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  1. Numerical Simulation of a Tornado Generating Supercell

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    Proctor, Fred H.; Ahmad, Nashat N.; LimonDuparcmeur, Fanny M.

    2012-01-01

    The development of tornadoes from a tornado generating supercell is investigated with a large eddy simulation weather model. Numerical simulations are initialized with a sounding representing the environment of a tornado producing supercell that affected North Carolina and Virginia during the Spring of 2011. The structure of the simulated storm was very similar to that of a classic supercell, and compared favorably to the storm that affected the vicinity of Raleigh, North Carolina. The presence of mid-level moisture was found to be important in determining whether a supercell would generate tornadoes. The simulations generated multiple tornadoes, including cyclonic-anticyclonic pairs. The structure and the evolution of these tornadoes are examined during their lifecycle.

  2. Spectrum of infrasound radiation from supercell storms

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    Akhalkatsi, Mariam

    2010-01-01

    We consider the generation of acoustic waves by turbulent convection and perform spectral analysis of a monopole source of sound related to the heat production by condensation of moisture. A quantitative explanation of the correlation between intensity of infrasound generated by supercell storms and later tornado formation is given. It is shown that low lifting condensation level (LCL) and high values of convective available potential energy (CAPE), which are known to favor significant tornadoes, also lead to a strong enhancement of supercell's low frequency acoustic radiation.

  3. Mathematical modeling of tornadoes and squall storms

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    Sergey A. Arsen’yev

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Recent advances in modeling of tornadoes and twisters consist of significant achievements in mathematical calculation of occurrence and evolution of a violent F5-class tornado on the Fujita scale, and four-dimensional mathematical modeling of a tornado with the fourth coordinate time multiplied by its characteristic velocity. Such a tornado can arise in a thunderstorm supercell filled with turbulent whirlwinds. A theory of the squall storms is proposed. The squall storm is modeled by running perturbation of the temperature inversion on the lower boundary of cloudiness. This perturbation is induced by the action of strong, hurricane winds in the upper and middle troposphere, and looks like a running solitary wave (soliton; which is developed also in a field of pressure and velocity of a wind. If a soliton of a squall storm gets into the thunderstorm supercell then this soliton is captured by supercell. It leads to additional pressure fall of air inside a storm supercell and stimulate amplification of wind velocity here. As a result, a cyclostrophic balance inside a storm supercell generates a tornado. Comparison of the radial distribution of wind velocity inside a tornado calculated by using the new formulas and equations with radar observations of the wind velocity inside Texas Tornado Dummit in 1995 and inside the 3 May 1999 Oklahoma City Tornado shows good correspondence.

  4. The 2008 Super Tuesday Tornado Outbreak: Overview of the Tornadoes and their Parent Storms

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    Knupp, Kevin R.; Coleman, Tim; Carey, Larry; Petersen, Walt

    2008-01-01

    The cold-season Tornado outbreak that occurred over the Southeast on 5-6 February 2008 was significant for the following reasons: about 84 tornadoes were documented over a 15 h period between late afternoon on 5 February and early morning on 6 February 2008; a wide variety of parent storms were associated with the tornadoes; a total of five EF-4 tornadoes occurred, with two forming over Alabama during the early morning hours prior to sunrise; there was a significant lull period between the initial convective and the early morning activity over Alabama 10 hours later; and, a wide spectrum of storm types, ranging from isolated supercell storms to QLCS bow echoes, accompanied the tornadoes. The goal of this paper is to provide a general description of the outbreak including the distribution of tornadoes and supercell storms over the region, a detailed map of the tornado tracks, time series of tornadoes and parent storms, and general characteristics of all parent tornado storms. The total number of major storms (duration greater than 3 h, at least three tornadoes produced) was seven. Several noteworthy storms are described: a long track (198 km long) tornado and its parent storm over Arkansas; a prolific supercell storm persisted for 7-8 hours and produced 16 tornadoes from north-central Mississippi to southern KY; and, bow echo storms (QLCS's) were simultaneous over KY and produced 16 tornadoes.

  5. Spatial-temporal clustering of tornadoes

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    Malamud, Bruce D.; Turcotte, Donald L.; Brooks, Harold E.

    2016-12-01

    The standard measure of the intensity of a tornado is the Enhanced Fujita scale, which is based qualitatively on the damage caused by a tornado. An alternative measure of tornado intensity is the tornado path length, L. Here we examine the spatial-temporal clustering of severe tornadoes, which we define as having path lengths L ≥ 10 km. Of particular concern are tornado outbreaks, when a large number of severe tornadoes occur in a day in a restricted region. We apply a spatial-temporal clustering analysis developed for earthquakes. We take all pairs of severe tornadoes in observed and modelled outbreaks, and for each pair plot the spatial lag (distance between touchdown points) against the temporal lag (time between touchdown points). We apply our spatial-temporal lag methodology to the intense tornado outbreaks in the central United States on 26 and 27 April 2011, which resulted in over 300 fatalities and produced 109 severe (L ≥ 10 km) tornadoes. The patterns of spatial-temporal lag correlations that we obtain for the 2 days are strikingly different. On 26 April 2011, there were 45 severe tornadoes and our clustering analysis is dominated by a complex sequence of linear features. We associate the linear patterns with the tornadoes generated in either a single cell thunderstorm or a closely spaced cluster of single cell thunderstorms moving at a near-constant velocity. Our study of a derecho tornado outbreak of six severe tornadoes on 4 April 2011 along with modelled outbreak scenarios confirms this association. On 27 April 2011, there were 64 severe tornadoes and our clustering analysis is predominantly random with virtually no embedded linear patterns. We associate this pattern with a large number of interacting supercell thunderstorms generating tornadoes randomly in space and time. In order to better understand these associations, we also applied our approach to the Great Plains tornado outbreak of 3 May 1999. Careful studies by others have associated

  6. Spatial-Temporal Clustering of Tornadoes

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    Malamud, Bruce D.; Turcotte, Donald L.; Brooks, Harold E.

    2017-04-01

    The standard measure of the intensity of a tornado is the Enhanced Fujita scale, which is based qualitatively on the damage caused by a tornado. An alternative measure of tornado intensity is the tornado path length, L. Here we examine the spatial-temporal clustering of severe tornadoes, which we define as having path lengths L ≥ 10 km. Of particular concern are tornado outbreaks, when a large number of severe tornadoes occur in a day in a restricted region. We apply a spatial-temporal clustering analysis developed for earthquakes. We take all pairs of severe tornadoes in observed and modelled outbreaks, and for each pair plot the spatial lag (distance between touchdown points) against the temporal lag (time between touchdown points). We apply our spatial-temporal lag methodology to the intense tornado outbreaks in the central United States on 26 and 27 April 2011, which resulted in over 300 fatalities and produced 109 severe (L ≥ 10 km) tornadoes. The patterns of spatial-temporal lag correlations that we obtain for the 2 days are strikingly different. On 26 April 2011, there were 45 severe tornadoes and our clustering analysis is dominated by a complex sequence of linear features. We associate the linear patterns with the tornadoes generated in either a single cell thunderstorm or a closely spaced cluster of single cell thunderstorms moving at a near-constant velocity. Our study of a derecho tornado outbreak of six severe tornadoes on 4 April 2011 along with modelled outbreak scenarios confirms this association. On 27 April 2011, there were 64 severe tornadoes and our clustering analysis is predominantly random with virtually no embedded linear patterns. We associate this pattern with a large number of interacting supercell thunderstorms generating tornadoes randomly in space and time. In order to better understand these associations, we also applied our approach to the Great Plains tornado outbreak of 3 May 1999. Careful studies by others have associated

  7. Tornado lift

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    Ivanchin, Alexander

    2010-01-01

    It is shown that one of the causes for tornado is Tornado Lift. At increasing vortex diameter its kinetic energy decreases to keep the moment of momentum constant. A kinetic energy gradient of such vortex is Tornado Lift. Evaluation shows that contribution of Tornado Lift in air lifting in a tornado is comparable to buoyancy according to the order of magnitude.

  8. The Effects of Orographic Geometry on Supercell Thunderstorms

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    Smith, Galen M

    2016-01-01

    The effect of elongated bell-shaped mountain orientation on supercell thunderstorms is numerically investigated using the Bryan Cloud Model 1 (CM1). The orography is varied by three mountain heights and is varied in four different positions, effectively producing 12 different terrain configurations. It is found that the different orientations produce variations in the supercell life cycle with shorter cycles for higher inflow rates. Furthermore, these cycles are associated with the storm reaching its minimum intensity just after a peak rain period. Moreover, the effect of stronger inflow was seen before direct storm-terrain interactions started. The higher inflow also played a significant role in increasing rainfall rate and areal extent, to the point that further convection, associated with the cold pool, was triggered adding to rainfall amount. Using a stricter form of the National Weather Service Tornado Detection Algorithm to investigate the tornadic nature of simulated supercells; it is found that terrai...

  9. The Tornado.

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    Snow, John T.

    1984-01-01

    Although tornadoes have been one of the most elusive phenomena in meteorology, new observation techniques are now revealing how they are spawned by thunderstorms. Tornado structure and formation, thunderstorms, tornadic thunderstorms, and the evolution and structure of such thunderstorms are considered. Why the Midwest has frequent tornadoes is…

  10. Tornado Chasing.

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    Faidley, Warren

    1991-01-01

    Presents the rationale and purposes behind the phenomenon known as storm chasing, as well as the contributions that tornado chasers have made to both scientific knowledge and public safety. Provides statistical information on tornado frequencies and locations and contact addresses for storm chasers. (JJK)

  11. Tornado Mechanics

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    1976-01-01

    The Nimbus and other weather satellites are helping determine why and how tornadoes form their structure and dynamics and ultimately how they can be prevented or artificially dissipated. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is also planning a cooperative research program later this year with the University of Arkansas to investigate how tornado damage occurs, and to develop tornado resistant building designs. Hardware and field-data collection are funded by the Technology Utilization Office while data reduction is being performed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  12. Touchable Tornadoes

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    Gilhousen, David

    2004-01-01

    In this article, the author discusses a tornado-producing machine that he used in teacher-led, student assisted demonstrations in order to reinforce concepts learned during a unit on weather. The machine, or simulator, was powered by a hair dryer, fan, and cool-mist humidifier. The machine consists of a demonstration table containing a plenum box,…

  13. Proximity sounding analysis for derechos and supercells: an assessment of similarities and differences

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    Doswell, Charles A.; Evans, Jeffry S.

    Proximity soundings (within 2 h and 167 km) of derechos (long-lived, widespread damaging convective windstorms) and supercells have been obtained. More than 65 derechos, accompanied by 115 proximity soundings, are identified during the years 1983 to 1993. The derechos have been divided into categories according to the synoptic situation: strong forcing (SF), weak forcing (WF), and "hybrid" cases (which are neither weakly nor strongly forced). Nearly 100 supercell proximity soundings have been found for the period 1998 to 2001, subdivided into nontornadic and tornadic supercells; tornadic supercells were further subdivided into those producing significant (>F1 rating) tornadoes and weak tornadoes (F0-F1 rating). WF derecho situations typically are characterized by warm, moist soundings with large convective available potential instability (CAPE) and relatively weak vertical wind shear. SF derechos usually have stronger wind shears, and cooler and less moist soundings with lower CAPE than the weakly forced cases. Most derechos exhibit strong storm-relative inflow at low levels. In WF derechos, this is usually the result of rapid convective system movement, whereas in SF derechos, storm-relative inflow at low levels is heavily influenced by relatively strong low-level windspeeds. "Hybrid" cases collectively are similar to an average of the SF and WF cases. Supercells occur in environments that are not all that dissimilar from those that produce SF derechos. It appears that some parameter combining instability and deep layer shear, such as the Energy-Helicity Index (EHI), can help discriminate between tornadic and nontornadic supercell situations. Soundings with significant tornadoes (F2 and greater) typically show high 0-1 km relative humidities, and strong 0-1 km shear. Results suggest it may not be easy to forecast the mode of severe thunderstorm activity (i.e., derecho versus supercell) on any particular day, given conditions that favor severe thunderstorm activity

  14. The occurrence of a tornado in Serbia on 31 march 2013

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    Pavlovic-Berdon Nada

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Tornado occurs very rarely in the territory of Serbia. The occurrence of a tornado above Torda (Vojvodina, Serbia on 31 March 2013 indicted the importance of monitoring such a dangerous weather phenomenon, knowing its characteristics and forecasting it. This paper analyzes the synoptic conditions and vertical structure of the atmosphere that prevailed during the development of a supercell with a tornado. Changes in temperature and air pressure are presented on mesoscale maps. The analysis was performed by using the Nonhydrostatic Mesoscale Model (NMM. The tornado occurrence was monitored via satellite images and radar characteristics of a supercell. The cause of tornadogenesis has been ascertained. According to the EF scale, the tornado reached F0 intensity. Damages to roofs, power lines, trees and cars caused by the wind (>35ms-1 are also presented.

  15. Spatial and temporal characteristics of VHF radiation source produced by lightning in supercell thunderstorms

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    ZHANG Yijun; MENG Qing; P. R. Krehbiel; LIU Xinsheng; ZHOU Xiuji

    2004-01-01

    The three-dimensional temporal and spatial characteristics of VHF radiation events produced by lightning discharges in three supercell thunderstorms have been analyzed based on the data measured by the lightning mapping array system with high time and space resolution. The results indicate that lightning hole (lighting free region) with about 5-6 km in diameter or lighting ring (annular lighting free region) is associated with the strong updraft in thunderstorm. The lasting time of lightning holes is either short or long, being about 20 min in a tornado-producing thunderstorm. The lightning holes appear before the occurrence of tornado. The lightning hole is the most obvious during the occurrence of tornado and some self-existent lighting radiation events appear at a height of 15-16 km. The lightning channels of inter-cloud (IC) lightning discharge exhibit clockwise rotary structures and do not have clear bilevel structures in the vicinity of the tornado. The lightning holes are corresponding to the strong updraft region. The temporal and spatial distribution of lightning radiation events reveals the structure of strong updraft in supercell thunderstorms.Positive cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning discharges dominate in these thunderstorms and the peak of positive CG lightning flash rate appears, with the maximum of 6 per minute, after or before the occurrence of tornado.

  16. Tame a Tornado

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    Cronin, Jim

    2003-01-01

    The author was looking for a demonstration that actually used wind shear forces to set up the tornado effect when he saw a video produced by The Tornado Project called "Secrets of the Tornado". This video not only shows dozens of actual tornadoes, but also gives construction techniques for several different styles of tornado boxes that are…

  17. Alfvenic tornadoes

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    Shukla, P K

    2012-01-01

    It is shown that a three-dimensional (3D) modified-kinetic Alfv\\'en waves (m-KAWs) can propagate in the form of Alfv\\'enic tornadoes characterized by plasma density whirls or magnetic flux ropes carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM). By using the two fluid model, together with Amp\\`ere's law, we derive the wave equation for a 3D m-KAWs in a magnetoplasma with $m_e/m_i \\ll \\beta \\ll 1$, where $m_e$ $(m_i)$ is the electron (ion) mass, $\\beta =4 \\pi n_0 k_B (T_e + T_i)/B_0^2$, $n_0$ the unperturbed plasma number density, $k_B$ the Boltzmann constant, $T_e (T_e)$ the electron (ion) temperature, and $B_0$ the strength of the ambient magnetic field. The 3D m-KAW equation admits solutions in the form of a Laguerre-Gauss (LG) Alfv\\'enic vortex beam or Alfv\\'enic tornadoes with plasma density whirls that support the dynamics of Alfv\\'en magnetic flux ropes.

  18. Alfvenic tornadoes

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    Shukla, P. K.

    2012-01-01

    It is shown that a three-dimensional (3D) modified-kinetic Alfv\\'en waves (m-KAWs) can propagate in the form of Alfv\\'enic tornadoes characterized by plasma density whirls or magnetic flux ropes carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM). By using the two fluid model, together with Amp\\`ere's law, we derive the wave equation for a 3D m-KAWs in a magnetoplasma with $m_e/m_i \\ll \\beta \\ll 1$, where $m_e$ $(m_i)$ is the electron (ion) mass, $\\beta =4 \\pi n_0 k_B (T_e + T_i)/B_0^2$, $n_0$ the unpert...

  19. Weather Advisory: Tornados | Poster

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    Summer months carry the threat of severe storms and tornados in our area. Take a few moments to consider how well you are prepared in the event of a tornado warning. The time to prepare for a tornado is before it happens. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides information on how to prepare and what to do in the event of a tornado. Take a few moments to read the important safety information FEMA has assembled: http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes. Sign Up for Text Alerts from Frederick County You can also sign up for text alerts to your cell phone from Frederick County at http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/ALERT.

  20. Doppler-radar wind-speed measurements in tornadoes: A comparison of real and simulated spectra

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    Bluestein, H.B.; LaDue, J.G.; Stein, H.; Speheger, D. (Oklahoma Univ., Norman, OK (United States)); Unruh, W.P. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States))

    1993-01-01

    Bluestein and Unruh have discussed the advantages of using a portable doppler radar to map the wind field in tornadoes. during the spring of 1991 a storm-intercept team from the University of Oklahoma (OU) collected data near five supercell tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas. Details about the 1-W, 3-cm, 5-deg half-power beamwidth, CW/FM-CW Doppler radar we used and the methods of data collection and analysis are found in Bluestein and Unruh and Bluestein et al. Using the portable radar, we approximately doubled in only one year the number of tornado spectra that had been collected over a period of almost 20 years by NSSL's fixed-site Doppler radar. In this paper we will compare observed tornado wind spectra with simulated wind spectra (Zmic and Doviak 1975) in order to learn more about tornado structure.

  1. Tornadoes of china

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    Zixiu, Xu; Pengyun, Wang; Xuefang, Lin

    While the most important severe convective weather phenomenon in China is hail, the occasional tornadoes that do occur can inflict considerable damage. For example, on March 26, 1967, a family of 13 tornadoes occurred near Shanghai and North Zhejiang province. Along the path of this tornado outbreak, more than 10,000 homes were damaged. Several steel high-voltage power transmission towers, including some built to withstand Beaufort force 12 winds, were blown down or severely damaged.

  2. Tornado-Shaped Curves

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    Martínez, Sol Sáez; de la Rosa, Félix Martínez; Rojas, Sergio

    2017-01-01

    In Advanced Calculus, our students wonder if it is possible to graphically represent a tornado by means of a three-dimensional curve. In this paper, we show it is possible by providing the parametric equations of such tornado-shaped curves.

  3. Mexico tornado climatology

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    Manuel Macías Medrano

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available A brief introduction on some features of tornado database in Mexico is exposed showing its substantive criteria. We resent a brief analysis about main Mexican tornadoes´ characteristics, based on data collected between 2000 to 2010, talking about spatial and temporal expressions (historical, seasonal and horary in order to show the importance of it destruction capacity and also the people´s vulnerability in Mexico.

  4. An observational study of the 7 September 2005 Barcelona tornado outbreak

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    J. Bech

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an observational study of the tornado outbreak that took place on the 7 September 2005 in the Llobregat delta river, affecting a densely populated and urbanised area and the Barcelona International airport (NE Spain. The site survey confirmed at least five short-lived tornadoes. Four of them were weak (F0, F1 and the other one was significant (F2 on the Fujita scale. They started mostly as waterspouts and moved later inland causing extensive damage estimated in 9 million Euros, three injured people but fortunately no fatalities. Large scale forcing was provided by upper level diffluence and low level warm air advection. Satellite and weather radar images revealed the development of the cells that spawned the waterspouts along a mesoscale convergence line in a highly sheared and relatively low buoyant environment. Further analysis indicated characteristics that could be attributed indistinctively to non-supercell or to mini-supercell thunderstorms.

  5. Condensational theory of stationary tornadoes

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    Makarieva, Anastassia M; Nefiodov, Andrei V; 10.1016/j.physleta.2011.04.023

    2012-01-01

    Using the Bernoulli integral for air streamline with condensing water vapor a stationary axisymmetric tornado circulation is described. The obtained profiles of vertical, radial and tangential velocities are in agreement with observations for the Mulhall tornado, world's largest on record and longest-lived among the three tornadoes for which 3D velocity data are available. Maximum possible vortex velocities are estimated.

  6. What's Left After a Tornado.

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    Following recent tornadoes, terms of specially trained architectural and engineering faculty conducted onsite examinations and research of building damage. It was concluded that tornado damage to buildings is predictable. A trained architect or engineer can establish, before a tornado strikes, those portions of the building that will offer the…

  7. Lightning and Radar Observations of the 29 May 2004 Tornadic HP Supercell during TELEX

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    Macgorman, D. R.; Kuhlman, K. M.

    2006-12-01

    On 29 May 2004, a tornadic heavy-precipitation (HP) supercell storm moved through central Oklahoma and through the Thunderstorm Electrification and Lightning Experiment (TELEX) domain. Three dimensional lightning location data from the Oklahoma Lightning Mapping Array (OK-LMA) depict the evolution of the storm, including convective surges, overshooting tops, and the formation and dissipation of lightning weak holes. In addition to the OK-LMA, the storm was also observed by two C-band mobile radars (SMART-R radars) providing three-minute volume scans and by the KOUN polarimetric S-band radar. Analysis of a lightning weak hole showed that it was co-located horizontally with a core of strong updrafts and with a bounded weak echo region. The majority of the cloud-to-ground lightning detected in the storm by the National Lightning Detection Network lowered negative charge to ground. However, during genesis of the strongest tornado, the dominant polarity of ground flashes near the reflectivity core of the storm evolved to positive. Also at approximately this time, negative ground strikes began occurring under the anvil, tens of kilometers from the reflectivity core, as lightning activity surged roughly 100 km into the anvil. Observations from these platforms provide insight into HP supercell evolution and structure and into relationships of lightning with other properties of the storm.

  8. Tornado from Texas.

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    Vail, Kathleen

    1996-01-01

    Santa Fe School Superintendent Yvonne Gonzales, the "Texas Tornado," was hired to fix a 40% student-dropout rate and a white/Hispanic gap in achievement test scores. Gonzales is an avid integrationist; relies on humor, appeasement, and persuasion tactics; and has alienated some school employees by increasing central office…

  9. The Impact of Mesoscale Environmental Uncertainty on the Prediction of a Tornadic Supercell Storm Using Ensemble Data Assimilation Approach

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    Nusrat Yussouf

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Numerical experiments over the past years indicate that incorporating environmental variability is crucial for successful very short-range convective-scale forecasts. To explore the impact of model physics on the creation of environmental variability and its uncertainty, combined mesoscale-convective scale data assimilation experiments are conducted for a tornadic supercell storm. Two 36-member WRF-ARW model-based mesoscale EAKF experiments are conducted to provide background environments using either fixed or multiple physics schemes across the ensemble members. Two 36-member convective-scale ensembles are initialized using background fields from either fixed physics or multiple physics mesoscale ensemble analyses. Radar observations from four operational WSR-88Ds are assimilated into convective-scale ensembles using ARPS model-based 3DVAR system and ensemble forecasts are launched. Results show that the ensemble with background fields from multiple physics ensemble provides more realistic forecasts of significant tornado parameter, dryline structure, and near surface variables than ensemble from fixed physics background fields. The probabilities of strong low-level updraft helicity from multiple physics ensemble correlate better with observed tornado and rotation tracks than probabilities from fixed physics ensemble. This suggests that incorporating physics diversity across the ensemble can be important to successful probabilistic convective-scale forecast of supercell thunderstorms, which is the main goal of NOAA’s Warn-on-Forecast initiative.

  10. A Total Lightning Perspective of the 20 May 2013 Moore, Oklahoma Supercell

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    Stano, Geoffrey T.; Schultz, Christopher J.; Carey, Lawrence D.; MacGorman, Don R.; Calhoun, Kristin M.

    2014-01-01

    In the early afternoon of 20 May 2013, a storm initiated to the west-southwest of Newcastle, Oklahoma. This storm would rapidly intensify into the parent supercell of the tornado that struck the city of Moore, Oklahoma. This article describes what contributions total lightning observations from the Oklahoma Lightning Mapping Array could provide to operational forecasters had these observations been available in real-time. This effort includes a focus on the GOES-R pseudo-geostationary lightning mapper demonstration product as well as the NASA SPoRT / Meteorological Development Laboratory's total lightning tracking tool. These observations and tools identified several contributions. Two distinct lightning jumps at 1908 and 1928 UTC provided a lead time of 19 minutes ahead of severe hail and 26 minutes ahead of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado's touchdown. These observations provide strong situational awareness to forecasters, as the lightning jumps are related to the rapid strengthening of the storm's updraft and mesocyclone and serve as a precursor to the stretching of the storm vortex ahead severe weather.

  11. Chaotic Financial Tornadoes

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    Jakimowicz, Aleksander

    In contemporary economies classic business cycles are increasingly changing their form undergoing a transformation into phenomena that have been nicknamed financial tornados. A generalization of the Lotka-Volterra model can be used to describe these fast-changing processes. Economically speaking, the most useful are such dynamical systems in which wormholes appear. This article features application of a model with one population of prey and two populations of predators in order to explain the global financial crisis and the consequent phenomena.

  12. Statistics of severe tornadoes and severe tornado outbreaks

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    B. D. Malamud

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The standard measures of the intensity of a tornado in the USA and many other countries are the Fujita and Enhanced Fujita scales. These scales are based on the damage that a tornado causes. Another measure of the strength of a tornado is its path length of touchdown, L. In this study we consider severe tornadoes, which we define as L≥10 km, in the continental USA (USA Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Database. We find that for the period 1982–2011, for individual severe tornadoes (L≥10 km: (i There is a strong linear scaling between the number of severe tornadoes in a year and their total path length in that year. (ii The cumulative frequency path length data suggests that, not taking into account any changing trends over time, we would expect in a given year (on average one severe tornado with a path length L≥115 km and in a decade (on average one severe tornado with a path length L≥215 km. (iii The noncumulative frequency-length statistics of severe tornado touchdown path lengths, 20<L<200 km, is well approximated by an inverse power-law relationship with exponent near 3. We then take the total path length of severe tornadoes in a convective day (12:00–12:00 UTC, LD, as a measure of the strength of a 24-h USA tornado outbreak. We find that: (i For 1982–2011, the number of severe tornadoes in a USA convective day outbreak has a strong power-law relationship (exponent 0.80 on the convective day total path length, LD. (ii For 1952–2011, the cumulative frequency path length data for severe tornado outbreaks suggests that we would expect in a given year (on average one daily severe tornado outbreak with total path length LD≥480 km and in a decade (on average one daily severe tornado outbreak with a total path length LD≥1200 km. (iii For 1982–2011, the noncumulative frequency-length statistics of tornado

  13. Statistics of severe tornadoes and severe tornado outbreaks

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    B. D. Malamud

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The standard measures of the intensity of a tornado in the USA and many other countries are the Fujita and Enhanced Fujita scales. These scales are based on the damage that a tornado causes. Another measure of the strength of a tornado is its path length of touchdown, L. In this study we consider 4061 severe tornadoes (defined as L≥10 km in the continental USA for the time period 1981–2010 (USA Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Database. We find for individual severe tornadoes: (i The noncumulative frequency-length statistics of severe tornado touchdown path lengths, 20 < L < 200 km, is well approximated by an inverse power-law relationship with exponent near 3. (ii There is a strong linear scaling between the number of severe tornadoes in a year and their total path lengths in that year. We then take the total path length of severe tornadoes in a day, LD, as a measure of the strength of a 24-hour USA tornado outbreak. We find that: (i On average, the number of days per year with at least one continental USA severe tornado (path length L≥10 km has increased 16% in the 30-year period 1981–2010. (ii The daily numbers of severe tornadoes in a USA outbreak have a strong power-law relationship (exponent 0.87 on their daily total path lengths, LD, over the range 20 < LD < 1000 km dy−1. (iii The noncumulative frequency-length statistics of tornado outbreaks, 10 < LD < 1000 km dy−1, is well approximated by an inverse power-law relationship with exponent near 1.7. We believe that our robust scaling results provide evidence that touchdown path lengths can be used as quantitative measures of the systematic properties of severe tornadoes and severe tornado outbreaks.

  14. Excitation of seismic waves by a tornado

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    Valovcin, A.; Tanimoto, T.; Twardzik, C.

    2016-12-01

    Tornadoes are among the most common natural disasters to occur in the United States. Various methods are currently used in tornado forecasting, including surface weather stations, weather balloons and satellite and Doppler radar. These methods work for detecting possible locations of tornadoes and funnel clouds, but knowing when a tornado has touched down still strongly relies on reports from spotters. Studying tornadoes seismically offers an opportunity to know when a tornado has touched down without requiring an eyewitness report. With the installation of Earthscope's Transportable Array (TA), there have been an increased number of tornadoes that have come within close range of seismometers. We have identified seismic signals corresponding to three tornadoes that occurred in 2011 in the central US. These signals were recorded by the TA station closest to each of the tornado tracks. For each tornado, the amplitudes of the seismic signals increase when the storm is in contact with the ground, and continue until the tornado lifts off some time later. This occurs at both high and low frequencies. In this study we will model the seismic signal generated by a tornado at low frequencies (below 0.1 Hz). We will begin by modeling the signal from the Joplin tornado, an EF5 rated tornado which occurred in Missouri on May 22, 2011. By approximating the tornado as a vertical force, we model the generated signal as the tornado moves along its track and changes in strength. By modeling the seismic waveform generated by a tornado, we can better understand the seismic-excitation process. It could also provide a way to quantitatively compare tornadoes. Additional tornadoes to model include the Calumet-El Reno-Piedmont-Guthrie (CEPG) and Chickasa-Blanchard-Newcastle (CBN) tornadoes, both of which occurred on May 24, 2011 in Oklahoma.

  15. Thermal characterization of nanoscale phononic crystals using supercell lattice dynamics

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    Davis, Bruce L.; Hussein, Mahmoud I.

    2011-12-01

    The concept of a phononic crystal can in principle be realized at the nanoscale whenever the conditions for coherent phonon transport exist. Under such conditions, the dispersion characteristics of both the constitutive material lattice (defined by a primitive cell) and the phononic crystal lattice (defined by a supercell) contribute to the value of the thermal conductivity. It is therefore necessary in this emerging class of phononic materials to treat the lattice dynamics at both periodicity levels. Here we demonstrate the utility of using supercell lattice dynamics to investigate the thermal transport behavior of three-dimensional nanoscale phononic crystals formed from silicon and cubic voids of vacuum. The periodicity of the voids follows a simple cubic arrangement with a lattice constant that is around an order of magnitude larger than that of the bulk crystalline silicon primitive cell. We consider an atomic-scale supercell which incorporates all the details of the silicon atomic locations and the void geometry. For this supercell, we compute the phonon band structure and subsequently predict the thermal conductivity following the Callaway-Holland model. Our findings dictate that for an analysis based on supercell lattice dynamics to be representative of the properties of the underlying lattice model, a minimum supercell size is needed along with a minimum wave vector sampling resolution. Below these minimum values, a thermal conductivity prediction of a bulk material based on a supercell will not adequately recover the value obtained based on a primitive cell. Furthermore, our results show that for the relatively small voids and void spacings we consider (where boundary scattering is dominant), dispersion at the phononic crystal unit cell level plays a noticeable role in determining the thermal conductivity.

  16. Thermal characterization of nanoscale phononic crystals using supercell lattice dynamics

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    Bruce L. Davis

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The concept of a phononic crystal can in principle be realized at the nanoscale whenever the conditions for coherent phonon transport exist. Under such conditions, the dispersion characteristics of both the constitutive material lattice (defined by a primitive cell and the phononic crystal lattice (defined by a supercell contribute to the value of the thermal conductivity. It is therefore necessary in this emerging class of phononic materials to treat the lattice dynamics at both periodicity levels. Here we demonstrate the utility of using supercell lattice dynamics to investigate the thermal transport behavior of three-dimensional nanoscale phononic crystals formed from silicon and cubic voids of vacuum. The periodicity of the voids follows a simple cubic arrangement with a lattice constant that is around an order of magnitude larger than that of the bulk crystalline silicon primitive cell. We consider an atomic-scale supercell which incorporates all the details of the silicon atomic locations and the void geometry. For this supercell, we compute the phonon band structure and subsequently predict the thermal conductivity following the Callaway-Holland model. Our findings dictate that for an analysis based on supercell lattice dynamics to be representative of the properties of the underlying lattice model, a minimum supercell size is needed along with a minimum wave vector sampling resolution. Below these minimum values, a thermal conductivity prediction of a bulk material based on a supercell will not adequately recover the value obtained based on a primitive cell. Furthermore, our results show that for the relatively small voids and void spacings we consider (where boundary scattering is dominant, dispersion at the phononic crystal unit cell level plays a noticeable role in determining the thermal conductivity.

  17. A long-lived tornado on 7 December 2010 in mainland Portugal

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    Belo-Pereira, Margarida; Andrade, Cristina; Pinto, Paulo

    2017-03-01

    On 7 December 2010 a long lived convective storm formed southwest of Lisbon in an instability line that developed in a very moist and unstable airmass, in the circulation of an extra-tropical cyclone propagating north-eastwards. This storm crossed the Lisbon district and spawned an F3 tornado a few dozens of kilometers to the northeast. Several parameters evaluating buoyancy, available moisture and vertical wind shear, were derived from Lisbon rawinsonde and ECMWF analyses, highlighting an environment that is favourable for tornadic development. The tornado touchdown occurred by 14:15 UTC, lasting for about 45 min and producing an exceptionally long damage path of around 54 km, according to the damage survey. It caused about 18 million Euros damage, > 40 injured people, but no fatalities. This storm had a very long lifetime of at least 5 h, intensified inland, sustained strong updrafts during, at least, 1 h and hold large hail cores as observed on radar. Exhibiting several supercell like features, it also produced intense lightning, with a predominance of cloud-to-ground flashes before the tornado touchdown and intra-cloud flashes during the tornado lifetime. Furthermore, in high resolution visible satellite imagery, a pattern of feeder clouds was identified one hour before tornadogenesis. This pattern has been associated to storm intensification and the onset of severe weather.

  18. Physically based modeling and animation of tornado

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    LIU Shi-guang; WANG Zhang-ye; GONG Zheng; CHEN Fei-fei; PENG Qun-sheng

    2006-01-01

    Realistic modeling and rendering of dynamic tornado scene is recognized as a challenging task for researchers of computer graphics. In this paper a new physically based method for simulating and animating tornado scene is presented. We first propose a Two-Fluid model based on the physical theory of tornado, then we simulate the flow of tornado and its interaction with surrounding objects such as debris, etc. Taking the scattering and absorption of light by the participating media into account, the illumination effects of the tornado scene can be generated realistically. With the support of graphics hardware, various kinds of dynamic tornado scenes can be rendered at interactive rates.

  19. Automated effective band structures for defective and mismatched supercells

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    Brommer, Peter; Quigley, David

    2014-12-01

    In plane-wave density functional theory codes, defects and incommensurate structures are usually represented in supercells. However, interpretation of E versus k band structures is most effective within the primitive cell, where comparison to ideal structures and spectroscopy experiments are most natural. Popescu and Zunger recently described a method to derive effective band structures (EBS) from supercell calculations in the context of random alloys. In this paper, we present bs_sc2pc, an implementation of this method in the CASTEP code, which generates an EBS using the structural data of the supercell and the underlying primitive cell with symmetry considerations handled automatically. We demonstrate the functionality of our implementation in three test cases illustrating the efficacy of this scheme for capturing the effect of vacancies, substitutions and lattice mismatch on effective primitive cell band structures.

  20. Tornado type wind turbines

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    Hsu, Cheng-Ting

    1984-01-01

    A tornado type wind turbine has a vertically disposed wind collecting tower with spaced apart inner and outer walls and a central bore. The upper end of the tower is open while the lower end of the structure is in communication with a wind intake chamber. An opening in the wind chamber is positioned over a turbine which is in driving communication with an electrical generator. An opening between the inner and outer walls at the lower end of the tower permits radially flowing air to enter the space between the inner and outer walls while a vertically disposed opening in the wind collecting tower permits tangentially flowing air to enter the central bore. A porous portion of the inner wall permits the radially flowing air to interact with the tangentially flowing air so as to create an intensified vortex flow which exits out of the top opening of the tower so as to create a low pressure core and thus draw air through the opening of the wind intake chamber so as to drive the turbine.

  1. Magnetohydrodynamic Models of Molecular Tornadoes

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    Au, Kelvin; Fiege, Jason D.

    2017-07-01

    Recent observations near the Galactic Center (GC) have found several molecular filaments displaying striking helically wound morphology that are collectively known as molecular tornadoes. We investigate the equilibrium structure of these molecular tornadoes by formulating a magnetohydrodynamic model of a rotating, helically magnetized filament. A special analytical solution is derived where centrifugal forces balance exactly with toroidal magnetic stress. From the physics of torsional Alfvén waves we derive a constraint that links the toroidal flux-to-mass ratio and the pitch angle of the helical field to the rotation laws, which we find to be an important component in describing the molecular tornado structure. The models are compared to the Ostriker solution for isothermal, nonmagnetic, nonrotating filaments. We find that neither the analytic model nor the Alfvén wave model suffer from the unphysical density inversions noted by other authors. A Monte Carlo exploration of our parameter space is constrained by observational measurements of the Pigtail Molecular Cloud, the Double Helix Nebula, and the GC Molecular Tornado. Observable properties such as the velocity dispersion, filament radius, linear mass, and surface pressure can be used to derive three dimensionless constraints for our dimensionless models of these three objects. A virial analysis of these constrained models is studied for these three molecular tornadoes. We find that self-gravity is relatively unimportant, whereas magnetic fields and external pressure play a dominant role in the confinement and equilibrium radial structure of these objects.

  2. Pneumonia cases following an EF-5 tornado.

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    Forshee-Hakala, Beth A

    2015-07-01

    Infections following a natural disaster such as an EF-5 tornado can be atypical and difficult to treat. Studies have looked at illness following several natural disasters, but few have studied respiratory illness following a tornado. A review of patients with pneumonia admitted during the period from May 22, 2009, through May 21, 2012, was completed. The Tornado Zone Group included adult patients who lived or worked in the tornado zone during the year following the tornado. Data were isolated by number of pneumonia cases within and outside the tornado zone per month per year. An analysis of variance comparing the number of pneumonia cases from the tornado zone per month per year was significant at F2,38 = 12.93 and P Tornado Zone Group (P Tornado Zone patients to be younger than controls (t390 = 5.14; P Tornado Zone Group included uncommon pathogens not isolated during the 2 years prior. The number of pneumonia cases may increase following tornadoes. Although current guidelines recommend narrow-spectrum antibiotics for community-acquired pneumonia, results of this study suggest the possible need for broader antimicrobial coverage after tornadoes. Copyright © 2015 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. PRACTICAL ALGORITHMS FOR TORNADO CODES

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    Tornado codes have been used in the error control of data transmission in IP network. The efficiency of this erasure codes is critically affected by the short cycles in its bipartite graph. To remove this effect,two algorithms are introduced: (1) while generating the graph, the cycle eliminating algorithm is used to reduce the number of the short cycles in it; (2) in the decoding algorithm, cycles that are inevitably in the graph are used to remove decoding efficiency degradation. The simulation results show that they have a better performance than that of general tornado codes.

  4. Economics and societal impacts of tornadoes

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    Bluestein, Howard B.

    2011-08-01

    During the spring of 2011, there were a record number of unusually strong and devastating tornadoes in the United States, which killed more than 500 people, the most in the country since 1953. Tornadoes are responsible for more than $1 billion annually (adjusted to 2007 U.S. dollars) in property damage and for disrupting thousands of lives and businesses. The most notable tornado this past spring devastated Joplin, Mo.; tornadoes also struck such diverse locations as Springfield, Mass.; Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Raleigh, N. C.; communities near Oklahoma City, Okla.; Minneapolis, Minn.; central and east Texas; Philadelphia, Pa.; and St. Louis, Mo. It is therefore timely to assess the economic and societal impacts of tornadoes. In this book the authors use various statistical techniques to evaluate the cost of tornadoes to society. They begin by reviewing the methodologies of formulating a tornado climatology across diverse regions according to tornado intensity, deaths, injuries, and property damage, and they then provide a history of the U.S. National Weather Service's (NWS) public warning efforts, describe tornado shelters and how the public responds to warnings, and suggest ways to reduce tornado risk.

  5. An isolated tornadic supercell of 14 July 2012 in Poland - A prediction technique within the use of coarse-grid WRF simulation

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    Taszarek, Mateusz; Czernecki, Bartosz; Walczakiewicz, Szymon; Mazur, Andrzej; Kolendowicz, Leszek

    2016-09-01

    On 14 July 2012 a shortwave trough with a cold front passed through Poland. A few tornadoes were reported in the north central part of the country within an isolated cyclic supercell. The cell moved along the thermal and moisture horizontal gradients and the support of a synoptic scale lift. An analysis allowed for setting up four tornado damage tracks in a distance of 100 km and with a total length of 60 km. Tornadoes damaged 105 buildings with predominant intensity of F1-F2/T3-T4 (maximum F3/T6) in Fujita/TORRO scale, caused 1 fatality, 10 injures and felled 500 hectares of Bory Tucholskie forest. The main aim of this article was to analyze this event and assess the possibilities of its short-term prediction. In order to achieve this, a model forecast data derived from WRF-ARW simulation with a spatial resolution of 15 km and initial conditions extracted from 0000 UTC GFS was used. An analysis yielded that the cell moved in the environment of a low lifting condensation level, rich boundary layer's moisture content and a steepening vertical lapse rates that provided the presence of a thermodynamic instability. A wind vectors tilting with height and an increased vertical wind shear occurred as well. A forecasting method that combined a Universal Tornadic Index composite parameter with a convective precipitation filter showed that convective cells at 1500 UTC in the north central Poland had a potential to become tornadic. Within the use of a proposed methodology, it was possible to issue a tornado forecast for the areas where an index pointed the risk.

  6. Genesis of tornadoes associated with hurricanes

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    Gentry, R. C.

    1983-01-01

    The climatological history of hurricane-tornadoes is brought up to date through 1982. Most of the tornadoes either form near the center of the hurricane, from the outer edge of the eyewall outward, or in an area between north and east-southeast of the hurricane center. The blackbody temperatures of the cloud tops which were analyzed for several hurricane-tornadoes that formed in the years 1974, 1975, and 1979, did not furnish strong precursor signals of tornado formation, but followed one of two patterns: either the temperatures were very low, or the tornado formed in areas of strong temperature gradients. Tornadoes with tropical cyclones most frequently occur at 1200-1800 LST, and although most are relatively weak, they can reach the F3 intensity level. Most form in association with the outer rainbands of the hurricane.

  7. A solar tornado triggered by flares?

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    Panesar, N K; Tiwari, S K; Low, B C

    2012-01-01

    Solar tornados are dynamical, conspicuously helical magnetic structures mainly observed as a prominence activity. We investigate and propose a triggering mechanism for the solar tornado observed in a prominence cavity by SDO/AIA on September 25, 2011. High-cadence EUV images from the SDO/AIA and the Ahead spacecraft of STEREO/EUVI are used to correlate three flares in the neighbouring active-region (NOAA 11303), and their EUV waves, with the dynamical developments of the tornado. The timings of the flares and EUV waves observed on-disk in 195\\AA\\ are analyzed in relation to the tornado activities observed at the limb in 171\\AA. Each of the three flares and its related EUV wave occurred within 10 hours of the onset of the tornado. They have an observed causal relationship with the commencement of activity in the prominence where the tornado develops. Tornado-like rotations along the side of the prominence start after the second flare. The prominence cavity expands with acceleration of tornado motion after the ...

  8. The 2008 Super Tuesday Tornado Outbreak: Synthetic Dual Doppler Analysis of Contrasting Tornadic Storm Types

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    Knupp, Kevin R.; Coleman, Timothy; Carey, Larry; Peterson, Walt; Elkins, Calvin

    2008-01-01

    During the Super Tuesday Tornado Outbreak on 5-6 February, a significant number of storms passed within about 40 km of WSR-88D radars. This distance, combined with the significant motion vector (from the southwest at 20-25 m per second) of relatively steady storms, is amenable to a synthetic dual Doppler analysis during the times when the storms passed the WSR-88D locations. Nine storms will be analyzed using the SDD technique. The following table provides their general characteristics and nearest approach to the 88D radars. For this data set, storm structure ranges from isolated supercell to QLCS. Each storm will be analyzed for a 40-60 min period during passage by the WSR-88D radar to determine general storm properties. Analysis of high-resolution single Doppler data around the time of passage (plus or minus 30 min), combined with 1-2 SDD analyses, will be used to examine the kinematic structure of low-level circulations (e.g., mesocyclone, downdraft) and the relation to the parent storm. This analysis may provide insights on the fundamental differences between cyclonic circulations in supercell storms and those within QCLS's.

  9. Prevention of child injuries during tornadoes: cases from the 2011 tornado outbreak in Alabama.

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    Campbell, Christine M; Baker, Mark D; Monroe, Kathy W

    2012-12-01

    Tornadoes and violent weather pose a hazard to children, yet little is known about the use of personal protective devices during storms. An outbreak of tornadoes on April 27, 2011, resulted in the deaths of 23 children in Alabama. Records from 60 patients seen in a pediatric emergency department for tornado-related injuries were reviewed to identify the use of injury prevention devices. Three children directly exposed to a violent tornado (Enhanced Fujita Scale 4) were using safety equipment, specifically, a helmet and infant car seats. These 3 children sustained only minor injuries. Personal protective devices may have played a role in preventing child injuries from tornadoes. To our knowledge, this is the first report in the medical literature on helmet and infant car seat use as child protective devices during tornadoes.

  10. Tornado

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    Dorine; Houston

    1998-01-01

    Dear Xiao Lan, As you know, we Americans are very busy these days ; Jews are celebrating theirgreat feast of Passover, and Christians are observing the most solemn Good Fridaytoday, with the joyful Easter to come on Sunday. In the midst of these busy days offestival preparations, nature has gone crazy and ravaged entire towns in two southern

  11. Tornadoes

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  12. Proposed characterization of tornadoes and hurricanes by area and intensity

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    Fujita, T. T.

    1971-01-01

    Results of the 1968 through 1970 Tornado Watch Experiment conducted jointly by NASA and NOAA suggested the necessity of characterizing individual tornadoes in order to improve the identity of tornado-producing nephsystems. An attempt was made, therefore, to categorize each tornado by its intensity and area. Fujita-scale wind and corresponding damage categories were devised to classify tornadoes as Gale (F0), Weak (F1), Strong (F2), Severe (F3), Devastating (F4), and Incredible (F5). Additionally, individual tornado areas were also categorized as Trace (TR), Decimicro (DM), Micro (MI), Meso (ME), Marco (MA), Giant (GI), and Decagiant (DG), thus permitting characterizing of a tornado by a combination of intensity and area, such as weak decimicro tornado, severe meso tornado, or incredible giant tornado. A test characterization of 156 Japanese tornadoes in 1950-69 was accomplished for comparison with 893 U.S. tornadoes in 1965. Unexpectedly, the percentage distribution of intensity and individual area of U.S. and Japanese tornadoes is very similar except for large and/or intense ones. Intensity distribution within the Dallas and Fargo tornadoes of 1957 was also studied in detail. It was also found that the F-scale variation along the paths of family tornadoes shows an intensity oscillation with a 45-min interval.

  13. Optimism following a tornado disaster.

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    Suls, Jerry; Rose, Jason P; Windschitl, Paul D; Smith, Andrew R

    2013-05-01

    Effects of exposure to a severe weather disaster on perceived future vulnerability were assessed in college students, local residents contacted through random-digit dialing, and community residents of affected versus unaffected neighborhoods. Students and community residents reported being less vulnerable than their peers at 1 month, 6 months, and 1 year after the disaster. In Studies 1 and 2, absolute risk estimates were more optimistic with time, whereas comparative vulnerability was stable. Residents of affected neighborhoods (Study 3), surprisingly, reported less comparative vulnerability and lower "gut-level" numerical likelihood estimates at 6 months, but later their estimates resembled the unaffected residents. Likelihood estimates (10%-12%), however, exceeded the 1% risk calculated by storm experts, and gut-level versus statistical-level estimates were more optimistic. Although people believed they had approximately a 1-in-10 chance of injury from future tornadoes (i.e., an overestimate), they thought their risk was lower than peers.

  14. Annihilation and Reanimation of a Tornado in the Improved Tornado Tube

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    Bednarek, Stanislaw

    2016-01-01

    Some new experiments using an improved version of the "tornado tube" are described here. The improved tornado tube consists of two plastic transparent bottles whose openings are connected with a ball valve, available at most hardware stores. After being filled with fluid and inverting, this tube allows demonstration of the generation,…

  15. Annihilation and Reanimation of a Tornado in the Improved Tornado Tube

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    Bednarek, Stanislaw

    2016-01-01

    Some new experiments using an improved version of the "tornado tube" are described here. The improved tornado tube consists of two plastic transparent bottles whose openings are connected with a ball valve, available at most hardware stores. After being filled with fluid and inverting, this tube allows demonstration of the generation,…

  16. Analysis on Three-dimensional Structure and Echo Characteristic Quantity of a Supercell Storm

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    [Objective] The research aimed to study three-dimensional structure and echo characteristic quantity of a supercell storm in central Gansu on May 30,2005.[Method] By monitoring data of Lanzhou CINRAD/CC Doppler radar,the three-dimensional structure characteristics of a rare supercell storm which happened in central Gansu on May 30,2005 were analyzed.We tried to reveal three-dimensional structure and echo characteristic index of supercell storm in the northeast of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau,and find reason of rar...

  17. More tornadoes in the most extreme U.S. tornado outbreaks

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    Tippett, Michael K.; Lepore, Chiara; Cohen, Joel E.

    2016-12-01

    Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms kill people and damage property every year. Estimated U.S. insured losses due to severe thunderstorms in the first half of 2016 were $8.5 billion (US). The largest U.S. effects of tornadoes result from tornado outbreaks, which are sequences of tornadoes that occur in close succession. Here, using extreme value analysis, we find that the frequency of U.S. outbreaks with many tornadoes is increasing and that it is increasing faster for more extreme outbreaks. We model this behavior by extreme value distributions with parameters that are linear functions of time or of some indicators of multidecadal climatic variability. Extreme meteorological environments associated with severe thunderstorms show consistent upward trends, but the trends do not resemble those currently expected to result from global warming.

  18. Tornado intensity estimated from damage path dimensions.

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    Elsner, James B; Jagger, Thomas H; Elsner, Ian J

    2014-01-01

    The Newcastle/Moore and El Reno tornadoes of May 2013 are recent reminders of the destructive power of tornadoes. A direct estimate of a tornado's power is difficult and dangerous to get. An indirect estimate on a categorical scale is available from a post-storm survery of the damage. Wind speed bounds are attached to the scale, but the scale is not adequate for analyzing trends in tornado intensity separate from trends in tornado frequency. Here tornado intensity on a continuum is estimated from damage path length and width, which are measured on continuous scales and correlated to the EF rating. The wind speeds on the EF scale are treated as interval censored data and regressed onto the path dimensions and fatalities. The regression model indicates a 25% increase in expected intensity over a threshold intensity of 29 m s(-1) for a 100 km increase in path length and a 17% increase in expected intensity for a one km increase in path width. The model shows a 43% increase in the expected intensity when fatalities are observed controlling for path dimensions. The estimated wind speeds correlate at a level of .77 (.34, .93) [95% confidence interval] with a small sample of wind speeds estimated independently from a doppler radar calibration. The estimated wind speeds allow analyses to be done on the tornado database that are not possible with the categorical scale. The modeled intensities can be used in climatology and in environmental and engineering applications. Research is needed to understand the upward trends in path length and width.

  19. LES of Langmuir supercells under constant crosswind tidal forcing

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    Walker, Rachel; Zhang, Jie; Juha, Mario; Gosch, Chester; Tejada-Martinez, Andres

    2015-11-01

    We report on the impact of a crosswind tidal current on Langmuir supercells (LSCs) in shallow water computed via LES. LSCs consist of parallel counter rotating vortices engulfing the water column in unstratified conditions. These cells have been observed in shallow continental shelf regions of ~15 meters depth during the passage of storms. The cells are aligned roughly in the wind direction and are generated by the interaction of the wind-driven shear current with the Stokes drift velocity induced by surface gravity waves. Without tides, LES reveals that the typical crosswind width of a LSC is ~4 times the water column depth (H). Under a relatively weak crosswind tidal current (weaker than the downwind current), the constant crosswind tidal forcing applied causes a merging of cells leading to cells of width ~8H. The opposite occurs under a crosswind tidal current stronger than the downwind current as the constant crosswind tidal force is able to break up the LSCs giving rise to smaller scale cells with different turbulent structure than that associated with LSC. Statistics of the turbulence during strong and weak crosswind tides will be contrasted and implications of an oscillating crosswind tidal force will be discussed. Support from the US National Science Foundation and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is gratefully acknowledged.

  20. Self-organization in the tornado: the new approach in the tornado description

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    Bystrai, G P

    2012-01-01

    For the mathematical modeling of highly non-equilibrium and nonlinear processes in a tornado in this paper a new approach based on nonlinear equations of momentum transfer with function of sources and sinks is suggested. In constructing the model thermodynamic description is used, which is not entered before and allows discovering new principles of self-organization in a tornado. This approach gives fairly consistent physical results. This is an attempt to answer some fundamental questions concerning the existence of a tornado based on the created model and numerical results.

  1. Tornado structure interaction: a numerical simulation

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    Wilson, T.

    1977-05-20

    The effects of tornadoes on buildings are examined to determine the wind forces on structures. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has developed guidelines for building code requirements for the minimum wind loads a building must be designed to withstand. The conservatism or nonconservatism on the ANSI approach is evaluated by simulating tornado-structure interaction numerically with a two-dimensional fluid dynamics computer code and a vortex model. Only external pressures are considered. The computer calculations yield the following percentages of the ANSI design pressures: rigid frame, 50 to 90%; individual wall panels, 75 to 200%; and wall corners, 50 to 75%.

  2. Low-Level Polarimetric Radar Signatures in EnKF Analyses and Forecasts of the May 8, 2003 Oklahoma City Tornadic Supercell: Impact of Multimoment Microphysics and Comparisons with Observation

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    Full Text Available The impact of increasing the number of predicted moments in a multimoment bulk microphysics scheme is investigated using ensemble Kalman filter analyses and forecasts of the May 8, 2003 Oklahoma City tornadic supercell storm and the analyses are validated using dual-polarization radar observations. The triple-moment version of the microphysics scheme exhibits the best performance, relative to the single- and double-moment versions, in reproducing the low-ZDR hail core and high-ZDR arc, as well as an improved probabilistic track forecast of the mesocyclone. A comparison of the impact of the improved microphysical scheme on probabilistic forecasts of the mesocyclone track with the observed tornado track is also discussed.

  3. Solar Tornadoes Triggered by Interaction between Filaments and EUV Jets

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    Chen, Huadong; Zhang, Jun; Ma, Suli; Yan, Xiaoli; Xue, Jianchao

    2017-05-01

    We investigate the formations and evolutions of two successive solar tornadoes in/near AR 12297 during 2015 March 19-20. Recurrent EUV jets close to two filaments were detected along a large-scale coronal loop prior to the appearances of the tornadoes. Under the disturbances from the activities, the filaments continually ascended and finally interacted with the loops tracked by the jets. Subsequently, the structures of the filaments and the loop were merged together, probably via magnetic reconnections, and formed tornado-like structures with a long spiral arm. Our observations suggest that solar tornadoes can be triggered by the interaction between filaments and nearby coronal jets, which has rarely been reported before. At the earlier development phase of the first tornado, about 30 small-scale sub-jets appeared in the tornado’s arm, accompanied by local EUV brightenings. They have an ejection direction approximately vertical to the axis of the arm and a typical maximum speed of ˜280 km s-1. During the ruinations of the two tornadoes, fast plasma outflows from the strong EUV brightenings inside tornadoes are observed, in company with the untangling or unwinding of the highly twisted tornado structures. These observational features indicate that self reconnections probably occurred between the tangled magnetic fields of the tornadoes and resulted in the rapid disintegrations and disappearances of the tornadoes. According to the reconnection theory, we also derive the field strength of the tornado core to be ˜8 G.

  4. Increased variability of tornado occurrence in the United States.

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    Brooks, Harold E; Carbin, Gregory W; Marsh, Patrick T

    2014-10-17

    Whether or not climate change has had an impact on the occurrence of tornadoes in the United States has become a question of high public and scientific interest, but changes in how tornadoes are reported have made it difficult to answer it convincingly. We show that, excluding the weakest tornadoes, the mean annual number of tornadoes has remained relatively constant, but their variability of occurrence has increased since the 1970s. This is due to a decrease in the number of days per year with tornadoes combined with an increase in days with many tornadoes, leading to greater variability on annual and monthly time scales and changes in the timing of the start of the tornado season. Copyright © 2014, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  5. Tornado Emergency Readiness Planning for Schools.

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    A place of safe refuge in the event of violent natural forces or a tornado should be included in the design of all new school buildings. Existing a school buildings should be analyzed by the architect, contractor, or engineer to determine if a safe place exists or if one can be readily adapted. Most criteria for fallout shelters are the same for…

  6. Okla. Tornado Renews Debate on Storm Safety

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    Shah, Nirvi

    2013-01-01

    As soon as the winds that left seven students in Moore, Okla., dead last month had calmed, and more storms blew through the same area less than two weeks later, questions about the safety of schools in a region labeled Tornado Alley rose amid the rubble. While better design of new schools and thorough emergency training and practice may be in…

  7. School interventions after the Joplin tornado.

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    Kanter, Robert K; Abramson, David

    2014-04-01

    To qualitatively describe interventions by schools to meet children's needs after the May 2011 Joplin, Missouri tornado. Qualitative exploratory study conducted six months after the tornado. Key informant interviews with school staff (teachers, psychologists, guidance counselor, nurse, principal), public health official, and physicians. After the tornado, school staff immediately worked to contact every enrolled child to provide assistance and coordinate recovery services. Despite severe damage to half of the city's schools, the decision was made to reopen schools at the earliest possible time to provide a safe, reassuring environment and additional services. An expanded summer school session emphasized child safety and emotional wellbeing. The 2011-2012 school year began on time, less than three months after the disaster, using temporary facilities. Displaced children were bused to their usual schools regardless of their new temporary residence locations. In just-in-time training sessions, teachers developed strategies to support students and staff experiencing anxiety or depression. Certified counselors conducted school-based, small-group counseling for students. Selective referrals were made to community mental health providers for children with greatest needs. Evidence from Joplin adds to a small body of empirical experience demonstrating the important contribution of schools to postdisaster community recovery. Despite timely and proactive services, many families and children struggled after the tornado. Improvements in the effectiveness of postdisaster interventions at schools will follow from future scientific evidence on optimal approaches.

  8. Utilizing Tornado Data for Classroom Exercises.

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    Kohler, Fred

    Exercises were developed using tornado statistics to provide students with a better understanding of the spatial and temporal characteristics of these phenomena in the United States. Four categories of exercises were considered beginning with the simplest and progressing to the more complex. The first set of exercises required students to…

  9. Latest climate changes in Romania :tornadoes

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    Pop, Elena

    2014-05-01

    Latest climate changes in Romania :tornadoes As climate change has been considered a research priority in the European Strategy for enduring development , I have done a detailed research with my students of the new climate change that has been going on in Romania for the past decade. More precisely I have studied together with my students the phenomenon of tornadoes that have seriously affected on some occasions some our our country's locations, such as Facaeni, in the county of Ialomita, in August 2002. A quite unusual phenomenon occurred on that location situated at 44.56 degrees northern latitude and at 27.89 degrees eastern longitude, that caused severe damage to the local environment and three persons lost their lives in the process, as well as other thirty people suffering from bad injuries. The magnitude of that strong phenomenon rose on the Fujita scale at level F3 which implied wing gusts between 252-300 km/ hour . A main cause of occurrence of such a severe weather was the difference in temperature of two huge air masses, one of Polar origin, and other coming from tropical latitudes . Their crossroads was on that precise territory of Romania. The duration of the worst part of the tornado path lasted only for two minutes, but the consequences of its passage were colossal : total destruction of 33 households, and other 395 were partially damaged, 1,000 people afflicted by the devastation and 100 acres of acacia tree forest ripped off the ground. The first ever recorded tornado phenomenon in Romania was around 1894-1896, considered at that time " a freak of nature" was seen as a cloud formation abnormality , an uncontrolled force of nature that had a huge impact , and at the same time, it vanished into "thin air " fast. The most affected areas in Romania by tornadoes are the south-eastern planes where the cloud formations can create fast columns of air rotating up to 500 km/hour. The local people compared the cloud funnels created on the planes to "serpents

  10. Torsional wave propagation in solar tornadoes

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    Vasheghani Farahani, S.; Ghanbari, E.; Ghaffari, G.; Safari, H.

    2017-03-01

    Aims: We investigate the propagation of torsional waves in coronal structures together with their collimation effects in the context of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) theory. The interplay of the equilibrium twist and rotation of the structure, e.g. jet or tornado, together with the density contrast of its internal and external media is studied to shed light on the nature of torsional waves. Methods: We consider a rotating magnetic cylinder embedded in a plasma with a straight magnetic field. This resembles a solar tornado. In order to express the dispersion relations and phase speeds of the axisymmetric magnetohydrodynamic waves, the second-order thin flux tube approximation is implemented for the internal medium and the ideal MHD equations are implemented for the external medium. Results: The explicit expressions for the phase speed of the torsional wave show the modification of the torsional wave speed due to the equilibrium twist, rotation, and density contrast of the tornado. The speeds could be either sub-Alfvénic or ultra-Alfvénic depending on whether the equilibrium twist or rotation is dominant. The equilibrium twist increases the phase speed while the equilibrium rotation decreases it. The good agreement between the explicit versions for the phase speed and that obtained numerically proves adequate for the robustness of the model and method. The density ratio of the internal and external media also play a significant role in the speed and dispersion. Conclusions: The dispersion of the torsional wave is an indication of the compressibility of the oscillations. When the cylinder is rotating or twisted, in contrast to when it only possesses a straight magnetic field, the torsional wave is a collective mode. In this case its phase speed is determined by the Alfvén waves inside and outside the tornado.

  11. Level 1 Tornado PRA for the High Flux Beam Reactor

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    Bozoki, G.E.; Conrad, C.S.

    1994-05-01

    This report describes a risk analysis primarily directed at providing an estimate for the frequency of tornado induced damage to the core of the High Flux Beam Reactor (HFBR), and thus it constitutes a Level 1 Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) covering tornado induced accident sequences. The basic methodology of the risk analysis was to develop a ``tornado specific`` plant logic model that integrates the internal random hardware failures with failures caused externally by the tornado strike and includes operator errors worsened by the tornado modified environment. The tornado hazard frequency, as well as earlier prepared structural and equipment fragility data, were used as input data to the model. To keep modeling/calculational complexity as simple as reasonable a ``bounding`` type, slightly conservative, approach was applied. By a thorough screening process a single dominant initiating event was selected as a representative initiator, defined as: ``Tornado Induced Loss of Offsite Power.`` The frequency of this initiator was determined to be 6.37E-5/year. The safety response of the HFBR facility resulted in a total Conditional Core Damage Probability of .621. Thus, the point estimate of the HFBR`s Tornado Induced Core Damage Frequency (CDF) was found to be: (CDF){sub Tornado} = 3.96E-5/year. This value represents only 7.8% of the internal CDF and thus is considered to be a small contribution to the overall facility risk expressed in terms of total Core Damage Frequency. In addition to providing the estimate of (CDF){sub Tornado}, the report documents, the relative importance of various tornado induced system, component, and operator failures that contribute most to (CDF){sub Tornado}.

  12. Buoyancy and shear characteristics of hurricane-tornado environments

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    Mccaul, Eugene W., Jr.

    1991-01-01

    This study presents detailed composite profiles of temperature, moisture, and wind constructed for tornado environments in tropical cyclones that affected the U.S. between 1948 and 1986. Winds are composited in components radial and tangential to the tropical cyclone center at observation time. Guided by observed patterns of tornado occurrence, composites are constructed for a variety of different stratifications of the data, including proximity to tornadoes, position relative to the cyclone center, time of day, time after cyclone landfall, cyclone translation speed, and landfall location. The composites are also compared to composite soundings from Great Plains tornado environments. A variety of sounding parameters are examined to see which are most closely related to the tornado distribution patterns. Lower-tropospheric vertical shears are found to be stronger in the tropical cyclone tornado environments than on the Great Plains. Buoyancy for the tropical cyclone tornado cases is much smaller than that seen with Great Plains tornado events and exhibits a weak negative correlation with tornado outbreak severity.

  13. Kinetic Energy of Tornadoes in the United States.

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    Fricker, Tyler; Elsner, James B

    2015-01-01

    Tornadoes can cause catastrophic destruction. Here total kinetic energy (TKE) as a metric of destruction is computed from the fraction of the tornado path experiencing various damage levels and a characteristic wind speed for each level. The fraction of the path is obtained from a model developed for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that combines theory with empirical data. TKE is validated as a useful metric by comparing it to other indexes and loss indicators. Half of all tornadoes have TKE exceeding 62.1 GJ and a quarter have TKE exceeding 383.2 GJ. One percent of the tornadoes have TKE exceeding 31.9 TJ. April has more energy than May with fewer tornadoes; March has more energy than June with half as many tornadoes. September has the least energy but November and December have the fewest tornadoes. Alabama ranks number one in terms of tornado energy with 2.48 PJ over the period 2007-2013. TKE can be used to help better understand the changing nature of tornado activity.

  14. Dynamics and thermodynamics of a tornado: Rotation effects

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    Ben-Amots, N.

    2016-09-01

    This paper investigates the relevant processes in the tornado including the dynamics of rotation and thermodynamics as well as condensation. The main novelty of this paper is the explanation of the phenomena occurring in the central downflow. The reduced pressure in the tornado's funnel sucks air and water vapor from the cloud above the tornado. The latent heat of condensation is released in the funnel. The centrifugal force drives the generated water drops out of the funnel. The latent heat of condensation released is also transferred out of the funnel, and supplies the helically ascending air flow surrounding the tornado with additional buoyancy energy. This process gives the tornado increased strength compared to the dust devil type of flow, thus explaining why tornadoes occur always under a cloud, and why the tornado pipe can reach a height of a kilometer and more. To sustain a tornado, the temperature of water vapor at the cloud's base should be higher than the surroundings by a certain minimal value. Remote infrared temperature measurements of clouds' bases may provide indications of the probability that a cloud can spawn a tornado, which may increase the lead time.

  15. Local lattice relaxations in random metallic alloys: Effective tetrahedron model and supercell approach

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    Ruban, Andrei; Simak, S.I.; Shallcross, S.;

    2003-01-01

    We present a simple effective tetrahedron model for local lattice relaxation effects in random metallic alloys on simple primitive lattices. A comparison with direct ab initio calculations for supercells representing random Ni0.50Pt0.50 and Cu0.25Au0.75 alloys as well as the dilute limit of Au...

  16. Some wind and instability parameters associated with strong and violent tornadoes: 2. Variations in the combinations of wind and instability parameters

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    Johns, Robert H.; Davies, Jonathan M.; Leftwich, Preston W.

    Meteorologists have long known that both potential buoyant energy and the strength and vertical profile of the tropospheric wind fields are important in the process of tornado development [e.g., Miller, 1972]. Further, operational experience suggests that the combinations of wind parameters and instability parameters vary considerably from one tornado situation to another. Numerical models suggest that the type of storm that develops in a given situation (e.g., an isolated supercell) is related to both the vertical wind profile and the potential buoyant energy of the air in the updraft entrainment layer [Weisman and Klemp, 1982, 1986]. Observational studies by Rasmussen and Wilhelmson [1983] and Leftwich and Wu [1988] have examined the wind shear/potential buoyant energy relationship in association with tornado development. These studies involved limited data sets and were concerned with the wind shear in a relatively deep layer of the troposphere (0-4-km above ground level (AGL)). Recently, interest has focused on the nature of the wind fields in shallower layers of the lower troposphere, layers that more nearly correspond to the updraft entrainment region [Davies, 1989; Davies-Jones et al., 1990]. Utilizing a large comprehensive data set, Johns et al [1990] (hereafter referred to as JDL) examined the relationship between 0-2-km AGL "positive" wind shear (PWS) and convective available potential energy (CAPE) [Moncrieff and Green, 1972] in association with strong and violent tornado development. In this paper (part 2) the authors review the initial work of JDL and examine additional wind and potential buoyant energy parameter relationships associated with the data set compiled by JDL.

  17. A Statistical Model for Regional Tornado Climate Studies.

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    Jagger, Thomas H; Elsner, James B; Widen, Holly M

    2015-01-01

    Tornado reports are locally rare, often clustered, and of variable quality making it difficult to use them directly to describe regional tornado climatology. Here a statistical model is demonstrated that overcomes some of these difficulties and produces a smoothed regional-scale climatology of tornado occurrences. The model is applied to data aggregated at the level of counties. These data include annual population, annual tornado counts and an index of terrain roughness. The model has a term to capture the smoothed frequency relative to the state average. The model is used to examine whether terrain roughness is related to tornado frequency and whether there are differences in tornado activity by County Warning Area (CWA). A key finding is that tornado reports increase by 13% for a two-fold increase in population across Kansas after accounting for improvements in rating procedures. Independent of this relationship, tornadoes have been increasing at an annual rate of 1.9%. Another finding is the pattern of correlated residuals showing more Kansas tornadoes in a corridor of counties running roughly north to south across the west central part of the state consistent with the dryline climatology. The model is significantly improved by adding terrain roughness. The effect amounts to an 18% reduction in the number of tornadoes for every ten meter increase in elevation standard deviation. The model indicates that tornadoes are 51% more likely to occur in counties served by the CWAs of DDC and GID than elsewhere in the state. Flexibility of the model is illustrated by fitting it to data from Illinois, Mississippi, South Dakota, and Ohio.

  18. A Statistical Model for Regional Tornado Climate Studies.

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    Thomas H Jagger

    Full Text Available Tornado reports are locally rare, often clustered, and of variable quality making it difficult to use them directly to describe regional tornado climatology. Here a statistical model is demonstrated that overcomes some of these difficulties and produces a smoothed regional-scale climatology of tornado occurrences. The model is applied to data aggregated at the level of counties. These data include annual population, annual tornado counts and an index of terrain roughness. The model has a term to capture the smoothed frequency relative to the state average. The model is used to examine whether terrain roughness is related to tornado frequency and whether there are differences in tornado activity by County Warning Area (CWA. A key finding is that tornado reports increase by 13% for a two-fold increase in population across Kansas after accounting for improvements in rating procedures. Independent of this relationship, tornadoes have been increasing at an annual rate of 1.9%. Another finding is the pattern of correlated residuals showing more Kansas tornadoes in a corridor of counties running roughly north to south across the west central part of the state consistent with the dryline climatology. The model is significantly improved by adding terrain roughness. The effect amounts to an 18% reduction in the number of tornadoes for every ten meter increase in elevation standard deviation. The model indicates that tornadoes are 51% more likely to occur in counties served by the CWAs of DDC and GID than elsewhere in the state. Flexibility of the model is illustrated by fitting it to data from Illinois, Mississippi, South Dakota, and Ohio.

  19. Teacher Guidelines for Helping Students after a Tornado

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    Being in a tornado can be very frightening, and the days, weeks, and months following the storm can be very stressful. Most families recover over time, especially with the support of relatives, friends, and their community. But different families may have different experiences during and after a tornado, and how long it takes them to recover will…

  20. Community Post-Tornado Support Groups: Intervention and Evaluation.

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    McCammon, Susan; And Others

    Post-tornado support groups were organized by the Greene County, North Carolina disaster coordinators and the Pitt County outreach workers from the Community Mental Health Center sponsored tornado follow-up project. The most significant intervention used was the emphasis on creating a climate of group support by establishing a forum for…

  1. Apophysomyces trapeziformis infection associated with a tornado-related injury.

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    Weddle, Gina; Gandy, Kimberly; Bratcher, Denise; Pahud, Barbara; Jackson, Mary Anne

    2012-06-01

    This report defines the role of Apophysomyces as an aggressive fungal pathogen seen after a tornado injury. Clinical and laboratory manifestations of infections after environmentally contaminated wounds incurred during a tornado are outlined, emphasizing mechanism of injury, comorbidities, and diagnostic and treatment challenges. Therapy with systemic antifungal therapy and aggressive serial tissue debridement was successful in achieving cure.

  2. Exploring the Experiences of Special Educators Following the Joplin Tornado

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    Palmer, Allyson

    2013-01-01

    On May 22, 2011, an EF5 tornado ripped through Joplin, MO, leaving many residents without homes and destroying or damaging several school buildings. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how special education teachers responded to the needs of their students with disabilities following the Joplin tornado. Purposeful sampling was…

  3. A Bayesian modelling framework for tornado occurrences in North America.

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    Cheng, Vincent Y S; Arhonditsis, George B; Sills, David M L; Gough, William A; Auld, Heather

    2015-03-25

    Tornadoes represent one of nature's most hazardous phenomena that have been responsible for significant destruction and devastating fatalities. Here we present a Bayesian modelling approach for elucidating the spatiotemporal patterns of tornado activity in North America. Our analysis shows a significant increase in the Canadian Prairies and the Northern Great Plains during the summer, indicating a clear transition of tornado activity from the United States to Canada. The linkage between monthly-averaged atmospheric variables and likelihood of tornado events is characterized by distinct seasonality; the convective available potential energy is the predominant factor in the summer; vertical wind shear appears to have a strong signature primarily in the winter and secondarily in the summer; and storm relative environmental helicity is most influential in the spring. The present probabilistic mapping can be used to draw inference on the likelihood of tornado occurrence in any location in North America within a selected time period of the year.

  4. Review of worldwide occurrence of tornadoes

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    Goliger, Adam M

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available USSR (Baltic Republics, Ukraine, White Russia and part of the Russian Republic). As the information on the geographical distribution given in Ref. [16] is very limited, only an approximate analysis of the mean rates of occurrence for various republics... was possible. This analysis revealed rates of occurrence of between 2 and 4]10~6/yr/km2 for Ukraine, White Russia and Moldavia. 5.7. Other countries Tornadoes have been reported in Scandinavia and several Swedish events have been documented. Although...

  5. The environment associated with significant tornadoes in Bangladesh

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    Bikos, Dan; Finch, Jonathan; Case, Jonathan L.

