Ultimate Guide to Power Efficiency

Power Efficiency Guide

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Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage

This Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report provides information for policymakers, scientists and engineers in the field of climate change and reduction of CO2 emissions. It describes sources, capture, transport, and storage of CO2. It also discusses the costs, economic potential, and societal issues of the technology, including public perception and regulatory aspects. Storage options evaluated include geological storage, ocean storage, and mineral carbonation. Notably, the report places CO2 capture and storage in the context of other climate change mitigation options, such as fuel switch, energy efficiency, renewables and nuclear energy.

Energy Values from the Food Composition Tables

On the basis of the values reported in the Food Composition Tables, foods can be grouped into four main classes (1) energy-dense foods, (2) high-energy foods, (3) moderate-energy foods, (4) low-energy foods. The first category comprises foods with energy values between 900 and 500 Kcal 100 g of edible part the second category consists of foods with energy values between 500 and 300 Kcal 100 g in the third category are foods with energy values between 300 and 100 Kcal 100 g and in the fourth category are foods with energy values from 80 to 10 Kcal 100 g.

Common Diseases and Causes of Death

Lack of biological fuel in the power plants of the cell (mitochondria). Coronary heart disease, for instance, is mainly caused by an insufficient supply to the cell of biological fuel in the form of vitamins and other cell factors. These nutrients are needed for the conversion of food into cellular energy, which is used by the cell in many metabolic reactions. Another example is heart failure, which is caused by a lack of bio-fuel in the cells of the heart muscle. With low energy production the pumping function of the heart muscle becomes impaired, causing shortness of breath and the accumulation of fluids in the body. Generally the supply of vitamins and other bio-energy fuel will correct the impaired pumping function of the heart muscle.

Image Analysis Inc Columbia

Pencil Beam Dxa

K-edge filters produce an X-ray beam with a high number of photons in a specific range. The energy range that is desired is the energy range that is just above the K-absorption edge of the tissue in question. The K-edge is the binding energy of the K-shell electron. This energy level varies from tissue to tissue. The importance of the K-edge is that at photon energies just above this level, the transmission of photons through the tissue in question drops dramatically. That is, the photons are maximally attenuated at this energy level (52). Therefore, to separate bone from soft tissue in a quantifiable fashion, the energy of the photon beam should be just above the K-edge of bone or soft tissue for maximum attenuation. GE Medical Systems uses a cerium filter in its central8 devices that has a K-shell absorption edge at 40 keV. A cerium-filtered X-ray spectrum at 80 kV will contain two photoelectric peaks at about 40 and 70 keV. The samarium K-edge filter employed by Norland in its...

Opportunities For Improving Performance Image Formation

Image formation in SPECT is usually based on multi-bore collimators or pinholes. The latter are particularly advantageous for small-animal studies since they can be placed close to the subject and therefore subtend a relatively large solid angle for a given spatial resolution. Moreover, many pinholes can be used, increasing the total solid angle still further (6). Another feature of small-animal imaging is that low-energy isotopes can be used with negligible self-absorption within the body. This opens up the possibility of using glancing angle reflective or diffractive focusing optics which do not work at higher energies.

Leptin and Immune Function

Levels of this adipocyte-derived hormone are proportional to fat mass, but may be lowered rapidly by fasting. Impaired cell-mediated immunity and reduced levels of leptin are both features of low body weight in humans. There is enough reported evidence to suggest a role for leptin in linking nutritional status to cognate cellular immune function, and to provide a molecular mechanism to account for the immune dysfunction observed in starvation 44 . The decrease in leptin plasma concentrations during food deprivation leads to impaired immune function, whereas the restoration of leptin to normal levels by feeding after starvation is sufficient to ameliorate the immune response and is followed by a significant increase in Th1 activity, supporting further the role of lep-tin as a nutritional sensor for the immune functions 45 . Therefore, leptin is the signal that connects the energy stores with the immune system, and may play a role in the immunosuppression of starvation. Leptin seems to...

Site Exposure Can Account for Nucleosome Mobility and for Nucleosome Transcription

The site exposure model provides a physically plausible mechanism for nucleosome mobility, in which a segment of DNA released from the histone surface can loop back and be recaptured at a new position (most likely displaced by a multiple of the DNA helical repeat), creating a nucleosome with a bulged loop of DNA. Analogous structures have been postulated as intermediates during nucleosome transcription (14). The bulge could propagate around the nucleosome in a relatively low-energy process when it runs off the other end, the nucleosome would be found to have moved. The rate of site exposure processes (35) is fast compared to rates of spontaneous nucleosome mobility (24,27), suggesting that site exposure could in principle account for nucleo-some mobility, and, conversely, that nucleosome mobility itself is unlikely to be the actual mechanism of site exposure.

Diagnosis ofBlunt Cardiac Trauma

Concentrations of both cTnI and cTnT have been shown to be increased in trauma patients, especially following cardiac contusion (13-16). Blunt cardiac injury typically results from direct compression of the heart or decelerating forces delivered to the chest. Such cardiac injury may occur even after relatively low-energy trauma without other obvious injuries. In the large majority of patients with blunt chest trauma studied, small to moderate increases in cardiac troponin were found, implying that the extent of injury is small (14,15). The results of testing for cardiac troponin were able to differentiate the majority of patients with isolated increased creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB) values related to skeletal muscle damage from those with myocardial injury. In one representative study of 44 patients with blunt chest trauma, 37 trauma patients without cardiac contusion had increases in CK-MB without a rise in cTnI (15). In the six patients with evidence of cardiac injury by...

