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  1. Adenovirus-mediated sphingomyelin synthase 2 increases atherosclerotic lesions in ApoE KO mice

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    Zhao Yarui

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Sphingomyelin synthase 2 (SMS2 contributes to de novo sphingomyelin (SM biosynthesis. Its activity is related to SM levels in the plasma and the cell membrane. In this study, we investigated the possibility of a direct relationship between SMS and atherosclerosis. Methods The Adenovirus containing SMS2 gene was given into 10-week ApoE KO C57BL/6J mice by femoral intravenous injection. In the control group, the Adenovirus containing GFP was given. To confirm this model, we took both mRNA level examination (RT-PCR and protein level examination (SMS activity assay. Result We generated recombinant adenovirus vectors containing either human SMS2 cDNA (AdV-SMS2 or GFP cDNA (AdV-GFP. On day six after intravenous infusion of 2 × 1011 particle numbers into ten-week-old apoE KO mice, AdV-SMS2 treatment significantly increased liver SMS2 mRNA levels and SMS activity (by 2.7-fold, 2.3-fold, p Conclusions Our results present direct morphological evidence for the pro-atherogenic capabilities of SMS2. SMS2 could be a potential target for treating atherosclerosis.

  2. Hepatic glucose intolerance precedes hepatic steatosis in the male aromatase knockout (ArKO mouse.

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    Michelle L Van Sinderen

    Full Text Available Estrogens are known to play a role in modulating metabolic processes within the body. The Aromatase knockout (ArKO mice have been shown to harbor factors of Metabolic syndrome with central adiposity, hyperinsulinemia and male-specific hepatic steatosis. To determine the effects of estrogen ablation and subsequent replacement in males on whole body glucose metabolism, three- and six-month-old male ArKO mice were subjected to whole body glucose, insulin and pyruvate tolerance tests and analyzed for ensuing metabolic changes in liver, adipose tissue, and skeletal muscle. Estrogen-deficient male ArKO mice showed increased gonadal adiposity which was significantly reduced upon 17β-estradiol (E2 treatment. Concurrently, elevated ArKO serum leptin levels were significantly reduced upon E2 treatment and lowered serum adiponectin levels were restored to wild type levels. Three-month-old male ArKO mice were hyperglycemic, and both glucose and pyruvate intolerant. These phenotypes continued through to 6 months of age, highlighting a loss of glycemic control. ArKO livers displayed changes in gluconeogenic enzyme expression, and in insulin signaling pathways upon E2 treatment. Liver triglycerides were increased in the ArKO males only after 6 months of age, which could be reversed by E2 treatment. No differences were observed in insulin-stimulated ex vivo muscle glucose uptake nor changes in ArKO adipose tissue and muscle insulin signaling pathways. Therefore, we conclude that male ArKO mice develop hepatic glucose intolerance by the age of 3 months which precedes the sex-specific development of hepatic steatosis. This can be reversed upon the administration of exogenous E2.

  3. Echium Oil Reduces Atherosclerosis in apoB100-only LDLrKO Mice

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    Forrest, Lolita M.; Boudyguina, Elena; Wilson, Martha D.; Parks, John S.

    2012-01-01

    Introduction The anti-atherogenic and hypotriglyceridemic properties of fish oil are attributed to its enrichment in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA; 20:5, n-3) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA; 22:6, n-3). Echium oil contains stearidonic acid (SDA; 18:4, n-3), which is metabolized to EPA in humans and mice, resulting in decreased plasma triglycerides. Objective We used apoB100 only, LDLrKO mice to investigate whether echium oil reduces atherosclerosis. Methods Mice were fed palm, echium, or fish oil-containing diets for 16 weeks and plasma lipids, lipoproteins, and atherosclerosis were measured. Results Compared to palm oil, echium oil feeding resulted in significantly less plasma triglyceride and cholesterol levels, and atherosclerosis, comparable to that of fish oil. Conclusion This is the first report that echium oil is anti-atherogenic, suggesting that it may be a botanical alternative to fish oil for atheroprotection. PMID:22100249

  4. Resting-state functional connectivity changes in aging apoE4 and apoE-KO mice

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    Zerbi, V.; Wiesmann, M.; Emmerzaal, T.L.; Jansen, D.; Beek, M. van; Mutsaers, M.P.C.; Beckmann, C.F.; Heerschap, A.; Kiliaan, A.J.

    2014-01-01

    It is well established that the cholesterol-transporter apolipoprotein epsilon (APOE) genotype is associated with the risk of developing neuro-degenerative diseases. Recently, brain functional connectivity (FC) in apoE-epsilon 4 carriers has been investigated by means of resting-state fMRI, showing

  5. Resting-state functional connectivity changes in aging apoE4 and apoE-KO mice

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    Zerbi, V.; Wiesmann, M.; Emmerzaal, T.L.; Jansen, D.; Beek, M. van; Mutsaers, M.P.; Beckmann, C.F.; Heerschap, A.; Kiliaan, A.J.

    2014-01-01

    It is well established that the cholesterol-transporter apolipoprotein epsilon (APOE) genotype is associated with the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases. Recently, brain functional connectivity (FC) in apoE-epsilon4 carriers has been investigated by means of resting-state fMRI, showing a

  6. Sex Differences in Presynaptic Density and Neurogenesis in Middle-Aged ApoE4 and ApoE Knockout Mice

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    A. Rijpma

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Atherosclerosis and apolipoprotein E ε4 (APOE4 genotype are risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease (AD and cardiovascular disease (CVD. Sex differences exist in prevalence and manifestation of both diseases. We investigated sex differences respective to aging, focusing on cognitive parameters in apoE4 and apoE knockout (ko mouse models of AD and CVD. Presynaptic density and neurogenesis were investigated immunohistochemically in male and female apoE4, apoE ko, and wild-type mice. Middle-aged female apoE4 mice showed decreased presynaptic density in the inner molecular layer of the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus. Middle-aged female apoE ko mice showed a trend towards increased neurogenesis in the hippocampus compared with wild-type mice. No differences in these parameters could be observed in middle-aged male mice. Specific harmful interactions between apoE4 and estrogen could be responsible for decreased presynaptic density in female apoE4 mice. The trend of increased neurogenesis found in female apoE ko mice supports previous studies suggesting that temporarily increased amount of synaptic contacts and/or neurogenesis is a compensatory mechanism for synaptic failure. To our knowledge, no other studies investigating presynaptic density in aging female apoE4 or apoE ko mice are available. Sex-specific differences between APOE genotypes could account for some sex differences in AD and CVD.

  7. Karyotype analysis of a male exhibiting Meckel's diverticulum and aural atresia

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    Frizzell, B.; Hicks, M.F. (David Lipscomb Univ., Nashville, TN (United States))

    Patau's Syndrome is caused by inheritance of an extra chromosome 13. It is characterized primarily by severe mental retardation, cleft palate, and retarded growth. Most fetuses expressing Patau's Syndrome spontaneously abort, and those that are born usually die before one year. Both Meckel's diverticulum and aural atresia are defects found in patients with Patau's at levels higher than those in the general population. An otherwise asymptomatic male expressing only Meckel's diverticulum and aural atresia has a female sibling whose son expressed Patau's syndrome. Twenty percent of patients with Patau's show a translocation of part of chromosome 13 to another D chromosome. If a translocation were the cause of the expression of Patau's in this family, it is possible that the normal male inherited a balanced translocation and the Patau's male received an unbalanced translocation. A karyotype analysis of the non-Patau's male was done to determine if such a translocation were present.

  8. Notes on the Diet of Reproductively Active Male Rafinesque's Big Eared Bats

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    Menzel, M.A.; Carter, T.C.; Menzel, J.M.; Edwards, J.W.; Ford, W.M.

    2002-01-01

    Diet examination through the use of fecal samples, of five reproductively active male Rafinesque's big-eared bats from the Upper Coastal Plain of South Carolina during August and September 1999. Diets of these individuals in upland pine stands were similar to diets of Rafinesque's big-eared bats in bottomland and upland hardwood habitats. Although fecal samples had three insect orders, the diet consisted primarily of lepidopterans.

  9. "But I'm Oppressed Too": White Male College Students Framing Racial Emotions as Facts and Recreating Racism

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    Cabrera, Nolan L.

    2014-01-01

    Most analyses of racism focus on what people think about issues of race and how this relates to racial stratification. This research applies Feagin's "white racial frame" to analyze how White male college students at two universities "feel" about racism. Students at the academically non-selective and less diverse…

  10. "That's so Gay": Heterosexual Male Undergraduates and the Perpetuation of Sexual Orientation Microagressions on Campus

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    Woodford, Michael R.; Howell, Michael L.; Kulick, Alex; Silverschanz, Perry

    2013-01-01

    "That's so gay," a popular expression on campuses, is a sexual orientation microaggression that can contribute to a hostile environment for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) students. Using data from a campus climate survey conducted at a large urban university, we investigated use of the phrase among heterosexual male undergraduates…

  11. "I 'See' Trayvon Martin": What Teachers Can Learn from the Tragic Death of a Young Black Male

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    Love, Bettina L.

    2014-01-01

    The goal of this article is to examine the racially hostile environment of U.S. public schooling towards Black males. Drawing on the work of Foucault ("Discipline and punish. The birth of the prison," Penguin Books, London, 1977; "Michel Foucault: beyond structuralism and hermeneutics," The Harvester Press, Brighton, 1982)…

  12. Differentiation in boron distribution in adult male and female rats' normal brain: A BNCT approach

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    Goodarzi, Samereh, E-mail: samere.g@gmail.com [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, PO Box 19395-1943, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Pazirandeh, Ali, E-mail: paziran@yahoo.com [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, PO Box 19395-1943, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jameie, Seyed Behnamedin, E-mail: behnamjameie@tums.ac.ir [Basic Science Department, Faculty of Allied Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Baghban Khojasteh, Nasrin, E-mail: khojasteh_n@yahoo.com [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, PO Box 19395-1943, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-06-15

    Boron distribution in adult male and female rats' normal brain after boron carrier injection (0.005 g Boric Acid+0.005 g Borax+10 ml distilled water, pH: 7.4) was studied in this research. Coronal sections of control and trial animal tissue samples were irradiated with thermal neutrons. Using alpha autoradiography, significant differences in boron concentration were seen in forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain sections of male and female animal groups with the highest value, four hours after boron compound injection. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Boron distribution in male and female rats' normal brain was studied in this research. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Coronal sections of animal tissue samples were irradiated with thermal neutrons. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Alpha and Lithium tracks were counted using alpha autoradiography. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Different boron concentration was seen in brain sections of male and female rats. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The highest boron concentration was seen in 4 h after boron compound injection.

  13. A Small-Scale Comparison of the Relative Impact of Dialogic and Shared Book Reading with an Adult Male on Boys' Literacy Skills

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    Pillinger, Claire; Wood, Clare

    2013-01-01

    Dialogic Reading (DR) is a form of interactive shared book reading which promotes children's active participation in reading. Previous studies have demonstrated that DR positively affects young children's literacy development. This small-scale study extends existing DR research to all-male dyads to examine whether DR has a greater impact…

  14. Augmented atherogenesis in LDL receptor deficient mice lacking both macrophage ABCA1 and ApoE.

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    Bart Lammers

    Full Text Available AIM: ABCA1 protects against atherosclerosis by facilitating cholesterol efflux from macrophage foam cells in the arterial wall to extracellular apolipoprotein (apo A-I. In contrast to apoA-I, apoE is secreted by macrophages and can, like apoA-I, induce ABCA1-mediated cholesterol efflux. Yet, the combined effect of macrophage ABCA1 and apoE on lesion development is unexplored. METHODS AND RESULTS: LDL receptor knockout (KO mice were transplanted with bone marrow from ABCA1/apoE double KO (dKO mice, their respective single KO's, and wild-type (WT controls and were challenged with a high-fat/high-cholesterol diet for 9 weeks. In vitro cholesterol efflux experiments showed no differences between ABCA1 KO and dKO macrophages. The serum non-HDL/HDL ratio in dKO transplanted mice was 1.7-fold and 2.4-fold (p<0.01 increased compared to WT and ABCA1 KO transplanted mice, respectively. The atherosclerotic lesion area in dKO transplanted animals (650±94×10(3 µm(2, however, was 1.9-fold (p<0.01 and 1.6-fold (p<0.01 increased compared to single knockouts (ABCA1 KO: 341±20×10(3 µm(2; apoE KO: 402±78×10(3 µm(2, respectively and 3.1-fold increased (p<0.001 compared to WT (211±20×10(3 µm(2. When normalized for serum cholesterol exposure, macrophage ABCA1 and apoE independently protected against atherosclerotic lesion development (p<0.001. Moreover, hepatic expression levels of TNFα and IL-6 were highly induced in dKO transplanted animals (3.0-fold; p<0.05, and 4.3-fold; p<0.001, respectively. In agreement, serum IL-6 levels were also enhanced in ABCA1 KO transplanted mice (p<0.05 and even further enhanced in dKO transplanted animals (3.1-fold as compared to ABCA1 KO transplanted animals; p<0.05. CONCLUSIONS: Combined deletion of macrophage ABCA1 and apoE results in a defect in cholesterol efflux and, compared to ABCA1 KO transplanted mice, elevated serum total cholesterol levels. Importantly, these mice also suffer from enhanced systemic and hepatic

  15. The Problem of Privilege: Male Social Work Students&apos; Preservice Experiences

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    Giesler, Mark A.

    2013-01-01

    Male social work students are a numerical minority in Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs, a reality that warrants exploration as the academy strives for greater diversity within preservice social work programs. The present qualitative phenomenological study examined how male social work students in one BSW university program perceived their…

  16. Emotions or Science? Pre-Tertiary Males&apos; Accounts of Psychology as a Subject Choice

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    Mercer, Jenny; Sander, Paul; Williams, Stella; Jones, Tim

    2013-01-01

    It is well established that the number of males studying psychology in the UK, both at A-level and on degree courses, is disproportionately low compared to females. There is a paucity of research, however, which discusses how psychology is viewed by this group. The present study employed focus groups with 35 pre-tertiary males (some of whom were…

  17. Casanovas are liars: behavioral syndromes, sperm competition risk, and the evolution of deceptive male mating behavior in live-bearing fishes [v2; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/1ko

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    David Bierbach

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Male reproductive biology can by characterized through competition over mates as well as mate choice. Multiple mating and male mate choice copying, especially in internally fertilizing species, set the stage for increased sperm competition, i.e., sperm of two or more males can compete for fertilization of the female’s ova. In the internally fertilizing fish Poecilia mexicana, males respond to the presence of rivals with reduced expression of mating preferences (audience effect, thereby lowering the risk of by-standing rivals copying their mate choice. Also, males interact initially more with a non-preferred female when observed by a rival, which has been interpreted in previous studies as a strategy to mislead rivals, again reducing sperm competition risk (SCR. Nevertheless, species might differ consistently in their expression of aggressive and reproductive behaviors, possibly due to varying levels of SCR. In the current study, we present a unique data set comprising ten poeciliid species (in two cases including multiple populations and ask whether species can be characterized through consistent differences in the expression of aggression, sexual activity and changes in mate choice under increased SCR. We found consistent species-specific differences in aggressive behavior, sexual activity as well as in the level of misleading behavior, while decreased preference expression under increased SCR was a general feature of all but one species examined. Furthermore, mean sexual activity correlated positively with the occurrence of potentially misleading behavior. An alternative explanation for audience effects would be that males attempt to avoid aggressive encounters, which would predict stronger audience effects in more aggressive species. We demonstrate a positive correlation between mean aggressiveness and sexual activity (suggesting a hormonal link as a mechanistic explanation, but did not detect a correlation between aggressiveness and

  18. Genetic manipulation of the ApoF/Stat2 locus supports an important role for type I interferon signaling in atherosclerosis.

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    Lagor, William R; Fields, David W; Bauer, Robert C; Crawford, Alison; Abt, Michael C; Artis, David; Wherry, E John; Rader, Daniel J

    2014-03-01

    Apolipoprotein F (ApoF) is a sialoglycoprotein that is a component of the HDL and LDL fractions of human serum. We sought to test the hypothesis that ApoF plays an important role in atherosclerosis in mice by modulating lipoprotein function. Atherosclerosis was assessed in male low density lipoprotein receptor knockout (Ldlr KO) and ApoF/Ldlr double knockout (DKO) mice fed a Western diet for 16 weeks. ApoF/Ldlr DKO mice showed a 39% reduction in lesional area by en face analysis of aortas (p atherosclerosis, and support the growing evidence that the Type I IFN pathway may contribute to this complex disease.

  19. Sexual Encounters: Gay Male College Students&apos; Use of the Internet and Social Media

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    Reddick, Rinardo Lamon

    2012-01-01

    There have been many studies that focus on understanding various aspects of human sexuality and how it relates to college students. However, the current research focuses on heterosexual students, leaving a void in the research that focuses on gay male college students. Even more crucially, there is a void in research that focuses on the sexual…

  20. Intraperitoneal CCK and fourth-intraventricular Apo AIV require both peripheral and NTS CCK1R to reduce food intake in male rats.

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    Lo, Chunmin C; Davidson, W Sean; Hibbard, Stephanie K; Georgievsky, Maria; Lee, Alexander; Tso, Patrick; Woods, Stephen C

    2014-05-01

    Apolipoprotein AIV (Apo AIV) and cholecystokinin (CCK) are secreted in response to fat consumption, and both cause satiation via CCK 1 receptor (CCK-1R)-containing vagal afferent nerves to the nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS), where Apo AIV is also synthesized. Fasted male Long-Evans rats received ip CCK-8 or fourth-ventricular (i4vt) Apo AIV alone or in combination. Food intake and c-Fos proteins (a product of the c-Fos immediate-early gene) were assessed. i4vt Apo AIV and/or ip CCK at effective doses reduced food intake and activated c-Fos proteins in the NTS and hypothalamic arcuate nucleus and paraventricular nucleus. Blockade of the CCK-1R by i4vt lorglumide adjacent to the NTS attenuated the satiating and c-Fos-stimulating effects of CCK and Apo AIV, alone or in combination. Maintenance on a high-fat diet (HFD) for 10 weeks resulted in weight gain and attenuation of both the behavioral and c-Fos responses to a greater extent than occurred in low-fat diet-fed and pair-fed HFD animals. These observations suggest that NTS Apo AIV or/and peripheral CCK requires vagal CCK-1R signaling to elicit satiation and that maintenance on a HFD reduces the satiating capacity of these 2 signals.

  1. Exercise and the Prevention of Oesophageal Cancer (EPOC) study protocol: a randomized controlled trial of exercise versus stretching in males with Barrett&apos;s oesophagus

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    Chronic gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and excessive body fat are considered principal causes of Barrett&apos;s oesophagus (a metaplastic change in the cells lining the oesophagus) and its neoplastic progression, oesophageal adenocarcinoma. Metabolic disturbances including altered levels of obesity-related cytokines, chronic inflammation and insulin resistance have also been associated with oesophageal cancer development, especially in males. Physical activity may have the potential to abrogate metabolic disturbances in males with Barrett&apos;s oesophagus and elicit beneficial reductions in body fat and gastro-oesophageal reflux symptoms. Thus, exercise may be an effective intervention in reducing oesophageal adenocarcinoma risk. However, to date this hypothesis remains untested. The &apos;Exercise and the Prevention of Oesophageal Cancer Study&apos; will determine whether 24 weeks of exercise training will lead to alterations in risk factors or biomarkers for oesophageal adenocarcinoma in males with Barrett&apos;s oesophagus. Our primary outcomes are serum concentrations of leptin, adiponectin, tumour necrosis factor-alpha, C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 as well as insulin resistance. Body composition, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease symptoms, cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength will also be assessed as secondary outcomes. A randomized controlled trial of 80 overweight or obese, inactive males with Barrett&apos;s oesophagus will be conducted in Brisbane, Australia. Participants will be randomized to an intervention arm (60 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic and resistance training, five days per week) or a control arm (45 minutes of stretching, five days per week) for 24 weeks. Primary and secondary endpoints will be measured at baseline (week 0), midpoint (week 12) and at the end of the intervention (week 24). Due to the increasing incidence and very high mortality associated with oesophageal adenocarcinoma, interventions effective in

  2. Ko Displacement Theory for Structural Shape Predictions

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    Ko, William L.

    2010-01-01

    The development of the Ko displacement theory for predictions of structure deformed shapes was motivated in 2003 by the Helios flying wing, which had a 247-ft (75-m) wing span with wingtip deflections reaching 40 ft (12 m). The Helios flying wing failed in midair in June 2003, creating the need to develop new technology to predict in-flight deformed shapes of unmanned aircraft wings for visual display before the ground-based pilots. Any types of strain sensors installed on a structure can only sense the surface strains, but are incapable to sense the overall deformed shapes of structures. After the invention of the Ko displacement theory, predictions of structure deformed shapes could be achieved by feeding the measured surface strains into the Ko displacement transfer functions for the calculations of out-of-plane deflections and cross sectional rotations at multiple locations for mapping out overall deformed shapes of the structures. The new Ko displacement theory combined with a strain-sensing system thus created a revolutionary new structure- shape-sensing technology.

  3. The effects of prenatal sound stress on the spatial learning and memory of rat&apos;s male offspring

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    Barzegar M

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available "n 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} Background: Numerous evidences indicate that various environmental stresses during pregnancy affect physiological behavior of the offspring. This experimental study was designed to investigate the effect of noise stress during prenatal period of rats on spatial learning and memory and plasma corticostrone level in postnatal life."n"nMethods: Three groups of pregnant rats were given daily noise stress with durations of two and/ or four hours in last week of pregnancy period. The fourth group was left unstressed. The male offspring from the unstressed and different stressed groups were assigned as controls and stressed groups. The animals were introduced to a spatial task in Morris water maze 4 trials/day for five consecutive days. The probe test was performed on the 5th day of the experiment. The delay in findings and the distance passed to locate the target platform were assessed as the spatial learning. "n"nResults: Our results showed that prenatal exposure to noise stress for two and/ or four hours a day, leads to impaired acquisition of spatial learning in the postnatal animals. The plasma level of corticostrone in the two stressed groups of rats markedly matched with their behavioral function. Prenatal exposure to 1- hour noise stress revealed no effects on the offsprings&apos; behavior and plasma corticostrone level."n"nConclusion: Based on our study results, it seems that applied range of stress which is executed through the noise stress could increase the plasma corticostrone level and

  4. Increased Susceptibility of Radiation-Induced Intestinal Apoptosis in SMP30 KO Mice

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    Moon-Jung Goo

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Recently, senescence marker protein-30 (SMP30 knockout (KO mice have been reported to be susceptible to apoptosis, however, the role of SMP30 has not been characterized in the small intestine. The aim of the present study is to investigate the role of SMP30 in the process of spontaneous and γ-radiation-induced apoptosis in mouse small intestine. Eight-week-old male wild-type (WT mice and SMP30 KO mice were examined after exposure to 0, 1, 3, 5, and 9 Gy of γ-radiation. Apoptosis in the crypts of the small intestine increased in the 0 to 5 Gy radiated SMP30 KO and WT mice. Radiation-induced apoptosis and the BAX/Bcl-2 ratio in the SMP30 KO mice were significantly increased in comparison to each identically treated group of WT mice (p 0.05, indicating that increased apoptosis of crypt cells of SMP30 KO by irradiation can be associated with SMP30 depletion. These results suggested that SMP30 might be involved in overriding the apoptotic homeostatic mechanism in response to DNA damage.

  5. Rooting "Ko-ko-ro" into the Brain: Toward the Neuroanatomy of Mind

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    Mori, Nozomu

    2005-01-01

    "Ko-ko-ro", meaning 'mind', is a complex higher order function of the human brain. The two distinct activities of mind that are best understood are the ability to recognize oneself, i.e., self-awareness, and the ability to read another mind. These two functions form the fundamental basis of humanity, thereby allowing us to conform and live in harmony within a given family, community, or society. The mind is formed under certain conditions within neural systems in the human brain, and potentia...

  6. "I&apos;m Khmer and I&apos;m Not a Gangster!": The Problematization of Cambodian Male Youth in US Schools

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    Chhuon, Vichet

    2014-01-01

    In response to a literature that has paid limited attention to the complex representations of Cambodian students, this article investigated the ways in which Cambodian male youth were problematized in school through Discourses that presented them as apathetic students and/or gang members at one California high school. In this study, the ways in…

  7. But We&apos;re Not Laughing: White Male College Students&apos; Racial Joking and What This Says about "Post-Racial" Discourse

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    Cabrera, Nolan L.

    2014-01-01

    This study critically analyzes White male college student narratives regarding racial joking. Through semi-structured interviews, 29 participants described a pattern of behavior and rationalization: they heard and told racist jokes frequently; the jokes were framed as not racist; and the jokes were told only among White people, because the…

  8. VRSTE VPISOV V ZEMLJIŠKO KNJIGO

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    Rožec, Polona

    2015-01-01

    Zemljiška knjiga je javna knjiga, ki je namenjena vpisu in objavi podatkov o pravicah na nepremičninah in pravnih dejstvih v zvezi z nepremičninami. Sestavljena je iz glavne knjige ter zbirke listin. Glavna knjiga je namenjena vpisu podatkov o pravicah na nepremičninah, kot tudi vpisu pravnih dejstev v zvezi z nepremičninami, za katere zakon določa, da se vpišejo v zemljiško knjigo. Zbirko listin pa tvorijo listine, ki so bile podlaga za opravljen vpis v glavno knjigo. Samo popolna zemlji...

  9. Increased adiposity, dysregulated glucose metabolism and systemic inflammation in Galectin-3 KO mice.

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    Jingbo Pang

    Full Text Available Obesity and type 2 diabetes are associated with increased production of Galectin-3 (Gal-3, a protein that modulates inflammation and clearance of glucose adducts. We used Lean and Diet-induced Obese (DIO WT and Gal-3 KO mice to investigate the role of Gal-3 in modulation of adiposity, glucose metabolism and inflammation. Deficiency of Gal-3 lead to age-dependent development of excess adiposity and systemic inflammation, as indicated by elevated production of acute-phase proteins, number of circulating pro-inflammatory Ly6C(high monocytes and development of neutrophilia, microcytic anemia and thrombocytosis in 20-week-old Lean and DIO male Gal-3 KO mice. This was associated with impaired fasting glucose, heightened response to a glucose tolerance test and reduced adipose tissue expression of adiponectin, Gal-12, ATGL and PPARγ, in the presence of maintained insulin sensitivity and hepatic expression of gluconeogenic enzymes in 20-week-old Gal-3 KO mice compared to their diet-matched WT controls. Expression of PGC-1α and FGF-21 in the liver of Lean Gal-3 KO mice was comparable to that observed in DIO animals. Impaired fasting glucose and altered responsiveness to a glucose load preceded development of excess adiposity and systemic inflammation, as demonstrated in 12-week-old Gal-3 KO mice. Finally, a role for the microflora in mediating the fasting hyperglycemia, but not the excessive response to a glucose load, of 12-week-old Gal-3 KO mice was demonstrated by administration of antibiotics. In conclusion, Gal-3 is an important modulator of glucose metabolism, adiposity and inflammation.

  10. Teachers&apos; Perceptions of the Ethical Leadership of Male and Female Headteachers in Ghanaian Basic Schools

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    Agezo, Clement Kwadzo

    2013-01-01

    The lack of ethical leadership is a pervading factor in today&apos;s society. Although interest in ethical leadership has increased dramatically in Ghana as a result of the June 4 revolution by the military that preached probity, accountability, and integrity, ethics within the context of leadership has not been a subject of much discourse. Being…

  11. Ethanol production by Escherichia coli KO11; Producao de etanol por Escherichia coli KO11

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    Lima, Katia Gianni de Carvalho [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Ciencias Farmaceuticas. Lab. de Microbiologia de Alimentos]. E-mail: gianni@usp.br; Takahashi, Caroline Maki; Alterthum, Flavio [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Ciencias Biomedicas. Dept. de Microbiologia

    2002-08-01

    This paper discusses the potential use of Escherichia coli KO11 in production of ethanol, based on observation that this organism can efficiently metabolize sugar complex moistures obtained from the acid hydrolysis of lignocellulose materials such as sugar-cane bagasse, corncob, corn husk, Pinus sp and oak wood.

  12. Exercise training and antioxidant supplementation independently improve cognitive function in adult male and female GFAP-APOE mice

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    Kiran Chaudhari

    2014-09-01

    Conclusion: Exercise was the most effective treatment at improving cognitive function in both genotypes and sex, while antioxidants seemed to be effective only in the APOE4. In young adult mice only non-spatial learning and memory were improved. The combination of the two treatments did not yield further improvement in cognition, and there was no antagonistic action of the antioxidant supplementation on the beneficial effects of exercise.

  13. KoKoRu: konfessionell-kooperativer Religionsunterricht – ‚das Wiener Modell’

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    Sonja Danner

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available ENGLISH: Due to the rising number of confessions / religions acknowledged by the state religious education in schools is coming up in a greater variety. Rising expenses and rising problems in making timetables are two of the first consequences. Therefore years ago a group of teachers, school inspectors of RE etc. has been formed with the intention to think about alternative forms of RE in Austria. These ideas of RE have been proved in several schools in Vienna. Teachers were trained in specific courses to put into practice the concept and together with them the RE lessons were evaluated and didactics of the model of KoKoRU (confessional cooperation in RE were developed. In the meanwhile this concept of teaching RE is an inherent part of RE-teachers‘ education at the KPH Wien/Krems, even though the model only gained ground in some schools of Vienna. DEUTSCH: Mit dem Ansteigen der anerkannten Konfessionen/Religionen erfährt auch der Religionsunterricht an Schulen eine größere Vielfalt. Damit verbunden sind erhöhte Kosten und viele ‚stundenplantechnische‘ Stolpersteine. Die Unterbringung der Religionsstunden in den Regelunterricht wird immer schwieriger. Daher hat sich vor Jahren eine Gruppe von Lehrenden, Fachinspektor/innen etc. zusammengefunden, um über alternative Formen des Religionsunterrichtes in Österreich nachzudenken und diese an ausgewählten Schulen in Wien erprobt. Dafür wurden in eigenen Lehrgängen LehrerInnen ausgeblidet und mit ihnen gemeinsam evaluiert und ein didaktisches Konzept für KoKoRu - konfessionell kooperativen Religionsunterricht- entwickelt. Mittlerweile ist diese Form des Unterrichtens auch in die Ausbildung an der KPH Wien/Krems für künftige ReligionslehrerInnen eingegangen, auch wenn das Modell nur zum Teil in Wien Fuß gefasst hat.

  14. Home Range and Habitat Use of Male Rafinesque&apos;s Big-Eared Bats (Corynorhinus rafinesquii)

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    Menzel, M.A.; Menzel, J.M.; Ford, W.M.; Edwards, J.W.; Carter, T.C.; Churchill, J.B.; Kilgo, J.C.

    2000-03-13

    We examined home range size and habitat use of four reproductively active male Rafinesque Big-eared bats in the upper Coastal Plain of South Carolina during August and September of 1999. Most foraging activity occurred during the first 4 hours after sunset and the first two hours before sunrise. Mean home range size was 93.1 hectares. Most foraging activity occurred in young pines even though large tracks of bottomland hardwood were available. Only 9% of foraging occurred in bottomland hardwoods.

  15. Transport blaga do visokogorskih planinskih koč

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    Kovšca, Rok

    2015-01-01

    V diplomskem delu smo se ukvarjali z analizo transporta blaga do visokogorskih planinskih koč, kjer smo kot glavni problem izpostavili nepovezanost in lokacijsko razdrobljenost koč. V okviru diplomske naloge smo najprej izvedli anketo med planinskimi društvi, ki so lastniki visokogorskih planinskih koč, in predstavili obstoječe stanje v Sloveniji. V naslednjem koraku smo naredili kritično analizo in s pomočjo vzročno-posledične in SWOT analize prikazali prednosti, slabosti, priložnosti, ...

  16. Perspektiva upravljanja gozdarskih koč v Julijskih Alpah

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    Šegina, Anamarija

    2014-01-01

    Diplomska naloga predstavlja predlog celovitega koncepta upravljanja gozdarskih koč v Julijskih Alpah. Danes gozdarske koče namreč ne služijo več bivanju gozdnih delavcev ter shranjevanju orodja in opreme. Njihov pomen se je povsem spremenil in tako dobivajo nove vloge v gozdnem prostoru. Te so povezane predvsem z nelesnimi funkcijami gozda, kot so turistična, rekreativna, izobraževalna in zdravstvena vloga. Gozdarske koče so v Julijskih Alpah različno ohranjene in izkoriščane. Opravljen je b...

  17. Depressed nNOS expression during spine transition in the developing hippocampus of FMR1 KO mice

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    Xu, Qin; Zhu, Zhiwei; Xu, Jialu [Department of Children' s Health Care, Children' s Hospital, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou Zhejiang (China); Gu, Weizhong [Department of Pathology, Children' s Hospital, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou Zhejiang (China); Zhao, Zhengyan [Department of Children' s Health Care, Children' s Hospital, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou Zhejiang (China)

    2012-10-05

    Nitric oxide (NO), synthesized as needed by NO synthase (NOS), is involved in spinogenesis and synaptogenesis. Immature spine morphology is characteristic of fragile X syndrome (FXS). The objective of this research was to investigate and compare changes of postnatal neuronal NOS (nNOS) expression in the hippocampus of male fragile X mental retardation 1 gene knockout mice (FMR1 KO mice, the animal model of FXS) and male wild-type mice (WT) at postnatal day 7 (P7), P14, P21, and P28. nNOS mRNA levels were analyzed by real-time quantitative PCR (N = 4-7) and nNOS protein was estimated by Western blot (N = 3) and immunohistochemistry (N = 1). In the PCR assessment, primers 5′-GTGGCCATCGTGTCCTACCATAC-3′ and 5′-GTTTCGAGGCAGGTGGAAGCTA-3′ were used for the detection of nNOS and primers 5′-CCGTTTCTCCTGGCTCAGTTTA-3′ and 5′-CCCCAATACCACATCATCCAT-3′ were used for the detection of β-actin. Compared to the WT group, nNOS mRNA expression was significantly decreased in FMR1 KO mice at P21 (KO: 0.2857 ± 0.0150, WT: 0.5646 ± 0.0657; P < 0.05). Consistently, nNOS immunoreactivity also revealed reduced staining intensity at P21 in the FMR1 KO group. Western blot analysis validated the immunostaining results by demonstrating a significant reduction in nNOS protein levels in the FMR1 KO group compared to the WT group at P21 (KO: 0.3015 ± 0.0897, WT: 1.7542 ± 0.5455; P < 0.05). These results suggest that nNOS was involved in the postnatal development of the hippocampus in FXS and impaired NO production may retard spine maturation in FXS.

  18. Depressed nNOS expression during spine transition in the developing hippocampus of FMR1 KO mice

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    Qin Xu

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Nitric oxide (NO, synthesized as needed by NO synthase (NOS, is involved in spinogenesis and synaptogenesis. Immature spine morphology is characteristic of fragile X syndrome (FXS. The objective of this research was to investigate and compare changes of postnatal neuronal NOS (nNOS expression in the hippocampus of male fragile X mental retardation 1 gene knockout mice (FMR1 KO mice, the animal model of FXS and male wild-type mice (WT at postnatal day 7 (P7, P14, P21, and P28. nNOS mRNA levels were analyzed by real-time quantitative PCR (N = 4-7 and nNOS protein was estimated by Western blot (N = 3 and immunohistochemistry (N = 1. In the PCR assessment, primers 5’-GTGGCCATCGTGTCCTACCATAC-3’ and 5’-GTTTCGAGGCAGGTGGAAGCTA-3’ were used for the detection of nNOS and primers 5’-CCGTTTCTCCTGGCTCAGTTTA-3’ and 5’-CCCCAATACCACATCATCCAT-3’ were used for the detection of β-actin. Compared to the WT group, nNOS mRNA expression was significantly decreased in FMR1 KO mice at P21 (KO: 0.2857 ± 0.0150, WT: 0.5646 ± 0.0657; P < 0.05. Consistently, nNOS immunoreactivity also revealed reduced staining intensity at P21 in the FMR1 KO group. Western blot analysis validated the immunostaining results by demonstrating a significant reduction in nNOS protein levels in the FMR1 KO group compared to the WT group at P21 (KO: 0.3015 ± 0.0897, WT: 1.7542 ± 0.5455; P < 0.05. These results suggest that nNOS was involved in the postnatal development of the hippocampus in FXS and impaired NO production may retard spine maturation in FXS.

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    Nitric oxide (NO), synthesized as needed by NO synthase (NOS), is involved in spinogenesis and synaptogenesis. Immature spine morphology is characteristic of fragile X syndrome (FXS). The objective of this research was to investigate and compare changes of postnatal neuronal NOS (nNOS) expression in the hippocampus of male fragile X mental retardation 1 gene knockout mice (FMR1 KO mice, the animal model of FXS) and male wild-type mice (WT) at postnatal day 7 (P7), P14, P21, and P28. nNOS mRNA levels were analyzed by real-time quantitative PCR (N = 4-7) and nNOS protein was estimated by Western blot (N = 3) and immunohistochemistry (N = 1). In the PCR assessment, primers 5′-GTGGCCATCGTGTCCTACCATAC-3′ and 5′-GTTTCGAGGCAGGTGGAAGCTA-3′ were used for the detection of nNOS and primers 5′-CCGTTTCTCCTGGCTCAGTTTA-3′ and 5′-CCCCAATACCACATCATCCAT-3′ were used for the detection of β-actin. Compared to the WT group, nNOS mRNA expression was significantly decreased in FMR1 KO mice at P21 (KO: 0.2857 ± 0.0150, WT: 0.5646 ± 0.0657; P < 0.05). Consistently, nNOS immunoreactivity also revealed reduced staining intensity at P21 in the FMR1 KO group. Western blot analysis validated the immunostaining results by demonstrating a significant reduction in nNOS protein levels in the FMR1 KO group compared to the WT group at P21 (KO: 0.3015 ± 0.0897, WT: 1.7542 ± 0.5455; P < 0.05). These results suggest that nNOS was involved in the postnatal development of the hippocampus in FXS and impaired NO production may retard spine maturation in FXS

  20. Speleološko djelovanje Mirka Maleza

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    Cvitanović, Hrvoje

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Since the very first beginning of his research work, started in 1946 Year, academian Mirko Malez has been recognised as very active and productive speleologist. In the frame of speleological researches he work on basically speleological recognising, physical research of caves and topographic plans. Due to fact that he was geologists, he has work also on other specialised researches: geology, geomorphology, genesis, hydrology, tectonic, palaeontology, archaeology, microclimate, biospeleology and other. In frame of research he regularly made photo documentation, what is today important professional and historical document of his researches. He works also on: cadastre development, speleological history, prompting and publication of speleological works and other. Therefore, it is not surprise that among 425 publications, of them more than half scientific works, majority belong to different aspects of speleology.His speleological research comprise today independent states: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Monte Negro, Serbia and Slovenia, where he has researched around 1000 caves, majority of them in Croatia.His speleological researches M. Malez has published systematically since 1952 till 1974 Year, fully 23 Year, in Academian publication: Ljetopis JAZU. Many of articles deal with caves on some regions as: Ravna gora Mt. near Varaždin, Istria, Učka Mt., Ćićarija Mt., islands Iž and Ugljan, Cetina river region, Bitelić region, SW Lika region, Melnice region, Buško blato, Glamoč and Duvno polje region, region between Dubrovnik and Popovo polje, Rijeka region nad manyother.Also many articles deal with individual caves as: Vindija cave, Velika (Mačkova pećina cave, Veternica, Đulin ponor vace, Medvedica, Strašna peć cave, Hajdova hiža cave, Ledenica by Studenci cave, Drenovac cavern, Pits by Sušik, Đurkovina cave, Debelin cave, Romualdova spilja cave, Šandalja cave, Druška peć cave, Vergotinova peć cave, Pazinski ponor

  1. Suradničko učenje

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    Kadum-Bošnjak, Sandra

    2012-01-01

    Moderna škola zahtjeva moderne načine učenja i poučavanja, a suradničko učenje jedan je od takvih načina, koje je sve zastupljenije u nastavnoj praksi. U radu se, nakon definiranja pojmova 'suradnja' i 'suradničko učenje', daje pregled teorijskih osnova suradničkog učenja, prikazuje suradničko učenje u nastavi, kao i elemente suradničkog učenja. Ukazuje se, nadalje, i na prednosti suradničkog učenja u nastavi. Posebno se ukazuje na modele organiziranja i strategije suradničkog učenja....

  2. MARKETINŠKO KOMUNICIRANJE V IZOBRAŽEVALNIH INSTITUCIJAH

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    Pirih, Nina

    2012-01-01

    Obravnavamo področje se nanaša na marketinško komuniciranje izobraževalnih storitev. Marketinško komuniciranje je sestavni del splošnega procesa komuniciranja, skozi katerega organizacija vstopi v dialog z različnimi ciljnimi skupinami. V sloveniji se pojavlja kar nekaj neprofitnih organizacij, katerih cilj je zadovoljiti potrebe različnih interesnih skupin s svojimi proizvodi in storitvami. Ena izmed vej neprofitnih organizacij je tudi izobraževanje. Izobraževalne institucije z...

  3. Generalized Bernoulli numbers on the KO-theory

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    IMAOKA, MITSUNORI

    1996-01-01

    The Bernoulli number defined on the generalized cohomology theory is studied, mainly focusing it on complex unoriented theories. We give a concrete formula about it on the KO-theory for the stunted quaternionic quasi-projective space, and apply the formula to represent a factorization of the double transfer map concerning such projective spaces.

  4. Lack of antiviral antibody response in koalas infected with koala retroviruses (KoRV).

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    Fiebig, Uwe; Keller, Martina; Möller, Annekatrin; Timms, Peter; Denner, Joachim

    2015-02-16

    Many wild koalas are infected with the koala retrovirus, KoRV, some of which suffer from lymphoma and chlamydial disease. Three subgroups, KoRV-A, KoRV-B and KoRV-J, have so far been described. It is well known that other closely related gammaretroviruses can induce tumours and severe immunodeficiencies in their respective hosts and a possible role for KoRV infection in lymphoma and chlamydial disease in koalas has been suggested. In many wild koalas, KoRV-A has become endogenised, i.e., it is integrated in the germ-line and is passed on with normal cellular genes. In this study, sera from koalas in European zoos and from wild animals in Australia were screened for antibodies against KoRV-A. These naturally infected animals all carry endogenous KoRV-A and two zoo animals are also infected with KoRV-B. The antibody response is generally an important diagnostic tool for detecting retrovirus infections. However, when Western blot analyses were performed using purified virus or recombinant proteins corresponding to KoRV-A, none of the koalas tested positive for specific antibodies, suggesting a state of tolerance. These results have implications for koala vaccination, as they suggest that therapeutic immunisation of animals carrying and expressing endogenous KoRV-A will not be successful. However, it remains unclear whether these animals can be immunised against KoRV-B and immunisation of uninfected koalas could still be worthwhile.

  5. Classical and alternative activation and metalloproteinase expression occurs in foam cell macrophages in male and female ApoE null mice in the absence of T- and B-lymphocytes

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    Elaine Mo Hayes

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Rupture of advanced atherosclerotic plaques accounts for most life-threatening myocardial infarctions. Classical (M1 and alternative (M2 macrophage activation could promote atherosclerotic plaque progression and rupture by increasing production of proteases, including matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs. Lymphocyte-derived cytokines may be essential for generating M1 and M2 phenotypes in plaques, although this has not been rigorously tested until now.Methods and Results: We validated the expression of M1 markers (iNOS and COX-2 and M2 markers (arginase-1, Ym-1 and CD206 and then measured MMP mRNA levels in mouse macrophages during classical and alternative activation in vitro. We then compared mRNA expression of these genes ex vivo in foam cells from subcutaneous granulomas in fat-fed immune-competent ApoE knockout and immune-compromised ApoE/Rag-1 double knockout mice, which lack all T and B cells. Furthermore, we performed immunohistochemistry in subcutaneous granulomas and in aortic root and brachiocephalic artery atherosclerotic plaques to measure the extent of M1/M2 marker and MMP protein expression in vivo. Classical activation of mouse macrophages with bacterial lipopolysaccharide in vitro increased MMPs-13, -14 and -25 but decreased MMP-19 and TIMP-2 mRNA expressions. Alternative activation with IL-4 increased MMP-19 expression. Foam cells in subcutaneous granulomas expressed all M1/M2 markers and MMPs at ex vivo mRNA and in vivo protein levels, irrespective of Rag-1 genotype. There were also similar percentages of foam cell macrophages carrying M1/M2 markers and MMPs in atherosclerotic plaques from ApoE knockout and ApoE/Rag-1 double knockout mice. Conclusions: Classical and alternative activation leads to distinct MMP expression patterns in mouse macrophages in vitro. M1 and M2 polarization in vivo occurs in the absence of T and B lymphocytes in either granuloma or plaque foam cell macrophages.

  6. MEDVRSTNIŠKO NASILJE V PREDŠOLSKEM OBDOBJU

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    Poklič, Ksenija

    2010-01-01

    Diplomsko delo Medvrstniško nasilje v predšolskem obdobju je sestavljeno iz teoretičnega in empiričnega dela. Znotraj tega smo navedli in opisali, kaj je pojav medvrstniškega nasilja, kaj vpliva nanj, na kaj moramo biti pozorni. Pomemben poudarek smo dali tudi na vrtec, kot vzgojno-izobraževalno ustanovo in vzgojiteljico, kot pomemben dejavnik v otrokovem življenju v predšolskem obdobju. To smo v empiričnem delu tudi raziskali. Nasilje med vrstniki ni nov, je pa na žalost vedno pogostejši poj...

  7. REPOZICIONIRANJE PREMIJSKE ZNAMKE NA PRIMERU ZNAMKE LAŠKO CLUB

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    Raušl, Miha

    2011-01-01

    Pozicioniranje je umetnost. Je poslovna strategija, ki je v zadnjih treh desetletjih prerasla z učinkovitejšega pristopa v oglaševanju v enega izmed ključnih marketinških procesov. Nedvomno lahko trdimo, da dandanes na svetovnih tržiščih potekajo prave bitke za košček odjemalčevega razuma, saj ob poplavi izdelkov, oglasov, znamk, znižanih cen v vseh različnih barvah in odtenkih odjemalec večino stvari podzavestno selektivno izbriše. Bistvo pozicioniranja mora izvirati iz ključnih koristi,...

  8. ENERGETSKA SANACIJA OBJEKTA POKLICNE GASILSKE ENOTE KRŠKO

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    Abram, Marko

    2016-01-01

    Diplomsko delo obravnava sanacijo toplotnega ovoja stavbe Poklicne gasilske enote Krško. Najprej smo izvedli analizo objekta, ki ima energetsko potraten toplotni ovoj. Na osnovi rezultatov so izbrani ustrezni ukrepi za sanacijo (nova fasada, menjava oken, izolacija podstrešja,…), ki zmanjšujejo porabo energije in zadostijo zahtevam Pravilnika o učinkoviti rabi energije v stavbah in tehnični smernici TSG1-1-004:2010 - Učinkovita raba energije. Končni rezultat diplomskega dela je prikaz razlike...

  9. Treatment of male varicoceles by transcatheter polidocanol foam sclerotherapy: evaluation of clinical success, complications, and patients&apos; satisfaction with regard to alternative techniques

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    Ali, Alma; Wirth, Stefan; Treitl, Karla Maria; Treitl, Marcus [Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Institute for Clinical Radiology, Munich (Germany)

    2015-10-15

    We report our experience with polidocanol foam sclerotherapy with no additional coils, evaluating clinical success, patients&apos; satisfaction, and complications. We conducted a retrospective study of 141 patients with 146 varicoceles (mean age: 29.3 years; range: 13 - 60 years) who underwent foam sclerotherapy with polidocanol 2 % (range: 2 - 12 ml) in an outpatient setting between January 2007 and December 2013. For the follow-up, telephone interviews with the patients were conducted (mean follow-up time: 46.4 months, standard deviation: 20.17 months). The technical success rate was 91.8 %. There was a 55.8 % response rate to the telephone interviews. Follow-up revealed a clinical success rate of 83.9 % and a persistence or relapse rate of 16.1 %. Of the patients, 81.9 % were absolutely satisfied with the outcome. In 94.9 % of cases, pain or discomfort resolution was reported, and in 97 % of cases, aesthetic issues were no longer a problem. Of partners, 63.2 % achieved pregnancy, and in 50 % of patients with preprocedural testicular atrophy, catch-up growth was observed. One patient with pampiniform plexus phlebitis received inpatient treatment with no long-term damage recorded. Polidocanol foam varicocele sclerotherapy is a safe and effective procedure, with a high rate of patients&apos; satisfaction, clinical and technical success, and considerable catch-up growth and pregnancy achievement. (orig.)

  10. A Case Study of a Male School Principal&apos;s Leadership Practices: An Exploration of Emotion & the Ethic of Care

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    Myers, Edward L.

    2013-01-01

    This qualitative single-site case study examined the philosophy, decisions, and behaviors of a particular male school principal who subscribed to a form of care-based leadership practice. A Pennsylvania high school principal with a distinct leadership philosophy centered on the ethic of care was chosen to participate in this study. The purpose of…

  11. Altered neurotransmission in the lateral amygdala in aged human apoE4 targeted replacement mice.

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    Klein, Rebecca C; Acheson, Shawn K; Mace, Brian E; Sullivan, Patrick M; Moore, Scott D

    2014-09-01

    The human APOE4 allele is associated with an early age of onset and increased risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Apolipoprotein E is secreted as part of a high-density lipoprotein-like particle by glial cells in the brain for the primary purpose of transport of lipophilic compounds involved in the maintenance of synapses. Previous studies examining synaptic integrity in the amygdala of human apoE targeted replacement (TR) mice showed a decrease in spontaneous excitatory synaptic activity, dendritic arbor, and spine density associated with apoE4 compared with apoE3 and apoE2 in adult male mice. In the present study, we assessed how APOE genotype affects synaptic integrity of amygdala neurons by comparing electrophysiological and morphometric properties in human apoE3, E4, and E2/4 TR mice at the age of 18-20 months. In contrast to adult mice, we found that aged apoE4 TR mice exhibited the highest level of excitatory synaptic activity compared with other cohorts. Additionally, apoE4 mice had significantly greater spontaneous inhibitory activity than all other cohorts. Taken together, there was a significant interaction between genotypes when comparing inhibition relative to excitation; there was a simple main effect of frequency type with an imbalance toward inhibition in apoE4 mice but not in apoE3 or apoE2/4 mice. These results suggest that apoE isoforms differentially influence synaptic transmission throughout the life span, where aging coupled with apoE4 expression, results in an imbalance in maintaining integrity of synaptic transmission.

  12. Sarcocystis neurona infection in gamma interferon gene knockout (KO) mice: comparative infectivity of sporocysts in two strains of KO mice, effect of trypsin digestion on merozoite viability, and infectivity of bradyzoites to KO mice and cell culture.

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    Dubey, J P; Sundar, N; Kwok, O C H; Saville, W J A

    2013-09-01

    The protozoan Sarcocystis neurona is the primary cause of Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM). EPM or EPM-like illness has been reported in horses, sea otters, and several other mammals. The gamma interferon gene knockout (KO) mouse is often used as a model to study biology and discovery of new therapies against S. neurona because it is difficult to induce clinical EPM in other hosts, including horses. In the present study, infectivity of three life cycle stages (merozoites, bradyzoites, sporozoites) to KO mice and cell culture was studied. Two strains of KO mice (C57-black, and BALB/c-derived, referred here as black or white) were inoculated orally graded doses of S. neurona sporocysts; 12 sporocysts were infective to both strains of mice and all infected mice died or became ill within 70 days post-inoculation. Although there was no difference in infectivity of sporocysts to the two strains of KO mice, the disease was more severe in black mice. S. neurona bradyzoites were not infectious to KO mice and cell culture. S. neurona merozoites survived 120 min incubation in 0.25% trypsin, indicating that trypsin digestion can be used to recover S. neurona from tissues of acutely infected animals. PMID:23375195

  13. Characterization of the insulin sensitivity of ghrelin receptor KO mice using glycemic clamps

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    Morgan Kristen

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We and others have demonstrated previously that ghrelin receptor (GhrR knock out (KO mice fed a high fat diet (HFD have increased insulin sensitivity and metabolic flexibility relative to WT littermates. A striking feature of the HFD-fed GhrR KO mouse is the dramatic decrease in hepatic steatosis. To characterize further the underlying mechanisms of glucose homeostasis in GhrR KO mice, we conducted both hyperglycemic (HG and hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic (HI-E clamps. Additionally, we investigated tissue glucose uptake and specifically examined liver insulin sensitivity. Results Consistent with glucose tolerance-test data, in HG clamp experiments, GhrR KO mice showed a reduction in glucose-stimulated insulin release relative to WT littermates. Nevertheless, a robust 1st phase insulin secretion was still achieved, indicating that a healthy β-cell response is maintained. Additionally, GhrR KO mice demonstrated both a significantly increased glucose infusion rate and significantly reduced insulin requirement for maintenance of the HG clamp, consistent with their relative insulin sensitivity. In HI-E clamps, both LFD-fed and HFD-fed GhrR KO mice showed higher peripheral insulin sensitivity relative to WT littermates as indicated by a significant increase in insulin-stimulated glucose disposal (Rd, and decreased hepatic glucose production (HGP. HFD-fed GhrR KO mice showed a marked increase in peripheral tissue glucose uptake in a variety of tissues, including skeletal muscle, brown adipose tissue and white adipose tissue. GhrR KO mice fed a HFD also showed a modest, but significant decrease in conversion of pyruvate to glucose, as would be anticipated if these mice displayed increased liver insulin sensitivity. Additionally, the levels of UCP2 and UCP1 were reduced in the liver and BAT, respectively, in GhrR KO mice relative to WT mice. Conclusions These results indicate that improved glucose homeostasis of GhrR KO mice is

  14. Phasic oscillations of extracellular potassium (K(o in pregnant rat myometrium.

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    Roger C Young

    Full Text Available K-sensitive microelectrodes were used to measure K(+ within the extracellular space (K(o of pregnant rat myometrium. Contractile activity was monitored by measuring either force or bioelectrical signals. Single and double-barreled electrodes were used. Double-barreled electrodes allowed monitoring of electrical activity 15 microns from the site of K(o measurement. From double-barreled electrode experiments, the bioelectrical burst started first, and then K(o began to rise 0.6 ± 0.1 seconds later. This delay indicates that K(+ leaves the cells in response to local electrical activity rather than vice versa. Four control experiments were performed to assess the influence of electrical artifacts caused by tissue motion on K(o values. When observed, artifacts were negative and transient, and hence would result in an underestimation of K(o rises. Artifacts were minimized when tissue motion was minimized by fixing the tissue at both ends. At 37°C, 7 single barreled experiments and 45 contractions were analyzed. Resting K(o was within 1 mM of bath K(+ (5 mM at the beginning and end of the experiments. K(o rose during the contraction, fell after the completion of the contraction, and normalized before the next contraction began. Peak K(o values observed during force production were 18.8 ± 5.9 mM, a value high enough to modulate tissue-level electrical activity. K(o required 15.7 ± 2.8 seconds to normalize halfway (t50. Six experiments expressing 38 contractions were performed at 24°C. The contraction period was longer at 24°C. Values for peak K(o (26.2 ± 9.9 mM and t50 (29.8±16.2 sec were both larger than at 37°C (p<0.0003 for both. The direct relationships between peak K(o, t50 and the contraction period, suggest elevations in K(o may modulate contraction frequency. The myometrial interstitial space appears to be functionally important, and K(o metabolism may participate in cell-cell interactions.

  15. Oil protection action &apos;&apos;Green Aalesund&apos;&apos;; Oljevernaksjonen &apos;&apos;Green Aalesund&apos;&apos;

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    This report describes the actions taken after the refrigerator ship &apos;&apos;Green Aalesund&apos;&apos; ran aground north of Haugesund, Norway, on December 12, 2000. The report was worked out by the National State Pollution Control Authority (SFT). It is based on logs and other written documentation. The clean-up was carried out competently and successfully and the environmental damage was small.

  16. ApoER2 Function in the Establishment and Maintenance of Retinal Synaptic Connectivity

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    Trotter, Justin H.; Klein, Martin; Jinwal, Umesh K.; Abisambra, Jose F.; Dickey, Chad A.; Tharkur, Jeremy; Masiulis, Irene; Ding, Jindong; Locke, Kirstin G.; Rickman, Catherine Bowes; Birch, David G.; Weeber, Edwin J.; Herz, Joachim

    2011-01-01

    The cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for the development of inner retinal circuitry are poorly understood. Reelin and apolipoprotein E (apoE), ligands of apoE receptor 2 (ApoER2), are involved in retinal development and degeneration, respectively. Here we describe the function of ApoER2 in the developing and adult retina. ApoER2 expression was highest during postnatal inner retinal synaptic development and was considerably lower in the mature retina. Both during development and in the adult ApoER2 was expressed by A-II amacrine cells. ApoER2 knockout (KO) mice had rod bipolar morphogenic defects, altered A-II amacrine dendritic development, and impaired rod-driven retinal responses. The presence of an intact ApoER2 NPxY motif, necessary for binding disabled-1 (Dab1) and transducing the Reelin signal, was also necessary for development of the rod bipolar pathway while the alternatively-spliced exon19 was not. Mice deficient in another Reelin receptor, very low-density lipoprotein receptor (VLDLR), had normal rod bipolar morphology but altered A-II amacrine dendritic development. VLDLR KO mice also had reductions in oscillatory potentials and delayed synaptic response intervals. Interestingly, age-related reductions in rod and cone function were observed in both ApoER2 and VLDLR KOs. These results support a pivotal role for ApoER2 in the establishment and maintenance of normal retinal synaptic connectivity. PMID:21976526

  17. Interaction of ApoE3 and ApoE4 isoforms with an ITM2b/BRI2 mutation linked to the Alzheimer disease-like Danish dementia: Effects on learning and memory.

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    Biundo, Fabrizio; Ishiwari, Keita; Del Prete, Dolores; D'Adamio, Luciano

    2015-12-01

    Mutations in Amyloid β Precursor Protein (APP) and in genes that regulate APP processing--such as PSEN1/2 and ITM2b/BRI2--cause familial dementia, such Familial Alzheimer disease (FAD), Familial Danish (FDD) and British (FBD) dementias. The ApoE gene is the major genetic risk factor for sporadic AD. Three major variants of ApoE exist in humans (ApoE2, ApoE3, and ApoE4), with the ApoE4 allele being strongly associated with AD. ITM2b/BRI2 is also a candidate regulatory node genes predicted to mediate the common patterns of gene expression shared by healthy ApoE4 carriers and late-onset AD patients not carrying ApoE4. This evidence provides a direct link between ITM2b/BRI2 and ApoE4. To test whether ApoE4 and pathogenic ITM2b/BRI2 interact to modulate learning and memory, we crossed a mouse carrying the ITM2b/BRI2 mutations that causes FDD knocked-in the endogenous mouse Itm2b/Bri2 gene (FDDKI mice) with human ApoE3 and ApoE4 targeted replacement mice. The resultant ApoE3, FDDKI/ApoE3, ApoE4, FDDKI/ApoE4 male mice were assessed longitudinally for learning and memory at 4, 6, 12, and 16-17 months of age. The results showed that ApoE4-carrying mice displayed spatial working/short-term memory deficits relative to ApoE3-carrying mice starting in early middle age, while long-term spatial memory of ApoE4 mice was not adversely affected even at 16-17 months, and that the FDD mutation impaired working/short-term spatial memory in ApoE3-carrying mice and produced impaired long-term spatial memory in ApoE4-carrying mice in middle age. The present results suggest that the FDD mutation may differentially affect learning and memory in ApoE4 carriers and non-carriers.

  18. The first Koç Han: Pioneering modern architecture in Ankara

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Koç Holding is the most established conglomerate in Turkey. Th e company’s beginnings date from the mid 1920s, when Ahmet Vehbi Koç, founder of Koç Holding, had his first own company registered with the Ankara Chamber of Commerce. In 1932, Koç moved his business from his father’s store on Anafartalar Street to a new building, the first Koç Han, erected the same year on Çankırı Street Nr.13 in Ulus. Th e building’s designer was Swiss-Austrian architect Ernst Arnold Egli, who had come to Turkey only five years earlier upon invitation by the government to work as chief architect of the Ministry of National Education. During his stay, which lasted from 1927 until 1940, Egli realized about 40 projects and worked on many more. Koç Han is the rare example of a commercial building by Egli. At a time when the urban aspect of the old town center of Ankara consisted mostly of one-or two-storeyed stone-and-wood houses, the first Koç Han represented an altogether new building type for the town, in being a multipurpose edifice with space for shops at street level, with large storage facilities below ground, and providing off ices and housing on the upper fl oors. Th e functional rigor of the plan and the sober modernism of the building’s facades contrasted strongly with the architecture of the time. In this respect, the first Koç Han was a strong statement regarding Ahmet Vehbi Koç’s belief in a modern Turkey and to the contribution of the building’s architect, Ernst Arnold Egli, to this project.

  19. A comprehensive study of distribution laws for the fragments of Košice meteorite

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    Gritsevich, Maria; Vinnikov, Vladimir; Kohout, Tomas; Toth, Juraj; Peltoniemi, Jouni; Turchak, Leonid; Virtanen, Jenni

    2014-01-01

    Abstract–In this study, we conduct a detailed analysis of the Košice meteorite fall (February28, 2010), to derive a reliable law describing the mass distribution among the recovered fragments. In total, 218 fragments of the Košice meteorite, with a total mass of 11.285 kg, were analyzed. Bimodal Weibull, bimodal Grady, and bimodal lognormal distributions are found to be the most appropriate for describing the Košice fragmentation process. Based on the assumption of bimodal lognormal, bim...

  20. A comprehensive study of distribution laws for the fragments of Ko\\v{s}ice meteorite

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    Gritsevich, Maria; Vinnikov, Vladimir; Kohout, Tomáš; Tóth, Juraj; Peltoniemi, Jouni; Turchak, Leonid; Virtanen, Jenni

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    In this study, we conduct a detailed analysis of the Ko\\v{s}ice meteorite fall (February 28, 2010), in order to derive a reliable law describing the mass distribution among the recovered fragments. In total, 218 fragments of the Ko\\v{s}ice meteorite, with a total mass of 11.285 kg, were analyzed. Bimodal Weibull, bimodal Grady and bimodal lognormal distributions are found to be the most appropriate for describing the Ko\\v{s}ice fragmentation process. Based on the assumption of bimodal lognorm...

  1. Mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment in Waste centre Spodnji Stari Grad, Krško

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    Kortnik, Jože; Leskovar, Jože

    2015-01-01

    Review paper Received: October 25, 2013 Accepted: November 7, 2013 Mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment in Waste centre Spodnji Stari Grad, Krško Ravnanje z mešanimi komunalnimi odpadki v Zbirnem centru Spodnji Stari Grad, Krško Jože Kortnik1'*, Jože Leskovar2 University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Department of Mining and Geotechnology, Aškerčeva 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia 2Kostak, d. d., Leskovška cesta 2a, 8270 Krško, Slovenia Correspo...

  2. Struktura i dinamika obiteljskih odnosa mladih u Dubrovačko-neretvanskoj županiji

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    Bouillet, Dejana

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    Ovaj je rad dio znanstvenog projekta “Praćenje korištenja sredstava ovisnosti u populaciji srednjoškolaca Dubrovačko-neretvanske županije” što ga od 2001. godine kontinuirano provodi i financira Zavod za javno zdravstvo Dubrovač ko-neretvanske županije. Uzorak istraživanja čine reprezentativno izabrani učenici svih srednjih škola Dubrovačko-neretvanske županije koji su u proljeće 2003. (N = 1298) i 2006. godine (N = 1485) anonimno popunjavali upitnik pod nazivom “Kako si?” (...

  3. ODREĐIVANJE LOKACIJE SMJEŠTAJA LOGISTIČKO-DISTRIBUCIJSKOG CENTRA ŠIBENIK

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    Šego, Darijo; Poljičak, Ana-Mari; Martina LJUBIĆ HINIĆ

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    Logističko-distribucijski centri predstavljaju suvremeni objekt u kojem se prihvaća, čuva, dorađuje i priprema roba za daljnju distribuciju do kupca. U ovom radu biti će prikazano određivanje lokacije smještaja Logističko-distribucijskog centra Šibenik. Izgradnjom, opremanjem i puštanjem u rad Logističko-distribucijskog centra Šibenik za neprehrambene proizvode, grad Šibenik dobio bi novu vrijednost u svom gospodarskom i prometnom razvoju. Lokacija smještaja je određena na temelju vrednovanja...

  4. Apolipoprotein A-I inhibits LPS-induced atherosclerosis in ApoE-/-mice possibly via activated STAT3-mediated upregulation of tristetraprolin

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    Kai YIN; Shi-lin TANG; Xiao-hua YU; Guang-hui TU; Rong-fang HE; Jin-feng LI; Di XIE

    2013-01-01

    Aim:To investigate the effects of the major component of high-density lipoprotein apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) on the development of atherosclerosis in LPS-challenged ApoE-/-mice and the underlying mechanisms.Methods:Male ApoE-KO mice were daily injected with LPS (25 μg,sc) or PBS for 4 weeks.The LPS-challenged mice were intravenously injected with rAAV-apoA-I-GFP or rAAV-GFP.After the animals were killed,blood,livers and aortas were collected for biochemical and histological analyses.For ex vivo experiments,the abdominal cavity macrophages were harvested from each treatment group of mice,and cultured with autologous serum,then treated with LPS.Results:Chronic administration of LPS in ApoE-/-mice significantly increased the expression of inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α,IL-1β,IL-6,and MCP-1),increased infiltration of inflammatory cells,and enhanced the development of atherosclerosis.In LPS-challenged mice injected with rAAV-apoA-I-GFP,viral particles and human apoA-I were detected in the livers,total plasma human apoA-I levels were grammatically increased; HDL-cholesterol level was significantly increased,TG and TC were slightly increased.Furthermore,overexpression of apoA-l significantly suppressed the expression of proinflammatory cytokines,reduced the infiltration of inflammatory cells,and decreased the extent of atherosclerotic lesions.Moreover,overexpression of apoA-I significantly increased the expression of the cytokine mRNA-destabilizing protein tristetraprolin (TTP),and phosphorylation of JAK2 and STAT3 in aortas.In ex vivo mouse macrophages,the serum from mice overexpressing apoA-I significantly increased the expression of TTP,accompanied by accelerated decay of mRNAs of the inflammatory cytokines.Conclusion:ApoA-I potently suppresses LPS-induced atherosclerosis by inhibiting the inflammatory response possibly via activation of STAT3 and upregulation of TTP.

  5. Hydrochemical and isotope groundwater investigations in Sorško polje

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    Brigita Jamnik

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available From the hydrogeological point of view Sorško polje area is a sink, filled with conglomerate,sandand gravel,where large quantities of groundwater are accumulated. Sorško polje aquifer is one of the richest regions of groundwater and represents an important reserve water source for the central part of Slovenia.The performed hydrochemical and isotope investigations present an independent completion of the previous hydrogeological investigation of Sorško polje. The results of research give more reliable information about the water origin, as well as about the influence of the local precipitation and Sava river water on the dynamics of the groundwater restoration in the aquifer. The research defines the characteristics of oxygen isotop ecomposition of groundwater in the Sorško polje aquifer and determines the volume share of aquifer recharge from the Sava river and from local precipitation.

  6. The strategic &apos;'pull'&apos; and operational &apos;'push'&apos; of total quality management in UK regional electricity service companies

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    McAdam, R.; McLean, J.; Henderson, J.