    2016-01-01

    This paper investigates the environmental parameters favoring significant tornadoes in Bangladesh through a simulation of ten high-impact events. A climatological perspective is first presented on classifying significant tornadoes in Bangladesh, noting the challenges since reports of tornadoes are not documented in a formal manner. The statistical relationship between United States and Bangladesh tornado-related deaths suggests that significant tornadoes do occur in Bangladesh so this paper identifies the most significant tornadic events and analyzes the environmental conditions associated with these events. Given the scarcity of observational data to assess the near-storm environment in this region, high-resolution (3-km horizontal grid spacing) numerical weather prediction simulations are performed for events identified to be associated with a significant tornado. In comparison to similar events over the United States, significant tornado environments in Bangladesh are characterized by relatively high convective available potential energy, sufficient deep-layer vertical shear, and a propensity for deviant (i.e., well to the right of the mean flow) storm motion along a low-level convergence boundary.

  6. Giant tornadoes as rotating legs of solar prominences

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    Wedemeyer, Sven; van der Voort, Luc Rouppe; Bosnjak, Antonija; Antolin, Patrick

    2013-01-01

    Observations in the 171 AA channel of the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly of the space-borne Solar Dynamics Observatory show tornadoes-like features in the atmosphere of the Sun. These giant tornadoes appear as dark, elongated and apparently rotating structures in front of a brighter background. This phenomenon is thought to be produced by rotating magnetic field structures that extend throughout the atmosphere. We characterize giant tornadoes through a statistical analysis of properties like spatial distribution, lifetimes, and sizes. A total number of 201 giant tornadoes are detected in a period of 25 days, suggesting that on average about 30 events are present across the whole Sun at a time close to solar maximum. Most tornadoes appear in groups and seem to form the legs of prominences, thus serving as plasma sources/sinks. Additional Halpha observations with the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope imply that giant tornadoes rotate as a structure although clearly exhibiting a thread-like structure. We observe tornado...

  7. Lattice dynamics and electron-phonon coupling calculations using nondiagonal supercells

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    Lloyd-Williams, Jonathan; Monserrat, Bartomeu

    Quantities derived from electron-phonon coupling matrix elements require a fine sampling of the vibrational Brillouin zone. Converged results are typically not obtainable using the direct method, in which a perturbation is frozen into the system and the total energy derivatives are calculated using a finite difference approach, because the size of simulation cell needed is prohibitively large. We show that it is possible to determine the response of a periodic system to a perturbation characterized by a wave vector with reduced fractional coordinates (m1 /n1 ,m2 /n2 ,m3 /n3) using a supercell containing a number of primitive cells equal to the least common multiple of n1, n2, and n3. This is accomplished by utilizing supercell matrices containing nonzero off-diagonal elements. We present the results of electron-phonon coupling calculations using the direct method to sample the vibrational Brillouin zone with grids of unprecedented size for a range of systems, including the canonical example of diamond. We also demonstrate that the use of nondiagonal supercells reduces by over an order of magnitude the computational cost of obtaining converged vibrational densities of states and phonon dispersion curves. J.L.-W. is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). B.M. is supported by Robinson College, Cambridge, and the Cambridge Philosophical Society. This work was supported by EPSRC Grants EP/J017639/1 and EP/K013564/1.

  8. 区域暴雨过程中两次龙卷风事件分析%Analysis of the two tornado events during a process of regional torrential rain

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    张一平; 俞小鼎; 吴蓁; 梁俊平; 吕林宜

    2012-01-01

    A detailed analysis of the two tornado processes on 17 and 19 July 2010 in Henan was made by using a new generation of Doppler radar data, the conventional observations data, the NECP reanalysis data and other information. The results were as follows: (1) the weather background of the tornado occurrence; the two tornadoes occurred during a process of regional torrential and severe torrential rains in Henan, which were impacted by the southwestern flow in the subtropical high edge, the strong divergence areas north of the Tibetan high ridge and on the right rear of the entrance areas of the upper jet stream with the vortex, shear line and jet stream existing in the middle and lower levels. Tornadoes occurred in the southeast quadrant of meso-β cyclones on the ground, about 50 km from the cyclone center. (2) The environment field characteristics of the tornadoes covered: the convective available potential energy greater than 1000 J/kg, unstable atmospheric stratification, the K index greater than 36℃ , the SWEAT index of the occurrence of strong tornadoes being about 400, the vertical wind shear for 0 — 1. 5 km being up to 15 m/s, and a very low lifting condensation level that was from 0 to 300 m. (3) The analyzed results of the radar echo and characteristical parameters: two tornadoes both occurred in the β-meso scale spiral rainbands on the southeast side of the vortex with the intensity of the echo band of about 50 dBz and the top from 9 to 12 km, and the tornado was produced by a mini-supercell that was in the center of the echo, with a significantly weak echo upward flow zone in the vertical profile and the interface zone between the rear flank downdraft and updraft is a key area which is prone to tornadoes. The Y-mesoscale cyclone series experinced a evolution process related to three dimensional correlated shear, mesocyclone, tornado vortex signature as shown in the velocity profiles. The mesocyclone occurred earlier about 0. 5 - 1 h than the tornado

  9. Prepare to protect: Operating and maintaining a tornado safe room.

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    Herseth, Andrew; Goldsmith-Grinspoon, Jennifer; Scott, Pataya

    2017-06-01

    Operating and maintaining a tornado safe room can be critical to the effective continuity of business operations because a firm's most valuable asset is its people. This paper describes aspects of operations and maintenance (O&M) for existing tornado safe rooms as well as a few planning and design aspects that affect the ultimate operation of a safe room for situations where a safe room is planned, but not yet constructed. The information is based on several Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room publications that provide guidance on emergency management and operations, as well as the design and construction of tornado safe rooms.

  10. Supercell design for first-principles simulations of solids and application to diamond, silica, and superionic water

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    Militzer, B.

    2016-12-01

    For efficient first-principles computation of crystalline materials at high density and temperature, an optimal choice of the supercell is important to minimize finite size errors. An algorithm is presented to construct compact supercells for arbitrary crystal structures. Rather than constructing standard supercells by replicating the conventional unit cell, we employ the full flexibility that we gain by using arbitrary combinations of the primitive cell vectors in order to construct a series of cubic and nearly cubic supercells. In cases where different polymorphs of a material needed to be compared, we are able construct supercells of consistent size. Our approach also allows us to efficiently study the finite size effects in systems like superionic water where they would otherwise difficult to obtain because a standard replication of the unit cells leads to supercells that are too expensive to be used for first-principles simulations. We apply our method to simple, body-centered, and face-centered cubic as well as hexagonal close packed cells. We present simulation results for diamond, silica in the pyrite structure, and superionic water with an face-centered cubic oxygen sub-lattice. The effects of the finite simulation cell size and Brillouin zone sampling on the computed pressure and internal energy are analyzed.

  11. Variability of tornado occurrence over the continental United States since 1950

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    Guo, Li; Wang, Kaicun; Bluestein, Howard B.

    2016-06-01

    The United States experiences the most tornadoes of any country in the world. Given the catastrophic impact of tornadoes, concern has arisen regarding the variation in climatology of U.S. tornadoes under the changing climate. A recent study claimed that the temporal variability of tornado occurrence over the continental U.S. has increased since the 1970s. However, that study ignored the highly regionalized climatology of U.S. tornadoes. To address this issue, we examined the long-term trend of tornado temporal variability in each continental U.S. state. Based on the 64 year tornado records (1950-2013), we found that the trends in tornado temporal variability varied across the U.S., with only one third of the continental area or three out of 10 contiguous states (mostly from the Great Plains and Southeast, but where the frequency of occurrence of tornadoes is greater) displaying a significantly increasing trend. The other two-thirds area, where 60% of the U.S. tornadoes were reported (but the frequency of occurrence of tornadoes is less), however, showed a decreasing or a near-zero trend in tornado temporal variability. Furthermore, unlike the temporal variability alone, the combined spatial-temporal variability of U.S. tornado occurrence has remained nearly constant since 1950. Such detailed information on the climatological variability of U.S. tornadoes refines the claim of previous study and can be helpful for local mitigation efforts toward future tornado risks.

  12. United States Tornado Touchdown Points 1950-2004 - Direct Download

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This map layer shows tornado touchdown points in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, from 1950 to 2004. Statistical data were obtained from...

  13. Coupling Between Doppler Radar Signatures and Tornado Damage Tracks

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    Jedlovec, Gary J.; Molthan, Andrew L.; Carey, Lawrence; Carcione, Brian; Smith, Matthew; Schultz, Elise V.; Schultz, Christopher; Lafontaine, Frank

    2011-01-01

    On April 27, 2011, the southeastern United States was raked with several episodes of severe weather. Numerous tornadoes caused extensive damage, and tragically, the deaths of over 300 people. In Alabama alone, there were 61 confirmed tornados, 4 of them produced EF5 damage, and several were on the ground an hour or more with continuous damage tracks exceeding 80km. The use of Doppler radars covering the region provided reflectivity and velocity signatures that allowed forecasters to monitors the severe storms from beginning to end issuing hundreds of severe weather warnings throughout the day. Meteorologists from the the NWS performed extensive surveys to assess the intensity, duration, and ground track of tornadoes reported during the event. Survey activities included site visits to the affected locations, analysis of radar and satellite data, aerial surveys, and interviews with eyewitnesses. Satellite data from NASA's MODIS and ASTER instruments played a helpful role in determining the location of tornado damage paths and in the assessment. High resolution multispectral and temporal composites helped forecasters corroborate their damage assessments, determine starting and ending points for tornado touchdowns, and helped to provide forecasters with a better big-picture view of the damage region. The imagery also helped to separate damage from the April 27th tornados from severe weather that occurred earlier that month. In a post analysis of the outbreak, tornado damage path signatures observed in the NASA satellite data have been correlated to "debris ball" signatures in the NWS Doppler radars and a special ARMOR dual-polarization radar operated by the University of Alabama Huntsville during the event. The Doppler radar data indicates a circular enhanced reflectivity signal and rotational couplet in the radial velocity likely associated with the tornado that is spatially correlated with the damage tracks in the observed satellite data. An algorithm to detect and

  14. Predictors of compliance with tornado warnings issued in Joplin, Missouri, in 2011.

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    Paul, Bimal Kanti; Stimers, Mitchel; Caldas, Marcellus

    2015-01-01

    Joplin, a city in the southwest corner of Missouri, United States, suffered an EF-5 tornado in the late afternoon of 22 May 2011. This event, which claimed the lives of 162 people, represents the deadliest single tornado to strike the US since modern record-keeping began in 1950. This study examines the factors associated with responses to tornado warnings. Based on a post-tornado survey of survivors in Joplin, it reveals that tornado warnings were adequate and timely. Multivariate logistic regression identified four statistically significant determinants of compliance with tornado warnings: number of warning sources, whether respondents were at home when the tornado struck, past tornado experience, and gender. The findings suggest several recommendations, the implementation of which will further improve responses to tornado warnings. © 2014 The Author(s). Disasters © Overseas Development Institute, 2014.

  15. Phonon dispersion relations of Sb2S3 and Bi2S3 using the supercell force-constant method

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    Gan, Chee Kwan; Chua, Kun Ting Eddie; Liu, Yun

    2015-03-01

    We present a lattice dynamical study on the orthorhombic antimony sulphide (Sb2S3) and bismuth sulphide (Bi2S3) using the supercell force-constant method. We find that the slow decay of the interatomic force constants for these compounds in the Pnma setting critically demand the use of a large supercell of 2 × 4 × 2 that consists of 320 atoms. To enable a practical calculation the space group information is fully utilized where only inequivalent atoms within the primitive cell are displaced for the force calculations. The effect of Born effective charges is incorporated into the method. We compare our results with that obtained from the density-functional perturbation theory. We found that smaller supercells could lead to unphysical acoustic phonon softening and lifting of the degeneracies along high symmetry directions. Our results provide a proper guideline for the use of the supercell force-constant method: the supercell size must be carefully be tested along with other parameters such as the kinetic energy cutoff, the Brillouin zone sampling or the self-consistent convergence criteria.

  16. Finite Field Methods for the Supercell Modelling of Charged Insulator-Electrolyte Interfaces

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    Zhang, Chao

    2016-01-01

    Surfaces of ionic solids interacting with an ionic solution can build up charge by exchange of ions. The surface charge is compensated by a strip of excess charge at the border of the electrolyte forming an electric double layer. These electric double layers are very hard to model using the supercells methods of computational condensed phase science. The problem arises when the solid is an electric insulator (as most ionic solids are) permitting a finite interior electric field over the width of the slab representing the solid in the supercell. The slab acts as a capacitor. The stored charge is a deficit in the solution failing to compensate fully for the solid surface charge. Here we show how these problems can be overcome using the finite field methods developed by Stengel, Spaldin and Vanderbilt [Nat. Phys. 5, 304, (2009)]. We also show how the capacitance of the double layer can be computed once overall electric neutrality of the double layer is restored by application of a finite macroscopic field E or a...

  17. Simulation of modulated protein crystal structure and diffraction data in a supercell and in superspace

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    Lovelace, Jeffrey J.; Simone, Peter D. [Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases, 987696 Nebraska Medical, Omaha, NE 68198-7696 (United States); Petříček, Václav [Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Na Slovance 10, 182 21 Praha (Czech Republic); Borgstahl, Gloria E. O., E-mail: gborgstahl@unmc.edu [Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases, 987696 Nebraska Medical, Omaha, NE 68198-7696 (United States)

    2013-06-01

    A computer simulation was created for a modulated protein structure along with structure factors in a periodic supercell and in superspace for the purpose of developing and validating software modifications that will be used to solve and refine modulated protein crystals. The toolbox for computational protein crystallography is full of easy-to-use applications for the routine solution and refinement of periodic diffraction data sets and protein structures. There is a gap in the available software when it comes to aperiodic crystallographic data. Current protein crystallography software cannot handle modulated data, and small-molecule software for aperiodic crystallography cannot work with protein structures. To adapt software for modulated protein data requires training data to test and debug the changed software. Thus, a comprehensive training data set consisting of atomic positions with associated modulation functions and the modulated structure factors packaged as both a three-dimensional supercell and as a modulated structure in (3+1)D superspace has been created. The (3+1)D data were imported into Jana2006; this is the first time that this has been performed for protein data.

  18. Hα Doppler shifts in a tornado in the solar corona

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    Schmieder, B.; Mein, P.; Mein, N.; Levens, P. J.; Labrosse, N.; Ofman, L.

    2017-01-01

    Context. High resolution movies in 193 Å from the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) show apparent rotation in the leg of a prominence observed during a coordinated campaign. Such structures are commonly referred to as tornadoes. Time-distance intensity diagrams of the AIA data show the existence of oscillations suggesting that the structure is rotating. Aims: The aim of this paper is to understand if the cool plasma at chromospheric temperatures inside the tornado is rotating around its central axis. Methods: The tornado was also observed in Hα with a cadence of 30 s by the MSDP spectrograph, operating at the Solar Tower in Meudon. The MSDP provides sequences of simultaneous spectra in a 2D field of view from which a cube of Doppler velocity maps is retrieved. Results: The Hα Doppler maps show a pattern with alternatively blueshifted and redshifted areas of 5 to 10'' wide. Over time the blueshifted areas become redshifted and vice versa, with a quasi-periodicity of 40 to 60 min. Weaker amplitude oscillations with periods of 4 to 6 min are superimposed onto these large period oscillations. Conclusions: The Doppler pattern observed in Hα cannot be interpreted as rotation of the cool plasma inside the tornado. The Hα velocity observations give strong constraints on the possible interpretations of the AIA tornado.

  19. Mortality from a tornado outbreak, Alabama, April 27, 2011.

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    Chiu, Cindy H; Schnall, Amy H; Mertzlufft, Caitlin E; Noe, Rebecca S; Wolkin, Amy F; Spears, Jeanne; Casey-Lockyer, Mary; Vagi, Sara J

    2013-08-01

    We describe the demographics of the decedents from the tornado outbreak in Alabama on April 27, 2011; examine the circumstances of death surrounding these fatalities; and identify measures to prevent future tornado-related fatalities. We collected information about the decedents from death certificates, disaster-related mortality surveillance, and interview data collected by American Red Cross volunteers from the decedent's families. We describe demographic characteristics, circumstances and causes of death, and sheltering behaviors before death. Of the 247 fatalities, females and older adults were at highest risk for tornado-related deaths. Most deaths were directly related to the tornadoes, on scene, and trauma-related. The majority of the deceased were indoors in single-family homes. Word of mouth was the most common warning mechanism. This tornado event was the third deadliest in recent US history. Our findings support the need for local community shelters, enhanced messaging to inform the public of shelter locations, and encouragement of word-of-mouth warnings and personal and family preparedness planning, with a special focus on assisting vulnerable individuals in taking shelter.

  20. Perceptions and Expected Immediate Reactions to Tornado Warning Polygons

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    Lindell, M. K.; Huang, S. K.; Wei, H. L.; Samuelson, C. D.

    2015-12-01

    To provide people with more specific information about tornado threats, the National Weather Service has replaced its county-wide warnings with smaller warning polygons that more specifically indicate the risk area. However, tornado warning polygons do not have a standardized definition regarding tornado strike probabilities (ps) so it is unclear how warning recipients interpret them. To better understand this issue, 155 participants responded to 15 hypothetical warning polygons. After viewing each polygon, they rated the likelihood of a tornado striking their location and the likelihood that they would take nine different response actions ranging from continuing normal activities to getting in a car and driving somewhere safer. The results showed participants inferred that the ps was highest at the polygon's centroid, lower just inside the edges of the polygon, still lower (but not zero) just outside the edges of the polygon, and lowest in locations beyond that. Moreover, higher ps values were associated with lower expectations of continuing normal activities and higher expectations of seeking information from social sources (but not environmental cues) and higher expectations of seeking shelter (but not evacuating in their cars). These results indicate that most people make some errors in their ps judgments but are likely to respond appropriately to the ps they infer from the warning polygons. Overall, the findings from this study and other research can help meteorologists to better understand how people interpret the uncertainty associated with warning polygons and, thus, improve tornado warning systems.

  1. Schools in Kansas with Tornado Protection. Shawnee Mission Public Schools--District No. 512.

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    Ward, Delbert B.

    Kansas and nearby Missouri are among the half-dozen states in America having the greatest frequency of tornadoes of any region in the world. This booklet describes a districtwide approach of designing and constructing tornado-resistant shelters as integrated parts of the school facilities. The design criteria for tornado protection also resulted…

  2. Conceptions of Tornado Wind Speed and Land Surface Interactions among Undergraduate Students in Nebraska

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    Van Den Broeke, Matthew S.; Arthurs, Leilani

    2015-01-01

    To ascertain novice conceptions of tornado wind speed and the influence of surface characteristics on tornado occurrence, 613 undergraduate students enrolled in introductory science courses at a large state university in Nebraska were surveyed. Our findings show that students lack understanding of the fundamental concepts that (1) tornadoes are…

  3. 76 FR 70971 - Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Societal Response to Tornado Warnings

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    2011-11-16

    ... Response to Tornado Warnings AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ACTION: Notice... examine the societal impacts of tornado warnings, specifically the methods of receipt, response, and the... Following a particularly deadly year of tornadoes in the United States despite the existence of adequate...

  4. On the magnetism and dynamics of prominence legs hosting tornadoes

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    Gonzalez, M J Martinez; Arregui, I; Collados, M; Beck, C; Rodriguez, J de la Cruz

    2016-01-01

    Solar tornadoes are dark vertical filamentary structures observed in the extreme ultraviolet associated with prominence legs and filament barbs. Their true nature and relationship to prominences requires understanding their magnetic structure and dynamic properties. Recently, a controversy has arisen: is the magnetic field organized forming vertical, helical structures or is it dominantly horizontal? And concerning their dynamics, are tornadoes really rotating or is it just a visual illusion? Here, we analyze four consecutive spectropolarimetric scans of a prominence hosting tornadoes on its legs which help us shed some light on their magnetic and dynamical properties. We show that the magnetic field is very smooth in all the prominence, probably an intrinsic property of the coronal field. The prominence legs have vertical helical fields that show slow temporal variation probably related to the motion of the fibrils. Concerning the dynamics, we argue that 1) if rotation exists, it is intermittent, lasting no ...

  5. Tornadoes and waterspouts in Catalonia (1950–2009

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    M. Gayà

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a preliminary climatology of tornadoes and waterspouts in Catalonia (NE Iberian Peninsula. A database spanning 60 yr (1950–2009 has been developed on the basis of information collected from various sources such as weather reports, insurance companies, newspapers and damage surveys. This database has been subjected to a rigorous validation process, and the climatology describes its main features: timing, spatial pattern, and trends in the tornado and waterspout distribution. Results show the highest concentration of tornadoes from August to October, the highest density in the heavily populated coastal areas and a growing positive trend that is likely more closely linked to an increase in observation and perception rather than a real climatic trend.

  6. Why do Tornados and Hail Storms Rest on Weekends?

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    Rosenfeld, Daniel; Bell, Thomas L.

    2010-01-01

    When anthropogenic aerosols over the eastern USA during summertime are at their weekly mid-week peak, tornado and hail storm activity there is also near its weekly maximum. The weekly cycle in storm activity is statistically significant and unlikely to be due to natural variability. The pattern of variability supports the hypothesis that air pollution aerosols invigorate deep convective clouds in a moist, unstable atmosphere, to the extent of inducing production of large hailstones and tornados. This is caused by the effect of aerosols on cloud-drop nucleation, making cloud drops smaller, delaying precipitation-forming processes and their evaporation, and hence affecting cloud dynamics.

  7. Correlating simulated surface marks with near-surface tornado structure

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    Zimmerman, Michael I.

    Tornadoes often leave behind patterns of debris deposition, or "surface marks", which provide a direct signature of their near surface winds. The intent of this thesis is to investigate what can be learned about near-surface tornado structure and intensity through the properties of surface marks generated by simulated, debris-laden tornadoes. Earlier work showed through numerical simulations that the tornado's structure and intensity is highly sensitive to properties of the near-surface flow and can change rapidly in time for some conditions. The strongest winds often occur within tens of meters of the surface where the threat to human life and property is highest, and factors such as massive debris loadings and asymmetry of the main vortex have proven to be critical complications in some regimes. However, studying this portion of the flow in the field is problematic; while Doppler radar provides the best tornado wind field measurements, it cannot probe below about 20 m, and interpretation of Doppler data requires assumptions about tornado symmetry, steadiness in time, and correlation between scatterer and air velocities that are more uncertain near the surface. As early as 1967, Fujita proposed estimating tornado wind speeds from analysis of aerial photography and ground documentation of surface marks. A handful of studies followed but were limited by difficulties in interpreting physical origins of the marks, and little scientific attention has been paid to them since. Here, Fujita's original idea is revisited in the context of three-dimensional, large-eddy simulations of tornadoes with fully-coupled debris. In this thesis, the origins of the most prominent simulated marks are determined and compared with historical interpretations of real marks. The earlier hypothesis that cycloidal surface marks were directly correlated with the paths of individual vortices (either the main vortex or its secondary vortices, when present) is unsupported by the simulation results

  8. Simulation of modulated protein crystal structure and diffraction data in a supercell and in superspace.

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    Lovelace, Jeffrey J; Simone, Peter D; Petříček, Václav; Borgstahl, Gloria E O

    2013-06-01

    The toolbox for computational protein crystallography is full of easy-to-use applications for the routine solution and refinement of periodic diffraction data sets and protein structures. There is a gap in the available software when it comes to aperiodic crystallographic data. Current protein crystallography software cannot handle modulated data, and small-molecule software for aperiodic crystallography cannot work with protein structures. To adapt software for modulated protein data requires training data to test and debug the changed software. Thus, a comprehensive training data set consisting of atomic positions with associated modulation functions and the modulated structure factors packaged as both a three-dimensional supercell and as a modulated structure in (3+1)D superspace has been created. The (3+1)D data were imported into Jana2006; this is the first time that this has been performed for protein data.

  9. A Sensitivity Study of Aerosol Effects on an Idealized Supercell Storm

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    Takeishi, A.; Storelvmo, T.

    2013-12-01

    One of the largest uncertainties in future climate projections lies in the climatic effects of aerosols. It has been shown that the cooling effect of aerosols could partially offset the current global warming induced by increased greenhouse gas concentration. Among the effects of aerosols, the interaction between aerosols and deep convective clouds is especially difficult to quantify, due to the complex interaction and limited measurements available. Although the radiative effect of deep convective clouds on climate is small, they could affect the local, regional, and global climate by altering precipitation and the large-scale circulations. Thus, it is of importance to understand how deep convection changes its development and evolution with aerosol loading. This study aims to understand the effects of varying aerosol number concentrations on deep convective clouds, using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. A quarter-circular shear supercell is simulated with three different microphysics schemes in an idealized setting, while mimicking the changes in aerosol concentration by changing either cloud droplet concentration or activated cloud condensation nuclei concentration. We find that the simulated amount of precipitation has quite different sensitivities to aerosol concentration, depending on the microphysics scheme used; one of the simulations shows a drastic decrease in precipitation with increased aerosol loading, whereas simulations with the other two schemes show relatively low sensitivities to aerosol concentration. This fact highlights uncertainties in the complex microphysical interactions in convective clouds. In addition, changes in ice nuclei concentration are mimicked by changing the ice nucleation rate in each scheme. Sensitivity to this variation is also dependent on the microphysics scheme used. Furthermore, radiation is added in the simulations so that both radiative and microphysical effects of aerosol on the supercell storm are

  10. Tornado outbreak variability follows Taylor's power law of fluctuation scaling and increases dramatically with severity.

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    Tippett, Michael K; Cohen, Joel E

    2016-02-29

    Tornadoes cause loss of life and damage to property each year in the United States and around the world. The largest impacts come from 'outbreaks' consisting of multiple tornadoes closely spaced in time. Here we find an upward trend in the annual mean number of tornadoes per US tornado outbreak for the period 1954-2014. Moreover, the variance of this quantity is increasing more than four times as fast as the mean. The mean and variance of the number of tornadoes per outbreak vary according to Taylor's power law of fluctuation scaling (TL), with parameters that are consistent with multiplicative growth. Tornado-related atmospheric proxies show similar power-law scaling and multiplicative growth. Path-length-integrated tornado outbreak intensity also follows TL, but with parameters consistent with sampling variability. The observed TL power-law scaling of outbreak severity means that extreme outbreaks are more frequent than would be expected if mean and variance were independent or linearly related.

  11. Electrical Characteristics of Simulated Tornadoes and Dust Devils

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    Zimmerman, Michael I.; Farrell, William M.; Barth, E. L.; Lewellen, W. S.; Perlongo, N. J.; Jackson, T. L.

    2012-01-01

    It is well known that tornadoes and dust devils have the ability to accumulate significant, visible clouds of debris. Collisions between sand-like debris species produce different electric charges on different types of grains, which convect along different trajectories around the vortex. Thus, significant charge separations and electric currents are possible, which as the vortex fluctuates over time are thought to produce ULF radiation signatures that have been measured in the field. These electric and magnetic fields may contain valuable information about tornado structure and genesis, and may be critical in driving electrochemical processes within dust devils on Mars. In the present work, existing large eddy simulations of debris-laden tornadoes performed at West Virginia University are coupled with a new debris-charging and advection code developed at Goddard Space Flight Center to investigate the detailed (meter-resolution) fluid-dynamic origins of electromagnetic fields within terrestrial vortices. First results are presented, including simulations of the electric and magnetic fields that would be observed by a near-surface, instrument-laden probe during a direct encounter with a tornado.

  12. Tornadoes & Hurricanes. The Natural Disaster Series. Grades 4-8.

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    Deery, Ruth

    The topics of tornadoes and hurricanes are important to children but are often missing from elementary textbooks. This document is a part of "The Natural Disaster Series" and is an attempt to supplement elementary science and social studies programs with lessons and student activities. Reasoning skills are emphasized throughout the…

  13. Prominence and tornado dynamics observed with IRIS and THEMIS

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    Schmieder, Brigitte; Levens, Peter; Labrosse, Nicolas; Mein, Pierre; Lopez Ariste, Arturo; Zapior, Maciek

    2017-08-01

    Several prominences were observed during campaigns in September 2013 and July 2014 with the IRIS spectrometer and the vector magnetograph THEMIS (Tenerife). SDO/AIA and IRIS provided images and spectra of prominences and tornadoes corresponding to different physical conditions of the transition region between the cool plasma and the corona. The vector magnetic field was derived from THEMIS observations by using the He D3 depolarisation due to the magnetic field. The inversion code (PCA) takes into account the Hanle and Zeeman effects and allows us to compute the strength and the inclination of the magnetic field which is shown to be mostly horizontal in prominences as well as in tornadoes. Movies from SDO/AIA in 304 A and Hinode/SOT in Ca II show the highly dynamic nature of the fine structures. From spectra in Mg II and Si IV lines provided by IRIS and H-alpha observed by the Multi-channel Subtractive Double Pass (MSDP) spectrograph in the Meudon Solar Tower we derived the Doppler shifts of the fine structures and reconstructed the 3D structure of tornadoes. We conclude that the apparent rotation of AIA tornadoes is due to large-scale quasi-periodic oscillations of the plasma along more or less horizontal magnetic structures.

  14. Emotional Reactions of Rescue Workers Following a Tornado.

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    McCammon, Susan L.; And Others

    Rescue and medical workers may be at risk for negative emotional experience following intervention efforts in disaster situations. To examine this possibility, 120 rescue and hospital personnel responded to a survey of their emotional reactions and coping behaviors 3 months after a devastating tornado. Twenty-eight subjects had been involved in…

  15. The February 21, 1993 tornadoes of East Tennessee

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    Fricke, K.E.; Kornegay, F.C. [Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    1993-08-11

    A series of tornadoes struck the east Tennessee area on Sunday afternoon, February 21, 1993 around Knoxville, Lenoir City, and Oak Ridge causing millions of dollars worth of damage to both homes and businesses in the area, killing one, injuring a number of persons, and leaving a large area without power for many hours or even days due to damage to the local TVA transmission line network. One tornado touched down in the Department of Energy Oak Ridge Reservation near the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant, continued through the Union Valley business district located just east of the plant, through the adjacent University of Tennessee Arboretum and then continued into the communities of Claxton and Powell. The path length of the tornado was approximately 13 miles. Damage to the Y-12 Plant was minimal, but the Union Valley business district was seriously damaged, including the Fusion Energy Design Center (FEDC) which houses a number of DOE related projects. The preliminary cost estimate of the damage to DOE facilities (both at Y-12 and at the FEDC) was around $520,000. This paper describes the local meteorological data, the tornado that struck near the Y-12 plant, the resulting damage both to the DOE facilities and to the surrounding communities, the plant emergency response and recovery activities, and the current hazard analyses being undertaken at the plant.

  16. Creativity...The Flowering Tornado, Art by Ginny Ruffner.

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    Johnson, Mark M.

    2003-01-01

    Presents background information on the artist Ginny Ruffner who was a "flameworker." Includes information on the exhibition entitled "Creativity: The Flowering Tornado, Art by Ginny Ruffner" and the accompanying art pop-up book. Provides photographs of some of her artwork. (CMK)

  17. Number of warning information sources and decision making during tornadoes.

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    Luo, Jianjun; Cong, Zhen; Liang, Daan

    2015-03-01

    Taking proper protective action upon receiving tornado warnings is critical to reducing casualties. With more warning information sources becoming available, how the number of such information sources affects decision making should be quantitatively investigated. To examine how the number of warning information sources affected individuals' decisions to take protective action during tornadoes. A telephone survey using random sampling was conducted in 2012 with residents in Tuscaloosa AL and Joplin MO, resulting in a working sample of 782 respondents. Both cities were struck by violent tornadoes (Enhanced Fujita Scale [EF]4 and EF5) in 2011. The analysis was conducted in 2013. Logistic regression analysis showed that relative to having only one warning information source, having two and three or more warning information sources significantly increased the odds of taking protective action in Joplin but not in Tuscaloosa; having three or more sources had a significantly stronger effect on taking protective action in Joplin than in Tuscaloosa. Having an emergency preparation plan in both cities and being white in Tuscaloosa significantly increased the odds of taking protective action, whereas being divorced in Joplin reduced these odds. Receiving warnings from more warning information sources might be more beneficial in places with less previous exposure to tornadoes and for populations with lower awareness of a potential tornado and higher probability of receiving no warnings. Emergency management agencies and public health officials should give priority to these places and populations when formulating disaster mitigation decisions and policies. Copyright © 2015 American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Millimeter-wave molecular line observations of the Tornado nebula

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    Sakai, D. [Department of Astronomy, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Oka, T.; Tanaka, K.; Matsumura, S.; Miura, K.; Takekawa, S., E-mail: sakai.daisuke@nao.ac.jp [Department of Physics, Institute of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Yokohama, Kanagawa 223-8522 (Japan)

    2014-08-10

    We report the results of millimeter-wave molecular line observations of the Tornado Nebula (G357.7-0.1), which is a bright radio source behind the Galactic center region. A 15' × 15' area was mapped in the J = 1-0 lines of CO, {sup 13}CO, and HCO{sup +} with the Nobeyama Radio Observatory 45 m telescope. The Very Large Array archival data of OH at 1720 MHz were also reanalyzed. We found two molecular clouds with separate velocities, V{sub LSR} = –14 km s{sup –1} and +5 km s{sup –1}. These clouds show rough spatial anti-correlation. Both clouds are associated with OH 1720 MHz emissions in the area overlapping with the Tornado Nebula. The spatial and velocity coincidence indicates violent interaction between the clouds and the Tornado Nebula. Modestly excited gas prefers the position of the Tornado 'head' in the –14 km s{sup –1} cloud, also suggesting the interaction. Virial analysis shows that the +5 km s{sup –1} cloud is more tightly bound by self-gravity than the –14 km s{sup –1} cloud. We propose a formation scenario for the Tornado Nebula; the +5 km s{sup –1} cloud collided into the –14 km s{sup –1} cloud, generating a high-density layer behind the shock front, which activates a putative compact object by Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton accretion to eject a pair of bipolar jets.

  19. Dual-Polarimetric Radar-Based Tornado Debris Signatures and Paths Associated with Tornadoes Over Northern Alabama During the Historic Outbreak of 27 April 2011

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    Carey, Lawrence D.; Schultz, Christopher J.; Schultz, Elise V.; Petersen, Walter A.; Gatlin, Patrick N.; Knupp, Kevin R.; Molthan, Andrew L.; Jedloved, Gary J.; Carcione, Brian C.; Darden, Christopher B.; Crowe, Christina C.

    2012-01-01

    A historic tornado and severe weather outbreak devastated much of the southeastern United States between 25 and 28 April 2011. On 27 April 2011, northern Alabama was particularly hard hit by 40 tornadoes, including 6 that reached EF-4 to EF-5 on the Enhanced Fujita damage scale. In northern Alabama alone, there were approximately 100 fatalities and hundreds of people who were injured or lost their homes during the havoc caused by these violent tornadic storms. Many of these tornadoes occurred within range of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) Advanced Radar for Meteorological and Operational Research (ARMOR, C-band dual-polarimetric). A unique capability of dual-polarimetric radar is the near-real time identification of lofted debris associated with ongoing tornadoes. The focus of this paper is to analyze the dual-polarimetric radar-inferred tornado debris signatures in 6 tornadoes in North Alabama on April 27, 2011. Several of these debris signatures were disseminated in real-time to the NWS Huntsville and local media to confirm storm spotter reports, confidence to enhance wording within warnings, and accurately pinpoint the locations of tornadoes for residents downstream of the storm. Also, the debris signature locations were used in post-event storm surveys to help locate areas of damage in regions where damage went unreported, or to help separate tornado tracks that were in close proximity to each other. Furthermore, the relative locations of the debris and damage paths for long track EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes will be ascertained by careful comparison of the ARMOR analysis with NASA MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) and ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) satellite imagery of the tornado damage scenes and the National Weather Service tornado damage surveys.

  20. On the temporal and spatial characteristics of tornado days in the United States

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    Moore, Todd W.

    2017-02-01

    More tornadoes are produced per year in the United States than in any other country, and these tornadoes have produced tremendous losses of life and property. Understanding how tornado activity will respond to climate change is important if we wish to prepare for future changes. Trends in various tornado and tornado day characteristics, including their annual frequencies, their temporal variability, and their spatial distributions, have been reported in the past few years. This study contributes to this body of literature by further analyzing the temporal and spatial characteristics of tornado days in the United States. The analyses performed in this study support previously reported findings in addition to providing new perspectives, including that the temporal trends are observed only in low-frequency and high-frequency tornado days and that the eastward shift in tornado activity is produced, in part, by the increasing number of high-frequency tornado days, which tend to occur to the east of the traditionally depicted tornado alley in the Great Plains.

  1. Vulnerability Assessment of the nuclear power plant Vandellos II before a tornado; Evaluacion de vulnerabilidad de C.N. Vandellos II ante tornado

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    Fernandez, A.; Encabo, J.; Vaz-Romero, A.; Moran, M. A.; Roch, M.; Nicolas, P.; Barrera, N.

    2010-07-01

    The purpose of this work was the study of vulnerability to tornado event Vandellos II NPP. To do this, we have evaluated all structures (buildings), security systems and components to the installation of wind stresses, depression and impact of projectiles, generated by a tornado on the site.

  2. Interference and k-point sampling in the supercell approach to phase-coherent transport - art. no. 0333401

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    Thygesen, Kristian Sommer; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel

    2005-01-01

    We present a systematic study of interference and k-point sampling effects in the supercell approach to phase-coherent electron transport. We use a representative tight-binding model to show that interference between the repeated images is a small effect compared to the error introduced by using...... only the Gamma-point for a supercell containing (3,3) sites in the transverse plane. An insufficient k-point sampling can introduce strong but unphysical features in the transmission function which can be traced to the presence of van Hove singularities in the lead. We present a first......-principles calculation of the transmission through a Pt contact which shows that the k-point sampling is also important for realistic systems....

  3. Charge structures and cloud-to-ground lightning discharges characteristics in two supercell thunderstorms

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    ZHANG Yijun; MENG Qing; LU Weitao; Paul Krehbiel; LIU Xinsheng; ZhOU Xiuji

    2006-01-01

    The charge structures and temporal and spatial characteristics of cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning discharges in two supercell thunderstorms have been analyzed based on the data of three-dimen- sional VHF radiation sources with high time and space resolution produced by lightning discharges. The results indicate that the charge structures in main part (convective region) of the thunderstorms were inverted tripole while a number of positive CG lightning discharges were occurring in the two thunderstorms. The positive CG lightning discharges occurred in main part of the thunderstorms and originated from the positive charge region located at the middle part of the thunderstorms. While a number of negative CG lightning discharges were occurring, the negative CG lightning discharges occurred in the anvil of the thunderstorm. The charge structure is inverted dipole in the region due to the slant of charge structure in main region toward anvil region. The negative charge region located at the upper part of anvil produced a lot of negative CG lightning discharges. No or less CG lighting was produced directly by the charge region located at the lower part of the thunderstorm. The charge region in lower part of the thunderstorm plays an important role for the occurrence of CG lightning from charge region above it.

  4. Dual-Polarimetric Radar-Based Tornado Debris Paths Associated with EF-4 and EF-5 Tornadoes over Northern Alabama During the Historic Outbreak of 27 April 2011

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    Carey, Lawrence D.; Schultz, Chrstopher J.; Schultz, Elise V.; Petersen, Walter A.; Gatlin, Patrick N.; Knupp, Kevin R.; Molthan, Andrew L.; Jedlovec, Gary J.; Darden, Christopher B.

    2012-01-01

    An historic tornado and severe weather outbreak devastated much of the southeastern United States between 25 and 28 April 2011. On 27 April 2011, northern Alabama was particularly hard hit by a large number of tornadoes, including several that reached EF-4 and EF-5 on the Enhanced Fujita damage scale. In northern Alabama alone, there were approximately 100 fatalities and hundreds of more people who were injured or lost their homes during the havoc caused by these violent tornadic storms. Two long-track and violent (EF-4 and EF-5) tornadoes occurred within range of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) Advanced Radar for Meteorological and Operational Research (ARMOR, C-band dual-polarimetric). A unique capability of dual-polarimetric radar is the near-real time identification of lofted debris associated with ongoing tornadoes on the ground. The focus of this paper is to analyze the dual-polarimetric radar-inferred tornado debris signatures and identify the associated debris paths of the long-track EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes near ARMOR. The relative locations of the debris and damage paths for each tornado will be ascertained by careful comparison of the ARMOR analysis with NASA MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) and ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) satellite imagery of the tornado damage scenes and the National Weather Service tornado damage surveys. With the ongoing upgrade of the WSR-88D (Weather Surveillance Radar 1988 Doppler) operational network to dual-polarimetry and a similar process having already taken place or ongoing for many private sector radars, dual-polarimetric radar signatures of tornado debris promise the potential to assist in the situational awareness of government and private sector forecasters and emergency managers during tornadic events. As such, a companion abstract (Schultz et al.) also submitted to this conference explores The use of dual-polarimetric tornadic debris

  5. Comprehensive analysis of tornado statistics in comparison to earthquakes: intensity and temporal behaviour

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    L. Schielicke

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Tornadoes and earthquakes are characterised by a high variability in their properties concerning intensity, geometric properties and temporal behaviour. Earthquakes are known for power-law behaviour in their intensity (Gutenberg–Richter law and temporal statistics (e.g. Omori law and interevent waiting times. The observed similarity of high variability of these two phenomena motivated us to compare the statistical behaviour of tornadoes using seismological methods and quest for power-law behaviour. In general, the statistics of tornadoes show power-law behaviour partly coextensive with characteristic scales when the temporal resolution is high (10 to 60 min. These characteristic scales match with the typical diurnal behaviour of tornadoes, which is characterised by a maximum of tornado occurrences in the late afternoon hours. Furthermore, the distributions support the observation that tornadoes cluster in time. Finally, we shortly discuss a possible similar underlying structure composed of heterogeneous, coupled, interactive threshold oscillators that possibly explains the observed behaviour.

  6. Climatología de tornados en México

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    Jesús Manuel Macías Medrano

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta una introducción a las características de la base de datos de tornados México, mostrando los crite- rios sustantivos de su construcción, así como los elementos de su estructura. Se ofrece un análisis de las características de los tornados, con base en los datos reunidos del periodo del 2000 al 2012, discurriendo sobre sus expresiones espa- ciales y temporales (históricas, estacionales y horarias, para mostrar la importancia de sus capacidades de destrucción y al mismo tiempo de la vulnerabilidad a la que están sujetos los habitantes del país frente a esos fenómenos.

  7. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems for Disaster Relief: Tornado Alley

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    DeBusk, Wesley M.

    2009-01-01

    Unmanned aerial vehicle systems are currently in limited use for public service missions worldwide. Development of civil unmanned technology in the United States currently lags behind military unmanned technology development in part because of unresolved regulatory and technological issues. Civil unmanned aerial vehicle systems have potential to augment disaster relief and emergency response efforts. Optimal design of aerial systems for such applications will lead to unmanned vehicles which provide maximum potentiality for relief and emergency response while accounting for public safety concerns and regulatory requirements. A case study is presented that demonstrates application of a civil unmanned system to a disaster relief mission with the intent on saving lives. The concept utilizes unmanned aircraft to obtain advanced warning and damage assessments for tornados and severe thunderstorms. Overview of a tornado watch mission architecture as well as commentary on risk, cost, need for, and design tradeoffs for unmanned aerial systems are provided.

  8. Thermodynamics of nonequilibrium processes in a tornado: synergistic approach

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    Bystrai, G P; Okhotnikov, S A

    2011-01-01

    In the mathematical modeling of strongly nonequilibrium and nonlinear processes in a tornado approach based on the momentum transfer equations with a model function of sources and sinks is used, which puts this approach to the sharpening problems, where the maximum velocity distribution over the space of indefinitely growing for a limited time. Nonlinear momentum source in the medium leads to a blow-up regime, and the development of the regime, itself generated by a nonlinear medium, leads to self-organization, which is described by numerical methods. In this case, the competition between processes of the increasing due to nonlinear source and pulse propagation taking into account the viscosity of the medium leads to the appearance of new medium characteristic - some linear size - the spatial diameter of the tornado, on which these processes "balance" each other. The approach allows to obtain equations that describe the physical effects observed and explain nonlinear transfer mechanisms of layering momentum i...

  9. Magnetic field in atypical prominence structures: Bubble, tornado and eruption

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    Levens, P J; Ariste, A López; Labrosse, N; Dalmasse, K; Gelly, B

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    Spectropolarimetric observations of prominences have been obtained with the THEMIS telescope during four years of coordinated campaigns. Our aim is now to understand the conditions of the cool plasma and magnetism in `atypical' prominences, namely when the measured inclination of the magnetic field departs, to some extent, from the predominantly horizontal field found in `typical' prominences. What is the role of the magnetic field in these prominence types? Are plasma dynamics more important in these cases than the magnetic support? We focus our study on three types of `atypical' prominences (tornadoes, bubbles and jet-like prominence eruptions) that have all been observed by THEMIS in the He I D_3 line, from which the Stokes parameters can be derived. The magnetic field strength, inclination and azimuth in each pixel are obtained by using the Principal Component Analysis inversion method on a model of single scattering in the presence of the Hanle effect. The magnetic field in tornadoes is found to be more ...

  10. Analysis of Typhoon-Tornado Weather Background and Radar Echo Structure%台风龙卷的环境背景和雷达回波结构分析

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    郑媛媛; 张备; 王啸华; 孙康远; 慕瑞琪; 夏文梅

    2015-01-01

    Based on NCER reanalysis data,conventional observations data,surface dense observation data and Doppler radar data,the environmental background of 10 tornadoes which occurred within spiral rain belt of typhoon and the evolution characteristics of echo structure of the tornadoes in F2 class and above were studied in detail.The results show that,firsthy typhoon-tornadoes occur in an environment with the weak convective available potential energy (200 -1000 J·kg-1 )and strong low-level vertical wind shear where the vertical wind shear between 0 and 1 km more than 10 -2 s-1 .The storm relative helicity is very great and the typhoon tornado environment average bulk Richardson number is small,averagely below 40. Typhoon-tornadoes mostly occur on the right sides of the moving-paths of the typhoons where the 0-1 km vertical wind shear and storm relative helicity are greater.Typhoon-tornadoes are mainly generated in the spiral rainbands in the outside-region of the typhoons.Before tornadoes come into being the convergence of wind direction and speed appears near the surface,but the temperature gradient is small.Secondly,the storms which produce typhoon-tornadoes are mini supercell storms,with cell centroid being about 2 km and stretching height about 5-7 km,accompanying the mesocyclones in horizontal scales about 2-4 km. The positive vertical vorticity is limited to below 4 km.%提利用 NCER 再分析资料、常规观测和地面加密观测资料及多普勒雷达资料,对10次台风龙卷过程的环境背景和其中 F2~F3级以上龙卷过程的回波结构演变特征进行了详细分析,主要结果如下:(1)台风龙卷所处环境基本为弱对流有效位能(200~1000 J·kg-1)和风随高度强烈顺转的强低空风的垂直切变环境,0~1 km 风的垂直切变超过10-2 s-1,风暴的相对螺旋度很大,台前龙卷环境的粗理查孙数很小,平均在40以下。台风龙卷大多数出现在台风前

  11. After the storm: personal experiences following an EF4 tornado.

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    May, Olivia W; Bigham, Amy B

    2012-08-01

    In April of 2011, an EF4 tornado ripped through the city of Tuscaloosa, AL, leaving in its wake thousands of destroyed homes and businesses. In the hours and days that followed, the health care community of this city, as well as the entire state of Alabama and the southeastern United States, came together to provide care to hundreds of victims, recovery workers, and volunteers. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Expert System for the Tornado Ground-Based Check-Out System,

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    demonstrator, supporting the TORNADO check-out system, has been developed and tested. The expert system , called TORRES (TORNADO Radar Readiness Expert ...flight. The expert system is also able to exclude errors, that were generated by other systems capable of changing the state of the radar system and... System ), supports debriefing staff with various levels of experience. The scope of the error detection encompasses the TORNADO Terrain Following and

  13. Annual and seasonal tornado activity in the United States and the global wind oscillation

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    Moore, Todd W.

    2017-08-01

    Previous studies have searched for relationships between tornado activity and atmospheric teleconnections to provide insight on the relationship between tornadoes, their environments, and larger scale patterns in the climate system. Knowledge of these relationships is practical because it can improve seasonal and sub-seasonal predictions of tornado probability and, therefore, help mitigate tornado-related losses. This study explores the relationships between the annual and seasonal tornado activity in the United States and the Global Wind Oscillation. Time series herein show that phases of the Global Wind Oscillation, and atmospheric angular momentum anomalies, vary over a period of roughly 20-25 years. Rank correlations indicate that tornado activity is weakly correlated with phases 2, 3, and 4 (positive) and 6, 7, and 8 (negative) of the Global Wind Oscillation in winter, spring, and fall. The correlation is not as clear in summer or at the annual scale. Non-parametric Mann-Whitney U tests indicate that winters and springs with more phase 2, 3, and 4 and fewer phase 6, 7, and 8 days tend to have more tornadoes. Lastly, logistic regression models indicate that winters and springs with more phase 2, 3, and 4 days have greater likelihoods of having more than normal tornado activity. Combined, these analyses suggest that seasons with more low atmospheric angular momentum days, or phase 2, 3, and 4 days, tend to have greater tornado activity than those with fewer days, and that this relationship is most evident in winter and spring.

  14. Tornadoes and related damage costs: statistical modeling with a semi-Markov approach

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    Corini, Chiara; Petroni, Filippo; Prattico, Flavio; Manca, Raimondo

    2015-01-01

    We propose a statistical approach to tornadoes modeling for predicting and simulating occurrences of tornadoes and accumulated cost distributions over a time interval. This is achieved by modeling the tornadoes intensity, measured with the Fujita scale, as a stochastic process. Since the Fujita scale divides tornadoes intensity into six states, it is possible to model the tornadoes intensity by using Markov and semi-Markov models. We demonstrate that the semi-Markov approach is able to reproduce the duration effect that is detected in tornadoes occurrence. The superiority of the semi-Markov model as compared to the Markov chain model is also affirmed by means of a statistical test of hypothesis. As an application we compute the expected value and the variance of the costs generated by the tornadoes over a given time interval in a given area. he paper contributes to the literature by demonstrating that semi-Markov models represent an effective tool for physical analysis of tornadoes as well as for the estimati...

  15. Numerical study of the effects of rotating forced downdraft in reproducing tornado-like vortices

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    Zhu, Jinwei; Cao, Shuyang; Tamura, Tetsuro; Tokyo Institute of Technology Collaboration; Tongji Univ Collaboration

    2016-11-01

    Appropriate physical modeling of a tornado-like vortex is a prerequisite to studying near-surface tornado structure and tornado-induced wind loads on structures. Ward-type tornado simulator modeled tornado-like flow by mounting guide vanes around the test area to provide angular momentum to converging flow. Iowa State University, USA modified the Ward-type simulator by locating guide vanes at a high position to allow vertical circulation of flow that creates a rotating forced downdraft in the process of generating a tornado. However, the characteristics of the generated vortices have not been sufficiently investigated till now. In this study, large-eddy simulations were conducted to compare the dynamic vortex structure generated with/without the effect of rotating forced downdraft. The results were also compared with other CFD and experimental results. Particular attention was devoted to the behavior of vortex wander of generated tornado-like vortices. The present study shows that the vortex center wanders more significantly when the rotating forced downdraft is introduced into the flow. The rotating forced downdraft is advantageous for modeling the rear flank downdraft phenomenon of a real tornado.

  16. The recollective qualities of adolescents' and adults' narratives about a long-ago tornado.

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    Bauer, Patricia J; Stark, Emily N; Ackil, Jennifer K; Larkina, Marina; Merrill, Natalie; Fivush, Robyn

    2017-03-01

    The recollective qualities of autobiographical memory are thought to develop over the course of the first two decades of life. We used a 9-year follow-up test of recall of a devastating tornado and of non-tornado-related events from before and after the storm, to compare the recollective qualities of adolescents' (n = 20, ages 11 years, 11 months to 20 years, 8 months) and adults' (n = 14) autobiographical memories. At the time of the tornado, half of the adolescents had been younger than age 6. Nine years after the event, all participants provided evidence that they recall the event of the tornado. Adults also had high levels of recall of the non-tornado-related events. Adolescents recalled proportionally fewer non-tornado-related events; adolescents younger than 6 at the time of the events recalled the fewest non-tornado-related events. Relative to adolescents, adults produced longer narratives. With narrative length controlled, there were few differences in the recollective qualities of adolescents' and adults' narrative reports, especially in the case of the tornado; the recollective qualities were stronger among adolescents older at the time of the events. Overall, participants in both age groups provided evidence of the qualities of recollection that are characteristic of autobiographical memory.

  17. Structure and Prevalence of PTSD Symptomology in Children Who Have Experienced a Severe Tornado

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    Evans, Linda Garner; Oehler-Stinnett, Judy

    2006-01-01

    Children served by school psychologists are frequently impacted by natural disasters. In the United States, tornadoes are a particular threat but have been studied very little. The current investigation developed a scale for assessing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children in Kindergarten to Grade 6 impacted by a severe tornado. Six…

  18. Structure and Prevalence of PTSD Symptomology in Children Who Have Experienced a Severe Tornado

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    Evans, Linda Garner; Oehler-Stinnett, Judy

    2006-01-01

    Children served by school psychologists are frequently impacted by natural disasters. In the United States, tornadoes are a particular threat but have been studied very little. The current investigation developed a scale for assessing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children in Kindergarten to Grade 6 impacted by a severe tornado. Six…

  19. Statistical Models for Tornado Climatology: Long and Short-Term Views

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    Elsner, James B; Fricker, Tyler

    2016-01-01

    This paper estimates local tornado risk from records of past events using statistical models. First, a spatial model is fit to the tornado counts aggregated in counties with terms that control for changes in observational practices over time. Results provide a long-term view of risk that delineates the main tornado corridors in the United States where the expected annual rate exceeds two tornadoes per 10,000 square km. A few counties in the Texas Panhandle and central Kansas have annual rates that exceed four tornadoes per 10,000 square km. Refitting the model after removing the least damaging tornadoes from the data (EF0) produces a similar map but with the greatest tornado risk shifted south and eastward. Second, a space-time model is fit to the counts aggregated in raster cells with terms that control for changes in climate factors. Results provide a short-term view of risk. The short-term view identifies the shift of tornado activity away from the Ohio Valley under El Ni\\~no conditions and away from the S...

  20. l tornado che colpì la laguna di Venezia I ' l l Settembre 1970 Qualche considerazione intorno alla teoria elettrica dei tornado

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    Full Text Available After a short description of the disastrous effects of the
    tornado which struck the Venice lagoon on September 11, 1970, the principal
    theories which in the centuries tried to account for the origin of such
    terrible vortexes, are reviewed. In particular, some remarks are given about
    the electrical theory of the tornadoes. It seems to the author that some features
    would be explained in a simple way by considering the tornado as a
    convectivo cell with electric currents of high intensity. Finally, after recalling
    the meteorological conditions preceding the tornado of September 11,
    its chief features are described.

  1. Improved understanding of near-ground winds in hurricanes and tornadoes

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    Karstens, Christopher Daniel

    Hurricanes and tornadoes contain the most destructive and life threatening winds on the planet. Combined, they are responsible for approximately $11 billion in damage in the U.S. annually. To compose a set of effective mitigation techniques, a comprehensive understanding of hurricane and tornado winds is needed. However, our understanding of these winds in the lowest 30 meters AGL, particularly their interaction with complex terrain, is lacking. This thesis includes two studies that address this issue. In the first study, a representative wind profile extracted from WRF simulations of hurricanes is used to initialize CFD modeled flow interaction with built structures using Fluent. The magnitude of structurally-induced modifications to the wind profile is presented. In the second study, recent tornado pressure and wind measurements are compared to laboratory and numerical simulations of tornado-like vortices. In addition, a comparative range of minimum pressures from a wide variety of tornadoes with different size and intensities is presented.

  2. Wind Field of a Nonmesocyclone Anticyclonic Tornado Crossing the Hong Kong International Airport

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    Karen A. Kosiba

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A nonmesocyclone tornado traversed the Hong Kong International Airport on September 6, 2004 directly impacting a surface weather station. This allowed for 1-second 10-meter above ground level (AGL wind observations through the core of the tornado. Integration of these 10-meter AGL wind data with Ground-Based Velocity Track (GBVTD wind retrievals derived from LIDAR data provided a time history of the three-dimensional wind field of the tornado. These data indicate a progressive decrease in radial inflow with time and little to no radial inflow near the time the tornado crosses the surface weather station. Anemometer observations suggest that the tangential winds approximate a modified-Rankine vortex outside the radius of maximum winds, suggesting that frictionally induced radial inflow was confined below 10 m AGL. The radial-height distribution of angular momentum depicts an increase in low-level angular momentum just prior to the tornado reaching its maximum intensity.

  3. An experimental investigation of flow around a vehicle passing through a tornado

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    Suzuki, Masahiro; Obara, Kouhei; Okura, Nobuyuki

    2016-03-01

    Flow around a vehicle running through a tornado was investigated experimentally. A tornado simulator was developed to generate a tornado-like swirl flow. PIV study confirmed that the simulator generates two-celled vortices which are observed in the natural tornadoes. A moving test rig was developed to run a 1/40 scaled train-shaped model vehicle under the tornado simulator. The car contained pressure sensors, a data logger with an AD converter to measure unsteady surface pressures during its run through the swirling flow. Aerodynamic forces acting on the vehicle were estimated from the pressure data. The results show that the aerodynamic forces change its magnitude and direction depending on the position of the car in the swirling flow. The asymmetry of the forces about the vortex centre suggests the vehicle itself may deform the flow field.

  4. Structures of Mesocirculations Producing Tornadoes Associated with Tropical Cyclone Frances (1998)

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    Rao, Gandikota V.; Scheck, Joshua W.; Edwards, Roger; Schaefer, Joseph T.

    2005-08-01

    Radar structures of one mesocyclone and one mesocirculation (the term mesocirculation refers to a class of rotating updrafts, which may or may not be as spatially and temporally large as a typical mesocyclone) that developed a total of four tornadoes in association with Tropical Cyclone (TC) Frances 1998 are presented. One tornado developed within an inner rainband near the time of landfall while three of the other tornadoes developed within an outer rainband nearly 24 hours after the landfall. Radar reflectivities of the tornadic circulations averaged upwards of 40 dBZ while Doppler radar wind components directed toward the radar averaged 11 m s-1. It is realized that although TC Frances was a minimal hurricane it spawned several tornadoes (four of which were studied) causing damage exceeding 2 million. These tornadoes were not all located close to the TC center, serving as a caution to forecasters and emergency personnel that the immediate landfalling area is not the only place to watch.

  5. Numerical Modelling of Electromagnetic Field in a Tornado

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    Pavel Fiala

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This study deals with the numerical model of both the physical and the chemical processes in the tornado. Within the paper, a basic theoretical model and a numerical solution are presented. We prepared numerical models based on the combined finite element method (FEM and the finite volume method (FVM. The model joins the magnetic, electric and current fields, the flow field and a chemical nonlinear ion model. The results were obtained by means of the FEM/FVM as a main application in ANSYS software.

  6. Tornado-related fatalities--five states, Southeastern United States, April 25-28, 2011.

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    2012-07-20

    During April 25-28, 2011, a massive storm system generated 351 tornadoes (including 15 registering 4 or 5 on the Enhanced Fujita [EF] scale*), killing 338 persons in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. This was the third-deadliest tornado event in the United States, surpassing an April 1974 event that resulted in 315 fatalities. This event also was historic because of the record number of fatalities that occurred despite modern advances in tornado forecasting, advanced warning times, and media coverage. Risk factors for death and injury from tornadoes are sheltering in mobile homes, proximity to an EF-4 or EF-5 tornado, being an older adult (aged ≥65 years), lack of accessibility to safe rooms (e.g., basements or reinforced shelters), and a night-time tornado impact. To describe the fatalities by demographic characteristics, type of shelter used, cause of death, and tornado severity and location, CDC reviewed data from the American Red Cross (Red Cross), death certificates, and the National Weather Service (NWS). This report summarizes the results of that review. Among the 338 decedents, median age was 55.0 years (range: 4 days-97 years); approximately one third were older adults. On tornado impact, 46.7% of decedents were in single-family homes, and 26.6% were in mobile homes. The leading cause of death was traumatic injury, including 21.9% with head injuries. Half of the deadly tornadoes were rated EF-4 or EF-5 and were responsible for 89.5% of the deaths. To prevent tornado-related deaths, health messaging should encourage the public (especially older adults and residents of mobile/manufactured homes) to pre-identify an accessible safe room, prepare the room with personal protection items (e.g., blankets and helmets), and monitor local weather.

  7. Hawkmoth flight performance in tornado-like whirlwind vortices.

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    Ortega-Jimenez, Victor Manuel; Mittal, Rajat; Hedrick, Tyson L

    2014-06-01

    Vertical vortex systems such as tornadoes dramatically affect the flight control and stability of aircraft. However, the control implications of smaller scale vertically oriented vortex systems for small fliers such as animals or micro-air vehicles are unknown. Here we examined the flapping kinematics and body dynamics of hawkmoths performing hovering flights (controls) and maintaining position in three different whirlwind intensities with transverse horizontal velocities of 0.7, 0.9 and 1.2 m s(-1), respectively, generated in a vortex chamber. The average and standard deviation of yaw and pitch were respectively increased and reduced in comparison with hovering flights. Average roll orientation was unchanged in whirlwind flights but was more variable from wingbeat to wingbeat than in hovering. Flapping frequency remained unchanged. Wingbeat amplitude was lower and the average stroke plane angle was higher. Asymmetry was found in the angle of attack between right and left wings during both downstroke and upstroke at medium and high vortex intensities. Thus, hawkmoth flight control in tornado-like vortices is achieved by a suite of asymmetric and symmetric changes to wingbeat amplitude, stroke plane angle and principally angle of attack.

  8. Predictors for the Number of Warning Information Sources During Tornadoes.

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    Cong, Zhen; Luo, Jianjun; Liang, Daan; Nejat, Ali

    2017-04-01

    People may receive tornado warnings from multiple information sources, but little is known about factors that affect the number of warning information sources (WISs). This study examined predictors for the number of WISs with a telephone survey on randomly sampled residents in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Joplin, Missouri, approximately 1 year after both cities were struck by violent tornadoes (EF4 and EF5) in 2011. The survey included 1006 finished interviews and the working sample included 903 respondents. Poisson regression and Zero-Inflated Poisson regression showed that older age and having an emergency plan predicted more WISs in both cities. Education, marital status, and gender affected the possibilities of receiving warnings and the number of WISs either in Joplin or in Tuscaloosa. The findings suggest that social disparity affects the access to warnings not only with respect to the likelihood of receiving any warnings but also with respect to the number of WISs. In addition, historical and social contexts are important for examining predictors for the number of WISs. We recommend that the number of WISs should be regarded as an important measure to evaluate access to warnings in addition to the likelihood of receiving warnings. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2017;11:168-172).

  9. Tornado type closed magnetic trap for an ECR source

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    Abramova, K B; Voronin, A V; Zorin, V G

    1999-01-01

    We propose to use a Tornado type closed magnetic trap for creation of a source of mul-ticharged ions with plasma heating by microwave radiation. Plasma loss in closed traps is deter-mined by diffusion across the magnetic field, which increases substantially plasma confinement time as compared to the classical mirror trap [1]. We propose to extract ions with the aid of additional coils which partially destroy the closed structure of the magnetic lines in the trap, but don not influence the total confinement time. This allows for producing a controlled plasma flux that depends on the magnetic field of the additional coil. The Tornado trap also possesses merits such as an opportunity to produce high magnetic fields up to 3 T, which makes possible heating and confinement of plasma with a high density of electrons; plasma stability to magneto-hydrodynamic perturbations because the magnetic field structure corresponds to the "min B" configuration; and relatively low costs. All estimates and calculations were carrie...

  10. Apparent Negative Reflection with the Gradient Acoustic Metasurface by Integrating Supercell Periodicity into the Generalized Law of Reflection

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    Liu, Bingyi; Zhao, Wenyu; Jiang, Yongyuan

    2016-12-01

    As the two dimensional version of the functional wavefront manipulation metamaterial, metasurface has become a research hot spot for engineering the wavefront at will with a subwavelength thickness. The wave scattered by the gradient metasurface, which is composed by the periodic supercells, is governed by the generalized Snell’s law. However, the critical angle that derived from the generalized Snell’s law circles the domain of the incident angles that allow the occurrence of the anomalous reflection and refraction, and no free space scattering waves could exist when the incident angle is beyond the critical angle. Here we theoretically demonstrate that apparent negative reflection can be realized by a gradient acoustic metasurface when the incident angle is beyond the critical angle. The underlying mechanism of the apparent negative reflection is understood as the higher order diffraction arising from the interaction between the local phase modulation and the non-local effects introduced by the supercell periodicity. The apparent negative reflection phenomena has been perfectly verified by the calculated scattered acoustic waves of the reflected gradient acoustic metasurface. This work may provide new freedom in designing functional acoustic signal modulation devices, such as acoustic isolator and acoustic illusion device.

  11. Apparent Negative Reflection with the Gradient Acoustic Metasurface by Integrating Supercell Periodicity into the Generalized Law of Reflection.

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    Liu, Bingyi; Zhao, Wenyu; Jiang, Yongyuan

    2016-12-05

    As the two dimensional version of the functional wavefront manipulation metamaterial, metasurface has become a research hot spot for engineering the wavefront at will with a subwavelength thickness. The wave scattered by the gradient metasurface, which is composed by the periodic supercells, is governed by the generalized Snell's law. However, the critical angle that derived from the generalized Snell's law circles the domain of the incident angles that allow the occurrence of the anomalous reflection and refraction, and no free space scattering waves could exist when the incident angle is beyond the critical angle. Here we theoretically demonstrate that apparent negative reflection can be realized by a gradient acoustic metasurface when the incident angle is beyond the critical angle. The underlying mechanism of the apparent negative reflection is understood as the higher order diffraction arising from the interaction between the local phase modulation and the non-local effects introduced by the supercell periodicity. The apparent negative reflection phenomena has been perfectly verified by the calculated scattered acoustic waves of the reflected gradient acoustic metasurface. This work may provide new freedom in designing functional acoustic signal modulation devices, such as acoustic isolator and acoustic illusion device.

  12. ROMANIAN TERMINOLOGY IN THE METEOROLOGY OF SEVERE WEATHER – CASE STUDY OF THE SUPERCELL FROM ARAD COUNTRY ON THE 14TH OF JUNE 2010

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    O. SCRIDONESI

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    Full Text Available Romanian terminology in the meteorology of severe weather – Case study of the supercell from the 14th of June 2010. Using the ingredients-based methodology, the low precipitation supercell storm from the 14th of June 2010 in the Arad county is analyzed in terms of conditions of development, evolution and structure. To address such a topic an important issue is the lack of meteorological terms in the Romanian language to enable the completion of such analysis of supercell storms or other severe weather phenomena. Finding terms that correspond to the best of the English language during the analysis is performed either by direct translation into romanian, either by replacing the terms that best fit the context and the use of each term is motivated.

  13. Untwisting the Tornado: X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy of G357.7-0.1

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    Gaensler, B M; Slane, P O; Miller, J M; Wijnands, R; Eikenberry, S S; Lewin, W H G

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    We report on the detection of X-ray emission from the unusual Galactic radio source G357.7-0.1 (the "Tornado"). Observations made with the Chandra X-ray Observatory demonstrate the presence of three sources of X-ray emission from the Tornado: a relatively bright region of dimensions 2'x1' coincident with and interior to the brightest radio emission at the "head" of the Tornado, plus two fainter extended regions located in the Tornado's "tail". No X-ray point sources associated with the Tornado are seen down to a 3-sigma luminosity (0.5-10 keV) of 1e33 erg/s, for a distance to the system of 12 kpc. The spectrum of the brightest region of X-rays is consistent with a heavily absorbed (N_H ~ 1e23 cm^-2) thermal plasma of temperature kT ~ 0.6 keV; an absorbed power law can also fit the data, but implies an extremely steep photon index. From these data we tentatively conclude that the Tornado is a supernova remnant (SNR), although we are unable to rule out the possibility that the Tornado is powered either by outfl...

  14. Systematic Study of the Failure of a Light-Frame Wood Roof in a Tornado

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    Christine Standohar-Alfano

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Tornadoes are a particularly devastating natural hazard that affect communities across the United States, particularly the Midwest and South. They are unique from an engineering point-of-view due to their very low probability of occurrence but often highly destructive consequences. The 2011 season was particularly devastating to the Southeastern portion of the U.S. This paper presents a single case study of a 2012 tornado that struck a single large rural light-frame wood house with an unconventional roof system. A fragility methodology was used as a tool to probabilistically study the loss of the roof system, and bound an Enhanced Fujita (EF scale rating of the tornado. The tornado was initially rated as an EF3 tornado by the U.S. National Weather Service. However, following a detailed site inspection verified with numerical structural models, the tornado was downgraded to an EF2 tornado. As expected, the use of nail connections in a roof-to-wall connection resulted in a weaker link compared to a hurricane clip. The approach presented in this paper can be used as a supplement to the EF rating provided by U.S. National Weather Service meteorologists when unusual conditions in either the structure or surroundings exists.

  15. Radar observations of a tornado-spawning storm complex in Southeast Brazil and Meso-Eta forecasts of this extreme event

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    Held, Gerhard; Gomes, Jorge Luis; Gomes, Ana Maria

    2014-05-01

    :22 LT to 14:45 LT the VIL dropped to 14,2 kg/m2, indicative of destructive winds reaching the ground, coincident with the tornado touch-down. Simultaneously, the accumulated hail mass aloft increased from 0 to 802 ktons at 14:22 LT, which subsequently dropped to the ground, confirmed by the likewise decrease of VIL. Furthermore, the fact that the 40 dBZ radar reflectivity reached up to 16,6 km at the time of the tornado occurrence was also outstanding, while maximum reflectivities varied between 50 and 60 dBZ during 90 min. The Meso-Eta model is initiated twice daily (00 and 12 UT) for a domain, which amply covers the State of São Paulo at a resolution of 10x10km horizontally and 38 levels from 1000 to 50 hPa. It also computes additional convective parameters (Storm Relative Helicity (SRH), BRN Shear, supercell index, etc), as well as vertical profiles (Skew-T-Log-P) at any specified grid point. Furthermore, each run of the model is executed twice, using the convection parameterization of Betts & Miller and Kain-Fritsch, respectively. Based on the forecast from the 21Sept2013-12UT and 22Sept2013-00UT model runs (+27h & +30h and +15h & +18h, respectively), a warning for very severe storms to occur in the region from Ourinhos to Taquarituba could be emitted during the night before the extreme event. Some of the indicators were: CAPE 3000-4000 J/kg; K Index 38-42; strong wind shear between 500 hPa and 250 hPa (northwest at ±20 m/s to west at 30m/s); Omega at 500 hPa -1,0 to -1,4 Pa/s; Supercell Parameter -1 and SRH 150-200 m2/s2. The time window ranged from 12:00 to 18:00 LT. The Skew-T diagram at 09:00LT at Taquarituba indicated relatively dry air between 600-200hPa, which was quickly moistened as the cold front approached.

  16. Mucormycosis: a rare fungal infection in tornado victims.

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    Austin, Cindy L; Finley, Phillip J; Mikkelson, Debbie R; Tibbs, Brian

    2014-01-01

    This article reviews four immunocompetent patients who developed a rare fungal infection, mucormycosis, secondary to multiple traumatic injuries sustained during an EF-5 tornado in Joplin, MO. Commonly found in soil and decaying organic matter, mucorales are fungi associated with soft tissue and cutaneous infections. Onset of this fungal infection can occur without clinical signs, presenting several days to several weeks after injury, delaying diagnosis. A multidisciplinary treatment approach including aggressive antifungal therapy and aggressive surgical debridement is critical. This diagnosis should be considered in all patients presenting with injuries sustained from high-velocity embedment of debris such as natural disasters or explosions. We present four cases of mucormycosis, species Apophysomyces trapeziformis. Data reported includes predisposing factors, number of days between injury and diagnosis of mucormycosis, surgical treatment, antifungal therapy, outcomes, and potential risk factors that may have contributed to the development of mucormycosis.

  17. Plasmonics with a Twist: Taming Optical Tornadoes on the Nanoscale

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    Boriskina, Svetlana V

    2014-01-01

    This chapter discusses a hydrodynamics-inspired approach to trap and manipulate light in plasmonic nanostructures, which is based on steering optical powerflow around nano-obstacles. New insights into plasmonic nanofocusing mechanisms are obtained by invoking an analogy of the 'photon fluid' (PF). By proper nanostructure design, PF kinetic energy can be locally increased via convective acceleration and then converted into 'pressure' energy to generate localized areas of high field intensity. In particular, trapped light can be molded into optical vortices -tornado-like areas of circular motion of power flux - connected into transmission-like sequences. In the electromagnetic theory terms, this approach is based on radiationless electromagnetic interference of evanescent fields rather than on interference of propagating waves radiated by the dipoles induced in nanoparticles. The resulting ability to manipulate optical powerflow well beyond the diffraction limit helps to reduce dissipative losses, to increase t...

  18. 全新贵族Benelli Tornado Tre 1130

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    王宏; Garfield

    2006-01-01

    @@ 朴实的型面兽心者 未见其人,先闻其声.Tornado(龙卷风)Tre 1130巨大的吼声从它那独特的三缸引擎中进发而出,让你禁不住诱惑要走近它.它那略带沙哑的隆隆声是如此地性感,以至于让你觉得根本不需要再用它的配置来判断你的选择是否正确.你只需要启动龙卷风,预热它的引擎,你就会了解,尽管穿了件新外衣,但是TnT(引擎)的威力还是一点不减.

  19. Permanent record. Electronic records aid in the aftermath of Joplin tornado.

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    Russell, Matthew

    2011-09-01

    When a tornado struck St. John's Regional Medical Center in May 2011, its patient records were stored in a newly launched electronic health record system, helping prevent a bad situation from being worse.

  20. Toward better assessment of tornado potential in typhoons: Significance of considering entrainment effects for CAPE

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    Sueki, Kenta; Niino, Hiroshi

    2016-12-01

    The characteristics of typhoons that spawned tornadoes (tornadic typhoons: TTs) in Japan from 1991 to 2013 were investigated by composite analysis using the Japanese 55 year Reanalysis and compared with those of typhoons that did not spawn tornadoes (nontornadic typhoons: NTs). We found that convective available potential energy (CAPE), which considers the effects of entrainment (entraining CAPE: E-CAPE), and storm-relative environmental helicity (SREH) are significantly large in the northeast quadrant of TTs where tornadoes frequently occur and that E-CAPE and SREH in that quadrant for TTs are larger than those for NTs. On the other hand, ordinary CAPE without entrainment does not account for the spatial distribution of tornado occurrences nor does it distinguish TTs from NTs. E-CAPE is sensitive to humidity in the midtroposphere; thus, it is effective for detecting a conditionally unstable layer up to about 550 hPa, which is distinctive of TTs.

