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  1. Slug Damage and Control of Slugs in Horticultural Crops

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    Speiser, Bernhard; Glen, David; Piggott, Simon; Ester, Albert; Davies, Keith; Castillejo, Jose; Coupland, James

    2001-01-01

    Slugs can cause severe damage in horticultural crops. Slug activity; slug damage and control strategies differ considerably between countries or regions in Europe. The brochure summarizes recent research on novel methods of slug control.

  2. Initiation of slug flow

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    Hanratty, T.J.; Woods, B.D.

    1995-01-01

    The initiation of slug flow in a horizontal pipe can be predicted either by considering the stability of a slug or by considering the stability of a stratified flow. Measurements of the shedding rate of slugs are used to define necessary conditions for the existence of a slug. Recent results show that slugs develop from an unstable stratified flow through the evolution of small wavelength waves into large wavelength waves that have the possibility of growing to form a slug. The mechanism appears to be quite different for fluids with viscosities close to water than for fluids with large viscosities (20 centipoise)

  3. Hydrodynamic and statistical parameters of slug flow

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    Shemer, Lev

    2003-01-01

    In two-phase slug flow pattern, the bulk of the gas is trapped inside large bubbles that are separated by liquid slugs, which may contain small dispersed bubbles. The unsteady nature of slug flow makes the prediction of pressure drop and heat and mass transfer a difficult task. Earlier models that deal with steady slug flow assume constant lengths and shapes of liquid slugs and elongated bubbles, as well as a constant elongated bubble propagation velocity. However, due to the intrinsically irregular character of slug flow, statistical means are required for its proper description. Variation of the flow parameters along the pipes of various diameters and inclinations may strongly affect the resulting flow pattern and should thus be taken into account in modeling the flow. The development of slug flow along the pipe is mainly governed by the interaction between consecutive elongated bubbles. To gain a better insight into the mechanisms that govern slug flow evolution along pipes, experiments with controlled injection of consecutive elongated bubbles were performed in recent years. Due to the complexity of both the continuous slug flow and the liquid flow around injected bubbles, sophisticated experimental methods are required. The latest works regarding the hydrodynamic and statistics of naturally occurring continuous slug flow in pipes, as well as the results of experiments with controlled injection of elongated bubbles are reviewed. It is demonstrated how the information obtained in the controlled experiments can be applied to improve the performance of slug flow and slug tracking models

  4. Numerical simulation of terrain-induced severe slugging coupled by hydrodynamic slugs in a pipeline–riser system

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    Han, Pengfei; Guo, Liejin

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • A hyperbolized two-fluid model is presented for a pipeline–riser system. • The coupling of severe slugging and hydrodynamic slugging is realized. • Accurate predictions are obtained with consideration of the coupling effect. • The effect of hydrodynamic slugs on severe slugging is addressed. - Abstract: A numerical study based on a one-dimensional two-fluid model is carried out to describe the transient hydrodynamic slugging and terrain-induced severe slugging in a pipeline–riser system. The system of equations is rendered well-posed by interfacial pressure model for the riser. The selected flow conditions are restricted in the well-posed region for the horizontal and the downward inclined pipes to ensure the hydrodynamic slug characteristics are predicted correctly. The validity of the model is examined by water faucet problem and horizontal slug flow experiments. Simulations with and without slug capturing are conducted to address the effect of hydrodynamic slugs on severe slugging. It has been found that more accurate predictions are obtained by taking hydrodynamic slugs into account. At low superficial gas velocity, the simulation without slug capturing tends to overestimate the severe slugging period. When hydrodynamic slugs are captured, the upstream gas expansion is suppressed by the hydrodynamic slugs. At relatively high superficial gas velocity, the simulation without slug capturing tends to underestimate the severe slugging period. When hydrodynamic slugs are captured, the upstream compressible volume is greatly enlarged by the blowout of the hydrodynamic slugs. In both situations, the influences of the hydrodynamic slugs can reduce the errors of the predicted severe slugging characteristics.

  5. OIL SLUGS FOR PRODUCTION OF PISTON RING

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    V. F. Bevza

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The developed technological process of continuously cyclic casting by frosting allows to receive high-quality hollow cylindrical slugs of cast iron for production of critical parts. 

  6. Gas slug ascent through rheologically stratified conduits

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    Capponi, Antonio; James, Mike R.; Lane, Steve J.

    2016-04-01

    Textural and petrological evidence has indicated the presence of viscous, degassed magma layers at the top of the conduit at Stromboli. This layer acts as a plug through which gas slugs burst and it is thought to have a role in controlling the eruptive dynamics. Here, we present the results of laboratory experiments which detail the range of slug flow configurations that can develop in a rheologically stratified conduit. A gas slug can burst (1) after being fully accommodated within the plug volume, (2) whilst its base is still in the underlying low-viscosity liquid or (3) within a low-viscosity layer dynamically emplaced above the plug during the slug ascent. We illustrate the relevance of the same flow configurations at volcanic-scale through a new experimentally-validated 1D model and 3D computational fluid dynamic simulations. Applied to Stromboli, our results show that gas volume, plug thickness, plug viscosity and conduit radius control the transition between each configuration; in contrast, the configuration distribution seems insensitive to the viscosity of magma beneath the plug, which acts mainly to deliver the slug into the plug. Each identified flow configuration encompasses a variety of processes including dynamic narrowing and widening of the conduit, generation of instabilities along the falling liquid film, transient blockages of the slug path and slug break-up. All these complexities, in turn, lead to variations in the slug overpressure, mirrored by changes in infrasonic signatures which are also associated to different eruptive styles. Acoustic amplitudes are strongly dependent on the flow configuration in which the slugs burst, with both acoustic peak amplitudes and waveform shapes reflecting different burst dynamics. When compared to infrasonic signals from Stromboli, the similarity between real signals and laboratory waveforms suggests that the burst of a slug through a plug may represent a viable first-order mechanism for the generation of

  7. Photosynthate accumulation in solar-powered sea slugs - starving slugs survive due to accumulated starch reserves.

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    Laetz, Elise M J; Moris, Victoria C; Moritz, Leif; Haubrich, André N; Wägele, Heike

    2017-01-01

    Solar-powered sea slugs are famed for their ability to survive starvation due to incorporated algal chloroplasts. It is well established that algal-derived carbon can be traced in numerous slug-derived compounds, showing that slugs utilize the photosynthates produced by incorporated plastids. Recently, a new hypothesis suggests that the photosynthates produced are not continuously made available to the slug. Instead, at least some of the plastid's photosynthetic products are stored in the plastid itself and only later become available to the slug. The long-term plastid-retaining slug, Elysia timida and its sole food source, Acetabularia acetabulum were examined to determine whether or not starch, a combination of amylose and amylopectin and the main photosynthate produced by A. acetabulum , is produced by the stolen plastids and whether it accumulates within individual kleptoplasts, providing an energy larder, made available to the slug at a later time. Histological sections of Elysia timida throughout a starvation period were stained with Lugol's Iodine solution, a well-known stain for starch granules in plants. We present here for the first time, an increase in amylose concentration, within the slug's digestive gland cells during a starvation period, followed by a sharp decrease. Chemically blocking photosynthesis in these tissues resulted in no observable starch, indicating that the starch in untreated animals is a product of photosynthetic activity. This suggests that kleptoplasts function as both, a nutritive producer and storage device, holding onto the polysaccharides they produce for a certain time until they are finally available and used by the starving slug to withstand extended starvation periods.

  8. Mitigation of terrain induced slugging using mixer devices

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    Brasjen, B.J.; Veltin, J.; Hansen, J.H.

    2014-01-01

    The present work focuses on experimental evidence of slug mitigation via various devices. The slug mitigation potential of a number of mixers was tested using a laboratory scale air/water setup to compare their effect on the incoming slugs just upstream of the separator inlet. Dedicated methods and

  9. Riser slugging - a mathematical model and the practical consequences

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    Svein I. Sagatun

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available This article presents a novel approach to estimate severe riser slug build up time and consequently the slug period. The slug model is based on a simplified mechanical model. This information has subsequently been used to illustrate the effects of the traditional actions to prevent severe riser slugging. New field data from an offshore floating production platform and large scale experimental data are included. The experimental set up is described in detail. The estimate on the slug built up time provided by the simplified model matches data from the experiments, the full scale data and data in relevant references.

  10. COST AND BENEFIT IN CONTROL OF THE GRAY FIELD SLUG IN WESTERN OREGON

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    Greenhouse studies were conducted to quantify the impact of a selection of slug baits on slug mortality and on slug-associated damage to perennial ryegrass seedlings along with the relative costs associated with utilizing specific slug control strategies. We evaluated slug mortality, egg fucundity, ...

  11. Review of Slug Detection, Modeling and Control Techniques for Offshore Oil & Gas Production Processes

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    Pedersen, Simon; Løhndorf, Petar Durdevic; Yang, Zhenyu

    2015-01-01

    The current offshore oil & gas multi-phase production and transportation installations have big challenges related with the slugging flow: An unstable multi-phase flow regime where the flow rates, pressures and temperatures oscillate in the considered processes. Slug can be caused by different...... severe consequences to the production processes because of the slugging flow. This paper reviews some observed latest status and key challenges about slug detection, dynamical modeling and elimination of slugging flows. Mathematical modeling of slug has been used to investigate the slug mechanism...... decades, the cost-effective and optimal slug modeling and control are still open topics with many related challenges....

  12. A nematode that can manipulate the behaviour of slugs.

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    Morris, Alex; Green, Michael; Martin, Hayley; Crossland, Katie; Swaney, William T; Williamson, Sally M; Rae, Robbie

    2018-02-27

    The ability of parasites to manipulate the behaviour of their hosts has evolved multiple times, and has a clear fitness benefit to the parasite in terms of facilitating growth, reproduction and transfer to suitable hosts. The mechanisms by which these behavioural changes are induced are poorly understood, but in many cases parasite manipulation of serotonergic signalling in the host brain is implicated. Here we report that Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita, a parasite of terrestrial gastropod molluscs, can alter the behaviour of slugs. Uninfected slugs (Deroceras panormitanum, Arion subfuscus and Arion hortensis) avoid areas where P. hermaphrodita is present, but slugs infected with P. hermaphrodita are more likely to be found where the nematodes are present. This ability is specific to P. hermaphrodita and other nematodes (Steinernema carpocapsae and Heterorhabditis bacteriophora) do not induce this behavioural change. To investigate how P. hermaphrodita changes slug behaviour we exposed slugs to fluoxetine (a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) and cyproheptadine (a serotonin receptor antagonist). Uninfected slugs fed fluoxetine no longer avoided areas where P. hermaphrodita was present; and conversely, infected slugs fed cyproheptadine showed no increased attraction to areas with nematodes. These findings suggest that a possible mechanism by whichP. hermaphrodita is able to manipulate parasite avoidance behaviour in host slugs is by manipulating serotonergic signalling in the brain, and that increased serotonin levels are potentially associated with a reduction in parasite avoidance. Copyright © 2018. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  13. Angiogenic sprouting is regulated by endothelial cell expression of Slug.

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    Welch-Reardon, Katrina M; Ehsan, Seema M; Wang, Kehui; Wu, Nan; Newman, Andrew C; Romero-Lopez, Monica; Fong, Ashley H; George, Steven C; Edwards, Robert A; Hughes, Christopher C W

    2014-05-01

    The Snail family of zinc-finger transcription factors are evolutionarily conserved proteins that control processes requiring cell movement. Specifically, they regulate epithelial-to-mesenchymal transitions (EMT) where an epithelial cell severs intercellular junctions, degrades basement membrane and becomes a migratory, mesenchymal-like cell. Interestingly, Slug expression has been observed in angiogenic endothelial cells (EC) in vivo, suggesting that angiogenic sprouting may share common attributes with EMT. Here, we demonstrate that sprouting EC in vitro express both Slug and Snail, and that siRNA-mediated knockdown of either inhibits sprouting and migration in multiple in vitro angiogenesis assays. We find that expression of MT1-MMP, but not of VE-Cadherin, is regulated by Slug and that loss of sprouting as a consequence of reduced Slug expression can be reversed by lentiviral-mediated re-expression of MT1-MMP. Activity of MMP2 and MMP9 are also affected by Slug expression, likely through MT1-MMP. Importantly, we find enhanced expression of Slug in EC in human colorectal cancer samples compared with normal colon tissue, suggesting a role for Slug in pathological angiogenesis. In summary, these data implicate Slug as an important regulator of sprouting angiogenesis, particularly in pathological settings.

  14. Reverse Isolation and Backaction of the SLUG Microwave Amplifier

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    Thorbeck, T.; Zhu, S.; Leonard, E.; Barends, R.; Kelly, J.; Martinis, John M.; McDermott, R.

    2017-11-01

    An ideal preamplifier for qubit measurement must not only provide high gain and near quantum-limited noise performance, but also isolate the delicate quantum circuit from noisy downstream measurement stages while producing negligible backaction. Here, we use a superconducting low-inductance undulatory galvanometer (SLUG) microwave amplifier to read out a superconducting transmon qubit, and we characterize both reverse isolation and measurement backaction of the SLUG. For appropriate dc bias, the SLUG achieves reverse isolation that is better than that of a commercial cryogenic isolator. Moreover, SLUG backaction is dominated by thermal emission from dissipative elements in the device. When the SLUG is operated in pulsed mode, it is possible to characterize the transmon qubit using a measurement chain that is free from cryogenic isolators or circulators with no measurable degradation of qubit performance.

  15. SLUG: A New Way to Stochastically Light Up Galaxies

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    Fumagalli, M.; da Silva, R.; Krumholz, M.; Bigiel, F.

    2011-06-01

    We present SLUG, a new code to "Stochastically Light Up Galaxies". SLUG populates star clusters by randomly drawing stars from an initial mass function (IMF) and then following their time evolution with stellar models and an observationally-motivated prescription for cluster disruption. For a choice of star formation history, metallicity, and IMF, SLUG outputs synthetic photometry for clusters and field stars with a proper treatment of stochastic star formation. SLUG generates realistic distributions of star clusters, demonstrating the range of properties that result from finite sampling of an IMF and a random distribution of ages. The simulated data sets provide a quantitative means to address open problems in studies of star formation in galaxies and clusters, such as a test for IMF variations that are suggested by the systematic deficiency in the Hα/UV ratio in outer disks or in dwarf galaxies. SLUG will be made publicly available through the website: http://sites.google.com/site/runslug/.

  16. An analytical study of slug impact phenomena

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    Smith, B.L.

    1983-01-01

    This article aims to develop at a fundamental level, understanding of the impact process and assess the relevance and magnitude of fluid-structure interaction effects. Reference is made for four 1/30th scale experiments, set up to verify the ideas developed in this work, and to provide quality data for code validation purposes. The impact of a one-dimensional liquid slug on a solid slab is investigated using a simplified form of the Rankine-Hugoniot shock equations derived under the joint assumptions of slight compressibility and small Mach number; both assumptions are well justified for the applications in mind. In the first instance the roof slab is considered to be freely supported and of finite thickness. A detailed picture of the shock and expansion wave propagations is built up from the basic equations including the effects of wave reflections at boundaries and wave-wave interactions. Particular attention is paid to the impulse transfer mechanism from the slug as this controls the roof slab acceleration. Bulk fluid cavitation effects are noted. Roof flexural response is then taken into account, together with the effects the holddown constraints. It is seen that even very minor structural responses can result in significant mitigation of the impulse loading. Guidelines for the application of the work to HCDA analysis in pool reactor geometries is presented. (orig./GL)

  17. Slug control system; Sistema de controle de golfadas

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    Borges Filho, Alvaro de Miranda; Meira, Marco Antonio Alves de; Vaz, Celio Eduardo Martins [PETROBRAS, Macae, RJ (Brazil). Unidade de Negocios da Bacia de Campos

    2004-07-01

    Due to the characteristics of flow, gas can separate from oil in the pipelines and risers that link subsea manifolds to production offshore platforms, forming liquid and gas slugs in the production separator. Liquid slugs can cause overflow in the separators. Gas slugs can cause burning in the flare due to the limitation in the turbo-compressors acceleration. In both cases the consequences are loss of production or shut-downs. This paper presents a Slug Control System designed to attenuate severe gas and liquid flow variations. The system consist of a control valve installed in the separator inlet, transmitters, a controller, control algorithm and a monitoring station. This system is operating since October 2003 in a production offshore platform, in Campus Basin, Brazil, with excellent results, reducing the gas burning in 45% without oil production loss. (author)

  18. Expression of EMT Markers SLUG and TWIST in Breast Cancer.

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    Grzegrzolka, Jedrzej; Biala, Martyna; Wojtyra, Patrycja; Kobierzycki, Christopher; Olbromski, Mateusz; Gomulkiewicz, Agnieszka; Piotrowska, Aleksandra; Rys, Janusz; Podhorska-Okolow, Marzena; Dziegiel, Piotr

    2015-07-01

    The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has been observed in progression of in situ breast cancer to the invasive form and might be initiated by snail family zinc finger 2 (SLUG) and twist family bHLH transcription factor 1 (TWIST) protein overexpression. During this phenomenon, cells lose their epithelial phenotype and acquire mesenchymal features. The aim of the study was to examine the association of EMT markers SLUG and TWIST with clinicopathological data and the possibility of using these proteins as prognostic markers of breast cancer. Immunohistochemical analysis (IHC) of SLUG and TWIST expression was performed on archival paraffin samples of 19 cases with fibrocystic breast changes (control group), 148 cases of invasive ductal breast cancer (IDC) and 26 of invasive lobular breast cancer (ILC). Laser capture microdissection for isolation of cells from 17 frozen samples of IDC was employed and subsequently SLUG and TWIST mRNA expression in cancer and stromal cells was detected separately by real-time polymerase chain reaction. SLUG and TWIST expression in IDC was significant higher in stromal cells regardless of the method of quantification used (pSLUG mRNA, and pSLUG IHC, TWIST IHC and TWIST mRNA expression). Positive correlation of SLUG and TWIST protein and mRNA expression was observed in stromal cells of IDC (r=0.347; p<0.0001 and r=0.704; p<0.01, respectively). Expression of TWIST protein in IDC was higher in cancer cells of cases with shorter event-free survival period, as well as in stromal cells of cases with shorter overall survival period (p<0.05 for both). Stromal cells could play a role in the regulation of EMT in breast cancer. Copyright© 2015 International Institute of Anticancer Research (Dr. John G. Delinassios), All rights reserved.

  19. Vimentin-ERK Signaling Uncouples Slug Gene Regulatory Function.

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    Virtakoivu, Reetta; Mai, Anja; Mattila, Elina; De Franceschi, Nicola; Imanishi, Susumu Y; Corthals, Garry; Kaukonen, Riina; Saari, Markku; Cheng, Fang; Torvaldson, Elin; Kosma, Veli-Matti; Mannermaa, Arto; Muharram, Ghaffar; Gilles, Christine; Eriksson, John; Soini, Ylermi; Lorens, James B; Ivaska, Johanna

    2015-06-01

    Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in cells is a developmental process adopted during tumorigenesis that promotes metastatic capacity. In this study, we advance understanding of EMT control in cancer cells with the description of a novel vimentin-ERK axis that regulates the transcriptional activity of Slug (SNAI2). Vimentin, ERK, and Slug exhibited overlapping subcellular localization in clinical specimens of triple-negative breast carcinoma. RNAi-mediated ablation of these gene products inhibited cancer cell migration and cell invasion through a laminin-rich matrix. Biochemical analyses demonstrated direct interaction of vimentin and ERK, which promoted ERK activation and enhanced vimentin transcription. Consistent with its role as an intermediate filament, vimentin acted as a scaffold to recruit Slug to ERK and promote Slug phosphorylation at serine-87. Site-directed mutagenesis established a requirement for ERK-mediated Slug phosphorylation in EMT initiation. Together, these findings identified a pivotal step in controlling the ability of Slug to organize hallmarks of EMT. ©2015 American Association for Cancer Research.

  20. Cellular properties of slug flow in vertical co-current gas-liquid flow: slug-churn transition

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    Lusseyran, Francois

    1990-01-01

    This research thesis reports the study and description of the structure of a slug flow regime in a co-current vertical cylindrical duct, and the characterization and prediction of its transition towards a slug-churn (de-structured) regime. Flow physical mechanisms highlighted by the measurement of two important dynamics variables (wall friction and thickness of liquid films) are related to hypotheses of cellular models. The author first proposes an overview of slug flow regimes: theoretical steady and one-dimensional analysis, mass assessment equations of cellular models, application to the assessment of the flow rate and of the thickness of the film surrounding the gas slug. In the second part, the author addresses the slug flow regime transition towards the slug-churn regime: assessment of the evolution of flow dynamic properties, use of average wall friction analysis to obtain a relevant transition criterion. The third part presents experimental conditions, and measurement methods: conductometry for thickness measurement, polarography for wall friction measurement, and gas phase detection by using an optic barrier or optic fibres [fr

  1. Online slug detection in multi-phase transportation pipelines using electrical tomography

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    Pedersen, Simon; Mai, Christian; Hansen, Leif

    2015-01-01

    Slugging flow in offshore oil & gas multi-phase transportation pipelines cause big challenges as the flow regime induces flow and pressure oscillations in the multi-phase pipelines. The negative impacts of the most severe slugs are significant and thus the elimination of slugging flow in the pipe......Slugging flow in offshore oil & gas multi-phase transportation pipelines cause big challenges as the flow regime induces flow and pressure oscillations in the multi-phase pipelines. The negative impacts of the most severe slugs are significant and thus the elimination of slugging flow...

  2. A Lagrangian Slug Capturing Scheme for Gas-Liquid Flows in Pipes

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    Renault, Fabien

    2007-06-15

    In this thesis a new Lagrangian numerical scheme for the simulation of gas-liquid flows in pipelines is presented. Based on an approximate two-fluid model, this new scheme, called LASSI (Lagrangian Approximate Scheme for Slug Initiation) is dedicated to the modelling of the transition between stratified and slug flow. It is able to capture directly the slug initiation process and to track the motion of every single slug in the pipe without numerical diffusion. It can thus be qualified as a slug capturing and slug tracking scheme

  3. Challenges in Slug Modeling and Control for Offshore Oil and Gas Productions

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    Pedersen, Simon; Løhndorf, Petar Durdevic; Yang, Zhenyu

    2017-01-01

    The upstream offshore multi-phase well-pipeline-riser installations are facing huge challenges related to slugging flow: An unstable flow regime where the flow rates, pressures and temperatures oscillate in the multi-phase pipelines. One typical severe slug is induced by vertical wells or risers...... the state-of-the-art related to analysis, detection, dynamical modeling and elimination of the slug within the offshore oil & gas Exploration and Production (E&P) processes. Modeling of slugging flow has been used to investigate the slug characteristics and for design of anti-slug control as well, however...

  4. Determination of C0-60 in Cobalt Slugs and Slabs and Radionuclides in Curium Sampler Slugs L-Reactor Disassembly Basin

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    Casella, V.R.

    2004-01-01

    Co-60 was historically produced in the SRS reactors. Cobalt slugs were irradiated in the early 1970s. Post-production, remaining cobalt slugs (including slab form) were consolidated for storage. There are approximately nine hundred cobalt slugs currently stored awaiting final disposition. These slugs had historically incomplete documentation for activity rates; therefore, assaying was required in order to determine their activity levels. Since the gamma dose rate from these slugs is extremely high, the most cost effective way to shield a source of this magnitude from personnel and the radiation detector was to use the basin water in which the slugs are stored as the shield. A sodium iodide gamma detector was placed above a specially designed air collimator assembly, so that slug was at least eight feet from the detector and was shielded by the basin water. Using a sodium iodide detector and multichannel analyzer system and an underwater collimator assembly, Co-60 concentrations we re determined for Disassembly Basin cobalt slugs and slabs and 18 curium sampler slugs. The total activity of all of the assayed slugs summed to 31,783 curies. From the Co-60 concentrations of the curium sampler slugs, the irradiation flux was determined for the known irradiation time. The amounts of Pu-238, 239, 240, 241, 242; Am-241, 243; and Cm-242, 244 produced were then obtained based on the original amount of Pu-239 irradiated

  5. Slug catcher conceptual design as separator for heavy oil

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    Marquez, J.G.; Manzanilla, C.L.; Trujillo, J.N. [PDVSA Petroleos de Venezuela SA, Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)

    2009-07-01

    Gas-liquid separation processes in heavy and extra heavy oil fields are typically performed using gravity conventional separators. However, the separation efficiency of the equipment depends on the operating conditions, appropriate design and properties of the fluids. Therefore, the separation efficiency is influenced by the liquid's high viscosity, low pressures and low gas flow rate that are present in heavy and extra heavy oil fields. These conditions increase the probability of slug flow formation through pipelines that cause operational problems, primarily in the separation process. Therefore, there is a need to design a gas-liquid separator that can handle viscous liquid, reduce the effects of slug flow and perform an efficient separation. The finger type slug catcher is a technology that can help to improve the gas-liquid separation. This paper presented an improvement in the methodology of Sarica et al. (1990), predicting the dimensions of finger type slug catcher for heavy oil fields. It was derived from the effect of the transition of stratified flow to non-stratified flow when the liquid phase was viscous and only considered slug flow characteristics under normal flow. Based on the improvement the required diameter and length of the finger were determined. This improvement was used to design a finger type slug catcher for heavy oil fields in Venezuela's Orinoco belt and an economic comparison against conventional separators was presented, demonstrating the finger type slug catcher to be more economical than the conventional separator. 17 refs., 4 tabs., 4 figs.

  6. Control measures for slug and snail hosts of Angiostrongylus cantonensis, with special reference to the semi-slug Parmarion martensi.

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    Hollingsworth, Robert G; Howe, Kathleen; Jarvi, Susan I

    2013-06-01

    Slugs and snails (class Gastropoda) are the obligate intermediate hosts of the rat lungworm, Angiostrongylus cantonensis. This nematode is the causative agent of human angiostrongyliasis and the most common cause of human eosinophilic meningoencephalitis. Humans can become infected by accidental consumption of slugs or snails and possibly flatworms (or a portion of one of these animals) in fresh produce, but the slime from these animals can contain nematodes and may also constitute a disease risk. Gastropod carriers in Hawa'i include, among other species, giant African snails, veronicellid slugs, and the semi-slug Parmarion martensi. This latter species was first discovered on the island of Hawa'i in 2004 and is now common in the area where the majority of the state's documented cases of human angiostrongyliasis occurred between 2005 and 2011. This species is considered a high risk carrier of A. cantonensis because of its climbing behavior, abundance around human dwellings, and high worm burdens. One individual collected from east Hawa'i Island contained >6,800 infective third stage A. cantonensis larvae. Common and efficient control methods for slugs and snails include sanitation (eg, removal of objects that serve as hiding places) and the use of poison food baits, such as those containing metaldehyde and iron. An iron-containing bait that is relatively safe to non-target organisms was effective in controlling semi-slugs in cage experiments, although it killed more slowly than a metaldehyde-containing bait and the majority of slugs affected did not die until 1-2 weeks following ingestion.

  7. An invasive slug exploits an ant-seed dispersal mutualism.

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    Meadley Dunphy, Shannon A; Prior, Kirsten M; Frederickson, Megan E

    2016-05-01

    Plant-animal mutualisms, such as seed dispersal, are often vulnerable to disruption by invasive species. Here, we show for the first time how a non-ant invasive species negatively affects seed dispersal by ants. We examined the effects of several animal species that co-occur in a temperate deciduous forest-including native and invasive seed-dispersing ants (Aphaenogaster rudis and Myrmica rubra, respectively), an invasive slug (Arion subfuscus), and native rodents-on a native myrmecochorous plant, Asarum canadense. We experimentally manipulated ant, slug, and rodent access to seed depots and measured seed removal. We also video-recorded depots to determine which other taxa interact with seeds. We found that A. rudis was the main disperser of seeds and that A. subfuscus consumed elaiosomes without dispersing seeds. Rodent visitation was rare, and rodent exclusion had no significant effect on seed or elaiosome removal. We then used data obtained from laboratory and field mesocosm experiments to determine how elaiosome robbing by A. subfuscus affects seed dispersal by A. rudis and M. rubra. We found that elaiosome robbing by slugs reduced seed dispersal by ants, especially in mesocosms with A. rudis, which picks up seeds more slowly than M. rubra. Taken together, our results show that elaiosome robbing by an invasive slug reduces seed dispersal by ants, suggesting that invasive slugs can have profound negative effects on seed dispersal mutualisms.

  8. Minimum slugging velocity in fluidized beds containing vertical rods

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    Coronella, C.J.; Lee, S.Y.; Seader, J.D. (University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (United States). Dept. of Chemical Engineering)

    1994-09-01

    A new method for determining the onset of slugging in fluidized beds is presented. Pressure-drop fluctuations, measured from below the distributor to the gas exit line, are transformed to the frequency domain by the power spectral desity function (PSDF). The dominant frequency of the PSDF corresponds to the eruption frequency of bubbles or slugs. A fluidized bed is in the slugging regime when this dominant frequency, f[sub d], remains constant with changing gas velocity. This method is an improvement over previous methods because of the simple nature of the apparatus required, and because it is possible to locate the pressure probes so that they do not interfere with the fluidization or undergo rapid wear from the constant particle movement. This method was used to determine the gas velocity corresponding to the transition from the bubbling to the slugging regime for a 10cm diameter bed of sand fluidized with air and containing three 1.9cm diameter vertical rods at 5.2cm centre-to-centre triangular spacing and extending the length of the bed, and to compare the results with those from the same bed without any internal rods. The presence of the vertical rods inhibited the onset of the slugging regime, and significantly extended the bubbling regime to higher gas velocities. 32 refs., 12 figs.

  9. Periodic Slug Formation in Converging Immiscible Microchannel Flows

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    Harris, T. R.; Hitt, D. L.; Macken, N. A.

    2003-11-01

    Experimentally, when two miscible fluids converge in microchannels at low Reynolds numbers, a stable, stratified interface is formed. In the case of converging immiscible fluids, it is observed that the interface is generally unstable with its breakdown resulting in the periodic production of uniform slugs. We investigate steady flows of 1-Octanol (continuous phase) and aqueous glycerol (dispersed phase)in microchannels of square cross-section (127 microns) meeting at a 90 degree junction. The flow of the continuous phase ranges from 1 to 64 micro liters per minute with flow ratios of continuous to dispersed phase ranging from 1 to 4. High-speed video microscopy ( ˜1100 frames per second) is used to visualize slug formation. Slug size, separation and frequency are obtained from individual frame analysis. For flow ratios near unity, the dominant parameter affecting slug frequency (1-100 Hz here) is the total throughput of the system and it follows a power law relationship independent of the inlet orientation of the phases. Slug length and separation are sensitive to flow ratio as well as total flow throughput.

  10. Fertilization of Epichloe typhina stromata by mycophagous slugs.

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    Hoffman, George D; Rao, Sujaya

    2014-01-01

    Epichloë typhina, a fungal endophyte of cool season grasses, is heterothallic and an obligate out-crosser. In areas of endemism, its spermatia are moved between stromata of the two opposite mating types through egg-laying activities of Botanophila flies. In western Oregon, where the fungus was inadvertently introduced into seed-production fields of Dactylis glomerata (= orchardgrass, cocksfoot), flies do not appear to be the sole vectors for E. typhina fertilization. Here we examined the role of the common agricultural slug pest Deroceras reticulatum and mycophagous slug species Prophysaon andersoni and Arion subfuscus in E. typhina spermatia transfer. Frass from P. andersoni, A. subfuscus and D. reticulatum fed stromata of one mating type was transferred to stromata of the opposite mating type, resulting in 100%, 93% and 25% stromata fertilization respectively. An experiment designed to mimic field conditions examined stromata fertilization on E. typhina-infected plants of opposite mating type in the presence of slugs. Treatments with P. andersoni and D. reticulatum had greater stromata fertilization compared to the no-slug control, but the slug treatments were not different. This appears to be the first report of mollusks vectoring viable spermatia leading to the cross fertilization of stromata of different mating types.

  11. Severe Slugging in Air-Water Hybrid Riser System

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    Jing Gong

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In the subsea pipeline gathering system, severe slugging flow is prone to occur. Severe slugging flow brings major threat to production and flow assurance in oil and gas industry due to periodical pressure oscillation and large liquid volume. Currently many researchers pay much more attention on L-shaped riser, catenaries, and S-shaped riser; little research has been made on hybrid riser, which is applied in the Africa West and Gulf of Mexico oil fields. Flow characteristics simulation for hybrid riser is made in this paper, using the one-dimensional and quasi-equilibrium model to simulate not only the riser-base pressure, severe slugging period, and the liquid slug length of the whole system but also base-pressure in the flexible pipe section. The calculated results match well with the experiment data. Besides, the influence of flexible pipe to the severe slugging characteristics of hybrid riser system is analyzed, which are significant for the determination of riser structure.

  12. A model for cell type localization in the migrating slug of ...

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    . Localization of the three major cell types within the migrating slug stage is a dynamic process (Sternfeld 1992;. A model for cell type localization in the migrating slug of Dictyostelium discoideum based on differential chemotactic sensitivity to ...

  13. The energetic advantages of slug specialization in garter snakes (genus Thamnophis).

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    Britt, Eric J; Bennett, Albert F

    2008-01-01

    We tested the hypothesis that dietary specialization by foraging garter snakes is accompanied by increased assimilation efficiency on specialist prey items. Our comparison included two closely related garter snake species considered to be slug specialists (Thamnophis ordinoides and Thamnophis elegans terrestris), one fish specialist (Thamnophis couchii), and one diet generalist (Thamnophis elegans elegans). Our results suggest that slug specialists have an energetic advantage over non-slug-eating snakes when both eat slugs. Slug specialists T. ordinoides and T. e. terrestris both have higher assimilation and net assimilation efficiencies when eating slugs than do generalists T. e. elegans and T. couchii. The slug specialists did not experience decreased efficiency when eating fish. Therefore, there was no apparent digestive trade-off for the slug specialists when eating other prey.

  14. Invasive slug populations (Arion vulgaris) as potential vectors for Clostridium botulinum.

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    Gismervik, Kristine; Bruheim, Torkjel; Rørvik, Liv M; Haukeland, Solveig; Skaar, Ida

    2014-10-03

    Norwegian meadows, including those for silage production, are recently found heavily invaded by the slug Arion vulgaris in exposed areas. As a consequence, large numbers of slugs might contaminate grass silage and cause a possible threat to animal feed quality and safety. It is well known that silage contaminated by mammalian or avian carcasses can lead to severe outbreaks of botulism among livestock. Invertebrates, especially fly-larvae (Diptera), are considered important in the transfer of Clostridium botulinum type C and its toxins among birds in wetlands. C. botulinum form highly resistant spores that could easily be consumed by the slugs during feeding. This study aimed to determine whether Arion vulgaris could hold viable C. botulinum and enrich them, which is essential knowledge for assessing the risk of botulism from slug-contaminated silage. Slug carcasses, slug feces and live slugs were tested by a quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) method after being fed ≅ 5.8 × 104 CFU C. botulinum type C spores/slug. Low amounts of C. botulinum were detected by qPCR in six of 21 slug carcasses with an even spread throughout the 17 day long experiment. Declining amounts of C. botulinum were excreted in slug feces up to day four after the inoculated feed was given. C. botulinum was only quantified the first two days in the sampling of live slugs. The viability of C. botulinum was confirmed for all three sample types (slug carcasses, slug feces and live slugs) by visible growth in enrichment media combined with obtaining a higher quantification cycle (Cq) value than from the non-enriched samples. Neither dead nor live invasive Arion vulgaris slugs were shown to enrich Clostridium botulinum containing the neurotoxin type C gene in this study. Slugs excreted viable C. botulinum in their feces up to day four, but in rapidly decreasing numbers. Arion vulgaris appear not to support enrichment of C. botulinum type C.

  15. Internal Representation and Memory Formation of Odor Preference Based on Oscillatory Activities in a Terrestrial Slug

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    Sekiguchi, Tatsuhiko; Furudate, Hiroyuki; Kimura, Tetsuya

    2010-01-01

    The terrestrial slug "Limax" exhibits a highly developed ability to learn odors with a small nervous system. When a fluorescent dye, Lucifer Yellow (LY), is injected into the slug's body cavity after odor-taste associative conditioning, a group of neurons in the procerebral (PC) lobe, an olfactory center of the slug, is labeled by LY. We examined…

  16. Is a combination of different natural substances suitable for slug (Arion spp.) control?

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    Laznik, Ž.; Trdan, S.

    2016-11-01

    In a laboratory study we investigated the contact and barrier efficacy of different natural substances (wood ash, sawdust, hydrated lime, and diatomaceous earth) against slugs of the genus Arion, an important agricultural pest. Natural substances were tested individually and in combination with each other. The experiment was carried out in plastic petri dishes and in glass insectaria. Moistened tampons and fresh leaves of lettuce were placed into both experimental arenas. The slugs were starved for 48 hours prior to the experiment. Six categories of behaviour were identified for slugs in the presence of the natural substances: (1) slug survived the experiment, (2) slug died during the experiment, (3) slug crossed the barrier, (4) slug did not cross the barrier, (5) slug fed on the lettuce, and (6) slug did not feed on the lettuce. The effect of different treatments (natural substances) was significant. The results of our study have shown that hydrated lime had the best contact efficacy on slugs (the mortality of slugs was 100%), both individually and in combination with other substances. The treatments with hydrated lime also proved to be the most efficient barrier preventing slugs from feeding on lettuce. Hydrated lime shows great potential in Arion control in our investigation; however, further research is needed to investigate the practical value (how to avoid the problem when the substance becomes wet), safety and economics of hydrated lime used in this way. (Author)

  17. Is a combination of different natural substances suitable for slug (Arion spp. control?

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    Žiga Laznik

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available In a laboratory study we investigated the contact and barrier efficacy of different natural substances (wood ash, sawdust, hydrated lime, and diatomaceous earth against slugs of the genus Arion, an important agricultural pest. Natural substances were tested individually and in combination with each other. The experiment was carried out in plastic petri dishes and in glass insectaria. Moistened tampons and fresh leaves of lettuce were placed into both experimental arenas. The slugs were starved for 48 hours prior to the experiment. Six categories of behaviour were identified for slugs in the presence of the natural substances: (1 slug survived the experiment, (2 slug died during the experiment, (3 slug crossed the barrier, (4 slug did not cross the barrier, (5 slug fed on the lettuce, and (6 slug did not feed on the lettuce. The effect of different treatments (natural substances was significant. The results of our study have shown that hydrated lime had the best contact efficacy on slugs (the mortality of slugs was 100%, both individually and in combination with other substances. The treatments with hydrated lime also proved to be the most efficient barrier preventing slugs from feeding on lettuce. Hydrated lime shows great potential in Arion control in our investigation; however, further research is needed to investigate the practical value (how to avoid the problem when the substance becomes wet, safety and economics of hydrated lime used in this way.

  18. Slug promotes survival during metastasis through suppression of Puma-mediated apoptosis.

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    Kim, Seaho; Yao, Jiahong; Suyama, Kimita; Qian, Xia; Qian, Bin-Zhi; Bandyopadhyay, Sanmay; Loudig, Olivier; De Leon-Rodriguez, Carlos; Zhou, Zhen Ni; Segall, Jeffrey; Macian, Fernando; Norton, Larry; Hazan, Rachel B

    2014-07-15

    Tumor cells must overcome apoptosis to survive throughout metastatic dissemination and distal organ colonization. Here, we show in the Polyoma Middle T mammary tumor model that N-cadherin (Cdh2) expression causes Slug (Snai2) upregulation, which in turn promotes carcinoma cell survival. Slug was dramatically upregulated in metastases relative to primary tumors. Consistent with a role in metastasis, Slug knockdown in carcinoma cells suppressed lung colonization by decreasing cell survival at metastatic sites, but had no effect on tumor cell invasion or extravasation. In support of this idea, Slug inhibition by shRNA sensitized tumor cells to apoptosis by DNA damage, resulting in caspase-3 and PARP cleavage. The prosurvival effect of Slug was found to be caused by direct repression of the proapoptotic gene, Puma (Bbc3), by Slug. Consistent with a pivotal role for a Slug-Puma axis in metastasis, inhibition of Puma by RNA interference in Slug-knockdown cells rescued lung colonization, whereas Puma overexpression in control tumor cells suppressed lung metastasis. The survival function of the Slug-Puma axis was confirmed in human breast cancer cells, where Slug knockdown increased Puma expression and inhibited lung colonization. This study demonstrates a pivotal role for Slug in carcinoma cell survival, implying that disruption of the Slug-Puma axis may impinge on the survival of metastatic cells. ©2014 American Association for Cancer Research.

  19. Online slug detection in multi-phase transportation pipelines using electrical tomography

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    Pedersen, Simon; Mai, Christian; Hansen, Leif

    2015-01-01

    Slugging flow in offshore oil & gas multi-phase transportation pipelines cause big challenges as the flow regime induces flow and pressure oscillations in the multi-phase pipelines. The negative impacts of the most severe slugs are significant and thus the elimination of slugging flow in the pipe...

  20. Moraxella osloensis Gene Expression in the Slug Host Deroceras reticulatum

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    Sreevatsan Srinand

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The bacterium Moraxella osloensis is a mutualistic symbiont of the slug-parasitic nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita. In nature, P. hermaphrodita vectors M. osloensis into the shell cavity of the slug host Deroceras reticulatum in which the bacteria multiply and kill the slug. As M. osloensis is the main killing agent, genes expressed by M. osloensis in the slug are likely to play important roles in virulence. Studies on pathogenic interactions between bacteria and lower order hosts are few, but such studies have the potential to shed light on the evolution of bacterial virulence. Therefore, we investigated such an interaction by determining gene expression of M. osloensis in its slug host D. reticulatum by selectively capturing transcribed sequences. Results Thirteen M. osloensis genes were identified to be up-regulated post infection in D. reticulatum. Compared to the in vitro expressed genes in the stationary phase, we found that genes of ubiquinone synthetase (ubiS and acyl-coA synthetase (acs were up-regulated in both D. reticulatum and stationary phase in vitro cultures, but the remaining 11 genes were exclusively expressed in D. reticulatum and are hence infection specific. Mutational analysis on genes of protein-disulfide isomerase (dsbC and ubiS showed that the virulence of both mutants to slugs was markedly reduced and could be complemented. Further, compared to the growth rate of wild-type M. osloensis, the dsbC and ubiS mutants showed normal and reduced growth rate in vitro, respectively. Conclusion We conclude that 11 out of the 13 up-regulated M. osloensis genes are infection specific. Distribution of these identified genes in various bacterial pathogens indicates that the virulence genes are conserved among different pathogen-host interactions. Mutagenesis, growth rate and virulence bioassays further confirmed that ubiS and dsbC genes play important roles in M. osloensis survival and virulence, respectively

  1. Misoprostol na Indução do Trabalho de Parto: Oral ou Vaginal?

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    Godinho, C; Santos, L; Palma, F; Campos, A

    2004-01-01

    Algumas complicações maternas ou fetais no decorrer da gravidez tornam necessária a indução do trabalho de parto. O misoprostol é um análogo sintético da prostaglandina Eı que mimetiza a acção endógena destas substâncias na maturação do colo do útero. A dose ideal, via e frequência de administração continuam sob investigação. O objectivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a eficácia do misoprostol na indução do trabalho de parto e a morbilidade associada à sua administração oral e vaginal. Foi efectu...

  2. SLUG promotes prostate cancer cell migration and invasion via CXCR4/CXCL12 axis

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    Uygur Berna

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background SLUG is a zinc-finger transcription factor of the Snail/Slug zinc-finger family that plays a role in migration and invasion of tumor cells. Mechanisms by which SLUG promotes migration and invasion in prostate cancers remain elusive. Methods Expression level of CXCR4 and CXCL12 was examined by Western blot, RT-PCR, and qPCR analyses. Forced expression of SLUG was mediated by retroviruses, and SLUG and CXCL12 was downregulated by shRNAs-expressing lentiviruses. Migration and invasion of prostate cancer were measured by scratch-wound assay and invasion assay, respectively. Research We demonstrated that forced expression of SLUG elevated CXCR4 and CXCL12 expression in human prostate cancer cell lines PC3, DU145, 22RV1, and LNCaP; conversely, reduced expression of SLUG by shRNA downregulated CXCR4 and CXCL12 expression at RNA and protein levels in prostate cancer cells. Furthermore, ectopic expression of SLUG increased MMP9 expression and activity in PC3, 22RV1, and DU-145 cells, and SLUG knockdown by shRNA downregulated MMP9 expression. We showed that CXCL12 is required for SLUG-mediated MMP9 expression in prostate cancer cells. Moreover, we found that migration and invasion of prostate cancer cells was increased by ectopic expression of SLUG and decreased by SLUG knockdown. Notably, knockdown of CXCL12 by shRNA impaired SLUG-mediated migration and invasion in prostate cancer cells. Lastly, our data suggest that CXCL12 and SLUG regulate migration and invasion of prostate cancer cells independent of cell growth. Conclusion We provide the first compelling evidence that upregulation of autocrine CXCL12 is a major mechanism underlying SLUG-mediated migration and invasion of prostate cancer cells. Our findings suggest that CXCL12 is a therapeutic target for prostate cancer metastasis.

  3. Enhancement of recovery of residual oil using a biosurfactant slug ...

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    A laboratory investigation of the mobilization and displacement of residual oil in a sand-pack using biosurfactant slug was conducted. The biosurfactant employed was extracted from a culture of Pseudomonas sp. grown on kerosine- supplemented mineral salts medium. Characterization of the biosurfactant extract revealed ...

  4. Propylene polymerization in a circulating slugging fluidized bed reactor

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    van Putten, I.C.

    2004-01-01

    The work presented in this thesis is concerned with research on the riser of a circulating fluidized bed system for olefin polymerization. In the riser section, fluidization takes place in the transporting slugging mode and polymer particles are produced in the riser in a non-isothermal way.

  5. SNAI2/Slug promotes growth and invasion in human gliomas

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    Yang, Hong Wei; Menon, Lata G; Black, Peter M; Carroll, Rona S; Johnson, Mark D

    2010-01-01

    Numerous factors that contribute to malignant glioma invasion have been identified, but the upstream genes coordinating this process are poorly known. To identify genes controlling glioma invasion, we used genome-wide mRNA expression profiles of primary human glioblastomas to develop an expression-based rank ordering of 30 transcription factors that have previously been implicated in the regulation of invasion and metastasis in cancer. Using this approach, we identified the oncogenic transcriptional repressor, SNAI2/Slug, among the upper tenth percentile of invasion-related transcription factors overexpressed in glioblastomas. SNAI2 mRNA expression correlated with histologic grade and invasive phenotype in primary human glioma specimens, and was induced by EGF receptor activation in human glioblastoma cells. Overexpression of SNAI2/Slug increased glioblastoma cell proliferation and invasion in vitro and promoted angiogenesis and glioblastoma growth in vivo. Importantly, knockdown of endogenous SNAI2/Slug in glioblastoma cells decreased invasion and increased survival in a mouse intracranial human glioblastoma transplantation model. This genome-scale approach has thus identified SNAI2/Slug as a regulator of growth and invasion in human gliomas

  6. Individual based model of slug population and spatial dynamics

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    Choi, Y.H.; Bohan, D.A.; Potting, R.P.J.; Semenov, M.A.; Glen, D.M.

    2006-01-01

    The slug, Deroceras reticulatum, is one of the most important pests of agricultural and horticultural crops in UK and Europe. In this paper, a spatially explicit individual based model (IbM) is developed to study the dynamics of a population of D. reticulatum. The IbM establishes a virtual field

  7. Modeling cross-hole slug tests in an unconfined aquifer

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    Malama, Bwalya; Kuhlman, Kristopher L.; Brauchler, Ralf; Bayer, Peter

    2016-09-01

    A modified version of a published slug test model for unconfined aquifers is applied to cross-hole slug test data collected in field tests conducted at the Widen site in Switzerland. The model accounts for water-table effects using the linearized kinematic condition. The model also accounts for inertial effects in source and observation wells. The primary objective of this work is to demonstrate applicability of this semi-analytical model to multi-well and multi-level pneumatic slug tests. The pneumatic perturbation was applied at discrete intervals in a source well and monitored at discrete vertical intervals in observation wells. The source and observation well pairs were separated by distances of up to 4 m. The analysis yielded vertical profiles of hydraulic conductivity, specific storage, and specific yield at observation well locations. The hydraulic parameter estimates are compared to results from prior pumping and single-well slug tests conducted at the site, as well as to estimates from particle size analyses of sediment collected from boreholes during well installation. The results are in general agreement with results from prior tests and are indicative of a sand and gravel aquifer. Sensitivity analysis show that model identification of specific yield is strongest at late-time. However, the usefulness of late-time data is limited due to the low signal-to-noise ratios.

  8. Lentivirus-mediated shRNA interference targeting SLUG inhibits lung cancer growth and metastasis.

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    Wang, Yao-Peng; Wang, Ming-Zhao; Luo, Yi-Ren; Shen, Yi; Wei, Zhao-Xia

    2012-01-01

    Lung cancer is a deadly cancer, whose kills more people worldwide than any other malignancy. SLUG (SNAI2, Snail2) is involved in the epithelial mesenchymal transition in physiological and in pathological contexts and is implicated in the development and progression of lung cancer. We constructed a lentivirus vector with SLUG shRNA (LV-shSLUG). LV-shSLUG and a control lentivirus were infected into the non-small cell lung cancer cell A549 and real-time PCR, Western blot and IHC were applied to assess expression of the SLUG gene. Cell proliferation and migration were detected using MTT and clony formation methods. Real-time PCR, Western Blot and IHC results confirmed down-regulation of SLUG expression by its shRNA by about 80%~90% at both the mRNA and protein levels. Knockdown of SLUG significantly suppressed lung cancer cell proliferation. Furthermore, knockdown of SLUG significantly inhibited lung cancer cell invasion and metastasis. Finally, knockdown of SLUG induced the down-regulation of Bcl-2 and up-regulation of E-cadherin. These results indicate that SLUG is a newly identified gene associated with lung cancer growth and metastasis. SLUG may serve as a new therapeutic target for the treatment of lung cancer in the future.

  9. Simulation of horizontal pipe two-phase slug flows using the two-fluid model

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    Ortega Malca, Arturo J. [Pontificia Univ. Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Mecanica. Nucleo de Simulacao Termohidraulica de Dutos (SIMDUT); Nieckele, Angela O. [Pontificia Univ. Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Mecanica

    2005-07-01

    Slug flow occurs in many engineering applications, mainly in the transport of hydrocarbon fluids in pipelines. The intermittency of slug flow causes severe unsteady loading on the pipelines carrying the fluids, which gives rise to design problems. Therefore, it is important to be able to predict the onset and development of slug flow as well as slug characteristics. The present work consists in the simulation of two-phase flow in slug pattern through horizontal pipes using the two-fluid model in its transient and one-dimensional form. The advantage of this model is that the flow field is allowed to develop naturally from a given initial conditions as part of the transient calculation; the slug evolves automatically as a product of the computed flow development. Simulations are then carried out for a large number of flow conditions that lead a slug flow. (author)

  10. Investigation of vertical slug flow with advanced two-phase flow instrumentation

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    Mi, Y.; Ishii, M.; Tsoukalas, L.H.

    2001-01-01

    Extensive experiments of vertical slug flow were carried out with an electromagnetic flowmeter and an impedance void-meter in an air-water two-phase experimental loop. The basic principles of these instruments in vertical slug flow measurements are discussed. Time series of the liquid velocity and the impedance were separated into two parts corresponding to the Taylor bubble and the liquid slug. Characteristics of slug flow, such as the void fractions, probabilities and lengths of the Taylor bubble and liquid slug, slug unit velocity, area-averaged liquid velocity, and liquid film velocity of the Taylor bubble tail, etc., were obtained. For the first time, the area-averaged liquid velocity of slug flow was revealed by the electromagnetic flowmeter. It is realized that the void fraction of the liquid slug is determined by the turbulent intensity due to the relative liquid motion between the Taylor bubble tail region and its wake region. A correlation of the void fraction of the liquid slug is developed based on experimental results obtained from a test section with 50.8 mm i.d. The results of this study suggest a promising improvement in understanding of vertical slug flow

  11. Slug inhibition upregulates radiation-induced PUMA activity leading to apoptosis in cholangiocarcinomas.

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    Zhang, Kejun; Zhang, Bingyuan; Lu, Yun; Sun, Chuandong; Zhao, Wei; Jiao, Xuelong; Hu, Jilin; Mu, Peng; Lu, Hai; Zhou, Changyong

    2011-12-01

    Resistance of cholangiocarcinoma to irradiation therapy is a major problem in cancer treatment. Slug, a snail family transcription factor, is a suppressor of PUMA (p53 upregulated modulator of apoptosis), which has been shown to be involved in the control of apoptosis. In this study, we investigated whether the modulation of Slug expression, using adeno-associated-virus-mediated transfer of siRNA targeting Slug gene (rAAV2-Slug siRNA), affects cholangiocarcinoma sensitivity to radiation. In the present study, we used rAAV2-Slug siRNA to downregulate the expression of Slug in QBC939 cholangiocarcinoma cell lines in vitro before γ-irradiation. In vivo studies were done with orthotopic cholangiocarcinoma, and radiosensitivity was evaluated both in vitro and in vivo. rAAV2-Slug siRNA transfection resulted in downregulation of the levels of Slug in QBC939 cells. In addition, rAAV2-Slug siRNA, in combination with radiation, increased levels of the PUMA, which contributes to the radiosensitivity of cholangiocarcinomas. Finally, treatment with rAAV2-Slug siRNA plus γ-irradiation completely regressed tumor growth in orthotopic cholangiocarcinomas model. In summary, integrating gene therapy with radiotherapy could have a synergistic effect, thereby improving the survival of patients with cholangiocarcinomas.

  12. p53 controls cancer cell invasion by inducing the MDM2-mediated degradation of Slug.

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    Wang, Shu-Ping; Wang, Wen-Lung; Chang, Yih-Leong; Wu, Chen-Tu; Chao, Yu-Chih; Kao, Shih-Han; Yuan, Ang; Lin, Chung-Wu; Yang, Shuenn-Chen; Chan, Wing-Kai; Li, Ker-Chau; Hong, Tse-Ming; Yang, Pan-Chyr

    2009-06-01

    The tumour suppressor p53 is known to prevent cancer progression by inhibiting proliferation and inducing apoptosis of tumour cells. Slug, an invasion promoter, exerts its effects by repressing E-cadherin transcription. Here we show that wild-type p53 (wtp53) suppresses cancer invasion by inducing Slug degradation, whereas mutant p53 may stabilize Slug protein. In non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), mutation of p53 correlates with low MDM2, high Slug and low E-cadherin expression. This expression profile is associated with poor overall survival and short metastasis-free survival in patients with NSCLC. wtp53 upregulates MDM2 and forms a wtp53-MDM2-Slug complex that facilitates MDM2-mediated Slug degradation. Downregulation of Slug by wtp53 or MDM2 enhances E-cadherin expression and represses cancer cell invasiveness. In contrast, mutant p53 inactivates Slug degradation and leads to Slug accumulation and increased cancer cell invasiveness. Our findings indicate that wtp53 and p53 mutants may differentially control cancer invasion and metastasis through the p53-MDM2-Slug pathway.

  13. The metal fabrication program for the Clinton Engineer Works and the Hanford Engineer Works. Including the Dummy Slug Program and the Unbonded Slug Program -- Project 1553

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    1945-08-01

    The uranium slugs were used as the charge into the pile for the manufacture of minute quantities of plutonium. So little was known of uranium`s commercially adaptable physical properties that it was relegated almost to the category of a laboratory curiosity. A series of experimental and developmental programs were inaugurated to determine not only the extrudability, machinability and other physical properties, but also the influence on these of microscopic quantities of impurities present in the uranium. This historical document describes these early studies in the following sections: exceptional characteristics of the slug program; extrusion; drawing, waging and rolling; outgassing and straightening; Project 1030 (procurement of an additional sixty tons of finished slugs over and above that quantity originally supplied to the Clinton Laboratories) Machining, grinding and grooving; development of canning methods; production of canned slugs; and The Dummy Slug program.

  14. A conservative fully implicit algorithm for predicting slug flows

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    Krasnopolsky, Boris I.; Lukyanov, Alexander A.

    2018-02-01

    An accurate and predictive modelling of slug flows is required by many industries (e.g., oil and gas, nuclear engineering, chemical engineering) to prevent undesired events potentially leading to serious environmental accidents. For example, the hydrodynamic and terrain-induced slugging leads to unwanted unsteady flow conditions. This demands the development of fast and robust numerical techniques for predicting slug flows. The presented in this paper study proposes a multi-fluid model and its implementation method accounting for phase appearance and disappearance. The numerical modelling of phase appearance and disappearance presents a complex numerical challenge for all multi-component and multi-fluid models. Numerical challenges arise from the singular systems of equations when some phases are absent and from the solution discontinuity when some phases appear or disappear. This paper provides a flexible and robust solution to these issues. A fully implicit formulation described in this work enables to efficiently solve governing fluid flow equations. The proposed numerical method provides a modelling capability of phase appearance and disappearance processes, which is based on switching procedure between various sets of governing equations. These sets of equations are constructed using information about the number of phases present in the computational domain. The proposed scheme does not require an explicit truncation of solutions leading to a conservative scheme for mass and linear momentum. A transient two-fluid model is used to verify and validate the proposed algorithm for conditions of hydrodynamic and terrain-induced slug flow regimes. The developed modelling capabilities allow to predict all the major features of the experimental data, and are in a good quantitative agreement with them.

  15. Direct contact condensation induced transition from stratified to slug flow

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    Strubelj, Luka; Ezsoel, Gyoergy; Tiselj, Iztok

    2010-01-01

    Selected condensation-induced water hammer experiments performed on PMK-2 device were numerically modelled with three-dimensional two-fluid models of computer codes NEPTUNE C FD and CFX. Experimental setup consists of the horizontal pipe filled with the hot steam that is being slowly flooded with cold water. In most of the experimental cases, slow flooding of the pipe was abruptly interrupted by a strong slugging and water hammer, while in the selected experimental runs performed at higher initial pressures and temperatures that are analysed in the present work, the transition from the stratified into the slug flow was not accompanied by the water hammer pressure peak. That makes these cases more suitable tests for evaluation of the various condensation models in the horizontally stratified flows and puts them in the range of the available CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) codes. The key models for successful simulation appear to be the condensation model of the hot vapour on the cold liquid and the interfacial momentum transfer model. The surface renewal types of condensation correlations, developed for condensation in the stratified flows, were used in the simulations and were applied also in the regions of the slug flow. The 'large interface' model for inter-phase momentum transfer model was compared to the bubble drag model. The CFD simulations quantitatively captured the main phenomena of the experiments, while the stochastic nature of the particular condensation-induced water hammer experiments did not allow detailed prediction of the time and position of the slug formation in the pipe. We have clearly shown that even the selected experiments without water hammer present a tough test for the applied CFD codes, while modelling of the water hammer pressure peaks in two-phase flow, being a strongly compressible flow phenomena, is beyond the capability of the current CFD codes.

  16. Role of Slug transcription factor in human mesenchymal stem cells.

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    Torreggiani, Elena; Lisignoli, Gina; Manferdini, Cristina; Lambertini, Elisabetta; Penolazzi, Letizia; Vecchiatini, Renata; Gabusi, Elena; Chieco, Pasquale; Facchini, Andrea; Gambari, Roberto; Piva, Roberta

    2012-04-01

    The pathways that control mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) differentiation are not well understood, and although some of the involved transcription factors (TFs) have been characterized, the role of others remains unclear. We used human MSCs from tibial plateau (TP) trabecular bone, iliac crest (IC) bone marrow and Wharton's jelly (WJ) umbilical cord demonstrating a variability in their mineral matrix deposition, and in the expression levels of TFs including Runx2, Sox9, Sox5, Sox6, STAT1 and Slug, all involved in the control of osteochondroprogenitors differentiation program. Because we reasoned that the basal expression level of some TFs with crucial role in the control of MSC fate may be correlated with osteogenic potential, we considered the possibility to affect the hMSCs behaviour by using gene silencing approach without exposing cells to induction media. In this study we found that Slug-silenced cells changed in morphology, decreased in their migration ability, increased Sox9 and Sox5 and decreased Sox6 and STAT1 expression. On the contrary, the effect of Slug depletion on Runx2 was influenced by cell type. Interestingly, we demonstrated a direct in vivo regulatory action of Slug by chromatin immunoprecipitation, showing a specific recruitment of this TF in the promoter of Runx2 and Sox9 genes. As a whole, our findings have important potential implication on bone tissue engineering applications, reinforcing the concept that manipulation of specific TF expression levels may elucidate MSC biology and the molecular mechanisms, which promote osteogenic differentiation. © 2011 The Authors Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine © 2011 Foundation for Cellular and Molecular Medicine/Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  17. Slug control in Australian canola: monitoring, molluscicidal baits and economic thresholds.

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    Nash, Michael A; Thomson, Linda J; Hoffmann, Ary A

    2007-09-01

    Exotic slugs have become serious pests of canola, at establishment, in Southern Australian high-rainfall cropping zones. Slugs were monitored using relatively inexpensive 300 mm x 300 mm terracotta tiles acting as refuges. An investigation was made of the effects of the time of application of chelated iron baits on the slug species Deroceras reticulatum Müller and Lehmannia nyctelia Bourguignat. Baits reduced the number of surface-active slug species. A single application at sowing provided greater efficacy than one application before sowing, and efficacy was comparable with that of two applications. Canola seedling densities showed a negative response to D. reticulatum numbers; the presence of even one individual per refuge trap reduced seedling numbers below optimum densities. Thistles and other vegetation were associated with increased numbers of slugs. European guidelines for slug monitoring and damage appear to be at least partly applicable to Australian conditions. 2007 Society of Chemical Industry

  18. Slug is temporally regulated by cyclin E in cell cycle and controls genome stability.

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    Wang, W-L; Huang, H-C; Kao, S-H; Hsu, Y-C; Wang, Y-T; Li, K-C; Chen, Y-J; Yu, S-L; Wang, S-P; Hsiao, T-H; Yang, P-C; Hong, T-M

    2015-02-26

    The transcriptional repressor Slug is best known to control epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and promote cancer invasion/metastasis. In this study, we demonstrate that Slug is temporally regulated during cell cycle progression. At G1/S transition, cyclin E-cyclin-dependent kinase 2 mediates the phosphorylation of Slug at Ser-54 and Ser-104, resulting in its ubiquitylation and degradation. Non-phosphorylatable Slug is markedly stabilized at G1/S transition compared with wild-type Slug and greatly leads to downregulation of DNA synthesis and checkpoint-related proteins, including TOP1, DNA Ligase IV and Rad17, reduces cell proliferation, delays S-phase progression and contributes to genome instability. Our results indicate that Slug has multifaceted roles in cancer progression by controlling both EMT and genome stability.

  19. Design of a slug trap to assess the structural integrity of the pressurizer discharge piping system

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    Geraets, L.H.; Weverbergh, J.

    1994-01-01

    The loads on the PWR pressurizer discharge piping and supports, due to a discharge event, consist of two parts: a ''transient'' effect due to the discharge of the water slug, and a ''quasi-steady-state'' effect due to the steam discharge. Tests performed after the TMI-2 accident have shown that the transient loads generated from the discharge of a cold, non-flashing slug could be an order of magnitude higher than the loads from an equivalent hot slug. Those large loads were not taken into account at the design stage of the Belgian plants, which resulted in an unresolved safety issue. This paper presents the original solution that has been developed for the determination of the slug motion, together with the required accompanying hardware measures; those measures include the design and implementation of a ''slug trap'', in order to divert the water slug from the main discharge line, when the loads cannot be afforded

  20. Antimicrobial properties of terrestrial snail and slug mucus.

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    Cilia, Giovanni; Fratini, Filippo

    2018-03-27

    Snail and slug mucus is a viscous-elastic substance secreted by specific glands with adhesive and lubricants properties that allows them to adhere tenaciously to many different surfaces. It has been used since ancient times for care and human health and it is still very important in traditional and folkloristic medicine. Recently, mucus from snail and slugs and its protein and components have been subjected to some investigations on their antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity due to extensive traditional uses and for a future application in medicine. Antimicrobial activities of crude mucus, and its components, against different microorganism have been reported, showing antimicrobial activities that lead their potential employment in several fields as natural additives. The purpose of this Review is to summarize the results of antimicrobial studies of snail and slug mucus and its compounds from the first scientific applications to the isolation of the single components in order to better understand its application and propose an employment in future studies as a natural antimicrobial agent.

  1. Slug promotes survival during metastasis through suppression of Puma-mediated apoptosis

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    Kim, Seaho; Yao, Jiahong; Suyama, Kimita; Qian, Xia; Qian, Bin-Zhi; Bandyopadhyay, Sanmay; Loudig, Olivier; De Leon-Rodriguez, Carlos; Zhou, Zhen Ni; Segall, Jeffrey; Macian, Fernando; Norton, Larry; Hazan, Rachel. B.

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    Tumor cells must overcome apoptosis to survive throughout metastatic dissemination and distal organ colonization. Here we show in the Polyoma Middle T mammary tumor model that N-cadherin expression causes Slug upregulation, which in turn promotes carcinoma cell survival. Slug was dramatically upregulated in metastases relative to primary tumors. Consistent with a role in metastasis, Slug knockdown in carcinoma cells suppressed lung colonization by decreasing cell survival at metastatic sites,...

  2. A Probabilistic Approach for Predicting Average Slug Frequency in Horizontal Gas/Liquid Pipe Flow

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    Kadri U.

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present a model for predicting the average slug frequency in horizontal gas/liquid pipe flow. The model considers the probability of slug formation if slugs are triggered at the antinodes of a sinusoidal perturbation, along the pipe at the frequency of oscillation of the interface. A slug is assumed to form if and only if triggered at a space-time far enough from existing slugs. The probability of forming slugs is found to decrease with distance from the inlet, since the downstream passage of existing slugs prevents the formation of new slugs. Predictions by the model are compared with air/water, freon/water and air/oil measurements found in literature, with a satisfactory agreement. However, a deviation from measurements is observed when considering high viscosity liquid. The model contributes to the prediction of slug flow regime and can act as a guideline toward the design of gas/liquid horizontal pipe flow.

  3. Plant-Wide Anti-Slug Control for Offshore Oil and Gas Processes

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    Pedersen, Simon

    investigated though mathematical modeling, laboratory experiments, control system design and analysis, numerical simulations and laboratory implementations. In general, this thesis studies the modeling and control of slugging flows which can occur in offshore well-pipeline-riser systems, from both theoretical......In offshore Oil & Gas production processes the undesired severe slug flow regime can be present. The negative impact of severe slug is crucial to the production rate and process safety. In this work, the severe slugs which occur in the well-pipeline-riser system are experimentally and theoretically...

  4. Slug overexpression induces stemness and promotes hepatocellular carcinoma cell invasion and metastasis.

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    Sun, Yu; Song, Guo-Dong; Sun, Ning; Chen, Jian-Qiu; Yang, Shao-Shi

    2014-06-01

    Detection of metastasis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is crucial for early diagnosis. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a common event in the metastasis of tumor cells. Slug and Snail are homologous proteins, which play an important role in EMT. The present study aimed to investigate whether Slug and Snail overexpression is associated with the invasiveness of HCC in vitro and in vivo . Invasion, colony formation and wound healing assays, as well as flow cytometry analysis, were performed to examine the invasiveness and proliferation capabilities of HepG2 cells following transfection with cNDA or the siRNA of Slug or Snail. The effects of Slug on HCC in vivo were examined using a xenograft model. Slug upregulation increased the percentage of cluster of differentiation (CD)133 + cells among HepG2 cells, and induced cell invasion and proliferation; whereas Snail upregulation did not affect the cells in vitro . The Slug overexpression group exhibited the highest rate of tumor growth compared with the Snail overexpression and control groups in vivo . These findings demonstrated that Slug increases the percentage of CD133 + cells, promotes the clonigenicity of HCC cells and induces a stronger stemness in Slug-overexpressing cells. These changes activate dormant developmental pathways in invading tumor cells. Thus, Slug may serve as a novel target for HCC prognosis and therapy.

  5. Slug regulates E-cadherin expression in metastatic adenocarcinoma cells isolated from pleural fluid.

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    Li, Xiang-Nan; Fang, Chang-Qing; Wang, Ye-Lin; Wang, Xiu-Ru; Wang, En-Hua; Li, Jian-Hua

    2013-01-01

    Slug protein is a key regulator of epithelial-mesenchymal transition, but its expression in cancer is less well studied. To evaluate the expression of slug, E-cadherin and vimentin in adenocarcinoma cells from malignant pleural effusions, we analyzed 121 malignant pleural fluid specimens. Twenty-eight nonmalignant pleural fluid specimens were analyzed as control. Besides clinical cytological diagnosis tests, immunofluorescence, immunocytochemistry and Western blotting methods were used. Results showed strong membrane staining of E-cadherin in adenocarcinoma cells from pleural fluid. Slug mainly showed nucleus staining. Cytoplasma positive of vimentin was found in adenocarcinoma cells isolated from pleural fluid. Slug, E-cadherin and vimentin expression was found in 43/121 (36%), 87/121 (72%) and 102/121 (84%) cases, respectively. Our data showed elevated levels of slug were accompanied by down regulation of E-cadherin and the expression of vimentin in adenocarcinoma cells. In addition, there was no relationship between slug expression and patient's age or gender or tumor site. Hyperplasia epithelium cells from nonmalignant pleural fluid were uniformly negative for E-cadherin and slug. In conclusion, the results demonstrated the inverse expression of slug and E-cadherin in the majority of malignant pleural fluid cases compared with nonmalignant pleural fluid. The slug protein may be helpful to access the prognosis of patients with pleural fluid. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Developing and enforcing internal information systems standards: InduMaker’s Standards Management Process

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    Claudia Loebbecke

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available It is widely agreed that standards provide numerous benefits when available and enforced. Company-internal Information Systems (IS management procedures and solutions, in the following coined IS ‘standards’, allow for harmonizing operations between company units, locations and even different service providers. However, many companies lack an organized process for defining and managing internal IS standards, which causes uncertainties and delays in decision making, planning, and design processes. In this case study of the globally operating InduMaker (anonymized company name, an established manufacturing supplier, we look into the company-internal management of IS standards. Theoretically grounded in the organizational and IS-focused literature on business process modelling and business process commoditization, we describe and investigate InduMaker’s newly developed Standard Management Process (SMP for defining and managing company-internal business and IS standards, with which the multinational pursues offering clear answers to business and IT departments about existing IS standards, their degree of obligation, applicability, and scope at any time.

  7. POSSIBILITIES OF ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE CONTROL METHODS AGAINST ECONOMICALLY IMPORTANT SLUGS WITH EMPHASIS ON THE RESULTS OF DOMESTIC RESEARCHES OF CONTROLLING ARIONIDAE SLUGS

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    Žiga Laznik

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Slugs from the Arionidae and Limacidae families are classified as an important economic agricultural pests. They are omnivorous animals. Slugs are sensitive to drying out, so they are active at night and in cloudy, rainy weather. They cause economic damage to the vegetables, crops, fruit trees, shrubs, grasses, herbs and ornamental plants. First reports of slugs control are dating from the early 20th century. This was followed by an important discovery in the year 1934 when in South Africa metaldehyde was discovered. This discovery has brought significant progress in the protection of plants against slugs. The next major step in the development of molluscicides was achieved with the discovery of carbamates. Due to the proven non-target effect of metaldehyde and other substances with molluscicidal activity researchers are looking for alternative solutions in the protection of plants against slugs. In this paper we present a variety of environmentally acceptable methods of slugs control, such as proper soil cultivation, beer trapping, barriers and the use of so-called electrical fences against slugs.

  8. The E-cadherin repressor slug and progression of human extrahepatic hilar cholangiocarcinoma

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    Wang Xin-sheng

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objectives This study explored the expression and function of Slug in human extrahepatic hilar cholangiocarcinoma (EHC to identify its role in tumor progression. Methods The expression of Snail and Slug mRNA in 52 human tissue samples of EHC was investigated. The mRNA of Snail and Slug were quantified using reverse transcriptase-PCR, and correlations with E-cadherin expression and clinicopathological factors were investigated. We then investigated transfection of Slug cDNA in endogenous E-cadherin-positive human EHC FRH0201 cells, selectively induced the loss of E-cadherin protein expression, and then small interfering RNA (siRNA for inhibition of Slug expression in endogenous Slug-positive human EHC QBC939 cells, selectively induced the loss of Slug protein expression. A Boyden chamber transwell assay was used for invasion. Results Slug mRNA was overexpressed in 18 cases (34.6% of EHC compared with adjacent noncancerous tissue. E-Cadherin protein expression determined in the same 52 cases by immunohistochemistry was significantly down-regulated in those cases with Slug mRNA overexpression (P = 0.0001. The tumor and nontumor ratio of Slug mRNA was correlated with nodal metastasis(p = 0.0102, distant metastasis (p = 0.0001and Survival time(p = 0.0443. However, Snail mRNA correlated with neither E-cadherin expression nor tumor invasiveness. By inhibiting Slug expression by RNA interference, we found that reduced Slug levels upregulated E-cadherin and decreased invasion in QBC939 cell. When the QBC939 cells was infected with Slug cDNA,, significant E-cadherin was downregulated and increased invasion in QBC939 cell. Conclusions The results suggested that Slug expression plays an important role in both the regulation of E-cadherin expression and in the acquisition of invasive potential in human EHC. Slug is possibly a potential target for an antitumor therapy blocking the functions of invasion and metastasis in human EHCs.

  9. Targeting of slug sensitizes anaplastic thyroid carcinoma SW1736 cells to doxorubicin via PUMA upregulation.

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    Dong, Anbing; Jiao, Xuelong; Chen, Dong; Hao, Fengyun; Zhang, Kejun

    2016-01-01

    Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) is one of the most aggressive human cancers and often shows resistance to multimodal therapeutic approaches. It has been shown that the transcriptional repressor Slug inhibits the chemotherapeutic agent-induced apoptosis of cancer cells. We evaluated whether targeting of Slug could augment doxorubicin (DOX)-induced apoptosis of ATC cells. We also determined changes in PUMA (p53-upregulated modulator of apoptosis) expression levels to identify possible mechanisms of their combined actions. Methods SW1736 cells were transfected with Slug siRNA or/and PUMA siRNA and then exposed to DOX (0.1, 1, and 5 mM) for selected times. Scrambled siRNA was used as a control. The effects on cell viability were determined via MTT assay. Apoptosis was assessed using TUNEL assays and annexin V staining, and was confirmed by flow cytometry analyses. Slug and PUMA levels were determined using western blotting and immunofluorescence analyses. We used a subcutaneous implanted tumor model of SW1736 cells in nude mice to assess the effects of Slug silencing in combination with DOX on tumor development. Apoptosis was assessed via TUNEL assay. Results Targeting of Slug using siRNA combined with DOX led to lower cell viability than treatment with DOX alone in SW1736 cells. TUNEL and flow cytometry analyses showed that targeting of Slug enhanced DOX-induced apoptosis of SW1736 cells. In addition, targeting of Slug increased PUMA expression, and targeting of PUMA restored the chemoresistance of SW1736/Slug siRNA cells to DOX. Conclusions Knockdown of Slug enhanced the antitumor activity of DOX in SW1736 cells via induction of PUMA upregulation. Our results suggest that targeting of Slug has good potential for the development of new therapeutic strategies for ATC.