Covalent Bonds Molecular Orbitals

Consequently, there are three occupied orbitals which belong to shell n 2. The px- and pr-orbitals are each occupied by one unpaired electron (no exponent, i.e., exponent 1), but the s-orbital is occupied by an electron pair (exponent 2). Hence, only two of the four bond, or valence electrons are able to form bonds. It is, however, a peculiarity of the carbon atom that it jumps to another energy state immediately prior to a reaction by a relatively low energy input (some 250 kj mol). For this, one of the two electrons of the s-orbital moves to a completely unoccupied pz-orbit

Perturbation of Energy Metabolism

The mechanism of radiosensitization by modulators of energy metabolism is not clear. No radiosensitization was observed when low concentrations of 2-deoxyglucose and rote-none were used in combination to achieve a steady-state decrease in the adenylate energy charge of Chinese hamster ovary cells, even though very low energy levels were maintained for up to 4 h and DNA repair was inhibited (594). This result suggests that a complete collapse of energy metabolism may be required to achieve radiosensitization, and that the mechanism may involve secondary events, such as failure to maintain ionic ho-meostasis, rather than simply a lack of ATP to carry out repair. It could be that the processes that result in damage fixation are equally inhibited by a low energy state, and that both damage fixation and damage repair recover when the ATP is restored. It is possible that under certain conditions, the balance could be shifted the other way, inhibiting damage fixation while permitting repair....

Consequences of Altered Glucose Metabolism Oxidative Stress

50, 53, 54 we have demonstrated that patients with cancer at advanced stage showed a condition of oxidative stress characterised by high blood levels of ROS and reduced erythrocyte GSH peroxidase and SOD activity. Antioxidant activity was significantly reduced in patients with the most advanced stage (IV) and compromised performance status (EGOG PS 2-3). Moreover, oxidative stress was associated with high levels of proin-flammatory cytokines IL-6 and TNF-a, and CRP, and low levels of leptin 51 . The inverse correlation between leptin levels and the parameters of oxidative stress (ROS) strongly suggests that lep-tin is a signal of negative energy balance and low energy reserves and that oxidative stress is a consequence of the metabolic derangements, particularly of glucose metabolism.

Considerations In Radiation Catheter Design

Solid crystal scintillators have sufficient density to have a high probability of interaction between the gamma ray or X-ray and the crystalline structure of the detector. If the detector can be brought close to the source of radiation, however, it may be preferable to detect beta radiation (or very low energy conversion electrons) than gamma radiation. A major advantage of this approach is the elimination of the need for shielding and collimation because of the very short range of charged particles (< 2 mm) compared with that of gamma rays (10s of cm to m) in tissue. Limiting the sensitivity of a beta detector for gamma rays minimizes the likelihood that radiation arising at some distance from the detector will be sensed. Most beta detectors have beta gamma sensitivity ratios of greater than 100 to 1 favoring beta radiation. This ratio is achieved by having a relatively low density material for the sensor. As a result, the probability of interaction of gamma...

Supportive Approaches

Low-Energy Food, Portion Control, Prepackaged Prepared Meals The use of low energy-dense foods may be another effective approach for treating obesity. The energy density of a diet is defined as the calories present in a given weight of food. A food's energy density is directly correlated with its fat content and inversely correlated with its water content. Energy intake during a meal is partially regulated by the weight of ingested food and is inversely correlated with energy density.

Molecular Similaritydiversity

Methods for describing chemical structures fall into two broad classes. Two-dimensional (2D) methods can be calculated from the 2D graph in which atoms are nodes in the graph and the bonds are the connections between the nodes. Three-dimensional (3D) methods require the generation of a 3D structure U,y, 2 coordinates) for a structure. Because a molecule does not exist in a single low energy conformer, the issue of conformer generation also requires addressing with this latter method. Combining the various descriptors, particularly 2D and 3D, is an area of active research.

Amide Relevant Conformations in Proteins

By use of site-directed mutagenesis in positions covering cis prolyl bonds, the proline has been replaced by nonproline amino acids. It came as a surprise that the secondary amide peptide bond formed in the substitution still adopts the ther-modynamically disfavored cis conformation in many cases 25,26,132-135 . Thus, to overcome the free energy costs of a cis secondary amide peptide bond of about 15 kJ mol-1 the structural consequences favoring the trans conformation must be absent in the folded protein variant. Consequently, the CTI is largely retained in these protein variants 133 .

Dynamic Protein Structures

It is easy to get the impression that protein structures are fixed and immobile. In fact proteins are always flexing and changing their structure slightly around their lowest energy state. A good term for this is breathing. Many proteins have two low-energy states in which they spend most of their time, like a sleeper who, though twisting and turning throughout the night, nevertheless spends most time lying on their back or side. An example is the glucose carrier (Fig. 11.1). This is a transmembrane protein that forms a tube through the membrane. It is stable in one of two configurations. In one the tube is open to the cytosol in the other the tube is open to the extracellular medium. By switching between the two states, the glucose carrier carries glucose into and out of the cell.

Site of renal ischemiareperfusion injury

The target zone for hypoxic injury has also been extensively studied in the IPRK where it predominantly involves the S3 segment of the proximal tubule and distal tubules located within the outer stripe of the outer medulla and their cortical equivalent, the medullary rays. The debate over whether the proximal or distal nephron segment is the primary target for hypoxic injury continues. Many of the morphological events in ischemic injury are model dependent as are those in the IPRK. As discussed already, the consistent artifac-tual necrosis of MTAL cells first described by Alcorn 124 arises as a result of the absence of an oxygen carrier during erythrocyte-free perfusion. Many studies by Brezis and his colleagues in the IPRK demonstrated that the MTAL lesion resulted from hypoxia and found that the lesion could be reduced by factors inhibiting energy consumption in the presence of substrate (oxygen) limitation, such as loop diuretics and that factors further reducing regional oxygen...