  1. Assessment of Structural Resistance of building 4862 to Earthquake and Tornado Forces [SEC 1 and 2

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    METCALF, I.L.

    1999-12-06

    This report presents the results of work done for Hanford Engineering Laboratory under contract Y213-544-12662. LATA performed an assessment of building 4862 resistance to earthquake and tornado forces.

  2. Condensation-induced kinematics and dynamics of cyclones, hurricanes and tornadoes

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    Makarieva, A. M.; Gorshkov, V. G.

    2009-11-01

    A universal equation is obtained for air pressure and wind velocity in cyclones, hurricanes and tornadoes as dependent on the distance from the center of the considered wind pattern driven by water vapor condensation. The obtained theoretical estimates of the horizontal profiles of air pressure and wind velocity, eye and wind wall radius in hurricanes and tornadoes and maximum values of the radial, tangential and vertical velocity components are in good agreement with empirical evidence.

  3. Reconstruction of a Tornado Disaster Employing Remote Sensing Techniques: A Case Study of the 1999 Moore, Oklahoma Tornado

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    Wagner, Melissa A.

    Remote sensing has demonstrated to be an instrumental tool in monitoring land changes as a result of anthropogenic change or natural disasters. Most disaster studies have focused on large-scale events with few analyzing small-scale disasters such as tornadoes. These studies have only provided a damage assessment perspective with the continued need to assess reconstruction. This study attempts to fill that void by examining recovery from the 1999 Moore, Oklahoma Tornado utilizing Landsat TM and ETM+ imagery. Recovery was assessed for 2000, 2001 and 2002 using spectral enhancements (vegetative and urban indices and a combination of the two), a recovery index and different statistical thresholds. Classification accuracy assessments were performed to determine the precision of recovery and select the best results. This analysis proved that medium resolution imagery could be used in conjunction with geospatial techniques to capture recovery. The new indices, Shortwave Infrared Index (SWIRI) and Coupled Vegetation and Urban Index (CVUI), developed for disaster management, were the most effective at discerning reconstruction using the 1.5 standard deviation threshold. Recovery rates for F-scale damages revealed that the most incredibly damaged areas associated with an F5 rating were the slowest to recover, while the lesser damaged areas associated with F1-F3 ratings were the quickest to rebuild. These findings were consistent for 2000, 2001 and 2002 also exposing that complete recovery was never attained in any of the F-scale damage zones by 2002. This study illustrates the significance the biophysical impact has on recovery as well as the effectiveness of using medium resolution imagery such as Landsat in future research.

  4. Regional Health System Response to the 2007 Greensburg, Kansas, EF5 Tornado.

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    Ablah, Elizabeth; Tinius, Annie M; Konda, Kurt; Synovitz, Carolyn; Subbarao, Italo

    2007-11-01

    On May 4, 2007 an EF5 tornado hit the rural community of Greensburg, KS, destroying 95% of the town and resulting in 12 fatalities. Data was requested from the emergency medical services units that initially responded and the regional hospitals that received people injured in the tornado within 24 hours following the tornado. Requested data included patient age and sex, and injury severity score or ICD-9 codes. Critical mortality, or the number of deaths of critically injured patients, was also calculated. The extensive damage caused by the tornado effectively destroyed the infrastructure of the community and created enormous challenges for emergency medical services responders, who were unable to record any triage data. Area hospitals treated 90 patients, who had an average injury severity score of 6.4. Age was found to be related to injury severity, but no relationship between sex and injury severity was found. Critical mortality was found to be 18% for this event. Injury severity score has seldom been used to analyze natural disasters, especially tornadoes, although such analysis is helpful for understanding the magnitude of the disaster, comparing to other disasters, and preparing for future incidents. Advanced warning and personal preparedness are important factors in reducing tornado-related injuries and deaths.

  5. An evaluation method for tornado missile strike probability with stochastic correction

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    Eguchi, Yuzuru; Murakami, Takahiro; Hirakuchi, Hiromaru; Sugimoto, Soichiro; Hattori, Yasuo [Nuclear Risk Research Center (External Natural Event Research Team), Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Abiko (Japan)

    2017-03-15

    An efficient evaluation method for the probability of a tornado missile strike without using the Monte Carlo method is proposed in this paper. A major part of the proposed probability evaluation is based on numerical results computed using an in-house code, Tornado-borne missile analysis code, which enables us to evaluate the liftoff and flight behaviors of unconstrained objects on the ground driven by a tornado. Using the Tornado-borne missile analysis code, we can obtain a stochastic correlation between local wind speed and flight distance of each object, and this stochastic correlation is used to evaluate the conditional strike probability, QV(r), of a missile located at position r, where the local wind speed is V. In contrast, the annual exceedance probability of local wind speed, which can be computed using a tornado hazard analysis code, is used to derive the probability density function, p(V). Then, we finally obtain the annual probability of tornado missile strike on a structure with the convolutional integration of product of QV(r) and p(V) over V. The evaluation method is applied to a simple problem to qualitatively confirm the validity, and to quantitatively verify the results for two extreme cases in which an object is located just in the vicinity of or far away from the structure.

  6. 2010年3月5日闽北经典超级单体风暴天气过程分析%Analysis on Weather Process of Classic Supercell Storm in Northern Part of Fujian on 5 March 2010

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    吴木贵; 张信华; 傅伟辉; 赖荣钦; 冯晋勤

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    features were in accordance with the model of tornado-arising supercell. Moreover, in the second peak period the characteristic of the TVS further indicated the produced possibility of tornad to be large. In the third peak period the storm came up the similar evolving feature but the more typical is the mesocyclone came to occlusion at last, and then the storm formed vortex-echo which lasted half hour. Besides, in the first and the second peak period the gust-front-echo appeared in the left front of the storm several times rather than right-backward, which was favorable for lasting of the storm. (3) The main characteristics of storm-scale environment were the medium CAPE (Convective Available Potential Energy, 1 685 J kg-1) , significant vertical wind shear (39 m · s-1 , over 0 ~ 6 km) , strong storm-relative inflow velocity (17 m · s-1 , over 0 ~ 2 km) and strong storm-relative helicity (418 m2 · s-2, over 0 ~ 2 km). However, Wind direction veered with altitude (90 °, below 300 hPa) was not only on low-level but also on middle-upper-level (25 °, over 500~300 hPa), which was certain different to those of CL supercell previously observed in middle latitudes. At lest, the mechanisms of three times peak development of the storm in the mature stage was also discussed.

  7. An Analysis of Operational Total Lightning Data During Long-Track Tornadoes

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    Carcione, Brian C.; Stano, Geoffrey T.

    2012-01-01

    The 27 April 2011 tornado outbreak brought three distinct waves of tornadic thunderstorms to portions of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia, striking the Tennessee Valley of north Alabama and southern Tennessee particularly hard. A total of 42 tornado paths were surveyed across the fourteen county area covered by the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office in Huntsville, Alabama. Ten of these tornadoes were on the ground for at least 20 miles, two had total path lengths over 130 miles, and six tornadoes were classified as violent (EF-4 or EF-5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale). Many of these tornadoes occurred within the domain of the North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array (NALMA), a ground-based total lightning detection network owned and operated by the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Since 2003, the NASA Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center has supplied data from NALMA in real time to NWS forecast offices in Huntsville, Knoxville/Tri-Cities, Birmingham, and Nashville. Previous research has documented the utility of total lightning information in predicting tornadogenesis, particularly when combined with other remote sensing tools. Basic warning decision-making during events such as 27 April is not the most difficult part of the process; instead, the focus of warning meteorologists shifts to looking for changes in intensity or possible particularly dangerous situations, since doppler radar velocity data often cannot distinguish between weak and strong tornadoes. To that end, this research attempts to determine if any correlation exists between flash densities of the longest-tracked tornadoes over time, and the surveyed wind speeds of the tornadoes. The long-track EF-5 tornado which struck the Hackleburg, Phil Campbell, and Tanner communities in north Alabama was the primary focus of this research due to its intensity and extended life cycle. However, not all tornadoes were available for total lightning analysis due to widespread

  8. Tornadoes within the Czech Republic: from early medieval chronicles to the "internet society"

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    Setvák, Martin; Šálek, Milan; Munzar, Jan

    This paper addresses the historical documentation of tornadoes and the awareness of tornadic events in the area of the present Czech Republic throughout the last nine centuries. The oldest records of tornado occurrence in the region can be found in chronicles from the first half of the 12th century—the two most interesting of these are presented here in translation from the original Latin texts. Several other cases of possible tornadoes and waterspouts can be found in chronicles from the 12th and 13th centuries. However, from the descriptions of the events, it is not always clear if the phenomenon was a tornado, waterspout, dust swirl, or if it was of a non-tornadic nature. From the 14th to 19th centuries, tornado records are rather scarce for the region. However, this is likely to have a non-meteorological explanation. Gregor Mendel's (1871) essay " Die Windhose vom 13. October 1870" can be considered as a distinctive "breakpoint" in the documentation history of tornadoes in the territory of the present Czech Republic, followed later by the work of Edler von Wahlburg [Das Wetter 28 (1911) 135] and Wegener [Wind-und-Wasserhosen in Europa. F. Vieweg & Sohn, Braunschweig, 1917]. During the "socialist" period, the term " tornado" was seldom used and they were poorly understood, producing a view that "tornadoes do not occur in Central Europe". The situation began to change with the works of Munzar [Tromby (tonáda) na územı´ Èeské republiky v letech 1119-1993. Zbornı´k Dejin Fyziky, vol. XI. Voj. Akadémia SNP, Liptovský Mikuláš, pp. 69-72, 1993 (in Czech)] and Šálek [Meteorol. Zpr. 47 (1994) 172], and new records showed that about one tornado per year occurred between 1994 and 1999. Finally, between 2000 and 2002, the number of documented tornadoes in the Czech Republic was five to eight cases per year.

  9. Dynamics of a solar prominence tornado observed by SDO/AIA on 2012 November 7-8

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    Mghebrishvili, I; Kukhianidze, V; Ramishvili, G; Shergelashvili, B; Veronig, A; Poedts, S

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    We study the detailed dynamics of a solar prominence tornado using time series of 171, 304, 193 and 211 {\\AA} spectral lines obtained by Solar Dynamics Observatory/ Atmospheric Imaging Assembly during 2012 November 7-8. The tornado first appeared at 08:00 UT, November 07, near the surface, gradually rose upwards with the mean speed of $\\sim$ 1.5 km s$^{-1}$ and persisted over 30 hr. Time-distance plots show two patterns of quasi-periodic transverse displacements of the tornado axis with periods of 40 and 50 minute at different phases of the tornado evolution. The first pattern occurred during the rising phase and can be explained by the upward motion of the twisted tornado. The second pattern occurred during the later stage of evolution when the tornado already stopped rising and could be caused either by MHD kink waves in the tornado or by the rotation of two tornado threads around a common axis. The later hypothesis is supported by the fact that the tornado sometimes showed a double structure during the qua...

  10. Magnetic tornadoes as energy channels into the solar corona.

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    Wedemeyer-Böhm, Sven; Scullion, Eamon; Steiner, Oskar; van der Voort, Luc Rouppe; de la Cruz Rodriguez, Jaime; Fedun, Viktor; Erdélyi, Robert

    2012-06-27

    Heating the outer layers of the magnetically quiet solar atmosphere to more than one million kelvin and accelerating the solar wind requires an energy flux of approximately 100 to 300 watts per square metre, but how this energy is transferred and dissipated there is a puzzle and several alternative solutions have been proposed. Braiding and twisting of magnetic field structures, which is caused by the convective flows at the solar surface, was suggested as an efficient mechanism for atmospheric heating. Convectively driven vortex flows that harbour magnetic fields are observed to be abundant in the photosphere (the visible surface of the Sun). Recently, corresponding swirling motions have been discovered in the chromosphere, the atmospheric layer sandwiched between the photosphere and the corona. Here we report the imprints of these chromospheric swirls in the transition region and low corona, and identify them as observational signatures of rapidly rotating magnetic structures. These ubiquitous structures, which resemble super-tornadoes under solar conditions, reach from the convection zone into the upper solar atmosphere and provide an alternative mechanism for channelling energy from the lower into the upper solar atmosphere.

  11. Alfvénic tornadoes in a magnetized plasma

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    Shukla, P. K.

    2013-01-01

    It is shown that three-dimensional (3D) modified-kinetic Alfvén waves (m-KAWs) in a magnetized plasma can propagate in the form of Alfvénic tornadoes characterized by plasma density whirls or magnetic flux ropes carrying orbital angular momentum. By using the two-fluid model, together with Ampère's law, we derive the wave equation for 3D m-KAWs in a magnetoplasma with me/mi ≪ β ≪ 1, where me (mi) is the electron (ion) mass, β=4πn0kB (Te+Ti)/B02, n0 the unperturbed plasma number density, kB the Boltzmann constant, Te(Te) the electron (ion) temperature, and B0 the strength of the ambient magnetic field. The 3D m-KAW equation admits solutions in the form of a Laguerre-Gauss Alfvénic vortex beam or a twisted kinetic Alfvénic wave with plasma density whirls that support the dynamics of shear Alfvénic magnetic flux ropes in plasmas.

  12. Post-disaster climatology for hurricanes and tornadoes in the United States: 2000-2009

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    Eakins, Benjamin James

    Natural disasters can be very devastating to the public during their impact phase. After a natural disaster impacts a region, the response and recovery phases begin immediately. Weather conditions may interrupt emergency response and recovery in the days following the disaster. This study analyzes the climatology of weather conditions during the response and recovery phases of hurricanes and tornadoes to understand how weather may impact both environment and societal needs. Using specific criteria, 66 tornadoes and 16 hurricane cases were defined. National Weather Service (NWS) recognized weather stations were used to provide temperature, precipitation, snowfall, relative humidity, wind speed, and wind direction data. Regional and temporal groups were defined for tornado cases, but only one group was defined for hurricanes. By applying statistical analysis to weather observations taken in the week following the disasters, a climatology was developed for the response and recovery phase. Tornado and hurricane post-disaster climate closely mimicked their synoptic climatology with cooler and drier weather prevailing in days 2-4 after a disaster until the next weather system arrived about 5 days later. Winter tornadoes trended to occur in the Southeast and were associated with more extreme temperature differences than in other regions and season. The results of this study may help governmental and non-governmental organizations prepare for weather conditions during the post-disaster phase.

  13. The effects of the April 2011 tornado outbreak on personal preparedness in Jefferson County, Alabama.

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    McCormick, Lisa C; Pevear, Jesse; Rucks, Andrew C; Ginter, Peter M

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a tornado disaster on the personal preparedness of local residents to determine (1) to what extent the tornado outbreak experience had altered preparedness awareness, willingness to act, and levels of personal preparedness of residents as measured by possession of a preparedness kit; and (2) what effect this experience had on the variables associated with having a complete disaster preparedness kit. Two random digit-dialed surveys were completed following the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System protocols. The pre-tornado survey was conducted between October and December 2010 and the post-tornado survey was conducted between January and March 2012. After the April 2011 tornado outbreak, 86.08% of the respondents (n = 1364) reported that they had thought more about personal or family preparedness and 59.65% (n = 907) reported that they had taken actions to increase their level of preparedness. Overall, general awareness of preparedness media campaigns increased significantly (almost 24%; P < .0001), as did the percentage of those having a complete disaster preparedness kit (a 66% increase, not quite doubled from 2010 to 2012; P < .0001). Findings of the study indicate that the disaster had a significant impact on the local residents' (1) awareness of preparedness campaigns, (2) awareness of the need to be prepared, (3) willingness to become better prepared, and (4) possession of a disaster and emergency preparedness kit and its associated items.

  14. Analysis of a rare hail-producing tornado event on 20 March 2013in Dongguan, Guangdong Province%2013年3月20日广东东莞罕见龙卷冰雹特征及成因分析

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    张劲梅; 莫伟强

    2013-01-01

    Based on conventional surface and upper-air data, reanalysis data from NCEP/NCAR, and nonconventional data from Doppler weather radar and surface automatic weather station (AWS), we analyzed a disastrous severe convective weather event with rare tornado and hail on 20 March 2013 in Dongguan, Guangdong Province. The results are summarized as follows. 1) The pressure, temperature, wind direc-tion, and wind speed observed at the station passed over by the tornado clearly have different characteristics from those caused by thunder-storm gales. 2) The following factors provided a favorable atmospheric condition for the development of convections:the increasing strong wind with altitude in Southern China, the unstable potential stratification with the dry air above and humid air below, and the high humidity and temperature in the low-levels. Additionally, cold air moving southwards, and meso-and micro-scale convergence systems near the ground served as a trigger mechanism for the tornado event. 3) The genesis of the tornado is possibly resulted from the moderate convective available potential energy (CAPE), deep and strong vertical wind shear between 0 and 6 km, and 0-1 km low level wind shear. 4) The strengthening of convective storms associated with the hail-producing tornado is closely related to the intensifying of the meso-and micro-scale convergence systems near the ground. 5) The strongest radar echo is 72 dBz, observed when hail, gale and tornado occurred simultaneously. The tornado occurred near the hook-shaped echo embedded in a supercell close to the rear V-shaped gap. Three body scattering (TBSS) echoes were ob-served multiple times, which corresponds to hails. The low-level weak echo region, and mid-and high-level echo pendency can be found in radar reflectivity vertical profiles, and the bounded weak echo region (BWER) emerges 20 minutes earlier than tornado. When tornado emerg-es, tornado vortex (TVS) and mesocyclone in the supercell storm can be found in

  15. Analysis of Reynolds stress budgets in LES of Langmuir supercells under crosswind currents in a coastal ocean

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    Tejada-Martinez, Andres; Zhang, Jie

    2016-11-01

    Langmuir supercells (LSCs) in coastal oceans consist of parallel counter rotating vortices engulfing the water column in unstratified conditions. These cells have been observed in continental shelf regions 15-30 meters deep during the passage of storms. LSCs are aligned roughly in the wind direction and are generated via interaction of the wind-driven shear current and Stokes drift velocity induced by surface gravity waves. LSCs have been determined to be an important contributor to the suspension of sediments and their overall transport across shelves. It has also been shown that tidal forcing distorts and weakens LSCs, inhibiting their potential for sediment suspension. Large-eddy simulations of LSCs in flows driven by a surface wind stress and a constant crosswind pressure gradient (representative of crosswind tidal forcing) have been performed. Although a crosswind tidal current stronger than the wind-driven current is able to break up the LSCs giving rise to smaller scale, weaker Langmuir cells (LCs), analysis of Reynolds shear stress budgets reveals that non-local transport remains significant relative to flow without LCs. This demonstrates the need for a non-local transport term in Reynolds shear stress and turbulent scalar flux closures for coastal flows with LCs. Support from the US National Science Foundation and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is gratefully acknowledged.

  16. Daily variation in natural disaster casualties: information flows, safety, and opportunity costs in tornado versus hurricane strikes.

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    Zahran, Sammy; Tavani, Daniele; Weiler, Stephan

    2013-07-01

    Casualties from natural disasters may depend on the day of the week they strike. With data from the Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database for the United States (SHELDUS), daily variation in hurricane and tornado casualties from 5,043 tornado and 2,455 hurricane time/place events is analyzed. Hurricane forecasts provide at-risk populations with considerable lead time. Such lead time allows strategic behavior in choosing protective measures under hurricane threat; opportunity costs in terms of lost income are higher during weekdays than during weekends. On the other hand, the lead time provided by tornadoes is near zero; hence tornados generate no opportunity costs. Tornado casualties are related to risk information flows, which are higher during workdays than during leisure periods, and are related to sheltering-in-place opportunities, which are better in permanent buildings like businesses and schools. Consistent with theoretical expectations, random effects negative binomial regression results indicate that tornado events occurring on the workdays of Monday through Thursday are significantly less lethal than tornados that occur on weekends. In direct contrast, and also consistent with theory, the expected count of hurricane casualties increases significantly with weekday occurrences. The policy implications of observed daily variation in tornado and hurricane events are considered. © 2012 Society for Risk Analysis.

  17. 77 FR 4389 - In the Matter of Tornado Gold International Corp., Twin Faces East Entertainment Corp., Universal...

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    2012-01-27

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION In the Matter of Tornado Gold International Corp., Twin Faces East Entertainment Corp., Universal... that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of Tornado Gold...

  18. Are tornado-like magnetic structures able to support solar prominence plasma?

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    Luna, Manuel; Priest, Eric

    2015-01-01

    Recent high-resolution and high-cadence observations have surprisingly suggested that prominence barbs exhibit apparent rotating motions suggestive of a tornado-like structure. Additional evidence has been provided by Doppler measurements. The observations reveal opposite velocities for both hot and cool plasma on the two sides of a prominence barb. This motion is persistent for several hours and has been interpreted in terms of rotational motion of prominence feet. Several authors suggest that such barb motions are rotating helical structures around a vertical axis similar to tornadoes on Earth. One of the difficulties of such a proposal is how to support cool prominence plasma in almost-vertical structures against gravity. In this work we model analytically a tornado-like structure and try to determine possible mechanisms to support the prominence plasma. We have found that the Lorentz force can indeed support the barb plasma provided the magnetic structure is sufficiently twisted and/or significant poloida...

  19. Insights into Tornadoes and Hurricanes from High-Resolution Numerical Simulations

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    Bryan, G. H.; Cione, J.; Dahl, N.; Kalina, E.; Lundquist, J. K.; Nolan, D. S.; Rotunno, R.; Stern, D. P.; Worsnop, R.

    2016-12-01

    Comprehensive measurements of wind speed in tornadoes and hurricanes are rare because these phenomena are infrequent, turbulent, and (of course) very hazardous. However, detailed knowledge of the distribution of winds would be useful for a variety of applications such as structural engineering, societal awareness, and weather forecasting. To help fill in gaps in this knowledge, numerical model simulations can play a crucial role. The NCAR Yellowstone supercomputer has been used to conduct idealized simulations of tornadoes and hurricanes with grid spacing as small as 1 m. The simulations provide insight into the maximum wind speeds that may be possible in nature and provide guidance for interpreting present-day and future observational platforms. To this end, we have built code into a numerical model to produce "mock" observational datasets from hypothetical airplanes, dropsondes, and instrumented towers. Results are currently being used to help design offshore wind turbines, evaluate tornado intercept strategies, and develop flight paths for unmanned aerial systems.

  20. Facebook and Twitter, communication and shelter, and the 2011 Tuscaloosa tornado.

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    Stokes, Courtney; Senkbeil, Jason C

    2017-01-01

    This paper represents one of the first attempts to analyse the many ways in which Facebook and Twitter were used during a tornado disaster. Comparisons between five randomly selected campus samples and a city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, sample revealed that campus samples used Facebook and Twitter significantly more both before and after the tornado, but Facebook usage was not significantly different after the event. Furthermore, differences in social media usage and other forms of communication before the tornado were found for age, education, and years lived in Tuscaloosa. Generally, age and education were inversely proportionate to social media usage. Influences on shelter-seeking actions varied between social media users and three random samples of non-social media users; however, it appears that social media respondents were likely to be using a smartphone simultaneously to access warning polygon information, to receive text message alerts, and to listen or respond to environmental cues.

  1. Tornado wind-loading requirements based on risk assessment techniques (For specific reactor safety Class 1 coolant system features)

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    Deobald, Theodore L.; Coles, Garill A.; Smith, Gary L.

    1992-01-01

    Regulations require that nuclear power plants be protected from tornado winds. If struck by a tornado, a plant must be capable of safely shutting down and removing decay heat. Probabilistic techniques are used to show that risk to the public from the U.S. Department of Energy SP-100 reactor is acceptable without tornado hardening parts of the secondary system. Relaxed requirements for design wind loadings will result in significant cost savings. To demonstrate an acceptable level of risk, this document examines tornado-initiated accidents. The two tornado-initiated accidents examined in detail are loss of cooling resulting in core damage and loss of secondary system boundary integrity leading to sodium release. Loss of core cooling is analyzed using fault/event tree models. Loss of secondary system boundary integrity is analyzed by comparing the consequences to acceptance criteria for the release of radioactive material or alkali metal aerosol.

  2. Tornado Warning Perception and Response: Integrating the Roles of Visual Design, Demographics, and Hazard Experience.

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    Schumann, Ronald L; Ash, Kevin D; Bowser, Gregg C

    2017-06-30

    Recent advancements in severe weather detection and warning dissemination technologies have reduced, but not eliminated, large-casualty tornado hazards in the United States. Research on warning cognition and behavioral response by the public has the potential to further reduce tornado-related deaths and injuries; however, less research has been conducted in this area compared to tornado research in the physical sciences. Extant research in this vein tends to bifurcate. One branch of studies derives from classic risk perception, which investigates cognitive, affective, and sociocultural factors in relation to concern and preparation for uncertain risks. Another branch focuses on psychological, social, and cultural factors implicated in warning response for rapid onset hazards, with attention paid to previous experience and message design. Few studies link risk perceptions with cognition and response as elicited by specific examples of warnings. The present study unites risk perception, cognition, and response approaches by testing the contributions of hypothesized warning response drivers in one set of path models. Warning response is approximated by perceived fear and intended protective action as reported by survey respondents when exposed to hypothetical tornado warning scenarios. This study considers the roles of hazard knowledge acquisition, information-seeking behaviors, previous experience, and sociodemographic factors while controlling for the effects of the visual warning graphic. Findings from the study indicate the primacy of a user's visual interpretation of a warning graphic in shaping tornado warning response. Results also suggest that information-seeking habits, previous tornado experience, and local disaster culture play strong influencing roles in warning response. © 2017 Society for Risk Analysis.

  3. A weather analysis of strong winds and hail developed by a supercell with a bow echo%一次弓形回波中超级单体发展造成的大风、冰雹天气分析

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    吴哲红; 陈贞宏; 储丽君; 冯新建

    2012-01-01

    Weakened,a back weak echo channel feature appeared,In the weak echo channel the supercell produce tornadoes which caused downburst winds disaster caused in maoying town in ziyun county.The two strong wind disasters developed at different stages of convective systems,the mechanisms are different.

  4. Pre-Post Tornado Effects on Aggressive Children's Psychological and Behavioral Adjustment Through One-Year Postdisaster.

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    Lochman, John E; Vernberg, Eric; Powell, Nicole P; Boxmeyer, Caroline L; Jarrett, Matthew; McDonald, Kristina; Qu, Lixin; Hendrickson, Michelle; Kassing, Francesca

    2017-01-01

    Using a risk-resilience framework, this study examined how varying levels of exposure to a natural disaster (EF-4 tornado) and children's characteristics (sex; anxiety) influenced the behavioral and psychological adjustment of children who shared a common risk factor predisaster (elevated aggression) prior to exposure through 1-year postdisaster. Participants included 360 children in Grades 4-6 (65% male; 78% African American) and their parents from predominantly low-income households who were already participating in a longitudinal study of indicated prevention effects for externalizing outcomes when the tornado occurred in 2011. Fourth-grade children who were screened for overt aggressive behavior were recruited in 3 annual cohorts (120 per year, beginning in 2009). Parent-rated aggression and internalizing problems were assessed prior to the tornado (Wave 1), within a half-year after the tornado (Wave 2), and at a 1-year follow-up (Wave 3). Children and parents rated their exposure to aspects of tornado-related traumatic experiences at Wave 3. Children displayed less reduction on aggression and internalizing problems if the children had experienced distress after the tornado or fears for their life, in combination with their pre-tornado level of anxiety. Higher levels of children's and parents' exposure to the tornado interacted with children's lower baseline child anxiety to predict less reduction in aggression and internalizing problems 1 year after the tornado. Higher levels of disaster exposure negatively affected at-risk children's level of improvement in aggression and internalizing problems, when life threat (parent- and child-reported) and child-reported distress after the tornado were moderated by baseline anxiety.

  5. Lightning characteristics relative to radar, altitude and temperature for a multicell, MCS and supercell over northern Alabama

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    Mecikalski, Retha M.; Carey, Lawrence D.

    2017-07-01

    Cloud electrification leads to the production of nitrogen oxides (NOx), which has an effect on ozone concentrations. Currently large uncertainties exist regarding the contribution of lightning to the global and local NOx budget, even on a per flash basis. Most lightning NOx (LNOx) models distribute the LNOx at reflectivities (Z) ≥ 20 dBZ in the horizontal, while vertically, a Gaussian distribution function with a peak at - 15 °C is used for cloud-to-ground (CG) flashes and a bimodal distribution function with peaks at - 15 °C and - 45 °C is used for inter- and intra-cloud (IC) flashes. This research aims to improve our basic understanding of lightning location relative to radar Z as a function of storm and flash type. Using data from the North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array (NALMA) and the Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor data suite, the results from analyzing a multicell storm, mesoscale convective system and supercell storm showed that 29.7%, 15.9% and 6.9% of all flashes initiated in regions where Z lightning initiation distribution for IC flashes was also not observed for any of the three storms. In addition, it is shown that when incorporating the propagation of the flash, the percentage of NALMA lightning sources located in regions where Z < 20 dBZ increases. Finally, when comparing flash types, the results show that Hybrid flashes have consistently larger sizes than IC and CG flashes, while IC and Hybrid flashes tend to have more sources located at Z < 20 dBZ than CG flashes.

  6. Sounding-derived parameters associated with large hail and tornadoes in the Netherlands

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    2007-01-01

    A study is presented focusing on the potential value of parameters derived from radiosonde data or data from numerical atmospheric models for the forecasting of severe weather associated with convective storms. Parameters have been derived from soundings in the proximity of large hail, tornadoes (in

  7. Impact of dual-polarization radar technology and Twitter on the Hattiesburg, Mississippi tornado.

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    Cates, Alexis L; Arnold, Brent W; Cooper, Guy Paul; Yeager, Violet; Stake, Josh; Ali, Mohammed; Calderone, Richard C; Wilkinson, James; Hsu, Edbert; Parrillo, Steven; Piper, Steven; Subbarao, Italo

    2013-12-01

    Dual-Polarization Radar and Twitter were analyzed to determine the impact on injuries sustained by the Hattiesburg EF-4 tornado. Tracking data provided from the Dual-Pol radar systems in National Weather Service Jackson were reviewed. Twitter data from four local Twitter handles were obtained. The change in tweets and followers for the day of the storm were compared to historical averages. A Student t-test was utilized in determining statistical significance (ptornado. An Injury Severity Score (ISS) was calculated for trauma records related to the tornado. Radar detection of the tornado gave approximately 30 minutes of advanced warning time. Statistical significance in follower growth was seen in all four Twitter handles. Out of 50 patients, the average ISS was 3.9 with a range of 1 to 29. There were zero fatalities. An ISS average of 3.9 was significantly less than two previous tornadoes of similar strength that occurred prior to increased usage of Dual-pol radar and Twitter as a means for communicating severe weather information. Early detection from Dual-pol radar improved warning time. Tweets informed citizens to seek appropriate shelter. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2013;7:585-592).

  8. Prevalence and Predictors of PTSD and Depression among Adolescent Victims of the Spring 2011 Tornado Outbreak

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    Adams, Zachary W.; Sumner, Jennifer A.; Danielson, Carla Kmett; McCauley, Jenna L.; Resnick, Heidi S.; Grös, Kirstin; Paul, Lisa A.; Welsh, Kyleen E.; Ruggiero, Kenneth J.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Relatively few studies have examined prevalence and predictors of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depressive episode (MDE) in disaster-affected adolescents. Fewer still have administered diagnostic measures or studied samples exposed to tornadoes, a common type of disaster. Further, methodologic problems limit the…

  9. Massive pediatric neurosurgical injuries and lessons learned following a tornado disaster in Alabama.

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    Chern, Joshua J; Miller, Joseph H; Tubbs, R Shane; Whisenhunt, Thomas R; Johnston, James M; Wellons, John C; Rozzelle, Curtis J; Blount, Jeffrey P; Oakes, W Jerry

    2011-12-01

    A large volume of patients presented to a Level I pediatric trauma center during and after a recent tornado disaster. Injuries of the central and peripheral nervous systems and the medical responses of a pediatric neurosurgical team are reviewed. The clinical courses of patients who suffered cranial, spinal, and peripheral nerve injuries due to the tornado storm are reported. The clinical actions taken by the neurosurgical team during and after the event are reviewed and the lessons learned are discussed. The tornado storm system moved through the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham metropolitan areas on the early evening hours of April 27, 2011. Twenty-four patients received care from the neurosurgical team. A total of 11 cranial (including placement of an external ventricular drain), 2 spine, and 2 peripheral procedures were performed for the victims. Nine procedures were performed within the first 12 hours of the event, and an additional 6 surgeries were performed in the following 24 hours. Injuries of the peripheral nervous system often presented in a delayed fashion. Several key components were identified that enabled adequate neurosurgical care for a large influx of acute patients. Massive casualties due to tornados are rare. A well-organized physician team working with the hospital administration may decrease the mortality and morbidity of such events.

  10. Prevalence and Predictors of PTSD and Depression among Adolescent Victims of the Spring 2011 Tornado Outbreak

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    Adams, Zachary W.; Sumner, Jennifer A.; Danielson, Carla Kmett; McCauley, Jenna L.; Resnick, Heidi S.; Grös, Kirstin; Paul, Lisa A.; Welsh, Kyleen E.; Ruggiero, Kenneth J.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Relatively few studies have examined prevalence and predictors of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depressive episode (MDE) in disaster-affected adolescents. Fewer still have administered diagnostic measures or studied samples exposed to tornadoes, a common type of disaster. Further, methodologic problems limit the…

  11. Sounding-derived parameters associated with large hail and tornadoes in the Netherlands

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    Groenemeijer, P.H.; van Delden, A.J.

    2007-01-01

    A study is presented focusing on the potential value of parameters derived from radiosonde data or data from numerical atmospheric models for the forecasting of severe weather associated with convective storms. Parameters have been derived from soundings in the proximity of large hail, tornadoes (in

  12. Pedologic and geomorphic impacts of a tornado blowdown event in a mixed pine-hardwood forest

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    Jonathan D. Phillips; Daniel A. Marion; Alice V. Turkington

    2008-01-01

    Biomechanical effects of trees on soils and surface processes may be extensive in forest environments. Two blowdown sites caused by a November 2005 tornado in the Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas allowed a case study examination of bioturbation associated with a specific forest blowdown event, as well as detailed examination of relationships between tree root systems...

  13. Role of Central American biomass burning smoke in increasing tornado severity in the US

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    Saide, P. E.; Spak, S.; Pierce, R.; Otkin, J.; Rabin, R.; Schaack, T.; Heidinger, A. K.; da Silva, A.; Kacenelenbogen, M. S.; Redemann, J.; Carmichael, G. R.

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    Violent tornadoes in the Southeast and Central US during spring are often accompanied by smoke from biomass burning in Central America. We analyzed the effect of smoke on a historic severe weather outbreak that occurred 27 April 2011 using a coupled aerosol, chemistry and weather model (WRF-Chem) and a suite of satellite and ground-based observations. Smoke from Central American biomass burning was present in the boundary layer and lower free troposphere before and during the storm outbreak. Simulations show that adding smoke to the environment already conducive to severe thunderstorm development increases the likelihood of significant tornado occurrence, which is assessed by analyzing effects of smoke on meteorological conditions (tornado parameters) used by prediction centers to forecast tornado occurrence and severity. Smoke effects generate slightly lower rain rates and cloud top heights, indicating no evidence of storm invigoration for these storms and instead pointing towards convection inhibition. Further analysis shows that there are two mechanisms responsible for the parameter intensification: First, through indirect effects, stratiform clouds present during and before the outbreak became optically thicker, which reduced the amount of solar radiation reaching the ground and produced more stable conditions and higher low-level shear in the mixed layer. Second, through semi-direct effects, soot contained in the smoke heated the aerosol layer stabilizing the atmosphere and enhancing cloud cover below the aerosol layer, producing a more stable boundary layer and conditions leading to higher probability of violent tornadoes. The inclusion of aerosol-cloud-radiation interactions in weather forecasts may help improve the predictability of these extreme events, which can improve the timeliness and accuracy of severe weather alerts within future operational forecast systems. Left panel: Back trajectories from the beginning of violent tornado tracks, with circles

  14. Working after a tornado: a survey of hospital personnel in Joplin, Missouri.

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    Charney, Rachel; Rebmann, Terri; Flood, Robert G

    2014-01-01

    In 2011, an EF5 tornado hit Joplin, MO, requiring complete evacuation of 1 hospital and a patient surge to another. We sought to assess the resilience of healthcare workers in these hospitals as measured by number reporting to work, willingness to work, personal disaster preparedness, and childcare responsibilities following the disaster. In May 2013, a survey was distributed to healthcare workers at both Joplin hospitals that asked them to report their willingness to work and personal disaster preparedness following various disaster scenarios. For those with childcare responsibilities, scheduling, costs, and impact of hypothetical alternative childcare programs were considered in the analyses. A total of 1,234 healthcare workers completed the survey (response rate: 23.4%). Most (87.8%) worked the week following the Joplin tornado. Healthcare workers report more willingness to work during a future earthquake or tornado compared to their pre-Joplin tornado attitudes (86.2 vs 88.4%, t=-4.3, ptornado personal disaster preparedness, but only preevent preparedness was a significant predictor of postevent preparedness. Nearly half (48.5%, n=598) had childcare responsibilities; 61% (n=366) had childcare needs the week of the tornado, and 54% (n=198) required the use of alternative childcare. If their hospital had provided alternative childcare, 51% would have used it and 42% felt they would have been more willing to report to work. Most healthcare workers reported to work following this disaster, demonstrating true resilience. Disaster planners should be aware of these perceptions as they formulate their own emergency operation plans.

  15. On the robustness of aerosol effects on an idealized supercell storm simulated with a cloud system-resolving model

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    H. Morrison

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available A cloud system-resolving model (the Weather Research and Forecasting model with 1 km horizontal grid spacing is used to investigate the response of an idealized supercell storm to increased cloud droplet concentrations associated with polluted conditions. The primary focus is on exploring robustness of simulated aerosol effects in the face of complex process interactions and feedbacks between the cloud microphysics and dynamics. Simulations are run using sixteen different model configurations with various microphysical or thermodynamic processes modified or turned off. Robustness of the storm response to polluted conditions is also explored for each configuration by performing additional simulations with small perturbations to the initial conditions. Differences in the domain-mean accumulated surface precipitation and convective mass flux between polluted and pristine conditions are small for almost all model configurations, with relative differences in each quantity generally less than 15%. Configurations that produce a decrease (increase in cold pool strength in polluted conditions also tend to simulate a decrease (increase in surface precipitation and convective mass flux. Combined with an analysis of the dynamical and thermodynamic fields, these results indicate the importance of interactions between microphysics, cold pool evolution, and dynamics along outflow boundaries in explaining the system response. Several model configurations, including the baseline, produce an overall similar storm response (weakening in polluted conditions despite having different microphysical or thermodynamic processes turned off. With hail initiation turned off or the hail fallspeed-size relation set to that of snow, the model produces an invigoration instead of weakening of the storm in polluted conditions. These results highlight the difficulty of foreseeing impacts of changes to model parameterizations and isolating process interactions that drive the system

  16. Tornado funnel-shaped cloud as convection in a cloudy layer

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    M. V. Zavolgenskiy

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Analytical model of convection in a thick horizontal cloud layer with free upper and lower boundaries is constructed. The cloud layer is supposed to be subjected to the Coriolis force due to the cloud rotation, which is a typical condition for tornado formation. It is obtained that convection in such system can look as just one rotating cell in contrast to the usual many-cells Benard convection. The tornado-type vortex is different from spatially periodic convective cells because their amplitudes vanish with distance from the vortex axis. The lower boundary at this convection can substantially move out of the initially horizontal cloud layer forming a single vertical vortex with intense upward and downward flows. The results are also applicable to convection in water layer with negative temperature gradient.

  17. Modified esophagogastrostomy in laparoscopy-assisted proximal gastrectomy: A reverse-Tornado anastomosis.

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    Kubota, Keisuke; Suzuki, Akihiro; Fujikawa, Aoi; Watanabe, Takayuki; Sekido, Yuki; Shiozaki, Hironori; Taketa, Takashi; Shimada, Gen; Ohigashi, Seiji; Sakurai, Shintaro; Kishida, Akihiro

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    The aim of this study was to introduce and examine a modified mechanical end-to-side esophagogastrostomy method ("reverse-Tornado" anastomosis) in laparoscopy-assisted proximal gastrectomy. Five patients with gastric cancer who underwent laparoscopy-assisted proximal gastrectomy were analyzed retrospectively. Esophagogastrostomy in the anterior wall was performed in three patients, and esophagogastrostomy in the posterior wall was performed in two patients. Clinicopathological features, operative outcomes (operative time, operative blood loss), and postoperative outcomes (complications, postoperative hospital stay, reflux esophagitis) were evaluated. Operative time was normal (278 min). There was no marked operative blood loss, postoperative complications, prolonged hospital stay, or reflux esophagitis. Esophagogastrostomy was completed in a normal time with reverse-Tornado anastomosis. This method can be safe and can enable good postoperative quality of life. © 2016 Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery, Asia Endosurgery Task Force and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

  18. Tornado occurrence nearby Valjevo on 27 may 2014: Analysis of weather situation

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    Full Text Available This study shows the case of a tornado on 27 May 2014 in the vicinity of Valjevo. According to its characteristics and considering that this is a mesocyclonic severe weather event, accompanied with heavy rain, violent wind, hail and thunderstorm, it belongs to extraordinary dangerous meteorological events. The aim of this study is to determine and examine the cause of tornado occurrence in this area using the methods of synoptic and mesoscale analysis, as well as radar analysis. That could contribute to better understanding of this phenomenon in Serbia as well as to improving the forecast methods and models. Contrary to the previous researches, the capacities of the meteorological radar MRL - 5 have been presented in this study.

  19. Observation of gravity waves during the extreme tornado outbreak of 3 April 1974

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    Hung, R. J.; Phan, T.; Smith, R. E.

    1978-01-01

    A continuous wave-spectrum high-frequency radiowave Doppler sounder array was used to observe upper-atmospheric disturbances during an extreme tornado outbreak. The observations indicated that gravity waves with two harmonic wave periods were detected at the F-region ionospheric height. Using a group ray path computational technique, the observed gravity waves were traced in order to locate potential sources. The signals were apparently excited 1-3 hours before tornado touchdown. Reverse ray tracing indicated that the wave source was located at the aurora zone with a Kp index of 6 at the time of wave excitation. The summation of the 24-hour Kp index for the day was 36. The results agree with existing theories (Testud, 1970; Titheridge, 1971; Kato, 1976) for the excitation of large-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances associated with geomagnetic activity in the aurora zone.

  20. EDs in the Midwest and South activate disaster plans as deadly tornadoes sweep through the region.

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    2012-05-01

    Hospitals in the Midwest and South activated their disaster plans in early March to deal with a phalanx of powerful tornadoes that leveled several small towns and killed at least two dozen people. Some hospitals had to activate plans for both internal and external disasters as their own facilities were threatened. One small critical-access hospital in West Liberty, KY, sustained significant damage and had to evacuate its patients to another facility. All the hospitals credit their disaster plans and practice drills with helping them to manage the crisis as efficiently as possible. Morgan County ARH Hospital in West Liberty, KY, went for several days without an operational lab or radiology department, but staff kept the ED open for absolute emergencies. Margaret Mary Community Hospital (MMCH) in Batesville, IN, received six tornado victims, but it was prepared for many more. Administrators credit advanced warning of the storms with helping them to prepare effectively, as well as to coordinate their response with other hospitals in the area. As a level 1 trauma center, the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY, received all the most seriously injured patients in the region, even while the facility itself was under a tornado warning. Staff had to route families away from the glassed-in waiting room to the basement until the tornado warning had passed. At one point during the crisis, there were 90 patients in the hospital's ED even though the department is only equipped with 29 beds. Administrators at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, AL, encouraged colleagues to take advantage of smaller-scale emergencies to activate parts of their disaster plans, and to focus disaster preparation drills on their hospital's top hazard vulnerabilities.

  1. Necrotizing cutaneous mucormycosis after a tornado in Joplin, Missouri, in 2011.

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    Neblett Fanfair, Robyn; Benedict, Kaitlin; Bos, John; Bennett, Sarah D; Lo, Yi-Chun; Adebanjo, Tolu; Etienne, Kizee; Deak, Eszter; Derado, Gordana; Shieh, Wun-Ju; Drew, Clifton; Zaki, Sherif; Sugerman, David; Gade, Lalitha; Thompson, Elizabeth H; Sutton, Deanna A; Engelthaler, David M; Schupp, James M; Brandt, Mary E; Harris, Julie R; Lockhart, Shawn R; Turabelidze, George; Park, Benjamin J

    2012-12-06

    Mucormycosis is a fungal infection caused by environmentally acquired molds. We investigated a cluster of cases of cutaneous mucormycosis among persons injured during the May 22, 2011, tornado in Joplin, Missouri. We defined a case as a soft-tissue infection in a person injured during the tornado, with evidence of a mucormycete on culture or immunohistochemical testing plus DNA sequencing. We conducted a case-control study by reviewing medical records and conducting interviews with case patients and hospitalized controls. DNA sequencing and whole-genome sequencing were performed on clinical specimens to identify species and assess strain-level differences, respectively. A total of 13 case patients were identified, 5 of whom (38%) died. The patients had a median of 5 wounds (range, 1 to 7); 11 patients (85%) had at least one fracture, 9 (69%) had blunt trauma, and 5 (38%) had penetrating trauma. All case patients had been located in the zone that sustained the most severe damage during the tornado. On multivariate analysis, infection was associated with penetrating trauma (adjusted odds ratio for case patients vs. controls, 8.8; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.1 to 69.2) and an increased number of wounds (adjusted odds ratio, 2.0 for each additional wound; 95% CI, 1.2 to 3.2). Sequencing of the D1-D2 region of the 28S ribosomal DNA yielded Apophysomyces trapeziformis in all 13 case patients. Whole-genome sequencing showed that the apophysomyces isolates were four separate strains. We report a cluster of cases of cutaneous mucormycosis among Joplin tornado survivors that were associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Increased awareness of fungi as a cause of necrotizing soft-tissue infections after a natural disaster is warranted.

  2. Comparison of remote sensing image processing techniques to identify tornado damage areas from Landsat TM data

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    Myint, S.W.; Yuan, M.; Cerveny, R.S.; Giri, C.P.

    2008-01-01

    Remote sensing techniques have been shown effective for large-scale damage surveys after a hazardous event in both near real-time or post-event analyses. The paper aims to compare accuracy of common imaging processing techniques to detect tornado damage tracks from Landsat TM data. We employed the direct change detection approach using two sets of images acquired before and after the tornado event to produce a principal component composite images and a set of image difference bands. Techniques in the comparison include supervised classification, unsupervised classification, and objectoriented classification approach with a nearest neighbor classifier. Accuracy assessment is based on Kappa coefficient calculated from error matrices which cross tabulate correctly identified cells on the TM image and commission and omission errors in the result. Overall, the Object-oriented Approach exhibits the highest degree of accuracy in tornado damage detection. PCA and Image Differencing methods show comparable outcomes. While selected PCs can improve detection accuracy 5 to 10%, the Object-oriented Approach performs significantly better with 15-20% higher accuracy than the other two techniques. ?? 2008 by MDPI.

  3. Experimental Study on Effects of Ground Roughness on Flow Characteristics of Tornado-Like Vortices

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    Wang, Jin; Cao, Shuyang; Pang, Weichiang; Cao, Jinxin

    2017-02-01

    The three-dimensional wind velocity and dynamic pressure for stationary tornado-like vortices that developed over ground of different roughness categories were investigated to clarify the effects of ground roughness. Measurements were performed for various roughness categories and two swirl ratios. Variations of the vertical and horizontal distributions of velocity and pressure with roughness are presented, with the results showing that the tangential, radial, and axial velocity components increase inside the vortex core near the ground under rough surface conditions. Meanwhile, clearly decreased tangential components are found outside the core radius at low elevations. The high axial velocity inside the vortex core over rough ground surface indicates that roughness produces an effect similar to a reduced swirl ratio. In addition, the pressure drop accompanying a tornado is more significant at elevations closer to the ground under rough compared with smooth surface conditions. We show that the variations of the flow characteristics with roughness are dependent on the vortex-generating mechanism, indicating the need for appropriate modelling of tornado-like vortices.

  4. Tornado-like Evolution of a Kink-unstable Solar Prominence

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    Wang, Wensi; Liu, Rui; Wang, Yuming

    2017-01-01

    We report on the tornado-like evolution of a quiescent prominence on 2014 November 1. The eastern section of the prominence first rose slowly, transforming into an arch-shaped structure as high as ˜150 Mm above the limb; the arch then writhed moderately in a left-handed sense, while the original dark prominence material emitted in the Fe ix 171 Å passband, and a braided structure appeared at the eastern edge of the warped arch. The unraveling of the braided structure was associated with a transient brightening in the EUV and apparently contributed to the formation of a curtain-like structure (CLS). The CLS consisted of myriad thread-like loops rotating counterclockwise about the vertical if viewed from above. Heated prominence material was observed to slide along these loops and land outside the filament channel. The tornado eventually disintegrated and the remaining material flew along a left-handed helical path constituting approximately a full turn, as corroborated through stereoscopic reconstruction, into the cavity of the stable, western section of the prominence. We suggest that the tornado-like evolution of the prominence was governed by the helical kink instability, and that the CLS formed through magnetic reconnections between the prominence field and the overlying coronal field.

  5. Our new tornado-compatible aortic valve prosthesis: notable results of hydrodynamic testing and experimental trials

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    Leo A. Bockeria

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Aims A shortcoming common to all existing designs of mechanical cardiac valve prostheses is an increased trombogenicity caused, among other factors, by the lack of hydrodynamic compatibility between the luminal part of the prosthesis and the patterned blood flow. The aim of the study is to design and test our new mechanical aortic valve prosthesis to exclude life-long anticoagulation treatment. Materials and methods Standard hydrodynamic tests of the new prosthetic valve have been carried out for comparing with the other existing valve designs. A new method for the heart valve prosthesis testing in a tornado-like flow has been developed. The valve function has been verified in a swine excluding the anticoagulation treatment during the period of time exceeding six months. Results The significant advantage of the new prosthesis in the standard hydrodynamic tests has been demonstrated. The tests in the tornado-like flow have shown that only this prosthesis allows maintaining the pattern, the head and flow rate characteristics of the tornado-like jet. Upon implanting the new prosthesis in the aortic position in a swine, the good performance of the valve without anticoagulation therapy has been confirmed in the course of more than six months. Conclusion Obtained has been the evidence of the merits of the new mechanical aortic valve owing to the due consideration of the hydrodynamic peculiarities of the aortic blood flow and the creation of the design providing the proper hydrodynamic compatibility.

  6. Epidemiology of tornado destruction in rural northern Bangladesh: risk factors for death and injury.

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    Sugimoto, Jonathan D; Labrique, Alain B; Ahmad, Salahuddin; Rashid, Mahbubur; Shamim, Abu Ahmed; Ullah, Barkat; Klemm, Rolf D W; Christian, Parul; West, Keith P

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    The epidemiology of tornado-related disasters in the developing world is poorly understood. An August 2005 post-tornado cohort study in rural Bangladesh identified elevated levels of death and injury among the elderly (≥ 60 years of age) (adjusted odds ratio (AOR) = 8.9 (95 per cent confidence interval (CI): 3.9-20.2) and AOR = 1.6 (95 per cent CI: 1.4-1.8), respectively), as compared to 15-24 year-olds, and among those outdoors versus indoors during the tornado (AOR = 10.4 (95 per cent CI: 5.5-19.9) and AOR = 6.6 (95 per cent CI: 5.8-7.5), respectively). Females were 1.24 times (95 per cent CI: 1.15-1.33) more likely to be injured than males. Elevated risk of injury was significantly associated with structural damage to the house and tin construction materials. Seeking treatment was protective against death among the injured, odds ratio = 0.08 (95 per cent CI: 0.03-0.21). Further research is needed to develop injury prevention strategies and to address disparities in risk between age groups and between men and women. © 2011 The Author(s). Disasters © Overseas Development Institute, 2011.

  7. ARE TORNADO-LIKE MAGNETIC STRUCTURES ABLE TO SUPPORT SOLAR PROMINENCE PLASMA?

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    Luna, M.; Moreno-Insertis, F. [Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, E-38200 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Priest, E. [Mathematics Institute, University of St Andrews, St Andrews KY16 9SS (United Kingdom)

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    Recent high-resolution and high-cadence observations have surprisingly suggested that prominence barbs exhibit apparent rotating motions suggestive of a tornado-like structure. Additional evidence has been provided by Doppler measurements. The observations reveal opposite velocities for both hot and cool plasma on the two sides of a prominence barb. This motion is persistent for several hours and has been interpreted in terms of rotational motion of prominence feet. Several authors suggest that such barb motions are rotating helical structures around a vertical axis similar to tornadoes on Earth. One of the difficulties of such a proposal is how to support cool prominence plasma in almost-vertical structures against gravity. In this work we model analytically a tornado-like structure and try to determine possible mechanisms to support the prominence plasma. We have found that the Lorentz force can indeed support the barb plasma provided the magnetic structure is sufficiently twisted and/or significant poloidal flows are present.

  8. Simulation of the Tornado Event of 22 March, 2013 over Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh using WRF Model with 3DVar DA techniques

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    M N Ahasan; M M Alam; S K Debsarma

    2015-02-01

    A severe thunderstorm produced a tornado (F2 on the enhanced Fujita–Pearson scale), which affected the Brahmanbaria district of Bangladesh during 1100–1130 UTC of 22 March, 2013. The tornado consumed 38, injured 388 and caused a huge loss of property. The total length travelled by the tornado was about 12–15 km and about 1728 households were affected. An attempt has been made to simulate this rare event using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. The model was run in a single domain at 9 km resolution for a period of 24 hrs, starting at 0000 UTC on 22 March, 2013. The meteorological conditions that led to form this tornado have been analyzed. The model simulated meteorological conditions are compared with that of a ‘no severe thunderstorm observed day’ on 22 March, 2012. Thus, the model also ran in the same domain at same resolution for 24 hrs, starting at 0000 UTC on 22 March, 2012. The model simulated meteorological parameters are consistent with each other, and all are in good agreement with the observation in terms of the region of occurrence of the tornado activity. The model has efficiently captured the common favourable synoptic conditions for the occurrence of severe tornadoes though there are some spatial and temporal biases in the simulation. The wind speed is not in good agreement with the observation as it has shown the strongest wind of only 15–20 ms−1, against the estimated wind speed of about 55 ms−1. The spatial distributions as well as intensity of rainfall are also in good agreement with the observation. The results of these analyses demonstrated the capability of high-resolution WRF model with 3DVar Data Assimilation (DA) techniques in simulation of tornado over Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh.

  9. Using Satellite Imagery to Identify Tornado Damage Tracks and Recovery from the April 27, 2011 Severe Weather Outbreak

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    Cole, Tony A.; Molthan, Andrew L.; Bell, Jordan R.

    2014-01-01

    Emergency response to natural disasters requires coordination between multiple local, state, and federal agencies. Single, relatively weak tornado events may require comparatively simple response efforts; but larger "outbreak" events with multiple strong, long-track tornadoes can benefit from additional tools to help expedite these efforts. Meteorologists from NOAA's National Weather Service conduct field surveys to map tornado tracks, assess damage, and determine the tornado intensity following each event. Moderate and high resolution satellite imagery can support these surveys by providing a high-level view of the affected areas. Satellite imagery could then be used to target areas for immediate survey or to corroborate the results of the survey after it is completed. In this study, the feasibility of using satellite imagery to identify tornado damage tracks was determined by comparing the characteristics of tracks observed from low-earth orbit to tracks assessed during the official NWS storm survey process. Of the 68 NWS confirmed centerlines, 24 tracks (35.3%) could be distinguished from other surface features using satellite imagery. Within each EF category, 0% of EF-0, 3% of EF-1, 50% of EF-2, 77.7% of EF-3, 87.5% of EF-4 and 100% of EF-5 tornadoes were detected. It was shown that satellite data can be used to identify tornado damage tracks in MODIS and ASTER NDVI imagery, where damage to vegetation creates a sharp drop in values though the minimum EF-category which can be detected is dependent upon the type of sensor used and underlying vegetation. Near-real time data from moderate resolution sensors compare favorably to field surveys after the event and suggest that the data can provide some value in the assessment process.

  10. A supercell, Bloch wave method for calculating low-energy electron reflectivity with applications to free-standing graphene and molybdenum disulfide

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    McClain, John

    This dissertation reports on a novel theoretical and computational framework for calculating low-energy electron reflectivities from crystalline surfaces and its application to two layered systems of two-dimensional materials, graphene and molybdenum disulfide. The framework provides a simple and efficient approach through the matching of a small set of Fourier components of Bloch wave solutions to the Schrodinger Equation in a slab-in-supercell geometry to incoming and outgoing plane waves on both sides of the supercell. The implementation of this method is described in detail for the calculation of reflectivities in the lowest energy range, for which only specular reflection is allowed. This implementation includes the calculation of reflectivities from beams with normal or off-normal incidence. Two different algorithms are described in the case of off-normal incidence which differ in their dependence on the existence of a symmetry with a mirror plane parallel to the crystal surface. Applications to model potentials in one, two, and three dimensions display consistent results when using different supercell sizes and convergent results with the density of Fourier grids. The design of the Bloch wave matching also allows for the accurate modeling of crystalline slabs through the use of realistic potentials determined via density functional theory. The application of the method to low-energy electron scattering from free-standing systems of a few layers of graphene, including the use of these realistic potentials, demonstrates this ability of the method to accurately model real systems. It reproduces the layer-dependent oscillations found in experimental, normal incidence reflectivity curves for a few layers of graphene grown on silicon carbide. The normal incidence reflectivity curves calculated for slabs consisting of few-layer graphene on 10 layers of nickel show some qualitative agreement with experiment. General incidence reflectivity spectra for free

  11. Exploring links between biomass burning smoke and tornado likelihood: From regional to large-eddy scale simulations

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    Saide, P. E.; Thompson, G.; Eidhammer, T.; da Silva, A. M., Jr.; Pierce, R. B.; Carmichael, G. R.

    2015-12-01

    Biomass burning smoke from Central America can have the potential to enhance the likelihood of tornado occurrence and intensity in the SE US by changing the environment where tornadic storms form (Saide et al., GRL 2015). In this presentation we build over this study to further our understanding of these interactions on multiple dimensions: 1) Biomass burning smoke emissions are constrained using an inverse modeling technique to improve the representation of smoke loads and its impacts, 2) The representation of these smoke-tornado interactions are assessed when using a simplified aerosol scheme with the intent of introducing these feedbacks into numerical weather prediction in the future, 3) The occurrence of these interactions is investigated for other tornado outbreaks on the record to learn about their frequency and under what conditions they occur, and 4) Multi-scale simulations are performed from regional to tornado-resolving scales to assess the impact of smoke on the number of tornadoes formed and their EF intensity. Future steps will also be discussed. The image below shows MODIS-Aqua satellite products for 27 April 2011 over the southeast US, Central America and the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), along with tornado tracks (red solid lines, thickness indicates the magnitude of the tornado reports , thickest=5, thinnest=1) for the period from April 26-28. The background is a true color image of the surface, clouds, and smoke, with yellow markers indicating fire detections and an iridescent overlay showing aerosol optical depth (AOD). Red, green and purple colors show high (1.0), medium (0.6) and low (0.1) AOD values. The article by Saide et al. (2015) shows that the increase in aerosol loads in the GoM is produced by fires in Central America, and this smoke is further transported to the southeast US where it can interact with clouds and radiation producing environmental conditions more favorable to significant tornado occurrence for the historical outbreak on 27

  12. Alabama Disasters: Leveraging NASA EOS to Explore the Environmental and Economic Impact of the April 27 Tornado Outbreak

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    Herdy, Claire; Luvall, Jeffrey; Cooksey, Kirstin; Brenton, James; Barrick, Bradley; Padgett-Vasquez, Steve

    2012-01-01

    The disastrous tornado outbreak in Alabama on April 27, 2011 greatly impacted the economy of the state. On record, the tornado outbreak was the second deadliest tornado outbreak in U.S. When considering the agricultural and value-added activities such as food and timber processing, farm inputs, manufacturing, transportation, and retail sales, the dollar value of Alabama agribusiness annually exceeds $40 billion (NASS, 2011). This research aims to examine how the timber and agriculture damage affected the state economy of Alabama and will be used to aid in long-term economic recovery. ASTER imagery was used along with ground-truthed NASS (National Agriculture Statistics Service) crop location records to verify the economic impact tornadoes had on the agricultural economy of the state. This swath damage can be calculated by correlating tornado path with NASS statistics on crop yield, precisely showing the fields affected and dollars lost to this disaster. Not only can this be executed manually using ENVI and ArcGIS, but also through the use of Python, a programming language that has the ability to automate the process, creating a product for initial damage assessment.

  13. X-ray absorption near edge structure/electron energy loss near edge structure calculation using the supercell orthogonalized linear combination of atomic orbitals method.

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    Ching, Wai-Yim; Rulis, Paul

    2009-03-11

    Over the last eight years, a large number of x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and/or electron energy loss near edge structure (ELNES) spectroscopic calculations for complex oxides and nitrides have been performed using the supercell-OLCAO (orthogonalized linear combination of atomic orbitals) method, obtaining results in very good agreement with experiments. The method takes into account the core-hole effect and includes the dipole matrix elements calculated from ab initio wavefunctions. In this paper, we describe the method in considerable detail, emphasizing the special advantages of this method for large complex systems. Selected results are reviewed and several hitherto unpublished results are also presented. These include the Y K edge of Y ions segregated to the core of a Σ31 grain boundary in alumina, O K edges of water molecules, C K edges in different types of single walled carbon nanotubes, and the Co K edge in the cyanocobalamin (vitamin B(12)) molecule. On the basis of these results, it is argued that the interpretation of specific features of the calculated XANES/ELNES edges is not simple for complex material systems because of the delocalized nature of the conduction band states. The long-standing notion of the 'fingerprinting' technique for spectral interpretation of experimental data is not tenable. A better approach is to fully characterize the structure under study, using either crystalline data or accurate ab initio modeling. Comparison between calculated XANES/ELNES spectra and available measurements enables us to ascertain the validity of the modeled structure. For complex crystals or structures, it is necessary to use the weighted sum of the spectra from structurally nonequivalent sites for comparison with the measured data. Future application of the supercell-OLCAO method to complex biomolecular systems is also discussed.

  14. X-ray absorption near edge structure/electron energy loss near edge structure calculation using the supercell orthogonalized linear combination of atomic orbitals method

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    Ching, W.-Y.; Rulis, Paul [Department of Physics, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO 64110 (United States)

    2009-03-11

    Over the last eight years, a large number of x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and/or electron energy loss near edge structure (ELNES) spectroscopic calculations for complex oxides and nitrides have been performed using the supercell-OLCAO (orthogonalized linear combination of atomic orbitals) method, obtaining results in very good agreement with experiments. The method takes into account the core-hole effect and includes the dipole matrix elements calculated from ab initio wavefunctions. In this paper, we describe the method in considerable detail, emphasizing the special advantages of this method for large complex systems. Selected results are reviewed and several hitherto unpublished results are also presented. These include the Y K edge of Y ions segregated to the core of a {sigma}31 grain boundary in alumina, O K edges of water molecules, C K edges in different types of single walled carbon nanotubes, and the Co K edge in the cyanocobalamin (vitamin B{sub 12}) molecule. On the basis of these results, it is argued that the interpretation of specific features of the calculated XANES/ELNES edges is not simple for complex material systems because of the delocalized nature of the conduction band states. The long-standing notion of the 'fingerprinting' technique for spectral interpretation of experimental data is not tenable. A better approach is to fully characterize the structure under study, using either crystalline data or accurate ab initio modeling. Comparison between calculated XANES/ELNES spectra and available measurements enables us to ascertain the validity of the modeled structure. For complex crystals or structures, it is necessary to use the weighted sum of the spectra from structurally nonequivalent sites for comparison with the measured data. Future application of the supercell-OLCAO method to complex biomolecular systems is also discussed.

  15. X-ray absorption near edge structure/electron energy loss near edge structure calculation using the supercell orthogonalized linear combination of atomic orbitals method

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    Ching, Wai-Yim; Rulis, Paul

    2009-03-01

    Over the last eight years, a large number of x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and/or electron energy loss near edge structure (ELNES) spectroscopic calculations for complex oxides and nitrides have been performed using the supercell-OLCAO (orthogonalized linear combination of atomic orbitals) method, obtaining results in very good agreement with experiments. The method takes into account the core-hole effect and includes the dipole matrix elements calculated from ab initio wavefunctions. In this paper, we describe the method in considerable detail, emphasizing the special advantages of this method for large complex systems. Selected results are reviewed and several hitherto unpublished results are also presented. These include the Y K edge of Y ions segregated to the core of a Σ31 grain boundary in alumina, O K edges of water molecules, C K edges in different types of single walled carbon nanotubes, and the Co K edge in the cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12) molecule. On the basis of these results, it is argued that the interpretation of specific features of the calculated XANES/ELNES edges is not simple for complex material systems because of the delocalized nature of the conduction band states. The long-standing notion of the 'fingerprinting' technique for spectral interpretation of experimental data is not tenable. A better approach is to fully characterize the structure under study, using either crystalline data or accurate ab initio modeling. Comparison between calculated XANES/ELNES spectra and available measurements enables us to ascertain the validity of the modeled structure. For complex crystals or structures, it is necessary to use the weighted sum of the spectra from structurally nonequivalent sites for comparison with the measured data. Future application of the supercell-OLCAO method to complex biomolecular systems is also discussed.

  16. Tornado hazard communication disparities among Spanish-speaking individuals in an English-speaking community.

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    Ahlborn, Leslie; Franc, Jeffrey Michael

    2012-02-01

    The state of Oklahoma, known for destructive tornados, has a native Spanish-speaking (NSS) population of approximately 180,241, of which 50% report being able to speak English "very well" (US Census Bureau). With almost 50% of these native Spanish-speaking persons being limited English proficient (LEP), their reception of tornado hazard communications may be restricted. This study conducted in northeast Oklahoma (USA) evaluates the association between native language and receiving tornado hazard communications. This study was a cross-sectional survey conducted among a convenience sample of NSS and native English-speaking (NES) adults at Xavier Clinic and St. Francis Trauma Emergency Center in Tulsa, OK, USA from September 2009 through December 2009. Of the 82 surveys administered, 80 were returned, with 40 NES and 40 NSS participants. A scoring system (Severe Weather Information Reception (SWIR)) was developed to quantify reception of hazard information among the study participants (1-3 points=poor reception, 4-5=adequate reception, 6-8=excellent reception). Pearson's chi-squared test was used to calculate differences between groups with Yates' continuity correction applied where appropriate, and SWIR scores were analyzed using ANOVA. P-valuestornado siren. NSS were less likely to have Internet access (Ptornado warning reception between NSS and NES. Poor English proficiency was noted to be 75% among NSS, which is approximately 25% more than estimated by the US Census Bureau. This study demonstrates a need for emergency managers to recognize when appropriate and overcome communication disparities among limited English proficient populations.

  17. False alarms and missed events: the impact and origins of perceived inaccuracy in tornado warning systems.

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    Ripberger, Joseph T; Silva, Carol L; Jenkins-Smith, Hank C; Carlson, Deven E; James, Mark; Herron, Kerry G

    2015-01-01

    Theory and conventional wisdom suggest that errors undermine the credibility of tornado warning systems and thus decrease the probability that individuals will comply (i.e., engage in protective action) when future warnings are issued. Unfortunately, empirical research on the influence of warning system accuracy on public responses to tornado warnings is incomplete and inconclusive. This study adds to existing research by analyzing two sets of relationships. First, we assess the relationship between perceptions of accuracy, credibility, and warning response. Using data collected via a large regional survey, we find that trust in the National Weather Service (NWS; the agency responsible for issuing tornado warnings) increases the likelihood that an individual will opt for protective action when responding to a hypothetical warning. More importantly, we find that subjective perceptions of warning system accuracy are, as theory suggests, systematically related to trust in the NWS and (by extension) stated responses to future warnings. The second half of the study matches survey data against NWS warning and event archives to investigate a critical follow-up question--Why do some people perceive that their warning system is accurate, whereas others perceive that their system is error prone? We find that subjective perceptions are--in part-a function of objective experience, knowledge, and demographic characteristics. When considered in tandem, these findings support the proposition that errors influence perceptions about the accuracy of warning systems, which in turn impact the credibility that people assign to information provided by systems and, ultimately, public decisions about how to respond when warnings are issued. © 2014 Society for Risk Analysis.

  18. Environmental risk perception from visual cues: the psychophysics of tornado risk perception

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    Dewitt, Barry; Fischhoff, Baruch; Davis, Alexander; Broomell, Stephen B.

    2015-12-01

    Lay judgments of environmental risks are central to both immediate decisions (e.g., taking shelter from a storm) and long-term ones (e.g., building in locations subject to storm surges). Using methods from quantitative psychology, we provide a general approach to studying lay perceptions of environmental risks. As a first application of these methods, we investigate a setting where lay decisions have not taken full advantage of advances in natural science understanding: tornado forecasts in the US and Canada. Because official forecasts are imperfect, members of the public must often evaluate the risks on their own, by checking environmental cues (such as cloud formations) before deciding whether to take protective action. We study lay perceptions of cloud formations, demonstrating an approach that could be applied to other environmental judgments. We use signal detection theory to analyse how well people can distinguish tornadic from non-tornadic clouds, and multidimensional scaling to determine how people make these judgments. We find that participants (N = 400 recruited from Amazon Mechanical Turk) have heuristics that generally serve them well, helping participants to separate tornadic from non-tornadic clouds, but which also lead them to misjudge the tornado risk of certain cloud types. The signal detection task revealed confusion regarding shelf clouds, mammatus clouds, and clouds with upper- and mid-level tornadic features, which the multidimensional scaling task suggested was the result of participants focusing on the darkness of the weather scene and the ease of discerning its features. We recommend procedures for training (e.g., for storm spotters) and communications (e.g., tornado warnings) that will reduce systematic misclassifications of tornadicity arising from observers’ reliance on otherwise useful heuristics.

  19. Predictability of US tornado outbreak seasons using ENSO and northern hemisphere geopotential height variability

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    Kent H. Sparrow; Andrew E. Mercer

    2016-01-01

    The predictability of dangerous atmospheric phenomena such as tornado outbreaks has generally been limited to a week or less. However, recent work has demonstrated the importance of the Rossby wavetrain phasing over the United States in establishing outbreak-favorable environments. The pre-dictability of Rossby wavetrain phasing is strongly related to numerous climate-scale interannual vari-ability indices, which are predictable many months in advance. To formalize the relationship between interannual variability indices and seasonal tornado outbreak frequency, indices derived from monthly mean Northern Hemisphere 500-hPa and 1000-hPa geopotential height fields and Niño 3.4 indices for ENSO phase were compared to annual tornado outbreak seasonal frequencies. Statistical models pre-dicting seasonal outbreak frequency were established using linear (stepwise multivariate linear regressioneSMLR) and nonlinear (support vector regressioneSVR) statistical modeling techniques. The stepwise methodology revealed predictors that are important in establishing outbreak-favorable environments at long lead times. Additionally, the results of the statistical modeling revealed that the nonlinear SVR technique reduced root mean square errors produced by the control SMLR technique by 28% and provided more consistent forecasts. A preliminary physical analysis revealed that years with high outbreak frequencies were associated with the presence of 500-mb troughs over the central and western US during the peak of outbreak season, while lower frequencies were consistent with ridging over the US or northwest flow over the Plains. These patterns support the results of the statistical modeling, which demonstrate the utility of geopotential height variability as a predictability measure of outbreak frequency.

  20. Numerical modeling and analysis of the effect of Greek complex topography on tornado genesis

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    I. T. Matsangouras

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Tornadoes have been reported in Greece over the last decades in specific sub-geographical areas and have been associated with strong synoptic forcing. It is well known that meteorological conditions over Greece are affected at various scales by the significant variability of topography, the Ionian Sea at the west and the Aegean Sea at the east. However, there is still uncertainty regarding topography's importance on tornadic generation and development. The aim of this study is to investigate the role of topography in significant tornado genesis events that were triggered under strong synoptic scale forcing over Greece. Three tornado events that occurred over the last years in Thiva (Boeotia, 17 November 2007, Vrastema (Chalkidiki, 12 February 2010 and Vlychos (Lefkada, 20 September 2011 have been selected for numerical experiments. These events were associated with synoptic scale forcing, while their intensity was T4–T5 (Torro scale and caused significant damage. The simulations were performed using the non-hydrostatic Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF, initialized with ECMWF gridded analyses, with telescoping nested grids that allow the representation of atmospheric circulations ranging from the synoptic scale down to the meso scale. In the experiments the topography of the inner grid was modified by: (a 0% (actual topography and (b −100% (without topography. The aim was to determine whether the occurrence of tornadoes – mainly identified by various severe weather instability indices – could be indicated by modifying topography. The main utilized instability variables concerned the Bulk Richardson number shear (BRN, the energy helicity index (EHI, the storm-relative environmental helicity (SRH and the maximum convective available potential energy (MCAPE, for parcel with maximum theta-e. Additional a verification of model was conducted for every sensitivity experiment accompanied with analysis absolute vorticity budget

  1. Benelli公司生产的TORNADO TRE 900LE型摩托车

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    广隶

    2002-01-01

    @@ 意大利Benelli(贝内利)公司为摩托车爱好者生产的新型具有运动特性的Tornado tre 900LE型摩托车,极大地满足了摩托车爱好者的需要.该车采用该公司自行设计研发的排量为900mL3缸多点电喷发动机,动力性能极佳,如图1、2、3所示.

  2. 国内首测 Benelli Tornado Tre 1130龙卷风暴

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    安李楠; A.ROY(摄影)

    2009-01-01

    1999年的意大利米兰车展上,一款令举世震惊的概念车呈现在世人面前,这就是Benelli(贝纳利)决心重回大排量运动型车领域的开山之作——Tornado Tre900“龙卷风”,它独树一帜的设计在世界超级跑车界刮起了一股强劲的风暴。

  3. Study of the tornado event in Greece on March 25, 2009: Synoptic analysis and numerical modeling using modified topography

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    Matsangouras, I. T.; Nastos, P. T.; Pytharoulis, I.