  10. Hydrodynamics of slug flow in a vertical narrow rectangular channel under laminar flow condition

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    Wang, Yang; Yan, Changqi; Cao, Xiaxin; Sun, Licheng; Yan, Chaoxing; Tian, Qiwei

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: • Slug flow hydrodynamics in a vertical narrow rectangular duct were investigated. • The velocity of trailing Taylor bubble undisturbed by the leading one was measured. • Correlation of Taylor bubble velocity with liquid slug length ahead it was proposed. • Evolution of length distributions of Taylor bubble and liquid slug was measured. • The model of predicted length distributions was applied to the rectangular channel. - Abstract: The hydrodynamics of gas–liquid two-phase slug flow in a vertical narrow rectangular channel with the cross section of 2.2 mm × 43 mm is investigated using a high speed video camera system. Simultaneous measurements of velocity and duration of Taylor bubble and liquid slug made it possible to determine the length distributions of the liquid slug and Taylor bubble. Taylor bubble velocity is dependent on the length of the liquid slug ahead, and an empirical correlation is proposed based on the experimental data. The length distributions of Taylor bubbles and liquid slugs are positively skewed (log-normal distribution) at all measuring positions for all flow conditions. A modified model based on that for circular tubes is adapted to predict the length distributions in the present narrow rectangular channel. In general, the experimental data is well predicted by the modified model

  11. The SIRT2 Deacetylase Stabilizes Slug to Control Malignancy of Basal-like Breast Cancer

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    Wenhui Zhou

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Overabundance of Slug protein is common in human cancer and represents an important determinant underlying the aggressiveness of basal-like breast cancer (BLBC. Despite its importance, this transcription factor is rarely mutated in BLBC, and the mechanism of its deregulation in cancer remains unknown. Here, we report that Slug undergoes acetylation-dependent protein degradation and identify the deacetylase SIRT2 as a key mediator of this post-translational mechanism. SIRT2 inhibition rapidly destabilizes Slug, whereas SIRT2 overexpression extends Slug stability. We show that SIRT2 deacetylates Slug protein at lysine residue K116 to prevent Slug degradation. Interestingly, SIRT2 is frequently amplified and highly expressed in BLBC. Genetic depletion and pharmacological inactivation of SIRT2 in BLBC cells reverse Slug stabilization, cause the loss of clinically relevant pathological features of BLBC, and inhibit tumor growth. Our results suggest that targeting SIRT2 may be a rational strategy for diminishing Slug abundance and its associated malignant traits in BLBC.

  12. Slug regulates Cyclin D1 expression by ubiquitin-proteasome pathway in prostate cancer cells.

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    Ding, G X; Liu, J; Feng, C C; Jiang, H W; Xu, J F; Ding, Q

    2012-09-01

    Cyclin D1 is an important cell cycle regulatory proteins, which is a functional target of Slug in the regulation of cell growth of prostate cancer cells. But the pathway of these two factors interacting with each other is unclear. The infectde PCa Cells were treated with proteasome inhibitor MG-132. Expression level of Slug, HA-cyclin D1 and other protein was examined by Western blot. Increasing doses of adenovirus expressing human Slug were added to DU-145 cells separately, but there were no significantly difference on expressions of Slug and cyclin D1. We found that the protein expressions of HA-Cyclin D1 (wide-type) were all reduced through high expression of Slug, which is dose-dependent. However, there is no change for HA-Cyclin D1 (mutant) expression in PC-3 with pMIGW-Cyclin D1-HA T286A. The protein expression of HA-Cyclin D1 were all reduced three days after infection by adding adenovirus expressing human Slug to PC-3 carrying pMIGW-Cyclin D1-HA vector compared to negative control, which is dose-dependent. However, there is no change for HA-Cyclin D1 expression in PC-3 with pMIGW-Cyclin D1-HA treated by MG-132. We found that forced expression of Slug inhibited proliferation of prostate cancer cells through downregulation of cyclin D1 expression. And Slug regulates cyclin D1 expression by ubiquitin-proteasome pathway in PCa cells.

  13. The SIRT2 Deacetylase Stabilizes Slug to Control Malignancy of Basal-like Breast Cancer.

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    Zhou, Wenhui; Ni, Thomas K; Wronski, Ania; Glass, Benjamin; Skibinski, Adam; Beck, Andrew; Kuperwasser, Charlotte

    2016-10-25

    Overabundance of Slug protein is common in human cancer and represents an important determinant underlying the aggressiveness of basal-like breast cancer (BLBC). Despite its importance, this transcription factor is rarely mutated in BLBC, and the mechanism of its deregulation in cancer remains unknown. Here, we report that Slug undergoes acetylation-dependent protein degradation and identify the deacetylase SIRT2 as a key mediator of this post-translational mechanism. SIRT2 inhibition rapidly destabilizes Slug, whereas SIRT2 overexpression extends Slug stability. We show that SIRT2 deacetylates Slug protein at lysine residue K116 to prevent Slug degradation. Interestingly, SIRT2 is frequently amplified and highly expressed in BLBC. Genetic depletion and pharmacological inactivation of SIRT2 in BLBC cells reverse Slug stabilization, cause the loss of clinically relevant pathological features of BLBC, and inhibit tumor growth. Our results suggest that targeting SIRT2 may be a rational strategy for diminishing Slug abundance and its associated malignant traits in BLBC. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Postweaning and feedlot growth and carcass characteristics of Angus-, gray Brahman-, Gir-, Indu-Brazil-, Nellore-, and red Brahman-sired F1 calves.

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    Paschal, J C; Sanders, J O; Kerr, J L; Lunt, D K; Herring, A D

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    Postweaning, feedlot, and carcass data from crossbred calves sired by five Bos indicus breeds and one Bos taurus breed were evaluated. Data included records from F1 calves out of multiparous Hereford cows sired by Angus, Gray Brahman, Gir, Indu-Brazil, Nellore, and Red Brahman bulls. The Zebu crosses grew faster postweaning and were heavier and taller as yearlings than the Angus crosses (P gaining and were heavier at a year of age than the Gir, Indu-Brazil, and Nellore. The Nellore crosses were significantly taller than the Gray Brahman- and Gir-sired crosses; the Indu-Brazil and Red Brahman were intermediate. Angus crosses were lightest on and off feed but were not significantly different from Gir, and Red and Gray Brahman were heaviest (P Nellore and Indu-Brazil were similar in initial weight, but Indu-Brazil calves were similar to Red and Gray Brahman for final weight. The Angus cross was more desirable (P Nellore crosses had the most desirable score and grade of the Zebu crosses. Gir crosses had higher skeletal maturity scores (P Nellore, Gray Brahman, Indu-Brazil, and Angus crosses; Red Brahman crosses were intermediate Angus crosses had the lightest carcasses but not significantly lighter than the Indu-Brazil, Gir, or Nellore. Red Brahman-cross carcasses were heaviest and Gray Brahman-cross carcasses were intermediate.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  15. An analytical model for gas overpressure in slug-driven explosions: Insights into Strombolian volcanic eruptions

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    Del Bello, Elisabetta; Llewellin, Edward W.; Taddeucci, Jacopo; Scarlato, Piergiorgio; Lane, Steve J.

    2012-02-01

    Strombolian eruptions, common at basaltic volcanoes, are mildly explosive events that are driven by a large bubble of magmatic gas (a slug) rising up the conduit and bursting at the surface. Gas overpressure within the bursting slug governs explosion dynamics and vigor and is the main factor controlling associated acoustic and seismic signals. We present a theoretical investigation of slug overpressure based on magma-static and geometric considerations and develop a set of equations that can be used to calculate the overpressure in a slug when it bursts, slug length at burst, and the depth at which the burst process begins. We find that burst overpressure is controlled by two dimensionless parameters: V', which represents the amount of gas in the slug, and A', which represents the thickness of the film of magma that falls around the rising slug. Burst overpressure increases nonlinearly as V' and A' increase. We consider two eruptive scenarios: (1) the "standard model," in which magma remains confined to the vent during slug expansion, and (2) the "overflow model," in which slug expansion is associated with lava effusion, as occasionally observed in the field. We find that slug overpressure is higher for the overflow model by a factor of 1.2-2.4. Applying our model to typical Strombolian eruptions at Stromboli, we find that the transition from passive degassing to explosive bursting occurs for slugs with volume >24-230 m3, depending on magma viscosity and conduit diameter, and that at burst, a typical Strombolian slug (with a volume of 100-1000 m3) has an internal gas pressure of 1-5 bars and a length of 13-120 m. We compare model predictions with field data from Stromboli for low-energy "puffers," mildly explosive Strombolian eruptions, and the violently explosive 5 April 2003 paroxysm. We find that model predictions are consistent with field observations across this broad spectrum of eruptive styles, suggesting a common slug-driven mechanism; we propose that

  16. Recreating Riser Slugging Flow Based on an Economic Lab-sized Setup

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    Hansen, Lasse; Pedersen, Simon; Yang, Zhenyu

    2013-01-01

    slug model, besides extensive experimental tests. The theoretical analysis and experimental results show that this simple setup can recreate the key features of slugging flow phenomenon reasonably precise, and it serves as a good platform for further slug control study.......As a kind of periodic phenomenon, the slugging flow in the offshore oil & gas production addresses a lot of attentions, due to its limitation of production rate, periodic overload processing facilities, and even direct cause of emergent shutdown. This work studies the emulation of the riser...... slugging flow in the offshore oil & gas production, by constructing an economical lab-sized setup in the university campus. Firstly, the construction and used components for the lab setup are illustrated; then, the constructed setup is validated by checking the consistency with some existing typical riser...

  17. Métodos para indução do parto Methods for labor induction

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    Olímpio Barbosa de Moraes Filho

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    Full Text Available O interesse da obstetrícia moderna pela indução do parto é demonstrado pela grande quantidade de artigos científicos publicados nos últimos anos. Os avanços da medicina em geral e da obstetrícia em particular têm permitido que mais gestações de risco evoluam até o termo ou próximo dele, com indicação materna ou fetal de interrupção da gestação antes do desencadeamento do trabalho de parto espontâneo. Isso coloca o obstetra na situação entre a escolha da cesárea ou da indução do parto. Para que o obstetra faça a escolha pela indução do parto e desta forma colabore com a diminuição da incidência de cesárea, é necessário que haja método acessível, barato, seguro, efetivo, de fácil utilização e de boa aceitabilidade. Embora exista grande quantidade de métodos de indução do parto relatados na literatura médica, sabe-se que ainda não há método ideal. No entanto, dentre eles, dois se destacam. O primeiro é a ocitocina, que possui as vantagens de promover contrações uterinas fisiológicas de trabalho de parto e com possibilidade de reverter os quadros de aumento da contratilidade uterina com a sua suspensão. O outro método é o misoprostol, o mais utilizado na atualidade, que amadurece o colo uterino e provoca contrações uterinas de trabalho de parto. No entanto, em relação ao misoprostol ainda existem controvérsias sobre sua dose e via ideal e segurança.The interest of modern obstetrics in labor induction can be demonstrated by the huge amount of scientific articles published during the last few years. The advances of medicine in general and particularly of obstetrics allowed that more risky pregnancies reach term or near term, with a maternal or fetal indication for pregnancy interruption before the spontaneous onset of labor and delivery. This leads the obstetrician to the situation of choosing between cesarean section and labor induction. With the aim of helping the obstetrician to make the

  18. Modelamento matematico dinamico termico e eletrico de motores de indução

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    Ronaldo Martins de Sousa

    1996-01-01

    Resumo: Apresenta-se um modelo matemático dinâmico térmico e elétrico para motores de indução com rotor em gaiola. O modelamento elétrico é descrito pelas equações de Park e pela equação de conservação de energia, enquanto o modelamento térmico é descrito por um sistema de quatro equações diferenciais de primeira ordem que representa o processo de transferência de calor no motor. O modelo apresentado pode ser utilizado para a determinação das características de desempenho térmico e elétrico p...

  19. Laboratory Tests for Group and Individual Exposures of Arion lusitanicus Mabille Slugs to Different Molluscicide Baits

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    Bojan Stojnić

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Molluscicide baits based on different active ingredients were tested in a seven-day laboratory trial on juveniles and young adults of Arion lusitanicus Mabille slug collected in ruderal sites during June and July of 2008. Before setting the trial, the slugs were adapted to laboratory conditions. The testing was conducted using a modified version of the method proposed by Godan (1983 and Wiktor (1989. The slugs were kept in arenas under controlled conditions (20-24oC temperature, 80-90% relative air humidity, no air stream, diffuse daylight. Smaller(15.5 x 15.5 x 7 cm and larger (28 x 17.5 x 7 cm arenas were used, depending on slug numbers, and different rates of food and bait were administered. Plastic boxes with perforated coverage, lined with multi-ply paper moistened on a daily basis, were used as arenas. The slugs were fed on fresh salad daily, while baits were administered in open 35 mm petri dishes once for the duration of experiment. The first trial involved single-slug exposures to bait in 20 arenas per each of four treatments with two replicates and a total of 160 slugs. The second trial, group exposure, involved four treatments of five slugs per arena in six replicates with a total of 120 slugs. The products Arion and Pužomor demonstrated the highest efficacy (77.5% in the single-slug trial. The average efficacy of the product Carakol after seven days of exposure was 60.0%. Regarding group exposure, Pužomor pellets achieved 79.3% efficacy after three days and this efficacy rate remained for the rest of the experiment. On the seventh day ofexposure, Arion and Carakol had 33.3% and 40.0% efficacy, respectively.

  20. Slug contributes to cadherin switch and malignant progression in muscle-invasive bladder cancer development.

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    Wu, Kaijie; Zeng, Jin; Zhou, Jiancheng; Fan, Jinhai; Chen, Yule; Wang, Zhiqiang; Zhang, TingTing; Wang, Xinyang; He, Dalin

    2013-11-01

    The Snail family of zinc finger transcription factors (i.e., Snail and Slug) predicts the tumor recurrence in superficial bladder cancers, while their roles in the development of muscle-invasion, metastasis, and chemoresistance in muscle-invasive bladder cancers with poor prognosis have not been investigated. This study evaluates the clinical significance of Slug in aggressive bladder cancer. A pair of sublines (i.e., T24-P and T24-L) from a unique orthotropic metastatic model of bladder cancer was firstly utilized to identify the potential precursors contributing to those aggressive phenotypes. The coexpression of Slug, E-cadherin, and N-cadherin in bladder cancer cell lines (i.e., 5637, RT4, 253 J, J82, and T24) and tissues was evaluated by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), Western blotting, and immunohistochemistry staining analysis. The function of Slug expression on E- to N-cadherin switch, cell invasion, and chemoresistance to proapoptotic treatment was validated by gain-in-function and knockdown strategy in vitro. Slug was identified as one of the novel targets contributed to the aggressive phenotypes of T24-L cells, which showed enhanced cell invasive, metastatic, and chemoresistant potentials in vitro and in vivo as previously described. Up-regulation of Slug was significantly correlated with a higher tumor stage and the E- to N-cadherin switch in bladder cancer cells and tissues, whereas ectopic expression of Slug in bladder cancer 5637 and RT-4 cell lines promoted epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), increased cell invasiveness and chemoresistance. By contrast, knocking down Slug using siRNA in T24-L cell lines reversed these changes. Slug elevates in invasive or metastatic bladder cancer and plays a critical role in EMT via control of cadherin switch. Slug may be a potential marker or target for improving the diagnosis and treatment of muscle-invasive bladder cancers. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Spatiotemporal analysis of predation by carabid beetles (Carabidae on nematode infected and uninfected slugs in the field.

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    Bjørn Arild Hatteland

    Full Text Available The dynamics of predation on parasites within prey has received relatively little attention despite the profound effects this is likely to have on both prey and parasite numbers and hence on biological control programmes where parasites are employed. The nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita is a commercially available biological agent against slugs. Predation on these slugs may, at the same time, result in intraguild predation on slug-parasitic nematodes. This study describes, for the first time, predation by carabid beetles on slugs and their nematode parasites on both spatial and temporal scales, using PCR-based methods. The highest nematode infection levels were found in the slugs Deroceras reticulatum and Arion silvaticus. Numbers of infected slugs decreased over time and no infected slugs were found four months after nematode application. The density of the most abundant slug, the invasive Arion vulgaris, was positively related to the activity-density of the carabid beetle, Carabus nemoralis. Predation on slugs was density and size related, with highest predation levels also on A. vulgaris. Predation on A. vulgaris decreased significantly in summer when these slugs were larger than one gram. Predation by C. nemoralis on slugs was opportunistic, without any preferences for specific species. Intraguild predation on the nematodes was low, suggesting that carabid beetles such as C. nemoralis probably do not have a significant impact on the success of biological control using P. hermaphrodita.

  2. Molecular analysis of predation by carabid beetles (Carabidae) on the invasive Iberian slug Arion lusitanicus.

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    Hatteland, B A; Symondson, W O C; King, R A; Skage, M; Schander, C; Solhøy, T

    2011-12-01

    The invasive Iberian slug, Arion lusitanicus, is spreading through Europe and poses a major threat to horticulture and agriculture. Natural enemies, capable of killing A. lusitanicus, may be important to our understanding of its population dynamics in recently invaded regions. We used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to study predation on A. lusitanicus by carabid beetles in the field. A first multiplex PCR was developed, incorporating species-specific primers, and optimised in order to amplify parts of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (cox1) gene of large Arion slugs, including A. lusitanicus from the gut contents of the predators. A second multiplex PCR, targeting 12S rRNA mtDNA, detected predation on smaller Arion species and the field slug Deroceras reticulatum. Feeding trials were conducted to measure the effects of digestion time on amplicon detectability. The median detection times (the time at which 50% of samples tested positive) for A. lusitanicus and D. reticulatum DNA in the foreguts of Carabus nemoralis were 22 h and 20 h, respectively. Beetle activity-densities were monitored using pitfall traps, and slug densities were estimated using quadrats. Predation rates on slugs in the field by C. nemoralis in spring ranged from 16-39% (beetles positive for slug DNA) and were density dependent, with numbers of beetles testing positive being positively correlated with densities of the respective slug species. Carabus nemoralis was shown to be a potentially important predator of the alien A. lusitanicus in spring and may contribute to conservation biological control.

  3. Indução do Parto com Misoprostol: Comparação entre duas Doses

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    Araújo,Dimas Augusto Carvalho de; Oliveira,Luiz Carlos Navarro de; Oliveira,Isabel Cristina Navarro de; Porto,Daniela Dias Paiva; Oliveira,Sérgio Vilela de; Junqueira,Frederico Henrique Oliveira; Andrade,Amaury Teixeira Leite

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    Objetivo: comparar a eficácia e segurança entre duas doses de misoprostol administradas por via vaginal para amadurecimento cervical e indução do parto. Pacientes e Métodos: sessenta e uma pacientes com indicação médica para indução do parto e colo desfavorável foram incluídas neste estudo. Vinte e oito pacientes receberam 25 µg e trinta e três 50 µg de misoprostol, a intervalos de 4 horas, até um período máximo de 24 horas. Resultados: a rotura prematura de membranas, gestação prolongada e d...

  4. UNDERWATER ANALYSIS OF IRRADIATED REACTOR SLUGS FOR Co-60 AND OTHER RADIONUCLIDES AT THE SAVANNAH RIVER SITE

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    CASELLA, VITO

    2004-01-01

    Co-60 was produced in the Savannah River Site (SRS) reactors in the 1970s, and the irradiated cobalt reactor slugs were stored in a reactor basin at SRS. Since the activity rates of these slugs were not accurately known, assaying was required. A sodium iodide gamma detector was placed above a specially designed air collimator assembly, so that the slug was eight to nine feet from the detector and was shielded by the basin water. Also, 18 curium sampler slugs, used to produce Cm-244 from Pu-239, were to be disposed of with the cobalt slugs. The curium slugs were also analyzed with a High Purity Germanium (HPGE) detector in an attempt to identify any additional radionuclides produced from the irradiation. Co-60 concentrations were determined for reactor disassembly basin cobalt slugs and the 18 curium sampler slugs. The total Co-60 activity of all of the assayed slugs in this work summed to 31,783 curies on 9/15/03. From the Co-60 concentrations of the curium sampler slugs, the irradiation flux was determined for the known irradiation time. The amounts of Pu-238,-239,-240,-241,-242; Am-241,-243; and Cm-242,-244 produced were then obtained based on the original amount of Pu-239 irradiated

  5. Effect of coolant mixing on the static reactivity of a diluted boron slug

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    Kuusisto, J.

    1999-01-01

    The effect of coolant mixing on the static reactivity of a diluted slug can be calculated with the method described in this paper. The three-dimensional boron concentration distribution based on the CFD calculations is used as an input of a static three dimensional core simulator code, which calculates the slug reactivity effect. In the examined first pump startup case with - 1200 ppm disturbance the reactor remains subcritical due to the coolant mixing even in the case of scram without the most reactive control rod. In the case of the 4 + 4 m 3 slug mixing reduces the reactivity effect by a factor of 0.32 as compared to the uniform -1200 ppm disturbance. In the case of the 16 m 3 slug filling the entire primary loop the effect of mixing reduces. The corresponding mixing factor is 0.72, but the mixing is high enough to hold the reactor subcritical

  6. Comparison of Model-Based Control Solutions for Severe Riser-Induced Slugs

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    Pedersen, Simon; Jahanshahi, Esmaiel; Yang, Zhenyu

    2017-01-01

    Control solutions for eliminating severe riser-induced slugs in offshore oil & gas pipeline installations are key topics in offshore Exploration and Production (E&P) processes. This study describes the identification, analysis and control of a low-dimensional control-oriented model of a lab......-scaled slug testing facility. The model is analyzed and used for anti-slug control development for both lowpoint and topside transmitter solutions. For the controlled variables’ comparison it is concluded that the topside pressure transmitter (Pt) is the most difficult output to apply directly for anti-slug...... control due to the inverse response. However, as Pt often is the only accessible measurement on offshore platforms this study focuses on the controller development for both Pt and the lowpoint pressure transmitter (Pb). All the control solutions are based on linear control schemes and the performance...

  7. Slug suppression induces apoptosis via Puma transactivation in rheumatoid arthritis fibroblast-like synoviocytes treated with hydrogen peroxide.

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    Cha, Hoon-Suk; Bae, Eun-Kyung; Ahn, Joong Kyong; Lee, Jaejoon; Ahn, Kwang-Sung; Koh, Eun-Mi

    2010-06-30

    Inadequate apoptosis contributes to synovial hyperplasia in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Recent study shows that low expression of Puma might be partially responsible for the decreased apoptosis of fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS). Slug, a highly conserved zinc finger transcriptional repressor, is known to antagonize apoptosis of hematopoietic progenitor cells by repressing Puma transactivation. In this study, we examined the expression and function of Slug in RA FLS. Slug mRNA expression was measured in the synovial tissue (ST) and FLS obtained from RA and osteoarthritis patients. Slug and Puma mRNA expression in FLS by apoptotic stimuli were measured by real-time PCR analysis. FLS were transfected with control siRNA or Slug siRNA. Apoptosis was quantified by trypan blue exclusion, DNA fragmentation and caspase-3 assay. RA ST expressed higher level of Slug mRNA compared with osteoarthritis ST. Slug was significantly induced by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) but not by exogenous p53 in RA FLS. Puma induction by H2O2 stimulation was significantly higher in Slug siRNA-transfected FLS compared with control siRNA-transfected FLS. After H2O2 stimulation, viable cell number was significantly lower in Slug siRNA-transfected FLS compared with control siRNA-transfected FLS. Apoptosis enhancing effect of Slug siRNA was further confirmed by ELISA that detects cytoplasmic histone-associated DNA fragments and caspase-3 assay. These data demonstrate that Slug is overexpressed in RA ST and that suppression of Slug gene facilitates apoptosis of FLS by increasing Puma transactivation. Slug may therefore represent a potential therapeutic target in RA.

  8. Characterization of slug flow in microchannels: pressure drop and phase separation

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    Ładosz, Agnieszka

    2017-01-01

    In this thesis slug flow in microchannels was investigated experimentally and theoretically with the aim to provide design equations enabling construction of multistep microfluidic networks. Two major aspects were studied: pressure drop in channels of various geometries and subsequent phase separation of generated droplets. Mathematical modeling of phenomena observed on microscale was validated by extensive experimental studies. Pressure drop of three-phase gas-liquid-liquid slug flow wa...

  9. Targeting of slug sensitizes anaplastic thyroid carcinoma SW1736 cells to doxorubicin via PUMA upregulation

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    Dong, Anbing; Jiao, Xuelong; Chen, Dong; Hao, Fengyun; Zhang, Kejun

    2016-01-01

    Objective: Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) is one of the most aggressive human cancers and often shows resistance to multimodal therapeutic approaches. It has been shown that the transcriptional repressor Slug inhibits the chemotherapeutic agent-induced apoptosis of cancer cells. We evaluated whether targeting of Slug could augment doxorubicin (DOX)-induced apoptosis of ATC cells. We also determined changes in PUMA (p53-upregulated modulator of apoptosis) expression levels to identify poss...

  10. Slug controls stem/progenitor cell growth dynamics during mammary gland morphogenesis.

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    Nassour, Mayssa; Idoux-Gillet, Ysia; Selmi, Abdelkader; Côme, Christophe; Faraldo, Maria-Luisa M; Deugnier, Marie-Ange; Savagner, Pierre

    2012-01-01

    Morphogenesis results from the coordination of distinct cell signaling pathways controlling migration, differentiation, apoptosis, and proliferation, along stem/progenitor cell dynamics. To decipher this puzzle, we focused on epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) "master genes". EMT has emerged as a unifying concept, involving cell-cell adhesion, migration and apoptotic pathways. EMT also appears to mingle with stemness. However, very little is known on the physiological role and relevance of EMT master-genes. We addressed this question during mammary morphogenesis. Recently, a link between Slug/Snai2 and stemness has been described in mammary epithelial cells, but EMT master genes actual localization, role and targets during mammary gland morphogenesis are not known and we focused on this basic question. Using a Slug-lacZ transgenic model and immunolocalization, we located Slug in a distinct subpopulation covering about 10-20% basal cap and duct cells, mostly cycling cells, coexpressed with basal markers P-cadherin, CK5 and CD49f. During puberty, Slug-deficient mammary epithelium exhibited a delayed development after transplantation, contained less cycling cells, and overexpressed CK8/18, ER, GATA3 and BMI1 genes, linked to luminal lineage. Other EMT master genes were overexpressed, suggesting compensation mechanisms. Gain/loss-of-function in vitro experiments confirmed Slug control of mammary epithelial cell luminal differentiation and proliferation. In addition, they showed that Slug enhances specifically clonal mammosphere emergence and growth, cell motility, and represses apoptosis. Strikingly, Slug-deprived mammary epithelial cells lost their potential to generate secondary clonal mammospheres. We conclude that Slug pathway controls the growth dynamics of a subpopulation of cycling progenitor basal cells during mammary morphogenesis. Overall, our data better define a key mechanism coordinating cell lineage dynamics and morphogenesis, and provide

  11. Slug overexpression induces stemness and promotes hepatocellular carcinoma cell invasion and metastasis

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    SUN, YU; SONG, GUO-DONG; SUN, NING; CHEN, JIAN-QIU; YANG, SHAO-SHI

    2014-01-01

    Detection of metastasis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is crucial for early diagnosis. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a common event in the metastasis of tumor cells. Slug and Snail are homologous proteins, which play an important role in EMT. The present study aimed to investigate whether Slug and Snail overexpression is associated with the invasiveness of HCC in vitro and in vivo. Invasion, colony formation and wound healing assays, as well as flow cytometry analysis, were pe...

  12. Slug controls stem/progenitor cell growth dynamics during mammary gland morphogenesis.

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    Mayssa Nassour

    Full Text Available Morphogenesis results from the coordination of distinct cell signaling pathways controlling migration, differentiation, apoptosis, and proliferation, along stem/progenitor cell dynamics. To decipher this puzzle, we focused on epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT "master genes". EMT has emerged as a unifying concept, involving cell-cell adhesion, migration and apoptotic pathways. EMT also appears to mingle with stemness. However, very little is known on the physiological role and relevance of EMT master-genes. We addressed this question during mammary morphogenesis. Recently, a link between Slug/Snai2 and stemness has been described in mammary epithelial cells, but EMT master genes actual localization, role and targets during mammary gland morphogenesis are not known and we focused on this basic question.Using a Slug-lacZ transgenic model and immunolocalization, we located Slug in a distinct subpopulation covering about 10-20% basal cap and duct cells, mostly cycling cells, coexpressed with basal markers P-cadherin, CK5 and CD49f. During puberty, Slug-deficient mammary epithelium exhibited a delayed development after transplantation, contained less cycling cells, and overexpressed CK8/18, ER, GATA3 and BMI1 genes, linked to luminal lineage. Other EMT master genes were overexpressed, suggesting compensation mechanisms. Gain/loss-of-function in vitro experiments confirmed Slug control of mammary epithelial cell luminal differentiation and proliferation. In addition, they showed that Slug enhances specifically clonal mammosphere emergence and growth, cell motility, and represses apoptosis. Strikingly, Slug-deprived mammary epithelial cells lost their potential to generate secondary clonal mammospheres.We conclude that Slug pathway controls the growth dynamics of a subpopulation of cycling progenitor basal cells during mammary morphogenesis. Overall, our data better define a key mechanism coordinating cell lineage dynamics and morphogenesis, and

  13. The SIRT2 deacetylase stabilizes Slug to control malignancy of basal-like breast cancer

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    Zhou, Wenhui; Ni, Thomas K.; Wronski, Ania; Glass, Benjamin; Skibinski, Adam; Beck, Andrew; Kuperwasser, Charlotte

    2016-01-01

    Overabundance of Slug protein is common in human cancer and represents an important determinant underlying the aggressiveness of basal-like breast cancer (BLBC). Despite its importance, this transcription factor is rarely mutated in BLBC, and the mechanism of its deregulation in cancer remains unknown. Here, we report that Slug undergoes acetylation-dependent protein degradation and identify the deacetylase SIRT2 as a key mediator of this post-translational mechanism. SIRT2 inhibition rapidly...

  14. Indução de mania durante o tratamento com antidepressivos no transtorno bipolar

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    Tamada Renata S

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Realizar uma revisão da literatura sobre a mania induzida por antidepressivos, sua incidência, quadro clínico, fatores de risco e tratamento. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado um levantamento no Medline dos artigos publicados entre 1970 e 2001. Foram incluídos estudos abertos e controlados bem como relatos de caso com casuística maior que cinco pacientes. RESULTADOS: Mania induzida e mania espontânea parecem ter apresentações clínicas distintas, sendo a mania induzida mais leve e breve. Os fatores de risco para mania induzida ainda não estão bem estabelecidos. CONCLUSÃO: Existe um número muito limitado de estudos controlados e prospectivos sobre a mania induzida. Os antidepressivos estão associados a um aumento no risco de indução de mania. Este risco pode variar dependendo da droga utilizada. Portanto, os antidepressivos devem ser utilizados em pacientes bipolares considerado-se tanto a eficácia clínica como os potenciais efeitos sobre o curso da doença.

  15. University Loaned Normal Uranium Slug Disposition Study: University survey responses. Predecisional draft

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    Becker, G.W. Jr.

    1992-09-01

    During the 1950`s and 1960`s, the Atomic Energy Commission loaned rejected natural uranium slugs from the Savannah River Site to United States universities for use in subcritical assemblies. Currently, there are sixty-two universities holding 91,798 slugs, containing about 167 metric tons of natural uranium. It was originally planned that the universities would return the material to Fernald when they no longer required it. Fernald has not received slugs since it was shut down in 1988. The Department of Energy`s Office of Weapons and Materials Planning requested that the Planning Support Group develop information to assist them in facilitating the return of the unwanted slugs to one or more of their facilities and develop alternatives for the ultimate disposition of this material. This supplemental report to the University Loaned Normal Uranium Slug Disposition Study documents responses to and summarizes the results of a survey of fifty-eight universities. University contacts and survey responses covering loaned slug descriptions, historical information, radiological data, current status, and plans and schedules are documented.

  16. Experimental investigation and CFD simulation of horizontal air/water slug flow

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    Vallee, C.; Hoehne, T.; Prasser, H.M.; Suehnel, T.

    2006-01-01

    For the investigation of air/water slug flow, a horizontal channel with rectangular cross-section was built at Forschungszentrum Rossendorf. The channel allows the investigation of air/water co- and counter-current flows at atmospheric pressure, especially the slug behaviour. Optical measurements were performed with a high-speed video camera, and were complemented by simultaneous dynamic pressure measurements. Moreover velocity-fields were measured using particle image velocimetry (PIV). A CFD simulation of the stratified co-current flow was performed using the code CFX-5, applying the Euler-Euler two fluid model with the free surface option. The grid contains 4 x 10 5 control volumes. The turbulence was modelled separately for each phase using the k-ω based shear stress transport (SST) turbulence model. To achieve wave generation in such a short channel, the inlet water level had to be varied in time. For this purpose, the water level history was taken from a recorded image sequence and set as time-dependent boundary condition at the model inlet. The results show a wave formation up to slug development with closure of the whole channel cross-section and consequently an increase of the pressure level behind the slug. Despite unsteady conditions at the inlet of the test channel and simplified initial conditions in the model, the slug simulation with CFX is in good qualitative agreement with the experiment, while the slug length increases during its progression, witch was not observed in reality. (orig.)

  17. Modified Fabrication Method of Metal Fuel Slug for Preventing Evaporation of Volatile Elements

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    Kim, Ki-Hwan; Kim, Jong Hwan; Song, Hoon; Kim, Hyung-Tae; Lee, Jung-Won; Lee, Chan-Bock

    2014-01-01

    In order to develop innovative fabrication method of metal fuel slugs for preventing the evaporation of volatile elements such as Am, modified casting under inert atmosphere has been applied for metal fuel slugs for SFR. Alternative fabrication method of fuel slugs has been introduced to develop an improved fabrication process of metal fuel for preventing the evaporation of volatile elements. In this study, U-10wt.%Zr-Mn fuel slugs for SFR have been fabricated by modified casting method and characterized to evaluate the feasibility of the alternative fabrication method. Alternative casting such as modified casting has been applied to develop fabrication method of fuel slugs for preventing the evaporation of volatile elements such as Am. U-10wt.%Zr-Mn containing a volatile surrogate Mn fuel slug was soundly fabricated under inert atmosphere with dimensions of L250mm. Mass fraction of fuel loss was so low, upto 0.2%. Mn element was most recovered with prevention in evaporation of Mn. It was seen that the losses of volatile Am can be effectively controlled to below detectable levels using modest pressure

  18. Snail/Slug binding interactions with YAP/TAZ control skeletal stem cell self-renewal and differentiation.

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    Tang, Yi; Feinberg, Tamar; Keller, Evan T; Li, Xiao-Yan; Weiss, Stephen J

    2016-09-01

    Bone-marrow-derived skeletal stem/stromal cell (SSC) self-renewal and function are critical to skeletal development, homeostasis and repair. Nevertheless, the mechanisms controlling SSC behaviour, particularly bone formation, remain ill-defined. Using knockout mouse models that target the zinc-finger transcription factors Snail or Slug, or Snail and Slug combined, a regulatory axis has been uncovered wherein Snail and Slug cooperatively control SSC self-renewal, osteoblastogenesis and bone formation. Mechanistically, Snail/Slug regulate SSC function by forming complexes with the transcriptional co-activators YAP and TAZ in tandem with the inhibition of the Hippo-pathway-dependent regulation of YAP/TAZ signalling cascades. In turn, the Snail/Slug-YAP/TAZ axis activates a series of YAP/TAZ/TEAD and Runx2 downstream targets that control SSC homeostasis and osteogenesis. Together, these results demonstrate that SSCs mobilize Snail/Slug-YAP/TAZ complexes to control stem cell function.

  19. Slug suppression induces apoptosis via Puma transactivation in rheumatoid arthritis fibroblast-like synoviocytes treated with hydrogen peroxide

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    Cha, Hoon-Suk; Bae, Eun-Kyung; Ahn, Joong Kyong; Lee, Jaejoon; Ahn, Kwang-Sung; Koh, Eun-Mi

    2010-01-01

    Inadequate apoptosis contributes to synovial hyperplasia in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Recent study shows that low expression of Puma might be partially responsible for the decreased apoptosis of fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS). Slug, a highly conserved zinc finger transcriptional repressor, is known to antagonize apoptosis of hematopoietic progenitor cells by repressing Puma transactivation. In this study, we examined the expression and function of Slug in RA FLS. Slug mRNA expression was...

  20. Small interfering RNA (siRNA) against Slug induces apoptosis and sensitizes human anaplastic thyroid carcinoma cells to doxorubicin.

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    Pan, Yinghua; Liu, Peiji; Chen, Deng; Dou, Linying

    2017-01-01

    Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) is one of the most aggressive human cancers and often shows resistance to multimodal therapeutic approaches. It has been shown that the transcriptional repressor Slug inhibits the chemotherapeutic agent-induced apoptosis of cancer cells. We evaluated whether targeting of Slug could augment doxorubicin (DOX)-induced apoptosis of ATC cells. We also determined changes in PUMA (p53-upregulated modulator of apoptosis) expression levels to identify possible mechanisms of their combined actions. SW1736 cells were transfected with Slug siRNA or/and PUMA siRNA and then exposed to DOX (0.1, 1, and 5 μ M) for selected times. Scrambled siRNA was used as a control. The effects on cell viability were determined via MTT assay. Apoptosis was assessed using TUNEL assays and annexin V staining, and was confirmed by flow cytometry analyses. Slug and PUMA levels were determined using western blotting, RT-PCR and immunofluorescence analyses. We used a subcutaneous implanted tumor model of SW1736 cells in nude mice to assess the effects of Slug silencing in combination with DOX on tumor development. Apoptosis was assessed via TUNEL assay. Targeting of Slug using siRNA inhibits growth of SW1736 cells and sensitizes SW1736 cells to DOX in vitro and vivo. Targeting of Slug combined with DOX led to lower cell viability than treatment with DOX alone in SW1736 cells. TUNEL and flow cytometry analyses showed that targeting of Slug enhanced DOX-induced apoptosis of SW1736 cells. In addition, targeting of Slug increased PUMA expression, and targeting of PUMA restored the chemoresistance of SW1736/Slug siRNA cells to DOX. Knockdown of Slug enhanced the antitumor activity of DOX in SW1736 cells via induction of PUMA upregulation. Our results suggest that targeting of Slug has good potential for the development of new therapeutic strategies for ATC.

  1. Understanding the formation process of the liquid slug in a hilly-terrain wet natural gas pipeline

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    Yang, Yan; Li, Jingbo; Wang, Shuli

    2017-01-01

    condition on the liquid slug formation is discussed including pipe diameter, inclination angle, gas superficial velocity and liquid holdup. The results show that the pipe is blocked by the liquid slug at the moment of slug formed. The pipe pressure suddenly increases, and then decreases gradually...... in the process of liquid slug formation and motion. The pipe pressure drop and liquid holdup decrease along with the increasing inclination angle of ascending pipe. On the contrary, they rise with the increase of the inclination angle of descending pipe. Higher gas superficial velocity and liquid holdup result...

  2. Characterization of California Central Coast Aquifers using Pneumatic Slug Tests

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    Aurelius, S.; Platt, D.; Whetsler, B.; Malama, B.

    2017-12-01

    The recent prolonged drought in California, where about 75% of the population depends to some extent ongroundwater, has led to increased stresses on the state's groundwater resources due to reduced recharge andincreased abstraction to supplement dwindling surface water supplies for irrigation and other urban uses.These factors have conspired to cause historic lows in groundwater levels, lost aquifer storage capacity dueincreased potential for land subsidence, and degraded water quality in coastal aquifers faced with increasedrates of seawater intrusion. Groundwater accounts for about a third of the total water uses in California,with some coastal communities being 100% dependent on groundwater. Irrigation accounts for over 60%of all state groundwater withdrawals in California. In light of this, the state of California recently passedthe Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) aimed at bringing the State's groundwater basinsinto sustainable regimes of abstraction, recharge and storage. Groundwater ow models are critical to thesuccessful implementation of the SGMA legislation. However, the usefulness of the models is severely limitedby a lack of detailed knowledge of aquifer properties at spatial scales that allow for accurate projections tobe made about groundwater basin sustainability by resource managers. We report here the results of highresolution pneumatic slug tests performed in two shallow aquifers in San Luis Obispo County on the CaliforniaCentral Coast to obtain detailed information about aquifer properties, including permeability and storage,and their spatial variability.

  3. Stability Analysis of Reactive Multiphase Slug Flows in Microchannels

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    Alejandro A. Munera Parra

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Conducting multiphase reactions in micro-reactors is a promising strategy for intensifying chemical and biochemical processes. A major unresolved challenge is to exploit the considerable benefits offered by micro-scale operation for industrial scale throughputs by numbering-up whilst retaining the underlying advantageous flow characteristics of the single channel system in multiple parallel channels. Fabrication and installation tolerances in the individual micro-channels result in different pressure losses and, thus, a fluid maldistribution. In this work, an additional source of maldistribution, namely the flow multiplicities, which can arise in a multiphase reactive or extractive flow in otherwise identical micro-channels, was investigated. A detailed experimental and theoretical analysis of the flow stability with and without reaction for both gas-liquid and liquid-liquid slug flow has been developed. The model has been validated using the extraction of acetic acid from n-heptane with the ionic liquid 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate. The results clearly demonstrate that the coupling between flow structure, the extent of reaction/extraction and pressure drop can result in multiple operating states, thus, necessitating an active measurement and control concept to ensure uniform behavior and optimal performance.

  4. Photocontrol of fluid slugs in liquid crystal polymer microactuators

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    Lv, Jiu-An; Liu, Yuyun; Wei, Jia; Chen, Erqiang; Qin, Lang; Yu, Yanlei

    2016-09-01

    The manipulation of small amounts of liquids has applications ranging from biomedical devices to liquid transfer. Direct light-driven manipulation of liquids, especially when triggered by light-induced capillary forces, is of particular interest because light can provide contactless spatial and temporal control. However, existing light-driven technologies suffer from an inherent limitation in that liquid motion is strongly resisted by the effect of contact-line pinning. Here we report a strategy to manipulate fluid slugs by photo-induced asymmetric deformation of tubular microactuators, which induces capillary forces for liquid propulsion. Microactuators with various shapes (straight, ‘Y’-shaped, serpentine and helical) are fabricated from a mechanically robust linear liquid crystal polymer. These microactuators are able to exert photocontrol of a wide diversity of liquids over a long distance with controllable velocity and direction, and hence to mix multiphase liquids, to combine liquids and even to make liquids run uphill. We anticipate that this photodeformable microactuator will find use in micro-reactors, in laboratory-on-a-chip settings and in micro-optomechanical systems.

  5. Screening of aphrodisiac property in sea slug, Aplysia dactylomela.

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    Hashim, Ridzwan; Roslan, Noor Atika Elliyana Mohd; Zulkipli, Farah Hanis; Daud, Jamaluddin Mohd

    2014-09-01

    To evaluate the aphrodisiac property of Aplysia dactylomela (A. dactylomelan), locally known as 'dugu-dugu', which is one of the sea slug species. Two types of extractions were used; aqueous and lipid. Three doses of each A. dactylomelan extract, respectively; 50, 100, 200 mg/kg were administered (i.p.) to male mice for mounting behavior test. Sildenafil citrate or Viagra® (5 mg/kg) being positive control while negative control received saline solution. The animals treated with lipid extract at the respective dose exhibited mounting behavior, but the mounting frequency decreased at higher doses (100 and 200 mg/kg). However, all doses of aqueous extract did not show any mounting behavior. Meanwhile, in all doses of lipid extracts administered displayed significant difference (Paphrodisiac property. In addition, the presence of steroids was detected in the phytochemical screening of lipid extract. The findings from this study provides preliminary scientific evidence that A. dactylomela could be used as an alternative medication of natural product for promoting sexual activity in men. Copyright © 2014 Hainan Medical College. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Computational investigations of the mixing performance inside liquid slugs generated by a microfluidic T-junction.

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    Li, Yuehao; Reddy, Rupesh K; Kumar, Challa S S R; Nandakumar, Krishnaswamy

    2014-09-01

    Droplet-based microfluidics has gained extensive research interest as it overcomes several challenges confronted by conventional single-phase microfluidics. The mixing performance inside droplets/slugs is critical in many applications such as advanced material syntheses and in situ kinetic measurements. In order to understand the effects of operating conditions on the mixing performance inside liquid slugs generated by a microfluidic T-junction, we have adopted the volume of fluid method coupled with the species transport model to study and quantify the mixing efficiencies inside slugs. Our simulation results demonstrate that an efficient mixing process is achieved by the intimate collaboration of the twirling effect and the recirculating flow. Only if the reagents are distributed transversely by the twirling effect, the recirculating flow can bring in convection mechanism thus facilitating mixing. By comparing the mixing performance inside slugs at various operating conditions, we find that slug size plays the key role in influencing the mixing performance as it determines the amount of fluid to be distributed by the twirling effect. For the cases where short slugs are generated, the mixing process is governed by the fast convection mechanism because the twirling effect can distribute the fluid to the flow path of the recirculating flow effectively. For cases with long slugs, the mixing process is dominated by the slow diffusion mechanism since the twirling effect is insufficient to distribute the large amount of fluid. In addition, our results show that increasing the operating velocity has limited effects on improving the mixing performance. This study provides the insight of the mixing process and may benefit the design and operations of droplet-based microfluidics.

  7. Soliton wave model for simulating the slug formation in vertical-to-horizontal partially blocked pipes

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    Nihan Onder; Alberto Teyssedou; Danila Roubtsov

    2005-01-01

    Full text of publication follows: In CANDU reactors the fuel channels are connected to inlet and outlet headers by feeder-pipes that consist of vertical and horizontal legs. In some feeders, orifices are installed for flow adjustment. During a postulated Loss of Coolant Accidents, the emergency cooling water injected into the inlet and outlet headers enters the fuel channels through the feeder pipes. Steam produced in the feeders and in the fuel channels may flow in the direction opposite to that of the water, thereby creating vertical to horizontal Counter-Current Flow (CCF). The rate at which the cooling water enters the fuel channel may be substantially limited by the flooding phenomena that entrains the water in the same direction as the steam flow. Steam flowing in the direction opposite to the cooling water can bring about the formation of slug flow. Long slugs of liquid moving at relatively high speed are transported back towards the headers by the steam. This phenomenon substantially reduces the amount of cooling water that can reach the reactor core. We conducted CCF experiments using a vertical-to-horizontal test section connected by 90 deg. elbows, with an orifice installed in the horizontal leg. Four different orifices were used to carry out the experiments. We have observed that soliton-type waves generated close to the elbow propagate in the horizontal leg towards the orifice, where a partial reflection takes place. Without an orifice, the soliton waves are reflected from the second elbow. The reflected waves move in the opposite direction to that of the incident wave. Since soliton-type waves are periodically generated, the incident and reflected waves interfere at some place in the horizontal leg. If the amplitude of the interference wave is high enough, the bridging of the tubes occur, which generates the slugs. During the experiments the water and air flow rates, pressures and void fraction distributions were measured. The slug propagation

  8. Herbivory of an invasive slug is affected by earthworms and the composition of plant communities.

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    Zaller, Johann G; Parth, Myriam; Szunyogh, Ilona; Semmelrock, Ines; Sochurek, Susanne; Pinheiro, Marcia; Frank, Thomas; Drapela, Thomas

    2013-05-13

    Biodiversity loss and species invasions are among the most important human-induced global changes. Moreover, these two processes are interlinked as ecosystem invasibility is considered to increase with decreasing biodiversity. In temperate grasslands, earthworms serve as important ecosystem engineers making up the majority of soil faunal biomass. Herbivore behaviour has been shown to be affected by earthworms, however it is unclear whether these effects differ with the composition of plant communities. To test this we conducted a mesocosm experiment where we added earthworms (Annelida: Lumbricidae) to planted grassland communities with different plant species composition (3 vs. 12 plant spp.). Plant communities had equal plant densities and ratios of the functional groups grasses, non-leguminous forbs and legumes. Later, Arion vulgaris slugs (formerly known as A. lusitanicus; Gastropoda: Arionidae) were added and allowed to freely choose among the available plant species. This slug species is listed among the 100 worst alien species in Europe. We hypothesized that (i) the food choice of slugs would be altered by earthworms' specific effects on the growth and nutrient content of plant species, (ii) slug herbivory will be less affected by earthworms in plant communities containing more plant species than in those with fewer plant species because of a more readily utilization of plant resources making the impacts of earthworms less pronounced. Slug herbivory was significantly affected by both earthworms and plant species composition. Slugs damaged 60% less leaves when earthworms were present, regardless of the species composition of the plant communities. Percent leaf area consumed by slugs was 40% lower in communities containing 12 plant species; in communities containing only three species earthworms increased slug leaf area consumption. Grasses were generally avoided by slugs. Leaf length and number of tillers was increased in mesocosms containing more plant

  9. Epiphytic bacteria on lettuce affect the feeding behavior of an invasive pest slug

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    Birte Peters

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Plant–animal interactions are not isolated pairwise relationships but are always accompanied by diverse assemblages of microbes. Additional to direct effects of microorganisms on their hosts, recent investigations demonstrated that bacteria associated with plants can modify the behavior of organisms of higher trophic levels. However, in the context of herbivory, functions of non-phytopathogenic bacteria colonizing leaf surfaces remain understudied. This study showed that naturally occurring epiphytic bacteria affect the feeding behavior of a generalist herbivore. Epiphytic bacteria isolated from leaves of Lactuca sativa var. capitata were screened for their potential to influence feeding choices of the slug Arion vulgaris. Cultivated bacteria were inoculated in artificial food substrates or on sterile leaves of gnotobiotic lettuce plants and were offered to slugs in different behavioral bioassays. A large proportion of bacterial strains tested induced behavioral alterations in the feeding choices of slugs. Behavioral responses of slugs were further modified by antibiotic treatment of slugs prior to choice tests indicating that both bacteria associated with plants and animals affect plant–animal interactions. Our results emphasize the important role of bacteria in plant–animal interactions and suggest a prominent role of bacteria in herbivory in natural, horticultural, and agricultural systems.

  10. The behavioural response of slugs and snails to novel molluscicides, irritants and repellents.

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    Schüder, Ingo; Port, Gordon; Bennison, Jude

    2004-12-01

    The behavioural response of the slug Deroceras panormitanum (Lessona and Pollonera) and the snail Oxyloma pfeifferi (Rossmässler) to novel molluscicides was investigated in choice and no-choice experiments. Low-light video-recording in combination with automated tracking and event recording was used to identify the repellent and irritant effects of (1) cinnamamide, (2) copper ammonium carbonate, (3) a mulch, (4) a horticultural ground-cover matting impregnated with a copper formulation and (5) urea/formaldehyde. In the no-choice experiments the products had a stronger irritant effect on the snails than on the slugs. All products tested except the mulch significantly reduced the locomotor activity of both the slugs and snails. The most effective product, cinnamamide, reduced snail locomotor activity by 94% and track length by 96%. The overall repellent effect of the treatments in the choice experiments was stronger in the slugs; where presence, locomotor activity and track length in the treated area were significantly reduced by all products. The avoidance of treated areas exceeded 95% with the mulch (for slugs) and with copper ammonium carbonate (for snails). 2004 Society of Chemical Industry.

  11. Modelling and control of growing slugs in horizontal multiphase pipe flows

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    Steinar M. Elgsæter

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the use of active control to restrict the length of growing slugs in horizontal pipelines is investigated. Specifically, the paper attempts to determine if such control can be attained with realistic measurements and actuators. Simulations in OLGA2000 show that a feedback controller can use measurements or estimates of slug length to control the growth of a slug in a horizontal pipeline by partially closing inlet or outlet chokes. A control-volume approach is used to develop a low-order model of inlet choke-slug growth dynamics based on mass- and impulse balances. The resulting model is a system of nonlinear differential-algebraic equations, which is suitable for observer-design. The tuned model is found to be in good agreement with experiments and OLGA2000-simulations. Linearizations of the model are found to be observable around realistic trajectories when rates and pressures at the inlet and outlet are measured. An extended Luenberger-observer is shown to give good estimates of slug length and -position in simulations even under model uncertainty.

  12. Cell-State Transitions Regulated by SLUG Are Critical for Tissue Regeneration and Tumor Initiation

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    Sarah Phillips

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Perturbations in stem cell activity and differentiation can lead to developmental defects and cancer. We use an approach involving a quantitative model of cell-state transitions in vitro to gain insights into how SLUG/SNAI2, a key developmental transcription factor, modulates mammary epithelial stem cell activity and differentiation in vivo. In the absence of SLUG, stem cells fail to transition into basal progenitor cells, while existing basal progenitor cells undergo luminal differentiation; together, these changes result in abnormal mammary architecture and defects in tissue function. Furthermore, we show that in the absence of SLUG, mammary stem cell activity necessary for tissue regeneration and cancer initiation is lost. Mechanistically, SLUG regulates differentiation and cellular plasticity by recruiting the chromatin modifier lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1 to promoters of lineage-specific genes to repress transcription. Together, these results demonstrate that SLUG plays a dual role in repressing luminal epithelial differentiation while unlocking stem cell transitions necessary for tumorigenesis.

  13. Snail/Slug-YAP/TAZ complexes cooperatively regulate mesenchymal stem cell function and bone formation.

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    Tang, Yi; Weiss, Stephen J

    2017-03-04

    Snail and Slug are zinc-finger transcription factors that play key roles in directing the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) programs associated with normal development as well as disease progression. More recent work suggests that these EMT-associated transcription factors also modulate the function of both embryonic and adult stem cells. Interestingly, YAP and TAZ, the co-transcriptional effectors of the Hippo pathway, likewise play an important role in stem cell self-renewal and lineage commitment. While direct intersections between the Snail/Slug and Hippo pathways have not been described previously, we recently described an unexpected cooperative interaction between Snail/Slug and YAP/TAZ that controls the self-renewal and differentiation properties of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), a cell population critical to bone development. Additional studies revealed that both Snail and Slug are able to form binary complexes with either YAP or TAZ that, together, control YAP/TAZ transcriptional activity and function throughout mouse development. Given the more recent observations that MSC-like cell populations are found in association throughout the vasculature where they participate in tissue regeneration, fibrosis and cancer, the Snail/Slug-YAP/TAZ axis is well-positioned to regulate global stem cell function in health and disease.

  14. An evaluation of slug interference tests for aquifer characterization at the Hanford Site

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    Spane, F.A. Jr.; Thorne, P.D.

    1992-01-01

    Slug interference tests are conducted by instantaneously changing the water level in a well and monitoring the aquifer response at one or more observation wells. The applicability of this method for hydraulic characterization of a high permeability unconfined aquifer at the Hanford Site was evaluated. Analytical techniques were used to predict slug interference responses over a range of aquifer hydraulic conditions and observation well distances. This was followed by a field test of the proposed technique. The results showed that slug interference testing can be used to characterize aquifers having transmissivities up to 10 -1 m 2 /s compared to a maximum transmissivity of about 10 -3 m 2 /s for single-well slug tests. The amplitude of the pressure response measured at the observation well is primarily determined by aquifer storativity, while the time-lag of the pressure peak is mainly controlled by the transmissivity. Several recommendations are made optimizing the results of slug interference tests in higher permeability, unconfined to semiconfined aquifers

  15. Influence of Catalysis and Oxidation on Slug Calorimeter Measurements in Arc Jets

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    Nawaz, Anuscheh; Driver, Dave; TerrazasSalinas, Imelda

    2012-01-01

    Arc jet tests play a critical role in the characterization and certification of thermal protection materials and systems (TPS). The results from these arc jet tests feed directly into computational models of material response and aerothermodynamics to predict the performance of the TPS in flight. Thus the precise knowledge of the plasma environment to which the test material is subjected, is invaluable. As one of the environmental parameters, the heat flux is commonly measured. The measured heat flux is used to determine the plasma enthalpy through analytical or computational models. At NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), slug calorimeters of a geometrically similar body to the test article are routinely used to determine the heat flux. A slug calorimeter is a thermal capacitance-type calorimeter that uses the temperature rise in a thermally insulated slug to determine the heat transfer rate, see Figure 1(left). Current best practices for measuring the heat flux with a slug calorimeter are described in ASTM E457 - 96. Both the calorimeter body and slug are made of Oxygen Free High Conductivity Copper, and are cleaned before each run.

  16. Evaluation of near-critical overdamping effects in slug-test response

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    Weeks, Edwin P.; Clark, Arthur C.

    2013-01-01

    A slug test behaves as a harmonic oscillator, subject to both inertial effects and viscous damping. When viscous and inertial forces are closely balanced, the system is nearly critically damped, and water-level recovery is affected by inertial effects, but does not exhibit oscillation. These effects were investigated by use of type curves, generated both by modification of Kipp's (1985) computer program and by use of the Butler-Zhan (2004) model. Utility of the type curves was verified by re-analysis of the Regina slug test previously analyzed by Kipp. These type curves indicate that near-critical inertial effects result in early-time delayed water-level response followed by merger with, or more rapid recovery than, response for the fully damped case. Because of this early time response, slug tests in the moderately over-damped range are best analyzed using log-log type curves of (1 − H/H0) vs. Tt/. Failure to recognize inertial effects in slug test data could result in an over-estimate of transmissivity, and a too-small estimate of storage coefficient or too-large estimate of well skin. However, application of the widely used but highly empirical Hvorslev (1951) method to analyze both the Regina slug test and type-curve generated data indicate that such analyses provide T values within a factor of 2 of the true value.

  17. Fluidization behavior in a circulating slugging fluidized bed reactor. Part I: Residence time and residence time distribution of polyethylene solids

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    van Putten, I.C.; van Sint Annaland, M.; Weickert, G.

    2007-01-01

    Square nosed slugging fluidization behavior in a circulating fluidized bed riser using a polyethylene powder with a very wide particle size distribution was studied. In square nosed slugging fluidization the extent of mixing of particles of different size depends on the riser diameter, gas velocity,

  18. Control of slug damage to oilseed rape and wheat with imidacloprid seed dressings in laboratory and field experiments

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    Simms, L.C.; Ester, A.; Wilson, M.J.

    2006-01-01

    Slugs are common pests of oilseed and cereal crops in Europe and are currently controlled using bait pellets that often fail to give adequate protection: Here we investigate the potential of the broad-spectrum insecticide imidacloprid, previously suggested to have activity against slugs, to control

  19. Comparing functional similarity between a native and an alien slug in temperate rain forests of British Columbia

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    Mariano A. Rodriguez-Cabal

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The impacts of invasive alien species are greatest when they become dominant members of a community, introduce novel traits, and displace native species. Invasions by alien mollusks represent a novel context by which to compare trait differences between generalist native and introduced herbivores in terrestrial ecosystems. Here, we determined the abundance, habitat, feeding preferences, as well as the metabolic rate of the native Pacific banana slug (Ariolimax columbianus and the alien black slug (Arion rufus in the coastal forests of British Columbia, Canada. Through a series of observational and experimental studies, we found that alien slugs are more abundant, differ in their habitat preferences, and consumed more fungi (mushrooms than native banana slugs. Conversely, in an enclosures experiment we found that herbivory damage by native slugs was higher compared to enclosures with alien only and control enclosures. Finally, metabolic rates were similar for both slug species. These results suggest that alien black slugs possess a suite of traits that make them functionally different from native banana slugs.

  20. BP-5 Remedial Investigation Slug-Test Characterization Results for Well 699-52-55A

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    Newcomer, Darrell R.

    2008-07-21

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory conducted slug-test characterization at the final, completed BP-5 Remedial Investigation well 699-52-55A near the 200-East Area at the Hanford Site on April 22, 2008. The slug-test characterization was in support of the BP-5 Remedial Investigation. The portion of the unconfined aquifer tested is composed of sediments of the lower Ringold Formation and the underlying Elephant Mountain basalt flowtop. The basalt flowtop unit was included as part of the effective test-interval length for the slug-test analysis because the flowtop unit is hydraulically communicative with the unconfined aquifer. Estimates of hydraulic conductivity for the effective test-interval length represent composite values for the lower Ringold Formation and the underlying Elephant Mountain basalt flow top.

  1. The Slug and the Plug: The Evolution of the Strombolian Paradigm

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    Capponi, A.; Lane, S. J.; James, M. R.

    2014-12-01

    It is generally accepted that Strombolian eruptions result from the burst of large gas slugs decoupling from a low-viscosity magma. However, recent studies at Stromboli are starting to elucidate some of the complexities in these explosions, with high speed imaging identifying multiple ejection pulses within single explosions. Furthermore, petrological data suggests the presence of a highly crystalline magma in the upper portion of the conduit, which could act as a plug, and indicates a potential source for complexities not seen in existing first order (single viscosity fluid) models. Here we present a detailed laboratory investigation to represent a more complex fluid dynamic scenario in which a viscous liquid (plug) overlays a less viscous fluid within the conduit. Scaled experiments were designed to reproduce the effects of a plug at the top of the conduit on the dynamics of slug expansion, burst and the resulting geophysical signals. Single slugs ascended silicon oil capped with castor oil in a vertical tube; pressure was measured in the liquid and within the gas 'atmosphere' above the liquid, and correlated with high-speed imagery of the experiments. Experiments were carried out with different slug gas volumes, thicknesses of the plug and experimental ambient pressure. The results were compared with CFD simulations, carried out both at laboratory and volcanic scale, to further explore the complex pressure distributions and forces exerted on the conduit. Our results highlight complex fluid dynamic processes, related to the intrusion of slugs in the viscous plug leading to different flow configurations and liquid mixing. Furthermore, the presence of a viscous plug strongly controls variations in the magnitude of the associated pressure transients, and the slug-plug interaction post burst favours a more impulsive pressure release.

  2. Slug ascent and associated stresses during strombolian activity with non-Newtonian rheology

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    von der Lieth, Jost; Hort, Matthias

    2016-07-01

    Strombolian activity is generally assumed to be driven by overpressurized gas slugs that rise through the magma-filled volcanic conduit and burst at the surface. We develop an analytical model for this process that incorporates a generic, depth-dependent, and non-Newtonian magma rheology. Our model also describes the film draining after the burst and allows for the computation of the stresses exerted on the conduit walls using a new analytical solution for the thickness of an annular film flow. Using Stromboli volcano, Italy, as reference, it was evaluated with a specifically designed, non-Newtonian rheological model based on petrochemical data. The results show the importance of using a realistic magma viscosity model when modeling the slug ascent: A 100 kg gas slug attains its maximum overpressure of 2.1 bars about 40 s before it rapidly expands and finally bursts at only 1.4 bars. This preburst pressure drop is not reproduced by constant viscosity models. The normal stresses on the conduit wall are generally dilatational above and adjacent to the slug and constrictive below it and after the burst. In both cases their maximum values exceed 3 bars, whereas the shear stresses stay negligible. Furthermore, it was found that the slug needs to start deeper than 25 m to build up its full burst pressure. At greater depth, the burst pressure decreases because of the adiabatic slug gas. Finally, a viscous plug at the top of the conduit is shown to increase the explosive potential of the volcano significantly.

  3. Analysis of water slug (water hammer) impact in steam pipes of NPP

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    Zhou Meiwu; Dong Xiankang

    1996-12-01

    A severe water hammer may be happened if water entrapped in steam pipe. Consequently, pipe or its components and restraints could be damaged and its function may be lost. This kind of water hammer is a potential danger to safe operation of power plants, especially to nuclear power plants. The process of forming a water slug and calculating method of impact force for water slug on the piping bend are presented, and an example is also given by using this calculating method. (2 refs., 4 figs.)

  4. The use of a low-cost gas-liquid flow meter to monitor severe slugging

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    Andreussi, Paolo; Bonizzi, Marco; Ciandri, Paolo

    2017-01-01

    method to monitor severe slugging by means of low cost instrumentation, in particular, by replacing a cumbersome instrument such as a gamma-densitometer with a differential pressure transmitter. In field operation, the multiphase orifice used in these experiments can be replaced by a calibrated control......A very simple, low-cost gas-liquid flow meter that only employs conventional field instrumentation has been used to monitor severe slugging occurring at the exit of a vertical pipe. This meter was originally developed for conventional oil field applications [1] and is based on the readings...

  5. Cold tolerance and freeze-induced glucose accumulation in three terrestrial slugs

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    Slotsbo, Stine; Hansen, Lars Monrad; Jordaens, Kurt

    2012-01-01

    in their habitat. Slugs spontaneously froze at about -4 °C when cooled under dry conditions, but freezing of body fluids was readily induced at -1 °C when in contact with external ice crystals. All three species survived freezing for 2 days at -1 °C, and some A. rufus and A. lusitanicus also survived freezing....... Glucose increased from about 6 to 22 µg/mg dry tissue upon freezing in A. rufus, but less so in A. ater and A. lusitanicus. Glucose may thus act as a cryoprotectant in these slugs, although the concentrations are not as high as reported for other freeze tolerant invertebrates....

  6. The transcription factors Snail and Slug activate the transforming growth factor-beta signaling pathway in breast cancer.

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    Dhasarathy, Archana; Phadke, Dhiral; Mav, Deepak; Shah, Ruchir R; Wade, Paul A

    2011-01-01

    The transcriptional repressors Snail and Slug are situated at the core of several signaling pathways proposed to mediate epithelial to mesenchymal transition or EMT, which has been implicated in tumor metastasis. EMT involves an alteration from an organized, epithelial cell structure to a mesenchymal, invasive and migratory phenotype. In order to obtain a global view of the impact of Snail and Slug expression, we performed a microarray experiment using the MCF-7 breast cancer cell line, which does not express detectable levels of Snail or Slug. MCF-7 cells were infected with Snail, Slug or control adenovirus, and RNA samples isolated at various time points were analyzed across all transcripts. Our analyses indicated that Snail and Slug regulate many genes in common, but also have distinct sets of gene targets. Gene set enrichment analyses indicated that Snail and Slug directed the transcriptome of MCF-7 cells from a luminal towards a more complex pattern that includes many features of the claudin-low breast cancer signature. Of particular interest, genes involved in the TGF-beta signaling pathway are upregulated, while genes responsible for a differentiated morphology are downregulated following Snail or Slug expression. Further we noticed increased histone acetylation at the promoter region of the transforming growth factor beta-receptor II (TGFBR2) gene following Snail or Slug expression. Inhibition of the TGF-beta signaling pathway using selective small-molecule inhibitors following Snail or Slug addition resulted in decreased cell migration with no impact on the repression of cell junction molecules by Snail and Slug. We propose that there are two regulatory modules embedded within EMT: one that involves repression of cell junction molecules, and the other involving cell migration via TGF-beta and/or other pathways.

  7. Accumulation of anticoagulant rodenticides (chlorophacinone, bromadiolone and brodifacoum) in a non-target invertebrate, the slug, Deroceras reticulatum.

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    Alomar, Hussein; Chabert, André; Coeurdassier, Michael; Vey, Danièle; Berny, Philippe

    2018-01-01

    Anticoagulant rodenticides (ARs) are used worldwide to control populations of agricultural and urban rodents, but these pesticides may be accumulated in and poisoned non-target species of wildlife. Slugs may feed on rodenticide bait following field applications. Thus, it can be assumed that their predators are exposed to rodenticides through food chain transfer. However, AR exposure in the slugs has not been systematically studied. We investigated the accumulation of three ARs (chlorophacinone, bromadiolone or brodifacoum) in the slug Deroceras reticulatum exposed for a period of 5days followed by depuration time of 4days in the laboratory. Moreover, we studied the exposure of slugs to brodifacoum in the field. In the laboratory exposure, the slugs consumed rodenticide baits, but no mortality was observed. After 1day, their concentrations were stable over the time and no differences were detected between the concentrations of the three ARs. After 5days of exposure, mean concentrations in slugs were 1.71, 1.91 and 0.44mg/kg wet weight for chlorophacinone, bromadiolone and brodifacoum respectively. A significant decrease of bromadiolone and brodifacoum in slugs was observed in the post exposure period. In the field study, brodifacoum was detected in >90% of analyzed slugs after application of brodifacoum baits. Then, based on a toxicity-exposure ratio approach, we found that slug consumption may represent a risk of secondary poisoning for three of their predators under acute, repeated or subchronic exposure scenarios. These results suggest that the slugs are not only the potential subject to primary exposure, but also the source of secondary exposure for their predators following application of rodenticide baits. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. The transcription factors Snail and Slug activate the transforming growth factor-beta signaling pathway in breast cancer.

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    Archana Dhasarathy

    Full Text Available The transcriptional repressors Snail and Slug are situated at the core of several signaling pathways proposed to mediate epithelial to mesenchymal transition or EMT, which has been implicated in tumor metastasis. EMT involves an alteration from an organized, epithelial cell structure to a mesenchymal, invasive and migratory phenotype. In order to obtain a global view of the impact of Snail and Slug expression, we performed a microarray experiment using the MCF-7 breast cancer cell line, which does not express detectable levels of Snail or Slug. MCF-7 cells were infected with Snail, Slug or control adenovirus, and RNA samples isolated at various time points were analyzed across all transcripts. Our analyses indicated that Snail and Slug regulate many genes in common, but also have distinct sets of gene targets. Gene set enrichment analyses indicated that Snail and Slug directed the transcriptome of MCF-7 cells from a luminal towards a more complex pattern that includes many features of the claudin-low breast cancer signature. Of particular interest, genes involved in the TGF-beta signaling pathway are upregulated, while genes responsible for a differentiated morphology are downregulated following Snail or Slug expression. Further we noticed increased histone acetylation at the promoter region of the transforming growth factor beta-receptor II (TGFBR2 gene following Snail or Slug expression. Inhibition of the TGF-beta signaling pathway using selective small-molecule inhibitors following Snail or Slug addition resulted in decreased cell migration with no impact on the repression of cell junction molecules by Snail and Slug. We propose that there are two regulatory modules embedded within EMT: one that involves repression of cell junction molecules, and the other involving cell migration via TGF-beta and/or other pathways.

  9. Numerical validation of gas-liquid slug flow inside horizontal pipe ...

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  10. Influence of riser-induced slugs on the downstream separation processes

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    Pedersen, Simon; Løhndorf, Petar Durdevic; Yang, Zhenyu

    2017-01-01

    In Oil & Gas installations the severe slug is an undesired flow regime due to the negative impact on the production rate and facility safety. This study will evaluate the severe riser-induced slugs’ influence to a typical separation process, consisting of a 3-phase gravity separator physically...

  11. Mass transfer coefficient of slug flow for organic solvent-aqueous system in a microreactor

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    Tuek, Ana Jurinjak; Anic, Iva; Kurtanjek, Zelimir; Zelic, Bruno

    2015-01-01

    Application of microreactor systems could be the next break-through in the intensification of chemical and biochemical processes. The common flow regime for organic solvent-aqueous phase two-phase systems is a segmented flow. Internal circulations in segments cause high mass transfer and conversion. We analyzed slug flow in seven systems of organic solvents and aqueous phase. To analyze how slug lengths in tested systems depend on linear velocity and physical and chemical properties of used organic solvents, regression models were proposed. It was shown that models based on linearization of approximation by potentials give low correlation for slug length prediction; however, application of an essential nonlinear model of multiple layer perception (MLP) neural network gives high correlation with R 2 =0.9. General sensitivity analysis was applied for the MLP neural network model, which showed that 80% of variance in slug length for the both phases is accounted for the viscosity and density of the organic phases; 10% is accounted by surface tension of the organic phase, while molecular masses and flow rates each account for 5%. For defined geometry of microreactor, mass transfer has been determined by carrying out the neutralization experiment with NaOH where acetic acid diffuses from organic phase (hexane) into aqueous phase. Estimated mass transfer coefficients were in the range k L a=4,652-1,9807 h -1

  12. FORMING OF MECHANICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SLUGS OF TITANIC ALLOY BT23 AT THERMAL TREATMENT

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    V. N. Fedulov

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Тhе changings of the initial plate structure of alloy BT23 at running of high-temperature thermal treatment of large-sized slugs with heating up to 650- 950 eC and cooling on air and in water and their influence on forming of complex of mechanical characteristics are examined.

  13. Melting and Casting Evaluation of Volatile Surrogate U-Zr-Mn Fuel Slugs for SFR

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    Kim, Kihwan; Kim, Hyungtae; Ko, Youngmo; Woo, Yoonmyung; Lee, Chongtak; Oh, Seokjin; Kim, Sunki; Lee, Chanbock

    2011-01-01

    In this study, the fabrication method of volatile surrogate U-Zr-Mn fuel slugs for SFR was evaluated in view of the soundness of the fuel slugs and the fuel losses reference fuel for the Korean sodium-cooled fast reactor being developed by the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute is a metallic alloy. Metallic fuel has been studied and is also considered a leading candidate for advanced driver and transmutation fuels under the Fuel Cycle Research and Development program, formerly the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative program. The fabrication process for SFR fuel is composed of fuel slug casting, loading and fabrication of the fuel rods, and fabrication of the final fuel assemblies. Fuel slug casting is the dominant source of fuel losses and recycled streams in this fabrication process. These losses and waste streams result in lowering the productivity and economic efficiency of fuel production. Losses occur during mold and crucible interactions, crucible coating infiltration, fuel particle adherence to the mold material and in the case of volatile element-bearing alloys volatilization, in particular, Am. To increase the productivity and efficiency of the fuel fabrication process waste streams must be minimized and fuel losses quantified and reduced to lower levels. Volatile species can be retained through the use of cover gas over pressure, covered crucibles, and short cycle times

  14. Ultraviolet Radiation and the Slug Transcription Factor Induce Proinflammatory and Immunomodulatory Mediator Expression in Melanocytes

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    Stephanie H. Shirley

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Despite extensive investigation, the precise contribution of the ultraviolet radiation (UVR component of sunlight to melanoma etiology remains unclear. UVR induces keratinocytes to secrete proinflammatory and immunomodulatory mediators that promote inflammation and skin tumor development; expression of the slug transcription factor in keratinocytes is required for maximal production of these mediators. In the present studies we examined the possibility that UVR-exposed melanocytes also produce proinflammatory mediators and that Slug is important in this process. Microarray studies revealed that both UVR exposure and Slug overexpression altered transcription of a variety of proinflammatory mediators by normal human melanocytes; some of these mediators are also known to stimulate melanocyte growth and migration. There was little overlap in the spectra of cytokines produced by the two stimuli. However IL-20 was similarly induced by both stimuli and the NFκB pathway appeared to be important in both circumstances. Further exploration of UVR-induced and Slug-dependent pathways of cytokine induction in melanocytes may reveal novel targets for melanoma therapy.

  15. Neuropeptides predicted from the transcriptome analysis of the gray garden slug Deroceras reticulatum

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    The gray garden slug, Deroceras reticulatum (Gastropoda: Pulmonata), is one of the most common terrestrial molluscs. Studies on D. reticulatum have mainly focused on ecology and biology due to severe damages on a wide range of vegetables and field crops. However, little is known about hormonal signa...

  16. Experimental Study of Stable Surfaces for Anti-Slug Control in Multi-phase Flow

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    Pedersen, Simon; Løhndorf, Petar Durdevic; Yang, Zhenyu

    2014-01-01

    -phase flow dynamics, the slug can be avoided or eliminated by proper facility design and control of operational conditions. Based on a testing facility which can emulate a pipeline-riser or a gas-lifted production well in a scaled-down manner, this paper experimentally studies the correlations of key...

  17. Severe slugging in gas-liquid two-phase pipe flow

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    Malekzadeh, R.

    2012-01-01

    transportation facilities. In an offshore oil and gas production facility, pipeline-riser systems are required to transport two-phase hydrocarbons from subsurface oil and gas wells to a central production platform. Severe slugs reaching several thousands pipe diameters may occur when transporting

  18. Experimental Study of Stable Surfaces for Anti-Slug Control in Multi-phase Flow

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    Pedersen, Simon; Løhndorf, Petar Durdevic; Stampe, Kasper

    2016-01-01

    , the slug can be avoided or eliminated by proper facility design or control of operational conditions. Based on a testing facility which can emulate a pipeline-riser or a gas-lifted production well in a scaled-down manner, this paper experimentally studies the correlations of key operational parameters...

  19. Lactic Acid Extraction and Mass Transfer Characteristics in Slug Flow Capillary Microreactors

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    Susanti,; Winkelman, Jozef G.M.; Schuur, Boelo; Heeres, Hero J.; Yue, Jun

    2016-01-01

    Capillary microreactors operated under the slug flow regime were investigated for the separation of lactic acid from the aqueous phase using liquid–liquid reactive extraction. The experiments were performed at a 1:1 flow ratio of the aqueous to organic phases in a setup consisting of an inlet Y-type

  20. Searching the Human Genome for Snail and Slug With DNA@Home.

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    Zarns, Kristopher; Desell, Travis; Nechaev, Sergei; Dhasarathy, Archana

    2015-01-01

    DNA@Home is a volunteer computing project that aims to use Gibbs Sampling for the identification and location of DNA control signals on full genome-scale datasets. A fault tolerant and asynchronous implementation of Gibbs sampling using the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) was used to identify the location of binding sites of the SNAI1 (Snail) and SNAI2 (Slug) transcription factors across the human genome. Genes regulated by Slug but not Snail, and genes regulated by Snail but not Slug provided two datasets with known motifs. These datasets contained up to 994 DNA sequences which to our knowledge is largest scale use of Gibbs sampling for discovery of binding sites. 1000 parallel sampling walks were used to search for the presence of 1, 2 or 3 possible motifs using small, medium, and full size sets of these sequences. These runs were performed over a period of two months using over 1500 volunteered computing hosts and generated over 2.2 Terabytes of sampling data. High performance computing resources were used for post processing. This paper presents intra and inter walk analyses used to determine walk convergence. The results were validated against current biological knowledge of the Snail and Slug promoter regions and present avenues for further biological study.