Pymol Database Manager

Chemscape Chine

MDL Sculpt is a desktop 3D visualization system that automatically generates low-energy 3D conformation when compounds are entered from MDL ISIS Draw, MDL ISIS Base, MDL ISIS for Excel, or MDL Chime. Sculpt provides high-quality visualizations aligning compounds to each other, add solvent-accessible surfaces, protein ribbons, contact surfaces, and CPK and ball-and-stick rendering. c. Content and DiscoveryGate

Glycogen Can Provide Glucose for Glycolysis

The polysaccharide glycogen (page 30) is used as a store of glucose particularly in liver and muscle cells. We saw in Chapter 2 how the glycosidic bond can be hydrolyzed with the broken ends of the bond being sealed with groups from a water molecule, so that a hydrogen atom is added to one side of the broken bond and a hydroxyl group is added to the other (page 44). The enzyme glycogen phosphorylase specifically breaks the a(1 4) glycosidic bond in glycogen but seals the broken ends with groups from inorganic phosphate, so that a hydrogen atom is added to one side of the broken bond and a phosphate group is added to the freed glucose monomer (Fig. 13.5). The resulting glucose-1-phosphate is readily converted to glucose-6-phosphate for glycolysis. Breaking up glycogen this way is more energy efficient than simply hydrolyzing it (as happens in the intestine) since the ATP that would otherwise be required to make glucose-6-phosphate from free glucose is saved. The occasional a(1 6) links...

Implantable Cardioverterdefibrillator Implantation

There are many testing algorithms to assess defibrillation efficacy and determine a value for DFT (Fig. 8.4), but two methods predominate the single-energy success and step-down protocols. For both methods, the first shock is typically set at least 10J less than the maximal output of the device. Ventricular fibrillation is induced by pacing through the right ventricular electrode or with a low-energy shock on the T wave. The pulse generator will then automatically sense the arrhythmia, charge, and deliver a shock. If the first shock is successful, then this energy level can be repeated once or twice more (single-energy success method). This technique allows for minimal testing to establish adequate acute defibrillation efficacy. Alternatively, in the step-down method the shock energy is decreased on each trial until a shock energy is reached that fails to defibrillate. The lowest energy level to successfully defibrillate is the DFT.28 This energy level may be tested an additional one...

Properties And Occurrence In The Environment

The relative ease of dissociation of the -N-NO bond is probably one of the most significant physical properties of the A -nitroso derivatives. The release of the nitric oxide group from the Af-nitrosamines is accomplished with relatively low energy requirements. Hence, the exposure of gaseous A -nitroso compounds to high temperatures, between 400 C and 500 C, can be a selective method for the removal of nitric oxide without causing other major rearrangements or dissociations in the rest of the molecule. This physical property of the A -nitrosamines has allowed the development of the thermal energy analyzer (TEA), a highly selective detector for A -nitrosamines.

Processing and packaging

The drink is generally heated by hot water in a plate or tubular (spiral) heat exchanger to the desired pasteurisation temperature and held at that temperature for the specified time in a holding tube before being cooled to the filling temperature (usually ambient) using chilled water. Normally, flash pasteurisers have a regenerative section (see Figure 8.1) this is an energy-saving feature whereby the incoming raw product is initially heated by the hot product returning from the holding coil, which in turn is cooled. The energy used for heating is regenerated. To prevent reinfection the equipment must be sterilisable using culinary steam or hot water and be impervious to microbiological spores (i.e. there should be no risk of contamination from unpasteurised product or product trapped in 'dead legs' or equipment that is not bacteria tight, e.g. valves and pumps). In some countries regulations require that pasteurised product is always at a higher pressure than the raw product or...

Antitachycardia Pacing

High-rate, overdrive pacing is very effective for terminating ventricular tachycardia. Adaptive algorithms are used, in which the pacing rate is set based upon the tachycardia cycle length of each episode of tachycardia (Fig. 8.10). Randomized studies have shown similar efficacy of burst (constant cycle length in the train) and ramp (decremental cycle lengths) pacing in this setting (Fig. 8.11).44 Interestingly, the success rates for pace termination of spontaneous episodes of ventricular tachycardia are higher than for induced episodes, typically approximately 90 , whereas arrhythmia acceleration rates are low (1 to 3 ).44,45 Presumably, the high efficacy of terminating spontaneous ventricular tachycardias is due to the slower rates of these episodes compared with induced tachycardias. These observations support a strategy of empiric programming of antitachycardia pacing in patients with the underlying substrate for monomor-phic ventricular tachycardia.45 There is a relative paucity...

Structure Of Biguanides

Structure Nateglinide

Conformational analysis of some second-generation sulfonylureas and repaglinide identified low energy conformations of these agents, in which the pharmacophoric groups derived by SAR studies could be best superimposed (106). The proposed binding conformations for glyburide and repaglinide are shown in Fig. 1.3. Figure 1.3. Proposed binding conformations (106) for glyburide and repaglinide based on the selection cf calculated low energy conformers, which allow approximate superimposition of the major pharma-cophoric groups. Figure 1.3. Proposed binding conformations (106) for glyburide and repaglinide based on the selection cf calculated low energy conformers, which allow approximate superimposition of the major pharma-cophoric groups.

See also Phosphoprotein Phosphatase I cAMPDependent Protein Kinase

Reciprocal regulation of the glycolysis and gluconeogenesis pathways is related in large part to the adenylate energy charge. Conditions of low energy charge tend to activate the rate-controlling steps in glycolysis, while inhibiting carbon flux through gluconeogenesis. Conversely, gluconeogenesis is stimulated at high energy charge, under conditions where ATP levels remain sufficiently high.