    2016-03-01

    Recent research revealed that western Greece and NW Peloponnese are regions that favor prefrontal tornadic incidence. On March 25, 2009 a tornado developed approximately at 10:30 UTC near Varda village (NW Peloponnese). Tornado intensity was T4-T5 (TORRO scale) and consequently caused an economic impact of 350,000 € over the local society. The goals of this study are: (i) to analyze synoptic and remote sensing features regarding the tornado event over NW Peloponnese and (ii) to investigate the role of topography in tornadogenesis triggered under strong synoptic scale forcing over that area. Synoptic analysis was based on the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) data sets. The analysis of daily anomaly of synoptic conditions with respect to 30 years' climatology (1981-2010), was based on the National Centers for Environmental Prediction-National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCEP-NCAR) reanalysis data sets. In addition, numerous remote sensing data sets were derived by the Hellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS) weather station network in order to better interpret the examined tornado event. Finally, numerical modeling was performed using the non-hydrostatic Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF), initialized by ECMWF gridded analyses, with telescoping nested grids that allow the representation of atmospheric circulations ranging from the synoptic scale down to the meso-scale. The two numerical experiments were performed on the basis of: (a) the presence and (b) the absence of topography (landscape), so as to determine whether the occurrence of a tornado - identified by diagnostic instability indices - could be indicated by modifying topography. The energy helicity index (EHI), the bulk Richardson number (BRN) shear, the storm-relative environmental helicity (SRH), and the maximum convective available potential energy (MCAPE, for parcels with maximum θe) were considered as principal diagnostic instability variables and

  4. Numerical study of the performance of tornado-type wind energy systems

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    Ayad, S. S.

    1983-04-01

    The results of an analytical investigation of the effects of changing the parameters and operating conditions of a tornado-type wind energy system are presented. The tornado tower system comprises a tower over the turbine exhaust. A vortex is formed within the tower, and contains a low pressure area at core, which enhances the wind flow velocity through the turbine. Various flow conditions are studied with a two-equation turbulence model to obtain closure. Governing conditions for mass conservation, radial momentum, tangential momentum, and the axial momentum are defined, together with formulations for the turbulent kinetic energy and the turbulence dissipation transport, and solutions are found using a finite difference method. The effects of the boundary layer structures, the site aerodynamic surface roughness, the tower height/diameter, and the system size are examined. The boundary layer is found to have a significant effect, and so does the surface roughness in the case of smaller systems. The vortex must necessarily be maintained at least one tower diameter in size. Performance improvements are limited after a 4 m diameter. Finally, towers with tangential guide vanes are demonstrated to suffer a performance loss due to a loss of angular momentum in the lee region of the tower.

  5. Prevention of destructive tropical and extratropical storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, dangerous thunderstorms, and catastrophic floods

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    E. Yu. Krasilnikov

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Tropical cyclones and storms, hurricanes, powerful thunderclouds, which generate tornadoes, destructive extratropical cyclones, which result in catastrophic floods, are the powerful cloud systems that contain huge amount of water. According to the hypothesis argued in this paper, an electric field coupled with powerful clouds and electric forces play a cardinal role in supporting this huge mass of water at a high altitude in the troposphere and in the instability of powerful clouds sometimes during rather a long time duration. Based on this hypothesis, a highly effective method of volume electric charge neutralization of powerful clouds is proposed. It results in the decrease in an electric field, a sudden increase in precipitation, and subsequent degradation of powerful clouds. This method, based on the natural phenomenon, ensures the prevention of the intensification of tropical and extratropical cyclones and their transition to the storm and hurricane (typhoon stages, which makes it possible to avoid catastrophic floods. It also ensures the suppression of severe thunderclouds, which, in turn, eliminates the development of dangerous thunderstorms and the possibility of the emergence and intensification of tornadoes.

  6. Tornado-Like Evolution of A Kink-Unstable Solar Prominence

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    Wang, Wensi; Wang, Yuming

    2016-01-01

    We report on the tornado-like evolution of a quiescent prominence on 2014 November 1. The eastern section of the prominence first rose slowly transforming into an arch-shaped structure as high as ~150 Mm above the limb; the arch then writhed moderately in a left-handed sense, while the originally dark prominence material became in emission in the Fe IX 171~{\\AA} passband, and a braided structure appeared at the eastern edge of the warped arch. The unraveling of the braided structure was associated with a transient brightening in EUV and apparently contributed to the formation of a curtain-like structure (CLS). The CLS consisted of myriads of thread-like loops rotating counterclockwise about the vertical if viewed from above. Heated prominence material was observed to slide along these loops and land outside the filament channel. The tornado was eventually disintegrated and the remaining material flew along a left-handed helical path of approximately a full turn, as corroborated through stereoscopic reconstruc...

  7. Whole genome sequence typing to investigate the Apophysomyces outbreak following a tornado in Joplin, Missouri, 2011.

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    Etienne, Kizee A; Gillece, John; Hilsabeck, Remy; Schupp, Jim M; Colman, Rebecca; Lockhart, Shawn R; Gade, Lalitha; Thompson, Elizabeth H; Sutton, Deanna A; Neblett-Fanfair, Robyn; Park, Benjamin J; Turabelidze, George; Keim, Paul; Brandt, Mary E; Deak, Eszter; Engelthaler, David M

    2012-01-01

    Case reports of Apophysomyces spp. in immunocompetent hosts have been a result of traumatic deep implantation of Apophysomyces spp. spore-contaminated soil or debris. On May 22, 2011 a tornado occurred in Joplin, MO, leaving 13 tornado victims with Apophysomyces trapeziformis infections as a result of lacerations from airborne material. We used whole genome sequence typing (WGST) for high-resolution phylogenetic SNP analysis of 17 outbreak Apophysomyces isolates and five additional temporally and spatially diverse Apophysomyces control isolates (three A. trapeziformis and two A. variabilis isolates). Whole genome SNP phylogenetic analysis revealed three clusters of genotypically related or identical A. trapeziformis isolates and multiple distinct isolates among the Joplin group; this indicated multiple genotypes from a single or multiple sources. Though no linkage between genotype and location of exposure was observed, WGST analysis determined that the Joplin isolates were more closely related to each other than to the control isolates, suggesting local population structure. Additionally, species delineation based on WGST demonstrated the need to reassess currently accepted taxonomic classifications of phylogenetic species within the genus Apophysomyces.

  8. User perception and interpretation of tornado probabilistic hazard information: Comparison of four graphical designs.

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    Miran, Seyed M; Ling, Chen; James, Joseph J; Gerard, Alan; Rothfusz, Lans

    2017-11-01

    Effective design for presenting severe weather information is important to reduce devastating consequences of severe weather. The Probabilistic Hazard Information (PHI) system for severe weather is being developed by NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) to communicate probabilistic hazardous weather information. This study investigates the effects of four PHI graphical designs for tornado threat, namely, "four-color"," red-scale", "grayscale" and "contour", on users' perception, interpretation, and reaction to threat information. PHI is presented on either a map background or a radar background. Analysis showed that the accuracy was significantly higher and response time faster when PHI was displayed on map background as compared to radar background due to better contrast. When displayed on a radar background, "grayscale" design resulted in a higher accuracy of responses. Possibly due to familiarity, participants reported four-color design as their favorite design, which also resulted in the fastest recognition of probability levels on both backgrounds. Our study shows the importance of using intuitive color-coding and sufficient contrast in conveying probabilistic threat information via graphical design. We also found that users follows a rational perceiving-judging-feeling-and acting approach in processing probabilistic hazard information for tornado. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. The 2011 Tuscaloosa tornado: integration of pediatric disaster services into regional systems of care.

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    Kanter, Robert K

    2012-09-01

    To empirically describe the integration of pediatric disaster services into regional systems of care after the April 27, 2011, tornado in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a community with no pediatric emergency department or pediatric intensive care unit and few pediatric subspecialists. Data were obtained in interviews with key informants including professional staff and managers from public health and emergency management agencies, prehospital emergency medical services, fire departments, hospital nurses, physicians, and the trauma program coordinator. A single hospital in Tuscaloosa served 800 patients on the night of the tornado. More than 100 of these patients were children, including more than 20 with critical injuries. Many children were unaccompanied and unidentified on arrival. Resuscitation and stabilization were performed by nonpediatric prehospital and emergency department staff. More than 20 children were secondarily transported to the nearest children's hospital an hour's drive away under the care of nonpediatric local emergency medical services providers. No preventable adverse events were identified in the resuscitation and secondary transport phases of care. Stockpiled supplies and equipment were adequate to serve the needs of the disaster victims, including the children. Essential aspects of preparation include pediatric-specific clinical skills, supplies and equipment, operational disaster plans, and interagency practice embedded in everyday work. Opportunities for improvement identified include more timely response to warnings, improved practices for identifying unaccompanied children, and enhanced child safety in shelters. Successful responses depended on integration of pediatric services into regional systems of care. Copyright © 2012 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. The Tornado Codes Based on PEG Algorithm%基于PEG算法的Tornado码构造

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    关涌涛; 吴亮

    2012-01-01

    Tornado码二部图构造是一个非常重要的问题.基于PEG算法构造LDPC码二部图时显现的各种优点,本文提出了一种改进的PEG构图算法.仿真结果表明,改进的算法比原PEG算法有更快的执行速度,并且基于此算法构造的Tomado码也比原始的Tomado码有更好的性能.%The construction of bipartite graphs is one of very important problems in the design of Tornado codes. Based on the advantages exhibited in the construction of bipartite graph in LDPC code with PEC algorithm, an improved PEC algorithm is presented. The simulation results show that the improved algorithm has a higher executive speed compared with the original PEG algorithm and the Tornado codes which constructed with this algorithm have a better performance.

  11. Adolescent Substance Use Following a Deadly U.S. Tornado Outbreak: A Population-Based Study of 2,000 Families.

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    Danielson, Carla Kmett; Sumner, Jennifer A; Adams, Zachary W; McCauley, Jenna L; Carpenter, Matthew; Amstadter, Ananda B; Ruggiero, Kenneth J

    2017-01-01

    Despite conceptual links between disaster exposure and substance use, few studies have examined prevalence and risk factors for adolescent substance use and abuse in large, population-based samples affected by a recent natural disaster. We addressed this gap using a novel address-based sampling methodology to interview adolescents and parents who were affected by the 4th deadliest tornado outbreak in U.S. Postdisaster interviews were conducted with 2,000 adolescent-parent dyads living within a 5-mile radius of the spring 2011 U.S. tornadoes. In addition to descriptive analyses to estimate prevalence, hierarchical linear and logistic regression analyses were used to examine a range of protective and risk factors for substance use and abuse. Approximately 3% reported substance abuse since the tornado. Greater number of prior traumatic events and older age emerged as consistent risk factors across tobacco and alcohol use and substance abuse since the tornado. Tornado incident characteristics, namely, greater loss of services and resources after the tornado and posttraumatic stress disorder since the tornado, were associated with greater alcohol consumption. Service loss increased risk for binge drinking, whereas, for substance abuse, posttraumatic stress disorder increased risk and parent presence during the tornado decreased risk. Greater family tornado exposure was associated with a greater number of cigarettes smoked in female but not male teen participants. Both trauma and non-trauma-related factors are relevant to postdisaster substance abuse among adolescents. Future research should examine the role of broader ecological systems in heightening or curtailing substance use risk for adolescents following disaster exposure.

  12. Magnetic exchange interactions and critical temperature of the nanolaminate M n2GaC from first-principles supercell methods

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    Thore, A.; Dahlqvist, M.; Alling, B.; Rosen, J.

    2016-02-01

    In this work, we employ and critically evaluate a first-principles approach based on supercell calculations for predicting the magnetic critical order-disorder temperature Tc. As a model material we use the recently discovered nanolaminate M n2GaC . First, we derive the exchange interaction parameters Ji j between pairs of Mn atoms on sites i and j of the bilinear Heisenberg Hamiltonian using the novel magnetic direct cluster averaging method (MDCA), and then compare the J's from the MDCA calculations to the same parameters calculated using the Connolly-Williams method. We show that the two methods yield closely matching results, but observe that the MDCA method is computationally less effective when applied to highly ordered phases such as M n2GaC . Secondly, Monte Carlo simulations are used to derive the magnetic energy, specific heat, and Tc. For M n2GaC , we find Tc=660 K . The uncertainty in the calculated Tc caused by possible uncertainties in the J's is discussed and exemplified in our case by an analysis of the impact of the statistical uncertainties of the MDCA-derived J's , resulting in a Tc distribution with a standard deviation of 133 K.

  13. Structural and Environmental Characteristics of Extratropical Cyclones that Cause Tornado Outbreaks in the Warm Sector

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    Tochimoto, Eigo; Niino, Hiroshi

    2016-04-01

    The differences in structural and environmental characteristics of extratropical cyclones (hereafter, ECs) that cause tornado outbreaks and those that do not were examined through composite analyses of the newly-released Japanese reanalysis data (JRA-55) and idealized numerical experiments. ECs that developed in the United States in April and May between 1995 and 2012 are categorized into two groups: ECs accompanied by 15 or more tornadoes (hereafter, outbreak cyclones (OCs)) and ECs accompanied by 5 or less tornadoes (non-outbreak cyclones (NOCs)). 55 OCs and 41 NOCs that are of similar strength as OCs are selected in this study. The composite analyses show significant differences in convective environmental parameters between OCs and NOCs. For OCs, convective available potential energy (CAPE) and storm relative environmental helicity (SREH) are larger and the areas in which these parameters have significant values are wider in the warm sector. The larger CAPE in OCs is due to larger amount of low-level water vapor, while the larger SREH in OCs due to stronger southerly wind at low levels. A piecewise potential vorticity (PV) diagnostics (Davis and Emanuel, 1991) indicates that low- to mid-level PV anomalies mainly contribute to the difference in the low-level winds between OCs and NOCs. On the other hand, the low-level winds associated with upper-level PV anomalies are not the major contributor to the difference. The results of the idealized numerical experiments for OCs and NOCs (hereafter, referred to as OC-CTL and NOC-CTL, respectively) using WRF ver. 3.4 show that the characteristics of the low-level wind fields and SREH distributions for the simulated ECs in OC-CTL and NOC-CTL are similar to those for OCs and NOCs, respectively. In OC-CTL, SREH and low-level winds in the east-southeast region of the EC center is larger than those in NOC-CTL, respectively. It is suggested that these differences are due to the structures of jetstream. The structure of

  14. Metal complexes with 5-aminotetrazole

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    Lavrenova, L.G.; Larionov, S.V.; Grankina, Z.A.; Ikorskij, V.N. (AN SSSR, Novosibirsk. Inst. Neorganicheskoj Khimii)

    1983-01-01

    Nitrate and chloride complexes of Co(2), Ni(2), Cu(2), Cd(2), Hg(2), Pb(2) with 5 aminotetrazole (ATE) and compounds Zn(ATE')/sub 2/ and Cd(ATEE')/sub 2/, where ATE' is a 5 aminotetrazole anion, were prepared. On the base of spectroscopic data (spectrophotometry, IR- spectra, EPR and magnetic measurements assumptions on M(2) coordination in complexes are made. Most probably ATE is a bridge ligand which is toined by two nitrogen atoms to various M(2) ions. In Co(2), Ni(2) and Cu(ATE)/sub 3/-Cl/sub 2/ compounds the metal has a distorted actahedral coordination and forms MN/sub 6/ unit, which suggests the interaction of metal ions with ATE nitrogen atoms along the Z-axis. In the Cu(ATE)/sub 2/(NO/sub 3/)/sub 2/ octahedral complex the CuN/sub 4/O/sub 2/ coordination unit is realized at the expense of participation of nitratogroups in coordination.

  15. Uncertainty and control in the context of a category-five tornado.

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    Afifi, Walid A; Afifi, Tamara D; Merrill, Annie

    2014-10-01

    The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to illuminate the experience and management of uncertainty during a natural disaster. Interviews were conducted with 26 survivors of a category-five tornado that entirely demolished the small, rural town of Greensburg, Kansas. Three primary themes were found in the survivors' accounts. First, the survivors experienced rapidly shifting levels and kinds of uncertainty as they proceeded through the stages of the disaster. Second, the fluidity of much-needed information added to uncertainty. Third, the feeling of lack of control over outcomes of the disaster and its aftermath was pervasive and was often managed through reliance on communal coping. Recommendations for disaster-related intervention programs are suggested. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Plasma Kinetics in the Ethanol/Water/Air Mixture in "Tornado" Type Electrical Discharge

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    Levko, D; Chernyak, V; Olszewski, S; Nedybaliuk, O

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the results of a theoretical and experimental study of plasma-assisted reforming of ethanol into molecular hydrogen in a new modification of the "tornado" type electrical discharge. Numerical modeling clarifies the nature of the non-thermal conversion and explains the kinetic mechanism of nonequilibrium plasma-chemical transformations in the gas-liquid system and the evolution of hydrogen during the reforming as a function of discharge parameters and ethanol-to-water ratio in the mixture. We also propose a scheme of chemical reactions for plasma kinetics description. It is shown that some characteristics of the investigated reactor are at least not inferior to characteristics of other plasma chemical reactors.

  17. Applications of Earth Remote Sensing for Identifying Tornado and Severe Weather Damage

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    Burks, J. E.; Molthan, A.; Schultz, L. A.; McGrath, K.; Bell, J. R.; Cole, T.; Angle, K.

    2015-12-01

    In 2014, collaborations between the Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) Center at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the National Weather Service (NWS), and the USGS led to the incorporation of Earth remote sensing imagery within the NOAA/NWS Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT). The DAT is a smartphone, tablet, and web-based application that allows NWS meteorologists to acquire, quality control, and manage various storm damage indicators following a severe weather event, such as a tornado, occurrence of widespread damaging winds, or significant hail. Earth remote sensing supports the damage assessment process by providing a broad overview of how various acquired damage indicators relate to scarring visible from space, ranging from high spatial resolution commercial imagery (~1-4m) acquired via USGS and in collaboration with other federal and private sector partners, to moderate resolution imaging from NASA sensors (~15-30m) such as those aboard Landsat 7 and 8 and Terra's ASTER, to lower resolution but routine imaging from NASA's Terra and Aqua MODIS, or the Suomi-NPP VIIRS instrument. In several cases, the acquisition and delivery of imagery in the days after a severe weather event has proven helpful in confirming or in some cases adjusting the preliminary damage track acquired during a ground survey. For example, limited road networks and access to private property may make it difficult to observe the entire length of a tornado track, while satellite imagery can fill in observation gaps to complete a more detailed damage track assessment. This presentation will highlight successful applications of Earth remote sensing for the improvement of damage surveys, discuss remaining challenges, and provide direction on future efforts that will improve the delivery of remote sensing data and use through new automation processes and training opportunities.

  18. Twitter as a Potential Disaster Risk Reduction Tool. Part II: Descriptive Analysis of Identified Twitter Activity during the 2013 Hattiesburg F4 Tornado.

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    Cooper, Guy Paul; Yeager, Violet; Burkle, Frederick M; Subbarao, Italo

    2015-06-29

    This article describes a novel triangulation methodological approach for identifying twitter activity of regional active twitter users during the 2013 Hattiesburg EF-4 Tornado. A data extraction and geographically centered filtration approach was utilized to generate Twitter data for 48 hrs pre- and post-Tornado. The data was further validated using six sigma approach utilizing GPS data. The regional analysis revealed a total of 81,441 tweets, 10,646 Twitter users, 27,309 retweets and 2637 tweets with GPS coordinates. Twitter tweet activity increased 5 fold during the response to the Hattiesburg Tornado.  Retweeting activity increased 2.2 fold. Tweets with a hashtag increased 1.4 fold. Twitter was an effective disaster risk reduction tool for the Hattiesburg EF-4 Tornado 2013.

  19. Tornado project - The impact of catastrophic deforestation on the lake and peatland ecosystems of the Tuchola Pinewoods, Northern Poland

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    Słowiński, Michał; Lamentowicz, Mariusz; Łuców, Dominika; Kołaczek, Piotr; Tjallingii, Rik; Noryśkiewicz, Agnieszka M.; Zawiska, Izabela; Lane, Christine; Rzodkiewicz, Monika; Słowińska, Sandra; Kramkowski, Mateusz; Płóciennik, Mateusz; Tyszkowski, Sebastian; Łokas, Edyta; Kordowski, Jarosław; Brauer, Achim

    2017-04-01

    An increase in extreme weather phenomena has been observed over the last decades as a result of global climate warming. This project aims to investigate the effects of tornado events on the lake and peatland ecosystems of the Tuchola Pinewoods, Northern Poland. Deforestation by tornado events can cause severe perturbations of the soil hydrology and erosion that, in turn, affects adjacent lakes and peatlands. The Tuchola Pinewoods provide an exceptional possibility of studying the impact of such extreme events as it was struck by a tornado in 2012. This project focuses on lake - peatlands ecosystems that were directly affected by this tornado, with respect to the general transformation of the vegetation (mainly forests) over the last 300 years. Extensive clearing of the forest occurred in the nineteenth century due-to human agricultural activity, and we compare this with the impact of the 2012 tornado. Accurate reconstructions will rely on a broad range of palaeoecological techniques such as Cladocera, Chironomidae, diatoms, pollen, macroremains, testate amoebae, but also on geochemistry, i.e. μXRF scanning. We plan to analyses sediments of Kałębie and Martwe Lakes, as well as the adjacent Martwe peatland located along the path of the tornado. The chorology of the records collected will be based on 210Pb, 137Cs and radiocarbon dating as well as relative (crypto)tephra markers of the Eyjafjöll (2010) and Askja (1875) eruptions. This research addresses the emerging issue of the impact of extreme phenomena and more general climate changes on lake and peatland ecosystems, which potentially helps to adaptations to the environmental consequences of extreme events in the future. This project is funded by the Polish National Science Centre (No. 2015/17/B/ST10/03430) and is a contribution to the Virtual Institute of Integrated Climate and Landscape Evolution Analyses - ICLEA - of the Helmholtz Association and Science and Research Funds for 2015-2016, allocated to a co

  20. Mental Health Among Adolescents Exposed to a Tornado: The Influence of Social Support and Its Interactions With Sociodemographic Characteristics and Disaster Exposure.

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    Paul, Lisa A; Felton, Julia W; Adams, Zachary W; Welsh, Kyleen; Miller, Stephanie; Ruggiero, Kenneth J

    2015-06-01

    Approximately 25% of youths experience a natural disaster and many experience disaster-related distress, including symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. This study contributes to the literature by examining PTSD and depressive symptoms among 2,000 adolescents (50.9% female, 70.5% White) assessed after exposure to tornadoes in 2011. The authors hypothesized that greater tornado exposure, female sex, and younger age would be associated with distress, and that social support would interact with these associations. Analyses showed that PTSD symptoms were associated with lower levels of social support (β = -.28, p tornado exposure (β = .14, p tornado exposure, sex, and social support (β = -.06, p = .017). For boys, the influence of tornado exposure on PTSD symptoms increased as social support decreased. Regardless of level of tornado exposure, low social support was related to PTSD symptoms for girls; depressive symptom results were similar. These findings were generally consistent with the literature and provide guidance for intervention development focused on strengthening social support at the individual, family, and community levels. © 2015 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

  1. Sheet thickness required for protection against the impact of a missile generated by a tornado; Espesor de chapa requerido para la proteccion contra el impacto de un misil generado por un tornado

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    Prats, F.; Fernandez, M. C.

    2010-07-01

    The tornado generated missiles are classified in three categories: piece of pipe, car and a solid sphere. These missiles can impact class structures outer areas of the plant, possibly causing damage. Specifically, can pierce tanks located within reach class and losing the required integrity of these structures. Therefore, in this paper we review the issue of the required thickness to ensure that no loss of integrity of the tanks. The paper focuses on the evaluation of the required thickness of steel sheets.

  2. Ground beetle (Coleoptera, Carabidae) assemblages inhabiting Scots pine stands of Puszcza Piska Forest: six-year responses to a tornado impact.

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    Skłodowski, Jarosław; Garbalińska, Paulina

    2011-01-01

    Ground beetle assemblages were studied during 2003-08 in the Pisz Forest by comparing stands disturbed by a tornado to undisturbed control stands. The following exploratory questions were put forward. (1) How do the carabid assemblages change during six years following the tornado impact? (2) Does the carabid assemblage recovery begin during the six first post-tornado years? To assess the state of carabid assemblages we used two indices: the MIB (Mean Individual Biomass) and the SPC (Sum of Progressive Characteristics). Carabid assemblages in the disturbed and in the control stands, as expressed by these two indices, were compared using the length of a regression distance (sample distance in a MIB:SPC coordinate system). A cluster analysis revealed that the assemblages of the disturbed and the control stands were different. The tornado-impacted stands produced lower carabid catch rates, but species richness was significantly higher there than in the control stands. They hosted lower proportions of individuals of European species, of large zoophages, and of forest and brachypterous species, than the control stands. The observed reduction in SPC and MIB, and an increase in the regression distances may indicate that the carabid assemblages had not started to recover from the tornado-caused disturbance. Carabid assemblages apparently responded to the tornado in two steps. Firstly, the first three years were characterized by moderate decreases of index values. Secondly, from the fourth to the sixth year after the tornado, many observed changes became magnified. We did not observe clear signals of the recovery of forest carabid assemblages during the six follow-up years.

  3. Diagnostic Accuracy of the Neck Tornado Test as a New Screening Test in Cervical Radiculopathy.

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    Park, Juyeon; Park, Woo Young; Hong, Seungbae; An, Jiwon; Koh, Jae Chul; Lee, Youn-Woo; Kim, Yong Chan; Choi, Jong Bum

    2017-01-01

    The Spurling test, although a highly specific provocative test of the cervical spine in cervical radiculopathy (CR), has low to moderate sensitivity. Thus, we introduced the neck tornado test (NTT) to examine the neck and the cervical spine in CR. The aim of this study was to introduce a new provocative test, the NTT, and compare the diagnostic accuracy with a widely accepted provocative test, the Spurling test. Retrospective study. Medical records of 135 subjects with neck pain (CR, n = 67; without CR, n = 68) who had undergone cervical spine magnetic resonance imaging and been referred to the pain clinic between September 2014 and August 2015 were reviewed. Both the Spurling test and NTT were performed in all patients by expert examiners. Sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy were compared for both the Spurling test and the NTT. The sensitivity of the Spurling test and the NTT was 55.22% and 85.07% (P < 0.0001); specificity, 98.53% and 86.76% (P = 0.0026); accuracy, 77.04% and 85.93% (P = 0.0423), respectively. The NTT is more sensitive with superior diagnostic accuracy for CR diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging than the Spurling test.

  4. EDs credit drills, community engagement with helping them manage casualties from tornado crises.

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    2011-07-01

    Emergency department leaders at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, AL, and Cullman Regional Medical Center in Cullman, AL, credit their regular practice drills with helping them deal with unprecedented demand when deadly tornadoes swept through the South this past April. Both facilities used the hospital instant command structure (HICS) to mobilize the resources needed to care for the surge in patients, and say the approach worked well in helping them meet the needs of their communities. However, the crises also showcased opportunities for improvement. The ED at DCH Regional Medical Center saw more than 600 patients on the day of the storm, a three-fold increase in the hospital's typical volume. CRMC treated 99 patients in the seven hours immediately following the storm when it usually treats 114 patients per day. In addition to a big surge in patients, both hospitals dealt with power outages that limited access to some services such as radiology. Triage proved particularly challenging at DCH Regional Medical Center, as patients flowed into the hospital from numerous access points. The hospital plans to assign coordinators to each area of the hospital to better manage the influx in the future. When reviewing emergency operations plans, Joint Commission reviewers often find deficiencies in hazard vulnerability analyses as well as the processes used to determine the emergency credentials of licensed independent practitioners.

  5. Effects of optimism on recovery and mental health after a tornado outbreak.

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    Carbone, Eric G; Echols, Erin Thomas

    2017-05-01

    Dispositional optimism, a stable expectation that good things will happen, has been shown to improve health outcomes in a wide range of contexts, but very little research has explored the impact of optimism on post-disaster health and well-being. Data for this study come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public health systems and mental health community recovery (PHSMHCR) Survey. Participants included 3216 individuals living in counties affected by the April 2011 tornado outbreak in Mississippi and Alabama. This study assesses the effect of dispositional optimism on post-disaster recovery and mental health. Dispositional optimism was found to have a positive effect on personal recovery and mental health after the disaster. Furthermore, it moderated the relationship between level of home damage and personal recovery as well as the relationship between home damage and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with stronger effects for those with increased levels of home damage. The utility of screening for optimism is discussed, along with the potential for interventions to increase optimism as a means of mitigating adverse mental health effects and improving the recovery of individuals affected by disasters and other traumatic events.

  6. Mental Health Among Adolescents Exposed to a Tornado: The Influence of Social Support and its Interactions with Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Disaster Exposure

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    Paul, Lisa A.; Felton, Julia W.; Adams, Zachary W.; Welsh, Kyleen; Miller, Stephanie; Ruggiero, Kenneth J.

    2015-01-01

    Approximately 25% of youths experience a natural disaster and many experience disaster-related distress, including symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. This study contributes to the literature by examining PTSD and depressive symptoms among 2,000 adolescents (50.9% female, 70.5% White) assessed after exposure to tornadoes in 2011. The authors hypothesized that greater tornado exposure, female sex, and younger age would be associated with distress, and that social support would interact with these associations. Analyses showed that PTSD symptoms were predicted by lower levels of social support (β = −.28, p tornado exposure (β = .14, ptornado exposure, sex, and social support (β = −.06, p = .017). For boys, the influence of tornado exposure on PTSD symptoms increased as social support decreased. Regardless of level of tornado exposure, low social support was related to PTSD symptoms for girls; depressive symptom results were similar. These findings are generally consistent with the literature and provide guidance for intervention development focused on strengthening social support at the individual, family, and community levels. PMID:26031997

  7. PROBABILISTIC HAZARD ASSESSMENT FOR TORNADOES, STRAIGHT-LINE WIND, AND EXTREME PRECIPITATION AT THE SAVANNAH RIVER SITE

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    Werth, D.; (NOEMAIL), A.; Shine, G.

    2013-12-04

    Recent data sets for three meteorological phenomena with the potential to inflict damage on SRS facilities - tornadoes, straight winds, and heavy precipitation - are analyzed using appropriate statistical techniques to estimate occurrence probabilities for these events in the future. Summaries of the results for DOE-mandated return periods and comparisons to similar calculations performed in 1998 by Weber, et al., are given. Using tornado statistics for the states of Georgia and South Carolina, we calculated the probability per year of any location within a 2⁰ square area surrounding SRS being struck by a tornado (the ‘strike’ probability) and the probability that any point will experience winds above set thresholds. The strike probability was calculated to be 1.15E-3 (1 chance in 870) per year and wind speeds for DOE mandated return periods of 50,000 years, 125,000 years, and 1E+7 years (USDOE, 2012) were estimated to be 136 mph, 151 mph and 221 mph, respectively. In 1998 the strike probability for SRS was estimated to be 3.53 E-4 and the return period wind speeds were 148 mph every 50,000 years and 180 mph every 125,000 years. A 1E+7 year tornado wind speed was not calculated in 1998; however a 3E+6 year wind speed was 260 mph. The lower wind speeds resulting from this most recent analysis are largely due to new data since 1998, and to a lesser degree differences in the models used. By contrast, default tornado wind speeds taken from ANSI/ANS-2.3-2011 are somewhat higher: 161 mph for return periods of 50,000 years, 173 mph every 125,000 years, and 230 mph every 1E+7 years (ANS, 2011). Although the ANS model and the SRS models are very similar, the region defined in ANS 2.3 that encompasses the SRS also includes areas of the Great Plains and lower Midwest, regions with much higher occurrence frequencies of strong tornadoes. The SRS straight wind values associated with various return periods were calculated by fitting existing wind data to a Gumbel

  8. Characteristics Analysis of Tornado Weather%一次龙卷风天气的特征分析

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    李改琴; 许庆娥; 吴丽敏; 董建设; 钟天华

    2014-01-01

    Using Puyang CINRDA/SB Doppler radar detection data,conventional data,intensive operation-al data,this paper analyzed a tornado process that occurred in Puyang on 16 July 2009.The diagnostic re-sults show that the tornado occurs in the northwest of subtropical high edge,the left front of low-level jet and near the warm shear line.Before the tornado there are powerful convective instability energy in atmos-pheric environment,and large wind vertical shear and abundant water vapor in lower levels.In the Doppler radar reflectivity factor chart,the north of mobile bow echo is strongly developed into hooked echo,and the tornado is detected near the weak-echo area.Radial velocity diagram shows there is a meso-γscale cy-clonic vortex field with convergence.The strengthened vortex leads to the central tornado vortex,produ-cing the tornado weather.In addition,the strong echo,low echo top high,lower strong vertical wind shear are all the characteristics of Doppler radar products.%利用河南濮阳 CINRDA/SB 多普勒雷达探测资料,结合常规天气图资料、地面加密自动站资料等,对2009年7月16日发生在河南濮阳的龙卷天气过程进行诊断分析,结果表明:这次龙卷天气过程发生在副热带高压边缘西北侧、低空急流左前方的暖切变线附近;龙卷发生前大气环境具有较大的对流不稳定能量,低层存在大的风垂直切变和丰富的水汽;多普勒雷达反射率因子图上表现为移动的弓形回波北段强烈发展形成钩状回波,龙卷生成于钩状回波弱回波区附近。径向速度图上表现为在大范围入流风场中出现伴有辐合的γ中尺度气旋式涡旋,涡旋进一步发展加强导致其中央龙卷涡旋的产生,产生龙卷风天气。另外,强回波、低回波顶高、低层强垂直风切变都是这次龙卷过程中多普勒雷达产品特征。

  9. Estudio y simulación de tornados en el área geográfica de Barranquilla

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    Ernesto Díaz

    2012-09-01

    En esta primera fase de la investigación se busca estudiar el comportamiento de los tornados, en el área metropolitana de Barranquilla, explorando toda la literatura disponible sobre su nivel de ocurrencia en la ciudad, los grados de destrucción que se generan en el área circundante, los datos históricos que registren el comportamiento de las variables físicas que los generan y los distintos modelos computacionales ya existentes susceptibles de ser parametrizados en la geografía local.

  10. Earthquake Airbags, New Devices to Save Lives in Earthquakes, Tornados and Similar Disasters Resulting from Building Crashes

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    Amir Hashem Shahidi Bonjar

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Earthquake Airbag (EA is a new terminology being introduced for the earthquake literature of the world. According to literature surveys, this terminology has not been used previously. Based on many scientific reports, fatality rates are lower in vehicles equipped with airbags than unequipped ones. Accordingly, it was postulated that similar structures can be adopted in buildings to protect people and lower human casualties in building crashes. The data collected from simulation of collision-impact on fragile objects revealed that the safety advantage of airbags is that they can reduce impact injuries upon indoor people from falling debris in earthquakes and building crashes resulting from tornados, hurricanes or similar disasters.

  11. Estudio descriptivo de los vórtices atmosféricos causantes de tornados en Venezuela

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    Nelson Falcón

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Los tornados y trombas marinas son fenómenos comunes en áreas tropicales y subtropicales. La ocurrencia de estos torbellinos en la atmósfera es debida a inestabilidades y fluctuaciones locales. Desde el punto vista de la Física Atmosférica son de interés los mecanismos físicos que intervienen en la atmósfera a microescala. Se discute la fundamentación microfísica de estos eventos atmosféricos en el país y se establece una síntesis fenomenológica y el modelo estándar de las trombas marinas observadas en el Lago de Valencia, Lago de Maracaibo y en otras regiones de Venezuela. Mediante la aplicación de la técnica de fotometría se realiza un análisis exploratorio de las imágenes para extraer los órdenes de magnitud de las características físicas de los vórtices causantes de las trombas marinas y tornados tropicales.

  12. Validity of the OSU Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Scale and the Behavior Assessment System for Children Self-Report of Personality with Child Tornado Survivors

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    Evans, Linda Garner; Oehler-Stinnett, Judy

    2008-01-01

    Tornadoes and other natural disasters can lead to anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children. This study provides further validity for the Oklahoma State University Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Scale-Child Form (OSU PTSDS-CF) by comparing it to the Behavior Assessment System for Children Self-Report of Personality (BASC-SRP).…

  13. Comparative Analysis of Two Tornado Events over Northern Anhui Province%皖北两次龙卷过程对比分析

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    王德育; 张学贤

    2012-01-01

    An analysis is made of two tornado events in Lingbi and Sixian counties, Anhui Province, by means of the conventional data, NCEP data, intensive observations, and Doppler radar data. The results show: the tornadoes occurred on the left of the low level jet at the intersection point of high-humidity center and vapor convergence center; before tornadoes appeared, the low level vertical wind shear was strong; the tornadoes occurred in the areas where the ground convergence was the strongest; there were clear vortex features and a mid-level cyclone in 10 to 20 minutes before tornado occurred; the Lingbi tornado appeared in the south of the storm with strong radar echoes under 3 km; the Sixian tornado appeared at the center of the banded radar echoes with strong splited and protruded echoes, and the mesocyclone top descended.%利用常规资料、NCEP再分析资料、高密度地面自动站资料、多普勒天气雷达资料,对安徽省灵璧县和泗县发生的两次龙卷过程进行对比分析.结果表明:龙卷风发生在低空急流的北端左侧以及高湿中心和水汽辐合中心的交汇处;龙卷风发生前低层垂直风切变强烈;龙卷风发生在地面辐合最强的地方,为判断龙卷风可能发生的区域提供了线索;龙卷风发生前10~20 min均有龙卷涡旋特征报警,同时有中等强度中气旋配合;灵璧龙卷风出现在母体风暴的南端,强回波在3 km以下;泗县龙卷风发生在带状回波的中部,中气旋由弱发展为中等强度后一个体扫龙卷出现,龙卷风发生时强回波有断裂和突前以及中气旋顶高下降的特征.

  14. 龙卷风风场特性的CFD数值模拟%CFD numerical simulation of tornado wind field characteristics

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    徐枫; 肖仪清; 李波; 欧进萍

    2013-01-01

    基于计算流体动力学方法建立了龙卷风发生装置的数值计算模型,对具有单涡结构的龙卷风风场特性进行了研究.分析了切向风速沿径向和高度的分布规律,并将切向速度沿径向的分布与Rankin涡模型和参数化气旋模型理论公式进行对比,验证龙卷风风场数值模拟结果的合理性.进一步研究了入口风速和入口角度改变对龙卷风风场特性的影响,并给出了各个数值计算模型近地面核心半径、最大切向风速和涡流比,进而可以获得不同尺度和不同强度的龙卷风风场.该方法为龙卷风风场模拟提供了新的研究途径,并可应用于建筑物的抗龙卷风设计研究.%Based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD,a numerical model of tornado generator was established and the characteristics of tornado wind field with a single vortex structure were studied.Radial and altitudinal distributions of the tangential velocity were presented,and the comparison of the radial distribution of tangential velocity with the theoretical formulas of Rankine vortex model and parameterized cyclone model was conducted,so as to verify the rationality of the numerical simulation results of tornado wind field.Influences on characteristics of tornado wind field were further studied by changing the inlet angle and velocity magnitude.The parameters of each numerical calculation model were given,which include core radius,maximum tangential velocity and swirl ratio near surface.Therefore,the tornado-like wind field with different intensities and scales was obtained.The present method provides a new approach to simulate tornadoes and can be used for study on tornado-resistant building designs.

  15. 湖北宜昌超级单体风暴发生的环境条件分析%Analysis on environment conditions of supercell storms over Yichang, Hubei province

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    汪应琼; 李芳; 姜玉印; 王仁乔; 付培健

    2013-01-01

      利用Micaps高空、地面实况资料以及雷达基数据产品资料,分析2004—2009年湖北宜昌境内出现的10例强对流天气过程中的超级单体风暴生成的环境条件和回波结构。结果表明:产生冰雹的湿层相对浅薄,产生强降水的湿层较深厚。使用雷暴发生前地面温度和露点进行订正后的CAPE值可判断午后是否有冰雹发生:若订正后CAPE值有较大幅度增长,其值超过1000 J·kg-1以上,则出现冰雹的可能性较大;反之则小。0—6 km中等到强的垂直风切变有利超级单体风暴生成和发展,垂直风切变越大,越有利出现极端大风。若超级单体风暴高度的特征值和特征底有迅速下降迹象,则未来0.5 h内很可能出现8级以上大风。超级单体风暴中正负速度对的切变值越大,风力越大,风灾越明显。超级单体风暴反射率因子的低层或表现为钩状、或向着入流方向突起、或密实块状等回波特征,中高层有强度达55 dBz的强回波。超级单体风暴中,中气旋大多从逆风区或切变区中发展而来,且其在垂直气流结构上表现为低层气旋式辐合,中层辐合逐渐增强,为气旋式旋转,有时出现气旋式旋转与反气旋式旋转共存的双涡结构,至高层,则转为反气旋,表现为辐散。VIL密度(D VIL)对大冰雹有一定的指示意义,当D VIL≥3.5 g·m-3时,出现直径超过2 cm的大冰雹的可能性非常大。%Using real-time upper-air and surface observations from Micaps and radar based data, the environmental condition and echo structure of supercell storms in 10 severe convective weathers over Yichang, Hubei province from 2004 to 2009 have been analyzed. The re-sults show that hail occurred in shallow wet layer, but severe precipitation occurred in deep wet layer. CAPE revised by ground temperature and dew point before the thunderstorm occurred can be used to judge whether the hail will

  16. Disaster characteristics of tornadoes over China during the past 30 years%近30 a中国龙卷风灾害特征研究

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    黄大鹏; 赵珊珊; 高歌; 肖潺

    2016-01-01

    基于中国气象局气象灾害灾情普查数据库中龙卷风灾情数据,采用时间序列统计分析、趋势分析和GIS空间分析方法,对1984—2013年中国龙卷风发生频次及其灾情进行了统计分析,同时分析了中国龙卷风及其灾害的时空分布特征。结果表明:近30 a,中国龙卷风灾害年发生次数和龙卷风导致的死亡(含失踪)人数、倒损房屋数量和直接经济损失均呈现下降趋势,其中龙卷风灾害发生频次和死亡人数下降趋势明显,而直接经济损失下降趋势较弱;中国龙卷风灾害发生次数及其导致的死亡人数、倒损房屋和直接经济损失均表现为夏季最多,春季次之,其中,7月份龙卷风发生次数最多且灾情最重;空间分布上,中国龙卷风灾害发生次数和直接经济损失均表现为西少东多的特征,死亡人数和倒损房屋数量主要分布在我国东部偏南地区;西北和西南地区龙卷风灾害发生少、灾情轻,而中东部地区的江苏、安徽、湖北、湖南、江西和广东龙卷风发生频次高、死亡(含失踪)人数多且经济损失较重,其中江苏和安徽最为严重。%Based on historical damage data of tornados extracted from the meteorological disaster database in China Meteorological Administration, we have counted the frequency and disaster situation of tornado over China from 1984 to 2013, and then analyzed their spatial-temporal characteristics by using time series statistical analysis, trend analysis and GIS spatial analysis methods. Results show that the decreasing trends of the tornado occurrence frequency and the number of dead or missing persons caused by tornados are evident in China from 1984 to 2013. The number of damaged or collapsed houses shows a decreased trend, while the direct economic losses only decreased slightly. Tornadoes occur mainly in summer, especially in July, and rarely occur in winter. Most of the dead or missing

  17. Force Analysis of Space Truss Subjected to Tornado Loads%龙卷风作用下空间桁架的受力分析

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    白俊峰; 鞠彦忠; 曾聪

    2011-01-01

    Tornado is a striking destructive and complex storm. The numerical wind field model of tornado is established by summing up the previous theory including the vortex movement theory, statistical analysis of measured data, degree of risk and an actual event. A new load method of space truss Subjecting to tornado has been put forward. Force Analysis is given that transmission tower as a kind of typical space truss subjected to Tornado Loads. The calculation results show that the response of transmission tower which subjected to tornado loads is similar to natural wind loads.%龙卷风是一种破坏力巨大、风场结构复杂的暴风。本文从涡运动理论、实测数据统计分析、半经验公式和龙卷风风险度模型等几方面解析龙卷风风场结构,并结合实例建立龙卷风的风场数值模型。挺出在龙卷风作角下桁架结构的樯载处理方法和加载方法,以输电塔为例分析在龙卷风作用下的受力情况,结果显示龙卷风作用下桁架结构的响应同相同风速自然风作用下的响应很相近。

  18. Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Tornado in Southeast Henan and its Disaster Characteristics%豫东南龙卷风时空分布和灾害特征

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    申占营

    2012-01-01

    根据中国气象灾害大典、年鉴、全国与河南省气候影响评价等文献,对豫东南区域1949-2011年30次龙卷风的历史记录逐个进行了时空分析和富士达分级:63 a来发生于6、7月的龙卷风占总次数的2/3;20世纪80年代集中发生在1984年和1986年,90年代仅1990、1993年没有发生,21世纪前10 a主要是2005年的3次(均为F1级)。有24个县(市)曾有龙卷风光顾过,发生最多的汝南和潢川曾遭遇过5次龙卷风袭击,其他县(市)分别出现1~4次不等。灾害特征是较低级别的F0和F1等级较多,F2等级较少,但发生的概率和强度等级均高于豫西。%Based on document including Chinese meteorological disaster dictionary and yearbook, Chinese and Henan provincial climate impact assessments, the 30 tornado records from 1949 to 2011 in southeast Henan were classified with Fujitec tornado scale and its temporal and spatial distribution were analyzed. Results shows that: in the past 63 years, two thirds of tornadoes happened in June and July; tornadoes in 1980s concentrated in 1984 and 1986, except for 1990 and 1993, tornadoes occurred every year in 1990s, the former 10 years of the 21st century, only 3 tornadoes happened in 2005 (F1 level). There were tornado records in 24 counties, 5 tornadoes were recorded in Ru'nan and Huangchuan, which happened the most, the rest counties recorded 1--4 tornadoes. Most of the recorded tornadoes were F0 level and F1 level, there were only a few F2 level tornadoes. The probability and intensity in southeast Henan were both stronger than west Henan.

  19. Twitter as a Potential Disaster Risk Reduction Tool. Part III: Evaluating Variables that Promoted Regional Twitter Use for At-risk Populations During the 2013 Hattiesburg F4 Tornado.

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    Cooper, Guy Paul; Yeager, Violet; Burkle, Frederick M; Subbarao, Italo

    2015-06-29

    Study goals attempt to identify the variables most commonly associated with successful tweeted messages and determine which variables have the most influence in promoting exponential dissemination of information (viral spreading of the message) and trending (becoming popular) in the given disaster affected region. Part II describes the detailed extraction and triangulation filtration methodological approach to acquiring twitter data for the 2013 Hattiesburg Tornado. The data was then divided into two 48 hour windows before and after the tornado impact with a 2 hour pre-tornado buffer to capture tweets just prior to impact. Criteria-based analysis was completed for Tweets and users. The top 100 pre-Tornado and post-Tornado retweeted users were compared to establish the variability among the top retweeted users during the 4 day span.  Pre-Tornado variables that were correlated to higher retweeted rates include total user tweets (0.324), and total times message retweeted (0.530).  Post-Tornado variables that were correlated to higher retweeted rates include total hashtags in a retweet (0.538) and hashtags #Tornado (0.378) and #Hattiesburg (0.254). Overall hashtags usage significantly increased during the storm. Pre-storm there were 5,763 tweets with a hashtag and post-storm there was 13,598 using hashtags. Twitter's unique features allow it to be considered a unique social media tool applicable for emergency managers and public health officials for rapid and accurate two way communication.  Additionally, understanding how variables can be properly manipulated plays a key role in understanding how to use this social media platform for effective, accurate, and rapid mass information communication.

  20. Numerical Investigation on the Growth of Large Hail in a Simulated Supercell Thunderstorm%超级单体风暴中大冰雹增长机制的模拟研究

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    陈宝君; 郑凯琳; 郭学良

    2012-01-01

    A three-dimensional convective cloud model with a hail-bin microphysics scheme and a hail growth model were used to further investigate the growth mechanism of large hail in supercell storms. The observed supercell features such as quasi-steady mesocyclone, a pronounced bounded weak echo region and a forward overhang were reproduced well by the simulation. During the storm developing stage, hail embryos were produced mainly by the freezing process of raindrops and occurred at the top of the main updraft region and the mid- to upper-portion of the storm from the northwest flank of the main updraft region. Approximately 7%-8% of hail embryos forming at the developing stage continued to grow into hail larger than 10 mm in diameter; only 1% of hail embryos ultimately achieved diameters of 20 mm. Most of the largest hailstones grew from millimeter-size embryos that originated in the upper-level region around the north flank of the updraft and thereafter entered the main updraft cyclonically and grew into large hailstones in a single up-down path. Other embryos originated in the upper-level region of the northwest flank around the main updraft and grew into large hailstones in a down-up-down path along the updraft edge cyclonically. These results suggest that there are two growth paths for large hailstones in supercell storms.%为调查超级单体中大冰雹的运行增长机制,使用三维冰雹分档对流云模式结合三维粒子运行增长模式,对一例超级单体风暴进行了数值模拟.实测风暴的结构如中气旋、弱回波区、前悬回波等被很好地模拟再现,显示了模式对超级单体具有良好的模拟能力.雹胚在风暴发展阶段由过冷雨滴冻结产生,主要分布在主上升气流区上部,在主上升气流区西北侧中高层也有相当数量的雹胚粒子,冰雹主要分布在主上升气流区东侧.风暴发展阶段产生的雹胚有7%~8%增长到1 cm以上,1%左右增长到2 cm以上,这些大冰雹

  1. Prototipo de simulador de tornado para el combate Aéreo No. 3 (CACOM 3 de la Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (FAC

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    Jorge Mario Cárdenas Cabrera

    2012-09-01

    El comando CACOM 3 de la Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (FAC ha tomado la iniciativa en este aspecto y se ha dado a la tarea de estudiar este fenómeno, trabajando en el diseño de un simulador de tornados a escala, con base en el ya existente, desarrollado por el phD. Harald Eddens, introdujo modificaciones que permitan, además de generar el fenómeno, medir y controlar a través de dispositivos electrónicos algunas variables ambientales. Estos dispositivos permitirán iniciar estudios desde el comando y servir de apoyo para labores de educación de la población vulnerable en cuanto a entender cómo se forma un tornado.

  2. Climate characteristics of tornado from 1956 to 2011 in Heilongjiang province%1956-2011年黑龙江省龙卷风气候特征

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    朱红蕊; 张洪玲; 孙爽; 王春丽; 姚俊英

    2015-01-01

    利用富士达—皮尔森强度分类法对1956—2011年黑龙江省229个龙卷风样本进行分类,分析龙卷风事件的时空分布特征,探讨典型龙卷风个例的环流背景及形成机制。结果表明:1956—2011年黑龙江省龙卷风灾害具有明显的时空分布特征,20世纪60—80年代龙卷风活动频繁,90年代龙卷风发生频次最少,2001—2011年龙卷风发生频次略增加。龙卷风主要集中发生在夏季,以7月发生最多,且多出现在午后至傍晚。对龙卷风空间分析发现黑龙江省绥化地区是龙卷风多发区,与该地区的地理位置、气候条件和大气环流特征有关。不稳定的形势场是龙卷风产生的基础,暖湿气流的输送和冷暖空气的强对流运动为龙卷风的产生提供了有利条件。%Tornadoes events from 1956 to 201 1 in Heilongjiang province were classified by a Fujitec-Pearson meth-od.Temporal and spatial characteristics of tornadoes were analyzed,and the related large-scale circulation and for-mation mechanism for typical cases were discussed.The results show that there is apparent temporal and spatial distribution for those tornado events from 1956 to 201 1 in Heilongjiang province.The frequency of tornado is high-er during 1960s to 1980s,while it is the lowest in 1990s,and it increases during 2001 to 2011.Most tornadoes oc-cur in summer,especially in July,and most are from afternoon to early evening.Spatial distribution of tornadoes suggests that frequent area of tornadoes is in Suihua of Heilongjiang province,which is related with the local geo-graphical location,climatic conditions and atmospheric circulation.Unstable situation,warm moisture transports and the vertical motion of cold and warm air provide the favorable conditions for generation of tornadoes.

  3. Characteristics of Tornadoes around a Nuclear Power Staion in Hubei%湖北浠水核电站周边地区龙卷风特征

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    马德栗; 陈正洪; 靳宁; 郭渠

    2011-01-01

    The characteristics of tornado events around the Xishui nuclear power plant of Hubei Province from 1964 to 2007 are analyzed based on the data from the area of 300 km× 300 km around the nuclear power plant in the ways such as meteorological station records, climate impact assessment reports, etc. The results indicate that: there was apparent temporal distribution in those tornado events, such as daily, monthly, and decadal scale variation. The tornadoes concentrated mostly in spring and summer, especially in July, and occurred frequently from mid-day to early evening, especially at afternoon; however, there was seldom tornado occurred in autumn and winter. The average lasting time for all tornadoes is 27 min. During the past 44 years, tornadoes appeared most frequently in the first seven years of the 21st century. The wind speed grade is mostly 10 on the Beaufort scale, concentrated around 12. The most frequent moving direction of the tornadoes is from west to east, and the average affected width is 1. 20 km, and the average affected length is 21. 66 km. The most severe tornado-induced disaster is that induced by the extremely strong wind, which mostly accompanies hailstones, heavy rainfall, and lighting strikes.%根据湖北省浠水核电站周边300 km×300 km区域范围内1964-2007年龙卷风资料,对龙卷风的时间分布和灾害特征进行了分析.结果表明:龙卷风有明显的时间分布,一年之中主要集中在春、夏两季,秋、冬季无龙卷风发生,以7月最多;一天之中,午后至傍晚最多,集中在16:00-18:59之间,龙卷风平均持续时间27 min.近44年,21世纪头7年中龙卷风出现最为频繁.龙卷风出现时,蒲福风力等级一般在10级以上,集中出现在12级;富士达风力等级集中出现在F0、F1级,F2级以上出现的几率较小.龙卷风多以自西向东方向移动,影响宽度平均1.20 km,平均带长21.66 km.龙卷风灾害主要是风灾,往往伴有冰雹、暴雨、雷击,破坏力极强.

  4. Change Characters of Tornados in China in 1980-2009%1980-2009年我国龙卷事件变化

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    冯婧; 周伟灿; 徐影

    2012-01-01

    Using the 115 tornado events records from 725 stations over China during 1980-2009, geographic and temporal distributive characters of tornado events and reasons for tornado reduction since the 1990s were studied. The results show that tornados frequently occurred in eastern China, and the frequency of tornado events showed a significant decreasing trend in yearly number in 1980-2009, with the highest frequency in the Jul.-Aug. of the 1980s, followed by a distinctly decreasing period, especially in eastern areas. Two important convective parameters, i.e, convective available potential energy (ECAPE) ANd vertical shear of 0-6 km wind (S06), in Jul.-Aug. in the period of 1980-2009 were examined to find out reasons for the tornado reduction. The analyses of the centers of EcAPE, S06 and their products (ES = ECAPE × S06) suggested that the centers of ES were more coincided with areas of frequent tornados. The significant decreasing in S06, in Jul.-Aug. of 1980 2009 in North China Plain might be responsible for the reduction of tornados in the plain after the 1980s.%根据1980-2009年我国龙卷事件的变化特征,初步探讨了20世纪90年代以后龙卷事件显著减少的特征及原因.结果表明,1980-2009年龙卷事件呈现明显减少的趋势,20世纪80年代最多,90年代以后明显减少,尤其是夏季(7-8月),在我国东部地区减少最明显.对龙卷高发时段7-8月06时(UTC)对流有效位能(ECAPE)与深层垂直风切变(S06)以及二者乘积变量(ES)的分析表明:ECAPE和S06是影响龙卷的两个重要因子,ES的高值中心更好地对应于龙卷事件发生的集中区.地面气温的变化会影响ECAPE的变化.1980-2009年,我国华北平原地区7-8月S06明显下降是20世纪80年代以后我国华北地区龙卷事件减少的主要原因.

  5. An HIT Solution for Clinical Care and Disaster Planning: How One health Center in Joplin, MO Survived a Tornado and Avoided a Health Information Disaster.

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    Shin, Peter; Jacobs, Feygele

    2012-01-01

    Since taking office, President Obama has made substantial investments in promoting the diffusion of health information technology (IT). The objective of the national health IT program is, generally, to enable health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information. Through the use of technologies including electronic health records, providers can better maintain patient care information and facilitate communication, often improving care outcomes. The recent tornado in Joplin, MO highlights the importance of health information technology in the health center context, and illustrates the importance of secure electronic health information systems as a crucial element of disaster and business continuity planning. This article examines the experience of a community health center in the aftermath of the major tornado that swept through the American Midwest in the spring of 2011, and provides insight into the planning for disaster survival and recovery as it relates to patient records and health center data.

  6. 转子泵的革命性突破——耐驰NETZSCH TORNADO@ T2转子泵的革命性设计

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    石永锋

    2013-01-01

    基于传统转子泵的设计原理,产生脉动是其无法克服的问题。耐驰公司倾听用户的需求,改变传统转子泵的设计思路,推出全新的TORNADO@T2型转子泵将改变人们关于转子泵技术的看法。

  7. Dose potential of sludge contaminated and/or TRU contaminated waste in B-25s for tornado and straight wind events

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    Aponte, C.I.

    2000-02-17

    F and H Tank Farms generate supernate and sludge contaminated Low-Level Waste. The waste is collected, characterized, and packaged for disposal. Before the waste can be disposed of, however, it must be properly characterized. Since the radionuclide distribution in typical supernate is well known, its characterization is relatively straight forward and requires minimal effort. Non-routine waste, including potentially sludge contaminated, requires much more effort to effectively characterize. The radionuclide distribution must be determined. In some cases the waste can be contaminated by various sludge transfers with unique radionuclide distributions. In these cases, the characterization can require an extensive effort. Even after an extensive characterization effort, the container must still be prepared for shipping. Therefore a significant amount of time may elapse from the time the waste is generated until the time of disposal. During the time it is possible for a tornado or high wind scenario to occur. The purpose of this report is to determine the effect of a tornado on potential sludge contaminated waste, or Transuranic (TRU) waste in B-25s [large storage containers], to evaluate the potential impact on F and H Tank Farms, and to help establish a B-25 control program for tornado events.

  8. Power Scaling of the Size Distribution of Economic Loss and Fatalities due to Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, and Floods in the USA

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    Tebbens, S. F.; Barton, C. C.; Scott, B. E.

    2016-12-01

    Traditionally, the size of natural disaster events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods is measured in terms of wind speed (m/sec), energy released (ergs), or discharge (m3/sec) rather than by economic loss or fatalities. Economic loss and fatalities from natural disasters result from the intersection of the human infrastructure and population with the size of the natural event. This study investigates the size versus cumulative number distribution of individual natural disaster events for several disaster types in the United States. Economic losses are adjusted for inflation to 2014 USD. The cumulative number divided by the time over which the data ranges for each disaster type is the basis for making probabilistic forecasts in terms of the number of events greater than a given size per year and, its inverse, return time. Such forecasts are of interest to insurers/re-insurers, meteorologists, seismologists, government planners, and response agencies. Plots of size versus cumulative number distributions per year for economic loss and fatalities are well fit by power scaling functions of the form p(x) = Cx-β; where, p(x) is the cumulative number of events with size equal to and greater than size x, C is a constant, the activity level, x is the event size, and β is the scaling exponent. Economic loss and fatalities due to hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods are well fit by power functions over one to five orders of magnitude in size. Economic losses for hurricanes and tornadoes have greater scaling exponents, β = 1.1 and 0.9 respectively, whereas earthquakes and floods have smaller scaling exponents, β = 0.4 and 0.6 respectively. Fatalities for tornadoes and floods have greater scaling exponents, β = 1.5 and 1.7 respectively, whereas hurricanes and earthquakes have smaller scaling exponents, β = 0.4 and 0.7 respectively. The scaling exponents can be used to make probabilistic forecasts for time windows ranging from 1 to 1000 years

  9. 安徽龙卷发生的环境条件和临近预警%Synoptic Situation and Pre-Warning of Anhui Tornado

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    姚叶青; 郝莹; 张义军; 李劲; 刘高平; 邱学兴; 余金龙; 刘远永

    2012-01-01

    利用1960—2009年气象观测资料,对安徽省128次龙卷的气候特征和环流背景进行了分析,结果表明,龙卷多发于4-9月平原丘陵地带的江淮东部,而山区极少,20世纪80年代以后龙卷明显减少;建立了安徽出现龙卷的4种概念模型。同时,利用日本JMA 20km×20km高分辨率数值预报再分析产品对比分析了龙卷、冰雹及雷雨大风的环境场,发现龙卷与冰雹、雷雨大风在4个方面存在明显差异,即中低层比湿、中低层垂直风切变、风暴相对螺旋度和0℃层以下的对流有效位能与整层对流有效位能比值,前3个均是龙卷最大,龙卷是冰雹和雷雨大风的2倍~3倍,对流有效位能主要集中在0℃层以下,而冰雹和雷雨大风主要集中在0℃层以上。基于龙卷临近预警和安徽6次龙卷的雷达特征显示,龙卷涡旋TVS的底部达到雷达最低仰角探测高度的中气旋及其后龙卷涡旋特征是识别龙卷的主要依据,龙卷触地前中气旋的最大速度差增强,其强度与龙卷强度呈正相关。而雷达距离的选取也直接影响龙卷的临近预警,距离龙卷20~100km处的雷达较为理想,200km以外的雷达资料对龙卷预警几乎没有意义。%Using the historical observation data from 1960to 2009the climatic characteristics and in Anhui tornado have been analyzed.The results show that the occurring frequency of tornado in Anhui Province is more than that of the east of Changjiang-Huaihe valleys and no mountainous area from April to September.And tornadoes have obviously reduced since 1980s.Four types of synoptic situation which form tornadoes probably to have been summarized too.Through the contrastive analyses of the difference of tornado,hail and gust with thunderstorm using 20km×20km JMA reanalysis products,the conclusions are as follows:Before the tornado occurring,the air on the low-level is warm and wet,sometime is wet in whole layer.Lifting condensation level is lower

  10. Access and completion of a Web-based treatment in a population-based sample of tornado-affected adolescents.

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    Price, Matthew; Yuen, Erica K; Davidson, Tatiana M; Hubel, Grace; Ruggiero, Kenneth J

    2015-08-01

    Although Web-based treatments have significant potential to assess and treat difficult-to-reach populations, such as trauma-exposed adolescents, the extent that such treatments are accessed and used is unclear. The present study evaluated the proportion of adolescents who accessed and completed a Web-based treatment for postdisaster mental health symptoms. Correlates of access and completion were examined. A sample of 2,000 adolescents living in tornado-affected communities was assessed via structured telephone interview and invited to a Web-based treatment. The modular treatment addressed symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and alcohol and tobacco use. Participants were randomized to experimental or control conditions after accessing the site. Overall access for the intervention was 35.8%. Module completion for those who accessed ranged from 52.8% to 85.6%. Adolescents with parents who used the Internet to obtain health-related information were more likely to access the treatment. Adolescent males were less likely to access the treatment. Future work is needed to identify strategies to further increase the reach of Web-based treatments to provide clinical services in a postdisaster context. (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved).

  11. A Case Study on Supercell Storm of Hail in the Northwest of Guangxi%桂西北一次超级单体风暴过程的分析

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    农孟松; 祁丽燕; 黄海洪; 邓汝伊; 班荣贵

    2011-01-01

    本文利用常规观测资料和多普勒天气雷达资料,对2009年4月12日发生在广西西北部的大范围冰雹天气进行分析,得出以下结论:(1)导致冰雹发生的天气系统是高空低涡和低层切变线,冰雹发生前上午百色探空站有中等对流有效位能、上干下湿层结结构、强的深层垂直环境风切变,速度矢图上低层强的顺时针旋转曲率,已经具备强对流潜势发生条件。(2)超级单体右前方的低层反射率因子呈现明显的钩状回波,是超级单体风暴的典型特征之一。反射率因子垂直剖面呈现出典型的有界弱回波区、回波悬垂和回波墙。最大的回波强度出现在沿着回波墙的一个竖直的狭长区域,其值超过65 dBz。相应的中低层径向速度图呈现一个中等强度的中气旋,旋转速度达到22 m·s-;垂直累积液态水含量和密度分别超过70kg·m~(-2)和5 g·m~(-3)。(3)高空低涡正涡度区、高CAPE值、地面辐合线在右江河谷滞留以及特殊地形作用,是多个对流单体沿相似路径移动的主要原因。%Based on the routine observation data and the Doppler weather radar data,the large-scale hail in the northwest of Guangxi is analyzed.The results show that;(1) The systems csusing hail are upper-air-vortex and low-level shear line.Although the CAPE was moderate before the hail,it has necessary conditions for the severe convection potential occurrence such as the stratification of upper dry and lower wet, strong environmental wind shear and the strong clockwise curvature at low levels.(2) The low-level reflectivity on the right front of the supercell shows a typical hook echo and it is a typical feature of super-cells. Along the inflow direction and through the strongest echo,the reflectivity shows typical BWER (Boundary Weak Echo Region),overhang echo and echo wall.The strongest echo is within a vertical narrow region along the echo wall and can be more

  12. 一次超级单体风暴引发的局地大暴雨成因分析%Analysis on the Cause of a Local Heavy Precipitation Caused by a Supercell Storm

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    崔新建; 魏慧娟; 贾文秀; 翟怀巍

    2011-01-01

    从大暴雨发生前后气象要素变化、环流背景、影响系统、区域流场入手,对2009年8月28日发生在驻马店市的突发性局地大暴雨天气过程进行了分析.结果表明,这次突发性大暴雨过程具有明显的中小尺度系统特征,主要影响系统是850、700 hPa切变线和地面辐合线.通过对多普勒天气雷达基本反射率因子、径向速度和风廓线产品的分析,发现"V"型缺口、钩状回波、中气旋的特征明显,充分说明了这次局地大暴雨过程是超级单体风暴造成的.%The sudden local severe precipitation in Zhumadian City on August 28, 2009 was analyzed from the aspects of meteorological elements change, the atmospheric circulation background, the influence system and the region flow field before and after the severe precipitation. The results showed that this heavy storm had obvious meso-small scale system characteristics, the major affect system were the shear lines in 850 and 700 hPa and the ground convergence line. Through the analysis of the Doppler weather radar basic index such as the reflection factor, the radial velocity and the wind profile, it was find that the characteristics of “V” notched, the hook echo and the eyelone were obvious, those showed that this local heavy precipitation was caused by the supercell storm.

  13. Strength of 500 kV Power Transmission Tower Under Tornado%龙卷风作用下500 kV输电铁塔强度分析

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    王璋奇; 齐立忠; 杨文刚

    2016-01-01

    Tornado cyclone structure is simulated based on semi-experience formula of tornado wind filed and taking typical 5A-ZB3 500 kV power transmission tower for a research objective,wind load on the power transmission tower is calculated at the time of tornado passing through the side of power transmission tower along paralleled path,and force conditions of member bars of the tower under tornado wind load are studied as well. Research results indicate the tower will suffer great straight up wind load under the role of tornado and the power transmission tower will happen to combined deformation. It also explains the main kind causing failure of the power transmission tower is torsional deformation.%基于龙卷风风场的半经验公式模拟龙卷风气旋结构,以典型的5A-ZB3型500 kV 输电铁塔为研究对象,计算龙卷风沿平行路径从输电铁塔旁边通过时,输电铁塔上的风载荷,并研究龙卷风载荷作用下铁塔的杆件受力情况。研究结果表明:在龙卷风作用下,铁塔将受到较大的竖直向上的风载荷作用,输电铁塔整体发生弯拉扭组合变形,导致输电铁塔失效的主要形式是扭转变形。

  14. After a Tornado

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  15. Tornadoes in a Microchannel

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    Perez, Carlos L

    2008-01-01

    In non-dilute colloidal suspensions, gradients in particle volume fraction result in gradients in electrical conductivity and permittivity. An externally applied electric field couples with gradients in electrical conductivity and permittivity and, under some conditions, can result in electric body forces that drive the flow unstable forming vortices. The experiments are conducted in square 200 micron PDMS microfluidic channels. Colloidal suspensions consisted of 0.01 volume fraction of 2 or 3 micron diameter polystyrene particles in 0.1 mM Phosphate buffer and 409 mM sucrose to match particle-solution density. AC electric fields at 20 Hz and strength of 430 to 600 V/cm were used. We present a fluid dynamics video that shows the evolution of the particle aggregation and formation of vortical flow. Upon application of the field particles aggregate forming particle chains and three dimensional structures. These particles form rotating bands where the axis of rotation varies with time and can collide with other ...

  16. KASCO POWER TORNADO

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    2014-01-01

    KASCO POWER TORNADO在“不论任何状况。都能正确瞄准果岭”的概念下。完全消除了木杆与铁杆的界线。这款球杆进化至第7代,使用上前所未见的轻易度,让使用者对“不擅长的飞行距离“感到满意,让人体会到高尔夫球前所未见的乐趣与醍醐味。

  17. Comment: the coming tornado?

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    Ray McAleese

    1998-12-01

    Full Text Available I will start with a declaration of interest and prejudice. I have been for some thirty years a 'learning technologist', or what used to be unfashionably called an 'educational technologist'. I have observed and read books, chapters and papers by John Daniel, the author of this work, for about twenty years, since his days in Concordia University, Montreal. Professor Daniel is without peer as a judge of continuing, open and distance education. As Vice-Chancellor of the Open University, he has seen his institution grow to a leading position in the UK open-learning market with hundreds of courses offered under its inimitable course-design system. He has ensured that the Open University is a beacon of what is best in innovative teaching and programme delivery. He has steered an adept course, gaining widespread international approval for the prototypical University of the Air. His views are canvassed by the Great and the Good. One can discern his hand in the recent Dealing (1997 recommendations.

  18. DEVELOPING TORNADO AND TILCON BASED EMBEDDED GIS GRAPHICS EDITING SOFTWARE%基于Tornado和Tilcon的嵌入式GIS图形编辑软件的开发

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    余良将; 傅华明

    2011-01-01

    以VxWorks实时多任务操作系统为应用平台,结合与之配套的软件开发工具Tornado和Tilcon开发出一套嵌入式实时系统GIS图形编辑工具软件.该软件主要用于GIS图形的编辑、以及数据处理,具有移植性强,方便二次开发等优点.%Taking VxWorks real-time multi-task operating system as application platform, combining with two supporting software development tools: Tornado and Tilcon, in this paper we develop a set of embedded real-time system CIS graphics editing tools. The software is mainly used for GIS graphics editing and data processing, with the advantages of strong transportability, easy for secondary development, etc.

  19. On the Role of Urban and Vegetative Land Cover in the Identification of Tornado Damage Using Dual-Resolution Multispectral Satellite Imagery

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    Kingfield, D.; de Beurs, K.

    2014-12-01

    It has been demonstrated through various case studies that multispectral satellite imagery can be utilized in the identification of damage caused by a tornado through the change detection process. This process involves the difference in returned surface reflectance between two images and is often summarized through a variety of ratio-based vegetation indices (VIs). Land cover type plays a large contributing role in the change detection process as the reflectance properties of vegetation can vary based on several factors (e.g. species, greenness, density). Consequently, this provides the possibility for a variable magnitude of loss, making certain land cover regimes less reliable in the damage identification process. Furthermore, the tradeoff between sensor resolution and orbital return period may also play a role in the ability to detect catastrophic loss. Moderate resolution imagery (e.g. Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)) provides relatively coarse surface detail with a higher update rate which could hinder the identification of small regions that underwent a dynamic change. Alternatively, imagery with higher spatial resolution (e.g. Landsat) have a longer temporal return period between successive images which could result in natural recovery underestimating the absolute magnitude of damage incurred. This study evaluates the role of land cover type and sensor resolution on four high-end (EF3+) tornado events occurring in four different land cover groups (agriculture, forest, grassland, urban) in the spring season. The closest successive clear images from both Landsat 5 and MODIS are quality controlled for each case. Transacts of surface reflectance across a homogenous land cover type both inside and outside the damage swath are extracted. These metrics are synthesized through the calculation of six different VIs to rank the calculated change metrics by land cover type, sensor resolution and VI.

  20. The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Urban Radar Network: Enhancing Resilience in the Presence of Floods, Tornadoes, Hail and High Winds

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    Chandra*, Chandrasekar V.; the full DFW Team

    2015-04-01

    Currently, the National Weather Service (NWS) Next Generation Weather Radar (NEXRAD) provides observations updated every five-six minutes across the United States. However, at the maximum NEXRAD operating range of 230 km, the 0.5 degree radar beam (lowest tilt) height is about 5.4 km above ground level (AGL) because of the effect of Earth curvature. Consequently, much of the lower atmosphere (1-3 km AGL) cannot be observed by the NEXRAD. To overcome the fundamental coverage limitations of today's weather surveillance radars, and improve the spatial and temporal resolution issues, at urban scale, the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (NSF-ERC) for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) has embarked the development of Dallas-Fort worth (DFW) urban remote sensing network to conduct high-resolution sensing in the lower atmosphere for a metropolitan environment, communicate high resolution observations and nowcasting of severe weather including flash floods, hail storms and high wind events. Being one of the largest inland metropolitan areas in the U.S., the DFW Metroplex is home to over 6.5 million people by 2012 according to the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). It experiences a wide range of natural weather hazards, including urban flash flood, high wind, tornado, and hail, etc. Successful monitoring of the rapid changing meteorological conditions in such a region is necessary for emergency management and decision making. Therefore, it is an ideal location to investigate the impacts of hazardous weather phenomena, to enhance resilience in an urban setting and demonstrate the CASA concept in a densely populated urban environment. The DFW radar network consists of 8 dual-polarization X-band weather radars and standard NEXRAD S-band radar, covering the greater DFW metropolitan region. This paper will present high resolution observation of tornado, urban flood, hail storm and damaging wind event all within the

  1. 基于MD5加密的Tornado码复制算法改进%An improved algorithm based on MD5 encryption Tornado code

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    骆正平; 陈中育; 林郁峰; 吴星同

    2015-01-01

    Tornado code based replication algorithm had the advantages of faster encoding and decoding, and could also recover the original data when some data were missing, but when the algorithm was applied to a dis-tributed storage system, the presence of data would be susceptible to theft, tampering risk. For this reason, several optimization strategies were proposed to improve the replication algorithm based on Tornado code:1 ) an encryption mechanism into replication algorithm was introduced in case of even some data were stolen there would be no worry about information leak. 2)the raw data using the MD5 algorithm to generate digital finger-prints produced a digital fingerprint when retrieving data from a distributed storage system with local digital fin-gerprint comparison, it would be easy to determine whether the data had been tampered with.%基于Tornado码的复制算法具有编解码速度比较快、部分数据丢失时亦能被恢复的优点,但将该算法应用于分布式存储系统时,存在数据易被窃取、篡改的风险。为此,对基于Tornado码的复制算法提出了改进:1)引入加密机制,使数据即使被窃取时也不用担心泄密;2)对原始数据使用MD5算法产生数字指纹,当从分布式存储系统取回数据时,计算数字指纹并与本地的数字指纹对比,就可以判断数据是否被篡改。

  2. 核电站评价区域龙卷风的统计与天气特征分析%Statistics on the tornado in evaluation area of nuclear power plant and weather characteristics analysis

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    曾辉; 马中元; 聂秋生

    2012-01-01

    By means of tornado materials from 1971 to 2005,according to tornadoes spatiotemporal and geographical distribution, and weather system characteristics in evaluation area of Pengze nuclear power plant, statistical methods are adopted to investigate and analyze. The results show that: the survey area is about 23.58 square kilometers,including 5 provinces, 22 cities and 163 counties. There were totally 151 tornadoes,an average of 4.31 times a year,mainly in spring summer from March to August,most occurred in 16:00-19.00. Tornadoes mainly happened around the Yangtze River and Poyang Lake,and rarely appeared in mountain and hilly area. The following weather systems can lead to a tornado generation such as cold front, warm air mass, stationary front, squall line and tropical cyclone. Both low-level warm wet and dry cold in the middle and upper air is one of the basic conditions that can cause the tornado.%利用1971-2005年龙卷风事件资料,针对彭泽核电站评价区域内龙卷风的时空分布、地域分布、天气系统等特征,采用统计学方法进行调查和分析,结果表明:评价区域调查面积约23.58km2,涉及5省22个设区市163个县(市、区),出现龙卷风共151次,平均每年4.31次,主要发生在春夏季节的3~8月之间,且多数发生在16:00~19:OO时。龙卷风事件主要发生于长江沿岸和鄱阳湖周边的平原地区,丘陵岗地和山地很少出现。龙卷风的影响系统主要有冷锋、暖气团、静止锋、飑线和热带气旋等天气系统,表明低层暖湿、中高层干冷是龙卷风形成的基本层结条件之一。

  3. [Quantitative Evaluation of Intracardiac Blood Flow by Left Ventricle Dynamic Anatovy Based On Exact Solutions of Non-Stationary Navier-Stocks Equations for Selforganized tornado-Like Flows of Viscous Incompresssible Fluid].

