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  1. Methylation of alpha-amino acids and derivatives using trimethylsilyldiazomethane.

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    Leggio, Antonella; Liguori, Angelo; Perri, Francesca; Siciliano, Carlo; Viscomi, Maria Caterina

    2009-03-01

    A study of the methylation of N-nosyl-alpha-amino acids and derivatives with trimethylsilyldiazomethane is here reported. Trimethylsilyldiazomethane allows the chemo-specific methylation of the carboxyl function of N-nosyl-alpha-amino acids in high yields and purity. This method provides a practical route to N-methyl-alpha-amino acids avoiding the use of the more toxic and explosive diazomethane. This simple and safe methylation methodology of alpha-amino acids and derivatives is not limited to organic synthesis and involves the use of a commercially available reagent as well. PMID:19207464

  2. Synthesis of alpha-amino acids

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    Davis, J.W. Jr.

    1983-01-25

    A method is described for synthesizing alpha amino acids proceeding through novel intermediates of the formulas: R[sub 1]R[sub 2]C(OSOCl)CN, R[sub 1]R[sub 2]C(Cl)CN and [R[sub 1]R[sub 2]C(CN)O][sub 2]SO wherein R[sub 1] and R[sub 2] are each selected from hydrogen monovalent substituted and unsubstituted hydrocarbon radicals of 1 to 10 carbon atoms. The use of these intermediates allows the synthesis steps to be exothermic and results in an overall synthesis method which is faster than the synthesis methods of the prior art. No Drawings

  3. Polycondensation of alpha-amino acids by pyrosulfuric acid

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    Denes, F.; Fox, S. W.

    1976-01-01

    The thermal polycondensation of amino acids common to protein is promoted at 80 deg C by pyrosulfuric acid. This is in contrast to the noncondensation at 100 deg C in the presence of concentrated sulfuric acid. These results are in accord with an anhydride mechanism, as proposed earlier for copolycondensation promoted by polyphosphoric acid. The amino acid composition, molecular weight, near-homogeneity, and infrared absorption of the polymer formed are described. The potential significance of planetary pyrosulfuric acid is discussed.

  4. Interference from alpha-amino acid and protein on determination of formaldehyde in food

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    Lu, Xiumin; Zhang, Xiaofeng; Fu, Yujie; Xiang, Jinxin

    2005-12-01

    The disturbance of alpha-amino acids and proteins on the analysis of formaldehyde content in food was investigated by electrochemical assay. Results show that the pH decreases gradually from 9.91 to 4.36 with increasing aspartic acid concentration. The recovery rate changes from 8% to 100% after different amounts of formaldehyde were added into protein solutions. For edible bamboo shoots, the recovery rate of formaldehyde is 80% to 100%. For shrimp kernel, however, the recovery rate of formaldehyde is 8% to 60%. These results indicate that the consumed quantity of formaldehyde is correlative with the protein concentration in foods. Therefore, the determinate formaldehyde content in food is actually not the totally applied amount, but just the residue after its reaction with the alpha-amino acids or free amino groups on the protein surface.

  5. The role of crystal polarity in alpha-amino acid crystals for induced nucleation of ice.

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    Gavish, M; Wang, J L; Eisenstein, M; Lahav, M; Leiserowitz, L

    1992-05-01

    The hydrophobic faces of single crystals of a series of pairs of racemic and chiral-resolved hydrophobic alpha-amino acids were used as a substrate, onto which water vapor has been cooled to freezing. The morphologies and molecular packing arrangements within each crystal pair are similar but only one of each pair exhibits a polar axis, parallel to the hydrophobic face exposed to water. Those crystals that have a polar axis induce a freezing point higher by 4 degrees to 5 degrees C than the corresponding crystals that do not have a polar axis. The results are interpreted in terms of an electric field mechanism that helps align the water molecules into ice-like clusters en route to crystallization. PMID:1589763

  6. Polymerization on the rocks: negatively-charged alpha-amino acids

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    Hill, A. R. Jr; Bohler, C.; Orgel, L. E.; Bada, J. L. (Principal Investigator)

    1998-01-01

    Oligomers of the negatively-charged amino acids, glutamic acid, aspartic acid, and O-phospho-L-serine are adsorbed by hydroxylapatite and illite with affinities that increase with oligomer length. In the case of oligo-glutamic acids adsorbed on hydroxylapatite, addition of an extra residue results in an approximately four-fold increase in the strength of adsorption. Oligomers much longer than the 7-mer are retained tenaciously by the mineral. Repeated incubation of short oligo-glutamic acids adsorbed on hydroxylapatite or illite with activated monomer leads to the accumulation of oligomers at least 45 units long. The corresponding reactions of aspartic acid and O-phospho-L-serine on hydroxylapatite are less effective in generating long oligomers, while illite fails to accumulate substantial amounts of long oligomers of aspartic acid or of O-phospho-L-serine.

  7. One pot, rapid and efficient synthesis of water dispersible gold nanoparticles using alpha-amino acids

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    Wangoo, Nishima; Kaur, Sarabjit; Bajaj, Manish; Jain, D. V. S.; Sharma, Rohit K.

    2014-10-01

    A detailed study on the synthesis of spherical and monodispersed gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) using all of the 20 naturally occurring ?-amino acids has been reported. The synthesized nanoparticles have been further characterized using various techniques such as absorbance spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering and nuclear magnetic resonance. Size control of the nanoparticles has been achieved by varying the ratio of the gold ion to the amino acid. These monodispersed water soluble AuNPs synthesized using non-toxic, naturally occurring ?-amino acids as reducing and capping/stabilizing agents serve as a remarkable example of green chemistry.

  8. Synthesis and reactions of fluorous carbobenzyloxy (FCbz) derivatives of alpha-amino acids.

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    Curran, Dennis P; Amatore, Muriel; Guthrie, David; Campbell, Matthew; Go, Eisan; Luo, Zhiyong

    2003-06-13

    Fluorous carbobenzyloxy ((F)Cbz) reagents RfCH(2)CH(2)C(6)H(4)CH(2)OC(O)OSu (where Su is succinimidoyl and Rf is C(6)F(13) and C(8)F(17)) have been used to make (F)Cbz derivatives of 18 of the 20 natural amino acids. The potential utility of this new family of reagents in both standard fluorous synthesis with spe separation and fluorous quasiracemic synthesis is illustrated with representative reactions of the (F)Cbz-Phe derivatives. PMID:12790566

  9. Chemical conversion of alpha-amino acids into alpha-keto acids by 4,5-epoxy-2-decenal.

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    Zamora, Rosario; Navarro, José L; Gallardo, Emerenciana; Hidalgo, Francisco J

    2006-08-01

    The comparative formation of phenylalanine and phenylpyruvic acid in the reaction of 4,5-epoxy-2-decenal with phenylalanine was studied to determine whether epoyalkenals may also degrade amino acids without producing their decarboxylation. Both compounds were produced in the reaction to an extent that depended on the reaction pH, the amount of lipid oxidation product, and the reaction time and temperature. The optimum pH was 3 for producing both carbonyl derivatives, and the amount of both compounds increased linearly with the amount of epoxyalkenal present in the reaction mixture. In addition, phenylpyruvic acid was produced to a higher extent than phenylacetaldehyde at 37 degrees C. However, at 60 degrees C the degradation of phenylpyruvic acid was observed and phenylacetaldehyde was usually found to a higher extent than the alpha-keto acid in the overnight-incubated reaction mixtures. The degradation of phenylpyruvic acid produced benzaldehyde and phenylacetaldehyde. All these results suggest that epoxyalkenals can not only degrade amino acids by a Strecker-type mechanism but convert them into their corresponding alpha-keto acids. This new reaction may be an alternative chemical route for the formation in foods of alpha-keto acids, which can later participate in the generation of important amino acid-derived flavor compounds. PMID:16881723

  10. A series of alpha-amino acid ester prodrugs of camptothecin: in vitro hydrolysis and A549 human lung carcinoma cell cytotoxicity.

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    Deshmukh, Manjeet; Chao, Piyun; Kutscher, Hilliard L; Gao, Dayuan; Sinko, Patrick J

    2010-02-11

    The objective of the present study was to identify a camptothecin (CPT) prodrug with optimal release and cytotoxicity properties for immobilization on a passively targeted microparticle delivery system. A series of alpha-amino acid ester prodrugs of CPT were synthesized, characterized, and evaluated. Four CPT prodrugs were synthesized with increasing aliphatic chain length (glycine (Gly) (2a), alanine (Ala) (2b), aminobutyric acid (Abu) (2c), and norvaline (Nva) (2d)). Prodrug reconversion was studied at pH 6.6, 7.0, and 7.4 corresponding to tumor, lung, and extracellular/physiological pH, respectively. Cytotoxicity was evaluated in A549 human lung carcinoma cells using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. The hydrolytic reconversion rate to parent CPT increased with decreasing side chain length as well as increasing pH. The Hill slope of 2d was significantly less than CPT and the other prodrugs tested, indicating a higher cell death rate at lower concentrations. These results suggest that 2d is the best candidate for a passively targeted sustained release lung delivery system. PMID:20063889

  11. Synthesis and characterization of a lipidic alpha amino acid: solubility and interaction with serum albumin and lipid bilayers.

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    Filipe, Hugo A L; Coreta-Gomes, Filipe M; Velazquez-Campoy, Adrian; Almeida, Ana R; Peixoto, Andreia F; Pereira, Mariette M; Vaz, Winchil L C; Moreno, Maria J

    2013-04-01

    The lipidic ?-amino acid with 11 carbons in the alkyl lateral chain (?-aminotridecanoic acid) was synthesized via multicomponent hydroformylation/Strecker reaction, which is a greener synthetic approach to promote this transformation relative to previously described methods. Its solubility and aggregation behavior in aqueous solutions was characterized, as well as the interaction with lipid bilayers. Lipidic amino acids are very promising molecules in the development of prodrugs with increased bioavailability due to the presence of the two polar functional groups and nonpolar alkyl chain. They are also biocompatible surfactants that may be used in the food and pharmaceutical industry. In this work we have conjugated the lipidic amino acid with a fluorescent polar group (7-nitrobenz-2-oxa-1,3-diazol-4-yl), to mimic drug conjugates, and its association with serum proteins and lipid bilayers was characterized. The results obtained indicate that conjugates of polar molecules with lipidic ?-amino acid, via covalent attachment to the amine group, have a relatively high solubility in aqueous solutions due to their negative global charge. They bind to serum albumin with intermediate affinity and show a very high partition coefficient into lipid bilayers in the liquid-disordered state. The attachment of the polar group to the lipidic amino acid increased strongly the aqueous solubility of the amphiphile, although the partition coefficient into lipid membranes was not significantly reduced. Conjugation of polar drugs with lipidic amino acids is therefore an efficient approach to increase their affinity for biomembranes. PMID:23477590

  12. Modulation of DL-. alpha. -amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid/quisqualate receptors by phospholipase A sub 2 : A necessary step in long-term potentiation

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    Massicotte, G.; Baudry, M. ); Vanderklish, P.; Lynch, G. )

    1991-03-01

    The effects of kainate (KA)-induced epileptic seizures on the binding properites of hippocampal glutamate receptors, on the modulation of DL-{alpha}-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA)/quisqualate receptor by phospholipase A{sub 2} (PLA{sub 2}), and on the formation of long-term potentiation (LTP) were studied in hippocampal membranes and hippocampal slices. Systemic administration of KA produced specific changes in the binding properties of the AMPA/quisqualate receptors and its regulation. Whereas the binding of various ligands to the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors was not modified by KA treatment, there was a singificant decrease in the maximal number of binding sites for ({sup 3}H)AMPA. The loss of LTP was not due to changes in postsynaptic responses elicited by the bursts that trigger the potentiation effect, thus suggesting that KA treatment disrupts processes that follow N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor activation. Systemic administration of KA was associated with calpain activation as the amount of spectrin breakdown products was increased severalfold in hippocampus but not in cerebellum. Pretreatment of telencephalic membranes with calpain greatly reduced the PLA{sub 2}-induced increase in ({sup 3}H)AMPA binding. The results provide evidence in favor of an essential role of PLA{sub 2} in the development of LTP and suggest that the order of activation of different calcium-dependent processes is critical for producing the final changes underlying LTP.

  13. The mechanism of action of aniracetam at synaptic alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptors: indirect and direct effects on desensitization.

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    Lawrence, J Josh; Brenowitz, Stephan; Trussell, Laurence O

    2003-08-01

    The mechanism of action of aniracetam on alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptors was examined in outside-out patches and at glutamatergic synapses in neurons of the chick cochlear nucleus. A combination of rapid-flow analysis, using glutamate as an agonist, and kinetic modeling indicated that aniracetam slows both the rate of channel closing, and the microscopic rates of desensitization, even for partially liganded receptors. Little effect was observed on the rate of recovery from desensitization or on the response to the weakly desensitizing agonist kainate. Aniracetam's effects on receptor deactivation saturated at lower concentrations than its effects on desensitization, suggesting that cooperativity between homologous binding sites was required to regulate desensitization. Analysis of responses to paired pulses of agonist also indicated that AMPA receptors must desensitize partially even after agonist exposures too brief to permit rebinding. In the presence of aniracetam, evoked excitatory synaptic currents (EPSCs) and miniature EPSCs in low quantal-content conditions had decay times similar to the time course of receptor deactivation. Under these conditions, the time course of both transmitter release and clearance must be <1 to 2 ms. However, in high quantal-content conditions, the evoked EPSC in aniracetam decayed with a time course intermediate between deactivation and desensitization, suggesting that the time course of transmitter clearance is prolonged because of pooling of transmitter in the synaptic cleft. Moreover, by comparing the amounts of paired-pulse synaptic depression and patch desensitization prevented by aniracetam, we conclude that significant desensitization occurs in response to rebinding of transmitter to the AMPA receptors. PMID:12869631

  14. Coordination of biologically important alpha-amino acids to calcium(II) at high pH: insights from crystal structures of calcium alpha-aminocarboxylates.

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    Fox, Stefan; Büsching, Insa; Barklage, Walter; Strasdeit, Henry

    2007-02-01

    A series of calcium alpha-aminocarboxylates was prepared by refluxing aqueous solutions/suspensions of calcium hydroxide and the respective alpha-amino acid. The colorless, crystalline hydrates Ca(gly)2.H2O (1), Ca(ala)2.3H2O (2), Ca(val)2.H2O (3), Ca(leu)2.3H2O (4), Ca(met)2.nH2O (5, n approximately 2), and Ca(pro)2.H2O (6) have been isolated in yields between 29 and 67% (gly- = glycinate, ala- = rac-alaninate, val- = rac-valinate, leu- = rac-leucinate, met- = rac-methioninate, pro- = rac-prolinate). The compounds 1-6 are readily soluble in water. The 0.10 M solutions have ca. pH 10-11 which is consistent with a noticeable degree of dissociation. The 13C NMR spectra of 1-6 in D2O were measured, and their comparison with those of the corresponding tetramethylammonium alpha-aminocarboxylates point to carboxylate coordination in solution, but no indication of nitrogen coordination was found. Infrared spectra of 1-6 gave similar results for the solid state. Complete single-crystal X-ray structure analyses of 1-4 and preliminary ones of 5 and 6, however, revealed that all aminocarboxylate ligands are N,O-chelating. Crystals of 2 consist of mononuclear complexes, while the other five compounds form three different types of one-dimensional coordination polymers. Structural diversity is also observed with the binding modes of the aminocarboxylate ligands and the calcium environment. Besides terminal aminocarboxylate coordination, there are three different types of aminocarboxylate bridges. The calcium ions are seven- or eight-coordinate in N2O5 and N2O6 coordination environments, respectively; one or three water molecules are part of the first ligand sphere of each metal ion. The crystal structures support conjectures about the existence of the yet undetected solution species [Cax(aa)2x(H2O)n] (aa- = alpha-aminocarboxylate). For example, x = 1 is realized in crystalline [Ca(ala)2(H2O)3] (2), and in 4 [Ca2(leu)4(H2O)4] complexes (x = 2) are linked to infinite chains by bridging aqua ligands. PMID:17257025

  15. Conformational studies on host-guest peptides containing chiral alpha-methyl-alpha-amino acids. Comparison of the helix-inducing potential of alpha-aminoisobutyric acid, (S)-2-ethylalanine and (S)-2-methylserine.

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    Altmann, E; Altmann, K H; Nebel, K; Mutter, M

    1988-11-01

    The conformational behaviour of host-guest peptides of the type Ac-Ala-Xxx-Ala-Ala-Xxx-Ala-Ala-Xxx-Ala-Ala-NH-PEGM (Xxx = alpha-aminoisobutyric acid (Aib), (S)-2-ethylalanine ((S)-Iva), (S)-2-methylserine ((S)-alpha-MeSer)) has been studied by CD spectroscopy in CF3CH2OH, CH3OH, and water and by i.r. spectroscopy in CHCl3 and in the solid state. In this way the relative helix-inducing potential of the two chiral alpha-methyl-alpha-amino acids (S)-Iva and (S)-alpha-MeSer could be established in comparison to the strong helix-former Aib. The results show that (S)-Iva exerts a comparable helix-inducing effect as Aib, making this amino acid a valuable complementary tool for the stabilization or induction of helices. No significant helix-promoting effect was observed for (S)-alpha-MeSer in polar solvents; however, the i.r.-spectroscopic data in CHCl3 and in the solid state point to a helical conformation under these conditions. Possible reasons for the different behaviour of (S)-Iva and (S)-alpha-MeSer are briefly discussed. PMID:3145251

  16. L-[alphaS, 5S]-alpha-amino-3-chloro-4,5-dihydro-5-isoxazoleacetic acid (NSC-163501): a new amino acid antibiotic with the properties of an antagonist of L-glutamine.

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    Jayaram, H N; Cooney, D A; Ryan, J A; Neil, G; Dion, R L; Bono, V H

    1975-01-01

    L-[alphaS,5S]-alpha-amino-3-chloro-4,5-dihydro-5-isoxazoleacetic acid (NSC-163501), an antibiotic elaborated by Streptomyces sviceus, has been shown to be a powerful inhibitor of many mammalian and bacterial reactions involving the transfer of nitrogen from the gamma-carboxamide of L-glutamine. Thus, the utilization of L-glutamine for the synthesis of carbamyl phosphate, L-asparagine, guanosine-5'-monophosphate, cytidine-5'-triphosphate, N-formylglycinamidine ribonucleotide, NAD, glucosamine-6-phosphate, and anthranilic acid is strongly or totally inhibited by a concentration of NSC-163501 of 1 X 10(-3) M. L-Glutamate synthetase of Escherichia coli is only modestly inhibited and 5-phosphoribosylamine synthesis in fetal rat liver is comparatively refractory to inhibition. NSC-163501 treatment of L1210 cells growing in a low L-glutamine culture medium produced arrest in G or early S phase. Of the amino acids tested, only L-glutamine antagonized such growth inhibition. PMID:1147

  17. Sensory-guided identification of N-(1-methyl-4-oxoimidazolidin-2-ylidene)-alpha-amino acids as contributors to the thick-sour and mouth-drying orosensation of stewed beef juice.

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    Sonntag, Tessa; Kunert, Christof; Dunkel, Andreas; Hofmann, Thomas

    2010-05-26

    Sensory-guided fractionation of stewed beef juice using ultrafiltration, gel permeation chromatography, PFPP-HPLC, and HILIC combined with analytical sensory techniques led to the identification of the dipeptides beta-alanyl-N-methyl-L-histidine and beta-alanyl-L-histidine, as well as the creatinine derivatives N-(1-methyl-4-oxoimidazolidin-2-ylidene)aminopropionic acid, N-(1-methyl-4-oxoimidazolidin-2-ylidene)aminoacetic acid, and N-(1-methyl-4-oxoimidazolidin-2-ylidene)amino-4,5,6-trihydroxyhexanoic acid as taste modulators in stewed beef juice. Model experiments demonstrated for the first time that the latter three N-(1-methyl-4-oxoimidazolidin-2-ylidene)-alpha-amino acids are formed by Maillard-type reactions from creatinine and reducing hexoses. Quantitative analysis, followed by taste recombination and omission experiments, revealed that subthreshold concentrations of these taste modulators enhance the typical thick-sour and mouth-drying orosensation and the mouthfulness imparted by stewed beef juice, although none of these compounds exhibited any significant intrinsic taste when tasted individually in water. PMID:20420435

  18. Excitotoxins L-beta-oxalyl-amino-alanine (L-BOAA) and 3,4,6-trihydroxyphenylalanine (6-OH-DOPA) inhibit [3H] alpha-amino-3- hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole-propionic acid (AMPA) binding in human hippocampus.

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    Künig, G; Hartmann, J; Niedermeyer, B; Deckert, J; Ransmayr, G; Heinsen, H; Beckmann, H; Riederer, P

    1994-03-14

    Excitotoxins L-beta-oxalyl-amino-alanine (L-BOAA) and 3,4,6-trihydroxyphenylalanine (6-OH-DOPA) have been investigated with regard to their potency to inhibit [3H] alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4- isoxazole-propionic acid (AMPA) binding in human hippocampus in a quantitative autoradiographic study. With dissociation constants (KD) of [3H]AMPA binding and inhibition concentrations (IC50) of L-BOAA, 6-OH-DOPA and L-glutamate obtained from saturation and displacement experiments inhibition constants (Ki) for the inhibition of [3H]AMPA binding in individual hippocampal subregions could be calculated. They were between 5.2 +/- 2.9 and 35.1 +/- 39.9 microM for L-BOAA and 39.1 +/- 26.8 and 59.4 +/- 44.1 microM for 6-OH-DOPA. L-BOAA was equally potent as the endogenous agonist L-glutamate with Ki's between 13.1 +/- 3.9 and 21.4 +/- 12.1 microM (n = 4, mean +/- S.D.). Limbic system symptoms like cognitive deficits, mood disturbances and vivid dreams observed in patients with the motor neuron disease neurolathyrism may thus well be mediated by agonistic action of L-BOAA at AMPA glutamate receptors in hippocampus. PMID:7914016

  19. Mechanism of resistance of a variant of P388 leukemia to L-(alpha S,5S)-alpha-amino-3-chloro-4,5-dihydro-5-isoxazoleacetic acid (acivicin).

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    Jayaram, H N; Ardalan, B; Deas, M; Johnson, R K

    1985-01-01

    Acivicin [L-(alpha S,5S)-alpha-amino-3-chloro-4,5-dihydro-5-isoxazoleacetic acid; NSC 163501] is a fermentation-derived amino acid antibiotic antagonistic to L-glutamine which exhibits potent oncolytic properties. We have developed a variant of P388 leukemia resistant to acivicin (P388/ACIA) and compared its properties with those of the parent line (P388/S). An examination of the enzymes utilizing L-glutamine revealed that the basal specific activities of L-asparagine synthetase and L-glutaminase were 1-to 3-fold higher in the parent line. The activities of carbamoyl phosphate synthetase II, L-asparagine synthetase, formylglycinamide ribonucleotide amidotransferase, and guanosine monophosphate synthetase were about equally inhibited in the two cell lines, while there was a partial inhibition of 5-phosphoribosyl-1-pyrophosphate amidotransferase, fructose-6-phosphate amidotransferase, and L-glutaminase activities, found only in the sensitive line. Cytidine triphosphate synthetase activity was not inhibited in either line. There was no difference in the dose response or restitution of L-glutamine utilizing enzyme activities between the two lines. Acivicin treatment produced a 2- to 3-fold augmentation of the L-glutamine pools only in the sensitive line. Drug injection induced increased 5-phosphoribosyl-1-pyrophosphate levels in both lines. Acivicin perturbed guanosine nucleotide pools only in the sensitive line, indicating that the primary mechanism of action of acivicin in P388 leukemia may be directed at guanosine monophosphate synthetase. Transport studies demonstrated a restricted uptake of acivicin by the resistant cells. These studies suggest that the transport of acivicin and L-glutamine plays an important role in determining the sensitivity or resistance to acivicin in these tumors. PMID:2578092

  20. A study of the oligomeric state of the alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid-preferring glutamate receptors in the synaptic junctions of porcine brain.

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    Wu, T Y; Liu, C I; Chang, Y C

    1996-01-01

    The number of the subunits in an alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA)-preferring L-glutamate receptor in the synaptic junctions of porcine brain was investigated in this study. Upon incubation of the synaptic junctions with three cross-linking regents, dimethyl adipimidate (DMA), dimethyl suberimidate (DMS) and N-succinimidyl-(4-azidophenyl)-1,3'-dithiopropionate (SADP), AMPA receptor subunits in higher-molecular-mass aggregates were detected by immunoblotting. These aggregates migrated as proteins of approx. 200, 300 and 400 kDa. The number and identity of the subunits in a solubilized AMPA receptor were also investigated here. Two samples, W1 and W2, enriched in AMPA receptors were prepared from synaptic junctions by a combination of detergent-solubilization, anion-exchange chromatography and wheatgerm agglutinin affinity chromatography. Hydrodynamic behaviour analyses revealed that the majority of the AMPA receptors in either one of these samples were asymmetrical detergent-surrounded particles with a protein mass around 350 kDa. SDS/PAGE analysis revealed that the majority of AMPA receptors in the W1 sample were comprised of dimers of 106 kDa subunits which were covalently linked by disulphide bonds. Cross-linking these receptors with SADP yielded a new band of approx. 400 kDa. The results obtained here, either from the studies of AMPA receptors embedding in synaptic junctions or from those of detergent-solubilized and partially purified receptors, suggest that AMPA receptors contain a basic core structure comprising of four 106 kDa subunits. PMID:8920974

  1. Studies on reactions of oxidizing sulfur-sulfur three-electron-bond complexes and reducing alpha-amino radicals derived from OH reaction with methionine in aqueous solution.

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    Lu, C; Yao, S; Lin, N

    2001-02-16

    The technique of pulse radiolysis with spectrophotometric detection has been used to investigate the possibility of electron transfer reactions between oxidizing sulfur-sulfur three-electron-bond complexes (Met2/S thereforeS+), or reducing alpha-amino radicals (CH3SCH2CH2CH.NH2) derived from reaction of methionine with OH radicals and hydroxycinnamic acid (HCA) derivatives, riboflavin (RF) or flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), respectively. The HCA derivatives, such as caffeic acid, ferulic acid, sinapic acid and chlorogenic acid, widely distributed phenolic acids in fruit and vegetables, have been identified as good antioxidants previously can rapidly and efficiently repair oxidizing three-electron-bond complexes via electron transfer. RF and FAD can oxidize reducing alpha-amino radicals derived from methionine. The electron transfer rate constants approximately 10(9) dm3 x mol(-1)x s(-1) were determined by following the build-up kinetics of species produced. PMID:11342257

  2. Synthesis of a conformationally constrained ?-amino acid building block.

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    O'Reilly, Elaine; Pes, Lara; Ortin, Yannick; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Paradisi, Francesca

    2013-02-01

    Conformationally restricted amino acids are important components in peptidomimetics and drug design. Herein, we describe the synthesis of a novel, non-proteinogenic constrained delta amino acid containing a cyclobutane ring, cis-3(aminomethyl)cyclobutane carboxylic acid (ACCA). The synthesis of the target amino acid was achieved in seven steps, with the key reaction being a base induced intramolecular nucleophilic substitution. A small library of dipeptides was prepared through the coupling of ACCA with proteinogenic amino acids. PMID:22851051

  3. Minimal genome encoding proteins with constrained amino acid repertoire

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    Tsoy, Olga; Yurieva, Marina; Kucharavy, Andrey; O'Reilly, Mary; Mushegian, Arcady

    2013-01-01

    Minimal bacterial gene set comprises the genetic elements needed for survival of engineered bacterium on a rich medium. This set is estimated to include 300–350 protein-coding genes. One way of simplifying an organism with such a minimal genome even further is to constrain the amino acid content of its proteins. In this study, comparative genomics approaches and the results of gene knockout experiments were used to extrapolate the minimal gene set of mollicutes, and bioinformatics combined with the knowledge-based analysis of the structure-function relationships in these proteins and their orthologs, paralogs and analogs was applied to examine the challenges of completely replacing the rarest residue, cysteine. Among several known functions of cysteine residues, their roles in the active centers of the enzymes responsible for deoxyribonucleoside synthesis and transfer RNA modification appear to be crucial, as no alternative chemistry is known for these reactions. Thus, drastic reduction of the content of the rarest amino acid in a minimal proteome appears to be possible, but its complete elimination is challenging. PMID:23873957

  4. Evidence from Meteorites for Multiple Possible Amino Acid Alphabets for the Origins of Life

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    Burton, A. S.; Elsila, J. E.; Callahan, M. P.; Glavin, D. P.; Dworkin, J. P.

    2015-01-01

    A key question for the origins of life is understanding which amino acids made up the first proteins synthesized during the origins of life. The canonical set of 20 - 22 amino acids used in proteins are all alpha-amino, alpha-hydrogen isomers that, nevertheless, show considerable variability in properties including size, hydrophobicity, and ionizability. Abiotic amino acid synthesis experiments such as Miller-Urey spark discharge reactions produce a set of up to 23 amino acids, depending on starting materials and reaction conditions, with significant abundances of both alpha- and non-alpha-amino acid isomers. These two sets of amino acids do not completely overlap; of the 23 spark discharge amino acids, only 11 are used in modern proteins. Furthermore, because our understanding of conditions on the early Earth are limited, it is unclear which set(s) of conditions employed in spark discharge or hydrothermal reactions are correct, leaving us with significant uncertainty about the amino acid alphabet available for the origins of life on Earth. Meteorites, the surviving remnants of asteroids and comets that fall to the Earth, offer the potential to study authentic samples of naturally-occurring abiotic chemistry, and thus can provide an alternative approach to constraining the amino acid library during the origins of life.

  5. Thermospray liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry study of diastereomeric isoindole derivatives of amino acids and amino acid amides.

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    van Leuken, R G; Duchateau, A L; Kwakkenbos, G T

    1995-11-01

    A thermospray liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (TSP-LC/MS) method is described for determination of the enantiomeric excess of alpha-amino acids and alpha-amino acid amides as their o-phthalaldehyde/N-acetyl-L-cysteine (OPA/NAC) derivatives. The source temperature is an important factor in optimizing the sensitivity of the TSP-LC/MS analysis, whereas the repeller voltage is of minor importance. On-column mass spectra were acquired for the OPA/NAC derivatives of several alpha-amino acids and alpha-amino acid amides. For the main fragment ions, mass spectra fragmentation pathways are proposed. The applicability of the method is demonstrated by means of the enantiomeric excess determination of valine in a sample from an enzymatic hydrolysis experiment. Using single ion monitoring, the detection limit of D-valine in the presence of excess L-valine is 10 pmol. The present TSP-LC/MS method is useful for validating the results obtained from LC/UV or LC/fluorescence methods for the enantiomeric excess determination of alpha-amino acids and alpha-amino acid amides. PMID:8788130

  6. Does aspartic acid racemization constrain the depth limit of the subsurface biosphere?

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    Onstott, T. C.; Aubrey, A.D.; Kieft, T L; Silver, B J; Phelps, Tommy Joe; Van Heerden, E.; Opperman, D. J.; Bada, J L.

    2014-01-01

    Previous studies of the subsurface biosphere have deduced average cellular doubling times of hundreds to thousands of years based upon geochemical models. We have directly constrained the in situ average cellular protein turnover or doubling times for metabolically active micro-organisms based on cellular amino acid abundances, D/L values of cellular aspartic acid, and the in vivo aspartic acid racemization rate. Application of this method to planktonic microbial communities collected from deep fractures in South Africa yielded maximum cellular amino acid turnover times of ~89 years for 1 km depth and 27 C and 1 2 years for 3 km depth and 54 C. The latter turnover times are much shorter than previously estimated cellular turnover times based upon geochemical arguments. The aspartic acid racemization rate at higher temperatures yields cellular protein doubling times that are consistent with the survival times of hyperthermophilic strains and predicts that at temperatures of 85 C, cells must replace proteins every couple of days to maintain enzymatic activity. Such a high maintenance requirement may be the principal limit on the abundance of living micro-organisms in the deep, hot subsurface biosphere, as well as a potential limit on their activity. The measurement of the D/L of aspartic acid in biological samples is a potentially powerful tool for deep, fractured continental and oceanic crustal settings where geochemical models of carbon turnover times are poorly constrained. Experimental observations on the racemization rates of aspartic acid in living thermophiles and hyperthermophiles could test this hypothesis. The development of corrections for cell wall peptides and spores will be required, however, to improve the accuracy of these estimates for environmental samples.

  7. Thiopeptide synthesis. {alpha}-amino thionoacid derivatives of nitrobenzotriazole as thioacylating agents

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    Shalaby, M.A.; Grote, C.W.; Rapoport, H.

    1996-12-13

    There has been considerable interest recently in the synthesis and properties of thiopeptides in which the -CSNH- group replaces one or more peptide bonds. These modified peptides have demonstrated increased activity in vivo as biological response modifiers, neuro-effectors, and immunomodulators due to the stability of their thioamide bonds toward enzymatic degradation as compared to that of their oxygenated counterpart. Synthetic routes employed to prepare these thiopeptides included replacement of oxygen by sulfur using P{sub 4}S{sub 10} or Lawesson`s phosphetane disulfide reagent, and thioesters or dithioesters of N-protected amino acids. Several procedures also have been reported for monothionation of peptides using N-protected amino monothioacids and benzotriazolyloxytris(pyrrolidino) phosphonium hexafluorophosphate (PYBOP) and some of its derivatives. Unfortunately, these methods displayed lack of reaction site specificity, low yields and purity because of side reactions, and loss of enantiomeric integrity in the final product, apparently because of racemization induced by the thioacylating agents. Recently, major improvement was described for the site specific incorporation of thioamide linkages into a growing peptide under mild conditions using thioacylbenzimidazolinones of amino acid derivatives as thioacylating agents. This method proceeds with about 2% loss of enantiomeric purity, as demonstrated by HPLC analysis of the reaction product 10a, formed in reaction with {alpha}-methylbenzylamine. This procedure, although superior to previous methods, still suffers from the formation of benzimidazole 2 as a significant byproduct, and the overall yield for the four-step process was only about 20%. Furthermore, recent attempt to use this procedure failed due to the limited reactivity of the benzimidazolinone 4 as a thioacylating agent. To overcome these limitations, the authors have developed a new method for thiopeptide synthesis. 12 refs.

  8. [The transition of amino acid drug development for 50 years in Japan (1)--amino acid parenteral fluid].

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    Arai, Yumiko; Uehara, Keiko; Matsumoto, Kazuo

    2008-01-01

    Twenty kinds of alpha-amino acids that form the constituents of proteins in mammalian tissues are all L-form with the exception of glycine. These proteins consist of both dispensable and indispensable alpha-amino acids, and play an important role as nutrients. The artificial mixtures of these alpha-amino acids are also important as ethical drugs. The history of alpha-amino acid parenteral fluid is not as long as one might think in terms of its clinical applications. The first publication of clinical data on the subject only appeared in 1944. In Japan, the first product using alpha-amino acid solution made from casein protein entered the market in 1950. In 1959, an alpha-amino acid solution produced from optically pure L-form was launched in Japan and became a pioneer in the field of artificial mixture solutions worldwide. From the 1960s, the amino acid industry has developed remarkably in Japan by means of chemically synthetic, enzymatic and microbial methodologies. Since then, most of the optically active alpha-amino acids have been easily obtainable, and the clinical uses of a-amino acid solutions using a variety of combinations have developed tremendously. From the 1950s to the 1970s, most of the mixture solutions containing a large number of a-amino acids were clinically developed for nutritional supplements. However, from the 1990s, amino acid solutions targeting diseases such as hepato-nephricpathy have increased, while new pediatric a-amino acid solutions are still being launched today. Since the year 2000, amino acid kit formulations with vitamins have been developed for convenient use in hospitals. PMID:19579826

  9. Mathematical models of diffusion-constrained polymerase chain reactions: basis of high-throughput nucleic acid assays and simple self-organizing systems

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    Church, George M.

    Mathematical models of diffusion-constrained polymerase chain reactions: basis of high- throughput "Mathematical models of diffusion-constrained polymerase chain reactions: basis of high-throughput nucleic acid

  10. Conformational studies of ?-turn in pseudopeptides containing ?-amino acid and conformationally constrained meta amino benzoic acid/meta nitro aniline

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    Dutt Konar, Anita

    2013-03-01

    Reverse turns (commonly ?-turns and ?-turns), a common motif in proteins and peptides, have attracted attention due to their relevance in a wide variety of biological processes. In an attempt to artificially imitate and stabilize these turns in short acyclic peptides, a series of N-terminally protected pseudopeptides comprising of an ?-amino acid and conformationally constrained meta amino benzoic acid (mABA)/meta nitro aniline (mNA) (peptides I-VI) have been synthesized. The molecules were well characterized by various spectroscopic techniques and subjected to a systematic conformational analysis. Our experimental results reveal that only pseudopeptides I and II with methyl as the sidechain, tertiary butyloxy carbonyl as the N-terminal protecting group and (mABA)/(mNA) at the C-terminus adopt ?-turn conformations in solid state as well as in solution. Even slight modification of any of the stated conditions donot support the formation of this ?-turn architecture in the solid state. Interestingly, the peptides III-V which displays extended conformation in solid state forms ?-turn structure in solution. Thus this result reflects the importance of co-operative steric interactions amongst various amino acid residues in stabilizing a particular conformation in peptides in different phases (solid and solution). This report may open a new avenue in introducing ?-turn motifs within the bioactive conformation of selected peptides.

  11. Evidence for a Dual Role of an Active Site Histidine in [alpha]-Amino-[beta]-carboxymuconate-[epsilon]-semialdehyde Decarboxylase

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    Huo, Lu; Fielding, Andrew J.; Chen, Yan; Li, Tingfeng; Iwaki, Hiroaki; Hosler, Jonathan P.; Chen, Lirong; Hasegawa, Yoshie; Que, Jr., Lawrence; Liu, Aimin

    2012-10-09

    The previously reported crystal structures of {alpha}-amino-{beta}-carboxymuconate-{epsilon}-semialdehyde decarboxylase (ACMSD) show a five-coordinate Zn(II)(His){sub 3}(Asp)(OH{sub 2}) active site. The water ligand is H-bonded to a conserved His228 residue adjacent to the metal center in ACMSD from Pseudomonas fluorescens (PfACMSD). Site-directed mutagenesis of His228 to tyrosine and glycine in this study results in a complete or significant loss of activity. Metal analysis shows that H228Y and H228G contain iron rather than zinc, indicating that this residue plays a role in the metal selectivity of the protein. As-isolated H228Y displays a blue color, which is not seen in wild-type ACMSD. Quinone staining and resonance Raman analyses indicate that the blue color originates from Fe(III)-tyrosinate ligand-to-metal charge transfer. Co(II)-substituted H228Y ACMSD is brown in color and exhibits an electron paramagnetic resonance spectrum showing a high-spin Co(II) center with a well-resolved {sup 59}Co (I = 7/2) eight-line hyperfine splitting pattern. The X-ray crystal structures of as-isolated Fe-H228Y (2.8 {angstrom}) and Co-substituted (2.4 {angstrom}) and Zn-substituted H228Y (2.0 {angstrom} resolution) support the spectroscopic assignment of metal ligation of the Tyr228 residue. The crystal structure of Zn-H228G (2.6 {angstrom}) was also determined. These four structures show that the water ligand present in WT Zn-ACMSD is either missing (Fe-H228Y, Co-H228Y, and Zn-H228G) or disrupted (Zn-H228Y) in response to the His228 mutation. Together, these results highlight the importance of His228 for PfACMSD's metal specificity as well as maintaining a water molecule as a ligand of the metal center. His228 is thus proposed to play a role in activating the metal-bound water ligand for subsequent nucleophilic attack on the substrate.

  12. Ibotenic acid analogues. Synthesis, molecular flexibility, and in vitro activity of agonists and antagonists at central glutamic acid receptors.

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    Lauridsen, J; Honoré, T; Krogsgaard-Larsen, P

    1985-05-01

    The syntheses of (RS)-alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-tert-butyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (9, ATPA), (alpha-RS, beta-RS)-alpha-amino-beta-methyl-3-hydroxy-5-isoxazolepropionic acid (8), (RS)-alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-isoxazolebutyric acid (15a), and (RS)-alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-isoxazolevaleric acid (15b) are described. The compounds were tested in vitro together with (RS)-alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-(bromomethyl)-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (ABPA) as inhibitors of the binding of radioactive-labeled (RS)-alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) to rat brain synaptic membranes. These data were compared with the earlier reported effects of the compounds on single neurons in the feline spinal cord obtained by microelectrophoretic techniques. The three compounds AMPA, ATPA, and ABPA are agonists at the class of receptors assumed to represent a subtype of physiological (S)-glutamic acid (Glu) receptors. Inhibition of [3H]AMPA binding by ATPA was 1 order of magnitude weaker than that of AMPA, in agreement with the relative potency of these compounds in vivo. ABPA proved to be equipotent with AMPA both as an inhibitor of AMPA binding and as a neuronal excitant. The compounds 8, 15a, and 15b have no effect as inhibitors of AMPA binding, in agreement with in vivo studies that have shown that 8 does not affect the firing of central neurons whereas 15a and 15b are antagonists at NMDA receptors, a subpopulation of excitatory receptors not affected by AMPA. Molecular mechanical calculations on AMPA, ATPA, and ABPA using the program MM2 showed that conformations of AMPA, ABPA, and especially ATPA by rotation of the amino acid side chain have energy barriers. A possible receptor-active conformation is suggested. PMID:2859375

  13. Aldol reactions between L-erythrulose derivatives and chiral alpha-amino and alpha-fluoro aldehydes: competition between Felkin-Anh and Cornforth transition states.