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    The aim of this paper is to evaluate whether the UK regional electricity companies (RECs) has used total quality management (TQM) as a &apos;'push'&apos; or as a &apos;'pull'&apos; change methodology. &apos;'Push'&apos; is the operational improvement role of TQM; &apos;'pull'&apos; is the strategic or direction giving, improvement role of TQM. Following the onset of privatisation in 1990 there has been evidence of the RECs adopting TQM in both &apos;'push'&apos; and &apos;'pull'&apos; methodologies with varying degrees of success. An evaluation of the change processes involved will enable improved change models to be developed leading to increased business effectiveness in this 30 billion pounds sterling industry. Other possible benefits include the possible generalisations to other utilities such as water, roads, gas and telecoms. The research methodology includes a comparative case study analysis of five RECs, which have used TQM as their overarching approach to change. One of the cases is analysed to a more in-depth level based on the multiple case findings. The findings indicate that the &apos;'push-pull'&apos; analysis enables the full range of TQM activities to be evaluated in the RECs studied. Overall, there is a need to have a balanced portfolio of operational or &apos;'push'&apos;-based TQM activity that is driven by strategic or &apos;'pull'&apos; based TQM planning and activity. (author)

  7. Košice meteorite - recovery and the strew field

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    Toth, J.; Porubčan, V.; Borovička, J.; Igaz, A.; Spurný, P.; Svoreň, J.; Husárik, M.; Kornoš, L.; Vereš, P.; Zigo, P.; Koza, J.; Kučera, A.; Gajdoš, S.; Világi, J.; Čapek, D.; Šilha, J.; Schunová, E.; Krišandová, Z.; Tomko, D.; Bodnárová, M.; Búzová, D.; Krejčová, T.

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    The glare of the bolide on the night of February 28, 2010, illuminated streets and interior of apartments, at some places in Eastern Slovakia and Northern Hungary and cannon-like burst or series of low frequency blasts were heard. Due to bad weather, cloudy skies and scatter showers the Central European Fireball Network (operated by Pavel Spurný of the Czech Academy of Sciences) did not take direct optical records of the bolide and also the Slovak Video Meteor Network (operated by Juraj Tóth of Comenius University in Bratislava) did not operate that night so that at first moment it seemed that there were no scientific records available of this event. Fortunately, fast photoelectric sensors on 7 automated fireball stations in the Czech Republic (6) and Austria (1) worked also under cloudy sky and recorded the light curve of the bolide. It enabled to determine the exact time and duration of the event and to estimate its brightness as well. The bolide reached the maximum brightness of at least -18 magnitudes in one huge flare. This light curve was used also for modeling of meteoroid atmospheric fragmentation. Later, several surveillance cameras data were published showing the moment when the night became a day. Three videos from Hungary (Örkény village, Fazzi Daniella and Vass Gábor; Telki village, contact persons Sárneczky Krisztián, Kiss László and Budapest) actually captured the fireball itself. Thanks to calibration of videos by several members of the Hungarian Astronomical Association (MCSE - www.mcse.hu, namely by Igaz Antal) and the trajectory analysis done by Jiří Borovička gave the hope that significant number of meteorite fragments reached the surface. He also calculated the impact area western of the city of Košice in Eastern Slovakia. The data from the Local Seismic Network of Eastern Slovakia (Peter Moczo of the Comenius University) analyzed by Pavel Kalenda confirmed the atmospheric trajectory as well [1].

  8. Building a terminology network for search: the KoMoHe project

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    Mayr, Philipp

    2008-01-01

    The paper reports about results on the GESIS-IZ project "Competence Center Modeling and Treatment of Semantic Heterogeneity" (KoMoHe). KoMoHe supervised a terminology mapping effort, in which 'cross-concordances' between major controlled vocabularies were organized, created and managed. In this paper we describe the establishment and implementation of cross-concordances for search in a digital library (DL).

  9. Correlations between body measurements and tissue composition of oat-fattened White Kołuda geese at 17 weeks of age.

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    Lukaszewicz, E; Adamski, M; Kowalczyk, A

    2008-01-01

    1. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the yield and tissue composition of carcases from White Kołuda ganders (males) and geese (females), and to determine the relationships between body measurements and carcase tissue composition. 2. The experiment was carried out on 200 geese (100 males and 100 females) reared to 14 weeks of age and then fed with oats for the next 3 weeks. Live body weight and body dimensions, slaughter yield, weight and percentage of muscles and skin with fat in carcase were measured and correlation coefficients were calculated between body measurements and slaughter values and carcase tissue composition. 3. White Kołuda geese reared to 17 weeks of age were characterised by high body weight (6705 g) and good muscle yield (29.9%). Males had greater body weight, musculature and fatness than females. Sternum length and breast circumference, width and depth were good indicators of carcase muscle weight in 17-week-old geese. 4. Negative coefficients of correlation between sternum length and weight of skin with subcutaneous fat indicate that increased selection pressure in pedigree flocks of geese on sternum length should be paralleled by reduced carcase fatness in these birds. PMID:18210286

  10. Low-dose nicotine facilitates spatial memory in ApoE-knockout mice in the radial arm maze.

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    Sultana, Ruby; Ameno, Kiyoshi; Jamal, Mostofa; Miki, Takanori; Tanaka, Naoko; Ono, Junichiro; Kinoshita, Hiroshi; Nakamura, Yu

    2013-06-01

    Here, we investigated the effects of nicotine on spatial memory in ApoE-knockout (ApoE-KO) and wild-type (WT) mice in a radial arm maze. Training occurred on three consecutive days and the test was performed on day 4, with one trial per day. Then on day 4, animals were administered nicotine (0.1, 0.25, 0.5, and 1.0 mg/kg) or the antagonist of nicotinic receptors (nAChRs) mecamylamine (MEC 2 mg/kg) alone or together with 0.1 mg/kg nicotine. The number of errors in the first eight choices was recorded. The results were that 0.1 mg/kg nicotine decreased errors in ApoE-KO mice, while 0.1 and 0.25 mg/kg nicotine reduced errors in WT mice, indicating that lower doses of nicotine elicit a memory improvement. In contrast, 1.0 mg/kg nicotine increased errors in WT mice, but not in ApoE-KO mice. MEC alone had no noticeable effect on errors in either strain of mice. However, co-administration of 0.1 mg/kg nicotine and MEC increased errors and reduced the effects of nicotine in WT mice, but not in ApoE-KO mice. Our study found a biphasic effect of nicotine in WT mice: it improves spatial memory at lower doses and impairs it at a higher dose. In ApoE-KO mice, nicotine improves memory at a low dose and has no effect at a higher dose, suggesting that the ApoE deficiency may influence the efficacy of nicotine. Moreover, a reversal of nicotinic effects with MEC was seen in WT mice, indicating the likelihood of the involvement of nAChRs in the spatial-memory response to nicotine.

  11. High energy X-ray laboratory &apos;'HEXYLab'&apos;. The new facility &apos;'HEXYTech'&apos;; Hochenergie-Roentgen-Labor &apos;'HEXYLab'&apos;. Die neue Anlage &apos;'HEXYTech'&apos;

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    Redmer, Bernhard; Hohendorf, Stefan; Kolkoori, Sanjeevareddy; Wrobel, Norma; Ewert, Uwe [BAM Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung, Berlin (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    High-energy radiography is used traditionally for the detection of defects in the thick-walled, bulky components. It is also used for testing the integrity of components for civil and security related applications (containers). The combination of high-energy emitters with digital detector arrays or line cameras allows test procedures in a shorter time compared to film or higher contrast sensitivity. The high-energy X-ray laboratory HEXYLab BAM is a joint laboratory in which future users, manufacturers and scientists can initiate and develop joint development projects. The new universal manipulation system HEXYTech forms the engineering and technical base for the most diverse requirements in HEXYLab (High Energy X-raY Lab.). With a total of 13 rotary and linear axes the diverse trajectories for tube, object and detector can be programmed. So large objects with complex geometries can be examined. 2D and 3D images can be measured by simple radiography, and laminography and computed tomography. The general rules for the application of high energy radiography with digital detectors (imaging plates, Digital detector arrays) were determined within the framework of the European project &apos;'HEDRad'&apos; (High Energy Digital Radiography) and included in the standard DIN EN ISO 17636-2. This article gives an overview of the testing technology and presents the possible applications on the basis of images and experiments. (PowerPoint slides). [German] Hochenergie-Radiographie wird traditionell fuer die Detektion von Defekten in dickwandigen, sperrigen Komponenten angewendet. Sie wird auch genutzt fuer die Pruefung der Komponentenintegritaet bei zivilen und sicherheitsrelevanten Anwendungen (Container). Die Kombination von Hochenergie- Strahlern mit digitalen Detektorarrays oder Zeilenkameras ermoeglicht die Pruefungsdurchfuehrung in kuerzerer Zeit im Vergleich zum Film oder mit hoeherer Kontrastempfindlichkeit. Das Hochenergie-Roentgen-Labor &apos;'HEXYLab'&apos

  12. AHNAK KO mice are protected from diet-induced obesity but are glucose intolerant.

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    Ramdas, M; Harel, C; Armoni, M; Karnieli, E

    2015-04-01

    AHNAK is a 700 KD phosphoprotein primarily involved in calcium signaling in various cell types and regulating cytoskeletal organization and cell membrane architecture. AHNAK expression has also been associated with obesity. To investigate the role of AHNAK in regulating metabolic homeostasis, we studied whole body AHNAK knockout mice (KO) on either regular chow or high-fat diet (HFD). KO mice had a leaner phenotype and were resistant to high-fat diet-induced obesity (DIO), as reflected by a reduction in adipose tissue mass in conjunction with higher lean mass compared to wild-type controls (WT). However, KO mice exhibited higher fasting glucose levels, impaired glucose tolerance, and diminished serum insulin levels on either diet. Concomitantly, KO mice on HFD displayed defects in insulin signaling, as evident from reduced Akt phosphorylation and decreased cellular glucose transporter (Glut4) levels. Glucose intolerance and insulin resistance were also associated with changes in expression of genes regulating fat, glucose, and energy metabolism in adipose tissue and liver. Taken together, these data demonstrate that (a) AHNAK is involved in glucose homeostasis and weight balance (b) under normal feeding KO mice are insulin sensitive yet insulin deficient; and (c) AHNAK deletion protects against HFD-induced obesity, but not against HFD-induced insulin resistance and glucose intolerance in vivo.

  13. Longitudinal Links between Fathers&apos; and Mothers&apos; Harsh Verbal Discipline and Adolescents&apos; Conduct Problems and Depressive Symptoms

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    Wang, Ming-Te; Kenny, Sarah

    2014-01-01

    This study used cross-lagged modeling to examine reciprocal relations between maternal and paternal harsh verbal discipline and adolescents&apos; conduct problems and depressive symptoms. Data were from a sample of 976 two-parent families and their children (51% males; 54% European American, 40% African American). Mothers&apos; and fathers&apos;…

  14. Central dopamine D2 receptors regulate growth-hormone-dependent body growth and pheromone signaling to conspecific males.

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    Noaín, Daniela; Pérez-Millán, M Inés; Bello, Estefanía P; Luque, Guillermina M; Casas Cordero, Rodrigo; Gelman, Diego M; Peper, Marcela; Tornadu, Isabel García; Low, Malcolm J; Becú-Villalobos, Damasia; Rubinstein, Marcelo

    2013-03-27

    Competition between adult males for limited resources such as food and receptive females is shaped by the male pattern of pituitary growth hormone (GH) secretion that determines body size and the production of urinary pheromones involved in male-to-male aggression. In the brain, dopamine (DA) provides incentive salience to stimuli that predict the availability of food and sexual partners. Although the importance of the GH axis and central DA neurotransmission in social dominance and fitness is clearly appreciated, the two systems have always been studied unconnectedly. Here we conducted a cell-specific genetic dissection study in conditional mutant mice that selectively lack DA D2 receptors (D2R) from pituitary lactotropes (lacDrd2KO) or neurons (neuroDrd2KO). Whereas lacDrd2KO mice developed a normal GH axis, neuroDrd2KO mice displayed fewer somatotropes; reduced hypothalamic Ghrh expression, pituitary GH content, and serum IGF-I levels; and exhibited reduced body size and weight. As a consequence of a GH axis deficit, neuroDrd2KO adult males excreted low levels of major urinary proteins and their urine failed to promote aggression and territorial behavior in control male challengers, in contrast to the urine taken from control adult males. These findings reveal that central D2Rs mediate a neuroendocrine-exocrine cascade that controls the maturation of the GH axis and downstream signals that are critical for fitness, social dominance, and competition between adult males.

  15. Application of ko-NAA technique on Dalat research reactor for human hair analysis in environmental pollution study

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    The ko-standardization method of neutron activation analysis (ko-NAA) has recently been developed on Dalat research reactor. However, in order to apply the ko-NAA technique for practical research objects, it is necessary to establish different experimental procedures for each object. This work is aiming at establishing such a ko-NAA procedure on Dalat research reactor for human hair samples to solve the environmental pollution study prob;em. Therefore, the sample collection and preparation, irradiation, gamma-ray spectrum measurement and data processing, as well as quality assurance and quality control of the ko-NAA procedure for human hair samples have been assessed by comparing with elemental concentrations in terms of the experimental to certified values ratio and U-score. The experimental results showed that the ko-NAA for multi-element in human hair sample analysis is able to apply on Dalat research reactor with a rather good analytical quality. (author)

  16. Poland&apos;s syndrome: radiologic findings

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    Bazzi Junior, Joao Lourenco, E-mail: joaobazzijr@gmail.com [Clinica Via Imagem, Xanxere, SC (Brazil); Matta, Eduardo Simoes da [Pro Circulacao - Clinica de Angiologia, Cirurgia Vascular e Ecografia Vascular, Xanxere, SC (Brazil); De Bortoli, Luciano [Materclinica Materno Infantil, Xanxere, SC (Brazil); De Bortoli, Felipe Raasch [Universidade Catolica de Pelotas (UCPel), Pelotas, RS (Brazil). Fac. of Medicine

    2012-05-15

    Poland&apos;s syndrome is a rare non-inherited congenital anomaly. The authors describe the classic radiologic findings of Poland&apos;s syndrome by reporting the case of a male four-year old patient with asymmetry of hands and chest, illustrating the fundamental imaging criteria for a conclusive diagnosis. (author)

  17. Naracija u djece s posebnim jezičnim teškoćama

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    GROBLER Marinka; Arapović, Diana

    2006-01-01

    Posebne jezične teškoće (nadalje PJT) su razvojni poremećaj različitih profila i stupnjeva izraženosti jezičnih teškoća u kontekstu normalnih kognitivnih sposobnosti, a bez prisutnog poznatog uzroka (Bishop, 1992, Leonard, 1998.) Cilj ovog rada bio je istražiti obilježja naracije i utvrditi razlike između skupine djece s posebnim jezičnim teškoćama i skupine djece urednoga jezičnoga razvoja. Ispitivanje je provedeno na dva uzorka ispitanika. Prvi uzorak činilo je 71 dijete, koje je zbog dijag...

  18. Uloga empatije u socijalizaciji djece s teškoćama u razrednim sredinama

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    Špelić, Aldo; Zuliani, Đeni

    2011-01-01

    Potaknuti istraživanjima o pozitivnim posljedicama uključivanja djece s teškoćama u redovnu razrednu nastavu za ostale učenike tipičnog razvoja u ovom smo istraživanju ispitali 1) postoji li razlika u empatiji učenika koji su pohađali nastavu u istom razrednom odjeljenju s učenicima s teškoćama tijekom tri ili četiri godine i onih učenika koji nisu imali takvo iskustvo; 2) kolika je prihvaćenost/neprihvaćenost učenika s teškoćama u njihovim razrednim sredinama i postoji li razlika u empatiji ...

  19. Oil protection &apos;&apos;John R&apos;&apos;; Oljevernaksjon &apos;&apos;John R&apos;&apos;

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    The report briefly reviews the emergency actions after the bulk ship &apos;&apos;John R&apos;&apos; ran aground off Troms on December 15, 2002. The report was worked out by the contingency and control division at the National State Pollution Control Authority (SFT). SFT mobilized their own action organization to attend to the oil pollution preparedness around the disabled ship. The Norwegian Directorate of Shipping and Navigation (SD) mobilized in order to attend to a possible emergency discharging of the ship. In the opening phase, the situation was handled by Defence Command North Norway. The report is built on logs and other written documentation from the Coast Guard and from SFT. Material from several other participants are also included. The harmful effects on the environment were kept to a minimum. Altogether oil damage was observed on 1300 - 1800 sea birds. Only minor shores in three areas were affected.

  20. Advanced RF-KO slow-extraction method for the reduction of spill ripple

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    Noda, K; Shibuya, S; Uesugi, T; Muramatsu, M; Kanazawa, M; Takada, E; Yamada, S

    2002-01-01

    Two advanced RF-knockout (RF-KO) slow-extraction methods have been developed at HIMAC in order to reduce the spill ripple for accurate heavy-ion cancer therapy: the dual frequency modulation (FM) method and the separated function method. As a result of simulations and experiments, it was verified that the spill ripple could be considerably reduced using these advanced methods, compared with the ordinary RF-KO method. The dual FM method and the separated function method bring about a low spill ripple within standard deviations of around 25% and of 15% during beam extraction within around 2 s, respectively, which are in good agreement with the simulation results.

  1. DIGITALNO MARKETINŠKO KOMUNICIRANJE V PODJETJU SIMOBIL D.D.

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    Cajnko, Katja

    2015-01-01

    Digitalni marketing oz. marketinško komuniciranje je relativno nov tehnološki izraz, ki je izbruhnil v svet industrije. Opredelimo ga lahko kot promocijsko izpostavljenost izdelkov ali svetovnih blagovnih znamk skozi eno ali več oblik družbenega mreženja. Povzroča pravi gospodarski razcvet, medtem ko so tradicionalne marketinške metode postale manj dobičkonosne in zastarele ter se v veliki večini osredinjajo samo na televizijske in časopisne oglase. Njegov obstoj ne gre jemati kot luksuzen...

  2. DELO Z OTROŠKO VOKALNO SKUPINO 4. RAZREDA OSNOVNE ŠOLE

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    Simrajh, Patricija

    2015-01-01

    Pri urah glasbene vzgoje velikokrat ne ostane dovolj časa, da bi se naučeni pesmi posvetili še nekoliko bolje – jo muzikalno interpretirali. Zato lahko na osnovni šoli učitelj razrednega pouka oblikuje otroško vokalno skupino kot interesno dejavnost. Prav zato je nastala diplomska naloga z naslovom Delo z otroško vokalno skupino v 4. razredu osnovne šole. V teoretičnem delu so predstavljena dosedanja znanstvena spoznanja o glasbeno-pevskem razvoju učencev, oblikovanju otroškega glasu in ...

  3. The new steam generators for the Krško nuclear power plant

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    Nemčić, Krešimir

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the new steam generators for the Krško nuclear power plant and describes the main design and fabrication improvements which are an ongoing research and development effort in steam generator technology, aimed at improving the reliability and maintainability of the new steam generators. The paper also provides basic information relating to the manufacturing of the new steam generators. Članek predstavlja nova uparjalnika za JE Krško in opisuje glavne izboljšave projekta i...

  4. Ideality and Reality : The Body as Social Criticism in Tsushima Yûko's Child of Fortune

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    2008-01-01

    This thesis is an analysis of the Japanese novel Child of Fortune (Chôji) that was written and published in the late 1970s. The author Tsushima Yûko is relatively unknown to the Western public although she is considered to be one of the more important writers of contemporary Japanese literature. Tsushima Yûko often writes about Japanese women s situation, and she is particularly concerned about issues connected to single motherhood, problems related to pregnancy and child rearing, and the ab...

  5. The founder of the church of Saint George at Pološko

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    Pavlović Dragana

    2015-01-01

    The paper seeks to establish who was the founder of the church of Saint George at Pološko and revise the conclusions of previous researchers regarding this issue. According to the opinion commonly adopted in the scholarly literature, Jovan Dragušin, a cousin of King Dušan, had merely undertaken the construction of church at Pološko, whereas his mother was responsible for the completion of construction and painting of frescoes in the church. Through an analy...

  6. ORIENTACIJSKA IN NAKLONSKA ODVISNOST FOTONAPETOSTNIH SISTEMOV ŠC KRŠKO - SEVNICA

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    Požun, Jože

    2013-01-01

    Magistrska naloga obravnava orientacijsko in naklonsko odvisnost fotonapetostnih sistemov Šolskega centra Krško-Sevnica. Fotonapetostni moduli sončnih elektrarn ŠC Krško-Sevnica so orientirani v smeri vzhod, jug in kot sledilni sistem za namen raziskovanja in izobraževanja. Na podlagi večletnih meritev, opravljenih na sončnih elektrarnah, bo v nalogi ovrednoten vpliv orientacijske in naklonske odvisnosti na proizvodnjo električne energije. Izplen proizvodnje električne energije sončnih elektr...

  7. Reševanje vodnih izgub vodovoda Laško

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    Nemec, Anja

    2013-01-01

    Diplomska naloga obravnava problematiko in možne načine reševanja vodnih izgub vodovoda Laško. V uvodnem delu smo predstavili vodovod Laško in stanje vodnih izgub. V poglavju o prikazu problema smo definirali, zakaj prihaja do izgub in kje so vzroki. Med pomembne dejavnike štejemo tudi zakonodajo, saj brez nje ni uspešnega delovanja na področju obratovanja in vodenja. Danes je obvladovanje vodnih izgub pomemben dejavnik, s katerim se srečujejo vsi upravljavci vodovodnih omrežjih. Te probl...

  8. On the origin and evolutionary state of RZ Cas, KO Aql and S Equ

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    Mennekens, N; Van Rensbergen, W; Yungelson, L R

    2008-01-01

    Aims. Determination of the present evolutionary state and the restrictions on the initial mass ratios of RZ Cas, KO Aql and S Equ. Methods. Comparison of mass gaining stars with evolutionary models of single stars with the same mass and subsequent comparison with accretion tracks from simultaneous conservative binary evolution. Results. The gainers are in an early main sequence stage (Xc greater than 0.5), with KO Aql being almost unevolved. The initial donor/gainer mass ratios Mdi/Mgi must be larger than three to obtain the present mass and luminosity of the gainers.

  9. The trochlear cleft: the &apos;&apos;black line&apos;&apos; of the trochlear trough

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    Wissman, Robert D.; Nepute, Joshua; Fischer, Nathaniel von; Radhakrishnan, Rupa; Hendry, Daniel [University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States); Ingalls, Jerrell [Desert Radiologists, Las Vegas, NV (United States); Kenter, Keith [University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cincinnati, OH (United States)

    2012-09-15

    The &apos;&apos;cartilage black line sign&apos;&apos; is a recently described T2 dark cartilage lesion that we have identified appearing as a cleft in the trochlear trough. The purpose of our study was to define the MR imaging characteristics of a trochlear cleft, determine its incidence, and correlate the MR findings with arthroscopy. A total of 1,300 consecutive MR examinations of the knee were retrospectively reviewed by consensus of two fellowship-trained musculoskeletal radiologists. The MR imaging characteristics and location of a trochlear cleft were determined. Imaging results were compared to arthroscopy when available. Patient age and gender were compared to 25 randomly selected control patients without trochlear clefts. A total of 25 (1.9%) individuals (11 females and 14 males; age range 19-45 years; mean age 28 years) were diagnosed with a trochlear cleft. The control group consisted of 11 females and 14 males; age range 19-83 years; mean age 46 years. Mean cleft length was 7 mm (range 6-12 mm); cleft location was consistently in the lower trochlear trough. No full-thickness cartilage defects were identified in the eight individuals in whom arthroscopic correlation was available. A grade 2 cartilage lesion was identified in a single individual; another progressed from grade 0 to a full-thickness trochlear lesion over an 8-month interval. Eight individuals were athletes. No significant difference in gender was noted between the two groups, however, the study group was significantly younger p < 0.0001. A trochlear cleft is a rare finding in young active individuals. It most likely indicates an incomplete cartilage fissure which may rarely progress to a full-thickness defect. (orig.)

  10. Draft Genome Sequence of the Methanotrophic Gammaproteobacterium Methyloglobulus morosus DSM 22980 Strain KoM1

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    Poehlein, Anja; Daniel, Rolf

    2013-01-01

    Here, we report the draft genome sequence of the methanotrophic gammaproteobacterium Methyloglobulus morosus DSM 22980 strain KoM1, which is proposed to be the type species for the novel genus Methyloglobulus. The genome (4.143 Mb) consists of a single circular chromosome and harbors genes for 2-aminoethylphosphonate (ciliatine) biosynthesis.

  11. Förderung des Öko-Landbaus - Vom Aschenputtel zum Lieblingskind

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    Dabbert, Stephan; Häring, Anna

    2004-01-01

    Nach Jahrzehnten im Schatten der übermächtigen konventionellen Landwirtschaft wird der Öko-Landbau nun von der Politik hofiert und staatlich gefördert. Dafür gibt es gute Gründe - ökologisch und ökonomisch gesehen.

  12. Öko tähendab edu / Liis Kängsepp

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    Kängsepp, Liis, 1981-

    2008-01-01

    Kaubandusturul on populaarsust kogumas mahe- ja ausalt toodetud (fair trade) kaubad. Vt. samas: Mis on mahetoit; Fair Trade; Roheline liikumine: tarbi vähem!; Mätas: pane öko peale ja müüb!; Treener Kristel Tamm jõudis ökoni oma lapsele head pakkuda tahtes

  13. Elemental profiles of soil in and around Tirupati by reactor neutron activation using KO method

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    Soil samples, representatives of various places in and around Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, that are affected by industrial effluents and sewages, were analysed for the elemental profiles by neutron activation analysis (NAA) using Ko method. Concentrations of 23 elements were measured. Variation in concentration of important elements with respect to influence on vegetation is discussed. (author). 2 refs., 1 tab

  14. [Andreeva, E. and Belobrovtseva, I. "Tol'ko Vy poimete sleduiushchii tekst..."] / Avril Pyman

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    Pyman, Avril

    2014-01-01

    Arvustus: Andreeva, E. and Belobrovtseva, I. "Tol'ko Vy poimete sleduiushchii tekst...". Perepiska N. E. Andreeva i L. F. Zurova. Baltiiskii arkhiv: Russkaia kult'tura v Pribaltike, 13. Tallinna Ülikooli Slaavi Keelte ja Kultuuride Instituut, Tallinn, 2013

  15. Country report: Lithuania. &apos;&apos;Best practice&apos;&apos; projects and measures in Lithuania

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    Kazakevicius, E. [Housing and Urban Development Foundation (Lithuania); Jarasunas, V. [Energy Efficiency Center (Lithuania); Skema, R. [Lithuanian Energy Inst. (Lithuania)

    2002-11-01

    The authors report on selected &apos;&apos;best practice&apos;&apos; energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and measures in Lithuania: thermal energy conservation in the building sector, energy audits in industry, biomass utilization. (uke)

  16. The &apos;'invisible'&apos; radioactive scale

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    Bjoernstad, T.; Ramsoey, T

    1999-04-01

    Production and up-concentration of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) in the petroleum industry has attracted steadily increasing attention during the last 15 years. Most production engineers today associate this radioactivity with precipitates (scales) and sludges in production tubing, pumps, valves, separators, settling tanks etc., wherever water is being transported or treated. {sup 226}Ra and {sup 228}Ra are the most well known radioactive constituents in scale. Surprisingly little known is the radioactive contamination by {sup 210}Pb and progeny {sup 210}Bi and {sup 210}Po. These are found in combination with {sup 226}Ra in ordinary scale, often in layer of non-radioactive metallic lead in water transportation systems, but also in pure gas and condensate handling systems &apos;'unsupported'&apos; by {sup 226}Ra, but due to transportation and decay of the noble gas {sup 222}Rn in NG/LNG. This latter contamination may be rather thin, in some cases virtually invisible. When, in addition, the radiation energies are low enough for not being detectable on the equipment outer surface, its existence has for most people in the industry been a secret. The report discusses transportation and deposition mechanisms, detection methods and provides some examples of measured results from the North Sea on equipment sent for maintenance. It is concluded that a regular measurement program for this type of contamination should be mandatory under all dismantling processes of transportation and fluid handling equipment for fluids and gases offshore and onshore.

  17. Development and deployment of a novel &apos;'yellow'&apos; demulsifier for the gullfaks &apos;'A'&apos; platform

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    Jackson, S.J.; Ingebrigtsen, T.; Breen, P.J.; Waage, J.; Thorstenson, T.; Melby, S.

    2006-03-15

    Oil producers are increasingly under pressure to produce their product in an environmentally sound manner. Releases to the environment are undesirable and, where permitted to make such releases, oil producers should minimise their environmental impact. The bulk of treatment chemicals designed to improve separation and provide clean water for disposal can themselves be harmful to the environment and must conform to very stringent rules to be considered environmentally acceptable, or &apos;'green'&apos;. Here we present data on the development of a green demulsifier for Statoil&apos;s Gullfaks &apos;'A'&apos; platform, which not only meets the very stringent regulations but also exhibits a significant improvement in product performance. While the&apos;&apos;bottle test&apos;&apos; remains the industry standard method for selecting demulsifiers, in recent years the &apos;&apos;mini trial&apos;&apos; method for product selection has gained favour. We describe using a combination of both methods for the development of the novel demulsifier technology described here. (Author) (tk)

  18. The expression change of amyloid protein β in the hippocampal neurons of ApoE knockout mice%ApoE基因敲除小鼠海马神经元内β淀粉样蛋白的表达变化

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    张宁; 汪渊; 贾雪梅; 倪普; 徐凌凡; 钱雅琴; 汪涛; 刘娟; 周祎; 桂丽; 黄大可

    2011-01-01

    Objective To observe the effect of the knockout of ApoE gene( ApoE KO ) on the expression of amyloid protein β( Aβ ) in the hippocampal neurons of the mice and discover its possible relationship with Alzheimer Disease’s pathologic processes. Methods Ten wild-type and ten ApoE KO mice were fed with common chow as the control group ( group C ) and the KO group respectively, while 10 ApoE KO mice were fed with high fat diet as group KO-HF. Twelve weeks later,the weight and the lid of these mice were measured. The brain tissues were observed by HE and immunohistochemistry staining. Then used the image analyzing system of the computer to detect the expression of Aβ in the hippocampal neurons of the mice. Results In the ApoE KO group , weight,total cholesterol, triglyceride,low-density lipoprotein cholesterol were higher than those in the control group , and these changes were more significant in group KO-HF. The average optical densities of Aβ were ( 0. 239 5 ±0. 085 8 ),( 0. 288 5 ±0. 121 3 ) and ( 0. 350 7±0. 141 5 ) in group C, group KO and group KO-HF respectively, while these data were all significant( P <0. 05 ). Conclusion The knockout of ApoE gene and high fat diet can lead to the deposition of Aβ , which may have close relationship with the occurrence and development of Alzheimer Disease’s pathologicprocesses.%目的 观察载脂蛋白E基因敲除(ApoE KO)对小鼠海马神经元内β淀粉样蛋白(Aβ)表达的影响,探讨其与神经退行性疾病的认知功能障碍之间的可能联系.方法 10只正常C57BL/6J小鼠予普通饲料喂养作为对照(C)组,10只ApoE-KO的C57BL/6J小鼠予普通饲料喂养作为KO组,10只ApoE KO的C57BL/6J小鼠予高脂饲料喂养作为KO-HF组.小鼠成模后称重,取血检测血脂,取小鼠脑组织分别进行HE、免疫组化染色,并应用计算机图像分析系统检测小鼠海马神经元内Aβ的表达变化.结果 与C组比较,KO组和KO-HF组体重、总胆固醇、甘油三酯及低

  19. Understanding the Role of Teachers&apos; Culture on Student Discipline

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    Murphy, Hope Helene

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to advance educators&apos; understanding of the role of teachers&apos; culture on students&apos; discipline. A key issue in education is disproportionate disciplinary representation of Black male students for cultural behaviors. National and Commonwealth of Virginia discipline data indicate that Black male students…

  20. Chronic hyperbaric oxygen treatment elicits an anti-oxidant response and attenuates atherosclerosis in apoE knockout mice.

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    Kudchodkar, Bhalchandra J; Pierce, Anson; Dory, Ladislav

    2007-07-01

    We previously demonstrated that hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) treatment inhibits diet-induced atherosclerosis in New Zealand White rabbits. In the present study we investigate the mechanisms that might be involved in the athero-protective effect of HBO treatment in a well-accepted model of atherosclerosis, the apoE knockout (KO) mouse. We examine the effects of daily HBO treatment (for 5 and 10 weeks) on the components of the anti-oxidant defense mechanism and the redox state in blood, liver and aortic tissues and compare them to those of untreated apoE KO mice. HBO treatment results in a significant reduction of aortic cholesterol content and decreased fatty streak formation. These changes are accompanied by a significant reduction of autoantibodies against oxidatively modified LDL and profound changes in the redox state of the liver and aortic tissues. A 10-week treatment significantly reduces hepatic levels of TBARS and oxidized glutathione, while significantly increases the levels of reduced glutathione, glutathione reductase (GR), transferase, Se-dependent glutathione peroxidase and catalase (CAT). The effects of HBO treatment are similar in the aortic tissues. These observations provide evidence that HBO treatment has a powerful effect on the redox state of relevant tissues and produces an environment that inhibits oxidation. The anti-oxidant response may be the key to the anti-atherogenic effect of HBO treatment. PMID:16973170

  1. The locus for apolipoprotein E (apoE) is close to the Lutheran (Lu) blood group locus on chromosome 19.

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    Gedde-Dahl, T; Olaisen, B; Teisberg, P; Wilhelmy, M C; Mevåg, B; Helland, R

    1984-01-01

    Linkage has been described between the loci for apolipoprotein E (apoE) and the complement C3 (C3) on chromosome 19. C3 is known to belong to a linkage group with gene order C3-Se-Lu. The present study revealed linkage between Se and apoE with peak lod score +3.3 at recombination fraction 0.08 in males and +1.36 at 0.22 in females, and linkage between apoE and Lu with lod score +4.52 at zero recombination in sexes combined. The C3-apoE linkage gives lod score +4.00 at theta = 0.18 in males, but +0.04 at theta = 0.45 in females. Triple heterozygote families confirm that apoE is on the Se side and on the Lu side of C3. Allelic association between apoE and Lu has not been ruled out. Combining our data with published data on C3-Se and Se-Lu, this segment of chromosome 19 has an average age sex ratio of female/male recombination of 2.3.

  2. Heavy metal characteristics in Kočani Field soil-plant system (Republic of Macedonia)

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    Rogan Šmuc, Nastja; Dolenec, Tadej; Serafimovski, Todor; Tasev, Goran; Dolenec, Matej; Komar, Darja; Vrhovnik, Petra

    2014-05-01

    Contamination of soils with heavy metals is globally widespread and induces a long-term risk to ecosystem health. This research focuses on the heavy metal contamination, transfer values and health risk assessment in the Kočani Field soil-plant system (Republic of Macedonia). To identify the heavy metal concentrations in Kočani soils and crops (rice and maize) the geochemical analysis were performed by inductive coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS), thereupon the transfer factor (TF) and estimated daily intake amount (EDIA) values in Kočani crops were calculated. Heavy metal contamination status of Kočani soils was also assessed by using sequential extraction procedure and by several environmental indexes: geoaccumulation index, contamination factor and contamination degree. The detected total concentrations of As, Cu, Cd, Pb and Zn in soil samples were highly above the threshold values considered to be phytotoxically excessive for the surface soils. The results of the applied indexes confirmed a very high contamination status for Kočani soils. According to the sum of the water soluble (1) and exchangeable (2) fractions for Ag, As, Cd, Cu, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sb and Zn measured in the soils, the mobility and bioavailability potential of the heavy metals studied declined in the following order: Cd > Mo > Sb > Zn > Cu > As > Pb > Ni > Ag. The highest As, Cd, Mo, Pb and Zn values were determined in the rice samples grown in the paddy fields near the Zletovska River. The highest Pb and Mo concentrations measured in the maize samples were from the maize fields near the Zletovska River and Ciflik city. High transfer factor values for Mo, Zn, Cd and Cu revealed a strong accumulation of Mo, Zn and Cd by rice and Mo and Zn by maize crops. The results of the estimated dialy intake showed that the regular consumption of rice and maize crops containing the highest Cd, Mo, Pb and Zn concentrations could pose a serious threat to human health, because the daily intake of Cd, Mo

  3. The adductor magnus &apos;'mini-hamstring'&apos;: MRI appearance and potential pitfalls

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    Broski, Stephen M.; Murthy, Naveen S.; Collins, Mark S. [Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (United States); Krych, Aaron J. [Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (United States); Obey, Mitchel R. [Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, MN (United States)

    2016-02-15

    To examine the anatomic MRI characteristics of the adductor magnus mini hamstring (AMMH) and explore its involvement in cases of hamstring avulsion. An IRB-approved retrospective review of patients undergoing &apos;&apos;hamstring protocol&apos;&apos; MRI between March 2009 and June 2014 was performed. Two musculoskeletal radiologists recorded multiple AMMH anatomic characteristics and involvement in cases of hamstring avulsion. Seventy-six AMMHs were analyzed in 66 patients [35 females and 31 males, mean age 49.3 ± 15.2 years (range 17-81)]. Eleven percent of AMMHs were poorly visualized, 51 % visualized, and 37 % well visualized. Seven percent demonstrated round, 73 % ovoid, and 21 % flat/lenticular tendon morphologies. Most (88 %) demonstrated typical origins. Average cross-sectional area (CSA) was 22.4 ± 10.6 mm{sup 2} (range 6-56), diameter was 7.2 ± 2.5 mm (range 2.9-15), medial distance from the semimembranosus tendon was 7.5 ± 2.5 mm (range 3-14), and tendon length was 6.8 ± 3.3 cm (range 1.2-14.1). There was no gender difference in AMMH anatomic measurements or correlation between age and CSA or diameter. Of 17 complete hamstring avulsion cases, the AMMH was intact in 13, partially torn in 3, and completely torn in 1. The AMMH is a constant finding with variable anatomic characteristics. It is visualized or well visualized by MRI in 88 % of cases and is a sizable tendon located in close proximity to the semimembranosus tendon. Because it is uncommonly completely torn (6 %) in cases of complete hamstring avulsion, radiologists should be aware of its presence and appearance to avoid diagnostic confusion. (orig.)

  4. Beta-Catenin Haplo Insufficient Male Mice Do Not Lose Bone in Response to Hindlimb Unloading.

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    Delphine B Maurel

    Full Text Available As the β-catenin pathway has been shown to be involved in mechanotransduction, we sought to determine if haploinsufficiency would affect skeletal response to unloading. It has previously been shown that deletion of both alleles of β-catenin in bone cells results in a fragile skeleton highly susceptible to fracture, but deletion of one allele using Dmp1-Cre (Ctnnb1+/loxP; Dmp1-Cre, cKO HET has little effect on the 2 mo old skeleton. We found that under normal housing conditions, trabecular bone volume was significantly less in 5 mo old male cKO HET mice compared to controls (Ctrl/HET:Tb. BV/TV = 13.96±2.71/8.92±0.95%, Tb.N. = 4.88±0.51/3.95±0.44/mm, Tb. Sp. = 0.20±0.02/0.26±0.03mm, a 36%, 19% and 30% change respectively but not in females suggesting an age and gender related effect. Before performing suspension experiments and to control for the environmental effects, animals with the same tail attachment and housing conditions, but not suspended (NS, were compared to normally housed (NH animals. Attachment and housing resulted in weight loss in both genders and phenotypes. Cortical bone loss was observed in the cKO HET males (NH/NS, Ct BV/TV: 90.45±0.72/89.12±0.56% and both diaphyseal (0.19±0.01/0.17±0.01mm and metaphyseal (0.10±0.01/0.08±0.01mm thickness, but not in female cKO HET mice suggesting that male cKO HET mice are susceptible to attachment and housing conditions. These results with transgenic mice emphasizes the importance of proper controls when attributing skeletal responses to unloading. With suspension, cKO HET male mice did not lose bone unlike female cKO HET mice that had greater trabecular bone loss than controls (Ctrl 9%:cKO HET 21% decrease Tb. N; Ctrl 12%:cKO HET 27% increase Tb. Sp.. Suspended and non-suspended mice lost weight compared to normally housed animals. Taken together, the data suggest a protective effect of β-catenin against the effects of stress in males and partial protection against unloading in

  5. &apos;Side-by-side&apos;

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    Anon.

    2010-07-01

    France is a nuclear power nation. And this is not going to change. However, at the same time, the country is also pursuing massive investments in the expansion of renewable energies. According to France&apos;s President Nicolas Sarkozy, the motto should be: &apos;side-by-side&apos; rather than &apos;one or the other&apos;. For the PV sector, whose success was unbroken during the crisis in 2009, the signal is positive and could mean sustained growth. (orig.)

  6. Neke poteškoće u provedbi radnje prikrivenog istražitelja

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    Karas, Željko

    2012-01-01

    Autor u radu analizira neke poteškoće vezane uz taktiku provođenja posebne dokazne radnje prikrivenog istražitelja, temeljeći se na najznačajnijim znanstvenim istraživanjima iz stranih sustava u kojima je zbog blažih zakonskih uvjeta ova radnja znatno učestalija. Cilj rada je prikazati područja u kojima kod prikrivenog djelovanja postoje značajne razlike u odnosu na klasične dokazne radnje i slijedom toga istaknuti potrebu uvažavanja poteškoća koje utječu na otkrivačke i dokazne mogućnosti ra...

  7. Monitoring environmental pollution by ko-INAA for environmental protection in Indonesia

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    Regarding to the 2005-2007FNCA program decided, the NAA technique based on the ko-method has been used to determine a concentration of pollutant as function of time and location. This program carries out to monitor a pollutant in the marine environmental sample. Marine samples of sediment, seawater and a clamp, as well as, a green oyster collected from a selected location at north of Banten province and the Bay of Jakarta. Sampling have been carried out twice a year. For background, same sample have been collected at the sampling point located at south-west of Banten. Sediment and biota sample were prepared for NAA determination, meanwhile seawater have been prepared for polarographic measurement. Marine Sediment and biota samples, as well as flux monitor, have been irradiated at a rabbit system facility of RSG GA Siwabessy reactor with a thermal neutron flux of about 2.6.10+17 n.m-2.s-1. Identification of (n, γ) reaction product has been done using a high resolution HPGe detector coupled to a multichannel analyzer. Analysis of γ-ray emitted by activation product have been done using Hyperlab software, while the elemental quantitative analysis have been done by the ko-INAA procedure using ko-IAEA software. The analytical quality was controlled by use of certified reference material of NIST 2702 Marine Sediment, SRM NIST 1566b Oyster Tissue, crm NMIJ 7302a Sediment and CRM No. 9 Sargasso. As preliminary result, the numbers of interested elements in sediments samples were determined to be of about 20 and should be presented in this workshop. Some results of ko-INAA assessment will also be reported and discussed. (author)

  8. Revisiting T2KK and T2KO physics potential and $\

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    Hagiwara, Kaoru; Okamura, Naotoshi; Takaesu, Yoshitaro

    2016-01-01

    We revisit the sensitivity study of the Tokai-to-Kamioka-and-Korea (T2KK) and Tokai-to-Kamioka-and-Oki (T2KO) proposals where a water Cerenkov detector with the 100 kton fiducial volume is placed in Korea ($L = 1000$ km) and Oki island ($L = 653$ km) in Japan, respectively, in addition to the Super-Kamiokande for determination of the neutrino mass hierarchy and leptonic CP phase ($\\delta_{CP}$). We systematically study the running ratio of the $\

  9. Aging of tubes in the Krško nuclear power plant's steam generators

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    Cizelj, Leon; Androjna, Ferdo

    2015-01-01

    The paper reviews the domestic efforts devoted to the safe and reliable operation of the Krško nuclear power plant (NPP) at full power, close to the design limit of the steam generators (18% of plugged tubes) for a full decade. This includes an overview of the recent status and history of the degradation processes, discussion of repair criteria, defining the acceptable size of defects and selected results from safety analyses supporting the operation of degraded steam generator (SG) tubes. It...

  10. Reduced binding of human antibodies to cells from GGTA1/CMAH KO pigs.

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    Burlak, C; Paris, L L; Lutz, A J; Sidner, R A; Estrada, J; Li, P; Tector, M; Tector, A J

    2014-08-01

    Xenotransplantation using genetically modified pig organs could solve the donor organ shortage problem. Two inactivated genes that make humans unique from pigs are GGTA1 and CMAH, the products of which produce the carbohydrate epitopes, aGal and Neu5Gc that attract preformed human antibody. When the GGTA1 and CMAH genes were deleted in pigs, human antibody binding was reduced in preliminary analysis. We analyzed the binding of human IgM and IgG from 121 healthy human serum samples for binding to GGTA1 KO and GGTA1/CMAH KO peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). We analyzed a sub population for reactivity toward genetically modified pig PBMCs as compared to chimpanzee and human PBMCs. Deletion of the GGTA1 and CMAH genes in pigs improved the crossmatch results beyond those observed with chimpanzees. Sorting the 121 human samples tested against the GGTA1/CMAH KO pig PBMCs did not reveal a distinguishing feature such as blood group, age or gender. Modification of genes to make pig carbohydrates more similar to humans has improved the crossmatch with human serum significantly.

  11. Structural model of the pre-Tertiary basement in the Krško basin

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    Marijan Poljak

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Based on seismic reflection profiles recorded in the last ten years in the frame of the investigations for assessment of earthquake hazard at the location of the Krško nuclear power plant, and taking into account relevant geological and gravimetric data as well asresults of deep boreholes, two structural model of the pre-Tertiary basement in the Eastern part of the Kr{ko basin were constructed. In the first model the depth contours of the pre- Tertiary basement were drawn by hand, and in the second model the radial based functioninterpolation method was applied. In the Eastern part of the Kr{ko basin two depressions were distinguished. The Western one – Raka depression is smaller and shallower (max. depth of 1600 m, meanwhile the Eastern one – Globoko depression is larger and deeper(max. depth of 2050 m. In-between is a saddle at Drnovo where the pre-Tertiary basement lies at the depth of approx. 1000 m. Three-dimensional model will be used in further studies as is seismological modelling of the influence of the shape of the sedimentary basinon the seismic ground motion in case of an earthquake.

  12. BLOWIN&apos; IN THE WIND: BOTH &apos;'NEGATIVE'&apos; AND &apos;'POSITIVE'&apos; FEEDBACK IN AN OBSCURED HIGH-z QUASAR

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    Cresci, G.; Mannucci, F. [INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisco di Arcetri, largo E. Fermi 5, I-50127, Firenze (Italy); Mainieri, V. [European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-strasse 2, D-85748 Garching bei München (Germany); Brusa, M.; Perna, M.; Lanzuisi, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Bologna, viale Berti Pichat 6/2, I-40127 Bologna (Italy); Marconi, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università degli Studi di Firenze, via G. Sansone 1, I-50019 Sesto F.no, Firenze (Italy); Piconcelli, E.; Feruglio, C.; Fiore, F.; Bongiorno, A. [INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, via Frascati 33, I-00040 Monteporzio Catone (Italy); Maiolino, R. [Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, 19 J. J. Thomson Avenue, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Merloni, A [Max Planck Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse 1, D-85748 Garching bei München (Germany); Schramm, M.; Silverman, J. D. [Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (WPI), Todai Institutes for Advanced Study, the University of Tokyo, Kashiwanoha 5-1-5, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba 277-8568 (Japan); Civano, F., E-mail: gcresci@arcetri.astro.it [Department of Physics and Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Yale University, PO Box 208121, New Haven, CT 06520-8121 (United States)

    2015-01-20

    Quasar feedback in the form of powerful outflows is invoked as a key mechanism to quench star formation in galaxies, preventing massive galaxies to overgrow and producing the red colors of ellipticals. On the other hand, some models are also requiring &apos;'positive'&apos; active galactic nucleus feedback, inducing star formation in the host galaxy through enhanced gas pressure in the interstellar medium. However, finding observational evidence of the effects of both types of feedback is still one of the main challenges of extragalactic astronomy, as few observations of energetic and extended radiatively driven winds are available. Here we present SINFONI near infrared integral field spectroscopy of XID2028, an obscured, radio-quiet z = 1.59 QSO detected in the XMM-COSMOS survey, in which we clearly resolve a fast (1500 km s{sup –1}) and extended (up to 13 kpc from the black hole) outflow in the [O III] lines emitting gas, whose large velocity and outflow rate are not sustainable by star formation only. The narrow component of Hα emission and the rest frame U-band flux from Hubble Space Telescope/Advanced Camera for Surveys imaging enable to map the current star formation in the host galaxy: both tracers independently show that the outflow position lies in the center of an empty cavity surrounded by star forming regions on its edge. The outflow is therefore removing the gas from the host galaxy (&apos;&apos;negative feedback&apos;&apos;), but also triggering star formation by outflow induced pressure at the edges (&apos;&apos;positive feedback&apos;&apos;). XID2028 represents the first example of a host galaxy showing both types of feedback simultaneously at work.

  13. ApoE polymorphisms in narcolepsy

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    Kasten Meike

    2001-08-01

    Full Text Available Summary Background Narcolepsy is a common neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by increased daytime sleepiness, cataplexy and hypnagogic hallucinations. Deficiency of the hypocretin neurotransmitter system was shown to be involved in the pathogenesis of narcolepsy in animals and men. There are several hints that neurodegeneration of hypocretin producing neurons in the hypothalamus is the pathological correlate of narcolepsy. The ApoE4 allele is a major contributing factor to early-onset neuronal degeneration in Alzheimer disease and other neurodegenerative diseases as well. Methods To clarify whether the ApoE4 phenotype predisposes to narcolepsy or associates with an earlier disease onset, we have genotyped the ApoE gene in 103 patients with narcolepsy and 101 healthy controls. Results The frequency of the E4 allele of the ApoE gene was 11% in the patient and 15% in the control groups. Furthermore, the mean age of onset did not differ between the ApoE4+ and ApoE4- patient groups. Conclusion Our results exclude the ApoE4 allele as a major risk factor for narcolepsy.

  14. KoFlux: Korean Regional Flux Network in AsiaFlux

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    Kim, J.

    2002-12-01

    AsiaFlux, the Asian arm of FLUXNET, held the Second International Workshop on Advanced Flux Network and Flux Evaluation in Jeju Island, Korea on 9-11 January 2002. In order to facilitate comprehensive Asia-wide studies of ecosystem fluxes, the meeting launched KoFlux, a new Korean regional network of long-term micrometeorological flux sites. For a successful assessment of carbon exchange between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere, an accurate measurement of surface fluxes of energy and water is one of the prerequisites. During the 7th Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) Asian Monsoon Experiment (GAME) held in Nagoya, Japan on 1-2 October 2001, the Implementation Committee of the Coordinated Enhanced Observing Period (CEOP) was established. One of the immediate tasks of CEOP was and is to identify the reference sites to monitor energy and water fluxes over the Asian continent. Subsequently, to advance the regional and global network of these reference sites in the context of both FLUXNET and CEOP, the Korean flux community has re-organized the available resources to establish a new regional network, KoFlux. We have built up domestic network sites (equipped with wind profiler and radiosonde measurements) over deciduous and coniferous forests, urban and rural rice paddies and coastal farmland. As an outreach through collaborations with research groups in Japan, China and Thailand, we also proposed international flux sites at ecologically and climatologically important locations such as a prairie on the Tibetan plateau, tropical forest with mixed and rapid land use change in northern Thailand. Several sites in KoFlux already begun to accumulate interesting data and some highlights are presented at the meeting. The sciences generated by flux networks in other continents have proven the worthiness of a global array of micrometeorological flux towers. It is our intent that the launch of KoFlux would encourage other scientists to initiate and

  15. Poboljšana topljivost teško topljivog lijeka u čvrstim disperzijama s polimernim i nepolimernim hidrofilnim dodacima

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    CHAWLA, GARIMA; K. BANSAL, ARVIND

    2008-01-01

    Irbesartan (IBS) je hidrofobni lijek teško topljiv u vodi koji se slabo oslobađa iz ljekovitih pripravaka. U radu je opisana priprava čvrstih disperzija (SDs) IBS-a pomoću aditiva male relativne molekulske mase (vinska kiselina i manitol) i polimera (polivinilpirolidona, PVP, i hidroksipropil metilceluloze, HPMC). Koristeći vinsku kiselinu i PVP topljivost je povećana 9,5 puta (138 g mL1), odnosno 7 puta (103 g mL1) u odnosu na kristaliničnu formu (14,6 g mL1). Difrakcijom X-zrakama pra...

  16. Korea&apos;s 1-watt plan &apos;&apos;Standby Korea 2010&apos;&apos;

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    Kim, Yungrae

    2010-09-15

    Korea announced standby power of all electronics shall be reduced to below 1W by 2010. Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE, Korean government) and Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO) established &apos;&apos;Standby Korea 2010&apos;&apos; which is a roadmap to limit standby power below 1W by 2010. Korea implemented mandatory program over a relatively short period of time, incorporating the better elements from the more established national program and adding new initiatives, such as the threat of using mandatory warning label for products that fail to meet standby power targets.

  17. &apos;&apos;When Cost Measures Contradict&apos;&apos;

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    Montgomery, W. D.; Smith, A. E.; Biggar, S. L.; Bernstein, P. M.

    2003-05-09

    When regulators put forward new economic or regulatory policies, there is a need to compare the costs and benefits of these new policies to existing policies and other alternatives to determine which policy is most cost-effective. For command and control policies, it is quite difficult to compute costs, but for more market-based policies, economists have had a great deal of success employing general equilibrium models to assess a policy&apos;s costs. Not all cost measures, however, arrive at the same ranking. Furthermore, cost measures can produce contradictory results for a specific policy. These problems make it difficult for a policy-maker to determine the best policy. For a cost measures to be of value, one would like to be confident of two things. First one wants to be sure whether the policy is a winner or loser. Second, one wants to be confident that a measure produces the correct policy ranking. That is, one wants to have confidence in a policy measure&apos;s ability to correctly rank policies from most beneficial to most harmful. This paper analyzes empirically these two properties of different costs measures as they pertain to assessing the costs of the carbon abatement policies, especially the Kyoto Protocol, under alternative assumptions about implementation.

  18. Expression pattern of immediate early genes in the cerebellum of D1R KO, D2R KO, and wild type mice under vestibular-controlled activity.

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    Nakamura, Toru; Sato, Asako; Kitsukawa, Takashi; Sasaoka, Toshikuni; Yamamori, Tetsuo

    2015-01-01

    We previously reported the different motor abilities of D1R knockout (KO), D2R KO and wild-type (WT) mice. To understand the interaction between the cerebellum and the striatal direct and indirect pathways, we examined the expression patterns of immediate early genes (IEG) in the cerebellum of these three genotypes of mice. In the WT naive mice, there was little IEG expression. However, we observed a robust expression of c-fos mRNA in the vermis and hemisphere after running rota-rod tasks. In the vermis, c-fos was expressed throughout the lobules except lobule 7, and also in crus 1 of the ansiform lobule (Crus1), copula of the pyramis (Cop) and most significantly in the flocculus in the hemisphere. jun-B was much less expressed but more preferentially expressed in Purkinje cells. In addition, we observed significant levels of c-fos and jun-B expressions after handling mice, and after the stationary rota-rod task in naive mice. Surprisingly, we observed significant expression of c-fos and jun-B even 30 min after single weighing. Nonetheless, certain additional c-fos and jun-B expressions were observed in three genotypes of the mice that experienced several sessions of motor tasks 24 h after stationary rota-rod task and on days 1 and 5 after rota-rod tasks, but no significant differences in expressions after the running rota-rod tasks were observed among the three genotypes. In addition, there may be some differences 24 h after the stationary rota-rod task between the naive mice and the mice that experienced several sessions of motor tasks.

  19. Oxidative Stress, Skin Aging and Antioxidant Therapy / Oksidacioni Stres, Starenje Kože I Antioksidaciona Terapija

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    Full Text Available Starenje kože je dinamičan proces koji se dešava usled hronološkog starenja i foto-starenja izazvanog izlaganjem delovanju faktora spoljašnje sredine, pre svega UV (eng. ultraviolet zračenja. Kumulativni oksidacioni stres, formiranje slobodnih radikala i njihov nepovoljan uticaj na biološke sisteme u ćelijama kože, predstavljju čest i zajednički mehanizam oba procesa starenja kože. Formirane reaktivne kiseonične vrste (eng. reactive oxygen species-ROS mogu dovesti do oksidacije gradivnih molekula ćelija. Peroksidacija lipida, oštećenje membranskih proteina i DNK mutacije mogu dovesti do pojave strukturnih, funkcionalnih, kao i estetskih promena na koži, a takođe mogu pokrenuti razvoj mnogih bolesti.

  20. Software in the DOE: The Hidden Overhead of&apos;&apos;The Build&apos;&apos;

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    Kumfert, G; Epperly, T

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    &apos;&apos;The Build&apos;&apos; is the infrastructure needed to convert software from source code to usable form. It is intimately tied to the software it supports, knowing about every file and automating every transformation needed to produce a working program. Every developer knows that a project spends some labor overhead on &apos;&apos;the build.&apos;&apos; How big is this hidden overhead? According to 34 scientific software developers we surveyed at Lawrence Livermore National Labs, among colleagues at other DOE labs, and a handful of academics the &apos;'perceived'&apos; overhead averages around 12%. Individual cases of 20% to 30% were not uncommon. In one project claiming a 20% overhead, we found supporting evidence by combing through their CVS repository.

  1. Arabidopsis thaliana extracts optimized for polyphenols production as potential therapeutics for the APOE-modulated neuroinflammation characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease in vitro

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    Ghura, Shivesh; Tai, Leon; Zhao, Ming; Collins, Nicole; Che, Chun-Tao; Warpeha, Katherine M.; LaDu, Mary Jo

    2016-01-01

    Although the cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is unknown, glial-induced neuroinflammation is an early symptom. Familial AD is caused by increases in amyloid-beta (Aβ) peptide, particularly soluble oligomeric (oAβ), considered a proximal neurotoxin and neuroinflammatory stimuli. APOE4, a naturally occurring genotype of APOE, is the greatest genetic risk factor for AD; increasing risk up to 12-fold compared to APOE3 and APOE2. oAβ-induced neuroinflammation is greater with APOE4 compared to APOE3 and APOE2. As sinapates and flavonoids have anti-inflammatory properties, a protocol was developed for optimizing polyphenol production in seedlings of Arabidopsis thaliana (A. thaliana). Three mutants (cop1, prn1, xpf3) were identified, and the extracts treated with liver microsomes to mimic physiological metabolism, with HPLC and MS performed on the resulting metabolites for peak identification. These extracts were used to treat primary glial cells isolated from human APOE-targeted-replacement (APOE-TR) and APOE-knock-out (KO) mice, with neuroinflammation induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or oAβ. The dose-response data for TNFα secretion demonstrate the followed the order: APOE-KO > APOE4 > APOE3 > APOE2, with xpf3 the most effective anti-neuroinflammatory across APOE genotypes. Thus, the plant-based approach described herein may be particularly valuable in treating the APOE4-induced neuroinflammatory component of AD risk. PMID:27383500

  2. 沉默Ko70基因逆转人乳腺癌耐药细胞MCF-7/ADR耐药性%Silence Ko70 gene inverted MCF7/ADR drug resistence to cisplatin

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    葛亮; 佟倜; 李欣蓉; 崔雪玲; 陈芳芳

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨沉默Ko70基因对耐表阿霉素人乳腺癌细胞MCF-7/ADR耐药逆转作用.方法 以脂质体包裹的SiRNA-Ko70转染细胞,RT-PCR验证KO70沉默效率.CCK8试剂盒测定细胞增殖活性,通过Caspase-3分光光度法、Annexin Ⅴ-PI染色检测细胞凋亡.结果 SiRNA-KO70转染组Ko70-mRNA表达明显下降,细胞对表阿霉素的敏感性明显增加,药物半数致死浓度(IC50)由34.38±6.75 μg/ml降低为13.06±2.62 μg/ml,耐药指数(RI)由8.26减至3.14.以表阿霉素5 μg/ml的培养液培养细胞24 h,SiRNA-Ko70转染组(12 pmol)与阴性对照组及空白对照组相比,caspase-3活性明显增高;凋亡细胞数明显增多.结论 SiRNA-Ko70通过下调Ko70的表达,逆转耐表阿霉素人乳腺癌细胞MCF-7/ADR对表阿霉素的耐药性,降低凋亡域值,从而增强了人乳腺癌细胞对表阿霉素的敏感性.%Objective To explore whether silence Ko70 protein can reverse the resistance of the cpirubicin-rcsistant human breast cancer cell MCF-7/ADR to cpirubicin. Methods Transfcctcd SiRNA-Ko70 into MCF7/ADR via liposomc, RT-PCR validated the silent efficiency of Ko70. CCK8 kit to determine the cells proliferation activity, Anncxin V-PI staining and Caspasc-3 kit to detect cells apoptosis. Results SiRNA-Ko70 transfection decreased Ko70-mRNA expression significantly and increased the sensitivity of MCF7/ADR to cpirubicin, drug median lethal Concentration (IC50) decreased from 34. 38 + 6. 75 μg/ml to 13. 06 i 2. 62 μg/ml,rcsistantindcx (RI) decreased from 8. 26 to 3. 14. caspasc-3 activity and the number of apoptotic cells of SiRNA-Ko70 transfection group (12 pmol) increased significantly compared with the negative control group and blank control group after cultured with 5 μg/ml cpirubicin for 24 hours. Conclusion Down regulation of Ko70 could reverse drug resistance to cpirubicin in human breast cancer cell MCF-7/ADR, reduce apoptosis domain value of MCF-7/ADR and enhance sensitivity of the human breast cancer

  3. Binding Specificities of the Telomere Phage ϕKO2 Prophage Repressor CB and Lytic Repressor Cro.

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    Hammerl, Jens Andre; Jäckel, Claudia; Lanka, Erich; Roschanski, Nicole; Hertwig, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    Temperate bacteriophages possess a genetic switch which regulates the lytic and lysogenic cycle. The genomes of the temperate telomere phages N15, PY54, and ϕKO2 harbor a primary immunity region (immB) comprising genes for the prophage repressor (cI or cB), the lytic repressor (cro) and a putative antiterminator (q). The roles of these products are thought to be similar to those of the lambda proteins CI (CI prophage repressor), Cro (Cro repressor), and Q (antiterminator Q), respectively. Moreover, the gene order and the location of several operator sites in the prototype telomere phage N15 and in ϕKO2 are reminiscent of lambda-like phages. We determined binding sites of the ϕKO2 prophage repressor CB and lytic repressor Cro on the ϕKO2 genome in detail by electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA) studies. Unexpectedly, ϕKO2 CB and Cro revealed different binding specificities. CB was bound to three OR operators in the intergenic region between cB and cro, two OL operators between cB and the replication gene repA and even to operators of N15. Cro bound exclusively to the 16 bp operator site OR3 upstream of the ϕKO2 prophage repressor gene. The ϕKO2 genes cB and cro are regulated by several strong promoters overlapping with the OR operators. The data suggest that Cro represses cB transcription but not its own synthesis, as already reported for PY54 Cro. Thus, not only PY54, but also phage ϕKO2 possesses a genetic switch that diverges significantly from the switch of lambda-like phages. PMID:27527206

  4. A &apos;'LIGHT'&apos;, CENTRALLY CONCENTRATED MILKY WAY HALO?

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    Rashkov, Valery; Pillepich, Annalisa; Deason, Alis J.; Madau, Piero [Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (United States); Rockosi, Constance M. [Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, UCO/Lock Observatory, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (United States); Guedes, Javiera [Institute for Astronomy, ETH Zurich, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland); Mayer, Lucio [Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Zurich, CH-9057 Zurich (Switzerland)

    2013-08-20

    We discuss a novel approach to &apos;'weighing'&apos; the Milky Way (MW) dark matter halo, one that combines the latest samples of halo stars selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) with state of the art numerical simulations of MW analogs. The fully cosmological runs employed in the present study include &apos;'Eris'&apos;, one of the highest resolution hydrodynamical simulations of the formation of a M{sub vir} = 8 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 11} M{sub Sun} late-type spiral, and the dark-matter-only M{sub vir} = 1.7 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 12} M{sub Sun} &apos;&apos;Via Lactea II&apos;&apos; (VLII) simulation. Eris provides an excellent laboratory for creating mock SDSS samples of tracer halo stars, and we successfully compare their density, velocity anisotropy, and radial velocity dispersion profiles with the observational data. Most mock SDSS realizations show the same &apos;&apos;cold veil&apos;&apos; recently observed in the distant stellar halo of the MW, with tracers as cold as {sigma}{sub los} Almost-Equal-To 50 km s{sup -1} between 100 and 150 kpc. Controlled experiments based on the integration of the spherical Jeans equation as well as a particle tagging technique applied to VLII show that a &apos;'heavy'&apos; M{sub vir} Almost-Equal-To 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 12} M{sub Sun} realistic host produces a poor fit to the kinematic SDSS data. We argue that these results offer added evidence for a &apos;'light'&apos;, centrally concentrated MW halo.

  5. Reduction in DHA transport to the brain of mice expressing human APOE4 compared to APOE2.

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    Vandal, Milène; Alata, Wael; Tremblay, Cyntia; Rioux-Perreault, Christine; Salem, Norman; Calon, Frédéric; Plourde, Mélanie

    2014-05-01

    Benefits on cognition from docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22 : 6 n-3) intake are absent in humans carrying apolipoprotein E ε4 allele (APOE4), the most important genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD). To test the hypothesis that carrying APOE4 impairs DHA distribution, we evaluated plasma and brain fatty acid profiles and uptake of [(14) C]-DHA using in situ cerebral perfusion through the blood-brain barrier in 4- and 13-month-old male and female APOE-targeted replacement mice (APOE2, APOE3, and APOE4), fed with a DHA-depleted diet. Cortical and plasma DHA were 9% lower and 34% higher in APOE4 compared to APOE2 mice, respectively. Brain uptake of [(14) C]-DHA was 24% lower in APOE4 versus APOE2 mice. A significant relationship was established between DHA and apoE concentrations in the cortex of mice (r(2) = 0.21) and AD patients (r(2) = 0.32). Altogether, our results suggest that lower brain uptake of DHA in APOE4 than in APOE2 mice may limit the accumulation of DHA in cerebral tissues. These data provide a mechanistic explanation for the lack of benefit of DHA in APOE4 carriers on cognitive function and the risk of AD. Using human APOE2, 3, and 4 isoform-specific transgenic mice, we found a lower brain uptake of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in APOE4 than in APOE2 mice that may limit the biodistribution of DHA in cerebral tissues. These data provide a mechanistic explanation for the lack of benefit of DHA in APOE4 carriers on cognitive function and the risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD).

  6. Antiproliferative and Proapoptotic Effects of Labisia pumila Ethanol Extract and Its Active Fraction in Human Melanoma HM3KO Cells.