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    Talygin, E A; Zazybo, N A; Zhorzholiany, S T; Krestinich, I M; Mironov, A A; Kiknadze, G I; Bokerya, L A; Gorodkov, A Y; Makarenko, V N; Alexandrova, S A

    2016-01-01

    New approach to intracardiac blood flow condition analysis based on geometric parameters of left ventricle flow channel has been suggested. Parameters, that used in this method, follow from exact solutions of nonstationary Navier-Stocks equations for selforganized tornado-like flows of viscous incompressible fluid. The main advantage of this method is considering dynamic anatomy of intracardiac cavity and trabeculae relief of left ventricle streamlined surface, both registered in a common mri-process, as flow condition indicator. Calculated quantity options that characterizes blood flow condition can be use as diagnostic criterias for estimation of violation in blood circulation function which entails heart ejection reduction. Developed approach allows to clarify heart jet organization mechanism and estimate the share of the tornado-like flow self-organization in heart ejection structure.

  4. Survey and Evaluation of Tornadoes around a Nuclear Power Plant in Guangxi%广西某核电站周边地区龙卷风调查与评价

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    何如; 唐忠莲; 苏志; 林振敏

    2016-01-01

    Tornado which is one of the most important extreme meteorological parameters must be concerned during the nuclear power plant siting and designing stage.The temporal and spatial distribution,disaster character-istics,intensity gradation and the maximum design basis category for tornado wind velocity of tornado events around the nuclear plant of Guangxi Autonomous Region are analyzed and evaluated,based on the tornado data from the area of 300 km ×300 km around the nuclear power plant from 1962 to 2012.The results show that:the wind speed category of Fujita tornado scale is F0 or F1 mostly.The maximum of category is up to F3.The tornadoes are mainly distributed around the nuclear plant and coastal area of Guangdong.They also occur in the northeast and northwest of mainland occasionally.The tornadoes concentrated mostly in spring and summer,especially in April,and oc-curred frequently in daytime,especially from 18:00 to 18:59 at afternoon.The design basis standard wind speed category is F3 (Fujita tornado scale),design maximum wind speed is 75m /s.%龙卷风是核电站在选址和设计阶段需要考虑的最重要的极端气象参数之一。通过调查和收集广西某核电站周边300 km ×300 km 区域范围内1962-2012年的龙卷风资料,对龙卷风的时空分布、灾害特征、强度定级以及最大设计基准等级等进行了分析和评价。结果发现:龙卷风富士达风力等级集中出现在 F0、F1级,最强龙卷风等级为 F3级;主要分布在厂址附近和广东沿海一带,东北和西北部的内陆地区也时有发生;一年之中主要出现在春、夏两季,以4月最多;1 d 之中白天比夜间多,傍晚18时段最多;推荐龙卷风设计基准等级为 F3级,采用最大设计风速为75 m/s。

  5. 基于Tornado的嵌入式软件单元测试%Tornado based unit test method of embedded software

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    王泉

    2012-01-01

    According to the characteristic of embedded software, a unit test method of embedded software based on Tornado is proposed, which used Testbed/Tbrun test tooL Tbconfig is used to complete the test configuration based on Tornado and eliminate the differences between test environment and development environment White&-black-box Isolated test technique is used to make the test case design effective and achieve structure coverage request soon, TbrunReporter is also used to create test report automatically by customizing the report template. The method can make the tester emphasized on the design and execution of test cases, reduce the workload of code transplantation and manual report generation, improve the test efficiency and standardization. The method is used as a successful method of embedded software unit test in evaluating machanisms.%根据嵌入式软件特点,提出一种基于Tornado开发环境的嵌入式软件单元测试方法.该测试方法使用Testbed/Tbrun自动测试工具,借助Tbconfig辅助工具完成Tornado环境下的测试配置,保持测试环境和开发环境的一致性;使用黑/白盒结合的隔离单元测试技术提高测试用例设计质量,快速达到结构覆盖率要求;定制测试报告模板,使用TbrunReporter完成测试报告自动生成.该测试方法使测试工作的重心转移到测试用例的设计和执行上,减少代码移植和手动测试报告生成等冗余工作量,极大提高测试效率和测试规范性,已作为一种通用的嵌入式软件单元测试方法在所在测评机构加以推广使用.

  6. Observation of a Tornado in the Birculation Background of Northeast Bold Vortex%东北冷涡背景下一次龙卷过程的观测分析

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    王宁; 王婷婷; 张硕; 慕秀香; 杨秀峰

    2014-01-01

    The synoptic situation and Doppler radar data of the tornado process of Taobei District of Baicheng city in Jilin Province on 12 June 2012 (referred as “612”tornado)are analyzed,results are as follows.The tornado process occurrs in the southeast quadrant of the upper cold vortex,and in the convective unstable region of the north of the upper-level jet and the left of the low-level jet,also,in a relatively warm and hu-mid environment of the surface systems.The caculation of atmospheric convective parameters shows that strong vertical wind shear (no less than 6.0×10 -3 s-1 )occurs at low layer (0-1 km)and relatively low lifting condensation level (no more than 1 km)exists in the tornado process,and the convective available potential energy is large before the tornado occurs.As for the radar echo characteristics,the height of the strong core (no less than 50 dBZ)is below 4 km in the tornado event,making it a low centroid convective system.The tornado occurs in the strong echo zones where a banded echo with an approximate nodular echo join together,and it gradually evolves into an “S”type with “V”type gap,and the echo of the stron-gest center value reaches 61 dBZ.Using the Doppler radar derived products and the radial velocity map, tornado vortex signature (TVS)could be detected,indicating that “612”tornado occurs in strong convective storm with smaller-scale TVS and larger vertical vorticity (about 3.65×10-2 s-1 -3.83×10-2 s-1 ),having short duration.TVS could be identified in advance before the tornado,so it is very useful for estimation and pre-diction of tornados.%2012年6月12日在吉林省白城市洮北区发生一次龙卷过程(简称“612”龙卷),对此次龙卷过程天气形势和雷达资料分析结果表明:龙卷发生在高空冷涡的东南象限、中高空急流北侧、低空急流左侧的对流不稳定区域及地面较暖湿的环境中,大气对流参数计算结果显示龙卷过程低层(0~1 km)的

  7. The Dynamic Analysis and the Unified Understanding of Tornado and Cyclostrophic Flow%龙卷风与旋衡风的动力学分析及其统一认识

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    武圆

    2014-01-01

    通过对旋衡风的受力分析,验证旋衡风遵守的基本物理原理:即旋衡风旋转的气流具有的离心力与其所承受的气压梯度力平衡。提出了龙卷风与旋衡风的统一认识:即龙卷风是旋衡风超高速旋转的极端存在形式。依据旋衡风所遵守的基本原理对龙卷风(或旋衡风)建立物理模型,根据该模型对龙卷风的角速度、密度以及其旋转气流层半径进行了参数化描述。依据龙卷风的模型分析探索龙卷风的压强差梯度场,得到龙卷风中心到边缘距离的气压变化值与龙卷风半径及其旋转气流层的角速度、密度的关系,并提出相关计算的数学表达式,以及龙卷风具有的能量与龙卷风旋转气流层各参数的关系。龙卷风及旋衡风的旋转运动还受其本身角动量守恒的制约,并论证了龙卷风旋转气流层的密度与半径以及角速度的关系。%By means of the force of cyclostrophic wind analysis, the basic physical principle of cyclostrophic wind was verified, i.e. the centrifugal force from the spinning flow of cyclostrophic wind balances with its pressure gradient-force. A unified understanding of tornado and cyclostrophic flow was put forward, i.e. tornado is an extreme form of cyclostrophic flow with ultra -high speed rotation. And according to the cyclostrophic flow basic principle, the tornado(or cyclostrophic flow) physical model is established, according to this model, the angular velocity, density and the rotating airflow layer radius are parameterizedly described. Basing on the pressure difference of tornado gradient field from the model, the pressure difference from cyclone center to border, the radius of tornado and spin angular velocity of the air layer are calculated. According to the obtained data and their relationships, the mathematic expression of the related calculation is put forward. The rotary motion of tornadoes and cyclostrophic flow is also

  8. Relying on the National Mobile Disaster Hospital as a business continuity strategy in the aftermath of a tornado: The Louisville experience.

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    Kearns, Randy D; Stringer, Lew; Craig, James; Godette-Crawford, Regina; Black, Paul S; Andra, David L; Winslow, James

    2017-01-01

    On 28th April, 2014, a tornado left much of Louisville, MS and the local hospital, Winston Medical Center, in ruin. In the USA, temporary hospital solutions have been used to augment the mainstream healthcare system since the American Civil War. As memories fade, however, the necessary readiness for a temporary hospital also fades, at times leaving a patchwork of resources either underfunded or abandoned. With the creation of the Hospital Preparedness Program, several temporary hospital solutions were created in various states across the USA. In the present case, Mississippi and North Carolina resources were used in Louisville in the aftermath of a direct impact that destroyed the hospital and nursing home. In the hours that followed, after lives were saved and patients safely relocated, a frank assessment confirmed the structural loss of the hospital. Local emergency responders, hospital staff, state and federal representatives all rallied with the aim of saving the community's only hospital. The steps taken in Louisville and the deliberate restoration of these essential services offer a learning opportunity for all involved in healthcare disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

  9. [Treatment of persistent postmastectomy pain with 5% Lidocaine medicated plaster].

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    Cruto, M E; Baricocchi, E; Battistella, M; Bona, F; Giacoletto, G; Iacobellis, A; Moselli, N; Palomba, G; Sardo, E; Savojardo, M; Suita, L; Zocca, E; Debernardi, F

    2015-04-01

    Persistent postmastectomy pain (PPMP) syndrome is characterized by neuropathic pain that develops following surgery in breast cancer patients. The reported incidence of PPMP ranges between 30% and 50% and is estimated to increase as the number of women surviving cancer continues to rise. Though effective, today's drug treatments are poorly tolerated, limiting their use and reducing adherence to therapy. Since neuropathic pain is localized, international guidelines suggest that topical treatment with 5% Lidocaine medicated plaster either alone or combined with systemic drugs can be considered for pain management. In this retrospective study we reviewed the medical records of 11 patients treated with 5% lidocaine medicated plaster for moderate-to-severe PPMP at our institute between November 2013 and October 2014. Analysis showed that treatment with 5% Lidocaine medicated plaster, either alone or in combination with systemic drugs, achieved significant pain control already after the first week of therapy. The effectiveness and tolerability of 5% Lidocaine medicated plaster we observed suggests that it is a viable option in the management of PPMP.

  10. Inhibition of allergic inflammation by supplementation with 5-hydroxytryptophan.

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    Abdala-Valencia, Hiam; Berdnikovs, Sergejs; McCary, Christine A; Urick, Daniela; Mahadevia, Riti; Marchese, Michelle E; Swartz, Kelsey; Wright, Lakiea; Mutlu, Gökhan M; Cook-Mills, Joan M

    2012-10-15

    Clinical reports indicate that patients with allergy/asthma commonly have associated symptoms of anxiety/depression. Anxiety/depression can be reduced by 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) supplementation. However, it is not known whether 5-HTP reduces allergic inflammation. Therefore, we determined whether 5-HTP supplementation reduces allergic inflammation. We also determined whether 5-HTP decreases passage of leukocytes through the endothelial barrier by regulating endothelial cell function. For these studies, C57BL/6 mice were supplemented with 5-HTP, treated with ovalbumin fraction V (OVA), house dust mite (HDM) extract, or IL-4, and examined for allergic lung inflammation and OVA-induced airway responsiveness. To determine whether 5-HTP reduces leukocyte or eosinophil transendothelial migration, endothelial cells were pretreated with 5-HTP, washed and then used in an in vitro transendothelial migration assay under laminar flow. Interestingly, 5-HTP reduced allergic lung inflammation by 70-90% and reduced antigen-induced airway responsiveness without affecting body weight, blood eosinophils, cytokines, or chemokines. 5-HTP reduced allergen-induced transglutaminase 2 (TG2) expression and serotonylation (serotonin conjugation to proteins) in lung endothelial cells. Consistent with the regulation of endothelial serotonylation in vivo, in vitro pretreatment of endothelial cells with 5-HTP reduced TNF-α-induced endothelial cell serotonylation and reduced leukocyte transendothelial migration. Furthermore, eosinophil and leukocyte transendothelial migration was reduced by inhibitors of transglutaminase and by inhibition of endothelial cell serotonin synthesis, suggesting that endothelial cell serotonylation is key for leukocyte transendothelial migration. In summary, 5-HTP supplementation inhibits endothelial serotonylation, leukocyte recruitment, and allergic inflammation. These data identify novel potential targets for intervention in allergy/asthma.

  11. Analysis on Doppler radar characteristic of grade F1 tornado in Haimen%海门一次F1级龙卷的多普勒天气雷达特征分析

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    林应; 陈铁; 张树民; 缪燕; 严晓庆

    2011-01-01

    By using the Doppler weather radar, routine and intensive observation data the process of a grade Fl tornado happened in Haimen of Jiangsu province was analyzed in detail. The results show that before the tornado there existed a long entrainment instability, a low LCL, a strong horizontal and vertical wind shear and a surface dry line which provides very good dynamic conditions for a convective system to develop a tornado. Bottom cool air intrusion and strong wind shear made a single convective cell easier to develop more rapidly. The downward strong echo center height, the descending VIL, the rapid development of the radial velocity of the wind field in cyclonic vortex are good indicators of early warning of tornado. Tornado in the development process, as a low mass center convective system, obviously differs from the hail, a high center of gravity convection system. Sudden downward of mesocyclone height and maximum wind shear height, a sharp contraction of cyclone size indicate that the tornado will occur soon.%用多普勒天气雷达、常规观测和地面加密观测资料对2011年7月13日发生在江苏南通海门市树勋镇的龙卷风过程进行了详细分析.得出:较长时间的不稳定层结的存在,较低的抬升凝结高度,较强的水平和垂直风切变以及地面干线的存在为龙卷风的发生发展提供很好的动力条件;底层冷空气的切入,较强的风切变易使单体发展更加旺盛.强回波中心高度和垂直积分液态含水量的下降,径向速度风场中气旋性涡旋的迅速发展是对龙卷风提前警戒的很好指标.龙卷风进行过程中,此系统为低位质心的对流系统,产生的天气是龙卷,伴随大风,与冰雹的高位质心对流系统有明显的区别.中气旋高度,最大切变高度的骤降,中气旋尺度的急剧收缩预示着龙卷的发生,为我们今后的龙卷风预警提供有利的参考.

  12. 龙卷风近地移动梯度对低层房屋风场影响%Infuluence of Near-Ground Translational Gradient on the Tornado-Induced Wind-field Around a Low-rise Building

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    甘文举; 何益斌; 童小龙

    2011-01-01

    为研究龙卷风灾害机理,运用Burgers涡运动理论及平移风速梯度理论,建立了涡旋及平移运动合成下的准定常三维龙卷风模型,并进行了柱坐标下的Navier-stokes方程的数值求解,得到了速度场及压力场的表达式由此,探讨了考虑近地平移风剖面分布下的风场规律及其对低层房屋的作用特点,研究表明:考虑平移风梯度后,龙卷风前端右侧涡核负压值增大,高度较小时负压增加更为明显.因此,对低层房屋所受风吸力的影响更大.%In order to research the mechanism of tornado' s damage, this paper sets up the model of quasi-steady three-dimensional tornado formed in vortex and translational motion by using the theories of Burgers vortex and translational wind gradient, and make the calculation of the Navier-stokes equation under cylindrical coordinate, getting the expression of the velocity field and pressure field. Therefore, this paper discusses wind regulation under the consideration of distribution of near-Earth traoslational wind profile and its effects on lower-rise buildings. The study indicates that, after considering translational wind gradient, negative pressure in the right front of tornado core increased and the negative pressure increases more obviously when the height becomes lower. Therefore, the lower-rise buildings suffer greater impact of wind suction than higher ones.

  13. Analysis of Force-carrying and the Injury Mechanism of the Supporting Leg in Tornado Kick%旋风脚支撑腿膝关节的受力及损伤机制分析

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    石晓龙

    2012-01-01

      Tornado kick is one of the most common and difficult flight movements in the competitive routines. It is applied very frequently. That's why athletes always get injured. According to the analysis on the force-carrying and injury mechanism of the knee of the supporting leg in the Tornado kick, this article provides athletes with right training methods to prevent the knee of the supporting leg from getting injured due to wrong force-carrying.%  旋风脚在武术竞技套路中是最常见且难度系数较其他腾空动作要高的腾空动作之一,是在武术套路中经常被采用的一种腾空动作,因此运动员的受伤概率相对较多。文章通过对旋风脚支撑腿膝关节的受力及损伤机制进行分析,为习练者提供正确的训练方法,以预防旋风脚因支撑腿膝关节的错误受力而受到的损伤。

  14. Alpine lakes preserve mineral dust signatures: Implications for long-range mineral dust transport and Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) tornado frequency in the United States

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    Bhattacharya, A.; Lora, J. M.; Pollen, A.; Vollmer, T.; Thomas, M.; Leithold, E. L.; Mitchell, J.; Tripati, A.

    2016-12-01

    contribution. Most importantly, we find that during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) the Great Plains may not have witnessed an increase in the incidence of tornado frequency. Acknowledgements: James Sigman, Jacob Ashford, Jason Neff and Amato Evan

  15. Dynamic stochastic response and reliability analysis of conventional island in nuclear power plant under action of moving tornado%移动龙卷风作用下核电常规岛动力随机响应及可靠度分析

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    宋拓; 汤卓; 吕令毅

    2015-01-01

    在龙卷风气象观测记录和三维龙卷风风场模型的基础上,推导极值Ⅲ型龙卷风强度分布函数并结合CFD方法建立龙卷风随机荷载模型。以核电常规岛主厂房为计算模型,采用谱随机有限元法,考虑移动龙卷风荷载和结构参数的不确定性,对结构进行动力响应和可靠度分析。分析结果表明:龙卷风中心距离结构边缘60m以上时,几乎对结构无影响,一旦接近建筑物,在短时间内会对结构造成猛烈的冲击;龙卷风对结构主要产生指向龙卷风中心的侧向推动作用;当龙卷风即将接近厂房中心时,结构可靠度最低,当龙卷风中心与厂房中心重合时,结构可靠度较高;谱随机有限元法的分析结果稳定可靠,使用时应对变异性起控制作用的随机变量进行高精度离散和表达。%Based on tornadic meteorological observation records and 3D tornado wind field model,a torna do intensity distribution of extreme value typeⅢwas derived and a random load model of tornado was established by combining with CFD method. With the uncertainty of moving tornado load and structural parameters taken into account and the conventional island main building as the computational model,the dynamic response and reliability analysis of structure was carried out by using the spectral stochastic finite element method (SSFEM). The results show that when the distance between tornado center and the edge of the building is more than 60m,tornado almost has no effect on structure. While tornado causes severe impact on structure in a short time,once it is getting close to building,since tornado load produces tornado center-pointing lateral pushing force on structure. The reliability of the main building is relatively low when tornado is moving closer to the structural center,while the reliability is fairly high when tornado center is located exactly at the center of main building. The SSFEM analysis is stable

  16. Weather Fundamentals: Hurricanes & Tornadoes. [Videotape].

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    1998

    The videos in this educational series, for grades 4-7, help students understand the science behind weather phenomena through dramatic live-action footage, vivid animated graphics, detailed weather maps, and hands-on experiments. This episode (23 minutes) features information on the deadliest and most destructive storms on Earth. Through satellite…

  17. New analysis of magnetic tornadoes

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    Arter, Wayne

    2017-04-01

    The recent work[1] showed how the equations of ideal, compressible magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) may be elegantly formulated in terms of Lie derivatives, building on the work of Helmholtz, Walen and Arnold. The ``linear" fields approach reduces ideal MHD to a low order set of non-linear ordinary differential equations capable of further simplification, so has the potential to enrich understanding of this difficult subject, which has application both to laboratory and geophysical/astrophysical plasmas. The just published work [2] extends the linear fields' solution of compressible nonlinear MHD to the case where the magnetic field depends on superlinear powers of position vector, usually but not always, expressed in Cartesian components. Implications of the resulting Lie-Taylor series expansion for physical applicability of the Dolzhansky-Kirchhoff (D-K) ``linear field" equations are found to be positive. It is demonstrated how resistivity may be included in the D-K model. Arguments are put forward that the D-K equations may be regarded as illustrating properties of nonlinear MHD in the same sense that the Lorenz equations inform about the onset of convective turbulence. It is thereby suggested that the Lie-Taylor series approach may lead to valuable insights into MHD turbulence, especially fast timescale transients and the role of plasmoids. This work has been part-funded by the RCUK Energy Programme. 1. Arter, W. 2013 ``Potential vorticity formulation of compressible magnetohydrodynamics. Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 015004." (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.015004) 2. Arter, W. 2017 ``Beyond linear fields: the Lie-Taylor expansion", Proc. R. Soc. A473, 20160525; http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2016.0525

  18. Phenolphthalein-Pink Tornado Demonstration

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    Prall, Bruce R.

    2008-01-01

    The titration of HCl with NaOH has traditionally been used to introduce beginning chemistry students to the concepts of acid-base chemistry and stoichiometry. The demonstration described in this article utilizes this reaction as a means of providing students an opportunity to observe the dynamic motion associated with a swirling vortex and its…

  19. Phenolphthalein-Pink Tornado Demonstration

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    Prall, Bruce R.

    2008-01-01

    The titration of HCl with NaOH has traditionally been used to introduce beginning chemistry students to the concepts of acid-base chemistry and stoichiometry. The demonstration described in this article utilizes this reaction as a means of providing students an opportunity to observe the dynamic motion associated with a swirling vortex and its…

  20. Analyses the Factors That Influence Tornado kick Turn 720°%影响武术旋风脚720°完成的生物力学探析

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    阳家鹏; 向春玉

    2012-01-01

    转动惯量的大小、分布和转轴的位置是次定720°旋风脚顺利完成的关键。好的身体姿态能促进转动惯量和角速度的调整。腾空高度是影响720°旋风脚空中转体与落地稳定性的重要因素,空中转体的速度能弥补运动员腾空高度的不够。在720°旋风脚踏跳时,身体已经绕纵轴拧转了一定的角度,这是因为偏心力矩存在而产生的,在适当的倾斜角度内产生的偏心力矩对完成720°旋风脚转体非常有利。%Tornado kick turn 720 °is the one of difficult WUSHU jump movements of C grade and WUSHU difficult movement of the C grade is the key to win WUSHU contest. To enhance the ability of finishing WUSHU jump difficult movement is very important to WUSHU trainer and athlete. Based on the literature and the biomechanics, the paper analyses the causes that influence the turning and stability of Tornado kick turn 720 °from four aspects including movement of inertia, posture in air, height of jumping, eccentric moment.

  1. Precipitation Field and Intrastorm Flow of Supercell Convective Storms.

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    1981-08-01

    3.68 2.75 2.26stretchin .. Export. / Suare V=-A*EP’ R<Core V-A 2/R RCore Location Toward/Away From Radar R.S. @ 44-39-34-29 km -2.61 -1.74 -1.37 -1.18...0.09 0.05 54-59-64-69 km 6.64 3.87 2.76 2.16 56-61-66-71 km -4.65 -2.78 -1.95 -1.48 A max-mmnA max-mi 11.85 7.35 5.49 4.52stretching, Expon./ Suare

  2. Analysis on Environment Field and Radar Echoes Feature of a Tornado in Jiangsu and Anhui Provinces on 7 July 20 1 3%2013年7月7日苏皖龙卷环境场与雷达特征分析

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    周后福; 施丹平; 刁秀广; 张家国

    2014-01-01

    以雷达探测资料为主,结合探空资料、天气图和地面灾情,对2013年7月7日苏皖2省交界处的龙卷进行了分析。结果表明:⑴龙卷是在低层有明显的风切变的有利形势下产生的,环境场具有较强的对流不稳定性、大的低层垂直风切变和较低的对流凝结高度。⑵反射率因子在60 dBZ左右;速度图上有正负速度对,低仰角的转动速度>13 m·s-1;近地面相邻像素间速度差>11 m·s-1,满足TVS速度差的最低阈值要求;天长龙卷和高邮龙卷都是发生在风暴发展极为旺盛后的1~2个体扫内,也发生在VIL比较大而下降到40~45 kg·m-2左右之时;天长龙卷发生在连续多个TVS之后,高邮龙卷发生在中气旋下降和TVS出现之时。风暴参数和TVS参数表征的指标越强越有利于龙卷的发生,影响范围也越大。⑶这次龙卷验证了出现龙卷的各项雷达识别指标:最强回波在6 km以下;有气旋性辐合,低仰角旋转速度>13 m·s-1;既探测到中气旋也探测到TVS。⑷对经典龙卷概念模型进行简化,建立的简易模型证实了传统的龙卷风暴概念模型,给出了龙卷发生在TVS靠近上升气流一侧的解释。%Based on radar data,sounding data,weather maps and ground damage inquiry,a tornado storm which occurred on 7 July 2013 in the junction of Jiangsu and Anhui Province was analyzed.The results are as follows:(1)The tornado occurred under the fa-vorable situation with obvious wind shear at the low layer,and there were higher convective instable energy,bigger vertical wind shear at the low layer and lower convective condensation level in the environment field.(2)The reflectivity facter was about 60 dBZ,and there were positive and negative velocity on the velocity map,and the rotational speed of low elevation was greater than 13 m/s.The tornado occurred within 1 -2 body scans after a storm developing mightily or when bigger VIL falled and

  3. Two-step cleavage of hairpin RNA with 5' overhangs by human DICER

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    Suzuki Harukazu

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background DICER is an RNase III family endoribonuclease that processes precursor microRNAs (pre-miRNAs and long double-stranded RNAs, generating microRNA (miRNA duplexes and short interfering RNA duplexes with 20~23 nucleotides (nts in length. The typical form of pre-miRNA processed by the Drosha protein is a hairpin RNA with 2-nt 3' overhangs. On the other hand, production of mature miRNA from an endogenous hairpin RNA with 5' overhangs has also been reported, although the mechanism for this process is unknown. Results In this study, we show that human recombinant DICER protein (rDICER processes a hairpin RNA with 5' overhangs in vitro and generates an intermediate duplex with a 29 nt-5' strand and a 23 nt-3' strand, which was eventually cleaved into a canonical miRNA duplex via a two-step cleavage. The previously identified endogenous pre-miRNA with 5' overhangs, pre-mmu-mir-1982 RNA, is also determined to be a substrate of rDICER through the same two-step cleavage. Conclusions The two-step cleavage of a hairpin RNA with 5' overhangs shows that DICER releases double-stranded RNAs after the first cleavage and binds them again in the inverse direction for a second cleavage. These findings have implications for how DICER may be able to interact with or process differing precursor structures.

  4. Randomized trial of calcipotriol combined with 5-fluorouracil for skin cancer precursor immunotherapy

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    Cunningham, Trevor J; Tabacchi, Mary; Eliane, Jean-Pierre; Tuchayi, Sara Moradi; Manivasagam, Sindhu; Mirzaalian, Hengameh; Turkoz, Ahu; Kopan, Raphael; Schaffer, Andras; Saavedra, Arturo P; Wallendorf, Michael; Cornelius, Lynn A; Demehri, Shadmehr

    ... of 0.005% calcipotriol ointment combined with 5% 5-FU cream were compared with Vaseline plus 5-FU for the field treatment of actinic keratosis in a randomized, double-blind clinical trial involving 131 participants. The assigned treatment was self-applied to the entirety of the qualified anatomical sites (face, scalp, and upper extremities) twice ...

  5. Treatment of Advanced Gastric Carcinoma Patients with Calcium Folinate, a 5-Fluorouracil Bolus and Continous Infusion with 5-Infusion with 5-Fluorouracil Combined with Oxaliplatin

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    Qilian Liang; Saihong Chen; Dachao Pan; Jierong Xie; Liangzhen Cai; Shujun Li

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To examine the therapeutic effects and toxicity of high-dose-folinic acid plus a 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) bolus and continuous infusion with 5-FU combined with locally produced oxaliplatin (L-HOP)in treating advanced gastric carcinoma patients.METHODS Sixty-five patients with advanced gastric carcinoma were treated with high-dose-folinic acid plus a 5-FU bolus and a 48-h continuous infusion of 5-FU combined with oxaliplatin. The effects of treatment and toxicity were observed.RESULTS There were 4 complete responses, 26 partial responses,30 with no change and 5 with progressive disease. The overall effective response rate was 46.2% (30/65). The median duration was 7 months, with the main side effects including nausea and vomiting, peripheral phlebitis, alopecia, leukopenia, dental ulcers,peripheral neuritis and diarrhea. All the side effects were tolerated and minimal.CONCLUSION The results showed that high-dose folinic acid plus a 5-FU bolus and continuous infusion of 5-FU combined with oxaliplatin appears to be a safe and effective therapy for patients with advanced gastric carcinoma. This therapeutic regimen is of value for these patients.

  6. Tornado-Like Vortex Flow and Its Mechanism of Energy Separation by Large-Eddy Simulation%龙卷旋涡的大涡模拟及能量分离机理

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    李科; 胡羽; 黄兴亮; 祁海鹰

    2016-01-01

    为揭示龙卷旋涡内部的能量分离机理,探索这种特殊旋涡的形成条件,采用亚网格动能(k 方程)、有限容积方法对基于 Ranque-Hilsch 效应的旋涡发生器内部及外部空间可压缩强旋气流进行了大涡模拟(LES)研究。模拟结果再现了强旋气流的特征以及实验观察到的能量分离和真空度分布规律。结果表明,常温气流在强烈旋转时会形成径向温度梯度(即所谓的“能量分离”),其根本原因是旋转流动产生的径向压力梯度和气体的可压缩性协同作用所致;同时发现,在切向进气的喷嘴喉部存在局部降温现象,这有待实验进一步证实。研究结果为深入认识龙卷旋涡特性提供了重要依据。%Large-eddy simulation(LES)of strong swirl turbulent flow in the internal and external space of a vortex tube is conducted in this paper by an Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian(ALE)approach,a sub-grid-scale kinetic energy stress model and the finite volume method.The simulation results reproduced the characteristics of strong swirling flow,the energy separation and vacuum degree distribution.Numerical results suggest that the formation of a radial temperature gradient,which is called “energy separation”,is due to the radial pressure gradient and the compressi-bility of the gas generated by rotating flow.Meantime,a local cooling phenomenon near the nozzle throat was found,which will be verified in the future experiment.All the above research results provide a deep understanding of tornado-like vortex flow,which has an important reference value.

  7. [Lenalidomide treatment in myelodysplastic syndrome with 5q deletion--Czech MDS group experience].

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    Jonášová, Anna; Červinek, Libor; Bělohlávková, Petra; Čermák, Jaroslav; Beličková, Monika; Rohoň, Petr; Černá, Olga; Hochová, Ivana; Šišková, Magda; Kačmářová, Karla; Janoušová, Eva

    2015-12-01

    Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is a common hematological disease in patients over sixty. Despite intensive research, the therapy of this heterogeneous blood disease is complicated. In recent years, two new therapeutic approaches have been proposed: immunomodulation and demethylation therapy. Immunomodulation therapy with lenalidomide represents a meaningful advance in the treatment of anemic patients, specifically those with 5q- aberrations. As much as 60-70% of patients respond and achieve transfusion independence. We present the initial lenalidomide experience of the Czech MDS group. We analyze Czech MDS register data of 34 (31 female; 3 male; median age 69 years) chronically transfused low risk MDS patients with 5q- aberration treated by lenalidomide. Twenty-seven (79.4%) patients were diagnosed with 5q- syndrome, 5 patients with refractory anemia with multilineage dysplasia, 1 patient with refractory anemia with excess of blasts 1, and 1 patient with myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative unclassified. Response, as represented by achieving complete transfusion independence, was achieved in 91% of patients. A true 5q- syndrome diagnosis in most our patients may be responsible for such a high response rate. Complete cytogenetic response was reached in 15% of patients and partial cytogenetic response in 67%, within a median time of 12 months. TP53 mutation was detected in 15% (3 from 18 tested) and 2 of these patients progressed to higher grade MDS. The majority of patients tolerated lenalidomide very well. Based on this albeit small study, we present our findings of high lenalidomide efficacy as well as the basic principles and problems of lenalidomide therapy.

  8. Endodontic therapy of a mandibular third molar with 5 canals: a case report.

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    Silberman, Adrian; Heilborn, Carlos; Cohenca, Nestor

    2009-06-01

    Endodontic treatment of third molars often becomes part of comprehensive treatment plans, as it represents a more conservative and less invasive approach than its therapeutic alternatives. The frequency of anatomic variations in mandibular molars, particularly root canal configuration, requires 2 periapical radiographs from different angles. Upon reading and interpretation of the radiographs, the clinician should consider the anatomy and level of difficulty of the endodontic procedure and refer the patient to an endodontist, if deemed necessary. The present article discusses the successful treatment and preservation of a mandibular third molar with 5 root canals, as well as methods for its clinical management.

  9. Cliché fabrication method using precise roll printing process with 5 um pattern width

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    Shin, Yejin; Kim, Inyoung; Oh, Dong-Ho; Lee, Taik-Min

    2016-09-01

    Among the printing processes for printed electronic devices, gravure offset and reverse offset method have drawn attention for its fine pattern printing possibility. These printing methods use cliché, which has critical effect on the final product precision and quality. In this research, a novel precise cliché replica method is proposed. It consists of copper sputtering, precise mask pattern printing with 5 um width using reverse offset printing, Ni electroplating, lift-off, etching, and DLC coating. We finally compare the fabricated replica cliché with the original one and print out precise patterns using the replica cliché.

  10. An SNR improvement of passive SAW tags with 5-bit Barker code sequence

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    Bae, Hyunchul; Kim, Jaekwon; Burm, Jinwook

    2012-07-01

    Passive surface acoustic wave (SAW) tags require a large signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in order to increase the interrogation range. For the purpose of achieving high SNR for radio frequency identification (RFID) communication systems, Barker codes, a binary phase shift keying (BPSK) modulation technique, have been adopted in this study. Passive SAW RFID tags were designed with 5-bit Barker code sequences to generate BPSK modulated signals. Through the SNR analysis, the improvements in SNR were about 11 dB using Barker codes along with a correlator, which can be further improved by optimisation in the correlator.

  11. Electromagnetically driven dwarf tornados in turbulent convection

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    Kenjeres, S.

    2011-01-01

    Motivated by the concept of interdependency of turbulent flow and electromagnetic fields inside the spiraling galaxies, we explored the possibilities of generating a localized Lorentz force that will produce a three-dimensional swirling flow in weakly conductive fluids. Multiple vortical flow patter

  12. Movement of heavy particles in tornadoes

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    Ingel, L. Kh.

    2017-07-01

    The horizontal movement of inertial particles in the intensive vortices, where the centrifugal force can be substantially higher than the gravity, is studied analytically. A similar problem was studied earlier for small (Stokes) particles at low Reynolds number, which allow one to be limited to the linear resistance law. It is shown that the previous results to a great extent can be extrapolated to the case of considerably heavier particles (e.g., water droplets with a diameter up to 1 mm at Reynolds numbers up to 103). The nonlinear nature of the resistance, i.e., its dependence on the particle velocity relative to the medium, should be taken into account for such particles. Some general laws are established for particle dynamics. In particular, their tangential velocity is close to the velocity of the medium, while the radial velocity is substantially lower (it is close on the order of magnitude to the geometric mean of the particle tangential velocity and the difference between the latter and the tangential velocity of the medium). The limits of applicability of the results are found, i.e., the restrictions to the size and mass/density of particles.

  13. Tornado risk model for transmission line design

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    Milford, RV

    1997-11-01

    Full Text Available is in combination with ice loading. The wind load used in most codes of practice and design recommendations for transmission line design have until recently been based almost exclusively on large-scale wind storms, which may include severe storms such as hurricanes...

  14. Electromagnetically driven dwarf tornados in turbulent convection

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    Kenjeres, S.

    2011-01-01

    Motivated by the concept of interdependency of turbulent flow and electromagnetic fields inside the spiraling galaxies, we explored the possibilities of generating a localized Lorentz force that will produce a three-dimensional swirling flow in weakly conductive fluids. Multiple vortical flow patter

  15. Phellinus linteus extract induces autophagy and synergizes with 5-fluorouracil to inhibit breast cancer cell growth.

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    Lee, Wen-Ying; Hsu, Keng-Fu; Chiang, Tai-An; Chen, Chee-Jen

    2015-01-01

    Phellinus linteus (PL) is a medicinal mushroom due to its several biological properties, including anticancer activity. However, the mechanisms of its anticancer effect remain to be elucidated. We evaluated the inhibitory effects of the ethanolic extract from the PL combined with 5-FU on MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell line and to determine the mechanism of cell death. Individually, PL extract and 5-FU significantly inhibited the proliferation of MDA-MB-231 cells in a dose-dependent manner. PL extract (30 mg/mL) in combination with 5-FU (10 μg/mL) synergistically inhibited MDA-MB-231 cells by 1.8-fold. PL did not induce apoptosis, as demonstrated by the DNA fragmentation assay, the sub-G1 population, and staining with annexin V-FITC and propidium iodide. The exposure of MDA-MB-231 cells to PL extracts resulted in several confirmed characteristics of autophagy, including the appearance of autophagic vacuoles revealed by monodansylcadaverine staining, the formation of acidic vesicular organelles, autophagosome membrane association of microtubule-associated protein light chain 3 (LC3) characterized by cleavage of LC3 and its punctuate redistribution, and ultrastructural observation of autophagic vacuoles by transmission electron microscopy. We concluded that PL extracts synergized with low doses of 5-FU to inhibit triple-negative breast cancer cell growth and demonstrated that PL extract can induce autophagy-related cell death.

  16. Live Bacterial Physiology Visualized with 5 nm Resolution Using Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy.

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    Kennedy, Eamonn; Nelson, Edward M; Tanaka, Tetsuya; Damiano, John; Timp, Gregory

    2016-02-23

    It is now possible to visualize at nanometer resolution the infection of a living biological cell with virus without compromising cell viability using scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). To provide contrast while preserving viability, Escherichia coli and P1 bacteriophages were first positively stained with a very low concentration of uranyl acetate in minimal phosphate medium and then imaged with low-dose STEM in a microfluidic liquid flow cell. Under these conditions, it was established that the median lethal dose of electrons required to kill half the tested population was LD50 = 30 e(-)/nm(2), which coincides with the disruption of a wet biological membrane, according to prior reports. Consistent with the lateral resolution and high-contrast signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) inferred from Monte Carlo simulations, images of the E. coli membrane, flagella, and the bacteriophages were acquired with 5 nm resolution, but the cumulative dose exceeded LD50. On the other hand, with a cumulative dose below LD50 (and lower SNR), it was still possible to visualize the infection of E. coli by P1, showing the insertion of viral DNA within 3 s, with 5 nm resolution.

  17. Detection of ligation products of DNA linkers with 5'-OH ends by denaturing PAGE silver stain.

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    Full Text Available To explore if DNA linkers with 5'-hydroxyl (OH ends could be joined by commercial T4 and E. coli DNA ligase, these linkers were synthesized by using the solid-phase phosphoramidite method and joined by using commercial T4 and E. coli DNA ligases. The ligation products were detected by using denaturing PAGE silver stain and PCR method. About 0.5-1% of linkers A-B and E-F, and 0.13-0.5% of linkers C-D could be joined by T4 DNA ligases. About 0.25-0.77% of linkers A-B and E-F, and 0.06-0.39% of linkers C-D could be joined by E. coli DNA ligases. A 1-base deletion (-G and a 5-base deletion (-GGAGC could be found at the ligation junctions of the linkers. But about 80% of the ligation products purified with a PCR product purification kit did not contain these base deletions, meaning that some linkers had been correctly joined by T4 and E. coli DNA ligases. In addition, about 0.025-0.1% of oligo 11 could be phosphorylated by commercial T4 DNA ligase. The phosphorylation products could be increased when the phosphorylation reaction was extended from 1 hr to 2 hrs. We speculated that perhaps the linkers with 5'-OH ends could be joined by T4 or E. coli DNA ligase in 2 different manners: (i about 0.025-0.1% of linkers could be phosphorylated by commercial T4 DNA ligase, and then these phosphorylated linkers could be joined to the 3'-OH ends of other linkers; and (ii the linkers could delete one or more nucleotide(s at their 5'-ends and thereby generated some 5'-phosphate ends, and then these 5'-phosphate ends could be joined to the 3'-OH ends of other linkers at a low efficiency. Our findings may probably indicate that some DNA nicks with 5'-OH ends can be joined by commercial T4 or E. coli DNA ligase even in the absence of PNK.

  18. Clinical outcomes of amniotic membrane loaded with5-FU PLGA nanoparticles in experimental trabeculectomy

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    Fang; Hu; Xiang-Yun; Zeng; Zhao-Lian; Xie; Lin-Lin; Liu; Liang; Huang

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the effect of amniotic membrane loaded with 5-fluorouracil poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)(PLGA) nanoparticles(5-FU-NPs) in the surgical outcomes of experimental trabeculectomy in rabbits.METHODS: Thirty-two New Zealand white rabbits were randomly categorized into four groups with 8 rabbits in each group. Group 1, the control group, performed traditional trabeculectomy without adjuvant treatment.While the experimental groups performed compound trabeculectomy with different implantations including amniotic membrane(group 2), 5-FU-NPs(group 3) and amniotic membrane loaded with 5-FU-NPs(group 4).Clinical evaluations including IOP measurement and filtration bleb analysis were performed in all groups postoperatively.RESULTS: There is no significant difference of mean IOP in all groups at first 7d after surgery. While at P14,mean IOPs of experimental group 2(9.8 ±2.1 mm Hg),groups 3(8.9 ±2.8 mm Hg) and group 4(7.6 ±2.3 mm Hg)were significantly reduced compared to control group(12.4 ±2.6 mm Hg; n =8, P <0.05). At P21, mean IOPs of groups 3(11.7±3.2 mm Hg) and group 4(9.9±1.6 mm Hg)were significantly decreased compare to control group(17.9±1.6 mm Hg) and group 2(16.6 ±2.8 mm Hg; n =8,P <0.05). At P28, mean IOPs of groups 3(13.8±3.3 mm Hg)and group 4(10.6 ±2.0 mm Hg) were also significantly reduced compare to control group(19.4±2.3 mm Hg) and group 2(18.5 ±2.4 mm Hg; n =8, P <0.05). Meanwhile mean IOP of group 4 is significantly decreased compared to group 3 at P28(n =8, P <0.05). Survival analysis of functional filtration blub in all groups revealed the longest survival time in group 4(24.9±5.1d) compared to that in group 3(20.6 ±4.3d), group 2(15.0 ±5.2d) and control group(10.1±5.7d).CONCLUSION: Amniotic membrane loaded with 5-FuNPs may function as an effective anti-scarring implant and provides improved long-term surgical outcomes for experimental trabeculectomy in rabbits.

  19. The cage effect on assembly of cyclic-bis-(zinc porphyrin) with 5,15-dipyridylporphyrin

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    2009-01-01

    An inclusion complex of cyclic bis(zinc porphyrin) 1 with 5,15-dipyridylporphyrin derivative 3 has been designed and constructed. The complex formation is induced by Zn-N coordination, and is robust (Kassoc ~ 106 L/mol) due to the presence of the cage effect of cyclic bis(zinc porphyrin). The cage-like complex as an entity is stable enough, and also convenient to achieve relative movement between the bis(zinc porphyrin) host and the dipyridylporphyrin guest connected by Zn-N coordination. The characteristics of these assemblies have been demonstrated by 1 H NMR, UV-vis, and fluorescence spectra. The results show its potential applications as a molecular gyroscope in molecular machines.

  20. The cage effect on assembly of cyclic-bis(zinc porphyrin) with 5,15-dipyridylporphyrin

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    ZHOU ZaiChun; ZHU YiZhou; ZHENG JianYu

    2009-01-01

    An inclusion complex of cyclic bis(zinc porphyrin) 1 with 5,15-dipyridylporphyrin derivative 3 has been designed and constructed.The complex formation is induced by Zn-N coordination,and is robust (Kassoc ~ 106 L/mol) due to the presence of the cage effect of cyclic bis(zinc porphyrin).The cage-like complex as an entity is stable enough,and also convenient to achieve relative movement between the bis(zinc porphyrin) host and the dipyridylporphyrin guest connected by Zn-N coordination.The characteristics of these assemblies have been demonstrated by 1 H NMR,UV-vis,and fluorescence spectra.The results show its potential applications as a molecular gyroscope in molecular machines.

  1. Synthesis,Structure and Antitumor Activity of Dibutyltin Oxide Complex with 5-Fluorouracil Derivatives

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    左代姝; 江涛; 管华诗; 戚欣; 王奎旗; 施展

    2001-01-01

    The dibutyltin( Ⅳ) oxide complex reacts with 5-fluorouracil-1-propanonic or5-fluorouracil-1-acetic acid to give the potential antitumor activity complexes [( 5-fluorouracil )-1-(CH2)=COOSn(Bu-n)2]4O2[m =1, (1); m =2, (2)]which were determined by IR and 1H NMR. The crystal structure determination shows that complex 2 is a dimmer, in which two [(5-fluorouracil)-1-CH2CH2COOSn(Bu-n )2]20units are linked by bridging oxygen atom, and the tin atoms adopt distorted trigonal bipyramids via two carbons from dibutyl group and three oxygen atoms from 5-fluorouracil and bridging oxygen. In vitro test shows complexes 1 and 2 exhibit high cytotoxicity against OVCAR-3 and PC-14.

  2. Treatment of actinic cheilitis by photodynamic therapy with 5-aminolevulinic acid and blue light activation.

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    Zaiac, Martin; Clement, Annabelle

    2011-11-01

    Actinic cheilitis (AC), a common disorder of the lower lip, should be treated early to prevent progression to invasive squamous cell carcinoma. This study evaluated the safety and efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT) with 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) activated by blue light for the treatment of AC. Fifteen patients with clinically evident or biopsy-proven AC received two treatments with ALA PDT with blue light activation. Treatments were spaced three to five weeks apart. Most patients achieved 65% to 75% clearance three to five weeks after the first treatment and all achieved more than 75% clearance one month after the second treatment. Three patients achieved complete clearance. Pain and burning during irradiation were absent or mild. All patients said they would repeat the procedure. ALA PDT with 417 nm blue light is a promising option for the treatment of AC of the lower lip.

  3. Dietary supplementation with 5-aminolevulinic acid modulates growth performance and inflammatory responses in broiler chickens.

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    Sato, K; Matsushita, K; Takahashi, K; Aoki, M; Fuziwara, J; Miyanari, S; Kamada, T

    2012-07-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of dietary supplementation with 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) on the immune system, inflammatory response, and growth performance of broiler chickens. The levels of cluster of differentiation 3 (CD3) mRNA in the spleens of chickens gradually increased with dietary 5-ALA concentration, while the expression levels of interleukin (IL)-2 decreased. Mitogen-induced proliferation of splenic mononuclear cells and blood mononuclear cell phagocytosis in chickens fed 0.001 and 0.01% 5-ALA-supplemented diets were significantly greater than in chickens fed a basal diet (control). Plasma thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBARS) concentration gradually increased along with 5-ALA supplement concentration. These results provide the first evidence that the use of dietary 0.001 and 0.01% 5-ALA supplementation induces the T-cell immune system via mild oxidative stress in chickens. Three hours after Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharide-induced immune stimulation, the levels of mRNA encoding pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor-like ligand 1A (TL1A), in chickens fed a 0.001% 5-ALA-supplemented diet were significantly lower than those in chickens exposed to other treatments. The plasma caeruloplasmin concentration in chickens fed a 0.001% 5-ALA-supplemented diet was significantly lower than in controls or in chickens fed diets supplemented with other concentrations of 5-ALA 24 h after injection of LPS. In addition, BW at 21 and 50 d of age was significantly higher in chickens fed a 0.001% 5-ALA-supplemented diet than in control chickens. The findings suggest that supplementation of diets with 0.001% 5-ALA could prevent the catabolic changes induced by immunological stimulation. These results show that 5-ALA might be useful as an immunomodulator to stimulate T-cells via mild oxidative stress in growing broiler chickens, thereby improving the growth performance.

  4. Effect of resveratrol and in combination with 5-FU on murine liver cancer

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    Sheng-Li Wu; Zhong-Jie Sun; Liang Yu; Ke-Wei Meng; Xing-Lei Qin; Cheng-En Pan

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To study the anti-tumor effect of resveratrol and in combination with 5-FU on murine liver cancer.METHODS: Transplantable murine hepatoma22 model was used to evaluate the anti-tumor activity of resveratrol (RES)alone or in combination with 5-FU in vivo. H22 cell cycles were analyzed with flow cytometry.RESULTS: Resveratrol could inhibit the growth of murine hepatoma22, after the mice bearing H22 tumor were treated with 10 mg/kg or 15 mg/kg resveratrol for ten days, and the inhibition rates were 36.3% (n = 10) and 49.3% (n = 9),respectively, which increased obviously compared with that in control group (85±22 vs 68±17, P<0.01). RES could induce the S phase arrest of H22 cells, and increase the persentage of cells in S phase from 59.1% (n = 9) to 73.5% (n = 9) in a dose-dependent manner (P<0.05). The enhanced inhibition of tumor growth by 5-FU was also observed in hepatoma22 bearing mice when 5-FU was administered in combination with 10 mg/kg resveratrol. The inhibition rates for 20 mg/kg or 10 mg/kg 5-FU in combination with 10 mg/kg resveratrol were 77.4% and 72.4%, respectively, compared with the group of 20 mg/kg or 10 mg/kg 5-FU alone, in which the inhibition rates were 53.4% and 43.8%, respectively (n = 8). There was a statistical significance between the combination group and 5-FU group.CONCLUSION: RES could induce the S phase arrest of H22cells and enhance the anti-tumor effect of 5-FU on murine hepatoma22 and antagonize its toxicity markedly. These results suggest that resveratrol, as a biochemical modulator to enhance the therapeutic effects of 5-FU, may be potentially useful in cancer chemotherapy.

  5. First Principles Study of HCN Adsorption on Graphene Doped with 5d Transition Metal

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    Dong, Hai-Kuan; Wang, Yong-Ping; Shi, Li Bin

    2016-11-01

    Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) adsorption on graphene doped with 5d transition metal (TM) is investigated by the first principles based on density functional theory. It is observed that Hg atom cannot be doped into graphene due to saturated valence electron configurations of 5d106s2. Three kinds of HCN adsorption configurations are investigated, in which H, C and N in HCN are close to the adsorption site, respectively. The most stable adsorption configuration is obtained by total energy optimization. HCN adsorption can be studied by adsorption energy and electron density difference. HCN can only be physisorbed on Ir, Pt and Au-doped graphenes, while chemisorption is observed for Lu, Hf, Ta, W, Re and Os-doped graphenes. The band structure is calculated by B3LYP and Generalized gradient approximation (GGA) functionals. It is observed from B3LYP method that the conductivity of Lu, Hf, Re and Os-doped graphenes does not obviously change before and after HCN adsorption. Ta and W-doped graphenes change from semiconductor to metal after adsorption of HCN molecule. The results indicate that Ta and W-doped graphenes may be a promising sensor for detecting HCN. This study provides a useful basis for understanding of a wide variety of physical properties on graphene.

  6. Treatment of localized neuropathic pain after disk herniation with 5% lidocaine medicated plaster

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    Likar, Rudolf; Kager, Ingo; Obmann, Michael; Pipam, Wolfgang; Sittl, Reinhard

    2012-01-01

    Objective To assess treatment with the 5% lidocaine medicated plaster for peripheral neuropathic pain after disk herniation. Study design Case series, single center, retrospective data. Patients and methods Data of 23 patients treated for neuropathic pain with the lidocaine plaster for up to 24 months after a protrusion or prolapse of the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar vertebral disks were retrospectively analyzed. Changes in overall pain intensity, in intensity of different pain qualities and of allodynia and hyperalgesia were evaluated. Results Patients (14 female/nine male, mean age 53.5 ± 10.4 years) presented with radiating pain into the abdomen, back, neck, shoulder, or legs and feet with a mean pain intensity of 8.3 ± 1.5 on the 11-point Likert scale. Mean treatment duration was 7.6 months; 52% of the patients received lidocaine plaster as monotherapy. At the end of the observation, mean overall pain intensity had been reduced to 3.1 ± 1.8. All other parameters also improved. The treatment was well tolerated. Conclusion These results point to a safe and effective treatment approach with 5% lidocaine medicated plaster for localized neuropathic pain related to disk herniation. However, owing to the small sample size, further investigation in a larger-scale controlled trial is warranted. PMID:22973116

  7. Enhanced anticancer efficacy and tumor targeting through folate-PEG modified nanoliposome loaded with 5-fluorouracil

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    Le, Van Minh; Tran Nho, Trung Duc; Trieu Ly, Hai; Vo, Thanh Sang; Dung Nguyen, Hoang; Thu Huong Phung, Thi; Zou, Aihua; Liu, Jianwen

    2017-03-01

    Cancer targeted therapies have attracted considerable attention over the past year. Recently, 5-fluouracil (5-FU), which has high toxicity to normal cells and short half-life associated with rapid metabolism, is one of the most commonly used therapies in the treatment of cancer. In this study the folic acid-conjugated pegylated nanoliposomes were synthesized and then loaded into them with 5-FU to improve the anti-tumor efficacy. The average size of liposomes (LPs) was about 52.7 nm which was identified by TEM. In the liposome uptake studies, the level uptake of folate-conjugated liposomes has increased compared to non-conjugated LPs according to LPs concentration, incubation time and presence of concentration of free folic acid (FA). The MTT assay and apoptotic test were carried out in HCT116 and MCF-7 cells for 24 or 48 h. The results revealed that the folate-PEG modified 5-Fu loaded nanoliposomes had strong cytotoxicity to cancer cell compared to pure 5-FU or PEG modified 5-FU loaded liposomes in a concentration- and time-dependent manner, and mainly enhanced the cancer cell death through folate-mediated endocytosis. Hence, the folate-PEG modified nanoliposome is a potential targeted drug-delivery system for the treatment of FR-positive cancers.

  8. Treatment of localized neuropathic pain after disk herniation with 5% lidocaine medicated plaster.

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    Likar, Rudolf; Kager, Ingo; Obmann, Michael; Pipam, Wolfgang; Sittl, Reinhard

    2012-01-01

    To assess treatment with the 5% lidocaine medicated plaster for peripheral neuropathic pain after disk herniation. Case series, single center, retrospective data. Data of 23 patients treated for neuropathic pain with the lidocaine plaster for up to 24 months after a protrusion or prolapse of the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar vertebral disks were retrospectively analyzed. Changes in overall pain intensity, in intensity of different pain qualities and of allodynia and hyperalgesia were evaluated. Patients (14 female/nine male, mean age 53.5 ± 10.4 years) presented with radiating pain into the abdomen, back, neck, shoulder, or legs and feet with a mean pain intensity of 8.3 ± 1.5 on the 11-point Likert scale. Mean treatment duration was 7.6 months; 52% of the patients received lidocaine plaster as monotherapy. At the end of the observation, mean overall pain intensity had been reduced to 3.1 ± 1.8. All other parameters also improved. The treatment was well tolerated. These results point to a safe and effective treatment approach with 5% lidocaine medicated plaster for localized neuropathic pain related to disk herniation. However, owing to the small sample size, further investigation in a larger-scale controlled trial is warranted.

  9. Antitumor activity of electrospun polylactide nanofibers loaded with 5-fluorouracil and oxaliplatin against colorectal cancer.

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    Zhang, Jiayu; Wang, Xue; Liu, Tongjun; Liu, Shi; Jing, Xiabin

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate both in vitro and in vivo anticancer activities against colorectal cancer (CRC) of electrospun polylactide (PLA) nanofibers loaded with 5-fluorouracil (5-Flu) and oxaliplatin. For in vitro evaluation, human CRC HCT8 cells were directly exposed to the drug-loaded fiber mats, followed with MTT and flow cytometry (FCM) assay. For in vivo evaluation, the drug-loaded fiber mats were locally implanted into mouse colorectal CT26 tumor-bearing mice, followed with histological analysis and detection of survival rate. The results showed that the drug-loaded fiber mats was similar to that of the combination of free 5-Flu and oxaliplatin in vitro cytotoxicity but was much superior to intravenous injection of free drug in vivo anticancer activities, presenting with suppressed tumor growth rate and prolonged survival time of mice. In conclusion, anticancer activities of 5-Flu and oxaliplatin against CRC can be significantly improved by using PLA electrospun nanofibers as local drug delivery system.

  10. DNA segregation in Escherichia coli cells with 5-bromodeoxyuridine-substituted nucleoids.

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    Cánovas, J L; Tresguerres, E F; Yousif, A M; López-Sáez, J F; Navarrete, M H

    1984-01-01

    The pattern of segregation of DNA in Escherichia coli K-12 was analyzed by labeling replicating DNA with 5-bromodeoxyuridine followed by differential staining of nucleoids. Three types of visible arrangement were found in four-nucleoid groups derived from a native nucleoid after two replication rounds. Type A, segregation of both old strands toward cell poles, appeared with the highest frequency (0.6 to 0.8). Type B, segregation of one old strand toward the cell pole and the other toward the cell center, was twice as frequent as type C, segregation of both old strands toward the cell center. These results confirm previous data showing that DNA segregation in E. coli is nonrandom while presenting a certain degree of randomness. The proportions of the three indicated types of arrangement suggest a new probabilistic model to explain the observed segregation pattern. It is proposed that DNA strands segregate either nonrandomly, with a probability of between 0 and 1, or randomly. In nonrandom segregation, both old strands are always directed toward cell poles. Experimental data reported here or by other authors fit better with the predictions of this model than with those of other previously proposed proposed deterministic or probabilistic models. Images PMID:6370953

  11. Depression, not anxiety, is independently associated with 5-year hospitalizations and mortality in patients with ischemic heart disease

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    Versteeg, Henneke; Hoogwegt, Madelein T; Hansen, Tina B

    2013-01-01

    The objective of the current study was to examine whether depression and anxiety are independently associated with 5-year cardiac-related hospitalizations and all-cause mortality in patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD).......The objective of the current study was to examine whether depression and anxiety are independently associated with 5-year cardiac-related hospitalizations and all-cause mortality in patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD)....

  12. The reactions of 2-ethoxymethylidene-3-oxo esters and their analogues with 5-aminotetrazole as a way to novel azaheterocycles

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    Marina V. Goryaeva

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The interaction of 2-ethoxymethylidene-3-oxo esters and their analogues with 5-aminotetrazole is an efficient synthetic approach to novel azaheterocycles. 2-Ethoxymethylidene-3-oxo esters bearing alkyl substituents react with 5-aminotetrazole to form ethyl 2-azido-4-alkylpyrimidine-5-carboxylates which are capable of subsequent nucleophilic substitution. The use of diethyl 2-ethoxymethylidenemalonate in this reaction resulted in ethyl 7-hydroxytetrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine-6-carboxylate, while ethyl 2-ethoxymethylidenecyanoacetate yielded 5-[2,6-diamino-3,5-bis(ethoxycarbonylpyridinium-1-yl]tetrazol-1-ide through an alternative pathway. Ethyl 2-benzoyl-3-ethoxyprop-2-enoate reacted with 5-aminotetrazole by two reaction routes to form ethyl 2-benzoyl-3-(1H-tetrazol-5-ylaminoprop-2-enoate and ethyl 7-(1-ethoxy-1,3-dioxo-3-phenylpropan-2-yl-5-phenyl-4,7-dihydrotetrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine-6-carboxylate.

  13. Supercell convergence of charge-transfer energies in pentacene molecular crystals from constrained DFT

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    Turban, David H P; O'Regan, David D; Hine, Nicholas D M

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    Singlet fission (SF) is a multi-exciton generation process that could be harnessed to improve the efficiency of photovoltaic devices. Experimentally, systems derived from the pentacene molecule have been shown to exhibit ultrafast SF with high yields. Charge-transfer (CT) configurations are likely to play an important role as intermediates in the SF process in these systems. In molecular crystals, electrostatic screening effects and band formation can be significant in lowering the energy of CT states, enhancing their potential to effectively participate in SF. In order to simulate these, it desirable to adopt a computational approach which is acceptably accurate, relatively inexpensive, which and scales well to larger systems, thus enabling the study of screening effects. We propose a novel, electrostatically-corrected constrained Density Functional Theory (cDFT) approach as a low-cost solution to the calculation of CT energies in molecular crystals such as pentacene. Here we consider an implementation in th...

  14. Coarse graining approach to First principles modeling of radiation cascade in large Fe super-cells

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    Odbadrakh, Khorgolkhuu; Nicholson, Don; Rusanu, Aurelian; Wang, Yang; Stoller, Roger; Zhang, Xiaoguang; Stocks, George

    2012-02-01

    First principles techniques employed to understand systems at an atomistic level are not practical for large systems consisting of millions of atoms. We present an efficient coarse graining approach to bridge the first principles calculations of local electronic properties to classical Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations of large structures. Local atomic magnetic moments in crystalline Fe are perturbed by radiation generated defects. The effects are most pronounced near the defect core and decay with distance. We develop a coarse grained technique based on the Locally Self-consistent Multiple Scattering (LSMS) method that exploits the near-sightedness of the electron Green function. The atomic positions were determined by MD with an embedded atom force field. The local moments in the neighborhood of the defect cores are calculated with first-principles based on full local structure information. Atoms in the rest of the system are modeled by representative atoms with approximated properties. This work was supported by the Center for Defect Physics, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  15. Fluctuations and Anharmonicity in Lead Iodide Perovskites from Molecular Dynamics Supercell Simulationss

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    Carignano, Marcelo Andrés

    2017-09-05

    We present a systematic study based on first principles molecular dynamics simulations of lead iodide perovskites with three different cations, including methylammonium (MA), formamidinium (FA) and cesium. Using the high temperature perovskite structure as a reference, we investigate the instabilities that develop as the material is cooled down to 370 K. All three perovskites display anharmonicity in the motion of the iodine atoms, with the stronger effect observed for the MAPbI$_3$ and CsPbI$_3$. At high temperature, this behavior can be traced back to the reduced effective size of the Cs$^+$ and MA$^+$ cations. MAPbI$_3$ undergoes a spontaneous phase transition within our simulation model driven by the dipolar interaction between neighboring MA cations as the temperature is decreased from 450 K. The reverse transformation from tetragonal to cubic is also monitored through the large distribution of the octahedral tilting angles accompanied by an increase in the anharmonicity of the iodine atoms motion. Both MA and FA hybrid perovskites show a strong coupling between the molecular orientations and the local lattice deformations, suggesting mixed order-disorder/displacive characters of the high temperature phase transitions.

  16. The North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array: Recent severe storm observations and future prospects

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    Goodman, S. J.; Blakeslee, R.; Christian, H.; Koshak, W.; Bailey, J.; Hall, J.; McCaul, E.; Buechler, D.; Darden, C.; Burks, J.; Bradshaw, T.; Gatlin, P.

    2005-07-01

    The North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array became operational in November 2001 as a principal component of a severe weather test bed to infuse new science and technology into the short-term forecasting of severe and hazardous weather, principally within nearby National Weather Service forecast offices. Since the installation of the LMA, it has measured the total lightning activity of a large number of severe weather events, including three supercell tornado outbreaks, two supercell hailstorm events, and numerous microburst-producing storms and ordinary non-severe thunderstorms. The key components of evolving storm morphology examined are the time rate-of-change (temporal trending) of storm convective and precipitation characteristics that can be diagnosed in real-time using NEXRAD WSR-88D Doppler radar (echo growth and decay, precipitation structures and velocity features, outflow boundaries), LMA (total lightning flash rate and its trend) and National Lightning Detection Network (cloud-to-ground lightning, its polarity and trends). For example, in a transitional season supercell tornado outbreak, peak total flash rates for typical supercells in Tennessee reached 70-100 min -1 and increases in the total flash rate occurred during storm intensification as much as 20-25 min prior to at least some of the tornadoes. The most intense total flash rate measured during this outbreak (over 800 flashes min -1) occurred in a storm in Alabama. In the case of a severe summertime pulse thunderstorm in North Alabama, the peak total flash rate reached 300 min -1, with a strong increase in total lightning evident some 9 min before damaging winds were observed at the surface. In this paper, we provide a sampling of LMA observations and products during severe weather events to illustrate the capability of the system, and discuss the prospects for improving the short-term forecasting of convective weather using total lightning data.

  17. 19F-magnetic resonance spectroscopy in patients with liver metastases of colorectal cancer treated with 5-fluorouracil.

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    Kamm, Y.J.L.; Heerschap, A.; Bergh, E.J. van den; Wagener, D.J.T.

    2004-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the uptake and metabolism of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in human liver metastases. Patients with liver metastases of colorectal cancer were treated with 5-FU (500/600 mg/m)+folinic acid with or without trimetrexate. The clinical application of F-magnetic resonance

  18. Effect of hardening temperature on the phase composition and wear resistance of roll steels with 5% Cr

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    Gervas'ev, M. A.; Khudorozhkova, Yu. V.; Filippov, M. A.

    2011-01-01

    The effect of a wide range of hardening temperatures on the capacity of cold-rolling roll steels with 5% Cr (65Kh5SMF and 9Kh5SMF) for strain-induced martensitic transformation and hardening is determined. The abrasive wear resistance of the steels is studied.

  19. Effects and mechanism of juglone in combination with 5-FU on colon cancer CT-26 cells in vivo

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    Liu Tianyu

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects and mechanism of juglone alone or combined with 5-fluorouracil on colon cancer CT-26 cells were examined in vivo. Starting at 5 weeks of age, male Balb/c mice were transplanted the CT-26 cells and treated with juglone alone or combined with 5- fluorouracil. Observed the morphologic characteristics of tumor tissue by HE staining after treatment of 9 days. We detected the content of IL-2, VEGF and IFN-γ in serum and the protein expression of ki-67, E-cad and Bcl-2 in tumor tissue. The inhibition rate of animals given low-dose or high-dose juglone alone and combined with 5-fluorouracil is 31.73%, 40.38%, 56.73% and 75.01% respectively. Animals given juglone alone or combined with 5-fluorouracil could increase the content of IL-2 and IFN-γ in serum and the expression of E-cad and decrease the content of VEGF in serum and the expression of ki-67 and Bcl-2 significantly compared with those injected 2% ethanol NS (P<0.05 in each. The present data suggest that the juglone could reduce the risk of CT-26 cells metastasis and proliferation and enhance the function of the immune system. The possible anti-tumor mechanism of juglone is down-regulated expression of Bcl-2 to induce the apoptosis of tumor cells.

  20. Associations of plant and animal protein intake with 5-year changes in blood pressure: The Zutphen Elderly Study

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    Tielemans, S.M.A.J.; Kromhout, D.; Altorf-van der Kuil, W.; Geleijnse, J.M.

    2014-01-01

    Background and aim The aim of the present study was to investigate the association of plant and animal protein intake with 5-year changes in blood pressure (BP) level. Methods and results Analyses were based on 702 observations of 272 men participating in the Zutphen Elderly Study. Men did not use a

  1. Phase I Trial of Escalating-dose Cisplatin with 5-fluorouracil and Concurrent Radiotherapy in Chinese Patients with Esophageal Cancer

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    Zhao,Yan-Nan

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available We defined the maximum-tolerated dose (MTD of chemoradiotherapy (cisplatin (CDDP with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU and concurrent chemoradiotherapy for Chinese patients with esophageal cancer. Twenty-one previously untreated patients with primary esophageal cancer were entered into this study. Escalating doses of CDDP with 5-FU were administered in a modified Fibonacci sequence, with concurrent conventional fractionation radiotherapy (CFR of 60 Gy or 50 Gy. The starting doses were CDDP 37.5 mg/m2 on day 1, and 5-FU 500 mg/m2 on days 1-5, respectively. The regimen was repeated 4 times every 28 days. If no dose-limiting toxicity (DLT was observed, the next dose level was applied. The procedures were repeated until DLT appeared. The MTD was declared to be 1 dose level below the level at which DLT appeared. DLT was grade 3 radiation-induced esophagitis at a dose level of CDDP 60 mg/m2 with 5-FU 700 mg/m2 and concurrent 60 Gy CFR. MTD was defined as CDDP 52.5 mg/m2 with 5-FU 700 mg/m2 and concurrent 50 Gy CFR. The MTD of CDDP with 5-FU and in concurrent chemoradiotherapy for Chinese patients with esophageal cancer is CDDP 52.5 mg/m2 on day 1 and 5FU 700 mg/m2 on days 1-5, repeated 4 times every 28 days, and concurrent 50 Gy CFR. Further evaluation of this regimen in a prospective phase II trial is ongoing.

  2. Cadmium modifies the cell cycle and apoptotic profiles of human breast cancer cells treated with 5-fluorouracil.

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    Asara, Yolande; Marchal, Juan A; Carrasco, Esther; Boulaiz, Houria; Solinas, Giuliana; Bandiera, Pasquale; Garcia, Maria A; Farace, Cristiano; Montella, Andrea; Madeddu, Roberto

    2013-08-12

    Industrialisation, the proximity of factories to cities, and human work activities have led to a disproportionate use of substances containing heavy metals, such as cadmium (Cd), which may have deleterious effects on human health. Carcinogenic effects of Cd and its relationship with breast cancer, among other tumours, have been reported. 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is a fluoropyrimidine anticancer drug used to treat solid tumours of the colon, breast, stomach, liver, and pancreas. The purpose of this work was to study the effects of Cd on cell cycle, apoptosis, and gene and protein expression in MCF-7 breast cancer cells treated with 5-FU. Cd altered the cell cycle profile, and its effects were greater when used either alone or in combination with 5-FU compared with 5-FU alone. Cd significantly suppressed apoptosis of MCF-7 cells pre-treated with 5-FU. Regarding gene and protein expression, bcl2 expression was mainly upregulated by all treatments involving Cd. The expression of caspase 8 and caspase 9 was decreased by most of the treatments and at all times evaluated. C-myc expression was increased by all treatments involving Cd, especially 5-FU plus Cd at the half time of treatment. Cd plus 5-FU decreased cyclin D1 and increased cyclin A1 expression. In conclusion, our results indicate that exposure to Cd blocks the anticancer effects of 5-FU in MCF-7 cells. These results could have important clinical implications in patients treated with 5-FU-based therapies and who are exposed to high levels of Cd.

  3. Cadmium Modifies the Cell Cycle and Apoptotic Profiles of Human Breast Cancer Cells Treated with 5-Fluorouracil

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    Roberto Madeddu

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Industrialisation, the proximity of factories to cities, and human work activities have led to a disproportionate use of substances containing heavy metals, such as cadmium (Cd, which may have deleterious effects on human health. Carcinogenic effects of Cd and its relationship with breast cancer, among other tumours, have been reported. 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU is a fluoropyrimidine anticancer drug used to treat solid tumours of the colon, breast, stomach, liver, and pancreas. The purpose of this work was to study the effects of Cd on cell cycle, apoptosis, and gene and protein expression in MCF-7 breast cancer cells treated with 5-FU. Cd altered the cell cycle profile, and its effects were greater when used either alone or in combination with 5-FU compared with 5-FU alone. Cd significantly suppressed apoptosis of MCF-7 cells pre-treated with 5-FU. Regarding gene and protein expression, bcl2 expression was mainly upregulated by all treatments involving Cd. The expression of caspase 8 and caspase 9 was decreased by most of the treatments and at all times evaluated. C-myc expression was increased by all treatments involving Cd, especially 5-FU plus Cd at the half time of treatment. Cd plus 5-FU decreased cyclin D1 and increased cyclin A1 expression. In conclusion, our results indicate that exposure to Cd blocks the anticancer effects of 5-FU in MCF-7 cells. These results could have important clinical implications in patients treated with 5-FU-based therapies and who are exposed to high levels of Cd.

  4. Phase I trial of escalating-dose cisplatin with 5-fluorouracil and concurrent radiotherapy in Chinese patients with esophageal cancer.

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    Lin, Qiang; Gao, Xian-Shu; Qiao, Xue-Ying; Zhou, Zhi-Guo; Zhang, Ping; Chen, Kun; Zhao, Yan-Nan; Asaumi, Junichi

    2008-02-01

    We defined the maximum-tolerated dose (MTD) of chemoradiotherapy (cisplatin (CDDP) with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and concurrent chemoradiotherapy) for Chinese patients with esophageal cancer. Twenty-one previously untreated patients with primary esophageal cancer were entered into this study. Escalating doses of CDDP with 5-FU were administered in a modified Fibonacci sequence, with concurrent conventional fractionation radiotherapy (CFR) of 60 Gy or 50 Gy. The starting doses were CDDP 37.5 mg/m2 on day 1, and 5-FU 500 mg/m2 on days 1-5, respectively. The regimen was repeated 4 times every 28 days. If no dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) was observed, the next dose level was applied. The procedures were repeated until DLT appeared. The MTD was declared to be 1 dose level below the level at which DLT appeared. DLT was grade 3 radiation-induced esophagitis at a dose level of CDDP 60 mg/m2 with 5-FU 700 mg/m2 and concurrent 60 Gy CFR. MTD was defined as CDDP 52.5 mg/m2 with 5-FU 700 mg/m2 and concurrent 50 Gy CFR. The MTD of CDDP with 5-FU and in concurrent chemoradiotherapy for Chinese patients with esophageal cancer is CDDP 52.5 mg/m2 on day 1 and 5FU 700 mg/m2 on days 1-5, repeated 4 times every 28 days, and concurrent 50 Gy CFR. Further evaluation of this regimen in a prospective phase II trial is ongoing.

