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    Desarrollo de papeles biocativos por injerto de mol茅culas espec铆ficas en celulosa

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    Tesis (DCI)--FCEFN-UNC, 2019En la presente tesis se presenta el desarrollo de papeles bioactivos con potencial aplicaci贸n en el envasado activo de alimentos. Para tal fin, se propuso el injerto de eugenol, un compuesto de origen natural con propiedades antimicrobiana, antioxidante y repelente de insectos, en celulosa, utilizando 谩cido policarbox铆lico como agente ligante. Con el objetivo de evaluar la escalabilidad del proceso propuesto, se estudiaron distintas tecnolog铆as de curado, tales como calentamiento por convecci贸n, infrarrojo, microondas y conducci贸n. En todos los casos, se analizaron la influencia de las variables operativas sobre el avance de la reacci贸n y propiedades finales del papel preparado, utilizando un dise帽o de experimentos Doehlert para elegir las experiencias a realizar, y analizando los resultados mediante metodolog铆a de superficie de respuesta y an谩lisis estad铆stico ANOVA. Se pudo comprobar que la reacci贸n de injerto de eugenol en papel comercial se produjo con 茅xito en todas las tecnolog铆as estudiadas. Asimismo, se encontraron las condiciones 贸ptimas de reacci贸n para cada una de las tecnolog铆as, para lo cual se busc贸 un compromiso entre el avance de la reacci贸n y las propiedades finales del material (mec谩nicas y color). A partir de estas condiciones, se prepararon papeles y se realiz贸 una caracterizaci贸n m谩s espec铆fica para su aplicaci贸n como envase de alimentos comparando los papeles modificados con el papel virgen. Se analizaron las propiedades mec谩nicas por ensayo de tracci贸n, rasgado y punzonado y se midi贸 la absorci贸n de agua y la capacidad de degradaci贸n. Por otro lado, las propiedades bioactivas analizadas fueron la actividad antioxidante, antimicrobiana, repelente e insecticida de gorgojos (T. castaneum y R. dominica). Una vez probado que el papel modificado presenta buenas caracter铆sticas f铆sicas y bioactivas para su posible aplicaci贸n en el envasado de alimentos, se realizaron prototipos de envasado para harina, como alimento representativo de alimentos derivados de cereales, susceptibles al ataque de plagas. En este estudio se analiz贸 la migraci贸n de reactivos, propiedades organol茅pticas y conservaci贸n del alimento, arrojando resultados promisorios para la industria de envases de alimentos. Finalmente, se realiz贸 una comparaci贸n de las tecnolog铆as de curado ensayadas, analizando diferentes aspectos como avance de reacci贸n, propiedades finales, apariencia, tiempo de reacci贸n, consumo de energ铆a, entre otros, como as铆 tambi茅n disponibilidad y uso de estas tecnolog铆as a escala industrial, seleccionando la tecnolog铆a de conducci贸n como la m谩s adecuada para una propuesta de escalado industrial.Fil: Muratore, Florencia. Universidad Nacional de C贸rdoba. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, F铆sicas y Naturales; Argentina.Fil: Muratore, Florencia. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cient铆ficas y T茅cnicas. Instituto de Investigaci贸n y Desarrollo en Ingenier铆a de Procesos y Qu铆mica Aplicada; Argentina

    Development of a phenomenological constitutive model for fracture resistance degradation of asphalt concrete with damage growth due to repeated loading

