Stochastic mapping of the Michaelis-Menten mechanism.
Dóka, Éva; Lente, Gábor
2012-02-07
The Michaelis-Menten mechanism is an extremely important tool for understanding enzyme-catalyzed transformation of substrates into final products. In this work, a computationally viable, full stochastic description of the Michaelis-Menten kinetic scheme is introduced based on a stochastic equivalent of the steady-state assumption. The full solution derived is free of restrictions on amounts of substance or parameter values and is used to create stochastic maps of the Michaelis-Menten mechanism, which show the regions in the parameter space of the scheme where the use of the stochastic kinetic approach is inevitable. The stochastic aspects of recently published examples of single-enzyme kinetic studies are analyzed using these maps.
Moffitt, Jeffrey R; Bustamante, Carlos
2014-01-01
Enzyme-catalyzed reactions are naturally stochastic, and precision measurements of these fluctuations, made possible by single-molecule methods, promise to provide fundamentally new constraints on the possible mechanisms underlying these reactions. We review some aspects of statistical kinetics: a new field with the goal of extracting mechanistic information from statistical measures of fluctuations in chemical reactions. We focus on a widespread and important statistical measure known as the randomness parameter. This parameter is remarkably simple in that it is the squared coefficient of variation of the cycle completion times, although it places significant limits on the minimal complexity of possible enzymatic mechanisms. Recently, a general expression has been introduced for the substrate dependence of the randomness parameter that is for rate fluctuations what the Michaelis-Menten expression is for the mean rate of product generation. We discuss the information provided by the new kinetic parameters introduced by this expression and demonstrate that this expression can simplify the vast majority of published models. © 2013 FEBS.
Kumar, Ashutosh; Dua, Arti
2015-01-01
Recent fluorescence spectroscopy measurements of the turnover time distribution of single-enzyme turnover kinetics of $\\beta$-galactosidase provide evidence of Michaelis-Menten kinetics at low substrate concentration. However, at high substrate concentrations, the dimensionless variance of the turnover time distribution shows systematic deviations from the Michaelis-Menten prediction. This difference is attributed to conformational fluctuations in both the enzyme and the enzyme-substrate complex and to the possibility of both parallel and off-pathway kinetics. Here, we use the chemical master equation to model the kinetics of a single fluctuating enzyme that can yield a product through either parallel or off-pathway mechanisms. An exact expression is obtained for the turnover time distribution from which the mean turnover time and randomness parameters are calculated. The parallel and off-pathway mechanisms yield strikingly different dependences of the mean turnover time and the randomness parameter on the su...
Kumar, Ashutosh; Maity, Hiranmay; Dua, Arti
2015-07-09
Recent fluorescence spectroscopy measurements of the turnover time distribution of single-enzyme turnover kinetics of β-galactosidase provide evidence of Michaelis-Menten kinetics at low substrate concentration. However, at high substrate concentrations, the dimensionless variance of the turnover time distribution shows systematic deviations from the Michaelis-Menten prediction. This difference is attributed to conformational fluctuations in both the enzyme and the enzyme-substrate complex and to the possibility of both parallel- and off-pathway kinetics. Here, we use the chemical master equation to model the kinetics of a single fluctuating enzyme that can yield a product through either parallel- or off-pathway mechanisms. An exact expression is obtained for the turnover time distribution from which the mean turnover time and randomness parameters are calculated. The parallel- and off-pathway mechanisms yield strikingly different dependences of the mean turnover time and the randomness parameter on the substrate concentration. In the parallel mechanism, the distinct contributions of enzyme and enzyme-substrate fluctuations are clearly discerned from the variation of the randomness parameter with substrate concentration. From these general results, we conclude that an off-pathway mechanism, with substantial enzyme-substrate fluctuations, is needed to rationalize the experimental findings of single-enzyme turnover kinetics of β-galactosidase.
Garneau-Tsodikova, Sylvie; Shkel, Irina A; Tsodikov, Oleg V
2009-04-15
Most enzyme kinetic experiments are carried out under pseudo-first-order conditions, that is, when one of the reactant species (the enzyme or the substrate) is in a large excess of the other species. More accurate kinetic information about the system can be gained without the restrictions of the pseudo-first-order conditions. We present a practical and general method of analysis of the common two-step rapid equilibrium Michaelis-Menten mechanism. The formalism is exact in that it does not involve any other approximations such as the steady-state, limitations on the reactant concentrations or on reaction times. We apply this method to the global analysis of kinetic progress curves for bovine alkaline phosphatase assays carried out under both pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order conditions.
Single-molecule Michaelis-Menten equations.
Kou, S C; Cherayil, Binny J; Min, Wei; English, Brian P; Xie, X Sunney
2005-10-20
This paper summarizes our present theoretical understanding of single-molecule kinetics associated with the Michaelis-Menten mechanism of enzymatic reactions. Single-molecule enzymatic turnover experiments typically measure the probability density f(t) of the stochastic waiting time t for individual turnovers. While f(t) can be reconciled with ensemble kinetics, it contains more information than the ensemble data; in particular, it provides crucial information on dynamic disorder, the apparent fluctuation of the catalytic rates due to the interconversion among the enzyme's conformers with different catalytic rate constants. In the presence of dynamic disorder, f(t) exhibits a highly stretched multiexponential decay at high substrate concentrations and a monoexponential decay at low substrate concentrations. We derive a single-molecule Michaelis-Menten equation for the reciprocal of the first moment of f(t), 1/, which shows a hyperbolic dependence on the substrate concentration [S], similar to the ensemble enzymatic velocity. We prove that this single-molecule Michaelis-Menten equation holds under many conditions, in particular when the intercoversion rates among different enzyme conformers are slower than the catalytic rate. However, unlike the conventional interpretation, the apparent catalytic rate constant and the apparent Michaelis constant in this single-molecule Michaelis-Menten equation are complicated functions of the catalytic rate constants of individual conformers. We also suggest that the randomness parameter r, defined as )2> / t2, can serve as an indicator for dynamic disorder in the catalytic step of the enzymatic reaction, as it becomes larger than unity at high substrate concentrations in the presence of dynamic disorder.
Michaelis-Menten equation and detailed balance in enzymatic networks.
Cao, Jianshu
2011-05-12
Many enzymatic reactions in biochemistry are far more complex than the celebrated Michaelis-Menten scheme, but the observed turnover rate often obeys the hyperbolic dependence on the substrate concentration, a relation established almost a century ago for the simple Michaelis-Menten mechanism. To resolve the longstanding puzzle, we apply the flux balance method to predict the functional form of the substrate dependence in the mean turnover time of complex enzymatic reactions and identify detailed balance (i.e., the lack of unbalanced conformational current) as a sufficient condition for the Michaelis-Menten equation to describe the substrate concentration dependence of the turnover rate in an enzymatic network. This prediction can be verified in single-molecule event-averaged measurements using the recently proposed signatures of detailed balance violations. The finding helps analyze recent single-molecule studies of enzymatic networks and can be applied to other external variables, such as force-dependence and voltage-dependence.
Ever-fluctuating single enzyme molecules : Michaelis-Menten equation revisited
English, Brian P.; Min, Wei; Oijen, Antoine M. van; Lee, Kang Taek; Luo, Guobin; Sun, Hongye; Cherayil, Binny J.; Kou, S.C.; Xie, X. Sunney
2006-01-01
Enzymes are biological catalysts vital to life processes and have attracted century-long investigation. The classic Michaelis-Menten mechanism provides a highly satisfactory description of catalytic activities for large ensembles of enzyme molecules. Here we tested the Michaelis-Menten equation at
Longatte, Guillaume; Guille-Collignon, Manon; Lemaître, Frédéric
2017-06-15
In the past years, many strategies have been implemented to benefit from oxygenic photosynthesis to harvest photosynthetic electrons and produce a significant photocurrent. Therefore, electrochemical tools were considered and have globally relied on the electron transfer(s) between the photosynthetic chain and a collecting electrode. In this context, we recently reported the implementation of an electrochemical set-up at the preparative scale to produce photocurrents from a Chlamydomonas reinhardtii algae suspension with an appropriate mediator (2,6-DCBQ) and a carbon gauze as the working electrode. In the present work, we wish to describe a mathematical modeling of the recorded photocurrents to better understand the effects of the experimental conditions on the photosynthetic extraction of electrons. In that way, we established a general model of an electrocatalytic mechanism at the preparative scale (that is, assuming a homogenous bulk solution at any time and a constant diffusion layer, both assumptions being valid under forced convection) in which the chemical step involves a Michaelis-Menten-like behaviour. Dependences of transient and steady-state corresponding currents were analysed as a function of different parameters by means of zone diagrams. This model was tested to our experimental data related to photosynthesis. The corresponding results suggest that competitive pathways beyond photosynthetic harvesting alone should be taken into account. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Michaelis-Menten relations for complex enzymatic networks.
Kolomeisky, Anatoly B
2011-04-21
Most biological processes are controlled by complex systems of enzymatic chemical reactions. Although the majority of enzymatic networks have very elaborate structures, there are many experimental observations indicating that some turnover rates still follow a simple Michaelis-Menten relation with a hyperbolic dependence on a substrate concentration. The original Michaelis-Menten mechanism has been derived as a steady-state approximation for a single-pathway enzymatic chain. The validity of this mechanism for many complex enzymatic systems is surprising. To determine general conditions when this relation might be observed in experiments, enzymatic networks consisting of coupled parallel pathways are investigated theoretically. It is found that the Michaelis-Menten equation is satisfied for specific relations between chemical rates, and it also corresponds to a situation with no fluxes between parallel pathways. Our results are illustrated for a simple model. The importance of the Michaelis-Menten relationship and derived criteria for single-molecule experimental studies of enzymatic processes are discussed.
Igamberdiev, Abir U; Roussel, Marc R
2012-03-01
Rubisco, the most abundant protein serving as the primary engine generating organic biomass on Earth, is characterized by a low catalytic constant (in higher plants approx. 3s(-1)) and low specificity for CO(2) leading to photorespiration. We analyze here why this enzyme evolved as the main carbon fixation engine. The high concentration of Rubisco exceeding the concentration of its substrate CO(2) by 2-3 orders of magnitude makes application of Michaelis-Menten kinetics invalid and requires alternative kinetic approaches to describe photosynthetic CO(2) assimilation. Efficient operation of Rubisco is supported by a strong flux of CO(2) to the chloroplast stroma provided by fast equilibration of bicarbonate and CO(2) and forwarding the latter to Rubisco reaction centers. The main part of this feedforward mechanism is a thylakoidal carbonic anhydrase associated with photosystem II and pumping CO(2) from the thylakoid lumen in coordination with the rate of electron transport, water splitting and proton gradient across the thylakoid membrane. This steady flux of CO(2) limits photosynthesis at saturating CO(2) concentrations. At low ambient CO(2) and correspondingly limited capacity of the bicarbonate pool in the stroma, its depletion at the sites of Rubisco is relieved by utilizing O(2) instead of CO(2), i.e. by photorespiration, a process which supplies CO(2) back to Rubisco and buffers the redox state and energy level in the chloroplast. Thus, the regulation of Rubisco function aims to keep steady non-equilibrium levels of CO(2), NADPH/NADP and ATP/ADP in the chloroplast stroma and to optimize the condition of homeostatic photosynthetic flux of matter and energy. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Sudhamalla, Babu; Kumar, Mahesh; Roy, Karnati R; Kumar, R Sunil; Bhuyan, Abani K
2013-11-01
It is known that tandem domains of enzymes can carry out catalysis independently or by collaboration. In the case of cysteine proteases, domain sequestration abolishes catalysis because the active site residues are distributed in both domains. The validity of this argument is tested here by using isolated human ribosomal protein S4, which has been recently identified as an unorthodox cysteine protease. Cleavage of the peptide substrate Z-FR↓-AMC catalyzed by recombinant C-terminal domain of human S4 (CHS4) is studied by fluorescence-monitored steady-state and stopped-flow kinetic methods. Proteolysis and autoproteolysis were analyzed by electrophoresis. The CHS4 domain comprised of sequence residues 116-263 has been cloned and ovreexpressed in Escherichia coli. The purified domain is enzymatically active. Barring minor differences, steady-state kinetic parameters for catalysis by CHS4 are very similar to those for full-length human S4. Further, stopped-flow transient kinetics of pre-steady-state substrate binding shows that the catalytic mechanism for both full-length S4 and CHS4 obeys the Michaelis-Menten model adequately. Consideration of the evolutionary domain organization of the S4e family of ribosomal proteins indicates that the central domain (residues 94-170) within CHS4 is indispensable. The C-terminal domain can carry out catalysis independently and as efficiently as the full-length human S4 does. Localization of the enzyme function in the C-terminal domain of human S4 provides the only example of a cysteine endoprotease where substrate-mediated intramolecular domain interaction is irrelevant for catalytic activity. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Michaelis-Menten kinetics under non-isothermal conditions.
Lervik, Anders; Kjelstrup, Signe; Qian, Hong
2015-01-14
We extend the celebrated Michaelis-Menten kinetics description of an enzymatic reaction taking into consideration the presence of a thermal driving force. A coupling of chemical and thermal driving forces is expected from the principle of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, and specifically we obtain an additional term to the classical Michaelis-Menten kinetic equation, which describes the coupling in terms of a single parameter. A companion equation for the heat flux is also derived, which actually can exist even in the absence of a temperature difference. Being thermodynamic in nature, this result is general and independent of the detailed mechanism of the coupling. Conditions for the experimental verification of the new equation are discussed.
The Michaelis-Menten-Stueckelberg Theorem
Alexander N. Gorban
2011-05-01
Full Text Available We study chemical reactions with complex mechanisms under two assumptions: (i intermediates are present in small amounts (this is the quasi-steady-state hypothesis or QSS and (ii they are in equilibrium relations with substrates (this is the quasiequilibrium hypothesis or QE. Under these assumptions, we prove the generalized mass action law together with the basic relations between kinetic factors, which are sufficient for the positivity of the entropy production but hold even without microreversibility, when the detailed balance is not applicable. Even though QE and QSS produce useful approximations by themselves, only the combination of these assumptions can render the possibility beyond the “rarefied gas” limit or the “molecular chaos” hypotheses. We do not use any a priori form of the kinetic law for the chemical reactions and describe their equilibria by thermodynamic relations. The transformations of the intermediate compounds can be described by the Markov kinetics because of their low density (low density of elementary events. This combination of assumptions was introduced by Michaelis and Menten in 1913. In 1952, Stueckelberg used the same assumptions for the gas kinetics and produced the remarkable semi-detailed balance relations between collision rates in the Boltzmann equation that are weaker than the detailed balance conditions but are still sufficient for the Boltzmann H-theorem to be valid. Our results are obtained within the Michaelis-Menten-Stueckelbeg conceptual framework.
Extending the kinetic solution of the classic Michaelis-Menten model of enzyme action
BISPO, Jose Ailton Conceicao; Bonafe, Carlos Francisco Sampaio; SOUZA, Volnei Brito de; SILVA, Joao Batista de Almeida e; CARVALHO, Giovani Brandao Mafra de
2011-01-01
The principal aim of studies of enzyme-mediated reactions has been to provide comparative and quantitative information on enzyme-catalyzed reactions under distinct conditions. The classic Michaelis-Menten model (Biochem Zeit 49:333, 1913) for enzyme kinetic has been widely used to determine important parameters involved in enzyme catalysis, particularly the Michaelis-Menten constant (K (M) ) and the maximum velocity of reaction (V (max) ). Subsequently, a detailed treatment of the mechanisms ...
Michaelis-Menten dynamics in protein subnetworks
Rubin, Katy J
2016-01-01
To understand the behaviour of complex systems it is often necessary to use models that describe the dynamics of subnetworks. It has previously been established using projection methods that such subnetwork dynamics generically involves memory of the past, and that the memory functions can be calculated explicitly for biochemical reaction networks made up of unary and binary reactions. However, many established network models involve also Michaelis-Menten kinetics, to describe e.g. enzymatic reactions. We show that the projection approach to subnetwork dynamics can be extended to such networks, thus significantly broadening its range of applicability. To derive the extension we construct a larger network that represents enzymes and enzyme complexes explicitly, obtain the projected equations, and finally take the limit of fast enzyme reactions that gives back Michaelis-Menten kinetics. The crucial point is that this limit can be taken in closed form. The outcome is a simple procedure that allows one to obtain ...
Michaelis-Menten dynamics in protein subnetworks.
Rubin, Katy J; Sollich, Peter
2016-05-07
To understand the behaviour of complex systems, it is often necessary to use models that describe the dynamics of subnetworks. It has previously been established using projection methods that such subnetwork dynamics generically involves memory of the past and that the memory functions can be calculated explicitly for biochemical reaction networks made up of unary and binary reactions. However, many established network models involve also Michaelis-Menten kinetics, to describe, e.g., enzymatic reactions. We show that the projection approach to subnetwork dynamics can be extended to such networks, thus significantly broadening its range of applicability. To derive the extension, we construct a larger network that represents enzymes and enzyme complexes explicitly, obtain the projected equations, and finally take the limit of fast enzyme reactions that gives back Michaelis-Menten kinetics. The crucial point is that this limit can be taken in closed form. The outcome is a simple procedure that allows one to obtain a description of subnetwork dynamics, including memory functions, starting directly from any given network of unary, binary, and Michaelis-Menten reactions. Numerical tests show that this closed form enzyme elimination gives a much more accurate description of the subnetwork dynamics than the simpler method that represents enzymes explicitly and is also more efficient computationally.
Klinman, Judith P
2014-01-01
The final arbiter of enzyme mechanism is the ability to establish and test a kinetic mechanism. Isotope effects play a major role in expanding the scope and insight derived from the Michaelis-Menten equation. The integration of isotope effects into the formalism of the Michaelis-Menten equation began in the 1970s and has continued until the present. This review discusses a family of eukaryotic copper proteins, including dopamine β-monooxygenase, tyramine β-monooxygenase and peptidylglycine α-amidating enzyme, which are responsible for the synthesis of neuroactive compounds, norepinephrine, octopamine and C-terminally carboxamidated peptides, respectively. The review highlights the results of studies showing how combining kinetic isotope effects with initial rate parameters permits the evaluation of: (a) the order of substrate binding to multisubstrate enzymes; (b) the magnitude of individual rate constants in complex, multistep reactions; (c) the identification of chemical intermediates; and (d) the role of nonclassical (tunnelling) behaviour in C-H activation. © 2013 FEBS.
Ever-fluctuating single enzyme molecules: Michaelis-Menten equation revisited.
English, Brian P; Min, Wei; van Oijen, Antoine M; Lee, Kang Taek; Luo, Guobin; Sun, Hongye; Cherayil, Binny J; Kou, S C; Xie, X Sunney
2006-02-01
Enzymes are biological catalysts vital to life processes and have attracted century-long investigation. The classic Michaelis-Menten mechanism provides a highly satisfactory description of catalytic activities for large ensembles of enzyme molecules. Here we tested the Michaelis-Menten equation at the single-molecule level. We monitored long time traces of enzymatic turnovers for individual beta-galactosidase molecules by detecting one fluorescent product at a time. A molecular memory phenomenon arises at high substrate concentrations, characterized by clusters of turnover events separated by periods of low activity. Such memory lasts for decades of timescales ranging from milliseconds to seconds owing to the presence of interconverting conformers with broadly distributed lifetimes. We proved that the Michaelis-Menten equation still holds even for a fluctuating single enzyme, but bears a different microscopic interpretation.
Reduction for Michaelis-Menten-Henri kinetics in the presence of diffusion.
Kalachev, L.V.; Kaper, H.G.; Kaper, T.J.; Popovic, N.; Zagaris, A.
2007-01-01
Abstract: The Michaelis-Menten-Henri (MMH) mechanism is one of the paradigm reaction mechanisms in biology and chemistry. In its simplest form, it involves a substrate that reacts (reversibly) with an enzyme, forming a complex which is transformed (irreversibly) into a product and the enzyme. Given
Reduction for Michaelis-Menten-Henri kinetics in the presence of diffusion
A. Zagaris (Antonios); L.V. Kalachev; H.G. Kaper; T.J. Kaper (Tasso Joost); N. Popovic
2007-01-01
textabstractThe Michaelis-Menten-Henri (MMH) mechanism is one of the paradigm reaction mechanisms in biology and chemistry. In its simplest form, it involves a substrate that reacts (reversibly) with an enzyme, forming a complex which is transformed (irreversibly) into a product and the enzyme.
Amyloid-like fibril elongation follows michaelis-menten kinetics
Milto, Katazyna; Botyriute, Akvile; Smirnovas, Vytautas
2013-01-01
... are. We obtained experimental data on insulin amyloid-like fibril elongation at the conditions where other processes which may impact kinetics of fibril formation are minor and fitted it using Michaelis-Menten equation...
Legitimacy of the stochastic Michaelis-Menten approximation.
Sanft, K R; Gillespie, D T; Petzold, L R
2011-01-01
Michaelis-Menten kinetics are commonly used to represent enzyme-catalysed reactions in biochemical models. The Michaelis-Menten approximation has been thoroughly studied in the context of traditional differential equation models. The presence of small concentrations in biochemical systems, however, encourages the conversion to a discrete stochastic representation. It is shown that the Michaelis-Menten approximation is applicable in discrete stochastic models and that the validity conditions are the same as in the deterministic regime. The authors then compare the Michaelis-Menten approximation to a procedure called the slow-scale stochastic simulation algorithm (ssSSA). The theory underlying the ssSSA implies a formula that seems in some cases to be different from the well-known Michaelis-Menten formula. Here those differences are examined, and some special cases of the stochastic formulas are confirmed using a first-passage time analysis. This exercise serves to place the conventional Michaelis-Menten formula in a broader rigorous theoretical framework.
Tang, J. Y
2015-01-01
The Michaelis-Menten kinetics and the reverse Michaelis-Menten kinetics are two popular mathematical formulations used in many land biogeochemical models to describe how microbes and plants would...
Robustness of optimal designs for the Michaelis-Menten model under a variation of criteria
Dette, Holger; Kiss, Christine; Wong, Weng Kee
2009-01-01
The Michaelis-Menten model has and continues to be one of the most widely used models in many diverse fields. In the biomedical sciences, the model continues to be ubiquitous in biochemistry, enzyme kinetics studies, nutrition science and in the pharmaceutical sciences. Despite its wide ranging applications across disciplines, design issues for this model are given short shrift. This paper focuses on design issues and provides a variety of optimal designs of this model. In addition, we ...
Single molecule Michaelis-Menten equation beyond quasistatic disorder.
Xue, Xiaochuan; Liu, Fei; Ou-Yang, Zhong-Can
2006-09-01
The classic Michaelis-Menten equation describes the catalytic activities for ensembles of enzyme molecules very well. But recent single-molecule experiments showed that the waiting time distribution and other properties of single enzyme molecules were not consistent with the prediction based on the ensemble viewpoint. They have contributed to the slow conformational changes of a single enzyme in the catalytic processes. In this work, we study the general dynamics of single enzymes in the presence of dynamic disorder. We find that, within the time separation regimes, i.e., the slow reaction and nondiffusion limits, the Michaelis-Menten equation holds exactly. In particular, by employing the decoupling approximation we demonstrate analytically that the classic Michaelis-Menten equation is still an excellent approximation in the presence of general dynamic disorder.
Optimal designs for Michaelis-Menten kinetic studies.
Matthews, J N S; Allcock, G C
2004-02-15
Many reactions in enzymology are governed by the Michaelis-Menten equation. Characterising these reactions requires the estimation of the parameters K(M) and V(max) which determine the Michaelis-Menten equation and this is done by observing rates of reactions at a set of substrate concentrations. The choice of substrate concentrations is investigated by determining Bayesian D-optimal designs for a model in which residuals have a normal distribution with constant variance. Designs which focus on alternative quantities, such as K(M) or the ratio V(max)/K(M) are also considered. The effect on the optimal designs of alternative error distributions is also considered.
Alternative Analysis of the Michaelis-Menten Equations
Krogstad, Harald E.; Dawed, Mohammed Yiha; Tegegne, Tadele Tesfa
2011-01-01
Courses in mathematical modelling are always in need of simple, illustrative examples. The Michaelis-Menten reaction kinetics equations have been considered to be a basic example of scaling and singular perturbation. However, the leading order approximations do not easily show the expected behaviour, and this note proposes a different perturbation…
Reexamining Michaelis-Menten Enzyme Kinetics for Xanthine Oxidase
Bassingthwaighte, James B.; Chinn, Tamara M.
2013-01-01
Abbreviated expressions for enzyme kinetic expressions, such as the Michaelis-Menten (M-M) equations, are based on the premise that enzyme concentrations are low compared with those of the substrate and product. When one does progress experiments, where the solute is consumed during conversion to form a series of products, the idealized conditions…
Alternative Analysis of the Michaelis-Menten Equations
Krogstad, Harald E.; Dawed, Mohammed Yiha; Tegegne, Tadele Tesfa
2011-01-01
Courses in mathematical modelling are always in need of simple, illustrative examples. The Michaelis-Menten reaction kinetics equations have been considered to be a basic example of scaling and singular perturbation. However, the leading order approximations do not easily show the expected behaviour, and this note proposes a different perturbation…
Reexamining Michaelis-Menten Enzyme Kinetics for Xanthine Oxidase
Bassingthwaighte, James B.; Chinn, Tamara M.
2013-01-01
Abbreviated expressions for enzyme kinetic expressions, such as the Michaelis-Menten (M-M) equations, are based on the premise that enzyme concentrations are low compared with those of the substrate and product. When one does progress experiments, where the solute is consumed during conversion to form a series of products, the idealized conditions…
Oscillatory enzyme reactions and Michaelis-Menten kinetics.
Goldbeter, Albert
2013-09-02
Oscillations occur in a number of enzymatic systems as a result of feedback regulation. How Michaelis-Menten kinetics influences oscillatory behavior in enzyme systems is investigated in models for oscillations in the activity of phosphofructokinase (PFK) in glycolysis and of cyclin-dependent kinases in the cell cycle. The model for the PFK reaction is based on a product-activated allosteric enzyme reaction coupled to enzymatic degradation of the reaction product. The Michaelian nature of the product decay term markedly influences the period, amplitude and waveform of the oscillations. Likewise, a model for oscillations of Cdc2 kinase in embryonic cell cycles based on Michaelis-Menten phosphorylation-dephosphorylation kinetics shows that the occurrence and amplitude of the oscillations strongly depend on the ultrasensitivity of the enzymatic cascade that controls the activity of the cyclin-dependent kinase. Copyright © 2013 Federation of European Biochemical Societies. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Design issues for the Michaelis-Menten model.
López-Fidalgo, J; Wong, Weng Kee
2002-03-07
We discuss design issues for the Michaelis-Menten model and use geometrical arguments to find optimal designs for estimating a subset of the model parameters, or a linear combination of the parameters. We propose multiple-objective optimal designs when the parameters have different levels of interest to the researcher. In addition, we compare six commonly used sequence designs in the biological sciences for estimating parameters and, propose optimal choices for the parameters for geometric designs using closed-form efficiency formulas.
Robust and efficient designs for the Michaelis-Menten model
Dette, Holger; Biedermann, Stefanie
2002-01-01
For the Michaelis-Menten model, we determine designs that maximize the minimum of the D-efficiencies over a certain interval for the nonlinear parameter. The best two point designs can be found explicitly, and a characterization is given when these designs are optimal within the class of all designs. In most cases of practical interest, the determined designs are highly efficient and robust with respect to misspecification of the nonlinear parameter. The results are illustrated and applied in...
Optimal designs for the Michaelis Menten model with correlated observations
Dette, Holger; Kunert, Joachim
2012-01-01
In this paper we investigate the problem of designing experiments for weighted least squares analysis in the Michaelis Menten model. We study the structure of exact D-optimal designs in a model with an autoregressive error structure. Explicit results for locally D-optimal are derived for the case where 2 observations can be taken per subject. Additionally standardized maximin D-optimal designs are obtained in this case. The results illustrate the enormous difficulties to find e...
The Michaelis-Menten-Stueckelberg Theorem
Gorban, Alexander N.; Muhammad Shahzad
2011-01-01
We study chemical reactions with complex mechanisms under two assumptions: (i) intermediates are present in small amounts (this is the quasi-steady-state hypothesis or QSS) and (ii) they are in equilibrium relations with substrates (this is the quasiequilibrium hypothesis or QE). Under these assumptions, we prove the generalized mass action law together with the basic relations between kinetic factors, which are sufficient for the positivity of the entropy production but hold even without mic...
Perturbation theory in the catalytic rate constant of the Henri-Michaelis-Menten enzymatic reaction.
Bakalis, Evangelos; Kosmas, Marios; Papamichael, Emmanouel M
2012-11-01
The Henry-Michaelis-Menten (HMM) mechanism of enzymatic reaction is studied by means of perturbation theory in the reaction rate constant k (2) of product formation. We present analytical solutions that provide the concentrations of the enzyme (E), the substrate (S), as well as those of the enzyme-substrate complex (C), and the product (P) as functions of time. For k (2) small compared to k (-1), we properly describe the entire enzymatic activity from the beginning of the reaction up to longer times without imposing extra conditions on the initial concentrations E ( o ) and S ( o ), which can be comparable or much different.
Noise slows the rate of Michaelis-Menten reactions.
Van Dyken, J David
2017-10-07
Microscopic randomness and the small volumes of living cells combine to generate random fluctuations in molecule concentrations called "noise". Here I investigate the effect of noise on biochemical reactions obeying Michaelis-Menten kinetics, concluding that substrate noise causes these reactions to slow. I derive a general expression for the time evolution of the joint probability density of chemical species in arbitrarily connected networks of non-linear chemical reactions in small volumes. This equation is a generalization of the chemical master equation (CME), a common tool for investigating stochastic chemical kinetics, extended to reaction networks occurring in small volumes, such as living cells. I apply this equation to a generalized Michaelis-Menten reaction in an open system, deriving the following general result: 〈p〉≤p¯ and 〈s〉≥s¯, where s¯ and p¯ denote the deterministic steady-state concentration of reactant and product species, respectively, and 〈s〉 and 〈p〉 denote the steady-state ensemble average over independent realizations of a stochastic reaction. Under biologically realistic conditions, namely when substrate is degraded or diluted by cell division, 〈p〉≤p¯. Consequently, noise slows the rate of in vivo Michaelis-Menten reactions. These predictions are validated by extensive stochastic simulations using Gillespie's exact stochastic simulation algorithm. I specify the conditions under which these effects occur and when they vanish, therefore reconciling discrepancies among previous theoretical investigations of stochastic biochemical reactions. Stochastic slowdown of reaction flux caused by molecular noise in living cells may have functional consequences, which the present theory may be used to quantify. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Optimal design for goodness-of-fit of the Michaelis-Menten enzyme kinetic function
Wong, Weng Kee; Melas, Viatcheslav B.; Dette, Holger
2004-01-01
We construct efficient designs for the Michaelis-Menten enzyme kinetic model capable of checking model assumption. An extended model, called EMAX model is also considered for this purpose. This model is widely used in pharmacokinetics and reduces to the Michaelis- Menten model for a specific choice of the parameter setting. Our strategy is to find efficient designs for estimating the parameters in the EMAX model and at the same time test the validity of the Michaelis-Menten model against the ...
Determination of individual cell Michaelis-Menten constants.
Sunray, Merav; Zurgil, Naomi; Shafran, Yana; Deutsch, Mordechai
2002-01-01
A novel methodology for the measurement and analysis of apparent K(M) (Michaelis-Menten constant) and V(MAX) values of individual cells is suggested. It is based on a mathematical model that considers substrate influx into the cell, its intracellular enzymatic hydrolysis, and the product efflux. The mathematical formulation was approximated linearly in order to analyze intracellular substrate conversion characteristics via Michaelis-Menten theory. Utilizing static cytometry, the time dependence of the fluorescence intensity [FI(t)] emitted from prelocalized and defined FDA stained cells was recorded. This required frequent periodical measurements of the same cells, which are sequentially exposed to various fluorogenic substrate concentrations. Model simulations correlated with experimental results. Differences in distributions of individual K(M) and V(MAX) values of cells incubated with and without PHA were evident. Average K(M) and V(MAX) values of PHA-stimulated cells increased by 99% and 540%, respectively. This study may provide a tool for assessing intracellular enzymatic activity in individual intact cells under defined physiologic conditions. This may open new vistas in various areas, giving answers to critical questions arising in the field of cell and developmental biology, immunology, oncology, and pharmacology. Copyright 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Michaelis-Menten kinetics of stiripentol in normal humans.
Levy, R H; Loiseau, P; Guyot, M; Blehaut, H M; Tor, J; Moreland, T A
1984-08-01
Michaelis-Menten kinetic parameters for stiripentol, and anticonvulsant, were assessed in six normal volunteers. Stiripentol was administered orally three times a day in dosage increments of 600, 1,200, and 1,800 mg/day for consecutive periods of 3, 4, and 7 days, respectively. Stiripentol steady-state levels at the three dosing rates increased more than proportionally with dose. The mean +/- SD oral clearance of stiripentol at 600 mg/day (1,090 +/- 624 L/day) was significantly greater (p less than 0.01) than at 1,200 (506 +/- 219 L/day) or 1,800 (405 +/- 151 L/day) mg/day. Average steady-state concentrations predicted from individually determined Vm and Km parameters were in good agreement with experimentally observed levels, indicating that the kinetics of stiripentol are of the Michaelis-Menten type. The mean Vm, Km, and Vm/Km ratio were 2,299 +/- 490 mg/day, 2.20 +/- 1.28 mg/L, and 1,241 +/- 837 L/day, respectively. Neuropsychological tests carried out before and after 14 days of stiripentol treatment showed a significant decline in verbal learning ability (p = 0.038) and a significant improvement in a test of memory and attention (p less than 0.01).
Simon Brown
2010-06-01
Full Text Available The behavior of enzyme-catalyzed reactions is not made clear to many students by the standard mathematical description of enzyme kinetics. An enzyme-machine analogy is described that has made the details of the Michaelis-Menten mechanism and the associated kinetics more accessible with minimal use of mathematics. Students taught using the analogy appear to have fewer of the misconceptions than those taught using a more mathematical approach.
Putz, Mihai V
2011-04-13
The conceptual and practical issues regarding the reduction of the Haldane-Radić enzymic mechanism, specific for cholinesterase kinetics, to the consecrated or logistically modified Michaelis-Menten kinetics, specific for some mutant enzymes, are here clarified as due to the limited initial substrate concentration, through detailed initial rate and progress curve analysis, even when other classical conditions for such equivalence are not entirely fulfilled.
Simon Brown
2010-01-01
The behavior of enzyme-catalyzed reactions is not made clear to many students by the standard mathematical description of enzyme kinetics. An enzyme-machine analogy is described that has made the details of the Michaelis-Menten mechanism and the associated kinetics more accessible with minimal use of mathematics. Students taught using the analogy appear to have fewer of the misconceptions than those taught using a more mathematical approach.
Mihai V. Putz
2011-04-01
Full Text Available The conceptual and practical issues regarding the reduction of the Haldane-Radić enzymic mechanism, specific for cholinesterase kinetics, to the consecrated or logistically modified Michaelis-Menten kinetics, specific for some mutant enzymes, are here clarified as due to the limited initial substrate concentration, through detailed initial rate and progress curve analysis, even when other classical conditions for such equivalence are not entirely fulfilled.
A note on the reverse Michaelis-Menten kinetics
Wang, Gangsheng [ORNL; Post, Wilfred M [ORNL
2013-01-01
We theoretically derive a general equation describing the enzyme kinetics that can be further simplified to the typical Michaelis-Menten (M-M) kinetics and the reverse M-M equation (RM-M) proposed by Schimel and Weintraub (2003). We discuss the conditions under which the RM-M is valid with this theoretical derivation. These conditions are contrary to the assumptions of Schimel and Weintraub (2003) and limit the applicability of the model in field soil environments. Nonetheless, Schimel and Weintraub s RM-M model is useful and has the ability to produce a non-linear response of SOM decomposition to enzyme concentration consistent with observations. Regardless of the theoretical basis, if we assume that the M-M and the RM-M could be equivalent, our sensitivity analysis indicates that enzyme plays a more sensitive role in the M-M kinetics compared with in the RM-M kinetics.
Amyloid-like fibril elongation follows michaelis-menten kinetics.
Milto, Katazyna; Botyriute, Akvile; Smirnovas, Vytautas
2013-01-01
A number of proteins can aggregate into amyloid-like fibrils. It was noted that fibril elongation has similarities to an enzymatic reaction, where monomers or oligomers would play a role of substrate and nuclei/fibrils would play a role of enzyme. The question is how similar these processes really are. We obtained experimental data on insulin amyloid-like fibril elongation at the conditions where other processes which may impact kinetics of fibril formation are minor and fitted it using Michaelis-Menten equation. The correlation of the fit is very good and repeatable. It speaks in favour of enzyme-like model of fibril elongation. In addition, obtained [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] values at different conditions may help in better understanding influence of environmental factors on the process of fibril elongation.
Enzymatic reactions in microfluidic devices: Michaelis-Menten kinetics.
Ristenpart, William D; Wan, Jiandi; Stone, Howard A
2008-05-01
Kinetic rate constants for enzymatic reactions are typically measured with a series of experiments at different substrate concentrations in a well-mixed container. Here we demonstrate a microfluidic technique for measuring Michaelis-Menten rate constants with only a single experiment. Enzyme and substrate are brought together in a coflow microfluidic device, and we establish analytically and numerically that the initial concentration of product scales with the distance x along the channel as x5/2. Measurements of the initial rate of product formation, combined with the quasi-steady rate of product formation further downstream, yield the rate constants. We corroborate the x5/2 scaling result experimentally using the bioluminescent reaction between ATP and luciferase/luciferin as a model system.
Analysis of noise-induced bistability in Michaelis Menten single-step enzymatic cycle
Remondini, Daniel; Bazzani, Armando; Castellani, Gastone; Maritan, Amos
2011-01-01
In this paper we study noise-induced bistability in a specific circuit with many biological implications, namely a single-step enzymatic cycle described by Michaelis Menten equations with quasi-steady state assumption. We study the system both with a Master Equation formalism, and with the Fokker-Planck continuous approximation, characterizing the conditions in which the continuous approach is a good approximation of the exact discrete model. An analysis of the stationary distribution in both cases shows that bimodality can not occur in such a system. We discuss which additional requirements can generate stochastic bimodality, by coupling the system with a chemical reaction involving enzyme production and turnover. This extended system shows a bistable behaviour only in specific parameter windows depending on the number of molecules involved, providing hints about which should be a feasible system size in order that such a phenomenon could be exploited in real biological systems.
Thiopentone elimination in newborn infants: exploring Michaelis-Menten kinetics.
Larsson, P; Anderson, B J; Norman, E; Westrin, P; Fellman, V
2011-04-01
Thiopentone elimination has been described using Michaelis-Menten pharmacokinetics in adults after prolonged infusion or overdose, but there are few reports of elimination in neonates. Time-concentration profiles for neonates (n=37) given single-dose thiopentone were examined using both first-order (constant clearance) and mixed-order (Michaelis-Menten) elimination processes using nonlinear mixed effects models. These profiles included a 33-week post-menstrual age (PMA) neonate given an overdose. A two-compartment mamillary model was used to fit data. Parameter estimates were standardized to a 70 kg person using allometric models. There were 197 observations available for analysis from neonates with a mean post-menstrual age of 35 (SD 4.5) weeks and a mean weight of 2.5 (SD 0.9) kg. They were given a mean thiopentone dose of 3 (SD 0.4) mg/kg as a rapid bolus. Clearance at 26 weeks PMA was 0.015 l/min/70 kg and increased to 0.119 l/min/70 kg by 42 weeks PMA. The maximum rate of elimination (V(max)) at 26 weeks PMA was 0.22 mg/min/70 kg and increased to 4.13 mg/min/70 kg by 42 weeks PMA. These parameter estimates are approximately 40% adult values at term gestation. The Michaelis constant (K(m)) was 28.3 [between subject variability (BSV) 46.4%, 95% confidence interval (CI) 4.49-99.2] mg/l; intercompartment clearance was 0.44 (BSV 97.5%, 95% CI 0.27-0.63) l/min/70 kg; central volume of distribution was 46.4 (BSV 29.2%, 95% CI 41.7-59.8) l/70 kg; peripheral volume of distribution was 95.7 (BSV 70.3%, 95% CI 61.3-128) l/70 kg. Both first-order and mixed-order processes satisfactorily described elimination. First-order elimination adequately described the time-concentration profile in the premature neonate given an overdose. Clearance is immature in the pre-term neonate although there is rapid maturation around 40 weeks PMA, irrespective of post-natal age. © 2011 The Authors. Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica © 2011 The Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica Foundation.
Conformational Nonequilibrium Enzyme Kinetics: Generalized Michaelis-Menten Equation.
Piephoff, D Evan; Wu, Jianlan; Cao, Jianshu
2017-08-03
In a conformational nonequilibrium steady state (cNESS), enzyme turnover is modulated by the underlying conformational dynamics. On the basis of a discrete kinetic network model, we use an integrated probability flux balance method to derive the cNESS turnover rate for a conformation-modulated enzymatic reaction. The traditional Michaelis-Menten (MM) rate equation is extended to a generalized form, which includes non-MM corrections induced by conformational population currents within combined cyclic kinetic loops. When conformational detailed balance is satisfied, the turnover rate reduces to the MM functional form, explaining its general validity. For the first time, a one-to-one correspondence is established between non-MM terms and combined cyclic loops with unbalanced conformational currents. Cooperativity resulting from nonequilibrium conformational dynamics can be achieved in enzymatic reactions, and we provide a novel, rigorous means of predicting and characterizing such behavior. Our generalized MM equation affords a systematic approach for exploring cNESS enzyme kinetics.
Role of substrate unbinding in Michaelis-Menten enzymatic reactions.
Reuveni, Shlomi; Urbakh, Michael; Klafter, Joseph
2014-03-25
The Michaelis-Menten equation provides a hundred-year-old prediction by which any increase in the rate of substrate unbinding will decrease the rate of enzymatic turnover. Surprisingly, this prediction was never tested experimentally nor was it scrutinized using modern theoretical tools. Here we show that unbinding may also speed up enzymatic turnover--turning a spotlight to the fact that its actual role in enzymatic catalysis remains to be determined experimentally. Analytically constructing the unbinding phase space, we identify four distinct categories of unbinding: inhibitory, excitatory, superexcitatory, and restorative. A transition in which the effect of unbinding changes from inhibitory to excitatory as substrate concentrations increase, and an overlooked tradeoff between the speed and efficiency of enzymatic reactions, are naturally unveiled as a result. The theory presented herein motivates, and allows the interpretation of, groundbreaking experiments in which existing single-molecule manipulation techniques will be adapted for the purpose of measuring enzymatic turnover under a controlled variation of unbinding rates. As we hereby show, these experiments will not only shed first light on the role of unbinding but will also allow one to determine the time distribution required for the completion of the catalytic step in isolation from the rest of the enzymatic turnover cycle.
Time-dependent corrections to effective rate and event statistics in Michaelis-Menten kinetics
Sinitsyn, N. A.; Nemenman, I.
2010-01-01
We generalize the concept of the geometric phase in stochastic kinetics to a noncyclic evolution. Its application is demonstrated on kinetics of the Michaelis-Menten reaction. It is shown that the nonperiodic geometric phase is responsible for the correction to the Michaelis-Menten law when parameters, such as a substrate concentration, are changing with time. We apply these ideas to a model of chemical reactions in a bacterial culture of a growing size, where the geometric correction qualita...
Relation between pulmonary clearance and particle burden: a Michaelis-Menten-like kinetic model.
Yu, R. C.; Rappaport, S.M.
1996-01-01
OBJECTIVES: To test the validity of a Michaelis-Menten-like kinetic model of pulmonary clearance of insoluble dusts. METHODS: Data were investigated from studies of pulmonary clearance in F344 rats exposed to antimony trioxide (Sb2O3), photocopy test toner, polyvinyl chloride powder (PVC), and diesel exhaust particles. The Michaelis-Menten-like model was used to develop a relation in which the pulmonary clearance half time was a linear function of lung burden. After combining all data, linear...
Goličnik, Marko
2011-04-15
Various explicit reformulations of time-dependent solutions for the classical two-step irreversible Michaelis-Menten enzyme reaction model have been described recently. In the current study, I present further improvements in terms of a generalized integrated form of the Michaelis-Menten equation for computation of substrate or product concentrations as functions of time for more real-world, enzyme-catalyzed reactions affected by the product. The explicit equations presented here can be considered as a simpler and useful alternative to the exact solution for the generalized integrated Michaelis-Menten equation when fitted to time course data using standard curve-fitting software. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Time-dependent corrections to effective rate and event statistics in Michaelis-Menten kinetics.
Sinitsyn, N A; Nemenman, I
2010-11-01
The authors generalise the concept of the geometric phase in stochastic kinetics to a non-cyclic evolution. Its application is demonstrated on kinetics of the Michaelis-Menten reaction. It is shown that the non-periodic geometric phase is responsible for the correction to the Michaelis-Menten law when parameters, such as a substrate concentration, are changing with time. The authors apply these ideas to a model of chemical reactions in a bacterial culture of a growing size, where the geometric correction qualitatively changes the outcome of the reaction kinetics.
eduction for Michaelis-Menten-Henri kinetics in the presence of diffusion
Leonid V. Kalachev
2007-05-01
Full Text Available The Michaelis-Menten-Henri (MMH mechanism is one of the paradigm reaction mechanisms in biology and chemistry. In its simplest form, it involves a substrate that reacts (reversibly with an enzyme, forming a complex which is transformed (irreversibly into a product and the enzyme. Given these basic kinetics, a dimension reduction has traditionally been achieved in two steps, by using conservation relations to reduce the number of species and by exploiting the inherent fast-slow structure of the resulting equations. In the present article, we investigate how the dynamics change if the species are additionally allowed to diffuse. We study the two extreme regimes of large diffusivities and of small diffusivities, as well as an intermediate regime in which the time scale of diffusion is comparable to that of the fast reaction kinetics. We show that reduction is possible in each of these regimes, with the nature of the reduction being regime dependent. Our analysis relies on the classical method of matched asymptotic expansions to derive approximations for the solutions that are uniformly valid in space and time.
Chaudhury, Srabanti; Cherayil, Binny J
2007-09-14
Single-molecule equations for the Michaelis-Menten [Biochem. Z. 49, 333 (1913)] mechanism of enzyme action are analyzed within the Wilemski-Fixman [J. Chem. Phys. 58, 4009 (1973); 60, 866 (1974)] approximation after the effects of dynamic disorder--modeled by the anomalous diffusion of a particle in a harmonic well--are incorporated into the catalytic step of the reaction. The solution of the Michaelis-Menten equations is used to calculate the distribution of waiting times between successive catalytic turnovers in the enzyme beta-galactosidase. The calculated distribution is found to agree qualitatively with experimental results on this enzyme obtained at four different substrate concentrations. The calculations are also consistent with measurements of correlations in the fluctuations of the fluorescent light emitted during the course of catalysis, and with measurements of the concentration dependence of the randomness parameter.
Bozlee, Brian J.
2007-01-01
The impact of raising Gibbs energy of the enzyme-substrate complex (G[subscript 3]) and the reformulation of the Michaelis-Menten equation are discussed. The maximum velocity of the reaction (v[subscript m]) and characteristic constant for the enzyme (K[subscript M]) will increase with increase in Gibbs energy, indicating that the rate of reaction…
A generalized Michaelis-Menten type equation for the analysis of growth
Lopez, S.; France, J.; Gerrits, W.J.J.; Dhanoa, M.S.; Humphries, D.J.; Dijkstra, J.
2000-01-01
The functional form W = (W0Kc Wf t(c)) /(Kc t(c)), where W is body size at age t, W0 and Wf are the zero- and infinite-time values of W, respectively, and K and c are constants, is derived. This new generalized Michaelis-Menten-type equation provides a flexible model for animal growth capable of
A Simple Classroom Teaching Technique to Help Students Understand Michaelis-Menten Kinetics
Runge, Steven W.; Hill, Brent J. F.; Moran, William M.
2006-01-01
A new, simple classroom technique helps cell biology students understand principles of Michaelis-Menten enzyme kinetics. A student mimics the enzyme and the student's hand represents the enzyme's active site. The catalytic event is the transfer of marbles (substrate molecules) by hand from one plastic container to another. As predicted, increases…
Filobello-Nino, Uriel; Vazquez-Leal, Hector; Benhammouda, Brahim; Hernandez-Martinez, Luis; Khan, Yasir; Jimenez-Fernandez, Victor Manuel; Herrera-May, Agustin Leobardo; Castaneda-Sheissa, Roberto; Pereyra-Diaz, Domitilo; Cervantes-Perez, Juan; Agustin Perez-Sesma, Jose Antonio; Hernandez-Machuca, Sergio Francisco; Cuellar-Hernandez, Leticia
2014-01-01
In this article, Perturbation Method (PM) is employed to obtain a handy approximate solution to the steady state nonlinear reaction diffusion equation containing a nonlinear term related to Michaelis-Menten of the enzymatic reaction. Comparing graphics between the approximate and exact solutions, it will be shown that the PM method is quite efficient.
A two-substrate Michaelis-Menten model for the growth of self-replicating polymers.
Ferreira, R
1987-10-07
A two-substrate Michaelis-Menten model is proposed for the growth of autocatalytic self-replicating polymers. Selective growth depends on the existence of two complementary pairs of monomers. Discrimination among sequences results from different products of binding constants, KCGnKAUm. The results support an earlier renormalization group treatment (Ferreira & Tsallis, 1985).
Filobello-Nino, Uriel; Vazquez-Leal, Hector; Benhammouda, Brahim; Hernandez-Martinez, Luis; Khan, Yasir; Jimenez-Fernandez, Victor Manuel; Herrera-May, Agustin Leobardo; Castaneda-Sheissa, Roberto; Pereyra-Diaz, Domitilo; Cervantes-Perez, Juan; Agustin Perez-Sesma, Jose Antonio; Hernandez-Machuca, Sergio Francisco; Cuellar-Hernandez, Leticia
2014-01-01
In this article, Perturbation Method (PM) is employed to obtain a handy approximate solution to the steady state nonlinear reaction diffusion equation containing a nonlinear term related to Michaelis-Menten of the enzymatic reaction. Comparing graphics between the approximate and exact solutions, it will be shown that the PM method is quite efficient.
A Simple Classroom Teaching Technique to Help Students Understand Michaelis-Menten Kinetics
Runge, Steven W.; Hill, Brent J. F.; Moran, William M.
2006-01-01
A new, simple classroom technique helps cell biology students understand principles of Michaelis-Menten enzyme kinetics. A student mimics the enzyme and the student's hand represents the enzyme's active site. The catalytic event is the transfer of marbles (substrate molecules) by hand from one plastic container to another. As predicted, increases…
Choi, I Y; Lee, S P; Kim, S G; Gruetter, R
2001-06-01
Glucose is the major substrate that sustains normal brain function. When the brain glucose concentration approaches zero, glucose transport across the blood-brain barrier becomes rate limiting for metabolism during, for example, increased metabolic activity and hypoglycemia. Steady-state brain glucose concentrations in alpha-chloralose anesthetized rats were measured noninvasively as a function of plasma glucose. The relation between brain and plasma glucose was linear at 4.5 to 30 mmol/L plasma glucose, which is consistent with the reversible Michaelis-Menten model. When the model was fitted to the brain glucose measurements, the apparent Michaelis-Menten constant, Kt, was 3.3 +/- 1.0 mmol/L, and the ratio of the maximal transport rate relative to CMRglc, Tmax/CMRglc, was 2.7 +/- 0.1. This Kt is comparable to the authors' previous human data, suggesting that glucose transport kinetics in humans and rats are similar. Cerebral blood flow (CBF) was simultaneously assessed and constant above 2 mmol/L plasma glucose at 73 +/- 6 mL 100 g(-1) min(-1). Extrapolation of the reversible Michaelis-Menten model to hypoglycemia correctly predicted the plasma glucose concentration (2.1 +/- 0.6 mmol/L) at which brain glucose concentrations approached zero. At this point, CBF increased sharply by 57% +/- 22%, suggesting that brain glucose concentration is the signal that triggers defense mechanisms aimed at improving glucose delivery to the brain during hypoglycemia.
Michel, Denis
2013-01-01
The Michaelis-Menten enzymatic reaction is sufficient to perceive many subtleties of network modeling, including the concentration and time scales separations, the formal equivalence between bulk phase and single-molecule approaches, or the relationships between single-cycle transient probabilities and steady state rates. Seven methods proposed by different authors and yielding the same famous Michaelis-Menten equation, are selected here to illustrate the kinetic and probabilistic use of rate constants and to review basic techniques for handling them. Finally, the general rate of an ordered multistep reaction, of which the Michaelis-Menten reaction is a particular case, is deduced from a Markovian approach.
A Squared Michaelis-Menten Function of Substrate Concentration for Plant Mitochondrial Respiration 1
James, Alan T.; Wiskich, Joseph T.; Dry, Ian B.
1990-01-01
Dry and Wiskich ([1987] Arch Biochem Biophys 257: 92-99) have published data showing the response of plant mitochondrial respiration to increasing additions of oxaloacetate or malate when these substrates have been depleted by inhibition of succinate dehydrogenase by malonate, and coenzyme A (CoA) has been sequestered as acetyl-CoA by pyruvate dehydrogenase. In the presence of 2-oxoglutarate, it is shown that the response is given by a Michaelis-Menten curve, but in its absence, when malate has to supply substrate for dehydrogenation as well as to liberate CoA via malate dehydrogenase and citrate synthase, the response is presumably the product of two Michaelis-Menten functions, which can be approximated by the square of a single function. PMID:16667257
Wenzhen Gan
2013-01-01
Full Text Available This paper is concerned with the asymptotical behavior of solutions to the reaction-diffusion system under homogeneous Neumann boundary condition. By taking food ingestion and species' moving into account, the model is further coupled with Michaelis-Menten type functional response and nonlocal delay. Sufficient conditions are derived for the global stability of the positive steady state and the semitrivial steady state of the proposed problem by using the Lyapunov functional. Our results show that intraspecific competition benefits the coexistence of prey and predator. Furthermore, the introduction of Michaelis-Menten type functional response positively affects the coexistence of prey and predator, and the nonlocal delay is harmless for stabilities of all nonnegative steady states of the system. Numerical simulations are carried out to illustrate the main results.
Carvalho,Nakédia M. F.; Pires, Bianca M.; Antunes,Octavio A. C.; Roberto B Faria; Osório,Renata E. H. M. B.; Clovis Piovezan; Ademir Neves
2010-01-01
The Michaelis-Menten equation is used in many biochemical and bioinorganic kinetic studies involving homogeneous catalysis. Otherwise, it is known that determination of Michaelis-Menten parameters K M, Vmax, and k cat by the well-known Lineweaver-Burk double reciprocal linear equation does not produce the best values for these parameters. In this paper we present a discussion on different linear equations which can be used to calculate these parameters and we compare their results with the va...
Global stability of enzymatic chains of full reversible Michaelis-Menten reactions.
Belgacem, Ismail; Gouzé, Jean-Luc
2013-09-01
We consider a chain of metabolic reactions catalyzed by enzymes, of reversible Michaelis-Menten type with full dynamics, i.e. not reduced with any quasi-steady state approximations. We study the corresponding dynamical system and show its global stability if the equilibrium exists. If the system is open, the equilibrium may not exist. The main tool is monotone systems theory. Finally we study the implications of these results for the study of coupled genetic-metabolic systems.
Wenzhen Gan; Canrong Tian; Qunying Zhang; Zhigui Lin
2013-01-01
This paper is concerned with the asymptotical behavior of solutions to the reaction-diffusion system under homogeneous Neumann boundary condition. By taking food ingestion and species' moving into account, the model is further coupled with Michaelis-Menten type functional response and nonlocal delay. Sufficient conditions are derived for the global stability of the positive steady state and the semitrivial steady state of the proposed problem by using the Lyapunov functional. Our results show...
Optimal Designs for Discriminating Between some Extensions of the Michaelis-Menten Model
Jesus Lopez Fidalgo; Chiara Tommasi; Camelia Trandafir
2005-01-01
In this paper some results on the problem of computing optimal designs for discriminating between rival models are provided. Using T-optimality for two rival models a compound criterion is developed to discriminate between more than two models. Surprising results arise when T-optimal designs are compared with classical c-optimal designs for nonlinear models. In particular, some practical deviations of the Michaelis-Menten model are considered in order to measure and compare efficiencies of di...
Tang, Sanyi; Xiao, Yanni
2007-12-01
The purpose of this article is to provide the analytical solutions of one-compartment models with Michaelis-Menten elimination kinetics for three different inputs (single intravenous dose, multiple-dose bolus injection and constant). All analytical solutions obtained in present paper can be described by the well defined Lambert W function which can be easily implemented in most mathematical softwares such as Matlab and Maple. These results will play an important role in fitting the Michaelis-Menten parameters and in designing a dosing regimen to maintain steady-state plasma concentrations. In particular, the analytical periodic solution for multi-dose inputs is also given, and we note that the maximum and minimum values of the periodic solution depends on the Michaelis-Menten parameters, dose and time interval of drug administration. In practice, it is important to maintain a concentration above the minimum therapeutic level at all times without exceeding the minimum toxic concentration. Therefore, the one-compartment model with therapeutic window is proposed, and further the existence of periodic solution, analytical expression and its period are analyzed. The analytical formula of period plays a key role in designing a dose regimen to maintain the plasma concentration within a specified range over long periods of therapy. Finally, the completely analytical solution for the constant input rate is derived and discussed which depends on the relations between constant input rate and maximum rate of change of concentration.
Solution of the Michaelis-Menten equation using the decomposition method.
Sonnad, Jagadeesh R; Goudar, Chetan T
2009-01-01
We present a low-order recursive solution to the Michaelis-Menten equation using the decomposition method. This solution is algebraic in nature and provides a simpler alternative to numerical approaches such as differential equation evaluation and root-solving techniques that are currently used to compute substrate concentration in the Michaelis-Menten equation. A detailed characterization of the errors in substrate concentrations computed from decomposition, Runge-Kutta, and bisection methods over a wide range of s(0) : K(m) values was made by comparing them with highly accurate solutions obtained using the Lambert W function. Our results indicated that solutions obtained from the decomposition method were usually more accurate than those from the corresponding classical Runge-Kutta methods. Moreover, these solutions required significantly fewer computations than the root-solving method. Specifically, when the stepsize was 0.1% of the total time interval, the computed substrate concentrations using the decomposition method were characterized by accuracies on the order of 10(-8) or better. The algebraic nature of the decomposition solution and its relatively high accuracy make this approach an attractive candidate for computing substrate concentration in the Michaelis-Menten equation.
Widmer, L A; Stelling, J; Doyle, F J
2013-10-28
Using the (slow-scale) linear noise approximation, we give parameter-independent bounds to the substrate and product intrinsic noise variance for the stochastic Michaelis-Menten approximation at steady state.
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2012-01-01
In this paper,the existence of eight periodic solutions to a Michaelis-Menten-type predator-prey system with delay and harvesting in patch environment is established using the analytical techniques and Mawhin's coincidence degree theory.