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    Díaz-Oltra, Santiago; Carda, Miguel; Murga, Juan; Falomir, Eva; Marco, J Alberto

    2008-01-01

    Both matched and mismatched diastereoselection have been observed in aldol reactions of a boron enolate of a protected L-erythrulose derivative with several chiral alpha-fluoro and alpha-amino aldehydes. Strict adherence to the Felkin-Anh model for the respective transition structures does not account satisfactorily for all the observed results, as previously observed in the case of alpha-oxygenated aldehydes. In some cases, only the Cornforth model provides a good explanation. The factors that influence this dichotomy are discussed and a general mechanistic model is proposed for aldol reactions with alpha-heteroatom-substituted aldehydes. Additional support for the model was obtained from density functional calculations. PMID:18756569

  14. Strict reagent control in the asymmetric allylboration of N-TIPS-alpha-amino aldehydes with the B-allyl-10-TMS-9-borabicyclo[3.3.2]decanes.

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    Soto-Cairoli, Buddy; Soderquist, John A

    2009-01-15

    The allylboration of enantiomerically pure N-triisopropylsilyl-alpha-amino aldehydes (2) with B-allyl-10-trimethylsilyl-9-borabicyclo[3.3.2]decanes (1) proceeds cleanly at -78 degrees C, exhibiting essentially complete reagent control. After an oxidative workup, an HOAc-mediated N-->O TIPS rearrangement facilitates the clean formation of stable O-TIPS protected beta-amino alcohol derivatives 3 which are isolated in 60-83% yields in > or = 96% de and > 99% ee. For the leucinal series (R = i-Bu), an efficient entry to either statine (8aSS) or epi-statine (8aRS) is reported illustrating the versatility of this potent 1/2 combination. PMID:19128190

  15. Laboratory and field measurements to constrain atmospheric sources of acetic and formic acids

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    Baasandorj, M.; Hu, L.; Mitroo, D.; Martinez, R.; Walker, M.; Williams, B. J.; Millet, D. B.

    2013-12-01

    Acetic and formic acids are the most abundant organic acids in the atmosphere. They play an important role in atmospheric aqueous chemistry as they can influence the acidity of precipitation, cloud droplets, and atmospheric aerosols. Sources of these acids are highly uncertain, but include secondary production from VOC oxidation, direct emissions, and possibly organic aerosol aging. Here we present measurements of formic and acetic acid, along with a suite of other gas and particle phase species, from a field study in St. Louis during summer 2013. Calibration procedures and results are discussed, and we interpret the ambient formic and acetic acid measurements in terms of patterns of variability and implied constraints on sources. Finally, we present results from oxidative aging experiments on both ambient and test organic aerosol designed to assess the importance of this mechanism as a source of gas-phase carboxylic acids.

  16. OCEANOGRAPHY Stratigraphic Distribution of Amino Acids in Peats from Cedar Creek

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    Thomas, David D.

    LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY April 1959 VOLUME IV NUMBER 2 Stratigraphic Distribution of Amino Acids. MILLERS University of Minnesota, Minneapolis ABSTRACT The concentration of several alpha-amino acids obtained by acid hydrolysis at various levels in Cedar Creek Bog and Dismal Swamp has been determined

  17. Facilitation of alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionate receptor transmission in the suprachiasmatic nucleus by aniracetam enhances photic responses of the biological clock in rodents.

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    Moriya, Takahiro; Ikeda, Masayuki; Teshima, Koji; Hara, Reiko; Kuriyama, Koji; Yoshioka, Tohru; Allen, Charles N; Shibata, Shigenobu

    2003-05-01

    This study was designed to test whether the alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionate (AMPA) receptor-facilitating drug, aniracetam, could potentiate photic responses of the biological clock in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of rodents. Using the whole-cell patch technique, we first demonstrated that AMPA currents elicited by either local AMPA application or optic chiasm stimulation were augmented by aniracetam in the neurons of the SCN. The AMPA application-elicited increase of intracellular Ca2+ concentration in SCN slices was also enhanced by aniracetam treatment. The systemic injection of aniracetam dose-dependently (10-100 mg/kg) potentiated the phase delay in behavioral rhythm induced by brief light exposure of low intensity (3 lux) but not high intensity (10 or 60 lux) during early subjective night. Under the blockade of NMDA receptors by (+) MK801, aniracetam failed to potentiate a light (3 lux)-induced phase delay in behavioral rhythm. Aniracetam increased the photic induction of c-Fos protein in the SCN that was elicited by low intensity light exposure (3 lux). These results suggest that AMPA receptor-mediated responses facilitated by aniracetam can explain enhanced photic responses of the biological clock in the SCN of rodents. PMID:12716429

  18. Discovery of Azetidinone Acids as Conformationally-Constrained Dual PPARalpha/gamma Agonists

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    Wang, W.; Devasthale, P; Farrelly, D; Gu, L; Harrity, T; Cap, M; Chu, C; Kunselman, L; Morgan, N; et. al.

    2008-01-01

    A novel class of azetidinone acid-derived dual PPAR{alpha}/{gamma} agonists has been synthesized for the treatment of diabetes and dyslipidemia. The preferred stereochemistry in this series for binding and functional agonist activity against both PPARa and PPAR? receptors was shown to be 3S,4S. Synthesis, in vitro and in vivo activities of compounds in this series are described. A high-yielding method for N-arylation of azetidinone esters is also described.

  19. Piracetam defines a new binding site for allosteric modulators of alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole-propionic acid (AMPA) receptors.

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    Ahmed, Ahmed H; Oswald, Robert E

    2010-03-11

    Glutamate receptors are the most prevalent excitatory neurotransmitter receptors in the vertebrate central nervous system and are important potential drug targets for cognitive enhancement and the treatment of schizophrenia. Allosteric modulators of AMPA receptors promote dimerization by binding to a dimer interface and reducing desensitization and deactivation. The pyrrolidine allosteric modulators, piracetam and aniracetam, were among the first of this class of drugs to be discovered. We have determined the structure of the ligand binding domain of the AMPA receptor subtypes GluA2 and GluA3 with piracetam and a corresponding structure of GluA3 with aniracetam. Both drugs bind to GluA2 and GluA3 in a very similar manner, suggesting little subunit specificity. However, the binding sites for piracetam and aniracetam differ considerably. Aniracetam binds to a symmetrical site at the center of the dimer interface. Piracetam binds to multiple sites along the dimer interface with low occupation, one of which is a unique binding site for potential allosteric modulators. This new site may be of importance in the design of new allosteric regulators. PMID:20163115

  20. A novel antagonist, phenylbenzene omega-phosphono-alpha-amino acid, for strychnine-sensitive glycine receptors in the rat spinal cord.

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    Saitoh, T; Ishida, M; Maruyama, M; Shinozaki, H

    1994-01-01

    1. 3-[2'-Phosphonomethyl[1,1'-biphenyl]-3-yl]alanine (PMBA) is a novel glycine antagonist at strychnine-sensitive receptors. The chemical structure of PMBA, possessing both a glycine moiety and a phosphono group, is quite different from that of strychnine. 2. In the spinal motoneurone of newborn rats, glycine (100 microM-1 mM) induced depolarizing responses in a concentration-dependent manner. PMBA effectively inhibited depolarizing responses to glycine and other agonists, such as taurine and beta-alanine. The dose-response curves for glycine were shifted to the right in an almost parallel manner (pA2 value: 5.30 +/- 0.23, n = 5) by PMBA which was about 60 times less potent than strychnine (pA2 value: 7.08 +/- 0.21, n = 5) as a glycine antagonist. 3. PMBA (1-100 microM) did not interact with modulatory glycine sites on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, which suggests a high selectivity of PMBA for strychnine-sensitive glycine receptors. At considerably high concentrations (0.1 mM-1 mM), PMBA depressed responses to GABA (pA2 value: 3.57 +/- 0.24, n = 3). 4. PMBA inhibited the binding of [3H]-strychnine to synaptosomes from adult rat spinal cords; the IC50 values of PMBA, glycine and strychnine were 8 +/- 2, 9 +/- 3 and 0.08 +/- 0.04 microM, respectively (n = 5) for [3H]-strychnine (4.8 nM). 5. PMBA is a central excitant drug with relatively high potency and selectivity and should be useful as a pharmacological probe for analysing the mechanisms underlying physiological functions of glycine receptors. PMID:7812607

  1. Presynaptic alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionate receptor-mediated stimulation of glutamate and GABA release in the rat striatum in vivo: a dual-label microdialysis study.

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    Patel, D R; Young, A M; Croucher, M J

    2001-01-01

    The existence of presynaptic alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionate (AMPA)-type glutamate autoreceptors on glutamate nerve terminals in vitro has recently been demonstrated using synaptosomal and brain slice preparations. In the present study we have used a modification of a rapid dual-label intracerebral microdialysis method, previously developed by Young and co-workers(80,81) for the study of presynaptic mechanisms of neurotransmitter release, to investigate whether presynaptic AMPA receptors also play a role in the control of striatal glutamate release in vivo. For comparative purposes, the action of locally applied AMPA on striatal GABA release in vivo was also monitored. Local application of AMPA (0.01-100 microM), by reverse dialysis, into the striatum resulted in concentration-dependent increases in the Ca(2+)-dependent efflux of both [3H]L-glutamate and [14C]GABA. Maximum responses reached 142.0+/-6.5% and 166.8+/-7.7% of basal efflux for [3H]L-glutamate and [14C]GABA, respectively. No marked behavioural changes were observed at any dose of the agonist. Unexpectedly, the AMPA-evoked responses were not potentiated by the AMPA receptor desensitization inhibitors cyclothiazide (10-100microM) or aniracetam (1mM). Consistent with this finding, AMPA-stimulated [3H]L-glutamate and [14C]GABA efflux were significantly attenuated by co-perfusion with the selective, competitive AMPA receptor antagonist 6-nitro-7-sulphamoylbenzo(F)quinoxaline-2,3-dione (100microM) but not 1-(aminophenyl)-4-methyl-7,8-methylendioxy-5H-2,3-benzodiazepine (100microM), a non-competitive AMPA receptor antagonist known to interact with the cyclothiazide site to control AMPA receptor function. The broad spectrum ionotropic glutamate receptor antagonist, kynurenic acid (100-1000microM) also markedly inhibited the AMPA-evoked responses in the striatum in vivo. None of the antagonists, when given alone, influenced basal efflux of [3H]L-glutamate suggesting a lack of tonic regulatory control of glutamate release via presynaptic AMPA-type autoreceptors in the rat striatum. These results demonstrate the presence of presynaptic AMPA receptors, of a novel cyclothiazide- and aniracetam-insensitive subtype, on presynaptic nerve terminals in the rat striatum in vivo, acting to enhance glutamate and GABA release. Our data support the concept of AMPA receptor heterogeneity in vivo, a finding which may facilitate the development of novel, more selective drugs for the treatment of a range of neurological disorders associated with abnormal cerebral glutamate release. The pharmacological profile of these novel presynaptic receptors is currently under investigation. PMID:11226673

  2. Reasons for the occurrence of the twenty coded protein amino acids

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    Weber, A. L.; Miller, S. L.

    1981-01-01

    Factors involved in the selection of the 20 protein L-alpha-amino acids during chemical evolution and the early stages of Darwinian evolution are discussed. The selection is considered on the basis of the availability in the primitive ocean, function in proteins, the stability of the amino acid and its peptides, stability to racemization, and stability on the transfer RNA. It is concluded that aspartic acid, glutamic acid, arginine, lysine, serine and possibly threonine are the best choices for acidic, basic and hydroxy amino acids. The hydrophobic amino acids are reasonable choices, except for the puzzling absences of alpha-amino-n-butyric acid, norvaline and norleucine. The choices of the sulfur and aromatic amino acids seem reasonable, but are not compelling. Asparagine and glutamine are apparently not primitive. If life were to arise on another planet, it would be expected that the catalysts would be poly-alpha-amino acids and that about 75% of the amino acids would be the same as on the earth.

  3. Carboxylic Acids as Indicators of Parent Body Conditions

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    Lerner N. R.; Chang, Sherwood (Technical Monitor)

    1995-01-01

    Alpha-hydroxy and alpha-amino carboxylic acids found on the Murchison meteorite are deuterium enriched. It is postulated that they arose from a common interstellar scurce: the reaction of carbonyl compounds in an aqueous mixture containing HCN and NH3. Carbonyl compounds react with HCN to form alpha-hydroxy nitriles, RR'CO + HCN right and left arrow RR'C(OH)CN. If ammonia is also present, the alpha-hydroxy nitriles will exist in equilibrium with the alpha-amino nitriles, RR'C(OH)CN + NH3 right and left arrow - RRCNH2CN + H2O. Both nitrites are hydrolyzed by water to form carboxylic acids: RR'C(OH)CN + H2O yields RR'C(OH)CO2H and RR'C(NH2)CN + H2O yields RR'C(NH2)CO2H.

  4. Polymerization of beta-amino acids in aqueous solution

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    Liu, R.; Orgel, L. E.; Bada, J. L. (Principal Investigator)

    1998-01-01

    We have compared carbonyl diimidazole (CDI) and 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDAC) as activating agents for the oligomerization of negatively-charged alpha- and beta-amino acids in homogeneous aqueous solution. alpha-Amino acids can be oligomerized efficiently using CDI, but not by EDAC. beta-Amino acids can be oligomerized efficiently using EDAC, but not by CDI. Aspartic acid, an alpha- and beta-dicarboxylic acid is oligomerized efficiently by both reagents. These results are explained in terms of the mechanisms of the reactions, and their relevance to prebiotic chemistry is discussed.

  5. Deuterium Enrichment of Amino and Hydroxy Acids Found in the Murchison Meteorite: Constraints on Parent Body Conditions

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    Lerner, Narcinda R.; Chang, Sherwood (Technical Monitor)

    1997-01-01

    The alpha-amino and alpha-hydroxy acids found in the Murchison carbonaceous chondrite are deuterium enriched. These compounds are thought to have originated from common deuterium enriched carbonyl precursors, by way of a Strecker synthesis which took place in a solution of HCN, NH3, and carbonyl compounds during the period of aqueous alteration of the meteorite parent body. However, the hydroxy acids found on Murchison are less deuterium enriched than the amino acids. With the objective of determining if the discrepancy in deuterium enrichment between the amino acids and the hydroxy acids found on Murchison is consistent with their formation in a Strecker synthesis, we have measured the deuterium content of alpha-amino and alpha-hydroxy acids produced in solutions of deuterated carbonyl compounds, KCN and NH4Cl, and also in mixtures of such solutions and Allende dust at 263 K and 295 K. Retention of the isotopic signature of the starting carbonyl by both alpha amino acids and alpha hydroxy acids is more dependent upon temperature, concentration and pH than upon the presence of meteorite dust in the solution. The constraints these observations place on Murchison parent body conditions will be discussed.

  6. Constraining credences

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    Moss, Sarah (Sarah E.)

    2009-01-01

    This dissertation is about ways in which our rational credences are constrained: by norms governing our opinions about counterfactuals, by the opinions of other agents, and by our own previous opinions. In Chapter 1, I ...

  7. Amino Acid Chemistry as a Link Between Small Solar System Bodies and Carbonaceous Chondrites

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    Glavin, Daniel P.; Ehrenfreund, Pascale; Botta, Oliver; Cooper, George; Bada, Jeffrey L.

    2000-01-01

    Establishing chemical links between meteorites and small solar system bodies, such as comets and asteroids, provides a tool for investigating the processes that occurred during the formation of the solar system. Carbonaceous meteorites are of particular interest, since they may have seeded the early Earth with a variety of prebiotic organic compounds including amino acids, purines and pyrimidines, which are thought to be necessary for the origin of life. Here we report the results of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) based amino acid analyses of the acid-hydrolyzed hot water extracts from pristine interior pieces of the CI carbonaceous chondrites Orgueil and Ivuna and the CM meteorites Murchison and Murray. We found that the CI meteorites Orgueil and Ivuna contained high abundances of beta-alanine and glycine, while only traces of other amino acids like alanine, alpha-amino-n-butryic acid (ABA) and alpha-aminoisobutyric acid (AIB) were detected in these meteorites. Carbon isotopic measurements of beta-alanine and glycine in Orgueil by gas chromatography combustion-isotope ratio mass spectrometry clearly indicate an extraterrestrial origin of these amino acids. The amino acid composition of Orgueil and Ivuna was strikingly different from the CM chondrites Murchison and Murray. The most notable difference was the high relative abundance of B-alanine in Orgueil and Ivuna compared to Murchison and Murray. Furthermore, AIB, which is one of the most abundant amino acids found in Murchison and Murray, was present in only trace amounts in Orgueil and Ivuna. Our amino acid data strongly suggest that the CI meteorites Orgueil and Ivuna came from a different type of parent body than the CM meteorites Murchison and Murray, possibly from an extinct comet. It is generally thought that carbonaceous meteorites are fragments of larger asteroidal bodies delivered via near Earth objects (NEO). Orbital and dynamic studies suggest that both fragments of main belt asteroids and comets replenish the NEO population, therefore extinct comets may contribute up to half of all NEO's. A comparison of an amino acid analysis of a returned NEO sample to CI and CM carbonaceous chondrites would help establish a link between small solar system bodies and meteorites. Based on our amino acid measurements of CI and CM chondrites, amino acid chemistry can be included as an additional set of criteria to constrain the nature of meteorite parent bodies.

  8. Exact and efficient calculation of Lagrange multipliers in constrained biological polymers: Proteins and nucleic acids as example cases

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    García-Risueño, Pablo; Alonso, José Luis

    2011-01-01

    In order to accelerate molecular dynamics simulations, it is very common to impose holonomic constraints on their hardest degrees of freedom. In this way, the time step used to integrate the equations of motion can be increased, thus allowing, in principle, to reach longer total simulation times. The imposition of such constraints results in an aditional set of Nc equations (the equations of constraint) and unknowns (their associated Lagrange multipliers), that must be solved in one way or another at each time step of the dynamics. In this work it is shown that, due to the essentially linear structure of typical biological polymers, such as nucleic acids or proteins, the algebraic equations that need to be solved involve a matrix which is banded if the constraints are indexed in a clever way. This allows to obtain the Lagrange multipliers through a non-iterative procedure, which can be considered exact up to machine precision, and which takes O(Nc) operations, instead of the usual O(Nc3) for generic molecular...

  9. Characteristics and formation of amino acids and hydroxy acids of the Murchison meteorite

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    Cronin, J. R.; Cooper, G. W.; Pizzarello, S.

    1995-01-01

    Eight characteristics of the unique suite of amino acids and hydroxy acids found in the Murchison meteorite can be recognized on the basis of detailed molecular and isotopic analyses. The marked structural correspondence between the alpha-amino acids and alpha-hydroxy acids and the high deuterium/hydrogen ratio argue persuasively for their formation by aqueous phase Strecker reactions in the meteorite parent body from presolar, i.e., interstellar, aldehydes, ketones, ammonia, and hydrogen cyanide. The characteristics of the meteoritic suite of amino acids and hydroxy acids are briefly enumerated and discussed with regard to their consonance with this interstellar-parent body formation hypothesis. The hypothesis has interesting implications for the organic composition of both the primitive parent body and the presolar nebula.

  10. Thermal copoly/amino acids/ as inhibitors of glyoxalase I

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    Fox, S. W.; Syren, R. M.; Windsor, C. R.

    1979-01-01

    A number of copoly(alpha-amino acids) have been prepared thermally; some have been found to function as inhibitors of glyoxalase I, an enzyme which occupies a central position in Szent-Gyorgyi's theory of tumour genesis. These polymers are also of interest in the search for synthetic peptides having carcinostatic activity, since many natural peptides are active. The way in which the inhibitory activity varies with composition of the synthetic polymers has been investigated. Various properties (hydrophobicity, molecular weight, UV absorption, kinetic type) have been examined in a search for correlates of inhibitory activity.

  11. Mathematical models of diffusion-constrained polymerase chain reactions: basis of high-throughput nucleic acid assays and simple self-organizing systems

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    Church, George M.

    Mathematical models of diffusion-constrained polymerase chain reactions: basis of high- throughput DNA templates amplified by polymerase chain reaction in thin polyacrylamide gels form diffusion://arep.med.harvard.edu/polony_models/. KEYWORDS polymerase chain reaction, diffusion, polony, self-organizing system 2 #12;1. INTRODUCTION High

  12. Imino Acids in the Murchison Meteorite: Evidence of Strecker Reactions

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    Lerner, N. R.; Cooper, G. W.

    2003-01-01

    Both alpha-amino acids and alpha-hydroxy acids occur in aqueous extracts of the Murchison carbonaceous meteorite. The Strecker-cyanohydrin reaction, the reaction of carbonyl compounds, cyanide, and ammonia to produce amino and hydroxy acids, has been proposed as a source of such organic acids in meteorites. Such syntheses are consistent with the suggestion that interstellar precursors of meteoritic organic compounds accreted on the meteorite parent body together with other ices. Subsequent internal heating of the parent body melted these ices and led to the formation of larger compounds in synthetic reactions during aqueous alteration, which probably occurred at temperatures between 273K and 298K. In the laboratory, imino acids are observed as important by-products of the Strecker synthesis.

  13. A 3(10)-helical pentapeptide in water: interplay of alpha,alpha-disubstituted amino acids and the central residue on structure formation.

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    Wang, Jia; McElheny, Dan; Fu, Yanwen; Li, Guangyu; Kim, Joohyun; Zhou, Zhe; Wu, Ling; Keiderling, Timothy A; Hammer, Robert P

    2009-01-01

    C(alpha,alpha)-disubstituted amino acids (alphaalphaAAs) are widely used to conformationally constrain peptides. A series of pentapeptides containing dipropylglycine (Dpg) at alternating positions and their alpha-amino acid counterpart L-norvaline (Nva) analogues were synthesized to fully investigate the impact of Dpg on peptide backbone structure in aqueous solution. CD, VCD, and NMR spectral analysis suggest that Dpg containing peptides adopt more ordered structures relative to their Nva containing analogues. The central residues (Ala, Thr, Tyr, Val) and the charged side-chains of Glu and Lys play important roles in the degree of peptide folding. Hydrophobic and branched residues (Val, Tyr) at the central position of the peptide produce greater folding as judged by CD and NMR. Variation of the chemical shift with temperature (Deltadelta/DeltaT NH) of Ac-Glu-Dpg-Tyr-Dpg-Lys-NH(2) suggests a series of i --> i + 3 hydrogen bonds between the N-terminal acetyl carbonyl and the Tyr(3) NH, and the Glu(1) carbonyl and the Dpg(4) NH. The solution conformation of Ac-Glu-Dpg-Tyr-Dpg-Lys-NH(2) calculated from NMR-derived constraints shows a 3(10)-helical structure (two repetitive type-III beta-turns) at residues 1-4, which is supported by 2D NMR, CD, and VCD spectra. Analysis of NMR-derived models of these peptides suggest that there is a strong hydrophobic interaction of the pro-S propyl side chain of Dpg(2) and the Tyr(3) side-chain that may be a strong stabilizing force of the peptide folding in water. PMID:19489061

  14. Extraterrestrial Amino Acids in Orgueil and Ivuna: Tracing the Parent Body of CI Type Carbonaceous Chondrites

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    Meyer, Michael (Technical Monitor); Ehrenfreund, Pascale; Glavin, Daniel P.; Bota, Oliver; Cooper, George; Bada, Jeffrey

    2001-01-01

    Amino acid analyses using HPLC of pristine interior pieces of the CI carbonaceous chondrites Orgueil and Ivuna have found that beta-alanine, glycine, and gamma-amino-n-butyric acid (ABA) are the most abundant amino acids in these two meteorites, with concentrations ranging from approx. 600 to 2,000 parts per billion (ppb). Other alpha-amino acids such as alanine, alpha-ABA, alpha-aminoisobutyric acid (AIB), and isovaline are present only in trace amounts (less than 200 ppb). Carbon isotopic measurements of beta-alanine and glycine and the presence of racemic (D/L 1) alanine and beta-ABA in Orgueil suggest that these amino acids are extraterrestrial in origin. In comparison to the CM carbonaceous chondrites Murchison and Murray, the amino acid composition of the CIs is strikingly distinct, suggesting that these meteorites came from a different type of parent body, possibly an extinct comet, than did the CM carbonaceous chondrites.

  15. Free amino acids, copper, iron and zinc composition in sera of patients with thyrometabolic diseases.

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    Hassan, M A; al-Awqati, M A; Issac, D; Yadav, G K; Bahman, M A

    1990-02-01

    Free amino acids together with copper, iron and zinc were measured in sera of 67 adult patients with thyrotoxicosis (n = 29) or hypothyroidism (n = 38). In contradistinction to the almost indifferences exhibited by the three metals, many amino acids displayed significant relationships with the thyrometabolic activity (mainly tyrosine and arginine with r values of 0.5 and 0.44, respectively). Additional analyses revealed certain patterns, between trace metals and amino acids, which conferred challenging difficulties to interpretation. Thus while zinc was associated positively with some amino acids (such as glutamic acid and alanine), copper correlated almost invariably in a negative manner with citrulline, alpha-amino-butyric acid, proline, glycine and valine. This new information should contribute to our knowledge of the complex metabolism of both trace metals and amino acids. PMID:2323728

  16. Synthesis and structure-activity studies on excitatory amino acids structurally related to ibotenic acid.

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    Krogsgaard-Larsen, P; Brehm, L; Johansen, J S; Vinzents, P; Lauridsen, J; Curtis, D R

    1985-05-01

    With use of ibotenic acid as a lead, analogues of (RS)-alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic acid (AMPA) and of (RS)-3-hydroxy-4,5,6,7-tetrahydroisoxazolo[5,4-c]pyridine-7-carboxylic acid (7-HPCA) were synthesized and tested as excitants of neurons in the cat spinal cord by using microelectrophoretic techniques and as inhibitors of the binding of kainic acid in vitro. Like AMPA and 7-HPCA, (RS)-3-hydroxy-4,5,6,7-tetrahydroisoxazolo[5,4-c]-pyridine-5-carboxylic acid (10, 5-HPCA) and (RS)-3-hydroxy-5-(bromomethyl)isoxazole-4-propionic acid (11, ABPA) proved to interact potently and selectively with central quisqualic acid receptors, assumed to represent physiological glutamic acid receptors. Analogues of 7-HPCA or 10, in which one or both of the acid groups were masked, were very weak or inactive as neuronal excitants and had no antagonistic effects at excitatory amino acid receptors. The structure of 7-HPCA in the crystalline state was established by X-ray analyses. The preferred conformation of 10 in aqueous solution was determined by 1H NMR spectroscopy. On the basis of these studies, 7-HPCA as well as 10 were shown to adopt preferentially conformations with the carboxylate groups in equatorial positions. It is suggested that AMPA, 7-HPCA, and 10 interact with quisqualic acid receptors in conformations essentially reflecting active conformation(s) of glutamic acid at these receptors. PMID:2985786

  17. Indigenous amino acids in primitive CR meteorites

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    Z. Martins; C. M. O'D. Alexander; G. E. Orzechowska; M. L. Fogel; P. Ehrenfreund

    2008-03-10

    CR meteorites are among the most primitive meteorites. In this paper, we report the first measurements of amino acids in Antarctic CR meteorites, two of which show the highest amino acid concentrations ever found in a chondrite. EET92042, GRA95229 and GRO95577 were analyzed for their amino acid content using high performance liquid chromatography with UV fluorescence detection (HPLC-FD) and gas chromatographymass spectrometry (GC-MS). Our data show that EET92042 and GRA95229 are the most amino acid-rich chondrites ever analyzed, with total amino acid concentrations ranging from 180 parts-per-million (ppm) to 249 ppm. GRO95577, however, is depleted in amino acids. The most abundant amino acids present in the EET92042 and GRA95229 meteorites are the alpha-amino acids glycine, isovaline, alpha-aminoisobutyric acid (alpha-AIB), and alanine, with delta13C values ranging from +31.6per mil to +50.5per mil. The carbon isotope results together with racemic enantiomeric ratios determined for most amino acids strongly indicate an extraterrestrial origin of these compounds. In addition, the relative abundances of alpha-AIB and beta-alanine in the Antarctic CR meteorites analyzed appear to correspond to the degree of aqueous alteration on their respective parent body.

  18. Insulin effect on amino acid uptake by unloaded rat hindlimb muscles

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    Jaspers, S. R.; Tischler, M. E.

    1988-01-01

    The effect of insulin on the uptake of alpha-amino-isobutyric acid (AIB) by unloaded rat hindlimb muscles was investigated using soleus and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles from intact and adrenalectomized (ADX) rats that were tail-casted for six days. It was found that, at insulin levels above 0.00001 units/ml, the in vitro rate of AIB uptake by muscles from intact animals was stimulated more in the weight bearing muscles than in unloaded ones. In ADX animals, this differential response to insulin was abolished.

  19. The Strecker synthesis from interstellar precursors as a source of amino acids in carbonaceous chondrites: Deuterium retention during synthesis. [Abstract only

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    Lerner, N. R.; Peterson, E.; Chang, S.

    1994-01-01

    Amino acids in the Murchison carbonaceous chondrite are anomalously enriched in deuterium. Synthesis in Strecker reactions from D-enriched interstellar precursors during low temperature aqueous alteration of the parent body has been proposed by Cronin et al. (1988) to account for the isotopic observations. To test this hypothesis, we have measured the retention of deuterium in the glycine, alanine, and alpha-amino isobutyric acid produced, respectively, by reactions of formaldehyde-D2, acetaldehyde-D4, and acetone-D6 with HCN and NH3 in water.

  20. Amino acid analogs for tumor imaging

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    Goodman, M.M.; Shoup, T.

    1998-10-06

    The invention provides novel amino acid compounds of use in detecting and evaluating brain and body tumors. These compounds combine the advantageous properties of 1-amino-cycloalkyl-1-carboxylic acids, namely, their rapid uptake and prolonged retention in tumors with the properties of halogen substituents, including certain useful halogen isotopes including fluorine-18, iodine-123, iodine-125, iodine-131, bromine-75, bromine-76, bromine-77 and bromine-82. In one aspect, the invention features amino acid compounds that have a high specificity for target sites when administered to a subject in vivo. Preferred amino acid compounds show a target to non-target ratio of at least 5:1, are stable in vivo and substantially localized to target within 1 hour after administration. An especially preferred amino acid compound is [{sup 18}F]-1-amino-3-fluorocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid (FACBC). In another aspect, the invention features pharmaceutical compositions comprised of an {alpha}-amino acid moiety attached to either a four, five, or a six member carbon-chain ring. In addition, the invention features analogs of {alpha}-aminoisobutyric acid.

  1. Amino acid analogs for tumor imaging

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    Goodman, M.M.; Shoup, T.

    1998-09-15

    The invention provides novel amino acid compounds of use in detecting and evaluating brain and body tumors. These compounds combine the advantageous properties of 1-amino-cycloalkyl-1-carboxylic acids, namely, their rapid uptake and prolonged retention in tumors with the properties of halogen substituents, including certain useful halogen isotopes including fluorine-18, iodine-123, iodine-125, iodine-131, bromine-75, bromine-76, bromine-77 and bromine-82. In one aspect, the invention features amino acid compounds that have a high specificity for target sites when administered to a subject in vivo. Preferred amino acid compounds show a target to non-target ratio of at least 5:1, are stable in vivo and substantially localized to target within 1 hour after administration. An especially preferred amino acid compound is [{sup 18}F]-1-amino-3-fluorocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid (FACBC). In another aspect, the invention features pharmaceutical compositions comprised of an {alpha}-amino acid moiety attached to either a four, five, or a six member carbon-chain ring. In addition, the invention features analogs of {alpha}-aminoisobutyric acid.

  2. Amino acid analogs for tumor imaging

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    Goodman, Mark M. (Atlanta, GA); Shoup, Timothy (Decatur, GA)

    1998-10-06

    The invention provides novel amino acid compounds of use in detecting and evaluating brain and body tumors. These compounds combine the advantageous properties of 1-amino-cycloalkyl-1-carboxylic acids, namely, their rapid uptake and prolonged retention in tumors with the properties of halogen substituents, including certain useful halogen isotopes including fluorine-18, iodine-123, iodine-125, iodine-131, bromine-75, bromine-76, bromine-77 and bromine-82. In one aspect, the invention features amino acid compounds that have a high specificity for target sites when administered to a subject in vivo. Preferred amino acid compounds show a target to non-target ratio of at least 5:1, are stable in vivo and substantially localized to target within 1 hour after administration. An especially preferred amino acid compound is ›.sup.18 F!-1-amino-3-fluorocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid (FACBC). In another aspect, the invention features pharmaceutical compositions comprised of an .alpha.-amino acid moiety attached to either a four, five, or a six member carbon-chain ring. In addition, the invention features analogs of .alpha.-aminoisobutyric acid.

  3. Amino acid analogs for tumor imaging

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    Goodman, Mark M. (Atlanta, GA); Shoup, Timothy (Decatur, GA)

    1998-09-15

    The invention provides novel amino acid compounds of use in detecting and evaluating brain and body tumors. These compounds combine the advantageous properties of 1-amino-cycloalkyl-1-carboxylic acids, namely, their rapid uptake and prolonged retention in tumors with the properties of halogen substituents, including certain useful halogen isotopes including fluorine-18, iodine-123, iodine-125, iodine-131, bromine-75, bromine-76, bromine-77 and bromine-82. In one aspect, the invention features amino acid compounds that have a high specificity for target sites when administered to a subject in vivo. Preferred amino acid compounds show a target to non-target ratio of at least 5:1, are stable in vivo and substantially localized to target within 1 hour after administration. An especially preferred amino acid compound is ›.sup.18 F!-1-amino-3-fluorocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid (FACBC). In another aspect, the invention features pharmaceutical compositions comprised of an .alpha.-amino acid moiety attached to either a four, five, or a six member carbon-chain ring. In addition, the invention features analogs of .alpha.-aminoisobutyric acid.

  4. Prompt transgression and gradual salinisation of the Black Sea during the early Holocene constrained by amino acid racemization and radiocarbon dating

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    Nicholas, William Anthony; Chivas, Allan R.; Murray-Wallace, Colin V.; Fink, David

    2011-12-01

    The restricted environment of the Black Sea is particularly sensitive to climatic and oceanographic fluctuations, owing to its connection with the Mediterranean Sea via the narrow Bosphorus Strait. The exact mechanism and timing of the most recent connection between these water bodies is controversial with debate on the post-glacial history of the Black Sea being dependent on radiocarbon dating for numerical ages. Here we present new 23 accelerator mass spectrometer (AMS) radiocarbon ages on peat and bivalve molluscs, supported by the first amino acid racemization (AAR) dating of bivalve molluscs ( n = 66) in the Black Sea. These data indicate infilling of the Black Sea during the early Holocene from an initial depth 107 m below sea-level, and 72 m below that of the Bosphorus Sill. These data combined with a review of previous radiocarbon ages has enabled a unique perspective on the post-glacial Black Sea. A sea-level curve based on conventional and AMS radiocarbon ages on peat and AMS-based ages on Dreissena sp. shells indicate the water-level in the earlier lake phase continued, until the early Holocene, to be lower than the Bosphorus Sill after the Younger Dryas ended. However, the absence of AMS-dated mollusc ages from the shelves of this basin older than the Younger Dryas is suggestive of sub-aerial exposure of the shelves, and comparatively lower water-levels when the Younger Dryas began. Thus post-glacial outflow from the Black Sea occurred through a lowered or open Bosphorus seaway. Basin-wide radiocarbon ages on peat indicate a prompt increase in water-level from that of the pre-existing and unconnected palaeo-lake during the earliest Holocene (9600-9200 cal a BP). Mass colonisation of the Black Sea by Mediterranean taxa did not occur until salinity had risen sufficiently, a process which took 1000 a or more from the initial transgressive event. This gradual change in salinity contrasts with the prompt transgression which would have taken ˜400 a to occur.

  5. Synthesis of constrained analogues of tryptophan

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    Negrato, Marco; Abbiati, Giorgio; Dell’Acqua, Monica

    2015-01-01

    Summary A Lewis acid-catalysed diastereoselective [4 + 2] cycloaddition of vinylindoles and methyl 2-acetamidoacrylate, leading to methyl 3-acetamido-1,2,3,4-tetrahydrocarbazole-3-carboxylate derivatives, is described. Treatment of the obtained cycloadducts under hydrolytic conditions results in the preparation of a small library of compounds bearing the free amino acid function at C-3 and pertaining to the class of constrained tryptophan analogues. PMID:26664620

  6. A reexamination of amino acids in lunar soil

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    Brinton, K. L. F.; Bada, J. L.; Arnold, J. R.

    1993-01-01

    Amino acids in lunar soils provide an important indicator of the level of prebiotic organic compounds on the moon. The results provide insight into the chemistry of amino acid precursors, and furthermore, given the flux of carbonaceous material to the moon, we can evaluate the survival of organics upon impact. The amino acid contents of both hydrolyzed and unhydrolyzed hot-water extracts of Apollo 17 lunar soil were determined using ophthaldialdehyde/N-acetyl cysteine (OPA/NAC) derivatization followed by HPLC analysis. Previous studies of lunar amino acids were inconclusive, as the technique used (derivatization with ninhydrin followed by HPLC analysis) was unable to discriminate between cosmogenic amino acids and terrestrial contaminants. Cosmogenic amino acids are racemic, and many of the amino acids found in carbonaceous meteorites such as Murchison, i.e., alpha-amino-i-butyric acid (aib), are extremely rare on Earth. The ninhydrin method does not distinguish amino acid enantiomers, nor does it detect alpha-alkyl amino acids such as aib, whereas the OPA/NAC technique does both.

  7. A reexamination of amino acids in lunar soil

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    Brinton, K. L. F.; Bada, J. L.; Arnold, J. R.

    1993-03-01

    Amino acids in lunar soils provide an important indicator of the level of prebiotic organic compounds on the moon. The results provide insight into the chemistry of amino acid precursors, and furthermore, given the flux of carbonaceous material to the moon, we can evaluate the survival of organics upon impact. The amino acid contents of both hydrolyzed and unhydrolyzed hot-water extracts of Apollo 17 lunar soil were determined using ophthaldialdehyde/N-acetyl cysteine (OPA/NAC) derivatization followed by HPLC analysis. Previous studies of lunar amino acids were inconclusive, as the technique used (derivatization with ninhydrin followed by HPLC analysis) was unable to discriminate between cosmogenic amino acids and terrestrial contaminants. Cosmogenic amino acids are racemic, and many of the amino acids found in carbonaceous meteorites such as Murchison, i.e., alpha-amino-i-butyric acid (aib), are extremely rare on Earth. The ninhydrin method does not distinguish amino acid enantiomers, nor does it detect alpha-alkyl amino acids such as aib, whereas the OPA/NAC technique does both.

  8. Heterogeneous Distributions of Amino Acids Provide Evidence of Multiple Sources Within the Almahata Sitta Parent Body, Asteroid 2008 TC(sub 3)

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    Burton, Aaron S.; Glavin, Daniel P.; Callahan, Michael P.; Dworkin, Jason P.; Jenniskens, Peter; Shaddad, Muawia H.

    2011-01-01

    Two new fragments of the Almahata Sitta meteorite and a sample of sand from the related strewn field in the Nubian Desert, Sudan, were analyzed for two to six carbon aliphatic primary amino acids by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography with UV-fluorescence detection and time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-FT/ToF-MS). The distribution of amino acids in fragment #25, an H5 ordinary chondrite, and fragment #27, a polymict ureilite, were compared with results from the previously analyzed fragment #4, also a polymict ureilite. All three meteorite fragments contain 180-270 parts-per-billion (ppb) of amino acids, roughly 1000-fold lower than the total amino acid abundance of the Murchison carbonaceous chondrite. All of the Almahata Sitta fragments analyzed have amino acid distributions that differ from the Nubian Desert sand, which primarily contains L-alpha-amino acids. In addition, the meteorites contain several amino acids that were not detected in the sand, indicating that many of the amino acids are extraterrestrial in origin. Despite their petrological differences, meteorite fragments #25 and #27 contain similar amino acid compositions; however, the distribution of amino acids in fragment #27 was distinct from those in fragment #4, even though both arc polymict ureilites from the same parent body. Unlike in CM2 and CR2/3 meteorites, there are low relative abundances of alpha-amino acids in the Almahata Sitta meteorite fragments, which suggest that Strecker-type chemistry was not a significant amino acid formation mechanism. Given the high temperatures that asteroid 2008 TC3 appears to have experienced and lack of evidence for aqueous alteration on the asteroid, it is possible that the extraterrestrial amino acids detected in Almahata Sitta were formed by Fischer-Tropsch/Haber-Bosch type gas-grain reactions at elevated temperatures.

  9. Interaction of metal ions and amino acids - Possible mechanisms for the adsorption of amino acids on homoionic smectite clays

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    Gupta, A.; Loew, G. H.; Lawless, J.

