John R. Brooks

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While artificial brains are in the realm of science fiction, artificial neural networks (ANNs) are scientific facts. An artificial neural network is a computational structure modeled somewhat on the neural structure of the brain; both have many highly interconnected processing elements. These biologically inspired processing elements are taught by feeding(More)
Tree bole volumes of 89 Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.), 96 Brutian pine (Pinus brutia Ten.), 107 Cilicica fir (Abies cilicica Carr.) and 67 Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani A. Rich.) trees were estimated using Artificial Neural Network (ANN) models. Neural networks offer a number of advantages including the ability to implicitly detect complex nonlinear(More)
The TRPV1 receptor is known to play a role in nociceptive transmission in multiple organ systems, usually in response to the pain of inflammation. TRPV1 antagonism has so far shown limited benefit in antinociception. Capsaicin, a TRPV1 agonist, has been shown to induce a refractory period in the nerve terminal expressing TRPV1 and even, in sufficient(More)
An analog of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone containing a gamma-lactam as a conformational constraint has been prepared with the use of a novel cyclization of a methionine sulfonium salt. The analog is more active as a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone agonist that the parent hormone, and provides evidence for a bioactive conformation containing a(More)
The accurate estimation of stem taper and volume are crucial for the efficient management of the forest resources. Compatible segmented polynomial taper and volume equations were developed for Brutian pine (Pinus brutia Ten.), Lebanon cedar (Cedrus libani A. Rich.), Cilicica fir (Abies cilicica Carr.), Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.), and Black pine (Pinus(More)
The topical anti-androgenic activity of L-651,580 (methyl 3-oxo-4-methyl-4-aza-5 alpha-androst-1-ene-17 beta-carboxylate) was established in a series of for experiments using castrated male hamsters. During each 21-day experiment, the animals received a daily subcutaneous injection of 40 micrograms testosterone propionate or 20 micrograms(More)
Inhibition of 5 alpha-reductase and anti-androgenicity were studied in rats treated with various 4-azasteroids. The known inhibitor, N,N-diethyl-4-methyl-3-oxo-4-aza-5 alpha-androstane-17 beta-carboxamide (4-MA) served as a reference compound, and analogs of this basic molecule were assayed. Enhancement of enzyme inhibitory potency was usually seen with(More)
Bioassays were conducted to determine various endocrinological properties of two spirolactone derivatives, 4',5'-dihydrospiro-[estr-4-ene-17,2'(3'H)-furan]-3-one (Compound I) and dispiro[cyclopropane-1,6'-estr-4'-ene-17',2"(3"h)-furan]-3'-one (Compound II). They proved to be very potent estrogen antagonists in immature mice and castrate ewes and neither(More)
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