  5. A multicenter phase II study of irinotecan in patients with advanced colorectal cancer previously treated with 5-fluorouracil.

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    Méndez, Miguel; Salut, Antonieta; García-Girón, Carlos; Navalon, Marta; Diz, Pilar; García López, Maria José; España, Pilar; de la Torre, Ascensión; Martínez del Prado, Purificación; Duarte, Isabel; Pujol, Eduardo; Arizcun, Alberto; Cruz, Juan Jesús

    2003-11-01

    This multicenter, open-label, phase II study was performed to assess the efficacy and toxicity of irinotecan 350 mg/m2 intravenously every 3 weeks in patients with advanced colorectal cancer (CRC) previously treated with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). The study enrolled 115 patients and a total of 558 cycles (median, 6 per patient) were administered. The overall objective response rate on an intent-to-treat basis was 18% (with 1 complete response and 20 partial responses), whereas 42 patients (37%) showed stable disease. Median time to progression was 4.8 months and median survival was 13.6 months. Grade 3/4 toxicities included delayed diarrhea (19.1%), nausea/vomiting (10.4%), and neutropenia (8.7%). There were 2 toxic deaths, 1 from delayed diarrhea and 1 from hemorrhage and grade 4 mucositis. In conclusion, the present study confirms the antitumor efficacy of irinotecan monotherapy in patients with CRC pretreated with 5-FU.

  6. Severe Encephalopathy, Lactic Acidosis, Vegetative Instability and Neuropathy with 5-Fluorouracil Treatment – Pyrimidine Degradation Defect or Beriberi

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    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available We present the case of a 19-year-old female with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, who received two courses of chemotherapy with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU in combination with folic acid and cisplatin. Upon developing esophageal strictures in the course of her radiotherapy, she required total parenteral nutrition. In the course of therapy, the patient developed severe multisystem failure with encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, vegetative instability and neuropathy. The treatment with 5-FU can lead to severe toxicity due to enzyme deficiencies in the degradation of pyrimidines, but it can also lead to thiamine deficiency with the classic symptoms of beriberi. Beriberi is a rare disorder, usually attributed to malnutrition or alcoholism. 5-FU has been shown to induce thiamine depletion. Reduced food intake or total parenteral nutrition devoid of vitamin supplements may aggravate symptoms. We were unable to find a genetic cause for increased 5-FU toxicity in our patient, ruling out deficiencies of dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase, dihydropyrimidinase or β-ureidopropionase and double-strand break repair deficits. We come to the conclusion that, even without any definable enzyme deficiency, treatment with 5-FU can lead to high toxicity due to thiamine deficiency if vitamin supplementation is not undertaken.

  7. Antitumor effects and the underlying mechanism of licochalcone A combined with 5-fluorouracil in gastric cancer cells

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    Lin, Xiaolin; Tian, Lei; Wang, Lisha; Li, Wenyan; Xu, Qi; Xiao, Xiuying

    2017-01-01

    Licochalcone A (LCA) is a flavonoid extracted from licorice root that has antiparasitic, antibacterial and antitumor properties. Previous studies have revealed that LCA may be a novel treatment for gastric cancer. The present study further assessed the potential antitumor effects of LCA alone or in combination with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), and the underlying mechanisms responsible for those effects in gastric cancer cells. The effects of LCA alone or in combination with 5-FU on SGC7901 and MKN-45 gastric cancer cell lines were studied using Cell Counting Kit-8, cell cycle, apoptosis and western blot analyses of cell check points and apoptosis-associated proteins. The results revealed that LCA inhibited cell proliferation, blocked cell cycle progression at the G2/M transition and induced apoptosis. Western blot analysis demonstrated that LCA treatment increased the levels of tumor proteins 21 and 27, as well as mouse double minute 2 homolog in gastric cancer cells. In addition, LCA treatment increased the expression levels of Bax, cleaved-poly ADP ribose polymerase, tumor protein 53 and caspase 3, and decreased the expression levels of Bcl-2. Therefore, the present study demonstrated that LCA alone or in combination with 5-FU may have significant anticancer effects on gastric cancer cells, and may be a novel therapeutic for the treatment of gastric cancer in the future. PMID:28454311

  8. High-Resolution Analysis Products to Support Severe Weather and Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Threat Assessments over Florida

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    Case, Jonathan; Spratt, Scott; Sharp, David

    2006-01-01

    The Applied Meteorology Unit (AMU) located at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC)/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) implemented an operational configuration of the Advanced Regional Prediction System (ARPS) Data Analysis System (ADAS), as well as the ARPS numerical weather prediction (NWP) model. Operational, high-resolution ADAS analyses have been produced from this configuration at the National Weather Service in Melbourne, FL (NWS MLB) and the Spaceflight Meteorology Group (SMG) over the past several years. Since that time, ADAS fields have become an integral part of forecast operations at both NWS MLB and SMG. To continue providing additional utility, the AMU has been tasked to implement visualization products to assess the potential for supercell thunderstorms and significant tornadoes, and to improve assessments of short-term cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning potential. This paper and presentation focuses on the visualization products developed by the AMU for the operational high-resolution ADAS and AR.PS at the NWS MLB and SMG. The two severe weather threat graphics implemented within ADAS/ARPS are the Supercell Composite Parameter (SCP) and Significant Tornado Parameter (SIP). The SCP was designed to identify areas with supercell thunderstorm potential through a combination of several instability and shear parameters. The SIP was designed to identify areas that favor supercells producing significant tornadoes (F2 or greater intensity) versus non-tornadic supercells. Both indices were developed by the NOAAINWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC) and were normalized by key threshold values based on previous studies. The indices apply only to discrete storms, not other convective modes. In a post-analysis mode, the AMU calculated SCP and SIP for graphical output using an ADAS configuration similar to the operational set-ups at NWS MLB and SMG. Graphical images from ADAS were generated every 15 minutes for 13 August 2004, the day that Hurricane Charley approached and

  9. Growth hormone releasing peptide 2 reverses anorexia associated with chemotherapy with 5-fluoruracil in colon cancer cell-bearing mice

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    Simona Perboni; Cyril Bowers; Shinya Kojima; Akihiro Asakawa; Akio Inui

    2008-01-01

    The cancer-associated anorexia-cachexia syndrome is observed in 80% of patients with advanced-stage cancer, and is one of the major obstacles in chemo-therapy. Ghrelin is a orexigenic hormone that has been proposed to prevent anorexia. Aim of the study was to determine whether the addition of the ghrelin ago-nist growth hormone releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2) to cytotoxic therapy with 5-fluoruracil (5-FU) prevents the anorexia associated with chemotherapy in cancer cachectic mice. Thirty-three BALB/c female tumour-bearing mice were randomized to receive a solution containing: (a) placebo; (b) GHRP-2; (c) 5-FU; or (d) 5-FU + GHRP-2. Ten BALB/c no tumour-bearing mice received placebo solution. Food intake and survival were checked. Six hours after the drug injection the cumulative food intake was significantly increased in mice treated with the combination of 5-FU + GHRP-2 versus the 5-FU alone (P = 0.0096). On day 3, the cumulative food intake of mice treated with GHRP-2, 5-FU and 5-FU + GHRP-2 significantly increased com-pared with naive and vehicle groups (P = 0.0007, P = 0.0038 and P = 0.0166, respectively). The median survival time was longer in 5-FU + GHRP-2 treated mice than in those with 5-FU, although it was not significant (18 d versus 15.5 d, P = 0.7). For the first time, we demonstrated that the addition of GHRP-2 to cytotoxic therapy with 5-FU improved appetite in tumour-bearing mice with anorexia/cachexia syndrome in early stage. These data suggest that GHRP-2 may improve the efficacy of therapy and the quality of life of cancer patients thank to the amelioration of their nutritional state.

  10. Properties of the surface of a porous polymer modified with 5-fluorouracil, according to data of gas chromatography

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    Gus'kov, V. Yu.; Gainullina, Yu. Yu.; Ivanov, S. P.; Kudasheva, F. Kh.

    2014-06-01

    The effect or modification with 5-fluorouracil on the sorption activity of porous polymeric adsorbent is studied. It is demonstrated that the supramolecular structure formed on the surface is able to addition-ally contribute to the values of the specific retention volumes. It is found that the structure of 5-fluorouracil is capable of size effects corresponding to a molecular window of approximately 7-8 Å. It is concluded that surface polarity diminishes after modification, due to the shielding effect of four fluorine atoms present in the cavity.

  11. Ambulant photodynamic therapy of superficial malignomas with 5-ALA in combination with folic acid and use of noncoherent light.

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    Jindra, R H; Kubin, A; Kolbabek, H; Alth, G; Dobrowsky, W

    1999-01-01

    This study reports our first results of ambulant photodynamic treatment with 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) in combination with folic acid and subsequent illumination with a noncoherent light source. The compound was topically applied to avoid total body skin sensitivity which occurs in the case of systemic administration. If no therapeutic response could be proved, we added folic acid to 5-ALA for a further treatment attempt. Illumination was performed by broad band red thermic light to also excitate reaction products with absorption bands located near to that of the sensitizer. As a result, we observed a response in all cases, however, in some cases only after the addition of folic acid.

  12. Interaction of Dialkyltin(Ⅳ) Bishydroxamates with 5'-AMP or DNA: the Impact of Carbon Chain Length to Coordination Properties

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    SHANG Xian-Mei; WU Ji-Zhou; LI Qing-Shan

    2008-01-01

    Two diorganotin(Ⅳ) complexes, [Me2Sn(4-FC6H4C(O)NHO)2] (1) and [Bu2Sn(4-FC6H4C(O)NHO)2] (2), were synthesized. The action mode of the diorganotin(Ⅳ) complexes with adenosine-5'-monophosphate (5'-AMP) or DNA under different conditions and different time was investigated by high-solution 1H NMR and 31P NMR technology and UV spectroscopy. The complexes 1 and 2 which have different carbon chain lengths exhibited different action modes with mononucleotide or DNA. The interaction of 2 with 5'-AMP resulted in significant chemical shift of H(8), H(2) and 31P. A hyperchromic effect of DNA could be observed due to the interaction of 2 with DNA, while interaction of 1 with 5'-AMP or DNA could only cause obvious change of chemical shift of 31P. The results indicate that the complex 2 is the first case which could selectively bind to both the N(1) atom of the base and the phosphate oxygen atom of 5'-AMP near a physiological condition, and may further destroy the helical structure of DNA, while 1 may merely bind to the phosphate oxygen atom of 5'-AMP and cause the contraction of the DNA helical structure.The results first reveal that the organic group R may not only help the membrane transference of the diorganotin compounds but also play an important role in the action mode with DNA.

  13. Angiogenesis inhibition and cell cycle arrest induced by treatment with Pseudolarix acid B alone or combined with 5-fluorouracil

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    Jingtao Liu; Wei Guo; Bo Xu; Fuxiang Ran; Mingming Chu; Hongzheng Fu; Jingrong Cui

    2012-01-01

    Angiogenesis inhibitors combined with chemotherapeutic drugs have significant efficacy in the treatment of a variety of cancers.Pseudolarix acid B (PAB) is a traditional pregnancy-terminating agent,which has previously been shown to reduce tumor growth and angiogenesis.In this study,we used the high content screening assay to examine the effects of PAB on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs).Two hepatocarcinoma 22-transplanted mouse models were used to determine PAB efficacy in combination with 5-fluorouracil (5-Fu).Our results suggested that PAB (0.156-1.250 μM) inhibited HUVECs motility in a concentration-dependent manner without obvious cytotoxicity in vitro.In vivo,PAB (25 mg/kg/day) promoted the anti-tumor efficacy of 5-Fu (5 mg/kg/2 days) in combination therapy,resulting in significantly higher tumor inhibition rates,lower microvessel density values,and prolonged survival times.It was also demonstrated that PAB acted by blocking the cell cycle at both the G1/S boundary and M phase,down-regulation of vascular endothelial growth factor,hypoxia-inducible factor 1α and cyclin E expression,and up-regulation of cdc2 expression.These observations provide the first evidence that PAB in combination with 5-Fu may be useful in cancer treatment.

  14. Can treatment success with 5% lidocaine medicated plaster be predicted in cancer pain with neuropathic components or trigeminal neuropathic pain?

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    Kern, Kai-Uwe; Nalamachu, Srinivas; Brasseur, Louis; Zakrzewska, Joanna M

    2013-01-01

    An expert group of 40 pain specialists from 16 countries performed a first assessment of the value of predictors for treatment success with 5% lidocaine-medicated plaster in the management of cancer pain with neuropathic components and trigeminal neuropathic pain. Results were based on the retrospective analysis of 68 case reports (sent in by participants in the 4 weeks prior to the conference) and the practical experience of the experts. Lidocaine plaster treatment was mostly successful for surgery or chemotherapy-related cancer pain with neuropathic components. A dose reduction of systemic pain treatment was observed in at least 50% of all cancer pain patients using the plaster as adjunct treatment; the presence of allodynia, hyperalgesia or pain quality provided a potential but not definitively clear indication of treatment success. In trigeminal neuropathic pain, continuous pain, severe allodynia, hyperalgesia, or postherpetic neuralgia or trauma as the cause of orofacial neuropathic pain were perceived as potential predictors of treatment success with lidocaine plaster. In conclusion, these findings provide a first assessment of the likelihood of treatment benefits with 5% lidocaine-medicated plaster in the management of cancer pain with neuropathic components and trigeminal neuropathic pain and support conducting large, well-designed multicenter studies.

  15. Can treatment success with 5% lidocaine medicated plaster be predicted in cancer pain with neuropathic components or trigeminal neuropathic pain?

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    Kern, Kai-Uwe; Nalamachu, Srinivas; Brasseur, Louis; Zakrzewska, Joanna M

    2013-01-01

    An expert group of 40 pain specialists from 16 countries performed a first assessment of the value of predictors for treatment success with 5% lidocaine-medicated plaster in the management of cancer pain with neuropathic components and trigeminal neuropathic pain. Results were based on the retrospective analysis of 68 case reports (sent in by participants in the 4 weeks prior to the conference) and the practical experience of the experts. Lidocaine plaster treatment was mostly successful for surgery or chemotherapy-related cancer pain with neuropathic components. A dose reduction of systemic pain treatment was observed in at least 50% of all cancer pain patients using the plaster as adjunct treatment; the presence of allodynia, hyperalgesia or pain quality provided a potential but not definitively clear indication of treatment success. In trigeminal neuropathic pain, continuous pain, severe allodynia, hyperalgesia, or postherpetic neuralgia or trauma as the cause of orofacial neuropathic pain were perceived as potential predictors of treatment success with lidocaine plaster. In conclusion, these findings provide a first assessment of the likelihood of treatment benefits with 5% lidocaine-medicated plaster in the management of cancer pain with neuropathic components and trigeminal neuropathic pain and support conducting large, well-designed multicenter studies. PMID:23630431

  16. Colon cancer cells treated with 5‑fluorouracil exhibit changes in polylactosamine‑type N‑glycans.

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    Gao, Liping; Shen, Li; Yu, Meiyun; Ni, Jianlong; Dong, Xiaoxia; Zhou, Yinghui; Wu, Shiliang

    2014-05-01

    5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is the major chemotherapeutic agent for the treatment of colorectal carcinoma, which were found to have N-glycans containing polylactosamine on the cancer cell surface. Alterations in the expression and structure of polylactosamine glycans are associated with cellular differentiation and oncogenesis. However, little is known with regard to the correlation between the levels of polylactosamine expressed in colon cancer cells and the anticancer effect of 5-FU. In the present study, SW620 cells were treated with the half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50; determined by MTT-assay) of 5-FU. Hoechst 33258 staining and flow cytometric analysis indicated that 5-FU administration resulted in apoptosis in SW620 cells. An increased percentage of cells in S phase was also observed among the SW620 cells treated with 5-FU. Under the same experimental conditions, a decrease in the 5-FU‑induced inhibition of polylactosamine glycans was recorded. However, an increase in the activity of alkaline phosphatase was also observed. Furthermore, pretreatment of the SW620 cells with 5-FU inhibited the expression of β1,3-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase-8 (β3Gn-T8) and cluster of differentiation (CD)147 in a time-dependent manner. Overall, changes in glycosylation were associated with the anticancer effect of 5-FU in the colon cancer cells. In conclusion, polylactosamine may be a useful target for the identification of substances with anticancer activity.

  17. Adhesive evaluation of thin films of LARC-TPI and LARC-TPI with 5 mol % ODA

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    Progar, D. J.

    1986-01-01

    A commercially available LARC-TPI film and an experimentally prepared film of LARC-TPI with 5 mol % of 4,4'-oxydianiline (ODA), designated as LARC-TPI/ODA in the report, supplied by Mitsui Toatsu Chemicals, Incorporated (MTCI), Japan, were evaluated as thermoplastic adhesive films for bonding Ti-6Al-4V. The LARC-TPI/ODA had been shown by MTCI to possess more flow than thermoplastic LARC-TPI and was, therefore, evaluated and compared to the LARC-TPI. Lap shear strength was used to evaluate the materials as adhesives. They were characterized after fracture by determining the glass transition temperature, Tg. The mode of failure was also reported. Thermal exposure at 204C for 500 and 1000 hrs and a 72-hour water-boil were conducted on lap shear specimens prepared with the two adhesive films. Lap shear tests were conducted at RT, 177C, 204C, and 232C before and after exposures.

  18. [Changes in kidney function and the cortisol and ADH levels after peritoneal dialysis with 5% glucose in dogs].

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    Nachev, N; Bratanova, Ts; Pavlov, D

    1975-01-01

    The authors made peritoneal dialisis with 5% of glucose (7 ml/kg of body weight) in 11 dogs under the conditions of an acute experiments. They examined cortiosl and ADH activity, hematocrite and plasma protein in the samples of blood, obtained on the 20th and 50th minute. ADH was titrated biologicaly by a new method, proposed by Nacev. The results were compared with the changes in the circulatory and renal indices, obtained at the same procedure in the preceding investigations. There was an increase in the cortisol and ADH activity, which could be explained by the total hypovolemia, induced by peritoneal dialisis. The increase of the cortisol level is described as a separate link in a more complex mechanism, assuring metabolic homeostasis.

  19. Supramolecular Assemblies in Salts of 2,2'-Biimidazole with 5-Sulfosalicylic Acid and 3,4,5-Trihydroxybenzoic Acid

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    LI Yan-Ping; YANG Pin

    2007-01-01

    Supramolecular assemblies of 2,2'-biimidazole with 5-sulfosalicylic acid and 3,4,5-trihydroxybenzoic acid, have been synthesized and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods. Both the two proton-transfer compounds of 2,2'-biimidazole with 3-carboxy-4-hydroxybenzenesulfonic acid (5-sulfosalicylic acid, 5-SSA) [namely structures having significant interlayer π-π interactions between the cation and anion species. In Ⅰ, a 5-SSA2- dianionic species results from deprotonation of both the sulfonic and the carboxylic acid groups, all available O-atom acceptors interact with all cation and water molecule donors by hydrogen bonds. In Ⅱ, the formula unit displays a crystallographic inversion symmetry. The structural information about the two complexes between 2,2'-biimidazole compound and benzenecarboxylic acids obtained in this work will be particularly important for the rational design of supramolecular organic functional materials.

  20. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of Salmonella typhimurium uridine phosphorylase complexed with 5-fluorouracil.

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    Lashkov, A A; Gabdoulkhakov, A G; Shtil, A A; Mikhailov, A M

    2009-06-01

    Uridine phosphorylase (UPh; EC 2.4.2.3) catalyzes the phosphorolytic cleavage of the N-glycosidic bond of uridine to form ribose 1-phosphate and uracil. This enzyme also activates pyrimidine-containing drugs, including 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). In order to better understand the mechanism of the enzyme-drug interaction, the complex of Salmonella typhimurium UPh with 5-FU was cocrystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method at 294 K. X-ray diffraction data were collected to 2.2 A resolution. Analysis of these data revealed that the crystal belonged to space group C2, with unit-cell parameters a = 158.26, b = 93.04, c = 149.87 A, alpha = gamma = 90, beta = 90.65 degrees . The solvent content was 45.85% assuming the presence of six hexameric molecules of the complex in the unit cell.

  1. Enteric coated HPMC capsules plugged with 5-FU loaded microsponges: a potential approach for treatment of colon cancer

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    Ankita Gupta

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The work was aimed at developing novel enteric coated HPMC capsules (ECHC plugged with 5 Florouracil (5-FU loaded Microsponges in combination with calcium pectinate beads. Modified quasi-emulsion solvent diffusion method was used to formulate microsponges based on 32 factorial design and the effects of independent variables (volume of organic solvent and Eudragit RS100 content on the dependent variables (Particle size, %EE & % CDR were determined. The optimized microsponges (F4 were characterized by SEM, PXRD, TGA and were plugged along with calcium pectinate beads in HPMC capsules and the HPMC capsules were further coated with enteric polymer Eudragit L 100 (Ed-L100 and/ or Eudrgit S 100 (Ed-S 100 in different proportions. In vitro release study of ECHC was performed in various release media sequentially SGF for 2 h, followed by SIF for the next 6 h and then in SCF (in the presence and absence of pectinase enzyme for further 16 h. Drug release was retarded on coating with EdS-100 in comparison to blend of EdS-100: EdL-100 coating. The percentage of 5-FU released at the end of 24 h from ECHC 3 was 97.83 ± 0.12% in the presence of pectinase whereas in control study it was 40.08 ± 0.02% drug. The optimized formulation was subjected to in vivo Roentgenographic studies in New Zealand white rabbits to analyze the in vivo behavior of the developed colon targeted capsules. Pharmacokinetic studies in New Zealand white rabbits were conducted to determine the extent of systemic exposure provided by the developed formulation in comparison to 5-FU aqueous solutions. Thus, enteric coated HPMC capsules plugged with 5-FU loaded microsponges and calcium pectinate beads proved to be promising dosage form for colon targeted drug delivery to treat colorectal cancer.

  2. Inhibitory effect of silibinin combined with 5-FU treatment on malignant biological behaviors of gastric cancer cell lines MGC803

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    Yang Wang; Chang-Lin Li

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To study the inhibitory effect of silibinin combined with 5-FU treatment on malignant biological behaviors of gastric cancer cell lines MGC803.Methods:Gastric cancer cell lines MGC803 were cultured, divided into NC group, 5-Fu group and SB+5-Fu group and treated with different conditions, and then the number of apoptotic cells, the number of invasive cells as well as the expression of proliferation and invasion-related genes were detected.Results:At 6 h, 12 h, 18 h and 24 h after treatment, the number of apoptotic cells of 5-Fu group and SB+5-Fu group was significantly more than that of NC group, the number of invasive cells was significantly less than that of NC group, the number of apoptotic cells of SB+5-Fu group was significantly more than that of 5-Fu group, and the number of invasive cells was significantly less than that of 5-Fu group; mRNA contents of Vav3, PTP1B, GOLPH3, RUNX3, Sipa1, UbcH10, NEDD9, Mig-7, CD157, AEP and Galectin-1 of 5-Fu group and SB+5-Fu group were lower than those of NC group; mRNA contents of Vav3, PTP1B, GOLPH3, UbcH10, NEDD9, Mig-7, CD157, AEP and Galectin-1 of SB+5-Fu group were lower than those of 5-Fu group, and mRNA contents of RUNX3 and Sipa1 were not different from those of 5-Fu group. Conclusion:Compared with single 5-FU treatment, silibinin combined with 5-FU treatment can more effectively promote gastric cancer cell apoptosis, inhibit gastric cancer cell invasion and regulate the expression of proliferation and invasion-related genes.

  3. Hyperthermia combined with 5-fluorouracil promoted apoptosis and enhanced thermotolerance in human gastric cancer cell line SGC-7901

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Tao Liu,* Yan-Wei Ye,* A-li Zhu, Zhen Yang, Yang Fu, Chong-Qing Wei, Qi Liu, Chun-Lin Zhao, Guo-Jun Wang, Xie-Fu Zhang Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: This study was designed to investigate the proliferation inhibition and apo­ptosis-promoting effect under hyperthermia and chemotherapy treatment, at cellular level. Human gastric cancer cell line SGC-7901 was cultivated with 5-fluorouracil at different temperatures. Cell proliferation and apoptosis were determined, and expression of Bcl-2 and HSP70 was measured at different treatments. Cell survival rates and inhibition rates in chemotherapy group, thermotherapy group, and thermo-chemotherapy group were drastically lower than the control group (P<0.05. For tumor cells in the thermo-chemotherapy group, survival rates and inhibition rates at three different temperatures were all significantly lower than those in chemotherapy group and thermotherapy group (P<0.05. 5-Fluorouracil induced apoptosis of SGC-7901 cells with a strong temperature dependence, which increased gradually with increase in temperature. At 37°C and 43°C there were significant differences between the thermotherapy group and chemotherapy group and between the thermo-chemotherapy group and thermotherapy group (P<0.01. The expression of Bcl-2 was downregulated and HSP70 was upregulated, with increase in temperature in all groups. Cell apoptosis was not significant at 46°C (P>0.05, which was probably due to thermotolerance caused by HSP70 accumulation. These results suggested that hyperthermia combined with 5-fluorouracil had a synergistic effect in promoting apoptosis and enhancing thermotolerance in gastric cancer cell line SGC-7901. Keywords: gastric cancer, thermotherapy, 5-fluorouracil, Bcl-2, HSP70, thermotolerance

  4. Synthesis and in-vitro antibacterial activity of N-piperazinyl quinolone derivatives with 5-chloro-2-thienyl group

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    Full Text Available Background and the purpose of the study: Fluoroquinolones are an important group of antimicrobial agents that are used widely in the treatment of various infectious diseases. The purpose of the present study was to synthesize new N-piperazinyl quinolone derivatives with 5-chloro-2-theinyl group having possible antimicrobial activity. Methods: Reaction of ciprofloxacin (1, norfloxacin (2 and enoxacin (3 with α-bromoketone 10 or α-bromooxime derivatives 11a-c in DMF, in the presence of NaHCO3 at room temperature, afforded corresponding ketones 4a-c or oxime derivatives 5-7(a-c, respectively. Results and major conclusion: The synthesized compounds were tested against a series of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The results of MIC tests against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria revealed that ciprofloxacin derivatives (compounds 4a, 5a, 6a and 7a were more active than norfloxacin and enoxacin analogues. Compound 5a, containing N-[2-(5-chlorothiophen-2-yl-2-hydroxyiminoethyl] residue provided a high in vitro antibacterial activity against Gram-positive bacteria, with MIC of 0.06, 0.125, 0.5 and 0.125 μg/mL against S. aureus, S. epidermidis, E. feacalis and B. subtilis, respectively. Its activity was found to be 4 to 8 times better than reference drug (ciprofloxacin against all Gram-positive bacteria with the exception of E. feacalis.

  5. Pretreatment with 5-Fluorouracil Cream Enhances the Efficacy of Daylight-mediated Photodynamic Therapy for Actinic Keratosis.

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    Nissen, Christoffer V; Heerfordt, Ida Marie; Wiegell, Stine R; Mikkelsen, Carsten S; Wulf, Hans C

    2017-01-17

    The efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT) with methyl aminolevulinate is reduced when treating actinic keratosis (AK) on the extremities in comparison with the face and scalp. Studies indicate that PDT efficacy can be improved by combining PDT with other treatment modalities. This randomized intra-individual study investigated whether pretreatment with topical 5% 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) enhanced the treatment efficacy of daylight-mediated PDT in 24 patients with AKs on the hands. One hand of each patient was given 7 days of pretreatment with 5-FU twice daily before daylight-PDT, whereas the other hand was treated with daylight-PDT alone. At 3-month follow-up the overall lesion response rate was significantly higher for the combination of 5-FU and daylight-PDT (62.7%) than for daylight-PDT alone (51.8%) (p = 0.001). Furthermore, pain and erythema in relation to treatment were similar in the 2 groups (p = 1.0 and p = 0.2, respectively). Combination therapy is a safe and effective method to improve daylight-PDT for acral AKs.

  6. Synthesis, structural characterization and biological activities of organotin(IV) complexes with 5-allyl-2-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde-4-thiosemicarbazone

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    Rosenani A Haque; M A Salam

    2015-09-01

    The organotin(IV) complexes [MeSnCl(L)] (2), [BuSnCl(L)] (3), [PhSnCl(L)] (4) and [Me2Sn(L)] (5) were synthesized by reacting organotin(IV) chloride(s) with 5-allyl-2-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde- 4-thiosemicarbazone [H2L], (1)] in presence of KOH in 1:2:1 molar ratio (metal salt: base:ligand). All the complexes have been characterized by elemental analyses, UV-Vis, FT-IR, 1H, 13C and 119Sn NMR spectral studies. The molecular structure of complex 5 has been confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The ligand, H2L coordinates to Sn(IV) in thiolate form through phenoxide-O, azomethine-N and thiolate-S atoms. The C-Sn-C angle measured from coupling constant 1 (119Sn, 13C) for dimethyltin(IV) complex 5 is 123.4°. The 2 (119Sn, 1H) coupling constant values for complex 2 and 5 are 72.4 and 76.3 Hz, respectively. Proposed geometry for five coordinated Sn(IV) atom is a strongly distorted trigonal bipyramid. Biological studies were preformed in vitro against four bacterial strains which have shown better activities and potential as antibacterial agents.

  7. Hydrophobic charge-induction resin with 5-aminobenzimidazol as the functional ligand: preparation, protein adsorption and immunoglobulin G purification.

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    Yan, Jun; Zhang, Qi-Lei; Tong, Hong-Fei; Lin, Dong-Qiang; Yao, Shan-Jing

    2015-07-01

    A new hydrophobic charge-induction chromatography resin was prepared with 5-aminobenzimidazol as functional ligand and polyacrylic ester beads as matrix. Adsorption isotherms and adsorption in columns were investigated using human immunoglobulin G and bovine serum albumin as model proteins, and the influence of pH and NaCl concentration was discussed. Results showed that the ligand density was 195 μmol/mL gel, and protein selectivity can be improved by controlling pH and salt addition. An optimized purification process (sample loading at pH 8.0 with 0.2 M NaCl and elution at pH 5.0) was performed to purify human immunoglobulin G from bovine serum albumin containing feedstock, which resulted in human immunoglobulin G purity of 99.7% and recovery of 94.6%. A similar process was applied for the purification of monoclonal antibody from cell culture supernatant, which showed antibody purity of 94.9% and recovery of 92.5%. The results indicated that the new resin developed had comparable performance as Protein A chromatography and would be suitable for antibody purification from complex feedstock. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Endogenous type C viral gene expression in cultures of fetal diploid baboon cells treated with 5'-bromodeoxyuridine

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    Lavelle, G.; Kennel, S.J.; Foote, L.J.

    1981-04-30

    Cultures of fetal diploid baboon fibroblasts treated with 5-bromodeoxyuridine synthesized protein antigenically related to baboon endogenous type C viral gag gene product, p28. Radioimmunoassays detected p28 antigenic specificities indistinguishable from those of purified virus. However, viral RNA-dependent DNA polymerase was not detected in culture fluids, and infectious virus was rarely recovered by cocultivation with susceptible heterologous cells. Extracellular particles containing p28 were not readily detected, further indicating that viral gag gene-coded proteins were synthesized independently of whole virus. Normal cultures of the same baboon cells exhibited endogenous expression of a glycoprotein antigenically related to BEV gp70, suggesting differential regulation of the endogenous gag and env gene-coded products. Baboon cell cultures exogenously infected with BEV produced extracellular particles having viral p28 and gp70 as measured by radioimmunoassays of culture fluids. Since induced cultures have about 10% positive cells versus close to 100% for infected culture, the amount of p28 per producing cell was about the same in both cell populations.

  9. AT101 exerts a synergetic efficacy in gastric cancer patients with 5-FU based treatment through promoting apoptosis and autophagy.

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    Wei, Xi; Duan, Wei; Li, Ying; Zhang, Sheng; Xin, Xiaojie; Sun, Lei; Gao, Ming; Li, Qing; Wang, Dong

    2016-06-01

    Gastric cancer remains a disease with a high mortality rate despite of multiple therapeutic strategies. So far, it is very important to develop new treatment approaches to improve current therapeutic efficacy in gastric cancer. Apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease (APE1) involves in DNA base excision repair (BER) during DNA damage pathway. APE1 was found to be associated with poor overall survival with gastric cancer patients. In the in vitro experiment, we tested APE1 inhibitor-AT101 could potently inhibit gastric cancer cell growth and further induce cancer cell apoptosis and autophagy through p53-dependent pathway. Downregulation of APE1 by AT101 has ability to suppress gastric cancer cell migration and renewal through inhibition of CD133, Nanog and LC3expression. Based on findings that Her-2 positive expression cases has poor prognosis from our dataset and TCGA database, we investigated the role of AT101 in synergetic efficacy with 5-FU treatment in Her-2 overexpression gastric cancer in vivo, indicating that AT101 is able to enhance 5-FU in the shrinkage of xenograft mice tumor and induction of cell apoptosis. In summary, the data obtained from our study showed APE1 is guided as a potential therapeutic target for gastric cancer. AT101 could be regarded as a potent inhibitor to promote chemotherapeutic sensitivity in patients with gastric cancer.

  10. AT101 exerts a synergetic efficacy in gastric cancer patients with 5-FU based treatment through promoting apoptosis and autophagy

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    Wei, Xi; Duan, Wei; Li, Ying; Zhang, Sheng; Xin, Xiaojie; Sun, Lei; Gao, Ming; Li, Qing; Wang, Dong

    2016-01-01

    Gastric cancer remains a disease with a high mortality rate despite of multiple therapeutic strategies. So far, it is very important to develop new treatment approaches to improve current therapeutic efficacy in gastric cancer. Apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease (APE1) involves in DNA base excision repair (BER) during DNA damage pathway. APE1 was found to be associated with poor overall survival with gastric cancer patients. In the in vitro experiment, we tested APE1 inhibitor-AT101 could potently inhibit gastric cancer cell growth and further induce cancer cell apoptosis and autophagy through p53-dependent pathway. Downregulation of APE1 by AT101 has ability to suppress gastric cancer cell migration and renewal through inhibition of CD133, Nanog and LC3expression. Based on findings that Her-2 positive expression cases has poor prognosis from our dataset and TCGA database, we investigated the role of AT101 in synergetic efficacy with 5-FU treatment in Her-2 overexpression gastric cancer in vivo, indicating that AT101 is able to enhance 5-FU in the shrinkage of xenograft mice tumor and induction of cell apoptosis. In summary, the data obtained from our study showed APE1 is guided as a potential therapeutic target for gastric cancer. AT101 could be regarded as a potent inhibitor to promote chemotherapeutic sensitivity in patients with gastric cancer. PMID:27144437

  11. A photoluminescence study of CuInSe2 single crystals ion implanted with 5 keV hydrogen

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    Yakushev, M. V.; Krustok, J.; Grossberg, M.; Volkov, V. A.; Mudryi, A. V.; Martin, R. W.

    2016-03-01

    CuInSe2 single crystals ion implanted with 5 keV hydrogen at doses from 3  ×  1014 to 1016 cm-2 are studied by photoluminescence (PL). The PL spectra before and after implantation reveal two bands, a main dominant band centred at 0.96 eV and a lower intensity band centred at 0.93 eV. Detailed analysis of the shape of these bands, their temperature and excitation intensity dependencies allow the recombination mechanisms to be identified as band-to-tail (BT) and band-to-impurity (BI), respectively. The implantation causes gradual red shifts of the bands increasing linearly with the dose. The average depth of potential fluctuations is also estimated to increase with the dose and saturates for doses above 1015 cm-2. A model is proposed which associates the potential fluctuations with the antisite defects copper on indium site and indium on copper site. The saturation is explained by full randomization of copper and indium atoms on the cation sub-lattice.

  12. Preparation of ethosomes and deformable liposomes encapsulated with 5-fluorouracil and their investigation of permeability and retention in hypertrophic scar.

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    Wo, Yan; Zhang, Zhen; Zhang, Yixin; Wang, Danru; Pu, Zheming; Su, Weijie; Qian, Yunliang; Li, Yunwu; Cui, Daxiang

    2011-09-01

    With the aim of comparing scar penetration efficiency and retention between ethosomes and deformable liposomes both encapsulated with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), the 5-FU ethosomal suspensions (5-FU ES, 81.74 +/- 9.37 nm) and the 5-FU Deformable Liposomal Suspensions (5-FU DS, 73.7 +/- 9.45 nm) were prepared respectively by Touitou method and Cevc method, their sizes were determined by Particle Sizer System (PSS), and their entrapment Efficiency (EE) was detected by ultracentrifugation and microcolumn centrifugation. Their transdermal delivery experiments were done in hypertrophic scars in vitro. The permeated amount of 5-FU and retention contents of 5-FU were both calculated by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). Fluorescence intensities of ES and DS labeled with Rodanmin 6GO (Rho) were measured by Laser Scanning Microscopy (LSM). The control groups such as the 5-FU and empty ethosomal vesicles (5-FU + EEV), the 5-FU and empty deformable liposomal vesicles (5-FU + EDV) and 5-FU PBS Solution (5-FU Sol) were set up. Results showed that, prepared 5-FU ES was 81.74 +/- 9.37 nm in size, 5-FU DS was 73.7 +/- 9.45 nm, EE of 5-FU ES was 10.95%, EE of 5-FU DS was 15.05%. Within 24 hours, in the group of 5-FU ES, the penetration amount of 5-FU in scar was 14.12 +/- 0.1 microg/mL/cm2, the retention contents of 5-FU was 10.74 +/- 1.17 microg/cm2, and the fluorescence intensity of Rho in hypertrophic scar tissues were 182 +/- 18.3; in the group of 5-FU DS: the penetration amount of 5-FU was 12.35 +/- 1.21 microg/mLcm2; the retention contents of 5-FU was 17.48 +/- 0.82 microg/cm2, and the fluorescence intensity of Rho was 241.45 +/- 7.63; there existed statistical difference between penetration amount in the group of 5-FU ES and that in the group of 5-FU DS as well as control groups (P < 0.05, P < 0.01), the penetration amount in the group of ES is markedly higher than DS group or control groups. Conversely, the retention contents of 5-FU and the fluorescence intensity of

  13. In vitro study of cell death with 5-aminolevulinic acid based photodynamic therapy to improve the efficiency of cancer treatment

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    Firdous, S.; Nawaz, M.; Ikram, M.; Ahmed, M.

    2012-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a kind of photochemo therapeutic treatment that exerts its effect mainly through the induction of cell death. Distinct types of cell death may be elicited by different PDT regimes. In this study, efforts are underway to optimize PDT protocols for improved efficacy and combination of all three PDT mechanisms involved in the different human carcinomas cell narcosis. Our in vitro cell culture experiments with 5-aminolevulanic acid (ALA) a clinically approved photiosensitizer (PS) and 635 nm laser light have yielded promising results, as follow: (1) (human cervical cancer (HeLa) cell line incubated, for 18 h, with 30 μg/ml of 5-ALA, treated with laser light dose of 50 J/cm2 can produce 85% of cell killing (2) human larynx carcinoma (Hep2c) cell line incubated, for 7 h, with 55 μg/ml of 5-ALA, treated with laser light dose of 85 J/cm2 can produce 75% of cell killing (3) human liver cancer (HepG2) cell line incubated, for 22-48 h, with 262 μg/ml of 5-ALA, treated with laser light dose of 120 J/cm2 can produce 95% of cell killing (4) human muscle cancer (RD) cell line incubated, for 47 h, with 250 μg/ml of 5-ALA, treated with laser light dose of 80 J/cm2 can produce 76% of cell killing (5) Human embryonic kidney (HEK293T) cell line incu-bated, for 18 h, with 400 μg/ml of 5-ALA, treated with laser light dose of 40 J/cm2 can produce 82% of cell killing confirming the efficacy of photodynamic therapy.

  14. 5-HT reuptake inhibitors with 5-HT(1B/1D) antagonistic activity: a new approach toward efficient antidepressants.

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    Matzen, L; van Amsterdam, C; Rautenberg, W; Greiner, H E; Harting, J; Seyfried, C A; Böttcher, H

    2000-03-23

    As part of our research program toward new, potential antidepressants, a series of unsymmetrical ureas has been prepared and evaluated as 5-HT reuptake inhibitors with 5-HT(1B/1D) antagonistic activities. The design of these compounds was based on coupling of various indole derivatives, previously shown to inhibit 5-HT reuptake, to three different aniline moieties, which are part of known 5-HT(1B/1D) ligands. Binding experiments in rat frontal cortex using [(125)I]iodocyanopindolol, in calf striatum using [(3)H]5-HT, and in rat hippocampus using [(3)H]8-OH-DPAT as radioligands, respectively, revealed significantly higher affinity at the 5-HT(1B) receptor as compared to the affinities for the 5-HT(1A) and 5-HT(1D) receptors for a number of compounds, among them 4-(5-fluoro-1H-indol-3-yl)piperidine-1-carboxylic acid [4-methoxy-3-(4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)phenyl]amide (5), the corresponding 4-fluoro-1H-indol-3-yl analogue 21a, and the corresponding 6-fluoro-1H-indol-3-yl analogue 21b. Conformational restriction of the aniline moiety in 5 only slightly enhanced the 5-HT(1B) affinity, whereas introduction of an aniline moiety with higher conformational flexibility resulted in a less potent 5-HT(1B) receptor ligand as compared to 5. The functional 5-HT(1B/1D) antagonistic activity was investigated using the rabbit saphenous vein model as well as the [(3)H]5-HT release from guinea pig cortical slices. All new compounds tested in the rabbit saphenous vein model were shown to antagonize the sumatriptan-evoked contractile responses with pA(2) values ranging from 7.3 to 8.7. These observations were consistent with the results of the cortical slice model, in which the ureas were found to block the sumatriptan-induced inhibition of potassium-evoked [(3)H]5-HT release. The 5-HT reuptake inhibition of the ureas determined in rat brain synaptosomes was found to be either increased or decreased as compared to the uncoupled indole derivatives indicating that the reuptake inhibition

  15. Gas adsorption/separation properties of metal directed self-assembly of two coordination polymers with 5-nitroisophthalate

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    Arıcı, Mürsel [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, 26480 Eskişehir (Turkey); Yeşilel, Okan Zafer, E-mail: yesilel@ogu.edu.tr [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, 26480 Eskişehir (Turkey); Keskin, Seda [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Koç University, İstanbul (Turkey); Şahin, Onur [Scientific and Technological Research Application and Research Center, Sinop University, 57010 Sinop (Turkey)

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    Two new coordination polymers, namely, [Co(µ-nip)(µ-bpe)]{sub n} (1) and [Zn(µ-nip)(µ-bpe)]{sub n} (2) (nip: 5-nitroisophthalate, bpe: 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane) were hydrothermally synthesized and structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis and thermal analysis. Moreover, atomically detailed simulation studies of complex 2 for CO{sub 2}/CH{sub 4} adsorption and separation were performed. Complex 1 consists of two dimensional (2D) (4,4) grid networks with the point symbol of 4{sup 4}.6{sup 2}. Complex 2 exhibits a 3-fold interpenetrating 3D framework with 6{sup 5}.8-dmp topology. Thermal properties of the complexes showed that both complexes were stable over 320 °C. Simulation studies demonstrated that complex 2 can separate CO{sub 2} from CH{sub 4} at low pressures at 273 K. - Graphical abstract: In this study, two new coordination polymers, namely, [Co(µ-nip)(µ-bpe)]{sub n} (1) and [Zn(µ-nip)(µ-bpe)]{sub n} (2) (nip: 5-nitroisophthalate, bpe: 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane) were hydrothermally synthesized and structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis and thermal analysis. Moreover, atomically detailed simulation studies of complex 2 for CO{sub 2}/CH{sub 4} adsorption and separation were performed. Complex 1 consists of two dimensional (2D) (4,4) grid networks with the point symbol of 4{sup 4}.6{sup 2}. Complex 2 exhibits a 3-fold interpenetrating 3D framework with 6{sup 5}.8-dmp topology. Simulation studies demonstrated that complex 2 can separate CO{sub 2} from CH{sub 4} at low pressures at 273 K. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Two new coordination polymers with 5-nitroisophthalate and 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane. • Atomically detailed simulation studies of the complexes. • Complex 2 can be proposed as molecular sieve to separate CO{sub 2} from CH{sub 4} at low pressures.

  16. Influence of L-methionine-deprived total parenteral nutrition with 5-fluorouracil on gastric cancer and host metabolism

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    Hong-Bing Xiao; Wei-Xin Cao; Hao-Ran Yin; Yan-Zhen Lin; Shi-Hui Ye

    2001-01-01

    AIM To investigate the influence of L-methioninedeprived total parentaral nutrition with 5-FU on gastric cancer and host metabolism.``METHODS N-methyI-N-nitro-nitrosoguanidine ( MNNG )induced gastric cancer rats were randomly divided into four groups: Met-containing TPN group (n= 11 ), Metdeprived TPN group (n = 12), Met-containing TPN + 5-FU group (n = 11) and Met-deprived TPN + 5-FU group (n-12). Five rats in each group were sacrificed after 7days of treatment and the samples were taken for examination. The remaining rats in each group were then fed separately with normal diet after the treatment until death, the life span was noted.``RESULTS The tumors were enlarged in Met-containing group and shrank in Met-deprived group markedly after the treatment. The DNA index (DI) of tumor cells and the body weight (BW) of rats had no significant change in the two groups, however, the ratio of tumor cells' S phase was increased The ratio of G2M phase went up in Metcontaining group, but down in Met-deprived group. In the other two groups that 5-FU was added, the BW of rats,and the diameter of tumors, the DI of tumor cells, the S and G2M phase ratio of tumor cells were all decreased,particularly in Met-deprived plus 5-FU group. Pathological examination revealed that the necrotic foci of the tumor tissue increased after Met-deprived TPN treatment, and the nucleoli of tumor cells enlarged. In -MetTPN + 5-FUgroup, severe nuclear damage was also found by karyopyknosis and karyorrhexis, meanwhile there was slight degeneration in some liver and kidney cells. The serum free Met and Cysteine decreased markedly (P<0.001), while other amino acids, such as serum free serine and glutamine increased significantly ( P< 0.005).All the rats died of multiple organ failure caused by cancer metastasis. The average survival time was 18.6 days in Met-containing TPN group. 31 days in Met-deprived TPN group, 27.5 days in Met-containing TPN + 5-FU group, and 43 days in Met-deprived TPN+ 5-FU group

  17. Probability current tornado loops in three-dimensional scattering

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    Exner, P; Exner, Pavel; Seba, Petr

    1998-01-01

    We consider scattering of a three-dimensional particle on a finite family of delta potentials. For some parameter values the scattering wavenctions exhibit nodal lines in the form of closed loops, which may touch but do not entangle. The corresponding probability current forms vortical singularities around these lines; if the scattered particle is charged, this gives rise to magnetic flux loops. The conclusions extend to scattering on hard obstacles or smooth potentials.

  18. Leadership Education and Service: Exploring Transformational Learning Following a Tornado

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    Buschlen, Eric; Warner, Cathleen; Goffnett, Sean

    2015-01-01

    Each year, millions of people around the world are affected by natural disasters. Following these disasters, many students from colleges and universities arrive to support the affected areas. These seamless leadership learning opportunities engage students by allowing them to implement the concepts they learned in a classroom. Humanitarian relief…

  19. Superfocusing the light through the nanosize slit via photonic tornado

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    Choi, Seong Soo; Jha, Vinaya; Suwal, Om; Park, Myoung Jin; Park, Nam Kyu; Kim, Daisik

    2010-03-01

    The macro size pyramidal horn probe such as klystron horn antenna has been used to provide the excellent focusing capabilities in microwave region. In the similar way, the pyramidal probe with the micron size mirror (pyramidal horn probe) has been fabricated with a nano-size aperture with diameter ranging from ˜1 nm to ˜30 nm. Light transmission through the micro-fabricated pyramidal horn probe has been measured to enhance the light transmission due to resonant effects between the cavity mode and the slit modes in the probe, along with improved directionality of the transmitted beam. The resonant tunneling between two standing waves in the input groove and in the output groove can provide the transmission enhancements. With decreasing slit width, the transmission is found to increasing tremendously.[1] The transmission is measured to be inversely proportional to the area.[2,3] References:[1] R. Gordon, Phys. Rev. B 73, 153405 (2006).[2] R. Harrington, IEEE Trans. Antennas Propagat. Ap-30, 205(1982).[3] Y Leviatan, R. Harrington, J. Maut, IEEE Trans. Antennas Propagat. Ap-30, 1533(1982)

  20. State of the Climate Monthly Overview - National Tornadoes

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The State of the Climate is a collection of periodic summaries recapping climate-related occurrences on both a global and national scale. The State of the Climate...

  1. TORNADO concept and realisation of a rotor for small VAWTs

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    Horia DUMITRESCU

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The concept of a three-tier configuration for a vertical axis rotor was successfully developed into a experimental model. The rotor assembly is divided into three tiers with three straight blades in each tier. The three-tiers are shifted by an angle of 400 generating a full helical flow field inside the rotor. Thereby the new configuration has some different mechanism of torque generation as other Darrieus rotors. The three-tier configuration facilitates the operation by enabling the turbine to self-start at wind velocity as low as 2 m/s with good performance and a smoother driving torque. At the same time the design couples an esthetic appearance with low noise level.

  2. Understanding Business Trends from Data Evolution with Tornado

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    AIT OUASSARAH, Azhar; AVERSENG, Nicolas; FOURNET, Xavier; Petit, Jean-Marc; REVOL, Romain; Scuturici, Vasile-Marian

    2015-01-01

    International audience; Nowadays, every company could understand how its business evolves from the data (deluge) generated by its activities. Roughly speaking, two types of data co-exist: historical data and real-time data from which business analysts have to take their decisions in a timely fashion. In this context, the notions of time (application time and transaction time) and traceability turn out to play a crucial role to understand what happened in the company and what is currently happ...

  3. Possible Implications of a Vortex Gas Model and Self-Similarity for Tornadogenesis and Maintenance

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    Dokken, Doug; Shvartsman, Misha; Běl\\'\\ik, Pavel; Potvin, Corey; Dahl, Brittany; McGover, Amy

    2014-01-01

    We describe tornado genesis and maintenance using the 3-dimensional vortex gas model presented in Chorin (1994). High-energy vortices with negative temperature in the sense of Onsager (1949) play an important role in the model. We speculate that the formation of high-temperature vortices is related to the helicity inherited as they form or tilt into the vertical. We also exploit the notion of self-similarity to justify power laws derived from observations of weak and strong tornadoes presented in Cai (2005), Wurman and Gill (2000), and Wurman and Alexander (2005). Analysis of a Bryan Cloud Model (CM1) simulation of a tornadic supercell reveals scaling consistent with the observational studies.

  4. Combined LDA and LDA-1/2 method to obtain defect formation energies in large silicon supercells

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    Matusalem, Filipe; Ribeiro, Mauro, Jr.; Marques, Marcelo; Pelá, Ronaldo R.; Ferreira, Luiz G.; Teles, Lara K.

    2013-12-01

    A source of uncertainty in the state of the art calculations of defect levels is the inaccurate prediction of band-gap energies. Several approaches were developed to surpass this problem. However, another source of uncertainty remains: the small number of clustered atoms imposed by the computational restrictions. In this work, the LDA-1/2 method is explored in an attempt to overcome both problems with a small computational cost. We considered the self-interstitial defects in silicon as a benchmark for calculating defect states and charge-transition levels of point defects in semiconductors. We found neutral formation energies, including reaction barriers, of 4.65, 4.49, and 4.87 eV, for hexagonal, split and C3v configurations, respectively, in good agreement with most experimental results.

  5. Skin tumor development after UV irradiation and photodynamic therapy is unaffected by short-term pretreatment with 5-fluorouracil, imiquimod and calcipotriol

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    Bay, Christiane; Togsverd-Bo, Katrine; Lerche, Catharina M

    2016-01-01

    Background Photodynamic therapy (PDT) delays ultraviolet (UV) radiation-induced squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) in hairless mice. Efficacy may be enhanced by combining PDT with antineoplastic or pro-differentiating agents. We investigated if pretreatment with 5-fluorouracil (5FU), imiquimod (IMIQ...

  6. Phase I and pharmacokinetic study of the polyamine synthesis inhibitor SAM486A in combination with 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin in metastatic colorectal cancer

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    L. van Zuylen; C. Mueller; J. Verweij (Jaap); J.A. Ledermann; J. Bridgewater; A. Sparreboom (Alex); F.A.L.M. Eskens (Ferry); P. de Bruijn (Peter); I. Sklenar; A.S.Th. Planting (André); L. Choi; D. Bootle

    2004-01-01

    textabstractPURPOSE: The purpose of our study was to determine the maximum-tolerated dose, dose-limiting toxicity, safety profile, and pharmacokinetics of the polyamine synthesis inhibitor SAM486A given in combination with 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin (5-FU/LV) in cancer patients.

  7. Herb-Drug Pharmacokinetic Interaction of a Traditional Chinese Medicine Jia-Wei-Xiao-Yao-San with 5-Fluorouracil in the Blood and Brain of Rat Using Microdialysis

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    Meng-Hsuan Chiang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available According to a survey from the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD, Jia-Wei-Xiao-Yao-San (JWXYS is the most popular Chinese medicine for cancer patients in Taiwan. 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU is a general anticancer drug for the chemotherapy. To investigate the herb-drug interaction of JWXYS on pharmacokinetics of 5-FU, a microdialysis technique coupled with a high-performance liquid chromatography system was used to monitor 5-FU in rat blood and brain. Rats were divided into four parallel groups, one of which was treated with 5-FU (100 mg/kg, i.v. alone and the remaining three groups were pretreated with a different dose of JWXYS (600, 1200, or 2400 mg/kg/day for 5 consecutive days followed by a combination with 5-FU. This study demonstrates that 5-FU with JWXYS (600 mg/kg/day or 1200 mg/kg/day has no significant effect on the pharmacokinetics of 5-FU in the blood and brain. However, JWXYS (2400 mg/kg/day coadministered with 5-FU extends the elimination half-life and increases the volume of distribution of 5-FU in the blood. The elimination half-life of 5-FU in the brain for the pretreatment group with 2400 mg/kg/day of JWXYS is significantly longer than that for the group treated with 5-FU alone and also reduces the clearance. This study provides practical dosage information for clinical practice and proves the safety of 5-FU coadministered with JWXYS.

  8. Herb-Drug Pharmacokinetic Interaction of a Traditional Chinese Medicine Jia-Wei-Xiao-Yao-San with 5-Fluorouracil in the Blood and Brain of Rat Using Microdialysis

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    Chiang, Meng-Hsuan; Chang, Li-Wen; Wang, Ju-Wen; Lin, Lie-Chwen; Tsai, Tung-Hu

    2015-01-01

    According to a survey from the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD), Jia-Wei-Xiao-Yao-San (JWXYS) is the most popular Chinese medicine for cancer patients in Taiwan. 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is a general anticancer drug for the chemotherapy. To investigate the herb-drug interaction of JWXYS on pharmacokinetics of 5-FU, a microdialysis technique coupled with a high-performance liquid chromatography system was used to monitor 5-FU in rat blood and brain. Rats were divided into four parallel groups, one of which was treated with 5-FU (100 mg/kg, i.v.) alone and the remaining three groups were pretreated with a different dose of JWXYS (600, 1200, or 2400 mg/kg/day for 5 consecutive days) followed by a combination with 5-FU. This study demonstrates that 5-FU with JWXYS (600 mg/kg/day or 1200 mg/kg/day) has no significant effect on the pharmacokinetics of 5-FU in the blood and brain. However, JWXYS (2400 mg/kg/day) coadministered with 5-FU extends the elimination half-life and increases the volume of distribution of 5-FU in the blood. The elimination half-life of 5-FU in the brain for the pretreatment group with 2400 mg/kg/day of JWXYS is significantly longer than that for the group treated with 5-FU alone and also reduces the clearance. This study provides practical dosage information for clinical practice and proves the safety of 5-FU coadministered with JWXYS. PMID:25861367

  9. Polymorphisms of MTHFR C677T and A1298C associated with survival in patients with colorectal cancer treated with 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy.

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    Yeh, Chih-Ching; Lai, Ching-Yu; Chang, Shih-Ni; Hsieh, Ling-Ling; Tang, Reiping; Sung, Fung-Chang; Lin, Yi-Kuei

    2017-06-01

    This study examined the association between methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphisms and survival of patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) treated with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)-based chemotherapy in Taiwan. We genotyped MTHFR polymorphisms C677T (rs1801133) and A1298C (rs1801131) for 498 CRC patients treated with 5-FU-based chemotherapy after receiving surgery. Survival analyses on MTHFR polymorphisms were performed using log-rank test and Kaplan-Meier curve. Cox proportional hazards models were used to calculate the hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for the association between MTHFR genotypes and survival. Overall survival (OS) was significantly longer in CRC patients with MTHFR 677 CT+TT genotypes compared with those with 677 CC genotype (HR 0.77; 95% CI 0.60-0.98). Although the MTHFR A1298C polymorphism was not associated with OS in CRC, this polymorphism was associated with significantly shorter OS in rectal cancer. Among rectal cancer patients, OS was shorter for patients with AC+CC genotypes than for those with the AA genotype (HR 1.95; 95% CI 1.35-2.83). In haplotype analysis, better OS was found for colon cancer patients carrying the MTHFR 677T-1298A haplotype (HR 0.73; 95% CI 0.55-0.97), but worse survival was linked to rectal cancer patients carrying the MTHFR 677C-1298C haplotype (HR 1.53; 95% CI 1.08-2.18). Our findings suggest that MTHFR genotypes provide prognostic information for CRC patients treated with 5-FU-based chemotherapy.

  10. The First Case of Severe Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy Associated with 5-Fluorouracil in a Patient with Abnormalities of Both Dihydropyrimidine Dehydrogenase (DPYD) and Thymidylate Synthase (TYMS) Genes

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    Smith, Melissa; Maloney, Antonio

    2016-01-01

    5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is the backbone of the chemotherapy regimens approved for treatment of many malignancies, especially colorectal cancer (CRC). The incidence of cardiotoxicity associated with 5-FU ranges between 1.5% to 18% and is most commonly manifested as anginal symptoms. Cardiomyopathy is very rarely reported with 5-FU and capecitabine. A 35-year-old Caucasian male with T3, N1, M0 rectal cancer after the initial neoadjuvant chemoradiation with 5FU/LV followed by surgical abdominoperineal resection (APR), began mFOLFOX6 in the adjuvant setting. Following the first treatment, he developed severe cardiomyopathy, with a drop in ejection fraction (EF) to 19% from normal. The cardiac workup showed no ischemic or other etiologies to explain this cardiac event. He was a nonsmoker and only occasionally drank alcohol. He had no previous or family history of heart disease and had normal cholesterol level. He was treated for severe congestive heart failure (CHF). When the patient presented to us for second opinion, we decided to examine him for dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) deficiency and thymidylate synthase (TYMS) polymorphism. The patient was found to be heterozygous for the c.85T>C mutation, resulting in reduced DPYD enzymatic activity and homozygous for TYMS 5’TSER genotype 2R/2R *f. Our group first identified and reported P453L (1358C>T) type DPYD germline mutation in a patient who developed 5-FU induced cardiotoxicity. In this paper, we describe the first case of cardiomyopathy related to DPD deficiency and homozygous polymorphism of TYMS in a patient with colon cancer following 5-FU containing regimen. Fluorouracil-related cardiomyopathy has to be anticipated and treated to prevent the serious consequence of cardiac dysfunction. The prospective testing for DPD deficiency in patients might prevent DPD-deficient patients from severe toxicity or even death, and therefore the development of a unified screening method is warranted. PMID:27752409

  11. Irinotecan or oxaliplatin combined with 5-fluorouracil and leucovorin as first-line therapy for advanced colorectal cancer: a meta-analysis

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    LIANG Xiao-bo; HOU Sheng-huai; Li Yao-ping; WANG Li-chun; ZHANG Xin; YANG Jun

    2010-01-01

    Background To compare clinical efficacy and toxicity of irinotecan combined with 5-fluorouracil and leucovorin with those of oxaliplatin combined with 5-fiuorouracil and leucovorin as first-line therapy for advanced colorectal cancer.Methods Literature search was performed by keywords "irinotecan", "oxaliplatin" and "colorectal cancer" on all randomized controlled trails reported on irinotecan versus oxaliplatin combined with 5-fluorouracil and leucovorin as first-line therapy for advanced colorectal cancer in MEDLINE, OVID, Springer, Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (CCTR) and CBMdisc (Chinese Biology and Medicine disc) before January 2010. Two authors drew the details of trial design, characteristics of patients, outcomes, and toxicity from the studies included. Data analysis was performed by RevMan 4.2.Results According to the screening criteria, 7 clinical studies with 2095 participants of advanced colorectal cancer were included in this meta analysis. The baseline characteristics of irinotecan group were similar to those of oxaliplatin group.The response rate of oxaliplatin group was higher than that of irinotecan group (relative risk (RR)=0.82, 95% confidence interval (95%CI) (0.70, 0.96), P=0.01), and the median overall survival of oxaliplatin group was longer by 2.04 months than that of irinotecan group (95%CI (-3.54, -0.54), P=0.008). In the comparison of grade 3-4 toxicity between the two groups, the incidences of nausea, emesis, diarrhoea and alopecia in irinotecan group were higher than those in oxaliplatin group (RR=1.94, 95%CI(1.22, 3.09), P=0.005; 1.71, 95%CI (1.34, 2.18), P <0.001; 14.56, 95%CI (4.11,51.66), P <0.0001), respectively. However, the incidence of neurotoxicity, neutropenia and thrombocytopenia in irinotecan group were lower than those in oxaliplatin group (RR=0.06, 95%CI(0.03, 0.14), P <0.00001; 0.70, 95%CI(0.55, 0.91), P=0.006; 0.18, 95%CI(0.05, 0.61), P=0.006), respectively.Conclusions Both irinotecan and oxaliplatin combined

  12. Shear bond strength evaluation of chemically-cured and light-cured orthodontic adhesives after enamel deproteinization with 5.25% sodium hypochlorite

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    Salim, J. C.; Krisnawati; Purbiati, M.

    2017-08-01

    This study aimed to assess the effect of enamel deproteinization with 5.25% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) before etching on the shear bond strength (SBS) of Unite (UN; 3M Unitek) and Xihu-BIOM adhesive (XB). Fifty-two maxillary first premolars were divided into four groups: (1) UN and (2) XB according to manufacturer’s recommendation and (3) UN and (4) XB deproteinized with 5.25% NaOCl. Brackets were bonded, and a mechanical test was performed using a universal testing machine. The mean SBS value for groups A1, A2, B1, and B2 was 13.51 ± 2.552, 14.36 ± 2.902, 16.43 ± 2.615, and 13.05 ± 2.348 MPa, respectively. A statistically significant difference in SBSs was observed between chemically cured groups and between group B (p adhesive groups and between group A (p > 0.05). NaOCl enamel deproteinization before acid etching has a significant effect on the SBS of Unite adhesive, but not on that of the Xihu-BIOM adhesive. Furthermore, a significant difference in the SBS of Unite and Xihu-BIOM adhesives within the enamel deproteinization group was observed in this study.

  13. Microstructures and mechanical properties of bulk nanocrystalline Fe{sub 3}Al materials with 5, 10 and 15 wt.% Cr prepared by aluminothermic reaction

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    La Peiqing, E-mail: pqla@lut.cn [State Key Laboratory of Gansu Advanced Non-ferrous Metal Materials, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China); Wang Hongding; Bai Yaping; Yang Yang; Wei Yupeng; Lu Xuefeng; Zhao Yang; Cheng Chunjie [State Key Laboratory of Gansu Advanced Non-ferrous Metal Materials, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China)

    2011-08-15

    Highlights: {yields} We prepare bulk nanocrystalline material by aluminothermic reaction. {yields} Microstructures keep bcc disordered structure of Fe{sub 3}Al. {yields} Materials have good plastic deformation and texture changes after compression. - Abstract: Bulk nanocrystalline Fe{sub 3}Al based materials with 5, 10 and 15 wt.% Cr were prepared by aluminothermic reaction, in which melts were superheated about 1500 K before solidification. Microstructures of the materials were investigated by optical microscope, electron probe microscope, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope. It was shown that microstructure of the materials consist of nanocrystalline matrix phase, which was composed of Fe, Al and Cr elements, and a small amount of contamination. The nanocrystalline phase was disordered bcc structure, and which did not change with Cr content. Average grain sizes of the nanocrystalline phase of the materials with 5, 10 and 15 wt.% Cr were 33, 21 and 37 nm, respectively. Compressive properties and hardness of the materials were tested. It indicated that the materials had a considerable plastic deformation and were not fractured in compression. Yield strength of the materials were about three times higher but hardness were a little lower than those of Fe{sub 3}Al material with coarsen grain. The hardness and yield strength of the materials varied slightly with Cr content and that of the material with 10 wt.% Cr was slightly lower. Average grain sizes of the materials decreased and texture changes appeared after the compression.

  14. CpG oligodeoxynucleotides inhibit tumor growth and reverse the immunosuppression caused by the therapy with 5-fluorouracil in murine hepatoma

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    Xian-Song Wang; Zhen Sheng; You-Bing Ruan; Yang Guang; Mu-Lan Yang

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the effect of CpG-containing oligodeoxynucleotides (CpG ODN) alone or in combination with the chemotherapeutic agent 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) on tumor growth and whether CpG ODN can reverse the immunosuppression caused by the chemotherapy with 5-FU in murine hepatoma model.METHODS: Hepatoma model was established by subcutaneous inoculation with hepatoma-22 (H22) cells into the right flank of BALB/c mice. Mice with tumor were treated by peritumoral injection of CpG ODN alone or in combination with subcutaneous injection of 5-FU. Tumor size was quantified regularly. Serum levels of IL-12 and IFN-γ in mice were assayed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The lytic capacity of splenic NK cells was tested by lactate dehydrogenase release assay.RESULTS: Peritumoral injection of CpG ODN alone or in combination with subcutaneous injection of 5-FU, and the treatment with 5-FU alone all led to significant inhibition of hepatoma growth. The mean tumor volumes fell by 46.66% in mice injected with CpG ODN, 68.34% in the 5-FU treated mice, and 70.23% in mice treated with the combination of CpG ODN and 5-FU than in controls. There was no significant difference in tumor size between 5-FUtreated mice and mice treated with the combination of 5-FU and CpG ODN (P>0.05). The serum levels of IL-12and IFN-γ of mice treated with CpG ODN alone (IL-12:464.50±24.37 pg/mL; IFN-γ:134.20±25.76 pg/mL) or with the co-administration of CpG ODN and 5-FU (IL-12:335.83±28.74 pg/mL; IFN-γ:111.00±5.33 pg/mL)were significantly higher than that of controls (IL-12:237.50±45.31 pg/mL; IFN-γ: 56.75±8.22 pg/mL). The production of IL-12 and IFN-γwas suppressed moderately in 5-FU-treated mice (IL-12:166.67±53.22 pg/mL;53.33±16.98 pg/mL) compared to control mice (P>0.05),whereas the combination of CpG ODN and 5-FU significantly increased the serum levels of IL-12 and IFN-γ compared to 5-FU alone (P<0.05). The NK cell killing activity in CpG ODNtreated mice (44.04

  15. Evaluation of mechanical properties in stainless alloy ferritic with 5 % molybdenum; Avaliacao das propriedades mecanicas em ligas inoxidaveis ferriticas com 5% de molibdenio

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    Lima Filho, V.X.; Gomes, F.H.F.; Guimaraes, R.F.; Saboia, F.H.C.; Abreu, H.F.G. de [Instituto Federal de Educacao, Ciencia e Tecnologia do Ceara (IFCE). Campus Maracanau, CE (Brazil)], e-mail: venceslau@ifce.edu.br

    2010-07-01

    The deterioration of equipment in the oil industry is caused by high aggressiveness in processing the same. One solution to this problem would increase the content of molybdenum (Mo) alloys, since this improves the corrosion resistance. As the increase of Mo content causes changes in mechanical properties, we sought to evaluate the mechanical properties of alloys with 5% Mo and different levels of chromium (Cr). Were performed metallography and hardness measurement of the alloys in the annealed condition. Subsequent tests were performed tensile and Charpy-V, both at room temperature. The results showed that 2% difference in the content of Cr did not significantly alter the mechanical properties of alloys. The alloys studied had higher values in measured properties when compared to commercial ferritic alloys with similar percentages of Cr. The high content of Mo resulted in a brittle at room temperature but ductile at temperatures above 70 degree C. (author)

  16. A randomized feasibility study evaluating the effect of radiotherapy alone or combined with 5-fluorouracil in the treatment of locally recurrent or inoperable colorectal carcinoma

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    Overgaard, M; Bertelsen, K; Dalmark, M

    1993-01-01

    The effect of radiotherapy alone or given simultaneously with 5-FU in the treatment of locally recurrent or inoperable colorectal carcinoma was investigated in a randomized feasibility trial. Twenty-nine patients were randomized to radiotherapy alone (50 Gy/5 weeks + 10-20 Gy boost), and 30...... patients to the same radiotherapy with weekly 5-FU (600 mg/m2) given before treatment every Monday during the first 5 weeks. The two groups were comparable with regard to age, sex, previous treatment, symptoms, tumour size and performance status. Treatment compliance to radiotherapy was the same in both...... to be the only parameters having prognostic influence on survival. Addition of 5-FU did neither influence the objective or symptomatic response, nor the development of distant metastases. However, addition of the drug resulted in an apparent increase in the frequency of severe acute radiation complications (33...

  17. X-ray structure of Salmonella typhimurium uridine phosphorylase complexed with 5-fluorouracil and molecular modelling of the complex of 5-fluorouracil with uridine phosphorylase from Vibrio cholerae.

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    Lashkov, Alexander A; Sotnichenko, Sergey E; Prokofiev, Igor I; Gabdulkhakov, Azat G; Agapov, Igor I; Shtil, Alexander A; Betzel, Christian; Mironov, Alexander S; Mikhailov, Al'bert M

    2012-08-01

    Uridine phosphorylase (UPh), which is a key enzyme in the reutilization pathway of pyrimidine nucleoside metabolism, is a validated target for the treatment of infectious diseases and cancer. A detailed analysis of the interactions of UPh with the therapeutic ligand 5-fluorouracil (5-FUra) is important for the rational design of pharmacological inhibitors of these enzymes in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Expanding on the preliminary analysis of the spatial organization of the active centre of UPh from the pathogenic bacterium Salmonella typhimurium (StUPh) in complex with 5-FUra [Lashkov et al. (2009), Acta Cryst. F65, 601-603], the X-ray structure of the StUPh-5-FUra complex was analysed at atomic resolution and an in silico model of the complex formed by the drug with UPh from Vibrio cholerae (VchUPh) was generated. These results should be considered in the design of selective inhibitors of UPhs from various species.

  18. DNA binding and cleavage studies of new sulfasalazine-derived dipeptide Zn(II) complex: Validation for specific recognition with 5 Prime -TMP

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    Tabassum, Sartaj, E-mail: tsartaj62@yahoo.com [Department of Chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, UP 202002 (India); Al-Asbahy, Waddhaah M.; Afzal, Mohd.; Shamsi, Manal; Arjmand, Farukh [Department of Chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, UP 202002 (India)

    2012-11-15

    A new water soluble complex [Zn(glygly)(ssz)(H{sub 2}O)]{center_dot}6H{sub 2}O, 1 derived from dipeptide (glycyl glycine) and sulfasalazine was synthesized and characterized by spectroscopic (IR, UV-vis, NMR, ESI-MS) and analytical methods. The in vitro DNA binding studies of complex 1 with calf-thymus DNA were carried out by employing various biophysical methods and molecular docking technique which reveals strong electrostatic binding via phosphate backbone of DNA helix, in addition to partial intercalation. To gain further insight into the molecular recognition at the target site, interaction studies of complex 1 with 5 Prime -TMP and 5 Prime -GMP were carried out by UV-vis titration which was validated by {sup 1}H and {sup 31}P NMR with 5 Prime -TMP, which implicate the preferential selectivity of 1 towards N3 of thymine. Complex 1 is accessible to minor groove of DNA and cleaved pBR322 DNA via hydrolytic pathway (validated by T4 ligase assay). - Graphical abstract: Synthesis, characterization, DNA binding and cleavage studies of [Zn(glygly)(ssz)(H{sub 2}O)]{center_dot}6H{sub 2}O (1) containing glycyl glycine and sulfasalazine ligand. Complex 1 recognize minor groove of DNA and show hydrolytic DNA cleavage. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Novel Zn(II) complex 1 bearing bioactive glycyl glycine and sulfasalazine ligand scaffold. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cleavage activity of 1 was enhanced in presence of activators: H{sub 2}O{sub 2}>MPA>GSH>Asc. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Complex 1 recognize minor groove as depicted in the cleavage pattern and molecular docking. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Complex 1 cleaves pBR322 DNA via hydrolytic mechanism and validated by T4 DNA ligase experiments.

  19. Microproteinuria in patients with inflammatory bowel disease:TS it associated with the disease activity or the treatment with 5-aminosalicylic acid?

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    Androniki C Poulou; Konstantinos E Goumas; Dimitrios C Dandakis; Ioannis Tyrmpas; Maria Panagiotaki; Androniki Georgouli; Dimitrios C Soutos; Athanasios Archimandritis

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To investigate whether microproteinuria in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is associated with the disease activity or the treatment with 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA).METHODS: We prospectively studied microproteinuria in 86 consecutive patients with IBD, 61 with ulcerative colitis (UC) and 25 with Crohn's disease (CD), before as well as 2 and 6 months after their inclusion in the study.Forty-six patients received 5-ASA for a period of 28.8months (range 1-168 mo). Microalbuminuria (mALB) and urine levels of the renal tubular proteins β2-microglobulin (β2mGLB) and β-N-acetyl-D-glucosamidase (β-NAG) as well as the creatinine clearance were determined in a 12-h overnight urine collection. Tumor necrosis factor-α(TNF-α) serum levels were also measured.RESULTS: A totalof 277 measurements (194 in UC patients and 83 in CD patients) were performed. The prevalence of abnormal microproteinuria in UC and CD patients was 12.9% and 6.0% for mALB, 22.7% and 27.7% for β2mGLB, and 11.3% and 8.4% for β-NAG,respectively. mALB was not associated with IBD activity.β2mGLB and β-NAG urine levels were correlated to UC activity (UCAI:P<0.01; UCEI: P<0.005). mALB in UC patients and β-NAG urine levels in CD patients were related to TNF-a serum levels. An association was noticed between microproteinuria and smoking habit.Treatment with 5-ASA was not correlated to the severity of microproteinuria or to the changes of creatinine clearance.CONCLUSION: Microproteinuria is mainly associated with UC and its activity but not affected by 5-ASA.