    1983-01-01

    A semiempirical molecular orbital method is used to characterize the binding of amino acids to hexahydrated Cu(2+) and Ni(2+), a process presumed to occur when they are adsorbed in the interlamellar space of homoionic smectite clays. Five alpha-amino acids, beta-alanine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid were used to investigate the metal ion and amino acid specificity in binding. It was assumed that the alpha, beta, and gamma-amino acids would bind as bidentate anionic ligands, forming either 1:1 or 1:2 six-coordinated five, six, and seven-membered-ring chelate complexes, respectively. Energies of complex formation, optimized geometries, and electron and spin distribution were determined; and steric constraints of binding of the amino acids to the ion-exchanged cations in the interlamellar spacing of a clay were examined. Results indicate that hexahydrated Cu(2+) forms more stable complexes than hexahydrated Ni(2+) with all the amino acids studied. However, among these amino acids, complex formation does not favor the adsorption of the biological subset. Calculated energetics of complex formation and steric constraints are shown to predict that 1:1 rather than 1:2 metal-amino acid complexes are generally favored in the clay.

  10. Constraining Galileon inflation

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    Regan, Donough; Anderson, Gemma J.; Hull, Matthew; Seery, David E-mail: G.Anderson@sussex.ac.uk E-mail: D.Seery@sussex.ac.uk

    2015-02-01

    In this short paper, we present constraints on the Galileon inflationary model from the CMB bispectrum. We employ a principal-component analysis of the independent degrees of freedom constrained by data and apply this to the WMAP 9-year data to constrain the free parameters of the model. A simple Bayesian comparison establishes that support for the Galileon model from bispectrum data is at best weak.

  11. Bacillus subtilis SSE4 produces subtulene A, a new lipopeptide antibiotic possessing an unusual C15 unsaturated beta-amino acid.

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    Thasana, Nopporn; Prapagdee, Benjaphorn; Rangkadilok, Nuchanart; Sallabhan, Ratiboot; Aye, Seaim Lwin; Ruchirawat, Somsak; Loprasert, Suvit

    2010-07-16

    Subtulene A, a new cyclic lipopeptide, was isolated from the culture broth of Bacillus subtilis SSE4. This antibiotic compound contained the seven common alpha-amino acids, L-Asn-1, D-Tyr-2, D-Asn-3, L-Gln-4, L-Pro-5, D-Asn-6, L-Ser-7 and the unique beta-amino acid-8 present in the iturin family. 1D and 2D NMR, as well as MS analyses, identified the beta-amino acid as 3-amino-13-methyltetradec-8-enoic acid, an Iso C15 long chain beta-amino acid. B. subtilis SSE4 was also found to produce iturin A. B. subtilis SSE4 culture filtrate exhibited both antifungal and antibacterial activities. PMID:20541548

  12. Constraining the dark fluid

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    Kunz, Martin; Liddle, Andrew R.; Parkinson, David; Gao Changjun

    2009-10-15

    Cosmological observations are normally fit under the assumption that the dark sector can be decomposed into dark matter and dark energy components. However, as long as the probes remain purely gravitational, there is no unique decomposition and observations can only constrain a single dark fluid; this is known as the dark degeneracy. We use observations to directly constrain this dark fluid in a model-independent way, demonstrating, in particular, that the data cannot be fit by a dark fluid with a single constant equation of state. Parametrizing the dark fluid equation of state by a variety of polynomials in the scale factor a, we use current kinematical data to constrain the parameters. While the simplest interpretation of the dark fluid remains that it is comprised of separate dark matter and cosmological constant contributions, our results cover other model types including unified dark energy/matter scenarios.

  13. Cyclobutane amino acid analogues of furanomycin obtained by a formal [2 + 2] cycloaddition strategy promoted by methylaluminoxane.

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    Avenoza, Alberto; Busto, Jesús H; Canal, Noelia; Corzana, Francisco; Peregrina, Jesús M; Pérez-Fernández, Marta; Rodríguez, Fernando

    2010-02-01

    The synthesis and conformational analysis of a new type of conformationally restricted alpha-amino acid analogue of the amino acid antibiotic furanomycin is presented. The restriction involves the cis-fused cyclobutane and tetrahydrofuran units, generating the unusual 2-oxabicyclo[3.2.0]heptane core, which is found in a great number of biologically active natural products. The synthetic strategy is based on a formal [2 + 2] cycloaddition between 2-(acylamino)acrylates as acceptor alkenes and 2,3-dihydrofuran as a donor alkene, promoted by bulky aluminum-derived Lewis acids, particularly by methylaluminoxane (MAO). Additionally, following the same strategy, the synthesis of furanomycin analogues incorporating the 2-oxabicyclo[4.2.0]octane is reported. PMID:20038109

  14. Softly Constrained Films

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    Luca Giomi

    2013-04-03

    The shape of materials is often subject to a number of geometric constraints that limit the size of the system or fix the structure of its boundary. In soft and biological materials, however, these constraints are not always hard, but are due to other physical mechanisms that affect the overall force balance. A capillary film spanning a flexible piece of wire or a cell anchored to a compliant substrate by mean of adhesive contacts are examples of these softly constrained systems in the macroscopic and microscopic world. In this article I review some of the important mathematical and physical developments that contributed to our understanding of shape formation in softly constrained films and their recent application to the mechanics of adherent cells.

  15. Vibrational analysis of amino acids and short peptides in hydrated media. I. L-glycine and L-leucine.

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    Derbel, Najoua; Hernández, Belén; Pflüger, Fernando; Liquier, Jean; Geinguenaud, Frédéric; Jaïdane, Nejmeddine; Lakhdar, Zohra Ben; Ghomi, Mahmoud

    2007-02-15

    Raman scattering and Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) attenuated transmission reflectance (ATR) spectra of two alpha-amino acids (alpha-AAs), i.e., glycine and leucine, were measured in H2O and D2O (at neutral pH and pD). This series of observed vibrational data gave us the opportunity to analyze vibrational features of both AAs in hydrated media by density functional theory (DFT) calculations at the B3LYP/6-31++G* level. Harmonic vibrational modes calculated after geometry optimization on the clusters containing each AA and 12 surrounding water molecules, which represent primary models for hydration scheme of amino acids, allowed us to assign the main observed peaks. PMID:17243664

  16. Density constrained TDHF

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    V. E. Oberacker; A. S. Umar

    2015-02-13

    In this manuscript we provide an outline of the numerical methods used in implementing the density constrained time-dependent Hartree-Fock (DC-TDHF) method and provide a few examples of its application to nuclear fusion. In this approach, dynamic microscopic calculations are carried out on a three-dimensional lattice and there are no adjustable parameters, the only input is the Skyrme effective NN interaction. After a review of the DC-TDHF theory and the numerical methods, we present results for heavy-ion potentials $V(R)$, coordinate-dependent mass parameters $M(R)$, and precompound excitation energies $E^{*}(R)$ for a variety of heavy-ion reactions. Using fusion barrier penetrabilities, we calculate total fusion cross sections $\\sigma(E_\\mathrm{c.m.})$ for reactions between both stable and neutron-rich nuclei. We also determine capture cross sections for hot fusion reactions leading to the formation of superheavy elements.

  17. Density constrained TDHF

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    Oberacker, V E

    2015-01-01

    In this manuscript we provide an outline of the numerical methods used in implementing the density constrained time-dependent Hartree-Fock (DC-TDHF) method and provide a few examples of its application to nuclear fusion. In this approach, dynamic microscopic calculations are carried out on a three-dimensional lattice and there are no adjustable parameters, the only input is the Skyrme effective NN interaction. After a review of the DC-TDHF theory and the numerical methods, we present results for heavy-ion potentials $V(R)$, coordinate-dependent mass parameters $M(R)$, and precompound excitation energies $E^{*}(R)$ for a variety of heavy-ion reactions. Using fusion barrier penetrabilities, we calculate total fusion cross sections $\\sigma(E_\\mathrm{c.m.})$ for reactions between both stable and neutron-rich nuclei. We also determine capture cross sections for hot fusion reactions leading to the formation of superheavy elements.

  18. TARGET ABUNDANCE-CONSTRAINED SUBPIXEL DETECTION: PARTIALLY CONSTRAINED

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    Chang, Chein-I

    in a single pixel and cannot be detected spatially. As a result, traditional spatial-based image processing3 TARGET ABUNDANCE-CONSTRAINED SUBPIXEL DETECTION: PARTIALLY CONSTRAINED LEAST-SQUARES METHODS Subpixel target detection has received considerable interest in remote sensing image processing in recent

  19. INVERSION BASED CONSTRAINED TRAJECTORY OPTIMIZATION

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    Murray, Richard M.

    INVERSION BASED CONSTRAINED TRAJECTORY OPTIMIZATION Nicolas Petit, Mark B. Milam, Richard M. Murray the Nonlinear Trajectory Generation (NTG) software package. Keywords: Real-time optimization, optimal control, inversion, nonlinear optimization 1. INTRODUCTION Computationally efficient trajectory optimization

  20. Identification of nitrogen mineralization enzymes, L-amino acid oxidases, from the ectomycorrhizal fungi Hebeloma spp. and Laccaria bicolor.

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    Nuutinen, Jaro T; Timonen, Sari

    2008-12-01

    Amino acids are major nitrogen sources in soils and they harbour a central position in the nitrogen metabolism of cells. We determined whether Hebeloma spp. and Laccaria bicolor expressed the enzyme L-amino acid oxidase (LAO), which catalyses the oxidative deamination of the alpha-amino group of L-amino acids. We measured LAO activities from the mycelial extracts of seven laboratory-grown fungal strains with three methods, and we measured how LAO activities were expressed in one Hebeloma sp. strain grown on four nitrogen sources. Hebeloma spp. and L. bicolor converted L-phenylalanine, but not D-phenylalanine, to hydrogen peroxide, 2-oxoacid, and ammonia, suggesting that they expressed LAO enzymes. The enzymes utilized five out of seven tested L-amino acids as substrates. LAO activities were maximal at pH 8, where Michaelis constant (Km) values were 2-5mm. The LAO of Hebeloma sp. was expressed on every nitrogen source analysed, and the activities were the highest in mycelia grown in nitrogen-rich conditions. We suggest that LAO is a mechanism for cellular amino acid catabolism in Hebeloma spp. and L. bicolor. Many soil bacteria and fungi also express LAO enzymes that have broad substrate specificities. Therefore, LAO is a potential candidate for a mechanism that catalyses nitrogen mineralization from amino acids at the ecosystem level. PMID:18675352

  1. T Cell Determinants Incorporating [beta]-Amino Acid Residues Are Protease Resistant and Remain Immunogenic In Vivo

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    Webb, Andrew I.; Dunstone, Michelle A.; Williamson, Nicholas A.; Price, Jason D.; Kauwe, Andreade; Chen, Weisan; Oakley, Aaron; Perlmutter, Patrick; McCluskey, James; Aguilar, Marie-Isabel; Rossjohn, Jamie; Purcell, Anthony W.

    2010-07-20

    A major hurdle in designing successful epitope-based vaccines resides in the delivery, stability, and immunogenicity of the peptide immunogen. The short-lived nature of unmodified peptide-based vaccines in vivo limits their therapeutic application in the immunotherapy of cancers and chronic viral infections as well as their use in generating prophylactic immunity. The incorporation of {beta}-amino acids into peptides decreases proteolysis, yet its potential application in the rational design of T cell mimotopes is poorly understood. To address this, we have replaced each residue of the SIINFEKL epitope individually with the corresponding {beta}-amino acid and examined the resultant efficacy of these mimotopes. Some analogs displayed similar MHC binding and superior protease stability compared with the native epitope. Importantly, these analogs were able to generate cross-reactive CTLs in vivo that were capable of lysing tumor cells that expressed the unmodified epitope as a surrogate tumor Ag. Structural analysis of peptides in which anchor residues were substituted with {beta}-amino acids revealed the basis for enhanced MHC binding and retention of immunogenicity observed for these analogs and paves the way for future vaccine design using {beta}-amino acids. We conclude that the rational incorporation of {beta}-amino acids into T cell determinants is a powerful alternative to the traditional homologous substitution of randomly chosen naturally occurring {alpha}-amino acids, and these mimotopes may prove particularly useful for inclusion in epitope-based vaccines.

  2. Extraterrestrial amino acids in Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary sediments at Stevns Klint, Denmark.

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    Zhao, M; Bada, J L

    1989-06-01

    Since the discovery nearly a decade ago that Cretaceous/Tertiary (K/T) boundary layers are greatly enriched in iridium, a rare element in the Earth's crust, there has been intense controversy on the relationship between this Ir anomaly and the massive extinction of organisms ranging from dinosaurs to marine plankton that characterizes the K/T boundary. Convincing evidence suggests that both the Ir spike and the extinction event were caused by the collision of a large bolide (greater than 10 km in diameter) with the Earth. Alternative explanations claim that extensive, violent volcanism can account for the Ir, and that other independent causes were responsible for the mass extinctions. We surmise that the collision of a massive extraterrestrial object with the Earth may have produced a unique organic chemical signature because certain meteorites, and probably comets, contain organic compounds which are either rare or non-existent on the Earth. In contrast, no organic compounds would be expected to be associated with volcanic processes. Here we find that K/T boundary sediments at Stevns Klint, Denmark, contain both alpha-amino-isobutyric acid [AIB,(CH3)2CNH2COOH] and racemic isovaline [ISOVAL, CH3CH2(CH3)CNH2COOH], two amino acids that are exceedingly rare on the Earth but which are major amino acids in carbonaceous chondrites. An extraterrestrial source is the most reasonable explanation for the presence of these amino acids. PMID:2725679

  3. Steroselective synthesis and application of L-( sup 15 N) amino acids

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    Unkefer, C.J. ); Lodwig, S.N. . Div. of Science)

    1991-01-01

    We have developed two general approaches to the stereoselective synthesis of {sup 15}N- and {sup 13}C-labeled amino acids. First, labeled serine, biosynthesized using the methylotrophic bacterium M. extorquens AM1, serves as a chiral precursor for the synthesis of other amino acids. For example, pyridoxal phosphate enzymes can be used for the conversion of L-({alpha}-{sup 15}N)serine to L-({alpha}-{sup 15}N)tyrosine, L-({alpha}-{sup 15}N)tryptophan, and L-({alpha}-{sup 15}N)cysteine. In the second approach, developed by Oppolzer and Tamura, an electrophilic amination'' reagent, 1-chloro-1-nitrosocyclohexane, was used to convert chiral enolates into L-{alpha}-amino acids. We prepared 1-chloro-1-({sup 15}N) nitrosocyclohexane and used it to aminate chiral enolates to produce L-({alpha}-{sup 15}N)amino acids. The stereoselectivity of this scheme using the Oppolzer sultam chiral auxiliary is remarkable, producing enantiomer ratios of 200 to 1. 22 refs., 4 figs.

  4. Extraterrestrial Amino Acids Identified in Metal-Rich CH and CB Carbonaceous Chondrites from Antarctica

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    Burton, Aaron S.; Elsila, Jamie E.; Hein, Jason E.; Glavin, Daniel P.; Dworkin, Jason P.

    2013-01-01

    Carbonaceous chondrites contain numerous indigenous organic compounds and could have been an important source of prebiotic compounds required for the origin of life on Earth or elsewhere. Extraterrestrial amino acids have been reported in five of the eight groups of carbonaceous chondrites and are most abundant in CI, CM, and CR chondritesbut are also present in the more thermally altered CV and CO chondrites. We report the abundance, distribution, and enantiomeric and isotopic compositions of simple primary amino acids in six metal-rich CH and CB carbonaceous chondrites that have not previously been investigated for amino acids: Allan Hills (ALH) 85085 (CH3), Pecora Escarpment(PCA) 91467 (CH3), Patuxent Range (PAT) 91546 (CH3), MacAlpine Hills (MAC) 02675(CBb), Miller Range (MIL) 05082 (CB), and Miller Range (MIL) 07411 (CB). Amino acid abundances and carbon isotopic values were obtained by using both liquid chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry and fluorescence, and gas chromatography isotope ratiomass spectrometry. The (delta D, delta C-13, delta N-15) ratios of multiple amino acids fall outside of the terrestrial range and support their extraterrestrial origin. Extracts of CH chondrites were found to be particularly rich in amino acids (1316 parts per million, ppm) while CB chondrite extracts had much lower abundances (0.22 ppm). The amino acid distributions of the CH and CB chondrites were distinct from the distributions observed in type 2 and 3 CM and CR chondrites and contained elevated levels of beta-, gamma-, and delta-amino acids compared to the corresponding alpha-amino acids, providing evidence that multiple amino acid formation mechanisms were important in CH and CB chondrites.

  5. Does Grammar Constrain Statistical Learning?

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    Jenison, Rick L.

    suggest- ing that their results may instead have resulted from facts about French that can be learned from, but this fact can be learned from experience. The 4,943 French CVCVCV words (based on a search of Lexique 3; NewCommentary Does Grammar Constrain Statistical Learning? Commentary on Bonatti, Pen~a, Nespor

  6. PRIMALDUAL METHODS FOR NONLINEAR CONSTRAINED

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    Polyak, Roman A.

    - tions analytiques'' Joseph Luis Lagrange (1736­1813) introduced the Lagrangian and Lagrange multipliers.-L. Lagrange The Lagrange multipliers rule is only a necessary but not sufficient condition for an equality, Inc. ingredient in the Lagrange duality, and one of the most important tools in numerical constrained

  7. Poisson Geometry in Constrained Systems

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    BOJOWALD, MARTIN; STROBL, THOMAS

    Associated to a constrained system with closed constraint algebra there are two Poisson manifolds P and Q forming a symplectic dual pair with respect to the original, unconstrained phase space: P is the image of the constraint map (equipped with the algebra of constraints) and Q the Poisson quotient with respect to the orbits generated by the constraints (the orbit space is assumed to be a manifold). We provide sufficient conditions so that the reduced phase space of the constrained system may be identified with a symplectic leaf of Q. By these methods, a second class constrained system with closed algebra is reformulated as an abelian first class system in an extended phase space. While any Poisson manifold (P,?) has a symplectic realization (Karasev, Weinstein 87), it does not always permit a leafwise symplectic embedding into a symplectic manifold (M,?). For regular P, it is seen that such an embedding exists, iff the characteristic form-class of ?, a certain element of the third relative cohomology of P, vanishes. A tubular neighborhood of the constraint surface of a general second class constrained system equipped with the Dirac bracket provides a physical example for such an embedding into the original symplectic manifold. In contrast, a leafwise symplectic embedding of e.g. (the maximal regular part of) a Poisson Lie manifold associated to a compact, semisimple Lie algebra does not exist.

  8. INVERSION BASED CONSTRAINED TRAJECTORY OPTIMIZATION

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    INVERSION BASED CONSTRAINED TRAJECTORY OPTIMIZATION Nicolas Petit, Mark B. Milam, Richard M. Murray trajectory optimization is an enabling technology for many new facets of engineering. Formation flying), are two examples where the tools of real-time trajectory optimization would be extremely useful. In (Milam

  9. Explicit construction of constrained instantons

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    Nielsen, Morten; Nielsen, N. K.

    2000-05-01

    Instantons in massless theories do not carry over to massive theories due to Derrick's theorem. This theorem can, however, be circumvented, if a constraint that restricts the scale of the instanton is imposed on the theory. Constrained instantons are considered in four dimensions in ?4 theory and SU(2) Yang-Mills-Higgs theory. In each of these theories a calculational scheme is set up and solved in the lowest few orders in the mass parameter in such a way that the need for a constraint is exhibited clearly. Constrained instantons are shown to exist as finite action solutions of the field equations with exponential falloff only for specific constraints that are unique in lowest order in the mass parameter in question.

  10. COBS: COnstrained B-Splines

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    Ng, Pin T.; Maechler, Martin

    2015-05-01

    COBS (COnstrained B-Splines), written in R, creates constrained regression smoothing splines via linear programming and sparse matrices. The method has two important features: the number and location of knots for the spline fit are established using the likelihood-based Akaike Information Criterion (rather than a heuristic procedure); and fits can be made for quantiles (e.g. 25% and 75% as well as the usual 50%) in the response variable, which is valuable when the scatter is asymmetrical or non-Gaussian. This code is useful for, for example, estimating cluster ages when there is a wide spread in stellar ages at a chosen absorption, as a standard regression line does not give an effective measure of this relationship.

  11. Aspartic acid

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    Aspartic acid is a nonessential amino acids . Amino acids are building blocks of proteins. "Nonessential" means that our ... this amino acid from the food we eat. Aspartic acid is also called asparaginic acid. Aspartic acid helps ...

  12. 8.8 Constrained LS Why Constrain? Because sometimes we know (or believe!)

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    Fowler, Mark

    1 8.8 Constrained LS Why Constrain? Because sometimes we know (or believe!) certain values a strong signal from the left-side antennas and a weak one from the right-side antennas) LS^Thus, when finding you want to constrain it to satisfy these conditions #12;2 Constrained LS Problem Statement Say

  13. Constraining Walking and Custodial Technicolor

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    Roshan Foadi; Mads T. Frandsen; Francesco Sannino

    2007-12-12

    We show how to constrain the physical spectrum of walking technicolor models via precision measurements and modified Weinberg sum rules. We also study models possessing a custodial symmetry for the S parameter at the effective Lagrangian level - custodial technicolor - and argue that these models cannot emerge from walking type dynamics. We suggest that it is possible to have a very light spin-one axial vector boson. However, in the walking dynamics the associated vector boson is heavy while it is degenerate with the axial in custodial technicolor.

  14. Constraining walking and custodial technicolor

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    Foadi, Roshan; Frandsen, Mads T.; Sannino, Francesco

    2008-05-01

    We show how to constrain the physical spectrum of walking technicolor models via precision measurements and modified Weinberg sum rules. We also study models possessing a custodial symmetry for the S parameter at the effective Lagrangian level - custodial technicolor - and argue that these models cannot emerge from walking-type dynamics. We suggest that it is possible to have a very light spin-one axial (vector) boson. However, in the walking dynamics the associated vector boson is heavy while it is degenerate with the axial in custodial technicolor.

  15. Constraining Modified Gravity with Euclid

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    Matteo Martinelli; Erminia Calabrese; Francesco De Bernardis; Alessandro Melchiorri; Luca Pagano; Roberto Scaramella

    2010-10-27

    Future proposed satellite missions as Euclid can offer the opportunity to test general relativity on cosmic scales through mapping of the galaxy weak lensing signal. In this paper we forecast the ability of these experiments to constrain modified gravity scenarios as those predicted by scalar-tensor and $f(R)$ theories. We found that Euclid will improve constraints expected from the PLANCK satellite on these modified gravity models by two orders of magnitude. We discuss parameter degeneracies and the possible biases introduced by modified gravity.

  16. Constrained Stochastic Extended Redundancy Analysis.

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    DeSarbo, Wayne S; Hwang, Heungsun; Stadler Blank, Ashley; Kappe, Eelco

    2015-06-01

    We devise a new statistical methodology called constrained stochastic extended redundancy analysis (CSERA) to examine the comparative impact of various conceptual factors, or drivers, as well as the specific predictor variables that contribute to each driver on designated dependent variable(s). The technical details of the proposed methodology, the maximum likelihood estimation algorithm, and model selection heuristics are discussed. A sports marketing consumer psychology application is provided in a Major League Baseball (MLB) context where the effects of six conceptual drivers of game attendance and their defining predictor variables are estimated. Results compare favorably to those obtained using traditional extended redundancy analysis (ERA). PMID:24327066

  17. Constraining fundamental physics from cosmology

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    Bird, Simeon

    2011-10-11

    the Supervision of Dr. Hiranya V. Peiris Dr. Martin Haehnelt DECLARATION OF ORIGINALITY I, Simeon Paul Bird, declare that this thesis titled, ‘Constraining Fundamental Physics From Cosmology’ and the work presented in it are my own. I confirm that: • This work... and support throughout my PhD, I might never have made it this far. I am also indebted to my second supervisor, Martin Haehnelt, especially for his tireless proof-reading in the last few weeks, and to my ever-patient collaborators, Matteo Viel, Richard Easter...

  18. Constraining relativistic viscous hydrodynamical evolution

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    Martinez, Mauricio; Strickland, Michael

    2009-04-15

    We show that by requiring positivity of the longitudinal pressure it is possible to constrain the initial conditions one can use in second-order viscous hydrodynamical simulations of ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions. We demonstrate this explicitly for (0+1)-dimensional viscous hydrodynamics and discuss how the constraint extends to higher dimensions. Additionally, we present an analytic approximation to the solution of (0+1)-dimensional second-order viscous hydrodynamical evolution equations appropriate to describe the evolution of matter in an ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collision.

  19. Constraining Lorentz violation with cosmology.

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    Zuntz, J A; Ferreira, P G; Zlosnik, T G

    2008-12-31

    The Einstein-aether theory provides a simple, dynamical mechanism for breaking Lorentz invariance. It does so within a generally covariant context and may emerge from quantum effects in more fundamental theories. The theory leads to a preferred frame and can have distinct experimental signatures. In this Letter, we perform a comprehensive study of the cosmological effects of the Einstein-aether theory and use observational data to constrain it. Allied to previously determined consistency and experimental constraints, we find that an Einstein-aether universe can fit experimental data over a wide range of its parameter space, but requires a specific rescaling of the other cosmological densities. PMID:19113765

  20. Characterization of a dual specificity aryl acid adenylation enzyme with dual function in nikkomycin biosynthesis.

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    Moon, Mary; Van Lanen, Steven G

    2010-09-01

    Nikkomycin Z is a dipeptide antifungal antibiotic characterized by two nonproteinogenic amino acids, nikkomycin C(Z) and 4-(4'-hydroxy-2'-pyridinyl)-homothreonine (HPHT). The HPHT scaffold is assembled by an aldol reaction between 2-oxobutyrate and picolinaldehyde, the latter of which is derived from picolinic acid that is activated and loaded to coenzyme A by the aryl-activating adenylation enzyme, NikE. We now provide evidence that NikE is also involved in the activation and loading of the alpha-keto acid precursor, 4-(2'-pyridinyl)-2-oxo-4-hydroxyisovalerate (POHIV), to a phosphopantetheinyl group of an acyl carrier protein domain of NikT. POHIV was synthesized using Escherichia coli 2-dehydro-3-deoxy-phosphogluconate aldolase, and phenylalanine dehydrogenase from Bacillus sp. NRRL B-14911 was used to prepare the alpha-amino acid, 4-(2'-pyridinyl)-homothreonine (PHT). Using the carboxylic acid-dependent, ATP-[(32)P]PP(i) exchange assay, NikE is shown to activate both picolinic acid and POHIV but not PHT. Furthermore, NikE loads POHIV to holo-NikT to generate a new thioester-linked intermediate, which was not observed using a NikT(S33A) mutant. Thus, NikE activates two distinct carboxylic acids to form two new thioester intermediates, one of which is subsequently reduced to the aldehyde and the other that likely serves as a substrate for the aminotransferase domain of NikT prior to condensation with nikkomycin C(Z) to yield the dipeptide. PMID:20577996

  1. Quantum Annealing for Constrained Optimization

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    Itay Hen; Federico M. Spedalieri

    2015-08-18

    Recent advances in quantum technology have led to the development and manufacturing of experimental programmable quantum annealers that could potentially solve certain quadratic unconstrained binary optimization problems faster than their classical analogues. The applicability of such devices for many theoretical and practical optimization problems, which are often constrained, is severely limited by the sparse, rigid layout of the devices' quantum bits. Traditionally, constraints are addressed by the addition of penalty terms to the Hamiltonian of the problem, which in turn requires prohibitively increasing physical resources while also restricting the dynamical range of the interactions. Here we propose a method for encoding constrained optimization problems on quantum annealers that eliminates the need for penalty terms and thereby removes many of the obstacles associated with the implementation of these. We argue the advantages of the proposed technique and illustrate its effectiveness. We then conclude by discussing the experimental feasibility of the suggested method as well as its potential to boost the encodability of other optimization problems.

  2. Constraining fundamental physics with Planck

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    Rocha, Graca

    2015-08-01

    The ? CDM model assumes the validity of General Relativity on cosmological scales,as well as the physics of the standard model of particle physics. One possible extension, which mayhave motivations in fundamental physics, is to consider variations of dimensionless constants.Such variations can be constrained through tests on astrophysical scales.A number of physical systems have been used, spanning different time scales, to set constraints on variations of the fundamental constants.These range from atomic clocks in the laboratory at a redshift z = 0 to BBN at z ˜10^8 . However,apart from the claims of varying based on high resolution quasar absorption-line spectra,there is no other evidence for time-variable fundamental constants.CMB temperature anisotropies have been used extensively to constrain the variation of fundamental constants over cosmictimescales. In this talk I will present constraints on the temporal and spatial variation of fundamental constants such as fine structure constant, $\\alpha$, mass of the electron, $m_{e }$. etc. using CMB data with special focus on Planck data. I will also investigate the degeneracies with other cosmological parameters such as $H_{0}$ .

  3. The 1.9 A Structure of the Branched-Chain Amino-Acid Transaminase (IlvE) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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    Tremblay, L.; Blanchard, J

    2009-01-01

    Unlike mammals, bacteria encode enzymes that synthesize branched-chain amino acids. The pyridoxal 5'-phosphate-dependent transaminase performs the final biosynthetic step in these pathways, converting keto acid precursors into {alpha}-amino acids. The branched-chain amino-acid transaminase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MtIlvE) has been crystallized and its structure has been solved at 1.9 {angstrom} resolution. The MtIlvE monomer is composed of two domains that interact to form the active site. The biologically active form of IlvE is a homodimer in which each monomer contributes a substrate-specificity loop to the partner molecule. Additional substrate selectivity may be imparted by a conserved N-terminal Phe30 residue, which has previously been observed to shield the active site in the type IV fold homodimer. The active site of MtIlvE contains density corresponding to bound PMP, which is likely to be a consequence of the presence of tryptone in the crystallization medium. Additionally, two cysteine residues are positioned at the dimer interface for disulfide-bond formation under oxidative conditions. It is unknown whether they are involved in any regulatory activities analogous to those of the human mitochondrial branched-chain amino-acid transaminase.

  4. Acid Safety Checklist Acid Storage

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    Acid Safety Checklist Acid Storage Acids stored separately from bases, organic acids, flammables stored in separate secondary containment from bases, flammables Acid waste container correctly labeled, water reactives Acids stored in secondary containment Eyewash and shower immediately available Spill kit

  5. Optimum constrained image restoration filters

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    Riemer, T. E.; Mcgillem, C. D.

    1977-01-01

    The research described centered on development of an optimum image restoration filter (IRF) minimizing the radius of gyration of the corrected or composite system point-spread function (P-SF) subject to contraints, and reducing 2-dimensional spatial smearing or blurring of an image. The constraints are imposed on the radius of gyration of the IRF P-SF, the total restored image noise power, and the shape of the composite system frequency spectrum. The image degradation corresponds to mapping many points from the original image into a single resolution element. The P-SF is obtained as solution to a set of simultaneous differential equations obeying nonlinear integral constraints. Truncation errors due to edge effects are controlled by constraining the radius of gyration of the IRF P-SF. An iterative technique suppresses sidelobes of the composite system P-SF.

  6. Exploring constrained quantum control landscapes

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    Katharine W. Moore; Herschel Rabitz

    2012-07-19

    The broad success of optimally controlling quantum systems with external fields has been attributed to the favorable topology of the underlying control landscape, where the landscape is the physical observable as a function of the controls. The control landscape can be shown to contain no suboptimal trapping extrema upon satisfaction of reasonable physical assumptions, but this topological analysis does not hold when significant constraints are placed on the control resources. This work employs simulations to explore the topology and features of the control landscape for pure-state population transfer with a constrained class of control fields. The fields are parameterized in terms of a set of uniformly spaced spectral frequencies, with the associated phases acting as the controls. Optimization results reveal that the minimum number of phase controls necessary to assure a high yield in the target state has a special dependence on the number of accessible energy levels in the quantum system, revealed from an analysis of the first- and second-order variation of the yield with respect to the controls. When an insufficient number of controls and/or a weak control fluence are employed, trapping extrema and saddle points are observed on the landscape. When the control resources are sufficiently flexible, solutions producing the globally maximal yield are found to form connected `level sets' of continuously variable control fields that preserve the yield. These optimal yield level sets are found to shrink to isolated points on the top of the landscape as the control field fluence is decreased, and further reduction of the fluence turns these points into suboptimal trapping extrema on the landscape. Although constrained control fields can come in many forms beyond the cases explored here, the behavior found in this paper is illustrative of the impacts that constraints can introduce.

  7. Formal language constrained path problems

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    Barrett, C.; Jacob, R.; Marathe, M.

    1997-07-08

    In many path finding problems arising in practice, certain patterns of edge/vertex labels in the labeled graph being traversed are allowed/preferred, while others are disallowed. Motivated by such applications as intermodal transportation planning, the authors investigate the complexity of finding feasible paths in a labeled network, where the mode choice for each traveler is specified by a formal language. The main contributions of this paper include the following: (1) the authors show that the problem of finding a shortest path between a source and destination for a traveler whose mode choice is specified as a context free language is solvable efficiently in polynomial time, when the mode choice is specified as a regular language they provide algorithms with improved space and time bounds; (2) in contrast, they show that the problem of finding simple paths between a source and a given destination is NP-hard, even when restricted to very simple regular expressions and/or very simple graphs; (3) for the class of treewidth bounded graphs, they show that (i) the problem of finding a regular language constrained simple path between source and a destination is solvable in polynomial time and (ii) the extension to finding context free language constrained simple paths is NP-complete. Several extensions of these results are presented in the context of finding shortest paths with additional constraints. These results significantly extend the results in [MW95]. As a corollary of the results, they obtain a polynomial time algorithm for the BEST k-SIMILAR PATH problem studied in [SJB97]. The previous best algorithm was given by [SJB97] and takes exponential time in the worst case.

  8. Astrophysical constrains on Ungravity inspired models

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    Bertolami, O; Santos, P

    2009-01-01

    We use stellar dynamics arguments to constrain the relevant parameters of ungravity inspired models. We show that resulting bounds do constrain the parameters of the theory of unparticles, as far as its energy scale is higher than $\\Lambda_U > 1 TeV$ and $d_U$ is close to unity.

  9. Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing Resource Constrained Devices

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    Roussos, George

    field, electrical inc. bio-signals (ECG and EEG) ­ RFID ­ acoustic (microphone) Long-term objective1 Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing Resource Constrained Devices George Roussos g.roussos@dcs.bbk.ac.uk Session Overview · Resource constrained devices ­ evolution, architecture, components ­ a detailed example

  10. Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing Resource Constrained Devices

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    Roussos, George

    Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing Resource Constrained Devices George Roussos g.roussos@dcs.bbk.ac.uk #12;Session Overview · Resource constrained devices ­ evolution, architecture, components ­ a detailed;More Drivers · Cheap and reliable communications: ­ short-range RF, infrared, optical ­ low power · New

  11. EQUILIBRIUM CONSTRAINED OPTIMIZATION PROBLEMS S . I. BIRBIL

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    Al Hanbali, Ahmad

    EQUILIBRIUM CONSTRAINED OPTIMIZATION PROBLEMS S¸ . I. BIRBIL , G. BOUZA , J.B.G. FRENK and G. STILL § July 26, 2004 ABSTRACT. We consider equilibrium constrained optimization problems, which have a general for- mulation that encompasses well-known models such as mathematical programs with equilibrium

  12. Gyrification from constrained cortical expansion

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    Tallinen, Tuomas; Biggins, John S; Mahadevan, L

    2015-01-01

    The exterior of the mammalian brain - the cerebral cortex - has a conserved layered structure whose thickness varies little across species. However, selection pressures over evolutionary time scales have led to cortices that have a large surface area to volume ratio in some organisms, with the result that the brain is strongly convoluted into sulci and gyri. Here we show that the gyrification can arise as a nonlinear consequence of a simple mechanical instability driven by tangential expansion of the gray matter constrained by the white matter. A physical mimic of the process using a layered swelling gel captures the essence of the mechanism, and numerical simulations of the brain treated as a soft solid lead to the formation of cusped sulci and smooth gyri similar to those in the brain. The resulting gyrification patterns are a function of relative cortical expansion and relative thickness (compared with brain size), and are consistent with observations of a wide range of brains, ranging from smooth to highl...

  13. Constrained exceptional supersymmetric standard model

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    Athron, P.; King, S. F.; Miller, D. J.; Nevzorov, R.; Moretti, S.

    2009-08-01

    We propose and study a constrained version of the exceptional supersymmetric standard model (E{sub 6}SSM), which we call the cE{sub 6}SSM, based on a universal high energy scalar mass m{sub 0}, trilinear scalar coupling A{sub 0} and gaugino mass M{sub 1/2}. We derive the renormalization group (RG) Equations for the cE{sub 6}SSM, including the extra U(1){sub N} gauge factor and the low-energy matter content involving three 27 representations of E{sub 6}. We perform a numerical RG analysis for the cE{sub 6}SSM, imposing the usual low-energy experimental constraints and successful electroweak symmetry breaking. Our analysis reveals that the sparticle spectrum of the cE{sub 6}SSM involves a light gluino, two light neutralinos, and a light chargino. Furthermore, although the squarks, sleptons, and Z{sup '} boson are typically heavy, the exotic quarks and squarks can also be relatively light. We finally specify a set of benchmark points, which correspond to particle spectra, production modes, and decay patterns peculiar to the cE{sub 6}SSM, altogether leading to spectacular new physics signals at the Large Hadron Collider.

  14. Constrained orbital intercept-evasion

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    Zatezalo, Aleksandar; Stipanovic, Dusan M.; Mehra, Raman K.; Pham, Khanh

    2014-06-01

    An effective characterization of intercept-evasion confrontations in various space environments and a derivation of corresponding solutions considering a variety of real-world constraints are daunting theoretical and practical challenges. Current and future space-based platforms have to simultaneously operate as components of satellite formations and/or systems and at the same time, have a capability to evade potential collisions with other maneuver constrained space objects. In this article, we formulate and numerically approximate solutions of a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) intercept-maneuver problem in terms of game-theoretic capture-evasion guaranteed strategies. The space intercept-evasion approach is based on Liapunov methodology that has been successfully implemented in a number of air and ground based multi-player multi-goal game/control applications. The corresponding numerical algorithms are derived using computationally efficient and orbital propagator independent methods that are previously developed for Space Situational Awareness (SSA). This game theoretical but at the same time robust and practical approach is demonstrated on a realistic LEO scenario using existing Two Line Element (TLE) sets and Simplified General Perturbation-4 (SGP-4) propagator.

  15. Genetically constrained metabolic flux analysis.

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    Cox, Steven J; Shalel Levanon, Sagit; Bennett, George N; San, Ka-Yiu

    2005-01-01

    Significant progress has been made in using existing metabolic databases to estimate metabolic fluxes. Traditional metabolic flux analysis generally starts with a predetermined metabolic network. This approach has been employed successfully to analyze the behaviors of recombinant strains by manually adding or removing the corresponding pathway(s) in the metabolic map. The current work focuses on the development of a new framework that utilizes genomic and metabolic databases, including available genetic/regulatory network structures and gene chip expression data, to constrain metabolic flux analysis. The genetic network consisting of the sensing/regulatory circuits will activate or deactivate a specific set of genes in response to external stimulus. The activation and/or repression of this set of genes will result in different gene expression levels that will in turn change the structure of the metabolic map. Hence, the metabolic map will automatically "adapt" to the external stimulus as captured by the genetic network. This adaptation selects a subnetwork from the pool of feasible reactions and so performs what we term "environmentally driven dimensional reduction." The Escherichia coli oxygen and redox sensing/regulatory system, which controls the metabolic patterns connected to glycolysis and the TCA cycle, was used as a model system to illustrate the proposed approach. PMID:16143552

  16. Gyrification from constrained cortical expansion

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    Tuomas Tallinen; Jun Young Chung; John S. Biggins; L. Mahadevan

    2015-03-12

    The exterior of the mammalian brain - the cerebral cortex - has a conserved layered structure whose thickness varies little across species. However, selection pressures over evolutionary time scales have led to cortices that have a large surface area to volume ratio in some organisms, with the result that the brain is strongly convoluted into sulci and gyri. Here we show that the gyrification can arise as a nonlinear consequence of a simple mechanical instability driven by tangential expansion of the gray matter constrained by the white matter. A physical mimic of the process using a layered swelling gel captures the essence of the mechanism, and numerical simulations of the brain treated as a soft solid lead to the formation of cusped sulci and smooth gyri similar to those in the brain. The resulting gyrification patterns are a function of relative cortical expansion and relative thickness (compared with brain size), and are consistent with observations of a wide range of brains, ranging from smooth to highly convoluted. Furthermore, this dependence on two simple geometric parameters that characterize the brain also allows us to qualitatively explain how variations in these parameters lead to anatomical anomalies in such situations as polymicrogyria, pachygyria, and lissencephalia.

