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We consider the parallel-machine scheduling problem in which the processing time of a job is a simple linear increasing function of its starting time. The objective is to minimize the total completion time. We give a fully polynomial-time approximation scheme (FPTAS) for the case with m identical machines, where m is fixed. This study solves an open problem(More)
The study focuses on the degradation of fulvic acid by nano-structured TiO2 in a submerged membrane photocatalysis reactor (SMPR). It has been demonstrated that the composite TiO2 photocatalyst could be automatically settled due to its gravity and then be easily separated by MF membrane. In addition, it was more efficient to maintain high flux of membranes(More)
AIM Hepatic cavernous hemangioma (HCH) is the most common benign tumor of the liver and its management is still controversial. Recent success in situ radiofrequency ablation of hepatic malignancies has led us to consider using this technique in patients with HCH. This study was to assess the efficacy, safety, and complications of percutaneous radiofrequency(More)
Müller cell gliosis, which is characterized by upregulated expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), is a universal response in many retinal pathological conditions. Whether down-regulation of inward rectifying K+ (Kir) channels, which commonly accompanies the enhanced GFAP expression, could contribute to Müller cell gliosis is poorly(More)
The performance of a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) seeded with aerobic granular sludge was studied. The lab-scale SBR treating domestic wastewater operated at a volumetric loading rate (VLR) of 0.75-3.41 kg COD/(m(3)d). The granule stability was related to the organic loading, and high loading would be favorable for granule stability. Analysis of typical(More)
Ultrasound can be applied as a pretreatment to disintegrate sludge. In this paper, by observing the solution concentration of polysaccharide, protein, DNA, Ca and Mg before and after disintegration, the main components in the released liquid are analyzed. It has been found that the predominant component of the released liquid in this research is protein.(More)
Multidrug resistance (MDR) remains the major cause of disease relapse and poor prognosis in adults with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Emerging evidence shows that drug resistance not only exists against conventional chemotherapeutic drugs, but also limits the efficacy of new biological agents. Therefore, it is important to elucidate the mechanisms through(More)
Ultrasonic energy can be applied as pre-treatment to disintegrate sludge flocs and disrupt bacterial cells' walls, and the hydrolysis can be improved, so that the rate of sludge digestion and methane production is improved. In this paper, by adding NaHCO3 to mask the oxidizing effect of OH, the mechanisms of disintegration are investigated. In addition,(More)
Severe graft rejection remains an important obstacle in intestinal transplantation. In this study, dendritic cells (DCs) isolated from rat bone marrow were cultured for 5 days, and triptolide applied for 3 more days. The recipient rats were pretreated with donor triptolide-modified or not modified DC. Small bowel transplantation was performed to observed(More)
The evolution of a microbial community was investigated during sludge granulation using a wide range of micro-scale and molecular biology techniques. Experimental results demonstrate that polyphosphate-accumulating granules were successfully cultured during the anaerobic/aerobic cycle. Improvement in sludge sedimentation performance occurred prior to the(More)