Databases of Organic Compounds

Fir distances between all atoms in the molecule. OMEGA (76) uses a torsion-driven approach for building conformers. It generates Ow energy conformers for each molecule by assembling it from fragments and searching through possible orientations of the subunit added. WIZARD (77) and COBRA (78), AIMB (79) and MIMUMBA (80) employ artificial intelligence techniques for generating a set of user-specified low energy conformations for a compound. MOLGEO (81) uses a depth-first approach for generating 3D structures based on connectivity using bond length and bond angle tables. IDEALIZE (82) is a molecular mechanics program that minimizes 2D structures to generate the corresponding 3D structure. 2.3.4 3D Pharmacophores 2.3.4.1 Ligand-Based Pharmacophore Generation. Ligand-based pharmacophores are typically used when the crystallographic, solution structure, or modeled structure of a protein cannot be obtained. When a set of active compounds is known and it is hypothesized that all compounds...

Computerized Energy Calculations Based On Molecular Models

The conformations from protein-lactose complexes in Figure 15-12 illustrate two ways that theoretical energy calculations can be useful. The observed points are literally sprinkled all over the map, while the other P-1,4 linkages were in a much smaller region of space. Because of possible inaccuracies or even errors in the determinations of carbohydrate structures in protein complexes,4 it would be useful to have a tool for checking the plausibility for the structures that are distant (in space) from the other structures. In deciding whether an experimentally determined structure is a reasonable result, it should have a relatively low energy, perhaps slightly higher than the more frequently found structures. Secondly, if a correctly determined conformation does truly have a high energy, there may be special features of these complexes, such as catalytic sites in hydrolytic enzymes, that are distorting the molecules. Looking further at Figure 15-12, it would be useful to have some idea...

Timing of surgical intervention

Indications for acute exploration include the following concomitant vascular injury, open injuries caused by sharp laceration, and crush or contaminated open wounds. With crush or contaminated wounds, it is advisable to identify and tag divided nerve stumps for later repair. Devitalized tissue should be debrided and bony injuries stabilized, and any accompanying arterial injuries should be repaired primarily. Early exploration, within 1 to 2 weeks, is recommended for unequivocal, complete C5-T1 avulsion injuries 4 . Plexus injuries that occur from a low-energy GSW are generally neuropraxic and should not be routinely explored.

Electron Transport Chain

This reaction releases energy, 206 kJ for every mole of NADH used. The energy is used to carry about 12H+ ions from their low-energy state in the mitochondrial matrix to their high-energy state in the cytosol. Figure 12.5 summarizes the reaction in terms of energy currencies. The circle symbolizes the linkage between the energy released in the conversion of NADH to NAD+ and the energy used to drive H+ out of the mitochondrial matrix. If the electron transport chain simply allowed NADH to reduce oxygen to water, then the reaction's energy would be released as heat. Instead, the enzymatic function of the electron transport chain is tightly coupled to its function as a carrier that moves H+ ions. The energy of NADH is thus converted to the energy of the H+ gradient.

Application Of Sacrificial Oxide In Devices

Howe and Muller (in 1983) used sacrificial oxide to fabricate cantilever beams from polycrystalline silicon (polysilicon) 82 . They etched holes in sacrificial oxide layer fabricated on silicon surface. Next, a polysilicon layer was deposited and plasma etched, leaving the desired cross-section to form a cantilever. Then the underlying sacrificial oxide was etched off in HF. Since a gradual step was required in the polysilicon cantilever beam to minimize the stress concentration, a tapered oxide window edge was desired. In order to achieve this, the sacrificial oxide was constructed with both the wet thermal oxidation, and CVD oxide, followed by a densification process. The oxide layer consisted of 10 thermal SiO2 and 90 phosphosilicate glass (about 8.75 phosphorous content). The thin rapidly etching surface layer needed for a tapered oxide window edge was created by low energy argon implant.

Substrate Supply For Cotton Fiber Cellulose Biogenesis

Cotton Fiber Synthesis

In light of a possible multistep mechanism for cellulose synthesis in which synthesis of a cellodextrin primer may be a first step (Peng et al. 2001a), it is possible that both free UDP-Glc and UDP-Glc channeled from SuSy participate in cellulose synthesis. Perhaps free UDP-Glc provides the substrate for primer synthesis, whereas UDP-Glc channeled via P-SuSy provides the substrate for polymerization of high molecular weight secondary wall cellulose in vivo. This division would allow the bulk of the carbon to be provided through the most energy efficient mechanism, while a requirement for a primer may provide one means of regulating cellulose biosynthesis. It is also possible that the two pathways, one based on free UDP-Glc and one based on sucrose as a source of channeled UDP-Glc, are used alternatively or in different ratios at different stages of development or under different environmental conditions. It should be noted that crystalline cellulose microfibrils can be made in vitro...

Nutritional Counseling

Overweight is a risk factor for diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and CAV. A history of pre-transplant obesity or the correction of prior malabsorption by transplant may contribute to its development. Excessive caloric intake can be caused by an increased appetite due to corticos-teroids. Patients have to be aware of the need to accept strict calorie control in relation to their energy consumption. Corticosteroids also lead to salt and fluid retention as well as elevation of blood sugar and cholesterol. Post-transplant nutrition should therefore contain low sodium, low total fat (< 30 of calories), low saturated fat

Box 1 Solidphase peptide synthesis

Between related proteins only having dissimilar features distant from the binding site. Also they have previously been considered too small to disrupt the large number of low-energy contacts present in protein-protein docking sites, which at about 800 A2 are too large an area for a molecule of only 500 Da to be able to cover. Despite this, the recent discovery of much smaller hot-spot residues within protein-protein contact footprints, and allosteric structural changes during protein-protein binding, both of which provide much smaller sites for pharmacophores to address, suggest that many docking sites are amenable to attack.