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    Discontinuous areas under the asphalt concrete (AC) layer, such as joints and cracks in an underlying layer, induce higher stress concentration than the designed strength. Stress concentration in the vicinity of discontinuities accelerates distress on the AC layer. Repeated traffic and environmental loading applied to the AC layer also induce degradation of the layer鈥檚 strength as microcracks grow at stress levels lower than the layer鈥檚 designed strength. In addition, this could be magnified when combined with low temperature cracking, one of the main distresses in AC pavements resulting from extreme temperature changes. When loading is applied near the joints or discontinuity, it amplifies the tensile stress at the bottom of the AC layer as well as the shear stress when the Portland cement concrete (PCC) slab or discontinuity moves vertically. Repetitive traffic loading and environmental changes cause continuous damage accumulations which consequently results in the acceleration of movement in the AC layer at the localized area close to the discontinuity region, thus leading to mechanical degradation of the AC materials which become less resistant to fracture. Even a small load can result in fracture failure of AC pavements when the loss of strength in AC pavements progresses significantly through repeated loading. The current approach to determine the critical properties of AC materials is to conduct laboratory testing under monotonic loading and cyclic loading separately. The fatigue testing under cyclic loading can only provide bulk material properties without consideration to any discontinuities, such as cracks in underlying pavement or joints. On the other hand, the current fracture tests conducted under monotonic loading fail to capture the loss of material strength as repeated loading is applied on pavements. For an accurate estimation of pavement life, it is essential to consider the effect of repeated traffic and thermal loading on the fracture resistance of the AC materials. This study investigates the degradation of the fracture resistance of AC materials as a result of the progressive damages caused by repeated loading application. The study develops the phenomenological constitutive model for fracture resistance degradation with damage growth caused by repeated loading. An experimental program was designed to apply monotonic and cyclic loading to the same test geometry and to examine the degradation of fracture properties with damage growth at the crack tip. Fracture and fatigue tests were implemented using semi-circular bending (SCB) test geometry with notched specimens at various temperatures, loading frequencies, and loading amplitudes. It is observed that damage functions and proposed parameters reflect the degradation rate of fracture resistance with respect to damage growth at the notch tip region. A presented constitutive model accurately predicts the remaining service life of existing pavements. It is further observed that the model coefficient distinguishes AC materials in terms of sensitivity to cracking resistance under both monotonic and cyclic loading.U of I OnlyGraduate College 2-year Extension For

    Analysis of reliable deployment of TDOA local positioning architectures

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    .Local Positioning Systems (LPS) are supposing an attractive research topic over the last few years. LPS are ad-hoc deployments of wireless sensor networks for particularly adapt to the environment characteristics in harsh environments. Among LPS, those based on temporal measurements stand out for their trade-off among accuracy, robustness and costs. But, regardless the LPS architecture considered, an optimization of the sensor distribution is required for achieving competitive results. Recent studies have shown that under optimized node distributions, time-based LPS cumulate the bigger error bounds due to synchronization errors. Consequently, asynchronous architectures such as Asynchronous Time Difference of Arrival (A-TDOA) have been recently proposed. However, the A-TDOA architecture supposes the concentration of the time measurement in a single clock of a coordinator sensor making this architecture less versatile. In this paper, we present an optimization methodology for overcoming the drawbacks of the A-TDOA architecture in nominal and failure conditions with regards to the synchronous TDOA. Results show that this optimization strategy allows the reduction of the uncertainties in the target location by 79% and 89.5% and the enhancement of the convergence properties by 86% and 33% of the A-TDOA architecture with regards to the TDOA synchronous architecture in two different application scenarios. In addition, maximum convergence points are more easily found in the A-TDOA in both configurations concluding the benefits of this architecture in LPS high-demanded applicationS

    Identification of Hindbrain Neural Substrates for Motor Initiation in the hatchling Xenopus laevis Tadpole

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    Animal survival profoundly depends on the ability to detect stimuli in the environment, process them and respond accordingly. In this respect, motor responses to a sensory stimulation evolved into a variety of coordinated movements, which involve the control of brain centres over spinal locomotor circuits. The hatchling Xenopus tadpole, even in its embryonic stage, is able to detect external sensory information and to swim away if the stimulus is considered noxious. To do so, the tadpole relies on well-known ascending sensory pathway, which carries the sensory information to the brain. When the stimulus is strong enough, descending interneurons are activated, leading to the excitation of spinal CPG neurons, which causes the undulatory movement of swimming. However, the activation of descending interneurons that marks the initiation of motor response appears after a long delay from the sensory stimulation. Furthermore, the long-latency response is variable in time, as observed in the slow-summating excitation measured in descending interneurons. These two features, i.e. long-latency and variability, cannot be explained by the firing time and pattern of the ascending sensory pathway of the Xenopus tadpole. Therefore, a novel neuronal population has been proposed to lie in the hindbrain of the tadpole, and being able to 'hold' the sensory information, thus accounting for the long and variable delay of swim initiation. In this work, the role of the hindbrain in the maintenance of the long and variable response to trunk skin stimulation is investigated in the Xenopustadpole at developmental stage 37/38. A multifaceted approach has been used to unravel the neuronal mechanisms underlying the delayed motor response, including behavioural experiments, electrophysiology analysis of fictive swimming, hindbrain extracellular recordings and imaging experiments. Two novel neuronal populations have been identified in the tadpole's hindbrain, which exhibit activation patterns compatible with the role of delaying the excitation of the spinal locomotor circuit. Future work on cellular properties and synaptic connections of these newly discovered populations might shed light on the mechanism of descending control active at embryonic stage. Identifying supraspinal neuronal populations in an embryonic organism could aid in understanding mechanisms of descending motor control in more complex vertebrates

