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  • 1
    In: EMBO Journal, 02 July 2018, Vol.37(13), pp.n/a-n/a
    Description: Long non‐coding s (lncs) play important roles in many cellular pathways, but their contribution to the defense of eukaryotic cells against pathogens remains poorly understood. A new study from Imamura in reports that infection in human cells impacts nuclear decay, which in turn drives the accumulation of otherwise unstable nuclear lncs, some of which may have protective effects against this common bacterial pathogen. These unexpected findings demand more efforts to fully decrypt the molecular functions of lncs in innate and adaptive immunity. infection impairs the nuclear RNA decay machinery in human cells, increasing the abundance of long non‐coding RNAs with a role in innate immunity.
    Keywords: Pathogens ; Immunity ; Infections ; Pathogens ; Molecular Chains ; Salmonella ; Bacterial Infections ; Pathogens ; Ribonucleic Acid–RNA ; Ribonucleic Acid–RNA ; Adaptive Immunity;
    ISSN: 0261-4189
    E-ISSN: 1460-2075
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    In: Water Resources Research, November 2018, Vol.54(11), pp.9033-9044
    Description: Structural hierarchy is a fundamental characteristic of natural porous media. Yet it provokes one of the grand challenges for the modeling of fluid flow and transport since pore‐scale structures and continuum‐scale domains often coincide independent of the observation scale. Common approaches to represent structural hierarchy build, for example, on a multidomain continuum for transport or on the coupling of the Stokes equations with Darcy's law for fluid flow. These approaches, however, are computationally expensive or introduce empirical parameters that are difficult to derive with independent observations. We present an efficient model for fluid flow based on Darcy's law and the law of Hagen‐Poiseuille that is parameterized based on the explicit pore space morphology obtained, for example, by X‐ray μ‐CT and inherently permits the coupling of pore‐scale and continuum‐scale domain. We used the resulting flow field to predict the transport of solutes via particle tracking across the different domains. Compared to experimental breakthrough data from laboratory‐scale columns with hierarchically structured porosity built from solid glass beads and microporous glass pellets, an excellent agreement was achieved without any calibration. Furthermore, we present different test scenarios to compare the flow fields resulting from the Stokes‐Brinkman equations and our approach to comprehensively illustrate its advantages and limitations. In this way, we could show a striking efficiency and accuracy of our approach that qualifies as general alternative for the modeling of fluid flow and transport in hierarchical porous media, for example, fractured rock or karstic aquifers. A model for the simulation of pore‐scale and continuum‐scale flow in hierarchically structured porous media is developed Explicit pore space morphology obtained by image analysis of X‐ray micro‐CT images is used for parameterization Predictions of solute breakthrough obtained by particle tracking perfectly match observations
    Keywords: Darcy'S Law ; Particle Tracking ; Column Experiments ; X‐Ray Μ‐Ct ; Pore Space Morphology ; Image Analysis
    ISSN: 0043-1397
    E-ISSN: 1944-7973
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    In: Ecohydrology, September 2018, Vol.11(6), pp.n/a-n/a
    Description: By applying the newly developed flow cell (FC) concept, this study investigated the impact of small‐scale spatial variations (millimetre to centimetre) in organic matter (OM) composition (diffusive reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy), biological activity (zymography), and wettability (contact angle [CA]) on transport processes (tracer experiments, radiography). Experiments were conducted in five undisturbed soil slices (millimetre apart), consisting of a sandy matrix with an embedded loamy band. In the loamy band increased enzyme activities and OM (10 mm apart) were found compared with the sand matrix, with no interrelations although spatial autocorrelation ranges were up to 7 cm. CAs were increased (0–110°) above the loamy band and were negatively correlated with acid phosphatase. Missing correlations were probably attributed to texture variations between soil slices. A general correlation between CA and C content (bulk) were confirmed. Variability in texture and hydraulic properties led to the formation of heterogeneous flow patterns and probably to heterogeneously distributed interfacial properties. The new FC concept allows process evaluation on the millimetre scale to analyse spatial relations, that is, between small‐scale textural changes on transport processes and biological responses. The concept has been proved as a versatile tool to analyse spatial distribution of biological and interfacial soil properties in conjunction with the analysis of complex micro‐hydraulic processes for undisturbed soil samples. The concept may be improved by additional nondestructive imaging methods, which is especially challenging for the detection of small‐scale textural changes.
    Keywords: Drift Spectroscopy ; Extracellular Enzyme Activity ; Flow Cell ; Soil Water Repellency ; Transport Processes ; Undisturbed Soil ; X‐Ray Radiography
    ISSN: 1936-0584
    E-ISSN: 1936-0592
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    In: International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, May 2018, Vol.15(3), pp.716-722
    Description: Oxide multilayer thermoelectric generators () were fabricated, using the standard multilayer technology. Green tapes of p‐type LaCuO and n‐type NdCuO thermoelectric oxides were stacked with intermediate insulating glass layers. Electrical contacts between thermoelectric oxides were applied, using screen‐printing of AgPd paste, and multilayers were cofired at 1000°C. However, cofiring of four different materials turned out to be very challenging, and contact resistance problems frequently led to device malfunctions. We developed a new concept of a transversal multilayer thermoelectric generator (), which is characterized by a simple design. This generator is build up by stacking layers of a p‐ or n‐type thermoelectric oxide and printing stripes of AgPd paste onto the thermoelectric layers at an angle with respect to the temperature gradient. Transversal multilayer thermoelectric generators were fabricated using p‐type LaCuO, or n‐type substituted CaMnO; cofiring of the multilayer stacks was performed at 1000°C. The based upon p‐type lanthanum cuprate exhibits a power output of 7.8 mW at ∆= 200 K in the low temperature range of 25‐135°C. Materials issues, cofiring characteristics, design and the thermoelectric performance of multilayer s will be discussed.
    Keywords: Cofiring ; Multilayer Thermoelectric Generators ; Oxide Thermoelectrics ; Transversal Thermoelectric Effect
    ISSN: 1546-542X
    E-ISSN: 1744-7402
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