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The in vitro gas production technique was applied to evaluate the biological activity of tannins in sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia Scop.) hay cut at four progressive phenological stages. The buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) rumen fluid was used as inoculum, polyethylene glycol (PEG) was added as specific binding agent and an alfalfa hay (AH) was used as control.(More)
Spheres, cylinders or ellipsoids, whose hydrodynamic properties can be computed from analytical or semi-analytical expressions, have been traditionally used as low-resolution approximate descriptors of macromolecular size and shape. However, these simple geometrical bodies can seldom faithfully reproduce any detail of a macromolecular surface. A more(More)
The fatty acid methyl ester composition of a total of 71 marine strains representing the genera Alteromonas, Deleya, Oceanospirillum, and Vibrio was determined by gas-liquid chromatographic analysis. Over 70 different fatty acids were found. The predominant fatty acids were 16:0, 16:1 cis 9, summed-in-feature (SIF) 4 (15:0 iso 2OH and/or 16:1 trans 9) and(More)
Chemotaxonomic identification techniques are powerful tools for environmental micro-organisms, for which poor diagnostic schemes are available. Whole cellular fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) content is a stable bacterial profile, the analysis method is rapid, cheap, simple to perform and highly automated. Whole-cell protein is an even more powerful tool(More)
Artificial neural networks have been recently applied with success for protein secondary structure prediction. So far, one of the two main aspects on which neural net performance depends, the topology of the net, has been considered. The present work addresses the other main aspect, the building up of the learning set. We present a criterion to build up(More)
We propose a new method for classification of marine bacteria. This method uses gaschromatograms, which contain information of fatty acid percentage contents of the fresh isolate. For the interpretation of these gaschromatograms we use a surpervisioned artificial neural network. We present a preliminary study on this matter, whose first results show good(More)
A method is presented to obtain realistic modifications of faces represented as sequences of tomograms, to be used for geometrical modelling or for planning of plastic surgery. This method uses a mathematical model consisting of the harmonic expansion of tomograms whose harmonic parameters are represented by cubic spline functions of the z variable. Based(More)
The most frequently used methods for protein secondary structure prediction are empirical statistical methods and rule based methods. A consensus system based on object-oriented programming is presented, which integrates the two approaches with the aim of improving the prediction quality. This system uses an object-oriented knowledge representation based on(More)
  • C Ruggiero
  • 1998
Teleradiology, like telemedicine generally, has arisen because of the shift to digital communication and the demand for equal access to medical care. Unlike much of telemedicine, teleradiology can be shown to be cost-effective in many situations, particularly if the alternatives are to transport the X-ray film to a radiologist or to use the services of a(More)
We present a qualitative model of the interaction between the HIV-1 virus and the human cell, based on qualitative process theory. This model takes into account a previous qualitative model of the cell growth. The model presented here can be regarded as a first step for setting up a comprehensive model of the HIV-1 virus-cell interaction in which the(More)