Michel, Denis; Ruelle, Philippe
2013-01-01
International audience; The Michaelis-Menten enzymatic reaction is sufficient to perceive many subtleties of network modeling, including the concentration and time scales separations, the formal equivalence between bulk phase and single-molecule approaches, or the relationships between single-cycle transient probabilities and steady state rates. Seven methods proposed by different authors and yielding the same famous Michaelis-Menten equation, are selected here to illustrate the kinetic and p...
Yunxian Dai; Yiping Lin; Huitao Zhao
2014-01-01
We consider a predator-prey system with Michaelis-Menten type functional response and two delays. We focus on the case with two unequal and non-zero delays present in the model, study the local stability of the equilibria and the existence of Hopf bifurcation, and then obtain explicit formulas to determine the properties of Hopf bifurcation by using the normal form method and center manifold theorem. Special attention is paid to the global continuation of local Hopf bifurcation when the delay...
Single-molecule enzymology à la Michaelis-Menten.
Grima, Ramon; Walter, Nils G; Schnell, Santiago
2014-01-01
Over the past 100 years, deterministic rate equations have been successfully used to infer enzyme-catalysed reaction mechanisms and to estimate rate constants from reaction kinetics experiments conducted in vitro. In recent years, sophisticated experimental techniques have been developed that begin to allow the measurement of enzyme-catalysed and other biopolymer-mediated reactions inside single cells at the single-molecule level. Time-course data obtained using these methods are considerably noisy because molecule numbers within cells are typically quite small. As a consequence, the interpretation and analysis of single-cell data requires stochastic methods, rather than deterministic rate equations. Here, we concisely review both experimental and theoretical techniques that enable single-molecule analysis, with particular emphasis on the major developments in the field of theoretical stochastic enzyme kinetics, from its inception in the mid-20th century to its modern-day status. We discuss the differences between stochastic and deterministic rate equation models, how these depend on enzyme molecule numbers and substrate inflow into the reaction compartment, and how estimation of rate constants from single-cell data is possible using recently developed stochastic approaches. © 2013 FEBS.
Ochab-Marcinek, Anna
2010-04-21
The study of biochemical pathways usually focuses on a small section of a protein interactions network. Two distinct sources contribute to the noise in such a system: intrinsic noise, inherent in the studied reactions, and extrinsic noise generated in other parts of the network or in the environment. We study the effect of extrinsic noise entering the system through a nonlinear uptake reaction which acts as a nonlinear filter. Varying input noise intensity varies the mean of the noise after the passage through the filter, which changes the stability properties of the system. The steady-state displacement due to small noise is independent on the kinetics of the system but it only depends on the nonlinearity of the input function. For monotonically increasing and concave input functions such as the Michaelis-Menten uptake rate, we give a simple argument based on the small-noise expansion, which enables qualitative predictions of the steady-state displacement only by inspection of experimental data: when weak and rapid noise enters the system through a Michaelis-Menten reaction, then the graph of the system's steady states vs. the mean of the input signal always shifts to the right as noise intensity increases. We test the predictions on two models of lac operon, where TMG/lactose uptake is driven by a Michaelis-Menten enzymatic process. We show that as a consequence of the steady state displacement due to fluctuations in extracellular TMG/lactose concentration the lac switch responds in an asymmetric manner: as noise intensity increases, switching off lactose metabolism becomes easier and switching it on becomes more difficult. (c) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Michaelis-Menten speeds up tau-leaping under a wide range of conditions.
Wu, Sheng; Fu, Jin; Cao, Yang; Petzold, Linda
2011-04-07
This paper examines the benefits of Michaelis-Menten model reduction techniques in stochastic tau-leaping simulations. Results show that although the conditions for the validity of the reductions for tau-leaping remain the same as those for the stochastic simulation algorithm (SSA), the reductions result in a substantial speed-up for tau-leaping under a different range of conditions than they do for SSA. The reason of this discrepancy is that the time steps for SSA and for tau-leaping are determined by different properties of system dynamics.
Michaelis-Menten speeds up tau-leaping under a wide range of conditions
Wu, Sheng; Fu, Jin; Cao, Yang; Petzold, Linda
2011-04-01
This paper examines the benefits of Michaelis-Menten model reduction techniques in stochastic tau-leaping simulations. Results show that although the conditions for the validity of the reductions for tau-leaping remain the same as those for the stochastic simulation algorithm (SSA), the reductions result in a substantial speed-up for tau-leaping under a different range of conditions than they do for SSA. The reason of this discrepancy is that the time steps for SSA and for tau-leaping are determined by different properties of system dynamics.
Schnell, Santiago
2014-01-01
The Michaelis-Menten equation is generally used to estimate the kinetic parameters, V and K(M), when the steady-state assumption is valid. Following a brief overview of the derivation of the Michaelis-Menten equation for the single-enzyme, single-substrate reaction, a critical review of the criteria for validity of the steady-state assumption is presented. The application of the steady-state assumption makes the implicit assumption that there is an initial transient during which the substrate concentration remains approximately constant, equal to the initial substrate concentration, while the enzyme-substrate complex concentration builds up. This implicit assumption is known as the reactant stationary assumption. This review presents evidence showing that the reactant stationary assumption is distinct from and independent of the steady-state assumption. Contrary to the widely believed notion that the Michaelis-Menten equation can always be applied under the steady-state assumption, the reactant stationary assumption is truly the necessary condition for validity of the Michaelis-Menten equation to estimate kinetic parameters. Therefore, the application of the Michaelis-Menten equation only leads to accurate estimation of kinetic parameters when it is used under experimental conditions meeting the reactant stationary assumption. The criterion for validity of the reactant stationary assumption does not require the restrictive condition of choosing a substrate concentration that is much higher than the enzyme concentration in initial rate experiments. © 2013 FEBS.
Standardization of α-L-iduronidase enzyme assay with Michaelis-Menten kinetics.
Ou, Li; Herzog, Tyler L; Wilmot, Carrie M; Whitley, Chester B
2014-02-01
The lack of methodological uniformity in enzyme assays has been a long-standing difficulty, a problem for bench researchers, for the interpretation of clinical diagnostic tests, and an issue for investigational drug review. Illustrative of the problem, α-L-iduronidase enzyme catalytic activity is frequently measured with the substrate 4-methylumbelliferyl-α-L-iduronide (4MU-iduronide); however, final substrate concentrations used in different assays vary greatly, ranging from 25 μM to 1425 μM (Km ≈ 180 μM) making it difficult to compare results between laboratories. In this study, α-L-iduronidase was assayed with 15 different substrate concentrations. The resulting activity levels from the same specimens varied greatly with different substrate concentrations but, as a group, obeyed the expectations of Michaelis-Menten kinetics. Therefore, for the sake of improved comparability, it is proposed that α-L-iduronidase enzyme assays should be conducted either (1) under substrate saturating conditions; or (2) when concentrations are significantly below substrate saturation, with results standardized by arithmetic adjustment that considers Michaelis-Menten kinetics. The approach can be generalized to many other enzyme assays. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
A comparison of the parameter estimating procedures for the Michaelis-Menten model.
Tseng, S J; Hsu, J P
1990-08-23
The performance of four parameter estimating procedures for the estimation of the adjustable parameters in the Michaelis-Menten model, the maximum initial rate Vmax, and the Michaelis-Menten constant Km, including Lineweaver & Burk transformation (L-B), Eadie & Hofstee transformation (E-H), Eisenthal & Cornish-Bowden transformation (ECB), and Hsu & Tseng random search (H-T) is compared. The analysis of the simulated data reveals the followings: (i) Vmax can be estimated more precisely than Km. (ii) The sum of square errors, from the smallest to the largest, follows the sequence H-T, E-H, ECB, L-B. (iii) Considering the sum of square errors, relative error, and computing time, the overall performance follows the sequence H-T, L-B, E-H, ECB, from the best to the worst. (iv) The performance of E-H and ECB are on the same level. (v) L-B and E-H are appropriate for pricesly measured data. H-T should be adopted for data whose error level are high. (vi) Increasing the number of data points has a positive effect on the performance of H-T, and a negative effect on the performance of L-B, E-H, and ECB.
Nakédia M. F. Carvalho
2010-01-01
Full Text Available The Michaelis-Menten equation is used in many biochemical and bioinorganic kinetic studies involving homogeneous catalysis. Otherwise, it is known that determination of Michaelis-Menten parameters K M, Vmax, and k cat by the well-known Lineweaver-Burk double reciprocal linear equation does not produce the best values for these parameters. In this paper we present a discussion on different linear equations which can be used to calculate these parameters and we compare their results with the values obtained by the more reliable nonlinear least-square fit.
Bueno, Paulo R; Watanabe, Ailton M; Faria, Ronaldo C; Santos, Márcio L; Riccardi, Carla S
2010-12-16
A piezoelectric detection of enzyme-modified surface was performed under Michaelis-Menten presumptions of steady-state condition. The approach herein presented showed promise in the study of enzymatic kinetics by measuring the frequency changes associated with mass changes at the piezoelectric crystal surface. Likewise, real-time frequency shifts, that is, dΔf/dt, indicated the rate of products formation from enzymatic reaction. In this paper, acetylcholinesterase was used as the enzymatic model and acetylcholine as substrate. The enzymatic rate has its maximum value for a short time during the kinetic reaction, for instance, during the first ten minutes of the reaction time scale. The values found for the kinetic constant rate and Michaelis-Menten constant were (1.4 ± 0.8) 10(5) s(-1) and (5.2 ± 3) 10(-4) M, respectively, in agreement with the values found in classical Michaelis-Menten kinetic experiments.
Extended Parker-Sochacki method for Michaelis-Menten enzymatic reaction model.
Abdelrazik, Ismail M; Elkaranshawy, Hesham A
2016-03-01
In this article, a new approach--namely, the extended Parker-Sochacki method (EPSM)--is presented for solving the Michaelis-Menten nonlinear enzymatic reaction model. The Parker-Sochacki method (PSM) is combined with a new resummation method called the Sumudu-Padé resummation method to obtain approximate analytical solutions for the model. The obtained solutions by the proposed approach are compared with the solutions of PSM and the Runge-Kutta numerical method (RKM). The comparison proves the practicality, efficiency, and correctness of the presented approach. It serves as a basis for solving other nonlinear biochemical reaction models in the future. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Stochastic Total Quasi-Steady-State Approximation for the Michaelis-Menten Scheme
Galstyan, Vahe
2015-01-01
In biochemical systems the Michaelis-Menten (MM) scheme is one of the best-known models of the enzyme- catalyzed kinetics. In the academic literature the MM approximation has been thoroughly studied in the context of differential equation models. At the level of the cell, however, molecular fluctuations have many important consequences, and thus, a stochastic investigation of the MM scheme is often necessary. In their work Barik et al. [Biophysical Journal, 95, 3563-3574, (2008)] presented a stochastic approximation of the MM scheme. They suggested a substitution of the propensity function in the reduced master equation with the total quasi-steady- state approximation (tQSSA) rate. The justification of the substitution, however, was provided for a special case only and did not cover the whole parameter domain of the tQSSA. In this manuscript we present a derivation of the stochastic tQSSA that is valid for the entire tQSSA parameter domain.
Explicit reformulations of time-dependent solution for a Michaelis-Menten enzyme reaction model.
Golicnik, Marko
2010-11-01
The exact closed-form solution to the Michaelis-Menten equation is expressed in terms of the Lambert W(x) function. However, the utility of this solution is limited because the W(x) function is not widely available in curve-fitting software. Based on various approximations to the W(x) function, different explicit equations expressed in terms of the elementary functions are proposed here as useful shortcuts to fit time depletion of substrate concentration directly to progress curves using commonly available nonlinear regression computer programs. The results are compared with those obtained by fitting other algebraic equations that have been proposed previously in the literature. 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Michaelis-Menten kinetics, the operator-repressor system, and least squares approaches.
Hadeler, Karl Peter
2013-01-01
The Michaelis-Menten (MM) function is a fractional linear function depending on two positive parameters. These can be estimated by nonlinear or linear least squares methods. The non-linear methods, based directly on the defect of the MM function, can fail and not produce any minimizer. The linear methods always produce a unique minimizer which, however, may not be positive. Here we give sufficient conditions on the data such that the nonlinear problem has at least one positive minimizer and also conditions for the minimizer of the linear problem to be positive. We discuss in detail the models and equilibrium relations of a classical operator-repressor system, and we extend our approach to the MM problem with leakage and to reversible MM kinetics. The arrangement of the sufficient conditions exhibits the important role of data that have a concavity property (chemically feasible data).
Non-Michaelis-Menten kinetics in cytochrome P450-catalyzed reactions.
Atkins, William M
2005-01-01
The cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (CYPs) are the dominant enzyme system responsible for xenobiotic detoxification and drug metabolism. Several CYP isoforms exhibit non-Michaelis-Menten, or "atypical," steady state kinetic patterns. The allosteric kinetics confound prediction of drug metabolism and drug-drug interactions, and they challenge the theoretical paradigms of allosterism. Both homotropic and heterotropic ligand effects are now widely documented. It is becoming apparent that multiple ligands can simultaneously bind within the active sites of individual CYPs, and the kinetic parameters change with ligand occupancy. In fact, the functional effect of any specific ligand as an activator or inhibitor can be substrate dependent. Divergent approaches, including kinetic modeling and X-ray crystallography, are providing new information about how multiple ligand binding yields complex CYP kinetics.
Reith, David; Medlicott, Natalie J; Kumara De Silva, Rohana; Yang, Lin; Hickling, Jeremy; Zacharias, Mathew
2009-01-01
1. The aim of the present study was to perform an in vivo estimation of the Michaelis-Menten constants of the major metabolic pathways of paracetamol (APAP). 2. A two-occasion, single-dose cross-over trial was performed using 60 and 90 mg/kg doses of APAP in healthy patients undergoing third molar dental extraction. Plasma samples were collected over 24 h and urine was collected for 8 h after dosing. Twenty patients were enrolled in the study and complete data for plasma and urine were available for both doses for 13 volunteers who were included in the analysis; seven of the volunteers were men, the median age (range) was 22 years (19-31) and the median weight (range) was 68 kg (50-86). 3. The mean (95% CI) k(m) for APAP glucuronidation was 6.89 mmol/L (3.57-10.22) and the V(max) was 0.97 mmol/h per kg (0.65-1.28). The k(m) for APAP sulphation was 0.097 mmol/L (0.041-0.152) and the V(max) was 0.011 mmol/h per kg (0.009-0.013). For the combined excretion of APAP-cysteine and APAP-mercapturate, the k(m) was 0.303 mmol/L (0.131-0.475) and the V(max) was 0.004 mmol/h per kg (0.002-0.005). 4. The estimates for in vivo Michaelis-Menten constants for APAP glucuronidation and sulphation were in the order of those reported previously using in vitro methods.
Liao, Fei; Tian, Kao-Cong; Yang, Xiao; Zhou, Qi-Xin; Zeng, Zhao-Chun; Zuo, Yu-Ping
2003-03-01
The reliability of kinetic substrate quantification by nonlinear fitting of the enzyme reaction curve to the integrated Michaelis-Menten equation was investigated by both simulation and preliminary experimentation. For simulation, product absorptivity epsilon was 3.00 mmol(-1) L cm(-1) and K(m) was 0.10 mmol L(-1), and uniform absorbance error sigma was randomly inserted into the error-free reaction curve of product absorbance A(i) versus reaction time t(i) calculated according to the integrated Michaelis-Menten equation. The experimental reaction curve of arylesterase acting on phenyl acetate was monitored by phenol absorbance at 270 nm. Maximal product absorbance A(m) was predicted by nonlinear fitting of the reaction curve to Eq. (1) with K(m) as constant. There were unique A(m) for best fitting of both the simulated and experimental reaction curves. Neither the error in reaction origin nor the variation of enzyme activity changed the background-corrected value of A(m). But the range of data under analysis, the background absorbance, and absorbance error sigma had an effect. By simulation, A(m) from 0.150 to 3.600 was predicted with reliability and linear response to substrate concentration when there was 80% consumption of substrate at sigma of 0.001. Restriction of absorbance to 0.700 enabled A(m) up to 1.800 to be predicted at sigma of 0.001. Detection limit reached A(m) of 0.090 at sigma of 0.001. By experimentation, the reproducibility was 4.6% at substrate concentration twice the K(m), and A(m) linearly responded to phenyl acetate with consistent absorptivity for phenol, and upper limit about twice the maximum of experimental absorbance. These results supported the reliability of this new kinetic method for enzymatic analysis with enhanced upper limit and precision.
Accuracy of the Michaelis-Menten approximation when analysing effects of molecular noise.
Lawson, Michael J; Petzold, Linda; Hellander, Andreas
2015-05-06
Quantitative biology relies on the construction of accurate mathematical models, yet the effectiveness of these models is often predicated on making simplifying approximations that allow for direct comparisons with available experimental data. The Michaelis-Menten (MM) approximation is widely used in both deterministic and discrete stochastic models of intracellular reaction networks, owing to the ubiquity of enzymatic activity in cellular processes and the clear biochemical interpretation of its parameters. However, it is not well understood how the approximation applies to the discrete stochastic case or how it extends to spatially inhomogeneous systems. We study the behaviour of the discrete stochastic MM approximation as a function of system size and show that significant errors can occur for small volumes, in comparison with a corresponding mass-action system. We then explore some consequences of these results for quantitative modelling. One consequence is that fluctuation-induced sensitivity, or stochastic focusing, can become highly exaggerated in models that make use of MM kinetics even if the approximations are excellent in a deterministic model. Another consequence is that spatial stochastic simulations based on the reaction-diffusion master equation can become highly inaccurate if the model contains MM terms. © 2015 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.
Mechanistic interpretation of conventional Michaelis-Menten parameters in a transporter system.
Vivian, Diana; Polli, James E
2014-11-20
The aim was to elucidate how steps in drug translocation by a solute carrier transporter impact Michaelis-Menten parameters Km, Ki, and Vmax. The first objective was to derive a model for carrier-mediated substrate translocation and perform sensitivity analysis with regard to the impact of individual microrate constants on Km, Ki, and Vmax. The second objective was to compare underpinning microrate constants between compounds translocated by the same transporter. Equations for Km, Ki, and Vmax were derived from a six-state model involving unidirectional transporter flipping and reconfiguration. This unidirectional model is applicable to co-transporter type solute carriers, like the apical sodium-dependent bile acid transporter (ASBT) and the proton-coupled peptide cotransporter (PEPT1). Sensitivity analysis identified the microrate constants that impacted Km, Ki, and Vmax. Compound comparison using the six-state model employed regression to identify microrate constant values that can explain observed Km and Vmax values. Results yielded some expected findings, as well as some unanticipated effects of microrate constants on Km, Ki, and Vmax. Km and Ki were found to be equal for inhibitors that are also substrates. Additionally, microrate constant values for certain steps in transporter functioning influenced Km and Vmax to be low or high. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
The original Michaelis constant: translation of the 1913 Michaelis-Menten paper.
Michaelis, Leonor; Menten, Maud Leonora; Johnson, Kenneth A; Goody, Roger S
2011-10-04
Nearly 100 years ago Michaelis and Menten published their now classic paper [Michaelis, L., and Menten, M. L. (1913) Die Kinetik der Invertinwirkung. Biochem. Z. 49, 333-369] in which they showed that the rate of an enzyme-catalyzed reaction is proportional to the concentration of the enzyme-substrate complex predicted by the Michaelis-Menten equation. Because the original text was written in German yet is often quoted by English-speaking authors, we undertook a complete translation of the 1913 publication, which we provide as Supporting Information . Here we introduce the translation, describe the historical context of the work, and show a new analysis of the original data. In doing so, we uncovered several surprises that reveal an interesting glimpse into the early history of enzymology. In particular, our reanalysis of Michaelis and Menten's data using modern computational methods revealed an unanticipated rigor and precision in the original publication and uncovered a sophisticated, comprehensive analysis that has been overlooked in the century since their work was published. Michaelis and Menten not only analyzed initial velocity measurements but also fit their full time course data to the integrated form of the rate equations, including product inhibition, and derived a single global constant to represent all of their data. That constant was not the Michaelis constant, but rather V(max)/K(m), the specificity constant times the enzyme concentration (k(cat)/K(m) × E(0)).
Michaelis-Menten kinetics in shear flow: Similarity solutions for multi-step reactions.
Ristenpart, W D; Stone, H A
2012-03-01
Models for chemical reaction kinetics typically assume well-mixed conditions, in which chemical compositions change in time but are uniform in space. In contrast, many biological and microfluidic systems of interest involve non-uniform flows where gradients in flow velocity dynamically alter the effective reaction volume. Here, we present a theoretical framework for characterizing multi-step reactions that occur when an enzyme or enzymatic substrate is released from a flat solid surface into a linear shear flow. Similarity solutions are developed for situations where the reactions are sufficiently slow compared to a convective time scale, allowing a regular perturbation approach to be employed. For the specific case of Michaelis-Menten reactions, we establish that the transversally averaged concentration of product scales with the distance x downstream as x(5/3). We generalize the analysis to n-step reactions, and we discuss the implications for designing new microfluidic kinetic assays to probe the effect of flow on biochemical processes.
Müller, R; Babel, W
1980-01-01
Investigations of the 3-hexulosephosphate synthase (HPS) from different methylotrophic bacteria have revealed apparent discrepancies in kinetic behaviour. In all methanol-utilizing species investigated by us the kinetic characteristics showed intermediary plateau regions. Therefore, this behaviour is assumed to be a general feature of the HPS from all non-methane-utilizing methylotrophic bacteria. However, this assumption is in contrast to the results of other authors. Both for Methylomonas M15 (SAHM et al. 1976) and Methylomonas aminofaciens 77a (KATO et al. 1977, 1978) MICHAELIS-MENTEN kinetics of the HPS were stated. To check the validity of our assumption we have analyzed the kinetic data given by others. Indications of the existence of intermediary plateau regions could be found with the enzyme from Arthrobacter globiformis (BYKOVSKAYA and VORONKOV 1977) and Methylomonas aminofaciens 77a (KATO et al. 1978). Furthermore, biphasic ARRHENIUS plots indicate a multiple character of the HPS from these species as could already be demonstrated with the enzyme from Bacterium MB 58 and Pseudomonas oleovorans. In addition, causes which may obscure the detection of intermediary plateau regions are demonstrated.
Kosmidis, Kosmas; Karalis, Vangelis; Argyrakis, Panos; Macheras, Panos
2004-09-01
Two different approaches were used to study the kinetics of the enzymatic reaction under heterogeneous conditions to interpret the unusual nonlinear pharmacokinetics of mibefradil. Firstly, a detailed model based on the kinetic differential equations is proposed to study the enzymatic reaction under spatial constraints and in vivo conditions. Secondly, Monte Carlo simulations of the enzyme reaction in a two-dimensional square lattice, placing special emphasis on the input and output of the substrate were applied to mimic in vivo conditions. Both the mathematical model and the Monte Carlo simulations for the enzymatic reaction reproduced the classical Michaelis-Menten (MM) kinetics in homogeneous media and unusual kinetics in fractal media. Based on these findings, a time-dependent version of the classic MM equation was developed for the rate of change of the substrate concentration in disordered media and was successfully used to describe the experimental plasma concentration-time data of mibefradil and derive estimates for the model parameters. The unusual nonlinear pharmacokinetics of mibefradil originates from the heterogeneous conditions in the reaction space of the enzymatic reaction. The modified MM equation can describe the pharmacokinetics of mibefradil as it is able to capture the heterogeneity of the enzymatic reaction in disordered media.
Burchardt, Malte; Träuble, Markus; Wittstock, Gunther
2009-06-15
The formalism for simulating scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) experiments by boundary element methods in three space coordinates has been extended to allow consideration of nonlinear boundary conditions. This is achieved by iteratively refining the boundary conditions that are encoded in a boundary condition matrix. As an example, the simulations are compared to experimental approach curves in the SECM feedback mode toward samples modified with glucose oxidase (GOx). The GOx layer was prepared by the layer-by-layer assembly of polyelectrolytes using glucose oxidase as one of the polyelectrolytes. The comparison of the simulated and experimental curves showed that under a wide range of experimentally accessible conditions approximations of the kinetics at the sample by first order models yield misleading results. The approach curves differ also qualitatively from curves calculated with first order models. As a consequence, this may lead to severe deviations when such curves are fitted to first order kinetic models. The use of linear approximations to describe the enzymatic reaction in SECM feedback experiments is justified only if the ratio of the mediator and Michaelis-Menten constant is equal to or smaller than 0.1 (deviation less than 10%).
Lee, Hye Jin; Wark, Alastair W; Goodrich, Terry T; Fang, Shiping; Corn, Robert M
2005-04-26
Real-time surface plasmon resonance (SPR) imaging measurements of surface enzymatic reactions on DNA microarrays are analyzed using a kinetics model that couples the contributions of both enzyme adsorption and surface enzyme reaction kinetics. For the case of a 1:1 binding of an enzyme molecule (E) to a surface-immobilized substrate (S), the overall enzymatic reaction can be described in terms of classical Langmuir adsorption and Michaelis-Menten concepts and three rate constants: enzyme adsorption (k(a)), enzyme desorption (k(d)) and enzyme catalysis (k(cat)). In contrast to solution enzyme kinetics, the amount of enzyme in solution is in excess as compared to the amount of substrate on the surface. Moreover, the surface concentration of the intermediary enzyme-substrate complex (ES) is not constant with time, but goes to zero as the reaction is completed. However, kinetic simulations show that the fractional surface coverage of ES on the remaining unreacted sites does reach a steady-state value throughout the course of the surface reaction. This steady-state value approaches the Langmuir equilibrium value for cases where k(a)[E] > k(cat). Experiments using the 3' --> 5' exodeoxyribonuclease activity of Exonuclease III on double-stranded DNA microarrays as a function of temperature and enzyme concentration are used to demonstrate how this model can be applied to quantitatively analyze the SPR imaging data.
Park, Soohyung; Agmon, Noam
2008-05-15
We develop a uniform theory for the many-particle diffusion-control effects on the Michaelis-Menten scheme in solution, based on the Gopich-Szabo relaxation-time approximation (Gopich, I. V.; Szabo, A. J. Chem. Phys. 2002, 117, 507). We extend the many-particle simulation algorithm to the Michaelis-Menten case by utilizing the Green function previously derived for excited-state reversible geminate recombination with different lifetimes (Gopich, I. V.; Agmon, N. J. Chem. Phys. 2000, 110, 10433). Running the simulation for representative parameter sets in the time domain and under steady-state conditions, we find poor agreement with classical kinetics but excellent agreement with some of the modern theories for bimolecular diffusion-influenced reactions. Our simulation algorithm can be readily extended to the biologically interesting case of dense patches of membrane-bound enzymes.
2009-01-01
A different view of Henri-Michaelis-Menten (HMM) enzyme kinetics is presented. In the first part of the paper, a simplified but useful description that stresses the cyclic nature of the catalytic process is introduced. The time-dependence of the substrate concentration after the initial transient phase is derived in a simple way that dispenses the mathematical technique known as quasi-steady-state approximation. In the second part of the paper an exact one-dimensional formulation of HMM kinet...
Eberwein, Jennifer; Shen, Weijun; Jenerette, G Darrel
2017-05-11
China experiences some of the highest rates of anthropogenic nitrogen deposition globally, with further increases projected. Understanding of soil feedbacks to the combined anthropogenic influences of climate change and nitrogen deposition in these systems is critical to improve predictive abilities for future climate scenarios. Here we used a Michaelis-Menten substrate-based kinetics framework to explore how soil CO2 production (Rsoil) responds to changes in temperature and available soil nitrogen (N) by combining field experiments with laboratory manipulations from sites experiencing elevated rates of anthropogenic N deposition but varying in soil N availabiltiy. The temperature sensitivity of Rsoil was strongly influenced by labile C additions. Furthermore, estimation of the temperature response of the Michaelis-Menten parameters supports the use of substrate-based kinetics in modeling efforts. Results from both field and laboratory experiments demonstrated a general decrease in Rsoil with increasing soil available N that was variably dependent on carbon (C) availability. Both the field and the laboratory measurements demonstrated a consistent decrease in the Michaelis-Menten parameter kM with increasing soil available N, indicating an increase in the efficiency of soil C decomposition with increasing N. Furthermore, these results provide evidence of interactions between N deposition and temperature sensitivity, which could influence C storage under combined anthropogenic global change drivers.
廖飞; 杨晓; 周岐新; 曾昭淳; 左渝萍
2003-01-01
Objective: To investigate the reliability for fast estimation of Michaelis-Menten constant (Km) with calibrated specific activity at only two medium concentrations of substrate by both simulation and experimentation with arylesterase (ArE)as model. Methods: Initial rates were simulated by randomly inserting uniform absolute error, and the experimental initial rates of ArE were determined by measuring the increaser of product absorbance. Calibrated specific activities at two substrate concentrations were obtained by regression analysis, and Km was calculated according to Michaelis-Menten equation. Results: By simulation with calibrated specific activities at two medium substrate concentrations, Km could be calculated according to Michaelis-Menten equation with reasonable precision and accuracy. By experimentation with substrates of 2-naphthyl acetate, phenyl acetate, and p-nitrophenyl acetate, there were no differences between the mean and SD of Km of ArE for either substrate by this linear kinetic method and the Lineweaver-Burk plot. Conclusion: This linear kinetic method was reliable for fast estimation of the Km of some specified enzyme on its substrate of lower solubility or lower sensitivity for quantification by common methods.
Sinitsyn, Nikolai A [Los Alamos National Laboratory
2008-01-01
We generalize the concept of the geometric phase in stochastic kinetics to a noncyclic evolution. Its application is demonstrated on kinetics of the Michaelis-Menten reaction. It is shown that the noncyclic geometric phase is responsible for the correction to the Michaelis-Menten law when parameters, such as a substrate concentration, are changing with time. We also discuss a model, where this correction qualitatively changes the outcome of reaction kinetics.
Uso de equações lineares na determinação dos parâmetros de Michaelis-Menten
Carvalho,Nakédia M. F.; Pires, Bianca M.; Antunes,Octavio A. C.; Roberto B Faria; Osório,Renata E. H. M. B.; Piovezan, Clovis; Neves,Ademir
2010-01-01
The Michaelis-Menten equation is used in many biochemical and bioinorganic kinetic studies involving homogeneous catalysis. Otherwise, it is known that determination of Michaelis-Menten parameters K M, Vmax, and k cat by the well-known Lineweaver-Burk double reciprocal linear equation does not produce the best values for these parameters. In this paper we present a discussion on different linear equations which can be used to calculate these parameters and we compare their results with the va...
About and beyond the Henri-Michaelis-Menten rate equation for single-substrate enzyme kinetics.
Bajzer, Zeljko; Strehler, Emanuel E
2012-01-20
For more than a century the simple single-substrate enzyme kinetics model and related Henri-Michaelis-Menten (HMM) rate equation have been thoroughly explored in various directions. In the present paper we are concerned with a possible generalization of this rate equation recently proposed by F. Kargi (BBRC 382 (2009) 157-159), which is assumed to be valid both in the case that the total substrate or enzyme is in excess and the quasi-steady-state is achieved. We demonstrate that this generalization is grossly inadequate and propose another generalization based on application of the quasi-steady-state condition and conservation equations for both enzyme and substrate. The standard HMM equation is derived by (a) assuming the quasi-steady-state condition, (b) applying the conservation equation only for the enzyme, and (c) assuming that the substrate concentration at quasi-steady-state can be approximated by the total substrate concentration [S](0). In our formula the rate is already expressed through [S](0), and we only assume that when quasi-steady-state is achieved the amount of product formed is negligible compared to [S](0). Numerical simulations show that our formula is generally more accurate than the HMM formula and also can provide a good approximation when the enzyme is in excess, which is not the case for the HMM formula. We show that the HMM formula can be derived from our expression by further assuming that the total enzyme concentration is negligible compared to [S](0). Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Yan, Xiaoyu; Krzyzanski, Wojciech
2012-04-01
The Michaelis-Menten (M-M) approximation of the target-mediated drug disposition (TMDD) pharmacokinetic (PK) model was derived based on the rapid binding (RB) or quasi steady-state (QSS) assumptions that implied that the target and drug binding and dissociation were in equilibrium. However, the initial dose for an IV bolus injection for the M-M model did not account for a fraction bound to the target. We postulated a correction to an initial condition that was consistent with the assumptions underlying the M-M approximation. We determined that the difference between the injected dose and one that should be used for the initial condition is equal to the amount of drug bound to the target upon reaching the equilibrium. We also observed that the corrected initial condition made the internalization rate constant an identifiable parameter that was not for the original M-M model. Finally, we performed a simulation exercise to check if the correction will impact the model performance and the bias of the M-M parameter estimates. We used literature data to simulate plasma drug concentrations described by the RB/QSS TMDD model. The simulated data were refitted by both models. All the parameters estimated from the original M-M model were substantially biased. On the other hand, the corrected M-M is able to accurately estimate these parameters except for equilibrium constant K(m). Weighted sum of square residual and Akaike information criterion suggested a better performance of the corrected M-M model compared with the original M-M model. Further studies are necessary to determine the importance of this correction for the M-M model applications to analysis of TMDD driven PK data.
Statistical reconstruction of transcription factor activity using Michaelis-Menten kinetics.
Khanin, R; Vinciotti, V; Mersinias, V; Smith, C P; Wit, E
2007-09-01
The basic building block of a gene regulatory network consists of a gene encoding a transcription factor (TF) and the gene(s) it regulates. Considerable efforts have been directed recently at devising experiments and algorithms to determine TFs and their corresponding target genes using gene expression and other types of data. The underlying problem is that the expression of a gene coding for the TF provides only limited information about the activity of the TF, which can also be controlled posttranscriptionally. In the absence of a reliable technology to routinely measure the activity of regulators, it is of great importance to understand whether this activity can be inferred from gene expression data. We here develop a statistical framework to reconstruct the activity of a TF from gene expression data of the target genes in its regulatory module. The novelty of our approach is that we embed the deterministic Michaelis-Menten model of gene regulation in this statistical framework. The kinetic parameters of the gene regulation model are inferred together with the profile of the TF regulator. We also obtain a goodness-of-fit test to verify the fit of the model. The model is applied to a time series involving the Streptomyces coelicolor bacterium. We focus on the transcriptional activator cdaR, which is partly responsible for the production of a particular type of antibiotic. The aim is to reconstruct the activity profile of this regulator. Our approach can be extended to include more complex regulatory relationships, such as multiple regulatory factors, competition, and cooperativity.
Selection between Michaelis-Menten and target-mediated drug disposition pharmacokinetic models.
Yan, Xiaoyu; Mager, Donald E; Krzyzanski, Wojciech
2010-02-01
Target-mediated drug disposition (TMDD) models have been applied to describe the pharmacokinetics of drugs whose distribution and/or clearance are affected by its target due to high binding affinity and limited capacity. The Michaelis-Menten (M-M) model has also been frequently used to describe the pharmacokinetics of such drugs. The purpose of this study is to investigate conditions for equivalence between M-M and TMDD pharmacokinetic models and provide guidelines for selection between these two approaches. Theoretical derivations were used to determine conditions under which M-M and TMDD pharmacokinetic models are equivalent. Computer simulations and model fitting were conducted to demonstrate these conditions. Typical M-M and TMDD profiles were simulated based on literature data for an anti-CD4 monoclonal antibody (TRX1) and phenytoin administered intravenously. Both models were fitted to data and goodness of fit criteria were evaluated for model selection. A case study of recombinant human erythropoietin was conducted to qualify results. A rapid binding TMDD model is equivalent to the M-M model if total target density R ( tot ) is constant, and R ( tot ) K ( D ) /(K ( D ) + C) ( 2 ) < 1 where K ( D ) represents the dissociation constant and C is the free drug concentration. Under these conditions, M-M parameters are defined as: V ( max ) = k ( int ) R ( tot ) V ( c ) and K ( m ) = K ( D ) where k ( int ) represents an internalization rate constant, and V ( c ) is the volume of the central compartment. R ( tot ) is constant if and only if k ( int ) = k ( deg,) where k ( deg ) is a degradation rate constant. If the TMDD model predictions are not sensitive to k ( int ) or k ( deg ) parameters, the condition of R ( tot ) K ( D ) /(K ( D ) + C) ( 2 ) < 1 alone can preserve the equivalence between rapid binding TMDD and M-M models. The model selection process for drugs that exhibit TMDD should involve a full mechanistic model as well as reduced models. The best model
Biphasic character of ribosomal translocation and non-Michaelis-Menten kinetics of translation.
Xie, Ping
2014-12-01
We study theoretically the kinetics of mRNA translocation in the wild-type (WT) Escherichia coli ribosome, which is composed of a small 30S and large 50S subunit, and the ribosomes with mutations to some intersubunit bridges such as B1a, B4, B7a, and B8. The theoretical results reproduce well the available in vitro experimental data on the biphasic kinetics of the forward mRNA translocation catalyzed by elongation factor G (EF-G) hydrolyzing GTP, which can be best fit by the sum of two exponentials, and the monophasic kinetics of the spontaneous reverse mRNA translocation in the absence of the elongation factor, which can be best fit by a single-exponential function, in both the WT and mutant ribosomes. We show that both the mutation-induced increase in the maximal rate of the slow phase for the forward mRNA translocation and that in the rate of the spontaneous reverse mRNA translocation result from a reduction in the intrinsic energy barrier to resist the rotational movements between the two subunits, giving the same degree of increase in the two rates. The mutation-induced increase in the maximal rate of the fast phase for the forward mRNA translocation results mainly from the increase in the rate of the ribosomal unlocking, a conformational change in the ribosome that widens the mRNA channel for the mRNA translocation to take place, which could be partly due to the effect of the mutation on the intrasubunit 30S head rotation. Moreover, we study the translation rate of the WT and mutant ribosomes. It is shown that the translation rate versus the concentration of EF-G-GTP does not follow the Michaelis-Menten (MM) kinetics, which is in sharp contrast to the general property of other enzymes that the rate of the enzymatic reaction versus the concentration of a substrate follows the MM kinetics. The physical origin of this non-MM kinetics for the ribosome is revealed.
Differences in Michaelis-Menten kinetics for different cultivars of maize during cyanide removal.
Yu, Xiao-Zhang; Gu, Ji-Dong
2007-06-01
Knowledge of the kinetic parameters, the half-saturation constant (K(m)) and the maximum metabolic capacity (v(max)), is very useful for the characterization of enzymes and biochemical processes. Little is known about rates of which vegetation metabolizes environmental chemicals. It is known, however, that vascular plants possess an enzyme system that detoxifies cyanide by converting it into the amino acid asparagine. This study investigated the differences in Michaelis-Menten kinetics of cyanide removal by different cultivars of maize. Detached leaves (1.0 g fresh weight) of seven different cultivars of maize (Zea mays L.) were kept in glass vessels with 100mL of aqueous solution spiked with potassium cyanide at 25+/-0.5 degrees C for 28 h. Four treatment concentrations of cyanide were used, ranging from 0.43 to 7.67 mgCNL(-1). The disappearance of cyanide from the aqueous solution was analyzed spectrophotometrically. Realistic values of K(m) and v(max) were estimated by a computer program using non-linear regression treatment. Lineweaver-Burk plots were also used to estimate the kinetic parameters for comparison. Using non-linear regression treatments, values of v(max) and K(m) were found to be between 10.80 and 22.80 mgCNkg(-1)h(-1), and 2.57 and 7.09 mgCNL(-1), respectively. The highest v(max) was achieved by the cultivars HengFen 1, followed by NongDa 108. The lowest v(max) was demonstrated by JingKe 8. The highest K(m) was found in NongDa 108, followed by HengFen 1. The lowest K(m) was associated with JingKe 8. Results from this study indicated that significant removal of cyanide from an aqueous solution was observed in the presence of plant materials without apparent phytotoxicity, even at the high concentration of cyanide used in this study. All maize cultivars used in this study were able to metabolize cyanide efficiently, although with different metabolic capacities. Results also showed a small variation of metabolic rates between the different cultivars
Goličnik, Marko
2011-06-01
Many pharmacodynamic processes can be described by the nonlinear saturation kinetics that are most frequently based on the hyperbolic Michaelis-Menten equation. Thus, various time-dependent solutions for drugs obeying such kinetics can be expressed in terms of the Lambert W(x)-omega function. However, unfortunately, computer programs that can perform the calculations for W(x) are not widely available. To avoid this problem, the replacement of the integrated Michaelis-Menten equation with an empiric integrated 1--exp alternative model equation was proposed recently by Keller et al. (Ther Drug Monit. 2009;31:783-785), although, as shown here, it was not necessary. Simulated concentrations of model drugs obeying Michaelis-Menten elimination kinetics were generated by two approaches: 1) calculation of time-course data based on an approximation equation W2*(x) performed using Microsoft Excel; and 2) calculation of reference time-course data based on an exact W(x) function built in to the Wolfram Mathematica. I show here that the W2*(x) function approximates the actual W(x) accurately. W2*(x) is expressed in terms of elementary mathematical functions and, consequently, it can be easily implemented using any of the widely available software. Hence, with the example of a hypothetical drug, I demonstrate here that an equation based on this approximation is far better, because it is nearly equivalent to the original solution, whereas the same characteristics cannot be fully confirmed for the 1--exp model equation. The W2*(x) equation proposed here might have an important role as a useful shortcut in optional software to estimate kinetic parameters from experimental data for drugs, and it might represent an easy and universal analytical tool for simulating and designing dosing regimens.
Costa, Rafael S; Machado, Daniel; Rocha, Isabel; Ferreira, Eugénio C
2010-05-01
The construction of dynamic metabolic models at reaction network level requires the use of mechanistic enzymatic rate equations that comprise a large number of parameters. The lack of knowledge on these equations and the difficulty in the experimental identification of their associated parameters, represent nowadays the limiting factor in the construction of such models. In this study, we compare four alternative modeling approaches based on Michaelis-Menten kinetics for the bi-molecular reactions and different types of simplified rate equations for the remaining reactions (generalized mass action, convenience kinetics, lin-log and power-law). Using the mechanistic model for Escherichia coli central carbon metabolism as a benchmark, we investigate the alternative modeling approaches through comparative simulations analyses. The good dynamic behavior and the powerful predictive capabilities obtained using the hybrid model composed of Michaelis-Menten and the approximate lin-log kinetics indicate that this is a possible suitable approach to model complex large-scale networks where the exact rate laws are unknown. 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Stroberg, Wylie; Schnell, Santiago
2016-12-01
The conditions under which the Michaelis-Menten equation accurately captures the steady-state kinetics of a simple enzyme-catalyzed reaction is contrasted with the conditions under which the same equation can be used to estimate parameters, KM and V, from progress curve data. Validity of the underlying assumptions leading to the Michaelis-Menten equation are shown to be necessary, but not sufficient to guarantee accurate estimation of KM and V. Detailed error analysis and numerical "experiments" show the required experimental conditions for the independent estimation of both KM and V from progress curves. A timescale, tQ, measuring the portion of the time course over which the progress curve exhibits substantial curvature provides a novel criterion for accurate estimation of KM and V from a progress curve experiment. It is found that, if the initial substrate concentration is of the same order of magnitude as KM, the estimated values of the KM and V will correspond to their true values calculated from the microscopic rate constants of the corresponding mass-action system, only so long as the initial enzyme concentration is less than KM. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Hum, Ryan J; Jha, Prabhat; McGahan, Anita M; Cheng, Yu-Ling
2012-12-13
Life expectancy has risen sharply in the last 50 years. We applied the classic Michaelis-Menten enzyme kinetics to demonstrate a novel mathematical relationship of income to childhood (aged 0-5 years) and adult (aged 15-60 years) survival. We treat income as a substrate that is catalyzed to increase survival (from technologies that income buys) for 180 countries from 1970 and 2007. Michaelis-Menten kinetics permit estimates of maximal survival and, uniquely, the critical income needed to achieve half of the period-specific maximum. Maximum child and adult survival rose by about 1% per year. Critical incomes fell by half for children, but doubled for men. HIV infection and smoking account for some, but not all, of the rising critical incomes for adult survival. Altering the future cost curve for adult survival will require more widespread use of current interventions, most notably tobacco control, but also research to identify practicable low-cost drugs, diagnostics, and strategies.DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.00051.001.
André Rosa Martins
2014-11-01
Full Text Available The enzymatic processes according Michaelis-Menten kinetics have been studied from various approaches to describe the inhibition state. Proposals for inhibition were compared from a generic process, where kinetic constants have received unitary values, and the numeric value of the concentration of substrate was ten (10 times higher than the numerical value of the concentration of enzyme. For each inhibition model proposed, numerical solutions were obtained from nonlinear system of ordinary differential equations, generating results presents by graphs showing the variation of the enzyme and enzyme complexes, also the variation of substrate and product of the reaction. Also, was designed a model with performance, indicating similar behavior to that seen in the Michaelis-Menten kinetics, where complex of reaction is rapidly formed and throughout the process, tends to decay to zero. Thus, in this new proposed model, the effect of inhibition starts at zero and, throughout the process, tends to the nominal value of the initial enzyme concentration. Such responses have proved to be valid for different values of enzyme concentration and process time, showing robustness. The proposed model was applied to the hydrolysis of disaccharides, providing a setting with conservation of mass of the model at the end of the process regarding the responses of the carbohydrate concentration.
Pulkkinen, O
2016-01-01
Many chemical reactions in biological cells occur at very low concentrations of constituent molecules. Thus, transcriptional gene-regulation is often controlled by poorly expressed transcription-factors, such as E.coli lac repressor with few tens of copies. Here we study the effects of inherent concentration fluctuations of substrate-molecules on the seminal Michaelis-Menten scheme of biochemical reactions. We present a universal correction to the Michaelis-Menten equation for the reaction-rates. The relevance and validity of this correction for enzymatic reactions and intracellular gene-regulation is demonstrated. Our analytical theory and simulation results confirm that the proposed variance-corrected Michaelis-Menten equation predicts the rate of reactions with remarkable accuracy even in the presence of large non-equilibrium concentration fluctuations. The major advantage of our approach is that it involves only the mean and variance of the substrate-molecule concentration. Our theory is therefore accessi...
Liao, Fei; Zhu, Xiao-Yun; Wang, Yong-Mei; Zuo, Yu-Ping
2005-01-31
The estimation of enzyme kinetic parameters by nonlinear fitting reaction curve to the integrated Michaelis-Menten rate equation ln(S(0)/S)+(S(0)-S)/K(m)=(V(m)/K(m))xt was investigated and compared to that by fitting to (S(0)-S)/t=V(m)-K(m)x[ln(S(0)/S)/t] (Atkins GL, Nimmo IA. The reliability of Michaelis-Menten constants and maximum velocities estimated by using the integrated Michaelis-Menten equation. Biochem J 1973;135:779-84) with uricase as the model. Uricase reaction curve was simulated with random absorbance error of 0.001 at 0.075 mmol/l uric acid. Experimental reaction curve was monitored by absorbance at 293 nm. For both CV and deviation kinetic parameters and applicable for the characterization of enzyme inhibitors.
Wu, Xiaotian; Li, Jun; Nekka, Fahima
2015-04-01
The current study aims to provide the closed form solutions of one-compartment open models exhibiting simultaneous linear and nonlinear Michaelis-Menten elimination kinetics for single- and multiple-dose intravenous bolus administrations. It can be shown that the elimination half-time ([Formula: see text]) has a dose-dependent property and is upper-bounded by [Formula: see text] of the first-order elimination model. We further analytically distinguish the dominant role of different elimination pathways in terms of model parameters. Moreover, for the case of multiple-dose intravenous bolus administration, the existence and local stability of the periodic solution at steady state are established. The closed form solutions of the models are obtained through a newly introduced function motivated by the Lambert W function.
Reeve, Russell; Turner, J Rick
2013-05-01
The Hill equation is often used in dose-response or exposure-response modeling. Aliases for the Hill model include the Emax model, and the Michaelis-Menten model. There is confusion about the appropriate parameterization, how to interpret the parameters, what the meaning is of the various parameterizations found in the literature, and which parameterization best approximates the statistical inferences produced when fitting the Hill equation to data. In this paper, we present several equivalent versions of the Hill model; show that they are equivalent in terms of yielding the same prediction for a given dose, and are equivalent to the four-parameter logistic model in this same sense; and deduce which parameterization is optimal in the sense of having the least statistical curvature and preferable multicollinearity.
Yan, Shaomin; Wu, Guang
2011-10-01
In this study, we attempted to use the neural network to model a quantitative structure-K(m) (Michaelis-Menten constant) relationship for beta-glucosidase, which is an important enzyme to cut the beta-bond linkage in glucose while K(m) is a very important parameter in enzymatic reactions. Eight feedforward backpropagation neural networks with different layers and neurons were applied for the development of predictive model, and twenty-five different features of amino acids were chosen as predictors one by one. The results show that the 20-1 feedforward backpropagation neural network can serve as a predictive model while the normalized polarizability index as well as the amino-acid distribution probability can serve as the predictors. This study threw lights on the possibility of predicting the K(m) in beta-glucosidases based on their amino-acid features.
Houston, J B; Kenworthy, K E
2000-03-01
Strategies for the prediction of in vivo drug clearance from in vitro drug metabolite kinetic data are well established for the rat. In this animal species, metabolism rate-substrate concentration relationships can commonly be described by the classic hyperbola consistent with the Michaelis-Menten model and simple scaling of the parameter intrinsic clearance (CL(int) - the ratio of V(max) to K(m)) is particularly valuable. The in vitro scaling of kinetic data from human tissue is more complex, particularly as many substrates for cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4, the dominant human CYP, show nonhyperbolic metabolism rate-substrate concentration curves. This review critically examines these types of data, which require the adoption of an enzyme model with multiple sites showing cooperative binding for the drug substrate, and considers the constraints this kinetic behavior places on the prediction of in vivo pharmacokinetic characteristics, such as metabolic stability and inhibitory drug interaction potential. The cases of autoactivation and autoinhibition are discussed; the former results in an initial lag in the rate-substrate concentration profile to generate a sigmoidal curve whereas the latter is characterized by a convex curve as V(max) is not maintained at high substrate concentrations. When positive cooperativity occurs, we suggest the use of CL(max), the maximal clearance resulting from autoactivation, as a substitute for CL(int). The impact of heteroactivation on this approach is also of importance. In the case of negative cooperativity, care in using the V(max)/K(m) approach to CL(int) determination must be taken. Examples of substrates displaying each type of kinetic behavior are discussed for various recombinant CYP enzymes, and possible artifactual sources of atypical rate-concentration curves are outlined. Finally, the consequences of ignoring atypical Michaelis-Menten kinetic relationships are examined, and the inconsistencies reported for both different
Golicnik, Marko
2011-01-01
The Michaelis-Menten rate equation can be found in most general biochemistry textbooks, where the time derivative of the substrate is a hyperbolic function of two kinetic parameters (the limiting rate "V", and the Michaelis constant "K"[subscript M]) and the amount of substrate. However, fundamental concepts of enzyme kinetics can be difficult to…
Golicnik, Marko
2011-01-01
The Michaelis-Menten rate equation can be found in most general biochemistry textbooks, where the time derivative of the substrate is a hyperbolic function of two kinetic parameters (the limiting rate "V", and the Michaelis constant "K"[subscript M]) and the amount of substrate. However, fundamental concepts of enzyme kinetics can be difficult to…
The integrated Michaelis-Menten rate equation: déjà vu or vu jàdé?
Goličnik, Marko
2013-08-01
A recent article of Johnson and Goody (Biochemistry, 2011;50:8264-8269) described the almost-100-years-old paper of Michaelis and Menten. Johnson and Goody translated this classic article and presented the historical perspective to one of incipient enzyme-reaction data analysis, including a pioneering global fit of the integrated rate equation in its implicit form to the experimental time-course data. They reanalyzed these data, although only numerical techniques were used to solve the model equations. However, there is also the still little known algebraic rate-integration equation in a closed form that enables direct fitting of the data. Therefore, in this commentary, I briefly present the integral solution of the Michaelis-Menten rate equation, which has been largely overlooked for three decades. This solution is expressed in terms of the Lambert W function, and I demonstrate here its use for global nonlinear regression curve fitting, as carried out with the original time-course dataset of Michaelis and Menten.
Verlindo de Araujo, Bibiana; Farias da Silva, Cristófer; Costa, Teresa Dalla
2010-01-01
the determination of oral bioavailability of drugs which follow nonlinear pharmacokinetics is difficult and few methods are available. In this work, an alternative approach to determine oral bioavailability of voriconazole (VRC), used as a model drug, is presented. VRC pharmacokinetics was investigated in Wistar rats after p.o. (40 mg/kg) and i.v. administration (2.5, 5 and 10 mg/kg). VRC elimination showed saturation in all doses investigated, except the lower i.v. dose in which case a 3-compartment model with linear elimination adequately fitted the data. Data for the 2 higher i.v. doses were best described by a 3-compartment model with Michaelis-Menten elimination. A 1-compartment disposition with a saturable metabolic elimination model described the oral profile. VRC absolute oral bioavailability was determined by simultaneous fitting of the i.v. and oral profiles. the Michaelis constant and the maximum velocity estimated after 5 and 10 mg/kg i.v. dosing were 0.54 +/- 0.25 microg/ml and 2.53 +/- 0.54 microg/h, and 0.62 +/- 0.12 microg/ml and 2.74 +/- 0.84 microg/h, respectively. VRC oral bioavailability was determined to be 82.8%. the approach presented is an alternative for determining the bioavailability of drugs with similar nonlinear behavior. 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Lee, Byung-Yo; Kwon, Kwang-Il; Kim, Min-Soo; Baek, In-Hwan
2016-08-01
Etanercept was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010 as a biologic agent for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of the study was to investigate the pharmacokinetic properties of etanercept after intravenous and subcutaneous injection in rats. The plasma concentration of etanercept was determined using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Intravenous and subcutaneous administration of 2 mg/kg of etanercept to rats showed that etanercept was slowly absorbed (time to reach the peak drug concentration [T max] = 1.60 days, bioavailability [F] = 47.18 %) and slowly eliminated (half-life [t 1/2], 2.33 days after intravenous administration and 3.31 days after subcutaneous administration). The area under the curve values on day 13 (AUC13day) were 121.25 ± 14.37 and 48.56 ± 6.78 μg day/mL after intravenous and subcutaneous administration, respectively. A two-compartment model with Michaelis-Menten elimination kinetics (V max = 94.28 µg/day; K m = 10.88 µg/mL) was used to describe the pharmacokinetic profile of etanercept. Our results describe the pharmacokinetic profile of etanercept, and these results could be used for the development of etanercept biosimilars.
Liu, Ai-Lin; Zhou, Ting; He, Feng-Yun; Xu, Jing-Juan; Lu, Yu; Chen, Hong-Yuan; Xia, Xing-Hua
2006-06-01
We firstly transformed the traditional Michaelis-Menten equation into an off-line form which can be used for evaluating the Michaelis-Menten constant after the enzymatic reaction. For experimental estimation of the kinetics of enzymatic reactions, we have developed a facile and effective method by integrating an enzyme microreactor into direct-printing polymer microchips. Strong nonspecific adsorption of proteins was utilized to effectively immobilize enzymes onto the microchannel wall, forming the integrated on-column enzyme microreactor in a microchip. The properties of the integrated enzyme microreactor were evaluated by using the enzymatic reaction of glucose oxidase (GOx) with its substrate glucose as a model system. The reaction product, hydrogen peroxide, was electrochemically (EC) analyzed using a Pt microelectrode. The data for enzyme kinetics using our off-line form of the Michaelis-Menten equation was obtained (K(m) = 2.64 mM), which is much smaller than that reported in solution (K(m) = 6.0 mM). Due to the hydrophobic property and the native mesoscopic structure of the poly(ethylene terephthalate) film, the immobilized enzyme in the microreactor shows good stability and bioactivity under the flowing conditions.
Pereira, Félix Monteiro; Oliveira, Samuel Conceição
2016-11-01
In this article, the occurrence of dead core in catalytic particles containing immobilized enzymes is analyzed for the Michaelis-Menten kinetics. An assessment of numerical methods is performed to solve the boundary value problem generated by the mathematical modeling of diffusion and reaction processes under steady state and isothermal conditions. Two classes of numerical methods were employed: shooting and collocation. The shooting method used the ode function from Scilab software. The collocation methods included: that implemented by the bvode function of Scilab, the orthogonal collocation, and the orthogonal collocation on finite elements. The methods were validated for simplified forms of the Michaelis-Menten equation (zero-order and first-order kinetics), for which analytical solutions are available. Among the methods covered in this article, the orthogonal collocation on finite elements proved to be the most robust and efficient method to solve the boundary value problem concerning Michaelis-Menten kinetics. For this enzyme kinetics, it was found that the dead core can occur when verified certain conditions of diffusion-reaction within the catalytic particle. The application of the concepts and methods presented in this study will allow for a more generalized analysis and more accurate designs of heterogeneous enzymatic reactors.
Pulkkinen, Otto; Metzler, Ralf
2015-12-04
Many chemical reactions in biological cells occur at very low concentrations of constituent molecules. Thus, transcriptional gene-regulation is often controlled by poorly expressed transcription-factors, such as E.coli lac repressor with few tens of copies. Here we study the effects of inherent concentration fluctuations of substrate-molecules on the seminal Michaelis-Menten scheme of biochemical reactions. We present a universal correction to the Michaelis-Menten equation for the reaction-rates. The relevance and validity of this correction for enzymatic reactions and intracellular gene-regulation is demonstrated. Our analytical theory and simulation results confirm that the proposed variance-corrected Michaelis-Menten equation predicts the rate of reactions with remarkable accuracy even in the presence of large non-equilibrium concentration fluctuations. The major advantage of our approach is that it involves only the mean and variance of the substrate-molecule concentration. Our theory is therefore accessible to experiments and not specific to the exact source of the concentration fluctuations.
Meyer, Markus R; Orschiedt, Tina; Maurer, Hans H
2013-02-27
The pharmacokinetics of various important drugs are known to be significantly influenced by the human ABC transporter P-glycoprotein (P-gp), which may lead to clinically relevant drug-drug interactions. In contrast to therapeutic drugs, emerging drugs of abuse (DOA) are sold and consumed without any safety pharmacology testing. Only some studies on their metabolism were published, but none about their affinity to the transporter systems. Therefore, 47 DOAs from various classes were tested for their P-gp affinity using human P-gp (hP-gp) to predict possible drug-drug interactions. DOAs were initially screened for general hP-gp affinity and further characterized by modeling classic Michaelis-Menten kinetics and assessing their K(m) and V(max) values. Among the tested drugs, 12 showed a stimulation of ATPase activity. The most intensive stimulating DOAs were further investigated and compared with the known P-gp model substrates sertraline and verapamil. ATPase stimulation kinetics could be modeled for the entactogen 3,4-methylenedioxy-α-ethylphenethylamine (3,4-BDB), the hallucinogen 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine (DOI), the abused alkaloid glaucine, the opioid-like drugs N-iso-propyl-1,2-diphenylethylamine (NPDPA), and N-(1-phenylcyclohexyl)-3-ethoxypropanamine (PCEPA), with K(m) and V(max) values within the same range as for verapamil or sertraline. As a consequence interactions with other drugs being P-gp substrates might be considered to be very likely and further studies should be encouraged. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Michaelis-Menten reaction scheme as a unified approach towards the optimal restart problem.
