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MINT: a Computer Program for Adaptive Monte Carlo Integration and Generation of Unweighted Distributions
Nason, P.
High Energy Physics - Phenomenology , 2007,
Abstract: In this note I illustrate the program MINT, a FORTRAN program for Monte Carlo adaptive integration and generation of unweighted distributions.
La fouille du fort Saint-Georges à Chinon (Indre-et-Loire). Premiers résultats The excavation of fort Saint-Georges at Chinon (Indre-et-Loire). First results  [cached]
Bruno Dufa?
Revue Archéologique du Centre de la France , 2006,
Abstract: Cette note présente les premiers résultats des fouilles menées en 2003 et 2004 sur la quasi-totalité du fort Saint-Georges à Chinon (Indre-et-Loire). Celui-ci est l’un des trois éléments de la forteresse médiévale qui domine la ville. La fouille a permis de préciser la fonction du fort, construit dans la deuxième moitié du XIIe s., à l’époque où Chinon est le centre administratif des possessions continentales des Plantagenêt, rois d’Angleterre. Du point de vue militaire, il formait une fortification avancée, protégeant le chateau principal, selon une structure que Richard C ur de Lion appliquera au Chateau Gaillard. à l’intérieur, de vastes batiments constituaient des logis, con us peut-être au départ pour héberger la chancellerie royale. This article presents the first results of the excavations undertaken in 2003 and 2004 over almost all of the Fort Saint-Georges at Chinon (Indre-et-Loire), one of three elements of the medieval fortress which dominates the town. The excavation enabled us to clarify the function of the fort, built in the 2nd half of the 12th century at a time when Chinon was the administrative centre of the continental possesions of the Plantagenet King of England. From a military point of view, it formed an advanced fortification protecting the main castle, within a structure that Richard the Lionheart would apply to the Chayeau Gaillard. Inside, some vast buildings made up the dwellings, designed perhaps initially to house the royal chanceller.
Infrared Radiation Drying of Mint Leaves  [PDF]
B. S. Demirturk,H. Kocabiyik,B. S. Demirturk
Journal of Tekirdag Agricultural Faculty , 2008,
Abstract: The effects of air velocity on the drying characteristics, drying time and drying rate of mint leaves were investigated at infrared drying. Specific energy consumption and color properties of dried mint leaves were examined. Experiments were conducted using four levels of air velocity (0.5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 m/s) at 1080 W/m2 of infrared radiation density. The drying time ranged from 64 to 180 minutes for all the drying conditions. The drying rate increased with decreasing of air velocity. The specific energy consumption values varied between 37.04 and 106.58 MJ/kg-evaporated water for all the drying conditions. Colour parameters were found to be affected by process variables.
Mint Water - the Science Behind the Tradition !
Khawla S.H. Al-Haddad,Rasha A.S. Al-Qassemi,R.K. Robinson
Pakistan Journal of Nutrition , 2003,
Abstract: When cultures of three common pathogens, namely Salmonella infantis, Salmonella hadar and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were added individually to a commercial sample of Mint Water at levels of ~ 500 colony-forming units ml-1, no viable cells could be detected after 10 minutes exposure. It is suggested that D-carvone is the active ingredient and that there is a sound scientific basis for the use of this traditional Middle Eastern remedy for bacterial infections.
A New Mint1 Isoform, but Not the Conventional Mint1, Interacts with the Small GTPase Rab6  [PDF]
Anika Thyrock, Edith Ossendorf, Martin Stehling, Mark Kail, Tanja Kurtz, Gottfried Pohlentz, Dieter Waschbüsch, Simone Eggert, Etienne Formstecher, Johannes Müthing, Klaus Dreisewerd, Stefan Kins, Bruno Goud, Angelika Barnekow
PLOS ONE , 2013, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064149
Abstract: Small GTPases of the Rab family are important regulators of a large variety of different cellular functions such as membrane organization and vesicle trafficking. They have been shown to play a role in several human diseases. One prominent member, Rab6, is thought to be involved in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease, the most prevalent mental disorder worldwide. Previous studies have shown that Rab6 impairs the processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP), which is cleaved to β-amyloid in brains of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Additionally, all three members of the Mint adaptor family are implied to participate in the amyloidogenic pathway. Here, we report the identification of a new Mint1 isoform in a yeast two-hybrid screening, Mint1 826, which lacks an eleven amino acid (aa) sequence in the conserved C-terminal region. Mint1 826, but not the conventional Mint1, interacts with Rab6 via the PTB domain. This interaction is nucleotide-dependent, Rab6-specific and influences the subcellular localization of Mint1 826. We were able to detect and sequence a corresponding proteolytic peptide derived from cellular Mint1 826 by mass spectrometry proving the absence of aa 495–505 and could show that the deletion does not influence the ability of this adaptor protein to interact with APP. Taking into account that APP interacts and co-localizes with Mint1 826 and is transported in Rab6 positive vesicles, our data suggest that Mint1 826 bridges APP to the small GTPase at distinct cellular sorting points, establishing Mint1 826 as an important player in regulation of APP trafficking and processing.
Premier bilan des fouilles de la forteresse de Chinon, 2003-2009
Bruno Dufa?
