, Vivek; Bhatnagar, Shephali; Tajrishi, Marjan M.; Ogura, Yuji; Yan, Zhen; Burkly, Linda C.; Zheng, Timothy S.; Kumar, Ashok

    2014-01-01

    Skeletal muscle wasting attributed to inactivity has significant adverse functional consequences. Accumulating evidence suggests that peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ coactivator 1α (PGC-1α) and TNF-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK)-Fn14 system are key regulators of skeletal muscle mass in various catabolic states. While the activation of TWEAK-Fn14 signaling causes muscle wasting, PGC-1α preserves muscle mass in several conditions, including functional denervation and aging. However, it remains unknown whether there is any regulatory interaction between PGC-1α and TWEAK-Fn14 system during muscle atrophy. Here we demonstrate that TWEAK significantly reduces the levels of PGC-1α and mitochondrial content (∼50%) in skeletal muscle. Levels of PGC-1α are significantly increased in skeletal muscle of TWEAK-knockout (KO) and Fn14-KO mice compared to wild-type mice on denervation. Transgenic (Tg) overexpression of PGC-1α inhibited progressive muscle wasting in TWEAK-Tg mice. PGC-1α inhibited the TWEAK-induced activation of NF-κB (∼50%) and dramatically reduced (∼90%) the expression of atrogenes such as MAFbx and MuRF1. Intriguingly, muscle-specific overexpression of PGC-1α also prevented the inducible expression of Fn14 in denervated skeletal muscle. Collectively, our study demonstrates that TWEAK induces muscle atrophy through repressing the levels of PGC-1α. Overexpression of PGC-1α not only blocks the TWEAK-induced atrophy program but also diminishes the expression of Fn14 in denervated skeletal muscle.—Hindi, S. M., Mishra, V., Bhatnagar, S., Tajrishi, M. M., Ogura, Y., Yan, Z., Burkly, L. C., Zheng, T. S., Kumar, A. Regulatory circuitry of TWEAK-Fn14 system and PGC-1α in skeletal muscle atrophy program. PMID:24327607

  15. Cellulose nanofiber aerogel as a promising biomaterial for customized oral drug delivery

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    Bhandari J

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Jyoti Bhandari,1 Harshita Mishra,1 Pawan Kumar Mishra,2 Rupert Wimmer,2,3 Farhan J Ahmad,1 Sushama Talegaonkar1 1Department of Pharmaceutics, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India; 2Department of Wood Science, Mendel University in Brno, Brno, Czech Republic; 3Institute for Natural Materials Technology, Department of Agrobiotechnology, IFA-Tulln, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria Abstract: Cellulose nanofiber (CNF aerogels with favorable floatability and mucoadhesive properties prepared by the freeze-drying method have been introduced as new possible carriers for oral controlled drug delivery system. Bendamustine hydrochloride is considered as the model drug. Drug loading was carried out by the physical adsorption method, and optimization of drug-loaded formulation was done using central composite design. A very lightweight-aerogel-with-matrix system was produced with drug loading of 18.98%±1.57%. The produced aerogel was characterized for morphology, tensile strength, swelling tendency in media with different pH values, floating behavior, mucoadhesive detachment force and drug release profiles under different pH conditions. The results showed that the type of matrix was porous and woven with excellent mechanical properties. The drug release was assessed by dialysis, which was fitted with suitable mathematical models. Approximately 69.205%±2.5% of the drug was released in 24 hours in medium of pH 1.2, whereas ~78%±2.28% of drug was released in medium of pH 7.4, with floating behavior for ~7.5 hours. The results of in vivo study showed a 3.25-fold increase in bioavailability. Thus, we concluded that CNF aerogels offer a great possibility for a gastroretentive drug delivery system with improved bioavailability. Keywords: cellulose nanofiber, aerogel, controlled release, gastroretentive, floating behavior, swelling behavior, mucoadhesion, bioavailability