  20. Phase I/II study of first-line irinotecan combined with 5-fluorouracil and folinic acid Mayo Clinic schedule in patients with advanced colorectal cancer

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    Davidson Neville

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background This multicentre phase I/II study was designed to determine the maximum tolerated dose of irinotecan when combined with 5-fluorouracil and folinic acid according to the Mayo Clinic schedule and to evaluate the activity of this combination as first-line therapy in patients with advanced colorectal cancer. Methods Sixty-three patients received irinotecan (250 or 300 mg/m2, 30- to 90-minute intravenous infusion on day 1, immediately followed by folinic acid (20 mg/m2/day and 5-fluorouracil (425 mg/m2, 15-minute bolus infusion days 1 to 5, every four weeks. Results Diarrhoea was dose limiting at 300 mg/m2 irinotecan in combination with 5-fluorouracil and folinic acid, and this was determined to be the maximum tolerated dose. Grade 3–4 neutropenia was the most frequently reported toxicity. The recommended dose of irinotecan for the phase II part of the study was 250 mg/m2. The response rate for the evaluable patient population was 36% (13/36, and 44% (16 patients had stable disease (including 19% of minor response. For the intention-to-treat population, the response rate was 29% (14/49 and 35% (17 patients stable disease (including 14% of minor response. The median time to progression was 7.0 months and the median survival was 12.0 months. Grade 3–4 non-haematological drug-related toxicities included delayed diarrhoea, stomatitis, fatigue, and nausea/vomiting. There were three deaths due to septic shock that were possibly or probably treatment-related. Conclusions This regimen of irinotecan in combination with the Mayo Clinic schedule of bolus 5-fluorouracil/folinic acid every four weeks showed activity as first-line therapy in patients with advanced colorectal cancer. In keeping with other published results of studies using bolus 5-fluorouracil combined with irinotecan, the use of this regimen is limited by a relatively high rate of grade 3–4 neutropenia, and the combination of irinotecan and infusional 5-fluorouracil

  1. Anticancer activity of an extract from needles and twigs of Taxus cuspidata and its synergistic effect as a cocktail with 5-fluorouracil

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    Shang Weihu

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Botanical medicines are increasingly combined with chemotherapeutics as anticancer drug cocktails. This study aimed to assess the chemotherapeutic potential of an extract of Taxus cuspidata (TC needles and twigs produced by artificial cuttage and its co-effects as a cocktail with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU. Methods Components of TC extract were identified by HPLC fingerprinting. Cytotoxicity analysis was performed by MTT assay or ATP assay. Apoptosis studies were analyzed by H & E, PI, TUNEL staining, as well as Annexin V/PI assay. Cell cycle analysis was performed by flow cytometry. 5-FU concentrations in rat plasma were determined by HPLC and the pharmacokinetic parameters were estimated using 3p87 software. Synergistic efficacy was subjected to median effect analysis with the mutually nonexclusive model using Calcusyn1 software. The significance of differences between values was estimated by using a one-way ANOVA. Results TC extract reached inhibition rates of 70-90% in different human cancer cell lines (HL-60, BGC-823, KB, Bel-7402, and HeLa but only 5-7% in normal mouse T/B lymphocytes, demonstrating the broad-spectrum anticancer activity and low toxicity to normal cells of TC extract in vitro. TC extract inhibited cancer cell growth by inducing apoptosis and G2/M cell cycle arrest. Most interestingly, TC extract and 5-FU, combined as a cocktail, synergistically inhibited the growth of cancer cells in vitro, with Combination Index values (CI ranging from 0.90 to 0.26 at different effect levels from IC50 to IC90 in MCF-7 cells, CI ranging from 0.93 to 0.13 for IC40 to IC90 in PC-3M-1E8 cells, and CI TC extract did not affect the pharmacokinetics of 5-FU in rats. Conclusions The combinational use of the TC extract with 5-FU displays strong cytotoxic synergy in cancer cells and low cytotoxicity in normal cells. These findings suggest that this cocktail may have a potential role in cancer treatment.

  2. Differential interference of vitamin D analogs PRI-1906, PRI-2191, and PRI-2205 with the renewal of human colon cancer cells refractory to treatment with 5-fluorouracil.

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    Kotlarz, Agnieszka; Przybyszewska, Małgorzata; Swoboda, Paweł; Miłoszewska, Joanna; Grygorowicz, Monika Anna; Kutner, Andrzej; Markowicz, Sergiusz

    2016-04-01

    This study was aimed to determine whether hypocalcemic analogs of active forms of vitamins D modulate expression of genes related to stem-like phenotype in colon cancer cell lines HT-29 and HCT-116 undergoing renewal after the treatment with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Both lines express vitamin D receptor, but differ in differentiation stage and vitamin D sensitivity. Cells that resisted the 5-FU exposure were treated with synthetic analog of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2 (PRI-1906) and analogs of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (PRI-2191 and PRI-2205). Proliferative activity was more profoundly affected by vitamin D analogs in HT-29/5-FU than in HCT-116/5-FU cells. In HT-29/5-FU cells, analogs PRI-1906 and PRI-2191 downregulated the expression of genes related to survival, re-growth, and invasiveness during renewal, while PRI-2205 increased expression of genes related to differentiation only. In HCT-116/5-FU cells, PRI-2191 decreased the expression of stemness- and angiogenesis-related genes, whereas PRI-1906 augmented their expression. The effects in HCT-116/5-FU cells were observed at higher concentrations of the analogs than those used for HT-29/5-FU cells. Out of the series of analogs studied, PRI-2191 might be used to counteract the renewal of both moderately and poorly differentiated cancer cells following conventional treatment.

  3. Does pharmacogenomics account for variability in control of acute chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting with 5-hydroxytryptamine type 3 receptor antagonists?

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    Trammel, Morgan; Roederer, Mary; Patel, Jai; McLeod, Howard

    2013-06-01

    Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting is one of the most concerning adverse drug effects from cytotoxic chemotherapy. Despite appropriate use of antiemetic guidelines, 20-30 % of patients experience breakthrough nausea and vomiting secondary to chemotherapy. To assess the variability of 5-hydroxytryptamine type 3 receptor antagonist efficacy caused by genetic variation, a review of the available literature was conducted. From the literature, three sources of pharmacogenomic variability were identified: polymorphisms associated with 5-hydroxytryptamine type 3 receptor subunits, drug metabolism via cytochromes P450, and drug transport in the body. Testing for receptor subunit polymorphisms is not applicable to a clinical setting at this time; however, cytochrome P450 2D6 testing is FDA-approved and widely accessible. Cytochrome P450 2D6 ultrarapid metabolizers and poor metabolizers displayed altered antiemetic efficacy when compared with intermediate metabolizers and extensive metabolizers. We postulate that testing for cytochrome P450 2D6 phenotypes may be the most accessible way to provide individualized antiemetic therapy in the future.

  4. The polycondensing temperature rather than time determines the degradation and drug release of poly(glycerol-sebacate) doped with 5-fluorouracil.

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    Sun, Zhi-Jie; Sun, Cheng-Wu; Sun, Bo; Lu, Xi-Li; Dong, De-Li

    2012-01-01

    Poly(glycerol-sebacate) (PGS) is an elastomeric biodegradable polyester that could be used as biodegradable drug carrier. We have previously prepared PGS implants doped with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU-PGSs) and found that 5-FU-PGSs exhibited an initial burst of 5-FU release during in vitro degradation. The synthesis temperature and time are two of the most important reaction conditions for polymer synthesis. Therefore, in order to establish a controllable drug-release manner, we prepared a series of 5-FU-PGS with 2% weight of 5-FU under synthesis conditions with different polycondensing temperature and time and characterized the infrared spectrum properties, in vitro degradation and drug release. Results showed that the polycondensing temperature determined the mechanical properties, degradation and drug release of 5-FU-PGSs. With the polycondensing temperature increasing, the elastic modulus and hardness of 5-FU-PGSs increased, and the mass loss and 5-FU release rate decreased. The polycondensing time had no significant influence on the mechanical property, degradation and drug release of 5-FU-PGSs. We suggest that the polycondensing temperature is the factor to control the drug-release manner.

  5. Buspirone, gepirone, ipsapirone, and zalospirone have distinct effects on the differential-reinforcement-of-low-rate 72-s schedule when compared with 5-HTP and diazepam.

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    Richards, J B; Sabol, K E; Hand, T H; Jolly, D C; Marek, G J; Seiden, L S

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    The effects of four serotonin (5-HT)-1A compounds (buspirone, gepirone, ipsapirone and zalospirone) were compared with 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) [a 5-HT precursor with antidepressant (AD) efficacy], and diazepam (a benzodiazepine anxiolytic), on a differential-reinforcement-of-low-rate 72-s (DRL 72-s) schedule. Past research has shown that AD and anxiolytic compounds each have distinct effects on the DRL 72-s interresponse time (IRT) distribution profile. In the present paper, the profile of the IRT distribution was quantitatively characterized by three metrics: burst ratio, peak location and peak area. 5-HTP shifted the IRT distribution peak toward longer IRT durations, increased reinforcement rate and decreased response rate. The profile of the IRT distribution was not disrupted by 5-HTP. Diazepam disrupted the IRT distribution and increased bursting. In general, the arylpiperazine, 5-HT1A compounds increased reinforcement rate, decreased response rate and disrupted the profile of the IRT distribution. The effects of the four arylpiperazine 5-HT1A compounds on the IRT distribution profile were different from the AD profile of 5-HTP and the benzodiazepine anxiolytic profile of diazepam. Disruption of the IRT distribution by buspirone, gepirone, ipsapirone and zalospirone may result from decreased 5-HT transmission mediated by the presynaptic, somatodendritic 5-HT1A receptor.

  6. Role of GSTM1 Copy Number Variant in the Prognosis of Thai Colorectal Cancer Patients Treated with 5-FU-based Chemotherapy

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    Pongtheerat, Tanett; Saelee, Pensri

    2016-10-01

    Background: Glutathione S-transferase M1 (GSTM1) is involved in the detoxification of carcinogenic agents. DNA copy number variants of GSTM1 may be associated with cancer progression and may result in reduced survival time of various cancers. Determination of DNA copy number variants was here used to assess the association between GSTM1 copy number variant and pathological status and survival time of colorectal-cancer patients treated with 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy. Methods: One hundred thirteen Thai colorectal-cancer patients were investigated for GSTM1 copy number variant by real-time PCR. Relationships between gene copy number variants and clinico-pathological parameters were determined. Result: Associations were evident between GSTM1 copy number and stage of tumor (P = 0.026) and metastasis at diagnosis (P = 0.049), with odds ratio values of 0.2 and 0.3 respectively. Conclusions: GSTM1 copy number variant was here not related with reduced overall survival for the colorectal-cancer patients receiving 5-FU-based chemotherapy. Creative Commons Attribution License

  7. Outcome predictors for treatment success with 5% lidocaine medicated plaster in low back pain with neuropathic components and neuropathic pain after surgical and nonsurgical trauma

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    Nicolaou, Andrew; Nicholson, Bruce; Hans, Guy; Brasseur, Louis

    2011-01-01

    Five percent lidocaine medicated plaster has been proven efficacious for the symptomatic relief of neuropathic pain in diverse pain conditions which might be attributed to a common localized symptomatology in these indications, possibly with common predictors of treatment success. To discuss potential symptoms and other factors predicting response to treatment with lidocaine plaster for the indications of low back pain with neuropathic components and neuropathic pain after surgical and nonsurgical trauma, 44 pain specialists from 17 countries attended a two-day conference meeting in December 2009. Discussions were based on the retrospective analysis of case reports (sent in by participants in the four weeks prior to the meeting) and the practical experience of the participants. The results indicate some predictors for success with 5% lidocaine medicated plaster for the two indications. Localized pain, hyperalgesia and/or allodynia, and other positive sensory symptoms, such as dysesthesia, were considered positive predictors, whereas widespread pain and negative sensory symptoms were regarded as negative predictors. Paresthesia, diagnosis, and site of pain were considered to be of no predictive value. Common symptomatology with other neurologic pathologies suggests that treatment of localized neuropathic pain symptoms with the plaster can be considered across different neuropathic pain indications. PMID:21386952

  8. Structural Rearrangements in the Active Site of the Thermus thermophilus 16S rRNA Methyltransferase KsgA in a Binary Complex with 5'-Methylthioadenosine

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    Demirci, H.; Belardinelli, R; Seri, E; Gregory, S; Gualerzi, C; Dahlberg, A; Jogl, G

    2009-01-01

    Posttranscriptional modification of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) occurs in all kingdoms of life. The S-adenosyl-l-methionine-dependent methyltransferase KsgA introduces the most highly conserved rRNA modification, the dimethylation of A1518 and A1519 of 16S rRNA. Loss of this dimethylation confers resistance to the antibiotic kasugamycin. Here, we report biochemical studies and high-resolution crystal structures of KsgA from Thermus thermophilus. Methylation of 30S ribosomal subunits by T. thermophilus KsgA is more efficient at low concentrations of magnesium ions, suggesting that partially unfolded RNA is the preferred substrate. The overall structure is similar to that of other methyltransferases but contains an additional ?-helix in a novel N-terminal extension. Comparison of the apoenzyme with complex structures with 5?-methylthioadenosine or adenosine bound in the cofactor-binding site reveals novel features when compared with related enzymes. Several mobile loop regions that restrict access to the cofactor-binding site are observed. In addition, the orientation of residues in the substrate-binding site indicates that conformational changes are required for binding two adjacent residues of the substrate rRNA.

  9. Modulation of thymidilate synthase and p53 expression by HDAC inhibitor vorinostat resulted in synergistic antitumor effect in combination with 5FU or raltitrexed.

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    Di Gennaro, Elena; Bruzzese, Francesca; Pepe, Stefano; Leone, Alessandra; Delrio, Paolo; Subbarayan, Pochi R; Avallone, Antonio; Budillon, Alfredo

    2009-05-01

    Despite the introduction of several novel anticancer agents almost 50% of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients die for cancer suggesting the necessity of new therapeutical approaches. In this study we demonstrated that the HDAC inhibitor vorinostat exerted potent antiproliferative effect in a panel of mut- and wt-p53 human CRC cell lines. Moreover, in combination with 5-fluorouracil modulated by folinic acid (5FU-FA) or with Raltitrexed (RTX), both commonly used in the treatment of this disease, it showed a clear schedule-dependent synergistic antiproliferative interaction as demonstrated by calculating combination indexes. Only simultaneous, or 24 h pretreatment with vorinostat followed by either agent, produced synergistic effect paralleled by evident cell cycle perturbations with major S-phase arrest. Moreover, we provided for the first time evidences that vorinostat can overcome resistance to both 5FU and RTX. Downmodulation of Thymidilate synthase (TS) protein induced by vorinostat within 24 h, represented a key factor in enhancing the effects of both drugs in sensitive as well as resistant tumor cells. Furthermore, p53, whose wild-type expression is critical for sensitivity to 5FU and RTX, was upregulated by vorinostat in wt- and downregulated in mut-p53 cells, suggesting an additional mechanism of the antiproliferative synergistic interactions observed. Overall these data add new insights in the mechanism of vorinostat antitumor effect and suggested that the association of vorinostat plus 5FU-FA and/or RTX should be clinically explored.

  10. Preparation and characterization of different sizes of ethosomes encapsulated with 5-fluorouracil and its experimental study of permeability in hypertrophic scar.

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    Mao, Xiaohui; Wo, Yan; He, Rong; Qian, Yunliang; Zhang, Yixin; Cui, Daxiang

    2010-07-01

    With the aim of investigating scar penetration efficiency of different sizes of ethosomes encapsulated with Fluorouracil, three kinds of ethosomes with different sizes were prepared by extruding the vesicles through polycarbonate membrane filters, their encapsulation efficiency of Fluorouracil (5-FU) were investigated by dialysis method, their scar-penetration efficiencies were analyzed by filling Rodanmin 6GO into ethosomes and using confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). The prepared ethosomes were 216 +/- 19 nm, 107 +/- 13 nm, and 65 +/- 10 nm in diameter respectively, and exhibited good dispersibility. Their encapsulation efficiency of 5-FU were 12%, 34%, and 41%, respectively. The results indicated that the 5-FU penetration was reversely related to the size of the size of the ethosomes. The ethosomes of 65 nm in diameter exhibited maximal fluorescence penetration efficiency which could reach the deep layer of dermis of hypertrophic scar. In conclusion, three different sizes of 5-FU ethosomes were prepared successfully, the ethosomes of 65 nm in diameter with 5-FU can penetrate scar high efficiently, which has potential in application such as anti-scar drug carriers in scar therapy in near future.

  11. Caveolin-1 interacts with 5-HT2A serotonin receptors and profoundly modulates the signaling of selected Galphaq-coupled protein receptors.

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    Bhatnagar, Anushree; Sheffler, Douglas J; Kroeze, Wesley K; Compton-Toth, BethAnn; Roth, Bryan L

    2004-08-13

    5-Hydroxytryptamine 2A (5-HT(2A)) serotonin receptors are important for a variety of functions including vascular smooth muscle contraction, platelet aggregation, and the modulation of perception, cognition, and emotion. In a search for 5-HT(2A) receptor-interacting proteins, we discovered that caveolin-1 (Cav-1), a scaffolding protein enriched in caveolae, complexes with 5-HT(2A) receptors in a number of cell types including C6 glioma cells, transfected HEK-293 cells, and rat brain synaptic membrane preparations. To address the functional significance of this interaction, we performed RNA interference-mediated knockdown of Cav-1 in C6 glioma cells, a cell type that endogenously expresses both 5-HT(2A) receptors and Cav-1. We discovered that the in vitro knockdown of Cav-1 in C6 glioma cells nearly abolished 5-HT(2A) receptor-mediated signal transduction as measured by calcium flux assays. RNA interference-mediated knockdown of Cav-1 also greatly attenuated endogenous Galpha(q)-coupled P2Y purinergic receptor-mediated signaling without altering the signaling of PAR-1 thrombin receptors. Cav-1 appeared to modulate 5-HT(2A) signaling by facilitating the interaction of 5-HT(2A) receptors with Galpha(q). These studies provide compelling evidence for a prominent role of Cav-1 in regulating the functional activity of not only 5-HT(2A) serotonin receptors but also selected Galpha(q)-coupled receptors.

  12. Fretting wear behaviour of hydroxyapatite-titanium composites in simulated body fluid, supplemented with 5 g l-1 bovine serum albumin

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    Kumar, Alok; Biswas, Krishanu; Basu, Bikramjit

    2013-10-01

    Damaged articulating joints can be repaired or replaced with synthetic biomaterials, which can release wear debris due to articulation, leading to the osteolysis. In a recent work, it has been shown that it is possible to achieve a better combination of flexural strength/fracture toughness as well as in vitro bioactivity and cytocompatibility properties in spark plasma sintered hydroxyapatite-titanium (HA-Ti) composites. Although hydroxyapatite and titanium are well documented for their good biocompatibility, nanosized hydroxyapatite (HA) and titanium (Ti) particles can cause severe toxicity to cells. In order to address this issue, fretting wear study of HA-Ti composites under dry and wet (1× SBF, supplemented with 5 g l-1 bovine serum albumin (BSA)) condition was performed to assess the wear resistance as well as wear debris formation, in vitro. The experimental results reveal one order of magnitude lower wear rate for HA-10 wt% Ti (7.5 × 10-5 mm3 N-1 m-1) composite than monolithic HA (3.9 × 10-4 mm3 N-1 m-1) in simulated body fluid. The difference in the tribological properties has been analyzed in the light of phase assemblages and mechanical properties. Overall, the results suggest the potential use of HA-Ti composites over existing HA-based biocomposites in orthopedic as well as dental applications.

  13. Catastrophic wind damage to North American forests and the potential impact of climate change.

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    Peterson, C J

    2000-11-15

    Catastrophic winds from tornadoes and downbursts are a major cause of natural disturbance in forests of eastern North America, accounting for thousands of hectares of disturbed area annually. Wind disturbance shows substantial regional variation, decreasing from the mid-west to the east and from the south-east to New England. In terms of the relative importance among these types of storms, more forest damage results from tornadoes in the south-east and mid-west, while downbursts are the most important type of wind disturbance in the Great Lakes area. Downbursts vary widely in size, but large ones can damage thousands of hectares, while tornadoes are much smaller, seldom affecting more than several hundred hectares. Tornadoes cause the most severe wind disturbances. Site characteristics such as physiography, soil moisture, and soil depth; stand characteristics like density and canopy roughness; and tree characteristics such as size, species, rooting depth, and wood strength, are the factors most recognized as influencing damage patterns. The consequences of wind damage to forests, such as change in environmental conditions, density, size structure, species composition, and successional status, occur on both immediate (hours-to-days) and long-term (months-to-decades) time scales. Most wind disturbances result in the post-disturbance vegetation being comprised of surviving canopy trees, and varying amounts of sprouts, released understory stems, and new seedlings. Stand size structure is usually reduced, and successional status of a forest is often advanced. Diversity can be either increased or decreased, depending on the measure of abundance used to calculate diversity. Because tornadoes and downbursts are in part products of thermodynamic climatic circumstances, they may be affected by anticipated changes in climatic conditions as the 21st century progresses. However, the current understanding of tornado and downburst formation from supercell storms is very

  14. Catastrophic wind damage to North American forests and the potential impact of climate change

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    Peterson, C.J. [Department of Botany, 2502 Plant Sciences Building, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7271 (United States)

    2000-11-15

    Catastrophic winds from tornadoes and downbursts are a major cause of natural disturbance in forests of eastern North America, accounting for thousands of hectares of disturbed area annually. Wind disturbance shows substantial regional variation, decreasing from the mid-west to the east and from the south-east to New England. In terms of the relative importance among these types of storms, more forest damage results from tornadoes in the south-east and mid-west, while downbursts are the most important type of wind disturbance in the Great Lakes area. Downbursts vary widely in size, but large ones can damage thousands of hectares, while tornadoes are much smaller, seldom affecting more than several hundred hectares. Tornadoes cause the most severe wind disturbances. Site characteristics such as physiography, soil moisture, and soil depth; stand characteristics like density and canopy roughness; and tree characteristics such as size, species, rooting depth, and wood strength, are the factors most recognized as influencing damage patterns. The consequences of wind damage to forests, such as change in environmental conditions, density, size structure, species composition, and successional status, occur on both immediate (hours-to-days) and long-term (months-to-decades) time scales. Most wind disturbances result in the post-disturbance vegetation being comprised of surviving canopy trees, and varying amounts of sprouts, released understory stems, and new seedlings. Stand size structure is usually reduced, and successional status of a forest is often advanced. Diversity can be either increased or decreased, depending on the measure of abundance used to calculate diversity. Because tornadoes and downbursts are in part products of thermodynamic climatic circumstances, they may be affected by anticipated changes in climatic conditions as the 21st century progresses. However, the current understanding of tornado and downburst formation from supercell storms is very

  15. DSP-1053, a novel serotonin reuptake inhibitor with 5-HT1A partial agonistic activity, displays fast antidepressant effect with minimal undesirable effects in juvenile rats.

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    Kato, Taro; Matsumoto, Yuji; Yamamoto, Masanori; Matsumoto, Kenji; Baba, Satoko; Nakamichi, Keiko; Matsuda, Harumi; Nishimuta, Haruka; Yabuuchi, Kazuki

    2015-06-01

    Enhancement of serotonergic neurotransmission has been the main stream of treatment for patients with depression. However, delayed therapeutic onset and undesirable side effects are major drawbacks for conventional serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Here, we show that DSP-1053, a novel serotonin reuptake inhibitor with 5-HT1A partial agonistic activity, displays fast antidepressant efficacy with minimal undesirable effects, especially nausea and emesis in animal models. DSP-1053 bound human serotonin transporter and 5-HT1A receptor with the K i values of 1.02 ± 0.06 and 5.05 ± 1.07 nmol/L, respectively. This compound inhibited the serotonin transporter with an IC50 value of 2.74 ± 0.41 nmol/L and had an intrinsic activity for 5-HT1A receptors of 70.0 ± 6.3%. In rat microdialysis, DSP-1053, given once at 3 and 10 mg kg(-1), dose-dependently increased extracellular 5-HT levels. In the rat forced swimming test, 2-week administration of DSR-1053 (1 mg kg(-1)) significantly reduced rats immobility time after treatment, whereas paroxetine (3 and 10 mg kg(-1)) required 3-week administration to reduce rats immobility time. In olfactory bulbectomy model, 1- and 2-week administration of DSP-1053 reduced both of emotional scores and activity in the open field, whereas paroxetine required 2 weeks to show similar beneficial effects. Although single administration of DSP-1053-induced emesis and vomiting in the rat and Suncus murinus, multiple treatment with this compound, but not with paroxetine, decreased the number of vomiting episodes. These results highlight the important role of 5-HT1A receptors in both the efficacy and tolerability of DSP-1053 as a new therapeutic option for the treatment of depression.

  16. Insensitivity of NMRI mice to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in the tail suspension test can be reversed by co-treatment with 5-hydroxytryptophan.

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    Jacobsen, Jacob P R; Nielsen, Elsebet Ø; Hummel, Rene; Redrobe, John Paul; Mirza, Naheed; Weikop, Pia

    2008-08-01

    Exploring differences between mouse strains in drug effects in models of antidepressant-like activity may provide clues to the neurobiology of antidepressant responses. The objective of this study was to explore whether insensitivity to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in NMRI mice in the tail suspension test can be related to 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) function. We compared NMRI and C57Bl/6 mice, a SSRI-sensitive strain, in the tail suspension test following citalopram, paroxetine, or fluoxetine and determined 5-HT transporter (5-HTT) densities, 5-HT tissue and extracellular levels, 5-HT synthesis, tryptophan hydroxylase 2 (TPH2) genotypes and hypothermia induced by the 5-HT(1A) agonist 8-OH-DPAT. In NMRI mice, we tested if co-treatment with 5-HTP would increase 5-HT levels and confer SSRI sensitivity in the tail suspension test. C57Bl/6, but not NMRI, mice responded to SSRIs in the tail suspension test. 5-HTT densities in the frontal cortex and hippocampus were similar between the strains. NMRI mice had lower tissue 5-HT levels in these regions and decreased extracellular 5-HT in the frontal cortex at baseline and following citalopram. C57Bl/6 mice were more sensitive to 8-OH-DPAT-induced hypothermia. Both strains had the 1473C TPH2 genotype and similar 5-HT synthesis. In NMRI mice, 5-HTP co-treatment restored the tail suspension and extracellular 5-HT responses to SSRIs to levels equivalent to those seen in C57Bl/6 mice. Low 5-HT function in NMRI mice may account for their insensitivity to SSRIs in the tail suspension test. As the tail suspension test is a predictor of clinical efficacy, the current data suggest that 5-HTP adjunct treatment may benefit SSRI treatment refractory patients.

  17. E2F1/TS Immunophenotype and Survival of Patients with Colorectal Cancer Treated with 5FU-Based Adjuvant Therapy.

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    Sulzyc-Bielicka, Violetta; Domagala, Pawel; Bielicki, Dariusz; Safranow, Krzysztof; Rogowski, Wojciech; Domagala, Wenancjusz

    2016-07-01

    The predictive value of thymidylate synthase (TS) expression alone for 5FU-based treatment of colorectal cancer (CRC) has not been clinically confirmed. Little is known on the association of expression of E2F1, which controls the transcription of genes encoding proteins engaged in DNA synthesis including TS, and survival of patients with CRC. The purpose of this study is to assess the correlation between expression of both E2F1 and TS in CRCs and survival of patients administered adjuvant 5FU-based chemotherapy, in order to find a better predictor of treatment outcome than expression of TS or E2F1 alone. Nuclear TS and E2F1 were detected by immunohistochemistry in tissue microarrays from 190 CRCs (Astler-Coller stage B2 or C). Multivariate analysis identified significant association of the combined E2F1+TS+ immunophenotype with worse OS (HR = 3,78, P = 0,009) and DFS (HR = 2,30, P = 0,03) of patients with colon cancer. There were significant differences between E2F1+TS+ and E2F1-TS- Kaplan-Meier survival curves in relation to DFS (P = 0.008) and OS (P = 0.01). About 37 and 31 % difference in 3-year DFS and OS respectively were seen between patients with E2F1+TS+ vs. E2F1-TS- colon cancer immunophenotype. The E2F1+TS+ immunophenotype may be a marker of poor prognosis (the worst DFS and OS) of patients with colon cancer treated with 5FU-based adjuvant therapy. A subgroup of patients with this immunophenotype may require different and perhaps more aggressive treatment than 5FU-based chemotherapy. Thus, the combined E2F1/TS immunophenotype could be a potential indicator of colon cancer sensitivity to 5FU.

  18. A pilot study of first-line chemotherapy with 5-FU and Platinum in advanced and recurrent cancer of the cervix

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    Ghaemmaghami F

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available This study was designed to assess the role of first-line chemotherapy with 5-FU and platinum in the treatment of advanced or recurrent cervical cancer, ten patients with advanced or recurrent cancer of the cervix, with no prior chemotherapy were entered in phase II trial, from Oct. 2000 to Nov. 2001. Eight patients were treated with cis-platinum (50 mg/m2 over 60 minutes in first day followed by 5-FU (1 g/m2 over 24 hours for 4 days and two patients with impaired renal function were treated with carboplatin (300 mg/m2 over 15 minutes in first day followed by 5-FU (1 g/m2 over 24 hours for 4 days every three weeks, until progression of disease or prohibitive toxicity had been observed. Median age was 52 years (range: 28-70 years. Ten patients received a total of 42 cycles of chemotherapy. The mean number of chemotherapy cycles was 4.2 (median 4, range: 3-7. Three patients had partial response (30%, CI, 1.7%-58.5%. Mean response duration was 198 days (range: 122-273 days. Four patients required red blood cell transfusions; three of them had grade II and one of them grade III nausea and vomiting Two had fever and neutropenia (one developed acute renal insufficiency, and there wee no treatment related mortalities. First-line chemotherapy with platinum and 5-FU for advanced recurrent cervical cancer is promising and deserves consideration for large phase III trials.

  19. {alpha}4 {beta}2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor in Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment: a study with 5-[I-123]iodo-A-85380 SPECT

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    Park, Eun Kyung; Kim, Yu Kyeong; Kim, Sang Yun; Kim, Sang Eun [Seoul National Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-07-01

    It has been reported that the number of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) is decreased in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and the degree of cholinergic deficit is correlated with cognitive impairment. We examined neuronal nAChR distribution of AD patients using 5-[I-123]iodo-A85380 (5-IA) SPECT and correlated it with the pattern of cerebral glucose metabolic impairment and the severity of cognitive impairment. Five clinically diagnosed AD patients, 5 amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) patients, and 10 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were studied with 5-IA SPECT and brain FDG PET. 5-IA SPECT was performed for 30 min at 120 min after radiotracer injection. FDG PET was done within one month interval. Neuropsychological tests were done for cognitive evaluation. A nAChR parameter DV was calculated in brain regions using cerebellum as reference tissue. All scan images were analyzed using SPM2 and ANOVA was done for group comparison. P value less than 0.005 was considered significant. 5-IA SPECT images of AD patients revealed significantly reduced nAChR distribution in the anterior cingulate cortex, striatum, and the left temporal cortex. MCI patients demonstrated decreased receptor distribution mainly in the subcortical areas. Cortical nAChR distribution showed correlation with cortical glucose metabolism and subcortical with that of posterior cingulate cortex (PCC). Episodic memory and semantic verbal fluency showed significant correlation with nAChR distribution of periventricular white matter (PVWM), visuospatial function evaluated with RCFT with that of PCC, left temporoparietal cortex, and frontal lobe white matter, and MMSE with that of PVWM, frontal cortex, and striatum. These data demonstrate reduction of nAChR distribution in patients with AD, which has significant correlation with cerebral glucose metabolism and cognitive impairment. It might be useful for diagnosis of AD, and for monitoring individualized treatments targeted at nAChRs.

  20. Coordination and metalation bifunctionality of Cu with 5,10,15,20-tetra(4-pyridyl)porphyrin: toward a mixed-valence two-dimensional coordination network.

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    Li, Yang; Xiao, Jie; Shubina, Tatyana E; Chen, Min; Shi, Ziliang; Schmid, Martin; Steinrück, Hans-Peter; Gottfried, J Michael; Lin, Nian

    2012-04-11

    We investigated the coordination self-assembly and metalation reaction of Cu with 5,10,15,20-tetra(4-pyridyl)porphyrin (2HTPyP) on a Au(111) surface by means of scanning tunneling microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and density functional theory calculations. 2HTPyP was found to interact with Cu through both the peripheral pyridyl groups and the porphyrin core. Pairs of pyridyl groups from neighboring molecules coordinate Cu(0) atoms, which leads to the formation of a supramolecular metal-organic coordination network. The network formation occurs at room temperature; annealing at 450 K enhances the process. The interaction of Cu with the porphyrin core is more complex. At room temperature, formation of an initial complex Cu(0)-2HTPyP is observed. Annealing at 450 K activates an intramolecular redox reaction, by which the coordinated Cu(0) is oxidized to Cu(II) and the complex Cu(II)TPyP is formed. The coordination network consists then of Cu(II) complexes linked by Cu(0) atoms; that is, it represents a mixed-valence two-dimensional coordination network consisting of an ordered array of Cu(II) and Cu(0) centers. Above 520 K, the network degrades and the Cu atoms in the linking positions diffuse into the substrate, while the Cu(II)TPyP complexes form a close-packed structure that is stabilized by weak intermolecular interactions. Density functional theory investigations show that the reaction with Cu(0) proceeds via formation of an initial complex between metal atom and porphyrin followed by formation of Cu(II) porphyrin within the course of the reaction. The activation barrier of the rate limiting step was found to be 24-37 kcal mol(-1) depending on the method used. In addition, linear coordination of a Cu atom by two CuTPyP molecules is favorable according to gas-phase calculations. © 2012 American Chemical Society

  1. A common class of transcripts with 5′-intron depletion, distinct early coding sequence features, and N1-methyladenosine modification

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    Cenik, Can; Chua, Hon Nian; Singh, Guramrit; Akef, Abdalla; Snyder, Michael P.; Palazzo, Alexander F.

    2017-01-01

    Introns are found in 5′ untranslated regions (5′UTRs) for 35% of all human transcripts. These 5′UTR introns are not randomly distributed: Genes that encode secreted, membrane-bound and mitochondrial proteins are less likely to have them. Curiously, transcripts lacking 5′UTR introns tend to harbor specific RNA sequence elements in their early coding regions. To model and understand the connection between coding-region sequence and 5′UTR intron status, we developed a classifier that can predict 5′UTR intron status with >80% accuracy using only sequence features in the early coding region. Thus, the classifier identifies transcripts with 5′ proximal-intron-minus-like-coding regions (“5IM” transcripts). Unexpectedly, we found that the early coding sequence features defining 5IM transcripts are widespread, appearing in 21% of all human RefSeq transcripts. The 5IM class of transcripts is enriched for non-AUG start codons, more extensive secondary structure both preceding the start codon and near the 5′ cap, greater dependence on eIF4E for translation, and association with ER-proximal ribosomes. 5IM transcripts are bound by the exon junction complex (EJC) at noncanonical 5′ proximal positions. Finally, N1-methyladenosines are specifically enriched in the early coding regions of 5IM transcripts. Taken together, our analyses point to the existence of a distinct 5IM class comprising ∼20% of human transcripts. This class is defined by depletion of 5′ proximal introns, presence of specific RNA sequence features associated with low translation efficiency, N1-methyladenosines in the early coding region, and enrichment for noncanonical binding by the EJC. PMID:27994090

  2. Effect of cell cycle phase on the sensitivity of SAS cells to sonodynamic therapy using low-intensity ultrasound combined with 5-aminolevulinic acid in vitro.

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    Li, Nan; Sun, Miao; Wang, Yao; Lv, Yanhong; Hu, Zheng; Cao, Wenwu; Zheng, Jinhua; Jiao, Xiaohui

    2015-08-01

    Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) with 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) can effectively inhibit various types of tumor in vitro and in vivo. However, the association between the efficacy of SDT and the phase of the cell cycle remains to be elucidated. 5-ALA may generate different quantities of sonosensitizer, protoporphyrin IX (PpIX), in different phases of the cell cycle, which may result in differences in sensitivity to 5-ALA-induced SDT. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of the cell cycle on the susceptibility of SAS cells to SDT following synchronization to different cell cycle phases. These results indicates that the rates of cell death and apoptosis of the SAS cells in the S and G2/M phases were significantly higher following SDT, compared with those in the G1-phase cells and unsynchronized cells, with a corresponding increase in PpIX in the S and G2/M cells. In addition, the expression of caspase-3 increased, while that of B-cell lymphoma (Bcl)-2 decreased markedly in theS and G2/M cells following SDT. Cyclin A was also expressed at higher levels in the S and G2/M cells, compared with the G1-phase cells. SDT also caused a significant upregulation of cyclin A in all phases of the cell cycle, however this was most marked in the S and G2/M cells. It was hypothesized that high expression levels of cyclin A in the S and G2/M cells may promote the induction of caspase-3 and reduce the induction of Bcl-2 by SDT and, therefore, enhance apoptosis. Taken together, these data demonstrated that cells in The S and G2/M phases generate more intracellular PpIX, have higher levels of cyclin A and are, therefore, more sensitive to SDT-induced cytotoxicity. These findings indicate the potential novel approach to preventing the onset of cancer by combining cell-cycle regulators with SDT. This sequential combination therapy may be a simple and cost-effective way of enhancing the effects of SDT in clinical settings.

  3. Application of multiwall carbon nanotubes impregnated with 5-dodecylsalicylaldoxime for on-line copper preconcentration and determination in water samples by flame atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Tobiasz, Anna; Walas, Stanisław; Soto Hernández, Arlene; Mrowiec, Halina

    2012-07-15

    The paper presents application of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) modified with 5-dodecylsalicylaldoxime to copper(II) flow-injection on-line preconcentration and flame atomic absorption spectrometric (FAAS) determination. Two new sorbents were obtained by impregnation of MWCNTs with Cu(II)-LIX 622(®) complex, however in the first case modification was preceded by carbon wall activation via oxidization (Cu-LIX-CNT-A sorbent), and in the second one no surface activation was performed (Cu-LIX-CNT sorbent). It was found that effective leaching of initially introduced copper and Cu(II) retained in preconcentration process could be realized with the use 7% and 5% (v/v) nitric acid, for particular sorbents. Testing the influence of loading solution pH and rate of loading on sorption it was found out that optimal range of loading solution pH was about 4.5-6.3 for activated and 6.15-6.25 for non-activated CNT. Investigation of sorption kinetics showed that the process can be described by pseudo-second order reaction model. Sorption equilibrium conditions (90% sorption) for LIX-CNT-A and LIX-CNT were obtained after 8-15min, respectively and maximum sorption capacity for the new sorbents amounted to 18.1mgg(-1) and 31.6mgg(-1), respectively. For the examined sorbents enrichment factors increased with extension of loading time up to 180s: linearly for activated and non-linearly for non-activated MWCNTs. Influence of potential interferents such as Cd(II), Zn(II), Fe(III), Mg(II) and Ca(II) ions on copper(II) sorption on the new CNT materials was examined individually and with the use of 2(5-2) factorial design. The study revealed significant interference from iron, magnesium and calcium ions at relatively high concentrations. Applicability of the proposed sorbents was tested for Cu(II) determination in various kinds of water samples and the results were compared with those obtained with the use of ICP MS as a reference technique. Copper(II) determination in two certified

  4. Tratamiento de la alveolitis dental con tintura de propóleos al 5 % Treatment of dental alveolitis with 5 % propolis tincture

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    Ada Vivian Bravo Venero

    2012-03-01

    in Consolación del Sur municipality, Pinar del Río province in 2009. The universe of study was 90 patients who were divided into two groups randomly and differently treated, that is, one group of cases (group 1 made up of 30 patients who were treated with 5 % propolis tincture and the other of controls with 60 patients (group II that followed conventional drug therapy The data processing was based on summary and inference statistics Results: Females prevailed in both groups and dental alveolitis was predominant in 46-60 y age group. The Group I exhibited remission of symptoms after the second(36.6 % and the third day (60 % of treatment and just one patient required treatment for 5 days, whereas Group II needed a longer treatment, from 5 to 7 days for 61.3 % (27 patients and 23.3 % (14 patients respectively. Conclusions: the 5 % propolis tincture treatment proved to be highly effective since it attained remarkable remission of symptoms as well as the reduction of the number of therapeutic sessions required, all of which supports the recommendation of this product as an adequate therapeutic alternative.

  5. Concurrent hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy with 5-FU and once weekly cisplatin in locally advanced head and neck cancer. The 10-year results of a prospective phase II trial

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    Budach, V.; Boehmer, D.; Badakhshi, H.; Jahn, U.; Stromberger, C. [Campus Virchow Klinikum, Charite Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Department for Radiooncology, Clinic for Radiooncology, Berlin (Germany); Becker, E.T. [Charite Universitaetsmedizin, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Berlin (Germany); Wernecke, K.D. [Sostana Statistics GmbH, Charite Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Berlin (Germany)

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    In this study, the acute toxicity and long-term outcome of a hyperfractionated accelerated chemoradiation regimen with cisplatin/5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinomas of head and neck were evaluated. From 2000-2002, 38 patients with stage III (5.3 %) and stage IV (94.7 %) head and neck cancer were enrolled in a phase II study. Patients received hyperfractionated-accelerated radiotherapy with 72 Gy in 15 fractions of 2 Gy followed by 1.4 Gy twice daily with concurrent, continuous infusion 5-FU of 600 mg/m{sup 2} on days 1-5 and 6 cycles of weekly cisplatin (30 mg/m{sup 2}). Acute toxicities (CTCAEv2.0), locoregional control (LRC), metastases-free (MFS), and overall survival (OS) were analyzed and exploratively compared with the ARO 95-06 trial. Median follow-up was 11.4 years (95 % CI 8.6-14.2) and mean dose 71.6 Gy. Of the patients, 82 % had 6 (n = 15) or 5 (n = 16) cycles of cisplatin, 5 and 2 patients received 4 and 3 cycles, respectively. Grade 3 anemia, leukopenia, and thrombocytopenia were observed in 15.8, 15.8, and 2.6 %, respectively. Grade 3 mucositis in 50 %, grade 3 and 4 dysphagia in 55 and 13 %. The 2-, 5-, and 10-year LRC was 65, 53.6, and 48.2 %, the MFS was 77.5, 66.7, and 57.2 % and the OS 59.6, 29.2, and 15 %, respectively. Chemoradiation with 5-FU and cisplatin seems feasible and superior in terms of LRC and OS to the ARO 95-06C-HART arm at 2 years. However, this did not persist at the 5- and 10-year follow-ups. (orig.) [German] Untersuchung der Akuttoxizitaet und des Langzeitueberlebens einer hyperfraktioniert-akzelerierten simultanen Radiochemotherapie mit Cisplatin/5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) bei Patienten mit lokal fortgeschrittenen Kopf-Hals-Tumoren. Von 2000 bis 2002 wurden 38 Patienten mit Plattenepithelkarzinomen der Kopf-Hals-Region im Stadium III (5,3 %) und IV (94,7 %) eingeschlossen. Es erfolgte eine simultane hyperfraktionierte akzelerierte Radiochemotherapie mit 72 Gy in 15 Fraktionen a 2 Gy

  6. 藤黄酸合用氟尿嘧啶抗肿瘤活性的研究%Anti-tumor Activity of Gambogic Acid Combined with 5-Fu

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    骞秀芳; 郭喆; 史小四; 刘丹

    2013-01-01

    目的:探讨藤黄酸(GA)与氟尿嘧啶(5-Fu)联合应用的抗肿瘤活性.方法:MTT法观察GA合用5-Fu对刀豆蛋白A诱导的小鼠脾细胞增殖的影响;小鼠接种S180肉瘤,分为模型组、GA组(20 mg·kg-1)、5-Fu组(20 mg·kg-1)、GA合用5-Fu组(GA 20 mg · kg-1 + 5-Fu 20 mg·kg-1),每组10只,腹腔注射给药10 d后,各组称体质量,取瘤体、脾脏和胸腺称质量,计算抑瘤率、脾指数、胸腺指数.结果:GA合用5-Fu对淋巴细胞增殖表现出较强的抑制活性(P<0.01),抑制作用随药物浓度的增加而提高.GA合用5-Fu组的瘤质量与模型组、GA组、5-Fu组相比明显降低(P<0.01),抑瘤率达62.4%,明显大于单用GA或5-Fu.与5-Fu组相比,GA合用5-Fu可明显提高脾指数和胸腺指数(P<0.05).结论:GA合用5-Fu具备良好的体内外抗肿瘤活性,有协同作用.%Objective:To investigate the anti-tumor activity of gambogic acid (GA) combined with 5-fluorouracil (5-Fu).Method:The effect of GA plus 5-Fu on the mouse spleen lymphocyte proliferation in vitro was determined by an MTT assay.The mice were transplanted tumor S180,then divided into 4 groups randomly:GA group (20 mg · kg-1),5-Fu group (20 mg · kg-1),GA plus 5-Fu group (20 mg· kg-1 +20 mg · kg-1) and the model group(n =10).All mice were with intraperitoneal injection for ten days.After body-weighting,the effect of GA plus 5-Fu on tumor growth,spleen index and thymus index was determined.Result:GA plus 5-Fu significantly inhibited the proliferation of lymphocytes induced by ConA in a dose-dependent manner(P <0.01).The tumor growth in GA plus 5-Fu group was notablyinhibited compared with that in the model group (P < 0.01).The S180 inhibition rate in GA plus 5-Fu group reached 62.4%,which was higher than that in GA and 5-Fu group.In addition,GA plus 5-Fu had a protective effect on immune suppression caused by 5-Fu.Conclusion:GA plus 5-Fu can inhibit tumor growth effectively with a synergism.

  7. Tornado API Analysis and Third Party Tool Integration Technique%Tornado API分析及第三方工具链集成技术

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    谢其庭; 徐炜; 孟小锁

    2005-01-01

    分析了Tornado集成开发环境及GCC编译器.重点讨论了Tornado应用程序接口.对Tornado的定制与扩展及第三方工具链的集成技术进行了较深入的探讨.修改GCC-3.3.2部分源码后,采用新的集成策略,把它成功地集成到了Tornado开发环境中.

  8. Convective Radio Occultations Final Campaign Summary

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    Biondi, R. [Atmospheric Radiation Measurement, Washington, DC (United States)

    2016-03-01

    Deep convective systems are destructive weather phenomena that annually cause many deaths and injuries as well as much damage, thereby accounting for major economic losses in several countries. The number and intensity of such phenomena have increased over the last decades in some areas of the globe. Damage is mostly caused by strong winds and heavy rain parameters that are strongly connected to the structure of the particular storm. Convection over land is usually stronger and deeper than over the ocean and some convective systems, known as supercells, also develop tornadoes through processes that remain mostly unclear. The intensity forecast and monitoring of convective systems is one of the major challenges for meteorology because in situ measurements during extreme events are too sparse or unreliable and most ongoing satellite missions do not provide suitable time/space coverage.

  9. Large Charge Moment Change Lightning in an Oklahoma Mesoscale Convective System

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    Lang, Timothy J.; Cummer, Steven; Petersen, Danyal; Flores-Rivera, Lizxandra; Lyons, Walt; MacGorman, Donald; Beasley, William

    2014-01-01

    On 31 May 2013, a line of severe thunderstorms developed during the local afternoon in central Oklahoma, USA. One of the supercells produced the El Reno tornado, which caused significant damage and killed several people. During the 2300 UTC hour (during the mature supercell stage and just after the tornado began), the storm produced several positive cloud-to-ground (+CG) lightning strokes that featured large (> 100 C km) impulse charge moment changes (iCMCs; charge moment during the first 2 ms after the return stroke). These discharges occurred mainly in convection, in contrast to the typical pattern of large-CMC and sprite-parent +CGs occurring mainly in stratiform precipitation regions. After this time, the line of thunderstorms evolved over several hours into a large mesoscale convective system (MCS). By the 0700 UTC hour on 1 June 2013, the large-CMC pattern had changed markedly. Large-CMC negative CGs, which were absent early in the storm's lifetime, occurred frequently within convection. Meanwhile, large-CMC +CGs had switched to occurring mainly within the broad stratiform region that had developed during the intervening period. The evolution of the large-CMC lightning in this case will be examined using a mix of national mosaics of radar reflectivity, the Oklahoma Lightning Mapping Array (OKLMA), the Charge Moment Change Network (CMCN), and the National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN). A major goal of this study is understanding how storm structure and evolution affected the production of large-CMC lightning. It is anticipated that this will lead to further insight into how and why storms produce the powerful lightning that commonly causes sprites in the upper atmosphere.

  10. Analysis and explanation of maintaining mechanism of a supercell storm%解析一次超级单体风暴过程的维持机理

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    苗爱梅; 贾利冬; 李清华

    2007-01-01

    利用太原C波段多普勒天气雷达监测资料,分析了2004年7月3日山西榆次超级单体风暴的演变和结构特征,并探讨了其维持机理.结果表明:该超级单体系发生在蒙古冷涡控制的天气背景下,西北向移动的左移超级单体,其低层钩状回波位于超级单体的左前侧,两条出流边界分别位于钩状回波的西北和东南.中-强的垂直风切变和较高位置的干冷空气入侵,使下沉气流稀释严重、地面外流发展滞后和较弱;中高层入流的干冷空气辐合传播大于低层出流边界辐散传播速度,使驾御超级单体强弱和存亡的中气旋不断从环境场吸收能量,并在其内部维持一支强盛的上升气流,这些因素是该超级单体得以维持的主要原因.

  11. VAMA VECHE WATERSPOUTS OF 16 JULY, 2013

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    Full Text Available Vama Veche waterspouts of 16 july, 2013. As it is known, waterspouts generally occur in unstable thermodynamic stratification, light wind in the low troposphere and high Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE in the low layers. High values of CAPE are not necessary if there is heavy windshear in the first 3 km from ground level. Waterspouts can be produced by storm clouds with both supercell and non-supercell structure. The existence of the analyzed waterspout event was checked based on the general conditions for waterspouts and tornadoes occurrence, as proposed by Houze and Dotzek. The possibility that waterspouts occur was also verified using the Szilaghyi nomogram. In this context event, the synoptic, mesoscale environment and radar data highlighted the light wind in the lower troposphere, the occurrence of a low-level “hook” echo and of rotating structures in the radar reflectivity field, the presence of the radar signature of a mesocyclone and the existence of instability, sufficient moisture and wind shears in the lower boundary layer. Moreover, with the help of in-situ pictures, it was proved that the Vama Veche storm cloud did not preserve its mesocyclone stage and produced a series of waterspouts.

  12. Learning from and Teaching about Disaster: The Case of the April 2011 Tornado Outbreak

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    Ray, Beverly; Hocutt, Martha

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    The purpose of this research was to examine how secondary teachers teach about disaster using the media during periods of declared natural disaster and post-disaster in their local communities. Issues of preparedness, pre and post disaster, were examined as well. Secondary teachers were queried in one public school system in the Southeastern…

  13. You plan, you test and then it happens: Lessons learned from the Schneider warehouse tornado recovery.

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    Marotz, William T

    2017-12-01

    This paper is about the experience gained and lessons learned while dealing with the long-term recovery of Schneider's Port Logistics Division following extensive damage to three warehouse/ office facilities in Savannah, GA on 25th April, 2015. This paper will provide insight into how the initial assessments were handled, how the skill sets needed by the response teams were determined, and what further actions were triggered as more detailed information was received and assessed by the leadership team. This paper will also provide information as to how closely the company followed its existing contingency and disaster recovery plans, as well as where those plans fell short and where it was necessary to make adjustments as the recovery progressed.

  14. Theoretical Studies of Squall-Line Type and Tornado-Like Disturbances in the Atmosphere.

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    1981-12-16

    Axisymmetric Similarity Solutions (Submitted to Tellus and revised after reviewing ) 97-13 4 i1 7. Multl-Two-Dimensional Model of Squall Line Type Disturbances...somewhat complicated but show a generally unidirectional shear. That is, there is no systematic veering or backing of the winds with height. One also sees...to show that the cualitative structure remains the same as well as providing a more realistic picture of the storm’s structure. The moisture equations

  15. 耐驰泵业 TORNADO T2工业转子泵

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    耐驰TORNADOT2转子泵是耐驰最新研制的转子泵.具有革命性的意义。这款转子泵采用的是齿形皮带传动.代替了一般转子泵的同步齿轮箱.齿形皮带的应用.不仅提升了转子泵的耐久性能,延长了使用寿命.而且大大降低了设备驱动时的噪音:此外.转子采用的是金属外贴橡胶.泵体内衬橡胶衬里.采用的独特设计减小了脉动。

  16. The Tornado-code-based Replication Algorithm%基于Tornado码的复制算法

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    王意洁; 卢锡城

    2004-01-01

    面向Internet的分布存储系统具有数据种类多、数据量大、分布广泛等特点,为了提高分布存储系统的数据访问效率,提出了一种基于Tornado码的复制算法.与传统的复制算法相比,基于Tornado码的复制算法能够提供更高的可用性、持久性和安全性,并且具有更低的存储开销和带宽开销.

  17. The Role of a Lid in the 31 May 1985 Tornado Outbreak

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    1988-05-01

    destruction of the lid itself ( Estoque , 1968). 2.3 The Polar Airstream (P) Contribution As mentioned earlier, flow from west of the trough axis becomes...3, Silver Spring, MD. Estoque , M.A., 1968: Vertical mixing due to penetrative convection. Jour. Atmos. Sci.. 25, 1046-1051. Farrell, Robert J. and

  18. Investigation of the passage of a derecho in Belgium

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    Hamid, Karim

    2012-04-01

    From the 7th July, 2010 until 14th July, 2010, a heat wave dominated the weather in Belgium. Three major storm situations occurred during this period and all three caused severe damage. In this paper, we discuss the last storm case of 14th July. That day, a quasi-linear convective system (QLCS) crossed parts of France, Belgium and the Netherlands and caused very important wind damages and at least 2 people were killed. Most of the damage was caused by straight-line wind but at least one tornado was observed over the north of the Netherlands. This complex was induced in a very favorable synoptic configuration for severe weather and also the timing of the storm was favorable. In the frame of the Supercell project at the RMI, a damage survey was made of one of the most affected regions, which yielded useful information about the origin of the losses. Careful examination of the radar imagery revealed some connections between internal mesovortices and tracks of enhanced damage. As far as known, this paper is the first description of a derecho in Belgium. It is also the first time a connection is shown between some mesovortices and several damage tracks over the country. During the evolution of the QLCS, several examples of successive vortices were found in front of the system. Several of the vortices were accompanied by a tornado or a funnel cloud and the damage was typically concentrated along elongated tracks.

  19. In silico analysis of the three-dimensional structures of the homodimer of uridine phosphorylase from Yersinia Pseudotuberculosis in the ligand-free state and in a complex with 5-fluorouracil

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    Lashkov, A. A., E-mail: alashkov83@gmail.com; Sotnichenko, S. E.; Mikhailov, A. M. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation)

    2013-03-15

    Pseudotuberculosis is an acute infectious disease characterized by a lesion of the gastrointestinal tract. A positive therapeutic effect can be achieved by selectively suppressing the activity of uridine phosphorylase from the causative agent of the disease Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. The synergistic effect of a combination of the chemotherapeutic agent 5-fluorouracil and antimicrobial drugs, which block the synthesis of pyrimidine bases, on the cells of pathogenic protozoa and bacteria is described in the literature. The three-dimensional structures of uridine phosphorylase from Yersinia pseudotuberculosis (YptUPh) both in the ligand-free state and in complexes with pharmacological agents are unknown, which hinders the search for and design of selective inhibitors of YptUPh. The three-dimensional structure of the ligand-free homodimer of YptUPh was determined by homology-based molecular modeling. The three-dimensional structure of the subunit of the YptUPh molecule belongs to {alpha}/{beta} proteins, and its topology is a three-layer {alpha}/{beta}/{alpha} sandwich. The subunit monomer of the YptUPh molecule consists of 38% helices and 24% {beta} strands. A model of the homodimer structure of YptUPh in a complex with 5-FU was obtained by the molecular docking. The position of 5-FU in the active site of the molecule is very consistent with the known data on the X-ray diffraction structures of other bacterial uridine phosphorylases (the complex of uridine phosphorylase from Salmonella typhimurium (StUPh) with 5-FU, ID PDB: 4E1V and the complex of uridine phosphorylase from Escherichia coli (EcUPh) with 5-FU and ribose 1-phosphate, ID PDB: 1RXC).

  20. In silico analysis of the three-dimensional structures of the homodimer of uridine phosphorylase from Yersinia Pseudotuberculosis in the ligand-free state and in a complex with 5-fluorouracil

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    Lashkov, A. A.; Sotnichenko, S. E.; Mikhailov, A. M.

    2013-03-01

    Pseudotuberculosis is an acute infectious disease characterized by a lesion of the gastrointestinal tract. A positive therapeutic effect can be achieved by selectively suppressing the activity of uridine phosphorylase from the causative agent of the disease Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. The synergistic effect of a combination of the chemotherapeutic agent 5-fluorouracil and antimicrobial drugs, which block the synthesis of pyrimidine bases, on the cells of pathogenic protozoa and bacteria is described in the literature. The three-dimensional structures of uridine phosphorylase from Yersinia pseudotuberculosis ( YptUPh) both in the ligand-free state and in complexes with pharmacological agents are unknown, which hinders the search for and design of selective inhibitors of YptUPh. The three-dimensional structure of the ligand-free homodimer of YptUPh was determined by homology-based molecular modeling. The three-dimensional structure of the subunit of the YptUPh molecule belongs to α/β proteins, and its topology is a three-layer α/β/α sandwich. The subunit monomer of the YptUPh molecule consists of 38% helices and 24% β strands. A model of the homodimer structure of YptUPh in a complex with 5-FU was obtained by the molecular docking. The position of 5-FU in the active site of the molecule is very consistent with the known data on the X-ray diffraction structures of other bacterial uridine phosphorylases (the complex of uridine phosphorylase from Salmonella typhimurium ( StUPh) with 5-FU, ID PDB: 4E1V and the complex of uridine phosphorylase from Escherichia coli ( EcUPh) with 5-FU and ribose 1-phosphate, ID PDB: 1RXC).

  1. Finite Nilpotent Groups with 5 Conjugacy Classes of Noncyclic Subgroups%非循环子群共轭类个数为5的有限幂零群

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    郭凯艳; 曹洪平; 陈贵云

    2012-01-01

    给出了非循环子群共轭类个数为5的有限幂零群的分类.由此,对非循环子群共轭类个数不大于5的有限幂零群进行了完全分类.%The finite nilpotent groups with 5 conjugacy classes of noncyclic subgroups are completely classified, from which one can give the structure of all finite nilpotent groups with the number of conjugacy classes of noncyclic subgroups at most 5.

  2. Up-regulation of insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 3 by 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) leads to the potent anti-proliferative effect of androgen deprivation therapy combined with 5-FU in human prostate cancer cell lines.

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    Kawabata, Rumi; Oie, Shinji; Takahashi, Masayuki; Kanayama, Hiroomi; Oka, Toshinori; Itoh, Kohji

    2011-06-01

    In this study, we investigated the synergistic mechanism of anti-androgen and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) combination therapy against castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Four prostate cancer cell lines, LNCaP, 22Rv1, DU145 and PC3, were examined for their growth dependency on androgens and the insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1). We assessed the expression changes of certain growth factor receptors and regulating proteins when treated with 5-FU, and found that 5-FU increased the expression of the IGF-binding protein 3 (IGFBP3). Furthermore, 5-FU inhibited the phosphorylation of Akt and p70 S6K, while the knockdown of IGFBP3 reduced the levels of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase cleaved by 5-FU in PC3 cells. Therefore, the up-regulation of IGFBP3 by 5-FU not only inhibits cell growth by reducing the IGF1 signal but also induces apoptosis in PC3 cells. The synergistic effect of bicalutamide and 5-FU on 22Rv1 cells was reduced by IGFBP3 gene silencing using small-interfering RNA. These results suggest that the up-regulation of IGFBP3 induced by 5-FU plays an important role in the potent anti-tumor effect of 5-FU combined with anti-androgens on CRPC. Androgen-deprivation therapy combined with 5-FU could therefore be an appropriate therapy for CRPC patients.

  3. Introduction to Model Manufacture of Chronic Renal Failure in Rats with 5/6 Nephrectomy%大鼠5/6肾切除慢性肾衰竭模型的制作

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    尚小梅; 孙秀丽

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To establish the model of chronic renal failure in rats with 5/6 nephrectomy.Methods:5/6 nephrectomy was performed to induce renal failure in rats.The content of creatinine and urea nitrogen in serum was determined and kidney tissues were taken for Masso stai-ning, with the effect of model manufacture assessed .Results :The content of urea nitrogen and creatinine increased obviously in the serum of the rats with 5/6 nephrectomy.Masso staining pathological and histological examination of kidney showed glomerular segmental sclerosis , renal tubular atrophy, and segmental renal interstitial fibrosis .Conclusion:The model of chronic renal failure in rats with 5/6 nephrectomy is successfully estab-lished, providing experimental basis for further study of chronic renal failure .%目的:制作大鼠5/6肾切除建立慢性肾衰竭模型。方法:大鼠5/6大部分肾切除诱发慢性肾衰竭,测定血清中肌酐、尿素氮的含量,取肾组织进行Masson染色,评价模型的制作效果。结果:5/6肾切除后大鼠血清中尿素氮(blood urea nitrogen,BUN)、血肌酐(se-rum creatinine,SCR)的含量明显增高,肾脏病理 Masson 染色组织学检查发现肾小球节段性硬化、肾小管萎缩、肾间质节段性纤维化。结论:成功建立大鼠5/6肾切除慢性肾衰竭模型,血液生化指标及形态学符合肾衰竭病理生理特点。

  4. Changes in the spontaneous and evoked electrical activity in the brain of hens during stunning with 30 per cent carbon dioxide in argon with 5 per cent residual oxygen.

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    Raj, A B; Wooton, S B; Whittington, P E

    1992-07-01

    Changes in the somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) and spontaneous electroencephalogram (EEG) in hens were investigated during stunning with a mixture of 30 per cent carbon dioxide in argon with 5 per cent residual oxygen. The results showed that the SEPs were lost on average in 17 seconds (maximum 28 seconds), which is similar to the 19 seconds (maximum 32 seconds) reported while stunning hens with a mixture of 30 per cent carbon dioxide in argon with 2 per cent residual oxygen. The spontaneous EEG showed suppression and a quiescent phase at 14 and 58 seconds, respectively. It is concluded that a mixture of 30 per cent carbon dioxide in argon with 2 per cent residual oxygen would be ideally suited for batch stunning chickens and any inadvertent increase in the residual oxygen level up to 5 per cent in the stunning atmosphere would not lead to inadequate stunning or recovery of consciousness before neck cutting.

  5. Mid infrared throughput with 5 mu m aperture for H sub 2 O determination of an andesitic glass. Comparison of synchrotron radiation source at SPring-8 with conventional light sources

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    Kawamoto, T; Kagi, H; Handa, T; Yamashita, S; Ikemoto, Y; Moriwaki, T; Kimura, H

    2003-01-01

    Mid infrared throughput using 5 mu m apertures was investigate using micro-FTIR spectrometers with conventional light sources at two laboratories and the synchrotron radiation infrared (SR-IR) light source at SPring-8. With both the light sources micro-FTIR microscopy can analyze the fundamental O-H vibration in andesitic glass with 1 weight % H sub 2 O through 5 mu m apertures. Spectra obtained at SPring-8 show better relative standard deviations due to the brighter and more highly collimated nature of SR-IR compared to conventional light sources. The spectra with 100 and 1000 scans at SPring-8 have similar relative standard deviations to those with 1000 and 10200 scans, respectively, at laboratories. The successful analysis with 5 mu m apertures using both light sources shows the potential for an improvement in the spatial resolution of micro-FTIR analyses. (author)

  6. 啤酒酵母RNA对5-氟尿嘧啶处理小鼠免疫功能的影响%Effects of Brewer's Yeast RNA on Immune Function in Mice Treated with 5-Fluorouracil

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    曾伶; 薛存宽; 何学斌; 陈艳雯; 许明旺; 李颖

    2009-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effects of brewer's yeast RNA on immune insufficiency in mice treated with 5-flu-orouracil. Methods The spleen and thymus index.phagocytosis rate of peritoneal macrophages,levels of serum hemolysin,contents of serum TNF-α and IL-2,and lymphocyte transformation rate were measured after mice were treated with 5-fluorouracil [25 mg/(kg ? d)] and/or brewer's yeast RNA [100 mg/(kg ? d) ,300 mg/(kg ? d) ,respectively] for 14 days. Results The phagocytosis rate of peritoneal macrophages, levels of serum TNF-α and IL-2. and spleen and thymus index in brewer' s yeast RNA-treated groups were significantly higher than those in 5-fluorouracil-treated group (P<0. 05,or P<0. 01). As compared with 5-fluorouracil-treated group,the levels of serum hemolysin and lymphocyte transformation rate were notably increased in brewer's yeast RNA-treated groups (P<0. 05,or P<0. 01). Conclusion Brewer's yeast RNA may increase the immune function of the mice with immune insufficiency.%目的 探讨啤酒酵母RNA对5-氟尿嘧啶(5-Fu)处理小鼠免疫功能的影响.方法 将小鼠随机分为空白组,5-氟尿嘧啶组,啤酒酵母RNA小剂量组、大剂量组[分别以啤酒酵母RNA 100 mg/(kg·d)、300 mg/(kg·d)灌胃给药];除空白组外,其余各组均以5-Fu 25 mg/(kg·d)灌胃.检测腹腔巨噬细胞吞噬率,血清溶血素形成水平、肿瘤坏死因子-α(TNF-α)及白细胞介素-2(IL-2)的含量和淋巴细胞转化率,计算脾指数及胸腺指数.结果 啤酒酵母RNA大、小剂量组均可明显提高5-氟尿嘧啶处理小鼠腹腔巨噬细胞吞噬率、血清TNF-α、IL-2水平,逆转脾指数、胸腺指数的萎缩,与5-氟尿嘧啶组相比差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05或P<0.01);啤酒酵母RNA大、小剂量组对5-氟尿嘧啶所致的血清溶血素形成水平低下和淋巴细胞转化率低下有明显的拮抗作用(P<0.05或P<0.01).结论 啤酒酵母RNA可提高免疫功能低下机体的免疫功能.

  7. Solid-phase molecular recognition of cytosine based on proton-transfer reaction. Part II. supramolecular architecture in the cocrystals of cytosine and its 5-Fluoroderivative with 5-Nitrouracil

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cytosine is a biologically important compound owing to its natural occurrence as a component of nucleic acids. Cytosine plays a crucial role in DNA/RNA base pairing, through several hydrogen-bonding patterns, and controls the essential features of life as it is involved in genetic codon of 17 amino acids. The molecular recognition among cytosines, and the molecular heterosynthons of molecular salts fabricated through proton-transfer reactions, might be used to investigate the theoretical sites of cytosine-specific DNA-binding proteins and the design for molecular imprint. Results Reaction of cytosine (Cyt and 5-fluorocytosine (5Fcyt with 5-nitrouracil (Nit in aqueous solution yielded two new products, which have been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The products include a dihydrated molecular salt (CytNit having both ionic and neutral hydrogen-bonded species, and a dihydrated cocrystal of neutral species (5FcytNit. In CytNit a protonated and an unprotonated cytosine form a triply hydrogen-bonded aggregate in a self-recognition ion-pair complex, and this dimer is then hydrogen bonded to one neutral and one anionic 5-nitrouracil molecule. In 5FcytNit the two neutral nucleobase derivatives are hydrogen bonded in pairs. In both structures conventional N-H...O, O-H...O, N-H+...N and N-H...N- intermolecular interactions are most significant in the structural assembly. Conclusion The supramolecular structure of the molecular adducts formed by cytosine and 5-fluorocytosine with 5-nitrouracil, CytNit and 5FcytNit, respectively, have been investigated in detail. CytNit and 5FcytNit exhibit widely differing hydrogen-bonding patterns, though both possess layered structures. The crystal structures of CytNit (Dpka = -0.7, molecular salt and 5FcytNit (Dpka = -2.0, cocrystal confirm that, at the present level of knowledge about the nature of proton-transfer process, there is not a strict correlation between the Dpka values

  8. Quality of life of palliative chemotherapy naive patients with advanced adenocarcinoma of the stomach or esophagogastric junction treated with irinotecan combined with 5-fluorouracil and folinic acid: results of a randomised phase III trial.

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    Curran, Desmond

    2009-09-01

    PURPOSE: The quality of life (QL) of advanced gastric cancer patients receiving irinotecan, folinic acid and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) (IF arm) or cisplatin with 5-FU (CF arm) is presented. METHODS: Patients with measurable or evaluable advanced gastric cancer received IF weekly for 6\\/7 weeks or CF q4 weeks. QL was assessed using the EORTC QLQ-C30 at baseline, subsequently every 8 weeks until progression and thereafter every 3 months until death. The QL data were analysed using several statistical methods including summary measures and pattern-mixture modelling. RESULTS: A total of 333 patients were randomised and treated (IF 170, CF 163). The time-to-progression for IF and CF was 5.0 and 4.2 months (P = 0.088), respectively. The overall compliance rates for QL questionnaire completion were 60 and 56% in the IF and CF arms, respectively. Significant treatment differences were observed for the physical functioning scale (P = 0.024), nausea\\\\vomiting (P = 0.001) and EQ-5D thermometer (P = 0.020) in favour of the IF treatment arm. CONCLUSION: There was a trend in favour of IF over CF in time-to-progression. The IF group also demonstrated a better safety profile than CF and a better QL on a number of multi-item scales, suggesting that IF offers an alternative first-line platinum-free treatment option for advanced gastric cancer.

  9. A prospective evaluation of treatment with Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIR-spheres in patients with unresectable liver metastases from colorectal cancer previously treated with 5-FU based chemotherapy

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    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To prospectively evaluate the efficacy and safety of selective internal radiation (SIR spheres in patients with inoperable liver metastases from colorectal cancer who have failed 5FU based chemotherapy. Methods Patients were prospectively enrolled at three Australian centres. All patients had previously received 5-FU based chemotherapy for metastatic colorectal cancer. Patients were ECOG 0–2 and had liver dominant or liver only disease. Concurrent 5-FU was given at investigator discretion. Results Thirty patients were treated between January 2002 and March 2004. As of July 2004 the median follow-up is 18.3 months. Median patient age was 61.7 years (range 36 – 77. Twenty-nine patients are evaluable for toxicity and response. There were 10 partial responses (33%, with the median duration of response being 8.3 months (range 2–18 and median time to progression of 5.3 mths. Response rates were lower (21% and progression free survival shorter (3.9 mths in patients that had received all standard chemotherapy options (n = 14. No responses were seen in patients with a poor performance status (n = 3 or extrahepatic disease (n = 6. Overall treatment related toxicity was acceptable, however significant late toxicity included 4 cases of gastric ulceration. Conclusion In patients with metastatic colorectal cancer that have previously received treatment with 5-FU based chemotherapy, treatment with SIR-spheres has demonstrated encouraging activity. Further studies are required to better define the subsets of patients most likely to respond.

  10. 5-氨基乙酰丙酸介导的光动力学治疗胃癌的实验研究%Effect of photodynamic therapy with 5-aminolevulinic acid on human gastric cancer cells in vitro

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    黄宗海; 周广军; 俞金龙; 厉周; 丁涟沭; 徐如祥; 姜晓丹

    2006-01-01

    目的探讨5-氨基乙酰丙酸(5-ALA)介导的光动力学对人胃癌细胞MGC-803的治疗作用.方法将不同浓度的5-ALA加入细胞培养基中,随之给予相同剂量的激光辐射;之后用固定浓度的5-ALA处理细胞,并给予不同剂量的激光辐射.MTT法测定细胞生存率.结果在相同的辐射剂量下,经0.25、0.5、1.0、2.0、4.0 mmol/L的5-ALA处理的细胞生存率分别为(70.07±5.37)%、(50.04±4.99)%、(34.53±5.30)%、(26.89±4.44)%和23.90%±2.80%,除2.0和4.0 mmol/L5-ALA两组间外,其余各组间具有显著性差异(F=266.39,P<0.001).在相同的5-ALA的浓度下,辐射剂量为6.25、12.5、25.0、50.0、100 J/cm2的细胞生存率分别为(83.50±10.43)%、(67.96±9.23)%、(33.80±8.26)%、(23.31±5.98)%和(14.96±3.50)%,各组之间有显著性差异(F=226.31,P<0.0001).而单用5-ALA处理细胞,对应于其浓度为0.25、0.5、1.0、2.0,和4.0 mmol/L时的细胞生存率分别为(96.46±6.72)%、(97.48±5.27)%、(98.33±6.67)%、(99.47±6.97)%和(95.66±7.72)%,各浓度之间无显著性差异(F=0.79,P=0.5383).单纯激光辐射,其剂量为6.25、12.5、25.0、50.0、100.0 J/cm2时的细胞生存率也无显著性差异(F=0.61,P=0.6551).结论在较低的浓度范围内,5-ALA介导的光动力学治疗对人胃癌MGC-803细胞的杀伤作用随着5-ALA浓度的增加而增加,在较高浓度时则存在饱和现象,杀伤力与光剂量成正比.单纯激光不能产生光动力效应,5-ALA本身对细胞无毒性作用.5-ALA介导的光动力学治疗是很有希望的胃癌治疗方法.%Objective To investigate the effect of 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA)-mediated photodynamic therapy (PDT) on MGC-803 human gastric cancer cells in vitro. Methods MGC-803 human gastric cancer cells were treated with 5-ALA at various concentrations followed by laser irradiation. The cells were also treated with 5-ALA at the same concentration before laser exposure at various doses. PDT-induced phototoxicity of the cells was

  11. Selenium speciation in radix puerariae using ultrasonic assisted extraction combined with reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry after magnetic solid-phase extraction with 5-sulfosalicylic acid functionalized magnetic nanoparticles

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    Cao, Yupin; Yan, Lizhen; Huang, Hongli; Deng, Biyang

    2016-08-01

    A new method for determination of selenium species in radix puerariae was described. The method consists of sample enrichment with 5-sulfosalicylic acid (SSA)-functionalized silica-coated magnetic nanoparticles (SMNPs), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) separation, and online detection using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The selenium species were extracted using ultrasonic extraction system with a mixture of protease K and lipase. The SSA-SMNPs were used to enrich trace amounts of selenite [Se(IV)], selenate [Se(VI)], selenomethionine (SeMet), and selenocystine (SeCys2) from lower selenium containing samples. Under the optimal conditions, the limits of detection (3σ) for SeCys2, Se(IV), SeMet and Se(VI) were observed as 0.0023, 0.0015, 0.0043, and 0.0016 ng mL- 1, respectively. The RSD values (n = 6) of method for intraday were observed between 0.5% and 0.9%. The RSD values of method for interday were less than 1.3%. The linear concentration ranges for SeCys2, Se(IV), SeMet and Se(VI) were 0.008-1000, 0.005-200, 0.015-500 and 0.006-200 ng mL- 1, respectively. The detection limits of this method were improved by 10 times due to the enrichment with the SSA-SMNP extraction. The contents of SeCys2, Se(IV), SeMet, and Se(VI) in radix puerariae were determined as 0.0140, 0.171, 0.0178, and 0.0344 μg g- 1, respectively. The recoveries were in the range of 95.6%-99.4% and the RSDs (n = 6) of recoveries were less than 1.5%.