Rotbart, Tal; Reuveni, Shlomi; Urbakh, Michael
2015-12-01
We study the effect of restart, and retry, on the mean completion time of a generic process. The need to do so arises in various branches of the sciences and we show that it can naturally be addressed by taking advantage of the classical reaction scheme of Michaelis and Menten. Stopping a process in its midst-only to start it all over again-may prolong, leave unchanged, or even shorten the time taken for its completion. Here we are interested in the optimal restart problem, i.e., in finding a restart rate which brings the mean completion time of a process to a minimum. We derive the governing equation for this problem and show that it is exactly solvable in cases of particular interest. We then continue to discover regimes at which solutions to the problem take on universal, details independent forms which further give rise to optimal scaling laws. The formalism we develop, and the results obtained, can be utilized when optimizing stochastic search processes and randomized computer algorithms. An immediate connection with kinetic proofreading is also noted and discussed.
Michaelis-Menten reaction scheme as a unified approach towards the optimal restart problem
Rotbart, Tal; Reuveni, Shlomi; Urbakh, Michael
2015-12-01
We study the effect of restart, and retry, on the mean completion time of a generic process. The need to do so arises in various branches of the sciences and we show that it can naturally be addressed by taking advantage of the classical reaction scheme of Michaelis and Menten. Stopping a process in its midst—only to start it all over again—may prolong, leave unchanged, or even shorten the time taken for its completion. Here we are interested in the optimal restart problem, i.e., in finding a restart rate which brings the mean completion time of a process to a minimum. We derive the governing equation for this problem and show that it is exactly solvable in cases of particular interest. We then continue to discover regimes at which solutions to the problem take on universal, details independent forms which further give rise to optimal scaling laws. The formalism we develop, and the results obtained, can be utilized when optimizing stochastic search processes and randomized computer algorithms. An immediate connection with kinetic proofreading is also noted and discussed.
Mafrica, Stefano; Godiot, Stéphanie; Menouni, Mohsine; Boyron, Marc; Expert, Fabien; Juston, Raphaël; Marchand, Nicolas; Ruffier, Franck; Viollet, Stéphane
2015-03-09
In this paper, we present: (i) a novel analog silicon retina featuring auto-adaptive pixels that obey the Michaelis-Menten law, i.e. V=V(m) I(n)/I(n)+σ(n); (ii) a method of characterizing silicon retinas, which makes it possible to accurately assess the pixels' response to transient luminous changes in a ±3-decade range, as well as changes in the initial steady-state intensity in a 7-decade range. The novel pixel, called M(2)APix, which stands for Michaelis-Menten Auto-Adaptive Pixel, can auto-adapt in a 7-decade range and responds appropriately to step changes up to ±3 decades in size without causing any saturation of the Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) transistors. Thanks to the intrinsic properties of the Michaelis-Menten equation, the pixel output always remains within a constant limited voltage range. The range of the Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) was therefore adjusted so as to obtain a Least Significant Bit (LSB) voltage of 2.35mV and an effective resolution of about 9 bits. The results presented here show that the M(2)APix produced a quasi-linear contrast response once it had adapted to the average luminosity. Differently to what occurs in its biological counterparts, neither the sensitivity to changes in light nor the contrast response of the M(2)APix depend on the mean luminosity (i.e. the ambient lighting conditions). Lastly, a full comparison between the M(2)APix and the Delbrück auto-adaptive pixel is provided.
Bentz, Joe; Tran, Thuy Thanh; Polli, Joseph W; Ayrton, Andrew; Ellens, Harma
2005-10-01
Typically, the kinetics of membrane transport is analyzed using the steady-state Michaelis-Menten (or Eadie-Hofstee or Hanes) equations. This approach has been successful when the substrate is picked up from the aqueous phase, like a water-soluble enzyme, for which the Michaelis-Menten steady-state analysis was developed. For membrane transporters whose substrate resides in the lipid bilayer of the plasma membrane, like P-glycoprotein (P-gp), there has been no validation of the accuracy of the steady-state analysis because the elementary rate constants for transport were not known. Recently, we fitted the mass action elementary kinetic rate constants of P-gp transport of three different drugs through a confluent monolayer of MDCKII-hMDR1 cells. With these elementary rate constants in hand, we use computer simulations to assess the accuracy of the steady-state Michaelis-Menten parameters. This limits the simulation to parameter ranges known to be physiologically relevant. Using over 2,300 different vectors of initial elementary parameters spanning the space bounded by the three drugs, which defines 2,300 "virtual substrates", the concentrations of substrate transported were calculated and fitted to Eadie-Hofstee plots. Acceptable plots were obtained for 1,338 cases. The fitted steady-state Vmax values from the analysis correlated to within a factor of 2-3 with the values predicted from the elementary parameters. However, the fitted Km value could be generated by a wide range of underlying "molecular" Km values. This is because of the convolution of the drug passive permeability kinetics into the fitted Km. This implies that Km values measured in simpler systems, e.g., microsomes or proteoliposomes, even if accurate, would not predict the Km values for the confluent monolayer system or, by logical extension, in vivo. Reliable in vitro-in vivo extrapolation seems to require using the elementary rate constants rather than the Michaelis-Menten steady-state parameters.
Goličnik, Marko
2011-09-01
The exact closed-form solutions to the integrated rate equations for one-compartment pharmacokinetic models that obey Michaelis-Menten elimination kinetics were derived recently (Tang and Xiao in J Pharmacokin Pharmacodyn 34:807-827, 2007). These solutions are expressed in terms of the Lambert W(x)-omega function; however, unfortunately, most of the available computer programs are not set up to handle equations that involve the W(x) function. Therefore, in this article, I provide alternative explicit analytical equations expressed in terms of elementary mathematical functions that accurately approximate exact solutions and can be simply calculated using any optional standard software.
Bezerra, Rui M F; Pinto, Paula A; Fraga, Irene; Dias, Albino A
2016-03-01
To determine initial velocities of enzyme catalyzed reactions without theoretical errors it is necessary to consider the use of the integrated Michaelis-Menten equation. When the reaction product is an inhibitor, this approach is particularly important. Nevertheless, kinetic studies usually involved the evaluation of other inhibitors beyond the reaction product. The occurrence of these situations emphasizes the importance of extending the integrated Michaelis-Menten equation, assuming the simultaneous presence of more than one inhibitor because reaction product is always present. This methodology is illustrated with the reaction catalyzed by alkaline phosphatase inhibited by phosphate (reaction product, inhibitor 1) and urea (inhibitor 2). The approach is explained in a step by step manner using an Excel spreadsheet (available as a template in Appendix). Curve fitting by nonlinear regression was performed with the Solver add-in (Microsoft Office Excel). Discrimination of the kinetic models was carried out based on Akaike information criterion. This work presents a methodology that can be used to develop an automated process, to discriminate in real time the inhibition type and kinetic constants as data (product vs. time) are achieved by the spectrophotometer. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Dutta, Annwesha; Chowdhury, Debashish
2017-05-01
The sequence of amino acid monomers in the primary structure of a protein is decided by the corresponding sequence of codons (triplets of nucleic acid monomers) on the template messenger RNA (mRNA). The polymerization of a protein, by incorporation of the successive amino acid monomers, is carried out by a molecular machine called ribosome. We develop a stochastic kinetic model that captures the possibilities of mis-reading of mRNA codon and prior mis-charging of a tRNA. By a combination of analytical and numerical methods, we obtain the distribution of the times taken for incorporation of the successive amino acids in the growing protein in this mathematical model. The corresponding exact analytical expression for the average rate of elongation of a nascent protein is a 'biologically motivated' generalization of the Michaelis-Menten formula for the average rate of enzymatic reactions. This generalized Michaelis-Menten-like formula (and the exact analytical expressions for a few other quantities) that we report here display the interplay of four different branched pathways corresponding to selection of four different types of tRNA.
Sakoda, M; Hiromi, K
1976-09-01
The best-fit values of the Michaelis constant (Km) and the maximum velocity (V) in the Michaelis-Menten equation can be obtained by the method of least squares with the Taylor expansion for the sum of squares of the absolute residual, i.e., the difference between the observed velocity and the corresponding velocity by calculation. This method makes it possible to determine the values of Km and V not in a trial-and-error manner but in a deductive and unique manner after some iterative procedures starting from arbitrary approximate values of Km and V. These values can be said to be uniquely determined for a set of data as the finally converged values are no longer dependent upon the initial approximate values of Km and V. It is also very important to obtain initial approximate values of parameters for the application of the method described above. A simple method is proposed to estimate the approximate values of parameters involved in fractional functions. The method of rearrangement after canceling of denominator of a fractional function can be utilized to obtain approximate values, not only for cases of two unknown parameters such as the Michaelis-Menten equation, but also for cases with more than two unknowns.
Machado, Eustáquio José
2014-01-01
A equação hiperbólica, conhecida no contexto bioquímico como o modelo de Michaelis-Menten, é utilizada para descrever a velocidade de reações químicas envolvendo enzimas (cinética enzimática). Este estudo teve como objetivo comparar os ajustes do modelo de Michaelis-Menten (1913) que fez uso de dois modelos não-lineares e quatro modelos linearizados. Os dois modelos não-lineares (um utilizou o método clássico assintotico usual e o outro fez uso da abordagem "bootstrap"). Os modelos linearizad...
Bezerra, Rui M F; Fraga, Irene; Dias, Albino A
2013-01-01
Enzyme kinetic parameters are usually determined from initial rates nevertheless, laboratory instruments only measure substrate or product concentration versus reaction time (progress curves). To overcome this problem we present a methodology which uses integrated models based on Michaelis-Menten equation. The most severe practical limitation of progress curve analysis occurs when the enzyme shows a loss of activity under the chosen assay conditions. To avoid this problem it is possible to work with the same experimental points utilized for initial rates determination. This methodology is illustrated by the use of integrated kinetic equations with the well-known reaction catalyzed by alkaline phosphatase enzyme. In this work nonlinear regression was performed with the Solver supplement (Microsoft Office Excel). It is easy to work with and track graphically the convergence of SSE (sum of square errors). The diagnosis of enzyme inhibition was performed according to Akaike information criterion. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Moaty Sayed, A A; Hussein, M A; Becker, T
2010-04-01
Lattice Boltzmann models (LBM) are rapidly showing their ability to simulate a lot of fluid dynamics problems that previously required very complex approaches. This study presents a LBM for simulating diffusion-advection transport of substrate in a 2-D laminar flow. The model considers the substrate influx into a set of active cells placed inside the flow field. A new innovative method was used to simulate the cells activity using the LBM by means of Michaelis-Menten kinetics. The model is validated with some numerical benchmark problems and proved highly accurate results. After validation the model was used to simulate the transport of oxygen substrates that diffuse in water to feed a set of active cartilage cells inside a new designed bioreactor.
Coluzzi, Barbara; Bersani, Enrico
2016-01-01
We recall the perturbation expansion for Michaelis-Menten kinetics, beyond the standard quasi-steady-state approximation (sQSSA). Against this background, we are able to appropriately apply the alternative approach to the study of singularly perturbed differential equations that is based on the renormalization group (SPDERG), by clarifying similarities and differences. In the present demanding situation, we directly renormalize the bare initial condition value for the substrate. Our main results are: i) the 2nd order SPDERG uniform approximations to the correct solutions contain, up to 1st order, the same outer components as the known perturbation expansion ones; ii) the differential equation to be solved for the derivation of the 1st order outer substrate component is simpler within the SPDERG approach; iii) the approximations better reproduce the numerical solutions of the original problem in a region encompassing the matching one, because of the 2nd order terms in the inner components, calculated here for ...
Fowler, Stephen; Guerini, Elena; Qiu, NaHong; Cleary, Yumi; Parrott, Neil; Greig, Gerard; Mallalieu, Navita L
2017-01-01
Basimglurant, a novel mGlu5-negative allosteric modulator under development for the treatment of major depressive disorder, is cleared via cytochrome P450 (P450)-mediated oxidative metabolism. Initial enzyme phenotyping studies indicated that CYP3A4/5 dominates basimglurant metabolism and highlights a risk for drug-drug interactions when it is comedicated with strong CYP3A4/5 inhibitors or inactivators; however, a clinical drug-drug interaction (DDI) study using the potent and selective CYP3A4/5 inhibitor ketoconazole resulted in an area under the curve (AUC) AUCi/AUC ratio of only 1.24. A further study using the CYP3A4 inducer carbamazepine resulted in an AUCi/AUC ratio of 0.69. More detailed in vitro enzyme phenotyping and kinetics studies showed that, at the low concentrations attained clinically, basimglurant metabolic clearance is catalyzed mainly by CYP1A2. The relative contributions of the enzymes were estimated as 70:30 CYP1A2:CYP3A4/5. Using this information, a clinical study using the CYP1A2 inhibitor fluvoxamine was performed, resulting in an AUCi/AUC ratio of 1.60, confirming the role of CYP1A2 and indicating a balanced DDI risk profile. Basimglurant metabolism kinetics show enzyme dependency: CYP1A2-mediated metabolism follows Michaelis-Menten kinetics, whereas CYP3A4 and CYP3A5 follow sigmoidal kinetics [with similar constant (KM) and S50 values]. The interplay of the different enzyme kinetics leads to changing fractional enzyme contributions to metabolism with substrate concentration, even though none of the metabolic enzymes is saturated. This example demonstrates the relevance of non-Michaelis-Menten P450 enzyme kinetics and highlights the need for a thorough understanding of metabolism enzymology to make accurate predictions for human metabolism in vivo. Copyright © 2016 by The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
Padayachee, Letrisha; Pillay, Ché S
2016-07-01
The thioredoxin system, consisting of thioredoxin reductase, thioredoxin and NADPH, is present in most living organisms and reduces a large array of target protein disulfides. The insulin reduction assay is commonly used to characterise thioredoxin activity in vitro, but it is not clear whether substrate saturation datasets from this assay should be fitted and modeled with the Michaelis-Menten equation (thioredoxin enzyme model), or fitted to the thioredoxin system with insulin reduction described by mass-action kinetics (redox couple model). We utilized computational modeling and in vitro assays to determine which of these approaches yield consistent and accurate kinetic parameter sets for insulin reduction. Using computational modeling, we found that fitting to the redox couple model, rather than to the thioredoxin enzyme model, resulted in consistent parameter sets over a range of thioredoxin reductase concentrations. Furthermore, we established that substrate saturation in this assay was due to the progressive redistribution of the thioredoxin moiety into its oxidised form. We then confirmed these results in vitro using the yeast thioredoxin system. This study shows how consistent parameter sets for thioredoxin activity can be obtained regardless of the thioredoxin reductase concentration used in the insulin reduction assay, and validates computational systems biology modeling studies that have described the thioredoxin system with the redox couple modeling approach.
Youdim, K; Dodia, R
2010-04-01
Non-linear dose-exposure (supra-proportionality) occurs when plasma drug concentrations increase in a non-linear fashion with increasing dose. To predict the likelihood of this, an understanding is required of the K(M), which reflects a drug ability to saturate a specific enzyme involved in its metabolism. This study assessed the accuracy of K(M) and V(max) determinations for compounds using a substrate-depletion approach with those determined using the product-formation approach, using both recombinant human cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes and human liver microsomes. For the vast majority of the compounds studied, the K(M)'s using recombinant CYPs and human liver microsomes in the two approaches predicted within two-fold. Further comparisons between the K(M) and V(max)-values were made between those measured using the product-formation approach and those estimated following simultaneous fitting of the Michaelis-Menten equation to all substrate depletion plots. In each case values were comparable. In conclusion, the current study showed the substrate-depletion approach can be used to estimate K(M) and V(max) using both human liver microsomes and recombinant P450s. Estimation of these parameters during early discovery will aid in the understanding of dosages at which non-linearity may occur, but potentially aid predictions of likely clinical drug-drug interactions.
Lu, Jian; Dong, Yuxia; Ng, Emily C; Siehl, Daniel L
2017-05-01
One of applications of directed evolution is to desensitize an enzyme to an inhibitor. kcat,1/KM and KI are three dimensions that when multiplied measure an enzyme's intrinsic capacity for catalysis in the presence of an inhibitor. The ideal values for the individual dimensions depend on substrate and inhibitor concentrations under the conditions of the application. When attempting to optimize those values by directed evolution, (kcat/KM)*KI can be an informative parameter for evaluating libraries of variants, but throughput is limited. We describe a manipulation of the Michaelis-Menten equation for competitive inhibition that isolates (kcat/KM)*KI on one side of the equation. If velocity is measured at constant enzyme and substrate concentrations with two different inhibitor concentrations (one of which can be 0), the data are sufficient to calculate (kcat/KM)*KI with just two rate measurements. The procedure is validated by correlating values obtained by the rapid method with those obtained by substrate saturation kinetics. © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.
Li, Albert P; Schlicht, Kari E
2014-01-01
A higher throughput platform was developed for the determination of K(M) values for isoformselective P450 substrates in human hepatocytes via incubation of the hepatocytes with substrates in 384- well plates and metabolite quantification by RapidFire™ mass spectrometry. Isoform-selective P450 substrates were incubated at 8 concentrations in triplicate with cryopreserved human hepatocytes from 16 donors. The metabolic pathways examined were the CYP1A2-catalyzed tacrine 1-hydroxylation, CYP2B6-catalyzed bupropion hydroxylation, CYP2C8-catalyzed amodiaquine N-deethylation, CYP2C9- catalyzed diclofenac 4'-hydroxylation, CYP2D6-catalyzed dextromethorphan O-demethylation, and CYP3A4-catalyzed midazolam 1'-hydroxylation. Typical saturation enzyme kinetics was observed for all the pathways evaluated. Individual differences in the apparent V(max) and K(M) values were observed among the human hepatocytes from each of the 16 individual donors, with no statistically significant gender- or age-associated differences. A "composite" K(M) value was calculated for each of the pathways via normalizing the individual activities to their respective V(max) values to develop "relative activities" followed by Michaelis-Menten analysis of the mean relative activities of the 16 donors at each of the 8 substrate concentrations. The resulting "composite" K(M) values for the P450 substrates may be used to guide in vitro P450 inhibition and induction studies and kinetic modeling of in vivo drug-drug interaction.
磁流变阻尼器的米氏模型及试验验证%MICHAELIS-MENTEN MODEL OF MAGNETORHEOLOGICAL DAMPER AND TEST VERIFICATION
张香成; 徐赵东; 王绍安; 沙凌峰
2013-01-01
为研究磁流变阻尼器(MRD)非线性滞回性能的影响因素,建立精确的MRD力学模型,对MRD进行力学性能试验,并基于米氏方程提出一个综合考虑电流、位移和频率影响的力学模型——米氏模型.对所提模型和传统经典力学模型进行数值模拟,并与试验结果进行对比分析,结果表明:该模型可以模拟MRD的非线性滞回性能、体现位移和频率对阻尼力及非线性滞回性能的影响.%To find the effect factors of the nonlinear hysteresis capability of a magnetorheological damper (MRD) and establish a precise mathematical model, a Michaelis-Menten (MM) Model was presented based on the MM equation which considers the effects of current, amplitude and frequency. Numerical simulations of the MM Model and traditional classical mathematic model were carried out to compare with the test results. Comparison results indicate that the MM Model could simulate the hysteresis capability of MRD and reflect the effects of current, amplitude and frequency on damping force and nonlinear hysteresis capability.
Bezerra, Rui M F; Dias, Albino A
2004-03-01
The kinetics of exoglucanase (Cel7A) from Trichoderma reesei was investigated in the presence of cellobiose and 24 different enzyme/Avicel ratios for 47 h, in order to establish which of the eight available kinetic models best explained the factors involved. The heterogeneous catalysis was studied and the kinetic parameters were estimated employing integrated forms of Michaelis-Menten equations through the use of nonlinear least squares. It was found that cellulose hydrolysis follows a model that takes into account competitive inhibition by cellobiose (final product) with the following parameters: Km = 3.8 mM, Kic = 0.041 mM, kcat = 2 h-1 (5.6 x 10-4 s-1). Other models, such as mixed type inhibition and those incorporating improvements concerning inhibition by substrate and parabolic inhibition, increased the modulation performance very slightly. The results support the hypothesis that nonproductive enzyme substrate complexes, parabolic inhibition, and enzyme inactivation (Selwyn test) are not the principal constraints in enzymatic cellulose hydrolysis. Under our conditions, the increment in hydrolysis was not significant for substrate/enzyme ratios <6.5.
André Rosa Martins
2015-01-01
.... One model was obtained, among the evaluated proposals, with performance indicating behavior similar to the classical Michaelis-Menten model, where the reaction complex is rapidly formed and, along...
Gattu, Srikanth; Crihfield, Cassandra L; Holland, Lisa A
2017-01-03
Phospholipid nanogels enhance the stability and performance of the exoglycosidase enzyme neuraminidase and are used to create a fixed zone of enzyme within a capillary. With nanogels, there is no need to covalently immobilize the enzyme, as it is physically constrained. This enables rapid quantification of Michaelis-Menten constants (KM) for different substrates and ultimately provides a means to quantify the linkage (i.e., 2-3 versus 2-6) of sialic acids. The fixed zone of enzyme is inexpensive and easily positioned in the capillary to support electrophoresis mediated microanalysis using neuraminidase to analyze sialic acid linkages. To circumvent the limitations of diffusion during static incubation, the incubation period is reproducibly achieved by varying the number of forward and reverse passes the substrate makes through the stationary fixed zone using in-capillary electrophoretic mixing. A KM value of 3.3 ± 0.8 mM (Vmax, 2100 ± 200 μM/min) was obtained for 3'-sialyllactose labeled with 2-aminobenzoic acid using neuraminidase from Clostridium perfringens that cleaves sialic acid monomers with an α2-3,6,8,9 linkage, which is similar to values reported in the literature that required benchtop analyses. The enzyme cleaves the 2-3 linkage faster than the 2-6, and a KM of 2 ± 1 mM (Vmax, 400 ± 100 μM/min) was obtained for the 6'-sialyllactose substrate. An alternative neuraminidase selective for 2-3 sialic acid linkages generated a KM value of 3 ± 2 mM (Vmax, 900 ± 300 μM/min) for 3'-sialyllactose. With a knowledge of Vmax, the method was applied to a mixture of 2-3 and 2-6 sialyllactose as well as 2-3 and 2-6 sialylated triantennary glycan. Nanogel electrophoresis is an inexpensive, rapid, and simple alternative to current technologies used to distinguish the composition of 3' and 6' sialic acid linkages.
Gejl, Michael; Rungby, Jørgen; Brock, Birgitte; Gjedde, Albert
2014-08-01
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is a potent insulinotropic incretin hormone with both pancreatic and extrapancreatic effects. Studies of GLP-1 reveal significant effects in regions of brain tissue that regulate appetite and satiety. GLP-1 mimetics are used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. GLP-1 interacts with peripheral functions in which the autonomic nervous system plays an important role, and emerging pre-clinical findings indicate a potential neuroprotective role of the peptide, for example in models of stroke and in neurodegenerative disorders. A century ago, Leonor Michaelis and Maud Menten described the steady-state enzyme kinetics that still apply to the multiple receptors, transporters and enzymes that define the biochemical reactions of the brain, including the glucose-dependent impact of GLP-1 on blood-brain glucose transfer and metabolism. This MiniReview examines the potential of GLP-1 as a molecule of interest for the understanding of brain energy metabolism and with reference to the impact on brain metabolism related to appetite and satiety regulation, stroke and neurodegenerative disorders. These effects can be understood only by reference to the original formulation of the Michaelis-Menten equation as applied to a chain of kinetically controlled steps. Indeed, the effects of GLP-1 receptor activation on blood-brain glucose transfer and brain metabolism of glucose depend on the glucose concentration and relative affinities of the steps both in vitro and in vivo, as in the pancreas. © 2014 Nordic Association for the Publication of BCPT (former Nordic Pharmacological Society).
Yu, Xiao-Zhang; Zhang, Xue-Hong
2016-07-01
Hydroponic experiments were conducted with different species of plants (rice, maize, soybean and willow) exposed to ferri-cyanide to investigate the half-saturation constant (K M ) and the maximal metabolic capacity (v max ) involved in phyto-assimilation. Three varieties for each testing species were collected from different origins. Measured concentrations show that the uptake rates responded biphasically to ferri-cyanide treatments by showing increases linearly at low and almost constant at high concentrations from all treatments, indicating that phyto-assimilation of ferri-cyanide followed the Michaelis-Menten kinetics. Using non-linear regression, the highest v max was by rice, followed by willows. The lowest v max was found for soybean. All plants, except maize (DY26) and rice (XJ12), had a similar K M value, suggesting the same enzyme was active in phyto-assimilation of ferri-cyanide. Transcript level, by real-time quantitative PCR, of enzymes involved in degradation of cyanides showed that the analyzed genes were differently expressed during different cyanides exposure. The expression of CAS and ST genes responded positively to KCN exposure, suggesting that β-CAS and ST pathways were two possible pathways for cyanide detoxification in rice. The transcript level of NIT and ASPNASE genes also showed a remarkable up-regulation to KCN, implying the contribution to the pool of amino acid aspartate, which is an end product of CN metabolism. Up-regulation of GS genes suggests that acquisition of ammonium released from cyanide degradation may be an additional nitrogen source for plant nutrition. Results also revealed that the expressions of these genes, except for GS, were relatively constant during iron cyanide exposure, suggesting that they are likely metabolized by plants through a non-defined pathway rather than the β-CAS pathway.
Blum, Philipp; Hunkeler, Daniel; Weede, Matthias; Beyer, Christof; Grathwohl, Peter; Morasch, Barbara
2009-04-01
At a former wood preservation plant severely contaminated with coal tar oil, in situ bulk attenuation and biodegradation rate constants for several monoaromatic (BTEX) and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) were determined using (1) classical first order decay models, (2) Michaelis-Menten degradation kinetics (MM), and (3) stable carbon isotopes, for o-xylene and naphthalene. The first order bulk attenuation rate constant for o-xylene was calculated to be 0.0025 d - 1 and a novel stable isotope-based first order model, which also accounted for the respective redox conditions, resulted in a slightly smaller biodegradation rate constant of 0.0019 d - 1 . Based on MM-kinetics, the o-xylene concentration decreased with a maximum rate of kmax = 0.1 µg/L/d. The bulk attenuation rate constant of naphthalene retrieved from the classical first order decay model was 0.0038 d - 1 . The stable isotope-based biodegradation rate constant of 0.0027 d - 1 was smaller in the reduced zone, while residual naphthalene in the oxic part of the plume further downgradient was degraded at a higher rate of 0.0038 d - 1 . With MM-kinetics a maximum degradation rate of kmax = 12 µg/L/d was determined. Although best fits were obtained by MM-kinetics, we consider the carbon stable isotope-based approach more appropriate as it is specific for biodegradation (not overall attenuation) and at the same time accounts for the dominant electron-accepting process. For o-xylene a field based isotope enrichment factor ɛfield of - 1.4 could be determined using the Rayleigh model, which closely matched values from laboratory studies of o-xylene degradation under sulfate-reducing conditions.
Blum, Philipp; Hunkeler, Daniel; Weede, Matthias; Beyer, Christof; Grathwohl, Peter; Morasch, Barbara
2009-04-01
At a former wood preservation plant severely contaminated with coal tar oil, in situ bulk attenuation and biodegradation rate constants for several monoaromatic (BTEX) and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) were determined using (1) classical first order decay models, (2) Michaelis-Menten degradation kinetics (MM), and (3) stable carbon isotopes, for o-xylene and naphthalene. The first order bulk attenuation rate constant for o-xylene was calculated to be 0.0025 d(-1) and a novel stable isotope-based first order model, which also accounted for the respective redox conditions, resulted in a slightly smaller biodegradation rate constant of 0.0019 d(-1). Based on MM-kinetics, the o-xylene concentration decreased with a maximum rate of k(max)=0.1 microg/L/d. The bulk attenuation rate constant of naphthalene retrieved from the classical first order decay model was 0.0038 d(-1). The stable isotope-based biodegradation rate constant of 0.0027 d(-1) was smaller in the reduced zone, while residual naphthalene in the oxic part of the plume further downgradient was degraded at a higher rate of 0.0038 d(-1). With MM-kinetics a maximum degradation rate of k(max)=12 microg/L/d was determined. Although best fits were obtained by MM-kinetics, we consider the carbon stable isotope-based approach more appropriate as it is specific for biodegradation (not overall attenuation) and at the same time accounts for the dominant electron-accepting process. For o-xylene a field based isotope enrichment factor epsilon(field) of -1.4 could be determined using the Rayleigh model, which closely matched values from laboratory studies of o-xylene degradation under sulfate-reducing conditions.
Button, D K; Robertson, Betsy; Gustafson, Elizabeth; Zhao, Xiaoming
2004-09-01
A theory for solute uptake by whole cells was derived with a focus on the ability of oligobacteria to sequester nutrients. It provided a general relationship that was used to obtain the kinetic constants for in situ marine populations in the presence of naturally occurring substrates. In situ affinities of 0.9 to 400 liters g of cells(-1) h(-1) found were up to 10(3) times smaller than those from a "Marinobacter arcticus " isolate, but springtime values were greatly increased by warming. Affinities of the isolate for usual polar substrates but not for hydrocarbons were diminished by ionophores. A kinetic curve or Monod plot was constructed from the best available data for cytoarchitectural components of the isolate by using the theory together with concepts and calculations from first principles. The order of effect of these components on specific affinity was membrane potential > cytoplasmic enzyme concentration > cytoplasmic enzyme affinity > permease concentration > area of the permease site > translation coefficient > porin concentration. Component balance was influential as well; a small increase in cytoplasmic enzyme concentration gave a large increase in the effect of permease concentration. The effect of permease concentration on specific affinity was large, while the effect on K(m) was small. These results are in contrast to the Michaelis-Menten theory as applied by Monod that has uptake kinetics dependent on the quality of the permease molecules, with K(m) as an independent measure of affinity. Calculations demonstrated that most oligobacteria in the environment must use multiple substrates simultaneously to attain sufficient energy and material for growth, a requirement consistent with communities largely comprising few species.
Leonard, Erin M; Wood, Chris M
2013-06-01
We investigated the bioaccumulation and acute toxicity (48 h or 96 h) of Ni in four freshwater invertebrate species in two waters with hardness of 40 (soft water) and 140 mg L(-1) as CaCO(3) (hard water). Sensitivity order (most to least) was Lymnaea stagnalis > Daphnia pulex > Lumbriculus variegatus > Chironomus riparius. In all cases water hardness was protective against acute Ni toxicity with LC(50) values 3-3.5× higher in the hard water vs. soft water. In addition, higher water hardness significantly reduced Ni bioaccumulation in these organisms suggesting that competition by Ca and Mg for uptake at the biotic ligand may contribute to higher metal resistance. CBR50 values (Critical Body Residues) were less dependent on water chemistry (i.e. more consistent) than LC(50) values within and across species by ~2 fold. These data support one of the main advantages of the Tissue Residue Approach (TRA) where tissue concentrations are generally less variable than exposure concentrations with respect to toxicity. Whole body Ni bioaccumulation followed Michaelis-Menten kinetics in all organisms, with greater hardness tending to decrease B(max) with no consistent effect on K(d). Across species, acute Ni LC(50) values tended to increase with both K(d) and B(max) values - i.e. more sensitive species exhibited higher binding affinity and lower binding capacity for Ni, but there was no correlation with body size. With respect to biotic ligand modeling, log K(NiBL) values derived from Ni bioaccumulation correlated well with log K(NiBL) values derived from toxicity testing. Both whole body Na and Mg levels were disturbed, suggesting that disruption of ionoregulatory homeostasis is a mechanism of acute Ni toxicity. In L. stagnalis, Na depletion was a more sensitive endpoint than mortality, however, the opposite was true for the other organisms. This is the first study to show the relationship between Na and Ni. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Leonard, Erin M; Marentette, Julie R; Balshine, Sigal; Wood, Chris M
2014-03-01
Traditionally, water quality guidelines/criteria are based on lethality tests where results are expressed as a function of waterborne concentrations (e.g. LC50). However, there is growing interest in the use of uptake and binding relationships, such as biotic ligand models (BLM), and in bioaccumulation parameters, such as critical body residue values (e.g. CBR50), to predict metal toxicity in aquatic organisms. Nevertheless, all these approaches only protect species against physiological death (e.g. mortality, failed recruitment), and do not consider ecological death which can occur at much lower concentrations when the animal cannot perform normal behaviours essential for survival. Therefore, we investigated acute (96 h) Ni toxicity in two freshwater fish species, the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and compared LC, BLM, and CBR parameters for various organs, as well as behavioural responses (spontaneous activity). In general, round goby were more sensitive. Ni bioaccumulation displayed Michaelis-Menten kinetics in most tissues, and round goby gills had lower Kd (higher binding affinity) but similar Bmax (binding site density) values relative to rainbow trout gills. Round goby also accumulated more Ni than did trout in most tissues at a given exposure concentration. Organ-specific 96 h acute CBR values tended to be higher in round goby but 96 h acute CBR50 and CBR10 values in the gills were very similar in the two species. In contrast, LC50 and LC10 values were significantly higher in rainbow trout. With respect to BLM parameters, gill log KNiBL values for bioaccumulation were higher by 0.4-0.8 log units than the log KNiBL values for toxicity in both species, and both values were higher in goby (more sensitive). Round goby were also more sensitive with respect to the behavioural response, exhibiting a significant decline of 63-75 % in movements per minute at Ni concentrations at and above only 8 % of the LC50 value
Long, Cormac G; Gilbertson, John D; Vijayaraghavan, Ganesh; Stevenson, Keith J; Pursell, Christopher J; Chandler, Bert D
2008-08-06
Thiol monolayer-protected Au clusters (MPCs) were prepared using dendrimer templates, deposited onto a high-surface-area titania, and then the thiol stabilizers were removed under H2/N2. The resulting Au catalysts were characterized with transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and infrared spectroscopy of adsorbed CO. The Au catalysts prepared via this route displayed minimal particle agglomeration during the deposition and activation steps. Structural data obtained from the physical characterization of the Au catalysts were comparable to features exhibited from a traditionally prepared standard Au catalyst obtained from the World Gold Council (WGC). A differential kinetic study of CO oxidation catalysis by the MPC-prepared Au and the standard WGC catalyst showed that these two catalyst systems have essentially the same reaction order and Arrhenius apparent activation energies (28 kJ/mol). However, the MPC-prepared Au catalyst shows 50% greater activity for CO oxidation. Using a Michaelis-Menten approach, the oxygen binding constants for the two catalyst systems were determined and found to be essentially the same within experimental error. To our knowledge, this kinetic evaluation is the first experimental determination of oxygen binding by supported Au nanoparticle catalysts under working conditions. The values for the oxygen binding equilibrium constant obtained from the Michaelis-Menten treatment (ca. 29-39) are consistent with ultra-high-vacuum measurements on model catalyst systems and support density functional theory calculations for oxygen binding at corner or edge atoms on Au nanoparticles and clusters.
Zhou, Chuanzheng; Chattopadhyaya, Jyoti
2010-04-02
In this study, 12 different native or LNA, carba-LNA-modified dinucleoside phosphates were designed as simple chemical models to study how carba-LNA modifications improve the 3'-exonuclease (SVPDE in this study) resistance of internucleotidic phosphate compared to those exhibited by LNA-modified and the native counterparts. Michaelis-Menten kinetic studies for dimers 3 - 7, in which the LNA or carba-LNA modifications are located at the 5'-end, showed that (i) increased 3'-exonuclease resistance of (5')[LNA-T](p)T (3) compared to the native (5')T(p)T (1) was mainly attributed to steric hindrance imposed by the LNA modification that retards the nuclease binding (K(M)) and (ii) digestion of (5')[carba-LNA-dT](p)T (4) and (5')[LNA-T](p)T (3), however, exhibit similar K(M)s, whereas the former shows a 100x decrease in K(cat) and is hence more stable than the latter. By studying the correlation between log k(cat) and pK(a) of the departing 3'(or 6')-OHs for 3-7, we found the pK(a) of 3'-OH of carba-LNA-T was 1.4 pK(a) units higher than that of LNA-T, and this relatively less acidic character of the 3'-OH in the former leads to the 100x decrease in the catalytic efficiency for the digestion of (5')[carba-LNA-T](p)T (4). In contrast, Michaelis-Menten kinetic studies for dimers 9-12, with the LNA or carba-LNA modifications at the 3'-end, showed that the digestion of (5')T(p)[LNA-T] (9) exhibited similar K(M) but k(cat) decreased around 40 times compared to that of the native (5')T(p)T (1). Similar k(cat) values have been observed for digestion of (5')T(p)[carba-LNA-T] (10) and (5')T(p)[LNA-T] (9). The higher stability of carba-LNA modified dimer 10 compared with LNA modified dimer 9 comes solely from the increased K(M).
André Rosa Martins
2015-06-01
Full Text Available ResumoOs processos enzimáticos que seguem o modelo cinético de Michaelis-Menten foram estudados a partir de diferentes propostas para descrever a etapa de inibição reversível. As propostas de inibição foram comparadas a partir de um processo genérico, onde as constantes cinéticas receberam valores unitários e o valor numérico da concentração de substrato foi dez (10 vezes superior ao valor numérico da concentração de enzima. Para cada proposta de modelo de inibição foram obtidas soluções numéricas a partir de sistema não linear de equações diferenciais ordinárias, gerando gráficos que apresentaram, separadamente, a variação das concentrações da enzima, dos complexos enzimáticos, do substrato e do produto da reação. Foi obtido um modelo, dentre as propostas avaliadas, com desempenho indicando comportamento similar ao verificado no modelo clássico de Michaelis-Menten, onde o complexo de reação é rapidamente formado e, ao longo do processo, decai até tender a zero. Em contrapartida, diferentemente do modelo clássico, na nova proposta de modelo o efeito de inibição começa em zero e, ao longo do processo, tende ao valor nominal da concentração inicial da enzima. Tais respostas mostraram-se válidas para valores distintos de concentração de enzima e de tempo de processo, mostrando robustez e indicando uma tendência do somatório do substrato e do produto atingir o valor nominal da concentração inicial do substrato ao longo do tempo de processamento.
Vosika, Z.; Mitić, V. V.; Vasić, A.; Lazović, G.; Matija, L.; Kocić, Lj. M.
2017-03-01
In this paper, Caputo based Michaelis-Menten kinetic model based on Time Scale Calculus (TSC) is proposed. The main reason for its consideration is a study of tumor cells population growth dynamics. In the particular case discrete-continuous time kinetics, Michaelis-Menten model is numerically treated, using a new algorithm proposed by authors, called multistep generalized difference transformation method (MSGDETM). In addition numerical simulations are performed and is shown that it represents the upgrade of the multi-step variant of generalized differential transformation method (MSGDTM). A possible conditions for its further development are discussed and possible experimental verification is described.
Yusof, Siti R; Abbott, N Joan; Avdeef, Alex
2017-08-30
Most studies of blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability and transport are conducted at a single pH, but more detailed information can be revealed by using multiple pH values. A pH-dependent biophysical model was applied to the mechanistic analysis of published pH-dependent BBB luminal uptake data from three opioid derivatives in rat: pentazocine (Suzuki et al., 2002a, 2002b), naloxone (Suzuki et al., 2010a), and oxycodone (Okura et al., 2008). Two types of data were processed: in situ brain perfusion (ISBP) and brain uptake index (BUI). The published perfusion data were converted to apparent luminal permeability values, Papp, and analyzed by the pCEL-X program (Yusof et al., 2014), using the pH-dependent Crone-Renkin equation (pH-CRE) to determine the impact of cerebrovascular flow on the Michaelis-Menten transport parameters (Avdeef and Sun, 2011). For oxycodone, the ISBP data had been measured at pH7.4 and 8.4. The present analysis indicates a 7-fold lower value of the cerebrovascular flow velocity, Fpf, than that expected in the original study. From the pyrilamine-inhibited data, the flow-corrected passive intrinsic permeability value was determined to be P0=398×10(-6)cm·s(-1). The uptake data indicate that the neutral form of oxycodone is affected by a transporter at pH8.4. The extent of the cation uptake was less certain from the available data. For pentazocine, the brain uptake by the BUI method had been measured at pH5.5, 6.5, and 7.4, in a concentration range 0.1-40mM. Under similar conditions, ISBP data were also available. The pH-CRE determined values of Fpf from both methods were nearly the same, and were smaller than the expected value in the original publication. The transport of the cationic pentazocine was not fully saturated at pH5.5 at 40mM. The transport of the neutral species at pH7.4 appeared to reach saturation at 40mM pentazocine concentration, but not at 12mM. In the case of naloxone, a pH-dependent Michaelis-Menten equation (p
Chowdhury, Debashish
2014-01-01
Cytoskeletal motor proteins move on filamentous tracks by converting input chemical energy that they derive by catalyzing the hydrolysis of ATP. The ATPase site is the analogue of an engine and hydrolysis of ATP is the analogue of burning of chemical fuel. Moreover, the functional role of a segment of the motor is analogous to that of the transmission system of an automobile, which consists of a shaft, gear, clutch, etc. The operation of the engine is intrinsically 'noisy' and the motor faces a molecular 'hailstorm' in the aqueous medium. In this commemorative review, we celebrate the centenary of Michaelis and Menten's landmark paper of 1913 and the golden jubilee of Monod and colleagues classic paper of 1963 by highlighting their relevance with respect to explaining the operational mechanisms of the engine and the transmission system, respectively, of cytoskeletal motors. © 2013 FEBS.
Introducing Michaelis-Menten Kinetics through Simulation
Halkides, Christopher J.; Herman, Russell
2007-01-01
We describe a computer tutorial that introduces the concept of the steady state in enzyme kinetics. The tutorial allows students to produce graphs of the concentrations of free enzyme, enzyme-substrate complex, and product versus time in order to learn about the approach to steady state. By using a range of substrate concentrations and rate…
Introducing Michaelis-Menten Kinetics through Simulation
Halkides, Christopher J.; Herman, Russell
2007-01-01
We describe a computer tutorial that introduces the concept of the steady state in enzyme kinetics. The tutorial allows students to produce graphs of the concentrations of free enzyme, enzyme-substrate complex, and product versus time in order to learn about the approach to steady state. By using a range of substrate concentrations and rate…
Modeling of Bacillus spores: Inactivation and Outgrowth
2011-03-01
52 Michaelis - Menten Kinetics ...of repair mechanism [36]. These models were based on Michaelis - Menten kinetics , which is also the foundation of the work in this research Michaelis ...catalyzed reactions. Michaelis - Menten kinetics is a model of enzyme kinetics . The Michaelis - Menten equation describes the rates of enzymatic reactions by
2009-01-01
Thioredoxins (Trxs) are oxidoreductase enzymes, present in all organisms, that catalyze the reduction of disulfide bonds in proteins. By applying a calibrated force to a substrate disulfide, the chemical mechanisms of Trx catalysis can be examined in detail at the single-molecule level. Here we use single-molecule force-clamp spectroscopy to explore the chemical evolution of Trx catalysis by probing the chemistry of eight different Trx enzymes. All Trxs show a characteristic Michaelis-Menten ...
More Nuts and Bolts of Michaelis-Menten Enzyme Kinetics
Lechner, Joseph H.
2011-01-01
Several additions to a classroom activity are proposed in which an "enzyme" (the student) converts "substrates" (nut-bolt assemblies) into "products" (separated nuts and bolts) by unscrewing them. (Contains 1 table.)
Enzyme Kinetics and the Michaelis-Menten Equation
Biaglow, Andrew; Erickson, Keith; McMurran, Shawnee
2010-01-01
The concepts presented in this article represent the cornerstone of classical mathematical biology. The central problem of the article relates to enzyme kinetics, which is a biochemical system. However, the theoretical underpinnings that lead to the formation of systems of time-dependent ordinary differential equations have been applied widely to…
More Nuts and Bolts of Michaelis-Menten Enzyme Kinetics
Lechner, Joseph H.
2011-01-01
Several additions to a classroom activity are proposed in which an "enzyme" (the student) converts "substrates" (nut-bolt assemblies) into "products" (separated nuts and bolts) by unscrewing them. (Contains 1 table.)
Enzyme Kinetics and the Michaelis-Menten Equation
Biaglow, Andrew; Erickson, Keith; McMurran, Shawnee
2010-01-01
The concepts presented in this article represent the cornerstone of classical mathematical biology. The central problem of the article relates to enzyme kinetics, which is a biochemical system. However, the theoretical underpinnings that lead to the formation of systems of time-dependent ordinary differential equations have been applied widely to…
Andric, Pavle; Meyer, Anne S.; Jensen, Peter Arendt
2010-01-01
, during 96 h of reaction. When glucose was removed by dialysis during the enzymatic hydrolysis, the cellulose conversion rates and glucose yields increased. In fact, with dialytic in situ glucose removal, the rate of enzyme-catalyzed glucose release during 48-72 h of reaction recovered from 20......-40% to become approximate to 70% of the rate recorded during 6-24 h of reaction. Although Michaelis-Menten kinetics do not suffice to model the kinetics of the complex multi-enzymatic degradation of cellulose, the data for the glucose inhibition were surprisingly well described by simple Michaelis......-Menten inhibition models without great significance of the inhibition mechanism. Moreover, the experimental in situ removal of glucose could be simulated by a Michaelis-Menten inhibition model. The data provide an important base for design of novel reactors and operating regimes which include continuous product...
Chao Wang
Full Text Available Macroalgae has bloomed in the brackish lake of Shenzhen Bay, China continuously from 2010 to 2014. Gracilaria tenuistipitata was identified as the causative macroalgal species. The aim of this study was to explore the outbreak mechanism of G. tenuistipitata, by studying the effects of salinity and nitrogen sources on growth, and the different nitrogen sources uptake characteristic. Our experimental design was based on environmental conditions observed in the bloom areas, and these main factors were simulated in the laboratory. Results showed that salinity 12 to 20 ‰ was suitable for G. tenuistipitata growth. When the nitrogen sources' (NH4+, NO3- concentrations reached 40 µM or above, the growth rate of G. tenuistipitata was significantly higher. Algal biomass was higher (approximately 1.4 times when cultured with NH4+ than that with NO3- addition. Coincidentally, macroalgal bloom formed during times of moderate salinity (∼12 ‰ and high nitrogen conditions. The NH4+ and NO3- uptake characteristic was studied to understand the potential mechanism of G. tenuistipitata bloom. NH4+ uptake was best described by a linear, rate-unsaturated response, with the slope decreasing with time intervals. In contrast, NO3- uptake followed a rate-saturating mechanism best described by the Michaelis-Menten model, with kinetic parameters Vmax = 37.2 µM g-1 DM h-1 and Ks = 61.5 µM. Further, based on the isotope 15N tracer method, we found that 15N from NH4+ accumulated faster and reached an atom% twice than that of 15N from NO3-, suggesting when both NH4+ and NO3- were available, NH4+ was assimilated more rapidly. The results of the present study indicate that in the estuarine environment, the combination of moderate salinity with high ammonium may stimulate bloom formation.
Wang, Chao; Lei, Anping; Zhou, Kai; Hu, Zhengyu; Hao, Wenlong; Yang, Junda
2014-01-01
Macroalgae has bloomed in the brackish lake of Shenzhen Bay, China continuously from 2010 to 2014. Gracilaria tenuistipitata was identified as the causative macroalgal species. The aim of this study was to explore the outbreak mechanism of G. tenuistipitata, by studying the effects of salinity and nitrogen sources on growth, and the different nitrogen sources uptake characteristic. Our experimental design was based on environmental conditions observed in the bloom areas, and these main factors were simulated in the laboratory. Results showed that salinity 12 to 20 ‰ was suitable for G. tenuistipitata growth. When the nitrogen sources' (NH4+, NO3-) concentrations reached 40 µM or above, the growth rate of G. tenuistipitata was significantly higher. Algal biomass was higher (approximately 1.4 times) when cultured with NH4+ than that with NO3- addition. Coincidentally, macroalgal bloom formed during times of moderate salinity (∼12 ‰) and high nitrogen conditions. The NH4+ and NO3- uptake characteristic was studied to understand the potential mechanism of G. tenuistipitata bloom. NH4+ uptake was best described by a linear, rate-unsaturated response, with the slope decreasing with time intervals. In contrast, NO3- uptake followed a rate-saturating mechanism best described by the Michaelis-Menten model, with kinetic parameters Vmax = 37.2 µM g-1 DM h-1 and Ks = 61.5 µM. Further, based on the isotope 15N tracer method, we found that 15N from NH4+ accumulated faster and reached an atom% twice than that of 15N from NO3-, suggesting when both NH4+ and NO3- were available, NH4+ was assimilated more rapidly. The results of the present study indicate that in the estuarine environment, the combination of moderate salinity with high ammonium may stimulate bloom formation.
Vinks, Alexander A; Den Hollander, Jan G; Overbeek, Shelley E; Jelliffe, Roger W; Mouton, Johan W
2003-02-01
The purpose of this study was to describe the nonlinear pharmacokinetics of piperacillin observed during intermittent infusion and continuous infusion by using a nonparametric population modeling approach. Data were 120 serum piperacillin concentration measurements from eight adult cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Individual pharmacokinetic parameter estimates during intermittent infusion or continuous infusion were calculated by noncompartmental analysis and with a maximum iterative two-stage Bayesian estimator. To simultaneously describe concentration-time data during intermittent infusion and continuous infusion, nonlinear models were parameterized as two-compartment Michaelis-Menten models. Models were fit to the data with the nonparametric expectation maximization algorithm. The calculations were executed on a remote supercomputer. Nonlinear models were evaluated by log-likelihood estimates, residual plots, and R(2) values, and predictive performance was based on bias (mean weighted error [MWE]) and precision (mean weighted square error [MWSE]). A linear pharmacokinetic model could not describe combined intermittent infusion and continuous infusion data well. A good population model fit to the intermittent infusion and continuous infusion data was obtained with the constructed nonlinear models. Maximum a posteriori probability (MAP) Bayesian R(2) values for the nonlinear models were 0.96 to 0.97. Median parameter estimates for the best nonlinear model were as follows: K(m), 58 +/- 75 mg/liter (mean and standard deviation); V(max), 1,904 +/- 1,009 mg/h; volume of distribution of the central compartment, 14.1 +/- 3.0 liters; k(12), 0.63 +/- 0.41 h(-1); and k(21), 0.37 +/- 0.19 h(-1). The median bias (MWE) and precision (MWSE) values for MAP Bayesian estimation with the Michaelis-Menten model were 0.05 and 4.6 mg/liters, respectively. The developed nonlinear pharmacokinetic models can be used to optimize piperacillin therapy administered via continuous infusion in
Development of Optimized Guidelines for Therapeutic Strategies for Organophosphate Poisoning
2011-03-01
Hoang, 1995). Metabolism is a complex mechanism, but is implemented into PBPK models in the form of zero order, first order, or Michaelis - Menten ...kinetics. The Vmax and Km required in the Michaelis - Menten equation are derived from in vitro and in vivo 22 measurements. Most PBPK models...metabolism occurs in the liver and follows Michaelis - Menten kinetics (Hoang, 1995). PBPK modeling of organophosphates The consideration of developing a
Use of Mushroom Tyrosinase to Introduce Michaelis-Menten Enzyme Kinetics to Biochemistry Students
Flurkey, William H.; Inlow, Jennifer K.
2017-01-01
An inexpensive enzyme kinetics laboratory exercise for undergraduate biochemistry students is described utilizing tyrosinase from white button mushrooms. The exercise can be completed in one or two three-hour lab sessions. The optimal amounts of enzyme, substrate (catechol), and inhibitor (kojic acid) are first determined, and then kinetic data is…
The Impact of Deviation from Michaelis-Menten Saturation on Mathematical Model Stability Properties
Blackwell, Charles; Kliss, Mark (Technical Monitor)
1998-01-01
Based on purely abstract ecological theory, it has been argued that a system composed of two or more consumers competing for the same resource cannot persist. By analysis on a Monod format mathematical model, Hubble and others demonstrated that this assertion is true for all but very special cases of such competing organisms which are determined by an index formed by a grouping of. the parameters which characterize the biological processes of the competing organisms. In the laboratory, using a bioreactor, Hansen and Hubble obtained confirmatory results for several cases of two competing species, and they characterized it as "qualitative confirmation" of the assertion. This result is amazing, since the analysis required the exact equality of the hey index, and it seems certain that no pair of organism species could have exactly equal values. It is quite plausible, however, that pairs of organism species could have approximately equal indices, and the question of how different they could be and still have coexistence of the two (or more) presents itself. In this paper, the pursuit of this question and a compatible resolution is presented.
Multi-system Nernst-Michaelis-Menten model applied to bioanodes formed from sewage sludge.
Rimboud, Mickaël; Desmond-Le Quemener, Elie; Erable, Benjamin; Bouchez, Théodore; Bergel, Alain
2015-11-01
Bioanodes were formed under constant polarization at -0.2 V/SCE from fermented sewage sludge. Current densities reached were 9.3±1.2 A m(-2) with the whole fermented sludge and 6.2±0.9 A m(-2) with the fermented sludge supernatant. The bioanode kinetics was analysed by differentiating among the contributions of the three redox systems identified by voltammetry. Each system ensured reversible Nernstian electron transfer but around a different central potential. The global overpotential required to reach the maximum current plateau was not imposed by slow electron transfer rates but was due to the potential range covered by the different redox systems. The microbial communities of the three bioanodes were analysed by 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing. They showed a significant microbial diversity around a core of Desulfuromonadales, the proportion of which was correlated with the electrochemical performance of the bioanodes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
The Nuts and Bolts of Michaelis-Menten Enzyme Kinetics: Suggestions and Clarifications
Silverstein, Todd
2011-01-01
Matthew Junker's recent article describes a useful and effective enzyme kinetics application and analogy in which students simulate enzyme activity by unscrewing nut-bolt "substrate molecules", thus, converting them into separate nuts and bolts "products". A number of suggestions and corrections are presented that improve the clarity and accuracy…
Commemorating the 1913 Michaelis-Menten paper Die Kinetik der Invertinwirkung: three perspectives.
Deichmann, Ute; Schuster, Stefan; Mazat, Jean-Pierre; Cornish-Bowden, Athel
2014-01-01
Methods and equations for analysing the kinetics of enzyme-catalysed reactions were developed at the beginning of the 20th century in two centres in particular; in Paris, by Victor Henri, and, in Berlin, by Leonor Michaelis and Maud Menten. Henri made a detailed analysis of the work in this area that had preceded him, and arrived at a correct equation for the initial rate of reaction. However, his approach was open to the important objection that he took no account of the hydrogen-ion concentration (a subject largely undeveloped in his time). In addition, although he wrote down an expression for the initial rate of reaction and described the hyperbolic form of its dependence on the substrate concentration, he did not appreciate the great advantages that would come from analysis in terms of initial rates rather than time courses. Michaelis and Menten not only placed Henri's analysis on a firm experimental foundation, but also defined the experimental protocol that remains standard today. Here, we review this development, and discuss other scientific contributions of these individuals. The three parts have different authors, as indicated, and do not necessarily agree on all details, in particular about the relative importance of the contributions of Michaelis and Menten on the one hand and of Henri on the other. Rather than force the review into an unrealistic consensus, we consider it appropriate to leave the disagreements visible. © 2013 FEBS.
Utilization of Integrated Michaelis-Menten Equation to Determine Kinetic Constants
Bezerra, Rui M. F.; Dias, Albino A.
2007-01-01
Students of biochemistry and related biosciences are urged to solve problems where kinetic parameters are calculated from initial rates obtained at different substrate concentrations. Troubles begin when they go to the laboratory to perform kinetic experiments and realize that usual laboratory instruments do not measure initial rates but only…
Specificity of non-Michaelis-Menten enzymes: necessary information for analyzing metabolic pathways.
Cornish-Bowden, Athel; Cárdenas, María Luz
2010-12-16
The specificity of an enzyme obeying the Michaelis−Menten equation is normally measured by comparing the kcat/Km for different substrates, but this is inappropriate for enzymes with a Hill coefficient h different from 1. The obvious alternative of generalizing Km in the expression as K0.5, the substrate concentration for half-saturation, is better, but it is not entirely satisfactory either, and here we show that kcat/K0.5(h) gives satisfactory results for analyzing the kinetic behavior of metabolic pathways. The importance of using kcat/K0.5(h) increases with the value of h, but even when h is small, it makes an appreciable difference, as illustrated for the mammalian hexokinases. Reinterpretation of data for the specificity of these enzymes in terms of the proposed definition indicates that hexokinase D, often believed highly specific for glucose, and accordingly called “glucokinase”, actually has the lowest preference for glucose over fructose of the four isoenzymes found in mammals.
Estimation of Michaelis-Menten constant of efflux transporter considering asymmetric permeability.
Sugano, Kiyohiko; Shirasaka, Yoshiyuki; Yamashita, Shinji
2011-10-14
It was previously reported that the apparent K(m) values of P-gp in apical to basal (A to B) and basal to apical (B to A) directions were different. The purpose of the present study was to derive a theoretical framework by which this asymmetric concentration-permeability profile can be explained using a single intrinsic K(m) value. A three compartment model was used to represent the apical, cytosol and basal compartments. The difference of passive permeability and the surface areas between the apical and basolateral membrane were explicitly taken into account. Applying the steady state approximation and considering the mass balance in the cytosol compartment, an open analytical solution was obtained. By using this equation, the asymmetric concentration-permeability profile was appropriately reproduced. In addition, the expression level dependency of apparent K(m) was also reproduced. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Non-Michaelis-Menten kinetics model for conductance of low-conductance potassium ion channels.
Tolokh, Igor S; Tolokh, Illya I; Cho, Hee Cheol; D'Avanzo, Nazzareno; Backx, Peter H; Goldman, Saul; Gray, C G
2005-02-01
A reduced kinetics model is proposed for ion permeation in low-conductance potassium ion channels with zero net electrical charge in the selectivity filter region. The selectivity filter is assumed to be the only conductance-determining part of the channel. Ion entry and exit rate constants depend on the occupancy of the filter due to ion-ion interactions. The corresponding rates are assumed slow relative to the rates of ion motion between binding sites inside the filter, allowing a reduction of the kinetics model of the filter by averaging the entry and exit rate constants over the states with a particular occupancy number. The reduced kinetics model for low-conductance channels is described by only three states and two sets of effective rate constants characterizing transitions between these states. An explicit expression for the channel conductance as a function of symmetrical external ion concentration is derived under the assumption that the average electrical mobility of ions in the selectivity filter region in a limited range of ion concentrations does not depend on these concentrations. The simplified conductance model is shown to provide a good description of the experimentally observed conductance-concentration curve for the low-conductance potassium channel Kir2.1, and also predicts the mean occupancy of the selectivity filter of this channel. We find that at physiological external ion concentrations this occupancy is much lower than the value of two ions observed for one of the high-conductance potassium channels, KcsA.
Stability in a diffusive food chain model with Michaelis-Menten functional response
Lin, Zhigui; Pedersen, Michael
2004-01-01
This paper deals with the behavior of positive solutions to a reaction-diffusion system with homogeneous Neumann boundary conditions describing a three species food chain. A sufficient condition for the local asymptotical stability is given by linearization and also a sufficient condition...... for the global asymptotical stability is given by a Lyapunov function. Our result shows that the equilibrium solution is globally asymptotically stable if the net birth rate of the first species is big enough and the net death rate of the third species is neither too big nor too small. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All...