  1. Thevetia peruviana (Family: Apocynaceae in the control of slug and snail pests

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    A. Panigrahi

    1994-06-01

    Full Text Available An aqueous extract prepared from Kernels of the fruit of Thevetia peruviana (Pers. Schumann (Family : Apocynaceae was found under experimental conditions, to be toxic ti the slug Laevicaulis alte (Férussac and the snail Achatina fulica Bowdich, the important agrihorticultural pests of Indo-Pacific countries. Concentrations as low as 1% (w/v killed all the slugs exposed in less than 981.00 (± SD 22.76 min, and 2% of the extract killed 100% of the slugs L. alte and 50%, 50% and 30% of the snail A. fulica in between 92.34 (± SD 6.63 - 321.33 (± SD 4.14 and 271.20 (± SD 17.54 - 298.26 (± SD 16.69 min respectively. The most effective concentration of the extract was 20%; it killed 100% of exposed slugs and snails within a short time (40-50 and 90-1440 min respectively when the extract was exposed on the soil in experimental trays or when it was applied to potato slices offered as food to the gastropods.

  2. Slug to annular flow transition during boiloff in a rod bundle under high-pressure conditions

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    Osakabe, Masahiro; Koizumi, Yasuo; Yonomoto, Taisuke; Kumamaru, Hiroshige; Tasaka, Kanji

    1986-01-01

    High-pressure boiloff experiments in a wide range of bundle powers by using the Two-Phase Flow Test Facility (TPTF) were conducted. Two kinds of boiloff patterns were observed in these experiments. One is the boiloff pattern in a low bundle power, in which the dryout points of rods locate at a certain elevation in the bundle because the mixture level controls the dryout points. The other is the boiloff pattern in a high bundle power, in which the clear mixture level can not be observed and the dryout points of rods locate in a wide range of vertical directions. The vertical scatter of the dryout points is considered to be due to the break of the thin water film on the heater rods under the annular flow pattern. A simple model to predict the slug to annular flow transition in the rod bundle is proposed. In the model, the slug to annular flow transition takes place when the interferences of the water films on the neighboring rods cease. The model appeares to give good predictions of the previous flow transition experiment conducted in a rod bundle. The slug-annular transition below the dryout points was predicted with the present model in the high power boiloff experiments of TPTF. No slug-annular transition below the dryout points is predicted with the present model in the low power boiloff experiments. (orig.)

  3. Acquired phototrophy through retention of functional chloroplasts increases growth efficiency of the sea slug Elysia viridis.

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    Finn A Baumgartner

    Full Text Available Photosynthesis is a fundamental process sustaining heterotrophic organisms at all trophic levels. Some mixotrophs can retain functional chloroplasts from food (kleptoplasty, and it is hypothesized that carbon acquired through kleptoplasty may enhance trophic energy transfer through increased host growth efficiency. Sacoglossan sea slugs are the only known metazoans capable of kleptoplasty, but the relative fitness contributions of heterotrophy through grazing, and phototrophy via kleptoplasts, are not well understood. Fitness benefits (i.e. increased survival or growth of kleptoplasty in sacoglossans are commonly studied in ecologically unrealistic conditions under extended periods of complete darkness and/or starvation. We compared the growth efficiency of the sacoglossan Elysia viridis with access to algal diets providing kleptoplasts of differing functionality under ecologically relevant light conditions. Individuals fed Codium fragile, which provide highly functional kleptoplasts, nearly doubled their growth efficiency under high compared to low light. In contrast, individuals fed Cladophora rupestris, which provided kleptoplasts of limited functionality, showed no difference in growth efficiency between light treatments. Slugs feeding on Codium, but not on Cladophora, showed higher relative electron transport rates (rETR in high compared to low light. Furthermore, there were no differences in the consumption rates of the slugs between different light treatments, and only small differences in nutritional traits of algal diets, indicating that the increased growth efficiency of E. viridis feeding on Codium was due to retention of functional kleptoplasts. Our results show that functional kleptoplasts from Codium can provide sacoglossan sea slugs with fitness advantages through photosynthesis.

  4. Mass transfer coefficient of slug flow for organic solvent-aqueous system in a microreactor

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    Tuek, Ana Jurinjak; Anic, Iva; Kurtanjek, Zelimir; Zelic, Bruno [University of Zagreb, Zagreb (Croatia)

    2015-06-15

    Application of microreactor systems could be the next break-through in the intensification of chemical and biochemical processes. The common flow regime for organic solvent-aqueous phase two-phase systems is a segmented flow. Internal circulations in segments cause high mass transfer and conversion. We analyzed slug flow in seven systems of organic solvents and aqueous phase. To analyze how slug lengths in tested systems depend on linear velocity and physical and chemical properties of used organic solvents, regression models were proposed. It was shown that models based on linearization of approximation by potentials give low correlation for slug length prediction; however, application of an essential nonlinear model of multiple layer perception (MLP) neural network gives high correlation with R{sup 2}=0.9. General sensitivity analysis was applied for the MLP neural network model, which showed that 80% of variance in slug length for the both phases is accounted for the viscosity and density of the organic phases; 10% is accounted by surface tension of the organic phase, while molecular masses and flow rates each account for 5%. For defined geometry of microreactor, mass transfer has been determined by carrying out the neutralization experiment with NaOH where acetic acid diffuses from organic phase (hexane) into aqueous phase. Estimated mass transfer coefficients were in the range k{sub L}a=4,652-1,9807 h{sup -1}.

  5. Sensing disks for slug-type calorimeters have higher temperature stability

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    1967-01-01

    Graphite sensing disk for slug-type radiation calorimeters exhibits better performance at high temperatures than copper and nickel disks. The graphite is heat-soaked to stabilize its emittance and the thermocouple is protected from the graphite so repeated temperature cycling does not change its sensitivity.

  6. A model for cell type localization in the migrating slug of ...

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    Abstract. The three basic cell types in the migrating slug of Dictyostelium discoideum show differential chemotactic response to cyclic AMP (cAMP) and differential sensitivity to suppression of the chemotaxis by ammonia. The values of these parameters indicate a progressive maturation of chemotactic properties during the ...

  7. Ultraviolet Radiation and the Slug Transcription Factor Induce Pro inflammatory and Immunomodulatory Mediator Expression in Melanocytes

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    Shirley, S. H.; Kusewitt, D. F.; Grimm, E. A.

    2012-01-01

    Despite extensive investigation, the precise contribution of the ultraviolet radiation (UVR) component of sunlight to melanoma etiology remains unclear. UVR induces keratinocytes to secrete pro inflammatory and immunomodulatory mediators that promote inflammation and skin tumor development; expression of the slug transcription factor in keratinocytes is required for maximal production of these mediators. In the present studies we examined the possibility that UVR-exposed melanocytes also produce pro inflammatory mediators and that Slug is important in this process. Micro array studies revealed that both UVR exposure and Slug overexpression altered transcription of a variety of pro inflammatory mediators by normal human melanocytes; some of these mediators are also known to stimulate melanocyte growth and migration. There was little overlap in the spectra of cytokines produced by the two stimuli. However IL-20 was similarly induced by both stimuli and the NFκB pathway appeared to be important in both circumstances. Further exploration of UVR-induced and Slug-dependent pathways of cytokine induction in melanocytes may reveal novel targets for melanoma therapy.

  8. On-demand generation and mixing of liquid-in-gas slugs with digitally-programmable composition and size

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    Chen, Yi-Chun; Liu, Kan; Shen, Clifton Kwang-Fu; van Dam, R. Michael

    2017-01-01

    Microscopic droplets or slugs of mixed reagents provide a convenient platform for performing large numbers of isolated biochemical or chemical reactions for many screening and optimization applications. Myriad microfluidic approaches have emerged for creating droplets or slugs with controllable size and composition, generally using an immiscible carrier fluid to assist with the formation or merging processes. We report a novel device for generation of liquid slugs in air when the use of a carrier liquid is not compatible with the application. The slug generator contains two adjacent chambers, each of which has a volume that can be digitally adjusted by closing selected microvalves. Reagents are filled into the two chambers, merged together into a contiguous liquid slug, ejected at the desired time from the device using gas pressure, and mixed by flowing in a downstream channel. Programmable size and composition of slugs is achieved by dynamically adjusting the volume of each chamber prior to filling. Slug formation in this fashion is independent of fluid properties and can easily be scaled to mix larger numbers of reagents. This device has already been used to screen monomer ratios in supramolecular nanoparticle assembly and radiolabeling conditions of engineered antibodies, and here we provide a detailed description of the underlying device. PMID:29167603

  9. On-demand generation and mixing of liquid-in-gas slugs with digitally programmable composition and size

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    Chen, Yi-Chun; Liu, Kan; Shen, Clifton Kwang-Fu; Van Dam, R Michael

    2015-01-01

    Microscopic droplets or slugs of mixed reagents provide a convenient platform for performing large numbers of isolated biochemical or chemical reactions for many screening and optimization applications. Myriad microfluidic approaches have emerged for creating droplets or slugs with controllable size and composition, generally using an immiscible carrier fluid to assist with the formation or merging processes. We report a novel device for generation of liquid slugs in air when the use of a carrier liquid is not compatible with the application. The slug generator contains two adjacent chambers, each of which has a volume that can be digitally adjusted by closing selected microvalves. Reagents are filled into the two chambers, merged together into a contiguous liquid slug, ejected at the desired time from the device using gas pressure, and mixed by flowing in a downstream channel. Programmable size and composition of slugs is achieved by dynamically adjusting the volume of each chamber prior to filling. Slug formation in this fashion is independent of fluid properties and can easily be scaled to mix larger numbers of reagents. This device has already been used to screen monomer ratios in supramolecular nanoparticle assembly and radiolabeling conditions of engineered antibodies, and here we provide a detailed description of the underlying device. (paper)

  10. Long non-coding RNA SNHG15 interacts with and stabilizes transcription factor Slug and promotes colon cancer progression.

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    Jiang, Hao; Li, Tingting; Qu, Yi; Wang, Xiang; Li, Bing; Song, Jiagui; Sun, Xiaoran; Tang, Yan; Wan, Junhu; Yu, Yu; Zhan, Jun; Zhang, Hongquan

    2018-03-29

    Slug is a fast-turnover transcription factor critical for controlling cell fate and cancer cell invasion and metastasis. The stability of Slug is important and maintained by diverse mechanisms. In this study, we presented a paradigm of this activity by identifying long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) small nucleolar RNA host gene 15 (SNHG15) that binds to and stabilizes Slug in colon cancer cells. LncRNA SNHG15 transcription is upregulated in a variety of human cancers according to The Cancer Genome Atlas. Here, ectopic expression of SNHG15 promoted colon cancer cell migration in vitro, accelerated xenografted tumor growth in vivo, and elevated levels of SNHG15 were associated with poor prognosis for colon cancer patients. Mechanistically, SNHG15 maintains Slug stability in living cells by impeding its ubiquitination and degradation through interaction with the zinc finger domain of Slug. These findings revealed a novel mechanism underlying the control of Slug stability by demonstrating that oncogenic lncRNA SNHG15 interacts with and blocks Slug degradation via the ubiquitin-proteasome system. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. On-demand generation and mixing of liquid-in-gas slugs with digitally programmable composition and size

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    Chen, Yi-Chun; Liu, Kan; Kwang-Fu Shen, Clifton; van Dam, R. Michael

    2015-08-01

    Microscopic droplets or slugs of mixed reagents provide a convenient platform for performing large numbers of isolated biochemical or chemical reactions for many screening and optimization applications. Myriad microfluidic approaches have emerged for creating droplets or slugs with controllable size and composition, generally using an immiscible carrier fluid to assist with the formation or merging processes. We report a novel device for generation of liquid slugs in air when the use of a carrier liquid is not compatible with the application. The slug generator contains two adjacent chambers, each of which has a volume that can be digitally adjusted by closing selected microvalves. Reagents are filled into the two chambers, merged together into a contiguous liquid slug, ejected at the desired time from the device using gas pressure, and mixed by flowing in a downstream channel. Programmable size and composition of slugs is achieved by dynamically adjusting the volume of each chamber prior to filling. Slug formation in this fashion is independent of fluid properties and can easily be scaled to mix larger numbers of reagents. This device has already been used to screen monomer ratios in supramolecular nanoparticle assembly and radiolabeling conditions of engineered antibodies, and here we provide a detailed description of the underlying device.

  12. A PLIC-VOF-Based Simulation of Water-Organic Slug Flow Characteristics in a T-Shaped Microchannel

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A water-organic slug flow in a T-shaped microchannel was numerically studied due to its importance in the microreactor system. Various factors affecting the flow mode were studied, for example, channel width, fluid viscosity, interfacial tension, and inlet velocity. The volume of fluid (VOF method was used to track the liquid-liquid interface, and the piecewise-liner interface construction (PLIC technique was adopted to get a sharp interface. The interfacial tension was simulated with continuum surface force (CSF, model and the wall adhesion boundary condition was taken into consideration. The results show that strong vortexes appear in both phases at the meeting sites of main and lateral channels where an organic slug is producing. Inlet velocity influences the slug length and flow mode greatly. The ratio between the slug lengths of two phases in the main channel is almost equal to the ratio between their inlet velocities. If the slug is produced, the interfacial tension and organic viscosity have less effect on the slug length for 200 μm microchannel. The slug producing rate is much higher in a narrow channel than that in a wide channel.

  13. Analyzing slug tests in wells screened across the watertable: A field assessment

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    Stanford, K.L.; McElwee, C.D.

    2000-01-01

    The slug test is the most widely used technique for the in situ estimation of hydraulic conductivity in confined and unconfined formations. Currently, there are no generally accepted methods in the groundwater literature for the analysis of response data from slug tests performed in wells screened across the watertable. A field study was undertaken in an attempt to develop a set of practical guidelines for tests conducted in such wells. Three wells, screened within unconsolidated material exhibiting a range of hydraulic conductivities (.05-30.0 m/day), were installed to depths of up to 9 m (30 ft) in Kansas River alluvium that ranges in thickness from 15 m to 21 m (50 ft to 70 ft) near Lawrence, Kansas. Intensive well-development efforts removed any drilling debris that could interfere with well-formation hydraulics. Once the wells were developed properly, a series of slug tests was performed at each well. The tests were designed to assess the role of the unsaturated zone and the appropriateness of assuming a fixed hydraulic head upper boundary. The results of this investigation can be summarized as follows: (1) the sufficiency of well development should be based on repeat slug tests and not the clarity of pumped water; (2) the effective screen radius for best model analysis should be based on a mass balance and not nominal screen dimensions; (3) the watertable can be represented as a constant head boundary and flow in the unsaturated zone can be ignored in most situations; (4) conventional techniques for the analysis of slug-test data seem to be reasonable for slug tests conducted in wells screened across the watertable, when used with the appropriate effective screen radius and normalized head range; and (5) fluctuations in the watertable elevation through time can be exploited to obtain some insight into the nature of vertical variation in hydraulic conductivity at a well. The results of this investigation indicate that multiple slug tests should be performed at

  14. Evaluation of the effects of the radial constant-head boundary in slug tests

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    Dai, Yunfeng; Zhou, Zhifang; Zhao, Yanrong; Cui, Ziteng

    2015-03-01

    A semianalytical model of slug tests, conducted in a completely penetrating well within a radial constant-head boundary, was derived. The model, based on the Cooper et al. (1967) model, estimates the hydraulic conductivity and storage coefficient through the matching of type curves. Type curves of the semianalytical solution were plotted, and the effect of the distance of the radial constant-head boundary is discussed. For different storage coefficients, the critical distances of the effect of the constant-head boundary were determined. The effect of the storage coefficient on the response of the water head in slug tests with a radial constant-head boundary of a certain distance is also shown. To verify the model, laboratory slug-test experiments were carried out using a cylindrical test platform, in which an artificial confined coarse-sand aquifer was built. Pumping tests were also executed using the test platform. The Cooper et al. (1967) model and new semianalytical model were used to analyze measurements; the hydraulic conductivity and storage coefficient determined using the two methods were compared to demonstrate the importance of the radial constant-head boundary. A model considering the inertial effect was also used to analyze the slug-test measurements, and although the water head response did not oscillate greatly, the inertial effect affected the slug-test calculation result. The laboratory experiments indicate that the proposed semianalytical model is reasonable and reliable. Cooper HH, Bredehoeft JD, Papadopulos IS (1967) Response of a finite-diameter well to an instantaneous charge of water, Water Resour Res 3(1):263-269.

  15. Severe slugging in a flexible S-shaped riser system: Experimental studies and transient simulation

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    Li, Wensheng; Guo, Liejin; Li, Nailiang

    2013-07-01

    Severe slugging, which could induce large-amplitude pressure and flow rate fluctuations, is a major and expensive problem in multiphase transportation systems of offshore oil production system. To avoid such problem is a basic requirement for flow assurance management. This study is an experimental and numerical investigation of severe slugging in a relatively long pipeline-riser system. A series of experiments on two-phase, air-water flow in a flexible Sshaped riser were carried out. The experimental system has a 114m long horizontal pipeline connected to a 19m long pipe which is inclined to -2degree from horizontal, followed by a 15.3m high riser operating at atmospheric end pressure. Four types of flow patterns were found and characterized by the pressure fluctuations at the bottom of the riser. A flow patter map for the prediction of severe slugging was developed based on the experimental results. The detailed characteristics of severe slugging such as pressure fluctuations, liquid holdup, under different gas-liquid superficial velocities were provided. A transient model to predict the flow behavior in the pipeline-S-shaped riser system was developed based on an existing model (OLGA). The modified model, which was tested against new experimental results obtained in this study, showed that the four types of flow patterns observed in the experiment were predicted with acceptable discrepancies. The flow pattern map was obtained using present model, as well as the detailed characteristics of severe slugging. In addition, the reasons for the difference between experimental and numerical results were analysed in this article. The motive of the numerical studies was to identify the areas that could not be reproduced by the present model and to give some suggestions for future models.

  16. Investigation of severe slugging under flow conditions of a parabolic trough power plant with direct steam generation

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    Hoffmann, Alexander [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Dresden (Germany). Div. Reactor Safety

    2016-07-01

    The DISS test facility at the Plataforma Solar de Almeria, Spain, produces high pressure steam directly within the parabolic trough collectors. Two collectors are connected with a U-shaped connection pipe which can suffer under the flow phenomenon of severe slugging at low mass flow operation. The objective is to investigate numerically the flow situations with ATHLET and state the relevance of severe slugging in the installed U-shaped pipes. The simulation results reveal that normal operation conditions are uncritical and no severe slugging can be expected.

  17. Hydraulic characterization of the shallow subsurface in the Butte--Silver Bow area in southwestern Montana, using pneumatic slug tests

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    Malama, B.

    2010-12-01

    We present results of pneumatic slug tests conducted in an unconfined aquifer at various sites in the Butte--Silver Bow area in southwestern Montana. The results vary from monotonic decay to oscillatory, and seem to indicate that the water table does have a significant effect on slug test response. A model is presented where the linearized kinematic condition is use as the boundary condition at water table. The model accounts well-bore inertial effects but neglects the effect of well-bore skin. A qualitative comparison of predicted model behavior and observed field test responses suggests that slug test data may be useful in estimating, not only hydraulic conductivity, but also unconfined aquifer specific storage. This is a new development since all model published hitherto in the hydrogeology literature for analyzing unconfined aquifer slug test data neglect water table dynamic entirely.

  18. Slug increases sensitivity to tubulin-binding agents via the downregulation of βIII and βIVa-tubulin in lung cancer cells.

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    Tamura, Daisuke; Arao, Tokuzo; Nagai, Tomoyuki; Kaneda, Hiroyasu; Aomatsu, Keiichi; Fujita, Yoshihiko; Matsumoto, Kazuko; De Velasco, Marco A; Kato, Hiroaki; Hayashi, Hidetoshi; Yoshida, Shuhei; Kimura, Hideharu; Maniwa, Yoshimasa; Nishio, Wataru; Sakai, Yasuhiro; Ohbayashi, Chiho; Kotani, Yoshikazu; Nishimura, Yoshihiro; Nishio, Kazuto

    2013-04-01

    Transcription factor Slug/SNAI2 (snail homolog 2) plays a key role in the induction of the epithelial mesenchymal transition in cancer cells; however, whether the overexpression of Slug mediates the malignant phenotype and alters drug sensitivity in lung cancer cells remains largely unclear. We investigated Slug focusing on its biological function and involvement in drug sensitivity in lung cancer cells. Stable Slug transfectants showed typical morphological changes compared with control cells. Slug overexpression did not change the cellular proliferations; however, migration activity and anchorage-independent growth activity with an antiapoptotic effect were increased. Interestingly, stable Slug overexpression increased drug sensitivity to tubulin-binding agents including vinorelbine, vincristine, and paclitaxel (5.8- to 8.9-fold increase) in several lung cancer cell lines but did not increase sensitivity to agents other than tubulin-binding agents. Real-time RT-PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and western blotting revealed that Slug overexpression downregulated the expression of βIII and βIVa-tubulin, which is considered to be a major factor determining sensitivity to tubulin-binding agents. A luciferase reporter assay confirmed that Slug suppressed the promoter activity of βIVa-tubulin at a transcriptional level. Slug overexpression enhanced tumor growth, whereas Slug overexpression increased drug sensitivity to vinorelbine with the downregulation of βIII and βIV-tubulin in vivo. Immunohistochemistry of Slug with clinical lung cancer samples showed that Slug overexpression tended to be involved in response to tubulin-binding agents. In conclusion, our data indicate that Slug mediates an aggressive phenotype including enhanced migration activity, anoikis suppression, and tumor growth, but increases sensitivity to tubulin-binding agents via the downregulation of βIII and βIVa-tubulin in lung cancer cells.

  19. Modeling Gas Slug Break-up in the Lava Lake at Mt. Erebus, Antarctica

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    Velazquez, L. C.; Qin, Z.; Suckale, J.; Soldati, A.; Rust, A.; Cashman, K. V.

    2017-12-01

    Lava lakes are perhaps the most direct look scientists can take inside a volcano. They have thus become a fundamental component in our understanding of the dynamics of magmatic systems. Mount Erebus, Ross Island, Antarctica contains one of the most persistent and long-lived lava lakes on Earth, creating a unique and complex area of study. Its persistent magma degassing, convective overturns, and Strombolian eruptions have been studied through extensive field campaigns and analog as well as computational models. These provide diverse insights into the plumbing system not only at Mt. Erebus, but at other volcanoes as well. Eruptions at Erebus are episodic. One of the leading hypotheses to explain this episodicity is the rise and burst of large conduit-filling bubbles, known as gas slugs, at the lava lake surface. These slugs are thought to form deep in the plumbing system, rise through the conduit, and exit through the lava lake. The goal of this study is to investigate the stability of the hypothesized slugs as they transition from the conduit into the lava lake. Analogue laboratory results suggest that the flaring geometry at the transition point may trigger slug breakup and formation of separate daughter bubbles that then burst through the surface separately. We test this hypothesis through numerical simulations. Our model solves the two-fluid Navier-Stokes equations by calculating the conservation of mass and momentum in the gas and liquid. The laboratory experiments use a Hele-Shaw cell, in which the flaring geometry of the lava lake walls can be adjusted. A gas slug of variable volume is then injected into a liquid at different viscosities. We first validate our numerical simulations against these laboratory experiments and then proceed to investigate the same dynamics at the volcanic scale. At the natural scale, we investigate the same system parameters as at the lab scale. First results indicate that simulations reproduce experiments well. The results

  20. Combination of rapamycin, CI-1040, and 17-AAG inhibits metastatic capacity of prostate cancer via Slug inhibition.

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    Full Text Available Though prostate cancer (PCa has slow progression, the hormone refractory (HRCP and metastatic entities are substantially lethal and lack effective treatments. Transcription factor Slug is critical in regulating metastases of various tumors including PCa. Here we studied targeted therapy against Slug using combination of 3 drugs targeting 3 pathways respectively converging via Slug and further regulating PCa metastasis. Using in vitro assays we confirmed that Slug up-regulation incurred inhibition of E-cadherin that was anti-metastatic, and inhibited Bim-regulated cell apoptosis in PCa. Upstream PTEN/Akt, mTOR, Erk, and AR/Hsp90 pathways were responsible for Slug up-regulation and each of these could be targeted by rapamycin, CI-1040, and 17-AAG respectively. In 4 PCa cell lines with different traits in terms of PTEN loss and androgen sensitivity we tested the efficacy of mono- and combined therapy with the drugs. We found that metastatic capacity of the cells was maximally inhibited only when all 3 drugs were combined, due to the crosstalk between the pathways. 17-AAG decreases Slug expression via blockade of HSP90-dependent AR stability. Combination of rapamycin and CI-1040 diminishes invasiveness more potently in PCa cells that are androgen insensitive and with PTEN loss. Slug inhibited Bim-mediated apoptosis that could be rescued by mTOR/Erk/HSP90 inhibitors. Using mouse models for circulating PCa DNA quantification, we found that combination of mTOR/Erk/HSP90 inhibitors reduced circulating PCa cells in vivo significantly more potently than combination of 2 or monotherapy. Conclusively, combination of mTOR/Erk/Hsp90 inhibits metastatic capacity of prostate cancer via Slug inhibition.

  1. Investigation and prediction of slug flow characteristics in highly viscous liquid and gas flows in horizontal pipes

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    Zhao, Y.; Lao, Liyun; Yeung, H.

    2015-01-01

    Slug flow characteristics in highly viscous liquid and gas flow are studied experimentally in a horizontal pipe with 0.074 m ID and 17 m length. Results of flow regime map, liquid holdup and pressure gradient are discussed and liquid viscosity effects are investigated. Applicable correlations which are developed to predict liquid holdup in slug body for low viscosity flow are assessed with high viscosity liquids. Furthermore, a mechanistic model is developed for predicting the characteristics...

  2. miR-34 increases in vitro PANC-1 cell sensitivity to gemcitabine via targeting Slug/PUMA.

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    Zhang, Qing-An; Yang, Xu-Hai; Chen, Dong; Yan, Xiang; Jing, Fu-Chun; Liu, Hong-Qian; Zhang, Ronghua

    2018-01-01

    miR-34 was deregulated in tumor tissues compared with corresponding noncancerous tissue samples. Furthermore, miR-34 may contribute to cancer-stromal interaction associated with cancer progression. However, whether miR-34 could decrease chemoresistance of cancer cells to chemotherapeutic agent remains unclear. In our study, we examined whether overexpression of miR-34 could sensitize gemcitabine -mediated apoptosis in human pancreatic cancer PANC-1 cells. We found that miR-34 markedly induced gemcitabine -mediated apoptosis in PANC-1 cells. miR-34 induced down-regulation of Slug expression and upregulation of p53 up-regulated modulator of apoptosis (PUMA) expression. The over-expression of Slug or downregulation of PUMA by Slug cDNA or PUMA siRNA transfection markedly blocked miR-34-induced gemcitabine sensitization. Furthermore, miR-34 induced PUMA expression by downregulation of Slug. Taken together, our study demonstrates that miR-34 enhances sensitization against gemcitabine-mediated apoptosis through the down-regulation of Slug expression, and up-regulation of Slug-dependent PUMA expression.

  3. Differential expression of the epithelial mesenchymal transition factors Snail, Slug, Twist, TGF-β, and E-cadherin in ameloblastoma.

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    Kurioka, Kagami; Wato, Masahiro; Iseki, Tomio; Tanaka, Akio; Morita, Shosuke

    2017-06-01

    Epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT), the transition of epithelial cells into motile mesenchymal cells, plays an important role in embryogenesis, cancer invasion, and metastasis. Ameloblastomas are common epithelial odontogenic tumors, occurring exclusively in the mandible with locally invasive growth. Thirty-seven ameloblastoma cases were evaluated for the involvement of EMT by immunohistochemical staining and western blotting using antibodies against Slug, Snail, Twist, TGF-β, and E-cadherin. Double immunostaining was also performed. Slug and TGF-β were expressed in the nuclei of peripheral and stellate reticulum cells of ameloblastoma nests. Twenty cases of Snail, 36 of Slug, 8 of Twist, and 19 of TGF-β showed strong expression in tumor cells in follicular and plexiform patterns. Expression of Slug and TGF-β increased in regions where the expression of E-cadherin was reduced. EMT was found to be associated with the local invasive growth of ameloblastoma. These data suggest that reduced expression of E-cadherin and over-expression of Slug, Snail, and TGF-β induce EMT. Given that ameloblastomas are characterized by local invasiveness, EMT might be related to their development. Thus, strong expression of Slug and TGF-β and reduced expression of E-cadherin might be related to the local invasiveness of ameloblastoma.

  4. The clinical relationship between the slug-mediated Puma/p53 signaling pathway and radiotherapy resistance in nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

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    Xu, T; Yuan, Y; Xiao, D-J

    2017-03-01

    To explore the clinical relationship between the Slug-mediated Puma/p53 signaling pathway and radiotherapy resistance in nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Forty surgical specimens were collected from nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients treated at our hospital between February 2010 and February 2015. Twenty patients with poorly differentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma with and without radiotherapy resistance were included in the experimental and control groups, respectively. Slug, Puma, and p53 expression were quantified in all tissues using fluorescence quantitative polymerase chain reaction, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), Western blotting, and immunohistochemistry. Slug and p53 mRNA levels were significantly higher in the experimental group than in the control group (p control group (p Slug protein expression was significantly higher in the experimental group (6.07 ± 0.203 μg/L) than in the control group (1.24 ± 0.171 μg/L) (p control group (0.63 ± 0.101 μg/L) (p control group (3.37 ± 0.112 μg/L) (v Slug, Puma, and p53-positive cells in the experimental group and the control group were quantified; these values confirmed the ELISA and Western blot findings. Slug downregulated the Puma protein expression signaling pathway and promoted radiotherapy resistance in poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma tissue, in a p53-independent manner.

  5. A criterion for the onset of slugging in horizontal stratified air-water countercurrent flow

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    Chun, Moon-Hyun; Lee, Byung-Ryung; Kim, Yang-Seok [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)] [and others

    1995-09-01

    This paper presents an experimental and theoretical investigation of wave height and transition criterion from wavy to slug flow in horizontal air-water countercurrent stratified flow conditions. A theoretical formula for the wave height in a stratified wavy flow regime has been developed using the concept of total energy balance over a wave crest to consider the shear stress acting on the interface of two fluids. From the limiting condition of the formula for the wave height, a necessary criterion for transition from a stratified wavy flow to a slug flow has been derived. A series of experiments have been conducted changing the non-dimensional water depth and the flow rates of air in a horizontal pipe and a duct. Comparisons between the measured data and the predictions of the present theory show that the agreement is within {plus_minus}8%.

  6. A criterion for the onset of slugging in horizontal stratified air-water countercurrent flow

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    Chun, Moon-Hyun; Lee, Byung-Ryung; Kim, Yang-Seok

    1995-01-01

    This paper presents an experimental and theoretical investigation of wave height and transition criterion from wavy to slug flow in horizontal air-water countercurrent stratified flow conditions. A theoretical formula for the wave height in a stratified wavy flow regime has been developed using the concept of total energy balance over a wave crest to consider the shear stress acting on the interface of two fluids. From the limiting condition of the formula for the wave height, a necessary criterion for transition from a stratified wavy flow to a slug flow has been derived. A series of experiments have been conducted changing the non-dimensional water depth and the flow rates of air in a horizontal pipe and a duct. Comparisons between the measured data and the predictions of the present theory show that the agreement is within ±8%

  7. Assessment of slug impact due to dynamic pressure propagation in partially water filled cylindrical vessel

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    Harvey, J.; Jasmin Sudha, A.; Das, S.K.; Murthy, S.S.; Kumaresan, M.; Gopalakrishnan, V.

    2002-01-01

    Full text: In the safety analysis of LMFBRs, core disruptive accident (CDA) has been an issue of major concern. It is an extremely difficult task to model all the aspects of CDA in laboratory scale experiments. Therefore, an attempt has been made to simulate, only the liquid slug impact on the top cover of the reactor following pressure propagation from the core bubble. Since the focus of the experiments was only on the fluid dynamic phenomenon, water was used instead of sodium. Pressurised gas was released into the test vessel using a rupture disc. The adiabatic work potential generated by sudden release of pressure simulated the energy release. The main objective was to establish the relationship between slug velocity and source pressure. Experiments were carried out in water filled, rigid, cylindrical vessel at 0.3 MPa, 0.7 MPa and 1.5 MPa. The paper describes the details of the experimental set up and the results

  8. Measuring well hydraulic connectivity in fractured bedrock using periodic slug tests

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    Guiltinan, Eric; Becker, Matthew W.

    2015-02-01

    Periodic hydraulic experiments were conducted in a five-spot well cluster completed in a single bedding plane fracture. Tests were performed by using a winch-operated slug (submerged solid cylinder) to create a periodic head disturbance in one well and observing the phase shift and attenuation of the head response in the remaining wells. Transmissivity (T) and storativity (S) were inverted independently from head response. Inverted T decreased and S increased with oscillation period. Estimated S was more variable among well pairs than T, suggesting S may be a better estimator of hydraulic connectivity among closely spaced wells. These estimates highlighted a zone of poor hydraulic connection that was not identified by a constant rate test conducted in the same wells. Periodic slug tests appear to be a practical and effective technique for establishing local scale spatial variability in hydraulic parameters.

  9. Indução do Parto com Misoprostol: Comparação entre duas Doses Labor Induction with Misoprostol: Comparison of Two Dose Regimens

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    Dimas Augusto Carvalho de Araújo; Luiz Carlos Navarro de Oliveira; Isabel Cristina Navarro de Oliveira; Daniela Dias Paiva Porto; Sérgio Vilela de Oliveira; Frederico Henrique Oliveira Junqueira; Amaury Teixeira Leite Andrade

    1999-01-01

    Objetivo: comparar a eficácia e segurança entre duas doses de misoprostol administradas por via vaginal para amadurecimento cervical e indução do parto. Pacientes e Métodos: sessenta e uma pacientes com indicação médica para indução do parto e colo desfavorável foram incluídas neste estudo. Vinte e oito pacientes receberam 25 µg e trinta e três 50 µg de misoprostol, a intervalos de 4 horas, até um período máximo de 24 horas. Resultados: a rotura prematura de membranas, gestação prolongada e d...

  10. Motor elétrico de indução : "uma das dez maiores invenções de todos os tempos"

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    Silveira, Fernando Lang da

    2012-01-01

    O objetivo deste trabalho é apresentar dois projetos de motores elétricos de indução efetiváveis em um laboratório de ensino de eletromagnetismo. O motor elétrico de indução, cuja patente original é de Nikola Tesla (1888), surpreendentemente está ausente nos livros de física geral de Ensino Médio ou Superior e, também, não é encontrado usualmente em laboratórios de ensino de física. Além da inegável importância de tal tipo de motor no cotidiano, seja nos eletrodomésticos, seja em máquinas de ...

  11. Análise dos torques síncronos em motores de indução monofásicos

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    Ruthes, Jacques Roberth

    2008-01-01

    Dissertação (mestrado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro Tecnológico. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia Elétrica. Este trabalho apresenta um estudo sobre os torques síncronos em motores de indução monofásicos. Nele estão contemplados o cálculo analítico e a verificação experimental do fenômeno. Inicialmente é apresentada uma revisão sobre a teoria dos motores de indução monofásicos segundo a abordagem dos campos girantes, seguida de uma conceituação sobre o problema do...

  12. Flow measurement in bubbly and slug flow regimes using the electromagnetic flowmeter developed

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    Cha, Jae Eun; Ahn, Yeh Chan; Seo, Kyung Woo; Kim, Moo Hwan

    2002-01-01

    In order to investigate the characteristics of electromagnetic flowmeter in two-phase flow, an AC electromagnetic flowmeter was designed and manufactured. In various flow conditions, the signals and noises from the flowmeter were obtained and analyzed by comparison with the observed flow patterns with a high speed CCD camera. The experiment with the void simulators in which rod shaped non-conducting material was used was carried out to investigate the effect of the bubble position and the void fraction on the flowmeter. Based on the results from the void simulator, two-phase flow experiments encompassed from bubbly to slug flow regime were conducted. The simple relation ΔU TP = ΔU SP /(1-α) was verified with measurements of the potential difference and the void fraction. Due to the lack of homogeneity in a real two-phase flow, the discrepancy between the relation and the present measurement was slightly increased with void fraction and also liquid volumetric flux j f . Whereas there is no difference in the shape of the raw signal between single-phase flow and bubbly flow, the signal amplitude for bubbly flow is higher than that for single-phase flow at the same water flow rate, since the passage area of the water flow is reduced. In the case of slug flow, the phase and the amplitude of the flowmeter output show dramatically the flow characteristics around each slug bubble and the position of a slug bubble itself. Therefore, the electromagnetic flowmeter shows a good possibility of being useful for identifying the flow regimes

  13. Comparison of Model-Based Control Solutions for Severe Riser-Induced Slugs

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    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Control solutions for eliminating severe riser-induced slugs in offshore oil & gas pipeline installations are key topics in offshore Exploration and Production (E&P processes. This study describes the identification, analysis and control of a low-dimensional control-oriented model of a lab-scaled slug testing facility. The model is analyzed and used for anti-slug control development for both lowpoint and topside transmitter solutions. For the controlled variables’ comparison it is concluded that the topside pressure transmitter ( P t is the most difficult output to apply directly for anti-slug control due to the inverse response. However, as P t often is the only accessible measurement on offshore platforms this study focuses on the controller development for both P t and the lowpoint pressure transmitter ( P b . All the control solutions are based on linear control schemes and the performance of the controllers are evaluated from simulations with both the non-linear MATLAB and OLGA models. Furthermore, the controllers are studied with input disturbances and parametric variations to evaluate their robustness. For both pressure transmitters the H ∞ loop-shaping controller gives the best performance as it is relatively robust to disturbances and has a fast convergence rate. However, P t does not increase the closed-loop bifurcation point significantly and is also sensitive to disturbances. Thus the study concludes that the best option for single-input-single-output (SISO systems is to control P b with a H ∞ loop-shaping controller. It is suggested that for cases where only topside transmitters are available a cascaded combination of the outlet mass flow and P t could be considered to improve the performance.

  14. Purification of indium, gallium, and antimony by melting with synthetic slug

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    Walis, L.; Rowinska, L.; Nowicki, A.

    1997-01-01

    The tracer technique has been used for metal purification process control. The indium, gallium and antimony have been purified up to semiconductor purity in the melting with synthetic slug process. The 115m Cd, 59 Fe, 204 Tl. 76 As, 210 Bi have been used as tracers. The high effectiveness of proposed purification method have been found in the cases of indium and gallium. 6 refs, 2 figs, 2 tabs

  15. Gastropod seed dispersal: an invasive slug destroys far more seeds in its gut than native gastropods.

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    Blattmann, Tamara; Boch, Steffen; Türke, Manfred; Knop, Eva

    2013-01-01

    Seed dispersal is one of the most important mechanisms shaping biodiversity, and animals are one of the key dispersal vectors. Animal seed dispersal can directly or indirectly be altered by invasive organisms through the establishment of new or the disruption of existing seed dispersal interactions. So far it is known for a few gastropod species that they ingest and defecate viable plant seeds and consequently act as seed dispersers, referred to as gastropodochory. In a multi-species experiment, consisting of five different plant species and four different gastropod species, we tested with a fully crossed design whether gastropodochory is a general mechanism across native gastropod species, and whether it is altered by the invasive alien slug species Arion lusitanicus. Specifically, we hypothesized that a) native gastropod species consume the seeds from all tested plant species in equal numbers (have no preference), b) the voracious invasive alien slug A. lusitanicus--similarly to its herbivore behaviour--consumes a higher amount of seeds than native gastropods, and that c) seed viability is equal among different gastropod species after gut passage. As expected all tested gastropod species consumed all tested plant species. Against our expectation there was a difference in the amount of consumed seeds, with the largest and native mollusk Helix pomatia consuming most seeds, followed by the invasive slug and the other gastropods. Seed damage and germination rates did not differ after gut passage through different native species, but seed damage was significantly higher after gut passage through the invasive slug A. lusitanicus, and their germination rates were significantly reduced.

  16. EMT transcription factors snail and slug directly contribute to cisplatin resistance in ovarian cancer

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    Haslehurst, Alexandria M; Weberpals, Johanne; Davey, Scott; Squire, Jeremy; Park, Paul C; Feilotter, Harriet; Koti, Madhuri; Dharsee, Moyez; Nuin, Paulo; Evans, Ken; Geraci, Joseph; Childs, Timothy; Chen, Jian; Li, Jieran

    2012-01-01

    The epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a molecular process through which an epithelial cell undergoes transdifferentiation into a mesenchymal phenotype. The role of EMT in embryogenesis is well-characterized and increasing evidence suggests that elements of the transition may be important in other processes, including metastasis and drug resistance in various different cancers. Agilent 4 × 44 K whole human genome arrays and selected reaction monitoring mass spectrometry were used to investigate mRNA and protein expression in A2780 cisplatin sensitive and resistant cell lines. Invasion and migration were assessed using Boyden chamber assays. Gene knockdown of snail and slug was done using targeted siRNA. Clinical relevance of the EMT pathway was assessed in a cohort of primary ovarian tumours using data from Affymetrix GeneChip Human Genome U133 plus 2.0 arrays. Morphological and phenotypic hallmarks of EMT were identified in the chemoresistant cells. Subsequent gene expression profiling revealed upregulation of EMT-related transcription factors including snail, slug, twist2 and zeb2. Proteomic analysis demonstrated up regulation of Snail and Slug as well as the mesenchymal marker Vimentin, and down regulation of E-cadherin, an epithelial marker. By reducing expression of snail and slug, the mesenchymal phenotype was largely reversed and cells were resensitized to cisplatin. Finally, gene expression data from primary tumours mirrored the finding that an EMT-like pathway is activated in resistant tumours relative to sensitive tumours, suggesting that the involvement of this transition may not be limited to in vitro drug effects. This work strongly suggests that genes associated with EMT may play a significant role in cisplatin resistance in ovarian cancer, therefore potentially leading to the development of predictive biomarkers of drug response or novel therapeutic strategies for overcoming drug resistance

  17. Single-well interference slug tests to assess the vertical hydraulic conductivity of unconsolidated aquifers

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    Paradis, Daniel; Lefebvre, René

    2013-01-01

    SummaryMeaningful understanding of flow and solute transport in general requires the knowledge of hydraulic conductivity and its anisotropy. Various field methods allow the measurement of the horizontal component (Kh), but vertical hydraulic conductivity (Kv) is rarely measured, for lack of practical field tests. This paper proposes vertical interference slug tests, an adaptation of inter-well interference slug tests to a single well, for the efficient field measurement of Kv. The test is carried out in a single well between a stress and an observation interval that are vertically isolated with a three-packer assembly. An instantaneous pressure pulse is induced in the stress interval and resulting drawdowns are recorded in both the stress and the observation intervals. In a proof-of-concept field study, 12 vertical interference tests were carried out sequentially along a fully-screened well across a moderately heterogeneous and highly anisotropic aquifer made up of littoral silts and sands. A direct-push method was used to install the well, which was completed without sand-pack to allow the natural collapse of sediments in the thin annular space around the screen. Direct-push wells allow the measurement of in situ hydraulic properties of sediments and minimize well construction interferences with hydraulic tests. Drawdowns measured in stress and observation intervals of multiple tests were simultaneously inverted numerically to reconstruct heterogeneous profiles of Kh, hydraulic conductivity anisotropy (Kv/Kh), and specific storage (Ss). Results were validated by comparison of observed versus predicted drawdowns and with field and laboratory measurements of Kh and Kv made along the tested well. Results indicate that the profile of Kv values obtained with vertical interference slug tests follows a similar pattern with depth than the profile with lab measurements made with a permeameter on soil samples collected in the same intervals as the interference tests, which

  18. Flow near the meniscus of a pressure-driven water slug in microchannels

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    Kim, Sung Wook; Jin, Song Wan; Yoo, Jung Yul

    2006-01-01

    Micro-PIV system with a high speed CCD camera is used to measure the flow field near the advancing meniscus of a water slug in microchannels. Image shifting technique combined with meniscus detecting technique is proposed to measure the relative velocity of the liquid near the meniscus in a moving reference frame. The proposed method is applied to an advancing front of a slug in microchannels with rectangular cross section. In the case of hydrophilic channel, strong flow from the center to the side wall along the meniscus occurs, while in the case of the hydrophobic channel, the fluid flows in the opposite direction. Further, the velocity near the side wall is higher than the center region velocity, exhibiting the characteristics of a strong shear-driven flow. This phenomenon is explained to be due to the existence of small gaps between the slug and the channel wall at each capillary corner so that the gas flows through the gaps inducing high shear on the slug surface. Simulation of the shape of a static droplet inside a cubic cell obtained by using the Surface Evolver program is supportive of the existence of the gap at the rectangular capillary corners. The flow fields in the circular capillary, in which no such gap exists, are also measured. The results show that a similar flow pattern to that of the hydrophilic rectangular capillary (i.e., center-to-wall flow) is always exhibited regardless of the wettability of the channel wall, which is also indicative of the validity of the above-mentioned assertion

  19. Calving and weaning characteristics of Angus-, Gray Brahman-, Gir-, Indu-Brazil-, Nellore-, and Red Brahman-sired F1 calves.

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    Paschal, J C; Sanders, J O; Kerr, J L

    1991-06-01

    Calving and weaning data from crossbred calves sired by five Bos indicus breeds and one Bos taurus breed were evaluated. Data included calving and weaning records of F1 calves out of multiparous Hereford cows and sired by Angus, Gray Brahman, Gir, Indu-Brazil, Nellore, and Red Brahman bulls. At calving, Angus-sired calves had shorter gestations and lower (more desirable) calving ease scores and were smaller than Bos indicus-sired calves. Among the Bos indicus crosses, Gir calves had the shortest gestations, lowest calving ease scores, lightest birth weights (P less than .05), and smallest cannon bone lengths and heart girths. Nellore calves had the longest gestations (P less than .05) and largest heart girths. Calves by Indu-Brazil sires had the highest calving ease scores, highest birth weights (P less than .05), and greatest cannon bone lengths (P less than .05). Gray Brahman- and Red Brahman-sired calves were similar and intermediate for all calving characters. At weaning, Angus-sired calves had gained slightly faster than the Gir crosses and weighed more but were shorter at the hip than Gir crosses. Gir calves gained the least preweaning, weighed the least, and were shortest at weaning of the Bos indicus crosses. The Nellore and Indu-Brazil crosses were intermediate in preweaning gain and weaning weight to the Gir and the Red and Gray Brahman but were tallest at weaning. Gray Brahman and Red Brahman calves gained the most and were heaviest at weaning but were not as tall as the Nellore and Indu-Brazil.

  20. Indução do trabalho de parto em primíparas com gestação de baixo risco

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    Karen Gomes

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available A indução do parto objetiva promover o nascimento antecipado por parto vaginal quando sua continuidade promove maior risco materno-fetal que sua interrupção. Este estudo tem como objetivo identificar fatores relacionados à indicação de indução do trabalho de parto em primíparas e seu desfecho em uma maternidade-escola. Trata-se de um estudo descritivo retrospectivo, realizado na MATER – Maternidade do Complexo Aeroporto em Ribeirão Preto-SP. O estudo incluiu 119 primigestas com registro em prontuário de indicação e submetidas à indução do trabalho de parto que deram a luz nessa maternidade de janeiro a junho de 2007. A indicação mais frequente de indução do trabalho de parto foram acorioamniorrexe prematura (58,8%, oligoâmnio (21% e pós-datismo (16,8%. O misoprostol foi o fármaco mais indicado,37% isoladamente e 61,3% associado à ocitocina. A via de parto foi 63% vaginal. O sofrimento fetal agudo foi a principal indicação para cesárea (38,5%. A infecção materno-fetal foi a complicação identificada com índice de apenas 7,6%. Dos recém-nascidos, 68% obteve Apgar entre 8 e 10 no primeiro minuto de vida e 118 deles alcançaram esses índices no quintominuto. Os resultados confirmam a tendência de que esse procedimento é uma importante estratégia para reduzir os índices de cesárea.

  1. Transmissivity and storage coefficient estimates from slug tests, Naval Air Warfare Center, West Trenton, New Jersey

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    Fiore, Alex R.

    2014-01-01

    Slug tests were conducted on 56 observation wells open to bedrock at the former Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) in West Trenton, New Jersey. Aquifer transmissivity (T) and storage coefficient (S) values for most wells were estimated from slug-test data using the Cooper-Bredehoeft-Papadopulos method. Test data from three wells exhibited fast, underdamped water-level responses and were analyzed with the Butler high-K method. The range of T at NAWC was approximately 0.07 to 10,000 square feet per day. At 11 wells, water levels did not change measurably after 20 minutes following slug insertion; transmissivity at these 11 wells was estimated to be less than 0.07 square feet per day. The range of S was approximately 10-10 to 0.01, the mode being 10-10. Water-level responses for tests at three wells fit poorly to the type curves of both methods, indicating that these methods were not appropriate for adequately estimating T and S from those data.

  2. Kleptoplasts photoacclimation state modulates the photobehaviour of the solar-powered sea slug Elysia viridis.

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    Cartaxana, Paulo; Morelli, Luca; Quintaneiro, Carla; Calado, Gonçalo; Calado, Ricardo; Cruz, Sónia

    2018-04-30

    Some sacoglossan sea slugs incorporate intracellular functional algal chloroplasts (kleptoplasty) for periods ranging from a few days to several months. Whether this association modulates the photobehaviour of solar-powered sea slugs is unknown. In this study, the long-term retention species Elysia viridis showed avoidance of dark independently of light acclimation state. On the contrary, Placida dendritica , which shows non-functional retention of kleptoplasts, showed no preference over dark, low or high light. High light acclimated (HL ac ) E. viridis showed a higher preference for high light than low light acclimated (LL ac ) conspecifics. The position of the lateral folds (parapodia) was modulated by irradiance, with increasing light levels leading to a closure of parapodia and protection of kleptoplasts from high light exposure. Furthermore, closure of parapodia occurred at higher irradiances in HL ac E. viridis Our results strongly indicate that kleptoplasts photoacclimation state modulates the photobehaviour of the solar-powered sea slug E. viridis . © 2018. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

  3. Health physics monitoring during cobalt slug rod handling at research reactor Dhruva: an experience

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    Verma, Gopal P.; Bhatnagar, Amit; Krishnamohanan, T.; Kalyanasundaram, N.; Gupta, P.C.; Pushparaja; Ghosh, Runner

    2006-01-01

    Cobalt-60 is used in many industrial and medical applications, such as leveling devices, thickness gauge, sterilization of foodstuff to increase their shelf life, sterilization of medicines and in radiotherapy. The Cobalt slug rod containing cobalt pencils were irradiated for nearly two and half years in the Dhruva reactor core to obtain the 60 Co isotope. It had seen a total irradiation of 29053 MWD and the estimated total activity was 93.321 KCi. Campaign for the removal of irradiated rod from reactor core and retrieval of 60 Co pencils were carried out successfully in Dhruva Reactor complex. In view of such a high activity handled, the job was carried out after exhaustive prior planning and according to approved checklists. Radiation Hazards Control Unit, Dhruva provided Radiation Safety surveillance during the entire handling operation consisting of retrieval of the cobalt pencils and disposal of the aluminum slugs used to house the cobalt pencils in the Cobalt slug rod assembly. The whole operation was carried out in such a safe manner that the total man-rem consumption was insignificant. The operational radiation protection methods followed and the experience gained during the campaign are discussed in this paper. (author)

  4. Effects of Agroecological and Conventional Handling in Slug Populations in Lettuce in Tenjo, Cundinamarca (Colombia)

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    Cordoba Vargas, Cindy Alexandra; Leon Sicard, Tomas

    2010-01-01

    In an organic (FE) and a conventional (FC) farm system the population behavior of slugs and their relationship with some carabids predators was compared, as well as, the presence of weeds, agricultural practices and productivity of four varieties of lettuce. Weekly catches of slugs were made and the damage level, height and the number of leaves in ten plants was measured. Weeds and carabids were collected in both farms. The total number of slugs in the FE was statistically higher and four species (D. reticulatum, Milax gagates, D. and L. laev maximux) were collected compared with two found in FC. With the exception of the variety M orada Lisa , there were no significant differences in the level of damage in the other varieties between the two farms. There were significant differences in the dry weight variable in favour of the organic farm. In FE, 5 carabids species and 25 weeds were presented compared to none in FC and 6, respectively. The data above are explained in terms of the agronomic practices of each management system.

  5. Differential expression of transcription factors Snail, Slug, SIP1, and Twist in ameloblastoma.

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    Siar, Chong Huat; Ng, Kok Han

    2014-01-01

    Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) via the mechanism of transcription repression is a crucial process for the induction of invasiveness in many human tumors. Ameloblastoma is a benign odontogenic epithelial neoplasm with a locally infiltrative behavior. Twist, an EMT promoter, has been implicated in its invasiveness. The roles of the other transcription factors remain unclarified. Four transcription factors, namely Snail, Slug, SIP1, and Twist, were examined immunohistochemically in 64 ameloblastoma [18 unicystic (UA), 20 solid/multicystic (SA), 4 desmoplastic (DA), and 22 recurrent (RA)]. All four transcription factors were differentially expressed in ameloblastoma [Snail: n = 60/64 (94%); Slug: n = 21/64 (33%); SIP: n = 18/64 (28%); Twist: n = 26/64 (41%)] (P 0.05). Intracellular protein localization was predominantly nuclear for Snail, cytoplasmic>nuclear for Slug and SIP1, and cytoplasmic/nuclear for Twist. Overexpression of Snail in most subsets (UA = 18/18; SMA = 19/20; DA = 4/4; RA = 19/22) compared with the other transcription factors (P ameloblastoma. Overexpression of Snail in most subsets suggests that this molecule is most likely the prototype transcription factor involved in inducing EMT in the ameloblastoma. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  6. Interfacial area, velocity and void fraction in two-phase slug flow

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    Kojasoy, G.; Riznic, J.R.

    1997-01-01

    The internal flow structure of air-water plug/slug flow in a 50.3 mm dia transparent pipeline has been experimentally investigated by using a four-sensor resistivity probe. Liquid and gas volumetric superficial velocities ranged from 0.55 to 2.20 m/s and 0.27 to 2.20 m/s, respectively, and area-averaged void fractions ranged from about 10 to 70%. The local distributions of void fractions, interfacial area concentration and interface velocity were measured. Contributions from small spherical bubbles and large elongated slug bubbles toward the total void fraction and interfacial area concentration were differentiated. It was observed that the small bubble void contribution to the overall void fraction was small indicating that the large slug bubble void fraction was a dominant factor in determining the total void fraction. However, the small bubble interfacial area contribution was significant in the lower and upper portions of the pipe cross sections

  7. Fabrication of uranium alloy fuel slug for sodium-cooled fast reactor by injection casting

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    Jong Hwan Kim; Hoon Song; Ki Hwan Kim; Chan Bock Lee

    2014-01-01

    Metal fuel slugs of U-Zr alloys for a sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) have been fabricated using an injection casting method. However, casting alloys containing volatile radioactive constituents such as Am can cause problems in a conventional injection casting method. Therefore, in this study, several injection-casting methods were applied to evaluate the volatility of the metal-fuel elements and control the transport of volatile elements. Mn was selected as a volatile surrogate alloy since it possesses a total vapor pressure equivalent to that of minor actinide-bearing fuels for SFRs. U-10 wt% Zr and U-10 wt% Zr-5 wt% Mn metal fuels were prepared, and the casting processes were evaluated. The casting soundness of the fuel slugs was characterized by gamma-ray radiography and immersion density measurements. Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy was used to determine the chemical composition of fuel slugs. Fuel losses after casting were also evaluated according to the casting conditions. (author)

  8. Dynamic analysis of slug flow regime in two-phase flow

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    Kwak, Nam Yee; Lee, Jae Young; Kim, Man Woong

    2008-01-01

    The bubble dynamics in the two-phase flow is complicated to be modeled but we have reliable model to estimate fortunately. However, they are working well for the one dimensional analysis only. Also, the three dimensional knowledge is requested in the industry strongly, but we have still confusion in the two-phase analysis. Especially recent arguments are set at the several points: (1) the flow regime transition between the slug flow and churn flow (2) flow regimes for the inclined tubes. We have been studied flow regime map for the inclined tube and we met both unsolved issues. In the center of the debate there was a slug bubble phenomenon. Therefore, we decided to study the dynamic and geometric characteristics of slug bubble in terms of the inclination and analytic understanding. As a first step of the study, we finished to design and construct the facility and instrumentation. And we are now studying the existing analytical models and comparing them with our experimental data

  9. Spontaneous recovery of the injured higher olfactory center in the terrestrial slug limax.

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    Ryota Matsuo

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Of all organs and tissues in adult mammals, the brain shows the most limited regeneration and recovery after injury. This is one reason why treating neurological damage such as ischemic injury after stroke presents such a challenge. Here we report a novel mode of regeneration which the slug's cognitive center, the procerebrum, shows after surgical lesioning in the adult. It is well known that the land slug Limax possesses the capacity to demonstrate conditioned food aversion. This learning ability critically depends on the procerebrum, which is the higher olfactory center in the brain of the terrestrial mollusk.In the present study, after a 1-month recovery period post-surgical lesioning of the procerebrum we investigated whether the brain of the slug shows recovery from damage. We found that learning ability, local field potential oscillation, and the number of cells in the procerebrum (PC all recovered spontaneously within 1 month of bilateral lesioning of the PC. Moreover, neurogenesis was enhanced in the lesioned PC. However, memory acquired before the surgery could not be retrieved 1 month after surgery although the procerebrum had recovered from injury by this time, consistent with the notion that the procerebrum is the storage site of odor-aversion memory, or deeply involved in the memory recall process.Our findings are the first to demonstrate that a brain region responsible for the associative memory of an adult organism can spontaneously reconstitute itself, and can recover its function following injury.

  10. Shape factors inclusion in a one‐dimensional, transient two‐fluid model for stratified and slug flow simulations in pipes

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    Bonzanini, Arianna; Picchi, Davide; Ferrari, Marco; Poesio, Pietro

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    In previous works, (Ferrari et al., 2017) have shown that a onedimensional, hyperbolic, transient five equations two-fluid model is able to numerically describe stratified, wavy, and slug flow in horizontal and near-horizontal pipes. Slug statistical characteristics, such as slug velocity, frequency, and length can be numerically predicted with results in good agreement with experimental data and well-known empirical relations. In this model some approximated and simplified assumptions are ad...

  11. Indução de embriogênese somática em cana-de-açúcar RB935744

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    Rodrigo de Oliveira Almeida

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a resposta morfogênica do genótipo RB935744 à indução de embriogênese somática com subsequente regeneração dos embriões. Segmentos transversais de folhas jovens medindo 2-3 mm de espessura foram cultivados em meio MS sólido contendo três diferentes concentrações de ácido 2,4-diclorofenoxiacético (2,4-D para indução de calos embriogênicos. Os melhores resultados foram obtidos usando 31.5 µM L-1 de 2,4-D em 45 ou 60 dias de incubação em meio de indução, realizando de um a três subcultivos e incubando em meio de regeneração por 15 a 45 dias. Este resultado mostra que o protocolo de embriogênese somática para o genótipo RB935744 necessita de ajustes para se alcançar uma satisfatória produção de embriões somáticos.

  12. The Effect of Grazing by the Slug Arion Vulgaris, Arion Rufus and Deroceras Reticulatum (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Stylommatophora on Leguminous Plants and other Small-Area Crops

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    Kozłowski Jan

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Herbivorous slugs do significant damage to many species of crop plants. A laboratory study was conducted to determine the rate and extent of damage caused to 16 plant species by Arion vulgaris, Arion rufus, and Deroceras reticulatum. It was found, that levels of damage caused to young plants of Brassica napus, Sorghum bicolor, Vicia faba, and Sinapis alba by the slugs A. vulgaris, A. rufus, and D. reticulatum were similar, while levels of damage caused to the other studied plants by particular slug species differed significantly. Based on the results of the damage by the investigated slug species, plants were categorised as heavily or lightly damaged.

  13. Tissue-Level Biomarkers in Sentinel Slugs as Cost-Effective Tools to Assess Metal Pollution in Soils

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    Marigómez; Kortabitarte; Dussart

    1998-02-01

    In previous laboratory experiments, slugs were shown to be sensitive to metal pollution. Therefore, they might be invaluable instruments for biological assessment of soil pollution. The present investigation was carried out to validate previous laboratory results in a field study. Slugs were collected from an abandoned copper mine (Parys mountain top, PMT), from a site 7 km away from the mine (Parys mountain bottom, PMB), and from a clean site (Snowdonia Cwm Idwal, SCI) in Wales in early July 1994. Whole soft body and digestive gland Cd, Cu, and Zn concentrations were measured by means of atomic absorption spectrophotometry (AAS). The digestive gland was the main tissue for metal accumulation, with significant differences in tissue metal levels between samples from different sites. PMB presented the highest Cd and Zn levels and the highest Cu levels were found at PMT. In addition, metals were demonstrated in situ by autometallography as black silver deposits (BSD) on histological sections of digestive gland tissue. The extent of BSD within lysosomes of digestive cells was closely related to metal levels determined by AAS. Histochemistry revealed that Ca metabolism and structural and reserve connective tissues might be altered in slugs living in metal-polluted soils. Finally, tissue-level biomarkers of biological effect [mean epithelial thickness (MET), mean diverticular radius (MDR), mean luminal radius (MLR), MET/MDR and MLR/MET] were quantified by image analysis of digestive gland histological sections stained with hematoxylin-eosin. MET and MDR values of slugs collected from SCI were high, while slugs from PMB presented low MLR/MET associated with environmental stress induced by metal exposure. We conclude that exposure and effect biomarkers recorded in sentinel slugs could be sensitive, quick, and cheap indices of metal pollution in soils. A Slug Watch monitoring program could be developed similar to the Mussel Watch program, which is currently applied to

  14. Gas slug ascent in a stratified magma: Implications of flow organisation and instability for Strombolian eruption dynamics

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    Capponi, A.; James, M. R.; Lane, S. J.

    2016-02-01

    The canonical Strombolian paradigm of a gas slug ascending and bursting in a homogeneous low-viscosity magma cannot explain the complex details in eruptive dynamics recently revealed by field measurements and textural and geochemical analyses. Evidence points to the existence of high-viscosity magma at the top of the conduit of Strombolian-type volcanoes, acting as a plug. Here, new experiments detail the range of flow configurations that develop during the ascent and burst of a slug through rheologically stratified magma within a conduit. End-member scenarios of a tube fully filled with either high- or low-viscosity liquid bracket three main flow configurations: (1) a plug sufficiently large to fully accommodate an ascending gas slug; (2) A plug that can accommodate the intrusion of low-viscosity liquid driven by the gas expansion, but not all the slug volume, so the slug bursts with the nose in the plug whilst the base is still in the low-viscosity liquid; (3) Gas expansion is sufficient to drive the intrusion of low-viscosity liquid through the plug, with the slug bursting in the low-viscosity layer emplaced dynamically above the plug. We show that the same flow configurations are viable at volcanic-scale through a new experimentally-validated 1D model and 3D computational fluid dynamic simulations. Applied to Stromboli, our results demonstrate that the key parameters controlling the transition between each configuration are gas volume, plug thickness and plug viscosity. The flow processes identified include effective dynamic narrowing and widening of the conduit, instabilities within the falling magma film, transient partial and complete blockage of the conduit, and slug disruption. These complexities influence eruption dynamics and vigour, promoting magma mingling and resulting in pulsatory release of gas.

  15. Herbivory of an invasive slug in a model grassland community can be affected by earthworms and mycorrhizal fungi.

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    Trouvé, Raphaël; Drapela, Thomas; Frank, Thomas; Hadacek, Franz; Zaller, Johann G

    Invasion of non-native species is among the top threats for the biodiversity and functioning of native and agricultural ecosystems worldwide. We investigated whether the herbivory of the slug Arion vulgaris (formerly Arion lusitanicus ; Gastropoda), that is listed among the 100 worst alien species in Europe, is affected by soil organisms commonly present in terrestrial ecosystems (i.e. earthworms-Annelida: Lumbricidae and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi-AMF, Glomerales). We hypothesized that slug herbivory would be affected by soil organisms via altered plant nutrient availability and plant quality. In a greenhouse experiment, we created a simple plant community consisting of a grass, a forb, and a legume species and inoculated these systems with either two earthworm species and/or four AMF taxa. Slugs were introduced after plants were established. Earthworms significantly reduced total slug herbivory in AMF-inoculated plant communities ( P  = 0.013). Across plant species, earthworms increased leaf total N and secondary metabolites, AMF decreased leaf thickness. Mycorrhizae induced a shift in slug feeding preference from non-legumes to legumes; the grass was generally avoided by slugs. AMF effects on legume herbivory can partly be explained by the AMF-induced increase in total N and decrease in C/N ratio; earthworm effects are less clear as no worm-induced alterations of legume plant chemistry were observed. The presence of earthworms increased average AMF colonization of plant roots by 140 % ( P  slug is altered by a belowground control of plant chemical quality and community structure.

  16. Predation by beetles (Carabidae, Staphylinidae) on eggs and juveniles of the Iberian slug Arion lusitanicus in the laboratory.

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    Hatteland, B A; Grutle, K; Mong, C E; Skartveit, J; Symondson, W O C; Solhøy, T

    2010-10-01

    Arion lusitanicus has become a major pest species in western Norway in the last few years. This species originates from southern Europe but has been spread by humans over large parts of central and northern Europe during recent decades. Slugs have traditionally been controlled by the use of molluscicides; but, as these may have serious ecological side effects, biological control of slugs is highly desirable. Potential biological control agents include nematodes, gastropods and arthropods. In laboratory experiments, we tested whether five common predator beetles would feed on eggs and juveniles of A. lusitanicus. The species Carabus nemoralis, Nebria brevicollis, Pterostichus melanarius and Pterostichus niger (Carabidae) as well as Staphylinus erythropterus (Staphylinidae) were tested, of which only P. melanarius has been tested on A. lusitanicus previously. Nebria brevicollis did not feed on slug eggs or newly hatched slugs, but the remaining four species all killed and ate a large proportion of the eggs and hatchlings offered. Both P. melanarius and P. niger also destroyed A. lusitanicus eggs and hatchlings under conditions emulating those in the field. Prey size choice experiments were conducted by feeding C. nemoralis, P. niger and S. erythropterus on different sizes of A. lusitanicus. Carabus nemoralis was also given a choice between two slug species, A. lusitanicus and Deroceras reticulatum. A significant preference for slugs smaller than one gram was evident for C. nemoralis, while the other beetles struggled much more to overcome the mucus of juvenile slugs. No significant preference was found between A. lusitanicus and D. reticulatum as prey for C. nemoralis. We also discuss the feasibility of biological control of A. lusitanicus using beetle predators.

  17. Produtos Alternativos para Controle de Thaumastocoris peregrinus e Indução de Resistência em Plantas

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    Grasielle Adriane Toscan Lorencetti

    Full Text Available Este trabalho objetivou avaliar o efeito inseticida de produtos alternativos sobre Thaumastocoris peregrinus, bem como o potencial em atuar no processo de indução de resistência em plantas. Folhas de Eucalyptus camaldulensis foram imersas na solução dos produtos Orobor®, Topneem®, Rotenat®, Rotenat CE®, Baicao®, Compostonat®, Pironat®, Assist®, Extrato de Alho e Calda Bordalesa. Posteriormente, foram transferidas para tubos contendo 10 adultos de T. peregrinus, avaliando-se diariamente o número de insetos mortos. Os produtos que apresentaram efeito inseticida foram testados quanto ao seu potencial como indutores de resistência, avaliando-se em cotilédones de soja a síntese da fitoalexina gliceolina (pterocarpanoide e a ativação da rota dos fenilpropanoides pela atividade da enzima fenilalanina amônia-liase. Água foi utilizada como testemunha e quitosana (1% como indutor de referência. Rotenat®, Compostonat®, Rotenat CE® e Topneem® apresentaram efeito inseticida; destes Rotenat CE® e Topneem® apresentaram potencial como indutores de resistência, expressando valores significativos de fitoalexinas e atividade da FAL (fenilalanina-amônialiase.

  18. MULTIPHASE DROPLET/SLUG BREAK-UP MECHANISM IN MICROFLUIDIC T-JUNCTIONS AT VARIOUS WEBER NUMBERS

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    Wan Leng (Dawn Leow

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    Full Text Available Normal 0 false false false EN-MY X-NONE X-NONE The formation of immiscible liquid droplets, or slugs, in microchannels features the advantages of volume control and mixing enhancement over single-phase microflows. Although the applications of droplet-based microfluidics have been widely demonstrated, the fundamental physics governing droplet break-up remains an area of active research. This study defines an effective Weber (Weeff number that characterizes the interplay of interfacial tension, shear stress and channel pressure drop in driving slug formation in T-junction microchannel for a relative range of low, intermediate and high flow rates. The immiscible fluid system in this study consists of Tetradecane slug formation in Acetonitrile. The progressive deformation of slug interfaces during break-up events is observed. Experimental results indicate that, at a relatively low Weeff, clean slug break-up occurs at the intersection of the side and main channels. At intermediate Weeff, the connecting neck of the dispersed phase is stretched to a short and thin trail of laminar flow prior to breaking up a short distance downstream of the T-junction. At a relatively high Weeff, the connecting neck develops into a longer and thicker trail of laminar flow that breaks up further downstream of the main channel.

  19. Off-take and slug transition at T-junction of vertical-up branch in the horizontal pipe

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    Moon, Young Min; No, Hee Cheon

    2003-01-01

    The off-take and the slug transition on air-water interface are experimentally investigated at the T-junction of the horizontal pipe with a vertical upward branch to simulate the loss-of-residual-heat-removal during a mid-loop operation in the Korea standard nuclear power plant. Scaling analysis is performed to scale down the experimental facility to the reference nuclear power plant. Two different diameters of branch pipes are used to verify the scaling laws and their scale effects. Air is used as working gaseous fluid and no water flow exists. Off-take behavior on horizontal stratified and slug flows is visually observed in the horizontal pipe. The experimental data are divided into three categories; onset of liquid entrainment at T-junctions, onset of slug transition in the horizontal pipe, and discharge quality in the branch pipe. It is found out that the scale effect of the branch diameter on the onset of liquid entrainment is small and the existing correlations for it are applicable. Also, the onset of slug transition shows a discrepancy with Taitel-Dukler's correlation and has a strong influence on the discharge quality. New correlations for discharge quality are developed considering the critical dependency of the onset of slugging. (author)

  20. Slugs' last meals: molecular identification of sequestered chloroplasts from different algal origins in Sacoglossa (Opisthobranchia, Gastropoda).

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    Händeler, Katharina; Wägele, Heike; Wahrmund, Ute; Rüdinger, Mareike; Knoop, Volker

    2010-11-01

    Some sacoglossan sea slugs have become famous for their unique capability to extract and incorporate functional chloroplasts from algal food organisms (mainly Ulvophyceae) into their gut cells. The functional incorporation of the so-called kleptoplasts allows the slugs to rely on photosynthetic products for weeks to months, enabling them to survive long periods of food shortage over most of their life-span. The algal food spectrum providing kleptoplasts as temporary, non-inherited endosymbionts appears to vary among sacoglossan slugs, but detailed knowledge is sketchy or unavailable. Accurate identification of algal donor species, which provide the chloroplasts for long-term retention is of primary importance to elucidate the biochemical mechanisms allowing long-term functionality of the captured chloroplast in the foreign animal cell environment. Whereas some sacoglossans forage on a variety of algal species, (e.g. Elysia crispata and E. viridis) others are more selective. Hence, characterizing the range of functional sacoglossan-chloroplast associations in nature is a prerequisite to understand the basis of this enigmatic endosymbiosis. Here, we present a suitable chloroplast gene (tufA) as a marker, which allows identification of the respective algal kleptoplast donor taxa by analysing DNA from whole animals. This novel approach allows identification of donor algae on genus or even species level, thus providing evidence for the taxonomic range of food organisms. We report molecular evidence that chloroplasts from different algal sources are simultaneously incorporated in some species of Elysia. NeigborNet analyses for species assignments are preferred over tree reconstruction methods because the former allow more reliable statements on species identification via barcoding, or rather visualize alternative allocations not to be seen in the latter. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  1. Jazf1 promotes prostate cancer progression by activating JNK/Slug.

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    Sung, Yonghun; Park, Song; Park, Si Jun; Jeong, Jain; Choi, Minjee; Lee, Jinhee; Kwon, Wookbong; Jang, Soyoung; Lee, Mee-Hyun; Kim, Dong Joon; Liu, Kangdong; Kim, Sung-Hyun; Lee, Jae-Ho; Ha, Yun-Sok; Kwon, Tae Gyun; Lee, Sanggyu; Dong, Zigang; Ryoo, Zae Young; Kim, Myoung Ok

    2018-01-02

    Juxtaposed with another zinc finger protein 1 (Jazf1) is a zinc finger protein and is known to affect both prostate cancer and type 2 diabetes. Jazf1 inhibits testicular nuclear receptor 4 (TR4) activation through protein-protein interaction, which results in weight loss and alleviates diabetes. However, the role of Jazf1 in prostate cancer is still poorly understood. Hence, we investigated whether the expression of Jazf1 is associated with prostate cancer progression. We confirmed the upregulation of Jazf1 expression in human prostate tissue samples. In addition, using Jazf1 overexpressing prostate cancer cell lines, DU145 and LNCaP, we found Jazf1 promoted cell proliferation and colony formation ability. We also observed that Jazf1 dramatically enhanced cell migration and invasion in transwell assays. Additionally, we checked the upregulation of vimentin and downregulation of E-cadherin expression in Jazf1-overexpressing DU145 and LNCaP cells. Moreover, we found that Slug, which is known to be regulated by JNK/c-Jun phosphorylation, was upregulated in the microarray analysis of two prostate cancer cell lines. Jazf1 promotes the phosphorylation of JNK/c-Jun, likely promoting cell proliferation and invasion through Slug. In a xenograft model, tumors overexpressing Jazf1 were larger than control tumors, and tumors with decreased Jazf1 were smaller. These data indicated that Jazf1 enhances prostate cancer progression and metastasis via regulating JNK/Slug signaling. Taken together, these results suggest that Jazf1 plays an important role in both androgen dependent and independent prostate cancer.

  2. Applicability of the black slug Arion ater for monitoring exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and their subsequent bioactivation into DNA binding metabolites

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    Hamers, T.; Kalis, E.J.J.; Berg, van den J.H.J.; Maas, L.M.; Schooten, van F.J.; Murk, A.J.

    2004-01-01

    The applicability of terrestrial black slugs Arion ater (Mollusca, Gastropoda) was studied for biomonitoring environmental exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In laboratory experiments, slugs were orally exposed to benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) for a short term (3 days) or a long term (119

  3. The transcription factors Tbx18 and Wt1 control the epicardial epithelial-mesenchymal transition through bi-directional regulation of Slug in murine primary epicardial cells.

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    Makiko Takeichi

    Full Text Available During cardiac development, a subpopulation of epicardial cells migrates into the heart as part of the epicardial epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT and differentiates into smooth muscle cells and fibroblasts. However, the roles of transcription factors in the epicardial EMT are poorly understood. Here, we show that two transcription factors expressed in the developing epicardium, T-box18 (Tbx18 and Wilms' tumor 1 homolog (Wt1, bi-directionally control the epicardial EMT through their effects on Slug expression in murine primary epicardial cells. Knockdown of Wt1 induced the epicardial EMT, which was accompanied by an increase in the migration and expression of N-cadherin and a decrease in the expression of ZO-1 as an epithelial marker. By contrast, knockdown of Tbx18 inhibited the mesenchymal transition induced by TGFβ1 treatment and Wt1 knockdown. The expression of Slug but not Snail decreased as a result of Tbx18 knockdown, but Slug expression increased following knockdown of Wt1. Knockdown of Slug also attenuated the epicardial EMT induced by TGFβ1 treatment and Wt1 knockdown. Furthermore, in normal murine mammary gland-C7 (NMuMG-C7 cells, Tbx18 acted to increase Slug expression, while Wt1 acted to decrease Slug expression. Chromatin immunoprecipitation and promoter assay revealed that Tbx18 and Wt1 directly bound to the Slug promoter region and regulated Slug expression. These results provide new insights into the regulatory mechanisms that control the epicardial EMT.

  4. The transcription factors Tbx18 and Wt1 control the epicardial epithelial-mesenchymal transition through bi-directional regulation of Slug in murine primary epicardial cells.

