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  1. Analysis of Coexisting GPON and NG-PON1 (10G-PON Systems

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    M. D. Mraković


    Full Text Available In this paper, the simulation model of coexisting GPON and NG-PON1 (10G-PON systems is presented, which has been developed for the analysis of feasibility and implementation issues of this coexistence. The aim was to analyze the impact of the most important parameters of the components that are needed for new network elements, on the performance of these coexistent networks. On the basis of the results obtained, the optimal parameters of the new system components were defined.

  2. Induction Effect and Genetic Analysis of NG to Conchospores of Porphyra

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    Xu Pu; Shen Songdong; Fei Xiugeng; Zhang Xuecheng; Zhu Jianyi


    The new spreading conchospores ot Porphyra yezoensis, P. haitanensis and P. katadai var. hemiphylla are induced by N-Methy-N'-Nitro-N-Nitrosoguanidine (NG), a strong mutagen to induce the mutant of chromatophore. It is showed that (1) no mutants have been investigated in all control group. (2)The conchospores of all the three species of Porphyra are easy to be induced by NG for they are in the stage of breeding, In the lowest dose (10 μ g/mL) of this experiment, the mutant rate of P. yezoensis is up to 57.9%, that of P. haitanensis 30.7% and that of P. katadai var. hemiphylla 51.7%. (3)The mutant rate can not increase obviously by increasing the reagent concentration or prolonging the induction time. Within the scope of experiment, the inducement effects of three species of Porphyra ar e much similar, and the mutant rate is near 50%. The optimum induction concentration of NG is 10 μ g/mL, and the optimum induction time is 30 minutes.

  3. Induction Effect and Genetic Analysis of NG to Thallus of Porphyra

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    Xu Pu; Shen Songdong; Fei Xiugeng; Zhang Xuecheng; Zhu Jianyi


    The young thalli of Porphyra yezoensis and P. haitanensis are induced by N-Methy-N'-Nitro-N-Nitrosoguanidine (NG), a strong mutagen to induce the mutant of chromatophore. It is showed that no mutants have been investigated in all control groups,while in the induced groups, it is easy to find mutant cells or mutant cell masses in the thallus.The pigmentation mutants may be the result of NG inducement. The mutant rate increases obviously with the mutagen concentration or by prolonging the induction time. Within the scope of experiment, the inducement effects of Porphyra yezoensis are raised from 11.2% to 28.7%, and those of P. haitanensis from 10.1% to 20.2%. According to our experiments, the amount of mutant cells in the same area does not increase with the induction intensity The amount of mutant cells in every group of inducement of both species of Porphyra changes very little with the fixed fields check method. The lowest dose (25μg/mL) of this experiment has a high mutant rate. The mutant rate shows the percentage of mutant cells in all the survived cells, while the amount of mutant cells reflects the effect of inducement. Thus the optimum induction concentration of NG is 25μg/mL, and the optimum induction time is 30minutes.

  4. Financial Risk Factor Analysis for Facility Gas Leakages of H2 and NG

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    In-Bok Lee


    Full Text Available Fuel cells may be the key to a more environmentally-friendly future because they emit low carbon dioxide per unit of energy supplied. However, little work has investigated the potential financial risks pertaining to fuel cell systems. Often used in the analysis of the safety of systems involving flammable or hazardous materials, risk factor analysis has recently been used to analyze the potential financial losses that may occur from industrial hazards. Therefore, this work undertakes a financial risk factor analysis to determine the costs of leakages of hydrogen and natural gas, which are used in fuel cell systems. Total leakage was calculated from an analysis of several leakage rates and modes. The impact of applying appropriate detection and prevention systems was also investigated. The findings were then used to analyze the consequences for various sections of the system and to calculate the overall cost based on facility outage or damage, and the cost of taking safety precautions. This provides a basis for comparison among proposed potential reactionary measures.

  5. Early work of N.G. (Dick) de Bruijn in analysis and some of my own

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    Korevaar, J.


    There are parallels between de Bruijn’s early work in analysis and that of the author. However, Dick’s work soon became much broader and deeper. While the present paper reviews several topics of common interest, its main content is a short version of Dick’s important article related to Riemann’s Hyp

  6. Intramuscular depot formulations of leuprolide acetate suppress testosterone levels below a 20 ng/dL threshold: a retrospective analysis of two Phase III studies

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    Full Text Available Aaron Spitz,1 Marc Gittelman,2 Lawrence I Karsh,3 Sanja Dragnic,4 Ahmed M Soliman,5 Aditya Lele,6 Damian Gruca,7 Michael Norton4 1Orange County Urology Associates, Laguna Beach, CA, 221st Century Oncology/UroMedix-Aventura Division, Aventura, FL, 3The Urology Center of Colorado, Denver, CO, 4US Medical Affairs, 5Health Economics and Outcomes Research, 6Data and Statistical Sciences, AbbVie Inc., North Chicago, IL, USA; 7Global Medical Affairs, AbbVie Deutschland, Ludwigshafen, Germany Introduction: Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT with gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH analogs is a standard treatment for advanced prostate cancer. GnRH analog therapy can reduce testosterone to “castrate” levels, historically defined as <50 ng/dL. With the advent of newer assays, a lower threshold of <20 ng/dL has recently been proposed. We report the results of a retrospective analysis of two Phase III trials of 4- and 6-month depot microsphere formulations of leuprolide acetate (LA, a GnRH agonist that has previously demonstrated efficacy in testosterone suppression to <50 ng/dL in patients on ADT. This analysis investigates the ability of these LA formulations to suppress to ≤20 ng/dL levels.Methods: In two of five AbbVie/Abbott clinical trials of microsphere formulations of LA for ADT, analytic technology permitting testosterone detection as low as 3 ng/dL was used and thus was selected for this analysis. Both trials were open-label, fixed-dose studies in prostate cancer patients, naïve to ADT. Patients received either 30 mg (4-month formulation; n=49 or 45 mg (6-month formulation; n=151 depot injections of LA microspheres. Treatment duration was up to 32 weeks for the 4-month formulation and 48 weeks for the 6-month formulation. The proportion of patients achieving the 20 ng/dL threshold was determined every 4 weeks.Results: Pooled analysis showed that 152 of 193 (79% of patients achieved serum testosterone levels of ≤20 ng/dL at 4 weeks, and

  7. Tracing Eurosceptic Party Networks via Hyperlink Network Analysis and #FAIL!ng: Can Web Crawlers Keep up with Web Design?

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    Bossetta Jr, Michael Joseph; Dutceac Segesten, Anamaria

    This #FAIL! paper is the result of our experience with the hyperlink analysis software ‘Issuecrawler’ ( whilst writing the paper “The Europeanization of Eurosceptics? A Hyperlink Network Analysis of the Sweden Democrats” for the 2015 European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR...... programming languages? Or, is its inability to read JavaScript (a limitation shared by all current web crawling software) a reason to fundamentally question its utility as a digital method?...

  8. Fløng-modellerne

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    Karnøe, Jonatan Kolding


    Artiklen giver indblik i, hvilke kompetencer lærerne på Fløng Skole oplever som forudsætning for, at eleverne har gavn af deres iPad i en læringssammenhæng. Herudfra er der udviklet to redskaber – F-KO-modellen og F-KOP-modellen.......Artiklen giver indblik i, hvilke kompetencer lærerne på Fløng Skole oplever som forudsætning for, at eleverne har gavn af deres iPad i en læringssammenhæng. Herudfra er der udviklet to redskaber – F-KO-modellen og F-KOP-modellen....

  9. TestNG beginner's guide

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    Menon, Varun


    This book is written in a friendly, beginner's guide style with plenty of step-by-step instructions with appropriate examples.This book is great for developers and testers who are new to TestNg and want to learn how to use TestNG for writing their application as well as functional tests. This book assumes that you have experience in Java and OOPs concepts and have worked with certain IDE.

  10. Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentrations ≥40 ng/ml Are Associated with >65% Lower Cancer Risk: Pooled Analysis of Randomized Trial and Prospective Cohort Study.

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    Sharon L McDonnell

    Full Text Available Higher serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OHD] concentrations have been associated with a lower risk of multiple cancer types across a range of 25(OHD concentrations.To investigate whether the previously reported inverse association between 25(OHD and cancer risk could be replicated, and if a 25(OHD response region could be identified among women aged 55 years and older across a broad range of 25(OHD concentrations.Data from two cohorts representing different median 25(OHD concentrations were pooled to afford a broader range of 25(OHD concentrations than either cohort alone: the Lappe cohort (N = 1,169, a randomized clinical trial cohort (median 25(OHD = 30 ng/ml and the GrassrootsHealth cohort (N = 1,135, a prospective cohort (median 25(OHD = 48 ng/ml. Cancer incidence over a multi-year period (median: 3.9 years was compared according to 25(OHD concentration. Kaplan-Meier plots were developed and the association between 25(OHD and cancer risk was examined with multivariate Cox regression using multiple 25(OHD measurements and spline functions. The study included all invasive cancers excluding skin cancer.Age-adjusted cancer incidence across the combined cohort (N = 2,304 was 840 cases per 100,000 person-years (1,020 per 100,000 person-years in the Lappe cohort and 722 per 100,000 person-years in the GrassrootsHealth cohort. Incidence was lower at higher concentrations of 25(OHD. Women with 25(OHD concentrations ≥40 ng/ml had a 67% lower risk of cancer than women with concentrations <20 ng/ml (HR = 0.33, 95% CI = 0.12-0.90.25(OHD concentrations ≥40 ng/ml were associated with substantial reduction in risk of all invasive cancers combined.

  11. Experimental and theoretical studies of the infrared spectra and bonding properties of NgBeCO₃ and a comparison with NgBeO (Ng = He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe). (United States)

    Zhang, Qingnan; Chen, Mohua; Zhou, Mingfei; Andrada, Diego M; Frenking, Gernot


    The novel neon complex NeBeCO3 has been prepared in a low-temperature neon matrix via codeposition of laser-evaporated beryllium atoms with O2 + CO/Ne. Doping by the heavier noble gas atoms argon, krypton and xenon yielded the associated adducts NgBeCO3 (Ng = Ar, Kr, Xe). The noble gas complexes have been identified via infrared spectroscopy. Quantum chemical calculations of NgBeCO3 and NgBeO (Ng = He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe) using ab initio methods and density functional theory show that the Ng-BeCO3 bonds are slightly longer and weaker than the Ng-BeO bonds. The energy decomposition analysis of the Ng-Be bonds suggests that the attractive interactions come mainly from the Ng → BeCO3 and Ng → BeO σ donation.

  12. Analysis on ATC Problems of Boeing 737NG Airplane%波音737NG飞机ATC FAIL故障浅析

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    The occurrence frequency of ATC problems of Boeing 737NG Airplane is high in the running, as it cooperated with TCAS, it has great obstacles of the airplane’s normal operation and flight delay. This paper will analyze the fail of ACT.%波音737NG飞机在运行中经常会出现ATC FAIL故障,由于该系统牵涉到飞机的防撞系统,对飞机的正常运行产生很大的影响,引起航班延误,本文对该故障现象进行浅析。

  13. Exploring the Nature of Silicon-Noble Gas Bonds in H3SiNgNSi and HSiNgNSi Compounds (Ng = Xe, Rn

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    Sudip Pan


    Full Text Available Ab initio and density functional theory-based computations are performed to investigate the structure and stability of H3SiNgNSi and HSiNgNSi compounds (Ng = Xe, Rn. They are thermochemically unstable with respect to the dissociation channel producing Ng and H3SiNSi or HSiNSi. However, they are kinetically stable with respect to this dissociation channel having activation free energy barriers of 19.3 and 23.3 kcal/mol for H3SiXeNSi and H3SiRnNSi, respectively, and 9.2 and 12.8 kcal/mol for HSiXeNSi and HSiRnNSi, respectively. The rest of the possible dissociation channels are endergonic in nature at room temperature for Rn analogues. However, one three-body dissociation channel for H3SiXeNSi and one two-body and one three-body dissociation channels for HSiXeNSi are slightly exergonic in nature at room temperature. They become endergonic at slightly lower temperature. The nature of bonding between Ng and Si/N is analyzed by natural bond order, electron density and energy decomposition analyses. Natural population analysis indicates that they could be best represented as (H3SiNg+(NSi− and (HSiNg+(NSi−. Energy decomposition analysis further reveals that the contribution from the orbital term (ΔEorb is dominant (ca. 67%–75% towards the total attraction energy associated with the Si-Ng bond, whereas the electrostatic term (ΔEelstat contributes the maximum (ca. 66%–68% for the same in the Ng–N bond, implying the covalent nature of the former bond and the ionic nature of the latter.

  14. Utilizing RELAX NG Schemas in XML Editors


    Schmied, Martin


    This thesis explores the possibilities of utilizing RELAX NG schemata in the process of editing XML documents. The ultimate goal of this thesis is to prototype a system supporting user while editing XML document with bound RELAX NG schema inside the Eclipse IDE. Such a system comprises two major components -- an integration of RELAX NG validator and an autocompletion engine. Design of the autocompletion engine represents the main contribution of this thesis, because similar systems are almost...

  15. The NG2 Protein Is Not Required for Glutamatergic Neuron-NG2 Cell Synaptic Signaling. (United States)

    Passlick, Stefan; Trotter, Jacqueline; Seifert, Gerald; Steinhäuser, Christian; Jabs, Ronald


    NG2 glial cells (as from now NG2 cells) are unique in receiving synaptic input from neurons. However, the components regulating formation and maintenance of these neuron-glia synapses remain elusive. The transmembrane protein NG2 has been considered a potential mediator of synapse formation and alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor (AMPAR) clustering, because it contains 2 extracellular Laminin G/Neurexin/Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin domains, which in neurons are crucial for formation of transsynaptic neuroligin-neurexin complexes. NG2 is connected via Glutamate Receptor-Interacting Protein with GluA2/3-containing AMPARs, thereby possibly mediating receptor clustering in glial postsynaptic density. To elucidate the role of NG2 in neuron-glia communication, we investigated glutamatergic synaptic transmission in juvenile and aged hippocampal NG2 cells of heterozygous and homozygous NG2 knockout mice. Neuron-NG2 cell synapses readily formed in the absence of NG2. Short-term plasticity, synaptic connectivity, postsynaptic AMPAR current kinetics, and density were not affected by NG2 deletion. During development, an NG2-independent acceleration of AMPAR current kinetics and decreased synaptic connectivity were observed. Our results indicate that the lack of NG2 does not interfere with genesis and basic properties of neuron-glia synapses. In addition, we demonstrate frequent expression of neuroligins 1-3 in juvenile and aged NG2 cells, suggesting a role of these molecules in synapse formation between NG2 glia and neurons.

  16. Determination of l-arginine and NG, NG - and NG, NG' -dimethyl-L-arginine in plasma by liquid chromatography as AccQ-Fluor fluorescent derivatives. (United States)

    Heresztyn, Tamila; Worthley, Matthew I; Horowitz, John D


    A new HPLC assay for the detection of L-arginine, NG, NG-dimethyl-L-arginine (ADMA) and NG, NG' -dimethyl-L-arginine (SDMA) in plasma using the derivatisation reagent AccQ-Fluor (6-aminoquinolyl-N-hydroxysuccinimidyl carbamate) is described. The fluorescent derivatives produced are extremely stable enabling routine processing of large numbers of samples. Arginine and its metabolites are extracted from plasma on strong cation exchange (SCX) cartridges with NG-monomethyl-L-arginine (NMMA) as internal standard, derivatised and separated on a C18 column with acetonitrile in 0.1M sodium acetate buffer pH 6. Separation of the stereoisomers ADMA and SDMA was excellent and improvements to the solid phase extraction (SPE) procedure enabled good recovery (>80%) of arginine, ADMA and SDMA. The utility of the method is exemplified by comparison of plasma concentrations of ADMA, SDMA and arginine in healthy volunteers and diabetic/ischaemic patients.

  17. Neuron-NG2 Cell Synapses: Novel Functions for Regulating NG2 Cell Proliferation and Differentiation

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    Qian-Kun Yang


    Full Text Available NG2 cells are a population of CNS cells that are distinct from neurons, mature oligodendrocytes, astrocytes, and microglia. These cells can be identified by their NG2 proteoglycan expression. NG2 cells have a highly branched morphology, with abundant processes radiating from the cell body, and express a complex set of voltage-gated channels, AMPA/kainate, and GABA receptors. Neurons notably form classical and nonclassical synapses with NG2 cells, which have varied characteristics and functions. Neuron-NG2 cell synapses could fine-tune NG2 cell activities, including the NG2 cell cycle, differentiation, migration, and myelination, and may be a novel potential therapeutic target for NG2 cell-related diseases, such as hypoxia-ischemia injury and periventricular leukomalacia. Furthermore, neuron-NG2 cell synapses may be correlated with the plasticity of CNS in adulthood with the synaptic contacts passing onto their progenies during proliferation, and synaptic contacts decrease rapidly upon NG2 cell differentiation. In this review, we highlight the characteristics of classical and nonclassical neuron-NG2 cell synapses, the potential functions, and the fate of synaptic contacts during proliferation and differentiation, with the emphasis on the regulation of the NG2 cell cycle by neuron-NG2 cell synapses and their potential underlying mechanisms.

  18. Computing Architecture for the ngVLA (United States)

    Kern, Jeffrey S.; Glendenning, Brian; Hiriart, R.


    Computing challenges for the Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) are not always the ones that first come to mind. Current design concepts have visibility data rates which allow the permanent storage of the raw visibility data, and although challenging, the calibration and imaging processing for the ngVLA is not beyond the capabilities of existing systems (let alone those that will exist when ngVLA construction is completed). Design goals include a system that supports a wide range of PI-driven projects, end to end data management, and the production of science ready data products. This should be accomplished while minimizing the operating costs of an array consisting of hundreds of elements distributed over an area of nearly 100,000 km2. We discuss a proposed architecture of the computing system, design constraints for a detailed design, and some possible design choices and their implications.

  19. Raadioteatris esietendub kuuldemäng ugalalastelt

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    7. märtsil esietendub Vikerraadios Jon Fosse näidendi "Keegi tuleb ju ikka" põhjal seatud kuuldemäng. Lavastas Taago Tubin, helirežissöör Külli Tüli. Näitlejad on Kadri Lepp, Andres Tabun ja Meelis Rämmeld Ugala teatrist

  20. Test Report for NG Sensors GTX-1000

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    Manginell, Ronald P. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    This report describes initial testing of the NG Sensor GTX-1000 natural gas monitoring system. This testing showed that the retention time, peak area stability and heating value repeatability of the GTX-1000 were promising for natural gas measurements in the field or at the well head. The repeatability can be less than 0.25% for LHV and HHV for the Airgas standard tested in this report, which is very promising for a first generation prototype. Ultimately this system should be capable of 0.1% repeatability in heating value at significant size and power reductions compared with competing systems.

  1. NG compressors play role in success story

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    In early 1993, Con Edison and Brooklyn Union Gas began offering rebates to manufacturers that replaced electric motor-driven air compressors with natural gas engine-driven air compressors. These rebates covered significant portions of the costs of installation. After carefully considering all options, Ultra Creative decided to order two Quincy QSS-750-NG, 220-HP units from scales Air Compressor Crop. Scales is a full-service air compressor distribution which offers complete turnkey installation service on all types of stationary air compressors, plus maintenance and repairs. The complete Quincy QSS Series of natural gas engine-driven air compressors is available in sizes from 370 to 1500 cfm. An optical heat recovery system can boost energy efficiencies over 80%. For example, heat recovered from the engine cooling water and exhaust, combined with the heat recovered from the air compressor oil cooler and aftercooler, can be used for heating boiler and laundry process water, plastics thermoforming, unit heaters for space heating, plating tanks, and a variety of other applications to displace conventional fuels.

  2. 荧光定量PCR检测淋球菌、沙眼衣原体和解脲脲原体结果分析%Detection and analysis of NG, CT and UU by fluorescence quantitative PCR

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    张欠欠; 仵恒立; 胡军婷; 成俊珍; 任勇; 杨晗; 马莹


    目的 了解延安市皮肤性病科门诊患者泌尿生殖道淋球菌(NG)、沙眼衣原体(CT)及解脲脲原体(UU)的感染现状及其特点,为临床提供依据.方法 采用实时荧光聚合酶链式反应技术(FQ-PCR)对784例患者的泌尿生殖道分泌物的NG、CT和UU核酸进行检测.结果 784例患者中,NG、CT和UU的阳性检出率分别为15.43%、34.69%和30.87%,女性UU感染率明显高于男性(P<0.01),男性CT感染率明显高于女性(P<0.05),NG感染率男性虽高于女性,但无性别差异(P>0.05).混合感染检出率为19.64%,其中CT+ UU双重感染的阳性检出率最高,为10.20%.不同年龄感染情况显示,感染率以21~40岁年龄段最高.结论 泌尿生殖道感染患者NG、CT和UU阳性检出率不尽相同,阳性患者大多年龄在青壮年时期,应作为性传播疾病防治工作中的重点对象.混合感染较为常见,临床应进行3种病原体的检测.

  3. Functional roles of CSPG4/NG2 in chondrosarcoma. (United States)

    Jamil, Nuor S M; Azfer, Asim; Worrell, Harrison; Salter, Donald M


    CSPG4/NG2 is a multifunctional transmembrane protein with limited distribution in adult tissues including articular cartilage. The purpose of this study was to investigate the possible roles of CSPG4/NG2 in chondrosarcomas and to establish whether this molecule may have potential for targeted therapy. Stable knock-down of CSPG4/NG2 in the JJ012 chondrosarcoma cell line by shRNA resulted in decreased cell proliferation and migration as well as a decrease in gene expression of the MMP (matrix metalloproteinase) 3 protease and ADAMTS4 (aggrecanase). Chondrosarcoma cells in which CSPG4/NG2 was knocked down were more sensitive to doxorubicin than wild-type cells. The results indicate that CSPG4/NG2 has roles in regulating chondrosarcoma cell function in relation to growth, spread and resistance to chemotherapy and that anti-CSPG4/NG2 therapies may have potential in the treatment of surgically unresectable chondrosarcoma.

  4. NG2 expression predicts the metastasis formation in soft-tissue sarcoma patients. (United States)

    Benassi, Maria Serena; Pazzaglia, Laura; Chiechi, Antonella; Alberghini, Marco; Conti, Amalia; Cattaruzza, Sabrina; Wassermann, Bruna; Picci, Piero; Perris, Roberto


    Enhanced expression levels of NG2 proteoglycan in presurgical original lesions of soft-tissue sarcoma (STS) patients defines with 55% probability the immediate (i.e., within 12 months postsurgery) risk in these individuals to develop postsurgical secondary lesions, independently of any other clinical trait. It, therefore, provides a molecular factor that alone prospects a particularly unfavorable clinical outcome in such patients. Evaluation of the timing of metastasis formation in patients with high and low levels of NG2 in their primitive lesions further stratified the patients in subsets with diverse lag phases in the occurrence of metastatic disease. In our cohort of high-grade STS cases, transcription of NG2 also showed a 81-fold amplification in metastatic lesions, when compared to primitive ones, and this gene overexpression was accompanied by an abundant but nonuniform in situ expression of its product. In a similar manner as seen in primitive lesions, patients with higher levels of metastatic NG2 encountered a significantly more dismal clinical course. Multivariate analysis asserted that in these individuals upregulation of NG2 represented an absolute independent prognostic parameter. Therefore, minimally invasive assessment of the transcription levels of the NG2 gene represents a parameter capable of predicting the arising of metastatic disease within a definite postsurgery time interval, and affords in adjunct in the definition of life expectance in STS patients.

  5. Understanding the NG2 glial scar after spinal cord injury

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    Amber R Hackett


    Full Text Available NG2 cells, also known as oligodendrocyte progenitor cells, are located throughout the central nervous system and serve as a pool of progenitors to differentiate into oligodendrocytes. In response to spinal cord injury, NG2 cells increase their proliferation and differentiation into remyelinating oligodendrocytes. While astrocytes are typically associated with being the major cell type in the glial scar, many NG2 cells also accumulate within the glial scar but their function remains poorly understood. Similar to astrocytes, these cells hypertrophy, upregulate expression of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans, inhibit axon regeneration, contribute to the glial-fibrotic scar border, and some even differentiate into astrocytes. Whether NG2 cells also have a role in other astrocyte functions, such as preventing the spread of infiltrating leukocytes and expression of inflammatory cytokines, is not yet known. Thus, NG2 cells are not only important for remyelination after spinal cord injury, but are also a major component of the glial scar with functions that overlap with astrocytes in this region. In this review, we describe the signaling pathways important for the proliferation and differentiation of NG2 cells, as well as the role of NG2 cells in scar formation and tissue repair.

  6. Etendatakse 10-aastase kirjamehe näitemäng

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    Tartu katoliku kooli 3. klassi poisi Mario Raitari näitemäng "Kristoph Silvester von Tenderi lugu", mis on esimene lugu sarjast "Mario Raitari kroonika". Näidendit etendab Linnupuu Lastepereteatri trupp

  7. 智能脊柱理疗设备摆动机构设计与分析%Design and analysis of swingi ng mechanism of the intelligent spine physiotherapy equipment

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    张凯; 何非; 李东波


    In order to design the swinging mechanism that meets the functional requirements of the intelligent spine physiotherapy equipment , it compares the structural characteristics of several typical swinging mechanism , designs the mechanism for ensuring the realization of the function .Based on SolidWorks it establishes the whole 3D model,designs that the maximum swing speed is 100 times/min, the maximum load of the intelligent spine physiotherapy equipment is 100 kg.A dynamics simulation is performed with ADAMS to simulate the actual mo-tion of the motor , provides reasonable reference for motor selection .A dynamic analysis of the key shaft is per-formed with the finite element software ABAQUS for the optimization design of the shaft .The result shows that the swinging mechanism meets the functional requirements .%为设计满足智能脊柱理疗设备功能要求的摆动机构,对比了多种典型的摆动机构特点,设计了主体机构,同时为确保功能实现设计了辅助机构,并在SolidWorks 中构建了整体三维模型.设计最大摆动速度为100次/min,智能脊柱理疗设备最大承重为100kg. 通过ADAMS动力学仿真模拟其真实环境下的运动情况,对电机合理选型;利用ABAQUS对摆动机构关键零件支撑轴进行显式动态分析,优化设计支撑轴. 仿真与分析结果表明,摆动机构满足功能要求.

  8. Mga Kuwento-Kuwento ng Baliw: Lihis na Pagkilos sa Mga Maikling-Kuwentong Tagalog

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    Diana Ziganay


    Full Text Available Ang sulating ito ay nalikha upang magbigay ng isang pagsusuri at pagtatalakay sa pagbuo ng konsepto ng abnormalidad o kakaibang kilos o pananaw buhat sa mga piling uri ng panitikang Pilipinong naisulat sa wikang Ingles noong ika-1900 hanggang 1945. Pag-uukulan ng pansin dito ang panahon at kalagayang binanggit, ang mga suliraning binanggit, ang maga suliranin ng pagbuo ng panitikang Pilipino sa Ingles, at ang daloy ng kaisipan ng mga manunulat na may kaugnayan sa pag-unawa ng konsepto ng abnormalidad na sumasalamin sa ilang mga piling sulatin, tuwiran man o di tuwiran.

  9. Evaluation of Abbott RealTime CT/NG assay for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in cervical swabs from female sex workers in China.

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    Yan Han

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: To evaluate the performance of the Abbott RealTime CT/NG assay for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG among female sex workers (FSWs in China. METHODS: Cervical swabs from 997 participants were blindly detected by the Abbott RealTime CT/NG assay on the automated m2000 molecular platform and Roche Cobas Amplicor CT/NG assay. Discrepant analysis were confirmed by the Qiagen care CT PCR assay. The sample was defined as candidate nvCT-positive if it was CT positive in the Abbott m2000 assay, but CT negative in the other two assays. RESULTS: 25 specimens that were discordant for CT and 26 specimens that were discordant for NG between the two assays were resolved by Qiagen care CT & NG PCR assays. The sensitivity and specificity, respectively, for Abbott m2000 assay were 92.59% and 100% for CT and 95.45% and 99.90% for NG. The positive predictive value (PPV and negative predictive value (NPV of Abbott m2000 assay were100% and 98.52% for CT and 95.5% and 99.90% for NG, respectively. No candidate new-variant CT(nvCTspecimens were identified. CONCLUSION: Abbott RealTime CT/NG assay were more specify for CT and NG detection, however, its sensitivity for CT and NG were a little bit lower than Roche Cobas Amplicor CT/NG assay. Abbott RealTime CT/NG assay had higher PPV for NG detection than Roche Cobas Amplicor CT/NG assay; it would be more suitable for screening for population with low-prevalence NG. There is currently no evidence that nvCT is present in FSWs in China.

  10. Ang Demokratikong Sistema at ang mga Modelo ng Pamumuno sa Pilipinas

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    F. P. A. Demeterio


    Full Text Available Maraming paraan ang pagsusuri sa problema ng pulitika sa Pilipinas.Para sa mga moralista at ideyalista, halimbawa, maaari itong tingnangamit ang perspektibo ng sistema ng pagpapahalaga (values at moralidad; para sa mga materyalista naman, maaari din itong himayin gamit ang perspektibo ng pagka-di-pantay-pantay ng kayamanan at kapangyarihan(unequal wealth and power ng ating mga mamamayan; o hindi kaya para sa mga eksperto sa sistema at istraktura, maaari din itong dalumatin gamit ang perspektibo ng ating marupok na burukrasya. Susubukan ng papel na ito na pag-aralan ang paksa sa pamamagitan ng pagsusuri sa konsepto ng pamumuno na hinihiling ng ating demokratikong sistema at sa kaparehong konseptong umiiiral naman sa kamalayan ng ating mga kababayan. Gagamitin ng pagsusuring ito, bilang teoretikal na balangkas, ang isang uri ng antropolohikalna teorya at pamamaraan na kilala bilang “kognitibong antropolohiya”(cognitive anthropology.

  11. Theranostic impact of NG2/CSPG4 proteoglycan in cancer. (United States)

    Nicolosi, Pier Andrea; Dallatomasina, Alice; Perris, Roberto


    NG2/CSPG4 is an unusual cell-membrane integral proteoglycan widely recognized to be a prognostic factor, a valuable tool for ex vivo and non-invasive molecular diagnostics and, by virtue of its tight association with malignancy, a tantalizing therapeutic target in several tumour types. Although the biology behind its involvement in cancer progression needs to be better understood, implementation of NG2/CSPG4 in the routine clinical practice is attainable and has the potential to contribute to an improved individualized management of cancer patients. In this context, its polymorphic nature seems to be particularly valuable in the effort to standardize informative diagnostic procedures and consolidate forcible immunotherapeutic treatment strategies. We discuss here the underpinnings for this potential and highlight the benefits of taking advantage of the intra-tumour and inter-patient variability in the regulation of NG2/CSPG4 expression. We envision that NG2/CSPG4 may effectively be exploited in therapeutic interventions aimed at averting resistance to target therapy agents and at interfering with secondary lesion formation and/or tumour recurrence.

  12. Klaaspärlimäng peletab klassikahirmu / Katrin Nielsen

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    Nielsen, Katrin


    Eri stiile-ajastuid ühendavast Peeter Vähi kujandatud muusikafestivalist "Klaaspärlimäng" 22. juulist-24. augustini. Kontsertidest Pärnu kontserdimajas: gamelaniansambli Gamelan Son of Lion kontserdist 22. juulil, Vardo Rumesseni kontserdist ja CD esitlusest 28. juulil, tütarlastekoori "Ellerhein" kontserdist 30. juulil

  13. Photonic integrated transmitter and receiver for NG-PON2 (United States)

    Tavares, Ana; Lopes, Ana; Rodrigues, Cláudio; Mãocheia, Paulo; Mendes, Tiago; Brandão, Simão.; Rodrigues, Francisco; Ferreira, Ricardo; Teixeira, António


    In this paper the authors present a monolithic Photonic Integrated Circuit which includes a transmitter and a receiver for NG-PON2. With this layout it is possible to build an OLT and, by redesigning some filters, also an ONU. This technology allows reducing the losses in the transmitter and in the receiver, increasing power budget, and also reducing the OEO conversions, which has been a major problem that operators want to surpass.

  14. Preliminary Antenna Concept for the ngVLA (United States)

    Di Francesco, James; Selina, Robert; Grammer, Wes; McKinnon, Mark M.


    The preliminary concept for a Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) calls for an interferometric array having an effective collecting area and spatial resolution that are both 10 times better than that of the current VLA and operating over a frequency range of 1.2-116 GHz. Given the large number of antennas needed to meet the collecting area goal, the ngVLA antenna concept must strike a balance between competing science requirements and the programmatic targets for the array’s life cycle cost.Antenna diameters currently under consideration for the ngVLA are in the range of 12-25 m, with a nominal 18-m diameter aperture used for the conceptual design. Currently, the optimization for operations and construction cost suggests that a smaller number of larger apertures is preferable.The surface accuracy goal for the antennas is 185 µm rms (λ/16 @ 100 GHz) for the primary and subreflector combined under optimal environmental conditions. The subreflector will be optimized for performance above 10 GHz, with some degradation in aperture efficiency accepted at lower frequencies.For high dynamic range imaging, particularly at the low end of the ngVLA’s frequency range, the optimum optical configuration is likely an offset geometry. An unblocked aperture will minimize scattering, spillover, and sidelobe pickup. Both performance and maintenance requirements favor a receiver feedarm on the low side of the reflector.High pointing accuracy will also be necessary to provide the imaging dynamic range required of the system. With an unblocked aperture, variations in the antenna gain pattern are expected to be dominated by pointing errors. Preliminary requirements are for an absolute pointing accuracy of 40” RMS, with referenced pointing of 3” RMS (FWHM/10 at 10 GHz and 120 GHz, respectively, for an 18-m diameter dish).The antenna mount is expected to be a typical altitude-azimuth design. Both pedestal bearing and rail-based azimuth drives are under consideration. If fast

  15. La frase nominal Ngäbére

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    Murillo Miranda José Manuel


    Full Text Available Este trabajo es el avance de una amplia investigación cuyo propósito es elaborar una gramática descriptiva de la lengua chibcha ngäbére. El artículo presenta las características particulares más relevantes de la frase nominal de dicha variante dialectal (hablada en Costa Rica, también en Panamá, y establece la relación con algunas de las características generales de otras lenguas chibchas ístmicas. El primer apartado del escrito es una introducción a la lengua ngäbére y a sus hablantes; elsegundo presenta la morfología de los sustantivos, pronombres y otras clases de palabras que conforman la frase nominal; el tercer apartado trata de la sintaxis de la frase nominal y esboza, de manera sucinta, las relaciones gramaticales; el cuarto apartado es una conclusión valorativa de este trabajo.

  16. Use of Roud Wood in Kaingáng Houses

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    Ricardo Dias Silva


    Full Text Available This work has the purpose of describing and analyzing the evolutionary habitation process of the Kaingáng. Its main focus is the typological reading of the shelters as well as the registration of the wooden building system used in the construction of the houses in the “Äpucaraninha” Reserve, located in a district of Londrina. The research proceeds with the elaboration of the genealogy of the kaingáng’s habitation through the consultation to the published historical reports and their chronological organization. The data collection within the group was accomplished through informal interviews, photographic survey and in loco observations. Aspects related to the use of the round wood as well as the other elements that are part of the construction, were verified at this stage. The raw material used in every building system is obtained in the Reserve itself, being the wood used not only in the structure but also in the sealing. The connections are made through fittings and fastenings with liana. In spite of the mixture of values and meanings that the Kaingáng community experiences through the contact with other cultures, traditional aspects related to the building of the “traditional house” are preserved, with no domain of other techniques by most of the group. The registration intends to contribute towards the identification and understanding of important issues related to the spaces built by the man.

  17. Anionic chemistry of noble gases: formation of Mg-NG (NG = Xe, Kr, Ar) compounds under pressure. (United States)

    Miao, Mao-Sheng; Wang, Xiao-Li; Brgoch, Jakoah; Spera, Frank; Jackson, Matthew G; Kresse, Georg; Lin, Hai-Qing


    While often considered to be chemically inert, the reactivity of noble gas elements at elevated pressures is an important aspect of fundamental chemistry. The discovery of Xe oxidation transformed the doctrinal boundary of chemistry by showing that a complete electron shell is not inert to reaction. However, the reductive propensity, i.e., gaining electrons and forming anions, has not been proposed or examined for noble gas elements. In this work, we demonstrate, using first-principles electronic structure calculations coupled to an efficient structure prediction method, that Xe, Kr, and Ar can form thermodynamically stable compounds with Mg at high pressure (≥125, ≥250, and ≥250 GPa, respectively). The resulting compounds are metallic and the noble gas atoms are negatively charged, suggesting that chemical species with a completely filled shell can gain electrons, filling their outermost shell(s). Moreover, this work indicates that Mg2NG (NG = Xe, Kr, Ar) are high-pressure electrides with some of the electrons localized at interstitial sites enclosed by the surrounding atoms. Previous predictions showed that such electrides only form in Mg and its compounds at very high pressures (>500 GPa). These calculations also demonstrate strong chemical interactions between the Xe 5d orbitals and the quantized interstitial quasiatom (ISQ) orbitals, including the strong chemical bonding and electron transfer, revealing the chemical nature of the ISQ.

  18. NG2, a member of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans family mediates the inflammatory response of activated microglia. (United States)

    Gao, Q; Lu, J; Huo, Y; Baby, N; Ling, E A; Dheen, S T


    Activation of microglial cells, the resident immune cells of the CNS causes neurotoxicity through the release of a wide array of inflammatory mediators including proinflammatory cytokines, chemokines and reactive oxygen species. In this study, we have investigated the expression of NG2 (also known as CSPG4), one of the members of transmembrane chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans family, in microglial cells and its role on inflammatory reaction of microglia by analyzing the expression of the proinflammation cytokines (interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha)), chemokines (stromal cell-derived factor-1alpha and monocyte chemotactic protein-1) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). NG2 expression was not detectable in microglial cells expressing OX-42 in the brains of 1-day old postnatal rat pups and adult rats; it was, however, induced in activated microglial cells in pups and adult rats injected with lipopolysaccharide (LPS). In vitro analysis further confirmed that LPS induced the expression of NG2 in primary microglial cells and this was inhibited by dexamethasone. It has been well demonstrated that LPS induces the expression of iNOS and proinflammatory cytokines in microglia. However in this study, LPS did not induce the mRNA expression of iNOS and cytokines including IL-1beta, and TNF-alpha in microglial cells transfected with CSPG4 siRNA. On the contrary, mRNA expression of chemokines such as monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) and stromal cell-derived factor-1alpha (SDF-1alpha) was significantly increased in LPS-activated microglial cells after CSPG4 siRNA transfection in comparison with the control. The above results indicate that NG2 mediates the induction of iNOS and inflammatory cytokine expression, but not the chemokine expression in activated microglia.

  19. Chinese Medicine's Intervention Effect on Nogo-A/NgR. (United States)

    Qin, Xiu-de; Kang, Li-Yuan; Liu, Yu; Huang, Yan; Wang, Shuo; Zhu, Jin-Qiang


    Cerebral vascular disease is very common in the elderly and is one of the most dangerous diseases which is hazardous to the body's health, and it is the medical specialists' study hot spot not only in the clinical field but also in the medical basic research field. Neural regeneration has been paid more and more attention in recent years. Nogo's function in the process of neural regeneration has become the focal point since it was discovered in the year 2000. Many studies elucidate that Nogo negatively affects the neural regeneration and plasticity. Chinese medicine plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of neural diseases, and recently some researches about the Chinese medicine's intervention effect on Nogo-A/NgR sprang up, so it is necessary to make a review on this aspect.

  20. Pro-inflammatory cytokines reduce the proliferation of NG2 cells and increase shedding of NG2 in vivo and in vitro.

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    Malin Wennström

    Full Text Available Neuron glial 2 (NG2 cells become strongly activated in injured brain areas. The activation is characterized by increased proliferation as well as increased expression and shedding of the proteoglycan NG2 expressed on their cell surface. It is currently not known how these cells respond to low-grade neuroinflammation provoked by systemic inflammation. To investigate this, we analyzed NG2 cell proliferation as well as soluble NG2 (sNG2 in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF from rats treated with an acute intraperitoneal (i.p injection of lipopolysaccharides (LPS or saline and sacrificed after 2 or 24 hours. The systemically induced neuroinflammation was confirmed as elevated levels of cytokines, including interleukin (IL-6 and IL-1β, and MHCII expressing microglia were found 24 h after LPS treatment. At this time point NG2 cell proliferation was significantly decreased in both amygdala and hippocampus and sNG2 levels in CSF were increased twofold. We also exposed human NG2 cells in culture to IL-6 and IL-1β for 24 h and found, in line with our in vivo study, a direct impact of these cytokines reducing cell proliferation and increasing shedding of NG2. We conclude that LPS induced systemic inflammation significantly affects NG2 cell proliferation and shedding and that these two events at least in in part are mediated by IL-6 and IL-1β.

  1. Synaptic function for the Nogo-66 receptor NgR1: regulation of dendritic spine morphology and activity-dependent synaptic strength. (United States)

    Lee, Hakjoo; Raiker, Stephen J; Venkatesh, Karthik; Geary, Rebecca; Robak, Laurie A; Zhang, Yu; Yeh, Hermes H; Shrager, Peter; Giger, Roman J


    In the mature nervous system, changes in synaptic strength correlate with changes in neuronal structure. Members of the Nogo-66 receptor family have been implicated in regulating neuronal morphology. Nogo-66 receptor 1 (NgR1) supports binding of the myelin inhibitors Nogo-A, MAG (myelin-associated glycoprotein), and OMgp (oligodendrocyte myelin glycoprotein), and is important for growth cone collapse in response to acutely presented inhibitors in vitro. After injury to the corticospinal tract, NgR1 limits axon collateral sprouting but is not important for blocking long-distance regenerative growth in vivo. Here, we report on a novel interaction between NgR1 and select members of the fibroblast growth factor (FGF) family. FGF1 and FGF2 bind directly and with high affinity to NgR1 but not to NgR2 or NgR3. In primary cortical neurons, ectopic NgR1 inhibits FGF2-elicited axonal branching. Loss of NgR1 results in altered spine morphologies along apical dendrites of hippocampal CA1 neurons in vivo. Analysis of synaptosomal fractions revealed that NgR1 is enriched synaptically in the hippocampus. Physiological studies at Schaffer collateral-CA1 synapses uncovered a synaptic function for NgR1. Loss of NgR1 leads to FGF2-dependent enhancement of long-term potentiation (LTP) without altering basal synaptic transmission or short-term plasticity. NgR1 and FGF receptor 1 (FGFR1) are colocalized to synapses, and mechanistic studies revealed that FGFR kinase activity is necessary for FGF2-elicited enhancement of hippocampal LTP in NgR1 mutants. In addition, loss of NgR1 attenuates long-term depression of synaptic transmission at Schaffer collateral-CA1 synapses. Together, our findings establish that physiological NgR1 signaling regulates activity-dependent synaptic strength and uncover neuronal NgR1 as a regulator of synaptic plasticity.

  2. Thermal Safety Study on TEGDN/NG/NC Gun Propellant (United States)

    Yi, J. H.; Zhao, F. Q.; Hu, R. Z.; Xue, L.; Xu, S. Y.


    The self-accelerating decomposition temperature (TSADT), critical temperature of thermal explosion (Tb), adiabatic time to explosion (tTIad), 50% drop height of impact sensitivity (H50), critical temperature of hot spot initiation caused by impact (Tcr,hotspot), safety degree (Sd), critical thermal explosion ambient temperature (Tacr), and thermal explosion probability (PTE) of the gun propellant composed of triethyleneglycol dinitrate (TEGDN), nitroglycerin (NG), and nitrocellulose (NC) were studied. The results of thermal safety evaluation on the gun propellant were obtained: (1) T00 = 433.4 K, TSADT = Te0 = 441.1 K, Tb = Tbp0 = 468.4 K; (2) when Ek = 205.3 × 103 J mol -1 and Ak = 1020.62 s -1, tTIad = 48.3 s, H50 = 17.93 cm, Tcr, hotspot = 634.9 K; for a sphere sample, TS(T)max = 369.0K, Tacr = 364.2 K, Sd = 65.03%, PTE = 34.96%.

  3. Recce NG: from Recce sensor to image intelligence (IMINT) (United States)

    Larroque, Serge


    Recce NG (Reconnaissance New Generation) is presented as a complete and optimized Tactical Reconnaissance System. Based on a new generation Pod integrating high resolution Dual Band sensors, the system has been designed with the operational lessons learnt from the last Peace Keeping Operations in Bosnia and Kosovo. The technical solutions retained as component modules of a full IMINT acquisition system, take benefit of the state of art in the following key technologies: Advanced Mission Planning System for long range stand-off Manned Recce, Aircraft and/or Pod tasking, operating sophisticated back-up software tools, high resolution 3D geo data and improved/combat proven MMI to reduce planning delays, Mature Dual Band sensors technology to achieve the Day and Night Recce Mission, including advanced automatic operational functions, as azimuth and roll tracking capabilities, low risk in Pod integration and in carrier avionics, controls and displays upgrades, to save time in operational turn over and maintenance, High rate Imagery Down Link, for Real Time or Near Real Time transmission, fully compatible with STANAG 7085 requirements, Advanced IMINT Exploitation Ground Segment, combat proven, NATO interoperable (STANAG 7023), integrating high value software tools for accurate location, improved radiometric image processing and open link to the C4ISR systems. The choice of an industrial Prime contractor mastering across the full system, all the prior listed key products and technologies, is mandatory to a successful delivery in terms of low Cost, Risk and Time Schedule.

  4. Salman Rushdie: "Troonide mäng" on rämps

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    Oma esimest telesarja "Järgmised inimesed" kirjutav Salman Rushdie ei hinda USA telekanali HBO seriaali "Troonide mäng" (George R. R. Martini "Jää ja tule laulu" sarja esimese raamatu "Troonide mäng" teleekraniseering)

  5. Expression and function of NG2/CSPG4 in human chondrocytes


    Jamil, Nuor Sabah Mohammed


    Introduction: NG2/CSPG4 is a unique transmembrane chondroitin sulphate proteoglycan molecule expressed as a core protein and a chondroitin sulphate proteoglycan (CSPG) up to 400kD. NG2/CSPG4 mediates the communication between the extracellular and intracellular compartments through interactions with collagen VI, growth factors and the actin cytoskeleton. NG2/CSPG4 affects cell migration, spreading, apoptosis and proliferation processes. NG2/CSPG4 has been shown to be expressed ...

  6. Meta Analisis sa Pagsusuri ng Maiikling Kwento sa mga Tesis at Disertasyon

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    Regina I. Cuizon


    Full Text Available Anumang mga pagbabago na makikita sa mundo ay bunga ng pananaliksik. Ang meta-analisis ay isa sa mga bunga ng pananaliksik na ginagamit sa kasalukuyan bilang teknik upang malaman iba pang mga nagsulputang informasyon. Ito’y pag-aaral sa mga pag-aaral. Isang kritikal at sistematikong pagsusuri sa istruktura ng mga pag-aaral. Maging gabay sa mga gradwadong paaralan sa pagpili ng paksang pagaaralan. Pangunahing layunin na matiyak ang mga pamamaraan sa pagsusuri ng maiikling kwento ng mga tesis at disertasyong nagawa mula sa mga piling SUCs. Desinyong kwalitatibo - kontent analisis sa pagsusuri ng: kaanyuan ayon sa suliranin, metodolohiya, paglalahad at interpretasyon ng mga datos, natuklasan, konklusyon, at rekomendasyon; kahinatnan ayon sa pagkatulad, pagkakaiba at kabuluhan; Emerging tema. Napag-alaman na ang karaniwang pinag-aralan ay 30% kahalagahang pangkatauhan, 20% larawangdiwa ng mga kababaihan at 10% gramatikang aspeto. Sa metodolohiyang ginamit, 80% desinyong kwalitatibo at 20% kwantitatibo-kwalitatibo. Sa paglikom ng datos 60% diretsahang pagsusuri, 30% talatanungan at 10% tseklis. Sa pag-analisa 90% kontent analisis at 10% gramatikal analisis. Batay sa natuklasan, ang pagsusuri ng maiikling kwento sa mga tesis at disertasyon mula sa iba’t ibang paaralan gamit ang meta analisis ay isang epektibo, mabisa, objektibong paraan at kagamitan na magagamit sa makatarungang paghatol; pamumuna sa kabuluhan at kagandahan; paghaham- bing sa mga kritikal na isyu; at pormulasyon ng panibagong pamantayan at batas.

  7. Distribution of NgR in the Brain of Rhinolophus affinis%NgR在中菊头蝠(Rhinolophus affinis)脑中分布

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    姚静; 鲁亚平


    Nogo和其受体相互作用可能在抑制神经再生中发挥着重要作用.运用免疫细胞化学方法,本研究观察了Nogo受体(NgR)在中菊头蝠脑中的分布.结果显示NgR在中菊头蝠脑皮层各层均有表达.在海马,NgR主要分布在CA1、CA3和DG区的神经细胞胞膜、胞质或/和突起上.杏仁核、丘脑、室旁核、视上核、视交叉上核等也有NgR阳性神经细胞着色.在脑的白质,轴突着色明显.小脑的分子层、Purkinje细胞层和颗粒细胞层均有NgR免疫阳性反应,其中阳性反应的颗粒细胞最多.这些提示NgR可能介导其配基对中菊头蝠脑多个区域的神经细胞起作用.%An interaction of Nogo with NgR has been suggested to play an important role in limiting axonal growth. By means of immunocytochemistry, the present study investigated the distribution of NgR in the brain of Rhinolophus affinis.The results showed that the NgR protein appeared to be present in all layers of the brain neocortex. In the hippocampus, NgR immunoreactivity was widely located in neurons, mainly concentrated in CA1, CA3 of the stratum pyramidale and dentate gyrus. Neurons in the amygdala, thalamus, paraventricular nucle, supraopticus and suprachiasmaticus also expressed NgR protein. The labeled neuronal cells exhibited immunoreactivity mainly in cytoplasmic membranes, cell bodies and/or neuropil. In white matter, axonal staining for NgR is prominent. In the cerebellum, immunoreactivity was detected in the molecular layer, Purkinje cell layer and granule cell layer. There were numerous granule cells and a few of Purkinje cells stained for NgR. These indicated that the NgR may mediate effects of its ligands on the neuronal cells in various brain regions of XRhinolophus affinis.

  8. NG2细胞与中枢神经系统疾病%Roles of NG2 glial cells in diseases of the central nervous system

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    许建平; 赵杰; 李韶


    NG2 cells are a novel distinct class of central nervous system(CNS)glial cells,characterized by the expression of the chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan NG2.They have been detected in a variety of human CNS diseases.As morphological,physiological and biomolecular studies of NG2 cells have been conducted,their roles have been gradually revealed.Research on cellular and molecular mechanisms in the pathophysiological state was built on the preliminary findings of their physiological functions; and in turn,this helps to clarify their physiological roles and leads to the identification of novel therapeutic targets.This review summarizes recent findings regarding the potential roles of NG2 cells in traumatic brain injury,multiple sclerosis,glioma,epilepsy,Alzheimer's disease and electroconvulsive therapy for depression.%NG2细胞是新发现的一类广泛存在于成熟和发育期中枢神经系统的胶质细胞群体.这些细胞表面表达NG2硫酸软骨素蛋白多糖,因而常被称作NG2细胞.随着NG2细胞形态学研究的深入,NG2胶质细胞的功能也越来越受到关注.NG2细胞在人类多种中枢神经系统疾病中扮演重要角色.本文结合最新的研究报道,就其在一些常见的中枢神经系统疾病中的作用进行概括综述.

  9. Study on Interaction of ADN and (NC+NG) by Gasometric Method%量气法研究ADN与(NC+NG)的相互作用

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    何少蓉; 张林军; 衡淑云; 刘子如


    用 NBK型"拉瓦"量气测试系统研究了较高温度下二硝酰胺铵(ADN)与双基吸收药(NC+NG)体系的相互作用,从动力学角度阐述了二者的相互作用.结果表明: ADN与(NC+NG)混合物加热分解的最终放气量在标准状态下为626.8 mL·g-1,与ADN和(NC+NG)最大放气量之和相比并没有增加,但分解速度显著提高,活化能显著降低至82.58 kJ·mol-1,ADN与(NC+NG)之间存在强烈的相互作用.

  10. Histopathological findings in extended prostate biopsy with PSA ≤ 4 ng/mL

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    Katia R. Leite


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Cancer detection has been reported in up to 27% of patients when lowering the PSA cutoff to 2.5 ng/mL. Although this practice could increase the number of biopsies performed, it also could lead to more frequent detection of significant prostate cancers at an organ-confined stage and/or a less aggressive state. This study describes the incidence of malignancy and tumor characteristics in extended prostate biopsies with PSA ≤ 4 ng/mL. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prostate biopsies from 1081 patients where examined, 275 (25.4% patients had PSA level ≤ 4 ng/mL. RESULTS: Cancer was diagnosed in 32.0% and 35.7% of patients with PSA ≤ 4 ng/mL and > 4 ng/mL, respectively (p = 0.906. The median Gleason score was 7 independent of PSA > or ≤ 4 ng/mL (p = 0.078. The median number of cores positive for tumor was 4 and 3, respectively, for PSA > 4 ng/mL and PSA ≤ 4 ng/mL (p = 0.627. There was a difference in the total percent of tumors involving all cores, 11% and 7% for PSA > or ≤ 4 ng/mL (p = 0.042. Fifty-six patients underwent radical prostatectomy, 12 had PSA ≤ 4 ng/mL. In both groups, a diagnosis of cancer was accurate with no differences in Gleason score, tumor volume or staging for both groups. CONCLUSION: When PSA is below 4 ng/mL, cancer is detected in a proportion equal to the proportion diagnosed with a PSA > 4 ng/mL, and tumor characteristics are similar between the two groups. Only clinically significant tumors were diagnosed following radical prostatectomy.

  11. NgAgo-gDNA 基因组编辑系统的成功及启示%NgAgo-gDNA will stimulate the development of genome editing systems

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    孙瑜; 蔡小宁; 陈德富; 高山


    韩春雨等发明的DNA指导的基因组编辑系统NgAgo-gDNA,比原有的RNA指导的基因组编辑系统CRISPR-Cas9在靶向特异性(防脱靶),反应可控性和基因组编辑范围等方面都有显著的改进。 NgAgo-gDNA不是一项简单的改进,是一项具有开拓性的工作,沿着这条研究路线,可以继续开发出更先进的基因组编辑系统。该研究充分体现了生物信息学,特别是大数据挖掘在未来生命科学研究中的重要地位。本文仅从生物信息学角度,谈谈这项研究的价值、意义以及可能引发的相关研究方向。%A new genome editing system named NgAgo-gDNA was invented using 5'phosphorylated single-stranded guide DNA ( gDNA ) of 24 nucleotides and Natronobacterium gregoryi Argonaute ( NgAgo ) .This system outperformed the RNA-guided genome editing system CRISPR-Cas9 on several features.The success of the NgAgo-gDNA project demonstrated the importance of bioinformatics in biological research and will stimulate the development of genome editing systems.The NgAgo-gDNA project was initiated from searching homologs of TtAgo and PfAgo, two other enzymes from the AGO protein family.The authors used the software PSI-BLAST against the NCBI NR database to retrieve homologous protein sequences.After further analysis and filtering, they found the NgAgo protein ( GenBank:AFZ73749.1) , which works at the temperature of 37 ℃.The key step in the NgAgo-gDNA project is to narrow down a great number of AGO homologous protein sequences to several candidates using bioinformatics methods for experimental validation of their functions.These bioinformatics methods were not explained in the published paper but could belong to the empirical methodology.An alternative but advanced methodology is to use machine learning algorithms ( vector machine or random forest) to modify AGO proteins which work at a temperature close to 37℃.The future studies can be conducted in several

  12. Differential phosphorylation of NG2 proteoglycan by ERK and PKCα helps balance cell proliferation and migration (United States)

    Makagiansar, Irwan T.; Williams, Scott; Mustelin, Tomas; Stallcup, William B.


    Two distinct Thr phosphorylation events within the cytoplasmic domain of the NG2 proteoglycan help regulate the cellular balance between proliferation and motility. Protein kinase Cα mediates the phosphorylation of NG2 at Thr2256, resulting in enhanced cell motility. Extracellular signal–regulated kinase phosphorylates NG2 at Thr2314, stimulating cell proliferation. The effects of NG2 phosphorylation on proliferation and motility are dependent on β1-integrin activation. Differential cell surface localization of the two distinctly phosphorylated forms of NG2 may be the mechanism by which the NG2–β1-integrin interaction promotes proliferation in one case and motility in the other. NG2 phosphorylated at Thr2314 colocalizes with β1-integrin on microprotrusions from the apical cell surface. In contrast, NG2 phosphorylated at Thr2256 colocalizes with β1-integrin on lamellipodia at the leading edges of cells. Thus, phosphorylation and the resulting site of NG2–integrin localization may determine the specific downstream effects of integrin signaling. PMID:17591920

  13. Differential phosphorylation of NG2 proteoglycan by ERK and PKCalpha helps balance cell proliferation and migration. (United States)

    Makagiansar, Irwan T; Williams, Scott; Mustelin, Tomas; Stallcup, William B


    Two distinct Thr phosphorylation events within the cytoplasmic domain of the NG2 proteoglycan help regulate the cellular balance between proliferation and motility. Protein kinase Calpha mediates the phosphorylation of NG2 at Thr2256, resulting in enhanced cell motility. Extracellular signal-regulated kinase phosphorylates NG2 at Thr2314, stimulating cell proliferation. The effects of NG2 phosphorylation on proliferation and motility are dependent on beta1-integrin activation. Differential cell surface localization of the two distinctly phosphorylated forms of NG2 may be the mechanism by which the NG2-beta1-integrin interaction promotes proliferation in one case and motility in the other. NG2 phosphorylated at Thr2314 colocalizes with beta1-integrin on microprotrusions from the apical cell surface. In contrast, NG2 phosphorylated at Thr2256 colocalizes with beta1-integrin on lamellipodia at the leading edges of cells. Thus, phosphorylation and the resulting site of NG2-integrin localization may determine the specific downstream effects of integrin signaling.

  14. Role of NG2 Expressing Cells in Addiction: A New approach for an Old Problem

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    Sucharita eSomkuwar


    Full Text Available Neuron-glial antigen 2 (NG2 is a proteoglycan expressed predominantly in oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs. NG2-expressing OPCs (NG2-OPCs are self-renewing cells that are widely distributed in the grey and white matter areas of the central nervous system. NG2-OPCs can mature into premyelinating oligodendrocytes and myelinating oligodendroglia which serve as the primary source of myelin in the brain. This review characterizes NG2-OPCs in brain structure and function, conceptualizes the role of NG2-OPCs in brain regions associated with negative reinforcement and relapse to drug seeking and discusses how NG2-OPCs are regulated by neuromodulators linked to motivational withdrawal. We hope to provide the readers with an overview of the role of NG2-OPCs in brain structure and function in the context of negative affect state in substance abuse disorders and to integrate our current understanding of the physiological significance of the NG2-OPCs in the adult brain.

  15. "Troonide mäng" toob fantaasia usutavalt teleekraanile / Mari Rebane

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    Rebane, Mari


    USA telekanali HBO telesarjast "Troonide mäng", George R. R. Martini "Jää ja tule laulu" sarja esimese raamatu "Troonide mäng" teleekraniseeringust. Sarja esimene osa esilinastus USA-s 17. aprillil. Osades Sean Bean jt.

  16. The fusarin analogue NG-391 impairs nucleic acid formation in K-562 leukemia cells (United States)

    The clavicipitaceous fungus Metarhizium robertsii produces the fusarin-like mycotoxin NG-391. We report on the biological effects of NG-391 on K-562 human cancer cells, obtained with radionuclide incorporation assays, along with nucleosome release and caspase assays, respectively. Our data suggests ...

  17. Kuuldemäng "Palju õnne argipäevaks!" edukümnes

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    Raadioteatri kuuldemäng "Palju õnne argipäevaks" jõudis Euroopa meediafestivalil Prix Europa kümne parema hulka. Näidendi lavastas raadio jaoks Andres Noormets. 1999. a. jõudis festivalil Prix Europa äramärkimiseni Ervin Õunapuu kuuldemäng "Õhtueine Emmauses"

  18. Evidence for NG2-glia derived, adult-born functional neurons in the hypothalamus.

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    Sarah C Robins

    Full Text Available Accumulating evidence suggests that the adult murine hypothalamus, a control site of several fundamental homeostatic processes, has neurogenic capacity. Correspondingly, the adult hypothalamus exhibits considerable cell proliferation that is ongoing even in the absence of external stimuli, and some of the newborn cells have been shown to mature into cells that express neuronal fate markers. However, the identity and characteristics of proliferating cells within the hypothalamic parenchyma have yet to be thoroughly investigated. Here we show that a subset of NG2-glia distributed throughout the mediobasal hypothalamus are proliferative and express the stem cell marker Sox2. We tracked the constitutive differentiation of hypothalamic NG2-glia by employing genetic fate mapping based on inducible Cre recombinase expression under the control of the NG2 promoter, demonstrating that adult hypothalamic NG2-glia give rise to substantial numbers of APC+ oligodendrocytes and a smaller population of HuC/D+ or NeuN+ neurons. Labelling with the cell proliferation marker BrdU confirmed that some NG2-derived neurons have proliferated shortly before differentiation. Furthermore, patch-clamp electrophysiology revealed that some NG2-derived cells display an immature neuronal phenotype and appear to receive synaptic input indicative of their electrical integration in local hypothalamic circuits. Together, our studies show that hypothalamic NG2-glia are able to take on neuronal fates and mature into functional neurons, indicating that NG2-glia contribute to the neurogenic capacity of the adult hypothalamus.

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    ... TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 23 Special Conditions: Diamond Aircraft Industries, Model DA-40NG; Electronic Engine Control (EEC) System AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT... Diamond Aircraft Industries (DAI), model DA-40NG airplane. This airplane will have a novel or...

  20. Reduced inflammation accompanies diminished myelin damage and repair in the NG2 null mouse spinal cord

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    Kucharova Karolina


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Multiple sclerosis (MS is a demyelinating disease in which blood-derived immune cells and activated microglia damage myelin in the central nervous system. While oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs are essential for generating oligodendrocytes for myelin repair, other cell types also participate in the damage and repair processes. The NG2 proteoglycan is expressed by OPCs, pericytes, and macrophages/microglia. In this report we investigate the effects of NG2 on these cell types during spinal cord demyelination/remyelination. Methods Demyelinated lesions were created by microinjecting 1% lysolecithin into the lumbar spinal cord. Following demyelination, NG2 expression patterns in wild type mice were studied via immunostaining. Immunolabeling was also used in wild type and NG2 null mice to compare the extent of myelin damage, the kinetics of myelin repair, and the respective responses of OPCs, pericytes, and macrophages/microglia. Cell proliferation was quantified by studies of BrdU incorporation, and cytokine expression levels were evaluated using qRT-PCR. Results The initial volume of spinal cord demyelination in wild type mice is twice as large as in NG2 null mice. However, over the ensuing 5 weeks there is a 6-fold improvement in myelination in wild type mice, versus only a 2-fold improvement in NG2 null mice. NG2 ablation also results in reduced numbers of each of the three affected cell types. BrdU incorporation studies reveal that reduced cell proliferation is an important factor underlying NG2-dependent decreases in each of the three key cell populations. In addition, NG2 ablation reduces macrophage/microglial cell migration and shifts cytokine expression from a pro-inflammatory to anti-inflammatory phenotype. Conclusions Loss of NG2 expression leads to decreased proliferation of OPCs, pericytes, and macrophages/microglia, reducing the abundance of all three cell types in demyelinated spinal cord lesions. As a result

  1. Axonal degeneration stimulates the formation of NG2+ cells and oligodendrocytes in the mouse

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    Nielsen, Helle Hvilsted; Ladeby, Rune; Drøjdahl, Nina;


    Proliferation of the adult NG2-expressing oligodendrocyte precursor cells has traditionally been viewed as a remyelination response ensuing from destruction of myelin and oligodendrocytes, and not to the axonal pathology that is also a characteristic of demyelinating disease. To better understand...... the response of the NG2+ cells to the different components of demyelinating pathology, we investigated the response of adult NG2+ cells to axonal degeneration in the absence of primary myelin or oligodendrocyte pathology. Axonal degeneration was induced in the hippocampal dentate gyrus of adult mice...... by transection of the entorhino-dentate perforant path projection. The acutely induced degeneration of axons and terminals resulted in a prompt response of NG2+ cells, consisting of morphological transformation, cellular proliferation, and upregulation of NG2 expression days 2-3 after surgery. This was followed...

  2. Ang Social Network sa Facebook ng mga Taga-Batangas at ng mga Taga-Laguna: Isang Paghahambing

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    Jaderick P. Pabico


    Full Text Available Online social networking (OSN has become of great influence to Filipinos, where Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Instagram are among the popular ones. Their popularity, coupled with their intuitive and interactive use, allow one's personal information such as gender, age, address, relationship status, and list of friends to become publicly available. The accessibility of information from these sites allow, with the aid of computers, for the study of a wide population's characteristics even in a provincial scale. Aside from being neighbouring locales, the respective residents of Laguna and Batangas both derive their livelihoods from two lakes, Laguna de Bay and Taal Lake. Both residents experience similar problems, such as that, among many others, of fish kill. The goal of this research is to find out similarities in their respective online populations, particularly that of Facebook's. With the use of computational dynamic social network analysis (CDSNA, we found out that the two communities are similar, among others, as follows: both populations are dominated by single young female; Homophily was observed when choosing a friend in terms of age (i.e., friendships were created more often between people whose ages do not differ by at most five years; and Heterophily was observed when choosing friends in terms of gender (i.e., more friendships were created between a male and a female than between both people of the same gender. This paper also presents the differences in the structure of the two social networks, such as degrees of separation and preferential attachment.

  3. Kakaibang Halimuyak: Iba't Ibang Imahe ng Pangangapital sa Balintawak

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    Mariah Amour C. Miranda


    Full Text Available Ginagalugad ng sanaysay na ito ang isang pangunahing lugar na nadaraanan mula Norte patungong Maynila—ang Balintawak. Nagsisilbing manibela ng pagsusuri ang kontemporaneong pananaw sa lunan bilang pugad ng mga anyong may magkakasalungat na kahulugan. Binibigyang-pansin ng sanaysay ang iba't ibang imahe ng pagbebenta na matatagpuan sa Balintawak: ang billboard ng kumpanyang Bench na siyang pinakamalaki, ang mismong palengke, at ang mga lakong paninda sa tabing-kalsada. Sa pamamagitan nito, maipapakita ng sanaysay kung paano madadalumat ang Balintawak bilang isang panlipunang texto na sumasalamin sa mga magkakaibang pangangapital sa naturang lunan. This essay explores the space of Balintawak—a focal point of urban travel from northern Luzon to Manila. Using the contemporary view on space as a site of structures with contradictory meanings, the study seeks to understand how various images of market activities in Balintawak create meaningful representations. These images include the gigantic billboard of Bench, the central market itself, and flea markets in the area. The essay shows how Balintawak as a social text serves as a trading center of different forms of capital.

  4. PSA Nadir of <0.5 ng/mL Following Brachytherapy for Early-Stage Prostate Adenocarcinoma is Associated With Freedom From Prostate-Specific Antigen Failure

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    Ko, Eric C. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY (United States); Stone, Nelson N. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY (United States); Department of Urology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY (United States); Stock, Richard G., E-mail: [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY (United States)


    Purpose: Because limited information exists regarding whether the rate or magnitude of PSA decline following brachytherapy predicts long-term clinical outcomes, we evaluated whether achieving a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) nadir (nPSA) <0.5 ng/mL following brachytherapy is associated with decreased PSA failure and/or distant metastasis. Methods and Materials: We retrospectively analyzed our database of early-stage prostate adenocarcinoma patients who underwent brachytherapy, excluding those receiving androgen-deprivation therapy and those with <2 years follow-up. Median and mean pretreatment PSA were 6 ng/mL and 7.16 ng/mL, respectively. By clinical stage, 775 were low risk ({<=}T2a), 126 were intermediate risk (T2b), and 20 were high risk (>T2b). By Gleason score, 840 were low risk ({<=}6), 71 were intermediate risk (7), and 10 were high risk (>7). Patients were treated with brachytherapy only (I-125, n = 779, or Pd-103, n = 47), or brachytherapy + external-beam radiation therapy (n = 95). Median follow-up was 6.3 years. We noted whether nPSA <0.5 ng/mL was achieved and the time to achieve this nadir and tested for associations with pretreatment risk factors. We also determined whether this PSA endpoint was associated with decreased PSA failure or distant metastasis. Results: Absence of high-risk factors in clinical stage ({<=}T2b), Gleason score ({<=}7), and pretreatment PSA ({<=}20 ng/mL) was significantly associated with achieving nPSA <0.5 ng/mL. By Kaplan-Meier analysis, patients achieving nPSA <0.5 ng/mL had significantly higher long-term freedom from biochemical failure (FFBF) than nonresponders (5-year FFBF: 95.2 {+-} 0.8% vs. 71.5 {+-} 6.7%; p < 0.0005). Among responders, those who achieved nPSA <0.5 ng/mL in {<=}5 years had higher FFBF than those requiring >5 years (5-year FFBF: 96.7 {+-} 0.7% vs. 80.8 {+-} 4.6%; p < 0.0005). On multivariate analysis, patients who achieved nPSA <0.5 ng/mL in {<=}5 years had significantly higher FFBF than other

  5. From Pain to Healing:Cure for Trauma in Bone by Fae Myenne Ng

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    YAO Wei


    Fae Myenne Ng, one of dominant writers in American literary circle currently, had been making her efforts in Bone for ten years. In Bone, Ng depicts the trauma Chinese-Americans suffered profoundly while trying to offer therapy to the trauma⁃tized. The narrator, Leila and her stepfather Leon come to terms with trauma by their own ways. What ’s more, Ng records her own life experience in a way to work through trauma and remains her own understanding about the solution to trauma.

  6. Measurement of serum zinc improves prostate cancer detection efficiency in patients with PSA levels between 4 ng/mL and 10 ng/mL

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    Xiao-Meng Li; Ling Zhang; Jiang Li; Yang Li; Hong-Liang Wang; Guo-Yi Ji; Masaaki Kuwahara; Xue-Jian Zhao


    Aim: To investigate whether the measurement of serum zinc may improve the detection of prostate cancer (Pca) in men who had total prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels higher than 4.1 ng/mL. Methods: A mass screening for Pca of 3940 men over S0 years old was undertaken using total serum PSA. Of the 190 men (4.8 %) with elevated PS A, 143(3.6 %) underwent a transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS)-guided biopsy of the prostate, and 42 men (1% of total and 29.3 % of men undergoing biopsy) were found to have cancer. The areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves (ROC-AUC) were used to compare the diagnostic power of cancer detection by means of serum zinc, and free PSA/total PSA ratio (f/t). Results: The men with levels of serum zinc that ranged from 40 ng/mL-60 ng/mL, had an age-adjusted odds ratios(OR) of 5.0. A cutoff value of 100 μg/mL forserum zinc concentration provided a sensitivity of 90.5 % and a specificity of 32.7 % in elevated PSA range, and a sensitivity of 93.3 % and specificity of 27.1% in gray zone, respectively. In the gray zone ranges of 4.1 ng/mL-10.0 ng/mL, the ROC-AUC for zinc was 73.0 %higher than 62.7 % of f/t PSA ratio and 56.7 % of total PSA. Conclusion: Pca displays a lower serum zinc concentration. The measurement of zinc levels improves Pca detection in the gray zone compared with the f/t PSA ratio and total PSA.

  7. Involvement of histone acetylation in the regulation of choline acetyltransferase gene in NG108-15 neuronal cells. (United States)

    Aizawa, Shu; Yamamuro, Yutaka


    Post-translational modification of histone such as acetylation of N-terminal of lysine residues influences gene expression by modulating the accessibility of specific transcription factors to the promoter region, and is essential for a wide variety of cellular processes in the development of individual tissues, including the brain. However, few details concerning the acquisition of specific neurotransmitter phenotype have been obtained. In the present study, we investigated the possible involvement of histone acetylation in the gene expression of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), a specific marker for cholinergic neuron and its function, in NG108-15 neuronal cells as an in vitro model of cholinergic neuron. Treatment with the histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor trichostatin A (TSA), which induces global histone hyper-acetylation of the cells, resulted in marked increase in the expression of ChAT gene in proliferating NG108-15 cells. Furthermore, RT-PCR analysis using primer pairs for individual variants of ChAT mRNA (R1-4, N1, and M type) revealed that M type, not R1-4 and N1 type, ChAT mRNA were mainly transcribed, and chromatin immunoprecipitation assay indicated that the promoter region of M type ChAT gene was highly acetylated, in the dibutyryl cyclic AMP-induced neuronal differentiation of NG108-15 cells. The present findings demonstrate that the acquisition of neurotransmitter phenotype is epigenetically, at least the hyper-acetylation on the core promoter region of ChAT gene, regulated in NG108-15 neuronal cells.

  8. Uneven distribution of NG2 cells in the rat cerebellar vermis and changes in aging

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    S. Lomoio


    Full Text Available We describe by NG2 (neuron-glia chondroitin sulphate proteoglycan 2 immunocytochemistry an uneven distribution of NG2 glial cells in the rat cerebellum, being them more represented in the central lobules of the cerebellar vermis, belonging to the cerebrocerebellum. The cerebellar distribution of NG2 cells changes in aging rats, in which the area where the cells appear to be densely scattered throughout all cerebellar layers involves also more rostral and caudal lobules. In addition, in aging rats, in the most rostral and caudal lobules belonging to the spinocerebellum, punctate reaction product is present at the apical pole of Purkinje cells, i.e. in the area where the majority of synapses between olivary climbing fibers and Purkinje cells occur. Data suggest that the different distribution of NG2 cells is correlated to differences in physiology among cerebellar areas and reflects changes during aging.

  9. Lõppmäng nagu elu, iga päev otsast peale / Barbi Pilvre

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    Pilvre, Barbi, 1963-


    Lavastaja Mati Unt põhjendab oma otsust lavastada milleniumi tähistamiseks Samuel Becketti "Lõppmäng". Lisaks S. Becketti CV ja S. Beckett Eesti teatris. Eesti Draamateatri etendused toimuvad Energeetikamuuseumis. Esietendus 9. detsembril

  10. Uneven distribution of NG2 cells in the rat cerebellar vermis and changes in aging (United States)

    Lomoio, S.; Necchi, D.; Scherini, E.


    We describe by NG2 (neuron-glia chondroitin sulphate proteoglycan 2) immunocytochemistry an uneven distribution of NG2 glial cells in the rat cerebellum, being them more represented in the central lobules of the cerebellar vermis, belonging to the cerebrocerebellum. The cerebellar distribution of NG2 cells changes in aging rats, in which the area where the cells appear to be densely scattered throughout all cerebellar layers involves also more rostral and caudal lobules. In addition, in aging rats, in the most rostral and caudal lobules belonging to the spinocerebellum, punctate reaction product is present at the apical pole of Purkinje cells, i.e. in the area where the majority of synapses between olivary climbing fibers and Purkinje cells occur. Data suggest that the different distribution of NG2 cells is correlated to differences in physiology among cerebellar areas and reflects changes during aging. PMID:23027343

  11. Klaaspärlimäng jätkub / Peeter Vähi

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    Vähi, Peeter, 1955-


    Marika Järvi ja Martin Kuuskmanni kontserdist 20. juulil (kaastegev Kanada pianist Matt Herskowitz) ja Euroopa Liidu Kammerorkesteri kontserdist 21. juulil Pärnu kontserdimajas muusikafestivali "Klaaspärlimäng" raames

  12. Generation of reactive astrocytes from NG2 cells is regulated by sonic hedgehog. (United States)

    Honsa, Pavel; Valny, Martin; Kriska, Jan; Matuskova, Hana; Harantova, Lenka; Kirdajova, Denisa; Valihrach, Lukas; Androvic, Peter; Kubista, Mikael; Anderova, Miroslava


    NG2 cells, a fourth glial cell type in the adult mammalian central nervous system, produce oligodendrocytes in the healthy nervous tissue, and display wide differentiation potential under pathological conditions, where they could give rise to reactive astrocytes. The factors that control the differentiation of NG2 cells after focal cerebral ischemia (FCI) are largely unknown. Here, we used transgenic Cspg4-cre/Esr1/ROSA26Sortm14(CAG-tdTomato) mice, in which tamoxifen administration triggers the expression of red fluorescent protein (tomato) specifically in NG2 cells and cells derived therefrom. Differentiation potential (in vitro and in vivo) of tomato-positive NG2 cells from control or postischemic brains was determined using the immunohistochemistry, single cell RT-qPCR and patch-clamp method. The ischemic injury was induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion, a model of FCI. Using genetic fate-mapping method, we identified sonic hedgehog (Shh) as an important factor that influences differentiation of NG2 cells into astrocytes in vitro. We also manipulated Shh signaling in the adult mouse brain after FCI. Shh signaling activation significantly increased the number of astrocytes derived from NG2 cells in the glial scar around the ischemic lesion, while Shh signaling inhibition caused the opposite effect. Since Shh signaling modifications did not change the proliferation rate of NG2 cells, we can conclude that Shh has a direct influence on the differentiation of NG2 cells and therefore, on the formation and composition of a glial scar, which consequently affects the degree of the brain damage. GLIA 2016;64:1518-1531.