Estudio de bioequivalencia de teofilina considerando cinética de Michaelis-Menten
Fagiolino, Pietro; Turlier, M.; Payssé, Helena; Aiache, Jean-Marc
1994-01-01
Se presenta un estudio de bioequivalencia de dos formas farmacéuticas de Teofilina de liberación prolongada, teniendo en cuenta la cinética no lineal de eliminación de esta droga. Una dosis de 300 mg de Teofilina fue administrada a 12 voluntarios sanos, en un diseno aleatorio, cruzado y compensado. Se utilizó una forma farmacéutica elixir, a los efectos de estimar los parámetros farmacocinéticos de eliminación en cada individuo. Como parámetros de evaluación de la biodisponibilidad se utilizó...
Utilization of Integrated Michaelis-Menten Equation to Determine Kinetic Constants
Bezerra, Rui M. F.; Dias, Albino A.
2007-01-01
Students of biochemistry and related biosciences are urged to solve problems where kinetic parameters are calculated from initial rates obtained at different substrate concentrations. Troubles begin when they go to the laboratory to perform kinetic experiments and realize that usual laboratory instruments do not measure initial rates but only…
The Nuts and Bolts of Michaelis-Menten Enzyme Kinetics: Suggestions and Clarifications
Silverstein, Todd
2011-01-01
Matthew Junker's recent article describes a useful and effective enzyme kinetics application and analogy in which students simulate enzyme activity by unscrewing nut-bolt "substrate molecules", thus, converting them into separate nuts and bolts "products". A number of suggestions and corrections are presented that improve the clarity and accuracy…
The Acid Hydrolysis Mechanism of Acetals Catalyzed by a Supramolecular Assembly in Basic Solution
Pluth, Michael D.; Bergman, Robert G.; Raymond, Kenneth N.
2008-09-24
A self-assembled supramolecular host catalyzes the hydrolysis of acetals in basic aqueous solution. The mechanism of hydrolysis is consistent with the Michaelis-Menten kinetic model. Further investigation of the rate limiting step of the reaction revealed a negative entropy of activation ({Delta}S{double_dagger} = -9 cal mol{sup -1}K{sup -1}) and an inverse solvent isotope effect (k(H{sub 2}O)/k(D{sub 2}O) = 0.62). These data suggest that the mechanism of hydrolysis that takes place inside the assembly proceeds through an A-2 mechanism, in contrast to the A-1 mechanism operating in the uncatalyzed reaction. Comparison of the rates of acetal hydrolysis in the assembly with the rate of the reaction of unencapsulated substrates reveals rate accelerations of up to 980 over the background reaction for the substrate diethoxymethane.
Kinetics and mechanism of the oxidation of formic and oxalic acids by quinolinium fluorochromate
Madhu Khurana; Pradeep K Sharma; Kalyan K Banerji
2000-04-01
Kinetics and mechanism of oxidation of formic and oxalic acids by quinolinium fluorochromate (QFC) have been studied in dimethylsulphoxide. The main product of oxidation is carbon dioxide. The reaction is first-order with respect to QFC. Michaelis-Menten type of kinetics were observed with respect to the reductants. The reaction is acid-catalysed and the acid dependence has the form: obs = + [H+]. The oxidation of -deuterioformic acid exhibits a substantial primary kinetic isotope effect (H/D = 6.01 at 303 K). The reaction has been studied in nineteen different organic solvents and the solvent effect has been analysed using Taft’s and Swain’s multiparametric equations. The temperature dependence of the kinetic isotope effect indicates the presence of a symmetrical cyclic transition state in the rate-determining step. Suitable mechanisms have been proposed
Perez-Jimenez, Raul; Li, Jingyuan; Kosuri, Pallav; Sanchez-Romero, Inmaculada; Wiita, Arun P.; Rodriguez-Larrea, David; Chueca, Ana; Holmgren, Arne; Miranda-Vizuete, Antonio; Becker, Katja; Cho, Seung-Hyun; Beckwith, Jon; Gelhaye, Eric; Jacquot, Jean P.; Gaucher, Eric; Sanchez-Ruiz, Jose M.; Berne, Bruce J.; Fernandez, Julio M.
2009-01-01
Thioredoxins are oxido-reductase enzymes present in all organisms, catalyzing the reduction of disulfide bonds in proteins. By applying a calibrated force to a substrate disulfide, the chemical mechanisms of Trx catalysis can be examined in detail at the single molecule level. Here we use single molecule force-clamp spectroscopy to explore the chemical evolution of Trx catalysis by probing the chemistry of eight different thioredoxin enzymes. While all Trxs show a characteristic Michaelis-Menten mechanism detected when the disulfide bond is stretched at low forces, two different chemical behaviors distinguish bacterial from eukaryotic-origin Trxs at high forces. Eukaryotic-origin Trxs reduce disulfide bonds through a single-electron transfer reaction (SET) whereas bacterial-origin Trxs exhibit both nucleophilic substitution (SN2) and SET reactions. A computational analysis of Trx structures identifies the evolution of the binding groove as an important factor controlling the chemistry of Trx catalysis. PMID:19597482
Kinetics and mechanism of the oxidation of some diols by benzyltrimethylammonium tribromide
Garima Goswami; Seema Kothari; Kalyan K Banerji
2001-02-01
The kinetics of oxidation of five vicinal and four non-vicinal diols, and two of their monoethers by benzyltrimethylammonium tribromide (BTMAB) have been studied in 3:7 (/) acetic acid-water mixture. The vicinal diols yield the carbonyl compounds arising out of the glycol bond fission while the other diols give the hydroxycarbonyl compounds. The reaction is first-order with respect to BTMAB. Michaelis-Menten type kinetics is observed with respect to diol. Addition of benzyltrimethylammonium chloride does not affect the rate. Tribromide ion is postulated to be the reactive oxidizing species. Oxidation of [1,1,2,2-2H4] ethanediol shows the absence of a kinetic isotope effect. The reaction exhibits substantial solvent isotope effect. A mechanism involving a glycol-bond fission has been proposed for the oxidation of the vicinal diols. The other diols are oxidized by a hydride ion transfer to the oxidant, as are the monohydric alcohols.
Kinetics and mechanism of oxidation of aliphatic alcohols by tetrabutylammonium tribromide
Manju Baghmar; Pradeep K Sharma
2001-04-01
Oxidation of nine primary aliphatic alcohols by tetrabutylammonium tribromide (TBATB) in aqueous acetic acid leads to the formation of the corresponding aldehydes. The reaction is first order with respect to TBATB. Michaelis-Menten type kinetics is observed with respect to alcohols. The reaction failed to induce the polymerization of acrylonitrile. Tetrabutylammonium chloride has no effect on the reaction rate. The proposed reactive oxidizing species is the tribromide ion. The oxidation of [1,1-2H2]ethanol exhibits a substantial kinetic isotope effect. The effect of solvent composition indicates that the rate increases with increase in the polarity of the solvent. The reaction is susceptible to both polar and steric effects of substituents. A mechanism involving transfer of a hydride ion in the ratedetermining step has been proposed.
Raghvendra Shukla; Pradeep K Sharma; Kalyan K Banerji
2004-03-01
The oxidation of eleven amino acids by tetrabutylammonium tribromide (TBATB) in aqueous acetic acid results in the formation of the corresponding carbonyl compounds and ammonia. The reaction is first order with respect to TBATB. Michaelis-Menten type kinetics is observed with some of the amino acids while others exhibit second-order dependence. It failed to induce polymerization of acrylonitrile. The effect of solvent composition indicate that the rate of reaction increases with increase in the polarity of the medium. Addition of tetrabutylammonium chloride has no effect on the rate of oxidation. Addition of bromide ion causes decrease in the oxidation rate but only to a limiting value. The reaction is susceptible to both polar and steric effects of the substituents. A suitable mechanism has been proposed.
A. Adetoro
2011-10-01
Full Text Available The kinetics of the oxidation of Pyrocatechol violet (PCVH by nitrite ion (NO2- in aqueous acidic medium has been studied at 24±1ºC, I = 0.50 mol/dm3(NaCl, [H+] = 1.0×10-3 mol/dm3. The reaction is first order to [PCVH] and half order to [NO2-]. The redox reaction displayed a 1:1 stoichiometry and obeys the rate law: d[PCVH]/dt = (a + b[H+] [PCVH][NO2-]½. The second-order rate constant increases with increase in acid concentration and ionic strength. This system displayed positive salt effect while spectroscopic investigation and Michaelis-Menten plot showed evidence of intermediate complex formation in the course of the reaction. A plausible mechanism has been proposed for the reaction.
The fluid mechanics of continuous flow electrophoresis
Saville, D. A.
1990-01-01
The overall objective is to establish theoretically and confirm experimentally the ultimate capabilities of continuous flow electrophoresis chambers operating in an environment essentially free of particle sedimentation and buoyancy. The efforts are devoted to: (1) studying the effects of particle concentration on sample conductivity and dielectric constant. The dielectric constant and conductivity were identified as playing crucial roles in the behavior of the sample and on the resolving power and throughput of continuous flow devices; and (2) improving the extant mathematical models to predict flow fields and particle trajectories in continuous flow electrophoresis. A dielectric spectrometer was designed and built to measure the complex dielectric constant of a colloidal dispersion as a function of frequency between 500 Hz and 200 kHz. The real part of the signal can be related to the sample's conductivity and the imaginary part to its dielectric constant. Measurements of the dielectric constants of several different dispersions disclosed that the dielectric constants of dilute systems of the sort encountered in particle electrophoresis are much larger than would be expected based on the extant theory. Experiments were carried out to show that, in many cases, this behavior is due to the presence of a filamentary structure of small hairs on the particle surface. A technique for producing electrokinetically ideal synthetic latex particles by heat treating was developed. Given the ubiquitous nature of hairy surfaces with both cells and synthetic particles, it was deemed necessary to develop a theory to explain their behavior. A theory for electrophoretic mobility of hairy particles was developed. Finally, the extant computer programs for predicting the structure of electro-osmotically driven flows were extended to encompass flow channels with variable wall mobilities.
A Continuous Transition Between Quantum and Classical Mechanics (I)
Ghose, Partha
2001-01-01
In spite of its popularity, it has not been possible to vindicate the conventional wisdom that classical mechanics is a limiting case of quantum mechanics. The purpose of the present paper is to offer an alternative formulation of classical mechanics which provides a continuous transition to quantum mechanics via environment-induced decoherence.
Nijland, G.O.; Schouls, J.; Goudriaan, J.
2008-01-01
Any agricultural production process is characterized by input¿output relations. In this paper we show that the production functions of Liebig, Mitscherlich and Liebscher for the relation between nutrient supply and crop production can be regarded as special variants of one 'integrated model'. The
Heering, Hendrik A
2012-10-01
Deconvolution of protein film voltammetric data by fitting multiple components (sigmoids, derivative peaks) often is ambiguous when features are partially overlapping, due to exchangeability between the width and the number of components. Here, a new method is presented to obtain the width of the components. This is based on the equivalence between the sigmoidal catalytic response as function of electrode potential, and the classical saturation curve obtained for the enzyme activity as function of the soluble substrate concentration, which is also sigmoidal when plotted versus log[S]. Thus, analysis of the catalytic voltammogram with Lineweaver-Burk, Eadie-Hofstee, and Hanes-Woolf plots is feasible. This provides a very sensitive measure of the cooperativity number (Hill coefficient), which for electrons equals the apparent (fractional) number of electrons that determine the width, and thereby the number of components (kinetic phases). This analysis is applied to the electrocatalytic oxygen reduction by Paracoccus denitrificans cytochrome aa(3) (cytochrome c oxidase). Four partially overlapping kinetic phases are observed that (stepwise) increase the catalytic efficiency with increasingly reductive potential. Translated to cell biology, the activity of the terminal oxidase stepwise adapts to metabolic demand for oxidative phosphorylation. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Huang, Hsuan-Ming; Ismail-Beigi, Faramarz; Muzic, Raymond F
2011-08-01
A new model is introduced that individually resolves the delivery, transport, and phosphorylation steps of metabolism of glucose and its analogs in skeletal muscle by interpreting dynamic positron emission tomography (PET) data. The model uniquely utilizes information obtained from the competition between glucose and its radiolabeled analogs. Importantly, the model avoids use of a lumped constant which may depend on physiological state. Four basic physiologic quantities constitute our model parameters, including the fraction of total tissue space occupied by interstitial space (f(IS)), a flow-extraction product and interstitial (IS(g)) and intracellular (IC(g)) glucose concentrations. Using the values of these parameters, cellular influx (CI) and efflux (CE) of glucose, glucose phosphorylation rate (PR), and maximal transport (V(G)) and phosphorylation capacities (V(H)) can all be determined. Herein, the theoretical derivation of our model is addressed and characterizes its properties via simulation. Specifically, the model performance is evaluated by simulation of basal and euglycemic hyperinsulinemic (EH) conditions. In fitting the model-generated, synthetic data (including noise), mean estimates of all but IC(g) of the parameter values are within 5% of their values for both conditions. In addition, mean errors of CI, PR, and V(G) are less than 5% whereas those of VH and CE are not. It is concluded that under the conditions tested, the novel model can provide accurate parameter estimates and physiological quantities, except IC(g) and two quantities that are dependent on IC(g), namely CE and VH. However, the ability to estimate IC(g) seems to improve with increases in intracellular glucose concentrations as evidenced by comparing IC(g) estimates under basal vs EH conditions.
Nijland, G.O.; Schouls, J.; Goudriaan, J.
2008-01-01
Any agricultural production process is characterized by input¿output relations. In this paper we show that the production functions of Liebig, Mitscherlich and Liebscher for the relation between nutrient supply and crop production can be regarded as special variants of one 'integrated model'. The mo
Sheiner, L B; Beal, S L
1980-12-01
Individual pharmacokinetic par parameters quantify the pharmacokinetics of an individual, while population pharmacokinetic parameters quantify population mean kinetics, interindividual variability, and residual intraindividual variability plus measurement error. Individual pharmacokinetics are estimated by fitting individual data to a pharmacokinetic model. Population pharmacokinetic parameters are estimated either by fitting all individual's data together as though there was no individual kinetic differences (the naive pooled data approach), or by fitting each individual's data separately, and then combining the individual parameter estimates (the two-stage approach). A third approach, NONMEM, takes a middle course between these, and avoids shortcomings of each of them. A data set consisting of 124 steady-state phenytoin concentration-dosage pairs from 49 patients, obtained in the routine course of their therapy, was analyzed by each method. The resulting population parameter estimates differ considerably (population mean Km, for example, is estimated as 1.57, 5.36, and 4.44 micrograms/ml by the naive pooled data, two-stage, and NONMEN approaches, respectively). Simulations of the data were analyzed to investigate these differences. The simulations indicate that the pooled data approach fails to estimate variabilities and produces imprecise estimates of mean kinetics. The two-stage approach produces good estimates of mean kinetics, but biased and imprecise estimates of interindividual variability. NONMEN produces accurate and precise estimates of all parameters, and also reasonable confidence intervals for them. This performance is exactly what is expected from theoretical considerations and provides empirical support for the use of NONMEM when estimating population pharmacokinetics from routine type patient data.
Continuous damage parameter calculation under thermo-mechanical random loading
Marko Nagode
2014-01-01
The paper presents a method on how the mean stress effect on fatigue damage can be taken into account under an arbitrary low cycle thermo-mechanical loading. From known stress, elastoplastic strain and temperature histories the cycle amplitudes and cycle mean values are extracted and the damage parameter is computed. In contrast to the existing methods the proposed method enables continuous damage parameter computation without the need of waiting for the cycles to close. The limitations of th...
Bohmian mechanics, open quantum systems and continuous measurements
Nassar, Antonio B
2017-01-01
This book shows how Bohmian mechanics overcomes the need for a measurement postulate involving wave function collapse. The measuring process plays a very important role in quantum mechanics. It has been widely analyzed within the Copenhagen approach through the Born and von Neumann postulates, with later extension due to Lüders. In contrast, much less effort has been invested in the measurement theory within the Bohmian mechanics framework. The continuous measurement (sharp and fuzzy, or strong and weak) problem is considered here in this framework. The authors begin by generalizing the so-called Mensky approach, which is based on restricted path integral through quantum corridors. The measuring system is then considered to be an open quantum system following a stochastic Schrödinger equation. Quantum stochastic trajectories (in the Bohmian sense) and their role in basic quantum processes are discussed in detail. The decoherence process is thereby described in terms of classical trajectories issuing from th...
Distinct timing mechanisms produce discrete and continuous movements.
Raoul Huys
2008-04-01
Full Text Available The differentiation of discrete and continuous movement is one of the pillars of motor behavior classification. Discrete movements have a definite beginning and end, whereas continuous movements do not have such discriminable end points. In the past decade there has been vigorous debate whether this classification implies different control processes. This debate up until the present has been empirically based. Here, we present an unambiguous non-empirical classification based on theorems in dynamical system theory that sets discrete and continuous movements apart. Through computational simulations of representative modes of each class and topological analysis of the flow in state space, we show that distinct control mechanisms underwrite discrete and fast rhythmic movements. In particular, we demonstrate that discrete movements require a time keeper while fast rhythmic movements do not. We validate our computational findings experimentally using a behavioral paradigm in which human participants performed finger flexion-extension movements at various movement paces and under different instructions. Our results demonstrate that the human motor system employs different timing control mechanisms (presumably via differential recruitment of neural subsystems to accomplish varying behavioral functions such as speed constraints.
Mechanical recycling of continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic sheets
Moritzer, Elmar; Heiderich, Gilmar
2016-03-01
This contribution examines possible material recycling of offcuts generated during the production of continuous-fiber-reinforced composite sheets. These sheets consist of a polyamide 6 matrix and glass fiber fabric. In the initial step, the offcut is shredded to obtain particles; following that, the particles are processed in a twin-screw process to produce fiber-reinforced plastic pellets with varying fiber contents. These pellets are intended for use in injection molding processes as a substitution for new raw materials. This investigation centers on the mechanical properties which can be achieved with the recycled material after both the twin-screw process and injection molding.
The fluid mechanics of continuous flow electrophoresis in perspective
Saville, D. A.
1980-01-01
Buoyancy alters the flow in continuous flow electrophoresis chambers through the mechanism of hydrodynamic instability and, when the instability is supressed by careful cooling of the chamber boundaries, by restructuring the axial flow. The expanded roles of buoyancy follow upon adapting the size of the chamber and the electric field so as to fractionate certain sorts of cell populations. Scale-up problems, hydrodynamic stability and the altered flow fields are discussed to show how phenomena overlooked in the design and operations of narrow-gap devices take on an overwhelming importance in wide-gap chambers
Continuous nanoscale carbon fibers with superior mechanical strength.
Liu, Jie; Yue, Zhongren; Fong, Hao
2009-03-01
Continuous nanoscale carbon fibers can be developed by stabilization and carbonization of highly aligned and extensively stretched electrospun polyacrylonitrile copolymer nanofiber precursor under optimal tension. These carbon fibers, with diameters of tens of nanometers, are expected to possess a superior mechanical strength that is unlikely to be achieved through conventional approaches. This is because i) the innovative precursor, with a fiber diameter approximately 100 times smaller than that of conventional counterparts, possesses an extremely high degree of macromolecular orientation and a significantly reduced amount of structural imperfections, and ii) the ultrasmall fiber diameter also effectively prevents the formation of structural inhomogeneity, particularly sheath/core structures during stabilization and carbonization.
Interaction mechanism between green tea extract and human α-amylase for reducing starch digestion.
Miao, Ming; Jiang, Bo; Jiang, Huan; Zhang, Tao; Li, Xingfeng
2015-11-01
This study evaluated the inhibitory effects of the green tea extract on human pancreatic α-amylase activity and its molecular mechanism. The green tea extract was composed of epicatechin (59.2%), epigallocatechin gallate (14.6%) and epicatechin gallate (26.2%) as determined by HPLC analysis. Enzyme activity measurement showed that % inhibition and IC50 of the green tea extract (10%, based on starch) were 63.5% and 2.07 mg/ml, respectively. The Michaelis-Menten constant remained unchanged but the maximal velocity decreased from 0.43 (control) to 0.07 mg/(ml × min) (4 mg/ml of the green tea extract), indicating that the green tea extract was an effective inhibitor against α-amylase with a non-competitive mode. The fluorescence data revealed that the green tea extract bound with α-amylase to form a new complex with static quenching mechanism. Docking study showed the epicatechin gallate in the green tea extract presented stronger affinity than epigallocatechin gallate, with more number of amino acid residues involved in amylase binding with hydrogen bonds and Van der Waals forces. Thus, the green tea extract could be used to manipulate starch digestion for potential health benefits.
Enzymatic mechanisms of soil-carbon response to temperature on Mt. Kilimanjaro
Blagodatskaya, Evgenia; Blagodatskiy, Sergey; Kuzyakov, Yakov
2016-04-01
Short-term acceleration of soil organic matter (SOM) decomposition by increasing temperature contradicts the acclimation observed in long-term studies. We used the unique altitudinal gradient (from colline tropical zone to subalpine zone) on Mt. Kilimanjaro to demonstrate the mechanisms of short- and long-term acclimation of extra- and intracellular enzymes that decompose polymers (cellulose, chitin, phytate) and oxidize monomers (14C-glucose). Basing on Michaelis-Menten kinetics we determined the enzymes affinity to substrate (Km) and mineralization potential of heterotrophic microorganisms (Vmax) 1) for three hydrolytic enzymes: β-1,4-glucosidase, N-acetyl- β -D-glucosaminidase and phosphatase by the application of fluorogenically labeled substrates and 2) for mineralization of 14C-labeled glucose by substrate-dependent respiratory response. Here we show that the amount of available substrate is responsible for temperature sensitivity of hydrolysis of polymers in soil, whereas monomers oxidation to CO2 does not depend on substrate amount and is mainly temperature governed. We also found that substrate affinity of enzymes (which is usually decreases with the temperature) differently responded to warming for the process of depolymerisation versus monomers oxidation. We suggest the mechanism to temperature acclimation based on different temperature sensitivity of enzymes kinetics for hydrolysis of polymers and for monomers oxidation
Competition between roots and microorganisms for nitrogen: mechanisms and ecological relevance.
Kuzyakov, Yakov; Xu, Xingliang
2013-05-01
Demand of all living organisms on the same nutrients forms the basis for interspecific competition between plants and microorganisms in soils. This competition is especially strong in the rhizosphere. To evaluate competitive and mutualistic interactions between plants and microorganisms and to analyse ecological consequences of these interactions, we analysed 424 data pairs from 41 (15)N-labelling studies that investigated (15)N redistribution between roots and microorganisms. Calculated Michaelis-Menten kinetics based on K(m) (Michaelis constant) and V(max) (maximum uptake capacity) values from 77 studies on the uptake of nitrate, ammonia, and amino acids by roots and microorganisms clearly showed that, shortly after nitrogen (N) mobilization from soil organic matter and litter, microorganisms take up most N. Lower K(m) values of microorganisms suggest that they are especially efficient at low N concentrations, but can also acquire more N at higher N concentrations (V(max)) compared with roots. Because of the unidirectional flow of nutrients from soil to roots, plants are the winners for N acquisition in the long run. Therefore, despite strong competition between roots and microorganisms for N, a temporal niche differentiation reflecting their generation times leads to mutualistic relationships in the rhizosphere. This temporal niche differentiation is highly relevant ecologically because it: protects ecosystems from N losses by leaching during periods of slow or no root uptake; continuously provides roots with available N according to plant demand; and contributes to the evolutionary development of mutualistic interactions between roots and microorganisms.
Formation mechanism of internal cracks in continuously cast slab
Guosen Zhu; Xinhua Wang; Huixiang Yu; Jiongming Zhang; Wanjun Wang
2004-01-01
In order to make clear the formation mechanism of centerline cracks in continuously cast slabs, the form, distribution and other characteristics of the cracks were analyzed. The final solidification point, surface temperature of the slabs and strain in solidifying shell were investigated. The results were that: (1) Five relatively low temperature zones exist on slab surface below the three water spraying nozzles and near the two edges, respectively, which corresponds to the places of centerline cracks and triangle-zone cracks. (2) Centerline cracks and triangle-zone cracks occur because of weak secondary cooling, uneven cooling along slab width,and large variation of roll gap. (3) After minimizing the variation of roll gap and applying the new secondary cooling pattern, the occurring frequency of centerline and triangle-zone cracks minimizes to zero.
New insights on the mechanism of quinoline-based DNA Methyltransferase inhibitors.
Gros, Christina; Fleury, Laurence; Nahoum, Virginie; Faux, Céline; Valente, Sergio; Labella, Donatella; Cantagrel, Frédéric; Rilova, Elodie; Bouhlel, Mohamed Amine; David-Cordonnier, Marie-Hélène; Dufau, Isabelle; Ausseil, Frédéric; Mai, Antonello; Mourey, Lionel; Lacroix, Laurent; Arimondo, Paola B
2015-03-06
Among the epigenetic marks, DNA methylation is one of the most studied. It is highly deregulated in numerous diseases, including cancer. Indeed, it has been shown that hypermethylation of tumor suppressor genes promoters is a common feature of cancer cells. Because DNA methylation is reversible, the DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs), responsible for this epigenetic mark, are considered promising therapeutic targets. Several molecules have been identified as DNMT inhibitors and, among the non-nucleoside inhibitors, 4-aminoquinoline-based inhibitors, such as SGI-1027 and its analogs, showed potent inhibitory activity. Here we characterized the in vitro mechanism of action of SGI-1027 and two analogs. Enzymatic competition studies with the DNA substrate and the methyl donor cofactor, S-adenosyl-l-methionine (AdoMet), displayed AdoMet non-competitive and DNA competitive behavior. In addition, deviations from the Michaelis-Menten model in DNA competition experiments suggested an interaction with DNA. Thus their ability to interact with DNA was established; although SGI-1027 was a weak DNA ligand, analog 5, the most potent inhibitor, strongly interacted with DNA. Finally, as 5 interacted with DNMT only when the DNA duplex was present, we hypothesize that this class of chemical compounds inhibit DNMTs by interacting with the DNA substrate.
Dynamics and Mechanism of A Quorum Sensing Network Regulated by Small RNAs in Vibrio Harveyi
SHEN Jian-Wei
2011-01-01
Bacterial quorum sensing (QS) has attracted much interests and it is an important process of cell communication.Recently, Bassler et al.studied the phenomena of QS regulated by small RNAs and the experimental data showed that small RNAs played important role in the QS of Vibrio harveyi and it can permit the fine-tuning of gene regulation and maintenance of homeostasis.According to Michaelis-Menten kinetics and mass action law in this paper,we construct a mathematical model to investigate the mechanism induced QS by coexist of small RNA and signal molecular (Al) and show that there are periodic oscillation when the time delay and Hill coefficient exceed a critical value and the periodic oscillation produces the change of concentration and induces QS.These results are fit to the experimental results.In the meanwhile, we also get some theoretical value of Hopf Bifurcation on time deday.In addition, we also find this network is robust against noise.PACS numbers: 05.45.-a
Continuous damage parameter calculation under thermo-mechanical random loading.
Nagode, Marko
2014-01-01
The paper presents a method on how the mean stress effect on fatigue damage can be taken into account under an arbitrary low cycle thermo-mechanical loading. From known stress, elastoplastic strain and temperature histories the cycle amplitudes and cycle mean values are extracted and the damage parameter is computed. In contrast to the existing methods the proposed method enables continuous damage parameter computation without the need of waiting for the cycles to close. The limitations of the standardized damage parameters are thus surpassed. The damage parameters derived initially for closed and isothermal cycles assuming that the elastoplastic stress-strain response follows the Masing and memory rules can now be used to take the mean stress effect into account under an arbitrary low cycle thermo-mechanical loading. The method includes:•stress and elastoplastic strain history transformation into the corresponding amplitude and mean values;•stress and elastoplastic strain amplitude and mean value transformation into the damage parameter amplitude history;•damage parameter amplitude history transformation into the damage parameter history.
Kinetics of propionate conversion in anaerobic continuously stirred tank reactors
Bangsø Nielsen, Henrik; Mladenovska, Zuzana; Ahring, Birgitte Kiær
2008-01-01
(max), and the half saturation constant, K-m, were initially estimated by applying the integrated Michaelis-Menten equation. A(max) was in the range from 22.8 to 29.1 mu mol gVS(-1) h(-1) while K-m, was in the range from 0.46-0.95 mM. In general, A(max) gave a good reflection of the reactor performances. Secondly...
Jaya Gosain; Pradeep K Sharma
2003-04-01
Kinetics of oxidation of five vicinal and four non-vicinal diols, and two of their monoethers, by tetrabutylammonium tribromide (TBATB) has been studied. The vicinal diols yield products arising out of glycol-bond fission, while the non-vicinal diols produce the hydroxycarbonyl compounds. The reaction is first-order with respect to TBATB. Michaelis-Menten type kinetics is observed with respect to diols. The reaction fails to induce the polymerization of acrylonitrile. There is no effect of tetrabutylammonium chloride on the reaction rate. The proposed reactive oxidizing species is the tribromide ion. The effect of solvent composition indicates that the rate increases with increase in the polarity of the solvent. The oxidation of [1,1,2,2-2H4] ethanediol shows the absence of any primary kinetic isotope effect. Values of solvent isotope effect, (H2O)/(D2O), at 288 K for the oxidation of ethanediol, propane-1,3-diol and 3-methoxybutan-1-ol are 3.41, 0.98 and 1.02 respectively. A mechanism involving a glycol-bond fission has been proposed for the oxidation of vicinal diols. Non-vicinal diols are oxidised by a hydride-transfer mechanism, as they are monohydric alcohols.
Lin, Qingqi; Yang, Xiuhong; Huang, Xiongfei; Wang, Shizhong; Chao, Yuanqing; Qiu, Rongliang
2016-01-01
Phthalate acid esters (PAEs) are of particular concern due to their potential environmental risk to human and nonhuman organisms. Although uptake of PAEs by plants has been reported by several researchers, information about the intracellular distribution and uptake mechanisms of PAEs is still lacking. In this study, a series of hydroponic experiments using intact pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) seedlings was conducted to investigate how di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP), one of the most frequently identified PAEs in the environment, enters and is distributed in roots. DnBP was transported into subcellular tissues rapidly in the initial uptake period (<12 h). More than 80% of DnBP was detected in the cell walls and organelles, which suggests that DnBP is primarily accumulated in these two fractions due to their high affinity to DnBP. The kinetics of DnBP uptake were fitted well with the Michaelis-Menten equation, suggesting that a carrier-mediated process was involved. The application of 2,4-dinitrophenol and sodium vanadate reduced the uptake of DnBP by 37 and 26%, respectively, while aquaporin inhibitors, silver and glycerol, had no effect on DnBP uptake. These data demonstrated that the uptake of DnBP included a carrier-mediated and energy-dependent process without the participation of aquaporins.
Savic, Sasa; Vojinovic, Katarina; Milenkovic, Sanja; Smelcerovic, Andrija; Lamshoeft, Marc; Petronijevic, Zivomir
2013-12-15
Flavonoid oxidation is important issue in food processing and quality. The kinetic mechanism of enzymatic oxidation of rutin by horseradish peroxidase (HRP) was studied. Rutin oxidation reaction was followed by recording of spectral changes over the time at 360 nm. The studied oxidation is mostly enzymatic and less part non-enzymatic. The reaction with HRP has a higher rate compared with the reaction without of HRP, whereby is part of non-enzymatic reaction about 10% of the total reaction. Kinetic parameters were determined from graphics of linear Michaelis-Menten equation, and it was found that investigated reactions of rutin oxidation by HRP take place in a ping-pong kinetic mechanism. High resolution HPLC-MS analysis of the mixture of oxidized products of rutin revealed the presence of rutin dimer. Because of widely distribution of rutin as well as presence of peroxidases and hydrogen peroxide in fresh foods identification of this enzymatic modification product can be beneficial for foods quality and safety.
Creep Behavior and Mechanism for CMCs with Continuous Ceramic Fibers
Chermant, Jean-Louis; Farizy, Gaëlle; Boitier, Guillaume; Darzens, Séverine; Vicens, Jean; Sangleboeuf, Jean-Christophe
This paper gives an overview on the creep behavior and mechanism of some CMCs, with a SiC ceramic matrix, such as Cf-SiC, SiCf-SiC and SiCf-SiBC. Tensile creep tests were conducted under argon and air in order to have the influence of the environmental conditions on the macroscopical mechanical response. Nevertheless, multi-scale and multi-technique approaches were required to identify and quantify mechanism(s) which is (are) involved in the creep behavior. The initiation and propagation of damages which are occurring under high stress and temperature conditions were investigated at mesoscopic, microscopic and nanoscopic scales using SEM, TEM and HREM, in order to identify the mechanism(s) involved at each scale. Automatic image analysis was used in order to quantify the evolution of some damage morphological parameters. The macroscopical creep behavior has been investigated through a damage mechanics approach which seems to be the most promising route. A good correlation was found between the kinetics of the damage mechanisms and the creep behavior. For such ceramic matrix composites, the governing mechanism is a damage-creep one, with an additional delay effect due to formation of a glass when tests are performed under air.
Her, Cheenou; Alonzo, Aaron P.; Vang, Justin Y.; Torres, Ernesto; Krishnan, V. V.
2015-01-01
Enzyme kinetics is an essential part of a chemistry curriculum, especially for students interested in biomedical research or in health care fields. Though the concept is routinely performed in undergraduate chemistry/biochemistry classrooms using other spectroscopic methods, we provide an optimized approach that uses a real-time monitoring of the…
Her, Cheenou; Alonzo, Aaron P.; Vang, Justin Y.; Torres, Ernesto; Krishnan, V. V.
2015-01-01
Enzyme kinetics is an essential part of a chemistry curriculum, especially for students interested in biomedical research or in health care fields. Though the concept is routinely performed in undergraduate chemistry/biochemistry classrooms using other spectroscopic methods, we provide an optimized approach that uses a real-time monitoring of the…
Jensen, Michael Gejl; Rungby, Jørgen; Brock, Birgitte;
2014-01-01
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is a potent insulinotropic incretin hormone with pancreatic and extrapancreatic effects. Studies reveal significant effects in regions of brain tissue that regulate appetite and satiety. The effects cause that mimetics of GLP-1 serves as treatment of type 2 diabete...... and in vivo, as in pancreas. The apparent neuroprotective potential of GLP-1, indirectly acting through changes of cerebral blood flow, glucose metabolism or brain glucose concentration, or all of these, is worthy of close attention....
Mechanization of Continuous Production of Powdered Cellulose Technology
Prosvirnikov, D. B.; Safin, R. G.; Akhmetshin, I. R.; Taimarov, M. A.; Timerbaev, N. F.
2017-07-01
The article presents the mechanization of the process for obtaining powdered cellulose using the technology of steam explosion treatment of lignocellulosic material. The presented unit combines the methods of steam explosion treatment and acid hydrolysis of cellulose-containing raw materials.
Continuing to illuminate the mechanisms underlying UV-mediated melanomagenesis.
Dellinger, Ryan W; Liu-Smith, Feng; Meyskens, Frank L
2014-09-05
The incidence of melanoma is one of the fastest growing of all tumor types in the United States and the number of cases worldwide has doubled in the past 30 years. Melanoma, which arises from melanocytes, is an extremely aggressive tumor that invades the vascular and lymphatic systems to establish tumors elsewhere in the body. Melanoma is a particularly resilient cancer and systemic therapy approaches have achieved minimal success against metastatic melanoma resulting in only a few FDA-approved treatments with limited benefit. Leading treatments offer minimal efficacy with response rates generally under 15% in the long term with no clear effect on melanoma-related mortality. Even the recent success of the specific BRAF mutant inhibitor vemurafenib has been tempered somewhat since acquired resistance is rapidly observed. Thus, understanding the mechanism(s) of melanoma carcinogenesis is paramount to combating this deadly disease. Not only for the treatment of melanoma but, ultimately, for prevention. In this report, we will summarize our work to date regarding the characterization of ultraviolet radiation (UVR)-mediated melanomagenesis and highlight several promising avenues of ongoing research.
A New Type of Continuously Variable Displacement Mechanism Used for Hydraulic Motors
LI Yong; SHI Guang-lin; CHEN Zhao-neng
2007-01-01
A continuously variable displacement mechanism, which is composed of a hydraulic control valve with mechanical-positional feedback to camshaft, was designed for changing the displacement of traditional camshaft connecting-rod low speed high torque (LSHT) hydraulic motor continuously. The new type of continuously variable displacement mechanism is simple and easy to be made. The structure and principle of a continuously variable displacement mechanism was introduced. The mathematic model of the continuously variable displacement mechanism was set up and its static and dynamic characteristics were analyzed with the help of computer simulation. It can be seen that the cam ring on camshaft of the traditional LSHT hydraulic motor can stop at any position between minimum and maximum eccentricity, according to an input fluid pressure signal. And it can also stay anywhere stably through self-adjusting. Besides, it can work stabilized when load impact or oil leakage exists.
Verhulst and stochastic models for comparing mechanisms of MAb productivity in six CHO cell lines.
Shirsat, Nishikant; Avesh, Mohd; English, Niall J; Glennon, Brian; Al-Rubeai, Mohamed
2016-08-01
The present study validates previously published methodologies-stochastic and Verhulst-for modelling the growth and MAb productivity of six CHO cell lines grown in batch cultures. Cytometric and biochemical data were used to model growth and productivity. The stochastic explanatory models were developed to improve our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of growth and productivity, whereas the Verhulst mechanistic models were developed for their predictability. The parameters of the two sets of models were compared for their biological significance. The stochastic models, based on the cytometric data, indicated that the productivity mechanism is cell specific. However, as shown before, the modelling results indicated that G2 + ER indicate high productivity, while G1 + ER indicate low productivity, where G1 and G2 are the cell cycle phases and ER is Endoplasmic Reticulum. In all cell lines, growth proved to be inversely proportional to the cumulative G1 time (CG1T) for the G1 phase, whereas productivity was directly proportional to ER. Verhulst's rule, "the lower the intrinsic growth factor (r), the higher the growth (K)," did not hold for growth across all cell lines but held good for the cell lines with the same growth mechanism-i.e., r is cell specific. However, the Verhulst productivity rule, that productivity is inversely proportional to the intrinsic productivity factor (r x ), held well across all cell lines in spite of differences in their mechanisms for productivity-that is, r x is not cell specific. The productivity profile, as described by Verhulst's logistic model, is very similar to the Michaelis-Menten enzyme kinetic equation, suggesting that productivity is more likely enzymatic in nature. Comparison of the stochastic and Verhulst models indicated that CG1T in the cytometric data has the same significance as r, the intrinsic growth factor in the Verhulst models. The stochastic explanatory and the Verhulst logistic models can explain the
Primary Structure and Mechanical Properties of AlSi2 Alloy Continuous Ingots
Wróbel T.
2017-06-01
Full Text Available The paper presents the research results of horizontal continuous casting of ingots of aluminium alloy containing 2% wt. silicon (AlSi2. Together with the casting velocity (velocity of ingot movement we considered the influence of electromagnetic stirring in the area of the continuous casting mould on refinement of the ingot’s primary structure and their selected mechanical properties, i.e. tensile strength, yield strength, hardness and elongation. The effect of primary structure refinement and mechanical properties obtained by electromagnetic stirring was compared with refinement obtained by using traditional inoculation, which consists in introducing additives, i.e. Ti, B and Sr, to the metal bath. On the basis of the obtained results we confirmed that inoculation done by electromagnetic stirring in the range of the continuous casting mould guarantees improved mechanical properties and also decreases the negative influence of casting velocity, thus increasing the structure of AlSi2 continuous ingots.
Unraveling the mechanisms underlying pulse dynamics of soil respiration in tropical dry forests
Waring, Bonnie G.; Powers, Jennifer S.
2016-10-01
Tropical dry forests are already undergoing changes in the quantity and timing of rainfall, but there is great uncertainty over how these shifts will affect belowground carbon (C) cycling. While it has long been known that dry soils quickly release carbon dioxide (CO2) upon rewetting, the mechanisms underlying the so-called ‘Birch effect’ are still debated. Here, we quantified soil respiration pulses and their biotic predictors in response to simulated precipitation events in a regenerating tropical dry forest in Costa Rica. We also simulated the observed rewetting CO2 pulses with two soil carbon models: a conventional model assuming first-order decay rates of soil organic matter, and an enzyme-catalyzed model with Michaelis-Menten kinetics. We found that rewetting of dry soils produced an immediate and dramatic pulse of CO2, accompanied by rapid immobilization of nitrogen into the microbial biomass. However, the magnitude of the rewetting CO2 pulse was highly variable at fine spatial scales, and was well correlated with the size of the dissolved organic C pool prior to rewetting. Both the enzyme-catalyzed and conventional models were able to reproduce the Birch effect when respiration was coupled directly to microbial C uptake, although models differed in their ability to yield realistic estimates of SOC and microbial biomass pool sizes and dynamics. Our results suggest that changes in the timing and intensity of rainfall events in tropical dry forests will exert strong influence on ecosystem C balance by affecting the dynamics of microbial biomass growth.
Research and Design of Hydro-mechanical Continuously Variable Transmission for Tractors
XU Liyou; ZHOU Zhili; ZHANG Mingzhu; LI Yan
2006-01-01
A new type continuous variable transmission device, a hydro-mechanical continuously variable transmission (HMCVT) for agricultural tractors is developed, which is composed of a single planetary gear differential train, a hydraulic transmission system consisted of variable displacement pump and fixed displacement motor and a multi-gear fixed step radio transmission. Based on the analysis of types of hydrostatic mechanical transmission (HMT) and styles of hydraulic transmission, the general drive scheme for HMCVT is obtained. The method of selecting mechanical parameters and hydraulic units is explained, and the stepless speed regulation characteristic of HMCVT is analyzed. This paper also specializes the calculating method of transmission efficiency. It shows that tractors assembled with HMCVT can obtain a continuously variable speed and achieve high drive efficiency.
DICER-ARGONAUTE2 complex in continuous fluorogenic assays of RNA interference enzymes.
Mark A Bernard
Full Text Available Mechanistic studies of RNA processing in the RNA-Induced Silencing Complex (RISC have been hindered by lack of methods for continuous monitoring of enzymatic activity. "Quencherless" fluorogenic substrates of RNAi enzymes enable continuous monitoring of enzymatic reactions for detailed kinetics studies. Recombinant RISC enzymes cleave the fluorogenic substrates targeting human thymidylate synthase (TYMS and hypoxia-inducible factor 1-α subunit (HIF1A. Using fluorogenic dsRNA DICER substrates and fluorogenic siRNA, DICER+ARGONAUTE2 mixtures exhibit synergistic enzymatic activity relative to either enzyme alone, and addition of TRBP does not enhance the apparent activity. Titration of AGO2 and DICER in enzyme assays suggests that AGO2 and DICER form a functional high-affinity complex in equimolar ratio. DICER and DICER+AGO2 exhibit Michaelis-Menten kinetics with DICER substrates. However, AGO2 cannot process the fluorogenic siRNA without DICER enzyme, suggesting that AGO2 cannot self-load siRNA into its active site. The DICER+AGO2 combination processes the fluorogenic siRNA substrate (Km=74 nM with substrate inhibition kinetics (Ki=105 nM, demonstrating experimentally that siRNA binds two different sites that affect Dicing and AGO2-loading reactions in RISC. This result suggests that siRNA (product of DICER bound in the active site of DICER may undergo direct transfer (as AGO2 substrate to the active site of AGO2 in the DICER+AGO2 complex. Competitive substrate assays indicate that DICER+AGO2 cleavage of fluorogenic siRNA is specific, since unlabeled siRNA and DICER substrates serve as competing substrates that cause a concentration-dependent decrease in fluorescent rates. Competitive substrate assays of a series of DICER substrates in vitro were correlated with cell-based assays of HIF1A mRNA knockdown (log-log slope=0.29, suggesting that improved DICER substrate designs with 10-fold greater processing by the DICER+AGO2 complex can provide a
Khalafi, Ali; Elahi, Nasrin; Ahmadi, Fazlollah
2016-12-01
Mechanical ventilation is associated with a number of risks and complications. Thus, rapid and safe weaning from mechanical ventilation is of great importance. Weaning is a complex and challenging process, requiring continuous care and knowledge of the patient. The aim of the present study was to describe the continuous care process during weaning as well as to analyse the facilitators and obstacles to the weaning process from start to finish from the perspective of intensive care unit (ICU) staff, particularly nurses. Twenty-two ICU staff members, including nurses and physicians, and three patients hospitalised in the ICU were enrolled in this qualitative study. Semi-structured interviews were used for data collection and the transcripts were analysed using qualitative content analysis. 'Continuous care' was found to be the patients' basic need during weaning from mechanical ventilation. Uninterrupted, stable, comprehensive and dynamic care and monitoring with immediate response to all physiological and psychological changes were features of continuous care. The three main themes identified by this study were time spent with the patient, comprehensive supervision and maintenance of the quality of care during shifts. Continuous and constant care should be provided during the weaning process. Such care will help to provide health care staff with a deeper understanding of the patient and his or her continuous changes, leading to a timely and favourable response during weaning. To achieve this goal, skill, communication and organisational changes are essential. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
FEATURES OF LONG-TERM MECHANICAL CIRCULATORY SUPPORT WITH CONTINUOUS-FLOW PUMP
G. P. Itkin
2012-01-01
Full Text Available In a review of the comparative analysis of methods and tools for long-term mechanical circulatory support with continuous flow and pulsatile flow implantable pumps. Particular attention is paid to the choice of the optimal modes of the operation of pumps based on the physical principles of the interaction between a the steady flow of blood to the pulsatile mechanics of the heart chambers.
Cisneros, G Andrés; Piquemal, Jean-Philip; Darden, Thomas A
2006-07-20
A quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) implementation that uses the Gaussian electrostatic model (GEM) as the MM force field is presented. GEM relies on the reproduction of electronic density by using auxiliary basis sets to calculate each component of the intermolecular interaction. This hybrid method has been used, along with a conventional QM/MM (point charges) method, to determine the polarization on the QM subsystem by the MM environment in QM/MM calculations on 10 individual H(2)O dimers and a Mg(2+)-H(2)O dimer. We observe that GEM gives the correct polarization response in cases when the MM fragment has a small charge, while the point charges produce significant over-polarization of the QM subsystem and in several cases present an opposite sign for the polarization contribution. In the case when a large charge is located in the MM subsystem, for example, the Mg(2+) ion, the opposite is observed at small distances. However, this is overcome by the use of a damped Hermite charge, which provides the correct polarization response.
Thermo-Mechanical Behavior of the Continuous Casting Bloom in the Heavy Reduction Process
Ji, Cheng; Wu, Chen-hui; Zhu, Miao-yong
2016-08-01
A two-stage sequential heavy reduction (HR) method, in which the reduction amount was increased both before and after the solidification end, is presented to simultaneously improve the homogeneity and compactness of the continuous casting bloom. With bearing steel GCr15 chosen as the specific research steel, a three-dimensional thermal-mechanical finite element model was developed to simulate and analyze the thermal and mechanical behaviors of the continuous casting bloom during the HR process. In order to ensure the accuracy of the simulation, the constitutive model parameters were derived from the experimental results. The predicted temperature distribution and shell thickness were verified using a thermal infrared camera and nail shooting results, respectively. The real measured relationship between the HR pressure and amount were applied to verify the mechanical model. The explorative application results showed that the quality of the bloom center and compactness of rolled bars have both been significantly improved after the HR was applied.
Design of Electro-Mechanical Dual-Acting Pulley Continuously Variable Transmission
K.B. Tawi
2015-06-01
Full Text Available Pulley-based continuously variable transmission (CVT with a metal pushing V-belt is fast becoming the preferred choice for global carmakers due to its potential particularly in terms of fuel efficiency thanks to its continuous and wide ratio range. Nevertheless, the existing CVTs still face the issues of high power consumption from the engine because of the application of an electro-hydro-mechanical (EHM actuation system for its ratio changing process and clamping force mechanism. To address this issue, researchers from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia have successfully developed the prototype of an electro-mechanical dual-acting pulley continuously variable transmission (EMDAP CVT for automotive applications. The prototype of EMDAP CVT is developed for a maximum input torque of 160 Nm with the application of a metal pushing V-belt. The results from the testing prove that the prototype can vary its ratio from 2.8 to 0.6 and no continuous power is required to maintain a constant CVT ratio. These results suggest that the prototype is workable and future testing in a real car is possible.
Stelian Mihalcea
2010-01-01
Full Text Available An innovating solution for throttle-free load control for spark-ignition engines is Variable Valve Timing system (VVT System, or VVA - Variable Valve Actuation System. In this paper is presented an analytic method for kinematic analysis of the valve timing mechanism with three elements, which mainly includes the camshaft, the roller rocker finger and an intermediate rocker arm. This type of mechanism ensures a continuous valve lift (VVL System between two extreme valve heights. It is also presented the numerical example for the variable valve lift mechanism’s motion.
An Iterative Method for the Approximation of Fibers in Slow-Fast Systems
Kristiansen, Kristian Uldall; Brøns, Morten; Starke, Jens
2014-01-01
. The method is demonstrated on the Michaelis--Menten--Henri model and the Lindemann mechanism. The latter example also serves to demonstrate the method on a slow-fast system in nonstandard slow-fast form. Finally, we extend the method further so that it also approximates the curvature of the fibers....
Thermo-mechanical modeling of dendrite deformation in continuous casting of steel
Domitner, Josef; Drezet, Jean-Marie; Wu, M.; Ludwig, Andreas
2012-01-01
In the field of modern steelmaking, continuous casting has become the major manufacturing process to handle a wide range of steel grades. An important criterion characterizing the quality of semi-finished cast products is the macrosegregation forming at the centre of these products during solidification. The deformation induced interdendritic melt flow has been identified as the key mechanism for the formation of centreline segregation. Bulging of the solidified strand shell causes deformatio...
Graphene as a Prototypical Model for Two-Dimensional Continuous Mechanics
Philippe Lambin
2017-08-01
Full Text Available This paper reviews a few problems where continuous-medium theory specialized to two-dimensional media provides a qualitatively correct picture of the mechanical behavior of graphene. A critical analysis of the parameters involved is given. Among other results, a simple mathematical description of a folded graphene sheet is proposed. It is also shown how the graphene–graphene adhesion interaction is related to the cleavage energy of graphite and its C 33 bulk elastic constant.
A long-lived lunar dynamo driven by continuous mechanical stirring.
Dwyer, C A; Stevenson, D J; Nimmo, F
2011-11-09
Lunar rocks contain a record of an ancient magnetic field that seems to have persisted for more than 400 million years and which has been attributed to a lunar dynamo. Models of conventional dynamos driven by thermal or compositional convection have had difficulty reproducing the existence and apparently long duration of the lunar dynamo. Here we investigate an alternative mechanism of dynamo generation: continuous mechanical stirring arising from the differential motion, due to Earth-driven precession of the lunar spin axis, between the solid silicate mantle and the liquid core beneath. We show that the fluid motions and the power required to drive a dynamo operating continuously for more than one billion years and generating a magnetic field that had an intensity of more than one microtesla 4.2 billion years ago are readily obtained by mechanical stirring. The magnetic field is predicted to decrease with time and to shut off naturally when the Moon recedes far enough from Earth that the dissipated power is insufficient to drive a dynamo; in our nominal model, this occurred at about 48 Earth radii (2.7 billion years ago). Thus, lunar palaeomagnetic measurements may be able to constrain the poorly known early orbital evolution of the Moon. This mechanism may also be applicable to dynamos in other bodies, such as large asteroids.
Moazami, Nader; Fukamachi, Kiyotaka; Kobayashi, Mariko; Smedira, Nicholas G; Hoercher, Katherine J; Massiello, Alex; Lee, Sangjin; Horvath, David J; Starling, Randall C
2013-01-01
The recent success of continuous-flow circulatory support devices has led to the growing acceptance of these devices as a viable therapeutic option for end-stage heart failure patients who are not responsive to current pharmacologic and electrophysiologic therapies. This article defines and clarifies the major classification of these pumps as axial or centrifugal continuous-flow devices by discussing the difference in their inherent mechanics and describing how these features translate clinically to pump selection and patient management issues. Axial vs centrifugal pump and bearing design, theory of operation, hydrodynamic performance, and current vs flow relationships are discussed. A review of axial vs centrifugal physiology, pre-load and after-load sensitivity, flow pulsatility, and issues related to automatic physiologic control and suction prevention algorithms is offered. Reliability and biocompatibility of the two types of pumps are reviewed from the perspectives of mechanical wear, implant life, hemolysis, and pump deposition. Finally, a glimpse into the future of continuous-flow technologies is presented.
Taib, H.; Salleh, S. M.; Zain, B. A. Md; Azlan, M. A.; Mahzan, S.; Hafeez, Z. A.; Ong, P.; Ahmad, S.; N. A Rahman, M.; Nasir, N. F.; Azham Azmi, M.; Rahman, H. A.; Ngali, Z.
2017-01-01
This paper describes the assessment and continuous quality improvement of Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs) in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing. PLO is known as an elementary requirement in Outcome Based Education (OBE) system. All PLOs have been mapped with graduate attributes by EAC Manual 2012. Conceptual process for establishing and reviewing PLOs has been explained in the Plan-Check-Do-Act cycle. PLO assessment has been shown in different types which classified as direct and indirect methods. Continuous Quality Improvement has been extracted from a variety of assessment and has been discussed. Seven (7) CQIs are identified using different assessment methods of PLO during years 2013 to 2016 and subsequent improvement actions have been taken by the faculty within three years.
Brown, Natalie
In this thesis we solve the Feshbach-Villars equations for spin-zero particles through use of matrix continued fractions. The Feshbach-Villars equations are derived from the Klein-Gordon equation and admit, for the Coulomb potential on an appropriate basis, a Hamiltonian form that has infinite symmetric band-matrix structure. The corresponding representation of the Green's operator of such a matrix can be given as a matrix continued fraction. Furthermore, we propose a finite dimensional representation for the potential operator such that it retains some information about the whole Hilbert space. Combining these two techniques, we are able to solve relativistic quantum mechanical problems of a spin-zero particle in a Coulomb-like potential with a high level of accuracy.
郭勉; 郝凯; 钮琰星; 胡双喜; 万楚筠; 黄凤洪
2015-01-01
芥子碱是菜粕中的主要抗营养因子之一，为了绿色高效地降解芥子碱，选取了漆酶做催化剂，通过在线-紫外可见光谱实时监测的方法，测定了降解反应的动力学数据。该反应的动力学行为符合酶促反应过程，据此推导出酶解反应的米氏方程。利用薄层层析、高效液相色谱等分离手段，得到了纯化的降解产物，并进行了核磁共振波谱分析。根据动力学数据和产物信息，推测出反应机理可能是自由基过程。%Rapeseed meal is one of the most important sources of plant proteins,but the antinutritional factors limit its application in feed industry. Sinapine is the major antinutritional factor. In order to remove sinapine effi-ciently and safety,laccase was chosen as catalyst. By employing real - time UV - vis spectrometry,kinetic data of the enzymatic degradation was obtained. The kinetic behavior was highly consistent with enzymatic reaction and Michaelis - Menten equation was deduced. By employing TLC analysis and HPLC,purified degradation products were obtained and characterized by 1HNMR and 13 CNMR. Based on the results of kinetic data and product informa-tion,suggested possible mechanism could be the free radical pathways.
Alexander, Paris; Fackler, Sean; Takeuchi, Ichiro; Cumings, John
2013-03-01
The controlled and reversible switching of magnetic domains using static electric fields has been previously demonstrated via magneto-electric (ME) coupling in a multiferroic system [T. Brintlinger, Nano Lett. 10, 1219(2010)]. In these systems, enhanced magnetostriction allows for magnetic switching in response to an electrically induced deformation. Here we demonstrate the nature of magnetic switching using mechanical stress alone. Magnetostrictive iron-gallium (Fe70Ga30) thin films are deposited on flexible free-standing membranes, and patterned to square arrays. Using a mechanically manipulated tip a strain is directly applied to the film. We observe the resulting magnetization dynamics using Lorentz-force transmission electron microscopy (LTEM). The varied hysteretic behaviors under applied magnetic and strain fields will be presented for both continuous and patterned films. This work was supported by the NSF-MRSEC at the University of Maryland, DMR 0520471.
Reenalda, Jasper; Maartens, Erik; Maartens, Erik; Homan, Lotte; Buurke, Jaap
2016-01-01
Recent developments in wearable and wireless sensor technology allow for a continuous three dimensional analysis of running mechanics in the sport specific setting. The present study is the first to demonstrate the possibility of analyzing three dimensional (3D) running mechanics continuously, by
Reenalda, Jasper; Maartens, Erik; Homan, Lotte; Buurke, J.H.
2016-01-01
Recent developments in wearable and wireless sensor technology allow for a continuous three dimensional analysis of running mechanics in the sport specific setting. The present study is the first to demonstrate the possibility of analyzing three dimensional (3D) running mechanics continuously, by me
Shi, Qingwen; Wang, Huixin; Bai, Chunming; Wu, Di; Song, Qiaobo; Gao, Depeng; Dong, Zengqi; Cheng, Xin; Dong, Qiping; Zhang, Yahao; Mu, Jiahui; Chen, Qinghong; Liao, Wenqing; Qu, Tianru; Zhang, Chunling; Zhang, Xinyu; Liu, Yifei; Han, Xiaori
2017-05-01
Experiments for mechanized soil fertilization for corns were conducted in Faku demonstration zone. On this basis, we studied effects on corn soil fertility under continuous cropping due to different mechanized soil fertilization methods. Our study would serve as a theoretical basis further for mechanized soil fertilization improvement and soil quality improvement in brown soil area. Based on the survey of soil physical characteristics during different corn growth periods, we collected soil samples from different corn growth periods to determine and make statistical analysis accordingly. Stalk returning to field with deep tillage proved to be the most effective on available nutrient improvement for arable soil in the demonstration zone. Different mechanized soil fertilization methods were remarkably effective on total phosphorus improvement for arable soil in the demonstration zone, while less effective on total nitrogen or total potassium, and not so effective on C/N ratio in soil. Stalk returning with deep tillage was more favorable to improve content of organic matter in soil, when compared with surface application, and organic granular fertilizer more favorable when compared with decomposed cow dung for such a purpose, too.
Thermo-mechanical modeling of dendrite deformation in continuous casting of steel
Domitner, J.; Drezet, J.-M.; Wu, M.; Ludwig, A.
2012-07-01
In the field of modern steelmaking, continuous casting has become the major manufacturing process to handle a wide range of steel grades. An important criterion characterizing the quality of semi-finished cast products is the macrosegregation forming at the centre of these products during solidification. The deformation induced interdendritic melt flow has been identified as the key mechanism for the formation of centreline segregation. Bulging of the solidified strand shell causes deformation of the solidifying dendrites at the casting's centre. Hence, a fundamental knowledge about the solid phase motion during casting processes is crucial to examine segregation phenomena in detail. To investigate dendritic deformation particularly at the strand centre, a thermo-mechanical Finite Element (FE) simulation model is built in the commercial software package ABAQUS. The complex dendritic shape is approximated with a conical model geometry. Varying this geometry allows considering the influence of different centreline solid fractions on the dendrite deformation. A sinusoidal load profile is used to describe bulging of the solid which deforms the dendrites. Based on the strain rates obtained in the FE simulations the dendrite deformation velocity perpendicular to the casting direction is calculated. The velocity presented for different conditions is used as input parameter for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations to investigate macrosegregation formation inside of a continuous casting strand using the commercial software package FLUENT.