  17. Egg Production Constrains Chemical Defenses in a Neotropical Arachnid

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    Nazareth, Taís M.; Machado, Glauco

    2015-01-01

    Female investment in large eggs increases the demand for fatty acids, which are allocated for yolk production. Since the biosynthetic pathway leading to fatty acids uses the same precursors used in the formation of polyketides, allocation trade-offs are expected to emerge. Therefore, egg production should constrain the investment in chemical defenses based on polyketides, such as benzoquinones. We tested this hypothesis using the harvestman Acutiosoma longipes, which produces large eggs and releases benzoquinones as chemical defense. We predicted that the amount of secretion released by ovigerous females (OFs) would be smaller than that of non-ovigerous females (NOF). We also conducted a series of bioassays in the field and in the laboratory to test whether egg production renders OFs more vulnerable to predation. OFs produce less secretion than NOFs, which is congruent with the hypothesis that egg production constrains the investment in chemical defenses. Results of the bioassays show that the secretion released by OFs is less effective in deterring potential predators (ants and spiders) than the secretion released by NOFs. In conclusion, females allocate resources to chemical defenses in a way that preserves a primary biological function related to reproduction. However, the trade-off between egg and secretion production makes OFs vulnerable to predators. We suggest that egg production is a critical moment in the life of harvestman females, representing perhaps the highest cost of reproduction in the group. PMID:26331946

  18. Role of the alpha-amino group of protein in ubiquitin-mediated protein breakdown.

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    Hershko, A; Heller, H; Eytan, E; Kaklij, G; Rose, I A

    1984-01-01

    Previous studies suggest that the conjugation of ubiquitin to NH2 groups of proteins is required for protein breakdown. We now show that the selective modification of NH2-terminal alpha-NH2 groups of globin and lysozyme prevents their degradation by the ubiquitin proteolytic system from reticulocytes. The conjugation by ubiquitin of epsilon-NH2 groups of lysine residues, usually seen in multiples, was also inhibited in alpha-NH2-blocked proteins. Naturally occurring N alpha-acetylated proteins are not degraded by the ubiquitin system at a significant rate, while their nonacetylated counterparts from other species are good substrates. This suggests that one function of N alpha-acetylation of cellular proteins is to prevent their degradation by the ubiquitin system. alpha-NH2-blocked proteins can have their activity as substrates for degradation increased by incorporation of alpha-NH2 groups through the introduction of polyalanine side chains. Proteins in which most epsilon-NH2 groups are blocked but the alpha-NH2 group is free are degraded by the ubiquitin system, but at a reduced rate. It is therefore suggested that the exposure of a free NH2 terminus of proteins is required for degradation and probably initiates the formation of ubiquitin conjugates committed for degradation. Images PMID:6095265

  19. On low energy barrier folding pathways for nucleic acid sequences

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    Hutter, Frank

    On low energy barrier folding pathways for nucleic acid sequences Leigh-Anne Mathieson and Anne Introduction Nucleic acid folding pathways--sequences of structures visited by DNA and RNA molecules circuits, artificial neural networks and much more [10, 13, 14, 19, 20]. Kinetics constrain nucleic acids

  20. 21 CFR 888.3780 - Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

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    2013-04-01

    ...2013-04-01 false Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis. 888.3780...Devices § 888.3780 Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis. (a) Identification. A wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis is a...

  1. 21 CFR 888.3720 - Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

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    2012-04-01

    ... 2012-04-01 false Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis. 888.3720...Prosthetic Devices § 888.3720 Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis. (a) Identification. A toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis is a...

  2. 21 CFR 888.3780 - Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

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    2014-04-01

    ...2014-04-01 false Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis. 888.3780...Devices § 888.3780 Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis. (a) Identification. A wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis is a...

  3. 21 CFR 888.3780 - Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...2010-04-01 false Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis. 888.3780...Devices § 888.3780 Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis. (a) Identification. A wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis is a...

  4. 21 CFR 888.3720 - Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 2013-04-01 false Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis. 888.3720...Prosthetic Devices § 888.3720 Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis. (a) Identification. A toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis is a...

  5. 21 CFR 888.3720 - Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 2014-04-01 false Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis. 888.3720...Prosthetic Devices § 888.3720 Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis. (a) Identification. A toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis is a...

  6. Reactivity of ferrate(VI) and ferrate(V) with amino acids

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    Sharma, V.K.; Bielski, B.H.J. )

    1991-11-13

    The oxidation of the essential amino acids by ferrate(VI) (Fe(VI)) and ferrate(V) (Fe(V)) has been studied by stopped-flow and pulse radiolysis techniques at pH 12.4 and 23-24C. FeO{sub 4}{sup 3{minus}} was formed in these studies by reduction of Fe(VI) with radiation-generated reducing radicals. Both Fe(VI) and Fe(V) react preferentially with amino acids in which the {alpha}-amino group is protonated (RCH(NH{sub 3}{sup +})COO{sup {minus}}). Rate constants (k{sub 5}) for reaction of Fe(VI) with RCH(NH{sub 3}{sup +})COO{sup {minus}} range from 10 to 10{sup 3} M{sup {minus}1} s{sup {minus}1}. The corresponding k{sub 6} values for Fe(V) are orders of magnitude higher: k{sub 6} = (0.01-5.0) {times} 10{sup 7} M{sup {minus}1} s{sup {minus}1}. Cysteine, a reducing species, reacts with Fe(VI) at a rate of d = 760 {plus minus} 49 M{sup {minus}1} s{sup {minus}1} and with FeO{sub 4}{sup 3{minus}} at a nearly diffusion-controlled rate of k = (4.0 {plus minus} 0.8) {times} 10{sup 9} M{sup {minus}1} s{sup {minus}1}; both rates were computed on the basis of (cysteine){sub tot}. The ratio k{sub 6}/k{sub 5} varies from 5 {times} 10{sup 3} to 3 {times} 10{sup 5}; for cysteine this ratio is 5 {times} 10{sup 6}. The oxidation process of amino acids initiated by Fe(V) proceeds in presence of Fe(VI) by a chain reaction in which amino acid free radicals and Fe(V) are the chain carriers.

  7. Amino acids

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    Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins . Amino acids and proteins are the building blocks of life. When proteins are digested or broken down, amino acids are left. The human body uses amino acids ...

  8. Folic Acid

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    ... get enough folic acid each day? What foods contain folic acid? Can I get enough folic acid ... their doctors. Some doctors prescribe prenatal vitamins that contain higher amounts of folic acid. You are breastfeeding. ...

  9. Ecological and Biogeochemical Interactions Constrain Planktonic

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    Pace, Michael L.

    Ecological and Biogeochemical Interactions Constrain Planktonic Nitrogen Fixation in Estuaries nitrogen (N) is strongly limiting to primary production. Estuaries generally fit this pat- tern-limited estuaries. Heterocystic cyanobacteria capable of N2 fixation are seldom observed in estuaries where

  10. Protein Structure and Evolution: Are They Constrained Globally by a Principle Derived from Information Theory?

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    Hatton, Leslie; Warr, Gregory

    2015-01-01

    That the physicochemical properties of amino acids constrain the structure, function and evolution of proteins is not in doubt. However, principles derived from information theory may also set bounds on the structure (and thus also the evolution) of proteins. Here we analyze the global properties of the full set of proteins in release 13-11 of the SwissProt database, showing by experimental test of predictions from information theory that their collective structure exhibits properties that are consistent with their being guided by a conservation principle. This principle (Conservation of Information) defines the global properties of systems composed of discrete components each of which is in turn assembled from discrete smaller pieces. In the system of proteins, each protein is a component, and each protein is assembled from amino acids. Central to this principle is the inter-relationship of the unique amino acid count and total length of a protein and its implications for both average protein length and occurrence of proteins with specific unique amino acid counts. The unique amino acid count is simply the number of distinct amino acids (including those that are post-translationally modified) that occur in a protein, and is independent of the number of times that the particular amino acid occurs in the sequence. Conservation of Information does not operate at the local level (it is independent of the physicochemical properties of the amino acids) where the influences of natural selection are manifest in the variety of protein structure and function that is well understood. Rather, this analysis implies that Conservation of Information would define the global bounds within which the whole system of proteins is constrained; thus it appears to be acting to constrain evolution at a level different from natural selection, a conclusion that appears counter-intuitive but is supported by the studies described herein. PMID:25970335

  11. Compositionally Constraining Elysium Lava Fields

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    Karunatillake, S.; Button, N. E.; Skok, J. R.

    2013-12-01

    Chemical provinces of Mars defined recently [1-3] became possible with the maps of elemental mass fractions generated with Mars Odyssey Gamma and Neutron Spectrometer (GS) data [4,5]. These provide a unique perspective by representing compositional signatures distinctive of the regolith vertically at decimeter depths and laterally at hundreds of kilometer scale. Some provinces overlap compellingly with regions highlighted by other remote sensing observations, such as the Mars Radar Stealth area [3]. The spatial convergence of mutually independent data with the consequent highlight of a region provides a unique opportunity of insight not possible with a single type of remote sensing observation. Among such provinces, previous work [3] highlighted Elysium lava flows as a promising candidate on the basis of convergence with mapped geologic units identifying Elysium's lava fields generally, and Amazonian-aged lava flows specifically. The South Eastern lava flows of Elysium Mons, dating to the recent Amazonian epoch, overlap compellingly with a chemical province of K and Th depletion relative to the Martian midlatitudes. We characterize the composition, geology, and geomorphology of the SE Elysium province to constrain the confluence of geologic and alteration processes that may have contributed to its evolution. We compare this with the North Western lava fields, extending the discussion on chemical products from the thermal evolution of Martian volcanism as discussed by Baratoux et al. [6]. The chemical province, by regional proximity to Cerberus Fossae, may also reflect the influence of recently identified buried flood channels [7] in the vicinity of Orcus Patera. Despite the compelling chemical signature from ? spectra, fine grained unconsolidated sediment hampers regional VNTIR (Visible, Near, and Thermal Infrared) spectral analysis. But some observations near scarps and fresh craters allow a view of small scale mineral content. The judicious synthesis of mineralogic and chemical information, along with geomorphology, may reveal how the chemical province represents compositional signatures of younger Elysium lava flows. Several broad constraints may apply for the Elysium chemical province. The more mountainous terrain abutted by the lava flows appears of an ancient provenance distinct from the lava flows themselves. Magmatic fractionation processes locally as well as planetary differentiation during potential magma ocean overturn [3,8] may have produced compositionally distinct lava. Conclusive evidence for magmatic volatiles, aqueous alteration of the lava flows, or recent fine debris deposits, as causative factors for the compositional trends of the province, may remain lacking. Future work advancing that by Baratoux et al. [6] would develop a magmatic evolution model for Elysium on a comparative basis between the NW and SE lava fields. References [1] Taylor, G. J. et al. Geology 38, 183-186 (2010) [2] Gasnault, O. et al. Icarus 207, 226-247 (2010) [3] Karunatillake, S. et al. JGR 114, E12001 (2009) [4] Boynton, W. V. et al. JGR 112, 1-15 (2007) [5] Feldman, W. C. JGR 109, E09006 (2004) [6] Baratoux, D. et al. Nature 472, 338-41 (2011) [7] Morgan, G. A. et al. Science 607, (2013) [8] Elkins-Tanton, L. T. et al. EPSL 236, 1-12 (2005)

  12. Sialic acids and autoimmune disease.

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    Mahajan, Vinay S; Pillai, Shiv

    2016-01-01

    An important underlying mechanism that contributes to autoimmunity is the loss of inhibitory signaling in the immune system. Sialic acid-recognizing Ig superfamily lectins or Siglecs are a family of cell surface proteins largely expressed in hematopoietic cells. The majority of Siglecs are inhibitory receptors expressed in immune cells that bind to sialic acid-containing ligands and recruit SH2-domain-containing tyrosine phosphatases to their cytoplasmic tails. They deliver inhibitory signals that can contribute to the constraining of immune cells, and thus protect the host from autoimmunity. The inhibitory functions of CD22/Siglec-2 and Siglec-G and their contributions to tolerance and autoimmunity, primarily in the B lymphocyte context, are considered in some detail in this review. The relevance to autoimmunity and unregulated inflammation of modified sialic acids, enzymes that modify sialic acid, and other sialic acid-binding proteins are also reviewed. PMID:26683151

  13. pH and kinetic isotope effects in d-amino acid oxidase catalysis.

    PubMed

    Harris, C M; Pollegioni, L; Ghisla, S

    2001-11-01

    The effects of pH, solvent isotope, and primary isotope replacement on substrate dehydrogenation by Rhodotorula gracilis d-amino acid oxidase were investigated. The rate constant for enzyme-FAD reduction by d-alanine increases approximately fourfold with pH, reflecting apparent pKa values of approximately 6 and approximately 8, and reaches plateaus at high and low pH. Such profiles are observed in all presteady-state and steady-state kinetic experiments, using both d-alanine and d-asparagine as substrates, and are inconsistent with the operation of a base essential to catalysis. A solvent deuterium isotope effect of 3.1 +/- 1.1 is observed on the reaction with d-alanine at pH 6; it decreases to 1.2 +/- 0.2 at pH 10. The primary substrate isotope effect on the reduction rate with [2-D]d-alanine is 9.1 +/- 1.5 at low and 2.3 +/- 0.3 at high pH. At pH 6.0, the solvent isotope effect is 2.9 +/- 0.8 with [2-D]d-alanine, and the primary isotope effect is 8.4 +/- 2.4 in D2O. Thus, primary and solvent kinetic isotope effects (KIEs) are independent of the presence of the other isotope, i.e. the 'double' kinetic isotope effect is the product of the individual KIEs, consistent with a transition state in which rupture of the two bonds of the substrate to hydrogen is concerted. These results support a hydride transfer mechanism for the dehydrogenation reaction in d-amino acid oxidase and argue against the occurrence of any intermediates in the process. A pKa,app of approximately 8 is interpreted to arise from the microscopic ionization of the substrate amino acid alpha-amino group, but also includes contributions from kinetic parameters. PMID:11683874

  14. Geochemical processes constraining iron uptake in Strategy II Fe acquisition.

    PubMed

    Schenkeveld, W D C; Schindlegger, Y; Oburger, E; Puschenreiter, M; Hann, S; Kraemer, S M

    2014-11-01

    Phytosiderophores (PS) are natural chelating agents, exuded by graminaceous plants (grasses) for the purpose of Fe acquisition (Strategy II). They can form soluble Fe complexes with soil-Fe that can be readily taken up. PS are exuded in a diurnal pulse release, and with the start of PS release a "window of iron uptake" opens. In the present study we examined how this window is constrained in time and concentration by biogeochemical processes. For this purpose, a series of interaction experiments was done with a calcareous clay soil and the phytosiderophore 2'-deoxymugineic acid (DMA), in which metal and DMA speciation were examined as a function of time and DMA concentration. Various kinetically and thermodynamically controlled processes affected the size of the window of Fe uptake. Adsorption lowered, but did not prevent Fe mobilization by DMA. Microbial activity depleted DMA from solution, but not on time scales jeopardizing Strategy II Fe acquisition. Complexation of competing metals played an important role in constraining the window of Fe uptake, particularly at environmentally relevant PS concentrations. Our study provides a conceptual model that takes into account the chemical kinetics involved with PS-mediated Fe acquisition. The model can help to explain how success or failure of PS-mediated Fe acquisition depends on environmental conditions. PMID:25275965

  15. Geochemical Processes Constraining Iron Uptake in Strategy II Fe Acquisition

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Phytosiderophores (PS) are natural chelating agents, exuded by graminaceous plants (grasses) for the purpose of Fe acquisition (Strategy II). They can form soluble Fe complexes with soil-Fe that can be readily taken up. PS are exuded in a diurnal pulse release, and with the start of PS release a “window of iron uptake” opens. In the present study we examined how this window is constrained in time and concentration by biogeochemical processes. For this purpose, a series of interaction experiments was done with a calcareous clay soil and the phytosiderophore 2?-deoxymugineic acid (DMA), in which metal and DMA speciation were examined as a function of time and DMA concentration. Various kinetically and thermodynamically controlled processes affected the size of the window of Fe uptake. Adsorption lowered, but did not prevent Fe mobilization by DMA. Microbial activity depleted DMA from solution, but not on time scales jeopardizing Strategy II Fe acquisition. Complexation of competing metals played an important role in constraining the window of Fe uptake, particularly at environmentally relevant PS concentrations. Our study provides a conceptual model that takes into account the chemical kinetics involved with PS-mediated Fe acquisition. The model can help to explain how success or failure of PS-mediated Fe acquisition depends on environmental conditions. PMID:25275965

  16. NOTE / NOTE Effects of constrained females on offspring sex

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    King, Bethia H.

    NOTE / NOTE Effects of constrained females on offspring sex ratios of Nasonia vitripennis constrained females affect sex ratio are few. Constrained females are those that can produce only sons (e the probability of a female being constrained and thus affected sex ratio directly. Local mate competition theory

  17. Acid Rain

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    Acid Rain Contact Us Search: All EPA This Area You are here: EPA Home Acid Rain Quick Finder Acid Rain Program Office of Atmospheric Programs Clean Air Markets Science Experiments pH Cap and Trade Acid Rain Students Site Acid Rain Kids Site Air ...

  18. Constraining Ceres' interior from its Rotational Motion

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    Rambaux, Nicolas; Dehant, Véronique; Kuchynka, Petr

    2011-01-01

    Context. Ceres is the most massive body of the asteroid belt and contains about 25 wt.% (weight percent) of water. Understanding its thermal evolution and assessing its current state are major goals of the Dawn Mission. Constraints on internal structure can be inferred from various observations. Especially, detailed knowledge of the rotational motion can help constrain the mass distribution inside the body, which in turn can lead to information on its geophysical history. Aims. We investigate the signature of the interior on the rotational motion of Ceres and discuss possible future measurements performed by the spacecraft Dawn that will help to constrain Ceres' internal structure. Methods. We compute the polar motion, precession-nutation, and length-of-day variations. We estimate the amplitudes of the rigid and non-rigid response for these various motions for models of Ceres interior constrained by recent shape data and surface properties. Results. As a general result, the amplitudes of oscillations in the r...

  19. The Sun's Interior Metallicity Constrained by Neutrinos

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    Guillermo Gonzalez

    2006-05-25

    Observed solar neutrino fluxes are employed to constrain the interior composition of the Sun. Including the effects of neutrino flavor mixing, the results from Homestake, Sudbury, and Gallium experiments constrain the Mg, Si, and Fe abundances in the solar interior to be within a factor 0.89 to 1.34 of the surface values with 68% confidence. If the O and/or Ne abundances are increased in the interior to resolve helioseismic discrepancies with recent standard solar models, then the nominal interior Mg, Si, and Fe abundances are constrained to a range of 0.83 to 1.24 relative to the surface. Additional research is needed to determine whether the Sun's interior is metal poor relative to its surface.

  20. Palliative therapy with I-131 labeled bezylidenediphosphonic acid: In vivo kinetics and response to pain induced by bone metastases

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    Eisenhut, M.; Berberich, R.; Kimmig, B.; Oberhausen, E.; Georgi, P.; Zum Winkel, K.

    1985-05-01

    I-131 labeled ..cap alpha..-amino-(4-hydroxybenzylidene)diphosphonic acid (BDP3) was recently suggested as a palliative acting radiopharmaceutical against pain syndromes associated with disseminated bone metastases. Such an application was supported by the in vivo kinetics of I-131-BDP3 in rats. The authors investigated the palliative effectiveness of I-131-BDP3 in 18 patients with typical pain symptoms induced by bone metastases of various primary carcinoma. The blood clearance was rapid. More than 90% disappeared from the blood pool at 4 hr after injection. The excretion of the activity occured solely through the kidneys and the median total body retention at 48 hr was 51% (range 30-64%). The thyroid activity decreased during therapy indicating no cleavage reactions as long as I-131-BDP3 is bound to the bone tissue. The binding of I-131-BDP3 to bone is very long since the effective half life was in the order of magnitude of the physical half life. Additionally the effective half lifes in the metastatic ares (median 182 hr; range 177-205 hr) proved to be longer than in unaffected areas (145 hr; 140-165 hr). The palliative therapies were performed with doses of 6 - 48 mCi. The response amounted to 44% complete pain relief, 6% substantial pain relief, 22% minimal improvement and 28% no change. The duration of response ranged between 1 and 8 weeks.

  1. Folic Acid

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    Folic acid is a B vitamin. It helps the body make healthy new cells. Everyone needs folic acid. For women who may get pregnant, it is really important. Getting enough folic acid before and during pregnancy can prevent major birth ...

  2. Folic Acid

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    Folic acid is used to treat or prevent folic acid deficiency. It is a B-complex vitamin needed ... Folic acid comes in tablets. It usually is taken once a day. Follow the directions on your prescription ...

  3. Pattern Search Algorithms for Bound Constrained Minimization

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    Lewis, Robert Michael; Torczon, Virginia

    1996-01-01

    We present a convergence theory for pattern search methods for solving bound constrained nonlinear programs. The analysis relies on the abstract structure of pattern search methods and an understanding of how the pattern interacts with the bound constraints. This analysis makes it possible to develop pattern search methods for bound constrained problems while only slightly restricting the flexibility present in pattern search methods for unconstrained problems. We prove global convergence despite the fact that pattern search methods do not have explicit information concerning the gradient and its projection onto the feasible region and consequently are unable to enforce explicitly a notion of sufficient feasible decrease.

  4. Spacecraft inertia estimation via constrained least squares

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    Keim, Jason A.; Acikmese, Behcet A.; Shields, Joel F.

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents a new formulation for spacecraft inertia estimation from test data. Specifically, the inertia estimation problem is formulated as a constrained least squares minimization problem with explicit bounds on the inertia matrix incorporated as LMIs [linear matrix inequalities). The resulting minimization problem is a semidefinite optimization that can be solved efficiently with guaranteed convergence to the global optimum by readily available algorithms. This method is applied to data collected from a robotic testbed consisting of a freely rotating body. The results show that the constrained least squares approach produces more accurate estimates of the inertia matrix than standard unconstrained least squares estimation methods.

  5. Constraining the galactic magnetic field models

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    Keivani, Azadeh

    2012-03-01

    Ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) are deflected by the Galactic magnetic field (GMF) on their way to Earth. If UHECR properties were well-understood, it would be straightforward to model the intervening GMF. However uncertainties on the composition and source distribution complicate the issue. An independent method of constraining GMF models is using Faraday rotation measurements (RMs) of Galactic and extra-Galactic radio sources. Here we investigate a new composite method for constraining GMF models using simultaneous fits of UHECR and RM simulations. A simulated universe of UHECRs and Galactic RMs are used to test this method.

  6. Pattern Search Methods for Linearly Constrained Minimization

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    Lewis, Robert Michael; Torczon, Virginia

    1998-01-01

    We extend pattern search methods to linearly constrained minimization. We develop a general class of feasible point pattern search algorithms and prove global convergence to a Karush-Kuhn-Tucker point. As in the case of unconstrained minimization, pattern search methods for linearly constrained problems accomplish this without explicit recourse to the gradient or the directional derivative. Key to the analysis of the algorithms is the way in which the local search patterns conform to the geometry of the boundary of the feasible region.

  7. A surface-associated retinol- and fatty acid-binding protein (Gp-FAR-1) from the potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida: lipid binding activities, structural analysis and expression pattern.

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    Prior, A; Jones, J T; Blok, V C; Beauchamp, J; McDermott, L; Cooper, A; Kennedy, M W

    2001-01-01

    Parasitic nematodes produce at least two structurally novel classes of small helix-rich retinol- and fatty-acid-binding proteins that have no counterparts in their plant or animal hosts and thus represent potential targets for new nematicides. Here we describe a protein (Gp-FAR-1) from the plant-parasitic nematode Globodera pallida, which is a member of the nematode-specific fatty-acid- and retinol-binding (FAR) family of proteins but localizes to the surface of this species, placing it in a strategic position for interaction with the host. Recombinant Gp-FAR-1 was found to bind retinol, cis-parinaric acid and the fluorophore-tagged lipids 11-(dansylamino)undecanoic acid and dansyl-D,L-alpha-amino-octanoic acid. The fluorescence emission characteristics of the dansylated analogues indicated that the entire ligand enters the binding cavity. Fluorescence competition experiments showed that Gp-FAR-1 binds fatty acids in the range C(11) to C(24), with optimal binding at C(15). Intrinsic fluorescence analysis of a mutant protein into which a tryptophan residue had been inserted supported computer-based predictions of the position of this residue at the protein's interior and possibly also at the binding site. Of direct relevance to plant defence systems was the observation that Gp-FAR-1 binds two lipids (linolenic and linoleic acids) that are precursors of plant defence compounds and the jasmonic acid signalling pathway. Moreover, Gp-FAR-1 was found to inhibit the lipoxygenase-mediated modification of these substrates in vitro. Thus not only does Gp-FAR-1 function as a broad-spectrum retinol- and fatty-acid-binding protein, the results are consistent with the idea that Gp-FAR-1 is involved in the evasion of primary host plant defence systems. PMID:11368765

  8. DNA-fiber EPR study of the orientation of Cu(II) complexes of 1,10-phenanthroline and its derivatives bound to DNA: mono(phenanthroline)-copper(II) and its ternary complexes with amino acids.

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    Chikira, Makoto; Tomizawa, Yuji; Fukita, Dai; Sugizaki, Takashi; Sugawara, Norikazu; Yamazaki, Toru; Sasano, Arihiko; Shindo, Heisaburo; Palaniandavar, Mallayan; Antholine, William E

    2002-04-28

    The orientation of mono(1,10-phenanthroline)copper(II), [Cu(phen)]2+, and the ternary complexes with amino acids, [Cu(phen)X(aa)]n+, where X(aa) stands for an alpha-amino acid, has been investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of the complexes on DNA fibers. It has been revealed that these complexes bind to DNA with several different binding modes. The observation of a species whose g axis is almost parallel to the DNA double helical axis has suggested that the phenanthroline moiety intercalates to DNA. An absence of the intercalated species for the corresponding 2,2'-bipyridine complex has shown that the three-fused aromatic rings in phenanthroline are critical for the intercalative binding of the complexes. The intercalative binding was promoted by 5,6-dimethyl groups on the phenanthroline ring, whereas it was disturbed by 2,9-dimethyl groups, indicating that the planarity of the coordination sphere is important for the intercalative binding. In all cases, the amount of the non-intercalated species was larger than that of the intercalated one. The amino acids in the ternary complexes of glycine, leucine, serine, threonine, cysteine, methionine, and asparagine were partly substituted with some coordinating groups in DNA, whereas the ternary complexes of lysine, arginine, and glutamine remained intact on DNA. PMID:12062119

  9. Constrained Ratio Approach to Allocating Instructional Resources

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    Simpson, William B.

    1975-01-01

    Principal budgetary approaches underlying the allocation of instructional resources to an institution of higher education to maintain its continuing programs are briefly considered from several standpoints, and an alternative approach is developed. The constrained ratio approach is conducive to innovation but maintains resource control. (LBH)

  10. Analytical solutions to constrained hypersonic flight trajectories

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    Lu, Ping

    1992-01-01

    The flight trajectory of aerospace vehicles subject to a class of path constraints is considered. The constrained dynamics is shown to be a natural two-time-scale system. Asymptotic analytical solutions are obtained. Problems of trajectory optimization and guidance can be dramatically simplified with these solutions. Applications in trajectory design for an aerospace plane strongly support the theoretical development.

  11. Optimizing Budget Constrained Spend in Search Advertising

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    Cortes, Corinna

    Optimizing Budget Constrained Spend in Search Advertising Chinmay Karande Aranyak Mehta, USA ABSTRACT Search engine ad auctions typically have a significant frac- tion of advertisers who these advertisers participate, in order to optimize different system objectives such as the return on investment

  12. Symmetries and dynamics in constrained systems

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    Xavier Bekaert; Jeong-Hyuck Park

    2009-04-03

    We review in detail the Hamiltonian dynamics for constrained systems. Emphasis is put on the total Hamiltonian system rather than on the extended Hamiltonian system. We provide a systematic analysis of (global and local) symmetries in total Hamiltonian systems. In particular, in analogue to total Hamiltonians, we introduce the notion of total Noether charges. Grassmannian degrees of freedom are also addressed in details.

  13. Symmetries and dynamics in constrained systems

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    Bekaert, Xavier

    2009-01-01

    We review in detail the Hamiltonian dynamics for constrained systems. Emphasis is put on the total Hamiltonian system rather than on the extended Hamiltonian system. We provide a systematic analysis of (global and local) symmetries in total Hamiltonian systems. In particular, in analogue to total Hamiltonians, we introduce the notion of total Noether charges. Grassmannian degrees of freedom are also addressed in details

  14. EFFECTIVE H INTERPOLATION CONSTRAINED BY WEIGHTED HARDY

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    Zarouf, Rachid

    EFFECTIVE H INTERPOLATION CONSTRAINED BY WEIGHTED HARDY AND BERGMAN NORMS RACHID ZAROUF Abstract are looking for a function g in another class Y which satises g| = f| and is of minimal norm in Y . More space belonging to the families of weighted Hardy and Bergman spaces, we obtain a sharp upper bound

  15. Constrained Verifiable Random Functions Georg Fuchsbauer

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    International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR)

    Austria georg.fuchsbauer@ist.ac.at Abstract We extend the notion of verifiable random functions (VRF at no cost. Constrained (functional) VRFs were stated as an open problem by Boyle et al. An extended abstract : K Ã? X Y for which, when the seed k is chosen at random, no efficient attacker should be able

  16. RESEARCH ARTICLE Natural Selection Constrains Neutral

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    Zhang, Jianzhi

    RESEARCH ARTICLE Natural Selection Constrains Neutral Diversity across A Wide Range of Species * tsackton@oeb.harvard.edu Abstract The neutral theory of molecular evolution predicts that the amount of neutral polymorphisms within a species will increase proportionally with the census population size (Nc

  17. Constrained tri-sphere kinematic positioning system

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    Viola, Robert J (Jackson, WY)

    2010-12-14

    A scalable and adaptable, six-degree-of-freedom, kinematic positioning system is described. The system can position objects supported on top of, or suspended from, jacks comprising constrained joints. The system is compatible with extreme low temperature or high vacuum environments. When constant adjustment is not required a removable motor unit is available.

  18. Constrained CP-nets Steve Prestwich1

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    Rossi, Francesca

    Constrained CP-nets Steve Prestwich1 , Francesca Rossi2 , Kristen Brent Venable2 , Toby Walsh1 1, soft constraints, and CP nets. We construct a set of hard constraints whose solutions are the optimal. Among the many existing approaches to represent preferencess, we will consider CP nets [5,3], which

  19. Constrained CP-nets Steve Prestwich

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    Walsh, Toby

    Constrained CP-nets Steve Prestwich , Francesca Rossi ¡ , Kristen Brent Venable ¡, Toby Walsh 1, soft constraints, and CP-nets. We construct a set of hard constraints whose solutions are the optimal to represent preferences, we will consider CP-nets [6, 3], which is a quali- tative approach where preferences

  20. Variable-Metric Algorithm For Constrained Optimization

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    Frick, James D.

    1989-01-01

    Variable Metric Algorithm for Constrained Optimization (VMACO) is nonlinear computer program developed to calculate least value of function of n variables subject to general constraints, both equality and inequality. First set of constraints equality and remaining constraints inequalities. Program utilizes iterative method in seeking optimal solution. Written in ANSI Standard FORTRAN 77.

  1. Constrained Subjective Assessment of Student Learning

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    Saliu, Sokol

    2005-01-01

    Student learning is a complex incremental cognitive process; assessment needs to parallel this, reporting the results in similar terms. Application of fuzzy sets and logic to the criterion-referenced assessment of student learning is considered here. The constrained qualitative assessment (CQA) system was designed, and then applied in assessing a…

  2. Constraining fossil calibrations for molecular clocks

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    Kumar, Sudhir

    Constraining fossil calibrations for molecular clocks Sir, In a recent paper, Mu¨ller and Reisz(1) proposed how fossil calibrations should be selected for application in molecular clock studies. The topic molecules. Nonetheless, we believe that these authors have erred both in their proposal of fossil

  3. Constrained Principal Component Analysis: Various Applications.

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    Hunter, Michael; Takane, Yoshio

    2002-01-01

    Provides example applications of constrained principal component analysis (CPCA) that illustrate the method on a variety of contexts common to psychological research. Two new analyses, decompositions into finer components and fitting higher order structures, are presented, followed by an illustration of CPCA on contingency tables and the CPCA of…

  4. A CONSTRAINED OBJECT APPROACH TO SYSTEMS BIOLOGY

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    Krovi, Venkat

    A CONSTRAINED OBJECT APPROACH TO SYSTEMS BIOLOGY by Manu Pushpendran September 2006 A thesis towards Dr. Daniel Fischer for allowing me to audit his course on Computational Biology which helped me gain significant insights on many biological terms. Special thanks to Dr. Gokul Das from Roswell Park

  5. GLOPT --A Program for Constrained Global Optimization

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    Schichl, Hermann

    GLOPT -- A Program for Constrained Global Optimization S. Dallwig, A. Neumaier and H. Schichl constraints and block­separable con­ straints. It finds a nearly globally optimal point that is near a true is in progress. Key words: global optimization, global minimum, branch and bound, block sepa­ rable, feasibility

  6. GLOPT A Program for Constrained Global Optimization

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    Schichl, Hermann

    GLOPT ­ A Program for Constrained Global Optimization S. Dallwig, A. Neumaier and H. Schichl constraints and block-separable con- straints. It finds a nearly globally optimal point that is near a true is in progress. Key words: global optimization, global minimum, branch and bound, block sepa- rable, feasibility

  7. GLOPT -A Program for Constrained Global Optimization

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    Neumaier, Arnold

    GLOPT - A Program for Constrained Global Optimization S. Dallwig, A. Neumaier and H to bound constraints and block-separable c* *on- straints. It finds a nearly globally optimal point and quadratic programming techniques is in progress. Key words: global optimization, global minimum, branch

  8. Computationally Constrained Beliefs Drew McDermott

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    McDermott, Drew V.

    in inference and decision (Schiffer, 1972). (To make a complete belief-desire psychology, just add a desire boxComputationally Constrained Beliefs Drew McDermott Yale Computer Science Department drew, or to be a partic- ular sort of intelligent agent. I distinguish implicit beliefs that are inherent

  9. Modeling Dynamic Systems with Constrained Objects

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    Krovi, Venkat

    of Computer Science and Engineering State University of New York at Bu#11;alo Bu#11;alo, NY 14260-2000 rjraux@cse.buffalo.edu bharat@cse.buffalo.edu Abstract. This paper examines the application of constrained objects for modeling modeling of rainfall and runo#11;, certain aspects of the time-varying behavior, such as water balance, can

  10. The 3-Helium Problem: Constraining the Chemical

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    Balser, Dana S.

    Abundances Kirkman et al. (2003) Steigman (2005) D/H 2.78-0.38 0.44 10-5 #12;The 327 MHz Deuterium LineThe 3-Helium Problem: Constraining the Chemical Evolution of the Milky Way TOM BANIA Institute for Astrophysical Research Department of Astronomy Boston University #12;Light Elements as Baryometers #12

  11. Robust & Optimal Control of Constrained Linear Systems

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    Duffy, Ken

    Robust & Optimal Control of Constrained Linear Systems Dr. Eric Kerrigan Department of Engineering University of Cambridge Friday, November 19th, 2004 Abstract The problem of finding optimal control laws in the optimal control problem formulation, are either too conservative or computationally intractable. Much

  12. Acid Rain.

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    Openshaw, Peter

    1987-01-01

    Provides some background information on acid deposition. Includes a historical perspective, describes some effects of acid precipitation, and discusses acid rain in the United Kingdom. Contains several experiments that deal with the effects of acid rain on water quality and soil. (TW)

  13. Ocean acidification-induced food quality deterioration constrains trophic transfer.

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    Rossoll, Dennis; Bermúdez, Rafael; Hauss, Helena; Schulz, Kai G; Riebesell, Ulf; Sommer, Ulrich; Winder, Monika

    2012-01-01

    Our present understanding of ocean acidification (OA) impacts on marine organisms caused by rapidly rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO(2)) concentration is almost entirely limited to single species responses. OA consequences for food web interactions are, however, still unknown. Indirect OA effects can be expected for consumers by changing the nutritional quality of their prey. We used a laboratory experiment to test potential OA effects on algal fatty acid (FA) composition and resulting copepod growth. We show that elevated CO(2) significantly changed the FA concentration and composition of the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana, which constrained growth and reproduction of the copepod Acartia tonsa. A significant decline in both total FAs (28.1 to 17.4 fg cell(-1)) and the ratio of long-chain polyunsaturated to saturated fatty acids (PUFA:SFA) of food algae cultured under elevated (750 µatm) compared to present day (380 µatm) pCO(2) was directly translated to copepods. The proportion of total essential FAs declined almost tenfold in copepods and the contribution of saturated fatty acids (SFAs) tripled at high CO(2). This rapid and reversible CO(2)-dependent shift in FA concentration and composition caused a decrease in both copepod somatic growth and egg production from 34 to 5 eggs female(-1) day(-1). Because the diatom-copepod link supports some of the most productive ecosystems in the world, our study demonstrates that OA can have far-reaching consequences for ocean food webs by changing the nutritional quality of essential macromolecules in primary producers that cascade up the food web. PMID:22509351

  14. Responses of solitary retinal horizontal cells from Carassius auratus to L-glutamate and related amino acids.

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    Ishida, A T; Kaneko, A; Tachibana, M

    1984-01-01

    Effects of L-glutamate and its analogues on membrane potentials of solitary horizontal cells were studied by intracellular recording. L-glutamate depolarized these cells at micromolar concentrations (greater than or equal to 10 microM), while D-glutamate and L-alpha-amino adipic acid produced slight depolarizations only at millimolar concentrations. Neither L- nor D-aspartate, even at millimolar doses, produced any change in solitary horizontal-cell resting potential. Solitary horizontal-cell responses to L-glutamate did not desensitize detectably. Responses to pairs of brief, ionophoretic pulses of L-glutamate were nearly equal in amplitude at inter-pulse intervals as short as 50 ms. Responses to maintained applications of low doses of L-glutamate did not decline for as long as 2 min. Depolarizing responses were produced by ionophoretic applications of L-glutamate near cell somata as well as dendrites. The mean sensitivity was 1.4 +/- 1.5 mV/nC with a maximum of 5.1 mV/nC. Depolarizing responses to L-glutamate reversed in polarity at membrane potentials between 0 and -20 mV, were accompanied by a decrease in membrane slope resistance, and were suppressed by replacement of extracellular sodium ions with choline. These results demonstrate that chemosensitivity of retinal horizontal cells to acidic amino acids persists after dissociation protocols, and in several respects resembles that found in horizontal cells in situ. These findings are consistent with the notion that retinal horizontal cells receive a synaptic input involving L-glutamate or a similar substance. PMID:6143822

  15. Constraining the braneworld with gravitational wave observations.

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    McWilliams, Sean T

    2010-04-01

    Some braneworld models may have observable consequences that, if detected, would validate a requisite element of string theory. In the infinite Randall-Sundrum model (RS2), the AdS radius of curvature, l, of the extra dimension supports a single bound state of the massless graviton on the brane, thereby reproducing Newtonian gravity in the weak-field limit. However, using the AdS/CFT correspondence, it has been suggested that one possible consequence of RS2 is an enormous increase in Hawking radiation emitted by black holes. We utilize this possibility to derive two novel methods for constraining l via gravitational wave measurements. We show that the EMRI event rate detected by LISA can constrain l at the approximately 1 microm level for optimal cases, while the observation of a single galactic black hole binary with LISA results in an optimal constraint of l < or = 5 microm. PMID:20481929

  16. Constraining the Braneworld with Gravitational Wave Observations

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    McWilliams, Sean T.

    2011-01-01

    Some braneworld models may have observable consequences that, if detected, would validate a requisite element of string theory. In the infinite Randall-Sundrum model (RS2), the AdS radius of curvature, L, of the extra dimension supports a single bound state of the massless graviton on the brane, thereby reproducing Newtonian gravity in the weak-field limit. However, using the AdS/CFT correspondence, it has been suggested that one possible consequence of RS2 is an enormous increase in Hawking radiation emitted by black holes. We utilize this possibility to derive two novel methods for constraining L via gravitational wave measurements. We show that the EMRI event rate detected by LISA can constrain L at the approximately 1 micron level for optimal cases, while the observation of a single galactic black hole binary with LISA results in an optimal constraint of L less than or equal to 5 microns.

  17. Constraining the Braneworld with Gravitational Wave Observations

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    McWilliams, Sean T.

    2010-04-01

    Some braneworld models may have observable consequences that, if detected, would validate a requisite element of string theory. In the infinite Randall-Sundrum model (RS2), the AdS radius of curvature, ?, of the extra dimension supports a single bound state of the massless graviton on the brane, thereby reproducing Newtonian gravity in the weak-field limit. However, using the AdS/CFT correspondence, it has been suggested that one possible consequence of RS2 is an enormous increase in Hawking radiation emitted by black holes. We utilize this possibility to derive two novel methods for constraining ? via gravitational wave measurements. We show that the EMRI event rate detected by LISA can constrain ? at the ˜1?m level for optimal cases, while the observation of a single galactic black hole binary with LISA results in an optimal constraint of ??5?m.

  18. Constraining SUSY GUTs and Inflation with Cosmology

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    Rocher, Jonathan

    2006-11-01

    In the framework of Supersymmetric Grand Unified Theories (SUSY GUTs), the universe undergoes a cascade of symmetry breakings, during which topological defects can be formed. We address the question of the probability of cosmic string formation after a phase of hybrid inflation within a large number of models of SUSY GUTs in agreement with particle and cosmological data. We show that cosmic strings are extremely generic and should be used to relate cosmology and high energy physics. This conclusion is employed together with the WMAP CMB data to strongly constrain SUSY hybrid inflation models. F-term and D-term inflation are studied in the SUSY and minimal SUGRA framework. They are both found to agree with data but suffer from fine tuning of their superpotential coupling (? <~ 3 × 10-5 or less). Mass scales of inflation are also constrained to be less than M <~ 3 × 1015 GeV.