  16. Building phylogenetic trees from molecular data with MEGA.

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    Hall, Barry G

    2013-05-01

    Phylogenetic analysis is sometimes regarded as being an intimidating, complex process that requires expertise and years of experience. In fact, it is a fairly straightforward process that can be learned quickly and applied effectively. This Protocol describes the several steps required to produce a phylogenetic tree from molecular data for novices. In the example illustrated here, the program MEGA is used to implement all those steps, thereby eliminating the need to learn several programs, and to deal with multiple file formats from one step to another (Tamura K, Peterson D, Peterson N, Stecher G, Nei M, Kumar S. 2011. MEGA5: molecular evolutionary genetics analysis using maximum likelihood, evolutionary distance, and maximum parsimony methods. Mol Biol Evol. 28:2731-2739). The first step, identification of a set of homologous sequences and downloading those sequences, is implemented by MEGA's own browser built on top of the Google Chrome toolkit. For the second step, alignment of those sequences, MEGA offers two different algorithms: ClustalW and MUSCLE. For the third step, construction of a phylogenetic tree from the aligned sequences, MEGA offers many different methods. Here we illustrate the maximum likelihood method, beginning with MEGA's Models feature, which permits selecting the most suitable substitution model. Finally, MEGA provides a powerful and flexible interface for the final step, actually drawing the tree for publication. Here a step-by-step protocol is presented in sufficient detail to allow a novice to start with a sequence of interest and to build a publication-quality tree illustrating the evolution of an appropriate set of homologs of that sequence. MEGA is available for use on PCs and Macs from www.megasoftware.net.

  17. Hyperspectral microscopy for characterization of gold nanoparticles in biological media and cells for toxicity assessment.

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    Grabinski, Christin; Schlager, John; Hussain, Saber

    2013-01-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) are being implemented in a wide range of applications, and it is critical to proactively investigate their toxicity. Due to the extensive range of NPs being produced, in vitro studies are a valuable approach for toxicity screening. Key information required to support in vitro toxicity assessments include NP stability in biologically relevant media and fate once exposed to cells. Hyperspectral microscopy is a sensitive, real-time technique that combines the use of microscopy and spectroscopy for the measurement of the reflectance spectrum at individual pixels in a micrograph. This method has been used extensively for molecular imaging with plasmonic NPs as contrast agents (Aaron et al., Opt Express 16:2153-2167, 2008; Kumar et al., Nano Lett 7:1338-1343, 2007; Wax and Sokolov, Laser Photon Rev 3:146-158, 2009; Curry et al., Opt Express 14:6535-6542, 2006; Curry et al., J Biomed Opt 13:014022, 2008; Cognet et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 100:11350-11355, 2003; Sokolov et al., Cancer Res 63:1999-2004, 2003; Sönnichsen et al., Nat Biotechnol 23:741-745, 2005; Nusz et al., Anal Chem 80:984-989, 2008) and/or sensors (Nusz et al., Anal Chem 80:984-989, 2008; Ungureanu et al., Sens Actuators B 150:529-536, 2010; McFarland and Van Duyne, Nano Lett 3:1057-1062, 2003; Galush et al., Nano Lett 9:2077-2082, 2009; El-Sayed et al., Nano Lett 5:829-834, 2005). Here we describe an approach for using hyperspectral microscopy to characterize the agglomeration and stability of plasmonic NPs in biological media and their interactions with cells.

  18. Candidate genes of Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia: current evidence and research

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    Bianchi G

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Giada Bianchi,1 Antonio Sacco,1 Shaji Kumar,2 Giuseppe Rossi,3 Irene Ghobrial,1 Aldo Roccaro11Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2Division of Hematology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA; 3Department of Hematology, Spedali Civili di Brescia, Brescia, ItalyAbstract: Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia (WM is a relatively uncommon, indolent malignancy of immunoglobulin M-producing B cells. The World Health Organization classifies it as a lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma and patients typically present with anemia, hepatosplenomegaly and diffuse lymphadenopathies. Historically, the genetic characterization of the disease has been hampered by the relatively low proliferative rate of WM cells, thus making karyotyping challenging. The use of novel technologies such as fluorescence in situ hybridization, gene array, and whole genome sequencing has contributed greatly to establishing candidate genes in the pathophysiology of WM and to identifying potential treatment targets, such as L265P MYD88. The discovery of microRNAs and the recognition of epigenetics as a major modulatory mechanism of oncogene expression and/or oncosuppressor silencing have aided in further understanding the pathogenesis of WM. Once thought to closely resemble multiple myeloma, a cancer of terminally differentiated, immunoglobulin-secreting plasma cells, WM appears to genetically cluster with other indolent B-cell lymphomas such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small cell lymphoma. The relative high incidence of familial cases of WM and other B-cell malignancies has been helpful in identifying high-risk gene candidates. In this review, we focus on the established genes involved in the pathogenesis of WM, with special emphasis on the key role of derangement of the nuclear factor kappa B signaling pathway and epigenetic mechanisms.Keywords: genetics, familial cases, NF-κB, whole genome sequencing, MYD88