  13. Perspectives of Ethical Identity in Ng's Steer toward Rock and Jen's Mona in the Promised Land




    In her article "Perspectives of Ethical Identity in Ng's Steer toward Rock and Jen's Mona in the Promised Land" Hui Su examines Fae Myenne Ng's and Gish Jen's novels. In the novels, the protagonists make different decisions: in Steer Toward Rock Jack after displacement in China adopts US-American identity and in Mona in the Promised Land Mona, a second generation Chinese American, selects Jewish identity. Owing to their different situations, the two protagonists reflect challenges of identity...

  14. Genetic polymorphism and forensic parameters of nine short tandem repeat loci in Ngöbé and Emberá Amerindians of Panama. (United States)

    Castro, Edgardo A; Trejos, Diomedes E; Berovides-Alvarez, Vicente; Arias, Tomás D; Ramos, Carlos W


    Nine STR loci (CSF1PO, TPOX, TH01, F13A01, FESFPS, VWA, D16S539, D7S820, and D13S317) were analyzed in unrelated Ngöbé and Emberá Amerindians of Panama. The chi-square test demonstrated statistically significant differences (P linguistic stock [Chibchan (Ngöbé) and Chocoan (Emberá)], both retain strong similarities in their allele-frequency distributions. Three loci (TPOX, VWA, and F13A01) in the Ngöbé and two loci (TH01 and TPOX) in the Emberá departed from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. The analysis of the STR markers demonstrates that, despite their low levels of genetic polymorphisms, most of them could be informative for forensic purposes, showing a combined power of discrimination of 0.9999 for both Amerindian populations. However, powers of exclusion in the Ngöbé were very low, particularly at the TH01 (0.04) and FESFPS (0.08) loci. The combined powers of exclusion were 0.9338 and 0.9890 for the Ngöbé and the Emberá, respectively. Furthermore, the combined typical paternity index in the Ngöbé was considerably low (2.58), and in the Emberá it was 40.44, which is also very low. The low genetic polymorphism levels suggest that theuse of additional loci supplementing the battery of the nine loci is recommended for paternity and forensic tests in both populations, particularly for the Ngöbé.

  15. Örugg netföng. Tillaga um þjóðarnetföng á Íslandi

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    Haukur Arnþórsson


    Full Text Available Þjóðarnetföng eru lausn fyrir samskipti á netinu milli almennings annars vegar, þar sem hann kemur fram undir eigin nafni og hins vegar aðila sem þurfa að vita við hvern þeir tala svo sem stjórnvöld og stjórnmálastofnanir, fjölmiðla, fjármálafyrirtæki og viðskiptafyrirtæki. Lausnin breytir ekki möguleikum varðandi nafnleysi netsins. Þjóðarnetföng gætu haft umtalsverð félagsleg áhrif og aukið öryggi netvinnslu innanlands. Þau henta sérstaklega vel fyrir börn og unglinga og eldra fólk og er eðlilegt að skólar taki þau upp í rekstri sínum. Þjóðarnetföng auðvelda úrlausn ýmissa opinberra verkefna og með þeim má nota margar vottanaaðferðir, sem virðist í takt við framtíðarþarfir. Þjóðarnetföng sameina bandarískar leiðir í auðkennanotkun, sem byggja á netföngum og evrópskar, sem byggja á vottunum. Samanlagt mynda þær kerfi sem vísar til framtíðar.


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    Full Text Available Snow Avalanche Activity in Parâng Ski Area Revealed by Tree-Rings. Snow avalanches hold favorable conditions to manifest in Parâng Mountains but only one event is historically known, without destructive impact upon infrastructure or fatalities and this region wasn’t yet the object of avalanche research. The existing ski infrastructure of Parâng resort located in the west of Parâng Mountains is proposed to be extended in the steep slopes of subalpine area. Field evidence pinpoints that these steep slopes were affected by snow avalanches in the past. In this study we analyzed 11 stem discs and 31 increment cores extracted from 22 spruces (Picea abies (L. Karst impacted by avalanches, in order to obtain more information about past avalanches activity. Using the dendrogeomorphological approach we found 13 avalanche events that occurred along Scărița avalanche path, since 1935 until 2012, nine of them produced in the last 20 years. The tree-rings data inferred an intense snow avalanche activity along this avalanche path. This study not only calls for more research in the study area but also proves that snow avalanches could constitute an important restrictive factor for the tourism infrastructure and related activities in the area. It must be taken into consideration by the future extension of tourism infrastructure. Keywords: snow avalanche, Parâng Mountains, dendrogeomorphology, ski area.

  17. Life Cycle GHG of NG-Based Fuel and Electric Vehicle in China

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    Qian Zhang


    Full Text Available This paper compares the greenhouse gas (GHG emissions of natural gas (NG- based fuels to the GHG emissions of electric vehicles (EVs powered with NG-to-electricity in China. A life-cycle model is used to account for full fuel cycle and use-phase emissions, as well as vehicle cycle and battery manufacturing. The reduction of life-cycle GHG emissions of EVs charged by electricity generated from NG, without utilizing carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS technology can be 36%–47% when compared to gasoline vehicles. The large range change in emissions reduction potential is driven by the different generation technologies that could in the future be used to generate electricity in China. When CCS is employed in power plants, the GHG emission reductions increase to about 71%–73% compared to gasoline vehicles. It is found that compressed NG (CNG and liquefied NG (LNG fuels can save about 10% of carbon as compared to gasoline vehicles. However, gas-to-liquid (GTL fuel made through the Fischer-Tropsch method will likely lead to a life-cycle GHG emissions increase, potentially 3%–15% higher than gasoline, but roughly equal to petroleum-based diesel. When CCS is utilized, the GTL fueled vehicles emit roughly equal GHG emissions to petroleum-based diesel fuel high-efficient hybrid electric vehicle from the life-cycle perspective.

  18. Sammenhæng mellem luftvejssygdomme i den tidlige barndom og astma hos unge. International forskning, udvalgt og kommenteret

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    Pedersen, P.A.


    Referat af udenlandsk arbejde vedr. sammenhæng mellem luftvejssygdomme i tidlig barndom og senere astma. Udgivelsesdato: 1994......Referat af udenlandsk arbejde vedr. sammenhæng mellem luftvejssygdomme i tidlig barndom og senere astma. Udgivelsesdato: 1994...

  19. Is extended biopsy protocol justified in all patients with PSA ≥ 20 ng/mL?

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    Xiaojun Deng; Jian Chu; Bo Yang; Feng Liu; Weifeng Wang; Jidong Hao; Jiansheng Wan; Hui Liu


    Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate whether it was necessary to increase the number of cores at initial prostate biopsy with patients of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) ≥ 20 ng/mL and to explore an appropriate individual-ized transrectal ultrasonograhpy (TRUS)-guided prostate biopsy for the detection of prostate cancer in men suspicious of prostate cancer.Methods:A total of 115 patients with PSA ≥ 20 ng/mL and suspicious of prostate cancer were prospectively randomized to perform TRUS-guided biopsy. Patients were randomized to a “6 + X” cores or a “10 + X” cores protocol. The primary end point was cancer detection rate. Secondary end points were cancer characteristics, rate of complications and the level of pain experienced by patients during TRUS-guided prostate biopsy.Results:Preoperative variables were similar in both groups. The overal prostate cancer detection rate was 73.9%. The “10 + X” cores strategy increased cancer detection rate only 9.7% in patients with PSA ≥ 20 ng/mL but < 50 ng/mL, while there was no diference between the two strategies for cancer detection in patients with PSA ≥ 50.1 ng/mL. The number of extended biopsy cores and pain score of extended biopsy in prostate cancer patients increased significantly (P < 0.001).Conclusion:Our findings suggest that there is no significant advantage in using extended biopsy protocol in al patients with PSA ≥ 20 ng/mL.

  20. The Curious Case of NG2 Cells: Transient Trend or Game Changer?

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    Jean-Marie Mangin


    Full Text Available It has been 10 years since the seminal work of Dwight Bergles and collaborators demonstrated that NG2 (nerve/glial antigen 2-expressing oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (NG2 cells receive functional glutamatergic synapses from neurons (Bergles et al., 2000, contradicting the old dogma that only neurons possess the complex and specialized molecular machinery necessary to receive synapses. While this surprising discovery may have been initially shunned as a novelty item of undefined functional significance, the study of neuron-to-NG2 cell neurotransmission has since become a very active and exciting field of research. Many laboratories have now confirmed and extended the initial discovery, showing for example that NG2 cells can also receive inhibitory GABAergic synapses (Lin and Bergles, 2004 or that neuron-to-NG2 cell synaptic transmission is a rather ubiquitous phenomenon that has been observed in all brain areas explored so far, including white matter tracts (Kukley et al., 2007; Ziskin et al., 2007; Etxeberria et al., 2010. Thus, while still being in its infancy, this field of research has already brought many surprising and interesting discoveries, and has become part of a continuously growing effort in neuroscience to re-evaluate the long underestimated role of glial cells in brain function (Barres, 2008. However, this area of research is now reaching an important milestone and its long-term significance will be defined by its ability to uncover the still elusive function of NG2 cells and their synapses in the brain, rather than by its sensational but transient successes at upsetting the old order established by neuronal physiology. To participate in the effort to facilitate such a transition, here we propose a critical review of the latest findings in the field of NG2 cell physiology - discussing how they inform us on the possible function(s of NG2 cells in the brain - and we present some personal views on new directions the field could

  1. Puuduv lugu, ainult kangelane : Zidane ja kunsti mäng / Zoe Stillpass

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    Stillpass, Zoe


    Režissööride Philippe Parreno ja Douglas Gordoni film prantsuse jalgpallurist Zinedine Zidanest. Film on 23. aprillil 2005 peetud mäng Real Madridi ja Villareali vahel Madridis, mida filmiti 17 kaameraga, mis kõik olid fokusseeritud Zidane'ile. Helitaust pärineb šoti alternatiivroki bändilt Mogwai

  2. Jenna Ng (ed., Understanding Machinima. Essays on Filmmaking in Virtual Worlds

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    Vincenzo Idone Cassone


    Full Text Available Understanding Machinima. Essays on Filmmaking in Virtual Worlds (Bloomsbury 2013, edited by Jenna Ng is an intriguing incursion into the world of machinima from a Media Studies point-of-view, trying to address the topic beyond game’s environment, in connection with the evolution of the contemporary mediascape.

  3. Lavale jõuab näitemäng armastuse orjast

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  4. "Klaaspärlimäng" esitleb "kiiksuga" klassikat / Karin Klaus

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    Klaus, Karin


    Muusikafestivalist "Klaaspärlimäng" (korraldaja Peeter Vähi). Erkki-Sven Tüüri heliplaadi "Oxymoron" esitlusest festivali avakontserdil "Aga kõrv ei puhka..." 6. juulil Pärnu kontserdimajas. Kontsertide kava 6. juulist 9. augustini

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  6. Multi-analyte approach for the determination of ng L(-1) levels of steroid hormones in unidentified aqueous samples. (United States)

    Noppe, H; Verheyden, K; Gillis, W; Courtheyn, D; Vanthemsche, P; De Brabander, H F


    Since the 1970s, many analytical methods for the detection of illegal growth promoters, such as thyreostats, anabolics, beta-agonists and corticosteroids have been developed for a wide range of matrices of animal origin, including meat, fat, organ tissue, urine and faeces. The aim of this study was to develop an analytical method for the determination of ng L(-1) levels of estrogens, gestagens, androgens (EGAs) and corticosteroids in aqueous preparations (i.e. drinking water, drinking water supplements), commercially available on the 'black' market. For this, extraction was performed with Bakerbond C18 speedisk, a technique commonly used in environmental analysis. After fractionation, four fractions were collected using a methanol:water gradient program. Gas chromatography coupled to electron impact multiple mass spectrometry (GC-EI-MS2) screening for the EGAs was carried out on the derivatized extracts. For the detection of corticosteroids, gas chromatography coupled to negative chemical ionization mass spectrometry (GC-NCI-MS) was used after oxidation of the extracts. Confirmation was done by liquid chromatography coupled to electrospray ionization multiple mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS2). The combined use of GC and LC coupled to MS enabled the identification and quantification of anabolics and corticosteroids at the low ng L(-1) level. This study demonstrated the occurrence of both androgens and corticosteroids in different commercial aqueous samples.

  7. Research of stress corrosion cracking of T225NG titanium alloy in loop water of high temperature and high pressure

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    Xu Jijin; Yan Keng; Chen Ligong; Jiang Chengyu


    Double cantilever beam (DCB) specimens were used to research the stress corrosion cracking of T225NG titanium alloy in loop water of high temperature and high pressure. DCB specimens were forced pre-stress, put into high pressure autoclave, and the stress corrosion and crack expansion of specimens were observed and measured in 500 h, 1 000 h and 2 000h respectively. The results show that small expansion occurred along the direction of pre-cracking. According to calculation,the speed of cracking expansion is lower than 10 -9 m/s in 500 h and the value of KIscc/KI is higher than 0. 75, which proves that T225NG has an excellent corrosion resistance in loop water. The main reason is that there is an oxide film on the surface of specimens. According to the analysis of energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), the oxide film consists of TiO2. Therefore, the oxide film at the crack tip impedes the hydrogen separating out from the cathode to penetrate into titanium alloy and resists hydrogen embrittlement.

  8. ngLOC: software and web server for predicting protein subcellular localization in prokaryotes and eukaryotes

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    King Brian R


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Understanding protein subcellular localization is a necessary component toward understanding the overall function of a protein. Numerous computational methods have been published over the past decade, with varying degrees of success. Despite the large number of published methods in this area, only a small fraction of them are available for researchers to use in their own studies. Of those that are available, many are limited by predicting only a small number of organelles in the cell. Additionally, the majority of methods predict only a single location for a sequence, even though it is known that a large fraction of the proteins in eukaryotic species shuttle between locations to carry out their function. Findings We present a software package and a web server for predicting the subcellular localization of protein sequences based on the ngLOC method. ngLOC is an n-gram-based Bayesian classifier that predicts subcellular localization of proteins both in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The overall prediction accuracy varies from 89.8% to 91.4% across species. This program can predict 11 distinct locations each in plant and animal species. ngLOC also predicts 4 and 5 distinct locations on gram-positive and gram-negative bacterial datasets, respectively. Conclusions ngLOC is a generic method that can be trained by data from a variety of species or classes for predicting protein subcellular localization. The standalone software is freely available for academic use under GNU GPL, and the ngLOC web server is also accessible at

  9. La oración simple ngäbére

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    Murillo Miranda José Manuel


    Full Text Available Este artículo hace una descripción inicial de las características más importantes de la oración simple de la variante de la lengua ngäbére (guaymí hablada en el Pacífico Sur de Costa Rica. Sin embargo, aunque no es un trabajo comparativo propiamente dicho, sí se hacen unas pequeñas menciones de las propiedades de la oración simple en el ngäbére panameño, sobre el cual existen un poco más de estudios.


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    Full Text Available 4 plant communities unknown in the the European syntaxonomy are described from the alpine and subalpine belts of Parâng Mountains, based on vegetation studies of the authors during 1955–1960. These are: Arabis alpina-Saxifraga aizoides, Arabis alpina-Delphinium elatum, Dianthus tenuifolius-Festuca dalmatica and the Primula minima-Dryas octopetala communities. These communities could be described later as new associations in the possession of more relevés from different localities. The East and South Carpathian Doronico carpatici-Festucetum pictae association is distinguished under this new name from the Festucetum pictae Krajina described from the Tatra Mountains. 7 further associations are found as new to the Parâng Mountains.

  11. Induction of cholinergic differentiation by 5-azacytidine in NG108-15 neuronal cells. (United States)

    Aizawa, Shu; Sensui, Naoto; Yamamuro, Yutaka


    The DNA-demethylating agent 5-azacytidine (5-azaC) causes extensive genomic demethylation of 5-methyl-cytosine residues and reduces DNA methyltransferase activity in cells. This study evaluated the effect of 5-azaC on neuronal differentiation in proliferating NG108-15 neuronal cells, which exhibit cholinergic traits. The expression of choline acetyltransferase, an enzyme responsible for acetylcholine synthesis, was increased at both the mRNA and protein level, and neurite outgrowth was markedly induced with an increase of neurofilament-heavy chain protein, in the 5-azaC-treated cells. These findings show that global DNA demethylation markedly induces the expression of the neurotransmitter phenotype and morphological differentiation in NG108-15 neuronal cells as a model for cholinergic neuron.

  12. The Available Options for Wavelength Group Selection and Transceiver Design for Next Generation PON Stage 2 (NG-PON2) (United States)

    Niazi, Shahab Ahmad; Zhang, Xiaoguang; Xi, Lixia; Chen, Yong Li; Idress, Muhammad


    The full service access network (FSAN) task group meeting was held in April 2012, where they agreed to adopt time and wavelength division multiplexed passive optical network (TWDM-PON) as a primary solution to NG-PON2. Major requirements includes at least 40 Gbit/s aggregate rate in downstream, 1:64 split ratio, 40 km differential reach, and at least 1 Gb/s access rate per optical network unit (ONU). In this paper, a performance analysis will be carried out for downstream 4-wavelengths group selection from S-band, L-band, and C-band. A comparison for optimal transmitter design is also investigated among probable options of chirp managed laser diode, Lithium Niobate (LiNbo3) Mach Zehnder modulator, besides examining tunable transceivers in contrary to remotely fed colorless ONUs.

  13. LA FRASE NOMINAL NGÄBÉRE The Nominal Phrase Ngäbére

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    José Manuel Murillo Miranda


    Full Text Available Este trabajo es el avance de una amplia investigación cuyo propósito es elaborar una gramática descriptiva de la lengua chibcha ngäbére. El artículo presenta las características particulares más relevantes de la frase nominal de dicha variante dialectal (hablada en Costa Rica, también en Panamá, y establece la relación con algunas de las características generales de otras lenguas chibchas ístmicas. El primer apartado del escrito es una introducción a la lengua ngäbére y a sus hablantes; el segundo presenta la morfología de los sustantivos, pronombres y otras clases de palabras que conforman la frase nominal; el tercer apartado trata de la sintaxis de la frase nominal y esboza, de manera sucinta, las relaciones gramaticales; el cuarto apartado es una conclusión valorativa de este trabajo.This work is a preview of a broader study whose goal is to create a descriptive grammar of the Chibchan language, Ngäbere. The article describes the most relevant features of the dialect's nominal phrase (spoken in Costa Rica and Panama and establishes the relationship with some of the general features of other Isthmian Chibchan languages. The first part of the report is an introduction to Ngäbere and it speakers; the second, describes the morphology of the nouns, pronouns, and other words that make up the nominal phrase; the third, is about the syntax of the nominal phrase and it outlines in a succinct manner, grammatical relationships; the last part is a critical conclusion of this work.

  14. NG2/CSPG4-collagen type VI interplays putatively involved in the microenvironmental control of tumour engraftment and local expansion. (United States)

    Cattaruzza, Sabrina; Nicolosi, Pier Andrea; Braghetta, Paola; Pazzaglia, Laura; Benassi, Maria Serena; Picci, Piero; Lacrima, Katia; Zanocco, Daniela; Rizzo, Erika; Stallcup, William B; Colombatti, Alfonso; Perris, Roberto


    In soft-tissue sarcoma patients, enhanced expression of NG2/CSPG4 proteoglycan in pre-surgical primary tumours predicts post-surgical metastasis formation and thereby stratifies patients into disease-free survivors and patients destined to succumb to the disease. Both primary and secondary sarcoma lesions also up-regulate collagen type VI, a putative extracellular matrix ligand of NG2, and this matrix alteration potentiates the prognostic impact of NG2. Enhanced constitutive levels of the proteoglycan in isolated sarcoma cells closely correlate with a superior engraftment capability and local growth in xenogenic settings. This apparent NG2-associated malignancy was also corroborated by the diverse tumorigenic behaviour in vitro and in vivo of immunoselected NG2-expressing and NG2-deficient cell subsets, by RNAi-mediated knock down of endogenous NG2, and by ectopic transduction of full-length or deletion constructs of NG2. Cells with modified expression of NG2 diverged in their interaction with purified Col VI, matrices supplemented with Col VI, and cell-free matrices isolated from wild-type and Col VI null fibroblasts. The combined use of dominant-negative NG2 mutant cells and purified domain fragments of the collagen allowed us to pinpoint the reciprocal binding sites within the two molecules and to assert the importance of this molecular interaction in the control of sarcoma cell adhesion and motility. The NG2-mediated binding to Col VI triggered activation of convergent cell survival- and cell adhesion/migration-promoting signal transduction pathways, implicating PI-3K as a common denominator. Thus, the findings point to an NG2-Col VI interplay as putatively involved in the regulation of the cancer cell-host microenvironment interactions sustaining sarcoma progression.

  15. Localisation of NG2 immunoreactive neuroglia cells in the rat locus coeruleus and their plasticity in response to stress

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    Mohsen eSeifi


    Full Text Available The locus coeruleus (LC nucleus modulates adaptive behavioural responses to stress and dysregulation of LC neuronal activity is implicated in stress-induced mental illnesses. The LC is composed primarily of noradrenergic neurons together with various glial populations. A neuroglia cell-type largely unexplored within the LC is the NG2 cell. NG2 cells serve primarily as oligodendrocyte precursor cells throughout the brain. However, some NG2 cells are in synaptic contact with neurons suggesting a role in information processing. The aim of this study was to neurochemically and anatomically characterise NG2 cells within the rat LC. Furthermore, since NG2 cells have been shown to proliferate in response to traumatic brain injury, we investigated whether such NG2 cells plasticity also occurs in response to emotive insults such as stress. Immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy revealed that NG2 cells were enriched within the pontine region occupied by the LC. Close inspection revealed that a sub-population of NG2 cells were located within unique indentations of LC noradrenergic somata and were immunoreactive for the neuronal marker NeuN whilst NG2 cell processes formed close appositions with clusters immunoreactive for the inhibitory synaptic marker proteins gephyrin and the GABA-A receptor alpha3-subunit, on noradrenergic dendrites. In addition, LC NG2 cell processes were decorated with vesicular glutamate transporter 2 immunoreactive puncta. Finally, ten days of repeated restraint stress significantly increased the density of NG2 cells within the LC. The study demonstrates that NG2 IR cells are integral components of the LC cellular network and they exhibit plasticity as a result of emotive challenges.

  16. Health Information in Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt): MedlinePlus (United States)

    ... Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese) Bilingual PDF Health Information Translations Appendicitis Appendectomy Phẫu Thuật Cắt Bỏ Ruột Thừa - Tiếng ... Health Information Translations Infant and Newborn Nutrition Bottle Feeding Your Baby Cho Trẻ Bú Bình - Tiếng Việt ( ...

  17. The NG2 Proteoglycan Protects Oligodendrocyte Precursor Cells against Oxidative Stress via Interaction with OMI/HtrA2.

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    Frank Maus

    Full Text Available The NG2 proteoglycan is characteristically expressed by oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPC and also by aggressive brain tumours highly resistant to chemo- and radiation therapy. Oligodendrocyte-lineage cells are particularly sensitive to stress resulting in cell death in white matter after hypoxic or ischemic insults of premature infants and destruction of OPC in some types of Multiple Sclerosis lesions. Here we show that the NG2 proteoglycan binds OMI/HtrA2, a mitochondrial serine protease which is released from damaged mitochondria into the cytosol in response to stress. In the cytosol, OMI/HtrA2 initiates apoptosis by proteolytic degradation of anti-apoptotic factors. OPC in which NG2 has been downregulated by siRNA, or OPC from the NG2-knockout mouse show an increased sensitivity to oxidative stress evidenced by increased cell death. The proapoptotic protease activity of OMI/HtrA2 in the cytosol can be reduced by the interaction with NG2. Human glioma expressing high levels of NG2 are less sensitive to oxidative stress than those with lower NG2 expression and reducing NG2 expression by siRNA increases cell death in response to oxidative stress. Binding of NG2 to OMI/HtrA2 may thus help protect cells against oxidative stress-induced cell death. This interaction is likely to contribute to the high chemo- and radioresistance of glioma.

  18. Targeting the NG2/CSPG4 proteoglycan retards tumour growth and angiogenesis in preclinical models of GBM and melanoma. (United States)

    Wang, Jian; Svendsen, Agnete; Kmiecik, Justyna; Immervoll, Heike; Skaftnesmo, Kai Ove; Planagumà, Jesús; Reed, Rolf Kåre; Bjerkvig, Rolf; Miletic, Hrvoje; Enger, Per Øyvind; Rygh, Cecilie Brekke; Chekenya, Martha


    Aberrant expression of the progenitor marker Neuron-glia 2 (NG2/CSPG4) or melanoma proteoglycan on cancer cells and angiogenic vasculature is associated with an aggressive disease course in several malignancies including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and melanoma. Thus, we investigated the mechanism of NG2 mediated malignant progression and its potential as a therapeutic target in clinically relevant GBM and melanoma animal models. Xenografting NG2 overexpressing GBM cell lines resulted in increased growth rate, angiogenesis and vascular permeability compared to control, NG2 negative tumours. The effect of abrogating NG2 function was investigated after intracerebral delivery of lentivirally encoded shRNAs targeting NG2 in patient GBM xenografts as well as in established subcutaneous A375 melanoma tumours. NG2 knockdown reduced melanoma proliferation and increased apoptosis and necrosis. Targeting NG2 in two heterogeneous GBM xenografts significantly reduced tumour growth and oedema levels, angiogenesis and normalised vascular function. Vascular normalisation resulted in increased tumour invasion and decreased apoptosis and necrosis. We conclude that NG2 promotes tumour progression by multiple mechanisms and represents an amenable target for cancer molecular therapy.

  19. Targeting the NG2/CSPG4 proteoglycan retards tumour growth and angiogenesis in preclinical models of GBM and melanoma.

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    Full Text Available Aberrant expression of the progenitor marker Neuron-glia 2 (NG2/CSPG4 or melanoma proteoglycan on cancer cells and angiogenic vasculature is associated with an aggressive disease course in several malignancies including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM and melanoma. Thus, we investigated the mechanism of NG2 mediated malignant progression and its potential as a therapeutic target in clinically relevant GBM and melanoma animal models. Xenografting NG2 overexpressing GBM cell lines resulted in increased growth rate, angiogenesis and vascular permeability compared to control, NG2 negative tumours. The effect of abrogating NG2 function was investigated after intracerebral delivery of lentivirally encoded shRNAs targeting NG2 in patient GBM xenografts as well as in established subcutaneous A375 melanoma tumours. NG2 knockdown reduced melanoma proliferation and increased apoptosis and necrosis. Targeting NG2 in two heterogeneous GBM xenografts significantly reduced tumour growth and oedema levels, angiogenesis and normalised vascular function. Vascular normalisation resulted in increased tumour invasion and decreased apoptosis and necrosis. We conclude that NG2 promotes tumour progression by multiple mechanisms and represents an amenable target for cancer molecular therapy.

  20. Extreme-Risk Prostate Adenocarcinoma Presenting With Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) >40 ng/ml: Prognostic Significance of the Preradiation PSA Nadir

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    Alexander, Abraham S. [British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver Island Centre, Radiation Therapy Program, Victoria, British Columbia (Canada); University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada); Mydin, Aminudin; Jones, Stuart O.; Christie, Jennifer [British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver Island Centre, Radiation Therapy Program, Victoria, British Columbia (Canada); Lim, Jan T.W. [British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver Island Centre, Radiation Therapy Program, Victoria, British Columbia (Canada); University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada); Truong, Pauline T., E-mail: [British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver Island Centre, Radiation Therapy Program, Victoria, British Columbia (Canada); University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada); Ludgate, Charles M. [British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver Island Centre, Radiation Therapy Program, Victoria, British Columbia (Canada); University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)


    Purpose: To examine the impact of patient, disease, and treatment characteristics on survival outcomes in patients treated with neoadjuvant androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and radical external-beam radiotherapy (RT) for clinically localized, extreme-risk prostate adenocarcinoma with a presenting prostate-specific antigen (PSA) concentration of >40 ng/ml. Methods and Materials: A retrospective chart review was conducted of 64 patients treated at a single institution between 1991 and 2000 with ADT and RT for prostate cancer with a presenting PSA level of >40 ng/ml. The effects of patient age, tumor (presenting PSA level, Gleason score, and T stage), and treatment (total ADT duration and pre-RT PSA level) characteristics on rates of biochemical disease-free survival (bDFS), prostate cancer-specific survival (PCSS), and overall survival (OS) were examined. Results: Median follow-up time was 6.45 years (range, 0.09-15.19 years). Actuarial bDFS, PCSS, and OS rates at 5 years were 39%, 87%, and 78%, respectively, and 17%, 64%, and 45%, respectively, at 10 years. On multivariate analysis, the pre-RT PSA level ({<=}0.1 versus >0.1 ng/ml) was the single most significant prognostic factor for bDFS (p = 0.033) and OS (p = 0.018) rates, whereas age, T stage, Gleason score, and ADT duration ({<=}6 versus >6 months) were not predictive of outcomes. Conclusion: In prostate cancer patients with high presenting PSA levels, >40 ng/ml, treated with combined modality, neoadjuvant ADT, and RT, the pre-RT PSA nadir, rather than ADT duration, was significantly associated with improved survival. This observation supports the use of neoadjuvant ADT to drive PSA levels to below 0.1 ng/ml before initiation of RT, to optimize outcomes for patients with extreme-risk disease.

  1. High-Risk Prostate Cancer With Gleason Score 8-10 and PSA Level {<=}15 ng/ mL Treated With Permanent Interstitial Brachytherapy

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    Fang, L. Christine [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States); Merrick, Gregory S., E-mail: [Schiffler Cancer Center, Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV (United States); Butler, Wayne M.; Galbreath, Robert W.; Murray, Brian C.; Reed, Joshua L. [Schiffler Cancer Center, Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV (United States); Adamovich, Edward [Department of Pathology, Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, WV (United States); Wallner, Kent E. [Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Hospital, Seattle, WA (United States)


    Purpose: With widespread prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening, there has been an increase in men diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancer defined by a Gleason score (GS) {>=}8 coupled with a relatively low PSA level. The optimal management of these patients has not been defined. Cause-specific survival (CSS), biochemical progression-free survival (bPFS), and overall survival (OS) were evaluated in brachytherapy patients with a GS {>=}8 and a PSA level {<=}15 ng/mL with or without androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT). Methods and Materials: From April 1995 to October 2005, 174 patients with GS {>=}8 and a PSA level {<=}15 ng/mL underwent permanent interstitial brachytherapy. Of the patients, 159 (91%) received supplemental external beam radiation, and 113 (64.9%) received ADT. The median follow-up was 6.6 years. The median postimplant Day 0 minimum percentage of the dose covering 90% of the target volume was 121.1% of prescription dose. Biochemical control was defined as a PSA level {<=}0.40 ng/mL after nadir. Multiple parameters were evaluated for impact on survival. Results: Ten-year outcomes for patients without and with ADT were 95.2% and 92.5%, respectively, for CSS (p = 0.562); 86.5% and 92.6%, respectively, for bPFS (p = 0.204); and 75.2% and 66.0%, respectively, for OS (p = 0.179). The median post-treatment PSA level for biochemically controlled patients was <0.02 ng/mL. Multivariate analysis failed to identify any predictors for CSS, whereas bPFS and OS were most closely related to patient age. Conclusions: Patients with GS {>=}8 and PSA level {<=}15 ng/mL have excellent bPFS and CSS after brachytherapy with supplemental external beam radiotherapy. The use of ADT did not significantly impact bPFS, CSS, or OS.

  2. Characterization of cells recovered from the xenotransplanted NG97 human-derived glioma cell line subcultured in a long-term in vitro

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background In order to elucidate tumoral progression and drug resistance, cultured cell lines are valuable tools applied on tumor related assays provided they are well established and characterized. Our laboratory settled the NG97 cell line derived from a human astrocytoma grade III, which started to develop and express important phenotypical characteristics of an astrocytoma grade IV after injection in the flank of nude mice. Astrocytomas are extremely aggressive malignancies of the Central Nervous System (CNS and account for 46% of all primary malignant brain tumors. Progression to worse prognosis occurs in 85% of the cases possibly due to changes in cell tumor microenvironment and through biological pathways that are still unclear. Methods This work focused on characterizing the NG97 cell line specifically after being recovered from the xenotransplant, who maintained their undifferentiated characteristics along the following 60th passages in vitro. These cells were subcultivated to evaluate the possible contribution of these undifferentiated characteristics to the malignant progression phenotype. These characteristics were the expression of molecules involved in the processes of migration, dedifferentiation and chromosomal instability. Results Results showed that NG97(ht had an decrease in doubling time through sub cultivation, which was characterized by a converse modulation between the expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP and vimentin. In addition, β1 integrins were present in intermediate levels while α5 integrins had a high expression profile as well as fibronectin and laminin. Cytogenetic analysis of NG97(ht revealed several chromosomal abnormalities, 89% of the cells showed to be hyperdiploid and the modal number was assigned to be 63. Several acrocentric chromosomes were visualized and at least 30 figures were attributed to be murine. These findings suggest a possible fusion between the original NG97 cells

  3. Straightforward strategy for quantifying rotundone in wine at ngL(-1) level using solid-phase extraction and gas chromatography-quadrupole mass spectrometry. Occurrence in different varieties of spicy wines. (United States)

    Culleré, Laura; Ontañón, Ignacio; Escudero, Ana; Ferreira, Vicente


    This paper presents a straightforward methodology to quantify rotundone in wine at ngL(-1) level. This compound, responsible for the black pepper aromatic note, may have sensorial relevance in some wines due to its low odor threshold, estimated at only 16ngL(-1) in red wines. The proposed strategy is based on solid phase extraction and analysis by GC-MS. The detection limit value was 0.6ngL(-1), which is more than one order of magnitude below its odor threshold in wine. Matrix effects have not been found and a synthetic wine calibration was proposed. The precision of the method was evaluated in reproducibility terms, obtaining a very acceptable value (RSD 4%). The optimized and validated strategy was applied to quantify this molecule in thirty wines belonging to different varieties as Graciano, Maturana tinta, Schioppettino, Shiraz, Duras and Gamay. Two of these wines exhibited levels higher than 100ngL(-1).

  4. Estradiol regulates alternative splicing of estrogen receptor-alpha mRNA in differentiated NG108-15 neuronal cells. (United States)

    Aizawa, Shu; Yamamuro, Yutaka


    The biological actions of estrogen are mostly conveyed through interaction with two different types of estrogen receptor (ER), ER-alpha and ER-beta. With regard to ER-alpha, an alternatively spliced form and its translated product, truncated estrogen receptor product-1 (TERP-1), have been identified in the rat pituitary. TERP-1 has the ability to inhibit the ER binding to DNA response element by forming hetero-dimers with the wild-type ER. Furthermore, TERP-1 expression increased concurrently with serum estrogen levels. Although estrogen also plays important roles in the central nervous system, the existence and regulatory mechanism of alternatively spliced ER-alpha mRNA expression has remained unclear. The present study evaluated the expression of the alternatively spliced form of the ER-alpha gene, and examined the influence of a representative ER ligand, 17beta-estradiol (E2), on the expression in differentiated NG108-15 neuronal cells. A real-time RT-PCR analysis using primer sets designed to amplify from exons 3 to 4, exons 4 to 5, exons 5 to 6, exons 6 to 7, and exons 7 to 8 of the mouse ER-alpha gene revealed the existence of alternatively spliced ER-alpha mRNA and its putative transcription initiation site, located between exon 4 and exon 5. Although E2 had no apparent effect on the overall expression of ER-alpha mRNA, it reduced the incidence of the alternatively spliced form of ER-alpha. The down-regulation by E2 predominantly arose via binding to nuclear ERs. The present study demonstrated that alternatively spliced ER-alpha mRNA is expressed in differentiated NG108-15 neuronal cells, and provides evidence for the functional up-regulation of ER-alpha via the ligand-binding activation of ERs.

  5. Effects of NG-nitro-L-arginine on focal cerebral ischemic injury in rats

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    Jianxin Zhang; Huixin Zhang; Lanfang Li; Yonghui Li


    BACKGROUND: Previous researches have proved that aminoguanidin can cure cerebral ischemic injury remarkably as a selective induced nitricoxide synthase (iNOS) inhibitor. However, whether nonselective NOS inhibitor could protect cerebral ischemic injury or not is unclear.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of NG-nitro-L-arginine (L-NA), a nonselective nitricoxide synthase (NOS) inhibitor, on cerebral ischemic injury of rats and the possible mechanism.DESIGN: Randomized controlled study.SETTING: Pharmacological Department of Medical Academy of Science of Hebei Province.MATERIALS: A total of 56 male healthy SD rats, of grade II, weighting 250-290 g, were provided by the Experimental Animal Center of Hebei Province (certification: 04036).METHODS: The experiment was completed in the Pharmacological Department of Medical Academy of Science of Hebei Province from March 2005 to January 2006. ① Grouping: Rats were randomly divided into 3 groups: sham operation group (n=8), model group (n=24) and L-NA group (n=24). ② Modeling:Middle cerebral artery (MCA) was established on rats in model group and L-NA group with intraluminal line occlusion methods, and rats in sham operation group were separated their external carotid arteries without occlusion of internal carotid artery. ③ Intervention study: Rats in model group and L-NA group were injected intraperitoneally with 10 mL/kg and 20 mg/kg L-NA at 2, 6 and 12 hours respectively after ischemia twice a day for 3 consecutive days. ④ Rats were sacrificed on the third day for measuring volume of cerebral infarction with image analysis and swelling degrees and activities of mitochondria with electron microscope. Effect of L-NA on ultrastructural changes of neurons in cortex was observed after ischemia.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: ① Volume of cerebral infarction; ② Swelling degrees, contents of nitric oxide (NO) and malondialdehyde (MDA) and activities of adenosine triphosphatase (ATPase), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and

  6. APOLLO_NG – a probabilistic interpretation of the APOLLO legacy for AVHRR heritage channels

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    L. Klüser


    Full Text Available The cloud processing scheme APOLLO (Avhrr Processing scheme Over cLouds, Land and Ocean has been in use for cloud detection and cloud property retrieval since the late 1980s. The physics of the APOLLO scheme still build the backbone of a range of cloud detection algorithms for AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer heritage instruments. The APOLLO_NG (APOLLO_NextGeneration cloud processing scheme is a probabilistic interpretation of the original APOLLO method. While building upon the physical principles having served well in the original APOLLO a couple of additional variables have been introduced in APOLLO_NG. Cloud detection is not performed as a binary yes/no decision based on these physical principals but is expressed as cloud probability for each satellite pixel. Consequently the outcome of the algorithm can be tuned from clear confident to cloud confident depending on the purpose. The probabilistic approach allows to retrieving not only the cloud properties (optical depth, effective radius, cloud top temperature and cloud water path but also their uncertainties. APOLLO_NG is designed as a standalone cloud retrieval method robust enough for operational near-realtime use and for the application with large amounts of historical satellite data. Thus the radiative transfer solution is approximated by the same two stream approach which also had been used for the original APOLLO. This allows the algorithm to be robust enough for being applied to a wide range of sensors without the necessity of sensor-specific tuning. Moreover it allows for online calculation of the radiative transfer (i.e. within the retrieval algorithm giving rise to a detailed probabilistic treatment of cloud variables. This study presents the algorithm for cloud detection and cloud property retrieval together with the physical principles from the APOLLO legacy it is based on. Furthermore a couple of example results from on NOAA-18 are presented.

  7. Implementation of Order-wire Functionality in IRITEL NG-SDH devices

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    D. Katanić


    Full Text Available This paper describes the implementation of order-wire functionality in NG-SDH devices ODS2G5 and OTS622 IRITEL. The paper also describes the operation of order-wire in networks with arbitrary topologies, as well as the configuration of order-wire functionality by using network management software SUNCE. The presented solution for order-wire functionality is compared with VoIP solutions. The paper shows that the presented solution provides fast reaction to network failures, while keeping the implementation simple.

  8. NG2 and phosphacan are present in the astroglial scar after human traumatic spinal cord injury

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    Schoenen Jean


    Full Text Available Abstract Background A major class of axon growth-repulsive molecules associated with CNS scar tissue is the family of chondroitin sulphate proteoglycans (CSPGs. Experimental spinal cord injury (SCI has demonstrated rapid re-expression of CSPGs at and around the lesion site. The pharmacological digestion of CSPGs in such lesion models results in substantially enhanced axonal regeneration and a significant functional recovery. The potential therapeutic relevance of interfering with CSPG expression or function following experimental injuries seems clear, however, the spatio-temporal pattern of expression of individual members of the CSPG family following human spinal cord injury is only poorly defined. In the present correlative investigation, the expression pattern of CSPG family members NG2, neurocan, versican and phosphacan was studied in the human spinal cord. Methods An immunohistochemical investigation in post mortem samples of control and lesioned human spinal cords was performed. All patients with traumatic SCI had been clinically diagnosed as having "complete" injuries and presented lesions of the maceration type. Results In sections from control spinal cord, NG2 immunoreactivity was restricted to stellate-shaped cells corresponding to oligodendrocyte precursor cells. The distribution patterns of phosphacan, neurocan and versican in control human spinal cord parenchyma were similar, with a fine reticular pattern being observed in white matter (but also located in gray matter for phosphacan. Neurocan staining was also associated with blood vessel walls. Furthermore, phosphacan, neurocan and versican were present in the myelin sheaths of ventral and dorsal nerve roots axons. After human SCI, NG2 and phosphacan were both detected in the evolving astroglial scar. Neurocan and versican were detected exclusively in the lesion epicentre, being associated with infiltrating Schwann cells in the myelin sheaths of invading peripheral nerve fibres

  9. Satellite NG2 progenitor cells share common glutamatergic inputs with associated interneurons in the mouse dentate gyrus. (United States)

    Mangin, Jean-Marie; Kunze, Albrecht; Chittajallu, Ramesh; Gallo, Vittorio


    Several studies have provided evidence that NG2-expressing (NG2(+)) progenitor cells are anatomically associated to neurons in gray matter areas. By analyzing the spatial distribution of NG2(+) cells in the hilus of the mouse dentate gyrus, we demonstrate that NG2(+) cells are indeed closely associated to interneurons. To define whether this anatomical proximity reflected a specific physiological interaction, we performed patch-clamp recordings on hilar NG2(+) cells and interneurons between 3 and 21 postnatal days. We first observed that hilar NG2(+) cells exhibit spontaneous glutamatergic EPSCs (sEPSCs) whose frequency and amplitude increase during the first 3 postnatal weeks. At the same time, the rise time and decay time of sEPSCs significantly decreased, suggesting that glutamatergic synapses in NG2(+) cells undergo a maturation process that is reminiscent of what has been reported in neurons during the same time period. We also observed that hilar interneurons and associated NG2(+) cells are similarly integrated into the local network, receiving excitatory inputs from both granule cells and CA3 pyramidal neurons. By performing pair recordings, we found that bursts of activity induced by GABAergic antagonists were strongly synchronized between both cell types and that the amplitude of these bursts was positively correlated. Finally, by applying carbachol to increase EPSC activity, we observed that closely apposed cells were more likely to exhibit synchronized EPSCs than cells separated by >200 microm. The finding that NG2(+) cells are sensing patterns of activity arising in closely associated neurons suggests that NG2(+) cell function is finely regulated by the local network.

  10. Radical prostatectomy outcome when performed with PSA above 20 ng/ml.

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    Connolly, S S


    Many centres currently do not offer radical prostatectomy (RP) to men with high-risk localised prostate cancer due to concerns regarding poor outcome, despite evidence to the contrary. We identified 18 men undergoing RP with serum PSA >20 ng\\/ml (high-risk by National Comprehensive Cancer Network definition) and minimum follow-up of 12 years (mean 13.5). Mean preoperative PSA was 37.0 ng\\/ml (Range 21.1-94.0). Prostatectomy pathology reported extracapsular disease in 16 (88.9%), positive surgical margins in 15 (83%) and positive pelvic lymph nodes in 5 (27.8%). Overall and cancer-specific survival at 5 and 10-years was 83.3%, 88.2%, 72% and 76.5% respectively. With complete follow-up 11 (61.1%) are alive, and 5 (27.8%) avoided any adjuvant therapy. Complete continence (defined as no involuntary urine leakage and no use of pads) was achieved in 60%, with partial continence in the remainder. We conclude that surgery for this aggressive variant of localised prostate cancer can result in satisfactory outcome.

  11. Aurora candidates from the chronicle of Qíng dynasty in several degrees of relevance (United States)

    Kawamura, Akito D.; Hayakawa, Hisashi; Tamazawa, Harufumi; Miyahara, Hiroko; Isobe, Hiroaki


    We present the result of a survey of sunspots and auroras in Qíngshǐgǎo (清史稿), a draft chronicle of Qíng dynasty, for the period of 1559-1912 CE. This is a sequel to a series of works surveying historical sunspot and aurora records, and providing online data to the scientific community regarding the attained results. In total of this Qíngshǐgǎo survey, we found 111 records of night-sky luminous events with such keywords as vapor (氣, qì), cloud (雲, yún), and light (光, guāng), which may indicate auroras as well as some other phenomena. Similarly, a keyword survey for sunspots was conducted, but no sunspot record was found. In comparison with the aurora records in the western world, we found that 14 of the 111 records have a corresponding record of simultaneous observation in the western world, and hence are very likely to be aurora. In order to investigate the likeliness of the remainder of the record being aurora, we calculated the lunar age and the phase of a solar cycle for each record. After these calculations, a notable fraction of these records clustered near the full moon were to be found statistically doubtful in considerations with atmospheric optics; meanwhile, a few records of observations near the new moon could be more likely interpreted as being auroras, including three records during the Maunder minimum.

  12. NC/NG与ADN的相互作用%Interaction of NG/NC with ADN

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    张腊莹; 衡淑云; 刘子如; 张皋; 赵凤起; 谭惠民


    用高压差示扫描量热法(PDSC),热重-微商热重法(TG-DTG),研究了双基粘合剂(NC/NG体系)与二硝酰胺铵(ADN)之间的相互作用.结果表明,(NC/NG)/ADN体系中NG的分解峰由NC/NG中的207.0 ℃提前至159.8 ℃,在高压下该分解峰温提前至153.6 ℃.NC/ADN的分解峰温比NG/ADN提前了4.8 ℃,而且大部分的ADN没有被NG加速而提前分解,表明NC对ADN的作用比NG更强烈.此外,还用真空安定性试验(VST)评价了NC/NG与ADN的相容性,混合体系的净增放气量大于11 mL,属于严重不相容,证明在90 ℃下NC/NG与ADN之间也存在强烈的相互作用.

  13. Aurora Candidates from the Chronicle of Q\\={i}ng Dynasty in Several Degrees of Relevance

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    Kawamura, Akito D; Tamazawa, Harufumi; Miyahara, Hiroko; Isobe, Hiroaki


    We present the result of the survey of sunspots and auroras in ${\\it Q\\bar{\\imath}ngsh\\check{\\imath}ga\\check{o}}$, the draft chronicle of ${\\it Q\\bar{\\imath}ng}$ dynasty, for the period of 1559-1912 CE, as a sequel of the series of works surveying historical sunspot and aurora records, and providing online data to the scientific community regarding the attained results. In total of this ${\\it Q\\bar{\\imath}ngsh\\check{\\imath}ga\\check{o}}$ survey, we found 111 records of night-sky luminous events with the keywords such as vapor (${\\it q\\grave{\\imath}}$), cloud (${\\it y\\acute{u}n}$), and light (${\\it gu\\bar{a}ng}$), which may indicate auroras as well as some other phenomena. Similarly keyword survey for sunspots were done, but no sunspot record was found. In comparison with the aurora records in the western world, we found 14 of the 111 records have a corresponding record of simultaneous observation in the western world and hence are very likely to be aurora. In order to investigate the likeliness of the rest of ...

  14. DRAGON-NG: a configurable and capable AO test-bench (United States)

    Bharmal, Nazim A.; Bitenc, Urban; Bramall, David G.; Dipper, Nigel A.; Dubbeldam, Cornelis M.; Reeves, Andrew P.; Dunlop, Colin; Rolt, Stephen; Younger, Eddy J.; Myers, Richard M.


    An astronomical adaptive optics test-bench, designed to replicate the conditions of a 4 m-class telescope, is presented. Named DRAGON-Next Generation, it is constructed primarily from commercial off-the-shelf components with minimal customization (approximately a 90:10 ratio). This permits an optical design which is modular and this leads to a reconfigurability. DRAGON-NG has been designed for operation for the following modes: (high-order) SCAO, (twin-DM) MOAO, and (twin-DM) MCAO. It is capable of open-loop or closed-loop operation, with (3) natural and (3) laser guide-star emulation at loop rates of up to 200Hz. Field angles of up-to 2.4 arcmin (4m pupil emulation) can pass through the system. The design is dioptric and permits long cable runs to a compact real-time control system which is on-sky compatible. Therefore experimental validation can be carried out on DRAGON-NG before transferring to an on-sky system, which is a significant risk mitigation.

  15. Synthesis and Electrochemical Properties of Nitrogen-Doped Graphene (NG)/Nickle Oxide (NiO) Nanocomposite for Supercapacitor. (United States)

    Chen, C N; Ma, T; Zhang, Q; Fan, W; Fu, X W; Wang, Z B


    A novel nitrogen-doped graphene (NG)/nickle oxide (NiO) nanocomposite was synthesized by a facile two-step method, where NiO particles were dispersed on the surface of NG. The NG/NiO nanocomposite is characterized by using field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. The electrochemical properties of NG/NiO nanocomposite have been studied using cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques. Compared with the nitrogen-doped graphene, the electrode prepared by NG/NiO nanocomposite has a mass specific capacitance of 342 F g(-1) at scan rate of 5 mV s(-1), which is much higher than that of nitrogen-doped graphene (NG). The galvanostatic charge/discharge results show this new kind nanocomposite has high specific capacitance with 320 F g(-1) in the range of 0.1-0.5 V at a current density of 1 A g(-1). The enhanced supercapacitive performance of NG/NiO nanocomposite suggesting its promising potential in supercapacitors.

  16. The 6-hydroxydopamine-induced nigrostriatal neurodegeneration produces microglia-like NG2 glial cells in the rat substantia nigra. (United States)

    Kitamura, Yoshihisa; Inden, Masatoshi; Minamino, Hideaki; Abe, Mari; Takata, Kazuyuki; Taniguchi, Takashi


    Neuron/glial 2 (NG2)-expressing cells are often referred to as oligodendrocyte precursor cells. NG2-expressing cells have also been identified as multipotent progenitor cells. However, microglia-like NG2 glial cells have not been fully examined in neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD). In the present study, we chose two rat models of PD, i.e., intranigral or intrastriatal injection of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), since the cell bodies of dopamine (DA) neurons, which form a nigrostriatal pathway, are in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) while their nerve terminals are in the striatum. In the nigral 6-OHDA-injected model, activated NG2-positive cells were detected in the SNpc but not in the striatum. In contrast, in the striatal 6-OHDA-injected model, these cells were detected in both the SNpc and the striatum. In both models, activated NG2-positive cells were located close to surviving tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-positive neurons in the SNpc. In addition, activated NG2-positive cells in the SNpc coexpressed ionized calcium-binding adaptor molecule 1 (Iba1), a microglia/macrophage marker. Interestingly, these double-positive glial cells coexpressed glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF). These results suggest that microglia-like NG2 glial cells may help protect DA neurons and may lead to new therapeutic targets in PD.

  17. NG2 Proteoglycan Promotes Endothelial Cell Motility and Angiogenesis via Engagement of Galectin-3 and α3β1 Integrin (United States)

    Fukushi, Jun-ichi; Makagiansar, Irwan T.; Stallcup, William B.


    The NG2 proteoglycan is expressed by microvascular pericytes in newly formed blood vessels. We have used in vitro and in vivo models to investigate the role of NG2 in cross-talk between pericytes and endothelial cells (EC). Binding of soluble NG2 to the EC surface induces cell motility and multicellular network formation in vitro and stimulates corneal angiogenesis in vivo. Biochemical data demonstrate the involvement of both galectin-3 and α3β1 integrin in the EC response to NG2 and show that NG2, galectin-3, and α3β1 form a complex on the cell surface. Transmembrane signaling via α3β1 is responsible for EC motility and morphogenesis in this system. Galectin-3–dependent oligomerization may potentiate NG2-mediated activation of α3β1. In conjunction with recent studies demonstrating the early involvement of pericytes in angiogenesis, these data suggest that pericyte-derived NG2 is an important factor in promoting EC migration and morphogenesis during the early stages of neovascularization. PMID:15181153

  18. 硫酸软骨素蛋白多糖4细胞在成年大鼠中枢神经系统的定位分布及其异质性%Localization and heterogeneity of NG2 cells in central nervous system of adult rat*

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    唐文强; 孙善全; 朱淑娟; 龙志敏


    Objective: To observe the localization and heterogeneity of NG2 cells in the brain and spinal cord of adult rats.Methods: The localization and heterogeneity of NG2 cells in the cerebral cortex and spinal cord of adult rats was investigated by using immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence methods. The soma areas, the number of process and the length of process in NG2 cells were measured by image analysis program Image Pro Plus 6.0 and statistically analyzed by SPSS17.0.Results : NG2-positive cells were extensively distributed throughout the CNS of adult rats. The size of NG2 cells in the spinal cord was bigger than that in the cerebral cortex; The process length of NG2 cells in the spinal cord was shorter than that in the cerebral conex; The number of processes in NG2 cells in the cerebral cortex was bigger than that in the spinal cord.Conclusion: The results indicate that there are some morphological differences between NG2 cells in the spinal cord and NG2 cells in the cerebral cortex. It is suggested that NG2 cells would be heterogeneous in different regions of CNS.%目的:研究硫酸软骨素蛋白多糖4细胞(NG2细胞)在成年大鼠大脑与脊髓的定位分布及其异质性.方法:应用免疫组织化学、免疫荧光方法观察大脑与脊髓NG2阳性细胞分布及其形态特征.采用Image Pro Plus6.0图像分析软件对NG2阳性细胞胞体面积、突起个数、突起长度进行测量.应用SPSS17.0软件对结果进行统计学分析.结果:NG2细胞在成年大鼠中枢神经系统内广泛分布;在脑内NG2细胞突起数目较多,胞体较小;而在脊髓内NG2细胞突起较少,但其胞体却较大.结论:在脑和脊髓内NG2细胞的形态存在异质性,提示其在成年大鼠中枢神经系统两个部位具有不同的功能.

  19. Freed by trust, to believe together: Pursuing global ecumenism with Küng and Tracy

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    Jakub Urbaniak


    Full Text Available Focus and scope Publication ethics Journal metrics Frequent asked questions Supporting agencies Contact us Reading tools Print this article Indexing metadata Review policy Email this article Email the author Post a Comment Translate content Powered by Translate Related items Show all ✔ Open access ✔ Global visibility ✔ Rapid publication ✔ Quality peer review ✔ Author retains copyright ✔ Personalised service ✔ Submit online Home About Author Reviewer Reader Support Archives Search Home > Vol 70, No 1 (2014 > Urbaniak Original Research Bookmark and Share Freed by trust, to believe together: Pursuing global ecumenism with Küng and Tracy Jakub Urbaniak HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 70, No 1 (2014, 9 pages. doi: 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2047 Submitted: 16 August 2013 Published: 11 April 2014 Abstract In the past decades it has emerged more clearly than before that Christian religion, which has so often contributed to human oppression, has rich theological resources that can be used to restore and perfect human freedom. These resources have been reflected upon not only by liberation theologians, but also within the ecumenically oriented theology of religions which targets what Hans Küng calls global responsibility based on global ethics. World religions have an essential role to play in rendering that global humanity more humane and free. The only way to accomplish this task leads through ongoing dialogue, directed both ad intra and ad extra, in the pursuit of a ‘global ecumenism’ which the present suggests and the future demands. For those liberating and unitive resources inherent in religious theory and praxis to be activated, fundamental trust in the reality of the world and of one’s own self appears indispensable. By deepening the theological insights of Hans Küng and David Tracy, the article seeks to explore the mutual correlation between such fundamental trust in reality and religious faith in God, interpreted

  20. Comprehensive proteome quantification reveals NgBR as a new regulator for Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition of breast tumor cells


    Zhao, Baofeng; Xu, Bo; Hu, Wenquan; Song, Chunxia; Wang, Fangjun; Liu, Zhong; Ye, Mingliang; Zou, Hanfa; Miao, Qing R.


    Nogo-B receptor (NgBR) is a type I receptor and specifically binds to ligand Nogo-B. Our previous work has shown that NgBR is highly expressed in human breast invasive ductal carcinoma. Here, comprehensive proteome quantification was performed to examine the alteration of protein expression profile in MDA-MB-231 breast tumor cells after knocking down NgBR using lentivirus-mediated shRNA approach. Among a total of 1771 proteins feasibly quantified, 994 proteins were quantified in two biologica...

  1. Prediction of neutral noble gas insertion compounds with heavier pnictides: FNgY (Ng = Kr and Xe; Y = As, Sb and Bi). (United States)

    Ghosh, Ayan; Manna, Debashree; Ghanty, Tapan K


    A novel class of interesting insertion compounds obtained through the insertion of a noble gas atom into the heavier pnictides have been explored by various ab initio quantum chemical techniques. Recently, the first neutral noble gas insertion compounds, FXeY (Y = P, N), were theoretically predicted to be stable; the triplet state was found to be the most stable state, with a high triplet-singlet energy gap, by our group. In this study, we investigated another noble gas inserted compound, FNgY (Ng = Kr and Xe; Y = As, Sb and Bi), with a triplet ground state. Density functional theory (DFT), second order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2), coupled-cluster theory (CCSD(T)) and multi-reference configuration interaction (MRCI) based techniques have been utilized to investigate the structures, stabilities, harmonic vibrational frequencies, charge distributions and topological properties of these compounds. These predicted species, FNgY (Ng = Kr and Xe; Y = As, Sb and Bi) are found to be energetically stable with respect to all the probable 2-body and 3-body dissociation pathways, except for the 2-body channel leading to the global minimum products (FY + Ng). Nevertheless, the finite barrier height corresponding to the saddle points of the compounds connected to their respective global minima products indicates that these compounds are kinetically stable. The structural parameters, energetics, and charge distribution results as well as atoms-in-molecules (AIM) analysis suggest that these predicted molecules can be best represented as F(-)[(3)NgY](+). Thus, all the aforementioned computed results clearly indicate that it may be possible to experimentally prepare the most stable triplet state of FNgY molecules under cryogenic conditions through a matrix isolation technique.

  2. Portfolio giver støtte og sammenhæng i sygeplejeuddannelsen

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    Bruhn, Helle; Hjorth, Anne Charlotte Overgaard


    Portfolio er et pædagogisk redskab, som kan styrke den enkelte studerendes læring og støtte og give sammenhæng i sygeplejerskeuddannelsen. På baggrund af et udviklingsprojekt bidrager artiklen med konkrete anbefalinger til både undervisere og kliniske vejledere, der kan fremme brugen af portfolio....... I stedet for at se portfolio som en mappe, hvor der samles dokumenter, er det afgørende at holde fokus på de studerendes læreproces og refleksion, og studieredskabet kræver opmærksomhed fra undervisere og vejledere, hvis det skal anvendes af studerende. For både studerende og kliniske vejledere er...... forståelse for metoden det, der gør, at portfolio giver mening....

  3. Educação bilíngüe e multiculturalismo: O exemplo americano


    Naiditch, Fernando


    Este artigo apresenta uma visão histórica de educação bilíngüe nos Estados Unidos e mostra que a forma como ela foi compreendida mudou através dos anos. O artigo focaliza as diferentes políticas educacionais e a legislação que regulamentam o uso de outras línguas que não o inglês no sistema educacional público e privado nos EUA. Políticas públicas que tratam do ensino de inglês como segunda língua também são discutidas. A perspectiva histórica apresentada no artigo percorre dif...

  4. 40 Gb/s Lane Rate NG-PON using Electrical/Optical Duobinary, PAM-4 and Low Complex Equalizations

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    Wei, J. L.; Grobe, Klaus; Wagner, Christoph;


    We present the first numerical investigation and comparison of 40-Gb/s lane rate electrical Duobinary, optical Duobinary and PAM-4 for NG-PONs incorporating low complex linear and nonlinear post-equalizations.......We present the first numerical investigation and comparison of 40-Gb/s lane rate electrical Duobinary, optical Duobinary and PAM-4 for NG-PONs incorporating low complex linear and nonlinear post-equalizations....

  5. Ca2+ channel inhibition by endomorphins via the cloned mu-opioid receptor expressed in NG108-15 cells. (United States)

    Mima, H; Morikawa, H; Fukuda, K; Kato, S; Shoda, T; Mori, K


    Endomorphin-1 and -2, recently isolated endogenous peptides specific for the mu-opioid receptor, inhibited Ca2+ channel currents with EC50 of 6 and 9 nM, respectively, in NG108-15 cells transformed to express the cloned rat mu-opioid receptor. On the other hand, they elicited no response in nontransfected NG108-15 cells. It is concluded that endomorphin-1 and -2 induce Ca2+ channel inhibition by selectively activating the mu-opioid receptor.

  6. Our Prostate Biopsy Results in The Patients with Prostate Specific Antigen Levels Below 4 ng/ml

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    Huseyin Aydemir


    Full Text Available Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate the re¬sults of prostate biopsy of patients who had the prostate-specific antigen (PSA levels below 4 ng/ml. Material and Method: The medical records of 524 pa¬tients who underwent transrectal prostate biopsy be¬tween January 2010 and February 2013 in our clinic, due to suspi¬cion of prostate cancer were evaluated and histopathologic results of 43 patients whose PSA levels under 4 ng/ml were retrospectively revieved. Results: The mean age of patients was 64.63 ±7:42 and the mean level of PSA was 2.89 ±0.88ng /ml. A digital rectal examination (DRE had suspicious findings in 41(95.34% patients. Prostate adenocarcinoma was determined in 13 of (30.23% patients according to the biopsy result. The mean PSA value of these patients was 2.89 ±0.88 ng/ml and the mean gleason score of these patients was 6.41 ±0.87. The mean prostate volume of these patients was 41.46 ±11.95 cm3. Discussion: In our study, prostate cancer was identified in 30.3% of patients whose PSA levels were below 4 ng/ml. DRE, is still important for the evaluation of the prostate. According to our results, significant number of cancers can be detected in PSA below 4 ng/ml levels.

  7. Semiotics of Power and Dictatorship in Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Later Novels

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    Yémalo, C. AMOUSSOU


    Full Text Available This paper explores the different uses of symbols to express power and interpersonal relationship in Ngũgĩ’s bulkiest novel Wizard of the Crow (2006, with a few illustrations from Matigari (1987. It draws on the semiotic approach and identifies about a hundred discourse strings in which signs are used to express tenor between characters. In the main, supernatural, faunal and floral symbols are found to be main vehicles of power, though many other such avenues as ‘vocations’, ‘social and gender-related symbols’ and ‘biblical characterisation and numerology’, etc are unexplored here for space constraints. Before the analysis, it is deemed necessary to overview the theoretical background to the study in which relevant concepts have been clarified. It has been concluded that there is no other work in which power is so much expressed through the explored devices as in Wizard of the Crow.Keywords: tenor, symbol, index, proverb, modality metaphor, modaliser/ weakener, modulator/strengthener

  8. Expression of the progenitor marker NG2/CSPG4 predicts poor survival and resistance to ionising radiation in glioblastoma. (United States)

    Svendsen, Agnete; Verhoeff, Joost J C; Immervoll, Heike; Brøgger, Jan C; Kmiecik, Justyna; Poli, Aurelie; Netland, Inger A; Prestegarden, Lars; Planagumà, Jesús; Torsvik, Anja; Kjersem, Anneli Bohne; Sakariassen, Per Ø; Heggdal, Jan I; Van Furth, Wouter R; Bjerkvig, Rolf; Lund-Johansen, Morten; Enger, Per Ø; Felsberg, Joerg; Brons, Nicolaas H C; Tronstad, Karl J; Waha, Andreas; Chekenya, Martha


    Glioblastoma (GBM) is a highly aggressive brain tumour, where patients respond poorly to radiotherapy and exhibit dismal survival outcomes. The mechanisms of radioresistance are not completely understood. However, cancer cells with an immature stem-like phenotype are hypothesised to play a role in radioresistance. Since the progenitor marker neuron-glial-2 (NG2) has been shown to regulate several aspects of GBM progression in experimental systems, we hypothesised that its expression would influence the survival of GBM patients. Quantification of NG2 expression in 74 GBM biopsies from newly diagnosed and untreated patients revealed that 50% express high NG2 levels on tumour cells and associated vessels, being associated with significantly shorter survival. This effect was independent of age at diagnosis, treatment received and hypermethylation of the O(6)-methylguanine methyltransferase (MGMT) DNA repair gene promoter. NG2 was frequently co-expressed with nestin and vimentin but rarely with CD133 and the NG2 positive tumour cells harboured genetic aberrations typical for GBM. 2D proteomics of 11 randomly selected biopsies revealed upregulation of an antioxidant, peroxiredoxin-1 (PRDX-1), in the shortest surviving patients. Expression of PRDX-1 was associated with significantly reduced products of oxidative stress. Furthermore, NG2 expressing GBM cells showed resistance to ionising radiation (IR), rapidly recognised DNA damage and effectuated cell cycle checkpoint signalling. PRDX-1 knockdown transiently slowed tumour growth rates and sensitised them to IR in vivo. Our data establish NG2 as an important prognostic factor for GBM patient survival, by mediating resistance to radiotherapy through induction of ROS scavenging enzymes and preferential DNA damage signalling.

  9. High-density expression of Ca2+-permeable ASIC1a channels in NG2 glia of rat hippocampus.

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    Yen-Chu Lin

    Full Text Available NG2 cells, a fourth type of glial cell in the mammalian CNS, undergo reactive changes in response to a wide variety of brain insults. Recent studies have demonstrated that neuronally expressed acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs are implicated in various neurological disorders including brain ischemia and seizures. Acidosis is a common feature of acute neurological conditions. It is postulated that a drop in pH may be the link between the pathological process and activation of NG2 cells. Such postulate immediately prompts the following questions: Do NG2 cells express ASICs? If so, what are their functional properties and subunit composition? Here, using a combination of electrophysiology, Ca2+ imaging and immunocytochemistry, we present evidence to demonstrate that NG2 cells of the rat hippocampus express high density of Ca2+-permeable ASIC1a channels compared with several types of hippocampal neurons. First, nucleated patch recordings from NG2 cells revealed high density of proton-activated currents. The magnitude of proton-activated current was pH dependent, with a pH for half-maximal activation of 6.3. Second, the current-voltage relationship showed a reversal close to the equilibrium potential for Na+. Third, psalmotoxin 1, a blocker specific for the ASIC1a channel, largely inhibited proton-activated currents. Fourth, Ca2+ imaging showed that activation of proton-activated channels led to an increase of [Ca2+]i. Finally, immunocytochemistry showed co-localization of ASIC1a and NG2 proteins in the hippocampus. Thus the acid chemosensor, the ASIC1a channel, may serve for inducing membrane depolarization and Ca2+ influx, thereby playing a crucial role in the NG2 cell response to injury following ischemia.

  10. The GOLF-NG prototype and the solar European perspective for cosmic vision 2015-2025

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    Turck-Chieze, Sylvaine; Mathur, Savita; Ballot, Jerome; GarcIa, Rafael A; Carton, Pierre-Henri; Barriere, Jean-Christophe; Daniel-Thomas, Philippe; Delbart, Alain; Desforges, Daniel; Granelli, Remi; Nunio, Francois; Piret, Yves [DSM/DAPNIA, CEA/Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France and Laboratoire AIM, CEA/DSM - CNRS - Universite Paris Diderot - DAPNIA/SAp, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Palle, Pere L; Jimenez, Antonio J; Jimenez-Reyes, Sebastian J; Simoniello, Rosaria [IAC, Calle Via Lactea s/n, la Laguna, Tenerife (Spain)], E-mail:


    The progress on the dynamics of the radiative zone by global Doppler velocity measurements aboard SoHO (GOLF+ MDI) and with ground networks (BiSON and GONG) opens a new perspective for solar and stellar physics. It is why we prepare a new generation of solar resonant spectrometer. The objectives of the GOLF-NG instrument and its present status are described. We have demonstrated this year that most of the technical challenges have been successfully faced and the next steps are mentioned. We then recall the scientific questions that might be solved with the next generation of instruments in construction in different european laboratories to reach a complete 3D vision of our star from the core to the corona. Two formation flying missions DynaMICCS and HIRISE have been proposed to ESA in the framework of the 2015-2025 Cosmic Vision perspective to contribute to solve these questions. A strategy of measurements must be found for the next decade.

  11. Poly β-hydroxybutyrate production by Bacillus subtilis NG220 using sugar industry waste water. (United States)

    Singh, Gulab; Kumari, Anish; Mittal, Arpana; Yadav, Anita; Aggarwal, Neeraj K


    The production of poly β-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) by Bacillus subtilis NG220 was observed utilizing the sugar industry waste water supplemented with various carbon and nitrogen sources. At a growth rate of 0.14 g h(-1) L(-1), using sugar industry waste water was supplemented with maltose (1% w/v) and ammonium sulphate (1% w/v); the isolate produced 5.297 g/L of poly β-hydroxybutyrate accumulating 51.8% (w/w) of biomass. The chemical nature of the polymer was confirmed with nuclear magnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared, and GC-MS spectroscopy whereas thermal properties were monitored with differential scanning calorimetry. In biodegradability study, when PHB film of the polymer (made by traditional solvent casting technique) was subjected to degradation in various natural habitats like soil, compost, and industrial sludge, it was completely degraded after 30 days in the compost having 25% (w/w) moisture. So, the present study gives insight into dual benefits of conversion of a waste material into value added product, PHB, and waste management.

  12. Diversified expression of NG2/CSPG4 isoforms in glioblastoma and human foetal brain identifies pericyte subsets. (United States)

    Girolamo, Francesco; Dallatomasina, Alice; Rizzi, Marco; Errede, Mariella; Wälchli, Thomas; Mucignat, Maria Teresa; Frei, Karl; Roncali, Luisa; Perris, Roberto; Virgintino, Daniela


    NG2/CSPG4 is a complex surface-associated proteoglycan (PG) recognized to be a widely expressed membrane component of glioblastoma (WHO grade IV) cells and angiogenic pericytes. To determine the precise expression pattern of NG2/CSPG4 on glioblastoma cells and pericytes, we generated a panel of >60 mouse monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) directed against the ectodomain of human NG2/CSPG4, partially characterized the mAbs, and performed a high-resolution distributional mapping of the PG in human foetal, adult and glioblastoma-affected brains. The reactivity pattern initially observed on reference tumour cell lines indicated that the mAbs recognized 48 immunologically distinct NG2/CSPG4 isoforms, and a total of 14 mAbs was found to identify NG2/CSPG4 isoforms in foetal and neoplastic cerebral sections. These were consistently absent in the adult brain, but exhibited a complementary expression pattern in angiogenic vessels of both tumour and foetal tissues. Considering the extreme pleomorphism of tumour areas, and with the aim of subsequently analysing the distributional pattern of the NG2/CSPG4 isoforms on similar histological vessel typologies, a preliminary study was carried out with endothelial cell and pericyte markers, and with selected vascular basement membrane (VBM) components. On both tumour areas characterized by 'glomeruloid' and 'garland vessels', which showed a remarkably similar cellular and molecular organization, and on developing brain vessels, spatially separated, phenotypically diversified pericyte subsets with a polarized expression of key surface components, including NG2/CSPG4, were disclosed. Interestingly, the majority of the immunolocalized NG2/CSPG4 isoforms present in glioblastoma tissue were present in foetal brain, except for one isoform that seemed to be exclusive of tumour cells, being absent in foetal brain. The results highlight an unprecedented, complex pattern of NG2/CSPG4 isoform expression in foetal and neoplastic CNS, discriminating

  13. Diversified expression of NG2/CSPG4 isoforms in glioblastoma and human foetal brain identifies pericyte subsets.

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    Francesco Girolamo

    Full Text Available NG2/CSPG4 is a complex surface-associated proteoglycan (PG recognized to be a widely expressed membrane component of glioblastoma (WHO grade IV cells and angiogenic pericytes. To determine the precise expression pattern of NG2/CSPG4 on glioblastoma cells and pericytes, we generated a panel of >60 mouse monoclonal antibodies (mAbs directed against the ectodomain of human NG2/CSPG4, partially characterized the mAbs, and performed a high-resolution distributional mapping of the PG in human foetal, adult and glioblastoma-affected brains. The reactivity pattern initially observed on reference tumour cell lines indicated that the mAbs recognized 48 immunologically distinct NG2/CSPG4 isoforms, and a total of 14 mAbs was found to identify NG2/CSPG4 isoforms in foetal and neoplastic cerebral sections. These were consistently absent in the adult brain, but exhibited a complementary expression pattern in angiogenic vessels of both tumour and foetal tissues. Considering the extreme pleomorphism of tumour areas, and with the aim of subsequently analysing the distributional pattern of the NG2/CSPG4 isoforms on similar histological vessel typologies, a preliminary study was carried out with endothelial cell and pericyte markers, and with selected vascular basement membrane (VBM components. On both tumour areas characterized by 'glomeruloid' and 'garland vessels', which showed a remarkably similar cellular and molecular organization, and on developing brain vessels, spatially separated, phenotypically diversified pericyte subsets with a polarized expression of key surface components, including NG2/CSPG4, were disclosed. Interestingly, the majority of the immunolocalized NG2/CSPG4 isoforms present in glioblastoma tissue were present in foetal brain, except for one isoform that seemed to be exclusive of tumour cells, being absent in foetal brain. The results highlight an unprecedented, complex pattern of NG2/CSPG4 isoform expression in foetal and neoplastic CNS

  14. Swarm-NG: a CUDA Library for Parallel n-body Integrations with focus on Simulations of Planetary Systems

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    Dindar, Saleh; Juric, Mario; Yeo, Young In; Gao, Jianwei; Boley, Aaron C; Nelson, Benjamin; Peters, Jorg


    We present Swarm-NG, a C++ library for the efficient direct integration of many n-body systems using highly-parallel Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), such as NVIDIA's Tesla T10 and M2070 GPUs. While previous studies have demonstrated the benefit of GPUs for n-body simulations with thousands to millions of bodies, Swarm-NG focuses on many few-body systems, e.g., thousands of systems with 3...15 bodies each, as is typical for the study of planetary systems. Swarm-NG parallelizes the simulation, including both the numerical integration of the equations of motion and the evaluation of forces using NVIDIA's "Compute Unified Device Architecture" (CUDA) on the GPU. Swarm-NG includes optimized implementations of 4th order time-symmetrized Hermite integration and mixed variable symplectic integration, as well as several sample codes for other algorithms to illustrate how non-CUDA-savvy users may themselves introduce customized integrators into the Swarm-NG framework. To optimize performance, we analyze the effect of GP...