  19. Compilation for critically constrained knowledge bases

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    Schrag, R.

    1996-12-31

    We show that many {open_quotes}critically constrained{close_quotes} Random 3SAT knowledge bases (KBs) can be compiled into disjunctive normal form easily by using a variant of the {open_quotes}Davis-Putnam{close_quotes} proof procedure. From these compiled KBs we can answer all queries about entailment of conjunctive normal formulas, also easily - compared to a {open_quotes}brute-force{close_quotes} approach to approximate knowledge compilation into unit clauses for the same KBs. We exploit this fact to develop an aggressive hybrid approach which attempts to compile a KB exactly until a given resource limit is reached, then falls back to approximate compilation into unit clauses. The resulting approach handles all of the critically constrained Random 3SAT KBs with average savings of an order of magnitude over the brute-force approach.

  20. Constraining the Braneworld with Gravitational Wave Observations

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    McWilliams, Sean T.

    2010-04-09

    Some braneworld models may have observable consequences that, if detected, would validate a requisite element of string theory. In the infinite Randall-Sundrum model (RS2), the AdS radius of curvature, l, of the extra dimension supports a single bound state of the massless graviton on the brane, thereby reproducing Newtonian gravity in the weak-field limit. However, using the AdS/CFT correspondence, it has been suggested that one possible consequence of RS2 is an enormous increase in Hawking radiation emitted by black holes. We utilize this possibility to derive two novel methods for constraining l via gravitational wave measurements. We show that the EMRI event rate detected by LISA can constrain l at the {approx}1 {mu}m level for optimal cases, while the observation of a single galactic black hole binary with LISA results in an optimal constraint of l{<=}5 {mu}m.

  1. 21 CFR 888.3230 - Finger joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES ORTHOPEDIC DEVICES Prosthetic Devices § 888.3230 Finger joint polymer constrained...joint polymer constrained prosthesis is a device intended to be implanted to replace a metacarpophalangeal or proximal...

  2. Video Personalization and Caching for Resource Constrained Environments

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    Bhandarkar, Suchendra "Suchi" M.

    Video Personalization and Caching for Resource Constrained Environments Siddhartha Chattopadhyay Dept. of Computer Science, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-7404, USA Abstract: Video constrained, various video personalization strategies are used to provide personalized video content

  3. Chance constrained optimization for targeted Internet advertising$ Antoine Deza a

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    Deza, Antoine

    Chance constrained optimization for targeted Internet advertising$ Antoine Deza a , Kai Huang b online 6 January 2015 Keywords: Internet advertising Chance constrained programming Sample approximation for the fulfillment of guaranteed display Internet advertising campaigns. The proposed formulation for the allocation

  4. Mass-Additive Vibration Testing Of Constrained Structures

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    Admire, John R.; Tinker, Michael L.; Ivey, Edward W.

    1995-01-01

    Report describes study of mass-additive method of modal survey testing of flexible structures that, in normal use, constrained by other structures. Structure normally constrained by another structure is suspended freely and extra masses attached to boundary.

  5. Isocyanide-based multicomponent reactions towards cyclic constrained peptidomimetics

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    Koopmanschap, Gijs; Ruijter, Eelco

    2014-01-01

    Summary In the recent past, the design and synthesis of peptide mimics (peptidomimetics) has received much attention. This because they have shown in many cases enhanced pharmacological properties over their natural peptide analogues. In particular, the incorporation of cyclic constructs into peptides is of high interest as they reduce the flexibility of the peptide enhancing often affinity for a certain receptor. Moreover, these cyclic mimics force the molecule into a well-defined secondary structure. Constraint structural and conformational features are often found in biological active peptides. For the synthesis of cyclic constrained peptidomimetics usually a sequence of multiple reactions has been applied, which makes it difficult to easily introduce structural diversity necessary for fine tuning the biological activity. A promising approach to tackle this problem is the use of multicomponent reactions (MCRs), because they can introduce both structural diversity and molecular complexity in only one step. Among the MCRs, the isocyanide-based multicomponent reactions (IMCRs) are most relevant for the synthesis of peptidomimetics because they provide peptide-like products. However, these IMCRs usually give linear products and in order to obtain cyclic constrained peptidomimetics, the acyclic products have to be cyclized via additional cyclization strategies. This is possible via incorporation of bifunctional substrates into the initial IMCR. Examples of such bifunctional groups are N-protected amino acids, convertible isocyanides or MCR-components that bear an additional alkene, alkyne or azide moiety and can be cyclized via either a deprotection–cyclization strategy, a ring-closing metathesis, a 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition or even via a sequence of multiple multicomponent reactions. The sequential IMCR-cyclization reactions can afford small cyclic peptide mimics (ranging from four- to seven-membered rings), medium-sized cyclic constructs or peptidic macrocycles (>12 membered rings). This review describes the developments since 2002 of IMCRs-cyclization strategies towards a wide variety of small cyclic mimics, medium sized cyclic constructs and macrocyclic peptidomimetics. PMID:24605172

  6. Testing constrained sequential dominance models of neutrinos

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    Fredrik Björkeroth; Stephen F. King

    2015-10-12

    Constrained sequential dominance (CSD) is a natural framework for implementing the see-saw mechanism of neutrino masses which allows the mixing angles and phases to be accurately predicted in terms of relatively few input parameters. We analyze a class of CSD($n$) models where, in the flavour basis, two right-handed neutrinos are dominantly responsible for the "atmospheric" and "solar" neutrino masses with Yukawa couplings to $(\

  7. Cosmicflows Constrained Local UniversE Simulations

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    Sorce, Jenny G.; Gottlöber, Stefan; Yepes, Gustavo; Hoffman, Yehuda; Courtois, Helene M.; Steinmetz, Matthias; Tully, R. Brent; Pomarède, Daniel; Carlesi, Edoardo

    2016-01-01

    This paper combines observational data sets and cosmological simulations to generate realistic numerical replicas of the nearby Universe. The latter are excellent laboratories for studies of the non-linear process of structure formation in our neighbourhood. With measurements of radial peculiar velocities in the local Universe (cosmicflows-2) and a newly developed technique, we produce Constrained Local UniversE Simulations (CLUES). To assess the quality of these constrained simulations, we compare them with random simulations as well as with local observations. The cosmic variance, defined as the mean one-sigma scatter of cell-to-cell comparison between two fields, is significantly smaller for the constrained simulations than for the random simulations. Within the inner part of the box where most of the constraints are, the scatter is smaller by a factor of 2 to 3 on a 5 h-1 Mpc scale with respect to that found for random simulations. This one-sigma scatter obtained when comparing the simulated and the observation-reconstructed velocity fields is only 104 ± 4 km s-1, i.e. the linear theory threshold. These two results demonstrate that these simulations are in agreement with each other and with the observations of our neighbourhood. For the first time, simulations constrained with observational radial peculiar velocities resemble the local Universe up to a distance of 150 h-1 Mpc on a scale of a few tens of megaparsecs. When focusing on the inner part of the box, the resemblance with our cosmic neighbourhood extends to a few megaparsecs (<5 h-1 Mpc). The simulations provide a proper large-scale environment for studies of the formation of nearby objects.

  8. Incomplete Dirac reduction of constrained Hamiltonian systems

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    C. Chandre

    2014-12-16

    First-class constraints constitute a potential obstacle to the computation of a Poisson bracket in Dirac's theory of constrained Hamiltonian systems. Using the pseudoinverse instead of the inverse of the matrix defined by the Poisson brackets between the constraints, we show that a Dirac-Poisson bracket can be constructed, even if it corresponds to an incomplete reduction of the original Hamiltonian system. The uniqueness of Dirac brackets is discussed.

  9. Constrained simulation of the Bullet Cluster

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    Lage, Craig; Farrar, Glennys

    2014-06-01

    In this work, we report on a detailed simulation of the Bullet Cluster (1E0657-56) merger, including magnetohydrodynamics, plasma cooling, and adaptive mesh refinement. We constrain the simulation with data from gravitational lensing reconstructions and the 0.5-2 keV Chandra X-ray flux map, then compare the resulting model to higher energy X-ray fluxes, the extracted plasma temperature map, Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect measurements, and cluster halo radio emission. We constrain the initial conditions by minimizing the chi-squared figure of merit between the full two-dimensional (2D) observational data sets and the simulation, rather than comparing only a few features such as the location of subcluster centroids, as in previous studies. A simple initial configuration of two triaxial clusters with Navarro-Frenk-White dark matter profiles and physically reasonable plasma profiles gives a good fit to the current observational morphology and X-ray emissions of the merging clusters. There is no need for unconventional physics or extreme infall velocities. The study gives insight into the astrophysical processes at play during a galaxy cluster merger, and constrains the strength and coherence length of the magnetic fields. The techniques developed here to create realistic, stable, triaxial clusters, and to utilize the totality of the 2D image data, will be applicable to future simulation studies of other merging clusters. This approach of constrained simulation, when applied to well-measured systems, should be a powerful complement to present tools for understanding X-ray clusters and their magnetic fields, and the processes governing their formation.

  10. Constraining bubbling of methane from thermokarst lakes

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    Balcerak, Ernie

    2013-08-01

    In northern thermokarst lakes, which form in depressions left as permafrost thaws, methane, a greenhouse gas, can be released from lake sediments to the atmosphere through bubbling, or ebullition. Constraining the amount of methane released through bubbling would help scientists understand the role of thawing permafrost in the carbon cycle and global climate change. However, bubbling is highly variable in both space and time and thus difficult to measure accurately, so there are large uncertainties in estimates of methane emissions from northern ecosystems.

  11. Constraining neutron star matter with quantum chromodynamics

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    Kurkela, Aleksi; Fraga, Eduardo S.; Schaffner-Bielich, Jürgen; Vuorinen, Aleksi

    2014-07-10

    In recent years, there have been several successful attempts to constrain the equation of state of neutron star matter using input from low-energy nuclear physics and observational data. We demonstrate that significant further restrictions can be placed by additionally requiring the pressure to approach that of deconfined quark matter at high densities. Remarkably, the new constraints turn out to be highly insensitive to the amount—or even presence—of quark matter inside the stars.

  12. On the path integral of constrained systems

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    Muslih, Sami I.

    2004-10-04

    Constrained Hamiltonian systems are investigated by using Gueler's method. Integration of a set of equations of motion and the action function is discussed. It is shown that the canonical path integral quantization is obtained directly as an integration over the canonical phase-space coordinates without any need to enlarge the initial phase-space by introducing extra- unphysical variables as in the Batalin-Fradkin-Tyutin (BFT) method. The abelian Proca model is analyzed by the two methods.

  13. An English language interface for constrained domains

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    Page, Brenda J.

    1989-01-01

    The Multi-Satellite Operations Control Center (MSOCC) Jargon Interpreter (MJI) demonstrates an English language interface for a constrained domain. A constrained domain is defined as one with a small and well delineated set of actions and objects. The set of actions chosen for the MJI is from the domain of MSOCC Applications Executive (MAE) Systems Test and Operations Language (STOL) directives and contains directives for signing a cathode ray tube (CRT) on or off, calling up or clearing a display page, starting or stopping a procedure, and controlling history recording. The set of objects chosen consists of CRTs, display pages, STOL procedures, and history files. Translation from English sentences to STOL directives is done in two phases. In the first phase, an augmented transition net (ATN) parser and dictionary are used for determining grammatically correct parsings of input sentences. In the second phase, grammatically typed sentences are submitted to a forward-chaining rule-based system for interpretation and translation into equivalent MAE STOL directives. Tests of the MJI show that it is able to translate individual clearly stated sentences into the subset of directives selected for the prototype. This approach to an English language interface may be used for similarly constrained situations by modifying the MJI's dictionary and rules to reflect the change of domain.

  14. Constrained Multi-View Video Face Clustering.

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    Cao, Xiaochun; Zhang, Changqing; Zhou, Chengju; Fu, Huazhu; Foroosh, Hassan

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, we focus on face clustering in videos. To promote the performance of video clustering by multiple intrinsic cues, i.e., pairwise constraints and multiple views, we propose a constrained multi-view video face clustering method under a unified graph-based model. First, unlike most existing video face clustering methods which only employ these constraints in the clustering step, we strengthen the pairwise constraints through the whole video face clustering framework, both in sparse subspace representation and spectral clustering. In the constrained sparse subspace representation, the sparse representation is forced to explore unknown relationships. In the constrained spectral clustering, the constraints are used to guide for learning more reasonable new representations. Second, our method considers both the video face pairwise constraints as well as the multi-view consistence simultaneously. In particular, the graph regularization enforces the pairwise constraints to be respected and the co-regularization penalizes the disagreement among different graphs of multiple views. Experiments on three real-world video benchmark data sets demonstrate the significant improvements of our method over the state-of-the-art methods. PMID:26259245

  15. 21 CFR 888.3720 - Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

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  16. 21 CFR 888.3230 - Finger joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

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  19. 21 CFR 888.3230 - Finger joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

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  20. 21 CFR 888.3230 - Finger joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

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  1. 21 CFR 888.3780 - Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

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  2. 21 CFR 888.3780 - Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

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  3. 21 CFR 888.3780 - Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

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  4. FREE AND CONSTRAINED MOTION TELEOPERATION VIA NATURALLY-TRANSITIONING

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    Williams II, Robert L.

    FREE AND CONSTRAINED MOTION TELEOPERATION VIA NATURALLY-TRANSITIONING RATE-TO-FORCE CONTROL Robert:http://www.ent.ohiou.edu/~bobw #12;FREE AND CONSTRAINED MOTION TELEOPERATION VIA NATURALLY-TRANSITIONING RATE-TO-FORCE CONTROL Robert is to provide a single controller which handles free motion, constrained motion, and the transition in

  5. Annealing a Genetic Algorithm for Constrained Optimization1

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    Mendivil, Franklin

    Annealing a Genetic Algorithm for Constrained Optimization1 F. Mendivil2 3 and R. Shonkwiler4 Abstract In this paper, we adapt a genetic algorithm for constrained optimization problems. We use will converge to a globally optimal feasible state. Key Words: Genetic algorithms, constrained optimization

  6. 21 CFR 888.3780 - Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

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  7. 21 CFR 888.3230 - Finger joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

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  8. 21 CFR 888.3230 - Finger joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

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  9. 21 CFR 888.3720 - Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

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  10. 21 CFR 888.3780 - Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

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  11. 21 CFR 888.3720 - Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

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  12. Ethacrynic Acid

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    Ethacrynic acid, a 'water pill,' is used to treat swelling and fluid retention caused by various medical problems. It ... Ethacrynic acid comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once or twice a day ...

  13. Aristolochic Acids

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    ... Sciences NIH-HHS www.niehs.nih.gov Aristolochic Acids Key Points Report on Carcinogens Status Known to be human carcinogens Aristolochia Clematitis Aristolochic Acids n Known human carcinogens n Found in certain ...

  14. Aminocaproic Acid

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    Aminocaproic acid is used to control bleeding that occurs when blood clots are broken down too quickly. This type ... the baby is ready to be born). Aminocaproic acid is also used to control bleeding in the ...

  15. Mefenamic Acid

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    Mefenamic acid is used to relieve mild to moderate pain, including menstrual pain (pain that happens before or during a menstrual period). Mefenamic acid is in a class of medications called NSAIDs. ...

  16. Aristolochic Acids

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    Aristolochic acids are a group of acids found naturally in many types of plants known as Aristolochia (birthworts or pipevines) and some types of plants known as Asarum (wild ginger), which grow worldwide.

  17. Valproic Acid

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    Valproic acid is used alone or with other medications to treat certain types of seizures. Valproic acid is also used to treat mania (episodes of ... to relieve headaches that have already begun. Valproic acid is in a class of medications called anticonvulsants. ...

  18. Constraining Cosmological Parameters Using the Correlation Function

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    Warrener, Michael

    2016-01-01

    As the ESA prepares to launch the space telescope Euclid in 2020, we are interested in the possibility of using its galaxy clustering observations as a new tool to constrain the cosmological constants ?M and ??. In this work, we use data simulated by Magneticum (a high-resolution cosmological structure simulation) to model the correlation functions of both galaxies and clusters at several redshifts. We fit analytic models to the simulated data centered at the baryon acoustic oscillation peak to extract ?M and ??. We will report the results of our latest models, and their implication for the validity of the method.

  19. Quantization of soluble classical constrained systems

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    Belhadi, Z.; Menas, F.; Bérard, A.; Mohrbach, H.

    2014-12-15

    The derivation of the brackets among coordinates and momenta for classical constrained systems is a necessary step toward their quantization. Here we present a new approach for the determination of the classical brackets which does neither require Dirac’s formalism nor the symplectic method of Faddeev and Jackiw. This approach is based on the computation of the brackets between the constants of integration of the exact solutions of the equations of motion. From them all brackets of the dynamical variables of the system can be deduced in a straightforward way.

  20. Semiclassical Analysis of Constrained Quantum Systems

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    Tsobanjan, Artur

    2009-12-15

    Exact procedures that follow Dirac's constraint quantization of gauge theories are usually technically involved and often difficult to implement in practice. We overview an 'effective' scheme for obtaining the leading order semiclassical corrections to the dynamics of constrained quantum systems developed elsewhere. Motivated by the geometrical view of quantum mechanics, our method mimics the classical Dirac-Bergmann algorithm and avoids direct reference to a particular representation of the physical Hilbert space. We illustrate the procedure through the example of a relativistic particle in Minkowski spacetime.

  1. Parameter Identification by Iterative Constrained Regularization

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    Zama, Fabiana

    2015-11-01

    Parameter identification from noisy data is an ill-posed inverse problem and data noise leads to poor solutions. Regularization methods are necessary to obtain stable solutions. In this paper we introduce the regularization by means of an iteratively weighted constraint and define an algorithm to compute the weights and solve the constrained problems using as prior information the given measurements. Although this approach is general, in the present work we prove the convergence in the case of least squares data fit with ?2 regularization term. The data reported in the numerical experiments prove the efficiency and good quality of the results.

  2. Constraining the growth factor with baryon oscillations

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    Domenico Sapone; Luca Amendola

    2007-09-18

    The growth factor of linear fluctuations is probably one of the least known quantity in observational cosmology. Here we discuss the constraints that baryon oscillations in galaxy power spectra from future surveys can put on a conveniently parametrized growth factor. We find that spectroscopic surveys of $5000 deg^2$ extending to $z \\approx 3$ could estimate the growth index $\\gamma$ within 0.06; a similar photometric survey would give $\\Delta\\gamma\\approx 0.15$. This test provides an important consistency check for standard cosmological model and could constrain modified gravity models. We discuss the errors and the figure of merit for various combinations of redshift errors and survey size.

  3. Binding of flexible and constrained ligands to the Grb2 SH2 domain: structural effects of ligand preorganization

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    Clements, John H.; DeLorbe, John E.; Benfield, Aaron P.; Martin, Stephen F.

    2010-10-01

    Structures of the Grb2 SH2 domain complexed with a series of flexible and constrained replacements of the phosphotyrosine residue in tripeptides derived from Ac-pYXN (where X = V, I, E and Q) were compared to determine what, if any, structural differences arise as a result of ligand preorganization. Structures of the Grb2 SH2 domain complexed with a series of pseudopeptides containing flexible (benzyl succinate) and constrained (aryl cyclopropanedicarboxylate) replacements of the phosphotyrosine (pY) residue in tripeptides derived from Ac-pYXN-NH{sub 2} (where X = V, I, E and Q) were elucidated by X-ray crystallography. Complexes of flexible/constrained pairs having the same pY + 1 amino acid were analyzed in order to ascertain what structural differences might be attributed to constraining the phosphotyrosine replacement. In this context, a given structural dissimilarity between complexes was considered to be significant if it was greater than the corresponding difference in complexes coexisting within the same asymmetric unit. The backbone atoms of the domain generally adopt a similar conformation and orientation relative to the ligands in the complexes of each flexible/constrained pair, although there are some significant differences in the relative orientations of several loop regions, most notably in the BC loop that forms part of the binding pocket for the phosphate group in the tyrosine replacements. These variations are greater in the set of complexes of constrained ligands than in the set of complexes of flexible ligands. The constrained ligands make more direct polar contacts to the domain than their flexible counterparts, whereas the more flexible ligand of each pair makes more single-water-mediated contacts to the domain; there was no correlation between the total number of protein–ligand contacts and whether the phosphotyrosine replacement of the ligand was preorganized. The observed differences in hydrophobic interactions between the complexes of each flexible/constrained ligand pair were generally similar to those observed upon comparing such contacts in coexisting complexes. The average adjusted B factors of the backbone atoms of the domain and loop regions are significantly greater in the complexes of constrained ligands than in the complexes of the corresponding flexible ligands, suggesting greater thermal motion in the crystalline state in the former complexes. There was no apparent correlation between variations in crystal packing and observed structural differences or similarities in the complexes of flexible and constrained ligands, but the possibility that crystal packing might result in structural variations cannot be rigorously excluded. Overall, it appears that there are more variations in the three-dimensional structure of the protein and the ligand in complexes of the constrained ligands than in those of their more flexible counterparts.

  4. Iron supply constrains producer communities in stream ecosystems.

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    Larson, Chad A; Liu, Hongsheng; Passy, Sophia I

    2015-05-01

    The current paradigm that stream producers are under exclusive macronutrient control was recently challenged by continental studies, demonstrating that iron supply constrained diatom biodiversity and energy flows. Using algal abundance and water chemistry data from the National Water-Quality Assessment Program, we determined for the first time community thresholds along iron gradients in non-acidic running waters, i.e. 30-79.5??g?L(-1) and 70-120 ?g L(-1) in oligotrophic and eutrophic streams, respectively. Given that Fe concentrations fell below both thresholds in 50% of US streams, and below the eutrophic threshold in 75% of US streams, we suggest that Fe limitation is potentially widespread and attribute it to the restricted distribution of wetlands. We also report results from the first laboratory experiments on algal-iron interactions in streams, revealing that iron supplementation leads to significant biovolume and biodiversity increase in both nitrogen fixing and non-nitrogen fixing algae. Therefore, the progressive brownification of freshwaters due to rising dissolved organic carbon and iron levels can have a stimulating influence on microbial producers with cascading effects along the trophic hierarchy. Future research in running waters should focus on the role of iron in algal physiology and biofilm functions, including accumulation of biomass, fixing atmospheric nitrogen and improving water quality. PMID:25873463

  5. Constraining the Braking Indices of Magnetars

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    Gao, Z F; Wang, N; Yuan, J P; Peng, Q H; Du, Y J

    2015-01-01

    Due to the lack of long term pulsed emission in quiescence and the strong timing noise, it is impossible to directly measure the braking index $n$ of a magnetar. Based on the estimated ages of their potentially associated supernova remnants (SNRs), we estimate the values of $n$ of nine magnetars with SNRs, and find that they cluster in a range of $1\\sim$41. Six magnetars have smaller braking indices of $13$ for other three magnetars are attributed to the decay of external braking torque, which might be caused by magnetic field decay. We estimate the possible wind luminosities for the magnetars with $13$ within the updated magneto-thermal evolution models. We point out that there could be some connections between the magnetar's anti-glitch event and its braking index, and the magnitude of $n$ should be taken into account when explaining the event. Although the constrained range of the magnetars' braking indices is tentative, our method provides an effective way to constrain the magnetars' braking indices if th...

  6. Nonstationary sparsity-constrained seismic deconvolution

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    Sun, Xue-Kai; Sam, Zandong Sun; Xie, Hui-Wen

    2014-12-01

    The Robinson convolution model is mainly restricted by three inappropriate assumptions, i.e., statistically white reflectivity, minimum-phase wavelet, and stationarity. Modern reflectivity inversion methods (e.g., sparsity-constrained deconvolution) generally attempt to suppress the problems associated with the first two assumptions but often ignore that seismic traces are nonstationary signals, which undermines the basic assumption of unchanging wavelet in reflectivity inversion. Through tests on reflectivity series, we confirm the effects of nonstationarity on reflectivity estimation and the loss of significant information, especially in deep layers. To overcome the problems caused by nonstationarity, we propose a nonstationary convolutional model, and then use the attenuation curve in log spectra to detect and correct the influences of nonstationarity. We use Gabor deconvolution to handle nonstationarity and sparsity-constrained deconvolution to separating reflectivity and wavelet. The combination of the two deconvolution methods effectively handles nonstationarity and greatly reduces the problems associated with the unreasonable assumptions regarding reflectivity and wavelet. Using marine seismic data, we show that correcting nonstationarity helps recover subtle reflectivity information and enhances the characterization of details with respect to the geological record.

  7. Constraining dark matter through 21-cm observations

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    Valdés, M.; Ferrara, A.; Mapelli, M.; Ripamonti, E.

    2007-05-01

    Beyond reionization epoch cosmic hydrogen is neutral and can be directly observed through its 21-cm line signal. If dark matter (DM) decays or annihilates, the corresponding energy input affects the hydrogen kinetic temperature and ionized fraction, and contributes to the Ly? background. The changes induced by these processes on the 21-cm signal can then be used to constrain the proposed DM candidates, among which we select the three most popular ones: (i) 25-keV decaying sterile neutrinos, (ii) 10-MeV decaying light dark matter (LDM) and (iii) 10-MeV annihilating LDM. Although we find that the DM effects are considerably smaller than found by previous studies (due to a more physical description of the energy transfer from DM to the gas), we conclude that combined observations of the 21-cm background and of its gradient should be able to put constrains at least on LDM candidates. In fact, LDM decays (annihilations) induce differential brightness temperature variations with respect to the non-decaying/annihilating DM case up to ??Tb = 8 (22) mK at about 50 (15) MHz. In principle, this signal could be detected both by current single-dish radio telescopes and future facilities as Low Frequency Array; however, this assumes that ionospheric, interference and foreground issues can be properly taken care of.

  8. Constraining torsion with Gravity Probe B

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    Mao Yi; Guth, Alan H.; Cabi, Serkan; Tegmark, Max

    2007-11-15

    It is well-entrenched folklore that all torsion gravity theories predict observationally negligible torsion in the solar system, since torsion (if it exists) couples only to the intrinsic spin of elementary particles, not to rotational angular momentum. We argue that this assumption has a logical loophole which can and should be tested experimentally, and consider nonstandard torsion theories in which torsion can be generated by macroscopic rotating objects. In the spirit of action=reaction, if a rotating mass like a planet can generate torsion, then a gyroscope would be expected to feel torsion. An experiment with a gyroscope (without nuclear spin) such as Gravity Probe B (GPB) can test theories where this is the case. Using symmetry arguments, we show that to lowest order, any torsion field around a uniformly rotating spherical mass is determined by seven dimensionless parameters. These parameters effectively generalize the parametrized post-Newtonian formalism and provide a concrete framework for further testing Einstein's general theory of relativity (GR). We construct a parametrized Lagrangian that includes both standard torsion-free GR and Hayashi-Shirafuji maximal torsion gravity as special cases. We demonstrate that classic solar system tests rule out the latter and constrain two observable parameters. We show that Gravity Probe B is an ideal experiment for further constraining nonstandard torsion theories, and work out the most general torsion-induced precession of its gyroscope in terms of our torsion parameters.

  9. Constrained quantum systems as an adiabatic problem

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    Wachsmuth, Jakob; Teufel, Stefan

    2010-08-15

    We derive the effective Hamiltonian for a quantum system constrained to a submanifold (the constraint manifold) of configuration space (the ambient space) in the asymptotic limit, where the restoring forces tend to infinity. In contrast to earlier works, we consider, at the same time, the effects of variations in the constraining potential and the effects of interior and exterior geometry, which appear at different energy scales and, thus, provide a complete picture, which ranges over all interesting energy scales. We show that the leading order contribution to the effective Hamiltonian is the adiabatic potential given by an eigenvalue of the confining potential well known in the context of adiabatic quantum waveguides. At next to leading order, we see effects from the variation of the normal eigenfunctions in the form of a Berry connection. We apply our results to quantum waveguides and provide an example for the occurrence of a topological phase due to the geometry of a quantum wave circuit (i.e., a closed quantum waveguide).

  10. Multiple Manifold Clustering Using Curvature Constrained Path

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    Babaeian, Amir; Bayestehtashk, Alireza; Bandarabadi, Mojtaba

    2015-01-01

    The problem of multiple surface clustering is a challenging task, particularly when the surfaces intersect. Available methods such as Isomap fail to capture the true shape of the surface near by the intersection and result in incorrect clustering. The Isomap algorithm uses shortest path between points. The main draw back of the shortest path algorithm is due to the lack of curvature constrained where causes to have a path between points on different surfaces. In this paper we tackle this problem by imposing a curvature constraint to the shortest path algorithm used in Isomap. The algorithm chooses several landmark nodes at random and then checks whether there is a curvature constrained path between each landmark node and every other node in the neighborhood graph. We build a binary feature vector for each point where each entry represents the connectivity of that point to a particular landmark. Then the binary feature vectors could be used as a input of conventional clustering algorithm such as hierarchical clustering. We apply our method to simulated and some real datasets and show, it performs comparably to the best methods such as K-manifold and spectral multi-manifold clustering. PMID:26375819

  11. Constrained de novo sequencing of conotoxins.

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    Bhatia, Swapnil; Kil, Yong J; Ueberheide, Beatrix; Chait, Brian T; Tayo, Lemmuel; Cruz, Lourdes; Lu, Bingwen; Yates, John R; Bern, Marshall

    2012-08-01

    De novo peptide sequencing by mass spectrometry (MS) can determine the amino acid sequence of an unknown peptide without reference to a protein database. MS-based de novo sequencing assumes special importance in focused studies of families of biologically active peptides and proteins, such as hormones, toxins, and antibodies, for which amino acid sequences may be difficult to obtain through genomic methods. These protein families often exhibit sequence homology or characteristic amino acid content; yet, current de novo sequencing approaches do not take advantage of this prior knowledge and, hence, search an unnecessarily large space of possible sequences. Here, we describe an algorithm for de novo sequencing that incorporates sequence constraints into the core graph algorithm and thereby reduces the search space by many orders of magnitude. We demonstrate our algorithm in a study of cysteine-rich toxins from two cone snail species (Conus textile and Conus stercusmuscarum) and report 13 de novo and about 60 total toxins. PMID:22709442

  12. Newton's method for large bound-constrained optimization problems.

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    Lin, C.-J.; More, J. J.; Mathematics and Computer Science

    1999-01-01

    We analyze a trust region version of Newton's method for bound-constrained problems. Our approach relies on the geometry of the feasible set, not on the particular representation in terms of constraints. The convergence theory holds for linearly constrained problems and yields global and superlinear convergence without assuming either strict complementarity or linear independence of the active constraints. We also show that the convergence theory leads to an efficient implementation for large bound-constrained problems.

  13. Disappearance and Creation of Constrained Amorphous Phase

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    Cebe, Peggy; Lu, Sharon X.

    1997-03-01

    We report observation of the disappearance and recreation of rigid, or constrained, amorphous phase by sequential thermal annealing. Tempera- ture modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC) is used to study the glass transition and lower melting endotherm after annealing. Cold crystallization of poly(phenylene sulfide), PPS, at a temperature just above Tg creates an initial large fraction of rigid amorphous phase (RAP). Brief, rapid annealing to a higher temperature causes RAP almost to disappear completely. Subsequent reannealing at the original lower temperature restores RAP to its original value. At the same time that RAP is being removed, Tg decreases; when RAP is restored, Tg also returns to its initial value. The crystal fraction remains unaffected by the annealing sequence.

  14. Arithmetic coding with constrained carry operations

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    Mahfoodh, Abo-Talib; Said, Amir; Yea, Sehoon

    2015-03-01

    Buffer or counter-based techniques are adequate for dealing with carry propagation in software implementations of arithmetic coding, but create problems in hardware implementations due to the difficulty of handling worst-case scenarios, defined by very long propagations. We propose a new technique for constraining the carry propagation, similar to "bit-stuffing," but designed for encoders that generate data as bytes instead of individual bits, and is based on the fact that the encoder and decoder can maintain the same state, and both can identify the situations when it desired to limit carry propagation. The new technique adjusts the coding interval in a way that corresponds to coding an unused data symbol, but selected to minimize overhead. Our experimental results demonstrate that the loss in compression can be made very small using regular precision for arithmetic operations.

  15. Constrained optimization using design of experiment surfaces

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    Bolt, Marvin Vance

    1990-01-01

    An algorithm for solving constrained optimization problems is presented. First, design of experiment techniques are used to survey the design space. After evaluating the objective and constraint functions, as specified by Taguchi orthogonal arrays, analytical models of these functions are generated using a least-squares regression analysis. Next, a nonlinear programming package is used to optimize the analytical model. Based on the optimization information, the design space is reduced so as to close in around the minimum, and the entire procedure is repeated until convergence. An important feature of the algorithm is that function gradients are not required; therefore, for problems in which gradients would have to be estimated using finite-differences the number of function evaluations required for the optimization is significantly reduced, when compared with traditional nonlinear programming techniques. In addition, there is no requirement that the gradients must be smooth and continuous.

  16. Constraining nonstandard neutrino-electron interactions

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    Barranco, J.; Miranda, O. G.; Moura, C. A.; Valle, J. W. F.

    2008-05-01

    We present a detailed analysis on nonstandard neutrino interactions (NSI) with electrons including all muon and electron (anti)-neutrino data from existing accelerators and reactors, in conjunction with the 'neutrino counting' data (e{sup +}e{sup -}{yields}{nu}{nu}{gamma}) from the four LEP collaborations. First we perform a one-parameter-at-a-time analysis, showing how most constraints improve with respect to previous results reported in the literature. We also present more robust results where the NSI parameters are allowed to vary freely in the analysis. We show the importance of combining LEP data with the other experiments in removing degeneracies in the global analysis constraining flavor-conserving NSI parameters which, at 90% and 95% C.L., must lie within unique allowed regions. Despite such improved constraints, there is still substantial room for improvement, posing a big challenge for upcoming experiments.

  17. Constraining nonstandard neutrino-electron interactions

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    Barranco, J.; Miranda, O. G.; Moura, C. A.; Valle, J. W. F.

    2008-05-01

    We present a detailed analysis on nonstandard neutrino interactions (NSI) with electrons including all muon and electron (anti)-neutrino data from existing accelerators and reactors, in conjunction with the “neutrino counting” data (e+e-???¯?) from the four LEP collaborations. First we perform a one-parameter-at-a-time analysis, showing how most constraints improve with respect to previous results reported in the literature. We also present more robust results where the NSI parameters are allowed to vary freely in the analysis. We show the importance of combining LEP data with the other experiments in removing degeneracies in the global analysis constraining flavor-conserving NSI parameters which, at 90% and 95% C.L., must lie within unique allowed regions. Despite such improved constraints, there is still substantial room for improvement, posing a big challenge for upcoming experiments.

  18. Constraining condensate dark matter in galaxy clusters

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    J. C. C. de Souza; M. Ujevic

    2015-08-06

    We constrain scattering length parameters in a Bose-Einstein condensate dark matter model by using galaxy clusters radii, with the implementation of a method previously applied to galaxies. At the present work, we use a sample of 114 clusters radii in order to obtain the scattering lengths associated with a dark matter particle mass in the range $10^{-6}-10^{-4}\\, {\\rm eV}$. We obtain scattering lengths that are five orders of magnitude larger than the ones found in the galactic case, even when taking into account the cosmological expansion in the cluster scale by means of the introduction of a small cosmological constant. We also construct and compare curves for the orbital velocity of a test particle in the vicinity of a dark matter cluster in both the expanding and the non-expanding cases.

  19. Perceived visual speed constrained by image segmentation

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    Verghese, P.; Stone, L. S.

    1996-01-01

    Little is known about how or where the visual system parses the visual scene into objects or surfaces. However, it is generally assumed that the segmentation and grouping of pieces of the image into discrete entities is due to 'later' processing stages, after the 'early' processing of the visual image by local mechanisms selective for attributes such as colour, orientation, depth, and motion. Speed perception is also thought to be mediated by early mechanisms tuned for speed. Here we show that manipulating the way in which an image is parsed changes the way in which local speed information is processed. Manipulations that cause multiple stimuli to appear as parts of a single patch degrade speed discrimination, whereas manipulations that perceptually divide a single large stimulus into parts improve discrimination. These results indicate that processes as early as speed perception may be constrained by the parsing of the visual image into discrete entities.

  20. Sampling Motif-Constrained Ensembles of Networks

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    Fischer, Rico; Leitão, Jorge C.; Peixoto, Tiago P.; Altmann, Eduardo G.

    2015-10-01

    The statistical significance of network properties is conditioned on null models which satisfy specified properties but that are otherwise random. Exponential random graph models are a principled theoretical framework to generate such constrained ensembles, but which often fail in practice, either due to model inconsistency or due to the impossibility to sample networks from them. These problems affect the important case of networks with prescribed clustering coefficient or number of small connected subgraphs (motifs). In this Letter we use the Wang-Landau method to obtain a multicanonical sampling that overcomes both these problems. We sample, in polynomial time, networks with arbitrary degree sequences from ensembles with imposed motifs counts. Applying this method to social networks, we investigate the relation between transitivity and homophily, and we quantify the correlation between different types of motifs, finding that single motifs can explain up to 60% of the variation of motif profiles.

  1. Constraining MOND with Solar System dynamics

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    Lorenzo Iorio

    2008-02-15

    In this letter we investigate the deep Newtonian regime of the MOND paradigm from a purely phenomenological point of view by exploiting the least-square estimated corrections to the secular rates of the perihelia of the inner and of some of the outer planets of the Solar System by E.V. Pitjeva with the EPM2004 ephemerides. By using $\\mu(x)\\approx 1-k_0(1/x)^n$ for the interpolating MONDian function, and by assuming that $k_0$, considered body-independent so to avoid violations of the equivalence principle, experiences no spatial variations throughout the Solar System we tightly constrain $n$ with the ratios of the perihelion precessions for different pairs of planets. We find that the range $1\\leq n\\leq 2$ is neatly excluded at much more than $3-\\sigma$ level. Such a test would greatly benefit from the use of extra-precessions of perihelia independently estimated by other groups as well.

  2. Constraining cosmology with pairwise velocity estimator

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    Ma, Yin-Zhe; Li, Min; He, Ping

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, we develop a full statistical method for the pairwise velocity estimator previously proposed, and apply Cosmicflows-2 catalogue to this method to constrain cosmology. We first calculate the covariance matrix for line-of-sight velocities for a given catalogue, and then simulate the mock full-sky surveys from it, and then calculate the variance for the pairwise velocity field. By applying the 8315 independent galaxy samples and compressed 5224 group samples from Cosmicflows-2 catalogue to this statistical method, we find that the joint constraint on ?m0.6h and ?8 is completely consistent with the WMAP 9-year and Planck 2015 best-fitting cosmology. Currently, there is no evidence for the modified gravity models or any dynamic dark energy models from this practice, and the error-bars need to be reduced in order to provide any concrete evidence against/to support ?CDM cosmology.

  3. Mixed-Strategy Chance Constrained Optimal Control

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    Ono, Masahiro; Kuwata, Yoshiaki; Balaram, J.

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a novel chance constrained optimal control (CCOC) algorithm that chooses a control action probabilistically. A CCOC problem is to find a control input that minimizes the expected cost while guaranteeing that the probability of violating a set of constraints is below a user-specified threshold. We show that a probabilistic control approach, which we refer to as a mixed control strategy, enables us to obtain a cost that is better than what deterministic control strategies can achieve when the CCOC problem is nonconvex. The resulting mixed-strategy CCOC problem turns out to be a convexification of the original nonconvex CCOC problem. Furthermore, we also show that a mixed control strategy only needs to "mix" up to two deterministic control actions in order to achieve optimality. Building upon an iterative dual optimization, the proposed algorithm quickly converges to the optimal mixed control strategy with a user-specified tolerance.

  4. Acid rain

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    Elsworth, S.

    1985-01-01

    This book was written in a concise and readable style for the lay public. It's purpose was to make the public aware of the damage caused by acid rain and to mobilize public opinion to favor the elimination of the causes of acid rain.

  5. Acid Deposition

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    This indicator presents acid deposition trends in the contiguous U.S. from 1989 to 2007. Data are broken down by wet and dry deposition and deposition of nitrogen and sulfur compounds. Acid deposition is particularly damaging to lakes, streams, and forests and the plants and a...

  6. Acid rain

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    White, J.C. )

    1988-01-01

    This book presents the proceedings of the third annual conference sponsored by the Acid Rain Information Clearinghouse (ARIC). Topics covered include: Legal aspects of the source-receptor relationship: an energy perspective; Scientific uncertainty, agency inaction, and the courts; and Acid rain: the emerging legal framework.

  7. A phenomenological model of active constrained layers

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    Illaire, Hélène; Kropp, Wolfgang; Mace, Brian

    2005-07-01

    Active constrained layer (ACL) treatments consist of a layer of viscoelastic material bonded to the host structure and constrained by an actuator. These treatments control vibrations by means of several mechanisms: the actuator increases the dissipation of energy by increasing the shearing in the viscoelastic layer, and simultaneously it controls the vibrations by applying forces to the host structure through the viscoelastic layer. To optimise ACL treatments, it is necessary to understand their physics. While several models in the literature successfully predict the response of structures treated with ACL, the complexity of these models is not well suited for investigating the mechanisms underlying the behaviour of ACL treatments. This paper describes a simple model of beams treated with ACL, which allows analytical investigations of the damping and control mechanisms of ACL treatment. The model is based on a modal approach in which each mode of the structure is represented by a mass-spring system. The two layers of the ACL patch are represented by two springs in series, the control voltage in effect driving one of these springs. A numerical validation indicates that the model accuracy is good for ACL patches whose length is smaller than the wavelength of the beam and located at appropriate positions on the host structure. In order to demonstrate the usefulness of the lumped parameter model to get insight into the behaviour of ACL treatments, the various ACL damping mechanisms are briefly discussed. Results indicate that proportional feedback control is associated with an increase of shearing in the viscoelastic layer, while the action of active forces dominates when derivative feedback is used.

