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We introduce a new variant of P systems as an improvement of the original design. The P systems here allow parallelism in rules application on synapses (or links, channels), rendering the systems more efficient. We describe the execution mechanism of our P systems, make analysis on its computation power, and illustrate the running by an example.
AMPA receptor mediates the fast excitatory synaptic transmission in the central nervous system, and it is activated by the binding of glutamate that results in the opening of the transmembrane ion channel. In the present work, the thermodynamic method developed by our group was improved and then applied to identify the functionally key residues that… (More)
The influence of the protein topology-encoded dynamical properties on its thermal unfolding motions was studied in the present work. The intrinsic dynamics of protein topology was obtained by the anisotropic network model (ANM). The ANM has been largely used to investigate protein collective functional motions, but it is not well elucidated if this model… (More)
In the research field of process calculi, encoding between different calculi is an effective way to compare the expressive power of them and can shed light on the essence of where the difference lies. Thomsen and Sangiorgi have worked on the higher-order calculi (higher-order CCS and higher-order pi-calculus, respectively) and the encoding to and from… (More)
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are persistent in the environment after release from industrial compounds, combustion productions or pesticides. The exposure of POPs has been related to various reproductive disturbances, such as reduced semen quality, testicular cancer, and imbalanced sex ratio. Among POPs, dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (4,4’-DDE)… (More)
In this study, the effects of lanthanum were investigated on contents of pigments, chlorophyll (Chl) fluorescence, antioxidative enzymes, and biomass of maize seedlings under salt stress. The results showed that salt stress significantly decreased the contents of Chl and carotenoids, maximum photochemical efficiency of PSII (Fv/Fm), photochemical quenching… (More)