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    Lope Pihie, Azimahtol Hawariah; Zakaria, Zainul Amiruddin; Othman, Fezah

    2012-01-01

    The present study was to determine the anticancer potential of Labisia pumila in in vitro models. Results from the study revealed that ethanol extract of L. pumila was more cytotoxic against HM3KO cells while having reduced effects on nonmalignant cells as compared to aqueous and hexane extracts. Thus, ethanol extract was selected to be further separated by using the bioassay-guided fractionation method to give an active fraction, SF2Lp. Results obtained from the flow cytometry analysis showed that SF2Lp was able to arrest the HM3KO cell cycle at the G1 phase, while morphological findings from AO-EB nuclear staining assays along with the Apoptotic Index confirmed the induction of apoptosis by SF2Lp in HM3KO cells. Results from the mechanistic study further revealed that SF2Lp treatment was able to concurrently increase the expression level of p53 and pro-apoptotic protein Bax and also reduce the expression level of anti-apoptotic protein BCl-2 in HM3KO cells, directly contributing to the increase in Bax/Bcl-2 ratio. These findings, therefore, suggested that L. pumila was able to inhibit HM3KO cell growth possibly by arresting the cell cycle at G1 phase and inducing apoptosis in HM3KO cells via the up- and down-regulation of Bax/Bcl-2 protein, mediated through a p53-dependent pathway. PMID:22474490

  7. Antiproliferative and Proapoptotic Effects of Labisia pumila Ethanol Extract and Its Active Fraction in Human Melanoma HM3KO Cells

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    Azimahtol Hawariah Lope Pihie

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study was to determine the anticancer potential of Labisia pumila in in vitro models. Results from the study revealed that ethanol extract of L. pumila was more cytotoxic against HM3KO cells while having reduced effects on nonmalignant cells as compared to aqueous and hexane extracts. Thus, ethanol extract was selected to be further separated by using the bioassay-guided fractionation method to give an active fraction, SF2Lp. Results obtained from the flow cytometry analysis showed that SF2Lp was able to arrest the HM3KO cell cycle at the G1 phase, while morphological findings from AO-EB nuclear staining assays along with the Apoptotic Index confirmed the induction of apoptosis by SF2Lp in HM3KO cells. Results from the mechanistic study further revealed that SF2Lp treatment was able to concurrently increase the expression level of p53 and pro-apoptotic protein Bax and also reduce the expression level of anti-apoptotic protein BCl-2 in HM3KO cells, directly contributing to the increase in Bax/Bcl-2 ratio. These findings, therefore, suggested that L. pumila was able to inhibit HM3KO cell growth possibly by arresting the cell cycle at G1 phase and inducing apoptosis in HM3KO cells via the up- and down-regulation of Bax/Bcl-2 protein, mediated through a p53-dependent pathway.

  8. AREVA &apos;&apos;Sustainable Cycle Solutions&apos;&apos;

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    Almost three years after the Fukushima events, the nuclear industry has shown its capacity to respond to first additional safety requirements and continues working closely with the regulators and involved stakeholders for further improvements. Continued growth is still anticipated and several international organizations have confirmed 2035 scenarios close to or above 600 GWe of installed nuclear capacity. Securing and optimizing the fuel cycle is crucial to ensure the sustainability of such a nuclear program in the medium term. Rethinking fuel cycle schemes is also decisive to prepare long term transitions to next generations of reactors. R&D and Innovation shall remain a cornerstone of this sustainable development. Countries with significant or growing nuclear fleets have confirmed their commitment or plans to recycle. This is notably the case in China, France, India, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, and the Russian federation. Most of other nuclear countries are currently rethinking their used fuel management, taking into account; the geopolitical context and the international framework, including multilateral agreements, the legacy of their past fuel cycle policies,the cornerstones of energy policies&apos; evolution such as the targets set for energy independence, as well as the level of their ambition in terms of nuclear park evolution, the involvement of concerned stakeholders in the decision making process, the regulatory and legal frameworks evolutions, the operational challenges that the nuclear actors are currently facing, in particular the increasing Constraints related to reactor pool storage, or to very long term dry storage. With the foreseen nuclear development, the used fuel backlog will continue to grow for several decades. Bolstered by a 40 years experience, recycling has been contributing to further increase safety while offering main operational, environmental, global acceptance benefits, among others However even though recycling

  9. Rapporteurs&apos; Report

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    Isaacs, T H

    2004-02-11

    This Third FSC workshop focused on, &apos;&apos;Understanding the factors that influence public perception and confidence in the area of radioactive waste management...&apos;&apos; The workshop was held in Finland in close cooperation with Finnish stakeholders. This was most appropriate because of the recent successes in achieving positive decisions at the municipal, governmental, and Parliamentary levels, allowing the Finnish high-level radioactive waste repository program to proceed, including the identification of a proposed site. The workshop objective was to gain insight in answering the question, &apos;&apos;How did this political and societal decision come about?&apos;&apos;

  10. Contemporary population and development challenges in the Municipality of Dubrovačko Primorje, Croatia

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    Helena Karlić Mujo

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to define the basic issues and opportunities challenging the modern development of the Municipality of Dubrovačko Primorje, their causes and effects. The processes of depopulation affected this poorly developed rural region since 1960s, which had been influenced by various factors: development polarisation caused by intensive development of tourism, the poor traffic infrastructure in the highland-area of the Municipality and the unsolved water supply issue. In 1990s a series of events intensified negative demographic trends as follows: aggression on Croatia, occupation during which residential, economic and infrastructural buildings were destroyed and burnt, as well as an earthquake which happened after the return of the refugees. The long-lasting rural emigration from this region towards Dubrovnik caused not only an instantaneous decrease of population but also a contraction of the renewing basis and an accelerated decrease of natural growth in the Municipality of Dubrovačko Primorje. In that way the emigrational depopulation as a consequence of a specific socioeconomic development, became the cause of the current biological depopulation. The intensity of the depopulation processes has been established by an analysis of a total population dynamics and the changes in biological and economic population structure. The conclusion of the study indicates activities which have promising development in the Municipality of Dubrovačko Primorje and which might partly stop the negative demographic trends. Those are mainly traditional activities in this region which are not commercially used enough. They should prevent any further emigration and perhaps even attract those who immigrated, back to their place of birth.

  11. Exaggerated phosphorylation of brain tau protein in CRH KO mice exposed to repeated immobilization stress.

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    Kvetnansky, Richard; Novak, Petr; Vargovic, Peter; Lejavova, Katarina; Horvathova, Lubica; Ondicova, Katarina; Manz, George; Filipcik, Peter; Novak, Michal; Mravec, Boris

    2016-07-01

    Neuroendocrine and behavioral stress responses are orchestrated by corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and norepinephrine (NE) synthesizing neurons. Recent findings indicate that stress may promote development of neurofibrillary pathology in Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, we investigated relationships among stress, tau protein phosphorylation, and brain NE using wild-type (WT) and CRH-knockout (CRH KO) mice. We assessed expression of phosphorylated tau (p-tau) at the PHF-1 epitope and NE concentrations in the locus coeruleus (LC), A1/C1 and A2/C2 catecholaminergic cell groups, hippocampus, amygdala, nucleus basalis magnocellularis, and frontal cortex of unstressed, singly stressed or repeatedly stressed mice. Moreover, gene expression and protein levels of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) and CRH receptor mRNA were determined in the LC. Plasma corticosterone levels were also measured. Exposure to a single stress increases tau phosphorylation throughout the brain in WT mice when compared to singly stressed CRH KO animals. In contrast, repeatedly stressed CRH KO mice showed exaggerated tau phosphorylation relative to WT controls. We also observed differences in extent of tau phosphorylation between investigated structures, e.g. the LC and hippocampus. Moreover, CRH deficiency leads to different responses to stress in gene expression of TH, NE concentrations, CRH receptor mRNA, and plasma corticosterone levels. Our data indicate that CRH effects on tau phosphorylation are dependent on whether stress is single or repeated, and differs between brain regions. Our findings indicate that CRH attenuates mechanisms responsible for development of stress-induced tau neuropathology, particularly in conditions of chronic stress. However, the involvement of central catecholaminergic neurons in these mechanisms remains unclear and is in need of further investigation.

  12. Condoms - male

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    ... contained in a male's semen reach a woman's vagina, pregnancy may occur. Condoms work by preventing sperm ... coming in contact with the inside of the vagina. If condoms are used correctly every time intercourse ...

  13. Prikaz znanja u internetu stvari: semantičko modeliranje i njegove primjene

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    Wang, Wei; Suparna; Cassar, Gilbert; Moessner, Klaus

    2014-01-01

    Semantičko modeliranje pruža potencijalnu osnovu za me.udjelovanje različitih sustava i aplikacija unutar interneta stvari (IoT). Međutim, postojeći radovi uglavnom su fokusirani na upravljanje IoT resursima, ali ne i pristupu i korištenju informacija koje generira “stvar”. Predstavljamo projektiranje sveobuhvatnog i laganog semantičkog opisnog modela za prikaz znanja u IoT domeni. Projektiranje slijedi široko-priznate najbolje običaje u inženjerstvu znanja i ontološkom modeliranju. Korisnici...

  14. Anpassung des Kontrollverfahrens nach der EG-Öko-Verordnung an die Anforderungen der Kontrollverordnung

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    Neuendorff, Jochen

    2009-01-01

    Seit dem 1. Januar 2009 gelten die neuen EG-Rechtsregelungen zum Ökologischen Landbau. Diese lösten die seit 1991 geltende EG-Öko-Verordnung ab. In den Neuregelungen ist niedergelegt, dass das Kontrollsystem für Erzeugnisse des Ökologischen Landbaus im Einklang mit den Bestimmungen der Verordnung Nr. 882/2004 umgesetzt werden soll. Diese Regelung beeinflusst die Effektivität und die Effizienz des Kontrollsystems. Im Rahmen des Vorhabens wurde das Rechtsverhältnis zwischen den EG-Rechtsvors...

  15. KIRURŠKO LIJEČENJE HALLUX LIMITUS/RIGIDUS U MLADE ŠPORTAŠICE

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    Lucijanić, Ivica; Mirković, Maja Mirković; Cicvara-Pećina, Tatjana; Pećina, Marko

    2010-01-01

    Hallux limitus/ rigidus određuje ograničenje dorzalne fleksije metatarzofalangealnog zgloba palca usljed stvaranja osteofita uokolo dorzalnog ruba glave prve metatarzalne kosti. Navode se mnogi uzroci nastanka uključujući i traumu. Liječenje je konzervativno ili kirurško, a primjenjuje se više vrsta kirurškog liječenja. Autori prikazuju sportašicu s hallux limitusom (drugi stupanj bolesti) operiranu u njezinoj 19. godini života s postoperativnim praćenjem od 10 godina....

  16. The Idea of an Innovated Concept of the Košice Geothermal Project

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    Bujanská Alena

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Slovakia has very limited amounts of fossil resources. However, it has a relatively high potential of geothermal energy which use is far below its possibilities. The most abundant geothermal resource, not only in Slovakia but throughout the central Europe, is Košice basin. Since the publication of the first ideas about the ambitious goal to exploit the geothermal potential of this site, 20 years has passed and three geothermal wells has been made but without any progress. In the article the authors present the idea of a fundamental change in the approach to improve the energy and economic efficiency of the project.

  17. Fizičko-hemijske i detonacione karakteristike nitraminskih eksploziva - RDX, HMX i CL-20

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    Anđelković-Lukić Mirjana

    2002-01-01

    U radu su prikazane fizičko-hemijske i detonacione karakteristike nitraminskih brizantnih eksploziva, heksogena i oktogena, uporedene sa osobinama novog cikličnog nitraminskog eksploziva CL-20. Novi visokobrizantni eksploziv CL-20 postoji u četiri kristalne forme, stabilne na različitim temepraturama. Ima bolje detonacione karakteristike od heksogena i oktogena veću gustinu i brzinu detonacije, all mnogo veću osetljivost na udar i trenje, reda PETN. Zbog toga se ovaj eksploziv flegmatizuje sa...

  18. Uporaba računalniško podprte procesne tehnike za integracijo industrijskih procesov

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    Tokoš, Hela

    2009-01-01

    Procesna integracija je učinkovito orodje, ki omogoča podjetjem, da obstoječo proizvodnjo prilagodijo načelom trajnostnega razvoja, saj lahko z integracijo znižajo porabo sveže vode, toplote, električne energije in drugih virov ter zmanjšajo okoljske obremenitve. Orodja računalniško podprte procesne tehnike, ki temeljijo na matematičnem programiranju, omogočajo sistematično in simultano obravnavanje procesnih problemov. Uporaba v realnih industrijskih primerih pogosto zahteva različne modifik...

  19. Neobično krojačko umijeće Thomasa Pynchona

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    Novaković, Jurica

    2014-01-01

    Iako bi primitivni čovjek najvjerojatnije ustuknuo pred likovima odjevenima „à la Pynchon“ poput Ruperte u uskom crnom kostimu od bengalske svile s medičejskim ovratnikom i posuvracima od lažnog krzna činčile ili jazz glazbenika Chestera LeStreeta u sjajnom sivom kamgarn odijelu, košulji i ukrasnim rupčićem u istoj jarkoj nijansi fuksije, homburg šeširu boje sladoleda, ručno obojenoj kravati i tamnim sunčanim naočalama s okvirima od kornjačevine, suvremeni čitatelji opremljeni kulturnim dosti...

  20. Avtomatsko luščenje hrvaško-slovenskega leksikona iz primerljivih korpusov

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    Ljubešić, Nikola; Fišer, Darja

    2015-01-01

    V prispevku predstavljamo metodo za avtomatsko luščenje hrvaško-slovenskega leksikona iz primerljivega časopisnega korpusa s predpostavko, da se besede in njihove prevodne ustreznice pojavljajo v podobnih sobesedilih. Izhodiščni leksikon za primerjavo kontekstnih vektorjev z izkoriščanjem podobnosti med jezikoma zgradimo kar iz korpusa, nato pa opravimo še razvrščanje rezultatov glede na stopnjo sorodnosti med izvorno besedo in njenimi prevodnimi kandidati. Rezultati so zelo spodbudni in odpi...

  1. UPORABA OGRODJA OPENLASZLO ZA IZGRADNJO UPORABNIŠKO BOGATIH SPLETNIH APLIKACIJ

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    Rebernak, Jasmina

    2011-01-01

    Danes je za izgradnjo uporabniško bogatih spletnih aplikacij na voljo veliko različnih ogrodij. Eno takšnih je odprtokodno ogrodje OpenLaszlo, katerega razvoj se je pričel pred dobrim desetletjem. Preprostost pri razvoju aplikacij, neodvisnost od urejevalnika za pisanje kode in prenosljivost med spletnimi brskalniki so le nekatere izmed prednosti, ki jih ponuja to ogrodje. Eden izmed sestavnih delov tega ogrodja je programski jezik LZX, katerega prednost je podobnost s HTML-jem in JavaScript-...

  2. Srečko Kosovel: Selección de poemas

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    Santiago Martín

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Srečko Kosovel nació el 18 de marzo de 1904 en la pequeña ciudad de Se`ana, en la región del Carso de Eslovenia, cuando ésta aún pertenecía al Imperio austro-húngaro. Después de la Primera Guerra Mundial y con la aparición del poder fascista en Italia, la población eslovena del Carso sufrió fuertes represalias políticas y culturales.

  3. SURADNIČKO UČENJE U SVEUČILIŠNOJ NASTAVI

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    Bognar, Ladislav

    2006-01-01

    Pojam suradničko učenje (cooperative learning) javio se najprije kod američkih autora kao odgovor na natjecateljsko učenje (competitive learning). Na to su utjecala istraživanja Lewina o kooperativnim i kompetitivnim odnosima u grupnoj dinamici. U evropskoj didaktici već je od ranije bio afirmiran grupni oblik (pored frontalnog i individualnog) pa se taj termin prihvaća kao sinonim za grupni oblik dajući naglasak na kvalitetu odnosa koje taj oblik treba njegovati. U sveučilišnoj n...

  4. Fmr1 KO Mice as a Possible Model of Autistic Features

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    Maude Bernardet

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder appearing before the age of 3, where communication and social interactions are impaired. It also entails stereotypic behavior or restricted interests. Although this disorder was first described in 1943, little is still known about its etiology and that of related developmental disorders. Work with human patients has provided many data on neuropathological and cognitive symptoms, but our understanding of the functional defects at the cellular level and how they come about remains sketchy. To improve this situation, autism research is in need of valid animal models. However, despite a strong hereditary component, attempts to identify genes have generally failed, suggesting that many different genes are involved. As a high proportion of patients suffering from the Fragile X Syndrome show many autistic symptoms, a mouse model of this disorder could potentially also serve as a model for autism. The Fmr1 KO mouse is a valid model of the Fragile X Syndrome and many data on behavioral and sensory-motor characteristics of this model have been gathered. We present here an assessment of autistic features in this candidate model. We conclude that Fmr1 KO mice display several autistic-like features, but more work is needed to validate this model.

  5. Current Structural Design of Side Wall in KO HCCR TBM for ITER

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    Shin, K. I.; Lee, D. W.; Gon, J. H.; Lee, E. H.; Kim, S. K.; Yoon, J. S. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Cho, S. [National Fusion Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-10-15

    To accomplish the test and validation of the tritium self-sufficiency and a heat transfer extraction during ITER operation, the KO HCCR TBM (Korean Helium Cooled Ceramic Reflector Test Blanket Module) has been developed considering the unique concept of using a graphite reflector. The TBM consists of four sub-modules and one Back Manifold (BM), and each sub-module is composed of a First Wall (FW), Breeding Zone (BZ), Side Wall (SW), and BZ (Breeding Zone) box, which contains beryllium (Be), lithium (Li), and graphite pebbles. Among them, SW has functions as a manifold for the cooling flow distribution from FW cooling channels to BZ, and it should sustain the internal coolant pressure. In this study, the structural design of the SW was performed according to the RCC-MR design code to confirm the design requirement for ITER. To satisfy the KO HCCR TBM design requirements, structural analyses were performed for the preliminary SW design in the TBM. A design channel pressure of 10MPa was considered in the structural design progress of the SW. The stress breakdown was evaluated through PATH in SW. It was concluded that the results satisfy the design requirements in the RCC-MR codes for the ITER.

  6. &apos;Femoral head necrosis&apos; in metabolic and hormonal osteopathies

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    Heuck, F.H.W.; Treugut, H.

    1984-07-01

    The pathogenesis of bone necrosis is discussed with special attention and with respect to metabolic, hormonal, and vascular factors. The influence of statics and dynamics of the hip joint bones for the development of aseptic necrosis are discussed. 45 patients with &apos;&apos;idiopathic femoral head necroses&apos;&apos; were observed, including 6 cases of renal osteopathy following renal transplantation and immune suppression therapy, 14 cases of long term corticoid therapy, and 11 cases of liver diseases of different genesis. The femoral head necrosis understood as complication of an osteopathy. In our patients there were 31 males and 14 females - which means higher involvement of males. Plain radiological findings and CT-findings of changes of the femoral heat structure in different stages of the disease are described. Early diagnosis of metabolic and hormonal osteopathies is demanded for a joint keeping therapy of the beginning femoral head necrosis. 90 refs.

  7. Science closes in on the &apos;&apos;Holy Grail&apos;&apos; of solar energy

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    One of nature&apos;s best kept secrets &apos;&apos;how green plants and algae turn sunlight into useful energy&apos;&apos; is discussed. The work of Arizona State University chemists Devens Gust and Thomas Moore in the area of photosynthesis is described. The ultimate photochemical battery may be years away, but it was only seven years ago that these two scientists began working on a model that will someday make it possible.

  8. X-ray fluorescence analysis of the Venus rocks by the &apos;&apos;Venera-13&apos; and &apos;&apos;Venera-14&apos;&apos; space probes

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    Surkov, Yu.A.; Shcheglov, O.P.; Moskaleva, L.P.; Kirichenko, V.S.; Dudin, A.D.; Gimadov, V.L.; Kurochkin, S.S.; Rasputnyj, V.N. (AN SSSR, Moscow. Inst. Geokhimii i Analiticheskoj Khimii)

    1982-08-01

    The device and X-ray measurement technique, used for the elemental analysis of Venerus&apos; rocks by the &apos;&apos;Venera-13&apos;&apos; and &apos;&apos;Venera-14&apos;&apos; space probes, are described. The X-ray fluorescence spectrometer device, characteristics of Fe/sup 55/ and Pu/sup 238/ radioisotope sources, used in the device, the proportional counter and the structural flowsheet of the pulse amplitude analyzer, is briefly represented. Venerus&apos; rock is sampled by a special coring tool, transported through the sluice port into the lander and irradiated by radioisotope sources. The excited fluorescence is recorded by a 256-channel spectrometer. The information is transmitted to the Earth telemetrically. The devices of both landers operate reliably. The chemical composition of the rock samples is determined as a result of these experiments.

  9. &apos;&apos;Social capitalism&apos;&apos; in renewable energy generation: China and California comparisons

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    Clark, Woodrow W. II.; Li, Xing [Clark Strategic Partners, PO Box 17975, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (United States)

    2010-03-15

    With a population of over 1.3 billion people, demand for renewable energy is expected to grow to a USD $12 billion market in the near term. Under Renewable Energy Law (REL) in February 2005 in the People&apos;s Republic of China (PRC) passed by the National Congress, renewable energy projects will be able to receive a range of financial incentives starting in 2006, which will more than double the PRC current renewable energy generation from 7% to 15% by 2020. Most of the increase will be in hydroelectric generated power. Nonetheless, the nation and especially the provinces are moving rapidly to develop a wide range of renewable energy generation including solar, wind, geothermal and run of the river. Because China practices &apos;&apos;social capitalism&apos;&apos; as expressed in it&apos;s recurrent Five Year National Plans since 1999, the national government and all the provinces have programs, unlike many western and industrialized nations, to &apos;'plan'&apos; and provide for infrastructures. This paper concerns only the energy infrastructure sector and renewable energy generation in particular. The planning process includes financial incentives and investments which are a major part of the Chinese law focused on &apos;&apos;encouraging foreign investment industries&apos;&apos;. The key part of the law is to guarantee long-term power purchase agreements with state owned and controlled &apos;'utilities'&apos;. In short, China may have gotten the economics of the energy sector correct in its concern for planning and finance. The paper develops these energy infrastructure ideas along with the legal and financial requirements as &apos;'lessons'&apos; learned from the USA and especially California. These lessons now apply to China and allow it to learn from the American mistakes. Empirical data will be drawn from work done in China that examine the renewable energy generation and infrastructures and hence allow the RPC and its

  10. Utilization of demolished composition materials of &apos;'ClimateHouses'&apos;; Verwertung des Abbruchmaterials von &apos;'KlimaHaeusern'&apos;

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    Knappe, Florian; Diebel, Anton; Reinhardt, Joachim; Theis, Stefanie [ifeu-Institut fuer Energie- und Umweltforschung GmbH, Heidelberg (Germany); Leiter, Elisabeth; Rosanelli, Rupert; Vieider, Andreas [Syneco, Bolzano (Italy); Feess, Walter [Firma Feess Erdbau, Kirchheim/Teck (Germany); Bonadio, Martina

    2012-09-15

    In the year 1992, an innovative concept of energy conservation was developed in order to improve the energy standards of new buildings as well as existing buildings. The model &apos;ClimateHouse&apos; has to reduce significantly the energy demand in the area of needs building and living as well as the use of fossil resources and negative impacts on the climate. First of all the authors of the contribution under consideration report on and balance the situation in the province South Tyrol with respect to the design of &apos;ClimateHouses&apos; and the use of construction materials for &apos;ClimateHouses&apos;. This also is valid for solar panels. Within a second step the authors report on how the waste management has to be arranged to other waste mass flows and waste compositions.

  11. Report of working committee 4 &apos;&apos;transmission of gases&apos;&apos;; Rapport de la commission 4 &apos;&apos;transport des gaz&apos;&apos;

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    Volskij, E.

    2000-07-01

    Report of the WOC 4 Transmission contains the results of works carried out during 1998-2000 by the Committee members and the three study groups. The most important is: - review of actual situation and prospects for the gas pipeline transmission system development; - report of SG-4.1 &apos;Pipeline Ageing and Rehabilitation&apos;, including analysis of pipeline steels, welding and insulation, methods of rehabilitation, the program of pipeline reconstruction; - report of SG-4.2 &apos;Emission monitoring&apos; including appraisal of gas losses and methods of lowering of methane and other emissions of the gas units in different countries; - report of SG-4.3 &apos;Pipelines Integrity Management and Safety&apos; including basic information on gas pipeline failure intensity, key elements of the Integrity Management System of the gas transmission, methods of risk evaluation and the effectiveness of the approach. (authors)

  12. &apos;'Routine'&apos; brain CT in psychiatric patients - does it make sense?; &apos;'Routine'&apos;-Schaedel-CT in der psychiatrischen Diagnostik

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    Pickuth, D.; Heywang-Koebrunner, S.H.; Spielmann, R.P. [Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Diagnostische Radiologie

    1999-11-01

    Purpose: To prospectively assess the spectrum of brain CT findings in psychiatric patients and to determine the number of patients that had an underlying cause for the symptoms. Patients and methods: Over a period of six months, 142 patients (78 males, 64 females; median age 61 [18-91] years) were referred for CT brain scans. Their scans were reviewed, along with the clinical information that was provided in the request form. All the hard copies were reviewed to assess areas of ischaemia, infarction, atrophy, tumours, and haematomas. The majority of requests were to exclude vascular event or space-occupying lesions. Clinical indications included mood disorders (depression, mania), schizophrenic disorders, dementia, personality and behavioural disorders. Results: 31 (22%) were normal. 111 (78%) had varying degrees of ischaemia, infarction and cerebral/cerebellar atrophy. 7 (4.9%) had space-occupying lesions which included two gliomas and five meningiomas. There were two chronic subdural haematomas and one arteriovenous malformation. Conclusion: 1. In our series, pathologic findings in &apos;routine&apos; brain CT&apos;s were encountered in 78%. 2. The incidence of brain tumours was 4.9%, compared with 0.00005% of the general population. 3. CT scanning in psychiatric patients is cost-effective and especially indicated when there is an atypical presentation, or inadequate response to standard treatment. (orig.) [German] Hintergrund: Bei psychiatrischen Patienten wird vielerorts routinemaessig eine kraniale Computertomographie (CCT) durchgefuehrt. Ob der Nutzen die Kosten rechtfertigt, wurde im Rahmen einer Prospektivstudie untersucht. Patienten und Methode: In einem Zeitraum von 6 Monaten wurde bei 142 psychiatrischen Patienten (78 Maenner, 64 Frauen, 18-91 Jahre, Median 61 Jahre) ein CCT angefertigt. Die Untersuchung erfolgt nativ in 5-mm-Schichtdicke, bei klinischem Verdacht auf eine intrakraniale Raumforderung auch kontrastverstaerkt. Ueberweisungsdiagnosen waren v

  13. &apos;&apos;Substantial Margin of Safety&apos;&apos;: A New Approach to HLW Disposition

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    Power, M. S.

    2002-02-28

    In the Spring of 2001, the National Research Council published &apos;&apos;Disposition of High-Level Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel: The Continuing Societal and Technical Challenges.&apos;&apos; (1) While finding the technical case for deep geologic disposal of high-level waste and spent fuel robust, the report focused new attention on societal issues and decision-making. The report appeared against a backdrop of heightened controversy about the development of a geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. This paper identifies three principal reasons for the National Research Council committee&apos;s finding that &apos;&apos;Difficulties in achieving public support have been seriously underestimated in the past, and opportunities to gain public trust have been missed.&apos;&apos;

  14. Habitat Characteristics of Bracken-Covered Areas Intended for Afforestation in Ličko Sredogorje

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    Zvonko Seletković

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Background and Purpose: Forest cultures in continental part of Croatia are mainly based on bracken-covered areas and moors on deserted agriculture soils and pastures. Successful afforestation i.e. establishment of forest cultures depends among other things on the understanding of habitats and ecology of forest trees. The choice of best species of forest trees for afforestation needs to be based on the research in soil and climate characteristics of target habitats. The aims of this research were to show mesoclimatic characteristics of Ličko sredogorje and microclimatic and pedological characteristics of Ličko polje. Also, based on habitat characteristics and ecology of forest trees, the aim was to determine species of forest trees suitable for afforestation of bracken-covered areas. Materials and Methods: Climate, microclimate, pedological and plant nutrition researches were done at the area of Lika highlands. Climate analysis was done according to air temperatures, amount of precipitation, relative air humidity and other climate elements and appearances. Composite soil samples were taken from the depth of 0-30 cm in order to determine plant nutrition potential. Samples were prepared for further analysis in the laboratory. Results: The highest average annual air temperature of 9.6 °C was found at weather station Gračac and the lowest at Korenica station (8.1 °C. Average amount of precipitation for this region was around 1500 mm. Monthly rain factors were ranging from arid to perhumid. Considering thermal character of the climate, the area has moderately warm climate. Average volumetric soil humidity is 14.2 %. Soil has strong acid reaction, is very humus, good to richly supplied with total nitrogen, content of physiologically active phosphorus and potassium is low, and C/N ration normal. Conclusions: According to habitat characteristics in the area of Ličko sredogorje and ecological demands of forest tree species, forest cultures of Common

  15. Dietary cladode powder from wild type and domesticated Opuntia species reduces atherogenesis in apoE knock-out mice.

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    Garoby-Salom, Sandra; Guéraud, Françoise; Camaré, Caroline; de la Rosa, Ana-Paulina Barba; Rossignol, Michel; Santos Díaz, María del Socorro; Salvayre, Robert; Negre-Salvayre, Anne

    2016-03-01

    Dietary intake of Opuntia species may prevent the development of cardiovascular diseases. The present study was designed to characterize the biological antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Opuntia species and to investigate whether Opuntia cladodes prevent the development of atherosclerosis in vivo, in apoE(-)KO mice. The effects of the two Opuntia species, the wild Opuntia streptacantha and the domesticated Opuntia ficus-indica, were tested on the generation of intra- and extracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and kinetics of the LDL oxidation by murine CRL2181 endothelial cells and on the subsequent inflammatory signaling leading to the adhesion of monocytes on the activated endothelium and the formation of foam cells. Opuntia species blocked the extracellular ROS (superoxide anion) generation and LDL oxidation by CRL2181, as well as the intracellular ROS rise and signaling evoked by the oxidized LDL, including the nuclear translocation of the transcription factor NFκB, the expression of ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 adhesion molecules, and the adhesion of monocytes to CRL2181. In vivo, Opuntia significantly reduced the formation of atherosclerotic lesions and the accumulation of 4-hydroxynonenal adducts in the vascular wall of apoE-KO mice, indicating that Opuntia cladodes prevent lipid oxidation in the vascular wall. In conclusion, wild and domesticated Opuntia species exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiatherogenic properties which emphasize their nutritional benefit for preventing cardiovascular diseases. PMID:26704378

  16. Determination of heavy metals in paddy soils (Kočani Field, Macedonia) by a sequential extraction procedure

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    Rogan, Nastja; Dolenec, Tadej; Serafimovski, Todor; Tasev, Goran; Dolenec, Matej

    2008-01-01

    In this study we examine the distribution of heavy metals (As, Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn) in paddy soil samples from Kočani Field (Macedonia) by ICP-EAS and sequential extraction procedure. Very high concentrations of As (42 mg/kg), Cd (5.6 mg/kg), Cu (99 mg/kg), Pb (892 mg/kg) and Zn (1134 mg/kg) were found in the paddy soil sample from location VII-2 in the western part of Kočani Field, close to the Zletovska River, which drains the untreated effuents of the Pb-Zn mine in Zletovo and is used for th...

  17. Ishodi učenja i inkluzivna edukacija učenika s intelektualnim teškoćama

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    Žiljak, Ognjen

    2014-01-01

    U članku se istražuju mogućnosti primjene ishoda učenja kao kriterija evaluacije inkluzivne edukacije učenika s intelektualnim teškoćama. Inkluzivna edukacije je specifičan pristup uključivanju osoba s intelektualnim teškoćama u redovno obrazovanja, te se temelji na ljudskim pravima. Ishodi učenja posljednjih godina postaju važan instrument obrazovne politike, naročito kao kriterij evaluacije obrazovanja. Analiza mogućnosti primjene ishoda učenja kao kriterija evaluacije inkluzivne edukacije ...

  18. Raziskava samonadzora ekološko usmerjenih voznikov z mobilno aplikacijo

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    Batistič, Egon

    2015-01-01

    V sodobnem svetu se vse bolj poudarja ekološki slog življenja. Ta trend se kaže tudi v avtomobilski industriji, kjer skušajo razviti čim bolj varčne avtomobile in tudi takšne, ki za delovanje ne bodo potrebovali fosilnih goriv. Kratkoročne smernice avtomobilske industrije pa poudarjajo ekološko vožnjo, kar pomeni zmanjšano porabo goriva in posledično izpustov toplogrednih plinov. Pri takšni vožnji voznik vpliva na manjšo porabo goriva. V magistrskem delu so opisani različni sistemi nadzora vo...

  19. &apos;et&apos; special: &apos;&apos;E-world of energy&apos;&apos;; &apos;et&apos;-special: &apos;&apos;E-world of energy&apos;&apos;

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    2001-02-01

    The &apos;et&apos; special on the conference &apos;E-world of energy&apos;, held from February 13 - 15, 2001 in Essen (Germany) presents contributions of experts who offer solutions to issues and many topical questions arising in the business of traders and utilities as participants of (international) energy markets at various stages of transition towards workable competition. The translated titles of the 15 contributions reproduced in this &apos;et&apos; special indicate the major contents of the conference papers: 1. Internet-based wholesale power trading as a competitive option to the power exchange. 2. Forward graphs in European electricity markets. 3. Portfolio management in energy trading. 4. Risk management concepts in energy trading. 5. E-commerce as a driving force of a change in the energy markets. 6. eHuman resources management - a vital aspect of corporate success. 7. A brand policy for electricity? 8. Is it really only the price that counts for the customers? 9. The City Power network: an example of successful customer loyalty strategy for local and regional utilities. 10. The Call Center, an important instrument for customer loyalty programmes. 11. eCommerce or eLlusion? 12. eBusiness as a corporate strategy. 13. Meeting the challenges of increasing IT requirements. 14. IT solutions for transmission and distribution network management. 15. Target costing - pinpointed cost planning and control for the energy supply industry. (orig./CB) [German] In dem &apos;et&apos;-Special zur Konferenz &apos;E-world of energy&apos;, die vom 13.- 15. Februar 2001 in Essen stattfand, bieten Experten Loesungsvorschlaege fuer die aktuellen Fragen und Probleme an, die sich auf dem Weg zu liberalisierten Energiemaerkten stellen. Die folgenden Titel der 15 Beitraege geben eine Uebersicht ueber den Inhalt der Konferenzbeitraege. Themen: 1. Internetbasierte Grosshandelsmaerkte als Konkurrenz zu Energieboersen 2. Forward-Kurven in europaeischen Strommaerkten 3

  20. Safety of the &apos;'man-machine-environment'&apos; system during well drilling

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    Fedorenko, V.I.; Fedorov, V.A.; Loginovskiy, V.I.; Nugayev, R.Ya.

    1982-01-01

    A review is given of safety of the oil and gas well drilling process, which depends on the correspondence and organization of the interaction of all components of the &apos;'man-machine-environment'&apos; system. The reasons for accidents, dangerous situations and emergencies are analyzed. An examination is made of the ergonomic characteristics of the system, questions of the study and development of ergonomic requirements for work site design at a drilling rig, and possible ways of improving these indices. Certain equipment is described that ensures safety of the &apos;'man-machine-environment'&apos; system during well drilling, improves the microclimatic working conditions, and eliminates shortcomings in equipment design.

  1. Cloning and Expression of Apolipoprotein E3 and Its Variant apoE2 and apoE4

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    2006-01-01

    In order to obtain three isoforms of apolipoprotein E (apoE), the cDNA encoding apoE3 was obtained by RT-PCR from normal human liver tissue. Site-directed mutagenesis was used to obtain the cDNAs encoding apoE2 and apoE4 isoforms. The 3 cDNAs were subcloned into vector pGEM-3Z and verified by DNA sequencing. The expression recombinant which can express the target protein as a (His) 6-tagged fusion was constructed by subcloning apoE cDNA into vector pT7-PL. The purified proteins were gained by Ni-NTA column. The SDS-PAGE results revealed the 6 His fusion proteins (apoE2, apoE3 and apoE4) were correctly expressed and purified successfully.

  2. Radiologically visible fecal gas patterns in &apos;'normal'&apos; newborns and young infants

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    Patriquin, H.B.; Fisch, C.; Bureau, M.; Black, R.

    1984-02-01

    A prospective study of abdominal and chest films of 212 babies without symptoms of intra-abdominal disease, aged 1 day-12 weeks, showed that the bubbly &apos;&apos;fecal pattern&apos;&apos; normally seen in older children is rare in young premature babies in the first two weeks of life. When it is seen, it may represent intramural air bubbles and signal the presence of necrotizing enterocolitis.

  3. Role of glaciers in watershed hydrology: &apos;&apos;Himalayan catchment&apos;&apos; perspective

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    R. J. Thayyen; J. T. Gergan

    2009-01-01

    A large number of Himalayan glacier catchments are under the influence of humid climate with snowfall in winter (November–April) and South-West monsoon in summer (June–September) dominating the regional hydrology. Such catchments are defined as &apos;&apos;Himalayan catchment&apos;&apos;, where the glacier melt water contributes to the river flow during the period of annual high flows produced by the monsoon. Other two major glacio-hydrological regimes of the Himalaya are winter snow do...

  4. Moessbauer spectroscopic and electrochemical studies on 1&apos;, 1&apos;'&apos;-dihalobiferrocenes

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    Motoyama, Izumi; Suto, Kyoko; Katada, Motomi; Sano, Hirotoshi (Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Science)

    1983-08-01

    In the Mossbauer spectroscopic studies on the triiodide salts of a series of 1&apos;,1&apos;'&apos;-dihalobiferrocenes, it has been found that the monocations of diiodo- and dibromobiferrocene show averaged valence states of iron atoms, while the monocation salt of dichlorobiferrocene shows a trapped valence state of iron atoms. On the other hand, no difference has been found in the half-wave potentials of the halobiferrocenes.

  5. Development of an object oriented lattice QCD code &apos;'Bridge++'&apos;

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    We are developing a new lattice QCD code set &apos;'Bridge++'&apos; aiming at extensible, readable, and portable workbench for QCD simulations, while keeping a high performance at the same time. Bridge++ covers conventional lattice actions and numerical algorithms. The code set is constructed in C++ with an object oriented programming. In this paper we describe fundamental ingredients of the code and the current status of development

  6. Control of releases of radioactive aerosols from object &apos;'Ukryttya'&apos; in 2014

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    The results of control of radioactive particulate emission are presented from the object &apos;'Ukryttya'&apos; in 2014. The maximal rate of unorganized releases of beta-radiating products of Chernobyl accident was in winter period and reached 3.6 MBq/day. The concentration of long-lived beta-radiating aerosols released in atmosphere from system &apos;'Bypass'&apos; was within the range 0.3 - 5 Bq/m3 (maximal concentration was 14 Bq/m3). Them carriers were particles with active median aerodynamic diameter (AMAD) 0.6 - 6 μm. Mean ratio of concentrations were: 137Cs/241Am = 97 i 241Am/154Eu = 6.2. The concentration of 212Pb - daughter products of thoron consisted as a rule 0.8 - 4 Bq/m3. Maximal concentration of 212Pb aerosols was 9 Bq/m3. The relation of concentrations of daughter products of radon and thoron and 212Pb were about 4. They have AMAD 0.06 - 0.3 μm. A volume activity and dispersity of radioactive aerosols in releases from object &apos;'Ukryttya'&apos; remain constant the last ten years

  7. The atmospheric cycling of radiomethane and the &apos;&apos;fossil fraction&apos;&apos; of the methane source

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    K. R. Lassey; Lowe, D. C.; Smith, A M

    2006-01-01

    The cycling of 14CH4 (&apos;'radiomethane'&apos;) through the atmosphere has been strongly perturbed in the industrial era by the release of 14C-free methane from geologic reservoirs (&apos;&apos;fossil methane&apos;&apos; emissions), and in the nuclear era, especially since ca 1970, by the direct release of nucleogenic radiomethane from nuclear power facilities. Contemporary measurements of atmospheric radiomethan...

  8. A Mistaken Account of the Age-Crime Curve: Response to Males and Brown (2013)

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    Shulman, Elizabeth P.; Steinberg, Laurence; Piquero, Alex R.

    2014-01-01

    The present article responds to Males and Brown&apos;s "Teenagers&apos; High Arrest Rates: Features of Young Age or Youth Poverty?" which claims that the widely observed pattern of crime rates peaking in late adolescence or early adulthood is an artifact of age differences in poverty. We note that the authors&apos; interpretation of…

  9. Methods for In-Flight Wing Shape Predictions of Highly Flexible Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Formulation of Ko Displacement Theory

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    Ko, William L.; Fleischer, Van Tran

    2010-01-01

    The Ko displacement theory is formulated for a cantilever tubular wing spar under bending, torsion, and combined bending and torsion loading. The Ko displacement equations are expressed in terms of strains measured at multiple sensing stations equally spaced on the surface of the wing spar. The bending and distortion strain data can then be input to the displacement equations to calculate slopes, deflections, and cross-sectional twist angles of the wing spar at the strain-sensing stations for generating the deformed shapes of flexible aircraft wing spars. The displacement equations have been successfully validated for accuracy by finite-element analysis. The Ko displacement theory that has been formulated could also be applied to calculate the deformed shape of simple and tapered beams, plates, and tapered cantilever wing boxes. The Ko displacement theory and associated strain-sensing system (such as fiber optic sensors) form a powerful tool for in-flight deformation monitoring of flexible wings and tails, such as those often employed on unmanned aerial vehicles. Ultimately, the calculated displacement data can be visually displayed in real time to the ground-based pilot for monitoring the deformed shape of unmanned aerial vehicles during flight.

  10. &apos;&apos;Activity based costing&apos;&apos; in radiology; &apos;&apos;Activity based costing&apos;&apos; in der Radiologie

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    Klose, K.J. [Klinik fuer Strahlendiagnostik, Medizinisches Zentrum fuer Radiologie, Philipps-Universitaet, Marburg (Germany); Boettcher, J. [pphc GmbH, Ammersbeck (Germany)

    2002-05-01

    Background: The introduction of diagnosis related groups for reimbursement of hospital services in Germany (g-drg) demands for a reconsideration of utilization of radiological products and costs related to them. Methods: Traditional cost accounting as approach to internal, department related budgets are compared with the accounting method of activity based costing (ABC). The steps, which are necessary to implement ABC in radiology are developed.Conclusions: The introduction of a process-oriented cost analysis is feasible for radiology departments. ABC plays a central role in the set-up of decentralized controlling functions within this institutions. The implementation seems to be a strategic challenge for department managers to get more appropriate data for adequate enterprise decisions. The necessary steps of process analysis can be used for other purposes (Certification, digital migration) as well. (orig.) [German] Hintergrund. Die Oekonomisierung der Medizin in Deutschland, die in der beabsichtigten Einfuehrung der kostenhomogenen Verguetungsklassen nach den &apos;&apos;diagnosis related groups - DRG&apos;s'&apos; ihren vorlaeufigen Hoehepunkt finden soll, erfordert eine Neuorientierung im Einsatz und in der Beurteilung der Wirtschaftlichkeit radiologischer Verfahren.Methode. Traditionelle Kostenrechnungen bzw. Verfahren zur internen Budgetierung werden der Prozesskostenbetrachtung (&apos;&apos;activity based costing&apos;&apos; - ABC) gegenuebergestellt, deren auf radiologische Belange zugeschnittene Methodik Schritt fuer Schritt entwickelt wird.Ergebnisse. Die Betrachtung radiologischer Arbeitsprozesse auf der Basis des ABC gestattet anhand der bisher publizierten Ergebnisse eine bessere Einschaetzung von Steuerungsimpulsen, die zu einer Effizienzsteigerung in radiologischen Prozessen fuehren koennen.Schlussfolgerungen. Die Einfuehrung einer prozessorientierten Kostenanalyse ist fuer vielfaeltige Belange einer Radiologieabteilung moeglich. Sie stellt

  11. The German &apos;'Energiewende'&apos;. Evaluation after the Paris-agreement; Die Deutsche Energiewende. Bewertung nach dem Klima-Abkommen von Paris

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    Roth, Eike

    2016-08-01

    The World-Climate-Summit 2016 in Paris agreed to exacerbated goals for climate protection. This paper will scrutinize whether Germany can comply with its Paris-obligations by continuing the ongoing German &apos;'Energiewende'&apos;. The result is clear-cut: The German &apos;'Energiewende'&apos; is inadequate. Due to the cap-and-trade system of the EU the &apos;''Energiewende'&apos;.

  12. Echium Oil Reduces Plasma Triglycerides by Increasing Intravascular Lipolysis in apoB100-Only Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL Receptor Knockout Mice

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    John S. Parks

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Echium oil (EO, which is enriched in SDA (18:4 n-3, reduces plasma triglyceride (TG concentrations in humans and mice. We compared mechanisms by which EO and fish oil (FO reduce plasma TG concentrations in mildly hypertriglyceridemic male apoB100-only LDLrKO mice. Mice were fed one of three atherogenic diets containing 0.2% cholesterol and palm oil (PO; 20%, EO (10% EO + 10% PO, or FO (10% FO + 10% PO. Livers from PO- and EO-fed mice had similar TG and cholesteryl ester (CE content, which was significantly higher than in FO-fed mice. Plasma TG secretion was reduced in FO vs. EO-fed mice. Plasma very low density lipoprotein (VLDL particle size was ordered: PO (63 ± 4 nm > EO (55 ± 3 nm > FO (40 ± 2 nm. Post-heparin lipolytic activity was similar among groups, but TG hydrolysis by purified lipoprotein lipase was significantly greater for EO and FO VLDL compared to PO VLDL. Removal of VLDL tracer from plasma was marginally faster in EO vs. PO fed mice. Our results suggest that EO reduces plasma TG primarily through increased intravascular lipolysis of TG and VLDL clearance. Finally, EO may substitute for FO to reduce plasma TG concentrations, but not hepatic steatosis in this mouse model.

  13. Echium oil reduces plasma triglycerides by increasing intravascular lipolysis in apoB100-only low density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor knockout mice.

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    Forrest, Lolita M; Lough, Christopher M; Chung, Soonkyu; Boudyguina, Elena Y; Gebre, Abraham K; Smith, Thomas L; Colvin, Perry L; Parks, John S

    2013-07-12

    Echium oil (EO), which is enriched in SDA (18:4 n-3), reduces plasma triglyceride (TG) concentrations in humans and mice. We compared mechanisms by which EO and fish oil (FO) reduce plasma TG concentrations in mildly hypertriglyceridemic male apoB100-only LDLrKO mice. Mice were fed one of three atherogenic diets containing 0.2% cholesterol and palm oil (PO; 20%), EO (10% EO + 10% PO), or FO (10% FO + 10% PO). Livers from PO- and EO-fed mice had similar TG and cholesteryl ester (CE) content, which was significantly higher than in FO-fed mice. Plasma TG secretion was reduced in FO vs. EO-fed mice. Plasma very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) particle size was ordered: PO (63 ± 4 nm) > EO (55 ± 3 nm) > FO (40 ± 2 nm). Post-heparin lipolytic activity was similar among groups, but TG hydrolysis by purified lipoprotein lipase was significantly greater for EO and FO VLDL compared to PO VLDL. Removal of VLDL tracer from plasma was marginally faster in EO vs. PO fed mice. Our results suggest that EO reduces plasma TG primarily through increased intravascular lipolysis of TG and VLDL clearance. Finally, EO may substitute for FO to reduce plasma TG concentrations, but not hepatic steatosis in this mouse model.

  14. "He Kuleana Ko Kakou": Hawaiian-Language Learners and the Construction of (Alter)Native Identities

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    Snyder-Frey, Alicia

    2013-01-01

    This article examines the various language ideologies and cultural models that inform Hawaiian-language learners&apos; experiences, language practices, and socio-ethnic identity as they attempt to become speakers of their heritage language. While Hawaiian-language education is often noted as a revitalization success story, and certainly is in…

  15. European day &apos;&apos;in town, without my car&apos;&apos;; Journee europeen &apos;&apos;en ville, sans ma voiture&apos;&apos;

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    2000-10-01

    70 million inhabitants took part in the day &apos;&apos;In town, without my car&apos;&apos; on 22 September of this year. It is a great success for this European first. The objective of Energie-Cites association being to promote sustainable local energy policies, that is to say policies aimed at improving energy efficiency, increasing the use of renewable energy sources and limiting nuisance and pollution linked to energy consumption, the association is pleased that this event helped focus public attention on transport. It is indeed in this sector that uncontrolled upswings in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are the most important. This report presents the evaluation of this European initiative and details the actions in some towns. (A.L.B.)

  16. CT evaluation of Chamberlain&apos;s, McGregor&apos;s, and McRae&apos;s skull-base lines

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    Cronin, C.G. [Department of Radiology, University College Hospital, Galway (Ireland)], E-mail: carmelcronin2000@hotmail.com; Lohan, D.G.; Mhuircheartigh, J.N.; Meehan, C.P.; Murphy, J.; Roche, C. [Department of Radiology, University College Hospital, Galway (Ireland)

    2009-01-15

    Aim: To evaluate the mean distance from the odontoid process of C2 to the standard skull-base lines (Chamberlain&apos;s, McGregor&apos;s, and McRae&apos;s lines) on computed tomography (CT) imaging. To compare these measurements to previously documented plain radiograph and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements. Materials and methods: Reformatted midline sagittal CT images of 150 adults were retrospectively evaluated. The shortest perpendicular distance was measured from the Chamberlain&apos;s, McGregor&apos;s and McRae&apos;s baselines for each subject to the odontoid tip. Statistical analysis was performed to compare the CT data with the previously obtained MRI and plain film data. Results: The mean position of the odontoid process was 1.4 mm below Chamberlain&apos;s line (median 1.2 mm, SD 2.4 mm), 0.8 mm (median 0.9 mm, SD 3 mm) below McGregor&apos;s line and 5 mm (median 5 mm, SD 1.8 mm) below McRae&apos;s line. There is no significant difference between male and female results (p > 0.05) or between these CT and previous MRI measurements (p > 0.05). Conclusion: These results provide the mean and range of normal distance from the odontoid process to the most frequently used skull-base lines on the current population on CT.

  17. Connections of the corticomedial amygdala in the golden hamster. I. Efferents of the &apos;&apos;vomeronasal amygdala&apos;&apos;

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    Kevetter, G.A.; Winans, S.S.

    1981-03-20

    The medial (M) an posteromedial cortical (C3) amygdaloid nuclei and the nucleus of the accessory olfactory tract (NAOT) are designated the &apos;&apos;vomeronasal amygdala&apos;&apos; because they are the only components of the amygdala to receive a direct projection from the accessory olfactory bulb (AOB). The efferents of M and C3 were traced after injections of /sup 3/H-proline into the amygdala in male golden hamsters. Frozen sections of the brains were processed for autoradiography. The efferents of the &apos;&apos;vomeronasal amygdala&apos;&apos; are largely to areas which are primary and secondary terminal areas along the vomeronasal pathway, although the efferents from C3 and M terminate in different layers in these areas than do the projections from the vomeronasal nerve or the AOB. Specifically, C3 projects ipsilaterally to the internal granule cell layer of the AOB, the cellular layer of NAOT, and layer Ib of M. Additional fibers from C3 terminate in a retrocommissural component of the bed nucleus of the strain terminalis (BNST) bilaterally, and in the cellular layers of the contralateral C3. The medial nucleus projects to the cellular layer of the ipsilateral NAOT, layer Ib of C3, and bilaterally to the medial component of BNST. Projections from M to non-vomeronasal areas terminate in the medial preoptic area-anterior hypothalamic junction, ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus, ventral premammillary nucleus and possibly in the ventral subiculum. These results demonstrate reciprocal connections between primary and secondary vomeronasal areas between the secondary areas themselves. They suggest that M, but not C3, projects to areas outside this vomeronasal network. The medial amygdaloid nucleus is therefore an important link between the vomeronasal organ and areas of the brain not receiving direct vomeronasal input.

  18. Current Status and Performance Tests of Korea Heat Load Test Facility KoHLT-EB

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    A commissioning test has been scheduled to establish the installation and preliminary performance experiments of the copper hypervapotron mockups. And a qualification test will be performed to evaluate the CuCrZr duct liner in the ITER neutral beam injection facility and the ITER first wall small-scale mockups of the semi-prototype, at up to 1.5 and 5 MW/m2 high heat flux. Also, this system will be used to test other PFCs for ITER and materials for tokamak reactors. Korean high heat flux test facility(KoHLT-EB; Korea Heat Load Test facility - Electron Beam) by using an electron beam system has been constructed in KAERI to perform the qualification test for ITER blanket FW semi-prototype mockups, hypervapotron cooling devices in fusion devices, and other ITER plasma facing components. The commissioning and performance tests with the supplier of e-gun system have been performed on November 2012. The high heat flux test for hypervapotron cooling device and calorimetry were performed to measure the surface heat flux, the temperature profile and cooling performance. Korean high heat flux test facility for the plasma facing components of nuclear fusion machines will be constructed to evaluate the performance of each component. This facility for the plasma facing materials will be equipped with an electron beam system with a 60 kV acceleration gun

  19. Current Status and Performance Tests of Korea Heat Load Test Facility KoHLT-EB

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    Kim, Sukkwon; Jin, Hyunggon; Shin, Kyuin; Choi, Boguen; Lee, Eohwak; Yoon, Jaesung; Lee, Dongwon [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Duckhoi; Cho, Seungyon [National Fusion Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    A commissioning test has been scheduled to establish the installation and preliminary performance experiments of the copper hypervapotron mockups. And a qualification test will be performed to evaluate the CuCrZr duct liner in the ITER neutral beam injection facility and the ITER first wall small-scale mockups of the semi-prototype, at up to 1.5 and 5 MW/m{sup 2} high heat flux. Also, this system will be used to test other PFCs for ITER and materials for tokamak reactors. Korean high heat flux test facility(KoHLT-EB; Korea Heat Load Test facility - Electron Beam) by using an electron beam system has been constructed in KAERI to perform the qualification test for ITER blanket FW semi-prototype mockups, hypervapotron cooling devices in fusion devices, and other ITER plasma facing components. The commissioning and performance tests with the supplier of e-gun system have been performed on November 2012. The high heat flux test for hypervapotron cooling device and calorimetry were performed to measure the surface heat flux, the temperature profile and cooling performance. Korean high heat flux test facility for the plasma facing components of nuclear fusion machines will be constructed to evaluate the performance of each component. This facility for the plasma facing materials will be equipped with an electron beam system with a 60 kV acceleration gun.

  20. Extension of Ko Straight-Beam Displacement Theory to Deformed Shape Predictions of Slender Curved Structures

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    Ko, William L.; Fleischer, Van Tran

    2011-01-01

    The Ko displacement theory originally developed for shape predictions of straight beams is extended to shape predictions of curved beams. The surface strains needed for shape predictions were analytically generated from finite-element nodal stress outputs. With the aid of finite-element displacement outputs, mathematical functional forms for curvature-effect correction terms are established and incorporated into straight-beam deflection equations for shape predictions of both cantilever and two-point supported curved beams. The newly established deflection equations for cantilever curved beams could provide quite accurate shape predictions for different cantilever curved beams, including the quarter-circle cantilever beam. Furthermore, the newly formulated deflection equations for two-point supported curved beams could provide accurate shape predictions for a range of two-point supported curved beams, including the full-circular ring. Accuracy of the newly developed curved-beam deflection equations is validated through shape prediction analysis of curved beams embedded in the windward shallow spherical shell of a generic crew exploration vehicle. A single-point collocation method for optimization of shape predictions is discussed in detail

  1. Slope Stability Estimation of the Kościuszko Mound in Cracow

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    Wrana Bogumił

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In the paper, the slope stability problem of the Kościuszko Mound in Cracow, Poland is considered. The slope stability analysis was performed using Plaxis FEM program. The outer surface of the mound has complex geometry. The slope of the cone is not uniform in all directions, on the surface of the cone are pedestrian paths. Due to its complicated geometry it was impossible to do computing by Plaxis input pre-procesor. The initial element mesh was generated using Autodesk Autocad 3D and next it was updated by Plaxis program. The soil parameters were adopted in accordance with the detailed geological soil testing performed in 2012. Calculating model includes geogrids. The upper part was covered by MacMat geogrid, while the lower part of the Mound was reinforced using Terramesh Matt geogrid. The slope analysis was performed by successives reduction of φ /c parameters. The total multiplayer ΣMsf is used to define the value of the soil strength parameters. The article presents the results of slope stability before and after the rainfall during 33 days of precipitation in flood of 2010.

  2. Ethanolic fermentation of sucrose, sugarcane juice and molasses by Escherichia coli strain ko11 and Klebsiella oxytoca strain P2 Fermentação etanólica de sacarose, caldo de cana-de-açúcar e de melaço por Escherichia coli KO11 e Klebsiella oxytoca P2

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    Gervásio P. da Silva; Elza F. Araújo; Daison O. Silva; Walter V. Guimarães

    2005-01-01

    Escherichia coli KO11 and Klebsiella oxytoca P2 recombinants fermented sucrose to ethanol. In minimal medium with 2% or 12% added sucrose KO11 produced 75% and 41%, respectively, of the maximum theoretical yield (0.54g ethanol/g sucrose). In Luria-Bertani (LB) broth with up to 8% sucrose, KO11 presented a 94-96% yield and with 12% sucrose, KO11 presented about 69% yield (44.5g ethanol/L). P2 presented 55% of the theoretical maximum yield in minimal medium supplemented with 2% sucrose and 47% ...

  3. Analysis of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties Changes in AA1050 Aluminum Subjected to ECAP and KoBo Processes / Analiza Zmian Mikrostruktury I Własności Mechanicznych Aluminium AA1050 Po Procesie ECAP I KoBo

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    Bogucki R.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Analysis of the results of the microstructure and the mechanical properties change in AA1050 aluminum alloy of technical purity processed using ECAP (Equal Channel Angular Pressing and KoBo deformation methods are presented in the paper.. ECAP process was performed according to Bc scheme in the range from 1 up to 10 passes. Changes of microstructure were analyzed using scanning electrone microscope equipped with electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD system. Microstructure and fraction of high-angle grain boundaries in KoBo processed samples were similar to those observed in ECAP processed samples after four passes. The most significant microstructure refinement was observed in ECAP processed sample submitted to 10 passes. In ECAP method the systematic increase of mechanical properties was observed along with increase of deformation degree.

  4. Behavioral analysis of male and female Fmr1 knockout mice on C57BL/6 background

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    Ding, Qi; Sethna, Ferzin; Wang, Hongbing

    2014-01-01

    Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a monogenic disease caused by mutations in the FMR1 gene. The Fmr1 knockout (KO) mice show many aspects of FXS-related phenotypes, and have been used as a major pre-clinical model for FXS. Although FXS occurs in both male and female patients, most studies on the mouse model use male animals. Few studies test whether gender affects the face validity of the mouse model. Here, we examined multiple behavioral phenotypes with male hemizygous and female homozygous Fmr1 K...

  5. Both chronic treatments by epothilone D and fluoxetine increase the short-term memory and differentially alter the mood status of STOP/MAP6 KO mice. : epothilone and fluoxetine improve STOP KO memory

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    Fournet, Vincent; De Lavilléon, Gaetan; Schweitzer, Annie; Giros, Bruno; Andrieux, Annie; Martres, Marie-Pascale

    2012-01-01

    International audience Recent evidence underlines the crucial role of neuronal cytoskeleton in the pathophysiology of psychiatric diseases. In this line, the deletion of STOP/MAP6 (Stable Tubule Only Polypeptide), a microtubule-stabilizing protein, triggers various neurotransmission and behavioral defects, suggesting that STOP knockout (KO) mice could be a relevant experimental model for schizoaffective symptoms. To establish the predictive validity of such a mouse line, in which the brain...

  6. ECU tendon &apos;'dislocation'&apos; in asymptomatic volunteers

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    Petchprapa, Catherine N. [New York University Langone Medical Center, Hospital for Joint Diseases, Department of Radiology, New York, NY (United States); Meraj, Seema [Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology Group, Lindenhurst, NY (United States); Jain, Nidhi [New York University School of Medicine, New York University Langone Medical Center, Department of Radiology, New York, NY (United States)

    2016-06-15

    Assess extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU) tendon position in the ulnar groove, determine the frequency of tendon &apos;'dislocation'&apos; with the forearm prone, neutral, and supine, and determine if an association exists between ulnar groove morphology and tendon position in asymptomatic volunteers. Axial proton density-weighted MR was performed through the distal radioulnar joint with the forearm prone, neutral, and supine in 38 asymptomatic wrists. The percentage of the tendon located beyond the ulnar-most border of the ulnar groove was recorded. Ulnar groove depth and length was measured and ECU tendon signal was assessed. 15.8 % of tendons remained within the groove in all forearm positions. In 76.3 %, the tendon translated medially from prone to supine. The tendon &apos;'dislocated'&apos; in 0, 10.5, and 39.5 % with the forearm prone, neutral and supine, respectively. In 7.9 % prone, 5.3 % neutral, and 10.5 % supine exams, the tendon was 51-99 % beyond the ulnar border of the ulnar groove. Mean ulnar groove depth and length were 1.6 and 7.7 mm, respectively, with an overall trend towards greater degrees of tendon translation in shorter, shallower ulnar grooves. The ECU tendon shifts in a medial direction when the forearm is supine; however, tendon &apos;'dislocation'&apos; has not been previously documented in asymptomatic volunteers. The ECU tendon medially translated or frankly dislocated from the ulnar groove in the majority of our asymptomatic volunteers, particularly when the forearm is supine. Overall greater degrees of tendon translation were observed in shorter and shallower ulnar grooves. (orig.)

  7. Students&apos;, Guardians&apos;, and Teachers&apos; Perceptions of Student-Led Conferences

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    Orso, Charlotte Lindsey

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to examine the ELL and non-ELL students&apos;, guardians&apos;, and the English as a second language (ESL) teachers&apos; perceptions of student-led conferences. Specifically, the study examined if ELL students&apos; and guardians&apos; preferences were similar to non-ELL students&apos; and guardians&apos; preferences…

  8. Nuclear waste disposal. A wicked and highly conflict bearing societal problem; Nukleare Entsorgung. Ein &apos;'wicked'&apos; und hoechst konfliktbehaftetes Gesellschaftsproblem

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    Brunnengraeber, Achim; Mez, Lutz [Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany). Forschungszentrum fuer Umweltpolitik; Di Nucci, Maria Rosaria; Schreuers, Miranda [Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany)

    2012-12-15

    The final disposal of nuclear wastes is called &apos;'messy'&apos; or &apos;'wicked'&apos; in the political science literature. The highly complicated problems are characterized by a number of features such as intra- and inter-generational aspects and ethical questions. In the case of stakeholders the differences concern ideologies, interests, merits and preferences that cause conflicts. The search for solutions is complicated due to interacting political, social, ecologic, economic and technical aspects. The concepts &apos;&apos;wicked problems&apos;&apos; and &apos;'multi-level-governance'&apos; are promising approaches to solve the complicated situation.

  9. Nuclear scanning in necrotizing progressive &apos;'malignant'&apos; external otitis

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    Parisier, S.C.; Lucente, F.E.; Som, P.M.; Hirschman, S.Z.; Arnold, L.M.; Roffman, J.D.

    1982-09-01

    The usefulness of radionuclear scanning in the treatment of 18 patients with necrotizing progressive &apos;'malignant'&apos; external otitis is discussed. A Tc 99-m bone scan, a valuable test since results are positive in early cases of osteomyelitis of the temporal bone and base of skull, showed increased uptake in all 18 patients. In 6 patients, Ga-67 citrate scans were obtained at the start of therapy and at 5-6 week intervals thereafter. The serial gallium scans were useful in evaluating the effectiveness of therapy since the uptake decrease with control of infection.

  10. Role of glaciers in watershed hydrology: &apos;&apos;Himalayan catchment&apos;&apos; perspective

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    R. J. Thayyen

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available A large number of Himalayan glacier catchments are under the influence of humid climate with snowfall in winter (November–April and South-West monsoon in summer (June–September dominating the regional hydrology. Such catchments are defined as &apos;&apos;Himalayan catchment&apos;&apos;, where the glacier melt water contributes to the river flow during the period of annual high flows produced by the monsoon. Other two major glacio-hydrological regimes of the Himalaya are winter snow dominated Alpine catchments of the Kashmir and Karakoram region and cold-arid regions of the Ladakh mountain range. Factors influencing the river flow variations in a &apos;&apos;Himalayan catchment&apos;&apos; were studied in a micro scale glacier catchment in the Garhwal Himalaya, covering an area of 77.8 km2. Discharge data generated from three hydrometric stations established at different altitudes of the Din Gad stream during the summer ablation period of 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004. These data has been analysed along with winter/summer precipitation, temperature and mass balance data of the Dokriani glacier to study the role of the glacier and precipitation in determining the runoff variations along the stream continuum from the glacier snout to 2360 m a.s.l. Study shows that the inter-annual runoff variations in a &apos;&apos;Himalayan glacier catchment&apos;&apos; is directly linked with the precipitation rather than mass balance changes of the glacier. Study suggest that warming induced initial increase of glacier degraded runoff and subsequent decline is a glaciers mass balance response and cannot be translated as river flow response in a &apos;&apos;Himalayan catchment&apos;&apos; as suggested by the IPCC, 2007. Study also suggest that the glacier runoff critically influence the headwater river flows during the years of low summer discharge and proposes that the Himalayan catchment could experience higher river flows and positive

  11. &apos;&apos;True believers&apos;&apos; or numerical terrorism at the nuclear power plant

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    Kraemer, Walter [Technical Univ. Dortmund (Germany). Faculty of Statistics; Arminger, Gerhard [Bergische Univ. Wuppertal (Germany). Schumpeter School of Business and Economics

    2010-09-15

    For decades, there has been a heated debate about whether or not nuclear power plants contribute to childhood cancer in their respective neighbourhoods, with statisticians testifying on both sides. The present paper points to some flaws in the pro-arguments, taking a recent study prepared for the political party &apos;&apos;Buendnis 90 / Gruene&apos;&apos; as a specimen. Typical mistakes include an understatement of the size of tests of significance, disregard of important covariates and extreme reliance on very few selected data points.

  12. The &apos;&apos;Kinetic Stabilizer&apos;&apos;: A Simpler Tandem Mirror Confinement?

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    Post, R.F.

    2000-06-15

    In the search for better approaches to magnetic fusion it is important to keep in mind the lessons learned in the 50 years that fusion plasma confinement has been studied. One of the lessons learned is that &apos;'closed'&apos; and &apos;'open'&apos; fusion devices differ fundamentally with respect to an important property of their confinement, as follows: Without known exception closed systems such as the tokamak, the stellarator, or the reversed-field pinch, have been found to have their confinement times limited by non-classical, i.e., turbulence-related, processes, leading to the requirement that such systems must be scaled-up in dimensions to sizes much larger than would be the case in the absence of turbulence. By contrast, from the earliest days of fusion research, it has been demonstrated that open magnetic systems of the mirror variety can achieve confinement times close to that associated with classical, i.e., collisional, processes. While these good results have been obtained in both axially symmetric fields and in non-axisymmetric fields, the clearest cases have been those in which the confining fields are solenoidal and axially symmetric. These observations, i.e., of confinement not enhanced by turbulence, can be traced theoretically to such factors as the absence of parallel currents in the plasma, and to the constraints on particle drifts imposed by the adiabatic invariants governing particle confinement in axisymmetric open systems. In the past the MHD instability of axially symmetric open systems has been seen as a barrier to their use. However, theory predicts MHD-stable confinement is achievable if sufficient plasma is present in the &apos;&apos;good curvature&apos;&apos; regions outside the mirrors. This theory has been confirmed by experiments on the Gas Dynamic Trap mirror-based experiment at Novosibirsk, In this paper a new way of exploiting this stabilizing principle, involving creating a localized &apos;&apos

  13. The human apoE7 and apoE4 transgenic mice models

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    孙明增; 琦祖和

    2001-01-01

    To scrutinize the disorders caused by human mutant apoE7/apoE4, human apoE4 and E7 transgenic mice were established with microinjection technique to examine molecular genetic phenomena in vivo. The integration and expression of h-apoE mutant genes in transgenic mice were determined with Southern blot, Northern blot and ELISA. The current studies indicated that the transgenes and the phenotypes regarding expression of transgenes could be transmitted stably in transgenic lines. The levels of serum lipid in transgenic mice showed the characteristics of hyperlipidemia. Besides, behavior tests demonstrated the degeneration of learning and memory in transgenic mice. Short life span was observed in 2 transgenic lines. After fed with high lipid food high serum lipid was found both in normal and transgenic mice, but their mechanism regulating lipid metabolism was different. It was also verified that the human apoE mutants located at either N-terminal or C-terminal had the same pathogenesis regarding disorders of lipid metabolism in murine.