  8. Very constrained minimal supersymmetric standard models

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    Ellis, John; Olive, Keith A.; Santoso, Yudi; Spanos, Vassilis C.

    2004-09-01

    We consider very constrained versions of the minimal supersymmetric extension of the standard model (VCMSSMs) which, in addition to constraining the scalar masses m{sub 0} and gaugino masses m{sub 1/2} to be universal at some input scale, impose relations between the trilinear and bilinear soft supersymmetry-breaking parameters A{sub 0} and B{sub 0}. These relations may be linear, as in simple minimal supergravity models, or nonlinear, as in the Giudice-Masiero mechanism for generating the Higgs-mixing {mu} term. We discuss the application of the electroweak vacuum conditions in VCMSSMs, which may be used to make a prediction for tan{beta} as a function of m{sub 0} and m{sub 1/2} that is usually unique. We baseline the discussion of the parameter spaces allowed in VCMSSMs by updating the parameter space allowed in the CMSSM for fixed values of tan{beta} with no relation between A{sub 0} and B{sub 0} assumed a priori, displaying contours of B{sub 0} for a fixed input value of A{sub 0}, incorporating the latest CDF/D0 measurement of m{sub t} and the latest BNL measurement of g{sub {mu}}-2. We emphasize that phenomenological studies of the CMSSM are frequently not applicable to specific VCMSSMs, notably those based on minimal supergravity, which require m{sub 0}=m{sub 3/2} as well as A{sub 0}=B{sub 0}+m{sub 0}. We then display (m{sub 1/2},m{sub 0}) planes for selected VCMSSMs, treating in a unified way the parameter regions where either a neutralino or the gravitino is the lightest supersymmetric particle. In particular, we examine in detail the allowed parameter space for the Giudice-Masiero model.

  9. Constraining Paleoearthquake Slip Distributions with Coral Microatolls

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    Lindsay, A.; McCloskey, J.; nic Bhloscaidh, M.; Murphy, S.

    2014-12-01

    Key to understanding the threat posed by large megathrust earthquakes is identifying where the potential for these destructive events exists. Studying extended sequences of earthquakes, Slip Deficit and Stress Evolution modelling techniques may hold the key to locating areas of concern. However, as well as using recent instrumentally constrained slip distributions they require the production of high resolution source models for pre-instrumental events. One place we can attempt this longer term modelling is along the Sunda Trench with its record of large megathrust earthquakes dating back centuries. Coral microatolls populating the intertidal areas of the Sumatran Forearc act as long-term geodetic recorders of tectonic activity. Repeated cycles of stress accumulation and release alter relative sea levels around these islands. Growth of corals, controlled by the level of the lowest tide, exploit interseismic rises in sea level. In turn, they experience die-offs when coseismic drops in sea level lead to subaerially exposure. Examination of coral stratigraphy reveals a history of displacements from which information of past earthquakes can be inferred. We have developed a Genetic Algorithm Slip Estimator (GASE) to rapidly produce high resolution slip distributions from coral displacement data. GASE recombines information held in populations of randomly generated slip distributions, to create superior models, satisfying observed displacements. Non-unique solutions require multiple iterations of the algorithm, producing a suite of models from which an ensemble slip distribution is drawn. Systematic testing of the algorithm demonstrates its ability to reliably estimate both known synthetic and instrumentally constrained slip distributions based on surface displacements. We will present high-resolution source models satisfying published displacement data for a number recent and paleoearthquakes along the Sunda trench, including the great 1797 and 1833 events.

  10. Isotropic submanifolds and the inverse problem for mechanical constrained systems

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    Barbero-Liñán, María; Farré Puiggalí, Marta; Martín de Diego, David

    2015-01-01

    We give a new characterization of the inverse problem of the calculus of variations that is easily extended to constrained systems, both in the autonomous and non-autonomous cases. The transition from unconstrained to constrained systems is given by passing from Lagrangian submanifolds to isotropic ones. If the constrained system is variational we use symplectic techniques to extend these isotropic submanifolds to Lagrangian ones and describe the solutions of the constrained system as solutions of a variational problem without constraints. Mechanical examples such as the rolling disk are provided to illustrate the main results.

  11. Asynchronous parallel generating set search for linearly-constrained optimization.

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    Lewis, Robert Michael; Griffin, Joshua D.; Kolda, Tamara Gibson

    2006-08-01

    Generating set search (GSS) is a family of direct search methods that encompasses generalized pattern search and related methods. We describe an algorithm for asynchronous linearly-constrained GSS, which has some complexities that make it different from both the asynchronous bound-constrained case as well as the synchronous linearly-constrained case. The algorithm has been implemented in the APPSPACK software framework and we present results from an extensive numerical study using CUTEr test problems. We discuss the results, both positive and negative, and conclude that GSS is a reliable method for solving small-to-medium sized linearly-constrained optimization problems without derivatives.

  12. Constraining gravitational and cosmological parameters with astrophysical data

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    Mao, Yi, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2008-01-01

    We use astrophysical data to shed light on fundamental physics by constraining parametrized theoretical cosmological and gravitational models. Gravitational parameters are those constants that parametrize possible departures ...

  13. Acid rain

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    Sweet, W.

    1980-06-20

    Acid precipitation includes not only rain but also acidified snow, hail and frost, as well as sulfur and nitrogen dust. The principal source of acid precipitation is pollution emitted by power plants and smelters. Sulfur and nitrogen compounds contained in the emissions combine with moisture to form droplets with a high acid content - sometimes as acidic as vinegar. When sufficiently concentrated, these acids can kill fish and damage material structures. Under certain circumstances they may reduce crop and forest yields and cause or aggravate respiratory diseases in humans. During the summer, especially, pollutants tend to collect over the Great Lakes in high pressure systems. Since winds typically are westerly and rotate clockwise around high pressure systems, the pollutants gradually are dispersed throughout the eastern part of the continent.

  14. Acid fog

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    Hileman, B.

    1983-03-01

    Fog in areas of southern California previously thought to be pollution-free has been shown to have a pH as low as 1.69. It has been found to be most acidic after smoggy days, suggesting that it forms on the aerosol associated with the previously exiting smog. Studies on Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks show that fog water is often 10 times as acidic as rainwater. As a result of their studies, California plans to spend $4 million on acid deposition research in the coming year. (JMT)

  15. Conformationally Constrained Histidines in the Design of Peptidomimetics: Strategies for the ?-Space Control

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    Stefanucci, Azzurra; Pinnen, Francesco; Feliciani, Federica; Cacciatore, Ivana; Lucente, Gino; Mollica, Adriano

    2011-01-01

    A successful design of peptidomimetics must come to terms with ?-space control. The incorporation of ?-space constrained amino acids into bioactive peptides renders the ?1 and ?2 torsional angles of pharmacophore amino acids critical for activity and selectivity as with other relevant structural features of the template. This review describes histidine analogues characterized by replacement of native ? and/or ?-hydrogen atoms with alkyl substituents as well as analogues with ?, ?-didehydro unsaturation or C?-C? cyclopropane insertion (ACC derivatives). Attention is also dedicated to the relevant field of ?-aminoacid chemistry by describing the synthesis of ?2- and ?3-models (?-hHis). Structural modifications leading to cyclic imino derivatives such as spinacine, aza-histidine and analogues with shortening or elongation of the native side chain (nor-histidine and homo-histidine, respectively) are also described. Examples of the use of the described analogues to replace native histidine in bioactive peptides are also given. PMID:21686155

  16. ADAPTIVE CONTROL OF CONSTRAINED MARKOV CHAINS: CRITERIA AND POLICIES*

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    ADAPTIVE CONTROL OF CONSTRAINED MARKOV CHAINS: CRITERIA AND POLICIES* Eitan Altman and Adam Shwartz the constrained optimization of a finite­state, finite action Markov chain. In the adaptive problem. For these criteria we show that it is possible to achieve the same optimal cost as in the non­adaptive case. We first

  17. CONSTRAINED SHAPE OPTIMIZATION OF AIRFOIL CASCADES USING A

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    Dennis, Brian

    pressure loss were achieved using this constrained method for a supersonic exit flow axial turbine cascade1 CONSTRAINED SHAPE OPTIMIZATION OF AIRFOIL CASCADES USING A NAVIER-STOKES SOLVER AND A GENETIC shape design effort is to minimize total pressure loss across the two-dimensional linear airfoil cascade

  18. BATS: Budget-Constrained Autoscaling for Cloud Performance Optimization

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    Ren, Shaolei

    BATS: Budget-Constrained Autoscaling for Cloud Performance Optimization A. Hasan Mahmud Florida long-term future workloads, we develop an online autoscaling system, called BATS (Budget-constrained Au in the long run. The core of BATS is an online autoscaling algorithm, which only requires the past and in

  19. The Pendulum: From Constrained Fall to the Concept of Potential

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    Bevilacqua, Fabio; Falomo, Lidia; Fregonese, Lucio; Giannetto, Enrico; Giudice, Franco; Mascheretti, Paolo

    2006-01-01

    Kuhn underlined the relevance of Galileo's gestalt switch in the interpretation of a swinging body from constrained fall to time metre. But the new interpretation did not eliminate the older one. The constrained fall, both in the motion of pendulums and along inclined planes, led Galileo to the law of free fall. Experimenting with physical…

  20. Regularized Partial and/or Constrained Redundancy Analysis

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    Takane, Yoshio; Jung, Sunho

    2008-01-01

    Methods of incorporating a ridge type of regularization into partial redundancy analysis (PRA), constrained redundancy analysis (CRA), and partial and constrained redundancy analysis (PCRA) were discussed. The usefulness of ridge estimation in reducing mean square error (MSE) has been recognized in multiple regression analysis for some time,…

  1. Finite volume schemes for locally constrained conservation laws

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    Finite volume schemes for locally constrained conservation laws Boris Andreianov Paola Goatin of solutions . . . . . . . . . 6 3 Entropy process solutions 12 4 Finite volume schemes 15 4.1 Construction is the convergence analysis for finite volume schemes adapted to the constrained problem (1­3). The schemes

  2. Cost Estimation of Parallel Constrained Producer-Consumer Algorithms

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    Butt, Ali R.

    1 Cost Estimation of Parallel Constrained Producer-Consumer Algorithms Tariq Kamal1,2, Keith R}@cs.vt.edu, 2{tkamal, kbisset, mmarathe}@vbi.vt.edu Abstract--Cost estimation is crucial in the performance mod. This paper presents a novel methodology for estimating the cost of constrained producer- consumer (CPC

  3. Learning Adaptive Navigation Strategies for Resource-constrained Systems

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    Teschner, Matthias

    -constrained and possess only limited computational power. For truly autonomous navigation in initially unknown enviLearning Adaptive Navigation Strategies for Resource-constrained Systems Armin Hornung1 and Maren. The majority of navigation algorithms for mobile robots assume that the robots possess enough computational

  4. TARGET ABUNDANCE-CONSTRAINED MIXED PIXEL CLASSIFICATION (TACMPC)

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    Chang, Chein-I

    10 TARGET ABUNDANCE-CONSTRAINED MIXED PIXEL CLASSIFICATION (TACMPC) The mixed pixel classification of target detection, discrimination and classification, but not for target quantification. In order for MPC to perform mixed pixel quantification, we need to consider a fully constrained mixed pixel classification

  5. Carnosic acid.

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    Birti?, Simona; Dussort, Pierre; Pierre, François-Xavier; Bily, Antoine C; Roller, Marc

    2015-07-01

    Carnosic acid (salvin), which possesses antioxidative and antimicrobial properties, is increasingly exploited within the food, nutritional health and cosmetics industries. Since its first extraction from a Salvia species (?70 years ago) and its identification (?50 years ago), numerous articles and patents (?400) have been published on specific food and medicinal applications of Rosmarinus and Salvia plant extracts abundant in carnosic acid. In contrast, relevant biochemical, physiological or molecular studies in planta have remained rare. In this overview, recent advances in understanding of carnosic acid distribution, biosynthesis, accumulation and role in planta, and its applications are summarised. We also discuss the deficiencies in our understanding of the relevant biochemical processes, and suggest the molecular targets of carnosic acid. Finally, future perspectives and studies related to its potential roles are highlighted. PMID:25639596

  6. ACID RAIN

    EPA Science Inventory

    Acid precipitation has become one of the major environmental problems of this decade. It is a challenge to scientists throughout the world. Researchers from such diverse disciplines as plant pathology, soil science, bacteriology, meteorology and engineering are investigating diff...

  7. Folic acid

    MedlinePLUS

    ... appear to have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than people who consume less folic acid. Preventing re-blockage of blood vessels after angioplasty. There is inconsistent evidence on the ...

  8. Tranexamic Acid

    MedlinePLUS

    ... is used to treat heavy bleeding during the menstrual cycle (monthly periods) in women. Tranexamic acid is in ... tablets for more than 5 days in a menstrual cycle or take more than 6 tablets in a ...

  9. Multicomponent Synthesis of a N-Protected Alpha-Amino Ester: Ethyl 2-((4-Methoxyphenyl)Amino)-3-Phenylpropanoate

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    Le Gall, Erwan; Pignon, Antoine

    2012-01-01

    This laboratory experiment describes the preparation of a N-protected phenylalanine ethyl ester by a zinc-mediated Mannich-like multicomponent reaction between benzyl bromide, "p"-anisidine, and ethyl glyoxylate. The one-step reaction involves the in situ metallation of benzyl bromide into a benzylzinc reagent and its addition onto imine (Barbier…

  10. Acidic precipitation

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    Martin, H.C.

    1987-01-01

    At the International Symposium on Acidic Precipitation, over 400 papers were presented, and nearly 200 of them are included here. They provide an overview of the present state of the art of acid rain research. The Conference focused on atmospheric science (monitoring, source-receptor relationships), aquatic effects (marine eutrophication, lake acidification, impacts on plant and fish populations), and terrestrial effects (forest decline, soil acidification, etc.).

  11. Stereochemically constrained complex organic molecules extracted from olivine crystal matrix

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    Gerasimenko, I.; Freund, F. T.; Imanaka, H.; Rodgers, R.

    2011-12-01

    Paradoxically, the dense solid state of magmatic minerals is a medium, in which organic synthesis can take place. The reason is that gas-fluid components such as H2O, CO/CO2/N2 and H2S are omnipresent in terrestrial magmatic environments. Any silicate mineral that crystallizes from such magmas will incorporate small quantities of the fluid-phase components in the form of structurally incompatible low-z impurities. During cooling the solute species undergo a redox conversion, resulting in chemically reduced low-z elements. To the extent that these low-z impurities are diffusively mobile, they will exsolve to the surface and/or to major structural defects inside the crystal matrix such as dislocations. Dislocations provide a 3-D structured environment, where the low-z impurities will tend to form stereochemically constrained polyatomic Cn-H-O-N-S entities, which we call organic protomolecules. In Nature, during weathering, such protomolecules will be released into the environment in the form of complex organic molecules. In our study we crush samples under clean conditions as a way to expose Cn-H-O-N-S entities at the fracture surfaces. We conduct identical experiments with selected large olivine single crystals, mm-sized olivine from peridiotite nodules from the San Carlos Volcanic Field, Arizona, and the vesiculated basalt that had carried the nodules upward in the volcanic conduit. We Soxhlet-extract the crushed powders with water, THF and ethyl acetate. The extracts are analyzed at the FTICR-MS facility at Florida State University using ultrahigh resolution Mass Spectrometry techniques capable of determining the chemical composition of the organic molecules up to 600 amu and more. So far we have found several analog sequences of oxygen-rich aliphatic hydrocarbons, families with up to 34 carbon atoms, probably poly-carboxylic acids, and some families containing sulfur.

  12. Constraining inflation with future galaxy redshift surveys

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    Huang, Zhiqi; Vernizzi, Filippo; Verde, Licia E-mail: liciaverde@icc.ub.edu

    2012-04-01

    With future galaxy surveys, a huge number of Fourier modes of the distribution of the large scale structures in the Universe will become available. These modes are complementary to those of the CMB and can be used to set constraints on models of the early universe, such as inflation. Using a MCMC analysis, we compare the power of the CMB with that of the combination of CMB and galaxy survey data, to constrain the power spectrum of primordial fluctuations generated during inflation. We base our analysis on the Planck satellite and a spectroscopic redshift survey with configuration parameters close to those of the Euclid mission as examples. We first consider models of slow-roll inflation, and show that the inclusion of large scale structure data improves the constraints by nearly halving the error bars on the scalar spectral index and its running. If we attempt to reconstruct the inflationary single-field potential, a similar conclusion can be reached on the parameters characterizing the potential. We then study models with features in the power spectrum. In particular, we consider ringing features produced by a break in the potential and oscillations such as in axion monodromy. Adding large scale structures improves the constraints on features by more than a factor of two. In axion monodromy we show that there are oscillations with small amplitude and frequency in momentum space that are undetected by CMB alone but can be measured by including galaxy surveys in the analysis.

  13. Constraining the oblateness of Kepler planets

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    Zhu, Wei; Huang, Chelsea X.; Zhou, George; Lin, D. N. C.

    2014-11-20

    We use Kepler short-cadence light curves to constrain the oblateness of planet candidates in the Kepler sample. The transits of rapidly rotating planets that are deformed in shape will lead to distortions in the ingress and egress of their light curves. We report the first tentative detection of an oblate planet outside the solar system, measuring an oblateness of 0.22{sub ?0.11}{sup +0.11} for the 18 M{sub J} mass brown dwarf Kepler 39b (KOI 423.01). We also provide constraints on the oblateness of the planets (candidates) HAT-P-7b, KOI 686.01, and KOI 197.01 to be <0.067, <0.251, and <0.186, respectively. Using the Q' values from Jupiter and Saturn, we expect tidal synchronization for the spins of HAT-P-7b, KOI 686.01, and KOI 197.01, and for their rotational oblateness signatures to be undetectable in the current data. The potentially large oblateness of KOI 423.01 (Kepler 39b) suggests that the Q' value of the brown dwarf needs to be two orders of magnitude larger than that of the solar system gas giants to avoid being tidally spun down.

  14. Constrained Graph Optimization: Interdiction and Preservation Problems

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    Schild, Aaron V

    2012-07-30

    The maximum flow, shortest path, and maximum matching problems are a set of basic graph problems that are critical in theoretical computer science and applications. Constrained graph optimization, a variation of these basic graph problems involving modification of the underlying graph, is equally important but sometimes significantly harder. In particular, one can explore these optimization problems with additional cost constraints. In the preservation case, the optimizer has a budget to preserve vertices or edges of a graph, preventing them from being deleted. The optimizer wants to find the best set of preserved edges/vertices in which the cost constraints are satisfied and the basic graph problems are optimized. For example, in shortest path preservation, the optimizer wants to find a set of edges/vertices within which the shortest path between two predetermined points is smallest. In interdiction problems, one deletes vertices or edges from the graph with a particular cost in order to impede the basic graph problems as much as possible (for example, delete edges/vertices to maximize the shortest path between two predetermined vertices). Applications of preservation problems include optimal road maintenance, power grid maintenance, and job scheduling, while interdiction problems are related to drug trafficking prevention, network stability assessment, and counterterrorism. Computational hardness results are presented, along with heuristic methods for approximating solutions to the matching interdiction problem. Also, efficient algorithms are presented for special cases of graphs, including on planar graphs. The graphs in many of the listed applications are planar, so these algorithms have important practical implications.

  15. Constrained spheroids for prolonged hepatocyte culture.

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    Tong, Wen Hao; Fang, Yu; Yan, Jie; Hong, Xin; Hari Singh, Nisha; Wang, Shu Rui; Nugraha, Bramasta; Xia, Lei; Fong, Eliza Li Shan; Iliescu, Ciprian; Yu, Hanry

    2016-02-01

    Liver-specific functions in primary hepatocytes can be maintained over extended duration in vitro using spheroid culture. However, the undesired loss of cells over time is still a major unaddressed problem, which consequently generates large variations in downstream assays such as drug screening. In static culture, the turbulence generated by medium change can cause spheroids to detach from the culture substrate. Under perfusion, the momentum generated by Stokes force similarly results in spheroid detachment. To overcome this problem, we developed a Constrained Spheroids (CS) culture system that immobilizes spheroids between a glass coverslip and an ultra-thin porous Parylene C membrane, both surface-modified with poly(ethylene glycol) and galactose ligands for optimum spheroid formation and maintenance. In this configuration, cell loss was minimized even when perfusion was introduced. When compared to the standard collagen sandwich model, hepatocytes cultured as CS under perfusion exhibited significantly enhanced hepatocyte functions such as urea secretion, and CYP1A1 and CYP3A2 metabolic activity. We propose the use of the CS culture as an improved culture platform to current hepatocyte spheroid-based culture systems. PMID:26708088

  16. Constrained Sypersymmetric Flipped SU (5) GUT Phenomenology

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    Ellis, John; Mustafayev, Azar; Olive, Keith A.; /Minnesota U., Theor. Phys. Inst. /Minnesota U. /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /SLAC

    2011-08-12

    We explore the phenomenology of the minimal supersymmetric flipped SU(5) GUT model (CFSU(5)), whose soft supersymmetry-breaking (SSB) mass parameters are constrained to be universal at some input scale, Min, above the GUT scale, M{sub GUT}. We analyze the parameter space of CFSU(5) assuming that the lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP) provides the cosmological cold dark matter, paying careful attention to the matching of parameters at the GUT scale. We first display some specific examples of the evolutions of the SSB parameters that exhibit some generic features. Specifically, we note that the relationship between the masses of the lightest neutralino {chi} and the lighter stau {tilde {tau}}{sub 1} is sensitive to M{sub in}, as is the relationship between m{sub {chi}} and the masses of the heavier Higgs bosons A,H. For these reasons, prominent features in generic (m{sub 1/2}, m{sub 0}) planes such as coannihilation strips and rapid-annihilation funnels are also sensitive to Min, as we illustrate for several cases with tan {beta} = 10 and 55. However, these features do not necessarily disappear at large Min, unlike the case in the minimal conventional SU(5) GUT. Our results are relatively insensitive to neutrino masses.

  17. Scheduling Aircraft Landings under Constrained Position Shifting

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    Balakrishnan, Hamsa; Chandran, Bala

    2006-01-01

    Optimal scheduling of airport runway operations can play an important role in improving the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS). Methods that compute the optimal landing sequence and landing times of aircraft must accommodate practical issues that affect the implementation of the schedule. One such practical consideration, known as Constrained Position Shifting (CPS), is the restriction that each aircraft must land within a pre-specified number of positions of its place in the First-Come-First-Served (FCFS) sequence. We consider the problem of scheduling landings of aircraft in a CPS environment in order to maximize runway throughput (minimize the completion time of the landing sequence), subject to operational constraints such as FAA-specified minimum inter-arrival spacing restrictions, precedence relationships among aircraft that arise either from airline preferences or air traffic control procedures that prevent overtaking, and time windows (representing possible control actions) during which each aircraft landing can occur. We present a Dynamic Programming-based approach that scales linearly in the number of aircraft, and describe our computational experience with a prototype implementation on realistic data for Denver International Airport.

  18. Constraining uncertainties in terrestrial carbon cycle modeling

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    Kvalevåg, M.; Myhre, G.

    2011-12-01

    Global climate models differ in their representation of uptake of CO2 in the biosphere. Our study focuses on constraining the uncertainty in terrestrial carbon cycle modeling by comparing climate model results to observed atmospheric CO2 concentrations. The goal is to improve the representations of the seasonal cycle of terrestrial carbon uptake in the land model. We use the NCAR Community Earth System Model (CESM) climate components CLM4CN and CAM4 to run a prognostic version of the coupled land-atmosphere model where the atmospheric CO2 concentration in CAM4 is interactively calculated. Atmospheric CO2 concentrations from the model are compared to observations provided by flux towers in the AMERIFLUX network through the FLUXNET database and from the WDCGG for year 2000. We compare model results from sensitivity studies using different Q10 and Vcmax parameterizations, which are important functions in calculating plant growth. The carbon uptake in the biosphere is also under anthropogenic influence through emission of nitrogen and ozone from air pollution. Whereas nitrogen limitations in the soil reduce land ecosystem response to increasing CO2 concentrations, nitrogen from anthropogenic emissions increases the nitrogen availability and hence stimulates plant growth. These two nitrogen effects as well as the damaging impact on plants due to tropospheric ozone fertilization have been included in this study.

  19. Joint Chance-Constrained Dynamic Programming

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    Ono, Masahiro; Kuwata, Yoshiaki; Balaram, J. Bob

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a novel dynamic programming algorithm with a joint chance constraint, which explicitly bounds the risk of failure in order to maintain the state within a specified feasible region. A joint chance constraint cannot be handled by existing constrained dynamic programming approaches since their application is limited to constraints in the same form as the cost function, that is, an expectation over a sum of one-stage costs. We overcome this challenge by reformulating the joint chance constraint into a constraint on an expectation over a sum of indicator functions, which can be incorporated into the cost function by dualizing the optimization problem. As a result, the primal variables can be optimized by a standard dynamic programming, while the dual variable is optimized by a root-finding algorithm that converges exponentially. Error bounds on the primal and dual objective values are rigorously derived. We demonstrate the algorithm on a path planning problem, as well as an optimal control problem for Mars entry, descent and landing. The simulations are conducted using a real terrain data of Mars, with four million discrete states at each time step.

  20. Autonomy, constraining options, and organ sales.

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    Taylor, James Stacey

    2002-01-01

    Although there continues to be a chronic shortage of transplant organs the suggestion that we should try to alleviate it through allowing a current market in them continues to be morally condemned, usually on the grounds that such a market would undermine the autonomy of those who would participate in it as vendors. Against this objection Gerald Dworkin has argued that such markets would enhance the autonomy of the vendors through providing them with more options, thus enabling them to exercise a greater degree of control over their bodies. Paul Hughes and T.L. Zutlevics have recently criticized Dworkin's argument, arguing that the option to sell an organ is unusual in that it is an autonomy-undermining "constraining option" whose presence in a person's choice set is likely to undermine her autonomy rather than enhance it. I argue that although Hughes' and Zutlevics' arguments are both innovative and persuasive they are seriously flawed--and that allowing a market in human organs is more likely to enhance vendor autonomy than diminish it. Thus, given that autonomy is the preeminent value in contemporary medical ethics this provides a strong prima facie case for recognizing the moral legitimacy of such markets. PMID:12747360

  1. Constrained blackbox optimization: The SEARCH perspective

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    Hanagandi, V.; Kargupta, H.; Buescher, K.

    1996-02-02

    Search and optimization in the context of blackbox objective function evaluation subject to blackbox constraints satisfaction is the thesis of this work. The SEARCH (Search Envisioned As Relation and Class Hierarchizing) framework introduced by Kargupta (1995) offered an alternate perspective of blackbox optimization in terms of relations, classes, and partial ordering. The primary motivation comes from the observation that sampling in blackbox optimization is essentially an inductive process and in the absence of any relation among the members of the search space, induction is no better than enumeration. SEARCH also offers conditions for polynomial complexity search and bounds on sample complexity using its ordinal, probabilistic, and approximate framework. In this work the authors extend the SEARCH framework to tackle constrained blackbox optimization problems. The methodology aims at characterizing the search domain into feasible and infeasible relations among which the feasible relations can be explored further to optimize an objective function. Both -- objective function and constraints -- can be in the form of blackboxes. The authors derive results for bounds on sample complexity. They demonstrate their methodology on several benchmark problems.

  2. Constraining the Evolution of ZZ Ceti

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    Mukadam, Anjum S.; Kepler, S. O.; Winget, D. E.; Nather, R. E.; Kilic, M.; Mullally, F.; vonHippel, T.; Kleinman, S. J.; Nitta, A.; Guzik, J. A.

    2003-01-01

    We report our analysis of the stability of pulsation periods in the DAV star (pulsating hydrogen atmosphere white dwarf) ZZ Ceti, also called R548. On the basis of observations that span 31 years, we conclude that the period 213.13 s observed in ZZ Ceti drifts at a rate dP/dt 5 (5.5 plus or minus 1.9) x 10(exp -15) ss(sup -1), after correcting for proper motion. Our results are consistent with previous P values for this mode and an improvement over them because of the larger time base. The characteristic stability timescale implied for the pulsation period is |P||P(raised dot)|greater than or equal to 1.2 Gyr, comparable to the theoretical cooling timescale for the star. Our current stability limit for the period 213.13 s is only slightly less than the present measurement for another DAV, G117-B15A, for the period 215.2 s, establishing this mode in ZZ Ceti as the second most stable optical clock known, comparable to atomic clocks and more stable than most pulsars. Constraining the cooling rate of ZZ Ceti aids theoretical evolutionary models and white dwarf cosmochronology. The drift rate of this clock is small enough that we can set interesting limits on reflex motion due to planetary companions.

  3. Constraining the Properties of Cold Interstellar Clouds

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    Spraggs, Mary Elizabeth; Gibson, Steven J.

    2016-01-01

    Since the interstellar medium (ISM) plays an integral role in star formation and galactic structure, it is important to understand the evolution of clouds over time, including the processes of cooling and condensation that lead to the formation of new stars. This work aims to constrain and better understand the physical properties of the cold ISM by utilizing large surveys of neutral atomic hydrogen (HI) 21cm spectral line emission and absorption, carbon monoxide (CO) 2.6mm line emission, and multi-band infrared dust thermal continuum emission. We identify areas where the gas may be cooling and forming molecules using HI self-absorption (HISA), in which cold foreground HI absorbs radiation from warmer background HI emission.We are developing an algorithm that uses total gas column densities inferred from Planck and other FIR/sub-mm data in parallel with CO and HISA spectral line data to determine the gas temperature, density, molecular abundance, and other properties as functions of position. We can then map these properties to study their variation throughout an individual cloud as well as any dependencies on location or environment within the Galaxy.Funding for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation, the NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium, the WKU Ogden College of Science and Engineering, and the Carol Martin Gatton Academy for Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.

  4. Distributed Constrained Optimization with Semicoordinate Transformations

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    Macready, William; Wolpert, David

    2006-01-01

    Recent work has shown how information theory extends conventional full-rationality game theory to allow bounded rational agents. The associated mathematical framework can be used to solve constrained optimization problems. This is done by translating the problem into an iterated game, where each agent controls a different variable of the problem, so that the joint probability distribution across the agents moves gives an expected value of the objective function. The dynamics of the agents is designed to minimize a Lagrangian function of that joint distribution. Here we illustrate how the updating of the Lagrange parameters in the Lagrangian is a form of automated annealing, which focuses the joint distribution more and more tightly about the joint moves that optimize the objective function. We then investigate the use of "semicoordinate" variable transformations. These separate the joint state of the agents from the variables of the optimization problem, with the two connected by an onto mapping. We present experiments illustrating the ability of such transformations to facilitate optimization. We focus on the special kind of transformation in which the statistically independent states of the agents induces a mixture distribution over the optimization variables. Computer experiment illustrate this for &sat constraint satisfaction problems and for unconstrained minimization of NK functions.

  5. Acoustic characteristics of listener-constrained speech

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    Ashby, Simone; Cummins, Fred

    2003-04-01

    Relatively little is known about the acoustical modifications speakers employ to meet the various constraints-auditory, linguistic and otherwise-of their listeners. Similarly, the manner by which perceived listener constraints interact with speakers' adoption of specialized speech registers is poorly Hypo (H&H) theory offers a framework for examining the relationship between speech production and output-oriented goals for communication, suggesting that under certain circumstances speakers may attempt to minimize phonetic ambiguity by employing a ``hyperarticulated'' speaking style (Lindblom, 1990). It remains unclear, however, what the acoustic correlates of hyperarticulated speech are, and how, if at all, we might expect phonetic properties to change respective to different listener-constrained conditions. This paper is part of a preliminary investigation concerned with comparing the prosodic characteristics of speech produced across a range of listener constraints. Analyses are drawn from a corpus of read hyperarticulated speech data comprising eight adult, female speakers of English. Specialized registers include speech to foreigners, infant-directed speech, speech produced under noisy conditions, and human-machine interaction. The authors gratefully acknowledge financial support of the Irish Higher Education Authority, allocated to Fred Cummins for collaborative work with Media Lab Europe.

  6. Testing constrained sequential dominance models of neutrinos

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    Björkeroth, Fredrik; King, Stephen F.

    2015-12-01

    Constrained sequential dominance (CSD) is a natural framework for implementing the see-saw mechanism of neutrino masses which allows the mixing angles and phases to be accurately predicted in terms of relatively few input parameters. We analyze a class of CSD(n) models where, in the flavour basis, two right-handed neutrinos are dominantly responsible for the ‘atmospheric’ and ‘solar’ neutrino masses with Yukawa couplings to ({? }e,{? }? ,{? }? ) proportional to (0,1,1) and (1,n,n-2), respectively, where n is a positive integer. These coupling patterns may arise in indirect family symmetry models based on A 4. With two right-handed neutrinos, using a ? 2 test, we find a good agreement with data for CSD(3) and CSD(4) where the entire Pontecorvo–Maki–Nakagawa–Sakata mixing matrix is controlled by a single phase ?, which takes simple values, leading to accurate predictions for mixing angles and the magnitude of the oscillation phase | {? }{CP}| . We carefully study the perturbing effect of a third ‘decoupled’ right-handed neutrino, leading to a bound on the lightest physical neutrino mass {m}1{{? }}1 meV for the viable cases, corresponding to a normal neutrino mass hierarchy. We also discuss a direct link between the oscillation phase {? }{CP} and leptogenesis in CSD(n) due to the same see-saw phase ? appearing in both the neutrino mass matrix and leptogenesis.

  7. Dynamic Nuclear Polarization as Kinetically Constrained Diffusion

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    Karabanov, A.; Wi?niewski, D.; Lesanovsky, I.; Köckenberger, W.

    2015-07-01

    Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) is a promising strategy for generating a significantly increased nonthermal spin polarization in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and its applications that range from medicine diagnostics to material science. Being a genuine nonequilibrium effect, DNP circumvents the need for strong magnetic fields. However, despite intense research, a detailed theoretical understanding of the precise mechanism behind DNP is currently lacking. We address this issue by focusing on a simple instance of DNP—so-called solid effect DNP—which is formulated in terms of a quantum central spin model where a single electron is coupled to an ensemble of interacting nuclei. We show analytically that the nonequilibrium buildup of polarization heavily relies on a mechanism which can be interpreted as kinetically constrained diffusion. Beyond revealing this insight, our approach furthermore permits numerical studies of ensembles containing thousands of spins that are typically intractable when formulated in terms of a quantum master equation. We believe that this represents an important step forward in the quest of harnessing nonequilibrium many-body quantum physics for technological applications.

  8. Constraining condensed-phase formation kinetics of secondary organic aerosol components from isoprene epoxydiols

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    Riedel, T. P.; Lin, Y.-H.; Zhang, Z.; Chu, K.; Thornton, J. A.; Vizuete, W.; Gold, A.; Surratt, J. D.

    2015-10-01

    Isomeric epoxydiols from isoprene photooxidation (IEPOX) have been shown to produce substantial amounts of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) mass and are therefore considered a major isoprene-derived SOA precursor. Heterogeneous reactions of IEPOX on atmospheric aerosols form various aerosol-phase components or "tracers" that contribute to the SOA mass burden. A limited number of the reaction rate constants for these acid-catalyzed aqueous-phase tracer formation reactions have been constrained through bulk laboratory measurements. We have designed a chemical box model with multiple experimental constraints to explicitly simulate gas- and aqueous-phase reactions during chamber experiments of SOA growth from IEPOX uptake onto acidic sulfate aerosol. The model is constrained by measurements of the IEPOX reactive uptake coefficient, IEPOX and aerosol chamber wall-losses, chamber-measured aerosol mass and surface area concentrations, aerosol thermodynamic model calculations, and offline filter-based measurements of SOA tracers. By requiring the model output to match the SOA growth and offline filter measurements collected during the chamber experiments, we derive estimates of the tracer formation reaction rate constants that have not yet been measured or estimated for bulk solutions.

  9. Mars, Moon, Mercury: Magnetometry Constrains Planetary Evolution

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    Connerney, John E. P.

    2015-04-01

    We have long appreciated that magnetic measurements obtained about a magnetized planet are of great value in probing the deep interior. The existence of a substantial planetary magnetic field implies dynamo action requiring an electrically conducting, fluid core in convective motion and a source of energy to maintain it. Application of the well-known Lowe's spectrum may in some cases identify the dynamo outer radius; where secular variation can be measured, the outer radius can be estimated using the frozen flux approximation. Magnetic induction may be used to probe the electrical conductivity of the mantle and crust. These are useful constraints that together with gravity and/or other observables we may infer the state of the interior and gain insight into planetary evolution. But only recently has it become clear that space magnetometry can do much more, particularly about a planet that once sustained a dynamo that has since disappeared. Mars is the best example of this class: the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft globally mapped a remanent crustal field left behind after the demise of the dynamo. This map is a magnetic record of the planet's evolution. I will argue that this map may be interpreted to constrain the era of dynamo activity within Mars; to establish the reversal history of the Mars dynamo; to infer the magnetization intensity of Mars crustal rock and the depth of the magnetized crustal layer; and to establish that plate tectonics is not unique to planet Earth, as has so often been claimed. The Lunar magnetic record is in contrast one of weakly magnetized and scattered sources, not easily interpreted as yet in terms of the interior. Magnetometry about Mercury is more difficult to interpret owing to the relatively weak field and proximity to the sun, but MESSENGER (and ultimately Beppi Columbo) may yet map crustal anomalies (induced and/or remanent).

  10. Constraining blazar physics with polarization signatures

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    Zhang, Haocheng; Boettcher, Markus; Li, Hui

    2016-01-01

    Blazars are active galactic nuclei whose jets are directed very close to our line of sight. They emit nonthermal-dominated emission from radio to gamma-rays, with the radio to optical emissions known to be polarized. Both radiation and polarization signatures can be strongly variable. Observations have shown that sometimes strong multiwavelength flares are accompanied by drastic polarization variations, indicating active participation of the magnetic field during flares. We have developed a 3D multi-zone time-dependent polarization-dependent radiation transfer code, which enables us to study the spectral and polarization signatures of blazar flares simultaneously. By combining this code with a Fokker-Planck nonthermal particle evolution scheme, we are able to derive simultaneous fits to time-dependent spectra, multiwavelength light curves, and time-dependent optical polarization signatures of a well-known multiwavelength flare with 180 degree polarization angle swing of the blazar 3C279. Our work shows that with detailed consideration of light travel time effects, the apparently symmetric time-dependent radiation and polarization signatures can be naturally explained by a straight, helically symmetric jet pervaded by a helical magnetic field, without the need of any asymmetric structures. Also our model suggests that the excess in the nonthermal particles during flares can originate from magnetic reconnection events, initiated by a shock propagating through the emission region. Additionally, the magnetic field should generally revert to its initial topology after the flare. We conclude that such shock-initiated magnetic reconnection event in an emission environment with relatively strong magnetic energy can be the driver of multiwavelength flares with polarization angle swings. Future statistics on such observations will constrain general features of such events, while magneto-hydrodynamic simulations will provide physical scenarios for the magnetic field evolution; both can be tested against our model, obtaining further constraints on the particle acceleration mechanism, as well as magnetic field structure and evolution inside the blazar emission region.

  11. The cost-constrained traveling salesman problem

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    Sokkappa, P.R.

    1990-10-01

    The Cost-Constrained Traveling Salesman Problem (CCTSP) is a variant of the well-known Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP). In the TSP, the goal is to find a tour of a given set of cities such that the total cost of the tour is minimized. In the CCTSP, each city is given a value, and a fixed cost-constraint is specified. The objective is to find a subtour of the cities that achieves maximum value without exceeding the cost-constraint. Thus, unlike the TSP, the CCTSP requires both selection and sequencing. As a consequence, most results for the TSP cannot be extended to the CCTSP. We show that the CCTSP is NP-hard and that no K-approximation algorithm or fully polynomial approximation scheme exists, unless P = NP. We also show that several special cases are polynomially solvable. Algorithms for the CCTSP, which outperform previous methods, are developed in three areas: upper bounding methods, exact algorithms, and heuristics. We found that a bounding strategy based on the knapsack problem performs better, both in speed and in the quality of the bounds, than methods based on the assignment problem. Likewise, we found that a branch-and-bound approach using the knapsack bound was superior to a method based on a common branch-and-bound method for the TSP. In our study of heuristic algorithms, we found that, when selecting modes for inclusion in the subtour, it is important to consider the neighborhood'' of the nodes. A node with low value that brings the subtour near many other nodes may be more desirable than an isolated node of high value. We found two types of repetition to be desirable: repetitions based on randomization in the subtour buildings process, and repetitions encouraging the inclusion of different subsets of the nodes. By varying the number and type of repetitions, we can adjust the computation time required by our method to obtain algorithms that outperform previous methods.

