Yoshida Anny Co. and Akita University | Date: 2014-11-05
A drainpipe comprising a concentrating flow path to concentrate flow of fluid on an inner wall of the pipe, which makes it possible to inhibit freezing of the fluid hydrodynamically without providing heat energy from outside, to thereby prevent blockage of the pipe.
Mizuno Corporation and Akita University | Date: 2016-06-08
A swing analysis device for analyzing a swing of a ball hitting tool includes: an information input unit configured to receive input of acceleration information and angular velocity information detected by a sensor attached to the ball hitting tool; a posture calculation unit configured to calculate posture information of the ball hitting tool in the swing by applying a predetermined filter to the acceleration information and the angular velocity information; a correction unit configured to correct the posture information of the ball hitting tool in the swing based on the posture information of the ball hitting tool at a first time in the swing; and a swing information calculation unit configured to calculate a swing trajectory of the ball hitting tool based on the acceleration information and the posture information of the ball hitting tool corrected by the correction unit.
Imai Y.,Akita University
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids | Year: 2015
Influenza A viruses are the causative agents of seasonal and pandemic infections. Influenza strains have recently emerged that show resistance to anti-viral drugs. Moreover, therapies in critically ill patients with severe influenza are limited, with the current anti-viral drugs showing disappointing results even in the absence of obvious viral resistance. Given the high mortality associated with avian H5N1 or H7N9 infections and the risk of pandemic potentials, effective drugs are needed for the treatment of severe influenza. A virus-host interaction is a multidimensional host response, in which not only genes and protein but also metabolites are up- or down-regulated, and cellular pathways and networks implicated in the viral pathogenesis are perturbed. Thus, it seems an attractive strategy to overcome influenza by targeting host metabolites and/or metabolic pathways involved in viral pathogenesis. Using lipidomics and lipid libraries screening, potectin D1 isomer (PDX) derived from the 15-lipoxygenase product 17S-H(p)DHA and/or 17HDHA precursor, has recently been identified, which suppresses influenza virus replication by inhibiting the nuclear export of viral mRNA rather than regulating resolution of inflammation. Contribution of the protectins to control influenza virus replication and their therapeutic potentials are reviewed here. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Oxygenated metabolism of PUFA: analysis and biological relevance". © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Akita University | Date: 2014-09-24
An electric field writing magnetic storage device including: a rotatable disk including a substrate and a magnetic recording film provided on a surface of the substrate, the magnetic recording film including at least one ferromagnetic and ferroelectric layer; a writing device writing information into the magnetic recording film by means of an electric field, the writing device including a writing electrode generating a dielectric flux between the writing electrode and the substrate by having electric potential to the substrate; and a writing circuit choosing one electric potential among plurality of electric potential level and applying the chosen one electric potential to the writing electrode in every operation of writing information, wherein the dielectric flux generated according to the electric potential applied to the writing electrode by the writing circuit magnetizes the ferromagnetic and ferroelectric layer in a specific direction.
Akita University and Akita | Date: 2014-02-20
Acceleration and automation of immunohistochemical staining are achieved as follows: an automatic electric field immunohistochemical staining apparatus is configured to provided with a sample mounting unit, a solution supply unit, an electric field stifling unit, and a washing unit; the sample mounting unit on which a glass substrate with a tissue specimen fixed thereto is mounted and the electric field stirring unit that includes an upper electrode are operated in coordination to activate an antigen in the tissue specimen; the sample mounting unit and the solution supply unit containing various solutions are operated in coordination to supply a primary-antibody-containing solution to the tissue specimen; the sample mounting unit and the electric field stirring unit are operated in coordination to perform an antigen-antibody reaction of the antigen in the tissue specimen and a primary antibody; and the electric field stirring unit and the washing unit are operated in coordination.
Akita University | Date: 2016-04-14
A spine immobilization tool that can control the movement of the spine with improved safety as a spine immobilization tool that includes a first covering portion, a second covering portion, and a joint portion. The first covering portion covers at least a part of a vertebral arch of a vertebra at a head-side among the adjacent vertebrae, and thus can be fixed to the vertebra. The second covering portion covers at least a part of a vertebral arch of a vertebra at a buttock side amongst the adjacent vertebrae, and thus can be fixed to the vertebra. The joint portion couples the first covering portion and the second covering portion together while allowing changing relative positions of the first covering portion and the second covering portion.
Akita University | Date: 2015-06-24
The objective of the present invention is to provide a method and a means of rapidly and reliably detecting lymph node metastasis in cancer or the risk of lymph node metastasis. Specifically, the present invention provides a method and a rapid determination kit for detecting lymph node metastasis in cancer or its risk by identifying a certain genetic polymorphism of the human CRP gene, and it is clinically significant in determining the treatment strategy, because effective prediction/determination can be made regarding lymph node metastasis, which is an important phenomenon in cancer progression.
Akita University | Date: 2016-02-11
The present invention provides: a method of producing, at low temperature, a magnetic recording medium comprising an L1_(0)FePt thin film which is highly (001)-oriented and highly L1_(0)-ordered; and a magnetic recording medium comprising an L1_(0)FePt thin film that can be obtained by this method. In the production method of a magnetic recording medium (10), a thin film formation step S1 of forming a thin film 2 containing an FePt alloy and an oxide of metal having a melting point of 100 C. or more and 500 C. or less is carried out; an annealing step S2 of annealing the thin film 2 to a predetermined temperature is carried out; thereby a magnetic recording layer 2 containing the FePt alloy having a L1_(0)-ordered structure and the oxide of metal is formed. The magnetic recording medium can be obtained by this production method.
Akita University | Date: 2014-04-23
To provide a spine immobilization tool that can control the movement of the spine with improved safety as a spine immobilization tool 50 that includes a first covering portion 20, a second covering portion 30, and a joint portion 40. The first covering portion 20 covers at least a part of a vertebral arch 12a of a vertebra 10a at a head-side among the adjacent vertebrae, and thus can be fixed to the vertebra 10a. The second covering portion 30 covers at least a part of a vertebral arch 12b of a vertebra 10b at a buttock side among the adjacent vertebrae, and thus can be fixed to the vertebra 10b. The joint portion 40 couples the first covering portion 20 and the second covering portion 30 together while allowing changing relative positions of the first covering portion 20 and the second covering portion 30.
Akita University | Date: 2014-08-06
A magnetic profile measuring device which scans on a surface of a specimen by a magnetized probe on a tip of a driven cantilever, detects vibration of the cantilever, and generates a magnetic field distribution image of the area, the device including: the cantilever having the probe equipped on tip thereof; a driver driving the cantilever; an alternating-current magnetic field generator periodically reversing the magnetic polarity of the probe; a vibration sensor detecting vibration of the probe; a demodulator demodulating from a detection signal of the vibration sensor a magnetic signal corresponding to an alternating magnetic force between the probe and the specimen; a scanning mechanism; a data storage storing an initial data for each coordinate of the scanning area; a modified data generator generating a plurality of data by modifying the phase of the initial data; and an image display device.