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    Takeichi, Makiko; Nimura, Keisuke; Mori, Masaki; Nakagami, Hironori; Kaneda, Yasufumi

    2013-01-01

    During cardiac development, a subpopulation of epicardial cells migrates into the heart as part of the epicardial epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and differentiates into smooth muscle cells and fibroblasts. However, the roles of transcription factors in the epicardial EMT are poorly understood. Here, we show that two transcription factors expressed in the developing epicardium, T-box18 (Tbx18) and Wilms' tumor 1 homolog (Wt1), bi-directionally control the epicardial EMT through their effects on Slug expression in murine primary epicardial cells. Knockdown of Wt1 induced the epicardial EMT, which was accompanied by an increase in the migration and expression of N-cadherin and a decrease in the expression of ZO-1 as an epithelial marker. By contrast, knockdown of Tbx18 inhibited the mesenchymal transition induced by TGFβ1 treatment and Wt1 knockdown. The expression of Slug but not Snail decreased as a result of Tbx18 knockdown, but Slug expression increased following knockdown of Wt1. Knockdown of Slug also attenuated the epicardial EMT induced by TGFβ1 treatment and Wt1 knockdown. Furthermore, in normal murine mammary gland-C7 (NMuMG-C7) cells, Tbx18 acted to increase Slug expression, while Wt1 acted to decrease Slug expression. Chromatin immunoprecipitation and promoter assay revealed that Tbx18 and Wt1 directly bound to the Slug promoter region and regulated Slug expression. These results provide new insights into the regulatory mechanisms that control the epicardial EMT.

  5. Removal of Molluscicidal Bait Pellets by Earthworms and its Impact on Control of the Gray Field Slug, Derocerus reticulatum Mueller, in Western Oregon Grass Seed Fields

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    Slugs are common pests of grass seed fields in western Oregon and are currently controlled using bait pellets that often fail to give adequate protection. Here we demonstrate the loss of bait pellet products to earthworms and its adverse effects on controlling slugs. Three years of field and greenho...

  6. Drift flux model as approximation of two fluid model for two phase dispersed and slug flow in tube

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    Nigmatulin, R.I.

    1995-09-01

    The analysis of one-dimensional schematizing for non-steady two-phase dispersed and slug flow in tube is presented. Quasi-static approximation, when inertia forces because of the accelerations of the phases may be neglected, is considered. Gas-liquid bubbly and slug vertical upward flows are analyzed. Non-trivial theoretical equations for slip velocity for these flows are derived. Juxtaposition of the derived equations for slip velocity with the famous Zuber-Findlay correlation as cross correlation coefficients is criticized. The generalization of non-steady drift flux Wallis theory taking into account influence of wall friction on the bubbly or slug flows for kinematical waves is considered.

  7. Model-Free Predictive Anti-Slug Control of a Well-Pipeline-Riser

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    Christer Dalen

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Simplified linearized discrete time dynamic state space models are developed for a 3-phase well-pipeline-riser and tested together with a high fidelity dynamic model built in K-Spice and LedaFlow. In addition the Meglio pipeline-riser model is used as an example process. These models are developed from a subspace algorithm, i.e. Deterministic and Stochastic system identification and Realization (DSR, and implemented in a Model Predictive Controller (MPC for stabilizing the slugging regime. The MPC, LQR and PI control strategies are tested.

  8. 微通道内气-液弹状流动及传质特性研究进展 (Review on flow and mass transfer characteristics of gas-liquid slug flow in microchannels)

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    Yao, Chaoqun; Yue, Jun; Zhao, Yuchao; Chen, Guangwen; Yuan, Quan

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    Gas-liquid slug flow (also termed as Taylor flow) is a flow pattern characterized by the alternate movement of elongated bubbles and liquid slugs. Gas-liquid slug flow operation in microchannels has been found important implications in the enhancement of gas-liquid reactions due to its advantages

  9. How slug herbivory of juvenile hybrid willows alters chemistry, growth and subsequent susceptibility to diverse plant enemies.

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    Orians, Colin M; Fritz, Robert S; Hochwender, Cris G; Albrectsen, Benedicte R; Czesak, Mary Ellen

    2013-08-01

    Selective feeding by herbivores, especially at the seedling or juvenile phase, has the potential to change plant traits and ultimately the susceptibility of surviving plants to other enemies. Moreover, since hybridization is important to speciation and can lead to introgression of traits between plant species, differential feeding (herbivore-induced mortality) can influence the expression of resistance traits of hybrids and ultimately determine the consequences of hybridization. While it would be expected that herbivore-induced mortality would lead to greater resistance, there may be trade-offs whereby resistance to one herbivore increases susceptibility to others. The hypothesis was tested that the exotic slug, Arion subfuscus, causes non-random survival of hybrid willows and alters plant: (1) susceptibility to slugs; (2) secondary and nutritional chemistry, and growth; and (3) susceptibility to other phytophages. Two populations of plants, control and selected, were created by placing trays of juvenile willows in the field and allowing slugs access to only some. When ≤10 individuals/tray remained (approx. 85 % mortality), 'selected' and undamaged 'control' trays were returned to a common area. Traits of these populations were then examined in year 1 and in subsequent years. The selected population was less palatable to slugs. Surprisingly, foliar concentrations of putative defence traits (phenolic glycosides and tannins) did not differ between treatments, but the selected population had higher foliar nitrogen and protein, lower carbon to nitrogen ratio and greater above-ground biomass, indicating that vigorously growing plants were inherently more resistant to slugs. Interestingly, selected plants were more susceptible to three phytophages: an indigenous pathogen (Melampsora epitea), a native herbivorous beetle (Chrysomela knabi) and an exotic willow leaf beetle (Plagiodera versicolora). This exotic slug changed the population structure of F2 hybrid willows in

  10. Cervical ripening methods for labor induction Métodos de preparo cervical para indução do trabalho de parto

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    Fernanda Garanhani de Castro Surita

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available The indication for labor induction has been increasing in the world. It is known that cervical conditions are directly associated to the success of labor induction. Knowledge of cervix anatomy and physiology during pregnancy and of the different methods for cervical ripening is essential for indicating the best cervical ripening method in a given situation, therefore obtaining the best outcomes following labor induction. This is a challenge for obstetricians where not every method is readily available and accessible and C-sections rates are very high as in Brazil. Some methods are discussed in this paper including breast stimulation, membrane stripping, and the use of relaxin, oxytocin, prostaglandins, hyaluronidase, mifepristone, laminaria and Foley catheter.Tem sido mundialmente crescente a indicação de indução do trabalho de parto. Sabe-se que as condições do colo uterino estão diretamente relacionadas com o sucesso da indução. O conhecimento da anatomia e fisiologia do colo uterino durante a gestação, bem como as dos diversos métodos de preparo cervical, são de fundamental importância para que possa ser indicado o melhor método para o preparo de colo em uma situação específica e conseqüentemente obter-se melhores resultados nas induções do trabalho de parto. Esse é um desafio para os obstetras de um país em que nem todos os métodos estão disponíveis e acessíveis e com taxas de cesarianas tão elevadas quanto o Brasil. São discutidos alguns métodos incluindo a estimulação dos mamilos, descolamento de membranas, relaxina, ocitocina, prostaglandinas, hialuronidase, mefiprestone, laminaria e sonda Foley.

  11. Estudo da viabilidade energética de amortecedores regenerativos por indução com ênfase nos carros elétricos

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    Oliveira, Ricardo Velozo Marcondes de [UNESP

    2012-01-01

    Os conhecidos automóveis elétricos tem seu desenvolvimento datado do início do século XIX, porém ainda não possuem a autonomia e o preço condizentes com a realidade da atual sociedade motora. Baseando-se na teoria desenvolvida no trabalho Estudo de amortecedores regenerativos por indução, que se objetiva na possibilidade teórica de geração de energia elétrica pelos amortecedores automotivos, o presente trabalho dá continuidade ao proposto com a finalidade de se verificar experimentalmente a e...

  12. Atividade fisica e neuroproteção em camundongos adultos após indução de status epilepticus por pilocarpina

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    2005-01-01

    Resumo: O modelo de epilepsia induzida por pilocarpina em camundongos reproduz a Epilepsia do Lobo Temporal (ELT) em humanos. Animais submetidos à indução de status epilepticus apresentam alterações comportamentais, eletroencefalográficas e lesão neuronal compatíveis com esta condição. Estudos recentes relatam relevantes efeitos positivos da prática de atividade física sobre o sistema nervoso tanto em humanos como em modelos animais. Dentre estes efeitos figuram o aumento da sobrevivência neu...

  13. Obtenção de reprodutores, indução a desova e cultivo larval e pos-larval de Nodipecten nodosus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Bivalvia: Pectinidae)

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    Rupp, Guilherme Sabino

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    Dissertação (mestrado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro de Ciencias Agrarias Exemplares de Nodipecten nodosus foram coletados nas imediações da Ilha do Arvoredo (SC) e transportados para o Laboratório de Cultivo de Moluscos Marinhos (UFSC), onde foram utilizados para a manutenção de reprodutores, bem como os métodos empregados na indução à desova, larvicultura e cultivo pós-larval. Obteve-se a liberação de gametas viáveis e êxito na fecundação e no cultivo larval. Descreve...

  14. Origin of the hungry caterpillar: Evolution of fasting in slug moths (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Limacodidae).

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    Zaspel, J M; Weller, S J; Epstein, M E

    2016-01-01

    Studies of caterpillar defense strategy evolution typically focus on aposematic coloration, gregarious behavior, and/or chemical defense. In the slug moth family Limacodidae, the evolution of chemical defense is coupled to the life history trait of first instar feeding behaviors. In nettle caterpillars, the first instars fast and molt into a second instar that feeds. In contrast, gelatines and monkey slug larval forms feed in the first instar. This study focused on whether the evolution of fasting associated with the nettle morphology was a derived trait of single or multiple origins. Twenty-nine species of Limacodidae (including one Chrysopolominae) representing 27 genera and four outgroup species with known first and final instar morphologies and behaviors were included. Four out-group species representing Megalopygidae (1 sp), Dalceridae (1 sp) and Aididae (2 sp) were included. These were sequenced for three molecular markers for a total of 4073 bp, mitochondrial COI (∼1500 bp), 18S (∼1900 bp) and the D2 region of 28S (approximately 670 bp). Maximum likelihood and Bayesian analyses were conducted. The resulting phylogeny and comparative analysis of feeding strategy revealed that the nettle caterpillar morphology and behavior of larval fasting may have a single origin. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Wire-mesh and ultrasound techniques applied for the characterization of gas-liquid slug flow

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    Ofuchi, Cesar Y.; Sieczkowski, Wytila Chagas; Neves Junior, Flavio; Arruda, Lucia V.R.; Morales, Rigoberto E.M.; Amaral, Carlos E.F.; Silva, Marco J. da [Federal University of Technology of Parana, Curitiba, PR (Brazil)], e-mails: ofuchi@utfpr.edu.br, wytila@utfpr.edu.br, neves@utfpr.edu.br, lvrarruda@utfpr.edu.br, rmorales@utfpr.edu.br, camaral@utfpr.edu.br, mdasilva@utfpr.edu.br

    2010-07-01

    Gas-liquid two-phase flows are found in a broad range of industrial applications, such as chemical, petrochemical and nuclear industries and quite often determine the efficiency and safety of process and plants. Several experimental techniques have been proposed and applied to measure and quantify two-phase flows so far. In this experimental study the wire-mesh sensor and an ultrasound technique are used and comparatively evaluated to study two-phase slug flows in horizontal pipes. The wire-mesh is an imaging technique and thus appropriated for scientific studies while ultrasound-based technique is robust and non-intrusive and hence well suited for industrial applications. Based on the measured raw data it is possible to extract some specific slug flow parameters of interest such as mean void fraction and characteristic frequency. The experiments were performed in the Thermal Sciences Laboratory (LACIT) at UTFPR, Brazil, in which an experimental two-phase flow loop is available. The experimental flow loop comprises a horizontal acrylic pipe of 26 mm diameter and 9 m length. Water and air were used to produce the two phase flow under controlled conditions. The results show good agreement between the techniques. (author)

  16. CFD Analysis of a Slug Mixing Experiment Conducted on a VVER-1000 Model

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    F. Moretti

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A commercial CFD code was applied, for validation purposes, to the simulation of a slug mixing experiment carried out at OKB “Gidropress” scaled facility in the framework of EC TACIS project R2.02/02: “Development of safety analysis capabilities for VVER-1000 transients involving spatial variations of coolant properties (temperature or boron concentration at core inlet.” Such experimental model reproduces a VVER-1000 nuclear reactor and is aimed at investigating the in-vessel mixing phenomena. The addressed experiment involves the start-up of one of the four reactor coolant pumps (the other three remaining idle, and the presence of a tracer slug on the starting loop, which is thus transported to the reactor pressure vessel where it mixes with the clear water. Such conditions may occur in a boron dilution scenario, hence the relevance of the addressed phenomena for nuclear reactor safety. Both a pretest and a posttest CFD simulations of the mentioned experiment were performed, which differ in the definition of the boundary conditions (based either on nominal quantities or on measured quantities, resp.. The numerical results are qualitatively and quantitatively analyzed and compared against the measured data in terms of space and time tracer distribution at the core inlet. The improvement of the results due to the optimization of the boundary conditions is evidenced, and a quantification of the simulation accuracy is proposed.

  17. A Review of the Multilevel Slug Test for Characterizing Aquifer Heterogeneity

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    Chia-Shyun Chen

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available All aquifers are heterogeneous to a certain degree. The spatial distribution of hydraulic conductivity K(x, y, z, or aquifer heterogeneity, significantly influences the groundwater flow movement and associated solute transport. Of particular importance in designing an in-situ remediation plan is a knowledge of low-K layers because they are less accessible to remedial agents and form a bottleneck in remediation. The characterization of aquifer heterogeneity is essential to the solution of many practical and scientific groundwater problems. This article reviews the field technique using the multilevel slug test (MLST, which determines a series of K estimates at depths of interest in a well by making use of a double-packer system. The K(z obtained manifests the vertical variation of hydraulic conductivity in the vicinity of the test well, and the combination of K(z from different wells gives rise to a three-dimensional description of K(x, y, z. The MLST response is rather sensitive to hydraulic conductivity variation; e.g., it is oscillatory for highly permeable conditions (K > 5 × 10-4 m s-1 and a nonoscillatory for K < 5 × 10-4 m s-1. In this article we discuss the instrumentation of the double-packer system, the implementation of the depth-specific slug test, the data analysis methods for a spectrum of response characteristics usually observed in the field, and field applications of the MLST.

  18. A method for the estimation of dual transmissivities from slug tests

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    Wolny, Filip; Marciniak, Marek; Kaczmarek, Mariusz

    2018-03-01

    Aquifer homogeneity is usually assumed when interpreting the results of pumping and slug tests, although aquifers are essentially heterogeneous. The aim of this study is to present a method of determining the transmissivities of dual-permeability water-bearing formations based on slug tests such as the pressure-induced permeability test. A bi-exponential rate-of-rise curve is typically observed during many of these tests conducted in heterogeneous formations. The work involved analyzing curves deviating from the exponential rise recorded at the Belchatow Lignite Mine in central Poland, where a significant number of permeability tests have been conducted. In most cases, bi-exponential movement was observed in piezometers with a screen installed in layered sediments, each with a different hydraulic conductivity, or in fissured rock. The possibility to identify the flow properties of these geological formations was analyzed. For each piezometer installed in such formations, a set of two transmissivity values was calculated piecewise based on the interpretation algorithm of the pressure-induced permeability test—one value for the first (steeper) part of the obtained rate-of-rise curve, and a second value for the latter part of the curve. The results of transmissivity estimation for each piezometer are shown. The discussion presents the limitations of the interpretational method and suggests future modeling plans.

  19. Learning control for riser-slug elimination and production-rate optimization for an offshore oil and gas production process

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    Pedersen, Simon; Løhndorf, Petar Durdevic; Yang, Zhenyu

    2014-01-01

    , (ii) maximizing the production rate at the riser of an offshore production platform, by manipulating a topside choke valve through a learning switching model-free PID controller. The results show good steady-state performance, though a long settling time due to the unknown reference for no slugging...

  20. The effect of climate manipulations on the herbivory of the pest slug Deroceras reticulatum (Müller, 1774) (Pulmonata: Agriolimacidae)

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    El-Danasoury, H.; Iglesias-Piñeiro, J.; Córdoba, M.

    2016-10-01

    The pestiferous status of the terrestrial slug Deroceras reticulatum and the strong dependence of its biology and ecology on climatic factors have driven research on the potential responses of the slug to predicted scenarios of climate change. Here, we report two short-term experiments performed outdoors, under seminatural conditions, to assess the behavioural response of D. reticulatum to different climate manipulations in terms of herbivory, by measuring over 7 days the damage inflicted by slug populations to lettuce seedlings. The climate manipulations tested emulate predicted climatic conditions for northwest Spain, specifically winter warming and increased summer rainfall, in contrast respectively with normal winter conditions and summer without rain conditions. In a winter experiment, we compared a normal winter treatment with a winter warming treatment; with respect to the normal winter treatment, the winter warming treatment was characterised by higher temperature, lower relative humidity and the absence of rainfall. In a summer experiment, we compared a summer drought treatment with an increased summer rainfall treatment; with respect to the summer drought treatment, the increased summer rainfall treatment was characterised by the presence of rainfall, while the conditions of temperature and relative humidity were similar in both treatments. Neither winter warming nor increased summer rainfall did lead to a significant increase on the number of seedlings damaged by the slugs. However, with both treatments, we found a moderate increase on the amount of damage suffered by the seedlings. The results are discussed in the context of the potential responses of D. reticulatum to future climatic conditions.

  1. Human MSCs promotes colorectal cancer epithelial-mesenchymal transition and progression via CCL5/β-catenin/Slug pathway.

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    Chen, Ke; Liu, Qianqian; Tsang, Lai Ling; Ye, Qiao; Chan, Hsiao Chang; Sun, Yunwei; Jiang, Xiaohua

    2017-05-25

    Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) extensively interact with cancer cells and other stroma cells in the tumor microenvironment. However, the role of MSCs in colorectal cancer (CRC) progression and metastasis is controversial. This study was designed to identify the role of inflammation-activated-MSCs in CRC development. Our results show that tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-preactivated-hMSCs significantly promote the progression of colon cancer cells by enhancing cell proliferation, epithelial-mesenchymal transition, migration, and invasion. TNF-α-primed-hMSCs secrete high level of CCL5, which interacts with its receptor CCR1 expressed in colon cancer cells. Interestingly, the stimulation of colon cancer cell progression by TNF-α-primed hMSCs is associated with the upregulation of β-catenin signaling pathway. Blocking β-catenin pathway significantly decreases the TNF-α-primed-conditioned medium or CCL5-mediated cancer cell progression by decreasing the enhancement of Slug, suggesting that the CCL5/β-catenin/Slug pathway plays a critical role in hMSC-mediated cancer progression. Furthermore, in vivo model in nude mice confirms the ability of hMSCs to promote the proliferation and progression of colon cancer cells, and the upregulation of CCl5/β-catenin/Slug pathway. Taken together, the present study has demonstrated a novel pathway involving CCl5/CCR1/β-catenin/Slug, via which hMSCs promotes CRC development.

  2. Field experiments using the rhabditid nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita or salt as control measures against slugs in green asparagus

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    Ester, A.; Rozen, van K.; Molendijk, L.P.G.

    2003-01-01

    Green asparagus (Asparagus officinalis L.) crops are frequently damaged by the grey field slug (Deroceras reticulatum). Most damage occurs in the soil, although some asparagus spears are attacked above ground. In the Netherlands damage occurs especially during the first 5 weeks of harvesting, from

  3. MicroRNA-1 targets Slug and endows lung cancer A549 cells with epithelial and anti-tumorigenic properties.

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    Tominaga, Eiji; Yuasa, Katsutoshi; Shimazaki, Sho; Hijikata, Takao

    2013-02-01

    MicroRNA-1 (miR-1) has recently been suggested to function as a tumor suppressor. Its functional relevance was assessed by exploring structural and tumorigenic properties of lung cancer A549 cells stably transduced with retrovirus containing pre-miR-1. A549 cells overexpressing miR-1 exhibited a significant morphological change from a mesenchymal to an epithelial phenotype characterized by cell polarization and intercellular junctions. The cells showed increased expression of E-cadherin, which colocalized with cortical actin filaments and vinculin to form typical adherens junction at the apical regions of intercellular borders. Additionally, they exhibited occludin-positive tight junctions at similar apical regions. Moreover, their migratory and invasive activities were inhibited, and their sensitivity to doxorubicin was increased slightly compared to control mock-infected cells. These structural and tumorigenic properties induced by miR-1 were associated with the reduced expression of Slug, which was a transcriptional repressor of E-cadherin or an inducer of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Consistently, Slug was identified as a miR-1 target by bioinformatics and a luciferase reporter assay with plasmids containing luciferase-Slug 3'UTR. Collectively, the data presented here suggest that re-expression of miR-1 may be an effective therapy that prevents cancer malignancy by converting cells from a mesenchymal phenotype to an epithelial phenotype via the downregulation of Slug. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Effect of slug grazing on biomass production of a plant community during a short-term biodiversity experiment

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    Lanta, Vojtěch

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 32, - (2007), s. 145-151 ISSN 1146-609X R&D Projects: GA ČR GD206/03/H034 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60050516 Keywords : biodiverzity * preference grazing * slug s Subject RIV: EF - Botanics Impact factor: 1.306, year: 2007

  5. Plastid-bearing sea slugs fix CO2 in the light but do not require photosynthesis to survive

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    Christa, Gregor; Zimorski, Verena; Woehle, Christian; Tielens, Aloysius G. M.; Wägele, Heike; Martin, William F.; Gould, Sven B.

    2014-01-01

    Several sacoglossan sea slugs (Plakobranchoidea) feed upon plastids of large unicellular algae. Four species—called long-term retention (LtR) species—are known to sequester ingested plastids within specialized cells of the digestive gland. There, the stolen plastids (kleptoplasts) remain photosynthetically active for several months, during which time LtR species can survive without additional food uptake. Kleptoplast longevity has long been puzzling, because the slugs do not sequester algal nuclei that could support photosystem maintenance. It is widely assumed that the slugs survive starvation by means of kleptoplast photosynthesis, yet direct evidence to support that view is lacking. We show that two LtR plakobranchids, Elysia timida and Plakobranchus ocellatus, incorporate 14CO2 into acid-stable products 60- and 64-fold more rapidly in the light than in the dark, respectively. Despite this light-dependent CO2 fixation ability, light is, surprisingly, not essential for the slugs to survive starvation. LtR animals survived several months of starvation (i) in complete darkness and (ii) in the light in the presence of the photosynthesis inhibitor monolinuron, all while not losing weight faster than the control animals. Contrary to current views, sacoglossan kleptoplasts seem to be slowly digested food reserves, not a source of solar power. PMID:24258718

  6. Casting evaluation of U-Zr alloy system fuel slug for SFR prepared by injection casting method

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    Song, Hoon; Kim, Jong-Hwan; Kim, Ki-Hwan; Lee, Chan-Bock

    2013-01-01

    Metal fuel slugs of U-Pu-Zr alloys for Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) have conventionally been fabricated by a vacuum injection casting method. Recently, management of minor actinides (MA) became an important issue because direct disposal of the long-lived MA can be a long-term burden for a tentative repository up to several hundreds of thousand years. In order to recycle transuranic elements (TRU) retained in spent nuclear fuel, remote fabrication capability in a shielded hot cell should be prepared. Moreover, generation of long-lived radioactive wastes and loss of volatile species should be minimized during the recycled fuel fabrication step. In order to prevent the evaporation of volatile elements such as Am, alternative fabrication methods of metal fuel slugs have been studied applying gravity casting, and improved injection casting in KAERI, including melting under inert atmosphere. And then, metal fuel slugs were examined with casting soundness, density, chemical analysis, particle size distribution and microstructural characteristics. Based on these results there is a high level of confidence that Am losses will also be effectively controlled by application of a modest amount of overpressure. A surrogate fuel slug was generally soundly cast by improved injection casting method, melted fuel material under inert atmosphere

  7. The gastropod menace: slugs on Brassica plants affect caterpillar survival through consumption and interference with parasitoid attraction

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    Terrestrial molluscs and insect herbivores play a major role as plant consumers in a number of ecosystems, but their direct and indirect interactions have hardly been explored. The omnivorous nature of slugs makes them potential disrupters of predator-prey relationships, as a direct threat to small ...

  8. Cutaneous application of an accessory-gland secretion after sperm exchange in a terrestrial slug (Mollusca : Pulmonata)

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    Benke, Mandy; Reise, Heike; Montagne-Wajer, Kora; Koene, Joris M

    Competition for fertilisation in hermaphroditic animals seems to have led to many odd behaviours and complex morphologies involved in the transfer of accessory-gland products to the partner. Terrestrial slugs of the genus Deroceras show remarkably elaborate and interspecifically diverse penis

  9. A Reflection about Finite Induction: reporting an experience Uma Reflexão sobre a Indução Finita: relato de uma experiência

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    Angela Marta Pereira das Dores Savioli

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to reflect on finite induction and present a proposal for teaching this subject in a course for future mathematics teachers. Using investigative activities in the classroom, a mathematics experiment is proposed for the students in which they pose problems, experiment and conjecture. In doing so, we hope to contribute to the education of future mathematic teachers. Keywords: Finite induction. Experience. Investigation.Pretende-se neste trabalho fazer uma reflexão sobre a indução finita e apresentar uma proposta para o ensino da mesma num curso de formação de professores de matemática. Utilizando-se de uma atividade de investigação em sala de aula, propõe-se realizar uma experiência matemática com os alunos, fazendo-os experimentar, conjecturar e formalizar um problema. Espera-se assim, contribuir para a formação do futuro professor de matemática. Palavras-chave: Indução finita. Experiência. Investigação.

  10. Motor elétrico de indução: “uma das dez maiores invenções de todos os tempos”

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    Fernando Lang da Silveira

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/2175-7941.2012v29n1p114 O objetivo deste trabalho é apresentar dois projetos de motores elétricos de indução efetiváveis em um laboratório de ensino de eletromagnetismo. O motor elétrico de indução, cuja patente original é de Nikola Tesla (1888 surpreendentemente está ausente dos livros de física geral de ensino médio ou superior e também não é encontrado usualmente em laboratórios de ensino de física. Além da inegável importância de tal tipo de motor no cotidiano, seja nos eletrodomésticos, seja como máquinas de alta potência, ele ilustra belamente a Lei de Faraday-Lenz.

  11. Banana Slug

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    First, Lucas

    2009-01-01

    Everyone insists that a person should go to a college that is right for him/her, somewhere that fits who he/she is, a place where a they belong. There are more than 4,000 colleges and universities in this country; how will a person find the one that is right for them? In this article, the author suggests that one should follow the mascot when…

  12. Artificial induction of lactation in cattle Indução artificial de lactação em bovinos

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    Priscila Ribeiro Corradi Freitas

    2010-10-01

    protocolos de indução da lactação. O grupo 1 recebeu nos dias um, oito e 21 somatotropina bovina recombinante - bSTr (500 mg; nos dias dois a oito cipionato de estradiol (0,075 mg/kg PV e acetato de medroxi progesterona (0,25 mg/kg PV, do dia nove ao 15 cipionato de estradiol (0,037 mg/kg PV; no dia 19 prostaglandina F2α (0,530 mg e dias 19 a 21 acetato de isoflupredona (0,05 mg/kg PV. O grupo 2 recebeu, nos dias um, oito e 21 bSTr (500 mg, nos dias dois a 15 benzoato de estradiol (0,071 mg/kg PV, do dia dois ao oito acetato de medroxi progesterona (0,25 mg/kg PV, no dia 19 prostaglandina F2α (0,530 mg, e dias 19 a 21 acetato de isoflupredona (0,05 mg/kg PV. Todos os animais tiveram o úbere e tetos massageados do dia 17 a 21 por cinco minutos. As ordenhas foram realizadas a partir do 22º dia da indução. Após o início da lactação, os dois grupos receberam bSTr (500 mg a cada 14 dias. Utilizou-se delineamento inteiramente ao acaso, com 20 repetições por tratamento e arranjo em parcelas subdivididas. A avaliação dos protocolos foi realizada por análise de variância utilizando-se o teste de Fisher a 5% e a produção por dia de lactação por análise de regressão. A lactação foi induzida com sucesso em 85% dos animais. Os animais do grupo 2 apresentaram média de produção de 21,9 ± 12,9 kg leite/dia sendo superior a média do grupo 1 de 18,9 ± 11,5 kg leite/dia. Não houve diferença quanto à composição do leite nos dois grupos. Vinte e nove vacas foram inseminadas, destas 41,1% ficaram gestantes.

  13. Expression analysis of E-cadherin, Slug and GSK3β in invasive ductal carcinoma of breast

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    Prasad, Chandra P; Rath, Gayatri; Mathur, Sandeep; Bhatnagar, Dinesh; Parshad, Rajinder; Ralhan, Ranju

    2009-01-01

    Cancer progression is linked to a partially dedifferentiated epithelial cell phenotype. The signaling pathways Wnt, Hedgehog, TGF-β and Notch have been implicated in experimental and developmental epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT). Recent findings from our laboratory confirm that active Wnt/β-catenin signaling is critically involved in invasive ductal carcinomas (IDCs) of breast. In the current study, we analyzed the expression patterns and relationships between the key Wnt/β-catenin signaling components- E-cadherin, Slug and GSK3β in IDCs of breast. Of the 98 IDCs analyzed, 53 (54%) showed loss/or reduced membranous staining of E-cadherin in tumor cells. Nuclear accumulation of Slug was observed in 33 (34%) IDCs examined. Loss or reduced level of cytoplasmic GSK3β expression was observed in 52/98 (53%) cases; while 34/98 (35%) tumors showed nuclear accumulation of GSK3β. Statistical analysis revealed associations of nuclear Slug expression with loss of membranous E-cadherin (p = 0.001); nuclear β-catenin (p = 0.001), and cytoplasmic β-catenin (p = 0.005), suggesting Slug mediated E-cadherin suppression via the activation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway in IDCs. Our study also demonstrated significant correlation between GSK3β nuclear localization and tumor grade (p = 0.02), suggesting its association with tumor progression. The present study for the first time provided the clinical evidence in support of Wnt/β-catenin signaling upregulation in IDCs and key components of this pathway - E-cadherin, Slug and GSK3β with β-catenin in implementing EMT in these cells

  14. Seasonal polyphenism in larval type: rearing environment influences the development mode expressed by adults in the sea slug Alderia willowi.

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    Krug, Patrick J; Gordon, Dominique; Romero, Melissa R

    2012-07-01

    Dimorphisms occur when alternative developmental pathways produce discrete phenotypes within a species, and may promote evolutionary novelty in morphology, life history, and behavior. Among marine invertebrates, intra-specific dimorphism in larval type (poecilogony) is notably rare, but should provide insight into the selective forces acting on larval strategies. Most established cases of poecilogony appear to be allelic polymorphisms, with local expression regulated by population-genetic processes. Here, we present evidence that dimorphic larval development in the sea slug Alderia willowi is a seasonal polyphenism; the type of larvae produced by an adult slug depends on the rearing environment in which that slug matured. In field surveys of 1996-1999 and 2007-2009, the population in Mission Bay, San Diego (California, USA) produced only short-lived lecithotrophic larvae in summer and early fall, but a varying proportion of slugs expressed planktotrophy in winter and spring. In laboratory experiments, slugs reared under summer conditions (high temperature, high salinity) produced the highest proportion of lecithotrophic offspring, whereas winter conditions (low temperature, low salinity) induced the lowest proportion of lecithotrophy. The shift to a nondispersive morph under summer conditions may be an adaptive response to historical closure of coastal wetlands during the dry season in southern California, which would inhibit dispersal by larvae of back-bay taxa. In most animal polyphenisms, a single larval type is produced and the rearing environment determines which adult phenotype develops. In contrast, alternative larval morphs are produced by A. willowi in response to seasonal cues experienced by the adult stage, varying the phenotype and dispersal potential of offspring. As the only known case of polyphenism in mode of larval development, A. willowi should become a model organism for mechanistic studies of dimorphism and the evolution of alternative life

  15. Targeting miR-155 suppresses proliferation and induces apoptosis of HL-60 cells by targeting Slug/PUMA signal.

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    Liang, Hui; Dong, Ziyan; Liu, Jiang-Feng; Chuang, Wei; Gao, Li-Zhen; Ren, Yu-Guo

    2017-09-01

    Recent studies have shown that high miR-155 expression was associated with poor prognosis in patients with acute myelogeneous leukemia (AML). Furthermore, targeting miR-155 results in monocytic differentiation and apoptosis. However, the exact role and mechanisms of miR-155 in human AML remains speculative. HL-60 cells were treated with anti-miR-155 for 72 h. Cell growth and apoptosis in vitro were detected by MTT, BrdU proliferation, colony formation and flow cytometry assay. The effect of anti-miR-155 on growth of HL-60 cells was also evaluated in a leukemia mouse model. Slug cDNA and PUMA siRNA trannsfection was used to assess the signal pathway. Different protein expression was detected by western blot assay and quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) assay. The results shown that targeting miR-155 resulted in a 24-fold decrease of miR-155 expression compared to negative control in the HL-60 cells. Targeting miR-155 significantly downregulated Slug and upregulated PUMA expression, and decreased HL-60 cell growth by 70% , impaired colony formation by approximately 60%, and increased HL-60 cell apoptosis by 45%. Targeting PUMA reversed miR-155 sliencing-induced proliferation and apoptosis of HL-60 cells. Restoration of Slug decreased PUMA expression. In murine engraftment models of HL-60 cells, we showed that targeting miR-155 was able to reduce tumor growth. This was accompanied with decreased Slug expression and increased PUMA expression in these tumors. Collectively, our findings strongly suggest targeting miR-155 exhibited in vivo and in vitro antileukemic activities in AML through a novel mechanism resulting in inhibition of Slug expression and increase of PUMA expression.

  16. Expression of Slug in S100β-protein-positive cells of postnatal developing rat anterior pituitary gland.

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    Horiguchi, Kotaro; Fujiwara, Ken; Tsukada, Takehiro; Yako, Hideji; Tateno, Kozue; Hasegawa, Rumi; Takigami, Shu; Ohsako, Shunji; Yashiro, Takashi; Kato, Takako; Kato, Yukio

    2016-02-01

    Among heterogeneous S100β-protein-positive (S100β-positive) cells, star-like cells with extended cytoplasmic processes, the so-called folliculo-stellate cells, envelop hormone-producing cells or interconnect homophilically in the anterior pituitary. S100β-positive cells are known, from immunohistochemistry, to emerge from postnatal day (P) 10 and to proliferate and migrate in the parenchyma of the anterior pituitary with growth. Recent establishment of S100β-GFP transgenic rats expressing specifically green fluorescent protein (GFP) under the control of the S100β-promoter has allowed us to observe living S100β-positive cells. In the present study, we first confirmed that living S100β-positive cells in tissue cultures of S100β-GFP rat pituitary at P5 were present prior to P10 by means of confocal laser microscopy and that they proliferated and extended their cytoplasmic processes. Second, we examined the expression of the Snail-family zinc-finger transcription factors, Snail and Slug, to investigate the mechanism behind the morphological changes and the proliferation of S100β-positive cells. Interestingly, we detected Slug expression in S100β-positive cells and its increase together with development in the anterior pituitary. To analyze downstream of SLUG in S100β-positive cells, we utilized specific small interfering RNA for Slug mRNAs and observed that the expression of matrix metalloprotease (Mmp) 9, Mmp14 and chemokine Cxcl12 was down-regulated and that morphological changes and proliferation were decreased. Thus, our findings suggest that S100β-positive cells express Slug and that its expression is important for subsequent migration and proliferation.

  17. Predation by carabid beetles on the invasive slug Arion vulgaris in an agricultural semi-field experiment.

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    Pianezzola, E; Roth, S; Hatteland, B A

    2013-04-01

    Arion vulgaris Moquin-Tandon 1855 is one of the most important invasive species in Europe, affecting both biodiversity and agriculture. The species is spreading in many parts of Europe, inflicting severe damage to horticultural plants and cultivated crops partly due to a lack of satisfactory and effective management solutions. Molluscicides have traditionally been used to manage slug densities, although the effects are variable and some have severe side-effects on other biota. Thus, there is a need to explore potential alternatives such as biological control. The nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita is the only biological agent that has been applied commercially so far. However, other biological control agents such as carabid beetles have also been found to be promising. In addition, some carabid species have been shown to feed on A. vulgaris in the field as well as in the laboratory. Two species in particular have been found to be important predators of A. vulgaris, and these species are also common in agricultural environments: Pterostichus melanarius and Carabus nemoralis. This study is the first to use semi-field experiments in a strawberry field, manipulating densities, to investigate how P. melanarius and C. nemoralis affect densities of A. vulgaris eggs and juveniles, respectively. Gut contents of C. nemoralis were analysed using multiplex PCR methods to detect DNA of juvenile slugs. Results show that both P. melanarius and C. nemoralis significantly affect densities of slug eggs and juvenile slugs under semi-field conditions and that C. nemoralis seems to prefer slugs smaller than one gram. Carabus nemoralis seems to be especially promising in reducing densities of A. vulgaris, and future studies should investigate the potential of using this species as a biological control agent.

  18. Automatic detection of ''bore slug'' in tubes; Detection automatique des manques de metal internes sur tubes

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    Bisiaux, B.; Deutsch, S.; Tailleux, O.; Mette, F. [CEV Vallourec, Aulnoye (France)

    2001-07-01

    During the tube manufacturing for the petroleum industry, the lacks of internal metal (called Bore Slug) can be created during the hot rolling. These large defects are not good detected by the classic UT and by the wall thickness measurement. That's why VALLOUREC developed an automatic UT device which works by transmission. Nevertheless, this system is too little selective and can cause no doubtful pipes (tubes good detected bad). We adapted a Bore Slug control system on the VMOG UK RP20 at the end of August. The results are rather good and showed a good detection of the Bore Slug and very little no doubtful pipes. (authors)

  19. Sea slugs, subliminal pictures and vegetative state patients: Boundaries of consciousness in classical conditioning.

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    Tristan A Bekinschtein

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Classical (trace conditioning is a specific variant of associative learning in which a neutral stimulus leads to the subsequent prediction of an emotionally charged or noxious stimulus after a temporal gap. When conditioning is concurrent with a distraction task, only participants who can report the relationship (the contingency between stimuli explicitly show associative learning. This suggests that consciousness is a prerequisite for trace conditioning. We review and question three main controversies concerning this view. Firstly, virtually all animals, even invertebrate sea slugs, show this type of learning; secondly, unconsciously perceived stimuli may elicit trace conditioning; and thirdly, some vegetative state patients show trace learning. We discuss and analyze these seemingly contradictory arguments to find the theoretical boundaries of consciousness in classical conditioning. We conclude that trace conditioning remains one of the best measures to test conscious processing in the absence of explicit reports.

  20. Standard Test Method for Measuring Heat-Transfer Rate Using a Thermal Capacitance (Slug) Calorimeter

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    2008-01-01

    1.1 This test method describes the measurement of heat transfer rate using a thermal capacitance-type calorimeter which assumes one-dimensional heat conduction into a cylindrical piece of material (slug) with known physical properties. 1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. 1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard. Note 1—For information see Test Methods E 285, E 422, E 458, E 459, and E 511.

  1. Slug-tests in PP- and PVP-holes at Olkiluoto in 2006

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    Keskitalo, K.; Lindgren, S.

    2007-11-01

    As part of the program for the final disposal of the nuclear fuel waste, Posiva Oy investigates the hydrological conditions at the Olkiluoto island. The hydraulic conductivity in the shallow holes OL-PP5, OL-PP9, OL-PP36, OL-PP39, OL-PVP4A, OL-PVP4B, OL-PVP6A, OL-PVP6B and OL-PVP14 was measured in summer 2006. The length of PP-holes varies between 12 and 15 m, and the test sections (1 m) are located in the bedrock. PVP-tubes have a length up to 10 m, and the test sections (2 m) are located in the overburden. The measurements were done using the slug-test technique. In the slug-test, the hydraulic head in the borehole is abruptly changed either by pouring water into the borehole or by lowering the pressure sensor. The conductivity is interpreted based on the recovery of the water level. This report presents the field measurements and their interpretation. The interpretation has been done using the Hvorslev's method, and for reference, conductivity has also been calculated according to Thiem's equation. According to the results, hydraulic conductivity in PP-holes ranges from 10 -9 m/s to 10 -6 m/s and in PVP-tubes from 10 -8 m/s to 10 -5 m/s. The range is similar as observed in measurements of years 2002, 2004 and 2005. In general the results are consistent with the results obtained in earlier measurements. Some exceptions exist in OL-PP9, where the conductivity is lower than in the 2005 measurements, but still at the same level as in the 2002 measurements. Also, the results agree with hydraulic conductivity interpreted from the pre-pumping done in connection with the groundwater sampling. (orig.)

  2. Volatile Elements Retention During Injection Casting of Metallic Fuel Slug for a Recycling Fast Reactor

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    Kim, Jong-Hwan; Song, Hoon; Kim, Hyung-Tae; Oh, Seok-Jin; Kuk, Seoung-Woo; Keum, Chang-Woon; Lee, Jung-Won; Kim, Ki-Hwan; Lee, Chan-Bock

    2015-01-01

    The as-cast fuels prepared by injection casting were sound and the internal integrities were found to be satisfactory through gamma-ray radiography. U and Zr were uniform throughout the matrix of the slug, and the impurities, i.e., oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen, satisfied the specification of the total impurities of less than 2000 ppm. The losses of the volatile Mn were effectively controlled using argon over pressures, and dynamic pumping for a period of time before injection showed no detrimental effect on the Mn loss by vaporization. This result suggests that volatile minor actinide-bearing fuels for SFRs can be prepared by improved injection methods. A practical process of metallic fuel fabrication for an SFR needs to be cost efficient, suitable for remote operation, and capable of mass production while reducing the amount of radioactive waste. Injection casting was chosen as the most promising technique, and this technique has been applied to fuel slug fabrication for the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) driver and the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) fuel pins. Because of the simplistic nature of the process and equipment, compared to other processes examined, this process has been successfully used in a remote operation environment for fueling of the EBR-II reactor. In this study, several injection casting methods were applied in order to prepare metallic fuel for an fast reactor that control the transport of volatile elements during fuel melting and casting. Mn was selected as a surrogate alloy since it possesses a total vapor pressure equivalent to that of a volatile minor actinide-bearing fuel. U.10Zr and U.10Zr.5Mn (wt%) metallic fuels were injection cast under various casting conditions and their soundness was characterized

  3. Slug-tests in PP- and PVP-holes at Olkiluoto in 2004

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    Tammisto, E.; Hellae, P.; Lahdenperae, J.

    2005-12-01

    As part of the program for the final disposal of the nuclear fuel waste, Posiva Oy investigates the hydrological conditions at the Olkiluoto island. The hydraulic conductivity in the shallow holes PP2, PP38 and PP39 were measured in July 2004 and PVP4A, PVP4B and PVP14 in June 2004, PVP11, PVP12 and PVP13 in December 2004 and PVP2 in January 2005. The length of PP-holes varies between 13 and 24 m and the measured sections (1 m) are located in the bedrock. PVP-holes have a length up to 10 m and the measured sections (2 m) are located in the overburden. The measurements were conducted using the slug-test technique. In the slug-test the hydraulic head in the borehole is abruptly changed either by pouring water in the borehole or by lowering the pressure sensor. The conductivity is interpreted based on the recovery of the water level. This report presents the field measurements and their interpretation. The interpretation has been done using the Hvorslev's method, but for the control also Thiem's equation was applied. According to the results hydraulic conductivities in PP-holes range from 10 -9 m/s to 10 -4 m/s and in PVP-holes from 10 -6 m/s to 10 -4 m/s. The range is almost the same as in measurements of year 2002. Also the results from holes measured both 2002 and 2004 are very close to each other. The results agree also with hydraulic conductivity information available from the pre-pumping done in connection of the groundwater sampling. (orig.)

  4. Torta de mamona não destoxificada na indução da muda forçada em poedeiras comerciais

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    K.S.M. Mucida

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se o uso de dietas com diferentes porcentagens de torta de mamona não destoxificada (TM na indução da muda forçada, sendo utilizadas 120 poedeiras Lohman LSL de 81 semanas, distribuídas ao acaso em quatro tratamentos, com cinco repetições de seis aves. Um dos tratamentos consistiu na indução da muda pelo método do jejum por 11 dias, e os demais no uso de dietas de muda, compostas pela mistura de dieta de postura e TM nas quantidades de 20, 30 e 40%, por até 21 dias ou até quando as aves atingissem 23% de perda do peso. Diferenças significativas foram observadas nos eritrócitos, no hematócrito, na concentração média de hemoglobina globular, na proteína total do plasma, nos leucócitos e na alanina aminotransferase, medidos durante a indução da muda, bem como no desempenho das aves após a muda, no que diz respeito ao consumo de ração, à porcentagem de postura, ao peso do ovo, à massa do ovo e à conversão alimentar. A qualidade dos ovos não variou estatisticamente entre os métodos avaliados. A utilização da dieta de muda forçada contendo 40% de TM promoveu resultados semelhantes aos obtidos com o método do jejum, tanto para consumo de ração, porcentagem de postura, peso do ovo, massa do ovo, e conversão alimentar, como inerentes à qualidade dos ovos, quanto para densidade específica, unidade Haugh, porcentagens de gema, casca e albúmen. No entanto, menores alterações nos valores de eritrócitos, hematócrito e alanina aminotransferase foram observadas nesse método supracitado. O uso da dieta de muda contendo 40% de TM mostrou-se uma alternativa viável ao uso do método do jejum.

  5. PageRank versatility analysis of multilayer modality-based network for exploring the evolution of oil-water slug flow.

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    Gao, Zhong-Ke; Dang, Wei-Dong; Li, Shan; Yang, Yu-Xuan; Wang, Hong-Tao; Sheng, Jing-Ran; Wang, Xiao-Fan

    2017-07-14

    Numerous irregular flow structures exist in the complicated multiphase flow and result in lots of disparate spatial dynamical flow behaviors. The vertical oil-water slug flow continually attracts plenty of research interests on account of its significant importance. Based on the spatial transient flow information acquired through our designed double-layer distributed-sector conductance sensor, we construct multilayer modality-based network to encode the intricate spatial flow behavior. Particularly, we calculate the PageRank versatility and multilayer weighted clustering coefficient to quantitatively explore the inferred multilayer modality-based networks. Our analysis allows characterizing the complicated evolution of oil-water slug flow, from the opening formation of oil slugs, to the succedent inter-collision and coalescence among oil slugs, and then to the dispersed oil bubbles. These properties render our developed method particularly powerful for mining the essential flow features from the multilayer sensor measurements.

  6. A role for benzo[a]pyrene and Slug in invasive properties of fibroblast-like synoviocytes in rheumatoid arthritis: a potential molecular link between smoking and radiographic progression.

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    Lee, Jaejoon; Jeong, Hyemin; Park, Eun-Jung; Hwang, Ji Won; Bae, Eun-Kyung; Ahn, Joong Kyong; Ahn, Kwang-Sung; Koh, Eun-Mi; Cha, Hoon-Suk

    2013-12-01

    To investigate the effects of benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P), a major toxic component of cigarette smoke, on the expression of Slug and to determine the effect of B[a]P/Slug on the invasive properties of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS). The expression of Slug was measured by real-time PCR following the stimulation of FLS with different concentrations of B[a]P or EGF. The phosphorylation of the key enzymes in the signaling pathway was analyzed by western blots. Inhibitors of PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway were used to confirm the critical pathway for Slug expression. An in vitro cell invasion assay was performed using RA FLS treated with Slug cDNA, Slug small interference RNA, or control. Slug expression increased significantly following treatment with B[a]P or EGF in a dose-dependent manner. The stimulation of FLS with B[a]P or EGF induced the phosphorylation of Akt kinase, but not in ERK, JNK and p38. The Slug mRNA expression induced by B[a]P and EGF decreased significantly following the treatment with PI3K/Akt/mTOR inhibitors. Slug overexpression using Slug cDNA upregulated the invasive function of FLS, and Slug depletion using siRNA showed the opposite effect compared with the control. In addition, the stimulation with B[a]P increased the invasive function of the control siRNA-treated FLS but not in the Slug siRNA-treated FLS. Our data showed that B[a]P regulates the invasive properties of RA FLS through Slug expression. This mechanism may provide a novel molecular link underlying the association between smoking and increased radiographic progression in RA. Copyright © 2013 Société française de rhumatologie. Published by Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.

  7. PLC and SCADA based automation of injection casting process for casting of uranium-zirconium blanket fuel slugs for metallic fuel fabrication

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    Yathish Kumar, G.; Jagadeeschandran, J.; Avvaru, Prafulla Kumar; Yadaw, Abhishek Kumar; Lavakumar, R.; Prabhu, T.V.; Muralidharan, P.; Anthonysamy, S.

    2016-01-01

    Fabrication of metallic (U-6wt.%Zr) slugs involves melting of binary alloy under vacuum and injection casting into quartz moulds at high pressure. Injection casting system housed inside glove box comprises of high vacuum, induction melting, high pressure control, motion control, mould preheating, chamber cooling, crucible handling and glove box pressure control systems. The technology development for process automation of injection casting system and process optimisation for fabrication of metallic (U-6%Zr) slugs is outlined in this paper. (author)

  8. Efeito da administração de deslorelina na indução de estro em cadelas no anestro

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    2008-01-01

    Avaliou-se a eficácia de uma formulação injetável de deslorelina (agonista do GnRH) na indução de estro em cadelas no anestro e seus efeitos no aparelho genital, com uma ou múltiplas aplicações. Treze animais compuseram os grupos: Grupo 1 (n=5, 2,0mg de deslorelina via IM), Grupo 2 (n=5, quatro injeções IM de 2,0mg de deslorelina em dias alternados) e Grupo Controle (n=3, quatro injeções IM de solução salina em dias alternados). Foram realizadas avaliações clínicas diárias do comportamento se...

  9. A Organização Mundial do Comércio – OMC e os mecanismos de indução ao cumprimento

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    Fernando Lopes Ferraz Elias

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo investiga os mecanismos de indução ao cumprimento nos domínios da OMC. Inicialmente, consideramos a importância da ideia de adaptações eficientes. A seguir, analisamos dados e estatísticas desse regime internacional. Concluímos que o cumprimento das regras e decisões da OMC depende da concessão de incentivos a seus membros. This article investigates the international legal compliance in WTO. Initially, we consider the importance of the idea of efficient adaptations. Then, we examine data and statistics of international this international regime. We conclude that the compliance with the rules and decisions of the WTO depends on the provision of incentives for its members.

  10. Indução do Parto com Misoprostol: Comparação entre duas Doses Labor Induction with Misoprostol: Comparison of Two Dose Regimens

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    Dimas Augusto Carvalho de Araújo

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: comparar a eficácia e segurança entre duas doses de misoprostol administradas por via vaginal para amadurecimento cervical e indução do parto. Pacientes e Métodos: sessenta e uma pacientes com indicação médica para indução do parto e colo desfavorável foram incluídas neste estudo. Vinte e oito pacientes receberam 25 µg e trinta e três 50 µg de misoprostol, a intervalos de 4 horas, até um período máximo de 24 horas. Resultados: a rotura prematura de membranas, gestação prolongada e doença hipertensiva específica da gestação foram as principais indicações para a indução do parto. O intervalo de tempo, em minutos, entre inserção do misoprostol até o parto vaginal foi similar nos grupos de 25 µg (416,3 ± 148,1 e 50 µg (425 ± 135,9. A porcentagem de parto vaginal foi de 82,2% e 81,9% nos grupos de 25 e 50 µg, respectivamente. Não houve diferença significativa entre os grupos no que se refere a complicações maternas e fetais. Conclusões: a administração de misoprostol por via vaginal mostrou-se um método eficiente e seguro para o amadurecimento cervical e indução do parto. A dose de 25 µg mostrou ter eficácia e segurança comparável à de 50 µg.Purpose: to compare the efficacy and safety between two doses of intravaginal misoprostol for cervical ripening and induction of labor. Patients and Methods: sixty-one patients with medical indication for induction of labor and unfavorable cervix were included in this study. Twenty-eight of them received 25 µg and thirty-three 50 µg misoprostol, every four hours until delivery. Results: premature rupture of membranes, prolonged gestation and preeclampsia were the main indications for labor induction. The time interval, in minutes, from insertion of misoprostol until delivery was similar for the 25 µg (416.3 ± 148.1 and 50 µg (425.0 ± 135.9 groups. The percentage of vaginal delivery was 82.2% and 81.9% in the groups of 25µg and 50 µg

  11. Indução anestésica com a técnica de seqüência rápida

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    2004-01-01

    JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A indução da anestesia por meio da técnica de seqüência rápida é utilizada, principalmente, para proteger as vias aéreas, quando há risco de aspiração do conteúdo gástrico. O objetivo deste artigo é revisar a técnica e os diferentes protocolos que buscam o uso racional dos fármacos disponíveis, visando condições ideais de intubação traqueal, sem aumentar o risco de aspiração do conteúdo gástrico ou de outras complicações. CONTEÚDO: Apresenta uma revisão da técnica d...

  12. Uma contribuição ao estudo do comportamento termico e do desempenho eletrico de motores de indução com rotor em gaiola

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    1992-01-01

    Resumo: Apresenta-se um modelo matemático térmico e elétrico para um motor de indução com rotor em gaiola o qual permite especificar sob Condições térmicas e elétricas, baseado somente e dados de catálogos e informações técnicas de fabricantes o melhor motor a um acionamento. Considera-se as variações dos parâmetros do rotor devido ao efeito pelicular e as variações das resistências dos enrolamentos do estator e do rotor com a temperatura. A precisão do modelo é comprovada experimentalmente. ...

  13. Expression of transcription factors Slug in the lens epithelial cells undergoing epithelial-mesenchymal transition induced by connective tissue growth factor

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To investigate the expression of transcription factors Slug in human lens epithelial cells (HLECs undergoing epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT induced by connective tissue growth factor (CTGF.METHODS: HLECs were treated with CTGF of different concentrations (20, 50 and 100 ng/mL or without CTGF (control for 24h. The morphological changes of HLECs were analysed by microscopy. The expression and cellular localization of Slug was evaluated by immumo-fluorescence. Expressions of Slug, E-cadherin and alpha smooth muscle actin (α-SMA were further determined by Western blot analysis. RESULTS: HLECs showed spidle fibrolasts-like characteristics and loosely connected each other after CTGF treatment. The immuno-fluorescence staining indicated that Slug was localized in the nuclei and its expression was induced by CTGF. The relative expressions of Slug protein were 1.64±0.11, 1.96 ±0.03, 3.12 ±0.10, and 4.08±0.14, respectively, in response to control group and treatment with CTGF of 20, 50 and 100 ng/mL (F=443.86, PCONCLUSION: Transcription factor Slug may be involved in EMT of HLECs induced by CTGF in vitro.

  14. Monitoring-well installation, slug testing, and groundwater quality for selected sites in South Park, Park County, Colorado, 2013

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    Arnold, Larry R. Rick

    2015-01-01

    During May–June, 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Park County, Colorado, drilled and installed four groundwater monitoring wells in areas identified as needing new wells to provide adequate spatial coverage for monitoring water quality in the South Park basin. Lithologic logs and well-construction reports were prepared for each well, and wells were developed after drilling to remove mud and foreign material to provide for good hydraulic connection between the well and aquifer. Slug tests were performed to estimate hydraulic-conductivity values for aquifer materials in the screened interval of each well, and groundwater samples were collected from each well for analysis of major inorganic constituents, trace metals, nutrients, dissolved organic carbon, volatile organic compounds, ethane, methane, and radon. Documentation of lithologic logs, well construction, well development, slug testing, and groundwater sampling are presented in this report.

  15. A mini slug test method for determination of a local hydraulic conductivity of an unconfined sandy aquifer

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    Hinsby, Klaus; Bjerg, Poul Løgstrup; Andersen, Lars J.

    1992-01-01

    the spherical flow model of Karasaki et al. overestimated the results of the tracer tests by approximately a factor 1.4. The Dax and the Cooper et al. methods, assuming only radial flow to the partially screened well, yielded a better approximation of the horizontal hydraulic conductivity, than the Chirlin......A new and efficient mini slug test method for the determination of local hydraulic conductivities in unconfined sandy aquifers is developed. The slug test is performed in a small-diameter (1 inch) driven well with a 0.25 m screen just above the drive point. The screened drive point can be driven...... from level to level and thereby establish vertical profiles of the hydraulic conductivity. The head data from the test well are recorded with a 10 mm pressure transducer, and the initial head difference required is established by a small vacuum pump. The method described has provided 274 spatially...

  16. Assessment of Mass Transfer Coefficients in Coalescing Slug Flow in Vertical Pipes and Applications to Tubular Airlift Membrane Bioreactors

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    Ratkovich, Nicolas Rios; Berube, P.R.; Nopens, I.

    2011-01-01

    One of the operational challenges associated with membrane bioreactors (MBRs) is the fouling of the membranes. In tubular side-stream MBRs, fouling reduction can be achieved through controlling the hydrodynamics of the two-phase slug flow near the membrane surface. The two-phase slug flow induces......) cannot be applied directly. As an alternative, in this work, a multidisciplinary approach was selected, by exploiting dimensionless analysis using the Sherwood number. Mass transfer coefficients were measured at various superficial velocities of gas and liquid flow in a tubular system. Due...... to the variability of the mass transfer coefficient obtained for each experimental condition, the results were compiled into, mass transfer coefficient histograms (MTH) for analysis. A bimodal MTH was observed, with one peak corresponding to the mass transfer induced by the liquid flow, and the other peak induced...

  17. Power-Balance Control by Slug Tuner for the 175MHz Radio-Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) Linac in IFMIF Project

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    Maebara, Sunao; Moriyama, Shinichi; Saigusa, Mikio; Sugimoto, Masayoshi; Imai, Tsuyoshi; Takeuchi, Hiroshi

    2005-01-01

    RF Power-balance control among the quadrants of IFMIF 4-vane radio-frequency quadrupole (RFQ) linac structure is a critical issue, because it may be affected by the fabrication error of the 12m-long RFQ and by the perturbation due to loop antenna installation. The power-balance controllability of slug tuners was measured by a low power test, and the distortion behavior of electric fields profiles at beam bore peripheral was calculated by an electromagnetic field simulation code. From the low power test, it was found that RF power-balance up to 80% can be controlled without overlap of modes. The calculation suggested that the design requirement of distortion limit of 1% can be attained by employing 1cm slug tuner with insertion depth of 1cm or less

  18. Yttria coating on quartz mould inner surface for fabrication of metal fuel slug using injection casting process

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    Vinod, A.V.; Hemanth Kumar, S.; Manivannan, A.; Muralidaran, P.; Anthonysamy, S.; Sudha, R.

    2016-01-01

    Quartz moulds are used for casting metal alloy of U-Zr slugs by injection casting process. Ceramic (Y 2 O 3 ) coating on inner surface of the quartz mould is provided to avoid silica contamination in the fuel slugs during casting. Experiments were carried out to standardise the coating process and optimising various parameters such as particle size of Y 2 O 3 , choice of suitable binder, method for application of coating, drying and sintering at high temperature to ensure uniformity and strength of coating. Required Coating thickness of ∼40 μm was achieved on a quartz mould of inner diameter of 4.98±0.01mm. Experimental procedure for coating on inner surface of the quartz tubes using yttrium oxide is described in this work. (author)

  19. Digestive cell turnover in digestive gland epithelium of slugs experimentally exposed to a mixture of cadmium and kerosene.

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    Zaldibar, B; Cancio, I; Soto, M; Marigómez, I

    2007-11-01

    Slugs, Arion ater (L), have been proposed as sentinel organisms to assess soil health. In slugs under the influence of pollutants, digestive cell loss and the concomitant increase of excretory cells of the digestive gland have been described. The aim of the present work was to determine up to what extent digestive cell loss affects biomarkers and whether the affectation is reversible after exposure to a mixture of metal and organic pollutants. Slugs were dosed with a mixture of cadmium and kerosene in the food for 27 days. Apart from chemical analyses, the volume density of black silver deposits (Vv(BSD)) after autometallography, and acyl-CoA oxidase (AOX) activity were used as biomarkers of exposure to metals and organic compounds, respectively. As effect biomarkers, changes in the volume density of the cell types that constitute the digestive gland epithelium were calculated. Proliferating cells were identified by means of bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) immunohistochemistry. Results revealed that the mixture of pollutants provoked an increase in Vv(BSD) and AOX activity and a decrease in the number of digestive cells. These changes had no effect in the digestive gland accumulation capacity or in the effect and exposure biomarkers employed. BrdU-labelling showed that exposure to pollutants provoked an enhanced digestive cell proliferation.

  20. Slug-tests in PP- and PVP-holes at Olkiluoto in 2008

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    Keskitalo, K.

    2009-02-01

    As part of the program for the final disposal of the nuclear fuel waste, Posiva Oy investigates the hydrological conditions at the Olkiluoto island. The hydraulic conductivity in the shallow holes OL-PP36, OL-PP39, OL-PVP4A, OL-PVP4B, OL-PVP6A, OL-PVP6B, OL-PVP14, OL-PVP21, OL-PVP22, OL-PVP23, OL-PVP24, OL-PVP25, OL-PVP26, OL-PVP27, OL-PVP28, OL-PVP29, OL-HP1, OL-HP2 and OL-HP4 was measured in summer 2008. The length of PP-holes was between 12 and 14 m, and the test sections (1 m) are located in the bedrock. PVP-tubes have an average length between 3 - 11 m, and the test sections (mostly 2 m) are located in the overburden. The measurements were done using the slug-test technique. In the slug-test, the hydraulic head in the borehole is abruptly changed either by pouring water into the borehole or by lowering the pressure sensor. The hydraulic conductivity is interpreted from the recovery of the water level. This report presents the field measurements and their interpretation. The interpretation has been done using the Hvorslev's method, and for reference, conductivity has also been calculated according to Thiem's equation. According to the results, hydraulic conductivity in PP-holes ranges from 10 -9 m/s to 10 -6 m/s and in PVP-tubes from 10 -8 m/s to 10 -5 m/s. The observed range is similar as in the previous measurements in 2002 and 2004 - 2007. In general, the results are consistent with the results obtained in earlier measurements. In OL-PVP14, there seems to be a lowering trend of the conductivity. In OL-PVP4A the results seem to have slight increase year after year. Also, the results agree with hydraulic conductivity interpreted from the pre-pumping done in connection with the groundwater sampling or installation of observation tubes. (orig.)

  1. Buddly, slug, and annular two-phase flow in tight-lattice subchannels

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    Prasser, Horst-Michael; Bolesch, Charistian; Cramer, Kerstin; Papadopoulos, Petros; Saxena, Abhishek; Zboray, Robert [ETH Zurich, Dept. of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT), Zurich (Switzerland); Ito, Daisuke [Kyoto University, Research Reactor Institute, Osaka (Japan)

    2016-08-15

    An overview is given on the work of the Laboratory of Nuclear Energy Systems at ETH, Zurich (ETHZ) and of the Laboratory of Thermal Hydraulics at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland on tight-lattice bundles. Two-phase flow in subchannels of a tight triangular lattice was studied experimentally and by computational fluid dynamics simulations. Two adiabatic facilities were used: (1) a vertical channel modeling a pair of neighboring subchannels; and (2) an arrangement of four subchannels with one subchannel in the center. The first geometry was equipped with two electrical film sensors placed on opposing rod surfaces forming the subchannel gap. They recorded 2D liquid film thickness distributions on a domain of 16 × 64 measuring points each, with a time resolution of 10 kHz. In the bubbly and slug flow regime, information on the bubble size, shape, and velocity and the residual liquid film thickness underneath the bubbles were obtained. The second channel was investigated using cold neutron tomography, which allowed the measurement of average liquid film profiles showing the effect of spacer grids with vanes. The results were reproduced by large eddy simulation + volume of fluid. In the outlook, a novel nonadiabatic subchannel experiment is introduced that can be driven to steady-state dryout. A refrigerant is heated by a heavy water circuit, which allows the application of cold neutron tomography.

  2. Quasi-3D Modelling of Two-Phase Slug Flow in Pipes

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    S. Mo

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present progress obtained by the Quasi 3-Dimensional (Q3D model for pipe flows. This model is based on a multi-fluid multi-field formulation with construction and tracking of the large-scale interfaces (LSIs. The computational time is significantly reduced compared to full 3D by using a specially adopted slice-averaging technique. However, the slice-averaging generates new terms in the model equations. These terms are related to important mechanisms such as wall shear stress and turbulence production at side walls. We present some basic performance tests of the Q3D model, including single phase wall friction and the velocities of single Taylor bubbles at inclinations ranging from horizontal to vertical. Finally we report the performance of the model for slug flow in horizontal and 10° inclined pipes. The model reproduces the experimental data satisfactorily for both cases in a very short simulation time compared to full 3D.

  3. Direct-push hydrostratigraphic profiling: Coupling electrical logging and slug tests

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    Sellwood, S.M.; Healey, J.M.; Birk, S.; Butler, J.J.

    2005-01-01

    Spatial variations in hydraulic conductivity (K) can significantly affect the transport of contaminants in ground water. Conventional field methods, however, rarely provide a description of these variations at the level of detail necessary for reliable transport predictions and effective remediation designs. A direct-push (DP) method, hydrostratigraphic profiling, has been developed to characterize the spatial variability of both electrical conductivity (EC) and hydraulic conductivity in unconsolidated formations in a cost-effective manner. This method couples a dual-rod approach for performing slug tests in DP equipment with high-resolution EC logging. The method was evaluated at an extensively studied site in the Kansas River floodplain. A series of profiles was performed on a surface grid, resulting in a detailed depiction of the three-dimensional distribution of EC and K. Good agreement was found between K estimates obtained from this approach and those obtained using other methods. The results of the field evaluation indicate that DP hydrostratigraphic profiling is a promising method for obtaining detailed information about spatial variations in subsurface properties without the need for permanent wells.

  4. Coupled fluid/structure response of a reactor cover to slug impact loading

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    Smith, B.L.; Saurer, G.; Wanner, R.; Palsson, H.

    1983-05-01

    The response of an LMFBR roof structure to slug impact loads is investigated using a combined 2D and 3D approach based on the containment code SEURBNUK and the finite element structure code ADINA. A specimen roof design of box-type construction with concrete infill is adopted for the study, with dimensions appropriate to a commercial-sized fast reactor of the 'pool' type. Provision is made in the model for the location of the major roof penetrations, and the roof annulus is closed in the central section by a rigid, but movable plug concentric with the axis of symmetry. An interface between the codes SEURBNUK and ADINA is made possible by defining a 2D substitute roof model with material properties chosen to match the principal response characteristics of the detailed model. The SEURBNUK code, recently extended to account for coupling of roof loading and roof response, uses the 2D model, incorporated in an appropriate reactor geometry, to examine the fluid-structure interactions and to supply roof pressure loadings for the ADINA runs. A strategy for cross-checking the structural equivalence of the 2D and 3D roof models is developed, and this operates in parallel with the loading and response computations. The first exploratory SEURBNUK calculations are described in which the roof is represented by a simple homogeneous plate. (Auth.)

  5. Bubbly, Slug, and Annular Two-Phase Flow in Tight-Lattice Subchannels

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    Horst-Michael Prasser

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available An overview is given on the work of the Laboratory of Nuclear Energy Systems at ETH, Zurich (ETHZ and of the Laboratory of Thermal Hydraulics at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI, Switzerland on tight-lattice bundles. Two-phase flow in subchannels of a tight triangular lattice was studied experimentally and by computational fluid dynamics simulations. Two adiabatic facilities were used: (1 a vertical channel modeling a pair of neighboring subchannels; and (2 an arrangement of four subchannels with one subchannel in the center. The first geometry was equipped with two electrical film sensors placed on opposing rod surfaces forming the subchannel gap. They recorded 2D liquid film thickness distributions on a domain of 16 × 64 measuring points each, with a time resolution of 10 kHz. In the bubbly and slug flow regime, information on the bubble size, shape, and velocity and the residual liquid film thickness underneath the bubbles were obtained. The second channel was investigated using cold neutron tomography, which allowed the measurement of average liquid film profiles showing the effect of spacer grids with vanes. The results were reproduced by large eddy simulation + volume of fluid. In the outlook, a novel nonadiabatic subchannel experiment is introduced that can be driven to steady-state dryout. A refrigerant is heated by a heavy water circuit, which allows the application of cold neutron tomography.

  6. Neuronal responses to water flow in the marine slug tritonia diomedea

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    Jeffrey Blackwell

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available The marine slug Tritonia diomedea must rely on its ability to touch and smell in order to navigate because it is blind. The primary factor that influences its crawling direction is the direction of water flow (caused by tides in nature. The sensory cells that detect flow and determine flow direction have not been identified. The lateral branch of Cerebral Nerve 2 (latCeN2 has been identified as the nerve that carries sensory axons to the brain from the flow receptors inthe oral tentacles. Backfilling this nerve to the brain resulted in the labeling of a number of cells located throughout the brain. Most of the labeled cells are concentrated in the cerebral ganglion where the nerve enters the brain. The medial and lateral branches of CeN2 were backfilled for comparison of the pattern of cells from each nerve. A map of the cells innervated by latCeN2 reveals the location of the stained cells. Extracellular recording from latCeN2 revealed its involvement in the detection of water flow and orientation. The nerve becomes active in response to water flow stimulation. Intracellular recordings of the electrical activity of these cells in a live animal will be the next step to determine if these cells are the flow receptors.

  7. The Unique Propulsive Wake Pattern of the Swimming Sea Slug Aplysia

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    Zhou, Zhuoyu; Mittal, Rajat

    2017-11-01

    The Aplysia, also sometimes referred to as the `Sea Hare,' is a sea slug that swims elegantly using large-amplitude flapping of its mantle. The Sea Hare has become a very valuable laboratory animal for investigation into nervous systems and brain behavior due to its simple neural system with large neurons and axons. Recently, attempts have also been made to develop biohybrid robots with both organic actuation and organic motor-pattern control inspired by the locomotion of Aplysia. While extensive works have been done to investigate this animal's neurobiology, relatively little is known about its propulsive mechanisms and swimming energetics. In this study, incompressible flow simulations with a simple kinematical model are used to gain insights into vortex dynamics, thrust generation and energetics of locomotion. The effect of mantle kinematics on the propulsive performance is examined, and simulations indicate a unique vortex wake pattern that is responsible for thrust generation. The research is supported by NSF Grant PLR-1246317 and NSF XSEDE Grant TG-CTS100002.

  8. Modification of a compressor performance test bench for liquid slugging observation in refrigeration compressors

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    Ola, Max; Thomas, Christiane; Hesse, Ullrich

    2017-08-01

    Compressor performance test procedures are defined by the standard DIN EN 13771, wherein a variety of possible calorimeter and flow rate measurement methods are suggested. One option is the selection of two independent measurement methods. The accuracies of both selected measurement methods are essential. The second option requires only one method. However the measurement accuracy of the used device has to be verified and recalibrated on a regular basis. The compressor performance test facility at the Technische Universitaet Dresden uses a calibrated flow measurement sensor, a hot gas bypass and a mixed flow heat exchanger. The test bench can easily be modified for tests of various compressor types at different operating ranges and with various refrigerants. In addition, the modified test setup enables the investigation of long term liquid slug and its effects on the compressor. The modification comprises observational components, adjustments of the control system, safety measures and a customized oil recirculation system for compressors which do not contain an integrated oil sump or oil level regulation system. This paper describes the setup of the test bench, its functional principle, the key modifications, first test results and an evaluation of the energy balance.

  9. Neuronal Responses to Water Flow in the Marine Slug Tritonia diomedea

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    James A. Murray

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The marine slug Tritonia diomedea mustrely on its ability to touch and smell in order to navigate because it is blind. The primaryfactor that influences its crawling direction is the direction of water flow (caused bytides in nature. The sensory cells that detect flow and determine flow directionhave not been identified. The lateral branch of Cerebral Nerve 2 (latCeN2 has beenidentified as the nerve that carries sensory axons to the brain from the flow receptors inthe oral tentacles. Backfilling this nerve to the brain resulted in the labeling of a numberof cells located throughout the brain. Most of the labeled cells are concentrated in the cerebral ganglion where the nerve enters thebrain. The medial and lateral branches of CeN2 were backfilled for comparison of thepattern of cells from each nerve. A map of the cells innervated by latCeN2 reveals thelocation of the stained cells. Extracellular recording from latCeN2 revealed itsinvolvement in the detection of water flow and orientation. The nerve becomes activein response to water flow stimulation. Intracellular recordings of the electricalactivity of these cells in a live animal will be the next step to determine if these cells arethe flow receptors.

  10. Double-network gels and the toughness of terrestrial slug glue.

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    Wilks, Alex M; Rabice, Sarah R; Garbacz, Holland S; Harro, Cailin C; Smith, Andrew M

    2015-10-01

    The terrestrial slug Arion subfuscus produces a defensive secretion that is sticky and tough, despite being a dilute gel. It is unusual in having high stiffness for a gel, yet retaining the high extensibility typical of mucus. In tensile tests, it sustains an average peak stress of 101 kPa, and fails at an average strain of 9.5. This gives the gel toughness; it requires much greater strain energy to fracture than most gels. This toughness may arise from a double-network type mechanism. In this mechanism, two separate, interpenetrating networks of polymers with different properties combine to give toughness that can be several orders of magnitude greater than either network individually. Native gel electrophoresis suggests that A. subfuscus glue consists of two networks: a network of negatively charged proteins ranging in Mr from 40×10(3) to 220×10(3) that can be dissociated by hydroxylamine and a network of heparan sulfate-like proteoglycans. The two networks are not tightly linked, though proteins of Mr 40×10(3) and 165×10(3) may associate with the carbohydrates. Targeted disruption of either network separately, using enzymatic hydrolysis, disulfide bond breakage or imine bond disruption completely disrupted the glue, resulting in no measurable toughness. Thus, the two networks separately provide little toughness, but together they work synergistically to create a tough material, as predicted in the double-network mechanism. © 2015. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

  11. Simulations of severe slugging during depressurization of an oil/gas pipeline

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    M. Nordsveen

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available Dynamic simulators for pipelines with multiphase flow have proved to be important computational tools for both design and operational support of oil and gas production systems. One important aim of such simulators is to predict the arrival time and magnitude of outlet liquid transients after production changes made by an operator of a pipeline. A multiphase flow simulator (OLGA-94.1 with a two-fluid model has been applied to simulate depressurization of a pipeline during a shutdown procedure. During depressurization liquid slugs may form and propagate towards the outlet. The importance of the numerical method for predictions of such transients is demonstrated by using an Eulerian, finite difference, implicit, upwind scheme both with and without a front tracking scheme. First the initial conditions for the depressurization is established from a shut-down simulation where the production at the inlet is closed down, and the liquid comes to rest at low points along the pipeline. A realistic depressurization is simulated by opening a choke at the outlet of the pressurized pipeline. The numerical scheme without front tracking (standard scheme gives outlet gas and liquid flow rates which are smeared out in time due to numerical diffusion. Simulations with the front tracking scheme give intermittent gas-liquid flow arriving as sharp fronts at the outlet. The total remaining fluid in the pipeline after the depressurization is larger when using the standard scheme.

  12. Radiosensitivity of AsPC-1 cell to γ-rays enhanced by up-regulation of PUMA induced by targeted Slug gene

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    Zhang Kejun; Tang Limin; Jiao Xuelong; Zhang Bingyuan; Sun Chuandong; Lu Yun; Cao Hongshi

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To explore the influence of PUMA on radiosensitivity of pancreatic cancer AsPC-1 cells after Slug gene inhibition by transfected short interferencing RNA (siRNA). Methods: The AsPC-1 cells were infected with MOI 10, 50, 100 for 72 h, respectively. The expression of Slug and PUMA was analyzed by Western blotting and immunohistochemistry methods. The transfected and control cells were exposed to 4 Gy γ-rays. The cells inhibition rate was examined by MTT, Hoechst 33342 and IP double staining. DNA ladder and Giemsa staning was used to observe apoptosis. Results: The relative value of Slug expression was 0.831±0.14, 0.546±0.12 and 0.178±0.08 after AsPC-1 was infected with Slug-siRNA (MOI 10, 50, 100) for 72 h, significantly lower than that of control group (F=4.992, P<0.05). The relative value of PUMA was 0.325±0.07, 0.593±0.11 and 0.978±0.12, after AsPC-1 was infected with Slug-siRNA (MOI 10, 50, 100) for 72 h, significantly higher than that of control group (F=4.324, P<0.05). The cell proliferation rate was (78.76±9.36)% in transfection combined with radiosensitivity group, significantly higher than that of transfection group [(43.68±6.71)%] and radiosensitivity group alone [(19.25±3.72)%] (F=5.056, P<0.05). The apoptosis of transfection combined with radiosensitivity group was significantly higher than that of others. Conclusions: Slug gene targeting siRNA could inhibit the expression of Slug, and consequently increase the activation of PUMA expression, and so enhance the radiosensitivity to γ-rays. (authors)

  13. Expression of transcription factors Slug in the lens epithelial cells undergoing epithelial-mesenchymal transition induced by connective tissue growth factor.