  15. Matrix effect on vibrational frequencies: experiments and simulations for HCl and HNgCl (Ng = Kr and Xe). (United States)

    Kalinowski, Jaroslaw; Gerber, R Benny; Räsänen, Markku; Lignell, Antti; Khriachtchev, Leonid


    We study the environmental effect on molecules embedded in noble-gas (Ng) matrices. The experimental data on HXeCl and HKrCl in Ng matrices is enriched. As a result, the H-Xe stretching bands of HXeCl are now known in four Ng matrices (Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe), and HKrCl is now known in Ar and Kr matrices. The order of the H-Xe stretching frequencies of HXeCl in different matrices is ν(Ne) Kr) Kr) Kr stretching frequencies of HKrCl is consistently ν(Kr) < ν(Ar). These matrix effects are analyzed theoretically by using a number of quantum chemical methods. The calculations on these molecules (HCl, HXeCl, and HKrCl) embedded in single Ng(') layer cages lead to very satisfactory results with respect to the relative matrix shifts in the case of the MP4(SDQ) method whereas the B3LYP-D and MP2 methods fail to fully reproduce these experimental results. The obtained order of frequencies is discussed in terms of the size available for the Ng hydrides in the cages, probably leading to different stresses on the embedded molecule. Taking into account vibrational anharmonicity produces a good agreement of the MP4(SDQ) frequencies of HCl and HXeCl with the experimental values in different matrices. This work also highlights a number of open questions in the field.

  16. L'intérêt linguistique du Hưng Hóa Ký Lược (Monographie de la province de Hưng Hóa) de Phạm Thận Duật



    Version modifiée par l'auteur en décembre 2009; Les données thai contenues dans le Hưng Hóa Ký Lược (Monographie de la province de Hưng Hóa) de Phạm Thận Duật permettent de situer certaines mutations du tay noir -- confusion de /pʰ/ avec /f/ et changement /-əː/ > /-aɨ/ -- dans la deuxième moitié du XIXe siècle.

  17. Determination of eight nitrosamines in water at the ng L{sup -1} levels by liquid chromatography coupled to atmospheric pressure chemical ionization tandem mass spectrometry

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    Ripolles, Cristina; Pitarch, Elena; Sancho, Juan V.; Lopez, Francisco J. [Research Institute for Pesticides and Water, University Jaume I, Avda. Sos Baynat, E-12071 Castellon (Spain); Hernandez, Felix, E-mail: [Research Institute for Pesticides and Water, University Jaume I, Avda. Sos Baynat, E-12071 Castellon (Spain)


    Highlights: {center_dot} Eight N-nitrosamines in water by LC(APCI)MS/MS QqQ analysis. {center_dot} Validation at two levels: 10 ng L{sup -1} (LOQ) and 100 ng L{sup -1} in drinking water. {center_dot} Developed method applied to different types of water samples. {center_dot} NDMA was the analyte more frequently detected and at the highest concentration levels. - Abstract: In this work, we have developed a sensitive method for detection and quantification of eight N-nitrosamines, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), N-nitrosomorpholine (NMor), N-nitrosomethylethylamine (NMEA), N-nitrosopirrolidine (NPyr), N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), N-nitrosopiperidine (NPip), N-nitroso-n-dipropylamine (NDPA) and N-nitrosodi-n-butylamine (NDBA) in drinking water. The method is based on liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry, using atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) in positive mode with a triple quadrupole analyzer (QqQ). The simultaneous acquisition of two MS/MS transitions in selected reaction monitoring mode (SRM) for each compound, together with the evaluation of their relative intensity, allowed the simultaneous quantification and reliable identification in water at ppt levels. Empirical formula of the product ions selected was confirmed by UHPLC-(Q)TOF MS accurate mass measurements from reference standards. Prior to LC-MS/MS QqQ analysis, a preconcentration step by off-line SPE using coconut charcoal EPA 521 cartridges (by passing 500 mL of water sample) was necessary to improve the sensitivity and to meet regulation requirements. For accurate quantification, two isotope labelled nitrosamines (NDMA-d{sub 6} and NDPA-d{sub 14}) were added as surrogate internal standards to the samples. The optimized method was validated at two concentration levels (10 and 100 ng L{sup -1}) in drinking water samples, obtaining satisfactory recoveries (between 90 and 120%) and precision (RSD < 20%). Limits of detection were found to be in the range of 1-8 ng L{sup -1

  18. Toosendanin increases free-Ca2+ concentration in NG108-15 cells via L-type Ca2+ channels

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    Tong-hui XU; Jun DING; Yu-liang SHI


    AIM: To examine if toosendanin (TSN) affects intracellular free-Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) in neuroblastomaxglioma hybrid cells (NG108-15 cells). METHODS: The [Ca2+]i was determined by laser-scanning confocal microscopic imaging technique in which Fluo-3 was used as Ca2+ indicator. RESULTS: TSN induced an increase in resting [Ca2+]i and in high K+-evoked Ca2+ transient in differentiated NG108-15 cells. The TSN-induced increase in [Ca2+]i was dose-dependent and disappeared in CdCl2-, nifedipine-containing or Ca2+-free solution, and appeared after washing out the Ca2+ channel blockers or adding Ca2+. CONCLUSION: TSN increased [Ca2+]i in differentiated NG108-15 cells. The [Ca2+]i enhancement was due to the influx of extracellular Ca2+ and related to L-type Ca2+ channels.



    Dallatomasina, Alice


    Chondroitin Sulphate Proteoglycan-4 (NG2/CSPG4) is a transmembrane proteoglycan consisting of a N-linked glycoprotein of 280 kDa and a proteoglycan component of about 450 kDa. It is expressed on the surface of various types of immature progenitor cells and its expression decreases with terminal differentiation. NG2/CSPG4 is expressed in several human malignant tumors playing an important role in growth, migration, and metastatic dissemination of tumor cells and it is involved in promotion of...

  20. Nietzsche se uitspraak God-is-dood, en die interpretasievoorstelle van Hans Küng en Jürgen Moltmann

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    Full Text Available Nietzsche's theorem 'God-is-dead' and the reading models of HansKüng and Jürgen Moltmann. In this article the meaning and significance of Nietzsche's theorem 'God-is-dead' is examined. Through the reading models of Hans Küng and Jürgen Moltmann, an atempt is made to indicate that Nietzsche did not per se acknowledged or denied the existence of God. These reading models, although different, eliminate vaious theological misunderstandings and misinterpretations. This is important for the current theological debate.

  1. The crossover from classical to quantum behavior in Duffing oscillator based on quantum state diffusion

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    Y Ota; I Ohba


    The classical Duffing oscillator is a dissipative chaotic system, and so there is not a definite Hamiltonian. We quantize the Duffing oscillator on the basis of quantum state diffusion (QSD) which is a formulation for open quantum systems and a useful tool for analyzing nonlinear problems and classical limits. We can define a ‘Lyapunov exponent’, which corresponds to the classical one in the proper limit, and investigate the behavior of the system by varying the Planck constant effectively. We show that there exists a critical stage, where the behavior of the system crosses over from classical to quantum one.

  2. Comparison of GMT presto assay and Roche cobas® 4800 CT/NG assay for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in dry swabs. (United States)

    de Waaij, Dewi J; Dubbink, Jan Henk; Peters, Remco P H; Ouburg, Sander; Morré, Servaas A


    Urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) are the most prevalent bacterial STIs worldwide. Molecular tests are the standard for the detection of CT and NG, as these are difficult to culture. The recently introduced CE-IVD marked GMT Presto assay promises to be a valuable addition in CT and NG diagnostics. The advantage of the Presto assay is that it works on many PCR systems and the DNA can be isolated by any system.We compared the Presto assay to the widely used Roche cobas® 4800 CT/NG test for the detection of CT and NG in 612 vaginal and rectal dry collected swabs. Discrepant samples were tested by the TIB MOLBIOL Lightmix Kit 480 HT CT/NG assay. The alloyed gold standard was defined as two concurring Presto and cobas® 4800 results, or, with discrepant Presto and cobas® results, two concurring results of either test together with the Lightmix Kit 480 HT CT/NG assay. For the Presto assay,we observed 77 CT positive (13%) and 22 NG positive (3,6%) vaginal samples, and 41 CT positive (6,7%) and 11 NG positive (1,8%) rectal samples. For the cobas® 4800 assay,we observed 77 CT positive (13%) and 21NG positive (3,4%) vaginal samples, and 39 CT positive (6,4%) and 11 NG positive (1,8%) rectal samples. Ten CT samples were discrepant between Presto and cobas® 4800 CT/NG assays, while two NG samples were discrepant. CT sensitivity in both assays was 100% compared to the alloyed gold standard. The sensitivity was 100% for both vaginal and rectal dry swabs, underlining the suitability of these sample types for detection of CT and NG. The Presto assay is therefore valuable for molecular detection of CT and NG in dry vaginal and rectal swabs.

  3. Low Cost 1.2 to 116 GHz Receivers for the ngVLA (United States)

    Weinreb, Sander; Soliman, Ahmed; Mani, Hamdi


    The next-generation VLA (ngVLA) is a major new radio telescope that is being considered for implementation is the southwest US in the 2020 decade. The general parameters which have been discussed in science and technology workshops in the past 18 months are an array with 10 times the sensitivity and resolution of the current JVLA and operating in the 1.2 to 116 GHz range which is the approximate frequency gap between the SKA and ALMA. This can be implemented with 256 x 18m antennas at fixed locations within a 300km maximum baseline.A major requirement for this instrument is affordable capital and operating cost. This poster addresses a receiver design to minimize these costs. A goal is an operating cost no larger than the current JVLA. An important parameter in the operating cost both for electric power and maintenance is the number of cryogenic coolers and vacuum dewars. The JVLA has 8 such systems on 27 telescopes and our goal is 1 cryogenic dewar on each of the 256 telescopes to give approximately the same total number of cryogenic systems.Key questions are the number and frequency range of the receivers packaged as one system. Much work has been done in the past several years on wideband antenna feeds and low noise amplifiers and the important question is the sensitivity as measured by effective area divided by system noise compared to this figure of merit for narrow band receivers. We consider that the 70-116 GHz range will be covered by one conventional bandwidth receiver, the 50 to 70 GHz range range will be skipped due to atmospheric oxygen absorption, and 1.2 to 50 GHz will be covered by 3 to 5 receivers depending upon performance studies and science needs.This poster presents constraints on the reflector shaped Gregorian optics to allow the feeds to be completely cooled in one package, possible layout of the cryogenic dewar, cooling power requirements, and a current estimate of performance.

  4. Potential of the multispectral synergism for observing ozone pollution combining measurements of IASI-NG and UVNS onboard EPS-SG (United States)

    Costantino, Lorenzo; Cuesta, Juan; Emili, Emanuele; Foret, Gilles; Dufour, Gaëlle; Eremenko, Maxim; Chailleux, Yohann; Beekmann, Matthias; Flaud, Jean-Marie


    Current and future satellite observations offer a great potential for monitoring air quality on daily and global basis. However, measurements from currently in orbit sensors offer a limited capacity to probe surface concentrations of gaseous pollutants such as tropospheric ozone. Using single-band approaches based on IASI spaceborne thermal infrared measurements, only ozone down to the lower troposphere (3-4 km of altitude at lowest) may be observed (Eremenko et al., 2008). A recent multispectral method combining IASI and GOME-2 (both onboard MetOp satellites) spectra, respectively from the IR and UV, has shown enhanced sensitivity for probing ozone at the lowermost troposphere, but with maximum sensitivity around 2 km at lowest (Cuesta et al., 2013). Future spatial missions will be launched in the upcoming years, such as EPS-SG, carrying new generation sensors like IASI-NG and UVNS that will enhance the capacity to observe ozone pollution, and particularly when combining them through a multispectral synergism. This work presents an analysis of the potential of the multispectral synergism of IASI-NG and UVNS future spaceborne measurements for observing ozone pollution, performed in the framework of SURVEYOZON project (funded by the French Space Agency, CNES). For this, we develop a simulator of synthetic multispectral retrievals or pseudo-observations (referred as OSSE, Observing System Simulation Experiment) derived from IASI-NG+UVNS that will be compared to those from IASI+GOME2. In the first step of the OSSE, we create a pseudo-reality with simulations from the chemical-transport model MOCAGE (provided by CERFACS laboratory), where real O3 data from IASI and surface network stations have been assimilated for a realistic representation of ozone variability at the surface and the free troposphere. We focus on the high pollution event occurred in Europe on 10 July 2010. We use the coupled algorithms KOPRA+VLIDORT to simulate the spectra emitted, scattered and

  5. Imaging Cold Gas to 1 kpc scales in high-redshift galaxies with the ngVLA (United States)

    Casey, Caitlin; Narayanan, Desika; Dave, Romeel; Hung, Chao-Ling; Champagne, Jaclyn; Carilli, Chris Luke; Decarli, Roberto; Murphy, Eric J.; Popping, Gergo; Riechers, Dominik; Somerville, Rachel S.; Walter, Fabian


    The next generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) will revolutionize our understanding of the distant Universe via the detection of cold molecular gas in the first galaxies. Its impact on studies of galaxy characterization via detailed gas dynamics will provide crucial insight on dominant physical drivers for star-formation in high redshift galaxies, including the exchange of gas from scales of the circumgalactic medium down to resolved clouds on mass scales of ~10^5 M_sun. In this study, we employ a series of high-resolution, cosmological, hydrodynamic zoom simulations from the MUFASA simulation suite and a CASA simulator to generate mock ngVLA observations. Based on a direct comparison between the inferred results from our mock observations and the cosmological simulations, we investigate the capabilities of ngVLA to constrain the mode of star formation, dynamical mass, and molecular gas kinematics in individual high-redshift galaxies using cold gas tracers like CO(1-0) and CO(2-1). Using the Despotic radiative transfer code that encompasses simultaneous thermal and statistical equilibrium in calculating the molecular and atomic level populations, we generate parallel mock observations of high-J transitions of CO and C+ from ALMA for comparison. The factor of 100 times improvement in mapping speed for the ngVLA beyond the Jansky VLA and the proposed ALMA Band 1 will make these detailed, high-resolution imaging and kinematic studies routine at z=2 and beyond.

  6. Pentacyclic ingamine-type alkaloids, a new antiplasmodial pharmacophore from the marine sponge petrosid Ng5 Sp5 (United States)

    Two new pentacyclic ingamine- type alkaloids, namely 22(S)-hydroxyingamine A (2) and dihydroingenamine D (3), together with the known ingamine A (1) have been isolated from marine sponge Petrosid Ng5 Sp5 (Family: Petrosiidae) obtained from the open repository of National Cancer Institute, USA. The s...

  7. Kui naine tahab olla kangelane : kestvus-perfomance "Äng - 161 km palja rindkerega" / Fideelia-Signe Roots

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    Roots, Fideelia-Signe, 1976-


    Fideelia-Signe Roots oma aktsioonist tegevuskunstiürituse "Äng" raames, mille käigus kunstnik kõndis jalgsi alasti ülakehaga 161 kilomeetrit Tartust Karepale eesmärgiga testida naise kehakuvandi piire. Kangelase ja superkangelase mõistest

  8. Research on General Corrosion Property of 304L and 304NG Stainless Steels in Simulated PWR Primary Water

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    PENG; De-quan; HU; Shi-lin; ZHANG; Ping-zhu; WANG; Hui


    <正>The general corrosion behaviors of 304L and 304NG grade stainless steels in simulated pressurized water reactor (PWR) primary loop were studied using still autoclave, respectively, the corrosion test lasted for 1 680 hours. The corrosion oxide films were analyzed macroscopically and microscopically. The results are shown in Figs. 1, 2.

  9. The Chances of Subsequent Cancer Detection in Patients with a PSA > 20 ng/ml and an Initial Negative Biopsy

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    Nadeem Shaida


    Full Text Available Transrectal ultrasound (TRUS–guided prostate biopsy is known to carry a significant false-negative rate, leading some patients to have multiple biopsies. We investigated cancer detection rates in patients with a PSA >20 ng/ml and a negative initial biopsy. We reviewed our database of 2396 TRUS-guided biopsies done between 1997 and 2002 in order to give a follow-up of at least 6 years. PSA, PSA density (PSAD, PSA velocity (PSAV, prostate volume, and DRE findings were analysed in relation to cancer status. Of the patients, 388 (16% had a PSA >20 ng/ml, including 99 (26% with benign biopsies. Of those, 67 were rebiopsied, including 19 (28% with cancer on the first rebiopsy and four (6% on further biopsies. PSAD, DRE, and volume significantly differed between rebiopsied patients with and without cancer (p 20 ng/ml and have an initial negative biopsy have a high chance of malignancy being detected on a second biopsy. However, if a second biopsy is also negative, then the chances of subsequent biopsies showing signs of cancer are very low if the DRE is normal and particularly if the PSAD is >0.35 ng/ml/cm3.

  10. Multi-analyte approach for the determination of ng L{sup -1} levels of steroid hormones in unidentified aqueous samples

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    Noppe, H. [Ghent University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Research group of Veterinary Public Health and Zoonoses, Laboratory of Chemical Analysis, Salisburylaan 133, B-9820 Merelbeke (Belgium)]. E-mail:; Verheyden, K. [Ghent University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Research group of Veterinary Public Health and Zoonoses, Laboratory of Chemical Analysis, Salisburylaan 133, B-9820 Merelbeke (Belgium); Gillis, W. [Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, WTC III, Simon Bolivarlaan 30, B-1000 Brussels (Belgium); Courtheyn, D. [Federal Feed and Food Laboratory, Braemkasteelstraat 59, B-9050 Ghent (Belgium); Vanthemsche, P. [Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, WTC III, Simon Bolivarlaan 30, B-1000 Brussels (Belgium); De Brabander, H.F. [Ghent University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Research group of Veterinary Public Health and Zoonoses, Laboratory of Chemical Analysis, Salisburylaan 133, B-9820 Merelbeke (Belgium)


    Since the 1970s, many analytical methods for the detection of illegal growth promoters, such as thyreostats, anabolics, {beta}-agonists and corticosteroids have been developed for a wide range of matrices of animal origin, including meat, fat, organ tissue, urine and faeces. The aim of this study was to develop an analytical method for the determination of ng L{sup -1} levels of estrogens, gestagens, androgens (EGAs) and corticosteroids in aqueous preparations (i.e. drinking water, drinking water supplements), commercially available on the 'black' market. For this, extraction was performed with Bakerbond C{sub 18} speedisk, a technique commonly used in environmental analysis. After fractionation, four fractions were collected using a methanol:water gradient program. Gas chromatography coupled to electron impact multiple mass spectrometry (GC-EI-MS{sup 2}) screening for the EGAs was carried out on the derivatized extracts. For the detection of corticosteroids, gas chromatography coupled to negative chemical ionization mass spectrometry (GC-NCI-MS) was used after oxidation of the extracts. Confirmation was done by liquid chromatography coupled to electrospray ionization multiple mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS{sup 2}). The combined use of GC and LC coupled to MS enabled the identification and quantification of anabolics and corticosteroids at the low ng L{sup -1} level. This study demonstrated the occurrence of both androgens and corticosteroids in different commercial aqueous samples.

  11. Charonosaurus jiayinensis n.g., n.sp.,a lambeosaurine dinosaur from the Late Maastrichtian of northeastern ChinaCharonosaurus jiayinensis n.g., n.sp., un dinosaure lambéosauriné du Maastrichtien supérieur du Nord-Est de la Chine. (United States)

    Godefroit, Pascal; Zan, Shuqin; Jin, Liyong


    Large bonebeds have been excavated in the Late Maastrichian Yuliangze Formation near Jiayin (Heilongjang Province, northeastern China). The greatest part of the discovered fossils belong to a new lambeosaurine dinosaur, Charonosaurus jiayinensis n.g., n.sp. Phylogenetic analysis, based on 33 cranial, dental and postcranial characters, indicates that this new taxon may be closer to Parasaurolophus than any other known Lambeosaurinae. The Late Maastrichtian dinosaur faunas currently known in northeastern Asia are dominated by Lambeosaurinae, although these dinosaurs are not represented any more in synchronous North American and European localities.

  12. Potential of the future thermal infrared space-borne sensor IASI-NG to monitor lower tropospheric ozone

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    Full Text Available The lower tropospheric (LT ozone concentration is a key factor for air quality (AQ. Observing efficiently LT ozone from space is crucial to monitor and better understand pollution phenomena occurring from inter-continental to local scales, and that have a proven noxious effect on the human health and the biosphere. The Infrared Atmospheric Sounder Interferometer (IASI flies on MetOp-A spacecraft and is planned to be launched in the next future as part of the other MetOp modules, i.e. MetOp-B and C. IASI has demonstrated to have the capability to single out the LT ozone signal only at favourable conditions, i.e. in presence of high thermal contrast scenarios. New generation satellite instruments are being designed to address several pressing geophysical issues, including a better observation capability of LT ozone. IASI-NG (New Generation, now having reached the accomplishment of design phase-A for launch in the 2020 timeframe as part of the EPS-SG (EUMETSAT Polar System-Second Generation, formerly post-EPS mission, may render feasible a better observation of AQ in terms of LT ozone. To evaluate the added-value brought by IASI-NG in this context, we developed a pseudo-observation simulator, including a direct simulator of thermal infrared spectra and a full inversion scheme to retrieve ozone concentration profiles. We produced one month (August 2009 of tropospheric ozone pseudo-observations based on both IASI and IASI-NG instrumental configurations. We compared the pseudo-observations and we found a clear improvement of LT ozone (up to 6 km altitude pseudo-observations quality for IASI-NG. The estimated total error is expected to be more than 35% smaller at 5 km, and 20% smaller for the LT ozone column. The total error on the LT ozone column is, on average, lower than 10% for IASI-NG. IASI-NG is expected to have a significantly better vertical sensitivity (monthly average degrees of freedom surface-6 km of 0.70 and to be sensitive at lower

  13. Incidence rate of type 2 diabetes is >50% lower in GrassrootsHealth cohort with median serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D of 41 ng/ml than in NHANES cohort with median of 22 ng/ml. (United States)

    McDonnell, S L; Baggerly, L L; French, C B; Heaney, R P; Gorham, E D; Holick, M F; Scragg, R; Garland, C F


    Higher serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentrations have been associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes. This study compared incidence rates of type 2 diabetes among participants aged ≥20 years in two U.S. cohorts with markedly different median 25(OH)D concentrations. The median 25(OH)D concentration in the GrassrootsHealth (GRH) cohort was 41 ng/ml (N=4933) while in the 2005-6 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) it was 22 ng/ml (N=4078) (PGRH cohort, compared to 9.3 per 1000 population (95% confidence interval=6.7, 12.6) in NHANES. In the NHANES cohort, the lowest 25(OH)D tertiles (<17, 17-24 ng/ml) had higher odds of developing diabetes than the highest tertile (OR: 4.9, P=0.02 and 4.8, P=0.01 respectively), adjusting for covariates. Differences in demographics and methods may have limited comparability. Raising serum 25(OH)D may be a useful tool for reducing risk of diabetes in the population.

  14. Performance of the NG OligoGen kit for the diagnosis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae: comparison with cobas 4800 assay. (United States)

    Parra-Sánchez, M; García-Rey, S; Marcuello, A; Zakariya-Yousef, I; Bernal, S; Pueyo, I; Martín-Mazuelos, E; Palomares, J C


    PCR assays are nowadays between the most sensitive and reliable methods for screening and diagnosing sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The aim of this study was to analyze the reliability, accuracy, and usefulness of the new NG OligoGen kit in comparison with the cobas 4800 assay for the detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in clinical samples. A prospective study was designed for detection of N. gonorrhoeae including urine samples (n=152), rectal (n=80), endocervical (n=67), pharyngeal (n=41), and urethral swabs (n=5) that were sent from a regional STI clinic in Seville, Spain. Samples were collected from 255 (73.9%) men and 90 women. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predicative values, and kappa value for N. gonorrhoeae detection using the NG OligoGen kit were 99.6%, 100%, 100%, 99.1%, and 0.99, respectively. Statistical data obtained in this study confirm the usefulness and reliable results of this new assay.

  15. Along the Road: The Ngäbe-Buglé Struggle to Protect Environmental Resources in Panama

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    Rogelio Cansari


    Full Text Available Indigenous people in Panama do not enjoy full autonomy within their comarcas (traditional land reserves: they only control surface resources, while the state retains control of underground resources. This article analyses direct action by the Ngäbe-Buglé, who successfully defeated the latest attempt by the government to exploit underground resources within their comarcas. It describes government strategies for retaining control over Indigenous people’s land and analyses how the Ngäbe-Buglé counteracted these strategies with support from burgeoning civil society movements. We argue that this is due to an unprecedented alliance between Indigenous people and other social movements in Panama, as well as to the fact that Indigenous people have succeeded in federating all major civil society organizations around their discourses and actions.

  16. Løssluppen kohærens i Fredmans säng nr. 41 "Joachim uti Babylon"

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    Heltoft, Lars


    Denne artikel er ment som et bud på at løse visse problemer med forståelsen af FS (Fredmans Sång) 41 som en del af de bibelske travestier i værket. Den er samtidig et bidrag til udviklingen af tekstanalytisk praksis på grundlag af tæt sproglig analyse. Den er et eksempel på hvorledes tekstforståe......Denne artikel er ment som et bud på at løse visse problemer med forståelsen af FS (Fredmans Sång) 41 som en del af de bibelske travestier i værket. Den er samtidig et bidrag til udviklingen af tekstanalytisk praksis på grundlag af tæt sproglig analyse. Den er et eksempel på hvorledes...

  17. Human Glioma–Initiating Cells Show a Distinct Immature Phenotype Resembling but Not Identical to NG2 Glia (United States)

    Barrantes-Freer, Alonso; Kim, Ella; Bielanska, Joanna; Giese, Alf; Mortensen, Lena Sünke; Schulz-Schaeffer, Walter J.; Stadelmann, Christine; Brück, Wolfgang


    Abstract Glioma-initiating cells (GICs) represent a potential important therapeutic target because they are likely to account for the frequent recurrence of malignant gliomas; however, their identity remains unsolved. Here, we characterized the cellular lineage fingerprint of GICs through a combination of electrophysiology, lineage marker expression, and differentiation assays of 5 human patient-derived primary GIC lines. Most GICs coexpressed nestin, NG2 proteoglycan, platelet-derived growth factor receptor-α, and glial fibrillary acidic protein. Glioma-initiating cells could be partially differentiated into astrocytic but not oligodendroglial or neural lineages. We also demonstrate that GICs have a characteristic electrophysiologic profile distinct from that of well-characterized tumor bulk cells. Together, our results suggest that GICs represent a unique type of cells reminiscent of an immature phenotype that closely resembles but is not identical to NG2 glia with respect to marker expression and functional membrane properties. PMID:23481707

  18. Microglia/monocytes with NG2 expression have no phagocytic function in the cortex after LPS focal injection into the rat brain. (United States)

    Zhu, Lie; Xiang, Ping; Guo, Kun; Wang, Anni; Lu, Jia; Tay, Samuel Sam Wah; Jiang, Hua; He, Bei Ping


    While OX42(+) microglia/macrophages have been considered as a scavenger in the brain, NG2(+) cells are generally considered as oligodendrocyte progenitor cells or function-unknown glial cells. Recent evidence showed that under some pathological conditions, certain cells have become positive for both anti-NG2 and anti-OX42 antibodies. Our results suggested that some OX42(+) microglia or macrophages were induced to express NG2 proteins 3 and 5 days later after focal injection of lipopolysaccharide into the brain cortex of Sprague-Dawley rats. In consideration of the induction of NG2 expression may associate with gaining or losing functions of microglia/macrophages, we further showed that, while OX42(+) or ED1(+) microglia/macrophages presented active phagocytic function, NG2(+) /OX42(+) cells failed to engulf latex beads. The induced expression of NG2 protein may possibly indicate the functional diversity of activated microglia/macrophages in the brain.

  19. Treatment of spinal cord injury by transplanting neural stem cells with NgR gene silencing%神经干细胞NgR基因沉默移植治疗大鼠脊髓损伤

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    王东; 张建军; 杨忠旭


    目的 探讨是否可以通过沉默Nogo-66的受体(NgR)基因的方法提高神经干细胞(NSCs)移植对脊髓半横断损伤大鼠的治疗效果.方法 取胎龄为14~16 d的Wistar胎鼠脑组织,体外培养NSCs,经小分子干扰RNA(siRNA)转染以沉默NgR基因,用蛋白质免疫印迹法(Western blotting)检测NSCs在转染前后NgR的蛋白表达.另将36只Wistar大鼠按随机数字表法均分成3组,切断胸8、胸9段右半侧脊髓致伤.A组为注射等量不含NSCs的培养液对照组;B组为单纯NSCs移植组;C组为沉默NgR基因NSCs移植组.各组分别于伤后1、2、4、6、8周采用斜板实验进行行为学评估,观察神经恢复情况.第4周取脊髓组织制备病理切片,行苏木素-伊红(HE)染色及5-溴脱氧尿嘧啶(BrdU)免疫组化染色;8周后取脊髓组织,行辣根过氧化物酶(HRP)示踪观察.结果 转染siRNA后,NgR的蛋白表达水平较转染前明显降低(1.03±0.08比1.88±0.15,P=0.002).斜板实验:8周时,B、C两组大鼠后肢运动功能均明显恢复,C组较B组为快(P<0.05).A组切片未见神经轴索通过,B、C组可见少量神经轴索样结构.BrdU阳性细胞及HRP阳性神经纤维束数C组>B组>A组(BrdU阳性细胞:A组(39.82±14.07)个、B组(91.68±12.34)个、C组(103.67±11.52)个,HRP阳性神经纤维束:A组(11.35±1.71)个、B组(39.87±2.42)个、C组(83.64±2.13)个],且各组间差异有统计学意义(均P<0.01).结论 NSCs的NgR基因沉默后移植治疗大鼠脊髓损伤可明显改善损伤后大鼠的后肢功能.%Objective To determine whether Nogo-66 receptor (NgR) gene silencing in neural stem cells (NSCs) can ameliorate spinal cord injury (SCI) in rats.Methods The brain tissue of Wistar rats of embryo (age 14-16 days) was obtained,and NSCs were cultured in suspension culture,and they were transfeeted by siRNA to silence the expression of NgR.Western blotting was used to assess the silencing efficiency.Thirty-six Wistar rats were divided randomly

  20. Mesenchymal Tumors Can Derive from Ng2/Cspg4-Expressing Pericytes with β-Catenin Modulating the Neoplastic Phenotype

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    Full Text Available The cell of origin for most mesenchymal tumors is unclear. One cell type that contributes to this lineages is the pericyte, a cell expressing Ng2/Cspg4. Using lineage tracing, we demonstrated that bone and soft tissue sarcomas driven by the deletion of the Trp53 tumor suppressor, or desmoid tumors driven by a mutation in Apc, can derive from cells expressing Ng2/Cspg4. Deletion of the Trp53 tumor suppressor gene in these cells resulted in the bone and soft tissue sarcomas that closely resemble human sarcomas, while stabilizing β-catenin in this same cell type caused desmoid tumors. Comparing expression between Ng2/Cspg4-expressing pericytes lacking Trp53 and sarcomas that arose from deletion of Trp53 showed inhibition of β-catenin signaling in the sarcomas. Activation of β-catenin inhibited the formation and growth of sarcomas. Thus, pericytes can be a cell of origin for mesenchymal tumors, and β-catenin dysregulation plays an important role in the neoplastic phenotype.

  1. Mesenchymal Tumors Can Derive from Ng2/Cspg4-Expressing Pericytes with β-Catenin Modulating the Neoplastic Phenotype. (United States)

    Sato, Shingo; Tang, Yuning J; Wei, Qingxia; Hirata, Makoto; Weng, Angela; Han, Ilkyu; Okawa, Atsushi; Takeda, Shu; Whetstone, Heather; Nadesan, Puvindran; Kirsch, David G; Wunder, Jay S; Alman, Benjamin A


    The cell of origin for most mesenchymal tumors is unclear. One cell type that contributes to this lineages is the pericyte, a cell expressing Ng2/Cspg4. Using lineage tracing, we demonstrated that bone and soft tissue sarcomas driven by the deletion of the Trp53 tumor suppressor, or desmoid tumors driven by a mutation in Apc, can derive from cells expressing Ng2/Cspg4. Deletion of the Trp53 tumor suppressor gene in these cells resulted in the bone and soft tissue sarcomas that closely resemble human sarcomas, while stabilizing β-catenin in this same cell type caused desmoid tumors. Comparing expression between Ng2/Cspg4-expressing pericytes lacking Trp53 and sarcomas that arose from deletion of Trp53 showed inhibition of β-catenin signaling in the sarcomas. Activation of β-catenin inhibited the formation and growth of sarcomas. Thus, pericytes can be a cell of origin for mesenchymal tumors, and β-catenin dysregulation plays an important role in the neoplastic phenotype.

  2. Contato, epidemias e corpo como agentes de transformação: um estudo sobre a AIDS entre os Índios Xokléng de Santa Catarina, Brasil Contact, epidemics, and the body as agents of change: a study of AIDS among the Xokléng indians in the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil

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    Flávio Braune Wiik


    Full Text Available A partir da análise dos episódios de AIDS que acometeram os Índios Xokléng em 1988, o presente artigo visa referir fenômenos de doença a rupturas e transformações socioculturais ocorridas nesse universo com base na história de contato com a sociedade abrangente. A interpretação e a análise da relação estabelecida são feitas à luz de teorias antropológicas acerca da centralidade que corpo, corporalidade e processos corporais degenerativos ocupam nas sociedades indígenas brasileiras. Propõe-se que corpo, sociedade e agentes macroconjunturais são articulados pela práxis; por isso, devem ser relacionados nos estudos socio-antropológicos concernentes aos fenômenos de doença. O artigo traz a descrição sucinta das epidemias advindas com o contato, tentando vinculá-las aos contextos históricos específicos que o marcaram. Categorias da etnomedicina, cosmologia e corporalidade Xokléng são associadas à organização social e aos casos de AIDS. Estes são apresentados tendo, como enfoque principal, a ligação estabelecida entre seu advento e as transformações no universo Xokléng em função da construção da Barragem Norte junto a sua Terra.Based on an analysis of AIDS cases among the Xokléng Indians in 1988, this article relates the illness phenomenon to socio-cultural disruptions and transformations in this indigenous group's universe, focusing on the history of their contact with Brazilian national society. The analysis and interpretation of this relationship are based on anthropological theories about the centrality of the body, corporeality, and degenerative bodily processes in Brazilian indigenous societies, according to which the body, society, and macro-situational elements are articulated by social praxis, and should thus be related in socio-anthropological studies of health-illness phenomena. The article briefly describes the history of epidemics emerging from contact and attempts to relate them to specific

  3. Targeting glioblastoma with NK cells and mAb against NG2/CSPG4 prolongs animal survival. (United States)

    Poli, Aurélie; Wang, Jian; Domingues, Olivia; Planagumà, Jesús; Yan, Tao; Rygh, Cecilie Brekke; Skaftnesmo, Kai Ove; Thorsen, Frits; McCormack, Emmet; Hentges, François; Pedersen, Paal Henning; Zimmer, Jacques; Enger, Per Øyvind; Chekenya, Martha


    Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most malignant brain tumor where patients' survival is only 14.6 months, despite multimodal therapy with debulking surgery, concurrent chemotherapy and radiotherapy. There is an urgent, unmet need for novel, effective therapeutic strategies for this devastating disease. Although several immunotherapies are under development for the treatment of GBM patients, the use of natural killer (NK) cells is still marginal despite this being a promising approach to treat cancer. In regard of our knowledge on the role of NG2/CSPG4 in promoting GBM aggressiveness we investigated the potential of an innovative immunotherapeutic strategy combining mAb9.2.27 against NG2/CSPG4 and NK cells in preclinical animal models of GBM. Multiple immune escape mechanisms maintain the tumor microenvironment in an anti-inflammatory state to promote tumor growth, however, the distinct roles of resident microglia versus recruited macrophages is not elucidated. We hypothesized that exploiting the cytokine release capabilities of activated (NK) cells to reverse the anti-inflammatory axis combined with mAb9.2.27 targeting the NG2/CSPG4 may favor tumor destruction by editing pro-GBM immune responses. Combination treatment with NK+mAb9.2.27 diminished tumor growth that was associated with reduced tumor proliferation, increased cellular apoptosis and prolonged survival compared to vehicle and monotherapy controls. The therapeutic efficacy was mediated by recruitment of CCR2low macrophages into the tumor microenvironment, increased ED1 and MHC class II expression on microglia that might render them competent for GBM antigen presentation, as well as elevated IFN-γ and TNF-α levels in the cerebrospinal fluid compared to controls. Depletion of systemic macrophages by liposome-encapsulated clodronate decreased the CCR2low macrophages recruited to the brain and abolished the beneficial outcomes. Moreover, mAb9.2.27 reversed tumor-promoting effects of patient-derived tumor

  4. Pagsusuri sa mga Balyung Nakapaloob sa mga Salawikain ng mga Tiruray Sa South Upi, Maguindanao, Philippines

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    Maria Luz D. Calibayan


    Full Text Available This study sought to collect, record, translate, and analyze the Tiruray proverbs. Specifically the study aimed to find out the following: (1 What are the existing proverbs of Tiruray in South Upi, Maguindanao? (2What are the values found as expressed in the proverbs of Tiruraythat have been successfully preserved from their ancestors? The scope of this study was confined to the collected proverbs of Tiruray in South Upi, Maguindanao. The gatheredproverbs were transcribed from Tiruray to Filipino languageand the analysis of values from the translated proverbs was in accordance with the ideas of Andres (1985 and Timbreza (2003. The research design adopted in the study is descriptive content analysis because the main objective of the study was to analyse the values found in Tiruray proverbs. Findings revealed that the Tiruray have rich in oral literary piecessuch as proverbs which are transmitted by word of mouth from generation to generation. The Tiruray proverbs contain differenthuman values that teach or remind people how to live godly lives. Further, Tiruray proverbs conveyed message on how they value peace and harmony in the community for they are peace-loving people. The study of Tiruray proverbs could increase the body of knowledge about the cultural traits of Tiruray who are unique people and have rich cultural heritage.

  5. Die NG Kerk en die oorgang na �n nuwe Suid-Afrika

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    D. E. de Villiers


    Full Text Available The Dutch Reformed Church and the transition to a new South Africa The comprehensive transformation of the South African society that followed the transfer of political power to a new government in 1994 has had significant consequences for the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC and its members. In the article an analysis is given of these consequences. Attention is also given to the reaction of members of the DRC to the transformation of the society. An attempt is made to formulate a responsible approach to the new South Africa by the DRC and his members. The need for the DRC to inspire his members to be true to their Christian calling, to equip them to serve effectively and to find new and effective ways to witness publicly in the new South Africa, is stressed.

  6. Up-regulation of NG2 proteoglycan and interferon-induced transmembrane proteins 1 and 3 in mouse astrocytoma: a membrane proteomics approach. (United States)

    Seyfried, Nicholas T; Huysentruyt, Leanne C; Atwood, James A; Xia, Qiangwei; Seyfried, Thomas N; Orlando, Ron


    Although brain tumors are classified as if their lineage were well understood, the relationship between the molecular events that specify neural cell lineage and brain tumors remains enigmatic. Traditionally, cell surface membrane antigens have served as biomarkers that distinguish brain tumor origin and malignancy. In this study, membrane proteins were identified from a terminally differentiated mouse astrocyte (AC) and CT-2A astrocytoma (CT-2A) cell line using liquid-chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). A total of 321 and 297 protein groups with at least one unique peptide were identified in the AC and CT-2A cells. Using a label-free quantitative MS approach, 25 plasma membrane proteins in CT-2A were found significantly up- or down-regulated compared with those in AC. Three of the up-regulated proteins, chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan-4 (Cspg4), interferon-induced transmembrane protein-2 (IFITM2) and -3 (IFITM3) were further validated by semi-quantitative RT-PCR analysis. In addition, a third member of the IFITM family, interferon-induced transmembrane protein-1 (IFITM1) was also analyzed. Expression of Cspg4, IFITM1 and IFITM3 was significantly greater in the CT-2A cells than that in the AC cells. Interestingly, Cspg4, also known as neuronal/glial 2 (NG2) proteoglycan in human, is an oligodendrocyte progenitor marker. Therefore, our data suggest that the CT-2A tumor may be derived from NG2 glia rather than from fully differentiated astrocytes. Moreover, the CT-2A cells also express a series of interferon-induced signature proteins that may be specific to this tumor. These data highlight the utility of LC-MS/MS for the identification of brain tumor membrane biomarkers.

  7. Tungo sa Hardin ng Tao: “Si Bonifacio ang pinakauna, hindi lamang sa Pilipinas, kundi sa buong Indonesia, oo, sa buong Asia na nanggaling sa, at edukado bilang, proletaryado, na nag-organisa ng mga proletaryo.” ni Tan Malaka

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    Full Text Available Salin ito ng sanaysay na “Ke Taman Manusia” (sinulat taong 1943 nakathang-isip ng Indones na lider komunista na si Tan Malaka o Ibrahimgelar Datuk Tan Malaka (1897-1949 hinggil sa isang “Taman Manusia”o “Hardin ng Tao” na itatayo ng darating na Republika ng Indonesia sahinaharap. Dahil sa futuristiko nitong perspektiba, maihahalintuladang obrang ito ni Tan Malaka sa sanaysay ni Jose Rizal na “Filipinasdentro de cien años” (Ang Pilipinas sa loob ng isang dantaon (1891.Galing ito sa napakalaking akdang pilosopikal ni Tan Malaka napinamagatang Madilog: Materialisme, Dialektika, Logika (1948(Larawan 1 at tila tumatayo bilang pansarang mga repleksyon nito(Magnis-Suseno, 2005, pp. 205-233. Ang akdang ito ay unanginilathala noong 1951 ng Terbitan Widjaya sa Jakarta.

  8. Situation analysis of quality of abortion care in the main maternity hospital in Hai Phòng, Viet Nam

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    Nguyen, My H Ng; Gammeltoft, Tine; Rasch, Vibeke


    observations. Both the women and the staff equated quality of care mainly with improved technical performance of abortion. Insufficient knowledge and skills had a negative impact on provision of information and good quality counselling in relation to understanding and uptake of contraception, treating...... manner. A supportive supervisory system that holds health staff accountable for conducting high quality information and counselling sessions should also be established....

  9. Tracing Eurosceptic Party Networks via Hyperlink Network Analysis and #FAIL!ng: Can Web Crawlers Keep up with Web Design?

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    Bossetta Jr, Michael Joseph; Dutceac Segesten, Anamaria

    ) Joint Sessions. While attempting to visually map the online hyperlink network of the Sweden Democrats, a Swedish far-right Eurosceptic party, we found the Issuecrawler’s inability to read JavaScript a critical limitation to our study. Knowing that other scholars from a range of disciplines are currently...... programming languages? Or, is its inability to read JavaScript (a limitation shared by all current web crawling software) a reason to fundamentally question its utility as a digital method?...


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    Utku ALTUNÖZ


    Full Text Available Twin deficit identity is used to refer to a nation’s current account deficits and a simultaneous fiscal deficit. The term became widely used in the 1980s until the 1990s.Chronic external deficit problems have been encountered since the adoption of the outward-oriented growth model for Turkish economy. This study aim the validity of twin deficits hypothesis (the relationship between the budget deficit and the current account deficit by using the data period 1998:1-2012:3 in Turkey. The Public deficit indicators represented by budget deficit / GNP, reel exchange rate index and government domestic borrowing stock. In addition, current balance deficit is an another indicator for model. For this purpose, bound test approach developed by Pesaran et al.(2001 was applied by using data of determined period. According the result of econometric analysis, there is no long-run relationship between current balance deficit and budget deficit but there is a strong positive relationship between current balance deficit and budget deficit in the short-run.

  11. Photo-dynamics of the lyophilized photo-activated adenylate cyclase NgPAC2 from the amoeboflagellate Naegleria gruberi NEG-M strain

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    Penzkofer, A., E-mail: [Fakultät für Physik, Universität Regensburg, Universitätsstrasse 31, D-93053 Regensburg (Germany); Tanwar, M.; Veetil, S.K.; Kateriya, S. [Department of Biochemistry, University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi 110021 (India); Stierl, M.; Hegemann, P. [Institut für Biologie/Experimentelle Biophysik, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Invalidenstrasse 42, D-10115 Berlin (Germany)


    Highlights: • Lyophilizing of NgPAC2 from Naegleria gruberi caused loss of BLUF domain activity. • Photo-induced tyrosine to flavin electron transfer in lyophilized NgPAC2. • Photo-induced Tyr–Tyr cross-linking to o,o′-dityrosine in lyophilized NgPAC2. • Photo-induced partial flavin cofactor reduction in lyophilized NgPAC2. • Two NgPAC2 conformations with fast and slow photo-induced electron transfer. - Abstract: The absorption and emission spectroscopic behavior of lyophilized photo-activated adenylate cyclase NgPAC2 from the amoeboflagellate Naegleria gruberi NEG-M strain consisting of a BLUF domain (BLUF = Blue Light sensor Using Flavin) and a cyclase homology domain was studied in the dark, during blue-light exposure and after blue-light exposure at a temperature of 4 °C. The BLUF domain photo-cycle dynamics observed for snap-frozen NgPAC2 was lost by lyophilization (no signaling state formation with flavin absorption red-shift). Instead, blue-light photo-excitation of lyophilized NgPAC2 caused sterically restricted Tyr–Tyr cross-linking (o,o′-ditysosine formation) and partial flavin cofactor reduction.

  12. Caveolin-1 Expression and Membrane Cholesterol Content Modulate N-Type Calcium Channel Activity in NG108-15 Cells (United States)

    Toselli, M.; Biella, G.; Taglietti, V.; Cazzaniga, E.; Parenti, M.


    Caveolins are the main structural proteins of glycolipid/cholesterol-rich plasmalemmal invaginations, termed caveolae. In addition, caveolin-1 isoform takes part in membrane remodelling as it binds and transports newly synthesized cholesterol from endoplasmic reticulum to the plasma membrane. Caveolin-1 is expressed in many cell types, including hippocampal neurons, where an abundant SNAP25-caveolin-1 complex is detected after induction of persistent synaptic potentiation. To ascertain whether caveolin-1 influences neuronal voltage-gated Ca2+ channel basal activity, we stably expressed caveolin-1 into transfected neuroblastoma × glioma NG108-15 hybrid cells [cav1(+) clone] that lack endogenous caveolins but express N-type Ca2+ channels upon cAMP-induced neuronal differentiation. Whole-cell patch-clamp recordings of cav1(+) cells demonstrated that N-type current density was reduced in size by ∼70% without any significant change in the time course of activation and inactivation and voltage dependence. Moreover, the cav1(+) clone exhibited a significantly increased proportion of membrane cholesterol compared to wild-type NG108-15 cells. To gain insight into the mechanism underlying caveolin-1 lowering of N-current density, and more precisely to test whether this was indirectly caused by caveolin-1-induced enhancement of membrane cholesterol, we compared single N-type channel activities in cav1(+) clone and wild-type NG108-15 cells enriched with cholesterol after exposure to a methyl-β-cyclodextrin-cholesterol complex. A lower Ca2+ channel activity was recorded from cell-attached patches of both cell types, thus supporting the view that the increased proportion of membrane cholesterol is ultimately responsible for the effect. This is due to a reduction in the probability of channel opening caused by a significant decrease of channel mean open time and by an increase of the frequency of null sweeps. PMID:16040758

  13. Intervention of Nogo/NgR reticulate passageway in spinal cord injury%Nogo/NgR网状通路干预治疗脊髓损伤研究进展

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    孙麟; 宋跃明


    @@ 目前,脊髓损伤的治疗仍是临床医学尚未解决的难题之一,由于伤后脊髓轴突再生困难,患者很难得到有效地治疗.研究证明中枢神经系统轴突再生困难可能与胶质瘢痕和微环境中的抑制因子有关,而后者可能发挥更为重要的抑制作用.Nogo(Nogo-A、Nogo-B和Nogo-C)蛋白、髓磷脂相关糖蛋白(myelin-associated glycoprotein, MAG)及少突胶质细胞-髓磷脂糖蛋白(oligodendrocyte-myelin glycoprotein,OMgp)是3种主要的抑制因子,它们通过NgR(Nogo-66 receptor)等受体接触途径发挥很强的轴突生长抑制作用.干预阻断它们的作用,有利于脊髓损伤后轴突再生和神经功能恢复.现就Nogo/NgR网状抑制通路以及对其干预措施的研究现状作一综述.

  14. Background identification and suppression for the measurement of (n,g) reactions with the DANCE array at LANSCE

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    Reifarth, R; Alpizar-Vicente, A; Browne, J C; Esch, E -I; Greife, U; Haight, R C; Hatarik, R; Kronenberg, A; O'Donnell, J M; Rundberg, R S; Ullmann, J L; Vieira, D J; Wilhelmy, J B; Wouters, J M


    In the commissioning phase of the DANCE project (Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments) measurements have been performed with special emphasis on the identification and suppression of possible backgrounds for the planned (n,g) experiments. This report describes several background sources, observed in the experiment or anticipated from simulations, which will need to be suppressed in this and in similar detectors that are planned at other facilities. First successes are documented in the suppression of background from scattered neutrons captured in the detector as well as from the internal radiation. Experimental results and simulations using the GEANT code are compared.


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    theoretical and 2 application class hour in a week (M.Ü., 2009. One of the main objectives of education is developing individuals according to social requirements and placing developed individuals to the society (Musolf, 2001: 286. Since teaching occupation is a profession which requires social responsibility, it is thought that CSA course will have reasonable attributions to the students. This study aims to detect the pre-service elementary teachers’ and trainers’ views about CSA course. According to this aim, following questions are tried to be answered; In this study, Community Service Applications in Primary Education Undergraduate Program was evaluated according to the views of pre-service teachers and instructors. İt was used mixed methods in this study. At the first stage of the study, one of the qualitative study methods, “Phenomenology Design” pattern was used to define instructors’ views about CSA in Primary Education Department. At the second stage, to define the pre-service teachers’ views about CSA, a scale was applied to them. The population of the study is composed of the instructors who work in 2010-2011 academic year spring semester in Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University and the pre-service elemantary teachers who are studying at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University during the 2010-2011 academic year. In this study mixed methods was used. Both quantitative and qualitative data were used together; therefore tringulation method was used as data collection method. In the first level of the study, since it was aimed that instructors evaluate CSA by their own expressions, a semi-constructed and nondirective interviewing technique was used. While analyzing data “descriptive analysis” and “content analysis” approaches were used. At the end of the analysis of the data collected at first stage, it was detected that instructors encounter with some problems during CSA course and they consider CSA course important for students’ personal and social

  16. Theoretical prediction of new noble-gas molecules FNgBNR (Ng = Ar, Kr, and Xe; R = H, CH3, CCH, CHCH2, F, and OH). (United States)

    Chen, Jien-Lian; Yang, Chang-Yu; Lin, Hsiao-Jing; Hu, Wei-Ping


    We have computationally predicted a new class of stable noble-gas molecules FNgBNR (Ng = Ar, Kr, Xe; R = H, CH3, CCH, CHCH2, F, and OH). The FNgBNR were found to have compact structures with F-Ng bond lengths of 1.9-2.2 Å and Ng-B bond lengths of ~1.8 Å. The endoergic three-body dissociation energies of FNgBNH to F + Ng + BNH were calculated to be 12.8, 31.7, and 63.9 kcal mol(-1), for Ng = Ar, Kr, and Xe, respectively at the CCSD(T)/CBS level. The energy barriers of the exoergic two-body dissociation to Ng + FBNH were calculated to be 16.1, 24.0, and 33.2 kcal mol(-1) for Ng = Ar, Kr, and Xe, respectively. Our results showed that the dissociation energetics is relatively insensitive to the identities of the terminal R groups. The current study suggested that a wide variety of noble-gas containing molecules with different types of R groups can be thermally stable at low temperature, and the number of potentially stable noble-gas containing molecules would thus increase very significantly. It is expected some of the FNgBNR molecules could be identified in future experiments under cryogenic conditions in noble-gas matrices or in the gas phase.

  17. NG Kunstikonteiner alustab kirjandusega

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    Kunstnik Sandra Jõgeva korraldab Tallinnas kultuuritehases Polymer alternatiivgaleriis Non Grata Kunstikonteiner kirjanduslike kohtumiste seeria "Üks hullem kui teine". Kirjandusüritused ei ole mõeldud ainult oma ala insider'itele. 17. juulil esinevad Armin Kõomägi teemal "Kirjandus ja äri", Andrus Elbing "Vangla sinus eneses" jt. Vt. ka Looming, 2008, nr. 8, lk. 1271

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    Ajakirjanduse ja ettevõtete vahelistest suhetest maine kujundamises. Art. allikaks on Peter Vanderwickeni 2005. aasta jaanuaris Harvard Business Review's ilmunud lugu "Why the news is not the truth". Kommenteerivad Priit Pullerits ja Neeme Raud

  19. Can a Gleason 6 or Less Microfocus of Prostate Cancer in One Biopsy and Prostate-Specific Antigen Level <10 ng/mL Be Defined as the Archetype of Low-Risk Prostate Disease?

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    Full Text Available Prostate cancer (PC remains a cause of death worldwide. Here we investigate whether a single microfocus of PC at the biopsy (graded as Gleason 6 or less, ≤5% occupancy and the PSA <10 ng/mL can define the archetype of low-risk prostate disease. 4500 consecutive patients were enrolled. Among them, 134 patients with a single micro-focus of PC were followed up, and the parameters influencing the biochemical relapse (BR were analysed. Out of 134 patients, 94 had clinically significant disease, specifically in 74.26% of the patients with PSA <10 ng/mL. Positive surgical margins and the extracapsular invasion were found in 29.1% and 51.4% patients, respectively. BR was observed in 29.6% of the patients. Cox regression evidenced a correlation between the BR and Gleason grade at the retropubic radical prostatectomy (RRP, capsular invasion, and the presence of positive surgical margins. Multivariate regression analysis showed a statistically significant correlation between the presence of surgical margins at the RRP and BR. Considering a single micro-focus of PC at the biopsy and PSA serum level <10 ng/mL, clinically significant disease was found in 74.26% patients and only positive surgical margins are useful for predicting the BR.

  20. Det var en gång... : - en praktisk studie om kreativitet och styling av sagokaraktärer


    Nordström, Nina; Svanfors, Anni


    Syftet med detta examensarbete är att kreativt styla och fotografera fem modeller till på förhand utvalda sagokaraktärer. Vi kommer att sammanställa bilderna till en inspirationsbok, som visar hur man kreativt kan tolka traditionella sagokaraktärer på ett nytt sätt. Arbetet ger oss en möjlighet att vidareutveckla kunskaperna som vi har samlat under utbildningens gång. Inspirationsboken visar konkret vårt kunnande, men den kan även användas av såväl branschmänniskor som andra i behov av inspir...

  1. Nonlinear resonance in Duffing oscillator with fixed and integrative time-delayed feedbacks

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    V Ravichandran; V Chinnathambi; S Rajasekar


    We study the nonlinear resonance, one of the fundamental phenomena in nonlinear oscillators, in a damped and periodically-driven Duffing oscillator with two types of time-delayed feedbacks, namely, fixed and integrative. Particularly, we analyse the effect of the time-delay parameter and the strength of the time-delayed feedback. Applying the perturbation theory we obtain a nonlinear equation for the amplitude of the periodic response of the system. For a range of values of and , the response amplitude is found to be higher than that of the system in the absence of delayed feedback. The response amplitude is periodic on the parameter with period 2 / where is the angular frequency of the external periodic force. We show the occurrence of multiple branches of the response amplitude curve with and without hysteresis.

  2. Effects of Dăoyĭn Qìgōng in postpolio syndrome patients with cold intolerance

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    Full Text Available Postpolio syndrome (PPS is characterized by progressive muscle weakness due to former infection with poliomyelitis and can be associated with other symptoms such as cold intolerance (CI. Dăoyĭn Qìgōng (DQ is a technique in Traditional Chinese Medicine that impacts the circulation of energy and blood. OBJECTIVE: It was to verify the effects of DQ in PPS patients complaining of cold intolerance. METHODS: Ten PPS patients were assessed using the visual analogue scale (VAS adapted for CI before and after intervention with DQ; patients practiced it in a sitting position for 40 minutes, 3 times per week over 3 consecutive months. Patients were reassessed three months after ceasing DQ. RESULTS: There was a statistically significant difference in local and systemic VAS-Cold both at the end of DQ training and three months past the end of this. CONCLUSION: The DQ technique ameliorated CI complaints in patients with PPS.

  3. Benedek  Láng, Unlocked Books. Manuscripts of Learned Magic in the Medieval Libraries of Central Europe


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    Les publications sur la magie et la divination au Moyen Âge se sont multipliées ces dernières années, dans la lignée des travaux pionniers de Lynn Thorndike, David Pingree, Charles Burnett et Richard Kieckhefer. Après les enquêtes d’envergure de Nicolas Weill-Parot (2002), de Jean-Patrice Boudet (2006) ou de Béatrice Delaurenti (2007), c’est au tour de Benedek Láng de livrer une belle contribution, qui tient à la fois de la synthèse et de l’étude minutieuse d’un monde jusque-là largement inex...

  4. Baicalein Decreases Hydrogen Peroxide-Induced Damage to NG108-15 Cells via Upregulation of Nrf2. (United States)

    Yeh, Chao-Hung; Ma, Kuo-Hsing; Liu, Pei-Shan; Kuo, Jung-Kuei; Chueh, Sheau-Huei


    Baicalein is a flavonoid inhibitor of 12-lipoxygenase. Here, we investigated its effect on hydrogen peroxide-induced damage to NG108-15 cells. Hydrogen peroxide activated the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway, decreased Nrf2 expression, increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, reduced viability, and increased cell death after 2-24 h treatment of NG108-15 cells. Co-treatment with hydrogen peroxide and baicalein completely suppressed the activation of mitochondrial apoptotic pathway by upregulating Nrf2 expression and reducing ROS stress and partially inhibited the effects on cell viability and cell death. Silencing of 12-lipoxygenase had a similar protective effect to baicalein on hydrogen peroxide-induced damage by blocking the hydrogen peroxide-induced decrease in Nrf2 expression and increase in ROS levels. Neither protective effect was altered by addition of 12-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid, the product of 12-lipoxygenase, suggesting that hydrogen peroxide induced damage via 12-lipoxygenase by another, as yet unknown, mechanism, rather than activating it. Co-treatment of cells with hydrogen peroxide and N-acetylcysteine or the Nrf2 inducer sulforaphane reduced hydrogen peroxide-induced damage in a similar fashion to baicalein, while the Nrf2 inhibitor retinoic acid blocked the protective effect of baicalein. Silencing Nrf2 also inhibited the protective effects of baicalein, sulforaphane, and N-acetylcysteine and resulted in high ROS levels, suggesting ROS elimination was mediated by Nrf2. Taken together our results suggest that baicalein protects cells from hydrogen peroxide-induced activation of the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway by upregulating Nrf2 and inhibiting 12-lipoxygenase to block the increase in ROS levels. Hydrogen peroxide also activates a second mitochondrial dysfunction independent death pathway which is resistant to baicalein.

  5. Characterization of local vascular effects of the nitric oxide inhibitor NG-monomethyl-L-arginine on dorsal hand veins. (United States)

    Schindler, Christoph; Leuschner, Sven; Schwanebeck, Uta; Kirch, Wilhelm


    Infusion of NG-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA; 6.4 µmol/min) into hand veins can cause a 20% increase in vein size in specific subjects. This study explored potential underlying mechanisms in healthy male participants. Ten healthy male participants received in phenylephrine (PE)-preconstricted veins a dose-response curve (DRC) to L-NMMA (0.2-6.4 µmol/min) without and with coinfusion of the endothelium-dependent dilator histamine, a DRC to L-arginine with and without coinfusion of L-NMMA, a DRC to NG-monomethyl-D-arginine (D-NMMA), and a DRC to L-NMMA in prostaglandin F(2α)-(PGF(2α))-preconstricted veins. Participants were classified as L-NMMA responders (R) and nonresponders (NR). Infusion of L-NMMA resulted in a maximum venodilation of 38% ± 11% (R) versus 10% ± 5% (NR; P = .005). In PGF(2α)-preconstricted veins, L-NMMA caused venodilation to 26% ± 34% (NS) in responders. Results suggest that endothelial nitric oxide synthase-mediated formation of nitric oxide (NO) from L-NMMA in doses >3.2 µmol/min and continuous PE-induced α-adrenergic stimulation resulting in release of very small amounts of NO from L-NMMA contribute to the observed L-NMMA-induced increase in vein size. Venous reactivity to L-NMMA resulting in a phenotype as R or NR is most likely genetically predetermined, which requires further study.

  6. Neisseria gonorrhoeae False-Positive Result Obtained from a Pharyngeal Swab by Using the Roche cobas 4800 CT/NG Assay in New Zealand in 2012


    Upton, Arlo; Bromhead, Collette; Whiley, David M


    The Roche cobas 4800 CT/NG assay is a commonly used commercial system for screening for Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection, and previous studies have shown the method to be highly sensitive and specific for urogenital samples. We present the first confirmed clinical N. gonorrhoeae false-positive result using the cobas 4800 NG assay, obtained from testing a pharyngeal swab sample and caused by cross-reaction with a commensal Neisseria strain.

  7. Ultra pressure liquid chromatography-negative electrospray ionization mass spectrometry determination of twelve halobenzoquinones at ng/L levels in drinking water. (United States)

    Huang, Rongfu; Wang, Wei; Qian, Yichao; Boyd, Jessica M; Zhao, Yuli; Li, Xing-Fang


    We report here the characterization of twelve halobenzoquinones (HBQs) using electrospray ionization (ESI) high resolution quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The high resolution negative ESI spectra of the twelve HBQs formed two parent ions, [M + H(+) + 2e(-)], and the radical M(-•). The intensities of these two parent ions are dependent on their chemical structures and on instrumental parameters such as the source temperature and flow rate. The characteristic ions of the HBQs were used to develop an ultra pressure liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method. At the UPLC flow rate (400 μL/min) and under the optimized ESI conditions, eleven HBQs showed the stable and abundant transitions [M + H(+) + 2e(-)] → X(-) (X(-) representing Cl(-), Br(-), or I(-)), while dibromo-dimethyl-benzoquinone (DBDMBQ) showed only the transition of M(-•) → Br(-). The UPLC efficiently separates all HBQs including some HBQ isomers, while the MS/MS offers exquisite limits of detection (LODs) at subng/mL levels for all HBQs except DBDMBQ. Combined with solid phase extraction (SPE), the method LOD is down to ng/L. The results from analysis of authentic samples demonstrated that the SPE-UPLC-MS/MS method is reliable, fast, and sensitive for the identification and quantification of the twelve HBQs in drinking water.

  8. Mechanical Properties of NC/NG/AP/Al Composite Modified Double-Base Propellant%NC/NG/AP/Al复合改性双基推进剂力学性能研究

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    李吉祯; 樊学忠; 钟雷; 刘小刚


    研究了硝化棉含量、固体组分粒度级配和固化剂对NC/NG/AP/Al复合改性双基(CMDB)推进剂的力学性能的影响.结果表明,随NC含量的降低,CMDB推进剂+20 ℃和+50 ℃下的抗拉强度降低,硝化棉的质量百分含量为20%时,推进剂的伸长率出现最大值;固体组分的粒度级配对CMDB推进剂的力学性能有较大的影响,AP(96.8 μm)、RDX(44.9 μm)和Al(10.8 μm)质量百分含量的比值为1:1:1时,该推进剂力学性能为最佳;硝化棉含量较少的CMDB推进剂体系,进行适度交联固化可在一定程度上提高抗拉强度,明显提高推进剂的伸长率.

  9. 嗜热解烃菌NG80-2的鉴定及其特性%Identification and Characters of Thermophilic Desmolysing Bacteria NG80-2

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    唐赟; 冯露; 刘沐之; 马挺; 梁凤来; 刘如林


    利用细胞形态、生理生化特征、不同碳源发酵产酸试验及16S rDNA的进化树分析的方法,对分离获得的嗜热解烃细菌NG80-2进行了鉴定,确定为Geobacillus thermodenitrificans,其1 6S rDNA与Geobacillus thermodenitrificans BGSC 94Al的相似性最高,达到99.80%.该菌最适生长温度为65 ℃,最适pH为7.2,能在以原油为唯一碳源的无机盐培养基中生长,并且能选择性降解C15~C36直链烷烃,其中对正-十六烷(C16)的降解率高达58.9%.优良的烃降解性能对微生物开采重质原油和治理石油污染具有潜在的应用价值.

  10. Myelin-associated glycoprotein modulates apoptosis of motoneurons during early postnatal development via NgR/p75(NTR) receptor-mediated activation of RhoA signaling pathways. (United States)

    Palandri, A; Salvador, V R; Wojnacki, J; Vivinetto, A L; Schnaar, R L; Lopez, P H H


    Myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG) is a minor constituent of nervous system myelin, selectively expressed on the periaxonal myelin wrap. By engaging multiple axonal receptors, including Nogo-receptors (NgRs), MAG exerts a nurturing and protective effect the axons it ensheaths. Pharmacological activation of NgRs has a modulatory role on p75(NTR)-dependent postnatal apoptosis of motoneurons (MNs). However, it is not clear whether this reflects a physiological role of NgRs in MN development. NgRs are part of a multimeric receptor complex, which includes p75(NTR), Lingo-1 and gangliosides. Upon ligand binding, this multimeric complex activates RhoA/ROCK signaling in a p75(NTR)-dependent manner. The aim of this study was to analyze a possible modulatory role of MAG on MN apoptosis during postnatal development. A time course study showed that Mag-null mice suffer a loss of MNs during the first postnatal week. Also, these mice exhibited increased susceptibility in an animal model of p75(NTR)-dependent MN apoptosis induced by nerve-crush injury, which was prevented by treatment with a soluble form of MAG (MAG-Fc). The protective role of MAG was confirmed in in vitro models of p75(NTR)-dependent MN apoptosis using the MN1 cell line and primary cultures. Lentiviral expression of shRNA sequences targeting NgRs on these cells abolished protection by MAG-Fc. Analysis of RhoA activity using a FRET-based RhoA biosensor showed that MAG-Fc activates RhoA. Pharmacological inhibition of p75(NTR)/RhoA/ROCK pathway, or overexpression of a p75(NTR) mutant unable to activate RhoA, completely blocked MAG-Fc protection against apoptosis. The role of RhoA/ROCK signaling was further confirmed in the nerve-crush model, where pretreatment with ROCK inhibitor Y-27632 blocked the pro-survival effect of MAG-Fc. These findings identify a new protective role of MAG as a modulator of apoptosis of MNs during postnatal development by a mechanism involving the p75(NTR)/RhoA/ROCK signaling pathway

  11. Neisseria gonorrhoeae Sequence Typing for Antimicrobial Resistance (NG-STAR): a novel antimicrobial resistance multilocus typing scheme for tracking the global dissemination of N. gonorrhoeae strains. (United States)

    Demczuk, W; Sidhu, S; Unemo, M; Whiley, D M; Allen, V G; Dillon, J R; Cole, M; Seah, C; Trembizki, E; Trees, D L; Kersh, E N; Abrams, A J; de Vries, H J C; van Dam, A P; Medina, I; Bharat, A; Mulvey, M R; Van Domselaar, G; Martin, I


    A curated web-based user-friendly sequence typing tool based on antimicrobial resistance determinants in Neisseria gonorrhoeae was developed and is publicly accessible at The N. gonorrhoeae Sequence Typing for Antimicrobial Resistance (NG-STAR) molecular typing scheme uses the DNA sequences of 7 genes (penA, mtrR, porB, ponA, gyrA, parC, 23S rRNA) associated with resistance to β-lactam antimicrobials, macrolides, or fluoroquinolones. NG-STAR uses the entire penA sequence combining the historical nomenclature for penA types I-XXXVIII with novel nucleotide sequence designations; the full mtrR sequence and a portion of its promoter region; portions of ponA, porB, gyrA and parC; and 23S rRNA sequences. NG-STAR grouped 768 isolates into 139 sequence types (STs) (n=660) consisting of 29 CCs having a maximum of a single locus variation; and 76 NG-STAR STs (n=109) were identified as unrelated singletons. NG-STAR had a high Simpson's diversity index of 96.5% (CI 95%=0.959-0.969). The most common STs were NG-STAR: ST-90 (n=100, 13.0%), ST-42 and ST-91 (n=45, 5.9%), ST-64 (n=44, 5.72%), and ST-139 (n=42, 5.5%). Decreased susceptibility to azithromycin was associated with NG-STAR ST-58, ST-61, ST-64, ST-79, ST-91 and ST-139(n=156, 92.3%); decreased susceptibility to cephalosporins with NG-STAR ST-90, ST-91 and ST-97 (n=162, 94.2%); and ciprofloxacin resistance with NG-STAR ST-26, ST-90, ST-91, ST-97, ST-150 and ST-158 (n=196, 98.0%). All isolates of NG-STAR ST-42, ST-43, ST-63, ST-81, and ST-160 (n=106) were susceptible to all four antimicrobials. The standardization of nomenclature associated with antimicrobial resistance determinants through an internationally available database will facilitate the monitoring of the global dissemination of antimicrobial resistant N. gonorrhoeae strains.

  12. Yohimbine prevents the effect of morphine on the redox status of neuroblastomaxglioma NG108-15 cells. (United States)

    Polanco, Maria José; Alguacil, Luis Fernando; Albella, Beatriz; Segovia, Jose Carlos; González-Martín, Carmen


    The alpha(2)-adrenoceptor antagonist yohimbine is known to interact with the effects of opioid receptor agonists in vivo, and thus could modulate the action of morphine-like analgesics. The focus of the present work was to further study these interactions in a cell culture endowed with opioid and alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in order to know if they could happen at the cellular level. In a first step, incubation with morphine (10microM) or the delta opioid agonist DPDPE (1microM) for 6h was shown to decrease the reduction of (4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium (MTT) by NG108-15 neuroblastomaxglioma hybrid cells in a naloxone-sensitive manner, thus showing that the opioids affect the redox status of the cells in a delta receptor-mediated way. Further experiments with 2-24h incubation periods were subsequently performed with morphine 0.1microM, 10microM and 1mM and several tests to confirm the effects on metabolism (MTT, Alamar Blue tests) to examine the potential toxic consequences (neutral red test, trypan blue exclusion assay, LDH test, caspase 3/7 activity) and to study the potential effect of yohimbine on morphine toxicity. These studies confirmed that incubation with morphine (0.1microM and 10microM) affected to a similar extent the redox status of the cells, an effect that did not translated into significant cell death and was transient since completely disappeared after 24h of incubation. Morphine 1mM was much more toxic than the lower concentrations. Yohimbine effectively prevented the effects of the lower concentrations of morphine when added to the incubation medium at 10microM, a concentration devoid of significant toxicity. It seems that the exposure to pharmacologically relevant concentrations of morphine gives rise to short-term metabolic alterations of NG108-15 cells mediated by delta receptors and also sensitive to alpha(2)-adrenoceptor blockade; therefore, the interactions previously described in vivo between opioid and alpha(2

  13. Neuroimaging of the bilingual brain: evidence and research methodology = Neuroimagem do cérebro bilíngüe: evidências e metodologia de pesquisa

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    Ansaldo, Ana Inés


    Full Text Available Atualmente mais da metade da população mundial é bilíngüe, sendo o estudo do processamento lingüístico e de seus correlatos cerebrais em indivíduos bilíngües um tópico relevante e inovador na recente área da neuropsicolingüística. Este artigo tem dois objetivos: 1 discutir alguns aspectos metodológicos relacionados ao desenvolvimento de investigações com técnicas de neuroimagem sobre o processamento da linguagem no cérebro bilíngüe e 2 revisar evidências de neuroimagem sobre o processamento lingüístico considerando fatores individuais que têm caracterizado a literatura acerca do bilingüismo, por seu importante papel na representação cerebral bilíngüe da linguagem. Muitos estudos têm mostrado dados sobre a relação entre idade de aquisição, nível de proficiência, idade cronológica, uso de linguagem e forma de exposição às línguas na organização da linguagem no cérebro bilíngüe. A grande variabilidade de métodos de investigação e um controle metodológico nem sempre criterioso tem tornado difícil a generalização de conclusões sobre uma circuitaria cerebral da linguagem em bilíngües. A presente discussão deve contribuir para o debate dos fundamentos teóricos e metodológicos da organização neurofuncional da linguagem no cérebro bilíngüe

  14. Myocilin is involved in NgR1/Lingo-1-mediated oligodendrocyte differentiation and myelination of the optic nerve. (United States)

    Kwon, Heung Sun; Nakaya, Naoki; Abu-Asab, Mones; Kim, Hong Sug; Tomarev, Stanislav I


    Myocilin is a secreted glycoprotein that belongs to a family of olfactomedin domain-containing proteins. Although myocilin is detected in several ocular and nonocular tissues, the only reported human pathology related to mutations in the MYOCILIN gene is primary open-angle glaucoma. Functions of myocilin are poorly understood. Here we demonstrate that myocilin is a mediator of oligodendrocyte differentiation and is involved in the myelination of the optic nerve in mice. Myocilin is expressed and secreted by optic nerve astrocytes. Differentiation of optic nerve oligodendrocytes is delayed in Myocilin-null mice. Optic nerves of Myocilin-null mice contain reduced levels of several myelin-associated proteins including myelin basic protein, myelin proteolipid protein, and 2'3'-cyclic nucleotide 3'-phosphodiesterase compared with those of wild-type littermates. This leads to reduced myelin sheath thickness of optic nerve axons in Myocilin-null mice compared with wild-type littermates, and this difference is more pronounced at early postnatal stages compared with adult mice. Myocilin also affects differentiation of oligodendrocyte precursors in vitro. Its addition to primary cultures of differentiating oligodendrocyte precursors increases levels of tested markers of oligodendrocyte differentiation and stimulates elongation of oligodendrocyte processes. Myocilin stimulation of oligodendrocyte differentiation occurs through the NgR1/Lingo-1 receptor complex. Myocilin physically interacts with Lingo-1 and may be considered as a Lingo-1 ligand. Myocilin-induced elongation of oligodendrocyte processes may be mediated by activation of FYN and suppression of RhoA GTPase.

  15. Combined Mapping of Multiple clUsteriNg ALgorithms (COMMUNAL): A Robust Method for Selection of Cluster Number, K. (United States)

    Sweeney, Timothy E; Chen, Albert C; Gevaert, Olivier


    In order to discover new subsets (clusters) of a data set, researchers often use algorithms that perform unsupervised clustering, namely, the algorithmic separation of a dataset into some number of distinct clusters. Deciding whether a particular separation (or number of clusters, K) is correct is a sort of 'dark art', with multiple techniques available for assessing the validity of unsupervised clustering algorithms. Here, we present a new technique for unsupervised clustering that uses multiple clustering algorithms, multiple validity metrics, and progressively bigger subsets of the data to produce an intuitive 3D map of cluster stability that can help determine the optimal number of clusters in a data set, a technique we call COmbined Mapping of Multiple clUsteriNg ALgorithms (COMMUNAL). COMMUNAL locally optimizes algorithms and validity measures for the data being used. We show its application to simulated data with a known K, and then apply this technique to several well-known cancer gene expression datasets, showing that COMMUNAL provides new insights into clustering behavior and stability in all tested cases. COMMUNAL is shown to be a useful tool for determining K in complex biological datasets, and is freely available as a package for R.

  16. NASA SIMPL and AVIRIS-NG Coordinated Campaign in Support of ICESat-2; July-August, 2015, Thule, Greenland (United States)

    Brunt, K. M.; Neumann, T.; Harding, D. J.; Green, R. O.; Markus, T.


    Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) is a NASA mission scheduled to launch in 2017 and will carry the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS), which is a photon-counting laser altimeter and represents a new approach to space-borne determination of surface elevation. In support of ICESat-2, NASA has deployed a series of airborne campaigns required for pre-launch satellite algorithm development. The Slope Imaging Multi-polarization Photon-Counting Lidar (SIMPL) and Airborne Visible-Infrared Imaging Spectrometer - Next Generation (AVIRIS-NG) were deployed to Thule, Greenland (July-August, 2015) with 2 science goals: 1) to assess how the lidar surface return, for both sea ice and the ice sheet, is effected in melting conditions; and 2) to investigate how variations in snow grain size effect the lidar surface return over the ice sheet. Each instrument was flown on a separate King Air B-200 in a coordinated airborne mission. This presentation will provide an overview for the campaign and the resultant data products.

  17. The critical role of partially exposed N-terminal valine residue in stabilizing GH10 xylanase from Bacillus sp.NG-27 under poly-extreme conditions.

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    Amit Bhardwaj

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Understanding the mechanisms that govern protein stability under poly-extreme conditions continues to be a major challenge. Xylanase (BSX from Bacillus sp. NG-27, which has a TIM-barrel structure, shows optimum activity at high temperature and alkaline pH, and is resistant to denaturation by SDS and degradation by proteinase K. A comparative circular dichroism analysis was performed on native BSX and a recombinant BSX (R-BSX with just one additional methionine resulting from the start codon. The results of this analysis revealed the role of the partially exposed N-terminus in the unfolding of BSX in response to an increase in temperature. METHODOLOGY: We investigated the poly-extremophilicity of BSX to deduce the structural features responsible for its stability under one set of conditions, in order to gain information about its stability in other extreme conditions. To systematically address the role of the partially exposed N-terminus in BSX stability, a series of mutants was generated in which the first hydrophobic residue, valine (Val1, was either deleted or substituted with various amino acids. Each mutant was subsequently analyzed for its thermal, SDS and proteinase K stability in comparison to native BSX. CONCLUSIONS: A single conversion of Val1 to glycine (Gly changed R-BSX from being thermo- and alkali- stable and proteinase K and SDS resistant, to being thermolabile and proteinase K-, alkali- and SDS- sensitive. This result provided insight into the structure-function relationships of BSX under poly-extreme conditions. Molecular, biochemical and structural data revealed that the poly-extremophilicity of BSX is governed by a partially exposed N-terminus through hydrophobic interactions. Such hitherto unidentified N-terminal hydrophobic interactions may play a similar role in other proteins, especially those with TIM-barrel structures. The results of the present study are therefore of major significance for protein folding

  18. Research of a Feasible Distributed Energy System Coupling NG-CHP and GSHP Based on Active Heat Balance Control Mechanism%主动式热平衡NG-CHP与GSHP耦合分布式系统集成研究

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    刘丽芳; 李洪强; 康书硕; 李念平


    ABSTRACT:According to the principle of cascade utilization and energy saving potential during heat transfer process, and in order to realize higher efficiency of the natural gas based combined cooling, heating and power system (NG-CHP for short )and ground source heat pump (GSHP for short) coupling systems, the authors proposed a novel NG-CHP and GSHP integrating distributed system, which can make a better use of flue gas with middle-low temperature by help of integrating GHSP. Compare with reference system, by help of simulation software Aspen plus, the calculation results shown that, the suggested system can obtain a much better thermal system performance, which can obtain total energy system efficiency 82.7%, 8.9 percentage higher than reference system 73.8%; and exergy efficiency 28.8%, 3 percentage higher than reference system 25.8%. The integrating method can supply a new and potential way for effective utilization of heat with middle-low temperature.%针对浅层地热能应用过程中尚未解决的热平衡控制、天然气基分布式能源系统含硫低温烟气余热无法回收利用两个关键问题,基于能的综合梯级利用以及主动式热平衡思想,提出基于主动式热平衡集成机理的燃气轮机与热泵耦合一体化应用分布式热电联产系统,借助新型集成方式将含硫低温烟气余热回收与土壤源热泵一体化应用,不仅同时解决含硫低温烟气余热回收以及热失衡问题,并大幅提高系统热力性能与系统运行稳定性。采用流程模拟软件 Aspen-plus 完成新型系统以及参比系统性能对比计算,计算结果表明,较之参比系统,该新型系统总能系统效率达到82.7%,较参比系统73.8%,提高8.9个百分点;㶲效率为28.8%,较参比系统25.8%,提高3个百分点。该新型统的集成方法与思路为中低温烟气余热的高效应用提供一种新解决途径。

  19. CHECK!NG: A última fronteira para a Redução de Riscos em contextos festivos

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    Daniel Martins


    Full Text Available No contexto atual de proliferação de novas substâncias psicoativas (NSP e de adulteração de substâncias psicoativas que circulam no mercado negro o Drug Checking é aqui encarado como uma estratégia major de redução de riscos e minimização de danos (RRMD. É um serviço que se tem vindo a afirmar como uma necessidade em termos de saúde pública, através da monitorização informal de mercados informais de substâncias psicoativas e emitindo alertas sempre que se identificam substâncias potencialmente tóxicas. É também uma boa prática na mediação da comunicação entre o técnico de RRMD e o utilizador de substâncias psicoativas, fornecendo informação objetiva sobre a substância que o utilizador disponibilizou para análise e produzindo e disseminando informação sobre os padrões de adulteração locais. Através da apresentação de práticas e resultados referentes à intervenção do projeto CHECK!NG, pretende-se neste artigo levantar pistas para uma reflexão sobre a pertinência e as particularidades de um serviço de Drug Checking em contexto festivos.

  20. XMS and NG1dF: extreme multiplex spectrographs for wide-field multi-object spectroscopy (United States)

    Content, Robert; Barden, Sam; Becerril, Santiago; Boehm, Armin; Clark, Paul; Costillo, Pedro; Dubbeldam, C. Mark; Farrell, Tony; Glazebrook, Karl; Haynes, Roger; Meisenheimer, Klaus; Miziarski, Stan; Nikoloudakis, Nikolaos; Prada, Luis Francisco; Rohloff, Ralf-Rainer; Shanks, Tom; Sharples, Ray M.; Wagner, Karl


    Two feasibility studies for spectrographs that can deliver at least 4000 MOS slits over a 1° field at the prime focuses of the Anglo-Australian and Calar Alto Observatories have been completed. We describe the design and science case of the Calar Alto eXtreme Multiplex Spectrograph (XMS) for which an extended study, half way between feasibility study and phase-A, was made. The optical design is quite similar than in the AAO study for the Next Generation 1 degree Field (NG1dF) but the mechanical design of XMS is quite different and much more developed. In a single night, 25000 galaxy redshifts can be measured to z~0.7 and beyond for measuring the Baryon Acoustic Oscillation (BAO) scale and many other science goals. This may provide a low-cost alternative to WFMOS for example and other large fibre spectrographs. The design features four cloned spectrographs which gives a smaller total weight and length than a unique spectrograph to makes it placable at prime focus. The clones use a transparent design including a grism in which all optics are about the size or smaller than the clone rectangular subfield so that they can be tightly packed with little gaps between subfields. Only low cost glasses are used; the variations in chromatic aberrations between bands are compensated by changing a box containing the grism and two adjacent lenses. Three bands cover the 420nm to 920nm wavelength range at 10A resolution while another cover the Calcium triplet at 3A. An optional box does imaging. We however also studied different innovative methods for acquisition without imaging. A special mask changing mechanism was also designed to compensate for the lack of space around the focal plane. Conceptual designs for larger projects (AAT 2º field, CFHT, VISTA) have also been done.

  1. Photo-dynamics of the lyophilized photo-activated adenylate cyclase NgPAC2 from the amoeboflagellate Naegleria gruberi NEG-M strain (United States)

    Penzkofer, A.; Tanwar, M.; Veetil, S. K.; Kateriya, S.; Stierl, M.; Hegemann, P.


    The absorption and emission spectroscopic behavior of lyophilized photo-activated adenylate cyclase NgPAC2 from the amoeboflagellate Naegleria gruberi NEG-M strain consisting of a BLUF domain (BLUF = Blue Light sensor Using Flavin) and a cyclase homology domain was studied in the dark, during blue-light exposure and after blue-light exposure at a temperature of 4 °C. The BLUF domain photo-cycle dynamics observed for snap-frozen NgPAC2 was lost by lyophilization (no signaling state formation with flavin absorption red-shift). Instead, blue-light photo-excitation of lyophilized NgPAC2 caused sterically restricted Tyr-Tyr cross-linking (o,o‧-ditysosine formation) and partial flavin cofactor reduction.

  2. Rapid agonist-induced loss of sup 125 I-. beta. -endorphin opioid receptor sites in NG108-15, but not SK-N-SH neuroblastoma cells

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    Cone, R.I.; Lameh, J.; Sadee, W. (Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States))


    The authors have measured {mu} and {delta} opioid receptor sites on intact SK-N-SH and NG108-15 neuroblastoma cells, respectively, in culture. Use of {sup 125}I-{beta}-endorphin ({beta}E) as a tracer, together with {beta}E(6-31) to block high-affinity non-opioid binding in both cell lines, permitted the measurement of cell surface {mu} and {delta} opioid receptor sites. Labeling was at {delta} sites in NG108-15 cells and predominantly at {mu} sites in SK-N-SH cells. Pretreatment with the {mu} and {delta} agonist, DADLE, caused a rapid loss of cell surface {delta} receptor sites in NG108-15 cells, but failed to reduce significantly {mu} receptor density in SK-N-SH cells.

  3. Rapid measurement of perchlorate in polar ice cores down to sub-ng L(-1) levels without pre-concentration. (United States)

    Peterson, Kari; Cole-Dai, Jihong; Brandis, Derek; Cox, Thomas; Splett, Scott


    An ion chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (IC-ESI-MS/MS) method has been developed for rapid and accurate measurement of perchlorate in polar snow and ice core samples in which perchlorate concentrations are expected to be as low as 0.1 ng L(-1). Separation of perchlorate from major inorganic species in snow is achieved with an ion chromatography system interfaced to an AB SCIEX triple quadrupole mass spectrometer operating in multiple reaction monitoring mode. Under optimized conditions, the limit of detection and lower limit of quantification without pre-concentration have been determined to be 0.1 and 0.3 ng L(-1), respectively, with a linear dynamic range of 0.3-10.0 ng L(-1) in routine measurement. These represent improvements over previously reported methods using similar analytical techniques. The improved method allows fast, accurate, and reproducible perchlorate quantification down to the sub-ng L(-1) level and will facilitate perchlorate measurement in the study of natural perchlorate production with polar ice cores in which perchlorate concentrations are anticipated to vary in the low and sub-ng L(-1) range. Initial measurements of perchlorate in ice core samples from central Greenland show that typical perchlorate concentrations in snow dated prior to the Industrial Revolution are about 0.8 ng L(-1), while perchlorate concentrations are significantly higher in recent (post-1980) snow, suggesting that anthropogenic sources are a significant contributor to perchlorate in the current environment.

  4. Determination of eight nitrosamines in water at the ng L(-1) levels by liquid chromatography coupled to atmospheric pressure chemical ionization tandem mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Ripollés, Cristina; Pitarch, Elena; Sancho, Juan V; López, Francisco J; Hernández, Félix


    In this work, we have developed a sensitive method for detection and quantification of eight N-nitrosamines, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), N-nitrosomorpholine (NMor), N-nitrosomethylethylamine (NMEA), N-nitrosopirrolidine (NPyr), N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), N-nitrosopiperidine (NPip), N-nitroso-n-dipropylamine (NDPA) and N-nitrosodi-n-butylamine (NDBA) in drinking water. The method is based on liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry, using atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) in positive mode with a triple quadrupole analyzer (QqQ). The simultaneous acquisition of two MS/MS transitions in selected reaction monitoring mode (SRM) for each compound, together with the evaluation of their relative intensity, allowed the simultaneous quantification and reliable identification in water at ppt levels. Empirical formula of the product ions selected was confirmed by UHPLC-(Q)TOF MS accurate mass measurements from reference standards. Prior to LC-MS/MS QqQ analysis, a preconcentration step by off-line SPE using coconut charcoal EPA 521 cartridges (by passing 500 mL of water sample) was necessary to improve the sensitivity and to meet regulation requirements. For accurate quantification, two isotope labelled nitrosamines (NDMA-d(6) and NDPA-d(14)) were added as surrogate internal standards to the samples. The optimized method was validated at two concentration levels (10 and 100 ng L(-1)) in drinking water samples, obtaining satisfactory recoveries (between 90 and 120%) and precision (RSDwater samples: chlorinated from drinking water and wastewater treatment plants (DWTP and WWTP, respectively), wastewaters subjected to ozonation and tap waters.

  5. AB013. The study on the diagnostic value of f/tPSA to the prostate cancer with tPSA greater than 10 ng/mL


    Li, Yan-Feng; Wang, Qi


    Background To investigate the differential value of the percentage of free to total prostate specific antigen (f/tPSA) in the diagnosis of prostate cancer (PCa) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) when the tPSA greater than or equal to 10 ng/mL. Methods A retrospective study was performed among 361 cases of PCa or BPH whose tPSA greater than or equal to 10 ng/mL and whose diagnosis were confirmed by pathology through prostate biopsy or prostate surgery in our hospital from December 1, 2011...

  6. Experimental Demonstration of 6-Mode Division Multiplexed NG-PON2: Cost Effective 40 Gbit/s/Spatial-Mode Access Based on 3D Laser Inscribed Photonic Lanterns

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    Asif, Rameez; Hu, Hao; Mitchell, Paul;

    We report the first space-division-multiplexed based symmetric NG-PON2 network by effi- ciently transmitting 40 Gbit/s/spatial-mode. Error free transmission (BER of 10−9 ) is obtained for all the downstream and upstream data tributaries over 1-km 6-spatial-mode FMF without using MIMO DSP......We report the first space-division-multiplexed based symmetric NG-PON2 network by effi- ciently transmitting 40 Gbit/s/spatial-mode. Error free transmission (BER of 10−9 ) is obtained for all the downstream and upstream data tributaries over 1-km 6-spatial-mode FMF without using MIMO DSP...

  7. Avaliação de atividades de controle para enteroparasitos em uma aldeia Kaingáng do Paraná Evaluación de actividades de control para enteroparásitos en una aldea Kaingáng de Paraná, Sur de Brasil Evaluation of enteroparasite control activities in a Kaingáng community of Southern Brazil

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    Max Jean de Ornelas Toledo


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar o estado parasitológico de famílias de comunidade indígena após instituição de medidas de controle para enteroparasitos. MÉTODOS: Estudo longitudinal realizado entre 2004 e 2006 com 447 pessoas da etnia Kaingáng, no município de Cândido de Abreu, PR. As medidas de controle de enteroparasitos foram: melhorias sanitárias em 2003, tratamentos antiparasitários realizados durante o período de estudo e atividades de educação em saúde iniciadas em 2005. Foram obtidos indicadores parasitológicos de saúde em três inquéritos coproparasitológicos em 2004, 2005 e 2006 quando foram coletadas 250, 147 e 126 amostras de fezes, respectivamente. Foram utilizados os métodos de sedimentação espontânea, centrífugo-flutuação e Kato/Katz. As condições de moradia e higiene foram determinadas utilizando-se questionário aplicado a 69 (2004, 57 (2005 e 38 (2006 das 90 famílias. RESULTADOS: As prevalências totais de enteroparasitos de 2004-06 foram, respectivamente: 91,6%, 94,6% e 87,3%, sem redução significativa. A prevalência de algumas espécies reduziu enquanto que a de outras aumentou significativamente. As infecções de alta intensidade por geoelmintos apresentaram taxas menores de 2% no período do estudo. Houve aumento nas taxas de entrevistados que relataram usar o banheiro (pOBJETIVO: Analizar el estado parasicológico de familias de comunidad indígena posterior a la institución de medidas de control para enteroparásitos. MÉTODOS: Estudio longitudinal realizado entre 2004 y 2006 con 447 personas de la etnia Kaingáng, en el municipio Cândido de Abreu, Sur de Brasil. Las medidas de control de enteroparásitos fueron: mejorías sanitarias iniciadas en 2003, tratamientos antiparasitarios realizados durante el período de estudio y actividades de educación en salud iniciadas en 2005. Fueron obtenidos indicadores parasicológicos de salud en tres pesquisas coproparasitológicas en 2004, 2005 y 2006 cuando

  8. Preliminary Research on Boeing 737 NG Pacific Conditioners RNAV Operation%波音737NG太平洋调机RNAV运行可行性初探

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    方学东; 肖真真


    Due to early voyage of the property parameters, such as restraint, Boeing 737 aircraft was operated according to Seattle-Hawaii-Marshall islands- Saipan island route. The performance of B737-NG was improved to increase the aircraft flight distance. Without pay load, the MAX Range could be achieved to make Hawaii-Saipan non-stop RNAV operation possibly. Through analysis the premise condition and airborne navigation equipment performance of the RNAV operation.. In the great circle route model , planning on the Hawaiian-Saipan direct route, with B737-800 for example, quantitative calculation the fuel consumption. Hawaii-Saipan direct route than traditional Hawaiian-Marshall islands-Saipan routes shorten 688 kilometers. In the strong dead wind condition , the wind speed is 50 kn/h, oil sailing less than 15 tons. After related training of flight crew and equipped with full-time navigator, the civil aviation Boeing 737-NG has the feasibility of non-stop flight , reduce a take-off and landing and the time will shorter 0. 8 hour.%波音737的早期机型由于受到航程等性能参数的制约,按照西雅图—夏威夷—马绍尔群岛—塞班岛的航路运行.波音737NG对飞机的性能进行了改进,增大了飞机的航程.调机飞行时,波音737NG无业载情况下可达到最大航程,为夏威夷—塞班岛的直飞RNAV运行提供了可能性.通过RNAV运行的前提条件和机载导航设备性能分析,在大圆航线模型下对夏威夷—塞班岛直飞航线进行了航路规划,并以B737-800机型为实例,对耗油量等进行了定量计算.夏威夷—塞班岛直飞航线比传统夏威夷—马绍尔群岛—塞班岛航线缩短688 km,在50 km/h强顶风状态下飞行,航行用油小于15t,说明在机组经过相关培训并配备专职领航员的条件下,波音737NG太平洋调机具有夏威夷—塞班岛直飞的可行性,减少一次起降并缩短约0.8h飞行时间.

  9. High serum dihydrotestosterone examined by ultrasensitive LC-MS/MS as a predictor of benign prostatic hyperplasia or Gleason score 6 cancer in men with prostate-specific antigen levels of 3-10 ng/mL. (United States)

    Miyoshi, Y; Uemura, H; Suzuki, K; Shibata, Y; Honma, S; Harada, M; Kubota, Y


    There has been no consensus on the role of serum androgen concentrations in prostate cancer detection in men with prostate-specific antigen levels of 3-10 ng/mL. In this study, testosterone and dihydrotestosterone concentrations in blood were examined by a newly developed method using ultrasensitive liquid chromatography with two serially linked mass spectrometers (LC-MS/MS). We investigated the correlation between serum androgen levels and Gleason scores at biopsy. We analyzed data of 157 men with a total prostate-specific antigen range of 3-10 ng/mL who underwent initial systematic prostate needle biopsy for suspected prostate cancer between April 2000 and July 2003. Peripheral blood testosterone and dihydrotestosterone concentrations were determined by LC-MS/MS. Blood levels of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone were compared with pathological findings by multivariate analyses. Median values of prostate-specific antigen and prostate volume measured by ultrasound were 5.7 ng/mL and 31.4 cm(3) , respectively. Benign prostatic hyperplasia was diagnosed in 97 patients (61.8%), and prostate cancer was diagnosed in 60 (38.2%) patients, including 31 (19.7%) patients with a Gleason score of 6 and 29 (18.5%) patients with a Gleason score of 7-10. Median values of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone in blood were 3798.7 and 371.7 pg/mL, respectively. There was a strong correlation between serum testosterone and dihydrotestosterone. In multivariate analysis, age, prostate volume, and serum dihydrotestosterone were significant predictors of benign prostatic hyperplasia or prostate cancer with a Gleason score of 6. The area under the receiver operating characteristics curve for age, prostate volume, and serum dihydrotestosterone were 0.67, 0.67, and 0.67, respectively . We confirmed that high dihydrotestosterone blood levels can predict benign prostatic hyperplasia or prostate cancer with a Gleason score of 6 in men with prostate-specific antigen levels of 3-10 ng/mL.

  10. Effects of cerebrolysin on the proliferation of NG2 proteoglycan-pesitive neural progenitor cells%脑蛋白水解物注射液对NG2蛋白聚糖阳性神经祖细胞增殖的影响

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    于秀军; 楯林義孝; 郭力


    目的 探讨脑蛋白水解物注射液(Cerebrolysin,CL)对NG2蛋白聚糖阳性神经祖细胞(NG2细胞)增殖的作用.方法 根据文献从成年大鼠海马原代及传代培养NG2细胞,以免疫荧光染色法鉴定细胞性质,以乳酸脱氢酶(LDH)分析法测定细胞活性,以原位缺口末端标记技术(即TUNEL法)观察细胞凋亡,5-溴脱氧尿嘧啶核苷(BrdU)掺入法鉴定新生细胞.结果 CL处置明显增加NG2细胞数,并显著减少TUNEL阳性细胞数.但对BrdU阳性细胞数无明显影响.结论 CL能抑制NG2细胞凋亡,从而促进NG2细胞的增殖.

  11. A method for the low-level (ng g(-1)) determination of perfluorooctanoate in paper and textile by liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Stadalius, Marilyn; Connolly, Paul; L'Empereur, Karen; Flaherty, John M; Isemura, Tsuguhide; Kaiser, Mary A; Knaup, Wolfgang; Noguchi, Masahiro


    The determination of perfluorooctanoate (PFO) in articles of commerce has become increasingly important to understand if treated products are a possible source of PFO. An LC-MS/MS method for the determination of PFO in paper and textile using a dual labeled 13C-PFOA internal standard was successfully developed and validated. Residues of PFO were determined using an isocratic, reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method with an ammonium acetate/methanol buffer. Ions monitored were 413 (parent) and 369 (daughter) for PFO and 415 (parent) and 370 (daughter) for dual labeled 13C-PFOA internal standard. As a precaution against ubiquitous PFO that occasionally occurs in mobile phase or instrument components, two Hypercarb cartridges (4 mm) were placed before the HPLC injector. Any PFO that was captured by the cartridges was removed before each injection by flushing the system with 100% methanol prior to equilibration with the isocratic mobile phase. Overall recovery and standard deviation over a 3 day validation regimen for samples (n=54-55) fortified with PFOA at 5, 50, and 200 ng g(-1) were 114+/-4.9% for textile and 110+/-7.6% for paper. The results also established a limit of detection (LOD) of 1 ng g(-1) in textile and 2 ng g(-1) in paper based upon S/N of the 5.0 ng g(-1) fortification versus the untreated paper and textile.

  12. Comparison of the effects of NG-nitro-L-arginine and indomethacin on the hypercapnic cerebral blood flow increase in rats

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    Wang, Qian; Pelligrino, D A; Paulson, O B;


    The effects of NG-nitro-L-arginine (NOLAG), an inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase (NOS), and of indomethacin, an inhibitor of cyclooxygenase, on the rise in cerebral blood flow (CBF) accompanying increasing levels of hypercapnia (paCO2 = 40-135 mmHg) were studied in anesthetized rats. CBF...

  13. Cytotoxicity of synthetic cannabinoids found in "Spice" products: the role of cannabinoid receptors and the caspase cascade in the NG 108-15 cell line. (United States)

    Tomiyama, Kenichi; Funada, Masahiko


    The worldwide distribution of "Spice" that contains synthetic cannabinoids with a pharmacological activity similar to Δ⁹-tetrahydrocannabinol has been reported. In the current study, we evaluated the cytotoxicity of the synthetic cannabinoids, CP-55,940, CP-47,497 and CP-47,497-C8 towards NG 108-15 cells and investigated their mechanism of cytotoxicity. CP-55,940, CP-47,497 and CP-47,497-C8 were all cytotoxic for NG 108-15 cells in a concentration-dependent manner. The cytotoxicity of these synthetic cannabinoids was suppressed by preincubation with the selective CB₁ receptor antagonist AM251, but not with the selective CB₂ receptor antagonist AM630. Preincubation with a caspase-3 inhibitor significantly suppressed the cytotoxicity of these synthetic cannabinoids for NG 108-15 cells. Induction of apoptosis by these cannabinoids was also confirmed by staining of the cells with annexin V. Our results indicate that the cytotoxicity of synthetic cannabinoids towards NG 108-15 cells is mediated by the CB₁ receptor, but not by the CB₂ receptor, and further suggest that caspase-cascades may play an important role in the apoptosis induced by these synthetic cannabinoids.

  14. Muutumismäng 2010. 1.-5. osa / tekst Kerttu Soans ; kommenteerinud Tõnis Elling, Maiu Herzmann, Reet Martinson, Marek Sildoja, Pille Mitt, Marko Vilipson

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    Soans, Kerttu, 1961-


    Ajakirja Üks Muutumismäng 2010 jälgib nende käekäiku, kes soovivad langetada kaalu osaledes spordiklubi Artic Sport XL-treeningprogrammis. Tutvustatakse ka inimest, kes on eeskujuks teistele treenijatele ja kaalulangetajatele

  15. Changes in pericytic expression of NG2 and PDGFRB and vascular permeability in the sensory circumventricular organs of adult mouse by osmotic stimulation. (United States)

    Morita, Shoko; Hourai, Atsushi; Miyata, Seiji


    The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a barrier that prevents free access of blood-derived substances to the brain through the tight junctions and maintains a specialized brain environment. Circumventricular organs (CVOs) lack the typical BBB. The fenestrated vasculature of the sensory CVOs, including the organum vasculosum of the lamina terminalis (OVLT), subfornical organ (SFO) and area postrema (AP), allows parenchyma cells to sense a variety of blood-derived information, including osmotic ones. In the present study, we utilized immunohistochemistry to examine changes in the expression of NG2 and platelet-derived growth factor receptor beta (PDGFRB) in the OVLT, SFO and AP of adult mice during chronic osmotic stimulation. The expression of NG2 and PDGFRB was remarkably prominent in pericytes, although these angiogenesis-associated proteins are highly expressed at pericytes of developing immature vasculature. The chronic salt loading prominently increased the expression of NG2 in the OVLT and SFO and that of PDGFRB in the OVLT, SFO and AP. The vascular permeability of low-molecular-mass tracer fluorescein isothiocyanate was increased significantly by chronic salt loading in the OVLT and SFO but not AP. In conclusion, the present study demonstrates changes in pericyte expression of NG2 and PDGFRB and vascular permeability in the sensory CVOs by chronic osmotic stimulation, indicating active participation of the vascular system in osmotic homeostasis.

  16. NG-PON2 Architecture Enabled by Heterogeneous Space Division Multiplexing with Distributed Light Source: A Proof-of-Concept Evaluation

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    Asif, Rameez; Imran, Muhammad; Ye, Feihong;


    We have numerically evaluated the next generation passive optical network stage-2 (NG-PON2) architecture based on heterogeneous space division multiplexing (SDM) and wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM). Error free transmission (BER of 10−9 ) is obtained for all the downstream (DS) and upstream...

  17. Evaluation of the Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer in Patients with Prostate-specific Antigen <20 ng/ml

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    Xuan Wang


    Conclusions: The PI-RADS score correlates with the PCa detection rate in patients with PSA <20 ng/ml. The summed score of T2WI + DWI has the highest accuracy in detection of PCa. However, the sensitivity should be further improved.

  18. On the Least-Squares Fitting of Slater-Type Orbitals with Gaussians: Reproduction of the STO-NG Fits Using Microsoft Excel and Maple (United States)

    Pye, Cory C.; Mercer, Colin J.


    The symbolic algebra program Maple and the spreadsheet Microsoft Excel were used in an attempt to reproduce the Gaussian fits to a Slater-type orbital, required to construct the popular STO-NG basis sets. The successes and pitfalls encountered in such an approach are chronicled. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)

  19. NG-nitro L-arginine methyl ester: systemic and pulmonary haemodynamics, tissue blood flow and arteriovenous shunting in the pig

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    E. Marcel van Gelderen (E.); M.O. den Boer (Marinus); P.R. Saxena (Pramod Ranjan)


    textabstractThe effects of NG-nitro-Lrarginine methyl ester (L-NAME), an inhibitor of the endothelial nitric oxide (NO) biosynthesis, on systemic and pulmonary haemodynamics, and tissue as well as arteriovenous anastomotic blood flows were investigated in the anaesthetized pig, using simultaneous in

  20. Ect2, an ortholog of Drosophila's pebble, negatively regulates neurite outgrowth in neuroblastoma × glioma hybrid NG108-15 cells. (United States)

    Tsuji, Takahiro; Higashida, Chiharu; Yoshida, Yasumasa; Islam, Mohammad Saharul; Dohmoto, Mitsuko; Koizumi, Keita; Higashida, Haruhiro


    To identify genes required for brain development, we previously performed in vivo RNA interference (RNAi) screening in Drosophila embryos. We identified pebble as a gene that disrupts development of the Drosophila nervous system. Although pebble has been shown to be involved in neuronal development of Drosophila in several screens, the involvement of Ect2, a mammalian ortholog of pebble, in mammalian neuronal development has not been addressed. To examine the role of Ect2 in neuronal differentiation, we performed Ect2 RNAi in the mouse neuroblastoma × rat glioma NG108-15 cell line. Depletion of Ect2 resulted in an increased proportion of binucleate cells and morphological differentiation of NG108-15 cells characterized by the outgrowth of neurites. These morphological changes were correlated with an increased level of acetylcholine esterase mRNA. In addition, expression of Ect2 was decreased in differentiated NG108-15 cells induced by dibutyryl cyclic AMP. These findings indicate that Ect2 negatively regulates the differentiation of NG108-15 cells and suggest that Ect2 may play a role in neuronal differentiation and brain development in vivo.

  1. Mild hypothermia combined with a scaffold of NgR-silenced neural stem cells/Schwann cells to treat spinal cord injur y

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    Dong Wang; Jinhua Liang; Jianjun Zhang; Shuhong Liu; Wenwen Sun


    Because the inhibition of Nogo proteins can promote neurite growth and nerve cell differenti-ation, a cell-scaffold complex seeded with Nogo receptor (NgR)-silenced neural stem cells and Schwann cells may be able to improve the microenvironment for spinal cord injury repair. Previ-ous studies have found that mild hypothermia helps to attenuate secondary damage in the spinal cord and exerts a neuroprotective effect. Here, we constructed a cell-scaffold complex consisting of a poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) scaffold seeded with NgR-silenced neural stem cells and Schwann cells, and determined the effects of mild hypothermia combined with the cell-scaffold complexes on the spinal cord hemi-transection injury in the T9 segment in rats. Compared with the PLGA group and the NgR-silencing cells+PLGA group, hindlimb motor function and nerve electrophysiological function were clearly improved, pathological changes in the injured spinal cord were attenuated, and the number of surviving cells and nerve ifbers were increased in the group treated with the NgR-silenced cell scaffold+mild hypothermia at 34°C for 6 hours. Furthermore, fewer pathological changes to the injured spinal cord and more surviv-ing cells and nerve ifbers were found after mild hypothermia therapy than in injuries not treated with mild hypothermia. These experimental results indicate that mild hypothermia combined with NgR gene-silenced cells in a PLGA scaffold may be an effective therapy for treating spinal cord injury.

  2. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of NC/NG Blends%NC/NG共混体系的分子动力学模拟研究

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    齐晓飞; 张晓宏; 李吉祯; 刘芳莉; 宋振伟; 张军平


    为研究复合改性双基推进剂(CMDB)基体硝化纤维素(NC)与硝化甘油(NG)之间相互作用的实质,通过构建NC纯物质以及不同质量比的NC/NG共混体系模型,并采用分子动力学模拟的方法,对NC分子链的回转半径及模型中不同原子间的径向分布函数进行了分析.结果发现:NC分子链的回转半径随温度升高而增大的趋势并不明显;而随NG分子数量增多而增大的趋势非常显著.径向分布函数分析表明,NG分子可与NC分子形成氢键而替代NC分子内的氢键,使NC分子内的相互作用力减弱,从而导致NC分子链回转半径增大.%In order to explore the interaction between nitrocellulose (NC) and nitroglycerine (NG) of composite modified double-base (CMDB) propellants, the radius of gyration of NC molecules and radial distribution function for different atoms of NC and NC/NG blends were calculated by using molecular dynamics simulation ( MD) . It was found that the radius of gyration of NC molecules was independent on the temperature, while the number of NG molecules increased greatly with temperature. Besides, according to the radial distribution function of the models, it was revealed that the H-bond could be formed between NG and NC molecules instead of H-bond in the individual NC molecule, which could decrease the interaction force inside NC molecules, thus increase the radius of gyration of NC.

  3. NgR基因沉默骨髓间充质干细胞/许旺细胞支架复合体的构建%Construction of the scaffold composite of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells and Schwann cells after NgR gene silencing

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    王东; 张建军; 杨卫山


    背景:细胞联合移植、NgR基因沉默及聚乳酸-乙醇酸支架为近年来脊髓神经损伤修复的研究热点.目的:探讨NgR基因沉默的骨髓间充质干细胞/许旺细胞在聚乳酸-乙醇酸膜上生长及分化的可行性.方法:将骨髓间充质干细胞、许旺细胞分离、纯化及扩增后,经小分子干扰RNA转染以沉默NgR基因表达,用反转录-聚合酶链反应、Western blot检测两种细胞在转染前后NgR基因/蛋白的表达.在有血清的条件下,按骨髓间充质干细胞组、许旺细胞组及联合组(均以未转染细胞为对照,共6 组)分别接种到聚乳酸-乙醇酸膜上,观察各组细胞的贴附、生长、分化情况.结果与结论:转染小分子干扰RNA后,与转染前相比,实验组NgR基因和蛋白的表达量明显降低(P<0.05).经过培养,在聚乳酸-乙醇酸膜上观察与未转染组相比,NgR基因沉默各组均观测到种植细胞的大量贴附和生长.提示NgR基因沉默有促进骨髓间充质干细胞/许旺细胞贴附、生长的作用.%BACKGROUND:Combined cell transplantation, NgR gene silencing and poly-lactic acid-glycohc acid (PLGA) scaffolds have become th8 research focus of spinal cord injury repair in recent yearsOBJECTIVE:To investigate the feasibility of the growth and differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs ySchwann cells in poly (lactic-co-glycohc acid) (PLGA) membrane after NgR gene silencingAfter BMSCs and Schwann cells were isolated, purified and amplified, the two kinds of cells were transfected by small interfering RNA to silence NgR gene expression The NgR gene/protein expressions in the two kinds of cells before and after transfection were detected by reverse transcnption-PCR and Western blot methods Under serum conditions the cells were divided into BMSCs group Schwann cells group and combination group (all untransfected cells as controls, six groups in total) Then, the cells were inoculated onto the PLGA membrane, and

  4. NG2细胞在大鼠脊髓压迫性损伤急性期内源性增殖及形态变化规律%Endogenous proliferation and morphological characteristics of NG2-cells in compressed spinal cord injury of rats

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    漆伟; 孙善全; 冉建华; 黄思琴; 伍修宇; 侯良绢; 卓飞; 陈臻


    目的 研究NG2细胞在大鼠脊髓损伤白质内源性增殖及形态特征.方法 成年SD雄性大鼠42只,随机平均分为模型组和假手术组.按课题组自行设计的方法制作脊髓压迫模型,假手术组仅暴露脊髓.分别于术后1、3、7d运用免疫组化检测脊髓内NG2细胞的表达.采用Image Pro Plus6.0软件对NG2阳性细胞计数并测量其胞体面积和突起长度.结果 伤后1d,NG2+细胞增多(30.17±11.08)/视野,至3d达到高峰(90.75±9.40)/视野,7d后下降(78.38±8.91)/视野,但仍多于假手术组(19.92±6.68)/视野(P<0.05).在假手术组,NG2+细胞平均胞体面积为(205.67±10.80)μm2、平均突起长度为(22.92±1.24)μm,伤后1d,NG2+细胞胞体变小(128.25±32.06)μm2、突起变短(10.98±4.25) μm,3d后胞体变大(225.26±16.64) μm2、突起增长(18.63±2.26) μm(P< 0.05),至7d变化不明显(P>0.05).在脊髓压迫损伤后,可见许多胞体较小呈圆形、突起少或无的NG2+细胞集落.结论 在脊髓压迫损伤一周内,NG2细胞增殖活跃,胞体渐大,突起变长,但仍短于正常.%Objective To investigate endogenous proliferation and morphological characteristics of NG2-cells in the white matter of compressed spinal cord injury (ACSCI) of rats. Methods 42 adult SD rats were randomly divided into 2 groups: model group (n=21), which underwent spinal cord compression by a self-made device, and sham group (n=21), which underwent only laminectomy. Expression of NG2-positive cells was detected by IHC after 1, 3 and 7 days. The average number, soma area, process length of NG2+-cells were measured by Image Pro Plus6.0. Results Compared with control group (19.92 ±6.68 per field), the number of NG2+-cells increased at 1d (30.17 ±11.08 per field), peaked at 3d (90.75 ±9.40 per field), and decreased at 7d (78.38±8.91 per field) (P0.05). There were many clusters of NG2+ cells that had smaller and round soma, fewer or no processes after CSCI. Conclusion NG2+-cells could

  5. 脑蛋白水解物注射液对NG2蛋白聚糖阳性神经祖细胞分化的影响%Effects of Cerebrolysin on the differentiation of the NG2 proteoglycan-positive neural progenitor cells

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    于秀军; 楯林羲孝; 郭力


    目的 探讨脑蛋白水解物注射液(Cerebrolysin,CL)对NG2蛋白聚糖阳性神经祖细胞(NG2细胞)分化的作用.方法 根据文献从成年大鼠海马原代培养NG2细胞,7天后添加10μl/ml(0.4mg/ml)CL继续培养7天,以免疫荧光双重染色法鉴定细胞性质.结果 10μl/ml CL处置明显增加NG2细胞中Map2a/b、Synapsin I、VGAD和GABA表达水平.结论 CL促进NG2细胞向神经元(特别是GABA能抑制性中间神经元)分化.

  6. "They don´t care about us!" : Aftonbladets och Dagens Nyheters framställning av Michael Jackson bortgång



    Den 25 juni 2009 dog en av världens mest kända artister, Michael Jackson. Detta orsakade stora rubriker i massmedierna och fans över hela världen sörjde. Denna uppsats handlar om hur Michael Jacksons bortgång framställdes i av de största tidningarna i Sverige, Aftonbladet och Dagens Nyheter. Vi formulerade följande frågeställningar: Hur framställs och vinklas Michael Jacksons bortgång i Aftonbladet respektive Dagens Nyheter? I vad mån skiljer sig framställningen och vinklingen mellan de båda...

  7. AMIGO3 is an NgR1/p75 co-receptor signalling axon growth inhibition in the acute phase of adult central nervous system injury.

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    Zubair Ahmed

    Full Text Available Axon regeneration in the injured adult CNS is reportedly inhibited by myelin-derived inhibitory molecules, after binding to a receptor complex comprised of the Nogo-66 receptor (NgR1 and two transmembrane co-receptors p75/TROY and LINGO-1. However, the post-injury expression pattern for LINGO-1 is inconsistent with its proposed function. We demonstrated that AMIGO3 levels were significantly higher acutely than those of LINGO-1 in dorsal column lesions and reduced in models of dorsal root ganglion neuron (DRGN axon regeneration. Similarly, AMIGO3 levels were raised in the retina immediately after optic nerve crush, whilst levels were suppressed in regenerating optic nerves, induced by intravitreal peripheral nerve implantation. AMIGO3 interacted functionally with NgR1-p75/TROY in non-neuronal cells and in brain lysates, mediating RhoA activation in response to CNS myelin. Knockdown of AMIGO3 in myelin-inhibited adult primary DRG and retinal cultures promoted disinhibited neurite growth when cells were stimulated with appropriate neurotrophic factors. These findings demonstrate that AMIGO3 substitutes for LINGO-1 in the NgR1-p75/TROY inhibitory signalling complex and suggests that the NgR1-p75/TROY-AMIGO3 receptor complex mediates myelin-induced inhibition of axon growth acutely in the CNS. Thus, antagonizing AMIGO3 rather than LINGO-1 immediately after CNS injury is likely to be a more effective therapeutic strategy for promoting CNS axon regeneration when combined with neurotrophic factor administration.


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    Full Text Available This experiment was carried out t o confirm the rol e of water level and w ater temperature i n indu cing t he s pawning o f tr opical walking catfi sh . Ma ture mal es an d females reared un de r 23 - 2 5 °C, were paired and in duced to spa wn by cont rolling w ater level and w ater temperature. Decr easi ng water level and returni ng it to its original level r esulted i n a low spawni ng r ate (l es s t han 6. 7 % at 23 °C . Decreasing water level with simultaneous increase in water temperature, followed by returning the respective levels to their originals gave high spa wning rates ( 41.7 — 50 %; whereas the s ame treatment but without a ny water temperature decrea sed when t he wate r le vel was return ed t o t he initial level, gave a lo w spawning rate (16 .7 %. In creasin g water level only, fail ed to ind uce spa wning . A high spawning rate was obtained also when changes in water level were ca rried out under high t emperature of 28 °C. No fish spawned in the ab sence of the environmental stimulation. From the results, i t is confirmed that water le vel and t emperature play important r oles i n i nducin g spaw ning of tropical walki ng catfish. Changes i n water t emperature probably increas e the sensitivity of fish to th e change in water level. Prolo nged exposure to high water tem perature c ould also improve the sensitivity of fish.

  9. Repeated Fish Removal to Restore Lakes: Case Study of Lake Væng, Denmark—Two Biomanipulations during 30 Years of Monitoring

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    Full Text Available Biomanipulation by fish removal has been used in many shallow lakes as a method to improve lake water quality. Here, we present and analyse 30 years of chemical and biological data from the shallow and 16 ha large Lake Væng, Denmark, which has been biomanipulated twice with a 20-year interval by removing roach (Rutilus rutilus and bream (Abramis brama. After both biomanipulations, Lake Væng shifted from a turbid, phytoplankton-dominated state to a clear, water macrophyte-dominated state. Chlorophyll a was reduced from 60–80 μg·L−1 to 10–30 μg·L−1 and the coverage of submerged macrophytes, dominated by Elodea canadensis, increased from <0.1% to 70%–80%. Mean summer total phosphorus was reduced from about 0.12 to 0.07 mg·L−1 and total nitrogen decreased from 1.0 to 0.4 mg·L−1. On a seasonal scale, phosphorus and chlorophyll concentrations changed from a summer maximum during turbid conditions to a winter maximum under clear conditions. The future of Lake Væng is uncertain and a relatively high phosphorus loading via the groundwater, and the accumulation of a mobile P pool in the sediment make it likely that the lake eventually will return to turbid conditions. Repeated fish removals might be a relevant management strategy to apply in shallow lakes with a relatively high external nutrient loading.

  10. 汉越语空间维度词“厚/薄(dày/m(o)ng)”的隐喻义对比

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  11. An NF-κB--EphrinA5-Dependent Communication between NG2(+) Interstitial Cells and Myoblasts Promotes Muscle Growth in Neonates. (United States)

    Gu, Jin-Mo; Wang, David J; Peterson, Jennifer M; Shintaku, Jonathan; Liyanarachchi, Sandya; Coppola, Vincenzo; Frakes, Ashley E; Kaspar, Brian K; Cornelison, Dawn D; Guttridge, Denis C


    Skeletal muscle growth immediately following birth is critical for proper body posture and locomotion. However, compared with embryogenesis and adulthood, the processes regulating the maturation of neonatal muscles is considerably less clear. Studies in the 1960s predicted that neonatal muscle growth results from nuclear accretion of myoblasts preferentially at the tips of myofibers. Remarkably, little information has been added since then to resolve how myoblasts migrate to the ends of fibers. Here, we provide insight into this process by revealing a unique NF-κB-dependent communication between NG2(+) interstitial cells and myoblasts. NF-κB in NG2(+) cells promotes myoblast migration to the tips of myofibers through cell-cell contact. This occurs through expression of ephrinA5 from NG2(+) cells, which we further deduce is an NF-κB target gene. Together, these results suggest that NF-κB plays an important role in the development of newborn muscles to ensure proper myoblast migration for fiber growth.

  12. NG2-expressing glial precursor cells are a new potential oligodendroglioma cell initiating population in N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea-induced gliomagenesis. (United States)

    Briançon-Marjollet, Anne; Balenci, Laurent; Fernandez, Manuel; Estève, François; Honnorat, Jérôme; Farion, Régine; Beaumont, Marine; Barbier, Emmanuel; Rémy, Chantal; Baudier, Jacques


    Gliomas are the most common primary brain tumor affecting human adults and remain a therapeutic challenge because cells of origin are still unknown. Here, we investigated the cellular origin of low-grade gliomas in a rat model based on transplacental exposure to N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU). Longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging coupled to immunohistological and immunocytochemical analyses were used to further characterize low-grade rat gliomas at different stages of evolution. We showed that early low-grade gliomas have characteristics of oligodendroglioma-like tumors and exclusively contain NG2-expressing slow dividing precursor cells, which express early markers of oligodendroglial lineage. These tumor-derived precursors failed to fully differentiate into oligodendrocytes and exhibited multipotential abilities in vitro. Moreover, a few glioma NG2+ cells are resistant to radiotherapy and may be responsible for tumor recurrence, frequently observed in humans. Overall, these findings suggest that transformed multipotent NG2 glial precursor cell may be a potential cell of origin in the genesis of rat ENU-induced oligodendroglioma-like tumors. This work may open up new perspectives for understanding biology of human gliomas.

  13. Endomorphins inhibit high-threshold Ca2+ channel currents in rodent NG108-15 cells overexpressing mu-opioid receptors. (United States)

    Higashida, H; Hoshi, N; Knijnik, R; Zadina, J E; Kastin, A J


    1. Extracellular application of the novel brain peptides endomorphin 1 (EM1) and endomorphin 2 (EM2) inhibited high-threshold Ca2+ channel currents in NGMO-251 cells, a daughter clone of NG108-15 mouse neuroblastoma x rat glioma hybrid cells, in which mu-opioid receptors are overexpressed. 2. In contrast, EM1 and EM2 did not induce this inhibition in the parental NG108-15 cells that predominantly express endogenous delta-receptors. 3. The IC50 for EM1 and EM2 was 7.7 and 23.1 nM, respectively. 4. EM-induced Ca2+ channel current inhibition was blocked by treatment or pretreatment of the cells with 100 microM N-methylmaleimide or 100 ng ml-1 pertussis toxin. 5. These results show that a decrease in conductance of Ca2+ channels results following interaction of EMs with cloned mu-receptors, which couple via Gi/Go-type G proteins, and that EMs fulfill one of the necessary synaptic conditions for them to be identified as neurotransmitters.

  14. NT-proBNP <95 ng/l can exclude pulmonary hypertension on echocardiography at diagnostic workup in patients with interstitial lung disease

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    Charlotte Andersen


    Full Text Available Background: Pulmonary hypertension (PH is a serious complication to interstitial lung disease (ILD and has a poor prognosis. PH is often diagnosed by screening with echocardiography followed by right heart catheterisation. A previous study has shown that a value of NT-pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP 95 ng/l for signs of PH on echocardiography were calculated. The study was approved by the Danish Health Authority. Results: In 118 patients, data from both echocardiography and measurements of NT-proBNP were available. Eleven of these were screened positive for PH on echocardiography. Sensitivity, specificity, NPV and PPV of NT-proBNP <95 ng/l for PH were 100, 44, 16 and 100%, respectively. Furthermore, no patients with left heart failure as the cause of dyspnoea were missed using this cut-off value. Conclusion: NT-proBNP <95 ng/l precludes a positive echocardiographic screen for PH in ILD patients at referral for diagnostic workup.

  15. Antagonistic effect of Na+ and Mg2+ on P2z purinoceptor-associated pores in dibutyryl cyclic AMP-differentiated NG108-15 cells. (United States)

    Song, S L; Chueh, S H


    The effect of replacement of extracellular Na+ with N-methyl-D-glucamine (NMG) on P2 receptor signaling pathways was investigated in dibutyryl cyclic AMP-differentiated NG108-15, cells. Benzoylbenzoic ATP (BzATP) dose-dependently increased the cytosolic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) with an EC50 value of 230 microM. Replacement of Na+ with NMG as well as removal of Mg2+ from the bathing buffer potentiated ethidium bromide uptake, [Ca2+]i increase, and 45Ca2+ uptake in response to ATP or BzATP. In contrast, in the presence of 5 mM Mg2+ to limit the amount of ATP4-, replacement of Na+ with NMG had no effect on the ATP-induced [Ca2+]i increase but caused a markedly larger [Ca2+]i increase when the calculated concentration of ATP4- was > 10 microM. The calculated EC50 value for ATP4- stimulation of the [Ca2+]i increase was 23 microM in NG108-15 cells. In vascular smooth muscle cells, intracellular Ca2+ release was the major pathway for the ATP-induced [Ca2+]i increase; both removal of Mg2+ and replacement of Na+ with NMG did not affect the action of ATP. These data suggest that ATP(4-)-promoted pores are antagonized by Na+ and Mg2+ in dibutyryl cyclic AMP-differentiated NG108-15 cells.

  16. Strategic environmental evaluation of natural gas - SEA/NG: a management tool for development of a environmental conservation policy; Avaliacao ambiental estrategica para o gas natural - AAE/GN: instrumento de gestao do desenvolvimento para uma politica de conservacao ambiental

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    Comar, Vito; Turdera, Mirko Valenzuela; Silva, Paulo Souza; Benedetti Filho, Edemar; Santiago, Etenaldo Felipe; Costa, Fabio Edir dos Santos [Universidade Estadual do Mato Grosso do Sul (UEMS), Campo Grande, MS (Brazil). Centro de Analise e Monitoramento Ambiental do Gas Natural (GASLAB); Moretti, Edvaldo; Oliveira, Jorge Eremites de; Sciamarelli, Alan; Freitas Filho, Jose Daniel de; Vieira, Maria Helena Pereira [Universidade Estadual do Mato Grosso do Sul (UEMS), Campo Grande, MS (Brazil); Soares, Afranio Jose Soriano [UNESP, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Oliveira, Henrique de; Comunello, Eder [EMBRAPA, Dourados, MS (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas Agropecuaria do Oeste (CPAO); Freire, Luiz G.M. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)


    The methodology for a Strategic Environmental Evaluation of Natural Gas - SEA/NG incorporates within the analysis of the project the socio-cultural, economic, energetic and environmental implications of the transformations, due to the adoption of natural gas, in the area of influence of gas pipelines and gas-powered thermo-electric plants. It was based on the case study of a gas pipeline planned to reach the city of Dourados from Campo Grande, capital of the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso do Sul, which implied the construction of a thermoelectric plant in Dourados. The SEA/NG: 1. Defines the best alternative track for gas pipelines; 2. Proposes location alternatives for gas-powered thermo-electric plants; 3. Evaluates the cumulative and synergic effects of human activities in the socio-environmental aspects; 4. Studies the dynamics of regional development; 4. Supports urban planning decisions in cities housing gas-powered thermo-electric plants; 5. Proposes a System of Analysis and Environmental Monitoring for Natural Gas. Qualitative-quantitative matrixes were used to evaluate the cumulative and synergic effects of the adoption of natural gas within the regional energy matrix, determine the best alternative track for the gas pipeline proposed from Campo Grande to Dourados, and to identify the best location for a gas-powered thermo-electric plant. The matrixes integrated the areas of geology, hydrology, ecology and socio-economics issues both in the phases of construction and operation of the pipeline. Diagrams and interactive conceptual models were also used to synthesize the principal components involved in the choice of the best gas pipeline alternative track. This project received financial grants from PETROBRAS, MSGAS, TBG and FINEP. (author)

  17. Creati ng Customer - Based Brand Equity and Measuring Brand Perception of Tourists who Travel for Thermal Tourism: Balcova Survey

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    Melike Gül


    Full Text Available Creating customer-based brand equity is one of the most effective tools for achieving competitive advantage in term of thermal tourism businesses that operating under fierce competition in the last years. The aim of the study is to measure customer-based brand equity perception of customers who accommodate in thermal tourism facilities and identify relationship between brand equity dimensions and size with the other dimensions of each. The survey was conducted on 216 domestic and 184 foreign tourists staying at Balcova Thermal Resort which is located in the Balcova Thermal Destination. Exploratory Factor Analysis and Path Analysis was applied the data. Findings show that there are significant and positive relationship between the size of each customer-based brand equity dimensions. In additions, in order to create ustomer-based brand equity for thermal resorts, some recommendations developed on micro, macro and academic level

  18. Is there a role for {sup 11}C-choline PET/CT in the early detection of metastatic disease in surgically treated prostate cancer patients with a mild PSA increase <1.5 ng/ml?

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    Castellucci, Paolo [University of Bologna, Service of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Haematology-Oncology and Laboratory Medicine, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Bologna, Policlinico Sant' Orsola-Malpighi, Bologna (Italy); Azienda Ospedaliero-Unversitaria di Bologna Policlinico Sant' Orsola-Malpighi, UO di Medicina Nucleare, PAD. 30, Bologna (Italy); Fuccio, Chiara; Santi, Ivan; Nanni, Cristina; Allegri, Vincenzo; Montini, Gian Carlo; Ambrosini, Valentina; Boschi, Stefano; Fanti, Stefano [University of Bologna, Service of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Haematology-Oncology and Laboratory Medicine, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Bologna, Policlinico Sant' Orsola-Malpighi, Bologna (Italy); Rubello, Domenico; Marzola, Maria Cristina [Sanata Maria della Misericordia Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Medical Physics, Radiology, Service of Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT Centre, Rovigo (Italy); Schiavina, Riccardo; Martorana, Giuseppe [University of Bologna, Service of Urology, Department of Specialist Surgery and Anaesthesiology, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Bologna Policlinico Sant' Orsola-Malpighi, Bologna (Italy)


    -guided biopsy in 7 patients with local recurrence, (b) surgery and lymphadenectomy in 3 patients, (c) other targeted imaging procedures (MR or bone scan) in 5 patients and (d) clinical FU lasting a minimum of 12 months and including also a contrast-enhanced CT (CECT), an MR, a bone scan and a repeated {sup 11}C-choline PET/CT in 14 patients. Age, time to biochemical relapse (TTR), initial T staging, Gleason score and trigger PSA were not statistically significant in predicting a positive {sup 11}C-choline PET/CT scan both at univariate and multivariate analysis. Instead, PSA kinetics (PSAdt and PSAvel), N status and anti-androgenic therapy at the time of PET scan were statistically significant predictive factors at univariate analysis. Of note, only PSAdt and initial N status were found to be significant and independent predictive factors at multivariate analysis. The mean PSAdt in PET-positive patients was 4.34 months (SD 2.82) while in PET-negative patients it was 13.30 months (SD 9.75) (p = 0.0001). The optimal threshold for PSAdt established by receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was 7.25 months (AUC 0.85; 95% confidence interval 0.77-0.91) providing 93% sensitivity, 74% specificity, 60% positive predictive value and 96% negative predictive value. In our study, {sup 11}C-choline PET/CT was able to detect recurrent disease in 28% of the patients with mild biochemical relapse characterized by very low trigger PSA levels (PSA <1.5 ng/ml). Very interestingly {sup 11}C-choline PET/CT detected distant unexpected metastases in 21% of the patients. At multivariate statistical analysis only PSAdt and node status were shown to be significant and independent predictive factors for positive {sup 11}C-choline PET/CT. Therefore, {sup 11}C-choline could be suggested to be performed early during initial biochemical relapse in patients presenting with fast PSA kinetics. The early detection of the site of recurrence could lead to a prompt instauration of the most appropriate

  19. Postnatal development characteristics of NG2 cells in spinal cords of rats%大鼠脊髓硫酸软骨素蛋白多糖4细胞的生后发育特征

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    伍修宇; 唐文强; 孙善全; 漆伟; 张波; 钟小燕; 汪克建


    Objective To observe the postnatal development characteristics of NG2 cells in spinal cord of rats. Methods Immunohistochemistry (IHC) was applied to examine the morphologic characteristics of NG2 cells. Western blot was used to observe the expression of NG2 in spinal cord during the different postnatal developmental stages. Results NG2 cells persistently existed during different postnatal developmental stages in spinal cord. There were a great number of NG2 cells with few processes and round or oval cell bodies at Pld. At P7d, a few NG2 cells were detected with short processes in spinal cord. But at P21d,few NG2 cells were found in spinal cord. At P60 d, NG2 cells with irregular cell bodies and 1-3 short processes were found. Compared with the cerebral cortex in the corresponding stages, NG2 cells in spinal cord showed bigger soma, shorter and thin processes. Western blot showed that the expression of NG2 at Pl ,7 ,21 and 60 d was (0. 75 ±0. 11) , (0. 40 ±0. 05) , (0.16 ±0.06) and (0.37 ±0. 06) respectively. NG2 expression was highest at Pld,declined at P7d and reduced significantly to the lowest at P21d,and then increased at P60d. Conclusions The NG2 cells persistently exist in spinal cord and are different in cell number and morphology at the different postnatal development stages. From P7d to P21d may be the major myelination period. NG2 cells in spinal cord may be at an earlier stage in oligodendrocyte lineage.%目的 研究大鼠脊髓中硫酸软骨素蛋白多糖4(NG2)细胞生后发育特征.方法 采用免疫组织化学及Western blot,观察大鼠生后不同发育阶段的脊髓中NG2细胞形态变化.结果 大鼠生后各发育阶段的脊髓内均有NG2阳性细胞表达;NG2细胞的胞体逐渐增大,其形态由圆形或卵圆形变为不规则形,突起数目和长度随之增加,与同时期大脑皮质的NG2细胞形态比较,脊髓内的NG2细胞胞体要大,突起短而少.P1d脊髓内NG2表达值最高,为0.75±0.11,P7d

  20. Preparation of Polymer Drug-loading Micelles of Saponin Rb1 Active Metabolite NG701 and in Vitro Cytotoxicity Evaluation%皂苷Rbl活性代谢产物NG701聚合物载药胶束的制备及其体外细胞毒性评价

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    朱宇轩; 贾乙; 张建祥; 李晓辉


    OBJECTIVE: To prepare polymer drug-loading micelles of Rb1 active metabolite (NG701), and to evaluate cytotoxicity of it in vitro.METHODS: Amphiphilic copolymer PEG-PBLA was synthesized and then characterized by IR spectrum and HNMR.Dialysis process was used to prepare NG701/PEG-PBLA polymer drug-loading micelles.The morphology and particle size of micelles were observed.The content of NG701 was determined by HPLC, and the drug-loading rate and encapsulation coefficency were calculated.Hela cells were employed as the model to evaluate the cytotoxicity of NG701-loading PEG-PBLA micelles by MTT assay.It was compared with that of NG701 raw material.RESULTS: IR spectrum and HNMR confirmed the synthesis of PEG-PBLA.Prepared micelles were in round shape with size smaller than 200 nm.The drug-loading rate reached 32.7% at the most and encapsulation coefficency was 93.2% at the most.Compared with active concentration of NG701 raw material 100 μg·mL-1, the active concentration of polymer was 50 μg·mL-1 (P<0.05).CONCLUSION: Polymer drug-loading micelles with PEG-PBLA as carrier can improve cytotoxicity of NG 701 effectively.%目的:制备二醇类皂苷Rb1活性代谢产物(NG701)的聚合物载药胶束,并对其进行体外细胞毒性评价.方法:合成两亲性嵌段共聚物即聚乙二醇.聚天冬氨酸苄酯(PEG-PBLA)并借助红外光谱和核磁共振氢谱进行表征;采用透析法制备NG701/PEG.PBLA聚合物载药胶束,观察其形态和粒径分布,建立高效液相色谱法测定其含量并计算载药量和包封率.以Hela细胞为模型,采用MTT法评价聚合物载药胶束的细胞毒性作用,并与NG701原料药比较.结果:红外光谱和核磁共振氢谱证实形成了PEG-PBLA,所制备的聚合物载药胶束呈球形,粒径小于200 nm,载药量最高达32.7%,包封率最高为93.2%.与原料药发挥细胞毒性作用的有效浓度100 μg·mL比较,聚合物载药胶束为50lag·mL(P<0.05).结论:以PEG-PBLA为载体制备的

  1. Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA Density and Free to Total PSA Ratio in Diagnosing Prostate Cancer with Prostate-Specific Anti¬gen Levels of 4.0 ng/ml or Less

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    Xin LIU


    Full Text Available Background: We aimed to value the usefulness of free to total prostate-specific antigen and Prostate-specific antigen (PSA density for prostate cancer in the patients with PSA levels of 4.0 ng/ml or less.Methods: A total of 343 subjects with PSA levels of 4.0 ng/ml or less were biopsied. All patients were divided into four groups according to the PSA levels: 0 to 1.0 ng/ml, 1.1 to 2.0 ng/ml, 2.1 to 3.0 ng/ml, and 3.1 to 4.0 ng/ml. The reliability of cancer detection in relation to the f/t PSA ratio and PSAD were estimated.Results: Overall, 65 people were diagnosed with prostate cancer. The detection rate was 16.28%、17.17%, 21.82%, 25.00% in subjects with PSA levels of 0 to 1.0 ng/ml, 1.1 to 2.0 ng/ml, 2.1 to 3.0 ng/ml, and 3.1 to 4.0 ng/ml, respectively. The f/t PSA ratio was significantly lower in patients with prostate cancer and PSA levels of 2.1 to 4.0 ng/ml (P<0.05. The PSAD had no statistical significance between the two groups.Conclusions: Routine prostate biopsy should be undertaken if the f/t PSA ratio less than 15% with /without abnormal DRE/TRUS findings. Keywords: Biopsy, Prostate cancer, Prostate-specific antigen, PSA ratio, PSAD 


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    Full Text Available The main sources of air pollution in ports are ships, on which electrical energy is produced in the autonomous gener-ating sets Diesel-Generator. The most effective way to reduce harmful exhaust emissions from ships is to exclude marine generating sets and provide the shore-side electricity in “Shore to Ship” system. The main problem in the implementa-tion of power supply for ships from land is connected with matching parameters of voltage in onshore network with marine network. Currently, the recommended solution is to supply ships from the onshore electricity network with the use of power electronic converters. This article presents an analysis of the „Shore to Ship” system with the use of gener-ating sets with LNG gas engines. It shows topologies with LNG – Generator sets, environmental benefits of such a solu-tion, advantages and disadvantages.

  3. Urinary Biomarker Panel to Improve Accuracy in Predicting Prostate Biopsy Result in Chinese Men with PSA 4–10 ng/mL (United States)

    Zhou, Yongqiang; Li, Yun; Li, Xiangnan


    This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness and clinical performance of a panel of urinary biomarkers to diagnose prostate cancer (PCa) in Chinese men with PSA levels between 4 and 10 ng/mL. A total of 122 patients with PSA levels between 4 and 10 ng/mL who underwent consecutive prostate biopsy at three hospitals in China were recruited. First-catch urine samples were collected after an attentive prostate massage. Urinary mRNA levels were measured by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). The predictive accuracy of these biomarkers and prediction models was assessed by the area under the curve (AUC) of the receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve. The diagnostic accuracy of PCA3, PSGR, and MALAT-1 was superior to that of PSA. PCA3 performed best, with an AUC of 0.734 (95% CI: 0.641, 0.828) followed by MALAT-1 with an AUC of 0.727 (95% CI: 0.625, 0.829) and PSGR with an AUC of 0.666 (95% CI: 0.575, 0.749). The diagnostic panel with age, prostate volume, % fPSA, PCA3 score, PSGR score, and MALAT-1 score yielded an AUC of 0.857 (95% CI: 0.780, 0.933). At a threshold probability of 20%, 47.2% of unnecessary biopsies may be avoided whereas only 6.2% of PCa cases may be missed. This urinary panel may improve the current diagnostic modality in Chinese men with PSA levels between 4 and 10 ng/mL.

  4. PSA levels of 4.0 - 10 ng/ml and negative digital rectal examination: antibiotic therapy versus immediate prostate biopsy

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    Avraham Shtricker


    Full Text Available Purpose: The management of mildly elevated (4.0-10.0 ng/ml prostate specific antigen (PSA is uncertain. Immediate prostate biopsy, antibiotic treatment, or short term monitoring PSA level for 1-3 months is still in controversy. Material and Methods: We conducted a retrospective chart review of patients in a large community practice (2003 - 2007 who had PSA levels between 4.0-10 ng/mL without any further evidence of infection. Data was gathered regarding patient's age, whether standard antibiotic therapy (10-14 days of ofloxacin or ciprofloxacin had been administered before the second PSA measurement, results of a second PSA test performed at 1- to 2-month intervals, whether a prostate biopsy was performed and its result. Results: One-hundred and thirty-five men met the study inclusion criteria with 65 (48.1% having received antibiotics (group 1; the PSA levels decreased in 39 (60% of which, sixteen underwent a biopsy which demonstrated prostate cancer in 4 (25%. Twenty-six (40% patients of group 1 exhibited no decrease in PSA levels; seventeen of them underwent a biopsy that demonstrated cancer in 2 (12%. The other 70 (51.9% patients were not treated with antibiotics (group 2; the PSA levels decreased in 42 (60% of which, thirteen underwent a biopsy which demonstrated prostate cancer in 4 (31%. In the other 28 (40% patients of group 2 there was no demonstrated decrease in PSA, nineteen of these subjects underwent a biopsy that demonstrated cancer in 8 (42%. Conclusions: There appears to be no advantage for administration of antibacterial therapy with initial PSA levels between 4-10 ng/mL without overt evidence of inflammation.

  5. Urinary Biomarker Panel to Improve Accuracy in Predicting Prostate Biopsy Result in Chinese Men with PSA 4–10 ng/mL

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    Yongqiang Zhou


    Full Text Available This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness and clinical performance of a panel of urinary biomarkers to diagnose prostate cancer (PCa in Chinese men with PSA levels between 4 and 10 ng/mL. A total of 122 patients with PSA levels between 4 and 10 ng/mL who underwent consecutive prostate biopsy at three hospitals in China were recruited. First-catch urine samples were collected after an attentive prostate massage. Urinary mRNA levels were measured by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR. The predictive accuracy of these biomarkers and prediction models was assessed by the area under the curve (AUC of the receiver-operating characteristic (ROC curve. The diagnostic accuracy of PCA3, PSGR, and MALAT-1 was superior to that of PSA. PCA3 performed best, with an AUC of 0.734 (95% CI: 0.641, 0.828 followed by MALAT-1 with an AUC of 0.727 (95% CI: 0.625, 0.829 and PSGR with an AUC of 0.666 (95% CI: 0.575, 0.749. The diagnostic panel with age, prostate volume, % fPSA, PCA3 score, PSGR score, and MALAT-1 score yielded an AUC of 0.857 (95% CI: 0.780, 0.933. At a threshold probability of 20%, 47.2% of unnecessary biopsies may be avoided whereas only 6.2% of PCa cases may be missed. This urinary panel may improve the current diagnostic modality in Chinese men with PSA levels between 4 and 10 ng/mL.

  6. Value of contrast-enhanced sonographic micro flow imaging for prostate cancer detection with t-PSA level of 4-10 ng/mL

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    Guo, Yi-Fen, E-mail: [Department of Ultrasound, Renji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1630 Dongfang Rd., Shanghai 200127 (China); Li, Feng-Hua, E-mail: [Department of Ultrasound, Renji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1630 Dongfang Rd., Shanghai 200127 (China); Xie, Shao-Wei, E-mail: [Department of Ultrasound, Renji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1630 Dongfang Rd., Shanghai 200127 (China); Xia, Jian-Guo, E-mail: [Department of Ultrasound, Renji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1630 Dongfang Rd., Shanghai 200127 (China); Fang, Hua, E-mail: [Department of Ultrasound, Renji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1630 Dongfang Rd., Shanghai 200127 (China); Li, Hong-Li, E-mail: [Department of Ultrasound, Renji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1630 Dongfang Rd., Shanghai 200127 (China)


    Objectives: To compare the efficiency of contrast-enhanced ultrasonographic micro flow imaging (MFI) with conventional transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) in detecting prostate cancer with serum total prostate-specific antigen (t-PSA) of 4.0-10.0 ng/mL. To evaluate the value of contrast-enhanced ultrasonographic MFI in detecting prostate cancer with t-PSA in diagnostic gray zone. Methods: 47 patients with t-PSA 4.0-10.0 ng/mL underwent gray scale, power Doppler TRUS and MFI examinations before ultrasound guided biopsies. Biopsies were performed at twelve sites in the base, the mid-gland and the apex of the prostate in each patient, when there was no abnormal ultrasound finding. When an abnormality was present at MFI, the biopsy specimen from the corresponding site was directed toward the abnormal finding. With histological results of prostate biopsy as reference standards, we assessed the cancer detection of these three methods. Results: 564 specimens were collected in this study, in which 101 were prostate cancer confirmed histologically. 152 of 564 specimens were demonstrated abnormal on MFI images, in which 71 were malignant and 81 were benign confirmed histologically. The sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) for MFI in detecting prostate caner were 70.3%, 82.5%, 80.3%, 46.7% and 92.7%, respectively. The sensitivity and NPV for MFI were significantly better than gray scale (38.6%, 86.9%) and power Doppler (32.7%, 86.0%) (P < 0.001) TRUS. Conclusions: Contrast-enhanced ultrasonographic MFI could significantly improve the detection rate of prostate cancer with t-PSA in diagnostic gray zone (4-10 ng/mL) than conventional ultrasound.

  7. Combining NK cells and mAb9.2.27 to combat NG2-dependent and anti-inflammatory signals in glioblastoma. (United States)

    Kmiecik, Justyna; Gras Navarro, Andrea; Poli, Aurelie; Planagumà, Jesús Planagumà; Zimmer, Jacques; Chekenya, Martha


    Glioblastoma is a deadly brain cancer with limited treatment options. Targeting chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan 4 (CSPG4, best known as NG2) with the monoclonal antibody mAb9.2.27 and activated natural killer (NK) cells abrogated the tumor growth and prolonged the survival of glioblastoma-bearing animals by favoring the establishment of a pro-inflammatory microenvironment. The combination of NK cells and mAb9.2.27 recruited ED1(+)CCR2(low) macrophages that stimulated ED1(+)ED2(low)MHCII(high) microglial cells to exert robust cytotoxicity. Our findings demonstrate the therapeutic potential of targeting salient tumor associated-antigens.

  8. The Significance of PSA Modified Parameters (F/T)/PSAD for Diagnosing Prostatic Cancer in the Grey Zone of 4~10 ng/ml

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    OBJECTIVE To investigate the diagnostic value of modified prostate specific antigen (PSA) parameters in the diagnosis of prostate cancer (PCA)when the serum PSA is in a grey zone of 4~10 ng/ml.METHODS The results of serum PSA determinations of the patients receiving a transrectal ultrasound- guided multiphase prostatic biopsy, were retrospectively analyzed. In the 88 patients with a serum PSA value of 4-10 ng/ml, the final diagnosis of PCA was made in 21, and that of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) in 67 patients. The percentage of the free-serum PSA ([FPSA]/total-serum PSA [TPSA], F/T), PSA density (PSAD) and the sensitivity and specificity of the new PSA modified parameter (F/T)/PSAD in diagnosing PCA, within a set threshold value, was compared.RESULTS In the 88 patients with serum PSA in the grey zone of 4.0-10.0 ng/ml, there was no significant difference in comparing the TPSA between the 21 PCA patients and 67 BPH patients (P>0.05). However,there was a significant difference in the value of modified PSA parameters,such as F/T, PSAD and (F/T)/PSAD, between the PCA and the BPH groups (P<0.001). As the cut off point-value of the F/T, PSAD and (F/T)/PSAD was set at 0.16, 0.15 and 0.8, the diagnostic sensitivity for PCA was 66.7%,76.2% and 85.7%, and the specificity was 41.8%, 43.3% and 68.7%, respectively. There was no significant difference in the sensitivity comparing the modified parameters for diagnosing PCA (P>0.05), whereas an overt predominance was present in the specificity of (F/T)/PSAD for PCA diagnosis (P<0.05).CONCLUSION In the serum PSA grey zone of 4-10 ng/ml, a modified PSA parameter can improve the PCA diagnostic accuracy rate. With a considerably high sensitivity, application of the (F/T)/PSAD may effectively enhance the diagnostic specificity, which is superior to the F/T and PSAD,and can be expected to be one of the new indices derived from the PSA.

  9. Letramento em uma escola de educação bilíngüe na fronteira Uruguai/Brasil


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    Esta pesquisa tem como objetivo descrever as práticas de letramento realizadas pelos participantes de duas terceiras séries de uma escola de educação bilíngüe por imersão dual espanhol/português, localizada na cidade de Rivera (Uruguai) e levantar as atividades letradas em português e em espanhol realizadas por alunos e seus familiares fora do contexto escolar. A fundamentação teórica que subjaz à análise apresentada está baseada nos Novos Estudos sobre Letramentos (New Literacies Studies) (H...

  10. Crianças bilíngües Alemão-Português: erros na escrita e características do ambiente familiar Bilingual German-Portuguese children: handwriting mistakes and characteristics of the familiar environment

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    Simone Raquel Sbrissa Moura


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Relacionar erros na escrita em português, características do ambiente familiar, idade e sexo de crianças bilíngües Alemão-Português. MÉTODOS: Vinte crianças bilíngües alemão/português realizaram ditado balanceado, e seus pais responderam a um questionário. Os tipos de erros na escrita em Português foram classificados e quantificados, e posteriormente relacionados às respostas dos pais no questionário aplicado. RESULTADOS: Houve menos erros relacionados à troca, substituição aleatória, inversão, transposição, omissão e adição de grafemas, e mais erros relacionados às irregularidades da língua portuguesa. A maioria dos pais possuía material escrito em casa; quando mais de uma pessoa lia em casa e quanto maior a escolaridade paterna, maior o número de crianças com menos erros na escrita; quanto menor a escolaridade materna, maior o número de estudantes com mais erros na escrita. Quanto mais novas as crianças, mais erros de todos os tipos. Os meninos apresentaram mais erros na escrita do que as meninas. CONCLUSÕES: Mesmo sendo os participantes deste estudo todos bilíngües, a maioria dos achados foi compatível com os encontrados em outras pesquisas com crianças monolíngües do Português Brasileiro.PURPOSE: To relate mistakes in Portuguese writing, characteristics of the familiar environment, age and gender of bilingual German-Portuguese children. METHODS: Twenty bilingual children were submitted to balanced dictation, and their parents answered a questionnaire. The analysis classified and quantified the types of errors in Portuguese writing, which was later related to their parents' answers on the questionnaire. RESULTS: There were fewer errors related to change, random substitution, inversion, transposition, omission and adding of graphemes, and more errors associated with Portuguese irregularities. Most parents had written material at home; when more than one person used to read at home and the


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    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to evaluate qualitatively the themes emerging from the application of activities designed according to The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. The activities were selected from the learning domains of 7th grade mathematics curriculum. This case study was conducted with two mathematics teachers from different schools and their 54 students and it lasted total 51 hours. Interview and observation methods were used in order to collect data as well as student journals. After a content analysis of the interviews, codes and themes were derived with regard to the purpose of the study. Observations and student journals were presented by directly quoting the parts related with the themes derived from the interviews. As a result of this study, the activities carried out in environments designed according to The Theory of Multiple Intelligences were found to be effective in the context of the theme of "facilitating understanding and providing permanent learning". Since this kind of practices have the role of catalyzing in the the displacement process of learning environments based on alternative learning theories by traditional learning environments, the frequent implementation of similar practices in different subject fields and at different levels should be implemented for the widespread use of student centered approaches.