  14. Improved Security Via &apos;&apos;Town Crier&apos;&apos; Monitoring

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    Johnston, R. G.; Garcia, A. R. E.; Pacheco, A. N.

    2003-02-26

    Waste managers are increasingly expected to provide good security for the hazardous materials they marshal. Good security requires, among other things, effective tamper and intrusion detection. We have developed and demonstrated a new method for tamper and intrusion detection which we call the &apos;&apos;town crier method&apos;&apos;. It avoids many of the problems and vulnerabilities associated with traditional approaches, and has significant advantages for hazardous waste transport. We constructed two rudimentary town crier prototype systems, and tested them for monitoring cargo inside a truck. Preliminary results are encouraging.

  15. Implications of effects &apos;&apos;adaptive response&apos;&apos;, &apos;&apos;low-dose hypersensitivity&apos;&apos; und &apos;&apos;bystander effect&apos;&apos; for cancer risk at low doses and low dose rates; Implikationen der Effekte &apos;&apos;adaptive response&apos;&apos;, &apos;&apos;low-dose hypersensitivity&apos;&apos; und &apos;&apos;bystander effect&apos;&apos; fuer das Krebsrisiko bei niedrigen Dosen und Dosenraten

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    Jacob, P (comp.)

    2006-07-01

    A model for carcinogenesis (the TSCE model) was applied in order to examine the effects of &apos;&apos;Low-dose hypersensitivity (LDH)&apos;&apos; and the &apos;&apos;Bystander effect (BE)&apos;&apos; on the derivation of radiation related cancer mortality risks. LDH has been discovered to occur in the inactivation of cells after acute exposure to low LET radiation. A corresponding version of the TSCE model was applied to the mortality data on the Abomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The BE has been mainly observed in cells after exposure to high LET radiation. A Version of the TSCE model which included the BE was applied to the data on lung cancer mortality from the workers at the Mayak nuclear facilities who were exposed to Plutonium. In general an equally good description of the A-bomb survivor mortality data (for all solid, stomach and lung tumours) was found for the TSCE model and the (conventional) empirical models but fewer parameters were necessary for the TSCE model. The TSCE model which included the effects of radiation induced cell killing resulted in non-linear dose response curves with excess relative risks after exposure at young ages that were generally lower than in the models without cell killing. The main results from TSCE models which included cell killing described by either conventional survival curves or LDH were very similar. A sub multiplicative effect from the interaction of smoking and exposure to plutonium was found to result from the analysis of the Mayak lung cancer mortality data. All models examined resulted in the predominant number of Mayak lung cancer deaths being ascribed to smoking. The interaction between smoking and plutonium exposures was found to be the second largest effect. The TSCE model resulted in lower estimates for the lung cancer excess relative risk per unit plutonium dose than the empirical risk model, but this difference was not found to be statistically significant. The excess relative risk dose responses

  16. Do we need a &apos;&apos;green medicine&apos;&apos;?; Brauchen wir &apos;&apos;Gruene Medizin?&apos;&apos;

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    Bauer, M.; Daschner, F.; Scherrer, M. [Universitaetsklinikum Freiburg (Germany)

    2006-07-01

    Spontaneously, we do associate &apos;&apos;green medicine&apos;&apos; with terms like naturopathy, natural healing substances, herbal active agents, homeopathy, healthy food, preventive medicine and similar things, and finally we think of ecology. This is the focus of the following article. First of all, the following question arises: Are there any environment-friendly and cost-saving alternatives to the present medicine? There is an increasing number of environment-caused diseases. Therefore, a medicine not coping with the environment is not credible. In today&apos;s medicine, for example, there are too many persistent detergents, water-polluting disinfectants, and many disposable materials. Too much water ist consumed, whereas the use of renewable energies is only limited. And too little natural healing methods are applied in diagnostics and therapy. Presently, in Germany, 16,7 million in-patients are treated in Germany, 1,16 million out-patients have surgeries in 2166 hospitals by ca. 1,1 million medical staff. All this work needs energy and materials which bring various risks to environment and the patients. During the last two decades, however, many efforts were made in the field of environment protection in medicine. There is hardly a hospital left which has not taken measures of protecting the environment. In the branch-specific quality management system KTQ (=cooperation for transparency and quality in the health system). environment protection measures are interrogated and systematically assessed.

  17. Utjecaj ograničene termičke ekspanzije na primarni cjevovod Nuklearne elektrane Krško

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    Koc, Pino; Halilovič, Miroslav; Štok, Boris

    2013-01-01

    U ovom radu opisane su mehaničke analize primarnog cjevovoda Nuklearne elektrane Krško, koje obrađuju problem djelomično onemogućene termičke ekspanzije cjevovoda uslijed nedovoljnog razmaka među pločama ograničavača pomaka cijevi. Smanjenje razmaka između cijevi i pripadajućeg oslonca spriječava slobodno termičko proširenje cjevovoda tijekom zagrijavanja sistema. Time se prouzrokuju jake tlačne sile između cijevi i oslonaca, što se rezultira kao nepovoljno stanje deformacija i naprezanja i u...

  18. Koçlarda Bazı Androlojikal Parametreler Üzerine Araştırmalar

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    AVDATEK, Fatih

    2006-01-01

    Koçlarda aşım sezonu esnasında androlojikal parametrelerden morfometrik testis ölçümleri ile spermatolojik özelliklerin belirlenmesi ve bu parametreler arasındaki ilişkinin araştırılması amacıyla yapılan bu çalışmada 4-5 yaslarında 2 Akkaraman koç materyal olarak kullanılmıştır. Hayvanların her birinden aşım sezonu esnasında haftada iki kez olmak üzere toplam10 ejekulat sperma ve araştırma başlangıcında ve sonunda olmak üzere de iki kez morfometrik testis ölçüleri alınarak d...

  19. Male Reproductive System

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    ... I Help a Friend Who Cuts? Male Reproductive System KidsHealth > For Teens > Male Reproductive System Print A ... reproductive systems. continue What Is the Male Reproductive System? Most species have two sexes: male and female. ...

  20. The &apos;mini&apos; and &apos;micro&apos; energy sources and their limitations; Les &apos;'minis'&apos; et &apos;'micros'&apos; sources d&apos;energie et leurs limites

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    Anon.

    2004-03-01

    The &apos;Science and defense 2003&apos; colloquium took place in Paris on December 2 and 3. It was organized by the general delegation of armament (DGA), the French atomic energy commission (CEA) with the participation of the national center of scientific research (CNRS) and the French ministry of research and new technologies. The main topic was the needs and the solutions implemented in the domain of energy sources both for civil and military portable applications. This article make a general summary of the content of this colloquium only in the domain of small power energy sources: emergence of new miniaturized portable devices (phones, computers, cameras, autonomous medical systems, wireless communication systems, soldiers equipments, drones etc..), improvement of batteries energy density and price, new needs linked with new functionalities, technological challenges (energy generation and recovery systems, miniaturized fuel-cells, use of recoverable energy sources, implantation of power sources in the human body etc..), new technological files (new electrode materials, micron- or sub-micron scale mechanical and electronic components, sensors, micro-motors, transfer of microelectronics technologies, hybrid systems..), international competition. (J.S.)

  1. Citation Analysis of The Korean Journal of Internal Medicine from KoMCI, Web of Science, and Scopus

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    Huh, Sun

    2011-01-01

    The Korean Journal of Internal Medicine (KJIM) is the international journal published in English by the Korean Association of Internal Medicine. To understand the position of the journal in three different databases, the citation indicators were elucidated. From databases such as Korean Medical Citation Index (KoMCI), Web of Science, and Scopus, citation indicators such as the impact factor, SCImago journal rank (SJR), or Hirsch Index were calculated according to the year and the results were...

  2. Antiproliferative and Proapoptotic Effects of Labisia pumila Ethanol Extract and Its Active Fraction in Human Melanoma HM3KO Cells

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    Lope Pihie, Azimahtol Hawariah; Zakaria, Zainul Amiruddin; Othman, Fezah

    2012-01-01

    The present study was to determine the anticancer potential of Labisia pumila in in vitro models. Results from the study revealed that ethanol extract of L. pumila was more cytotoxic against HM3KO cells while having reduced effects on nonmalignant cells as compared to aqueous and hexane extracts. Thus, ethanol extract was selected to be further separated by using the bioassay-guided fractionation method to give an active fraction, SF2Lp. Results obtained from the flow cytometry analysis showe...

  3. Lack of Protective Osmolytes Limits Final Cell Density and Volumetric Productivity of Ethanologenic Escherichia coli KO11 during Xylose Fermentation†

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    Underwood, S. A.; Buszko, M. L.; Shanmugam, K. T.; Ingram, L. O.

    2004-01-01

    Limited cell growth and the resulting low volumetric productivity of ethanologenic Escherichia coli KO11 in mineral salts medium containing xylose have been attributed to inadequate partitioning of carbon skeletons into the synthesis of glutamate and other products derived from the citrate arm of the anaerobic tricarboxylic acid pathway. The results of nuclear magnetic resonance investigations of intracellular osmolytes under different growth conditions coupled with those of studies using gen...

  4. Thermal-hydraulic safety analyses supporting the steam generator replacement and uprating at Krško nuclear power plant

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    Mavko, Borut; Prošek, Andrej

    2015-01-01

    The Krško nuclear power plant has undertaken a major modernization project. The objectives of the project are: long-term stabilization of the plant's operation, uprating of the net electrical power output, higher availability and enhanced safety of the plant. The modernization also requires a thorough safety re-avaluation and therefore new thermal hydraulic, mechanical and structural analysis. The thermal-hydraulic part of the safety analysis necessary for the steam generator replacement and ...

  5. &apos;&apos;Measuring the Costs of Climate Change Policies&apos;&apos;

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    Montgomery, W. D.; Smith, A. E.; Biggar, S. L.; Bernstein, P.M.

    2003-05-09

    Studies of the costs of climate change policies have utilized a variety of measures or metrics for summarizing costs. The leading economic models have utilized GNP, GDP, the &apos;&apos;area under a marginal cost curve,&apos;&apos; the discounted present value of consumption, and a welfare measure taken directly from the utility function of the model&apos;s representative agent (the &apos;&apos;Equivalent Variation&apos;&apos;). Even when calculated using a single model, these metrics do not necessarily give similar magnitudes of costs or even rank policies consistently. This paper discusses in non-technical terms the economic concepts lying behind each concept, the theoretical basis for expecting each measure to provide a consistent ranking of policies, and the reasons why different measures provide different rankings. It identifies a method of calculating the &apos;&apos;Equivalent Variation&apos;&apos; as theoretically superior to the other cost metrics in ranking policies. When regulators put forward new economic or regulatory policies, there is a need to compare the costs and benefits of these new policies to existing policies and other alternatives to determine which policy is most cost-effective. For command and control policies, it is quite difficult to compute costs, but for more market-based policies, economists have had a great deal of success employing general equilibrium models to assess a policy&apos;s costs. Not all cost measures, however, arrive at the same ranking. Furthermore, cost measures can produce contradictory results for a specific policy. These problems make it difficult for a policy-maker to determine the best policy. For a cost measures to be of value, one would like to be confident of two things. First one wants to be sure whether the policy is a winner or loser. Second, one wants to be confident that a measure produces the correct policy ranking. That is, one wants to have confidence in a policy measure&apos;s ability to correctly rank

  6. [Male contraception].

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    Demoulin, A

    1984-04-01

    Among the reasons why male hormonal contraception has lagged behind female methods are the necessity of preserving virility, the fact that spermatogenesis is a continuous process, the need to control secondary effects and toxicity, and the requirement that modes of administration be acceptable to both partners. Among currently available reversible mehtods, withdrawal is undoubtedly the most ancient. It is still widespread but cannot be recommended because of its limited effectiveness. The condom is used by about 10% of couples worldwide as a principal or temporary method, but its inter-ference with sensation has limited its acceptance. Condoms are nevertheless highly effective when used with a spermicide. Various androgens are currently under investigation. High doses of testosterone can induce azoospermia without affecting libido but their side effects may be serious. The use of combinations of steroids permits doses to be reduced and offers promise for the future. The combination of oral medroxyprogesterone acetate and percutaneous testosterone is one of the better approaches; the combination is effective and nontoxic but has the disadvantage of percutaneous administration. Gossypol, a pigment extracted from the cotton plant, has been used as a contraceptive in China with a reported efficacy of 99.89%, recovery of fertility within 3 months, and no effect on future fertility. However, its toxicity appears to be significant in the animal and its reversibility is uncertain. A search is on for analogs which would preserve the contraceptive effects while eliminating toxic effects. Several gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) analogs under investigation for their interference with spermatogenesis have given promising results. Several chemicals tested for contraceptive effects have had unacceptably high toxicity. Chinese investigators have reported good results with various physical methods of interfering with sperm production, but their reversibility and innocuity

  7. Functional characterization of ent-kaurene oxidase, MtKO, from Montanoa tomentosa (Zoapatle

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    Villa-Ruano Nemesio

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Kaurene oxidases are P450 proteins that catalyze the conversion of ent-kaurene into kaurenoic acid, the final enzymatic product with a wide range of pharmacological properties. We describe the functional characterization of an ent-kaurene oxidase (EC 1.14.13.78 isolated from Montanoa tomentosa after heterologous expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, as well as the detection of the enzymatic activity in the plant itself. In the presence of NADPH and FAD, the microsomal fraction from transformed INVSc1 cells, ent-kaurene produced ent-kaurenoic acid, which was confirmed by GC-MS analyses. The kinetic parameters for ent-kaurene using 0.5 mg of microsomal protein were Km app= 80.63±1.2 μM and V max app= 31.80±1.8 μmol-1mg-1h-1. Optimal temperature and pH were 30°C and 7.6, respectively. Similar kinetic parameters were observed when leaf microsomes from M. tomentosa were assayed under the same conditions as for yeast microsomes. This result strongly suggests that ent-kaurene oxidase activity is present in leaf microsomes. The enzymatic activity was competitively inhibited by paclobutrazol, with IC50=43.9 μM, implying that MtKO is resistant to inhibition by azolic-type compounds. This study confirmed the biochemical detection of ent-kaurene oxidase activity in the plant, and the heterologous functionality of a cDNA with an ent-kaurene oxidase identity from M. tomentosa (zoapatle.

  8. Density, porosity and magnetic susceptibility of the Ko\\v{s}ice meteorite shower and homogeneity of its parent meteoroid

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    Kohout, Tomáš; Tóth, Juraj; Husárik, Marek; Gritsevich, Maria; Britt, Daniel; Borovička, Jiří; Spurný, Pavel; Igaz, Antal; Svoreň, Ján; Kornoš, Leonard; Vereš, Peter; Koza, Július; Zigo, Pavol; Gajdoš, Štefan; Világi, Jozef; Čapek, David; Krišandová, Zuzana; Tomko, Dušan; Šilha, Jiří; Schunová, Eva; Bodnárová, Marcela; Búzová, Diana; Krejčová, Tereza

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    Bulk and grain density, porosity, and magnetic susceptibility of 67 individuals of Ko\\v{s}ice H chondrite fall were measured. The mean bulk and grain densities were determined to be 3.43 g/cm$^\\text{3}$ with standard deviation (s.d.) of 0.11 g/cm$^\\text{3}$ and 3.79 g/cm$^\\text{3}$ with s.d. 0.07 g/cm$^\\text{3}$, respectively. Porosity is in the range from 4.2 to 16.1%. The logarithm of the apparent magnetic susceptibility (in 10$^\\text{-9}$ m$^\\text{3}$/kg) shows narrow distribution from 5.17 to 5.49 with mean value at 5.35 with s.d. 0.08. These results indicate that all studied Ko\\v{s}ice meteorites are of the same composition down to ~g scale without presence of foreign (non-H) clasts and are similar to other H chondrites. Ko\\v{s}ice is thus a homogeneous meteorite fall derived from a homogeneous meteoroid.

  9. Citation analysis of The Korean Journal of Internal Medicine from KoMCI, Web of Science, and Scopus.

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    Huh, Sun

    2011-03-01

    The Korean Journal of Internal Medicine (KJIM) is the international journal published in English by the Korean Association of Internal Medicine. To understand the position of the journal in three different databases, the citation indicators were elucidated. From databases such as Korean Medical Citation Index (KoMCI), Web of Science, and Scopus, citation indicators such as the impact factor, SCImago journal rank (SJR), or Hirsch Index were calculated according to the year and the results were drawn. The KJIM 2010 impact factor increased to 0.623 in Web of Science. That of year 2009 in KoMCI was a 0.149. The 2009 SJR in Scopus was 0.073, with a ranking of 27/72 (37.5%) in the category of internal medicine and 414/1,618 (25.6%) in the category of medicine, miscellaneous. The Hirsch Index from KoMCI, Web of Science and Scopus were 5, 14, and 16, respectively. The KJIM is now cited more by international researchers than Korean researchers, indicating that the content of the journal is now valued at the international level.

  10. Source of spill ripple in the RF-KO slow-extraction method with FM and AM

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    Noda, K; Shibuya, S; Muramatsu, M; Uesugi, T; Kanazawa, M; Torikoshi, M; Takada, E; Yamada, S

    2002-01-01

    The RF-knockout (RF-KO) slow-extraction method with frequency modulation (FM) and amplitude modulation (AM) has brought high-accuracy irradiation to the treatment of a cancer tumor moving with respiration, because of a quick response to beam start/stop. However, a beam spill extracted from a synchrotron ring through RF-KO slow-extraction has a huge ripple with a frequency of around 1 kHz related to the FM. The spill ripple will disturb the lateral dose distribution in the beam scanning methods. Thus, the source of the spill ripple has been investigated through experiments and simulations. There are two tune regions for the extraction process through the RF-KO method: the extraction region and the diffusion region. The particles in the extraction region can be extracted due to amplitude growth through the transverse RF field, only when its frequency matches with the tune in the extraction region. For a large chromaticity, however, the particles in the extraction region can be extracted through the synchrotron ...

  11. A Spectroscopic Study of the Algol-type Binaries S Equulei and KO Aquilae: Absolute Parameters and Mass Transfer

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    Soydugan, F; Soydugan, E; Catalano, S; Demircan, O; Ibanoglu, C

    2007-01-01

    We present and analyze high-resolution optical spectra of the Algol binaries S Equ and KO Aql. New accurate radial velocities for the hotter primary components are obtained. Thanks to the cross-correlation procedure, we were able to measure, for the first time to our knowledge, radial velocities also for the cool secondary components of S Equ and KO Aql. By combining the parameters obtained from the solution of the radial velocity curves with those obtained from the light curve analysis, reliable absolute parameters of the systems have been derived. The rotational velocity of the hotter components of S Equ and KO Aql has been measured and it is found that the gainers of both systems rotate about 30 % faster than synchronously. This is likely due to mass transfer across the Lagrangian L1 point from the cooler to the hotter component. The lower luminosity of the mass-gaining components of these systems compared to normal main-sequence stars of the same mass can be also an effect of the mass transfer. The H-alph...

  12. Role of the &apos;&apos;fountain effect&apos;&apos; in the equatorial ionosphere in the prolonged retention of radioactive products of the &apos;'Starfish'&apos; explosion at F-region altitudes

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    1975-01-01

    The effect of prolonged retention of radioactive products (fission fragments) following the &apos;'Starfish'&apos; thermonuclear explosion at F-region altitudes of the ionosphere of lower and middle latitudes discovered on the Kosmos 3, Kosmos 5, and Kosmos 6 satellites is analyzed from the point of view of concepts concerning ion transport processes in the equatorial ionosphere. A qualitative explanation for this phenomenon based on the &apos;&apos;fountain effect&apos;&apos; in the equatorial ionosphere is proposed which is in satisfactory agreement with experiment.

  13. &apos;Teleparallel&apos; dark energy

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    Geng, Chao-Qiang, E-mail: geng@phys.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Physics, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); National Center for Theoretical Sciences, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Lee, Chung-Chi, E-mail: g9522545@oz.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Physics, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Saridakis, Emmanuel N., E-mail: Emmanuel_Saridakis@baylor.edu [CASPER, Physics Department, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798-7310 (United States); National Center for Theoretical Sciences, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Wu, Yi-Peng, E-mail: s9822508@m98.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Physics, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China)

    2011-10-25

    Using the &apos;teleparallel&apos; equivalent of General Relativity as the gravitational sector, which is based on torsion instead of curvature, we add a canonical scalar field, allowing for a nonminimal coupling with gravity. Although the minimal case is completely equivalent to standard quintessence, the nonminimal scenario has a richer structure, exhibiting quintessence-like or phantom-like behavior, or experiencing the phantom-divide crossing. The richer structure is manifested in the absence of a conformal transformation to an equivalent minimally-coupled model.

  14. Is Cass&apos;s Model of Homosexual Identity Formation Relevant to Today&apos;s Society?

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    Kenneady, Donna Ann; Oswalt, Sara B.

    2014-01-01

    Cass&apos;s Homosexual Identity Formation Model (1979) is one of the most well-known and well-referenced models of identity development for gay males and lesbians. This article provides a review of Cass&apos;s six steps of the model, as well as research support for and critiques of the model. As the model was developed more than 30 years ago, the…

  15. Novel action of apolipoprotein E (ApoE: ApoE isoform specifically inhibits lipid-particle-mediated cholesterol release from neurons

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    Fujita Shinobu C

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Since the majority of apolipoprotein E (apoE existing in the cerebrospinal fluid is associated with high-density lipoprotein (HDL, one should focus on the role of the apoE-HDL complex rather than on that of free apoE in cholesterol metabolism in the central nervous system. However, the apoE-isoform-specific effect of apoE-HDL on cholesterol transport remains unclarified. Results Here we show that apoE3-HDL induced a marked cholesterol release from neurons, while apoE4-HDL induced little. To elucidate the mechanism underlying this phenomenon, we used a complex of lipid emulsion (EM with recombinant apoE3 or apoE4 (apoE-EM at various apoE concentrations. When a small number of apoE molecules were associated with EM, apoE3- and apoE4-EM, induced a marked cholesterol release to a level similar to that induced by EM alone. However, when apoE at given concentrations was incubated with EM, apoE3-EM induced a marked cholesterol release, while apoE4-EM induced little. Under these conditions, a greater number of apoE4 molecules were associated with EM than apoE3 molecules. When an increasing number of apoE molecules were associated with EM, both apoE3-EM and apoE4-EM induced little cholesterol release. Preincubation with β-mercaptoethanol increased the number of apoE3 molecules associated with EM similar to that of apoE4 molecules, indicating that the presence (apoE3 or absence (apoE4 of intermolecular disulfide bond formation is responsible for the association of a greater number of apoE4 molecules to EM than apoE3 molecules. Conclusion These results suggest that although apoE and a lipid particle are lipid acceptors, when apoE and a lipid particle form a complex, apoE on the particle surface inhibits the lipid particle-mediated cholesterol release from cells in an apoE-concentration-dependent manner.

  16. Preparation of data relevant to &apos;&apos;Equivalent Uniform Burnup&apos;&apos; and Equivalent Initial Enrichment&apos;&apos; for burnup credit evaluation

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    Nomura, Yasushi; Okuno, Hiroshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment; Murazaki, Minoru [Tokyo Nuclear Service Inc., Tokyo (Japan)

    2001-11-01

    Based on the PWR spent fuel composition data measured at JAERI, two kinds of simplified methods such as &apos;&apos;Equivalent Uniform Burnup&apos;&apos; and &apos;&apos;Equivalent Initial Enrichment&apos;&apos; have been introduced. And relevant evaluation curves have been prepared for criticality safety evaluation of spent fuel storage pool and transport casks, taking burnup of spent fuel into consideration. These simplified methods can be used to obtain an effective neutron multiplication factor for a spent fuel storage/transportation system by using the ORIGEN2.1 burnup code and the KENO-Va criticality code without considering axial burnup profile in spent fuel and other various factors introducing calculated errors. &apos;&apos;Equivalent Uniform Burnup&apos;&apos; is set up for its criticality analysis to be reactivity equivalent with the detailed analysis, in which the experimentally obtained isotopic composition together with a typical axial burnup profile and various factors such as irradiation history are considered on the conservative side. On the other hand, Equivalent Initial Enrichment&apos;&apos; is set up for its criticality analysis to be reactivity equivalent with the detailed analysis such as above when it is used in the so called fresh fuel assumption. (author)

  17. &apos;'VaneCAM'&apos; - the third generation of camshaft adjustment systems; &apos;'VaneCAM'&apos; - Nockenwellenversteller der dritten Generation

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    Knecht, A. [Hydraulik-Ring GmbH, Nuertingen (Germany). Entwicklung Motorentechnik; Stephan, W. [Hydraulik-Ring GmbH, Nuertingen (Germany); Hannibal, W. [Fachhochschule Suedwestfalen, Iserlohn (Germany). Labor fuer Konstruktion und CAE-Anwendungen

    2002-04-01

    Continuously variable camphasers are now well established for modern spark-ignition engines in high-volume production. With the latest generation of camshaft adjustment systems using the vane-type actuator principle, it is possible to move rapidly and reliably through a large adjustment angle. The layout of these adjusting systems is very simple. The production costs are low in comparison to the first generation of camphasers using spur/helical gears to vary the valve timing. The new-generation systems are mechatronic, with the function depending on the coordination and tuning of hydraulic actuation and engine electronics. The term &apos;VaneCAM&apos; is used for the continuously variable systems of this new generation supplied by Hydraulik-Ring in Nuertingen, Germany. (orig.) [German] Stufenlos wirkende Nockenwellenversteller haben sich an modernen Ottomotoren in den letzten Jahren in der Grossserie etabliert. Mit der neuesten Generation von Nockenwellenverstellern, die nach dem Schwenkmotor-Prinzip aufgebaut sind, lassen sich grosse Verdrehwinkel sehr schnell und betriebssicher verstellen. Der Aufbau dieser Versteller ist einfach, und die Herstellkosten sind gering im Vergleich zur ersten Generation von Verstellern. Bei den Systemen der neuen Generation handelt es sich um mechatronische Systeme, deren Funktion von dem Zusammenspiel und der Abstimmung von hydraulischer Ansteuerung und Motorelektronik abhaengt. Mit dem Begriff &apos;VaneCAM&apos; werden die stufenlos wirkenden Systeme dieser neuen Generation von Hydraulik-Ring aus Nuertingen bezeichnet. (orig.)

  18. Impact of sex and APOE4 on cerebral amyloid angiopathy in Alzheimer's disease.

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    Shinohara, Mitsuru; Murray, Melissa E; Frank, Ryan D; Shinohara, Motoko; DeTure, Michael; Yamazaki, Yu; Tachibana, Masaya; Atagi, Yuka; Davis, Mary D; Liu, Chia-Chen; Zhao, Na; Painter, Meghan M; Petersen, Ronald C; Fryer, John D; Crook, Julia E; Dickson, Dennis W; Bu, Guojun; Kanekiyo, Takahisa

    2016-08-01

    Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) often coexists with Alzheimer's disease (AD). APOE4 is a strong genetic risk factor for both AD and CAA. Sex-dependent differences have been shown in AD as well as in cerebrovascular diseases. Therefore, we examined the effects of APOE4, sex, and pathological components on CAA in AD subjects. A total of 428 autopsied brain samples from pathologically confirmed AD cases were analyzed. CAA severity was histologically scored in inferior parietal, middle frontal, motor, superior temporal and visual cortexes. In addition, subgroups with severe CAA (n = 60) or without CAA (n = 39) were subjected to biochemical analysis of amyloid-β (Aβ) and apolipoprotein E (apoE) by ELISA in the temporal cortex. After adjusting for age, Braak neurofibrillary tangle stage and Thal amyloid phase, we found that overall CAA scores were higher in males than females. Furthermore, carrying one or more APOE4 alleles was associated with higher overall CAA scores. Biochemical analysis revealed that the levels of detergent-soluble and detergent-insoluble Aβ40, and insoluble apoE were significantly elevated in individuals with severe CAA or APOE4. The ratio of Aβ40/Aβ42 in insoluble fractions was also increased in the presence of CAA or APOE4, although it was negatively associated with male sex. Levels of insoluble Aβ40 were positively associated with those of insoluble apoE, which were strongly influenced by CAA status. Pertaining to insoluble Aβ42, the levels of apoE correlated regardless of CAA status. Our results indicate that sex and APOE genotypes differentially influence the presence and severity of CAA in AD, likely by affecting interaction and aggregation of Aβ40 and apoE. PMID:27179972

  19. Knockout of p11 attenuates the acquisition and reinstatement of cocaine conditioned place preference in male but not in female mice.

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    Thanos, Panayotis K; Malave, Lauren; Delis, Foteini; Mangine, Paul; Kane, Katie; Grunseich, Adam; Vitale, Melissa; Greengard, Paul; Volkow, Nora D

    2016-07-01

    Cocaine's enhancement of dopamine signaling is crucial for its rewarding effects but its serotonergic effects are also relevant. Here we examined the role of the protein p11, which recruits serotonin 5HT1B and 5HT4 receptors to the cell surface, in cocaine reward. For this purpose we tested wild-type (WT) and p11 knockout (KO) male and female mice for cocaine conditioned place preference (CPP) and its cocaine-induced reinstatement at different abstinence times, after 8 days of extinction and 28 days of being home-caged. All mice showed significant cocaine CPP. Among males, p11KO showed lower CPP than WT; this difference was also evident after 28 days of home-cage abstinence. In contrast, in females there were no CPP differences between p11KO and WT mice at any time point tested. Cocaine priming after the 28-day home-cage abstinence period also resulted in lower cocaine conditioned motor activity in both male and female p11KO mice. These results suggest that cocaine CPP and its persistence during extinction and reinstatement are modulated in a sex-differentiated manner by p11. The lack of protein p11 confers protection from CPP on male, but not female mice, immediately after cocaine conditioning as well as after prolonged abstinence, but not after short-term withdrawal. Synapse 70:293-301, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26990537

  20. Orbit as a Mirror of Systemic Disease; &apos;&apos; Epidemiologic, Clinical and Imaging &apos;&apos;

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available   "n1- Infectious: toxoplasmosis , toxocariasis ,TB , syphilis , leprosy , HIV , CMV. "n2- Non infectous: endocrine, diabetes, thyroid, connective tissue disease &apos;&apos;RA, SLE, wegeners, PAN, systemic sclerosis&apos;&apos;, vasculitides, GCA&apos;&apos;, sarcoidosis, behcet&apos;s disease, vogt koyangi harada syndrome, phakomatoses. "nAll diseases should be demonstrated by clinical images and imaging slides. "n-imaging "nX-RAY, high frequency US and color doppler, 2D and 3D X-RAY CT, MRI: "n1- X-RAY: in fractures, foreign bodies, skull combined anomalies and few other cases. "n2-High-frequency ultrasound for posterior chamber and ciliary body micro-anatomic changes &apos;&apos; tumors granulations&apos;&apos;. "nColor Doppler study for vascular lesions, central retin artery, tumors in the globe and retrobulbar region. "n3- X-RAY CT for tumors, 2D and 3D for fractures, 3D for bone anatomy, foreign body &apos;&apos; modality of choice is 2directional 2D CT scan &apos;&apos;, sino-nasal diseases, CT-angiography or phlebography in large vessel evaluation, DSA for small vessel anatomy. "n4- MRI for tumors and infection also granulation process. "nMRI and MRV in large vessel anatomy, functional – MRI for the visual pathway, tractography. "nConclusion : "nModality of choice : "n1- CT for foreign bodies &apos;&apos; MRI is contra-indicated in the first step specially in metallic fragments &apos;&apos;. CT for micro-calcification &apos;&apos; retinoblastoma &apos;&apos;,CT for fractures. "n2- MRI for tumors, biometry, soft tissue disease and functional imaging. "n3- DSA for vascular disease of the eye. "n4- U.S for biometery, posterior Chamber, iris and ciliary body lesions. 5- Fluorescein angiography for the retina.  

  1. Eksperimentalna in-vitro razgradnja koštanog cementa pomoću ultrazvučnog pulzirajućeg mlaza vode za potrebe revizijske artroplastike

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    Hloch, Sergej; Foldyna, Josef; Pude, Frank; Kľoc, Ján; Zeleňák, Michal; Hvizdoš, Pavol; Monka, Peter; Smolko, Igor; Ščučka, Jiří; Kozak, Dražan; Sedmak, Aleksandar; Mihalčinová, Emília

    2015-01-01

    Članak obuhvaća studiju uporabe ultrazvučnog pulzirajućeg mlaza vode odabranih svojstava za razgradnju veze ostvarene pomoću koštanog cementa između cementiranog bedrenog drška i trabekularnog koštanog tkiva, kao potencijalne tehnike za revizijsku artroplastiku. Šest tipova komercijalnog koštanog cementa baziranog na polimetil metakrilatu rabljeni su za ovo istraživanje. Cementi su miješani uz pomoć DePuy - SmartMix® CTS / vakumske zdjele za miješanje. Mehanička svojstva ojačanog koštanog cem...

  2. Analýza obchodnej vybavenosti Košíc a chovanie zákazníkov

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    Vojáčková, Zuzana

    2011-01-01

    Bachelor thesis describes the shopping facilities of Košice and consumer behaviour of local residents. It focuses on retailing, the area of foodstuffs. The first chapter briefly describes the history and current geographic and demographic state of Košice and recounts in detail the retail facilities of the city. The second chapter describes current trends in customer behaviour throughout Slovakia. The third chapter analyzes and evaluates the results of the questionnaire focused on the consumer...

  3. Decreasing the Level of Ethyl Acetate in Ethanolic Fermentation Broths of Escherichia coli KO11 by Expression of Pseudomonas putida estZ Esterase†

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    Hasona, Adnan; York, S W; Yomano, L. P.; Ingram, L O; Shanmugam, K T

    2002-01-01

    During the fermentation of sugars to ethanol relatively high levels of an undesirable coproduct, ethyl acetate, are also produced. With ethanologenic Escherichia coli strain KO11 as the biocatalyst, the level of ethyl acetate in beer containing 4.8% ethanol was 192 mg liter−1. Although the E. coli genome encodes several proteins with esterase activity, neither wild-type strains nor KO11 contained significant ethyl acetate esterase activity. A simple method was developed to rapidly screen bact...

  4. What do we mean by the word &apos;'Shock'&apos;?

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    From one vantage point, a shock is a continuous but drastic change in state variables that occurs over very small time and length scales. These scales and associated changes in state variables can be measured experimentally. From another vantage point, a shock is a mathematical singularity consisting of instantaneous changes in state variables. This more mathematical view gives rise to analytical solutions to idealized problems. And from a third vantage point, a shock is a structure in a hydrocode prediction. Its width depends on the simulation&apos;s grid resolution and artificial viscosity. These three vantage points can be in conflict when ideas from the associated fields are combined, and yet combining them is an important goal of an integrated modeling program. This presentation explores an example of how models for real materials in the presence of real shocks react to a hydrocode&apos;s numerical shocks of finite width. The presentation will include an introduction to plasticity for the novice, an historical view of plasticity algorithms, a demonstration of how pursuing the meaning of &apos;'shock'&apos; has resulted in hydrocode improvements, and will conclude by answering some of the questions that arise from that pursuit. After the technical part of the presentation, a few slides advertising LANL&apos;s Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop will be shown.

  5. Sustainable Agriculture: enhancing the &apos;neem cake&apos;

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    The &apos;neem cake&apos; is the scrap processing of the industrial chain producing neem oil and azadirachtin. The ENEA Technical Unit Environment and Sustainable Development Innovation the Agro-Industrial System, developed a promising experiment to promote the use of &apos;neem cake&apos; as an insecticide, and fertilizer of low cost in sustainable agriculture.

  6. &apos;Portico&apos; in the Munich MP-tandem

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    Muenzer, H.; Carli, W.; Hartung, P.; Rohrer, L.; Schnitter, H.; Assmann, W.

    1986-02-15

    A &apos;'portico'&apos; was installed with the aim of preventing spark damage to column components and of increasing the terminal voltage. First experiences: no spark damage is observed, especially deconditioning of accelerating tubes by the sparks has disappeared. No significant increase in terminal voltage due to axial effects has been attained. (orig.).

  7. Parents&apos; Views of Schools&apos; Involvement Efforts

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    Rodriguez, Raymond J.; Blatz, Erin T.; Elbaum, Batya

    2014-01-01

    Individual and focus group interviews were conducted with 96 parents of students with disabilities in 18 schools to explore parents&apos; views of schools&apos; efforts to engage them in their child&apos;s education. A mixed-methods approach was used to identify and evaluate the relative importance of eight themes related to schools&apos; efforts…

  8. Exposure to CB-153 and p,p&apos;-DDE and human sperm chromatin integrity

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    Rignell-Hydbom, A.; Rylander, L.; Joensson, B.A.G.; Hagmar, L. [Dept. of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund Univ. Hospital (Sweden); Giwercman, A. [Fertility Centre, Malmoe Univ. hospital (Sweden); Spano, M. [Section of Toxicology and Biomedical Sciences, ENEA Casaccia Research Centre, Rome (Italy)

    2004-09-15

    In Sweden, the consumption of fatty fish from the Baltic Sea (off the Swedish east coast) is the single most important source of exposure to persistent organochlorine pollutants (POPs). Fishermen from the east coast have averagely higher plasma levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and total POP derived TEQ in plasma than both west coast fishermen and men from the general population. Dichlorodiphenyl dichloroethene (p,p&apos;-DDE), a relevant biomarker for POP is still present in relatively high serum concentrations in men consuming fish from the Baltic Sea. Several studies have shown that POPs are capable of interfering with reproductive and endocrine function in animals. Human studies have shown that exposure to PCBs and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) has a negative effect on male reproductive function, and especially sperm motility seems vulnerable. However, studies relating to human sperm genetic integrity are few. The aim of the study was to investigate whether exposure to POP using 2,2&apos;,4,4&apos;,5,5&apos;- hexachlorobiphenyl (CB-153) and p,p&apos;-DDE as biomarkers, are associated with sperm chromatin integrity. In order to ensure a sufficient variation in POP exposure fishermen from both the Swedish east (&apos;&apos;more exposed&apos;&apos;) and west coasts (&apos;&apos;less exposed&apos;&apos;) formed the study base.

  9. Liraglutide protects against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in ApoE knockout mice with high-fat diet and silenced Acrp30 by increasing AMPK%利拉鲁肽改善非酒精性脂肪性肝病小鼠肝脂肪沉积的机制探讨

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    赵昕怡; 张利莉; 索朗曲珍; 杨刚毅; 李伶; 李生兵; 陈文雯

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    investigate the mechanism ofliraglutide-mediated protection against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) using aApoE knockout (KO) mouse with high-fat diet (HFD) and Acrp30 knockdown.Methods Fifty-six male ApoE KO mice were divided into the following six modeling and experimental groups:regular chow fed (ApoE KO,n =10),HFD fed (HF,n =10),HFD+Adenovirus (Ad)-small hairpin (sh) Acrp30 (Ad-shAcrp30,n =10),HFD+Ad-shGreen Fluorescent Protein (GFP) (Ad-shGFP,n =6),HFD+Ad-shAcrp30+liraglutide (liraglutide,n =10),and HFD+Ad-shAcrp30+saline (saline,n =10).Weight-matched C57BL/6 mice on the regular chow diet were used as the control group (WT control,n =10).All mice were fed their assigned diet for 16 weeks.The Ad-shGFP or Ad-shAcrp30 was injected by tail vein at the end of 14 and 15 weeks.Mice in the liraglutide group received 1 mg/kg of the drug,twice daily,intraperitoneally for a total of 8 weeks (from the 9th to 16th week).Fasting blood samples were collected for testing levels of fasting plasma glucose (FPG),triglycerides (TGs),total cholesterol (TC),free fatty acid (FFA),alanine aminotransferase (ALT),Acrp30 and insulin.Liver tissue was procured for histological examination.Expression of mRNA was detected by real-time RT-PC and of protein was detected by western blot analysis.Results The Ad-shAcrp30 treated mice had reduced expression of Acrp30 at both the mRNA and protein levels in adipose tissues and plasma,as compared with the AdshGFP treated mice (all P < 0.01).Compared to the WT and ApoE KO groups,the HF group showed higher levels of FPG,FFA,TGs and TC (all P < 0.01); furthermore,the Ad-shAcrp30 treatment compounded these changes.The Ad-shAcrp30 treated group had markedly higher hepatic TC and TGs than the HF group (P < 0.01 andP <0.05).Oil Red O staining showed that there was more lipid droplets in the liver tissue of the Ad-shAcrp30 treated group than in that of the HF group (P < 0.01),and hematoxylin-eosin staining confirmed these results

  10. Overview of &apos;&apos;Red Oil&apos;&apos; Frequency Analyses for F-Canyon

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    Lux, C.R.

    2000-07-19

    A very small potential exists in the Savannah River Site (SRS) separations operations for an uncontrolled reaction between tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP) and nitric acid that could result in unacceptable damage to separations facilities and a significant release of radioactive materials. The recent &apos;&apos;red oil&apos;&apos; (TBP and nitric acid) accident in Tomsk, Russia, resulted in considerable damage and radioactive release. Explosions have also occurred at SRS during the early years of operations. While the SRS separations facilities have operated without incident for many years, it is prudent to revisit the SRS defense-in-depth approach to preventing such an accident and to upgrade preventive procedures and hardware as appropriate.

  11. &apos;'Beaded'&apos; osteoid osteoma: a possible transition between solitary and multicentric tumor

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    Chiou, Yi-You [Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, 201 Sec. 2 Shih-Pai Road, 11217, Taipei (Taiwan); Rosenthal, Daniel I. [Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114 (United States); Rosenberg, Andrew E. [Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114 (United States)

    2003-07-01

    An extremely rare example of an elongated (3 cm) osteoid osteoma is presented. The tumor demonstrated three focal enlargements connected by narrow areas, suggesting a &apos;&apos;string of beads&apos;&apos; in appearance. The elongated shape suggested the possibility that lesional tissue was stretched in a longitudinal fashion as a result of the rapid skeletal growth. The tumor closest to the growth plate was densely ossified, while the furthest lesion was almost completely lytic, suggesting that the tumor enlarged in a centripetal direction. This case is believed to illustrate a continuum from solitary to multicentric osteoid osteoma. The tumor was treated successfully with three separate percutaneous radiofrequency ablations during a single session. (orig.)

  12. THE FIRST &apos;&apos;WATER FOUNTAIN&apos;&apos; COLLIMATED OUTFLOW IN A PLANETARY NEBULA

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    Gómez, José F.; Miranda, Luis F.; Guerrero, Martín A. [Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC, Glorieta de la Astronomía s/n, E-18008 Granada (Spain); Suárez, Olga; Bendjoya, Philippe; Lagadec, Eric [Laboratoire Lagrange, UMR 7293, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, CNRS, Observatoire de la Côte d' Azur, F-06304 Nice (France); Rizzo, J. Ricardo; García-García, Enrique [Centro de Astrobiología (INTA-CSIC), Ctra. M-108, km. 4, E-28850 Torrejón de Ardoz (Spain); Green, James A. [CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, Australia Telescope National Facility, P.O. Box 76, Epping, NSW 1710 (Australia); Uscanga, Lucero [Institute of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing, National Observatory of Athens, 15236 Athens (Greece); Ramos-Larios, Gerardo [Instituto de Astronomía y Meteorología, Av. Vallarta No. 2602, Col. Arcos Vallarta, C.P. 44130 Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)

    2015-02-01

    &apos;&apos;Water fountains&apos;&apos; (WFs) are evolved objects showing high-velocity, collimated jets traced by water maser emission. Most of them are in the post-asymptotic giant branch (post-AGB) and they may represent one of the first manifestations of collimated mass loss in evolved stars. We present water maser, carbon monoxide, and mid-infrared spectroscopic data (obtained with the Australia Telescope Compact Array, Herschel Space Observatory, and the Very Large Telescope, respectively) toward IRAS 15103–5754, a possible planetary nebula (PN) with WF characteristics. Carbon monoxide observations show that IRAS 15103–5754 is an evolved object, while the mid-IR spectrum displays unambiguous [Ne II] emission, indicating that photoionization has started and thus, its nature as a PN is confirmed. Water maser spectra show several components spreading over a large velocity range (≅ 75 km s{sup –1}) and tracing a collimated jet. This indicates that the object is a WF, the first WF known that has already entered the PN phase. However, the spatial and kinematical distribution of the maser emission in this object are significantly different from those in other WFs. Moreover, the velocity distribution of the maser emission shows a &apos;'Hubble-like'&apos; flow (higher velocities at larger distances from the central star), consistent with a short-lived, explosive mass-loss event. This velocity pattern is not seen in other WFs (which are presumably in earlier evolutionary stages). We therefore suggest that we are witnessing a fundamental change of mass-loss processes in WFs, with water masers being pumped by steady jets in post-AGB stars, but tracing explosive/ballistic events as the object enters the PN phase.

  13. Kidney-specific upregulation of vitamin D3 target genes in ClC-5 KO mice.

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    Maritzen, T; Rickheit, G; Schmitt, A; Jentsch, T J

    2006-07-01

    Mutations in ClC-5 cause Dent's disease, a disorder associated with low molecular weight proteinuria, hyperphosphaturia, and kidney stones. ClC-5 is a Cl(-)/H(+)-exchanger predominantly expressed in the kidney, where it facilitates the acidification of proximal tubular endosomes. The reduction in proximal tubular endocytosis resulting from a lack of ClC-5 raises the luminal concentration of filtered proteins and peptides like parathyroid hormone (PTH). The increase in PTH may explain the hyperphosphaturia observed in Dent's disease. Expression profiling, quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), and hormone measurements were used to investigate whether the disruption of ClC-5 affects other signalling pathways. Although the upregulation of 25(OH)(2)-vitamin D(3) 1alpha-hydroxylase and downregulation of vitamin D(3) 24-hydroxylase suggested an increased formation of 1,25(OH)(2)-vitamin D(3), the concentration of this active metabolite was reduced in the serum of ClC-5 knockout (KO) mice. However, target genes of 1,25(OH)(2)-vitamin D(3) were upregulated in KO kidneys. Expression analysis of intestine and bone revealed that the upregulation of 1,25(OH)(2)-vitamin D(3) target genes was kidney intrinsic and not systemic. In spite of reduced serum levels of 1,25(OH)(2)-vitamin D(3) in ClC-5 KO mice, 1,25(OH)(2)-vitamin D(3) is increased in later nephron segments as a consequence of impaired proximal tubular endocytosis. This leads to a kidney-specific stimulation of 1,25(OH)(2)-vitamin D(3) target genes that may contribute to the pathogenesis of Dent's disease. The activation of genes in distal nephron segments by hormones that are normally endocytosed in the proximal tubule may extend to other pathways like those activated by retinoic acid.

  14. Trends in Energy. &apos;The consumer decides&apos;; Trends in Energy. &apos;De consument bepaalt&apos;

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    Brzezowsky-Ruys, Y.; Van der Zalm, M.; Van Zutphen, M. (eds.)

    2012-03-15

    A report is given of the Capgemini organised congress &apos;Trends in Energy 2011&apos; which has the Dutch subtitle &apos;De consument bepaalt&apos; (The consumer decides&apos;. The focus of the articles, interviews, debates and presentations is on the role of the consumer in the supply of and demand for energy. Parts of the report are in Dutch and English [Dutch] Dit rapport bestaat uit een verslag van het congres &apos;Trends in Energy 2011. De consument bepaalt&apos; en een aantal artikelen met achtergrondinformatie over onder meer de rol van de consument in vraag en aanbod van energie.

  15. Molecules with &apos;'wheels'&apos; on a metal surface

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    Villagomez, Carlos; Grill, Leonhard [Institut fuer Experimentalphysik, Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany); Sasaki, Takashi; Tour, James M. [Chemistry Department, Rice University, Houston, TX (United States)

    2009-07-01

    The design and creation of molecular nanostructures with specific mechanical functions is one of the fundamental issues in nanotechnology. In this context, wheels are an interesting component for the molecular motion, because they are expected to alter the diffusion properties on surfaces, for instance by allowing only directed motion. In the presented work, we show the absorption of functional molecules studied by scanning tunneling microscopy under ultrahigh vacuum at low temperatures of about 7 K. The molecules consist of a phenyl chain, equipped with carborane side groups that represent the molecular &apos;'wheels'&apos;. Additionally, bromine atoms are attached to the terminal groups of the molecules, which should allow the covalent connection of individual molecules, according to our recently presented oen-surface-synthesis&apos;&apos; method. The high mobility of the molecules during deposition, at room temperature, enables them to form molecular nanostructures. Characteristic appearances of the molecules, due to different molecular configurations, are found. Furthermore, lateral manipulation was used to displace molecules and to probe their intermolecular interactions.

  16. MEDNARODNA PRAVNA POMOČ V KAZENSKIH ZADEVAH (TEMELJNI POJMI) S POUDARKOM NA SODELOVANJU MED REPUBLIKO SLOVENIJO IN REPUBLIKO HRVAŠKO

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    Kolbl, Marko Filip

    2014-01-01

    Predmet obravnave v mojem diplomskem delu je mednarodna pravna pomoč v kazenskih zadevah s poudarkom na sodelovanju med Republiko Slovenijo in Republiko Hrvaško, ki predstavlja obliko mednarodne kazenskopravne pomoči med dvema državama kot subjektoma kazenskopravnega sodelovanja. Kazenskopravna pomoč med državami pa je edina prava rešitev za odkrivanje in preprečevanje čezmejnega kriminala. Zato sta se Republika Slovenija in Republika Hrvaška odločili, da bosta sklenili meddržavne sporazume, ...

  17. Pokretanje doma za starije i nemoćne u Požeško-slavonskoj županiji

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    Asančaić, Ana; Plazibat, Olga; Vukoja, Ivan; Vukoja, Marko

    2015-01-01

    Poslovni pothvat izgradnje doma za starije i nemoćne osobe u Požeško-slavonskoj županiji temelji se na demografskom trendu starenja stanovništva i povećanog iseljavanja mladih. Uočena je povećana potreba za odgovarajućim oblicima smještaja starijih i nemoćnih osoba, koji bi korisnike zadovoljavali kvalitetom sadržaja. Na osnovi Porterovog modela pet konkurentskih snaga pokazalo se da je industrija usluge smještaja u dom umjereno atraktivna; za ulazak novih pothvata, zbog prijetnje od ulaska n...

  18. Maßnahmen und Ansatzpunkte zur Verbesserung quantitativer Marktinformationen für den Öko-Markt

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    Rippin, M.; Schaack, D.; Willer, H.; von Koerber, H.

    2007-01-01

    Marktbeteiligte aus Politik, Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft hatten Bedarf an systematisch abrufbaren, geprüften Daten zum Öko-Markt angemeldet. In einer Projekt-Datenbank wurden die verfügbaren europäischen Strukturdaten zum gesamten und ökologischen Landbau ab 2000 zusammengeführt und so miteinander verknüpft, dass jeweils ein konsistenter Datensatz pro Land und Jahr abgerufen werden kann. Zusätzlich werden konkurrierende Angaben in einem Quellenvergleich übersichtlich dargestellt und ermöglich...

  19. Informacijski sistem za podporo odločanju za mala podjetja z ekološko prehrano

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    Peternel, Jasna

    2016-01-01

    Magistrsko delo se osredotoča na razvoj informacijskih sistemov za podporo odločanju za mala podjetja, ki se ukvarjajo z ekološko prehrano. Odločanje predstavlja ključno komponento uspešnosti podjetja, ki mora biti ustrezno podprto z informacijsko tehnologijo. Merjenje uspešnosti informacijskih sistemov (IS) postaja vse bolj pomembno. V magistrskem delu smo za merjenje uspešnosti sistema za podporo odločanju prilagodili posodobljen D&M model uspešnosti IS. Model uspešnosti IS za mala podjetja...

  20. The role of welding in the manufacture of the steam generators for the Krško nuclear power plant

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    Lešnjak, Andrej; Zorc, Borut; Tušek, Janez; Zorko, Jože; Krošelj, Franc

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes welding and cladding technologies used in the manufacture of the steam generators for the Krško nuclear power plant. The most important welded joints and claddings are treated, however, all the welded joints and claddings could not be treated because there are around 60000 in each steam generator. First cladding of the inner surface of the primary head of the steam generator is described. Submerged-arc cladding with a strip electrode was used for this purpose. Then the pr...

  1. Asiakasymmärrys koulutuspalvelun käyttöarvona : KeKo Kehittävä Koulutusohjelma

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    Tuhkanen-Mattila, Marja-Sinikka

    2014-01-01

    Arkinen asiakasymmärrys koulutuspalvelun käyttöarvona (Kehittävä Koulutus yhteistyössä yritysten kanssa, KeKo) -kehittämistehtävässä tarkastellaan, analysoidaan ja kuvataan koulutusalalla toimivan yrityksen palveluliiketoimintaa. Tavoitteena on lisätä yrityksen asiakasymmärrystä. Asiakasymmärrys sisältää käsitykset asiakaskokemuksesta ja arvoprosesseista, asiakaskannattavuudesta sekä asiakkaan osallistumisesta ja osallistamisesta. Tutkimuksen yhteydessä asiakkailta kerättiin palvelun kehitys...

  2. UTICAJ FIZIČKO-HEMIJSKIH KARAKTERISTIKA SEMENA ULJANE TIKVE (Cucurbita pepo L.) NA KVALITET I NUTRITIVNA SVOJSTVA HLADNO PRESOVANOG ULJA

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    Rabrenović, Biljana

    2012-01-01

    Hladno presovano ulje semena uljane tikve je proizvod specifičan za Srbiju, za razliku od zemaljau regionu koje imaju dugu tradiciju proizvodnje devičanskog tikvinog ulja. Tokom postupka hladnog presovanja sirovogosušenog semena uljane tikve na pužnoj presi temperatura izdvojenog ulja ne prelazi 50 oC, što se odražava na fizičko-hemijske, nutritivne i senzorne karakteristike kao i na oksidativnu stabilnost i antioksidativni potencijal ovog...

  3. Bugarsko trgovanje ljudima u Belgiji i proaktivno poduzetničko učenje: razvoj 2002. – 2009.

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    Leman, Johan; Janssens, Stef

    2010-01-01

    U radu se raspravlja o mehanizmima proaktivnog učenja u bugarsko-belgijskom trgovanju ljudima između 2002. i 2007. putem tri profila, svaki put počinjući studijom slučaja. Profili i slučajevi rezultat su dubinske analize šesnaest belgijskih sudskih spisa. Analiza otkriva tri profila: naknadno nasilno poduzetništvo u prostituciji (2002. – 2005.), međunarodno i međuetničko poduzetništvo u prostituciji (2004.) i izrabljivanje rada (2004. – 2005.). Svaki se put u poduzetnikâ može primijetiti napr...

  4. Oglaševanje v tiskanih medijih podjetja Pivovarna Laško d.d. na zunanjem trgu

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    Krušič, Jožica

    2016-01-01

    S pomočjo oglaševanja se vzpostavlja odnos med blagovno znamko in življenjskim stilom, ki se ujema s potrošnikovo identiteto oz. po tej identiteti hlepi. Za raziskovanje našega diplomskega dela smo si izbrali oglaševanje tiskanih medijev na tujem tržišču podjetja Pivovarna Laško. Tiskani mediji so ogroženi zaradi rasti internetnega oglaševanja. Ljudje tiskane medije dojemajo kot kredibilne, koristne za vsakdanje življenje in intelektualne, poleg tega so lahko zapomnljive vsebine tudi zane...

  5. Demografski problemi Zapadnohercegovačke županije i njihov uticaj na morfološko-funkcionalne promene naselja

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    Galić, Jelica

    2015-01-01

    U radu se razmatraju demografski problemi regije Hercegovine s posebnim osvrtom na Zapadnohercegovačku županiju te njihov uticaj na morfološko-funkcionalne promene naselja (gradova s pripadajućim naseljenim mestima) u pedesetogodišnjem   vremenskom periodu,  s naglaskom za vremenski period od  1961.  do 2011. godine.  Područje koje se analizira u ovome radu odnosi se na područje koje je funkcionalno vezano za Zapadnohercegovačku županiju, jednu od deset ...

  6. Chronic stress does not further exacerbate the abnormal psychoneuroendocrine phenotype of Cbg-deficient male mice.

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    de Medeiros, Gabriela F; Minni, Amandine M; Helbling, Jean-Christophe; Moisan, Marie-Pierre

    2016-08-01

    Chronic stress leads to a dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis which can constitute a base for pathophysiological consequences. Using mice totally deficient in Corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), we have previously demonstrated the important role of CBG in eliciting an adequate response to an acute stressor. Here, we have studied its role in chronic stress situations. We have submitted Cbg ko and wild-type (WT) male mice to two different chronic stress paradigms - the unpredictable chronic mild stress and the social defeat. Then, their impact on neuroendocrine function - through corticosterone and CBG measurement - and behavioral responses - via anxiety and despair-like behavioral tests - was evaluated. Both chronic stress paradigms increased the display of despair-like behavior in WT mice, while that from Cbg ko mice - which was already high - was not aggravated. We have also found that control and defeated (stressed) Cbg ko mice show no difference in the social interaction test, while defeated WT mice reduce their interaction time when compared to unstressed WT mice. Interestingly, the same pattern was observed for corticosterone levels, where both chronic stress paradigms lowered the corticosterone levels of WT mice, while those from Cbg ko mice remained low and unaltered. Plasma CBG binding capacity remained unaltered in WT mice regardless of the stress paradigm. Through the use of the Cbg ko mice, which only differs genetically from WT mice by the absence of CBG, we demonstrated that CBG is crucial in modulating the effects of stress on plasma corticosterone levels and consequently on behavior. In conclusion, individuals with CBG deficiency, whether genetically or environmentally-induced, are vulnerable to acute stress but do not have their abnormal psychoneuroendocrine phenotype further affected by chronic stress. PMID:27153522

  7. Chronic stress does not further exacerbate the abnormal psychoneuroendocrine phenotype of Cbg-deficient male mice.

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    de Medeiros, Gabriela F; Minni, Amandine M; Helbling, Jean-Christophe; Moisan, Marie-Pierre

    2016-08-01

    Chronic stress leads to a dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis which can constitute a base for pathophysiological consequences. Using mice totally deficient in Corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), we have previously demonstrated the important role of CBG in eliciting an adequate response to an acute stressor. Here, we have studied its role in chronic stress situations. We have submitted Cbg ko and wild-type (WT) male mice to two different chronic stress paradigms - the unpredictable chronic mild stress and the social defeat. Then, their impact on neuroendocrine function - through corticosterone and CBG measurement - and behavioral responses - via anxiety and despair-like behavioral tests - was evaluated. Both chronic stress paradigms increased the display of despair-like behavior in WT mice, while that from Cbg ko mice - which was already high - was not aggravated. We have also found that control and defeated (stressed) Cbg ko mice show no difference in the social interaction test, while defeated WT mice reduce their interaction time when compared to unstressed WT mice. Interestingly, the same pattern was observed for corticosterone levels, where both chronic stress paradigms lowered the corticosterone levels of WT mice, while those from Cbg ko mice remained low and unaltered. Plasma CBG binding capacity remained unaltered in WT mice regardless of the stress paradigm. Through the use of the Cbg ko mice, which only differs genetically from WT mice by the absence of CBG, we demonstrated that CBG is crucial in modulating the effects of stress on plasma corticosterone levels and consequently on behavior. In conclusion, individuals with CBG deficiency, whether genetically or environmentally-induced, are vulnerable to acute stress but do not have their abnormal psychoneuroendocrine phenotype further affected by chronic stress.

  8. Effect of Blended Learning Environment Model on High School Students&apos; Academic Achievement

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    Kazu, Ibrahim Yasar; Demirkol, Mehmet

    2014-01-01

    This study analyzes the students&apos; academic performance by comparing the blended learning environment and traditional learning environment. It has been observed whether there is a significant difference between the academic achievement grade dispersions and the male-female students&apos; grades. The study has been carried out in Diyarbakir…

  9. Solid state laser technology for inertial confinement fusion: A collection of articles from &apos;&apos;Energy and Technology Review&apos;&apos;

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    1988-06-01

    This paper contains reprinted articles that record several milestones in laser research at LLNL. &apos;&apos;Neodymium-Glass Laser Research and Development at LLNL&apos;&apos; recounts the history of the Laser Program and our work on neodymium-glass lasers. &apos;&apos;Nova Laser Technology&apos;&apos; describes the capabilities of the Nova laser and some of its uses. &apos;&apos;Building Nova: Industry Relations and Technology Transfer&apos;&apos; illustrates the Laboratory&apos;s commitment to work with US industry in technology development. &apos;&apos;Managing the Nova Laser Project&apos;&apos; details the organization and close monitoring of costs and schedules during the construction of the Nova laser facility. The article &apos;&apos;Optical Coatings by the Sol-Gel Process,&apos;&apos; describes our chemical process for making the damage-resistant, antireflective silica coatings used on the Nova laser glass. The technical challenges in designing and fabricating the KDP crystal arrays used to convert the light wave frequency of the Nova lasers are reported in &apos;&apos;Frequency Conversion of the Nova Laser.&apos;&apos; Two articles, &apos;&apos;Eliminating Platinum Inclusions in Laser Glass&apos;&apos; and &apos;&apos;Detecting Microscopic Inclusions in Optical Glass,&apos;&apos; describe how we dealt with the problem of damaging metal inclusions in the Nova laser glass. The last article reprinted here, &apos;&apos;Auxilliary Target Chamber for Nova,&apos;&apos; discusses the diversion of two of Nova&apos;s ten beamlines into a secondary chamber for the purpose of increasing our capacity for experimentation.

  10. Both chronic treatments by epothilone D and fluoxetine increase the short-term memory and differentially alter the mood status of STOP/MAP6 KO mice.

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    Fournet, Vincent; de Lavilléon, Gaetan; Schweitzer, Annie; Giros, Bruno; Andrieux, Annie; Martres, Marie-Pascale

    2012-12-01

    Recent evidence underlines the crucial role of neuronal cytoskeleton in the pathophysiology of psychiatric diseases. In this line, the deletion of STOP/MAP6 (Stable Tubule Only Polypeptide), a microtubule-stabilizing protein, triggers various neurotransmission and behavioral defects, suggesting that STOP knockout (KO) mice could be a relevant experimental model for schizoaffective symptoms. To establish the predictive validity of such a mouse line, in which the brain serotonergic tone is dramatically imbalanced, the effects of a chronic fluoxetine treatment on the mood status of STOP KO mice were characterized. Moreover, we determined the impact, on mood, of a chronic treatment by epothilone D, a taxol-like microtubule-stabilizing compound that has previously been shown to improve the synaptic plasticity deficits of STOP KO mice. We demonstrated that chronic fluoxetine was either antidepressive and anxiolytic, or pro-depressive and anxiogenic, depending on the paradigm used to test treated mutant mice. Furthermore, control-treated STOP KO mice exhibited paradoxical behaviors, compared with their clear-cut basal mood status. Paradoxical fluoxetine effects and control-treated STOP KO behaviors could be because of their hyper-reactivity to acute and chronic stress. Interestingly, both epothilone D and fluoxetine chronic treatments improved the short-term memory of STOP KO mice. Such treatments did not affect the serotonin and norepinephrine transporter densities in cerebral areas of mice. Altogether, these data demonstrated that STOP KO mice could represent a useful model to study the relationship between cytoskeleton, mood, and stress, and to test innovative mood treatments, such as microtubule-stabilizing compounds.

  11. ApoE isoform-dependent changes in hippocampal synaptic function

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    Sullivan Patrick M

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The lipoprotein receptor system in the hippocampus is intimately involved in the modulation of synaptic transmission and plasticity. The association of specific apoE isoform expression with human neurodegenerative disorders has focused attention on the role of these apoE isoforms in lipoprotein receptor-dependent synaptic modulation. In the present study, we used the apoE2, apoE3 and apoE4 targeted replacement (TR mice along with recombinant human apoE isoforms to determine the role of apoE isoforms in hippocampus area CA1 synaptic function. While synaptic transmission is unaffected by apoE isoform, long-term potentiation (LTP is significantly enhanced in apoE4 TR mice versus apoE2 TR mice. ApoE isoform-dependent differences in LTP induction require NMDA-receptor function, and apoE isoform expression alters activation of both ERK and JNK signal transduction. Acute application of specific apoE isoforms also alters LTP induction while decreasing NMDA-receptor mediated field potentials. Furthermore, acute apoE isoform application does not have the same effects on ERK and JNK activation. These findings demonstrate specific, isoform-dependent effects of human apoE isoforms on adult hippocampus synaptic plasticity and highlight mechanistic differences between chronic apoE isoform expression and acute apoE isoform exposure.

  12. Pressure effects on the intervalence-transfer band of salts of mixed-valence 1&apos;,1&apos;'&apos;-disubstituted biferrocenium cations

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    Sinha, U.; Lowery, M.D.; Ley, W.W.; Drickamer, H.G.; Hendrickson, D.N.

    1988-04-13

    The pressure dependence of the intervalence-transfer (IT) electronic absorption band has been determined for the mixed-valence biferrocenium and 1&apos;,1&apos;'&apos;-diethylbiferrocenium cations intercalated into a clay and for the following eight microcrystalline compounds: biferrocenium triiodide (1); biferrocenium hexafluorophosphate (2); 1&apos;,1&apos;'&apos;-diiodobiferrocenium triiodide (3); 1&apos;,1&apos;'&apos;-diiodobiferrocenium dibromoiodate (4); 1&apos;,1&apos;'&apos;-dibromobiferrocenium triiodide (5); 1&apos;,1&apos;'&apos;-dichlorobiferrocenium triiodide hemiiodine (6); 1&apos;,1&apos;'&apos;-diethylbiferrocenium triiodide (7); 1&apos;,1&apos;'&apos;-di-n-butylbiferrocenium triiodide (8). Basically three different types of pressure dependencies of the energy of the IT band are seen. Compounds 3-5, which have a solid-state packing arrangement consisting of alternating stacks of cations and anions, exhibit one type of behavior. For these three compounds the IT band shifts blue initially with pressure, and above approx. 80 kbar there is the onset of a rather abrupt reversal where the IT band shifts red with increasing pressure.

  13. &apos;&apos;Black Bone&apos;&apos; MRI: a potential alternative to CT with three-dimensional reconstruction of the craniofacial skeleton in the diagnosis of craniosynostosis

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    Eley, Karen A. [University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, Oxford (United Kingdom); University of Cambridge, Addenbrookes Hospital, Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Watt-Smith, Stephen R. [University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, Oxford (United Kingdom); University College London, Eastman Dental Institute, London (United Kingdom); Sheerin, Fintan [University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, Oxford (United Kingdom); Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford (United Kingdom); Golding, Stephen J. [University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, Oxford (United Kingdom)

    2014-10-15

    To determine the potential of novel gradient echo parameters, &apos;&apos;Black Bone&apos;&apos; MRI as an alternative to CT in the identification of normal and prematurely fused cranial sutures both in 2D and 3D imaging. Thirteen children with a clinical diagnosis of craniosynostosis underwent &apos;&apos;Black Bone&apos;&apos; MRI in addition to routine cranial CT. &apos;&apos;Black Bone&apos;&apos; datasets were compared to CT and clinical findings. &apos;&apos;Black Bone&apos;&apos; imaging was subsequently used to develop 3D reformats of the craniofacial skeleton to enhance further visualisation of the cranial sutures. Patent cranial sutures were consistently identified on &apos;&apos;Black Bone&apos;&apos; MRI as areas of increased signal intensity. In children with craniosynostosis the affected suture was absent, whilst the remaining patent sutures could be visualised, consistent with CT and clinical findings. Segmentation of the &apos;&apos;Black Bone&apos;&apos; MRI datasets was successful with both threshold and volume rendering techniques. The cranial sutures, where patent, could be visualised throughout their path. Patent cranial sutures appear as areas of increased signal intensity on &apos;&apos;Black Bone&apos;&apos; MRI distinct from the cranial bone, demonstrating considerable clinical potential as a non-ionising alternative to CT in the diagnosis of craniosynostosis. (orig.)