  12. Improvement of diagnostic confidence for detection of multiple myeloma involvement of the ribs by a new CT software generating rib unfolded images: Comparison with 5- and 1-mm axial images

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    Homann, Georg; Mustafa, Deedar Farhad; Nikolaou, Konstantin; Horger, Marius [Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Tuebingen (Germany); Weisel, Katja [Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Department of Internal Medicine II, Tuebingen (Germany); Ditt, Hendrik [Healthcare Sector Imaging and Therapy Division, Siemens AG, Forchheim (Germany)

    2015-04-02

    To investigate the performance of a new CT software generating rib unfolded images for improved detection of rib osteolyses in patients with multiple myeloma. One hundred sixteen patients who underwent whole-body reduced-dose multidetector computed tomography (WBRD-MDCT) for multiple myeloma diagnosis and during follow-up were retrospectively evaluated. Nonenhanced CT scans with 5- and 1-mm slice thickness were interpreted by two readers with focus on detection of rib involvement (location, number, fracture). Image analysis of ''unfolded,'' 1-mm-based CT rib images was subsequently undertaken. We classified the number of lytic bone lesions into 0, 1, 2, <5, <10 and ≥10. For all three data sets the reading time was registered. An approximated sum of 6,727 myeloma-related rib lesions was found. On a patient-based analysis, CT (5 mm), CT (1 mm) and CT (1 mm ''unfolded rib'') yielded a sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 79.7/94.7/87.1, 88.1/93/90.5 and 98.3/96.5/97.4, respectively. In a lesion-based analysis, the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of the three evaluations were 69.7/87.2/70.5, 79.8/55.9/78 and 96.5/89.7/96.1. Mean reading time for 5 mm/1 mm axial images and unfolded images was 178.7/215.1/90.8 s, respectively. The generation of ''unfolded rib'' images improves detection of rib involvement in patients with multiple myeloma and significantly reduces reading time. (orig.)

  13. Effect of transfection with human interferon-beta gene entrapped in cationic multilamellar liposomes in combination with 5-fluorouracil on the growth of human esophageal cancer cells in vitro.

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    Tsunoo, Hideo; Komura, Sadaaki; Ohishi, Nobuko; Yajima, Haruyoshi; Akiyama, Seiji; Kasai, Yasushi; Ito, Katsuki; Nakao, Akimasa; Yagi, Kunio

    2002-01-01

    When human esophageal cancer cells were transfected with the human interferon-beta (hIFN-beta) gene entrapped in cationic multilamellar liposomes, the growth of all cancer cells tested was suppressed in a dose-dependent manner. The 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) of the hIFN-beta gene entrapped in the liposomes ranged from 16 to 176 ng plasmid DNA/ml culture medium. Among the 10 cell lines examined, NUEC3, NUEC4, TE-3 and WSSC cell lines were highly susceptible to transfection with this gene entrapped in the liposomes. The IC50 values of the hIFN-beta gene entrapped in the liposomes with respect to cell growth were positively-correlated with those of exogenous cytokine hIFN-beta, suggesting that the antiproliferative effect of hIFN-beta gene entrapped in the liposomes can be mainly ascribed to the function of hIFN-beta produced by cells transfected with the gene. Two days after transfection with the liposome-entrapped gene, the concentration of hIFN-beta secreted into the medium was determined. Even though the level of hIFN-beta observed in the medium was lower than that of the IC50 of exogenously added hIFN-beta, the inhibitory potency of the hIFN-beta gene entrapped in the liposomes on the cell growth was remarkable. When the esophageal cancer cells were treated with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in the presence of a low concentration of liposome-entrapped-gene, the rate of growth inhibition of these cells increased over that caused by either 5-FU or hIFN-beta gene entrapped in the liposomes alone. All these data suggest that combination therapy with the hIFN-beta gene entrapped in cationic multilamellar liposomes and the anticancer drug 5-FU would be beneficial for preoperative treatment of carcinoma of the esophagus.

  14. Phosphorus-31, sup 15 N, and sup 13 C NMR of glyphosate: Comparison of pH titrations to the herbicidal dead-end complex with 5-enolpyruvoylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase

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    Castellino, S.; Leo, G.C.; Sammons, R.D.; Sikorski, J.A. (Monsanto Agricultural Company, St. Louis, MO (USA))

    1989-05-02

    The herbicidal dead-end ternary complex (E{sup S3P}{sub Glyph}) of glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine) with 5-enolpyruvoylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS) and the substrate shikimate 3-phosphate (S3P) has been characterized by {sup 31}P, {sup 15}N, and {sup 13}C NMR. The NMR spectra of EPSPS-bound glyphosate show unique chemical shifts ({delta}) for each of the three nuclei. By {sup 31}P NMR, glyphosate in the dead-end complex is a distinct species 3.5 ppm downfield from free glyphosate. The {sup 13}C signal of glyphosate in the dead-end complex is shifted 4 ppm downfield from that of free glyphosate. The {sup 15}N signal for glyphosate (99%) in the dead-end complex is 5 ppm further downfield than that of any free zwitterionic species and 10 ppm downfield from that of the average free species at pH 10.1. The structures of each ionic state of glyphosate are modeled with force field calculations by using MacroModel. A correlation is made for the {sup 31}P {delta} and the C-P-O bond angle, and the {sup 13}C and {sup 15}N {delta} values are postulated to be related to C-C-O and C-N-C bond angles, respectively. The downfield {sup 31}P chemical shift perturbation for S3P in the EPSPS binary complex is consistent with ionization of the 3-phosphate of S3P upon binding. Comparison with the S3P {sup 31}P {delta} vs pH titration curve specifies predominantly the dianion of the 3-phosphate in the E{sup S3P} binary complex, while the E{sup S3P}{sub Glyph} complex indicates net protonation at the 3-phosphate. Chemical shift perturbations of this latter type may be explained by changes in the O-P-O bond angle.

  15. Comparison of FDG PET and positron coincidence detection imaging using a dual-head gamma camera with 5/8-inch NaI(Tl) crystals in patients with suspected body malignancies.

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    Boren, E L; Delbeke, D; Patton, J A; Sandler, M P

    1999-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare the diagnostic accuracy of fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) images obtained with (a) a dual-head coincidence gamma camera (DHC) equipped with 5/8-inch-thick NaI(Tl) crystals and parallel slit collimators and (b) a dedicated positron emission tomograph (PET) in a series of 28 patients with known or suspected malignancies. Twenty-eight patients with known or suspected malignancies underwent whole-body FDG PET imaging (Siemens, ECAT 933) after injection of approximately 10 mCi of 18F-FDG. FDG DHC images were then acquired for 30 min over the regions of interest using a dual-head gamma camera (VariCam, Elscint). The images were reconstructed in the normal mode, using photopeak/photopeak, photopeak/Compton, and Compton/photopeak coincidence events. FDG PET imaging found 45 lesions ranging in size from 1 cm to 7 cm in 28 patients. FDG DHC imaging detected 35/45 (78%) of these lesions. Among the ten lesions not seen with FDG DHC imaging, eight were less than 1.5 cm in size, and two were located centrally within the abdomen suffering from marked attenuation effects. The lesions were classified into three categories: thorax (n=24), liver (n=12), and extrahepatic abdominal (n=9). FDG DHC imaging identified 100% of lesions above 1.5 cm in the thorax group and 78% of those below 1.5 cm, for an overall total of 83%. FDG DHC imaging identified 100% of lesions above 1.5 cm, in the liver and 43% of lesions below 1.5 cm, for an overall total of 67%. FDG DHC imaging identified 78% of lesions above 1.5 cm in the extrahepatic abdominal group. There were no lesions below 1.5 cm in this group. FDG coincidence imaging using a dual-head gamma camera detected 90% of lesions greater than 1.5 cm. These data suggest that DHC imaging can be used clinically in well-defined diagnostic situations to differentiate benign from malignant lesions.

  16. Inhibitory Effects of Ethosomes Encapsulated with 5-Fluorouracil on Human Hypertrophic Scar Fibroblasts%5-氟尿嘧啶醇脂体抑制瘢痕成纤维细胞的实验研究

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    张铮; 沃雁; 张振; 毛小慧; 苏薇洁; 濮哲铭; 张艳; 章一新

    2014-01-01

    目的:构建纳米级载5-氟尿嘧啶醇脂体(5-FU ES),观察其对瘢痕成纤维细胞的抑制作用。方法采用Touitou法制备5-FU ES悬液并进行质量评价。体外培养增生性瘢痕成纤维细胞,荧光素RhoB标记醇脂体,进行体外透细胞实验,以水醇溶液为对照。激光共聚焦显微镜(CLSM)观察不同作用时间后细胞内荧光分布和强度。CCK-8检测不同浓度5-FU ES对成纤维细胞活性的影响,计算载5-FU ES对成纤维细胞活性的半数抑制浓度(IC50)。CCK-8检测醇脂体对瘢痕成纤维细胞生长的影响。结果制备所得5-FU ES粒径为(87.5±5.4) nm,分散系数为0.151±0.27,包封率为(10.03±2.12)%。 CLSM图像显示,醇脂体促进RhoB进入细胞内,可见荧光分布和强度均较水醇溶液组增多增强;经Image-Pro Plus 6.0图像分析软件计算单位面积光密度值,RhoB标记醇脂体组(Rho ES)细胞内荧光光密度显著高于水醇溶液组(Rho HA)(P<0.01)。随着5-FU浓度增加,5-FU HA 和5-FU ES对成纤维细胞的生长抑制率逐渐增强;5-FU ES和5-FU HA对成纤维细胞的半数抑制浓度(IC50)分别为(9.2582±1.2329)μg/mL和(18.0352±2.3145)μg/mL,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05);同时,醇脂体本身对细胞活性无明显抑制作用。结论醇脂体可有效携带5-FU向瘢痕成纤维细胞内递送,促进5-FU对成纤维细胞的活性抑制作用。醇脂体作为经皮给药载体,是一种安全有效的透细胞药物载体。%Objective To establish ethosomes encapsulated with 5-Fluorouracil and to explore the inhibitory effects of 5-FU on human hypertrophic scar fibroblasts. Methods Ethosomes encapsulated with 5-Fluorouracil was prepared by Touitou method and was evaluated. Human hypertrophic scar fibroblasts were cultured in vitro, the penetration of the fluorescent probes into fibroblasts was examined by CLSM, and hydroalcoholic solution was

  17. 一种利用Tornado Shell调试多片TMS320VC5416的方法%Debugging Multi-piece TMS320VC5416 under Tornado Shell

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    邹仕祥

    2007-01-01

    在目标板调试DSP代码,通常要用到仿真器.但用仿真器调试多DSP系统,不仅成本高,而且不方便.文中介绍了一种由1片MPC860和3片TMS320VC5416组成,并且采用HPI接口的信道板的调试方法.调试过程中,不用仿真器,实现了代码下载、运行以及变量查看.它充分利用了MPC860、TMS320VC5416、VxWorks的特点,调试过程简单、快捷.

  18. Implementation for blow up of tornado-type solutions for complex version of 3D Navier-Stokes system

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    Arnold, M D

    2008-01-01

    We consider Cauchy problem for Fourier transformation of 3-dimensional Navier-Stokes system with zero external force. Using initial data purposed by Dong Li and Ya.G.Sinai we implement self-similar regime producing fast growing behavior of the energy of solution while time tends to critical value.

  19. 基于Tornado码的视频抗误码策略%Tornado-code-based Video Robustness Strategies

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    王蓉; 王磊

    2006-01-01

    提出了一种适用于H.264编解码过程的抗误码策略,针对自适应FMO模型,在其传输过程中加入Tornado算法,并根据图像强弱运动部分错误掩盖方法的不同,合理地分配传输过程中结点位置,以保证强运动部分获得更高的恢复率,更好地提高图像抗误码性能.实验证明,该策略有效地提高了恢复图像的质量.

  20. A solar tornado observed by AIA/SDO: Rotational flow and evolution of magnetic helicity in a prominence and cavity

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    Li, Xing; Leonard, Drew; Jeska, Lauren

    2012-01-01

    During 2011/09/24, as observed by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument of the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) and ground-based \\Ha\\ telescopes, a prominence and associated cavity appeared above the southwest limb. On 2011/09/25 8:00UT material flows upwards from the prominence core along a narrow loop-like structure, accompanied by a rise ($\\geq$50,000km) of the prominence core and the loop. As the loop fades by 10:00, small blobs and streaks of varying brightness rotate around the top part of the prominence and cavity, mimicking a cyclone. The most intense and coherent rotation lasts for over three hours, with emission in both hot ($\\sim$1MK) and cold (hydrogen and helium) lines. We suggest that the cyclonic appearance and overall evolution of the structure can be interpreted in terms of the expansion of helical structures into the cavity, and the movement of plasma along helical structures which appears as a rotation when viewed along the helix axis. The coordinated movement of material between...

  1. CNS Involvement in AML Patient Treated with 5-Azacytidine

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    Diamantina Vasilatou

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Central nervous system (CNS involvement in acute myeloid leukemia (AML is a rare complication of the disease and is associated with poor prognosis. Sometimes the clinical presentation can be unspecific and the diagnosis can be very challenging. Here we report a case of CNS infiltration in a patient suffering from AML who presented with normal complete blood count and altered mental status.

  2. Fluorescence-Guided Resection of Malignant Glioma with 5-ALA

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    Sadahiro Kaneko

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Malignant gliomas are extremely difficult to treat with no specific curative treatment. On the other hand, photodynamic medicine represents a promising technique for neurosurgeons in the treatment of malignant glioma. The resection rate of malignant glioma has increased from 40% to 80% owing to 5-aminolevulinic acid-photodynamic diagnosis (ALA-PDD. Furthermore, ALA is very useful because it has no serious complications. Based on previous research, it is apparent that protoporphyrin IX (PpIX accumulates abundantly in malignant glioma tissues after ALA administration. Moreover, it is evident that the mechanism underlying PpIX accumulation in malignant glioma tissues involves an abnormality in porphyrin-heme metabolism, specifically decreased ferrochelatase enzyme activity. During resection surgery, the macroscopic fluorescence of PpIX to the naked eye is more sensitive than magnetic resonance imaging, and the alert real time spectrum of PpIX is the most sensitive method. In the future, chemotherapy with new anticancer agents, immunotherapy, and new methods of radiotherapy and gene therapy will be developed; however, ALA will play a key role in malignant glioma treatment before the development of these new treatments. In this paper, we provide an overview and present the results of our clinical research on ALA-PDD.

  3. *H atom and *OH radical reactions with 5-methylcytosine.

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    Grand, A; Morell, C; Labet, V; Cadet, J; Eriksson, L A

    2007-09-20

    The reactions between either a hydrogen atom or a hydroxyl radical and 5-methylcytosine (5-MeCyt) are studied by using the hybrid kinetic energy meta-GGA functional MPW1B95. *H atom and *OH radical addition to positions C5 and C6 of 5-MeCyt, or *OH radical induced H-abstraction from the C5 methyl group, are explored. All systems are optimized in bulk solvent. The data presented show that the barriers to reaction are very low: ca. 7 kcal/mol for the *H atom additions and 1 kcal/mol for the reactions involving the *OH radical. Thermodynamically, the two C6 radical adducts and the *H-abstraction product are the most stable ones. The proton hyperfine coupling constants (HFCC), computed at the IEFPCM/MPW1B95/6-311++G(2d,2p) level, agree well with B3LYP results and available experimental and theoretical data on related thymine and cytosine radicals.

  4. Prescription-Event Monitoring. Recent experience with 5 NSAIDs.

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    Rawson, N S; Inman, W H

    1986-01-01

    The principles and methods of Prescription-Event Monitoring (PEM) are presented and illustrated by a study of general practice notes of 55,642 patients, who were prescribed one of five non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). PEM showed the expected side effects and a low incidence of serious adverse reactions. The general pattern of events during and following treatment was, with few exceptions, very similar. The incidence of side effects that have led to the withdrawal of three of the drugs from the market was extremely low. Complications of peptic ulcer were uncommon and deaths from this cause were rare. No difference was apparent in the incidence of serious gastrointestinal complications during or after stopping treatment or changing to another NSAID.

  5. Treatment of Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia with 5-Azacytidine: Case Reports

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    Peter Rohon

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Epigenetic therapy with hypomethylating agent (5-azacytidine; AZA is common in the management of specific subtypes of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS, but there are only few studies in chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML patients. In this paper our experience with 3 CMML patients treated with AZA is described. In one patient transfusion independency was observed after 4 treatment cycles; in one case a partial response was recorded, but a progression to acute myeloid leukemia (AML after 13 AZA cycles has appeared. In one patient, AZA in reduced dosage was administered as a bridging treatment before allogeneic stem cell transplantation (ASCT, but in the control bone marrow aspirate (before ASCT a progression to AML was recorded. Future studies are mandatory for evaluation of new molecular and clinical features which could predict the efficiency of hypomethylating agents in CMML therapy with respect to overall survival, event-free survival, quality-adjusted life year, and pharmacoeconomy.

  6. Novel Solution for Leg Motion with 5-Link Belt Mechanism

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    E. Ch., Lovasz; Pop, C.; Pop, F.; Dolga, V.

    2014-11-01

    From the analysis of Theo Jansen walking mechanism and of the path curve that it describes the reduced capability for crossing over obstacles of the Jansen leg (1 DOF) is pointed out. By using a 5 link belt mechanism with 2 DOF can be adapted for generating similar Jansen mechanism path curve, where the step height of this path can be increased. For this purpose a mathematical model is conceived in order to analyse and determine the parameters for driving and control of the operation of the novel walking leg solution.

  7. Photodynamic therapy with 5-aminolevulinic acid: basic principles and applications

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    Pottier, Roy H.; Kennedy, James C.

    1996-01-01

    Numerous photosensitizing pigments that absorb visible light and are selectively retained in neoplastic tissue are being investigated as potential photochemotherapeutic agents. While much emphasis is being placed on the synthesis of new, far-red absorbing photosensitizers, an alternative approach has been to stimulate the human body to produce its own natural photosensitizer, namely protoporphyrin IX (PpIX). Exogenous 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) is rapidly bioconverted into PP by mitochondria, the process being particularly efficient in tumor cells. Since PpIX has a natural and rapid clearing mechanism (via the capture of iron in the process of being converted into heme), ALA-PDT does not suffer from lingering skin phototoxicity. ALA may be introduced orally, intravenously, or topically, and ALA-PDT has been shown to be effective in the treatment of both malignant and non-malignant lesions.

  8. Inhibition of allergic inflammation by supplementation with 5-hydroxytryptophan

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    Abdala-Valencia, Hiam; Berdnikovs, Sergejs; McCary, Christine A.; Urick, Daniela; Mahadevia, Riti; Marchese, Michelle E.; Swartz, Kelsey; Wright, Lakiea; Mutlu, Gökhan M.; Cook-Mills, Joan M.

    2012-01-01

    Clinical reports indicate that patients with allergy/asthma commonly have associated symptoms of anxiety/depression. Anxiety/depression can be reduced by 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) supplementation. However, it is not known whether 5-HTP reduces allergic inflammation. Therefore, we determined whether 5-HTP supplementation reduces allergic inflammation. We also determined whether 5-HTP decreases passage of leukocytes through the endothelial barrier by regulating endothelial cell function. For ...

  9. Transmission electron microscopy of In{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}N{sub y}As{sub 1-y} nanostructures using ab-initio structure factors for strain-relaxed supercells

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    Mueller, Knut

    2011-07-01

    This thesis reports on theoretical, methodical and experimental studies concerning scattering and structural properties of In{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}N{sub y}As{sub 1-y} using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). First, theoretical concepts to describe electron scattering at real crystals including the effects of bonding and static atomic displacements (SAD) are considered. The approach of modified atomic scattering amplitudes (MASA), which uses density functional theory (DFT) to model bonding in an atomistic manner, is exploited to calculate compositiondependent MASA for InGaNAs. Valence force field (VFF) calculations are applied to determine SAD caused by atom size effects. Huang scattering caused by SAD is shown to pile up in the vicinity of Bragg peaks, contrary to the smooth background caused by thermal diffuse scattering (TDS). Furthermore, results for composition-dependent structure factors calculated by full DFT and atomistic models are compared. Second, structure factors for GaAs and InAs are measured by parallel and convergent beam electron diffraction (PBED and CBED) to verify the MASA approach. The PBED method was implemented in Bloch wave routines embedded in a least-squares refinement that allows for a refinement of structure factors, Debye-Waller factors, specimen thickness and -orientation. Errors in PBED are estimated from the application to simulated diffraction patterns with TDS background, and rules for the recognition of reasonable initial refinement conditions are derived. Then, PBED is applied to the measurement of the 200 structure factors of GaAs and InAs. Conversion to X-ray structure factors yields X{sup GaAs}{sub 200}=-6.366{+-}0.015 and X{sup InAs}{sub 200}=53.687{+-}0.110, respectively. By CBED, X{sup GaAs}{sub 200}=-6.350{+-}0.015 is measured. Additionally, Debye-Waller factors for GaAs have been refined to B{sub Ga}=0.275{+-}0.003 Aa{sup 2} and B{sub As}=0.242{+-}0.003 Aa{sup 2} at 99 K using PBED. Third, above theoretical scattering data is used in composition measurements in InGaNAs solar cell and laser structures via TEM lattice fringe imaging. Lattice strain and chemically sensitive 200 fringe contrast are measured from a single image and compared with simulations based on elasticity theory and the Bloch wave approach. First, a two-beam lattice fringe image formed by beams 000 and 200 is used to investigate the effect of bonding and SAD on composition quantification in In{sub 0.08}Ga{sub 0.92}N{sub 0.03}As{sub 0.97}. In particular, neglect of bonding results in a relative error of 25% for the In content, whereas SAD have small impact. Second, a three-beam imaging technique is developed that utilises beams 000, 200 and 220, for which an L-shaped objective aperture was inserted into an FEI Titan 80/300 microscope. By decomposition of the image into 220 and 020 fringe images, artefacts due to nonlinear imaging are circumvented. Imaging conditions that minimise errors induced by inaccurately known specimen thickness are derived. Bloch wave simulations of reference 200 fringe contrast include structure factors adapted for chemical bonding, SAD, and diffuse losses due to SAD and TDS. As a main application, the three-beam method is applied to In{sub 0.28}Ga{sub 0.72}N{sub 0.025}As{sub 0.975} before and after thermal annealing. Dissolution of In-rich islands and N-rich clusters and formation of a homogeneously thick quantum well with nearly constant stoichiometry is found. (orig.)

  10. RESEARCH ON DYNAMIC PROPERTIES OF SUPERCELL HONEYCOMB STRUCTURES UNDER IN-PLANE IMPACT LOADING%组合蜂窝材料面内冲击性能的研究

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    张新春; 刘颖; 章梓茂

    2009-01-01

    基于三角形和六边形蜂窝结构面内冲击性能的研究,该文探讨了面内冲击荷载作用下组合Kagome蜂窝结构的变形机制和能量吸收特性.首先,在保证蜂窝结构胞元厚度与边长尺寸比值不变的前提下,分析了不同形状胞元及其组合结构的动态冲击性能,给出了试件宏观及微观胞元结构的动态演化过程.在此基础上,探讨了冲击速度和相对密度一定情况下单位质量不同蜂窝结构的能量吸收特性.其结论将对蜂窝材料微拓扑结构的动力学优化设计提供指导.

  11. Lightning Behavior and its Dependence on Storm Kinematic and Precipitation Processes in Northern Alabama

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    Johnson, Elsie V.; Petersen, W. A,

    2009-01-01

    Numerous case studies and recent modeling studies have found that various metrics of updraft intensity appear to be reasonably well correlated to lightning production in thunderstorms, particularly severe thunderstorms. Indeed, the relationship between updraft and lightning flash rate is hypothesized to be the physical connection between a lightning "jump" signature and manifestations of severe weather such as tornadic activity. This study further examines this connection using a combination of dual Doppler wind retrievals made with the UAH ARMOR dual polarimetric and KHTX WSR 88D Doppler radar pair, together with northern Alabama Lightning Mapping Array (LMA) data. The dual Doppler data were used to construct three dimensional wind fields and the retrieved vertical velocity fields were subsequently compared to collocated total lightning flash rates observed by the LMA. Particular attention was paid to the timing of updraft pulses relative to changes in the flash rate, with the goal of assessing impacts on warning decision lead time. Results from the analysis of severe and non severe thunderstorms in Northern Alabama will be presented including the EF 4 tornado producing supercell on 6 February 2008.

  12. Analysis and Forecast of a Tornadic Thunderstorm Using Multiple Doppler Radar Data, 3DVAR, and ARPS Model

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    Edward Natenberg

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A three-dimensional variational (3DVAR assimilation technique developed for a convective-scale NWP model—advanced regional prediction system (ARPS—is used to analyze the 8 May 2003, Moore/Midwest City, Oklahoma tornadic supercell thunderstorm. Previous studies on this case used only one or two radars that are very close to this storm. However, three other radars observed the upper-level part of the storm. Because these three radars are located far away from the targeted storm, they were overlooked by previous studies. High-frequency intermittent 3DVAR analyses are performed using the data from five radars that together provide a more complete picture of this storm. The analyses capture a well-defined mesocyclone in the midlevels and the wind circulation associated with a hook-shaped echo. The analyses produced through this technique are used as initial conditions for a 40-minute storm-scale forecast. The impact of multiple radars on a short-term NWP forecast is most evident when compared to forecasts using data from only one and two radars. The use of all radars provides the best forecast in which a strong low-level mesocyclone develops and tracks in close proximity to the actual tornado damage path.

  13. Study on Salviae Miitiorrhizae Injection in Combination with 5-Fu for the Apoptosis of Lewis Lung Tumor Mice%丹参注射液联合5-氟尿嘧啶对小鼠Lewis 肺癌细胞凋亡的影响

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    冯俭; 余晓颖; 谢萍; 秦银花; 孙川; 张煜华; 张梦云; 杨张婧; 莫小宇; 王倩

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨丹参注射液联合5-氟尿嘧啶(5-Fu)对小鼠Lewis肺癌细胞凋亡的作用.方法 将60只Lewis肺癌荷瘤C57BL/6小鼠随机分为模型组,丹参高、低剂量组(丹高组、丹低组),5-Fu组,丹参高、低剂量联合5-Fu组(丹低+5-Fu组、丹高+ 5-Fu组),每组10只.各组于接种第2日起每天腹腔注射给药0.2ml/只,5-Fu组连续给药5天,联合组先给5-Fu及丹参注射液混合液5天,后继续给予丹参注射液5天.其余各组均连续给药10天.末次给药24h后摘眼球取血再脱颈椎处死,观察血常规、瘤体重量、肺癌细胞凋亡指数、主要脏器转移灶数目及病理改变.结果 丹参低剂量组和丹参高剂量组瘤体重量较模型组降低(P<0.05),5-Fu组、丹参低剂量+5-Fu、高剂量+5- Fu组较模型组瘤体重量明显减轻(P<0.01).丹参高剂量组、5-Fu组、丹参低剂量+5-Fu组及丹参高剂量+5-Fu组瘤体细胞凋亡指数与模型组比均增高(P<0.05).结论 丹参注射液能够增强5-Fu对肿瘤的抑制,有增强小鼠Lewis肺癌细胞凋亡作用的趋势.%Objective To observe the effect of Danshen (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae ) Injection used together with 5-flu-orouracil (5-Fu) on the apoptosis of Lewis lung tumor mice. Methods Sixty C57BL/6 mice with Lewis lung tumors were randomized into model control group, Danshen high-dose group and low-dose group, 5-Fu group, Danshen high-dose with 5-Fu group, and Danshen low-dose with 5-Fu group, with 10 in each. All mice were intraperitoneally injected 0. 2ml everyday from the second day of inoculation. The 5-Fu group was injected for 5 days in succession, the united 5-Fu groups were given the mixture of 5-Fu and Danshen injection first for 5 days and then Danshen injection in continuation for 5 days, and the other groups were all given medicine for 10 days in succession. Twenty-four hours after the last administration, the eyeballs of mice were removed for collecting the orbital blood, and then were

  14. Studies in the protective effect of Shenmai injection(参麦注射液) on peritoneal mesothelial cell in rats with 5/6 nephrectomy%参麦注射液对肾5/6切除大鼠腹膜间皮细胞的保护作用研究

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    何泽云; 尤昭玲; 谭元生

    2001-01-01

    Objective:To study the protective effects of Shenmai injection (SMI,参麦注射液) on peritoneal mesothelial cell in rats with 5/6 nephrectomy. Methods:By using light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy the morpholgical structure changes of peritoneal mesothelial cell in rats with 5/6 nephrectomy caused (chronic)renal failure model of after the peritoneal didysis of SMI were observed at the same time the levels of C3 and IgG in peritoneal dialysate were observed also. Results:The SMI could promote the recovery and proliferation of injured peritoneal mesothelial cell increase the immunity function of abdomen in rats. Conclusions:The SMI has protective effect on peritoneal cell in rats with 5/6 nepherctomg the protecive effect related to improving regional defence function in abdomen.%目的:探讨参麦注射液对肾5/6切除大鼠腹膜间皮细胞的保护作用。方法:利用5/6肾切除造成大鼠肾功能衰竭(肾衰)模型,使用光学和电子显微镜观测参麦注射液腹膜透析(腹透)后腹膜间皮细胞形态结构的变化,同时观测腹透液中补体C3和IgG含量。结果:参麦注射液具有促进受损的腹膜间皮细胞修复和再生,提高肾衰大鼠腹腔免疫功能的作用。结论:参麦注射液具有保护肾5/6切除大鼠腹膜间皮细胞的作用,这种保护作用与增强腹腔局部防御功能有关。

  15. 5-FU乙醇脂质体制备及局部植入治疗家兔喉气管狭窄的效果分析%Preparation of Ethosomes encapsulated with 5-fluorouracil and the effect of local administered 5-FU ethosomeon on laryngotracheal stenosis of rabbit

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    杨希之; 敖华飞; 程雪峰; 顾健; 孔德秋; 毛小慧

    2012-01-01

    Objective;To evaluate the efficacy of Ethosomes encapsulated with 5-FU in treatment of laryngotracheal stenosis in rabbit models. Method;The 5-FU ethosome was prepared by the thin film hydration method, and the size distribution and the encapsulation efficiency was investigated. The tracheal mucosa was scraped about 0. 5 cm in width with a nylon brush to induce the scar formation in the airway,then animals were divided into three groups:5-FU ethosome group,5-FU group and saline group. Drugs were injected into scar by paracentesis under endoscope in each group respectively. The severity of stenosis was observed under laryngofiberoscope immediately, 7,14,21 days after administration. Result; Airway stenosis of 5-FU ethosome group was not significantly different compared with 5-FU group at 7 days after administration, but 5-FU ethosome significantly reduced the airway stenosis at 21 days after administration when compared with 5-FU group and no restenosis was noticed during the observation period. Conclusion;Ethosomes encapsulated with 5-FU was effective for laryngotracheal stenosis. It is a ptentially new method for ameliorating airway stenosis originated from granulation tissue.%目的:评价5-氟尿嘧啶(5 FU)脂质体对家兔瘢痕性喉气管狭窄的治疗效果.方法:利用薄膜分散法制备5-FU乙醇脂质体,并检测脂质体形态、包封率等特性.采用刮擦法制备喉气管狭窄模型,环形刮除气管黏膜约0.5cm宽度,诱导气管内瘢痕形成,将诱导瘢痕性喉气管狭窄成功的模型动物随机分为3组:5-FU乙醇脂质体组(A组)、5-FU水溶液组(B组)和生理盐水组(C组),各组分别在内镜监视下经皮穿刺将药物注射入瘢痕内部,并记录此时狭窄度,记为0d,其后,在用药后7、14、21d纤维喉镜下观察记录气管狭窄情况.结果:治疗初期A组和B组并无差别,21d时A组狭窄度明显小于B组,并在观察期间没有出现再狭窄.结论:5-FU脂质体对家兔瘢痕型喉气管

  16. Chemo radioimmunotherapy with 5-fluorouracil, cisplatin and interferon-{alpha} in pancreatic and peri-ampullary cancer: Results of a feasibility study; Chimioradiotherapie et immunotherapie avec 5-fluoro-uracile, cisplatine et interferon-{alpha} dans les cancers du pancreas et periampullaires: resultats d'une etude de faisabilite

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    Nitsche, M.; Christiansen, H.; Hermann, R.M.; Hess, C.F. [Goettingen Univ., Dept. of Radiation Oncology (Germany); Horstmann, O.; Becker, H. [Goettingen Univ., Dept. of Surgery (Germany); Pradier, O. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Dept. de cancerologie, 29 - Brest (France); Schmidberger, H. [Mainz Univ., Dept. of Radiation Oncology (Germany)

    2008-12-15

    Background: Recent studies give rise to the hypothesis, that adjuvant chemo radioimmunotherapy with 5-fluorouracil (5-F.U.), cisplatin and interferon-a (I.F.N.-a) might be a possible new treatment of pancreatic cancer in resected patients. We report the up-to-now experience at our institution. Patients and methods: Eleven patients with histological diagnosis of localized carcinoma of the pancreas (n = 7) or peri-ampullary (n = 4) were prospectively analyzed. Four patients were deemed unresectable because of local invasion of adjacent organs (neo-adjuvant setting) and seven patients underwent curative resection (adjuvant setting). Eight patients were classified as T3 carcinomas and three T4 carcinomas. Fifty-five per cent (6/11) of the patients presented with positive lymph node involvement. One histological Grade I, six Grade II and three Grade III were detected. External conformal irradiation to a total dose of 50.4 Gy with 1.8 Gy per day was delivered. All patients received a concomitant chemotherapy with continuous 5-F.U. 200 mg/m{sup 2} per day on 28 treatment days and intravenous bolus cisplatin 30 mg/m{sup 2} per week (Day 2, 9, 16, 23, 30). A recombinant r-I.F.N.-a was administered on three days weekly during Week one to five of the radiotherapy course as subcutaneous injections with 3*3 Mio. I.U. weekly. Results: The four-year overall survival rate for all patients was 55%. In the neo-adjuvant group, three of four patients died due to progressive disease; in the adjuvant group, combined chemo radioimmunotherapy lead to controlled disease in five of seven patients. The overall toxicity was well-managed. Conclusion: Our data strengthens the hypothesis of concomitant chemo radioimmunotherapy with 5-F.U., I.F.N.-a and cisplatin as a possible new treatment of pancreatic cancer in resected patients. (authors)

  17. Effects of balanced nutrient soluble fertilizer with 5 - ALA on the growth, flowering and nutrient content of Chinese rose%含5-氨基乙酰丙酸等养分水溶肥料对月季生长、开花及体内养分元素含量的影响

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    任忠秀; 聂立水; 张强; 孙兆地; 郝利峰

    2011-01-01

    In order to investigate the co - effects of both plant growth regulator 5 - ALA and balanced nutrient soluble fertilizer on the growth, flowering and nutrient contents of Chinese rose (Rosa hybrida), a pot experiment was conducted. Three treatments were balanced nutrient soluble fertilizer, 5 - ALA solution and balanced nutrient soluble fertilizer with 5 -ALA, while water served as a check. All treatments were applied by foliar spray. There were three replications. The results showed that the application of balanced nutrient soluble fertilizer with 5 - ALA had positive effects in promoting the growth of Chinese rose, increasing the Chinese rose flowering rate and improving the color of Chinese rose flower. Single application of 5 - ALA solution could increase chlorophyll content of per unit area of leaf by about 6. 6% , while single application of balanced nutrient soluble fertilizer could lead to significant decrease in the chlorophyll content of per unit area of leaf. Balanced nutrient soluble fertilizer was more conducive to increase nitrogen content, phosphorus content and potassium content than that of the balanced nutrient soluble fertilizer with 5 - ALA. Nitrogen content, phosphorus content and potassium content of per single plant were increased by applying the three different fertilizers, among them the balanced nutrient soluble fertilizer with S - ALA had the best yield improving effect with total primary nutrient increased by 43. 5%.%选用月季盆栽试验,以等养分水溶肥料、5-氨基乙酰丙酸盐溶液和含5-氨基乙酰丙酸等养分水溶肥料为试验材料,用清水做对照,研究了三者对月季生长、开花及植株体内养分含量的影响.结果表明,含5-氨基乙酰丙酸等养分水溶肥料更有利于月季花、茎、叶的生长,有利于促进月季开花率的增加和花色的改善;5-氨基乙酰丙酸有利于单位叶面积叶绿素含量的增加,叶绿素总量增加6.6%,而等养分水溶肥料使单位

  18. Experimental Investigation of Heat Transfer Characteristics of Louver Fin-and-tube Heat Exchanger with 5 mm Diameter Tubes under Wet Conditions%采用窗片的5 mm管换热器在湿工况下换热性能的实验研究

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    高晶丹; 丁国良; 吴伟; 胡海涛; 高屹峰; 宋吉

    2012-01-01

      The heat transfer characteristics of fin-and-tube heat exchangers with 5 mm diameter tubes under wet conditions were investigated by experiments on 11 louver fin-and-tube heat exchangers. The effects of fin pitch and inlet relative humidity on air-side performance were analyzed. The results indicated that the effect of inlet relative humidity on the heat transfer rate is small, and heat transfer rate decreases with the increase of fin pitch, which is more obvious than that of fin-and-tube heat exchanger with 7 mm or larger diameter tubes. The water bridge was observed at the bottom of fin in experiments;however, it did not occur on the fin with 7 mm or large diameter tubes. A correlation for j factor was developed to predict the heat transfer performance of fin-and-tube heat exchanger with 5 mm diameter tubes. The deviations of the proposed j correlation are within ±20%.%  在湿工况下,对11个采用百叶窗翅片的5 mm管换热器进行了实验研究,并分析了翅片间距、进口空气相对湿度等因素对空气侧换热性能的影响。研究结果表明:换热量随翅片间距的增加而减小,且比7 mm管或更大管径换热器更明显;换热量受进口空气相对湿度的影响小;在翅片底部出现水桥,而在7 mm管或者更大管径换热器中不曾出现。根据实验数据开发了预测5 mm翅片管换热器换热性能的j因子关联式,误差在±20%以内。

  19. Oxaliplatin combined with 5-fluorouracil,leucovorin regimen for patients with advanced colorectal cancer%草酸铂联合氟尿嘧啶、醛氢叶酸治疗晚期结直肠癌的临床观察

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    Suyi Li; Lin Liu; Xiaoyi Gu; Zao Jiang; Cailian Wang

    2007-01-01

    Objective:To observe the efficacy and tolerability of continuously infusing 5-fluorouracii(5-FU)/folic acid combined with oxaliplatin(L-OHP/5-FU/Lv regimen)as first line treatment in advanced colorectal cancer.Methods:23 patients of advanced colorectal cancer were treated with 5-Fu 500mg/d,civ,d1-d5,d8-d12,leucovorin 100mg/d,iv gtt,d1,d8,folic acid tablet 60 mg/d,po,d2-d5,d9-d12,and oxaliplatin 65mg/(m2-d),iv gtt,d1,d8,repeated every 21 days(one cycle).The effect was evaluated after two cycles.Results:Complete response in 2 cases and partial response in 10 cases were observed with an overall response rate of 47.18%.Adverse effects were mainly grade 1-2,including nausea,vomiting,diarrhea,dental ulcer,peripheral neuritis and myelosuppression.Conclusion:L-OHP/5-FU/LV regimen is an effective and better tolerated alterna tive treatment in advanced colorectal cancer and yields promising clinical application.

  20. 具有5n个点的完全5部图的分类及5图部的色性%CLASSIFICATION OF COMPLETE 5-PARTITE GRAPHS AND CHROMATICITY OF 5-PARTITE GRAPHS WITH 5n VERTICES

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    赵海兴; 刘儒英; 张胜贵

    2004-01-01

    For a graph G,P(G, A)denotes the chromatic polynomial of G. Two graphs G and H are said to be chromatically equivalent,denoted by G~H,if P(G,λ) = p(H,λ). Let [G]= {H|H~G}.If [G] = {G} ,then G is said to be chromatically unique. For a complete 5-partite graph G with 5n vertices, define θ(G) = (a(G, 6) - 2n+1 - 2n-1 + 5)/2n-2, where a(G,6) denotes the number of 6-independent partitions of G. In this paper, the authors show that θ(G)≥0 and determine all graphs with θ(G) = 0, 1, 2, 5/2, 7/2, 4, 17/4. By using these results the chromaticity of 5-partite graphs of the form G -5 with θ(G) = 0, 1, 2, 5/2, 7/2, 4, 17/4 is investigated,where 5 is a set of edges of G. Many new chromatically unique 5-partite graphs are obtained.

  1. Protective effect of 5F,an extract from Pteris semipinnata L,in combine with 5 - Fu,on development of lung cancer in A/J mice%半边旗提取物5F联合5-Fu对A/J小鼠诱发性肺癌的影响

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    叶华; 刘义; 吴科锋; 李立; 郑学宝

    2015-01-01

    目的:研究半边旗提取物5F 与5-氟尿嘧啶合用对 A/ J 小鼠诱发性肺癌的影响。方法以苯并[a]芘和甲基亚硝胺吡啶基丁酮混合剂灌胃,每周1次,连续8周,诱发小鼠肺癌。从第9周开始,分别腹腔注射5F、5-氟尿嘧啶或(5F + 5- 氟尿嘧啶),连续给药14周后处死小鼠。观察肺癌数量,计算肿瘤抑制率,检测肝脏系数、肾脏系数,检测血清丙氨酸氨基转移酶、天门冬氨酸氨基转移酶、尿素氮和血肌酐水平,检测超氧化物歧化酶和丙二醛的含量变化。结果5F 与5-氟尿嘧啶联合用药显著抑制 A/ J 小鼠诱发性肺癌,具有协同效应,且对肝肾功能无明显毒副作用,还可以提高血清超氧化物歧化酶水平。结论5F 与5-氟尿嘧啶合用可协同抑制 A/ J 小鼠诱发性肺癌。%Objective To investigate the effect of 5F,an extract from Pteris semipinnata L,in combine with 5 - Fu,on the model of induced A/ J mice lung cancer. Methods Intragastric administration was conducted on all mice using mixed re-vulsant of B[a]P and NNK. The aforementioned operation was performed once per week and continued for 8 weeks. 5F and 5- Fu,alone or in combination,were injected into mice from the ninth week and continued for 14 weeks. Count the number of lung cancer and calculate the tumor inhibition rate. Weight the liver and kidney,and calculate the organ index. The levels of ALT,AST,BUN,Scr,SOD and MDA were also detected. Results The combined application of 5F and 5 - Fu significantly suppressed the development of B[a]P and NNK - induced lung cancer in vivo with minimal side effects,and increase the level of serum SOD. Conclusion 5F combined with 5 - Fu had a synergistic effect on the induced lung cancer in A/ J mice.

  2. The Comparison of Culture Characteristic and Pathogenicity of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae △adh with 5b%胸膜肺炎放线杆菌adh基因敲除株与5b野生株的培养特性及致病性比较

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    计群; 雷连成; 杨舒心; 翟瑞东; 张庆明; 杨峰; 韩文瑜

    2013-01-01

    三聚体自转运黏附素(trimeric autotransporter adhesin,TAA)是近年来发现的参与猪胸膜肺炎放线杆菌(Actinoba cillus pleuropneumoniae,APP)黏附宿主细胞的重要毒力因子.本研究比较了5b adh基因缺失株(△adh)与5b野生株的生物学特性及其对仔猪的致病性.结果表明,在BHI液体培养基中,△adh生长速度明显高于5b野牛株;△adh在液体培养基中细菌集聚性明显减弱;仔猪感染后临床症状典型,猪肺脏病理组织切片结果表明,△adh致病性弱于野生株.本研究结果证实adh在APP黏附宿主过程中发挥重要作用,为下一步探究APP致病机制奠定基础.%It was found that trimeric autotransporter adhesin (TAA) was the important virulence factor for Actinobacillus pleuropneumuniae(APP) adhere to host in the recent years. In this research, we compared the culture characteristic and the pathogenicity to piglet of Aadh and 5b wild strain. The results showed that the growth rate of Aadh was higher than 5b obviously; the Aadh showed weaker aggregation compared with 5b in liquid culture condition; the piglet showed typical symptoms after the infection, the observation of HE showed that pathogenicity of the Aadh was weaker than 5b wild strain. The result of the comparisons conformed the importance of adh in the progress of APP attacking to host and set basics in the pathogenic research of APP in the next step.

  3. Phase Ⅱ Study of Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy Combined with 5-Fluorouracil and Nedaplatin Chemotherapy in Recurrent Esophageal Carcinoma after Curative Operation%食管癌术后复发患者调强放疗同步化疗(5-Fu+奈达铂)的Ⅱ期临床研究

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    陶华; 孔诚; 陆进成

    2012-01-01

    Objective To analyze the feasibility and safety of postoperative recurrent esophageal carcinoma patients treated by intensity-modulated radiotherapy combined with 5-Fluorouracil(5-Fu) and nedaplatin chemotherapy. Methods Forty-four esophageal carcinoma patients suffered recurrence after their definitive resection in our department from June 2009 to June 2010. Intensity-modulated radiotherapy combined with 5-Fu and nedaplatin chemotherapy was performed in the patients(gross tumor volume,GTV) of IMRT was prescribed to 60 Gy/ 30f ,2. 0 Gy/f and 5-Fu and nedaplatin concurrent chemotherapy was used by 5-Fu 750 mg/(m2 · d),dl — 5, nedaplatin 80 mg/(m2 · d),dl at week 1 and week 4. The primary endpoint was 1-year survival rate and the second endpoint was toxicity related to the treatment. Results The overall response rate (CR + PR) was 86% (38/44). 1- and 2-year overall survival rate was 72. 7% and 60% , respectively. 1- and 2-year progression-free survival rate was 63. 6% and 36. 6% , respectively. Univariate analysis outcome showed that only recurrent site was related with prognosis (X2 = 22. 848,P = 0. 000). All the patients undergone this treatment smoothly. Grade T , D and III leukocytopenia was observed in 16% (7/44),50% (22/44),and 34% (15/44) patients,respectively. Grade Land II digestive tract toxicity was observed in 45% (20/44),55% (24/44) patients,respectively. Grade T ,and II liver/renal toxicity was observed in 77% (34/44) ,and 23% (10/44) patients,respectively. Over grade 3 digestive tract and liver/renal toxicity were not found. All the toxicities were gone after corresponding therapy. Conclusion Concurrent chemotherapy with 5-Fu and nedaplatin plus intensity-modulated radiotherapy is an effective and feasible regimen and would be considered as a better option for postoperative recurrent esophageal carcinoma patients, which could be deserved to be applied to phase III clinical trial.%目的 评价食管癌根治术后复发

  4. Interference of human tissue kailikrein on renal interstitial fibrosis in rats with 5/6 nephrectomy%人激肽释放酶基因对5/6肾切除大鼠肾间质纤维化的干预效应

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    徐玲; 郑常龙; 徐西振; 万槐斌; 邓娟娟; 赵刚; 谌贻璞; 汪道文

    2009-01-01

    Objective To investigate the interference and associated mechanism of hnman tissue kallikrein (HK) gene on renal interstitial fibrosis in rats with 5/6 nephrectomy. Methods Human kallikrein cDNA was packed in a recombinant adeno-associated virus(rAAV)-based plasmid vector. The rAAV-HK was produced by transfection in 293 cells. Twenty-four male Wistsr rats were divided into sham operation and operation groups. The rats with 5/6 nephrectomy were randomly divided into simple operation, control and experiment groups. The rats in experiment group received single dose rAAV-HK via the tail vein with 1×1011 pfu. Before nephrectomy and every month after surgery until the rats were sacrificed, the caudal arterial pressure was measured using tail cuff blood pressure determinator. Three months after HK gene delivery, the rats were sacrificed. The expression of HK in rats was assessed by RT-PCR, Western blot and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The pathological changes of renal interstitium were evaluated by Masson stainning, and the distribution of bradykinin B2 receptor (BKB2R) and angiotensin Ⅱ typel receptor (ATIR) was examined by immunohistochemistry. The expressions of BKB2R, AT1R, p-MAPK protein in renal tissue were detected by Western blot. Results Three months after HK gene delivery, the systolic blood pressure of experiment group was significantly decreased compared with the control group [(163±13) nun Hg vs (217±16) mm Hg, P<0.01](1 mm Hg=0.133 kPa). Compared with sham rats, the rats in simple operation group and control group had much more renal interstitial collagen deposition and more serious fibrosis performance, but renal interstitial collagen deposition and fibrosis were significantly ameliorated in the rats of experiment group. In addition, the tubulointerstitial injury index of HK transgenic rats was significantly lower than that of the rats in control group (1.33±0.73 vs 3.01±0.62, P<0.01). Up-regnlating expression of bradykinn B2 receptor

  5. 刺参酸性黏多糖对5-FU治疗小鼠肝癌的减毒增效作用%Attenuated and synergized action of stichopus japonicus acid mucopolysaccharide combined with 5-FU on hepatocarcinoma22-bearing mouse

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    代海华; 宋扬; 陈丹丹

    2015-01-01

    (P值分别为0.005和0.011);SJAMP+高5-FU组与5-FU组相比明显提高,P=0.005.SJAMP组和SJAMP+低5-FU组NK细胞杀伤能力高于5-FU组,P值分别为0.002和0.030.空白对照组和5-FU组CD3+ CD4+与CD3+ CD8+细胞比值低于正常对照组(P值均<0.001)、SJAMP组(P值分别为0.001和<0.001)和SJAMP+低5-FU组(P值分别为0.003和0.024),SJAMP+高5-FU组高于5-FU组(P=0.329).结论 SJAMP能够增强5-FU对肿瘤的抑制作用,减少5-FU对小鼠免疫功能的损伤.%OBJECTIVE To investigate the effects of SJAMP combined with 5-FU on tumor growth and immune function in Hepatocarcinoma22-bearing mouse and understand the synergism and attenuation effects on chemotherapy drug.METHODS The mice were randomly divided into normal group (Normal Saline),model group (Normal Saline),5-FU group [5-FU 20 mg/(kg · d)],SJAMP group [SLAMP 25 mg/(kg · d)],SJAMP+ 5-FU low-dose group[SLAMP 25 mg/(kg · d) and 5-FU 10 mg/(kg · d)],SJAMP+5-FU high-dose group [SLAMP 25 mg/(kg · d) and 5-FU 20 mg/(kg · d)].Except normal group,other groups were injected H22 cells in the right axillary subcutaneous.The mice were intervened 12 days.Blood samples were drawn by excising eyeball and then all the mouse were sacrificed by cervical dislocation.The spleens and thymuses were removed under sterile conditions,and the spleen indexes and thymus indexes were calculated.TNF-α and IL-2 were detected by ELISA method.Neutral red method was used to detect macrophage phagocytosis.Spleen lymphocytes proliferation capability was assayed by CCK-8 method.NK cell function was detected by MTT method.T lymphocyte subsets were measured by flow cytometry.RESULTS The tumors in intervention group were significantly inhibited.The inhibition rate of tumor in SJAMP+5-FU high-dose group(62.73%) was higher than that in 5-FU group(55.53%),P=I.000.SJAMP group and SJAMP+5-FU low-dose group were significantly higher than that in other groups,P<0.05.The thymus index in SJAMP group (2.19 ±1.18) mg/g and SJAMP+5-FU

  6. To theory of tornado formation: mass condensation into droplets, their polarization by the Earth electric fields and rotation by magnetic field

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    Perel'man, Mark E

    2009-01-01

    Vapor condensation with removing of latent heat by emission of characteristic frequencies allows fast droplets formation in big volumes, which becomes possible with spatial redistribution and spreading of condensation nuclei and ions formed in long lightning traces. Droplets in the vertical Earth electric fields will be polarized and dipoles will be oriented; at movements in the Earth magnetic field they will be torqued into horizontal plane. The estimations show that the teamwork of these phenomena leads to formation of tropic cyclones, which can decay in regions with reduced fields and non supersaturated vapor. The suggested theory can be verified by examination of fields' intensity and radiations: the characteristic, mainly IR radiating of latent heat and emission of the 150 kHz range at approaching of water dipoles to drops.

  7. 基于Tornado码的存储冗余算法研究%Research in Redundancy Storage Algorithm Based on Tornado Code

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    孙伟平; 汤毅凡

    2008-01-01

    纠删码是提供数据高可用性的重要方法.与传统纠删码相比较,Tornado码是基于稀疏矩阵的级连纠删码,通过异或操作完成编解码,实现纠错功能.经实验分析,在存储系统中采用Tornado码进行数据冗余,可以有效的加快编解码速度和减少存储空间的消耗,并提供较高的纠错能力.

  8. Tornado目标机服务器实现机制探讨%On the Realization Mechanism of Tornado Target Server

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    黄英兰

    2009-01-01

    深入探讨了VxWorks实时操作系统开发环境Tornado的目标机服务器组成及各组成部分的功能.通过对Tornado目标机服务器的分析,可以帮助开发人员理清嵌入式操作系统中目标机服务器的实现机制,从而为开发其它嵌入式软件开发环境提供思路.

  9. Data transmission program in not reliable channel based on Tornado Codes%基于Tornado码的不可靠信道的数据传输方案

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    侯兵

    2008-01-01

    该文提出了在高误码率,高丢包率的网络环境下,通过前向编码技术,采取冗余数据的方式,能够有效避免在数据分组的丢失、错误问题.基于Tornado码的数据传输方案,编码和解码方式简单,效率高,能够适合大规模数据的网络传输和组播网络中的数据传输.

  10. Transformation and intensification of tornado-like flow in a narrow channel during elongation of an oval dimple with constant area

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    Isaev, S. A.; Leontiev, A. I.; Gul'tsova, M. E.; Popov, I. A.

    2015-06-01

    Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes equations closed using the Menter shear-stress-transfer model have been numerically solved on multiblock intersecting structured grids of various scales. The obtained solution has been used to analyze the separated flow past an elongated oval dimple oriented at 45± on the wall of a narrow plane-parallel channel and to study transformation of the flow with increasing dimple aspect ratio at constant depth and spot area. It is established that, at a dimple width below one-third of the equivalent dimple diameter, intensification of the generated helical vortices observed when the transverse flow velocity exceeds 80% of the average mass flow velocity is accompanied by decrease in the level of hydraulic losses below that in an otherwise identical channel with an equivalent spherical dimple.

  11. Towards a unified Global Weather-Climate Prediction System

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    Lin, S. J.

    2016-12-01

    The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory has been developing a unified regional-global modeling system with variable resolution capabilities that can be used for severe weather predictions and kilometer scale regional climate simulations within a unified global modeling system. The foundation of this flexible modeling system is the nonhydrostatic Finite-Volume Dynamical Core on the Cubed-Sphere (FV3). A unique aspect of FV3 is that it is "vertically Lagrangian" (Lin 2004), essentially reducing the equation sets to two dimensions, and is the single most important reason why FV3 outperforms other non-hydrostatic cores. Owning to its accuracy, adaptability, and computational efficiency, the FV3 has been selected as the "engine" for NOAA's Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS). We have built into the modeling system a stretched grid, a two-way regional-global nested grid, and an optimal combination of the stretched and two-way nests capability, making kilometer-scale regional simulations within a global modeling system feasible. Our main scientific goal is to enable simulations of high impact weather phenomena (such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, category-5 hurricanes) within an IPCC-class climate modeling system previously regarded as impossible. In this presentation I will demonstrate that, with the FV3, it is computationally feasible to simulate not only super-cell thunderstorms, but also the subsequent genesis of tornado-like vortices using a global model that was originally designed for climate simulations. The development and tuning strategy between traditional weather and climate models are fundamentally different due to different metrics. We were able to adapt and use traditional "climate" metrics or standards, such as angular momentum conservation, energy conservation, and flux balance at top of the atmosphere, and gain insight into problems of traditional weather prediction model for medium-range weather prediction, and vice versa. Therefore, the

  12. Use of Dual-Polarization Radar Variables to Assess Low-Level Wind Shear in Severe Thunderstorm Near-storm Environments in the Tennessee Valley

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    Crowe, Christina C.; Schultz, Christopher J.; Kumjian, Matthew; Carey, Lawerence D.; Petersen, Walter A.

    2011-01-01

    The upgrade of the National Weather Service (NWS) network of S ]band dual-polarization radars is currently underway, and the incorporation of polarimetric information into the real ]time forecasting process will enhance the forecaster fs ability to assess thunderstorms and their near ]storm environments. Recent research has suggested that the combination of polarimetric variables differential reflectivity (ZDR) and specific differential phase (KDP) can be useful in the assessment of low level wind shear within a thunderstorm. In an environment with strong low ]level veering of the wind, ZDR values will be largest along the right inflow edge of the thunderstorm near a large gradient in horizontal reflectivity (indicative of large raindrops falling with a relative lack of smaller drops), and take the shape of an arc. Meanwhile, KDP values, which are proportional to liquid water content and indicative of a large number of smaller drops, are maximized deeper into the forward flank precipitation shield than the ZDR arc as the smaller drops are being advected further from the updraft core by the low level winds than the larger raindrops. Using findings from previous work, three severe weather events that occurred in North Alabama were examined in order to assess the utility of these signatures in determining the potential for tornadic activity. The first case is from October 26, 2010, where a large number of storms indicated tornadic potential from a standard reflectivity and velocity analysis but very few storms actually produced tornadoes. The second event is from February 28, 2011, where tornadic storms were present early on in the event, but as the day progressed, the tornado threat transitioned to a high wind threat. The third case is from April 27, 2011, where multiple rounds of tornadic storms ransacked the Tennessee Valley. This event provides a dataset including multiple modes of tornadic development, including QLCS and supercell structures. The overarching goal

  13. Inhibitory effect of sil ibinin combined with 5-FU treatment on mal ignant biological behaviors of gastric cancer cell l ines MGC803%水飞蓟宾联合5-FU 对胃癌细胞株 MGC803恶性生物学行为的抑制作用研究

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    王阳; 李昌林

    2016-01-01

    目的::研究水飞蓟宾联合5-FU 处理对胃癌细胞株 MGC803恶性生物学行为的抑制作用.方法:培养胃癌细胞株 MGC803,分为 NC 组、5-Fu 组、SB+5-Fu 组并用不同条件进行处理,检测凋亡细胞数目、侵袭细胞数目以及增殖、侵袭相关基因的表达量.结果:处理后6h、12h、18h、24h 时,5-Fu 组、SB+5-Fu 组凋亡细胞的数目显著多于 NC 组、侵袭数目显著少于 NC 组,SB+5-Fu 组凋亡细胞的数目显著多于5-Fu 组、侵袭数目显著少于5-Fu 组(P <0.05);5-Fu 组、SB+5-Fu 组细胞中 Vav3、PTP1B、GOLPH3、RUNX3、Sipa1、UbcH10、NEDD9、Mig-7、CD157、AEP、Galectin-1的 mRNA 含量低于 NC组(P <0.05);SB+5-Fu 组细胞中 Vav3、PTP1B、GOLPH3、UbcH10、NEDD9、Mig-7、CD157、AEP、Galectin-1的 mRNA 含量低于5-Fu 组(P <0.05),RUNX3、Sipa1的 mRNA 含量与5-Fu 组差异无统计学意义(P >0.05).结论:与5-FU 单药处理相比,水飞蓟宾联合5-FU 处理能够更为有效的促进胃癌细胞凋亡、抑制胃癌细胞侵袭、调节增殖和侵袭相关基因的表达.%Objective:To study the inhibitory effect of silibinin combined with 5-FU treatment on malignant biological behaviors of gastric cancer cell lines MGC803.Methods:Gastric cancer cell lines MGC803 were cultured,divided into NC group,5-Fu group and SB+5-Fu group and treated with different conditions,and then the number of apoptotic cells,the num-ber of invasive cells as well as the expression of proliferation and invasion-related genes were detected.Results:6 h,12 h,18 h and 24 h after treatment,the number of apoptotic cells of 5-Fu group and SB+5-Fu group was significantly more than that of NC group,the number of invasive cells was significantly less than that of NC group,the number of apoptotic cells of SB+5-Fu group was significantly more than that of 5-Fu group,and the number of invasive cells was significantly less than that of 5-Fu group;mRNA contents of Vav3

  14. Antidepressant-like effects of YL-0919, a novel dual-acting antidepressant with 5-HT1A receptor agonist and serotonin reuptake inhibitor%5-HT1A受体激动和5-HT重摄取抑制双靶标新药YL-0919抗抑郁作用的药效学评价

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    陈红霞; 徐晓丹; 薛瑞; 袁莉; 杨日芳; 李云峰

    2011-01-01

    目的 评价兼有5-HT1A受体激动和5-HT重摄取抑制双靶标化合物YL-0919的抗抑郁作用,并在靶标水平探讨其作用机制.方法和结果 在小鼠悬尾和小鼠强迫游泳实验中,YL-0919(1.25,2.5,5 mg/kg,ig)能够显著地缩短小鼠悬尾不动时间和游泳不动时间,5-HT1A受体拮抗剂WAY100635(0.3 mg/kg,sc)能够完全拮抗YL-0919(2.5 mg/kg,ig)在小鼠悬尾实验中的抗抑郁作用;在药物诱发抑郁模型上,YL-0919增强5-羟色氨酸(5-hydroxytryptophan,5-HTP,120 mg/kg,ip)诱导的小鼠甩头行为,但不能拮抗高剂量阿扑吗啡(16 mg/kg,sc)诱导的降温作用;YL-0919在抗抑郁有效剂量范围内对小鼠的自主活动性无显著性影响.结论 新型双靶标新药YL-0919具有明确的抗抑郁作用,此作用与激动5-HT1A受体,增强5-HT系统的功能有关.%Objective To investigate the antidepressant-like effect and possible mechanism of YL-0919, a novel dual-acting antidepressant with 5-HT1A receptor agonist and serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Methods and Results In the tail suspension test and forced swimming test in mice, YL-0919( 1. 25, 2. 5 and 5 mg/kg, ig )significantly decreased the immobility time. 5-HT1A receptor antagonist ( WAY100635 , 0. 3 mg/kg, sc ) could completely prevent the antidepressant-like effect in the tail suspension test. In the 5-hydroxytryptophan ( 5-HTP,120 mg/kg, ip ) potentiation test, YL-0919 significantly increased the symptom of head-twitches induced by 5-HTP. However, YL-0919 had no significant effect on the apomorphine (16 mg/kg,sc )induced hypothermia or the locomotor activity in mice. Conclusion YL-0919 produces reliable antidpres-sant-like effect, which may be attributed to the activation of 5-HT1A receptor and the potentiation of 5-HT system.

  15. EMJH medium with 5-fluorouracil and nalidixic acid associated with serial dilution technique used to recover Leptospira spp from experimentally contaminated bovine semen Meio de EMJH com 5-fluorouracil e ácido nalidíxico associado a técnica das diluições seriadas usados para recuperar Leptospira spp do sêmen bovino experimentalmente contaminado

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    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Bovine semen experimentally contaminated with Leptospira santarosai serovar Guaricura was submitted to the modified EMJH medium with 5-fluorouracil (300mg/L and nalidixic acid (20mg/L, named as "selective medium" and using the serial dilution technique, in order to evaluate the percentage of recovery of the added microorganism. The selective EMJH medium was found with higher percentage of recovery of leptospiras and minor losses of samples due to contamination with opportunistic microorganisms than the non-selective EMJH medium: 151/376 (40.0% of positive growth; and 38/376 (10.0% contamination and 58/376 (15% and 129/376 (34.0%, respectively. These results were statistically significant (pSêmen bovino experimentalmente contaminado com a estirpe Leptospira santarosai Sorovar Guaricura foi utilizado para verificar a porcentagem de recuperação de leptospiras, utilizando o meio de EMJH com 5-fluorouracil (300 mg/L e ácido nalidíxico (20 mg/L, denominado "meio seletivo", associado à técnica das diluições seriadas. O meio seletivo EMJH foi encontrado com porcentagem de recuperação mais elevada e com menos perda de amostras devido à contaminação com microorganismos oportunistas quando comparado com o meio EMJH não seletivo, que foram encontrados, respectivamente, com 151/376 (40.0% de crescimento positivo e 38/376 (10.0% de contaminação, 58/376 (15% e 129/376 (34.0%. Estes resultados foram estatíticamente significantes (p<0, 0001; Fisher. Diferenças foram encontradas quando as freqüências de leptospiras recuperadas foram comparadas com a técnica de diluição seriada (10-1 a 10-4 e entre os meios seletivo e não-seletivo, em diferentes níveis de diluição. À diluição de 1/10, as porcentagens encontradas foram (0%, 0/80 e (38%, 30/80; à diluição 1/100, (3%, 2/80 e (49%, 39/80; e à diluição 1/1000, (25%, 20/80 e (50%, 40/80, respectivamente. A porcentagem de recuperação de leptospiras foi diretamente proporcional

  16. 局部晚期子宫颈鳞状细胞癌不同组合放化疗疗效的前瞻性比较研究%A randomized clinical trial in comparison of concurrent single agent cisplatin,cisplatin in combination with 5-fluorouracil and cisplatin in combination with taxel for locally advanced cervical squamous cell cancer

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    胡尔西旦·尼牙孜; 赵化荣; 忙尼沙·阿不都拉; 包永星

    2011-01-01

    目的 前瞻性比较3种不同化疗方案和根治性放射治疗的不同组合方式的同期放化疗疗效、不良反应及对生存的影响.方法 将261例ⅡB、ⅢA、ⅢB、ⅣA期的局部晚期宫颈鳞状细胞癌前瞻性随机分入3组:放疗加每周顺铂增敏化疗组(RT+DDP)、放疗加同期5-氟脲嘧啶和顺铂(RT+FC)化疗组、放疗加同期紫杉和顺铂(RT+TC)化疗组.放疗均是全程根治性放疗.放疗方法:盆腔外照射45~50 Gy,外照射30~40Gy时挡直肠区域;腔内高剂量率Iγ192后装治疗A点剂量25~36 Gy.RT+DDP组中每周顺铂30mg/m2、每周1次,共5~6次;RT+FC和RT+TC组中顺铂75mg/m2,分3 d静脉注射,RT+FC组每日缓慢静脉点滴5-氟脲嘧啶650 mg/m2,连用4 d;RT+TC组中紫杉醇135 mg/m2静脉点滴,两药联合化疗在每个患者的整个放疗中完成2周期.结果 完成计划的总病例数为261例,其中RT+DDP组88例、RT+FC组89例、RT+TC组84例.3组患者的一般临床特点差异无统计学意义.3组的总生存率差异、近期疗效、直肠和膀胱的3/4级晚期并发症发生率差异亦均无统计学意义(P>0.05);TC+RT组的无病生存率与DDP+RT组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.017).结论 RT+DDP、RT+FC、RT+TC治疗局部晚期宫颈鳞状细胞癌疗效均可,患者均可耐受急性不良反应.RT+TC在无病生存方面可能使患者获益.%Objective To compare the outcome of the cisplatin-based chemotherapy with 5-fluoracil ( RT + FC), taxel ( RT + TC) two regimens concurrent chemo-radiotherapy with standard weekly single agent cisplatin and concurrent radiation therapy (RT + DDP). Methods Patients with locally advanced cervical squamous cell cancer of stage ⅡB, ⅡIA,ⅢB, and ⅣA with clinically negative aortic nodes were eligible. Pelvic RT dose was 45-50 Gy and high -dose rate intracavitary brachytherapy. The standard arm had weekly cisplatin 30 mg/m2 per week lasting 5-6 cycles during RT.The experimental arm had cisplatin 75 mg/m2/3wk

  17. Analysis of DNA methylation with 5-Azac induced immune hyporesponsiveness following acute graft-versus-host disease%5-Azac诱导急性移植物抗宿主病免疫低反应的甲基化研究

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    张晓宁; 赵玉霞; 王建海; 苗绪红; 李克秋; 李光

    2016-01-01

    目的 建立小鼠急性移植物抗宿主病(aGVHD)模型,检测DNA甲基化转移酶抑制剂5-氮杂胞苷(5-aza-cytidine,5-Azac)诱导aGVHD免疫低反应后的甲基化变化,探讨5-Azac对小鼠aGVHD的免疫调节作用.方法 选择雄性C57BL/6(H-2b)与雌性BALB/c(H-2d)小鼠分别作为异基因移植供、受体建立移植物抗宿主病小鼠模型.BABL/c受体按照体质量相近进行配对,分为移植对照组和5-Azac实验组.5-Azac实验组于移植后1~7、14、21、28 d尾静脉注射5-Azac 0.25 mg/kg(0.3 mL/只);移植对照组尾静脉注射生理盐水0.3 mL/只.提取3只移植对照组和3只5-Azac实验组小鼠的外周血DNA,分别等量混匀,采用甲基化DNA免疫共沉淀测序(MeDIP-seq)的方法检测甲基化变化,筛选差异甲基化基因,并对其功能及生物学通路进行分析.结果 5-Azac实验组小鼠的生存时间延长,排斥反应减弱,成功诱导移植物抗宿主病免疫低反应状态.2组小鼠DNA MeDIP-seq结果对比显示:5-Azac实验组启动子区存在369个差异甲基化基因,其中上调239个、下调130个;外显子区存在184个差异甲基化基因,其中上调113个、下调71个.利用KEGG(Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes)数据库对差异甲基化基因分析,结果显示其主要参与10个免疫学信号通路,其中TGF-β、GSK-3β、SYK、PI3K、NFAT、CD28、α4β7与aGVHD的发生发展密切相关.结论 5-Azac可以通过改变基因的甲基化状态有效诱导aGVHD的免疫低反应.%Objective To analyse the change of DNA methylation with 5-Azac injection in acute graft-versus-host dis- ease (aGVHD) mouse model, which received allogeneic bone marrow transplantation, and explore the immunomodulatory ef-fects of 5-Azac. Methods Male C57BL/6 (H-2b)and female BALB/c (H-2d) mice were selected as donor and recipient of complete allotransplantation. BABL/c mice were divided into two groups, transplantation control group and 5-Azac experi-mental group. At 1-7, 14, 21

  18. 5-乙炔基-2'脱氧尿嘧啶核苷标记大鼠骨髓间充质干细胞的有效性%Efficacy of labeling rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells with 5-ethynyl-2'-deoxyuridine

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    史贵秀; 孙丽华; 张跃新

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: A safe, efficient, and convenient labeling method with high sensitivity and strong specificity is needed to understand the proliferation and differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) in vitro and in vivo. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy of labeling BMSCs with 5-ethynyl-2'-deoxyuridin (EdU) and its effects on cell proliferation.METHODS: BMSCs were isolated by adherence method from bone marrow of rats and cultured to the third generation. BMSCs were seeded into 96-well plate with concentration of 5* 107/L. BMSCs were labeled with EdU at different concentrations (0, 10, 20 and 50 u mol/L). The EdU-labeling positive rates and morphology of BMSCs in each group were detected at 24, 48 and 72 hours of culture, and the cell growth curves were obtained.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The EdU-labeling positive rates were gadually increased in each group as time went on (P 0.05). Good EdlHabeling positive rates could be obtained in the 10 u mol/L group at 72 hours of culture. The BMSCs growth curves of each group before and after labeling were "S"-shaped. This suggested that application of EdU labeling within the experimental concentrations for BMSCs in vitro is efficient and safe without effects on cell proliferation. Good labeling rate of BMSCs can be obtained through labeling with EdU in 10 u mol/L for 72 hours.%背景:深入准确地研究骨髓间充质干细胞在体内外增殖、分化的规律,寻找安全、有效、灵敏度高、特异性强、简便的标记活细胞的方法至关重要.目的:探索5-乙炔基-2'脱氧尿嘧啶核苷标记骨髓间充质干细胞的有效性及对其增殖能力的影响.方法:全骨髓贴壁法培养扩增SD大鼠骨髓间充质干细胞至第3代.将细胞以5×107 L-1浓度接种于96孔板中,掺入法加入终浓度为0,10,20,50 μmol/L 5-乙炔基-2'脱氧尿嘧啶核苷,分别在培养24,48和72 h检测5-乙炔基-2'脱氧尿嘧啶核苷标记细胞的阳性率、标记后的细胞形态,

  19. ±25ppm repeatable measurement of trapezoidal pulses with 5MHz bandwidth

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    AUTHOR|(SzGeCERN)712364; Arpaia, Pasquale; Cerqueira Bastos, Miguel; Martino, Michele

    2015-01-01

    High-quality measurements of pulses are nowadays widely used in fields such as radars, pulsed lasers, electromagnetic pulse generators, and particle accelerators. Whilst literature is mainly focused on fast systems for nanosecond regime with relaxed metrological requirements, in this paper, the high-performance measurement of slower pulses in microsecond regime is faced. In particular, the experimental proof demonstration for a 15 MS/s,_25 ppm repeatable acquisition system to characterize the flat-top of 3 ms rise-time trapezoidal pulses is given. The system exploits a 5MHz bandwidth circuit for analogue signal processing based on the concept of flat-top removal. The requirements, as well as the conceptual and physical designs are illustrated. Simulation results aimed at assessing the circuit performance are also presented. Finally, an experimental case study on the characterization of a pulsed power supply for the klystrons modulators of the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) under study at CERN is reported. In ...

  20. ASYMMETRIC DIELS-ALDER REACTIONS WITH 5-MENTHYLOXY-2(5H)-FURANONE

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    Jong, Johannes C. de; Bolhuis, Fré van; Feringa, Bernard

    1991-01-01

    A new class of chiral dienophiles, 5-alkoxy-2(5H)-furanones, has been developed. Both enantiomers of 5-menthyloxy-2(5H)-furanone are readily available in enantiomerically pure form, starting from furfural and d- or l-menthol. Excellent diastereoselectivities (d.e. greater-than-or-equal-to 99%) are o