  12. Pro-apoptotic properties of morphine in neuroblastoma × glioma NG108-15 hybrid cells: modulation by yohimbine. (United States)

    Polanco, María José; Alguacil, Luis Fernando; González-Martín, Carmen


    Short-term incubation with pharmacologically relevant concentrations of morphine has been shown to transiently affect the metabolism and redox status of NG108-15 cells through δ-opioid receptor stimulation, but apparently did not provoke cell death. The present work tries to determine if incubation with morphine at longer time intervals (24 h) provokes apoptosis and/or necrosis, as it has been described in other cell lines. We have also checked the potential modulatory role of yohimbine on these effects, on the basis of the previously described interactions between this drug and opioid receptor ligands. Incubation with morphine 0.1 and 10 μM provoked the appearance of images compatible with apoptosis (bebbling, pyknotic cells with cytoplasmic and nuclear condensation) and necrosis (cells swollen with vacuolated cytoplasm lacking cell processes) that could be observed directly and/or after staining with methylene blue, crystal violet and propidium iodide/4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (IP/DAPI). Quantification of apoptosis by activation of caspases 3 and 7 and DNA fragmentation with the Tunel assay revealed a modest but significant increase after incubation with the two concentrations of morphine used. Co-incubation with 10 μM yohimbine prevented all these effects of the opioid. The results extend previous findings of a yohimbine-sensitive, neurotoxic effect of morphine on NG108-15 cells.

  13. Remaining oil distribution in Ng33 bottom water reservoir of Lin 2-6 fault-block in Huimin depression and potential tapping in horizontal well

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    HAN Zuo-zhen; YANG Ren-chao; FAN Ai-ping; CHEN Qing-chun; SHAO Yun-tang


    Oil reservoirs with secondary bottom water in Ng33 members (in Guantao formation, Paleogene system) of Lin2-6 fault block in Huimin depression (Bohai Bay Basin) have entered the late stage of ultra-high water-containing-exploitation. Oil exploita-tion from vertical wells is becoming more and more inefficient. The reservoir type, with water displacing oil and the remaining oil distribution are specifically studied in order to improve the efficiency of the recovery ratio. An integrated scheme for adjusting horizontal wells has been designed and the key technique of the scheme optimized. The study shows that: 1) the positive rhythm of fluvial depositional features is the internal cause of the flooding of oil reservoirs while water injection, injection-production patterns and accumulative petroleum production are the external causes; 2) oil-water driving patterns have transferred from edge water ad-vancing to bottom-water-coning; distribution of the remaining oil mainly concentrates in the upper rhythm and top of the middle rhythm in Ng33 members; 3) a great deal of remaining oil is enriched in high positions of faults, in axes of tiny structures, in stagna-tion areas among water-injection wells and oil-wells and in tectonic saddle areas with sparse wells. Compared with vertical wells, horizontal wells have advantages such as high recovery, high off-take potential, high critical output, large controlling areas and long time of bottom-water breakthrough.

  14. Application of NG catalyst to Novolen polypropylene process%NG催化剂在Novolen聚丙烯工艺上的应用

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    蔡卫; 王金祥; 张文平


    将国产NG催化剂在Novolen聚丙烯生产工艺上进行了工业应用.试验过程中反应釜操作温度和压力稳定,催化剂活性高,反应釜中氢气浓度低,聚合物粒径分布窄,粒径在0.25~2.00 mm的颗粒占99.2%.通过试验数据的对比分析,证明NG催化剂可以应用于Novolen聚丙烯工艺.%The domestic NG catalyst was industrially tested in a plant with Novolen polypropylene process. During the course of the industrial test, the polymerization reaction proceeded under the condition of stable operating temperature and pressure, low hydrogen concentration in the reactor and high catalyst's activity. The polymer so prepared had narrow particle size distribution with 99.2% of its particles in the range of 0.25-2.00 mm. The analyses of the experimental data demonstrate that the NG catalyst can be appropriately used in the plant with Novolen polypropylene process.

  15. Correlation Analysis on Boeing 737NG Taskcards Lengths and Labor Hours%波音737NG工卡长度与工时相关性分析

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  16. Spræng boblen

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    Hendricks, Vincent Fella

    Hvad har en dansk Justin Bieber look-a-like, Dovne Robert og frokostfrikadeller – eller mangel på samme – i landets børnehaver til fælles? De kan forstås og forklares med bobleteori. Bortset fra de af slagsen, der laves af sæbe eller findes i champagne, forbindes bobler typisk med situationer i...

  17. Andrew Ng 谈 Deep Learning

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    Andrew Ng是Deep Learning领域最富盛名的科学家之一,他也是斯坦福人工智能实验室主任,在线教育平台Coursera的创始人之一。2014年5月,他加入百度,负责“百度大脑”计划,并担任百度首席科学家。目前,他接受了《程序员》的专访。

  18. Effect of nitric oxide blockade by NG-nitro-L-arginine on cerebral blood flow response to changes in carbon dioxide tension

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    Wang, Qian; Paulson, O B; Lassen, N A


    The importance of nitric oxide (NO) for CBF variations associated with arterial carbon dioxide changes was investigated in halothane-anesthetized rats by using an inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase, NG-nitro-L-arginine (NOLAG). CBF was measured by intracarotid injection of 133Xe. In normocapnia......, intracarotid infusion of 1.5, or 7.5, or 30 mg/kg NOLAG induced a dose-dependent increase of arterial blood pressure and a decrease of normocapnic CBF from 85 +/- 10 to 78 +/- 6, 64 +/- 5, and 52 +/- 5 ml 100 g-1 min-1, respectively. This effect lasted for at least 2 h. Raising PaCO2 from a control level of 40...

  19. A chemical amplification method for the sequential estimation of phosphorus, arsenic and silicon at ng/ml levels by d.c. polarography. (United States)

    Kannan, R; Ramakrishna, T V; Rajagopalan, S R


    A method is described for the sequential determination of phosphorus, arsenic and silicon at ng/ml levels by d.c. polarography. These elements are converted into their heteropolymolybdates and separated by selective solvent extraction. Determination of the molybdenum in the extract gives an enhancement factor of 12 for determination of the hetero-atom. A further enhancement by a factor of 40 is achieved by determining the molybdenum by catalytic polarography in nitrate medium. Charging-current compensation is employed to improve precision and the detection limit. The detection limits for phosphorus, arsenic and silicon are 0.5, 4.7 and 3.1 mu/gl., respectively and the relative standard deviation is 2-2.5%.

  20. Attenuation of G protein-mediated inhibition of N-type calcium currents by expression of caveolins in mammalian NG108–15 cells (United States)

    Toselli, M; Taglietti, V; Parente, V; Flati, S; Pavan, A; Guzzi, F; Parenti, M


    Caveolins are integral proteins of glycolipid/cholesterol-rich plasmalemmal caveolae domains, where, they may function as a plasma membrane scaffold onto which many classes of signalling molecules, including receptors and heterotrimeric G proteins, can assemble. To ascertain whether caveolins influence G protein-mediated signal transduction, we stably expressed caveolin-1 and −3 isoforms in the neuroblastoma × glioma NG108–15 hybrid cell line, lacking endogenous caveolins. Subsequently, using whole-cell voltage clamp methods, we examined whether the modulation of N-type voltage-gated Ca2+ channels by Go protein-coupled, δ-type opioid receptors might be affected by recombinant caveolin expression. In transfected NG108–15 cells, caveolins localized at the plasma membrane and, upon subcellular fractionation on sucrose density gradients, they co-localized in Triton-resistant, low buoyancy fractions, with endogenous Go protein α-subunits. The voltage-dependent inhibition of ω-conotoxin GVIA-sensitive Ba2+ currents following either activation of δ-opioid receptors by the agonist [o-pen2,o-pen5]-enkephalin (DPDPE), or direct stimulation of G proteins with guanosine 5′-O-(thiotriphosphate) (GTPγS) was significantly attenuated in caveolin-expressing cells. The kinetics of Ca2+ channel inhibition were also modified by caveolins. Overall, these results suggest that caveolins may negatively affect G protein-dependent regulation of voltage-gated N-type Ca2+ channels, presumably by causing a reduction of the available pool of activated G proteins. PMID:11600672

  1. {delta}-Opioid receptor-stimulated Akt signaling in neuroblastoma x glioma (NG108-15) hybrid cells involves receptor tyrosine kinase-mediated PI3K activation

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    Heiss, Anika; Ammer, Hermann [Institute of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Koeniginstrasse 16 80539 Muenchen Federal Republic of Germany (Germany); Eisinger, Daniela A., E-mail: [Institute of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Koeniginstrasse 16 80539 Muenchen Federal Republic of Germany (Germany)


    {delta}-Opioid receptor (DOR) agonists possess cytoprotective properties, an effect associated with activation of the 'pro-survival' kinase Akt. Here we delineate the signal transduction pathway by which opioids induce Akt activation in neuroblastoma x glioma (NG108-15) hybrid cells. Exposure of the cells to both [D-Pen{sup 2,5}]enkephalin and etorphine resulted in a time- and dose-dependent increase in Akt activity, as measured by means of an activation-specific antibody recognizing phosphoserine-473. DOR-mediated Akt signaling is blocked by the opioid antagonist naloxone and involves inhibitory G{sub i/o} proteins, because pre-treatment with pertussis toxin, but not over-expression of the G{sub q/11} scavengers EBP50 and GRK2-K220R, prevented this effect. Further studies with Wortmannin and LY294002 revealed that phophoinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) plays a central role in opioid-induced Akt activation. Opioids stimulate Akt activity through transactivation of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTK), because pre-treatment of the cells with inhibitors for neurotrophin receptor tyrosine kinases (AG879) and the insulin-like growth factor receptor IGF-1 (AG1024), but not over-expression of the G{beta}{gamma} scavenger phosducin, abolished this effect. Activated Akt translocates to the nuclear membrane, where it promotes GSK3 phosphorylation and prevents caspase-3 cleavage, two key events mediating inhibition of cell apoptosis and enhancement of cell survival. Taken together, these results demonstrate that in NG108-15 hybrid cells DOR agonists possess cytoprotective properties mediated by activation of the RTK/PI3K/Akt signaling pathway.

  2. 指人义“虫”族新词语综议%The Chóng Family Neologism and its Socio-cultural and Psychological Factors

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    杨绪明; 贾力耘


    20种新词语词典词条考察显示,当代汉语中已孳生出许多带“虫”新词语,它们在音节、结构、意义及构词法等方面表现出许多新特点。其中指人义“~虫”式新词语是在“虫”继承了古汉语通称义和现代汉语口语词戏谑义的基础上,通过仿拟和类推构词方式族群化孳生出来的,是人们从众与求新语用心理交互作用的结果。新词语成族现象彰显了词汇构成的理据性、继承性和创新性。%There have been blooming lots of“chóng (i.e.worm in English)”neologisms in modern Chinese which are collected by about 20 neologism dictionaries.The chóng neologisms are all derived from the model of “-chóng”and have new characteristics on syllable,structure,meaning and word-building as well.The blooming of the “-chóng”neologisms in modern Chinese show the neology’s qualities of word-building reason and inherent innovation as well,reflecting the modern persons’so-cio-cultural and psychological tendency to chase fad and novelty.

  3. Exploração de fatores de risco para câncer de mama em mulheres de etnia Kaingáng, Terra Indígena Faxinal, Paraná, Brasil, 2008 Exploring breast cancer risk factors in Kaingáng women in the Faxinal Indigenous Territory, Paraná State, Brazil, 2008

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    Edimara Patrícia da Silva


    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente estudo foi analisar a saúde das mulheres Kaingáng da Terra Indígena Faxinal, Paraná, Brasil, quanto aos fatores de risco para o câncer de mama. O estudo, de caráter descritivo-exploratório, foi realizado com 95,4% da população feminina com vinte anos ou mais. O aleitamento materno por mais de 1 ano foi relatado por 92,3% das mulheres; 41,4% tinham mais de cinco filhos; a idade média da menarca foi 13,4 anos; 61,5% nunca tinham ouvido falar do câncer de mama; o auto-exame da mama era realizado por apenas 2,9% das mulheres; o médico não realizava o exame clínico da mama, segundo 81,7% delas, e 99% nunca fizeram mamografia. Não foi relatado caso de câncer de mama ou extramamário. Destacaram-se a presença dos fatores de proteção para a carcinogênese e a ausência de alguns fatores de risco, como o uso de terapia de reposição hormonal por mais de cinco anos e etilismo, na maioria das mulheres Kaingáng.This study analyzes the health of Kaingáng women in the Faxinal indigenous territory in Paraná State, Brazil, with regard to risk factors for breast cancer. A descriptive and exploratory investigation was undertaken that included 95.4% of females 20 years or over. Data showed that 92.3% of Kaingáng women reported breastfeeding for more than one year; 41.4% had more than 5 children; mean age at menarche was 13.4 years; 61.5% had never heard of breast cancer; breast self-examination was only performed by 2.9%; 81.7% reported no clinical breast examination by a physician; 99% had never had a mammogram. No cases of breast or non-breast cancer were reported. The study highlights protective factors against carcinogenesis and the absence of key risk factors like hormone replacement therapy for more than five years and alcohol consumption in most Kaingáng women.

  4. Molecular detection and confirmation of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in urogenital and extragenital specimens using the Abbott CT/NG RealTime assay and an in-house assay targeting the porA pseudogene.

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    Walsh, A


    Culture for detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) is being replaced by molecular assays, but difficulties are observed with false positive and negatives results, especially for extragenital samples. This study evaluates the Abbott CT\\/NG Real-Time assay and a real-time porA pseudogene assay. Samples (n = 600) from a mixed prevalence Irish population include 164 male urines with corresponding urethral swabs, 58 endocervical swabs, 173 male pharyngeal swabs, 205 male rectal swabs, 36 NG clinical isolates and 26 commensal Neisseria species isolates. There was a 100% concordance between the Abbott CT\\/NG Real-Time and the porA assay. The positivity rate was 1.2%, 1.7%, 8.1% and 5.8% for FVU\\/urethral swabs, endocervical, pharyngeal and rectal swabs, respectively. These results were compared to culture and discrepancies were found with nine pharyngeal and three rectal swabs. Seven of the 12 discrepant positive samples were sequenced and were confirmed "true positives". The sensitivity and specificity of the molecular assays was 100%. The sensitivity of the culture-based testing was 100% for urogenital samples but 36% and 75% for pharyngeal and rectal swabs, respectively. The combined Abbott CT\\/NG and porA assays provide a valuable alternative to culture and also generate a significant increase in the diagnosis of pharyngeal and rectal NG infection.

  5. ACE Cycle in Programming Education by Using Visualization [Programlama Eğitiminde Görselleştirme ile ACE Döngüsü

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    İbrahim Çetin


    Full Text Available Students experience difficulties in learning computer programming. Researchers have conducted several studies with different perspectives to help students learn programming. The ACE cycle constructed in the context of mathematics education was adapted to programming education and called PACE cycle. The aim of the study was to test effectiveness of the PACE cycle by using both quantitative and qualitative measures. The sample of the study included 62 mechanical engineering students. The students were randomly assigned to control and experimental groups. Experimental group was instructed by using PACE cycle whereas control group was instructed by using ‘traditional instruction’. Both quantitative and qualitative data were gathered before and after the treatment. It was found that there is no significant difference between achievement and attitude scores of experimental and control group students. Nevertheless, it is hard to announce PACE cycle as ineffective depending only on this result. Qualitative data showed that students, in the control group, did not percieve their instruction as traditional one. This might show us that the definition of ‘traditional instruction’ can change depending on the context. It might be the case that students’ perception and experience related to their instruction affected the results of the study. [Öğrenciler bilgisayar programlamayı öğrenirken çeşitli zorluklarla karşılaşmaktadır. Araştırmacılar öğrencilere bu zorlukları aşmada yardımcı olmak için çalışmalar yapmışlardır. Bu çalışmada matematik eğitimi bağlamında geliştirilmiş olan ACE döngüsü isimli öğretim ortamı programlama eğitimine PACE döngüsü olarak uyarlanmıştır. Çalışmanın amacı PACE döngüsünün etkililiğini nicel ve nitel boyutlarıyla araştırmaktır. Çalışmanın örneklemini 62 makine mühendisliği öğrencisi oluşturmaktadır. Öğrenciler deney ve kontrol gruplarına rastgele

  6. Inhibition of Voltage-gated Sodium Channel in NG108-15 by the Venoms from Three Kinds of Spider%三种蜘蛛粗毒对NG108-15细胞电压门控钠通道的抑制作用

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    肖玉成; 彭宽; 陈湘定; 梁宋平


    Using whole-cell patch-clamp technology, the effects of the venoms from three kinds of spider (Selenocosmia huwena, Selenocosmia hainana and Macrothele guangxia sp) on voltage-activated TTX-sensitive(TTX-S) Na+ current and delay-rectified K+ current of undifferentiated NG108-15 were observed. The results showed that they had no evident effect of outword delay-rectified K+ current,while they could inhibit TTX-S fast Na+ current.The inhibitions were dose-dependent.The EC50 values of them were approximate 3.4 mg/L(Selenocosmia huwena); 1.8 mg/L(Selenocosmia hainana);11.0 mg/L(Macrothele guangxia sp),respectively.%利用小鼠神经细胞瘤×大鼠神经胶质细胞的杂交细胞NG108-15,通过全细胞记录(whole-cell recording)模式的膜片钳技术,检验了虎纹捕鸟蛛(Selenocosmia huwena)、海南捕鸟蛛(Selenocosmia hainana)和广西大疣蛛(Macrothele guangxia sp)的粗毒对NG108-15细胞膜上电压门控TTX敏感型钠电流和延迟整流钾电流的作用.结果表明,三种蜘蛛粗毒对外向延迟整流钾电流没有明显作用,但对TTX敏感型的快钠电流表现出较强的抑制效应.抑制效应呈量效关系.三种粗毒抑制钠电流的EC50相应约为:3.4 mg/L;1.8 mg/L和11.0 mg/L.

  7. Cell-surface expression of neuron-glial antigen 2 (NG2) and melanoma cell adhesion molecule (CD146) in heterogeneous cultures of marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells. (United States)

    Russell, Katie C; Tucker, H Alan; Bunnell, Bruce A; Andreeff, Michael; Schober, Wendy; Gaynor, Andrew S; Strickler, Karen L; Lin, Shuwen; Lacey, Michelle R; O'Connor, Kim C


    Cellular heterogeneity of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) impedes their use in regenerative medicine. The objective of this research is to identify potential biomarkers for the enrichment of progenitors from heterogeneous MSC cultures. To this end, the present study examines variation in expression of neuron-glial antigen 2 (NG2) and melanoma cell adhesion molecule (CD146) on the surface of MSCs derived from human bone marrow in response to culture conditions and among cell populations. Multipotent cells isolated from heterogeneous MSC cultures exhibit a greater than three-fold increase in surface expression for NG2 and greater than two-fold increase for CD146 as compared with parental and lineage-committed MSCs. For both antigens, surface expression is downregulated by greater than or equal to six-fold when MSCs become confluent. During serial passage, maximum surface expression of NG2 and CD146 is associated with minimum doubling time. Upregulation of NG2 and CD146 during loss of adipogenic potential at early passage suggests some limits to their utility as potency markers. A potential relationship between proliferation and antigen expression was explored by sorting heterogeneous MSCs into rapidly and slowly dividing groups. Fluorescence-activated cell sorting revealed that rapidly dividing MSCs display lower scatter and 50% higher NG2 surface expression than slowly dividing cells, but CD146 expression is comparable in both groups. Heterogeneous MSCs were sorted based on scatter properties and surface expression of NG2 and CD146 into high (HI) and low (LO) groups. Sc(LO)NG2(HI) and Sc(LO)NG2(HI)CD146(HI) MSCs have the highest proliferative potential of the sorted groups, with colony-forming efficiencies that are 1.5-2.2 times the value for the parental controls. The Sc(LO) gate enriches for rapidly dividing cells. Addition of the NG2(HI) gate increases cell survival to 1.5 times the parental control. Further addition of the CD146(HI) gate does not significantly

  8. Kinetic study of N-type calcium current modulation by delta-opioid receptor activation in the mammalian cell line NG108-15. (United States)

    Toselli, M; Tosetti, P; Taglietti, V


    The voltage-dependent inhibition of N-type Ca2+ channel current by the delta-opioid agonist [D-pen2, D-pen5]-enkephalin (DPDPE) was investigated in the mammalian cell line NG108-15 with 10 microM nifedipine to block L-type channels, with whole-cell voltage clamp methods. In in vitro differentiated NG108-15 cells DPDPE reversibly decreased omega-conotoxin GVIA-sensitive Ba2+ currents in a concentration-dependent way. Inhibition was maximal with 1 microM DPDPE (66% at 0 mV) and was characterized by a slowing of Ba2+ current activation at low test potentials. Both inhibition and kinetic slowing were attenuated at more positive potentials and could be relieved up to 90% by strong conditioning depolarizations. The kinetics of removal of inhibition (de-inhibition) and of its retrieval (re-inhibition) were also voltage dependent. Both de-inhibition and re-inhibition were single exponentials and, in the voltage range from -20 to +10 mV, had significantly different time constants at a given membrane potential, the time course of re-inhibition being faster than that of de-inhibition. The kinetics of de-inhibition at -20 mV and of reinhibition at -40 mV were also concentration dependent, both processes becoming slower at lower agonist concentrations. The rate of de-inhibition at +80/+120 mV was similar to that of Ca2+ channel activation at the same potentials measured during application of DPDPE (approximately 7 ms), both processes being much slower than channel activation in controls (<1 ms). Moreover, the amplitude but not the time course of tail currents changed as the depolarization to +80/+120 mV was made longer. The state-dependent properties of DPDPE Ca2+ channel inhibition could be simulated by a model that assumes that inhibition by DPDPE results from voltage- and concentration-dependent binding of an inhibitory molecule to the N-type channel. PMID:10233071

  9. Percent free prostate-specific antigen is effective to predict prostate biopsy outcome in Chinese men with prostate-specific antigen between 10.1 and 20.0 ng ml(-1). (United States)

    Chen, Rui; Zhou, Li-Qun; Cai, Xiao-Bing; Xie, Li-Ping; Huang, Yi-Ran; He, Da-Lin; Gao, Xu; Xu, Chuan-Liang; Ding, Qiang; Wei, Qiang; Yin, Chang-Jun; Ren, Shan-Cheng; Wang, Fu-Bo; Tian, Ye; Sun, Zhong-Quan; Fu, Qiang; Ma, Lu-Lin; Zheng, Jun-Hua; Ye, Zhang-Qun; Ye, Ding-Wei; Xu, Dan-Feng; Hou, Jian-Quan; Xu, Ke-Xin; Yuan, Jian-Lin; Gao, Xin; Liu, Chun-Xiao; Pan, Tie-Jun; Sun, Ying-Hao


    Percent free prostatic-specific antigen (%fPSA) has been introduced as a tool to avoid unnecessary biopsies in patients with a serum PSA level of 4.0-10.0 ng ml-1 , however, it remains controversial whether %fPSA is effective in PSA range of 10.1-20.0 ng ml-1 in both Chinese and Western population. In this study, the diagnostic performance of %fPSA and serum PSA in predicting prostate cancer (PCa) and high-grade PCa (HGPCa) was analyzed in a multi-center biopsy cohort of 5915 consecutive Chinese patients who underwent prostate biopsy in 22 hospitals across China from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2013. The indication for biopsy was PSA>4.0 ng ml-1 or/and suspicious digital rectal examination. Total and free serum PSA determinations were performed by three types of electrochemiluminescence immunoassays with recalibration to the World Health Organization standards. The diagnostics accuracy of PSA, %fPSA and %fPSA in combination with PSA (%fPSA + PSA) was determined by the area under the receivers operating characteristic curve (AUC). %fPSA was more effective than PSA in men aged ≥60 years old. The AUC was 0.584 and 0.635 in men aged ≥60 years old with a PSA of 4.0-10.0 ng ml-1 and 10.1-20.0 ng ml-1 , respectively. The AUC of %fPSA was superior to that of PSA in predicting HGPCa in patients ≥60 years old in these two PSA range. Our results indicated that %fPSA is both statistically effective and clinical applicable to predict prostate biopsy outcome in Chinese patients aged ≥60 years old with a PSA of 4.0-10.0 ng ml-1 and 10.1-20.0 ng ml-1 .

  10. A layered magnetic iron/iron oxide nanoscavenger for the analytical enrichment of ng-L(-1) concentration levels of heavy metals from water. (United States)

    Karatapanis, Andreas E; Petrakis, Dimitrios E; Stalikas, Constantine D


    Magnetically driven separation techniques have received considerable attention in recent decade because of their great potential application. In this study, we investigate the application of an unmodified layered magnetic Fe/Fe(2)O(3) nanoscavenger for the analytical enrichment and determination of sub-parts per billion concentrations of Cd(II), Pb(II), Ni(II), Cr(VI) and As(V) from water samples. The synthesized nanoscavenger was characterized by BET, TGA, XRD and IR and the parameters influencing the extraction and recovery of the preconcentration process were assessed by atomic absorption spectrometry. The possible mechanism of the enrichment of heavy metals on Fe/Fe(2)O(3) was proposed, which involved the dominant adsorption and reduction. The nanoscale size offers large surface area and high reactivity of sorption and reduction reactions. The obtained limits of detection for the metals studied were in the range of 20-125 ng L(-1) and the applicability of the nanomaterial was verified using a real sample matrix. The method is environmentally friendly as only 15 mg of nanoscavenger are used, no organic solvent is required for the extraction and the experiment is performed without the need for filtration or preparation of packed preconcentration columns.

  11. L-type calcium channel gating is modulated by bradykinin with a PKC-dependent mechanism in NG108-15 cells. (United States)

    Toselli, Mauro; Taglietti, Vanni


    Bradykinin (BK) excites dorsal root ganglion cells, leading to the sensation of pain. The actions of BK are thought to be mediated by heterotrimeric G protein-regulated pathways. Indeed there is strong evidence that in different cell types BK is involved in phosphoinositide breakdown following activation of G(q/11). In the present study we show that the Ca(2+) current flowing through L-type voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels in NG108-15 cells (differentiated in vitro to acquire a neuronal phenotype), measured using the whole-cell patch clamp configuration, is reversibly inhibited by BK in a voltage-independent fashion, suggesting a cascade process where a second messenger system is involved. This inhibitory action of BK is mimicked by the application of 1,2-oleoyl-acetyl glycerol (OAG), an analog of diacylglycerol that activates PKC. Interestingly, OAG occluded the effects of BK and both effects were blocked by selective PKC inhibitors. The down modulation of single L-type Ca(2+) channels by BK and OAG was also investigated in cell-attached patches. Our results indicate that the inhibitory action of BK involves activation of PKC and mainly shows up in a significant reduction of the probability of channel opening, caused by an increase and clustering of null sweeps in response to BK.

  12. Effects of pressure and TEGDN content on decomposition reaction mechanism and kinetics of DB gun propellant containing the mixed ester of TEGDN and NG. (United States)

    Yi, Jian-hua; Zhao, Feng-qi; Xu, Si-yu; Zhang, La-ying; Gao, Hong-xu; Hu, Rong-zu


    The effects of pressure and triethyleneglycol dinitrate (TEGDN) content on the decomposition reaction mechanism and kinetics of the double-base (DB) gun propellant composed of mixed ester of TEGDN and nitroglycerin (NG), and nitrocellulose (NC) were investigated by high-pressure differential scanning calorimetry (PDSC). The results show that the high pressure can decrease the DSC peak temperature, increase the decomposition heat; with the increase in the content of TEGDN, the decomposition heat decreases below 2MPa and rises at 4MPa. The high pressure can change the decomposition reaction mechanism and the kinetics of the DB gun propellant under 0.1MPa; the high TEGDN content does not change the mechanism functions, and the kinetic equation has a little difference between the sample and the control propellant; the high pressure makes the critical temperature (T(be)) of thermal explosion of the sample decrease, while the high TEGDN content make it present a increasing trend, and the DB gun propellant containing high content of TEGDN has a better thermal stability.

  13. Simultaneous recording of the action potential and its whole-cell associated ion current on NG108-15 cells cultured over a MWCNT electrode (United States)

    Morales-Reyes, I.; Seseña-Rubfiaro, A.; Acosta-García, M. C.; Batina, N.; Godínez-Fernández, R.


    It is well known that, in excitable cells, the dynamics of the ion currents (I i) is extremely important to determine both the magnitude and time course of an action potential (A p). To observe these two processes simultaneously, we cultured NG108-15 cells over a multi-walled carbon nanotubes electrode (MWCNTe) surface and arranged a two independent Patch Clamp system configuration (Bi-Patch Clamp). The first system was used in the voltage or current clamp mode, using a glass micropipette as an electrode. The second system was modified to connect the MWCNTe to virtual ground. While the A p was recorded through the micropipette electrode, the MWCNTe was used to measure the underlying whole-cell current. This configuration allowed us to record both the membrane voltage (V m) and the current changes simultaneously. Images acquired by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) indicate that cultured cells developed a complex network of neurites, which served to establish the necessary close contact and strong adhesion to the MWCNTe surface. These features were a key factor to obtain the recording of the whole-cell I i with a high signal to noise ratio (SNR). The experimental results were satisfactorily reproduced by a theoretical model developed to simulate the proposed system. Besides the contribution to a better understanding of the fundamental mechanisms involved in cell communication, the developed method could be useful in cell physiology studies, pharmacology and diseases diagnosis.

  14. The transmission of symmetric 40 Gb/s TWDM-based NG-PON2 utilizing delay interferometer (DI) for RSOA bandwidth enhancement (United States)

    Bindhaiq, Salem; Zulkifli, Nadiatulhuda; Supa'at, AbuSahmah M.


    Time and wavelength-division multiplexed passive optical network (TWDM-PON) has been finally selected as the pragmatic solution for the next-generation passive optical network stage 2 (NG-PON2). In this paper, we propose a symmetric 40 Gb/s TWDM-PON system with low cost reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA) for both downstream and upstream directions. A single bi-pass delay interferometer (DI), deployed in the optical line terminal (OLT), is used to enhance the poor performance of the RSOA with respect to the low bandwidth induced by laser chirp. With the help of the 40 GHz free spectrum range (FSR) DI, we show a successful transmission of the proposed work through simulation study where an aggregate capacity of 40 Gb/s is transported over 40 km transmission distance with 32 splits. The TWDM-PON system at BER of 10-6 has shown a minimum receiver sensitivity of -22.78 dBm and -22.71 dBm for both downstream and upstream, respectively with maximum power penalty of 2 dB for downstream channel and 2.39 dB for upstream channel.

  15. Klasik Türk Şiirinde Ceres (Çan/Çıngırak Ceres (Bell/Rattle in the Classical Turkish Poem

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    Bahir SELÇUK


    Full Text Available Ceres which is originally an Arabic word is used as bell, rattle in Turkish; as derâ in Persian. Having a long past, bell and rattle had different areas of use inancient life system. Ceres became a tool providing the communicationbetween caravan and the person in front of the caravan; performed thefunctions of preparation, setoff, holding the group together especiallyduring the times when the caravan trade was widespread. Besides tofollow fowlers, they were worn rattles to their feet.Indicators of bell and rattle attracted authors mostly with areas ofuse mentioned above in classical poetry which includes elements aboutdaily life because of various reasons. While the word ceres was used toexpress church bell time to time in poetry, mostly camel bell whichbecame the symbol of caravan trade was meant.Thanks to various features such as being hollow, being in theupside-down position, being so delicate, being involuntary, sounding allthe time, being heard far away, being put grass in it to block its soundand with its shape ceres provided the inspiration for authors. Besidestheme of passage and travel stands out in couplets about ceres.Expressing different situations inside them, in these travels lamentationwhich was caused because of troubles during the passage wasexpressed with the indicator of ceres.Authors managed to make rich and colourful images from thepoint of these features. In this work the couplets in which the wordceres (rattle, bell etc. takes place have been detected by searchingdivans; the reflection of ceres to literary text and imaginary elementsformed around ceres have been emphasized Arapça bir kelime olan ceres, Türkçede çan, çıngırak; Farsçada derâ şeklinde kullanılır. Geçmişi çok eski dönemlere uzanan kadar çan ve çıngırak, eski hayat sisteminde farklı kullanım alanları bulmuştur. Özellikle kervancılığın yaygın olduğu dönemlerde çan, kervanın başındaki kişi ile kervan ve kafile aras

  16. Marketingový plán pro letoun L410 NG společnosti Aircraft Industries, a.s.


    Juráková, Hana


    Tato diplomová práce se zabývá sestavením marketingového plánu pro letoun L 410 NG, vyráběný firmou Aircraft Industries a.s. První část práce zahrnuje obecné teoretické poznatky, zaměřující se na proces sestavení plánu pomocí rozboru vnějšího okolí SLEPTE, Porterova modelu pěti konkurenčních sil, analýzy SWOT a marketingového mixu 5P. Ve druhé analytické části je tato základní teorie aplikována na uvedenou firmu. V závěrečné části práce jsou na základě zjištěných fakt a výsledků analýz navrhn...

  17. [Analysis of polychlorinated quaterphenyls in Yusho diagnosis]. (United States)

    Ashizuka, Yuki; Nakagawa, Reiko; Hirakawa, Hironori; Hori, Tsuguhide; Iida, Takao


    The polychlorinated quaterphenyl (PCQ) concentrations in the blood are important discriminative parameters in Yusho patients. In this study, the analytical method of PCQ was improved, and a high speed and precision analysis could be achieved. A recovery test showed satisfactory recoveries of 99.5% (RSD4.8%, n = 5). Using this method, the authors analyzed 62 blood samples which were collected from the 2004 annual inspection for Kanemi rice oil poisoning. PCQ was detected in 20 blood samples (ranging from 0.03 to 4.15 ng/g). The average concentration was 2.07 ng/g in the pattern A (typical Yusho patients), 0.76 ng/g in the pattern B, 0.18 ng/g in the pattern BC and 0.01 ng/g in the pattern C, respectively.

  18. A novel analytical system involving hydride generation and gold-coated W-coil trapping atomic absorption spectrometry for selenium determination at ng l{sup -1} level

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    Kula, I. [Department of Chemistry, Mugla University, 48000 Mugla (Turkey); Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey); Arslan, Y. [Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey); Department of Chemistry, Atatuerk University, 25240 Erzurum (Turkey); Bakirdere, S. [Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey); Department of Chemistry, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, 67100 Zonguldak (Turkey); Ataman, O.Y. [Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey)], E-mail:


    A novel analytical technique was developed where gaseous hydrogen selenide formed by sodium tetrahydroborate reduction is transported to and trapped on a resistively heated gold-coated W-coil atom trap for in situ preconcentration. Gold coating on W-coil was prepared by using an organic solution of Au. The atom trap is held at 165 {sup o}C during the collection stage and is heated up to 675 deg. C for revolatilization; analyte species formed are transported to an externally heated quartz T-tube where the atomization takes place and the transient signal is obtained. The carrier gas consisted of 112.5 ml min{sup -1} Ar with 75 ml min{sup -1} H{sub 2} during the collection step and 112.5 ml min{sup -1} Ar with 450 ml min{sup -1} H{sub 2} in the revolatilization step. The half width of the transient signal obtained is less than 0.5 s. The RSD for the measurements was found to be 3.9% (n = 11) for 0.10 {mu}g l{sup -1} Se using peak height measurements. The calibration plot for 27.0 ml of sample collected in 4.0 min using a flow rate of 6.75 ml min{sup -1} was linear between 0.13 and 2.0 {mu}g l{sup -1} of Se. The limit of detection (3 s) is 39 ng l{sup -1}. The enhancement factor for the characteristic concentration (C{sub o}) was found to be 20.1 when compared to conventional hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry system without trap. In order to check the accuracy of the method, standard reference material, natural water NIST 1640 was employed; the result was found to be in good agreement with the certified value at the 95% confidence level.

  19. A novel analytical system involving hydride generation and gold-coated W-coil trapping atomic absorption spectrometry for selenium determination at ng l - 1 level (United States)

    Kula, İ.; Arslan, Y.; Bakırdere, S.; Ataman, O. Y.


    A novel analytical technique was developed where gaseous hydrogen selenide formed by sodium tetrahydroborate reduction is transported to and trapped on a resistively heated gold-coated W-coil atom trap for in situ preconcentration. Gold coating on W-coil was prepared by using an organic solution of Au. The atom trap is held at 165 °C during the collection stage and is heated up to 675 °C for revolatilization; analyte species formed are transported to an externally heated quartz T-tube where the atomization takes place and the transient signal is obtained. The carrier gas consisted of 112.5 ml min - 1 Ar with 75 ml min - 1 H 2 during the collection step and 112.5 ml min - 1 Ar with 450 ml min - 1 H 2 in the revolatilization step. The half width of the transient signal obtained is less than 0.5 s. The RSD for the measurements was found to be 3.9% ( n = 11) for 0.10 µg l - 1 Se using peak height measurements. The calibration plot for 27.0 ml of sample collected in 4.0 min using a flow rate of 6.75 ml min - 1 was linear between 0.13 and 2.0 µg l - 1 of Se. The limit of detection (3 s) is 39 ng l - 1 . The enhancement factor for the characteristic concentration ( Co) was found to be 20.1 when compared to conventional hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry system without trap. In order to check the accuracy of the method, standard reference material, natural water NIST 1640 was employed; the result was found to be in good agreement with the certified value at the 95% confidence level.

  20. 基于LabVIEW的窄间隙GTAW焊缝跟踪研究%Research on Seam Tracking System of NG-GTAW by LabVIEW

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    颜厚银; 唐新华


    A seam tracking system of NG-GTAW was designed based on Lab VIEW, and its model was "multi-function card plus PC". It could achieve data collection and processing, PWM pulse output and Fuzzy-PID control. To solve the problem that the check point was ahead of tungsten electrode, the system could operate arrays by storage and deleting quickly. The producer/consumer data pattern was designed to achieve collection and control output synchronization. The results show that procedures have friendly interface, high reliability and good extensibility. It provides a good experimental platform for the succeeding research on narrow gap GTAW welding.%设计了基于LabVIEW的窄间隙GTAW焊缝跟踪系统,系统采用“数据采集卡+PC机”模式,包括数据采集、数据处理、模糊PID控制和PWM输出等功能.通过数组的数据动态存储,有效解决了检测点超前的问题,采用生产者/消费者的用户界面时间处理器设计模式,实现了采集和同步控制输出的实时控制.结果表明,系统的跟踪精度达到了使用要求,为窄间隙GTAW焊的深入研究提供了良好的实验平台.

  1. Influence of pH on growth and nitrogen fixation in bacterial strains isolated from altitudinal vegetation zones of Parâng Mountains (Romania

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    Rahela CARPA


    Full Text Available The aim of present paper was to study the influence of different pH values on activity of nitrogen fixing strains isolated from five altitudinal vegetation zones of Parâng Massif (Central Romania. The effect of varying the pH on growth and development of Azotobacter strains as well as on the products of molecular nitrogen fixation was surveyed. The strains were cultivated on media with mannitol or sucrose at 35ºC and continuous shaking at 150 rpm. The pH value for optimal growth of the Azotobacter strains isolated from mountain soils is around neutral pH and cell growth diminished at a slightly alkaline (pH=8 and an acid pH (pH=4. The molecular nitrogen fixation capacity by strains coming from mountain soils at the chosen pH values was determined indirectly, by extracellular proteins formation and ammonia secretion in culture media. The maximum value ofextracellular proteins was obtained at the strains coming from the flood plain at pH 8 (21.452 mg/l. The extracellular proteins concentration on the studied media followed parallel and close lines which had a growing trend untill the end of the studied interval.The ammonia secretion at each mountain zone was different on the two culture media taken into consideration. The level of the ammonia secretion attained a maximum of 6.02 mg/l at the strains from the beech zone at pH 8, on sucrose medium.

  2. Effects of Nitric Oxide Production Inhibitor Named, NG-Nitro-L-Arginine Methyl Ester (L-NAME, on Rat Mesenchymal Stem Cells Differentiation

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    E Arfaei


    Full Text Available Introduction & Objectives: Recently, the findings of some studies have shown that, nitric oxide (NO probably has an important role in differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells to osteoblasts. The aim of the present investigation was to study the effects of nitric oxide production inhibitor named, NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME, on rat mesenchymal stem cells differentiation to osteoblasts in vitro. Materials & Methods: This was an experimental study conducted at Hamedan University of Medical Sciences in 2009, in which rat bone marrow stem cells were isolated in an aseptic condition and cultured in vitro. After third passage, the cells were cultured in osteogenic differentiation medium. To study the effects of L-NAME on osteogenic differentiation, the L-NAME was added to the culture medium at a concentration of 125, 250, and 500 μM in some culture plates. During the culture procedure, the media were replaced with fresh ones, with a three days interval. After 28 days of culturing the mineralized matrix was stained using Alizarian red staining method. The gathered data were analyzed by SPSS software version 12 using one way ANOVA. Results: The findings of this study showed that in the presence of L-NAME, differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells to osteoblasts was disordered and matrix mineralization significantly decreased in a dose dependent manner. Conclusion: This study revealed that, inhibition of nitric oxide production using L-NAME can prevent the differentiation of rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells to osteoblast. The results imply that NO is an important constituent in differentiation of mesenchymal stem cell to osteoblasts.

  3. Activity-based protein profiling of secreted cellulolytic enzyme activity dynamics in Trichoderma reesei QM6a, NG14, and RUT-C30

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    Anderson, Lindsey N.; Culley, David E.; Hofstad, Beth A.; Chauvigne-Hines, Lacie M.; Zink, Erika M.; Purvine, Samuel O.; Smith, Richard D.; Callister, Stephen J.; Magnuson, Jon M.; Wright, Aaron T.


    Development of alternative, non-petroleum based sources of bioenergy that can be applied in the short-term find great promise in the use of highly abundant and renewable lignocellulosic plant biomass.1 This material obtained from different feedstocks, such as forest litter or agricultural residues, can yield liquid fuels and other chemical products through biorefinery processes.2 Biofuels are obtained from lignocellulosic materials by chemical pretreatment of the biomass, followed by enzymatic decomposition of cellulosic and hemicellulosic compounds into soluble sugars that are converted to desired chemical products via microbial metabolism and fermentation.3, 4 To release soluble sugars from polymeric cellulose multiple enzymes are required, including endoglucanase, exoglucanase, and β-glucosidase.5, 6 However, the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose into soluble sugars remains a significant limiting factor to the efficient and economically viable utilization of lignocellulosic biomass for transport fuels.7, 8 The primary industrial source of cellulose and hemicellulases is the mesophilic soft-rot fungus Trichoderma reesei,9 having widespread applications in food, feed, textile, pulp, and paper industries.10 The genome encodes 200 glycoside hydrolases, including 10 cellulolytic and 16 hemicellulolytic enzymes.11 The hypercellulolytic catabolite derepressed strain RUT-C30 was obtained through a three-step UV and chemical mutagenesis of the original T. reesei strain QM6a,12, 13 in which strains M7 and NG14 were intermediate, having higher cellulolytic activity than the parent strain but less activity and higher catabolite repression than RUT-C30.14 Numerous methods have been employed to optimize the secreted enzyme cocktail of T. reesei including cultivation conditions, operational parameters, and mutagenesis.3 However, creating an optimal and economical enzyme mixture for production-scale biofuels synthesis may take thousands of experiments to identify.

  4. Contribuição da densidade do PSA para predizer o câncer da próstata em pacientes com valores de PSA entre 2,6 e 10,0 ng/ml

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    Hugo Alexandre Sócrates de Castro


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar o perfil dos pacientes submetidos a biópsia prostática, determinando possíveis padrões que, associados aos níveis de PSA entre 2,6 e 10,0 ng/ml, possam levar a uma diminuição de biópsias desnecessárias. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: De 2007 a 2009, foi realizado um estudo transversal com 1.282 indivíduos submetidos a biópsia prostática e que apresentavam níveis de PSA entre 2,6 e 10,0 ng/ml. RESULTADOS: A prevalência de câncer foi de 28,6%. Pacientes com câncer eram, em média, mais idosos, com valores de PSA e densidade de PSA mais altos e menor volume da próstata. Na análise da densidade de PSA, os pacientes com câncer tiveram média de 0,31 ng/ml/cc, enquanto nos pacientes com resultado negativo a média foi de 0,10 ng/ml/cc. Utilizando como critério de positividade para câncer o ponto de corte de densidade de PSA de 0,15 ng/ml/cc, obtivemos especificidade de 74% e sensibilidade de 70%. Para aumentar a sensibilidade é preciso reduzir o ponto de corte. Com o valor 0,09 ng/ml/cc, obtivemos sensibilidade de 84% (IC 95%: 80-87% e especificidade de 75% (IC 95%: 72-78%. CONCLUSÃO: O uso sistemático da densidade de PSA na indicação de prosseguimento da investigação do paciente com biópsia poderia reduzir a quantidade de procedimentos desnecessários.

  5. Perfil nutricional e fatores associados à ocorrência de desnutrição entre crianças indígenas Kaingáng da Terra Indígena de Mangueirinha, Paraná, Brasil Nutritional profile and factors associated with malnutrition in Kaingáng children on the Mangueirinha Indigenous Reserve, Paraná State, Brazil

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    Adriana Masiero Kühl


    Full Text Available Este estudo objetivou avaliar o estado nutricional de crianças indígenas e verificar os fatores associados à ocorrência de agravos nutricionais. Foram avaliadas 141 crianças Kaingáng de 0 a 60 meses de idade da Terra Indígena de Mangueirinha, Paraná, Brasil, por meio das medidas de peso e altura ou comprimento. Realizaram-se entrevistas com a aplicação de um questionário sobre condições materno-infantis e sócioeconômicas. Segundo os parâmetros da Organização Mundial da Saúde (2006, 24,8% das crianças apresentavam déficit de altura para idade (AI, 9,2% baixo peso para idade (PI, 2,1% baixo peso para altura (PA e 2,1% baixo peso segundo o índice de massa corporal para idade (IMCI. De acordo com o NCHS (1977, 19,9% das crianças apresentaram baixa AI, 9,2% baixo PI e 1,4% baixo PA. O sobrepeso chegou a 6,4%, segundo o IMCI. O baixo peso ao nascer e os materiais utilizados na construção das paredes das casas estiveram estatisticamente associados com déficits antropométricos. Este estudo mostra que as crianças Kaingáng estão inseridas em um contexto marcado por precárias condições de vida, que estão associadas com indicadores desfavoráveis do estado nutricional.The goal of this study was to evaluate the nutritional status of indigenous children and to investigate factors associated with nutritional deficits. Weight and height measurements were obtained for 141 Kaingáng children from 0 to 5 years of age living on the Mangueirinha Indigenous Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil. Data on maternal and infant conditions and socioeconomic characteristics were also gathered through face-to-face interviews. Based on World Health Organization criteria (2006, 24.8% of the children presented low height-for-age (HA, 9.2% low weight-for-age (WA, 2.1% low weight-for-height (WH, and 2.1% low weight according to body mass index for age (BMIA. Based on NCHS criteria (1977, 19.9% of the children presented low HA, 9.2% low WA, and 1

  6. Identification and Antagonistic Activity of Endophytic Bacterial Strain NG14 Isolated from the Fruits of Paracel Islands Noni (Morinda citrifolia L.)%一株西沙群岛野生诺尼内生细菌NG14的分类鉴定及拮抗活性

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    刘洋; 李金霞; 姚粟; 张明娟; 陈建国; 程池


    植物的内生菌与植物生长健康及其功效性成分产生具有一定的相关性.以分离自我国西沙群岛野生诺尼成熟果实的内生细菌菌株NG14为对象,利用形态学观察,生理生化特征鉴定及系统发育学分析,对其菌种的分类地位进行研究,将其鉴定为多黏类芽孢杆菌(Paenibacillus polymyxa);并通过选择多种植物及人体病原菌作为生防对象进行拮抗试验,发现了该菌株具有广谱且良好的拮抗病原菌活性.

  7. Agravos na saúde Kaingáng (Terra Indígena Xapecó, Santa Catarina e a estrutura dos serviços de atenção biomédica Health problems among the Kaingáng (Xapecó Indigenous Reserve, Santa Catarina and the health care system

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    Full Text Available O segundo semestre de 1999 foi caracterizado como um período transitório para a montagem do Distrito Sanitário Especial Indígena Interior Sul na Terra Indígena Xapecó, oeste do Estado de Santa Catarina. No Posto de Saúde da aldeia Sede prestavam atendimento um clínico geral/obstetra e um pediatra, um dentista, uma enfermeira, dois auxiliares de enfermagem e quatro atendentes de enfermagem. Aqui são apresentados os resultados preliminares de um estudo voltado para descrever, entre outros aspectos, a organização dos serviços de saúde, seu uso pela comunidade e o perfil saúde/doença dos Kaingáng, investigado pela análise de prontuários. No mês de setembro de 1999, foram atendidos 222 índios (crianças e adultos, sendo 50,5% residentes na aldeia Sede. Entre os índios de 0 a 14 anos, as doenças infecto-parasitárias foram as mais recorrentes, fortalecendo a idéia de que os Kaingáng vivem em condições precárias de saneamento e alimentação. A procura do serviço pelos adultos, por sua vez, reflete uma certa complexidade, já que das 116 pessoas atendidas, 27 eram gestantes, em um total de 86 mulheres. Além disso, foram emitidas prescrições para as crianças e para os adultos em 85% e 81,8% dos atendimentos, respectivamente.The second semester of 1999 was a transition period for the implementation of the Special Indigenous Health District on the Xapecó Indigenous Reserve in western Santa Catarina State. The health clinic in the main village provided treatment with a staff including a general practitioner/obstetrician, pediatrician, dentist, nurse, two nursing assistants, and four nursing technicians. This paper presents the preliminary results of research on the organization of these health care services, their use by the community, and the health/disease profile of the Kaingáng, using patient files as the source of information. In September 1999, a total of 222 Indians were treated (children and adults, 50.5% of whom

  8. Dynamic contrast enhanced MRI detects early response to adoptive NK cellular immunotherapy targeting the NG2 proteoglycan in a rat model of glioblastoma.

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    Full Text Available There are currently no established radiological parameters that predict response to immunotherapy. We hypothesised that multiparametric, longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of physiological parameters and pharmacokinetic models might detect early biological responses to immunotherapy for glioblastoma targeting NG2/CSPG4 with mAb9.2.27 combined with natural killer (NK cells. Contrast enhanced conventional T1-weighted MRI at 7±1 and 17±2 days post-treatment failed to detect differences in tumour size between the treatment groups, whereas, follow-up scans at 3 months demonstrated diminished signal intensity and tumour volume in the surviving NK+mAb9.2.27 treated animals. Notably, interstitial volume fraction (ve, was significantly increased in the NK+mAb9.2.27 combination therapy group compared mAb9.2.27 and NK cell monotherapy groups (p = 0.002 and p = 0.017 respectively in cohort 1 animals treated with 1 million NK cells. ve was reproducibly increased in the combination NK+mAb9.2.27 compared to NK cell monotherapy in cohort 2 treated with increased dose of 2 million NK cells (p<0.0001, indicating greater cell death induced by NK+mAb9.2.27 treatment. The interstitial volume fraction in the NK monotherapy group was significantly reduced compared to mAb9.2.27 monotherapy (p<0.0001 and untreated controls (p = 0.014 in the cohort 2 animals. NK cells in monotherapy were unable to kill the U87MG cells that highly expressed class I human leucocyte antigens, and diminished stress ligands for activating receptors. A significant association between apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC of water and ve in combination NK+mAb9.2.27 and NK monotherapy treated tumours was evident, where increased ADC corresponded to reduced ve in both cases. Collectively, these data support histological measures at end-stage demonstrating diminished tumour cell proliferation and pronounced apoptosis in the NK+mAb9.2.27 treated tumours compared to the other

  9. Dynamic contrast enhanced MRI detects early response to adoptive NK cellular immunotherapy targeting the NG2 proteoglycan in a rat model of glioblastoma. (United States)

    Rygh, Cecilie Brekke; Wang, Jian; Thuen, Marte; Gras Navarro, Andrea; Huuse, Else Marie; Thorsen, Frits; Poli, Aurelie; Zimmer, Jacques; Haraldseth, Olav; Lie, Stein Atle; Enger, Per Øyvind; Chekenya, Martha


    There are currently no established radiological parameters that predict response to immunotherapy. We hypothesised that multiparametric, longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of physiological parameters and pharmacokinetic models might detect early biological responses to immunotherapy for glioblastoma targeting NG2/CSPG4 with mAb9.2.27 combined with natural killer (NK) cells. Contrast enhanced conventional T1-weighted MRI at 7±1 and 17±2 days post-treatment failed to detect differences in tumour size between the treatment groups, whereas, follow-up scans at 3 months demonstrated diminished signal intensity and tumour volume in the surviving NK+mAb9.2.27 treated animals. Notably, interstitial volume fraction (ve), was significantly increased in the NK+mAb9.2.27 combination therapy group compared mAb9.2.27 and NK cell monotherapy groups (p = 0.002 and p = 0.017 respectively) in cohort 1 animals treated with 1 million NK cells. ve was reproducibly increased in the combination NK+mAb9.2.27 compared to NK cell monotherapy in cohort 2 treated with increased dose of 2 million NK cells (p<0.0001), indicating greater cell death induced by NK+mAb9.2.27 treatment. The interstitial volume fraction in the NK monotherapy group was significantly reduced compared to mAb9.2.27 monotherapy (p<0.0001) and untreated controls (p = 0.014) in the cohort 2 animals. NK cells in monotherapy were unable to kill the U87MG cells that highly expressed class I human leucocyte antigens, and diminished stress ligands for activating receptors. A significant association between apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of water and ve in combination NK+mAb9.2.27 and NK monotherapy treated tumours was evident, where increased ADC corresponded to reduced ve in both cases. Collectively, these data support histological measures at end-stage demonstrating diminished tumour cell proliferation and pronounced apoptosis in the NK+mAb9.2.27 treated tumours compared to the other groups. In

  10. Lead determination at ng/mL level by flame atomic absorption spectrometry using a tantalum coated slotted quartz tube atom trap. (United States)

    Demirtaş, İlknur; Bakırdere, Sezgin; Ataman, O Yavuz


    Flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) still keeps its importance despite the relatively low sensitivity; because it is a simple and economical technique for determination of metals. In recent years, atom traps have been developed to increase the sensitivity of FAAS. Although the detection limit of FAAS is only at the level of µg/mL, with the use of atom traps it can reach to ng/mL. Slotted quartz tube (SQT) is one of the atom traps used to improve sensitivity. In atom trapping mode of SQT, analyte is trapped on-line in SQT for few minutes using ordinary sample aspiration, followed by the introduction of a small volume of organic solvent to effect the revolatilization and atomization of analyte species resulting in a transient signal. This system is economical, commercially available and easy to use. In this study, a sensitive analytical method was developed for the determination of lead with the help of SQT atom trapping flame atomization (SQT-AT-FAAS). 574 Fold sensitivity enhancement was obtained at a sample suction rate of 3.9 mL/min for 5.0 min trapping period with respect to FAAS. Organic solvent was selected as 40 µL of methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK). To obtain a further sensitivity enhancement inner surface of SQT was coated with several transition metals. The best sensitivity enhancement, 1650 fold enhancement, was obtained by the Ta-coated SQT-AT-FAAS. In addition, chemical nature of Pb species trapped on quartz and Ta surface, and the chemical nature of Ta on quartz surface were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman Spectroscopy. Raman spectrometric results indicate that tantalum is coated on SQT surface in the form of Ta2O5. XPS studies revealed that the oxidation state of Pb in species trapped on both bare and Ta coated SQT surfaces is +2. For the accuracy check, the analyses of standard reference material were performed by use of SCP SCIENCE EnviroMAT Low (EU-L-2) and results for Pb were to be in good agreement with

  11. Effect of electric acupuncture on the expression of NgR in the cerebral cortex,the medulla oblongata,and the spinal cord of hypertensive rats after cerebral infarction

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    Objective To observe the effect of electric acupuncture(EA)on the Nogo receptors(NgR)protein expression in the cerebral cortex,the medulla oblongata,and the spinal cord of cerebral ischemia-reperfusion(I/R)stroke-prone renovascular hypertensive rats(RHRSP)with middle cerebral artery occlusion(MCAO)at different time points,and to investigate its possible mecha-

  12. Worldwide susceptibility rates of Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates to cefixime and cefpodoxime: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Rui-xing Yu

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG infection is a serious public health problem. The third-generation extended-spectrum cephalosporins (ESCs have been used as the first-line treatment for NG infection for almost three decades. However, in recent years, treatment failures with the oral third-generation ESCs have been reported worldwide. This study aimed to estimate worldwide susceptibility rates of NG to cefixime and cefpodoxime by analyzing data from all relevant published studies. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Two researchers independently searched five databases to identify studies on susceptibilities of NG to cefixime and cefpodoxime published between January 1, 1984 and October 15, 2012. A fixed-effect model was used to perform group analysis, and a χ2 test was employed to make subgroup comparison. Publication bias was assessed with the Begg rank correlation test. The pooled susceptibility rate of NG isolates to cefixime was 99.8% (95% CI: 99.7%-99.8%. The cefixime susceptibility rate of NG isolates from men was significantly lower than that from patients without information of gender or from men and women; the susceptibility rate of NG isolates from Asia was significantly lower than that from other continents; and the susceptibility rate of NG isolates collected before or during 2003 was significantly higher than that after 2003. The pooled susceptibility rate of NG isolates to cefpodoxime was 92.8% (95% CI: 89.0%-95.3%, which was lower than that to cefixime (92.8% vs. 99.8%, χ2 = 951.809, P<0.01. CONCLUSIONS: The susceptibility rate of NG isolates to cefixime varied with the gender of patients and geographical location from which NG isolates were collected, and declined with time. The reported lower susceptibility rate of NG isolates to cefixime and associated treatment failures, as well as the emergence of NG strains with cephalosporin resistance call for the more effective control of NG infection and the development of new

  13. 三七总皂苷对缺糖缺氧/再灌注损伤SH-SY5Y细胞NgR1、ROCK2mRNA和蛋白表达的影响%Effect of Panax Notoginseng Saponins on the mRNA and Protein Expression of NgR1, ROCK2 on OGD SH-SY5Y Cells

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    张晓萌; 娄利霞; 柴立民; 刘炜; 史晓伟; 朱陵群


    目的:研究三七总皂苷(Panax notoginseng saponins,PNS)对Nogo-NgR及其下游通路中NgR1和ROCK2 mRNA和蛋白的调控作用.方法:将SH-SY5Y细胞分为8组:正常组、模型组、维甲酸(retinoic acid,RA)组、三七总皂苷大(640 mg/L)、小(320 mg/L)剂量组、Y27632组、Y27632+三七总皂苷大、小剂量组,采用缺糖缺氧方法建立SH-SY5Y细胞损伤模型.应用实时荧光定量PCR和Western blot检测SH-SY5Y细胞缺糖缺氧损伤后NgR1、ROCK2 mRNA和蛋白表达特征及三七总皂苷对其影响.结果:模型组细胞中NgR1、ROCK2 mRNA和蛋白的表达较正常组显著升高(P<0.01);各给药组细胞中NgR1和ROCK2 mRNA水平较模型组均有较为显著的降低(P<0.01或P<0.05);Western blot结果显示Y27632+三七总皂苷大、小剂量组中NgR1表达水平较模型组有显著差异(P<0.01或P<0.05);Rock2在三七总皂苷大剂量组、Y27632组和Y27632+三七总皂苷大、小剂量组中,表达水平较模型组明显减少(P <0.01或P<0.05).结论:三七总皂苷可能通过抑制NgR1、ROCK2 mR-NA和蛋白在缺糖缺氧损伤SH-SY5Y细胞中的表达,进而促进轴突的生长和重塑.

  14. Comparison of opa typing with Neisseria gonorrhoeae multi-antigen sequence typing for discrimination of Neisseria gonorrhoeae from patients and their sex partners%性伴间淋球菌的opa分型及Ng-MAST基因分型

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    陈宏翔; 吴志洪; 李家文; 刘厚君; 陈嵘档; 严小枫; 帅俊; 许莉; 涂亚庭


    Objective To compare the potentiality of opa typing versus Neisseria gonorrhoeae multi-antigen sequence typing (Ng-MAST) in discrimination of N. gonorrhoeae isolates, and to investigate the consistency of genotypes of N. gonorrhoeae between patients and their sex partners. Methods N. gonor-rhoeae was isolated from patients and their sex partners who attended sexually transmitted disease clinics of the Affiliated Union Hospital of Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology from February 2006 to August 2007. All isolates were cultured on Thayer-Martin agar and GC-based choco-late agar, and identified by Gram stain and oxidase reaction. Totally, twenty-four strains of N. gonorrhoeae were isolated form 12 pairs of male-female sex partners. Genomic DNA was isolated from the strains, and subjected to PCR amplification of opa gene as well as pot and tbpB genes, opa typing and Ng-MAST typing were utilized to differentiate the 24 strains respectively. Results The 24 isolates were classified into 10 sequence types (ST) by Ng-MAST typing, and 12 opa types (OT) by opa typing. A novel genotype identi-fied by Ng-MAST (217-86% homologisation 178), was unique in China. Conclusions Both ST and OT of N. gonorrhoeae strains are identical between patients and their corresponding partners except for one pair of partners, 45/46, suggesting that gonorrhea is transmitted to each other by contiguity between sex partners. Opa typing is likely to be more potential than Ng-MAST in genotyping of N.gonorrhoeae strains.%目的 评价淋球菌opa分型及Ng-MAST对淋球菌分离株进行基因分型的能力,分析性伴分离淋球菌基因型别之间的关系.方法 本研究中24株淋球菌野生株于2006年2月至2007年8月从华中科技大学同济医学院附属协和医院皮肤科门诊分离获得,经Thayer Martin(T-M)培养基选择分离培养后通过革兰染色和氧化酶试验等方法确证.PCR扩增其opa基因以Hpa Ⅱ酶切及聚丙烯酰胺


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    朱粹青; 曹小定


    Alzheimer痴呆(AD)的主要脑病理变化之一为由超磷酸化的tau蛋白组成的神经原纤维缠结(Neurofibrillary tangle,NFT).AD的Tau蛋白异常磷酸化与蛋白磷酸酯酶(PP)-2A和-1缺陷有关.本文首先用免疫印迹法显示NG含两大组分的tau蛋白.MTT方法观察到PP-2A和PP-1抑制剂冈田酸(Okadaic acid,OA)处理NG108-14细胞能导致细胞代谢明显下降,同时免疫印迹法显示OA能导致的NG细胞Tau蛋白磷酸化.该研究为建立AD样蛋白磷酸酯酶缺陷引起的tau蛋白磷酸化的细胞模型奠定了基础.

  16. Tata Cara Tradisi Sangjit Pada Suku Hokkian Di Kota Medan 程序传统彩礼上氏族福建在城里棉兰 (Chéngxù Chuántǒng Cǎilǐ Shàng Shìzú Fújiàn Zài Chéng Lǐ Mián Lán)


    Kurniawan, Hendri


    The tittle of this thesis is “ Procedures of Sangjit Tradition for Hokkien in Medan”. The purpose is to explain the procedures of Sangjit. The writer choose Sangjit because Chinese Culture considered it as holy ceremony. The place of observations only in Medan. To describe the analysis, the writer used descriptive method. This theory used in the thesis is structural fungsional theory and ceremony theory. structural fungsional is used to analyse the function of Sangjit Tradition for Hokkien in...

  17. Nūr Ud-Dīn Jahāngīr and Father Kirwitzer: the independent discovery of the Great Comets of November 1618 and the first astronomical use of the telescope in India (United States)

    Kapoor, R. C.


    The year 1618 in astronomy was a unique one in that it presented three bright cometary apparitions in quick succession. The comets created a sensation, and belonged to an era when Galileo's telescopic observations had created a paradigm shift in our perception of the heavens and Johannes Kepler was introducing a fundamental change in mathematical astronomy by redefining orbits of planets around the Sun. This paper is an account of the observations of two of the three great comets of 1618, made from India. This turned out to be a unique occasion because these same targets of opportunity were followed independently by astronomers from two very different 'schools', and their observations were recorded quantitatively. Jahāngīr, the fourth Mughal Emperor of India, recorded in the Tūzūk-i Jahāngīrī (The Memoirs of Jahāngīr), the appearance of two comets during a Royal journey from the town of Dohad in Gujarat to Agra, the capital city of the Empire, in the thirteenth year of his accession. From the recorded dates, Jahāngīr turns out to be an independent discoverer of two great comets that appeared one after the other in November 1618. Meanwhile, Father Venceslaus Kirwitzer and fellow Jesuits observed these comets from Goa, and their first observations also correspond to the discovery dates of the comets. These same comets also were followed by Father Antonius Rubinus from Cochin. Fr. Kirwitzer collated and published these observations in 1620 in a short treatise where he states that he also viewed these comets with a 'tubo optico'. This is the first recorded use of a telescope in India.

  18. Trimethyltin-evoked apoptosis of murine hippocampal granule neurons is accompanied by the expression of interleukin-1beta and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist in cells of ameboid phenotype, the majority of which are NG2-positive. (United States)

    Fiedorowicz, Anna; Figiel, Izabela; Zaremba, Małgorzata; Dzwonek, Karolina; Schliebs, Reinhard; Oderfeld-Nowak, Barbara


    Interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) has been implicated in various neuropathologies, while IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) has been shown to reduce neuronal injury. We investigated the pattern of expression of both cytokines in murine hippocampus after trimethyltin (TMT) intoxication. Using a ribonuclease protection assay, we demonstrated induction of transcription of IL-1beta and IL-1ra 3 days following TMT treatment which correlated with the peak of neuronal apoptosis. At this time, immunocytochemical staining revealed enhanced expression of both cytokines in NG2 proteoglycan expressing ameboid cells located at the site of neurotoxic insult, some of which bound also the microglial marker, lectin. There was some overlap between NG2 and lectin staining. Our results suggest that the two cytokines are involved in apoptotic processes in dentate granule cells and indicate that the pro-apoptotic effect of IL-1beta prevails over the presumed protective action of IL-1ra. The novel finding of expression of both cytokines in NG2(+) cells of ameboid phenotype indicates that these cells, through the regulatory roles of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines, may be involved in control of neuronal death or survival after injury.

  19. Application of continuous wave nuclear magnetic resonance to the quantitative analysis of some high explosives and propellants (United States)

    Smart, R. P.

    The principles and techniques of CW NMR chemical characterization of explosives and propellants are reviewed, and some typical results are summarized. The instrument design and adjustment parameters are discussed; the need to determine the RF saturation values by trial and error for each sample is indicated; the practical steps for a typical analysis are listed; and four basic approaches (analysis vs a standard, analysis via standard additions, signal/gram measurements, and solvent extraction) are described. Results are presented for water in RDX, in nitrocellulose (NC), and in nitroglycerine-NC (NG-NC); NG in NG-NC paste and in propellant; oil in PE4 plasticizer grease; wax in RDX waxes; NG in damp NG-NC pastes; plasticizer in PE4; and TNT in chloroform solutions.


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    Full Text Available The article investigates the relationship of words and opinions to deeds and actions in the general concept of human nature. The writer has developed its own identity and the correspondence theory of human behavior, which is compared with the doctrine of free will. The contradictions between the character's intentions and the final choice of the author seen in the images of Anna P. Stoleshnikova and Maria A. Rozalskaya. The article emphasized the role of the material factor as the motive of human behavior. The author has found a universal property of the Chernyshevsky’s novel ‒ increased attention to the material side of life. In the opinion of the writer, bullying this side there is a line of romantic detachment from life. The article outlined the difference between the "predation" Marya A. and "predation" Anna P. The paper gives a detailed analysis of the motives and actions of Maria A. mapped with the motives and actions of Anna P. The author concludes that in the novel by Russian writer is a transition from the humanistic concept of human-to-new, original and to the point, and to develop. The paper traced the variation in the theory and practice of the concept of human nature. 

  1. Activity-based protein profiling of secreted cellulolytic enzyme activity dynamics in Trichoderma reesei QM6a, NG14, and RUT-C30† (United States)

    Anderson, Lindsey N.; Culley, David E.; Hofstad, Beth A.; Chauvigné-Hines, Lacie M.; Zink, Erika M.; Purvine, Samuel O.; Smith, Richard D.; Callister, Stephen J.; Magnuson, Jon M.; Wright, Aaron T.


    Lignocellulosic biomass has great promise as a highly abundant and renewable source for the production of biofuels. However, the recalcitrant nature of lignocellulose toward hydrolysis into soluble sugars remains a significant challenge to harnessing the potential of this source of bioenergy. A primary method for deconstructing lignocellulose is via chemical treatments, high temperatures, and hydrolytic enzyme cocktails, many of which are derived from the fungus Trichoderma reesei. Herein, we use an activity-based probe for glycoside hydrolases to rapidly identify optimal conditions for maximum enzymatic lignocellulose deconstruction. We also demonstrate that subtle changes to enzyme composition and activity in various strains of T. reesei can be readily characterized by our probe approach. The approach also permits multimodal measurements, including fluorescent gel-based analysis of activity in response to varied conditions and treatments, and mass spectrometry-based quantitative identification of labelled proteins. We demonstrate the promise this probe approach holds to facilitate rapid production of enzyme cocktails for high-efficiency lignocellulose deconstruction to accommodate high-yield biofuel production. PMID:24121482

  2. Overexpression of human CD38/ADP-ribosyl cyclase enhances acetylcholine-induced Ca2+ signalling in rodent NG108-15 neuroblastoma cells. (United States)

    Higashida, Haruhiro; Bowden, Sarah E H; Yokoyama, Shigeru; Salmina, Alla; Hashii, Minako; Hoshi, Naoto; Zhang, Jia-Sheng; Knijnik, Rimma; Noda, Mami; Zhong, Zen-Guo; Jin, Duo; Higashida, Kazuhiro; Takeda, Hisashi; Akita, Tenpei; Kuba, Kenji; Yamagishi, Sayaka; Shimizu, Noriaki; Takasawa, Shin; Okamoto, Hiroshi; Robbins, Jon


    The role of cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR) and its synthetic enzyme, CD38, as a downstream signal of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs) was examined in neuroblastoma cells expressing M1 mAChRs (NGM1). NGM1 cells were further transformed with both wild-type and mutant (C119K/C201E) human CD38. The dual transformed cells exhibited higher cADPR formation than ADPR production and elevated intracellular free Ca(2+) concentrations ([Ca(2+)](i)) in response to ACh. These phenotypes were analyzed in detail in a representative CD38 clone. The intracellular cADPR concentration by ACh application was significantly increased by CD38 overexpression. Digital image analysis by a confocal microscopy revealed that topographical distribution of the sites of Ca(2+) release was unchanged between control and overexpressed cells. These results indicate that cADPR is an intracellular messenger of Ca(2+) signalling, suggesting that CD38 can contribute to mAChR-cADPR signalling.

  3. Contato, epidemias e corpo como agentes de transformação: um estudo sobre a AIDS entre os Índios Xokléng de Santa Catarina, Brasil

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    Flávio Braune Wiik


    Full Text Available A partir da análise dos episódios de AIDS que acometeram os Índios Xokléng em 1988, o presente artigo visa referir fenômenos de doença a rupturas e transformações socioculturais ocorridas nesse universo com base na história de contato com a sociedade abrangente. A interpretação e a análise da relação estabelecida são feitas à luz de teorias antropológicas acerca da centralidade que corpo, corporalidade e processos corporais degenerativos ocupam nas sociedades indígenas brasileiras. Propõe-se que corpo, sociedade e agentes macroconjunturais são articulados pela práxis; por isso, devem ser relacionados nos estudos socio-antropológicos concernentes aos fenômenos de doença. O artigo traz a descrição sucinta das epidemias advindas com o contato, tentando vinculá-las aos contextos históricos específicos que o marcaram. Categorias da etnomedicina, cosmologia e corporalidade Xokléng são associadas à organização social e aos casos de AIDS. Estes são apresentados tendo, como enfoque principal, a ligação estabelecida entre seu advento e as transformações no universo Xokléng em função da construção da Barragem Norte junto a sua Terra.

  4. Contato, epidemias e corpo como agentes de transformação: um estudo sobre a AIDS entre os Índios Xokléng de Santa Catarina, Brasil

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    Wiik Flávio Braune


    Full Text Available A partir da análise dos episódios de AIDS que acometeram os Índios Xokléng em 1988, o presente artigo visa referir fenômenos de doença a rupturas e transformações socioculturais ocorridas nesse universo com base na história de contato com a sociedade abrangente. A interpretação e a análise da relação estabelecida são feitas à luz de teorias antropológicas acerca da centralidade que corpo, corporalidade e processos corporais degenerativos ocupam nas sociedades indígenas brasileiras. Propõe-se que corpo, sociedade e agentes macroconjunturais são articulados pela práxis; por isso, devem ser relacionados nos estudos socio-antropológicos concernentes aos fenômenos de doença. O artigo traz a descrição sucinta das epidemias advindas com o contato, tentando vinculá-las aos contextos históricos específicos que o marcaram. Categorias da etnomedicina, cosmologia e corporalidade Xokléng são associadas à organização social e aos casos de AIDS. Estes são apresentados tendo, como enfoque principal, a ligação estabelecida entre seu advento e as transformações no universo Xokléng em função da construção da Barragem Norte junto a sua Terra.

  5. Evaluation of PCA3 and multiparametric MRI’s: collective benefits before deciding initial prostate biopsy for patients with PSA level between 3-10ng/mL (United States)

    Okcelik, Sezgin; Soydan, Hasan; Ates, Ferhat; Berber, Ufuk; Saygin, Hasan; Sönmez, Güner; Karademir, Kenan


    ABSTRACT Objective To analyze the contribution of multiparametric MRI and PCA3 assay, pre- decision of initial biopsy in PSA level between 3-10 ng/mL patients with normal digital rectal examination(DRE). Materials and Methods PSA level 3-10 ng/mL ,patients, with normal DRE results and no previous prostate biopsy history, were included in this study. Each patient underwent multiparametric MRI one week before biopsy. Urine sample taking for PCA3 examination preceded the biopsy. Systematic and targeted biopsies were conducted. Patients with high PSA levels were seperated into two groups as: high PCA3 scored and low PCA3 scored. Then each group was divided into two sub-groups as: MRI lesion positive and negative. Tumor incidence, positive predictive values(PPV) and negative predictive values(NPV) were calculated. Results 53 patients were included between February 2013 and March 2014.Mean age 61.22 ± 1.06. Mean PSA value 5.13 ± 0.19 ng / mL. Mean PCA3 score 98.01 ± 23.13 and mean prostate size was 48.96 ± 2.67 grams. Fourty nine patients had both PCA3 score and multiparametric MRI. The PCA3’s PPV value was 58.33%. If multiparametric MRI lesions are added to high PCA3 scores , the PPV appears to elevate to 91.66%. NPV of PCA3 was 96%. NPV was 95% when there was no lesion in the multiparametric MRI with low PCA3 scores. Sensitivity was 91.66% , specificity was 95% respectively. Conclusion Adding multimetric MRI can also support biopsy decision for patients with high PCA3 value. When PCA3 value is low, patients can be survailled without any need to take a MRI. PMID:27286106

  6. Effect of sample size and P-value filtering techniques on the detection of transcriptional changes induced in rat neuroblastoma (NG108 cells by mefloquine

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is no known biochemical basis for the adverse neurological events attributed to mefloquine. Identification of genes modulated by toxic agents using microarrays may provide sufficient information to generate hypotheses regarding their mode of action. However, this utility may be compromised if sample sizes are too low or the filtering methods used to identify differentially expressed genes are inappropriate. Methods The transcriptional changes induced in rat neuroblastoma cells by a physiological dose of mefloquine (10 micro-molar were investigated using Affymetrix arrays. A large sample size was used (total of 16 arrays. Genes were ranked by P-value (t-test. RT-PCR was used to confirm (or reject the expression changes of several of the genes with the lowest P-values. Different P-value filtering methods were compared in terms of their ability to detect these differentially expressed genes. A retrospective power analysis was then performed to determine whether the use of lower sample sizes might also have detected those genes with altered transcription. Results Based on RT-PCR, mefloquine upregulated cJun, IkappaB and GADD153. Reverse Holm-Bonferroni P-value filtering was superior to other methods in terms of maximizing detection of differentially expressed genes but not those with unaltered expression. Reduction of total microarray sample size ( Conclusions Adequate sample sizes and appropriate selection of P-value filtering methods are essential for the reliable detection of differentially expressed genes. The changes in gene expression induced by mefloquine suggest that the ER might be a neuronal target of the drug.