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    Wang, Ying-Na; Qin, Li; Li, Jing-Ming; Chen, Li; Pei, Cheng

    2015-01-01

    To investigate the expression of transcription factors Slug in human lens epithelial cells (HLECs) undergoing epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) induced by connective tissue growth factor (CTGF). HLECs were treated with CTGF of different concentrations (20, 50 and 100 ng/mL) or without CTGF (control) for 24h. The morphological changes of HLECs were analysed by microscopy. The expression and cellular localization of Slug was evaluated by immumo-fluorescence. Expressions of Slug, E-cadherin and alpha smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) were further determined by Western blot analysis. HLECs showed spidle fibrolasts-like characteristics and loosely connected each other after CTGF treatment. The immuno-fluorescence staining indicated that Slug was localized in the nuclei and its expression was induced by CTGF. The relative expressions of Slug protein were 1.64±0.11, 1.96 ±0.03, 3.12 ±0.10, and 4.08±0.14, respectively, in response to control group and treatment with CTGF of 20, 50 and 100 ng/mL (F=443.86, PSlug protein levels were correlated well with up-expression of α-SMA (0.78±0.05, 0.85±0.06, 2.17±0.15, 2.86±0.10; F=449.85, PSlug may be involved in EMT of HLECs induced by CTGF in vitro.

  14. Indução da ovulação com gonadotrofina coriônica humana em éguas Crioulas

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    Jordana Beal

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available O efeito da idade, diâmetro folicular e mês da estação de monta (setembro a janeiro na indução da ovulação com hCG foi avaliado em 123 éguas Crioulas. A idade das éguas variou entre dois e 24 anos e os animais foram examinados diariamente por palpação retal e ultrassonografia com transdutor linear de 5 MHz. Quando os folículos ovarianos atingiram diâmetro de 30 a 35 milímetros aplicou-se uma injeção intravenosa com 1000 UI (n = 39; 1500 UI (n = 41 ou 2000 UI (n = 43 de hCG. As éguas foram cobertas no dia seguinte e examinadas diariamente até a detecção da ovulação. O percentual de éguas que ovularam antes de 24 h da injeção de hCG foi de 10,3%, 7,3% e 4,7%, até 48h após a injeção foi de 92,3%, 85,3% e 86,0%, nos grupos com 1000, 1500 e 2000 UI de hCG, respectivamente. O mês da estação de monta, a idade das éguas ou o diâmetro folicular não influenciaram a resposta ovulatória. As três doses de hCG utilizadas em éguas Crioulas (P >; 0,05 resultaram na indução da ovulação dentro de 48h após a aplicação, quando foi identificado um folículo pré-ovulatório de 30 a 35 mm de diâmetro. Uma única dose de 1000 UI de hCG é eficiente para induzir a ovulação em éguas Crioulas.

  15. 3-dimensional Simulation of an Air-lift Pump from Bubbly to Slug Flow

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    Jo, Hongrae; Jo, Daeseong [Kyungpook National Univ, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    The air-lift pump has been used in various applications with its merit that it can pump up without any moving parts. E.g. coffee percolator, petroleum industry, suction dredge, OTEC i.e. ocean thermal energy conversion and so on. By the merit, it has high durability for high temperature water or vapor, and fluid-solid mixture like waste water, muddy water and crude, which cause problems when it's pumped up with general pumps. In this regard, the air-lift pump has been one of the most desirable technology. A typical air-lift pump configuration is illustrated in Figure 01. The principle of this pump is very simple. When air is injected from the injector at bottom of a submerged tube, i.e., air bubbles are suspended in the liquid, the average density of the mixture in the tube is less than that of the surrounding fluid in the reservoir. Then hydrostatic pressure over the length of the tube is decreased. This buoyancy force causes a pumping action. The comparison of the simulated results, experimental result, and theoretical result is been able by data shown as Figure 04. They have similar trends but they also have a little differences because there are some limits of simulating the flow regimes. At the different flow condition, different coefficients for friction factor or pressure drop should be used, but this simulation uses a laminar condition and the theoretical equations are valid only for slug regime where the air flow rate is lower than the other regimes. From these causes, the differences has arisen, and difference comes bigger as the air flow rate increases, i.e., becoming annular flow regime or churn flow regime.

  16. Multi-level slug tests in highly permeable formations: 2. Hydraulic conductivity identification, method verification, and field applications

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    Zlotnik, V.A.; McGuire, V.L.

    1998-01-01

    Using the developed theory and modified Springer-Gelhar (SG) model, an identification method is proposed for estimating hydraulic conductivity from multi-level slug tests. The computerized algorithm calculates hydraulic conductivity from both monotonic and oscillatory well responses obtained using a double-packer system. Field verification of the method was performed at a specially designed fully penetrating well of 0.1-m diameter with a 10-m screen in a sand and gravel alluvial aquifer (MSEA site, Shelton, Nebraska). During well installation, disturbed core samples were collected every 0.6 m using a split-spoon sampler. Vertical profiles of hydraulic conductivity were produced on the basis of grain-size analysis of the disturbed core samples. These results closely correlate with the vertical profile of horizontal hydraulic conductivity obtained by interpreting multi-level slug test responses using the modified SG model. The identification method was applied to interpret the response from 474 slug tests in 156 locations at the MSEA site. More than 60% of responses were oscillatory. The method produced a good match to experimental data for both oscillatory and monotonic responses using an automated curve matching procedure. The proposed method allowed us to drastically increase the efficiency of each well used for aquifer characterization and to process massive arrays of field data. Recommendations generalizing this experience to massive application of the proposed method are developed.Using the developed theory and modified Springer-Gelhar (SG) model, an identification method is proposed for estimating hydraulic conductivity from multi-level slug tests. The computerized algorithm calculates hydraulic conductivity from both monotonic and oscillatory well responses obtained using a double-packer system. Field verification of the method was performed at a specially designed fully penetrating well of 0.1-m diameter with a 10-m screen in a sand and gravel alluvial

  17. Expression of E-cadherin, Slug and NCAM and its relationship to tumor invasiveness in patients with acromegaly

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    Full Text Available Pituitary adenomas account for 10–15% of primary intracranial tumors. Growth hormone (GH-secreting adenomas account for 13% of all pituitary adenomas and cause acromegaly. These tumors can be aggressive, invade surrounding structures and are highly recurrent. The objective of this study was to evaluate E-cadherin, Slug and neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM expression in GH-secreting pituitary adenomas and its relationship to tumor invasiveness. A cross–sectional study of patients who underwent hypophysectomy due to GH-secreting pituitary adenoma from April 2007 to December 2014 was carried out. The medical records were reviewed to collect clinical data. Immediately after surgery, tumor samples were frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored in a biofreezer at –80°C for assessment of E-cadherin 1 (CDH1, SLUG (SNAI2, and NCAM (NCAM1 by real-time PCR. The samples were fixed in formalin and embedded in paraffin for immunohistochemical analysis of E-cadherin and NCAM. Thirty-five patients with acromegaly were included in the study. Of these, 65.7% had invasive tumors. Immunohistochemically, E-cadherin was expressed in 96.7% of patients, and NCAM in 80% of patients. There was no statistically significant relationship between tumor grade or invasiveness and immunohistochemical expression of these markers. Regarding gene expression, 50% of cases expressed CDH1, none expressed SNAI2, and 53.3% expressed NCAM1. There was no statistically significant relationship between tumor grade or invasiveness and gene expression of CDH1, SNAI2, and NCAM1. The absence of Slug overexpression and of E-cadherin and NCAM suppression suggests that expression of these markers is not associated with tumor invasiveness in GH-secreting pituitary adenomas.

  18. Characteristic behavior of bubbles and slugs in transient two-phase flow using image-processing method

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    Goto, Shoji; Ishizaki, Yasuo; Ohashi, Hirotada; Akiyama, Mamoru

    1995-01-01

    Simulation of transient two-phase flow has been performed by solving transient hydrodynamic equations. However, constitution relations used in this simulation are primarily based on steady-state experimental results. Thus it is important to understand the transient behavior of bubbles and slugs, in particular, transient behavior of the void fraction, the interfacial area and the flow pattern, to confirm the applicability of the present simulation method and to advance two-phase flow simulation further. The present study deals with measurement of transient two-phase flow. We have measured local and instantaneous void fractions using imaging techniques, and compared the experimental data with simulation results. (author)

  19. The effects of the slug biological control agent, Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita (Nematoda), on non-target aquatic molluscs.

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    Morley, N J; Morritt, D

    2006-06-01

    The nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita is used as a commercial biological control agent of slugs in the UK. Although it is known to affect other terrestrial mollusc species, its effects on freshwater molluscs are not known. The present study investigated the effects of P. hermaphrodita on the survival of juvenile Lymnaea stagnalis and Physa fontinalis, two common freshwater snails, at 'spray tank' concentration and a 50% diluted 'spray tank' concentration over a 14-day period. Survival of L. stagnalis was significantly reduced at both application levels but P. fontinalis suffered no mortalities over the experimental period. The possible differential mechanisms of pathology between the two host species are discussed.

  20. Chloroplast digestion and the development of functional kleptoplasty in juvenile Elysia timida (Risso, 1818 as compared to short-term and non-chloroplast-retaining sacoglossan slugs.

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    Elise Marie Jerschabek Laetz

    Full Text Available Sacoglossan sea slugs are the only metazoans known to perform functional kleptoplasty, the sequestration and retention of functional chloroplasts within their digestive gland cells. Remarkably, a few species with this ability can survive starvation periods of 3-12 months likely due to their stolen chloroplasts. There are no reports of kleptoplast transfer from mother slug to either eggs or juveniles, demonstrating that each animal must independently acquire its kleptoplasts and develop the ability to maintain them within its digestive gland. We present here an investigation into the development of functional kleptoplasty in a long-term kleptoplast retaining species, Elysia timida. Laboratory-reared juvenile slugs of different post-metamorphic ages were placed in starvation and compared to 5 known short-term retaining slug species and 5 non-retaining slug species. The subsequent results indicate that functional kleptoplasty is not performed by E. timida until after 15 days post-metamorphosis and that by 25 days, these animals outlive many of the short-term retention species. Digestive activity was also monitored using lysosomal abundance as an indicator, revealing different patterns in starving juveniles versus adults. Starved juveniles were reintroduced to food to determine any differences in digestive activity when starvation ends, resulting in an increase in the number of kleptoplasts, but no overall change in lysosomal activity. By revealing some of the changes that occur during early development in these animals, which begin as non-kleptoplast-retaining and grow into long-term retaining slugs, this investigation provides a basis for future inquiries into the origin and development of this remarkable ability.

  1. Binding of the transcription factor Slug to the L1CAM promoter is essential for transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β)-induced L1CAM expression in human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cells.

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    Geismann, Claudia; Arlt, Alexander; Bauer, Iris; Pfeifer, Marco; Schirmer, Uwe; Altevogt, Peter; Müerköster, Susanne Sebens; Schäfer, Heiner

    2011-01-01

    Members of the Slug/Snail family of transcription factors are thought to drive epithelial-mesenchymal-transition (EMT) in preneoplastic epithelial cells, thereby contributing to malignant transformation. One mediator in the EMT of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cells and a potential target gene of Slug is the cellular adhesion molecule L1CAM. Using the human pancreatic ductal epithelial cell line H6c7 and the PDAC cell line Panc1, we could show that along with TGF-β1-induced EMT, L1CAM expression is increased in a Slug- but not Snail-dependent fashion. Two E-box recognition motifs in the L1CAM promoter upstream of the most distal transcriptional start site could be verified by gel shift and supershift assay to interact with Slug. ChIP assays detected an increased interaction of Slug with both recognition motifs of the human L1CAM promoter in TGF-β1-treated H6c7 cells, whereas binding of Snail was downregulated. Moreover, ChIP assays with Panc1 cells confirmed this interaction of Slug with the human L1CAM promoter and further detected an interaction of both recognition sites with RNA-polymerase II in a Slug-dependent fashion. Luciferase reporter gene assays using wild-type or single- and double-mutated variants of the L1CAM promoter confirmed transcriptional activation by Slug involving both recognition motifs. By demonstrating the direct transcriptional control of L1CAM expression through Slug during TGF-β1-induced EMT of PDAC cells, our findings point to a novel mechanism by which Slug contributes quite early to tumorigenesis. Moreover, our study is the first one describing the control of the human L1CAM promoter in tumor cells.

  2. Numerical simulation of two-phase slug flow with liquid carryover in different diameter ratio T-junction

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    Pao, W.; Hon, L.; Saieed, A.; Ban, S.

    2017-10-01

    A smaller diameter conduit pointing at 12 o’clock position is typically hot-tapped to a horizontal laying production header in offshore platform to tap produced gas for downstream process train. This geometric feature is commonly known as T-junction. The nature of multiphase fluid splitting at the T-junction is a major operational challenge due to unpredictable production environment. Often, excessive liquid carryover occurs in the T-junction, leading to complete platform trip and halt production. This is because the downstream process train is not designed to handle excessive liquid. The objective of this research is to quantify the effect of different diameter ratio on phase separation efficiency in T-junction. The liquid carryover is modelled as two-phase air-water flow using Eulerian Mixture Model coupled with Volume of Fluid Method to mimic the slug flow in the main pipe. The focus in this paper is 0.0254 m (1 inch) diameter horizontal main arm and vertical branch arm with diameter ratio of 1.0, 0.5 and 0.3. The present research narrowed the investigation to only slug flow regime using Baker’s map as reference. The investigation found that, contrary to common believe, smaller diameter ratio T-junction perform worse than larger diameter ratio T-junction.

  3. Effect of deslorelin on the induction of estrus in anestrous bitches Efeito da deslorelina na indução de estro em cadelas no anestro

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The efficacy of one or multiple doses of an injectable formulation of deslorelin (a GnRH agonist was evaluated to induce estrus in anestrous bitches. Thirteen animals composed three groups: group 1 (n=5, single IM injection of 2mg deslorelin, group 2 (n=5, four IM injections of 2mg deslorelin in alternate days, and control group (n=3, four IM saline injections in alternate days. Daily clinical evaluations, sexual behavior, vaginal cytology, plasma progesterone concentration, ovaryhysterectomy and macroscopic evaluation of the uterus and ovaries were done. In group 1, none of the bitches showed signs of estrus, while two developed clinical signs and vaginal cytology of proestrus. In group 2, all animals presented proestrus, four presented estrus, and three ovulated; resulting in a functional corpus luteum and high progesterone concentration until day 25 of diestrus, when ovaryhysterectomy was performed. The duration of the stages of deslorelin induced cycles and the progesterone profile were similar to those described in the literature, and no side effects were observed. In conclusion, injectable formulation of deslorelin in multiple injections was effective to induce fertile estrus in anestrous bitches.Avaliou-se a eficácia de uma formulação injetável de deslorelina (agonista do GnRH na indução de estro em cadelas no anestro e seus efeitos no aparelho genital, com uma ou múltiplas aplicações. Treze animais compuseram os grupos: grupo 1 (n=5, 2mg de deslorelina via IM, grupo 2 (n=5, quatro injeções IM de 2mg de deslorelina em dias alternados e grupo-controle (n=3, quatro injeções IM de solução salina em dias alternados. Foram realizadas avaliações clínicas diárias do comportamento sexual, da citologia vaginal, da dosagem de progesterona plasmática, da ovario-histerectomia e avaliação macroscópica do útero e dos ovários. No grupo 1, as cadelas não exibiram sinais de estro, mas duas apresentaram sinais clínicos e

  4. Desenvolvimento tecnológico e a indução jurídica em face da Constituição do Brasil de 1988

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    Eduardo

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available A Constituição Brasileira de 1988 enaltece no Art. 219 que o mercado interno, integra o patrimônio nacional e será incentivado para possibilitar a autonomia tecnológica do país. Em face desta norma constitucional e das competências para intervenção do Estado sobre o domínio econômico (Art. 174 CF/88, destaque-se a indução como o caminho para atrair os setores da atividade econômica privada nesta empreitada. A temática de inovações, inclusive, as tecnológicas impõem atenção e devem ser tratadas no nível de setor estratégico para o desenvolvimento socioeconômico, conforme propõe Joseph Schumpeter. Neste sentido têm os governos competência constitucional, nos termos do Art. 218, para intervir em favor dos investimentos públicos e privados no âmbito das ciências, pesquisa e capacitação tecnológicas. Este dever tem por fundamento a concretização dos objetivos constitucionais de garantir o desenvolvimento nacional (Art. 3º, II. É o caminho que Norberto Bobbio denomina do uso das técnicas de encorajamento que, por sua vez, não abandonam a imagem tradicional do direito como ordenamento protetor-repressivo. Mas, enaltece, a função promocional do estado em sua legítima atribuição socioeconômica desenvolvimentista, conforme defende John Maynard Keynes.

  5. Descrição de dieta purificada para indução de quadro de desnutrição protéica em ratos

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    Márcia Queiroz Latorraca

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    Full Text Available No presente trabalho é descrita a composição de dieta hipoprotéica (6% de proteína purificada para indução de quadro de desnutrição em roedores. A referida dieta foi padronizada em laboratório a partir de modificação da AIN-93 (documento do American Institute of Nutrition que estabelece os padrões nutricionais para roedores de laboratório, visando a obtenção de animais desnutridos para estudar as alterações metabólicas decorrentes da desnutrição protéica associada a situações como exercício físico, gestação e diabetes. A dieta em questão contém os seguintes componentes (g/ kg: amido de milho (480, caseína (71,5, dextrina de milho (159, sacarose (121, óleo de soja (70, microcelulose (50, mistura mineral AIN-93-G-MX (35, mistura de vitaminas AIN-93-G-VX, (10, L-cistina (1, cloridrato de colina (2,5. Ratos alimentados cronicamente com a dieta apresentaram sinais comumente presentes na desnutrição protéica humana e de animais de laboratório: redução do ganho de peso, hipoproteinemia, hipoalbuminemia, elevação dos ácidos graxos livres séricos e do glicogênio hepático.

  6. Effect of Gas- and Liquid-injection Methods on Formation of Bubble and Liquid Slug at Merging Micro T-junction

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    Lee, Jun Kyoung [Kyungnam Univ., Changwon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Chi Young [Pukyong Nat’l Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-04-15

    In the present experimental study, the effect of gas- and liquid-injected methods on the formation of bubble and liquid slug at the merging micro T-junction of a square microchannel with dimensions 600 μm × 600 μm was investigated. Nitrogen and water were used as test fluids. The superficial velocities of the liquid and gas were in the range of 0.05 - 1 m/s, and 0.1 - 1 m/s, respectively, where the Taylor flow was observed. The bubble length, liquid slug length, bubble velocity, and bubble generation frequency were measured by analyzing the images captured using a high-speed camera. Under similar inlet superficial velocity conditions, in the case of gas injection to the main channel at the merging T-junction (T{sub g}as-liquid), the lengths of the bubble and liquid slug were longer, and the bubble generation frequency was lower than in the case of liquid injection to the main channel at the merging T-junction (T{sub l}iquid-gas). On the other hand, in both cases, the bubble velocity was almost the same. The previous correlation proposed using experimental data for T{sub l}iquid-gas had predicted the present experimental data of bubble length, bubble velocity, liquid slug length, and bubble generation frequency for T{sub g}as-liquid to be ~24%, ~9%, ~39%, ~55%, respectively.

  7. Susceptibility of the eggs of the field slug Deroceras reticulatum to contact with pesticides and substances of biological origin on artificial soil

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    Iglesias, J.; Castillejo, J.; Ester, A.; Castro, R.; Lombardia, M.J.

    2002-01-01

    The toxicity of 14 substances, including a number of pesticides, to the eggs of the pest slug Deroceras reticulatum was determined in laboratory experiments. Eggs were kept in contact with a precisely defined artificial soil to which a range of concentrations of the test substances had been applied.

  8. Downregulation of miR-218 contributes to epithelial-mesenchymal transition and tumor metastasis in lung cancer by targeting Slug/ZEB2 signaling.

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    Shi, Z-M; Wang, L; Shen, H; Jiang, C-F; Ge, X; Li, D-M; Wen, Y-Y; Sun, H-R; Pan, M-H; Li, W; Shu, Y-Q; Liu, L-Z; Peiper, S C; He, J; Jiang, B-H

    2017-05-04

    Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has been recognized as a key element of cell migration and invasion in lung cancer; however, the underlying mechanisms are not fully elucidated. Recently, emerging evidence suggest that miRNAs have crucial roles in control of EMT and EMT-associated traits such as migration, invasion and chemoresistance. Here, we found that miR-218 expression levels were significantly downregulated in lung cancer tissues compared with adjacent non-cancerous tissues, and the levels of miR-218 were significantly associated with histological grades and lymph node metastasis. Overexpression of miR-218 inhibited cell migration and invasion as well as the EMT process. Of particular importance, miR-218 was involved in the metastatic process of lung cancer cells in vivo by suppressing local invasion and distant colonization. We identified Slug and ZEB2 as direct functional targets of miR-218. Inverse correlations were observed between miR-218 levels and Slug/ZEB2 levels in cancer tissue samples. In addition, overexpression of miR-218 in H1299 increased chemosensitivity of cells to cisplatin treatment through suppression of Slug and ZEB2. These findings highlight an important role of miR-218 in the regulation of EMT-related traits and metastasis of lung cancer in part by modulation of Slug/ZEB2 signaling, and provide a potential therapeutic strategy by targeting miR-218 in NSCLC.

  9. Knockdown of Erk/Slug signals increases radiosensitivity of MDA-MB-231 cells to γ-rays by upregulating PUMA

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    Hou Jiyuan; Liu Zimin; Liu Xing'an; Shan Guoyong; Cao Weihong

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To study the role Erk/Slug signal pathway in the radiosensitivity of MDA-MB-231 cells. Methods: MDA-MB-231 cells were transfected with NF-κBp65 siRNA, PUMA siRNA and Slug siRNA respectively or treated with U0126 for 24h, then the cells were irradiated with 4 Gy γ-ray. At different time points post-irradiation, the expressions of Erk1/2, NF-κBp65, Slug and PUMA protein were detected. The cell survival rate and apoptotic index were detected by MTT and TUNEL methods. Resluts: Compared with 4 Gy irradiated group, the expression of PUMA was reduced in NF-κB p65 siRNA/4 Gy group, the expressions of Slug and Erk1/2 were obviously decreased but PUMA increased in U0126/4 Gy group, the expression of Erk1/2 had no change but the expression of PUMA increased significantly in Slug siRNA/4 Gyγ group. Meanwhile, at 48h post-irradiation, for U0126/4 Gy group and Slug siRNA/4 Gy group, cells survival rates were decreased to 19.78±2.71 (F = 11.39, P < 0.05) and 17.41±4.58 (F = 15.31, P < 0.05), cell apoptosis rates were 28.61±4.70 (F = 9.84, P < 0.05) and 27.55±6.41 (F = 10.31, P < 0.05), respectively. At 24 h post-irradiation, for NF-κB p65 siRNA/4 Gy group and PUMA siRNA/4 Gy group, cell survival rates approached to 85.65±9.60 (F = 12.31, P < 0.05) and 87.53±11.50 (F = 13.68, P < 0.05), and cell apoptosis rates declined to 3.28±0.78 (F = 10.83, P < 0.05) and 3.46±0.84 (F = 9.92, P < 0.05). Conclusions: The radiosensitivity of MDA-MB-231 cells was relative to the induction of NF-κB up-regulated PUMA, and the radioresistance was caused by the up-regulation of Slug induced by Erk1/2, which inhibited the expression of PUMA. (authors)

  10. Enzimas marcadoras de indução de resistência diferencialmente reguladas em soja resistente e suscetível à ferrugem-asiática-da-soja

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    Hebréia Oliveira Almeida

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar, por meio de enzimas marcadoras, a indução de resistência à ferrugem-asiática-da-soja em genótipos de soja contrastantes quanto à suscetibilidade a Phakopsora pachyrhizi. Aproteína total e as atividades de cinco enzimas marcadoras da indução de resistência (lipoxigenases, peroxidases, fenilalanina amônia-liase, quitinases e β-1, 3-glucanases foram avaliadas em extratos de folhas de plantas de soja dos genótipos Embrapa 48 (suscetível e PI 561356 (resistente, submetidas à inoculação ou não com o patógeno. Foram observadas respostas de defesa discrepantes entre os dois genótipos e entre os tempos de coleta (12, 72 e 168 horas após inoculação. A resposta de indução dessas enzimas assemelha-se à defesa bifásica, para Embrapa 48, e é consistente com o observado para outros patossistemas. No entanto, o genótipo PI 561356 respondeu com diminuição da concentração de proteína total e das atividades enzimáticas, o que indica redução do metabolismo geral das plantas infectadas. Há um importante mecanismo de resistência do genótipo PI 561356, ainda não relatado, embasado em vias que envolvem essas enzimas marcadoras e em mecanismos que utilizam menor concentração de proteínas, como os de via metabólica de resposta em cascata.

  11. Atenuação do afundamento de tensão em geradores síncronos isolados quando submetidos a partida direta de motores de indução

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    Silva, Fernando Bento

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    O presente trabalho apresenta uma proposta baseada no chaveamento controlado de capacitores no instante da partida direta de motores de indução trifásicos, quando estes são supridos energeticamente por geradores síncronos isolados. Este procedimento possibilita atenuar, ou até eliminar o afundamento de tensão que ocorre durante este período transitório. Permitindo uma condição de partida mais suave dos motores, quando vista pelo gerador síncrono. Para a validação da proposta, será confront...

  12. Avaliação da técnica de indução em sequência rápida dos anestesiologistas de um hospital universitário

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    Ursula Bueno do Prado Guirro

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A indução da anestesia geral em pacientes com "estômago cheio" pode resultar em regurgitação do conteúdo gástrico e aspiração pulmonar. A indução em sequência rápida (ISR tem a função de minimizar o intervalo de tempo entre a perda dos reflexos protetores da via aérea e intubação traqueal com um tubo com balonete. O objetivo desse estudo foi avaliar a execução da indução em sequência rápida entre os anestesiologistas do Hospital São Paulo. MÉTODO: Os participantes responderam o questionário de forma voluntária e anônima, após esclarecimento e livre consentimento. O questionário continha 60 questões acerca dos pontos fundamentais da ISR. As questões se dividiam em pré-oxigenação, circuitos, drogas utilizadas na indução (opioides, hipnóticos, bloqueadores neuromusculares, técnicas de pressão cricoide, intubação e intubação difícil. RESULTADOS: Foram aplicados 75 questionários, sendo 22 descartados por preenchimento incompleto. Todos anestesiologistas declaram sempre realizar pré-oxigenação e administrar opioide, hipnótico e bloqueador neuromuscular. A maioria utiliza fentanila (83%, propofol (74,5% e succinilcolina (68,6%. Todos anestesiologistas realizam pressão cricoide. A maioria não soube a pressão correta a ser aplicada na cartilagem cricoide. As falhas de intubação já ocorreram com 71,7% dos anestesiologistas e com 40% a regurgitação. Diante de uma intubação difícil e inesperada, 35,5% dos anestesiologistas solicitam máscara laríngea. CONCLUSÕES: Este estudo mostrou uma ampla variedade individual na técnica da ISR, fato já relatado por diversos autores. A dificuldade em se estabelecer um protocolo de ISR pode ser atribuída às constantes evidências que a ciência proporciona, fazendo da atualização parte da boa prática médica ao longo dos tempos.

  13. Avaliação das variações hemodinâmicas durante a indução anestésica em pacientes hipertensos tratados

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    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Devido à alta prevalência da hipertensão arterial sistêmica, ao aumento da expectativa de vida e ao aprimoramento dos métodos diagnósticos e das técnicas cirúrgicas, essa comorbidade tornar-se-á comum em pacientes cirúrgicos. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o comportamento das variáveis hemodinâmicas dos pacientes hipertensos tratados durante a indução anestésica. MÉTODO: Estudo observacional sobre o comportamento das variáveis hemodinâmicas (pressão arterial sistólica, pressão arterial diastólica e freqüência cardíaca durante a indução anestésica dos pacientes hipertensos e normotensos, escalados para operações eletivas submetidos à anestesia geral em quatro momentos consecutivos durante a indução anestésica: preparo (MP, fármaco (MF, laringoscopia/intubação (ML e laringoscopia/intubação 5 min (ML5. RESULTADOS: A amostra foi composta por 128 pacientes distribuídos nos grupos de pacientes hipertensos (GH e normotensos (GN. Houve diminuição da PAD no momento MF em ambos os grupos, com menor redução percentual no GH (18,3 ± 14,0% versus 23,0 ± 11,4%, p = 0,04. Houve aumento das PAS e PAD no momento ML em ambos os grupos, com menores elevações percentuais no GH (8,2 ± 16,3% versus 18,2 ± 21,2%, p < 0,01; 8,6 ± 20,2% versus 25,0 ± 27,9%, p < 0,01; respectivamente para PAS e PAD. Quanto à PAS e PAD, após ML5, e à FC não houve diferença entre os grupos. CONCLUSÕES: Os pacientes hipertensos tratados com níveis pressóricos controlados apresentaram maior estabilidade hemodinâmica durante a indução anestésica.

  14. Crawling through time: Transition of snails to slugs dating back to the Paleozoic, based on mitochondrial phylogenomics.

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    Medina, Mónica; Lal, Shruti; Vallès, Yvonne; Takaoka, Tori L; Dayrat, Benoît A; Boore, Jeffrey L; Gosliner, Terrence

    2011-03-01

    Sea slugs (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia) are characterized by extensive morphological homoplasy. In particular, reduced or absent shells are predominant throughout the group. This trend towards shell loss has resulted in a poor fossil record. DNA-based phylogenies have been helpful in improving our understanding of the evolution of this group and major clades are emerging. We report 13 new complete opisthobranch mitochondrial genomes that provide robust support for some of these emerging nodes. We name three new clades within the Opisthobranchia, the Actopleura (Acteonoidea plus Nudipleura), Placoesophaga (Cephalaspidea plus Anaspidea), and Siphoglossa (Sacoglossa plus the Siphonaria). Finally we use molecular clock dating that suggests an earlier opisthobranch divergence than previously reported. The implications of this evolutionary scenario are discussed. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. microRNA-203 suppresses invasion of gastric cancer cells by targeting ERK1/2/Slug/ E-cadherin signaling.

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    Gao, Peng; Wang, Shijie; Jing, Fuchun; Zhan, Jiang; Wang, Yunhui

    2017-01-01

    Growing evidence suggests that microRNA plays an essential role in the development and metastasis of many tumors, including gastric cancer (GC). Expression of microRNA-203 (miR-203) has been reported to decrease in GC. In addition, overexpression of miR-203 inhibits grow of GC cells in vitro and in vivo. However, whether miR-203 affects cell migration and invasion of GC remains unclear. This study aimed to reveal the role of miR-203 on migration and invasion of GC, and its potential mechanisms. Synthetic pre-miR-203 (miR-203), anti-miR-203 and scrambled negative control RNAs was transfected into the gastric cancer SGC7901 cells to generate miR-203 or anti-miR-203-transfected stable clones. The roles of miR-203 on cell invasion and motility were then analyzed by Transwell migration assay and Wound healing assay in vitro. Using siRNA to targeting ERK1/2, Slug, and E-cadherin or Slug cDNA transfection (to increase Slug expression) to examine the miR-203 signaling pathway. We also examined the efficacies of miR-203 or anti-miR-203 on peritoneal metastasis of SGC7901 cells in the nude mouse model. Overexpression of miR-203 inhibits SGC7901 cell invasion and motility, followed by decreased phospho-ERK1/2 (pERK1/2) and Slug expression, as well as increased E-cadherin expression. Re-expression of Slug in miR-203/SGC7901cells decreased E-cadherin expression and restored the invasive phenotypes. Targeting E-cadherin in miR-203/SGC7901cells also restored the invasive phenotypes. Inhibition of miR-203 promotes SGC7901 cell invasion and motility, followed by increased phospho-ERK1/2 (pERK1/2) and Slug expression, as well as decreased E-cadherin expression. Targeting ERK1/2 or Slug in anti-miR-203/SGC7901cells increased E-cadherin expression and reversed the invasive phenotypes. In addition, targeting ERK1/2 decreased Slug and increased the E-cadherin expression. Significantly, we found that miR-203 could exert marked inhibition of the peritoneal metastasis of SGC7901 in nude

  16. Intoxicação experimental por Simarouba versicolor (Simaroubaceae em ovinos e indução de resistência ao consumo da planta

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Simarouba versicolor é uma árvore semidecídua pertencente à família Simaroubaceae. Um surto de intoxicação por S. versicolor em bovinos por brotos da planta presente no pasto em Mato Grosso do Sul e sua reprodução experimental foram descritos. Esse estudo teve por objetivos verificar experimentalmente se os ovinos podem ser utilizados como modelo clínico-patológico no estudo da intoxicação por Simarouba versicolor St. Hil. (fam. Simaroubaceae, determinar se há indução de resistência pela ingestão de pequenas e repetidas doses e, se a planta mantém sua toxicidade quando dessecada. Foram realizados dois experimentos, sendo o primeiro com folhas verdes ou folhas dessecadas e trituradas de S. versicolor em doses únicas de 5g/kg, 5g/kg e 3g/kg a três ovinos (Ovino 1, 2 e 3 respectivamente. O experimento 2, foi realizado com diferentes doses diárias de folhas dessecadas e trituradas de S. versicolor em quatro ovinos que receberam 1,5g/kg, 0,75g/kg, 0,6g/kg e 0,3g/kg e, com um ovino que recebeu 3g/kg como controle positivo (Ovino 4. A administração foi suspensa quando os ovinos apresentaram sinais clínicos da intoxicação. Após doze dias de recuperação, os animais sobreviventes foram desafiados com a mesma dose diária da planta ingerida anteriormente para avaliar o desenvolvimento de resistência. Os sinais clínicos observados nos dois experimentos caracterizaram-se por anorexia, mucosas oculares congestas, polidipsia, sialorreia, fezes pastosas que evoluíram para diarreia líquida fétida esverdeada, decúbito lateral e morte para os Ovinos 1 a 7. As principais lesões histológicas observadas foram necrose do tecido linfoide (linfonodos, baço, placas de Peyer e enterite necrosante. Com os resultados obtidos, pode-se concluir que os ovinos podem ser utilizados como modelo experimental clínico-patológico na intoxicação por S. versicolor. Com o método utilizado, não houve resistência ao consumo diário de folhas

  17. Avaliação de Músicas Compostas para Indução de Relaxamento e de seus Efeitos Psicológicos

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    Marília Nunes-Silva

    Full Text Available Resumo O presente estudo teve por objetivo avaliar as características das músicas compostas por dois diferentes compositores para a fase preparatória da Abordagem Direta do Inconsciente/Terapia de Integração Pessoa (ADI/TIP e seus efeitos psicológicos, buscando verificar se elas contribuem para a indução de relaxamento. Para tanto, foi realizada inicialmente a análise teórica das músicas com o intuito de verificar se apresentavam características estruturais consideradas relaxantes, evidenciadas pelos estudos experimentais revisados. Posteriormente, as músicas foram avaliadas considerando os efeitos subjetivos eliciados pela sua audição. Participaram do estudo 72 voluntários, divididos em quatro condições: 1 Compositor A; 2 Compositor B; 3 Coletânea (músicas utilizadas em estudos prévios para promover o relaxamento; e 4 Sem audição musical. Os participantes responderam a um protocolo de avaliação da percepção subjetiva de sentimentos e emoções antes e depois de serem expostos à condição experimental. Os dados do protocolo foram comparados com os dados obtidos na análise teórica das músicas. Apesar de as músicas do compositor A apresentarem mais características estruturais relaxantes do que as do compositor B, todas as músicas analisadas foram consideradas como relaxantes e tiveram efeito para redução da pontuação da categoria de “Raiva/Medo” do protocolo utilizado. Isso indica que as músicas utilizadas na fase preparatória do método ADI/TIP possuem características relaxantes e contribuem para diminuição de sensações correspondentes a uma valência negativa e excitabilidade alta, favorecendo à promoção do estado de relaxamento necessário à eficácia deste método terapêutico.

  18. Misoprostol sublingual versus vaginal para indução do parto a termo Sublingual versus vaginal misoprostol for labor induction of term pregnancies

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    Olímpio Barbosa de Moraes Filho

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: comparar efetividade e segurança de uso de comprimido sublingual de 25 µg de misoprostol com o comprimido vaginal de 25 µg do misoprostol na indução do parto com idade gestacional e > 37 semanas e colo uterino desfavorável. MÉTODOS: realizou-se ensaio clínico controlado e aleatorizado, não cego, na Maternidade Monteiro de Morais (CISAM-UPE, em Recife, no período de outubro de 2003 a fevereiro de 2004. Participaram do estudo 123 gestantes com idade gestacional e > 37 semanas, índice de Bishop PURPOSE: to compare the effectiveness and safety of sublingual misoprostol (25 µg versus vaginal misoprostol (25 µg (Prostokos® for labor induction with gestational age > 37 weeks and unripe cervices. METHODS: a randomized controlled clinical trial was performed at the Maternidade Monteiro de Morais (CISAM-UPE, in Recife - PE, Brazil, from October 2003 to February 2004. One hundred and twenty-three women with gestational age > 37 weeks, Bishop score <8, not in labor and with medical indication for interruption of pregnancy were included in this study. The women received randomly 25 µg sublingual misoprostol or 25 µg vaginal misoprostol every 6 h, not exceeding eight doses. In order to evaluate the differences between the groups, means, standard deviations, Student's t-test, c² trend and Mann-Whitney test were used. The statistical significance was considered to be 5%. RESULTS: there were no significant differences between the number of women with vaginal delivery in the sublingual group as compared with the vaginal group (65.5 vs 75.8%, p<0.22, or in the interval of time between the induction onset and delivery (24 h and 42 min vs 20 h and 37 min respectively, p=0.11. The two groups, sublingual and vaginal, also did not differ as to the hyperstimulation syndrome (1.7 vs 3.2%, p=0.95, meconium incidence (5.2 vs 4.8%, p=0.74, Apgar score <7 at 5 min (3.4 vs 4.8%, p=0.98 and other adverse effects. CONCLUSION: twenty-five micrograms of

  19. Modelo de indução de diarréia osmótica em bezerros holandeses Model for osmotic diarrhea in holstein calves

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    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de avaliar um protocolo de diarréia osmótica induzida, foram utilizados 18 bezerros hígidos, com idade entre oito e 30 dias de vida, e peso variando de 37 a 50kg. A diarréia e a desidratação foram induzidas por meio da administração de leite integral (16,5mL kg-1, sacarose (4g kg-1, espirolactona e hidroclorotiazida (2mg kg-1, a cada oito horas, durante dois dias. O exame físico e as coletas de sangue para determinações de componentes do hemograma, hemogasometria e de constituintes bioquímicos foram realizados em T0 (0h, T1 (24hi e T2 (48hi. O protocolo de indução da diarréia obteve 100% de eficiência, produzindo diarréia aquosa e desidratação intensa (13% do peso corpóreo acompanhadas de azotemia pré-renal, aumento nos valores do hematócrito, hemoglobina e proteína total, hipercalemia, hiperlactemia, hiperfosfatemia, acidose metabólica e diminuição do défict de volume plasmático e da pressão venosa central.Eighteen health Holstein calves between 18 and 30 days old and 37 weighting 50kg (body weight - BW were used to develop a model for inducing osmotic diarrhea in order to cause a status of dehydration. Thus, sucrose (4g kg BW-1 and spirolactone and hydrochlorothiazide (2mg g BW-1 were added to the whole milk (16.5mL kg-1 each 8h for two days. Physical examination and blood samples for hemogram, acid:base status and biochemical analysis were obtained at 0 (T0, 24h (T1 and 48h (T2. Watery diarrhea and severe dehydration (13% of the BW were seen in all calves, followed by pre-renal azotemia, high values of hematocrit, hemoglobin and total protein levels, hiperkalemia, hyperlactemia, and hyperphosphatemia, metabolic acidosis and decreased plasma volume and central venous pressure.

  20. Callus induction in leaf segments of Croton urucurana Baill Indução de calos em segmentos foliares de sangra d'água (Croton urucurana Baill

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    Ednabel Caracas Lima

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    Full Text Available Croton urucurana Baill., a species belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae, can be useful in the recovery of degraded riparian areas. In the traditional medicine, it is widely used as cicatrizant and in the treatment of rheumatism. However, its seeds present dormancy and low viability, making the propagation of this species a challenge. With the objective of establishing an alternative route for the propagation, the effect of different concentrations of 2,4-D (2,4- dichlorophenoxyacetic acid with BAP (6-benzylaminopurine or TDZ (thidiazuron and of NAA (1-naphthaleneacetic acid with BAP and their possible combinations were evaluated for callus induction in leaf segments. Callus fresh mass was evaluated forty-five days after inoculation. The isolated use of BAP and the combination of NAA with BAP did not promote calogenesis in leaf segments. Even though the combination of 2,4-D with BAP or TDZ had induced the formation of callus, it was the isolated use of 2,4-D that provided the highest callus fresh mass.A sangra d'água, espécie pertencente à família Euphorbiaceae, apresenta potencial na recuperação de matas ciliares degradadas e é extensamente utilizada na medicina tradicional, como cicatrizante e no tratamento de reumatismos. Entretanto, suas sementes apresentam dormência e baixa viabilidade, dificultando a propagação desta espécie. Avaliou-se o efeito de diferentes concentrações de 2,4-D e BAP ou TDZ e de ANA e BAP, com suas possíveis combinações, na indução de calos em segmentos foliares de sangra d'água. Quarenta e cinco dias após a inoculação, foi avaliado o peso fresco dos calos. O uso de BAP isoladamente e a combinação entre ANA e BAP não promoveram calogênese em segmentos foliares de sangra d'água. Embora a combinação de 2,4-D e BAP ou TDZ tenha induzido a formação de calos, o uso isolado de 2,4-D proporcionou o maior peso fresco destes.

  1. The displacement of oil polymer slug considering of adsorption effects; Deslocamento de oleo por banco de polimero considerando os efeitos de adsorcao

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    Ribeiro, Priscila M. [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Pires, Adolfo P. [Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense (UENF), Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    Among different Enhanced Oil Recovery methods, the injection of chemical solutions plays an important role in mature fields additional recovery. The continuous injection of this kind of fluid would be very expensive, so, the injection of chemical slugs is an attractive alternative to improve the recovery of mature oil fields. Analytical models for 1-D displacement of oil by water with chemical compounds have been developed since the 1960's. This paper presents the 1-D analytical solution of the injection of a chemical slug followed by water drive into an oil reservoir. A flow potential associated with the conservation of water phase is introduced and used as a new independent variable instead of time. This technique permits splitting the system of equations into a thermodynamic system and one transport equation. Another important application of these solutions is the prediction of chemical flooding regardless of the transport properties (relative permeabilities and viscosities). (author)

  2. Emulation and Control of Slugging Flows in a Gas-Lifted Offshore Oil Production Well Through a Lab-sized Facility

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    Jepsen, Kasper Lund; Hansen, Leif; Mai, Christian

    2013-01-01

    In the oil and gas industry, the gas-lift assist approach is often used in the roduction wells when the reservoir pressure is insufficient to ensure cost-effective production. However the side-effect of this approach is the often occurrence of regular/irregular large oscillations of the production...... flow and pressures in the production well system, which is referred to as the slugging flow problem. This instability is mainly due to the casing-heading mechanism. This work investigates the possibility to use a feedback control for stabilizing the production operation without sacrificing...... slugging problem. The developed controller manipulates the openness degree of the production choke based on feedback a number of pressure measurements. The current simulation results showed satisfactory control performances by stabilizing the system operation at some relatively large production rate which...

  3. 300-Area VOC Program Slug Test Characterization Results for Selected Test/Depth Intervals Conducted During the Drilling of Well 399-3-21

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    Spane, Frank A.

    2007-07-19

    This report presents brief test descriptions and analysis results for multiple, stress-level slug tests that were performed at selected test/depth intervals within well 399-3-21 as part of the 300-Area volatile organic compound characterization program. The test intervals were characterized as the borehole was advanced to its final drill depth (45.7 m) and before its completion as a monitor-well facility. The primary objective of the slug tests was to provide information pertaining to the vertical distribution of hydraulic conductivity with depth at this location and to select the final screen-depth interval for the monitor well. This type of characterization information is important for predicting/simulating contaminant migration (i.e., numerical flow/transport modeling) and designing proper monitor-well strategies within this area.

  4. Model-free optimal anti-slug control of a well-pipeline-riser in the K-Spice/LedaFlow simulator

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    Christer Dalen

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Simplified models are developed for a 3-phase well-pipeline-riser and tested together with a high fidelity dynamic model built in K-Spice and LedaFlow. These models are developed from a subspace algorithm, i.e. Deterministic and Stochastic system identification and Realization (DSR, and implemented in a Linear Quadratic optimal Regulator (LQR for stabilizing the slugging regime. We are comparing LQR with PI controller using different performance measures.

  5. Chemical compounds related to the predation risk posed by malacophagous ground beetles alter self-maintenance behavior of naive slugs (Deroceras reticulatum.

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    Piotr Bursztyka

    Full Text Available Evidence that terrestrial gastropods are able to detect chemical cues from their predators is obvious yet scarce, despite the scientific relevance of the topic to enhancing our knowledge in this area. This study examines the influence of cuticular extracts from predacious ground beetles (Carabus auratus, Carabus hispanus, Carabus nemoralis and Carabus coriaceus, and a neutral insect species (Musca domestica on the shelter-seeking behavior of naive slugs (Deroceras reticulatum. Slugs, known to have a negative phototactic response, were exposed to light, prompting them to make a choice between either a shelter treated with a cuticular extract or a control shelter treated with pure ethyl alcohol. Their behavioral responses were recorded for one hour in order to determine their first shelter choice, their final position, and to compare the percentage of time spent in the control shelters with the time spent in the treated shelters.The test proved to be very effective: slugs spent most of the experiment in a shelter. They spent significantly more time in the control shelter than in the shelter treated with either C. nemoralis (Z = 2.43; p = 0.0151; Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-ranks test or C. coriaceus cuticular extracts (Z = 3.31; p<0.01; Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-ranks test, with a seemingly stronger avoidance effect when presented with C. coriaceus extracts. The other cuticular extracts had no significant effect on any of the behavioral items measured. Although it cannot be entirely excluded that the differences observed, are partly due to the intrinsic properties of the vehicle employed to build the cuticular extracts, the results suggest that slugs can innately discriminate amongst different potential predators and adjust their behavioral response according to the relevance of the threat conveyed by their predator's chemical cues.

  6. Chemical compounds related to the predation risk posed by malacophagous ground beetles alter self-maintenance behavior of naive slugs (Deroceras reticulatum).

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    Bursztyka, Piotr; Saffray, Dominique; Lafont-Lecuelle, Céline; Brin, Antoine; Pageat, Patrick

    2013-01-01

    Evidence that terrestrial gastropods are able to detect chemical cues from their predators is obvious yet scarce, despite the scientific relevance of the topic to enhancing our knowledge in this area. This study examines the influence of cuticular extracts from predacious ground beetles (Carabus auratus, Carabus hispanus, Carabus nemoralis and Carabus coriaceus), and a neutral insect species (Musca domestica) on the shelter-seeking behavior of naive slugs (Deroceras reticulatum). Slugs, known to have a negative phototactic response, were exposed to light, prompting them to make a choice between either a shelter treated with a cuticular extract or a control shelter treated with pure ethyl alcohol. Their behavioral responses were recorded for one hour in order to determine their first shelter choice, their final position, and to compare the percentage of time spent in the control shelters with the time spent in the treated shelters.The test proved to be very effective: slugs spent most of the experiment in a shelter. They spent significantly more time in the control shelter than in the shelter treated with either C. nemoralis (Z = 2.43; p = 0.0151; Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-ranks test) or C. coriaceus cuticular extracts (Z = 3.31; p<0.01; Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-ranks test), with a seemingly stronger avoidance effect when presented with C. coriaceus extracts. The other cuticular extracts had no significant effect on any of the behavioral items measured. Although it cannot be entirely excluded that the differences observed, are partly due to the intrinsic properties of the vehicle employed to build the cuticular extracts, the results suggest that slugs can innately discriminate amongst different potential predators and adjust their behavioral response according to the relevance of the threat conveyed by their predator's chemical cues.

  7. Onset of slugging criterion based on singular points and stability analyses of transient one-dimensional two-phase flow equations of two-fluid model

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    Sung, Chang Kyung; Chun, Moon Hyun

    1996-01-01

    A two-step approach has been used to obtain a new criterion for the onset of slug formation : (1) In the first step, a more general expression than the existing models for the onset of slug flow criterion has been derived from the analysis of singular points and neutral stability conditions of the transient one-dimensional two-phase flow equations of two-fluid model. (2) In the second step, introducing simplifications and incorporating a parameter into the general expression obtained in the first step to satisfy a number of physical conditions a priori specified, a new simple criterion for the onset of slug flow has been derived. Comparisons of the present model with existing models and experimental data show that the present model agree very closely with Taitel and Dukler's model and experimental data in horizontal pipes. In an inclined pipe (θ=50 deg ), however, the difference between the predictions of the present model and those of existing models is appreciably large and the present model gives the best agreement with Ohnuki et al.'s data. 17 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab. (author)

  8. Normal endometrial stromal cells regulate 17β-estradiol-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition via slug and E-cadherin in endometrial adenocarcinoma cells in vitro.

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    Zhang, Hui; Li, Hongyan; Qi, Shasha; Liu, Zhao; Fu, Yibing; Li, Mingjiang; Zhao, Xingbo

    2017-01-01

    Stroma-tumor communication participates in the pathogenesis of endometrial carcinomas. In previous studies, we found that normal stromal cells inhibited the growth of endometrial carcinoma cells. Here, we investigated the role of normal stromal cells in the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of endometrial carcinoma cells and explored the possible mechanism implied. We found that conditioned medium (CM) by normal endometrial stromal cells (NSC) reduced cell growth and induced cell apoptosis in Ishikawa cells. CM by NSC inhibited 17β-estradiol-induced cell growth and apoptosis decrease in Ishikawa cells. Moreover, CM by NSC inhibited the migration and invasion, and 17β-estradiol-induced migration and invasion in Ishikawa cells. Meanwhile, CM by NSC decreased Slug expression and 17β-estradiol-induced Slug expression, increased E-cadherin expression and abolished 17β-estradiol-induced E-cadherin reduction in Ishikawa cells. In conclusion, normal stromal factors can inhibit 17β-estradiol-induced cell proliferation and apoptosis inhibition, and abolished 17β-estradiol-induced EMT in endometrial cancer cell via regulating E-cadherin and Slug expression.

  9. IGF/STAT3/NANOG/Slug Signaling Axis Simultaneously Controls Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition and Stemness Maintenance in Colorectal Cancer.

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    Yao, Chao; Su, Li; Shan, Juanjuan; Zhu, Chuanlin; Liu, Limei; Liu, Chungang; Xu, Yanmin; Yang, Zhi; Bian, Xiuwu; Shao, Jimin; Li, Jianming; Lai, Maode; Shen, Junjie; Qian, Cheng

    2016-04-01

    Discovery of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and cancer stem cells (CSCs) are two milestones in people exploring the nature of malignant tumor in recent decades. Although some studies have presented the potential connections between them, the link details, underneath their superficial correlation, are largely unknown. In this study, we identified a small subpopulation of NANOG-positive colorectal cancer (CRC) cells, and demonstrated that they exhibited characteristics of CSCs and EMT traits simultaneously. Furthermore, we found that NANOG was a core factor in regulating both of EMT and stemness in CRC cells, NANOG modulate EMT and metastasis by binding to Slug promoter and transcriptionally regulate Slug expression. For the first time, we demonstrated that NANOG was regulated by extracellular IGF signaling pathway via STAT3 phosphorylation in CRC. This coincides with that IGF receptor IGF-1R is often increasing expressed in malignant metastasis colon cancer. Taken together, our data define the crucial functions of IGF/STAT3/NANOG/Slug signaling axis in the progression of CRC by operating EMT and CSCs properties, which make them served as potential therapeutic targets for treatment of CRC. © 2016 AlphaMed Press.

  10. Chemokine (CC motif) ligand 18 upregulates Slug expression to promote stem-cell like features by activating the mammalian target of rapamycin pathway in oral squamous cell carcinoma.

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    Wang, Hongfei; Liang, Xueyi; Li, Mianxiang; Tao, Xiaoan; Tai, Shanshan; Fan, Zhaona; Wang, Zhi; Cheng, Bin; Xia, Juan

    2017-08-01

    Chemokine (CC motif) ligand 18 (CCL18) is involved in remodeling of the tumor microenvironment and plays critical roles in oncogenesis, invasiveness, and metastasis. We previously investigated the overexpression of CCL18 in primary oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) tissues and its association with advanced clinical stage in OSCC patients. However, the underlying mechanisms of this CCL18-derived activity remains unidentified. This study showed exogenous CCL18 increased cell migration and invasion and induced cell epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), and that E-cadherin, an epithelial marker, decreased and N-cadherin, a mesenchymal marker, increased, compared to negative control in OSCC cells. Furthermore, we detected that CCL18 induced the acquisition of cancer stem(-like) cell characteristics in oral cancer cells, but also found a significantly positive correlation between the expression of CCL18 and Bmi-1 (P Slug expression by stimulating the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway in OSCC cell lines. Inhibition of the mTOR pathway by INK128, or Slug knockdown by RNA interference, reversed CCL18-induced EMT and the stemness response at both molecular and functional levels. In conclusion, our data suggested that CCL18 upregulated Slug expression to promote EMT and stem cell-like features by activating the mTOR pathway in oral cancer. These findings provide new potential targets for the early diagnosis and treatment of OSCC. © 2017 The Authors. Cancer Science published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Japanese Cancer Association.

  11. Mast cells induce epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and stem cell features in human thyroid cancer cells through an IL-8-Akt-Slug pathway.

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    Visciano, C; Liotti, F; Prevete, N; Cali', G; Franco, R; Collina, F; de Paulis, A; Marone, G; Santoro, M; Melillo, R M

    2015-10-01

    There is increasing evidence that mast cells (MCs) and their mediators are involved in the remodeling of the tumor microenvironment and promote tumor growth, angiogenesis and metastasis. We have found that an increased density of MCs in thyroid cancer (TC) correlates with enhanced invasiveness. However, the MC-derived factors responsible for this activity and the mechanisms by which they enhance TC invasiveness remain unidentified. Here, we report that MCs, when activated by TC cells, produce soluble factors that induce epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and stemness features of TC cells. We identified CXCL8/interleukin (IL)-8 as the main mediator contained in activated MC conditioned media (CM) capable of inducing both EMT and stemness of TC cells. Mechanistically, MC CM or exogenous IL-8 stimulated Akt phosphorylation and Slug expression in TC cells. The inhibition of the Akt pathway or depletion of the Slug transcription factor by RNA interference, reverted EMT and stemness responses. TC cells stably transfected with exogenous IL-8 underwent EMT, displayed increased stemness and enhanced tumorigenicity with respect to control cells. The analysis of TC surgical specimens by immunohistochemical analysis demonstrated a positive correlation between MC density (Tryptase(+) cells) and stemness features (OCT4 staining). Taken together, our data identify an MC-dependent IL-8-Akt-Slug pathway that sustains EMT/stemness of TC cells. The blockade of this circuit might be exploited for the therapy of advanced TC.

  12. Embryogenic calli induction from nucellar tissue of Citrus cultivars Indução de calos embriogênicos a partir de nucelos de variedades de Citrus

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    Fernanda Januzzi Mendes-da-Glória

    1999-01-01

    ' (Citrus sinensis L. Osbeck e lima 'Serra d'água' (Citrus sinensis L. Osbeck 120 dias após a instalação do ensaio. As laranjas 'Natal' e 'Pera' (Citrus sinensis L. Osbeck produziram calos duros de crescimento lento neste período. Os meios EME e 1/2-EME mostraram os melhores resultados para as tangerinas 'Cravo' e 'Ponkan' e lima 'Serra d'água', enquanto que EBA foi o melhor meio de cultura para indução de calos friáveis de tangor 'Murcote' e laranja 'Valencia'. Calos friáveis das variedades, tangerinas 'Cravo' e 'Pokan' e tangor 'Murcote' foram subcultivados e apresentaram bom rendimento e qualidade de protoplastos após isolamento.

  13. Indução anestésica com nanoemulsão ou emulsão lipídica de propofol durante dias consecutivos em gatas

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    Gabriela Oliveira Gall

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi comparar os efeitos clínicos da indução com propofol em nanoemulsão e em emulsão lipídica em gatas, após repetidas administrações. Utilizaram-se 12 gatas, hígidas, SRD, com peso médio de 2,9±0,6kg, distribuídas aleatoriamente em dois grupos: NANO (n=6 e EMU (n=6, que receberam propofol em nanoemulsão na dose de 9,5mg kg-1 e em emulsão lipídica na dose de 10mg kg-1, respectivamente, ambos pela via intravenosa, durante cinco dias consecutivos. Hemograma e função renal e hepática foram realizados a cada 24 horas e até 168 horas após a primeira indução. Os parâmetros clínicos de frequência cardíaca (FC e respiratória (f e temperatura retal (TR foram avaliados antes dos tratamentos e 5, 10, 20 e 30 minutos após a administração de propofol. Em relação aos valores basais, observou-se diminuição da FC no EMU até o 3° dia e da f e TR em ambos os grupos até o último dia, sem diferença entre os dias. As enzimas ALT e FA diminuíram após 24 a 96 horas e 48 a 144 horas, respectivamente, no grupo EMU. Os valores de eritrograma diminuíram até o quinto dia em ambos os grupos. Os tempos para hipnose, extubação e para decúbito esternal não diferiram entre grupos e entre os dias. O tempo para recuperação total do grupo EMU foi maior no 4° e 5° dias em relação ao 1°. Conclui-se que a indução com propofol é segura e que o propofol em emulsão lipídica apresenta maior efeito cumulativo após repetidas administrações em gatas.

  14. Comparison of Experimental and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD Studies of Slug Flow in a Vertical 90° Bend

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of comparison of experimental and CFD studies of slug flow in a vertical 90° bend using validated models. For the experimental part, Electrical Capacitance Tomography (ECT, Wire Mesh Tomography (WMS, and high-speed videos were used to monitor an air-silicone oil mixture flowing in a vertical 90o bend. The ECT probes were mounted before the bend whilst the WMS was positioned either immediately upstream or immediately downstream of the bend. The downstream pipe was maintained horizontal whilst the upstream pipe was maintained vertical. The bend (R/D = 2.3 was made of transparent acrylic resin. Parallel to the experiments, simulations were carried out for same experiment set-up using the commercial software package Star-CD and Star-CCM+. The condition was simulated with the Volume of Fluid (VOF model. The simulation predictions were validated against the experimental data. A reasonably good agreement was observed for the results of the experiment and CFD.

  15. Slug-flow dynamics with phase change heat transfer in compact heat exchangers with oblique wavy walls

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    Morimoto, Kenichi; Kinoshita, Hidenori; Matsushita, Ryo; Suzuki, Yuji

    2017-11-01

    With abundance of low-temperature geothermal energy source, small-scale binary-cycle power generation system has gained renewed attention. Although heat exchangers play a dominant role in thermal efficiency and the system size, the optimum design strategy has not been established due to complex flow phenomena and the lack of versatile heat transfer models. In the present study, the concept of oblique wavy walls, with which high j/f factor is achieved by strong secondary flows in single-phase system, is extended to two-phase exchangers. The present analyses are based on evaporation model coupled to a VOF technique, and a train of isolated bubbles is generated under the controlled inlet quality. R245fa is adopted as a low boiling-point working media, and two types of channels are considered with a hydraulic diameter of 4 mm: (i) a straight circular pipe and (ii) a duct with oblique wavy walls. The focus is on slug-flow dynamics with evaporation under small capillary but moderate Weber numbers, where the inertial effect as well as the surface tension is of significance. A possible direction of the change in thermo-physical properties is explored by assuming varied thermal conductivity. Effects of the vortical motions on evaporative heat transfer are highlighted. This work has been supported by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan.

  16. Stratified flow instability and slug formation leading to condensation-induced water hammer in a horizontal refrigerant pipe

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    Samuel Martin, C.

    2005-01-01

    Full text of publication follows: An experimental apparatus was designed for the purpose of investigating the phenomenon of condensation-induced water hammer in an ammonia refrigeration system. Water hammer was initiated by introducing warm ammonia gas over static subcooled ammonia liquid placed in a horizontal 146.3 mm diameter carbon steel pipe 6.0 m in length. By means of fast response piezoelectric pressure transducers and a high speed data acquisition system rapid dynamic pressures were recorded whenever a shock event occurred. Moreover, by means of top-mounted diaphragm pressure transducers the speed of liquid slugs propagating along the pipe was determined. The occurrence of condensation induced water hammer depended upon three major variables; namely, (1) initial liquid depth, (2) liquid temperature, and (3) mass flow rate of warm gas. For given liquid depth and temperature, once the warm gas threshold conditions were exceeded shocks occurred with greater magnitude as the mass flow rate of gas input was increased. With adequate subcooling condensation-induced water hammer occurred for initial liquid depths ranging from 25% to 95% of internal pipe diameter. The threshold mass flow rate of warm gas necessary to initiate water hammer was greater as the initial liquid depth was lowered. Based upon experimental results obtained from four pressure transducers located on the top of the test pipe conditions corresponding to bridging were ascertained. For various initial liquid depths the onset of instability from stratified flow to bridging was correlated with the Taitel-Dukler instability criterion. (author)

  17. Quasi-Eulerian method for analyzing slug impact and coolant spillage in a fast-reactor accident

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    Chu, H.Y.

    1979-12-01

    This report describes a quasi-Eulerian method which has been incorporated into the ICECO code to study slug impact and coolant spillage problems in a fast-reactor accident. The quasi-Eulerian cells used in this method are located on the tops of the regular cells. The axial size of the quasi-Eulerian cells varies according to the gap generated at the reactor head-wall junction. Penetration holes on the cover head are modeled on the top center of the quasi-Eulerian cells. Fluid variables in these quasi-Eulerian cells also satisfy all the conservation equations. Since the boundary pressures above the quasi-Eulerian cells are determined by the movement of the moving grid, the velocity of the cover head is also included in the pressure iteration. Several examples are given to compare the results obtained by this quasi-Eulerian method with the existing experimental excursion data, as well as with the analytical and the other code solutions

  18. Comparative Neurobiology of Feeding in the Opisthobranch Sea Slug, Aplysia, and the Pulmonate Snail, Helisoma: Evolutionary Considerations

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    Wentzell, Margaret M.; Martínez-Rubio, Clarissa; Miller, Mark W.; Murphy, A. Don

    2009-01-01

    The motor systems that generate feeding-related behaviors of gastropod mollusks provide exceptional opportunities for increasing our understanding of neural homologies and the evolution of neural networks. This report examines the neural control of feeding in Helisoma trivolvis, a pulmonate snail that ingests food by rasping or scraping material from the substrate, and Aplysia californica, an opisthobranch sea slug that feeds by using a grasping or seizing motion. Two classes of neurons that are present in the buccal ganglia of both species are considered: (1) clusters of peptidergic mechanoafferent cells that transmit sensory information from the tongue-like radula/odontophore complex to the central motor circuit; and (2) sets of octopamine-immunoreactive interneurons that are intrinsic to the feeding network. We review evidence that suggests homology of these cell types and propose that their roles have been largely conserved in the control of food-scraping and food-grasping consummatory behaviors. We also consider significant differences in the feeding systems of Aplysia and Helisoma that are associated with the existence of radular closure in Aplysia, an action that does not occur in Helisoma. It is hypothesized that a major adaptation in the innervation patterns of analogous, possibly homologous muscles could distinguish the food-scraping versus food-grasping species. It appears that although core CPG elements have been largely conserved in this system, the neuromuscular elements that they regulate have been more evolutionarily labile. PMID:20029185

  19. Bubbling bed catalytic hydropyrolysis process utilizing larger catalyst particles and smaller biomass particles featuring an anti-slugging reactor

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    Marker, Terry L; Felix, Larry G; Linck, Martin B; Roberts, Michael J

    2014-09-23

    This invention relates to a process for thermochemically transforming biomass or other oxygenated feedstocks into high quality liquid hydrocarbon fuels. In particular, a catalytic hydropyrolysis reactor, containing a deep bed of fluidized catalyst particles is utilized to accept particles of biomass or other oxygenated feedstocks that are significantly smaller than the particles of catalyst in the fluidized bed. The reactor features an insert or other structure disposed within the reactor vessel that inhibits slugging of the bed and thereby minimizes attrition of the catalyst. Within the bed, the biomass feedstock is converted into a vapor-phase product, containing hydrocarbon molecules and other process vapors, and an entrained solid char product, which is separated from the vapor stream after the vapor stream has been exhausted from the top of the reactor. When the product vapor stream is cooled to ambient temperatures, a significant proportion of the hydrocarbons in the product vapor stream can be recovered as a liquid stream of hydrophobic hydrocarbons, with properties consistent with those of gasoline, kerosene, and diesel fuel. Separate streams of gasoline, kerosene, and diesel fuel may also be obtained, either via selective condensation of each type of fuel, or via later distillation of the combined hydrocarbon liquid.

  20. Bubbling bed catalytic hydropyrolysis process utilizinig larger catalyst particles and small biomass particles featuring an anti-slugging reactor

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    Marker, Terry L.; Felix, Larry G.; Linck, Martin B.; Roberts, Michael J.

    2016-12-06

    This invention relates to a process for thermochemically transforming biomass or other oxygenated feedstocks into high quality liquid hydrocarbon fuels. In particular, a catalytic hydropyrolysis reactor, containing a deep bed of fluidized catalyst particles is utilized to accept particles of biomass or other oxygenated feedstocks that are significantly smaller than the particles of catalyst in the fluidized bed. The reactor features an insert or other structure disposed within the reactor vessel that inhibits slugging of the bed and thereby minimizes attrition of the catalyst. Within the bed, the biomass feedstock is converted into a vapor-phase product, containing hydrocarbon molecules and other process vapors, and an entrained solid char product, which is separated from the vapor stream after the vapor stream has been exhausted from the top of the reactor. When the product vapor stream is cooled to ambient temperatures, a significant proportion of the hydrocarbons in the product vapor stream can be recovered as a liquid stream of hydrophobic hydrocarbons, with properties consistent with those of gasoline, kerosene, and diesel fuel. Separate streams of gasoline, kerosene, and diesel fuel may also be obtained, either via selective condensation of each type of fuel, or via later distillation of the combined hydrocarbon liquid.

  1. Motor de indução bifásico em rede de alimentação bifásica simétrica com condutor de retorno

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    Castro Neto, Lindolfo Marra de

    2006-01-01

    O objetivo principal deste trabalho é fornecer uma contribuição que ajudará no entendimento com maior profundidade sobre o funcionamento do motor de indução bifásico assimétrico com retorno para aplicações em locais onde exista a possibilidade de uma rede de alimentação bifásica. As contribuições mais importantes foram obtidas com o auxílio do modelo dinâmico no domínio do tempo para máquinas bifásicas simétricas e assimétricas desenvolvido neste trabalho. Através das ...

  2. Frenagem regenerativa em veículo elétrico acionado por motor de indução : estudo, simulação e verificação experimental

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    Marina Gabriela Sadith Perez Paredes

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    Resumo: Esta dissertação estuda a aplicação de frenagem regenerativa em veículos elétricos, em ação conjunta com freio de atrito. Considera-se o caso de um veículo leve com um motor de indução acionado por inversor. O processo de regeneração ocorre sempre que a velocidade comandada pelo inversor for menor do que a velocidade mecânica. O fluxo reverso de energia é absorvido pela fonte presente no lado CC do inversor. A partir de um único comando de frenagem o sistema é capaz de utilizar os fre...

  3. Indução anestésica após o tratamento do choque hemorrágico: estudo experimental comparando a cetamina e o etomidato

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    Fraga, Adilson O.; Malbouisson, Luiz Marcelo Sá; Prist, Ricardo; Rocha e Silva, Maurício; Auler Júnior, José Otávio Costa

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    JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: O sangramento que leva ao choque hemorrágico geralmente necessita tratamento cirúrgico sob anestesia geral. Por sua vez, os anestésicos podem comprometer ainda mais as condições hemodinâmicas. O objetivo deste estudo foi o de comparar os efeitos hemodinâmicos da cetamina e do etomidato durante a indução anestésica em cães submetidos a um modelo experimental de choque hemorrágico e reanimação. MÉTODO: Trinta e dois cães mestiços foram submetidos ao choque hemorrágico...

  4. Metodologia de cálculo de parâmetros do circuito elétrico equivalente de motores de indução trifásico de gaiola de esquilo de baixa potência

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    Machado, Daimon Castilhos

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    Dissertação (mestrado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro Tecnológico, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia Elétrica, Florianópolis, 2014. Neste trabalho foi desenvolvido um modelo analítico para o levantamento dos parâmetros do circuito elétrico equivalente de um motor de indução trifásico, com rotor do tipo gaiola de esquilo, a partir das características construtivas e elétricas da máquina. O modelo foi desenvolvido com base nas Equações de Maxwell. O cálculo dos parâmet...

  5. Indução de brotações em explantes de segmentos de folhas de plântulas de urucueiro em diferentes citocininas Induction of shoot buds in leaf explants of annatto seedlings in differents cytokinins

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    Jacqueline Leite Almeida

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    Full Text Available Segmentos de folhas de plântulas de urucum (Bixa orellana L, foram cultivados in vitro, em um meio básico idealizado por Murashige & Skoog (1962, suplementado com 0,5mg/l dos reguladores do crescimento, benzilaminopurina (BAP, cinetina (KN e isopentenil-adenina (2iP, isolados ou combinados entre si, com o objetivo de avaliar qual a melhor citocinina ou combinação destas para indução de brotações de boa qualidade visando à micropropagação. Após 60 dias de cultivo, as gemas obtidas foram transferidas para um meio MS modificado, contendo a metade da formulação de sais minerais, sem a suplementação de reguladores do crescimento. Gemas de melhor qualidade foram obtidas nos tratamentos onde a KN e o BAP estavam em combinação. A KN sozinha não foi eficiente na indução de brotações. O maior número de gemas por explante foi obtido com KN, BAP e 2iP e no tratamento com apenas BAP.Excised leaf explants of annatto (Bixa orellana L. seedlings were cultivated on a Murashige & Skoog basal medium containing benzylaminopurine (BAP, kinetin (KN and isopentenyl-adenine (2iP individually or in combination, each at concentration of 0.5mg/l, with the purpose of evaluated the best cytokinins or cytokinins combination for shoot bud formation. After 60 days, regenerated shoots were transferred to half strenght MS medium without growth regulators. Best shoots were observed where KN and BAP were added in combination. Isolated KN was ineffective for shoot bud formation. The maximum average number of shoot buds per leaf explant was obtained on medium with BAP, KN and 2iP in combination and on medium supplied of isolated BAP.

  6. Changes in cell-type composition in digestive gland of slugs and its influence in biomarkers following transplantation between a relatively unpolluted and a chronically metal-polluted site

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    Zaldibar, B.; Cancio, I.; Soto, M.; Marigomez, I.

    2008-01-01

    Changes in cell-type composition (CCTC) is a general phenomenon that takes place in the digestive gland epithelium of stressed molluscs. The aim of the present work was to determine whether CCTC is a reversible process in the digestive gland of sentinel slugs chronically exposed to metal pollution and how CCTC affects metal accumulation parameters and different cell and tissue biomarkers of exposure and effect. Slugs (Arion ater) from an abandoned zinc mine were transferred to a relatively unpolluted site and the other way around for 3, 10 and 28 d. The volume density of black silver deposits (Vv BSD ) after autometallography, and metallothionein (MT) levels were used as biomarkers of exposure to metals and CCTC and lysosomal responses were selected as effect biomarkers. Results indicated that slugs were sensitive to recent metal pollution; however, slugs chronically exposed to metals presented some characteristic features and were less responsive to pollution cessation without signs of CCTC reversal. - Cell and tissue-level biomarkers in slugs after recent and chronic metal pollution

  7. Production polyphasique. Modélisation des écoulements à bouchons Multiphase Production Slug-Flow Modeling

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    Drouffe J. M.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available L'exploitation des hydrocarbures en mer reste une activité coûteuse et qui peut, même, se révéler, éventuellement dangereuse. Les concepts de production polyphasique tels que Poséidon permettent à la fois : - une réduction importante des coûts de production; - la suppression des risques humains liés à la présence permanente en mer d'équipes importantes. Les programmes de simulation des écoulements diphasiques actuellement disponibles pour la mise en oeuvre de ces concepts, sont tous basés sur une approche déterministeclassique. Cet article présente une nouvelle approche statistiquenon conventionnelle qui devrait nous permettre de mieux préciser les caractéristiques des écoulements à bouchons et donc de pouvoir mieux dimensionner et exploiter nos futures installations de production et transport polyphasique longue distance. Offshore hydrocarbon production remains a costly venture, and even one that might possibly be dangerous. Multiphase production concepts such as Poseidon make for both a considerable reduction in production costs and the elimination of human risks linked to the constant offshore presence of large crews. The two-phase flow simulation programs now available for implementing such concepts are all based on a standard deterministicapproach. This article describes a new and unconventional statisticalapproach that we feel more accurately describes the characteristics of slug flows and hence is more effecting for the sizing and operating of future production and long-distance pipelining installations.

  8. Immunotoxicity of skin acid secretion produced by the sea slug Berthellina citrina in mice spleen: Histological and Immunohistochemical study.

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    Awaad, Aziz; Moustafa, Alaa Y

    2016-07-01

    Acid secretion containing sulfuric and hydrochloric acids is a fascinating defensive phenomenon within many groups of marine organisms. This study aimed to investigate the mice spleen histology and immunotoxicity using skin acid secretion (SAS) of the sea slug Berthellina citrina after oral administration. The spleen showed atrophy in the white pulp, decrease in the splenocytes density, megakaryocytes cytoplasmic degeneration as well as inflammatory cells infiltrations. The white and red pulp splenocytes number decreased time-dependently in the treated spleens. Additionally, the size of the megakaryocytes increased as compared with the control. The administration with SAS increased the number of the IgA(+) cells aggregation in the splenic red pulp. Furthermore, after 7days of the administration, large number of dispersed IgA(+) cells were distributed in splenic parenchyma. The IgA(+) cells numbers increased time-dependently as compared with those in the control. The aggregation sizes and number of the F4/80(+) cell in the splenic red pulp were increased. Furthermore the F4/80(+) cells numbers increased time-dependently as compared with those in the control. The UEAI(+) cells were found as free cells but not in aggregations in the control splenic red pulp. Contradictory to the number of IgA(+) cells and F4/80(+) cells the number of the UEAI(+) cells decreased time-dependently after administration with SAS. Hematologically, abnormal numbers of WBCs different cells were observed after administration with SAS. This study provides new insight about the toxicity of a marine extract may be used in natural products industry or medical applications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  9. MiR-22 suppresses epithelial-mesenchymal transition in bladder cancer by inhibiting Snail and MAPK1/Slug/vimentin feedback loop.

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    Xu, Mingjie; Li, Jiangfeng; Wang, Xiao; Meng, Shuai; Shen, Jiaying; Wang, Song; Xu, Xin; Xie, Bo; Liu, Ben; Xie, Liping

    2018-02-12

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been validated to play prominent roles in the occurrence and development of bladder cancer (BCa). MiR-22 was previously reported to act as a tumor suppressor or oncomiRNA in various types of cancer. However, its accurate expression, function, and mechanism in BCa remain unclear. Here, we find that miR-22 is frequently downregulated in BCa tissues compared with adjacent non-cancerous tissues. Overexpression of miR-22 significantly inhibits proliferation, migration, and invasion of BCa cells both in vitro and in vivo. Importantly, miR-22 is found to suppress cell proliferation/apoptosis by directly targeting MAPK1 (mitogen-activated protein kinase 1, ERK2) and inhibit cell motility by targeting both MAPK1 and Snail. Further statistical analysis shows that low-expression of MAPK1 or Snail is an independent prognostic factor for a better overall survival in patients with BCa (n = 401). Importantly, we describe an important regenerative feedback loop among vimentin, Slug and MAPK1 in BCa cells. MAPK1-induced Slug expression upregulates vimentin. Vimentin in turn activates MAPK1. By inhibiting Snail and MAPK1/Slug/vimentin feedback loop, miR-22 suppresses epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of BCa cells in vitro as well as in vivo. Taken together, this study reveals that miR-22 is critical to the proliferation, apoptosis and EMT progression in BCa cells. Targeting the pathway described here may be a novel approach for inhibiting proliferation and metastasis of BCa.