  14. Hematological and acute-phase responses to diet-induced obesity in IL-6 KO mice

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    Pini, Maria; Rhodes, Davina H.; Fantuzzi, Giamila

    2011-01-01

    Obesity is associated with chronic inflammation and elevated levels of IL-6. The role of IL-6 in induction of acute-phase proteins and modulation of haematological responses has been demonstrated in models of inflammation and aging, but not in obesity. We hypothesized that IL-6 is necessary to regulate the acute-phase response and hematological changes associated with diet-induced obesity (DIO) in mice. Feeding a 60% kcal/fat diet for 13 weeks to C57BL6 WT male mice induced a significant incr...

  15. Response of &apos;Nagpur&apos; mandarin, &apos;Mosambi&apos; sweet orange and &apos;Kagzi&apos; acid lime to gamma radiation

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    Ladaniya, M.S. E-mail: mslngp@nagpur.dot.net.in; Singh, Shyam; Wadhawan, A.K

    2003-07-01

    The effects of irradiation dose and refrigerated storage conditions on &apos;Nagpur&apos; mandarin (Citrus reticulata Blanco), &apos;Mosambi&apos; sweet orange (Citrus sinensis Osbeck) and &apos;Kagzi&apos; acid lime (Citrus aurantifolia Swingle) were investigated. Mature fruits of these three species were treated with 0, 0.25, 0.5, 1 and 1.5 kGy radiation. &apos;Nagpur&apos; mandarin and &apos;Mosambi&apos; sweet oranges were stored at 6-7 deg. C and 90-95% r.h. for 75 and 90 days, respectively, while &apos;Kagzi&apos; acid limes were stored at 8{+-}1 deg. C and 90-95% r.h. for 90 days. Physico-chemical parameters, sensory attributes and respiration rate were measured besides losses and disorders. In &apos;Nagpur&apos; mandarin, radiation dose upto 1.5 kGy did not cause any rind disorder. Radiation treatments did not reduce the extent of decay. Penicillium rot was delayed in fruit treated with 1.5 kGy, while it appeared early in 0 kGy. Irradiation doses were ineffective to control rots due to Botryodiplodia theobromae and Alternaria citri. Doses upto 1.5 kGy did not cause any significant effect on fruit firmness and juice content; however, total soluble solids increased, while titratable acidity and vitamin &apos;C&apos; content decreased. Texture and flavour scores as recorded after a week, were not affected by irradiation except in 1.5 kGy. In &apos;Mosambi&apos; sweet orange, radiation treatments caused peel disorder in the form of brown sunken areas after 90 days and reduced fruit firmness, acidity and vitamin C content. The TSS content was higher in treated fruit. Flavour and texture were not affected by the doses of irradiation used. In treated acid limes (mature yellow), weight loss and decay were higher than untreated fruit (0 kGy) although difference was non-significant. Juice, TSS, titratable acidity and vitamin C contents were significantly less in treated fruit than in 0 kGy. Texture and flavour scores were also less in treated fruit than in 0 kGy. The

  16. US studies of the pediatric thymus; Valutazione ecografica del timo nell&apos;eta&apos; pediatrica

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    Tamasi, S.; Rossis, E.; Carbone, M.; Amodio, F.; Mattace Raso, M.; Brunese, L.; Ciccarelli, R.; Vallone, G. [Naples Univ. Federico II, Naples (Italy). Dipt. di Scienze Biomorfologiche e Funzionali, Servizio di Radiologia

    2000-05-01

    The thymus is a linphoepithelial organ located mostly in the anterior mediastinum and, for a smaller part, in the neck. The gland is particularly developed in the fetus and in children, while it shrinks in young adults following an involution process. It has been investigated the US appearance of the thymus in normal pediatric subjects to gather information for use in pediatric patients with suspected thymus conditions, using a safe, irradiation-free, technique. It has performed a US examination of the anterior mediastinum and the neck in 30 children (14 males and 16 females) ranging in age 6 months to 11 years. It was used a Sonora Logic 700 MD General Electric&apos;s unit with 7.5-13 MHz linear probes and acquired transverse and longitudinal scans on the chest wall and the neck, integrated with intercostal scans. The thymus had the same echogenicity as the liver parenchyma in 22 children (73.3%), lower echogenicity in 2 (6.6%, age range 6-12 months) and higher echogenicity with heterogenous structure in 6 children (20%, age range 8-11 years). The gland was in central and symmetric localization in 20 children (66.6%) while it exhibited a slight deviation leftwards in 7 (23.3%) nd rightwards in 3 children (10%). It was considered as normal the following values: in the right lobe 1.4 cm for the AP diameter and 2.5 cm for the longitudinal one; in the left lobe, 1.4 cm for the AP diameter and 2.9 cm for the longitudinal one. Radiological studies of the thymus are really difficult to perform because the gland is extremely variable in size, extension and page. The thymus has the same echogenicity as the liver parenchyma and lower echogenicity than the thyroid parenchyma. It has believed that US is an effective technique for studying the thymus in all its involution stages and that provides similar information to CT and MRI. Also, US does not use radiations and needs no sedation, which improves safety for young patients. [Italian] Il timo localizzato prevalentemente nel

  17. Phospholipid dysregulation contributes to ApoE4-associated cognitive deficits in Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis.

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    Zhu, Li; Zhong, Minghao; Elder, Gregory A; Sano, Mary; Holtzman, David M; Gandy, Sam; Cardozo, Christopher; Haroutunian, Vahram; Robakis, Nikolaos K; Cai, Dongming

    2015-09-22

    The apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4) allele is the strongest genetic risk factor for developing sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the mechanisms underlying the pathogenic nature of ApoE4 are not well understood. In this study, we have found that ApoE proteins are critical determinants of brain phospholipid homeostasis and that the ApoE4 isoform is dysfunctional in this process. We have found that the levels of phosphoinositol biphosphate (PIP2) are reduced in postmortem human brain tissues of ApoE4 carriers, in the brains of ApoE4 knock-in (KI) mice, and in primary neurons expressing ApoE4 alleles compared with those levels in ApoE3 counterparts. These changes are secondary to increased expression of a PIP2-degrading enzyme, the phosphoinositol phosphatase synaptojanin 1 (synj1), in ApoE4 carriers. Genetic reduction of synj1 in ApoE4 KI mouse models restores PIP2 levels and, more important, rescues AD-related cognitive deficits in these mice. Further studies indicate that ApoE4 behaves similar to ApoE null conditions, which fails to degrade synj1 mRNA efficiently, unlike ApoE3 does. These data suggest a loss of function of ApoE4 genotype. Together, our data uncover a previously unidentified mechanism that links ApoE4-induced phospholipid changes to the pathogenic nature of ApoE4 in AD.

  18. Optimal &apos;'image-based'&apos; weighting for energy-resolved CT

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    Schmidt, Taly Gilat [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201 (United States)

    2009-07-15

    This paper investigates a method of reconstructing images from energy-resolved CT data with negligible beam-hardening artifacts and improved contrast-to-nosie ratio (CNR) compared to conventional energy-weighting methods. Conceptually, the investigated method first reconstructs separate images from each energy bin. The final image is a linear combination of the energy-bin images, with the weights chosen to maximize the CNR in the final image. The optimal weight of a particular energy-bin image is derived to be proportional to the contrast-to-noise-variance ratio in that image. The investigated weighting method is referred to as &apos;'image-based'&apos; weighting, although, as will be described, the weights can be calculated and the energy-bin data combined prior to reconstruction. The performance of optimal image-based energy weighting with respect to CNR and beam-hardening artifacts was investigated through simulations and compared to that of energy integrating, photon counting, and previously studied optimal &apos;'projection-based'&apos; energy weighting. Two acquisitions were simulated: dedicated breast CT and a conventional thorax scan. The energy-resolving detector was simulated with five energy bins. Four methods of estimating the optimal weights were investigated, including task-specific and task-independent methods and methods that require a single reconstruction versus multiple reconstructions. Results demonstrated that optimal image-based weighting improved the CNR compared to energy-integrating weighting by factors of 1.15-1.6 depending on the task. Compared to photon-counting weighting, the CNR improvement ranged from 1.0 to 1.3. The CNR improvement factors were comparable to those of projection-based optimal energy weighting. The beam-hardening cupping artifact increased from 5.2% for energy-integrating weighting to 12.8% for optimal projection-based weighting, while optimal image-based weighting reduced the cupping to 0

  19. The &apos;lamellated&apos; skull in. beta. -thalassaemia

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    Orzincolo, C. (St. Anna Hospital, Ferrara (Italy). Dept. of Radiology); Castaldi, G. (St. Maria delle Croci Hospital, Ravenna (Italy). Dept. of Medicine); Scutellari, P.N. (Ferrara Univ. (Italy). Inst. of Radiology); Franceschini, F. (Ferrara Univ. (Italy). Inst. of Medical Semeiotica)

    1989-08-01

    The skull in homozygous {beta}-thalassaemia may present several abnormalities, such as osteopenia, widening of the diploic space, and a &apos;hair-on-end&apos; appearance. In some cases it presents also a particular stratified appearance caused by a variable number of osseous lamellae, parallel with the inner table. This &apos;lamellated skull&apos; was observed in 16 out of 150 patients affected by the disease (10.6%). (orig./GDG).

  20. The best selled car. &apos;'Twizy'&apos; leads the sales statistics of electrically powered vehicles - a test report; Der Meistverkaufte. Renaults &apos;'Twizy'&apos; fuehrt die E-Mobil-Verkaufsstatistik an - ein Fahrbericht

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    Welter, Philippe

    2013-02-15

    Four wheels, two seats, one steering wheel: What does it require more for a small, electrically powered city car? Nothing, says the manufacturer. Two side windows, that is our opinion. With a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour and a range of 100 kilometers, the vehicle is certainly ideal for many applications over short distances in the city. PHOTON now uses the &apos;'Twizy'&apos; for almost a year, and gained consistently good experiences.

  1. Epidemic juvenile hypothyroidism among a population of Hanford &apos;downwinders&apos;

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    Grossman, C.M.; Nussbaum, R.H.; Nussbaum, F.D. [Northwest Radiation Health Alliance, Portland, OR (United States); Kordysh, E.; Goldsmith, J.R. [Dept. of Epidemiology, Ben Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Beer Sheva (Israel)

    2001-07-01

    Self-defined &apos;downwinders&apos; responded to questionnaires as to their health and their potential exposures to emissions from the Hanford Nuclear Facility in the U.S. The area considered was between the Cascades and the Rocky Mountains, primarily to the East and Northeast of the facility. Of 801 questionnaires, returned, 518 were from women. Of these, 210 reported that they had been diagnosed by their physicians as having hypothyroidism. 31 of the 283 men had reported being diagnosed as hypothyroid. The condition is generally found to be frequent among adult women, but is uncommon in children. 54 of the 210 cases among females were diagnosed among those less than 20 years of age, and 5 out of 31 males were found in this age range. Peak years for diagnosis among females were from 1945 to 1965, with only three juvenile cases occurring after 1970 among 80 female hypothyroid cases overall. Among males there were five juvenile cases in 1955-1960 out of 7 overall, but no juvenile cases among 24 cases at other times. The timing of the onset of this epidemic follows closely after the massive release of I{sup 131} from the facility in 1945, so that a causal relationship is strongly suggested. The counties of residence of cases corresponds to the counties with high cumulative dose estimates in children&apos;s thyroid glands. Validation of the diagnostic criteria was checked in a sample of cases. Other types of thyroid abnormalities were also increased. One case of juvenile thyroid cancer was reported. While thyroid cancer in adults was unusually frequent, the first cases occurred in 1955 and the highest number (8) in 1985. Our findings are consistent with the clinical finding that hypothyroidism in children frequently follows radiation of the head and neck. Similarities with the Marshall Islanders exposed to the nuclear test, &apos;Bravo&apos; and to those exposed near Chernobyl are discussed. (orig.)

  2. Roles of apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4) in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease: lessons from ApoE mouse models.

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    Huang, Yadong

    2011-08-01

    ApoE4 (apolipoprotein E4) is the major known genetic risk factor for AD (Alzheimer's disease). In most clinical studies, apoE4 carriers account for 65-80% of all AD cases, highlighting the importance of apoE4 in AD pathogenesis. Emerging data suggest that apoE4, with its multiple cellular origins and multiple structural and biophysical properties, contributes to AD in multiple ways either independently or in combination with other factors, such as Aβ (amyloid β-peptide) and tau. Many apoE mouse models have been established to study the mechanisms underlying the pathogenic actions of apoE4. These include transgenic mice expressing different apoE isoforms in neurons or astrocytes, those expressing neurotoxic apoE4 fragments in neurons and human apoE isoform knock-in mice. Since apoE is expressed in different types of cells, including astrocytes and neurons, and in brains under diverse physiological and/or pathophysiological conditions, these apoE mouse models provide unique tools to study the cellular source-dependent roles of apoE isoforms in neurobiology and in the pathogenesis of AD. They also provide useful tools for discovery and development of drugs targeting apoE4's detrimental effects.

  3. Proceedings of the DGMK-conference &apos;Synthesis gas chemistry&apos;. Authors&apos; manuscripts

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    Hoenicke, D.; Kohlpaintner, C.; Luecke, B.; Reschetilowski, W. [eds.

    2000-07-01

    The main topics of the DGMK-Conference &apos;&apos;Synthesis Gas Chemistry&apos;&apos; were: production of synthesis gas from several educts, new catalysts, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, hydroformylation, steam reforming and carbonylation.

  4. &apos;Crazy-Paving&apos; Patterns on High-Resolution CT Scans in Patients with Pulmonary Complications after Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

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    Marchiori, Edson; Escuissato, Dante L.; Gasparetto, Taisa Davaus; Considera, Daniela Peixoto [Federal University, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Franquet, Tomas [Hospital de Sant Pau, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain)

    2009-02-15

    To describe the pulmonary complications following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) that can present with a &apos;crazy-paving&apos; pattern in high-resolution CT scans. Retrospective review of medical records from 2,537 patients who underwent HSCT. The &apos;crazy-paving&apos; pattern consists of interlobular and intralobular septal thickening superimposed on an area of ground-glass attenuation on high-resolution CT scans. The CT scans were retrospectively reviewed by two radiologists, who reached final decisions by consensus. We identified 10 cases (2.02%), seven male and three female, with pulmonary complications following HSCT that presented with the &apos;crazy-paving&apos; pattern. Seven (70%) patients had infectious pneumonia (adenovirus, herpes simplex, influenza virus, cytomegalovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, and toxoplasmosis), and three patients presented with non-infectious complications (idiopathic pneumonia syndrome and acute pulmonary edema). The &apos;crazy-paving&apos; pattern was bilateral in all cases, with diffuse distribution in nine patients (90%), predominantly in the middle and inferior lung regions in seven patients (70%), and involving the anterior and posterior regions of the lungs in nine patients (90%). The &apos;crazy-paving&apos; pattern is rare in HSCT recipients with pulmonary complications and is associated with infectious complications more commonly than non-infectious conditions.

  5. &apos;Renewable energy potentials of the coal mining sector&apos;; &apos;Regenerative Energiepotenziale des Steinkohlebergbaus&apos;

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    Eikhoff, Juergen [RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Herne (Germany)

    2012-07-15

    The contribution outlines the &apos;green activities and plans&apos; of the RAG. This may be surprising in a coal mining company but perspectives must be found beyond 2018, when coal production will phase out. (orig./AKB)

  6. Progress Report: DE-FG03-97ER20274, &apos;&apos;Microbial Production of Isoprene&apos;&apos;

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    Ray Fall

    2002-03-13

    We have discovered that microorganisms produce and emit the hydrocarbon isoprene (2-methyl-1,3-butadiene), and have suggested that if isoprene-producing enzymes and their genes can be harnessed, useful hydrocarbon-producing systems might be constructed. The main goal of the proposed work is to establish the biochemical mechanism and regulation of isoprene formation in the bacterial system, Bacillus subtilis. Specific objectives of the proposed work are the following: (A) to characterize the physiological regulation of isoprene formation in B. subtilis; (B) to characterize mutations in B. subtilis 168 that suppress isoprene formation, clone these genes, and determine how isoprene and isoprenoid carbon flow are regulated; and (C) to test &apos;'overflow'&apos; and &apos;'signaling'&apos; models for Bacillus isoprene formation. We are also pursuing the isolation and cloning of B. subtilis isoprene synthase, which we believe may be a regulatory enzyme.

  7. Design and implementation of a &apos;'cheese'&apos; phantom-based Tomotherapy TLD dose intercomparison

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    Schiefer, Hans; Buchauer, Konrad; Heinze, Simon [Medical Physics Group, Department of Radiation Oncology, St. Gallen (Switzerland); Henke, Guido; Plasswilm, Ludwig [Department of Radiation Oncology, St. Gallen (Switzerland)

    2015-11-15

    The unique beam-delivery technique of Tomotherapy machines (Accuray Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif.) necessitates tailored quality assurance. This requirement also applies to external dose intercomparisons. Therefore, the aim of the 2014 SSRMP (Swiss Society of Radiobiology and Medical Physics) dosimetry intercomparison was to compare two set-ups with different phantoms. A small cylindrical Perspex phantom, which is similar to the IROC phantom (Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core, Houston, Tex.), and the &apos;'cheese'&apos; phantom, which is provided by the Tomotherapy manufacturer to all institutions, were used. The standard calibration plans for the TomoHelical and TomoDirect irradiation techniques were applied. These plans are routinely used for dose output calibration in Tomotherapy institutions. We tested 20 Tomotherapy machines in Germany and Switzerland. The ratio of the measured (D{sub m}) to the calculated (D{sub c}) dose was assessed for both phantoms and irradiation techniques. The D{sub m}/D{sub c} distributions were determined to compare the suitability of the measurement set-ups investigated. The standard deviations of the TLD-measured (thermoluminescent dosimetry) D{sub m}/D{sub c} ratios for the &apos;'cheese'&apos; phantom were 1.9 % for the TomoHelical (19 measurements) and 1.2 % (11 measurements) for the TomoDirect irradiation techniques. The corresponding ratios for the Perspex phantom were 2.8 % (18 measurements) and 1.8 % (11 measurements). Compared with the Perspex phantom-based set-up, the &apos;'cheese'&apos; phantom-based set-up without individual planning was demonstrated to be more suitable for Tomotherapy dose checks. Future SSRMP dosimetry intercomparisons for Tomotherapy machines will therefore be based on the &apos;'cheese'&apos; phantom set-up. (orig.) [German] Die einzigartige Bestrahlungstechnik mit Tomotherapie-Bestrahlungsgeraeten (Accuray Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA) erfordert spezifische

  8. &apos;Minergie&apos; as an opportunity for trade; &apos;Minergie&apos; als Chance fuer das Gewerbe

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    Graf, R.; Buergi, H.; Hotz, R.

    2000-07-01

    This collection of short articles is dedicated to the promotion of the Swiss &apos;Minergie&apos; building standard, covering the following points: &apos;Minergie&apos; - a standard for the future; well-insulated and air-tight - two of the three main &apos;Minergie&apos; requirements; solar collectors as a &apos;Minergie&apos; component; radiators for low-energy-consumption buildings; hot water from the sun on six out of seven days; the &apos;Minergie&apos; module as a factor for success; the &apos;Habitus&apos; ventilation unit - a new Swiss product. The first contribution introduces the &apos;Minergie&apos; Standard. Its application in the building and building technical services trades offers from considerable advantages and opportunities for profit. The Standard, which aims to increase the comfort and reduce the energy consumption of buildings, is introduced and the basic principles involved, including energy usage figures, are discussed. A second contribution describes two of the three main requirements for reaching the &apos;Minergie&apos; Standard, air-tightness and good thermal insulation. The main advantage of the standard - a higher level of comfort - is emphasised and an example is given. The third short article takes a look at the use of thermal solar collectors as a source of heat in &apos;Minergie&apos; buildings. A solution involving a combined solar heating and hot-water supply is discussed. The fourth contribution discusses the use of low-temperature radiators in &apos;Minergie&apos; buildings. Examples are given of heat requirements calculation and the factors involved in dimensioning the radiators are discussed. A fifth article describes a commercially available compact solar hot-water system and discusses questions of solar fraction. Returning to basic aspects, the sixth contribution introduces a labelling system for the various components of a &apos;Minergie&apos; building - such as ventilation units, insulation material, radiators, boilers etc

  9. Lipidomics profile of a NAPE-PLD KO mouse provides evidence of a broader role of this enzyme in lipid metabolism in the brain.

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    Leishman, Emma; Mackie, Ken; Luquet, Serge; Bradshaw, Heather B

    2016-06-01

    A leading hypothesis of N-acyl ethanolamine (NAE) biosynthesis, including the endogenous cannabinoid anandamide (AEA), is that it depends on hydrolysis of N-acyl-phosphatidylethanolamines (NAPE) by a NAPE-specific phospholipase D (NAPE-PLD). Thus, deletion of NAPE-PLD should attenuate NAE levels. Previous analyses of two different NAPE-PLD knockout (KO) strains produced contradictory data on the importance of NAPE-PLD to AEA biosynthesis. Here, we examine this hypothesis with a strain of NAPE-PLD KO mice whose lipidome is uncharacterized. Using HPLC/MS/MS, over 70 lipids, including the AEA metabolite, N-arachidonoyl glycine (NAGly), the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonyl glycerol (2-AG) and prostaglandins (PGE(2) and PGF(2α)), and over 60 lipoamines were analyzed in 8 brain regions of KO and wild-type (WT) mice. Lipidomics analysis of this third NAPE-PLD KO strain shows a broad range of lipids that were differentially affected by lipid species and brain region. Importantly, all 6 NAEs measured were significantly reduced, though the magnitude of the effect varied by fatty acid saturation length and brain region. 2-AG levels were only impacted in the brainstem, where levels were significantly increased in KO mice. Correspondingly, levels of arachidonic acid were significantly decreased exclusively in brainstem. NAGly levels were significantly increased in 4 brain regions and levels of PGE(2) increased in 6 of 8 brain regions in KO mice. These data indicate that deletion of NAPE-PLD has far broader effects on the lipidome than previously recognized. Therefore, behavioral characteristics of suppressing NAPE-PLD activity may be due to a myriad of effects on lipids and not simply due to reduced AEA biosynthesis. PMID:26956082

  10. Lipidomics profile of a NAPE-PLD KO mouse provides evidence of a broader role of this enzyme in lipid metabolism in the brain.

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    Leishman, Emma; Mackie, Ken; Luquet, Serge; Bradshaw, Heather B

    2016-06-01

    A leading hypothesis of N-acyl ethanolamine (NAE) biosynthesis, including the endogenous cannabinoid anandamide (AEA), is that it depends on hydrolysis of N-acyl-phosphatidylethanolamines (NAPE) by a NAPE-specific phospholipase D (NAPE-PLD). Thus, deletion of NAPE-PLD should attenuate NAE levels. Previous analyses of two different NAPE-PLD knockout (KO) strains produced contradictory data on the importance of NAPE-PLD to AEA biosynthesis. Here, we examine this hypothesis with a strain of NAPE-PLD KO mice whose lipidome is uncharacterized. Using HPLC/MS/MS, over 70 lipids, including the AEA metabolite, N-arachidonoyl glycine (NAGly), the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonyl glycerol (2-AG) and prostaglandins (PGE(2) and PGF(2α)), and over 60 lipoamines were analyzed in 8 brain regions of KO and wild-type (WT) mice. Lipidomics analysis of this third NAPE-PLD KO strain shows a broad range of lipids that were differentially affected by lipid species and brain region. Importantly, all 6 NAEs measured were significantly reduced, though the magnitude of the effect varied by fatty acid saturation length and brain region. 2-AG levels were only impacted in the brainstem, where levels were significantly increased in KO mice. Correspondingly, levels of arachidonic acid were significantly decreased exclusively in brainstem. NAGly levels were significantly increased in 4 brain regions and levels of PGE(2) increased in 6 of 8 brain regions in KO mice. These data indicate that deletion of NAPE-PLD has far broader effects on the lipidome than previously recognized. Therefore, behavioral characteristics of suppressing NAPE-PLD activity may be due to a myriad of effects on lipids and not simply due to reduced AEA biosynthesis.

  11. Promoting and Financing Cultural Tourism in Europe through European Capitals of Culture: A Case Study of Košice, European Capital of Culture 2013

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    Miriam Šebová

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The paper highlights the link between the European Capital of Culture (ECoC designation and the development of cultural tourism in Europe. Cultural tourism is the fastest growing segment of tourism in the world and is the desirable objective of new defined cultural policies in European cities. According to the European Commission (2012, it is estimated that cultural tourism accounts for around 40% of all European tourism. In general, the European Commission confirms the significant role of cultural tourism in the development of tourism in Europe and one of the most visible tools of this strategy is the designation of the ECoC. Cultural policy has also become an important tool of urban regeneration and in the rebranding of European cities. The case study of Košice ECoC 2013 presents part of the results from the Košice ECoC evaluation project. The Košice ECoC 2013 project was designed as a community led project which was targeted at increasing the cultural consumption of residents rather than the number of foreign cultural tourists. However, the biggest events such as White night attracted a lot of tourists from the wider region. More than 70 million EUR was dedicated to investments, which have significantly improved the culture infrastructure in Košice. The ECoC designation supported the local cultural buzz and led to new local production of modern culture, art and the creative industries. Other visible effects have already been seen in the advantages gained by the decentralization of the cultural infrastructure and events in the neighbourhoods. The involvement of people outside the city centre has avoided gentrification in the city. From this point of view the project Košice ECoC 2013 has had the prerequisite to sustainable cultural tourism in Košice

  12. Absorption-line &apos;'forest'&apos; in quasar spectra, and the structure of the universe

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    Doroshkevich, A.G.; Muket, J.P.

    1985-05-01

    The &apos;'forest'&apos; of absorption lines observed in the spectrum of distant quasars is interpreted in light of the adiabatic (pancake) theory for the origin and evolution of structure in the universe. The hidden mass might reside in neutrino-like particles (perhaps unstable) having a rest mass of about 60--100 eV. Opportunities for testing the hypothesis observationally are discussed.

  13. Small angle neutron scattering experiments on &apos;&apos;side-on fixed&apos;&apos; liquid crystal polyacrylates

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    Leroux, N. (Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Bordeaux-1 Univ., 33 - Pessac (France)); Keller, P. (Lab. Leon Brillouin, CEA-CNRS/CE Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)); Achard, M.F. (Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Bordeaux-1 Univ., 33 -Pessac (France)); Noirez, L. (Lab. Leon Brillouin, CEA-CNRS/CE Saclay, 91 -Gif-sur-Yvette (France)); Hardouin, F. (Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Bordeaux-1 Univ., 33 - Pessac (France))

    1993-08-01

    Small Angle Neutron Scattering experiments were carried out on liquid crystalline &apos;&apos;side-on fixed&apos;&apos; polyacrylates: we observe that the polymer backbone adopts a prolate conformation in the nematic phase. Such anisotropy of the global backbone is larger for smaller spacer lenght. In every case we measure at low temperatures a large chain extension as previously described in polysiloxanes. (orig.).

  14. 4He2+ and H2+ ion beam separation on &apos;'Sokol'&apos; IBA facility

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    Two separation methods of 4He2+ and H2+ ion beams have been tested on &apos;'Sokol'&apos; IBA facility of NSC KIPT: use of existing beam-bending magnet and electrostatic analyzer, dissociation of H2+ ions when the beam passes through the carbon film. It is shown that these methods allow to decrease essentially the H2+ ion content in the 4He2+ beam.

  15. The solar boat &apos;Midnight sun&apos;; Solelbaaten &apos;Midnight sun&apos;

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    Kohlstroem, Richard; Fiedler, Frank

    2010-12-15

    The solar boat &apos;Midnight sun&apos; has during the project period been presented and demonstrated at many different events in Sweden. The focus has been on exhibitions for boats, energy and education. There was a great response from visitors but also from various media such as newspapers, radio and television which reported about the solar boat. Solar driven vehicles are a great way to create interest for solar technology. Due to the increased demand for technical improvements and financial efforts we refrained from participating at the solar boat race &apos;Frisian Solar Challenge&apos; in 2010 in Holland. Instead a solar boat for tourist trade at Fraemby Udde in Falun has been designed and built. The boat will be rented to visitors during the summer period. The electrical components are designed for short trips with a travel time between 3-4 hours. The solar boat at Fraemby Udde shows that it is relatively simple to convert an existing boat to a solar driven boat. Fraemby Udde receives many visitors, so the solar boat will be shown and used by a large number of tourists from Sweden and abroad

  16. OBJECTIVE BAYESIAN ANALYSIS OF &apos;'ON/OFF'&apos; MEASUREMENTS

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    Casadei, Diego, E-mail: diego.casadei@fhnw.ch [Visiting Scientist, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom)

    2015-01-01

    In high-energy astrophysics, it is common practice to account for the background overlaid with counts from the source of interest with the help of auxiliary measurements carried out by pointing off-source. In this &apos;'on/off'&apos; measurement, one knows the number of photons detected while pointing toward the source, the number of photons collected while pointing away from the source, and how to estimate the background counts in the source region from the flux observed in the auxiliary measurements. For very faint sources, the number of photons detected is so low that the approximations that hold asymptotically are not valid. On the other hand, an analytical solution exists for the Bayesian statistical inference, which is valid at low and high counts. Here we illustrate the objective Bayesian solution based on the reference posterior and compare the result with the approach very recently proposed by Knoetig, and discuss its most delicate points. In addition, we propose to compute the significance of the excess with respect to the background-only expectation with a method that is able to account for any uncertainty on the background and is valid for any photon count. This method is compared to the widely used significance formula by Li and Ma, which is based on asymptotic properties.

  17. Effects of inhomogeneities on apparent cosmological observables: &apos;'fake'&apos; evolving dark energy

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    Romano, Antonio Enea [Kyoto University, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto (Japan); Universidad de Antioquia, Instituto de Fisica, Medellin (Colombia); National Taiwan University, Leung Center for Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics, Taipei, Taiwan (China); The University of Tokyo, Research Centre for the Early Universe (RESCEU), Graduate School of Science, Tokyo (Japan); Starobinsky, Alexei A. [L. D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Moscow (Russian Federation); The University of Tokyo, Research Centre for the Early Universe (RESCEU), Graduate School of Science, Tokyo (Japan); Sasaki, Misao [Kyoto University, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto (Japan)

    2012-12-15

    Using the exact Lemaitre-Bondi-Tolman solution with a non-vanishing cosmological constant {Lambda}, we investigate how the presence of a local spherically symmetric inhomogeneity can affect apparent cosmological observables, such as the deceleration parameter or the effective equation of state of dark energy (DE), derived from the luminosity distance under the assumption that the real space-time is exactly homogeneous and isotropic. The presence of a local underdensity is found to produce apparent phantom behavior of DE, while a locally overdense region leads to apparent quintessence behavior. We consider relatively small large scale inhomogeneities which today are not linear and could be seeded by primordial curvature perturbations compatible with CMB bounds. Our study shows how observations in an inhomogeneous {Lambda}CDM universe with initial conditions compatible with the inflationary beginning, if interpreted under the wrong assumption of homogeneity, can lead to the wrong conclusion about the presence of &apos;'fake'&apos; evolving dark energy instead of {Lambda}. (orig.)

  18. Formation and characterisation of solution processed &apos;'pseudo-bilayer'&apos; organic solar cells

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    Heinemann, Marc Daniel; Ananthanarayanan, Krishnamoorthy; Thummalakunta, L.N.S.A.; Yong, Chian Haw; Luther, Joachim [Singapore National Univ. (SG). Solar Energy Research Inst. of Singapore (SERIS)

    2011-07-01

    The current state of the art solution processed organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells are based on the bulk heterojunction (BHJ) architecture, consisting of an active layer, in which the donor and the acceptor material are dissolved in a common solvent. In this report, we show that by sequential processing of the active components and by subsequent annealing a &apos;'pseudo-bilayer'&apos; can be formed which results in an enhanced nanomorphology for efficient charge generation and extraction. The enhanced nanomorphology arises from the inter-diffusion of the PCBM nanoparticles into a layer of pre-organised polymer P3HT instead of a phase separation that happens at the time of spin-coating and annealing in the case of conventional BHJ devices. To get a further insight into the inter-diffusion process, TOF-SIMS depth profiling and XPS measurements were carried out for different thermal annealing treatments of these pseudo-bilayer devices, which show full inter-diffusion after only seconds of annealing at 140 C. The optimised photovoltaic devices that were fabricated showed an efficiency of 4.1%. (orig.)

  19. &apos;&apos;1/f noise&apos;&apos; in music: Music from 1/f noise

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    Voss, R.F.; Clarke, J.

    1978-01-01

    The spectral density of fluctuations in the audio power of many musical selections and of English speech varies approximately as 1/f (f is the frequency) down to a frequency of 5 x 10/sup -4/ Hz. This result implies that the audio-power fluctuations are correlated over all times in the same manner as &apos;&apos;1/f noise&apos;&apos; in electronic components. The frequency fluctuations of music also have a 1/f spectral density at frequencies down to the inverse of the length of the piece of music. The frequency fluctuations of English speech have a quite different behavior, with a single characteristic time of about 0.1 s, the average length of a syllable. The observations on music suggest that 1/f noise is a good choice for stochastic composition. Compositions in which the frequency and duration of each note were determined by 1/f noise sources sounded pleasing. Those generated by white-noise sources sounded too random, while those generated by 1/f/sup 2/ noise sounded too correlated.

  20. In vivo imaging of &apos;'neuroinflammation'&apos;. Principles and applications; In-vivo-Darstellung &apos;'neuroinflammatorischer'&apos; Veraenderungen mit [{sup 11}C] PK11195-PET. Grundlagen und Anwendung

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    Gerhard, A.; Banati, R.B. [MRC Clinical Sciences Centre and Div. of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial Coll., London (United Kingdom)

    2002-09-01

    Microglia are the brains&apos; resident immunocompetent cells that can be activated by acute as well as chronic pathological stimuli. When activated they express the peripheral benzodiazepine binding site to which the isoquinolin PK11195 binds with high specificity. Labelled with [{sup 11}C], the R-enatiomer [{sup 11}C] PK1195 has been used for positron emission tomography (PET) studies to demonstrate neuroinflammatory changes in vivo. [{sup 11}C](R) PK11195-PET has been successfully used to show in vivo microglial activation in ischemic (stroke), inflammatory (multiple sclerosis) and degenerative (Alzheimer&apos;s and Parkinson&apos;s disease). Longitudinal studies are in progress to help to clarify the relationship between localisation and extent of microglial activation and the clinical presentations in these disorders. This will help to determine the role of [{sup 11}C](R) PK11195 PET as a diagnostic tool and a surrogate marker of &apos;'neuroinflammation'&apos; in therapeutic trials. (orig.) [German] Mikroglia sind residente immunkompetente Zellen des Gehirns, die durch akute, aber auch langsam voranschreitende, chronische Schaedigungprozesse aktiviert werden. Im aktivierten Zustand exprimieren sie den peripheren Benzodiazepinrezeptor, an den das Isoquinolin PK11195 spezifisch bindet. Radioaktiv markiert kann das R-Enantiomer [{sup 11}C] PK11195 als Ligand in der Positronenemissionstomographie (PET) genutzt werden und ermoeglicht so die In-vivo-Darstellung aktiver &apos;'neuroinflammatorischer'&apos;, d.h. die Mikroglia aktivierender, Veraenderungen. Mit der [{sup 11}C](R) PK11195-PET konnte bisher In-vivo-Mikrogliaaktivierung bei ischaemischen (Schlaganfall), entzuendlichen (multiple Sklerose) und degenerativen (Morbus Alzheimer- und Parkinson-Erkrankung) demonstriert werden. Laufende longitudinale Studien werden dazu beitragen, die Beziehung zwischen Lokalisation und Ausmass der Mikrogliaaktivierung und klinischer Krankheitsauspraegung

  1. Ausbildung zum Öko-Landwirt: Auswertung einer Podiumsdiskussion auf dem „1. Aktionstag Ökologischer Landbau“ in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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    Köppen, Detloff

    2002-01-01

    Die anspruchsvollen politischen Ziele für die Entwicklung des ökologischen Landbaus in der BRD können nur erreicht werden, wenn in den Öko-Betrieben aber auch in den Anbauverbänden und den Beratungseinrichtungen spezifisch für den ökologischen Landbau ausgebildetes und motiviertes Personal zur Verfügung steht. Dabei ist insbesondere die Kontinuität in der Betriebsentwicklung zu sichern. Für die spezifische Ausbildung zum Öko-Landwirt müssen auf allen Ausbildungsebenen die Rahmenbedingungen we...

  2. [Rehabilitation in the View of Small and Midsized Enterprises: Knowledge, Appreciation and Possibilities to Cooperate - Results of the KoRB-Project

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    Hesse, B.; Heuer, J.; Gebauer, E.

    2008-01-01

    The experiences of small and midsized enterprises (SME) with medical rehabilitation were investigated in the KoRB-Study (KoRB= KOoperation Rehabilitation und Betrieb) for the first time. Opportunities for a targeted cooperation between the statutory pension insurance and these enterprises were ex...... rehab clinicians and occupational health practitioners argued in favour of improved communication and cooperation in order to adapt medical rehab to the specific requirements of the working place and to assure a smooth reintegration into work Udgivelsesdato: 2008/12...

  3. Rate constant and thermochemistry for K + O2 + N2 = KO2 + N2

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    Sorvajärvi, Tapio; Viljanen, Jan; Toivonen, Juha;

    2015-01-01

    over 250-1320 K, with an error limit of a factor of 1.5. A vant Hoff analysis constrained to fit the computed ΔS298 yields a K-O2 bond dissociation enthalpy of 184.2 ± 4.0 kJ mol-1 at 298 K and ΔfH298(KO2) = -95.2 ± 4.1 kJ mol-1. The corresponding D0 is 181.5 ± 4.0 kJ mol-1. This value compares well...

  4. Internet of &apos;'printed'&apos; Things: low-cost fabrication of autonomous sensing nodes by inkjet printing

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    &apos;&apos;What if electronics devices are printed using an inkjet printer even at home?&apos;&apos; &apos;&apos;What if those devices no longer need a battery?&apos;&apos; I will introduce two enabling technologies for the Internet of Things concept. 1. Instant Inkjet Circuits: A low cost, fast and accessible technology to support the rapid prototyping of electronic devices. We demonstrated that &apos;'sintering-free'&apos; silver nano particle ink with a commodity inkjet printer can be used to fabricate printed circuit board and high-frequency applications such as antennas and sensors. The technology is now commercialized by AgIC, Inc. 2. Wireless Power: Although large amounts of data can be exchanged over a wireless communication link, mobile devices are still tethered by power cables. We are trying to solve this problem by two different approaches: energy harvesting. A simple circuitry comprised of diodes and capacitor can convert ambient radio signals into DC current. Our research revealed the signals from TV tower located 6.5km apart could be used to feed 100 microwatts to power microcontrollers

  5. The atmospheric cycling of radiomethane and the &apos;&apos;fossil fraction&apos;&apos; of the methane source

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    K. R. Lassey

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available The cycling of 14CH4 (&apos;'radiomethane'&apos; through the atmosphere has been strongly perturbed in the industrial era by the release of 14C-free methane from geologic reservoirs (&apos;&apos;fossil methane&apos;&apos; emissions, and in the nuclear era, especially since ca 1970, by the direct release of nucleogenic radiomethane from nuclear power facilities. Contemporary measurements of atmospheric radiomethane have been used to estimate the proportion of fossil methane in the global methane source (the &apos;&apos;fossil fraction&apos;&apos;, but such estimates carry high uncertainty due to the ill-determined nuclear-power source. We exploit an analysis in a companion paper of the global radiomethane budget through the nuclear era, using contemporary measurements of atmospheric radiomethane since 1986 to quantify both the fossil fraction and the strength of the nuclear power source. We deduce that 28.6±1.9% (1 s.d. of the global methane source has fossil origin, a fraction which may include some 14C-depleted refractory carbon fraction such as in aged peat deposits. The co-estimated strength of the global nuclear-power source of radiomethane is consistent with values inferred independently from local nuclear facilities.

  6. ŽENSKA PODOBA: PSIHOLOŠKO – SOCIOLOŠKA ANALIZA ŽENSKE PODOBE V TISKANIH MEDIJIH

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    Šlihthuber, Katja

    2013-01-01

    Diplomsko delo ŽENSKA PODOBA: psihološko – sociološka analiza podobe v tiskanih medijih zajema spoznanja o ženski podobi in njenem pojavljanju v tiskanih periodičnih medijih. Rdeča nit naloge je žensko telo in celostna podoba, pri čemer smo se dotaknili same definicije ženskega telesa in lepote s sociološkega vidika ter teoretična znanja navezali na prezentacijo ženske podobe v ženskih in moških revijah na slovenskem medijskem trgu. Teoretični del pojasnjuje odnose družbe do ženskega telesa i...

  7. Tribološka svojstva kočnih papuča s povišenim udjelom fosfora

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    V. Marušić; Vitez, I.; Kladarić, I.

    2004-01-01

    Ispitivanje je provedeno u uvjetima suhog trenja sklizanja kladica izrađenih iz kočnih papuča po rotirajućem disku od istog materijala iz kojega se izrađuju i kotači vlakova. Analiziran je utjecaj kemijskog sastava, strukture i tvrdoće papuča na trošenje u simuliranim uvjetima ispitivanja kotač - papuča na tribološkom uređaju u laboratoriju. Utvrđeno je da otpornost trošenju papuča mnogo više ovisi o udjelu fosfora i strukturi nego o tvrdoći.

  8. Study and designing of the &apos;'caliprax'&apos; measurement bench; Etude et realisation du banc &apos;'caliprax'&apos;

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    Barriere, J.Ch

    2001-09-01

    Probing the matter in order to check its elementary constituents, that is the goal of the particle physic. In this field, the experiments consist in colliding highly energetic particle beams and observing the new born particles. These observations are based on big particle detectors whose running is dependant on the precise knowledge of their geometry (position of the detection chambers). To achieve this, the detectors are equipped with alignment sensors, which have to be calibrated before. This document describes the study and the making of a calibration bench for the &apos;Praxial&apos; (PRoximity AXIAL) type sensors, and other works related to these sensors. In a first part, we determine and apply a method to set the tools used to fix the sensor stands on the detection chambers. These settings are made with the use of a tridimensional measuring machine. Then, we study the stands themselves. These investigations concern mechanics: positioning quality of the sensors in their stands, bending of the supports due to the tightening. In this part too, the studies are in the field of dimensional metrology. After this, the works are reoriented toward the bench, with the choice of the displacement sensors among two different technologies: optical, with the Rasnik system, and mechanical, with linear probes as LVDT (Linear Variable Differential Transformer). Following the discovery of an ambiguity on the Rasnik system, we go on the tests to understand its behaviour. We introduce the theory of the alignment sensors calibration, which is based on a minimization calculation. The computer programs are explained in a chapter, and in an other, the implementation of the quality assurance procedures. An other part describes the mechanical studies and the problems they cause. Because of a delay onset of the project, we make a model of the bench. This dummy allows us to test every single function of the final bench. With this device, we record manually the first calibration data and

  9. [Male urinary incontinence

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    Boer, TA de; Heesakkers, J.P.F.A.

    2008-01-01

    *Urinary incontinence in males is gaining increasingly more attention. *Male urinary incontinence can be classified as storage incontinence due to overactive bladder syndrome or stress incontinence due to urethral sphincter dysfunction. *Most patients benefit from the currently available treatment o

  10. Coastal vulnerability to typhoon inundation in the Bay of Bangkok, Thailand? Evidence from carbonate boulder deposits on Ko Larn island

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    Terry, James P.; Jankaew, Kruawun; Dunne, Kieran

    2015-11-01

    At the head of the Gulf of Thailand, the subsiding Chao Phraya delta and adjacent low-lying coastlines surrounding the Bay of Bangkok are at risk of coastal flooding. Although a significant marine inundation event has not been experienced in historical times, this work identifies coastal depositional evidence for high-energy waves in the past. On Ko Larn island in eastern Bay of Bangkok, numerous coastal carbonate boulders (CCBs) were discovered at elevations up to 4+ m above sea level, the largest weighing over 1.3 tonnes. For the majority of CCBs, their karstified appearance bears testimony to long periods of immobility since original deposition, whilst their geomorphic settings on coastal slopes of coarse blocky talus is helpful in recognising lifting (saltation) as the probable mode of wave transport. In the absence of local tsunamigenic potential, these CCBs are considered to be prehistoric typhoon deposits, presumably sourced from fringing coral reefs by high-energy wave action. Application of existing hydrodynamic flow transport equations reveals that 4.7 m/s and 7.1 m/s are the minimum flow velocities required to transport 50% and 100% of the measured CCBs, respectively. Such values are consistent with cyclone-impacted coastlines studied elsewhere in the tropical Asia-Pacific region. Overall, the evidence of elevated carbonate boulder deposits on Ko Larn implies that typhoons before the modern record may have entered the Bay of Bangkok. The recurrence of a similar event in future would have the potential to cause damaging marine inundation on surrounding low-lying coastlines.

  11. VEGF Mediates ApoE4-Induced Neovascularization and Synaptic Pathology in the Choroid and Retina.

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    Antes, Ran; Salomon-Zimri, Shiran; Beck, Susanne C; Garcia Garrido, Marina; Livnat, Tami; Maharshak, Idit; Kadar, Tamar; Seeliger, Mathias; Weinberger, Dov; Michaelson, Daniel M

    2015-01-01

    Apolipoprotein E4 (apoE4), the most prevalent genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD), is associated with neuronal and vascular impairments. Recent findings suggest that retina of apoE4 mice have synaptic and functional impairments. We presently investigated the effects of apoE4 on retinal and choroidal vasculature and the possible role of VEGF in these effects. There were no histological differences between the retinal and choroidal vasculatures of naïve apoE3 and apoE4 mice. In contrast, laserdriven choroidal injury induced higher levels of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in apoE4 than in apoE3 mice. These effects were associated with an inflammatory response and with activation of the Muller cells and asrocytic markers gluthatione synthetase and GFAP, all of which were more pronounced in the apoE4 mice. CNV also induced a transient increase in the levels of the synaptic markers synaptophysin and PSD95 which were however similar in the apoE4 and apoE3 naive mice. Retinal and choroidal VEGF and apoE levels were lower in naïve apoE4 than in corresponding apoE3 mice. In contrast, VEGF and apoE levels rose more pronouncedly following laser injury in the apoE4 than in apoE3 mice. Taken together, these findings suggest that the apoE4-induced retinal impairments, under basal conditions, may be related to reduced VEGF levels in the eyes of these mice. The hyper-neovascularization in the apoE4 mice might be driven by increased inflammation and the associated surge in VEGF following injury. Retinal and choroidal VEGF and apoE levels were lower in naïve apoE4 than in corresponding apoE3 mice. In contrast, VEGF and apoE levels rose more pronouncedly following laser injury in the apoE4 than in apoE3 mice. Taken together, these findings suggest that the apoE4-induced retinal impairments, under basal conditions, may be related to reduced VEGF levels in the eyes of these mice. The hyper-neovascularization in the apoE4 mice might be driven by increased inflammation

  12. &apos;&apos;Whither Deterrence?&apos;&apos; A Brief Synopsis May, 2002

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    Poppe, C; Vergino, E; Barker, R; Brown, P; Gilmartin, T J; Nach, M; Sloss, L

    2002-05-29

    To most audiences, deterrence has been interconnected with nuclear weapons whose purpose had been to deter a Soviet attack. But, the Soviet Union has been gone for almost a decade. President George W. Bush has stated that Russia is not an enemy of the US and the numbers of nuclear weapons can be dramatically reduced. It is important to note that deterrence has always transcended nuclear weapons. The US&apos; first line of deterrence has been its formidable conventional warfare capability, designed to prevent conflict and win wars if necessary. The role of nuclear weapons has been to deter the,use of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction against U.S. interests during the conduct of conventional warfare and to ensure our ability to inflict massive destruction on any who would use nuclear weapons, or other weapons of mass destruction, against us. With regard to the Soviet Union, the threat of the use of nuclear weapons was a critical component of our deterrent to prevent massive Soviet conventional attack against our allies in Europe. However, the events of September 11, 2001 make clear that we have not convinced all who seek to harm us that we will be able to respond in a manner to make them wish they had not even tried. The September 11 attacks, as well as other past conflicts, do not mean that deterrence has failed-it remains effective against the threats for which it was designed. We have known there are other threats for which we did not have a credible deterrent. The challenge is to sustain deterrence against the classic threats as they evolve in technical sophistication while remaining alert to the need to evaluate continuously our ability to deter previously unforeseen challenges. How then should we be looking at deterrence as we consider fifteen or so years in the future, say to about 2015? What will be the role of nuclear weapons and other instruments of mass destruction in the future? What should the US be doing to prepare for the future? In

  13. The effect of a high-fat diet on brain plasticity, inflammation and cognition in female ApoE4-knockin and ApoE-knockout mice

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    C.I.F. Janssen (Carola); D. Jansen (Diane); M.P.C. Mutsaers (Martina); J. Dederen (Jos); B. Geenen (Bram); M. Mulder (Monique); A.J. Kiliaan Kiliaan (Amanda J.)

    2016-01-01

    textabstractApolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4), one of three common isoforms of ApoE, is a major risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer disease (AD). ApoE-deficient mice, as well as mice expressing human ApoE4, display impaired learning and memory functions and signs of neurodegeneration. Moreover, ApoE protec

  14. Extracellular proteolysis of apolipoprotein E (apoE by secreted serine neuronal protease.

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    Irfan Y Tamboli

    Full Text Available Under normal conditions, brain apolipoprotein E (apoE is secreted and lipidated by astrocytes, then taken up by neurons via receptor mediated endocytosis. Free apoE is either degraded in intraneuronal lysosomal compartments or released. Here we identified a novel way by which apoE undergoes proteolysis in the extracellular space via a secreted neuronal protease. We show that apoE is cleaved in neuronal conditioned media by a secreted serine protease. This apoE cleavage was inhibited by PMSF and α1-antichymotrypsin, but not neuroserpin-1 or inhibitors of thrombin and cathepsin G, supporting its identity as a chymotrypsin like protease. In addition, apoE incubation with purified chymotrypsin produced a similar pattern of apoE fragments. Analysis of apoE fragments by mass spectrometry showed cleavages occurring at the C-terminal side of apoE tryptophan residues, further supporting our identification of cleavage by chymotrypsin like protease. Hippocampal neurons were more efficient in mediating this apoE cleavage than cortical neurons. Proteolysis of apoE4 generated higher levels of low molecular weight fragments compared to apoE3. Primary glial cultures released an inhibitor of this proteolytic activity. Together, these studies reveal novel mechanism by which apoE can be regulated and therefore could be useful in designing apoE directed AD therapeutic approaches.

  15. Loss of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A (VEGFA) Isoforms in the Testes of Male Mice Causes Subfertility, Reduces Sperm Numbers, and Alters Expression of Genes That Regulate Undifferentiated Spermatogonia

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    Lu, Ningxia; Kevin M Sargent; Clopton, Debra T.; Pohlmeier, William E.; Brauer, Vanessa M.; McFee, Renee M.; Weber, John S.; Ferrara, Napoleone; Silversides, David W.; Cupp, Andrea S.

    2013-01-01

    Vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) isoform treatment has been demonstrated to alter spermatogonial stem cell homeostasis. Therefore, we generated pDmrt1-Cre;Vegfa−/− (knockout, KO) mice by crossing pDmrt1-Cre mice to floxed Vegfa mice to test whether loss of all VEGFA isoforms in Sertoli and germ cells would impair spermatogenesis. When first mated, KO males took 14 days longer to get control females pregnant (P < .02) and tended to take longer for all subsequent parturition interva...

  16. Loss of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A (VEGFA) Isoforms in the Testes of Male Mice Causes Subfertility, Reduces Sperm Numbers, and Alters Expression of Genes That Regulate Undifferentiated Spermatogonia

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    Lu, Ningxia; Sargent, Kevin M.; Clopton, Debra T.; Pohlmeier, William E.; Brauer, Vanessa M.; McFee, Renee M.; Weber, John S.; Ferrara, Napoleone; Silversides, David W.

    2013-01-01

    Vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) isoform treatment has been demonstrated to alter spermatogonial stem cell homeostasis. Therefore, we generated pDmrt1-Cre;Vegfa−/− (knockout, KO) mice by crossing pDmrt1-Cre mice to floxed Vegfa mice to test whether loss of all VEGFA isoforms in Sertoli and germ cells would impair spermatogenesis. When first mated, KO males took 14 days longer to get control females pregnant (P < .02) and tended to take longer for all subsequent parturition intervals (9 days; P < .07). Heterozygous males sired fewer pups per litter (P < .03) and after the first litter took 10 days longer (P < .05) to impregnate females, suggesting a more progressive loss of fertility. Reproductive organs were collected from 6-month-old male mice. There were fewer sperm per tubule in the corpus epididymides (P < .001) and fewer ZBTB16-stained undifferentiated spermatogonia (P < .003) in the testes of KO males. Testicular mRNA abundance for Bcl2 (P < .02), Bcl2:Bax (P < .02), Neurog3 (P < .007), and Ret was greater (P = .0005), tended to be greater for Sin3a and tended to be reduced for total Foxo1 (P < .07) in KO males. Immunofluorescence for CD31 and VE-Cadherin showed no differences in testis vasculature; however, CD31-positive staining was evident in undifferentiated spermatogonia only in KO testes. Therefore, loss of VEGFA isoforms in Sertoli and germ cells alters genes necessary for long-term maintenance of undifferentiated spermatogonia, ultimately reducing sperm numbers and resulting in subfertility. PMID:24169552

  17. SHORT GAMMA-RAY BURSTS IN THE &apos;'TIME-REVERSAL'&apos; SCENARIO

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    Ciolfi, Riccardo [Physics Department, University of Trento, Via Sommarive 14, I-38123 Trento (Italy); Siegel, Daniel M., E-mail: riccardo.ciolfi@unitn.it, E-mail: daniel.siegel@aei.mpg.de [Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Am Mühlenberg 1, D-14476 Potsdam-Golm (Germany)

    2015-01-10

    Short gamma-ray bursts (SGRBs) are among the most luminous explosions in the universe and their origin still remains uncertain. Observational evidence favors the association with binary neutron star or neutron star-black hole (NS-BH) binary mergers. Leading models relate SGRBs to a relativistic jet launched by the BH-torus system resulting from the merger. However, recent observations have revealed a large fraction of SGRB events accompanied by X-ray afterglows with durations ∼10{sup 2}-10{sup 5} s, suggesting continuous energy injection from a long-lived central engine, which is incompatible with the short (≲ 1 s) accretion timescale of a BH-torus system. The formation of a supramassive NS, resisting the collapse on much longer spin-down timescales, can explain these afterglow durations, but leaves serious doubts on whether a relativistic jet can be launched at the merger. Here we present a novel scenario accommodating both aspects, where the SGRB is produced after the collapse of a supramassive NS. Early differential rotation and subsequent spin-down emission generate an optically thick environment around the NS consisting of a photon-pair nebula and an outer shell of baryon-loaded ejecta. While the jet easily drills through this environment, spin-down radiation diffuses outward on much longer timescales and accumulates a delay that allows the SGRB to be observed before (part of) the long-lasting X-ray signal. By analyzing diffusion timescales for a wide range of physical parameters, we find delays that can generally reach ∼10{sup 5} s, compatible with observations. The success of this fundamental test makes this &apos;'time-reversal'&apos; scenario an attractive alternative to current SGRB models.

  18. &apos;&apos;Atomic Optics&apos;&apos;: Nonimaging Optics on the Nanoscale

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    Roland Winston Joseph O' Gallagher

    2005-01-15

    This is the final report for a one year close out extension of our basic research program that was established at the University of Chicago more than sixteen years ago to explore and develop the optical sub-discipline that has come to be known as &apos;&apos;nonimaging optics&apos;&apos;. This program has been extremely fruitful, having both broadened the range of formalism available for workers in this field and led to the discovery of many new families of optical devices. These devices and techniques have applications wherever the efficient transport and transformation of light distributions are important, in particular in illumination, fiber optics, collection and concentration of sunlight, and the detection of faint light signals in physics and astrophysics. Over the past thirty years, Nonimaging Optics (Welford and Winston, 1989) has brought a fresh approach to the analysis of many problems in classical macro-scale optics. Through the application of phase-space concepts, statistical methods, thermodynamic arguments, etc., many previously established performance limits were able to be broken and many technical surprises with exciting practical applications were discovered. The most recent three-year phase of our long-term continuing program ended in late 2002 and emphasized extending our work in geometrical optics and expanding it to include some interesting questions in physical optics as well as in the new field of statistical optics. This report presents a survey of the basic history and concepts of nonimaging optics and reviews highlights and significant accomplishments over the past fifteen years. This is followed by a more detailed summary of recent research directions and accomplishments during the last three years. This most recent phase was marked by the broadening in scope to include a separate project involving a collaboration with an industrial partner, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). This effort was proposed and approved in

  19. [Study on the microwave extraction and chemical constituents of the essential oil from Amomum tsao-ko in Jinping, Yunnan province].

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    Yang, Lijuan; Zhang, Zheng; Li, Junfeng; Kong, Weiling; Lin, Jun

    2004-11-01

    Essential oil from Amomum tsao-ko collected in Jinping, Yunnan province was obtained by microwave extraction, common solvent extraction and vapor distillation, respectively. Chemical constituents were analyzed by GC-MS and their relative contents were determined by area-normalized method. PMID:15810587

  20. Increase in muscarinic stimulation-induced Ca(2+) response by adenovirus-mediated Stim1-mKO1 gene transfer to rat submandibular acinar cells in vivo.

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    Morita, Takao; Nezu, Akihiro; Tojyo, Yosuke; Tanimura, Akihiko

    2013-10-01

    Adenoviruses have been used for gene transfer to salivary gland cells in vivo. Their use to study the function of salivary acinar cells was limited by a severe inflammatory response and by the destruction of fluid-secreting acinar cells. In the present study, low doses of adenovirus were administered to express Stim1-mKO1 by retrograde ductal injection to submandibular glands. The approach succeeded in increasing muscarinic stimulation-induced Ca(2+) responses in acinar cells without inflammation or decreased salivary secretions. This increased Ca(2+) response was notable upon weak muscarinic stimulation and was attributed to increased Ca(2+) release from internal stores and increased Ca(2+) entry. The basal Ca(2+) level was higher in Stim1-mKO1-expressing cells than in mKO1-expressing and non-expressing cells. Exposure of permeabilized submandibular acinar cells, where Ca(2+) concentration was fixed at 50 nM, to inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) produced similar effects on the release of Ca(2+) from stores in Stim1-mKO1-expressing and non-expressing cells. The low toxicity and relative specificity to acinar cells of the mild gene transfer method described herein are particularly useful for studying the molecular functions of salivary acinar cells in vivo, and may be applied to increase salivary secretions in experimental animals and human in future.

  1. Genome Sequence of Halomonas sp. Strain KO116, an Ionic Liquid-Tolerant Marine Bacterium Isolated from a Lignin-Enriched Seawater Microcosm

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    O’Dell, Kaela B.; Woo, Hannah L.; Utturkar, Sagar; Klingeman, Dawn; Brown, Steven D.; Hazen, Terry C

    2015-01-01

    Halomonas sp. strain KO116 was isolated from Nile Delta Mediterranean Sea surface water enriched with insoluble organosolv lignin. It was further screened for growth on alkali lignin minimal salts medium agar. The strain tolerates the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate. Its complete genome sequence is presented in this report.

  2. EXPRESSION OF EGFR AND ITS LIGANDS IN RESPONSE TO TCDD OR RETINOIC ACID IN EGF AND TGFALPHA KO FETAL MOUSE PALATE

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    EXPRESSION OF EGFR AND ITS LIGANDS IN RESPONSE TO TCDD OR RETINOIC ACID IN EGF AND TGF" KO FETAL MOUSE PALATE. Abbott, Barbara D.1; Boyd, Hadiya2; Wood, Carmen1; Held, Gary1. 1.EPA, ORD, NHEERL, RTD, US EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA. 2MARC Program, NCCU, Durham, NC, USA. <...

  3. Gambogic acid induces mitochondria-dependent apoptosis by modulation of Bcl-2 and Bax in mantle cell lymphoma JeKo-1 cells

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    Jingyan Xu; Min Zhou; Jian Ouyang; Jing Wang; Qiguo Zhang; Yong Xu; Yueyi Xu

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To study the mechanisms in gambogic acid (GA)-induced JeKo-1 human Mantle Cell Lymphoma cell apoptosis in vitro.Methods:The proliferation of GA-treated JeKo-1 cells was measured by CCK-8 assay and Ki-67 immunocytochemical detection.Apoptosis,cell cycle and mitochondrial membrane potential were measured by flow cytometric analysis.Caspase-3,-8 and-9 were detected by colorimetric assay.Bcl-2 and Bax were analyzed by Western blotting.Results:GA inhibited cell growth in a time-and dose-dependent manner.GA induces apoptosis in JeKo-1 cells but not in normal bone marrow cells,which was involved in reducing the membrane potential of mitochondria,activating caspases-3,-8 and-9 and decreasing the ratio of Bcl-2 and Bax without cell cycle arresting.Conclusions:GA induced apoptosis in human MCL JeKo-1 cells by regulating Bcl-2/Bax and activating caspase-3,-8 and-9 via mitochondrial pathway without affecting cell cycle.

  4. Minimum joint space width (mJSW) of patellofemoral joint on standing &apos;'skyline'&apos; radiographs: test-retest reproducibility and comparison with quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (qMRI)

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    Simoni, Paolo; Jamali, Sanaa; Alvarez Miezentseva, Victoria [CHU de Liege, Diagnostic Imaging Departement, Domanine du Sart Tilman, Liege (Belgium); Albert, Adelin [CHU de Liege, Biostatistics Departement, Domanine du Sart Tilman, Liege (Belgium); Totterman, Saara; Schreyer, Edward; Tamez-Pena, Jose G. [Qmetrics Technologies, Rochester, NY (United States); Zobel, Bruno Beomonte [Campus Bio-Medico University, Diagnostic Imaging Departement, Rome (Italy); Gillet, Philippe [CHU de Liege, Orthopaedic surgery Department, Domanine du Sart Tilman, Liege (Belgium)

    2013-11-15

    To assess the intraobserver, interobserver, and test-retest reproducibility of minimum joint space width (mJSW) measurement of medial and lateral patellofemoral joints on standing &apos;'skyline'&apos; radiographs and to compare the mJSW of the patellofemoral joint to the mean cartilage thickness calculated by quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (qMRI). A couple of standing &apos;'skyline'&apos; radiographs of the patellofemoral joints and MRI of 55 knees of 28 volunteers (18 females, ten males, mean age, 48.5 {+-} 16.2 years) were obtained on the same day. The mJSW of the patellofemoral joint was manually measured and Kellgren and Lawrence grade (KLG) was independently assessed by two observers. The mJSW was compared to the mean cartilage thickness of patellofemoral joint calculated by qMRI. mJSW of the medial and lateral patellofemoral joint showed an excellent intraobserver agreement (interclass correlation (ICC) = 0.94 and 0.96), interobserver agreement (ICC = 0.90 and 0.95) and test-retest agreement (ICC = 0.92 and 0.96). The mJSW measured on radiographs was correlated to mean cartilage thickness calculated by qMRI (r = 0.71, p < 0.0001 for the medial PFJ and r = 0.81, p < 0.0001 for the lateral PFJ). However, there was a lack of concordance between radiographs and qMRI for extreme values of joint width and KLG. Radiographs yielded higher joint space measures than qMRI in knees with a normal joint space, while qMRI yielded higher joint space measures than radiographs in knees with joint space narrowing and higher KLG. Standing &apos;'skyline'&apos; radiographs are a reproducible tool for measuring the mJSW of the patellofemoral joint. The mJSW of the patellofemoral joint on radiographs are correlated with, but not concordant with, qMRI measurements. (orig.)

  5. Report of working committee 3 &apos;&apos;liquefied gases&apos;&apos;; Rapport du comite de travail 3 &apos;&apos;gaz liquefies&apos;&apos;

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    Baudino, M.

    2000-07-01

    Working Committee 3&apos;s report concerns the evolution of the liquefied gas industry: both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gases (LPG). Given the current state of the LNG market the Committee decided to concentrate on this area in particular. A number of aspects have been identified which the Committee has been looking at, while others have been given to Study Groups set up specifically for the purpose. The first aspects regard: - the development of LNG and LPG, new installations, future chains and relevant statistical data; - the role of LNG and LPG in starting up a gas industry; - operating and technological improvements in the LNG industry; - energy savings, cold utilization and reduction of CO{sub 2} emissions. The Study Groups which were set up dealt with the following subjects: Technological and Economical Developments for cost Reduction of LNG/LPG Facilities. Small Scale LNG Projects and Modular Systems. LNG/LPG Peak Shaving and Satellite Plants. LNG versus Pipeline Infrastructure. (author)

  6. &apos;Fail-to-safety&apos; methane drainage system

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    2000-01-01

    Queensland-based Capricorn Coal Management and SMC Pneumatics (Australia) have developed a new methane drainage system incorporating a pneumatically controlled &apos;automatic shut down system&apos; (ASDS) that, in an emergency situation, automatically terminates the flow of gas at the source with automatic shut-off valves. The air supply unit incorporates two air compressors operating in a rotating cycle to ensure continuous supply with pressure and flow measurement sensors and solenoid valves configured to &apos;fail-to-safety&apos; in the event of power failure. The SMC-Capcoal system has been operating successfully for two years at Capcoal&apos;s Central colliery, Queensland&apos;s first longwall mine. It can shut off methane flows within 90 seconds. 3 photos.

  7. The &apos;Instrumental&apos; Reality of Phlogiston

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    Mi Gyung Kim

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available The stability of phlogiston in eighteenth-century French chemistry depended not on its role as a comprehensive theory, but on its operational (instrumental, theoretical, and philosophical (speculative identities that were forged in different contexts, yet were interwoven to designate a single substance. It was as &apos;real&apos; as any other chemical substance to the degree that it was obtained through material operations, occupied a place in the theoretical edifice of the affinity table, and was endowed with a corpuscular ontology. Lavoisier labeled it as an &apos;imaginary&apos; substance because it offered a unique resistance to his vision of the new chemistry based on &apos;metric&apos; measurements and algebraic representations.