  7. Effect of Kınesıotapıng and Knee Brace on Functıonal Performance in Recreatıonal Athletes (United States)

    Ulusoy, Burak; İldiz, Bülent; Tunay, Volga Bayrakçı


    Objectives: Kinesiotaping is a popular taping method that is used for both therapeutic and performance enchancement purposes. Knee braces are widely used for prevention in sport injuries but their performance effectiveness is still controversial. The aim of this study was to determine whether kinesiotape or brace was more effective on functional performance. Methods: A total twenty male recreational football players (Mean±Standart Deviation (SD) age: 22.5±0.68 years, height: 175.15±3.37 cm, body weight: 74.52±12.41 kg), voluntarily participated in this study. Participants were tested with kinesiotape, with brace and without kinesiotape and brace. Tests were applied one day after patellar kinesiotaping (correction technique). Balance property measured with Modified Y balance Test (dynamic test), agility measured by T test, muscle strength and anaerobic power assessed by vertical jump and triple hop tests. Wilcoxon signed rank test was employed for determining the statistical significance of tests with kinesiotape, with brace and without kinesiotape and brace. Results: In analysis; There were statistically significant differences found in Triple hop test with kinesiotaping and without kinesiotaping and brace, in T test with bracing and kinesiotaping, in vertical jump with kinesiotaping and without kinesiotaping and brace (pkinesiotaping in all tests) No statistically significant difference was found in modified Y balance test all groups (p> 0.05). Conclusion: Consequently, kinesiotaping had positive effects on agility and muscle strength but had no effects on balance in football players. On the other hand, brace had no effects on functional performance tests.

  8. The Songbird Neurogenomics (SoNG Initiative: Community-based tools and strategies for study of brain gene function and evolution

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Songbirds hold great promise for biomedical, environmental and evolutionary research. A complete draft sequence of the zebra finch genome is imminent, yet a need remains for application of genomic resources within a research community traditionally focused on ethology and neurobiological methods. In response, we developed a core set of genomic tools and a novel collaborative strategy to probe gene expression in diverse songbird species and natural contexts. Results We end-sequenced cDNAs from zebra finch brain and incorporated additional sequences from community sources into a database of 86,784 high quality reads. These assembled into 31,658 non-redundant contigs and singletons, which we annotated via BLAST search of chicken and human databases. The results are publicly available in the ESTIMA:Songbird database. We produced a spotted cDNA microarray with 20,160 addresses representing 17,214 non-redundant products of an estimated 11,500–15,000 genes, validating it by analysis of immediate-early gene (zenk gene activation following song exposure and by demonstrating effective cross hybridization to genomic DNAs of other songbird species in the Passerida Parvorder. Our assembly was also used in the design of the "Lund-zfa" Affymetrix array representing ~22,000 non-redundant sequences. When the two arrays were hybridized to cDNAs from the same set of male and female zebra finch brain samples, both arrays detected a common set of regulated transcripts with a Pearson correlation coefficient of 0.895. To stimulate use of these resources by the songbird research community and to maintain consistent technical standards, we devised a "Community Collaboration" mechanism whereby individual birdsong researchers develop experiments and provide tissues, but a single individual in the community is responsible for all RNA extractions, labelling and microarray hybridizations. Conclusion Immediately, these results set the foundation for a

  9. Service Quality Evaluation for Chain Restaurants Usi ng SERVQUAL Model%基于SERVQUAL模型的连锁餐厅服务质量评价研究

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    朱霖; 王岐闻; 翟婧文


    Considering domestic consumer demands for service quality of chain restaurants,an evaluation system is established using the SERVQUAL model.The model contains 2 1 indicators belonging to five categories:restaurant environment,service attitude,food quality,safety and re-liability,and scale of the brand.Each indicator undergoes a weighted analysis in an analytic hier-archy process (AHP).The obj ective is to determine dominant factors affecting customer satisfac-tion on the services.An empirical study on a typical multinational chain restaurant,Hooters,is conducted by face-to-face interview and questionnaire.The result suggests that the four dominant factors are freshness of raw materials,safety and reliability of materials,comprehensive and bal-anced nutrition,and hygiene of tableware.%在SERVQUAL模型的基础上,结合国内消费者对连锁餐厅服务质量的要求,从餐厅环境、服务水平、食品质量、安全卫生和品牌规模5个维度出发,设计一套包含21个三级指标的连锁餐厅服务质量评价指标体系。采用层次分析法(AHP)对各指标进行权重分析,旨在找出影响连锁餐厅服务质量的关键因素,并在此基础上以问卷调查的形式,对 Hooters 餐厅进行实证分析。结果表明,影响连锁餐厅服务质量的最为重要的4大因素分别是原料的新鲜程度、食物原料的安全、食物营养全面和餐具安全卫生。

  10. 河南省高校研究生精神信仰状况%The Present Situation of Spiritual Belief amo ng Postgraduates in Henan

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    张尚书; 宋春花; 孙利谦; 王鹏


    ,genders,professions,SPSS17.0 software was adopted.And repeated ANOVA(analysis of variance) and multivariate ANOVA statistical methods were used for analysis .Results Social belief ranked the first ,then pragmatistic belief,and the supernatural belief was the last;The rank(from high to low)of the nine dimensions on spiritual belief was racialism,life worship,nationalism,familism,political belief,family worship,religion belief,money worship and supernatural belief [F(8,1015) =717.28,P<0.001].Boys had higher scores than girls in family worship and money worship ,however,girls had higher scores in life wor-ship,racialism and nationalism .Grades 1 students had higher than grades 2 students in social belief and political belief ,however,grades 1 students had the lowest scores in money worship .Grades 2 students had the lowest scores in racialism .④Arts students had higher scores than medical students in political belief .Conclusion In the first level classification ,social belief rankes the first ,then pragmatistic belief and the supernatural belief.In the second level classification,racialism,life worship,and nationalism ranke top;religion belief,money worship,and supernatural belief ranke after the three ones (P<0.001).The above results are almost consistent with previous studies . There are significant differences in spiritual belief among different sex ,grades and majors of postgraduates .

  11. Quantifying the value of investing in distributed natural gas and renewable electricity systems as complements: Applications of discounted cash flow and real options analysis with stochastic inputs

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    Pless, Jacquelyn; Arent, Douglas J.; Logan, Jeffrey; Cochran, Jaquelin; Zinaman, Owen


    One energy policy objective in the United States is to promote the adoption of technologies that provide consumers with stable, secure, and clean energy. Recent work provides anecdotal evidence of natural gas (NG) and renewable electricity (RE) synergies in the power sector, however few studies quantify the value of investing in NG and RE systems together as complements. This paper uses discounted cash flow analysis and real options analysis to value hybrid NG-RE systems in distributed applications, focusing on residential and commercial projects assumed to be located in the states of New York and Texas. Technology performance and operational risk profiles are modeled at the hourly level to capture variable RE output and NG prices are modeled stochastically as geometric Ornstein-Uhlenbeck (OU) stochastic processes to capture NG price uncertainty. The findings consistently suggest that NG-RE hybrid distributed systems are more favorable investments in the applications studied relative to their single-technology alternatives when incentives for renewables are available. In some cases, NG-only systems are the favorable investments. Understanding the value of investing in NG-RE hybrid systems provides insights into one avenue towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, given the important role of NG and RE in the power sector.

  12. Ideais e realidade: uma aula reservada para crianças autistas bilíngües = Ideals and reality: a self-contained class for bilingual autistic children

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    Ebsworth, Miriam Eisenstein


    Full Text Available Este estudo qualitativo abordou as experiências de crianças bilíngües, selecionadas com desordem do espectro autista em uma sala de aula de Educação Infantil Especial Bilíngüe. Os dados incluíram observação ao vivo, gravações em vídeo e entrevistas com os funcionários e pais. Apesar da dedicação dos professores, dos funcionários e da família, os desafios incluíram limitações lingüísticas de clínicos gerais, uso inconsistente de espanhol e/ou inglês, falta de compreensão dos pais sobre a natureza do autismo e demanda irreal de funcionários. O ambiente da barulhenta sala de aula, às vezes refletia aprendizagem, que freqüentemente significava transtorno. A preparação profissional de professores também era inadequada

  13. 地下侧积砂坝建筑结构研究及储层评价——以孤东油田七区西Ng52+3砂体为例%The Architecture and Rreservoir Evaluation of Underground Lateral Accretion Bar: a case study on the Ng52+3 sand-body in 7th block west of the Gudong oil field

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    李阳; 郭长春


    分析了在不同沉积环境下侧积砂坝的沉积模式,研究了侧积体的空间组合特征,并利用模式预测的方法建立侧积砂坝的建筑结构模型.研究表明,孤东油田七区西Ng52+3侧积砂坝是小型河流形成的,其侧积体的空间组合模式为水平斜列式,侧积体的宽度为80~240 m,倾角为5°~12°.薄片、扫描电镜分析证实,七区西Ng52+3的成岩作用较弱,原始的粒间孔隙保存完好,储层孔隙度平均为32.3%,渗透率为3 500×10-3μm2.侧积砂坝内含有高岭石、蒙脱石、伊利石等粘土矿物,使其储层物性变差.

  14. Sammenhæng, samarbejde og samskabelse

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    Kaatmann, Susanne; Lippert, Trine


    20-20 forløb, der kombinerer 20 ugers 10. klasse med 20 ugers erhvervsskole, skaber bedre overgang fra grundskole til ungdomsuddannelser. Og det er ikke bare eleverne, der har glæde af den nye model. Hvis man fra start tager samarbejdet alvorligt og etablerer et forum for det, så oplever lærerne ...

  15. ng õpetajate palganumbritega / Olav Aarna

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    Aarna, Olav, 1942-


    Ilmunud ka: Vooremaa 5. nov., lk. 2, Harjumaa 8. nov., lk. 2, Hiiu Leht 8. nov., lk. 2, Virumaa Teataja 8. nov., lk. 7, Lääne Elu 8. nov., lk. 2, Võrumaa Teataja 8. nov. lk. 2, Põhjarannik Severnoje Poberezhje 11. nov. lk. 2, Valgamaalane 12. nov. lk. 2, Pärnu Postimees 16. nov. lk. 15, Sakala 29. nov. lk. 2. Riigikogu kultuurikomisjoni esimees süüdistab haridusminister Mailis Repsi segaduse tekitamises õpetajate palgapoliitikas

  16. In/compatible Imagi(ni)ng

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    Kristensen, Thomas Bjørnsten


    The article thematizes a certain logic of reproduction that follows from a point in art history where the construction of images became a process of assembling or coding discrete signals through systematic methods. A logic which is not concerned with imitation but with creating an interchangeable...

  17. ng ja maagia / Doris Kareva

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    Kareva, Doris, 1958-


    20. nov. 2001 arutati Tartu Kirjanike Maja kriitikaseminaril Mehis Heinsaare "Härra Pauli kroonikaid" (2001). Ka Valdo Valperi näitusest Illegaardi galeriis "Eesti kirjandus enne ja pärast Mehis Heinsaart"

  18. ng tulega / Kai Lobjakas

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    Lobjakas, Kai, 1975-


    Eesti Keraamikute Liidu 9. rahvusvaheline keraamikasümpoosion Kohilas Tohisoo mõisas 6.-25. juulini. Lühidalt Jari Vesterineni ja Nanna Bayeri (Soome), Kamila Dziedzici (Poola), Anne Türni ja Marju Vaheri (Eesti), Nelli Isupova (Ukraina) ning Anthony Stellaccio (USA) töödest

  19. Etik i organisatorisk sammenhæng


    Ternsøe, Jesper


    This project revolves around the connection between certain tendencies regarding the evolution of governing rationalities and the problematization of certain ethical dispositions within the field of pedagogy, as experienced through a practical training period in the consulting business. I argue that the broader development in certain New Public Management-inspired policies and rationalities is exemplified in how the professional autonomy of the pedagogue is increasingly seen as somewhat suspi...

  20. Renessanslik vetemäng / Tiina Tammet

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    Tammet, Tiina, 1971-


    Rooma lähedal Tivoli linnakeses asuvast Itaalia 16. sajandi renessansiaegse palee ja aiakunsti pärlist Villa d'Este, mis on UNESCO maailmapärandi nimekirjas. Pargi ja palee arhitektid Pirro Ligorio ja Alberto Galvani, purskkaevude autoriks skulptor Gianlorenzo Bernini

  1. Kruuda kurb mäng

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    Oliver Kruuda müüs oma võlakoorma vähendamiseks Kalevi Norra toiduainekontsernile Orkla. Kalevi ja Tere müümine oli tal plaanis ka 2007. aastal, kui Indrek Rohumaa juhitud investeerimisfirma Alta Capital pidi need ära ostma

  2. Evaluation of the Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer in Patients with Prostate-specific Antigen <20 ng/ml

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    Xuan Wang; Jian-Ye Wang; Chun-Mei Li; Ya-Qun Zhang; Jian-Long Wang; Ben Wan; Wei Zhang


    Background:The European Society of Urogenital Radiology has built the Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System (PI-RADS) for standardizing the diagnosis of prostate cancer (PCa).This study evaluated the PI-RADS diagnosis method in patients with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) <20 ng/ml.Methods:A total of 133 patients with PSA <20 ng/ml were prospectively recruited.T2-weighted (T2WI) and diffusion-weighted (DWI) magnetic resonance images of the prostate were acquired before a 12-core transrectal prostate biopsy.Each patient's peripheral zone was divided into six regions on the images;each region corresponded to two of the 12 biopsy cores.T2WI,DWI,and T2WI + DWI scores were computed according to PI-RADS.The diagnostic accuracy of the PI-RADS score was evaluated using histopathology of prostate biopsies as the reference standard.Results:PCa was histologically diagnosed in 169 (21.2%) regions.Increased PI-RADS score correlated positively with increased cancer detection rate.The cancer detection rate for scores 1 to 5 was 2.8%,15.0%,34.6%,52.6%,and 88.9%,respectively,using T2WI and 12.0%,20.2%,48.0%,85.7%,and 93.3%,respectively,using DWI.For T2WI + DWI,the cancer detection rate was 1.5% (score 2),13.5% (scores 3-4),41.3% (scores 5-6),75.9% (scores 7-8),and 92.3% (scores 9-10).The area under the curve for cancer detection was 0.700 (T2WI),0.735 (DWI) and 0.749 (T2WI + DWI).The sensitivity and specificity were 53.8% and 89.2%,respectively,when using scores 5-6 as the cutoff value for T2WI + DWI.Conclusions:The PI-RADS score correlates with the PCa detection rate in patients with PSA <20 ng/ml.The summed score ofT2WI + DWI has the highest accuracy in detection of PCa.However,the sensitivity should be further improved.

  3. PCR Reverse Hybridization Membrane Applications in Screening of CT,UU,NG Three Kinds of STD%PCR反向膜杂交法在CT、UU、NG三种性病筛查中的应用价值

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    王涛; 王鹏; 董丽


    Objective:To investigate the value of PCR reverse hybridization membrane application in screening of CT,UU,NG three kinds of STD. Method:1486 suspected patients with genitourinary tract infections were detected by PCR reverse hybridization membrane and fluorescence quantitative PCR(FQ-PCR),and test results were compared with culture results. Result:FQ-PCR detection of CT,UU,NG was higher than culture(P<0.01). PCR reverse hybridization membrane,culture and FQ-PCR positive rate difference was not statistically significant. PCR reverse hybridization membrane,FQ-PCR detection sensitivity difference was not statistically significant,but the film PCR reverse hybridization assay specificity was higher than FQ-PCR(P<0.01). Conclusion:PCR reverse hybridization in screening of CT,UU,NG,is accurate,rapid,and specific is higher than FQ-PCR,worthy of promotion apply.%目的:探讨PCR反向膜杂交法在CT、UU、NG三种性病筛查中的应用价值。方法:对1486例疑为泌尿生殖道感染患者分别采用PCR反向膜杂交法及荧光定量PCR(FQ-PCR)检测,并将检测结果与培养结果比较。结果:FQ-PCR检测CT、UU、NG阳性率高于培养法,比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01);PCR反向膜杂交法与培养法及FQ-PCR检测阳性率比较差异均无统计学意义;PCR反向膜杂交法、FQ-PCR检测敏感性比较差异无统计学意义,但PCR反向膜杂交法检测特异性高于FQ-PCR,比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。结论:PCR反向膜杂交法筛查CT、UU、NG准确,快速,且筛查特异性高于FQ-PCR,值得临床推广适用。

  4. Effects of Ginsenoside Rg1 on the Expression of Toll-Like Receptor 3, 4 and Their Signalling Transduction Factors in the NG108-15 Murine Neuroglial Cell Line

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    Bao-Sheng Zhao


    Full Text Available As one of the most important components of Panax ginseng, ginsenoside Rg1 has certain anti-aging effects, improving the activity of learning and memory. Studies have showed that ginsenoside Rg1 improves the memory impairment associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD. In this study, the effects of ginsenoside Rg1 were investigated through the activity of toll-like receptor (TLR 3, TLR4 and their signaling transduction pathways in amyloid β peptide 25–35 (Aβ25–35 induced AD cell model. Thus we investigated several critical components of the TLR pathway. The neuroglial cell line NG108-15 was stimulated with or without Aβ25–35, while different concentrations of ginsenoside Rg1 were administered. After 24 h, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α, interferon-β (IFN-β in cell supernatant and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS in cell lysate supernatant were measured with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs. The mRNA and protein expression of TLR3, TLR4, nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB and tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor-6 (TRAF-6 were detected by real-time PCR and western blot methods, respectively. The experimental results showed that Aβ25–35 could markedly raise the level of TNF-α, IFN-β and iNOS, and increase the expressions of mRNA and TLR3, TLR4, NF-κB and TRAF-6 protein in the NG108-15 cells. At the same time, the ginsenoside Rg1 significantly reduced the expressions of proteins and mRNA of TLR3, TLR4, NF-κB and TRAF-6, and down-regulated the levels of TNF-α, IFN-β of cell supernatant and iNOS of cell lysate supernatant in a concentration-dependent manner. In conclusion, ginsenoside Rg1 has good activity for suppressing the signaling transduction pathway of TLR3 and TLR4, and decreasing the inflammation factors induced by Aβ25–35 in NG108-15 cells, and this may be the mechanism of ginsenoside Rg1 action in AD treatment, but more studies are needed to identify its specificity.

  5. Organização e qualidade da assistência à saúde dos índios Kaingáng do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil

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    Yara Hahr Marques Hökerberg


    Full Text Available Este estudo pretende avaliar o atendimento à saúde prestado aos índios Kaingáng do Rio Grande do Sul. Os óbitos evitáveis por assistência básica de saúde dos indígenas, ocorridos entre 1985 e 1995, foram comparados aos óbitos do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul. Os dados secundários relativos aos serviços de saúde foram complementados por entrevistas realizadas em campo com lideranças indígenas e com funcionários das instituições envolvidas na assistência à saúde do índio. Foi utilizado o Sistema de Informações Geográficas, visando relacionar a distribuição dos óbitos ao grau de acesso aos serviços de saúde. As áreas indígenas Kaingáng estão ligadas por estradas pavimentadas a municípios que contam com, pelo menos, um centro de saúde, ou ainda, hospitais de pequeno porte. O segundo nível de atenção situa-se em Palmeiras das Missões e Frederico Westphallen e o terceiro nível, em Passo Fundo. O que diferencia estas áreas indígenas do restante do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul é a quantidade de óbitos evitáveis pela assistência básica de saúde, tais como as causas mal definidas, a desnutrição, a tuberculose e o câncer cérvico-uterino.

  6. (R-(+-α-Lipoic acid protected NG108-15 cells against H2O2-induced cell death through PI3K-Akt/GSK-3β pathway and suppression of NF-κβ-cytokines

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    Full Text Available Muhamad Noor Alfarizal Kamarudin, Nur Afiqah Mohd Raflee, Sharifah Salwa Syed Hussein, Jia Ye Lo, Hadi Supriady, Habsah Abdul KadirInstitute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaAbstract: Alpha-lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant with multifarious pharmacological benefits has been reported to be neuroprotective in several neuronal models and used to treat neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Nonetheless, conclusive mechanisms of alpha-lipoic acid for its protective effects particularly in NG108-15 cells have never been investigated. In this study, the intricate neuroprotective molecular mechanisms by (R-(+-alpha-lipoic acid (R-LA against H2O2-induced cell death in an in vitro model of neurodegeneration were elucidated. Pretreatment with R-LA (2 hours significantly increased NG108-15 cell viability as compared to H2O2-treated cells and mitigated the induction of apoptosis as evidenced by Hoechst 33342/propidium iodide staining. R-LA (12.5–50 µM aggrandized the reduced glutathione over glutathione disulfide ratio followed by a reduction in the intracellular reactive oxygen species level and an increase in mitochondrial membrane potential following H2O2 exposure. Moreover, pretreatment with R-LA stimulated the activation of PI3K-Akt through mTORC1 and mTORC2 components (mTOR, rictor and raptor and production of antiinflammatory cytokine, IL-10 which led to the inactivation of glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β and reduction of both Bax/Bcl2 and Bax/Bcl-xL ratios, accompanied by inhibition of the cleaved caspase-3. Additionally, this observation was preceded by the suppression of NF-κβ p65 translocation and production of proinflammatory cytokines (IL-6 and TNF-α. The current findings accentuate new mechanistic insight of R-LA against apoptogenic and brain inflammatory factors in a neuronal model. These results further advocate the therapeutic potential of R-LA for

  7. Ciclo biológico de Paraibatrema inesperata n.g., n.sp. (Trematoda, Paramphistomidae, a partir de metacercárias desenvolvidas em Biomphalaria tenagophila (D'Orbigny, 1835 (Mollusca, Planorbidae

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    Full Text Available Em exemplares de B. tenagophila, capturados em ambiente natural, foram encontradas paranfistomocercárias de precoce encistamento. Procedeu-se à infecção, per os, de animais de biotério; em camundongos e ratos, verificou-se o desenvolviemnto de trematóide paranfistomídeo desconhecido e que, por suas características, não se enquadra nos g~eneros conhecidos de Paramphistomidae de mamíferos. Para o parasito em apreço é proposta a denominação Paraibatema inesperata n.g, n.sp.. A partir de miracídios, oriundos de ovos eliminados pelos roedores em experiência, procurou-se infectar B. tenagophila e B. glabrata, criadas no moluscário. Verificou-se ser ativa a penetração dos miracídios no tecido do molusco, sendo freqüente a formação de tumorações nas antenas. A evolução experimental no hospedeiro intermediário apresenta-se lenta; ao fim de 40 dias de pós-infecção, não se observou a formação de esporocistos, rédias e cercárias.The new genus and new species of paramphistomid trematode, Paraibatrema inesperata n.g, n.sp., are proposed. The parasite was originally found as a quickly encysting paramphistome cercaria from specimens of the planorbid snail Biomphalaria tenagophila caught in natural habitats. Experimental infection resulted from intubation of metacercariae into the stomach of white mice and rats, which passed eggs in the feces 20 days later. Specimens of B. tenagophila and B. glabrata have been exposed to miracidia from eggs passed by mice. Penetration of the molluscan tegument was observed, but it seems that the larval development of the parasite is slow, inasmuch as no rediae and cercariae have been obtained as yet.

  8. Impact of Comorbidity, Race, and Marital Status in Men Referred for Prostate Biopsy with PSA >20 ng/mL: A Pilot Study in High-Risk Patients. (United States)

    Klaassen, Zachary; Muller, Roberto; Li, Qiang; Tatem, Alexander J; King, Sherita A; Freedland, Stephen J; Madi, Rabii; Terris, Martha K; Moses, Kelvin A


    Objective. To assess the impact of comorbidity, race, and marital status on overall survival (OS) among men presenting for prostate biopsy with PSA >20 ng/mL. Methods. Data were reviewed from 2000 to 2012 and 78 patients were included in the cohort. We analyzed predictors of OS using a Cox proportional hazards model and the association between Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI) score and PCa diagnosis or high-grade cancer using logistic regression and multinomial regression models, respectively. Results. The median age of patients was 62.5 (IQR 57-73) years. Median CCI was 3 (IQR 2-4), 69% of patients were African American men, 56% of patients were married, and 85% of patients had a positive biopsy. CCI (HR 1.52, 95% CI 1.19, 1.94), PSA (HR 1.62, 95% CI 1.09, 2.42), and Gleason sum (HR 2.04, 95% CI 1.17, 3.56) were associated with OS. CCI was associated with Gleason sum 7 (OR 4.06, 95% CI 1.04, 15.89) and Gleason sum 8-10 (OR 4.52, 95% CI 1.16, 17.54) PCa. Conclusions. CCI is an independent predictor of high-grade disease and worse OS among men with PCa. Race and marital status were not significantly associated with survival in this cohort. Patient comorbidity is an important component of determining the optimal approach to management of prostate cancer.

  9. On the Lighting Failure Caused by EMDP Overheating of Boeing 737NG Airplane%波音737NG飞机EMDP过热灯亮故障浅析

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    魏小刚; 张爱学


    波音737NG飞机在运行中,液压系统故障出现频率较高,对飞机的正常运行产生了很大的障碍,其中EMDP(电子马达驱动泵)过热问题也造成了不少的不正常航班事件,对航班的运营产生了很大的障碍,本文主要对EMDP过热灯亮故障进行浅析。%The occurrence frequency of hydranlic problems of Boeing 737NG Airplane is high in the running. It has great obstacles of the airplane's normal operation. The overheating of EMDP (Electronic Motor Drive Pump) causes many abnormal flight events and makes great obstacles for the operation and production of the flight. This paper analyzes the lighting failure caused by EMDP overheating.

  10. Records of sunspot and aurora activity during 581-959 CE in Chinese official histories concerning the periods of Suí, Táng, and the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (United States)

    Tamazawa, Harufumi; Kawamura, Akito Davis; Hayakawa, Hisashi; Tsukamoto, Asuka; Isobe, Hiroaki; Ebihara, Yusuke


    Recent studies concerning radioisotopes in tree rings or ice cores suggest that extreme space weather events occurred during the pre-telescope age. Observational records of naked-eye sunspots and low-latitude auroras in historical documents during this age can provide useful information about past solar activity. In this paper, we present the results of a comprehensive survey of records of sunspots and auroras in Chinese official histories from the 6th century to the 10th century, in the period of Suí, Táng, the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms. These official histories contain records of continuous observations with well-formatted reports conducted under the policy of the governments. A brief comparison of the frequency of observations of sunspots and auroras based on observations of radioisotopes as an indicator of solar activity during the corresponding periods is provided. Using our data, we surveyed and compiled the records of sunspots and auroras in historical documents from various locations and in several languages, and ultimately provide these as open data to the scientific community.

  11. The Politics of Frontier Mining: Local Chieftains, Chinese Miners, and Upland Society in the Nông Văn Vân Uprising in the Sino-Vietnamese Border Area, 1833–1835

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    Vũ Đường Luân


    Full Text Available This article, part of a longer study of the history of mining in Vietnam, argues that the Nông Văn Vân uprising (1833–1835 in the northern uplands of Vietnam brings into relief the importance of mining in the Vietnamese economy of the nineteenth century. It also highlights the consequences of Emperor Minh Mệnh’s dual agenda of extracting more tax revenues from mining operations and expanding the reach of the state by replacing hereditary tribal chieftains with imperial bureaucrats. While the uprising was quelled, the imperial agenda could not be fully realized in the face of local opposition and declining revenue from mining. The uprising reflected the multiethnic nature of border society, composed as it was of Vietnamese, local minority populations, and a significant number of Chinese mine owners, workers, and providers of goods and services to the mining towns. In ordinary times, the border was regularly flouted as kinship relations, trading networks, and ethnic affinity transcended allegiance to either the Qing or the Nguyễn in this borderland. Although the uprising was formally contained within the Vietnamese territory, rebels were able to seek refuge and recruit new adherents in China. And while the Nguyễn court was eventually able to subdue the rebels, its centralizing policies and attempts at extracting more revenues from mining were ultimately unsuccessful in the face of reemerging local and transborder forces.

  12. Analysis

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    Maurin, Krzysztof


    The extraordinarily rapid advances made in mathematics since World War II have resulted in analysis becoming an enormous organism spread­ ing in all directions. Gone for good surely are the days of the great French "courses of analysis" which embodied the whole of the "ana­ lytical" knowledge of the times in three volumes-as the classical work of Camille Jordan. Perhaps that is why present-day textbooks of anal­ ysis are disproportionately modest relative to the present state of the art. More: they have "retreated" to the state before Jordan and Goursat. In recent years the scene has been changing rapidly: Jean Dieudon­ ne is offering us his monumentel Elements d'Analyse (10 volumes) written in the spirit of the great French Course d'Analyse. To the best of my knowledge, the present book is the only one of its size: starting from scratch-from rational numbers, to be precise-it goes on to the theory of distributions, direct integrals, analysis on com­ plex manifolds, Kahler manifolds, the theory of sheave...

  13. Une histoire impériale connectée ? Hải Phòng : jalon d’une stratégie lyonnaise en Asie orientale (1881-1886

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    Full Text Available Dans la seconde moitié du xixe siècle, les milieux d’affaires lyonnais liés à l’industrie de la soie – les Soyeux – réussissent à ravir aux Britanniques le marché des soies d’Asie (Bengale, Chine et Japon. Dans un premier temps, sous la Monarchie de Juillet et le Second Empire (de 1843 à 1870, ils mettent en place une route française des soies asiatiques, système complexe alliant maisons de commerce, banques, entrepôts, infrastructures portuaires et ferroviaires. Afin de renforcer leur avance – et dans un contexte de tensions économiques majeures liées à la récession de la fin du xixe siècle – les Soyeux vont jeter leur dévolu sur le Tonkin, vu comme une porte ouverte sur les marchés pensés comme fabuleux du Yunnan et du Sichuan. Ces libéraux, regroupés autour de meneurs d’hommes charismatiques (Aynard et Pila vont entrer par capitaux interposés dans une logique de repli impérial qui succède à la logique du tout ouverture internationale des lendemains du traité de libre-échange de 1860. Dans les logiques – à la fois politiques et économiques – des Soyeux, le Tonkin apparaît comme une pièce maîtresse dans la partie de poker qui les oppose à leurs partenaires Britanniques dans ce « scramble » indochinois de cette fin de siècle, pendant asiatique de la course au Nil. Au cœur de cette stratégie impériale des Soyeux, le port d’Hải Phòng devient un enjeu majeur, un lieu où s’entrecroise la trame des capitaux et la chaine des réseaux de ces hommes d’affaires qui n’ignoraient rien des subtilités des us commerciaux particuliers de la mer de Chine.During the second half of the 19th century, the Silk businessmen of Lyon succeeded in wrestling the Asian silk markets (Bengal, China, and Japan from the British. At first, under the July Monarchy and the Second Empire (from 1843 to 1870, they created a French route for Asian silks, a complex system linking mercantile houses

  14. Analysis (United States)

    Abdelazeem, Maha; El-Sawy, El-Sawy K.; Gobashy, Mohamed M.


    Ar Rika fault zone constitutes one of the two major parts of the NW-SE Najd fault system (NFS), which is one of the most prominent structural features located in the east of the center of the Arabian Shield, Saudi Arabia. By using Enhancement Thematic Mapper data (ETM+) and Principle Component Analysis (PCA), surface geological characteristics, distribution of rock types, and the different trends of linear features and faults are determined in the study area. First and second order magnetic gradients of the geomagnetic field at the North East of Wadi Ar Rika have been calculated in the frequency domain to map both surface and subsurface lineaments and faults. Lineaments as deduced from previous studies, suggest an extension of the NFS beneath the cover rocks in the study area. In the present study, integration of magnetic gradients and remote sensing analysis that resulted in different valuable derivative maps confirm the subsurface extension of some of the surface features. The 3D Euler deconvolution, the total gradient, and the tilt angle maps have been utilized to determine accurately the distribution of shear zones, the tectonic implications, and the internal structures of the terranes in the Ar Rika quadrangle in three dimensions.

  15. The Case Method: "I’m not sure ..." Faci ng Barriers to Implementi ng the Method

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    Roberta Dias Campos


    extension courses for teachers. It presents the dilemma experienced by Cosmo, a young professor recently hired by the iesg (Institute of Higher Education in Management, who wishes to adopt the case method as a teaching practice within an institutional setting and with distinct and heterogeneous didactic experiences. It also presents the views of different stakeholders in the institution, discussing the challenge to accommodate its teaching strategy with its professionals’ individual and cultural daily practice. The case intends to foster reflection on the barriers and actions required for institutional case method adoption, seen from three of the organization’s levels: the faculty, the student body and the institutional structure as a whole.

  16. Dance Dance Revolution: Usapin ng Laro at Sayaw sa Panahon ng Globalisasyon

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    Jema M. Pamintuan


    Full Text Available The Dance Dance Revolution (DDR Machine is becoming a favorite game among the youth and even the not-so-young. While much has been written on the mechanics and popularity of the game, this essay aims to probe into the DDR phenomenon as a parallel tool and response to the changes brought about by technology and the age of globalization. The individual's relationship with the machine, with his audience, and with the larger society will be documented and juxtaposed with the activities of a global village. The cultural implications of the DDR will also be discussed, especially how the game itself revolutionized our traditional concept of game and dance.

  17. ng=töö=mäng / Shanti Broeng, Varje Talivee

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    Hästi läbimõeldud 4 lastetuba erinevas eas lastele - kaks koolieelikutele ja kaks murdeea lävel olevatele noortele, viimaste - ärklikorrusel olevate tubade sisustamisel oli abiks sisekujundaja Emilia Martin

  18. Ang Dumaracol ng mga Kalamianen Tagbanua ng Hilagang Palawan: Isang Panimulang Paglalahad

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    Eulalio R. Guieb III


    Full Text Available This study is the first documentation of the long narrative song dumaracol of the Kalamianen Tagbanua of Northern Palawan on the islands bordering the towns of Taytay, El Nido, and Linapacan. The essay is the first in a multi-stage research that collects, records, documents, transcribes, translates into Filipino, and examines the said genre. In the song, Dumaracol is the name of the hero of the Kalamianen Tagbanua. The song narrates the life, love, and struggles of Dumaracol in establishing and maintaining their community against the slave-raiding Moro. The essay discusses the different versions of the song, but highlights that by Blas Juan, one of the contemporary leaders of the Kalamianen Tagbanua of Pical Island in Linapacan. The essay also presents the processes of the research documentation of the song. It identifies and brings to the fore various issues in the preliminary understanding of dumaracol.

  19. Các thanh điệu thanh hầu hoá và phi thanh hầu hoá dưới tác dụng của sự nhấn âm: các giá trị hệ số mở tiến dần đến cực đại


    Michaud, Alexis; Vu-Ngoc, Tuân


    Article en vietnamien au sujet des variations allophoniques des tons lexicaux (hauteur et qualité de voix) en fonction de paramètres intonatifs (degré d'insistance, émotion). / Article in Vietnamese about the allophonic variations of lexical tones (fundamental frequency and voice quality) in different intonational contexts (various degrees of emphasis, emotions); Hai thanh “nặng” trong tiếng Việt Hà Nội (các thanh B2 và D2) có những đặc tính về chất lượng giọng nói tương phản mạnh mẽ: thanh B...

  20. 3c/4e [small sigma, Greek, circumflex]-type long-bonding competes with ω-bonding in noble-gas hydrides HNgY (Ng = He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe, Rn; Y = F, Cl, Br, I): a NBO/NRT perspective. (United States)

    Zhang, Guiqiu; Li, Hong; Weinhold, Frank; Chen, Dezhan


    Noble-gas hydrides HNgY are frequently described as a single ionic form (H-Ng)(+)Y(-). We apply natural bond orbital (NBO) and natural resonance theory (NRT) analyses to a series of noble-gas hydrides HNgY (Ng = He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe, Rn; Y = F, Cl, Br, I) to gain quantitative insight into the resonance bonding of these hypervalent molecules. We find that each of the studied species should be better represented as a resonance hybrid of three leading resonance structures, namely, H-Ng(+ -):Y (I), H:(- +)Ng-Y (II), and H^Y (III), in which the "ω-bonded" structures I and II arise from the complementary donor-acceptor interactions nY → σ*HNg and nH → σ*NgY, while the "long-bond" ([small sigma, Greek, circumflex]-type) structure III arises from the nNg → [small sigma, Greek, circumflex]*HY/[small sigma, Greek, circumflex]HY interaction. The bonding for all of the studied molecules can be well described in terms of the continuously variable resonance weightings of 3c/4e ω-bonding and [small sigma, Greek, circumflex]-type long-bonding motifs. Furthermore, we find that the calculated bond orders satisfy a generalized form of "conservation of bond order" that incorporates both ω-bonding and long-bonding contributions [viz., (bHNg + bNgY) + bHY = bω-bonding + blong-bonding = 1]. Such "conservation" throughout the title series implies a competitive relationship between ω-bonding and [small sigma, Greek, circumflex]-type long-bonding, whose variations are found to depend in a chemically reasonable manner on the electronegativity of Y and the outer valence-shell character of the central Ng atom. The calculated bond orders are also found to exhibit chemically reasonable correlations with bond lengths, vibrational frequencies, and bond dissociation energies, in accord with Badger's rule and related empirical relationships. Overall, the results provide electronic principles and chemical insight that may prove useful in the rational design of noble-gas hydrides of


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    Hüseyin KIRIMOĞLU


    Full Text Available Open Journal Systems Journal Help User You are logged in as...hazarserkan •My Journals•My Profile•Log OutLanguage English Türkiye Türkçesi Journal Content Search All Authors Title Abstract Index terms Full Text Browse •By Issue•By Author•By Title•Other JournalsFont Size Make font size smaller Make font size default Make font size larger HomeAboutUser HomeSearchCurrentArchivesAnnouncementsHome > Vol 5, No 2 (2011 > KIRIMOĞLU INVESTIGATION OF THE METHODS OF COPİNG WİTH STRESS OF PHYSİCAL EDUCATION TEACHERS THAT WORK IN PRİMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATİON SCHOOL (EXAMPLE OF AYDINHüseyin KIRIMOĞLU, Yunus YILDIRIM, Ali TEMİZAbstractThis investigation was performed for discover of whether the methods of coping with stres of physical educatıon teachers that work in Aydın change or not.96 physical education teachers (28 women and 68 men that work in primary and secondary education school in Aydın (country, town, village took part in thıs investigation. For detection of methods of coping with stress; personal information form improved by investigator and ‘ scale of coping with stress ’ improved by original (Özbay, 1993 were used. SPSS 16.0 statistic package programme was used for evaluate of data and find the calculated data. For trial of normality, t test (whose group number is 2 and One – Way ANOVA test (whose group number is more than 2 were used within parametric tests. For variance homology; Tukey HSD test was used within Post Hoc Multiple Comparisions tests. In thıs study ratio of fault was assessed 0.05. When we compared the participants’s methods of coping with stress by some variable factors; statistical significiant differences were found in point of gender; asking for help from others, in point of civil status; taking shelter for religious, in multiply comprision for mission place (country, town, village; taking shelter for religious, active planning, escape-abstraction (biochemical. We can say that there is

  2. Ruh Adam Romanında Kahramanın Sonsuz Yolculuğu: Yasak Aşk’ın Döngüsü The Endless Journey of Hero in Ruh Adam Novel: Cycle of Forbidden Love

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    Gürhan ÇOPUR


    şadığı olumsuzluklar neticesinde içerisine düştüğü bunalım ile başlayan olaylar, onun yaşamının dikey eksende çizilen sonuna doğru başkişiyi kendi iradesi dışında sürükleyecektir. Romanda, başkişi tarafından yaşamın anlamlandırılamayan/yönlendirilemeyen kodları yaşamını çevreler ve onu bir yeniden doğuş sanrısıyla kuşatır. Yeniden doğuşunu klasik bir reenkarnasyon olarak değil simgesel düzlemde önceden hazırlanmış bir döngünün merkezinde yaşayan Selim Pusat, mücadele ettikçe içerisinde kaybolacağı bunalımın derinliklerinde yaşamının en kutsal değerlerinin benliğini sıkıştırmasıyla geçmiş ve bugünün tuğlaları ile örülen bir labirentin duvarları arasında sıkışır. Selim Pusat, içerisinden çıkamadığı bu „labirent‟te yakınlarının şahsında vücut bulan kendilik değerleri ile hesaplaşmasından sembolik anlamda yok oluşuna kadar uzanan çizgide ele alınır.Bu çalışmada, geçmişinin döngüselliğine karşı çaresiz kalan ve yazgısını karşılıksız bir aşkın lanetinde yokluğa karışmakla yaşayan başkişi Selim Pusat‟ın çiğnediği benlik değerleri tarafından yargılanışı ele alınacaktır. Yolculuk, temel anlamı dışında bireyin yaşantısında kader ve kendi adımlarıyla oluşturduğu yaşanmışlıklar bütününün adıdır. Bu yolculukta kurulan bütün aşamalar başkişinin özsel anlamdaki değişimleri, dönüşümleri ve psikolojik durumları bir bütün olarak değerlendirilir. Selim Pusat‟ın yaşamı da arketipsel anlamda yolculuk imgesi üzerine değerlendirildiğinde ortaya bir aşk romanından ötesi çıkar. İzlenecek yolda Joseph Campbell‟in “Kahramanın Sonsuz Yolculuğu” adlı eserinde ele alınan arketipsel dönüşüm aşamaları merkeze alınacaktır.

  3. HPLC-F analysis of melatonin and resveratrol isomers in wine using an SPE procedure. (United States)

    Mercolini, Laura; Addolorata Saracino, Maria; Bugamelli, Francesca; Ferranti, Anna; Malaguti, Marco; Hrelia, Silvana; Raggi, Maria Augusta


    An original analytical method has been developed for the determination of the antioxidants trans-resveratrol (t-RSV) and cis-resveratrol (c-RSV) and of melatonin (MLT) in red and white wine. The method is based on HPLC coupled to fluorescence detection. Separation was obtained by using a RP column (C8, 150 mm x 4.6 mm id, 5 mum) and a mobile phase composed of 79% aqueous phosphate buffer at pH 3.0 and 21% ACN. Fluorescence intensity was monitored at lambda = 386 nm while exciting at lambda = 298 nm, mirtazapine was used as the internal standard. A careful pretreatment of wine samples was developed, using SPE with C18 cartridges (100 mg, 1 mL). The calibration curves were linear over the following concentration ranges: 0.03-5.00 ng/mL for MLT, 3-500 ng/mL for t-RSV and 1-150 ng/mL for c-RSV. The LOD values were 0.01 ng/mL for MLT, 1 ng/mL for t-RSV and 0.3 ng/mL for c-RSV. Precision data, as well as extraction yield and sample purification results, were satisfactory. Thus, the method seems to be suitable for the analysis of MLT and resveratrol isomers in wine samples. Moreover, wine total polyphenol content and antioxidant activity were evaluated.

  4. Multi-Residue Analysis of Pesticide Residues in Crude Pollens by UPLC-MS/MS

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    Zhou Tong


    Full Text Available A multi-residue method for the determination of 54 pesticide residues in pollens has been developed and validated. The proposed method was applied to the analysis of 48 crude pollen samples collected from eight provinces of China. The recovery of analytes ranged from 60% to 136% with relative standard deviations (RSDs below 30%. Of the 54 targeted compounds, 19 pesticides were detected. The major detection rates of each compound were 77.1% for carbendazim, 58.3% for fenpropathrin, 56.3% for chlorpyrifos, 50.0% for fluvalinate, 31.3% for chlorbenzuron, and 29.2% for triadimefon in crude pollen samples. The maximum values of each pesticide were 4516 ng/g for carbendazim, 162.8 ng/g for fenpropathrin, 176.6 ng/g for chlorpyrifos, 316.2 ng/g for fluvalinate, 437.2 ng/g for chlorbenzuron, 79.00 ng/g for triadimefon, and so on. This study provides basis for the research on the risks to honeybee health.

  5. A high performance liquid chromatographic method of analysis of 4'-O-tetrahydropyranyladriamycin and their metabolites in biological samples. (United States)

    Matsushita, Y; Iguchi, H; Kiyosaki, T; Tone, H; Ishikura, T; Takeuchi, T; Umezawa, H


    A method for measuring 4'-O-tetrahydropyranyladriamycin (THP) and its metabolites in biological samples are described. By reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography using fluorescence detection, THP and its metabolites were all separated on a single chromatogram within 18 minutes. A linear calibration curve was obtained up to 2,000 ng/ml of THP in plasma. The recovery of THP in the analysis was more than 95% above 5 ng/ml and 87.1% even at 1.25 ng/ml. Thus the lower limit was 1.25 ng/ml in biological samples. Blood levels and urinary excretion in mice and dogs were satisfactory measured by this analytical method.

  6. Analysis of Some Egyptian Cosmetic Samples by Fast Neutron Activation Analysis

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    Medhat, M E; Fayez-Hassan, M


    A description of D-T neutron generator (NG) is presented. This generator can be used for fast neutron activation analysis applied to determine some selected elements, especially light elements, in different materials. In our work, the concentration of the elements Na, Mg, Al, Si, K, Cl, Ca and Fe, were determined in two domestic brands of face powder by using 14 MeV neutron activation analysis.

  7. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in Dryer Lint: An Advanced Analysis Laboratory (United States)

    Thompson, Robert Q.


    An advanced analytical chemistry laboratory experiment is described that involves environmental analysis and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Students analyze lint from clothes dryers for traces of flame retardant chemicals, polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), compounds receiving much attention recently. In a typical experiment, ng/g…

  8. Coupling paper-based microfluidics and lab on a chip technologies for confirmatory analysis of trinitro aromatic explosives. (United States)

    Pesenti, Alessandra; Taudte, Regina Verena; McCord, Bruce; Doble, Philip; Roux, Claude; Blanes, Lucas


    A new microfluidic paper-based analytical device (μPAD) in conjunction with confirmation by a lab on chip analysis was developed for detection of three trinitro aromatic explosives. Potassium hydroxide was deposited on the μPADs (0.5 μL, 1.5 M), creating a color change reaction when explosives are present, with detection limits of approximately 7.5 ± 1.0 ng for TNB, 12.5 ± 2.0 ng for TNT and 15.0 ± 2.0 ng for tetryl. For confirmatory analysis, positive μPADs were sampled using a 5 mm hole-punch, followed by extraction of explosives from the punched chad in 30 s using 20 μL borate/SDS buffer. The extractions had efficiencies of 96.5 ± 1.7%. The extracted explosives were then analyzed with the Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer lab on a chip device with minimum detectable amounts of 3.8 ± 0.1 ng for TNB, 7.0 ± 0.9 ng for TNT, and 4.7 ± 0.2 ng for tetryl. A simulated in-field scenario demonstrated the feasibility of coupling the μPAD technique with the lab on a chip device to detect and identify 1 μg of explosives distributed on a surface of 100 cm(2).

  9. Progress in pesticide and POPs hair analysis for the assessment of exposure. (United States)

    Tsatsakis, Aristidis; Tutudaki, Maria


    The present paper reviews the work that has been done in the field of pesticide and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) hair analysis during the last 15 years. It summarizes the compounds of interest, the methods of analyte extraction from the hair matrix, the analytical techniques employed and the results obtained. The most widely studied POPs are the polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDDs), the dibenzofurans (PCDFs) the co-planar biphenyls (co-PCBs) and total biphenyls (PCBs). The most widely studied pesticides are the organochlorine ones, like the hexachlorocyclohexanes and the DDTs, which nowadays are only found as environmental pollutants, some organophosphates, selected pyrethroids and the carbamate methomyl. The most widely applied technique was gas chromatography (GC) coupled to mass spectrometry (MS). Other detectors like the ECD in the case of organochlorine analysis and the NPD in the case of organophosphate analysis were also used. The presented data concern human and animal studies. The levels of DDTs detected in hair were between 19 and 400 ng/g, of co-PCBs 0.27 and 0.45 ng/g, of total PCBs 5-13 ng/g of PCDDs and PCDFs 0.1-10 pg/g of lindane 20-400 ng/g of HCHs 14-40 ng/g of diazinon 110-520 ng/g and of methomyl 900-1800 ng/g. These results strongly support the possibility of using hair as a suitable indicator for the assessment of long-term exposure to POPs and pesticides.

  10. Solid phase microextraction and gas chromatography with ion trap detector (GC-ITD) analysis of amitraz residues in beeswax after hydrolysis to 2,4-dimethylaniline. (United States)

    Lenícek, Jan; Sekyra, Milan; Novotná, Andrea Rychtecká; Vásová, Eva; Titera, Dalibor; Veselý, Vladimír


    An analytical method for the determination of amitraz residues in beeswax after hydrolysis to 2,4-dimethylaniline is reported. It consists of wax extraction with an acid buffer solution, head space solid phase microextraction and GC-ITD analysis. The limit of determination is 1 ng g(-1). Wax samples from beekepers and commercial foundations were analysed, content of residues varied from <1 to 20.5 ng g(-1).

  11. Multilocus sequence analysis of nectar pseudomonads reveals high genetic diversity and contrasting recombination patterns.

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    Sergio Alvarez-Pérez

    Full Text Available The genetic and evolutionary relationships among floral nectar-dwelling Pseudomonas 'sensu stricto' isolates associated to South African and Mediterranean plants were investigated by multilocus sequence analysis (MLSA of four core housekeeping genes (rrs, gyrB, rpoB and rpoD. A total of 35 different sequence types were found for the 38 nectar bacterial isolates characterised. Phylogenetic analyses resulted in the identification of three main clades [nectar groups (NGs 1, 2 and 3] of nectar pseudomonads, which were closely related to five intrageneric groups: Pseudomonas oryzihabitans (NG 1; P. fluorescens, P. lutea and P. syringae (NG 2; and P. rhizosphaerae (NG 3. Linkage disequilibrium analysis pointed to a mostly clonal population structure, even when the analysis was restricted to isolates from the same floristic region or belonging to the same NG. Nevertheless, signatures of recombination were observed for NG 3, which exclusively included isolates retrieved from the floral nectar of insect-pollinated Mediterranean plants. In contrast, the other two NGs comprised both South African and Mediterranean isolates. Analyses relating diversification to floristic region and pollinator type revealed that there has been more unique evolution of the nectar pseudomonads within the Mediterranean region than would be expected by chance. This is the first work analysing the sequence of multiple loci to reveal geno- and ecotypes of nectar bacteria.

  12. Implementation of terbium-sensitized luminescence in sequential-injection analysis for automatic analysis of orbifloxacin. (United States)

    Llorent-Martínez, E J; Ortega-Barrales, P; Molina-Díaz, A; Ruiz-Medina, A


    Orbifloxacin (ORBI) is a third-generation fluoroquinolone developed exclusively for use in veterinary medicine, mainly in companion animals. This antimicrobial agent has bactericidal activity against numerous gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. A few chromatographic methods for its analysis have been described in the scientific literature. Here, coupling of sequential-injection analysis and solid-phase spectroscopy is described in order to develop, for the first time, a terbium-sensitized luminescent optosensor for analysis of ORBI. The cationic resin Sephadex-CM C-25 was used as solid support and measurements were made at 275/545 nm. The system had a linear dynamic range of 10-150 ng mL(-1), with a detection limit of 3.3 ng mL(-1) and an R.S.D. below 3% (n = 10). The analyte was satisfactorily determined in veterinary drugs and dog and horse urine.

  13. Determination of carbofuran in surface water and biological tissue by sol-gel immunoaffinity extraction and on-line preconcentration/HPLC/UV analysis. (United States)

    Vera-Avila, Luz E; Márquez-Lira, Bani P; Villanueva, Marcos; Covarrubias, Rosario; Zelada, Gustavo; Thibert, Valérie


    A selective and simple analytical method for the trace level determination of carbofuran in complex environmental and biological samples was developed based on immunoaffinity extraction (IAE) followed by on-line preconcentration and HPLC/UV analysis of the purified extract. The immunosorbent for IAE was prepared by sol-gel encapsulation of monoclonal anti-carbofuran antibodies, and was fully characterized for capacity, repeatability, binding strength, binding kinetics and cross-reactivity. Method performance was evaluated with two different types of difficult samples: dam water and methanolic extracts of epithelial cervical-uterine tissue. Linear behavior and quantitative recoveries were obtained from the analysis of samples spiked with carbofuran at 0.2-4 ng/mL (dam water, 50 mL samples) and 10-40 ng/mL (biological tissue extract, 2 mL samples). RSD (n=7) and detection limits were, respectively, 10.1% (spike 0.40 ng/mL) and 0.13 ng/mL for dam water; 8.5% (spike 20 ng/mL) and 5 ng/mL for the biological tissue extract. The excellent sample purification achieved with the IAE column allows precise and accurate determination of carbofuran in complex matrices, even when using non-selective UV detection in the chromatographic analysis.

  14. Toxicokinetics of colchicine in humans: analysis of tissue, plasma and urine data in ten cases. (United States)

    Rochdi, M; Sabouraud, A; Baud, F J; Bismuth, C; Scherrmann, J M


    1. A specific and sensitive radioimmunoassay was used to study the toxicokinetics of colchicine in seven cases of acute human poisoning. Post-mortem tissue concentrations of colchicine were measured in three further cases. Depending on the time of patient admission, two disposition processes could be observed. The first, in three patients, admitted early, showed a bi-exponential plasma colchicine decrease, with distribution half-lives of 30, 45 and 90 min. The second, in four patients, admitted late, showed a mono-exponential decrease. Plasma terminal half-lives ranged from 10.6 to 31.7 h for both groups. 2. Pharmacokinetic analysis of urine colchicine data was performed for two patients. The fraction of unchanged colchicine excreted in urine was about 30%, renal clearance was about 13 l h-1 and three-fold less than total body clearance (39 l h-1). The apparent volume of distribution was 21 l kg-1. 3. Post-mortem tissue analysis showed an ubiquitous colchicine distribution. Colchicine accumulated at high concentrations in the bone marrow (more than 600 ng g-1), testicle (400 ng g-1), spleen (250 ng g-1), kidney (200 ng g-1), lung (200 ng g-1) and heart (95 ng g-1); it was also found in the brain (125 ng g-1). 4. This toxicokinetic study shows that after massive ingestion, the disposition parameters and kinetics of colchicine are not markedly modified from those occurring in healthy volunteers. The absorption process was not delayed and the distribution and elimination half-lives were in the range known to occur with therapeutic doses.

  15. Co mparative study on cli nical therapeutic effect of B ultrasound and X-ray locati ng percutaneous nephrolithoto my for treat ment of upper uri nary tract calculi%B 超和 X 线定位经皮肾镜治疗上尿路结石的临床疗效对比研究

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    李钢; 刘中文; 张杨; 陈强; 胡鹏; 陈智勇; 丁伟


    目的::探讨 B 超和 X 线定位经皮肾镜取石治疗上尿路结石的临床疗效比较。方法:回顾性分析2010年2月~2013年12月收治的300例上尿路结石患者的临床资料,根据定位方式分为 X 线定位组(164例)和B 超定位组(146例),对两组患者围手术期临床数据进行比较。结果:X 线定位组的穿刺时间为(10.3±4.2)mi n 、手术时间为(103.5±27.5)mi n 、穿刺中出血量为(45.8±9.8)ml 、手术出血量为(96.7±34.8)ml 、穿刺针数为(1.72±0.84)次,均显著的低于 B 超定位组(P <0.05);两组患者的住院时间差异无统计学意义(P >0.05)。术后 X 线定位组的感染率(8.54%)、术后继发出血(3.66%)、术后脏器损伤(0.00%)与 B 超定位组差异无统计学意义(P >0.05);但 X 线定位组的结石残余率7.93%显著低于 B 超定位组的15.07%。结论:X 线定位经皮肾镜取石治疗上尿路结石较 B 超定位具有时间短、出血量少、术后结石残余率低等优势,值得临床推广应用。%Objective :To i nvesti gate the cli nical efficacy of percutaneous nephrolithoto my for the treat ment of upper uri nary tract calculi by the B ultrasound and X-ray l ocalizati on .Methods :The cli nical data of 300 cases of up-per uri nary calculi i n Depart ment of Urol ogy of our hospital fro m 201 0 February to 201 3 Dece mber were retrospec-ti vel y anal yzed .The patients were di vi ded i nto X-ray positi oni ng group (1 64 cases )and B ultrasound positi oni ng group (1 46 cases )accordi ng to the positi oni ng modes .So me peri operati ve data were co mpared .Results :The punc-ture ti me (1 0.3 ±4.2 mi n )and operati on ti me (1 03.5 ±27.5 mi n )were shortened ,the a mount of he morrhage i n puncture (45.8 ±9.8 mL ),i ntraoperati ve bl ood l oss (96.7 ±34.8 mL )and puncture ti mes (1.72 ±0.84 )were re-duced i n X-ray positi oni ng group as co mpared with B ultrasound positi oni ng group (P 0.05 ).The postoperati

  16. Levels and statistical analysis of aerosol phase PAHs over Qingdao alongshore

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    ZHANG Yan-qing; WANG Yan; TAN Pei-gong


    Atmospheric concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were measured during various seasons at six different cities/locations in Qingdao alongshore. The annual average PAHs concentration ranged from 16 ng/m3 (at a clean compared site) to 308 ng/m3 (in an industry site). The average total particulate PAHs concentration was 74.5 ng/m3 with a higher concentration of particulate PAHs in winter. Based on a year-round dataset, the sources of PAHs in the air of Qingdao were drawn by principal factor analysis and correlation analysis. The results indicated that vehicle emissions and oil burning were the main source of PAHs in Qingdao alongshore.

  17. GC-MS analysis of fluoxetine and its active metabolite norfluoxetine in human urine

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    Full Text Available A gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric (GC-MS method was developed for detection of fluoxetine and its active metabolite norfluoxetine in urine. Liquid and solid phase extraction were applied to urine samples using maprotiline as an internal standard (IS. The GC-MS analysis were carried out using HP-5MS capillary column. The linearity ranges of the method were 5-75 ng mL-1 for fluoxetine and 6-125 ng mL-1 for norfluoxetine by solid phase extraction (SPE, and 10-80 ng mL-1 for fluoxetine and also norfluoxetine by liquid- liquid extraction (LLE. Also the range of detection limits were between 1-10 ng mL-1, the range of quantification limits were between 5-10 ng mL-1 for fluoxetine and norfluoxetine by both SPE and LLE. The range of recoveries were between 87 -109 % by both SPE and LLE for analytes. The developed method allowed clinical and toxicological analysis of fluoxetine and norfluoxetine in urine samples.

  18. A risk assessment on primary level in hs-cTnT level no more than 14 ng/L in the onset of acute myocar-dial infarction in patients with chest pain%胸痛患者初次hs-cTnT水平≤14 ng/L发生急性心肌梗死的危险性评价

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    郭英; 黄华兰; 朱帅; 李贵星


    目的:研究胸痛患者初次hs-cTnT水平≤14 ng/L时发生急性心肌梗死(AMI)的危险性。方法:纳入2012年1月至2013年12月因胸痛就诊于四川大学华西医院急诊科患者3096例,根据初次hs-cTnT水平、心电图将患者分为hs-cTnT≤14 ng/L且心电图提示无缺血表现组和hs-cTnT >14 ng/L组,计算30 d内两组发生心肌梗死和死亡的危险度及阴性预测值。结果:30 d 内hs-cTnT≤14 ng/L 组发生AMI 37例,绝对危险度为2.35(1.86~2.74),30 d 内有4例患者死亡,绝对危险度为0.29(0.12~0.53);初次 hs-cTnT水平≤14 ng/L 且心电图提示无缺血表现组发生 AMI 9例,绝对危险度为0.58(0.42~0.74),30 d 内无患者死亡。结论:胸痛患者初次hs-cTnT水平≤14 ng/L 且心电图提示无缺血表现可基本排除AMI,阴性预测值为99.6%,准确性高,动态监测5 h hs-cTnT≤14 ng/L直接排除AMI。%Objective To investigate the association of chest pain patients with primary level in high-sensitivity troponin T (hs-cTnT) level no more than 14 ng/L in the onset of acute myocardial infarction in pa-tients with chest pain. Methods We enrolled 3 096 participants from January 2012 to December 2013 in West China Hospital, Sichuan University. All patients were classified two groups (hs-cTnT > 14 ng/L, hs-cTnT ≤14 ng/L and no ischemia on ECG) according to hs-cTnT levels and ECG. We evaluated the risk of myocardial in-farction and death and negative predictive value in 30 days. Results Thirty-seven patients were diagnosed in having acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and 4 patients were dead in the hs-cTnT > 14 ng/L group in 30 days in the absolute risk 2.35(1.86-2.74) and 0.29(0.12-0.53); 9 patients were diagnosed as having AMI and no patients were dead in the hs-cTnT ≤ 14 ng/L group in 30 days in the absolute risk 0.58 (0.42-0.74). Conclu-sion Chest pain patients whose primary levels no more than 14

  19. Rapid screening and quantification of residual pesticides and illegal adulterants in red wine by direct analysis in real time mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Guo, Tianyang; Fang, Pingping; Jiang, Juanjuan; Zhang, Feng; Yong, Wei; Liu, Jiahui; Dong, Yiyang


    A rapid method to screen and quantify multi-class analytic targets in red wine has been developed by direct analysis in real time (DART) coupled with triple quadruple tandem mass spectrometry (QqQ-MS). A modified QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged, and Safe) procedure was used for increasing analytical speed and reducing matrix effect, and the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) in DART-MS/MS ensured accurate analysis. One bottle of wine containing 50 pesticides and 12 adulterants, i.e., preservatives, antioxidant, sweeteners, and azo dyes, could be totally determined less than 12min. This method exhibited proper linearity (R(2)≥0.99) in the range of 1-1000ng/mL for pesticides and 10-5000ng/mL for adulterants. The limits of detection (LODs) were obtained in a 0.5-50ng/mL range for pesticides and 5-50ng/mL range for adulterants, and the limits of quantification (LOQs) were in a 1-100ng/mL range for pesticides and 10-250ng/mL range for adulterants. Three spiked levels for each analyte in wine were evaluated, and the recoveries were in a scope of 75-120%. The results demonstrated DART-MS/MS was a rapid and simple method, and could be applied to rapid analyze residual pesticides and illegal adulterants in a large quantities of red wine.

  20. Mercury speciation analysis in terrestrial animal tissues. (United States)

    Berzas Nevado, J J; Rodríguez Martín-Doimeadios, R C; Guzmán Bernardo, F J; Rodríguez Fariñas, N; Patiño Ropero, M J


    No previous analytical procedures are available and validated for mercury speciation analysis in terrestrial animal tissues. This analysis is a difficult task both because the expected concentrations are low, since important accumulation process are not likely to occur, and also because there are not commercially available certified reference material. Thus, an analytical methodology has been developed and validated for mercury speciation for the specific case of terrestrial animal tissues. The proposed method is based on the quantitative extraction of the species by closed-vessel microwave assisted heating with an alkaline reagent, followed by ethylation. The ethylated derivatives were then submitted to head-space solid phase microextraction with a 100 μm polidimethylsiloxane-coated fiber, and desorbed onto a gas chromatograph coupled to atomic fluorescence detection via pyrolysis unit (HS-SPME-GC-pyro-AFS). Procedural detection limits were 31.8 ng g(-1) and 52.5 ng g(-1) for CH(3)Hg(+) and Hg(2+), respectively, for liver and 35.3 ng g(-1) and 58.1 ng g(-1) for CH(3)Hg(+) and Hg(2+), respectively, for kidney. These limits of detection are 5.5 and 6 times better than the obtained without solid phase microextraction for CH(3)Hg(+) and Hg(2+), respectively. The methodology was found linear up to 120 μg L(-1) and reproducible from one day to the following. It was validated with certified reference materials NCS ZC 71001 (beef liver) and BCR No 186 (pig kidney) for total mercury, calculated as the sum of species, and with spiked red deer liver and kidney for speciation. Finally, it was applied to the analysis of samples of red deer liver, red deer kidney and wild boar kidney coming from the Almadén's mercury mining area (Ciudad Real, Spain), the longest and largest producer of mercury in the world until its closure in 2002.

  1. Isang Mapanuring Paghahambing sa Ingles, Filipino, at Sebwanong Mga Salin ng Orihinal na Espanyol na Lyrics ng Pambansang Awit ng Pilipinas

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    Deborrah S. Anastacio


    Full Text Available This paper is about the translations made from Palma’s poem “Filipinas” that was used as the official lyrics of the Philippine national anthem. Four texts were examined in this paper: 1 the aforementioned Spanish poem “Filipinas,” 2 Osias and Lane’s English translation entitled “Land of the Morning,” 3 de Leon’s Filipino translation entitled “Lupang Hinirang,” and 4 Vestil’s Cebuano translation entitled “Yutang Tabunon.” This paper aimed to establish how near or far these three translations are from the original poem “Filipinas.” This research is based on the theory of translation proposed by Schleiermacher. Using a Likert scale with a score of 1 to 5, the three translations were compared line by line with the original. The comparative study centered on the meaning and set aside the more complex issues on meter, rhythm, and aesthetics. By getting the average scores of each of the translations, this paper was able to establish that the “Land of the Morning” is moderately near/far from the original, that the “Lupang Hinirang” is near the original, and that the “Yutang Tabunon” is far from the original.


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    Full Text Available The aim of this research was to determine the relationship between leadership styles of elementary school principals and mobbing that teachers experience. The population of the study consisted of 60 schools and 1301 teachers working in primary schools of Ministry of National Education in 5 Central education districts of Aksaray. The sample set of research were chosen from the population with the multi-stage sampling method. The first stage was stratified sampling and the second stage was simple random sampling. 395 surveys were analyzed in the study. The Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire and Negative Acts Questionnaire were used to collect data. The data were assessed by using Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient and Multi Regression Analysis Technique. The findings of the research showed that school principals shown mid-level transformational and transactional leadership behaviours, and they were more likely to perform transformational leadership style. Teachers were victims of bullying at low level. As long as primary school principals have more transformational and transactional leadership behaviours, teachers’ mobbing experiences decrease. Idealized influence (behavior and inspirational motivation that sub-dimensions of transformational leadership style and contingent reward that subdimension of transactional leadership style are significant predictor of mobbing. Mobbing that primary school teachers experience can be explained by school principals’ leadership styles

  3. An Emprıcal Study Intend to Evaluatıon of the Service Presenting By The Groups of Accountancy Profession Towards The Relatıonship Marketıng Percept of Customers

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    Yusuf Kaya


    Full Text Available The concept of relationship marketing, which the companies operating in service industry adopted from past to present, but the scientific foundations of which have been laid in the last thirty years, stand out with its failure due to the increasing conditions of competition of traditional sense of marketing. The increasing number of members of accounting profession in Turkey has complicated the conditions of survival in this profession. Accordingly, it has been obligatory for the members of the profession to renew and diversify their existing marketing sense. In this study, it was put forward which factors had an impact on customers to prefer the members of accounting profession, and if these factors had a relationship with relations marketing. In the survey study whih was conducted on 755 business managers that purchased accounting service defined via convenience sampling method in Denizli region, it was questioned why they worked with the members of the profession, why they preferred them and to which points they paid attention in selection. The data were subjected to factor analysis in SPSS 15.0 software and nine basic factors were obtained. The results presented that relationshipmarketing had a significant impact on customers to prefer the members of the profession

  4. Repeated spurious elevation of serum prostate-specific antigen values solved by chemiluminescence analysis: A possible interference by heterophilic antibodies (United States)

    Bayó, Miquel; Muñoz-Rodríguez, Jesús; Bellido, Jose Antonio; Abascal-Junquera, Jose María; Hannaoui, Naim; Banús, Josep Maria


    Heterophilic antibodies are human immunoglobulins directed against various animal antigens. They can produce false-positive results in the analysis of different tumor markers, including prostate-specific antigen. This interference can lead to misdiagnosis, unnecessary tests, and overtreatment in some cases. We present herein the case of a 52-year-old man with repeated spurious elevation of prostate-specific antigen, reaching levels of 108.7 ng/mL, that were suspected to be caused by heterophilic antibodies. The interference was solved by changing the analysis technique. Real values of prostate-specific antigen were less than 1 ng/mL. PMID:26568798

  5. O desempenho de falantes bilíngües: evidências advindas da investigação do VOT de oclusivas surdas do inglês e do português Bilingualism and speech: evidences from a study on VOT of english and portuguese voiceless plosives

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    Paulina D. Artimonte Rocca


    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa investiga o tempo de ataque do vozeamento das oclusivas surdas produzidas por bilíngües de infância falantes do português e inglês, com o intuito de detectar se as diferenças sutis na realização fonética de um contraste fonológico que estão presentes na produção dos monolíngües são reproduzidas na fala desses bilíngües. O corpus foi formado por 3 palavras do português e 3 do inglês gravadas em sentença veículo. As gravações foram submetidas à análise acústica usando-se o CSRE (Canadian Speech Research Environment. Os resultados obtidos indicam que bilíngües de infância não mantêm seus códigos lingüísticos separados. Sua competência lingüística parece basear-se em um sistema reestruturado caracterizado por propriedades articulatórias e acústicas derivadas da interação dos sistemas fonéticos das línguas envolvidas e da interação de outras variáveis tais como idade, background lingüístico da família e do ambiente social preponderante.This research investigates early bilinguals' production of voiceless plosives in both English and Portuguese as far as VOT lag is concerned, in order to detect if subtle differences in the phonetic realization of a phonological contrast typical of monolinguals' production is reproduced in their speech. The speech material consisted of 3 Portuguese words and 3 English words in carrier sentences. The recordings were submitted to acoustic analyses using the CSRE (Canadian Speech Research Environment. The results indicate that early bilinguals do not keep their two linguistic codes apart. The data show evidence that their competence is based on a restructured system characterized by acoustics and articulatory properties derived from the interaction of the phonetic systems of the languages involved and of other variables such as age, family and social linguistic background.

  6. Probe Heating Method for the Analysis of Solid Samples Using a Portable Mass Spectrometer. (United States)

    Kumano, Shun; Sugiyama, Masuyuki; Yamada, Masuyoshi; Nishimura, Kazushige; Hasegawa, Hideki; Morokuma, Hidetoshi; Inoue, Hiroyuki; Hashimoto, Yuichiro


    We previously reported on the development of a portable mass spectrometer for the onsite screening of illicit drugs, but our previous sampling system could only be used for liquid samples. In this study, we report on an attempt to develop a probe heating method that also permits solid samples to be analyzed using a portable mass spectrometer. An aluminum rod is used as the sampling probe. The powdered sample is affixed to the sampling probe or a droplet of sample solution is placed on the tip of the probe and dried. The probe is then placed on a heater to vaporize the sample. The vapor is then introduced into the portable mass spectrometer and analyzed. With the heater temperature set to 130°C, the developed system detected 1 ng of methamphetamine, 1 ng of amphetamine, 3 ng of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, 1 ng of 3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine, and 0.3 ng of cocaine. Even from mixtures consisting of clove powder and methamphetamine powder, methamphetamine ions were detected by tandem mass spectrometry. The developed probe heating method provides a simple method for the analysis of solid samples. A portable mass spectrometer incorporating this method would thus be useful for the onsite screening of illicit drugs.

  7. Direct analysis of fluoxetine and norfluoxetine in plasma by gas chromatography with nitrogen-phosphorus detection. (United States)

    Fontanille, P; Jourdil, N; Villier, C; Bessard, G


    A quantitative method for the simultaneous GC resolution and detection of fluoxetine and his metabolite norfluoxetine in human plasma was developed. The procedure required 1.0 ml of plasma, extraction with a mixed organic solvent and injection into a capillary gas chromatograph with an OV-1 fused-silica column coupled to a nitrogen-phosphorus detector. The calibration curves were linear over the range 5-3000 ng/ml. The detection limits were 0.3 and 2 ng/ml for fluoxetine and norfluoxetine, respectively. The assay is suitable for routine analysis.

  8. Characterization and functional analysis of eugenol O-methyltransferase gene reveal metabolite shifts, chemotype specific differential expression and developmental regulation in Ocimum tenuiflorum L. (United States)

    Renu, Indu Kumari; Haque, Inamul; Kumar, Manish; Poddar, Raju; Bandopadhyay, Rajib; Rai, Amit; Mukhopadhyay, Kunal


    Eugenol-O-methyltransferase (EOMT) catalyzes the conversion of eugenol to methyleugenol in one of the final steps of phenylpropanoid pathway. There are no comprehensive reports on comparative EOMT gene expression and developmental stage specific accumulation of phenylpropenes in Ocimum tenuiflorum. Seven chemotypes, rich in eugenol and methyleugenol, were selected by assessment of volatile metabolites through multivariate data analysis. Isoeugenol accumulated in higher levels during juvenile stage (36.86 ng g(-1)), but reduced sharply during preflowering (8.04 ng g(-1)), flowering (2.29 ng g(-1)) and postflowering stages (0.17 ng g(-1)), whereas methyleugenol content gradually increased from juvenile (12.25 ng g(-1)) up to preflowering (16.35 ng g(-1)) and then decreased at flowering (7.13 ng g(-1)) and post flowering (5.95 ng g(-1)) from fresh tissue. Extreme variations of free intracellular and alkali hydrolysable cell wall released phenylpropanoid compounds were observed at different developmental stages. Analyses of EOMT genomic and cDNA sequences revealed a 843 bp open reading frame and the presence of a 90 bp intron. The translated proteins had eight catalytic domains, the major two being dimerisation superfamily and methyltransferase_2 superfamily. A validated 3D structure of EOMT protein was also determined. The chemotype Ot7 had a reduced reading frame that lacked both dimerisation domains and one of the two protein-kinase-phosphorylation sites; this was also reflected in reduced accumulation of methyleugenol compared to other chemotypes. EOMT transcripts showed enhanced expression in juvenile stage that increased further during preflowering but decreased at flowering and further at postflowering. The expression patterns may possibly be compared and correlated to the amounts of eugenol/isoeugenol and methyleugenol in different developmental stages of all chemotypes.

  9. The determination of platinum in tissue of different human organs by means of neutron activation analysis

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    Rietz, Bernd; Heydorn, Kaj; Krarup-Hansen, Anders


    . It was demonstrated that radiochemical neutron activation analysis can be used for these studies because of its sensitivity and precision and a low detection limit for platinum (similar to1 ng). Tissues of the following organs were analyzed for platinum: liver, kidney, testis, lung, pancreas and muscle. This study...

  10. Fast neutron activation analysis by means of low voltage neutron generator (United States)

    Medhat, M. E.

    A description of D-T neutron generator (NG) is presented. This machine can be used for fast neutron activation analysis applied to determine some selected elements, especially light elements, in different materials. Procedure of neutron flux determination and efficiency calculation is described. Examples of testing some Egyptian natural cosmetics are given.

  11. The Community Health Care Demands Status and Its Influencing Factors of Elderly in Xi anni ng Ci ty%咸宁市城区老年人社区护理需求及其影响因素分析

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    张志霞; 罗菊英; 汪娟; 叶艳胜; 孔令磷


    Objectives To investigate community health care demands status and its influencing factors of elderly in Xianning City and to provide scientific reference for better community nursing services.Methods A self-designed community health care demand questionnaire was used to analyze the current status of community health care de-mands for 294 elderly in Xianning city.Results The total score of community health care demands of the elderly in Xianning was 2.89 ± 0.82. The demand of health prevention was the highest ,while the demand of disease nursing was the lowest.Multiple linear regression analysis showed that demand of disease nursing(β′=0.131) ,health pre-vention(β′=0.152) ,and overall community health nursing(β′=0.178)for elderly with higher educational level were higher than elderly with lower educational level(P<0.05). The elderly who were married showed more demand of health prevention than the elderly who were unmarried ,divorced or widowed(β′=0.154 ,P<0.05). The demand of health promotion for the younger elderly(β′= -0.128)and elderly with higher economic level(β′= 0.163)were higher than the older elderly and elderly with low economic level(P<0.05).Conclusions The elderly showed higher demands of health promotion.Community health care services should be made according to the demands of the elderly.%目的:探讨咸宁市城区老年人社区护理需求及影响因素。方法采用自制社区护理需求问卷对咸宁市城区294名老年人进行问卷调查。结果咸宁市城区老年人的社区护理总需求得分为2.89±0.82分,疾病预防需求最高,疾病护理需求最低。多元线性回归分析显示,文化程度较高者疾病护理(β′=0.131)、疾病预防(β′=0.152)和社区护理总需求(β′=0.178)得分高于文化程度较低者(P<0.05);有配偶者疾病预防得分高于未婚/离异/丧偶者(β′=0.154,P<0.05);经济收入较高(β′=0.163

  12. Multiparameter breast cancer cell image analysis for objective estimation of nuclear grade: comparison with light microscopic observational data (United States)

    Berzins, Juris; Sneiders, Uldis; Plegere, Daina; Freivalds, Talivaldis; Grigalinovica, Romalda


    We performed a multi parameter image analysis assessment of breast cancer cell population nuclear grade (NG), which is regarded as one of the main prognostic factors for treatment efficacy and survival of the patients and compared it with light microscopic estimation of NG. Cytological imprint slides from 20 ductal carcinomas were stained according to Leischmann-AzureII-eosine method, and NG was estimated by light microscopic observation according to Black in Fisher's modification. Simultaneously, using specially elaborated software, in each patient 100 cancer cells were analyzed for nuclear perimeter, diameter, area, nucleolar area, and average intensity of staining. The chromatin structure was assessed using mean diameter of chromatin grains and relatively chromatic are within the nucleus. Light microscopic estimation revealed 4/15 grade 2 and 7/15 grade 3 tumors out of 15 filtrating ductal carcinomas, with 4/15 classified as intermediate between grade 2-3. Multifactoral linear correlation coefficient r equals 0.39, p < 0.001 for ductal cancer, higher NG comes with increasing nucleolar area, nuclear roundness factor, nuclear are, and chromatin area within the cell nucleus. Image analysis may yield precise information on NG as a prognostic factor in breast cancer patients.