    Interactive Sonic Environments: Sonic artwork via gameplay experience

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    The purpose of this study is to investigate the use of video-game technology in the design and implementation of interactive sonic centric artworks, the purpose of which is to create and contribute to the discourse and understanding of its effectiveness in electro-acoustic composition highlighting the creative process. Key research questions include: How can the language of electro-acoustic music be placed in a new framework derived from videogame aesthetics and technology? What new creative processes need to be considered when using this medium? Moreover, what aspects of 'play' should be considered when designing the systems? The findings of this study assert that composers and sonic art practitioners need little or no coding knowledge to create exciting applications and the myriad of options available to the composer when using video-game technology is limited only by imagination. Through a cyclic process of planning, building, testing and playing these applications the project revealed advantages and unique sonic opportunities in comparison to other sonic art installations. A portfolio of selected original compositions, both fixed and open are presented by the author to complement this study. The commentary serves to place the work in context with other practitioners in the field and to provide compositional approaches that have been taken

    Uso de las histonas circulantes y sus modificaciones post-traduccionales como biomarcadores en sepsis y shock s茅ptico

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    La sepsis es una afecci贸n potencialmente mortal causada por una respuesta anormal del hu茅sped a una infecci贸n, produciendo respuestas fisiol贸gicas alteradas que da帽an los propios tejidos del paciente y pueden provocar disfunci贸n org谩nica e incluso la muerte. Asimismo, algunos pacientes s茅pticos progresan a shock s茅ptico, caracterizado por alteraciones circulatorias, celulares y metab贸licas sustanciales que aumentan el riesgo de mortalidad. A pesar de que la sepsis se caracteriza por un mal funcionamiento del sistema inmunol贸gico, lo que a su vez conduce a una respuesta inmune alterada e inmunosupresi贸n, la alta complejidad de la fisiopatolog铆a de la sepsis requiere una mayor investigaci贸n para comprender las respuestas inmunes que ocurren durante la sepsis. Asimismo, las histonas extracelulares circulantes han ganado relevancia como mediadores citot贸xicos en la sepsis, ya que act煤an como patrones moleculares asociados a da帽o, que inducen estr茅s oxidativo y activan el inflamasoma NLRP3. Estos mecanismos median la activaci贸n de la piroptosis, un mecanismo de muerte celular programada que produce inflamaci贸n mediante la expresi贸n de IL-18, IL-1尾 and IL-1伪. Sin embargo, a pesar de la evidencia de activaci贸n del inflamasoma en las c茅lulas inmunes durante la sepsis, se desconoce si las histonas extracelulares son capaces de activar los inflamasomas endoteliales y sus consecuencias. En este trabajo destacamos el papel previamente desconocido de las histonas extracelulares, mediando la activaci贸n del inflamasoma NLRP3 y la piroptosis en las c茅lulas endoteliales, contribuyendo a la disfunci贸n endotelial y la desregulaci贸n de la respuesta inmune mediada por el endotelio. Asimismo, tambi茅n demostramos c贸mo la acetilaci贸n de histonas disminuye la activaci贸n de la piroptosis. Adem谩s, demostramos que la piroptosis se produce en pacientes con shock s茅ptico y los niveles de histonas circulantes se correlacionan con la expresi贸n de citoquinas proinflamatorias y citoquinas piropt贸ticas, la liberaci贸n de factores de adhesi贸n endotelial y la gravedad de la enfermedad. Proponemos la piroptosis mediada por histonas como un nuevo objetivo para desarrollar intervenciones cl铆nicas. De manera similar, hemos analizado las respuestas inmunorelacionadas que ocurren durante las primeras etapas de la sepsis con el objetivo de proporcionar nuevos datos comparando las cantidades de citoquinas, inmunomoduladores y otros mediadores endoteliales en pacientes cr铆ticamente enfermos no s茅pticos, s茅pticos y de shock s茅ptico. Nuestro enfoque ayudar谩 a caracterizar r谩pidamente las respuestas inmunes alteradas en pacientes s茅pticos y de shock s茅ptico ingresados en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos. Finalmente analizamos el papel de la metilaci贸n del ADN en el control del sistema inmune s茅ptico. Nuestros resultados demostraron el papel central de la metilaci贸n del ADN modulando la respuesta molecular en los pacientes de shock s茅ptico y contribuyendo a la inmunosupresi贸n, a trav茅s de la alteraci贸n de los patrones de metilaci贸n de los promotores de IL-10 y TREM-2.Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by an abnormal host response to an infection that produce altered physiological responses which damages own tissues of the patient and can result in organ dysfunction and in some cases death. Likewise, a subset of septic patients progresses to septic shock, characterized by substantial circulatory, cellular and metabolic abnormalities, which substantially increase the risk of mortality. Sepsis is characterized by a malfunction of the immune system and it can lead to an altered immune response and immunosuppression. Moreover, the high complexity of the pathophysiology of sepsis requires of further investigation to characterize the immune responses in sepsis and septic shock. Likewise, circulating extracellular histones have gained relevance as cytotoxic mediators in sepsis pathophysiology, since they act as damage-associated molecular patterns, which induce oxidative stress and activate NLRP3 inflammasome. Subsequently, inflammasome mediates pyroptosis activation, a programmed cell death mechanism that produces inflammation through the release of IL-18, IL-1尾 and IL-1伪. However, despite inflammasome activation may occur in immune cells during sepsis, it is unknown if this process also takes place in endothelial cells and particularly whether extracellular histones are capable of activating endothelial inflammasomes and their consequences. In this work we highlight a previously unknown role for extracellular histones, that mediates the activation of NLRP3 inflammasome and pyroptosis in endothelial cells by contributing to endothelial dysfunction and the dysregulation of the immune response mediated by endothelium. Likewise, we demonstrated how histone acetylation decreases pyroptosis activation. Furthermore, we show how pyroptosis occurs in septic shock patients and how circulating histone levels correlate with the expression of pro-inflammatory and pyroptotic cytokines, the release of endothelial adhesion factors and septic shock severity. We propose histone-mediated pyroptosis as a new target to develop clinical interventions. Similarly, we have analyzed the immune-related responses occurring during the early stages of sepsis with the aim of providing new data by comparing the amounts of cytokines, immune modulators and other endothelial mediators in critically-ill non-septic patients, septic and septic shock patients. Our approach will help to rapidly characterize the altered immune responses in septic and septic shock patients admitted in the Intensive Care Unit. Finally, we also analyzed the role of DNA methylation in the control of septic immune system. Our results demonstrated the central role of DNA methylation modulating the molecular response in septic shock patients and contributing to immunosuppression, through the alteration of DNA methylation patterns of IL-10 and TREM2 promoters