  10. Microstructure and electrical properties of slug-type resistors based on B4C and TiC - ESCA - XPS and impedance spectroscopy investigations

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    Klimiec, E.; Zaraska, W.; Stobiecki, T.; Bak, W.; Starzyk, F.

    2000-01-01

    The microstructure and electrical properties of slug-type resistors based on B 4 C and TiC were investigated. From XPS measurements was deducted that Ti in TiO 2 is in intermediate oxidation number between Ti +4 and Ti +3 . The impedance of both type of resistors is independent on frequency in the range from 10 3 to 10 4 Hz, only very subtle differences above 10 4 Hz are observed. The metallic type conductivity in TiC and semiconducting in B 4 C was established. (author)

  11. TGF-beta1-induced EMT of non-transformed prostate hyperplasia cells is characterized by early induction of SNA12/slug

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    Slabáková, Eva; Pernicová, Zuzana; Slavíčková, Eva; Staršíchová, Andrea; Kozubík, Alois; Souček, Karel

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 71, č. 12 (2011), s. 1332-1343 ISSN 0270-4137 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA310/07/0961; GA ČR(CZ) GD303/09/H048; GA MZd NS9600; GA MZd NS9956 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50040507; CEZ:AV0Z50040702 Keywords : epithelial-mesenchymal transition * SNAI2/Slug * transforming growth factor-beta1 Subject RIV: BO - Biophysics Impact factor: 3.485, year: 2011

  12. Numerical and experimental study of the slug-flow regime in a mixture of castor and paraffin oils in a T-type microchannel

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    Minakov, A. V.; Shebeleva, A. A.; Yagodnitsyna, A. A.; Kovalev, A. V.; Bilsky, A. V.

    2017-09-01

    The slow-flug regime in a mixture of castor and paraffin oils in a T-type microchannel with crosssectional dimensions of 200 × 400 μm has been studied by numerical and experimental methods. The domain of existence of the slow-flug regime in this system has been determined. Dependence of the paraffin-oil slug length on the ratio of flow rates of the mixture components is established. Comparison of the calculated and experimental data shows their good agreement.

  13. Measurement and study of amplitudes and velocities of void fraction waves in two-phase gas-liquid flow ranging from bubbly flow to slug flow

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    Tournaire, Agnes

    1987-01-01

    The objective of this research thesis is to study the behaviour of waves at the vicinity of the bubble-slug transition, and to compare it with the one predicted by models. The author also addresses the bubbly regime, and particularly the evolution of wave amplitude whereas studies had been until then limited to the study of wave speed. The first part of the thesis reports the development of a system of vacuum rate measurements in cylindrical duct. The second part proposes the description of the experimental installation, and the third part reports experimental results and discusses them. Finally, the author compares these results with those predicted by using a kinematic modelling [fr

  14. Proposal of non-invasive experimental model to induce scoliosis in rats Proposta de modelo experimental não-invasivo para indução de escoliose em ratos

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: In the literature, there are several experimental models that induce scoliosis in rats; however, they make use of drugs or invasive interventions to generate a scoliotic curve. OBJECTIVES: To design and apply a non-invasive immobilization model to induce scoliosis in rats. METHODS: Four-week old male Wistar rats (85±3.3g were divided into two groups: control (CG and scoliosis (SG. The animals in the SG were immobilized by two vests (scapular and pelvic made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC and externally attached to each other by a retainer that regulated the scoliosis angle for twelve weeks with left convexity. After immobilization, the abdominal, intercostal, paravertebral, and pectoral muscles were collected for chemical and metabolic analyses. Radiographic reports were performed every 30 days over a 16-week period. RESULTS: The model was effective in the induction of scoliosis, even 30 days after immobilization, with a stable angle of 28±5º. The chemical and metabolic analyses showed a decrease (pCONTEXTUALIZAÇÃO: Encontram-se na literatura diversos modelos experimentais de indução de escoliose em ratos, porém evidencia-se o uso de drogas ou intervenções invasivas para a geração da curvatura escoliótica. OBJETIVOS: Projetar e aplicar um modelo de imobilização não-invasiva para a indução de escoliose em ratos. MÉTODOS: Ratos Wistar machos com idade inicial de quatro semanas (85±3,3g foram divididos nos grupos controle (GC e escoliose (GE. Os animais do GE foram imobilizados por dois cintos (escapular e pélvico de policloreto de vinila (PVC, interligados externamente por um limitador que regulava o ângulo da escoliose durante 12 semanas, com convexidade à esquerda. Após a imobiliza��ão, os músculos abdominais, intercostais, paravertebrais e peitorais bilateralmente foram coletados para as análises químio-metabólicas. Os registros radiológicos foram realizados a cada 30 dias, num total de 16 semanas

  15. Indução de partos em suínos: uso de cloprostenol associado com ocitocina ou carbetocina Farrowing induction in swine: use of cloprostenol associated with oxytocin or carbetocin

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    Neimar Bonfanti Gheller

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    Full Text Available O presente estudo teve como objetivo avaliar o efeito da aplicação de um análogo sintético da PGF2 (cloprostenol sodico, associado à ocitocina ou carbetocina, sobre a eficiência da indução ao parto em suínos. O experimento I foi realizado com 284 fêmeas, distribuídas em quatro tratamentos: cloprostenol; cloprostenol e 0,100mg de carbetocina; cloprostenol e 10UI de ocitocina; solução salina (NaCl 0,9%. No experimento II, foram utilizadas 276 fêmeas, distribuídas em quatro tratamentos: cloprostenol; cloprostenol e 0,10mg de carbetocina; cloprostenol e 0,05mg de carbetocina; cloprostenol e 10UI de ocitocina. A indução do parto foi realizada aos 113 dias de gestação, pela aplicação de 0,175mg de cloprostenol, via submucosa vulvar. A carbetocina ou a ocitocina foram aplicadas 24h após a aplicação de cloprostenol, pela via intramuscular. O intervalo indução-parto foi menor (P0,05 entre os tratamentos. A utilização de ocitócitos, em associação com cloprostenol, resulta em partos antecipados e mais sincronizados. O uso associado de cloprostenol e carbetocina reduz o tempo de parto e 99% ou mais dos partos ocorrem em até quatro horas após a aplicação de carbetocina, independentemente da dose utilizada.The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of a synthetic analogue of PGF2 (sodium cloprostenol associated to carbetocin or oxytocin on the efficiency of farrowing induction in swine. In Experiment I, 284 females were distributed in four treatments: - cloprostenol; - cloprostenol and 0.10mg of carbetocin; - cloprostenol and 10UI of oxytocin; and saline solution. In Experiment II, 276 females were distributed in four treatments: cloprostenol; cloprostenol and 0.10mg of carbetocin; cloprostenol and 0.05mg of carbetocin; and cloprostenol and 10UI of oxytocin. Farrowing induction was performed at 113 days of gestation using an injection of 0.175mg cloprostenol by vulvar submucosal route. Carbetocin or oxytocin was

  16. Testing the snake-detection hypothesis: larger early posterior negativity in humans to pictures of snakes than to pictures of other reptiles, spiders and slugs.

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    Van Strien, Jan W; Franken, Ingmar H A; Huijding, Jorg

    2014-01-01

    According to the snake detection hypothesis (Isbell, 2006), fear specifically of snakes may have pushed evolutionary changes in the primate visual system allowing pre-attentional visual detection of fearful stimuli. A previous study demonstrated that snake pictures, when compared to spiders or bird pictures, draw more early attention as reflected by larger early posterior negativity (EPN). Here we report two studies that further tested the snake detection hypothesis. In Study 1, we tested whether the enlarged EPN is specific for snakes or also generalizes to other reptiles. Twenty-four healthy, non-phobic women watched the random rapid serial presentation of snake, crocodile, and turtle pictures. The EPN was scored as the mean activity at occipital electrodes (PO3, O1, Oz, PO4, O2) in the 225-300 ms time window after picture onset. The EPN was significantly larger for snake pictures than for pictures of the other reptiles. In Study 2, we tested whether disgust plays a role in the modulation of the EPN and whether preferential processing of snakes also can be found in men. 12 men and 12 women watched snake, spider, and slug pictures. Both men and women exhibited the largest EPN amplitudes to snake pictures, intermediate amplitudes to spider pictures and the smallest amplitudes to slug pictures. Disgust ratings were not associated with EPN amplitudes. The results replicate previous findings and suggest that ancestral priorities modulate the early capture of visual attention.

  17. Evaluation of geophysical logs and slug tests, phase II, at AIW Frank/Mid-County Mustang Superfund Site, Chester County, Pennsylvania

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    Conger, R.W.; Goode, D.J.; Sloto, R.A.

    2000-01-01

    Between September 1997 and October 1998, nine monitor wells were drilled at the AIW Frank/Mid-County Mustang Superfund Site in Chester County, Pa., to determine the horizontal and vertical distribution of contaminated ground water migrating from known contaminant sources. The U.S. Geological Survey conducted borehole geophysical logging and borehole television surveys in these boreholes to identify water-producing zones so that appropriate intervals could be screened in each borehole. Caliper logs and borehole television surveys were used to locate fractures; inflections on fluid-temperature and fluid-resistivity logs were used to locate possible water-bearing fractures, and heatpulseflowmeter measurements verified these locations. The borehole television surveys indicated that locally, the rocks of the Conestoga Limestone and Ledger Dolomite that underlie the site strike generally from northeast-southwest to east-west and dip steeply to the southeast and south approximately 63? to 76?. Slug tests were conducted at six boreholes to estimate transmissivity. Transmissivity from slug tests ranged from 21 feet squared per day in borehole CH-5669 to greater than 12,000 feet squared per day in boreholes CH-5665 and CH-5667. After interpretation of geophysical logs, borehole television surveys, and driller's logs, all boreholes were screened such that water-level fluctuations could be monitored and discrete water samples collected from one or more water-producing zones in each borehole.

  18. Distribution and genetic diversity of the terrestrial slugs Arion lusitanicus Mabille, 1868 and Arion rufus (Linnaeus, 1758) in Poland based on mitochondrial DNA.

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    Soroka, Marianna; Kozłowski, Jan; Wiktor, Andrzej; Kałuski, Tomasz

    2009-01-01

    The slugs Arion lusitanicus and Arion rufus inhabit ecologically degraded areas and are serious vegetation pests. In recent years, new localities of these species have been found in various parts of Poland. Here we study the morphology of 90 specimens from 9 populations of slugs. The morphology of the genital system allowed for the identification of 60 A. lusitanicus specimens from 6 populations and 30 A. rufus individuals from another 3 localities. In order to describe their genetic diversity at the level of the individual, population, and species, we compared sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I (cox1) gene. The morphological analysis revealed that each of the studied populations comprised a single species, which was also confirmed by the molecular assay. We obtained 674-bp sequences of the cox1 gene for each species that showed a total of eight haplotypes. The genetic diversity of A. lusitanicus individuals ranged from 0.5% to 2.1%, whereas that of A. rufus was twice as low: 0.4-1.0%. The difference between the two species within the cox1 gene was at the level of 12%. Three A. lusitanicus and two A. rufus populations were found to be monomorphic. Large inter-population variability was found within each of the studied species, which suggests that the Polish populations of A. lusitanicus may have originated from repeated, separate introductions arriving from various parts of Europe.

  19. How can two soft bodied animals be precisely connected? a miniature quick-connect system in the slugs, Arion lusitanicus and Arion rufus.

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    Allgaier, Christoph

    2015-06-01

    Among stylommatophoran gastropods, many species have simplified or reduced their copulatory organs, for example, within the Arionidae, many species lack penes. In this study, I ask two questions 1) How are soft bodied slugs which do not possess a penis connected during copulation? and 2) Is there a mechanical isolating barrier between related sympatric slug species? Observations on the mating behavior and the functional morphology of the distal genital apparatus were made in a mixed population of Arion lusitanicus and Arion rufus. The investigated Arion species exhibit an elaborate copulation process with a quick genital coupling. Prior to full eversion of the distal genitalia, the genital coupling proceeds inside the atrium cavity of one of the partners. This is in contrast to the symmetrical mutual eversion in penis-bearing species. The donor-recipient channels are tightly connected to one after another and fit precisely. During copulation, the jelly-coated spermatophore of the donor is pressed out into the connected channel of the partner, where it is implanted only with its frontal part. In the field, successful interspecific matings in terms of spermatophore transfer were rarely observed. The observations presented indicate a mechanical barrier which may profoundly influence the intraspecific and interspecific mating success. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. The Sea Slug, Pleurobranchaea californica: A Signpost Species in the Evolution of Complex Nervous Systems and Behavior.

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    Gillette, Rhanor; Brown, Jeffrey W

    2015-12-01

    How and why did complex brain and behavior evolve? Clues emerge from comparative studies of animals with simpler morphology, nervous system, and behavioral economics. The brains of vertebrates, arthropods, and some annelids have highly derived executive structures and function that control downstream, central pattern generators (CPGs) for locomotion, behavioral choice, and reproduction. For the vertebrates, these structures-cortex, basal ganglia, and hypothalamus-integrate topographically mapped sensory inputs with motivation and memory to transmit complex motor commands to relay stations controlling CPG outputs. Similar computations occur in the central complex and mushroom bodies of the arthropods, and in mammals these interactions structure subjective thought and socially based valuations. The simplest model systems available for comparison are opisthobranch molluscs, which have avoided selective pressure for complex bodies, brain, and behavior through potent chemical defenses. In particular, in the sea-slug Pleurobranchaea californica the functions of vertebrates' olfactory bulb and pallium are performed in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) of the chemotactile oral veil. Functions of hypothalamus and basal ganglia are combined in Pleurobranchaea's feeding motor network. The actions of basal ganglia on downstream locomotor regions and spinal CPGs are analogous to Pleurobranchaea's feeding network actions on CPGs for agonist and antagonist behaviors. The nervous systems of opisthobranch and pulmonate gastropods may conserve or reflect relations of the ancestral urbilaterian. Parallels and contrasts in neuronal circuits for action selection in Pleurobranchaea and vertebrates suggest how a basic set of decision circuitry was built upon in evolving segmentation, articulated skeletons, sociality, and highly invested reproductive strategies. They suggest (1) an origin of olfactory bulb and pallium from head-region PNS; (2) modularization of an ancestral feeding

  1. Eficácia de dinoprostone e misoprostol para indução do trabalho de parto em nulíparas Efficacy of dinoprostone and misoprostol for labor induction in nulliparous women

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    Tenilson Amaral Oliveira

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: verificar a eficácia e a segurança de dinoprostone e misoprostol para indução do parto vaginal, com ou sem o uso de ocitocina em nulíparas. MÉTODOS: realizou-se estudo retrospectivo, observacional, envolvendo 238 pacientes que foram submetidas à indução do parto de janeiro de 2008 a fevereiro de 2010 com uso de misoprostol 25 mcg via vaginal ou pessário contendo 10 mg de dinoprostone. Desse grupo, foram selecionadas 184 pacientes, que apresentavam as seguintes características: nulíparas, gestação entre 37 e 42 semanas, feto único, apresentação cefálica, membranas íntegras e índice de Bishop PURPOSE: to determine the efficacy and safety of dinoprostone and misoprostol for the induction of vaginal childbirth, with or without the use of oxytocin in nulliparous women. METHODS: in this retrospective observational study, 238 patients were subjected to the induction of delivery from January 2008 to February 2010 with the use of misoprostol 25 mcg by the vaginal route or a pessary containing 10 mg of dinoprostone. A total of 184 patients were selected, with the following characteristics: nulliparous, gestational age of 37-42 weeks, singleton pregnancies, cephalic presentation, intact membranes, and Bishop score < 3. Obstetric and neonatal data were analyzed and compared between groups. The Student t-test, chi-square test and Fisher's exact test were used for statistical analysis, with the level of significance set at p<0.05. RESULTS: the rate of vaginal childbirth did not differ significantly in patients who used misoprostol and dinoprostone (43.2% versus 50%; p = 0.35, respectively. The ripening of cervix was higher in the group treated with misoprostol (87.3% versus 75.6%, p=0.04. The use of oxytocin was necessary in 58.8% of the misoprostol group and 57.3% in the dinoprostone group after the ripening of cervix. Failed induction was the primary indication of caesarean section delivery in both groups, with no significant

  2. Indução de fitoalexinas em cotilédones de soja em resposta a derivados de folhas de pitangueira Induction of phytoalexins in cotyledons of soybean in response to the derivatives of leaf surinan cherry

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    Sergio Miguel Mazaro

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available A demanda mundial por alimentos isentos de agrotóxicos tem impulsionado a pesquisa para a busca de métodos alternativos ao controle de patógenos em plantas. A ativação dos mecanismos de defesa com o uso de indutores vem demonstrando ser uma alternativa viável e promissora. O uso de extratos de plantas medicinais tem demonstrado capacidade para induzir a produção de fitoalexinas, como um mecanismo de defesa em plantas tratadas. O objetivo deste trabalho foi verificar o potencial da planta Eugenia uniflora L. (pitangueira em induzir fitoalexinas em cotilédones de soja (Glycine max. Os derivados de extrato alcoólico, infusão, maceração e decocção, obtidos de folhas de pitangueira, foram usados nas concentrações de 0,1; 1; 10 e 40%, além de óleo essencial. Água foi utilizada como controle e quitosana (1% como indutor de referência. Os preparados de pitangueira apresentaram capacidade de indução das fitoalexinas gliceolinas em cotilédones de soja, respondendo ao aumento das concentrações dos preparados. O óleo essencial apresentou destacável efeito na indução de fitoalexinas, sendo superior aos demais preparados. Quitosana induziu fitoalexinas em cotilédones de soja e pode ser utilizado em estudos similares como um indutor de referência.The worldwide demand for food without pesticides has stimulated the research on alternative methods to control pathogens in plants. The activation of defense mechanisms by inductors seems a viable and promising alternative. The use of medicinal plants extracts has demonstrated capacity to induce the production of phytoalexins, as a mechanism of defense in treated plants. The objective of this research was to verify the potential of Eugenia uniflora L. (surinan cherry to induce phytoalexins in cotyledons of soybean (Glycine max. The derivatives alcoholic extract, infusion, maceration and decoction, obtained of surinan cherry were used in the concentrations of 0.1; 1; 10 and 40%, beyond

  3. Desempenho de métodos baseados em indução de fluorescência na avaliação da remoção de dentina cariada

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    Thalita BOLDIERI

    Full Text Available Resumo Introdução Critérios clínicos vêm sendo utilizados para determinação da presença de tecido cariado remanescente, mas geram dúvidas, tornando-se relevante a utilização de métodos que auxiliem na determinação da presença de cárie dentária remanescente. Objetivo Avaliar in vitro a eficácia de métodos de indução de fluorescência no diagnóstico da remoção de tecido cariado artificial dentinário. Material e método O esmalte oclusal de 94 terceiros molares humanos hígidos foi removido, expondo a dentina subjacente, para indução microbiológica de lesão de cárie artificial. Após a remoção do tecido cariado induzido, o remanescente dentinário foi avaliado por dois examinadores com DIAGNOdent, DIAGNOdent pen e Quantitative Light-Induced Fluorescence (QLF. Após todas as avaliações, secções dos dentes foram observadas e fotografadas em lupa estereoscópica com 30× de aumento por um examinador independente. As imagens foram analisadas no software Image J, permitindo a quantificação de tecido remanescente em milímetros quadrados. Foi calculada a reprodutibilidade interexaminador através de coeficiente intraclasse, sensibilidade, especificidade e área sob a curva ROC, e o teste de McNemar (p0,05. Os valores de reprodutibilidade variaram entre 0,952 e 0,978. Conclusão Dentre os métodos utilizados, o DIAGNOdent e o DIAGNOdent pen apresentaram melhor desempenho na avaliação da presença de cárie artificial remanescente quando comparados ao QLF.

  4. Influência do tempo de indução nas propriedades de hidroxiapatita porosa obtida por gelcasting de espumas Influence of the induction time on the properties of porous hydroxyapatite obtained by gelcasting foams

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    T. M. Volkmer

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Hidroxiapatita é uma cerâmica bioativa que permite o crescimento de tecido ósseo e revascularização da área implantada pela formação de ligação com a fase mineral dos ossos. Este estudo teve como objetivo a obtenção de blocos porosos de hidroxiapatita através do método gelcasting de espuma, sem a utilização de atmosfera controlada para a realização das polimerizações. O processo gelcasting de espumas consiste na incorporação de uma fase gasosa dispersa dentro de uma suspensão cerâmica contendo o pó cerâmico, água, defloculantes, ligantes e agentes de gelificação. O sistema de gelificação consiste no monômero acrilamida e no co-monômero N,N’ metilenobisacrilamida difuncional (MBAM. Foi estudada a variação das quantidades de iniciador e de acelerador e verificou-se a variação do tempo de indução e seus reflexos nas propriedades da hidroxiapatita porosa. Avaliou-se a porosidade, a macroestrutura, a distribuição de tamanho de poros e a permeabilidade. Verificou-se que é possível controlar a porosidade variando-se o tempo de indução e a ausência de atmosfera controlada não impediu a obtenção das peças porosas.Hydroxyapatite (HA is a bioactive ceramic that allows bone growth and revascularization of the area of implantation trough the formation of chemical bonding with the mineral phase of the bones. The aim of this work was to obtain porous blocks of HA by the gelcasting foams method without atmosphere control. The gelcasting foams process consists in the incorporation of a dispersed gaseous phase, with the help of a surfactant, inside a ceramic suspension containing the ceramic powder, water and gelation agents. The gelation system is composed by one monomer, acrylamide, and one comonomer, methylenebisacrylamide (MBAM. The effect of the accelerator and initiator amounts on the induction time, porosity, pore size distribution and permeability was evaluated. It was possible to control the porosity

  5. O papel de Rhizoctonia spp. binucleadas na indução de resistência a mela da soja = The role of binucleate Rhizoctonia spp. inducing resistance to the soybean foliar blight

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    Marco Antonio Basseto

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available O papel de Rhizoctonia spp. binucleadas (RBN, no biocontrole de doenças causadas por R. solani Kühn em várias culturas, tem sido relatado na literatura. No entanto, não há informação, no Brasil, sobre o potencial de RBN como agentes de biocontrole contradoenças causadas por Rhizoctonia na soja. A hipótese testada foi de que isolados de RBN podem induzir resistência na soja contra a mela, causada por R. solani do grupo de anastomose (AG 1 IA. Desta forma, o objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar isolados de RBN, obtidos de amendoim, feijão e soja quanto à capacidade de induzir resistência na soja contra a mela, em condições de casa de vegetação. Esta pesquisa evidencia a ação de RBN na indução de resistência em plantas de soja contra a mela. Entretanto, a manifestação e a efetividade do fenômeno de indução de resistência são dependentes da época de cultivo da soja.The role of non-pathogenic binucleate Rhizoctonia spp. (BNR onthe biocontrol of diseases caused by R. solani on many crops has been reported in the literature. However, in Brazil, there is no information about the potential of BNR as biocontrol agents against Rhizoctonia diseases on soybean. On this research we tested thehypothesis that BNR can induce resistance on soybean against the foliar blight caused by R. solani anastomosis group (AG 1 IA. Thus, the objective of this research was to evaluate BNR isolates isolated from peanuts, snapbeans and soybean according to their ability forinducing resistance on soybean against the foliar blight disease, under greenhouse conditions. This research evidenced the role of BNR inducing resistance on soybeans against the foliar blight. However, both the occurrence and effectiveness of the phenomenon of induced resistance are dependent on the soybean cultivation season.

  6. The induction of differentially expressed proteins of Xylella fastidiosa with citrus extract Indução de proteínas de Xylella fastidiosa expressas diferencialmente com extrato de citros

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    Cláudia de M. Bellato

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available An in vitro system was developed to induce and identify Xylella fastidiosa proteins that were differentially expressed in the presence of callus-derived extracts from its host, the citrus cultivar Pêra. To optimize the induction, we first developed a single culture medium for the growth of both, host and bacteria. This medium, CPXPm7, which mimics the citrus xylem sap, showed that X. fastidiosa at 72 h post-incubation had 10(8 colony forming units mL-1, while Pêra cells had the highest fresh weight content (0.79 g. After testing various methods of co-cultivation of the bacteria and host callus grown in this single medium, the best induction procedure was to grow X. fastidiosa in a solid medium amended with an extract of Pêra callus grown in CPXPm7. Analysis, by two-dimensional electrophoresis, of the X. fastidiosa proteins (120 µg of total proteins grown in the presence of Pêra callus extract revealed 414 differentially expressed protein spots when compared to the protein profile obtained in the absence of the extract. The system developed in this study improves the induction and analysis of differentially expressed proteins of X. fastidiosa, which may be involved in pathogenicity.Estudos in vitro foram desenvolvidos para obter proteínas de Xylella fastidiosa expressas diferencialmente na presença de calos do hospedeiro, citros cultivar Pêra. Para otimizar a indução, desenvolveu-se um meio de cultura comum, o qual foi baseado na seiva do xilema de citros, para cultivar a bacteria e os calos de Pêra. Dados mostraram, após 72 h de cultivo neste meio, 10(8 unidades formadoras de colônias de X. fastidiosa por mL, e 0,79 g de peso seco de células de Pêra. Após testar diferentes métodos de co-cultivo da bactéria com calos de Pêra neste meio, observou-se que a melhor taxa de indução ocorreu quando X. fastidiosa foi cultivada em meio sólido enriquecido com um extrato derivado dos calos de Pêra. Análise em gel bidimensional (2DE

  7. INFLUENCE OF SOFT SQUEEZING ON THE DEGREE OF AXIAL CHEMICAL HETEROGENEITY AT PRODUCTION OF CONTINUOUSLY CASTED SLUGS. Message 1. Analysis of existing methods of production realization and calculation of regimes of soft squeezing

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    Ju. A. Samojlovich

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The methods of influence on quality of uninterruptedlycasted slug from the point of  view of  the axial chemical heterogeneity depression are considered, at the same time high emphasis is placed on use of  soft squeezing method.

  8. Michael Faraday: o caminho da livraria à descoberta da indução eletromagnética Michael Faraday: the road from the bookstore to the discovery of electromagnetic induction

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    Valéria Silva Dias

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Estudando o trabalho experimental sobre eletromagnetismo realizado por Michael Faraday no início do século XIX, encontramos vários elementos que poderiam ser utilizados no Ensino de Ciências. Um conhecimento histórico sobre o trabalho experimental desenvolvido por Faraday e que o levou à descoberta da indução eletromagnética pode transmitir aos estudantes uma concepção mais adequada do processo de desenvolvimento da Ciência. No entanto, isso só pode ser feito utilizando-se um estudo detalhado e bem fundamentado do processo histórico ocorrido, deixando de lado as simplificações e os mitos que costumam ser apresentados.The study of Michael Faraday's experimental research on electromagnetism developed in the early 19th century provides several components which could be used in Science Teaching. A historical knowledge of the experimental work that led Faraday to the discovery of electromagnetic induction may convey to students a more adequate process of the development of science. However, this can only be done by the use of a detailed and well grounded study of the historical process, leaving aside the naïve simplifications and the myths that are usually told.

  9. Efeito da concentração de sais e fitorreguladores na indução de calos em carqueja Callus induction in "carqueja" as affected by salt concentrations and growth regulators

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    Fabiano Guimarães Silva

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Realizou-se este trabalho com o objetivo de estudar condições nutricionais e hormonais para maximizar a produção de calos friáveis de carqueja [Baccharis trimera (Less. DC]. Foi verificado que a iniciação de calo é dependente de fitorreguladores e da concentração do meio. A melhor indução de calo ocorreu em meio MS contendo 50% da concentração de sais, inositol e vitaminas, suplementado com 15,0 mM ANA. Proliferação de brotos foi obtida pelo uso de TDZ.The influence of various growth regulators and medium concentrations, in different quantities, on the in vitro callus induction of carqueja [Baccharis trimera (Less. DC.] was evaluated. It was found that the callus initiation was dependent on both, the growth regulator and medium concentration. The highest callus induction and development were obtained by using 15.0 mM 1-napthaleneacetic acid (NAA as growth regulators and half strength of salts, vitamins, and myo-inositol of Murashige and Skoog medium. In vitro shoot proliferation was obtained by using thidiazuron.

  10. Laser e luz pulsada de alta energia: indução e tratamento de reações alérgicas relacionadas a tatuagens Laser and intense pulsed light: induction and treatment of allergic reactions related to tattoos

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    Tatiana Sacks

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam dois casos de reações alérgicas relacionadas a tatuagens, em que o laser e a luz pulsada de alta energia tiveram papel fundamental na indução e no tratamento dessas reações. No primeiro, houve surgimento de lesão eczematosa no local do pigmento vermelho utilizado na tatuagem. Após várias tentativas terapêuticas, a luz pulsada de alta energia foi utilizada com sucesso na remoção do pigmento e desaparecimento dos sintomas. No segundo, os autores demonstram um caso de reação anafilática induzida pelo laser Nd:YAG de pulso longo.The authors describe two cases of allergic reactions related to tattoos, in which laser and intense pulsed light had an important role in inducing and treating these allergic reactions. In the first case, the patient developed eczematous lesions at the site of the red pigment used in tattooing. After several unsuccessful therapeutic attempts, intense pulsed light was used. It successfully removed the red pigment and treated the allergy symptoms. In the second case, the authors describe a case of anaphylactic reaction precipitated by the long pulse Nd:YAD laser.

  11. Resposta rizogênica in vitro de ápices caulinares de mamoeiro ‘Tainung 01’ em diferentes tempos de permanência em meios de indução e regeneração = In vitro rhizogenesis response of stem apexes of ‘Tainung 01’ papaya tree in different times of permanence in induction and regeneration media

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    Edílson Romais Schmildt

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a resposta rizogênica in vitro de ápices caulinares de plantas jovens de mamoeiro ‘Tainung 01’, em diferentes tempos de permanência em meios de indução e regeneração. O meio de indução empregado foi o MS, suplementadocom complementos orgânicos constituídos de sacarose, mio-inositol, tiamina, piridoxina, ácido nicotínico, além de AIB. O meio de regeneração diferiu do meio de indução por ser desprovido de AIB. Os tratamentos consistiram em tempos variáveis de permanência dos explantes nos meios de indução e de regeneração(indução/regeneração: 0/25; 5/20; 10/15; 15/10; 20/5 e 25/0 dias. O delineamento experimental foi inteiramente casualisado, com seis tratamentos e quatro repetições, e cada unidade experimental foi representada por cinco tubos de ensaio. O modelo utilizado para explicar o percentual de enraizamento e o comprimento da maior folha, em função do tempo de permanência dos ramos no meio de indução, apresentou pontos máximos em torno de 16 dias. Para as variáveis número de raízes e maior alongamento dos ramos, foram obtidas maiores respostas aos 15 dias, aproximadamente. Conclui-se que, para um bom padrão de enraizamento, é imprescindível a permanência dos ramos em meio de indução em um período de 15 a 16 dias.The objective of this work was to evaluate the in vitro rhizogenesis response of stem apexes of young plants of 'Tainung 01' papaya tree in different times of permanence in induction and regeneration media.The induction medium was MS, supplemented with organic complements constituted of sucrose, myo-inositol, thiamin, pyridoxine, nicotinic acid and AIB. The regeneration medium differed from the induction medium because it does not have AIB. The treatments consisted ofvariable times of permanence of the explants in the induction and regeneration media (induction/regeneration: 0/25; 5/20; 10/15; 15/10; 20/5 and 25/0 days. The experimental

  12. Induction of labor with titrated oral misoprostol solution versus oxytocin in term pregnancy: randomized controlled trial Indução do trabalho de parto por meio de solução oral titulada de misoprostol versus oxitocina em gestação a termo: estudo controlado randomizado

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    Rezvan Aalami-Harandi

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the effectiveness and the safety of orally administered misoprostol in comparison to intravenously infused oxytocin for labor induction in term pregnant women. METHODS: Between 2008 and 2010, a total of 285 term pregnant women whom were candidate for vaginal delivery were assessed for eligibility to enter the study. Twenty five patients were excluded for different reasons; and 260 included women were randomly assigned to one of the two groups according to the method of treatment, misoprostol or oxytocin. The misoprostol group received 25 µg every 2 hours for up to 24 hours for induction. The oxytocin group received an infusion of 10 IU which was gradually increased. The time from induction to delivery and induction to the beginning of the active phase and successful inductions within 12, 18, and 24 hours were recorded. The trial is registered at irct.ir, number IRCT2012061910068N1. RESULTS: Failure of induction, leading to caesarean section was around 38.3% in the oxytocin group and significantly higher than that of the misoprostol group (20.3% (pOBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficácia e segurança do misoprostol administrado por via oral em comparação à infusão de oxitocina para a indução do trabalho de parto em gestantes a termo. MÉTODOS: Entre 2008 e 2010, um total de 285 gestantes a termo candidatas para parto vaginal foram avaliadas quanto à eligibilidade para inclusão no estudo. Vinte e cinco pacientes foram excluídas por várias razões, e as 260 mulheres incluídas foram divididas aleatoriamente em dois grupos de acordo com o método de tratamento, misoprostol ou oxitocina. O grupo tratado com o misoprostol recebeu 25 µg cada 2 horas durante um máximo de 24 horas para indução. O grupo tratado com oxitocina recebeu infusão de 10 UI, que foi aumentada gradativamente. O tempo a partir da indução até o início da fase ativa e as induções bem-sucedidas dentro de 12, 18 e 24 horas foram registrados. O ensaio foi

  13. Effects of the nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita and of venom from the endoparasitic wasp Pimpla hypochondriaca on survival and food consumption of the pest slug Deroceras reticulatum; implications for novel biocontrol strategies.

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    Richards, Elaine H; DeMarzo, Damian; Port, Gordon R; Dani, M Paulina; Walters, Keith F A

    2008-07-01

    Controlling pests through disruption of biochemical pathways by physiologically active compounds/factors from animals and plants represents an expanding field of research. The authors investigated whether such factors in venom from the wasp Pimpla hypochondriaca (Retzius) can affect the viability and food consumption of the slug Deroceras reticulatum (Müller), and whether they can improve the efficacy of nematode-induced slug mortality. Exposure of slugs to 4 mL of water containing 500, 1000 and 5000 Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita (Schneider) resulted in significant increases in mortality (with hazard ratios of 3.5, 3.9 and 5.8 respectively) and significant reductions in total food consumption and mean food consumption each day for 21 days. Injection of slugs with 4, 8 or 12 microL of P. hypochondriaca venom resulted in significant increases in mortality (with hazard ratios of 3.3, 4.5 and 9.0 respectively) and significant reductions in total food consumption compared with the controls. However, there was no significant effect of venom on the mean food consumption on individual days of the 21 day assay period, although significant reductions occurred for the 8 and 12 microL doses up to day 10. Injecting slugs with 4 microL of venom prior to exposure to 500 nematodes had no synergistic effect on either mortality or food consumption compared with either of the individual treatments. Pimpla hypochondriaca venom contains factors capable of killing and reducing food consumption by D. reticulatum. The utilization of these factors as components of integrated pest management strategies is discussed.

  14. Empirical Correlations and CFD Simulations of Vertical Two-Phase Gas-Liquid (Newtonian and Non-Newtonian) Slug Flow Compared Against Experimental Data of Void Fraction

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    Ratkovich, Nicolas Rios; Majumder, S.K.; Bentzen, Thomas Ruby

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    Gas-Newtonian liquid two-phase flows (TPFs) are presented in several industrial processes (e.g. oil-gas industry). In spite of the common occurrence of these TPFs, the understanding of them is limited compared to single-phase flows. Various studies on TPF focus on developing empirical correlations...... (CFD) and comparing this directly with experimental measurements and empirical relationships found in literature. A vertical tube of 3.4 m with an internal diameter of 0.1905 m was used. The two-phase CFD model was implemented in Star CCM+ using the volume of fluid (VOF) model. A relatively good...... is due to the characterization of the viscosity, which determines the hydraulic regime and flow behaviours of the system. The focus of this study is the analysis of the TPF (slug flow) for Newtonian and non-Newtonian liquids in a vertical pipe in terms of void fraction using computational fluid dynamics...

  15. Indução de embriogênese somática em genótipos de batata-doce Induction of somatic embryogenesis in sweet potato genotypes

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    Janaina S Magalhães

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available A diferenciação e o desenvolvimento de embriões somáticos foram observados em 15 genótipos de batata-doce a partir de explantes de ápices caulinares com um ou dois primórdios foliares. A embriogênese foi induzida utilizando o meio composto de sais minerais MS e vitaminas, 3% de sacarose, 0,2% de phytagel, suplementado com 2,4-D (0,0; 0,5; 1,0 e 2,0 mg/L. As culturas foram mantidas no escuro à temperatura de 27ºC. A adição de 2,4-D foi necessária para a indução de calo embriogênico nos genótipos '92', '94', '184', '188', '319', '370', '374', '442', '449', '5491, '594', '645', 'PI3138463', 'White Star' e 'Jewel'. Os clones '169', '202', '605', '633' e '643' não responderam à indução de calo embriogênico. Os calos embriogênicos apresentaram a coloração amarelo claro, textura compacta e granular, enquanto que os calos não embriogênicos apresentaram coloração hialina e consistência friável. Os calos formaram-se na região periférica dos explantes. Nas condições estabelecidas, melhor produção de calo embriogênico foi obtida com 2,0 mg/L de 2,4-D. A transferência desses calos para meio sem 2,4-D favoreceu o desenvolvimento dos embriões para os estádios cordiforme, torpedo e cotiledonar.The differentiation and development of somatic embryos were observed in 15 genotypes of sweet potato using shoot tip explants with one or two leaf primordia. Somatic embryogenesis was induced using MS media and vitamins, 3% sucrose, 0,2% phytagel, supplemented with 2,4-D (0,0; 0,5; 1,0 and 2,0 mg/L. The cultures were maintained in the dark at 27ºC. The addition of 2,4-D was necessary for embryogenic callus induction in the genotypes '92', '94', '184', '188', '319', '370', '374', '442', '449', '549', '594', '645', 'PI3138463', 'White Star' and 'Jewel'. Clones '169', '202', '605', '633' and '643' did not respond to embryogenic callus induction. Embryogenic callus showed a yellow and opaque color, compact and granular texture

  16. Indução à ovulação pelo uso de LHRH análogo e fertilização artificial em rã-touro (Rana catesbeiana

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    Agostinho Claudio Angelo

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve por objetivo aperfeiçoar a técnica de reprodução induzida existente para rã-touro, com o intuito de aumentar a taxa de fecundidade e viabilizar seu uso pelo produtor. As doses hormonais para a indução da ovulação e espermiação seguiram as propostas de FALCON e CULLEY (1995 e ALONSO (1997; entretanto, a técnica de fertilização artificial foi adaptada da metodologia para reprodução artificial de peixes com ovos não-aderentes (WOYNAROVICH e HORVÁTH, 1983. A técnica proposta apresenta as seguintes etapas: I sincronização da ovulação e da espermiação, por meio de hormônio liberador de gonadotropina ((Des-Gli10, D-His(Bzl6, Pro-NHEt9-LHRH; II extração dos óvulos de cada fêmea (1 a 2 minutos; III fertilização dos óvulos (2 minutos com líquido espermático diluído em 100 mL de água; IV hidratação dos ovos em 10 a 20 litros de água; e V incubação dos ovos em quadros de tela de 1x 0,70 m, com malha de 1 mm. As taxas de fertilização obtidas com as modificações propostas foram superiores a 60%. Ressalta-se ainda que a técnica propiciou a obtenção, a partir de um mesmo animal, de várias desovas, sendo que cada fêmea pode ovular em intervalos de, aproximadamente, 45 dias.

  17. Indução de resistência à podridão‑amarga em maçãs pelo uso de eliciadores em pós‑colheita

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    Douglas Alvarez Alamino

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito dos eliciadores acibenzolar‑S‑metílico (ASM e proteína harpina, aplicados em pós‑colheita, na indução de resistência sistêmica à podridão‑amarga em maçãs. Realizaram-se ferimentos mecânicos em maçãs 'Royal Gala' seguidos da aplicação dos eliciadores. Doze horas depois, procedeu-se à inoculação do fungo Colletotrichum gloeosporioides. Após 72 horas, realizaram-se as avaliações quanto à área lesionada e ao número de esporos, bem como a coleta de tecido dos frutos para quantificação de proteínas, açúcares totais e redutores, fenóis totais, e para determinação da atividade das enzimas fenilalanina amônia‑liase, superóxido dismutase, catalase, peroxidase e ascorbato peroxidase. A harpina e, em menor grau, o ASM proporcionaram aumento da atividade da enzima peroxidase e a consequente redução da área lesionada e da esporulação de C. gloeosporioides nas maçãs. Esses eliciadores podem ser utilizados como ferramenta de controle no manejo integrado da podridão‑amarga, em pós‑colheita de maçãs 'Royal Gala'.

  18. Baixa dose de misoprostol sublingual (12,5 µg para indução do parto Low dose of sublingual misoprostol (12.5 µg for labor induction

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    Daniele Sofia de Moraes Barros Gattás

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever os resultados maternos e perinatais utilizando 12,5 µg de misoprostol sublingual para indução do parto em gestantes com feto vivo a termo. MÉTODOS: Realizou-se um estudo multicêntrico, tipo ensaio clínico, aberto e não randomizado, no período de julho a dezembro de 2009. Foram incluídas 30 gestantes com indicação de indução do parto, a termo, feto vivo, escore de Bishop menor ou igual a seis, apresentação cefálica, peso fetal estimado menor que 4.000 g e índice de líquido amniótico maior que cinco. Foram excluídas mulheres com cicatriz uterina, alteração da vitalidade fetal, anomalias congênitas, gestação múltipla, restrição de crescimento intrauterino, hemorragia genital e contraindicações ao parto vaginal. O comprimido de misoprostol sublingual 12,5 µg foi administrado a cada seis horas, até o início do trabalho de parto, máximo de oito doses. RESULTADOS: O trabalho de parto foi induzido satisfatoriamente em 90% das gestantes. As médias dos intervalos entre a primeira dose e o início das contrações uterinas e o parto foram de 14,3±11,7 horas e 25,4±13 horas, respectivamente. A frequência de parto vaginal foi de 60%. A taquissistolia ocorreu em duas gestantes, sendo revertida em ambos os casos sem necessitar de cesariana. A eliminação de mecônio foi observada em quatro pacientes e o escore de Apgar foi menor que sete no quinto minuto em um recém-nascido. CONCLUSÃO: Os desfechos maternos e perinatais foram favoráveis depois da indução do parto com misoprostol sublingual na dose de 12,5 µg a cada seis horas. No entanto, são necessários ensaios clínicos controlados comparando esse esquema posológico com outras doses e vias de administraçãoPURPOSE: To describe the maternal and perinatal outcomes after the use of 12.5 µg of sublingual misoprostol for labor induction in women with term pregnancy and a live fetus. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter, open and non

  19. Indução à macho-esterilidade e formação de sementes em genótipos de trigo Induction to male-sterility and cross-pollination in wheat

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    Diego Girardi Pegoraro

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    Full Text Available A variabilidade genética em programas de melhoramento é de extrema importância para o desenvolvimento de novos genótipos. Uma das principais formas de obtenção de variabilidade genética é através da recombinação genética em plantas oriundas do cruzamento de genótipos contrastantes. Em trigo, a obtenção de híbridos é trabalhosa, devido à forma natural e predominante de reprodução, por autofecundação. A indução da macho-esterilidade pode ser uma alternativa para a obtenção de sementes híbridas. O presente trabalho teve como objetivos avaliar a eficiência do gametocida ácido 2- cloroetilfosfanico (Ethrel na indução à macho-esterilidade em trigo, estimar a frequência de polinização cruzada em genótipos de trigo cultivados a campo e determinar o efeito do produto na obtenção de sementes híbridas a campo. O produto foi aplicado em cinco variedades de trigo em três dosagens diferentes, no estádio de pré-emborrachamento, sendo que a ariedade BR 43 (mútica foi empregada como testadora para verificar a frequência de cruzamentos. Os caracteres avaliados foram: porcentagem de pólen viável, número de grãos produzidos nas espigas ensacadas sem polinização, porcentagem de polinização dirigida e porcentagem de polinização natural. Os resultados indicaram que o produto Ethrel foi eficiente para a indução da macho-esterilidade em todas as variedades testadas; entretanto, ocorreram também prejuízos para o desenvolvimento da parte feminina, evidenciados pela redução do número de sementes produzidas em parcelas tratadas com o gametocida. As doses de 10 e 20l/ha causaram acentuada esterilidade de pólen; por outro lado, não foi verificado um incremento na produção de sementes híbridas. Assim sendo, é necessário ajustar a técnica de aplicação do Ethrel para a produção de híbridos em trigo.The genetic variability is importam for lhe development of new genotypes in breeding programs. This

  20. Épocas de indução floral e soma térmica do período do florescimento à colheita de abacaxi 'Smooth Cayenne' Floral induction period and thermal time requirements from the flowering to the harvest period for Smooth Cayenne pineapple

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    Full Text Available Na produção do abacaxi, é importante conhecer o efeito do clima no ciclo da cultura. O objetivo do trabalho foi estudar as somas térmicas do período da indução floral à colheita de abacaxi 'Smooth Cayenne' para diferentes épocas de indução floral no Norte do Paraná e sua influência na produção e qualidade dos frutos. Os tratamentos foram indução floral artificial com ethephon, nos meses de abril, maio, junho e julho, além da testemunha, induzida naturalmente. A inflorescência surgiu aos 115,5; 107,3; 77,3 e 48,3 dias após a indução floral, respectivamente, para os tratamentos de abril, maio, junho e julho. O período entre o surgimento da inflorescência e a colheita foi de 163 dias para a indução de abril, maior do que o observado para os demais tratamentos (144 a 151 dias. O tratamento de abril proporcionou frutos menores do que o de julho, mas a acidez titulável, o teor de sólidos solúveis e o "ratio" não foram influenciados pelas épocas de aplicação do indutor. A soma térmica média do período entre o florescimento e a colheita foi de 1.090 graus-dia, sem diferenças estatísticas entre as épocas de indução floral.The knowledge of climate effects is important in planning pineapple production. The aim of this research was to accomplish the thermal time requirements of 'Smooth Cayenne' pineapple from the floral induction to the harvest period for different periods of artificial floral induction at Northern State of Paraná and also its influence in yield and fruit quality. The treatments were floral induction with ethephon in April, May, June and July. The control had natural induction. The inflorescence arose at 115.5; 107.3; 77.3 and 48.3 days after the floral induction for the applications in April, May, June, and July, respectively. The period between inflorescence arisen and harvest was 163 days for April induction, which was higher than for the other treatments (144 - 151 days. The fruits from the

  1. Influência do horário de aplicação e da variedade genética em fêmeas de tilápias Oreochromis niloticus submetidas à indução hormonal com hCG

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    U.N. Souza

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    Full Text Available Objetivou-se com este trabalho avaliar a influência do horário de aplicação e da variedade genética de fêmeas submetidas à indução com hCG. O experimento foi realizado nos meses de julho e agosto de 2012. Utilizou-se delineamento inteiramente ao acaso, com esquema fatorial 2x4x2 (duas variedades, quatro horários de aplicação, com e sem hCG, sendo quatro repetições para os tratamentos controle e seis para induzidos com hCG. Foram utilizadas 40 fêmeas das variedades GIFT e UFLA, microchipadas, alojadas em um sistema com recirculação de água. Foram utilizados quatro horários de aplicação: seis; 12; 18 e 24 horas. A dosagem de hCG foi de 5UI/grama de peso de peixe, dividida em duas aplicações. A extrusão dos ovócitos foi realizada 720 horas-graus após a última aplicação, sendo observado o número de animais de cada tratamento que apresentaram desova. Os dados obtidos foram submetidos à análise de variância, e as médias comparadas pelo teste SNK a 5% de significância. A indução com hCG proporcionou melhores (P0,05. Já a GIFT apresentou maior ID (P<0,05 quando a indução hormonal foi realizada às 24h em relação à aplicação realizada às 18h. O diâmetro do ovócito da variedade UFLA é maior do que o da GIFT (P<0,05. Ao se observar o grupo controle, verificou-se que a variedade UFLA apresentou maior porcentagem de ovócitos com posição periférica de vesícula germinativa (P<0,05 em relação à GIFT. A indução hormonal com hCG foi influenciada pela variedade e pelo horário de aplicação.

  2. Ação de tinturas e óleos essenciais de plantas medicinais sobre o crestamento bacteriano comum do feijoeiro e na produção de proteínas de indução de resistência

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    Sandra Cristina Vigo

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A exploração da atividade biológica de compostos secundários presentes nas tinturas ou em óleos essenciais de plantas podem representar, ao lado da indução de resistência, mais uma forma potencial de controle de doenças em plantas cultivadas. O presente trabalho objetivou avaliar o potencial de tinturas de Lippia alba, Lippia sidoides, Mikania glomerata, Equisetum sp. e Hedera helix e óleos essenciais de Rosmarinus officinalis e Cinnamomum zeylanicum nas atividades in vitro, in vivo e na produção de proteínas na indução de resistência, em plantas de feijão vagem cultivar Bragança. Os resultados obtidos demonstraram que as tinturas de L. alba e L. sidoides e os óleos essenciais (R. officinalis e C. zeylanicum apresentaram atividade in vitro aos isolados de Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. phaseoli. Todas as tinturas ensaiadas apresentaram menores valores do progresso da doença (AACPD, em relação à testemunha, merecendo destaque a tintura de L. alba, que estavam correlacionadas com os maiores teores de polifenoloxidase, peroxidase e proteínas solúveis totais, evidenciando uma possível indução de resistência. Os óleos essenciais não apresentaram diferença na AACPD e nem na indução de proteínas.Additionally to resistance inducers, the exploitation of secondary compounds biological activity present in plants alcohol extracts or essential oils could potential way to control diseases in cultivated plants. This aimed to evaluate the potential of Lippia alba, Lippia sidoides, Mikania glomerata, Equisetum sp. and Hedera helix alcohol extracts and, Rosmarinus officinalis and Cinnamomum zeylanicum essential oils on in vitro and in vivo activity, and protein production on resistance induction in snap beans Bragança cultivar. Results showed in vitro activity against Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. phaseoli for L. alba and L. sidoides extracts, and essential oils. Although all alcohol extracts have showed the lowest area under the

  3. Avaliação de programas hormonais para a indução e sincronização do estro em caprinos Evaluation of hormonal programs to induce and synchronize estrus in goats

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    Rui Machado

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi estabelecer alternativas para indução e sincronização do estro em cabras leiteiras manejadas semi-intensivamente. Foram conduzidos quatro experimentos com 411 cabras na Embrapa-Centro Nacional de Pesquisa deCaprinos, Sobral, CE. No protocolo básico, utilizaram-se esponjas intra-vaginais com 50 mg de acetato de medroxiprogesterona (MAP por dez dias e aplicação intra-muscular de 100 mig de cloprostenol e 200 UI de gonadotropina coriônica eqüina (eCG no 8º dia; a inseminação artificial (IA, com sêmen congelado foi feita 38 horas após remoção da esponja. No experimento1 substituiu-se a e CG pelo "efeito macho"; no experimento 2 substituiu-se a dose de MAP para 60 mg; no experimento3 compararam-se diferentes momentos de IA: 38, 44 e 50 horas e no experimento 4 substituiu-se a eCG pela gonadotropina humana (hCG. Nenhuma das alternativas testadas modificou (P>0,05 a prolificidade. A IA em cio natural gerou maior (PThe objective of this study was to establish alternatives to induce and synchronize estrus in dairy goats managed under semi-intensive conditions. Four experiments were carried out using 411 goats at the Embrapa-Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Caprinos, Sobral, CE, Brazil. In the basic protocol, intra-vaginal sponges were used with 50 mg of medroxyprogesterone acetate (MAP over ten days, associated with intra-muscular shots of cloprostenol, and equine corionic gonadotropin (eCG at the 8th day. Artificial insemination (AI with frozen semen took place 38 hours after sponge withdrawal. In the first experiment, eCG was replaced by "buck effect"; in the second experiment, 60 mg MAP replaced the usual dose; the third experiment compared different pre-fixed time for AI: 38, 44 and 50 hours and in the fourth experiment, hCG (human corionic gonadotropin given at different moments, replaced eCG. Prolificacy was not influenced (P>0.05 by any changes of basic protocol.After natural estrus, AIprovided higher (P

  4. Flowering induction of Hemerocallis hybrida cv. Graziela Barroso by gibberellic acid aplication / Indução do florescimento de Hemerocallis hybrida cv. Graziela Barroso pela aplicação de ácido giberélico

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    Nilce Nazareno da Fonte

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Hemerocallis spp. production is important in Santa Catarina State. The flowers have a great use in landscaping, and bloom in spring. This work had the aim of studying the flower induction in Hemerocallis hybrida cv Graziela Barroso by different applications of gibberellic acid (0 mgL-1 control; 15 mgL-1; 30 mgL-1 GA3 during summer, autumn and winter. A completely randomized design was used. Treatments represented a factorial arrangement of three GA3 concentrations and ten application occasions in each season. Interaction between the factors was evaluated by the following variables: dry matter (summer - the best value found was 13,81 g (in 30 mgL-1 GA3 in the April, 16 application, and foliar area (autumn - 436,3 cm2 (in 30 mgL-1 GA3 the July, 1st application. The gibberellic acid cannot be indicated to increase the commercial qualities (blooming and growing of Hemerocallis hybrida cv Graziela Barroso. A produção de Hemerocallis spp., planta muito utilizada no paisagismo, que floresce naturalmente na primavera, tem destaque em Santa Catarina. O objetivo do presente trabalho foi estudar a indução do florescimento em Hemerocallis hybrida cultivar Graziela Barroso, pela aplicação ácido giberélico (0 mgL-1 controle; 15 mgL-1; 30 mgL-1 de GA3, no verão (janeiro-abril, outono (abril-julho e inverno (julho-outubro, de forma a aprimorar seus atributos comerciais. Foi utilizado um delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado, com fatorial 3x10 (três doses de GA3 e dez datas de aplicação para cada estação. Houve interação entre os fatores estudados apenas para acúmulo de massa seca (verão, sendo o melhor valor encontrado 13,81 g (30 mgL-1 de GA3, na aplicação de 16 de abril; e área foliar (outono, 436,3 cm2 (30 mg L-1 de GA3 na aplicação de 1 de julho. Não se pode indicar o GA3 nas concentrações estudadas para aprimorar atributos comerciais (florescimento e crescimento na espécie em questão.

  5. Indução e histologia de embriões somáticos primários e secundários do híbrido Phalaenopsis Classic Spotted Pink (Orchidaceae

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    Cláudia Ulisses de Carvalho Silva

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivos induzir a formação de embriões somáticos in vitro no híbrido Phalaenopsis Classic Spotted Pink, utilizando diferentes meios nutritivos e avaliar a morfologia interna desses embriões através de análises histológicas e histoquímicas. Folhas jovens de plantas cultivadas in vitro foram utilizadas como explantes e dessas folhas foram retiradas as bordas, ficando segmentos de aproximadamente 1cm². Para indução foram utilizados meios nutritivos contendo ANA (0,1 mg L-1 e BAP (1 mg L-1, acrescido de phytagel e com pH 5,8 (meio TM 07 e ANA (0,1 mg L-1 e TDZ (3 mg L-1 acrescido de gelrite e com pH 5,2 (meio TC06-1. Embriões somáticos primários foram obtidos aos 90 dias de cultivo no meio TC06-1 e foram transferidos para o mesmo meio para obtenção de embriogênese secundária. Os embriões somáticos obtidos foram transferidos para meio MS com metade da força iônica, sem regulador de crescimento e cultivados em fotoperíodo de 16 horas, o qual estimulou a produção de clorofila tanto nos embriões primários como secundários, promovendo o desenvolvimento desses em protocormos e posteriormente em plantas. As análises histológicas permitiram confirmar o caráter embrionário das estruturas formadas in vitro, demonstrando que os embriões somáticos foram formados diretamente das camadas epidérmicas dos explantes, sem passar pela fase de calo, caracterizando embriogênese somática direta. Os métodos histoquímicos utilizados, possibilitaram evidenciar a deposição de compostos orgânicos nas células embriogênicas em decorrência de mecanismos fisiológicos, permitindo o desenvolvimento dos embriões primários e secundários em plantas.

  6. Indução de calos em explantes foliares de Murici-pequeno (Byrsonima intermedia A. Juss. Calli induction from leaf explants of murici-pequeno (Byrsonima intermedia A. Juss.

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    Raírys Cravo Nogueira

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    Full Text Available O murici-pequeno (Byrsonima intermedia A. Juss. é um arbusto do cerrado cujo chá da casca do caule apresenta atividade adstringente nas diarréias e disenterias. O gênero Byrsonima apresenta taxa de germinação baixa e emergência lenta da plântula, dificultando a propagação sexuada. Objetivou-se com este trabalho obter calos friáveis em explantes foliares de murici-pequeno para estudos futuros em suspensão celular e metabolismo secundário, assim como embriogênese somática. Avaliou-se o efeito de diferentes concentrações da auxina 2,4-D e a sua interação com as citocininas TDZ e BAP na calogênese. Os resultados demonstraram que na ausência de 2,4-D não ocorre formação de calo em explantes foliares. A adição de BAP ou TDZ não influencia o processo de calogênese. Para a indução e proliferação de calo em explantes foliares de murici-pequeno, os resultados recomendam o uso de meio MS, acrescido de 1,0 mg L-1 de 2,4-D, mantendo os explantes em condição de escuro por 30 dias.Byrsonima intermedia A. Juss is a shrub of cerrado whose husk presents medicinal activities in diarrheas and dysenteries. The Byrsonima genus present low germination rate and slow plantlet emergency which makes difficult sexual propagation. The objective of this work was to obtain friable callus in leaf explants for future studies with suspension cells and secondary metabolites as well as somatic embryogenesis. The effect of different concentrations of 2,4-D and its interaction with TDZ and BAP in callus formation was evaluated. The results demonstrated that there is no formation of callus in leaf explants maintained in absence of 2,4-D. The addition of TDZ or BAP had no influence in the calogenesis process. For callus induction and proliferation, the results suggest the use of MS medium supplemented with 1.0 mg L-1 2,4-D maintaining the explants in the dark.

  7. Tempo de indução e de recuperação de dourados Salminus brasiliensis (Cuvier, 1816, submetidos a diferentes concentrações de óleo de cravo Eugenia sp. = Induction and recovery time for dourados Salminus brasiliensis (Cuvier, 1816 submitted to different concentrations of clove oil Eugenia sp.

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    Full Text Available O presente estudo avaliou o óleo de cravo como anestésico para juvenis de dourado em cinco diferentes concentrações (20, 30, 40, 50 e 60 mg L-1, utilizando como critério para determinação da concentração ideal os tempos de indução e de recuperação ao efeito do anestésico. Em relação aos tempos de indução, verificou-se diferença significativa (p The present study evaluated five different concentrations (20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 mg L-1 of clove oil as an anesthetic for dourado juveniles, using induction and recovery time to determine the ideal concentration. Significant difference (p < 0.05 was observed among 20, 30, 40 and 60 mg L-1 levels of clove oil. However, 50 mg L-1 concentrati on did not show significant difference in comparison to 40 and 60 mg L-1. Regarding recovery time, the shortest time was verified in the concentration of 20 mg L-1. Clove oil is effective and safe as an anesthetic for dourado juveniles in levels between 40 and 60 mg L-1.

  8. Olfactory Memory Storage and/or Retrieval Requires the Presence of the Exact Tentacle Used During Memory Acquisition in the Terrestrial Slug Limax.

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    Koga, Yurika; Matsuo, Yuko; Matsuo, Ryota

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    Terrestrial pulmonates can form odor-aversion memories once a food odor is presented in combination with an aversive stimulus. Most of the olfactory information ascends via a tentacular ganglion located in the tip of the two pairs of tentacles, and is then transmitted to the higher olfactory center, the procerebrum. The procerebrum is the locus of memory storage and has been shown to be necessary for odor-aversion learning. However, it is unknown whether the procerebrum is the sole locus in which the memory engram resides. By exploiting the regenerative ability of tentacles, here we investigated whether tentacles function merely in transmitting olfactory information to the procerebrum, or constitute a part of the memory engram. We showed that after removal of the tentacles used during memory acquisition, slugs were unable to retrieve the memory, even if these tentacles were regenerated sufficiently to subserve memory function. Our results support the view that tentacles are more than conduits of odor information; they also participate in the formation of the memory engram.

  9. An analytic solution to the time-dependent first-daughter fission-product plateout problem for multi-region isothermal slug flow

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    Durkee, J.W. Jr.; Lee, C.E.

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    The time-dependent, axisymmetric, isothermal slug flow convective-diffusion equation with radioactive decay is solved analytically to predict the behavior of a first-daughter fission-product undergoing gaseous transport through multiple materials in a cylindrical pipe. The integration coefficients are determined using the Davidon variable metric minimization method. The behavior of fission-product material deposited on the conduit wall is described by a standard mass-transfer model. The time-dependent plateout rate behavior, determined previously for parent fission-product deposition, is again evident for daughter product plateout. Dominance of the daughter plateout by parent deposition characteristics is apparent. The determination of the daughter wall mass-transfer and diffusion coefficient using a least-squares analysis of measured data depends upon a reasonably low ratio of parent/daughter half-lives. This is illustrated with 137 Cs/ 137 Ba(=2x10 5 ) and 140 Ba/ 140 La(=7.6), where for 137 Cs/ 137 Ba the solution sensitivity to the 137 Ba deposition parameters is small and for 140 Ba/ 140 La a reasonable solution is readily obtained. (author)

  10. CON4EI: Slug Mucosal Irritation (SMI) test method for hazard identification and labelling of serious eye damaging and eye irritating chemicals.

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    Adriaens, E; Guest, R; Willoughby, J A; Fochtman, P; Kandarova, H; Verstraelen, S; Van Rompay, A R

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    Assessment of ocular irritancy is an international regulatory requirement in the safety evaluation of industrial and consumer products. Although many in vitro ocular irritation assays exist, alone they are incapable of fully categorizing chemicals. The objective of CEFIC-LRI-AIMT6-VITO CON4EI (CONsortium for in vitro Eye Irritation testing strategy) project was to develop tiered testing strategies for eye irritation assessment that can lead to complete replacement of the in vivo Draize rabbit eye test (OECD TG 405). A set of 80 reference chemicals was tested with seven test methods, one method was the Slug Mucosal Irritation (SMI) test method. The method measures the amount of mucus produced (MP) during a single 1-hour contact with a 1% and 10% dilution of the chemical. Based on the total MP, a classification (Cat 1, Cat 2, or No Cat) is predicted. The SMI test method correctly identified 65.8% of the Cat 1 chemicals with a specificity of 90.5% (low over-prediction rate for in vivo Cat 2 and No Cat chemicals). Mispredictions were predominantly unidirectional towards lower classifications with 26.7% of the liquids and 40% of the solids being underpredicted. In general, the performance was better for liquids than for solids with respectively 76.5% vs 57.1% (Cat 1), 61.5% vs 50% (Cat 2), and 87.5% vs 85.7% (No Cat) being identified correctly. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Mercuric chloride-induced gastrin/cholecystokinin 8 immunoreactivity in the central nervous system of the terrestrial slug Semperula maculata: an immunohistochemical study.

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    Londhe, Sunil; Kamble, Nitin

    2013-12-01

    We measured the immunoreactivity of the neuropeptide gastrin cholecystokinin 8 (gastrin/CCK 8) in neurons of the terrestrial slug Semperula maculata following acute treatment with mercuric chloride (HgCl2). The distribution of gastrin/CCK 8 was analyzed in neurons of different regions, specifically from cerebral ganglia (procerebrum (pro-c), mesocerebrum (meso-c) and metacerebrum (meta-c). In the control group, neurons of pedal, pleural, parietal and visceral ganglia showed positive immunoreactivity using vertebrate antiserum against gastrin/CCK 8. Gastrin/CCK 8 immunoreactivity was also seen in the fibers and neuropil region of all ganglia. In the cerebral ganglion, 10, 12 and 8 % of the neurons from pro-c, meso-c and meta-c, respectively, were stained with the antibody. The immunostaining was increased in neurons (giant, large, medium and small) after HgCl2 treatment. The treatment greatly increased the mucin content within the neurons. Exposure to HgCl2 enhanced gastrin immunoreactivity in the neurons and this increased with time. Results are discussed in the context of neuropathology in cerebral ganglia associated with the feeding behavior of Semperula maculata.

  12. Integrative species delimitation in photosynthetic sea slugs reveals twenty candidate species in three nominal taxa studied for drug discovery, plastid symbiosis or biological control.

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    Krug, Patrick J; Vendetti, Jann E; Rodriguez, Albert K; Retana, Jennifer N; Hirano, Yayoi M; Trowbridge, Cynthia D

    2013-12-01

    DNA barcoding can highlight taxa in which conventional taxonomy underestimates species richness, identifying mitochondrial lineages that may correspond to unrecognized species. However, key assumptions of barcoding remain untested for many groups of soft-bodied marine invertebrates with poorly resolved taxonomy. Here, we applied an integrative approach for species delimitation to herbivorous sea slugs in clade Sacoglossa, in which unrecognized diversity may complicate studies of drug discovery, plastid endosymbiosis, and biological control. Using the mitochondrial barcoding COI gene and the nuclear histone 3 gene, we tested the hypothesis that three widely distributed "species" each comprised a complex of independently evolving lineages. Morphological and reproductive characters were then used to evaluate whether each lineage was distinguishable as a candidate species. The "circumtropical" Elysia ornata comprised a Caribbean species and four Indo-Pacific candidate species that are potential sources of kahalalides, anti-cancer compounds. The "monotypic" and highly photosynthetic Plakobranchus ocellatus, used for over 60 years to study chloroplast symbiosis, comprised 10 candidate species. Finally, six candidate species were distinguished in the Elysia tomentosa complex, including potential biological control agents for invasive green algae (Caulerpa spp.). We show that a candidate species approach developed for vertebrates effectively categorizes cryptic diversity in marine invertebrates, and that integrating threshold COI distances with non-molecular character data can delimit species even when common assumptions of DNA barcoding are violated. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Yeast suspension filtration: Flux enhancement using an upward gas/liquid slug flow -- Application to continuous alcoholic fermentation with cell recycle

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    Mercier, M.; Maranges, C.; Fonade, C.; Lafforgue-Delorme, C. [Institut National des Sciences Appliquees, Toulouse (France). Centre de Bioingenierie Gilbert Durand

    1998-04-05

    This study deals with the use of an upward gas/liquid slug flow to reduce tubular mineral membrane fouling. The injection of air into the feedstream is designed to create hydrodynamic conditions that destabilize the cake layer over the membrane surface inside the filtration module complex. Experimental study was carried out by filtering a biological suspension (yeast) through different tubular mineral membranes. The effects of operating parameters, including the nature of the membrane, liquid and gas flowrates, and transmembrane pressure, were examined. When external fouling was the main limiting phenomenon, flux enhancements of a factor of three could be achieved was gas sparging compared with single liquid phase crossflow filtration. The economic benefits of this unsteady technique have also been examined. To investigate the possibility of long-term operation of the two-phase flow principle, dense cell perfusion cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae were carried out in a fermentor coupled with an ultrafiltration module. The air injection allowed a high and stable flux to be maintained over 100 h of fermentation, with a final cell concentration of 150 g dry weight/L. At equal biomass level, a twofold gain in flux could be attained compared with classical steady crossflow filtration at half the cost.

  14. Uso de misoprostol retal para indução do parto em gestantes com amniorrexe prematura: ensaio clínico fase II Use of rectal misoprostol for induction of labor in patients with premature rupture of membranes: a phase II clinical trial

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    Francisco Carlos Nogueira Arcanjo

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar se o misoprostol por via retal constitui método efetivo para indução do parto em gestantes com amniorrexe prematura a termo. MÉTODOS: realizou-se estudo piloto, incluindo 32 gestantes com amniorrexe prematura entre 36 e 41 semanas, feto vivo e único, em apresentação cefálica, escore de Bishop 18 horas receberam antibiótico (penicilina cristalina para profilaxia de infecção estreptocócica. Analisaram-se desfechos diversos como intervalo entre indução e início do trabalho de parto, entre indução e parto, incidência de taquissistolia, tipo de parto, incidência de corioamnionite e resultados neonatais. A análise estatística foi realizada no programa de domínio público Epi-Info 2002, calculando-se médias com os respectivos desvios-padrão, além de distribuições de freqüência. Realizou-se análise de sobrevivência para determinação do percentual de partos em função do tempo transcorrido (em horas desde a administração do primeiro comprimido. RESULTADOS: os intervalos (média ± desvio padrão entre indução e início das contrações e entre indução e parto foram de, respectivamente, 299,8±199,9 e 681±340,5 minutos. Observou-se freqüência de 9,4% de taquissistolia. Cerca de 72% das pacientes evoluíram para parto vaginal. Diagnosticou-se corioamnionite em 12,5% dos casos. As medianas dos escores de Apgar foram de 8 e 9 no primeiro e quinto minuto, respectivamente. Não houve nenhum caso de Apgar PURPOSE: to investigate whether rectally administered misoprostol is an effective method for induction of labor in patients with premature ruptured membranes at term. METHODS: a pilot trial was conducted, enrolling 32 women with alive, singleton, cephalic fetus and ruptured membranes between 36 and 41 weeks of pregnancy, with Bishop score 18 h received antibiotics (crystalline penicillin for prophylaxis of streptococcal infeccion. Outcomes included time from induction to labor and induction to

  15. Solução oral escalonada de misoprostol para indução do parto: estudo piloto Titrated oral solution of misoprostol for labour induction: a pilot study

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    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar a efetividade e a segurança da administração de uma nova formulação de misoprostol em solução por via oral, com doses escalonadas, para indução do parto de feto vivo a termo. MÉTODOS: realizou-se um estudo multicêntrico, do tipo ensaio clínico, aberto, não-randomizado, no período de Julho a Dezembro de 2008. Foram incluídas 30 pacientes com indicação de indução do trabalho de parto, a termo, com feto vivo, índice de Bishop 5. Foram excluídas mulheres com cicatriz uterina, cardiotocografia alterada, gestação múltipla, restrição de crescimento fetal, hemorragia genital e presença de tumores, ulcerações ou malformações genitais. A dose inicial da solução oral foi de 20µg/h de misoprostol, nas primeiras 6 horas, aumentando em 20µg/h de misoprostol a cada 6 horas, se o trabalho de parto não fosse deflagrado, até uma dose máxima de 80µg/h, nas primeiras 24 horas, mantendo a dose máxima (80µg/h por mais 24 horas, se necessário. RESULTADOS: o trabalho de parto foi induzido satisfatoriamente em 96,7% das gestantes. O intervalo entre a primeira dose e o início das contrações uterinas foi de 3,8±1,8 horas, enquanto o intervalo entre a dose inicial e o parto variou entre 6 e 24 horas. A frequência de parto vaginal foi de 80% (n=24. A maioria das gestantes iniciou o trabalho de parto com a dose de 20µg/h (60%; n=18. A taquissistolia ocorreu em 13,3% das gestações e líquido meconial foi detectado em 20% dos casos. Houve dois casos de escore de Apgar PURPOSE: to test effectiveness and safety of the oral administration of a new misoprostol formulation in titrated doses for the induction of delivery of a live fetus at term. METHODS: an open pilot multicenter, non-randomized clinical trial was conducted from July to December 2008. A total of 30 patients with indications for induction of labor were included. The patients had a live fetus, Bishop score 5. Exclusion criteria were previous uterine

  16. Indução da fermentação maloláctica em vinho tinto com a cultura láctica viniflora oenos Induction of malolactic fermentation in red wine with the starter culture viniflora oenos

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    Larissa Dias de Avila

    1997-06-01

    Full Text Available A fermentação maloláctica é responsável pela redução da acidez total, muitas vezes elevada em vinhos tintos jovens, ao mesmo tempo que proporciona maior estabilidade biológica e complexidade de aroma e sabor. No Estado do Rio Grande do Sul, a fermentação maloláctica se torna uma necessidade devido a freqüente elevada acidez das uvas, no entanto a indução por inoculação bacteriana não tem sido prática comum. Este trabalho teve como objetivo principal avaliar o comportamento de uma cultura láctica na indução da fermentação maloláctica, em relação as bactérias nativas. Um mosto da Vitis vinífera Cabernet Sauvignon foi vinificado e inoculado com a cultura comercial de Leuconostoc oenos, Viniflora Oenos, em diferentes níveis de açúcar residual: 34,1 - 13,8 - 1,7 e 1,5g/l. As inoculações, com duas repetições, foram comparadas com a fermentação maloláctica espontânea (controle. A degradação do ácido málico foi acompanhada através de cromatografia em papel. Os ácidos orgânicos foram determinados através de cromatografia líquida de alta eficiência. Foram também analisados os açúcares redutores (AR, °Brix, pH, acidez total e álcool. Os vinhos inoculados no estádio 34,1 g/l AR fermentaram em 14 dias,enquanto os controles levaram em média 28,5 dias. Nos estádios com 13,8 e 1,7g/l AR, Viniflora Oenos completou a degradação do ácido málico em torno de 13 e 11 dias, enquanto os controles levaram 20,5 e 16,5 dias, respectivamente. No estádio 1,5g/l AR, os vinhos inoculados e os controles não demonstraram diferença significativa e fermentaram entre 8 e 10 dias. Viniflora Oenos completou a fermentação maloláctica em menos tempo que o controle, demostrando que a inoculação pode ser realizada antes do término da fermentação alcoólica com bons resultados. Na maioria dos tratamentos, não houve diferença significativa na produção de ácido acético entre a cultura e o controle. O

  17. Mohamad Yusuf Indu Solanki Payal Jain

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    The antibacterial and antifungal activities of the prepared compounds were also evaluated against the Klubsellia pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillius subtilis and Aspergillius janus and Pencillium glabrum strains, respectively. The formation and antimicrobial ...

  18. Ceticismo e Indução

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    Luiz Henrique de A. Dutra

    1997-06-01

    Full Text Available Since Hume, the problem of induction is viewed as the problem of skeptical doubts concerning our empirical generalizations. In this paper, I argue that this problem is neither a question for epistemology nor a consequence of a skeptical (pyhrronian view on the matter. Rather I argue that from the point of view of alethic skepticism, Hume´s problem appears to be an issue concerning the pragmatics of investigation, and I try to report some of its most basic aspects. The result is a new image of induction that resembles with Nelson Goodman´s solution, but I avoid any dogmatic commitment to his ideas.

  19. Clinical and histological responses to laparoscopically-induced peritonitis in rats Resposta clínica e histológica à indução de peritonite via laparoscopia em ratos

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    observado em quase todos os membros do grupo CLP. Leucócitos polimorfonucleares foram identificados na serosa do ceco dos animais do grupo CLP. Por outro lado, todos os animais do grupo CL estavam vivos após 24 h, e leucócitos polimorfonucleares estavam restritos à muscular própria. Presença de líquido peritonial não foi detectada nos animais do grupo CL. CONCLUSÃO: A ligadura elástica do ceco foi reprodutível e a secção da bolsa cecal foi essencial para a indução de sepse.