Revue Archéologique du Centre de la France , 2010,
Abstract: La forteresse de Chinon (Indre-et-Loire) domine la Vienne et le bourg du haut de son site d’éperon. Elle appartient au Conseil général, qui en a entrepris la restauration et la restructuration, notamment en refaisant la couverture des logis royaux et en construisant un batiment neuf pour l’accueil des visiteurs. Dans ce cadre, des fouilles préventives et des études de bati ont été menées, après des diagnostics réalisés dès 2000-2001. C’est l’INRAP qui a réalisé ces travaux jusqu’en 2003 (dire...
MINT: Mutual Information based Transductive Feature Selection for Genetic Trait Prediction  [PDF]
Dan He,Irina Rish,David Haws,Simon Teyssedre,Zivan Karaman,Laxmi Parida
Computer Science , 2013,
Abstract: Whole genome prediction of complex phenotypic traits using high-density genotyping arrays has attracted a great deal of attention, as it is relevant to the fields of plant and animal breeding and genetic epidemiology. As the number of genotypes is generally much bigger than the number of samples, predictive models suffer from the curse-of-dimensionality. The curse-of-dimensionality problem not only affects the computational efficiency of a particular genomic selection method, but can also lead to poor performance, mainly due to correlation among markers. In this work we proposed the first transductive feature selection method based on the MRMR (Max-Relevance and Min-Redundancy) criterion which we call MINT. We applied MINT on genetic trait prediction problems and showed that in general MINT is a better feature selection method than the state-of-the-art inductive method mRMR.
Radioprotective potential of mint: A brief review  [cached]
Baliga Manjeshwar,Rao Suresh
Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics , 2010,
Abstract: Radiation is an important modality in cancer treatment and estimates are that between one third and one half of all patients will require ionizing irradiation therapy during some point in their clinical management. However, the radiation-induced damage to the normal tissues restricts the therapeutic doses of radiation that can be delivered to tumors and thereby limits the effectiveness of the treatment. The use of chemical compounds (radioprotectors) represents an obvious strategy to improve the therapeutic index in radiotherapy. However, most of the synthetic radioprotective compounds studied have shown inadequate clinical application owing to their inherent toxicity and high cost. These observations necessitated a search for alternative agents that are less toxic and highly effective. Studies in the recent past have shown that some medicinal plants possess radioprotective effects. Two species of the commonly used aromatic herb mint, Mentha piperita and M. arvensis protected mice against the γ-radiation-induced sickness and mortality. Detail investigations have also shown that the aqueous extract of M. piperita protected the vital radiosensitive organs: the testis, gastrointestinal and hemopoetic systems in mice. The radioprotective effects are possibly due to free radical scavenging, antioxidant, metal chelating, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, and enhancement of the DNA repair processes. This review for the first time summarizes the observations and elucidates the possible mechanisms responsible for the beneficial effects. The lacunae in the existing knowledge and directions for future research are also addressed.
Production and Quality of Menthol Mint Essential Oil and Antifungal and Antigerminative Activity  [PDF]
Marco A. A. Souza, Marcela J. Lemos, Diego M. C. Brito, Manlio S. Fernandes, Rosane N. Castro, Sonia R. Souza
American Journal of Plant Sciences (AJPS) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/ajps.2014.521346
Abstract: Agricultural products certified as organic and free of pesticides cannot use synthetic chemicals in the production process. In this context, the search for new natural products appears as an alternative to the use of conventional pesticides, aiming to combat agricultural diseases. Menthol is a natural product obtained from plants that has importance in different branches of industry, mainly due to the feeling of freshness it provides in contact with skin and mucous. Menthol (70% - 90%) is the main compound of the menthol mint essential oil, followed by menthyl acetate (7% - 12%), which is an indicator of maturation. There are references to the period of maturation of menthol mint essential oil corresponds the period of flowering, on the other hand, are also presented evidence that the maturation of menthol mint essential oil is controlled by leaf expansion, namely with the physiological age of each leaf. Besides evaluating the essential oil production and quality extracted by hydrodistillation of young leaves (3rd to 5th node) and adult (6th to 8th node), was also proposed in this work to study the effect of menthol mint essential oil on the development of fungi of agricultural significance and commercial seeds of lettuce and tomato. After the extraction of the essential oil, was noted that adult leaves presented a higher content of essential oil, combined with the best commercial quality, showing higher levels of menthyl acetate and menthol. The menthol mint essential oil exhibited average fungitoxicity and antigerminative activity on Fusarium oxysporum, Rhizoctonia solani and Sclerotium rolfsii. On the other hand, menthol and terpineol, two essential oil components, showed the maximum fungitoxicity activity under this species and no inhibitory effect on the germination of lettuce and tomato.
Mathematical Modeling and Evaluation of Microwave Drying Kinetics of Mint (Mentha spicata L.)  [PDF]
Yurtsever Soysal
Journal of Applied Sciences , 2005,
Abstract: The overall objective of this research was to improve the basic knowledge about the important parameters of the microwave drying of leafy herbs. Specific objectives were to determine the effects of microwave power density on drying time and drying rate, improve the product quality in terms of colour, compare the fitting ability of several drying equations to express the drying kinetics of mint leaves with the most suitable drying model and to describe the whole process in a general drying model by embedding the effects of microwave power density on the coefficients of the best fitting model for the purpose of simulation and scaling up of the process. The microwave drying of mint (Mentha spicata L.) leaves have been studied at different operating parameters of drying using mathematical models. Experiments were conducted using seven levels of microwave power density, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 W g -1. Eleven mathematical models describing drying kinetics have been investigated.
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