    Strung pieces: on the aesthetics of television fiction series

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    As layered and long works, television fiction series have aesthetic properties that are built over time, bit by bit. This thesis develops a group of concepts that enable the study of these properties, It argues that a series is made of strung pieces, a system of related elements. The text begins by considering this sequential form within the fields of film and television. This opening chapter defines the object and methodology of research, arguing for a non-essentialist distinction between cinema and television and against the adequacy of textual and contextual analyses as approaches to the aesthetics of these shows. It proposes instead that these programmes should be described as televisual works that can be scrutinised through aesthetic analysis. The next chapters propose a sequence of interrelated concepts. The second chapter contends that series are composed of building blocks that can be either units into which series are divided or motifs that unify series and are dispersed across their pans. These blocks are patterned according to four kinds of relations or principles of composition. Repetition and variation are treated in tandem in the third chapter because of their close connection, given that variation emerges from established repetition. Exception and progression are also discussed together in the fourth chapter since they both require a long view of these serial works. The former, in order to be recognised as a deviation from the patterns of repetition and variation. The latter, In order to be understood in Its many dimensions as the series advances. Each of these concepts is further detailed with additional distinctions between types of units, motifs, repetitions, variations, and exceptions, using illustrative examples from numerous shows. In contrast, the section on progression uses a single series as case study, Carniv脿le (2003-05), because this is the overarching principle that encompasses all the others. The conclusion considers the findings of the research and suggests avenues for their application

    Studies of strategic performance management for classical organizations theory & practice