  13. A Comparison on the Space Semanteme of Vocabulary of Space Dimensions "Deep/Shallow" in Chinese and Vietnamese%汉越语言空间维度词“深/浅(s(a)u/n(o)ng)”的空间语义分析

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  14. Quantitative analysis of the endogenous GHB level in the hair of the Chinese population using GC/MS/MS. (United States)

    Shi, Yan; Cui, Xiaopei; Shen, Min; Xiang, Ping


    Endogenous production complicates interpretation when gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is measured in hair for forensic purposes. A method capable of quantifying the endogenous concentration of GHB in human head hair was developed and validated using GC/MS/MS. Hair was digested under alkaline conditions (1 mol/L NaOH, 90 °C 10 min), and GHB-d6 was used as an internal standard. Before derivatization with BSTFA and ethyl acetate, a liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate under acidic conditions was performed. GHB-TMS derivatives were detected using GC/MS/MS in the multiple-reaction monitoring mode. This method exhibited good linearity (y = 0.018x + 0.038, R(2) = 0.9998), and the limit of detection was 0.02 ng/mg. The extraction recoveries were more than 60%, and the inter-day and intra-day relative standard deviations (RSD) were less than 15%. This method has been applied for the analysis of the endogenous GHB in hair samples from 66 drug-free Chinese donors. The mean measured concentration for 0-3 cm hair was 1.93 ± 1.40 ng/mg (n = 66), and extreme values were in the range of 0.28-4.91 ng/mg. The mean male endogenous GHB level was 2.95 ng/mg (0.92-4.91 ng/mg, n = 35), while the mean female level was 0.77 ng/mg (0.28-1.95 ng/mg, n = 31). This method was applied to a forensic case for the determination of GHB in hair samples but it is hard to make a reasonable "cut off" in hair. The solution is to use each subject as his own control.

  15. Analysis of perfluorocarboxylic acids in air. (United States)

    Miller, James; Flaherty, John; Wille, Roice; Buck, Warren; Morandi, Francesco; Isemura, Tsuguhide


    Perfluorocarboxylic acids have been used in limited but important applications, such as in the production of fluoroelastomers and as components of fire-fighting foams. A method for the measurement of perfluorocarboxylic acids of different chain lengths in air is presented. Chain lengths tested included those having 8, 9, 10, 11, and 13 carbon atoms. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Versatile Sampler airtubes with glass fiber filter, XAD-4 resin, and polyurethane foam were fortified with analyte at levels corresponding to 0.1, 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 times the level representing a 0.01 mg/m3 analyte air concentration sampled for 8-hour period with an airflow rate of 1 L/min. Airtube sections were extracted with acetone. Analysis of analyte in airtube fraction extracts was by HPLC/MS using ammonium acetate in water and methanol mobile phase and single ion monitoring for quantification. The lower limit of quantification for the HPLC/MS was set at 0.0001 mg/m3 for each analyte. Total recoveries of analytes within National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) guidelines of +/- 25% of the true value were obtained at three different atmospheric conditions: ambient, cool/dry, and warm/humid conditions. The maximum loading with acceptable recovery of each analyte was 9600 ng (48000 ng total) for the ambient and warm/humid conditions. The maximum loading with acceptable recovery was 4800 ng (24000 ng total) for the cool/dry condition. The ammonium salt of the eight-carbon perfluorocarboxylic acid, ammonium perfluorooctanoate, was similar to the parent acid in behavior at the ambient condition. Hydrohexadecafluorononanoic acid was tested as a possible surrogate standard for the method, and it was found unsuitable for use because of variable recoveries. Stability studies were completed, and the perfluorocarboxylic acid analytes were stable in airtube samplers for up to 14 days at either ambient or refrigerated condition.

  16. Kollisioner igång till hösten

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    Hellman, STen


    "Der började så bra. Den 10 september var utannonserad som dagen då CERNs nya accelerator LHC för första gången skulle ta emot protoner och losta dem ett helt varv runt den 27 km långa acceleratorringen" (3 pages)

  17. Improviseeritud lugu ja zhanriga mäng / Donald Tomberg

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    Tomberg, Donald


    Eesti komöödiafilm "Vanad ja kobedad saavad jalad alla" : režissöör Rando Pettai : operaator Mait Mäekivi : näitlejad Henrik Normann, Madis Milling, Robert Gutman jt. : muusika - ansambel Genialistid : Ruut Pictures 2003

  18. Disainiaasta eelmäng toimus Helsingis / Ave Randviir

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    Randviir, Ave, 1981-


    Eesti disaini tutvustav rändnäitus "10D" Helsingi disaini infokeskuses Design Forum Finland 23.08-10.09.2006. Osalevad Martin Pärn, Igor Volkov, Heikki Zoova, Tarmo Luisk, Raimo Sau, TEN TWELWE OÜ (Jukka Halttunen, Tommi Silvan), Jan Graps, Lasse Ira, Ivari Männi, Tõnis Vellama, Ilona Gurjanova

  19. Tallinna kaubandusbilanss 17. sajandil / Enn Küng

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    Küng, Enn, 1963-


    Mida kujutas endast portooriumitoll. Artikkel on katse uurida kaubandusbilanssi, tuginedes ainult ühele konkreetsele allikaliigile - peaaegu kogu 17. sajandi ulatuses säilinud portooriumitolliraamatutele

  20. Samarbejde i en interkulturel uddannelsessammenhæng

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    Dhahir, Omar


    I denne artikel præsenterer jeg resultatet af en interviewundersøgelse af 12 informanter fra 2. semester i studiet Interkulturel Pædagogik-arabisk på SDU (6 danske piger; 3 arabistalende: 2 piger og 1 mand; 1 tyrkisk pige, 1 iransk pige og 1 afghansk mand). Jeg har undersøgt, hvordan informanterne...

  1. Kriisikoldeid kustutab (teatri)mäng / Rait Avestik

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    Avestik, Rait, 1974-


    Itaallaste Nino d’Introna ja Giacomo Ravicchio teksti põhjal valminud seiklusloost „Robinson & Crusoe”, tõlkinud Kirke Org, lavastanud Aare Toikka. Esietendus 27. nov. 2009 VAT-teatris. Mängivad Meelis Põdersoo ja Ago Soots

  2. Biennaal ehk mäng neljale keelele / Johannes Saar

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    Saar, Johannes, 1965-


    49. Veneetsia biennaali korraldusest, probleemidest, kontseptsioonist. Loetletud preemiasaajad - peapreemiad, rahvuspaviljoni Kuldlõvi, Kuldlõvi tänapäevakunsti meistritele ja noore kunstniku preemiad

  3. Sügisene moevaatemäng / Britt Rosen

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    Rosen, Britt, 1968-


    FIBITi moepäevad Viru keskuses, korraldaja Anu Kikas. Arne Niidu, Anu Samarüütel-Longi, Tanel Veenre kollektsioonidest. Kalle Aasamäe, Lilli Jahilo, Aet Alevi, Anu Samarüütel-Longi ja Tanel Veenre kommentaarid

  4. NG7538 IRS1 N: modeling a circumstellar maser disk

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    Pestalozzi, M R; Conway, J; Booth, R


    We present an edge-on Keplerian disk model to explain the main component of the 12.2 and 6.7 GHz methanol maser emission detected toward NGC7538-IRS1 N. The brightness distribution and spectrum of the line of bright masers are successfully modeled with high amplification of background radio continuum emission along velocity coherent paths through a maser disk. The bend seen in the position-velocity diagram is a characteristic signature of differentially rotating disks. For a central mass of 30 solar masses, suggested by other observations, our model fixes the masing disk to have inner and outer radii of about 270 AU and 750 AU.

  5. Sammenhæng mellem hastighed og uheld

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    Lyckegaard, Allan


    De seneste års hastighedskampagner, senest med ”Mit hjem – din fart?”, har ikke været lanceret uden grund. For høj hastighed er stadig medvirkende til en stor del af trafikdrabene. En hollandsk gennemgang af litteraturen dokumenterer igen, at jo højere hastigheden er, jo højere risiko er der...

  6. Musta notsu mäng maailma finantsturgudel / Sven Meimer

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    Meimer, Sven


    Maailmas on tekkinud äri, kus laenu jagatakse sisuliselt laenuvõimetutele isikutele (USA-s tuntud nime all sub-prime) ning tekitatakse keerulisi laenusaajaid ja finantsettevõtteid raskustesse viivaid garantiiskeeme

  7. The Role of NG2 Glial Cells in ALS Pathogenesis (United States)


    mitochondrial failure, have been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, hereditary spastic paraplegia , and...spastic paraplegia . J. Cell Biol. 166, 121–131 18 Griffiths, I. et al. (1998) Axonal swellings and degeneration in mice lacking the major proteolipid of

  8. The Role of NG2 Glial Cells in ALS Pathogenesis (United States)


    oligodendroglial dysfunction may contribute to a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS. One important function of glial cells is to transport ... nutrients from capillaries to neurons. Much of the nutritional support is in the form of glucose; however our lab and others have provided strong...evidence that lactate support from oligodendrocytes via monocarboxylate transporters (MCTs) is a major contributor to neuronal metabolism and survival in

  9. Checkpoint NG VPN 1firewall 1 advanced configuration and troubleshooting

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    Check Point Software Technologies is the worldwide leader in securing the Internet. The company''s Secure Virtual Network (SVN) architecture provides the infrastructure that enables secure and reliable Internet communications. Check Point recently announced a ground-breaking user interface that meets the industry''s next generation Internet security requirements, including simplified security management for increasingly complex environments. Built upon Check Point''s Secure Virtual Network (SVN) architecture, the Next Generation User Interface revolutionizes the way security administrators define and manage enterprise security by further integrating management functions into a security dashboard and creating a visual picture of security operations. The Next Generation User Interface delivers unparalleled ease-of-use, improved security and true end-to-end security management. Check Point''s revenues have more than doubled in each of the last two years, while capturing over 50% of the VPN market and over 40% of...

  10. Test Automation Selenium WebDriver using TestNG


    Bindal, Purnima; Gupta, Sonika


    Test automation tools (softwares) are used to control the execution of tests (Application Under Test) and then comparing actual outcomes to the predicted outcomes. Examples of Test Automation tools are HP Quick Test Professional, Selenium, Test Complete, SOAP UI etc. Selenium is a suite of tools for cross-platform automated testing of web applications. It runs on many browsers and operating systems and can be controlled by many programming languages and testing frameworks. Selenium W...

  11. Karikakramäng Iraani sõjaga / Andrei Hvostov

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    Hvostov, Andrei, 1963-


    Autor arutleb USA võimaliku Iraagi-vastase sõja üle ning leiab, et sõja alustamine oleks vale samm. Iraan on valmis täitma võimuvaakumit, mis tekib ameeriklaste lahkumisel piirkonnast, ning on kutsunud selles osalema ka Saudi Araabia. Autori väitel püüavad Iraagist lahkuvad ameeriklased luua seal uut jõudude tasakaalu

  12. 58. "Berlinale" lõppmäng / Jaak Lõhmus

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    Lõhmus, Jaak


    Berliini 58. filmifestivali auhinnasaajatest : Kuldkaru võitis Brasiilia produtsendi ja režissööri Jose Padilha mängufilm "Eliitrühm", Hõbekaru USA režissööri Errol Morrise dokfilm "Tavaprotseduur". Parima režissööri Hõbekaru läks Paul Thomas Andersonile mängufilmi "Veri hakkab voolama" eest. Parima näitleja auhinna said Sally Hawkins ja Reza Naji, Alfred Baueri auhinna sai Fernando Eimbcke "Tahoe järv"

  13. Ledelse og organisation i en sammenhæng

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    Hounsgaard, Lise; Sørensen, Erik Elgaard; Ryberg, Birgit;


    Om ledelse og læring i moderniteten. Indledende kapitel til antologien ledelse og læring - i organisationer.......Om ledelse og læring i moderniteten. Indledende kapitel til antologien ledelse og læring - i organisationer....

  14. Silmakirjalik mäng alkoholireklaamiga / Ela Tomson

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    Tomson, Ela, 1945-


    Ilmunud ka: Postimees : na russkom jazõke, 1. veebr. 2007, lk. 7. Riigikogu menetluses olnud alkoholireklaami piirava seaduseelnõu tagasivõtmine tähendab tegelikult alkoholireklaami jätkumist endiselt, kirjutab autor

  15. Uus rahvuslik ringmäng : SAPARD / Jaanus Marrandi

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    Marrandi, Jaanus, 1963-


    Tõenäoliselt ei jõua SAPARD-i raha ka 2001. aastal põllumeheni. Autor: Keskerakond. Parlamendisaadik. Ilmunud ka: Sakala, 25. apr. 2001, lk. 2; Nädaline, 24. apr. 2001, lk. 4; Järva Teataja, 4. mai 2001, lk. 2; Pärnu Postimees, 4. mai 2001, lk. 2; Meie Maa, 3. mai 2001, lk. 6; Võrumaa Teataja, 15. mai 2001, lk. 2; Hiiu Leht, 29. mai 2001, lk. 2

  16. Nukumäng edasijõudnutele / Heidi Aadma

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    Aadma, Heidi, 1976-


    Eesti Nuku- ja Noorsooteatris etendunud Tšehhis elava tšerkessi Jevgeni Ibragimovi nukulavastustest "Väga lihtne lugu" (autor Maria Lado), "Nukumängu ABC", "Mängurid" (autor Nikolai Gogol), "Oskar ja Roosa Mamma" (autor E.-E. Schmitt)

  17. Robotteknologi i en undervisningssammenhæng

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    Majgaard, Gunver

    Artiklen vil give et overblik og en vurdering over forskellige slags humant interaktive robotteknologiske læremidler. Eksemplerne, der fremlægges, er modulære robotfliser, I-BLOCKS, PicoCrickets og SmartUS. Artiklen henvender sig til folk, som vil udvikle og afprøve nye robotteknologiske læringsk......Artiklen vil give et overblik og en vurdering over forskellige slags humant interaktive robotteknologiske læremidler. Eksemplerne, der fremlægges, er modulære robotfliser, I-BLOCKS, PicoCrickets og SmartUS. Artiklen henvender sig til folk, som vil udvikle og afprøve nye robotteknologiske...

  18. ng närvide peale / Argo Ideon

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    Ideon, Argo, 1966-


    Autor on seisukohal, et Keskerakonna ja nelja erakonna viimased kohtumised-avaldused on võistlus avalikkuse ees. Keskerakonna juhatuse ja parlamendiliikmete kohtumisest Toomas Hendrik Ilvese ja Ene Ergmaga. Peeter Kreitzberg vastab küsimustele, kuidas temast sai 2001. aastal presidendikandidaat, milline oli tegelik põhjus, miks Edgar Savisaar ise ei kandideerinud ja kas P. Kreitzbergil oli tookord šanss presidendiks saada

  19. Chinese Medicine's Intervention Effect on Nogo-A/NgR


    Xiu-de Qin; Li-yuan Kang; Yu Liu; Yan Huang; Shuo Wang; Jin-qiang Zhu


    Cerebral vascular disease is very common in the elderly and is one of the most dangerous diseases which is hazardous to the body’s health, and it is the medical specialists’ study hot spot not only in the clinical field but also in the medical basic research field. Neural regeneration has been paid more and more attention in recent years. Nogo’s function in the process of neural regeneration has become the focal point since it was discovered in the year 2000. Many studies elucidate that Nogo ...

  20. Effect of Hot-wire NG-TIG Process on Mechanical Properties of Welded Joints for T91/P91 Steel%T91/P91窄间隙热丝TIG焊接工艺对接头力学性能的影响

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    沈学峰; 杨成龙; 杨仁杰; 唐新华; 芦凤桂


    通过对T91/P91窄间隙热丝TIG焊试验,对比研究了焊接接头各区包括焊缝、热影响区、母材的显微组织,以及各项力学性能比如常温拉伸、高温拉伸、硬度及冲击性能,从而探究窄间隙热丝TIG焊对T91/P91钢焊接性的影响.试验结果表明,焊接接头组织均匀,主要为回火马氏体;抗拉强度达到了母材水平甚至比母材更强;焊缝区域硬度分布比较均匀,硬度值高于热影响区和母材;焊缝的冲击韧性也与母材相当.研究结果表明,窄间隙热丝TIG焊可以改进T91/P91焊接接头的焊接质量,焊接接头各项力学性能均满足使用需求,从而获得了较高质量的焊接接头.%In order to study the weld properties of narrow gap hot-wire TIG (NG-TIG) welding on T91/P91, the microstructure and mechanical properties of welded joint and HAZ as well as base metal were studied respectively (including room temperature tensile, high temperature tensile, hardness and impact properties), which can give an access to explore the effect of narrow gap hot-wire NG-TIG welding. The results show that homogeneous microstructure and good mechanical properties such as higher tensile strength, hardness of the welded joint is higher than base metal and equivalent impact energy, which indicate that the qualitiy of the T91/P91 welded joint were improved by hot-wire NG-TIG, which can meet the requirements of industrial standards.

  1. Draped heterogeneity, forced uniformity: when agro-environmental policies drive family development: The U Minh Thượng forest reserve, (Mekong delta, Vietnam Hétérogénéité cachée, uniformité forcée : quand les politiques agro-environnementales guident le développement familial – Cas de la réserve forestière de U Minh Thượng (delta du Mékong, Vietnam Heterogeneidad oculta, uniformidad forzada: cuando las políticas agro-ambientales impulsan el desarrollo familiar. La reserva del bosque de U Minh Thượng (delta del Mekong, Vietnam

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    Mehdi Saqalli


    Full Text Available The U Minh Thượng natural reserve was created during the 1990s with a surrounding buffer zone where 3,500 households have been settled between 1992 and 1995, each household on a lot of 4 hectares. From a social point of view, the settlers were selected as 'poor people' or war veterans. A social discrimination was slowly built in favour of the latter. Despite an apparent homogeneity, the environment shows slight variations which has huge effects on the potential of the lots. From 1992 to 1998, the provincial government applied uniformly different management policies, despite the fact that this repeated "new deal" of the variability among households and lots, produced various outcomes from total destruction to a real support to households. Finally, the support of international environmental non-governmental organizations enhanced a pro-nature hard-line that has affected farmers' livelihoods. This 'real world' social experiment enhances the necessity to at least understand the needs and constraints at a lower scale, especially for such a vast area.La réserve naturelle de U Minh Thượng a été créée dans les années 1990, ceinturée par une zone tampon où ont été installés 3 500 ménages entre 1992 et 1995. Chaque ménage a reçu un lot de 4 hectares. Sur le plan social, les colons ont été sélectionnés parmi les « pauvres » ou les anciens combattants. Une différenciation sociale s’est progressivement instaurée en faveur de ces derniers. Malgré une homogénéité apparente, le milieu physique montre de légères variations, qui ont des répercussions considérables sur le potentiel des lots. De 1992 à 1998, le gouvernement provincial a appliqué différentes politiques d’aménagement de façon uniforme, bien que cette « nouvelle donne » répétée de la variabilité entre les ménages et les terrains ait des effets mitigés, pouvant aller d’un échec total à un réel soutien aux familles. Enfin, le soutien d

  2. Yang Pagbul’lók-bul’lok: Varyasyon ng Wikang Mandaya sa Ilang Munisipalidad ng Davao Oriental

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    Dr. Raymund M. Pasion


    Full Text Available The study aimed to find out the lexical, phonological, and morphological variations of the Mandaya language in the municipalities of Manay, Caraga, Baganga and Cateel in the province of Davao Oriental. This research was conducted to meet the following objectives: (1 To present the terminologies used in the four municipalities based on the Indigenous Knowledge System and Practices of Mandaya in cultural farming, hunting, fishing and animal husbandry. (2 To identify the variations in the Mandaya language based on lexicon, phonology and morphology. (3 To show the distinct linguistic feature in the Mandaya language that is different from Filipino language based on lexicon, phonology and morphology. Qualitative design, descriptive and indigenous methods were used in gathering and analyzing the data. Purposive combination and snow-ball sampling were utilized in choosing the informants. It was found out in the study that there was a variation of the Mandaya language in the four municipalities. In the lexical aspect, there were three evident categories: the different in form; the slightly similar in form; and the same in form but different in pronunciation. While in the phonological aspect, it also showed three variations; the phoneme /h/; the phoneme /ᵊ/ (swa; and the glide l or /l−l/. On the other hand, in the morphological aspect, the researcher observed two things: the affix and morphological phenomena occurring in the words in different dialects in Mandaya. In general, the occurrence of variations in lexical, phonological and morphological aspects in the Mandaya language was inevitable, and this was caused by the three factors: the linguistics, sociolinguistics and psychological.

  3. Ang Usaping Pang-Wika sa Bagong Yugto ng Pantayong Pananaw: Ang Panloob na Hamon ng Pluralismo

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    S. Lily Mendoza


    Full Text Available This essay engages the language debates in the Philippines as they play out within the politics of an intellectual movement in the Philippine academy called Pantayong Pananaw. Roughly translated as a “for-us, of-us, and by-us perspective,” the movement’s goal is to create the conditions for the possibility of a closed circuit of communication (the context of “us speaking among ourselves” vs. “us speaking with others” among Filipinos deemed crucial for the democratic constitution of a national polity of speakers able to share a vision of the common good. Key to the success of this national(izing project is the advocacy of a common medium of communication: in this case, F/Pilipino/Tagalog. In this study, I push back on Pantayong Pananaw in its singular focus on national unity and raise issue with its seeming lack of vision—if not in theory, in practice—for the role that the plural languages and cultures in the country might play in its envisioned “national community.” Cast as the interlocutor in this regard is a growing ethnonationalist movement among a number of regional ethnolinguistic communities who fear marginalization of their respective cultures, languages, and identities through what they call the oppresssive hegemony of one region (Manila and its ultimately assimilationist policy. How to make sense of the opposing imperatives of a nationalizing agenda, on the one hand, and of ethnonationalist survival and thriving, on the other, is the problematic being wrestled here. The stakes are spelled out and the larger political context mapped out, but in the end, both nationalist and ethnonationalist projects are challenged to take seriously not only the promise, but also the limits, of their respective visions.

  4. Thе іmpаct of fіnаncіаl rеportіng of Smаll аnd Mеdіum Sіzеd Entеrprіsеs іn Economіc Dеvеlopmеnt of Bаlkаn Countrіеs

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    Artor Nuhiu


    Full Text Available Thе іmportаncе of іntеrnаl аnd еxtеrnаl аccountіng аs а sourcе of іnformаtіon for ownеrs аnd mаnаgеrs of smаll еntеrprіsеs аnd thеіr dіffеrеnt stаkеholdеrs іs stеаdіly growіng. It іs of crucіаl іmportаncе thаt thе аccountіng systеms аpplіеd by smаll еntеrprіsеs mееt thеіr аctuаl nееds, provіdіng nеcеssаry іnformаtіon yеt аvoіdіng unjustіfіеd аdmіnіstrаtіvе burdеn. It іs rеcognіsеd thаt аpproprіаtе аccountіng іnformаtіon іs іmportаnt for а succеssful mаnаgеmеnt of а busіnеss whеthеr іt іs lаrgе or smаll.At EU lеvеl, аccountіng lеgіslаtіon іs іn plаcе for lіstеd compаnіеs, і.е. thе Intеrnаtіonаl Accountіng Stаndаrds/Intеrnаtіonаl Fіnаncіаl Rеportіng Stаndаrds аnd for non-lіstеd lіmіtеd lіаbіlіty compаnіеs, thе Fourth аnd thе Sеvеnth Compаny Lаw Dіrеctіvеs і.е. thе Accountіng Dіrеctіvеs. Howеvеr, аt EU lеvеl thеrе іs no аccountіng lеgіslаtіon аpplіcаblе to thosе еntеrprіsеs whіch аrе not lіstеd or аrе not lіmіtеd lіаbіlіty compаnіеs; іn most cаsеs wе would bе rеfеrrіng to smаll еntеrprіsеs.Bеcаusе of thе іmportаncе of аpproprіаtе аccountіng іnformаtіon for ownеrs аnd mаnаgеrs of smаll еntеrprіsеs аnd thеіr dіffеrеnt stаkеholdеrs, іt іs consіdеrеd іmportаnt to аnаlysе thе vаrіous аccountіng systеms аpplіеd іn Mеmbеr Stаtеs іn thе cаsе of non-rеgulаtіon аt EU lеvеl.

  5. Bottled water: analysis of mycotoxins by LC-MS/MS. (United States)

    Mata, A T; Ferreira, J P; Oliveira, B R; Batoréu, M C; Barreto Crespo, M T; Pereira, V J; Bronze, M R


    The presence of mycotoxins in food samples has been widely studied as well as its impact in human health, however, information about its distribution in the environment is scarce. An analytical method comprising a solid phase extraction procedure followed by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry analysis was implemented and validated for the trace analysis of mycotoxins in drinking bottled waters. Limits of quantification achieved for the method were between 0.2ngL(-1) for aflatoxins and ochratoxin, and 2.0ngL(-1) for fumonisins and neosolaniol. The method was applied to real samples. Aflatoxin B2 was the most frequently detected mycotoxin in water samples, with a maximum concentration of 0.48±0.05ngL(-1) followed by aflatoxin B1, aflatoxin G1 and ochratoxin A. The genera Cladosporium, Fusarium and Penicillium were the fungi more frequently detected. These results show that the consumption of these waters does not represent a toxicological risk for an adult.

  6. Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography for analysis of phthalates in soft drinks. (United States)

    Hsieh, Sung-Yu; Wang, Chun-Chi; Wu, Shou-Mei


    Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) is proposed for analysis of di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) and di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in soft drinks. However, the instability of microemulsion is a critical issue. In this research, a novel material, Pluronic® F-127, which has the properties of polymer and surfactant, was added for stabilizing the microemulsion in the MEEKC system. Our data demonstrate that the presence of Pluronic® F-127 (0.05-0.30%) also helps enhance resolution of highly hydrophobic compounds, DBP and DEHP. The electrokinetic injection of sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) including sample (-10 kV, 20 s) was introduced in this MEEKC system and this yielded about 25-fold sensitivity enhancement compared with hydrodynamic injection (1 psi, 10 s). During method validation, calibration curves were linear (r≥0.99), within a range of 75-500 ng/mL for DBP and 150-1000 ng/mL for DEHP. As the precision and accuracy assays, absolute values of relative standard deviation (RSD) and relative error (RE) in intraday (n=3) and interday (n=5) observations were less than 4.93%. This method was further applied for analyzing six commercial soft drinks and one was found containing 453.67 ng/mL of DEHP. This method is considered feasible for serving as a tool for analysis of highly hydrophobic molecules.

  7. Analysis of Novel Synthetic Opioids U-47700, U-50488 and Furanyl Fentanyl by LC-MS/MS in Postmortem Casework. (United States)

    Mohr, Amanda L A; Friscia, Melissa; Papsun, Donna; Kacinko, Sherri L; Buzby, David; Logan, Barry K


    Following series of synthetic cannabinoid and synthetic cathinone derivatives, the illicit drug market has begun to see increased incidence of synthetic opioids including fentanyl and its derivatives, and other chemically unrelated opioid agonists including AH-7921 and MT-45. Among the most frequently encountered compounds in postmortem casework have been furanyl fentanyl (N-(1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-piperidinyl)-N-phenylfuran-2-carboxamide, Fu-F) and U-47700 (trans-3,4-dichloro-N-(2-(dimethylamino)cyclohexyl)-N-methylbenzamide). Both drugs have been reported to be present in the heroin supply and to be gaining popularity among recreational opioid users, but were initially developed by pharmaceutical companies in the 1970s as candidates for development as potential analgesic therapeutic agents. A method was developed and validated for the analysis of U-47700, U-50488 and furanyl fentanyl in blood specimens. A total of 20 postmortem cases, initially believed to be heroin or other opioid-related drug overdoses, were submitted for quantitative analysis. The analytical range for U-47770 and U-50488 was 1-500 and 1-100 ng/mL for furanyl fentanyl. The limit of detection was 0.5 ng/mL for all compounds. Within the scope of the method, U-47700 was the only confirmed drug in 11 of the cases, 5 cases were confirmed for both U-47700 and furanyl fentanyl, and 3 cases were confirmed only for furanyl fentanyl. The mean and median blood concentrations for U-47700 were 253 ng/mL (±150) and 247 ng/mL, respectively, range 17-490 ng/mL. The mean and median blood concentrations for furanyl fentanyl were 26 ng/mL (±28) and 12.9 ng/mL, respectively, range 2.5-76 ng/mL. Given the widespread geographical distribution and increase in prevalence in postmortem casework, toxicology testing should be expanded to include testing for "designer opioids" in cases with histories consistent with opioid overdose but with no traditional opioids present or insufficient quantities to account for death.

  8. Radioreceptor assay analysis of tamsulosin and terazosin pharmacokinetics (United States)

    Taguchi, Katsunari; Schäfers, Rafael F; Michel, Martin C


    Aims A radioreceptor assay has been developed for α1-adrenoceptor subtypes and applied to a pharmacokinetic analysis of tamsulosin and terazosin. Methods Young, male, healthy volunteers received 0.4 mg tamsulosin (as Omnic® modified release capsules) or 5 mg terazosin (as Flotrin® tablets) in a randomized, cross-over design. Before and after 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 23.5 h plasma was analyzed by radioreceptor assay using cloned human α1A-, α1B- and α1D-adrenoceptors and specific h.p.l.c. analysis. Results Following ingestion of tamsulosin median peak plasma levels of 16 ng ml−1 were reached after 5 h and declined to 2 ng ml−1 at 23.5 h. The time course in the radioreceptor assay was similar, and at most time points binding to α1A-adrenoceptors was significantly greater than to α1B- and α1D-adrenoceptors. Following ingestion of terazosin median peak plasma levels of 91 ng ml−1 were reached after 1 h and declined to 11 ng ml−1 at 23.5 h. In the radioreceptor assay binding also peaked at 1 h and declined thereafter, but even after 23.5 h considerable binding activity remained detectable at all three subtypes. At most time points binding to the α1A- and α1D-adrenoceptor was significantly greater than to the α1B-adrenoceptor. Conclusions We conclude that α1-adrenoceptor antagonist pharmacokinetics can be monitored by radioreceptor assays in a subtype-selective manner. Tamsulosin and terazosin exhibit subtype selective receptor binding ex vivo. The discordance between terazosin blood levels as determined by h.p.l.c. and radioreceptor assay at late time points indicates the possible involvement of metabolites in in vivo terazosin effects. PMID:9489594

  9. [Biliary, renal and fecal elimination and distribution of gold after a single oral administration of auranofin, quantified by the instrumental neutron activation analysis method]. (United States)

    Benn, H P; Schnier, C; Bauer, E; Seiler, K U; Elhöft, H; Löffler, H


    Three days after cholecystectomy, seven patients received a single dose of auranofin (5 tablets Ridaura = 4.35 mg gold). At defined time points thereafter the gold content in samples of blood, plasma, urine, bile, and feces was determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Maxima of the mean gold concentrations in blood (140 +/- 42 ng/ml) and plasma (173 +/- 54 ng/ml) are found 2 h after oral administration of the antirheumatic agent, after 16 h in urine (43 +/- 28 ng/ml) and bile (65 +/- 50 ng/ml), and after 24 h in erythrocytes (greater than 200 ng/ml). The mean terminal half-lives are 7.6 days (blood), 15 days (plasma), 5 days (erythrocytes), and 6.5 days (bile). The cumulative biliary gold excretion within 8 days after the administration of auranofin was 1.6%, compared with 4% and 40% for renal and fecal elimination, respectively. The gold concentration in plasma is always higher than that in bile. There is a close correlation between the areas under the concentration curves (AUC) in bile and plasma (r = 0.864).

  10. Determination of tungsten in geochemical reference material basalt Columbia River 2 by radiochemical neutron activation analysis and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    Morrison, Samuel S.; Beck, Chelsie L.; Bowen, James M.; Eggemeyer, Tere A.; Hines, Corey C.; Liezers, Martin; Metz, Lori A.; Morley, Shannon M.; Restis, Kaitlyn R.; Snow, Mathew; Wall, Donald E.; Clark, Sue B.; Seiner, Brienne N.


    Environmental tungsten (W) analyses are inhibited by a lack of reference materials and practical methods to remove isobaric and radiometric interferences. We present a method that evaluates the potential use of commercially available sediment, Basalt Columbia River-2 (BCR-2), as a reference material using neutron activation analysis (NAA) and mass spectrometry. Tungsten concentrations using both methods are in statistical agreement at the 95% confidence interval (92 ± 4 ng/g for NAA and 100 ±7 ng/g for mass spectrometry) with recoveries greater than 95%. These results indicate that BCR-2 may be suitable as a reference material for future studies.

  11. Anion exchange SPE and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry in GHB analysis. (United States)

    Elian, Albert A; Hackett, Jeffery


    In this study, the extraction of γ-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) from urine using solid-phase extraction (SPE) is described. SPE was performed on anion exchange columns after samples of urine had been diluted with de-ionized water. After application of the diluted samples containing GHB-d(6) as an internal standard, the sorbent was washed with deionized water and methanol and dried. The GHB was eluted from the SPE column with a solvent consisting of methanol containing 6% glacial acetic acid. The eluent was collected, evaporated to dryness, and dissolved in mobile phase (100 μL) for analysis by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) in negative multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. Liquid chromatography was performed in gradient mode employing a biphenyl column and a mobile phase consisting of acetontitrile (containing 0.1% formic acid) and 0.1% aqueous formic acid. The total run time for each analysis was less than 5 min. The limits of detection/quantification for this method were determined to be 50 and 100 ng/mL, respectively. The method was found to be linear from 500 ng/mL to 10,000 ng/mL (r(2)>0.995). The recovery of GHB was found to be greater than 75%. In this report, results of authentic urine samples analyzed for GHB by this method are presented. GHB concentrations in these samples were found to be range from less than 500 ng/mL to 5110 ng/mL.

  12. Effects of Mulligan technique combined with improved acupuncture Rényíng in the treatment of cervical spondylosis of vertebral artery type%Mulligan 手法结合人迎穴改良针刺法治疗椎动脉型颈椎病的疗效观察

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    张婷; 万文俊; 马朝阳


    目的:观察 Mulligan 手法结合人迎穴改良针刺法治疗椎动脉型颈椎病(CSA)的疗效。方法:60例 CSA 患者随机分为观察组和对照组各30例,2组均给予口服止晕药物、牵引及红外线治疗,观察组同时加用 Mulligan 手法联合人迎穴改良针刺治疗,对照组仅加用人迎穴改良针刺治疗。治疗前后分别采用经颅多普勒超声(TCD)、《颈性眩晕症状与功能评估量表》(ESCV)进行测评。结果:治疗1及2周后分别与治疗前比较,2组 ESCV 评分及VA、BA 的 Vm 值均有明显增高(P <0.01)。治疗2周后与治疗1周时比较,观察组 ESCV 评分及 VA、BA 的 Vm值均有显著性增高(P <0.05),对照组各项评分比较无显著性差异。治疗1周时,2组间 ESCV 评分无明显统计学差异,观察组 VA、BA 的 Vm 值更高于对照组(P <0.05)。治疗2周后,观察组 ESCV 评分及 VA、BA 的 Vm 值均明显高于对照组(P <0.05,0.01)。结论:Mulligan 手法联合人迎穴改良针刺治疗 CSA 患者,能够快速有效且持续的改善患者的临床症状、提高患者的生活质量。%Objective:To observe the efficacy of Mulligan technique combined with improved acupuncture Rényíng in the treatment of cervical spondylosis of vertebral artery type (CSA).Method:Sixty case of CSA were randomly divided into observation group and control group,n=30 in each group.Both groups were given drugs of relieving vertigo symptoms,traction therapy and infrared therapy as a common treatment,and the observation group was treated by Mulligan technique combined with improved acupuncture Rényíng for 2 weeks additionally,while the con-trol group was given improved acupuncture Rényíng alone.Both groups were assessed with transcranial color Doppler ultrasound (TCD)and evaluation scale for cervical vertigo (ESCV)with double blind method before and af-ter treatment.Result:One week and 2 weeks after

  13. Influence of presenilin 1 overexpression on endogenous tau phosphorylation in neuroblastoma cells%早老蛋白-1过度表达对神经母细胞瘤NG-108的tau蛋白磷酸化的影响

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    陈波; 程敏; 王寅; 孙凤艳; 朱粹青


    目的 观察早老蛋白-1(Presenilin-1,PS1)的过度表达对tau蛋白磷酸化的影响.方法 在NG-108细胞上转染不同的PS1质粒, 利用免疫双标,免疫印记, 免疫细胞化学,MTT,Western blot 等方法, 观察早老蛋白-1的过度表达对tau蛋白磷酸化的影响.结果 免疫双标显示,在散发性AD(sporadic Alzheimer disease)患者脑内, PS1主要分布于神经元,并与磷酸化tau蛋白部分共存.免疫印迹显示, 与空质粒组相比,转染野生型PS1组和转染一种家族性AD(familial Alzheimer disease,FAD)突变型早老蛋白-1(mPS1)质粒组的NG-108细胞中磷酸化的tau蛋白均增加.MTT方法未检测到这两组的转染细胞与对照组有显著差异.用Confocal显微镜观察PS1-EGFP质粒转染组, 发现在转染后早期12 h,PS1-EGFP主要分布在细胞膜表面或细胞器上,随后PS1-EGFP主要在细胞浆中弥散分布.同时,免疫细胞化学检测显示,部分PS1-EGFP 转染细胞中有明显的tau蛋白磷酸化,并且这些磷酸化tau蛋白能与PS1-EGFP蛋白一起形成聚集体.在给予磷酸酯酶抑制剂岗田酸后, PS1-EGFP 转染细胞比未转染细胞含有更多的磷酸化的tau蛋白.结论 野生型PS1可能参与了散发性阿茨海默氏病中的tau蛋白的病理改变.%Purpose To study the effect of overexpressing either wild type or a familial Alzheimer disease mutant presenilin 1 (mPS1) on tau phosphorylation in neuroblastoma NG-108 cells. Methods Three different plasmids transfected NG-108 cells respectively. Immunostaining and confocal microscopic technique were used to study the distribution of presenilin 1 and phosphorylated tau. Immunoblot test was applied to investigate the change of tau phosphorylation. Results Immunostaining showed that in brain of sporadic Alzheimer disease, PS1 mainly distributed in neuron and partially colocalized with the phosphorylated tau. Immunoblot tests showed that the cells transected either wild type PS1 or mPS1 contained more

  14. Deconstruction-Construction-Reconstruction:On Chinese Americans' Ethnic Identification in Fae Myenne Ng's Bone%解构-建构-重建--伍慧明《骨》中美国华裔的族裔身份探寻历程

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    身份问题对于散居海外、生存在多重文化夹缝中的美国华人是一个无法规避的问题,美籍华裔作家伍慧明首部作品直接以“骨”命名,体现了美国华裔族裔身份认同过程中的取向。以后殖民身份理论为支点,分析《骨》中美国华裔在族裔身份探寻过程中所经历的中式身份解构、美式身份建构及杂糅式身份的重建历程。%Identity has been the top concern for diaspora Chinese Americans who are under multi-cultures. Chinese American writer Fae Myenne Ng entitles her debut Bone to excavate Chinese Americans'ethnic identification orien-tation. Using post-colonial identity as theoretical foundation, this thesis intends to analyze Chinese Americans' de-construction of Chinese identity, construction of American identity and reconstruction of a hybrid identity.

  15. Analysis of ochratoxin A blood levels in bladder cancer cases and healthy persons from Pakistan. (United States)

    Aslam, Muhammad; Rivzi, S Abidul Hassan; Beg, Anwer Ejaz; Blaszkewicz, Meinolf; Golka, Klaus; Degen, Gisela H


    The mycotoxin ochratoxin A (OTA), a well-known human nephrotoxic and carcinogenic agent, is a public health concern in many countries. Exposure is assessed by means of mycotoxin analysis in food commodities and by human biomonitoring of OTA in blood samples. Data available from several European countries and some studies in Africa, Asia, and the Americas indicate frequent detection of OTA. Thus far, data from developing countries that compare blood levels in healthy and diseased individuals are scarce. Thus, the aim of this investigation was to determine OTA levels in blood samples of bladder cancer patients (n = 96) and healthy controls (n = 31) from Pakistan. OTA in blood plasma was analyzed after extraction by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with fluorescence detection. Among samples of 87 cancer patients and 30 controls, 92% in total contained quantifiable amounts of OTA. In bladder cancer cases the median OTA concentration was 0.19 ng/ml (mean 0.296; range: 0.03 to 3.41 ng/ml), and in healthy controls the median OTA was 0.19 ng/ml (mean 0.3; range: 0.04 to 1.24 ng/ml). The OTA levels found in the Pakistanian cohorts were comparable to those reported previously for the general population in the European Union. In conclusion, OTA is not likely to play a major role in the etiology of bladder cancer in the Karachi cohort, at least as the sole risk factor.

  16. Copy number analysis by low coverage whole genome sequencing using ultra low-input DNA from formalin-fixed paraffin embedded tumor tissue. (United States)

    Kader, Tanjina; Goode, David L; Wong, Stephen Q; Connaughton, Jacquie; Rowley, Simone M; Devereux, Lisa; Byrne, David; Fox, Stephen B; Mir Arnau, Gisela; Tothill, Richard W; Campbell, Ian G; Gorringe, Kylie L


    Unlocking clinically translatable genomic information, including copy number alterations (CNA), from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue is challenging due to low yields and degraded DNA. We describe a robust, cost-effective low-coverage whole genome sequencing (LC WGS) method for CNA detection using 5 ng of FFPE-derived DNA. CN profiles using 100 ng or 5 ng input DNA were highly concordant and comparable with molecular inversion probe (MIP) array profiles. LC WGS improved CN profiles of samples that performed poorly using MIP arrays. Our technique enables identification of driver and prognostic CNAs in archival patient samples previously deemed unsuitable for genomic analysis due to DNA limitations.

  17. Application of HPLC-DAD after SPE/QuEChERS with ZrO2-based sorbent in d-SPE clean-up step for pesticide analysis in edible oils. (United States)

    Tuzimski, Tomasz; Rejczak, Tomasz


    In this study, the solid-phase extraction/quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged and safe (SPE/QuEChERS) technique was adapted to develop a simple sample treatment for multi-residue pesticide analysis of edible oils. The proposed method is based on liquid-liquid partitioning with acetonitrile followed by dispersive solid phase extraction using zirconia-coated silica particles for extract purification. To evaluate the described method, 21 pesticides belonging to different chemical classes were analysed using high performance liquid chromatography with diode-array detection (HPLC-DAD). For validation purposes, recovery studies were performed at 75 ng g(-1), 125 ng g(-1), 250 ng g(-1), 500 ng g(-1) and 1000 ng g(-1) levels. Recoveries were over the range of 50-130% for most of the analytes, with relative standard deviations less than 15% being observed. HPLC-DAD provided suitable linearity, precision and accuracy. The validated method was successfully applied to the analysis of edible oil samples selected from the market.

  18. Automated method for simultaneous lead and strontium isotopic analysis applied to rainwater samples and airborne particulate filters (PM10). (United States)

    Beltrán, Blanca; Avivar, Jessica; Mola, Montserrat; Ferrer, Laura; Cerdà, Víctor; Leal, Luz O


    A new automated, sensitive, and fast system for the simultaneous online isolation and preconcentration of lead and strontium by sorption on a microcolumn packed with Sr-resin using an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) detector was developed, hyphenating lab-on-valve (LOV) and multisyringe flow injection analysis (MSFIA). Pb and Sr are directly retained on the sorbent column and eluted with a solution of 0.05 mol L(-1) ammonium oxalate. The detection limits achieved were 0.04 ng for lead and 0.03 ng for strontium. Mass calibration curves were used since the proposed system allows the use of different sample volumes for preconcentration. Mass linear working ranges were between 0.13 and 50 ng and 0.1 and 50 ng for lead and strontium, respectively. The repeatability of the method, expressed as RSD, was 2.1% and 2.7% for Pb and Sr, respectively. Environmental samples such as rainwater and airborne particulate (PM10) filters as well as a certified reference material SLRS-4 (river water) were satisfactorily analyzed obtaining recoveries between 90 and 110% for both elements. The main features of the LOV-MSFIA-ICP-MS system proposed are the capability to renew solid phase extraction at will in a fully automated way, the remarkable stability of the column which can be reused up to 160 times, and the potential to perform isotopic analysis.

  19. Solid phase extraction coupled to liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis of sulfonamides, tetracyclines, analgesics and hormones in surface water and wastewater in Luxembourg. (United States)

    Pailler, J-Y; Krein, A; Pfister, L; Hoffmann, L; Guignard, C


    In the early 1990s different studies highlighted the relationship between pharmaceuticals, human health and the environment. Among the emerging contaminants, antibiotics are obviously of high concern, because of their potential for inducing antibiotic resistance. In addition, natural and synthetic hormones are relevant because of their potential endocrine-disrupting effects on wildlife. This investigation focuses on the analysis of four classes of veterinary and human pharmaceuticals (sulfonamides, tetracyclines, analgesics and hormones) in surface water and wastewater in Luxembourg. The selected eleven pharmaceuticals include four sulfonamides (sulfathiazole, sulfamethoxazole, sulfadimethoxine and sulfamethazine), two tetracyclines (tetracycline and oxytetracycline), two analgesics (ibuprofen and diclofenac), and three hormones (2 naturals, estrone and beta-estradiol, and a synthetic one, 17-alpha-ethinyl estradiol). The most innovative parts of this study are the simultaneous extraction of the above-mentioned pharmaceuticals as well as tracking their behaviour during flood events in a small river catchment. The method includes pre-concentration by solid phase extraction using Oasis HLB (Hydrophilic Lipophilic Balance) which gave superior results compared to Chromabond C-18EC, Chromabond(R) EASY and Bond Elut PLEXA cartridges, also evaluated in this investigation. The analysis of the investigated pharmaceutical compounds is carried out by high performance liquid chromatography coupled to a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. The limits of quantification were 1 ng L(-1), except for beta-estradiol (2 ng L(-1)) and 17-alpha-ethinyl estradiol (6 ng L(-1)). Recovery rates range from 70 to 94%, with relative standard deviations between 4 and 19%. Application of this method to river concentration and flood events revealed high concentrations of ibuprofen (10-4000 ng L(-1)), with highest levels during flood events, while concentrations of estrogens (1-240 ng L(-1)) and

  20. A Cross Sectional Analysis of Gonococcal and Chlamydial Infections among Men-Who-Have-Sex-with-Men in Cape Town, South Africa.

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    Full Text Available Men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM are at high risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI transmission. Asymptomatic STIs are common in MSM and remain undiagnosed and untreated where syndromic management is advocated. Untreated STIs could be contributing to high HIV rates. This study investigated symptomatic (SSTI and asymptomatic STIs (ASTIs in MSM in Cape Town.MSM, 18 years and above, were enrolled into this study. Participants underwent clinical and microbiological screening for STIs. Urine, oro-pharyngeal and anal swab specimens were collected for STI analysis, and blood for HIV and syphilis screening. A psychosocial and sexual questionnaire was completed. STI specimens were analysed for Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG and Chlamydia trachomatis (CT infection.200 MSM were recruited with a median age of 32 years (IQR 26-39.5. Their median number of sex partners within the last year was 5 (IQR 2-20. 155/200 (78% reported only male sex partners while 45/200 (23% reported sex with men and women. 77/200 (39% reported transactional sex. At enrolment, 88/200 (44% were HIV positive and 8/112 (7% initially HIV-negative participants seroconverted during the study. Overall, 47/200 (24% screened positive for either NG or CT. There were 32 MSM (16% infected with NG and 7 (3.5% of these men had NG infections at two anatomical sites (39 NG positive results in total. Likewise, there were 23 MSM (12% infected with CT and all these men had infections at only one site. Eight of the 47 men (17% were infected with both NG and CT. ASTI was more common than SSTI irrespective of anatomical site, 38 /200 (19% versus 9/200 (5% respectively (p<0.001. The anus was most commonly affected, followed by the oro-pharynx and then urethra. Asymptomatic infection was associated with transgender identity (OR 4.09 CI 1.60-5.62, ≥5 male sex partners in the last year (OR 2.50 CI 1.16-5.62 and transactional sex (OR 2.33 CI 1.13-4.79 but not with HIV infection.Asymptomatic STI was

  1. Development of Microcomputer Methods for Analysis and Simulation of Clinical Pharmacokinetic Data Relevant to New Drug Development. (United States)


    applications of new microcomputer graphics techonology to the analysis and interpretation of clinical pharmacological data. This involves continuing...COF AD DEVELOPMENT OF MICROCOMPUTER METHODS FOR ANALYSIS AND SIMULATION OF CLINICAL PHARMACOKINETIC DATA RELEVANT TO NEW DRUG DEVELOPMENT ANNUAL/FINAL...Simulation of Clinical Pharmacokinetic Data ERING ORG. TU Relevant to New Drug Development 6. PERFORMiNG ORG. REPORT NUMBER 7. AUTHOR(*) 5. CONTRACT OR

  2. Proteomics Analysis for Finding Serum Markers of Ovarian Cancer

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    Full Text Available A combination of peptide ligand library beads (PLLB and 1D gel liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry (1DGel-LC-MS/MS was employed to analyze serum samples from patients with ovarian cancer and from healthy controls. Proteomic analysis identified 1200 serum proteins, among which 57 proteins were upregulated and 10 were downregulated in the sera from cancer patients. Retinol binding protein 4 (RBP4 is highly upregulated in the ovarian cancer serum samples. ELISA was employed to measure plasma concentrations of RBP4 in 80 samples from ovarian cancer patients, healthy individuals, myoma patients, and patients with benign ovarian tumor, respectively. The plasma concentrations of RBP4 ranging from 76.91 to 120.08 ng/mL with the mean value 89.13±1.67 ng/mL in ovarian cancer patients are significantly higher than those in healthy individuals (10.85±2.38 ng/mL. Results were further confirmed with immunohistochemistry, demonstrating that RBP4 expression levels in normal ovarian tissue were lower than those in ovarian cancer tissues. Our results suggested that RBP4 is a potential biomarker for diagnostic of screening ovarian cancer.

  3. Amitriptyline poisoning of a baby: how informative can hair analysis be? (United States)

    Allibe, Nathalie; Eysseric-Guerin, Hélène; Kintz, Pascal; Bartoli, Mireille; Bost-Bru, Cécile; Grenier, Florian; Scolan, Virginie; Stanke-Labesque, Françoise


    We reported a case of a 6-month-old baby girl who was hospitalized in the pediatric emergency for central nervous system disorders then coma. Toxicology analysis showed the presence of amitriptyline (AMI) and its metabolite nortriptyline (NOR) in blood and urine of the baby. Additional investigations suggested a shaken baby syndrome. Given the family context, a judge ordered hair tests for both the child and his parents to document drug exposure. A liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) method was then developed to quantify AMI and NOR in hair. After decontamination and segmentation, 20 mg of hair was incubated overnight at 55 °C in methanol (MeOH). The LC-MS/MS method used an online solid phase extraction and the analysis was performed using two transitions per compound. The LOQ and LOD for the two compounds were estimated at 0.0075 ng/mg and 0.005 ng/mg respectively. All hair segments tested for both parents were negative. For the baby two strands of hair were collected one day after the acute intoxication for the first and 5 weeks later for the second. The first strand was not decontaminated before analysis to avoid losing specimen. The high and relatively homogenous concentrations of AMI (with a range of value from 6.65 to 9.69 ng/mg) and NOR (with a range of value from 7.12 to 8.96 ng/mg) measured suggested that contamination could have occurred. The analysis of the second strand after decontamination allowed to detect AMI and NOR in all hair segments. The obtained values varied between 0.54 and 1.41 ng/mg for AMI and between 1.26 and 4.00 ng/mg for NOR. These results supported the hypothesis of a chronic exposure during several months before hair collection with regular increase. However a single overdose could not be totally excluded. The interpretation of results must take into account the pharmacological and physiological parameters of hair of the children.

  4. 服役加工硬化后高锰钢辙叉心轨应力/应变场分析%Numerical Analysis of Stress and Strain in a Service-work-hardened High Manganese Steel Crossi ng Nose

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    马鹏辉; 钱立和; 张汉林; 刘帅; 张福成


    本文建立由铁路辙叉和列车车轮组成的三维弹‐塑性有限元模型,研究高锰钢辙叉心轨的应力/应变场。文中考虑辙叉心轨在顶宽50 m m处的两种服役状态———服役前期未发生加工硬化和服役后期发生加工硬化,分析加工硬化对心轨应力/应变大小和分布的影响。对服役加工硬化的情况,考虑到距离工作表面不同深度处辙叉材料性能的不同,将心轨局部模型分层,并设置各层的材料性能;对未发生加工硬化的情况,为模型设置均匀的材料性能。结果表明,两种服役状态下辙叉心轨的von Mises应力和等效塑性应变均随深度的增加先快速增大,然后逐渐减小;与服役初期相比,服役后期心轨的最大等效应力增大约23%,最大等效塑性应变则降低约40%;塑性变形区域也明显减小,这是由于心轨在服役加工硬化后屈服强度已大幅提高。因此,在很大程度上,服役后期的加工硬化起着抑制心轨顶面塌陷和飞边形成的作用。此外,与未加工硬化心轨相比,加工硬化后心轨的最大等效应变与工作表面的距离由0.8 mm增大到了1.5 mm ,这表明易产生裂纹的位置有远离心轨表面的趋势。%A three dimensional elastic‐plastic finite element model consisting of a railway crossing and a train wheel was established to investigate the stress/strain field in a high manganese steel crossing nose . Two serv‐ice states of the crossing at a nose width of 50 mm were considered in the paper ,i.e.non‐work hardening cor‐responding to the early service stage and work hardening corresponding to the later service stage ,and the in‐fluence of service work hardening on the magnitude and distribution of stress/strain in the crossing nose was analyzed .In the case of simulation of service work hardening ,a layered model was constructed and various material properties were assigned to corresponding layers ,according to the effect of the distance from the sur‐face of an actual work‐hardened crossing nose on the material properties ,while a homogeneous material prop‐erty was assigned to the entire model with non‐work hardening . The results indicate that ,during both the ear‐ly and later service stages , the von Mises stress and equivalent plastic strain rapidly increase and then gradually decrease with the increase of the depth . As compared with the early service stage , during the later service stage ,the maximum von Mises stress of the crossing nose increased by about 23% ,while the maximum equiv‐alent plastic strain decreased by about 40% ,and the plastic strain zone reduced significantly . The reason for this is due to the largely increased yield strength of the crossing nose after service work hardening .It is there‐ fore believed that the surface quashing and the formation of overlap in the crossing nose may be largely sup‐pressed owing to the service work hardening . Furthermore , as compared to the non‐work‐hardened crossing nose , the distance between the location of the maximum equivalent plastic strain of the work‐hardened crossing nose and the surface of the crossing nose increases from 0.8 mm to 1.5 mm ,indicating that crack initiation site tends to move to locations farther away from the crossing nose surface .

  5. Preparation of Functional Magnetic Nanoparticles and its Application in Diagnostic Analysis

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    Qiong CHENG; Tu Zhi PENG; Ai Li LIU


    The magnetic nanoparticles modified with carboxyl functional group were synthesized and characterized. These nanoparticles covalently bound with hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb), were used to detect hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) in immunovoltammetry. The detection limit was found to be 0.06 ng/mL, which is much higher than that of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) used in clinical analysis.

  6. 3-Methyl-2-butene-1-thiol: identification, analysis, occurrence and sensory role of an uncommon thiol in wine. (United States)

    San-Juan, Felipe; Cacho, Juan; Ferreira, Vicente; Escudero, Ana


    A highly uncommon odorant, 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol was detected by using Gas Chromatography-Olfactometry (GC-O) and unequivocally identified for the first time in wine. A purge and trap sampling technique which provides highly representative extracts for olfactometric analysis was used for the extraction of the volatile fraction of a Spanish red wine made from Prieto Picudo grapes. The identification of the odorant was achieved by multidimensional gas chromatography analysis of the same purge and trap extract. Mass spectrum and retention indices in both polar and non-polar columns allowed knowing unequivocally the identity. To obtain quantitative data a method was validated for the analysis of the compound at ng L(-1) level with acceptable precision. This powerful odorant presented an odor threshold in wine of 0.5-1 ng L(-1) and it has been detected in several Prieto Picudo wines at concentrations slightly above the odor threshold.

  7. Cost-benefit analysis of using natural gas in vehicles of the Mexico City metropolitan area

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    Barrera-Roldan, A.; Trinidad-Garcia, H.G.; Diaz, L.; Perdomo, V.; Castillo, H.; Schifter, I. [Istituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas (Mexico)


    According to the Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA) authorities the transport sector causes 75% of total pollutant emissions to the atmosphere, that is why to mitigate pollution several programs focus on reducing emissions from mobile sources, one of these programs promotes the use of Natural Gas (NG) in vehicles of the MCMA instead of gasoline or diesel. This work shows the cost-benefit analysis results of this program. The analysis considered the period 1999-2014. Projections for the MCMA vehicular fleet, and for the type and number of vehicles that would switch from gasoline or diesel to NG were made. To obtain the change in exhaust emissions, measurements were performed using the U. S. Federal Test Procedure 75 in vehicles consuming gasoline and NG Vehicle conversion, conversion shops, and gas station costs were considered in the analysis The estimated benefits stemmed from fuel price and efficiency differential, vehicle taxes, maintenance costs, and pollutant emission reductions. The Benefit/Cost ratio found was 3.79, and the vehicles suggested for conversion were those of intensive use circulating exclusively in the MCMA. Even though ozone formation simulations were done using the CIT trajectory model, the changes in ozone concentrations observed were smaller than the model resolution, mainly because the change in ozone precursors due to the fuel change in some of the MCMA vehicles, was less than 1% of total emissions. (authors)

  8. Removal of halogenated emerging contaminants from water by nitrogen-doped graphene decorated with palladium nanoparticles: Experimental investigation and theoretical analysis. (United States)

    Li, Lei; Gong, Li; Wang, Yi-Xuan; Liu, Qi; Zhang, Jie; Mu, Yang; Yu, Han-Qing


    The removal performance and mechanisms of halogenated emerging contaminants from water by palladium decorated nitrogen-doped graphene (Pd/NG) were investigated in this study. For comparison, three catalysts of Pd/NG, palladium decorated graphene (Pd/G) and commercial Pd/C were initially explored to degrade tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA). After that, the influence of various environmental parameters on TBBPA removal by the Pd/NG catalyst was evaluated. Moreover, both Langmuir-Hinshelwood model and density functional theory (DFT) were adopted to theoretically elucidate the adsorption and the activation of TBBPA on the catalyst. The results show that the apparent rate constant of TBBPA dehalogenation was increased by 26.7% and 39.0% in the presence of the Pd/NG catalyst compared to the Pd/G and Pd/C ones. Higher temperature, catalyst dosage and alkaline conditions resulted in the enhancement of TBBPA dehalogenation by the Pd/NG catalyst, while humic acid in the solution had a negatively effect on the transformation of TBBPA. The corresponding rate constant value exhibited a 2.1- and 1.8-fold increase with the rise of temperature from 298 to 328 K and initial pH from 6.5 to 9.0, respectively. On the contrary, the rate constant was decreased by 78.9% in the presence of 15 mg L(-1) humic acid. Theoretical analysis revealed that both adsorption and activation processes of TBBPA on the Pd/NG catalyst were enhanced through the N doping into graphene framework.

  9. A novel miniaturized zinc oxide/hydroxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes as a stir-brush microextractor device for carbamate pesticides analysis. (United States)

    Makkliang, Fonthip; Kanatharana, Proespichaya; Thavarungkul, Panote; Thammakhet, Chongdee


    A novel miniaturized "stir-brush microextractor" was prepared using a zinc oxide/hydroxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (ZnO/MWCNTs-OH) coated stainless steel brush connected to a small dc motor. The synthesized zinc oxide on each strand of stainless steel had a flower-like nanostructure when observed by a scanning electron microscope (SEM). This structure produced a large surface area before it was coated with the hydroxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes sorbent. Under optimal conditions, the developed device provided a good linearity for the extraction of carbofuran and carbaryl, in the range of 25-500 ng mL(-1) and 50-500 ng mL(-1), respectively, with low limits of detection of 17.5 ± 2.0 ng mL(-1) and 13.0 ± 1.8 ng mL(-1). It also provided a good stir-brush-to-stir-brush reproducibility (% relative standard deviation < 5.6%, n = 6). The device was applied for the extraction and preconcentration of carbamate pesticides in fruit and vegetable samples prior to analysis with a gas chromatograph coupled with a flame ionization detector (GC-FID). Carbofuran was found at 9.24 ± 0.93 ng g(-1) and carbaryl was detected at 7.05 ± 0.61 ng g(-1) with good recoveries in the range of 73.7 ± 10.0% to 108.4 ± 2.6% for carbofuran and 75.7 ± 10.0% to 111.7 ± 5.7% for carbaryl.

  10. Analysis of major congeners of polybromobiphenyls and polybromodiphenyl ethers in office dust using high resolution gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Kefeni, Kebede K; Okonkwo, Jonathan O


    The study focused on analysis of polybromobiphenyls (PBBs) and polybromodiphenyl ethers (PBDEs) congeners in office dust obtained in Pretoria, South Africa. Of the 32 congeners considered for identification, (BB-1, 2, 4, 10, 15, 26, 29, 30, 31, 38, 49, 80, 103, 153, 155, 209 and BDE-3, 15, 17, 28, 47, 66, 77, 85, 99, 100, 126, 138, 153, 154, 183, 209) only BB-2, 4, 30, 153, 209 and BDE-47, 66, 85, 99, 153 and 209 congeners were detected. The sum of PBBs concentration detected in office dust ranged from ng g(-1) dry weight (dw) with a median and mean of 11.4 and 38.2 ng g(-1), respectively. On the other hand, the sum of PBDEs concentration detected ranged from 21.6 to 578.6 ng g(-1)dw with a median and mean of 162 and 169 ng g(-1)dw, respectively. A Spearman rank correlation between ∑(5)PBBs and ∑(6)PBDEs (r(s)=0.55, p=0.003), indicated a statistical significant positive correlation for the similarity of pollution sources for both compound classes. However, no correlation was observed between the number of electronic materials and summation of concentrations of PBBs and PBDEs congeners detected. Concentrations of PBDEs detected in this study are substantially lower than reported in office dust in developed countries.

  11. Estacionalidad de egresos por neumonía en el Servicio de Pediatría del Hospital "Maximiliano Peralta" y su asociación con la migración indígena Ngöbe Buglé

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: El presente estudio pretende determinar la magnitud del incremento en los casos de neumonía a finales de 2002, y la posible asociación de éste con la migración estacional de indígenas Ngöbe Buglé, a la zona de Los Santos, durante la época de cosecha de café. Metodología: Se analizaron los egresos por neumonía (Clasificación internacional de las CIE10= J18 del Servicio de Pediatría, del Hospital Max Peralta (HMP durante 1997-2003. Se revisaron los expedientes de los egresos del Servicio de Pediatría, por cuadros respiratorios (CIE10= J00-J99 referidos de la zona de Los Santos durante enero 2002-febrero 2003. Se estableció una definición de caso que identificara los pacientes indígenas con neumonía. Resultados: Durante el cuatrimestre octubre-enero de los años 1997 a 2002, el número de egresos por neumonía fue en promedio 1,7 veces mayor que el de los cuatrimestres febrero- mayo y junio-septiembre. En este cuatrimestre (octubre-enero, alrededor del 50% de los egresos correspondieron a pacientes referidos de los Santos. Durante enero 2002 y febrero 2003, los pacientes indígenas provenientes de la zona de Los Santos representaron el 40% (66/163 de todos los egresos por neumonía. La distribución de ellos se concentra (99% en los meses cuando ocurre la cosecha de café (noviembre-febrero. Conclusión: Existe un comportamiento estacional de los egresos por neumonía en el Servicio de Pediatría del HMP, durante 1997-2002. La estacionalidad es dada por población indígena migrante durante la época de café

  12. Analysis of regulated suspected allergens in waters. (United States)

    Becerril, Elias; Lamas, J Pablo; Sanchez-Prado, Lucia; Llompart, Maria; Lores, Marta; Garcia-Jares, Carmen


    Fragrance suspected allergens including those regulated by the EU Directive 76/768/EEC have been determined in different types of waters using solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The procedure was based on headspace sampling (HS-SPME) using polydimethylsiloxane/divinylbenzene (PDMS/DVB) fibers and has been optimized by an experimental design approach. The method performance has been studied showing good linearity (R ≥ 0.994) as well as good intra-day and inter-day precision (RSD ≤ 12%). Detection limits (S/N=3) ranged from 0.001 to 0.3 ng mL(-1). Reliability was demonstrated through the quantitative recoveries of the compounds in real water samples, including baby bathwaters, swimming pool waters, and wastewaters. The absence of matrix effects allowed quantification of the compounds by external aqueous calibration. The analysis of 35 samples of different types of waters showed the presence of suspected allergens in all the analyzed samples. All targets were found in the samples, with the exception of methyl eugenol and amyl cinnamic alcohol. Highest concentrations of suspected allergens were present in baby bathwaters, containing from 5 to 15 of the compounds at concentrations ranging from few pg mL(-1) to several hundreds of ng mL(-1).

  13. Mehmet Harmancı’nın Küçürek Öykülerindegündelik Kuşatma Altındaki İnsanın Varoluş Görüngüleri Existence Perspectives Of An Individual Under Daily Blockage In The Short Short Stories Of Mehmet Harmancı

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    şme sürecinde değerlerini/ özünü koruyarak geleceğe taşınmalıdır. Diğerleri gibi kalmak, bireyleşememek, şey’ler dünyasında yitip gitmektir. İnsan gerçeğini tarihsel boyutuyla ele alan Mehmet Harmancı, öykülerinde, bireyin kendi oluşuna göndermede yapar. Anlam arayışı içerisindeki insanların; ölüm, aşk ve yalnızlık izlekleri etrafında eylem ve eylemsizliklerini dile getirir.Mehmet Harmancı Muhtemel Menkıbeler adlı eserinde yer alan küçürek öykülerinde, yaşamın anlamına yönelik sorgulamalarda bulunur. Türler arası geçişkenliğin dikkat çektiği bu eserde yazar, menkıbe türünün imkânlarını aşarak küçürek öykü türüne özgü bir anlatım yolu seçer. Öykülerde, şimdi’yi vareden değerler, geçmişin izdüşümünde kurulur ve gündelik kuşatma altındaki insanın varoluş görüngüleri sergilenir.Mehmet Harmancı, geleneğin izdüşümünde kurduğu Muhtemel Menkıbeler’inde moderniteyi ıskalamadan geleneği de modern olana ezdirmeden yol alır. Yazar, değerlerini yok sayarak medeniyet kurmaya çalışanlara karşı geleneği, modern dünyanın fenomenolojik temeli sayar. Bu açıdan modernite olarak kabul ettirilmeye çalışılan dünya/ yaşam yerine, temeli geleneğe dayalı bir modern dünya arzusu taşır. Muhtemel Menkıbeler’deki öykülerin pek çoğu böylesi bir ruh dünyasına aittir.Muhtemel Menkıbeler’deki öykülerde, geleneğin deneyimsel, kültürel ve nesneler belleğini başat değer olarak kabul eden yazar, yaşamın anlam arayışına yönelik sorgulamaları ile yol göstericilik özelliğini ön plana çıkarır.Çalışmada, Mehmet Harmancı’nın Muhtemel Menkıbeler adlı eserinde yer alan öyküleri analiz edilirken, menkıbe ile küçürek öykü türleri arasındaki ilişkiye dikkat çekilerek; gelenek ile modernite arasındaki insan görüngülerine yer verildi.

  14. Analysis of selective androgen receptor modulators by gas chromatography-microchip atmospheric pressure photoionization-mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Luosujärvi, Laura; Haapala, Markus; Thevis, Mario; Saarela, Ville; Franssila, Sami; Ketola, Raimo A; Kostiainen, Risto; Kotiaho, Tapio


    A gas chromatography-microchip atmospheric pressure photoionization-mass spectrometric (GC-microAPPI-MS) method was developed and used for the analysis of three 2-quinolinone-derived selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs). SARMs were analyzed from spiked urine samples, which were hydrolyzed and derivatized with N-methyl-N-(trimethylsilyl)trifluoroacetamide before analysis. Trimethylsilyl derivatives of SARMs formed both radical cations (M(+*)) and protonated molecules ([M + H](+)) in photoionization. Better signal-to-noise ratios (S/N) were obtained in MS/MS analysis using the M(+*) ions as precursor ions than using the [M + H](+) ions, and therefore the M(+*) ions were selected for the precursor ions in selected reaction monitoring (SRM) analysis. Limits of detection (LODs) with the method ranged from 0.01 to 1 ng/mL, which correspond to instrumental LODs of 0.2-20 pg. Limits of quantitation ranged from 0.03 to 3 ng/mL. The mass spectrometric response to the analytes was linear (R > or = 0.995) from the LOQ concentration level up to 100 ng/mL concentration, and intra-day repeatabilities were 5%-9%. In addition to the GC-microAPPI-MS study, the proof-of-principle of gas chromatography-microchip atmospheric pressure chemical ionization-Orbitrap MS (GC-microAPCI-Orbitrap MS) was demonstrated.

  15. Analysis of 3-chloro-4-(dichloromethyl)-5-hydroxy-2(5H)-furanone (MX) and its brominated analogues in chlorine-treated water by gas chromatography coupled to triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry (GC-QqQ-MS/MS). (United States)

    Planas, Carles; Ventura, Francesc; Caixach, Josep; Martín, Jordi; Boleda, M Rosa; Paraira, Miquel


    A simple, selective and sensitive method for the analysis of the strong mutagen 3-chloro-4-(dichloromethyl)-5-hydroxy-2(5H)-furanone (MX) and its brominated analogues (BMXs) in chlorine-treated water has been developed. The method is based on gas chromatography coupled to triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry (GC-QqQ-MS/MS), previous liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) of a smaller sample volume compared to other methods and on-line derivatization with a silylation reactive. GC-QqQ-MS/MS has been raised as an alternative easier to perform than gas chromatography coupled to high resolution mass spectrometry (GC-HRMS) for the analysis of MX and BMXs, and it allows to achieve low LODs (0.3 ng/L for MX and 0.4-0.9 ng/L for BMXs). This technique had not been previously described for the analysis of MX and BMXs. Quality parameters were calculated and real samples related to 3 drinking water treatment plants (DWTPs), tap water and both untreated and chlorinated groundwater were analyzed. Concentrations of 0.3-6.6 ng/L for MX and 1.0-7.3 ng/L for BMXs were detected. Results were discussed according to five of the main factors affecting MX and BMXs formation in chlorine-treated water (organic precursors, influence of bromide ions, evolution of MX and BMXs in the drinking water distribution system, groundwater chlorination and infiltration of water coming from chlorination processes in groundwater).

  16. Free serum thyroxine. Analysis of its clinical value through ''ROC'' curves

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    Degrossi, O.J.; Altschuler, N.; de Cabrejas, M.L. (Comision Nacional de Energia Nuclear Atomica, Buenos Aires (Argentina). Dept. Aplicaciones Biologicas); Pinkas, M.; Garcia del Rio, H. (Hospital Aleman, Buenos Aires (Argentina). Servicio de Medicina Nuclear)


    The use of radiommunoassay (RIA) tehcniques has increased the diagnosis of thyroid functional alterations. A solid phase RIA method for free thyroxine (FT4) measurement was tested. Serum FT4, Total T4, T3 and TSH were determined by radioimmunoassay in 179 subjects. One hundred twenty two patients were normal (8 to 75 years old); FT4 was 1.42 +- 0.03 ng/100 ml (avg. value and std. error). In 27 cases of thyrotoxicosis the values were 4.66 +- 0.48 ng/100 ml and in 15 cases of hypothyroidism 0.50 +- 0.06 ng/100 ml (statistics probability <0,01). Four euthyroid patients under estrogen treatment, 9 hypothyroid patients under l-thyroxine treatment, one hyperthyroid patient under antithyroid drugs and one hyperthyroid patient under estrogen treatment, were studied. Total T4 and T3 values were in agreement with the variations of the serum protein transport capacity, and for that reason did not show the real thyroid function state. Clinical decision making analysis (with Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves) indicate that FT4 is the best choice for hyperthyroidism diagnosis and T4 for hypothyroidism. Cost/benefit analysis indicates also that FT4 has the best ratio.

  17. Integrating Paper Chromatography with Electrochemical Detection for the Trace Analysis of TNT in Soil. (United States)

    Ryan, Patrick; Zabetakis, Daniel; Stenger, David A; Trammell, Scott A


    We report on the development of an electrochemical probe for the trace analysis of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) in soil samples. The probe is a combination of graphite electrodes, filter paper, with ethylene glycol and choline chloride as the solvent/electrolyte. Square wave chromatovoltammograms show the probes have a sensitivity for TNT of 0.75 nA/ng and a limit of detection of 100 ng. In addition, by taking advantage of the inherent paper chromatography step, TNT can be separated in both time and cathodic peak potential from 4-amino-dinitrotolene co-spotted on the probe or in soil samples with the presence of methyl parathion as a possible interferent.

  18. Integrating Paper Chromatography with Electrochemical Detection for the Trace Analysis of TNT in Soil

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    Full Text Available We report on the development of an electrochemical probe for the trace analysis of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT in soil samples. The probe is a combination of graphite electrodes, filter paper, with ethylene glycol and choline chloride as the solvent/electrolyte. Square wave chromatovoltammograms show the probes have a sensitivity for TNT of 0.75 nA/ng and a limit of detection of 100 ng. In addition, by taking advantage of the inherent paper chromatography step, TNT can be separated in both time and cathodic peak potential from 4-amino-dinitrotolene co-spotted on the probe or in soil samples with the presence of methyl parathion as a possible interferent.

  19. Trace analysis of multi-class pesticide residues in Chinese medicinal health wines using gas chromatography with electron capture detection (United States)

    Kong, Wei-Jun; Liu, Qiu-Tao; Kong, Dan-Dan; Liu, Qian-Zhen; Ma, Xin-Ping; Yang, Mei-Hua


    A method is described for multi-residue, high-throughput determination of trace levels of 22 organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and 5 pyrethroid pesticides (PYPs) in Chinese medicinal (CM) health wines using a QuEChERS (quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe) based extraction method and gas chromatography-electron capture detection (GC-ECD). Several parameters were optimized to improve preparation and separation time while still maintaining high sensitivity. Validation tests of spiked samples showed good linearities for 27 pesticides (R = 0.9909-0.9996) over wide concentration ranges. Limits of detection (LODs) and quantification (LOQs) were measured at ng/L levels, 0.06-2 ng/L and 0.2-6 ng/L for OCPs and 0.02-3 ng/L and 0.06-7 ng/L for PYPs, respectively. Inter- and intra-day precision tests showed variations of 0.65-9.89% for OCPs and 0.98-13.99% for PYPs, respectively. Average recoveries were in the range of 47.74-120.31%, with relative standard deviations below 20%. The developed method was then applied to analyze 80 CM wine samples. Beta-BHC (Benzene hexachloride) was the most frequently detected pesticide at concentration levels of 5.67-31.55 mg/L, followed by delta-BHC, trans-chlordane, gamma-BHC, and alpha-BHC. The validated method is simple and economical, with adequate sensitivity for trace levels of multi-class pesticides. It could be adopted by laboratories for this and other types of complex matrices analysis.