Advantages of Radiotracer Imaging

Both SPECT and PET imaging can provide quantitative information about the biodistribution and kinetics of a radiotracer. The accuracy of SPECT imaging is fundamentally limited by the attenuation of the low energy photons by body tissues. This introduces an error in relating the density of detected photons to the concentration of the radiopharmaceutical in an organ. Moreover, the presence of scattered radiation limits spatial resolution. The absolute quantification of SPECT and PET images is also limited by partial volume errors. While PET imaging can overcome some of the attenuation problems compared with SPECT, the PET approach is a more expensive technique. The introduction of hybrid systems (SPECT CT and PET CT) for imaging has greatly enhanced the performance and accuracy of nuclear imaging. The CT component

Sensing And Pacing Thresholds

Intracardiac Electrograms

The pacing threshold determination is an important feature of pacer follow-up evaluations because generator longevity may be significantly enhanced if the output can be programmed to the lowest value that will provide an adequate safety margin for pacing. Particular longevity may be obtained if outputs can be programmed to 2.5 V, i.e., less than the lithium-iodine battery voltage of 2.8 V At this output, the energy inefficient voltage doubling circuit can be avoided. Further decreases in output beyond this point provide diminishing energy savings. In practice, doubling the voltage threshold (at a pulse width of 0.4 or 0.5 milliseconds) or tripling the pulse width threshold (as long as less than 0.3 milliseconds) usually will provide an adequate safety margin. Energy consumption is directly proportional to the pulse width but increases with the square of voltage. If tripling the pulse width results in an interval less than 0.9 milliseconds, this is usually more energy efficient than...

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

The hemodynamic benefit of LV preexcitation is primarily due to ventricular resynchronization rather than AV optimization, however. The decreased LV + dP dt and decreased stroke work associated with interventricular delay can be eliminated by CRT13 and improvements in RV to LV delay correlate with improvements in EF.24 Furthermore, CRT improves pumping function while decreasing myocardial energy consumption.25

E Nanorings Nanospirals and Nanosprings

Try to attain a low energy state and hence it could take shape into a ring or a spiral or a spring as shown in Figs. 5.16(b), 5.16(c), and 5.16(d) 44 . Further synthesis details could be referred elsewhere 42, 44, 45 . The thickness of the nanobelts obtained by the doping technique ranges from 5 to 20 nm with an aspect ratio of 1 4 they are extremely tough and flexible 28 .

Experimental Control Of Oxidative Stress Pathways

Work with Drosophila, yeast cells, Neurospora (a type of fungus), and the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has established a genetic link between stress responsiveness and lifespan. For example, when exposed to a low-energy environment, C. elegans converts to its dauer state in which reproductive function is arrested. During this state, this organism is more resistant to stress. C. elegans mutations have been reported to extend life expectancy by 40 to more than 100 . The first of these mutations to be discovered involved the age-1 gene mutations in this gene have

What are the Dietary Protein Requirements of Cancer Patients

If one were to accept the arguments presented by Millward and Jackson, then a healthy 60- to 70-year-old man or woman weighing 70 kg with a low physical activity level of 1.5 times the basal metabolism value would require a dietary P E ratio of at least 0.12 to maintain N balance. This might be considered to be a minimum amount, for the following reasons. The calculations by Millward are based on the assumption of energy balance, and do not take into account that at low energy intakes amino acids are diverted to energy-yielding reactions. The average energy intakes of advanced pancreatic cancer patients are in the vicinity of determined basal metabolic rate (22-25 kcal kg body weight per day) and thus a significant fraction of individuals are not taking in enough energy even to match basal metabolism requirements 16, 27 . Also, the definition used by Millward and Jackson for calculation of the P E ratio of sedentary persons is a physical activity level of 1.5 times basal metabolism...

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Nuclei with a net magnetic dipole such as 1H and 13C will orient the dipole axis in an external magnetic field in certain quantized orientations. The number of possible orientations is given by 2I + 1. If a nucleus with I 1 2 is placed in a uniform magnetic field, it may take up one of two orientations with respect to the field (the external magnetic field H defines the z-axis). Those may be considered as a low-energy orientation in which the nuclear magnet is aligned with the field (having quantum numbers ms +1 2), and those referred to as a high-energy orientation in which the magnet is aligned against the field (having quantum numbers ms -1 2). The transition between these two energy states can be brought about by the absorption of suitable electromagnetic radiation of energy.

Ventricular Pressure Volume Relations and Energetics

External stroke work is closely related to cardiac energy utilization. Since myocardial contraction is fueled by ATP, 90 to 95 of which is normally produced by oxidative phosphorylation, cardiac energy consumption is often studied in terms of myocardial oxygen consumption, VO2 (ml O2-g-1-beat-1). Since energy is also expended during non-working contractions, Suga and colleagues 1981 defined the pressure-volume area PVA (J'g-1-beat-1) as the loop area (external stroke work) plus the end-systolic potential energy (internal work) which is the area under the ESPVR left of the isovolumic relaxation line (Fig. 11.5a), In mammals, there are characteristic variations in cardiac function with heart size. In the power law relation for heart rate as a function of body mass analogous to Eq. (11.3) , the coefficient k is 241 beats-min-1 and the power a is -0.25 Stahl, 1967 . In the smallest mammals, like soricine shrews that weigh only a few grams, maximum heart rates exceeding 1000 beats-min-1...