  12. Informed constrained spherical deconvolution (iCSD).

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    Roine, Timo; Jeurissen, Ben; Perrone, Daniele; Aelterman, Jan; Philips, Wilfried; Leemans, Alexander; Sijbers, Jan

    2015-08-01

    Diffusion-weighted (DW) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive imaging method, which can be used to investigate neural tracts in the white matter (WM) of the brain. However, the voxel sizes used in DW-MRI are relatively large, making DW-MRI prone to significant partial volume effects (PVE). These PVEs can be caused both by complex (e.g. crossing) WM fiber configurations and non-WM tissue, such as gray matter (GM) and cerebrospinal fluid. High angular resolution diffusion imaging methods have been developed to correctly characterize complex WM fiber configurations, but significant non-WM PVEs are also present in a large proportion of WM voxels. In constrained spherical deconvolution (CSD), the full fiber orientation distribution function (fODF) is deconvolved from clinically feasible DW data using a response function (RF) representing the signal of a single coherently oriented population of fibers. Non-WM PVEs cause a loss of precision in the detected fiber orientations and an emergence of false peaks in CSD, more prominently in voxels with GM PVEs. We propose a method, informed CSD (iCSD), to improve the estimation of fODFs under non-WM PVEs by modifying the RF to account for non-WM PVEs locally. In practice, the RF is modified based on tissue fractions estimated from high-resolution anatomical data. Results from simulation and in-vivo bootstrapping experiments demonstrate a significant improvement in the precision of the identified fiber orientations and in the number of false peaks detected under GM PVEs. Probabilistic whole brain tractography shows fiber density is increased in the major WM tracts and decreased in subcortical GM regions. The iCSD method significantly improves the fiber orientation estimation at the WM-GM interface, which is especially important in connectomics, where the connectivity between GM regions is analyzed. PMID:25660002

  13. Constraining Cosmic Evolution of Type Ia Supernovae

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    Foley, Ryan J.; Filippenko, Alexei V.; Aguilera, C.; Becker, A.C.; Blondin, S.; Challis, P.; Clocchiatti, A.; Covarrubias, R.; Davis, T.M.; Garnavich, P.M.; Jha, S.; Kirshner, R.P.; Krisciunas, K.; Leibundgut, B.; Li, W.; Matheson, T.; Miceli, A.; Miknaitis, G.; Pignata, G.; Rest, A.; Riess, A.G.; /UC, Berkeley, Astron. Dept. /Cerro-Tololo InterAmerican Obs. /Washington U., Seattle, Astron. Dept. /Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. Astrophys. /Chile U., Catolica /Bohr Inst. /Notre Dame U. /KIPAC, Menlo Park /Texas A-M /European Southern Observ. /NOAO, Tucson /Fermilab /Chile U., Santiago /Harvard U., Phys. Dept. /Baltimore, Space Telescope Sci. /Johns Hopkins U. /Res. Sch. Astron. Astrophys., Weston Creek /Stockholm U. /Hawaii U. /Illinois U., Urbana, Astron. Dept.

    2008-02-13

    We present the first large-scale effort of creating composite spectra of high-redshift type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) and comparing them to low-redshift counterparts. Through the ESSENCE project, we have obtained 107 spectra of 88 high-redshift SNe Ia with excellent light-curve information. In addition, we have obtained 397 spectra of low-redshift SNe through a multiple-decade effort at Lick and Keck Observatories, and we have used 45 ultraviolet spectra obtained by HST/IUE. The low-redshift spectra act as a control sample when comparing to the ESSENCE spectra. In all instances, the ESSENCE and Lick composite spectra appear very similar. The addition of galaxy light to the Lick composite spectra allows a nearly perfect match of the overall spectral-energy distribution with the ESSENCE composite spectra, indicating that the high-redshift SNe are more contaminated with host-galaxy light than their low-redshift counterparts. This is caused by observing objects at all redshifts with similar slit widths, which corresponds to different projected distances. After correcting for the galaxy-light contamination, subtle differences in the spectra remain. We have estimated the systematic errors when using current spectral templates for K-corrections to be {approx}0.02 mag. The variance in the composite spectra give an estimate of the intrinsic variance in low-redshift maximum-light SN spectra of {approx}3% in the optical and growing toward the ultraviolet. The difference between the maximum-light low and high-redshift spectra constrain SN evolution between our samples to be < 10% in the rest-frame optical.

  14. Ductile failure of a constrained metal foil

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    Varias, A. G.; Suo, Z.; Shih, C. F.

    A METAL foil bonded between stiff ceramic blocks may fail in a variety of ways, including de-adhesion of interfaces, cracking in the ceramics and ductile rupture of the metal. If the interface bond is strong enough to allow the foil to undergo substantial plastic deformation dimples are usually present on fracture surfaces and the nominal fracture energy is enhanced. Ductile fracture mechanisms responsible for such morphology include (i) growth of near-tip voids nucleated at second-phase particles and or interface pores, (ii) cavitation and (iii) interfacial debonding at the site of maximum stress which develops at distances of several foil thicknesses ahead of the crack tip. For a crack in a low to moderately hardening bulk metal, it is known that the maximum mean stress which develops at a distance of several crack openings ahead of the tip does not exceed about three times the yield stress. In contrast, the maximum mean stress that develops at several foil thicknesses ahead of the crack tip in a constrained metal foil can increase continuously with the applied load. Mean stress and interfacial traction of about four to six times the yield of the metal foil can trigger cavitation and/or interfacial debonding. The mechanical fields which bear on the competition between failure mechanisms are obtained by a large deformation finite element analysis. Effort is made to formulate predictive criteria indicating, for a given material system, which one of the several mechanisms operates and the relevant parameters that govern the nominal fracture work. The shielding of the crack tip in the context of ductile adhesive joints, due to the non-proportional deformation in a region of the order of the foil thickness, is also discussed.

  15. Diffusion Barriers Constrain Receptors at Synapses

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    Renner, Marianne; Schweizer, Claude; Bannai, Hiroko; Triller, Antoine; Lévi, Sabine

    2012-01-01

    The flux of neurotransmitter receptors in and out of synapses depends on receptor interaction with scaffolding molecules. However, the crowd of transmembrane proteins and the rich cytoskeletal environment may constitute obstacles to the diffusion of receptors within the synapse. To address this question, we studied the membrane diffusion of the ?-aminobutyric acid type A receptor (GABAAR) subunits clustered (?2) or not (?5) at inhibitory synapses in rat hippocampal dissociated neurons. Relative to the extrasynaptic region, ?2 and ?5 showed reduced diffusion and increased confinement at both inhibitory and excitatory synapses but they dwelled for a short time at excitatory synapses. In contrast, ?2 was ?3-fold more confined and dwelled ?3-fold longer in inhibitory synapses than ?5, indicating faster synaptic escape of ?5. Furthermore, using a gephyrin dominant-negative approach, we showed that the increased residency time of ?2 at inhibitory synapses was due to receptor-scaffold interactions. As shown for GABAAR, the excitatory glutamate receptor 2 subunit (GluA2) of the ?-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor (AMPAR) had lower mobility in both excitatory and inhibitory synapses but a higher residency time at excitatory synapses. Therefore barriers impose significant diffusion constraints onto receptors at synapses where they accumulate or not. Our data further reveal that the confinement and the dwell time but not the diffusion coefficient report on the synapse specific sorting, trapping and accumulation of receptors. PMID:22912780

  16. Onomatopoeia characters extraction from comic images using constrained Delaunay triangulation

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    Liu, Xiangping; Shoji, Kenji; Mori, Hiroshi; Toyama, Fubito

    2014-02-01

    A method for extracting onomatopoeia characters from comic images was developed based on stroke width feature of characters, since they nearly have a constant stroke width in a number of cases. An image was segmented with a constrained Delaunay triangulation. Connected component grouping was performed based on the triangles generated by the constrained Delaunay triangulation. Stroke width calculation of the connected components was conducted based on the altitude of the triangles generated with the constrained Delaunay triangulation. The experimental results proved the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  17. Salicylic acids

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    Hayat, Shamsul; Irfan, Mohd; Wani, Arif; Nasser, Alyemeni; Ahmad, Aqil

    2012-01-01

    Salicylic acid is well known phytohormone, emerging recently as a new paradigm of an array of manifestations of growth regulators. The area unleashed yet encompassed the applied agriculture sector to find the roles to strengthen the crops against plethora of abiotic and biotic stresses. The skipped part of integrated picture, however, was the evolutionary insight of salicylic acid to either allow or discard the microbial invasion depending upon various internal factors of two interactants under the prevailing external conditions. The metabolic status that allows the host invasion either as pathogenesis or symbiosis with possible intermediary stages in close systems has been tried to underpin here. PMID:22301975

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  7. 21 CFR 888.3790 - Wrist joint metal constrained cemented prosthesis.

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    2014-04-01

    ...2014-04-01 false Wrist joint metal constrained cemented prosthesis. ...Devices § 888.3790 Wrist joint metal constrained cemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A wrist joint metal constrained cemented...

  8. 21 CFR 888.3790 - Wrist joint metal constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...2012-04-01 false Wrist joint metal constrained cemented prosthesis. ...Devices § 888.3790 Wrist joint metal constrained cemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A wrist joint metal constrained cemented...

  9. 21 CFR 888.3220 - Finger joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 2010-04-01 false Finger joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis...Prosthetic Devices § 888.3220 Finger joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A finger joint metal/polymer constrained...

  10. 21 CFR 888.3540 - Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...false Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis...3540 Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis... A knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented...

  11. 21 CFR 888.3300 - Hip joint metal constrained cemented or uncemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Hip joint metal constrained cemented or uncemented prosthesis...Prosthetic Devices § 888.3300 Hip joint metal constrained cemented or uncemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A hip joint metal constrained cemented or...

  12. 21 CFR 888.3220 - Finger joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 2011-04-01 false Finger joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis...Prosthetic Devices § 888.3220 Finger joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A finger joint metal/polymer constrained...

  13. 21 CFR 888.3790 - Wrist joint metal constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...2010-04-01 false Wrist joint metal constrained cemented prosthesis. ...Devices § 888.3790 Wrist joint metal constrained cemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A wrist joint metal constrained cemented...

  14. 21 CFR 888.3540 - Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...false Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis...3540 Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis... A knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented...

  15. 21 CFR 888.3300 - Hip joint metal constrained cemented or uncemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Hip joint metal constrained cemented or uncemented prosthesis...Prosthetic Devices § 888.3300 Hip joint metal constrained cemented or uncemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A hip joint metal constrained cemented or...

  16. 21 CFR 888.3150 - Elbow joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 2012-04-01 false Elbow joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis...Prosthetic Devices § 888.3150 Elbow joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. An elbow joint metal/polymer constrained...

  17. 21 CFR 888.3540 - Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...false Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis...3540 Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis... A knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented...

  18. 21 CFR 888.3300 - Hip joint metal constrained cemented or uncemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Hip joint metal constrained cemented or uncemented prosthesis...Prosthetic Devices § 888.3300 Hip joint metal constrained cemented or uncemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A hip joint metal constrained cemented or...

  19. 21 CFR 888.3540 - Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...false Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis...3540 Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis... A knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented...

  20. 21 CFR 888.3220 - Finger joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 2014-04-01 false Finger joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis...Prosthetic Devices § 888.3220 Finger joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A finger joint metal/polymer constrained...

  1. 21 CFR 888.3540 - Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...false Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis...3540 Knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented prosthesis... A knee joint patellofemoral polymer/metal semi-constrained cemented...

  2. 21 CFR 888.3510 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...2010-04-01 false Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis... § 888.3510 Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis...Identification. A knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer constrained...

  3. 21 CFR 888.3220 - Finger joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 2012-04-01 false Finger joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis...Prosthetic Devices § 888.3220 Finger joint metal/polymer constrained cemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A finger joint metal/polymer constrained...

  4. 21 CFR 888.3530 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer semi-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...false Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer semi-constrained cemented prosthesis...3530 Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer semi-constrained cemented prosthesis... A knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer semi-constrained cemented...

  5. 21 CFR 888.3520 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...false Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented prosthesis...3520 Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented prosthesis... A knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented...

  6. 21 CFR 888.3520 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...false Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented prosthesis...3520 Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented prosthesis... A knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented...

  7. 21 CFR 888.3530 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer semi-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...false Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer semi-constrained cemented prosthesis...3530 Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer semi-constrained cemented prosthesis... A knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer semi-constrained cemented...

  8. 21 CFR 888.3520 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...false Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented prosthesis...3520 Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented prosthesis... A knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented...

  9. 21 CFR 888.3520 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...false Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented prosthesis...3520 Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented prosthesis... A knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer non-constrained cemented...

  10. 21 CFR 888.3530 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer semi-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...false Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer semi-constrained cemented prosthesis...3530 Knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer semi-constrained cemented prosthesis... A knee joint femorotibial metal/polymer semi-constrained cemented...

  11. Trichloroacetic acid

    Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)

    EPA / 635 / R - 09 / 003F www.epa.gov / iris TOXICOLOGICAL REVIEW OF TRICHLOROACETIC ACID ( CAS No . 76 - 03 - 9 ) In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System ( IRIS ) September 2011 U.S . Environmental Protection Agency Washington , DC ii DISCLAIMER This document has

  12. Benzoic acid

    Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)

    Benzoic acid ; CASRN 65 - 85 - 0 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic Effec

  13. Cacodylic acid

    Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)

    Cacodylic acid ; CASRN 75 - 60 - 5 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic Eff

  14. Acrylic acid

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    Acrylic acid ( CASRN 79 - 10 - 7 ) Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic Eff

  15. Phosphoric acid

    Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)

    Phosphoric acid ; CASRN 7664 - 38 - 2 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic

  16. Dichloroacetic acid

    Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)

    EPA 635 / R - 03 / 007 www.epa.gov / iris TOXICOLOGICAL REVIEW OF DICHLOROACETIC ACID ( CAS No . 79 - 43 - 6 ) In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System ( IRIS ) August 2003 U.S . Environmental Protection Agency Washington , DC DISCLAIMER This document has been revi

  17. Selenious acid

    Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)

    Selenious acid ; CASRN 7783 - 00 - 8 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic E

  18. Formic acid

    Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)

    Formic acid ; CASRN 64 - 18 - 6 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic Effect

  19. Stearic Acid

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Young, Jay A.

    2004-01-01

    A chemical laboratory information profile (CLIP) is presented for the chemical, stearic acid. The profile lists the chemical's physical and harmful characteristics, exposure limits, and symptoms of major exposure, for the benefit of teachers and students, who use the chemical in the laboratory.

  20. Constraining duty cycles through a Bayesian technique

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Romano, P.; Guidorzi, C.; Segreto, A.; Ducci, L.; Vercellone, S.

    2014-12-01

    The duty cycle (DC) of astrophysical sources is generally defined as the fraction of time during which the sources are active. It is used to both characterize their central engine and to plan further observing campaigns to study them. However, DCs are generally not provided with statistical uncertainties, since the standard approach is to perform Monte Carlo bootstrap simulations to evaluate them, which can be quite time consuming for a large sample of sources. As an alternative, considerably less time-consuming approach, we derived the theoretical expectation value for the DC and its error for sources whose state is one of two possible, mutually exclusive states, inactive (off) or flaring (on), as based on a finite set of independent observational data points. Following a Bayesian approach, we derived the analytical expression for the posterior, the conjugated distribution adopted as prior, and the expectation value and variance. We applied our method to the specific case of the inactivity duty cycle (IDC) for supergiant fast X-ray transients, a subclass of flaring high mass X-ray binaries characterized by large dynamical ranges. We also studied IDC as a function of the number of observations in the sample. Finally, we compare the results with the theoretical expectations. We found excellent agreement with our findings based on the standard bootstrap method. Our Bayesian treatment can be applied to all sets of independent observations of two-state sources, such as active galactic nuclei, X-ray binaries, etc. In addition to being far less time consuming than bootstrap methods, the additional strength of this approach becomes obvious when considering a well-populated class of sources (Nsrc ? 50) for which the prior can be fully characterized by fitting the distribution of the observed DCs for all sources in the class, so that, through the prior, one can further constrain the DC of a new source by exploiting the information acquired on the DC distribution derived from the other sources. R-Language, IDL, and C-language programs are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/572/A97

  1. The effect of foot conditions on constrained standing 

    E-print Network

    Barlow, Jessica Marie

    1996-01-01

    This study was conducted to find any differences in physiological effects, subjective rankings, or discomfort with respect to foot conditions in constrained standing. Eight healthy subjects, four female and four male, ...

  2. 21 CFR 888.3720 - Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES ORTHOPEDIC DEVICES Prosthetic Devices § 888.3720 Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis...elastomer or polyester reinforced silicone elastomer intended to be implanted to replace the first metatarsophalangeal (big toe)...

  3. 21 CFR 888.3720 - Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES ORTHOPEDIC DEVICES Prosthetic Devices § 888.3720 Toe joint polymer constrained prosthesis...elastomer or polyester reinforced silicone elastomer intended to be implanted to replace the first metatarsophalangeal (big toe)...

  4. 21 CFR 888.3780 - Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES ORTHOPEDIC DEVICES Prosthetic Devices § 888.3780 Wrist joint polymer constrained prosthesis...of polyester-reinforced silicone elastomer intended to be implanted to replace a wrist joint. This generic type of device...

  5. Conical Intersections using Constrained DFT-Configuration Interaction

    E-print Network

    Kaduk, Benjamin James

    The constrained density functional theory–configuration interaction (CDFT-CI) method has previously been used to calculate ground-state energies and barrier heights. In this work, it is examined for use in computing ...

  6. COCONUT Deliverable D1 Algorithms for Solving Nonlinear Constrained

    E-print Network

    Neumaier, Arnold

    COCONUT Deliverable D1 Algorithms for Solving Nonlinear Constrained and Optimization Problems: The State of The Art June 8, 2001 The Coconut Project Christian Bliek ILOG Peter Spellucci TU Darmstadt Lu

  7. Irreducible Infeasible Subsystem Decomposition for Probabilistically Constrained Stochastic Integer Programs 

    E-print Network

    Gallego Arrubla, Julian Andres

    2013-07-25

    This dissertation explores methods for finding irreducible infeasible subsystems (IISs) of systems of inequalities with binary decision variables and for solving probabilistically constrained stochastic integer programs (SIP-C). Finding IISs...

  8. Covariance Updates for Discriminative Training by Constrained Line Search 

    E-print Network

    Bell, Peter; King, Simon

    2008-01-01

    We investigate the recent Constrained Line Search algorithm for discriminative training of HMMs and propose an alternative formula for variance update. We compare the method to standard techniques on a phone recognition task.

  9. Side Constrained Traffic Equilibrium Models_ Analysis, Computation and Applications

    E-print Network

    Patriksson, Michael

    convexly side constrained traffic equilibrium assignment m* *odel, and establish several results briefly discuss. Keywords: Traffic Assignment, User Equilibrium, Side Constraints, Generalized. 1 #12; 1 Introduction The mathematical traffic planning tools known as traffic assignment

  10. Chance Constrained RRT for Probabilistic Robustness to Environmental Uncertainty

    E-print Network

    kinds of uncertainty, such as collision avoidance between uncertain agents.9 However, such formulationsChance Constrained RRT for Probabilistic Robustness to Environmental Uncertainty Brandon D. Luders and incorporation of heuristics, while explicitly incorporating uncertainty within the formulation. Under

  11. Peter Bergmann and the invention of constrained Hamiltonian dynamics

    E-print Network

    D. C. Salisbury

    2006-08-07

    Peter Bergmann was a co-inventor of the algorithm for converting singular Lagrangian models into a constrained Hamiltonian dynamical formalism. This talk focuses on the work of Bergmann and his collaborators in the period from 1949 to 1951.

  12. Resource constrained scheduling problem at U.S. Naval Shipyards

    E-print Network

    Nawara, Terrence M. (Terrence Michael)

    2013-01-01

    Submarine repair schedules are some of the most complex schedules seen in project management. Repairs of a nuclear U.S. submarine are resource constrained since resources are divided among approximately thirty shops (e.g. ...

  13. Interpreting single turnover catalysis measurements with constrained mean dwell times

    E-print Network

    Chen, Peng

    Interpreting single turnover catalysis measurements with constrained mean dwell times Maicol A://jcp.aip.org/about/rights_and_permissions #12;THE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 135, 174509 (2011) Interpreting single turnover catalysis

  14. Constraining climate model properties using optimal fingerprint detection methods

    E-print Network

    Forest, Chris Eliot.; Allen, Myles R.; Sokolov, Andrei P.; Stone, Peter H.

    We present a method for constraining key properties of the climate system that are important for climate prediction (climate sensitivity and rate of heat penetration into the deep ocean) by comparing a model's response to ...

  15. Online deformation of optimal trajectories for constrained nonprehensile manipulation

    E-print Network

    Hirche, Sandra

    Online deformation of optimal trajectories for constrained nonprehensile manipulation Alexander of incorporating positional and velocity boundary constraints. By creating optimal trajectories offline hand, there are numerical optimal control methods which recalculate the entire trajectory for every new

  16. Optimization and stabilization of trajectories for constrained dynamical systems

    E-print Network

    Tedrake, Russ

    Optimization and stabilization of trajectories for constrained dynamical systems Michael Posa1 constraints. We introduce an extension to the direct collocation trajectory optimization algorithm advances in motion planning techniques based on trajectory optimization that now make it possible

  17. Constrained Density-Functional Theory--Configuration Interaction

    E-print Network

    Kaduk, Benjamin James

    2012-01-01

    In this thesis, I implemented a method for performing electronic structure calculations, "Constrained Density Functional Theory-- Configuration Interaction" (CDFT-CI), which builds upon the computational strengths of Density ...

  18. Constraining the Intergalactic Radiation Field with Quasar Absorption Lines

    E-print Network

    Constraining the Intergalactic Radiation Field with Quasar Absorption Lines Diplomarbeit von Mirko and the intergalactic medium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1.2.1 The Gunn.3.3 The intergalactic radiation field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 1.4 Aims of this work

  19. Constraining North Atlantic circulation with transient tracer observations

    E-print Network

    Li, Xingwen, 1968-

    2003-01-01

    The capability of transient tracers to constrain the ocean circulation in the North Atlantic is explored. Study of an idealized tracer shows that inferences of circulation properties from transient state distributions are ...

  20. Review: Transportation in a Climate-Constrained World

    E-print Network

    Laberge, Yves

    2010-01-01

    emissions and pollution emerging from cars (and previouslyand pollution, Transportation in a Climate-Constrained World is a detailed and precise demonstration about the possible consequences of overusing car

  1. Constrained minimization of smooth functions using a genetic algorithm

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Moerder, Daniel D.; Pamadi, Bandu N.

    1994-01-01

    The use of genetic algorithms for minimization of differentiable functions that are subject to differentiable constraints is considered. A technique is demonstrated for converting the solution of the necessary conditions for a constrained minimum into an unconstrained function minimization. This technique is extended as a global constrained optimization algorithm. The theory is applied to calculating minimum-fuel ascent control settings for an energy state model of an aerospace plane.

  2. Hydroxycarboxylic acids and salts

    DOEpatents

    Kiely, Donald E; Hash, Kirk R; Kramer-Presta, Kylie; Smith, Tyler N

    2015-02-24

    Compositions which inhibit corrosion and alter the physical properties of concrete (admixtures) are prepared from salt mixtures of hydroxycarboxylic acids, carboxylic acids, and nitric acid. The salt mixtures are prepared by neutralizing acid product mixtures from the oxidation of polyols using nitric acid and oxygen as the oxidizing agents. Nitric acid is removed from the hydroxycarboxylic acids by evaporation and diffusion dialysis.

  3. Free and constrained symplectic integrators for numerical general relativity

    E-print Network

    Ronny Richter; Christian Lubich

    2008-11-04

    We consider symplectic time integrators in numerical General Relativity and discuss both free and constrained evolution schemes. For free evolution of ADM-like equations we propose the use of the Stoermer-Verlet method, a standard symplectic integrator which here is explicit in the computationally expensive curvature terms. For the constrained evolution we give a formulation of the evolution equations that enforces the momentum constraints in a holonomically constrained Hamiltonian system and turns the Hamilton constraint function from a weak to a strong invariant of the system. This formulation permits the use of the constraint-preserving symplectic RATTLE integrator, a constrained version of the Stoermer-Verlet method. The behavior of the methods is illustrated on two effectively 1+1-dimensional versions of Einstein's equations, that allow to investigate a perturbed Minkowski problem and the Schwarzschild space-time. We compare symplectic and non-symplectic integrators for free evolution, showing very different numerical behavior for nearly-conserved quantities in the perturbed Minkowski problem. Further we compare free and constrained evolution, demonstrating in our examples that enforcing the momentum constraints can turn an unstable free evolution into a stable constrained evolution. This is demonstrated in the stabilization of a perturbed Minkowski problem with Dirac gauge, and in the suppression of the propagation of boundary instabilities into the interior of the domain in Schwarzschild space-time.

  4. Constraining Effects of Brine Leakage from Carbon Sequestration Sites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wunsch, A.; Navarre-Sitchler, A. K.; McCray, J. E.

    2011-12-01

    Research has shown that pressure build up associated with injection of CO2 into a deep saline aquifer has the potential to promote brine leakage into overlying formations. In order to understand and quantify chemical changes in an underground source of drinking water (USDW) invaded by deep saline brines, we analyzed over 90,000 brine geochemical data entries from the NETL NATCARB brine database to identify potential brine constituents of concern. Using a variety of statistical methods and EPA regulatory levels or standards (RLS) we narrowed the list of brine constituents of potential concern to USDWs to TDS, thallium, chloride, sulfate and arsenic. Somewhat surprisingly, the distribution of reported pH had a fairly narrow distribution around a median value of 7.4, with over 78% of values complying with EPA recommended secondary standard for drinking water acidity. The pH distribution implies that unlike pure CO2 leakage, far-field brine leakage (i.e., brine not in contact with CO2) is not expected to bear a low-pH signature, thus suggesting use of other means of geochemical monitoring for brine leakage, such as electrical conductivity. Geochemical mixing models of brine and dilute water were used to constrain mixing ratios where RLS values are exceeded for the TDS, thallium and chloride. TDS and chloride exceed the EPA secondary standards at a brine/USDW mixing ratio of 0.012 and 0.459, respectively. The thallium maximum contaminant level (MCL) is exceeded at a brine/USDW mixing ratio of 0.3753, smaller than the chloride mixing ratio. However, sorption and/or desorption processes may alter thallium concentrations along a leakage pathway resulting in lower concentrations in the aquifer than predicted by simple mixing models. While leakage into USDWs has received considerable attention, brine contamination of groundwater used for irrigation of agricultural crops is also an important area of research. Our calculations suggest that almost all crops grown in the United States will experience some decrease in yield at a brine/USDW ratio of <0.2, due to high salinity (expressed as TDS). As a stand-alone contaminant, boron that is present in brine may pose the most significant problem in irrigation waters due to low boron tolerance of many crops, particularly fruit.

  5. Mantle Convection Models Constrained by Seismic Tomography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Durbin, C. J.; Shahnas, M.; Peltier, W. R.; Woodhouse, J. H.

    2011-12-01

    Although available three dimensional models of the lateral heterogeneity of the mantle, based upon the latest advances in seismic tomographic imaging (e.g. Ritsema et al., 2004, JGR) have provided profound insights into aspects of the mantle general circulation that drives continental drift, the compatibility of the tomography with explicit models of mantle mixing has remained illusive. For example, it remains a significant issue as to whether hydrodynamic models of the mixing process alone are able to reconcile the observed detailed pattern of surface plate velocities or whether explicit account must be taken of elastic fracture processes to account for the observed equipartition of kinetic energy between the poloidal and toroidal components of the surface velocity pattern (e.g. Forte and Peltier, 1987, JGR). It is also an issue as to the significance of the role of mantle chemical heterogeneity in determining the buoyancy distribution that drives mantle flow, especially given the expected importance of the spin transition of iron that onsets in the mid-lower mantle, at least in the ferropericlase component of the mineralogy. In this paper we focus upon the application of data assimilation techniques to the development of a model of mantle mixing that is consistent with a modern three dimensional tomography based model of seismic body wave heterogeneity. Beginning with the simplest possible scenario, that chemical heterogeneity is irrelevant to first order, we employ a three dimensional version of the recently published control volume based convection model of Shahnas and Peltier (2010, JGR) as the basis for the assimilation of a three dimensional density field inferred from our preferred tomography model (Ritsema et al., 2004, JGR). The convection model fully incorporates the dynamical influence of the Olivine-Spinel and Spinel-Perovskite+Magnesiowustite solid-solid phase transformations that bracket the mantle transition zone as well as the recently discovered Perovskite-post-Perovskite transition (Murakami et al., 2004, Science) that appears to define the D" layer at the base of the mantle. In this initial phase of what will be a longer term project we are assuming that the internal mantle viscosity structure is spherically symmetric and compatible with the recent inferences of Peltier and Drummond (2010, Geophys. Res. Lett.) based upon glacial isostatic adjustment and Earth rotation constraints. The internal density structure inferred from the tomography model is assimilated into the convection model by continuously "nudging" the modification to the input density structure predicted by the convection model back towards the tomographic constraint at the long wavelengths that the tomography specifically resolves, leaving the shorter wavelength structure free to evolve, essentially "slaved" to the large scale structure. We focus upon the ability of the nudged model to explain observed plate velocities, including both their poloidal (divergence related) and toroidal (strike slip fault related) components. The true plate velocity field is then used as an additional field towards which the tomographically constrained solution is nudged.

  6. Acid and Base What is an acid?

    E-print Network

    Heller, Barbara

    Acid and Base Reactions #12;What is an acid? · Definitions · Arrhenius- an acid is a substance. · Lewis ­ an acid is any species that accepts an electron pair. #12;What is an base? · Definitions;Identification of acids and bases. · HCl + H2O H3O+ + Cl ­ · Acid because it dissociates to form a H+ · Base

  7. Methylmalonic acid blood test

    MedlinePLUS

    ... acid is a substance produced when proteins (called amino acids) in the body break down. A test can ... Cederbaum S, Berry GT. Inborn errors of carbohydrate, ammonia, amino acid, and organic acid metabolism. In: Gleason CA, Devaskar ...

  8. 21 CFR 888.3210 - Finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented... metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A finger joint metal/metal constrained..., 1996 for any finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis that was in...

  9. 21 CFR 888.3210 - Finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented... metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A finger joint metal/metal constrained..., 1996 for any finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis that was in...

  10. 21 CFR 888.3300 - Hip joint metal constrained cemented or uncemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Hip joint metal constrained cemented or uncemented... metal constrained cemented or uncemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A hip joint metal constrained... Administration on or before December 26, 1996 for any hip joint metal constrained cemented or...

  11. 21 CFR 888.3210 - Finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented... metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A finger joint metal/metal constrained..., 1996 for any finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis that was in...

  12. 21 CFR 888.3210 - Finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented... metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A finger joint metal/metal constrained..., 1996 for any finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis that was in...

  13. 21 CFR 888.3210 - Finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented... metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis. (a) Identification. A finger joint metal/metal constrained..., 1996 for any finger joint metal/metal constrained cemented prosthesis that was in...

  14. New bioactive fatty acids

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    Many oxygenated fatty acids are bioactive compounds. Nocardia cholesterolicum and Flavobacterium DS5 convert oleic acid to 10 hydroxy stearic acid and linoleic acid to 10-hydroxy-12(Z)-octadecanoic acid. Pseudomonas aeruginosa PR3 converts oleic acid to the new compounds, 7,10-dihydroxy-8(E)-octad...

  15. Understanding Acid Rain

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    Damonte, Kathleen

    2004-01-01

    The term acid rain describes rain, snow, or fog that is more acidic than normal precipitation. To understand what acid rain is, it is first necessary to know what an acid is. Acids can be defined as substances that produce hydrogen ions (H+), when dissolved in water. Scientists indicate how acidic a substance is by a set of numbers called the pH…

  16. New Bioactive Fatty Acids

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Many oxygenated fatty acids are bioactive compounds. Nocardia cholesterolicum and Flavobacterium DS5 convert oleic acid to 10 hydroxy stearic acid and linoleic acid to 10-hydroxy-12(Z)-octadecanoic acid. Pseudomonas aeruginosa PR3 converts oleic acid to new compounds, 7,10-dihydroxy-8(E)-octadecen...

  17. Brnsted Acids The Strongest Isolable Acid**

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    Reed, Christopher A.

    -Chan Kim, and Christopher A. Reed* Acids based on carborane anions as conjugate bases (Figure 1) are a newBrønsted Acids The Strongest Isolable Acid** Mark Juhasz, Stephan Hoffmann, Evgenii Stoyanov, Kee class of Brønsted (protic) acids, notable for their "strong yet gentle" qualities.[1] For example

  18. Experimental and computational study of the ring opening of tricyclic oxanorbornenes to polyhydro isoindole phosphonates.

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    Claeys, Diederica D; Stevens, Christian V; Roman, Bart I; Van De Caveye, Pieter; Waroquier, Michel; Van Speybroeck, Veronique

    2010-08-21

    Phosphonylated azaheterocycles are an important class of compounds with high biological potential as conformationally restricted bioisosteres of amino acids. Therefore, it is of interest to synthesize conformationally constrained amino phosphonates. We wanted to investigate possible routes via ring opening of alpha-amino phosphonates with an oxanorbornene skeleton, as these can be synthesized with high stereoselectivity. This was achieved using different Lewis acids, leading to a range of products. The reaction with TiCl(4) and FeCl(3) was modelled at a DFT level of theory to get insight in the pathways towards the corresponding products. To ease the work up, the Fe(iii) catalyst was coated on montmorillonite clay, but this accelerated aromatization after ring opening. Quenching the FeCl(3) catalyzed reaction mixture on celite caused complete aromatization. PMID:20544085

  19. Pseudo-updated constrained solution algorithm for nonlinear heat conduction

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    Tovichakchaikul, S.; Padovan, J.

    1983-01-01

    This paper develops efficiency and stability improvements in the incremental successive substitution (ISS) procedure commonly used to generate the solution to nonlinear heat conduction problems. This is achieved by employing the pseudo-update scheme of Broyden, Fletcher, Goldfarb and Shanno in conjunction with the constrained version of the ISS. The resulting algorithm retains the formulational simplicity associated with ISS schemes while incorporating the enhanced convergence properties of slope driven procedures as well as the stability of constrained approaches. To illustrate the enhanced operating characteristics of the new scheme, the results of several benchmark comparisons are presented.

  20. Fast Energy Minimization of large Polymers Using Constrained Optimization

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    Todd D. Plantenga

    1998-10-01

    A new computational technique is described that uses distance constraints to calculate empirical potential energy minima of partially rigid molecules. A constrained minimuzation algorithm that works entirely in Cartesian coordinates is used. The algorithm does not obey the constraints until convergence, a feature that reduces ill-conditioning and allows constrained local minima to be computed more quickly than unconstrained minima. Computational speedup exceeds the 3-fold factor commonly obtained in constained molecular dynamics simulations, where the constraints must be strictly obeyed at all times.

  1. Effect of structurally constrained oxime-ether linker on PPAR subtype selectivity: Discovery of a novel and potent series of PPAR-pan agonists.

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    Makadia, Pankaj; Shah, Shailesh R; Pingali, Harikishore; Zaware, Pandurang; Patel, Darshit; Pola, Suresh; Thube, Baban; Priyadarshini, Priyanka; Suthar, Dinesh; Shah, Maanan; Giri, Suresh; Trivedi, Chitrang; Jain, Mukul; Patel, Pankaj; Bahekar, Rajesh

    2011-01-15

    A novel series of thaizole and oxazole containing phenoxy acetic acid derivatives is reported as PPAR-pan agonists. Incorporation of structurally constrained oxime-ether based linker in the chemotype of a potent PPAR? selective agonist GW-501516 was adapted as designing strategy. In vitro, selected test compounds 12a, 12c, 17a and 18a showed PPAR-pan agonists activities and among these four compounds tested, 12a emerged as highly potent and efficacious compound, while 17a exhibited moderate and balanced PPAR-pan agonistic activity. In vivo, selected test compounds 12a and 17a exhibited significant anti-hyperglycemic and anti-hyperlipidemic activities in relevant animal models. These results support our hypothesis that the introduction of structurally constrained oxime-ether linker between lipophilic tail and acidic head plays an important role in modulating subtype selectivity and subsequently led to the discovery of potent PPAR-pan agonists. PMID:21215640

  2. Acid rain

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    Boyle, R.H.; Boyle, R.A.

    1983-01-01

    Acid rain, says Boyle is a chemical leprosy eating into the face of North America and Europe, perhaps the major ecological problem of our time. Boyle describes the causes and scope of the phenomenon; the effects on man, wildlife, water, and our cultural heritage. He probes the delays of politicians and the frequent self-serving arguments advanced by industry in the face of what scientists have proved. The solutions he offers are to strengthen the Clean Air Act and require emission reductions that can be accomplished by establishing emission standards on a regional or bubble basis, burn low-sulfur coal, install scrubbers at critical plants, and invest in alternative energy sources. 73 references, 1 figure.

  3. Approximate Dynamic Programming for Communication-Constrained Sensor Network

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    Willsky, Alan S.

    1 Approximate Dynamic Programming for Communication-Constrained Sensor Network Management Jason L (PDF), and transmitting the updated conditional PDF. Communications is commonly the highest contributor dynamic programming approach which integrates the value of information and the cost of transmitting data

  4. Heat Source Identification Based on L1 Constrained Minimization

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    Ferguson, Thomas S.

    Heat Source Identification Based on L1 Constrained Minimization Yingying Li Stanley Osher Richard to the heat equation is considered. The initial data is assumed to be a sum of an unknown but finite number of Dirac delta functions at unknown locations. Point-wise values of the heat solution at only a few

  5. Excision technique in constrained formulations of Einstein equations: collapse scenario

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    Cordero-Carrión, I.; Vasset, N.; Novak, J.; Jaramillo, J. L.

    2015-04-01

    We present a new excision technique used in constrained formulations of Einstein equations to deal with black hole in numerical simulations. We show the applicability of this scheme in several scenarios. In particular, we present the dynamical evolution of the collapse of a neutron star to a black hole, using the CoCoNuT code and this excision technique.

  6. Fusion using time-dependent density-constrained DFT

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    R. Keser; A. S. Umar; V. E. Oberacker; J. A. Maruhn; P. -G. Reinhard

    2014-02-06

    We present results for calculating fusion cross-sections using a new microscopic approach based on a time-dependent density-constrained DFT calculations. The theory is implemented by using densities and other information obtained from TDDFT time-evolution of the nuclear system as constraint on the density for DFT calculations.

  7. Safe Compositional Equationbased Modeling of Constrained Flow Networks 1

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    Safe Compositional Equation­based Modeling of Constrained Flow Networks 1 Nate Soule # Azer grow in size and complexity, analysis and certifi­ cation of safety invariants becomes increasingly­theoretic notions that enables large scale safety verification by allowing for compositional, as op­ posed to whole

  8. Hydrology-Aware Constrained Triangulation of Terrain Data

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    Franklin, W. Randolph

    a constrained Delaunay tri- angulation. This triangulation preserves the hydology by using irregular- sized, non descent flow approach. Often measuring the amount of water flow occurs by taking ground truth measurements, high resolution elevation data. This provides for a more accurate simulation of hydrology, in ways

  9. Information Retrieval by Constrained Spreading Activation in Semantic Networks.

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    Cohen, Paul R.; Kjeldsen, Rick

    1987-01-01

    Describes GRANT, an expert system for finding sources of funding given research proposals. The architecture of GRANT and the implementation of constrained spreading activation (a modified search algorithm based on semantic memory) are described, and recall and precision rates are analyzed. (Author/LRW)

  10. A Benders approach for the constrained minimum break problem

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    Grossmann, Ignacio E.