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    Nowadays, the activities of "Performance Management" have spread very broadly in actually every part of business and management. There are numerous practitioners and researchers from very different disciplines, who are involved in exploring the different contents of performance management. In this thesis, some relevant historic developments in performance management are first reviewed. This includes various theories and frameworks of performance management. Then several management science techniques are developed for assessing performance management, including new methods in Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Soft System Methodology (SSM). A theoretical framework for performance management and its practical procedures (five phases) are developed for "classic" organizations using soft system thinking, and the relationship with the existing theories are explored. Eventually these results are applied in three case studies to verify our theoretical development. One of the main contributions of this work is to point out, and to systematically explore the basic idea that the effective forms and structures of performance management for an organization are likely to depend greatly on the organizational configuration, in order to coordinate well with other management activities in the organization, which has seemingly been neglected in the existing literature of performance management research in the sense that there exists little known research that associated particular forms of performance management with the explicit assumptions of organizational configuration. By applying SSM, this thesis logically derives some main functional blocks of performance management in 'classic' organizations and clarifies the relationships between performance management and other management activities. Furthermore, it develops some new tools and procedures, which can hierarchically decompose organizational strategies and produce a practical model of specific implementation steps for "classic" organizations. Our approach integrates popular types of performance management models. Last but not least, this thesis presents findings from three major cases, which are quite different organizations in terms of management styles, ownership, and operating environment, to illustrate the fliexbility of the developed theoretical framework

    The empty space in abstract photography: a psychoanalytical perspective

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    The aim of the research that this thesis is based on is to explore the theoretical problems raised by the concept of photographic abstraction. These consist in the tension between the two aspects of the photographic sign, the indexical and iconic, and are examined in the context of the particular exploration of the empty space in abstract photography which I have pursued through my practice. The investigation draws mainly upon the psychoanalytic theory of transitional phenomena as proposed by Winnicott, as well as other art theories (Deleuze & Guattari, Ehrenzweig, Fer, Fuller, Greenberg, Joselit, Kuspit, Leider, Worringer) of abstraction. It explores the relationship of the abstract photographic image to notions of exteriority and interiority as these relate to the transition from the unconscious to conscious reality. The development of this research suggests the psychoanalytical concept of potential space as a contribution to an aesthetic model of abstraction. This concept is employed as a methodological tool in the development of the practical work and creates a framework for its interpretation. The concept of potential space is based on Winnicott's ideas around "playing with the real" in an intermediate area of experience between the internal and external reality, where creativity originates as a zone of fictive play that facilitates the subject's journey from "what is subjectively conceived of' to "what is objectively perceived. " The outcome of this investigation constitutes the production of a series of photographs describing an empty abstract space, one that is invested with a psychic dimension that produces the effect of ambiguity between its representational and abstract readings. It provides a redefinition of abstraction in a space of tension between the iconic and indexical aspects of the sign and opens up the space of abstraction in photography as one in which the relationship between inner and outer reality can be performed and can become a space of action and intervention

    Chemically cross-linked poly(vinyl alcohol) electrospun fibrous mats as wound dressing materials

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    BACKGROUND: Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) is a synthetic biocompatible polymer that is extensively used by the medical and pharmaceutical industries due to its FDA approval for in vivo applications. Its highly hydrophilic nature makes it an ideal wound dressing material, especially in the form of nanofibrous mats. RESULTS: In this work, electrospun PVA-based scaffolds suitable for wound management were created. Chemical cross-linking with citric acid and glyoxal was employed to enhance the supports鈥 stability in aqueous environments, and cellulose nanocrystals were added during the electrospinning process to improve the mechanical properties of the final constructs. Varying the concentrations of the cross-linking agents (0.12-1 wt% citric acid and 0.06-0.5 wt% glyoxal), allowed the control of the rate and extend of dissolution, thereby tuning the properties of the materials to the specific wound types (e.g. acute vs chronic). There was an inverse relationship between the amount of cross-linkers used and the mats鈥 weight loss (ranging from 2% to 18%) after 6 days immersion in water. All supports sustained the growth of human fibroblasts (>85% viability), whereas there was no biofilm formation when in contact with S. aureus for 24 hours. The presence of cellulose nanocrystals did not affect cytocompatibility but improved the mechanical properties of the non-woven fibres. CONCLUSION: Tailor-made biocompatible electrospun mats showing antimicrobial behaviour were successfully created through altering the concentration of chemical cross-linkers. This flexible approach offers the potential of matching the dressing to the wound type and offering a more targeted solution to wound management
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