Brain Energy Metabolism In Bipolar Depression

Although the brain makes up about 2 of our total body weight, it consumes about 20 and 25 of total body dioxide and glucose, respectively. Neural activity is dependent upon energy metabolism mainly for the active transport of ions and other molecules through cellular membranes needed for neural excitation. Energy consumption is particularly high for Na+ K+-ATPase and Ca2+-ATPase in plasma and endoplasmic membranes. Brain energy metabolism is reflected in ade-nosine-triphosphate (ATP) turnover. ATP, an energy-rich molecule with two high-energy phosphoanhydride bonds, is the energy donor in most energy-consuming processes, and its production in the brain is highly regulated. Another energy-rich molecule with high-energy phosphate is creatine phosphate, which enables the production of ATP from ade-nosine diphosphate via the creatine kinase creatine phosphate system. This system may also function in regulating mitochondrial activity.

Atomic Molecular Properties and 2D3D Structural Descriptors

Pharmacophore Triplets

3D BCUTs are an example of case (1).They reflect confonnational differences, but only to a limited extent because they are inherently low dimensional. This is actually somewhat advantageous because the single low energy conformation from which they are computed may or may not be similar to the bound conformation for a particular receptor. Pearlman (11) has noted that 3D BCUTs appear to be advantageous when the population of interest is a single combinatorial library but that, on average, 2D and 3D BCUTs appear to be equally advantageous when the population of interest is much more diverse. In cases (2) and (3), the descriptors need to be accumulated over all conformers. In the case of bit strings this means ORing them over all conformations (combine using logical OR). Herein lies a potential issue with such techniques, in that data from multiple conformations could obscure the signal from the particular bound conformation relevant to a particular target.

Glucose Metabolism Changes in CACS

The utilisation of lactate and glycogenetic amino acids for the synthesis of glucose in the liver is a process associated with high energy consumption. Increased gluconeogenesis has been proposed as the main cause of increased energy expenditure of cancer patients. The increase of glucose turnover is strictly related to histotype, stage of disease and grade of cachexia. Several studies have analysed the relationship between glucose metabolism and changes of body weight. Patients without weight loss have a normal Cory cycle activity, whilst those with progressive weight loss have an increased Cory cycle activity associated with an increased lactate production. However, the compensatory increased gluconeoge-nesis is associated with reduced synthesis of insulin and insulin resistance. In fact, the most

Radiosensitization by Alteration of Energy Absorption

Photofrin Absorption

2.2.1 Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT). Certain isotopes, such as capture low energy (thermal) neutrons very efficiently. This property is expressed as the thermal neutron cross section, in units of barns. The thermal neutron cross section for 10B is 3837 barns. As early as 1936 (354), it was suggested that preferential incorporation of 10B into tumors could be a useful strategy for selectively radiosensitizing tumor cells. 10B itself is not radioactive, but neutron capture by 10B is followed by radioactive decay of the resulting 11B nucleus. 11B splits into 4He nuclei (alpha particles) and 7Li ions, both of which are densely ionizing i.e., high linear energy transfer (LET) , and consequently very cytotoxic. The ranges of these particles are such that their energy is deposited within one cell diameter of the neutron-capture event. These characteristics make 10B a very desirable isotope for neutron-capture therapy, even though other isotopes have higher thermal neutron capture...

Hypermetabolism and Protein Catabolism

Post Acute Withdrawal Cycle

Depending on the type of cachexia, the body's protein compartment undergoes several modifications, which are, in some cases, not related to fat changes 22 . New insights regarding muscle atrophy occurring in aging, AIDS, diabetes, immobility, and space flight have been gained in the last few years. For example, it is now known that ubiquitin ligases are involved in the breakdown of muscle proteins 76 . An acute calorie defect, e.g. a total 24-h fast, forces the organism to use energy reserves, so that approximately 150 g of fat and 60 g of protein are burned. Subsequently, energy-saving mechanisms become involved. These reduce protein breakdown by as much as threefold, whereas the energy withdrawal from adipose tissue remains unchanged 34 . Basal metabolism accounts for about a fifth of the calories normally consumed at rest. In contrast, serious infection induces acute protein loss (which may be > 120 g day) 32 . During the septic period, starvation does not activate the...

Vegetarian Diets

For thousands of years humans were hunters and gatherers who consumed mainly fruits, leaves, roots, and seeds, supplemented occasionally with meat when it was available. Plant foods have a low energy density-they contain few calories for their bulk-so to obtain 2500kcals day eating only fruits, leaves, and roots, around 7-8 kg of these foods would need to be eaten each day. Therefore, consumption of some meat, which is a concentrated form of energy, minerals, and protein, had obvious advantages.

Tissue Metabolism

In contrast to uncomplicated starvation, where the energy expenditure is decreased as compensation, an elevated metabolic rate was recognised. Several symptoms such as tachycardia, hyperp-noea, sweating and a rise in body temperature indicated an increase of the metabolic rate that was in sharp contrast to the reduced energy supply in these patients 25 . In 1916, the increase in the basal metabolic rate was directly documented 26, 27 . Increased metabolic demands of several specific tissues were discussed as one underlying reason for this finding. Decreased efficiency of the respiratory system due to reduced compliance 28 and capacity of the lungs, together with hyperventilation, result in higher energy demands of the respiratory muscles 29 . In the case of patients with congestive heart failure it was also suggested that the hypertrophic myocardium may contribute to the hypermetabolism in chronic heart failure 30, 31 . The combination of an increase in total energy consumption of the...

Main Messages

Endurance training is recommended for everybody including patients with stable coronary artery disease. Energy consumption should ideally be between 1000 and 2000kcal week, which corresponds to 3-5 hours of submaximal endurance training per week. This has been shown to lead to increased exercise performance it also improves the cardiovascular risk profile, reduces the cardiovascular complication rate, improves myocardial perfusion, and slows the progression of coronary artery disease. Furthermore,endothelial function improves in patients with diabetes mellitus type 2 after 6 months of an intensive program of secondary prevention focusing on daily aerobic exercise training.