A new system for continuous and remote monitoring of patients receiving home mechanical ventilation
Battista, L.
2016-09-01
Home mechanical ventilation is the treatment of patients with respiratory failure or insufficiency by means of a mechanical ventilator at a patient's home. In order to allow remote patient monitoring, several tele-monitoring systems have been introduced in the last few years. However, most of them usually do not allow real-time services, as they have their own proprietary communication protocol implemented and some ventilation parameters are not always measured. Moreover, they monitor only some breaths during the whole day, despite the fact that a patient's respiratory state may change continuously during the day. In order to reduce the above drawbacks, this work reports the development of a novel remote monitoring system for long-term, home-based ventilation therapy; the proposed system allows for continuous monitoring of the main physical quantities involved during home-care ventilation (e.g., differential pressure, volume, and air flow rate) and is developed in order to allow observations of different remote therapy units located in different places of a city, region, or country. The developed remote patient monitoring system is able to detect various clinical events (e.g., events of tube disconnection and sleep apnea events) and has been successfully tested by means of experimental tests carried out with pulmonary ventilators typically used to support sick patients.
Continued Bullying Victimization in Adolescents: Maladaptive Schemas as a Mediational Mechanism.
Calvete, Esther; Fernández-González, Liria; González-Cabrera, Joaquín M; Gámez-Guadix, Manuel
2017-04-22
Bullying victimization in adolescence is a significant social problem that can become persistent over time for some victims. However, there is an overall paucity of research examining the factors that contribute to continued bullying victimization. Schema therapy proposes a model that can help us understand why bullying victimization can be persistent for some victims. This study examines the role of maladaptive schemas, the key concept in schema therapy, as a mechanism of continued bullying victimization. The hypothesis was that maladaptive schemas of rejection mediate the predictive association between victimization in both the family and at school and future bullying victimization. Social anxiety was also considered, as previous research suggests that it can increase the risk of victimization. The participants were 1328 adolescents (45% female) with a mean age of 15.05 years (SD = 1.37), who completed questionnaires at three time points with a 6-month interval between them. Time 2 maladaptive schemas of rejection significantly mediated the predictive association from Time 1 bullying victimization, family abuse and social anxiety to Time 3 bullying victimization. The findings pertaining to potentially malleable factors, such as maladaptive schemas that maintain continued interpersonal victimization, have important implications for prevention and treatment strategies with adolescents.
Mechanisms of Enhanced Rice Growth and Nitrogen Uptake by Nitrate
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2007-01-01
Rice is being increasingly cultivated in intermittently irrigated regions and also in aerobic soil in which Nitrate (NO3-)plays important role in nutrition of plant. However, there is no information regarding the influence of nitrate on the overall growth and uptake of nitrogen (N) in rice plant. Solution culture experiments were carried out to study the effects of NO3-on the plant growth, uptake of N, and uptake kinetics of NH4+ in four typical rice (Oryza sativa L.) cultivars (conventional indica, conventional japonica, hybrid indica, and hybrid japonica), and on plasma membrane potential in roots of two conventional rice cultivars (indica and japonica) at the seedling stage. The results obtained indicated that a ratio of 50/50 NH4+-N/NO3--N increased the average biomass of rice shoots and roots by 20% when compared with that of 100/0NH4+-N/NO3--N. In case of the 50/50 ratio, as compared with the 100/0 ratio, total N accumulated in shoots and roots of rice increased on an average by 42% and 57%, respectively. Conventional indica responds to NO3- more than any other cultivars that were tested. The NO3- supply increased the maximum uptake rate (Vmax) of NH4+ by rice but did not show any effect on the apparent Michaelis-Menten constant (Km) value, with the average value of Vmax for NH4+ among the four cultivars being increased by 31.5% in comparison with those in the absence of NO3-. This suggested that NO3-significantly increased the numbers of the ammonium transporters. However, the lack of effect on the Km value also suggested that the presence of NO3- had no effect on the affinity of the transporters for NH4+. The plasma membrane potential in the roots of conventional indica and japonica were greatly increased by the addition of NO3-, suggesting that NO3- could improve the uptake of N by roots of the rice plant. In conclusion, the mechanisms by which NO3- enhances the growth and N uptake of rice plant was found by the increased value of Vmax of NH4+ and
Mechanics of Continuous Media in $(\\bar{L}_{n},g)$-Spaces; 3, Relative Accelerations
Manoff, S
2002-01-01
Basic notions of continuous media mechanics are introduced for spaces with affine connections and metrics. The physical interpretation of the notion of relative acceleration is discussed. The notions of deformation acceleration, shear acceleration, rotation (vortex) acceleration, and expansion acceleration are introduced. Their corresponding notions, generated by the torsion and curvature, are considered. A classification is proposed for auto-parallel vector fields with different kinematic characteristics. Relations between the kinematic characteristics of the relative acceleration and these of the relative velocity are found. A summary of the introduced and considered notions is given. A classification is proposed related to the kinematic characteristics of the relative velocity and the kinematic characteristics related to the relative acceleration. PACS numbers: 11.10.-z; 11.10.Ef; 7.10.+g; 47.75.+f; 47.90.+a; 83.10.Bb
Oliveira Cabo, Jesús; Anaya Velayos, José Javier; González Hernández, Margarita; Aparicio Secanellas, Sofía; Varga, Ratislav; Rovnak, Marian; Fuentes Ramírez, José Vicente
2015-01-01
[EN] The invention relates to a sensor for the continuous measurement of mechanical resistance in a structure made from cementitious material. The invention also relates to two measurement systems using the aforementioned sensor: a continuous measurement system based on an electromagnetic induction effect, and a continuous measurement system based on a magnetic inductance effect, as well as to the measurement method of each system and a method for the production of the sensor. The sensor is e...
Viriyayingsiri, Thunyaporn; Sittplangkoon, Pantaporn; Powtongsook, Sorawit; Nootong, Kasidit
2016-10-02
Continuous production of diatom Entomonies sp. was performed in mechanically stirred tank and flat-panel airlift photobioreactors (FPAP). The maximum specific growth rate of diatom from the batch experiment was 0.98 d(-1). A series of dilution rate and macronutrient concentration adjustments were performed in a stirred tank photobioreactor and found that the dilution rate ranged from 0.7 to 0.8 d(-1) and modified F/2 growth media containing nitrate at 3.09 mg N/L, phosphate at 2.24 mg P/L, and silicate at 11.91 mg Si/L yielded the maximum cell number density. Finally, the continuous cultivation of Entomonies sp. was conducted in FPAP using the optimal conditions determined earlier, resulting in the maximum cell number density of 19.69 × 10(4) cells/mL, which was approximately 47 and 73% increase from the result using the stirred tank photobioreactor fed with modified and standard F/2 growth media, respectively.
Xiao-Hong Xu; Jia-Bin Chen; Yin-Wen Xia
2016-01-01
Objective:To analyze the effect and mechanism of continuous blood purification (CBP) on acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and provide reference for clinical treatment. Methods:80 cases of patients with ARDS in our hospital were analyzed, the clinical indicators and hemodynamic parameters before and after CBP were compared, and ELISA was used to detect expression change of serum interleukin family and ERK signaling pathway protein. 80 cases of healthy subjects during the same period were taken as control group.Results:Compared with before treatment, heart rate, pulmonary artery pressure and pulmonary artery wedge pressure were effectively normalized after CBP, hemodynamic parameters were effectively improved, and compared with control group, there were significant statistical differences (P<0.05); meanwhile, after CBP, interleukins IL2, IL6 and IL10 as well as TGFβlevels significantly decreased, MEK signaling pathway protein Ras, MEK and ERK1/2 expression significantly decreased, and compared with before treatment, there were significant statistical differences (P<0.01,P<0.05).Conclusions:Continuous blood purification may play the role of treating acute respiratory distress syndrome through reducing levels of interleukins and TGFβ as well as inhibiting MEK signaling pathway.
Design of continuous circulation sub for gas drilling and the mechanical analysis on the sub body
Ding Feng
2016-01-01
Full Text Available Gas drilling, as an important part of underbalanced drilling, can increase drilling speed. But in the process of conventional gas drilling, it tends to cause cutting settlement, borehole collapse, sticking and other safety hazards because gas circulation has to be interrupted. Therefore, this paper presents a continuous circulation sub which can be installed and removed easily. With this sub, gas circulation will not be interrupted when drilling tools are connected and removed. This sub is composed of body, main valve, bypass valve and side entry sub. The structure design of its key components (i.e. main and bypass valves were fulfilled. Based on statics analysis on the sub body, its force situations under extension, torsion and internal pressure were simulated by using the ANSYS finite element analysis software. It is shown that its stress distribution trend is consistent with its elastic–plastic mechanics analysis results. Stress concentrates around the two round holes of the sub body, and the maximum deformation amount is still at the stage of elastic deformation. The analysis results are in line with the elastic–plastic mechanics analysis results, and the requirement of body strength is satisfied. This paper provides a new program to guarantee the drilling safety of extended-reach wells, underbalanced wells and narrow-density window wells.
Hong Yuan; Zifeng Lin
2009-01-01
Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites are increasingly being used for the re-pair and strengthening of deteriorated concrete structural components through adhesive bonding of prefabricated strips/plates and the wet lay-up of fabric. Interracial bond failure modes have at-tracted the attention of researchers because of the importance. The objective of the present study is to analyse the interface failure mechanism of reinforced concrete continuous beam strength-ened by FRP. An analytical solution has been firstly presented to predict the entire debonding process of the model. The realistic bi-linear bond-slip interfacial law was adopted to study this problem. The crack propagation process of the loaded model was divided into four stages (elastic, elastic-softening, elastic-softening-debonded and softening-debonded stage). Among them, elastic-softening-debonded stage has four sub-stages. The equations are solved by adding suitable stress and displacement boundary conditions. Finally, critical value of bond length is determined to make the failure mechanism in the paper effective by solving the simultaneously linear algebraic equations. The interaction between the upper and lower FRP plates can be neglected if axial stiffness ratio of the concrete-to-plate prism is large enough.
Dynamical traps in Wang-Landau sampling of continuous systems: Mechanism and solution.
Koh, Yang Wei; Sim, Adelene Y L; Lee, Hwee Kuan
2015-08-01
We study the mechanism behind dynamical trappings experienced during Wang-Landau sampling of continuous systems reported by several authors. Trapping is caused by the random walker coming close to a local energy extremum, although the mechanism is different from that of the critical slowing-down encountered in conventional molecular dynamics or Monte Carlo simulations. When trapped, the random walker misses the entire or even several stages of Wang-Landau modification factor reduction, leading to inadequate sampling of the configuration space and a rough density of states, even though the modification factor has been reduced to very small values. Trapping is dependent on specific systems, the choice of energy bins, and the Monte Carlo step size, making it highly unpredictable. A general, simple, and effective solution is proposed where the configurations of multiple parallel Wang-Landau trajectories are interswapped to prevent trapping. We also explain why swapping frees the random walker from such traps. The efficacy of the proposed algorithm is demonstrated.
Maniotis, A. J.; Bojanowski, K.; Ingber, D. E.
1997-01-01
Chromatin is thought to be structurally discontinuous because it is packaged into morphologically distinct chromosomes that appear physically isolated from one another in metaphase preparations used for cytogenetic studies. However, analysis of chromosome positioning and movement suggest that different chromosomes often behave as if they were physically connected in interphase as well as mitosis. To address this paradox directly, we used a microsurgical technique to physically remove nucleoplasm or chromosomes from living cells under isotonic conditions. Using this approach, we found that pulling a single nucleolus or chromosome out from interphase or mitotic cells resulted in sequential removal of the remaining nucleoli and chromosomes, interconnected by a continuous elastic thread. Enzymatic treatments of interphase nucleoplasm and chromosome chains held under tension revealed that mechanical continuity within the chromatin was mediated by elements sensitive to DNase or micrococcal nuclease, but not RNases, formamide at high temperature, or proteases. In contrast, mechanical coupling between mitotic chromosomes and the surrounding cytoplasm appeared to be mediated by gelsolin-sensitive microfilaments. Furthermore, when ion concentrations were raised and lowered, both the chromosomes and the interconnecting strands underwent multiple rounds of decondensation and recondensation. As a result of these dynamic structural alterations, the mitotic chains also became sensitive to disruption by restriction enzymes. Ion-induced chromosome decondensation could be blocked by treatment with DNA binding dyes, agents that reduce protein disulfide linkages within nuclear matrix, or an antibody directed against histones. Fully decondensed chromatin strands also could be induced to recondense into chromosomes with pre-existing size, shape, number, and position by adding anti-histone antibodies. Conversely, removal of histones by proteolysis or heparin treatment produced chromosome
Luo, Yang; Wu, Guang-Ning; Liu, Ji-Wu; Peng, Jia; Gao, Guo-Qiang; Zhu, Guang-Ya; Wang, Peng; Cao, Kai-Jiang
2014-02-01
Polyimide (PI) film is an important type of insulating material used in inverter-fed motors. Partial discharge (PD) under a sequence of high-frequency square impulses is one of the key factors that lead to premature failures in insulation systems of inverter-fed motors. In order to explore the damage mechanism of PI film caused by discharge, an aging system of surface discharge under bipolar continuous square impulse voltage (BCSIV) is designed based on the ASTM 2275 01 standard and the electrical aging tests of PI film samples are performed above the partial discharge inception voltage (PDIV). The chemical bonds of PI polymer chains are analyzed through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and the dielectric properties of unaged and aged PI samples are investigated by LCR testers HIOKI 3532-50. Finally, the micro-morphology and micro-structure changes of PI film samples are observed through scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show that the physical and chemical effects of discharge cut off the chemical bonds of PI polymer chains. The fractures of ether bond (C—O—C) and imide ring (C—N—C) on the backbone of a PI polymer chain leads to the decrease of molecular weight, which results in the degradation of PI polymers and the generation of new chemical groups and materials, like carboxylic acid, ketone, aldehydes, etc. The variation of microscopic structure of PI polymers can change the orientation ability of polarizable units when the samples are under an AC electric field, which would cause the dielectric constant ɛ to increase and dielectric loss tan δ to decrease. The SEM images show that the degradation path of PI film is initiated from the surface and then gradually extends to the interior with continuous aging. The injection charge could result in the PI macromolecular chain degradation and increase the trap density in the PI polymer bulk.
Xu, Yundou; Zhang, Dongsheng; Wang, Min; Yao, Jiantao; Zhao, Yongsheng
2016-07-01
The two-rotational-degrees-of-freedom(2R) parallel mechanism(PM) with two continuous rotational axes(CRAs) has a simple kinematic model. It is therefore easy to implement trajectory planning, parameter calibration, and motion control, which allows for a variety of application prospects. However, no systematic analysis on structural constraints of the 2R-PM with two CRAs has been performed, and there are only a few types of 2R-PM with two CRAs. Thus, a theory regarding the type synthesis of the 2R-PM with two CRAs is systematically established. First, combining the theories of reciprocal screw and space geometry, the spatial arrangement relationships of the constraint forces applied to the moving platform by the branches are explored, which give the 2R-PM two CRAs. The different distributions of the constraint forces in each branch are also studied. On the basis of the obtained structural constraints of branches, and considering the geometric relationships of constraint forces in each branch, the appropriate kinematic chains are constructed. Through the reasonable configuration of branch kinematic chains corresponding to every structural constraint, a series of new 2R-PMs with two CRAs are finally obtained.
Brewer, E.N.
1975-01-01
Nuclear DNA synthesis in homogenates of Physarum is greatly stimulated by the presence of dextran in the homogenizing medium. In this cell-free system, the DNA precursor is incorporated approximately equally into two classes of DNA intermediates. One of these is similar in size to that observed previously in the intact organism, i.e., its sedimentation rate in alkaline sucrose density gradients increases, presumably by chain elongation, as the organism progresses through the S phase. The other class (approx. 10S) is similar to ''Okazaki'' fragments. Thus, nuclear DNA synthesis in homogenates of Physarum may occur by a continuous-discontinuous mechanism. Substantial DNA-synthetic activity is obtained by the addition of dextran to dextran-free homogenates. Maximal activity in this system requires the presence of both the nuclear and post-nuclear supernatant fractions. It is possible that a partial separation and recombination of a DNA polymerase and the endogenous template is effected by this procedure. (auth)
Permeation mechanism of a two-state potassium channel
WANG Xiangqun; ZHAO Tongjun; SONG Yang; ZHAN Yong
2007-01-01
A two-state hopping model was proposed to study the permeation of ion channel.The Nemst equation in equilibrium and the Michaelis-Menten relation in steady state were derived from the two-state kinetic model.The currentvoltage relationship obtained in the symmetrical solutions case was linear when the applied potential was less than 100 mV,which met Ohm's law.The conductance-concentration relationship exhibited the saturation property.Moreover,the characteristic time reaching the steady state of the KcsA channel was also discussed.
MiR-206-mediated dynamic mechanism of the mammalian circadian clock
Wu Lianqi
2011-09-01
Full Text Available Abstract Background As a group of highly conserved small non-coding RNAs with a length of 21~23 nucleotides, microRNAs (miRNAs regulate the gene expression post-transcriptionally by base pairing with the partial or full complementary sequences in target mRNAs, thus resulting in the repression of mRNA translation and the acceleration of mRNA degradation. Recent work has revealed that miRNAs are essential for the development and functioning of the skeletal muscles where they are. In particular, miR-206 has not only been identified as the only miRNA expressed in skeletal muscles, but also exhibited crucial roles in regulation of the muscle development. Although miRNAs are known to regulate various biological processes ranging from development to cancer, much less is known about their role in the dynamic regulation of the mammalian circadian clock. Results A detailed dynamic model of miR-206-mediated mammalian circadian clock system was developed presently by using Hill-type terms, Michaelis-Menten type and mass action kinetics. Based on a system-theoretic approach, the model accurately predicts both the periodicity and the entrainment of the circadian clock. It also explores the dynamics properties of the oscillations mediated by miR-206 by means of sensitivity analysis and alterations of parameters. Our results show that miR-206 is an important regulator of the circadian clock in skeletal muscle, and thus by study of miR-206 the main features of its mediation on the clock may be captured. Simulations of these processes display that the amplitude and frequency of the oscillation can be significantly altered through the miR-206-mediated control. Conclusions MiR-206 has a profound effect on the dynamic mechanism of the mammalian circadian clock, both by control of the amplitude and control or alteration of the frequency to affect the level of the gene expression and to interfere with the temporal sequence of the gene production or delivery. This
马中良; 李艳利; 鲍真真; 王旻
2005-01-01
在生物化学试验中,酶的米氏常数的测定实验是经典的实验.通过Km 测定这一实验的改进,指导学生怎样认识和把握理论知识,并将之应用科学研究中.在生物化学实验教学中,注意提高学生的动手能力,提高解决问题和分析问题的能力,从而形成对待实验结果和教材的正确观点.
林中; 苏银法
2004-01-01
目的: 获得(一级并行)米氏消除药物静脉注射给药时的血药浓度近似解.方法: 根据四阶Runge-Kutta算法,采用Excel软件编写基于药动学参数的程序.结果:输出某周期或稳态任一次给药后的预期血药浓度.结论:方法操作简单,结果可靠,可作为(一级并行)米氏消除药物静脉注射给药时药动学方程的数值解法.
苏银法; 杜乐燕
2006-01-01
目的获得(一级并行)米氏消除药物血管外给药时的血药浓度近似值.方法根据四阶Runge-Kutta算法,采用Excel软件编写基于药动学参数的血药浓度近似解表格程序.结果通过实例演示,可以输出第n周期(或稳态)第s次血管外给药后每间隔0.005 h的预期血药浓度.结论该法是(一级并行)米氏消除药物血管外给药动力学方程的一种可靠的数值解法.
祁兵; 黄大贶
2003-01-01
@@ Michaelis-Menten消除动力学(下称米氏型消除)是非线性药物动力学中的重要部分.大量临床研究表明[1],呈药动学非线性特征的药物,尤有必要进行血药浓度监测.本文对静注多次给药情况下的稳态动力学特征进行了研究,得到了稳态浓度存在的必要条件及稳态浓度的精确表达式,为临床用药提供了理论依据.
Shi, Xudong; Yin, Yaping; Wang, Jialin; Sun, Zhaorong
2017-01-01
A large number of electrical components are used in civil aircraft engines, whose electrical circuits are usually intricate and complicated. Continuity resistance is an important parameter for the operating state of electrical components. Electrical continuity fault has serious impact on the reliability of the aircraft engine. In this paper, mathematical models of electrical components are established, and simulation is made by Simulink to analyze the electrical continuity fault.
Degradation kinetics and metabolites in continuous biodegradation of isoprene.
Srivastva, Navnita; Singh, Ram S; Upadhyay, Siddh N; Dubey, Suresh K
2016-04-01
The kinetic parameters of isoprene biodegradation were studied in a bioreactor, comprising of bioscrubber and polyurethane foam packed biofilter in series and inoculated with Pseudomonas sp., using a Michaelis-Menten type model. The maximum elimination capacity, ECmax; substrate constant, Ks and ECmax/Ks values for bioscrubber were found to be 666.7 g m(-3) h(-1), 9.86 g m(-3) and 67.56 h(-1), respectively while those for biofilter were 3333 g m(-3) h(-1), 13.96 g m(-3) and 238.7 h(-1), respectively. The biofilter section exhibited better degradation efficiency compared to the bioscrubber unit. Around 62-75% of the feed isoprene got converted to carbon dioxide, indicating the efficient capability of bacteria to mineralize isoprene. The FTIR and GC-MS analyses of degradation products indicated oxidative cleavage of unsaturated bond of isoprene. These results were used for proposing a plausible degradation pathway for isoprene.
Canceling effect: a natural mechanism to reduce the effects of global warming
Razavi, Bahar S.; Blagodatskaya, Evgenia; kuzyakov, Yakov
2016-04-01
, and incorporated into Earth system models to improve the predictions at regional and global levels. Key words: carbon cycle, Michaelis-Menten kinetics, Arrhenius function, soil enzymes, temperature sensitivity, canceling effect, activation energy.
Molecular mechanisms of continuous light inhibition of Atlantic salmon parr-smolt transformation
Stefansson, S.O.; Nilsen, Tom O.; Ebbesson, Lars O.E.; Wargelius, A.; Madsen, Steffen S.; Bjornsson, B. Th; McCormick, S.D.
2007-01-01
Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) rely on changes in photoperiod for the synchronization of the developmental events constituting the parr-smolt transformation. In the absence of photoperiod cues, parr-smolt transformation is incomplete, and such 'pseudo-smolts' normally fail to adapt to seawater. The present study addresses the endocrine and molecular mechanisms controlling the development of hypo-osmoregulatory ability and how artificial photoperiod can disrupt these changes. Juvenile Atlantic salmon reared under constant light (LL) from first feeding, were separated into two groups, and exposed to either LL or simulated natural photoperiod (LDN) from October, eight months prior to the expected completion of smoltification. Juveniles reared on LL grew well, but failed to show the smolt-related reduction in condition factor in spring. Gill mRNA levels of Na+, K+-ATPase (NKA) isoform ??1a decreased in LDN fish through completion of parr-smolt transformation, while levels remained unchanged in the LL group. In contrast, ??1b expression increased 6-fold in the LDN group between February and May, again with no change in the LL group. Further, Na+, K+, 2Cl- co-transporter (NKCC) showed a transient increase in expression in smolts on LDN between February and May, while no changes in mRNA levels were seen in juveniles under LL. Consequently, gill NKA activity and NKA ?? and NKCC protein abundance were significantly lower in juveniles on LL than in smolts on LDN. LL fish in spring had lower circulating levels of thyroid hormones (THs), growth hormone (GH) and cortisol. Gill GH-receptor mRNA levels, determined by quantitative PCR, were less than 50% of controls. In contrast, circulating levels of IGF-1 and gill IGF-1 receptor expression, were comparable to controls. Our findings show that continuous light prevents the completion of parr-smolt transformation at a very basic level, disrupting the natural up-regulation of key elements of the endocrine system involved in the
Tsong, Tian Yow; Chang, Cheng-Hung
2003-04-01
This article reviews some concepts of the Brownian Ratchet which are relevant to our discussion of mechanisms of action of Na,K-ATPase, a universal ion pump and an elemental motor protein of the biological cell. Under wide ranges of ionic compositions it can hydrolyze an ATP and use the γ-phosphorous bond energy of ATP to pump 3 Na + out of, and 2 K + into the cell, both being uphill transport. During the ATP-dependent pump cycle, the enzyme oscillates between E1 and E2 states. Our experiment replaces ATP with externally applied electric field of various waveforms, amplitudes, and frequencies. The field enforced-oscillation, or fluctuation of E1 and E2 states enables the enzyme to harvest energy from the applied field and convert it to the chemical gradient energy of cations. A theory of electroconformational coupling (TEC), which embodies all the essential features of the Brownian Ratchet, successfully simulates these experimental results. Our analysis based on a four-state TEC model indicates that the equilibrium and the rate constants of the transport system define the frequency and the amplitude of the field for the optimal activation. Waveform, frequency, and amplitude are three elements of signal. Thus, electric signal of the ion pump is found by TEC analysis of the experimental data. Electric noise (white) superimposed on an electric signal changes the pump efficiency and produces effects similar to the stochastic resonance reported in other biological systems. The TEC concept is compared with the most commonly used Michaelis-Menten enzyme mechanism (MME) for similarities and differences. Both MME and TEC are catalytic wheels, which recycle the catalyst in each turnover. However, a MME can only catalyze reaction of descending free energy while a TEC enzyme can catalyze reaction of ascending free energy by harvesting needed energy from an off-equilibrium electric noise. The TEC mechanism is shown to be applicable to other biological motors and engines, as
A Study of the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Continuously Cast Iron Products
Bockus, S.
2006-01-01
Full Text Available The horizontal continuous casting has a lot of advantages in comparison with traditional casting methods. But it has a few disadvantages and unsolved problems. The objective of this research was the experimental investigation of the effect of chemical composition of cast iron and the casting conditions on the microstructure and properties of continuously cast ingots. As a result, tensile strength, Brinell hardness, and pearlite content increased with increasing Cr, Cu, and Sb additions and decreasing carbon equivalent. As for microstructure of graphite, higher silicon to carbon ratio and lower solidification rate decreased a zone of interdendritic graphite. Nomograph of continuously cast iron structure was made.
Cheng, Xiaole
The primary goal of this dissertation is to develop a novel continuous reactor method to prepare partially cured epoxy prepolymers for aerospace prepreg applications with the aim of replacing traditional batch reactors. Compared to batch reactors, the continuous reactor is capable of solubilizing and dispersing a broad range of additives including thermoplastic tougheners, stabilizers, nanoparticles and curatives and advancing epoxy molecular weights and viscosities while reducing energy consumption. In order to prove this concept, polyethersulfone (PES) modified 4, 4'-diaminodiphenylsulfone (44DDS)/tetraglycidyl-4, 4'-diaminodiphenylmethane (TGDDM) epoxy prepolymers were firstly prepared using both continuous reactor and batch reactor methods. Kinetic studies confirmed the chain extension reaction in the continuous reactor is similar to the batch reactor, and the molecular weights and viscosities of prepolymers were readily controlled through reaction kinetics. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) confirmed similar cured network morphologies for formulations prepared from batch and continuous reactors. Additionally tensile strength, tensile modulus and fracture toughness analyses concluded mechanical properties of cured epoxy matrices produced from both reactors were equivalent. Effects of multifunctional epoxy compositions on thermoplastics phase-separated morphologies were systematically studied using a combination of AFM with nanomechanical mapping, spectroscopic and calorimetric techniques to provide new insights to tailor cured reaction induced phase separation (CRIPS) in multifunctional epoxy blend networks. Furthermore, how resultant crosslinked glassy polymer network and phase-separated morphologies correlated with mechanical properties are discussed in detail. Multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/TGDDM epoxy prepolymers were further prepared by combining the successful strategies for advancing epoxy chemistries and dispersing nanotubes using the continuous reactor
Borckink, Ilse; Essouri, Sandrine; Laurent, Marie; Albers, Marcel J. I. J.; Burgerhof, Johannes G. M.; Tissieres, Pierre; Kneyber, Martin C. J.
2014-01-01
AIM: Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP) has been proposed as an early first-line support for infants with severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection. We hypothesised that infants <6 months with severe RSV would require shorter ventilator support on NCPAP than invasive mechanic
Liu, Li; Yang, Yue; Li, Zhihua; Jin, Xing; Mo, Wenqin; Liu, Xing
2017-01-23
We propose and experimentally demonstrate a continuously tunable all-optical microwave filter using a silicon opto-mechanical microring resonator (MRR). By finely adjusting the pump light with submilliwatt power level, transmission spectrum of the MRR could be continuously shifted based on the nonlinear effects, including the opto-mechanical effect and thermo-optic effect. Therefore, in the case of optical single sideband (OSSB) modulation, the frequency intervals between the optical carrier (near one MRR resonance) and the corresponding resonance could be flexibly manipulated, which is the critical factor to achieve continuously tunable microwave photonic filter (MPF). In the experiment, the central frequency of the MPF could be continuously tuned from 6 GHz to 19 GHz with the pump power lower than -2.5 dBm. The proposed opto-mechanical device is competent to process microwave signals with dominant advantages, such as compact footprint, all-optical control and low power consumption. In the future, using light to control light, the opto-mechanical structure on silicon platforms might have many other potential applications in microwave systems, such as microwave switch.
Forde, Nancy R.; Izhaky, David; Woodcock, Glenna R.; Wuite, Gijs J. L.; Bustamante, Carlos
2002-09-01
Escherichia coli RNA polymerase translocates along the DNA discontinuously during the elongation phase of transcription, spending proportionally more time at some template positions, known as pause and arrest sites, than at others. Current models of elongation suggest that the enzyme backtracks at these locations, but the dynamics are unresolved. Here, we study the role of lateral displacement in pausing and arrest by applying force to individually transcribing molecules. We find that an assisting mechanical force does not alter the translocation rate of the enzyme, but does reduce the efficiency of both pausing and arrest. Moreover, arrested molecules cannot be rescued by force, suggesting that arrest occurs by a bipartite mechanism: the enzyme backtracks along the DNA followed by a conformational change of the ternary complex (RNA polymerase, DNA and transcript), which cannot be reversed mechanically.
Yongky, Andrew; Lee, Jongchan; Le, Tung; Mulukutla, Bhanu Chandra; Daoutidis, Prodromos; Hu, Wei-Shou
2015-07-01
Continuous culture for the production of biopharmaceutical proteins offers the possibility of steady state operations and thus more consistent product quality and increased productivity. Under some conditions, multiplicity of steady states has been observed in continuous cultures of mammalian cells, wherein with the same dilution rate and feed nutrient composition, steady states with very different cell and product concentrations may be reached. At those different steady states, cells may exhibit a high glycolysis flux with high lactate production and low cell concentration, or a low glycolysis flux with low lactate and high cell concentration. These different steady states, with different cell concentration, also have different productivity. Developing a mechanistic understanding of the occurrence of steady state multiplicity and devising a strategy to steer the culture toward the desired steady state is critical. We establish a multi-scale kinetic model that integrates a mechanistic intracellular metabolic model and cell growth model in a continuous bioreactor. We show that steady state multiplicity exists in a range of dilution rate in continuous culture as a result of the bistable behavior in glycolysis. The insights from the model were used to devise strategies to guide the culture to the desired steady state in the multiple steady state region. The model provides a guideline principle in the design of continuous culture processes of mammalian cells.
Tahir, Mohd Faizal Mat; Khamis, Nor Kamaliana; Wahid, Zaliha; Ihsan, Ahmad Kamal Ariffin Mohd; Ghani, Jaharah Ab; Sabri, Mohd Anas Mohd; Sajuri, Zainuddin; Abdullah, Shahrum; Sulong, Abu Bakar
2013-01-01
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) is a research university that continuously undergoes an audit and accreditation process for the management of its courses. The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FKAB) is subjected to such processes, one of them is the auditing conducted by the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC), which gives…
Assessing the Potential of a Mechanical Continuously Variable Transmission for Wind Turbines
Cotrell, J.
2005-08-01
This paper provides an update to a previous report that summarizes the results of a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Fallbrook Technologies, Inc. (Fallbrook). The purpose of the CRADA is to assess the usefulness of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for wind turbine applications.
Yang, Yun-Ta; Liao, Jiunn-Der; Chang, Chia-Wei [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1, University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Lin, Chou-Ching K [Department of Neurology, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1, University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Ju, Ming-Shaung, E-mail: jdliao@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1, University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)
2010-07-16
Continuous depth-sensing nano-indentation on living, fixed and dehydrated fibroblast cells was performed using a dynamic contact module and vertically measured from a pre-contact state to the glass substrate. The nano-indentation tip-on-cell approaches took advantage of finding a contact surface, followed by obtaining a continuous nano-mechanical profile along the nano-indentation depths. In the experiment, serial indentations from the leading edge, i.e., the lamellipodium to nucleus regions of living, fixed and dehydrated fibroblast cells were examined. Nano-indentations on a living cell anchored upon glass substrate were competent in finding the tip-on-cell contact surfaces and cell heights. For the result on the fixed and the dehydrated cells, cellular nano-mechanical properties were clearly characterized by continuous harmonic contact stiffness (HCS) measurements. The relations of HCS versus measured displacement, varied from the initial tip-on-cell contact to the glass substrate, were presumably divided into three stages, respectively induced by cellular intrinsic behavior, the substrate-dominant property, and the substrate property. This manifestation is beneficial to elucidate how the underlying substrate influences the interpretation of the nano-mechanical property of thin soft matter on a hard substrate. These findings, based upon continuous depth-sensing nano-indentations, are presumably valuable as a reference to related work, e.g., accomplished by atomic force microscopy.
Modeling quantum mechanical scattering with continuous analogue of the newton method
Algirdas Deveikis
2013-09-01
Full Text Available Computational modelling of potential and resonant scattering for short range and Coulomb potentials was investigated in this study. The resonant scattering problem is formulated with the short range potential composed of a spherically symmetric square well and spherically symmetric square barrier. An iteration scheme of a continuous analogue of the Newton method for continuous spectral problem with correct asymptotic in uncoupled partial waves has been developed. The nonlinear representation of the scattering problem for the normalized radial Schrödinger equation is solved numerically using the difference sweep technique. The second order accuracy scheme developed allow to find scattering phases and wave functions as well as investigate their numerical evolution. The scattering phases and wave functions dependence on the scattering problem parameters have been studied.
Mechanisms of comorbidity, continuity, and discontinuity in anxiety-related disorders
McNaughton, N; Corr, P J
2016-01-01
We discuss comorbidity, continuity, and discontinuity of anxiety-related disorders from the perspective of a two-dimensional neuropsychology of fear (threat avoidance) and anxiety (threat approach). Pharmacological dissection of the "neurotic" disorders justifies both a categorical division between fear and anxiety and a subdivision of each mapped to a hierarchy of neural modules that process different immediacies of threat. It is critical that each module can generate normal responses, sympt...
Cha, Ji Eun; Kim, Seong Yun; Lee, Seung Hee
2016-10-12
To investigate the effect of continuous multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) on the thermal and mechanical properties of composites, we propose a fabrication method for a buckypaper-filled flexible composite film prepared by a two-step process involving buckypaper fabrication using vacuum filtration of MWCNTs, and composite film fabrication using the dipping method. The thermal conductivity and tensile strength of the composite film filled with the buckypaper exhibited improved results, respectively 76% and 275% greater than those of the individual MWCNT-filled composite film. It was confirmed that forming continuous MWCNT fillers is an important factor which determines the physical characteristics of the composite film. In light of the study findings, composite films using buckypaper as a filler and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) as a flexible matrix have sufficient potential to be applied as a heat-dissipating material, and as a flexible film with high thermal conductivity and excellent mechanical properties.
Ji Eun Cha
2016-10-01
Full Text Available To investigate the effect of continuous multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs on the thermal and mechanical properties of composites, we propose a fabrication method for a buckypaper-filled flexible composite film prepared by a two-step process involving buckypaper fabrication using vacuum filtration of MWCNTs, and composite film fabrication using the dipping method. The thermal conductivity and tensile strength of the composite film filled with the buckypaper exhibited improved results, respectively 76% and 275% greater than those of the individual MWCNT-filled composite film. It was confirmed that forming continuous MWCNT fillers is an important factor which determines the physical characteristics of the composite film. In light of the study findings, composite films using buckypaper as a filler and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS as a flexible matrix have sufficient potential to be applied as a heat-dissipating material, and as a flexible film with high thermal conductivity and excellent mechanical properties.
Ries, W; Schenzer, A; Lüken, J; Ries, C; Machraoui, A
2012-08-01
We report on a 53-year-old male patient who presented with severe dyspnea at rest and massive volume overload because of decompensated cor pulmonale. Furthermore he suffered from stage 3 chronic kidney disease. As there was diuretics resistance and carbon dioxide narcosis, he had to be intubated and ventilated. The massive volume overload could be successfully treated with slow continuous ultrafiltration (SCUF) with removal of a volume of 27.5 l within 3 days. The SCUF therapy is an effective and gentle method to treat even an excessive volume overload based on diuretics resistance.
Chun-jie Xu; Pan Dai; Zheng-yang Zhang
2015-01-01
In the present research, the orthogonal experiment was carried out to investigate the influence of different austempering process parameters (i.e. austenitizing temperature and time, and austempering temperature and time) on microstructure and mechanical properties of LZQT500-7 ductile iron dense bars with 172 mm in diameter which were produced by horizontal continuous casting (HCC). The results show that the major factors influencing the hardness of austempered ductile iron (ADI) are austeni...
Natarajan, V.V. [Laboratory for Excellence in Advanced Steel Research, Materials Science and Engineering Program, Department of Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); Liu, S. [Laboratory for Excellence in Advanced Steel Research, Materials Science and Engineering Program, Department of Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology, Beijing (China); Challa, V.S.A. [Laboratory for Excellence in Advanced Steel Research, Materials Science and Engineering Program, Department of Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); Misra, R.D.K., E-mail: dmisra2@utep.edu [Laboratory for Excellence in Advanced Steel Research, Materials Science and Engineering Program, Department of Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); Sidorenko, D.M.; Mulholland, M.D.; Manohar, M.; Hartmann, J.E. [ArcelorMittal Global R& D Center, 3001 East Columbus Drive, East Chicago, IN 46312 (United States)
2016-08-01
The process parameters associated with thermo-mechanical controlled processing (TMCP) of steels play an important role in influencing the ultimate mechanical properties. The study of TMCP parameters have not received the required attention. In this regard, we elucidate here the impact of finish cooling temperature on interrupted cooling and compare with continuous cooling on microstructural evolution and precipitation behavior and associated mechanical properties in Ti-Nb microalloyed steels. The microstructural evolution was studied via transmission electron microscopy and electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD). The microstructure of continuously cooled and interrupted cooled steels with different finish exit temperatures consisted of polygonal ferrite, bainite and martensite/austenite constituent. However, the fraction of different microstructural constituents was different in each of the experimental steels. Similarly, there were differences in the distribution and average size of (Nb, Ti)C precipitates. The aforementioned differences in the microstructure and precipitation introduced differences in tensile properties. Furthermore, electron back scattered diffraction studies indicated distinct variation in average grain area and high angle boundaries between continuously cooled and interrupted cooled steels.
Emergence of Dynamic Cooperativity in the Stochastic Kinetics of Fluctuating Enzymes
Kumar, Ashutosh; Nandi, Mintu; Dua, Arti
2016-01-01
Dynamic cooperativity in monomeric enzymes is characterized in terms of a non-Michaelis-Menten kinetic behaviour. The latter is believed to be associated with mechanisms that include multiple reaction pathways due to enzymatic conformational fluctuations. Recent advances in single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy have provided new fundamental insights on the possible mechanisms underlying reactions catalyzed by fluctuating enzymes. Here, we present a bottom-up approach to understand enzyme turnover kinetics at physiologically relevant mesoscopic concentrations informed by mechanisms extracted from single-molecule stochastic trajectories. The stochastic approach, presented here, shows the emergence of dynamic cooperativity in terms of a slowing down of the Michaelis-Menten (MM) kinetics resulting in negative cooperativity. For fewer enzymes, dynamic cooperativity emerges due to the combined effects of enzymatic conformational fluctuations and molecular discreteness. The increase in the number of enzymes, how...
RESEARCH ON THE FORMATION MECHANISM OF INTERNAL CRACK IN THE CONTINUOUS CASTING SLAB
G.W. Chang; G.C. Jin; S.Y. Chen; X.D. Yue
2007-01-01
In view of the periodic bending deformation of solid-liquid interface in the solidification process for continuous casting slab, the variation of temperature gradient and dendritic spacing in the front edge of the solid-liquid interface, and the nucleation and propagation process of crack were studied.It is shown that the bending deformation of the interface results in the temperature field change in the front edge of solid-liquid interface, and the occurrence of temperature gradient along drawing direction results in the growth of secondary dendrites. The initial crack formed during the middle and final stage of solidification may extend to the surface of the casting slab and become an internal crack. The results of the theoretical analysis are basically in agreement with that of the experiment.
Mechanical impacts of poloidal eddy currents on the continuous vacuum vessel of a tokamak
In, Sang Ryul; Yoon, Byung Joo
1996-11-01
Poloidal eddy currents are induced on the continuous torus vacuum vessel by changes of the toroidal field during the machine start-up (toroidal field coil charge), shut-down (toroidal field coil discharge) and plasma disruption (plasma diamagnetism change). Analytic forms for the eddy currents flowing on the vessel, consequent pressures and forces acting on it are presented in this report. The results are applied to typical operation modes of the KT-2 tokamak. Stress analysis for two typical operation modes of toroidal field damping during a machine shut-gown and plasma energy quench during a plasma disruption were carried out using 3D FEM code (ANSYS 5.2). (author). 5 tabs., 22 figs., 9 refs.
Sengupta, Pratim; Wright, Mason
2013-01-01
Novice learners find motion as a continuous process of change challenging to understand. In this paper, we present a pedagogical approach based on agent-based, visual programming to address this issue. Integrating Logo programming with curricular science has been shown to be challenging in previous research on educational computing. We present a new Logo-based visual programming language - ViMAP - and, a sequence of learning activities involving programming and modeling, designed specifically to support seamless integration between programming and learning kinematics. We describe relevant affordances of the ViMAP environment that supports such seamless integration. We then present ViMAP-MoMo, a curricular unit designed in ViMAP for modeling kinematics, for a wide range of students (elementary - high school). The main contribution of this paper is that we describe in detail a sequence of learning activities in three phases, discuss the underlying rationale for each phase, and where relevant, report results in ...
Reenalda, Jasper; Maartens, Erik; Homan, Lotte; Buurke, J H Jaap
2016-10-03
Recent developments in wearable and wireless sensor technology allow for a continuous three dimensional analysis of running mechanics in the sport specific setting. The present study is the first to demonstrate the possibility of analyzing three dimensional (3D) running mechanics continuously, by means of inertial magnetic measurement units, to objectify changes in mechanics over the course of a marathon. Three well trained male distance runners ran a marathon while equipped with inertial magnetic measurement units on trunk, pelvis, upper legs, lower legs and feet to obtain a 3D view of running mechanics and to asses changes in running mechanics over the course of a marathon. Data were continuously recorded during the entire 42.2km (26.2Miles) of the Marathon. Data from the individual sensors were transmitted wirelessly to a receiver, mounted on the handlebar of an accompanying cyclist. Anatomical calibration was performed using both static and dynamic procedures and sensor orientations were thus converted to body segment orientations by means of transformation matrices obtained from the segment calibration. Joint angle (hip, knee and ankle) trajectories as well as center of mass (COM) trajectory and acceleration were derived from the sensor data after segment calibration. Data were collected and repeated measures one way ANOVA׳s, with Tukey post-hoc test, were used to statistically analyze differences between the defined kinematic parameters (max hip angle, peak knee flexion at mid-stance and at mid-swing, ankle angle at initial contact and COM vertical displacement and acceleration), averaged over 100 strides, between the first and the last stages (8 and 40km) of the marathon. Significant changes in running mechanics were witnessed between the first and the last stage of the marathon. This study showed the possibility of performing a 3D kinematic analysis of the running technique, in the sport specific setting, by using inertial magnetic measurement units. For
Mechanisms of comorbidity, continuity, and discontinuity in anxiety-related disorders.
McNaughton, Neil; Corr, Philip J
2016-11-01
We discuss comorbidity, continuity, and discontinuity of anxiety-related disorders from the perspective of a two-dimensional neuropsychology of fear (threat avoidance) and anxiety (threat approach). Pharmacological dissection of the "neurotic" disorders justifies both a categorical division between fear and anxiety and a subdivision of each mapped to a hierarchy of neural modules that process different immediacies of threat. It is critical that each module can generate normal responses, symptoms of another syndrome, or syndromal responses. We discuss the resultant possibilities for comorbid dysfunction of these modules both with each other and with some disorders not usually classified as anxiety related. The simplest case is symptomatic fear/anxiety comorbidity, where dysfunction in one module results in excess activity in a second, otherwise normal, module to generate symptoms and apparent comorbidity. More complex is syndromal fear/anxiety comorbidity, where more than one module is concurrently dysfunctional. Yet more complex are syndromal comorbidities of anxiety that go beyond the two dimensional fear/anxiety systems: depression, substance use disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Our account of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder-anxiety comorbidity entails discussion of the neuropsychology of externalizing disorders to account for the lack of anxiety comorbidity in some of these. Finally, we link the neuropsychology of disorder to personality variation, and to the development of a biomarker of variation in the anxiety system among individuals that, if extreme, may provide a means of unambiguously identifying the first of a range of anxiety syndromes.
Gajda, Janusz; Wyłomańska, Agnieszka; Zimroz, Radosław
2016-12-01
Many real data exhibit behavior adequate to subdiffusion processes. Very often it is manifested by so-called "trapping events". The visible evidence of subdiffusion we observe not only in financial time series but also in technical data. In this paper we propose a model which can be used for description of such kind of data. The model is based on the continuous time autoregressive time series with stable noise delayed by the infinitely divisible inverse subordinator. The proposed system can be applied to real datasets with short-time dependence, visible jumps and mentioned periods of stagnation. In this paper we extend the theoretical considerations in analysis of subordinated processes and propose a new model that exhibits mentioned properties. We concentrate on the main characteristics of the examined subordinated process expressed mainly in the language of the measures of dependence which are main tools used in statistical investigation of real data. We present also the simulation procedure of the considered system and indicate how to estimate its parameters. The theoretical results we illustrate by the analysis of real technical data.
Reiter E. S.
2014-04-01
Full Text Available A famous beam-split coincidence test of the photon model was performed with -rays instead of visible light. A similar test was performed to split -rays. In both tests, co- incidence rates greatly exceed chance, leading to an unquantum effect. In contradiction to quantum theory and the photon model, these new results are strong evidence of the long abandoned accumulation hypothesis, also known as the loading theory. Attention is drawn to assumptions applied to past key experiments that led to quantum mechan- ics. The history of the loading theory is outlined, and a few key experiment equations are derived, now free of wave-particle duality. Quantum theory usually works because there is a subtle difference between quantized and thresholded absorption.
The Molecular Mechanism of Action of Artemisinin—The Debate Continues
Stephen A. Ward
2010-03-01
Full Text Available Despite international efforts to ‘roll back malaria’ the 2008 World Malaria Report revealed the disease still affects approximately 3 billion people in 109 countries; 45 within the WHO African region. The latest report however does provide some ‘cautious optimism’; more than one third of malarious countries have documented greater than 50% reductions in malaria cases in 2008 compared to 2000. The goal of the Member States at the World Health Assembly and ‘Roll Back Malaria’ (RBM partnership is to reduce the numbers of malaria cases and deaths recorded in 2000 by 50% or more by the end of 2010. Although malaria is preventable it is most prevalent in poorer countries where prevention is difficult and prophylaxis is generally not an option. The burden of disease has increased by the emergence of multi drug resistant (MDR parasites which threatens the use of established and cost effective antimalarial agents. After a major change in treatment policies, artemisinins are now the frontline treatment to aid rapid clearance of parasitaemia and quick resolution of symptoms. Since artemisinin and its derivatives are eliminated rapidly, artemisinin combination therapies (ACT’s are now recommended to delay resistance mechanisms. In spite of these precautionary measures reduced susceptibility of parasites to the artemisinin-based component of ACT’s has developed at the Thai-Cambodian border, a historical ‘hot spot’ for MDR parasite evolution and emergence. This development raises serious concerns for the future of the artemsinins and this is not helped by controversy related to the mode of action. Although a number of potential targets have been proposed the actual mechanism of action remains ambiguous. Interestingly, artemisinins have also shown potent and broad anticancer properties in cell lines and animal models and are becoming established as anti-schistosomal agents. In this review we will discuss the recent evidence explaining
Selim Ben Rokia-Mille
Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The skills used by winged insects to explore their environment are strongly dependent upon the integration of neurosensory information comprising visual, acoustic and olfactory signals. The neuronal architecture of the wing contains a vast array of different sensors which might convey information to the brain in order to guide the trajectories during flight. In Drosophila, the wing sensory cells are either chemoreceptors or mechanoreceptors and some of these sensors have as yet unknown functions. The axons of these two functionally distinct types of neurons are entangled, generating a single nerve. This simple and accessible coincidental signaling circuitry in Drosophila constitutes an excellent model system to investigate the developmental variability in relation to natural behavioral polymorphisms. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A fluorescent marker was generated in neurons at all stages of the Drosophila life cycle using a highly efficient and controlled genetic recombination system that can be induced in dividing precursor cells (MARCM system, flybase web site. It allows fluorescent signals in axons only when the neuroblasts and/or neuronal cell precursors like SOP (sensory organ precursors undergo division during the precedent steps. We first show that a robust neurogenesis continues in the wing after the adults emerge from the pupae followed by an extensive axonal growth. Arguments are presented to suggest that this wing neurogenesis in the newborn adult flies was influenced by genetic determinants such as the frequency dependent for gene and by environmental cues such as population density. CONCLUSIONS: We demonstrate that the neuronal architecture in the adult Drosophila wing is unfinished when the flies emerge from their pupae. This unexpected developmental step might be crucial for generating non-heritable variants and phenotypic plasticity. This might therefore constitute an advantage in an unstable ecological system and
Greer, F R; McCormick, A; Loker, J
1984-11-01
The changes in fat concentration and cumulative fat losses that occur during the delivery of human milk using two different continuous infusion systems were compared with the changes in fat concentration during simulated intermittent gavage or bolus feedings. With both mechanical pumps the largest cumulative fat losses and the greatest decreases in fat concentrations occurred at the slowest infusion rates. State of homogenization of the milk generally made little difference in the changes in fat concentration using the syringe pump, whereas homogenizing the milk increased the fat concentration significantly with the roller pump. With the syringe pump the positioning of the syringe tip (horizontal or vertical) made no difference in fat concentration at an infusion rate of 1 ml/hr, whereas at 4 and 7 ml/hr the fat concentration was increased significantly by keeping the syringe tip vertical. With either mechanical pump a large fat bolus was delivered during the eighth and final hour of infusion if the milk remaining in the tubing was recovered by using air infusion at the same infusion rate. Intermittent bolus delivery of human milk resulted in no significant loss of human milk fat, no changes in fat concentration, and no terminal delivery of a large fat load. Thus intermittent bolus feedings are preferred over continuous mechanical pump infusion systems for the delivery of human milk to low-birth-weight infants.
Sherman, Max; Logue, Jennifer; Singer, Brett
2010-06-01
The prevailing residential ventilation standard in North America, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 62.2, specifies volumetric airflow requirements as a function of the overall size of the home and the number of bedrooms, assumes a fixed, minimal amount of infiltration, and requires mechanical ventilation to achieve the remainder. The standard allows for infiltration credits and intermittent ventilation patterns that can be shown to provide comparable performance. Whole-house ventilation methods have a substantial effect on time-varying indoor pollutant concentrations. If alternatives specified by Standard 62.2, such as intermittent ventilation, are used, short-term pollutant concentrations could exceed acute health standards even if chronic health standards are met.The authors present a methodology for comparing ASHRAE- and non-ASHRAE-specified ventilation scenarios on relative indoor pollutant concentrations. We use numerical modeling to compare the maximum time-averaged concentrations for acute exposure relevant (1-hour, 8-hour, 24-hour ) and chronic exposure relevant (1-year) time periods for four different ventilation scenarios in six climates with a range of normalized leakage values. The results suggest that long-term concentrations are the most important metric for assessing the effectiveness of whole-house ventilation systems in meeting exposure standards and that, if chronic health exposure standards are met, acute standards will also be met.
Rack And Pinion Mechanism for Continuous Variable Valve Timing of IC Engines
Dhruv Chawda
2014-11-01
Full Text Available The valve timing is a very closely studied event and effects the performance of an IC Engine greatly with respect to the Brake Power Produced, Volumetric Efficiency and Emissions etc. The valve event if varied and experimented with, can result in higher efficiencies and overall improved performance of the Engine. Hence, various researchers have attempted to temper with the valve timing and thus many Variable Valve Timing systems have been proposed till date with many of them being implemented by various manufacturers. However, on reviewing the presently employed systems, the lack of existence of a single system capable of independently altering both the timing and the lift of the valves was recognized. Thus, a single system capable of achieving the above was thought of and designed. A rack and pinion mechanism powered by a programmed servo motor mounted vertically seemed most practical in achieving this within the size and space constraints. A single cylinder diesel Engine was simulated with „Lotus Engine Simulation‟ software to derive the optimum valve angles and lifts for a range of the Engine operating speed and the system was accordingly programmed and designed to achieve them. The system was designed in „Creo‟ software and analysed correspondingly in „Ansys‟ software and then finally assembled on a Diesel Engine in the lab.
Lumley, J; Williamson, J A; Fenner, P J; Burnett, J W; Colquhoun, D M
1988-05-16
A child with severe envenomation by Chironex fleckeri presented in cardiac arrest at a hospital between 15 and 20 min after the sting was sustained. Resuscitation was not successful. Objective confirmation of C. fleckeri as the cause of death is described. Four metres of tentacle contact in this case represents the smallest-measured fatal C. fleckeri sting that has been recorded so far. The mechanism of this death was toxic and not allergic. The available clinical information suggests direct myocardial interference, but does not exclude a respiratory hypoxic element. A more widespread venom-induced functional disruption of the cell membrane is postulated, with a resultant dysfunction in several vital organ systems that were acting in concert. Early, vigorous and sustained resuscitation that is performed as a first-aid measure offers the best hope of prehospital survival after a massive C. fleckeri sting, which is the most explosive envenomation process that is presently known to humans. In-hospital resuscitation from unresponsive circulatory arrest should now involve intravenously-administered verapamil (or its equivalent) and additional box-jellyfish antivenom, while the patient is being monitored.
徐庆元; 周小林; 曾志平; 杨小礼
2004-01-01
A new mechanics model, which reveals additional longitudinal force transmission between the continuously welded rails and the bridges, is established on the fact that the influence of the mutual relative displacement among the rail, the sleeper and the beam is taken into account. An example is presented and numerical results are compared. The results show that the additional longitudinal forces calculated with the new model are less than those of the previous, especially in the case of the flexible pier bridges. The new model is also suitable for the analysis of the additional longitudinal force transmission between rails and bridges of ballastless track with small resistance fasteners without taking the sleeper displacement into account, and compared with the ballast bridges, the ballastless bridges have a much stronger additional longitudinal force transmission between the continuously welded rails and the bridges.
Kim, Seung-Hyun; Chung, Jong-Bae; Jeong, Byeong-Ryong; Lee, Young-Deuk; Prasher, Shiv O
2003-01-01
During the dry season in Korea, rivers become more vulnerable to contamination by biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and nitrogen. It is hypothesized that the natural characteristics of the streams in Korea allow the contaminated water to be treated at the tributaries. Down-stream river water quality in Korea may be improved by spraying the contaminated stream water from the tributaries over the surrounding floodplains. The consequent water filtration through the soil could remove the contaminants through aerobic and denitrifying reactions. In this study, the kinetics parameters of the denitrifying reaction in floodplain filtration were determined using contaminated stream water. For the electron donor the Monod kinetics was used, while the competitive Michaelis-Menten model was employed for the electron acceptors. The parameters to the competitive Michaelis-Menten model were found using continuous denitrifying reactions, instead of the batch reactions employed in previous studies, to match the conditions needed to apply the competitive Michaelis-Menten kinetics. From the result, it was found that continuous reactions as well as batch reactions could be used to determine the affinity coefficients in denitrification. The results of this study also showed that the affinity coefficient of NO2, using continuous reactions, was similar to that of other studies in the literature found via batch reactions, whereas the affinity coefficient of N2O was much larger than that acquired with batch reactions. The parameters obtained in this study will be used in future work to simulate the contaminant behaviors during floodplain filtration using a mathematical model.
Slow-Binding Inhibition: A Theoretical and Practical Course for Students
Golicnik, Marko; Stojan, Jure
2004-01-01
Tyrosinase (EC 1.14.18.1) catalyzes the oxidation of L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) to 2,3,5,6-tetrahydro-5,6-dioxo-1H-indole-2-carboxylate (dopachrome), according to the classical Michaelis-Menten kinetic mechanism. The enzyme is strongly but slowly inhibited by alpha-amino-beta-[N-(3-hydroxy-4-pyridone)] propionic acid (L-mimosine), a…
Asymptotic Behaviour Near a Nonlinear Sink
Calder, Matt S
2010-01-01
In this paper, we will explore an iterative procedure to determine the detailed asymptotic behaviour of solutions of a certain class of nonlinear vector differential equations which approach a nonlinear sink as time tends to infinity. This procedure is indifferent to resonance in the eigenvalues. Moreover, we will address the writing of one component in terms of the other in the case of a planar system. Examples will be given, notably the Michaelis-Menten mechanism of enzyme kinetics.
Shuang Kuang; Yong-lin Kang; Hao Yu; Ren-dong Liu
2009-01-01
A cold rolled dual phase (DP) steel with the C-Si-Mn alloy system was trial-produced in the laboratory, utilizing a Glee-ble-3800 thermal simulator. The effects of continuous annealing parameters on the mechanical properties and microstructures of the DP steel were investigated by mechanical testing and microstructure observation. The results show that soaking between 760 and 820 ℃ for more than 80 s, rapid cooling at the rate of more than 30℃/s from the quenching temperature between 620 and 680℃, and overaging lower than 300°C are beneficial for the mechanical properties of DP steels. An appropriate proportion of the two phases is one of the key factors for the favorable properties of DP steels. If the volume fraction of martensite and, thereby, free dislocations are deficient, the tensile strength and n value of DP steels will decrease, whereas, the yield slrength will increase. But if the volume frac-tion of martensite is excessive to make it become a dominant phase, the yield and tensile strength will increase, whereas, the elonga-tion will decrease obviously. When rapid cooling rate is not fast enough, pearlite or cementite will appear, which will degrade the mechanical properties. Even though martensite is sufficient, if it is decomposed in high temperature tempering, the properties will be unsatisfied.