    - gorithm is capable of solving a number of previously unsolved benchmark problems for the Traveling structures, as well as challenging benchmark problems still unsolved by state of the art algorithms, likeA Benders approach for the constrained minimum break problem Rasmus V. Rasmussen1 and Michael A

  11. RESEARCH ARTICLE Octopus arm movements under constrained conditions

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    Hochner, Binyamin

    RESEARCH ARTICLE Octopus arm movements under constrained conditions: adaptation, modification The motor control of the eight highly flexible arms of the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) has been to an octopus arm and investigate the adaptability of stereotypical bend propagation in reaching movements

  12. Dynamic Beaconing Control in Energy-Constrained Delay Tolerant Networks

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    Wu, Jie

    Dynamic Beaconing Control in Energy-Constrained Delay Tolerant Networks En Wanga,b, Yongjian Yanga Tolerant Networks (DTNs), beaconing is used to detect probabilistic contacts. Howev- er, it causes the following new problem: beaconing frequency not only influences the probability of message transmission

  13. Heterogeneous Energy and Makespan-Constrained DAG Scheduling

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    Maciejewski, Anthony A. "Tony"

    Heterogeneous Energy and Makespan- Constrained DAG Scheduling Bobby Dalton Young Colorado State standard that can be used to balance the energy consumption and execution time of our tasks. We then design 978-1-4503-1980-5/13/06 ...$15.00. 1. INTRODUCTION Energy consumption of servers and data centers

  14. PUBLISHED VERSION Constrained density functional for noncollinear magnetism

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    PUBLISHED VERSION Constrained density functional for noncollinear magnetism Pui-Wai Ma, Dudarev S L for noncollinear magnetism Pui-Wai Ma* and S. L. Dudarev CCFE, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3; published 24 February 2015) Energies of arbitrary small- and large-angle noncollinear excited magnetic

  15. Constraining Autonomy through Norms Fabiola Lopez y Lopez

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    López-Sánchez, Maite

    Constraining Autonomy through Norms Fabiola L´opez y L´opez Electronics and Computer Science to understand why and how norms can be incorporated into agents and multi-agent systems, there are still several with norms, namely that of norm compliance. However, instead of taking a static view of norms in which norms

  16. Locally Constrained Shortest Paths and an Application in Mission Planning

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    Kunkle, Tom

    Locally Constrained Shortest Paths and an Application in Mission Planning Greg Angelides MIT on a feasible path. This problem has applications in robotics and optimal mission planning. We propose planning. 4. RESULTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS A dynamic programming heuristic Dijkstra's classical shortest path

  17. Time Constrained Randomized Path Planning Using Spatial Networks Christopher Lum*

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    Lum, Christopher

    Time Constrained Randomized Path Planning Using Spatial Networks Christopher Lum* Department time planning of optimal paths remains an open problem in many applications of autonomous systems an open problem. The path planning problem is often addressed as a non- holonomic planning problem

  18. An Approximate Dynamic Programming Approach to a Communication Constrained Sensor

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    Fisher III, John

    which are in proximity to the object (e.g. [3]). Consequently, local fusion of sensor data is sufficientAn Approximate Dynamic Programming Approach to a Communication Constrained Sensor Management management in distributed sensor net- works is a challenging problem. This can be attributed

  19. Applications of a Constrained Mechanics Methodology in Economics

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    Janova, Jitka

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents instructive interdisciplinary applications of constrained mechanics calculus in economics on a level appropriate for undergraduate physics education. The aim of the paper is (i) to meet the demand for illustrative examples suitable for presenting the background of the highly expanding research field of econophysics even at the…

  20. Multiply-Constrained Semantic Search in the Remote Associates Test

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    Smith, Kevin A.; Huber, David E.; Vul, Edward

    2013-01-01

    Many important problems require consideration of multiple constraints, such as choosing a job based on salary, location, and responsibilities. We used the Remote Associates Test to study how people solve such multiply-constrained problems by asking participants to make guesses as they came to mind. We evaluated how people generated these guesses…

  1. Constrained Variational Calculus for Higher Order Classical Field Theories

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    Cedric M. Campos; Manuel de Leon; David Martin de Diego

    2010-09-09

    We develop an intrinsic geometrical setting for higher order constrained field theories. As a main tool we use an appropriate generalization of the classical Skinner-Rusk formalism. Some examples of application are studied, in particular, applications to the geometrical description of optimal control theory for partial differential equations.

  2. Hamiltonian dynamics and constrained variational calculus: continuous and discrete settings

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    Manuel de Leon; Fernando Jimenez; David Martin de Diego

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to study the relationship between Hamiltonian dynamics and constrained variational calculus. We describe both using the notion of Lagrangian submanifolds of convenient symplectic manifolds and using the so-called Tulczyjew's triples. The results are also extended to the case of discrete dynamics and nonholonomic mechanics. Interesting applications to geometrical integration of Hamiltonian systems are obtained.

  3. Side Constrained Traffic Equilibrium Models---Analysis, Computation and Applications

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    Patriksson, Michael

    for refining a descriptive or prescriptive traffic equilibrium assignment model, and analyze a general the users of the network. We study a general convexly side constrained traffic equilibrium assignment model discuss. Keywords: Traffic Assignment, User Equilibrium, Side Constraints, Generalized Wardrop Conditions

  4. Security-Constrained Adequacy Evaluation of Bulk Power System Reliability

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    Security-Constrained Adequacy Evaluation of Bulk Power System Reliability Fang Yang, Student Member) based on analytical techniques is proposed to assess the ability of a bulk power system to supply contingencies in a realistic manner efficiently. However, effects analysis based on the traditional power flow

  5. Density-Constrained TDHF Calculation of Fusion and Fission Barriers

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    Umar, A. S.; Oberacker, V. E.; Maruhn, J. A.; Reinhard, P.-G.

    2009-08-26

    The density-constrained time-dependent Hartree-Fock (DC-TDHF) theory is a fully microscopic approach for calculating heavy-ion interaction potentials and fusion cross sections below and above the fusion barrier. We discuss applications of DC-TDHF method to fusion, the effects of neutron transfer, and potential application to fission barrier calculations.

  6. Constrained 11 -Layer Hamiltonian Toy Models for Stratospheric

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    Al Hanbali, Ahmad

    Constrained 11 2 -Layer Hamiltonian Toy Models for Stratospheric Dynamics By Onno Bokhove and Control--Twente Summary A two-layer Hamiltonian toy model consisting of two isentropic stratospheric, following a more concise derivation than shown before, when the Rossby number in the upper stratospheric

  7. Finite volume schemes for locally constrained conservation laws

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    Finite volume schemes for locally constrained conservation laws Boris Andreianov Paola Goatin the well-posedness results to the L framework. Then, starting from a general monotone finite volume scheme a "green wave" are presented. Key words: Hyperbolic Scalar Conservation Law, Finite Volume Scheme, Entropy

  8. Aircraft Turbofan Engine Health Estimation Using Constrained Kalman Filtering

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    Simon, Dan

    Aircraft Turbofan Engine Health Estimation Using Constrained Kalman Filtering Dan Simon Donald L with inequality constraints 4. Aircraft turbofan engine health estimation 5. Simulation results 6. Conclusion 2 #12;1. Problem statement ² Estimate the health parameters of turbofan engines ² Other approaches

  9. Constraining magnesium cycling in marine sediments using magnesium isotopes

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    Paytan, Adina

    Constraining magnesium cycling in marine sediments using magnesium isotopes J.A. Higgins *, D Abstract Magnesium concentrations in deep-sea sediment pore-fluids typically decrease down core due to net and differentiate these processes, we have measured magnesium isotopes in pore-fluids and sediment samples from

  10. How well can future CMB missions constrain cosmic inflation?

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    Martin, Jérôme; Vennin, Vincent; Ringeval, Christophe E-mail: christophe.ringeval@uclouvain.be

    2014-10-01

    We study how the next generation of Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) measurement missions (such as EPIC, LiteBIRD, PRISM and COrE) will be able to constrain the inflationary landscape in the hardest to disambiguate situation in which inflation is simply described by single-field slow-roll scenarios. Considering the proposed PRISM and LiteBIRD satellite designs, we simulate mock data corresponding to five different fiducial models having values of the tensor-to-scalar ratio ranging from 10{sup -1} down to 10{sup -7}. We then compute the Bayesian evidences and complexities of all Encyclopædia Inflationaris models in order to assess the constraining power of PRISM alone and LiteBIRD complemented with the Planck 2013 data. Within slow-roll inflation, both designs have comparable constraining power and can rule out about three quarters of the inflationary scenarios, compared to one third for Planck 2013 data alone. However, we also show that PRISM can constrain the scalar running and has the capability to detect a violation of slow roll at second order. Finally, our results suggest that describing an inflationary model by its potential shape only, without specifying a reheating temperature, will no longer be possible given the accuracy level reached by the future CMB missions.

  11. A CONSTRAINED GROWTH METHOD FOR PROCEDURAL FLOOR PLAN GENERATION

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    Bidarra, Rafael

    A CONSTRAINED GROWTH METHOD FOR PROCEDURAL FLOOR PLAN GENERATION Ricardo Lopes1 , Tim Tutenel1, The Hague, the Netherlands KEYWORDS Virtual worlds, procedural modeling, floor plan genera- tion ABSTRACT the resulting room topology. Also, generated floor plans do not always adhere to the necessary consistency

  12. Outsourcing Graph Databases with Label-Constrain Query Verification

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    Poovendran, Radha

    Outsourcing Graph Databases with Label-Constrain Query Verification Kalikinkar Mandal Department Engineering University of Washington Seattle, USA 98195 ABSTRACT Graph databases have received a lot. In this paper, we consider a three party model where a data owner outsources a graph database to a server

  13. Constrained Quantum Mechanics: Chaos in Non-Planar Billiards

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    Salazar, R.; Tellez, G.

    2012-01-01

    We illustrate some of the techniques to identify chaos signatures at the quantum level using as guiding examples some systems where a particle is constrained to move on a radial symmetric, but non-planar, surface. In particular, two systems are studied: the case of a cone with an arbitrary contour or "dunce hat billiard" and the rectangular…

  14. Testing a Constrained MPC Controller in a Process Control Laboratory

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    Ricardez-Sandoval, Luis A.; Blankespoor, Wesley; Budman, Hector M.

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes an experiment performed by the fourth year chemical engineering students in the process control laboratory at the University of Waterloo. The objective of this experiment is to test the capabilities of a constrained Model Predictive Controller (MPC) to control the operation of a Double Pipe Heat Exchanger (DPHE) in real time.…

  15. Blue Moon sampling, vectorial reaction coordinates, and unbiased constrained dynamics

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    Van Den Eijnden, Eric

    Blue Moon sampling, vectorial reaction coordinates, and unbiased constrained dynamics Giovanni force in terms of a conditional expectation which can be computed by Blue Moon sampling Introduction Fifteen years ago the Blue Moon ensemble method was introduced to sample rare events that occur

  16. Inferring Meaningful Communities from Topology-Constrained Correlation Networks

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    Hleap, Jose Sergio; Blouin, Christian

    2014-01-01

    Community structure detection is an important tool in graph analysis. This can be done, among other ways, by solving for the partition set which optimizes the modularity scores . Here it is shown that topological constraints in correlation graphs induce over-fragmentation of community structures. A refinement step to this optimization based on Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) and a statistical test for significance is proposed. In structured simulation constrained by topology, this novel approach performs better than the optimization of modularity alone. This method was also tested with two empirical datasets: the Roll-Call voting in the 110th US Senate constrained by geographic adjacency, and a biological dataset of 135 protein structures constrained by inter-residue contacts. The former dataset showed sub-structures in the communities that revealed a regional bias in the votes which transcend party affiliations. This is an interesting pattern given that the 110th Legislature was assumed to be a highly polarized government. The -amylase catalytic domain dataset (biological dataset) was analyzed with and without topological constraints (inter-residue contacts). The results without topological constraints showed differences with the topology constrained one, but the LDA filtering did not change the outcome of the latter. This suggests that the LDA filtering is a robust way to solve the possible over-fragmentation when present, and that this method will not affect the results where there is no evidence of over-fragmentation. PMID:25409022

  17. EUROPEAN LARGE LAKES III Identification of factors constraining nitrate assimilation

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    Berges, John A.

    EUROPEAN LARGE LAKES III Identification of factors constraining nitrate assimilation in Lake Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013 Abstract Despite a well-documented rise in nitrate concentration to assess the influence of light and nutrients (P, Fe) on nitrate assimilation by a Lake Superior

  18. Mercury's thermo-chemical evolution from numerical models constrained

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    Cerveny, Vlastislav

    Mercury's thermo-chemical evolution from numerical models constrained by MESSENGER observations Globe de Paris, France #12;Basics facts about Mercury · Semi-major axis: 0.39 AU · 3:2 spin Earth!) · Black body temperature: 440 K #12;Exploration of Mercury Mariner10 ·First spacecraft to use

  19. Universal Rewriting in Constrained Memories Anxiao (Andrew) Jiang

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    Bruck, Jehoshua (Shuki)

    .i.d. distribution. Both codes are shown to be optimal asymptotically. I. INTRODUCTION Many storage media have A&M University College Station, TX 77843, U.S.A. ajiang@cs.tamu.edu Michael Langberg Computer--A constrained memory is a storage device whose elements change their states under some constraints. A typical

  20. Reflections on How Color Term Acquisition Is Constrained

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    Pitchford, Nicola J.

    2006-01-01

    Compared with object word learning, young children typically find learning color terms to be a difficult linguistic task. In this reflections article, I consider two questions that are fundamental to investigations into the developmental acquisition of color terms. First, I consider what constrains color term acquisition and how stable these…

  1. INTEGRATING GEOLOGIC AND GEOPHYSICAL DATA THROUGH ADVANCED CONSTRAINED INVERSIONS

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    Oldenburg, Douglas W.

    INTEGRATING GEOLOGIC AND GEOPHYSICAL DATA THROUGH ADVANCED CONSTRAINED INVERSIONS Peter Lelièvre*1 , Douglas Oldenburg2 , Nicholas Williams3 The University of British Columbia ­ Geophysical Inversion@eos.ubc.ca1 doug@eos.ubc.ca2 nwilliams@eos.ubc.ca3 Key Words: geophysical inversion, cooperative inversion

  2. Adaptive Scheduling over a Wireless Channel under Constrained Jamming

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    Georgiou, Chryssis

    be recharged (for instance, with solar cells). To evaluate scheduling algorithms, two efficiency measures that leads to the best possible useful payload. Then, we con- sider adaptive algorithms; ones that change on how to jam the channel dynamically. However, the jamming power of the adversary is constrained by two

  3. Active learning for constrained Dirichlet process mixture models Andreas Vlachos

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    Edinburgh, University of

    @cl.cam.ac.uk Abstract Recent work applied Dirichlet Process Mixture Models to the task of verb cluster- ingActive learning for constrained Dirichlet process mixture models Andreas Vlachos Computer). Vlachos et al. (2009) applied the basic model of this class, the Dirichlet Process Mixture Model (DPMM

  4. Broadcast Scheduling for Time-Constrained Information Delivery

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    Baras, John S.

    Broadcast Scheduling for Time-Constrained Information Delivery Majid Raissi-Dehkordi OPNET. INTRODUCTION The increasing demand for content delivery applications in recent years have resulted into numerous research works on more efficient methods for the delivery of information. In a typical data

  5. Optimal Website Design with the Constrained Subtree Selection Problem

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    Adler, Micah

    Optimal Website Design with the Constrained Subtree Selection Problem Brent Heeringa1,2 and Micah of websites. Given a hierarchy of topics represented as a DAG G and a probability distribution over the topics design of websites given a set of page topics, weights for the topics, and a hierarchical arrangement

  6. Transcriptional regulation constrains the organization of genes on eukaryotic chromosomes

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    Babu, M. Madan

    Transcriptional regulation constrains the organization of genes on eukaryotic chromosomes Sarath in eukaryotes is tightly packaged in a hierarchical manner into multiple linear chromosomes within the nucleus. Although it is known that eukaryotic transcriptional regulation is complex and requires an intricate

  7. Minimum Mean Hitting Times of Brownian Motion with Constrained Drift

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    Hajek, Bruce

    Minimum Mean Hitting Times of Brownian Motion with Constrained Drift Bruce Hajek Department time to hit the center of the disk depends on the drift field. The problem considered is to minimize the mean time to hit the center, or a small disk around it, subject to a bound on the integral

  8. Integrating Planning and Control for Constrained Dynamical Systems

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    methods to be applied to highly constrained systems. We extend the sequential composition of local in a way that enables their formal composition. The thesis also develops a novel approach for guaranteeing friendship, is valued. Along with Sarjoun, I would like to thank Steve Tully, Hyungpil Moon, and Gorkem Erinc

  9. Bioactive Fatty Acids

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Oxygenated fatty acids are useful as specialty chemicals, plasticizers, and biomedicals. Microbial enzymes convert fatty acids to mono-, di-, and trihydroxy fatty acid products. Among them, Bacillus megaterium ALA2 converted n-6 and n-3 PUFAs to many new oxygenated fatty acids. Linoleic acid was ...

  10. Acid Lipase Disease

    MedlinePLUS

    ... Awards Enhancing Diversity Find People About NINDS NINDS Acid Lipase Disease Information Page Synonym(s): Cholesterol Ester Storage ... Trials Related NINDS Publications and Information What is Acid Lipase Disease ? Acid lipase disease or deficiency occurs ...

  11. Azelaic Acid Topical

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    Azelaic acid gel is used to clear the bumps, lesions, and swelling caused by rosacea (a skin disease that ... redness, flushing, and pimples on the face). Azelaic acid cream is used to treat acne. Azelaic acid ...

  12. Uric acid test (image)

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    Uric acid urine test is performed to check for the amount of uric acid in urine. Urine is collected over a 24 ... testing. The most common reason for measuring uric acid levels is in the diagnosis or treatment of ...

  13. Plasma amino acids

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    Amino acids blood test ... types of methods used to determine the individual amino acids levels in the blood. ... test is done to measure the level of amino acids in the blood. An increased level of a ...

  14. Folic Acid and Pregnancy

    MedlinePLUS

    ... Kids Deal With Bullies Pregnant? What to Expect Folic Acid and Pregnancy KidsHealth > Parents > Pregnancy & Newborn Center > Your ... especially before conception and during early pregnancy . About Folic Acid Folic acid, sometimes called folate, is a B ...

  15. Facts about Folic Acid

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    ... Us Information For... Media Policy Makers Facts About Folic Acid Language: English Español (Spanish) Recommend on Facebook Tweet ... defects of the baby's brain and spine. About folic acid Folic acid is a B vitamin. Our bodies ...

  16. Discussion of Void nucleation in constrained silver interlayers'' and Void growth and coalescence in constrained silver interlayers''

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    Kassner, M.E.; Tolle, M.C. . Dept. of Mechanical Engineering); Rosen, R.S.; Henshall, G.A.; Elmer, J.W. )

    1993-08-01

    The authors have read with some concern the two articles by Klassen, Weatherly, and Ramaswami (KWR) entitled Void Nucleation in Constrained Silver Interlayers'' and Void Growth and Coalescence in Constrained Silver Interlayers'' published recently in this journal. They have several comments to these articles. First, substantial portions of these articles appear to closely reaffirm experiments and stress analyses on fracture and other mechanical behavior of constrained silver interlayers already published. KWR appeared to be unaware of (or disregarded) much of these works and this communication is partly intended to direct KWR and perhaps others to these works. Next, although there are many scientific aspects of the articles that warrant discussion, they have focused on two principal points. First, there appear to be some odd aspects of the Nucleation (KWR) article. The authors suggest nucleation and unstable growth occur only near the fracture stress (S[sub f]). This clearly is in contradiction to their careful work, where nucleation is shown to occur at very low stress (S[sub f]/5), just above the uniaxial yield stress of the interlayer silver. Second, and more importantly, KWR do not report any void growth. This, also, is in contradiction to earlier work on void growth in constrained silver interlayers. In the case of brazed silver joints, the shrinkage voids are observed to grow until a critical void separation is reached and instability occurs. In their work, voids appear to grow from small to larger cavities with small overall plastic strain in the interlayer, including at the base-metal/silver interface. In summary, although the KWR articles reasonably reproduced some established experimental trends for constrained interlayers and observed some other phenomena particularly relevant to the case with a substantial volume fraction of dispersions, other more basic conclusions relating to final fracture do not appear to consider more reasonable approaches.

  17. Lilith: a tool for constraining new physics from Higgs measurements

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    Jeremy Bernon; Beranger Dumont

    2015-09-26

    The properties of the observed Higgs boson with mass around 125 GeV can be affected in a variety of ways by new physics beyond the Standard Model (SM). The wealth of experimental results, targeting the different combinations for the production and decay of a Higgs boson, makes it a non-trivial task to assess the compatibility of a non-SM-like Higgs boson with all available results. In this paper we present Lilith, a new public tool for constraining new physics from signal strength measurements performed at the LHC and the Tevatron. Lilith is a Python library that can also be used in C and C++/ROOT programs. The Higgs likelihood is based on experimental results stored in an easily extensible XML database, and is evaluated from the user input, given in XML format in terms of reduced couplings or signal strengths. The results of Lilith can be used to constrain a wide class of new physics scenarios.

  18. Moving forward to constrain the shear viscosity of QCD matter

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    Denicol, Gabriel; Schenke, Bjoern

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate that measurements of rapidity differential anisotropic flow in heavy ion collisions can constrain the temperature dependence of the shear viscosity to entropy density ratio {\\eta}/s of QCD matter. Comparing results from hydrodynamic calculations with experimental data from RHIC, we find evidence for a small {\\eta}/s $\\approx$ 0.04 in the QCD cross-over region and a strong temperature dependence in the hadronic phase. A temperature independent {\\eta}/s is disfavored by the data. We further show that measurements of the event-by-event flow as a function of rapidity can be used to independently constrain the initial state fluctuations in three dimensions and the temperature dependent transport properties of QCD matter.

  19. Moving forward to constrain the shear viscosity of QCD matter

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    Gabriel Denicol; Akihiko Monnai; Bjoern Schenke

    2015-12-04

    We demonstrate that measurements of rapidity differential anisotropic flow in heavy ion collisions can constrain the temperature dependence of the shear viscosity to entropy density ratio {\\eta}/s of QCD matter. Comparing results from hydrodynamic calculations with experimental data from RHIC, we find evidence for a small {\\eta}/s $\\approx$ 0.04 in the QCD cross-over region and a strong temperature dependence in the hadronic phase. A temperature independent {\\eta}/s is disfavored by the data. We further show that measurements of the event-by-event flow as a function of rapidity can be used to independently constrain the initial state fluctuations in three dimensions and the temperature dependent transport properties of QCD matter.

  20. Assessing working memory capacity through time-constrained elementary activities.

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    Lucidi, Annalisa; Loaiza, Vanessa; Camos, Valérie; Barrouillet, Pierre

    2014-01-01

    Working memory (WM) capacity measured through complex span tasks is among the best predictors of fluid intelligence (Gf). These tasks usually involve maintaining memoranda while performing complex cognitive activities that require a rather high level of education (e.g., reading comprehension, arithmetic), restricting their range of applicability. Because individual differences in such complex activities are nothing more than the concatenation of small differences in their elementary constituents, complex span tasks involving elementary processes should be as good of predictors of Gf as traditional tasks. The present study showed that two latent variables issued from either traditional or new span tasks involving time-constrained elementary activities were similarly correlated with Gf. Moreover, a model with a single unitary WM factor had a similar fit as a model with two distinct WM factors. Thus, time-constrained elementary activities can be integrated in WM tasks, permitting the assessment of WM in a wider range of populations. PMID:24846786

  1. Fractal Dimension of Geologically Constrained Crater Populations of Mercury

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    Mancinelli, Paolo; Pauselli, Cristina; Perugini, Diego; Lupattelli, Andrea; Federico, Costanzo

    2015-07-01

    Data gathered during the Mariner10 and MESSENGER missions are collated in this paper to classify craters into four geo-chronological units constrained to the geological map produced after MESSENGER's flybys. From the global catalogue, we classify craters, constraining them to the geological information derived from the map. We produce a size frequency distribution (SFD) finding that all crater classes show fractal behaviour: with the number of craters inversely proportional to their diameter, the exponent of the SFD (i.e., the fractal dimension of each class) shows a variation among classes. We discuss this observation as possibly being caused by endogenic and/or exogenic phenomena. Finally, we produce an interpretative scenario where, assuming a constant flux of impactors, the slope variation could be representative of rheological changes in the target materials.

  2. Spectral finite-element methods for parametric constrained optimization problems.

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    Anitescu, M.; Mathematics and Computer Science

    2009-01-01

    We present a method to approximate the solution mapping of parametric constrained optimization problems. The approximation, which is of the spectral finite element type, is represented as a linear combination of orthogonal polynomials. Its coefficients are determined by solving an appropriate finite-dimensional constrained optimization problem. We show that, under certain conditions, the latter problem is solvable because it is feasible for a sufficiently large degree of the polynomial approximation and has an objective function with bounded level sets. In addition, the solutions of the finite-dimensional problems converge for an increasing degree of the polynomials considered, provided that the solutions exhibit a sufficiently large and uniform degree of smoothness. Our approach solves, in the case of optimization problems with uncertain parameters, the most computationally intensive part of stochastic finite-element approaches. We demonstrate that our framework is applicable to parametric eigenvalue problems.

  3. Dark matter scenarios in a constrained model with Dirac gauginos

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    Mark D. Goodsell; Manuel E. Krauss; Tobias Müller; Werner Porod; Florian Staub

    2015-10-26

    We perform the first analysis of Dark Matter scenarios in a constrained model with Dirac Gauginos. The model under investigation is the Constrained Minimal Dirac Gaugino Supersymmetric Standard model (CMDGSSM) where the Majorana mass terms of gauginos vanish. However, $R$-symmetry is broken in the Higgs sector by an explicit and/or effective $B_\\mu$-term. This causes a mass splitting between Dirac states in the fermion sector and the neutralinos, which provide the dark matter candidate, become pseudo-Dirac states. We discuss two scenarios: the universal case with all scalar masses unified at the GUT scale, and the case with non-universal Higgs soft-terms. We identify different regions in the parameter space which fullfil all constraints from the dark matter abundance, the limits from SUSY and direct dark matter searches and the Higgs mass. Most of these points can be tested with the next generation of direct dark matter detection experiments.

  4. Evolutionary pattern search algorithms for unconstrained and linearly constrained optimization

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    HART,WILLIAM E.

    2000-06-01

    The authors describe a convergence theory for evolutionary pattern search algorithms (EPSAs) on a broad class of unconstrained and linearly constrained problems. EPSAs adaptively modify the step size of the mutation operator in response to the success of previous optimization steps. The design of EPSAs is inspired by recent analyses of pattern search methods. The analysis significantly extends the previous convergence theory for EPSAs. The analysis applies to a broader class of EPSAs,and it applies to problems that are nonsmooth, have unbounded objective functions, and which are linearly constrained. Further, they describe a modest change to the algorithmic framework of EPSAs for which a non-probabilistic convergence theory applies. These analyses are also noteworthy because they are considerably simpler than previous analyses of EPSAs.

  5. A second-generation constrained reaction volume shock tube

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    Campbell, M. F.; Tulgestke, A. M.; Davidson, D. F.; Hanson, R. K.

    2014-05-01

    We have developed a shock tube that features a sliding gate valve in order to mechanically constrain the reactive test gas mixture to an area close to the shock tube endwall, separating it from a specially formulated non-reactive buffer gas mixture. This second-generation Constrained Reaction Volume (CRV) strategy enables near-constant-pressure shock tube test conditions for reactive experiments behind reflected shocks, thereby enabling improved modeling of the reactive flow field. Here we provide details of the design and operation of the new shock tube. In addition, we detail special buffer gas tailoring procedures, analyze the buffer/test gas interactions that occur on gate valve opening, and outline the size range of fuels that can be studied using the CRV technique in this facility. Finally, we present example low-temperature ignition delay time data to illustrate the CRV shock tube's performance.

  6. Constrained next-to-minimal supersymmetric standard model.

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    Djouadi, A; Ellwanger, U; Teixeira, A M

    2008-09-01

    We consider the fully constrained version of the next-to-minimal supersymmetric extension of the standard model (cNMSSM) in which a singlet Higgs superfield is added to the two doublets that are present in the minimal extension (MSSM). Assuming universal boundary conditions at a high scale for the soft supersymmetry-breaking mass parameters as well as for the trilinear interactions, we find that the model is more constrained than the celebrated minimal supergravity model. The phenomenologically viable region in the parameter space of the cNMSSM corresponds to a small value for the universal scalar mass m_{0}: in this case, one single input parameter is sufficient to describe the model's phenomenology once constraints from collider data and cosmology are imposed. PMID:18851204

  7. The Pendulum: From Constrained Fall to the Concept of Potential

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    Bevilacqua, Fabio; Falomo, Lidia; Fregonese, Lucio; Giannetto, Enrico; Giudice, Franco; Mascheretti, Paolo

    2006-08-01

    Kuhn underlined the relevance of Galileo’s gestalt switch in the interpretation of a swinging body from constrained fall to time metre. But the new interpretation did not eliminate the older one. The constrained fall, both in the motion of pendulums and along inclined planes, led Galileo to the law of free fall. Experimenting with physical pendulums and assuming the impossibility of perpetual motion Huygens obtained a law of conservation of vis viva at specific positions, beautifully commented by Mach. Daniel Bernoulli generalised Huygens results introducing the concept of potential and the related independence of the ‘work’ done from the trajectories (paths) followed: vis viva conservation at specific positions is now linked with the potential. Feynman’s modern way of teaching the subject shows striking similarities with Bernoulli’s approach. A number of animations and simulations can help to visualise and teach some of the pendulum’s interpretations related to what we now see as instances of energy conservation.

  8. A Quantum-mechanical Approach for Constrained Macromolecular Chains

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    Gabriel F. Calvo; Ramon F. Alvarez-Estrada

    2011-11-06

    Many approaches to three-dimensional constrained macromolecular chains at thermal equilibrium, at about room temperatures, are based upon constrained Classical Hamiltonian Dynamics (cCHDa). Quantum-mechanical approaches (QMa) have also been treated by different researchers for decades. QMa address a fundamental issue (constraints versus the uncertainty principle) and are versatile: they also yield classical descriptions (which may not coincide with those from cCHDa, although they may agree for certain relevant quantities). Open issues include whether QMa have enough practical consequences which differ from and/or improve those from cCHDa. We shall treat cCHDa briefly and deal with QMa, by outlining old approaches and focusing on recent ones.

  9. Image coding using entropy-constrained residual vector quantization

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    Kossentini, Faouzi; Smith, Mark J. T.; Barnes, Christopher F.

    1993-01-01

    The residual vector quantization (RVQ) structure is exploited to produce a variable length codeword RVQ. Necessary conditions for the optimality of this RVQ are presented, and a new entropy-constrained RVQ (ECRVQ) design algorithm is shown to be very effective in designing RVQ codebooks over a wide range of bit rates and vector sizes. The new EC-RVQ has several important advantages. It can outperform entropy-constrained VQ (ECVQ) in terms of peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR), memory, and computation requirements. It can also be used to design high rate codebooks and codebooks with relatively large vector sizes. Experimental results indicate that when the new EC-RVQ is applied to image coding, very high quality is achieved at relatively low bit rates.

  10. CONMIN: A FORTRAN program for constrained function minimization: User's manual

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    Vanderplaats, G. N.

    1973-01-01

    CONMIN is a FORTRAN program, in subroutine form, for the solution of linear or nonlinear constrained optimization problems. The basic optimization algorithm is the Method of Feasible Directions. The user must provide a main calling program and an external routine to evaluate the objective and constraint functions and to provide gradient information. If analytic gradients of the objective or constraint functions are not available, this information is calculated by finite difference. While the program is intended primarily for efficient solution of constrained problems, unconstrained function minimization problems may also be solved, and the conjugate direction method of Fletcher and Reeves is used for this purpose. This manual describes the use of CONMIN and defines all necessary parameters. Sufficient information is provided so that the program can be used without special knowledge of optimization techniques. Sample problems are included to help the user become familiar with CONMIN and to make the program operational.

  11. ConStrains identifies microbial strains in metagenomic datasets.

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    Luo, Chengwei; Knight, Rob; Siljander, Heli; Knip, Mikael; Xavier, Ramnik J; Gevers, Dirk

    2015-10-01

    An important fraction of microbial diversity is harbored in strain individuality, so identification of conspecific bacterial strains is imperative for improved understanding of microbial community functions. Limitations in bioinformatics and sequencing technologies have to date precluded strain identification owing to difficulties in phasing short reads to faithfully recover the original strain-level genotypes, which have highly similar sequences. We present ConStrains, an open-source algorithm that identifies conspecific strains from metagenomic sequence data and reconstructs the phylogeny of these strains in microbial communities. The algorithm uses single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) patterns in a set of universal genes to infer within-species structures that represent strains. Applying ConStrains to simulated and host-derived datasets provides insights into microbial community dynamics. PMID:26344404

  12. Lilith: a tool for constraining new physics from Higgs measurements

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    Bernon, Jérémy; Dumont, Béranger

    2015-09-01

    The properties of the observed Higgs boson with mass around 125 GeV can be affected in a variety of ways by new physics beyond the Standard Model (SM). The wealth of experimental results, targeting the different combinations for the production and decay of a Higgs boson, makes it a non-trivial task to assess the patibility of a non-SM-like Higgs boson with all available results. In this paper we present Lilith, a new public tool for constraining new physics from signal strength measurements performed at the LHC and the Tevatron. Lilith is a Python library that can also be used in C and C++/ ROOT programs. The Higgs likelihood is based on experimental results stored in an easily extensible XML database, and is evaluated from the user input, given in XML format in terms of reduced couplings or signal strengths.The results of Lilith can be used to constrain a wide class of new physics scenarios.

  13. A Projection Neural Network for Constrained Quadratic Minimax Optimization.

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    Liu, Qingshan; Wang, Jun

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents a projection neural network described by a dynamic system for solving constrained quadratic minimax programming problems. Sufficient conditions based on a linear matrix inequality are provided for global convergence of the proposed neural network. Compared with some of the existing neural networks for quadratic minimax optimization, the proposed neural network in this paper is capable of solving more general constrained quadratic minimax optimization problems, and the designed neural network does not include any parameter. Moreover, the neural network has lower model complexities, the number of state variables of which is equal to that of the dimension of the optimization problems. The simulation results on numerical examples are discussed to demonstrate the effectiveness and characteristics of the proposed neural network. PMID:25966485

  14. Functional coupling constrains craniofacial diversification in Lake Tanganyika cichlids.

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    Tsuboi, Masahito; Gonzalez-Voyer, Alejandro; Kolm, Niclas

    2015-05-01

    Functional coupling, where a single morphological trait performs multiple functions, is a universal feature of organismal design. Theory suggests that functional coupling may constrain the rate of phenotypic evolution, yet empirical tests of this hypothesis are rare. In fish, the evolutionary transition from guarding the eggs on a sandy/rocky substrate (i.e. substrate guarding) to mouthbrooding introduces a novel function to the craniofacial system and offers an ideal opportunity to test the functional coupling hypothesis. Using a combination of geometric morphometrics and a recently developed phylogenetic comparative method, we found that head morphology evolution was 43% faster in substrate guarding species than in mouthbrooding species. Furthermore, for species in which females were solely responsible for mouthbrooding the males had a higher rate of head morphology evolution than in those with bi-parental mouthbrooding. Our results support the hypothesis that adaptations resulting in functional coupling constrain phenotypic evolution. PMID:25948565

  15. Mutualism meltdown in insects: Bacteria constrain thermal adaptation

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    Wernegreen, Jennifer J.

    2013-01-01

    Predicting whether and how organisms will successfully cope with climate change presents critical questions for biologists and environmental scientists. Models require knowing how organisms interact with their abiotic environment, as well understanding biotic interactions that include a network of symbioses in which all species are embedded. Bacterial symbionts of insects offer valuable models to examine how microbes can facilitate and constrain adaptation to a changing environment. While some symbionts confer plasticity that accelerates adaptation, long-term bacterial mutualists of insects are characterized by tight lifestyle constraints, genome deterioration, and vulnerability to thermal stress. These essential bacterial partners are eliminated at high temperatures, analogous to the loss of zooanthellae during coral bleaching. Recent field-based studies suggest that thermal sensitivity of bacterial mutualists constrains insect responses. In this sense, highly dependent mutualisms may be the Achilles’ heel of thermal responses in insects. PMID:22381679

  16. Functional coupling constrains craniofacial diversification in Lake Tanganyika cichlids

    PubMed Central

    Tsuboi, Masahito; Gonzalez-Voyer, Alejandro; Kolm, Niclas

    2015-01-01

    Functional coupling, where a single morphological trait performs multiple functions, is a universal feature of organismal design. Theory suggests that functional coupling may constrain the rate of phenotypic evolution, yet empirical tests of this hypothesis are rare. In fish, the evolutionary transition from guarding the eggs on a sandy/rocky substrate (i.e. substrate guarding) to mouthbrooding introduces a novel function to the craniofacial system and offers an ideal opportunity to test the functional coupling hypothesis. Using a combination of geometric morphometrics and a recently developed phylogenetic comparative method, we found that head morphology evolution was 43% faster in substrate guarding species than in mouthbrooding species. Furthermore, for species in which females were solely responsible for mouthbrooding the males had a higher rate of head morphology evolution than in those with bi-parental mouthbrooding. Our results support the hypothesis that adaptations resulting in functional coupling constrain phenotypic evolution. PMID:25948565

  17. Constraining the nuclear equation of state at subsaturation densities

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    E. Khan; J. Margueron; I. Vidana

    2015-05-28

    Only one third of the nucleons in $^{208}$Pb occupy the saturation density area. Consequently nuclear observables related to average properties of nuclei, such as masses or radii, constrain the equation of state (EOS) not at saturation density but rather around the so-called crossing density, localised close to the mean value of the density of nuclei: $\\rho\\simeq$0.11 fm$^{-3}$. This provides an explanation for the empirical fact that several EOS quantities calculated with various functionals cross at a density significantly lower than the saturation one. The third derivative M of the energy at the crossing density is constrained by the giant monopole resonance (GMR) measurements in an isotopic chain rather than the incompressibility at saturation density. The GMR measurements provide M=1110 $\\pm$ 70 MeV (6% uncertainty), whose extrapolation gives K$_\\infty$=230 $\\pm$ 40 MeV (17% uncertainty).

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  5. Empirical Likelihood-Based Constrained Nonparametric Regression with an Application to Option Price and State Price

    E-print Network

    Alexandrova, Ivana

    Empirical Likelihood-Based Constrained Nonparametric Regression with an Application to Option Price satisfy certain shape restrictions. This paper develops a con- strained nonparametric regression method¤erent strike prices. Key Words: Constrained Nonparametric Regression, Empirical Likelihood, Derivative

  6. 21 CFR 888.3490 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/composite non-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

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  7. 21 CFR 888.3500 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/composite semi-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

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  8. 21 CFR 888.3500 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/composite semi-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

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  9. 21 CFR 888.3480 - Knee joint femorotibial metallic constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

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  10. 21 CFR 888.3490 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/composite non-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

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  11. 21 CFR 888.3500 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/composite semi-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

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  12. 21 CFR 888.3490 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/composite non-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

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  13. 21 CFR 888.3480 - Knee joint femorotibial metallic constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

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  14. 21 CFR 888.3480 - Knee joint femorotibial metallic constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

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  15. 21 CFR 888.3490 - Knee joint femorotibial metal/composite non-constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

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  16. 21 CFR 888.3480 - Knee joint femorotibial metallic constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

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  17. 21 CFR 888.3480 - Knee joint femorotibial metallic constrained cemented prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

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  18. Simulation of phase boundaries using constrained cell models

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nayhouse, Michael; Heng, Vincent R.; Amlani, Ankur M.; Orkoulas, G.

    2012-09-01

    Despite impressive advances, precise simulation of fluid-fluid and fluid-solid phase transitions still remains a challenging task. The present work focuses on the determination of the phase diagram of a system of particles that interact through a pair potential, ?(r), which is of the form ?(r) = 4?[(?/r)2n - (?/r)n] with n = 12. The vapor-liquid phase diagram of this model is established from constant-pressure simulations and flat-histogram techniques. The properties of the solid phase are obtained from constant-pressure simulations using constrained cell models. In the constrained cell model, the simulation volume is divided into Wigner-Seitz cells and each particle is confined to moving in a single cell. The constrained cell model is a limiting case of a more general cell model which is constructed by adding a homogeneous external field that controls the relative stability of the fluid and the solid phase. Fluid-solid coexistence at a reduced temperature of 2 is established from constant-pressure simulations of the generalized cell model. The previous fluid-solid coexistence point is used as a reference point in the determination of the fluid-solid phase boundary through a thermodynamic integration type of technique based on histogram reweighting. Since the attractive interaction is of short range, the vapor-liquid transition is metastable against crystallization. In the present work, the phase diagram of the corresponding constrained cell model is also determined. The latter is found to contain a stable vapor-liquid critical point and a triple point.

  19. Simulation of phase boundaries using constrained cell models.

    PubMed

    Nayhouse, Michael; Heng, Vincent R; Amlani, Ankur M; Orkoulas, G

    2012-09-19

    Despite impressive advances, precise simulation of fluid-fluid and fluid-solid phase transitions still remains a challenging task. The present work focuses on the determination of the phase diagram of a system of particles that interact through a pair potential, ?(r), which is of the form ?(r) = 4?[(?/r)(2n) - (?/r)(n)] with n = 12. The vapor-liquid phase diagram of this model is established from constant-pressure simulations and flat-histogram techniques. The properties of the solid phase are obtained from constant-pressure simulations using constrained cell models. In the constrained cell model, the simulation volume is divided into Wigner-Seitz cells and each particle is confined to moving in a single cell. The constrained cell model is a limiting case of a more general cell model which is constructed by adding a homogeneous external field that controls the relative stability of the fluid and the solid phase. Fluid-solid coexistence at a reduced temperature of 2 is established from constant-pressure simulations of the generalized cell model. The previous fluid-solid coexistence point is used as a reference point in the determination of the fluid-solid phase boundary through a thermodynamic integration type of technique based on histogram reweighting. Since the attractive interaction is of short range, the vapor-liquid transition is metastable against crystallization. In the present work, the phase diagram of the corresponding constrained cell model is also determined. The latter is found to contain a stable vapor-liquid critical point and a triple point. PMID:22850590

  20. Constraining dark energy through the stability of cosmic structures

    SciTech Connect

    Pavlidou, V.; Tetradis, N.; Tomaras, T.N. E-mail: ntetrad@phys.uoa.gr

    2014-05-01

    For a general dark-energy equation of state, we estimate the maximum possible radius of massive structures that are not destabilized by the acceleration of the cosmological expansion. A comparison with known stable structures constrains the equation of state. The robustness of the constraint can be enhanced through the accumulation of additional astrophysical data and a better understanding of the dynamics of bound cosmic structures.