Definition of Site

Medicinal chemists have recognized the potential of searching three-dimensional chemical databases to aid in the process of designing drugs for known, or hypothetical, receptor sites. Several databases are well known, such as the Cambridge Crystallographic Database (194) (CSD). The crystal coordinates of proteins and other large macromolecules are deposited into the Brookhaven Protein Databank (195).The conformations present in crystallographic databases reflect low energy conformers that should be readily attainable in solution and in the receptor complex. The three-dimensional orientation of the key regions of the drug that are crucial for molecular recognition and binding are termed thepharmacophore. The investigator searches the three-dimensional database through a query for fragments that contain the pharmacophoric functional groups in the proper three-dimensional orientation. Using these fragments as building blocks, completely novel structures...

Leptin

Ments (on cultured adipocytes) provides a strong support to our hypothesis that in advanced cancer patients, and especially those with CACS, low lep-tin levels function as a signal of negative energy balance and low energy reserves 47 consequent to the reduced intake and the impaired utilisation of energy substrates, particularly glucose.

Pet Radioligands

P-CFT also has been labeled with fluorine-18 (18F), which has a radioactive half-life of 109.8 min and relatively low-energy positrons those features allow for longer imaging times and higher-resolution images than with 11C (50). 18F-P-CFT reaches peak striatal binding at approx 225 min. Therefore, although it capably images DAT (50) and monitors the progress of PD (51,52), the relationship between its striatal localization and isotope half-life is less-than-ideal.

Ultraviolet

Ultraviolet radiation is a low-energy emission and does not penetrate deeply. Hence the skin absorbs most of the radiation and is the primary carcinogenic target. Because nonmelanomatous skin cancer is the most easily detectable and curable human cancer, the fact that it is also the most clearly identifiable is often overlooked. The fear of skin cancer, however, is apparently not sufficient to prevent people from overexposing themselves to this carcinogenic agent.

Fusion

Membrane fusion is the process by which a vesicle membrane incorporates its components into the target membrane and releases its cargo into the lumen of the organelle or, in the case of secretion, into the extracellular medium. Different steps in membrane fusion are distinguished. First, the vesicle and the target membrane mutually identify each other. Then, proteins from both membranes interact with one another to form stable complexes and bring the two membranes into close apposition, resulting in the docking of the vesicle to the target membrane. Finally, considerable energy needs to be supplied to force the membranes to fuse, since the low-energy organization in which the hydrophobic tails of the phospholipids are kept away from water while the hydrophilic head groups are in an aqueous medium must be disrupted, even if only briefly, as the vesicle and target membranes distort and then fuse.

Energy Expenditure

Own longitudinal observations, about half of the patients had elevated REE, defined as 110 or more of predicted REE 2 . Increased energy expenditure in cancer patients are significantly related to systemic inflammation, in which anaemia may attenuate the effectiveness of oxygen transportation and thereby increase the energy cost for circulatory homeostasis. However, anaemia may also correlate with increased energy consumption as a component of the acute-phase response, evident by an increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate or increased C-reactive protein levels 14 . In this context, it is noteworthy that pain does not seem to be a universal explanation to cancer cachexia in patients with solid gastrointestinal malignancy 21 (Fig. 5). Thus, it was possible to attenuate the increased REE in cancer patients by p-blockade to slow down hyperactive cardiovascular activity mediated in part by increased noradrenergic and adrenergic activity in combination with elevated production of...

Rateadaptive Sensors

Multiple technical considerations are important in the implementation of the sensor. These include the stability of the sensor and the size of the sensor, as well as its biocompatibility and the ease of its programming. Excessive energy consumption by a sensor will limit the life span of the pulse generator. Sensors that are large or require the placement of additional electrodes or a new type of electrode may present a technical problem. The response of the sensor is determined by its intrinsic properties in response to stimuli, by the algorithm used to relate changes in the sensed parameter to changes in paced heart rate, and by the ease and way it is programmed. Minute-ventilation sensing, rate-adaptive pacing systems have been demonstrated to provide rate modulation that is closely correlated with VO2 in most patients implanted with these devices.103-106 Minute ventilation is estimated by frequent measurements of transthoracic impedance between an intracardiac lead and the pulse...

Outlook

So far, fast scoring functions cover only part of the whole receptor-ligand binding process. A more detailed picture could be obtained by taking into account properties of the unbound ligand, that is, solvation effects and energetic differences between the low-energy solution conformations and the bound conformation.

Defibrillation

Ventricular Fibrillation Cardioversion

An example of low-energy cardioversion (0.5J) for the termination of ventricular tachycardia. The shock is shown by the high-voltage artifact on the electrocardiographic recordings, which was followed by the restoration of sinus rhythm. Figure 8.12. An example of low-energy cardioversion (0.5J) for the termination of ventricular tachycardia. The shock is shown by the high-voltage artifact on the electrocardiographic recordings, which was followed by the restoration of sinus rhythm.

Weight Loss

Studies in the medical literature have provided conflicting results with regard to the effect of weight loss on bone density, although the majority report small losses in BMC or reduced bone density. Fogelholm et al. (107) followed 74 premenopausal women during a 12-month weight reduction program that consisted of 3 months of a very low energy diet and a 9-month walking program followed by 24 months of follow-up. Bone density was measured by DXA (Norland XR-26) at the PA lumbar spine, proximal femur, and distal radius. The average age of these women was 40 years. The mean body mass index (BMI) was 34.0 kg m2 and the mean weight was 92 kg (202.8 lb). During the first 3 months, the average weight loss was 13.2 kg (29.1 lb). The subjects lost more fat than fat-free mass and more abdominal than peripheral fat based on body composition studies. During this same time, although femoral neck BMD did not change, PA lumbar spine, trochanter, and distal radial BMD declined a small but...