Liu Yusi
2015-06-01
Full Text Available The continuously rotating detonation engine (CRDE is a new concept of engines for aircraft and spacecraft. Quasi-stable continuously rotating detonation (CRD can be observed in an annular combustion chamber, but the sustaining, stabilizing and adjusting mechanisms are not yet clear. To learn more deeply into the CRDE, experimental studies have been carried out to investigate hydrogen-oxygen CRDE. Pressure histories are obtained during each shot, which show that stable CRD waves are generated in the combustor, when feeding pressures are higher than 0.5 MPa for fuel and oxidizer, respectively. Each shot can keep running as long as fresh gas feeding maintains. Close-up of the pressure history shows the repeatability of pressure peaks and indicates the detonation velocity in hydrogen–oxygen CRD, which proves the success of forming a stable CRD in the annular chamber. Spectrum of the pressure history matches the close-up analysis and confirms the CRD. It also shows multi-wave phenomenon and affirms the fact that in this case a single detonation wave is rotating in the annulus. Moreover, oscillation phenomenon is found in pressure peaks and a self-adjusting mechanism is proposed to explain the phenomenon.
Budianto, A.; Tawi, K. B.; Hussein, M.; Supriyo, B.; Ariyono, S.; Che Kob, M. S.; Ezlamy Zulkifli, Mohd; K, Khairuldean A.; Daraoh, Aishah
2012-09-01
Electro-Mechanical Dual Acting Pulley (EMDAP) Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is a transmission utilized by electro-mechanical actuated system. It has a potential to reduce energy consumption because it only needs power during changing CVT ratio and no power is needed to maintain CVT ratio due to self lock mechanism design. This paper proposed simple proportional derivative plus conditional integral (PDCI) controller to control EMDAP CVT ratio which can be simply implemented on a microcontroller. This proposed controller used Astrom-Hagglund method and Ziegler-Nichols formula to tune PDCI gain. The Proportional Derivative controller is directly activated from the start but Integral controller is only activated when the error value reaches error value setting point. Simulation using Matlab/Simulink software was conducted to evaluate PDCI system performance. The simulation results showed PDCI controller has ability to perform maximum overshoot 0.1%, 0.001 steady state error and 0.5s settling time. For clamping condition, settling time is about 11.46s during changing ratio from 2.0 to 0.7, while for release condition, settling time is about 8.33s during changing ratio from 0.7 to 2.0.
2017-01-01
The specific consumption rate of substrate, as well as the associated specific growth rate, is an essential parameter in the mathematical description of substrate-limited microbial growth. In this paper we develop a completely new kinetic model of substrate transport, based on recent knowledge on the structural biology of transport proteins, which correctly describes very accurate experimental results at near-zero substrate concentration values found in the literature, where the widespread Michaelis-Menten model fails. Additionally, our model converges asymptotically to Michaelis-Menten predictions as substrate concentration increases. Instead of the single active site enzymatic reaction of Michaelis-Menten type, the proposed model assumes a multi-site kinetics, simplified as an apparent all-or-none mechanism for the transport, which is controlled by means of the local substrate concentration in the close vicinity of the transport protein. Besides, the model also assumes that this local concentration is not equal to the mean substrate concentration experimentally determined in the culture medium. Instead, we propose that it fluctuates with a mostly exponential distribution of Weibull type. PMID:28187189
Gonze, Didier; Abou-Jaoudé, Wassim; Ouattara, Djomangan Adama; Halloy, José
2011-01-01
The recent advance of genetic studies and the rapid accumulation of molecular data, together with the increasing performance of computers, led researchers to design more and more detailed mathematical models of biological systems. Many modeling approaches rely on ordinary differential equations (ODE) which are based on standard enzyme kinetics. Michaelis-Menten and Hill functions are indeed commonly used in dynamical models in systems and synthetic biology because they provide the necessary nonlinearity to make the dynamics nontrivial (i.e., limit-cycle oscillations or multistability). For most of the systems modeled, the actual molecular mechanism is unknown, and the enzyme equations should be regarded as phenomenological. In this chapter, we discuss the validity and accuracy of these approximations. In particular, we focus on the validity of the Michaelis-Menten function for open systems and on the use of Hill kinetics to describe transcription rates of regulated genes. Our discussion is illustrated by numerical simulations of prototype systems, including the Repressilator (a genetic oscillator) and the Toggle Switch model (a bistable system). We systematically compare the results obtained with the compact version (based on Michaelis-Menten and Hill functions) with its corresponding developed versions (based on "elementary" reaction steps and mass action laws). We also discuss the use of compact approaches to perform stochastic simulations (Gillespie algorithm). On the basis of these results, we argue that using compact models is suitable to model qualitatively biological systems.
New types of experimental data shape the use of enzyme kinetics for dynamic network modeling.
Tummler, Katja; Lubitz, Timo; Schelker, Max; Klipp, Edda
2014-01-01
Since the publication of Leonor Michaelis and Maude Menten's paper on the reaction kinetics of the enzyme invertase in 1913, molecular biology has evolved tremendously. New measurement techniques allow in vivo characterization of the whole genome, proteome or transcriptome of cells, whereas the classical enzyme essay only allows determination of the two Michaelis-Menten parameters V and K(m). Nevertheless, Michaelis-Menten kinetics are still commonly used, not only in the in vitro context of enzyme characterization but also as a rate law for enzymatic reactions in larger biochemical reaction networks. In this review, we give an overview of the historical development of kinetic rate laws originating from Michaelis-Menten kinetics over the past 100 years. Furthermore, we briefly summarize the experimental techniques used for the characterization of enzymes, and discuss web resources that systematically store kinetic parameters and related information. Finally, describe the novel opportunities that arise from using these data in dynamic mathematical modeling. In this framework, traditional in vitro approaches may be combined with modern genome-scale measurements to foster thorough understanding of the underlying complex mechanisms.
Sola-Guirado, R.R.; Jimenez-Jimenez, F.; Blanco-Roldan, G.L.; Castro-Garcia, S.; Castillo-Ruiz, F.J.; Gil Ribes, J.A.
2016-11-01
The fruit harvesting is a key factor involving both product quality and profitability. Particularly, mechanical harvesting of traditional oil olive orchards is hint by tree training system for manual harvesting, tree size and several and slanted trunks which makes difficult trunk shaker work. Therefore, canopy shaker technology could be a feasible alternative to develop an integral harvester able to work on irregular canopies. The aim of this research was to determine vibration parameters applied to the olive tree for efficient mechanical harvesting by canopy shaker measuring fruit removal efficiency and debris. In this work, a continuous lateral canopy shaker harvester has been developed and tested on large olive trees in order to analyse the operating harvester parameters and tree properties to improve mutual adaptation. Vibration amplitude and frequency, rod density and ground speed were assessed. Vibration amplitude and frequency beside ground speed were decisive factors on fruit removal efficiency. Increasing rod density has not influenced on removal efficiency although it increased significantly debris. Promising results has been reached with 77.3% of removal efficiency, applying a 28 s shaking duration, 0.17 m amplitude vibration and 12 rod drum. This result was obtained reporting 0.26 s of accumulative shaking time over 200 m/s2 resultant acceleration. The canopy shaker mechanism enabled more than 65% of detached fruits to fall vertically, facilitating catch fruit. In order to improve removal efficiency it is advisable to adapt trees, set high amplitude in the shaker mechanism, and enhance the contact time between rods and tree. (Author)
Rafael R. Sola-Guirado
2016-06-01
Full Text Available The fruit harvesting is a key factor involving both product quality and profitability. Particularly, mechanical harvesting of traditional oil olive orchards is hint by tree training system for manual harvesting, tree size and several and slanted trunks which makes difficult trunk shaker work. Therefore, canopy shaker technology could be a feasible alternative to develop an integral harvester able to work on irregular canopies. The aim of this research was to determine vibration parameters applied to the olive tree for efficient mechanical harvesting by canopy shaker measuring fruit removal efficiency and debris. In this work, a continuous lateral canopy shaker harvester has been developed and tested on large olive trees in order to analyse the operating harvester parameters and tree properties to improve mutual adaptation. Vibration amplitude and frequency, rod density and ground speed were assessed. Vibration amplitude and frequency beside ground speed were decisive factors on fruit removal efficiency. Increasing rod density has not influenced on removal efficiency although it increased significantly debris. Promising results has been reached with 77.3% of removal efficiency, applying a 28 s shaking duration, 0.17 m amplitude vibration and 12 rod drum. This result was obtained reporting 0.26 s of accumulative shaking time over 200 m/s2 resultant acceleration. The canopy shaker mechanism enabled more than 65% of detached fruits to fall vertically, facilitating catch fruit. In order to improve removal efficiency it is advisable to adapt trees, set high amplitude in the shaker mechanism, and enhance the contact time between rods and tree.
ZHOU Zhen-jun; YANG Zheng-fang; YUAN Qi-ming
2008-01-01
Ink-jet printing of ceramic thick films is one of low cost on-site ceramic pattern fabrication methods. It is necessary to investigate the rheological behaviour of ceramic inks and drying behaviour of droplets. Two kinds of BaTiO3 ceramic inks were prepared by mechanical mixing and sol-gel methods, respectively. The effect of preparation parameters, such as quantity of polyacrylic acid(PAA) and solid content, on physicochemical and rheologic properties of the ceramic inks was investigated. The results show that they satisfy the requirements of continuous ink-jet printing. The appearances of printed dots and single printed layers were observed by SEM. The SEM images indicate that dots printed with mixing method ink are in ring shape, and dots printed with sol-gel method ink are in pancake shape, so the printed layer surface with the latter ink is smoother. The causes of these phenomena were discussed.
Karstoft, Kristian; Winding, Kamilla; Knudsen, Sine H.
2014-01-01
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: By use of a parallel and partly crossover randomised, controlled trial design we sought to elucidate the underlying mechanisms behind the advantageous effects of interval walking training (IWT) compared with continuous walking training (CWT) on glycaemic control in individuals...... with type 2 diabetes, no exogenous insulin treatment) were allocated to three groups: a control group (CON, n = 8), an IWT group (n = 12) and an energy expenditure-matched CWT group (n = 12). Training groups were prescribed free-living training, five sessions per week (60 min/session). A three...... expenditure-matched CWT. These results suggest that training with alternating intensity, and not just training volume and mean intensity, is a key determinant of changes in whole body glucose disposal in individuals with type 2 diabetes. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials (NCT01234155)....
Li, Zhengchao; Zhao, Xudong; Yu, Jinyong
2016-01-01
This paper revisits the problems of robust stability analysis and control of continuous-time systems with state-dependent uncertainties. First, a more general polytopic model describing systems with state-dependent uncertain parameters is proposed, and such a system model is more applicable in practice. A low conservative stability condition is obtained for the system by introducing the Lagrange multiplier term and adding some weight matrix variables. Then, based on our proposed idea, the output-feedback controllers will be designed in two cases: (1) the system matrices share the same polytopic parameters; (2) the system matrices do not share the same polytopic parameters. The controllers are designed in a model-dependent manner, which can provide more flexibilities in control synthesis. Besides, a decay rate can be set in advance to achieve better system performances. Finally, a numerical example together with a classic mechanical system is used to demonstrate the effectiveness and applicability of our theoretical findings.
Edao, Yuki; Iwai, Yasunori; Sato, Katsumi; Hayashi, Takumi
2016-08-01
A passive reactor for tritium oxidation at room temperature has been widely studied in nuclear engineering especially for a detritiation system (DS) of a tritium process facility taking possible extraordinary situation severely into consideration. We have focused on bacterial oxidation of tritium by hydrogen-oxidizing bacteria in natural soil to realize the passive oxidation reactor. The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility of a bioreactor with hydrogen-oxidizing bacteria in soil from a point of view of engineering. The efficiency of the bioreactor was evaluated by kinetics. The bioreactor packed with natural soil shows a relative high conversion rate of tritium under the saturated moisture condition at room temperature, which is obviously superior to that of a Pt/Al2O3 catalyst generally used for tritium oxidation in the existing tritium handling facilities. The order of reaction for tritium oxidation with soil was the pseudo-first order as assessed with Michaelis-Menten kinetics model. Our engineering suggestion to increase the reaction rate is the intentional addition of hydrogen at a small concentration in the feed gas on condition that the oxidation of tritium with soil is expressed by the Michaelis-Menten kinetics model.
Smolders, K.; Volckaert, M.; Swevers, J.
2008-11-01
This paper presents a nonlinear model-based iterative learning control procedure to achieve accurate tracking control for nonlinear lumped mechanical continuous-time systems. The model structure used in this iterative learning control procedure is new and combines a linear state space model and a nonlinear feature space transformation. An intuitive two-step iterative algorithm to identify the model parameters is presented. It alternates between the estimation of the linear and the nonlinear model part. It is assumed that besides the input and output signals also the full state vector of the system is available for identification. A measurement and signal processing procedure to estimate these signals for lumped mechanical systems is presented. The iterative learning control procedure relies on the calculation of the input that generates a given model output, so-called offline model inversion. A new offline nonlinear model inversion method for continuous-time, nonlinear time-invariant, state space models based on Newton's method is presented and applied to the new model structure. This model inversion method is not restricted to minimum phase models. It requires only calculation of the first order derivatives of the state space model and is applicable to multivariable models. For periodic reference signals the method yields a compact implementation in the frequency domain. Moreover it is shown that a bandwidth can be specified up to which learning is allowed when using this inversion method in the iterative learning control procedure. Experimental results for a nonlinear single-input-single-output system corresponding to a quarter car on a hydraulic test rig are presented. It is shown that the new nonlinear approach outperforms the linear iterative learning control approach which is currently used in the automotive industry on durability test rigs.
Liu, Xin-hua; Jiang, Yan-bin; Zhang, Hong-jie; Xie, Jian-xin
2016-12-01
Copper-clad aluminum (CCA) flat bars produced by the continuous casting-rolling process were subjected to continuous induction heating annealing (CIHA), and the effects of induction heating temperature and holding time on the microstructure, interface, and mechanical properties of the flat bars were investigated. The results showed that complete recrystallization of the copper sheath occurred under CIHA at 460°C for 5 s, 480°C for 3 s, or 500°C for 1 s and that the average grain size in the copper sheath was approximately 10.0 μm. In the case of specimens subjected to CIHA at 460-500°C for longer than 1 s, complete recrystallization occurred in the aluminum core. In the case of CIHA at 460-500°C for 1-5 s, a continuous interfacial layer with a thickness of 2.5-5.5 μm formed and the thickness mainly increased with increasing annealing temperature. After CIHA, the interfacial layer consisted primarily of a Cu9Al4 layer and a CuAl2 layer; the average interface shear strength of the CCA flat bars treated by CIHA at 460-500°C for 1-5 s was 45-52 MPa. After full softening annealing, the hardness values of the copper sheath and the aluminum core were HV 65 and HV 24, respectively, and the hardness along the cross section of the CCA flat bar was uniform.
Wang, Xian-Jia; Quan, Ji; Liu, Wei-Bing
2012-05-01
This paper studies the continuous prisoner's dilemma games (CPDG) on Barabasi—Albert (BA) networks. In the model, each agent on a vertex of the networks makes an investment and interacts with all of his neighboring agents. Making an investment is costly, but which benefits its neighboring agents, where benefit and cost depend on the level of investment made. The payoff of each agent is given by the sum of payoffs it receives in its interactions with all its neighbors. Not only payoff, individual's guilty emotion in the games has also been considered. The negative guilty emotion produced in comparing with its neighbors can reduce the utility of individuals directly. We assume that the reduction amount depends on the individual's degree and a baseline level parameter. The group's cooperative level is characterized by the average investment of the population. Each player makes his investment in the next step based on a convex combination of the investment of his best neighbors in the last step, his best history strategies in the latest steps which number is controlled by a memory length parameter, and a uniformly distributed random number. Simulation results show that this degree-dependent guilt mechanism can promote the evolution of cooperation dramatically comparing with degree-independent guilt or no guilt cases. Imitation, memory, uncertainty coefficients and network structure also play determinant roles in the cooperation level of the population. All our results may shed some new light on studying the evolution of cooperation based on network reciprocity mechanisms.
Chun-jie Xu
2015-03-01
Full Text Available In the present research, the orthogonal experiment was carried out to investigate the influence of different austempering process parameters (i.e. austenitizing temperature and time, and austempering temperature and time on microstructure and mechanical properties of LZQT500-7 ductile iron dense bars with 172 mm in diameter which were produced by horizontal continuous casting (HCC. The results show that the major factors influencing the hardness of austempered ductile iron (ADI are austenitizing temperature and austempering temperature. The fraction of retained austenite increases as the austenitizing and austempering temperatures increase. When austenitizing temperature is low, acicular ferrite and retained austenite can be efficiently obtained by appropriately extending the austenitizing time. The proper austmepering time could ensure enough stability of retained austenite and prevent high carbon austenite decomposition. The optimal mechanical properties of ADI can be achieved with the following process parameters: austenitizing temperature and time are 866 °C and 135 min, and austempering temperature and time are 279 °C and 135 min, respectively. The microstructure of ADI under the optimal austempering process consists of fine acicular ferrite and a small amount of retained austenite, and the hardness, tensile strength, yield strength, elongation and impact toughness of the bars are HBW 476, 1670 MPa, 1428 MPa, 2.93% and 25.7 J, respectively.
Hezbollah: The Dynamics of Recruitment
2011-05-19
fundamental Michaelis - Menten kinetic interaction of the enzyme- substrate complex over time. As substrates are converted by enzymes 0 to the intermediate... Michaelis - Menten , Sensitivity Analysis, Nonlinear Differential Equations 16. PRICE CODE 17. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION UNCLASSIFIED OF REPORT 18...Illustrations Figures Figure 1. Concentration over time for the Michaelis - Menten equations. ...................................... 38 Figure 2
Casas, José S; Castellano, Eduardo E; Couce, María D; Ellena, Javier; Sánchez, Agustín; Sánchez, José L; Sordo, José; Taboada, Carmen
2004-03-22
The complex [SnMe(2)(HTDP)(H(2)O)]Cl.H(2)O, synthesized by reaction between dimethyltin(IV) dichloride and thiamine diphosphate hydrochloride (H(3)TDPCl) in water, was characterized by X-ray diffractometry and IR and Raman spectroscopy in the solid state, and by electrospray mass spectrometry (ESMS) and NMR spectroscopy ((1)H, (13)C, (31)P, (119)Sn and inverse-detection (1)H,(15)N HMBC) in aqueous solution. In the solid state the HTDP(-) anion chelates the metal via one oxygen atom of each phosphate group [Sn-O = 2.062(3), 2.292(3) A], and another oxygen atom belonging to the terminal phosphate links the SnMe(2)(2+) cations into chains. The tin atom has distorted octahedral coordination involving the trans methyl groups, the above-mentioned diphosphate oxygen atoms, and the oxygen atom of the coordinated water molecule. The thiamine moiety has F conformation. NMR studies suggest that the interaction between the organometallic cation and the HTDP(-) ligand persists in D(2)O solution, which is in keeping with the ESMS spectrum showing a peak corresponding to [SnMe(2)(HTDP)]. Both in the solid state and in solution, the acidic HTDP(-) proton in the complex is located on the N(1') atom of the pyrimidine ring. The enzymatic behavior of native pyruvate decarboxylase (EC 4.1.1.1, PDC), obtained from baker's yeast, was compared in a coupled assay with that shown by the "SnMe(2)-holoenzyme" created by incubation of apoPDC with [SnMe(2)(HTDP)(H(2)O)]Cl.H(2)O. The SnMe(2)-holoenzyme exhibited about 34% of the activity of the native enzyme (with a Michaelis-Menten constant of 2.7 microM, as against 6.4 microM for native PDC), so confirming the very low specificity of PDC regarding the identity of its metal ion cofactor. In view of the observed protonation of N(1'), it is suggested that the role of divalent cations in the mechanism of thiamine-diphosphate-dependent enzymes may be not only to anchor the cofactor in its binding site but also to shift the acidic proton of HTDP
Maria Cristina Colombo
Full Text Available Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM is the most aggressive and malignant among brain tumors. In addition to uncontrolled proliferation and genetic instability, GBM is characterized by a diffuse infiltration, developing long protrusions that penetrate deeply along the fibers of the white matter. These features, combined with the underestimation of the invading GBM area by available imaging techniques, make a definitive treatment of GBM particularly difficult. A multidisciplinary approach combining mathematical, clinical and radiological data has the potential to foster our understanding of GBM evolution in every single patient throughout his/her oncological history, in order to target therapeutic weapons in a patient-specific manner. In this work, we propose a continuous mechanical model and we perform numerical simulations of GBM invasion combining the main mechano-biological characteristics of GBM with the micro-structural information extracted from radiological images, i.e. by elaborating patient-specific Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI data. The numerical simulations highlight the influence of the different biological parameters on tumor progression and they demonstrate the fundamental importance of including anisotropic and heterogeneous patient-specific DTI data in order to obtain a more accurate prediction of GBM evolution. The results of the proposed mathematical model have the potential to provide a relevant benefit for clinicians involved in the treatment of this particularly aggressive disease and, more importantly, they might drive progress towards improving tumor control and patient's prognosis.
Bradley, E.L. III
1993-05-01
The continuous recrystallization (CRX) appears to be fundamental in Al-Sc because it occurs irrespective of solute composition. It appears to be due to a combination of subgrain coalescence at low strains and incorporation of additional dislocations generated during grain boundary sliding at higher strains when the misorientation has increased sufficiently. Alloying additives such as Mg, Li are more important with respect to deformation after CRX is completed. Mg, and to a lesser extent Li, affect the max m-values (strain-rate sensitivities) in Al-Sc by changing the melting points (mp). Max m- values correlate inversely with mp so that the alloy with the greatest Mg had the highest m-values and lowest mp; the stress is raised at which power-law creep and breakdown occurs. The power-law breakdonw at much lower stresses in Al-0.5Sc and Al-1.2Li-0.5Sc causes the m-value to decrease more rapidly with strain rate. Al alloys for commercial superplastic applications should contain elements that raise the power-law strength so that the m-values are maximized while preserving the post-formed mechanical properties. Refs, figs, tabs.
Amirkhanlou, Sajjad; Ketabchi, Mostafa; Parvin, Nader; Drummen, G. P. C.
2014-12-01
In the present work, a novel technique is introduced called continual annealing and press bonding (CAPB) for the manufacturing of a bulk aluminum matrix composite dispersed with 10 vol pct tungsten carbide particles (Al/WCp composite). The microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of the Al/WCp composite during various CAPB cycles were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), wavelength dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (WDX), and tensile testing. The microstructure of the fabricated composite after fourteen cycles of CAPB showed homogenous distribution of the WC particles in the aluminum matrix and strong bonding between the various layers. According to WDX analysis, the manufactured Al/WCp composite did not evidence the presence of additional elements. The results indicated that the tensile strength of the composites increased with the number of CAPB cycles, and reached a maximum value of 140 MPa at the end of the fourteenth cycle, which was 1.6 times higher than the obtained value for annealed aluminum (raw material, 88 MPa). Even though the elongation of the Al/WCp composite was reduced during the initial cycles of CAPB process, it increased significantly during the final cycles. SEM observation of fracture surfaces showed that the rupture mode in the CAPB-processed Al/WCp composite was of the shear ductile rupture type.
CIDAN Wangjiu
2016-10-01
Full Text Available Objective To investigate the effect of continuous irradiation with 125I radioactive seeds in inhibiting HepG2 cell proliferation and possible mechanisms in inducing apoptosis. Methods Human hepatoma cell line HepG2 was selected as the research object and exposed to continuous irradiation with 125I radioactive seeds. The initial dose rate was 5.32 cGy/h, and HepG2 cells were exposed to a dose of 0, 2, or 4 Gy. A light microscope and Hoechst33258 staining were used to observe the morphological change of HepG2 cells, the colony-forming assay was used to calculate plating efficiency, the scratch test was used to evaluate the change in migration ability, flow cytometry was used to measure cell apoptosis, and Western Blot was used to measure the expression of apoptosis-related proteins. An analysis of variance was used for comparison between multiple groups, and the least significant difference method was used for further comparison between any two groups. Results After HepG2 cells were exposed to 125I radioactive seeds at a dose of 0 Gy, 2 Gy, or 4 Gy, the 4 Gy group showed a reduction in cell density and an increase in the number of spherical free dead cells, as was shown by the light microscope; Hoechst33258 staining showed that the 4 Gy group had typical features of apoptotic cells, such as karyopyknosis, fragmentation, and margination. The colony-forming assay showed that there were significant differences in plating efficiency between the control group, 2 Gy group, and 4 Gy group (120.00%±3.61%, 112.00%±2.00%, and 45.00%±3.61%, F=508.90, P＜0.001. The scratch test showed that there were significant differences in cell migration rate between the control group, 2 Gy group, and 4 Gy group (21.24%±4.36%, 19.93%±3.37%, and 11.42%±0.65%, F=8.29, P＜0.001. The results of flow cytometry for cell apoptosis showed that there were significant differences in cell apoptosis rate between the control group, 2 Gy group, and 4 Gy group (4.33%±0.67%, 6
Rudolph, Karen D.; Flynn, Megan; Abaied, Jamie L.; Groot, Alison; Thompson, Renee
2009-01-01
This study examined whether a transactional interpersonal life stress model helps to explain the continuity in depression over time in girls. Youth (86 girls, 81 boys; M age = 12.41, SD = 1.19) and their caregivers participated in a three-wave longitudinal study. Depression and episodic life stress were assessed with semistructured interviews.…
Borckink, Ilse; Essouri, Sandrine; Laurent, Marie; Albers, Marcel J. I. J.; Burgerhof, Johannes G. M.; Tissieres, Pierre; Kneyber, Martin C. J.
AIM: Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP) has been proposed as an early first-line support for infants with severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection. We hypothesised that infants <6 months with severe RSV would require shorter ventilator support on NCPAP than invasive
Li Hongtao; Zhang Chenchen; Hu Jing; Qian Zhendong
2011-01-01
The effect of multiple span suspension structure on the mechanical response of bridge deck pavement was studied, and finite element analysis (FEM) of stress and strain of pavement according to the bridge floor system features of super-long and high flexibility was made. Meanwhile, the FEM results were compared with those of the single span suspension structure. Three-stage analytic hierarchy process (AHP) is developed to analyze the mechanical response including whole bridge analysis, partial beams section analysis and orthotropic plate analysis. The most unfavorable load position was determined by the numerical solutions acquired from each stage to study the main mechanical index of multiple span suspension structure. The FEM results showed that the mechanical response numerical solutions by using the three-stage AHP are greater than those by simplified boundary condition, and the force condition of multiple span suspension structure is worse than that of the single span suspension structure.
Hwang, Sun Kwang; Baek, Hyun Moo [National Research Laboratory for Computer Aided Materials Processing, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST, 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Son, Il-Heon [Wire Rod Research Group, Technical Research Laboratories, POSCO, 1 Goedong-dong, Nam-gu, Pohang, Gyeongbuk 790-785 (Korea, Republic of); Im, Yong-Taek, E-mail: ytim@kaist.ac.kr [National Research Laboratory for Computer Aided Materials Processing, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST, 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Bae, Chul Min [Wire Rod Research Group, Technical Research Laboratories, POSCO, 1 Goedong-dong, Nam-gu, Pohang, Gyeongbuk 790-785 (Korea, Republic of)
2013-09-01
In this paper, the continuous hybrid process is newly designed and applied for producing grain-refined long and large cross-section wires of low-carbon steel at high speed at room temperature. The initial specimen, with a diameter of 13 mm, continuously passes through the rolls, equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) dies, and wire-drawing dies in sequence during the process. The specimens deformed by the continuous hybrid process without and with the wire-drawing dies were obtained to investigate the role in the deformation separately. Their microstructures, textures, and mechanical properties were investigated by optical microscopy (OM), electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD), X-ray diffraction (XRD), tension, and Vickers micro-hardness tests and were compared with those for the case processed by the conventional wire-drawing process. According to the present investigation, the continuous hybrid process can more efficiently manufacture fine-grained wires with a strong shear texture in a continuous way than the conventional wire-drawing process can. In addition, the ultimate tensile strength value of the specimen processed by the continuous hybrid process was 23.9% higher, although the elongation was slightly lower than the one produced by the conventional wire-drawing process. The plastic deformation was mainly imposed by the ECAP dies, and the wire-drawing dies improve the dimensional accuracy and increase the local strain homogeneity in the continuous hybrid process. It is demonstrated that the continuous hybrid process might be beneficial in commercializing a continuous application of the severe plastic deformation process for producing grain-refined wires for industrial applications.
Matsumura, T.; Sakurai, Y.; Kataza, H.; Utsunomiya, S.; Yamamoto, R.
2016-11-01
We present the design and mechanical performances of a magnetically coupled gear mechanism to drive a levitating rotor magnet of a superconducting magnetic bearing (SMB). The SMB consists of a ring-shaped high-temperature superconducting array (YBCO) and a ring-shaped permanent magnet. This rotational system is designed to operate below 10 K, and thus the design philosophy is to minimize any potential source of heat dissipation. While an SMB provides only a functionality of namely a bearing, it requires a mechanism to drive a rotational motion. We introduce a simple implementation of a magnetically coupled gears between a stator and a rotor. This enables to achieve enough torque to drive a levitating rotor without slip at the rotation frequency of about 1 Hz below 10 K. The rotational variation between the rotor and the drive gear is synchronised within σ = 0.019 Hz. The development of this mechanism is a part of the program to develop a testbed in order to evaluate a prototype half-wave plate based polarization modulator for future space missions. The successful development allows this modulator to be a candidate for an instrument to probe the cosmic inflation by measuring the cosmic microwave background polarization.
Jiahe Ai; Huiju Gao; Tongchun Zhao; Xishan Xie; Yu Liu
2004-01-01
The 3-D thermo-mechanical coupled elasto-plastic finite element method (FEM) was used for the simulation of the twopass continuous hot rolling process of 60SiMnA spring steel bars and rods using MARC/AutoForge3.1 software. The simulated results visualize the metal flow and the dynamic evolutions of the strain, stress and temperature during the continuous hot rolling, especially inside the work-piece. It is shown that the non-uniform distributions of the strain, stress and temperature on the longitudinal and transverse sections are a distinct characteristic of the continuous hot rolling, which can be used as basic data for improving the tool design, predicting and controlling the micro-structural evolution of a bar and rod.
RUAN Wei-bin; LIU Mo-han; PAN Jie; Wang Jing; LU Wen-long; MA Cheng-cang; WANG Jing-guo; SHEN Yue; GAO Yu-bao
2003-01-01
Fxperiments on the effect of soil amendment with rape (Brassica chinensis L. ) seed cake, cot-ton (Gossypium hirsutum L. ) seed or sesame (Sesamum indieum L. ) seed cake on the growth of cucumberseedlings under a continuous cropping system were conducted in a greenhouse environment. The results indica-ted that two applications of sesame seed cake (0.1 and 0.5 %, w/w) increased the growth of cucumber, but therape oil cake showed a negative effect at a rate of 1.5% (w/w). The sesame seed cake was separated into four fractious(Ⅰ, Ⅱ, Ⅲ and Ⅳ) according to the polarity, and all four fractious had a positive effect on the growth of cucumbers un-der a continuous cropping system. Fraction number Ⅲii was isolated into 25 proportions by silicon column, and only ole-ic acid, palmitic acid and octadecanoic acid were identified in proportion 10 by GC-MS in which 93.3% was oleic acidand palmitic acid. The oleic acid had a significant and positive effect on cucumber growth under salt stress at the level30 mmol and showed slight resistance to several pathogenic fungi.
Liu Zhenjie
2009-01-01
Full Text Available This paper investigates the existence of periodic solutions of a ratio-dependent predator-prey diffusion system with Michaelis-Menten functional responses and time delays in a two-patch environment on time scales. By using a continuation theorem based on coincidence degree theory, we obtain suffcient criteria for the existence of periodic solutions for the system. Moreover, when the time scale is chosen as or , the existence of the periodic solutions of the corresponding continuous and discrete models follows. Therefore, the methods are unified to provide the existence of the desired solutions for the continuous differential equations and discrete difference equations.
Continuous quantum mechanics of single particles in closed and quasi-closed systems: Pt. 1 and 2
Brieger, M. [DLR Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., Stuttgart (Germany). Inst. fuer Technische Physik
2004-07-01
The established statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics never envisioned our today's ability to handle and investigate single particles in trap devices. After scrutinizing the development of quantum mechanics, we point out that Schroedinger's equation establishes an energy representation, which obtains the energy eigenvalues as extrema of the energy curve or on the energy hypersurface, respectively. We also strongly emphasize its never exhausted capability of accounting in classical terms and full detail for the dynamics of single particles in closed systems. This is demonstrated for several familiar examples. They show that the eigensolutions to Schroedinger's equation must not blindly be identified with physically stationary states. The gained insight into the true dynamics allows to describe, without involving QED, the time evolution of a complete spontaneous transition as being driven by unbalanced internal dynamics. This mechanism relies on the fact that perfect balances are only possible in the exact extrema of the total energy and that any deviation, which is characterized by nonstationary states, makes multipole moments oscillate and emit electromagnetic radiation. (orig.)
Cañate, Pedro; Pearle, Philip; Sudarsky, Daniel
2013-05-01
The inflationary account for the emergence of the seeds of cosmic structure falls short of actually explaining the generation of primordial anisotropies and inhomogeneities. This description starts from a symmetric background, and invokes symmetric dynamics, so it cannot explain asymmetries. To generate asymmetries, we present an application of the continuous spontaneous localization model of wave function collapse in the context of inflation. This modification of quantum dynamics introduces a stochastic nonunitary component to the evolution of the inflaton field perturbations. This leads to passage from a homogeneous and isotropic stage to another, where the quantum uncertainties in the initial state of inflation transmute into the primordial inhomogeneities and anisotropies. We show, by proper choice of the collapse-generating operator, that it is possible to achieve compatibility with the precise observations of the cosmic microwave background radiation.
The mechanism of hot crack formation in Ti-6Al-4V during cold crucible continuous casting
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2004-01-01
Hot crack is one of common defects in castings, which often results in failure of castings. This work studies the formation of hot crack during cold crucible continuous casting by means of experiments and theoretical analysis. The results show that hot crack occurs on the surface and in the circumference of ingots, where the solidified shell and the solidification front meet each other. The tendency of hot cracking decreases with the increase of withdrawal velocities in some extent.The hot crack is caused mainly by the friction force between the shell and the crucible inner wall, and it takes place when the stress resulting from friction exceeds the tensile strength of the shell. The factors of μm, ht, hs and hm, affecting hot cracks are analyzed and verified. In order to decrease the tendency of hot cracks, technical parameters should be optimized by decreasingμm, ht, hs and hm.
Junetsu Ogasawara
2015-01-01
Full Text Available Physical exercise accelerates the mobilization of free fatty acids from white adipocytes to provide fuel for energy. This happens in several tissues and helps to regulate a whole-body state of metabolism. Under these conditions, the hydrolysis of triacylglycerol (TG that is found in white adipocytes is known to be augmented via the activation of these lipolytic events, which is referred to as the “lipolytic cascade.” Indeed, evidence has shown that the lipolytic responses in white adipocytes are upregulated by continuous exercise training (ET through the adaptive changes in molecules that constitute the lipolytic cascade. During the past few decades, many lipolysis-related molecules have been identified. Of note, the discovery of a new lipase, known as adipose triglyceride lipase, has redefined the existing concepts of the hormone-sensitive lipase-dependent hydrolysis of TG in white adipocytes. This review outlines the alterations in the lipolytic molecules of white adipocytes that result from ET, which includes the molecular regulation of TG lipases through the lipolytic cascade.
Ogasawara, Junetsu; Izawa, Tetsuya; Sakurai, Tomonobu; Sakurai, Takuya; Shirato, Ken; Ishibashi, Yoshinaga; Ishida, Hitoshi; Ohno, Hideki; Kizaki, Takako
2015-01-01
Physical exercise accelerates the mobilization of free fatty acids from white adipocytes to provide fuel for energy. This happens in several tissues and helps to regulate a whole-body state of metabolism. Under these conditions, the hydrolysis of triacylglycerol (TG) that is found in white adipocytes is known to be augmented via the activation of these lipolytic events, which is referred to as the "lipolytic cascade." Indeed, evidence has shown that the lipolytic responses in white adipocytes are upregulated by continuous exercise training (ET) through the adaptive changes in molecules that constitute the lipolytic cascade. During the past few decades, many lipolysis-related molecules have been identified. Of note, the discovery of a new lipase, known as adipose triglyceride lipase, has redefined the existing concepts of the hormone-sensitive lipase-dependent hydrolysis of TG in white adipocytes. This review outlines the alterations in the lipolytic molecules of white adipocytes that result from ET, which includes the molecular regulation of TG lipases through the lipolytic cascade.
A mechanical model for the role of the neck linker during kinesin stepping and gating
Wang, HaiYan; He, ChenJuan
2011-12-01
In this paper, considering the different elastic properties in the attached head and the free head, we propose a physical model, in which the free head undergoes a diffusive search in an entropic spring potential formed by undocking the neck linker, and there are asymmetric conformational changes in the attached head formed by docking the neck linker to support the load force and bias the diffusive search to the forward direction. By performing the thermodynamic analysis, we obtain the free energy difference between forward and backward binding sites. And using the Fokker-Planck equation with two absorbing boundaries, we obtain the dependence of the ratio of forward to backward steps on the backward force. Also, within the Michaelis-Menten model, we investigate the dependence of the velocity-load relationship on the effective length of the junction between the two heads. The results show that our model can provide a physical understanding for the processive movement of kinesin.
连作对植物的危害及形成原因%Damage of Continuous Cropping on Plants and Its Formation Mechanism
许华; 蒋梦娇; 魏宇昆; 颜亨梅
2012-01-01
The influences of continuous cropping on the morphology, physiology, quality and yield of plants were summarized; and the formation mechanism of continuous cropping obstacle was analyzed from six different aspects, including changes of pests, nutrition content, physicochemical properties, autotoxin substances, enzymatic activities and microbial communities of the soil. The complexity of interaction among plants, soil microbes, soil enzymes and soil nutrients was pointed out to provide prospects for future study on the mechanism of continuous cropping obstacle.%综述了连作对植物形态、生理、品质和产量的影响,并从土壤病虫害、土壤养分、土壤理化性质、土壤自毒物质、土壤酶活性和土壤微生物群落的变化6个方面阐述了连作障碍形成的原因,指出了植物-土壤微生物-土壤酶-土壤养分4者之间相互影响的复杂性,并对今后植物连作障碍机理研究的重点进行了展望.
Meng, Wei; Kotamarthy, Lalith; Panikar, Savitha; Sen, Maitraye; Pradhan, Shankali; Marc, Michaelis; Litster, James D; Muzzio, Fernando J; Ramachandran, Rohit
2016-11-20
This study is concerned with identifying the design space of two different continuous granulators and their respective granulation mechanisms. Performance of a continuous high shear granulator and a twin screw granulator with paracetamol formulations were examined by face-centered cubic design, which focused on investigating key performance metrics, namely, granule size, porosity, flowability and particle morphology of granules as a function of essential input process parameters (liquid content, throughput and rotation speed). Liquid and residence time distribution tests were also performed to gain insights into the liquid-powder mixing and flow behavior. The results indicated that continuous high shear granulation was more sensitive to process variation and produced spherical granules with monomodal size distribution and distinct internal structure and strength variation. Twin screw granulation with such a particular screw configuration showed narrower design space and granules were featured with multimodal size distribution, irregular shape, less detectible porosity difference and tighter range of strength. Granulation mechanisms explored on the basis of nucleation and growth regime maps revealed that for most cases liquid binder was uniformly distributed with fast droplet penetration into the powder bed and that granule consolidation and coalescence mainly took place in the nucleation, steady growth and rapid growth regimes.
Zeinali, Soheila; Çetin, Barbaros; Oliaei, Samad Nadimi Bavil; Karpat, Yiğit
2015-07-01
Microfluidics is the combination of micro/nano fabrication techniques with fluid flow at microscale to pursue powerful techniques in controlling and manipulating chemical and biological processes. Sorting and separation of bio-particles are highly considered in diagnostics and biological analyses. Dielectrophoresis (DEP) has offered unique advantages for microfluidic devices. In DEP devices, asymmetric pair of planar electrodes could be employed to generate non-uniform electric fields. In DEP applications, facing 3D sidewall electrodes is considered to be one of the key solutions to increase device throughput due to the generated homogeneous electric fields along the height of microchannels. Despite the advantages, fabrication of 3D vertical electrodes requires a considerable challenge. In this study, two alternative fabrication techniques have been proposed for the fabrication of a microfluidic device with 3D sidewall electrodes. In the first method, both the mold and the electrodes are fabricated using high precision machining. In the second method, the mold with tilted sidewalls is fabricated using high precision machining and the electrodes are deposited on the sidewall using sputtering together with a shadow mask fabricated by electric discharge machining. Both fabrication processes are assessed as highly repeatable and robust. Moreover, the two methods are found to be complementary with respect to the channel height. Only the manipulation of particles with negative-DEP is demonstrated in the experiments, and the throughput values up to 105 particles / min is reached in a continuous flow. The experimental results are compared with the simulation results and the limitations on the fabrication techniques are also discussed.
Ruggles-Wrenn, M.B.
2003-10-06
The Durability of Carbon-Fiber Composites Project was established at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop experimentally based, durability-driven design guidelines to assure the long-term (15-year) structural integrity of carbon-fiber-based composite systems for automotive structural applications. The project addressed characterization and modeling the durability of a progression of carbon-reinforced thermoset materials, each of which has the same urethane matrix. The primary purpose of this report is to provide the individual specimen test data. Basic mechanical property testing and results for a reference [{+-}45{sup o}]{sub 3S} crossply composite and a quasi-isotropic, [0/90{sup o}/{+-}45{sup o}]{sub S} version of the reference crossply are provided. The matrix and individual {+-}45{sup o} stitch-bonded mats are the same in both cases. Although the composite utilized aerospace-grade carbon-fiber reinforcement, it was made by a rapid-molding process suitable for high-volume automotive use. Behavioral trends, effects of temperature and environment, and corresponding design knockdown factors are established for both materials. The reference crossply is highly anisotropic with two dominant fiber orientations--0/90{sup o} and {+-}45{sup o}. Therefore properties were developed for both orientations.
Brazda, Nicole; Voss, Christian; Estrada, Veronica; Lodin, Homaira; Weinrich, Nils; Seide, Klaus; Müller, Jörg; Müller, Hans W
2013-12-01
Complete transection of the spinal cord leaves a gap of several mm which fills with fibrous scar tissue. Several approaches in rodent models have used tubes, foams, matrices or tissue implants to bridge this gap. Here, we describe a mechanical microconnector system (mMS) to re-adjust the retracted spinal cord stumps. The mMS is a multi-channel system of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), designed to fit into the spinal cord tissue gap after transection, with an outlet tubing system to apply negative pressure to the mMS thus sucking the spinal cord stumps into the honeycomb-structured holes. The stumps adhere to the microstructure of the mMS walls and remain in the mMS after removal of the vacuum. We show that the mMS preserves tissue integrity and allows axonal regrowth at 2, 5 and 19 weeks post lesion with no adverse tissue effects like in-bleeding or cyst formation. Preliminary assessment of locomotor function in the open field suggested beneficial effects of the mMS. Additional inner micro-channels enable local substance delivery into the lesion center via an attached osmotic minipump. We suggest that the mMS is a suitable device to adapt and stabilize the injured spinal cord after surgical resection of scar tissue (e.g., for chronic patients) or traumatic injuries with large tissue and bone damages.
Gong, Yu
microstructure exhibited a somewhat lower strength but much high general and local formabilities. In this thesis, both the physical and mechanical metallurgy of these steels and processes will be discussed. This research has shown that simple compositions and processes can result in DP steels with so-called Generation III properties.
Ordens não inteiras em cinética química Non-integer orders in chemical kinetics
André P. Oliveira
2010-01-01
Full Text Available Starting from zero-, first-, and second-order integrated laws for chemical kinetics, some cases are shown which produce fractional orders. Taking the Michaelis-Menten mechanism as a first example, it is shown that substrate order can go from 1 to zero, depending on relative concentration of enzyme and substrate. Using other examples which show fractional orders higher than one and even negative (inhibition, it is shown that the presence of an equilibrium before or parallel to the rate determining step can be the reason for fractional orders, which is an indication of a more complex mechanism.
Leonardo Abdala Elias
2014-11-01
Full Text Available Several models have been employed to study human postural control during upright quiet stance. Most have adopted an inverted pendulum approximation to the standing human and theoretical models to account for the neural feedback necessary to keep balance. The present study adds to the previous efforts in focusing more closely on modelling the physiological mechanisms of important elements associated with the control of human posture. This paper studies neuromuscular mechanisms behind upright stance control by means of a biologically based large-scale neuromusculoskeletal (NMS model. It encompasses: i conductance-based spinal neuron models (motor neurons and interneurons; ii muscle proprioceptor models (spindle and Golgi tendon organ providing sensory afferent feedback; iii Hill-type muscle models of the leg plantar and dorsiflexors; and iv an inverted pendulum model for the body biomechanics during upright stance. The motor neuron pools are driven by stochastic spike trains. Simulation results showed that the neuromechanical outputs generated by the NMS model resemble experimental data from subjects standing on a stable surface. Interesting findings were that: i an intermittent pattern of muscle activation emerged from this posture control model for two of the leg muscles (Medial and Lateral Gastrocnemius; and ii the Soleus muscle was mostly activated in a continuous manner. These results suggest that the spinal cord anatomy and neurophysiology (e.g., motor unit types, synaptic connectivities, ordered recruitment, along with the modulation of afferent activity, may account for the mixture of intermittent and continuous control that has been a subject of debate in recent studies on postural control. Another finding was the occurrence of the so-called "paradoxical" behaviour of muscle fibre lengths as a function of postural sway. The simulations confirmed previous conjectures that reciprocal inhibition is possibly contributing to this effect, but
Elias, Leonardo Abdala; Watanabe, Renato Naville; Kohn, André Fabio
2014-11-01
Several models have been employed to study human postural control during upright quiet stance. Most have adopted an inverted pendulum approximation to the standing human and theoretical models to account for the neural feedback necessary to keep balance. The present study adds to the previous efforts in focusing more closely on modelling the physiological mechanisms of important elements associated with the control of human posture. This paper studies neuromuscular mechanisms behind upright stance control by means of a biologically based large-scale neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) model. It encompasses: i) conductance-based spinal neuron models (motor neurons and interneurons); ii) muscle proprioceptor models (spindle and Golgi tendon organ) providing sensory afferent feedback; iii) Hill-type muscle models of the leg plantar and dorsiflexors; and iv) an inverted pendulum model for the body biomechanics during upright stance. The motor neuron pools are driven by stochastic spike trains. Simulation results showed that the neuromechanical outputs generated by the NMS model resemble experimental data from subjects standing on a stable surface. Interesting findings were that: i) an intermittent pattern of muscle activation emerged from this posture control model for two of the leg muscles (Medial and Lateral Gastrocnemius); and ii) the Soleus muscle was mostly activated in a continuous manner. These results suggest that the spinal cord anatomy and neurophysiology (e.g., motor unit types, synaptic connectivities, ordered recruitment), along with the modulation of afferent activity, may account for the mixture of intermittent and continuous control that has been a subject of debate in recent studies on postural control. Another finding was the occurrence of the so-called "paradoxical" behaviour of muscle fibre lengths as a function of postural sway. The simulations confirmed previous conjectures that reciprocal inhibition is possibly contributing to this effect, but on the
Esterification of phenolic acids catalyzed by lipases immobilized in organogels.
Zoumpanioti, M; Merianou, E; Karandreas, T; Stamatis, H; Xenakis, A
2010-10-01
Lipases from Rhizomucor miehei and Candida antarctica B were immobilized in hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose organogels based on surfactant-free microemulsions consisting of n-hexane, 1-propanol and water. Both lipases kept their catalytic activity, catalyzing the esterification reactions of various phenolic acids including cinnamic acid derivatives. High reaction rates and yields (up to 94%) were obtained when lipase from C. antarctica was used. Kinetic studies have been performed and apparent kinetic constants were determined showing that ester synthesis catalyzed by immobilized lipases occurs via the Michaelis-Menten mechanism.
2012-01-01
This article reports a first contribution for the elucidation of catalytic mechanism of Lipase from porcine pancreas, type VI-s (PPL), in hydrolyzing an ester substrate in aqueous media. The conclusions were based on the pH-profiles of Michaelis-Menten parameters k cat/Km, k cat and Km, as well as on the absolute temperature profile of k cat/Km, obtained during the hydrolysis of p-nitrophenyl laurate by PPL. It was found that (a) PPL performs catalysis by means of ion pairs formed either as S...
Lipase-catalyzed ethanolysis of fish oils: multi-response kinetics.
Torres, Carlos F; Moeljadi, Marlina; Hill, Charles G
2003-08-05
The kinetics of the lipase-catalyzed (Pseudomonas cepacia) ethanolysis of fish oil has been studied in a batch reactor using menhaden oil, tuna oil, and acylglycerol mixtures derived from menhaden oil. Multi-response models derived from a generalized Michaelis-Menten mechanism were developed to describe the rates of formation of ethyl esters of the primary fatty acids present in the precursor oil. A first-order model for deactivation of the lipase was fit simultaneously to one of the data sets.
Kinetic Measurements for Enzyme Immobilization.
Cooney, Michael J
2017-01-01
Enzyme kinetics is the study of the chemical reactions that are catalyzed by enzymes, with a focus on their reaction rates. The study of an enzyme's kinetics considers the various stages of activity, reveals the catalytic mechanism of this enzyme, correlates its value to assay conditions, and describes how a drug or a poison might inhibit the enzyme. Victor Henri initially reported that enzyme reactions were initiated by a bond between the enzyme and the substrate. By 1910, Michaelis and Menten were advancing their work by studying the kinetics of an enzyme saccharase which catalyzes the hydrolysis of sucrose into glucose and fructose. They published their analysis and ever since the Michaelis-Menten equation has been used as the standard to describe the kinetics of many enzymes. Unfortunately, soluble enzymes must generally be immobilized to be reused for long times in industrial reactors. In addition, other critical enzyme properties have to be improved like stability, activity, inhibition by reaction products, and selectivity towards nonnatural substrates. Immobilization is by far the chosen process to achieve these goals.Although the Michaelis-Menten approach has been regularly adapted to the analysis of immobilized enzyme activity, its applicability to the immobilized state is limited by the barriers the immobilization matrix places upon the measurement of compounds that are used to model enzyme kinetics. That being said, the estimated value of the Michaelis-Menten coefficients (e.g., V max, K M) can be used to evaluate effects of immobilization on enzyme activity in the immobilized state when applied in a controlled manner. In this review enzyme activity and kinetics are discussed in the context of the immobilized state, and a few novel protocols are presented that address some of the unique constraints imposed by the immobilization barrier.
谢晶; 刘晓丹
2006-01-01
对香菇分别在273 K、283 K和293 K的密闭容器中氧气和二氧化碳随时间、浓度的变化进行了测定,根据酶动力学原理,利用非线性估计法、多重回归分析分别获得气体成分的变化率曲线和米式方程,从而获得相应的参数,求得反映呼吸状态的呼吸熵动态变化规律以及温度影响参数--活化能,并以此求出在任意温度、有氧呼吸气体环境条件下果蔬的最大呼吸速率,为气调包装系统设计提供理论依据.
Lin, Jianjun; Lv, Yaohui; Liu, Yuxin; Sun, Zhe; Wang, Kaibo; Li, Zhuguo; Wu, Yixiong; Xu, Binshi
2017-05-01
Plasma arc additive manufacturing (PAM) is a novel additive manufacturing (AM) technology due to its big potential in improving efficiency, convenience and being cost-savings compared to other AM processes of high energy bea\\m. In this research, several Ti-6Al-4V thin walls were deposited by optimized weld wire-feed continuous PAM process (CPAM), in which the heat input was gradually decreased layer by layer. The deposited thin wall consisted of various morphologies, which includes epitaxial growth of prior β grains, horizontal layer bands, martensite and basket weave microstructure, that depends on the heat input, multiple thermal cycles and gradual cooling rate in the deposition process. By gradually reducing heat input of each bead and using continuous current in the PAM process, the average yield strength (YS), ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and elongation reach about 877MPa, 968MPa and 1.5%, respectively, which exceed the standard level of forging. The mechanical property was strengthened and toughened due to weakening the aspect ratio of prior β grains and separating nano-dispersoids among α lamellar. Furthermore, this research demonstrates that the CPAM process has a potential to manufacture or remanufacture in AM components of metallic biomaterials without post-processing heat treatment. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Gual, Maritza R., E-mail: mrgual@instec.cu [Instituto Superior de Tecnologias y Ciencias Aplicadas, InSTEC, Havana (Cuba); Mas, Felix, E-mail: felix_mas_milian@yahoo.com [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad de Sao Paulo, IF-USP, Rua do Matao, trav R., no. 187, Cidade Universitaria, Butanta, CEP 05508-900 Sao Paulo (Brazil); Deppman, Airton, E-mail: deppman@if.usp.br [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad de Sao Paulo, IF-USP, Rua do Matao, trav R., no. 187, Cidade Universitaria, Butanta, CEP 05508-900 Sao Paulo (Brazil); Coelho, Paulo R.P., E-mail: prcoelho@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares, IPEN-CNEN/SP, Travessa R, 400, Cidade Universitaria, CEP 05508-900 Sao Paulo (Brazil)
2011-02-15
This paper describes a new mechanical samples positioning system that allows the safe placement and removal of biological samples for prolonged irradiation, in a nuclear reactor during full-power continuous operation. Also presented herein the materials of construction and operating principles. Additionally, this sample positioning system is compared with an existing pneumatic and automated transfer system, already available at the research reactors. The system consists of a mechanical arm with a claw, which can deliver the samples for irradiations without reactor shutdown. It was installed in the IEA-R1 research reactor at Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, Brazil, and for the past 5 years, the system has successfully operated and allowed the conducting of important experiments. As a result of its introduction, the facility has been in a position to positively respond to the increased demand in studies of biology, medicine, physics, engineering, detector/dosimeter calibrations, etc. It is one example of the appropriated technologies that save energy and resources.
Hwang, Sun Kwang; Baek, Hyun Moo; Joo, Ho Seon; Im, Yong-Taek
2015-03-01
In this work, a multi-pass continuous hybrid (CH) process was experimentally applied with up to five passes with three processing routes, A, Bc, and C, to check the practicality of the processing routes and investigate their effect on the mechanical properties, microstructure, and texture evolutions of low-carbon steel wires. According to the present investigation, the wires processed by the 5th pass CH process with route A showed the highest ultimate tensile strength value (762 MPa) compared to those for routes Bc (718 MPa) and C (720 MPa), respectively. Based on the compression test results, the CH processed wire showed good workability when the aspect ratio was smaller than 2.4 for all the processing routes. According to the microstructure and texture evolutions, the grain sizes of the 5th pass CH processed wires decreased for all the processing routes than that of the initial specimen, and the wires showed mixed texture distribution of shear and drawing texture components. From the present investigation, it was concluded that the processing routes of the CH process could strongly affect the microstructure and texture evolutions, resulting in changes of the mechanical properties and workability of the low-carbon steel wires.
Jun Yang
2015-07-01
Full Text Available The microstucture, mechanical properties and fracture behaviors of semi-continuous cast Mg-8Gd-3Y-0.5Zr (wt.%, GW83K alloy after different heat treatments were investigated. Almost all the eutectic compounds were dissolved into the matrix and there was no evident grain growth after optimum solution treatment at 500 °C for 4 h. Further ageing at low temperatures led to significant precipitation hardening, which strengthened the alloy. Peak-aged at 200 °C, the alloy had the highest ultimate tensile strength (UTS and lowest elongation at 395 MPa and 2.8%, respectively. When aged at 225 °C for 15 h, the alloy exhibited prominent mechanical performance with UTS and elongation of 363 MPa and 5.8 %, respectively. With regard to microstructure and tensile properties, the processes of 500 °C, 4 h + 225 °C, 15 h are selected as the optimal heat treatment conditions. The alloy under different conditions shows different fracture behaviors: in the as-cast alloy, a quasi-cleavage pattern is observed; after solution treatment, the alloy exhibits a trans-granular quasi-cleavage fracture; after being peak-aged at 200 °C and 225 °C, the fracture mode is a mixed mode of trans-granular and inter-granular fracture, in which the inter-granular mode is dominant in the alloy peak-aged at 200 °C.
Wang, Youhong; Chen, Kunling; Xu, Chuanhui; Chen, Yukun
2015-09-10
In the presence of dicumyl peroxide (DCP), biobased thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) composed of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and epoxidized natural rubber (ENR) were prepared through dynamic vulcanization. Interfacial in situ compatibilization between PLA and ENR phases was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). A novel "sea-sea" co-continuous phase in the PLA/ENR TPVs was observed through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and differed from the typical "sea-island" morphology that cross-linked rubber particles dispersed in plastic matrix. A sharp, brittle-ductile transition occurred with 40 wt % of ENR, showing a significantly improved impact strength of 47 kJ/m(2), nearly 15 times that of the neat PLA and 2.6 times that of the simple blend with the same PLA/ENR ratio. Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) results suggested that a certain amount of DCP was consumed in the PLA phase, causing a slight cross-linking or branching of PLA molecules. the effects of various DCP contents on the impact property were investigated. The toughening mechanism under impact testing was researched, and the influence factors for toughening were discussed.
Continuous auditing & continuous monitoring : Continuous value?
van Hillo, Rutger; Weigand, Hans; Espana, S; Ralyte, J; Souveyet, C
2016-01-01
Advancements in information technology, new laws and regulations and rapidly changing business conditions have led to a need for more timely and ongoing assurance with effectively working controls. Continuous Auditing (CA) and Continuous Monitoring (CM) technologies have made this possible by obtain
Continuous auditing & continuous monitoring : Continuous value?
van Hillo, Rutger; Weigand, Hans; Espana, S; Ralyte, J; Souveyet, C
2016-01-01
Advancements in information technology, new laws and regulations and rapidly changing business conditions have led to a need for more timely and ongoing assurance with effectively working controls. Continuous Auditing (CA) and Continuous Monitoring (CM) technologies have made this possible by obtain
Continuous auditing & continuous monitoring : Continuous value?
van Hillo, Rutger; Weigand, Hans; Espana, S; Ralyte, J; Souveyet, C
2016-01-01
Advancements in information technology, new laws and regulations and rapidly changing business conditions have led to a need for more timely and ongoing assurance with effectively working controls. Continuous Auditing (CA) and Continuous Monitoring (CM) technologies have made this possible by
改进型Delta并联机构连续刚度映射%Continuous Stiffness Mapping of Modified Delta Parallel Mechanism
徐东涛; 孙志礼
2012-01-01
基于机构势能的Hessian矩阵定义机构的刚度矩阵,建立了改进型Delta并联机构的连续刚度模型.这种模型与以往刚度模型区别在于,它不仅考虑了驱动铰链、被动铰链刚度和各个部件重力对机构刚度的影响,还考虑了机构位形变化和在广义外力下各个杆件弹性变形对刚度的影响,所以该映射模型更具有一般性和精确性.最后结合刚度矩阵瑞利商定义了并联机构刚度性能判定指标λ,通过刚度性能判定指标λ在工作空间不同位置和不同受力情况下的分布,对改进型Delta机构的刚度性能进行分析和讨论.%The stiffness matrix of a mechanism was defined on the basis of the Hessian matrix of its potential energy, and a new continuous stiffness mapping model of the modified Delta mechanism was established. Different from the traditional models, the proposed model takes into account the influences of not only stiffness of the active/passive hinge and gravities factors on the mechanism stiffness, but also the change of the mechanism configuration and all parts elastic deformation under the constraint force. It is thus more general and exact than any other stiffness models. Finally, the characteristic index ;t used to estimate the mechanism stiffness was defined by combining the Rayleigh quotient of the stiffness matrix. The stiffness characteristics were analyzed and discussed according to the distribution of stiffness index λ at both different positions in the workspace and different applied forces.