  20. 阀门进汽接管窄间隙热丝TIG焊接接头组织与性能相关性研究%Correlations Between Properties and Microstructure of Valve Inlet Pipe Joint Welded by NG-TIG with Hot Wire

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    杨仁杰; 沈学峰; 刘霞; 芦凤桂


    Narrow-gap tungsten inert gas (NG-TIG) with hot wire method was taken to weld X10CrMoVNb9-l valve inlet pipe in all positions. The correlations between properties and microstructure of weld joint were researched . There are different size of grains in weld seam such as coarse grains, fine grains etc. And with tempered martensite microstructure, which can cause some fluctuations on the properties of weld seam. The hardness test results show the hardness fluctuations in weld seam caused by different structures and size grains in weld seam. The hardness decreases after stress-rupture test comparison with the hardness as welded for all the regions including weld seam, heat affected zone and base metal. Lots of gathering carbides are found at welded joint especially for the grain boundaries, which can explain the decrease of hardness after stress-rupture test. The study results can provide references for the control of weld process parameters and the failure behavior during the service process at high temperature was discussed.%研究发现,焊缝是由粗晶、细晶等不同尺寸的晶粒组成,组织形貌为回火马氏体,这将会导致焊缝的性能发生波动,其硬度试验表明焊缝中存在不同程度的由于焊缝组织结构引起的波动.高温持久试验后再次进行硬度分析,发现经过高温持久试验后焊缝区硬度比试验前硬度略低,同时热影响区、母材等硬度也存在降低的现象.经分析发现,这与母材及焊缝中析出的碳化物相关,特别是晶界处碳化物的大量析出、聚集导致了接头性能的降低.本文的研究结果可为窄间隙热丝TIG焊过程参数控制及探讨高温服役过程中的失效行为提供依据.利用窄间隙热丝TIG焊对X10CrMoVNb9-1钢汽轮机阀门进汽接管进行多层全位置焊接,对焊接接头各微区组织与性能的相关性展开研究.

  1. Analysis on sensitivity of Neisseria gonorrhoea to cephalosporin antibiotics and multi-antigen sequence typing%淋病奈瑟球菌对头孢菌素类药物的敏感性及多抗原序列分型研究

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    蓝银苑; 吴兴中; 覃晓琳; 黄进梅; 薛耀华; 曾维英; 欧江丽; 唐三梅; 方铭恒


    Objective To understand the molecular types of clinical isolated Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) in Guangzhou, and to analyze the sensitivity to the cephalosporin antibiotics. Methods A total of 121 NG strains isolated from Guangzhou Skin Disease Prevention and Control Center were included in this study. The agar dilution method was used to determine the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) to ceftriaxone and cefixime. DNA was extracted for NG multi-antigen sequence typing (NG-MAST). Results The drug-resistance analysis showed that none of the strains appeared to be resistant to ceftriaxone and cefixime. However, the low sensitivity rates were 13.2%(16/121) and 2.5%(3/121), respectively. A total of 82 genotypes were identified among the 121 isolates. The most prevalent genotype was ST1768 (n=6) in NG strains isolated, followed by ST2083 (n=4), ST5062 (n=4), ST10229 (n=4), ST1766 (n=3), ST1866 (n=3), and ST10339 (n=3). There were 12 genotypes containing 2 NG strains, and 63 genotypes [76.8%(63/121) ] containing only one NG strain. Among the 13 NG strains with low sensitivity to ceftriaxone , there were 2 strains of ST10339 and 2 strains of ST10242 , and the rest were single genotype. Conclusions The 121 NG strains have relatively high sensitivity to ceftriaxone and cefixime. The genotypes of these NG-MAST strains are high diversity.%目的 了解广州市临床分离淋病奈瑟球菌 (NG) 的分子型别及其对头孢菌素类抗生素的敏感性. 方法 收集广东省皮肤性病防治中心临床分离的121株NG,用琼脂稀释法测定菌株对头孢曲松和头孢克肟的最小抑菌浓度(MIC),并进行NG多抗原测序分型(NG-MAST). 结果 未发现NG对头孢曲松和头孢克肟耐药的菌株,但它们的低敏率分别达到13.2%(16/121)和2.5%(3/121). 121株NG共有82个型别,其中ST1768共6株,ST2083、ST5062和ST10229各4株,ST1766、ST1866和ST10339各3株, 有12个ST族群包含2株菌株,其余63 个型别仅含1 株菌株,占76.8%(63/121).

  2. [Analysis of phthalates in plastic food-packaging bags by thin layer chromatography]. (United States)

    Chen, Hui; Wang, Yuan; Zhu, Ruohua


    The method for simultaneous determination of four phthalates, namely dimethyl phthalate (DMP), diethyl phthalate (DEP), di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) and di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in plastic food-packaging bags by thin layer chromatography (TLC) was developed. The plastic food-packaging bags were extracted with ethanol by ultrasonication, then the mixture was filtrated through membrane (0.45 microm). The mixture of ethyl acetate-anhydrous ether-isooctane (1 : 4 : 15, v/v) was used as developing agent on the TLC silica gel plate for development. The filtered liquid was spotted on the TLC plate dealt by acetone, and detected with scanning wavelength of 275 nm and reference wavelength of 340 nm. The qualitative analysis of the phthalates was performed using the R(f) values of the chromatogram. The quantitative analysis was performed with external standard method. Good linearities were obtained for DMP, DEP, DBP and DEHP. The detection limits were 2.1 ng for DMP, 2.4 ng for DEP, 3.4 ng for DBP and 4.0 ng for DEHP. The relative standard deviations (RSDs) of the four phthalates were 2.8% - 3.5%. The recoveries of the four phthalate standards in real sample were 78.58% - 111.04%. The method presented has the advantages of high precision, high sensitivity, small sample size, and simple pretreatment . The method was used to detect the four phthalates in the food-packaging bags. The contents in real samples were close to the results by gas chromatography.

  3. Analysis of fentanyl in urine by DLLME-GC-MS. (United States)

    Gardner, Michael A; Sampsel, Sheena; Jenkins, Werner W; Owens, Janel E


    Fentanyl is a synthetic narcotic anesthetic ∼80-100 times more potent than morphine. Owing to the potential for its abuse, the drug may be included in a forensic toxicology work-up, which requires fast, precise and accurate measurements. Here, the stability of fentanyl was assessed when stored at three different temperatures (-20, 4 and 25°C) in synthetic urine. Stability at those three temperatures was demonstrated over 12 weeks upon analysis by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry with a deuterated internal standard (fentanyl-D5) utilizing three different extraction techniques: liquid-liquid extraction (LLE), solid-phase extraction and dispersed liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME). The DLLME method was then optimized before use in the analysis of fentanyl in urine samples obtained from autopsy cases at the El Paso County Coroner's Office. Accuracy of the DLLME method was assessed by completing spike and recovery studies at three different fortification levels (10, 100 and 250 ng/mL) with excellent recovery (89.9-102.6%). The excellent comparability between DLLME and LLE is demonstrated (Bland-Altman difference plot with a mean difference of 4.9 ng/mL) and the use of this methodology in the analysis of forensically relevant samples is discussed.

  4. A new gas chromatography/mass spectrometry method for the simultaneous analysis of target and non-target organic contaminants in waters. (United States)

    Gómez, M J; Gómez-Ramos, M M; Agüera, A; Mezcua, M; Herrera, S; Fernández-Alba, A R


    In this study we developed a GC-MS method for the analysis of priority pollutants, personal care products (PCPs) and other emerging contaminants in waters using large volume injection with backflushing. Analyses are performed in the SIM/scan mode, so that in addition to the targeted organic contaminants, this method allows the simultaneous screening of non-target compounds. The scan data are analysed using Deconvolution Reporting Software (DRS) which screens the results for 934 organic contaminants. Deconvolution helps identify contaminants that are buried in the chromatogram by co-extracted materials and significantly reduces chromatographic resolution requirements, allowing shorter analysis times. All compounds have locked retention times and we can continually update and extend the mass spectral library including new compounds. Linearity and limits of detection in SIM and full-scan mode were studied. Method detection limits (MDLs) in effluent wastewater ranged in most of the cases from 1 to 36 ng/L in SIM mode and from 4 to 66 ng/L in full-scan mode; while in river water from 0.4 to 14 and 2-29 ng/L in SIM and full-scan mode, respectively. We obtained a linearity of the calibration curves over two orders of magnitude. The method has been applied to the screening of a large number of organic contaminants--not only to a subset of targets--in urban wastewaters from different wastewater treatment plants and also in river waters. Most of the target compounds were detected at concentration levels ranging from 11 to 8697 ng/L and from 7 to 1861 ng/L in effluent wastewater and river waters, respectively. Additionally, a group of 12 new compounds were automatically identified using the AMDIS and NIST libraries. Other compounds, such as the 4-amino musk xylene, a synthetic fragrance metabolite, which was not included in the databases, but has been manually searched in the full-scan chromatograms.

  5. Simultaneous HPTLC-UV530 nm analysis and validation of bioactive lupeol and stigmasterol in Hygrophila auriculata (K. Schum) Heine

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    Md Sarfaraj Hussain; Sheeba Fareed; Mohammad Ali


    Objective: To analyse the two marker compounds lupeol (LP) and stigmasterol (ST) from methanolic extract of Hygrophila auriculata (H. auriculata). Methods: Separation was achieved on aluminium plates precoated with silica gel 60F254 with toluene-methanol-formic acid (7.0:2.7: 0.3 v/v/v) as mobile phase. Results: Densitometric analysis was performed at 530 nm in the reflectance mode. Compact bands for LP and ST were obtained at RF 0.52 ± 0.02 and 0.28 ± 0.05. Linearity (r2=0.998 5 and 0.993 7), limit of detection (45 and 18 ng/band) limit of quantification (135 and 54 ng/band), recovery (98.2%-99.7% and 97.2%-99.6%), and precision (<2.18 and 1.91) were satisfactory for LP and ST respectively. Linearity range for LP and ST were 100-1 000 and 50-500 ng/band and the contents estimated as (0.19±0.1)% and (0.47±0.1)% w/w respectively. Conclusion:The method demonstrated efficient analysis testing of LP and ST in samples; therefore it can be used for routine analysis.

  6. Densitometric HPTLC analysis of 8-gingerol in Zingiber officinale extract and ginger-containing dietary supplements, teas and commercial creams

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    Prawez Alam


    Objective: To develop and validate a simple, accurate HPTLC method for the analysis of 8-gingerol and to determine the quantity of 8-gingerol in Zingiber officinale extract and ginger-containing dietary supplements, teas and commercial creams. Methods:The analysis was performed on 10×20 cm aluminium-backed plates coated with 0.2 mm layers of silica gel 60 F254 (E-Merck, Germany) with n-hexane: ethyl acetate 60: 40 (v/v) as mobile phase. Camag TLC Scanner III was used for the UV densitometric scanning at 569. Results:This system was found to give a compact spot of 8-gingerol at retention factor (Rf) value of (0.39±0.04) and linearity was found in the ranges 50-500 ng/spot (r2=0.9987). Limit of detection (12.76 ng/spot), limit of quantification (26.32 ng/spot), accuracy (less than 2 %) and recovery (ranging from 98.22-99.20) were found satisfactory. Conclusions:The HPTLC method developed for quantification of 8-gingerol was found to be simple, accurate, reproducible, sensitive and is applicable to the analysis of 8-gingerol in Zingiber officinale extract and ginger-containing dietary supplements, teas and commercial creams.

  7. Solid-phase extraction in combination with dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction and ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis: the ultra-trace determination of 10 antibiotics in water samples. (United States)

    Liang, Ning; Huang, Peiting; Hou, Xiaohong; Li, Zhen; Tao, Lei; Zhao, Longshan


    A novel method, solid-phase extraction combined with dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (SPE-DLLME), was developed for ultra-preconcentration of 10 antibiotics in different environmental water samples prior to ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry detection. The optimized results were obtained as follows: after being adjusted to pH 4.0, the water sample was firstly passed through PEP-2 column at 10 mL min(-1), and then methanol was used to elute the target analytes for the following steps. Dichloromethane was selected as extraction solvent, and methanol/acetonitrile (1:1, v/v) as dispersive solvent. Under optimal conditions, the calibration curves were linear in the range of 1-1000 ng mL(-1) (sulfamethoxazole, cefuroxime axetil), 5-1000 ng mL(-1) (tinidazole), 10-1000 ng mL(-1) (chloramphenicol), 2-1000 ng mL(-1) (levofloxacin oxytetracycline, doxycycline, tetracycline, and ciprofloxacin) and 1-400 ng mL(-1) (sulfadiazine) with a good precision. The LOD and LOQ of the method were at very low levels, below 1.67 and 5.57 ng mL(-1), respectively. The relative recoveries of the target analytes were in the range from 64.16% to 99.80% with relative standard deviations between 0.7 and 8.4%. The matrix effect of this method showed a great decrease compared with solid-phase extraction and a significant value of enrichment factor (EF) compared with dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction. The developed method was successfully applied to the extraction and analysis of antibiotics in different water samples with satisfactory results.

  8. Silica coated paper substrate for paper-spray analysis of therapeutic drugs in dried blood spots. (United States)

    Zhang, Zhiping; Xu, Wei; Manicke, Nicholas E; Cooks, R Graham; Ouyang, Zheng


    Paper spray is a newly developed ambient ionization method that has been applied for direct qualitative and quantitative analysis of biological samples. The properties of the paper substrate and spray solution have a significant impact on the release of chemical compounds from complex sample matrices, the diffusion of the analytes through the substrate, and the formation of ions for mass spectrometry analysis. In this study, a commercially available silica-coated paper was explored in an attempt to improve the analysis of therapeutic drugs in dried blood spots (DBS). The dichloromethane/isopropanol solvent has been identified as an optimal spray solvent for the analysis. The comparison was made with paper spray using chromatography paper as substrate with methanol/water as solvent for the analysis of verapamil, citalopram, amitriptyline, lidocaine, and sunitinib in dried blood spots. It has been demonstrated that the efficiency of recovery of the analytes was notably improved with the silica coated paper and the limit of quantitation (LOQ) for the drug analysis was 0.1 ng mL(-1) using a commercial triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. The use of silica paper substrate also resulted in a sensitivity improvement of 5-50-fold in comparison with chromatography papers, including the Whatman ET31 paper used for blood cards. Analysis using a hand-held miniature mass spectrometer Mini 11 gave LOQs of 10-20 ng mL(-1) for the tested drugs, which is sufficient to cover the therapeutic ranges of these drugs.

  9. Effect of six Chinese spices on heterocyclic amine profiles in roast beef patties by ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and principal component analysis. (United States)

    Zeng, Maomao; He, Zhiyong; Zheng, Zongping; Qin, Fang; Tao, Guanjun; Zhang, Shuang; Gao, Yahui; Chen, Jie


    The effects of Chinese spices on the profiles of 17 heterocyclic amines (HAs) from seven HA categories were investigated in roast beef patties using Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) and principal component analysis. Three groups of HAs, imidazopyridines (PhIP, DMIP, and 1,5,6-TMIP), imidazoquinoxalines (MeIQx and 4,8-DiMeIQx), and β-carbolines (harman and norharman), were detected and quantified in all of the samples. The results demonstrated that the total HA and imidazopyridine profiles could clearly be affected by 1% pricklyash peel (14.1 ± 0.76 and 6.06 ± 0.32 ng/g), chilli (41.0 ± 0.01 and 23.0 ± 0.52 ng/g), and cumin (59.9 ± 2.44 and 31.1 ± 3.06 ng/g), in comparison with control values of 21.8 ± 2.40 and 14.3 ± 2.04 ng/g, respectively. The difference was only significant (p spices in meat processing to minimize HA formation.

  10. Molecularly imprinted polymer cartridges coupled on-line with high performance liquid chromatography for simple and rapid analysis of human insulin in plasma and pharmaceutical formulations. (United States)

    Moein, Mohammad Mahdi; Javanbakht, Mehran; Akbari-adergani, Behrouz


    In this paper, a novel method is described for automated determination of human insulin in biological fluids using principle of sequential injection on a molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction (MISPE) cartridge as a sample clean-up technique combined with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The water-compatible molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) were prepared using methacrylic acid as a functional monomer, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as a cross-linker, chloroform as a porogen and insulin as a template molecule. The imprinted polymers were then employed as the solid-phase extraction sorbent for on-line extraction of insulin from human plasma samples. To achieve the best condition, influential parameters on the extraction efficiency were thoroughly investigated. Rapid and simple analysis of the hormone was successfully accomplished through the good selectivity of the prepared sorbent coupled with HPLC. Limits of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) of 0.2 ng mL(-1), 0.7 ng mL(-1), and 0.03 ng mL(-1), 0.1 ng mL(-1) were obtained in plasma and urine respectively. The obtained data exhibited the great recoveries for extraction of insulin from human plasma and pharmaceutical samples, higher than 87%.

  11. Trace analysis of trimethoprim and sulfonamide, macrolide, quinolone, and tetracycline antibiotics in chlorinated drinking water using liquid chromatography electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (United States)

    Ye, Z.; Weinberg, H.S.; Meyer, M.T.


    A multirun analytical method has been developed and validated for trace determination of 24 antibiotics including 7 sulfonamides, 3 macrolides, 7 quinolones, 6 tetracyclines, and trimethoprim in chlorine-disinfected drinking water using a single solid-phase extraction method coupled to liquid chromatography with positive electrospray tandem mass spectrometry detection. The analytes were extracted by a hydrophilic-lipophilic balanced resin and eluted with acidified methanol (0.1% formic acid), resulting in analyte recoveries generally above 90%. The limits of quantitation were mostly below 10 ng/L in drinking water. Since the concentrated sample matrix typically caused ion suppression during electrospray ionization, the method of standard addition was used for quantitation. Chlorine residuals in drinking water can react with some antibiotics, but ascorbic acid was found to be an effective chlorine quenching agent without affecting the analysis and stability of the antibiotics in water. A preliminary occurrence study using this method revealed the presence of some antibiotics in drinking waters, including sulfamethoxazole (3.0-3.4 ng/L), macrolides (1.4-4.9 ng/L), and quinolones (1.2-4.0 ng/L). ?? 2007 American Chemical Society.

  12. Trace vanadium analysis by catalytic adsorptive stripping voltammetry using mercury-coated micro-wire and polystyrene-coated bismuth film electrodes

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    Dansby-Sparks, Royce; Chambers, James Q. [Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-1600 (United States); Xue Ziling, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-1600 (United States)


    An electrochemical technique has been developed for ultra-trace (ng L{sup -1}) vanadium (V) measurement. Catalytic adsorptive stripping voltammetry for V analysis was developed at mercury-coated gold micro-wire electrodes (MWEs, 100 {mu}m) in the presence of gallic acid (GA) and bromate ion. A potential of -0.275 V (vs Ag/AgCl) was used to accumulate the complex in acetate buffer (pH 5.0) at the electrode surface followed by a differential pulse voltammetric scan. Parameters affecting the electrochemical response, including pH, concentration of GA and bromate, deposition potential and time have been optimized. Linear response was obtained in the 0-1000 ng L{sup -1} range (2 min deposition), with a detection limit of 0.88 ng L{sup -1}. The method was validated by comparison of results for an unknown solution of V by atomic absorption measurement. The protocol was evaluated in a real sample by measuring the amount of V in river water samples. Thick bismuth film electrodes with protective polystyrene films have also been made and evaluated as a mercury free alternative. However, ng L{sup -1} level detection was only attainable with extended (10 min) deposition times. The proposed use of MWEs for the detection of V is sensitive enough for future use to test V concentration in biological fluids treated by the advanced oxidation process (AOP).

  13. Trace vanadium analysis by catalytic adsorptive stripping voltammetry using mercury-coated micro-wire and polystyrene-coated bismuth film electrodes. (United States)

    Dansby-Sparks, Royce; Chambers, James Q; Xue, Zi-Ling


    An electrochemical technique has been developed for ultra-trace (ng L(-1)) vanadium (V) measurement. Catalytic adsorptive stripping voltammetry for V analysis was developed at mercury-coated gold micro-wire electrodes (MWEs, 100 microm) in the presence of gallic acid (GA) and bromate ion. A potential of -0.275 V (vs Ag/AgCl) was used to accumulate the complex in acetate buffer (pH 5.0) at the electrode surface followed by a differential pulse voltammetric scan. Parameters affecting the electrochemical response, including pH, concentration of GA and bromate, deposition potential and time have been optimized. Linear response was obtained in the 0-1000 ng L(-1) range (2 min deposition), with a detection limit of 0.88 ng L(-1). The method was validated by comparison of results for an unknown solution of V by atomic absorption measurement. The protocol was evaluated in a real sample by measuring the amount of V in river water samples. Thick bismuth film electrodes with protective polystyrene films have also been made and evaluated as a mercury free alternative. However, ng L(-1) level detection was only attainable with extended (10 min) deposition times. The proposed use of MWEs for the detection of V is sensitive enough for future use to test V concentration in biological fluids treated by the advanced oxidation process (AOP).

  14. Automated liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for the analysis of firocoxib in urine and plasma from horse and dog. (United States)

    Letendre, Laura; Kvaternick, Valerie; Tecle, Berhane; Fischer, James


    A rugged, sensitive and efficient liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the quantitative analysis of firocoxib in urine from 5 to 3000 ng/mL and in plasma from 1 to 3000 ng/mL. The method requires 200 microL of either plasma or urine and includes sample preparation in 96-well solid phase extraction (SPE) plates using a BIOMEK 2000 Laboratory Automated Workstation. Chromatographic separation of firocoxib from matrix interferences was achieved using isocratic reversed phase chromatography on a PHENOMENEX LUNA Phenyl-Hexyl column. The mobile phase was 45% acetonitrile and 55% of a 2 mM ammonium formate buffer. The method was accurate (88-107%) and precise (CV93% were achieved and ionization efficiencies (due to matrix effects) were >72%. Extensive stability and ruggedness testing was also performed; therefore, the method can be used for pharmacokinetic studies as well as drug monitoring and screening. The data presented here is the first LC-MS/MS method for the quantitation of firocoxib in plasma (LLOQ of 1 ng/mL), a 25-fold improvement in sensitivity over the HPLC-UV method and the first quantitative method for firocoxib in urine (LLOQ of 5 ng/mL). Additionally the sample preparation process has been automated to improve efficiency.


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    周建伟; 李季; 李宁; 张凡; 胡玲香; 赵菁菁; 张颜; 王成伟


    Objective To discuss the difference of electro-acupuncture and drug in controlling the attack of migraine due to hyperactivity of liver yang.Methods Three-centered random control method was used,and 300 qualified cases were randomly divided into treatment group(146 cases according to the design)and control group(140 cases),which were respectively treated with eIectro-acupuncture and drugs(Compound Aminopyrine Phenacetin Tablets,Ergotamine Caffeine Tablets,Diazepam Tablets),and observed the overall effect and scores of headache,accompanying symptoms,psychological and social adaptability scores,life quality scores,TCM symptoms scores and follow-up results before and after the treatment.Results In treatment group,the successful rate of attack control was 47.3%,the improvement rate was 73.3%,and the total effectiveness was 90.4%,the clinical control rate and improvement were much superior to control group(the clinical controI rate 35.7%,improvement 61.4%,the totaI effectiveness 85.7%),P<0.01,the difference in effect was mainly reflected in patients with moderate severity;the total scores of TCM syndrome after the treatment was obviously significant or very obviously significant(P<0.05,P<0.01),but the headache scores between two groups was not obviously significant(P>0.05),the difference in accompanying symptoms was significant(P<0.01);the long term attack control action in two groups was not satisfactory,the recurrence was similar(P>0.05),the severity of headache in recurrence cases of treatment group was alleviated and superior to control group(P<0.01),the occurrence of headache after the treatment is much less than that before the treatment and the situation after 2 months was superior to controI group(P<0.01).Sleepiness and redness of face in some patients which were seen in control group weren't seen in treatment group.Conclusion Electro-acupuncture on Tàiyáng(太阳EX-HN5)can control the attack of migraine due to hyperactivity of liver yang

  16. Association between Circulating Vitamin D Level and Urolithiasis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Henglong Hu


    Full Text Available Many studies compared the serum/plasma 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH2D and 25 hydroxyvitamin D3 (25(OHD between people with and without nephrolithiasis, and their results were conflicting. After systematically searching PubMed, Web of Science, The Cochrane Library, CNKI, and the Wanfang Database, we conducted a meta-analysis. Thirty-two observational studies involving 23,228 participants were included. Meta-analysis of these studies showed that of stone formers (SFs, calcium SFs had significantly higher concentrations of 1,25(OH2D (weighted mean difference (WMD, 10.19 pg/mL; 95% confidence interval (CI, 4.31–16.07; p = 0.0007 and WMD, 11.28 pg/mL; 95% CI, 4.07–18.50; p = 0.002, respectively than non-stone formers, while the levels of 25(OHD (WMD, 0.88 ng/mL; 95% CI, −1.04–2.80; p = 0.37 and WMD, −0.63 ng/mL; 95% CI, −2.72–1.47; p = 0.56, respectively are similar. Compared with controls and normocalciuria SFs, hypercalciuria SFs had increased circulating 1,25(OH2D (WMD, 9.41 pg/mL; 95% CI, 0.15–18.67; p = 0.05 and WMD, 2.75 pg/mL; 95% CI, −0.20–5.69; p = 0.07, respectively and markedly higher 25(OHD (WMD, 5.02 ng/mL; 95% CI, 0.99–9.06; p = 0.01 and WMD, 5.02 ng/mL; 95% CI, 2.14–7.90; p = 0.0006, respectively. Normocalciuria SFs had elevated 1,25(OH2D level (WMD, 6.85 pg/mL; 95% CI, −5.00–18.71; p = 0.26 and comparable 25(OHD (WMD, 0.94 ng/mL; 95% CI, −3.55–5.43; p = 0.68. Sensitivity analysis generated similar results. Current evidence suggests that increased circulating 1,25(OH2D is associated with urinary stones and a higher level of circulating 25(OHD is significantly associated with hypercalciuria urolithiasis. Further studies are still needed to reconfirm and clarify the role of vitamin D in the pathogenesis of stones.

  17. Chemical analysis of fish bile extracts for monitoring endocrine disrupting chemical exposure in water: Bisphenol A, alkylphenols, and norethindrone. (United States)

    Wu, Minghong; Pan, Chenyuan; Yang, Ming; Xu, Bentuo; Lei, Xiangjie; Ma, Jing; Cai, Ling; Chen, Jingsi


    The present study determined concentrations of estrogenic bisphenol A (BPA), nonylphenol, octylphenol (4-tert-octylphenol), butylphenol (4-tert-butylphenol), and progestogenic norethindrone by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry in bile extracts from field fish from the Xin'an River and market fish in Shanghai, China. Compared with the field fish, endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC) concentrations in market fish bile were at relatively high levels with high detectable rates. The average concentrations of BPA, nonylphenol, 4-tert-octylphenol, 4-tert-butylphenol, and norethindrone in field fish bile were 30.1 µg/L, 203 µg/L, 4.69 µg/L, 7.84 µg/L, and 0.514 µg/L, respectively; in market fish bile they were 240 µg/L, 528 µg/L, 76.5 µg/L, 12.8 µg/L, and 5.26 µg/L, respectively; and in the surface water of Xin'an River they were 38.8 ng/L, 7.91 ng/L, 1.98 ng/L, 2.66 ng/L, and 0.116 ng/L, respectively. The average of total estrogenic activity of river water was 3.32 ng/L estradiol equivalents. High bioconcentration factors (BCFs) were discovered for all 5 EDCs (≧998-fold) in field fish bile. Furthermore, the authors analyzed the BCF value of BPA in fish bile after 30-d exposure to environmentally relevant concentrations of BPA in the laboratory, and the analysis revealed that BCF in fish bile (BCF(Fish bile)) changed in an inverse concentration-dependent manner based on the log10-transformed BPA concentration in water. Strikingly, the data from the field study were well fitted within this trend. The data together suggested that analysis of fish bile extracts could be an efficient method for assessing waterborne EDCs exposure for aquatic biota.

  18. Analysis of volatiles in Pinotage wines by stir bar sorptive extraction and chemometric profiling. (United States)

    Weldegergis, Berhane T; Crouch, Andrew M


    A fast, simple, cost-effective, and reliable method based on stir bar sorptive extraction (SBSE) in the headspace mode was used for the analysis of 39 volatile components in Pinotage wines. The method was sensitive, with LODs ranging from 50.0 pg/L to 281 ng/L and LOQs between 180 pg/L and 938 ng/L. Precision was between 6 and 20%. The intermediate precision was within the acceptable range. Moreover, good calibration curves with R(2) > 0.99 for all compounds were achieved. The method was successfully applied for the analysis of 87 young Pinotage wines of vintages 2005 and 2006 collected from various South African regions. To characterize the results based on vintage and origin, the obtained concentrations of the compounds were subjected to chemometric analysis. Exploratory factor analysis (FA), principal component analysis (PCA), and analysis of variance (one-way ANOVA) were consecutively done. The chemometrics approach revealed a reasonable correlation among the volatile components of these wines, as well as with respect to their year of production.

  19. Rhamnolipid biosurfactant analysis using online turbulent flow chromatography-liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Behrens, Beate; Helmer, Patrick O; Tiso, Till; Blank, Lars M; Hayen, Heiko


    Rhamnolipids are biosurfactants produced by a variety of bacterial species that present a promising alternative to surfactants from petrochemical or oleochemical origin. The success of the fermentation is evaluated by subsequent qualitative and quantitative analysis. However, the sample preparation for high numbers of samples is often laborious and inefficient. In this study an online sample preparation is developed for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of rhamnolipids by LC-MS/MS. Online sample preparation is carried out on a TurboFlow Cyclone MAX column using turbulent flow chromatography. Sample preparation prior the analysis is minimized to a dilution and syringe filtration step leading to an instrumental analysis time of 33min. The limit of detection and the limit of quantification were 0.4ng and 0.6ng on column, respectively. Recovery of the main mono- and di-rhamnolipids from a fermentation sample was 102-104%. Additionally, the rhamnolipid biosynthetic precursors 3-hydroxy(alkanoyloxy)alkanoic acids (HAAs) are covered, albeit extraction is not quantitative (85-90%). The analysis of rhamnolipids from four different microbial species was in good agreement with previous reports. The presented method allows rapid and comprehensive analysis of rhamnolipids with minimal sample preparation directly from the fermentation broth. The application of complementary data-dependent MS/MS acquisition enables non-target screening of rhamnolipids.

  20. Analysis of amphetamines and metabolites in urine with ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Ramírez Fernández, María del Mar; Wille, Sarah M R; di Fazio, Vincent; Gosselin, Matthias; Samyn, Nele


    A simple, rapid and sensitive ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and fully validated for the quantitative determination of seven amphetamines and metabolites in urine. The method was validated for selectivity, linearity, LOQ, LOD, imprecision, bias, analyte and processed sample stability, matrix effect, recovery, carryover and dilution integrity. A classic liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate was used as sample preparation procedure. The compounds were separated on an Acquity UPLC HSS C18 column in 6.8 min. The linear dynamic range was established from 25 to 500 ng/mL. The limit of quantification was fixed to the lowest calibrator level and the limit of detection ranged from 0.125 to 2.5 ng/mL. The method presented an excellent intra- and inter-assay imprecision and bias (70%) were obtained for all the compounds. No carryover was observed after the analysis of high concentrated samples (8000 ng/mL). The method was subsequently applied to authentic samples.

  1. Analysis of the particular genesis of ultra-heavy oil in Shu1 area

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    Yu, W.; Wang, Y.; Zhang, Z.; Bao, J. [PetroChina, Liaoning (China). Liaohe Oilfield Co.


    The properties of ultra-heavy oil in the Shu1 oil reservoir in China were characterized through an analysis of geological data and laboratory experiments. The reservoir was shallow and unconsolidated with coarse glutenite lithology and high porosity and permeability. Reservoir pressures and formation temperature gradients were low, and the oil was highly viscous with a high gum and asphalt content. Oil in the Ng formation was located beneath the water and formed a round edge-top-bottom reservoir. Primary and secondary migration of the oil was caused by the fluid potential released during the hydrocarbon generation process. The tectonic history of the basin demonstrated that the sag entered a subsidence stage after the late Paleogene period. The study showed that the Shu1 ultra-heavy oil reservoir was formed long after the Ng formation, and that the accumulations in the reservoir were derived from the heat and fluid potential released during hydrocarbon generation. The study also showed that large amounts of heat loss occurred during oil migration, which caused the temperature of the Ng formation to be low, and cause oil densities to increase. It was concluded that the buoyancy of the oil generated during migration was lower than the hydrostatic fluid column pressure of the formation water, which formed a water-sealed reservoir of edge-top-bottom water. 4 refs., 3 figs.

  2. A rapid and sensitive technique for assessing exposure to VX via GC-MS-MS analysis. (United States)

    McGuire, Jeffrey M; Byers, Christopher E; Hulet, Stanley W; Jakubowski, Edward M; Thomson, Sandra A


    A rapid and sensitive method for the determination of the chemical warfare agent VX in plasma taken from Göttingen minipigs has been developed using isotope-dilution gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS-MS). Chromatographic separation was achieved on a 5% diphenyl/95% dimethyl polysiloxane capillary column with a total run time of about 11 min. The analyte was detected using ammonia chemical ionization in the multiple reaction monitoring mode, following a simple extraction with 10% 2-propanol in hexane. A good linear relationship was obtained in the quantitative concentration range of 10 ng/mL to 1000 ng/mL (r(2) = 0.9998) with an average slope of 1.275 +/- 0.037 (n = 7), and an absolute detection limit of 0.4 pg on column. The average recovery for VX was 95% in saline in the concentration range of 50-100 ng/mL. The method was successfully applied to the analysis of VX in minipig plasma in a preliminary toxicokinetic study.

  3. An analysis of factors affecting the mercury content in the human femoral bone. (United States)

    Zioła-Frankowska, A; Dąbrowski, M; Kubaszewski, Ł; Rogala, P; Kowalski, A; Frankowski, M


    The study was carried out to determine the content of mercury in bone tissue of the proximal femur (head and neck bone) of 95 patients undergoing total hip replacement due to osteoarthritis, using CF-AFS analytical technique. Furthermore, the investigations were aimed at assessing the impact of selected factors, such as age, gender, tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, exposure to chemical substance at work, type of degenerative changes, clinical evaluation and radiological parameters, type of medications, on the concentration of mercury in the head and neck of the femur, resected in situ. Mercury was obtained in all samples of the head and neck of the femur (n = 190) in patients aged 25-91 years. The mean content of mercury for the whole group of patients was as follows: 37.1 ± 35.0 ng/g for the femoral neck and 24.2 ± 19.5 ng/g for the femoral head. The highest Hg contents were found in femoral neck samples, both in women and men, and they amounted to 169.6 and 176.5 ng/g, respectively. The research showed that the mercury content of bones can be associated with body mass index, differences in body anatomy, and gender. The uses of statistical analysis gave the possibility to define the influence of factors on mercury content in human femoral bones.

  4. Gut fluorescence analysis of barnacle larvae: An approach to quantify the ingested food (United States)

    Gaonkar, Chetan A.; Anil, Arga Chandrashekar


    Gut fluorescence analysis can provide a snapshot of ingested food and has been employed in feeding studies of various organisms. In this study we standardised the gut fluorescence method using laboratory-reared barnacle larvae (Balanus amphitrite) fed with mono-algal diet Chaetoceros calcitrans, a unicellular diatom at a cell concentration of 2 × 105 cells ml-1. The gut fluorescence of IV-VI instar nauplii was found to be 370(±12) ng chlorophyll a larva-1 and in faecal pellets it was 224(±63) ng chlorophyll a larva-1. A phaeopigment concentration in larval gut was found to be 311(±13) ng larva-1 and in faecal pellets it was 172(±61) ng larva-1. The study also analysed larval samples collected from the field during different seasons from a tropical environment influenced by monsoons (Dona Paula bay, Goa, west coast of India), with characteristic temporal variations in phytoplankton abundance and diversity. Gut fluorescence of larvae obtained during the post-monsoon season was consistently higher when compared to the pre-monsoon season, suggesting the predominance of autotrophic forms in the larval gut during the post-monsoon season. Whereas, the low gut fluorescence obtained during the pre-monsoon season indicated the ingestion of food sources other than autotrophs. Such differences observed in the feeding behaviour of larvae could be due to differential availability of food for the larvae during different seasons and indicate the capability of larvae to feed on wide range of food sources. This study shows the value of the fluorescence method in feeding studies of planktotrophic organisms and in the evaluation of ecosystem dynamics.


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    Full Text Available The purpose of this research is determining the effect of teaching metacognition strategies to the fifth grade students according to their listening comprehension skills and students’ attitudes toward listening. The study group of the research consists of 65 fifth grade students at two elementary schools in the province of Kırıkkale. In the study, mixed method which both quantitative and qualitative research methods are used together for collecting, analysing and interpreting data. During the research process, in the experimental group, teaching metacognition strategies was carried out through the usage of listening texts activities. In the control group, listening activities were carried out according to Turkish Teaching Curriculum. Implementation process of the study was carried out for a total of 12 weeks, for two hours per week. Both control and experimental group students’ listening comprehension levels, their metacognitive awareness levels toward listening and attitudes toward listening were determined with the scale developed for the study both at the beginning and at the end of the implementation process. The data of the study were analysed with SPSS programme. According to the findings of the research, for control and experimental group students’ listening comprehension,their metacognitive awareness levels toward listening and their attitudes toward listening were found as significant difference in favor of experiment group.

  6. Pilipino Language Arts Level One--Identity. Reader: "At School" [and] Teacher's Handbook [and] Student Workbook=Sining ng Wika Unang Antas--Pagkakakilanlan. Reader: "Sa Paaralan" [and] Hanbuk ng Guro [and] Gawaing-aklat ng Mag-aaral. (United States)

    Gungab, Voltaire

    As part of the Asian American Bilingual Center (AABC) Pilipino Language Arts Program, a curriculum suitable for students in grades 1 and 2 is presented. The program is geared both to the immigrant Filipino child and to the American-born Filipino child who learned to speak Pilipino at home, and includes kits that emphasize the AABC's major…

  7. Pilipino Language Arts Level One--Needs. Reader: "Our Surroundings" [and] Teacher's Handbook [and] Student Workbook=Sining ng Wika Unang Antas--Pangangailangan. Reader: "Ang Paligid Natin" [and] Hanbuk ng Guro [and] Gawaing-aklat ng Mag-aaral. (United States)

    Gungab, Voltaire

    As part of the Asian American Bilingual Center (AABC) Pilipino Language Arts Program, a curriculum suitable for students in grades 1 and 2 is presented. The program is geared both to the immigrant Filipino child and to the American-born Filipino child who learned to speak Pilipino at home, and includes kits that emphasize the AABC's major…

  8. Multi-residue analysis of eight thioamphetamine designer drugs in human urine by liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Nieddu, Maria; Boatto, Gianpiero; Pirisi, Maria Antonietta; Baralla, Elena


    An analytical procedure for the simultaneous determination in human urine of several thioamphetamine designer drugs (2C-T and ALEPH series) is reported. The quantitative analysis was performed by liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry and has been fully validated. The mass spectrometer was operated in positive-ion, selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mode. In order to minimize interferences with matrix components and to preconcentrate target analytes, solid-phase extraction was introduced in the method as a clean-up step. The entire method was validated for selectivity, linearity, precision and accuracy. The method turned out to be specific, sensitive, and reliable for the analysis of amphetamine derivatives in urine samples. The calibration curves were linear over the concentration range of 1 to 100 ng mL(-1) for all drugs with correlation coefficients that exceeded 0.996. The lower limits of detection (LODs) and quantification (LOQs) ranged from 1.2 to 4.9 ng mL(-1) and from 3.2 to 9.6 ng mL(-1), respectively.

  9. Simultaneous analysis method for polar and non-polar ginsenosides in red ginseng by reversed-phase HPLC-PAD. (United States)

    Lee, Sa-Im; Kwon, Ha-Jeong; Lee, Yong-Moon; Lee, Je-Hyun; Hong, Seon-Pyo


    The paper describes the development of a simultaneous determination method for polar and non-polar ginsenosides in red ginseng with a reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography-pulsed amperometric detection method. This method could be applied directly without any pretreatment steps and enabled the performance of highly sensitive analysis within 1h. The detection (S/N=3) and quantification (S/N=10) limits for the ginsenosides ranged 0.02-0.10 ng and 0.1-0.3 ng, respectively. The linear regression coefficients ranged 0.9975-0.9998. Intra- and inter-day precisions were <9.91%. The mean recoveries ranged 98.08-103.06%. The total amount of ginsenosides in the hairy root of red ginseng was higher than that in the main root.

  10. Novel pipette-tip graphene/poly (vinyl alcohol) cryogel composite extractor for the analysis of carbofuran and carbaryl in water. (United States)

    Charoenpornpukdee, Kanokrat; Thammakhet, Chongdee; Thavarungkul, Panote; Kanatharana, Proespichaya


    A novel pipette-tip extractor of a graphene/poly (vinyl alcohol) cryogel (graphene/PVA) composite sorbent was prepared to preconcentrate carbamate pesticides in environmental water samples before analysis with a gas chromatograph-flame ionization detector (GC-FID). This novel pipette-tip extractor with the graphene/PVA sorbent exhibited a high porosity when observed through a scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Under optimal conditions, using only 1.0 mL of sample and 0.75 mL of eluting solvent, the developed method provided a wide linear range of 10-700 ng mL(-1) and 10-500 ng mL(-1) with limit of detection (LOD) of 6.40 ± 0.18 and 9.17 ± 0.34 ng mL(-1) for carbofuran (2,3-dihydro-2,2-dimethylbenzofuran-7-yl methylcarbamate) and carbaryl (1-naphthyl methylcarbamate), respectively. The pipette-tip extractor provided high extraction efficiency with high accuracy indicated, by good recoveries in the range of 74.5 ± 4.8% to 119.7 ± 1.6% and 76 ± 15% to 114 ± 19% for carbofuran and carbaryl, respectively. In addition, the fabrication procedure showed a good pipette-tip extractor-to-pipette-tip extractor reproducibility with a relative standard deviation of 1.3-9.8% (n = 5). When the developed pipette-tip extractor was applied for the extraction of carbofuran and carbaryl in surface water samples near vegetable plantation areas, 25.9 ± 8.2 ng mL(-1) of carbofuran was found, and carbaryl was also detected in concentrations that ranged from 45.0 ± 4.0 to 191 ± 13 ng mL(-1).

  11. An integrated approach combining chemical analysis and an in vivo bioassay to assess the estrogenic potency of a municipal solid waste landfill leachate in Qingdao.

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    Yufeng Gong

    Full Text Available Various adverse effects related to landfill leachate have made leachates an important issue in past decades, and it has been demonstrated that landfill leachate is an important source of environmental estrogens. In this study, we employed chemical analysis of some already evaluated estrogenic substances, in combination with a bioassay using several specific biomarkers (e.g., plasma vitellogenin and sex steroids, enzyme activity of gonad gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase, and gonadosomatic index to evaluate the estrogenic activities in outlets from different stages of the leachate treatment process. The results indicated that 5 environmental estrogens (4-t-octylphenol, bisphenol A, di-ethyl phthalate, di-n-butyl phthalate, and diethylhexyl phthalate were detected by a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, and the concentrations in leachate samples were 6153 ng/L, 3642 ng/L, 2139 ng/L, 5900 ng/L, and 9422 ng/L, respectively. Leachate (1∶200 diluted induced the synthesis of plasma vitellogenin and led to decreased enzyme activity of gonad gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase and gonadosomatic index in male goldfish (Carassius auratus after a 28-day exposure, while increased circulating 17β-estradiol level was also observed in males exposed to treated effluent. Although the target EEs were partially removed with removal rates varying from 87.2% to 99.77% by the "membrane bioreactor+reverse osmosis+aeration zeolite biofilter" treatment process, the treated effluent is still estrogenic to fish. The method combined chemical techniques with the responses of test organisms allowing us to identify the group of estrogen-like chemicals so that we were able to evaluate the overall estrogenic effects of a complex mixture, avoiding false negative assessments.

  12. Endocrine disrupting activities in sewage effluent and river water determined by chemical analysis and in vitro assay in the context of granular activated carbon upgrade. (United States)

    Grover, D P; Balaam, J; Pacitto, S; Readman, J W; White, S; Zhou, J L


    As part of endocrine disruption in catchments (EDCAT) programme, this work aims to assess the temporal and spatial variations of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in River Ray, before and after the commissioning of a full-scale granular activated carbon (GAC) plant at a sewage treatment works (STW). Through spot and passive sampling from effluent and river sites, estrogenic and anti-androgenic activities were determined by chemical analysis and in vitro bio-assay. A correlation was found between chemical analyses of the most potent estrogens (estrone (E1), 17β-estradiol (E2), 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2)) and yeast estrogen screen (YES) measurement, both showing clearly a reduction in estrogenic activity after the commissioning of the GAC plant at the STW. During the study period, the annual average concentrations of E1, E2 and EE2 had decreased from 3.5 ng L(-1), 3.1 ng L(-1) and 0.5 ng L(-1) to below their limit of detection (LOD), respectively, with a concentration reduction of at least 91%, 81% and 60%. Annual mean estrogenic activity measured by YES of spot samples varied from 1.9 ng L(-1) to 0.4 ng L(-1) E2 equivalent between 2006 and 2008 representing a 79% reduction. Similarly, anti-androgenic activity measured by yeast anti-androgen screen (anti-YAS) of spot samples was reduced from 148.8 to 22.4 μg flutamide L(-1), or by 85%. YES and anti-YAS values were related to each other, suggesting co-existence of both types of activities from chemical mixtures in environmental samples. The findings confirm the effectiveness of a full-scale GAC in removing both estrogenic and anti-androgenic activities from sewage effluent.

  13. Bankaların Finansal Başarısızlıklarının Geleneksel ve Yeni Yöntemlerle Öngörüsü(Prediction of Financial Failure of Banks with Traditional and New Methods

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    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to set the early warning models for the prediction of financial failures of banks which are most importnant factor of financial system especially in Turkey. In this study it is compared predictability of various prediction models such as discriminant analysis and artificial neural networks using usually in literature. For this purpose, financial failure probability of banks is separately predicted with financial ratios of 36 privately owned commercial banks for 1 and 2 years ago.

  14. Automated Sholl analysis of digitized neuronal morphology at multiple scales: Whole cell Sholl analysis versus Sholl analysis of arbor subregions. (United States)

    Langhammer, Christopher G; Previtera, Michelle L; Sweet, Eric S; Sran, Simranjeet S; Chen, Maxine; Firestein, Bonnie L


    The morphology of dendrites and the axon determines how a neuron processes and transmits information. Neurite morphology is frequently analyzed by Sholl analysis or by counting the total number of neurites and branch tips. However, the time and resources required to perform such analysis by hand is prohibitive for the processing of large data sets and introduces problems with data auditing and reproducibility. Furthermore, analyses performed by hand or using course-grained morphometric data extraction tools can obscure subtle differences in data sets because they do not store the data in a form that facilitates the application of multiple analytical tools. To address these shortcomings, we have developed a program (titled "Bonfire") to facilitate digitization of neurite morphology and subsequent Sholl analysis. Our program builds upon other available open-source morphological analysis tools by performing Sholl analysis on subregions of the neuritic arbor, enabling the detection of local level changes in dendrite and axon branching behavior. To validate this new tool, we applied Bonfire analysis to images of hippocampal neurons treated with 25 ng/ml brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and untreated control neurons. Consistent with prior findings, conventional Sholl analysis revealed that global exposure to BDNF increases the number of neuritic intersections proximal to the soma. Bonfire analysis additionally uncovers that BDNF treatment affects both root processes and terminal processes with no effect on intermediate neurites. Taken together, our data suggest that global exposure of hippocampal neurons to BDNF results in a reorganization of neuritic segments within their arbors, but not necessarily a change in their number or length. These findings were only made possible by the neurite-specific Sholl data returned by Bonfire analysis.

  15. Analysis of risk factors of involvement of seminal vesicles in patients with prostate cancer undergoing radical prostatectomy

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To determine through preoperative serum PSA level, Gleason score on biopsy and percentage of fragments affected by tumor on biopsy, the probability of involvement of the seminal vesicles. MATERIALS AND METHODS: During the period between March 1991 to December 2002, we selected 899 patients undergoing radical prostatectomy for treatment of localized prostate adenocarcinoma. The analyzed preoperative variables were PSA, percentage of positive fragments and Gleason score on the biopsy. Pre-operative PSA was divided in scales from 0 to 4.0 ng/mL, 4.1 to 10 ng/mL, 10.1 to 20 ng/mL and > 20 ng/mL, Gleason score was categorized in scales from 2 to 6. 7 and 8 to 10, and the percentage of affected fragments was divided in 0 to 25%, 25.1% to 50%, 50.1% to 75%, and 75.1% to 100%. All these variables were correlated with the involvement of seminal vesicles in the surgical specimen. RESULTS: Of the 899 patients under study, approximately 11% (95% CI, [9% - 13%] had involvement of seminal vesicles. On the multivariate analysis, when PSA was < 4, the Gleason score was 2 to 6, and less than 25% of fragments were involved on the biopsy, only 3.6%, 7.6% and 6.2% of patients respectively, had involvement of seminal vesicles. On the multivariate analysis, we observed that PSA, Gleason score and the percentage of involved fragments were independent prognostic factors for invasion of seminal vesicles. CONCLUSION: The preoperative variables used in the present study allow the identification of men with minimal risk (lower than 5% if involvement of seminal vesicles.

  16. Capillary Electrophoresis-Mass Spectrometry for the Analysis of Heparin Oligosaccharides and Low Molecular Weight Heparin. (United States)

    Sun, Xiaojun; Lin, Lei; Liu, Xinyue; Zhang, Fuming; Chi, Lianli; Xia, Qiangwei; Linhardt, Robert J


    Heparins, highly sulfated, linear polysaccharides also known as glycosaminoglycans, are among the most challenging biopolymers to analyze. Hyphenated techniques in conjunction with mass spectrometry (MS) offer rapid analysis of complex glycosaminoglycan mixtures, providing detailed structural and quantitative data. Previous analytical approaches have often relied on liquid chromatography (LC)-MS, and some have limitations including long separation times, low resolution of oligosaccharide mixtures, incompatibility of eluents, and often require oligosaccharide derivatization. This study examines the analysis of glycosaminoglycan oligosaccharides using a novel electrokinetic pump-based capillary electrophoresis (CE)-MS interface. CE separation and electrospray were optimized using a volatile ammonium bicarbonate electrolyte and a methanol-formic acid sheath fluid. The online analyses of highly sulfated heparin oligosaccharides, ranging from disaccharides to low molecular weight heparins, were performed within a 10 min time frame, offering an opportunity for higher-throughput analysis. Disaccharide compositional analysis as well as top-down analysis of low molecular weight heparin was demonstrated. Using normal polarity CE separation and positive-ion electrospray ionization MS, excellent run-to-run reproducibility (relative standard deviation of 3.6-5.1% for peak area and 0.2-0.4% for peak migration time) and sensitivity (limit of quantification of 2.0-5.9 ng/mL and limit of detection of 0.6-1.8 ng/mL) could be achieved.

  17. Effect of Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System Inhibition, Dietary Sodium Restriction, and/or Diuretics on Urinary Kidney Injury Molecule 1 Excretion in Nondiabetic Proteinuric Kidney Disease: A Post Hoc Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial (United States)

    Waanders, Femke; Vaidya, Vishal S.; van Goor, Harry; Leuvenink, Henri; Damman, Kevin; Hamming, Inge; Bonventre, Joseph V.; Vogt, Liffert; Navis, Gerjan


    Background Tubulointerstitial damage plays an important role in chronic kidney disease (CKD) with proteinuria. Urinary kidney injury molecule 1 (KIM-1) reflects tubular KIM-1 and is considered a sensitive biomarker for early tubular damage. We hypothesized that a decrease in proteinuria by using therapeutic interventions is associated with decreased urinary KIM-1 levels. Study Design Post hoc analysis of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial. Setting & Participants 34 proteinuric patients without diabetes from our outpatient renal clinic. Intervention Stepwise 6-week interventions of losartan, sodium restriction (low-sodium [LS] diet), their combination, losartan plus hydrochlorothiazide (HCT), and the latter plus an LS diet. Outcomes & Measurements Urinary excretion of KIM-1, total protein, and N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminidase (NAG) as a positive control for tubular injury. Results Mean baseline urine protein level was 3.8 ± 0.4 (SE) g/d, and KIM-1 level was 1,706 ± 498 ng/d (increased compared with healthy controls; 74 ng/d). KIM-1 level was decreased by using placebo/LS (1,201 ± 388 ng/d; P = 0.04), losartan/high sodium (1,184 ± 296 ng/d; P = 0.09), losartan/LS (921 ± 176 ng/d; P = 0.008), losartan/high sodium plus HCT (862 ± 151 ng/d; P = 0.008) and losartan/LS plus HCT (743 ± 170 ng/d; P = 0.001). The decrease in urinary KIM-1 levels paralleled the decrease in proteinuria (R = 0.523; P < 0.001), but not blood pressure or creatinine clearance. 16 patients reached target proteinuria with protein less than 1 g/d, whereas KIM-1 levels normalized in only 2 patients. Urinary NAG level was increased at baseline and significantly decreased during the treatment periods of combined losartan plus HCT only. The decrease in urinary NAG levels was not closely related to proteinuria. Limitations Post hoc analysis. Conclusions Urinary KIM-1 level was increased in patients with nondiabetic CKD with proteinuria and decreased in parallel with

  18. Pilipino Kindergarten Language Arts--Identity. Teacher's Handbook [and] Teacher's Answer Key [and] Student Workbook=Sining ng Wika Pangkindergarten--Pagkakakilanlan. Hanbuk ng Guro. (United States)

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    As part of the Asian American Bilingual Center (AABC) Pilipino Language Arts Program, a curriculum suitable for students in kindergarten is presented. The program is geared both to the immigrant Filipino child and to the American-born Filipino child who learned to speak Pilipino at home, and includes kits that emphasize the AABC's major concepts:…

  19. Pilipino Kindergarten Language Arts--Interaction. Teacher's Handbook [and] Teacher's Answer Key [and] Student Workbook=Sining ng Wika Pangkindergarten--Pakikisalamuha. Hanbuk ng Guro. (United States)

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    As part of the Asian American Bilingual Center (AABC) Pilipino Language Arts Program, a curriculum suitable for students in kindergarten is presented. The program is geared both to the immigrant Filipino child and to the American-born Filipino child who learned to speak Pilipino at home, and includes kits that emphasize the AABC's major concepts:…

  20. Pilipino Kindergarten Language Arts--Needs. Teacher's Handbook [and] Teacher's Answer Key [and] Student Workbook=Sining ng Wika Pangkindergarten--Mga Pangangailangan. Hanbuk ng Guro. (United States)

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    As part of the Asian American Bilingual Center (AABC) Pilipino Language Arts Program, a curriculum suitable for students in kindergarten is presented. The program is geared both to the immigrant Filipino child and to the American-born Filipino child who learned to speak Pilipino at home, and includes kits that emphasize the AABC's major concepts:…

  1. 76 FR 12627 - Airworthiness Directives; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Models DA 42, DA 42 NG, and DA 42 M-NG... (United States)


    ... address this problem, DAI have designed an improved retaining bracket, P/N DA4- 5200-00-69-SB, which has... the `door open' annunciation. This would allow illumination only when the rear door was not properly... while in flight. To address this problem, DAI have designed an improved retaining bracket, P/N DA4-...

  2. 76 FR 27861 - Airworthiness Directives; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Models DA 42, DA 42 NG, and DA 42 M-NG... (United States)


    ... closed'' position while in flight. To address this problem, DAI have designed an improved retaining... disconnected from the `door open' annunciation. This would allow illumination only when the rear door was not... might not hold the door in this ``near closed'' position while in flight. To address this problem,...

  3. Kuwentong Buhay ng Isang Pambansa- Demokratikong Rebolusyonaryong Bakla sa Rehiyon ng Katimugang Mindanao (A Life Story of a Gay National-Democratic Revolutionary in Southern Mindanao Region

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    Full Text Available In February 2005, the New People’s Army facilitated its f irst gay (male to male marriage in Compostela Valley. Guerillas Ka Jose and Ka Andres have sworn before the red flag to become partners as they wage a nationaldemocratic revolution. Members of the LGBT community have long been deprived of their right to marry persons they love. The stance of the Roman Catholic Church remains the biggest hurdle why same-sex marriage in the Philippines has yet to be allowed. Despite this, there are still some who are pushing for this. The national-democratic revolution of the Communist Party of the Philippinesnew People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPANDFP is one of the most organized removolution in the history of the country. Aside from political and economic changes, the group is also pushing for a cultural revolution. This includes changes in the ideological perspective to and among members of the LGBT community. This study attempts to analyze the life and experiences of gay members of the CPP-NPA-NDFP from the Southern Mindanao Region. Experiences from gender identif ication until the participation to the national-democratic revolution are part of the life story.

  4. Identification of a hybrid PKS-NRPS required for the biosynthesis of NG-391 and NG-393 metabolites in Metarhizium anisopliae (United States)

    A 19,818 kb genomic region harboring six predicted ORFs was identified in M. anisopliae ARSEF 2575. The ORF4 CDS, putatively encoding a hybrid polyketide synthase/nonribosomal peptide synthetase (PKS-NRPS) was targeted using Agrobacterium-mediated gene knockout. Homologous, but not heterolog...

  5. Türkiye’de Enflasyonun İleri ve Geri Beslemeli Yapay Sinir Ağlarının Melez Yaklaşımı ile Öngörüsü = Forecasting of Turkey Inflation with Hybrid of Feed Forward and Recurrent Artifical Neural Networks

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    V. Rezan USLU


    Full Text Available Obtaining the inflation prediction is an important problem. Having this prediction accurately will lead to more accurate decisions. Various time series techniques have been used in the literature for inflation prediction. Recently, Artificial Neural Network (ANN is being preferred in the time series prediction problem due to its flexible modeling capacity. Artificial neural network can be applied easily to any time series since it does not require prior conditions such as a linear or curved specific model pattern, stationary and normal distribution. In this study, the predictions have been obtained using the feed forward and recurrent artificial neural network for the Consumer Price Index (CPI. A new combined forecast has been proposed based on ANN in which the ANN model predictions employed in analysis were used as data.

  6. Oxytetracycline analysis in honey using a specific portable analyzer (United States)

    Chen, Guoying; Schwartz, Daniel; Braden, S.; Nunez, Alberto


    Oxytetracycline (OTC) residue in honey is detected using a portable analyzer designed to specifically target tetracycline (TC) drugs based on europium-sensitized luminescence (ESL). A 385 nm light emitting diode (LED) is used as the excitation source and a photomultiplier tube as the light detector. OTC is extracted from honey and cleaned up by solid phase extraction (SPE) using Strata X-WC weak cation exchange cartridges. To the eluate Eu(III) is added to form a Eu-TC chelate at pH 8.5. Efficient intrachelate energy transfer allows sensitive OTC detection at λ ex=385 nm and λ em=610 nm. After a 25-µs time delay, the ESL signal is integrated over a 25-1000 µs interval. The signal intensity reveals a linear relationship (R2=0.972) to OTC concentrations in the 10-200 ng/g range. The limit-of-detection is 6.7 ng/g with an average 5.8% relative standard deviation. The background signal corresponds to ~10 ppb. This instrumentation and method combination enables field analysis that is especially useful for beekeeping industry.

  7. A microfluidic dialysis device for complex biological mixture SERS analysis

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    Perozziello, Gerardo


    In this paper, we present a microfluidic device fabricated with a simple and inexpensive process allowing rapid filtering of peptides from a complex mixture. The polymer microfluidic device can be used for sample preparation in biological applications. The device is fabricated by micromilling and solvent assisted bonding, in which a microdialysis membrane (cut-off of 12-14 kDa) is sandwiched in between an upper and a bottom microfluidic chamber. An external frame connects the microfluidic device to external tubes, microvalves and syringe pumps. Bonding strength and interface sealing are pneumatically tested. Microfluidic protocols are also described by using the presented device to filter a sample composed of specific peptides (MW 1553.73 Da, at a concentration of 1.0 ng/μl) derived from the BRCA1 protein, a tumor-suppressor molecule which plays a pivotal role in the development of breast cancer, and albumin (MW 66.5 kDa, at a concentration of 35 μg/μl), the most represented protein in human plasma. The filtered samples coming out from the microfluidic device were subsequently deposited on a SERS (surface enhanced Raman scattering) substrate for further analysis by Raman spectroscopy. By using this approach, we were able to sort the small peptides from the bigger and highly concentrated protein albumin and to detect them by using a label-free technique at a resolution down to 1.0 ng/μl.

  8. Array comparative genomic hybridization analysis of Trichoderma reesei strains with enhanced cellulase production properties

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    Penttilä Merja


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Trichoderma reesei is the main industrial producer of cellulases and hemicellulases that are used to depolymerize biomass in a variety of biotechnical applications. Many of the production strains currently in use have been generated by classical mutagenesis. In this study we characterized genomic alterations in high-producing mutants of T. reesei by high-resolution array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH. Our aim was to obtain genome-wide information which could be utilized for better understanding of the mechanisms underlying efficient cellulase production, and would enable targeted genetic engineering for improved production of proteins in general. Results We carried out an aCGH analysis of four high-producing strains (QM9123, QM9414, NG14 and Rut-C30 using the natural isolate QM6a as a reference. In QM9123 and QM9414 we detected a total of 44 previously undocumented mutation sites including deletions, chromosomal translocation breakpoints and single nucleotide mutations. In NG14 and Rut-C30 we detected 126 mutations of which 17 were new mutations not documented previously. Among these new mutations are the first chromosomal translocation breakpoints identified in NG14 and Rut-C30. We studied the effects of two deletions identified in Rut-C30 (a deletion of 85 kb in the scaffold 15 and a deletion in a gene encoding a transcription factor on cellulase production by constructing knock-out strains in the QM6a background. Neither the 85 kb deletion nor the deletion of the transcription factor affected cellulase production. Conclusions aCGH analysis identified dozens of mutations in each strain analyzed. The resolution was at the level of single nucleotide mutation. High-density aCGH is a powerful tool for genome-wide analysis of organisms with small genomes e.g. fungi, especially in studies where a large set of interesting strains is analyzed.

  9. Source contribution and risk assessment of airborne toxic metals by neutron activation analysis in Taejeon industrial complex area - Concentration analysis and health risk assessment of airborne toxic metals in Taejeon 1,2 industrial Complex

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    Lee, J. H.; Jang, M. S.; Nam, B. H.; Yun, M. J. [Chungnam National Univ., Taejeon (Korea)


    The study centers on one-year continual concentration analysis using ICP-MS and on health risk assessment of 15 airborne toxic metals in Taejeon 1,2 industrial complex. About 1-year arithmetic mean of human carcinogen, arsenic, hexavalent chromium and nickel subsulfide is 6.05, 2.40 and 2.81 ng/m{sup 3} while the mean of probable human carcinogen, beryllium, cadmium and lead is 0.06, 3.92, 145.99 ng/m{sup 3}, respectively. And the long-term arithmetic mean concentration of non-carcinogenic metal, manganese is 44.60 ng/m{sup 3}. The point risk estimate for the inhalation of carcinogenic metals is 7.0 X10{sup -5}, which is higher than a risk standard of 10{sup -5}. The risk from human carcinogens is 6.2X10{sup -5}, while that from probable human carcinogens is 8.0X10{sup -6}, respectively. About 86 % of the cancer risk is due to the inhalation of human carcinogens, arsenic and hexavalent chromium. Thus, it is necessary to properly manage both arsenic and hexavalent chromium risk in Taejeon 1,2 industrial complex. 37 refs., 13 figs., 9 tabs. (Author)

  10. Direct Analysis of Amphetamine Stimulants in a Whole Urine Sample by Atmospheric Solids Analysis Probe Tandem Mass Spectrometry (United States)

    Crevelin, Eduardo J.; Salami, Fernanda H.; Alves, Marcela N. R.; De Martinis, Bruno S.; Crotti, Antônio E. M.; Moraes, Luiz A. B.


    Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) are among illicit stimulant drugs that are most often used worldwide. A major challenge is to develop a fast and efficient methodology involving minimal sample preparation to analyze ATS in biological fluids. In this study, a urine pool solution containing amphetamine, methamphetamine, ephedrine, sibutramine, and fenfluramine at concentrations ranging from 0.5 pg/mL to 100 ng/mL was prepared and analyzed by atmospheric solids analysis probe tandem mass spectrometry (ASAP-MS/MS) and multiple reaction monitoring (MRM). A urine sample and saliva collected from a volunteer contributor (V1) were also analyzed. The limit of detection of the tested compounds ranged between 0.002 and 0.4 ng/mL in urine samples; the signal-to-noise ratio was 5. These results demonstrated that the ASAP-MS/MS methodology is applicable for the fast detection of ATS in urine samples with great sensitivity and specificity, without the need for cleanup, preconcentration, or chromatographic separation. Thus ASAP-MS/MS could potentially be used in clinical and forensic toxicology applications.

  11. Extraction of aflatoxins from liquid foodstuff samples with polydopamine-coated superparamagnetic nanoparticles for HPLC-MS/MS analysis. (United States)

    McCullum, Cassandra; Tchounwou, Paul; Ding, Li-Sheng; Liao, Xun; Liu, Yi-Ming


    A facile magnetic solid phase extraction (MSPE) of aflatoxins (AFs) from liquid samples was developed using polydopamine-coated magnetic nanoparticles (PD-MNPs) as the adsorbent. PD-MNPs were prepared from amine-terminated MNPs and dopamine via an in situ oxidative self-polymerization approach. Under the selected MSPE conditions, extraction yields ranging from 59.3% for AF G2 to 89.0% for AF B1 were obtained with good repeatability. Coupled with HPLC-MS/MS quantification, the MSPE procedure serves not only for sample cleanup but also for AFs enrichment that is highly desired for trace analysis. The proposed MSPE-HPLC-MS/MS method had a linear calibration curve in the concentration range from 0.00600 to 3.00 ng/mL aflatoxin and limits of detection of 0.0012 ng/mL for AF B1, AF B2, and AF G1, and 0.0031 ng/mL for AF G2.

  12. Analysis of aflatoxins in nonalcoholic beer using liquid-liquid extraction and ultraperformance LC-MS/MS. (United States)

    Khan, Mohammad R; Alothman, Zeid A; Ghfar, Ayman A; Wabaidur, Saikh M


    Aflatoxins AFB1, AFB2, AFG1, and AFG2 are toxic secondary metabolites produced by Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus and posses a potential threat to food safety. In the present work, liquid-liquid extraction and ultraperformance LC-MS/MS method has been applied for the determination of four naturally occurring aflatoxins AFB1, AFB2, AFG1, and AFG2 in nonalcoholic beer. Aflatoxins extraction from nonalcoholic beer was carried out using liquid-liquid extraction procedure. The effects of solvent-types were studied to obtain maximum recovery of the target analytes with minimum contamination. Among different solvents, the aflatoxins extraction was best achieved using ethyl acetate. The obtained recoveries were ranged from 85 to 96% with good quality parameters: LOD values between 0.001 and 0.003 ng/mL, linearity of the calibration curve (r(2) > 0.999), and repeatability (run-to-run) and reproducibility (day-to-day) precisions with RSDs lower than 5% (n = 5) achieved at 0.50 ng/mL concentration. The optimized liquid-liquid extraction in combination with ultraperformance LC-MS/MS was applied successfully to the analysis of AFB1, AFB2, AFG1, and AFG2 aflatoxins in 11 nonalcoholic beers and were detected up to 15.31 ng/L in some of the samples.

  13. Immunochemical analysis of fumigaclavine mycotoxins in respiratory tissues and in blood serum of birds with confirmed aspergillosis. (United States)

    Latif, Hadri; Gross, Madeleine; Fischer, Dominik; Lierz, Michael; Usleber, Ewald


    The ergoline alkaloid fumigaclavine A (FuA) is one of the major mycotoxins produced by Aspergillus fumigatus, the main causative fungal agent of avian aspergillosis. To study in situ production of FuA, post-mortem respiratory tissues of various avian species, as well as blood samples of falcons (Falco sp.), were analysed by enzyme immunoassay (EIA). At a detection limit of 1.5 ng/ml, FuA EIA positive results were obtained for tissue samples from seven (64%) out of 11 birds with confirmed aspergillosis, with a maximum concentration of 38 ng/g, while all controls (n = 7) were negative. No FuA could be detected in blood serum (detection limit 0.7 ng/ml) of 15 falcons, experimentally inoculated with A. fumigatus conidia. Fungal mycelium material from tissue of clinical aspergillosis cases, cultured on malt extract agar, was highly positive in the FuA EIA in milligrams per gram range. Chromatographic analysis of mycelium extracts revealed the co-presence of FuA and the structurally related fumigaclavine C (FuC). Alkaline hydrolysis of FuA and FuC yielded the corresponding deacetylation products, FuB and FuE. This is the first report showing that fumigaclavine alkaloids are produced by A. fumigatus in situ during the course of clinical aspergillosis in birds; however, the role of these compounds in the pathogenesis of this disease is still unknown.

  14. Ultrasensitive detection of streptomycin using flow injection analysis-electrochemical quartz crystal nanobalance (FIA-EQCN) biosensor. (United States)

    Mishra, Geetesh K; Sharma, Atul; Bhand, Sunil


    This work presents the development of an ultrasensitive biosensor for detection of streptomycin residues in milk samples using flow injection analysis-electrochemical quartz crystal nanobalance (FIA-EQCN) technique. Monoclonal antibody specific to streptomycin was immobilized on to the thiol modified gold quartz crystal surface. A broad dynamic range (0.3-300 ng/mL) was obtained for streptomycin with a good linearity in the range 0.3-10 ng/mL for PBS and 0.3-50 ng/mL for milk. The correlation coefficient (R(2)) of the biosensor was found to be 0.994 and 0.997 for PBS and milk respectively. Excellent recoveries were obtained from the streptomycin spiked milk samples in the range 98-99.33%, which shows the applicability of the developed biosensor in milk. The reproducibility of the developed biosensor was found satisfactory with % RSD (n=5) 0.351. A good co-relation was observed between the streptomycin recoveries measured through the developed biosensor and the commercial ELISA kit. The analytical figures of merit of the developed biosensor confirm that the developed FIA-EQCN biosensor could be very effective for low-level detection of streptomycin in milk samples.

  15. An improved method for the analysis of GHB in human hair by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Jagerdeo, Eshwar; Montgomery, Madeline A; LeBeau, Marc A


    The abuse of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and its suspicion in cases of suspected drug-facilitated sexual assault is of keen interest to forensic toxicology laboratories. This paper reports an extraction, separation and detection procedure for GHB in hair utilizing a combination of liquid-liquid extraction and solid-phase extraction using ethyl acetate and Oasis Max(®) cartridge, respectively, after the hair sample was digested. Analysis was by LC-MS-MS using a gradient separation on an Acclaim(®) Trinity(TM) P1 column performing three multiple-reaction monitoring (MRM) transitions each for GHB and its internal standard. The procedure was validated over a range from 0.4 to 50 ng/mg with estimated limit of detection (LOD) of 0.33 and an administratively set limit of quantitation (LOQ) of 1.2 ng/mg. Twenty hair specimens collected from individuals with no known exposure to GHB were analyzed for matrix interferences and to establish initial background levels of GHB. A wide range of endogenous GHB levels were observed in these samples (from less than the LOQ to 4.4 ng/mg). The results suggest the need for additional studies to better establish the full range of endogenous GHB levels in hair and that extreme caution is required in interpreting GHB findings in hair samples.

  16. Response surface analysis of sevoflurane-remifentanil interactions on consciousness during anesthesia

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    WANG Hui-ling; YANG Lu; GUO Xiang-yang; ZHANG Li-ping; BI Shan-shan; LU Wei


    Background Recently,the combination of sevoflurane and remifentanil has been widely used in general anesthesia.In this study,we investigated the sevoflurane-remifentanil pharmacodynamic interactions at clinical concentrations using the observer's assessment of alertness/sedation (OAA/S) and the bispectral index (BIS) by response surface analysis.Methods Totally 65 American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) I patients age 20 to 50 years old were included in this study.Patients were randomly assigned to be anesthetized with different target end-tidal sevoflurane concentrations that ranged from 0.2% to 3.4% in increments of 0.2%.The end-tidal sevoflurane concentration was maintained constant throughout the study.Remifentanil was infused with a target controlled infusion (TCI) system at increasing step-wise concentrations from 1 ng/ml to 10 ng/ml.The values of OAA/S and BIS at different sevoflurane-remifentanil concentration combinations were measured.The pharmacodynamic interactions between sevoflurane and remifentanil were analyzed by a response surface method.The three-dimensional response surfaces were constructed with Minitab Software.Model parameters were estimated with NONMEM program.Results Sevoflurane and remifentanil acted synergistically on OAA/S.Sevoflurene alone could produce OAA/S ≤1 at a minimal alveolar concentration (MAC) of 0.93%.When used in combination with remifentanil at 1,3,6,and 10 ng/ml,the corresponding sevoflurane MACs were reduced to 0.79%,0.58%,0.48%,and 0.38%,with reductions of 17.2%,37.6%,48.4%,and 62.0% from baseline,respectively.In patients administered remifentanil alone,the OAA/S score was ≥3 even when the remifentanil cencentration reached 10 ng/ml.BIS was closely associated with the sevoflurane concentration and the remifentanil concentration did not noticeably influence the relationship between the sevoflurane concentration and BIS.A sevoflurane concentration of (1.04±0.19)% to (1.81±0.21)% could

  17. A novel vacuum spectrometer for total reflection x-ray fluorescence analysis with two exchangeable low power x-ray sources for the analysis of low, medium, and high Z elements in sequence

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    Wobrauschek, P., E-mail:; Prost, J.; Ingerle, D.; Kregsamer, P.; Streli, C. [Atominstitut, TU Wien, Stadionallee 2, 1020 Vienna (Austria); Misra, N. L. [Fuel Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai 400085 (India)


    The extension of the detectable elemental range with Total Reflection X-ray Fluorescence (TXRF) analysis is a challenging task. In this paper, it is demonstrated how a TXRF spectrometer is modified to analyze elements from carbon to uranium. Based on the existing design of a vacuum TXRF spectrometer with a 12 specimen sample changer, the following components were renewed: the silicon drift detector with 20 mm{sup 2} active area and having a special ultra-thin polymer window allowing the detection of elements from carbon upwards. Two exchangeable X-ray sources guarantee the efficient excitation of both low and high Z elements. These X-ray sources were two light-weighted easily mountable 35 W air-cooled low-power tubes with Cr and Rh anodes, respectively. The air cooled tubes and the Peltier-cooled detector allowed to construct a transportable tabletop spectrometer with compact dimensions, as neither liquid nitrogen cooling for the detector nor a water cooling circuit and a bulky high voltage generator for the X-ray tubes are required. Due to the excellent background conditions as a result of the TXRF geometry, detection limits of 150 ng for C, 12 ng for F, and 3.3 ng for Na have been obtained using Cr excitation in vacuum. For Rh excitation, the detection limits of 90 pg could be achieved for Sr. Taking 10 to 20 μl of sample volume, extrapolated detection limits in the ng/g (ppb) range are resulting in terms of concentration.

  18. Analysis on serum ghrelin levels and its correlation with metabolic disorders in elderly Chinese%老年人空腹血清生长激素释放肽水平及其与代谢异常的关系

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    诸葛欣; 孙宁; 李明; 张蕴