Spectroscopy

The entire spectrum of electromagnetic resonance, as shown in Figure 3.2 adapted from Cowan,3 is available for various physical methods. High-energy, short-wavelength transitions occur at the left end of Figure 3.2, whereas low-energy, long-wavelength transitions occur at the right.

Multiple Discharges

Acute treatment of the patient with multiple appropriate ICD discharges should first focus on treating any underlying causes and or initiating intravenous antiarrhythmic or beta blockade therapy.23 If the patient is receiving multiple appropriate shocks for ventricular tachycardia, reprogramming to include ATP for ventricular tachycardia may diminish the number of shocks. Sometimes, the patient may benefit from a longer detection and confirmation time in the VT zone if most of the episodes of ventricular tachycardia are self-terminating. If multiple shocks result from ineffective therapies (i.e., ATP or a low-energy shock failing to convert the ventricular tachycardia), more aggressive initial therapy may diminish the total number of discharges the patient receives.

Labeled Ligand Assays

For example, a separation-based radioimmunoassay (RIA) has been developed for human placental lactogen (HPL),11 which is a protein hormone secreted by the placenta. The HPL levels have been used as indicators of normal placental function during pregnancy. It is antigenic, and antibodies may be produced by immunizing an animal with the human protein. The HPL is labeled by iodination with I at its tyrosine residues, to give a labeled antigen, HPL*. This labeled species is a low-energy g-ray emitter. Figure 6.3 shows an outline of the assay procedure. A fixed amount of HPL and the unknown HPL are incubated with a fixed, insufficient quantity of anti-HPL antibodies. Competition for the Ab-binding sites ensues, and after a fixed incubation period, the bound fraction is precipitated by the addition of ethanol. After centrifugation, the radioactivity in either the precipitate or the supernatant is measured.

Radioisotopes

In general, 125I is used as a label for large-protein antigen labeling.12 It has a half-life of 60 days, is a low-energy g-emitter, and thus requires only inexpensive instrumentation for detection. The isotope 3H is commonly used for hapten labeling. It has a 12-year half-life and is a p-emitter, thus requiring a scintillation counter for detection. A further disadvantage of 3H is that it has a low specific activity, and yields poor detection limits relative to 125I. Some specialized assays employ isotopes of Co, Fe, and Se.

Physical Exercise

Physical Benefits Exercise Cardiac

A meta-analysis showed that normoglycemic patients with coronary artery disease10 benefited from endurance training as part of a rehabilitation program, with a reduction in mortality of 31 . This prognostic effect of physical exercise, especially for diabetic patients, has been demonstrated in several studies4,11 (see Table 18-1) and includes a marked reduction in both the risk of developing coronary artery disease and the rate of cardiac mortality.12 To obtain these benefits, energy consumption due to physical exercise training should ideally be between 1000 and 2000kcal week, which corresponds to 3-5 hours of submaximal endurance training per week.13

Locomotion

Would suffer from this mode of propulsion, so the energy efficiency of walking suffers from the way walking is performed. At a speed of about 2.5 m s, running appears to be more energy efficient than walking, and the transition is usually made between these forms of locomotion (Fig. 10.6). Unlike walking, there does not appear to be a functional relationship between speed and leg length, so running power expenditure is linearly related to speed alone.

Technology Platform

A constant stream of the worm sample is allowed to flow from a continuously mixing sample cup to a preanalysis chamber, where it is surrounded by a sheath solution to produce a stabilized laminar flow. The laminar flow acts to focus the animals to the center of the flow stream and to orient them lengthwise, in the direction of the flow. Animals then pass into the flow cell, where they are illuminated by two low-energy lasers. A red diode laser (670 nm) measures the axial length and the optical density of the object, and a multiline laser is used to excite any fluorophores present. Based on the measured optical parameters (size, optical density, and fluorescence) the operator can then set gated regions for sorting and collecting the population of interest into multiwell microtiter plates or stationary receptacles (Fig. 2).

Conclusions

International regulation of biology is complicated by the lack of a multilateral consensus as to the basic security framework to which controls can be consistently applied. In contrast, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) oversees the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and nuclear safeguards agreements are negotiated with member states on a bilateral basis. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons oversees implementation of the exceptionally detailed Chemical Weapons Convention. Nothing comparable exists with regard to the oversight of biolotechnology.70 The BWC articulates a widely shared global norm against the weaponization of pathogens71 and establishes statutory but not regulatory obligations on parties to the Convention. Nor is there any international oversight organization for biology. Efforts to strengthen the BWC by adding provisions for verification and compliance foundered in 2001 on fundamental diplomatic differences of principle and in

Sgllddfklt

However, the latter alignment is probably more realistic 100 , indicating that a 5 amino acid loop in the first sequence and structure is to be replaced with a 3 amino acid loop in the second sequence. The customary practice is to remove the whole segment between two conserved secondary structures units. Even with this practice, ambiguity remains, since the ends of secondary structures, especially a-helices, are not well determined. If loop building methods were accurate, then removing more of the segment would be a good idea. But long loops (longer than 6 amino acids) are difficult to rebuild accurately, and hence there is cause to preserve as much of the starting structure as possible. Once the backbone has been borrowed from the template in stepwise modeling, one has to decide the order of building the core side chains, the backbone of loops to be built, and their side chains. They may be built sequentially, or allowed to vary simultaneously. Side chains from the core may guide the...

Energy Intake

Resting Energy Expendature

Energy balance in 100 lung cancer patients, decreased intake was found in weight-losing patients with acute-phase response 7, 8 . Levine and Morgan studied food selection in 10 hospitalised cancer patients with weight loss and anorexia 9 . They found low energy intake (24 Kcal kg d), but the patients had maintained normal macronutrient composition despite cancer anorexia compared with hospitalised control subjects.

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