张玉秀; 尹莉; 李海波; 蒙小俊; 盛宇星; 曹宏斌
2016-01-01
The influent and effluent qualities of A/A/O in coking wastewater biological treatment system and degradation mechanism of thiocyanate ( SCN-) by aerobic sludge were studied using the spectrophotometry and ion chromatography. The results showed that SCN-was mainly removed in the aerobic unit of A/A/O process. The degradation kinetics of SCN-in the activated sludge followed the Michaelis-Menten equation at room temperature ( 25 ℃) , and the kinetic parameters Vm ax and Km were 11.15 mg SCN-·( g-1 MLSS)·h-1 and 44.96 mg·L-1 , respectively. The degradation rate of SCN-was reduced significantly at 15 ℃. SCN- of 92.62 mg·L-1 was degraded completely within 24 h at 15 ℃. Intermediate products of NH3-N, NO-2 and S2- were produced with SCN- degradation, and were ultimately transformed to NO-3 and SO2-4 , respectively. The transformation rates of N and S element were 94.32% and 99.08%, respectively, which were in line with the law of mass balance, indicating N and S elements of SCN-could be completely transformed to NO-3 and SO2-4 in the aerobic tank. These results provide useful information for understanding the function of aerobic tank and improving removal of SCN- in coking wastewater.%用分光光度法和离子色谱法,研究了A/A/O工艺焦化废水处理厂的进出水质和活性污泥对硫氰化物( SCN-)的降解机制.研究结果表明,SCN-主要在A/A/O工艺的好氧单元中降解去除;在常温( 25 ℃)下活性污泥对SCN-降解的动力学过程符合米氏方程,Vmax为11.15 mg SCN-·(g-1 MLSS)·h-1,Km为44.96 mg·L-1;15 ℃低温显著降低SCN-的降解速率;在15 ℃下,92.62 mg·L-1 SCN-能在24 h内完全降解,其中的N和S元素相应地生成了NH3、NO-2 和S2-等中间代谢产物,并最终转化为产物NO-3 和SO2-4 ;N和S元素的转化率分别为94.32%和99.08%,基本符合物料守恒定律,说明SCN-中N和S元素在好氧池中可以彻底降解转化NO-3 和SO2-4 .这些结果对于了解好氧池的功能和提高焦
2011-03-01
interactions [9] at the Michaelis - Menten state [14]. These interactions enable the protonation of the adenine ring at N3 [9] by the cationic Arg180 of RTA...bound and unbound states. a (top left): overlay of the apo RTA (green, 1IFT [32]) with the oligonucleotide-bound RTA at the Michaelis - Menten state...box atop in the less populated bound conformation (1IFS [32]); d (bottom right): overlay of the oligonucleotide-bound RTA at the Michaelis - Menten state
2009-01-01
with phenyl acetate and paraoxonwere determined by Michaelis - Menten steady state kinetics . The data from four or more independent experiments were fit...paraoxon was followed atA412 for 20 min at room temperature as described above. The data were fit using Michaelis - Menten steady state kinetics to derive...for 4 h at room temperature as described above. The data were fit using Michaelis - Menten steady state kinetics to derive the KM and Vmax values of
Modeling of Complex Mixtures: JP-8 Toxicokinetics
2008-10-01
diffusion, including metabolic loss via the cytochrome P-450 system, described by non-linear Michaelis - Menten kinetics as shown in the following...point. Inhalation and iv were the dose routes for the rat study. The modelers used saturable ( Michaelis - Menten ) kinetics as well as a second... Michaelis - Menten liver metabolic constants for n-decane have been measured (Km = 1.5 mg/L and Vmax = 0.4 mg/hour) using rat liver slices in a vial
Monteyne, Tinne; Heeze, Liza; Mortier, Séverine Thérèse F C; Oldörp, Klaus; Nopens, Ingmar; Remon, Jean-Paul; Vervaet, Chris; De Beer, Thomas
2016-08-20
Twin-screw hot melt granulation (TS HMG) is a valuable, but still unexplored alternative to granulate temperature and moisture sensitive drugs in a continuous way. Recently, the material behavior of an immiscible drug-binder blend during TS HMG was unraveled by using a rheometer and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Additionally, vibrational spectroscopic techniques proved the link between TS HMG and rheology since equal interactions at molecular level did occur in both processes. This allowed to use a rheometer to gain knowledge of the material behavior during hot melt processing of an immiscible drug-binder blend. However, miscibility of a drug-binder formulation and drug-binder interactions appear to influence the rheological properties and, hence conceivably also the granulation mechanism. The aim of this research was to examine if the TS HMG process of a miscible formulation system is comparable with the mechanism of an immiscible system and to evaluate whether rheology still serves as a useful tool to understand and optimize the hot melt granulation (HMG) process. The executed research (thermal analysis, rheological parameters and spectroscopic data) demonstrated the occurrence of a high and broad tan(δ) curve without a loss peak during the rheological temperature ramp which implies a higher material deformability without movement of the softened single polymer chains. Spectroscopic analysis revealed drug-polymer interactions which constrain the polymer to flow independently. As a result, the binder distribution step, which generally follows the immersion step, was hindered. This insight assisted the understanding of the granule properties. Inhomogeneous granules were produced due to large initial nuclei or adhesion of multiple smaller nuclei. Consequently, a higher granulation temperature was required in order to get the binder more homogeneously distributed within the granules. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
王先甲; 全吉; 刘伟兵
2012-01-01
This paper studies the continuous prisoner＇s dilemma games （CPDG） on Barabasi-Albert （BA） networks.In the model,each agent on a vertex of the networks makes an investment and interacts with all of his neighboring agents.Making an investment is costly,but which benefits its neighboring agents,where benefit and cost depend on the level of investment made.The payoff of each agent is given by the sum of payoffs it receives in its interactions with all its neighbors.Not only payoff,individual＇s guilty emotion in the games has also been considered.The negative guilty emotion produced in comparing with its neighbors can reduce the utility of individuals directly.We assume that the reduction amount depends on the individual＇s degree and a baseline level parameter.The group＇s cooperative level is characterized by the average investment of the population.Each player makes his investment in the next step based on a convex combination of the investment of his best neighbors in the last step,his best history strategies in the latest steps which number is controlled by a memory length parameter,and a uniformly distributed random number.Simulation results show that this degree-dependent guilt mechanism can promote the evolution of cooperation dramatically comparing with degree-independent guilt or no guilt cases.Imitation,memory,uncertainty coefficients and network structure also play determinant roles in the cooperation level of the population.All our results may shed some new light on studying the evolution of cooperation based on network reciprocity mechanisms.
Wu, Hongmiao; Xu, Junjian; Wang, Juanying; Qin, Xianjin; Wu, Linkun; Li, Zhicheng; Lin, Sheng; Lin, Weiwei; Zhu, Quan; Khan, Muhammad U; Lin, Wenxiong
2017-01-01
As potent allelochemicals, phenolic acids are believed to be associated with replanting disease and cause microflora shift and structural disorder in the rhizosphere soil of continuously monocultured Radix pseudostellariae. The transcriptome sequencing was used to reveal the mechanisms underlying the differential response of pathogenic bacterium Kosakonia sacchari and beneficial bacterium Bacillus pumilus on their interactions with phenolic acids, the main allelochemicals in root exudates of R. pseudostellariae in the monoculture system. The microbes were inoculated in the pots containing soil and the medicinal plant in this study. The results showed that the addition of beneficial B. pumilus to the 2-year planted soil significantly decreased the activity of soil urease, catalase, sucrase, and cellulase and increased the activity of chitinase compared with those in the 2nd-year monocropping rhizosphere soil without any treatment. However, opposite results were obtained when K. sacchari was added. Transcriptome analysis showed that vanillin enhanced glycolysis/gluconeogenesis, fatty acid biosynthesis, pentose phosphate, bacterial chemotaxis, flagellar assembly, and phosphotransferase system pathway in K. sacchari. However, protocatechuic acid, a metabolite produced by K. sacchari from vanillin, had negative effects on the citrate cycle and biosynthesis of novobiocin, phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan in B. pumilus. Concurrently, the protocatechuic acid decreased the biofilm formation of B. pumilus. These results unveiled the mechanisms how phenolic acids differentially mediate the shifts of microbial flora in rhizosphere soil, leading to the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria (i.e., K. sacchari) and the attenuation of beneficial bacteria (i.e., B. pumilus) under the monocropping system of R. pseudostellariae.
Hongmiao Wu
2017-05-01
Full Text Available As potent allelochemicals, phenolic acids are believed to be associated with replanting disease and cause microflora shift and structural disorder in the rhizosphere soil of continuously monocultured Radix pseudostellariae. The transcriptome sequencing was used to reveal the mechanisms underlying the differential response of pathogenic bacterium Kosakonia sacchari and beneficial bacterium Bacillus pumilus on their interactions with phenolic acids, the main allelochemicals in root exudates of R. pseudostellariae in the monoculture system. The microbes were inoculated in the pots containing soil and the medicinal plant in this study. The results showed that the addition of beneficial B. pumilus to the 2-year planted soil significantly decreased the activity of soil urease, catalase, sucrase, and cellulase and increased the activity of chitinase compared with those in the 2nd-year monocropping rhizosphere soil without any treatment. However, opposite results were obtained when K. sacchari was added. Transcriptome analysis showed that vanillin enhanced glycolysis/gluconeogenesis, fatty acid biosynthesis, pentose phosphate, bacterial chemotaxis, flagellar assembly, and phosphotransferase system pathway in K. sacchari. However, protocatechuic acid, a metabolite produced by K. sacchari from vanillin, had negative effects on the citrate cycle and biosynthesis of novobiocin, phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan in B. pumilus. Concurrently, the protocatechuic acid decreased the biofilm formation of B. pumilus. These results unveiled the mechanisms how phenolic acids differentially mediate the shifts of microbial flora in rhizosphere soil, leading to the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria (i.e., K. sacchari and the attenuation of beneficial bacteria (i.e., B. pumilus under the monocropping system of R. pseudostellariae.
Rahman, N K; Kamaruddin, A H; Uzir, M H
2011-08-01
The influence of water activity and water content was investigated with farnesyl laurate synthesis catalyzed by Lipozyme RM IM. Lipozyme RM IM activity depended strongly on initial water activity value. The best results were achieved for a reaction medium with an initial water activity of 0.11 since it gives the best conversion value of 96.80%. The rate constants obtained in the kinetics study using Ping-Pong-Bi-Bi and Ordered-Bi-Bi mechanisms with dead-end complex inhibition of lauric acid were compared. The corresponding parameters were found to obey the Ordered-Bi-Bi mechanism with dead-end complex inhibition of lauric acid. Kinetic parameters were calculated based on this model as follows: V (max) = 5.80 mmol l(-1) min(-1) g enzyme(-1), K (m,A) = 0.70 mmol l(-1) g enzyme(-1), K (m,B) = 115.48 mmol l(-1) g enzyme(-1), K (i) = 11.25 mmol l(-1) g enzyme(-1). The optimum conditions for the esterification of farnesol with lauric acid in a continuous packed bed reactor were found as the following: 18.18 cm packed bed height and 0.9 ml/min substrate flow rate. The optimum molar conversion of lauric acid to farnesyl laurate was 98.07 ± 0.82%. The effect of mass transfer in the packed bed reactor has also been studied using two models for cases of reaction limited and mass transfer limited. A very good agreement between the mass transfer limited model and the experimental data obtained indicating that the esterification in a packed bed reactor was mass transfer limited.
Xingrui Chen
2017-05-01
Full Text Available Traditional fixed-frequency ultrasonic technology and a variable-frequency ultrasonic technology were applied to refine the as-cast microstructure and improve the mechanical properties of a ZK60 (Mg–Zn–Zr alloy during large diameter semi-continuous casting. The acoustic field propagation was obtained by numerical simulation. The microstructure of the as-cast samples was characterized by optical and scanning electron microscopy. The variable-frequency ultrasonic technology shows its outstanding ability in grain refinement compared with traditional fixed-ultrasonic technology. The variable-frequency acoustic field promoted the formation of small α-Mg globular grains and changed the distribution and morphology of β-phases throughout the castings. Ultimate tensile strength and elongation are increased to 280 MPa and 8.9%, respectively, which are 19.1% and 45.9% higher than the values obtained from billets without ultrasonic treatment and are 11.6% and 18.7% higher than fixed-frequency ultrasound treated billets. Different refinement efficiencies appear in different districts of billets attributed to the sound attenuation in melt. The variable-frequency acoustic field improves the refinement effect by enhancing cavitation-enhanced heterogeneous nucleation and dendrite fragmentation effects.
Karstoft, Kristian; Winding, Kamilla; Knudsen, Sine H; James, Noemi G; Scheel, Maria M; Olesen, Jesper; Holst, Jens J; Pedersen, Bente K; Solomon, Thomas P J
2014-10-01
By use of a parallel and partly crossover randomised, controlled trial design we sought to elucidate the underlying mechanisms behind the advantageous effects of interval walking training (IWT) compared with continuous walking training (CWT) on glycaemic control in individuals with type 2 diabetes. We hypothesised that IWT, more than CWT, would improve insulin sensitivity including skeletal muscle insulin signalling, insulin secretion and disposition index (DI). By simple randomisation (sequentially numbered, opaque sealed envelopes), eligible individuals (diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, no exogenous insulin treatment) were allocated to three groups: a control group (CON, n = 8), an IWT group (n = 12) and an energy expenditure-matched CWT group (n = 12). Training groups were prescribed free-living training, five sessions per week (60 min/session). A three-stage hyperglycaemic clamp, including glucose isotope tracers and skeletal muscle biopsies, was performed before and after a 4 month intervention in a hospitalised setting. No blinding was performed. The improved glycaemic control, which was only seen in the IWT group, was consistent with IWT-induced increases in insulin sensitivity index (49.8 ± 14.6%; p training with alternating intensity, and not just training volume and mean intensity, is a key determinant of changes in whole body glucose disposal in individuals with type 2 diabetes. ClinicalTrials (NCT01234155).
Zhang, Qingzhe; Bao, Nan; Wang, Xinqiang; Hu, Xinde; Miao, Xinhan; Chaker, Mohamed; Ma, Dongling
2016-12-01
In this article, a novel route for the synthesis of graphene/TiO2 continuous fibers (GTF) using force-spinning combined with water vapor annealing method is reported for the first time. The morphology, structure and optical properties of the composite were fully characterized. With a single step of heat treatment process using steam at ambient conditions, we were able to initiate a series of chemical reactions, such as reduction of graphene oxide (GO), crystallization of TiO2, formation of C-Ti bond, and introduction of oxygen vacancies into TiO2. The incorporation of graphene in TiO2 fibers facilitated bandgap narrowing and improved photo-induced charge separation in the photocatalyst. As a result of synergistic effects, TiO2 fibers-2 wt% graphene (2%GTF) showed the highest photocatalytic activities in the degradation of X-3B under UV irradiation, superior to the benchmark photocatalyst P25. Under visible light irradiation, the same catalyst was about 4 times more efficient compared to pure TiO2 fibers (PTF). A detailed study of involved active species (in particular, ·, h+ and ·OH) unraveled the mechanism regarding photocatalysis.
Masui, D C; Furriel, R P M; McNamara, J C; Mantelatto, F L M; Leone, F A
2002-08-01
The modulation by Na(+), K(+), NH(4)(+) and ATP of the (Na(+),K(+))-ATPase in a microsomal fraction from Callinectes danae gills was analyzed. ATP was hydrolyzed at high-affinity binding sites at a maximal rate of V=35.4+/-2.1 Umg(-1) and K(0.5)=54.0+/-3.6 nM, obeying cooperative kinetics (n(H)=3.6). At low-affinity sites, the enzyme hydrolyzed ATP obeying Michaelis-Menten kinetics with K(M)=55.0+/-3.0 microM and V=271.5+/-17.2 Umg(-1). This is the first demonstration of a crustacean (Na(+),K(+))-ATPase with two ATP hydrolyzing sites. Stimulation by sodium (K(0.5)=5.80+/-0.30 mM), magnesium (K(0.5)=0.48+/-0.02 mM) and potassium ions (K(0.5)=1.61+/-0.06 mM) exhibited site-site interactions, while that by ammonium ions obeyed Michaelis-Menten kinetics (K(M)=4.61+/-0.27 mM). Ouabain (K(I)=147.2+/-7.microM) and orthovanadate (K(I)=11.2+/-0.6 microM) completely inhibited ATPase activity, indicating the absence of contaminating ATPase and/or neutral phosphatase activities. Ammonium and potassium ions synergistically stimulated the enzyme, increasing specific activities up to 90%, suggesting that these ions bind to different sites on the molecule. The presence of each ion modulates enzyme stimulation by the other. The modulation of (Na(+),K(+))-ATPase activity by ammonium ions, and the excretion of NH(4)(+) in benthic crabs are discussed.
Emergence of dynamic cooperativity in the stochastic kinetics of fluctuating enzymes.
Kumar, Ashutosh; Chatterjee, Sambarta; Nandi, Mintu; Dua, Arti
2016-08-28
Dynamic co-operativity in monomeric enzymes is characterized in terms of a non-Michaelis-Menten kinetic behaviour. The latter is believed to be associated with mechanisms that include multiple reaction pathways due to enzymatic conformational fluctuations. Recent advances in single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy have provided new fundamental insights on the possible mechanisms underlying reactions catalyzed by fluctuating enzymes. Here, we present a bottom-up approach to understand enzyme turnover kinetics at physiologically relevant mesoscopic concentrations informed by mechanisms extracted from single-molecule stochastic trajectories. The stochastic approach, presented here, shows the emergence of dynamic co-operativity in terms of a slowing down of the Michaelis-Menten (MM) kinetics resulting in negative co-operativity. For fewer enzymes, dynamic co-operativity emerges due to the combined effects of enzymatic conformational fluctuations and molecular discreteness. The increase in the number of enzymes, however, suppresses the effect of enzymatic conformational fluctuations such that dynamic co-operativity emerges solely due to the discrete changes in the number of reacting species. These results confirm that the turnover kinetics of fluctuating enzyme based on the parallel-pathway MM mechanism switches over to the single-pathway MM mechanism with the increase in the number of enzymes. For large enzyme numbers, convergence to the exact MM equation occurs in the limit of very high substrate concentration as the stochastic kinetics approaches the deterministic behaviour.
Emergence of dynamic cooperativity in the stochastic kinetics of fluctuating enzymes
Kumar, Ashutosh; Chatterjee, Sambarta; Nandi, Mintu; Dua, Arti
2016-08-01
Dynamic co-operativity in monomeric enzymes is characterized in terms of a non-Michaelis-Menten kinetic behaviour. The latter is believed to be associated with mechanisms that include multiple reaction pathways due to enzymatic conformational fluctuations. Recent advances in single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy have provided new fundamental insights on the possible mechanisms underlying reactions catalyzed by fluctuating enzymes. Here, we present a bottom-up approach to understand enzyme turnover kinetics at physiologically relevant mesoscopic concentrations informed by mechanisms extracted from single-molecule stochastic trajectories. The stochastic approach, presented here, shows the emergence of dynamic co-operativity in terms of a slowing down of the Michaelis-Menten (MM) kinetics resulting in negative co-operativity. For fewer enzymes, dynamic co-operativity emerges due to the combined effects of enzymatic conformational fluctuations and molecular discreteness. The increase in the number of enzymes, however, suppresses the effect of enzymatic conformational fluctuations such that dynamic co-operativity emerges solely due to the discrete changes in the number of reacting species. These results confirm that the turnover kinetics of fluctuating enzyme based on the parallel-pathway MM mechanism switches over to the single-pathway MM mechanism with the increase in the number of enzymes. For large enzyme numbers, convergence to the exact MM equation occurs in the limit of very high substrate concentration as the stochastic kinetics approaches the deterministic behaviour.
Hartog, J P Den
1961-01-01
First published over 40 years ago, this work has achieved the status of a classic among introductory texts on mechanics. Den Hartog is known for his lively, discursive and often witty presentations of all the fundamental material of both statics and dynamics (and considerable more advanced material) in new, original ways that provide students with insights into mechanical relationships that other books do not always succeed in conveying. On the other hand, the work is so replete with engineering applications and actual design problems that it is as valuable as a reference to the practicing e
Maeda, Hisatoshi
2012-03-01
Regional contraction work (RCW) of left ventricle (LV) was evaluated from cardiac perfusion images of ECG-gated single photon emission computed tomography (ECG-SPECT). The mechanical work was computed as a product of force and displaced distance. Force was determined from Laplace's law under a rectangle pressure. Deformation of wireframe representing LV was calculated from equations of continuity for two-dimensional fluids. Experiments were performed with homemade life-sized cardiac models. Total contraction work (TCW) and stroke work (SW) were 524.0 ± 166.1 mJ/beat and 709.8 ± 169.5 mJ/beat, respectively, in normal subjects (n = 23). Moderate correlation was seen between TCW and SW (y = -43.4 + 0.779 x, r = 0.815). The regional contraction amplitude (RCA), synchronous contraction index and RCW were 35.4 ± 3.5%, 95.4 ± 3.1% and 5.58 ± 0.97 mJ cm(-2)/beat in normal subjects, whereas those in patients with decreased ejection raction (EF) ≤ 30% (n = 6) were 19.6 ± 7.7%, 64.4 ± 32.2% and 2.58 ± 0.82 mJ cm(-2)/beat (p < 0.0001, Student's t-test). There was a poor correlation between RCW and RCA (y = 1.648 ± 0.116 x, r = 0.501) in normal subjects, suggesting that it might not be suitable to use RCA as an alternative to evaluate RCW.
Hirano, Satomi; Sekine, Kazuhisa; Handa, Tetsurou; Nakano, Minoru
2012-06-01
Phospholipase D (PLD)-mediated hydrolysis of phosphatidylcholine (PC) in large unilamellar vesicles (LUVs) consisting of PC and either glycerol monooleate (GMO) or methyl oleate (MeO) were monitored in situ and in real time by using a choline oxidase-immobilized oxygen electrode. This technique revealed reaction differences between 2 bacterial PLDs. PLD from Streptomyces chromofuscus, which is closely homologous to bacterial alkaline phosphatase, hydrolyzed only 6% of surface PC owing to product inhibition. The catalytic activity of this enzyme was not sensitive to the addition of GMO. On the other hand, typical bacterial PLD from Streptomyces sp. was found to hydrolyze all the PC molecules at the outer surface of LUVs suggesting that this enzyme is free from product inhibition. Introduction of GMO or MeO into the bilayer increased exposure of the PC headgroup and facilitated PC hydrolysis mediated by PLD from Streptomyces sp. GMO and MeO have the same lipophilic tail but the latter lacks hydroxyl groups on its polar head. From kinetic analysis by using the Michaelis-Menten model extended to the reaction at the interface, these compounds were found to activate PLD from Streptomyces sp. in different ways, i.e., MeO increased the protein binding to membranes and GMO stimulated the enzyme-substrate complex formation at membrane surface. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Kinetics of trypsin-catalyzed hydrolysis determined by isothermal titration calorimetry.
Maximova, Ksenia; Trylska, Joanna
2015-10-01
Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) was applied to determine enzymatic activity and inhibition. We measured the Michaelis-Menten kinetics for trypsin-catalyzed hydrolysis of two substrates, casein (an insoluble macromolecule substrate) and Nα-benzoyl-dl-arginine β-naphthylamide (a small substrate), and estimated the thermodynamic parameters in the temperature range from 20 to 37°C. The inhibitory activities of reversible (small molecule benzamidine) and irreversible (small molecule phenylmethanesulfonyl fluoride and macromolecule α1-antitrypsin) inhibitors of trypsin were also determined. We showed the usefulness of ITC for fast and direct measurement of inhibition constants and half-maximal inhibitory concentrations and for predictions of the mechanism of inhibition. ITC kinetic assays could be an easy and straightforward way to estimate Michaelis-Menten constants and the effectiveness of inhibitors as well as to predict the inhibition mechanism. ITC efficiency was found to be similar to that of classical spectrophotometric enzymatic assays. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Exploration of two-enzyme coupled catalysis system using scanning electrochemical microscopy.
Wu, Zeng-Qiang; Jia, Wen-Zhi; Wang, Kang; Xu, Jing-Juan; Chen, Hong-Yuan; Xia, Xing-Hua
2012-12-18
In biological metabolism, a given metabolic process usually occurs via a group of enzymes working together in sequential pathways. To explore the metabolism mechanism requires the understanding of the multienzyme coupled catalysis systems. In this paper, an approach has been proposed to study the kinetics of a two-enzyme coupled reaction using SECM combining numerical simulations. Acetylcholine esterase and choline oxidase are immobilized on cysteamine self-assembled monolayers on tip and substrate gold electrodes of SECM via electrostatic interactions, respectively. The reaction kinetics of this two-enzyme coupled system upon various separation distance precisely regulated by SECM are measured. An overall apparent Michaelis-Menten constant of this enzyme cascade is thus measured as 2.97 mM at an optimal tip-substrate gap distance of 18 μm. Then, a kinetic model of this enzyme cascade is established for evaluating the kinetic parameters of individual enzyme by using the finite element method. The simulated results demonstrate the choline oxidase catalytic reaction is the rate determining step of this enzyme cascade. The Michaelis-Menten constant of acetylcholine esterase is evaluated as 1.8 mM. This study offers a promising approach to exploring mechanism of other two-enzyme coupled reactions in biological system and would promote the development of biosensors and enzyme-based logic systems.
Pugh, C. Preston; Pouncey, Dakota L; Hartman, Jessica H.; Nshimiyimana, Robert; Desrochers, Linda P.; Goodwin, Thomas E.; Boysen, Gunnar; Miller, Grover P.
2014-01-01
The widely used anticoagulant Coumadin (R/S-warfarin) undergoes oxidation by cytochromes P450 into hydroxywarfarins that subsequently become conjugated for excretion in urine. Hydroxywarfarins may modulate warfarin metabolism transcriptionally or through direct inhibition of cytochromes P450 and thus, UGT action toward hydroxywarfarin elimination may impact levels of the parent drugs and patient responses. Nevertheless, relatively little is known about conjugation by UDP-glucuronosyltransferases in warfarin metabolism. Herein, we identified probable conjugation sites, kinetic mechanisms and hepatic UGT isoforms involved in microsomal glucuronidation of R- and S-7-hydroxywarfarin. Both compounds underwent glucuronidation at C4 and C7 hydroxyl groups based on elution properties and spectral characteristics. Their formation demonstrated regio- and enantioselectivity by UGTs and resulted in either Michaelis-Menten or substrate inhibition kinetics. Glucuronidation at the C7 hydroxyl group occurred more readily than at the C4 group, and the reaction was overall more efficient for R-7-hydroxywarfarin due to higher affinity and rates of turnover. The use of these mechanisms and parameters to model in vivo clearance demonstrated that contributions of substrate inhibition would lead to underestimation of metabolic clearance than that predicted by Michaelis-Menten kinetics. Lastly, these processes were driven by multiple UGTs indicating redundancy in glucuronidation pathways and ultimately metabolic clearance of R- and S-7-hydroxywarfarin. PMID:25447818
Fock space, symbolic algebra, and analytical solutions for small stochastic systems.
Santos, Fernando A N; Gadêlha, Hermes; Gaffney, Eamonn A
2015-12-01
Randomness is ubiquitous in nature. From single-molecule biochemical reactions to macroscale biological systems, stochasticity permeates individual interactions and often regulates emergent properties of the system. While such systems are regularly studied from a modeling viewpoint using stochastic simulation algorithms, numerous potential analytical tools can be inherited from statistical and quantum physics, replacing randomness due to quantum fluctuations with low-copy-number stochasticity. Nevertheless, classical studies remained limited to the abstract level, demonstrating a more general applicability and equivalence between systems in physics and biology rather than exploiting the physics tools to study biological systems. Here the Fock space representation, used in quantum mechanics, is combined with the symbolic algebra of creation and annihilation operators to consider explicit solutions for the chemical master equations describing small, well-mixed, biochemical, or biological systems. This is illustrated with an exact solution for a Michaelis-Menten single enzyme interacting with limited substrate, including a consideration of very short time scales, which emphasizes when stiffness is present even for small copy numbers. Furthermore, we present a general matrix representation for Michaelis-Menten kinetics with an arbitrary number of enzymes and substrates that, following diagonalization, leads to the solution of this ubiquitous, nonlinear enzyme kinetics problem. For this, a flexible symbolic maple code is provided, demonstrating the prospective advantages of this framework compared to stochastic simulation algorithms. This further highlights the possibilities for analytically based studies of stochastic systems in biology and chemistry using tools from theoretical quantum physics.
Studies on the kinetics of plasminogen activation by tissue plasminogen activator.
Rånby, M
1982-06-24
The steady-state rate of plasminogen activation by tissue plasminogen activator has been determined at various plasminogen concentrations. A plasmin substrate method similar to that presented by Christensen and Müllertz (Biochim. Biophys. Acta 480 (1977) 257-281) was used. The reaction was studied using one-chain type and two-chain type tissue plasminogen activator, N-terminal glutamic acid and N-terminal lysine plasminogen in the presence and in the absence of fibrin (eight studies). The kinetic data were fitted to a general Wong-Hanes equation and the simplest equation with significant parameters was found. In the absence of fibrin N-terminal glutamic acid plasminogen activation obeyed the Michaelis-Menten rate equation (Km 4.9 and 7.6 micro M and kcat 0.0013 and 0.0078 s-1 for one-chain type and two-chain type tissue plasminogen activator, respectively. In the absence of fibrin the activation of N-terminal lysine plasminogen activation failed to obey the Michaelis-Menten rate equation. Fibrin was found to stimulate greatly (up to 1000-fold) the steady-state activation rate. A theory for the fibrin stimulating mechanism is presented.
Nel, Louis
2016-01-01
This book presents a detailed, self-contained theory of continuous mappings. It is mainly addressed to students who have already studied these mappings in the setting of metric spaces, as well as multidimensional differential calculus. The needed background facts about sets, metric spaces and linear algebra are developed in detail, so as to provide a seamless transition between students' previous studies and new material. In view of its many novel features, this book will be of interest also to mature readers who have studied continuous mappings from the subject's classical texts and wish to become acquainted with a new approach. The theory of continuous mappings serves as infrastructure for more specialized mathematical theories like differential equations, integral equations, operator theory, dynamical systems, global analysis, topological groups, topological rings and many more. In light of the centrality of the topic, a book of this kind fits a variety of applications, especially those that contribute to ...
Chester, W
1979-01-01
When I began to write this book, I originally had in mind the needs of university students in their first year. May aim was to keep the mathematics simple. No advanced techniques are used and there are no complicated applications. The emphasis is on an understanding of the basic ideas and problems which require expertise but do not contribute to this understanding are not discussed. How ever, the presentation is more sophisticated than might be considered appropri ate for someone with no previous knowledge of the subject so that, although it is developed from the beginning, some previous acquaintance with the elements of the subject would be an advantage. In addition, some familiarity with element ary calculus is assumed but not with the elementary theory of differential equations, although knowledge of the latter would again be an advantage. It is my opinion that mechanics is best introduced through the motion of a particle, with rigid body problems left until the subject is more fully developed. Howev...
Bram Geron
2013-09-01
Full Text Available Programs with control are usually modeled using lambda calculus extended with control operators. Instead of modifying lambda calculus, we consider a different model of computation. We introduce continuation calculus, or CC, a deterministic model of computation that is evaluated using only head reduction, and argue that it is suitable for modeling programs with control. It is demonstrated how to define programs, specify them, and prove them correct. This is shown in detail by presenting in CC a list multiplication program that prematurely returns when it encounters a zero. The correctness proof includes termination of the program. In continuation calculus we can model both call-by-name and call-by-value. In addition, call-by-name functions can be applied to call-by-value results, and conversely.
Empey, Philip E.; Miller, Tricia M.; Philbrick, Ashley H.; Melick, John; Kochanek, Patrick M.; Poloyac, Samuel M.
2011-01-01
Objectives Therapeutic hypothermia is widely-employed for neuroprotection after cardiac arrest(CA). However, concern regarding elevated drug concentrations during hypothermia and increased adverse drug reaction risk complicates concurrent pharmacotherapy. Many commonly used medications in critically ill patients rely on the cytochrome P450(CYP) 3A isoform for their elimination. Therefore, our study objectives were to determine the effect of mild hypothermia on the in vivo pharmacokinetics of fentanyl and midazolam, two clinically-relevant CYP3A substrates, after CA and to investigate the mechanisms of these alterations. Design Prospective, randomized, controlled study Setting University research laboratory Subjects Thirty two adult male Sprague-Dawley rats Interventions An asphyxial CA rat model was used and mild hypothermia(33 °C) was induced 1h post injury by surface cooling and continued for 10 hours to mimic the prolonged clinical application of hypothermia accompanied by intensive care interventions. Fentanyl and midazolam were independently administered by intravenous infusion and plasma and brain concentrations were analyzed using ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. Cyp3a2 protein expression was measured and a Michaelis-Menten enzyme kinetic analysis was performed at 37°C and 33°C using control rat microsomes. Measurements and Main Results Mild hypothermia decreased the systemic clearance of both fentanyl (61.5±11.5 to 48.9±8.95 mL/min/kg;p midazolam (89.2±12.5 to 73.6±12.1 mL/min/kg;p midazolam in rats after CA through alterations in Cyp3a metabolic capacity rather than enzyme affinity as observed with other CYPs. Contrasting effects on blood and brain levels further complicates drug dosing. Consideration of the impact of hypothermia on medications whose clearance is dependent on CYP3A metabolism is warranted. PMID:22067624
2012-01-01
chloroethene mineralization under nomi- nally anoxic conditions can exhibit saturation type ( Michaelis - Menten ) kinetics over the range of environmentally...relevant concentrations. The Michaelis - Menten parameters, Vmax and ks, are sensitive to a number of environmental factors and vary according to in
Hadamard Transform Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
2010-01-26
determined by direct fitting of the initial rates data to the Michaelis - Menten equation. Excellent agreement is shown amongst the values indicating that...of VGVKVR by trypsin at pH 8.5. The dashed red line in the figure shows a best fit to the Michaelis - Menten equation for the data collected. The
Hadamard Transform Time-of-Flight Spectroscopy
2010-01-26
system presented in Figure 13 were determined by direct fitting of the initial rates data to the Michaelis - Menten equation. Excellent agreement is...trypsin at pH 8.5. The dashed red line in the figure shows a best fit to the Michaelis - Menten equation for the data collected. The error bars in
Dynamical Systems and Control Theory Inspired by Molecular Biology
2011-02-20
is odd) steady states, there never are more than 2n − 1 steady states, that for parameters near the standard Michaelis - Menten quasi-steady state...conditions, there are at most n + 1 steady states and that for parameters far from the standard Michaelis - Menten quasi-steady state conditions, there is at
Jensen, Michael Gejl; Lerche, Susanne; Egefjord, Lærke
2013-01-01
hypoglycemia study and our previous hyperglycemia study to estimate the Michaelis-Menten constants of glucose transport and metabolism. The GLP-1 treatment lowered the vascular volume of brain tissue. Loading data from hypo- to hyperglycemia into the Michaelis-Menten equation, we found increased maximum...
The total quasi-steady-state approximation for complex enzyme reactions
Pedersen, Morten Gram; Bersani, A. M.; Bersani, E.
2008-01-01
Biochemistry in general and enzyme kinetics in particular have been heavily influenced by the model of biochemical reactions known as Michaelis-Menten kinetics. Assuming that the complex concentration is approximately constant after a short transient phase leads to the usual Michaelis-Menten (MM...
Plankton Dynamics and Mesoscale Turbulence
2010-06-29
dependending on available nutri- ents through a Holling type-II (or Michaelis - Menten ) functional response, by a Holling type III grazing by zooplankton, by...phytoplankton, using a Michaelis - Menten (or Monod) functional form. The con- stants ρ1 and ρ2 are used to transform phytoplankton biomass into nutrient
Popat, Sudeep C; Deshusses, Marc A
2011-02-15
Anaerobic bioreactors containing Dehalococcoides spp. can be effective for the treatment of trichloroethene (TCE) contamination. However, reductive dehalogenation of TCE often results in partial conversion to harmless ethene, and significant production of undesired cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cis-DCE) and vinyl chloride (VC) is frequently observed. Here, a detailed modeling study was conducted focusing on the determination of biokinetic constants for the dechlorination of TCE and its reductive dechlorination intermediates cis-DCE and VC as well as any biokinetic inhibition that may exist between these compounds. Dechlorination data from an anaerobic biotrickling filter containing Dehalococcoides spp. fed with single compounds (TCE, cis-DCE, or VC) were fitted to the model to determine biokinetic constants. Experiments with multiple compounds were used to determine inhibition between the compounds. It was found that the Michaelis-Menten half-saturation constants for all compounds were higher than for cells grown in suspended cultures, indicating a lower enzyme affinity in biofilm cells. It was also observed that TCE competitively inhibited the dechlorination of cis-DCE and had a mild detrimental effect on the dechlorination of VC. Thus, careful selection of biotreatment conditions, possibly with the help of a model such as the one presented herein, is required to minimize the production of partially dechlorinated intermediates.
Wells, R. P.; Ghiorso, W.; Staples, J.; Huang, T. M.; Sannibale, F.; Kramasz, T. D.
2016-02-01
A high repetition rate, MHz-class, high-brightness electron source is a key element in future high-repetition-rate x-ray free electron laser-based light sources. The VHF-gun, a novel low frequency radio-frequency gun, is the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) response to that need. The gun design is based on a normal conducting, single cell cavity resonating at 186 MHz in the VHF band and capable of continuous wave operation while still delivering the high accelerating fields at the cathode required for the high brightness performance. The VHF-gun was fabricated and successfully commissioned in the framework of the Advanced Photo-injector EXperiment, an injector built at LBNL to demonstrate the capability of the gun to deliver the required beam quality. The basis for the selection of the VHF-gun technology, novel design features, and fabrication techniques are described.
Um, Byung-Hwan; Choi, Chang Ho; Oh, Kyeong Keun
2013-02-01
Rape straw pretreated by a continuous twin screw-driven reactor (CTSR) with hot water presented a distinctive particle-size distribution profile as a function of the operating temperature. The relative amount of finer particle size dramatically increased as the ratio of solid to liquid was increased. Size reduction through physical CTSR process effectively promoted the enzymatic hydrolysis of pretreated rape straw. Meanwhile, the crystallinity of the physically pretreated straw was not a greater factor affecting the enzyme digestibility. The glucose conversion from the enzymatic hydrolysis of the straw pretreated by CTSR with hot water was maximized at 52%. Using the chemicals as catalyst have affected considerably for increasing the digestibility at same condition with hot water pretreatment. The enzymatic digestibilities of the straw pretreated by CTSR with sodium hydroxide and sulfuric acid were 60% and 77%, respectively.
Wells, R P; Ghiorso, W; Staples, J; Huang, T M; Sannibale, F; Kramasz, T D
2016-02-01
A high repetition rate, MHz-class, high-brightness electron source is a key element in future high-repetition-rate x-ray free electron laser-based light sources. The VHF-gun, a novel low frequency radio-frequency gun, is the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) response to that need. The gun design is based on a normal conducting, single cell cavity resonating at 186 MHz in the VHF band and capable of continuous wave operation while still delivering the high accelerating fields at the cathode required for the high brightness performance. The VHF-gun was fabricated and successfully commissioned in the framework of the Advanced Photo-injector EXperiment, an injector built at LBNL to demonstrate the capability of the gun to deliver the required beam quality. The basis for the selection of the VHF-gun technology, novel design features, and fabrication techniques are described.
Mechanism of vortex formation in teeming ladle during continuous casting process%连铸钢包浇注过程中旋涡的形成机理
屈天鹏; 郭瑞琪; 郝月莹; 张文帝; 袁子凯; 王德永
2016-01-01
连铸钢包浇注末期出现的旋涡卷渣现象会对连铸钢水质量产生重要的影响，为了有效控制生产中的旋涡卷渣现象，对钢包浇注末期旋涡的产生机理开展详细研究.依据相似原理，构建了相似比为1∶6的钢包物理模型，对钢包浇注过程中旋涡产生及卷渣过程进行研究，分析了初始液面高度、出水口尺寸与布置位置、出水口结构等因素对旋涡形成规律的影响.结果表明：旋涡形成过程与初始液面高度无关；钢包出水口尺寸和布置位置对于旋涡形成过程影响显著.随着出水口直径的增大，旋涡临界高度逐渐增加；随着偏心率的增加，旋涡临界高度逐渐降低，最佳偏心率为3/4.提出三片挡块式出水口结构，可以显著降低钢包浇注末期的旋涡临界高度，降低高度达50％左右.%Cleanness of molten steel in tundish was closely related to the slag entrapment by vortex at end of ladle teeming process.The formation mechanism of the vortex was investigated in order to develop effective measure-ment to prevent its negative effect.Based on the similarity criteria,series water modeling experiments,with scale of 1∶6,were carried out to investigate the formation and evolution mechanisms of vortex in ladle during teeming process.The effects of initial level of fluid in ladle,exit diameter and location,exit structure on formation mecha-nism of the vortex were studied.The results show that,under the present experimental conditions,the vortex for-mation has no relationship with the initial level of fluid in ladle,nevertheless,the exit diameter and location play an important role in vortex evolution.The critical height of vortex formation decreases with decreasing exit diame-ter and increasing exit eccentricity,and the best value of exit eccentricity is 3/4.A new exit structure is developed which dramatically delays the formation of vortex at the end of teeming process by 50%.
R. I. Aizman
2014-01-01
Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of influence of single and prolonged exposure of audio-visual stimulation (AVS on heart rate variability and the mechanisms of the autonomic regulation in athletes, involved in cyclic sports activity.Material and methods. In this study 60 athletes aging of 17–23 years old, specializing in middle-distance running, were involved. The running volume in the zones of varying intensity was from 185 to 225 km/month. The experiment was conducted in January – March 2014, at the Scientific Educational Center “Physiology of ontogenesis” at the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Life Safety of NSPU.Training course of audiovisual stimulation (AVS consisted of 20–22 sessions, which were conducted in a day with using a portable audiovisual stimulator “NOVO PRO” (USA. ECG registration signal was performed using hardware and software complex VNS-Micro (Neurosoft, Ivanovo, Russia in standard electrocardiogram lead II. Athletes who received AVS course in the morning, before sports training loads, have received training with activating program, and after exercise – by using a relaxed program.Results. In athletes after 20–22 sessions of AVS the decreased influence of the sympathetic regulation and contribution of central levels of management in the regulation of heart rate were found. A decrease of intensity of regulatory system was observed.Increased influence of the parasympathetic regulation and strengthening of autonomous regulation contour was found. AVS contributed to increasing influence of respiratory waves on the heart rhythm and a more economical functional activity. AVS single exposure caused a significant increase in the functioning of autonomous regulation contour, the growing influence of parasympathetic effects and higher contribution of respiratory waves in the formation of heart rate by using activating as well relaxing programs. However, a more pronounced effect was
Zha, Jinmiao; Sun, Liwei; Zhou, Yiqi; Spear, Philip A; Ma, Mei; Wang, Zijian
2008-02-01
17alpha-Ethinylestradiol (EE(2)) is a synthetic estrogen used primarily in birth control pills and in hormone replacement therapy. Owing to its occurrence in surface waters at concentrations frequently greater than 1 ng/l and its projected future use, EE(2) is expected to pose a significant risk to aquatic organisms. This study was conducted to obtain long-term exposure data necessary for the establishment of water quality criteria and to investigate mechanisms associated with toxic effects. In a multigeneration experiment, Chinese rare minnows (Gobiocypris rarus) were constantly exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations of the synthetic estrogen EE(2). Mortality, deformities, reproductive parameters, plasma vitellogenin and histopathology were assessed. The results showed that, in the F(0) generation, all endpoints were significantly affected at concentrations higher than 0.2 ng/l EE(2). No F(1) phenotypic males developed to maturity at 0.2 ng/l and, when adult females of this exposure group were crossed with unexposed males, no F(2) fertile eggs were produced. Kidney histopathology and ultrastructure suggest anomalies possibly associated with increased vitellogenin accumulation. We concluded that the reproduction of the F(1) minnows was completely inhibited at the lowest concentration tested, 0.2 ng/l EE(2), a concentration frequently detected in surface waters. Growth effects may be related to increased energy requirements including the energy used in VTG synthesis. Reproductive effects are presumably associated with male feminization and the occurrence of testis-ova in males; however, ovarian degeneration observed in females may also have contributed to reproductive failure.
Yang, Y. R.; Liu, X. G.; Qu, Y.; An, J. L.; Jiang, R.; Zhang, Y. H.; Sun, Y. L.; Wu, Z. J.; Zhang, F.; Xu, W. Q.; Ma, Q. X.
2015-07-01
Four extreme haze episodes occurred in October 2014 in the North China Plain (NCP). To clarify the formation mechanism of hazes in autumn, strengthened observations were conducted in Beijing from 5 October to 2 November. The meteorological parameters, satellite data, chemical compositions and optical properties of aerosols were obtained. The hazes originated from the NCP, developing in the southwest and northeast directions, with the highest concentration of PM2.5 of 469 μg m-3 in Beijing. The NCP was dominated by a weak high pressure system during the haze episode, which resulted in low surface wind speed and relatively stagnant weather. Moreover, the wind slowed down around Beijing city. The secondary aerosols NO3- was always higher than that of SO42-, which indicated the motor vehicles played a more important part in the hazes in October 2014, even though the oxidation rate from SO2 to SO42- was faster than that of NOx to NO3-. Sudden increases of the concentrations of organic matter, Cl- and BC (black carbon) before each haze episode implied that regional transport of pollutants by biomass burning was important for haze formation during autumn. A satellite map of fire points and the backward trajectories of the air masses also indicated this pollution source. The distinct decrease in the PBL (planetary boundary layer) height during four haze episodes restrained the vertical dispersion of the air pollutants. Water vapor also played a vital role in the formation of hazes by accelerating the chemical transformation of secondary pollutants, leading to hygroscopic growth of aerosols and altering the thermal balance of the atmosphere.
Y. R. Yang
2015-04-01
Full Text Available Four extreme haze episodes occurred in October 2014 in the North China Plain (NCP. To clarify the formation mechanism of hazes in the autumn, strengthened observations were conducted in Beijing from 5 October to 2 November. The meteorological parameters, satellite data, chemical compositions and optical properties of aerosols were obtained. The hazes originated from NCP, developing in the southwest and northeast directions, with the highest concentration of PM2.5 of 469 μg m−3 in Beijing. NCP was dominated by a weak high pressure system during the haze episode, which resulted in low surface wind speed and relatively stagnant weather. Moreover, the wind slowed down around Beijing city. The secondary aerosols NO3− was always higher than that of SO42−, which indicated the motor vehicles played a more important part in the hazes in October 2014, even though the oxidation rate from SO2 to SO42− was faster than that of NOx to NO3−. Sudden increases of the concentrations of organic matter, Cl− and BC (Black carbon before each haze episode implied that regional transport of pollutants by biomass burning was important for haze formation during the autumn. A satellite map of fire points and the backward trajectories of the air masses also indicated this pollution source. The distinct decrease in the PBL (planetary boundary layer height during four haze episodes restrained the vertical dispersion of the air pollutants. Water vapor also played a vital role in the formation of hazes by accelerating the chemical transformation of secondary pollutants, leading to hygroscopic growth of aerosols and altering the thermal balance of the atmosphere.
张忻; 詹浩; 韩争胜
2016-01-01
Innovation team in university (ITU)is one of major forces to deal with complex scientific research and to improve a country's future competitiveness :The continuous innovation capability of innovation team plays a key role in the existence and development of innovation team and the social contribution of university :In this paper ,we firstly propose the concept and content of the continuous innovation capability of innovation team in university :T hen ,w e identify the influencing fac‐tors and specific expression based on literature review and experts'opinions :Finally ,we empirically verify the formation mechanism of continuous innovation capability of innovation team in university by using structural equation model :T he re‐sults shows that the characteristics of team member ,the team environment ,and the external factors of team have different effects on the tw o aspects of continuous innovation capability of innovation team in university ,namely continuous know l‐edge innovation and continuous achievements transformation :T he achievements of this paper have certain theory instruc‐tion value for developing the continuous innovation capability of innovation team in university.%高校创新团队是应对复杂科研环境、提高国家竞争力的主要力量，其持续创新能力对团队发展和高校的社会贡献力具有重大意义。阐述了高校创新团队持续创新能力内涵，结合文献回顾及专家意见，识别出高校创新团队持续创新能力影响因素及表现形式；最后通过结构方程模型，对高校创新团队持续创新能力形成机理进行了实证验证。研究结果表明，团队成员自身因素、团队环境以及团队外部因素对高校创新团队持续创新能力的两方面———持续知识创新和持续成果转化具有不同程度的影响。
Zhenjie Liu
2009-01-01
Full Text Available This paper investigates the existence of periodic solutions of a ratio-dependent predator-prey diffusion system with Michaelis-Menten functional responses and time delays in a two-patch environment on time scales. By using a continuation theorem based on coincidence degree theory, we obtain suffcient criteria for the existence of periodic solutions for the system. Moreover, when the time scale 𝕋 is chosen as ℝ or ℤ, the existence of the periodic solutions of the corresponding continuous and discrete models follows. Therefore, the methods are unified to provide the existence of the desired solutions for the continuous differential equations and discrete difference equations.
谭天林; 欧兵玺; 廖世川; 罗力; 李雪
2011-01-01
探讨建立医疗质量持续改进长效机制,确保患者医疗安全,提高患者满意度.坚持将健全组织、完善制度、优化流程、全员培训、全面监控、加强沟通、整改到位等措施,贯穿于基础质量控制、环节质量控制和终末质量控3个环节,是建立医疗质量持续改进长效机制的有效方法.%The establishment of long-term mechanism for continuous improvement of health care quality is explored to ensure the safety of patients, and to improve patient satisfaction. Adhering to a sound organization, improving the system, streamlining business process, training all staff, and enhancing comprehensive monitoring and communication are needed in place corrective measures, such as quality control throughout the base, part of quality control and quality control of the three terminal links, and are effective ways of continuous quality improvement of establishing long-term mechanism.
Tougher, Sarah; Hanson, Kara; Goodman, Catherine
2017-04-25
The private sector supplies anti-malarial treatment for large proportions of patients in sub-Saharan Africa. Following the large-scale piloting of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) from 2010 to 2011, a private sector co-payment mechanism (CPM) provided continuation of private sector subsidies for quality-assured artemisinin combination therapies (QAACT). This article analyses for the first time the extent to which improvements in private sector QAACT supply and distribution observed during the AMFm were maintained or intensified during continuation of the CPM through 2015 in Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda using repeat cross-sectional outlet survey data. QAACT market share in all five countries increased during the AMFm period (p market share was maintained or improved post-AMFm in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, but statistically significant declines were observed in Kenya and Madagascar. In 2014/5, QAACT market share was highest in Kenya and Uganda (48.2 and 47.5%, respectively) followed by Tanzania (39.2%), Nigeria (35.0%), and Madagascar (7.0%). Four of the five countries experienced significant decreases in median QAACT price during the AMFm period. Private sector QAACT prices were maintained or further reduced in Tanzania, Nigeria and Uganda, but prices increased significantly in Kenya and Madagascar. SP prices were consistently lower than those of QAACT in the AMFm period, with the exception of Kenya and Tanzania in 2011, where they were equal. In 2014/5 QAACT remained two to three times more expensive than the most popular non-artemisinin therapy in all countries except Tanzania. Results suggest that a private sector co-payment mechanism for QAACT implemented at national scale for 5 years was associated with positive and sustained improvements in QAACT availability, price and market share in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, with more mixed results in Kenya, and few improvements in Madagascar. The subsidy mechanism as implemented
Method Based on Matrix Mechanism for Differential Privacy Continual Data Release%基于矩阵机制的差分隐私连续数据发布方法
蔡剑平; 吴英杰; 王晓东
2016-01-01
The vast majority of the literature on differential privacy algorithms focuses on one time static release of data-sets, while many applications of data analysis involve the continual data release. This paper proposes a method based on matrix mechanism for differential privacy continual data release. The key idea of the proposed method is to firstly construct the strategy matrix of the continual data release problem using the binary indexed tree, and then optimize the strategy matrix to boost the accuracy of the published data. After that, aiming at the high time complexity of existing optimization algorithm based on matrix mechanism, this paper puts forward a fast diagonal matrix optimization algo-rithm (FDA) with O(lg N) time complexity, which can be applied to the situation of large-scale continuous data pub-lishing effectively. This paper compares and analyzes FDA and the traditional algorithms on the accuracy of the released data by experiments. The experimental results show that FDA is effective and feasible.%现有绝大多数差分隐私算法只考虑数据的一次静态发布，而实际许多数据分析应用却涉及连续数据发布。为此，提出了一种基于矩阵机制的差分隐私连续数据发布方法。该方法的核心思想是首先利用树状数组构建连续数据发布问题的策略矩阵，然后对策略矩阵进行优化以提高发布数据的精确性。随后，进一步针对现有基于矩阵机制的优化算法复杂度极高的问题，提出了时间复杂度为O(lg N)的快速对角阵优化算法（fast diagonal matrix optimization algorithm，FDA），以有效应用于大规模的连续数据发布。通过实验比较分析了FDA算法与同类算法所发布数据的精确度，结果表明FDA算法是有效可行的。
Cellier, Francois E.
1991-01-01
A comprehensive and systematic introduction is presented for the concepts associated with 'modeling', involving the transition from a physical system down to an abstract description of that system in the form of a set of differential and/or difference equations, and basing its treatment of modeling on the mathematics of dynamical systems. Attention is given to the principles of passive electrical circuit modeling, planar mechanical systems modeling, hierarchical modular modeling of continuous systems, and bond-graph modeling. Also discussed are modeling in equilibrium thermodynamics, population dynamics, and system dynamics, inductive reasoning, artificial neural networks, and automated model synthesis.
谢志江; 梁欢; 宋代平
2015-01-01
为了避免传统数值方法求解并联机构正解问题的弊端，提出了一种将并联机构正解问题转化为目标函数优化问题的求解方法。并联机构正解的核心问题是求解一组多元耦合非线性方程组，以此为依据建立了并联机构正解的目标函数优化模型，并提出了一种简单的连续蚁群算法来求解该优化模型。以求解3-RPS并联机构正解为例进行了仿真分析。结果表明，该算法具有良好的全局寻优功能，能够避免初始值和局部极小值对计算结果的影响，不用计算雅可比矩阵及其逆阵，且计算精度满足并联机构正解的要求。%In order to avoid the drawbacks of traditional numerical methods for solving the problem of parallel mechanism forward kinematics,this paper proposed a method that translated the problem of solving parallel mechanism forward kinematics into obj ective function optimization problems.The central issue of solving the problem of parallel mechanism forward kinematics was to solve a set of multiple coupled nonlinear equations,thus obj ective function optimization model of parallel mechanism forward kinematics was established,and a kind of simple continuous ant colony algorithm was put for-ward to solve the above optimization model.Taking the 3-RPS parallel mechanism for example,some simulation analyses were completed.The results show that the algorithm has a good global optimiza-tion function and can avoid initial values and the local minimum effect on the calculation results with-out calculating Jacobian matrix and its inverse matrix.The accuracy of calculation meets the require-ments of parallel mechanism of forward kinematics.
Spectral Quasi-Equilibrium Manifold for Chemical Kinetics.
Kooshkbaghi, Mahdi; Frouzakis, Christos E; Boulouchos, Konstantinos; Karlin, Iliya V
2016-05-26
The Spectral Quasi-Equilibrium Manifold (SQEM) method is a model reduction technique for chemical kinetics based on entropy maximization under constraints built by the slowest eigenvectors at equilibrium. The method is revisited here and discussed and validated through the Michaelis-Menten kinetic scheme, and the quality of the reduction is related to the temporal evolution and the gap between eigenvalues. SQEM is then applied to detailed reaction mechanisms for the homogeneous combustion of hydrogen, syngas, and methane mixtures with air in adiabatic constant pressure reactors. The system states computed using SQEM are compared with those obtained by direct integration of the detailed mechanism, and good agreement between the reduced and the detailed descriptions is demonstrated. The SQEM reduced model of hydrogen/air combustion is also compared with another similar technique, the Rate-Controlled Constrained-Equilibrium (RCCE). For the same number of representative variables, SQEM is found to provide a more accurate description.
Karakhim, S A
2012-01-01
The article is dedicated to analysis of equation which expresses apparent Michaelis constant K(m)app) of enzyme-catalysed reactions with activator participation by means of the substrate constant K(s) and rate constant of enzyme-substrate complex decomposition k(cat). It has been shown that although it is possible to record the mechanisms of such reactions as a scheme similar to Michaelis-Menten model and to derive equation of apparent Michaelis constant as K(m(app) = K(s) + k(cat)/k(1), but this approach cannot be used for investigation of all reactions with activator participation. The equation mentioned above is not obeyed in the general case, it may be true for some mechanisms only or under certain ratio of kinetic parameters of enzyme-catalysed reactions.
Ruthenium(III Catalysis in Perborate Oxidation of 5-Oxoacids
S. Shree Devi
2014-01-01
Full Text Available Ruthenium(III catalyzes perborate oxidation of substituted 5-oxoacids in acidic solution. The catalyzed oxidation is first order with respect to the oxidant and catalyst. The rate of ruthenium(III catalyzed oxidation displays the Michaelis-Menten kinetics on the reductant and is independent of [H+] of the medium. Hydrogen peroxide is the reactive species of perborate and the kinetic results reveal formation of ruthenium(III peroxo species-5-oxoacid complex. Electron-releasing substituents accelerate the reaction rate and electron-withdrawing substituents retard it. The order of reactivity among the studied 5-oxoacids is p-methoxy ≫ p-methyl > p-phenyl > −H > p-chloro > p-bromo > m-nitro. Activation parameters are evaluated using Arrhenius and Eyring’s plots. A mechanism consistent with the observed kinetic data is proposed and discussed. A suitable rate law is derived based on the mechanism.
马文栋
2011-01-01
通过对连续T梁混凝土铺装层进行三维有限元分析,研究了在车辆荷载下铺装层力学响应的最不利荷载位置,随后分别考虑了水平荷载、超载、铺装层厚度以及弹性模量对铺装层力学响应的影响,得出了一些有益的结论,对铺装层设计和施工有一定的指导作用.%Through the Sd finite element analysis of concrete pavement of continuous T-beam, the position of the most unfavorable load for the concrete pavement mechanical response is studied under the vehicle load, then the mechanical response influence of the horizontal load, overload, pavement thickness and pavement elastic modulus is respectively researched. Some useful conclusions are obtained, which may provide reference for the concrete pavement design and construction.