  20. Indução de resistência em feijoeiro a mancha angular por extratos de micélio de Pycnoporus sanguineus Resistance induction in bean plants against angular leaf spot by extracts from Pycnoporus sanguineus mycelium

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    Full Text Available O feijoeiro (Phaseolus vulgaris L. está entre as principais culturas da agricultura nacional e pode ser afetada por várias doenças, como a mancha angular causada por Pseudocercospora griseola. Com o objetivo de desenvolver métodos alternativos ao químico para o controle desta doença, verificou-se o potencial de extratos de micélio de Pycnoporus sanguineus para atividade antimicrobiana in vitro contra P. griseola e para indução de resistência e ativação de enzimas de defesa em feijoeiro, como peroxidase, polifenoloxidase e β-1,3-glucanase, além de sua influência nos teores de proteínas e clorofilas. Os experimentos in vitro e em casa de vegetação foram constituídos pelos extratos de micélio de P. sanguineus e dos controles água, acibenzolar-S-metil (ASM: 75 mg i.a./L e fungicida azoxystrobin (40 mg i.a./L. In vitro o extrato de micélio apresentou efeito sobre o crescimento micelial, a esporulação e a germinação de esporos de P. griseola. In vivo a severidade foi reduzida em 93% e 50% em casa de vegetação e a campo respectivamente, em relação ao controle água. A atividade das enzimas peroxidase e polifenoloxidase e os teores de proteínas e clorofilas foram maiores nas plantas tratadas com o extrato. Estes resultados indicam a eficiência de P. sanguineus para o controle alternativo da mancha angular do feijoeiro.Angular leaf spot, caused by the fungus Pseudocercospora griseola, is a major disease of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L. in Brazil. The objective of this research was to develop an alternative method for controlling this disease based on an aqueous extract of Pycnoporus sanguineus mycelium. It was evaluated the antimicrobial activity of the aqueous extract against P. griseola as well as its activity of resistance induction against angular leaf spot. The role of the plant defense enzymes peroxidase, polyphenol oxidase and β-1,3-glucanase, and the proteins and chlorophyll content was investigated. The

  1. Indução de superbrotamento e regeneração de plantas in vitro, nas cultivares de algodão colorido Induction of multiple shoots and regeneration of plants in vitro, in coloured cotton cultivars

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    Maria do S. Rocha

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available A micropropagação in vitro tem-se apresentado como técnica que possibilita várias metodologias que, por sua vez, contribuem com a redução no tempo, para a obtenção de novas cultivares. Objetivou-se com esse trabalho avaliar o comportamento dos genótipos BRS-Verde, BRS-200-Marrom, 6M-Mocó-Branco e BRs(-187 8H Branco na indução do superbrotamento em diferentes combinações de reguladores de crescimento. As sementes, para obtenção do material de partida, foram desinfectadas em solução de hipoclorito de sódio a 1% de cloro ativo por 20 min. Os brotos foram induzidos, a partir de explante de nós cotiledonares em meio básico MS, suplementado com 6-benzylaminopurine (BAP, Cinetina ( KIN e Tiadiazuron (TDZ, isolados ou associados em diferentes concentrações. O material foi mantido por 40 dias em sala de crescimento, sob condições ambientais controladas. Utilizou-se 10 tubos de ensaio por tratamento com um explante por frasco, em um delineamento inteiramente casualizado, com arranjo fatorial de 4 x 17 (quatro genótipos x dezessete meios. Observou-se que o meio MS suplementado com BAP (2,0 mg L-1 isolado ou associado com KIN (1,0 mg L-1, promoveu maior capacidade de regeneração e altura de brotos; o meio MS suplementado com BAP (2,5 mg L-1 estimulou maior altura de brotos e o meio MS suplementado com TDZ (1,0, 0,50 e 0,25 mg L-1 afetou a capacidade de regeneração de brotos, observando-se maior formação de calos.The micropropagation in vitro has been presented as a technique that allows various methodologies which, for in turn, contribute to a reduction in the time to obtain new cultivares. The objective of this work was to evaluate the behavior of the genotypes BRS-Verde, BRS-200-Marrom, 6M-Mocó-white and BRs(-187-8H- white, in the induction of the multiple shoots in different combinations of growth regulators. The seeds, to obtain the initial material, were placed in a solution of 1% sodium hypochlorite of active chlorine

  2. Indução e cultivo in vitro de gemas adventícias em segmentos de epicótilo de laranja-azeda In vitro induction and culture of adventitious buds in epicotyl segments of sour orange

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    Rosely Pereira da Silva

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a indução e a formação de gemas adventícias em explantes de laranja-azeda, pelo uso de fitorreguladores. Em experimentos de organogênese in vitro foram avaliados 6-benzilaminopurina (BAP, thidiazuron (TDZ e cinetina (CIN, em diferentes concentrações e sob duas condições de luminosidade; BAP e CIN combinados ou não com ácido naftalenoacético (ANA; e BAP e CIN isoladamente ou combinados entre si. Segmentos de epicótilo de 1 cm de comprimento, provenientes de plântulas de laranja-azeda germinadas in vitro, foram utilizados como explantes. Para induzir a formação de gemas, os segmentos foram cultivados em meio MT com ou sem adição de fitorreguladores. O material foi cultivado a 27ºC em ausência de luz por 30 dias, seguidos de fotoperíodo de 16 horas. O delineamento experimental foi inteiramente casualizado, com quatro ou cinco repetições, a depender do experimento e, cada repetição foi constituída de placa de Petri com 20 explantes. Após 60 ou 70 dias de cultivo foram avaliados o percentual de explantes responsivos e o número de gemas por explante. A adição de BAP ao meio de cultura, combinada ou não com ANA, e em combinações com CIN promovem melhor resposta organogênica.The objective of this work was to evaluate the induction and formation of adventitious buds in sour orange explants through the use of plant regulators. In vitro organogenesis experiments were conducted to evaluate the effect of BAP, TDZ, and KIN in different concentrations and under two light conditions; BAP and KIN, combined or not with NAA; BAP and KIN, separately or in combined concentrations. Sour orange epicotyl segments (1 cm length, from in vitro germinated plants, were used as explants. In order to induce bud formation, the explants were cultured in MT medium with or without the addition of plant regulators. The material was cultivated at 27ºC in the absence of light for 30 days, followed of culture

  3. Emissões otoacústicas por produtos de distorção em ovinos normais e após indução de hiperinsulinemia Distortion product otoacoustic emissions in sheep before and after hyperinsulinemia induction

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    Francisco Carlos Zuma e Maia

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available As emissões otoacústicas transientes evocadas e as emissões otoacústicas por produtos de distorção vêm assumindo importância significativa na identificação de alterações cocleares. OBJETIVO: Através da monitorização das emissões otoacústicas, registrar os limiares dos produtos de distorção em condições normais e na presença de modificações eletrofisiológicas nas células ciliadas externas cocleares de ovelhas após a indução de hiperinsulinemia aguda. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Estudo experimental com sete ovelhas no grupo-controle e sete no grupo-estudo. Os níveis de insulina e glicose foram verificados simultaneamente ao registro das emissões otoacústicas por produtos de distorção de 10 em 10 minutos, até o tempo de 90 minutos. O grupo-controle recebeu soro fisiológico, e o grupo-estudo, injeção em bolo de 0,1 U/kg de insulina humana regular. RESULTADOS: Houve diminuição significante nos limiares dos produtos de distorção no grupo-estudo em relação ao grupo-controle nas freqüências acima de 1.500 Hz e após o tempo de 60 minutos (P Transient evoked otoacoustic emissions and distortion product otoacoustic emissions have gained significant importance in the identification of cochlear alterations. AIM: To record distortion product thresholds through the monitoring of otoacoustic emissions in normal conditions and in the presence of electrophysiologic changes in cochlear outer hair cells in sheep after hyperinsulinemia induction. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Experimental study, with seven sheep in the control group and seven in the study group. Insulin and glucose concentrations were measured simultaneously for the recording of distortion product otoacoustic emission every 10 minutes, all the way to 90 minutes. The control group received saline solution, and the study group received a bolus injection of 0.1 U/kg of regular human insulin. RESULTS: There was a significant reduction in distortion product thresholds in

  4. Reproduction of duckbill catfish Sorubim lima in captivity (Siluriformes, Pimelodidae by means of hormonal induction/ Reprodução em cativeiro do jurupecê Sorubim lima (Siluriformes, Pimelodidae por meio de indução hormonal

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    Full Text Available Sorubim lima is a migratory catfish that do not reproduce in lenthic environments such as those formed after construction of hydroelectric power plants. An alternative for conservation of the species in these environments is the stocking with fingerlings produced in captivity. The technique used to reproduce it in captivity was the induction by carp pituitary hormone, with dosage of 5 mg.kg-1 for females (1 mg.kg-1 in the first dose and 4 mg.kg-1 in the second and 3 mg.kg-1 for males (1 mg.kg-1 in the first dose and 2 mg.kg-1 in the second, with an interval of 14 hours. The determination of extrusion moment of oocytes was made by monitoring the migration of nucleus from central to peripheral position. After UTA 264.5 (accumulated thermal units the oocytes were obtained by compression of the ventral region of the female, but males were sacrificed for extraction of sperm. The eggs were kept in an incubator and the time of hatching of larvae was 370 UTA. The larvae were initially fed with plankton and showed no cannibalism. Moreover, they were not demanding about the food, accepting prepared rations after fifteenth day of life. The weight gain of larvae was very low, even close to 20 mm in length (14 days, not exceeding 0.05 mg per day. After that both weight and length increased rapidly.Sorubim lima é um bagre migratório que não se reproduz em ambientes lênticos como os que são formados após a construção de usinas hidrelétricas. Uma das alternativas para conservação da espécie nesses ambientes é a estocagem com alevinos produzidos em cativeiro. A técnica utilizada para a sua reprodução em cativeiro foi a da indução por hormônio hipofisário de carpa, com dosagem de 5 mg.kg-1 para fêmeas (1 mg.kg-1 na primeira dose e 4 mg.kg-1 na segunda e 3 mg.kg-1 para machos (1 mg.kg-1 na primeira dose e 2 mg.kg-1 na segunda, com intervalo de 14 horas. A determinação do momento da extrusão dos óvulos foi feita pelo acompanhamento da migra

  5. Indução de calos friáveis em explantes foliares de Salix (Salyx humboldtiana Willd Induction of friable callus in leaf explants of Salix (Salyx humboldtiana Willd

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    Breno Régis Santos

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available O salix é uma árvore ornamental adaptada a terrenos úmidos, sendo considerada uma espécie importante para a recomposição de áreas ciliares degradadas. A madeira pode ser empregada na indústria em geral. Apesar de produzir grande quantidade de sementes, estas não possuem alta percentagem de germinação. O presente trabalho teve como objetivo realizar o estabelecimento in vitro de salix através da indução e formação de calos friáveis em explantes foliares, visando a uma posterior regeneração de plantas para a propagação massal desta espécie. Explantes foliares foram inoculados em meio de cultura MS (MURASHIGE & SKOOG, 1962, acrescido de diferentes concentrações de ácido 2,4-diclorofenoxiacético (0; 1,0; 2,0; 4,0; 6,0; 8,0; 10,0 e 12,0mg L-1 e combinações entre ácido naftalenoacético e benzilaminopurina, ambos em concentrações de 0,0; 1,0; 2,0; 4,0; 6,0 e 8,0mg L-1. Os resultados demonstram que explantes inoculados na ausência de reguladores de crescimento não apresentam a formação de calos friáveis. Significativa produção de calos friáveis (90% é obtida utilizando-se 6,0mg L-1 de ácido 2,4-diclorofenoxiacético. A utilização de concentração individual de ácido naftalenoacético ou benzilaminopurina, além de induzir a calogênese também foi capaz de promover rizogênese.Salix is an ornamental tree adapted to humid soils being considered an important species used in depleted areas. Its wood may be used in all kinds of industries. Although the production of seeds is large, the germination is reduced. The objective of this work was to establish salix in vitro through the induction and formation of friable callus of leaf explants to provide future regeneration of plants for mass propagation of the species. Leaf explants were inoculated in MS medium (MURASHIGE & SKOOG, 1962 supplemented with different concentrations of 2-4-diclorofenoxiacetic acid (0; 1.0; 2.0; 4.0; 6.0; 8.0 and 12.0mg L-1 and combinations

  6. Species Selection Favors Dispersive Life Histories in Sea Slugs, but Higher Per-Offspring Investment Drives Shifts to Short-Lived Larvae.

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    Krug, Patrick J; Vendetti, Jann E; Ellingson, Ryan A; Trowbridge, Cynthia D; Hirano, Yayoi M; Trathen, Danielle Y; Rodriguez, Albert K; Swennen, Cornelis; Wilson, Nerida G; Valdés, Ángel A

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    For 40 years, paleontological studies of marine gastropods have suggested that species selection favors lineages with short-lived (lecithotrophic) larvae, which are less dispersive than long-lived (planktotrophic) larvae. Although lecithotrophs appeared to speciate more often and accumulate over time in some groups, lecithotrophy also increased extinction rates, and tests for state-dependent diversification were never performed. Molecular phylogenies of diverse groups instead suggested lecithotrophs accumulate without diversifying due to frequent, unidirectional character change. Although lecithotrophy has repeatedly originated in most phyla, no adult trait has been correlated with shifts in larval type. Thus, both the evolutionary origins of lecithotrophy and its consequences for patterns of species richness remain poorly understood. Here, we test hypothesized links between development mode and evolutionary rates using likelihood-based methods and a phylogeny of 202 species of gastropod molluscs in Sacoglossa, a clade of herbivorous sea slugs. Evolutionary quantitative genetics modeling and stochastic character mapping supported 27 origins of lecithotrophy. Tests for correlated evolution revealed lecithotrophy evolved more often in lineages investing in extra-embryonic yolk, the first adult trait associated with shifts in development mode across a group. However, contrary to predictions from paleontological studies, species selection actually favored planktotrophy; most extant lecithotrophs originated through recent character change, and did not subsequently diversify. Increased offspring provisioning in planktotrophs thus favored shifts to short-lived larvae, which led to short-lived lineages over macroevolutionary time scales. These findings challenge long-standing assumptions about the effects of alternative life histories in the sea. Species selection can explain the long-term persistence of planktotrophy, the ancestral state in most clades, despite frequent

  7. Nitric oxide signaling differentially affects habitat choice by two larval morphs of the sea slug Alderia willowi: mechanistic insight into evolutionary transitions in dispersal strategies.

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    Romero, Melissa R; Phuong, Mark A; Bishop, Cory; Krug, Patrick J

    2013-03-15

    In many marine animals, adult habitat is selected by lecithotrophic (non-feeding) larvae with a limited lifespan. In generalist species, larvae may increasingly accept sub-optimal habitat over time as energy stores are depleted ('desperate larva' hypothesis). If the fitness cost of suboptimal habitat is too high, larvae of specialists may prolong the searching phase until they encounter a high-quality patch or die ('death before dishonor' hypothesis). In generalists, starvation is hypothesized to lead to a decline in inhibitory nitric oxide (NO) signaling, thereby triggering metamorphosis. Here, we document alternative functions for identified signaling pathways in larvae having 'desperate' versus 'death before dishonor' strategies in lecithotrophic clutches of a habitat specialist, the sea slug Alderia willowi. In an unusual dimorphism, each clutch of A. willowi hatches both non-selective larvae that settle soon after hatching and siblings that delay settlement in the absence of cues from the alga Vaucheria, the sole adult food. Pharmacological manipulation of NO signaling induced metamorphosis in non-selective but not selective stages. However, decreased NO signaling in selective larvae lowered the threshold for response to habitat cues, mimicking the effect of declining energy levels. Manipulation of cGMP or dopamine production induced metamorphosis in selective and non-selective larvae alike, highlighting a distinct role for the NO pathway in the two larval morphs. We propose a model in which NO production (1) links nitrogen metabolism with sensory receptor signaling, and (2) shifts from a regulatory role in 'desperate larva' strategies to a modulatory role in 'death before dishonor' strategies. This study provides new mechanistic insight into how the function of conserved signaling pathways may change in response to selection on larval habitat choice behaviors.

  8. The Slugs of Britain and Ireland: Undetected and Undescribed Species Increase a Well-Studied, Economically Important Fauna by More Than 20%

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    Rowson, Ben; Anderson, Roy; Turner, James A.; Symondson, William O. C.

    2014-01-01

    The slugs of Britain and Ireland form a well-studied fauna of economic importance. They include many widespread European species that are introduced elsewhere (at least half of the 36 currently recorded British species are established in North America, for example). To test the contention that the British and Irish fauna consists of 36 species, and to verify the identity of each, a species delimitation study was conducted based on a geographically wide survey. Comparisons between mitochondrial DNA (COI, 16S), nuclear DNA (ITS-1) and morphology were investigated with reference to interspecific hybridisation. Species delimitation of the fauna produced a primary species hypothesis of 47 putative species. This was refined to a secondary species hypothesis of 44 species by integration with morphological and other data. Thirty six of these correspond to the known fauna (two species in Arion subgenus Carinarion were scarcely distinct and Arion (Mesarion) subfuscus consisted of two near-cryptic species). However, by the same criteria a further eight previously undetected species (22% of the fauna) are established in Britain and/or Ireland. Although overlooked, none are strictly morphologically cryptic, and some appear previously undescribed. Most of the additional species are probably accidentally introduced, and several are already widespread in Britain and Ireland (and thus perhaps elsewhere). At least three may be plant pests. Some evidence was found for interspecific hybridisation among the large Arion species (although not involving A. flagellus) and more unexpectedly in species pairs in Deroceras (Agriolimacidae) and Limacus (Limacidae). In the latter groups, introgression appears to have occurred in one direction only, with recently-invading lineages becoming common at the expense of long-established or native ones. The results show how even a well-studied, macroscopic fauna can be vulnerable to cryptic and undetected invasions and changes. PMID:24740519

  9. Effects of tentacle amputation and regeneration on the morphology and activity of the olfactory center of the terrestrial slug Limax valentianus.

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    Matsuo, Ryota; Kobayashi, Suguru; Tanaka, Yoko; Ito, Etsuro

    2010-09-15

    The tentacles of pulmonates regenerate spontaneously following amputation. The regenerated tentacle is equipped with all the elements necessary for normal olfactory functioning, and the slugs can behave as well as they did before the tentacle amputation. However, it is not known what changes occur to the olfactory center procerebrum in the brain at the morphological and physiological levels. Here, we investigated the innervation of tentacular nerves into the procerebrum by examining the size of the terminal mass (input layer from tentacular nerves) of the procerebrum and also by staining afferent nerves immunohistochemically at 15, 58 and 75 days following unilateral amputation of the superior and inferior tentacles. The size of the terminal mass was significantly decreased, and the Phe-Met-Arg-Phe-NH(2)ergic (FMRFamidergic) afferent nerves disappeared by 15 days following the tentacle amputation. However, the size of the terminal mass had recovered substantially by 58 days, as the tentacle regenerated. The FMRFamidergic innervation into the cerebral ganglion was also restored by this time. An extended recovery (75 days), however, did not result in any further increase in the size of the terminal mass. We also recorded the local field potential (LFP) oscillation in the procerebrum. We found that the oscillatory frequency of the LFP had decreased at 15 days following the tentacle amputation but had recovered at 58 and 75 days. These results suggest that the amputation and regrowth of the tentacle are accompanied by the respective degeneration and re-innervation of olfactory nerves, and these changes in the innervation status affect the basal state of LFP oscillation.

  10. Estimation of the hydraulic parameters of a confined geologic formation from slug test in fully penetrating well using a complete quasi-steady flow model in a forward and in an inverse optimal estimation procedure

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    Rozos, Evangelos; Akylas, Evangelos; Koussis, Antonis D.

    2013-04-01

    Slug tests offer a fast and inexpensive means of estimating the hydraulic parameters of a geologic formation, and are very well suited for contaminated site assessment because no water is essentially withdrawn. In the great majority of slug tests performed in wells fully penetrating confined geologic formations, and for over-damped conditions, the response data are evaluated with the transient-flow model of Cooper et al. (1967) when the radial hydraulic conductivity Kr and the coefficient of specific storage Ss are to be estimated. That particular analytical solution, however, is computationally involved and awkward to use. Thus, groundwater professionals often use a few pre-prepared type-curves to fit the data by a rough matching procedure, visually or computationally. On the other hand, the method of Hvorslev (1951), which assumes the flow to be quasi-steady, is much simpler but yields only Kr-estimates. Koussis and Akylas (2012) have derived a complete quasi-steady flow model that includes a storage balance inside the aquifer and allows estimating both Kr and Ss, through matching of the well response data to a (dimensionless) type-curve. That model approximates the model of Cooper et al. closely and has the practical advantage that its solution type-curves are generated very simply, even using an electronic spreadsheet. Thus, an optimal fit of data by a type-curve can be readily embedded in an exhaustive search. That forward procedure, however, is semi-automated; it involves repeated computation of the quasi-steady flow solution, until finding an optimal pair of Kr and Ss values, according to some formal criterion of optimality, or visually. In addition, we have developed a fully automated inverse procedure for estimating the optimal hydraulic formation parameters Kr and Ss. We test and compare these two parameter estimation methods for the slug test and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. Cooper, H. H., Jr., J. D. Bredehoeft and I. S. Papadopulos. 1967

  11. Padrões de distribuição volumétrica de pontas de pulverização de jato plano 11002, com e sem indução de ar, sob diferentes espaçamentos e alturas Distribution pattern of 11002 flat fan nozzles, with and without air induction, under different operational conditions

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    Fernando C. Bauer

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a distribuição volumétrica de pontas de pulverização hidráulica de jato de uso ampliado 11002, com e sem indução de ar, em laboratório, bem como o padrão de deposição da pulverização, por meio da estimativa do coeficiente de variação (C.V. obtido pela simulação da sobreposição de jatos adjacentes. As pontas foram posicionadas, isoladamente, no centro da mesa de teste, a 30; 40 e 50 cm de altura da mesa e a 300 e 500 kPa de pressão. Foram avaliadas 20 unidades de cada tipo de ponta, e a deposição média foi utilizada para a simulação da deposição ao longo da barra pulverizadora, com as pontas espaçadas em 30; 40; 50 e 60 cm entre si. A uniformidade da distribuição foi estimada pelo cálculo do C.V. resultante da simulação da sobreposição das pontas em barra de 8 m, sendo utilizados somente os 4 m centrais no cálculo do C.V. Os resultados mostraram haver diferenças relacionadas à deposição entre os dois tipos de ponta. A ponta com indução de ar resultou em área de deposição inferior à ponta sem indução de ar. Esse comportamento foi observado em todas as alturas da barra e nas duas pressões, podendo-se inferir que esse comportamento possa ser característico das pontas com indução de ar.The spray distribution and uniformity characteristics of 11002 flat fan nozzles type with and without air induction were evaluated in the present research. Twenty units of flat fan nozzles with and without air induction were tested in patternator table. Each one of the units was tested separately, at the 30; 40 and 50 cm above the patternator table and submitted to pressures of 300 and 500 kPa. The means of the colleted spray volume distribution of each nozzle type was evaluated and entered in a PC program. Based on the deposition patterns, distribution uniformity for nozzles spaced at 30; 40; 50 and 60 cm was simulated in PC Program. The distribution uniformity was

  12. Ecoulements diphasiques gaz-liquide à poches et à bouchons en conduites Two-Phase Gas-Liquid Slug Flow in Pipes

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    Ferschneider G.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Les écoulements diphasiques gaz-liquide ont été étudiés afin de contribuer à développer des modèles de calculs prédictifs des pertes de charge dans les conduites de production des bruts pétroliers. Les expériences nécessaires ont été réalisées sur la boucle diphasique de Boussens dans les conditions suivantes représentatives des conditions industrielles : diamètre 6 , longueur 120 m, disposition de la conduite horizontale ou faiblement ascendante, couple de fluide gaz naturel-huile légère. Le gradient de pression, le contenu global, et la distribution locale des phases ont été mesurés. Le traitement des équations de conservation phasique intégrées sur la section par différents types de moyennes a permis de développer un modèle cellulaire qui inclue un nombre limité d'équations constitutives nécessaires à sa fermeture. Ce modèle prédétermine convenablement le gradient de pression, le contenu gaz global et la longueur des poches et des bouchons. Two-phase gas-liquid flows were analyzed so as to develop models for prediction of pressure drops in crude-oil production lines. The experiments were performed on the two-phase loop at Boussens under the following representative industrial conditions: 6 diameter, 120 m length, horizontal or slightly rising pipe, couple of fluids natural gas and light oil. The pressure gradient, average content and local phase distribution were measured. Conservation phase equations integrated along the cross-section were processed by different time-averaged operators so as to develop a cellular model including a limited number of constitutive equations required for its closure. This model suitably predetermines the pressure gradient, the average gas content and the length of gas and liquid slug.

  13. Indução da fitoextração de chumbo por ácido cítrico em solo contaminado por baterias automotivas Citric acid enhances lead phytoextraction from a soil contaminated by automotive batteries

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    Eriberto Vagner de Souza Freitas

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available A fitoextração - uso de plantas para extrair contaminantes do solo - é uma técnica promissora de recuperação de solos contaminados. Como alternativa aos quelantes sintéticos, ácidos orgânicos naturais estão sendo propostos para induzir a fitoextração por serem rapidamente degradados no solo, evitando risco de poluição secundária. Este trabalho objetivou avaliar o desempenho do ácido cítrico aplicado em doses crescentes, total e parceladamente, na fitoextração induzida de Pb em solo contaminado por resíduos de baterias automotivas. O ácido cítrico, nas doses de 0, 20, 40, 60 e 80 mmol kg-1, foi aplicado de forma total no 30° dia de cultivo de milho (Zea mays e, parceladamente, no 30º e 34º dias de cultivo. Para efeito comparativo, um tratamento adicional com EDTA na concentração de 10 mmol kg-1 foi utilizado. Nas amostras de solo após aplicação dos tratamentos, foram determinados os teores de Pb solúvel e ligado a frações do solo. Pode-se concluir que o parcelamento das doses de ácido cítrico não influenciou a eficiência da fitoextração, sendo a aplicação única da dose total mais indicada para indução da acumulação de Pb pelas plantas. A remediação da área com fitoextração induzida pela aplicação de ácido cítrico é exequível em período relativamente curto e sem problemas secundários quanto à lixiviação de Pb. A aplicação de ácido cítrico provocou mobilização de Pb das frações menos solúveis (matéria orgânica e óxidos para a forma trocável. A distribuição de Pb nas frações do solo após aplicação do ácido apresentou a seguinte ordem: trocável > matéria orgânica > óxido de Fe cristalino > óxido de Fe amorfo.Phytoextraction of heavy metals is a promising green technology by which metals are extracted from contaminated soils and transferred to plant shoots. Natural organic acids are an alternative to synthetic chelates since the environmental risks are lower thanks

  14. Indução da fermentação maloláctica em vinho Gewürztraminer Induction of malolactic fermentation in Gewürztraminer wine

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    Larissa Dias de Avila

    1997-06-01

    Full Text Available Fermentação maloláctica é o processo metabólico de degradação do ácido L-málico em ácido L-láctico e CO2. É responsável pela redução da acidez total, além de contribuir para a estabilidade biológica e modificação de flavor nos vinhos. Em operações normais de vinificação a fermentação maloláctica normalmente ocorre em vinhos tintos, mas recentemente seu uso vem aumentando em alguns vinhos brancos, tal como Chardonnay. O objetivo principal deste trabalho foi avaliar o comportamento de duas culturas comerciais de Leuconostoc oenos na indução da fermentação maloláctica. Uvas da cv. Gewürztraminer foram vinificadas e inoculadas com duas culturas lácticas, Viniflora Oenos e Vino, em diferentes níveis de açúcar residual: 55; 21,9; 1,1 e 0,9g/l. Os níveis de açúcares, em duas repetições, foram comparados com a ocorrência espontânea da fermentação maloláctica (controle. A degradação do ácido málico foi acompanhada através de cromatografia em papel. As determinações dos ácidos orgânicos foram realizadas através de cromatografia líquida de alta eficiência. Foram avaliados os açúcares redutores, °Brix, pH, acidez total e álcool. Foi observada uma baixa incidência (22,7 % de fermentação maloláctica nos vinhos. Naqueles em que ocorreu, foi necessário longo tempo para o término, entre 56 e 92 dias. Nos estágios com 1,1 e 0,9g/l de açúcares redutores, os vinhos inoculados e os controles não realizaram a fermentação maloláctica. Os isolados de bactérias nativas foram identificados como pertencentes ao gênero Leuconostoc e devido algumas características fisiológicas encontradas nos isolados do vinho inoculado suspeitou-se da perda de viabilidade das culturas puras. O comportamento dos ácidos málico, acético, láctico, pirúvico e tartárico foi demonstrado pelos resultados.Malolactic fermentation is the metabolic process of L-malic acid degradation in L-lactic acid and CO2. It is

  15. Study of crotoxin on the induction of paralysis in extraocular muscle in animal model Estudo da crotoxina na indução de paralisia da musculatura extraocular em modelo animal

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    2012-10-01

    crotoxina é a principal toxina do veneno da cobra cascavel sul-americana Crotalus durissus terrificus e causa bloqueio da neurotransmissão na junção neuromuscular. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a ação e aplicabilidade da crotoxina na indução de paralisia da musculatura extrínseca ocular, e comparar seus efeitos com os da toxina botulínica do tipo A (TB-A. MÉTODOS: A crotoxina, com DL50 de 1,5 µg, foi aplicada no músculo reto superior direito de dez coelhos da raça neozelandesa, em concentrações que variaram de 0,015 µg a 150 µg. Em dois coelhos, utilizou-se 2 unidades de toxina botulínica do tipo A para análise comparativa. A avaliação da paralisia foi realizada através de eletromiografia seriada. Após a recuperação, que ocorreu em dois meses, seis coelhos foram sacrificados para estudo anátomopatológico. RESULTADOS: Os animais não apresentaram sinais de intoxicação sistêmica. Ptose palpebral transitória foi observada em quase todos os animais e permaneceu por até 14 dias. As toxinas causaram um bloqueio imediato da captação dos potenciais elétricos. A recuperação foi gradativa no período aproximado de um mês, observando-se sinais evidentes de regeneração no registro eletromiográfico. Os efeitos da crotoxina na paralização do músculo injetado foram proporcionais à concentração. A crotoxina, na concentração de 1,5 µg, induziu alterações semelhantes às da toxina botulínica do tipo A. Os achados anátomo-patológicos foram localizados somente na região em que se aplicou as toxinas, não havendo necrose de fibras musculares em nenhuma amostra analisada. As alterações causadas pela crotoxina também foram proporcionais à concentração utilizada e similares a toxina botulínica do tipo A na concentração de 1,5 µg. CONCLUSÃO: A crotoxina foi capaz de induzir paralisia transitória do músculo reto superior. Este efeito foi caracterizado pela redução na amplitude dos potenciais de ação e sinais inespec

  16. Efeitos de esmolol, lidocaína e fentanil nos intervalos dispersão da onda P, QT, QTc e respostas hemodinâmicas à intubação endotraqueal durante indução com propofol: um estudo comparativo

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    Volkan Hancı

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Investigar o efeito de esmolol, lidocaína e fentanil na dispersão da onda P (DP, durações dos intervalos QT e QT corrigido (QTc e as respostas hemodinâmicas à intubação endotraqueal durante a indução com propofol. MÉTODOS: Foram incluídos 80 pacientes adultos, estado físico ASA I ou II, idade entre 18 e 60 anos, neste estudo prospectivo, randômico e duplo-cego. Todos os pacientes foram submetidos a exame eletrocardiográfico (ECG antes da indução da anestesia. Os pacientes foram randomicamente alocados em quatro grupos iguais. O grupo controle (Grupo C recebeu 5 mL de solução salina; o grupo esmolol (Grupo E recebeu 0,5 mg.kg-1 de esmolol; o grupo fentanil (Grupo F recebeu 2 µg.kg-1 de fentanil e o grupo lidocaína (Grupo L recebeu 1,5 mg.kg-1 de lidocaína antes da indução anestésica. A anestesia foi induzida com propofol. ECG foi feito em todos os pacientes durante o primeiro e o terceiro minutos de indução, 3 minutos após a administração de relaxante muscular e 5 e 10 minutos após intubação. A DP e intervalos QT foram medidos em todos os ECGs. Os intervalos QTc foram determinados com o uso da fórmula de Bazett. Frequência cardíaca (FC e pressão arterial média (PAM foram registradas antes e depois da indução anestésica, imediatamente após a intubação e em 1, 3, 5, 7 e 10 minutos após a intubação. RESULTADOS: Após a intubação, a FC aumentou significativamente nos Grupos C, L e F em comparação com o grupo controle. Porém, não houve diferença significativa nos valores da FC após a intubação entre os grupos E e controle. Nos Grupos C e L, a PAM aumentou significativamente após a intubação em comparação com o grupo controle. No entanto, nos Grupos L, F e E não houve diferença significativa entre os valores da PAM após a intubação em comparação com o grupo controle. A DP foi significativamente mais longa no Grupo C após a intubação em comparação com o

  17. Unsteady jet-slug dynamics

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    Kang, S.W.

    1977-01-01

    The present analysis treats the transient load characteristics at the wet-well bottom during the vent-clearing event under loss-of-coolant accident conditions. A conceptual model is introduced wherein the liquid-jet inertia and the net momentum-efflux are the two dominant physical factors. The derived load-history equations were found to be functions of the vent-clearing characteristics and of the jet-decay mode in the liquid pool. The theoretical results obtained by a physical modelling of these phenomena appear to agree reasonably well with the available data from UCLA and from LLL 1 / 5 -scale experiments

  18. Casearia sylvestris na permeabilidade gástrica à sacarose em equinos submetidos a protocolo de indução de úlcera gástrica Casearia sylvestris on gastric permeability to sucrose in horses submitted to gastric ulcer induction protocol

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    Sergio da Silva Fialho

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    Full Text Available Estudos em animais de laboratório sugerem um efeito antiulcerogênico do extrato de Casearia sylvestris. Esse extrato ainda não foi estudado para a profilaxia e/ou o tratamento de úlceras gástricas em equinos. Para avaliar a influência do extrato de C. sylvestris na permeabilidade gástrica à sacarose, seis equinos adultos foram submetidos a modelo de indução de úlceras gástricas. Os animais foram submetidos ao teste de permeabilidade à sacarose antes e ao término do protocolo de restrição alimentar intermitente, para detecção de ulceração gástrica. Durante os sete dias da indução, os animais foram submetidos a tratamentos diários via sondagem nasogástrica com extrato de C. sylvestris (9mg kg-1 de peso corpóreo ou veículo (ágar. Após intervalo de 32 dias em piquete, para permitir a cicatrização das úlceras induzidas, cada animal foi submetido novamente ao protocolo de indução de úlcera gástrica, e os tratamentos foram alternados. Dessa forma, cada animal foi submetido a ambos os tratamentos em períodos distintos. A concentração de sacarose na urina foi determinada para cada amostra obtida, por cromatografia líquida de alto desempenho e detecção amperométrica pulsátil. Não foram observadas alterações nos exames clínicos e hemogramas. O tratamento com o extrato de C. sylvestris evitou o aumento da concentração de sacarose urinária (PStudies on laboratory animals suggest an antiulcergonic effect of Casearia sylvestris extract. This extract has not yet been tested for the prophylaxis and/or treatment of gastric ulcers in horses. In order to evaluate the influence of C. sylvestris extract on gastric sucrose permeability, six adult horses underwent a protocol of gastric ulcer induction. All animals were submitted to sucrose permeability testing before and at the end of gastric ulcers induction by intermittent feed deprivation, for detection of gastric ulcers. During the seven days of induction, the

  19. Tempo de indução e de recuperação de dourados Salminus brasiliensis (Cuvier, 1816, submetidos a diferentes concentrações de óleo de cravo Eugenia sp. - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v30i3.485 Induction and recovery time for dourados Salminus brasiliensis (Cuvier, 1816 submitted to different concentrations of clove oil Eugenia sp - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v30i3.485

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    Thiago Raphael Costa

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo avaliou o óleo de cravo como anestésico para juvenis de dourado em cinco diferentes concentrações (20, 30, 40, 50 e 60 mg L-¹, utilizando como critério para determinação da concentração ideal os tempos de indução e de recuperação ao efeito do anestésico. Em relação aos tempos de indução, verificou-se diferença significativa (p The present study evaluated five different concentrations (20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 mg L-1 of clove oil as an anesthetic for dourado juveniles, using induction and recovery time to determine the ideal concentration. Significant difference (p -1 levels of clove oil. However, 50 mg L-1 concentration did not show significant difference in comparison to 40 and 60 mg L-1. Regarding recovery time, the shortest time was verified in the concentration of 20 mg L-1. Clove oil is effective and safe as an anesthetic for dourado juveniles in levels between 40 and 60 mg L-1.

  20. Influência da medicação pré-anestésica com midazolam e clonidina no nível de hipnose após indução anestésica com propofol e alfentanil em crianças: monitorização pelo índice bispectral

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    Eliana Marisa Ganem

    2002-02-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A medicação pré-anestésica (MPA é adjuvante da anestesia e diminui tanto a necessidade de concentrações elevadas de anestésicos como a ansiedade perioperatória, produzindo amnésia e contribuindo para estabilidade hemodinâmica. Dentre as drogas administradas na MPA de crianças, encontram-se o midazolam e a clonidina. O objetivo desta pesquisa foi avaliar se a MPA com midazolam e clonidina exerce influência no nível de hipnose, avaliado pelo BIS, em crianças após indução anestésica com propofol e alfentanil. MÉTODO: Participaram do estudo 30 pacientes, com idades entre 2 e 12 anos, estado físico ASA I, submetidos a cirurgias eletivas, que foram distribuídos em 3 grupos: G1 - sem MPA, G2 - midazolam (0,5 mg.kg-1 e G3 - clonidina (4 µg.kg-1, por via oral, 60 minutos antes da cirurgia. Todos os pacientes receberam alfentanil (30 µg.kg-1, propofol (3 mg.kg-1 e atracúrio (0,5 mg.kg-1. Avaliou-se o valor derivado do BIS antes da indução da anestesia (M1 e após a intubação (M2. O método estatístico utilizado foi a análise de variância para idade, peso e altura, e análise de perfil para o BIS, sendo o valor de p < 0,05 considerado significativo. RESULTADOS: Quando se comparou o mesmo momento (M1 ou M2 entre os três grupos, não foram observadas diferenças estatisticamente significativas. Quando se compararam os dois momentos de um mesmo grupo, M1 foi maior que M2 nos três grupos. CONCLUSÕES: A medicação pré-anestésica com midazolam e clonidina não influenciou o nível de hipnose em crianças induzidas com propofol e alfentanil.

  1. A Unified Model for Slug Flow Generation Modélisation de la formation des bouchons : vers un modèle stochastique unifié

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    Bernicot M.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available In order to improve the global safety and reliability level of multi-phase production systems and to guarantee their economical efficiency, we need a better understanding and control of hydraulic instabilities observed at the outlet of multi-phase sea-lines. This may be obtained through the development of slug flow stochastic models, which must be able to explain:(a The generation of the various types of slug length distributions which are observed on experimental data sets. (b The evolution of these distributions along the sea-lines up to their outlets, where large hydraulic fluctuations may be dangerous for the treatment installations. Based on experimental as well as theoretical arguments, we present such a model with emphasis on slug generation. We give a detailed theoretical analysis, together with a discussion of the underlying assumptions which justify the introduction of this model. Ce résumé contient des formules (*** qui ne peuvent s'afficher à l'écran. Pour garantir à la fois la sûreté de fonctionnement et la rentabilité des systèmes de production avec transport polyphasique, il est nécessaire de mieux comprendre et maîtriser les phénomènes d'instabilité hydraulique dans les conduites polyphasiques. Ceci suppose la mise au point et l'utilisation de Modèles de Simulation des écoulements portant, non seulement sur l'évolution dans le temps et en tout point de la conduite des valeurs moyennes des diverses variables (cf. le modèle TACITE, mais aussi sur leurs aspects stochastiques en prenant spécialement en compte : - les lois statistiques propres des divers mécanismes fondamentaux de formation des bouchons (distribution des longueurs de bouchons de liquide et de poches de gaz; - l'évolution de ces lois statistiques dans le temps et tout le long de la conduite (et ceci, jusqu'à son extrémité, extrémité dont les caractéristiques intéressent tout spécialement l'opérateur de la conduite. Nous présenterons ici

  2. Technical and economic analysis of replacing artificial lighting system to induction of photoperiod effect in begonia's seedlings in greenhouse Análise técnico-econômica da substituição do sistema de iluminação artificial para a indução do efeito de fotoperíodo na produção de mudas de begônias em ambiente protegido

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    Eduardo David

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The type of artificial light used for inducing photoperiod effect in begonia's seedlings at greenhouse has fundamental importance in the growth and development of these plants and directly reflects in the electrical energy consumption used in this production process. The objective of this research was to analyze the technical and economic feasibility of replacing the current technology of artificial lighting used by the producers (incandescent lamps, by the technology of discharge lamps with the purpose of inducing photoperiod in a greenhouse. The analysis results indicate that the discharge lamp of 32 W Tubular Fluorescent discharge lamp was the one that presented the lower peak demand and lower average energy consumption of 85.01% compared to incandescent filament lamp of 100 W that is the technology of bigger consumption and currently used by the producer.O tipo de iluminação artificial utilizado para a indução do efeito de fotoperíodo na produção de mudas de begônias em ambiente protegido tem fundamental importância no crescimento e no desenvolvimento destas plantas e reflete diretamente no consumo de energia elétrica utilizada no processo de produção. Objetiva-se com este trabalho analisar a viabilidade técnico-econômica de substituir-se a atual tecnologia de iluminação artificial utilizada pelos produtores (lâmpadas incandescentes pela tecnologia de lâmpadas de descarga para efeito de indução de fotoperíodo em ambiente protegido. Os resultados das análises indicam que a lâmpada de descarga Fluorescente Tubular de 32 W foi a que apresentou a menor demanda máxima de energia elétrica com redução média de consumo de 85,01% de energia em relação à lâmpada de filamento Incandescente de 100 W, que é a tecnologia atualmente utilizada pelo produtor, sem indução de floração.

  3. Indução anestésica após o tratamento do choque hemorrágico: estudo experimental comparando a cetamina e o etomidato Inducción anestésica después del tratamiento del choque hemorrágico: estudio experimental eomparando la cetamina y el etomidato Anesthetic induction after treated hemorrhagic shock: experimental study comparing ketamine and etomidate

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    Adilson O. Fraga; Luiz Marcelo Sá Malbouisson; Ricardo Prist; Maurício Rocha e Silva; José Otávio Costa Auler Júnior

    2006-01-01

    JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: O sangramento que leva ao choque hemorrágico geralmente necessita tratamento cirúrgico sob anestesia geral. Por sua vez, os anestésicos podem comprometer ainda mais as condições hemodinâmicas. O objetivo deste estudo foi o de comparar os efeitos hemodinâmicos da cetamina e do etomidato durante a indução anestésica em cães submetidos a um modelo experimental de choque hemorrágico e reanimação. MÉTODO: Trinta e dois cães mestiços foram submetidos ao choque hemorrágico...

  4. Life cycle of Renylaima capensis, a brachylaimid trematode of shrews and slugs in South Africa: two-host and three-host transmission modalities suggested by epizootiology and DNA sequencing

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    Sirgel Wilhelm F

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The life cycle of the brachylaimid trematode species Renylaima capensis, infecting the urinary system of the shrew Myosorex varius (Mammalia: Soricidae: Crocidosoricinae in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, South Africa, has been elucidated by a study of its larval stages, epizootiological data in local snails and mammals during a 34-year period, and its verification with mtDNA sequencing. Methods Parasites obtained from dissected animals were mounted in microscope slides for the parasitological study and measured according to standardized methods. The mitochondrial DNA cox1 gene was sequenced by the dideoxy chain-termination method. Results The slugs Ariostralis nebulosa and Ariopelta capensis (Gastropoda: Arionidae act as specific first and second intermediate hosts, respectively. Branched sporocysts massively develop in A. nebulosa. Intrasporocystic mature cercariae show differentiated gonads, male terminal duct, ventral genital pore, and usually no tail, opposite to Brachylaimidae in which mature cercariae show a germinal primordium and small tail. Unencysted metacercariae, usually brevicaudate, infect the kidney of A. capensis and differ from mature cercariae by only a slightly greater size. The final microhabitats are the kidneys and ureters of the shrews, kidney pelvis and calyces in light infections and also kidney medulla and cortex in heavy infections. Sporocysts, cercariae, metacercariae and adults proved to belong to R. capensis by analysis of a 437-bp-long cox1 fragment, which was identical except for three mutations in metacercariae, of which only one silent. Epizootiological studies showed usual sporocyst infection in A. nebulosa and very rare metacercarial infection in A. capensis, which does not agree with high prevalences and intensities in the shrews. Conclusions The presence of monotesticular adult forms and larval prevalences and intensities observed suggest that R. capensis may use two transmission

  5. Benzilaminopurina e ácido naftaleno acético na indução e multiplicação in vitro de gemas de abacaxizeiro da cultivar 'IAC Gomo-de-mel' In vitro bud induction and multiplication of cv. 'IAC Gomo-de-mel' pineapple fruit with benzyl amino purine and n aphthalene acetic acid

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    Chrystiane Borges Fráguas

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar os efeitos de BAP (6-benzilaminopurina e NAA (ácido naftaleno acético na indução, na multiplicação in vitro de gemas, nas brotações de Ananas comosus da cultivar 'IAC Gomo-de-mel' e a correlação desses efeitos com a atividade de peroxidase e o teor de proteína solúvel total. Foram utilizadas gemas axilares retiradas da coroa de frutos sadios, inoculadas em tubo de ensaio contendo meio de cultura MS solidificado com ágar a 5%, pH ajustado para 5,7, contendo os tratamentos que incluíam diferentes concentrações e combinações de BAP (0, 0,5, 1,0 e 1,5mg L-1 e NAA (0, 0,5 e 1,0mg L-1. Nessa fase, aos 65 dias, ocorreu a formação de 2,24 brotações, utilizando-se 1mg L-1 de BAP. Após o desenvolvimento, as gemas foram inoculadas em meio MS líquido associado a dois tratamentos (1,0mg L-1 BAP + 0,5mg L-1 NAA e 1,0mg L-1 BAP + 1,0mg L-1 NAA e, aos 95 dias, o meio de cultura mais adequado foi aquele que continha 1,0mg L-1 BAP + 0,5mg L-1 NAA, proporcionando 7,42 brotações, menor porcentagem de hiper-hidricidade, maior número de brotações e indução de gemas. As proteínas solúveis apresentaram relação negativa com hiper-hidricidade e comprimento de brotações. A atividade da peroxidase foi maior em plantas com maior número de brotos e com maior porcentagem de hiper-hidricidade.The objective of this research was to evaluate the effects of BAP (6-benzyl amino purine and NAA (naphthalene acetic acid on in vitro buds induction and multiplication on Ananas comosus cv. 'IAC Gomo-de-mel' shoots and its correlation with the peroxidase activity and soluble protein content. Axillary buds were excised from the healthy fruits crown and inoculated in MS solidified with agar at 5 % and pH adjusted to 5.7 with the treatments that included different concentrations and combinations of BAP (0, 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5mg L-1 and NAA (0, 0.5 and 1.0mg L-1. At, 65 days stage, 2.24 shoots were formatted using BAP 1

  6. Sonda de Foley cervical versus misoprostol vaginal para o preparo cervical e indução do parto: um ensaio clínico randomizado Cervical Foley catheter versus vaginal misoprostol for cervical ripening and induction of labor: a randomized clinical trial

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    Maria Virginia de Oliveira e Oliveira

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: comparar a efetividade da sonda e Foley com o uso de misoprostol vaginal para o preparo cervical e indução do parto. MÉTODOS: ensaio clínico randomizado, não cego, realizado entre Janeiro de 2006 a Janeiro de 2008. Foram incluídas 160 gestantes com indicação de indução do parto, divididas em dois grupos: 80 para uso da sonda de Foley e 80 para misoprostol vaginal. Os critérios de inclusão foram: idade gestacional a partir de 37 semanas, feto único, vivo, cefálico e índice de Bishop igual ou menor que 4. Foram excluídas pacientes com cicatriz uterina, ruptura das membranas, peso fetal estimado maior que 4000 g, placenta prévia, corioamnionite e condições que impunham o término imediato da gestação. Os testes estatísticos utilizados foram Mann-Whitney, χ2 de Pearson ou exato de Fischer, sendo considerado significativo se menor que 0,005. RESULTADOS: o misoprostol desencadeou mais vezes o parto de forma espontânea (50,0 versus 15,0% para Foley pPURPOSE: to compare the effectiveness of the Foley balloon with vaginal misoprostol for cervical ripening and labor induction. METHODS: randomized clinical trial, not blind, conducted from January 2006 to January 2008. A total of 160 pregnant women with indication for induction of labor were included and divided into two groups, 80 for Foley and 80 for vaginal misoprostol. Inclusion criteria were: gestational age of 37 weeks or more, a live single fetus with cephalic presentation and a Bishop score of four or less. We excluded patients with a uterine scar, ruptured membranes, estimated fetal weight greater than 4000 g, placenta previa, chorioamnionitis and conditions that imposed the immediate termination of pregnancy. Statistical tests employed were Mann-Whitney, χ2 test or Fisher's exact test, and p value was significant if less than 0.005. RESULTS: misoprostol triggered more frequently spontaneous delivery (50.0 versus 15.0% for Foley, p<0.001 and required less use of

  7. Método para o estudo in vivo da angiogênese: indução de neovascularização na córnea de coelho Method for in vivo study of angiogenesis: induction of neovascularization in the rabbit cornea

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    Raimundo P. González

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available A angiogênese é um processo de múltiplos degraus que conduz a formação de novos vasos sangüíneos a partir de capilares preexistentes e que participa em diversos processos fisiológicos e patológicos incluindo o crescimento tumoral e de metástases. Vários métodos têm sido desenvolvidos para estudar a angiogênese. A técnica de indução de vascularização na córnea do coelho foi uma das primeiras a serem desenvolvidas pelo grupo de Gimbrone e colaboradores. O principal objetivo deste trabalho foi descrever a técnica de indução de angiogênese na córnea do coelho, através do implante cirúrgico de "pellets" de polimetilmetacrilato (PMMA contendo fator básico de crescimento fibroblástico (FCFb. Um "pellet" contendo 0.1 mig de FCFb foi implantado em uma das córneas e outro, sem FCFb, na córnea contralateral, como controle. A atividade angiogênica foi expressa por um índice, resultado da contagem do número de vasos e da medição de seu comprimento em milímetros. Os resultados mostraram que o FCFb induz crescimento vascular significativo a partir do sexto dia após o implante do "pellet" com atividade máxima no 15º dia. O PMMA sem FCFb não estimulou significativamente a vascularização. Esta técnica fornece uma nova opção de modelo para o estudo da biologia da angiogênese e para avaliação de drogas antiangiogênicas, usando "pellets" de polimetilmetacrilato (PMMA.Angiogenesis is a multi-step process that leads to the formation of new blood vessels from preexisting capillaries and is a key event in several physiological and pathophysiological processes including the tumor growth and development of metastases. Several in vitro and in vivo techniques have been developed for studying angiogenesis. The Rabbit Cornea Assay was one of the first, created by Gimbrone and coworkers. The main objective of this work was to describe the method of inducing angiogenesis in the rabbit cornea, by means of surgical

  8. Premedication with amitraz or xylazine for anesthetic induction of cattle with ketamine Influência da pré-medicação com amitraz ou xilazina na indução anestésica de bovinos com cetamina

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    Renata Gemio Reis

    2008-07-01

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    The alpha-2 agonists have sedative, analgesic and muscle relaxation properties in cattle. The ketamine is useful in anesthetic protocols as an inductor agent and it produces analgesia and anesthesia. The combination of ketamine with other drugs is necessary considering that it causes deleterious effects like catalepsy and muscle spasticity if given alone. This study evaluated clinical and behavioral effects of xylazine-ketamine or amitraz-ketamine combinations in twenty–one calves. The ketamine increased heart rate in amitraz and control groups. The respiratory rate increased in all experimental groups, restoring the basal values after 25 minutes. The ruminal motility was kept inhibited along whole observation period. It was concluded that xylazine-ketamine combination produced better sedation and muscle relaxation than amitraz-ketamine combination, characterized by a larger incidence of recumbency and by the absence of catalepsy. Both anesthetic protocols were safe for use in cattle, however, xylazine showed a better option as a preanesthetic medication.

     

    KEY WORDS: Amitraz, cattle, ketamine, xylazine.

    Os agonistas alfa-2 são muito utilizados como medicação pré-anestésica na espécie bovina, promovendo sedação, analgesia e miorrelaxamento, enquanto a cetamina, em virtude de suas propriedades analgésicas e simpatomiméticas, tem ótimo uso na indução anestésica. Com isso, estudaram-se os efeitos clínicos e cardiovasculares da indução anestésica intravenosa por cetamina em 21 bovinos pré-tratados com xilazina ou amitraz pela via intravenosa. A cetamina aumentou a freqüência cardíaca nos grupos amitraz e controle, o que não ocorreu no grupo xilazina. Houve aumento da pressão arterial sistólica durante os primeiros cinco minutos após a administração dos agonistas alfa-2. A freqüência respiratória elevou-se após a

  9. Gibberellic acid and water regime in the flowering induction of Brassocattleya and Cattleya hybrid orchids Ácido giberélico e regime hídrico na indução do florescimento de orquídeas Brassocattleya e Cattleya híbridas

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    Jean C Cardoso

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The influence of gibberellic acid (GA3 and water regime was evaluated in the flowering induction and quality of two orchid hybrids belonging to the genera Cattleya (C. and Brassocattleya (Bc.. The experiment was carried out in the Biotechnology and Orchid Culture Sector of Shunji Nishimura Technology Foundation, Pompéia, São Paulo State, Brazil. Five GA3 concentrations (0, 125, 250, 500 and 1,000 mg L-1 were tested through four consecutive leaf applications in adult plants that had already flowered at least once, besides two water conditions (one and four irrigations per week. Applications were performed in October and November for Bc. Marcella Koss and in January and February for C. Irene Holguin. Flowering could not be induced in the latter by gibberellic acid. In Bc. Marcella Koss, the application of 250 mg L-1 GA3 combined with decreased irrigation frequency induced flowering in around 83% plants. By using the same GA3 concentration but frequent irrigation, only 17% plants were induced to flower. The number and size of flowers increased after application of higher GA3 concentrations. This work allowed developing a commercial technique with the use of gibberellic acid (GA3 to induce flowering in Bc. Marcella Koss hybrid orchid.No presente trabalho foi avaliada a influência do ácido giberélico e do regime hídrico na indução e qualidade do florescimento de duas orquídeas híbridas dos gêneros Cattleya (C. e Brassocattleya (Bc.. O experimento foi realizado no Setor de Biotecnologia e Orquidicultura da Fundação Shunji Nishimura de Tecnologia, Pompéia-SP. Foram testadas cinco concentrações de GA3 (0, 125, 250, 500 e 1.000 mg L-1 em quatro aplicações consecutivas via pulverização foliar, em plantas adultas que já haviam florescido ao menos uma vez, além de duas condições hídricas (uma e quatro irrigações por semana. As aplicações foram feitas nos meses de outubro e novembro para Bc. Marcella Koss e janeiro e fevereiro

  10. Anesthesia of silver catfish with eugenol: time of induction, cortisol response and sensory analysis of fillet Anestesia de jundiás com eugenol: tempo de indução, resposta ao cortisol e análise sensorial do filé

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    Mauro Alves da Cunha

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to identify the time of anesthetic induction and recovery of silver catfish (Rhamdia quelen exposed to eugenol. It was also determined the efficacy of the anesthetic as a stress reducing agent and performed a sensory analysis of the fillets from fish exposed to this substance. The silver catfish were exposed to air for 1min to carry out biometry, and blood was collected at 0, 1 and 4 hours later. Eugenol can be used in the range of 20-50mg L-1 for anesthetic induction in silver catfish, and recovery time from anesthesia was not affected by eugenol concentration. The control group showed significantly higher cortisol levels 4 hours after biometry than at time zero. Fish anesthetized with eugenol (50mg L-1 presented significantly lower plasma cortisol levels than control fish at the same time. These data indicate that eugenol inhibits the rise of cortisol in the blood. The sensory analysis test demonstrated that eugenol modifies the flavor of the fillet and therefore is contra-indicated for anesthetization of silver catfish that are intended for human consumption.O objetivo deste estudo foi identificar o tempo de indução e recuperação anestésica de jundiás (Rhamdia quelen expostos ao eugenol, bem como a eficácia desse anestésico na inibição do estresse e realizar análise sensorial dos filés dos peixes expostos a essa substância. Os jundiás foram expostos ao ar por um minuto para realização da biometria, e o sangue foi coletado zero, uma e quatro horas depois. O eugenol pode ser usado na faixa de 20-50mg L-1 para a indução da anestesia em jundiás, e o tempo de recuperação da anestesia não foi afetado pela concentração do eugenol. O grupo de controle mostrou níveis significativamente mais elevados do cortisol quatro horas após a biometria que no tempo zero. Os peixes anestesiados com eugenol (50mg L-1 apresentaram níveis significativamente mais baixos do cortisol plasmático do que peixes do grupo

  11. Efeitos cardiovasculares e respiratórios da indução anestésica com propofol em felinos pré-medicados com xilazina/cetamina Cardiovascular and respiratory effects of the induction with propofol in premedicated felines with xilazine/ketamine

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    Liandra Vogel Portella

    1996-08-01

    Full Text Available O propofol na dose de 6mg/kg foi usado como agente indutor em dez felinos, pré-medicados com xilazina (0.5 mg/kg e cetamina (10mg/kg. A intubação orotraqueal desses animais foi possível sem o uso de lidocaina a 4% em "spray"ou o uso de relaxante muscular. As alterações da função cardiovascular compreenderam o aumento da pressão venosa central e freqüência cardíaca após a indução com o propofol. Ocorreu diminuição na freqüência respiratória após administração do propofol, com elevação dos valores médios destes parâmetros até o período de recuperação. Não ocorreram períodos de apnéia. O protocolo anestésico pesquisado produziu um período hábil anestésico médio de 47 + 10,95 minutos e um tempo de recuperação de 10 + 1,41 minutos.The propofol (6mg/kg as inductor agent was used in ten felines premedicated with xilazine (0,5mg/kg and ketamine (10mg/kg. Orotraqueal intubation was possible without laringeal topic 4% lidocaine spray or muscular relaxam. Ocurred after propofol induction. Central venous hipertention and increased cardiac frequency. The respiratory frequency decreased after propofol administration and increased in the recovery period. Apnea didn't ocurre. The anestethic protocol adopted induced a rate anesthetic period of 47 + 10.95 minutes and recovery time m 10 + 1.41 minutes.

  12. Viabilidade técnico-econômica do uso de diferentes tecnologias de iluminação para indução de fotoperíodo na produção de mudas de crisântemo Technical and economical viability of distinct illumination technologies applied to photoperiod induction in chrysanthemum production

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    Luiz A. Rossi

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Em função de suas características fisiológicas, as mudas de crisântemo necessitam de luz suplementar para evitar formação de botão floral. Isto é feito no período noturno. O presente trabalho visou a analisar a viabilidade técnico-econômica de substituir-se a atual tecnologia de iluminação artificial utilizada pelos produtores (lâmpadas incandescentes para efeito de indução de fotoperíodo em ambiente protegido, pela tecnologia de lâmpadas de descarga, com o objetivo de reduzir o consumo de energia elétrica utilizada no processo. As lâmpadas de descarga possuem maior vida útil e apresentam menor consumo de energia quando comparadas às lâmpadas incandescentes. Os resultados das análises permitem concluir que a lâmpada fluorescente compacta integrada amarela, de 23 W, é a que apresenta viabilidade técnica e econômica para tal substituição.Physiological characteristics of chrysanthemum nurseries require extra light supply to prevent buds production. That extra illumination is carried during night period. This research aimed to analyze the technical and economical viability associated to the substitution of conventional incandescent lamps used by the producers to discharge lamps to induce photoperiod, aiming electricity cost reduction in protected environment. Discharge lamps are more efficient, exhibit lower consumption and longer life when compared to the incandescent ones. The results of the analysis allow concluding that the yellow fluorescent compact integrated 23 W lamp turned to be technical and economically viable for the proposed substitution.

  13. Indução anestésica com a técnica de seqüência rápida Inducción anestésica con la técnica de secuencia rápida Rapid sequence induction of anesthesia

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    Eduardo Toshiyuki Moro

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A indução da anestesia por meio da técnica de seqüência rápida é utilizada, principalmente, para proteger as vias aéreas, quando há risco de aspiração do conteúdo gástrico. O objetivo deste artigo é revisar a técnica e os diferentes protocolos que buscam o uso racional dos fármacos disponíveis, visando condições ideais de intubação traqueal, sem aumentar o risco de aspiração do conteúdo gástrico ou de outras complicações. CONTEÚDO: Apresenta uma revisão da técnica da indução com seqüência rápida, enfatizando o uso racional dos hipnóticos, opióides e bloqueadores neuromusculares (BNM, para reduzir o período entre a perda da consciência e o correto posicionamento do tubo traqueal, ou seja, diminuir o período de maior risco para aspiração e ainda manter excelentes condições de intubação traqueal. CONCLUSÕES: A intubação traqueal após indução anestésica por meio da técnica de seqüência rápida está indicada naqueles pacientes, com risco de aspiração gástrica, em que não há suspeita de intubação traqueal difícil. A indicação correta da técnica, sua aplicação criteriosa e a utilização racional das drogas disponíveis podem promover condições excelentes de intubação, com curto período de latência, rápido retorno da consciência e da respiração espontânea, caso haja falha na intubação traqueal.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: La inducción de la anestesia por medio de la técnica de secuencia rápida es utilizada, principalmente, para proteger las vías aéreas, cuando hay riesgo de aspiración del contenido gástrico. El objetivo de este artículo es revisar a técnica y los diferentes protocolos que buscan del uso racional de los fármacos disponibles, visando condiciones ideales de intubación traqueal, sin aumentar el riesgo de aspiración del contenido gástrico o de otras complicaciones. CONTENIDO: Presenta una revisión de la técnica de la

  14. Metabolismo miocárdico após cardioplegia sangüínea hipotérmica retrógrada contínua com indução anterógrada normotérmica Myocardial metabolism after hypothermic retrograde continuous blood cardioplegia with anterograde warm cardioplegic induction

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    Claudio G. Sobrosa

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar as alterações sofridas pelo miocárdio durante a cardioplegia sangüínea hipotérmica retrógrada contínua com a adição da indução cardioplégica anterógrada normotérmica. MÉTODO: Análise metabólica da cardioplegia sangüínea hipotérmica retrógrada contínua com indução anterógrada normotérmica em estudo prospectivo de 15 pacientes consecutivos. Amostras de sangue arterial e do seio coronário foram simultaneamente colhidas para análise do conteúdo de oxigênio e da concentração de lactato. Quatro biópsias miocárdicas foram obtidas para análise dos níveis de ATP, ADP, AMP e lactato no miocárdio. A isoenzima CK-MB foi analisada no sangue venoso. RESULTADOS: Não houve mortalidade no grupo. Nenhum paciente necessitou de suporte inotrópico na saída de CEC e não foi detectado IAM per ou pós-operatório. Ocorreu diminuição da extração artério-venosa do lactato e do oxigênio pelo coração durante a reperfusão, havendo uma recuperação parcial ao final de 60 minutos de reperfusão. Os níveis miocárdicos de ATP e de seus nucleotídeos foram mantidos durante o pinçamento aórtico, porém houve redução destes nos primeiros 30 minutos de reperfusão. O lactato acumulou-se no músculo cardíaco durante o pinçamento aórtico, havendo redução durante a reperfusão. CONCLUSÕES: Concluímos por uma análise metabólica que o método não conseguiu evitar o metabolismo anaeróbico durante o período de pinçamento aórtico e que somente com 60 minutos de reperfusão foi observado um grau de recuperação metabólica satisfatória. Provavelmente essas alterações são devido à injúria isquêmica celular ocorrida durante o pinçamento aórtico e parecem ter efeito transitório. Observamos melhora da proteção miocárdica com o acréscimo da indução cardioplégica anterógrada normotérmica.OBJECTIVE: To determinate the alterations suffering by myocardium in the hypothermic retrograde

  15. Induction and identification of polyploids in Cattleya intermedia Lindl. (orchidaceae by in vitro techniques Indução e identificação de poliploides em Cattleya intermedia Lindl. (orchidaceae através de técnicas in vitro

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    Paulo Artur Konzen Xavier de Mello e Silva

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available The effect of colchicine on the protocorm-like bodies of Cattleya intermedia L. (Orchidaceae cultured in vitro was studied. Different concentrations of the drug (0.00, 0.05, 0.10 and 0.20% as well as two times of culture (4 or 8 days were tested to determine the best treatment for the induction of tetraploid plants. Of the 3 colchicine levels applied, 0.05 and 0.10% of drug treatments appeared to be effective on the production of mixoploids and tetraploids and could be further used in breeding programs. The suitability of stomatal area and stomata density as criteria for the distinction between diploids and tetraploids was also tested. The results suggested that tetraploid plants could be identified with a fair amount of certainty when the screening was based on the density of stomata.No presente trabalho, foi estudado o efeito da colchicina em corpos semelhantes a protocormos de Cattleya intermedia L. (Orchidaceae. Diferentes concentrações da droga (0,00; 0,05; 0,10 e 0,20%, bem como diferentes tempos de cultura (4 ou 8 dias foram testados para determinar o melhor tratamento para a indução de plantas tetraplóides. Dos três níveis de colchicina aplicados, os tratamentos com 0,05 e 0,10% da droga parecem ser mais efetivos na produção de mixoplóides e tetraplóides, sendo que tais tratamentos podem ser utilizados em programas de melhoramento. Como critério para distinção entre diplóides e tetraplóides, foram realizadas medidas de área de estômatos e densidade de estômatos das folhas. Os resultados sugerem que as plantas tetraplóides podem ser identificadas com elevado grau de certeza quando a seleção é realizada com base na densidade de estômatos.

  16. Avaliação da atividade locomotora após indução local de desmielinização tóxica no tronco encefálico de ratos Wistar Evaluation of locomotor activity after a local induction of toxic demyelination in the brainstem of Wistar rats

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    Eduardo Fernandes Bondan

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Lesões desmielinizantes induzidas pelo gliotóxico brometo de etídio (BE têm sido estudadas com o objetivo de permitir a compreensão do limitado processo de reparo mielínico no sistema nervoso central, bem como avaliar estratégias terapêuticas no sentido de acelerar a reconstrução das bainhas de mielina perdidas. Muito embora estudos eletrofisiológicos correlacionando situações de desmielinização e remielinização experimental sejam bem estabelecidos, os efeitos comportamentais não têm sido adequadamente investigados. Neste estudo, foram analisadas ultra-estruturalmente as lesões desmielinizantes e a atividade locomotora de ratos submetidos à indução focal de desmielinização pelo modelo do BE na superfície ventral do tronco encefálico, mediante observação de sua movimentação e controle motor durante a travessia de uma trave elevada de madeira (beam walking test. Foi observada a ocorrência de deficiências locomotoras até 31 dias pós-injeção de BE, constatando-se ainda que a subseqüente remielinização estava relacionada com o retorno da função perdida.Ethidium-bromide (EB - induced lesions have been used to investigate the incomplete remyelination in the central nervous system, as well as to evaluate therapeutic strategies to accelerate the reconstruction of the lost myelin sheaths. Although many electrophysiologic studies were performed in situations of experimental demyelination and remyelination, their behavioural effects have not been properly analyzed. In this study, we investigated ultrastructurally the EB - demyelinating lesions as well as the locomotor activity of rats during the beam walking test after a focal induction of demyelination using the EB model in the ventral surface of the brainstem. It was observed the occurrence of locomotor deficits until 31 days post-injection, as well as that subsequent remyelination was related to the return of the lost function.

  17. Hiperventilação: A terapia cognitivo-comportamental e a técnica dos exercícios de indução dos sintomas no transtorno de pânico Hyperventilation: The cognitive-behavior-therapy and the technique of the exercises in the induction of panic disorder symptoms

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    Anna Lucia Spear King

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available O transtorno de pânico (TP caracteriza -se por ataques agudos de ansiedade frequentes e recorrentes. A actual concepção para o TP realça o medo das sensações corporais a partir do momento em que o indivíduo associa de forma equivocada as sensações físicas que se apresentam como sendo prenúncio de uma doença grave e/ou morte iminente, não conseguindo interpretá -las como mecanismos fisiológicos naturais. Relatamos três casos graves de TP do subtipo respiratório, com agorafobia, cujos sintomas de hiperventilação predominavam sobre os demais. O tratamento consistiu na prescrição de antidepressivos tricíclicos e no encaminhamento para sessões de terapia cognitivo -comportamental (TCC. O objectivo do relato dos casos é demonstrar a evolução satisfatória do tratamento com a técnica dos exercícios de indução de sintomas (EIS em ambiente de laboratório para a redução e/ou extinção dos sintomas hiperventilatórios, entre outros. Esse procedimento foi considerado fundamental na evolução do tratamento e permitiu preparar os doentes para enfrentarem situações agorafóbicas subsequentes.Panic disorder (PD is characterized by frequent and recurrent acute panic attacks. The current cognitive conception for PD enhances the fear of corporal sensations, when the individual define his physical sensations as being related to a serious disease or imminent death, not interpreting them as natural physiologic mechanisms. We reported three severe cases of PD of the respiratory subtype, with agoraphobia, whose symptoms of hyperventilation predominated on clinical picture. The treatment consisted on tricycles antidepressant and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT sessions. The objective of reporting the cases is to demonstrate the satisfactory evolution of the treatment with the technique of panic symptoms induction exercises (SIE in controlled laboratory environment. On that way, reducing or extinguishing hyperventilation symptoms

  18. Indução de resistência a doenças foliares em tomateiro por indutores biótico (Bacillus subtilis e abiótico (Acibenzolar-S-Metil Induction of resistance in tomato by biotic (Bacillus subtilis and abiotic (Acibenzolar-S-Metil inducers

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    Fabio Fernando de Araujo

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi investigar se doenças foliares do tomateiro (Lycopersicon esculentum podem ser afetadas pela indução de resistência proporcionada pela aplicação de Bacillus subtilis, no solo e nas folhas e aplicação via foliar de acibenzolar-S-metil. A fim de investigar o modo de ação envolvido no controle foi avaliada a atividade de peroxidases nas folhas do tomateiro tratado com os indutores biótico e abiótico. Para se avaliar a severidade das doenças foliares foi avaliado o número de folhas de tomate com algum sintoma de doença e determinado o percentual de folhas doentes em relação ao total de folhas por planta. O aumento significativo da concentração de peroxidases nas plantas tratadas com os indutores, assim como a ausência de controle das doenças no tratamento com pulverização direta de B. subtilis nas folhas, são evidências que sugerem que o mecanismo de controle das doenças em questão está relacionado à resistência induzida.This study was conduced to investigate whether the tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum leaf diseases may be affected by the induction of resistance provided by the application of Bacillus subtilis, soil and leaf and foliar application of Acibenzolar-S-Methyl. In order to investigate the mode of action involved in the control was measured the peroxidases activity in the leaf of tomato treated with inducers biotic and abiotic. To evaluate the severity of foliar diseases has been estimated the number of leaf of tomatoes with symptoms of disease and determinate the percent of disease leaf in the total of leaf per plant. The significant increase in levels of peroxidase activity in plants exposed to treatment with inducers and lack of control of leaf diseases, in direct spray of B. subtilis in the leaves, are evidence that suggest that the mechanism of control diseases in question is related to induction resistance.

  19. Indução de resistência à podridão‑amarga em maçãs pelo uso de eliciadores em pós‑colheita Induction of resistance to bitter rot in apples by the use of elicitors in the postharvest

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    Douglas Alvarez Alamino

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito dos eliciadores acibenzolar‑S‑metílico (ASM e proteína harpina, aplicados em pós‑colheita, na indução de resistência sistêmica à podridão‑amarga em maçãs. Realizaram-se ferimentos mecânicos em maçãs 'Royal Gala' seguidos da aplicação dos eliciadores. Doze horas depois, procedeu-se à inoculação do fungo Colletotrichum gloeosporioides. Após 72 horas, realizaram-se as avaliações quanto à área lesionada e ao número de esporos, bem como a coleta de tecido dos frutos para quantificação de proteínas, açúcares totais e redutores, fenóis totais, e para determinação da atividade das enzimas fenilalanina amônia‑liase, superóxido dismutase, catalase, peroxidase e ascorbato peroxidase. A harpina e, em menor grau, o ASM proporcionaram aumento da atividade da enzima peroxidase e a consequente redução da área lesionada e da esporulação de C. gloeosporioides nas maçãs. Esses eliciadores podem ser utilizados como ferramenta de controle no manejo integrado da podridão‑amarga, em pós‑colheita de maçãs 'Royal Gala'.The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of the protein elicitors acibenzolar‑S‑methyl (ASM and harpin, applied during the postharvest handling, on a systemic resistance induction to bitter rot on apple. Mechanical injury were made on 'Royal Gala' apples, followed by application of the elicitors. Twelve hours later, inoculation of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides was performed. Seventy‑two hours later, evaluations were done for the injured area and the number of spores, and tissue samples were taken to determine the contents of proteins, total and reducing sugars, total phenolics, and the activity of phenylalanine ammonia‑lyase, superoxide dismutase, catalase, peroxidase, and ascorbate peroxidase enzymes. Harpin, and to a lesser extent, ASM increased the activity of peroxidase enzyme and, in consequence, reduced the injured area

  20. Retalho de omento maior para indução de vascularização e consolidação óssea em cão Use of omental flap to induce vascularization and bone healing in a dog

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    Cássio Ricardo Auada Ferrigno

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho relata o caso de uma cadela da raça whippet, de 10 anos, com união retardada de tíbia e fíbula esquerdas, exposta, cotaminada e com grande perda de massa muscular e óssea e de pele causada por instabilidade óssea decorrente de duas intervenções cirúrgicas realizadas anteriormente. Foi realizado retalho de omento maior em camada simples, alcance ao foco de fratura via túnel subcutâneo e recobrimento por enxerto cutâneo em malha. O objetivo do trabalho foi avaliar a capacidade de indução vascular do omento maior para foco de fratura e consequentemente consolidação óssea, tendo como hipótese a acentuada função de angiogênese do omento maior. A tíbia e fíbula esquerdas foram estabilizadas com fixador circular externo. Após 80 dias, houve consolidação óssea da tíbia, volta do apoio do membro e retirada do implante.This research reports the case of a whippet female dog, 10 years old, with delayed union of left tibia and fibula, exposure of the fracture focus with localized infection, and extensive loss of, muscle, bone and skin after instability caused by two surgical interventions accomplished previously. A flap was made of the greater omentum in a single layer. The fracture site was reached through the subcutaneous tunnel and the coating by mesh skin grafts. The objective of this study was to evaluate the ability of the larger omentum to induce angiogenesis to the fracture site and the subsequent bone healing, considering the strong role of angiogenesis. The left tibia and fibula were stabilized with external circular fixator. After 80 days there was bone healing of the tibia around the support member and removal of the implant. Postoperative complications included partial necrosis of the cutaneous (25% flap and shortening of the tibia with consequent laxity ligament of the member.

  1. Pathogenesis-related proteins in Brazilian wheat genotypes: protein induction and partial gene sequencing Proteínas relacionadas à patogênese em genótipos brasileiros de trigo: indução e seqüenciamento parcial

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    Loreta Brandão de Freitas

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Leaves from 14 Brazilian genotypes of Triticum aestivum L. were treated with salicylic acid to induce pathogenesis-related (PR proteins. Inter and intracellular extracts were then obtained and investigated through polyacrilamide gel electrophoresis. Seven bands were observed. Material related to two of them (of 40 and 24 kDa occurred in intracellular spaces only. DNA from these same genotypes was then amplified through PCR using primers developed from three sequences encoding PR proteins, and compared with previously described sequences. The fragments presented homologies to PR groups 1, 3 (chitinases, and 5 (thaumatin-like. The PR3-like sequence also showed a site characteristic of PRs induced by ethylene and a portion without homology with previous sequences. No variation among genotypes were observed, either for protein extracts or DNA sequences.Folhas de 14 genótipos brasileiros de Triticum aestivum L. foram tratadas com ácido salicílico para a indução de proteínas relacionadas à patogênese (PR. Extratos inter e intracelulares foram assim obtidos e estudados através de eletroforese em gel de poliacrilamida. Sete bandas foram observadas, sendo que o material referente a duas delas (de 40 e 24 kDa foi detectado somente nos espaços intracelulares. O DNA desses mesmos genótipos foi então amplificado através de PCR, usando iniciadores desenvolvidos a partir de três seqüências que codificam proteínas PR, e comparados com seqüências previamente descritas. Eles apresentaram homologia com os grupos PR 1, PR 3 (quitinases e PR 5 (semelhante à taumatina, sendo que a seqüência do grupo PR 3 apresentou também um sítio característico de PRs induzidas pelo etileno e uma porção sem homologia com seqüências prévias. Não foi observada qualquer variação entre genótipos, seja nos extratos protéicos ou nas seqüências de DNA.