  8. Supporting Black Male Community College Success: Determinants of Faculty-Student Engagement

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    Wood, J. Luke; Ireland, S. Mei-Yen

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine determinants of Black male students&apos; engagement with faculty in the community college. Data from this study were derived from the 2011 three-year cohort of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). Using data from 11,384 Black male respondents within 260 community colleges, this study…

  9. &apos;Action 2016&apos;: AREVA&apos;s strategic action plan; AREVA presente son Plan d&apos;Actions Strategique &apos;Action 2016&apos;

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    Marie, Patricia; Briand, Pauline; Floquet-Daubigeon, Fleur; Michaut, Maxime; De Scorbiac, Marie; Du Repaire, Philippine

    2011-12-13

    On December 13, 2011, Luc Oursel, CEO, and Pierre Aubouin, Chief Financial Officer presented the group&apos;s strategic plan for the period 2012-2016. The plan has been drawn up collectively and is based on a thorough-going analysis and a realistic assessment of perspectives for all group activities and associated resources. Development of nuclear and renewable energies: the fundamentals are unchanged. In this context, the German decision remains an isolated case and the great majority of nuclear programs around the world have been confirmed. More conservative in its projections than the International Energy Agency, the group expects growth of 2.2% annually, reaching 583 GW of installed nuclear capacity by 2030, against 378 GW today. However, the Fukushima accident will lead to delays in launching new programs. &apos;Action 2016&apos; plan aims to consolidate AREVA&apos;s leadership in nuclear energy and become a leading player in renewable energy. The group&apos;s strategic action plan &apos;Action 2016&apos; is based on the following strategic choices: - commercial priority given to value creation, - selectivity in investments, - strengthening of the financial structure. These demand an improvement in the group&apos;s performance by 2015. This plan makes nuclear safety a strategic priority for the industrial and commercial performance of the group. This ambitious performance plan for the period 2012-2016 will give the group the wherewithal to withstand a temporary slowdown in the market resulting from the Fukushima accident and to deliver safe and sustainable growth of the business. The plan sets out the strategic direction for the group&apos;s employees for the years ahead: taking advantage of the expected growth in nuclear and renewable energies, targeted investment programs, and return to self-financing as of 2014

  10. Aging male syndrome

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    Valer Donca

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Aging Male Syndrome is a medical condition through which men could pass between the ages of 35 and 65, when testosterone levelsin their body decline considerably. Androgen deficiency in the aging male has become a topic of increasing interest and debate throughout theworld. In contrast to female menopause, the process of aging in the male genital system is slow and highly variable between individuals. Thecharacteristic symptoms of Aging Male Syndrome include weakness, depression, fatigue and changes in body hair and skin, decreased sexualdesire, decreased lean body mass accompanied by increased visceral fat, decreased bone mineral density. Aging Male Syndrome is usually diagnosedby testing the blood for testosterone levels. The usual treatment method for Aging Male Syndrome includes testosterone injections,testosterone patches, testosterone gels and oral preparations.

  11. Predictors of male microchimerism

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    Kamper-Jørgensen, Mads; Mortensen, Laust Hvas; Andersen, Anne-Marie Nybo;

    2012-01-01

    logistic regression and thereafter random forest modeling to evaluate the ability of a range of reproductive, lifestyle, hospital or clinic visit history, and other variables to predict whether women tested positive for male microchimerism. We found some indication that current use of contraceptive pills...... confounding and reverse causation. To address the issue of confounding, we conducted an analysis of predictors of male microchimerism in 272 female participants of the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health cohort. Buffy coat DNA was tested for Y chromosome presence as a marker of male microchimerism. First, we used...... and hormone replacement therapy reduced the odds of testing positive for male microchimerism. However, prediction of male microchimerism presence was poor based on the available variables. Studies of the possible role of male microchimerism in maternal health and disease are therefore unlikely to be heavily...

  12. &apos;&apos;Rueckbau 2014&apos;&apos;. KWS Congress regarding decommissioning and dismantling at Zwentendorf nuclear training power plant; &apos;&apos;Rueckbau 2014&apos;&apos;. KWS-Rueckbau-Fachtagung im Schulungskernkraftwerk Zwentendorf

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    Maassen, Herbert [KRAFTWERKSSCHULE E.V. (KWS), Essen (Germany)

    2015-06-01

    From September 24 to 25, 2014, KRAFTWERKS-SCHULE E.V. (KWS) held the congress &apos;&apos;Rueckbau 2014&apos;&apos;.This first congress about nuclear power plant decommissioning was combined with an exhibition in the fully equipped Zwentendorf nuclear training power plant. The exhibitors had the opportunity to present and test their products in the ambience of a real nuclear power plant, close to original plant components. The visitors got a general overview of the on-site conditions. During the lectures the process of decommissioning and dismantling of a nuclear power plant were described, problems within this process were discussed, and possible solutions were recommended.

  13. Quantifying the &apos;naturalness&apos; of the curvaton model

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    Lerner, Rose N. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany); Helsinki Institute of Physics (Finland); Melville, Scott [Helsinki Institute of Physics (Finland)

    2014-02-15

    We investigate the probability of obtaining an observable curvature perturbation, using as an example the minimal curvaton-Higgs (MCH) model. We determine &apos;probably observable&apos; and &apos;probably excluded&apos; regions of parameter space assuming generic initial conditions and applying a stochastic approach for the curvaton&apos;s evolution during inflation. Inflation is assumed to last longer than the N{sub obs}≅55 observable e-folds, and the total number of e-folds of inflation determines the particular ranges of parameters that are probable. For the MCH model, these &apos;probably observable&apos; regions always lie within the range 8 x 10{sup 4} GeV≤m{sub σ}≤2 x 10{sup 7} GeV, where m{sub σ} is the curvaton mass, and the Hubble scale at horizon exit is chosen as H{sub *}=10{sup 10} GeV. Because the &apos;probably observable&apos; region depends on the total duration of inflation, information on parameters in the Lagrangian from particle physics and from precision CMB observables can therefore provide information about the total duration of inflation, not just the last N{sub obs} e-folds. This method could also be applied to any model that contains additional scalar fields to determine the probability that these scalar fields contribute to the curvature perturbation.

  14. Imaging male breast cancer

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    Doyle, S., E-mail: sdoyle2@nhs.net [Primrose Breast Care Unit, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth (United Kingdom); Steel, J.; Porter, G. [Primrose Breast Care Unit, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth (United Kingdom)

    2011-11-15

    Male breast cancer is rare, with some pathological and radiological differences from female breast cancer. There is less familiarity with the imaging appearances of male breast cancer, due to its rarity and the more variable use of preoperative imaging. This review will illustrate the commonest imaging appearances of male breast cancer, with emphasis on differences from female breast cancer and potential pitfalls in diagnosis, based on a 10 year experience in our institution.

  15. Serum Levels of ApoA1 and ApoA2 Are Associated with Cognitive Status in Older Men

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    Cheng Ma

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Advancing age, chronic inflammation, oxidative damage, and disorders of lipid metabolism are positively linked to the late-life cognitive impairment. Serum biomarkers may be associated with the cognitive status in older men. Methods. 440 old male subjects with different cognitive functions were recruited to investigate probable serum markers. Pearson Chi-Squared test, univariate analysis, and multivariate logistic regression analysis were performed to evaluate biomarkers which may be associated with cognitive status. Results. Levels of fundus atherosclerosis (AS (P<0.001, age (P<0.001, serum biomarkers peroxidase (POD (P=0.026 and interleukin-6 (IL-6 (P=0.001, serum levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C (P<0.001, apolipoprotein A2 (ApoA2 (P=0.001, and ApoC2 (P=0.005 showed significant differences. Compared to group 3, ApoA1 in group 1 (OR = 1.30, 95% CI 1.01–1.67 and group 2 (OR = 1.47, 95% CI 1.11–1.94 were higher, while ApoA2 were lower (group 1: OR = 0.43, 95% CI 0.18–1.02; group 2: OR = 0.21, 95% CI 0.08–0.54 after adjusting for control variables. Conclusion. The results demonstrated that age, AS levels, POD, IL-6, HDL-C, ApoA2, and ApoC2 were significantly related to cognitive status. Moreover, ApoA1 and ApoA2 were independently associated with cognitive impairment and late-life dementia.

  16. Male mate choice in hermit crabs: prudence by inferior males and simple preference by superior males

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    Wada, Satoshi; Arashiro, Yuusei; Takeshita, Fumio; Shibata, Yasutoki

    2011-01-01

    In species with both male-male competition and male mate choice, inferior males may make different mate choice decisions from superior males. Males of the intertidal hermit crab, Pagurus middendorffii, are known to conduct precopulatory guarding and to adjust the threshold for guarding according to social parameters, such as encounter rate with females, competitor size, and sex ratio. Larger males are stronger in male--male competition during guarding in this species. We here tested whether m...

  17. 46,XX Male Syndrome

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    Bekir Uçan

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available 46, XX male syndrome – testicular disorder of sexual differentiation (DSD is a rare condition characterized by a spectrum of clinical presentations, ranging from ambiguous to normal male genitalia. These cases are diagnosed more easily in childhood. In adults, the diagnosis can be difficult due to the current normal gender development. Here, we report hormonal, molecular and cytogenetic results in an adult male patient with primary hypogonadism who was diagnosed with 46, XX male syndrome in our clinic. Turk Jem 2013; 17: 46-8

  18. An Anti-apoE4 Specific Monoclonal Antibody Counteracts the Pathological Effects of apoE4 In Vivo.

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    Luz, Ishai; Liraz, Ori; Michaelson, Daniel M

    2016-06-01

    ApolipoproteinE4 (apoE4) is the most prevalent genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and as such is a promising therapeutic target. This study examined the extent to which the pathological effects of apoE4 can be counteracted in vivo utilizing an immunological approach in which anti-apoE4 antibodies are applied peripherally by i.p. injections into apoE4-targeted replacement mice. Prerequisites for the successful pursuit of this objective are the availability of antibodies that specifically bind brain apoE4 and not apoE3, and demonstrating that direct application of these antibodies into the brain can counteract the effects of apoE4. Accordingly, it was shown that the antiapoE4 monoclonal antibody (mAb) 9D11 binds specifically to brain apoE4 and not apoE3. Direct i.c.v. application of mAb 9D11 prevented the apoE4-driven accumulation of Aβ in hippocampal neurons following activation of the amyloid cascade by inhibiting the Aβ-degrading enzyme neprilysin. These findings provide a proof-of-concept that anti-apoE4 mAb 9D11, when introduced into the brain, can counteract the apoE4 effects in vivo. Subsequent experiments, utilizing repeated i.p. injections of mAb 9D11, resulted in the formation of apoE/IgG complexes specifically in apoE4 mice. This was associated with reversal of the cognitive impairments of apoE4 in the Morris water maze and the novel object recognition test as well as with reversal of key apoE4-driven pathologies including the hyperphosphorylated tau and the reduced levels of the apoER2 receptor. These results indicate that anti-apoE4 immunotherapy counteracts the cognitive and brain pathological effects of apoE4, and suggest that such an approach could also benefit human apoE4 carriers.

  19. Maintain levels of nicotine but reduce other smoke constituents: a formula for &apos;'less-hazardous'&apos; cigarettes

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    Robinson, J.C.; Young, J.C.; Rickert, W.S.

    1984-09-01

    Twenty-two volunteers who smoked more than 20 cigarettes with &apos;'high'&apos; nicotine yields (0.8 to 1.2 mg) per day participated in an 8-week study designed to test the hypothesis that smoking cigarettes with a constant level of nicotine but reduced deliveries of tar, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen cyanide leads to a decrease in smoke absorption. All subjects smoked their usual high-nicotine brand for the first 3 weeks (P1), and the absorption of smoke constituents was determined from levels of thiocyanate and cotinine in saliva and serum, levels of carbon monoxide in expired air, and levels of carboxyhemoglobin in the blood. During the final 5 weeks (P2), the treatment group (16 subjects) switched to the &apos;'light'&apos; version of their usual brands (similar yields of nicotine but with reduced yields of tar, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen cyanide); the control group (6 subjects) smoked their usual brands for the duration of the study. Average levels of cotinine for the subjects who switched during P2 were not significantly different from those of the control group as was expected. Slight reductions were noted in average expired-air carbon monoxide levels, blood carboxyhemoglobin, and saliva thiocyanate, but these reductions were smaller than anticipated based on brand characteristics. The results suggest that the ratio of smoke constituents is different when individuals, rather than machines, smoke cigarettes. Yields determined under subject-defined conditions are necessary in order to properly evaluate the role of nicotine in the design of &apos;'less-hazardous'&apos; cigarettes.

  20. Electrolyzed-water generator &apos;SaniBoy&apos;; Eisei jokinsuik kyokyu sochi &apos;SaniBoy&apos;

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    Inoue, M.; Kakiuchi, H.; Muto, K. [Fuji Electric Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    2000-03-10

    In the food industry, injuries due to food poisoning have been increasing. Especially the mass outbreak of food poisoning by Escherichia coli such as O-157 in 1996 gave warning on the importance of food sanitation management. Public efforts such as the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system have been made to prevent food poisoning. Recently, disinfection made by electrolyzing water with some salt added has attracted attention. Fuji Electric has developed the generator &apos;SaniBoy&apos; that produces weak alkaline electrolyzed water without wasting water. The environment-friendly &apos;SaniBoy&apos; will contribute to sanitation in various fields. (author)

  1. &apos;'Key'&apos; sectors in final energy consumption: an input-output application to the Spanish case

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    Alcantara, V.; Padilla, E. [Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra (Spain). Dept. d' Economia Aplicada

    2003-12-01

    In this paper we analyze the determination of &apos;'key'&apos; sectors in the final energy consumption. We approach this issue from an input-output perspective and we design a methodology based on the elasticities of the demands of final energy consumption. As an exercise, we apply the proposed methodology to the Spanish economy. The analysis allows us to indicate the greater or lesser relevance of the different sectors in the consumption of final energy, pointing out which sectors deserve greater,attention in the Spanish case and showing the implications for energy policy. (author)

  2. Marketing manufactured housing under the &apos;&apos;Super Good Cents&apos;&apos; Program

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    Mohler, B.L.; Smith, S.A.

    1986-01-01

    The objective of this study is to propose a strategy for including manufactured housing (MH) in Bonneville Power Administration&apos;s Super Good Cents (SGC) Program. This report presents information on the site-built SGC program, the characterization of MH consumers, the options for including MH in the SGC program, and the recommendations for including MHs in the SGC program. The purposed strategy for including MHs in the SGC program is designed to reduce risks to manufacturers and dealers, stimulate demand, and allow for maximum flexibility.

  3. Radiobiological study of the radioprotective activity of a natural Iranian compound, &apos;'Shir-Khecht'&apos;; Etude radiobiologique de l&apos;activite radioprotectrice d&apos;un compose naturel Iranien: le &apos;'Shir-Khecht'&apos;

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    Rouhanizadeh, N. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, 92 - Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1968-01-01

    After reviewing the primary mechanisms of the action of ionizing radiation, the possible mechanisms of the action of radioprotective substances, the various chemical structures having a protective effect and the methods for studying chemical radioprotection, the author presents the results he has obtained with natural Iranian product: &apos;'Shir-Khecht'&apos;. Tests with this product at lethal and sublethal doses have been carried out on the rat using various means of introduction. The effect of radiation, both with and without protection, has been studied using histological and biochemical methods. The product examined has, in effect, a protective action; it is, furthermore, non-toxic and active when taken orally. (author) [French] Apres avoir rappele les mecanismes primaires de l&apos;action des rayonnements ionisants, les mecanismes possibles de l&apos;action des substances radioprotectrices, les diverses structures chimiques possedant un effet protecteur et les methodes d&apos;etude de la radioprotection chimique, l&apos;auteur presente les resultats qu&apos;il a obtenus en utilisant un compose naturel iranien: le &apos;'Shir-Khecht'&apos;. Des essais de ce produit, chez le rat, par diverses voies d&apos;introduction, a dose letale et subletale ont ete effectues. L&apos;effet des radiations, avec et sans protection, a ete etudie a l&apos;aide de methodes histologiques et biochimiques. Le compose essaye possede un pouvoir protecteur; il est, de plus, non toxique et actif par voie orale. (auteur)

  4. Quantitative phosphoproteomics of murine Fmr1-KO cell lines provides new insights into FMRP-dependent signal transduction mechanisms.

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    Matic, Katarina; Eninger, Timo; Bardoni, Barbara; Davidovic, Laetitia; Macek, Boris

    2014-10-01

    Fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) is an RNA-binding protein that has a major effect on neuronal protein synthesis. Transcriptional silencing of the FMR1 gene leads to loss of FMRP and development of Fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common known hereditary cause of intellectual impairment and autism. Here we utilize SILAC-based quantitative phosphoproteomics to analyze murine FMR1(-) and FMR1(+) fibroblastic cell lines derived from FMR1-KO embryos to identify proteins and phosphorylation sites dysregulated as a consequence of FMRP loss. We quantify FMRP-related changes in the levels of 5,023 proteins and 6,133 phosphorylation events and map them onto major signal transduction pathways. Our study confirms global downregulation of the MAPK/ERK pathway and decrease in phosphorylation level of ERK1/2 in the absence of FMRP, which is connected to attenuation of long-term potentiation. We detect differential expression of several key proteins from the p53 pathway, pointing to the involvement of p53 signaling in dysregulated cell cycle control in FXS. Finally, we detect differential expression and phosphorylation of proteins involved in pre-mRNA processing and nuclear transport, as well as Wnt and calcium signaling, such as PLC, PKC, NFAT, and cPLA2. We postulate that calcium homeostasis is likely affected in molecular pathogenesis of FXS.

  5. Adaptation Of Forgotten Buildings The Example Of The Ruins Of The Kościelec Protestant Church In Piaski

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    Gleń, Piotr; Jarocka-Mikrut, Aleksandra

    2015-12-01

    Small towns in the Lublin Province are abundant with buildings possessed of outstanding historical and architectural values, representing the culture of past generations. Piaski, about 30 km east of Lublin, also boasts some of the remarkable characteristic of small towns. Not only does it feature post-Jewish tenements, but also a palace and complexes of religious buildings situated on its outskirts. This article focuses on the Kościelec - an unused, dilapidated former Protestant church. Now, works are being carried out that have inspired the Piaski town authorities to try to find a best-use scenario for the former church, in order to preserve its architectural values for future generations. The authors of this article aim to prove the necessity of research and analysis in finding the best new functions for properties whose function has already been imposed. The example of successfully completed revitalisation works at the palace and park complex in Gardzienice, located not far from the baroque Protestant church in Piaski, illustrates the advantages of some of the adaptation processes that can be employed in such buildings.

  6. Quantitative phosphoproteomics of murine Fmr1-KO cell lines provides new insights into FMRP-dependent signal transduction mechanisms.

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    Matic, Katarina; Eninger, Timo; Bardoni, Barbara; Davidovic, Laetitia; Macek, Boris

    2014-10-01

    Fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) is an RNA-binding protein that has a major effect on neuronal protein synthesis. Transcriptional silencing of the FMR1 gene leads to loss of FMRP and development of Fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common known hereditary cause of intellectual impairment and autism. Here we utilize SILAC-based quantitative phosphoproteomics to analyze murine FMR1(-) and FMR1(+) fibroblastic cell lines derived from FMR1-KO embryos to identify proteins and phosphorylation sites dysregulated as a consequence of FMRP loss. We quantify FMRP-related changes in the levels of 5,023 proteins and 6,133 phosphorylation events and map them onto major signal transduction pathways. Our study confirms global downregulation of the MAPK/ERK pathway and decrease in phosphorylation level of ERK1/2 in the absence of FMRP, which is connected to attenuation of long-term potentiation. We detect differential expression of several key proteins from the p53 pathway, pointing to the involvement of p53 signaling in dysregulated cell cycle control in FXS. Finally, we detect differential expression and phosphorylation of proteins involved in pre-mRNA processing and nuclear transport, as well as Wnt and calcium signaling, such as PLC, PKC, NFAT, and cPLA2. We postulate that calcium homeostasis is likely affected in molecular pathogenesis of FXS. PMID:25168779

  7. Adaptation Of Forgotten Buildings The Example Of The Ruins Of The Kościelec Protestant Church In Piaski

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    Gleń Piotr

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Small towns in the Lublin Province are abundant with buildings possessed of outstanding historical and architectural values, representing the culture of past generations. Piaski, about 30 km east of Lublin, also boasts some of the remarkable characteristic of small towns. Not only does it feature post-Jewish tenements, but also a palace and complexes of religious buildings situated on its outskirts. This article focuses on the Kościelec - an unused, dilapidated former Protestant church. Now, works are being carried out that have inspired the Piaski town authorities to try to find a best-use scenario for the former church, in order to preserve its architectural values for future generations. The authors of this article aim to prove the necessity of research and analysis in finding the best new functions for properties whose function has already been imposed. The example of successfully completed revitalisation works at the palace and park complex in Gardzienice, located not far from the baroque Protestant church in Piaski, illustrates the advantages of some of the adaptation processes that can be employed in such buildings.

  8. Intelligent OkiKoSenPBX1 Security Patrol Robot via Network and Map-Based Route Planning

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    Mbaïtiga Zacharie

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: With an increased demand for security and limited numbers of trained security personnel, some security mangers have a lot of ground to police and limited staff to cover it. To compensate for shortages of security staff and to reduce the stress of security managers, we have developed an intelligent patrol robot system called "OkiKoSenPBX1". The system integrates a variety of sensors to gather environmental information and to detect abnormal events including intruders. Approach: In our approach, the route planning procedure was based on determining a sequence of intermediary goal points or coordinates x and y composing the robot trajectory. Results: A qualitative running experimental evaluation had been performed on the 1st floor of the Okinawa national college of technology as a preliminary practical implementation and its real-time performance was excellent, where a student like-guard can take control of the camera pan and tilt functions remotely. Conclusion: The real-time performance of the developed system that can leave security personnel hands-free for other important tasks is an irresistible system that can be put into practical use in a public offices facility, manufacturing facilities and various construction sites-everywhere there’s a need for advanced frontline security.

  9. Ice-brine and planktonic microheterotrophs from Saroma-ko Lagoon, Hokkaido (Japan): quantitative importance and trophodynamics

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    Sime-Ngando, Télesphore; Juniper, S. Kim; Demers, Serge

    1997-02-01

    Biologists have rarely had the opportunity to investigate the community characteristics and dynamics of heterotrophic microorganisms in highly productive first-year sea ice. In this study, sterile seawater was used as a salinity buffer to extract the ice-brine microheterotroph communities (bacteria, flagellates and ciliates) from a coastal lagoon in Japan (Saroma-ko, Hokkaido; 44°N, 144°E) during the late winter (February—March) of 1992. This procedure reduced osmotic shock during the melting of ice cores and allowed the recovery of up to 323% more cells than the traditional melting method. Most of the organisms were concentrated in the bottom 3-4 cm of the ice, where abundances were up to 33 times higher than in the plankton. In ice and plankton samples, heterotrophic flagellates were dominated by small species (sampling period while protozoa increased or attained their maximum number in late winter, toward the end of the sampling period. These observations support previous suggestions of the existence of a functional microbial food web within the sea-ice community. Heterotrophic flagellate biomass greatly exceeded bacterial biomass in the sea ice (30-60 x). Coupled with similar potential growth rates, this suggests the utilization of additional (non-bacterial) food items by ice-brine flagellates. Finally, the effects of salinity variations (ranging between 15 and 120 psu) on potential microheterotroph growth rates are discussed.

  10. Differential contributions of ApoE4 and female sex to BACE1 activity and expression mediate Aβ deposition and learning and memory in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease

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    Xu eHou

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Alzheimer’s disease (AD, the most common form of dementia, disproportionately affects women in both prevalence and severity. This increased vulnerability to AD in women is strongly associated with age-related ovarian hormone loss and apolipoprotein E 4 allele (ApoE4, the most important genetic risk factor for sporadic AD. Up to date, the mechanism involved in the interaction between ApoE4 and sex/gender in AD is still unclear. This study evaluated the sex-dependent ApoE4 effects on learning and memory, Aβ deposition and potential mechanisms, using mice bearing both sporadic (ApoE4 and familial (APPSwe, PS1M146V, tauP301L; 3xTg AD risk factors and compared with sex- and age-matched 3xTg or nonTg mice. Compared to nonTg mice, transgenic mice of both sexes showed spatial learning and memory deficits in the radial arm water maze and novel arm discrimination tests at 20 months of age. However, at 10 months, only ApoE4/3xTg mice showed significant learning and memory impairment. Moreover, molecular studies of hippocampal tissue revealed significantly higher protein levels of Aβ species, β-site APP cleavage enzyme (BACE1 and Sp1, a transcription factor of BACE1, in female ApoE4/3xTg when compared with female nonTg, female 3xTg and male ApoE4/3xTg mice. Significantly increased BACE1 enzymatic activities were observed in both male and female mice carrying ApoE4; however, only the females showed significant higher BACE1 expressions. Together, these data suggest that ApoE4 allele is associated with increased BACE1 enzymatic activity, while female sex plays an important role in increasing BACE1 expression. The combination of both provides a molecular basis for high Aβ pathology and the resultant hippocampus-dependent learning and memory deficits in female ApoE4 carriers.

  11. Male Adolescent Contraceptive Utilization.

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    Finkel, Madelon Lubin; Finkel, David J.

    1978-01-01

    The contraceptive utilization of a sample of sexually active, urban, high school males (Black, Hispanic, and White) was examined by anonymous questionnaire. Contraceptive use was haphazard, but White males tended to be more effective contraceptors than the other two groups. Reasons for nonuse were also studied. (Author/SJL)

  12. Under-Threes&apos; Mathematical Learning--Teachers&apos; Perspectives

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    Franzén, Karin

    2014-01-01

    This project highlights preschool teachers&apos; views of toddlers&apos; learning in mathematics. The Swedish national curriculum covers even the youngest children who are 1-3?years old. Interesting questions are thus: what should mathematics be for this age group and how should preschool teachers work with maths to achieve the curriculum…

  13. Development and utilization of a mechanical barrier for large-calibre cavern necks. The &apos;&apos;Spider Plug&apos;&apos;; Entwicklung und Einsatz einer mechanischen Absperrung fuer grosskalibrige Kavernenhaelse. Der &apos;&apos;Spider Plug&apos;&apos;

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    Pfeifer, K.; Maut, D. [UGS GmbH, Mittenwalde (Germany)

    2013-08-01

    An hydraulic separation of a well and the cavern can be necessary for different workover applications, e.g. casing milling or underreaming. The separation is needed to ensure a mud circulation during such operations. In that case a barrier is set after flooding the cavern, which will then be used as a mechanical abutment for the cement bridge. If the diameter of the cavern neck has been enlarged due to e.g. unwanted leaching processes or unstabilized underreaming processes, it might get impossible to set a standard plug with the available technologies into those diameters. Therefore UGS GmbH has developed a mechanical plug, which is set hydraulically. The so called &apos;Spider Plug&apos; is used as basis for a cement bridge and can be removed by drilling after the workover has been done. Depending on the dimension of the setting tool a cavern neck up to 50&apos;&apos; diameter can be plugged by the &apos;Spider Plug&apos;. Up to now a number of successful operations on different locations has shown, that the &apos;Spider Plug&apos; is a practicable and cost-efficient solution for a mechanical abutment of large cavern necks. (orig.)

  14. Expression of the human apoE2 isoform in adipocytes: altered cellular processing and impaired adipocyte lipogenesis

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    Huang, Zhi H.; Maeda, Nobuyo; Mazzone, Theodore

    2011-01-01

    Expression of apoE in adipocytes has been shown to have an important role in modulating adipocyte triglyceride (TG) metabolism and gene expression that is independent of circulating and extracellular apoE. The impact of adipocyte expression of common human apoE isoforms was evaluated using adipocytes harvested from human apoE2, -3, and -4 knock-in mice. Expression of the apoE2 isoform was associated with an increase in adipocyte apoE gene expression and apoE synthesis. Newly synthesized apoE2...

  15. Comment on &apos;&apos;Teleportation of two-mode squeezed states&apos;&apos;

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    He Guangqiang; Zhang Jingtao [State Key Lab of Advanced Optical Communication Systems and Networks Department of Electronic Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200030 (China)

    2011-10-15

    We investigate the teleportation scheme of two-mode squeezed states proposed by Adhikari et al.[S. Adhikari et al., Phys. Rev. A 77, 012337 (2008)]. It uses four-mode entangled states to teleport two-mode squeezed states. The fidelity between the original two-mode squeezed states and teleported ones is calculated. The maximal fidelity value of Adhikari&apos;s protocol is 0.38, which is incompatible with the fidelity definition with the maximal value 1. In our opinion, one reason is that they calculate the fidelity for multimodes Gaussian states using the fidelity formula for single-mode ones. Another reason is that the covariance matrix of output states should be what is obtained after applying the linear unitary Bogoliubov operations (two cascaded Fourier transformations) on the covariance matrix given in Eq. (12) in their paper. These two reasons result in the incomparable results. In addition, Adhikari&apos;s protocol can be simplified to be easily implemented.

  16. Technology &apos;90

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    The US Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories have a long history of excellence in performing research and development in a number of areas, including the basic sciences, applied-energy technology, and weapons-related technology. Although technology transfer has always been an element of DOE and laboratory activities, it has received increasing emphasis in recent years as US industrial competitiveness has eroded and efforts have increased to better utilize the research and development resources the laboratories provide. This document, Technology &apos;90, is the latest in a series that is intended to communicate some of the many opportunities available for US industry and universities to work with the DOE and its laboratories in the vital activity of improving technology transfer to meet national needs. Technology &apos;90 is divided into three sections: Overview, Technologies, and Laboratories. The Overview section describes the activities and accomplishments of the DOE research and development program offices. The Technologies section provides descriptions of new technologies developed at the DOE laboratories. The Laboratories section presents information on the missions, programs, and facilities of each laboratory, along with a name and telephone number of a technology transfer contact for additional information. Separate papers were prepared for appropriate sections of this report.

  17. Finding the object&apos;&apos; proceedings addendum

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    Whiting, M.A.; Devaney, D.M.

    1990-10-01

    The purpose of this workshop was to discuss finding the object -- that is, how software engineers imagine, invent, design, or recycle objects and their behaviors for object-oriented software engineering. The workshop organizers (and, as we subsequently discovered, several of the workshop participants) felt that this issue is crucial to successful object-oriented software engineering (after all, finding objects is what the projects is all about, isn&apos;t it ). Unfortunately, when previous workshops have had the opportunity to review and discuss techniques practitioners use to find objects, too often the results were heated debates on what is an object &apos;&apos; which becomes all consuming. We believed that, given appropriate control over the question of which kind of object&apos;&apos; is being discussed (which meant tell us what object you are trying to find, then tell us your method), a workshop to concentrate on techniques for finding objects would be quite appropriate. 8 refs., 2 figs.

  18. &apos;Green Isle&apos; on the &apos;Red Isle&apos;. The gasometer in Berlin becomes a centre of the &apos;European Energy Forum&apos;; &apos;Gruene Insel&apos; auf der &apos;Roten Insel&apos;. Der Berliner Gasometer wird zum Zentrum des &apos;Europaeischen Energie Forums&apos;

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    Meyer, Ulf

    2013-06-01

    If the ARD political talk show with Guenther Jauch starts on Sunday night after the crime thriller, only few viewers know that they are tele-guests on the former gasometer site in Berlin-Schoeneberg. Currently, this site is being transformed into an environmentally friendly campus called the &apos;European Energy Forum&apos; (EUREF). According to the will of the owner and architect Reinhard Mueller, the campus will become the largest CO{sub 2} neutral office and business location in Europe. Totally 600 million Euro will be invested. All new buildings should be ecological &apos;green buildings&apos; and received the LEED Gold certification.

  19. Single-centre review of radiologically guided percutaneous nephrostomy using &apos;mixed&apos; technique: Success and complication rates

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    Montvilas, Paulius, E-mail: paulmont@rm.dk [Department of Radiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, Brendstrupgardsvej 100, 8200 Aarhus N (Denmark); Solvig, Jan, E-mail: jansolvi@rm.dk [Department of Radiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, Brendstrupgardsvej 100, 8200 Aarhus N (Denmark); Bjerklund Johansen, Truls Erik, E-mail: tebj@skejby.rm.dk [Department of Urology, Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, Brendstrupgardsvej 100, 8200 Aarhus N (Denmark)

    2011-11-15

    Aim: A review of complication and success rates of the &apos;mixed&apos; technique in percutaneous nephrostomy using both the Seldinger and one-step techniques in dilated and non-dilated systems. Materials and methods: We retrospectively analysed 500 percutaneous nephrostomies in dilated an non-dilated systems in 353 patients from 2006 to 2007 (208 males (range 19-95 years), 127 females (range 27-91 years) and 21 children (range 3 months-16 years: 6 females, 15 males)). Percutaneous nephrostomy was considered successful if catheter was placed in renal pelvis and drained urine spontaneously. Successful percutaneous nephrostomies were classified as primary (renal system drained instantly) or postponed (drainage achieved within 24 h after initial failure). Number of complications was registered. Results: All of the 500 nephrostomies were successful within 24 h (96.2% primary; 3.8% postponed). The success rate of primary nephrostomy in dilated and non-dilated systems was 98.2% and 82%, respectively. Major complications occurred in 0.45% and minor complications in 14.2%. Conclusion: Percutaneous nephrostomy using the &apos;mixed&apos; technique is very successful in dilated systems, is not superior to other PCN techniques in non-dilated systems and has a very low rate of major complications.

  20. CONSTRAINING THE EVOLUTIONARY FATE OF CENTRAL COMPACT OBJECTS: &apos;'OLD'&apos; RADIO PULSARS IN SUPERNOVA REMNANTS

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    Central compact objects (CCOs) constitute a population of radio-quiet, slowly spinning (≥100 ms) young neutron stars with anomalously high thermal X-ray luminosities. Their spin-down properties imply weak dipole magnetic fields (∼1010-11 G) and characteristic ages much greater than the ages of their host supernova remnants (SNRs). However, CCOs may posses strong &apos;'hidden'&apos; internal magnetic fields that may re-emerge on timescales of ≳10 kyr, with the neutron star possibly activating as a radio pulsar in the process. This suggests that the immediate descendants of CCOs may be masquerading as slowly spinning &apos;'old'&apos; radio pulsars. We present an X-ray survey of all ordinary radio pulsars within 6 kpc that are positionally coincident with Galactic SNRs in order to test the possible connection between the supposedly old but possibly very young pulsars and the SNRs. None of the targets exhibit anomalously high thermal X-ray luminosities, suggesting that they are genuine old ordinary pulsars unrelated to the superposed SNRs. This implies that CCOs are either latent radio pulsars that activate long after their SNRs dissipate or they remain permanently radio-quiet. The true descendants of CCOs remain at large

  1. &apos;&apos;Dural tail&apos;&apos; adjacent to acoustic neuroma on MRI: a case report

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    Lunardi, P. (Dept. of Neurological Sciences-Neurosurgery, Univ. ' ' La Sapienza' ' , Rome (Italy)); Mastronardi, L. (Dept. of Neurological Sciences-Neurosurgery, Univ. ' ' La Sapienza' ' , Rome (Italy)); Nardacci, B. (Dept. of Neurological Sciences-Neurosurgery, Univ. ' ' La Sapienza' ' , Rome (Italy)); Acqui, M. (Dept. of Neurological Sciences-Neurosurgery, Univ. ' ' La Sapienza' ' , Rome (Italy)); Fortuna, A. (Dept. of Neurological Sciences-Neurosurgery, Univ. ' ' La Sapienza' ' , Rome (Italy))

    1993-04-01

    A &apos;dural tail&apos; on Gd-DTPA-enhanced MRI has been often observed adjacent to meningiomas and considered to be useful in distinguishing meningioma of the cerebellopontine angle from acoustic neuroma. However, demonstration of a dural tail adjacent to an acoustic neuroma indicates that this sign is not specific. (orig.)

  2. Possibilities for a sustainable development. Muligheter for en baerekraftig utvikling; Analyser paa &apos;&apos;World Model&apos;&apos;

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    Bjerkholt, O.; Johnsen, T.; Thonstad, K.

    1993-01-01

    This report is the final report of a project that the Central Bureau of Statistics of Norway has carried out. The report present analyses of the relations between economic development, energy consumption and emission of pollutants to air in a global perspective. The analyses are based on the &apos;&apos;World Model&apos;&apos;, that has been developed at the Institute for Economic Analysis at New York University. The analyses show that it will be very difficult to obtain a global stabilization of the CO[sub 2] emission on the 1990 level. In the reference scenario of the United Nations report &apos;&apos;Our Common Future&apos;&apos;, the increase of CO[sub 2] emissions from 1990 to 2020 was 73%. Even in the scenario with the most drastic measures, the emissions in 2020 will be about 43% above the 1990 level, according to the present report. A stabilization of the global emissions at the 1990 level will require strong measures beyond those assumed in the model calculations, or a considerable breakthrough in energy technology. 17 refs., 5 figs., 21 tabs.

  3. Yerel Cin Mısırı Genotiplerinin Kahramanmaraş Koşullarında Tarımsal Özelliklerinin Araştırılması

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    İDİKUT, Leyla; ZÜLKADİR, Gülay; YÜRÜRDURMAZ, Cengiz; ÇÖLKESEN, Mustafa

    2015-01-01

    ÖZET: Bu araştırma, ülkenin farklı yerlerinden toplanan 10 yerel popülasyon ile 2 yerel çeşit ve birde kompozit olmak üzere toplam 13 cin mısırı genotipi kullanılarak, Kahramanmaraş koşullarında iki (2012 ve 2013) yıl süreyle yürütülmüştür. Deneme tesadüf blokları deneme desenine göre dört tekerrürlü yürütülmüştür. Araştırmada cin mısırının tepe püskül çıkış süresi, koçan püskülü çıkış süresi, ilk koçan yüksekliği, bitki boyu, koçan uzunluğu, koçan çapı, koçanda sıra sayısı, koçan sırasına ta...

  4. KAKO PRIPREMITI STUDENTE SOCIJALNOG RADA ZA KRITIČKO MIŠLJENJE I DJELOVANJE U PODRUČJU MALOLJETNIČKE DELINKVENCIJE

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    Majdak, Marijana; Ajduković, Marina

    2003-01-01

    Zahtjevi suvremenog društva i ispitivanja poslodavaca pokazali su da se sveučilišna nastava treba mijenjati. S tim u vezi pristupilo se proučavanju metoda poučavanja koje potiču studente na kritičko mišljenje i aktivno djelovanje u visokoškolskoj nastavi kako bi obrazovani kadrovi mogli što bolje zadovoljiti zahtjeve koji im se na postavljaju radnoj karijeri, pa i općenito u životu. U svijetu se sve više nastavnika obrazuje tako da potiče kritičko mišljenje i aktivno učenje, a takvo je obrazo...

  5. Učinkovitost metode brain gym u radu s djecom sa specifičnim teškoćama u učenju

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    Zrilić, Smiljana; Marasović, Deniza; Perović, Anamarija

    2009-01-01

    U radu je predstavljena metoda Brain Gym te učinkovitost njezine primjene u radu s djecom sa specifi čnim teškoćama u učenju. Premda se učenici sa specifi čnim teškoćama u učenju često tretiraju kao neuspješni, praksa je pokazala da oni u pravilu nisu neuspješni u izvršavanju svih zadataka, u snalaženju u svim situacijama, da nisu neuspješni uvijek i sa svim ljudima. Okolina mora biti motivirajuća, na što najviše mogu utjecati učitelji, primjenjivanjem specifi čnih nastavnih metoda sa svrhom ...

  6. Cerebral Hemorrhage and APOE genotype

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    Sun xiaojiang; Wu ping; Zhang jing; Lu shanqing; Li bing

    2000-01-01

    Background and Purpose: Current evidence Suggests that the apolipoprotein E (APOE)ε 4 allele predisposes to cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) whereas ε 2 is associated with CAA-zelated hemorrhage. In this study we examined potential clinical risk factors inpatients with cerebral hemorrhage and assessed these with respect to APOE genotype. Methoeds: 146 patinas with cerebral hemorrhage and 70 normal controls were investigated. APOE genotypes were determined with use of polymerase Chain reaction techniques.Results: The frequency of allele gene ( 0.180 ) and the percentage of the APOE ε 4 genotype in the cerebral hemorrhage group were Significantly higher as compared with the e 4 prequency ( O.O72 ) in the control group respectively ( p=O.O389 ) .Conelusious: APOE ε 4 :allele is a risk gene for cerebral hemorrhage.

  7. General practitioners&apos; willingness to request plain lumbar spine radiographic examinations

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    Ryynaenen, Olli-Pekka E-mail: ollipekka.ryynanen@uku.fi; Lehtovirta, Jukka; Soimakallio, Seppo; Takala, Jorma

    2001-01-01

    Objectives: To examine general practitioners&apos; attitudes to plain lumbar spine radiographic examinations. Design: A postal questionnaire consisting of questions on background data and doctors&apos; opinions about plain lumbar spine radiographic examinations, as well as eight vignettes (imaginary patient cases) presenting indications for lumbar radiography, and five vignettes focusing on the doctors&apos; willingness to request lumbar radiography on the basis of patients&apos; age and duration of symptoms. The data were analysed according to the doctor&apos;s age, sex, workplace and the medical school of graduation. Setting: Finland. Subjects: Six hundred and fifteen randomly selected physicians working in primary health care (64% of original target group). Results: The vignettes revealed that the use of plain lumbar radiographic examination varied between 26 and 88%. Patient&apos;s age and radiation protection were the most prominent factors influencing doctors&apos; decisions to request lumbar radiographies. Only slight differences were observed between the attitudes of male and female doctors, as well as between young and older doctors. Doctors&apos; willingness to request lumbar radiographies increased with the patient&apos;s age in most vignettes. The duration of patients&apos; symptoms had a dramatic effect on the doctor&apos;s decision: in all vignettes, doctors were more likely to request lumbar radiography when patient&apos;s symptoms had exceeded 4 weeks. Conclusions: General practitioners commonly use plain lumbar spine radiographic examinations, despite its limited value in the diagnosis of low back pain. Further consensus and medical education is needed to clarify the indications for plain lumbar radiographic examination.

  8. Mito e realtà della letteratura ebraica al femminile in Germania: Anna Seghers e Mascha Kaléko

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    Karin Birge Gilardoni-Büch

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Is there a typical Jewish and female fashion in writing literature? And which kind of criteria could one employ in order to answer such a question? We could try to reply in two ways: a explaining the terms of the discussion, their origin and how they are employed; b or interpreting the empirical data, i.e., the texts written by women with a Jewish origin. If the roots of typical “women writing” can be drawn back to the literary studies of the 20th century and to the endeavour of historians of literature (men to find a common denominator for a phenomenon which was becoming more and more visible, i.e., the growing number of female writers, it may be enough to look at the Weimarer Republic to see that the existence of a sort of “Hebraism in writing” cannot be taken for granted. During those years, a German-Jewish symbiosis was reaching the zenith, with its pressure for assimilation and a self-understanding of oneself as German more than Jewish. Anyway, a real Jewish identity will only take shape after the Nazis' takeover and the following exclusion of the Jews from everyday life, the deletion of their personal freedom and the forced alienation of their belongings (the so-called “aryanization”. Suddenly, the German Jews were forced “into situations they never perceived or looked for before” (Silvia Schlenstedt. On this background, and from a present point of view, Jewish identity took shape as an effort to face the experience of pain: the Shoah. The effort to keep Jewish traditions and topics alive through writing was an answer to the project of deleting every trace of a Jewish life not only from Germany but also from every part of Europe. The poems written by Gertrud Kolmar (1894-1943, Else Lasker-Schüler (1869-1945, Ilse Blumenthal-Weiss (1899-1987, Nelly Sachs (1891-1970 give enough evidence of this.However, maybe one cannot say the same for Anna Seghers (1900-1983 and Mascha Kaléko (1907-1975. Both authors were crowned with

  9. Phenological development of fagus sylvatica L. and Aesculus hipocastanum L. in relation to mean monthly temperatures for the Kočevje locality during 1961-1990

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    Vilhar, Urša; Kajfež-Bogataj, Lučka

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    Long-term phenological development of forest trees and shrubs is an important indicator of changes in the onset of specific phenological phase at different sites in relation to meteorological conditions. Correlation analysis and linear multiple regression were used to establish relationship between phenological phases for Fagus sylvatica and Aesculus hippocastanum and mean monthly air temperatures for the Kočevje locality in the period 1961-1990. Correlation coefficients between the onset of ...

  10. [Ecclesia et civitatis : kościoł i życie religije w mieście średniowiecznym] / Raimo Pullat

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    Arvustus: Ecclesia et civitatis : kościoł i życie religije w mieście średniowiecznym. Pod redakcją Haliny Manikowskiej i Hanny Zaremskiej. Colloquia Mediaevalia Varsoviensia III. Warszawa : Instytut Historii PAN, 2002. Kollokviumi materjalide publikatsioonis käsitletakse peamiselt Sileesia, Preisimaa ja Pommeri linnu, mis käsitletaval perioodil kuulusid Poola koosseisu. Usuelu uurimise metodoloogiast.

  11. 草果提取物对鲫鱼的防腐保鲜研究%Preservation Effect of Amomum tsao-ko Extract on Carp

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    罗士数; 刘小玲

    2013-01-01

    测定草果提取物对鲫鱼防腐保鲜效果.将草果提取物配制成0.3%浓度的保鲜液应用于鲫鱼肉的防腐保鲜,并与0.3%的山梨酸钾保鲜液和空白处理进行对照.结果显示,草果提取物能够明显抑制鲫鱼肉的细菌生长繁殖,并且减缓鱼肉TVB-N值和pH值的上升,同时减缓鱼肉感官品质的下降速度.结论:草果提取物对鲫鱼具有良好的抑菌和抗氧化作用,能够明显延缓鲫鱼的腐败变质,保鲜效果与山梨酸钾保鲜效果相当.%The preservative effect on the fish of Amomum tsao-ko extract was investigated by soaking the fish in 0.3% Amomum tsao-ko extract and compared with that of 0.3% potassium sorbate solution.The results showed that Amomum tsao-ko extract can significantly inhibit bacterial growth and reproduction in the fish,and slow down the increase of TVB-N and pH values of the fish.In addition,it can lower the decline rate of the sensory quality of the fish.The Amomum tsao-ko extract has similar antibacterial and antioxidant effects to potassium sorbate.

  12. Calculation and consideration of the experimental correction factor of the prompt ko-factors for the development of the PGNAA database

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    The prompt ko-factors are calculated for the light elements(Ao-factor, correction factor is derived for the case of the incident neutron spectrum containing epithermal component. For non-1/v absorbers, the correction factor is discussed in terms of the Westcott g-factors of the standard and comparator isotopes. Finally, the correction factor is derived for the polychromatic neutron beam of the PGNAA system in HANARO

  13. Trace elements and antioxidants in Astragalus onobrychis L. var. chlorocarpus (Griseb.) S. Kožuharov et D.K. Pavlova

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    Miladinović Dragoljub L.; Ilić Budimir S.; Milosavljević Violeta N.

    2011-01-01

    Leaves of growing-wild species Astragalus onobrychis L. var. chlorocarpus (Griseb.) S. Kožuharov et D. K. Pavlova were collected during the different stages of growth and analyzed for iron (Fe), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn), soluble proteins, reduced glutathione (GSH), total flavonoid and total carotenoid contents. Iron, copper and manganese have shown similar seasonal pattern, increasing of metal content in leaves during the vegetative period. The highest values of the examin...

  14. PHOTOSYNTHETIC PIGMENT COMPOSITION OF ICE ALGAL AND PHYTOPLANKTON ASSEMBLAGES IN EARLY SPRING IN SAROMA KO LAGOON, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN (19th Symposium on Polar Biology)

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    カシノ, ヤスヒロ; フジモト, クミコ; アカマツ, アケミ; コイケ, ヒロユキ; サトウ, カズヒコ; クドウ, サカエ; Yasuhiro, Kashino; Kumiko, FUJIMOTO; Akemi, AKAMATSU; Hiroyuki, KOIKE; Kazuhiko, SATOH; Sakae, KUDOH

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    Ice algae were collected from sea ice of 35 cm thickness at Saroma Ko lagoon in early February, 1996 The sea ice was sectioned into 5cm height intervals from the bottom so as to separate ice algae according to vertical distribution. Phytoplankton were also harvested at the same site in mid-April, 1996, a few days after the sea ice disappeared. Photosynthetic pigments of ice algae and phytoplanktonic algae were analyzed by reverse-phase HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography). Chlorophyl...

  15. Oriental medicine Kyung-Ok-Ko prevents and alleviates dehydroepiandrosterone-induced polycystic ovarian syndrome in rats.

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    Jang, Minhee; Lee, Min Jung; Lee, Jin Moo; Bae, Chun-Sik; Kim, Sung-Hoon; Ryu, Jong Hoon; Cho, Ik-Hyun

    2014-01-01

    Kyung-Ok-Ko (KOK), a traditional herbal prescription composed of Rehmannia glutinosa Liboschitz var. purpurae, Lycium chinense, Aquillaria agallocha, Poria cocos, Panax ginseng, and honey, has been widely used in traditional Oriental medicine as a vitalizing medicine or as the prescription for patients with age-associated disorders such as amnesia and stroke. However, the potential protective value of KOK for the treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is largely unknown. We investigated whether pre-administration (daily from 2 hours before PCOS induction) and post-administration (daily after induction of PCOS) of KOK (0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 g/kg/day, p.o.) could have a protective effect in a dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA, s.c.)-induced PCOS rat model. Pre-administration of KOK significantly decreased the elevated body weight and ovary weight, elevated size and number of follicular cysts, elevated level of serum glucose, and estradiol after DHEA injection. KOK reduced the elevated percentage of CD8 (+) T lymphocytes in lymph nodes, the elevated mRNA expression of CD11b and CD3 in ovaries, and infiltration of macrophages in ovarian tissue with PCOS. KOK diminished the increased mRNA expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α), chemokines (IL-8, MCP-1), and iNOS in the ovaries, and increased the reduced mRNA expression of growth factors (EGF, TGF-β) by DHEA injection. Post-administration of KOK also improved the DHEA-induced PCOS-like symptoms, generally similar to those evident from pre-administration of KOK. KOK may effectively prevent and improve DHEA-induced PCOS via anti-inflammatory action, indicating its preventive and therapeutic potential for suppressing PCOS.

  16. Content of metals and metabolites in honey originated from the vicinity of industrial town Košice (eastern Slovakia).

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    Kováčik, Jozef; Grúz, Jiří; Biba, Ondřej; Hedbavny, Josef

    2016-03-01

    Composition of three types of honey (mixed forest honey and monofloral-black locust and rapeseed honeys) originated from the vicinity of an industrial town (Košice, Slovak Republic) was compared. Higher content of minerals including toxic metals in forest honey (1358.6 ng Ni/g, 85.6 ng Pb/g, and 52.4 ng Cd/g) than in rapeseed and black locust honeys confirmed that botanical origin rather than the distance for eventual source of pollution (steel factory) affects metal deposition. Benzoic acid derivatives were typically more accumulated in forest but cinnamic acid derivatives and some flavonoids in rapeseed honey (in free and/or glycoside-bound fraction). In terms of quantity, p-hydroxybenzoic and p-coumaric acids were mainly abundant. Total phenols, thiols, and proteins were abundant in forest honey. Some metals and phenols contributed to separation of honeys based on principal component analysis (PCA). Native amount of 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural was not related to honey type (~11 μg/g) and was elevated after strong acid hydrolysis (200-350 μg/g) but it did not interfere with the assay of phenols by Folin-Ciocalteu reagent. This is the first report of metals and metabolites in the same study, and data are discussed with available literature. We conclude that black locust (acacia) honey is the most suitable for daily use and that central European monofloral honeys contain lower amounts of toxic metals in comparison with other geographical regions. PMID:26517990

  17. Content of metals and metabolites in honey originated from the vicinity of industrial town Košice (eastern Slovakia).

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    Kováčik, Jozef; Grúz, Jiří; Biba, Ondřej; Hedbavny, Josef

    2016-03-01

    Composition of three types of honey (mixed forest honey and monofloral-black locust and rapeseed honeys) originated from the vicinity of an industrial town (Košice, Slovak Republic) was compared. Higher content of minerals including toxic metals in forest honey (1358.6 ng Ni/g, 85.6 ng Pb/g, and 52.4 ng Cd/g) than in rapeseed and black locust honeys confirmed that botanical origin rather than the distance for eventual source of pollution (steel factory) affects metal deposition. Benzoic acid derivatives were typically more accumulated in forest but cinnamic acid derivatives and some flavonoids in rapeseed honey (in free and/or glycoside-bound fraction). In terms of quantity, p-hydroxybenzoic and p-coumaric acids were mainly abundant. Total phenols, thiols, and proteins were abundant in forest honey. Some metals and phenols contributed to separation of honeys based on principal component analysis (PCA). Native amount of 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural was not related to honey type (~11 μg/g) and was elevated after strong acid hydrolysis (200-350 μg/g) but it did not interfere with the assay of phenols by Folin-Ciocalteu reagent. This is the first report of metals and metabolites in the same study, and data are discussed with available literature. We conclude that black locust (acacia) honey is the most suitable for daily use and that central European monofloral honeys contain lower amounts of toxic metals in comparison with other geographical regions.

  18. Results of the Danish &apos;&apos;high efficiency motors campaign&apos;&apos;

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    Malmose, K.

    2000-07-01

    In Denmark energy consultancy (demand side management activities (DSM)) took its first steps in the middle of the 80&apos;ies. The energy consultancy was built up around the Danish electric utilities on which the Danish government imposed the implementation of energy savings for funds collected through the electricity bill (approx. 0.0006 DKK/kWh corresponding to approx. 0.001 ECU). The electric utilities trained energy consultants who specialised in visiting industrial enterprises and counselling on energy consumption, primarily focusing on auxiliary systems like lighting, compressed air, ventilation and heating. Within these areas large savings could be obtained because each company was focusing on the actual production but also because the cost of energy was a fraction of the total costs. (orig.)

  19. Cardiac and vascular changes in elderly atherosclerotic mice: the influence of gender

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    Pereira Thiago MC

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although advanced age is considered a risk factor for several diseases, the impact of gender on age-associated cardiovascular diseases, such as atherosclerotic processes and valvular diseases, remains not completely clarified. The present study was designed to assess aortic valve morphology and function and vascular damage in elderly using the apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE KO mouse. Our hypothesis was that advanced age-related cardiovascular changes are aggravated in atherosclerotic male mice. Methods The grade (0 to 4 of aortic regurgitation was evaluated through angiography. In addition, vascular lipid deposition and senescence were evaluated through histochemical analyses in aged male and female ApoE KO mice, and the results were compared to wild-type C57BL/6J (C57 mice. Results Aortic regurgitation was observed in 92% of the male ApoE KO mice and 100% of the male C57 mice. Comparatively, in age-matched female ApoE KO and C57 mice, aortic regurgitation was observed in a proportion of 58% and 53%, respectively. Histological analysis of the aorta showed an outward (positive remodeling in ApoE KO mice (female: 1.86 ± 0.15; male: 1.89 ± 0.68 using C57 groups as reference values. Histochemical evaluation of the aorta showed lipid deposition and vascular senescence only in the ApoE KO group, which were more pronounced in male mice. Conclusion The data show that male gender contributes to the progression of aortic regurgitation and that hypercholesterolemia and male gender additively contribute to the occurrence of lipid deposition and vascular senescence in elderly mice.

  20. Stratospheric sulfate from the Gareloi eruption, 1980: Contribution to the &apos;'ambient'&apos; aerosol by a poorly documented volcanic eruption

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    Sedlacek, W.A.; Mroz, E.J.; Heiken, G.

    1981-07-01

    While sampling stratospheric aerosols during July--August 1980 a plume of &apos;'fresh'&apos; volcanic debris was observed in the Northern hemisphere. The origin of this material seems to be a poorly documented explosive eruption of Gareloi valcano in the Aleutian Islands. The debris was sampled at an altitude of 19.2 km: almost twice the height of observed eruption clouds. Such remote, unobserved or poorly documented eruptions may be a source that helps maintain the &apos;'ambient'&apos; stratospheric aerosol background.

  1. Vertiefungskurs 2014. Safety margins in nuclear power plants. Identify, quantify and extend; Vertiefungskurs 2014 zum Thema &apos;&apos;Sicherheitsmargen in Kernkraftwerken. Identifizieren, quantifizieren, erweitern&apos;&apos;

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    Rey, Matthias

    2015-02-15

    Fifteen speakers dealt with the topic safety margins in nuclear power plants from different points of view at the &apos;&apos;Vertiefungskurs 2014&apos;&apos; of the Nuklearforum Schweiz in Olten, 4 and 5 November 2014. In the context of the &apos;&apos;Vertiefungskurs 2014&apos;&apos; the safety margins in power plants were considered and quantified and possible extensions have been discussed. The conference started with an in-depth introduction of the basis design of existing nuclear power plants. Thereafter speakers told about the main topics emergency preparedness, knowledge management and safety retrofit of nuclear power plants in operation.

  2. EUGRIS: &apos;&apos;European Substainable Land and Groundwater Management Information System&apos;&apos;

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    Frauenstein, J. [Federal Environmental Agency (UBA), Berlin (Germany)

    2003-07-01

    The presentation outlines and Accompanying Measure with the FP 5 to develop an web based EUropean Sustainable Land and GRoundwater Management Information System information system (EUGRIS). The management of contaminated land and groundwater requires an interdisciplinary approach and a considerable amount of supporting technical information and knowledge. EUGRIS will provide a generally available comprehensive and overarching information and innovation resource, to support both research and practical contaminated land and groundwater management. EUGRI is a gateway to provide a &apos;one stop shop&apos; for information provided by research projects, legislation, standards, best practice and other technical guidance and policy/regulatory publications from the EC, participating Member and Accession States and from various international networks dealing with groundwater and land management issues. Different types of user can access information through different windows according to their needs. EUGRIS will provide its visitors with summary information (digests) and links to sources of more detailed and/or original information in a scaleable holistic and contexturally meaningful way. EUGRIS is being built in three stages: the design of the information system, the development of its software implementation, and the population of the system with information. The presentation is focussed on the concept of the development of the information system with the individual work packages. In the second part of the lecture in particular the work procedures are presented for the content wise replenishment by EUGRIS. The data collation for the proven pilot countries and the production of a European research data base, which opens contents and results of European-wide locked and current projects, form the emphasis thereby. (orig.)

  3. Danskernes hellige ko

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    selv. Mine data består foruden deltager-observationer af forskellige former for samtaledata, enkelt- og gruppeinterviews, hjemmeopgaver og raptekster, som mine deltagere selv har skrevet. I mine analyser fokuserer jeg på, hvilke sociale og sproglige ressourcer mine deltagere anvender i konstruktionen...... tilgang spørgsmålet: Hvilke sociale og sproglige ressourcer anvender mine deltagere i deres identitetsarbejde i forskellige skole- og fritidssammenhænge, og hvordan bruger de disse ressourcer? Mit studie tager udgangspunkt i godt et års etnografisk feltarbejde, hvor jeg har observeret de tre...... skolen seriøst og ikke er kriminelle. Drengene artikulerer også fordommen om, at minoritetsunges etnicitet stereotypt defineres på baggrund af hudfarve, sprog og diasporatilknytning. Dette stereotype billede er for unuanceret, idet jeg hos mine deltagere finder, at deres etnicitet både er konstitueret på...

  4. Ko-RFID Abschlussbericht

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    Straube, Frank; Fürstenberg, Frank; Bensel, Philipp; Vogeler, Stefan

    2010-01-01

    Unter dem Titel „Kollaboration in RFID-gestützten Wertschöpfungsnetzen“ arbeiteten die Projektpartner über den Zeitraum von drei Jahren an den folgenden Fragestellungen: Welche Rolle spielt Vertrauen in unternehmensübergreifende RFID-Anwendungen? Wie kann ein Vertrauensverhältnis erzeugt werden? Wie können ungleichmäßige Kosten/Nutzen-Aufteilungen unternehmensübergreifender RFID-Anwendungen gelöst werden, um zu einer Win-Win-Situation zu gelangen? Welche Potenziale ergeben sich fü...

  5. Male Pattern Alopecia

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    ... baldness (alopecia), or androgenetic alopecia, is the patterned balding of a man. Although the condition may affect ... dihydrotestosterone – play a role in this form of balding. Who's At Risk Male pattern baldness affects many ...

  6. Breast enlargement in males

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    Gynecomastia; Breast enlargement in a male ... The condition may occur in one or both breasts. It begins as a small lump beneath the nipple, which may be tender. One breast may be larger than the other. Enlarged breasts ...

  7. Causes of Male Infertility

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    Full Text Available ... Smoking Cessation Links to Professional Societies and Organizations Home › Causes of Male Infertility Dr. Roger Lobo of ... Find a Health Care Provider Back to Top Home | About Us | Reproductive Health Topics | News & Publications | Resources ...

  8. Males and Eating Disorders

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    ... Bar Home Current Issue Past Issues Males and Eating Disorders Past Issues / Spring 2008 Table of Contents For ... this page please turn Javascript on. Photo: PhotoDisc Eating disorders primarily affect girls and women, but boys and ...

  9. Male pattern baldness

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    ... baldness. Medicines that treat male pattern baldness include: Minoxidil (Rogaine), a solution that is applied directly to ... slows hair loss. It works slightly better than minoxidil. Hair loss returns when you stop using this ...

  10. Causes of Male Infertility

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    Full Text Available ... Roger Lobo of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine covers causes of male infertility. "Understanding Infertility - The ... videos produced for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Looking for Additional Information? Visit our provider site ...

  11. Cytogenetic of Male Infertility

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    Lutfiye Ozpak

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Infertility by definition, is not to get pregnant within one year of regular sexual relationship without protection, affects 15-20% of reproductive age couples. Approximately 30% of infertility cases are male originated. Male infertility is caused by endocrine-related genetic defects affecting urogenital system function. These defects adversely affect subsequent spermatogenesis, sexual function, fertility, early embryonic stage of sexual maturation. Autosomal and gonosomal, numerical and structural chromosome abnormalities and related syndromes rank at the top causes of male infertility. Similar chromosome abnormalities are detected in male infertility and as the rate of these abnormalities increase, it was found to reduce sperm count especially in azospermic and oligozoospermic men. [Archives Medical Review Journal 2011; 20(4.000: 230-245

  12. Self catheterization - male

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    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000143.htm Self catheterization - male To use the sharing features on ... Read More Urinary incontinence Patient Instructions Kegel exercises - self-care Multiple sclerosis - discharge Stroke - discharge Urinary catheters - ...

  13. &apos;Action 2016&apos;: AREVA&apos;s strategic action plan to improve performance; &apos;Action 2016&apos;: le plan d&apos;actions strategique d&apos;AREVA pour ameliorer sa performance

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    Marie, Patricia; Floquet-Daubigeon, Fleur; Michaut, Maxime; De Scorbiac, Marie; Du Repaire, Philippine

    2011-12-12

    On December 12, 2011, Luc Oursel, Executive Officer of AREVA, and Pierre Aubouin, Chief Financial Executive Officer, presented the group&apos;s &apos;Action 2016&apos; strategic action plan based on an in-depth analysis of the market&apos;s outlook. This document makes, first, a Detailed presentation of the &apos;Action 2016&apos; plan and then presents the group&apos;s financial outlook: - Full-year 2011 immediate accounting consequences of the new market environment: operating losses expected in 2011; - 2012-2013 transition period Objective: self-finance capex in cumulative terms; - 2014-2016: safe growth and cash generation, free operating cash flow at break-even beginning in 2013, above euro 1 bn per year beginning in 2015

  14. Male mating biology

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    2009-01-01

    Abstract Before sterile mass-reared mosquitoes are released in an attempt to control local populations, many facets of male mating biology need to be elucidated. Large knowledge gaps exist in how both sexes meet in space and time, the correlation of male size and mating success and in which arenas matings are successful. Previous failures in mosquito sterile insect technique (SIT) projects have been linked to poor knowledge of local mating behaviours or the selection of deleterious phenotypes...

  15. Thyroid and male reproduction

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    Anand Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Male reproduction is governed by the classical hypothalamo-hypophyseal testicular axis: Hypothalamic gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH, pituitary luteinizing hormone (LH and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH and the gonadal steroid, principally, testosterone. Thyroid hormones have been shown to exert a modulatory influence on this axis and consequently the sexual and spermatogenic function of man. This review will examine the modulatory influence of thyroid hormones on male reproduction.

  16. In the Physics Class: University Physics Students&apos; Enactment of Class and Gender in the Context of Laboratory Work

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    Danielsson, Anna T.

    2014-01-01

    This article explores how the doing of social class and gender can intersect with the learning of science, through case studies of two male, working-class university students&apos; constitutions of identities as physics students. In doing so, I challenge the taken-for-granted notion that male physics students have an unproblematic relation to…

  17. Estimation of doses to patients from &apos;'complex'&apos; conventional X-ray examinations

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    Calzado, A.; Vano, E.; Moran, P.; Ruiz, S.; Gonzalez, L. (Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). Catedra de Fisica Medica); Castellote, C. (Hospital Militar Central ' ' Gomez Ulla' ' , Madrid (Spain). Dept. de Radiologia)

    1991-06-01

    A numerical method has been developed to estimate organ doses and effective dose-equivalent for patients undergoing three &apos;complex&apos; examinations (barium meal, barium enema and intravenous urography). The separation of radiological procedures into a set of standard numerical views is based on the use of Monte Carlo conversion factors and measurements within a Remab phantom. Radiation doses measured in a phantom for such examinations were compared with predictions of the &apos;'numerical'&apos; method. Dosimetric measurements with thermoluminescent dosemeters attached to the patient&apos;s skin along with measurements of the dose-area product during the examination have enabled the derivation of organ doses and to estimate effective dose-equivalent. Mean frequency weighted values of dose-area product, energy imparted to the patient, doses to a set of organs and effective dose-equivalent in the area of Madrid are reported. Comparisons of results with those from similar surveys in other countries were made. (author).

  18. Documentation to the workshop &apos;Cluster in the environmental protection economy&apos;; Dokumentation zum Workshop &apos;&apos;Cluster in der Umweltschutzwirtschaft&apos;&apos;

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    Within the workshop &apos;Cluster in the environmental protection economy&apos; at the Umweltbundesamt (Dessau-Rosslau, Federal Republic of Germany) at 27th November, 2008, the following lectures were held: (a) Which contribution can cluster and cluster politics contribute to the promotion of the environmental protection economy? (Harald Legler); (b) Cluster in the environmental protection economy: Targets and expectations (Dieter Rehfeld); (c) Demands at the management of clusters (Karin Hoerhan); (d) Demands at the cluster politics in the environmental protection economy (Bernhard Hausberg); (e) Photovoltaics in Eastern Germany (Johann Wackenbauer); (f) Automotive industry in Bergisches Land (Thomas Lemken); (g) Competence centre environment Augsburg-Schwaben (Egon Beckord).

  19. ApoE4 induces synaptic and ERG impairments in the retina of young targeted replacement apoE4 mice.

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    Full Text Available The vertebrate retina, which is part of the central nervous system, is a window into the brain. The present study investigated the extent to which the retina can be used as a model for studying the pathological effects of apolipoprotein E4 (apoE4, the most prevalent genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD. Immunohistochemical studies of retinas from young (4 months old apoE4-targeted replacement mice and from corresponding mice which express the AD benign apoE3 allele, revealed that the density of the perikarya of the different classes of retinal neurons was not affected by apoE4. In contrast, the synaptic density of the retinal synaptic layers, which was assessed immunohistochemically and by immunoblot experiments, was significantly lower in the apoE4 than in the apoE3 mice. This was associated with reduced levels of the presynaptic vesicular glutamatergic transporter, VGluT1, but not of either the GABAergic vesicular transporter, VGaT, or the cholinergic vesicular transporter, VAChT, suggesting that the glutamatergic nerve terminals are preferentially affected by apoE4. In contrast, the post synaptic scaffold proteins PSD-95 and Gephyrin, which reside in excitatory and inhibitory synapses, respectively, were both elevated, and their ratio was not affected by apoE4. Electroretinogram (ERG recordings revealed significant attenuation of mixed rod-cone responses in dark-adapted eyes of apoE4 mice. These findings suggest that the reduced ERG response in the apoE4 mice may be related to the observed decrease in the retinal nerve terminals and that the retina could be used as a novel model for non-invasive monitoring of the effects of apoE4 on the CNS.

  20. Magnetooptical measurements of {beta}&apos;&apos;-(BEDT-TTF)(TCNQ)

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    Kimata, M.; Oshima, Y.; Ohta, H.; Koyama, K.; Motokawa, M.; Yamamoto, H.M.; Kato, R

    2004-04-30

    Magnetooptical measurements have been performed on {beta}&apos;&apos;-(BEDT-TTF)(TCNQ) using the cavity perturbation techniques. {beta}&apos;&apos;-(BEDT-TTF)(TCNQ) has very exotic Fermi surface (FS). Several harmonic resonances were observed at various angles. We consider these resonances as q1D-periodic orbit resonance. The obtained Fermi velocity and the scattering time are 4.4x10{sup 4} m/s and 2.1x10{sup -11} s, respectively. When the magnetic field was rotated in the b{sup *}a-plane, the similar resonances are observed. According to these results, the FS topology of the system at low temperature is discussed.