曹素娇; 谭斌; 刘树荣; 冯彦洪; 瞿金平
2011-01-01
In this paper, with continuous steam exploded cotton stalk as reinforcing fiber, polypropylene (PP)/cotton stalk composites were prepared by compress molding.The effects of steam explosion conditions such as moisture contents and steam explosion times on the mechanical prosperities of the composites were investigated.The results showed that this pretreatment improved the mechanical properties of the composites.Especially, when the water content was 40％ and the explosion was twice, the composites performed the best.%以连续式蒸汽爆破预处理的棉杆作为增强纤维,通过模压成型制得聚丙烯(PP)/棉杆纤维复合材料.研究了蒸汽爆破条件中纤维含水量及爆破次数对复合材料力学性能的影响.结果表明,该预处理使复合材料力学性得以改善.当纤维含水量为40%、爆破次数两次时,获得的复合材料综合力学性能最佳.
Maciej Leszczyński
2017-01-01
Full Text Available We consider an optimal control problem for a general mathematical model of drug treatment with a single agent. The control represents the concentration of the agent and its effect (pharmacodynamics is modelled by a Hill function (i.e., Michaelis-Menten type kinetics. The aim is to minimize a cost functional consisting of a weighted average related to the state of the system (both at the end and during a fixed therapy horizon and to the total amount of drugs given. The latter is an indirect measure for the side effects of treatment. It is shown that optimal controls are continuous functions of time that change between full or no dose segments with connecting pieces that take values in the interior of the control set. Sufficient conditions for the strong local optimality of an extremal controlled trajectory in terms of the existence of a solution to a piecewise defined Riccati differential equation are given.
Sierra, C. A.; Mueller, M.
2013-12-01
Recent work have highlighted the importance of nonlinear interactions in representing the decomposition of soil organic matter (SOM). It is unclear however how to integrate these concepts into larger biogeochemical models or into a more general mathematical description of the decomposition process. Here we present a mathematical framework that generalizes both previous decomposition models and recent ideas about nonlinear microbial interactions. The framework is based on a set of four basic principles: 1) mass balance, 2) heterogeneity in the decomposability of SOM, 3) transformations in the decomposability of SOM over time, 4) energy limitation of decomposers. This framework generalizes a large majority of SOM decomposition models proposed to date. We illustrate the application of this framework to the development of a continuous model that includes the ideas in the Dual Arrhenius Michaelis-Menten Model (DAMM) for explicitly representing temperature-moisture limitations of enzyme activity in the decomposition of heterogenous substrates.
程东辉; 王天峰; 易亚敏
2011-01-01
为了开展碳纤维布加固钢筋混凝土连续梁受力性能的研究工作,对3根两跨采用碳纤维布加固的钢筋混凝土连续梁进行三分点加载的受力性能试验研究,获得加固状态下钢筋混凝土连续梁正截面承载力、裂缝分布及开展、中支座塑性铰区分布长度等试验实测值和荷载-挠度曲线及内力重分布关系曲线。试验研究表明：钢筋混凝土连续梁在加固状态下的破坏呈现中支座纵向受力钢筋先屈服,跨中纵向受力钢筋后屈服,碳纤维布被拉断的形式;试验梁加载过程中有明显的内力重分布,承载力极限状态下内力重分布幅度超过50%;由于跨中碳纤维布的存在约束了连续梁的变形,从而导致中支座控制截面附近塑性区域分布长度比普通钢筋混凝土连续梁有所减小。%In order to study the mechanical behavior of concrete continuous beams strengthened with CFRP sheets, 3 two-span continuous beams were fabricated, and strengthened with CFRP sheets at each span. The test of loading on two-point was completed, from which the bearing capacity, cracks distribution, the test value of the length of plastic hinge region, curves of load-deformation and curves of internal force redistribution were obtained. The test results showed that the failure of concrete continuous beams strengthened with CFRP sheets was characterized by longtitudinal reinforcement yielded in intermediate support sections, then the longtitudinal reinforcement yielded in the middle span sections, at last carbon fiber polymer sheets were pulled off. The internal force redistribution appeared apparently in beams during loading process and the redistribution rate was over 50% in the state of ultimate bearing capacity. As CFRP confined the deflection of beams,the length of the plastic hinge region near the sections of intermediate support was reduced as compared to ordinary continuous reinforced beams.
Cooperativity in CYP2E1 metabolism of acetaminophen and styrene mixtures.
Hartman, Jessica H; Letzig, Lynda G; Roberts, Dean W; James, Laura P; Fifer, E Kim; Miller, Grover P
2015-10-01
Risk assessment for exposure to mixtures of drugs and pollutants relies heavily on in vitro characterization of their bioactivation and/or metabolism individually and extrapolation to mixtures assuming no interaction. Herein, we demonstrated that in vitro CYP2E1 metabolic activation of acetaminophen and styrene mixtures could not be explained through the Michaelis-Menten mechanism or any models relying on that premise. As a baseline for mixture studies with styrene, steady-state analysis of acetaminophen oxidation revealed a biphasic kinetic profile that was best described by negative cooperativity (Hill coefficient=0.72). The best-fit mechanism for this relationship involved two binding sites with differing affinities (Ks=830μM and Kss=32mM). Introduction of styrene inhibited that reaction less than predicted by simple competition and thus provided evidence for a cooperative mechanism within the mixture. Likewise, acetaminophen acted through a mixed-type inhibition mechanism to impact styrene epoxidation. In this case, acetaminophen competed with styrene for CYP2E1 (Ki=830μM and Ksi=180μM for catalytic and effector sites, respectively) and resulted in cooperative impacts on binding and catalysis. Based on modeling of in vivo clearance, cooperative interactions between acetaminophen and styrene resulted in profoundly increased styrene activation at low styrene exposure levels and therapeutic acetaminophen levels. Current Michaelis-Menten based toxicological models for mixtures such as styrene and acetaminophen would fail to detect this concentration-dependent relationship. Hence, future studies must assess the role of alternate CYP2E1 mechanisms in bioactivation of compounds to improve the accuracy of interpretations and predictions of toxicity.
2014-04-04
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Nerve Agent Hydrolysis Activity Designed into a Human Drug Metabolism Enzyme
2011-03-18
inhibition, Michaelis - Menten constants, and rates of reactivation for wild-type and V146H/ L363E hCE1 against racemic cyclosarin and stereoisomers of...0017441.t002 Table 3. Inhibition and Michaelis - Menten constants for wild-type and V146H/L363E hCE1 against stereoisomers of sarin and soman model...6 | Issue 3 | e17441 where Km was the nerve agent model Michaelis - Menten constant, k2 the unimolecular phosphonylation rate constant, v the remaining
Continued professional competence and portfolios.
Byrne, Michelle; Delarose, Teresa; King, Cecil A; Leske, Jane; Sapnas, Kathryn G; Schroeter, Kathryn
2007-01-01
It is traditionally assumed that licensure of healthcare professionals means that they are minimally competent. Many nursing specialty organizations offer examinations and other processes for certification, suggesting that certification is associated with continued competency. Can standardized examination for certification and continuing education for recertification ensure continued competency? Continuing education and testing provide a limited picture of an individual's knowledge and/or skill acquisition in a limited area at one point in time. However, portfolios promote critical thinking, self-assessment, and individual accountability. A portfolio is a portable mechanism for evaluating competencies that may otherwise be difficult to assess. This article summarizes some of the literature addressing portfolios, including aspects of portfolio development process, the value of portfolios versus continuing education for competency assessment, evidence associated with portfolio usage, and suggestions for organizing nursing portfolios.
Intermittent redesign of continuous controllers
Gawthrop, Peter J.; Wang, Liuping
2010-08-01
The reverse-engineering idea developed by Maciejowski in the context of model-based predictive control is applied to the redesign of continuous-time compensators as intermittent controllers. Not only does this give a way of designing constrained input and state versions of continuous-time compensators but also provides a method for turning continuous-time compensators into event-driven versions. The procedure is illustrated by three examples: an event-driven PID controller relevant to the human balance control problem, a constrained version of the classical mechanical vibration absorber of den Hartog and an event driven and constrained vibration absorber.
TCE degradation in a methanotrophic attached-film bioreactor
Fennell, D.; Nelson, Y.M.; Underhill, S.E.; White, T.E.; Jewell, W.J. (Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States). Dept. of Agricultural and Biological Engineering)
1993-09-20
Trichloroethene was degraded in expanded-bed bioreactors operated with mixed-culture methanotrophic attached films. Biomass concentrations of 8 to 75 g volatile solids (VS) per liter static bed (L[sub sb]) were observed. Batch TCE degradation rates at 35C followed the Michaelis-Menten model, and a maximum TCE degradation rate (q[sub max]) of 10.6 mg TCE/gVS [center dot] day and a half velocity coefficient (K[sub s]) of 2.8 mg TCE/L were predicted. Continuous-flow kinetics also followed the Michaelis-Menten model, but other parameters may be limiting, such as dissolved copper and dissolved methane-q[sub max] and K[sub s] were 2.9 mg TCE/gVS [center dot] day and 1.5 mg TCE/L, respectively, at low copper concentrations (0.003 to 0.006 mg Cu/L). The maximum rates decreased substantially with small increases in dissolved copper. Methane consumption during continuous-flow operation varied from 23 to 1,200 g CH[sub 4]/g TCE degraded. Increasing the influent dissolved methane concentration from 0.01 mg/L to 5.4 mg/L reduced the TCE degradation rate by nearly an order of magnitude at 21C. Exposure of biofilms to 1.4 mg/L tetrachloroethene (PCE) at 35C resulted in the loss of methane utilization ability. Tests with methanotrophs grown on granular activated carbon indicated that lower effluent TCE concentrations could be obtained. The low efficiencies of TCE removal and low degradation rates obtained at 35C suggest that additional improvements will be necessary to make methanotrophic TCE treatment attractive.
Effects of Macromolecular Crowding on Alcohol Dehydrogenase Activity Are Substrate-Dependent.
Wilcox, A E; LoConte, Micaela A; Slade, Kristin M
2016-06-28
Enzymes operate in a densely packed cellular environment that rarely matches the dilute conditions under which they are studied. To better understand the ramifications of this crowding, the Michaelis-Menten kinetics of yeast alcohol dehydrogenase (YADH) were monitored spectrophotometrically in the presence of high concentrations of dextran. Crowding decreased the maximal rate of the reaction by 40% for assays with ethanol, the primary substrate of YADH. This observation was attributed to slowed release of the reduced β-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide product, which is rate-limiting. In contrast, when larger alcohols were used as the YADH substrate, the rate-limiting step becomes hydride transfer and crowding instead increased the maximal rate of the reaction by 20-40%. This work reveals the importance of considering enzyme mechanism when evaluating the ways in which crowding can alter kinetics.
A Morphologically Structured Model for Mycelial Growth and Secondary Metabolite Formation
刘刚; 徐志南; 岑沛霖
2000-01-01
A morphologically structured model is proposed to describe the batch fermentation of lovastatin according to the growth kinetics of filamentous microorganisms. Three kinds of hyphae are considered in the model:actively growing hyphae, non-growing hyphae and deactivated hyphae. Furthermore, actively growing hyphae consist of three morphological compartments: apical compartment which gives rise to hyphal tip extension; subapical compartment which is related to hyphal branching; and hyphal compartment which is only responsible for secondary metabolite formation. The kinetics of mycelial growth mechanism is summarized and applied in modeling lovastatin fermentation. A Michaelis-Menten kinetic model with substrate inhibition is proposed for product formation. As expected, the model simulations fit well with experimental data obtained either from a laboratory scale 10 L fermenter or from a vilot-vlant scale fermenter.
Nova, Esteban; Montecinos, Felipe; Brunet, Juan E; Lagos, Rosalba; Monasterio, Octavio
2007-09-15
FtsZ (Filamentous temperature sensitivity Z) cell division protein from Escherichia coli binds the fluorescence probe DAPI. Bundling of FtsZ was facilitated in the presence of DAPI, and the polymers in solution remained polymerized longer time than the protofilaments formed in the absence of DAPI. DAPI decreased both the maximal velocity of the GTPase activity and the Michaelis-Menten constant for GTP, indicating that behaves like an uncompetitive inhibitor of the GTPase activity favoring the GTP form of FtsZ in the polymers. The results presented in this work support a cooperative polymerization mechanism in which the binding of DAPI favors protofilament lateral interactions and the stability of the resulting polymers.
S. Sheik Mansoor
2016-09-01
Full Text Available The kinetics of oxidation of some organic diols by tripropylammonium fluorochromate (TriPAFC have been studied in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO. The main product of oxidation is the corresponding hydroxy aldehydes. The reaction is first order with respect to TriPAFC and exhibited Michaelis-Menten type kinetics with respect to organic diols. The reaction is catalyzed by hydrogen ions. The hydrogen ion dependence has the form: kobs = a + b[H+]. Various thermodynamic parameters for the oxidation have been reported and discussed along with the validity of isokinetic relationship. Oxidation of diols was studied in 18 different organic solvents. The rate data are showing satisfactory correlation with Kamlet–Taft solvotochromic parameters (α, β and π∗. A suitable mechanism of oxidation has been proposed.
Oddone, S.; Grasselli, M.; Cuellas, A.
2010-07-01
Advances in the design of a bioreactor in the fats and oils industry have permitted the hydrolysis of triglycerides in mild conditions and improved productivity while avoiding the formation of unwanted byproducts. The present work develops a mathematical model that describes the hydrolytic activity of a tubular reactor with immobilized lipases for the production of glycerol and fatty acids from the oil trade. Runge Kuttas numerical method of high order has been applied, considering that there is no accumulation of the substratum in the surface of the membrane, where the enzyme is. At the same time, different equations based on the kinetic model of Michaelis Mentens and the Ping-Pong bi-bi mechanism were examined. Experimental data in discontinuous systems are the basis for the development of the quantitative mathematical model that was used to simulate the process computationally. The obtained results allow for optimizing both the operative variables and the economic aspects of industrial processes. (Author)
Kallimanis, A.; Drainas, C.; Koukkou, A.I. [Ioannina Univ. (Greece). Sector of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry; Frillingos, S. [Ioannina Univ. (Greece). Lab. of Biological Chemistry
2007-09-15
This report describes phenanthrene uptake as well as the effect of phenanthrene on the membrane phospholipid and fatty acid composition in a newly isolated bacterial strain, Sphe3, that we taxonomically identified as Arthrobacter sp. Strain Sphe3 is able to utilize phenanthrene as a carbon source at high rates and appears to internalize phenanthrene with two mechanisms: a passive diffusion when cells are grown on glucose, and an inducible active transport system when cells are grown on phenanthrene as a sole carbon source. Active transport followed Michaelis-Menten kinetics, and it was amenable to inhibition by 2,4-dinitrophenol and sodium azide. Evidence provided here indicates that apart from inducing an active PAH uptake, the presence of phenanthrene elicits significant changes in membrane fluidity.
Error correction during DNA replication: DNAP as Dr. Jekyll-and-Mr. Hyde
Sharma, Ajeet K
2012-01-01
DNA polymerase (DNAP) is a dual-purpose enzyme that plays two opposite roles in two different situations during DNA replication. It plays its normal role as a {\\it polymerase} catalyzing the elongation of a new DNA molecule by adding a monomer. However, it can switch to the role of an {\\it exonuclease} and shorten the same DNA by cleavage of the last incorporated monomer from the nascent DNA. Just as misincorporated nucleotides can escape exonuclease causing replication error, correct nucleotide may get sacrificed unnecessarily by erroneous cleavage. The interplay of polymerase and exonuclease activities of a DNAP is explored here by developing a minimal stochastic kinetic model of DNA replication. Exact analytical expressions are derived for a few key statistical distributions; these characterize the temporal patterns in the mechanical stepping and the chemical (cleavage) reaction. The Michaelis-Menten-like analytical expression derived for the average rates of these two processes not only demonstrate the ef...
Lu, Yanfei; Lekszycki, Tomasz
2016-10-01
During fracture healing, a series of complex coupled biological and mechanical phenomena occurs. They include: (i) growth and remodelling of bone, whose Young's modulus varies in space and time; (ii) nutrients' diffusion and consumption by living cells. In this paper, we newly propose to model these evolution phenomena. The considered features include: (i) a new constitutive equation for growth simulation involving the number of sensor cells; (ii) an improved equation for nutrient concentration accounting for the switch between Michaelis-Menten kinetics and linear consumption regime; (iii) a new constitutive equation for Young's modulus evolution accounting for its dependence on nutrient concentration and variable number of active cells. The effectiveness of the model and its predictive capability are qualitatively verified by numerical simulations (using COMSOL) describing the healing of bone in the presence of damaged tissue between fractured parts.
胡迪; 任睿双
2016-01-01
Objective To observe therapeutic effect of combination of continuous mechanical traction with manip-ulations of bong-setting in TCM for prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc in order to alleviate pain of patients with lumbar intervertebral disc and improve their quality of life. Methods In random number table sampling method, 100 patients with prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc who were treated in our hospital over a period from June,2014 to June,2015 were selected as subjects and were divided into experimental group and control group(in each group,n =50)in double-blind control method. All selected patients in the two groups were treated by using TCM bone-setting manipulation therapy first and then those 50 patients in the experimental group were treated by using TCM continuous mechanical traction therapy additionally. The therapeutic effect of the two regimens and alleviation of pain of the pa-tients in the two groups were observed and compared. Results All patients in the two groups achieved varied degrees of improvement in therapeutic effect,while the therapeutic effect and alleviation of pain of those patients in the experi-mental group were more significant(P < 0. 05). Conclusion The therapeutic effect of combination of continuous me-chanical traction with TCM manipulations of bong-setting for prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc was more signifi-cant. It can alleviate pain of the patients effectively and improve their quality of life.%目的：为了减轻腰椎间盘突出症患者的痛苦并提高其生活质量，分析和探讨治疗过程中选取中医牵引配合正骨手法治疗的价值和意义。方法按照随机数字表的方法选取100例于2014年6月—2015年6月来我院就诊的腰椎间盘突出症患者作为研究对象并遵照双盲对照原则分为试验组和对照组各50例，入组的所有患者同时给予中医正骨手法进行治疗，其中试验组患者同时给予中医牵引治疗，比较不同治疗方案
祝汝松; 王海; 王飞; 郭自力
2014-01-01
捕获轨迹试验装置（captive trajectory simulation system，CTS）是在风洞中进行外挂物分离试验、对分离轨迹进行模拟的多自由度机构。首先对风洞中CTS的连续动态轨迹试验方式的基本过程和实现进行了说明。主要对多自由度机构在动态生成轨迹中的连续同步控制和天平信号的实时处理问题进行了详细介绍。采用了非线性实时迭代优化算法设计实现CTS多自由度机构的缓冲同步控制算法，解决动态轨迹的连续同步控制问题；运用零相位偏移的数字滤波器设计小滞后的实时滤波算法，实时提取天平信号的有效信号。最后将CTS 连续动态轨迹试验方式的风洞试验数据与传统的位置控制方式的试验数据进行了对比。结果表明，在相同条件下，连续动态轨迹试验方式减少风洞CTS的试验时间约60％，所产生的分离轨迹数据与位置控制方式一致。%The captive traj ectory simulation system (CTS)is a multi-degree of freedom mechanism used in wind tunnel as a tool to simulate the separation trajectory of the store after it separates from the mother plane. The general concept of the continuous coordinated control of CTS along dynamically generated traj ectory is illus-trated at first.The two main technical problems in the dynamic continuous control of the CTS jig,which are the continuous dynamic coordinated control of the jig and the signal processing of the balance signals,are discussed in detail.By applying a real-time iterative nonlinear optimiztion method,an optimized coordinated control algo-rithm is designed.A real-time filtering algorithm with short-latency is also designed by deploying the zero phase shift digital filter which can extract the effective signal from the banlance signals.The wind tunnel test results show that,given the same initial test conditions,the resulting simulation trajectories generated by the continu-ous control method are overall
Sims, J.R. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Naumovich, G.J.; Hoang, T.A.; Dent, P.C. [Everson Electric Co., Bethlehem, PA (United States)
1996-05-01
The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is completing a quasi-continuous magnet which will sustain a constant field of 60 T for 100 ms in a 32-mm 77 K bore. This magnet consists of 9 mechanically independent, nested, liquid nitrogen-cooled coils which are individually reinforced by high-strength stainless steel outer shells. The coils were wound from rectangular large cross-section, high-strength, high-conductivity copper conductor insulated wtih polyimide and fiberglass tapes. After winding, the coils were inserted into closely fitted, stainless steel reinforcing shells and impregnated with epoxy resin. Design, analysis, material, fabrication and operational issues for this class of magnets are reviewed. Fabrication and quality assurance testing of the 60 T coil set are covered in detail. Future growth of and possible links from this technology to other magnet systems are discussed. Needed improvements in design, analysis, materials, and fabrication are outlined.
Bringing metabolic networks to life: convenience rate law and thermodynamic constraints
Klipp Edda
2006-12-01
Full Text Available Abstract Background Translating a known metabolic network into a dynamic model requires rate laws for all chemical reactions. The mathematical expressions depend on the underlying enzymatic mechanism; they can become quite involved and may contain a large number of parameters. Rate laws and enzyme parameters are still unknown for most enzymes. Results We introduce a simple and general rate law called "convenience kinetics". It can be derived from a simple random-order enzyme mechanism. Thermodynamic laws can impose dependencies on the kinetic parameters. Hence, to facilitate model fitting and parameter optimisation for large networks, we introduce thermodynamically independent system parameters: their values can be varied independently, without violating thermodynamical constraints. We achieve this by expressing the equilibrium constants either by Gibbs free energies of formation or by a set of independent equilibrium constants. The remaining system parameters are mean turnover rates, generalised Michaelis-Menten constants, and constants for inhibition and activation. All parameters correspond to molecular energies, for instance, binding energies between reactants and enzyme. Conclusion Convenience kinetics can be used to translate a biochemical network – manually or automatically - into a dynamical model with plausible biological properties. It implements enzyme saturation and regulation by activators and inhibitors, covers all possible reaction stoichiometries, and can be specified by a small number of parameters. Its mathematical form makes it especially suitable for parameter estimation and optimisation. Parameter estimates can be easily computed from a least-squares fit to Michaelis-Menten values, turnover rates, equilibrium constants, and other quantities that are routinely measured in enzyme assays and stored in kinetic databases.
Mihara, H; Kurihara, T; Yoshimura, T; Esaki, N
2000-04-01
We have purified three NifS homologs from Escherichia coli, CSD, CsdB, and IscS, that appear to be involved in iron-sulfur cluster formation and/or the biosynthesis of selenophosphate. All three homologs catalyze the elimination of Se and S from L-selenocysteine and L-cysteine, respectively, to form L-alanine. These pyridoxal 5'-phosphate enzymes were inactivated by abortive transamination, yielding pyruvate and a pyridoxamine 5'-phosphate form of the enzyme. The enzymes showed non-Michaelis-Menten behavior for L-selenocysteine and L-cysteine. When pyruvate was added, they showed Michaelis-Menten behavior for L-selenocysteine but not for L-cysteine. Pyruvate significantly enhanced the activity of CSD toward L-selenocysteine. Surprisingly, the enzyme activity toward L-cysteine was not increased as much by pyruvate, suggesting the presence of different rate-limiting steps or reaction mechanisms for L-cysteine desulfurization and the degradation of L-selenocysteine. We substituted Ala for each of Cys358 in CSD, Cys364 in CsdB, and Cys328 in IscS, residues that correspond to the catalytically essential Cys325 of Azotobacter vinelandii NifS. The enzyme activity toward L-cysteine was almost completely abolished by the mutations, whereas the activity toward L-selenocysteine was much less affected. This indicates that the reaction mechanism of L-cysteine desulfurization is different from that of L-selenocysteine decomposition, and that the conserved cysteine residues play a critical role only in L-cysteine desulfurization.
Ángela María Henao Castaño
2010-09-01
Full Text Available Objetivo: Describir los mecanismos de afrontamiento utilizados por los pacientes que se encuentran sometidos a ventilación mecánica sin efectos de sedación continúa en una UCI. Metodología: se realizó una investigación con enfoque fenomenológico que contó con la participación de siete hombres y dos mujeres con edades entre 24 y 75 años. La técnica de recolección de la información fue la entrevista a profundidad. Resultados: "Sentirse apoyado y magnificar la espiritualidad", estar críticamente enfermo hace que se vivan situaciones de sufrimiento y soledad, convirtiendo a la familia y a la creencia religiosa como partes del proceso de recuperación. Conclusión: vivir la experiencia de la ventilación mecánica sin efectos de sedación fue para los participantes trascendental debido a que percibieron durante su proceso de enfermedad el apoyo que la familia y la creencia religiosa les brindó para poder recuperarse; la familia son personas que dan palabras de aliento, brindan ayuda emocional y espiritual.Objective: to describe the confrontation mechanisms used by the patients that are subjected to mechanical ventilation without effects of continues sedation in an ICU. Methodology: it was carried out an investigation with phenomelogycal focus that had the participation of seven men and two women between 24 and 75 years old. The technique of gathering of the information was the interview in depth. Results: "to feel leaning and to magnify the spirituality". To be critically sick makes that situations of suffering and solitude been lived, converting the family and religious belief as parts of the recovery process. Conclusion: to live the experience of the mechanical ventilation without sedation effects was for the participants deeply significant because they perceived during their illness the support that the family and the religious belief offer them to be able to recover; the family is people that give words of encouragement, they
A. Agah
2012-12-01
Full Text Available Risk-based assessment methods are commonly used at the contaminated sites by hydrocarbon pollutants. This paper presents the results of a two-dimensional finite volume model of reactive transport of biodegradable BTEX which have been developed for the saturated zone of an unconfined aquifer in the Pump station area of Tehran oil refinery, Iran. The model governing equations were numerically solved by modification of a general commercial software called PHOENICS. To reduce costs in general, many input parameters of a model are often approximated based on the used values in the contaminated sites with same conditions. It was not fully recognised the effect of errors in these inputs on modelling outputs. Thus, a sensitivity analysis was carried out to determine the influence of parameters variability on the results of model. For this analysis, the sensitivity of the model to changes in the dispersivity, distribution coefficient, parameters of Monod, Michaelis-Menten, first- and zero- order kinetics modes on the BTEX contaminant plume were examined by performing several simulations. It was found that the model is sensitive to changes in dispersivity and parameters of Michaelis-Menten, first- and zero- order kinetics model. On the other hand, the predictions for plumes assuming Monod kinetics are similar, even if different values for parameterization are chosen. The reason for this insensibility is that degradation is not limited by microbial kinetics in the simulation, but by dispersive mixing. Quantifying the effect of changes in model input parameters on the modelling results is essential when it is desired to recognise which model parameters are more vital on the fate and transport of reactive pollutants. Furthermore, this process can provide an insight into understanding pollutant transportation mechanisms.
Effect of fuel concentration on cargo transport by a team of Kinesin motors
Takshak, Anjneya; Mishra, Nirvantosh; Kulkarni, Aditi; Kunwar, Ambarish
2017-02-01
Eukaryotic cells employ specialized proteins called molecular motors for transporting organelles and vesicles from one location to another in a regulated and directed manner. These molecular motors often work collectively in a team while transporting cargos. Molecular motors use cytoplasmic ATP as fuel, which is hydrolyzed to generate mechanical force. While the effect of ATP concentration on cargo transport by single Kinesin motor function is well understood, it is still unexplored, both theoretically and experimentally, how ATP concentration would affect cargo transport by a team of Kinesin motors. For instance, how does fuel concentration affect the travel distances and travel velocities of cargo? How cooperativity of Kinesin motors engaged on a cargo is affected by ATP concentration? To answer these questions, here we develop mechano-chemical models of cargo transport by a team of Kinesin motors. To develop these models we use experimentally-constrained mechano-chemical model of a single Kinesin motor as well as earlier developed mean-field and stochastic models of load sharing for cargo transport. Thus, our new models for cargo transport by a team of Kinesin motors include fuel concentration explicitly, which was not considered in earlier models. We make several interesting predictions which can be tested experimentally. For instance, the travel distances of cargos are very large at limited ATP concentrations in spite of very small travel velocity. Velocities of cargos driven by multiple Kinesin have a Michaelis-Menten dependence on ATP concentration. Similarly, cooperativity among the engaged Kinesin motors on the cargo shows a Michaelis-Menten type dependence, which attains a maximum value near physiological ATP concentrations. Our new results can be potentially useful in controlling artificial nano-molecular shuttles precisely for targeted delivery in various nano-technological applications.
邓晓刚; 于佐军
2016-01-01
This paper proposes an opening virtual simulation system design method based on the chemical reactor mechanism model.One common chemical reactor referred to as continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR) is used as the simulation objective.Firstly,its mathematical models are built using the mechanism analysis technique.Then the process flow diagram is constructed by LabVIEW software and the simulation programs are established using the four-order Runge-Kutta method.With the help of shared variable engine (SVE),the simulation data are deployed to OPC server,which leads to good system open performances.Matlab is used to illustrate the calling procedure of sharing data.This system can simulate the CSTR device characteristics well. Also the openness of simulation helps students to design their own control strategy and provides a platform for the innovative experiment.%以一类常见的化学反应器———连续搅拌反应釜(CSTR)为虚拟仿真对象，提出一种基于化学反应器装置机理模型的开放式虚拟仿真系统开发方法。首先，使用机理分析法建立数学模型；然后，在 LabVIEW 软件中构建工艺流程界面，并基于四阶龙格-库塔法编制虚拟仿真程序；进一步，利用共享变量引擎将虚拟装置数据发布到 OPC Server 中，使虚拟系统具有良好的开放性。以 Matlab 软件为例，说明了共享数据的调用过程。该虚拟仿真系统不但能够较好地模拟 CSTR 的工艺特性，而且其数据的开放性有助于学生自行设计控制方案、自主开展创新性实验研究。
王光明; 张晓辉; 朱思洪; 张海军; 史立新; 钟成义
2015-01-01
Unlike conventional mechanical transmission with manual shift, the hydro-mechanical CVT (continuously variable transmission) shifts from one range to another automatically under the control of hydraulic system, however, some faults of this hydraulic system can affect the establishment of clutch engagement pressure and affect the shift quality further. In order to improve the reliability of the hydro-mechanical CVT in shifting process and avoid safety accident, the problem of fault diagnosis on this hydraulic system was studied in this paper. First, a measurement and control system for the hydro-mechanical CVT was built, including the transmission, clutch hydraulic control system, sensors, transmission control unit and IPC (industrial personal computer). Software developed under Labview can build the communication between the IPC and the sensors, and record the feedback data from sensors to the table file with a frequency of 62.5 Hz. Then, 5 fault modes were defined in this paper, i.e. normal state, piston seizure, seal ring damage, oil passages clog and pipeline sealing failure. Through experiments, 60 groups of feedback data from pressure gauges and flowmeter with different fault modes were acquired. Thirty groups of the testing data were selected as training samples and the other 30 groups were selected as testing samples. For each sample, 6 kinds of statistic features such as root mean square value of sample data in a second were calculated. Because any combination of the 6 statistic features could not classify the fault sample directly in a low-dimensional space, it was necessary to map the sample to a higher dimensional space and to find the hyperplane of demarcation. So, a projection vector was calculated using the method of kernel based on the rule of Fisher. According to this projection vector, the sample data which was difficult to classify in original space could be transferred to feature space, in which the sample data could be classified with a simple
Discretization of Continuous Frame
A Fattahi; H Javanshiri
2012-05-01
In this paper we consider the notion of continuous frame of subspaces and define a new concept of continuous frame, entitled continuous atomic resolution of identity, for arbitrary Hilbert space $\\mathcal{H}$ which has a countable reconstruction formula. Among the other results, we characterize the relationship between this new concept and other known continuous frames. Finally, we state and prove the assertions of the stability of perturbation in this concept.
Mardare, Radu Iulian; Cardelli, Luca; Larsen, Kim Guldstrand
2012-01-01
Continuous Markovian Logic (CML) is a multimodal logic that expresses quantitative and qualitative properties of continuous-time labelled Markov processes with arbitrary (analytic) state-spaces, henceforth called continuous Markov processes (CMPs). The modalities of CML evaluate the rates of the ...
Velez Ramirez, A.I.; Ieperen, van W.; Vreugdenhill, D.; Millenaar, F.F.
2011-01-01
Continuous light is an essential tool for understanding the plant circadian clock. Additionally, continuous light might increase greenhouse food production. However, using continuous light in research and practice has its challenges. For instance, most of the circadian clock-oriented experiments wer
叶明; 谢佳佳; 叶心
2014-01-01
基于对机电控制无级变速器工作原理的分析，提出电动汽车搭载机电控制无级变速器的结构方案，并相应地建立了电机数值模型、电池充电数学模型和机电控制无级变速器速比控制模型。综合考虑电机效率、机电控制无级变速器效率、电池荷电状态和整车特性，提出了再生制动时机电控制无级变速器的变速策略。在MAT-LAB/Simulink仿真平台上，搭建了系统再生制动性能仿真模型，并对搭载机电控制无级变速器的电动汽车再生制动性能进行了仿真。结果表明，采用所提出的变速策略与传统两挡变速策略相比，能更好地发挥电动汽车性能，提高再生制动过程中的能量回收率。通过台架试验，验证了仿真结果的有效性。%A configuration of electric vehicle equipped with electro-mechanical continuously variable trans-mission ( EMCVT) is put forward based on the analysis on the working principle of EMCVT, and the corresponding motor model, battery charging model and the speed ratio control model for EMCVT are established. With considera-tions of motor efficiency, EMCVT efficiency, battery SOC and vehicle characteristics, the shift strategy for EMCVT in regenerative braking is proposed. A simulation model is then built and a simulation on the regenerative braking performance of electric vehicle equipped with EMCVT is conducted with MATLAB/Simulink platform and its results are verified by bench tests. It is shown that compared with traditional two gear shift strategy, the shift strategy pro-posed can better give full play to the performance of electric vehicle and increase the energy recovery rate in regener-ative braking.
Innovative Microsystems: Novel Nanostructures to Capture Circulating Breast Cancer Cells
2008-05-01
agitated by the auto shake function 5 seconds before each read. These data are then interpreted with a Michaelis - Menten model of the HRP enzyme kinetics ...Amplex Red) and fluorescent product (Resorufin) in a given micro-plate well as a function of time t; Vmax and KM are the standard Michaelis - Menten ...Molecular Probes). The fluorescence signal, generated by the action of the HRP immobilized on the chiclets, is then read in kinetic mode with excitation
Mechanisms of pH-gradient driven transport mediated by organic anion polypeptide transporters.
Leuthold, Simone; Hagenbuch, Bruno; Mohebbi, Nilufar; Wagner, Carsten A; Meier, Peter J; Stieger, Bruno
2009-03-01
Organic anion transporting polypeptides (humans OATPs, rodents Oatps) are expressed in most mammalian tissues and mediate cellular uptake of a wide variety of amphipathic organic compounds such as bile salts, steroid conjugates, oligopeptides, and a large list of drugs, probably by acting as anion exchangers. In the present study we aimed to investigate the role of the extracellular pH on the transport activity of nine human and four rat OATPs/Oatps. Furthermore, we aimed to test the concept that OATP/Oatp transport activity is accompanied by extrusion of bicarbonate. By using amphibian Xenopus laevis oocytes expressing OATPs/Oatps and mammalian cell lines stably transfected with OATPs/Oatps, we could demonstrate that in all OATPs/Oatps investigated, with the exception of OATP1C1, a low extracellular pH stimulated transport activity. This stimulation was accompanied by an increased substrate affinity as evidenced by lower apparent Michaelis-Menten constant values. OATP1C1 is lacking a highly conserved histidine in the third transmembrane domain, which was shown by site-directed mutagenesis to be critically involved in the pH dependency of OATPs/Oatps. Using online intracellular pH measurements in OATP/Oatp-transfected Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO)-K1 cells, we could demonstrate the presence of a 4,4'-diisothiocyanatostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid-sensitive chloride/bicarbonate exchanger in CHO-K1 cells and that OATP/Oatp-mediated substrate transport is paralleled by bicarbonate efflux. We conclude that the pH dependency of OATPs/Oatps may lead to a stimulation of substrate transport in an acidic microenvironment and that the OATP/Oatp-mediated substrate transport into cells is generally compensated or accompanied by bicarbonate efflux.
Burgin, Mark
2010-01-01
Continuous models used in physics and other areas of mathematics applications become discrete when they are computerized, e.g., utilized for computations. Besides, computers are controlling processes in discrete spaces, such as films and television programs. At the same time, continuous models that are in the background of discrete representations use mathematical technology developed for continuous media. The most important example of such a technology is calculus, which is so useful in physics and other sciences. The main goal of this paper is to synthesize continuous features and powerful technology of the classical calculus with the discrete approach of numerical mathematics and computational physics. To do this, we further develop the theory of fuzzy continuous functions and apply this theory to functions defined on discrete sets. The main interest is the classical Intermediate Value theorem. Although the result of this theorem is completely based on continuity, utilization of a relaxed version of contin...
On barely continuous functions
Richard Stephens
1988-01-01
Full Text Available The term barely continuous is a topological generalization of Baire-1 according to F. Gerlits of the Mathematical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and thus worthy of further study. This paper compares barely continuous functions and continuous functions on an elementary level. Knowing how the continuity of the identity function between topologies on a given set yields the lattice structure for those topologies, the barely continuity of the identity function between topologies on a given set is investigated and used to add to the structure of that lattice. Included are certain sublattices generated by the barely continuity of the identity function between those topologies. Much attention is given to topologies on finite sets.
Bøttger, Pernille; Hede, Susanne E; Grunnet, Morten
2006-01-01
The general phosphate need in mammalian cells is accommodated by members of the P(i) transport (PiT) family (SLC20), which use either Na(+) or H(+) to mediate inorganic phosphate (P(i)) symport. The mammalian PiT paralogs PiT1 and PiT2 are Na(+)-dependent P(i) (NaP(i)) transporters and are exploi......The general phosphate need in mammalian cells is accommodated by members of the P(i) transport (PiT) family (SLC20), which use either Na(+) or H(+) to mediate inorganic phosphate (P(i)) symport. The mammalian PiT paralogs PiT1 and PiT2 are Na(+)-dependent P(i) (NaP(i)) transporters...... and are exploited by a group of retroviruses for cell entry. Human PiT1 and PiT2 were characterized by expression in Xenopus laevis oocytes with (32)P(i) as a traceable P(i) source. For PiT1, the Michaelis-Menten constant for P(i) was determined as 322.5 +/- 124.5 microM. PiT2 was analyzed for the first time...
Bahr, Patrick; Hutton, Graham
2016-01-01
In the field of program transformation, one often transforms programs into continuation-passing style to make their flow of control explicit, and then immediately removes the resulting continuations using defunctionalisation to make the programs first-order. In this article, we show how these two...... transformations can be fused together into a single transformation step that cuts out the need to first introduce and then eliminate continuations. Our approach is calculational, uses standard equational reasoning techniques, and is widely applicable....
郭晓华; 王郑莲; 刘亚楠; 徐秋林; 苏磊; 吴凡
2015-01-01
目的 研究血液滤过联合乌司他丁治疗脓毒性休克的分子机制.方法 分别取正常人血清、脓毒性休克常规治疗患者血清、脓毒性休克血液滤过联合乌司他丁治疗(CVVH-ULI)患者血清刺激人脐静脉内皮细胞,用FITC标记的白蛋白检测血管内皮细胞通透性,用罗丹明-鬼笔环肽染色检测聚合丝状肌动蛋白(F-actin)形态改变,并检测p38的磷酸化.用p38抑制剂和DMSO预处理内皮细胞,再用脓毒性休克常规治疗患者血清刺激内皮细胞,观察其对内皮细胞通透性及F-actin形态的影响.结果 脓毒性休克常规治疗患者血清处理内皮细胞可使其通透性增高,F-actin重排以及p38磷酸化增加,上述变化可被CVVH-ULI所抑制.p38抑制剂可以抑制脓毒性休克常规治疗患者血清所诱导的内皮细胞通透性增高和F-actin重排.结论CVVH-ULI可通过抑制p38活化,进而抑制F-actin重排来降低脓毒性休克所诱发的血管内皮细胞高通透性.%Objective To investigate the molecular mechanisms of continuous venovenous hemofiltration (CVVH) combined with ulinastatin (ULI) (CVVH-ULI) for the treatment of septic shock. Methods Human umbilical endothelial cells (HUVECs) were incubated with serums isolated from normal healthy people (control), septic shock patients treated with conventional therapy (CT) or treated with CVVH combined with ULI (CVVH-ULI). Endothelial permeability was evaluated by the leakage of FITC-labeled albumin. The morphological changes of F-actin was evaluated by Rhodamine-phalloidin. The phosphorylated levels of p38 were determined by Western blot. Cells were then treated with p38inhibitor (SB203580), or DMSO, followed by incubation with serum from septic shock patients treated with conventional therapy. Endothelial permeability and F-actin rearrangements were also evaluated as noted above. Results Serum from CT group increased endothelial permeability, F-actin rearrangements, and phosphorylated
Let Continuous Outcome Variables Remain Continuous
Enayatollah Bakhshi
2012-01-01
Full Text Available The complementary log-log is an alternative to logistic model. In many areas of research, the outcome data are continuous. We aim to provide a procedure that allows the researcher to estimate the coefficients of the complementary log-log model without dichotomizing and without loss of information. We show that the sample size required for a specific power of the proposed approach is substantially smaller than the dichotomizing method. We find that estimators derived from proposed method are consistently more efficient than dichotomizing method. To illustrate the use of proposed method, we employ the data arising from the NHSI.
Residential Continuing Education.
Houle, Cyril O.
The theme of this discursive essay is residential continuing education: its definition, its development along somewhat different lines in Europe and in America, and its practice in university centers in the United States. Continuing education includes any learning or teaching program that is based on the assumptions that the learners have studied…
On continued fraction algorithms
Smeets, Ionica
2010-01-01
Is there a good continued fraction approximation between every two bad ones? What is the entropy of the natural extension for alpha-Rosen fractions? How do you find multi-dimensional continued fractions with a guaranteed quality in polynomial time? These, and many more, questions are answered in thi
On continued fraction algorithms
Smeets, Ionica
2010-01-01
Is there a good continued fraction approximation between every two bad ones? What is the entropy of the natural extension for alpha-Rosen fractions? How do you find multi-dimensional continued fractions with a guaranteed quality in polynomial time? These, and many more, questions are answered in thi
Rae, Alastair I M
2016-01-01
A Thorough Update of One of the Most Highly Regarded Textbooks on Quantum Mechanics Continuing to offer an exceptionally clear, up-to-date treatment of the subject, Quantum Mechanics, Sixth Edition explains the concepts of quantum mechanics for undergraduate students in physics and related disciplines and provides the foundation necessary for other specialized courses. This sixth edition builds on its highly praised predecessors to make the text even more accessible to a wider audience. It is now divided into five parts that separately cover broad topics suitable for any general course on quantum mechanics. New to the Sixth Edition * Three chapters that review prerequisite physics and mathematics, laying out the notation, formalism, and physical basis necessary for the rest of the book * Short descriptions of numerous applications relevant to the physics discussed, giving students a brief look at what quantum mechanics has made possible industrially and scientifically * Additional end-of-chapter problems with...
Mardare, Radu Iulian; Cardelli, Luca; Larsen, Kim Guldstrand
2012-01-01
Continuous Markovian Logic (CML) is a multimodal logic that expresses quantitative and qualitative properties of continuous-time labelled Markov processes with arbitrary (analytic) state-spaces, henceforth called continuous Markov processes (CMPs). The modalities of CML evaluate the rates...... characterizes stochastic bisimilarity and it supports the definition of a quantified extension of the satisfiability relation that measures the "compatibility" between a model and a property. In this context, the metaproperties allows us to prove two robustness theorems for the logic stating that one can...
Nocturnal continuous glucose monitoring
Bay, Christiane; Kristensen, Peter Lommer; Pedersen-Bjergaard, Ulrik;
2013-01-01
Abstract Background: A reliable method to detect biochemical nocturnal hypoglycemia is highly needed, especially in patients with recurrent severe hypoglycemia. We evaluated reliability of nocturnal continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) in patients with type 1 diabetes at high risk of severe...
Shmaliy, Yuriy
2006-01-01
Gives a modern description of continuous-time deterministic signals Signal formation techniquesTime vs. frequency and frequency vs. time analysisCorrelation and energy analysisNarrowband signals and sampling.
1983-08-03
A continuous EtOH fermentor was developed. In the 1st stage of the fermentor, EtOH fermentation medium is contacted with an EtOH-producing bacterium (e.g. Zymomonas mobilis) attached to a carrier material (e.g., vermiculite powder) and with brewers' bottom yeast in the 2nd stage. This system does not require any special cell separator for continuous operation.
Continuous Time Model Estimation
Carl Chiarella; Shenhuai Gao
2004-01-01
This paper introduces an easy to follow method for continuous time model estimation. It serves as an introduction on how to convert a state space model from continuous time to discrete time, how to decompose a hybrid stochastic model into a trend model plus a noise model, how to estimate the trend model by simulation, and how to calculate standard errors from estimation of the noise model. It also discusses the numerical difficulties involved in discrete time models that bring about the unit ...
Gillis, Patricia L. [Department of Biology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, L8S-4K1 (Canada)], E-mail: patty.gillis@ec.gc.ca; Wood, Chris M. [Department of Biology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, L8S-4K1 (Canada)
2008-09-17
The uptake kinetics of waterborne Ca and Cd, both independently and in combination, were examined in C. riparius larvae, which are extremely Cd tolerant. Larvae exposed to Ca (100-2500 {mu}mol L{sup -1}), exhibited classic Michaelis-Menten saturation kinetics for Ca influx, measured using {sup 45}Ca as a radio-tracer. The maximum rate of Ca influx (J{sub max}{sup Ca}) was 0.39 {mu}mol g{sup -1} h{sup -1}, and the Ca concentration where the carrier reached half saturation (K{sub M}{sup Ca}) was 289 {mu}mol L{sup -1}. Cd influx was measured using {sup 109}Cd as a radio-tracer in larvae exposed to Cd (0-1400 {mu}mol L{sup -1}) while the Ca concentration was set to the K{sub M}{sup Ca}. This revealed a J{sub max}{sup Cd} (2.26 {mu}mol g{sup -1} h{sup -1}) which was nearly 6-fold higher that of Ca. This unusually high capacity for Cd uptake is in accordance with the huge tissue Cd burdens that chironomid larvae are able to accumulate during high level exposures. The apparent K{sub M}{sup Cd} (1133 {mu}mol Cd L{sup -1}), when recalculated to account for the background Ca level, was still high (567 {mu}mol Cd L{sup -1}), suggesting that this organism has a low affinity for Cd relative to most aquatic animals, indeed lower or comparable to its affinity for Ca. In consequence, even well above environmentally relevant Cd exposures, C. riparius does not accumulate Cd at the expense of Ca, thereby avoiding internal hypocalcaemia, in contrast to most other organisms which are much more sensitive to Cd. However, Ca influx was significantly reduced when 1200 {mu}mol Cd L{sup -1} was added to Ca exposures (96-2410 {mu}mol L{sup -1}). Michaelis-Menten analysis revealed a similar J{sub max}{sup Ca} in Cd-exposed and control larvae (i.e. exposed only to Ca), but that the apparent K{sub M}{sup Ca} was many-fold higher in larvae which were simultaneously exposed to Ca and Cd. Conversely, increasing Ca concentrations (96-2410 {mu}mol L{sup -1}) progressively inhibited Cd uptake from a
Continuous parallel coordinates.
Heinrich, Julian; Weiskopf, Daniel
2009-01-01
Typical scientific data is represented on a grid with appropriate interpolation or approximation schemes,defined on a continuous domain. The visualization of such data in parallel coordinates may reveal patterns latently contained in the data and thus can improve the understanding of multidimensional relations. In this paper, we adopt the concept of continuous scatterplots for the visualization of spatially continuous input data to derive a density model for parallel coordinates. Based on the point-line duality between scatterplots and parallel coordinates, we propose a mathematical model that maps density from a continuous scatterplot to parallel coordinates and present different algorithms for both numerical and analytical computation of the resulting density field. In addition, we show how the 2-D model can be used to successively construct continuous parallel coordinates with an arbitrary number of dimensions. Since continuous parallel coordinates interpolate data values within grid cells, a scalable and dense visualization is achieved, which will be demonstrated for typical multi-variate scientific data.
Continuous-light tolerance in tomato is graft-transferable
Vélez Ramírez, A.I.; Ieperen, van W.; Vreugdenhil, D.; Millenaar, F.F.
2015-01-01
Continuous light induces a potentially lethal injury in domesticated tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) plants. Recently, continuous-light tolerance was reported in several wild tomato species, yet the molecular mechanisms underpinning tolerance/sensitivity are still elusive. Here, we investigated from
Introduction to Continuous Optimization
Andreasson, Niclas; Evgrafov, Anton; Patriksson, Michael
optimal solutions for continuous optimization models. The main part of the mathematical material therefore concerns the analysis and linear algebra that underlie the workings of convexity and duality, and necessary/sufficient local/global optimality conditions for continuous optimization problems. Natural...... algorithms are then developed from these optimality conditions, and their most important convergence characteristics are analyzed. The book answers many more questions of the form “Why?” and “Why not?” than “How?”. We use only elementary mathematics in the development of the book, yet are rigorous throughout...
Continuous Platform Development
Nielsen, Ole Fiil
low risks and investments but also with relatively fuzzy results. When looking for new platform projects, it is important to make sure that the company and market is ready for the introduction of platforms, and to make sure that people from marketing and sales, product development, and downstream......, but continuous product family evolution challenges this strategy. The concept of continuous platform development is based on the fact that platform development should not be a one-time experience but rather an ongoing process of developing new platforms and updating existing ones, so that product family...
2015 Workshop on Continuations
his volume contains the papers presented at WoC 2015, the Workshop on Continuations held at ETAPS 2015. There were four submissions. Each of them was reviewed by, on the average, three PC members. The committee decided to accept three papers. The program also includes one invited talk. It also...... documents the depth, variety, and richness of continuations with four distilled tutorials. Thanks are due to the local organizers of ETAPS 2015 for the infras- tructure and to the general chairman of WoC 2015, Ugo de'Liguoro, for initiating this workshop and making it happen...
Continuous Reinforced Concrete Beams
Hoang, Cao Linh; Nielsen, Mogens Peter
1996-01-01
This report deals with stress and stiffness estimates of continuous reinforced concrete beams with different stiffnesses for negative and positive moments e.g. corresponding to different reinforcement areas in top and bottom. Such conditions are often met in practice.The moment distribution...
Continuous Personal Improvement.
Emiliani, M. L.
1998-01-01
Suggests that continuous improvement tools used in the workplace can be applied to self-improvement. Explains the use of such techniques as one-piece flow, kanban, visual controls, and total productive maintenance. Points out misapplications of these tools and describes the use of fishbone diagrams to diagnose problems. (SK)
Reparametrizations of Continuous Paths
Fahrenberg, Uli; Raussen, Martin
2007-01-01
compare it to the distributive lattice of countable subsets of the unit interval. The results obtained are used to analyse the space of traces in a topological space, i.e., the space of continuous paths up to reparametrization equivalence. This space is shown to be homeomorphic to the space of regular...
Promoting Continuing Education Programs.
Hendrickson, Gayle A.
This handbook is intended for use by institutions in marketing their continuing education programs. A section on "Devising Your Strategy" looks at identifying a target audience, determining the marketing approach, and developing a marketing plan and promotional techniques. A discussion of media options looks at the advantages and…
Continuous venovenous haemodialysis
Bistrup, C; Pedersen, R S; Jensen, Dorte Møller
1996-01-01
. Standard solutions for peritoneal dialysis are administered in a single-pass manner countercurrent to the blood flow. To control the dialysate flow through the filter, two separate pumps designed for intravenous infusion are used. Anticoagulation is achieved by means of continuous heparin infusion...
Continuing professional development
Collin, K.; Heijden, van der B.I.J.M.; Lewis, P.
2012-01-01
Continuing professional development (CPD), when provided formally, is something that is easy to recognize but perhaps rather more difficult to define. Theoretical and empirical controversy surrounds the scope and understanding of the concept. Definition is made more elusive by the different conceptu
Continuous Personal Improvement.
Emiliani, M. L.
1998-01-01
Suggests that continuous improvement tools used in the workplace can be applied to self-improvement. Explains the use of such techniques as one-piece flow, kanban, visual controls, and total productive maintenance. Points out misapplications of these tools and describes the use of fishbone diagrams to diagnose problems. (SK)
李奇林; 苏宏华; 徐九华; 雷卫宁
2015-01-01
采用超高频感应连续钎焊工艺，在不同扫描速度条件下实现了立方氮化硼(CBN)磨粒、Ag-Tu-Ti合金以及基体三者之间的钎焊连接。采用扫描电子显微镜(SEM)和X射线能谱仪(EDX)观察钎焊后的CBN磨粒界面新生化合物形貌。结果表明：随着扫描速度的变化，在CBN磨粒表面生成颗粒状TiN化合物以及针状和六棱柱状的TiB 2化合物。其中，TiN尺寸为100 nm左右，而TiB 2尺寸小于200 nm。在超高频感应连续钎焊CBN磨粒表面首先生成颗粒状TiN层，然后在TiN层外围形成柱状TiB 2层，最终形成CBN/TiN/TiB 2/钎料结构。当扫描速度为0.5 mm/s时，可以获得较好的界面新生化合物层结构。%Continuous brazing with ultra-high frequency induction was proposed to braze the cubic born nitride (CBN) grits and steel substrate based on Ag-Cu-Ti filler alloy. The new compounds morphologies were observed and analogized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy diffraction X-ray (EDX). The results show that, with the variation of scanning speed, granular compounds TiN about 100 nm in size, the needle-like and prismatic compounds TiB 2 less than 200 nm in size are observed, respectively. The theoretical analysis results reveal that, during continuous brazing by ultra-high frequency induction, granular TiN layer forms on the surface of CBN firstly, and then, prismatic TiB 2 layer forms on the outside of the new TiN layer. The joint is CBN/TiN/TiB 2/filler structure, finally. A satisfactory interfacial structure can be obtained when scanning speed is 0.5 mm/s.
PHYSICAL SIMULATION OF CONTINUOUS ROLL CASTING PROCESS
L.H. Zhan; J. Zhong; X.Q. Li; M.H. Huang
2005-01-01
A series of simulating experimental studies on the rheological behavior and its influential factors of aluminum alloy in continuous roll-casting process have been explored in this paper with a Gleeble-1500 Thermal-Mechanical Simulation Tester and a set of special clamp system. Relevant rheological rules in the process of coupling transient solidification and continuous deformation of roll-casting conditions are obtained. Experimental results indicate that four different characteristic stages exist in the whole rheological process, and relative constitutive models suitable for the given conditions of continuous roll casting process have been established through multivariable linear regression analysis of the experimental data.
Continuous coal processing method
Ryason, P. R.
1980-06-01
A coal pump is provided in which solid coal is heated in the barrel of an extruder under pressure to a temperature at which the coal assumes plastic properties. The coal is continuously extruded, without static zones, using, for example, screw extrusion preferably without venting through a reduced diameter die to form a dispersed spray. As a result, the dispersed coal may be continuously injected into vessels or combustors at any pressure up to the maximum pressure developed in the extrusion device. The coal may be premixed with other materials such as desulfurization aids or reducible metal ores so that reactions occur, during or after conversion to its plastic state. Alternatively, the coal may be processed and caused to react after extrusion, through the die, with, for example, liquid oxidizers, whereby a coal reactor is provided.
Continuous Fiber Ceramic Composites
None
2002-09-01
Fiber-reinforced ceramic composites demonstrate the high-temperature stability of ceramics--with an increased fracture toughness resulting from the fiber reinforcement of the composite. The material optimization performed under the continuous fiber ceramic composites (CFCC) included a series of systematic optimizations. The overall goals were to define the processing window, to increase the robustinous of the process, to increase process yield while reducing costs, and to define the complexity of parts that could be fabricated.
2002-01-01
If you see this poster, stop and read it! This is the third poster produced by TIS Division as part of its information campaign on health and safety in the workplace. It provides statistics on occupational accidents at CERN. You will see that, as in the rest of Europe, falls, slips and trips continue to be the main cause of accident. So, eyes open and take care! For more information : http://safety.cern.ch/
王艳; 陈慧敏; 刁波; 郑国荣; 熊毅敏; 高金华
2012-01-01
Objective To explore pathogenesis of occult pressure ulcer caused by continuous pressure in aged rats, and to provide theoretical information for early intervention and prevention of pressure ulcers in elderly population. Methods Twelve aged Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized into a control group and a model group of 6. The control group didn't sustain any pressure, while the model group were pressurized with 22. 47 kPa load for 2 hours. All rats were sacrificed mercifully at the end of experiment. Color and morphology of the pressurized skin were observed grossly by naked eyes; pathological changes of skin and muscle tissue were observed under optical microscopy; creatine phosphokinase (CPK), superoxide dismutase (SOD), myeloperoxidase (MPO), and apoptosis index (AI) were tested. Results Pressurized skin of the model group presented persistent redness by nakcd eyes. Under optical microscopy, the pressurized skin showed these changes: the stratified squamous epithelium turned thin, and its structure became unclear; epithelium partially separated from derma; muscle fiber had slight rupture and edema. Derma and muscle tissue developed inflammation. Significant differences were found in the values of SOD, CPK, MPO, and AI between the two groups (P<0. 01 for all). Conclusion The muscle tissue of SD rats will sustain sterile inflammatory reaction under continuous pressure for 2 hours and cause oxidative stress response and apoptosis, resulting in histological and cytological changes of skin.%目的 探讨老年大鼠皮肤受压致隐匿性压疮的发生机制,为临床上老年压疮早期干预和预防提供理论基础.方法 将12只老年SD大鼠,随机分成对照组和模型组各6只.对照组不受压、模型组承受22.47 kPa压力2h后两组大鼠一起实施安乐死.实验终点,肉眼观察受压部位皮肤颜色和形态的变化;光镜观察皮肤肌肉组织病理学变化;检测肌组织中肌酸磷酸激酶(CPK)、超氧化物歧化
Continuous microwave regeneration apparatus for absorption media
Smith, Douglas D.
1999-01-01
A method and apparatus for continuously drying and regenerating ceramic beads for use in process gas moisture drying operations such as glove boxes. A microwave energy source is coupled to a process chamber to internally heat the ceramic beads and vaporize moisture contained therein. In a preferred embodiment, the moisture laden ceramic beads are conveyed toward the microwave source by a screw mechanism. The regenerated beads flow down outside of the screw mechanism and are available to absorb additional moisture.
蔡敏燕
2012-01-01
The paper analyzes the connotation and ways of continual improvement of the ISO9000 Quality Management System in Higher Vocational Colleges and puts up the improvement measures of the estab- lishment of quality management improvement mechanism in Higher Vocational Colleges based on continu- ous improvement ofISO9000 Quality Management System.%文章分析了高职院校ISO9000质量管理体系持续改进的内涵和途径，并基于ISO9000质量管理体系的持续改进，提出了建立高职院校质量管理改进机制的措施。
Continuous Integration in CFMGR
Frohlingsdorf, David
2017-01-01
Cfmgr is a managing tool for network devices. At the moment there is no way to automatically check the working behaviour of the tool, meaning that a lot of effort is spend into manually testing the tool after an update. During my stay at CERN I developed a black-box testing framework for Cfmgr according to Continuous Integration practices and successfully deployed the framework using Jenkins and Docker. This report discusses in detail how the framework works and how it can be conﬁgured, and equally gives a broad problem description and outlines future work directions.