  19. On the Lowest Ro-Vibrational States of Protonated Methane: Experiment and Analytical Model

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    Schmiedt, Hanno; Jensen, Per; Asvany, Oskar; Schlemmer, Stephan

    2016-06-01

    Protonated methane, CH_5^+, is the prototype of an extremely floppy molecule. To the best of our knowledge all barriers are surmountable in the rovibrational ground state; the large amount of zero-point vibrational energy leads to large amplitude motions for many degrees of freedom. Low resolution but broad band vibrational spectroscopy [1] revealed an extremely wide range of C-H stretching vibrations. Comparison with theoretical IR spectra supported the structural motif of a CH_3 tripod and an H_2 moiety, bound to the central carbon atom by a 3c2e bond. In a more dynamic picture the five protons surround the central carbon atom without significant restrictions on the H-C-H bending or H_n-C torsional motions. The large-amplitude internal motions preclude a simple theoretical description of the type possible for more conventional molecules, such as the related spherical-top methane molecule. Recent high-resolution ro-vibrational spectra obtained in cold ion trap experiments [2] show that the observed CH_5^+ transitions belong to a very well-defined energy level scheme describing the lowest rotational and vibrational states of this enigmatic molecule. Here we analyse the experimental ground state combination differences and associate them with the motional states of CH_5^+ allowed by Fermi-Dirac statistics. A model Hamiltonian for unrestricted internal rotations in CH_5^+ yields a simple analytical expression for the energy eigenvalues, expressed in terms of new quantum numbers describing the free internal rotation. These results are compared to the experimental combination differences and the validity of the model will be discussed together with the underlying assumptions. [1] O. Asvany, P. Kumar, I. Hegemann, B. Redlich, S. Schlemmer and D. Marx, Science 309, (2005) 1219-1222 [2] O. Asvany, K.M.T. Yamada, S. Brünken, A. Potapov, S. Schlemmer, Science 347 (2015) 1346-1349

  20. Cationic versus anionic surfactant in tuning the structure and interaction of nanoparticle, protein, and surfactant complexes.

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    Mehan, Sumit; Aswal, Vinod K; Kohlbrecher, Joachim

    2014-08-26

    The structure and interaction in complexes of anionic Ludox HS40 silica nanoparticle, anionic bovine serum albumin (BSA) protein, and cationic dodecyl trimethylammonium bromide (DTAB) surfactant have been studied using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The results are compared with similar complexes having anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant (Mehan, S; Chinchalikar, A. J.; Kumar, S.; Aswal, V. K.; Schweins, R. Langmuir 2013, 29, 11290). In both cases (DTAB and SDS), the structure in nanoparticle-protein-surfactant complexes is predominantly determined by the interactions of the individual two-component systems. The nanoparticle-surfactant (mediated through protein-surfactant complex) and protein-surfactant interactions for DTAB, but nanoparticle-protein (mediated through protein-surfactant complex) and protein-surfactant interactions for SDS, are found to be responsible for the resultant structure of nanoparticle-protein-surfactant complexes. Irrespective of the charge on the surfactant, the cooperative binding of surfactant with protein leads to micellelike clusters of surfactant formed along the unfolded protein chain. The adsorption of these protein-surfactant complexes for DTAB on oppositely charged nanoparticles gives rise to the protein-surfactant complex-mediated aggregation of nanoparticles (similar to that of DTAB surfactant). It is unlike that of depletion-induced aggregation of nanoparticles with nonadsorption of protein-surfactant complexes for SDS in similarly charged nanoparticle systems (similar to that of protein alone). The modifications in nanoparticle aggregation as well as unfolding of protein in these systems as compared to the corresponding two-component systems have also been examined by selectively contrast matching the constituents.