  1. SOLAR MAGNETIZED &apos;TORNADOES&apos;: RELATION TO FILAMENTS

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    Su Yang; Veronig, Astrid; Temmer, Manuela [IGAM-Kanzelhoehe Observatory, Institute of Physics, University of Graz, Universitaetsplatz 5, A-8010 Graz (Austria); Wang Tongjiang [Department of Physics, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064 (United States); Gan Weiqun, E-mail: yang.su@uni-graz.at [Key Laboratory of Dark Matter and Space Astronomy, Purple Mountain Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008 (China)

    2012-09-10

    Solar magnetized &apos;tornadoes&apos;, a phenomenon discovered in the solar atmosphere, appear as tornado-like structures in the corona but are rooted in the photosphere. Like other solar phenomena, solar tornadoes are a feature of magnetized plasma and therefore differ distinctly from terrestrial tornadoes. Here we report the first analysis of solar &apos;tornadoes&apos; (two papers which focused on different aspects of solar tornadoes were published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters and Nature, respectively, during the revision of this Letter). A detailed case study of two events indicates that they are rotating vertical magnetic structures probably driven by underlying vortex flows in the photosphere. They usually exist as a group and are related to filaments/prominences, another important solar phenomenon whose formation and eruption are still mysteries. Solar tornadoes may play a distinct role in the supply of mass and twists to filaments. These findings could lead to a new explanation of filament formation and eruption.

  2. Characterisation of epeiric &apos;'layer-cake'&apos; carbonate reservoirs: Upper Muschelkalk (Middle Triassic), the Netherlands

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    Borkhataria, R.; Aigner, T.; Poeppelreiter, M.C.; Pipping, J.C.P. [Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., Houston, TX (United States)

    2005-04-01

    Upper Muschelkalk (Middle Triassic) carbonates produce natural gas at Coevorden field in the NE Netherlands. This is currently the only field that produces gas from this succession although several other prospects have been identified nearby. In order to help develop these hydrocarbons, this study proposes a facies and reservoir model of the Upper Muschelkalk in the NE Netherlands together with a regional framework intended to assist in further evaluation. Distribution of facies and reservoir properties of the Upper Muschelkalk carbonates in the NE Netherlands indicate deposition on a storm-dominated epeiric ramp with a very low gradient. The predominantly muddy and marly lithofacies types in proximal and distal parts of the ramp gradually interfinger with a shoreline-detached &apos;'shoal'&apos;-like ooidal grainstone complex. The best reservoir quality (permeability up to 60 mD) is recognised within dolomitised peloid ooid grainstones. These are interpreted as high-energy backshoal deposits. Reservoir quality decreases in the limestone-dominated &apos;'shoal'&apos; facies and the muddier foreshoal facies. A four-fold hierarchy of depositional cycles describes the systematic and thus predictable vertical variation in reservoir quality (permeability) and quantity (net-to-gross). High-resolution correlation suggests that medium-scale cycles (5 to 15 metres thick) can be traced for hundreds of kilometres. Small-scale cycles (1 to 3 metres thick) are persistent for several tens of kilometres and have sheet-like geometries. Individual reservoir units (several decimetres thick) appear to be laterally continuous over a maximum of a few kilometres although internal flow barriers might be expected. Mapping of Upper Muschelkalk thickness and facies has clearly defined backshoal, &apos;'shoal'&apos; and foreshoal facies belts with distinctly different reservoir characteristics. Typically, reservoir quality and quantity decrease with increasing

  3. Swiss &apos;Electricity&apos; Research Programme 2004-2007; Konzept des Forschungsprogramms &apos;Elektrizitaet&apos; 2004 - 2007

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    Brueniger, R.

    2004-07-01

    This report issued by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) provides details on Swiss research in the electricity area that is foreseen for the period 2004-2007. The report discusses the current state of electricity research and the strategic goals for the period and presents the organisations involved and their previous work. The general main areas of interest addressed by the programme are noted, such as the storage and transport of electricity as well as its use in communication technologies, motors, domestic appliances and industrial applications. Figures are presented on the programme&apos;s finances and the concept of &apos;trend-watching&apos; groups is briefly addressed.

  4. Ethanolic fermentation of sucrose, sugarcane juice and molasses by Escherichia coli strain ko11 and Klebsiella oxytoca strain P2 Fermentação etanólica de sacarose, caldo de cana-de-açúcar e de melaço por Escherichia coli KO11 e Klebsiella oxytoca P2

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    Gervásio P. da Silva

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Escherichia coli KO11 and Klebsiella oxytoca P2 recombinants fermented sucrose to ethanol. In minimal medium with 2% or 12% added sucrose KO11 produced 75% and 41%, respectively, of the maximum theoretical yield (0.54g ethanol/g sucrose. In Luria-Bertani (LB broth with up to 8% sucrose, KO11 presented a 94-96% yield and with 12% sucrose, KO11 presented about 69% yield (44.5g ethanol/L. P2 presented 55% of the theoretical maximum yield in minimal medium supplemented with 2% sucrose and 47% of the maximum in 12% sucrose. In LB broth with 2 or 4% sucrose, P2 presented 94-95% of the theoretical maximum yield, which fell to 73% with 8% added sucrose (31.4g ethanol/L and 58% with 12% sucrose (37.5 g/L. Volumetric productivity in LB broth containing 2% sucrose was 0.41 g/L/h for KO11 and 1.1 g/L/h for P2, while in LB broth with 12% added sucrose, productivity was 0.96 g/L/h (KO11 and 1.4 g/L/h (P2. During fermentation of sugar cane juice by E. coli KO11 and K. oxytoca P2 produced 39.4 g/L and 42.1 g/L ethanol when supplemented with 0.5% yeast extract, micronutrients and thiamine. In sugar cane juice supplemented with LB broth ingredients, KO11 ethanol fermentation was inhibited with production of only 23.0 g ethanol/L, while P2 produced 44.2 g/L. Ethanol production by KO11 and P2, respectively, in sugarcane juice was a 25.3 and 30.2 g/L with 0.2% ammonium sulfate, b 24.9 and 31.6 g/L with ammonium sulfate and micronutrients, c 25.6 and 37.5 g/L with ammonium sulfate, micronutrients and thiamine. During molasses fermentation E. coli KO11 presented low ethanol production and high lactic acid production. K. oxytoca P2 produced 25 g ethanol/L in molasses diluted 10-fold in water, with or without addition of 0.5% yeast extract, and 27.8 g/L with addition of LB broth ingredients after 96h. P2 produced 24.5, 26.9, and 28.0 g ethanol/L in molasses diluted 10-fold in vinasse, vinasse with 0.5% added yeast extract and with LB broth ingredients, respectively

  5. Male-male homosexology: seven short discourses.

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    Money, John

    2004-09-01

    Homosexology is that branch of the science of sexology that deals with same sex relationships. It is subdivided into ideation, imagery, and praxis. Praxeology is the science of praxis. There are two doctrines by which homosexuality is defined: elective and developmental. Elective is like joining a political party and is more likely bisexual than exclusively homosexual. Complete developmental homosexuality is a state of being and is characteristically immutable. Both types of homosexuality are determined multivariately and sequentially, not univariately. Male and female mammals are phylogenically programmed to be reciprocal, not identical, in the praxeology of their courtship and mating. In primate, notably human, evolution, the eyes have taken over from the nose as organs of erotic arousal, but the molecular biology of how this happens in individual development, gay, straight or ambivalent, remains to be ascertained. The different personal histories of homosexual development also remain to be ascertained and cataloged. PMID:15506674

  6. Folate targeted polymeric &apos;green&apos; nanotherapy for cancer

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    Narayanan, Sreeja; Binulal, N S; Mony, Ullas; Manzoor, Koyakutty; Nair, Shantikumar; Menon, Deepthy, E-mail: deepthymenon@aims.amrita.edu [Amrita Center for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi-682 041, Kerala (India)

    2010-07-16

    The concept of &apos;green&apos; chemotherapy by employing targeted nanoparticle mediated delivery to enhance the efficacy of phytomedicines is reported. Poly (lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles encapsulating a well known nutraceutical namely, grape seed extract (GSE)-&apos;NanoGSE&apos;-was prepared by a nanoprecipitation technique. The drug-loaded nanoparticles of size {approx} 100 nm exhibited high colloidal stability at physiological pH. Molecular receptor targeting of this nanophytomedicine against folate receptor over-expressing cancers was demonstrated in vitro by conjugation with a potential cancer targeting ligand, folic acid (FA). Fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry data showed highly specific cellular uptake of FA conjugated NanoGSE on folate receptor positive cancer cells. Studies were also conducted to investigate the efficiency of targeted (FA conjugated) versus non-targeted (non-FA conjugated) nanoformulations in causing cancer cell death. The IC{sub 50} values were lowered by a factor of {approx} 3 for FA-NanoGSE compared to the free drug, indicating substantially enhanced bioavailability to the tumor cells, sparing the normal ones. Receptor targeting of FA-NanoGSE resulted in a significant increase in apoptotic index, which was also quantified by flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy. This in vitro study provides a basis for the use of nanoparticle mediated delivery of anticancer nutraceuticals to enhance bioavailability and effectively target cancer by a &apos;green&apos; approach.

  7. Utjecaj nasljeđa i okoliša na vršnu koštanu gustoću: pregled istraživanja u Hrvatskoj

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    Cvijetić-Avdagić, Selma; Colić-Barić, Irena; Keser, Irena; Rumbak, Ivana; Šatalić, Zvonimir

    2012-01-01

    Vršna koštana gustoća je jedna od najvažnijih pretpostavki za nastanak osteoporoze. Poznati su rizični faktori za vršnu koštanu gustoću, ali vrijeme njezinog postizanja nije u potpunosti defi nirano. S obzirom na to da se dijagnoza osteoporoze i osteopenije temelji na usporedbi mineralne gustoće kosti (BMD) pojedinca s prosječnom vršnom koštanom gustoćom u mladoj, odrasloj populaciji (T vrijednost), vrlo je značajno da svaka zemlja utvrdi vrijednosti vršne koštane gustoće za svoju populaciju....

  8. Reversal of ApoE4-Driven Brain Pathology by Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Treatment.

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    Salomon-Zimri, Shiran; Glat, Micaela Johanna; Barhum, Yael; Luz, Ishai; Boehm-Cagan, Anat; Liraz, Ori; Ben-Zur, Tali; Offen, Daniel; Michaelson, Daniel M

    2016-06-30

    Apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4), the most prevalent genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD), is associated with increased neurodegeneration and vascular impairments. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), originally described as a key angiogenic factor, has recently been shown to play a crucial role in the nervous system. The objective of this research is to examine the role of VEGF in mediating the apoE4-driven pathologies. We show that hippocampal VEGF levels are lower in apoE4 targeted replacement mice compared to the corresponding apoE3 mice. This effect was accompanied by a specific decrease in both VEGF receptor-2 and HIF1-α. We next set to examine whether upregulation of VEGF can reverse apoE4-driven pathologies, namely the accumulation of hyperphosphorylated tau (AT8) and Aβ42, and reduced levels of the pre-synaptic marker, VGluT1, and of the ApoE receptor, ApoER2. This was first performed utilizing intra-hippocampal injection of VEGF-expressing-lentivirus (LV-VEGF). This revealed that LV-VEGF treatment reversed the apoE4-driven cognitive deficits and synaptic pathologies. The levels of Aβ42 and AT8, however, were increased in apoE3 mice, masking any potential effects of this treatment on the apoE4 mice. Follow-up experiments utilizing VEGF-expressing adeno-associated-virus (AAV-VEGF), which expresses VEGF specifically under the GFAP astrocytic promoter, prevented this effects on apoE3 mice, and reversed the apoE4-related increase in Aβ42 and AT8. Taken together, these results suggest that apoE4-driven pathologies are mediated by a VEGF-dependent pathway, resulting in cognitive impairments and brain pathology. These animal model findings suggest that the VEGF system is a promising target for the treatment of apoE4 carriers in AD.

  9. Deep-sea drilling. Practical aspects of 4D seismic: what an engineer needs to know. Developments in Iran: &apos;SIRRI&apos; of the Total company and &apos;DOROOD&apos; of the Elf company. The &apos;DOROOD&apos; operating plan. The &apos;SIRRI&apos; operating plan; Le forage en eau profonde. Aspects pratiques de la sismique 4D: ce qu&apos;un ingenieur doit savoir. Developpements en Iran: &apos;SIRRI&apos; de Total et &apos;DOROOD&apos; d&apos;Elf. Le projet &apos;DOROOD&apos;. Le projet &apos;SIRRI&apos;

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    Claverie, P. [Schlumberger Sedco Forex, 92 - Montrouge (France); Bauquis, P.R. [Association Francaise des Techniciens et Professionnels du Petrole, AFTP, 92 - Paris-la-Defense (France); Seiller, B.; Geronimi, X. [Elf France, (France); Barthe, D. [Total Fina, 92 - La Defense (France)

    1999-08-01

    In this &apos;Drilling-Production&apos; section, in which 7 papers are gathered, 3 main topics are developed: (1)the deep-sea drilling (2)the practical aspects of 4D seismic (3)the &apos;SIRRI&apos; and &apos;DOROOD&apos; operating plans in Iran. Concerning the first point, it can be noticed that nowadays, mobile platforms are located in great offshore where water depths are of about 2400 m. In the second point is particularly detailed what 4D is, what it can do, what the primary conditions for it works are and how it costs. The third point is the more particularly detailed in this section (15 pages). At first an introduction indicates why Iran has to call to international petroleum investors, what the current problems of Iran are, what Iran has to do to attract foreign investment and technology and what the challenges to foreign companies are. Then the two operating plans: &apos;SIRRI&apos; and &apos;DOROOD&apos; are exposed into details. A synthesis of these plans, called of &apos;Buy Back&apos;, (production, investment, refund) is given as well as their advantages and disadvantages. (O.M.)

  10. The effect of dietary antioxidant on the COPD risk: the community-based KoGES (Ansan–Anseong cohort

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    Joshi P

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Pankaj Joshi,1,2 Woo Jin Kim,3,4 Sang-Ah Lee1–3 1Department of Preventive Medicine, 2BIT Medical Convergence Graduate Program, 3Department of Internal Medicine, 4Environmental Health Center, Kangwon National University School of Medicine, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea Background: Dietary antioxidants have been suggested to have protective role against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, but few prospective studies examined this relationship. The prospective study was conducted to evaluate the effect of dietary antioxidants on COPD risk and lung function in the Korean population.Methods: The data were collected from the community-based Korean Genome Epidemiology Study (KoGES cohort. To diagnose COPD, forced expiratory volume (FEV1 and forced vital capacity (FVC were measured by spirometry. The dietary intake of antioxidant vitamins was estimated from validated Food-Frequency Questionnaire. For the analysis, 325 COPD patients and 6,781 at risk subjects were selected from the cohort of 10,038 subjects. Multiple logistic regression models were used to examine the odds ratio (OR after adjusting for age, sex, marital status, income, history of asthma, history of tuberculosis, and smoking.Results: The risk of COPD was positively associated with aging, low education, low household income, lower body mass index, and cigarette smoking. The risk of COPD decreased with increase in the dietary vitamin C (ORQ1 vs Q5=0.66, Ptrend=0.03 and vitamin E (ORQ1 vs Q5=0.56, Ptrend=0.05 intake, predominantly, in men (Ptrend=0.01 and 0.05 for vitamins C and E, respectively. In addition, the lung function was significantly improved with increase in vitamins C (FEV1, P=0.04; FVC, P=0.03 and E (FEV1, P=0.03; FVC, P=0.04 intake. No statistically significant interactions were observed between smoking and vitamin C or E intake in relation to COPD risk among men.Conclusion: Our results suggest the independent beneficial effect of antioxidants, particularly

  11. THE TYPOLOGY OF THE AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPE OF DUBROVAČKO PRIMORJE AS A BASIS FOR DIRECTING DEVELOPMENT

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    Ines Hrdalo

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abandonment of rural areas in Dubrovačko Primorje in the last 50 years resulted with changes of its spatial characteristics and identity. This process defi ned this place as a virtually derelict area. The main goal of this work is to determine landscape types based upon survey and spatial analyses. They can be helpful in a process of determination of spatial qualities. Landscape division was made according to the natural and anthropogenic features of this area. Therefore, landscape was divided on natural (coast, karst terrain and landscapes of the macchia and cultural (settlement and agriculture landscapes. Working methods consisted of several research stages. The fi rst stage comprised a review of relevant literature concerning natural and sociological features of the explored area. Working methods of prof. dr. Marušič were inspiration for evolvement of this research [16]. The next stage of research was the fi eld work by means of observation method which resulted in detailed photo documentation, showing different types of the agricultural landscapes. Indoor work consisted of the orthophoto production, which was a base for further exploration. Consequently, detailed map of the land use, as well as an agricultural map of the area was made according to the structural husbandry character. Digital mapping of the thematical maps in GIS – Arc View software program, produced a database of social and natural elements of the area. Overlapping of all these maps helped in determination of causal processes. Comparison of these outcomes with terrain photo documentation led to the research results and fi nal conclusions. This research showed interesting structural features of agricultural landscapes. Its division was made according to its form which emerged from the land use and its natural character. Consequently, agricultural landscapes are divided into fi elds (with regular parcels and those with irregular land division, dry stone walls with organic

  12. Calculation of LDL apoB

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    Sniderman, A.D.; Tremblay, A.J.; Graaf, J. de; Couture, P.

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: This study tests the validity of the Hattori formula to calculate LDL apoB based on plasma lipids and total apoB. METHODS: In 2178 patients in a tertiary care lipid clinic, LDL apoB calculated as suggested by Hattori et al. was compared to directly measured LDL apoB isolated by ultracent

  13. A tortoiseshell male cat

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    Pedersen, A. S.; Berg, Lise Charlotte; Almstrup, Kristian;

    2014-01-01

    Tortoiseshell coat color is normally restricted to female cats due to X-linkage of the gene that encodes the orange coat color. Tortoiseshell male cats do, however, occur at a low frequency among tortoiseshell cats because of chromosome aberrations similar to the Klinefelter syndrome in man...... tissue from a tortoiseshell male cat referred to us. Chromosome analysis using RBA-banding consistently revealed a 39,XXY karyotype. Histological examinations of testis biopsies from this cat showed degeneration of the tubules, hyperplasia of the interstitial tissue, and complete loss of germ cells....... Immunostaining using anti-vimentin and anti-VASA (DDX4) showed that only Sertoli cells and no germ cells were observed in the testicular tubules. As no sign of spermatogenesis was detected, we conclude that this is a classic case of a sterile, male tortoiseshell cat with a 39,XXY chromosome complement. © 2013 S...

  14. &apos;&apos;{sup local}Renewables model communities network&apos;&apos;. An international initiative by ICLEI

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    Kumar, Emani [ICLEI South Asia Secretariat, Noida (India); Macedo, Laura Valente de [ICLEI Latin America and Caribbean Secretariat, Buenos Aires, DF (Argentina); Staden, Maryke van [ICLEI European Secretariat, Freiburg (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Local governments (LGs) play a crucial role in implementing local energy policies, ensuring effective regulations, managing assets and providing a wide range of services that impact energy consumption. It is clear that they must also be key players in the transformation to sustainable energy in their communities. The &apos;&apos;{sup local}Renewables Model Communities Network&apos;&apos; (LR), an initiative of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, to build an international network of communities committed to sustainable energy. The participating cities and towns from developing and developed countries act as role models, and encourage others. LR network communities share information on aspects of sustainable energy, experiences and expertise, from policies to technologies, from stakeholder involvement to implementation processes. LGs around the globe have to become active in the field of sustainable energy. The also require support from various actors, including international cooperation and exchange to support their transition towards sustainable energy solutions. (orig.)

  15. The &apos;Transnuklear affair&apos; and its consequences. Die &apos;Transnuklear-Affaere&apos; und ihre Auswirkungen

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    Brinkert, M.

    1992-03-01

    The &apos;Bribe&apos; and &apos;Drum&apos; Affairs and suspected proliferation in connection with Transnuklear GmbH public around the turn of 1987/88. Many members of the press wished them to speed up the process of opting out of nuclear power. However, none of the accusations specifically related to nuclear power leveled at that time turned out to be tenable. Instead, all violations of the law which had been detected could have been punished in the same way as in any other branch of industry. As a consequence, the impacts arising to regulatory structures in the nuclear sector, especially the measures taken by the Federal Government, may be considered to have been unjustified in scope. The TN Affair and the associated litigation has caused a great deal of confidence in nuclear power to be lost, which now has to be reclaimed by purposeful public relations efforts. (orig.).

  16. Prospects for neutron star equation of state constraints using &apos;'recycled'&apos; millisecond pulsars

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    Bogdanov, Slavko [Columbia University, Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory, New York, NY (United States)

    2016-02-15

    &apos;'Recycled'&apos; millisecond pulsars are a variety of rapidly spinning neutron stars that typically show thermal X-ray radiation due to the heated surface of their magnetic polar caps. Detailed numerical modeling of the rotation-induced thermal X-ray pulsations observed from recycled millisecond pulsars, including all relevant relativistic and stellar atmospheric effects, has been identified as a promising approach towards an astrophysical determination of the true neutron star mass-radius relation, and by extension the state of cold matter at densities exceeding those of atomic nuclei. Herein, I review the basic model and methodology commonly used to extract information regarding neutron star structure from the pulsed X-ray radiation observed from millisecond pulsars. I also summarize the results of past X-ray observations of these objects and the prospects for precision neutron star mass-radius measurements with the upcoming Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) X-ray timing mission. (orig.)

  17. The generation and function of soluble apoE receptors in the CNS

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    Rebeck G William

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract More than a decade has passed since apolipoprotein E4 (APOE-ε4 was identified as a primary risk factor for Alzheimer 's disease (AD, yet researchers are even now struggling to understand how the apolipoprotein system integrates into the puzzle of AD etiology. The specific pathological actions of apoE4, methods of modulating apolipoprotein E4-associated risk, and possible roles of apoE in normal synaptic function are still being debated. These critical questions will never be fully answered without a complete understanding of the life cycle of the apolipoprotein receptors that mediate the uptake, signaling, and degradation of apoE. The present review will focus on apoE receptors as modulators of apoE actions and, in particular, explore the functions of soluble apoE receptors, a field almost entirely overlooked until now.

  18. Hawai&apos;i&apos;s EVolution: Hawai&apos;i Powered. Technology Driven. (Brochure)

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    2013-05-01

    This Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) brochure outlines Hawaii&apos;s energy and transportation goals and the implementation of electric vehicles (EV) and electric vehicle infrastructure since HCEI began in 2008. It includes information about Hawaii&apos;s role in leading the nation in available EV charging infrastructure per capita; challenges for continuing to implement EV technology; features on various successful EV users, including the Hawaiian Electric Company, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Senator Mike Gabbard; how EVs can integrate into and help propel Hawaii&apos;s evolving smart grid; and much more.

  19. &apos;'Accelerated'&apos; filling of the Inden mine&apos;s residual lake from the Rur river; Die &apos;'beschleunigte'&apos; Befuellung des Tagebaurestsees Inden aus der Rur

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    Wagner, Andreas [RWE Power AG, Koeln (Germany); Koenzen, Uwe [Planungsbuero Koenzen - Wasser + Landschaft, Hilden (Germany); Lohr, Hubert [SYDRO Consult GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany); Hemmann, Regina; Mueller, Vera [Bezirksregierung Koeln, Koeln (Germany); Lange, Joachim [Wasserverband Eifel-Rur, Dueren (Germany)

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    The Inden opencast lignite mine is located some 20 km to the north-east of Aachen in Germany&apos;s Rhineland. After the end of lignite mining around the year 2030, a lake measuring some 11.8 km{sup 2} is planned to be created. It will mainly be filled with water from the river Rur flowing past in the immediate vicinity of the opencast mine. Filling the lake volume of some 800 million m{sup 3} will take 20 to 25 years. During the past ten years, the basic water management questions arising in connection with the creation of the In den mine&apos;s residual lake were settled within the scope of the state-planning approval procedure.lt could be demonstrated by means of a numeric river catchment model that the envisaged withdrawal of water from the Rur is feasible and compatible with the water body&apos;s ecological and hydromorphological targets as well as its industrial use. (orig.)

  20. Retro-odontoid &apos;'ghost'&apos; pseudotumours in atlanto-axial instability caused by rheumatoid arthritis

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    Kenez, J. (Dept. of Neurology, Semmelweis Medical Univ., Budapest (Hungary)); Turoczy, L. (Dept. of Neurosurgery, National Inst. of Traumatology, Budapest (Hungary)); Barsi, P. (Dept. of Neurology, Semmelweis Medical Univ., Budapest (Hungary)); Veres, R. (Dept. of Neurosurgery, National Inst. of Traumatology, Budapest (Hungary))

    1993-05-01

    Among 27 cases of marked atlanto-axial instability investigated in the last 10 years we found three with reducible dislocation, in which a cystic &apos;ghost&apos; pseudo-tumours appeared behind the odontoid, maintaining cord compression even in the reduced position, thus influencing the strategy of operative treatment. The cervical spine and the craniocervical region were examined by conventional tomogrpaphy, myelotomography, CT, CT myelography (following melography), and recently in some cases with MRI. (orig./UWA)

  1. Male infertility microsurgical training

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    Akanksha Mehta; Philip S Li

    2013-01-01

    Microsurgical training is imperative for urologists and clinical andrologists specializing in male infertility.Success in male infertility microsurgery is heavily dependent on the surgeon's microsurgical skills.Laboratory-based practice to enhance microsurgical skills improves the surgeon's confidence,and reduces stress and operating time,benefiting both the patient and the surgeon.This review provides guidelines for setting up a microsurgical laboratory to develop and enhance microsurgical skills using synthetic and animal models.The role of emerging techniques,such as robotic-assisted microsurgery,is also discussed.

  2. Iran&apos;s &apos;Risk-Taking&apos; in Perspective

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    Shahram, Chubin

    2008-07-01

    Assessing any state&apos;s intentions is a difficult undertaking - especially at a specific moment in time. When a state is considered hostile, its behaviour erratic, and its system opaque, what is difficult under normal circumstances becomes nearly impossible. It may thus often seem prudent to attribute the worst of intentions to such states, but this can create a self-fulfilling prophecy. Iran with its revolutionary pretensions, fiery rhetoric and nuclear ambitions, is a case in point, since it is particularly difficult to &apos;read&apos;. Located in the centre of a geo-politically sensitive and conflict-driven area, Iran is in a position to influence - positively or otherwise - the Persian Gulf, the Caucasus, the Middle East and South Asia. This influence may furthermore be expanding as a result of the weakening of Iraq and Lebanon, divisions among the Palestinians, and the more general rise of the Shi&apos;i across the broader region. Add to this the ambiguous aims of Iran&apos;s nuclear programme and the shadow this has already thrown across the region, and the need to assess Iran&apos;s intentions accurately appears crucial. Here, Iran&apos;s past behavior may provide some help, especially when it comes to Iran&apos;s proclivity for risk taking - provided the acquisition of a nuclear capability does not alter Iran&apos;s intentions or behavior so as to make the past irrelevant. Some commentators believe that Iran&apos;s ideology and past behaviour suggest that a nuclear-capable Iran will be inclined to take on a high level of risk, without concern for the potential costs of this recklessness, and that Iran may perhaps even welcome the risks involved. By contrast, the recent National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), a composite of US intelligence agency estimates, has concluded that Iran&apos;s &apos;decisions are guided by a cost-benefit approach&apos; and therefore &apos;may be more vulnerable to influence&apos; than they had previously (i.e.2005) judged. These

  3. MRI findings in von Recklinghausen&apos;s disease with extensive neurofibromatosis. Kernspintomographische Befunde beim M. von Recklinghausen mit ausgedehnten Neurofibromen

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    Kaiser, R. (Gemeinnuetziges Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus, Klinikum der Universitaet Witten-Herdecke, Herdecke (Germany). Inst. fuer Kernspintomographie)

    1991-07-01

    A male patient was examined by nuclear spin tomography. He was found to have Recklinghausen&apos;s disease, with multiple tumours whose histopathological picture showed them to be of the neurofibroma type. (GDG).

  4. Craniofacial norms in white adult males. Final report 1 Oct 80-30 Sep 83

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    Kapur, K.K.; Lestrel, P.

    1983-01-01

    The objective of this investigation was to establish clinical &apos;norms&apos; of craniofacial skeletal orientation and the associated soft tissue facial profile for adult white males. Lateral and frontal cephalometric radiographs and study casts taken on 305 white males, with 28 or more teeth and 25-75 years of age, were used to develop these craniofacial standards. The goal of the research program has been to develop a computerized approach based upon dentofacial templates for the fabrication of complete dentures and to define clinical standards that can be applied in assessing the prosthodontic and orthodontic treatment needs of adult patients.

  5. Impressive Offshore Rig Built &apos;&apos;in the Woods&apos;&apos;. Bentec launched new 2500 hp drilling rig for the Mittelplate field development

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    Anon.

    2005-06-01

    In May international rig design and manufacturer Bentec Drilling and Oilfield Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abbot Group plc, unveiled the new 2500 hp rig T-150 it has been building for the Mittelplate Consortium (RWE Dea AG as operator/Wintershall AG) at Bentec&apos;s manufacturing facility &apos;&apos;in the woods&apos;&apos; of Bad Bentheim, Germany. (orig.)

  6. Why Germany&apos;s &apos;Messy&apos; energy transition should be a lesson to other nations

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    Shepherd, John [nuclear 24, Brighton (United Kingdom)

    2015-03-15

    Germany&apos;s so-called &apos;&apos;energy transition&apos;&apos; (&apos;'Energiewende'&apos;) is increasingly drawing the intention of the international community - but it seems for all the wrong reasons. US Senator Lamar Alexander said recently that German energy policy is one of the reasons the US should not abandon nuclear, but actually encourage increased investment in nuclear power plants. Alexander&apos;s remarks were made in an article published by the US Nuclear Energy Institute, in which he outlined his reasons why the US should not follow Germany&apos;s lead. Alexander rightly pointed out that the cost of attempting to replace nuclear power with wind, solar, and accompanying infrastructure is estimated by the German government at some 1.2 trillion US dollars (about 1 trillion Euros). The senator also made the point that Germany &apos;&apos;does not produce enough reliable, baseload energy for an important manufacturing economy&apos;&apos;. He also expressed concern at Germany&apos;s reliance on buying natural gas from Russia. While Germany has been forcing the closure of nuclear power plants others, including the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE), have been investing in new nuclear, Alexander said. Judging from Alexander&apos;s remarks, it seems that Germany&apos;s energy transition experience will, after all, have a long-lasting legacy. That legacy will be a valuable lesson to other major industrialised nations in why they should not follow Germany&apos;s lead in abandoning a sensible energy mix, if they wish to maintain and develop economic and industrial productivity while keeping to international commitments to tackle climate change.

  7. 7th CNS int&apos;l steam generators to controls conference - a compliment to the remarkable CNS &apos;OM+DM utility engagement initiative&apos;

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    We learned from CANDU Maintenance-Conference of December 2011, that it is our own &apos;ways-of-working&apos; as service-providers for everything from plant-architecture to operational-support, that is holding back &apos;new-build&apos; as well as &apos;re-build&apos;. CMC2011 addressed that by focusing on &apos;Needs-and-Interests of the Operating-Utilities&apos;. SGC 2012 extends that by focusing firstly on &apos;Issue-Identification&apos; to isolate &apos;items-needing-attention&apos;; then on &apos;Issue-Definition&apos; to define the &apos;work&apos; required for &apos;Issue-Resolution&apos;. It also pursues &apos;Task Leadership&apos; as a competence, essential for ... &apos;making things happen&apos;. These events and the CNS &apos;OM+DM [Operations&Maintenance and Design&Materials Divisions] Utility Engagement Initiative&apos; are seen as complimentary initiatives toward such &apos;ways-of-working-improvement&apos; objectives. (author)

  8. The synchro crusher: a new type of impact?; Le &apos;'synchro-concasseur'&apos;: du nouveau dans l&apos;impact?

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    Van der Zanden, H.; Valenchon, P.

    1999-10-01

    The seminar organized by &apos;Quarry Management&apos; on the occasion of the Hillhead 99 workshop provided the Dutch company VanderZanden with the opportunity to present its research work on the development of a new concept of crushing called &apos;SynchroCrusher&apos;. Its principle uses the &apos;relative movement&apos; linked with &apos;synchronization&apos;. Each particle is uniformly and precisely crushed by a double impact, the second impact being only generated by the residual (free) energy and occurring at a greater speed. An optimal direct impact is obtained thanks to a perfect control of the impact angle (between 75 and 85 deg.) and of the particle trajectories with no interference between particles. This system allows to reduce both the energy consumption and the wear of crushers. This paper presents the concept of the SynchroCrusher, its comparison with other classical impact crushers and the R and D work carried out to analyze the movement of particles, the capacity of the crusher with respect to the orientation of blades, the directional changes of particles inside the crusher and the synchronization of particle trajectories. (J.S.)

  9. Male mating biology

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    Howell Paul I

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Before sterile mass-reared mosquitoes are released in an attempt to control local populations, many facets of male mating biology need to be elucidated. Large knowledge gaps exist in how both sexes meet in space and time, the correlation of male size and mating success and in which arenas matings are successful. Previous failures in mosquito sterile insect technique (SIT projects have been linked to poor knowledge of local mating behaviours or the selection of deleterious phenotypes during colonisation and long-term mass rearing. Careful selection of mating characteristics must be combined with intensive field trials to ensure phenotypic characters are not antagonistic to longevity, dispersal, or mating behaviours in released males. Success has been achieved, even when colonised vectors were less competitive, due in part to extensive field trials to ensure mating compatibility and effective dispersal. The study of male mating biology in other dipterans has improved the success of operational SIT programmes. Contributing factors include inter-sexual selection, pheromone based attraction, the ability to detect alterations in local mating behaviours, and the effects of long-term colonisation on mating competitiveness. Although great strides have been made in other SIT programmes, this knowledge may not be germane to anophelines, and this has led to a recent increase in research in this area.

  10. Empowering Young Black Males

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    Kafele, Baruti K.

    2012-01-01

    Of all the challenges we face in education today, the author can think of none greater than the challenge of motivating, educating, and empowering black male learners. The fact that this group of students is in crisis is evident on multiple levels, starting with graduation rates. According to the Schott Foundation (2008), the U.S. high school…

  11. Lycopene and male infertility

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    Damayanthi Durairajanayagam; Ashok Agarwal; Chloe Ong; Pallavi Prashast

    2014-01-01

    Excessive amounts of reactive oxygen species (ROS) cause a state of oxidative stress, which result in sperm membrane lipid peroxidation, DNA damage and apoptosis, leading to decreased sperm viability and motility. Elevated levels of ROS are a major cause of idiopathic male factor infertility, which is an increasingly common problem today. Lycopene, the most potent singlet oxygen quencher of all carotenoids, is a possible treatment option for male infertility because of its antioxidant properties. By reacting with and neutralizing free radicals, lycopene could reduce the incidence of oxidative stress and thus, lessen the damage that would otherwise be inlficted on spermatozoa. It is postulated that lycopene may have other beneifcial effects via nonoxidative mechanisms in the testis, such as gap junction communication, modulation of gene expression, regulation of the cell cycle and immunoenhancement. Various lycopene supplementation studies conducted on both humans and animals have shown promising results in alleviating male infertility-lipid peroxidation and DNA damage were decreased, while sperm count and viability, and general immunity were increased. Improvement of these parameters indicates a reduction in oxidative stress, and thus the spermatozoa is less vulnerable to oxidative damage, which increases the chances of a normal sperm fertilizing the egg. Human trials have reported improvement in sperm parameters and pregnancy rates with supplementation of 4-8 mg of lycopene daily for 3-12 months. However, further detailed and extensive research is still required to determine the dosage and the usefulness of lycopene as a treatment for male infertility.

  12. Male breast cancer.

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    Ottini, Laura; Palli, Domenico; Rizzo, Sergio; Federico, Mario; Bazan, Viviana; Russo, Antonio

    2010-02-01

    Male breast cancer (MaleBC) is a rare disease, accounting for development; low-penetrance gene mutations (i.e. CHEK-2) are more common but involve a lower risk increase. About 90% of all male breast tumors have proved to be invasive ductal carcinomas, expressing high levels of hormone receptors with evident therapeutic returns. The most common clinical sign of BC onset in men is a painless palpable retroareolar lump, which should be evaluated by means of mammography, ultrasonography and core biopsy or fine needle aspiration (FNA). To date, there are no published data from prospective randomized trials supporting a specific therapeutic approach in MaleBC. Tumor size together with the number of axillary nodes involved are the main prognostic factors and should guide the treatment choice. Locoregional approaches include surgery and radiotherapy (RT), depending upon the initial clinical presentation. When systemic treatment (adjuvant, neoadjuvant and metastatic) is delivered, the choice between hormonal and or chemotherapy (CT) should depend upon the clinical and biological features, according to the FBC management guidelines. However great caution is required because of high rates of age-related comorbidities. PMID:19427229

  13. The Effect of a High-Fat Diet on Brain Plasticity, Inflammation and Cognition in Female ApoE4-Knockin and ApoE-Knockout Mice.

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    Janssen, Carola I F; Jansen, Diane; Mutsaers, Martina P C; Dederen, Pieter J W C; Geenen, Bram; Mulder, Monique T; Kiliaan, Amanda J

    2016-01-01

    Apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4), one of three common isoforms of ApoE, is a major risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer disease (AD). ApoE-deficient mice, as well as mice expressing human ApoE4, display impaired learning and memory functions and signs of neurodegeneration. Moreover, ApoE protects against high-fat (HF) diet induced neurodegeneration by its role in the maintenance of the integrity of the blood-brain barrier. The influence of a HF diet on the progression of AD-like cognitive and neuropathological changes was assessed in wild-type (WT), human ApoE4 and ApoE-knockout (ApoE-/-) mice to evaluate the modulatory role of ApoE in this process. From 12 months of age, female WT, ApoE4, and ApoE-/- mice were fed either a standard or a HF diet (19% butter, 0.5% cholate, 1.25% cholesterol) throughout life. At 15 months of age mice performed the Morris water maze, evaluating spatial learning and memory. ApoE-/- showed increased spatial learning compared to WT mice (p = 0.009). HF diet improved spatial learning in WT mice (p = 0.045), but did not affect ApoE4 and ApoE-/- mice. Immunohistochemical analyses of the hippocampus demonstrated increased neuroinflammation (CD68) in the cornu ammonis 1 (CA1) region in ApoE4 (p = 0.001) and in ApoE-/- (p = 0.032) mice on standard diet. HF diet tended to increase CD68 in the CA1 in WT mice (p = 0.052), while it decreased in ApoE4 (p = 0.009), but ApoE-/- remained unaffected. A trend towards increased neurogenesis (DCX) was found in both ApoE4 (p = 0.052) and ApoE-/- mice (p = 0.068). In conclusion, these data suggest that HF intake induces different effects in WT mice compared to ApoE4 and ApoE-/- with respect to markers for cognition and neurodegeneration. We propose that HF intake inhibits the compensatory mechanisms of neuroinflammation and neurogenesis in aged female ApoE4 and ApoE-/- mice. PMID:27171180

  14. The Effect of a High-Fat Diet on Brain Plasticity, Inflammation and Cognition in Female ApoE4-Knockin and ApoE-Knockout Mice.

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    Carola I F Janssen

    Full Text Available Apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4, one of three common isoforms of ApoE, is a major risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer disease (AD. ApoE-deficient mice, as well as mice expressing human ApoE4, display impaired learning and memory functions and signs of neurodegeneration. Moreover, ApoE protects against high-fat (HF diet induced neurodegeneration by its role in the maintenance of the integrity of the blood-brain barrier. The influence of a HF diet on the progression of AD-like cognitive and neuropathological changes was assessed in wild-type (WT, human ApoE4 and ApoE-knockout (ApoE-/- mice to evaluate the modulatory role of ApoE in this process. From 12 months of age, female WT, ApoE4, and ApoE-/- mice were fed either a standard or a HF diet (19% butter, 0.5% cholate, 1.25% cholesterol throughout life. At 15 months of age mice performed the Morris water maze, evaluating spatial learning and memory. ApoE-/- showed increased spatial learning compared to WT mice (p = 0.009. HF diet improved spatial learning in WT mice (p = 0.045, but did not affect ApoE4 and ApoE-/- mice. Immunohistochemical analyses of the hippocampus demonstrated increased neuroinflammation (CD68 in the cornu ammonis 1 (CA1 region in ApoE4 (p = 0.001 and in ApoE-/- (p = 0.032 mice on standard diet. HF diet tended to increase CD68 in the CA1 in WT mice (p = 0.052, while it decreased in ApoE4 (p = 0.009, but ApoE-/- remained unaffected. A trend towards increased neurogenesis (DCX was found in both ApoE4 (p = 0.052 and ApoE-/- mice (p = 0.068. In conclusion, these data suggest that HF intake induces different effects in WT mice compared to ApoE4 and ApoE-/- with respect to markers for cognition and neurodegeneration. We propose that HF intake inhibits the compensatory mechanisms of neuroinflammation and neurogenesis in aged female ApoE4 and ApoE-/- mice.

  15. The &apos;night sensitive&apos; vehicle; Das &apos;nachtsensitive&apos; Fahrzeug

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    Egelhaaf, J.C.; Knoll, P.M. [Robert Bosch GmbH, Leonberg (Germany)

    2003-07-01

    Driver assistance systems help to reduce the number of accidents. In particular, night vision improvement systems can help to come closer to the goal of collision mitigation since 40% of all fatal accidents occur at night while only 20% of traffic happens at night. (Situation in Germany). Besides weather condition, limited vision at night is mainly caused by the light of oncoming vehicles. To overcome this problem, different developments have been made and are going on. Decades ago, an approach using polarized light has been tested but was not pursued longer due to the huge losses of light caused by the polarizers. Adaptive curve light has been introduced in the 1960&apos;s and intelligent headlight systems, adapting the beams of the headlights to specific traffic situations, are under development. A FIR based night vision improvement system is offered as an option in Cadillac cars, and has good market acceptance. The sensor detects the Far Infrared radiation of objects in front of the vehicle and shows them as a Video picture projected on the windscreen with a HUD. At Robert Bosch a NIR based system is currently under development. It uses Near Infrared radiation from the modified halogen headlight. The picture is detected with a Video camera with an imager with high dynamic range, being currently under development. The range of the system is in the range beyond 100 m at good sight (no fog or heavy rain). The advantage of this combination is on the one hand a better performance compared to the FIR system because road limit lines are seen clearly at a wide range and thus a differentiation of objects within or outside the lane can be made. On the other hand the video camera being used for night vision improvement purposes can be used during day time as well, and has a high potential for other vision based safety and comfort functions like lane departure warning (day and night), ACC Stop and Go and others. (orig.)

  16. A Survey of Open Clusters in the u&apos;g'r'i'z&apos; Filter System. 3. Results for the Cluster NGC 188

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    Fornal, Bartosz; Tucker, Douglas L.; Smith, J.Allyn; Allam, Sahar S.; Rider, Cristin J.; Sung, Hwankyung; /Jagiellonian U. /Fermilab /Austin Peay State U. /Wyoming U. /Johns Hopkins U. /Sejong U.

    2006-11-01

    The authors continue the series of papers describing the results of a photometric survey of open star clusters, primarily in the southern hemisphere, taken in the u&apos;g'r'i'z&apos; filter system. The entire observed sample covered more than 100 clusters, but here they present data only on NGC 188, which is one of the oldest open clusters known in the Milky Way. They fit the Padova theoretical isochrones to the data. Assuming a solar metallicity for NGC 188, they find a distance of 1700 {+-} 100 pc, an age of 7.5 {+-} 0.7 Gyr, and a reddening E(B-V) of 0.025 {+-} 0.005. This yields a distance modulus of 11.23 {+-} 0.14.

  17. The state and means for developing efforts to regulate drilling mud types at the &apos;'Permneft''&apos; union

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    Krysin, N.I.; Minaeva, R.M.; Sukhikh, U.M.

    1979-01-01

    Service water has been most widely used as a drilling mud at the &apos;'Permneft''&apos; union. Emulsion mud and emulsion mud-carbonated drilling mud are also widely used. In unstable rock areas, flushing is conducted using calcium chloride mud drilling solutions and mud drilling solutions with natural subsalt mineralization. The use of various types of drilling muds is analyzed. The following were the primary indicators in the analysis: the specific weight of the expenditures on drilling solution materials in the overall cost of borehole construction and the expenses on materials for 1 meter of drilling. The types of drilling solutions recommended for use in different fields in specific geological conditions are determined. The drilling solution standards are compared based on the results of an analysis and the reference materials of the All-Union Scientific Research Institute on Comprehensive Oil Solutions. An examination proceedure is described, together with the regulation acceptances and directions for improving them.

  18. The effects of the apoE4 genotype on the developing mouse retina.

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    Maharshak, Idit; Salomon-Zimri, Shiran; Antes, Ran; Liraz, Ori; Nisgav, Yael; Livnat, Tami; Weinberger, Dov; Colton, Carol A; Solomon, Arieh S; Michaelson, Daniel M

    2016-04-01

    Apolipoprotein E4 (apoE4), the most prevalent genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD), is associated with neuronal and vascular impairments. The retina, which is as an extension of the central nervous system (CNS), is a particularly suitable model for studying developmental and functional aspects of the neuronal and vascular systems. This study investigates the apoE4-dependent developmental effects on the retinal vasculature and neuronal systems and on the levels of apoE and the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the retina. This was performed utilizing retinas of 4, 7, 12, and of 120-day-old human-apoE4-targeted replacement mice and of corresponding mice that express the AD benign isoform, apoE3. The results obtained revealed retinal vascular pathology in the apoE4 mice, which started on the early post-natal days. This includes transient increase in vascular branching, and vascular buds which are round vascular elements representing sprouting or retracting vessels. These effects peaked and ended during the neonatal period. Examination of the synaptic system utilizing the pre-synaptic marker synaptophysin revealed a significant decrease of retinal synaptic density in the apoE4 mice, which was detectable by post-natal day 12 (P12). These morphological changes are associated with neonatal age-dependent elevation in the apoE levels in both apoE3 and apoE4 retinas which is more profound in the apoE4 mice and a corresponding increase in VEGF levels, which is less profound in the apoE4 mice. Additionally, we observed lower levels of retinal VEGF in the apoE4 mice compared to the apoE3 mice retinas on P12. These results show that apoE4 has a transient vascular effect during retinal development that ends in the neonatal period, which is accompanied by a synaptic effect that begins at the end of the neonatal period. These findings show that the apoE4 genotype can have distinct developmental effects on both the retinal vasculature and on neurons and

  19. Marketingové aktivity projektu neziskové organizace Lékořice "Naše kavárna"

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    Šebková, Kateřina

    2010-01-01

    This thesis deals with project "Naše kavárna"("Our café"), which was established by the non-profit organization Lékořice, as an opportunity to create job vacancies for relatives of long term hospitalized patients. The theoretical section provides insight into the marketing principles used in the service sector and above all, in hospitality. The practical section through the use of marketing research, applies the theory on the actual project, describes the current situation, and arrives with p...

  20. Slika Krista. Teološko-umjetnički uvid u sliku Isusa Krista od njenih početaka do danas

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    REBIĆ, Adalbert

    2005-01-01

    U članku teološki analiziramo sliku Krista kroz povijest sa svim svojim stilskim i teološkim pomacima, s duhovnim stremljenjima pojedinih epoha povijesti. U najranije doba, u III. i IV. stoljeću, Krista prikazuju najprije simbolima ribe, vinove vitice, janjeta i slično, potom preuzimajući elemente iz grčko-rimskoga svijeta slikaju Krista u slici boga Sunca, pa u slici dobroga pastira. Stilske izmjene i ikonografske preobrazbe slike Krista kroz povijest kršćanstva, osobito kroz srednji vijek, ...

  1. Quality and Renewal 2011 : Kvalitet och Förnyelse 2011 (KoF11). An overall evaluation of research at Uppsala University 2010/2011

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    2011-01-01

    During the academic year 2010/11, an evaluation (KoF11) of the research at all faculties of Uppsala University has been carried out in order to assess the quality of research and to identify opportunities for renewal. The main objective of the evaluation exercise was to identify strong research activities in specific areas as well as in multi-disciplinary constellations and to offer advice on activities with potential to develop into new strong areas of research. A follow-up of how recommenda...

  2. Abundance, composition and growth rate of coral recruits on dead corals following the 2010 bleaching event at Mu Ko Surin, the Andaman Sea

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    Yucharoen, Mathinee; Yeemin, Thamasak; Casareto, Beatriz E.; Suzuki, Yoshimi; Samsuvan, Watchara; Sangmanee, Kanwara; Klinthong, Wanlaya; Pengsakun, Sittiporn; Sutthacheep, Makamas

    2015-06-01

    Elevated seawater temperatures in the summer months of 2010 were associated with widespread coral mortality in Thailand. A large number of corals at Mu Ko Surin died following the bleaching event. Understanding of the recruitment of corals would improve our ability to predict the potential for coral recovery from the impacts of bleaching events, as well as the interpretation of spatio-temporal variability in coral community structure. This study aims to examine the composition, abundance and growth rate of juvenile corals and the potential of reef recovery at Mu Ko Surin in order to help to understand how reefs react to major disturbances. We found that the densities of coral recruits varied among years and study sites. In the year 2011, coral recruitments ranged between 0.18 ± 0.02 to 1.67 ± 0.07 recruits per m2 for 10 study sites. While in 2012, the monitoring revealed a range between 0.96 ± 0.16 and 2.19 ± 0.21 recruits per m2 from 5 study sites. Fungia, Acropora, Porites and Favites were the dominant groups of coral recruits. In terms substrate forms, they were significant differences between sampling years but the preferential dominant substrate forms did not differ. The Acropora recruits at Ko Torinla showed normal distributions of size class during the two periods. Their ranges in 2011 and 2012 were 4-30 and 13-54 mm, respectively. Six species of Acropora recruits, i.e. Acropora intermedia, A. nasuta, A. cerealis, A. subulata, A. muricata and A. latistella were found. They showed diverse growth rates due to the spatial distribution of 2.11 ± 0.59 to 7.47 ± 1.37 cm per year. This study provides useful data in terms of coral recruitment and recovery from degradation and disturbance, especially from temperature changes induced by coral bleaching. The findings suggest that there is the possibility for coral recovery around Mu Ko Surin following the 2010 bleaching event.

  3. Kompetencje matematyczne dzieci kończących edukację przedszkolną w systemie tradycyjnym i systemie Montessori

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    Kaiser, Izabella

    2016-01-01

    Przedmiotem analiz teoretycznych i badań empirycznych przedstawionych w dysertacji są kompetencje matematyczne dzieci kończących edukację przedszkolną w systemie tradycyjnym i systemie Montessori oraz przebieg procesu ich rozwijania w obu typach placówek. Pierwsza część rozprawy doktorskiej ma charakter teoretyczno-metodologiczny. Omówiono w niej zagadnienie dojrzałości szkolnej, podstawy dziecięcej matematyki, kompetencje matematyczne zawarte w Podstawie Programowej Wychowania Przedszkol...

  4. Prehrana pegaste sove Tyto alba na Goričkem: Diet composition of the barn owl Tyto alba at Goričko:

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    Janžekovič, Franc; Ficko, Melita

    2000-01-01

    Diet of the Barn Owl Tyto alba was studied in the traditional cultural landscape of Goričko (NE Slovenia). The pellets were collected during the 1997-1998 period in the attics of the churches at Domanjševci, Adrijanci and Hodoš. The owl preyed on 18 different mammal species, including Common Bat Myotis myotis. The most preyed species by number (39%) and by biomass (54%) was Common Vole Microtus arvalis. The prey was selected opportunistically, which is reflected through the wide feeding niche...

  5. Istraživanje teško dostupnih društvenih grupa: primjer gej i lezbijske populacije u Sloveniji

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    Švab, Alenka; KUHAR, Roman

    2008-01-01

    U ~lanku se iznose glavne metodolo{ke dileme u istra`ivanju svakodnevnog `ivota te{ko dostupnih dru{tvenih grupa – gej i lezbijske populacije. Članak se temelji na iskustvima autora ste~enim tijekom istra`iva~koga projekta o svakodnevnom `ivotu gejeva i lezbijki u Sloveniji, koji se provodio od 2002. do 2004. godine. Istra`ivanje je kombiniralo kvalitativnu i kvantitativnu metodologiju. Anketa je provedena na uzorku od 443 gejeva i lezbijki. Uzorak je sastavljen metodom '...

  6. Teško oštećenje bubrežne funkcije u odraslih bolesnika s akutnim trovanjem octenom kiselinom

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    Chibishev, Andon; Sikole, Aleksandar; Pereska, Zanina; Chibisheva, Vesna; Simonovska, Natasha; Orovchanec, Nikola

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    Octena kiselina organska je kiselina s korozivnim svojstvima koja ovise o njezinoj koncentraciji. Ako se unese u koncentracijama iznad 30 %, može teško oštetiti gornji dio gastrointestinalnog sustava i izazvati intravaskularnu hemolizu, što može dovesti do teških oštećenja bubrega i jetara te do diseminirane intravaskularne koagulacije. U ovome retrospektivnom ispitivanju analizirani su slučajevi gutanja octene kiseline prikupljeni u Sveučilišnoj klinici za toksikologiju u Skopju od 1. siječn...

  7. ApoE4-specific Misfolded Intermediate Identified by Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Benfeard Williams

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD is associated with the APOE gene, which encodes for three variants of Apolipoprotein E, namely E2, E3, E4, differing only by two amino acids at positions 112 and 158. ApoE4 is known to be the strongest risk factor for AD onset, while ApoE3 and ApoE2 are considered to be the AD-neutral and AD-protective isoforms, respectively. It has been hypothesized that the ApoE isoforms may contribute to the development of AD by modifying the homeostasis of ApoE physiological partners and AD-related proteins in an isoform-specific fashion. Here we find that, despite the high sequence similarity among the three ApoE variants, only ApoE4 exhibits a misfolded intermediate state characterized by isoform-specific domain-domain interactions in molecular dynamics simulations. The existence of an ApoE4-specific intermediate state can contribute to the onset of AD by altering multiple cellular pathways involved in ApoE-dependent lipid transport efficiency or in AD-related protein aggregation and clearance. We present what we believe to be the first structural model of an ApoE4 misfolded intermediate state, which may serve to elucidate the molecular mechanism underlying the role of ApoE4 in AD pathogenesis. The knowledge of the structure for the ApoE4 folding intermediate provides a new platform for the rational design of alternative therapeutic strategies to fight AD.

  8. ApoE4-specific Misfolded Intermediate Identified by Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Williams, Benfeard; Convertino, Marino; Das, Jhuma; Dokholyan, Nikolay V

    2015-10-01

    The increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) is associated with the APOE gene, which encodes for three variants of Apolipoprotein E, namely E2, E3, E4, differing only by two amino acids at positions 112 and 158. ApoE4 is known to be the strongest risk factor for AD onset, while ApoE3 and ApoE2 are considered to be the AD-neutral and AD-protective isoforms, respectively. It has been hypothesized that the ApoE isoforms may contribute to the development of AD by modifying the homeostasis of ApoE physiological partners and AD-related proteins in an isoform-specific fashion. Here we find that, despite the high sequence similarity among the three ApoE variants, only ApoE4 exhibits a misfolded intermediate state characterized by isoform-specific domain-domain interactions in molecular dynamics simulations. The existence of an ApoE4-specific intermediate state can contribute to the onset of AD by altering multiple cellular pathways involved in ApoE-dependent lipid transport efficiency or in AD-related protein aggregation and clearance. We present what we believe to be the first structural model of an ApoE4 misfolded intermediate state, which may serve to elucidate the molecular mechanism underlying the role of ApoE4 in AD pathogenesis. The knowledge of the structure for the ApoE4 folding intermediate provides a new platform for the rational design of alternative therapeutic strategies to fight AD.

  9. Reflection group on &apos;Expert Culture&apos;

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    Eggermont, G

    2000-07-01

    As part of SCK-CEN&apos;s social sciences and humanities programme, a reflection group on &apos;Expert Culture&apos; was established. The objectives of the reflection group are: (1) to clarify the role of SCK-CEN experts; (2) to clarify the new role of expertise in the evolving context of risk society; (3) to confront external views and internal SCK-CEN experiences on expert culture; (4) to improve trust building of experts and credibility of SCK-CEN as a nuclear actor in society; (5) to develop a draft for a deontological code; (6) to integrate the approach in training on assertivity and communication; (7) to create an output for a topical day on the subject of expert culture. The programme, achievements and perspectives of the refection group are summarised.

  10. Social Service Professionals&apos; Perceptions of Nonoffending Caregivers in Child Sexual Abuse Cases

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    Wolfteich, Paula M.; Cline, Monica L.

    2013-01-01

    This study was designed to assess social service workers&apos; perceptions of nonoffending caregivers in cases of child sexual abuse. Attributions of blame were examined by administering questionnaires to staff at local social service agencies. It was hypothesized that social service workers who worked in the field longer, were male, or had less…

  11. Motivation for Reading and Upper Primary School Students&apos; Academic Achievement in Reading in Kenya

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    Mucherah, Winnie; Herendeen, Abbey

    2013-01-01

    This study examined primary school students&apos; reading motivation and performance on the standardized exam. Participants included 901 seventh and eighth grade students from Kenya. There were 468 females and 433 males. Contrary to previous studies, results showed reading challenge and aesthetics, but not efficacy, predicted reading achievement,…

  12. Outline of year-round ski facility &apos;LALAPORT SKI DOME &apos;SSAWS'&apos;. Lalaport ski dome &apos;SSAWS&apos; no keikaku gaiyo

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    Kayo, M. (Kajima Corp., Tokyo (Japan)); Suzuki, T. (NKK Corp., Tokyo (Japan))

    1994-03-31

    This paper introduces the world&apos;s first indoor snow-fall type artificial ski facility &apos;SSAWS&apos;. Skiing can be enjoyed throughout a year by virtue of artificial snow making machines. Snow quality control requires that the temperature in the ski slope be kept below the freezing point at all times. Means to achieve the requirement included reducing outer wall load by using heat insulation, recovering waste heat from the ski slope by using heat pipes, preventing cold air from leaking and outside air from entering, and adopting a cogeneration system. The cold heat source is a warm water absorbing freezer utilizing waste heat from a gas engine for the cogeneration. The cogeneration system has saved more than 60% of the air conditioning and hot water supplying energy, reducing the annual expense by 15%. The snow making system has a nozzle jet out very highly homogeneous and microfine water droplets with compressed air, and freeze them at -5[degree]C utilizing adiabatic expansion into snow to fall on the slope. The system can control the snow quality as required. The floor of the ski slope is in contact with atmosphere, where snow melting progresses from the lower part as a result of temperature gradient. Therefore, neither special heat source is required, nor a work to scrape and remove the snow that has been stained. 4 refs., 11 figs.

  13. The role of APOE in cerebrovascular dysfunction.

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    Tai, Leon M; Thomas, Riya; Marottoli, Felecia M; Koster, Kevin P; Kanekiyo, Takahisa; Morris, Alan W J; Bu, Guojun

    2016-05-01

    The ε4 allele of the apolipoprotein E gene (APOE4) is associated with cognitive decline during aging, is the greatest genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease and has links to other neurodegenerative conditions that affect cognition. Increasing evidence indicates that APOE genotypes differentially modulate the function of the cerebrovasculature (CV), with apoE and its receptors expressed by different cell types at the CV interface (astrocytes, pericytes, smooth muscle cells, brain endothelial cells). However, research on the role of apoE in CV dysfunction has not advanced as quickly as other apoE-modulated pathways. This review will assess what aspects of the CV are modulated by APOE genotypes during aging and under disease states, discuss potential mechanisms, and summarize the therapeutic significance of the topic. We propose that APOE4 induces CV dysfunction through direct signaling at the CV, and indirectly via modulation of peripheral and central pathways. Further, that APOE4 predisposes the CV to damage by, and exacerbates the effects of, additional risk factors (such as sex, hypertension, and diabetes). ApoE4-induced detrimental CV changes include reduced cerebral blood flow (CBF), modified neuron-CBF coupling, increased blood-brain barrier leakiness, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, hemorrhages and disrupted transport of nutrients and toxins. The apoE4-induced detrimental changes may be linked to pericyte migration/activation, astrocyte activation, smooth muscle cell damage, basement membrane degradation and alterations in brain endothelial cells. PMID:26884068

  14. A model for economical integration of &apos;&apos;Green power&apos;&apos; into the grid. VDE-Study &apos;Smart Distribution 2020&apos;; Ein Modell fuer die wirtschaftliche Integration von Oekostrom ins Netz. VDE-Studie &apos;Smart Distribution 2020&apos;

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    Jopp, Klaus

    2008-07-01

    The model of this study motivates &apos;'green'&apos; power generation due to the demand in the frame of virtual power plants, therefore the connection of green power generators regulated consumers and power storage. Conditions for virtual power plants is an &apos;&apos;Apollo program&apos;&apos; for an armament to the grids by information- and communication technologies as investigation on advanced storage engineering. With special efforts Germany should be able to play a leading role on intelligent grid management, which may be developed as an import hit. (GL)

  15. ApoE Isoform-Dependent Deficits in Extinction of Contextual Fear Conditioning

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    Olsen, Reid H. J.; Agam, Mati; Davis, Matthew James; Raber, Jacob

    2012-01-01

    The three major human apoE isoforms (apoE2, apoE3, and apoE4) are encoded by distinct alleles (ε2, ε3, and ε4). Compared to ε3, ε4 is associated with increased risk to develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD), cognitive impairments in Parkinson’s disease (PD), and other conditions. In contrast, a recent study indicated an increased susceptibility to the recurring and re-experiencing symptom cluster of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as related memory impairments, in patients carrying a...

  16. &apos;&apos;Rio+20 on site&apos;&apos;. Communities on their way to sustainability. Examples from Germany; &apos;&apos;Rio+20 vor Ort&apos;&apos;. Kommunen auf dem Weg zur Nachhaltigkeit. Beispiele aus Deutschland

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    Nolting, Katrin; Goell, Edgar

    2012-03-15

    20 years ago, the international community adopted the concept of &apos;sustainable development&apos; as a model for the 21st century adopted in order to meet the growing challenges facing the mankind. With Agenda 21, the UN presented a global action plan for the implementation of such a sustainable development. This brochure provides an insight into sustainability activities at local level in Germany. It is shown how such activities result in future-oriented and exemplary developments in some areas and selected areas of action.

  17. &apos;Biomoleculas&apos;: cellular metabolism didactic software

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    Menghi, M L [Chair of Physiology and Biophysics, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional de Entre Rios, CC 57 Suc 3, Parana 3100, Entre Rios (Argentina); Novella, L P [Chair of Physiology and Biophysics, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional de Entre Rios, CC 57 Suc 3, Parana 3100, Entre Rios (Argentina); Siebenlist, M R [Chair of Physiology and Biophysics, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional de Entre Rios, CC 57 Suc 3, Parana 3100, Entre Rios (Argentina)

    2007-11-15

    &apos;Biomoleculas&apos; is a software that deals with topics such as the digestion, cellular metabolism and excretion of nutrients. It is a pleasant, simple and didactic guide, made by and for students. In this program, each biomolecule (carbohydrates, lipids and proteins) is accompanied until its degradation and assimilation by crossing and interrelating the different metabolic channels to finally show the destination of the different metabolites formed and the way in which these are excreted. It is used at present as a teaching-learning process tool by the chair of Physiology and Biophysics at the Facultad de Ingenieria - Universidad Nacional de Entre Rios.

  18. A rare disease in an atypical location - Kimura&apos;s Disease of the upper extremity

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    Lam, Alan Cheuk Si; Lau, Vince Wing Hang [Queen Mary Hospital, Department of Radiology, Hong Kong (China); Au Yeung, Rex Kwok Him [University of Hong Kong, Department of Pathology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Hong Kong (China)

    2015-12-15

    Kimura&apos;s disease is a rare chronic inflammatory disorder predominantly affecting young Asian male patients, occurring mainly in the head and neck regions. Kimura&apos;s disease of the upper extremity is extremely rare, and previous case reports in the literature show similar imaging characteristics with consistent location at the medial epitrochlear region, predominantly with unilateral involvement. We present the first reported case of Kimura&apos;s disease affecting the anterolateral aspect of the upper arm, sparing the medial epitrochlear region, illustrating that with typical MR appearance and serology, the involvement of this rare disease in an atypical location still warrants consideration of this diagnosis. There was also bilateral asymmetrical involvement in our patient, suggesting the possibility of a propensity for Kimura&apos;s disease affecting the upper extremities to have bilateral involvement, which may necessitate imaging of the clinically asymptomatic contralateral limb in these patients for early lesion identification and treatment. (orig.)

  19. Optimisation of biological reactors using the &apos;biological resonance&apos; phenomenon; Ansatz zur Optimierung biologischer Reinigungsstufen durch das Phaenomen der &apos;&apos;Biologischen Resonanz&apos;&apos;

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    Schmid, A.

    2003-07-01

    The microbial catabolic activity of biological reactors can be increased by up to 75% through external stimulation with intermittent stress loads at intervals of several minutes. Under these process conditions, the &apos;&apos;biological resonance&apos;&apos; phenomenon determines the system and leads to an increased synthesis of enzymes. In addition to computer simulations, experiments with activated sludge were carried out in a 10-litre bioreactor. By modulating the stress intervals, a permanent increase in catabolic activity of about 60% was achieved during these experiments. By relying on the &apos;&apos;biological resonance&apos;&apos; phenomenon, the required reaction volume of biological treatment units can probably be reduced by up to 40%. (orig.)

  20. Odvisnost med nastopom fenofaz pri bukvi in navadnem divjem kostanju v Kočevju ter povprečnimi mesečnimi temperaturami zraka v obdobju od leta 1961 do 1990: Phenological development of fagus sylvatica L. and Aesculus hipocastanum L. in relation to mean monthly temperatures for the Kočevje locality during 1961-1990:

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    Kajfež-Bogataj, Lučka; Vilhar, Urša

    2003-01-01

    Long-term phenological development of forest trees and shrubs is an important indicator of changes in the onset of specific phenological phase at different sites in relation to meteorological conditions. Correlation analysis and linear multiple regression were used to establish relationship between phenological phases for Fagus sylvatica and Aesculus hippocastanum and mean monthly air temperatures for the Kočevje locality in the period 1961-1990. Correlation coefficients between the onset of ...

  1. Cuts in energy and operating cost with the Swiss system &apos;Energie in ARA&apos; - practical experience in Germany; Energie- und Betriebskosteneinsparungen nach dem schweizerischen System &apos;&apos;Energie in ARA&apos;&apos; - Praxiserfahrungen in Deutschland

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    Christmann, B. [UmBAUwelt Partnerschaft Architekten und Ingenieure, Riedstadt (Germany)

    1999-07-01

    German sewage treatment plants, too, have potential for saving energy cost and cutting down on their operating expenditure. Following the systematy developed by the &apos;Energie in ARA&apos; concept, this potential can be harnessed. (orig.) [German] Potential fuer Energiekosteneinsparungen und dadurch initiierte Betriebskosteneinsparungen ist auch bei deutschen Klaeranlagen vorhanden. Die Systematik &apos;Energie in ARA&apos; kann fuer die Erschliessung der Einsparpotentiale verwendet werden. (orig.)