  2. The Alkali/Surfactant/ Polymer Process: Effects of Slug Size, Core Length and a Chase Polymer Le procédé alkali/surfactant/polymère : effets de la taille du bouchon, de la longueur de la carotte et d'un polymère de déplacement

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    Green K. A.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available An experimental study was conducted to examine the effects of slug size, core length, and a chase polymer on the effectiveness of the alkali/surfactant/polymer (A/S/P process in recovering waterflood residual oil. Core flood experiments were conducted with unfired linear Berea sandstone cores. The tertiary oil recovery, oil cut, pressure drop, and chemical propagation were measured for each flood. Tertiary oil recovery significantly increased with the slug size up to 0. 5 of a pore volume. Increasing the slug size further resulted in a smaller incremental increase in oil recovery. A slight increase in tertiary oil recovery was obtained when small size A/S/P slugs were followed with achase polymer having a viscosity higher than the slug. The lack of oil recovery with small A/S/P slugs was due to the consumption and dilution of the injected chemicals, especially the synthetic surfactant, due to adsorption and dispersion. Increasing the core length by a factor of 4. 5 (from 9 to 40. 6 cm had no significant effect on tertiary oil recovery. Chemical propagation was found to be a function of core length (i. e. , core Peclet number and the size of the chase polymer slug. Increasing core length and employing a chase polymer maintained the integrity of the A/S/P slug by decreasing the effect of dispersion and minimizing the influence of viscous fingering at the tail of the A/S/P slug. Une étude expérimentale a été effectuée pour examiner les effets de la taille du bouchon, de la longueur de la carotte et de l'emploi d'un polymère de déplacement sur l'efficacité du procédé A/S/P (alkali/surfactant/polymère dans la récupération d'huile résiduelle par injection d'eau. Les expériences d'injection ont été faites avec des carottes rectilignes en grès de Berea vert. La récupération tertiaire du pétrole, la présence d'eau, la perte de charge et la propagation chimique ont été mesurées pour chaque injection. La récupération tertiaire du

  3. Efeito de combinações diferentes de reguladores de crescimento a partir da indução de botões de plântulas de Cattleya walkeriana Gardner (Orchidaceae - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v25i1.2106 Effects of different combinations of growth regulators for bud induction from seedlings of Cattleya walkeriana Gardner (Orchidaceae - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v25i1.2106

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    Priscila Vanessa Krapiec

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available No presente estudo, foram investigadas diferentes combinações e concentrações de auxinas e citocininas para ativar o desenvolvimento de brotos e multiplicar plântulas de Cattleya walkeriana (Orchidaceae, sem estágio intermediário de calos. As plântulas de C. walkeriana foram cultivadas em meio B5, contendo 2% de sacarose, 0,65% de agar e combinações fatoriais das auxinas ácido naftalenoacético (NAA e ácido 3-indolbutírico (IBA, e das citocininas 6-benzilaminopurina (BA e cinetina (KIN, nas concentrações de 0,0; 0,5; 1,0 e 1,5mg/L. O maior número de brotos com folhas desenvolvidas foi formado nas plântulas cultivadas em meio contendo IBA e BA, enquanto o menor número de brotos foi observado na combinação NAA e KIN. Houve maior indução de brotos em meio contendo somente IBA (na ausência de citocininas nas três concentrações. A maior freqüência de indução de brotos usando as combinações de BA e IBA indicaram que essa combinação foi mais efetiva para a multiplicação in vitro de C. walkeriana, usando plântulas como explantesThe present study reports a research with different concentrations and combinations of auxins and cytokinins to activate bud development and to obtain multiplication of Cattleya walkeriana (Orchidaceae without an intermediate callus stage. Seedlings of C. walkeriana were cultured on B5 medium containing 2% sucrose and solidified with 0.65% agar, with factorial combinations of the auxins 1-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA, 3-indolbutyric acid (IBA, and cytokinins 6-benzylaminopurine (BA and N-(2-furanyl-methyl-1-purine-6 amine (Kinetin at concentrations of 0.0, 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 mg/L. The highest number of buds with elongated leaves occurred by cultivating seedlings on medium containing different concentrations of IBA and BA, while the lowest number was observed in NAA and KIN combination. IBA alone yielded better results at the three tested concentrations, when compared to the total absence of

  4. Fosfito de potássio na indução de resistência a Verticillium dahliae Kleb., em mudas de cacaueiro (Theobroma cacao L. Effect of potassium phosphite on the induction of resistance in cocoa seedlings (Theobroma cacao L. against Verticillium dahliae Kleb

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    Pedro Martins Ribeiro Júnior

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Há vários relatos da utilização de fosfitos no controle de doenças de plantas, por meio de ação direta, antifúngica e indireta por indução de resistência. Essa atuação como indutor é questionada, não sendo encontradas, em muitos desses trabalhos, evidências de respostas de defesa ativadas pelos sais de fosfito. Com o presente trabalho, objetivou-se estudar o efeito de doses (0,62; 1,25; 2,5 e 5 mL.L-1 de água de fosfito de potássio na indução de resistência em mudas de cacaueiro a V. dahliae, além de investigar os possíveis mecanismos envolvidos na resposta de defesa. Foram realizados experimentos no Laboratório de Fisiologia do Parasitismo e casa-de-vegetação do Departamento de Fitopatologia UFLA. A aplicação foliar do fosfito foi realizada 7 dias antes das inoculações e as avaliações de severidade foram realizadas aos 20, 30, 40, 50 e 60 dias após a inoculação. Foi realizado também um experimento para verificar o efeito tóxico direto e outro para avaliar a atividade das enzimas peroxidases e polifenoloxidases e a concentração de lignina. O tratamento com o fosfito de potássio (1,25 mL.L-1 de água proporcionou 10% de redução na área abaixo da curva de progresso da severidade da murcha-de-Verticillium (AACPD, 60 dias após aplicação foliar, não diferindo de nenhuma das doses, nem da testemunha. Todas as doses utilizadas apresentaram efeito fungitóxico, inibindo a germinação de V. dahliae. A aplicação do fosfito de potássio (1,25 mL.L-1 de água não induziu aumento na atividade das enzimas peroxidases e polifenoloxidases em relação à testemunha. Plantas tratadas com esse produto apresentaram um pequeno incremento na concentração de lignina, não apresentando diferença significativa da testemunha absoluta.There are several reports concerning with the use of phosphites for controlling of plant diseases, through direct action, antifungal, and indirect, by resistance induction. The

  5. Efficiency of half-dosis of Cloprostenol subvulvar mucous inducing estrus and pregnant rate in cows “repeat breeders” Nelore-Chianina/ Eficiência da meia dose de cloprostenol na submucosa vulvar nas taxas de indução do estro e de prenhez em vacas “repeat-breeders” Nelore-Chianina

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    Sérgio do Nascimento Kronka

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available This study has the objective of evaluating the efficiency of a dose of 1 mL (250 ?g of cloprostenol in the vulvar submucous, in the group 2 (G2 of 25 cows, in relation to an intramuscular dose of 2 mL (500 ?g of cloprostenol formed by the group 1 (G1 of 24 cows ½ Nelore-Chianina, totaling 49 female repeatbreeders. The cows were with at least 120 days period post partum remaining in the reproductive season between December 2003 and February 2004. The application of cloprostenol was repeated eleven days after in the cows did not show estrus until 5 days of the first dose. The total percentage of estrus were of 79.16% (G1 and 56% (G2. The media of the hours for estrus being present was of 81.35 hours (first dose and 92.8 hours (second dose and 71.5 hours (first dose and 76.1 hours (second dose for G1 and G2 respectively. In relation to the media hours for the presence of estrus, in the groups G1 and G2 for first dose, second dose, and for the total number of cows in estrus, there were no significant difference (p>0.05. The artificial inseminations were performed 12 hours after the appearance of estrus and the gestation diagnostic at 53 days after the last insemination by means of rectal palpation confirmed by transrectal ultrasonography where 20 cows were diagnosed as gestating. Ten in the G1 and ten in the G2 totaling 40.8% gestating. The strategic application of cloprostenol is suggested for the cows repeatbreeders at the end of the reproductive season.Este estudo teve como objetivo avaliar a eficiência do cloprostenol na indução do estro e taxa de gestação em vacas de corte “repeat-breeders”, comparando a eficiência de meia dose na submucosa vulvar. Foi utilizada dose de 1 mL (250 ?g de cloprostenol na submucosa vulvar no grupo 2 (G2 = 25 vacas; e dose clássica de 2 mL (500 ?g de cloprostenol intramuscular, formado pelo grupo 1 (G1 = 24 vacas meio sangue Nelore-Chianina, totalizando 49 fêmeas “repeat-breeders”, com escore

  6. In vitro induction of callus from cotyledon and hypocotyl explants of Glycine wightii (Wight & Arn. Verdc. Indução in vitro de calos em explantes de cotilédones e hipocótilos de Glycine wightii (Wight & Arn. Verdc.

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    André Luis Coelho da Silva

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available With the objective to promote in vitro callus induction, cotyledon and hypocotyl segments of "perennial soybean" (Glycine wightii (Wight & Arn. Verdc. were inoculated in basal medium MS supplemented with sucrose (1.5 e 3% and 0.8% agar and different concentrations of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D and 6-furfurylaminopurine (kinetin. The explants were maintained in a dark growth room at 28ºC. The best callus induction was observed in explants (cotyledon and hypocotyl maintained in medium containing the combination of 2,4-D (1 mg.L-1, kinetin (0.1 mg.L-1 and 3% sucrose. To promote callus subculture, the MS medium was supplemented with different combinations of 2,4-D (0.5 to 4.0 mg.L-1, with or without kinetin (0.1 mg.L-1 and sucrose (1.5 e 3%. The calli were maintained 35 days in a dark growth room at 28ºC. The results indicated that the use of 2,4-D 1.0 mg.L-1 + kinetin 0.1 mg.L-1 + sucrose 3% provided the highest average weight of cotyledons calli fresh matter, whereas the use of 2,4-D 2.0 mg.L-1 + kinetin 0.1 mg.L-1 + sucrose 3% provided the highest average weight of hypocotyl calli fresh matter. High concentrations of 2,4-D, independent of kinetin and sucrose concentrations, promoted oxidation and reduction in fresh weight from calli of cotyledon and hypocotyls.Com o objetivo de promover a indução in vitro de calos, segmentos cotiledonares e de hipocótilos de plântulas de "soja perene" (Glycine wightii (Wight & Arn. Verdc. foram inoculados em meio básico MS contendo diferentes concentrações a diferentes de ácido 2,4-diclorofenoxiacético (2,4-D e 6-furfurilaminopurina (cinetina, suplementado com sacarose (1,5 e 3% e 0,8% de agar. Os explantes foram mantidos na ausência de luz, em sala de crescimento, com a temperatura de 28ºC. A melhor indução de calos (em cotilédones e hipocótilos foi observada em explantes inoculados em meio contendo 2,4-D (1,0 mg.L-1, cinetina (0,1 mg.L-1 e 3% de sacarose. Para promover o subcultivo

  7. Indução hormonal da ovulação e desmame precoce na fertilidade pós-parto de vacas de corte homozigotas e heterozigotas para o microssatélite BMS3004 Hormonal induction of ovulation and early weaning in postpartum fertility of homozigous and heterozigous beef cows for the microsatellite BMS3004

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    Guilherme de Medeiros Bastos

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste experimento foi comparar a eficiência de um programa hormonal associado ao desmame temporário por 96 horas na indução do estro e ovulação com o desmame definitivo aos 60 dias em vacas de corte. Foram utilizadas 183 vacas de corte amamentando, das raças Charolês (C, Nelore (N e suas cruzas recíprocas, as quais foram genotipadas como homozigotas (HOM ou heterozigotas (HET para o microssatélite (STR BMS3004, que está localizado no mesmo cromossomo do gene da cadeia beta do LH. Entre 60 e 80 dias pós-parto (dia 0, as vacas foram distribuídas em dois grupos. No grupo indução hormonal (IH, as vacas (n=87 receberam (dia 0 250 mg de acetato de medroxiprogesterona por 8 dias, 2,5 mg de benzoato de estradiol (dia 1 e 500 UI de gonadotrofina coriônica eqüina (dia 7. No dia 8, os bezerros foram desmamados por 96 horas. No mesmo dia (dia 8, as vacas (n=96 do outro grupo apenas foram submetidas ao desmame definitivo (grupo DP. Após, procedeu-se 4 dias de inseminação artificial (IA e, passado esse período, foram entouradas. O primeiro diagnóstico de gestação (DG foi realizado 60 dias após o período de IA e, o segundo, 60 dias após o final do entoure. As taxas de estro foram maiores nas vacas do grupo IH em relação as do grupo DP. As vacas com condição corporal 2,5 e 3,0 apresentaram menores percentuais de prenhez ao 1ºDG no grupo IH (29,6 e 46,4% em relação ao grupo DP (56,0 e 72,2%. Os percentuais de prenhez das vacas com índice corporal 65-73 não diferiram entre os grupos IH e DP. As vacas N do grupo IH, apresentaram menor percentual de prenhez ao 1ºDG que as F1 (27,7 vs. 64,2%, mas não diferiram em relação às C (40,0%. No grupo IH, o percentual de prenhez ao 2ºDG foi menor nas vacas HOM do que nas HET. O desmame definitivo precoce mostrou-se mais eficaz no incremento dos percentuais de prenhez em vacas de corte.The aim of this experiment was to compare the efficiency of a hormonal protocol

  8. Influência da forma de indução à acidose na determinação da intensidade de lactato mínimo em corredores de longa distância Influence of the acidosis induction manner in the determination of minimal lactate threshold in endurance runners

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    Vanessa Santhiago

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo principal deste estudo foi verificar se diferentes formas de indução à acidose interferem na determinação da intensidade do lactato mínimo (LACmin em corredores de longa distância. Desse modo, 14 corredores de provas fundas do atletismo participaram do estudo. Os atletas realizaram três protocolos: 1 teste incremental em esteira rolante, com incrementos de 1km.h-1 a cada três minutos até a exaustão, para a determinação das intensidades de limiar anaeróbio (OBLA, de limiar aeróbio (Laer, consumo máximo de oxigênio (VO2max e intensidade de consumo máximo de oxigênio (vVO2max; 2 teste de lactato mínimo em pista de atletismo (LACminp, que consistiu de dois esforços máximos de 233m na pista de atletismo com intervalo de um minuto entre cada repetição, com oito minutos de recuperação passiva, seguido de um teste incremental semelhante ao do protocolo 1; e 3 teste de lactato mínimo em esteira rolante (LACmine, constituído de dois esforços máximos de um minuto e 45 segundos com intervalo de um minuto, na intensidade de 120% da vVO2max, seguido dos mesmos procedimentos do protocolo 2. Foram coletadas amostras de sangue do lóbulo da orelha ao final de cada estágio em todos os protocolos e no 7º minuto de recuperação passiva dos testes de LACmine e LACminp. A análise de variância (ANOVA mostrou que ocorreram diferenças significativas entre as intensidades de LACmine (13,23 ± 1,78km.h-1 e OBLA (14,67 ± 1,44km.h-1. Dessa maneira, a partir dos resultados obtidos no presente estudo, é possível concluir que a determinação da intensidade correspondente ao lactato mínimo é dependente do protocolo utilizado para a indução à acidose. Além disso, o LACmine subestimou a intensidade correspondente ao OBLA, não podendo ser utilizado para a mensuração da capacidade aeróbia de corredores fundistas.The purpose of this study was to verify if different induction forms to the acidosis can interfere in the

  9. Indução do florescimento e crescimento de tangerineira 'Poncã' (Citrus reticulata Blanco em função da irrigação e da aplicação de paclobutrazol Flowering induction and vegetative development of 'Ponkan' mandarin (Citrus reticulata Blanco by irrigation and paclobutrazol application

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    Carlos Henrique dos Santos

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available O experimento foi conduzido na Faculdade de Ciências Agronômicas - UNESP/Câmpus de Botucatu (SP, com o objetivo de avaliar o florescimento fora de época e o crescimento vegetativo da tangerineira 'Poncã'. Nesse contexto, adotou-se o delineamento estatístico em blocos casualizados, em parcelas subdivididas, com duas repetições, na instalação do ensaio. Os dois tratamentos de -0,03 e -0,05 MPa, como potenciais mínimos da água no solo, constituíram as parcelas e as quatro doses de paclobutrazol: 0; 4; 8 e 12 g por planta, nas subparcelas. No segundo ano de pesquisa, foram mantidas as mesmas parcelas e foram aplicadas nas plantas das subparcelas as doses de 0; 500; 1000 e 2000 mg l-1 de paclobutrazol, via foliar. Cada parcela foi constituída de 16 plantas, sendo oito destinadas à avaliação. Utilizou-se, em ambas as combinações, de um tratamento sem irrigação (-0,07 MPa e sem aplicação de paclobutrazol, como testemunha. Foram avaliados parâmetros, como a altura, diâmetro médio, volume e área de projeção da copa e condutância estomática para caracterizar a resposta das plantas aos tratamentos empregados. Concluiu-se que a aplicação do paclobutrazol e a variação do potencial da água no solo não proporcionaram a indução do florescimento fora de época das tangerineiras, e que os níveis de paclobutrazol influenciaram no desenvolvimento das plantas.The aim of this research was to study the flowering out of season in no induction conditions and the vegetative development of 'Ponkan' mandarin by irrigation and paclobutrazol application. The experiment was carried out at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences - UNESP/Botucatu, State of São Paulo. The treatments followed a randomized blocks experimental design, being distributed in split-splots, and two replications. Each experimental unit was represented per 16 plants, being 8 destined for the evaluations. The treatments consisted of two soil water potential, -0,03 e -0

  10. Indução do enraizamento e crescimento do eucalipto por rizobactérias: efeito da adição de fonte alimentar e da composição do substrato de enraizamento Rooting induction and growth of eucalyptus by rhizobacteria: effect of addition of nutrient source and growing substrate composition

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    Reginaldo Gonçalves Mafia

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho, objetivou-se avaliar o efeito de leite em pó como fonte alimentar e do tipo de substrato sobre a indução biológica do enraizamento e crescimento de mudas clonais de eucalipto por isolados de rizobactérias. Para o primeiro objetivo, após a aplicação dos isolados de rizobactérias, na proporção de 0,2 ml/cc de substrato de uma suspensão de inóculo ajustada para 10(8 u.f.c./ml, enriquecidos ou não com leite em pó (1%, e decorridos 25 dias do estaqueamento de três clones de eucalipto, avaliaram-se a biomassa seca de raízes e o índice de enraizamento de cada combinação isolado-clone. Para o segundo objetivo, 10 isolados, aplicados na mesma proporção e concentração de inóculos citados anteriormente, foram testados em três substratos de enraizamento: vermiculita pura; moinha de carvão + composto de casca de eucalipto + vermiculita (5:3:1; e composto de casca de arroz carbonizada + vermiculita (1:1, em dois ensaios conduzidos com um clone de eucalipto. Os resultados evidenciaram que a aplicação dos isolados promotores de crescimento proporcionou incrementos significativos na velocidade e índice de enraizamento, bem como no crescimento, expresso pela biomassa radicular, cujos ganhos foram superiores, na aplicação com veiculação da fonte alimentar inicial. Dentre os isolados testados, S1 e 3918 (ambos Bacillus subtilis foram os mais efetivos para enraizamento e biomassa radicular, com incrementos de 40,6 e 114,2%, respectivamente. Além disso, não ocorreu interação entre isolados de rizobactérias e substrato de enraizamento, o que permite a utilização desses isolados, independentemente do tipo de substrato empregado.This work aimed to evaluate the effect of powdered milk as a nutrient source and the effect of the substrate composition on the biological rooting induction and minicutting growth by rhizobacteria isolates. A suspension of rhizobacteria (10(8 cfu/ml was used to achieve a concentration of 0

  11. Indução de resistência à podridão-parda em pêssegos pelo uso de eliciadores em pós-colheita Induction of resistance to brown-rot on peaches by elicitors use in post-harvest

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    Moeses Andrigo Danner

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito dos eliciadores acibenzolar-S-metil e proteína harpina, aplicados em pós-colheita, na indução de resistência sistêmica à podridão-parda em pêssegos. O delineamento experimental foi inteiramente casualizado, com quatro repetições, em parcelas subdivididas - com e sem ferimentos provocados aos frutos -, e os tratamentos foram constituídos por: acibenzolar-S-metil (50 mg do i.a. L-1, dois produtos comerciais com proteína harpina (80 mg do i.a. L-1 e uma testemunha (água destilada. Os frutos foram pulverizados, individualmente, com 1 mL de solução aquosa com os tratamentos e, após 12 horas, efetuou-se a inoculação com Monilinia fructicola (0,2 mL da suspensão com concentração de 10(5 esporos mL-1, em cada lado do fruto. Após 60 horas da inoculação, avaliaram-se: a área lesionada, a esporulação e o percentual de controle. Determinaram-se os teores de proteínas totais, açúcares redutores e totais, fenóis, além da atividade da enzima fenilalanina amônia-liase (FAL. Os eliciadores induziram resistência dos frutos a M. fructicola, com redução do desenvolvimento do fungo. O uso dos eliciadores aumentou os teores dos parâmetros bioquímicos avaliados e a atividade da FAL, que esteve relacionada à redução da área lesionada em pêssegos. Os indutores podem contribuir para o manejo integrado da podridão-parda em pêssegos, em pós-colheita.The objective of this work was to evaluate the effects of acibenzolar-S-methyl and harpin protein elicitors, applied in post-harvest, in systemic resistance induction to brown-rot, on peaches. A completely randomized design was utilized, with four replicates, in a split plot scheme - injured or noninjured peaches -, and treatments were constituted of : acibenzolar-S-methyl (50 mg of a.i. L-1, two commercial products with harpin protein (80 mg of a.i. L-1; and control (distilled water. Peaches were sprayed individually with 1 mL of

  12. Micorrização e indução de quitinases e β-1,3-glucanases e resistência à fusariose em porta-enxerto de videira Mycorrhizal inoculation and induction of chitinases and β-1,3-glucanases and fusarium resistance in grapevine rootstock

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    Murilo Dalla Costa

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar os níveis de expressão de β-1,3-glucanases e quitinases nos porta-enxertos de videira SO4 e R110, respectivamente suscetível e resistente a Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. herbemontis, bem como avaliar o efeito do fungo micorrízico arbuscular Glomus intraradices no crescimento, na expressão dessas enzimas e na supressão do patógeno no porta-enxerto suscetível. Foram quantificadas as atividades enzimáticas de β-1,3-glucanases e quitinases nas raízes dos porta-enxertos. Mudas do porta-enxerto SO4 receberam inóculos de G. intraradices e F. oxysporum, e foram avaliadas quanto ao crescimento, atividade das duas enzimas e sintomas de doença. As atividades das enzimas nas raízes do porta-enxerto resistente aumentaram entre 0 e 5 dias após a inoculação do patógeno. A atividade de quitinases nas raízes do porta-enxerto suscetível aumentou com a inoculação do fungo micorrízico e do patógeno. A atividade de β-1,3-glucanases foi maior somente com a presença do fungo micorrízico e do patógeno. Videiras com inoculação de G. intraradices apresentaram diminuição nos sintomas de infecção por Fusarium spp., o que indica que o fungo micorrízico promove a indução de quitinases e β-1,3-glucanases especificamente na supressão ou inibição do patógeno.The objective of this work was to evaluate the expression levels of β-1,3-glucanases and chitinases in SO4 and 110 grapevine rootstocks, respectively susceptible and resistant to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. herbemontis, as well as to evaluate the effect of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Glomus intraradices on plant growth, on enzyme expression and on pathogen suppression in the susceptible rootstock. The enzyme activities of β-1,3-glucanases and chitinases in the rootstocks roots were evaluated. Plant growth, enzyme activity, and disease symptoms were evaluated in SO4 plantlets inoculated with G. intraradices and F. oxysporum. Enzyme activities

  13. Aspectos clínicos e macroscópicos da palatoplastia imediata com implante de cartilagem da pina articular, conservada em glicerina a 98%, após indução experimental de fenda palatina em cães Clinic and macroscopic view of immediate palatoplasty with auricular pinna cartilage preserved in 98% glycerin in canine experimental palat cleft

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    Emerson Antônio Contesini

    2003-02-01

    Full Text Available Os defeitos de espessura completa do palato que resultam em comunicação oro-nasal raramente cicatrizam espontaneamente. Eles requerem reparo cirúrgico, porém, pode ser difícil obter cicatrização satisfatória devido às condições próprias das cavidades nasal e oral. Neste experimento, foram utilizados 14 cães, reunidos em dois grupos de igual número. Todos animais foram submetidos à indução de fenda palatina experimental. O grupo G1 foi o controle, cuja palatoplastia foi realizada a partir da confecção de "flap" muco-periósteo. No grupo G2, foi utilizada cartilagem da pina auricular conservada em glicerina a 98% entre o osso palatino e o muco-periósteo. Os animais foram avaliados macroscopicamente quanto ao processo cicatricial, por radiografias para a regeneração óssea e por rinoscopia para observar a regeneração da mucosa nasal. Foi observada a cicatrização da mucosa oral a partir do 10º dia, com deiscência de sutura em dois animais do grupo G1. A radiografia demonstrou evolução na cicatrização óssea, num processo mais acelerado no grupo G2 quando comparado ao grupo G1. A rinoscopia revelou, aos 60 dias, completa regeneração da mucosa nasal em ambos os grupos. Ao final do período de avaliação foi observada macroscopicamente, completa fusão óssea nos animais do grupo G2 e incompleta nos do grupo G1, o que demonstrou a interferência benéfica do implante no processo cicatricial do grupo G2.The incomplete defects of hard palate result in oro-nasal fistula seldom cure themselves in a spontaneous way, due to limited condition in oral and nasal cavity it may be difficult to obtain satisfactory cicatrization, requiring surgery to interfere in the healing process. Fourteen dogs arranged in two groups were submitted to experimental hard palate cleft. The G1 group was the control group, in which palatoplasty was achieved with mucous-periosteum flap. In the G2 group, a preserved at 98% glycerin auricular pinna

  14. Indução de alterações morfológicas e anatômicas em folhas de abacaxizeiro 'Pérola' pelo ácido 2-(3-clorofenoxi propiônico Induction of leaf morphological and anatomical alterations on 'Pérola' pineapple leaves by the 2-(3-chlorophenoxy propionic acid

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    Nathália Maria Laranjeira Barbosa

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Em estudo que visou controlar a floração natural do abacaxizeiro 'Pérola' com fitorreguladores, nas plantas pulverizadas com 50 e 100 mg L-1 (3 aplicações do ácido 2-(3-clorofenoxi propiônico (ACP, foram observadas alterações internas e externas nas folhas. O limbo foliar apresentou ligeiro estrangulamento na porção mediana das folhas 'E' e 'F' e próximo ao ponto de inserção no caule nas C' e 'D'. A cerca de 5-10 cm desse ponto surgiram estruturas similares a calos, que originaram raízes adventícias. A roseta central das plantas apresentou-se torcida, com as folhas mais curtas e largas. Cortes anatômicos permitiram observar, sob microscópio óptico (40X, que as raízes adventícias foram formadas a partir de meristemas nos feixes vasculares (xilema e floema, e que a estrutura anatômica foliar nos pontos de estrangulamento do limbo não foi alterada. Parênquima assimilador formou-se no córtex dessas raízes adventícias, indicando a realização de fotossíntese nesse tecido. A localização das raízes adventícias nas folhas correspondeu às áreas de provável acúmulo do produto pulverizado sobre as plantas. Os efeitos causados pelo ACP neste trabalho sugerem o seu uso em estudos relacionados à indução de enraizamento na propagação vegetativa (convencional e micropropagação e na formação de calos "in vitro". E servem, também, para orientar novos estudos sobre a inibição da floração natural e seu uso prático, a fim de se evitar danos às plantas.In a study w ith the objective of controlling the natural precocious flowering in pineapple 'Perola', the plants treated with the 2-(3-chlorophenoxy propionic acid - CPA (50 and 100 mg L-1, 3 applications showed some internal and external modifications in the leaves. The young 'E' and 'F' leaves presented small constrictions on the central portion of their limbs, while on the 'C' and 'D' ones, those constrictions were observed near to their bases. At about 5-10 cm

  15. Hiperventilação. A terapia cognitivo-comportamental e a técnica dos exercícios de indução dos sintomas no transtorno de pânico

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    Anna Lucia Spear King

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    Full Text Available Resumo: O transtorno de pânico (TP caracteriza-se por ataques agudos de ansiedade frequentes e recorrentes. A actual concepção para o TP realça o medo das sensações corporais a partir do momento em que o indivíduo associa de forma equivocada as sensações físicas que se apresentam como sendo prenúncio de uma doença grave e/ou morte iminente, não conseguindo interpretá-las como mecanismos fisiológicos naturais. Relatamos três casos graves de TP do subtipo respiratório, com agorafobia, cujos sintomas de hiperventilação predominavam sobre os demais. O tratamento consistiu na prescrição de antidepressivos tricíclicos e no encaminhamento para sessões de terapia cognitivo-comportamental (TCC. O objectivo do relato dos casos é demonstrar a evolução satisfatória do tratamento com a técnica dos exercícios de indução de sintomas (EIS em ambiente de laboratório para a redução e/ou extinção dos sintomas hiperventilatórios, entre outros. Esse procedimento foi considerado fundamental na evolução do tratamento e permitiu preparar os doentes para enfrentarem situações agorafóbicas subsequentes.Rev Port Pneumol 2007; XIV (2: 303-308 Abstract: Panic disorder (PD is characterized by frequent and recurrent acute panic attacks. The current cognitive conception for PD enhances the fear of corporal sensations, when the individual define his physical sensations as being related to a serious disease or imminent death, not interpreting them as natural physiologic mechanisms. We reported three severe cases of PD of the respiratory subtype, with agoraphobia, whose symptoms of hyperventilation predominated on clinical picture. The treatment consisted on tricycles antidepressant and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT sessions. The objective of reporting the cases is to demonstrate the satisfactory evolution of the treatment with the technique of panic

  16. Distribuição de líquido da ponta de pulverização com indução de ar e jato excêntrico AIUB 8502 sob diferentes condições Liquid distribution of air induction and off-center spray nozzles under different conditions

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    R.G. Viana

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se com este trabalho avaliar a distribuição de líquido da ponta de pulverização com indução de ar e jato excêntrico AIUB 8502 sob diferentes condições operacionais. Foram avaliados perfil individual, vazão, ângulo de abertura do jato, faixa de aplicação e distribuição volumétrica simulada de duas pontas AIUB 8502 nas pressões de trabalho de 200, 300, 400 e 500 kPa, altura de 30, 40 e 50 cm em relação ao alvo e espaçamento entre pontas de 30 a 100 cm. Todas as análises foram realizadas seguindo a norma ISSO 5682-1, com algumas adaptações. A ponta apresentou distribuição de líquido excêntrica com um lado descontínuo e extremidade oposta excêntrica, com queda abrupta do volume de líquido. À medida que se aumentou a altura da barra e a pressão de trabalho, alongou-se o perfil do jato. O maior número de configurações uniformes foi obtido na altura de 50 cm, decrescendo nas alturas de 40 e 30 cm. A vazão e o ângulo do jato excêntrico aumentaram com o incremento na pressão, não havendo diferença entre o ângulo do jato descontínuo e o total entre as pressões de 400 e 500 kPa e de 200 e 300 kPa.The objective of this work was to evaluate the liquid distribution of air induction and off-center AIUB 8502 spray nozzles under different operating conditions. Individual profile, spray nozzle outflow, spray angle, spray width and simulated distribution profile for two AIUB 8502 nozzles at working pressures of 200, 300, 400 and 500 kPa, height of 30, 40 and 50 cm from the target and 30 to 100 cm spacing were evaluated. All the tests were performed following ISO 5682-1 with some adaptations. The nozzles presented an eccentric liquid distribution with a discontinuous side and eccentric opposing end, with sharp decrease in volume. Profile distribution increased with increased bar height and working pressure. The largest number of uniform configurations was obtained at the height of 50 cm, decreasing at the

  17. Recovery of Waterflood Residual Oil Using Alkali, Surfactant and Polymer Slugs in Radial Cores Récupération d'huile résiduelle par injection d'eau améliorée de produits alcalins, de tensio-actifs et de polymères dans des carottes radiales

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    Nasr-El-Din H. A.

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    Full Text Available An experimental study has been conducted to examine mobilization and recovery of waterflood residual oil in radial cores. Alkali, surfactant, and polymer slugs of various compositions, sizes and sequences were tested. Core flood experiments were conducted with unfired radial Berea sandstone disks at a flow rate of 8 cm3/h. David Lloydminster crude oil (total acid number of 0. 45 mg KOH/g oil was used. The results of the present work showed that the composition and sequence of the injected chemical slug play an important role in mobilization and recovery of residual oil. For slugs lacking either mobility control, or low interfacial tension, no oil bank was formed and tertiary oil recovery was less than 20% Sor. A significant oil bank and tertiary oil recovery up to 70 % Sor were obtained with slugs having mobility control and low interfacial tension. However, maximum oil cut, incre-mental oil recovery and surfactant propagation were found to be functions of the alkali content in the slug. The incremental oil recovery, oil cut and slug injectivity greatly improved as the alkali concentration (sodium carbonate in the combined slug was increased. A slight delay in surfactant breakthrough and a significantly slower rate of surfactant propagation were observed at higher sodium carbonate concentrations. Une étude expérimentale ayant pour but d'examiner la mobilisation et la récupération assistée d'huile résiduelle, à la suite d'un déplacement par l'eau en milieu poreux, a été conduite. Des bouchons de produit alcalin, de surfactant et de polymère, ayant des compositions, grosseurs et séquences d'injection variées, furent essayés. Les déplacements en milieu poreux furent conduits en utilisant des carottes de grès berea (non traités à haute température et un débit de 8,0 cm3/h. Pour ce faire, on utilisa de l'huile de David Lloydminster (ayant un nombre acide de 0,45 mg KOH/g d'huile. Les résultats de ce travail ont démontré que la

  18. Urticaria caused by the slug (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae)

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    00 caterpillar venoms. In: Venomous animals and their venomS. Vol. 3, (OOs) Bilcher~ W. & Buck:]ey, f.E. Academic Press, New York. PINHEY, E.C.G. 1975. Moths of Southem Africa. Tafelbcrg Publishers,. Cape Town, South Africa. ROTHSCHILD, M., VON EUW, 1. & REICHSTEfN, T. 1972. Some problems connected with ...

  19. Kakova Vasha otsenka takogo povedenija slug naroda?

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    Ministritel ei ole seadusega lubatud osaleda ettevõtete, sihtasutuste või fondide nõukogude töös ning selle eest tasu saada, lisatasusid on õigustatud seaduse mittetundmisega. Arvamust avaldavad: Koit Pikaro, Jaak Allik, Joakim Helenius, Max Kaur ja Olari Taal

  20. Custo adaptativo da indução de resistência em feijoeiro mediada pela rizobactéria Bacillus cereus ou acibenzolar-S-metil: atividade de enzimas, síntese de fenóis e lignina e biomassa Fitness cost of induced resistance in bean plants by the rhizobacteria Bacillus cereus or acibenzolar-S-methyl: enzymes activities, phenol and lignin synthesis, and biomass

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    Odair José Kuhn

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Plantas que utilizam recursos para defesa na ausência de pragas ou patógenos, arcarão com custos energéticos que podem refletir na sua produtividade. Assim, teve-se por objetivo avaliar os custos adaptativos da indução de resistência, antes da chegada do patógeno, em feijoeiro induzido por um indutor biótico (Bacillus cereus e um abiótico (acibenzolar-S-metil, ASM, em 2, 3 ou 4 aplicações distribuídas ao longo do ciclo da cultura. Avaliou-se o efeito protetor contra a bactéria Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. phaseoli, além da atividade de peroxidase, quitinase, β-1,3-glucanase, síntese de lignina, fenóis e crescimento com base na matéria seca. Observou-se que os indutores protegeram a cultura contra X. axonopodis pv. phaseoli com base na redução da severidade. O ASM aumentou a atividade de peroxidase, quitinase e β-1,3-glucanase, enquanto que o B. cereus aumentou apenas a peroxidase. O ASM aumentou a síntese de lignina e B. cereus não, enquanto que ASM diminuiu teor de fenóis e B. cereus não. O ASM reduziu a biomassa da planta, o que não ocorreu em plantas induzidas por B. cereus. Portanto, a resistência induzida por ASM apresenta elevado custo associado, enquanto que por B. cereus apresenta baixo custo, necessitando a indução de resistência ser melhor explorada e estudada para potencializar seu uso em feijoeiro.Plants that use resources to defend themselves in the absence of pests or pathogens will pay off with energy costs that can reflect in the productivity. Thus, the objective of this work was to evaluate the fitness costs of the resistance induced in bean plants, before the presence of the pathogen, by using biotic (Bacillus cereus and abiotic (acibenzolar-S-methyl, ASM inducers, applied 2, 3 or 4 times during the cycle of the culture. The protecting effect was evaluated against the bacterium Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. phaseoli. The activities of peroxidase, chitinase and β-1,3-glucanase, lignin and phenol

  1. Intoxicação experimental por Simarouba versicolor (Simaroubaceae em ovinos e indução de resistência ao consumo da planta Experimental poisoning by Simarouba versicolor (Simaroubaceae in sheep and induced resistance to consumption of the plant

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    Ariany C. Santos

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Simarouba versicolor é uma árvore semidecídua pertencente à família Simaroubaceae. Um surto de intoxicação por S. versicolor em bovinos por brotos da planta presente no pasto em Mato Grosso do Sul e sua reprodução experimental foram descritos. Esse estudo teve por objetivos verificar experimentalmente se os ovinos podem ser utilizados como modelo clínico-patológico no estudo da intoxicação por Simarouba versicolor St. Hil. (fam. Simaroubaceae, determinar se há indução de resistência pela ingestão de pequenas e repetidas doses e, se a planta mantém sua toxicidade quando dessecada. Foram realizados dois experimentos, sendo o primeiro com folhas verdes ou folhas dessecadas e trituradas de S. versicolor em doses únicas de 5g/kg, 5g/kg e 3g/kg a três ovinos (Ovino 1, 2 e 3 respectivamente. O experimento 2, foi realizado com diferentes doses diárias de folhas dessecadas e trituradas de S. versicolor em quatro ovinos que receberam 1,5g/kg, 0,75g/kg, 0,6g/kg e 0,3g/kg e, com um ovino que recebeu 3g/kg como controle positivo (Ovino 4. A administração foi suspensa quando os ovinos apresentaram sinais clínicos da intoxicação. Após doze dias de recuperação, os animais sobreviventes foram desafiados com a mesma dose diária da planta ingerida anteriormente para avaliar o desenvolvimento de resistência. Os sinais clínicos observados nos dois experimentos caracterizaram-se por anorexia, mucosas oculares congestas, polidipsia, sialorreia, fezes pastosas que evoluíram para diarreia líquida fétida esverdeada, decúbito lateral e morte para os Ovinos 1 a 7. As principais lesões histológicas observadas foram necrose do tecido linfoide (linfonodos, baço, placas de Peyer e enterite necrosante. Com os resultados obtidos, pode-se concluir que os ovinos podem ser utilizados como modelo experimental clínico-patológico na intoxicação por S. versicolor. Com o método utilizado, não houve resistência ao consumo diário de folhas

  2. Programa hormonal associado ao desmame temporário, na indução de ovulação em vacas de corte durante o pós-parto Hormonal program associated to temporary weaning in the induction of ovulation in beef cows during post-partum

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    Marlon Nadal Maciel

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Este experimento foi desenvolvido com o objetivo de avaliar a eficiência de tratamentos hormonais, associados ao desmame temporário, na indução de ovulação após o parto, em fêmeas de corte criadas extensivamente. Foram utilizadas 143 vacas (Hereford e cruzas Hereford x Nelore, pluríparas, entre 50 e 70 dias após o parto, com condição corporal (CC 2 e 3 (1-5. O grupo SEMED (somatotropina, estradiol, medroxiprogesterona, gonadotrofina e desmame foi constituído por 50 vacas, as quais receberam (dia 0 500mg de somatotropina bovina recombinante (bST-r, 5mg de benzoato de estradiol e um pessário intravaginal contendo 250mg de acetato de medróxiprogesterona (MAP e, seis dias após, (dia 6 500UI de gonadotrofina coriônica eqüina (eCG. No momento da retirada dos pessários (dia 7, os terneiros foram separados totalmente das vacas por 96h. No grupo EMED (estradiol, medroxiprogesterona, gonadotrofina e desmame, constituído de 48 vacas, adotou-se um tratamento semelhante ao do grupo anterior, diferindo apenas na não utilização da somatotrofina. No grupo CONTROLE, 43 vacas foram unicamente separadas dos seus filhos por 96h. Logo após a retirada dos pessários vaginais e de realizado o aparte dos terneiros, as vacas foram colocadas em um piquete com touros (1:10. Após 53 dias, foi realizado o diagnóstico de gestação por palpação retal e ultra-sonografia, para detectar as vacas que conceberam no estro subseqüente aos tratamentos. Obtiveram-se índices de prenhez de 11,1% , 38,0% e 56,2% respectivamente, para os grupos CONTROLE, SEMED e EMED, cujas diferenças foram significativas (pThe purpose of this experiment was to assess the efficiency of hormonal treatments on the fertility of beef cows raised extensively on the west border region of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. A hundred and forty-three cows (Hereford and Crossing breeds which were between 50 and 70 days after delivery were used and, after being classified according to their

  3. Indução anestésica após o tratamento do choque hemorrágico: estudo experimental comparando a cetamina e o etomidato Inducción anestésica después del tratamiento del choque hemorrágico: estudio experimental eomparando la cetamina y el etomidato Anesthetic induction after treated hemorrhagic shock: experimental study comparing ketamine and etomidate

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    Adilson O. Fraga

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: O sangramento que leva ao choque hemorrágico geralmente necessita tratamento cirúrgico sob anestesia geral. Por sua vez, os anestésicos podem comprometer ainda mais as condições hemodinâmicas. O objetivo deste estudo foi o de comparar os efeitos hemodinâmicos da cetamina e do etomidato durante a indução anestésica em cães submetidos a um modelo experimental de choque hemorrágico e reanimação. MÉTODO: Trinta e dois cães mestiços foram submetidos ao choque hemorrágico pressão-controlado, reanimação e indução anestésica. Após atingir a pressão alvo de 40 mmHg eles foram divididos aleatoriamente em dois grupos de acordo com a solução usada na reanimação: NaCl a 0.9% (32 ml.kg-1 e NaCl a 7,5% (4 mL.kg-1. Após a infusão de volume, esses grupos foram divididos novamente de acordo com o anestésico utilizado: GI NaCl a 0.9% e cetamina; GII NaCl a 7.5% e cetamina; GIII NaCl a 0.9% e etomidato; e GIV NaCl a 7.5% e etomidato. Medições hemodinâmicas foram obtidas em cinco momentos: (M0 inicial; (M1 após o desenvolvimento do choque hemorrágico; (M2 após a administração de fluidos; (M3 5 minutos após a indução anestésica; (M4 15 minutos após a indução anestésica. Foi feita a análise estatística usando o teste t de Student e two-way ANOVA. Foram considerados significativos valores de p menores do que 0,05. RESULTADOS: Após a instalação do choque, ambas as soluções restabeleceram os padrões hemodinâmicos aos valores iniciais. Independente do anestésico ou da solução utilizados, após a indução anestésica a pressão arterial média permaneceu inalterada em todos os grupos. A pressão venosa central, freqüência cardíaca, pressão capilar pulmonar e o índice de resistência pulmonar vascular aumentaram significativamente após a administração de cetamina. O índice cardíaco, o índice de resistência vascular sistêmica e o transporte de oxigênio permaneceram est

  4. Application and comparison of level control strategies in the slug flow problem using a mathematical model of the process=Aplicação e comparação de estratégias de controle de nível no problema da golfada usando um modelo matemático do processo

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    Maurício de Campos

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the application of the error-squared level control strategy Proportional Integral (PI in the slug flow problem in oil production industry. For this purpose the dynamic model has been used for a pipeline-separator under slug flow with five Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs, coupled, non-linear. The application of the error-squared level control strategy PI is performed through the methodology by bands, whose objective is to damp the oscillatory flow rate of the load that occur in production separators for equipment downstream of the process. This strategy is compared with the level control strategy PI conventional, widely used in industrial processes; and with the level control strategy PI, also, in the methodology by bands. Simulation results showed that the error-squared level control strategy PI in the methodology by bands, presented better results when compared with the level control strategy PI conventional, because reduced flow fluctuations caused by slug flow; and with the level control strategy PI in the methodology by bands, it probably happened because the first has highly respected the defined bands.Neste artigo é apresentada a aplicação da estratégia de controle de nível Proporcional Integral (PI de erro-quadrático no problema da golfada na produção de petróleo. Para este objetivo é utilizado o modelo dinâmico para uma tubulação-separador em regime de fluxo com golfadas formado por um sistema de cinco Equações Diferenciais Ordinárias (EDO’s, acopladas, não-lineares. A aplicação da estratégia de controle de nível PI de erro-quadrático é realizada considerando a metodologia de controle por bandas, cujo objetivo é amortecer as vazões de carga oscilatórias provenientes das golfadas, que ocorrem em separadores de produção, para os equipamentos a jusante do processo. Esta estratégia é comparada com a estratégia de controle de nível PI convencional, amplamente utilizada em processos

  5. Modified constraint-induced movement therapy and modified forced-use therapy for stroke patients are both effective to promote balance and gait improvements Terapia de constrição com indução do movimento e terapia de uso forçado modificadas em pacientes pós-acidente vascular encefálico são eficientes em promover melhora do equilíbrio e da marcha

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    Amanda C. Fuzaro

    2012-04-01

    ção com indução do movimento (CIMT foram desenvolvidas objetivando a reversão do desuso aprendido do membro superior parético. Não se encontrou na literatura quais seriam os possíveis efeitos dessas técnicas na reabilitação da marcha e do equilíbrio. OBJETIVOS: Avaliar o efeito da FUT e da CIMT modificadas (mFUT e mCIMT na marcha e no equilíbrio durante quatro semanas de tratamento e três meses de seguimento. MÉTODOS: Este estudo incluiu 37 sujeitos hemiparéticos pós-AVE, divididos em dois grupos com base no protocolo de tratamento. A imobilização do membro superior não-parético foi feita por 23 horas ao dia, cinco dias por semana. Os sujeitos foram avaliados no início, durante quatro semanas de tratamento e três meses de acompanhamento. Para a avaliação, utilizou-se a Escala de Impacto do AVE (SIS, Berg Balance Scale (BBS e Fugl-Meyer Motor Assesment (FM. Para a marcha, utilizou-se o teste de caminhada de 10 metros (T10 e Timed Up & Go test (TUG. RESULTADOS: Ambos os grupos revelaram um melhor estado de saúde (SIS, melhor equilíbrio, com melhor utilização dos membros inferiores (BBS e FM e maior velocidade na marcha (T10 e TUG durante tratamento e seguimento em comparação com o início. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados mostram que a mFUT e a mCIMT são eficazes para a reabilitação do equilíbrio e da marcha.

  6. Multicell slug flow heat transfer analysis of finite LMFBR bundles

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    Yeung, M.K.; Wolf, L.

    1978-12-01

    An analytical two-dimensional, multi-region, multi-cell technique has been developed for the thermal analysis of LMFBR rod bundles. Local temperature fields of various unit cells were obtained for 7, 19, and 37-rod bundles of different geometries and power distributions. The validity of the technique has been verified by its excellent agreement with the THTB calculational result. By comparing the calculated fully-developed circumferential clad temperature distribution with those of the experimental measurements, an axial correction factor has been derived to account for the entrance effect for practical considerations. Moreover, the knowledge of the local temperature field of the rod bundle leads to the determination of the effective mixing lengths L/sub ij/ for adjacent subchannels of various geometries. It was shown that the implementation of the accurately determined L/sub ij/ into COBRA-IIIC calculations has fairly significant effects on intersubchannel mixing. In addition, a scheme has been proposed to couple the 2-D distributed and lumped parameter calculation by COBRA-IIIC such that the entrance effect can be implanted into the distributed parameter analysis. The technique has demonstrated its applicability for a 7-rod bundle and the results of calculation were compared to those of three-dimensional analyses and experimental measurements.

  7. Burst slug detection system in french power reactors (1961)

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    Megy, J.; Roguin, A.

    1961-01-01

    Gas samples are taken from the channels of the reactor and the short lived fission products are electrostatically collected to be analysed by a phosphor and photomultiplier system. The electrostatic collection and rotating electrode detector is described and its main uses exposed. Experience has shown the interest of measuring the evolution of fission products activities and not their absolute value only. In this way, data processing equipment have been designed and adapted to the detection apparatus. The system developed and realized for the G-l - G-2 - G-3 - EDF-1 - EDF-2 reactors are compared. (authors) [fr

  8. Enzyme Hydrolysis of Soybean Oil in a Slug Flow Microsystem

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    Čech, J.; Schrott, W.; Slouka, Z.; Přibyl, M.; Brož, M.; Kuncová, Gabriela; Šnita, D.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 67, AUG 15 (2012), s. 194-202 ISSN 1369-703X R&D Projects: GA MŠk ME 892 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : lipase * microemulsion * micromixing Subject RIV: EI - Biotechnology ; Bionics Impact factor: 2.579, year: 2012

  9. M ud indu plants Mill sp. uction s of pig ] cultiv

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  10. Indução de mania durante o tratamento com antidepressivos no transtorno bipolar

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    Tamada Renata S; Lafer Beny

    2003-01-01

    OBJETIVOS: Realizar uma revisão da literatura sobre a mania induzida por antidepressivos, sua incidência, quadro clínico, fatores de risco e tratamento. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado um levantamento no Medline dos artigos publicados entre 1970 e 2001. Foram incluídos estudos abertos e controlados bem como relatos de caso com casuística maior que cinco pacientes. RESULTADOS: Mania induzida e mania espontânea parecem ter apresentações clínicas distintas, sendo a mania induzida mais leve e breve. Os fa...

  11. CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES TH E INSURANCE INDU STRY FACING WITH IN RELATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE

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    Fekete Mária FARKASNÉ

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Apart from the financial risk the insurance industry are facing with in association with climate change, there are also opportun ities to the sector to develop new markets and provide coverage against weather related risks. This study presents a possible method to examine the potential for introducing a new insurance product, namely an agricultural flood insurance scheme in the United Kingdom. The investigation included the calculation of agricultural flood damage costs, the possible changes in flood risk, the description of farmers’ risk attitude and interests in insurance. In a small scale survey, farmers were asked their experiences related to flooding, farm management practices and thei r willingness to pay for flood insurance using a contingent valuation method. Using statistical analysis it was found the insurance demand is positively correlated with the damage cost predicted and association is likely between farm types and WTP for insurance. Linear regression model suggests that the demand for flood insurance is low amongst farmers in the present risk level. The findi ngs of this research highlight that there is little evidence for the viability of a farmer financed agricultural flood insurance scheme at the moment in the United Kingdom.

  12. Da incoerência burocrática à eficácia de um dispositivo de supervisão/formação: estudo do desenvolvimento profissional numa situação de indução De la incoherencia burocrática a la eficacia de un dispositivo de supervisión / formación: estudio del desarrollo profesional en una situación de inducción From the bureaucratic incoherence to the efficiency of a mechanism of supervision/formation

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    Maria do Céu Roldão

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available No ano letivo de 2009-2010, a Universidade de Aveiro e o Ministério da Educação de Portugal estabeleceram um convénio para que uma equipe de investigadores coordenada pela Universidade supervisionasse, acompanhasse e investigasse o primeiro ano de implementação do ano probatório, dispositivo requerido para aceder à carreira docente em Portugal - o Programa de Supervisão, Apoio e Acompanhamento do Período Probatório de Professores (PSAAPPP. Da investigação produzida sobre os processos formativos, os resultados obtidos e as percepções dos intervenientes se dá conta no dossiê temático que integra este número da revista. Neste artigo situa-se a globalidade e contexto do Programa, a lógica que articula os diferentes artigos e o seu enquadramento no campo teórico da indução, da supervisão e do desenvolvimento profissional dos docentes.En el año escolar 2009-2010, la Universidad de Aveiro y el Ministerio de Educación de Portugal establecieron un convenio para que un equipo de investigadores coordinado por la Universidad supervisara, acompañara e investigara la primera experiencia anual probatoria, dispositivo necesario para ingresar a la carrera docente en Portugal - originándose así el Programa de Supervisión, Apoyo y Acompañamiento del Período Probatorio de Profesores (PSAAPPP. En el informe temático que integra este número de la revista se presenta la investigación producida sobre los procesos formativos, los resultados obtenidos y las percepciones de los participantes. En este artículo se ubica la globalidad y el contexto del Programa, la lógica que articula los diferentes artículos y su línea teórica en el campo de la inducción, también la supervisión y el desarrollo profesional de los docentes.University of Aveiro and the Ministry of Education established a partnership in 2009-2010 in order to have a group of researches supporting, evaluating and investigating the first year of implementation of the

  13. Efeitos de esmolol, lidocaína e fentanil nos intervalos dispersão da onda P, QT, QTc e respostas hemodinâmicas à intubação endotraqueal durante indução com propofol: um estudo comparativo Efectos del esmolol, de la lidocaína y del fentanilo en los intervalos dispersión de la onda, QT, QTc y respuestas hemodinámicas a la intubación endotraqueal durante inducción con propofol: un estudio comparativo Effects of esmolol, lidocaine and fentanyl on P wave dispersion, QT, QTc intervals and hemodynamic responses to endotracheal intubation during propofol induction: a comparative study

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    Volkan Hancı

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Investigar o efeito de esmolol, lidocaína e fentanil na dispersão da onda P (DP, durações dos intervalos QT e QT corrigido (QTc e as respostas hemodinâmicas à intubação endotraqueal durante a indução com propofol. MÉTODOS: Foram incluídos 80 pacientes adultos, estado físico ASA I ou II, idade entre 18 e 60 anos, neste estudo prospectivo, randômico e duplo-cego. Todos os pacientes foram submetidos a exame eletrocardiográfico (ECG antes da indução da anestesia. Os pacientes foram randomicamente alocados em quatro grupos iguais. O grupo controle (Grupo C recebeu 5 mL de solução salina; o grupo esmolol (Grupo E recebeu 0,5 mg.kg-1 de esmolol; o grupo fentanil (Grupo F recebeu 2 µg.kg-1 de fentanil e o grupo lidocaína (Grupo L recebeu 1,5 mg.kg-1 de lidocaína antes da indução anestésica. A anestesia foi induzida com propofol. ECG foi feito em todos os pacientes durante o primeiro e o terceiro minutos de indução, 3 minutos após a administração de relaxante muscular e 5 e 10 minutos após intubação. A DP e intervalos QT foram medidos em todos os ECGs. Os intervalos QTc foram determinados com o uso da fórmula de Bazett. Frequência cardíaca (FC e pressão arterial média (PAM foram registradas antes e depois da indução anestésica, imediatamente após a intubação e em 1, 3, 5, 7 e 10 minutos após a intubação. RESULTADOS: Após a intubação, a FC aumentou significativamente nos Grupos C, L e F em comparação com o grupo controle. Porém, não houve diferença significativa nos valores da FC após a intubação entre os grupos E e controle. Nos Grupos C e L, a PAM aumentou significativamente após a intubação em comparação com o grupo controle. No entanto, nos Grupos L, F e E não houve diferença significativa entre os valores da PAM após a intubação em comparação com o grupo controle. A DP foi significativamente mais longa no Grupo C após a intubação em comparação com o

  14. Proposta de modelo experimental não-invasivo para indução de escoliose em ratos

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    Silva, Carlos A.; Guirro, Rinaldo Roberto de Jesus; Delfino, Gabriel B.; Arruda, Eder J.

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    Background: In the literature, there are several experimental models that induce scoliosis in rats; however, they make use of drugs or invasive interventions to generate a scoliotic curve. Objectives: To design and apply a non-invasive immobilization model to induce scoliosis in rats. Methods: Four-week old male Wistar rats (85 +/- 3.3 g) were divided into two groups: control (CG) and scoliosis (SG). The animals in the SG were immobilized by two vests (scapular and pelvic) made from polyvinyl...

  15. Indução de calos em segmentos foliares de sangra d'água (Croton urucurana Baill)

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    Lima, Ednabel Caracas; Paiva, Renato; Nogueira, Raírys Cravo; Soares, Fernanda Pereira; Emrich, Eduardo Bucsam; Silva, Álvaro Augusto Naves

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    Croton urucurana Baill., a species belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae, can be useful in the recovery of degraded riparian areas. In the traditional medicine, it is widely used as cicatrizant and in the treatment of rheumatism. However, its seeds present dormancy and low viability, making the propagation of this species a challenge. With the objective of establishing an alternative route for the propagation, the effect of different concentrations of 2,4-D (2,4- dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) w...

  16. Indução do Uso de Ferramentas como Enriquecimento Ambiental para Macacos-prego (Sapajus libidinosus Cativos

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    Full Text Available RESUMO Testamos o efeito de um aparato que pudesse induzir o uso de ferramentas no comportamento de seis macacos-prego cativos. Utilizamos “animal focal” para o tempo gasto em estados comportamentais gerais e estados indicativos de estresse, concomitantemente com “todas as ocorrências” de eventos agonísticos e de comportamentos estereotipados. O grupo mostrou perfis de orçamento de atividades diversificados, com respostas variadas aos fatores estressantes a que estavam expostos. Alguns indivíduos reduziram alguns comportamentos indicativos de estresse, porém não houve variação significativa para o grupo. Conclui-se que o aparato não foi eficiente, mostrando suas limitações como medida de enriquecimento para a espécie. Em razão dos efeitos individuais, sugerimos, no entanto, que a técnica possa ser eficaz em grupos específicos ou condições muito estressantes.

  17. Indução de ivermectina na hormese sobre Eisenia foetida durante a vermicompostagem de esterco bovino

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    Sandro M. Tuerlinckx

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    Full Text Available Os medicamentos veterinários são, em sua maioria, excretados nas fezes de animais tratados demonstrando que os fármacos da classe das avermectinas podem ter efeitos nocivos sobre os organismos não alvo, caso se utilizem das fezes. O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar os efeitos subletais da ivermectina sobre as minhocas Eisenia foetida expostas às concentrações de ivermectina a 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 e 100 mg kg-1; amostras foram tomadas nos dias 7, 14 e 28 de exposição para determinação da sobrevivência, crescimento, produção de casulos e atividades enzimáticas, além de estudadas as alterações químicas e a atividade microbiana do vermicomposto não se observando, no entanto, efeitos negativos da ivermectina quanto à mortalidade de minhocas; da mesma forma, as características químicas e a atividade microbiana do vermicomposto não foram afetadas porém os resultados demonstraram que a ivermectina induz, quando em baixas concentrações, a um aumento na atividade da fosfatase alcalina e no crescimento de E. foetida mas altas concentrações inibiram esses parâmetros, o que foi refletido numa curva em forma de U invertido, uma representação gráfica do efeito hormético.

  18. Indução de ivermectina na hormese sobre Eisenia foetida durante a vermicompostagem de esterco bovino

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    Sandro M. Tuerlinckx; Tânia B. G. A. Morselli; Ana C. K. Huber

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    Os medicamentos veterinários são, em sua maioria, excretados nas fezes de animais tratados demonstrando que os fármacos da classe das avermectinas podem ter efeitos nocivos sobre os organismos não alvo, caso se utilizem das fezes. O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar os efeitos subletais da ivermectina sobre as minhocas Eisenia foetida expostas às concentrações de ivermectina a 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 e 100 mg kg-1; amostras foram tomadas nos dias 7, 14 e 28 de exposição para determinação da sobrev...

  19. O efeito da indução miofascial suboccipital no sistema nervoso autónomo

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    Projeto de Graduação apresentado à Universidade Fernando Pessoa como parte dos requisitos para obtenção do grau de Licenciada em Fisioterapia Introdução: Com a prática baseada na evidência a ser cada vez mais valorizada é premente comprovar a eficácia das técnicas manuais.A modulação do sistema nervoso autónomo (SNA) é cada vez mais importante na prevenção/tratamento de doenças pela manutenção/restabelecimento da homeostasia corporal.Objectivo:Averiguar qual o efeito das técnic...

  20. Acompanhamento de um modelo de indução de cirrose em ratos mediante vídeolaparoscopia

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    Farias Enelruy Ávila; Fontes Paulo Roberto Ott; Rhoden Cláudia Ramos; Lucas Márcio Luís; Leal Márcio Luís Migliavacca; Sabedotti Marcelo; Rhoden Ernani Luis

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    Os autores apresentam um modelo de vídeolaparoscopia experimental para avaliar a hepatotoxicidade induzida pelo tetracloreto de carbono (CCl4) em ratos. Nódulos sobre a superfície hepática e aumento significativo das provas de função hepatobiliar (alanina aminotransferase, aspartato aminotransferase, fosfatase alcalina e g -glutamiltranspeptidase) foram observados nos ratos tratados com CCl4. Além disso, cirrose hepática foi diagnosticada por estudo histopatológico em todos os ratos submetido...

  1. Influência do uso crônico dos inibidores da enzima conversora da angiotensina na hipotensão arterial após indução anestésica: é necessário suspender esse fármaco no pré-operatório? Influencia del uso crónico de los inhibidores de la enzima conversora de la angiotensina en la hipotensión arterial después de la inducción anestésica: ¿es necesario suspender ese fármaco en el preoperatorio? Influence of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors on hypotension after anesthetic induction: is the preoperative discontinuation of this drug necessary?

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    Verônica Vieira da Costa

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Tem sido sugerida a suspensão de medicamentos como os inibidores da enzima conversora de angiotensina (IECA com base em relatos de hipotensão arterial durante a anestesia. Isso pode implicar em maior risco de picos hipertensivos no intraoperatório, com efeitos deletérios para o paciente. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a influência dos IECA utilizados no pré-operatório na ocorrência de hipotensão arterial durante anestesia. MÉTODO: Delineamento tipo caso controle, onde casos foram pacientes que apresentaram hipotensão arterial após indução da anestesia. Como controles foram selecionados pacientes da mesma faixa etária e sexo, submetidos à intervenção cirúrgica no mesmo período dos casos e que não apresentaram hipotensão arterial. As variáveis de interesse: idade, sexo, porte cirúrgico, diagnóstico prévio de hipertensão arterial sistêmica (HAS, uso de IECA, estado físico (ASA, sangramento no intraoperatório, técnica anestésica e tempo cirúrgico. RESULTADOS: 40 pacientes apresentaram hipotensão arterial, num total de 2.179 operações. Desses, 20 usaram IECA no dia da operação. O grupo controle foi composto por 171 pacientes, dos quais 11 usaram IECA. Na análise univariada foi encontrada associação entre hipotensão arterial e idade avançada (p JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: En base a relatos de hipotensión arterial durante la anestesia, se ha sugerido la suspensión de medicamentos como los inhibidores de la enzima conversora de angiotensina (IECA. Eso puede redundar en un riesgo más elevado de picos hipertensivos en el intraoperatorio y con efectos perjudiciales para el paciente. El objetivo de este estudio, fue evaluar la influencia de los IECA utilizados en el preoperatorio si surge la hipotensión arterial durante la anestesia. MÉTODO: Delineamiento de tipo caso control, donde los casos fueron pacientes que presentaron hipotensión arterial después de la inducción de la

  2. Development of Melting Crucible Materials of Metallic Fuel Slug for SFR

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    Kim, K. H.; Lee, C. T.; Oh, S. J.; Kim, S. K.; Lee, C. B.; Ko, Y. M.; Woo, W. M.

    2010-01-01

    The fabrication process of metallic fuel for SFR(sodium fast reactor) of Generation-IV candidate reactors is composed of the fabrication of fuel pin, fuel rod, and fuel assembly. The key technology of the fabrication process for SFR can be referred to the fabrication technology of fuel pin. As SFR fuel contains MA(minor actinide) elements proceeding the recycling of actinide elements, it is so important to extinguish MA during irradiation in SFR, included in nuclear fuel through collection of volatile MA elements during fabrication of fuel pin. Hence, it is an imminent circumstance to develop the fabrication process of fuel pin. This report is an state-of art report related to the characteristics of irradiation performance for U-Zr-Pu metallic fuel, and the apparatus and the technology of conventional injection casting process. In addition, to overcome the drawbacks of the conventional injection casting and the U-Zr-Pu fuel, new fabrication technologies such as the gravity casting process, the casting of fuel pin to metal-barrier mold, the fabrication of particulate metallic fuel utilizing centrifugal atomization is surveyed and summarized. The development of new U-10Mo-X metallic fuel as nuclear fuel having a single phase in the temperature range between 550 and 950 .deg. C, reducing the re-distribution of the fuel elements and improving the compatibility between fuel and cladding, is also surveyed and summarized

  3. Spatial variability of hydraulic conductivity of an unconfined sandy aquifer determined by a mini slug test

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    Bjerg, Poul Løgstrup; Hinsby, Klaus; Christensen, Thomas Højlund

    1992-01-01

    obtained by two large scale tracer experiments performed in the aquifer. A geological model of the aquifer based on 31 sediment cores, proposed three hydrogeological layers in the aquifer concurrent with the vertical variations observed with respect to hydraulic conductivity. The horizontal correlation...... length of the hydraulic conductivity has been determined for each of the three hydrogeological layers and is found to be small (1–2.5 m). The asymptotic longitudinal dispersivity of the aquifer has been estimated from the variance in hydraulic conductivity and the horizontal correlation length...

  4. Transmission of high frequency sound waves through a slug flow jet

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    Parthasarathy, S. P.; Vijayaraghavan, A.

    1980-01-01

    An analysis has been performed of sound waves which propagate in a pipe with gas flow. At the pipe exit these waves are partially reflected and the remainder are diffracted. The analysis is carried out by resolving the sound at the exit into its Fourier components and then continuing the solution, which is a combination of elementary plane waves, beyond the exit. These waves are of two types: homogeneous waves which propagate to infinity, and inhomogeneous waves with complex wave numbers which decay. The reflected waves are evaluated from the inhomogeneous waves. At the boundary of the jet, refraction of the elementary plane waves is accounted for and the far field sound is evaluated by the method of stationary phase. Comparisons of the theoretical calculations are made with experimental results and with calculations of other theories.

  5. A new photosensory function for simple photoreceptors, the intrinsically photoresponsive neurons of the sea slug Onchidium

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    Tsukasa Gotow

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Simple photoreceptors, namely intrinsically light-sensitive neurons without microvilli and/or cilia, have long been known to exist in the central ganglia of crayfish, Aplysia, Onchidium, and Helix. These simple photoreceptors are not only first-order photosensory cells, but also second-order neurons (interneurons, relaying several kinds of sensory synaptic inputs. Another important issue is that the photoresponses of these simple photoreceptors show very slow kinetics and little adaptation. These characteristics suggest that the simple photoreceptors of the Onchidium have a function in non-image-forming vision, different from classical eye photoreceptors used for cording dynamic images of vision. The cited literature provides evidence that the depolarizing and hyperpolarizing photoresponses of simple photoreceptors play a role in the long-lasting potentiation of synaptic transmission of excitatory and inhibitory sensory inputs, and as well as in the potentiation and the suppression of the subsequent behavioral outputs. In short, we suggest that simple photoreceptors operate in the general potentiation of synaptic transmission and subsequent motor output; i.e., they perform a new photosensory function.

  6. Structure - Slug Flow Coupling: Small Scale Experiments with Submerged Flexible Pipes

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    Mohamed Hemeda, Amr Khalil Hemeda Khalil

    2015-01-01

    Multiphase flows include several flow regimes that exist with different conditions. The time varying forces in flexible pipes conveying two-phase flows results in very dynamic structural behavior. These varying forces contribute to fatigue stresses which have a major effect on a riser life time. Studying the dynamic response of flexible pipes conveying two-phase flows can reveal crucial information regarding induced vibrations and oscillations in risers. These information can be utilized i...

  7. Injection of Nucleate-Boiling Slug Flows into a Heat Exchange Chamber in Microgravity

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    2015-06-01

    EXPLORATION OF NUCLEATION BY VENTURI EFFECT E. IMPROVED SETUP FOR OPTIMAL PRESSURE CONTROL F. PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF THE FLUID EMPLOYED (FC-72...and 5 9.4-second launches through the catapult system. The use of the Drop Tower facility was funded by ESA, at an approximate cost of 5000 € per...Campaign 14 July 21 – Aug 02 (2014) Fourth Drop (+ Catapult ) Tower Campaign 10 (5+5) Nov 10 – Nov 22 (2014) Fifth Drop Tower Campaign 10 2.2 FIRST

  8. Ecophysiology and life history of the slug Arion lusitanicus

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    Slotsbo, Stine

    Sneglen Arion lusitanicus er en invasiv art, der for nylig har etableret sig i mange Europæiske lande, hvor den anses for at være et alvorligt skadedyr både i landbruget og i private haver. Formålet med dette PhD projekt var at beskrive Arion lusitanicus’s økofysiologi i detaljer, samt kortlægge...

  9. The transcription factor Slug represses E-cadherin expression and induces epithelial to mesenchymal transitions

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    Bolós, Victoria; Peinado, Hector; Pérez-Moreno, Mirna A

    2003-01-01

    Transcriptional repression mechanisms have emerged as one of the crucial processes for the downregulation of E-cadherin expression during development and tumour progression. Recently, several E-cadherin transcriptional repressors have been characterized (Snail, E12/E47, ZEB-1 and SIP-1) and shown...

  10. Hug a Pillow, Slug a Pillow: Using Your Body To Tell the Story.

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    Miller, Bruce

    2000-01-01

    Presents a sequence of exercises that requires students to think about telling their stories in terms of physicalization. Requires students to think about their blocking: their chosen movements on stage, the gestures they use to communicate their stories, and the business they must create to keep their stories believable and clear. (SC)

  11. Characterisation of Liquid Slugs in Gas-Liquid Taylor Flow in Microchannels

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    Záloha, Petr; Křišťál, Jiří; Jiřičný, Vladimír; Völkel, N.; Xuereb, C.; Aubin, J.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 68, č. 1 (2012), s. 640-649 ISSN 0009-2509 Grant - others:IMPULSE(XE) NMP2-CT-2005-011816 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : gas-liquid * micro-piv * microreactor Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 2.386, year: 2012

  12. Hydraulic Tomography and High-Resolution Slug Testing to Determine Hydraulic Conductivity Distributions - Year 3

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    2007-12-01

    Kansas Department of Geology Carl D. McElwee Rick Devlin Brian Wachter Annual Report SERDP Strategic Environmental Research and...developed to quantify, in a generic sense, the influence of these variations using stochastic processes or fractal representations. It is becoming

  13. Hydraulic Tomography and High-Resolution Slug Testing to Determine Hydraulic Conductivity Distributions - Year 2

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    2006-12-01

    Kansas Department of Geology Brett R. Engard Carl D. McElwee Rick Devlin Brian Wachter Benjamin Ramaker Annual Report SERDP...stochastic processes or fractal representations. It is becoming increasingly apparent, however, that site- specific features of the hydraulic conductivity

  14. Hydraulic Tomography and High-Resolution Slug Testing to Determine Hydraulic Conductivity Distributions

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    2011-02-01

    theories have been developed to quantify, in a generic sense, the influence of these variations using stochastic processes or fractal representations. It...Analysis of pulse interference tests. Water Resources Research 25. No. 11:2377-2387 O’Conner, H.G., 1960, Geology and ground-water resources of

  15. The complete mitochondrial genome of the gray garden slug Deroceras reticulatum (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Stylommatophora)

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    The complete circular mitochondrial genome of D. reticulatum is 14,048 bp in length, consisting of 13 protein-coding genes (PCGs), 22 transfer RNA (tRNA) genes, and 2 ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes (GenBank accession number: KY765589). The overall base composition was 31.0 % A, 12.2 % C, 17.7 % G and 39...

  16. Successful prevalidation of the slug mucosal irritation test to assess the eye irritation potency of chemicals.

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    Adriaens, E; Bytheway, H; De Wever, B; Eschrich, D; Guest, R; Hansen, E; Vanparys, P; Schoeters, G; Warren, N; Weltens, R; Whittingham, A; Remon, J P

    2008-08-01

    A previous 'in house' validation study showed that the SMI assay can be used as an alternative to the in vivo Draize eye irritation test. The aim of this multi-centre study with four participating laboratories was to assess the transferability and inter-laboratory variability of the assay using 20 reference chemicals covering the whole irritancy range. The eye irritation potency of the chemicals was assessed by measuring the amount of mucus produced during a 60-min contact period with a 1% dilution, and a second 60-min treatment with a 3.5% dilution. After each contact period the protein release from the mucosal surface was measured. Linear discriminant equations were used to convert the results into the corresponding EU eye irritation categories (NI, R36 and R41). All the non-irritants were predicted correctly by the four laboratories resulting in a 100% specificity. For the R36 compounds a correct classification rate of 89% (VITO) and 100% (SPL, JNJ and UGent) was obtained. The R41 compounds were classified correctly in 78% of the cases for VITO, 89% for SPL and JNJ and 100% for UGent. We can conclude that the SMI assay is a relevant, easily transferable and reproducible alternative to predict the eye irritation potency of chemicals.

  17. Comparative Karyotype Analysis Of Slugs Of The Genus Arion (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Arionidae

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    Harbar A. V.

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Karyotypes of four species of the genus Arion were investigated, namely, A. distinctus (2n = 48m + 8sm = 56; FN = 112, A. lusitanicus s. l. (2n = 4 4m + 6 sm + 2st = 52; FN = 104, A. fuscus (n = 26, 2n = 52, FN = 104 and A. fasciatus (n = 29, 2n = 58, FN = 116. The karyotype of A. lusitanicus s. l. was identical to those of A. fuscus, A. ater and A. rufus. The karyotype of A. fasciatus in the haploid number of chromosomes is identical to another close species — A. circumscriptus (n = 29 from the United Kingdom. The identical number of chromosomes in species of the subgenus Arion (A. lusitanicus s. l., A. ater, A. rufus and species of the subgenus Mesarion (A. fuscus (n = 26 may be a reason for their merging.

  18. A biography of an invasive terrestrial slug: the spread, distribution and habitat of Deroceras invadens

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    John Hutchinson

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The article reviews distribution records of Deroceras invadens (previously called D. panormitanum and D. caruanae, adding significant unpublished records from the authors’ own collecting, museum samples, and interceptions on goods arriving in the U.S.A. By 1940 D. invadens had already arrived in Britain, Denmark, California, Australia and probably New Zealand; it has turned up in many further places since, including remote oceanic islands, but scarcely around the eastern Mediterranean (Egypt and Crete are the exceptions, nor in Asia. Throughout much of the Americas its presence seems to have been previously overlooked, probably often being mistaken for D. laeve. New national records include Mexico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador, with evidence from interceptions of its presence in Panama, Peru, and Kenya. The range appears limited by cold winters and dry summers; this would explain why its intrusion into eastern Europe and southern Spain has been rather slow and incomplete. At a finer geographic scale, the occurrence of the congener D. reticulatum provides a convenient comparison to control for sampling effort; D. invadens is often about half as frequently encountered and sometimes predominates. Deroceras invadens is most commonly found in synanthropic habitats, particularly gardens and under rubbish, but also in greenhouses, and sometimes arable land and pasture. It may spread into natural habitats, as in Britain, South Africa, Australia and Tenerife. Many identifications have been checked in the light of recent taxonomic revision, revealing that the sibling species D. panormitanum s.s. has spread much less extensively. A number of published or online records, especially in Australia, have turned out to be misidentifications of D. laeve.

  19. SLUG FLOW CAPILLARY MICROREACTORS FOR LACTIC ACID EXTRACTION: EXPERIMENTAL STUDY AND MASS TRANSFER MODELLING

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    Susanti, Susanti; Winkelman, Jozef; Schuur, Boelo; Heeres, Hero; Yue, Jun

    2015-01-01

    Lactic acid is an important commercial product and has been widely used for manufacturing biodegradable polymer. Current method of lactic acid isolation from fermentation broths is energy intensive and leads to the formation of large amounts of salts. Reactive liquid-liquid extraction has been

  20. Land snails and slugs at the Natural Park of the Serralada Litoral (Barcelona, Spain

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    Bros, V.

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The population of molluscs at the Natural Park of the Serralada Litoral (Barcelona, Spain, NE Iberian Peninsula was assessed, contributing to the conservation plan. A wildlife inventory was conducted based on fieldwork.