Marion McAfee

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We report the cloning and characterization of a full-length cDNA encoding the human cytoskeletal isoform of alpha-actinin (alpha A), a ubiquitous actin-binding protein that shares structural homology with spectrin and dystrophin. The gene encodes 891 amino acids with 96%-98% sequence identity at the amino acid level to chicken nonskeletal muscle alpha A.(More)
A "porohyperelastic" (PHE) material model is described and the theoretical framework presented that allows identification of the necessary material properties functions for soft arterial tissues. A generalized Fung form is proposed for the PHE constitutive law in which the two fundamental Lagrangian material properties are the effective strain energy(More)
Arterial wall mechanics has been studied for nearly 200 years. This subject is of importance if we are to gain a fundamental understanding of this complex biological structure, as well as information needed to design prosthetics. Biomechanical arterial models continue to play an important role in the study of atherosclerosis, a disease of the arterial wall(More)
Secreted human IL-1 beta is known to have two free SH groups due to unpaired cysteines (positions 8 and 71). Alpha 2-Macroglobulin (alpha 2-M) has internal thioester bonds between cysteine and glutamate residues. Free SH groups may be generated at these alpha 2M residues through the action of proteinases, amines such as methylamine, or at a slow rate, by(More)
Biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP) discs were fabricated and then sintered using two different sintering programs to establish whether the phases present could be controlled at low and high sintering temperatures. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to establish the phases present after sintering and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) determined the(More)
This paper describes the application of an improved nonlinear principal component analysis (PCA) to the detection of faults in polymer extrusion processes. Since the processes are complex in nature and nonlinear relationships exist between the recorded variables, an improved nonlinear PCA, which incorporates the radial basis function (RBF) networks and(More)
Extrusion is one of the most important production methods in the plastics industry and is involved in the production of a large number of plastics commodities. Being an energy intensive production method, process energy efficiency is of major concern and selection of the most energy efficient processing conditions is a key aim to reduce operating costs.(More)