  2. ApoE mimetic peptide decreases Aβ production in vitro and in vivo

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    Pak Daniel TS

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Apolipoprotein E (apoE is postulated to affect brain Aβ levels through multiple mechanisms--by altering amyloid precursor protein (APP processing, Aβ degradation, and Aβ clearance. We previously showed that an apoE-derived peptide containing a double repeat of the receptor-binding region was similarly effective in increasing APP processing in vivo. Here, we further examined whether peptides containing tandem repeats of the apoE receptor-binding region (amino acids 141-149 affected APP trafficking, APP processing, and Aβ production. Results We found that peptides containing a double or triple tandem repeat of the apoE receptor-binding region, LRKLRKRLL, increased cell surface APP and decreased Aβ levels in PS1-overexpressing PS70 cells and in primary neurons. This effect was potentiated by a sequential increase in the number of apoE receptor-binding domain repeats (trimer > dimer > monomer. We previously showed that the apoE dimer increased APP CTF in vivo; to determine whether the dimer also affected secreted APP or Aβ levels, we performed a single hippocampal injection of the apoE dimer in wild-type mice and analyzed its effect on APP processing. We found increased sAPPα and decreased Aβ levels at 24 hrs after treatment, suggesting that the apoE dimer may increase α-secretase cleavage. Conclusions These data suggest that small peptides consisting of tandem repeats of the apoE receptor-binding region are sufficient to alter APP trafficking and processing. The potency of these peptides increased with increasing repeats of the receptor binding domain of apoE. In addition, in vivo administration of the apoE peptide (dimer increased sAPPα and decreased Aβ levels in wild-type mice. Overall, these findings contribute to our understanding of the effects of apoE on APP processing and Aβ production both in vitro and in vivo.

  3. 2001-2003 &apos;&apos;public utility&apos;&apos; contract between the French government and Gaz de France; Contrat de &apos;&apos;service public&apos;&apos; 2001-2003 entre l&apos;etat et Gaz de France

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    NONE

    2002-07-01

    The &apos;&apos;public utility&apos;&apos; contract aims at specifying the actions of Gaz de France (GdF), the French gas utility, in terms of national development and public utility presence at the local scale. It extends and completes the &apos;contract of group&apos; established between the government and GdF in the domain of quality of the services offered to clients, development of gas infrastructures and extension of gas supplies, and sustainable development. (J.S.)

  4. OPEC&apos;s strategies

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    Wirl, Franz [Vienna Univ. (Austria). Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics

    2012-09-15

    This paper investigates rationale explanations of OPEC&apos;s strategies. Accounting for market characteristics in particular the sluggishness of demand and supply allows to explain price jumps as rational OPEC strategies from a narrow economic perspective (up and down) as well as from political objectives (at least up) due to the political payoff from standing up against the &apos;West&apos;. Although the temptation to accrue this political payoff was and remains high, the narrow economic profit motive coupled with an imperfect cooperation among OPEC members explains past price volatility and high prices much better than the usual reference to political events. A more specific prediction is that OPEC will switch back to setting prices since the current quantity strategy encourages oil importing countries to appropriate rents in particular in connection with the need to mitigate global warming. (orig.)

  5. Vertigo Imaging; Clinical Radiology&apos;

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    Jalal Jalal Shokouhi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available   "n- Dizziness that patients complain from are rotational vertigo, sense of instability, ataxia of gait, disturbance of vision, loss of contact with surroundings, nausea, loss of memory, loss of confidence, epileptic convulsion and dizziness that is considered by medical staff are: "n1- Vertigo as a sense of feeling the environment moving when it does not persist in all positions, aggravated by head movement. "n2- Disequilibrium as a feeling of unsteadiness or insecurity without rotation, standing and walking are difficult. "n3- Light headedness as swimming, floating, giddy or swaying sensation in the head or in the room. "nTaking the history from a vertigo patient:* "n            What the patient means by vertigo?- "n- Time of onset "n-Temporal pattern "n-Associated signs and symptoms &apos;&apos; tinnitus, hearing loss, headache, double vision, numbness and difficulty in swallowing &apos;&apos;. "n- Precipitating, aggravating and relieving factors. "n- If episodic: sequence of events, activity at onset, aura, severity and amnesia. "n*Examination of the vertigo patient checking: "nSpontaneous nystagmus, positional nystagmus, optokinetic nystagmus, posture and balance control like romberg&apos;s test, blind walking, untenberger and barany&apos;s test, stimulation of labyrinth, caloric test &apos;&apos; cold, warm water &apos;&apos; and the rotational test. "nEtiology : "n*Spontaneous nystagmus: "nPosture and balance control is positive with nausea , vomiting , sweating and anxiety : harmonic vestibular sy with loss of hearing , tinnitus , vestibular neuronitis , meniere disease and with otologic origin and dysharmmonic vestibular sy , with numbness , double vision , dysarthria in brain stem infarct and with a neurological origin. "nNonspontaneous nystagmus :Posture and balance negative with nausea, vomiting in GI disorders and internal medicine , sweating and trachycardia by chest pain in angina , M.I &apos;&apos; cardiology &apos;&apos

  6. Modulation of Muscle Atrophy, Fatigue and MLC Phosphorylation by MuRF1 as Indicated by Hindlimb Suspension Studies on MuRF1-KO Mice

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    Siegfried Labeit

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available MuRF1 is a member of the TRIM/RBCC superfamily, a gene family that encompasses a large variety of proteins, all sharing the conserved TRIM (Tripartite Motive sequential array of RING, B-box, and coiled-coil domains. Within this family, MuRF1(also named TRIM63 is a specialized member that contributes to the development of muscle atrophy and sarcopenia. Here we studied MuRF1's role in muscle atrophy during muscle unloading induced by hindlimb suspension. Consistent with previous studies, we found that MuRF1 inactivation leads to an attenuated muscle atrophy response. The amount of protection was higher as compared to the denervation model, and within the 10 day-suspension period the soleus muscle was spared from atrophy in MuRF1-KO mice. Contractility studies on hindlimb suspended muscle tissues suggested that MuRF1's functions extend beyond muscle trophicity and implicate MuRF1 in muscle fatigue and MLC phosphorylation control: soleus muscle from MuRF1-KO mice fatigued significantly faster and in addition showed a reduced posttetanic twitch potentiation. Thus the present work further established the role of MuRF1 in muscle atrophy and for the first time shows that MuRF1 plays a role in muscle fatigue and twitch potentiation.

  7. Fermentation of sweet whey by recombinant Escherichia coli K011 Fermentação de soro de leite por Escherichia coli KO11 recombinante

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    Amarildo Ricardo Leite

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available The production of ethanol from sweet whey using the recombinant Escherichia coli KO11, in batch fermentation, was tested. The maximum ethanol yield was reached after 96h, representing only 38% of the theoretical yield. The supplementation of whey with components of LB broth increased the maximum yield to 96% in 72h. The addition of 0.5% yeast extract to whey resulted in maximum yield of 74% at 36h and it increased to over 100% when yeast extract and trace metals solution (Fe++, Mn++ and Zn++ were added.A produção de etanol a partir de soro de leite empregando a cepa Escherichia coli KO11 recombinante, em fermentação de batelada, foi testada. O rendimento máximo de etanol foi obtido em 96h, representando apenas 38% do rendimento teórico. A suplementação do soro com os componentes do caldo LB aumentou o rendimento para 96% em 72h. A adição de 0,5% de extrato de levedura ao soro resultou em um rendimento máximo de 74% em 36h que aumentou para acima de 100% quando se adicionou extrato de levedura e uma solução de metais traço (Fe++, Mn++ e Zn++.

  8. Cash management system &apos;CEREUS-SM&apos;; Supermarket muke kinsen shoriki &apos;CEREUS-SM&apos;

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    Niizuma, N.; Fukushima, Y.; Kinoshita, S. [Fuji Electric Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    2000-03-10

    The adjustment system with change in coin has reduced cashier work in supermarkets, and has spread as the standard peripheral equipment of the point of sales (POS) system. Recently, there have been customer needs for a type with change in bill and coin. Fuji Electric has developed cash management system &apos;CEREUS-SM&apos; which is as small as the current system only with change in coin and can be handled by anyone, including a part-timer or a student worker. (author)

  9. Crisis - Weisskopf&apos;s view

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    &apos;We are facing a crisis, not only in particle physics but in the whole of fundamental science&apos;, said Victor Weisskopf, doyen of quantum physics, during his traditional summer CERN stopover. &apos;Basic science - science for its own sake - and especially high energy physics, is really in danger.&apos; As well as explaining how this has come about, the former CERN Director General (1961-5) proposed action to reverse the trend. Rather than dividing science into the conventional &apos;big&apos; and &apos;small&apos; camps, he slices across another axis. On one hand there is obviously applicable &apos;terrestrial science&apos; - biology, medicine, solid state, much of the nuclear sector, nonlinear behaviour, chaos,....all directly connected with processes that happen on Earth. On the other there is &apos;cosmic science&apos; - astronomy, astrophysics, particle physics and some of the nuclear sector - addressing deeper issues, not attainable naturally on this planet at all, and where applications are less immediately obvious. (This classification is not completely watertight - even cosmic science can, and does, foster immediate spinoff, Weisskopf points out, citing Georges Charpak&apos;s detector work.) Tracing the evolution of science in this century, Weisskopf sees the rapid evolution of American influence in the 1930s as a turning point. Before then, the United States had not been in the front line, and it had been important for US researchers to spend some time in Europe

  10. The role of the &apos;&apos;Neutral Service Provider&apos;&apos; in the liberalised gas market; Die Rolle des &apos;&apos;Neutral Service Provider&apos;&apos; im liberalisierten Erdgasmarkt

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    Peper, F.; Greverath, I. [Viavera GmbH Dortmund (Germany)

    2002-07-01

    The ongoing liberalisation of European gas markets forces network operators as well as retail companies to implement new processes. This article focuses on the challenges for network operators. In this context the potential for &apos;Neutral Service Providers (NSP)&apos; is discussed. Based on sample TPA processes the interaction between the NSP and the network operator is explored. The authors conclude that for many market participants the outsourcing of TPA processes to a specialized service provider has the potential to deliver significant benefits. (orig.) [German] Die fortschreitende Liberalisierung der europaeischen Erdgasmaerkte stellt die Netz- sowie die Vertriebsgesellschaften vor staendig wachsende Anforderungen. Dabei wird in diesem Artikel der Schwerpunkt auf die Komplexitaet der Aufgaben insbesondere fuer Netzbetreiber gelegt. In diesem Zusammenhang werden die hieraus resultierenden Marktchancen fuer neue Dienstleistungsunternehmen, die sogenannten &apos;Neutral Service Provider&apos; (NSP) eroertert. Anhand eines Prozessbeispiels wird die Interaktion zwischen NSP und den von ihm betreuten Netzbetreibern diskutiert. Die Autoren kommen zu dem Schluss, dass fuer viele Marktteilnehmer die Auslagerung bestimmter Unternehmensaktivitaeten im Zusammenhang mit der Bewaeltigung des Netzzugangs Dritter an einen spezialisierten Dienstleister mit erheblichen Vorteilen verbunden ist. (orig.)

  11. &apos;Blueprint&apos; your pulverizer for improved performance

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    Storm, R.F. [Storm Technologies Inc. (United States)

    2009-03-15

    Pulverizer throughput is determined by the coal fineness desired for a given coal. However, compromising on coal fineness when your pulverizer isn&apos;t up to scratch can increase NOx and cause many furnace problems. Your least costly option for increasing pulverizer capacity is to pay careful attention to key dimensions and critical tolerances during your next overhaul. 11 figs.

  12. Scenarios for the popular initiatives &apos;Strom ohne Atom&apos; (Electricity without nuclear power) and &apos;Moratorium Plus&apos;; Szenarien zu den Initiativen &apos;Strom ohne Atom&apos; sowie &apos;MoratoriumPlus&apos;

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    Eckerle, K.; Haker, K.; Hofer, P

    2001-07-01

    This report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) presents the results of a study made on the possible effects of two Swiss Popular Initiatives which called for the shutdown of nuclear power stations in Switzerland (&apos;Strom ohne Atom&apos;), the restriction of their operating life and the abstention from building new atomic power stations (&apos;Moratorium Plus&apos;). The report examines the energetic and financial consequences of the initiatives. The approaches used for the analysis are described and the energy policy actions required to avoid gaps in the supply of power after the possible closure of the power stations are discussed. Apart from a reference scenario (long-term utilisation of nuclear energy), scenarios for power generation using co-generation are presented. The problems posed by the resulting CO{sub 2} and NO{sub x} emissions are discussed. Further scenarios review the contribution to be made by renewable sources of energy and increasing energy-conservation efforts. The costs of the shutdown of nuclear power stations are discussed and the results of a sensitivity analysis are presented.

  13. Reduced Metabolsim in Brain &apos;Control Networks&apos; Following Cocaine-Cues Exposure in Female Cocaine Abusers

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    Volkow, N.D.; Wang, G.; Volkow, N.D.; Tomasi, D.; Wang, G.-J.; Fowler, J.S.; Telang, F.; Goldstein, R.Z.; Alia-Klein, N.; Wong, C.T.

    2011-03-01

    Gender differences in vulnerability for cocaine addiction have been reported. Though the mechanisms are not understood, here we hypothesize that gender differences in reactivity to conditioned-cues, which contributes to relapse, are involved. To test this we compared brain metabolism (using PET and {sup 18}FDG) between female (n = 10) and male (n = 16) active cocaine abusers when they watched a neutral video (nature scenes) versus a cocaine-cues video. Self-reports of craving increased with the cocaine-cue video but responses did not differ between genders. In contrast, changes in whole brain metabolism with cocaine-cues differed by gender (p<0.05); females significantly decreased metabolism (-8.6% {+-} 10) whereas males tended to increase it (+5.5% {+-} 18). SPM analysis (Cocaine-cues vs Neutral) in females revealed decreases in frontal, cingulate and parietal cortices, thalamus and midbrain (p<0.001) whereas males showed increases in right inferior frontal gyrus (BA 44/45) (only at p<0.005). The gender-cue interaction showed greater decrements with Cocaine-cues in females than males (p<0.001) in frontal (BA 8, 9, 10), anterior cingulate (BA 24, 32), posterior cingulate (BA 23, 31), inferior parietal (BA 40) and thalamus (dorsomedial nucleus). Females showed greater brain reactivity to cocaine-cues than males but no differences in craving, suggesting that there may be gender differences in response to cues that are not linked with craving but could affect subsequent drug use. Specifically deactivation of brain regions from &apos;control networks&apos; (prefrontal, cingulate, inferior parietal, thalamus) in females could increase their vulnerability to relapse since it would interfere with executive function (cognitive inhibition). This highlights the importance of gender tailored interventions for cocaine addiction.

  14. Effects of nocturnal aircraft noise on sleep: results from the &apos;&apos;quiet air traffic&apos;&apos; project; Wirkungen des Nachtfluglaerms auf den Schlaf: Ergebnisse aus dem Projekt &apos;&apos;Leiser Flugverkehr&apos;&apos;

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    Samel, A.; Basner, M.; Maass, H.; Mueller, U.; Quehl, J.; Wenzel, J. [Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (HGF), Inst. fuer Luft- und Raumfahrtmedizin, Koeln (Germany)

    2005-07-01

    In 192 sleep-healthy subjects (18 to 65 y) effects of nocturnal aircraft noise on sleep, stress, performance and subjective factors were investigated in 2240 nights under laboratory and field conditions. In the sleep lab, 112 volunteers were subjected to aircraft noise events by varying numbers and noise levels during 9 nights within a period of 13 nights. 16 further subjects served as control group (i.e. without any noise). 64 subjects were studied in the vicinity of Cologne-Bonn airport during 9 nights. Polysomnographical and acoustical recordings, determination of excretion rates of stress hormones from night urines, performance tests and questionnaires were conducted during all days for the assessment of nocturnal aircraft noise effects. By simultaneous recording of electrophysiological and acoustical data the probability of noise induced awakenings was estimated. Performance and most of psychological parameters did not show significant dose-effect relationships, whereas annoyance did. Epinephrine and norepinephrine did not change under aircraft noise, cortisol did change only in the lab. In the lab, a comparison between all noisy nights and noise-free baseline nights exhibited a non-significant 2-min. reduction of sleep and a 4-min. decrease of slow-wave sleep. In the field, awakenings caused by aircraft noise were detected above a threshold of 33 dB(A) &apos;&apos;at the sleeper&apos;s ear&apos;&apos;. All effects were much less pronounced in the field than in the lab. For the first time, precise dose-effect curves between maximum aircraft noise event levels and electrophysiologically detectable awakenings, and a threshold were empirically established. The results of these studies broadens the knowledge on aircraft noise induced sleep disturbances and immediate consequences for the next day. (orig.)

  15. Sexual Selection on male cuticular hydrocarbons via male-male competition and female choice.

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    Lane, S M; Dickinson, A W; Tregenza, T; House, C M

    2016-07-01

    Traditional views of sexual selection assumed that male-male competition and female mate choice work in harmony, selecting upon the same traits in the same direction. However, we now know that this is not always the case and that these two mechanisms often impose conflicting selection on male sexual traits. Cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) have been shown to be linked to both social dominance and male attractiveness in several insect species. However, although several studies have estimated the strength and form of sexual selection imposed on male CHCs by female mate choice, none have established whether these chemical traits are also subject to sexual selection via male-male competition. Using a multivariate selection analysis, we estimate and compare sexual selection exerted by male-male competition and female mate choice on male CHC composition in the broad-horned flour beetle Gnatocerus cornutus. We show that male-male competition exerts strong linear selection on both overall CHC abundance and body size in males, while female mate choice exerts a mixture of linear and nonlinear selection, targeting not just the overall amount of CHCs expressed but the relative abundance of specific hydrocarbons as well. We discuss the potential implications of this antagonistic selection with regard to male reproductive success. PMID:27037514

  16. The effects of apoA-I/C-III/A-IV, apoE and apoB polymorphisms on carotid artery intima-media thickness.

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    Nieminen, Tuomo; Kähönen, Mika; Lehtimäki, Terho

    2006-03-01

    Different apolipoprotein combinations explain most of the functional differences between plasma lipoproteins. This emphasizes the pivotal role of apolipoproteins in the homeostasis and physiological control of lipid metabolism. Genetic polymorphisms of apolipoprotein (apo)A-I/C-III/A-IV, apoE and apoB have been suggested to modulate plasma lipid levels as well as the risk of coronary artery disease and stroke. Carotid artery intima-media thickness has been shown to represent preclinical atherosclerosis and has, therefore, been used as a surrogate in quantifying the early stages of atherosclerosis. The effects of the polymorphisms in apoA-I/C-III/A-IV and apoB on carotid intima-media thickness are poorly known. The corresponding influence of apoE polymorphisms has been studied more extensively, but the results are not yet conclusive. In this review, these results are presented in detail and the potential reasons and mechanisms for the discrepancies are discussed. PMID:19804074

  17. Setting an Egalitarian Social Norm in the Classroom: Improving Attitudes towards Diversity among Male Engineering Students

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    Bennett, Jill E.; Sekaquaptewa, Denise

    2014-01-01

    This study tested the effect of a message describing a social norm of egalitarian attitudes and behaviors in an engineering college on male students&apos; attitudes and behavioral intentions surrounding diversity in engineering. Participants were first-semester university students enrolled in four sections of an introductory engineering course in…

  18. Celebrity Chefs and Masculinities among Male Cookery Trainees in Vocational Education

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    Steno, Anne Mia; Friche, Nanna

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to examine how media-generated professional identities in the culinary sector are reflected in Danish male cookery students&apos; narratives about their own identity, experiences and expectations about the trade. Hence, this study takes its starting point in studies that show how the broad popularity of the culinary…

  19. Conference: &apos;Heating with Wood&apos;. An alternative to fossil fuels? Status and perspectives. Documentation; Tagung: &apos;Heizen mit Holz&apos;. Eine Alternative zur fossilen Energie? Stand der Technik und neue Perspektiven. Dokumentation

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    NONE

    1999-07-01

    Main topics of the meeting &apos;&apos;Heating with wood&apos;&apos; were: resource assessment, economical aspects, logistics, cogeneration, district heating, plantation and harvesting of fast growing trees, new heating systems.(uke)

  20. Introducing Human APOE into Aβ Transgenic Mouse Models

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    Leon M. Tai

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Apolipoprotein E (apoE and apoE/amyloid-β (Aβ transgenic (Tg mouse models are critical to understanding apoE-isoform effects on Alzheimer's disease risk. Compared to wild type, apoE−/− mice exhibit neuronal deficits, similar to apoE4-Tg compared to apoE3-Tg mice, providing a model for Aβ-independent apoE effects on neurodegeneration. To determine the effects of apoE on Aβ-induced neuropathology, apoE−/− mice were crossed with Aβ-Tg mice, resulting in a significant delay in plaque deposition. Surprisingly, crossing human-apoE-Tg mice with apoE−/−/Aβ-Tg mice further delayed plaque deposition, which eventually developed in apoE4/Aβ-Tg mice prior to apoE3/Aβ-Tg. One approach to address hAPOE-induced temporal delay in Aβ pathology is an additional insult, like head injury. Another is crossing human-apoE-Tg mice with Aβ-Tg mice that have rapid-onset Aβ pathology. For example, because 5xFAD mice develop plaques by 2 months, the prediction is that human-apoE/5xFAD-Tg mice develop plaques around 6 months and 12 months before other human-apoE/Aβ-Tg mice. Thus, tractable models for human-apoE/Aβ-Tg mice continue to evolve.

  1. Occupational causes of male infertility

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    Bonde, Jens P E

    2013-01-01

    To highlight and discuss the new evidence on occupational and environmental risk to male reproductive function.......To highlight and discuss the new evidence on occupational and environmental risk to male reproductive function....

  2. Solar tank. &apos;Solar ship&apos; and solar development project at Freiburg; Sonne im Tank. &apos;Sonnenschiff&apos; und Solarsiedlung in Freiburg

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    Alle, N.

    2007-05-15

    In the &apos;Vauban&apos; district of the German city of Freiburg, 59 plusenergy terrace houses and one block of offices and shops were constructed during the past five years. The latter is named &apos;solar ship&apos; and has nine penthouses on its roof which generate more power than they consume. The building is 125 m long and is both a building and a power station. (orig.)

  3. Inorganic profile of some Brazilian medicinal plants obtained from ethanolic extract and &apos;&apos;in natura&apos;&apos; samples

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    Ferreira, M.O.M.; de Sousa, P.T.; Salvador, V.L.R.; Sato, I.M.

    2004-10-03

    The Anadenathera macrocarpa, Schinus molle, Hymenaea courbaril, Cariniana legalis, Solidago microglossa and Stryphnodendron barbatiman, were collected &apos;&apos;in natura&apos;&apos; samples (leaves, flowers, barks and seeds) from different commercial suppliers. The pharmaco-active compounds in ethanolic extracts had been made by the Mato Grosso Federal University (UFMT). The energy-dispersive x-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) spectrometry was used for the elemental analysis in different parts of the plants and respective ethanolic extracts. The Ca, Cl, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, P, Rb, S, Sr and Zn concentrations were determined by the fundamental parameters method. Some specimens showed a similar inorganic profile for &apos;&apos;in natura&apos;&apos; and ethanolic extract samples and some ones showed a distinct inorganic profile. For example, the Anadenathera macrocarpa showed a similar concentration in Mg, P, Cu, Zn and Rb elements in &apos;&apos;in natura&apos;&apos; and ethanolic extract samples; however very different concentration in Na, S, Cl, K , Ca, Mn, Fe and Sr was observed in distinctive samples. The Solidago microglossa showed the K, Ca, Cl, S, Mg, P and Fe elements as major constituents in both samples, suggesting that the extraction process did not affect in a considerable way the &apos;&apos;in natura&apos;&apos; inorganic composition. The elemental composition of the different parts of the plants (leaves, flowers, barks and seeds) has been also determined. For example, the Schinus molle specimen showed P, K, Cl and Ca elements as major constituents in the seeds, Mg, K and Sr in the barks and Mg, S, Cl and Mn in the leaves, demonstrating a differentiated elementary distribution. These inorganic profiles will contribute to evaluate the quality control of the Brazilian herbaceous trade and also will assist to identify which parts of the medicinal plants has greater therapeutic effect.

  4. Proposal of a simple screening method for a rapid preliminary evaluation of &apos;&apos;heavy metals&apos;&apos; mobility in soils of contaminated sites

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    Pinto, Valentina; Chiusolo, Francesca; Cremisini, Carlo [ENEA - Italian Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Environment, Rome (Italy). Section PROTCHIM

    2010-09-15

    Risks associated to &apos;&apos;heavy metals&apos;&apos; (HM) soil contamination depend not only on their total content but, mostly, on their mobility. Many extraction procedures have been developed to evaluate HM mobility in contaminated soils, but they are generally time consuming (especially the sequential extraction procedures (SEPs)) and consequently applicable on a limited number of samples. For this reason, a simple screening method, applicable even &apos;&apos;in field&apos;&apos;, has been proposed in order to obtain a rapid evaluation of HM mobility in polluted soils, mainly focused on the fraction associated to Fe and Mn oxide/hydroxides. A buffer solution of trisodium citrate and hydroxylamine hydrochloride was used as extractant for a single-step leaching test. The choice of this buffered solution was strictly related to the possibility of directly determining, via titration with dithizone (DZ), the content of Zn, Cu, Pb and Cd, which are among the most representative contaminants in highly mineralised soils. Moreover, the extraction solution is similar, aside from for the pH value, which is the one used in the BCR SEP second step. The analysis of bivalents ions through DZ titration was exploited in order to further simplify and quicken the whole procedure. The proposed method generically measures, in few minutes, the concentration of total extractable &apos;&apos;heavy metals&apos;&apos; expressed as molL{sup -1} without distinguishing between elements. The proposed screening method has been developed and applied on soil samples collected from rural, urban and mining areas, representing different situation of soil contamination. Results were compared with data obtained from the BCR procedure. The screening method demonstrated to be a reliable tool for a rapid evaluation of metals mobility. Therefore, it could be very useful, even &apos;&apos;in field&apos;&apos;, both to guide the sampling activity on site and to monitor the efficacy of the subsequent

  5. Re-evaluation of the criticality experiments of the &apos;&apos;Otto Hahn Nuclear Ship&apos;&apos; reactor

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    Lengar, I.; Snoj, L.; Rogan, P.; Ravnik, M. [Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

    2008-11-15

    Several series of experiments with a FDR reactor (advanced pressurized light water reactor) were performed in 1972 in the Geesthacht critical facility ANEX. The experiments were performed to test the core prior to its usage for the propulsion of the first German nuclear merchant ship &apos;'Otto-Hahn'&apos;. In the present paper a calculational re-evaluation of the experiments is described with the use of the up-to date computer codes (Monte-Carlo code MCNP5) and nuclear data (ENDF/B-VI release 6). It is focused on the determination of uncertainties in the benchmark model of the experimental set-up, originating mainly from the limited set of information still available about the experiments. Effects of the identified uncertainties on the multiplication factor were studied. The sensitivity studies include parametric variation of material composition and geometry. The combined total uncertainty being found 0.0050 in k{sub eff}, the experiments are qualified as criticality safety benchmark experiments. (orig.)

  6. Final Report on Project 01-ERD-017 &apos;&apos;Smart Nanostructures From Computer Simulations&apos;&apos;

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    Grossman, J C; Williamson, A J

    2004-02-13

    This project had two main objectives. The first major goal was to develop new, powerful computational simulation capabilities. It was important that these tools have the combination of the accuracy needed to describe the quantum mechanical nature of nanoscale systems and the efficiency required to be applied to realistic, experimentally derived materials. The second major goal was to apply these computational methods to calculate and predict the properties of quantum dots--initially composed of silicon, but then of other elements--which could be used to build novel nanotechnology devices. The driving factor of our purpose has been that, through the development and successful application of these tools, we would generate a new capability at LLNL that could be used to make nanostructured materials &apos;'smarter'&apos;, e.g., by selectively predicting how to engineering specific, desired properties. To carry out the necessary work to successfully complete this project and deliver on our goals, we established a two-pronged effort from the beginning: (1) to work on developing new, more efficient algorithms and quantum simulation tools, and (2) to solve problems and make predictions regarding properties of quantum dots which were being studied experimentally here at Livermore.

  7. Aerosol activity distribution on aerodynamic diameter inside the object &apos;'Shelter'&apos;: physical and dosimetric aspects

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    Bondarenko, O.A.; Aryasov, P.B.; Medvedev, S.Yu.; Nesmiyan, I.M. [Radiation Protection Inst., Kiev (Ukraine); Zhidkov, A.V. [ISTC ' ' Shelter' ' , Chernobyl, Kiev (Ukraine)

    2001-07-01

    Experimental results of the aerosol size distribution inside the Object &apos;'Shelter'&apos; are evaluated in the work. The results show a consistent and significant contribution of sub-micron fraction to the total aerosol activity. Different methods of interpretation of impactor data series are evaluated in terms of adequate assessment of the separate sub-micron aerosol fraction. The contribution of the sub-micron component to the total aerosol activity was found to be about 35%. Results of this research were also compared to those of other authors conducted with by using identical impactor equipment, e.g. results of aerosol sampling at a Czech NPP Dukovany. It is demonstrated in the work that observation of such a significant contribution of the sub-micron fraction for the Shelter aerosol can be hardly explained by systematic failure of the sampling equipment. Also physical mechanisms and corresponding observations of sub-micron aerosol generation inside the Shelter as well as subsequent dosimetric aspects are discussed. (orig.)

  8. &apos;'Green'&apos; Biopolymers for Improved Decontamination of Metals from Surfaces: Sorptive Characterization and Coating Properties

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    Davison, Brian H.; Kuritz, Tanya

    2000-06-01

    The proposed research aims to develop a fundamental understanding of important biological and physical chemical parameters for effective decontamination of metal surfaces using environmentally benign aqueous-based biopolymer solutions. Understanding how heavy metal-chelating biopolymers coat and interact with contaminated surfaces will benefit the development of novel, safe, easy-to-apply decontamination methodologies for removal of radionuclides and heavy metals. The benefits of these methodologies will include the following: (1) decreased exposure hazards for workers; (2) decreased secondary waste generation; (3) increased efficiency of decontamination; (4) positive public appeal and development of novel, nature-friendly business opportunities; and (5) lower cost of cleanup to the government. We propose to use aqueous biopolymer solutions to coat a contaminated metal surface (i.e., steel), solubilize the heavy metals (e.g., uranium) from the surface, and bind the heavy metals into the biopolymer. The biopolymer coating (containing the immobilized hazardous metal contaminants) will then be removed as a viscous film, as a dry powder, or by washing. This &apos;&apos;apply, wait, and remove&apos;&apos; procedure will reduce the amount of worker time spent in decontamination activities.

  9. &apos;'Green'&apos; Biopolymers for Improved Decontamination of Metals from Surfaces: Sorptive Characterization and Coating Properties

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    Davison, Brian H.; Kurtiz,Tanya

    1999-06-01

    The proposed research aims to develop a fundamental understanding of important biological and physical chemical parameters for effective decontamination of metal surfaces using environmentally benign aqueous-based biopolymer solutions. Understanding how heavy metal-chelating biopolymers coat and interact with contaminated surfaces will benefit the development of novel, safe, easy-to-apply decontamination methodologies for removal of radionuclides and heavy metals. The benefits of these methodologies will include the following: (1) decreased exposure hazards for workers; (2) decreased secondary waste generation; (3) increased efficiency of decontamination; (4) positive public appeal and development of novel, nature-friendly business opportunities; and (5) lower cost of cleanup to the government. We propose to use aqueous biopolymer solutions to coat a contaminated metal surface (i.e., steel), solubilize the heavy metals (e.g., uranium) from the surface, and bind the heavy metals into the biopolymer. The biopolymer coating (containing the immobilized hazardous metal contaminants) will then be removed as a viscous film, as a dry powder, or by washing. This &apos;&apos;apply, wait, and remove&apos;&apos; procedure will reduce the amount of worker time spent in decontamination activities.

  10. &apos;'Green'&apos; Biopolymers for Improved Decontamination of Metals from Surfaces: Sorptive Characterization and Coating Properties

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    Davison, Brian H.

    2002-04-30

    The proposed research aimed to develop a fundamental understanding of important biological and physical chemical parameters for effective decontamination of metal surfaces using environmentally benign aqueous-based biopolymer solutions. Understanding how heavy metal-chelating biopolymers coat and interact with contaminated surfaces will benefit the development of novel, safe, easy-to-apply decontamination methodologies for removal of radionuclides and heavy metals. The benefits of these methodologies include the following: decreased exposure hazards for workers; decreased secondary waste generation; increased efficiency of decontamination; positive public appeal and development of novel, nature-friendly business opportunities; and lower cost of cleanup to the government. We proposed to use aqueous biopolymer solutions to coat a contaminated metal surface (i.e., steel), solubilize the heavy metals (e.g., uranium) from the surface, and bind the heavy metals into the biopolymer. The biopolymer coating (containing the immobilized hazardous metal contaminants) was to be removed as a viscous film, as a dry powder, or by washing. This &apos;&apos;apply, wait, and remove&apos;&apos; procedure will reduce the amount of worker time spent in decontamination activities.

  11. Comment on &apos;&apos;Functional integral for Weyl fermions and the effective action&apos;&apos;

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    Banerjee, R.; Banerjee, H.

    1989-02-15

    Baaklini&apos;s method of obtaining the effective action for Weyl fermions is shown to yield either a gauge-invariant or a gauge-variant form depending on the specific definition employed in the analysis. The structures of the effective action proposed by Baaklini are found to correspond to the standard expressions.

  12. Imaging of bridging vein thrombosis in infants with abusive head trauma: the &apos;&apos;Tadpole Sign&apos;&apos;

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    Hahnemann, Maria L.; Kinner, Sonja; Schweiger, Bernd [University Hospital Essen, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany); Bajanowski, Thomas [University Hospital Essen, Institute of Legal Medicine, Essen (Germany); Karger, Bernd; Pfeiffer, Heidi; Wittschieber, Daniel [University Hospital Muenster, Institute of Legal Medicine, Muenster (Germany)

    2014-10-03

    Abusive head trauma (AHT) in infants is usually diagnosed using a multi-disciplinary approach by investigating the circumstances and identifying morphological indicators, for example, subdural hematomas (SDHs), subdural hygromas (SDHys), retinal haemorrhages and encephalopathy. The present morphological study investigates the incidence, radiological characteristics and non-radiological co-factors of bridging vein thrombosis (BVT) in infants with AHT. From 2002 to 2013, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) material of 628 infants aged 0-2 years were analysed retrospectively. If available, medicolegal expert opinions were additionally considered. Cases with SDHs and/or SDHys were identified and systematically evaluated as to the presence and characteristics of BVT. SDHs and/or SDHys were present in 29 of the 81 cases exhibiting morphological abnormalities in the initial CT. Among these, 11 cases (40 %) had BVT (mean age = 5.0 months). BVT could be best depicted in the T1-weighted spin echo and T2*/susceptibility-weighted MRI. In one case, BVT could be depicted indirectly using time-of-flight MR venography. The predominant (73 %) BVT shape was found to be tadpole-like (&apos;&apos;Tadpole Sign&apos;&apos;). In the absence of appropriate accidental trauma, BVT appears to be a strong indicator of AHT. Therefore, the BVT/Tadpole Sign represents compelling cause to search for other signs of AHT. (orig.)

  13. Living in the nuclear age: An Australian study of children&apos;s and adolescent&apos;s fears

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    Slee, P.T.; Cross, D.G.

    Developmental changes in children&apos;s fears with a particular focus on fears of nuclear war were studied in a sample of 1243 Australian children and adolescents aged between 4-19 years. The average number of fears reported per child was 9.3. Females reported significantly more fears than males. Developmental changes also were apparent with animal and supernatural fears in the youngest age group giving way to social fears and fear of war in the older age brackets. An average of 67.4% of the sample expressed a fear of nuclear war. The implications of this finding for parents and educators are discussed.

  14. Resource consumption of Germany - indicators and definitions. Development of a glossary on the concept of &apos;'resources'&apos; and calculation of missing characteristic data of resources consumption for further political analysis; Ressourcenverbrauch von Deutschland - aktuelle Kennzahlen und Begriffsbestimmungen. Erstellung eines Glossars zum &apos;'Ressourcenbegriff'&apos; und Berechnung von fehlenden Kennzahlen des Ressourcenverbrauchs fuer die weitere politische Analyse

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    Schuetz, Helmut; Bringezu, Stefan [Wuppertal Institut fuer Klima, Umwelt, Energie GmbH, Wuppertal (Germany). Forschungsgruppe 3: Stoffstroeme und Ressourcenmanagement

    2008-02-15

    The goals of the reported study are: - to prepare a glossary on the term &apos;'Resources'&apos; in order to support communication based on a harmonised resource term and associated terms and - to provide key data on resource use in Germany in time series since 1991 up to the most recent year for which data were available (2004 in general), and to attribute results to the resource terms. Results achieved are presented and discussed below by the following sections: Provision of a glossary on the term &apos;'resource'&apos;, use of the term &apos;'resource'&apos; at different levels, and provision of data and derived indicators for resource consumption in time series. First, a list of the relevant publications in the topic field &apos;'resources'&apos; was provided and co-ordinated with the client. This publication list is given in the annex to this report. On basis of national and international sources a glossary was provided which clearly describes and comments the resource term, its sub-terms and associated terms. This glossary is in the annex to this report. (orig.)

  15. Lisping and male homosexuality.

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    Van Borsel, John; Van de Putte, Anneleen

    2014-08-01

    The present study examined the popular stereotype that gay men lisp by evaluating to what extent listeners associated dental or frontal articulation/lisping with gayness. Fifteen heterosexual males and 15 heterosexual females listened to 275 samples of read speech and judged the sexual orientation of the speakers. A total of 175 of the samples were of homosexual men, 74 (42.3 %) of which had been identified with lisping in a previous study; 100 were of heterosexual men, 18 (18 %) of which had been identified with lisping previously. Based on the ratings of the listeners of the present study, lisping speakers were significantly more often judged to be homosexual. This was true for the group as a whole as well as for the subgroup of homosexual and heterosexual men separately. Furthermore, there was no significant gender difference with respect to associating lisping with gayness. Male and female judges associated lisping with gayness to a similar degree. Additional analysis showed that overall 56.2 % of the time the judges were correct in their judgment of the speakers' sexual orientation. The results of this study confirmed previous preliminary findings that suggested that frontal or dental articulation/lisping is a feature that listeners associate with gayness. The reason for this association remains to be clarified.

  16. Solar passive building &apos;Working and Living&apos; in Freiburg, Vauban. Final report; Solar-Passivhaus &apos;Wohnen und Arbeiten&apos;, Freiburg, Vauban. Schlussbericht

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    Wittwer, V.; Voss, K.

    2001-03-30

    Objective of the project: The apartment house called &apos;&apos;living and working&apos;&apos; in the conversion area &apos;'Vauban'&apos; in Freiburg was built with the goal to achieve CO2 -savings of 80% compared to todays standard new buildings regarding heating, warm water and electricity (incl. household appliances). The additional investment costs should not exceed 300 DM per square meter. Presentation of the working steps of the methods applied: Using the subsidies detailed solutions and calculations regarding rentability and costs could be obtained during the planning process. The cost-yield ratio (DM applied/saved primary energy) was determined for all measures planned.This instrument proved to be very useful in making decisions for selecting the measures to be taken. [German] Zielsetzung und Anlass des Vorhabens: Das Mehrfamilienhaus &apos;Wohnen and Arbeiten&apos; im Freiburger Konversionsgebiet &apos;Vauban&apos; entstand mit der Zielrichtung in den Bereichen Heizung, Warmwasser und Elektrizitaet (ink. Haushaltsgeraete) eine CO{sub 2}-Einsparung von 80% gegenueber dem heute ueblichen Neubaustandard zu erreichen. Dabei sollten die investiven Mehrkosten pro Quadratmeter Wohnflaeche nicht mehr als 300 DM betragen. Darstellung der Arbeitsschritte und der angewandten Methoden: Mit Hilfe der Foerdergelder konnten bereits waehrend des Planungsprozesses Detailloesungen, sowie ausfuehrliche Wirtschaftlichkeits- und Kostenbetrachtungen durchgefuehrt werden. Fuer alle geplanten Massnahmen wurde das Kosten-Nutzenverhaeltnis (eingesetzte DM/zu eingesparter Primaerenergie) bestimmt. Dieses Instrument hat sich als Entscheidungshilfe bei der Auswahl der Massnahmen ausserordentlich bewaehrt. (orig.)

  17. Parents’ Attitudes towards Adolescent Boy&apos;s Reproductive Health Needs and Practice in Tehran

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    Farideh K Abadi Farahani

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Parents are believed to be among the most influential adults who have a deterministic role in the success of interventional programs on adolescents&apos; reproductive health. The aim of this study is to describe parents&apos; perceptions and attitudes towards adolescent reproductive needs, experiences and associated factors. Method: A population-based study of 539 parents of adolescent boys, aged 15-18 in Tehran was conducted using a self-administered questionnaire. bivariate and multivariate analyses were performed to identify the factors associated with parents&apos; attitudes and their reports of adolescent heterosexual relationships. Results: Higher education, higher income, access to satellite programs and internet were associated with a liberal attitude among parents. Some demographic factors including adolescents&apos; age, lack of adolescents&apos; endorsement to religion, access to satellite programs, parents&apos; drinking, and various family factors such as poor parent-adolescent relationship, conflict, parental low valuation on education, parents&apos; low endorsement to morals, difficult parent-adolescent communication on important issues and finally easy communication about sex, were all among the factors associated with more frequent reports of having a girlfriend over the last year for the adolescent males. Parents&apos; reports on their adolescents&apos; sexual relationships with the opposite sex highlighted a significant gap with the figure reported for the adolescents aged 15-18 in a preceding study in 2002(3% vs. 28%. Conclusion: Parents should be advised to build a good relationship with teens, to maintain a close parent-teen communication, and to discuss morals and values with teens .

  18. Male-male pheromone signalling in a lekking Drosophila.

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    Widemo, Fredrik; Johansson, Björn G

    2006-03-22

    Interest in sex pheromones has mainly been focused on mate finding, while relatively little attention has been given to the role of sex pheromones in mate choice and almost none to competition over mates. Here, we study male response to male pheromones in the lekking Drosophila grimshawi, where males deposit long-lasting pheromone streaks that attract males and females to the leks and influence mate assessment. We used two stocks of flies and both stocks adjusted their pheromone depositing behaviour in response to experimental manipulation, strongly indicating male ability to distinguish between competitors from qualitative differences in pheromone streaks alone. This is the first example of an insect distinguishing between individual odour signatures. Pheromone signalling influenced competition over mates, as males adjusted their investment in pheromone deposition in response to foreign pheromone streaks. Both sexes adapt their behaviour according to information from olfactory cues in D. grimshawi, but the relative benefits from male-female, as compared to male-male signalling, remain unknown. It seems likely that the pheromone signalling system originally evolved for attracting females to leks. The transition to a signalling system for conveying information about individuals may well, however, at least in part have been driven by benefits from male-male signalling.

  19. Scientists from all over the world attend the &apos;&apos;Frederic Joliot/Otto Hahn Summer School 2009&apos;&apos; at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT); Wissenschaftler aus aller Welt bei der &apos;&apos;Frederic Joliot/Otto Hahn Summer School 2009&apos;&apos; am Karlsruhe Institute of Technologie (KIT)

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    Sanchez Espinoza, Victor Hugo; Fischer, Ulrich [Karlsruhe Inst. of Tech. (KIT), Campus Nord/Inst. for Neutron Physics and Reactor Tech. (INR), Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)

    2009-11-15

    The &apos;&apos;Frederic Joliot/Otto Hahn Summer School&apos;&apos; is organized each year alternately by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Commissariat a l&apos;Energie Atomique (CEA), Cadarache. This year&apos;s Summer School, the 15th since its foundation, was run at the Advanced Training Center (FTU) of KIT Campus Nord on August 26 to September 4. The key topic this year was &apos;&apos;The Challenges in Implementing Fast Reactor Technology.&apos;&apos; These are the items discussed: Principles and challenges of future fast reactor designs, Fuels, fuel cycle, and recycling of minor actinides, Innovative cladding tube and structural materials, Special aspects of coolants and the challenges they pose, Fast reactor safety. Experts from 8 leading international research establishments and universities presented and discussed with the 58 participants from 16 countries the current state of the art and the latest development trends in the topics listed above. (orig.)

  20. Photoluminescence of acupoint &apos;Waiqiu&apos; in human superficial fascia

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    Zhang Yuan [Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Department of Physics, Surface Physics Laboratory (State Key Laboratory) of Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Yan Xiaohui [Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Department of Physics, Surface Physics Laboratory (State Key Laboratory) of Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Liu Chenglin [Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Department of Physics, Surface Physics Laboratory (State Key Laboratory) of Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Dang Ruishan [Second Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Zhang Xinyi [Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Department of Physics, Surface Physics Laboratory (State Key Laboratory) of Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China) and Shanghai Research Center of Acupuncture and Meridian, Pudong, Shanghai 201203 (China)]. E-mail: xy-zhang@fudan.edu.cn

    2006-07-15

    The spectral characters of an acupuncture point named &apos;Waiqiu&apos; in superficial fascia tissue have been studied by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy under the excitation of 457.9 nm. The PL around &apos;Waiqiu&apos; acupuncture point consists of two sub-bands resulting from the flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) and phospholipids, and the porphyrins (including purine, isoxanthopterin and tryptophan), respectively. More emission due to FAD and phospholipids is found inside the acupuncture effect area of &apos;Waiqiu&apos; than its marginal or outside acupuncture regions. The ratio of emission intensity of FAD and phospholipids to one of porphyrins gradually decreases along the direction away from the center of the acupuncture point. It implies that the component proportion changes between FAD, phospholipids and porphyrins around the &apos;Waiqiu&apos; acupuncture point. We suggest that there might be a certain relationship between redox function of FAD and &apos;Waiqiu&apos; acupuncture effect.

  1. &apos;Minergie&apos; modernisation - Test in practice; Praxistest Minergie-Modernisierung

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    Ruetter, H.; Ruetter-Fischbacher, U. [Ruetter und Partner, Soziooekonomische Forschung und Beratung, Rueschlikon (Switzerland); Haessig, W. [Haessig Sustech GmbH - Ingenieurbuero fuer Minergie und nachhaltige Gebaeudetechnik, Uster (Switzerland); Jakob, M. [TEP Energy GmbH, CEPE ETH, Zuerich (Switzerland)

    2008-07-01

    This comprehensive report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) examines the results obtained in practice concerning the use of the &apos;Minergie&apos; low energy consumption standard. Experience gained with &apos;Minergie&apos; refurbishment projects is reviewed and the critical points and constraints found are discussed. Further, recommendations for improvements in the use of the &apos;Minergie&apos; standard are made. The study is based on questions posed to building owners in the German speaking part of Switzerland who have carried out refurbishment projects to meet &apos;Minergie&apos; standards as well as questions posed to those who did not adhere to &apos;Minergie&apos; standards in the refurbishment of their buildings. The reasons quoted for using / not using the standard are listed and discussed. Possible tightening of energy regulations concerning renovation work are discussed. The recommendations resulting from the survey are also noted and discussed.

  2. Behavioral phenotype and BDNF differences related to apoE isoforms and sex in young transgenic mice

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    Reverte, Ingrid; Klein, Anders Bue; Ratner, Cecilia;

    2012-01-01

    , very little information is available on apoE2 genotype. In the present study, we have characterized behavioral and learning phenotypes in young transgenic mice apoE2, apoE3 and apoE4 of both sexes. We have also determined the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and its receptor Trk...... in the exploration of an open-field, which is compatible with a hyperactive behavior, was found in apoE2 females, while a decreased activity was observed in apoE4 mice. Increased BDNF levels in the frontal cortex were observed in apoE2 mice compared to apoE3. These results underscore behavioral differences between...

  3. APATHY AND APOE4 ARE ASSOCIATED WITH REDUCED BDNF LEVELS IN ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

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    Álvarez, Antón; Aleixandre, Manuel; Linares, Carlos; Masliah, Eliezer; Moessler, Herbert

    2016-01-01

    Reduced brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signaling is considered as a pathogenic event in early Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but the influence of apathy and apolipoprotein E epsilon-4 allele (APOE4) on serum BDNF values was not previously investigated in AD. We evaluated serum BDNF levels in AD, amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and control subjects. Baseline BDNF levels were similar in AD, MCI and controls. AD patients having apathy showed lower BDNF values than patients without apathy (p<0.05). After correction for the influence of apathy, APOE4 carriers showed lower BDNF levels (p<0.01) and MMSE scores (p<0.01) than non-APOE4 carriers in the subgroup of AD females, but not in males. Significant (p<0.05) positive correlations between BDNF values and MMSE scores were only observed in subgroups of AD males and of AD patients without apathy. These results are showing the association of apathy and APOE4 with reduced serum BDNF levels in AD, and are suggesting that BDNF reductions might contribute to the worse cognitive performance exhibited by AD apathetic patients and female APOE4 carriers. PMID:25024337

  4. Evaluatie onderzoeksprogramma&apos;s milieutechnologie vanuit een invalshoek stoffen

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    Lijzen JPA

    1991-01-01

    This study was carried out to determine the need of a separate programme of the &apos;Regulation for the Advancement of Environmental Technology&apos; (&apos;Sti-MT&apos;) to stimulate technology from a substance point of view. Therefore 6 programms of the &apos;Sti-MT&apos; and 5 other technologic

  5. Reduced hippocampal volume in healthy young ApoE4 carriers: an MRI study.

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    Laurence O'Dwyer

    Full Text Available The E4 allele of the ApoE gene has consistently been shown to be related to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD. The E4 allele is also associated with functional and structural grey matter (GM changes in healthy young, middle-aged and older subjects. Here, we assess volumes of deep grey matter structures of 22 healthy younger ApoE4 carriers and 22 non-carriers (20-38 years. Volumes of the nucleus accumbens, amygdala, caudate nucleus, hippocampus, pallidum, putamen, thalamus and brain stem were calculated by FMRIB's Integrated Registration and Segmentation Tool (FIRST algorithm. A significant drop in volume was found in the right hippocampus of ApoE4 carriers (ApoE4+ relative to non-carriers (ApoE4-, while there was a borderline significant decrease in the volume of the left hippocampus of ApoE4 carriers. The volumes of no other structures were found to be significantly affected by genotype. Atrophy has been found to be a sensitive marker of neurodegenerative changes, and our results show that within a healthy young population, the presence of the ApoE4+ carrier gene leads to volume reduction in a structure that is vitally important for memory formation. Our results suggest that the hippocampus may be particularly vulnerable to further degeneration in ApoE4 carriers as they enter middle and old age. Although volume reductions were noted bilaterally in the hippocampus, atrophy was more pronounced in the right hippocampus. This finding relates to previous work which has noted a compensatory increase in right hemisphere activity in ApoE4 carriers in response to preclinical declines in memory function. Possession of the ApoE4 allele may lead to greater predilection for right hemisphere atrophy even in healthy young subjects in their twenties.

  6. Environmental education project &apos;Mico-Estrela Track&apos;

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    Vicente, Ana Paula Camargo de; Magalhaes, Milton Pinto Magalhaes; Silva, Simone Rodrigues da; Pinheiro, Roberta Vieira Nunes; Torres, Carlos Alberto Rodrigues; Silveira, Jeanete [PETROBRAS Transporte S.A. (TRANSPETRO), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-12-19

    Senador Canedo fuel storage terminal is situated in the Cerrado biome and implements the policy of promoting improvements in the preservation of its Green Belt by working out the Environmental Education Project &apos;Mico-Estrela7 Track&apos;, aimed at stimulating the preservation, protection, landscape beauty and defense of scientific sources of the Cerrado through environmental sensibilization and rational use of the existing natural resources. In the area of the track (1.5 ha) alone 352 plants have been identified, totaling 97 different species that are distributed in 36 families. The implementation of the project will contribute to strengthen the relations with the local community, like dwellers, teachers and pupils of the municipal network of Senador Canedo, as well as co-workers of the unit, thus reaffirming the commitment of the company to socio-environmental responsibility. (author)

  7. Chronic radiation effects on dental hard tissue (&apos;&apos;radiation carries&apos;&apos;). Classification and therapeutic strategies; Chronische Strahlenfolgen an den Zahnhartgeweben (&apos;'Strahlenkaries'&apos;). Klassifikation und Behandlungsansaetze

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    Groetz, K.A.; Brahm, R.; Al-Nawas, B.; Wagner, W. [Universitaetsklinik und Poliklinik fuer Mund-, Kiefer- und Gesichtschirurgie, Mainz (Germany); Riesenbeck, D.; Willich, N. [Universitaetsklinik und Poliklinik fuer Strahlentherapie -Radioonkologie, Muenster (Germany); Seegenschmiedt, M.H. [Alfried-Krupp-Krankenhaus Essen (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Radioonkologie, Strahlentherapie und Nuklearmedizin; Doerr, W. [Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Strahlentherapie und Radioonkologie; Kutzner, J.; Thelen, M. [Universitaetsklinik und Poliklinik fuer Radiologie/Strahlentherapie, Mainz (Germany)

    2001-02-01

    Objectives: Since the first description of rapid destruction of dental hard tissues following head and neck radiotherapy 80 years ago, &apos;radiation caries&apos; is an established clinical finding. The internationally accepted clinical evaluation score RTOG/EORTC however is lacking a classification of this frequent radiogenic alteration. Material and Methods: Medical records, data and images of radiation effects on the teeth of more than 1,500 patients, who underwent periradiotherapeutic care, were analyzed. Macroscopic alterations regarding the grade of late lesions of tooth crowns were used for a classification into 4 grades according to the RTOG/EORTC guidelines. Results: No early radiation effects were found by macroscopic inspection. In the first 90 days following radiotherapy 1/3 of the patients complained of reversible hypersensitivity, which may be related to a temporary hyperemia of the pulp. It was possible to classify radiation caries as a late radiation effect on a graded scale as known from RTOG/EORTC for other organ systems. This is a prerequisite for the integration of radiation caries into the international nomenclature of the RTOG/EORTC classification. Conclusions: The documentation of early radiation effects on dental hard tissues seems to be neglectable. On the other hand the documentation of late radiation effects has a high clinical impact. The identification of an initial lesion at the high-risk areas of the neck and incisal part of the tooth can lead to a successful therapy as a major prerequisite for orofacial rehabilitation. An internationally standardized documentation is a basis for the evaluation of the side effects of radiooncotic therapy as well as the effectiveness of protective and supportive procedures. (orig.) [German] Fragestellung: Die rasche Zahnhartgewebszerstoerung nach einer Kopf-Hals-Bestrahlung wurde bereits vor fast 80 Jahren als &apos;Strahlenkaries&apos; beschrieben und ist seither als klinischer Befund in der Routine

  8. A cool &apos;win-win&apos; for Matra

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    Wolff, V. [Alstom, Budapest (Hungary)

    2007-07-15

    In 2004 the Matra plant management initiated a 60 M euro investment programme to increase the generating capacity of units 4 and 5 of the lignite fuelled plant and to give it greater flexibility. This has been achieved by adding a 30 MW natural gas-fired topping gas turbine to each of the 230 MW units, for commissioning by 2007. The power uprate meant the capacity of the dry-tower based cooling system was increased by 24 W for each unit. This has now undergone a major upgrade, involving addition of a wet cooling tower to create a &apos;hybrid&apos; system. It is one of the largest such projects ever carried out, and the first involving a dry-tower cooling system of the Heller type. The result is increased competitiveness and efficiency, with a 250,000 t reduction in annual carbon dioxide emissions. 3 figs.

  9. 7. Duesseldorf Energy Law Conference &apos;&apos;Grid Access Regulation - Preliminary Evaluation&apos;&apos;; 7. Duesseldorfer Energierechtstag &apos;&apos;Netzregulierung - Ein erstes Fazit&apos;&apos;

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    Buedenbender, U. [Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany). Lehrstuhl fuer Buergerliches Recht, Energiewirtschaft und Arbeitsrecht; Rosin, P. [Clifford Chance, Duesseldorf (Germany); Schmidt, M.F. (eds.)

    2007-07-01

    This book contains the papers presented at the 7th Duesseldorf energy law conference on grid access regulation, in which renowned experts of the Bundesnetzagentur, science and industry take stock for the first time of grid access regulation and its effects on the power industry. The focus of the papers is on current court rulings which are viewed from different angles. The issues are discussed both from the view of legal science and from the view of the courts and the parties concerned. The &apos;pilot case&apos; of Vattenfall Europe Transmission GmbH vs. Bundesnetzagentur gets particular attention. A report on the experience with regulation management shows how legal specifications are reflected in the everyday work of grid operators. (orig.)

  10. Putting &apos;international&apos; back in IPEC.

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    Veil, J. A.

    2000-10-27

    During the previous six annual sessions of the International Petroleum Environmental Conference (IPEC), little attention has been given to international issues. Although the US is clearly a leader in oil field research and regulatory development information is available on interesting projects throughout the world Many participants in IPEC have little exposure to international oil and gas environmental problems and solutions. Beginning with the 7th IPEC, a stronger effort is being made to include international issues in the confidence. This paper describes some of the author&apos;s experiences in working with international oil and gas environmental issues in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Among the topics to be discussed are the issues that developing oil and gas-producing nations face and the need for sensitivity to other nation&apos;s cultures and legal systems.

  11. Projection of male fantasies

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    Bonde, Hans

    2013-01-01

    About 100 years ago, in 1909, the Danish medical doctor Johannes Lindhard (1870-1947) became associate professor, and in 1917 professor, of the theory of gymnastics at the University of Copenhagen. Lindhard's collaboration with the physiologist and 1920 Nobel Prize winner August Krogh (1874......-war period. Advocates of women's athletics interpreted competitive sports as perfect tools for women's conquest of male territory, whereas supporters of female gymnastics considered athletics to be an antidote to the health-promoting and graceful essence of femininity. Agnete Bertram was one of Lindhard......'s first students at the Laboratory for the Physiology of Gymnastics and in the 1920 she created a new graceful women's gymnastics system based on Lindhard's principles. Besides taking its inspiration from Lindhard's notions of psycho-aesthetics, Bertram's system was immersed in ancient Greek influences...

  12. Functional and morphological parameters with tissue characterization of cardiovascular magnetic imaging in clinically verified &apos;&apos;infarct-like myocarditis&apos;&apos;

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    Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has increasingly proved to be a valuable diagnostic tool for evaluating patients with suspected myocarditis. The objective of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of functional and morphological parameters including tissue characterization in patients with &apos;&apos;infarct-like myocarditis&apos;&apos;. 43 patients with clinically verified cases of &apos;&apos;infarct-like myocarditis&apos;&apos; (median time to MRI scanning after admission for acute symptoms 3 days) and 35 control patients matched by age and sex were included in this retrospective case control study. In this study we used a 1.5 T MRI scanner conducting steady-state-free-precession sequences, T2-weighted imaging, T1-weighted imaging before and after contrast administration and late gadolinium enhancement sequences. According to the recommendations for CMR diagnosis of myocarditis (Lake Louise consensus criteria), a scan was positive for acute myocarditis if 2 of 3 CMR criteria were present. 30 % of the patients with &apos;&apos;infarct-like myocarditis&apos;&apos; had a reduced left ventricular ejection fraction, 11 % had an increased LV end-diastolic volume index and 35 % had an increased LV mass index. The sensitivity of wall motion abnormalities was 63 % with a regional distribution in 49 %. In 47 % of cases regional wall motion abnormalities were present in the lateral left ventricular segments. Pericardial effusions were discovered in 65 % of cases with a circular appearance in 21 % and focal manifestation in 44 %. The diagnostic sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of CMR in patients with &apos;&apos;infarct-like myocarditis&apos;&apos; were 67 %, 100 % and 82 %, respectively. The LGE alone was the most sensitive test parameter with 86 %, providing a specificity of 100 % and accuracy of 92 %. Our study results can be applied to the subgroup of patients with &apos;&apos;infarct-like myocarditis&apos;&apos;, where we found that LGE alone was the

  13. Functional and morphological parameters with tissue characterization of cardiovascular magnetic imaging in clinically verified &apos;&apos;infarct-like myocarditis&apos;&apos;

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    Schwab, Johannes [Paracelsus Medical Univ., General Hospital Nuremberg (Germany). Dept. of Cardiology and Radiology; Rogg, H.J.; Pauschinger, M.; Fessele, K. [Paracelsus Medical Univ., General Hospital Nuremberg (Germany). Dept. of Cardiology; Bareiter, T.; Baer, I. [Paracelsus Medical Univ., General Hospital Nuremberg (Germany). Dept. of Cardiology and Neuroradiology; Loose, R. [Paracelsus Medical Univ., General Hospital Nuremberg (Germany). Dept. of Radiology

    2016-04-15

    Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has increasingly proved to be a valuable diagnostic tool for evaluating patients with suspected myocarditis. The objective of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of functional and morphological parameters including tissue characterization in patients with &apos;&apos;infarct-like myocarditis&apos;&apos;. 43 patients with clinically verified cases of &apos;&apos;infarct-like myocarditis&apos;&apos; (median time to MRI scanning after admission for acute symptoms 3 days) and 35 control patients matched by age and sex were included in this retrospective case control study. In this study we used a 1.5 T MRI scanner conducting steady-state-free-precession sequences, T2-weighted imaging, T1-weighted imaging before and after contrast administration and late gadolinium enhancement sequences. According to the recommendations for CMR diagnosis of myocarditis (Lake Louise consensus criteria), a scan was positive for acute myocarditis if 2 of 3 CMR criteria were present. 30 % of the patients with &apos;&apos;infarct-like myocarditis&apos;&apos; had a reduced left ventricular ejection fraction, 11 % had an increased LV end-diastolic volume index and 35 % had an increased LV mass index. The sensitivity of wall motion abnormalities was 63 % with a regional distribution in 49 %. In 47 % of cases regional wall motion abnormalities were present in the lateral left ventricular segments. Pericardial effusions were discovered in 65 % of cases with a circular appearance in 21 % and focal manifestation in 44 %. The diagnostic sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of CMR in patients with &apos;&apos;infarct-like myocarditis&apos;&apos; were 67 %, 100 % and 82 %, respectively. The LGE alone was the most sensitive test parameter with 86 %, providing a specificity of 100 % and accuracy of 92 %. Our study results can be applied to the subgroup of patients with &apos;&apos;infarct-like myocarditis&apos;&apos;, where we found that LGE alone was the

  14. Solar students&apos; hostel at Kaiserslautern

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    Hoffmann, W.; Vangerow-Kuehn, A.

    A students&apos; hostel including 30 living units is being built at the University of Kaiserslautern. Together with the department of biology the students of the department of architecture, regional and environmental planning, civil engineering, are planning an &apos;'alternative'&apos; hostel. It is to be constructed on the university campus in self-construction. The passive utilization of solar energy for the conservation of heating costs is focused in the design planning. The hostel shall be roofed with a standard, low-priced greenhouse construction of a prefabrication degree of 100% and including standardized ventilation devices and blinds.

  15. From Higgs to quantum gravity. New particles, exotic numbers, and the &apos;&apos;theory for all&apos;&apos;; Vom Higgs zur Quantengravitation. Neue Teilchen, exotische Zahlen und die &apos;&apos;Theorie fuer alles&apos;&apos;

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    Koenneker, Carsten (comp.)

    2013-11-01

    The following topics are dealt with: The hunting for the quark-gluon plasma, the long way to the Higgs, the LHC after the Higgs, life in the quantum world, Schroedinger&apos;s cat on the test, on the way to quantum gravity, with a computational trick to the comprehensive theory of natural forces, antirealistic maverick, exotic numbers and string theory, physics as a ramshackle tower of Babel. (HSI)

  16. Finishing report for the &apos;SolcelleInverter&apos; project

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    Boekhoej Kjaer, S.

    2005-03-01

    The main objective for this research project was to develop an inverter for the AC module, where one PV module is equipped with its own dedicated inverter, and connected to the grid. A topology, among many different candidates, has been selected, based on analysis&apos;s. The inverter has been optimized in respect to cost, reliability, and efficiency, and a prototype has been build. (au)

  17. Utjecaj dodatka kukuruzne silaže travnoj silaži različitih rokova košnje na probavljivost suhe tvari, organske tvari i probavljivost organske tvari u suhoj tvari obroka

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    Knežević, Mladen; Vranić, Marina; Bošnjak, Krešimir; Leto, Josip; Kutnjak, Hrvoje; Turčin, Damir

    2007-01-01

    Cilj istraživanja bio je utvrditi probavljivost suhe tvari (ST), organske tvari (OT) i probavljivost OT u ST (D-vrijednost) travne silaže prvog otkosa različitih rokova košnje u interakciji s kukuruznom silažom (33 % i 67 % izraženo u ST). Travna silaža je spremljena u tri različite faze razvoja klupčaste oštrice (Dactylis glomerata L.) kao dominantne trave u tratini prilikom košnje (vlatanje, metličanje, cvatnja). Ispitivano je 10 hranidbenih tretmana korištenjem 10 kastriranih ovnova Charol...

  18. The location selection act or &apos;the Emperor&apos;s new clothes&apos;; Das Standortauswahlgesetz oder &apos;Des Kaisers neue Kleider&apos;

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    Feldmann, Ulrike

    2013-10-15

    As is generally known, the governing parties CDU/CSU and FDP agreed a few weeks ago in the 17{sup th} legislative period of the German Bundestag in a rare show of unanimity, together with the parties SPD and Buendnis 90/Die Gruenen, as well as with the Laender, on a &apos;law to search and select a location for a permanent disposal site for heat-generating radioactive waste products and to change other laws&apos;, in brief a location selection act also called StandAG. The law was received with animated approval from the ranks of the parties - with the exception of the (left-wing) party Die Linke. This praise is a tad bewildering, since the Bundesumweltministerium (Federal Department of the Environment) named solving the task within a single generation as one of the principles for the StandAG, and it was emphasised again and again in the debates about the StandAG that the problem of permanent disposal must not be shifted to the next generation. Conclusion: - The StandAG leads to a postponement of solving the permanent disposal site issue by a least several generations with its predictable, long-winded selection method. - The decision not to explore Gorleben conclusively could lead to the site being permanently (&apos;wasted&apos; or) &apos;burned&apos;. - The de-central, interim disposal site Gorleben is likewise &apos;burned&apos; without having a resilient alternative solution for the glass coquilles that must be taken back. - The people&apos;s protest is exponentiated by the number of the potential sites for the StandAG. - The costs for the alternative site search will not be shifted to the producers of the waste that are obliged by law to deliver the waste because of the financial provisions of the constitution. - The third party protection dogma has not been broken up, which will at least lead to delays in the procedure and will have effects on other major projects in the long run. (orig.)

  19. Acute effects of interleukin-6 infusion on apo-B-containing lipoprotein subclasses in humans

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    Bagdade, John; Pedersen, Bente K; Schwenke, Dawn;

    2011-01-01

    B:E) apoB-containing subclasses present in VLDL. Therefore, we have directly measured these subclasses following their isolation by sequential immunoprecipitation in seven healthy male subjects during a 3-h infusion with recombinant human (rh) IL-6. Though plasma TG and apoB-containing particle number were...... unchanged by IL-6, the distribution of TG-rich subclasses was significantly altered. Compared to baseline values, LpB:E + LpB:C:E increased significantly at 0.5 h (p infused controls at 0.5 and 1 h (p

  20. Anthropogenic impacts on the stability of the forest ecosystems in Belgrade - comparative analysis of Košutnjak forest and Zvezdarska forest

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    Rašković Dragana

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper will be analyzed the environmental statusof the two recently protected forest areas in Belgrade -Košutnjak forest and Zvezdarska forest. Due to their specific position inside the urban structure, these park forests are exposed to the high level of pollution and degradation originating from anthropogenic sources. This paper will include all present forms of threats to the stability of these ecosystems, both in their immediate surroundings, as well as within their borders. For clear presentation of the devastating anthropogenic impact,on the protected forest ecosystems remote sensing - NDVI analysis of the appropriate satelite imagesegments will be preformed in order to detect the differences of the state of vegetation covers registrated in 1986 and 2010. According tothe need for efficient management system for the affected natural areas in the urban structure, in the end will be presented concrete protection measures, whose continous aplication can bring to the progradation of their state.